Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBeautyBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessGiveawaysHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000In The Mag: Sexual Healing<p>According to a 2013 CNN study, 224 million roses were grown for Valentine’s Day, with flowers alone counting for $1.9 billion in sales. The same study revealed that some 6 million people were expecting or planning a marriage proposal for Feb. 14, while 85 percent of respondents said sex was an important part of Valentine’s Day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="598" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/wendyfader.jpg" width="396"></p> <p>Yes, love is in the air, though not all of us are breathing it.</p> <p>“Valentine’s Day is such a Hallmark card holiday,” says Wendy Fader, Ph.D, a board-certified sex therapist in Boca Raton (<em>5295 Town Center Road, 561/362-5530</em>). “The expectations are really high, and it sets up so many people for disappointment.”</p> <p>Fader would know. As a diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, she’s spent more than 20 years dealing with human sexuality—diagnosing and treating issues ranging from decreased libido and erectile dysfunction to body dysmorphia and sexual trauma.</p> <p>Along the way, she’s been published in Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness and contributed to books such as A Lifetime of Sex and The Book of Sex. In anticipation of the February flurry of pheromones, we asked Fader to sound off on a myriad of issues related to love and sex.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>John ThomasonSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsIn The MagazineIn The Mag: Bite-sized Research<h3>A St. Mary’s surgeon reaches into the jaws of Florida’s most feared predators for answers to questions that could save lives.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/shark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>According to research done at the University of Florida, the chances of a human being bitten by a shark are roughly 11.5 million to one. Those odds are slightly less favorable for those of us in the Sunshine State, the undisputed capital of the world in shark bites.</p> <p>However rare, <strong>Dr. Robert Borrego</strong> is working to ensure that the chance of surviving a shark attack is no less than 100 percent. The trauma and critical care surgeon at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach is spearheading studies aimed at determining the types of bacteria that different sharks carry.</p> <p>According to Borrego, St. Mary’s treats not only Florida’s shark bite victims but also people who have been attacked in Caribbean and Bahamian waters. The fear with many of these patients is that the bites will become infected. Borrego hopes that, through his research, doctors around the world will be able to one day offset potential infection with targeted antibiotics.</p> <p>“The way that we traditionally treat patients is with broad spectrum antibiotics,”</p> <p>Borrego says. “It’s like a shotgun approach, where we use the broadest antibiotics and hope that we eliminate the infection. But antibiotics also carry complications and toxicity to patients, so we wanted to know if we could find out what types of antibiotic would be more specific for treating these infections.”</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyIn The MagazineIn The Mag: Ilene Greenberg<h4><span>Meet a Boca businesswoman who vows to take the pain out of high-heel shoes.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/ilenegreenberg.jpg" width="489"> </p> <p>Three years ago, Ilene Greenberg’s description of high-heeled shoes required just two words: gorgeous and pain.</p> <p>“Comfort? Not so much,” she says with a laugh.</p> <p>In September 2011, Greenberg launched a company that aspired to change such perceptions. Design Comfort Shoes, since renamed <a href="" target="_blank">Irresistible by Design Comfort Shoes</a>, creates sexy, high-heeled shoes that are—here’s the kicker—comfortable.</p> <p>“If you look at shoes right now, it was really time for something like this,” she says. “[The shoe industry is] engineering comfort in sneakers. Why do we have to engineer comfort in sneakers? They’re comfortable already.”</p> <p>Prior to launching Irresistible, Greenberg had been in leadership and development roles for more than 20 years, including several startup companies. She always knew she wanted to have her own startup but had no clue what it would be.</p> <p>It was only after watching a “Dr. Oz” promo that the idea struck her. The clip was on stiletto surgery, a procedure where women surgically alter their feet so they fit into their sky-high heels. Some women even went as far as cutting their little toes off.</p> <p>While Greenberg understood the suffering high heels cause, the idea of surgery, she felt, was nothing short of crazy. So she decided it was time to change the shoe, not the foot. She brought together a podiatrist, a chiropractor and a physical therapist to find the stress points for heels. Then she approached Footwear Concept &amp; Design, a German shoe company, to engineer a design based on her physicians’ research and her personal experience with high heels.</p> <p>Then came the research and design, prototyping, sample development, sample testing, then more development and more testing. When they found a manufacturer, they went through the entire process again.</p> <p>“Whenever something bad happened, for the first hour, my eyes would glaze over and [I’d] go, ‘oh God, this is terrible,’” she says. “But then I’d say, ‘This is exactly what we need to know now so that we can not have this problem when we go to production.’”</p> <p>The process took almost three years because the technology they created for the shoes is unique. The patent-pending design encompasses a shock-absorbent sole, a highly cushioned footbed, stretch panels to accommodate to the shape of your foot and a heel with unmatched stability.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineIn The Mag: Madam Mayor<h4><span>As she approaches the one-year mark as mayor of Boca Raton, Susan Haynie looks back on the city’s past and weighs in on issues that will impact its future.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/susanhaynie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When asked about the difference between serving a term on the Boca Raton City Council (this is her fifth) and sitting in the mayor’s chair (to which she was elected last March), Susan Haynie admits that it’s a matter of making the city’s most wanted list.</p> <p>“It’s busy! It’s very busy. But I’m enjoying it,” says the longtime resident of Boca (40-plus years). “Everybody wants the mayor to come to their event. Everybody wants the mayor to come cut their ribbon. Everybody wants the mayor to come speak. So I’ve been very popular lately.</p> <p>“I think that’s one of the greatest parts of being a locally elected official—being out in the community. I enjoy helping people and connecting with people, so I try to attend as much as I can.”</p> <p>Haynie’s involvement with the city dates back to 1974, when she worked for the engineering department. During her 10 years there, she recalls, “the city was really evolving into more of the community that it is today.”</p> <p>When her five children were older (her husband is Neil Haynie), she returned to civic life by serving on city boards. “I served on the Planning and Zoning Board for five years,” she says. “There was a time when every council member had come through the Planning and Zoning Board.”</p> <p>In 2000, Wanda Thayer was term-limited off the council, and Haynie decided to run. “When I saw the individuals that stepped up to run for that open seat, I thought, ‘I’m more qualified and more well-prepared than they are,’” she says.</p> <p>Fourteen years later, Haynie became the fourth woman in city history to occupy the mayor’s chair. She sat in that seat, inside her City Hall office, while addressing a variety of issues with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong><em>What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the city in the past 14 years?</em></strong></p> <p>Probably the downtown. Mizner Park came out of the ground pretty quickly, but then nothing much happened. It wasn’t really until six years ago that the downtown started to build some momentum to finalize the vision. What’s happening down there now is the construction of residential, which is what’s missing. We need that critical mass of people in the downtown to patronize the other retail and to really make it work. But it comes with concern.</p> <p><strong><em>Some residents complain that Boca Raton has approved too much downtown development. What is your response?</em></strong></p> <p>The original Downtown Development of Regional Impact (DDRI) entitled the downtown with 8 million square feet of buildable [space]. And\ that happened well before I came on the scene. We’re bound by that. It was a very structured approval—the creation of the Community Redevelopment Agency [whose boundaries are considered “the downtown”] and then the approval of the DDRI. That set out the regulatory framework and the entitlements for downtown. So we’re just executing a plan that was set in motion many years before.</p> <p><em>(Editor’s note: According to the city, just 17.1 percent of that 8 million square feet remains to be approved for development.)</em></p> <p><em><strong>But what about those fears?</strong></em></p> <p>The overwhelmed aspect is because now that the real estate recession has turned around, suddenly we’ve got all this construction at the same time. Over the last 10 years, we had maybe one building a year, and now we have several under construction simultaneously.</p> <p>I think the citizens in our community don’t understand, or we haven’t done a good job of communicating the difference in the downtown versus the rest of the city. It’s a more intense model, more intense structures than we permit anywhere else in the community, and that we need to communicate. A lot of people’s fear is that they see these buildings in the downtown and are concerned that the whole city is going to turn into a lot of intense, tall structures, and it’s just not going to happen.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Randy SchultzSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsIn The Mag: 20 Reasons We Love Palm Beach<h4>Looking for an island getaway? Here’s your insider’s guide to one right up the road—which also happens to be America’s First Resort.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/breakers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Palm Beach has changed dramatically since the WASP-y days of society photographer Slim Aarons and perpetual debutante C.Z. Guest. It’s no longer just a playground for industrial titans, and dukes and duchesses. New Money long ago usurped the Brahmin class. The town even has a Starbucks.</p> <p>It’s also fun. Even accessible. Sure, there’s immense wealth and prestige, ocean-to-lake estates and towering privacy hedges, all complemented by dazzling landmarks like Mar-a-Lago and The Breakers. But there’s also great dining and shopping, and a scenic bike ride that winds along the Intracoastal for miles.</p> <p>Best of all, it’s right up the road. Here’s your handy guide to Palm Beach, from us to you. Call it island-hopping in your own backyard.</p> <p>[1] <strong>Grand Hotel:</strong> Today, The Breakers is synonymous with luxury on a grand Palm Beach scale, but its origins were more modest when Henry Flagler opened it as The Palm Beach Inn in 1896 to accommodate travelers on his Florida East Coast Railway. The hotel is distinguished by two landmark towers, a sweeping front drive—and the iconic Seafood Bar, great for an afternoon bubbly or two. It continues to be the site of many charity galas during social season—and is still privately run by the descendants of Henry Flagler.</p> <p>[2] <strong>Vintage Chic:</strong> Freshly squeezed juices and fruit at Tropical Fruit Shop on Royal Poinciana Way is your must-stop for great old Palm Beach. Browse the fun selection of souvenirs and unique gift items at Florida’s oldest fruit shipper. Gift baskets\ (remember those?) vary depending upon the season and availability. (261</p> <p>Royal Poinciana Way, 561/832- 3449)</p> <p>[3] <strong>Old-school Milkshakes:</strong> You never know who will be sitting next to you when you sidle up to the old-timey counter at Green’s Luncheonette for a great down-home breakfast or a classic BLT for lunch. But whatever you do, wash down your meal with one of Green’s famous milkshakes. (151 N. County Road, 561/832-4443)</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>Marie SpeedSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel In The Mag: The Slice Is Right<h4>Man (and woman, for that matter) cannot live on pepperoni and cheese alone. Thankfully, pizzerias in and around Boca play by their own set of rules, baking pies for every palate imaginable.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/pizza.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Pizza is as American as Mom, baseball, apple pie and complaining about taxes. Though as an invention it’s purely Italian—the word “pizza” is said to have been first mentioned in 997 A.D. in the town of Gaeta, and the pizza as we know it originated in Naples in the late 18th century—it’s become so popular in the U.S. that it’s gained the same iconic status as another celebrated food with European roots, the hamburger.</p> <p>Just how much do we Americans love pizza?</p> <p>A quick Web search reveals that every man, woman and child in the United States eats an annual average of 23 pounds of pizza, which translates to 350 slices per second or 3 billion pies a year. Pizza is a $30 billion-a-year industry, with more than 61,000 pizzerias representing 17 percent of all U.S. restaurants and more than 10 percent of all food-service sales.</p> <p>That’s an awful lot of pizza.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, that also translates to an awful lot of options. Local pizzerias are embracing the pie in all its diverse glory, from the classic Neapolitan margherita topped only with tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil to more elaborate pies crowned with smoked salmon and caviar, not to mention dozens of different varieties in-between.</p> <p>If the options seem more challenging to get through than a deep-dish pie with everything but anchovies, not to worry.</p> <p>We have you covered with pizza possibilities in the area, ranging from New York and Chicago to French and Sicilian.</p> <p>After all, it’s practically our patriotic duty.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsIn The Mag: Crimes of Passion<h4>If criminal history in Florida proves anything, it’s that love hurts – and, sometimes, leads to murder.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="484" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/crimes_of_passion.png" width="400"></p> <p>Illustration by Danielle Summerfeldt</p> <p><strong>Love.</strong></p> <p>It’s the center of our universe, right? Indeed, love—or the unsettling lack thereof— long has been the axis of all things human. We sing about love. We write about love. We pine for it, pray for it and, at times, rail against it.</p> <p>And when love really doesn’t go our way? Well, in the case of Glenn Close (or rather her character, Alex), you boil a pet rabbit on your ex’s stove. At least that’s how it happened in the movie.</p> <p>Sometimes, however, truth is even stranger than fiction. Sometimes “Fatal Attraction” scenarios play out for real.</p> <p>Sure, there are the occasional knee-slappers. Consider the 92-year-old Ocala woman who wanted the neighbor, 53, to kiss her. He wouldn’t, so she came back firing a gun. Or how about the Port St. Lucie woman, jealous that her boyfriend spent more time playing video games than paying attention to her, who shot him with a squirt gun—and was arrested and charged with domestic battery? Through Florida’s hot, lusty history, there have been some notable—and considerably more disturbing—crimes of passion, from the Panhandle to the tip of Key West. Here are some of the more historic cases.</p> <p>Unnerving, unsettling, unprecedented—and fueled by the utterly wrong definition of love. </p> <p><strong>The Lovesick Astronaut</strong></p> <p>By all accounts, at least until she made headlines for all the wrong reasons, Lisa Nowak was leading an enviable life. The Navy captain had trained with elite NASA crews, even flying on a shuttle mission in the summer of 2006. In a field dominated by men, Nowak was skilled and successful and very, very determined.</p> <p>Indeed, it was her determination—and a fizzling affair with another astronaut—that led to her eventual undoing.</p> <p>And the whole diaper thing didn’t much help.</p> <p>Nowak is the woman who drove like a bat out of hell from Houston to Orlando, wearing an adult diaper so she wouldn’t have to waste time in the restroom. Her mission? She wanted to confront the new lover of her ex-lover, NASA Cmdr. Bill Oefelein.</p> <p>Nowak had been seeing Oefelein for years. They’d met in 2004 during a Canadian training mission. But he had recently opted out, explaining he wanted to see Capt. Colleen Shipman. Exclusively. In February 2007, Nowak fastened her diaper, hopped in the car and headed for Central Florida.</p> <p>The criminal part of this saga erupted when Nowak, wearing a tan trench coat and a black wig—so as not to be recognized since the astronaut circle just isn’t that big—followed Shipman from baggage claim at Orlando airport to her car in the parking garage. Pretending to be lost and afraid, Nowak tried to muscle her way into Shipman’s car. Instead, Shipman cracked the window to tell Nowak she’d go for help. Nowak promptly pepper-sprayed Shipman, who then sped away. Initially, Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted murder. (Police found a BB gun, a steel mallet and a 4-inch knife in her car.) But as the case wore on, Nowak agreed to a plea deal that allowed her to seek counseling.</p> <p>As for the diaper, Nowak initially told police she’d worn it to save time on the 900-mile drive. Later, Nowak’s attorney called the story a fib. By then, police already had found new and soiled diapers in her car, which officers recorded as evidence.</p> <p>Man, love is messy.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsIn The Mag: Greatest Snow on Earth<h4><span>Utah may use it as a marketing ploy, but the slogan rings true at renowned ski destinations along the Wasatch Front.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/skiing.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>No longer Utah’s best-kept secret in the aftermath of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the ski scene outside of Salt Lake City now draws travelers from around the world looking to tackle the renowned slopes along the Wasatch Front.</p> <p>For well-traveled veterans of the South Florida ski community, the rich, diverse offerings at mountain resorts in Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon may not come as breaking news. But for enthusiasts just getting their ski boots wet at destinations around the country, Utah has its share of bucket-list allure.</p> <p>From the world-class accommodations and cuisine at Deer Valley to the intimate, family-friendly vibe at Solitude, the alpine resorts in north-central Utah offer more than enough to satisfy powder hounds of all levels.</p> <p>See for yourself.</p> <p>Park City Mountain Resort</p> <p><strong>The Big Deal:</strong> Ski Magazine readers ranked Park City Mountain Resort among North America’s top five resorts, and it’s easy to see why. Known for its diversity, the resort offers 13 signature runs (which virtually end in Park City itself) and a variety of extreme terrain park challenges for thrill-seekers, from the dramatic jumps on King’s Crown to the 22-foot halfpipe walls at Eagle Superpipe.</p> <p><strong>Don’t ski?</strong> Whiz down nearly 4,000 feet of varied mountain track in a Toboggan-style car on the Alpine Coaster ride, or soar through the air on the two-person Flying Eagle zip line, both rides you won’t soon forget.</p> <p><strong>The Vibe:</strong> Though the crowds here are young and laidback, the Resort has something for everyone, including youth programs and horse-drawn sleigh rides. In January, of course, Park City and its slopes become the center of\ the alternative film industry and its celeb culture during the Sundance Film Festival.</p> <p><strong>Don’t Miss:</strong> The resort offers an unforgettable Viking Yurt adventure that begins with a 25-minute snowcatpulled sleigh ride. Guests enjoy stunning views of the valley below and the stars above as the snowcat ascends 1,000 vertical feet to a cozy yurt snuggled into the mountainside. A mug of hot-spiced glogg welcomes diners into the yurt, where they’re seated for an elegant five-course dinner with live music.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 435/649-8111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Where To Stay:</strong></p> <p>The Lodge at the Mountain Village (435/649-0800): The Lodge offers a variety of rooms, from studio to fourbedroom condominiums, and is just steps away from Park City Mountain Resort activities with ski-in/ski-out access.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel In The Mag: Take 5 with Béla Fleck<p>If you want to collect everything Béla Anton Leos Fleck has ever recorded, you’ll have to scour the entire music store. That’s because, over the course of almost 40 years, the man named after three classical composers has plucked his way into nearly every genre, leading with his versatile banjo.</p> <p><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/take5fleck.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The New York City native has released rustic bluegrass albums as a solo artist; experimented with rock and jazz fusion with his band, the Flecktones; performed with world-music congueros and violinists on triple concertos; and recorded African jazz during a whirlwind tour of the continent, which was captured in the 2009 documentary “Throw Down Your Heart.” Sometimes, on an album like 2011’s masterful “Rocket Science,” he’ll combine all of his influences in a fascinating cauldron of progressive bluegrass, jazz, rock, classical, world music and funk. He has been nominated for Grammies in more categories than any other musician.</p> <p>His latest project, which he’ll bring to Festival of the Arts Boca next month (March 6–15), is his most personal yet: a collaboration with his wife, Abigail Washburn, a fellow-banjoist and vocalist with her own generous discography. Fleck was introduced to Washburn in a setting worthy of a Hollywood romance: at a square dance, where she was dancing and he was playing. They’ve since released a phenomenal self-titled album of Appalachian blues, chamber folk and Americana that sounds like it could be 60 years old or recorded yesterday. No less than seven banjos were employed during its production, and Fleck is thrilled to share the results with the Festival audience, with his partner—in life and onstage—by his side.</p> <p><strong>Q1 When/how did you discover that the banjo was the instrument for you?</strong></p> <p>I first heard banjo on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” It was Earl Scruggs, and the playing was profound. Like so many other banjoists to be, my interest was ignited by Earl’s amazing musical soul. Luckily my grandfather brought home a banjo from a garage sale when I was 15, and I jumped on it.</p> <p><strong>Q2 You’ve gone in more directions with the banjo than any other artist I can think of. Do you think many artists underestimate the utility of this instrument?</strong></p> <p>Probably, although banjo is much better received than it was a decade ago. I could be said to be on a bit of a musical crusade for the honor of this much maligned and magnificent instrument. Although the Southern white music that most people associate banjo with is fabulous, there is a lot more to the story. The African roots of the banjo, its place in the formation of jazz, blues, the banjo orchestras and the heyday—when Eddie Peabody filled up major concert halls for months—are largely forgotten.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>John ThomasonSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicIn The Mag: Review on Jove Kitchen &amp; Bar<p><strong>Location:</strong> 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/533-3750</p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/jove.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Jové is named for the Italian god of the sky. It’s not inappropriate, as the folks at the Four Seasons Palm Beach were in fact reaching for the heights when it came to reconstituting their premier restaurant—formerly bearing the grimly unimaginative moniker of “The Restaurant”—as a tony outpost of modern, inventive Italian-inspired food and drink.</p> <p>To be honest, many of these big-time corporate “rebrandings” chiefly involve slapping a veneer of lipstick on the same tired pig and hiring a PR agency to brag about it. But resort executive chef Darryl Moiles, restaurant chef Mauro Zanusso, general manager Karma Tsepal and the rest of the Four Seasons’ crew really did rethink, rework and redo damn near everything, crafting a wholly new restaurant from the ground up, with a careful eye on the twin missions of today’s high-end hotel eateries: 1) inviting in a younger, hipper, more foodie-oriented clientele, while 2) not scaring off the older, more conservative diners that have traditionally been such hotels’ house-baked bread and imported European butter.</p> <p>That Jové works so well at both is a tribute and a pleasure, as it allows you to dine as the mood strikes you, modestly adventurous or safely classical. You can even dine modestly, at least as far as price goes, as Jové offers both thin-crusted stone-fired pizzas and commendable pastas, all but one under $20. And dine we did, though rather less modestly, beginning with a half-dozen glistening Malpeque oysters, slippery nuggets of sweetbriny lusciousness that required only the merest squeeze of lemon to highlight their freshfrom- the-sea flavor.</p> <p>Then it was on to the chef’s sublime interpretation of the classic vitello tonnato, quarter-sized coins of fork-tender veal loin, fanned in a circle over a pool of tuna sauce like liquid silk and garnished with fried capers, oven-dried tomatoes, a handful of infantile greens and two witty, chef-inspired touches—a tiny poached quail egg infused with coffee and twin sticks of celery given a bright-tasting jolt of lemon.</p> <p>We practically lapped up the creamy Gorgonzola sauce that graced pillow-y gnocchi laced with figs, then we sat back to await our entrées. A snowy-white fillet of flounder was the night’s lone disappointment. Though not the freshest piece of fish I’ve ever eaten, it may have been the saltiest, something the accompanying leek fondue and terrific little layered potato cake were helpless to remedy.</p> <p>A duet of lamb, however, returned the universe to its rightful order, a pair of thick-cut chops and slices off the loin with goat cheese, lamb jus and house-made mint jelly. The combination of flavors—salty sweet, meaty, herbal—is like a party for your taste buds.</p> <p>So too is the plush, satiny lemon panna cotta, a suave lily gilded with prosecco jelly, sweet-tart blackberry granite and (inexplicably) strands of fried pasta. A traditional Italian dessert, meringata di lampone, a sort of meringue tart with flakes of bitter chocolate and raspberry sorbet, could have used more chocolate and sorbet and less meringue, though when you’re reaching for the sky, grabbing a handful of clouds once in a while comes with the territory.</p> <p><strong>Raising the Bar</strong></p> <p>The inventiveness of Jové’s kitchen extends to the bar, where classic cocktails made with premium spirits are poured alongside complex concoctions that use an array\ of house-made infusions, syrups and garnishes. I was particularly taken with\ the Fernet Branca Manhattan, which gives the traditional Manhattan a kick with the famously bitter Italian digestif, California’s boutique Breaking &amp; Entering bourbon, high-end Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Angostura bitters and a juicy brandied cherry. It’s pricy at $16, but it makes a lovely pre- or post-dinner cocktail.</p> <p><strong>IF YOU GO</strong></p> <p>PRICES: Entrées $14–$120 (for two)</p> <p>HOURS: Daily 5:30–10 p.m.</p> <p>WEBSITE: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em>For more from our dining guide, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsValentine’s Day Giveaway with the Gardens Mall<p>This year, we launched our #BocaMagGives campaign – a way to thank our readers for their support through a monthly giveaway! We’re doing things differently in February. Instead of announcing the winner on the 31st, we're awarding the gifts on the 14<sup>th</sup> of February as Valentine’s Day present to the people that matter to us the most.</p> <p><img alt="" height="553" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/februarygiveaway.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>We teamed up with <a href="" target="_blank">The Gardens Mall</a> (<em>3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens // 561/622-2115</em>) for a giveaway so BIG, you can't possibly miss it. Here are the fabulous items up for grabs this month:</p> <p>Michael Kors: Women's Cooper Watch MK5928</p> <p>Henri Bendel: West 57th Color Blocked Satchel</p> <p>Hamilton: Halcyon Days Heart Bracelet                 </p> <p>Kate Spade New York: Darling Compact</p> <p>Godiva: Chocolates</p> <p>Tory Burch: Candle</p> <p>Oil &amp; Vinegar: Balsam Vinegar</p> <p>The Gardens Mall: (2) $50 his-and-hers gift cards to be awarded to one person</p> <p>All you have to do is click here and hit “SHARE” on<a href="" target="_blank"> this Facebook post</a> – and you’re automatically entered to win one of the items above. Winners will be contacted by our web editor, Stefanie Cainto, via Facebook on Feb. 14 – so make sure to watch your Facebook messages!</p> <p><em>**All winners must respond by Monday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. or the prize is automatically forfeited. Winners are responsible for picking the items up at The Gardens Mall. Contact information will be provided to recipients.. </em></p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Forward: Super Sales and Beauty Trend Show<p><strong><img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/bloomingdales.gif" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>The Makeup Date: </strong>This one’s worth waking up for. Bloomingdales in Boca Raton at Town Center is opening its doors at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday for an exclusive beauty event. The latest trends in lips, eyes and skincare will be showcased down the runway. After the show expert, makeup artists will offer one-on-one beauty advice. Guests will take home limited-edition travel bags filled with beauty samples. Breakfast bites and refreshments will be served. There is a $25 reservation fee that can be credited towards a cosmetics purchase of your choice. Call 561/394-2044 for more information and to secure your spot. <em>(6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>LF Only Sale of the Season</strong>: If you haven’t checked this sale out yet, you’re missing out. Everything in the entire store is 60 percent off or more. The price of jeans was just slashed to $68 and skirts and skorts are only $36. Get there before it’s all gone. <em>(417 Plaza Real, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>Neiman Marcus Last Call: </strong>The end of season sale is going on now in Sawgrass Mills mall. Winter clothes, including cashmere, have been reduced by an extra 50 percent. All clearance items are half off and everything else in the store is discounted by up to 40 percent. The sale is going on now through Feb. 6. (<em>12801 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise)</em></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:33:00 +0000 NewsSurreal Time<p>Like it or not, surrealism and magic are safe words. The latter has devolved into unpredictable explorations of the unknown to well-practiced sleight of hand performed at children’s parties and on cruise ships. The former has mutated from an avant-garde art movement to the stuff of commercials and Muppets movies, culminating in the 1998 exhibition “Pop Surrealism,” in which 73 artists toiled in the once-unfathomable marriage of surrealist art and popular culture.</p> <p><img alt="" height="589" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fa35ffb89be69f09e183f9eae4100a87.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There was a time when surrealism and magic were the antithesis of popular culture, when they challenged the status quo rather than played into it, when their ideas were too radical to be understood, let alone appreciated, by the masses. This is the era celebrated in the revealing, if overly bookish, exhibition “Surrealism and Magic,” organized by Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and opening this week at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.</p> <p>The exhibit amasses some 100 objects, drawn largely from the library of surrealist artist and engraver Kurt Seligmann, and encompassing drawings, collages, books, prints, paintings, photography and video, most of them from surrealism’s early to mid-20<sup>th</sup> century heyday. Cramming what feels like an entire course syllabus into one small exhibition space, the show examines the links between the art and the magical beliefs that fascinated its creators, from occultism, alchemy and shamanic philosophies to Mexican, Native American and vodou practices.</p> <p>“Surrealism and Magic” brims with a spirit of openness to new ideas, new paradigms of (il)logic, new portals of consciousness explored without heed to their results. Its introductory wall text includes a quote from Russian esotericist Peter Ouspensky that transcends the exhibition’s subject and speaks to the role of the artist then and now: “The artist must be a clairvoyant: He must see that which others do not see.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/9cb64c55cef9815d062af6b35a2634ed.jpg" width="236"></p> <p>In our jaded times, where nothing shocks us, it’s difficult to comprehend just how much these works upended their establishments—politically, religiously, artistically. “Surrealism and Magic” extends its reach all the way to Albrecht Durer’s early 16<sup>th</sup> century woodcut “Adam and Eve/Small Passion,” a provocative surrealist antecedent that imagines the first Biblical couple as muscular, equine figures, arm in arm and feeding an apple to a serpent. The exhibition traces a line from this piece to Victor Brauner’s “Woman With Serpent’s Body in a Tree,” which plays with perception, identity and especially theocratic precepts.</p> <p>As the surrealist movement gained traction and absorbed forbidden fruits of influence, the works in this show become fascinatingly obscure and open to interpretation. A painting like Leonara Carrington’s “El Nigromante” is driven by dense symbolism, while Wilfredo Lam’s “Motherhood” seems inspired more by Freudian psychology, with its signature image of a maternal figure with a horned horse-head cradling a crazed baby. Others, like Man Ray’s “Fortress and Eggs,” are simply playful disruptions, existing for seemingly no other reason than to shatter all notions of perspective in art.</p> <p><img alt="" height="145" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/sam-seligmannspecs-banner.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Seligmann himself (pictured above) is the most represented artist in the exhibition, and his work defines the surrealist ethos of reimagining reality as we know it, forcing us, in “La Sorciere,” to see a witch in a humanoid collection of objects: a flag, a spoon, a giant leaf, a capital dome, a saddle. Similar works such as “The First Aviator” and “Marathon” are veritable Rube Goldberg machines of random but connected objects, subverting dimensionality (I’m betraying my politics here, but the first thing I saw in Seligmann’s “Vampyre” was Dick Cheney). Seligmann’s famous cyclonic, semi-abstract paintings are represented as well, along with such large-scale mind-blowers as Roberto Matta Echaurren’s vision of machine-age menace, “Oeufficiency,” with its phallic, totemic figures engaged in mysteriously threatening behavior.</p> <p>Before you know it, pop-culture already infringes on the movement. A still from a Disney cartoon accompanies a quote from Salvador Dali, who stated after a trip to the U.S. that Harpo Marx, Walt Disney and Cecil B. DeMille were surrealists. It is perhaps no surprise that the most popular work in this exhibit during my visit was its most pop-cultural selection: Mark Wallinger’s 10-minute video “The Magic of Things,” which isolates scenes of self-moving objects from episodes of “Bewitched.” Divorced from the presence of human will, these brief shots of self-running vacuums, falling chairs and hovering china have more sinister implications than intended in their original, candy-colored sitcom form, suggesting a world in metaphysical anarchy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mark_wallinger_the_magic_of_things_2010_videostill_courtesy_carliergebauergallery-_and-artist2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Wallinger video is the most popular item in the exhibition because it’s nostalgic and funny, but also because it doesn’t have much show-stopping competition. The problem with “Surrealism and Magic” is that so much of its most intriguing work is presented in the single pages of books spread open under glass, small in size and out of our reach. Moreover, many of the works only illuminate when accompanied by the context of voluminous wall text. There is arguably more to read than to see in this exhibition, which is an exceptional study guide but perhaps not the perfect art show.</p> <p>For an exhibition that is all about seeing, you can always stick around for “The Wandering Veil,” the Boca Museum’s exhibit of Israeli-born artist Izhar Patkin’s paintings, sculptures and tulle fabric murals, the latter of which take up entire walls of the museum’s first-floor gallery. It’s an outstanding achievement, and one that probably deserves its own separate column here.<em> </em></p> <p><em>“Surrealism and Magic” and “The Wandering Veil” run through April 5 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission costs $10-$12. For information, call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:09:11 +0000 & EventsIl Contadino Debuts in Delray<p>Michael Menna is hoping his new eatery isn’t a “Nightmare.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="395" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-30_at_8.08.09_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>Menna, whose ex-wife was chef-owner of the late Anna Vincenzo’s in Boca, in 2009 the subject of a savaging by celeb chef Gordon Ramsey on his “Kitchen Nightmares” program, has opened his own place in the old Sefa Mediterranean Grill in Delray’s Pineapple Grove neighborhood.</p> <p>It’s <a href="" target="_blank">Il Contadino</a> (<em>165 N.E. Second Ave., 561/330-0004</em>), a modest but classy spot touting “farm to table” Italian fare, mostly familiar dishes that give diners the option of adding various proteins to various pastas and sauces, plus veal and chicken paillards that can be prepared in various ways. There’s also a roster of specials, including a double-cut pork chop served “scarpariello” (“shoemaker”) style, roasted rack of veal and blackened seafood salad.</p> <p>As for Anna Vincenzo’s, it closed not a year after Ramsey attempted his televised makeover and was later sold. It’s now Nino’s of Boca II.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsDelray Beach Laugh with the Library<p><img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/10407212_10152341556052805_4543792098062512720_n.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Everyone knows the number one rule at the library is to use your quiet voice. But nobody ever said you couldn’t laugh loudly. In fact, the Delray Beach Public Library is asking you to do just that.</p> <p>The ninth annual <a href="" target="_blank">Laugh with the Library</a> benefit is coming to the Delray Beach Marriott on Friday, Jan. 30. This year’s event will be headlined by Paul Mecurio, the Emmy-winning comedian known for his work on “The Daily Show.” He’ll have you roaring with laughter as you fill up on cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.</p> <p>“Last Comic Standing” comedian Ricky Cruz will open the show. The night will be hosted by special guest, Paul Castronovo of BIG 105.9's "Paul &amp; Young Ron Show."</p> <p>Library board members, Becky Walsh and Heidi Sargeant, are once again co-chairing the event. Tickets are $175 and proceeds will go towards expanding the Children's Department and the library's "Foothold on the Future" campaign. Last year, the event raised more than $85,000 to enhance programs for children and teens.</p> <p>For tickets and more information, call 561/266-0775. You can also purchase tickets <a href=";oseq&amp;c&amp;ch" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:02:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsBoca goes to new heights plus more<h3>Getting high(er) in Boca</h3> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/wptv-boca-construction_20140101115117_640_480.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Depending on your perspective, the Boca Raton City Council this week either made a sensible decision that will help the city’s downtown or showed residents that their concern about the downtown is justified.</p> <p>The issue for the council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, was whether to approve a new design for the Tower One Fifty-Five condo that adds 40 feet of height. The 4-1 approval wasn’t surprising; Compson Associates could not have asked for the extra height if the council hadn’t already reduced from 2 acres to 1.2 acres —strictly for Compson—the minimum size of parcels that could go taller by using the city’s design guidelines</p> <p>The argument for Tower One Fifty-Five:</p> <p>A project that began with 209 units and then dropped to 192 units was now seeking 170 units. Fewer units will mean fewer residents, and thus less traffic. Since the developers could have built an office project, which would have generated far more traffic, Tower One Fifty-Five won’t create a bottleneck on East Boca Raton Road. In fact, the project will have more parking spaces than required.</p> <p>Also, the city’s consultants and staff praised the design of Tower One Fifty-Five. Council supporters said the city adopted those design guidelines to preserve the look that residents like. There will be no setback issues.</p> <p>Finally, as Councilman Mike Mullaugh argued, all the other residential downtown residential projects under construction or just completed are rentals. Tower One Fifty-Five will add the high-income, long-term downtown residents Boca Raton needs for downtown businesses. Overall, this project is much better than the one the council approved two years ago.</p> <p>The argument against Tower One Fifty-Five:</p> <p>The developers played the usual game. They acted as though they were helping the city when they really were helping themselves. There will be fewer units, but they will be more expensive units, meaning the developers’ profit potential will be greater. The 10-foot ceilings now possible will raise sale prices.</p> <p>Despite all the praise for the design, the taller building—the easternmost of the three towers—will be too high for that low-rise neighborhood on the edge of downtown. The neighbors weren’t crazy about the 100-foot project; now they will get a taller one. Why not delay a decision until the city can evaluate the <a href="" target="_blank">Mark at Cityscape</a>, which also got the extra height by using design guidelines—on a larger site?</p> <p>Finally, this is just Boca politics. The council changed the rule to please a company that donates to political campaigns. Councilman Robert Weinroth responded to a Facebook posting of his donations by saying that the money “doesn’t cloud my judgment.” Last September, Weinroth received $2,000 from James and Robert Comparato, the principals of Compson Associates, and from the company. As it turned out, Weinroth was unopposed for reelection.</p> <p>Mullaugh, Weinroth, Constance Scott and Scott Singer voted for the approval. Mayor Susan Haynie voted no. As she stated earlier, Haynie worried about the precedent.</p> <p>Then there’s public cynicism. When residents complain about the pace and size of downtown building, Haynie and other council members respond—correctly—that the council is following a plan approved two decades ago on how much development the city would allow. Even with all the current projects, downtown is not built out.</p> <p>But the next council will have to deal with New Mizner on the Green, which could be the most controversial project in recent memory. As Haynie said Wednesday, Tower One Fifty-Five did not present a height issue like New Mizner on the Green, “but it is an issue of added height.” Haynie agreed that “it’s a beautiful building,” and said James Comparato “is one of the best developers in South Florida.” But, Haynie said, “All the things they said they could do with a 140-foot building they could have done with a 100-foot building.”</p> <p>Haynie noted that city staff will do that evaluation of the Mark in April. Boca Raton will wait to see whether Tower One Fifty-Five’s supporters or critics were right.</p> <h3>New face in the race </h3> <p>Delray Beach’s March 10 city commission election continues to be fluid.</p> <p>Chris Davey had withdrawn from the Seat 3 race, leaving just Christina Morrison and Bruce Bastian. But on Tuesday, the first day of qualifying, Mitchell Katz again made it a three-candidate race.</p> <p>Katz told me Wednesday that he had been prepared to support Davey. When he learned that Davey had to drop out because of a family emergency, Katz talked with his wife last weekend and decided to get in, even though he had done nothing to organize a campaign.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t run against (Mayor) Cary (Glickstein) or (Commissioner) Shelly (Petrolia),” Katz said. Both are on the ballot. “I have too much respect for them.” All seats are at-large, and Katz got into Seat 3 “because I felt that the two candidates weren’t the best for the city.”</p> <p>Katz moved to Delray Beach 13 years ago after “falling in love with my wife and the city” on the same night—their first date, at Boston’s on the Beach. They live in Bexley Park, in northwest Delray, and Katz says he would be the first commissioner who lives west of Interstate 95 in nearly a decade. Pat Archer was the last. (For comparison, three of Boca Raton’s five commissioners live west of I-95. So does City Manager Leif Ahnell.)</p> <p>Meanwhile, Victor Kirson withdrew from the Seat 1 race against Petrolia. If no one else qualifies by the Feb. 10 deadline, the two incumbents will be unopposed. Seat 3 incumbent Adam Frankel is term-limited.</p> <h3>And still more trash talk</h3> <p>As expected, the Delray Beach City Commission on Tuesday substituted itself for the selection committee that had ranked the five bidders for the city’s trash-hauling contract. The move makes it more likely that the losing company will file a bid protest, but it also makes it more likely that the selection will be credible and transparent.</p> <p>Though Southern Waste Systems submitted the lowest bid, the five-member committee ranked Waste Management first and Southern Waste Systems second. Under rules set up by the interim city manager, who appointed the committee last year, price counted just 50 percent of the decision. Other factors, such as service record and equipment, counted a combined 50 percent. Assistant City Manager Francine Ramaglia chaired the selection committee.</p> <p>On last week’s agenda was an item asking for the commission to approve the committee’s recommendation. The commission delayed that decision because of a possible violation of the bidding rules. We discussed that in Tuesday’s post, and there isn’t much new to say until the city completes investigation into emails involving Waste Management and some of the company’s supporters.</p> <p>Another issue last week, though, was that the selection committee did not provide sufficient explanation of how those other factors enabled the committee to rank Waste Management first. In addition to service and equipment was the vague “Any other relevant information.”</p> <p>What does that mean? What “relevant information” did the committee consider? How much weight did the committee give that “relevant information?” There might have been good reasons to recommend that Delray Beach stay with the company that has been providing service without previously having to bid for it, even at a higher cost. Judging by their comments, though, the residents didn’t hear that persuasive “relevant information,” even after Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner’s presentation. There also are questions about late changes that narrowed the price gap between the two companies.</p> <p>So next Wednesday, the commissioners will hear presentations from the companies, and then set a date to make their rankings. One big issue will be how the commissioners first determine their individual rankings and then the commission’s collective ranking.</p> <p>“I think there will be a lot of discussion after the presentations,” Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said, “and we will find a fair and balanced way to rank.” If that happens, it will be less likely that a bid protest succeeds.</p> <h3>How big are we?</h3> <p>How big is South Florida? As an economy, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties would rank 41st in gross domestic product worldwide if we were a country.</p> <p>According to a new report from the Brookings Institution’s <em>Global Metro Monitor</em>, the South Florida economy is a roughly $262 billion engine. For perspective, greater New York City’s economy is roughly $1.4 trillion. Of course, business leaders in this area are keen to get some of that hedge fund industry here.</p> <p>Also for perspective, the South Florida economy still is 0.4 percent below where it was at the start of the Great Recession. Employment has come back better. It’s nearly 2 percent higher than it was in 2009. That’s good, but far from really good, and it likely indicates that the new jobs pay less than the jobs we lost.</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, 29 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;A Most Violent Year&quot;<p>J.C. Chandor may be the next David O. Russell, who himself was the next Steven Soderbergh—slippery filmmakers who defy notions of directorial authorship, whose newest project is always markedly different from the previous one in style and content. This tendency can be both liberating and frustrating when approaching their movies, whose only predictable direction is their unpredictability.</p> <p>Chandor’s debut project was the riveting financial drama “Margin Call,” a playlike exploration of Wall Street avarice on the eve of the Great Recession. His sophomore film, “All is Lost,” featured no dialogue, and was a purely cinematic, observational, and experiential account of a man marooned at sea. His latest movie, the crime thriller “A Most Violent Year,” which opens Friday, shifts gears a third time, channeling a “Goodfellas”-like ambience in its tale of immigrant oil magnate Abel Morales struggling to stay on the straight and narrow in a corrupt New York City, circa 1981.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/a-most-violent-year.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Abel is played by Oscar Isaac, whose performance here couldn’t be more different from his star-making turn as the self-destructive folkie Llewyn Davis. Here, he seethes with the intensity and drive of a young De Niro. His character is expanding his heating-oil empire into different boroughs of Manhattan, but growth comes at many an expense: His tankers are being stolen or siphoned by competitors, his drivers bloodied, his privacy threatened by gun-bearing prowlers.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the state’s D.A. (David Oyelowo) plans to indict him for suspected cooked books, and his loyal moneylender considers jumping ship. All of this comes at a time in which a major seaport expansion will make or break his business—and the money to finish the deal seems to be slipping through his fingers. Does he continue to stay straight, or does he resort to the mafia tactics of his competitors?</p> <p>“A Most Violent Year” contains flashes of both of Chandor’s previous ventures; it’s dialogue-driven, like “Margin Call,” but it contains enough wordless, moody chase scenes to conjure the image-driven storytelling of “All is Lost.” Months ahead of its release, “A Most Violent Year” earned some Oscar whispers, but considering the hype that precedes it, it feels undercooked.</p> <p>On the plus side, Chandor successfully creates an atmosphere of danger around every corner, and he deserves credit for reimagining New York City in its all of its former grit and grime—its graffitied walls, its gangster dinners, its subway floggings. Kudos, too, to Albert Brooks, who slides ever so comfortably into his supporting-role shoes as Abel’s unethical attorney; and to composer Alex Ebert, from Edward Sharpe &amp; the Magnetic Zeroes fame, whose subtle ambient score grants the narrative an eerie undercurrent of encroaching doom.</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/a-most-violentyear2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>On the other hand, as Abel’s cold-blooded wife/accountant, Jessica Chastain may be the film’s nominal costar, but she delivers a thankless performance as the movie’s most underdeveloped character. And the movie’s overarching subjects—the costs of cutthroat capitalism, the relentless pressure to get ahead, and the endemic corruption of the powerful—are presented as familiar crime-drama chestnuts, trotted out in all of their inevitability. Unlike, say, “The Drop,” a thriller full of complexity and visceral twists, its protagonist’s journey toward illegality is hampered by an elliptical structure that drains the film of its intended shocks. The movie, like Abel, goes through the motions to get to the finish line.</p> <p>By the time he tells the D.A. “we need to come to some sort of a conclusion,” the film has reached two hours, and many viewers will be thinking the same thing.</p> <p><em>"A Most Violent Year" opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 28 Jan 2015 14:09:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesCycle for “Rare” Cancer Research<p><strong>Cycle for Survival</strong>, a national movement to beat rare cancers, is having a fundraising event at the Equinox in Coral Gables, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 8.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cycle_for_survival_image.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Cycle for Survival’s high-energy indoor team cycling events raise money for research looking at “rare” cancers, which include childhood cancers, as well as adult pancreatic, thyroid, ovarian, brain and other cancers. As you can see from the list, rare is a relative word. Leukemia and lymphoma are also on the list.</p> <p>Every dollar raised goes right to fund cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Since 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised $58.2 million and directly funded more than 100 research studies.</p> <p>For more about Cycle for Survival, click <a href=";jsessionid=0083857AFDEA3D85ED63E4F8F91F90A8.app272a?pagename=cc_home" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced in early January that it is offering a new three-dimensional (3D) imaging mammography. The technology offers higher resolution breast images at two-dimensional low radiation doses. The local hospital is the first in Florida to offer the SenoClaire 3D Mammography.</p> <p>SenoClaire is the only FDA-approved 3D breast mammography that delivers the same low radiation dose as two-dimensional screenings, with a 3D view dose at least 40 percent lower than other 3D mammography on the market, according to a hospital press release.</p> <p>“We are pleased to bring our patients the latest in 3D mammography, advancing our ability to provide women with a more personalized and precise screening process,” says Kathy Schilling, medical director of the Lynn Women’s Health &amp; Wellness Institute. “As we know, there is a better rate of survival when cancer is discovered and treated early. This technology marks another significant step forward in enhancing our clinicians’ ability to detect masses and small microcalcifications, which can represent cancer at its most curable stages.”</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital is located at 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561/955-7100.</p> <p>-----</p> <p>Lynn Cancer Institute is hosting a free workshop Friday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., on how to create a legacy video. The “Reel Reflections” Legacy Video Workshop will be presented by Forever Studios in Boca Raton. Those who attend will learn helpful tips and strategies for capturing a life (one’s own or that of a loved one) on video.</p> <p>“It’s not just about the here and now,” says Elsa Raynor, a licensed clinical social worker at the Institute, in a Lynn Cancer Center press release. “More and more people are looking for ways to tell their story, and the ‘Reel Reflections’ workshop is an opportunity for patients to encapsulate the narrative of their treasured memories for current and future generations to enjoy.”</p> <p>The workshop will take place in the Lynn Cancer Institute at 701 N.W. 13th St., Boca Raton. For more information or to register, call 561/965-LEARN (955.3276).</p> <p class="Default">----</p> <p>Florida Atlantic University announced this month that researchers at the Boca Raton campus, in collaboration with Australian researchers, have published a scientific study on how cone snail venom might help treat cancer, addiction and more.</p> <p>These marine mollusks, found along the Florida coast, capture prey with venom. Ironically, that venom might also have medicinal properties, says chemistry and biochemistry Professor Dr. Frank Marí.</p> <p>Components of the venom target cells in the body. One class of venom components, the alpha-conotoxins, for example, target nicotinic receptors that are central to a range of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, tobacco addiction and lung cancer.</p> <p>“Our aim is to open new avenues for cancer and addiction research inspired on compounds from marine animals,” Mari says in a university press release.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 28 Jan 2015 08:53:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyGreat Snack Bars<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Let’s face the truth – most of us don’t have time to cook, are often on the go and need quick and easy solutions for keeping our bodies energized. For situations like these, I turn to snack bars. With so many options out there, I want to share my take on key ingredients – sugar, fat and protein – and introduce you to four bars that I like.</p> <p><strong>Sugar:</strong> All of the bars in this blog have sugar. But don’t be alarmed. This is good-for-you sugar that gives you energy. After all, each one of our cells needs sugar to live. The challenge that we have been facing is having bad-for-us sugars like white cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup instead of natural sugars like fruits and honey. A friend of mine eats 10-12 bananas a time and he is one of the healthiest and energetic people I know. That’s because he consumes good sugars that nurture the body and give it energy. I don’t suggest you eat as many bananas as he does, but I do want to open you up to the possibility that some natural sugars can be good for the body.</p> <p><strong>Fat:</strong> Fat has been getting a bad rep in the past decade, but again, it is all about the right kind of fat. Fat keeps us satiated and satisfied. If you pick nuts and seeds as your source of fat, you may find yourself less hungry throughout the day and even more focused. After all, the brain is composed of mostly fat and needs fat to thrive. Chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3s. <br> <strong>Protein</strong>: Protein is made up of amino acids: the building blocks we need to be strong and healthy. There’s a big debate going on about the amount of protein each person needs. I believe in bio-individuality so with that in mind, I suggest trying what works best for you. Test different options and see what kind of protein gives you the most energy without stressing out your digestion. Once again, I like nuts and seeds as a protein source.</p> <p><strong>Best Greens Bar</strong></p> <p><strong>Green Plus Chia Chocolate</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="395" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/chia-chocolate-1__77377.1410661638.1280.1280.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Since the very first bite of this bar, Chia Chocolate has won a special place in my heart. Being a big dessert fan, I find that this bar satisfies my sugar cravings, gives me energy and supplies me with necessary nutrients. It is loaded with greens, anti-inflammatory chia seeds and a plethora of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. And yes, it is covered in chocolate – my favorite sidekick to greens! This bar has 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and 22 grams of sugar.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Best Low Sugar Bar</strong></p> <p><strong>Zing</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="190" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/zing-bars-gluten-and-soy-free-bar-double-nut-brownie-855531002180.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This bar is perfect for someone who likes to keep sugar low and protein high. My favorite flavor is the Double Nut Brownie, which boasts 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and only 10 grams of sugar. I took this bar with me to Art Basel, and it kept me satisfied and energized while walking around for three hours. All bars are gluten free and 100 percent natural, with organic key ingredients. Many bars are vegan and non-GMO.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Best Mini Energy Bar</strong></p> <p><strong>The Perfect Bar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/perfect_bar_4.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Even though most of The Perfect Bar company products are not vegan (some have whey and honey in them), I love its peanut butter original bar. They come in mini 100-calorie packs, so you can take one before or after your workout or when you need to keep hunger at bay. I personally find peanut butter to be much more satisfying than others nuts. One mini-bar will give you 5 grams of protein, 6 grams of sugar and 6 grams of healthy fats.  All products are non-GMO with many organic ingredients. Look for them in the refrigerated section of your grocery or vitamin store.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Best For Kids</strong></p> <p><strong>Lola Granola </strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lola_granola_enzo2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This bar has one of the most touching stories I’ve heard. When the father of a family of six lost his job, the parents struggled to provide food for their four young children.</p> <p>In order to survive, they sought help from public assistance and food banks. To save money, they started to make natural granola bars, making sure they were gluten and soy free due to their children's allergies. The kids loved the bars, and so did other people, who asked to buy some. And so the business was born. I think the bars are a great alternative to traditional mass-produced granola bars. Plus, they have a great mission – a portion of each sale goes to support local food banks. I liked the Enzo flavor the best. It has 172 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 12 grams of sugar.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:22:00 +0000 & ReviewsDelray&#39;s trashy plot thickens and other observations<h3><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/graphic_can.jpg" width="259"></h3> <h3>Smelling fishy</h3> <p>Delray Beach’s search for a trash-hauling contract has become a mess.</p> <p>Last week, the city commission was to decide whether to accept a selection committee’s recommendation of Waste Management even though the company was not the lowest bidder. Instead, the commission deferred, and this morning will hold a special meeting to decide if the commission should act as the selection committee and make its own rankings.</p> <p>Complicating matters, the commission probably will hold this discussion before City Manager Don Cooper and City Attorney Noel Pfeffer have concluded their investigation into possible violations of the bidding rules. Their investigation stems from emails that may have gone from Waste Management to a Delray Beach employee after the city had asked for bids, at which point contact with the city was to have stopped unless a company was contacting the purchasing director. A resident sent the emails to commissioners, and not to Cooper and Pfeffer.</p> <p>Whatever the content and intent of the emails, the names on the email string are noteworthy. They include <strong>Mary and Kevin McCarty</strong>, the couple who went to federal prison on corruption charges related to Mary McCarty’s time on the Palm Beach County Commission. The McCartys still live in Delray Beach, where they operate a business called Cypress Consulting.</p> <p>They include former Delray Beach Mayor<strong> Jay Alperin</strong>, a McCarty political ally from their days on the city commission in the late 1980s, and <strong>Marie Horenburger</strong>, also a former Delray commissioner and a current lobbyist registered to work in Delray Beach and for Waste Management. Horenburger worked for neighbors of the Costco northwest of Boca Raton in 2001 when Mary McCarty was trying to block construction of the project.</p> <p>The names include <strong>Tom Carney</strong>, the former Delray mayor who lost for reelection in 2013 to Cary Glickstein. Carney was rumored to have been getting help from Mary McCarty. Carney denied it.</p> <p>Neither Mary nor Kevin McCarty is a registered lobbyist. But the names on the emails also include those of two other lobbyists registered to work for Waste Management: <strong>Ellen Smith</strong>, a company employee and <strong>Harold “Butch” Carter</strong>. The names of other Waste Management officials are on the list.</p> <p>Finally, on the list is the name of Delray Beach’s outside consultant on the trash contract.</p> <p>One obvious question is how a publicly traded company such as Waste Management might come to associate even indirectly with the McCartys? And why would Waste Management do so after all the talk in 2012 that the couple was helping Waste Management as it persuaded the city commission to extend the company’s contract without competitive bidding, despite city rules that Delray Beach had to seek bids? Why would Waste Management do so after the charging documents in Mary McCarty’s case referenced her activities in Delray Beach? Could Waste Management even believe that at this point Mary McCarty’s help mattered?</p> <p>By his comments, Glickstein had come to Tuesday night’s meeting prepared to accept the recommendation on Waste Management, praising the company’s “exemplary” service – “until I saw the emails.” For him, the names carried “the same stench” as in 2012. Glickstein said, “I want to look at Waste Management and say, ‘Have you not learned anything? Can’t you just get something on the merits of your proposal?’”</p> <p>In an interview Monday, Commissioner Jordana Jarjura expressed concern because “there are so many open-ended questions.” Even if the city finds that there was just a “technical violation,” the contract is the city’s largest, “and there is so much hair on it” from developments over the last 30 months that anything unexpected and controversial becomes problematic.</p> <p>Aside from the emails, those “open-ended questions” concern how the city’s committee—whom the previous city manager appointed—ranked the five bidders.</p> <p>Price accounted for 50 percent of a company’s ranking, but Glickstein said he doesn’t know what criteria the committee used in assessing the non-financial factors that made up the other 50 percent. Petrolia questioned why Southern Waste Systems, the low bidder, got penalized for proposing 17 trucks to Waste Management’s 20 when the request for proposal didn’t list a minimum truck number.</p> <p>The Delray contract comes at an interesting time for Waste Management. Broward County recently broke up the company’s monopoly. Last fall, the Wellington Village Council voted to put the trash contract out for bid. Waste Management has had it since 2009. As in Delray Beach, the company’s officials and supporters touted the good service while opponents stressed the virtue of competitive bidding.</p> <p>A Waste Management spokeswoman said of today’s Delray Beach commission meeting that the company “will be available to answer questions.” She declined to answer questions about the emails and possible violations “involving multiple haulers” until the city completes its investigation.</p> <p>As a city, Delray Beach continues to grow. In terms of politics, Delray still is trying to outrun its past.</p> <h3>Davy deep-sixes</h3> <p>Chris Davey, who nearly won a spot on the Delray Beach City Commission last year, is withdrawing from this year’s Seat 3 election on March 10.</p> <p>Davey told me Monday that he faces an unexpected family issue that will demand a lot of his time. His departure leaves Bruce Bastian and Christina Morrison in the race to succeed term-limited Adam Frankel.</p> <h3>Scott’s Texas crush</h3> <p>Gov. Rick Scott regularly calls Texas the state he wants Florida to emulate when it comes to economic development. Scott cites the state’s job creation and anti-regulation culture.</p> <p>The comparison, however, is faulty. Florida relies much more on tourism, and Texas relies much more on energy development. One big reason for Texas’ job creation in the last few years is the development of hydraulic fracturing— “fracking” —which allows recovery of oil and gas that had been out of reach. This is especially true of shale formations; the Eagle Ford Shale in southern Texas is the center of the state’s energy boom.</p> <p>Florida has limestone formations, not shale. And in 2009, when oil and gas companies tried to get the Legislature to allow drilling in state waters, then-Senate President and current Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater blocked the move. An oil spill close to shore could ruin the beaches on which the tourism industry depends.</p> <p>Moreover, the drop in oil prices shows that energy dependence is risky. Though the drilling industry represents a greater concentration in the economies of smaller states where fracking is a recent development, the industry does make up nearly 20 percent of the Texas economy. Wells Fargo recently concluded that with lower oil prices “in dollar terms, Texas is likely to suffer the largest loss.” The number of rigs in production could drop by one-third over the next several months.</p> <p>Admittedly, Texas added about 500,000 jobs in 2014. But Florida knows what booms and bubbles can do. In early 2007, with houses and condos sprouting up on spec and not because of real demand, Florida’s unemployment rate dipped close to 3 percent. Then the bubble burst.</p> <p>In practical terms, Florida isn’t competing with Texas for jobs. We’re competing with states in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest. Florida also had a good year for job creation. Scott should save his Florida-Texas comparisons for football.</p> <h3>Boca goes global</h3> <p>Sunday was perfect for an afternoon at the Boca Raton Art Show, which took over two blocks of Federal Highway and spilled over into Sanborn Square.</p> <p>The day was cool, the crowds pleasant. People navigated, often with their dogs, from booth to booth. After checking out the art, my wife and I and our friends walked through Mizner Park and enjoyed some wine and cheese outside at The Cheese Course.</p> <p>Over those roughly three hours, I heard at least six languages other than English that I thought I could identify. It was another reminder of how cosmopolitan Boca Raton and South Florida have become in the nearly 25 years since Mizner Park opened.</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 SchultzTue, 27 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySuper Parties for Your Super Bowl<p>The biggest sporting (and TV) event of the year is coming this Sunday, Feb. 1, and if you want to have all the fun of a Super Bowl party without mopping up spilled beer and scouring gobs of dried-up guacamole from your living room carpet, here are a few restaurants that will do all the heavy lifting (and gross cleaning) for you. Go Patriawks!</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/superbowl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Office</a> (<em>201 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-3600</em>)  in downtown Delray will begin dishing food and drink specials at 3 p.m. on the Big Day. Suck down $3 shots and select wines, $4 draft brewskis and more, along with food specials like sliders, buttermilk fried chicken, baby back ribs and more. The regular menu will also be offered, and the game will be shown in all its overhyped glory on the restaurant’s projector television.</p> <p>Also in downtown Delray, <a href="" target="_blank">Salt7</a> (<em>32 S.E. Second Ave., 561/274-7258</em>) is throwing its first annual Super Bowl bash. For $75 per person you can get all the beers, wines, cocktails and fireball shots your digestive tract and blood alcohol level can handle, as well as an array of football-friendly munchies. Twelve (count ‘em!) TVs will blast the game, a the folks at Salt will be giving away prizes each quarter, with the Big Prize being a 50-inch TV that will be awarded at the end of the evening. Doors open at 4:40 p.m. and if you want VIP advanced preferred seating, call 321-626-3968.</p> <p>In Palm Beach, the newish <a href="" target="_blank">Del Frisco’s Grille</a> (<em>340 Royal Poinciana Way, 561/557-2552</em>) will be dishing food and drink specials throughout the game. Think $4 draft beers, $6 guacamole and plantain chips, $9 lollipop chicken wings, and a beer ‘n’ brew (with fries) special for $17.50. Don’t worry, there are plenty of flat-screen TV scattered around the restaurant and lounge.</p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">The Brass Tap</a> (<em>950 N. Congress Ave., 561/413-3782</em>) in Boynton Beach they’ll be roasting a 100 lb. pig for an all-day Super Bowl party. For more details, call the restaurant.</p> <p>And if you’re really determined to throw your own Super Bowl party, buy $200 or more worth of barbecue and fixin’s at West Boca’s new <a href="" target="_blank">Sweet Dewey’s BBQ</a> (<em>9181 Glades Rd., 561/488-9688</em>) and chef-owner Dwayne “Dewey” Hooper will throw in some wings and two side dishes. And, no, they’re not seahawks’ wings. . .</p>Bill CitaraTue, 27 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsGet Ready for the Allianz<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/allianz.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The <strong>Allianz Championship</strong> returns to Boca Raton next week for the ninth consecutive year. But we have 10 reasons why you'll want to visit the Old Course at Broken Sound for the annual Champions Tour event, which includes pre-tourney activities from Feb. 2-5, before the real action starts Friday, Feb. 6:</p> <p>1) <strong>It's not all about the men</strong>: The ladies have their day on the links Feb. 3, as LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam presents a free clinic, followed by a women's pro-am that benefits the Christine E. Lynn Women's Health and Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.</p> <p>2) <strong>When you attend, Boca wins</strong>: According to tournament director Ryan Dillon, the 2014 Allianz raised $375,000 for the Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities, which donates funds to Boca Regional and other community nonprofits. This year, Dillon believes the tournament can raise upward of $500,000.</p> <p>3) <strong>Let's get Slushed</strong>: The green at the par-3 16th will be party central this year thanks to Celebrity Cruises "Slush Lounge," which promises all kinds of frozen cocktails. But that's not the only reason to visit the tent: Celebrity will also give away one cruise each round of the tournament.</p> <p>4) <strong>What an entrance</strong>: To officially kick off the tournament on Friday, Feb. 6, three Navy Seals will jump out of a plane and parachute down to the first tee with the opening golf ball. But what really makes the moment special is this: The ceremonial first shot will be taken by a 10-year-old girl who is battling cancer.</p> <p>5) <strong>What a field</strong>: Twenty-nine of the Champion Tour's top 30 money winners from 2014 are expected to tee it up at the Allianz.</p> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/allen.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>6) <strong>Someone may break 60</strong>: Two years after Rocco Mediate shot a second-round 61, Michael Allen (pictured) opened the 2014 tournament with an opening-round 60 en route to his eventual playoff victory.</p> <p>7) <strong>Bernhard is on fire</strong>: Boca's own Bernhard Langer may be playing some of the best golf of his career. Last year, Langer won five times on the Champions Tour and set a tour record with season earnings of $3,074,189.</p> <p>8) <strong>The more birdies the better</strong>: The title sponsor is doing its part to support local charities, including a social media campaign called #AllianzBirdies Challenge. Every mention on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram between now and Feb. 8 ending in that hashtag will produce a $1 donation—with a max of $40,000—for Junior Achievement of South Florida.</p> <p>9) <strong>Bring the kids</strong>: During the Friday-to-Sunday run of the tournament, the Allianz will feature a "Family Fun Zone" with everything from obstacle courses to bounce houses for the kids.</p> <p>10) <strong>Raise a glass</strong>: Following the second round, on Saturday night the 7th, guests can wine and dine (for a general admission price of $70) at a special event featuring gourmet bites from local restaurants, entertainment, photo ops with the players and much more.</p> <p>Visit <a href=""></a> for ticket information and the complete schedule of events.</p>Kevin KaminskiTue, 27 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsGarlic Fest 2015<p>Stock up on those breath mints because “The Best Stinkin’ Party in Town” is coming. Delray Beach will host its 16<sup>th</sup> annual Garlic Fest from Feb. 6-8 at Old School Square.</p> <p><img alt="" height="445" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/garlic.png" width="342"></p> <p>Anticipate lots of garlic bread, garlic wings, garlic plantains, garlic funnel cake and garlic ice cream … yep, you read that correctly! Some of the selections will definitely be more adventurous than others, but there will be something for everyone to try down at ‘Gourmet Alley’.</p> <p>The event is family-friendly, with kids able to "attend" Garlic University, paint their own pot and plant seeds to take home and grow. They can shoot down the fun slide, twist and turn in the tilt-a-whirl or dip and dive on the caterpillar coaster.</p> <p>There will be a slew of events going on all weekend. Here are just a few of them:</p> <p><strong>Live Music. </strong>This year’s lineup boasts a collection of local talent and more recognized names. Rebelution, the reggae-rock band known their chart-topping album ‘Courage to Grow’ will headline Friday night. On Saturday, Fabulous Fleetwoods returns and welcomes the newcomer jazz group Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Sunday’s roster will close with reggae-rockers Fiction 20 Down.</p> <p><strong>Garlic Chef Stadium</strong>. Bruce Feingold, co-owner and executive chef of DaDa, is the two-year reigning Garlic Chef Champ. But this year he’s facing some stiff competition by local chefs from El Camino, Food Shack, Eating House, and the Delray Beach Marriott.</p> <p><strong>Collaborative Kitchen Dining Experience.</strong> On Friday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. culinary prestige will come together for the first Collaborative Kitchen Dining Experience. Blake Malatesta of 50 Ocean, Ernie DeBlasi of Luna Rosa, Joey Giannuzzi of Farmers Table, and George Cocilova of Hudson at Waterway East will collaborate on a multi-course dinner. Tickets are an additional $75 for this limited seating event.</p> <p>Cost of general admission varies by day and starts at $10. All proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations.</p> <p>For more information check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:16:00 +0000 BeachDelray BeachUpcoming EventsThe Week Ahead: Jan. 27 to Feb. 1<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="454" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/500px-mh_headshot.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Megan Hilty</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave.</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>NBC’s series “Smash,” about the development of a Marilyn Monroe stage musical from its inchoate spark to its first Broadway curtain, started to go downhill around the time its should-be Monroe, Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty), became relegated to the chorus and then developed a drug addiction. These plot points strained credulity, because Hilty was born to play Marilyn: She’s a beautiful, curvy, husky-voiced bombshell who can single-handedly reinvent a standard or forge her own path with original songs. She’ll receive the chance to do a bit of both when she dominates the Crest Theatre spotlight at this cabaret performance. The Broadway chanteuse, celebrated for her award-nominated performances in “Wicked” and “9 to 5: The Musical,” will likely perform pop classics like “Get Happy” and “The Man That Got Away,” as well selections she originated on “Smash,” such as “Second Hand Baby Grand.” If reviews of her previous shows are any indication, expect plenty of warmth and laughter, too.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/matta.jpg" width="334"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Surrealism and Magic”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you ever wondered what inspired the adventurous, rule-shattering surrealist art of pioneers like Marcel Duchamp, André Breton and Max Ernst, one clue resides in our culture’s darker corners. From the ancient world through the Renaissance and now into the 21st century, creative thinkers of all stripes have been drawn to magic, to the occult, to the paranormal, and to the so-called “Black Celebrations” found in indigenous spiritual practices. Figures as mainstream as William Blake and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were self-professed occultists, and it’s only natural that the creators of some of the weirdest art of the past couple of centuries were also drawn to the realm of the mystical arts. The inextricable link between magic and surrealist art will be explored in depth at this unique exhibition, which draws much of its material from the eccentric personal library of artist Kurt Seligmann. One hundred objects will be on display, from rare books on magic and witchcraft from the 15th through the 20th centuries, to the artists’ related ephemera and an illuminating collection of drawings, collages and paintings influenced by everything from Native American shamanism to Caribbean Vodou. The exhibition runs through April 5.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/celeb2w.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Celebrity Autobiography”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></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 “Celebrity Autobiography,” 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. Tonight’s lineup of readers includes some bona fide celebs themselves: Lainie Kazan and Gary Beach, along with creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel and local actor Stephen Anthony. “Celebrity Autobiography” runs through Feb. 1.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/liepe103_v-contentgross.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Science Meets Music: Building Brains”</strong></p> <p>Where: Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, One Max Planck Way, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/972-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One may be accomplished primarily through right-brain usage and other may be the purview of the left brain—or so we think. But this series, which premiered in 2014 at Max Planck, is out to prove that the rigor of scientific inquiry and the creative expression of music have more in common than we might assume. Each program in the monthly series will feature a live classical-music performance and an illuminating lecture from a Max Planck scientist; for the opening program, Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Max Planck’s scientific director and CEO, will speak about unraveling the mysteries of the human brain, while violinist Niklas Liepe (pictured) and pianist Tao Lin will perform compositions by Bach, Schubert and Sarasate. Best part of all? It’s free—but seating is limited, so try and arrive by 5:30.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/newwork.jpg" width="181"></p> <p><strong>What: “Sounds of the Times: New Work”</strong></p> <p>Where: New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20–$40</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-3330, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in the primitive days of silent cinema, city symphonies—explorations of a metropolis’ denizens, customs and its literal nuts and bolts, scored to classical music—were common. These days, experimental film artist Bill Morrison has kept the tradition of alive, producing city-specific works about Los Angeles and New York with colleague and composer Michael Gordon. This month marks the world premiere of their latest collaboration, a city symphony of Miami Beach commissioned by the New World Symphony. Gordon emerged from New York’s underground punk scene and embraces dissonance and minimalism in his rhythmic compositions, while Morrison is an award-winning artist whose work often employs decaying film stock. Specific details about the program are scant, given the project’s in-development nature, but it expect it to be the highlight of this showcase of brand-new work conducted by NWS artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas—one that fully integrates the venue’s immersive projection wall.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="621" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lld.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $62 ($77 for opening night w/reception)</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When 18<sup>th</sup> century aristocrats in movies and plays become bored—which is often—they don’t just sit down for a pint and a game of cribbage like the rest of us. These moneyed elite have their fun by wielding sex as a weapon, and playing with the emotional and mental lives of those beneath them—which is everybody. That’s the case with this oft-staged classic adapted by Christopher Hampton from the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos—and perhaps better known on our Anglofied shores as “Dangerous Liaisons.” Two such restive aristocrats play cruel games until love gets in the way in this dynamic period piece, which should be right up Palm Beach Dramaworks’ historical alley. Lynette Barkley will direct a terrific cast including Jim Ballard, Clay Cartland, Nanique Gheridian, Harriet Oser and Brian William Sheppard. The production runs through March 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/magician1.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Magician”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“I always liked Hollywood very much. It just wasn’t reciprocated.” This quote from Orson Welles epitomizes his love-hate relationship with Hollywood: He loved the moviemaking process, but the moviemaking industry hated him. Or at least it spent decades marginalizing one of the medium’s foremost artists after his debut “Citizen Kane”—completed when he was an unfathomable 25 years old—broke too many rules for its studio, RKO, to support. Hindsight has proven Welles the victor in the film history books, but it didn’t help his career when he was alive, panhandling for European money and resorting to shooting pea commercials to fund his eccentric, groundbreaking pictures. In “The Magician,” award-winning documentary filmmaker Chuck Workman explores Welles’ tragic, influential story, with help from colleagues and today’s major filmmakers. It’s a must-see prelude to the painstaking, belated reconstruction of Welles’ final film “The Other Side of the Wind,” which will premiere in March at the Miami International Film Festival.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/billyjoel-306-1406037795.jpg" width="306"></p> <p><strong>What: Billy Joel</strong></p> <p>Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38-$147</p> <p>Contact: 786/777-1250, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In its profile of Billy Joel last year, <em>The New Yorker</em> headlined its story “Thirty-three Hit Wonder,” which is both a respectful and cheeky way of expressing the Piano Man’s propensity for crafting pop gold from 88 keys and memorable, irony-free lyrics. Of course, he hasn’t written a hit in 21 years, making his live shows something of a nostalgia act, but he hasn’t lost an iota of his performance flair. And judging by the reactions at his usually sold-out concerts, his songs have aged as well as his still-sonorous voice. As an added bonus, his current tour will feature, in part, fan-voted selections of lesser-known Joel songs to accompany the megahits, making each performance unique and interactive.</p>John ThomasonMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:16:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSmoke BBQ Adds Lunch<p>If for some reason you haven’t chowed down on the best barbecue in South Florida at dinner, now you can do it at lunch.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/smokebbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That’s because <a href="" target="_blank">Smoke BBQ</a> (<em>8 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/330-4236</em>) is now serving lunch from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. A saintly 10 bucks will get a barbecue sandwich (brisket, pulled pork, “oink and moo” and chicken wings), plus a choice of sides like BBQ beans, potato salad, mac ‘n’ cheese and Smoke’s wickedly addictive house-made potato chips. They’ll even thrown in a non-alcoholic beverage, so you may go back to work stuffed to the gills but not wasted.</p> <p>They’ve also extended their 3-4-1 happy hour, which now runs from noon to 7 p.m. daily (except during Sunday happy hour). So now you really have no excuse.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 26 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsConcert Review: Lucinda Williams at Parker Playhouse<p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/8682b429d96fabc19b359ed4666ed82a-591d002251f9ac7348f694a73c5a9043.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Perhaps a few lucky South Floridians had the opportunity to see Lucinda Williams play on a cruise ship this past week. For those of who couldn’t afford to board the star-studded Cayamo Cruise, which returned to Fort Lauderdale Friday, Williams treated us to a passionate and dynamic performance at Parker Playhouse Saturday night, her last show before a two-week break, and her first South Florida gig in more than three years.</p> <p>Dressed in outlaw couture—all black, including leather jacket and boots—Williams drew heavily from her exceptional 2014 album “Where the Spirit Meets the Bone,” along with a smattering of hits and a few surprises that haven’t turned up in any recent set lists. That said, it took her a few songs to find her groove; during the first three tracks, she seemed disconnected from the audience and her own material, glancing far more than expected at the chords—or lyrics?—for songs that she’s played for years.</p> <p>But even Williams’ workmanlike approach early on didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the infectious swamp-blues of “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” or the unforgettably acrid punch of “Those Three Days,” a relative rarity on the set list. It helped that her band and the Playhouse’s sound system were pretty darn impeccable, to my ears: Close your eyes at any point, and you’d think you were listening to a live record. Rather than the guitar and bass melding into an indistinguishable sonic mass, you could hear every note from every instrument, absorbing the concert like an audiophile.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_0198.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>(Photo by Yafi Yair)</p> <p>Once Williams transitioned into a deeply touching set of country-tinged ballads, she must have regained her sea legs. She became more talkative, shedding new light on the origins of “Drunken Angel,” “Compassion” and especially “Lake Charles,” which she prefaced as one of her three “beautiful loser” songs. Spontaneous cries of “thank you!” erupted after that one.</p> <p>More songs about death, loss, injustice, and transcending these three things continued as the folk and country tunes gave way to a series of rock ‘n’ roll favorites, each of which sounded like a potential closer. The incredible, frenzied jam that concluded “Are You Down?” resulted in a justified, mid-show standing ovation from the majority of the audience. And the positive, anthemic foot-stomper “Everything But the Truth” was blistering and fiery—far better than the recorded version—and “Unsuffer Me” was positively epic, a slow-burning, molten rocker that brought out Williams’ inner head-banger. Again, the sound mix deserves our praise: The room was alive with every isolated <em>thwack</em> of the snare drum.</p> <p>Williams played two encores, bringing the show to more than two hours. It wasn’t until the last song of the first encore set—the exhilarating tent-revival spiritual “Get Right With God”—that the audience almost unanimously rose to its feet and danced. From there, we stayed upright for the rest of the show, which culminated in a howling Robert Johnson cover and a magnetic “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World,” sending us home inspired and rejuvenated. Neil Young would have been proud to hear it, and we felt privileged to experience it.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>1. Blessed</p> <p>2. Something Wicked This Way Comes</p> <p>3. Those Three Days</p> <p>4. Greenville</p> <p>5. Drunken Angel</p> <p>6. West Memphis</p> <p>7. Compassion</p> <p>8. When I Look at the World</p> <p>9. Lake Charles</p> <p>10. Bus to Baton Rouge</p> <p>11. Are You Down?</p> <p>12. Protection</p> <p>13. Out of Touch</p> <p>14. Everything But the Truth</p> <p>15. Unsuffer Me</p> <p>16. Essence</p> <p>17. Righteously</p> <p>18. Honeybee</p> <p><strong>ENCORE 1</strong></p> <p>19. Hickory Wind (Gram Parsons cover)</p> <p>20. Joy</p> <p>21. Get Right With God </p> <p><strong>ENCORE 2</strong></p> <p>22. Stop Breakin’ Down (Robert Johnson cover)</p> <p>23. Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover)</p>John ThomasonSun, 25 Jan 2015 16:17:00 +0000 & EventsMusicRhino Doughnuts now open in Mizner Plaza<p>The long-anticipated opening of <a href="" target="_blank">Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee</a> is now here. The designer donut spot opened up shop last week, bringing Boca a slew of decadent donuts that taste as good as they look.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1341.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Crème brulee, smores, strawberry daiquiri, peanut butter and jelly – that’s just a sample of what Rhino has to offer. The Sunrise-based commissary bakes a slew of flavors every morning, delivering them fresh to the Boca location’s door every day at 5 a.m.</p> <p>Popular staples, like cookies and cream and maple bacon, and the classic glazed and sprinkled donuts will be available daily, but expect a rotating menu every two to three days so there’s always something new to try.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1340.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There will also be “drunken” donuts – yep, that means exactly what you think it does – every Saturday and Sunday. Do note: they aren’t sold to anyone under 21.</p> <p><strong>Prices</strong></p> <p>Glazed/sprinkled: 99 cents</p> <p>Specialty donuts: $1.99</p> <p>Half dozen: $8.99</p> <p>Dozen: $15.99 – and comes with a free glazed donut!</p> <p>Prices at the Mizner Park location are cheaper than other Rhino locations. While there, you can also snag Rhino bites (donut holes) muffins, cinnamon buns the size of your face and giant cookies. Rhino also brews fresh coffee in the sizes big, bigger and biggest.</p> <p>We’ll keep you updated on the grand opening, which should fall sometime within the next two to three weeks.</p> <p><em>Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee is located at 126 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 23 Jan 2015 12:44:00 +0000 & ReviewsFat Rooster to Crow in Delray<p>If you’ve been wondering what Gary Rack has in mind for the former Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster spot next door to his hugely successful Racks Fish House &amp; Oyster Bar, here it is. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fatrooster.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Slated to debut mid-February is <a href="" target="_blank">Fat Rooster</a>, a “down ‘n’ dirty” Southern-style eatery featuring traditional and contemporary comfort fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late night noshing. Specifics aren’t available just yet but the menu from Rack’s exec chef Matthew Danaher will feature such staples of the Southern kitchen as fried chicken, biscuits, greens ‘n’ grits, that sort of thing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fatrooster2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Design too will pay homage to casual, comfortable Southern style—“old school meets Southern down ‘n’ dirty”—with, yes, lots of references to the restaurant’s namesake barnyard fowl. Stay tuned for more details as opening day nears.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 23 Jan 2015 11:47:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsStaff Picks: a tea room, the best popcorn and more<p><strong>Shaffer’s Tea Room</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/shaffers.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by</em><em> Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</em></p> <p>Not only does Shaffer's Tea Room have a huge selection of tasty blends of different organic teas and local baked goods, they also make some of the best tasting, home-brewed Kombucha I've ever tasted! Everything is brewed using a unique water filtration system that happens to also be used at the White House. They also offer an array of unique gifts that are handmade, from different parts of the world which give back to their respective communities when purchased. How cool is that!? Good vibes all around. </p> <p><em>(14 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="">Facebook</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>The Original Popcorn House in Delray Beach</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/originalpopcornhouse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</em></p> <p>“What's your flavor? How about cheeseburger or ketchup? It's all gourmet and freshly popped. The owner Geri says whatever flavor you think of, she’ll POP it!! One of her four kids may take your picture upon arrival and clothes pin it up on their wall. The best popcorn I've had!”</p> <p><em>(</em><em>10 N.E. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach // <a href=""></a></em><em>)</em></p> <p><strong>Four</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Seasons</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Beauty Bar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fourseasons.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</em></p> <p>“The perfect place to shop for that special someone for Valentine’s day, Four Seasons Beauty Bar carries a ‘not-to-be-found-just-anywhere’ selection of fragrances, skincare, hair care, makeup, bath and body, diffusers and candles. From the minute you walk through the door the amazing fragrances and beautiful bottles will transport your mood from hectic to ommmmm!” </p> <p>(5030 Champion Blvd, Boca Raton // <cite><a href=""></a></cite><cite>)</cite></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Fine Art Show</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/stadnycki_000118_962512_08759888_3329.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"Your average Joe Schmo with a palette and a canvas isn't going to be represented at this annual downtown Boca art fair—unless Joe Schmo happens to meet the rigorous qualifications of the festival's panel of jurors, which bring a combined total of 120 years experience to bear while judging originality, technique, execution and overall professionalism. The high quality of the Boca Raton Fine Art Show's juried process makes it as much an outdoor museum exhibition as an art sale, offering a state-of-the-arts survey that is designed to accommodate the pocketbooks of all attendees. Visit the fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday."</p> <p>(<a href=""></a>)</p>magazineFri, 23 Jan 2015 09:16:00 +0000;A: Susan T. Danis<p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2014-15_cosi_fan_tutte.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><em>(Cosi Fan Tutte, opening this weekend from Florida Grand Opera)</em></p> <p>To those of us who cover and attend the cultural arts in South Florida and elsewhere, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that funding for the opera isn’t as high as it was in centuries past, when it was a dominant form of popular entertainment. But even I was shocked to see just how dire Florida Grand Opera’s funding situation is in Broward County. The company announced earlier this month that if it doesn’t meet its fundraising goal of $600,000 by Jan. 31, it will be unable to bring its 2015-2016 season to the Broward Center. That’s because contributions from Broward County sank from $2,038,633 in 2010 to $574,644 in 2014.</p> <p>“FGO lost over $125,000 on its four productions at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts last season, and there is a projected loss again this season. Given FGO’s delicate financial condition, this cannot be repeated,” said FGO General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis in a statement.</p> <p>An anonymous donor quickly stepped forward, offering to match every dollar raised in this effort. But at the time of this writing, the company still has a steep climb toward meeting its goal, with just one more week to achieve it. Danis spoke to <em>Boca Raton</em> via phone to elaborate on the situation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fgo_susan-danis166x237.jpg" width="166"> </p> <p><strong>I was shocked that 2 million dollars in fundraising could dwindle to 574,000 in just a few years. What accounts for such a drop in Broward County contributions?</strong></p> <p>First of all, I’ve only been here since 2012, so what I’m saying is conjecture. What I know from talking with people is that for one thing, we have one person who is responsible for overseeing Broward operations. In 2006, we had five staff members working on the marketing and development in Broward. The Opera has contracted in response to the economic downturn and the incredible impact that the bottom falling out of the housing market has had on this area.</p> <p>Secondly, there were always a couple of key supporters in Broward that were very generous to us. Unfortunately, they’ve gone on to the great opera company in the sky. The challenge is that we’ve not had folks step forward with that same giving capacity.</p> <p><strong>What do you think it would mean for this community, culturally, if there were no performances in Broward?</strong></p> <p>I think it would be really bad. The company has been performing there since before the Broward Center opened. There was the Greater Miami Opera and the Opera Guild of Fort Lauderdale. They go way back; Miami goes back to 1941. They merged in 1994, but they were performing long before the Broward Center was built in 1989. It’s been a really important part of the cultural fiber of the community, and for it not to be there anymore would be a shame.</p> <p><strong>Raising so much money by Jan. 31 seems like a challenge, because there’s such a limited time frame. But has the matching pledge by this anonymous donor moved anybody else to make donations?</strong></p> <p>I would love to tell you yes. They have, but in small amounts. The key thing is that we’ve raised $574,000. The stretch is just the $50,000 needed to reach the $600 thousand goal. In the mailing we did to every active ticket-buyer that attends the Broward Center performances, we’re just ensuring that people are coming with us next year and that we don’t have a deficit in Broward. We just want you to say, ‘I’m going to stretch a little bit, and you can count on me for a gift this year.’ We’re trying to raise awareness that things aren’t profitable in Broward anymore.</p> <p><strong>Why is it that the company remains successful in Miami but not Broward?</strong></p> <p>I think it’s changing demographics. Both counties have changed a great deal. It seems to me that even in my time, the different art offerings continue to increase, and it always gives people more options to choose from. Since art and entertainment is delivered so electronically, many people are opting to stay home.</p> <p><strong>One of the larger questions is, is opera so much of an endangered art form that problems like this will continue to arise as the core audience ages out?</strong></p> <p>I think that’s a huge, overrated thing in the U.S. about the performing arts. Opera is an art form people come to when they’re a little older. If you’re raising kids, and you both work, it's tough to find time to go. But there are young people in the audience. It’s not all 70-plus-year-olds. We do lots to increase people coming in. It’s a bigger issue of how people consume culture. We’re all working on that as cultural arts organizations, so that people understand that while you can go to a movie theater and see a production at the Met or a ballet broadcast, it’s not the same experience as being live in a theater. The challenge is to convey to people that it is a unique experience.</p> <p><em>To make a pledge and help preserve professional opera in Broward County, contact FGO Senior Individual Giving Officer Max Kellogg at 305/403-3289 or e-mail </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>. The company’s latest production, “Cosi Fan Tutte,” runs Saturday, Jan. 24 through Jan. 31 at the Arsht Center in Miami, and Feb. 12 and 14 at the Broward Center. For tickets and information, visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: jewelry, a trunk show + new stores<p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/image006.jpg" width="432"></p> <p><strong>High-end items, low-end prices: </strong>Sawgrass Mills Mall never seems to stop expanding. The most recent announcement is the opening of two new boutiques in March: Italian label Brunello Cucinelli and denim expert 7 For All Mankind. <em>(12801 West Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise)</em></p> <p><strong>Fab and fine:</strong> Join Cristino Fine Jewelry for a Hera Trunk Show on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be Champagne and hors d’oeuvres at the reception, with proceeds from the event benefitting Best Foot Forward. <em><em>(421 S. Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/210-5222)</em></em></p> <p><strong>Cupcakes, Champagne + Shopping:</strong> Lilac and Lilies is hosting a trunk you don’t want to miss. From Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, the boutique is featuring California-based boho brand Veronica M. Schedule is as follows: Jan. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m.; Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. and Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cupcakes and Champagne will be served. <em>(2541 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 23 Jan 2015 08:18:00 +0000 NewsLiving Room’s New Cocktail Menu<p>Living Room is teaming up with Homestead’s <a href="" target="_blank">Verde Gardens</a> to produce a series of refreshing new cocktails. The new concoctions will feature fresh organic ingredients from the communal garden, including basil, cold-pressed apple and lemon juices, cucumber and jalapeño. </p> <p>Here’s the list of all the new cocktails, priced at $16 each:</p> <p><strong>Portobello Road</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/portobello_road_at_living_room.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>London Dry Gin, Lemon, Apple, Blackberry, Jalapeño, Fresh Basil</p> <p><strong>Fire on Ice</strong></p> <p>London Dry Gin, Lemon, Avocado, Ancho Chile Liqueur, Sage, Habanero Bitter</p> <p><strong>Spotlight</strong></p> <p>Raspberry Vodka, Fresh Strawberry, Cherry Bitter, Champagne</p> <p><strong>Pepper &amp; Pine</strong></p> <p>Reposado Tequila, Lime, Bitter Artichoke, Mild Yellow Pepper, Pineapple</p> <p><strong>Greenhouse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/green_house_at_living_room.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Local Vodka, Lime, Elderflower Liqueur, Sage, Rosemary</p> <p><strong>Tavarishch</strong></p> <p>Rye, Amaro, Yuzu, Maple Syrup</p> <p><strong>El Camino</strong></p> <p>Reposado Tequila, Lime, Carrot, Mild Red Pepper, Cinnamon, Sage</p> <p><strong>Rosewood</strong></p> <p>Gin, Lime, Pear, Elderflower, Cardamom Bitters, Pomegranate</p> <p><strong>Mezclado Unido</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mezcal_unido_at_living_room.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Mezcal, Lime, Ancho Chile Liqueur, Aperol, Grapefruit, Basil, Soda</p> <p><em>Living Room is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel &amp; Residences. For more information, call 305/938-3000 or visit </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 22 Jan 2015 11:26:00 +0000 Moms to Watch on Instagram<p>It’s no secret that most Boca moms LIVE for social media. Online groups or chat rooms discuss <a href="">parenting drama</a>, Facebook is a forum for planning play-dates around town…where there’s a mom + a smart phone, there’s another status update about her <strong><em>#bocakid</em></strong>.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="570" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/modernbocamom.png" width="400"> </p> <p align="center"><em>Guilty as charged…</em> </p> <p>I personally love <span>Instagram</span>. It’s my favorite social media platform by far. I think moms who take the time to post interesting and beautiful photos on Instagram are marvelous. In fact, when I moved back to Boca, the first hashtag I searched to fill out <a href="">my Instagram feed</a> was <strong><em>#bocamom</em></strong>.</p> <p>I’ve weeded through most of the search results for you and have the <strong><em>Boca Mom Talk</em></strong> on the top fabulous local moms to watch (and follow!) on Instagram:</p> <p><strong>The Luxury Mom</strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong>@lalainboca</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>1.4k followers</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><img alt="" height="495" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lalainboca.png" width="400"> </p> <p>If you’ve ever wanted an inside look at the life of a fashionable (and purse-obsessed) mommy-member of the <a href="">Boca Resort</a>, follow the ultimate Boca luxury mom <a href="">@lalainboca</a>. Her account is visual candy. I love it. A stay-at-home mommy to Landon (8) and Luca (1), Loretta Barsotti, has called Boca home since 2003. She and hubby, entrepreneur Mike Maguire, love raising their two boys here because Boca truly has it all.</p> <p>“The city is safe and schools are top rated,” Barsotti says. “My older son enjoys academics at <em>Saint Andrew's School</em> and sports year-round, while my toddler and I spend our free time at Mommy &amp; Me classes and the pool at <em>The Boca Beach Club</em>.”</p> <p><strong>Her top three</strong><strong> <em>#bocakid</em> biz picks:</strong> Elegant Child, iPic Theaters and the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club </p> <p><strong>The Stylish Mom</strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong>@aprilgolightly</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>7.6k followers</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><img alt="" height="473" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/aprilgolightly.png" width="400">  </p> <p>A Boca-based lifestyle and fashion blogger after my own heart, April Erhard of <a href=""></a>, is the Boca mom you MUST follow for fun, yet realistic style advice. Mommy to an 18-month-old little girl, <a href="">@aprilgolightly</a> has been enjoying and featuring the fashionable Boca Raton lifestyle on her site for almost two years with her husband Kevin, a filmmaker and senior project manager.</p> <p>“We love Boca because it’s a safe city with great people, good schools and plenty of things to do with kids like the free, outdoor family movie nights at Boca Center,” Erhard says. “It’s perfect for parents like us who miss going to movies.”</p> <p><strong>Her top three</strong><strong> <em>#bocakid</em> biz picks:</strong> Farmer's Table, Patch Reef Park, The Shoppes at Boca Center<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>The Organic Mom</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">@essentiallyerika</a></strong></p> <p><strong>1.6k followers</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><img alt="" height="513" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/essentiallyerika.png" width="400"> </p> <p>If you have any appreciation for organic or natural living (and parenting), follow write-at-home mom, Erika Villolobos. In fact, her blog <a href=""></a> focuses on raising her two boys, Evan (4) and Nate (3) with husband Victor, in a playful environment that’s always as all natural and wholehearted as possible.</p> <p>“Boca Raton, my home for 8 years, is a mini melting pot. It is an awesome place to raise kids because it can accommodate every family style,” Villolobos says. “One moment you could be shopping at Saks, and the next you're watching a sea turtle release at Spanish River Beach. While parenting in Boca Raton, I've come across some of the fanciest over-the-top moms and some of the most down-to-earth tree huggers. Being a native New Yorker myself, I can appreciate the diversity.”</p> <p><strong>Her top three</strong><strong> <em>#bocakid</em> biz picks:</strong> Sunflower Creative Arts, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Sugar Sand Park/Science Explorium</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 22 Jan 2015 10:10:00 +0000 Ball is this weekend!<p><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/sheriff's_corral_table.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>It’s that time again—the fun party of the season—the Caribbean Cowboy Ball! You’ve got about two days to snag those last-minute tickets for the party—which is all about cowboy hats, bales of hay, an open bar and fireworks on the Intracoastal. It’s easy (which is why everyone in town goes)—and a welcome departure from that stuffy black-tie gala model. All proceeds benefit the beloved George Snow Scholarship Fund, which sends deserving low-income scholars to college.</p> <p>And, again, this year, the ball will feature a chance to land the coveted Sheriff’s Corral Table (pictured), at which you and nine of your guests get “upgraded” from a regular table, receive a fabulous goody bag filled with gifts valued at over $500 and get treated like royalty while feasting on a special surf and turf menu and flowing Champagne served by none other than the president of the George Snow Scholarship Fund, Mr. Tim “swamp daddy” Snow himself.  (To see all the benefits of this fabulous sponsorship and all the other sponsorship opportunities <a href="" target="_blank">click here.</a>  They will also raffle off a Sheriff's Corral Table.)</p> <p>So saddle on up and get to the party. Here are the particulars:</p> <p>When: Jan. 24 from 6 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Where:  <a href=";city=Boca%20Raton&amp;state=Fl&amp;zip=33432" target="_blank" title="Red Reef Park">Show map</a> Red Reef Park (<em>1400 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p>Contact: Debi Feiler at 561/347-6799 or <a href=""></a></p> <p>Price: $175/ticket.  <a href=";ref=events_7_16&amp;rtype=16">Purchase tickets here.</a></p>Marie SpeedThu, 22 Jan 2015 08:06:00 +0000 EventsBoca election shake-up, Cuba news &amp; other notes<h3><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/city-cou.png" width="300"></h3> <h3>Boca election update</h3> <p>In barely a week, the dynamic of the Boca Raton City Council election has dramatically changed.</p> <p>As the qualifying deadline of Jan. 12 loomed, the race figured to be a spitting content between former friends Frank Chapman and Armand Grossman with IBMer—yes, the company still has a presence in the city—Jeremy Rodgers trying to stay out of the crossfire and casting himself as the compromise candidate. Chapman’s wife had financed two early mailers attacking Grossman’s business record, and Chapman was promising more. Grossman was vowing “legal action.”</p> <p>Then on that final day of qualifying, Realtor and Junior Leaguer Jamie Sauer got into the Seat C race. (Robert Weinroth won a full term in Seat D with no opposition.) And this week, Grossman dropped out.</p> <p>Sauer thus emerges as the establishment choice, with all the backing that distinction brings. Steven Abrams, a former Boca mayor and city council member and now the county commissioner representing the city, already had said he would assist Sauer. Now Susan Whelchel, who served as mayor until last year, will hold a fundraiser at her Boca Raton Yacht &amp; Country Club home on Jan. 29. Sauer held her kickoff party Tuesday night at iPic in Mizner Park.</p> <p>By withdrawing, Grossman removes Chapman’s most prominent target. Sauer’s supporters, some of whom first had been willing to back Grossman, had been urging Grossman to give up the race after Sauer entered. Grossman had done almost nothing publicly—short of being outraged— to counteract the mailers, even though the first went through around Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Especially with turnout expected to be lower than last year— when the mayor’s race got lots of attention—no one should underestimate the Junior League network and how much it could help Sauer. Also, Grossman introduced Sauer at the iPic event. He said Sauer and Rodgers are “two good candidates.” Chapman, Grossman said, “would be a disaster.” Grossman withdrew because “I wasn’t prepared for slimeball politics” that “besmirches Boca’s reputation.” Grossman said he “wasn’t trying to launch a political career, not at this age”—he turns 72 next month—“but this is what (Chapman) does.”</p> <p>Chapman told me Wednesday that he “wishes Armand well.” The campaign, he said, “will be about the complicated financial and development issues that affect our town.”</p> <p>Here’s the response from a consultant who has been helping Chapman: “It’s become pretty clear that the development community and the political establishment have found their candidate in Jamie Sauer. What they fail to realize is that the residents in the community get to pick who will represent them, not the elites.”</p> <p>That sounds like the campaign theme of Anthony Majhess, who lost to Mayor Susan Haynie a year ago. It also sounds ironic, since Chapman ran unsuccessfully in 2012 against the anti-establishment Majhess. But Chapman is right that Sauer has the establishment with her. Now we will see if there’s a gentle push to get Rodgers out of the race and further enhance the Sauer-Chapman distinction.</p> <p>“I’m sure there are people who will reach out that way,” Rodgers told me Wednesday, “but we’re going to see this through until (Election Day.”) Of Grossman’s departure, Rodgers said, “I like Armand, but this is good news for me.” Now I’m the only FAU candidate in the race.” Grossman is an FAU grad and former trustee.</p> <h3>The Elad factor</h3> <p>Those anti-Grossman mailers came from a Tampa-based election communications organization (ECO), which meant that those who got the mailers didn’t know that they had come from Chapman. Mailers from a similar ECO were critical in helping Delray Beach City Commissioner Al Jacquet defeat challenger Chris Davey a year ago.</p> <p>I keep hearing that Elad Properties, which wants to build <a href="/search/?q=New+Mizner+on+the+Green" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>, will spend money in the Boca council race. New Mizner on the Green is the four-tower condo project Broward-based Elad wants to build to replace Mizner on the Green, the rental complex just east of Royal Palm Place. The towers would be roughly 200 feet higher than rules allow for that location.</p> <p>Elad had representatives at Boca polling places for the November election. The company sent a mailer to city residents seeking support for the project, noting that the company owns five apartment complexes in the city, and followed that up with a telephone poll. That mailer was labeled as coming from Elad.</p> <p>Because Elad wants such a large deviation from the rules, a council member at this point would have to propose an amendment to the downtown plan for the council to consider the project. William Shewalter, Elad’s senior executive officer, donated $1,000—the maximum—to Weinroth, who after paying expenses will donate his now-unneeded contributions to charities.</p> <p>Despite the contribution, Weinroth on Wednesday affirmed to me his opposition to New Mizner on the Green. It will be interesting to see if, and how, Elad gets involved in the remaining council election.</p> <h3>Cuba news                                        </h3> <p>It’s been a big week for Cuba-related politics.</p> <p>In First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at the State of the Union Address was Alan Gross, the United States Agency for International Development contractor whom the Cuban government imprisoned in 2009 for allegedly spying by trying to set up Internet connections in a country that restricts such access. Cuba released Gross last month, at which time President Obama announced a normalization of relations between the countries after more than 50 years.</p> <p>Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, responded by having as his guest Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo. Her father, a Cuban dissident, died in a 2012 car crash that Rubio and others believe was a government-arranged murder. House Speaker John Boehner also invited two dissidents to show his disapproval of Obama’s opening to Cuba.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the highest-level talks between American and Cuban officials since the late 1970s took place in Havana. The talks continue today on the issue of re-establishing embassies.</p> <p>Some Cuban-Americans in South Florida never will support any change as long as a Castro rules Cuba and the many legal claims against Cuba remain. But it remains ironic that in the name of promoting freedom in Cuba the United States has forbidden Americans from traveling to Cuba except under rules that the Obama administration began easing last week, when Cuba released 53 political prisoners. Their release was a condition of the agreement Obama announced last month.</p> <p><em>The New York Times</em> just listed Cuba second among its 52 Places to Visit in 2015. Soon, South Floridians may be able to take that trip without asking the government’s permission or going through a third country.</p> <h3>Delray’s never-ending trash issue                                    </h3> <p>A wrinkle developed Tuesday night as the Delray Beach City Commission debated a new trash-hauling contract.</p> <p>A resident suggested, based on some emails, that one of the five bidders may have violated the “cone of silence.” The term—from the 1960s comedy “Get Smart”—applies to the period after the city asks for bids on a contract. All questions for the companies are supposed to have been answered, and the only contact bidders may have is with the city’s purchasing director. It’s designed to prevent last-minute lobbying.</p> <p>Delray Beach City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me Wednesday that he in the “early stages” of reviewing the emails, which “potentially raise cone of silence questions.” One problem, Pfeffer said, is that “I have a string of (email) threads. I don’t have context.” He hopes to have a recommendation for the next meeting on Feb. 3, when the commission also is supposed to discuss the Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District.</p> <p>If there was a violation, any contract could be “voidable,” Pfeffer said. A selection committee ranked Waste Management first among the five bidders even though the company wasn’t the lowest bidder. </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, 22 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityTheater Review: &quot;I and You&quot; at Arts Garage<p>Lauren Gunderson’s “<strong>I and You</strong>” is a two-character play, but for all intents and purposes, it’s a triangle involving a third, unseen character who’s been dead for 122 years. That would be Walt Whitman, the renegade poet, whose lyrical words color the play’s action, adding brighter hues to an already vibrant canvas.</p> <p>Running through Feb. 8 at the Theatre at Arts Garage, the play is set in the upstairs bedroom of Caroline (Gracie Winchester), a terminally ill teenager who has had to virtually withdraw from school for medical reasons. As the play opens, an unexpected visitor materializes: It’s Anthony (Terry Guest), a schoolmate she’s never met, and he’s quoting from Whitman’s <em>Leaves of Grass</em>. He’s partially completed a class project on Whitman, shoddily arranged on posterboard, and of everyone in the class, he selected <em>her</em> as his partner. Did he mention it’s due tomorrow?</p> <p><img alt="" height="606" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/i-you-full.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Caroline is immediately hostile toward the invader holding the dog-eared poetry collection, the chicken-scratch posterboard and the peace offering of waffle fries, because after all, why is he here? She doesn’t go to school any longer, and why would she be interested in some old dead poet?</p> <p>She’ll have the next hour and a half to come around, and hearing Whitman’s words read by these fine young actors, it would be hard for anyone not to. In its most thrilling sections, “I and You” is a work of admirable literary criticism, looking afresh at Whitman through the perceived eyes of 21<sup>st</sup> century high schoolers, from Anthony’s persuasive passion to Caroline’s gradually budding interest. Through the prism of Whitman, these carefully chosen opposites—in race, gender, health, upbringing and world view—spin off into conversational waters both shallow and deep, from tastes in music to confrontations of mortality, which both have faced. It all leads toward a surprise ending that throws everything you’ve seen into an elusive tailspin.</p> <p>For a play about a sick teen, “I and You” is buoyantly funny, because Gunderson and director Lou Tyrell possess an innate understanding of the diction and syntax of young people—of their ability to dance around sensitive subjects one moment, and speak with uncouth bluntness and linguistic brinkmanship the next. Even their complements sound like resentful insults. The characters talk with an abundance of unnecessary “like”s and say things such as, “That’s what you get for homework-bombing a sick girl” and “When everybody’s so nice, nice is fake.” They are both wise beyond their years and full of contradictions; Gunderson has gifted these actors with parts that frequently defy cookie-cutter reductionism.</p> <p>Winchester and Guest are mostly right on; the former could dial back some of the fury in the opening moments, when the level of hostility doesn’t always ring true, and the latter stumbled more than once over some lines last weekend. But once they find their groove, their chemistry is palpable, the sexual tension thick as frozen cake. Tyrell’s direction is punctuated by deft touches skillfully translated, like the way Winchester first handles <em>Leaves of Grass</em> like it’s a dead animal she’s forced to carry to the garbage, or her uncomfortable—yet possibly exciting—shift in body position when Guest first sidles up to her on the cozy trunk at the foot of her bed. Tyrell contracts the space with deliberate slowness, bringing them ever closer together just as their Whitman project draws to a revelatory finish.</p> <p>Robert F. Wolin’s scenic design is an IKEA showroom <em>par excellence</em>, a densely propped adolescent shrine neatly organized in a boxy green shelf unit: <em>Twilight</em> books, board games, color-coded trinkets, photography equipment, stuffed animals that may or may not be sentimental remnants of childhood. There are laptops and iPhones, too, but they’re visibly powered off even when the characters use them, which is one of the show’s few dramaturgical oversights.</p> <p>If the set seems a little <em>too</em> immaculate, well—there’s a reason for it. You’ll have to wait for the mystical climax to put all the pieces together, and it’s a heck of an effective twist, one that addresses the transcendent deathlessness of Whitman’s text as much as the characters’ own mysteries. It’s poetry in motion. </p> <p><em>“I and You” runs through Feb. 8 at the Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $30 to $45. Call 561/450-6357 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 21 Jan 2015 14:46:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachTheatreArmadillo Cafe Coming to Boca<p>An armadillo is coming to Boca, and I don't mean the mammalian cross between a giant rat and an armored car.</p> <p><img alt="" height="244" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/armadillo.png" width="490"></p> <p>What I do I mean Kevin McCarthy’s <strong>Armadillo Cafe</strong>, for 16 years a fixture of the restaurant scene in Davie, reborn in 2006 as the Armadillo Beach Restaurant in Dania beach (which closed in 2009). Since then McCarthy, who got his start locally in the Dennis Max restaurant empire, has done catering, consulting and for almost two years was top toque at the Gulfstream Park racetrack and casino in Hallandale Beach.</p> <p>Details are virtually nonexistent and the restaurant’s <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> is only a shell, but it’s set to debut “soon” (reportedly sometime this month) on Glades Road just west of the turnpike. I’ll get back to you when I find out more.</p>Bill CitaraWed, 21 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsGet off the Couch: a 5k Training Program<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Go from zero to 5k with the help of Boca’s own Carol Virga.</p> <p>Virga, co-owner of <a href="" target="_blank">Runner’s Edge</a> in Boca Raton, will be starting the <strong>2015 Carol’s Couch Potato 5K Training Program</strong>. The program, which runs from Feb. 12 through April 26, is perfect for non-runners who need to get off that couch for the New Year and want to give a 5K a try.</p> <p><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/405.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Virga makes training fun, taking participants through run-walk intervals with a focus on fitness. This program is not focused on competition. Instead, the emphasis is on individualized training by an experienced coach, so participants progress at their own speed.</p> <p>It includes personalized coaching, a run/walk schedule, three group meetings each week, free entry to an upcoming 5K, discounts on Runner’s Edge clothing and more.</p> <p>Sound good? The cost for the 10-week program is $99.  Orientation will be held on Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The first class is on Saturday, Feb. 15.</p> <p>Runner’s Edge is located at 3193 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561/361-1950 or click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>How about an event that combines going to the mall with getting fit? <a href="" target="_blank">Boynton Beach Mall</a> will be the site of <strong>B-Fit Fitness</strong> on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Just venture to the mall’s center court and you’ll find the Youfit health club-sponsored event, featuring fitness demonstrations like Zumba fitness dance, plus retailers presenting the latest in footwear, nutrition and more. There will also be live music, entertainment and opportunities for giveaways.</p> <p>Boynton Beach Mall is located on the Congress Corridor between Gateway Boulevard and Old Boynton Road.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 talk and more on what immigration reform means to Florida<h3>Trash talk      </h3> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/trash_can.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>“We’ve already won,” Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein says of the city’s nearly two-year debate over its largest contract, for trash collection. Tonight, the city commission will decide how much residents could benefit from that victory.</p> <p>Glickstein means that no matter which company gets Delray Beach’s business, the city will have awarded the contract the right way—through competitive bidding. The commission did it the wrong way in August 2012, when it extended Waste Management’s contract for eight years without seeking bids. Waste Management has had the contract since 2003, when it bought out Browning-Ferris, and never had to submit a bid until last year.</p> <p>The change came because the commission that took office in March 2013 challenged the previous commission’s refusal to seek bids. That refusal came after the Office of Inspector General had disagreed with the former city attorney and city manager that Delray didn’t need to bid the contract. The commission hired a lawyer, and last March won without a trial. Waste Management then settled, paying the city’s legal fees and agreeing not to appeal in return for the city letting Waste Management stay on while searching for a permanent contractor.</p> <p>After which, Delray began asking for those bids. After which, a selection committee ranked the five bidders.</p> <p>The top choice? Waste Management, with only a minimal saving for residents.</p> <p>There would be more savings if the commission went with Southern Waste Systems, which submitted the low bid and was ranked second. But under the committee’s criteria for ranking the companies, price counts for just 50 percent. Five other factors, among them experience and record of service, count a combined 50 percent.</p> <p>Judging by email comments to commissioners, most residents want the added savings. Two of the comments are especially worth noting.</p> <p>Ken MacNamee is one of Delray Beach’s self-appointed financial watchdogs, and he has a record on this issue. His complaint led to that inspector general’s finding on the contract. MacNamee, who lives on a canal east of the Intracoastal Waterway in one of Delray’s most affluent areas, calculates that Waste Management’s bid is 14 percent higher than that from Southern Waste Systems, which would mean at least an extra $9 million-plus for Waste Management over the seven years of the contract.</p> <p>Josh Smith, who for at least 15 years has advocated for Delray Beach’s poorer neighborhoods, emailed the commissioners to criticize the price difference and the harm to low-income residents. All residents pay the same trash-hauling fee. Smith argues that Waste Management had many chances to lower rates in return for those years without having to bid, but did not cut residents a break. Smith also favors Southern Waste Systems in part because the company said it would hire six employees from Delray’s northwest and southwest neighborhoods.</p> <p>Despite Glickstein’s comment that Delray Beach has restored the “integrity of the process,” there still are problems. Though the staff recommendation is for the commission to approve the committee’s rankings, the recommendation does not come from City Manager Don Cooper. He just started work this month. The recommendation comes from the chief purchasing officer and the chief financial officer.</p> <p>Cooper did not choose the five committee members—four city staff members and Howard Ellingsworth, a Delray accountant and son of the late Ken Ellingsworth, a civic icon. Cooper did not decide on the criteria. Terry Stewart did all that while serving as interim manager. Cooper, though, will be responsible for making sure the winner lives up to the contract. Glickstein told me that Cooper “has questions about the methodology” the committee used.</p> <p>As the memo to commissioners notes, after the committee’s last meeting city staff changed the price comparison in a way that narrowed the difference between Southern Waste Systems and Waste Management. The memo also says the contract “has been revised to conform to Waste Management’s proposal” and now “includes a new Exhibit 13, which described the ‘optional benefits’ and services offered by Waste Management in its proposal.” There is no similar exhibit for the other four companies.</p> <p>The pricing change and the variables involved led Commissioner Shelly Petrolia to complain in an email to me that the commission will be looking at three numbers for its debate, not just one. She told me that she will be raising several issues, and it’s clear that she is skeptical about the committee’s ranking.</p> <p>I spoke Monday with Commissioner Jordana Jarjura. She would not comment, saying she was still reading the material and waiting to meet with city staff. It does not worry Jarjura that Cooper was not involved, she said, because “I have faith” in the chief financial officer and city attorney who were very involved. “The core issue,” she said, “is the process. We need to get the best vendor,” adding that price is not the only issue.</p> <p>Glickstein points out that the commission is awarding what could amount to a 12-year contract. The commission could accept the recommendation and open negotiations with Waste Management, reject the proposals, rank the bidders by its own standards or ask the selection committee to reconsider. “If you have to redo this,” Glickstein told me, so that the new city manager is comfortable with the selection and no questions remain, “so be it.”</p> <p>I also contacted Commissioner Adam Frankel. He emailed to say that he would not respond to questions, because “over the last several months you continually have manipulated my positions and votes to facilitate your biased blogs to advance your own personal agenda.” Frankel voted to give Waste Management that extension in 2012, and he opposed the legal challenge to the decision.</p> <p>Commissioner Al Jacquet voted against the 2012 extension and for the legal challenge.</p> <p>It’s taken Delray Beach 2 ½ years to reach this point. If there are still too many questions after the discussion tonight, the commission should wait on the decision or order a do-over.</p> <h3>Immigration reform and Florida</h3> <p>Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made a political statement by approving a Department of Home Security spending bill that it hopes would undo President Obama’s 2012 executive order and 2014 executive action on immigration. In response, the woman who represents most of this area in the House will make her own statement.</p> <p>Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat whose district includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach and coastal communities north to Palm Beach, will bring as her guest to Obama’s State of the Union Address an accomplished young woman to whom that 2012 executive order applies.</p> <p>Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Charlene Rupert has been spared deportation. According to Frankel’s office, Rupert came here from Venezuela with her mother, who had a visa. Rupert, though, was undocumented. Yet she graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts, attends Palm Beach State College and wants to be an immigration lawyer. Rupert can attend PBSC at in-state tuition rates, thanks to action last year by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.</p> <p>Frankel’s choice of Rupert is crafty. To many Americans, the stereotypic illegal immigrant is from Mexico. Even after the death of Hugo Chavez, however, Republicans especially consider Venezuela an enemy of America, even as most of them also opposed Obama’s actions to help illegal immigrants.</p> <p>Three of the 10 Republicans who voted against their party on immigration are from Miami-Dade County. But many gerrymanded House districts nationwide have tiny foreign-born populations. So immigration reform can be vital to Florida and this region—attracting foreign entrepreneurs would be good for Boca—but a political liability to many lawmakers.</p> <p>The Senate won’t go along with the House’s symbolic vote. The longer Congress waits to pass immigration reform, the more Congress hurts Florida.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 20 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityLime to Tart Up West Boca<p>If you like fast-casual Mexican fare—think Chipotle with more sex appeal, a bigger menu and a touch of SoBe-SoCal flash—then keep your taste buds peeled for the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Lime Fresh Mexican Grill</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/limefresh.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Slated to open this spring in the Shadowood Square shopping mall on Glades Road just east of the turnpike, it will mark the chain’s first Palm Beach location after debuting in 2004 on Alton Road in South Beach. Founder John Kunkel (who now owns the 50 Eggs restaurant group in Miami) built the concept to a dozen or so outlets, then sold it to the Ruby Tuesday folks, who’ve embarked on a major expansion.</p> <p>The menu is all the usual Mexican culinary suspects—nachos, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos and the like—with a display of cold beer and a roster of hot sauces, plus a trio of desserts. I hit up the Alton Road Lime not long after it opened and thought the place was a gas and the food was pretty good. I’m curious to see what Ruby Tuesdays has done with it.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 20 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsQ&amp;A: Amanda Perna<p dir="ltr">A warehouse alongside the railroad tracks may seem like a world away from high fashion runways. That was until Project RUnway alumna <strong>Amanda Perna</strong> opened up her fashion studio in Delray’s Artist Alley. Behind those doors, art comes to life in the form of <a href="" target="_blank">House of Perna</a>’s bold, bright, print-driven designs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/amanda_perna_-_the_house_of_perna_shop.png" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">Perna always had a love for fashion. In high school, the Coral Springs native would spray paint her shoes and make purses out of cigar boxes and ripped jeans. But she never considered making it her career until she transferred to University of Alabama and discovered the Department of Clothing and Textiles. While in school, she interned for Oscar de la Renta then landed a job at Calvin Klein after graduation. In 2011, she was cast on Project Runway. Although she didn’t win, the experience gave her enough exposure to launch her brand. Between finishing up her latest collection and getting ready for Delray Beach Fabulous Fashion Week, Perna made time to meet up with Boca Raton magazine and discuss her designs.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Boca Mag: What influenced you to become a clothing designer?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Amanda Perna: I was always one of those people who just loved fashion. I was more involved in theater though, so it was a process that started with my obsession with the costume department and seeing how the costumes made me feel like my character. Eventually once I realized that fashion design was an actual career, I wound up falling in love with it. It was kinda the psychology of what makes a women feel amazing and how you could help people feel incredible by creating clothing.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: Tell me a little about your design process.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: Everyone has their own process. Mine used to be very regimented. I first started with color, then print, then bodies but now I’m kinda all over the place. It’s whatever I feel inspires me first. For me its about not forcing it; [it's about] loving what I’m doing.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: Living in New York as long as I did, [the city] stuck with me and it will always stick with me. I do a lot more things that are architectural since living there. Then just traveling in general and seeing what different people in different places wear. Obviously living in Florida has always influenced me. My choice of color is very Floridian. My choice of prints are always very bold. And then it's the customer. She always inspires me.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: What has been the most exciting milestone for you as a designer?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: Really it was getting our space, having a physical place where I go to work everyday. That and being able to work on this full time. It was my five-year plan and we did it in a year and a half. When they put the sign up, I freaked out. My whole family was taking pictures of it. I started in my apartment in New York and now we have 900 square feet that belongs to House of Perna.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: How does having your own line compare to working with other designers?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: It’s crazy, when I was at Calvin, we were the big dog. Money was no object. We did what we had to do. Owning my own business, I’m a little guy. We’re just starting out so we have to be smart about how we do things. The beauty of it is that I get to create what I see, the way I want the world to look. When you're working for a brand, they have their aesthetic. You have to get in the head of someone else, whereas here, it's a free-for-all for me.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: What did you gain as a designer from being on Project Runway?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: It gives you a very thick skin. It taught me that not everyone’s gonna love me, not everyone's gonna love what I do, but I need to stay true to who I am and what I believe in as a designer.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: Why did you choose Delray Beach for your studio?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>AP: Once we launched the brand, we wanted to come back to Florida to be close to family. We were initially thinking about Miami because that’s where fashion is right now. We went down there and we didn’t love it. It wasn’t quaint and cute and fun and walkable. Then we found Artists Alley. We were so lucky they had space for us. I love being surrounded by amazing, internationally known artists. It’s very inspiring.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: What is a House of Perna women?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: She’s somebody who likes to stand out in the crowd. She’s a powerful women. She’s not a wallflower. She’s proud of who she is and wants people to see what she’s wearing. She’s casual yet sophisticated. She wants to always look chic and fabulous, but she doesn’t always want to make such an effort.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: How do you plan to grow House of Perna?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: Now that we have a really good sense of who our girl is and what she’s looking for we’re really ready to go and push and make it bigger. We are relaunching our website next week with an e-commerce boutique. We leave Jan. 26 to debut the Fall 2015 line at the Atlanta Apparel Mart. We’re also expanding into a bridal collection, which were really excited about. 2015 is gonna be a big year for us.</p> <p dir="ltr">Amanda Perna will be showcasing her designs at Delray Beach Fabulous Fashion Week. On Sunday Jan 18. she participated in the Cornell Museum’s “Recycled Runway” show. The line will also be featured at the “Bold in Print” show on Jan. 20 and the Delray Beach Designer Showcase on Jan. 24. Her collection will be available for purchase at the Vendor Showcase on Jan. 24. For more information check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or stop by her studio at <em>350 N.E 4th Ave., Delray Beach</em> for its open house every first Friday and third Thursday of the month.</p>Annie PizzutelliTue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 BeachFashionProfilesShoppingThe Week Ahead: Jan. 20-26<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/1605_093412_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Palm Beach Poetry Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Various start times</p> <p>Cost: Varies by event</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Poetry is not only still alive in 2015. At least on a local level, it’s thriving, with the 11<sup>th</sup> annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival promising one of the strongest celebrations of poetic license it’s ever organized. As usual, readings, lectures, performances and workshops will fill the Delray Center for the Arts over the next week, including headliner Dana Gioia (pictured), former Chairman of the National Endowment for Arts, who will read at 4 p.m. Tuesday. And such niche household names as Thomas Lux, Linda Gregerson and Molly Peacock will perform throughout the week. But what’s especially unique about this year’s program is that it’s expanding into other art forms: At 8 p.m. Friday, the festival will host “Ballet’s Child,” a ballet performance inspired by the poems of Lani Scozzari, choreographed by Donna Murray. Visit the festival’s website for the complete schedule.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/b65cgricaaistvb.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Song One”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 9:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Anne Hathaway suffers her share of haters from the TMZ set and the unforgiving blogosphere, but she’s easy to like in “Song One,” a low-key, musically driven indie drama opening at select theaters this weekend. She plays an archaeology graduate student summoned home from an excursion in Morocco after her brother, a college dropout turned busker, is struck by a car in New York City and winds up in a potentially fatal coma. As she comes to terms with the possible sudden loss of a loved one—compounded by the guilt she feels for cutting off contact with him following his career choice—she discovers his passion for music by reading his diaries, visiting his favorite music clubs and attending a performance by his favorite singer-songwriter (played by Johnny Flynn, an Irish actor-musician). She strikes up a friendship-cum-romance with the musician as the coma drags on, burying her grief and regret in local shows by the likes of Sharon Van Etten, the Felice Brothers and Dan Deacon, who all play themselves and lend the movie a documentary-like cachet. The film’s denouement feels rote and too movie-ish, but “Song One” is a fine little gem about the transcendent power of music. It also opens at Cinema Paradiso Hollywood and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2b03fe5ca59581ee5607debb658f23e9.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Martha Graham Dance Company</strong></p> <p>Where: Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/868-3309, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Arguably, no American dance outfit has a stronger brand than the Martha Graham Dance Company, the organization founded in 1926 by a woman whose dance talent has been likened to Picasso’s artistry and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. Graham’s influence hangs heavily over a program of classics and premieres: The dancer’s grief-ridden 1930 solo “Lamentation” will be rebooted by some of today’s top choreographers in “The Lamentation Variations.” The program also includes “Diversion of Angels,” a lyrical, abstract essay on love’s infinite possibilities; “Errand Into the Maze,” a duet inspired by the myth of Theseus; and “Echo,” a brand-new work funded by the National Dance Project.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/twjzw3uze8lbizvhahmzxzg_h72qm5ydaskqwiwa9b0,4zaq8v8j9gqzr2hnjdzejof381qk7fnrp_1yarnhp08.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>Miami City Ballet Program II</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20-$175</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>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><strong>What: Jeff Ross</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/jeffross.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $22, with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fresh off its sold-out engagements with Lisa Lampanelli last weekend, the Palm Beach Improv returns with another caustic comic who knows his way around a good insult: Jeff Ross, the anointed Roastmaster General, who possesses the special ability to brutally roast just about anyone over an open fire while still conveying his respect for the roast-ee—an art form he illustrated in his 2009 book <em>I Only Roast the Ones I Love: Busting Balls Without Burning Bridges</em>. Pamela Anderson, Joan Rivers, Donald Trump, Bob Saget, Charlie Sheen, James Franco and many others have fallen prey to his laser-focused, no-holds-barred barbs, but you needn’t be a celebrity to be on the receiving end of a Jeff Ross insult. In his standup performances, he typically invites 10 audience members to climb onstage on his makeshift dais and be gloriously roasted. If you’re one of them, you’ll realize it’s an honor—after you’re done laughing through your tears.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/bonnie-clyde.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>“Bonnie &amp; Clyde”</strong></p> <p>Where: Slow Burn Theatre, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It may be a landmark film today, but when “Bonnie &amp; Clyde” debuted in 1967, audiences weren’t ready for it, and neither were a lot of critics. It teemed with uninhibited sexuality, risqué humor and realistically bloody violence—a far cry from Old Hollywood, with its chaste cowboys and theatrical mobsters clutching their sides and collapsing graciously to their demise. Forty-four years later, a Broadway musical based on the iconic outlaws proved equally hard to please everybody. Reviewers were lukewarm, ticket sales stagnated, and the show closed after four weeks. But Boca’s Slow Burn Theatre Company is admired for its ability to both honor and transform offbeat musicals that, for whatever reason, failed to catch fire under the New York spotlight. “Bonnie &amp; Clyde” fits the bill entirely, from its copious gun violence—surprisingly graphic, for the stage—to its colorful song palette, which combines Broadway-style pop with the blues, rockabilly, gospel and country music that proliferated during the Great Depression. The show runs through Feb. 8.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lucindawill23p1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lucinda Williams</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46.61</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Make an argument for Steve Earle all you want: For my money, Lucinda Williams is the greatest alternative-country musician America has ever produced. She’s a singer-songwriter who launched her career plying a traditional country-blues trade and has spent the next quarter-century-plus expanding her horizons—musically, lyrically and emotionally. Now, the tunesmith lives in a category all her own, operating on the malleable nexus of rock ‘n’ roll, folk, blues, country and Americana. Williams will be 62 next week, and with age has come a visceral, road-beaten passion in her voice, whose angelic clarity has given way to a gravelly gut-punch of piss and vinegar, praise and condemnation. Her latest double album, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone,” contains all of this and more, sprawling over 20 songs. It feels like a swan song, but I certainly hope it isn’t. Her last appearance at Parker Playhouse, in 2011, made our countdown of the year’s best tours, and I expect this one will, too.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/525703ac92008.preview-620.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Arlo Guthrie</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50.15–$61.95</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie has released more than 25 albums, but his set lists have long been dominated by tunes written by his father Woody, the pioneer of protest folk (his mother Marjorie, no artistic slouch, danced professionally with the Martha Graham Company). Woody Guthrie probably spun in his grave when his son became a registered Republican in the Aughts (he’s an avid Ron Paul supporter), but as the carrier of his father’s sonic torch, Arlo’s music is just as straightforward, intimate and affecting, and often just as socially and politically conscious. This year, Arlo will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his most famous single, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” a story-song that inspired its own 1969 film. At 18 minutes and 34 seconds, the “Massacree” consumed the entire A side of Guthrie’s debut LP, but that’s nothing compared to concert versions of the song, which have reached the 45-minute mark, filled with Guthrie’s trademark diversions. The song has rarely been performed over the past decade, so its inclusion this year is a special treat.</p>John ThomasonMon, 19 Jan 2015 16:24:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsElie Tahari at the Polo Club<p>The newly renovated <a href="" target="_blank">Polo Club of Boca Raton</a> was a sight of glitz and glamour for the <strong>Putting on the Ritz luncheon</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1233.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The event, which included a fashion show from <a href="" target="_blank">Elie Tahari</a>, raised more than $200,000 for the Polo Club Chapter of the Pap Corps. The nonprofit organization funds cancer research programs at the University of Miami ‘s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.</p> <p>The club sold out tickets for the fundraiser, filling the ballroom to capacity with a lively crowd of more than 500 people. They danced and sung along to the likes of ABBA and Van Morrison, performed live by Meshell &amp; Co.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1240.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tahari himself was present during the event. He showcased his spring 2015 collection, a series of pieces he describes as “earthy, shipwrecked, weathered and very natural.”</p> <p>“It’s about femininity and going back to nature,” Tahari says.</p> <p><img alt="" height="534" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1241.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1250.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tahari is a good friend and previous client of Arnold Cohen, who was honored at the event along with his wife Barbara for their dedication to the Pap Corps. Tahari says Cohen always had the intention of doing something good in the world, adding – “I am his assistant here.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="444" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1293.png" width="490"></p> <p>Boca is one of only eight cities with a brick and mortar Elie Tahari store, located at Town Center at Boca Raton.</p> <p>“I love Boca,” Tahari says. “…You have all kinds of great people [here].”</p> <p><em>For more information on The Pap Corps, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:22:00 +0000 Resto Lounge &amp; Fashion&#39;s Sparkling Saturday &amp; Sunday Brunch<p>What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Sunday? Let me guess…brunch. Now, you can associate it with Saturday.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/roc_resto_lounge_brunch_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Roc Resto Lounge &amp; Fashion</strong> <em>(9225 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs) </em>is hosting a sparkling brunch on Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for $15.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 16 Jan 2015 16:23:00 +0000 & ReviewsPalm Beach Jewish Film Festival: Three Reviews<p>As I mentioned in this Week Ahead this week, the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival celebrates its landmark 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary this weekend, and continues at a handful of Palm Beach County cinemas through Feb. 8. Here’s a look at three films I was privileged to see in advance. For a complete schedule, visit</p> <p> <img alt="" height="184" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/large_24_days.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>They’re no escaping the prescient dread of <strong>“24 Days,”</strong> a downbeat and enraging police procedural based on the real-life kidnapping of a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, from his suburban Parisian home in 2006. The title refers to his period of captivity, during which time authorities worked around the clock to secure his release from a small band of terrorists with Islamic ties. Director Alexandre Arcady’s sobering thriller transitions between Ilan’s panicked family, the frustrated police force and the increasingly frayed kidnappers, as an initially straightforward hostage situation balloons into a <em>cause celebre</em>.</p> <p>With its early 21st century cell phone technology and quaint references to cybercafés, the movie feels, properly, like a period piece. But in other ways, it feels ripped from today’s headlines. Arriving at this festival a little more than a week after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, at a time when anti-Semitism in France has garnered international headlines, a film about a nine-year-old, isolated case of a religiously motivated horror in the heart of France resonates with chilling, prophetic unease. It also astutely address issues like police ineptitude and bystander apathy. Arcady leans too heavily on musical cues and slow-motion close-ups in the film’s pivotal emotional moments, but there’s no softening the movie’s crippling blows toward a pluralistic France. Don’t miss this one, if you can stomach it.</p> <p><em>“24 Days” screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens; 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Frank Theatres at Delray Marketplace, 14775 Lyons Road; and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/kaplan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As Uruguay’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Oscars, <strong>Mr. Kaplan</strong> is a notable “get” for the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, though it sacrifices genuine artistry for commercial whimsy. Directed with banality by its writer, Alvaro Brecher, the film stars Hector Noguera as the title character, a 76-year-old Jew who, as a child, fled his native Poland just as the scourge of Nazism was overtaking his country. More than half a century later, he’s living in Uruguay with his wife and three grown children close by, his driver’s license revoked and his eyesight failing. Afraid he’s going to suffer his twilight years without distinction, he finds his belated calling when he learns of a mysterious émigré restaurateur who might be in a Nazi in hiding. With assistance from a slovenly, alcoholic sidekick with a heart of gold (Nestor Guzzini, who could probably win a Ron Jeremy lookalike contest), he fashions himself another Simon Weisenthal, pooling all of his energy into capturing the German octogenarian and delivering him to Israel for trial.</p> <p>The movie’s, concept is a potentially powerful one, but director Brecher’s tone undercuts his content. Mr. Kaplan is overly lighthearted and shallow, with the formal elements—from the jaunty score to the editing rhythms and the camerawork—helping to turn his creations into caricatures. An ill-timed parody of the final gunfight in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is an especially cartoonish, even stupid treatment of the film’s most important scene. Worse still, Brecher spoils his own mystery by revealing a crucial detail far too early in the story, thus undercutting the intended surprise of his ending.</p> <p><em>“Mr. Kaplan” screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens; 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Frank Theatres; and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Cinemark Palace.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" height="203" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/static.squarespace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For a better and more studious—if decaffeinated—foray into the lingering after-effects of Nazism in the present day, check out <strong>“The Art Dealer,” </strong>the latest mystery from French director Francois Margolin (who co-wrote Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s lovely “Flight of the Red Balloon”). The sensibilities of film noir, a genre that in many ways rose from the darkness of the Second World War, hang over an otherwise contemporary drama. Donning an antiquated trench coat and fedora, and possessing the uncommon ability to make cigarettes look sexy again, Anna Sigalevitch plays Esther, a driven magazine reporter whose latest investigation stirs up cobwebs in her own family tree.</p> <p>After her husband, an art dealer, brings home a painting that rattles her father, Esther discovers that the work in question was painted by her grandfather Jean, an artist and collector executed by the Nazis. Like so much art raided by the Third Reich, Jean collection was dispersed and deprived from his heirs, and Esther discovers that certain shady relatives—snakes in three-piece suits—colluded in destroying her grandfather’s estate.</p> <p>Margolin approaches this sturdy, plot-heavy story with no detail unturned, and “The Art Dealer” demands a novelistic patience that most movies do not require. Immerse yourself in it, though, and you’ll come to appreciate its quiet menace, its domino-like ripples when inconvenient truths are unearthed. The movie evokes a timeless question—should past traumas be confronted, or ignored?—and its end result is, finally, quite moving.</p> <p><em>“The Art Dealer” screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens; 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Frank Theatres; and 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Cinemark Palace.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:35:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesUpcoming EventsFreaky Florida<p><em>**In light of Jon Stewart poking fun at Florida's weird news, here's the full feature on Freaky Florida. This article was originally published in the February 2014 issue of Boca Mag.</em></p> <h4>Is the Sunshine State the capital of bizarre, head-scratching crime? You be the judge.</h4> <p> <img alt="" height="599" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/dentist.jpg" width="500"></p> <center>Illustrations by Matt Mignanelli</center> <p>Maybe it’s the heat.</p> <p>Perhaps it’s the influx of strangers—an estimated 80 million tourists wintered or vacationed here last year alone. Or, given the number of scams perpetuated in the Sunshine State, maybe it’s our reputation for being easily duped. On the other hand, it could be nothing more than sheer stupidity.</p> <p>Whatever the explanation, Florida, according to a recent survey by the Associated Press, is the undisputed champion of strange-but-true news. There are blogs and websites devoted to our state’s seemingly never-ending wave of weird crime. Like the shapely woman who was smuggling cocaine in her breast implants. Or the faux physician who went door-to-door offering free breast exams.</p> <p>Police see it all the time; another numbskull making life interesting.</p> <p>“It seems that there’s a magnet over Florida,” says Stephanie Slater, public information officer for the Boynton Beach Police Department. “There’s always a Florida connection. Always.”</p> <p>As Florida residents, it’s certainly nothing of which to be proud. However, it does make for good reading. Here are some of our favorite surreal episodes—all from the past five years.</p> <h3 class="p2">Don’t they have Groupons in this town?</h3> <p class="p2">Going to the dentist is expensive. But patients in Golden Gate, near Naples, discovered a steal of a deal from a guy named Juan Diego Garcia-Castano, 32, who was doing dental work on the cheap in a rented, one-car garage. (He even had a comfy leather chair that tilted back.) Working on a tip, sheriff’s detectives visited Garcia-Castano’s clinic to get an estimate for a root canal, which turned out to be $400—about $1,000 less than the going rate at a typical dental office.</p> <p class="p2">The officers returned with a search warrant, and Garcia-Castano was charged with practicing dentistry without a license. Sure, the garage was clean, but rules are rules.</p> <h3 class="p2">The Razor’s edge</h3> <p class="p2">Megan Mariah Barnes, 37, was driving her Thunderbird south on U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys when she rather violently rear-ended a family from Palm Bay. What happened?</p> <p class="p2">Apparently, Barnes was shaving her pubic hair—while driving—in pre-date preparation for a meeting with her boyfriend in Key West. The accident probably came as no surprise to police in the Keys, who see their share of freakish escapades. But this story took an even stranger turn when authorities realized Barnes was driving with a suspended license because of a DUI conviction—which happened the day before.</p> <p class="p2">Even weirder: The woman’s ex-husband was driving with her, steering the car while she took care of business. Sounds like a reality show in the making.</p> <h3 class="p2">The defense rests ... and is arrested</h3> <p class="p2">Matthew Oliver, 23, of New Port Richey was fooling around on Facebook one day when he noticed the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office had named their “Fugitive of the Day.” And it was him! Oliver couldn’t resist posting in his own defense; he claimed that he was in the hospital the day of the robbery, so it couldn’t have been him. He went on to add that a crackhead had set him up. How dare the police accuse him!</p> <p class="p2">The post went on and on and on and on ... giving deputies ample time to knock on his door and cuff him.</p> <h3 class="p2">Pain in the ass</h3> <p><img alt="" height="629" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cartoon_jail.png" width="399"></p> <p class="p1">Oneal Ron Morris, a transgender man who identifies as a woman, was arrested in Miami Gardens for injecting total grossness into the behinds of other transgenders who wanted curvier posteriors. Police said Morris used a <strong>frightening cocktail of cement, super glue, mineral oil and Fix-A-Flat tire inflator</strong>, injecting the mixture right into the behinds of the JLo wannabes. Naturally, someone became sick and called police, and Morris’ living-room clinic was shut down. Police later posted full-length pictures of the famous “toxic-tush” nurse, who had obviously injected himself a few times. We’re betting he didn’t charge himself the customary $700.</p> <h3 class="p1">Something got his goat</h3> <p class="p1">Stealing is wrong, of course. But stealing your neighbor’s goat for sex? Well, that’s just a whole lotta wrong. A 48-year-old Panhandle man was put in jail after the goat, Meg, died of apparent asphyxiation at some point during their private encounter. (Hey, don’t blame the messenger.)</p> <p class="p1">The charges didn’t last long. In Florida, home of the weird, sex with a goat wasn’t illegal. That is, until state Sen. Nan Rich got involved. Rich—already fired up over an incident involving a blind man arrested for having sex with his guide dog—sponsored an anti-bestiality bill that, in 2011, finally was signed into state law.</p> <p class="p1">The penalty for having relations with an animal? It’s a first-degree misdemeanor.</p> <h3 class="p1">Holy fashion faux pas!</h3> <p class="p1">We’re not dissing the power of prayer, but a man named Anthony Jason Garcia had a different kind of inspiration after a restful moment in a Catholic church near Disney World. About 12 people were wandering the grounds of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, when Garcia, 31, left the chapel, rushed into the gift shop and demanded the cash drawer from one of the largest church stores in the Southeastern United States.</p> <p class="p1">Unfortunately for Garcia, his style selection came back to haunt him. Unable to handle the haul—and keep his trendy-but-slouchy pants from falling down—he eventually stumbled. A maintenance man tackled Garcia and kept him in a headlock until police arrived, at which time Garcia was hauled to jail and charged with felony robbery.</p> <p>Charges from above are still pending .</p> <h3 class="p1">But does she do windows?</h3> <p class="p1">Next time your mom tells you to clean your room, do it. Maybe that’s the lesson from an arrest in Zephyrhills last fall. Police said they found Stephanie Thompson, 28, screaming and crying with a burn mark on her face after her mother, Cynthia Alexander, 48, used a taser gun to, um, “encourage” her grown daughter to clean the mobile home they shared.</p> <p class="p1">The 28-year-old refused to press charges, police said, telling them she loved her mom and that they’d work it out. Together. With Pledge and a soft rag.</p> <h3 class="p1">Giving someone a hand ... gone wild</h3> <p><img alt="" height="478" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cartoon_mammogram.png" width="399"></p> <p class="p1">Phillip Winikoff, 81, was pretty convincing, what with his little black bag and his earnest concern. But it turned out the <strong>free breast exams he was offering door-to-door in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex </strong>were free for a reason: He’s no doctor, just an old guy who likes touching breasts. When Winikoff took his traveling “free breast exam” ruse on the road, one woman, incredibly, invited him for an impromptu appointment. (She got nervous when his hands wandered elsewhere.) Police said by the time the woman called 911, Winikoff already had found a second victim. Women’s health advocates used the opportunity to remind ladies of this one simple truth: Breast examiners don’t go door to door.</p> <h3 class="p1">Drop the dual-shock controller, now!</h3> <p class="p1">It might have been just a toy, but Port St. Lucie police weren’t amused when Giovanna Borge, 19, marched into the bedroom she shared with her boyfriend—and started shooting him with a plastic squirt gun. Borge was actually taken to jail and charged with simple domestic battery after neighbors told police they heard the boyfriend screaming like crazy. (What? Was he melting?) Borge, who had been in the relationship about a year, told police she’d had it with her man playing Xbox, which is what he was doing when she got all trigger-happy. See? Video games do cause violence.</p> <h3 class="p1">Monkey See, Monkey Do</h3> <p class="p1">Not every bank robbery call is run of the mill, if there is such a thing. Naples police found this out for sure when they responded to a 911 call from a Wells Fargo Bank branch and found Mark Loescher, 51, claiming to be the “half-orangutan director of the CIA.” He also threw around some pretty lofty inside connections—including a friendship with then-President George Bush and a blood linkage to Elvis Presley.</p> <p class="p1">Police figured the stories were fake, but Loescher’s gun wasn’t. So they carted him off to jail.</p> <h3 class="p1">Can he keep his rollover minutes?</h3> <p class="p1">Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to “butt dial” the authorities in the middle of a murderous rant. But Scott Simon, 24, apparently fell asleep during that part of class. Simon was arrested in Broward County after he accidentally (we’re assuming) pocket-dialed 911 in the parking lot of a Waffle House. On the call to the recorded line, Simon could be heard yelling at Nicholas Walker, 33, mad as all get-out, threatening to follow him home and kill him.</p> <p class="p1">When Walker was shot dead minutes later, detectives showed up at Simon’s door. Simon wasn’t accused of being the gunman, but, rather, of orchestrating the death. Police said it was the first time they’d ever had a thug tattle on himself. </p> <h3 class="p1">Behind the police blotter</h3> <p class="p1"><em>When it comes to weird cases, nothing seems to surprise public information officers at police departments throughout South Florida. Well, almost nothing.</em></p> <p class="p1">Mark Economou has been the public information specialist at the Boca Raton Police Department for five years. He thought he’d pretty much seen it all.</p> <p class="p1">Then this happened.</p> <p class="p1">This past October, about 5 in the morning on a Friday, the department received a call on its emergency line. A man had stopped at a Walgreens to run an errand when he noticed something rather alarming.</p> <p class="p1">“He said he saw a man talking to a large duffel bag,” Economou says. “And he saw a female arm coming out of the duffel.”</p> <p class="p1">The police scrambled into action, looking for the car, the man and the woman attached to the arm. Was it a carjacking, a kidnapping, a domestic? “After three or four hours, we found the car,” Economou says. As it turned out, the man was in rehab, the woman in the bag was his girlfriend, and ...</p> <p class="p1">Well, he was sneaking her in for some one-on-one.</p> <p class="p1">“Those are the kind of weird stories I guess you are referring to,” he says.</p> <p class="p1">Economou says Florida’s propensity for national headlines probably stems from three things: the state’s liberal public-record laws, the immediacy of social media and “a different day and age.”</p> <p class="p1">It’s different, all right. Consider the guy in Oakland Park who pulled into a gas station and parked his van over the in-ground gasoline tanks. According to Dani Moschella, public information officer for Broward Sheriff’s Office, the man apparently had researched some sort of bizarre hydraulic system that allowed him to tap into the underground tanks and then pump stolen gasoline into the barrels he was hauling.</p> <p class="p1">“I always wonder if somebody in Whatever County, Wis., is doing the same thing,” Moschella says.</p> <p class="p1">One place renowned for acts of drunkenness and tomfoolery is Mile Marker 0, our very own Key West. But despite its reputation, police spokeswoman Alyson Crean says she doesn’t think her city is all that strange.</p> <p class="p2">“There was a guy arrested several years ago in San Diego with monkeys in his pants,” she says. “Weird stuff just happens.”</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Source Material</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong></strong>Eliot Kleinberg, author, <em>Weird Florida</em>; Frank Cerabino, <em>Palm Beach Post</em>; Dave Moreland’s “Bozo Crime of the Day,” found at; Florida Man, found at; Florida Woman, found at;;;; and the websites of the <em>Miami Herald</em>, <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, <em>Sun Sentinel</em>, WPTV, <em>Naples Daily News</em>, <em>Orlando Sentinel </em>and <em>Sarasota Herald-Tribune</em>. </p>magazineFri, 16 Jan 2015 12:29:00 +0000 The MagazineStaff Picks: events and frozen treats<p><strong>LGBT Discussion with Suze Orman</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/orman2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“Florida recently became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage, however the battle for civil rights in the LGBT community is far from over. An esteemed panel of experts will explore the challenges and the historic potential of ‘Moving Forward Together’ during a two-hour conversation starting at 7 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 19) at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. The free event, sponsored by Temple Beth El and the Anti-Defamation League, will include remarks by CNBC host (and South Florida resident) Suze Orman, as well as Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Panelists include Mitchell Gold (founder of Faith in America) and Rabbi Dan Levin of Temple Beth El. To register, or for more information, call <a>561-391-8900</a> or visit the website below.</p> <p>(333 S.W. Fourth Ave. // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>The Honeybell Creamsicle Milkshake at Woolbright Farmer's Market</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/honeybells.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“Jesse Goldfinger has a cool juice trick built into the market now with all kinds of fresh and healthy juice combos. But with honeybells in season, and the legendary creamsicle flavor shining like a beacon, I had to go for it. Organic milk, ice cream. honeybells. $4.99.</p> <p>(Woolbright Farmer's Market: 141 West Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach)</p> <p><strong>The Wiz</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-16_at_11.32.03_am.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"Long before 'Wicked' put the witches of 'The Wizard of Oz' into a new perspective, the classic L. Frank Baum story had already received a revisionist Broadway treatment. Premiering in 1975, 'The Wiz' recast the story of Dorothy, the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man in the context of African-American culture, with an all-new slate of rock, gospel and soul-inflected songs. One of the very first examples of an all-black cast on Broadway, 'The Wiz' is rarely revived regionally, which makes the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's new production, directed by Andrew Kato, a special treat. It runs now through Feb. 1."</p> <p>(1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Free Fro-Yo</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-15_at_3.26.31_pm.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“The word ‘free’ has always been a favorite of mine – especially whenever it precedes the word ‘food.’ So its natural that free frozen yogurt is on my list this week. CUPS Frozen Yogurt is celebrating the grand opening of its Town Center at Boca Raton location on Saturday, Jan. 17, and it’s offering free frozen yogurt from 2-4 p.m. Stop by for a chance to win frozen yogurt for a year.”</p> <p>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, near the Sears entrance // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 16 Jan 2015 11:33:00 +0000 Forward: Shopping, Fitness + Art<p><strong><img alt="" height="184" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lafitness.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><strong>Fab and fit:</strong> </strong>LA Fitness Delray Beach is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 17. Tour the facility, join complimentary workouts, take a free fitness assessment and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. <em>(1660 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach)</em></p> <p><strong>I do:</strong> The prepping and planning for the big day isn’t always quite so sweet. Bloomingdale’s is helping you make the process a little bit easier with its “Pre-Wedding” Wedding Party on Jan. 22 from 5-8 p.m.. The store is offering you the scoop on gift registries, the latest wedding trends, plus tips from award-winning wedding consultant Victoria DeSilvio. RSVP by calling 561/394-2272. The event will be held on the third floor of Bloomingdale’s in Town Center at Boca Raton. <em>(5840 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>Art + fashion:</strong> The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is merging art and fashion at SWELL Boutique on Jan. 16. From 6-8 p.m., the resort’s in-house boutique is showcasing art in collaboration with Cheryl Maeder and the Paul Fisher Gallery. To RSVP, call Nidia at 561/832-5255 or email <a href=""></a>. <em>(2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 16 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsSay &#39;Cheese&#39; (and City Cellar)<p>Tuesday, Jan. 20, is a great day for cheeseheads. (And I don’t mean Green Bay Packer fans).</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cheese.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I do mean fans of fromage, as next Tuesday has been officially designated (don’t ask me by who) as <strong>National Cheese Lover’s Day</strong>. And to celebrate, <a href="" target="_blank">City Cellar Wine Bar &amp; Grill</a> (<em>700 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/366-0071</em>) is extending its “Cheesy Thursdays” fromagathon to include this day of passion for curdled milk.</p> <p>The deal is this. You can choose five cheeses from among more than two dozen varieties of cow, sheep, goat and blue cheese, then get those selections paired with a taste of five different wines or craft beers (chosen by GM Michael Ignatowicz), all for the princely sum of $30.</p> <p>If you want to make a meal of it, you can order from an menu of house-made charcuterie from chef Kevin Darr, including organic prosciutto, sopressata and salame al tartufo. The offer is good all day, and you can even get your fromage to go. Just leave the stupid cheese hat at home.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 16 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsSephora Events in Boca<p><a href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a> may already be your go-to beauty store, but it’s giving you even more reason to drop by the store this month. Here’s a list of upcoming events at Sephora in Town center at Boca Raton.</p> <p><strong>The Great Cleanse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/thegreatcleanse.jpg" width="499"></strong></p> <p>Get tips on finding the perfect cleanser, plus receive a complimentary skincare services.</p> <p><em>When:</em> Jan. 16-18 and Jan. 23-25, from noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meet Dr. Frederic Brandt</strong></p> <p>The founder of Dr. Brandt skincare is making his way to Boca to talk about his line of skincare. He’ll be featuring his exclusive tri-blend wrinkle relaxer, Needles No More. Try it for free while supplies last.</p> <p><em>When:</em> Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1-5 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meet Dr. Audrey Kunin</strong></p> <p>Yet another skincare expert is dropping by for visit to Boca. Dr. Kunin, founder of DERMAdoctor, will be on hand to give you a free consultation, as well as offer product demonstrations and express services.</p> <p><em>When: </em>Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 South Florida Fair is back<p> The <a href="" target="_blank">South Florida Fair</a> is back again starting Friday, Jan. 16. This year’s theme is “A Las Vegas Exposition: A Jackpot of Memories.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/soflafair.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The fair, which runs until Feb. 1, is located at the South Florida Fairgrounds <em>(9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach)</em> and will feature an abundance of rides, games, concerts, shows and so much more.</p> <p>Preview the fair tonight, Jan. 15, from 5-10 p.m. as it opens up for its Ride-A-Thon. For just $15 – or $10 with a coupon (available <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>) – you can test out more than 200 rides and games and enjoy a fireworks display. Note that not all rides and fairground areas will be open at this time.</p> <p>For the full schedule of events, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 15 Jan 2015 09:49:00 +0000 EventsDr. Murad at GBS The Beauty Store<p>Join <strong>GBS The Beauty Store</strong> as it turns back time during this special event. The beauty store is welcoming <strong>Dr. Howard Murad</strong>, a renowned dermatologist, on Jan. 16 for a talk on anti-aging.</p> <p><img alt="" height="393" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-14_at_8.22.20_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>Murad is a board-certified dermatologist, a trained pharmacist and the founder of the Murad skincare line. He will be discussing his book, ““Conquering Cultural Stress: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Secret – 3 Steps to Looking, Living and Feeling Better,” and offering complimentary skin evaluations during the event.</p> <p>There will also be complimentary Vitamin C peels and the chance to get a signed copy of Murad’s book.</p> <p>To RSVP, call 561/394-6123. GBS The Beauty Store is located at 21306 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 15 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 613: Gluten Free Vodka<p>While we see more and more restaurants serving gluten-free options, it’s not often we think about beverages in the same light. Now, thanks to <strong>AVIV 613 Vodka</strong>, there’s a new gluten-free liquor available to Floridians.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/aviv.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Israel-based spirit recently made its splash in the Sunshine State, bringing its gold-award winning taste to our region of the world. Florida is one of only six states that currently sells the vodka brand in the U.S.</p> <p>The liquor is packaged in a chic, triangular bottle designed to reflect the spirituality of the brand. From the crown=shaped cap to the imprinted messages, everything is a thought-out symbol. Find out more at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><em>Snag this chic bottle at Total Wine &amp; More or at Crown Wine and Spirits.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 15 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000;s the mean season in Boca and other notes<h3><span>Boca politics get juicy</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mayorcitycouncil.png" width="473"></span></p> <p><em>Council Member <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Mullaugh</a>, Mayor <a href="" target="_blank">Susan Haynie</a>, Deputy Mayor <a href="" target="_blank">Constance Scott</a>, Council Member and CRA Chairman <a href="" target="_blank">Scott Singer</a> and Council Member <a href="" target="_blank">Robert Weinroth</a></em></p> <p>Turnout for this year’s Boca Raton City Council election probably will be very light, but the race will almost certainly not lack for nastiness.</p> <p>With qualifying having ended at 5 p.m. on Monday, four candidates will be running to succeed term-limited Constance Scott in Seat C. Yet no one filed to challenge Robert Weinroth in Seat D, even though he’s had the post for just a year after filling out the term of Anthony Majhess. “Either I’m doing something right,” Weinroth said in an interview Wednesday, “or they forgot about me.”</p> <p>One candidate surely wishes that his profile at this point were lower. Most voters in Boca Raton weren’t thinking about the March 10 election during the holidays, when a mailer arrived, claiming that “Armand Grossman Can’t Be Trusted.” It came from Floridians for Integrity in Government. What’s that? Who’s Armand Grossman? What was going on?</p> <p>Boca politics.</p> <p>Grossman has lived in Royal Palm Yacht &amp; Country Club for about a decade. Well before the mailer came out, he had planned on running in that Seat C race. The mailer accused Grossman of running a “deceptive real estate scheme” and being charged by the state with “fraud” and “breach of trust,” among other things. A recent, second mailer continued the attack, referring to business seminars that Grossman developed as a “bogus product.”</p> <p>Grossman lives across the street from Frank Chapman, who ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2012, losing to Majhess 56 percent to 44 percent. Several people—including Armand Grossman—told me at the time that they suspected Chapman of having arranged the mailers, to scare Grossman out of the race so Chapman could run for the rare open seat. The two men had been friends, I was told, but had had a falling out.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Chapman told me that his wife, Ann Chapman, financed the mailers. “She’s a very strong woman,” Chapman said. “She’s not afraid to get involved. She was concerned that there was a rush by the power brokers to clear the field for Armand.” Which, of course, would have excluded Ann Chapman’s husband.</p> <p>Judging by Frank Chapman’s comments, the two mailers are just the beginning. “Boca politics is tough,” he said, “and I accept that. Everyone needs to be ready for the slings and arrows.”</p> <p>Before the mailers, Grossman told me, he had planned to run on his record of community service. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Grossman served on the FAU board in the last decade during Frank Brogan’s presidency and on the FAU Foundation. He was an adjunct professor at Northwood University’s West Palm Beach campus, and Commissioner Steven Abrams put Grossman on the Palm Beach County Planning Commission.</p> <p>Grossman called the mailers “false.” “I ran a good company,” he says, offering seminars that helped people buy homes. He is considering “legal action.” He acknowledges that a complaint was filed with the Department of Professional and Business Regulation, but claims that it stemmed from “an employee that we had to terminate. He wanted a big severance.” Grossman acknowledges repaying one customer $1,000 and paying a $500 fine for not using a copyright trademark.</p> <p>And what about that supposed falling-out? “I have had some very interesting conversations” with Frank Chapman, Grossman said. “This has been very disappointing.”</p> <p>Those who got the mailers couldn’t have traced them to Chapman. Floridians for Integrity in Government is an election communications organization, which can’t expressly advocate for one candidate but can slam someone whom that candidate or potential candidate opposes.</p> <p>Last fall, the same group ran ads in the State Senate District 34 race—the district takes in coastal Palm Beach and Broward counties—opposing incumbent Maria Sachs against former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff. A big chunk of the organization’s money came from State Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, a Republican who wanted Bogdanoff’s vote to help him become Senate president. Despite the money, Sachs won.</p> <p>Caught in the Chapman-Grossman crossfire are the other candidates: IBM employee and Naval reservist Jeremy Rodgers and Realtor and Junior Leaguer Jamie Sauer. Rodgers’ campaign finance reports show only a loan to his campaign of about $25,000. Sauer didn’t file until just before the deadline, and thus hasn’t submitted any finance reports.</p> <p>Grossman has loaned his campaign $51,000. His finance reports show no other contributions. Chapman said, “I want to self-finance,” which you can probably translate as, “I will spend what it takes.”</p> <p>Who has the best chance at this point? Abrams, who served nearly 20 years on the Boca council, told me that he is helping Sauer. She worked on many of his campaigns. The Junior League vote always helps in a Boca council race. Rodgers is a political newcomer who wants to “run a clean race” in which his main issue will be making the city a “tech hub.”</p> <p>Grossman obviously will have to counter the early mailers, which will take money. Chapman’s criticism of Boca’s “power brokers” is interesting. In 2012, he sought and got support from some of those same “power brokers” who saw Majhess as being obstructionist solely because he wanted to run for mayor as an outsider.</p> <p>All four candidates will be courting just a slice of the city. In 2012, the last time a single Boca council race was on the ballot, about 6,800 voters turned out. If it seems as though one seat wouldn’t make much difference in 2014, that isn’t necessarily so. Positions can change, and on a council of five one shift can turn the vote. This blog will get deeper into the issues and the candidates’ claims as we get closer to March 10.</p> <h3>Boca votes to amend design guidelines</h3> <p>Something unusual happened during Tuesday’s Boca Raton City Council meeting: There was a close vote on a big issue.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, the debate was over what makes for a nice downtown. Boca Raton has approved a lot of downtown projects in a short time since the recession ended, under rules that the city put in place two decades ago but has amended. The downtown height limit is 100 feet, but that can rise to 140 feet for what City Manager Leif Ahnell described in a memo to council members as “Downtown Quality Projects” if the developer follows design guidelines to make a project more compatible.</p> <p>To be eligible for that extra height, the project has had to be on at least 2 acres, to keep even well-designed projects from overwhelming a site. Buildings on smaller parcels are not bound by the design guidelines. As Ahnell noted, the city has approved other downtown projects on lots larger than 2 acres that are using the guidelines.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Ahnell recommended that the council end that requirement. Why now? The Tower One Fifty Five residential project, at Mizner Boulevard and Boca Raton Boulevard, is on 1.2 acres. Late last year, the developer reduced the number of units from 200 to 170, and now wants to build under the design guidelines, but the lot is too small. Ahnell wrote that he, city staff and the city’s consultants believe that eliminating the acreage requirement would “greatly improve the design and character” of Tower One Fifty Five.</p> <p>Of course, the change also would greatly improve the chances that Tower One Fifty Five would be taller. According to the city’s interim building services director, projects on as many as half a dozen other small properties also could get the added height.</p> <p>The council eventually settled on a 1.2-acre requirement—just enough to accommodate Tower One Fifty Five. Mike Mullaugh, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth voted for the change. Weinroth said the redesigned Tower One Fifty Five will be “a decidedly less obtrusive building.” He acknowledged that those in the nearby Golden Triangle neighborhood may not be happy.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie and Constance Scott voted against the change. Haynie warned of “unintended consequences.” She’s got a point. What happened Tuesday was a favor for one project that may deserve the benefit it could get, but the council has set a precedent. And still out there is New Mizner on the Green, which wants 300-plus- foot towers where the limit is 100 feet.</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, 15 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityInside the &#39;New Norton&#39;<p>Media and local dignitaries gathered at the Norton Museum of Art yesterday morning for one of the most important announcements in the history of the 74-year-old institution: the launching of the public phase of its $60 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the existing building into an elegant, eye-popping structure by 2018.</p> <p>In addition to a brand-new education facility, there will be a new 42,000-square-foot West Wing and 12,000 square feet of exhibition space added to the already copious 29,000. The expansion promises nothing short of a complete Norton reboot. Hence its tagline: The New Norton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="111" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fv-4692_v2005-42_norton_elevation_night_004.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(a rendering of the New Norton facade)</em></p> <p>“It was a discussion with [museum director] Hope [Alswang] and the trustees to have this understanding of what the museum is and to establish a master plan for the first time,” says Cheryl Brutvan, curator of contemporary art, speaking about the motivation for the expansion. “The goal is to make it a more hospitable, logical environment when you come in.”</p> <p>She added, “Any exhibition is based on the space available, and the fact that we’ll have 12,000 more square feet of gallery space is significant. There are special exhibits that, whether we organize or that would come from another venue, that we can’t accommodate now. So the fact that we can be more expansive and still have that intimacy is important.”</p> <p>The museum hired Foster + Partners—the esteemed London-based architectural firm whose dense catalog of diverse projects includes the Trafalgar Square redevelopment, Hearst Tower and Hong Kong International Airport—to design the new master plan, whose construction is expected to begin next year. Spencer de Grey, Foster’s head of design, spoke at a PowerPoint presentation on Tuesday morning, and he looked like he belonged in an art museum: With his neatly combed silver hair and prominent spectacles, he resembled a domesticated Andy Warhol.</p> <p>“Quite a lot of our work, particularly in the early days of this project, was really getting to know and understand the building,” de Grey said. “And it is extraordinary how long it takes to really understand a building like the Norton. It is full of surprises. Every time I come here, I find something I didn’t know before. And we very much enjoy working with Hope and her team on this voyage of exploration. Because if you don’t understand the building, how on earth can you suggest changing the building?”</p> <p>The museum’s areas of improvement, he noted, were its current entrance, which faces away from South Dixie Highway, and its sense of connection to the larger community. But to correct these problem areas, his firm looked to the past as well as the future.</p> <p>“If you ignore the past, you’re in real trouble,” he said. “If you just stick an extension onto an existing building, it doesn’t really work. You have to understand the essence of what the original architect proposed.”</p> <p>To that end, his plan reverts to the east-west axis that bisected the 1941 Norton Museum layout into roughly symmetrical halves. This means that the main entrance will once again be positioned centrally, and visibly, off Dixie. Outside, a row of hedges will flank a reflecting pool, whose tasteful fountains will be diffused onto a sleek roof made from polished stainless steel.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fv-4856_forecourtview_003.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Inside, the entrance will lead into a Grand Hall, a social gathering place that could double as a room for entertaining. The current café, gift shop and auditorium spaces will be demolished in favor of splashier replacements, like a state-of-the-art 196-seat auditorium and a larger restaurant with outdoor dining. The sculpture garden will expand, and the forthcoming William Randolph Hearst Education Center will increase the museum’s education space by 200 percent. The current entrance space will be converted into a sprawling gallery.</p> <p>Most of these developments will integrate natural light and form a more cohesive relationship between the interiors and verdant exteriors on the museum grounds—another area that could currently use improvement. And that’s not all, folks.</p> <p>“At some point in the future, the [plan allows the] opportunity of building an extra new wing on the other side of the building,” de Grey said. “Because we believe that if a master plan is going to survive, it has to have room for future growth. We can’t do all the growing in one go, and then leave the Norton with nothing to do in the future. There will have to be projects after this project.”</p> <p>In terms of funding this architectural dream, some of the heavy lifting has already been done. Thanks to the private phase of its fundraising campaign, it has already raised $34 million of the $60 million needed.</p> <p>As de Grey’s presentation concluding to a rousing round of applause, Alswang complemented the “beautiful architecture,” voiced her excitement about raising the rest of the funds, and reiterated the Norton’s mission, and the expansion’s role in it: “You have to know that this magnificent vessel that we’re building is really in service of two things, which is great art and great education. And that’s why, when Spencer talks about the tremendous square footage gain, that’s very important, because it’s at the core of our mission—acquiring and exhibiting really outstanding art, and teaching people of all ages about the importance of the visual arts, and being a cultural center for our community, county and region. And being a leader in the nation. And we take that very seriously.”</p> <p><em>To contribute or learn more about the campaign for The New Norton, call 561/832-5196, ext. 1116.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:25:00 +0000 & EventsImmunity boosters: the new kinds of mushrooms<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When it comes to protecting our bodies from harmful environmental substances, our immune systems are in charge. It’s crucial to protect ourselves from viruses and bacteria, especially during the winter. Though we don’t have extreme weather in Florida, we’re still susceptible to airborne diseases like the flu and cold.</p> <p>Some of the best items you can have in your arsenal are medicinal mushrooms. There are many published research articles that have established the incredible health benefits of these unique and powerful mushrooms, which have been used for thousands of years.</p> <p>When taken regularly, medicinal mushrooms can help restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally. These mushrooms can also help:</p> <p>- Boost your immune system</p> <p>- Manage weight</p> <p>- Increase vitamin D</p> <p>- Support your adrenal glands</p> <p>- Lower blood pressure</p> <p>- Support the nervous system</p> <p>- Reduce edgy-cravings</p> <p>- Get your skin glowing, and</p> <p>- Help boost workout recovery</p> <p>Here are three brands to try:</p> <p><strong>Multi-Use Mushrooms</strong></p> <p><span>Immune Matrix by Mushroom Matrix</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/immunematrix.png" width="490"></p> <p>Immune Matrix is a supplement made from a blend of 100 percent organic mushrooms, developed for daily health and optimal immune support. Created with seven types of mushrooms, this blend will supply you with antioxidants, vitamins and digestive enzymes. Agaricus blazei, turkey tail, maitake and shiitake mushrooms in this blend are known for their ability to activate and balance immune response. Simply add one teaspoon of Mushroom Matrix powder to your favorite juice, smoothie or recipe everyday. I’ve tried it mixed with plain water as well as in a smoothie. <span></span></p> <p><strong>Mushrooms On-The-Go</strong></p> <p><span>Mushroom Optimizer by Jarrow Formulas</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/unknown.jpeg" width="165"> </p> <p>When you’re traveling and need to boost your immune system against airplane germs, take a bottle of mushroom optimizer capsules with you. This product also has a seven-mushroom blend that includes cordyceps, white wood ear, turkey tail, reishi, maitake, shiitake and himematsutake. I take three capsules each day when I travel as a preventative measure or if I feel like I’m catching a cold. I usually feel better within an hour of taking the capsules. <span></span></p> <p><strong>As a Hot Beverage</strong></p> <p><span>Hot Chaga ­Tea by Four Sigma Foods</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/instant_chaga_new_recipe_cover.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>If you are a big coffee drinker and looking to replace it with a healthier beverage or just give it a nutritional boost, then try Instant Chaga. It is a little bitter, so if you’re drinking it alone, some creamer and sweetener can make it more pleasant. If you’re adding it your coffee, try just one half a packet at a time. This instant beverage contains dual extracted and wildcrafted chaga and is boosted with synergistic herbs. One sachet is equal to 9.5 pounds of blueberries in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity that measures antioxidant capacities) value! <span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p> <p><span><br></span></p>Alina Z.Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:41:00 +0000 & ReviewsRace for the Cure<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This race always seems to attract a big crowd and it’s for a great cause. The <strong>2015 Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure</strong> is only a few weeks away, on Saturday, Jan 31. This year’s theme? Super Heroes Wanted!</p> <p><em>Race start</em>: Meyer Amphitheatre, Downtown West Palm Beach, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach. The first of the races takes off at 7:30 a.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cape_pic.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Race distance:</em> There are a few events to consider. There are timed and untimed 5Ks (3.1 miles), a 5K walk, a one-mile family fun walk and kids’ runs for children up to age 12.</p> <p><em>Race route:</em> Along Flagler Drive. How bad can that be?</p> <p><em>Race cost:</em> $40 each runner for the 5K timed race; $35 for the recreational 5K; $35 for the one-miler; and $15 for each child in the kids’ events. There are two other options for those who’d rather not run or walk but want to chip in. One is a $35 fee for “Proud in the Crowd”; the other is $42 for “Sleep for the Cure.” Keep in mind, these fees may go up if you sign up on race day.</p> <p><em>Race donations and teams:</em> You don’t have to do any fundraising, but you can. And you can run either as an individual or as part of a team. Follow the directions <a href=";pg=entry">here</a> to find out more.</p> <p><em>Race volunteers:</em> It takes a lot of volunteers to make an event like this successful for participants. For more information about volunteering, click <a href="">here</a> or call 561-514-3020 x12.</p> <p><em>Race proceeds:</em> Up to three-quarters of the net proceeds from the race stays in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, where the Susan G. Komen South Florida affiliate funds grants for local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining 25 percent net income from the race goes to the national Komen Grants Program, which funds breast cancer research.</p> <p><em>Race registration:</em> For more information or to sign up, click <a href=";pg=entry&amp;AddInterest=10927">here</a>, call 1-888-470-6374 or email the race hotline at </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 14 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Fashion Week is here<p>It’s finally here! Delray’s second annual <a href="" target="_blank">Fabulous Fashion Week</a> is back, after the great response it received during its inaugural weeklong event in 2014.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-13_at_10.18.56_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>From Jan. 17 to 24, downtown Delray will showcase its wide range of incredible fashion through fashion shows and in-store events. There will be four fashion shows throughout the week on: Saturday, Jan. 17; Sunday, Jan. 18, Tuesday, Jan. 20; and Saturday, Jan. 24.</p> <p>Festivities kick off on Saturday at 11 a.m. with several events throughout downtown. The first fashion show features Delray swimwear and will debut at 7 p.m. at Worthing Park, on the corner of East Atlantic Avenue and Southeast Second Avenue.</p> <p>View the full schedule <a href="">here</a>.<strong></strong></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsUpcoming EventsMax&#39;s Social House Now Open<p>Dennis Max’s restaurant empire expanded by one yesterday with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Social House</a> (<em>116 N.E. Sixth Ave., 561/501-4332</em>), a hip, casual, modern American bistro that goes into the historic space formerly home to Falcon House and after that, Ceviche.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/maxsocial.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The 1925-vintage cottage was redone by Pam Manhas Design, which seems to have a lock on the local restaurant design biz. The structure’s original brick fireplace behind the bar was uncovered during the reno and is now a focal point of the room, while the gorgeous but previously obscure outdoor patio has been redone to seat 70 in landscaped splendor.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, given the success of nearby Max’s Harvest and its owners long-held “farm to fork” philosophy, Social House (or SoHo, for short) will emphasize artisanal products and in-house food production.</p> <p>On chef Scott Pierce’s menu are munchies like crispy pork finds with Korean salt and pimento cheese with pickled green tomatoes; bigger plates like pork belly ramen and local burrata with heirloom tomatoes; and still-bigger plates like a Kobe-style hot dog, braised short rib with mac ‘n’ cheese, and day-boat swordfish with cauliflower, olives and raisins.</p> <p>Of course, there will be a roster of mixological cocktails, craft beers by the bottle and on tap, and boutique wines.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 13 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsIs there a Mizner Trail precedent, and where is the world is Al Jacquet?<h3><span style="">Mizner Trail precedent?</span></h3> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/miznertrailsiteplan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo from <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p>It might seem that a circuit court ruling just before Christmas bodes well for residents of Boca Del Mar trying to overturn Palm Beach County’s approval of housing on the former <strong>Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong>. In fact, there are key differences between the two cases.</p> <p>Residents of West Palm Beach challenged the city commission’s approval last January of a condo tower on what had been First Baptist Church’s Chapel-by-the Lake, on the Intracoastal Waterway south of the Royal Park Bridge. In December, the three-judge panel that heard the appeal ruled for the plaintiffs. The Boca Del Mar plaintiffs want a similar panel to rule that the county commission acted wrongly last June in allowing 253 units on what had been the south golf course of Boca Del Mar, at Camino Real and Military Trail, west of the Boca Raton city line.</p> <p>With the West Palm Beach project, the issue was procedural. Though the tower does not exceed density requirements for the 3-plus-acre site, it does exceed setback requirements. For the requested Residential Planned Development—the tower would include 98 units selling for perhaps an average of $5 million—the city requires 10 acres. Opponents say the project would overwhelm the area and that only a smaller development is legal.</p> <p>The city commission can, and did approve a waiver to the setback requirement, but the planning board did not. In mid-2013, the board rejected the first version of the project, which had featured two towers. The commission finally approved the fourth version, but it had not gone back before the planning board. The court said that must happen before the developer can start construction because the board is not just advisory.</p> <p>With Mizner Trail, however, the plaintiffs don’t concede that any development is allowed on the 128 overgrown acres. Their attorneys contend that county approval of Boca Del Mar in the early 1970s required a certain amount of open space, some of which the golf course provided. Citing a 2008 court ruling against a prior project for the property, the Boca Del Mar residents claim that the county commission violated policy.</p> <p>Attorney Michael Burman represents the Chapel-by-the-Lake developers and the Mizner Trail developers—Boca Raton-based Compson Associates. When I asked him Monday if the first case bears on the second, Burman said, <br> “I honestly don’t think so.”</p> <p>The court, Burman added, rejected all the West Palm Beach plaintiffs’ other arguments to focus on that missing approval step. The Mizner Trail case is more complicated, even if the central argument is over policy, not procedure.</p> <p>Interestingly, it took less than a year for Chapel-by-the Lake to go from government approval to lawsuit to judicial ruling. With Mizner Trail, the court did accept the case and asked for written arguments, but neither side has any idea when the court will rule. Even then, things may not be final. The losing side can go to the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal, which West Palm Beach has done.</p> <p>Robert Rivas, an attorney for the Mizner Trail plaintiffs, said in an email, “I don’t think there’s any connection” between the West Palm Beach case and his. If the cases are different, though, both are important—the Mizner Trail one more so—in a region where development remains the biggest issue. The outcomes will matter a lot.</p> <h3>And the personal side</h3> <p>There are the legal arguments over Mizner Trail, and then there is the personal argument.</p> <p>In November, attorneys for the developer and the plaintiffs disagreed over whether the developer offered to settle the case—which would have allowed construction to proceed— by paying the plaintiffs’ legal fees. Representing the plaintiffs is the Boca Raton firm of Sachs Sax Caplan. The firm’s managing director is Peter Sachs.</p> <p>In their plan that the county approved, the developers included a six-bed group home for the Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC), which operates several such group homes for “adults with developmental disabilities.” Sachs is a former president of the association’s board, and his daughter is a JARC client.</p> <p>In a Nov. 12 letter to Martin Perry, one of the attorneys who has represented Compson, Sachs accused the developer of making a settlement offer designed to force him to resign from the JARC board “after 25 years of service to that wonderful organization.” Being on the board and representing clients challenging a project that involves JARC would be a conflict.</p> <p>Sachs added, “I can’t think of any other party in over 40 years of practice, who goes at the children, developmentally delayed no less, to achieve economic gain. In sum, I find your client to be nothing more than a bully and influence peddler. . .” In a phone conversation with me, Sachs affirmed his sentiment, saying, “They are prepared to do anything to get this done.”</p> <p>The developer added the group home after the county in March delayed a vote on an earlier version of the project. I spoke Monday with Perry, who said he has “no knowledge” of any link between the Mizner Trail group home and the approval/legal case.</p> <h3>Al AWOL again</h3> <p>On Dec. 22, Delray Beach City Commissioner Al Jacquet emailed the city manager’s office to say that he would be “out of the country” from Jan. 5 until Jan. 20. Jacquet thus missed last week’s commission meeting, reinforcing his reputation as the commissioner whose chair is most often empty.</p> <p>Jacquet has missed five meetings in the roughly nine months since the organization of the current commission after the election of Jordana Jarjura. According to city records, Jacquet missed meetings on April 1, May 20, Aug. 19 and Nov. 7 before being absent for the one last week. He also left early on Oct. 21.</p> <p>The Nov. 7 meeting was the most important of the year, since the commission was picking the next city manager. Jacquet was not present for that meeting or for the commission’s interviews with the candidates. Adam Frankel also missed the selection meeting—saying he had a trip he couldn’t cancel and blaming scheduling changes—but he did interview the candidates. Jacquet offered no good explanation for that absence and got annoyed when I asked him about it. In his email last month, Jacquet did not explain why he had to be “out of the country” now.</p> <p>Jacquet’s record stands out especially when compared to his commission colleagues other than Frankel. Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia have missed no meetings of the current commission. Jarjura has missed just one.</p> <p>Frankel is term-limited in March of this year. Jacquet, however, won a second three-year term in March 2014, defeating Chris Davey by just 265 votes in a three-way race. That was slightly less than all the votes received by a third candidate, Richard Burgess. Deceptive anti-Davey mailers from a Tallahassee political action committee helped to give Jacquet his victory.</p> <p>In three decades of covering Palm Beach County politics, I cannot recall another elected official of a major city missing meetings so regularly. Jacquet is a lawyer, but so are Jarjura and Frankel. Petrolia is a Realtor. Glickstein runs a development company. They, too, have busy professional lives.</p> <p>For non-retirees, serving on the commission is demanding. In addition to every-other-week regular meetings, there are workshop meetings and executive sessions on legal and labor issues. But candidates know that when they run; Jacquet surely knows it after nearly four years. Yet he is becoming known in Delray Beach as The Man Who Wasn’t There.</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 SchultzTue, 13 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Jan. 13 to 19<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="217" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/carney.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jay Carney</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free for members, $35 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It seems like White House press secretaries have a shorter shelf life than cottage cheese these days, but who can blame them for bailing out? You try standing in front of reporters every day—their gotcha questions in hand, just waiting to rake you over the coals for a policy stance your boss does or doesn’t have. Meanwhile, your only recourse is to spin like a washing machine, even if it means re-interpreting inconvenient facts to fit said boss’s agenda. Being first responder to the White House press corps is not easy regardless of political party, and Jay Carney should be applauded for manning the lectern for longer than any of his recent predecessors. The former Obama Administration spokesman, who fielded questions from 2011 to 2014, has enjoyed a newsworthy life, spending 20 years climbing the ranks at <em>Time</em>, where he covered the military overthrow of Mikhail Gorbachev and accompanied President Bush on Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. His Four Arts lecture is titled “Today at the White House and Around the Globe.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="223" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/vocaltrash.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Vocal Trash</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Texas quintet Vocal Trash has been Dumpster-diving for more than a dozen years—not for sustenance but for musical instruments. These masters of percussion established their brand by performing on discarded materials—aluminum trash cans (with the lids for cymbals), water jugs, broom handles—in a variety act that has been affectionately described as “Glee” meets “Stomp.” They’ve since incorporated more traditional rock instruments, but even these have been recycled from unorthodox materials, like the guitars crafted from refurbished toolboxes and gas cans. Triple-threat entertainers, the members of Vocal Trash croon and breakdance their way through original renditions of familiar favorites from “Fever” and “Car Wash” to “Rolling in the Deep” and “I Gotta Feeling,” bringing to their shows an explicit message about the importance of recycling. Because in their case, it’s clear that one person’s trash is another’s music.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/abovebeyond.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach (festival continues at other South Florida theaters)</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8.50-$118</p> <p>Contact: 561/736-7527, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Like the Jewish diaspora that continues to survive against often insurmountable odds, so too has this stalwart festival weathered economic downturns and its seemingly limited theme to become one of the most respected festivals in the region, and the longest-running film festival in Palm Beach County. The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival will honor its landmark 25<sup>th</sup> year with another remarkable lineup of titles spanning countless aspects of the Jewish and Israeli life, history and culture, including award-winning and Oscar-considered films. The festival opens Thursday with the South Florida premiere of “Above and Beyond” (pictured), an inspirational and suspenseful historical documentary about Jewish-American pilots who assisted Israel in its 1948 War of Independence. Nearly 30 other titles from around the world will screen through Feb. 8 at Cobb Theatres in Palm Beach Gardens, Frank Theatres at Delray Marketplace and Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton. For the full schedule, visit the festival’s website.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/600full-john-prine.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: John Prine</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $43-$63</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>John Prine, now 68, is one of the most consistently rewarding singer-songwriters of the past 40 years. A cancer survivor with a lyrical style as antiwar as it is agrestic, Prine was discovered by Kris Kristofferson, who famously said Prine’s songs were so good that “we’ll have to break his thumbs.” Bob Dylan, who has performed live with Prine, went on to dub his work “Proustian existentialism.” The garrulous and boundlessly clever musician hasn’t released an album of new material since 2005’s “Fair &amp; Square,” but it remains one of the most enduring albums of the Aughts, selling more copies than anything he released in his ‘70s prime. His signature classics include “Illegal Smile,” “Sam Stone,” “Christmas in Prison,” “Common Sense” and “Spanish Pipedream,” and I expect he’ll play most of them at this appearance.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/i-and-you.jpg" width="352"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I and You”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Lauren Gunderson, the playwright behind the two-character drama “I and You,” describes her work as “a play about teens, for everyone.” It’s about two high schoolers—one boy and one girl, one white and one African-American, one healthy and the other chronically ill—who gather to complete a research project on Walt Whitman’s <em>Leaves of Grass</em>. Gunderson has been praised for her naturalistic ear for teenage dialogue as well as this play’s mystical third-act twist. “Lauren is very prolific and extraordinarily inventive,” says Lou Tyrrell, artistic director at the theater. “She deals with important issues and can bring unexpected humor to very serious issues. In this case, part of what all of us are trying to do is engage a younger audience, and this play happens to be about two high school seniors who connect through a school project. By the end of the play, we realize their connection is much greater than we initially thought. It ultimately makes this play and this journey an exceptional theatrical experience.” It runs through Feb. 8.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="286" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/puddle.of.mudd-band-2007.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of South Florida Fair</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Begins at 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$89</p> <p>Contact: 561/793-0333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This longstanding January tradition, which began as a cattle exposition, has evolved into an annual celebration of family-friendly fun whose 2015 offerings find the fair embracing new technologies while harkening to its origins. Running through Feb. 1, the fair will feature an eclectic smorgasbord of entertainment not limited to horse demonstrations, a Las Vegas-themed ice show, a Bengal Tiger Encounter, a stage hypnotist, an LED Robots Laser Show, racing pigs (don’t ask), historical re-enactments, the Miss South Florida Fair Scholarship Pageant, a variety of dance performances and tribute artists, a dog show and much more. Live performances, which run an additional $10 after fair admission, include country star Josh Thompson (Jan. 20), classic rockers Foghat (Jan. 22) and modern rockers Puddle of Mudd (pictured, Jan. 27).</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fabfashionweek.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of Fabulous Fashion Week</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Begins at 11 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies by event, usually free</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-1077, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Delray’s Fabulous Fashion Week has continued to grow in size and stature since its inaugural, one-day event in 2013. For its second-annual week of festivities, Laura Simon of the city’s Downtown Development Authority has partnered with local designer Jule Guaglardi, proprietor of Roxylulu, to offer runway events, designer trunk shows and hair and beauty workshops at 50 different cultural and retail locations throughout downtown. Variety is the spice of Delray, a city whose lack of a single signature style will result in an eclectic fashion showcase spanning retro, bohemian chic, ethnic-inspired, and edgy, Manhattan-style designs, all of it culminating in a show-stopping finale at the Colony Hotel. Between 80 and 100 models will grace the catwalks and streets of Delray Beach during the week (through Jan. 24), which will involve more than 100 businesses and a handful of worthy charities. “Delray is a diverse and talented town with such great energy,” Guaglardi says. “We wanted to showcase the fact that we have a lot of hidden treasures and skills and talents, and hopefully this is one of the ways people will be drawn to Delray.”</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/gracepotter.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Sunshine Blues &amp; Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Noon</p> <p>Cost: $49.50-$179.50</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This festival has become arguably Boca Raton’s most anticipated annual music festival, but previous lineups pale compared to the star-studded luster of this year’s fest, whose organizers have genuinely outdone themselves. If the weather holds, it promises to be one of the year’s most memorable and talked-about music fests, headlined as usual by the stalwart Jacksonville blues-rockers Tedeschi Trucks Band, but featuring a full slate of acts that could have easily headlined themselves: The Doors’ legendary guitarist Robby Krieger, who still plays the songs of his old band; eclectic, folksy singer-songwriter Grace Potter (pictured); Chris Robinson Brotherhood, featuring the distinctive vocals of the Black Crowes frontman; Los Lobos, the Grammy-winning Chicago rockers; and my personal favorites, The Both: a fascinating collaboration between two singular singer-songwriters, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. The Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield and Sean Chambers complete the lineup, and the event also features craft beer and wine offerings, along with six food vendors.</p>John ThomasonMon, 12 Jan 2015 18:11:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSouth Florida Beer Week 2015<p>What could be better than a week full of Florida’s finest brews?</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/sfbeerweek.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Saturday, Jan. 17, marks the beginning of the fourth annual <strong>South Florida Beer Week</strong>. Floridian breweries will showcase their creations at various locations from Jupiter to Miami. Head over to Papa’s Raw Bar <em>(4610 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point) </em>from 4-7 p.m. to start off the week with beers from SaltWater Brewery.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherMon, 12 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 Review: The Lion King<p>When it came to the set, costumes, makeup and music – <strong>The Lion King</strong> was an instant hit. The acoustics were excellent, the musical talent undeniable and the costume design innovative.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/simba_byjoanmarcus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photos by Joan Marcus</em></p> <p>The show starts with a scene on Pride Rock for Simba’s presentation. Actors each dressed as <em>three</em> gazelles leap effortlessly into the air, birds of all sizes soar through the skies, giraffes twice the height of everything else on stage amble on by.</p> <p>But when it came to the storyline and the acting, there was nothing fresh and new – nothing particularly extraordinary. Not that the actors are to blame – it’s a difficult place for them to showcase their talents given the sparse lines.</p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/scarmufasabyjoanmarcus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The musical was split into 20 scenes, featuring both music from the Disney movie and additional songs composed by Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, 12 Years a Slave, Interstellar).</p> <p>The first act encompassed Simba as a cub, the second focuses on his adulthood. Several of the scenes involved periods where no words were spoken at all – drums beating, animals sauntering across the stage, lights creating silhouettes and scene-setting effects.</p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/nalasimba_byjoanmarcus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Visually and musically, the show was impressive. But after watching the hilarity of Beauty and the Beast and hearing rave reviews on The Lion King, it was mildly disappointing.</p> <p>For those looking for entertainment for the night, this is a feast for the eyes and ears, but don’t expect a show that will move you to tears.</p> <p><em>The Lion King runs through Feb. 1 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $34.25. Purchase them <a href=";camefrom=cfc_broward_web">here</a> or by calling 954/462-0222.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 12 Jan 2015 15:27:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreGreen Fields Bistro Opens in Delray<p>What’s in a name?</p> <p>Well, if it’s the new <a href="" target="_blank">Green Fields Organic Bistro</a> (<em>4900 Linton Ave., 561/501-4169</em>) in Delray Beach it’s Robert Greenfield, a long-time apostle of healthy-slash-organic eating who you may remember from the two locations of his DIG (Doing It Green) eatery (the latter of which in downtown Delray is now under new ownership).</p> <p><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/organicbistro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The former Zucra Cuban Cafe at Linton Boulevard and Military Trail is the site of Greenfield’s latest venture, a modest little strip mall spot with a handful of outdoor tables and a long, narrow dining room sporting walls hung with modern art, tile floors and some cool-looking mosaic tables.</p> <p>The menu features cold-pressed organic juices, smoothies and juice shots, along with boutique wines and several craft beers on tap. As for food, there are a variety of vegetarian dishes, from a grilled Mediterranean veggie stack with house-made mozzarella and balsamic reduction to a chickpea-lentil “burger” with mango-avocado salsa. Carnivores can opt for dishes like pan-seared organic salmon, Wagyu meatloaf and roasted chicken with lemon-thyme jus.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraMon, 12 Jan 2015 09:55:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsOshogatsu Tasting Room<p>Celebrate the new year at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/vip_tasting_room_image.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>If you’re attending the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ Oshogatsu festival, you may want to consider going VIP.</p> <p>VIP ticket holders get access to the Oshogatsu Tasting Room, where guests can sample rare and high-end Sake, Japanese craft beer and a sake cocktail. The experience also includes a Q&amp;A with sake specialist Midori Roth.</p> <p>For more on the Oshogatsu festival, check out <a href="/blog/2015/01/05/the-week-ahead-jan-6-to-12/" target="_blank">the entry in our Week Ahead blog</a>.</p> <p>VIP tickets to the festival are $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. General admission tickets are $12 for adults 11 and up and $6 for children 4-10 if purchased in advance online. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 for adults and $12 for children. Kids 3 and under enter for free. Purchase tickets <a href="">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:53:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Chanel expert, super sale + fashion week<p><strong><img alt="" height="419" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lilacandlilies.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via Lilac and Lilies Facebook</em></p> <p><strong>Snag ‘em now:</strong> Lilac and Lilies Boutique is hosting a flash sale this weekend – with  new markdowns at 30-70 percent off, plus 20 percent any one full-priced item. <em>(2541 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // <a href=""></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Color me happy:</strong> Join Lord &amp; Taylor as it welcomes Chanel Makeup Artist Mario Penailillo. On Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Penailillo will be on hand to showcase the latest from Chanel – plus tips and trend updates you need to know now. <em>(Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // <a href=""></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Seven days of fashion: </strong>Delray Beach Fabulous Fashion Week kicks off next week. For more info, check out our blog <a href="/blog/2015/01/01/delrays-fabulous-fashion-week/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:09:00 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsUpcoming EventsNew Year&#39;s Sails<p>As winter bleeds into spring in South Florida, that means it’s peak time for music cruises—or as they’re better known these days, festivals at sea. The 13<sup>th</sup> annual Jam Cruise is currently docked in Mexico, while other prime upcoming seafests—like the Cayamo, the Rock Boat, and Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise—are sold out, with interested mariners relying only on a waiting list to climb aboard.</p> <p>But we still found four cruises that have still have some availability, offering intimate, floating opportunities to see bands ranging from pop and rock to blues, country and heavy metal—both onstage and, possibly, on the hotdog queue.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/53f574ba15ae9.image.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Country Music Cruise</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Jan. 18-25</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and Half Moon Cay</p> <p><strong>The music:</strong> This one clearly costs an arm, leg and your first-born at this point, but you can speak to a representative to try and snag a waiting list ticket for a more wallet-friendly stateroom. But you get what you pay for: a stellar, curated festival of performers from country music past and present, which will satiate both casual and die-hard devotees of the genre: Martina McBride (pictured), The Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin, John Anderson, Asleep at the Wheel, Bryan White and the list goes on and on.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $1,975-$8,000</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 855/332-6868,</p> <p> <img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/train-band.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Sail Across the Sun</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Feb. 13-17</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Miami to Key West and Great Stirrup Cay</p> <p><strong>The music:</strong> Positive vibes abound on this cruise, as pop, rock, folk and reggae soak up the rays. Train, the effortless hitmakers lately of “Angel in Blue Dreams” and “Cadillac Cadillac,” will headline. They’ll be joined by the polished indie-pop chanteuse Ingrid Michaelson; the Wailers, playing the songs of Bob Marley; soulful singer-songwriter Andy Grammar; eccentric comedian Michael Ian Black; and more. Attendees can attend Q&amp;As with Train and will receive autographed commemorative posters. There’s even an acclaimed on-board yogi, which tells you what kind of cruise this is.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $875-$1,575</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 877/379-9177,</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mi0002909228.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Keeping the Blues Alive</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Feb. 17-21</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Miami to Key West and Nassau</p> <p><strong>The music:</strong> Blues music doesn’t have to mean howling, heartbroken men airing their acoustic grievances. The blues that thrives on this floating festival is of a more upbeat and electric variety. Blues rocker Joe Bonamassa (pictured) will headline, just a few months after he celebrated his 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary as a professional touring musician. Other acts include John Hiatt, the eclectic “musician’s musician,” whose work encompasses blues, country and new wave; funk-soul brothers Robert Randolph and the Family Band; Memphis-by-way-of-Belgrade beauty Ana Popovic; and more.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $675-$1,050</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 877/379-9170,</p> <p> <img alt="" height="246" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/tesla.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Monsters of Rock Cruise</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> April 18-22</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Miami to Nassau</p> <p><strong>The music:</strong> Hit your staterooms with your ears still ringing at this leather-bedecked classic rock time capsule. The consistently reliable California quintet Tesla (pictured) will headline, supporting its new album “Simplicity.” Sweden’s album-oriented rockers Europe will join them, on the heels of its new album “War of Kings,” along with progressive metal pioneers Queensryche; Night Ranger, the San Franscisco power balladeers; Krokus, the heavy-hitting Swiss metallists; Lita Ford, the former Runaways guitarist; and many, many more. The island stops a private island called ominously called “Poseidon’s Grotto” before docking at Nassau.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $1,399</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 954/505-6672, </p>John ThomasonFri, 09 Jan 2015 10:54:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsSoHo has all the makings of Delray&#39;s new hot spot<p>I may not be our exalted food critic but I know a sure thing when I taste one and that’s my prediction for Dennis Max’s new restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Social House</a> (SoHo), two blocks north of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach in a historic house that was once Bernnardo’s, then the dearly beloved Falcon House, then Ceviche.</p> <p><img alt="" height="308" src="/site_media/uploads/soho222.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>I cannot bring myself to proclaim this a dead restaurant location because the ones that have inhabited the spot have been <strong>thisclose</strong> to long and storied careers—and brought forth earnest new concepts in the process. SoHo may be the natural culmination of all those attempts, with the kind of fresh ambitious spin that Dennis Max is applying these days to his ventures. This is small plates, craft beers—but ratcheted up a notch or three. Everything we tasted was expertly wrought, creatively flavored and pretty much just right, from the decadent Stilton dip with razor-thin homemade potato chips to the mussels with chorizo, lager, onion, jalapeno and smoked tomato. The smoky broth alone here was worth the price of admission.</p> <p>We loved our fresh rocket salad and our Day Boat swordfish—but the kicker here for me was the roasted cauliflower. It was like maybe the nicest thing ever done to a cauliflower. Seriously. The menu has pimento cheese. Yes. And a ribeye burger, Akaushi short rib (these are the larger plates) with mac and cheese and a Kobe-style hot dog with srirachi aioli. Think plates from the American songbook of cuisine—executed with a bold new global flavor and plenty of comfort notes.</p> <p>Ambiance? Not too different, but lighter (thank you), chic in a kind of downhome rustic way, and I think still a wee bit loud. This is not middle age talking—I think everyone, from 20-somethings to their parents, is tired of having to shout at dinner. (Quieter is simply easier, more relaxing.) And the great news is that the outdoor back patio is still there with its big TV and low-key vibe. Prices? Amen. Tapas start in the $5 range; aps in the $15 neighborhood, entrees might hover around $25. Liking those numbers myself.</p> <p>So that’s my take. Our dining critic will weigh in at a later date and with his erudite and laser-accurate impressions of menu, value and experience but I am guessing he’s going to like it. A lot.</p> <p><em>Max's Social House is at 116 N.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach. The restaurant opens Jan. 13 and hours will be from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, or call 561/501-4332.</em><em></em></p>Marie SpeedFri, 09 Jan 2015 09:39:00 +0000 & ReviewsWhat’s new at the Palm Beach Zoo?<p>When I was a kid, the zoo to go to was Dreher Park. Now, Palm Beach County is home to Palm Beach Zoo. Times have definitely changed since I had my own little one! This Boca Momwas past due for a refresher course on the latest and greatest at the zoo, located less than 20 minutes north of Boca Raton. Luckily, my family and I were invited to visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach Zoo &amp; Conservation Society</a><strong>, </strong>where we experienced much of what they have to offer. There are animals, of course, but that’s only the beginning!</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2014-12-18_09.10.15.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There are educational shows, a splash pad, a safari-themed carousel and so many <a href="" target="_blank">family events</a> held year-round. Here’s your <em>Boca Mom Talk</em> on what’s NEW at the <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach Zoo</a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>Aldabra Tortoise Experience</strong></p> <p>This is an add-on to your admission ticket ($20 for non-members), but well worth it if you want to WOW your kids.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2014-12-18_10.35.40.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Aldabra Tortoise Experience</a> offers your family the opportunity to get up close with one of the world’s largest tortoises (three of them are in the experience).  You will be amazed at how big they actually are!  Kids learn amazing facts and conservation messages all while feeding them their favorite veggies and snapping memorable photos. My daughter loved petting their shells and don’t worry…the zookeepers have hand sanitizer at the ready! <em>Boca Mom Tip: Wear closed-toed shoes.</em></p> <p><strong>Malayan Tiger Habitat</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2014-12-18_10.50.41.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>For the first time ever, the Palm Beach Zoo &amp; Conservation Societyis home to four adult Malayan tigers. On Dec. 10, the society welcomed four year-old <em>Bumi</em>, who joined <em>Angin, also 4, </em><em>Keemasan Mata</em><em>, 9, and </em><em>Berapi Api</em><em>, 11.</em> </p> <p>As a result, the zoo has expanded their Tiger Habitat to double its original size.  And we got to see <em>Berapi</em> “step paw” into it for the first time!</p> <p>It’s amazing to see these beautiful tigers up close and the habitat is absolutely beautiful. A must see!</p> <p>Now here’s the scoop on <a href="" target="_blank">zoo memberships</a>. There are two main family options. You can purchase a $145 family membership, which covers admission to the zoo and special events for two adults and all kids older than 3 years old. For all kids under 3, the family membership is only $85. That means your membership is basically covered in two visits! Plus, you get a ton of other perks and discounts.</p> <p>There’s no better time to go wild at the Palm Beach Zoo! See you there!</p> <p><strong><em>Note:</em></strong><em> Modern Boca Mom was provided with a complimentary tour/visit to the Palm Beach Zoo in exchange for consideration for promotion on this website. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of<a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersFri, 09 Jan 2015 07:57:00 +0000 Cafe Opens in Boynton<p>I’ve always been a big fan of the Dune Deck Cafe, a fun ‘n’ funky slice of the Keys overlooking the ocean in Lantana. And now the Dune Deck folks have a sister eatery—<a href="" target="_blank">Mimosa Cafe</a> (<em>10833 Jog Rd., 561/742-8005</em>) in West Boynton Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="161" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/ddmimosa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The cute little breakfast and lunch spot is surprisingly as stylish as its sibling is beach bum raffish, though it obviously lacks the Dune Deck’s panoramic water and beach views. But with Mimosa’s neo-industrial exposed brick walls, two-tone tile floor, cheery outdoor patio and earth-toned dining room with vivid orange and neon-green accents, it’s a nice change of pace.</p> <p>Like DD, Mimosa isn’t trying to reinvent the culinary wheel, just dish up well-prepared, familiar dishes that appeal to a wide range of palates. Think omelets and pancakes, crepes and waffles and Benedicts of varying description for breakfast, salads and sammies, burgers and gyros and a handful of entrees for lunch.</p> <p>If it doesn’t have quite the charm of its oceanfront sib, well, parking is a helluva lot easier. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 09 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks: dining from Delray down to Miami + concert<p><strong>The Standard</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="249" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/thestandard.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The deck at The Standard in Miami for Sunday brunch--and watching yachts drift by in the bay. Lush, tropical, relaxed—it's the Miami of our dreams.”</p> <p>(40 Island Ave., Miami Beach // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/hudson_lps.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</em></p> <p>“It sits on the intracoastal waterway, so the ambiance is terrific – and so is the food.  Sit on the pier on a sunny afternoon or inside at "The Parlor" for a lovely evening. A must have: the fish tacos or the lobster potato skins (<em>pictured above)</em>. With a motto ‘LOVE THY CRAFT,’ it’s evident how much love goes into the food. Because of the small menu selection, everything tastes fresh and delicious. I've been waiting for this ‘Old Calypso’ spot to reopen as a good restaurant, and it was worth the wait!!”</p> <p>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Octopus at Greek Islands Taverna</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/greekislandstaverna.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Blackened on the outside, tender on the inside and accompanied by a delicious lemon sauce. It’s perfect, no – really. You’ll be telling all your friends about it tomorrow.”</p> <p>(3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Chris MacDonald in Concert</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <div>"Elvis Presley would have been 80 on Jan. 8, and if The King were still alive at least two things would be certain. To live that long, he would have had to switch to all-organic peanut butter for his PB &amp; Banana sandwiches. And, given his love for performing, he'd probably still be hitting all the right notes on "Burning Love." No one honors the King's music and his spirit better than MacDonald, whose entertaining tribute show spans the arc of Elvis' career. Catch him Saturday night at Coral Springs Center for the Arts</div> <div>(Tickets: <a target="_blank">954-344-5990</a>) </div>magazineFri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsWeb Xtra: Steve Caras<p>Late in 2014, renowned ballet dancer-turned photographer Steven Caras generously sat down for a nearly two-hour interview with me, which resulted in a profile in the January edition of <em>Boca Raton</em>. It was an especially enlightening Q&amp;A, with Caras touching on his family life, his growth as a ballet dancer, his emergence as one of the top ballet choreographers in the world, and his later incarnations as a ballet master, lecturer and fundraiser. Here are some of the comments from his illustrious life that didn’t make it into this month’s article.</p> <p><img alt="" height="407" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/stevecaras.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>On surviving his father’s disapproval:</strong> “He was afraid that I couldn’t support myself. He wanted me to go to Dartmouth; that was his dream. I was not a good student at school. I’m sure I had ADD; we didn’t know what that was then. My older brother was rebellious; I was different. My younger brother was the scholar. He won the gold in my father’s eyes.</p> <p>“[My father] was a public figure, councilman of our town, a great speaker, a successful businessman, in the Army Reserves all his life after serving in the war. And when he was at a public or family gathering, he was joyous and outgoing and charming, and the minute he got home, he shut down. We tried to converse. And I was a little sassy, and I talked back. And I was angry at him because of the way he treated us, so I guess it was a perfect storm for a head-on collision.”</p> <p><strong>On working with George Balanchine:</strong> “He invited me to the company and said, ‘this is our new Greek boy. We will make him strong.’ He taught me equally as much about life, simply by watching his example of how he carried himself, how he dealt with the problems, how he handled his own illnesses, his heartaches. When Suzanne left the company, she was the love of his life. It was an unrequited life, happened a month before I entered the company.</p> <p>“He mentored me in life—the way he held himself, in spite of the issues, the way he presented himself in public. We were not encouraged to wear jeans or sneakers when we traveled. We were ambassadors representing the United States of America, not him. He was more of an American in his spirit and heart than most of us that I have encountered. He made us look deeper into what freedom meant for us.”</p> <p><strong>On pursuing dance and photography careers simultaneously:</strong> “It was a real juggling act. But it was easy because I was young, and it was my passion. You know what adrenaline and the mind can do. You’re 20 years younger, and you have the energy of a child. I’m young, I’m [Balanchine’s] disciple, and he’s watching me as a dancer, honoring the fact that I want to move on, saying ‘maybe we’ll take you out of the hard parts so you’ll have more time to be in the darkroom.’ So he was hand-tailoring my future for me.”</p> <p><strong>On retiring from dance:</strong> “I retired in 1983, at 32. I felt the wings had fallen off a couple years before. A dancer knows when you’re no longer supernatural. You’re defying gravity for a living; you’re not just jumping but you’re doing the impossible for a living, and what that takes is so enormous, it’s inexplicable. But you do it, and then one day when life gets in front of you, and the clock is ticking.”</p> <p><strong>On film versus digital photography:</strong> “My romance with film will be forever, not that I’m shooting with film anymore. But there’s magic that exists in film shots and prints that’s richer, and the grain that you were forced to accept in dance, because of the low light, the high speed of the shutter, is something you accepted and worked with and tried to perfect, because lighting with film is either on or off. With digital, there’s all kinds of Band-Aid work. You can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear with about any digital photograph.” </p> <p><strong>On color versus black-and-white:</strong> “I shoot color and change it to black-and-white. I like black-and-white better. It always inspires the imagination, and then you’re on a journey with the picture. You have to design your home around your art, and black-and-white inspires an inner conversation and an exploration for me. It’s magical.”</p> <p><strong>On Miami City Ballet:</strong> “Miami City Ballet is stupendous. They always have been. [Edward Villella’s] magic as a performer, an inexplicable talent, trickled down through the ranks, and no matter what generation of dancers was in there from the 80s to the present, they were magic. That was Villella’s gift as an artist. Lourdes [Lopez] is doing a great job too, passing the torch and going forward.”</p> <p><strong>On the “The Last Bow,” his famous image of George Balanchine near the end of the great choreographer’s life:</strong> “It’s the only photograph I have ever named. He died eight months later. It was our tradition at New York City Ballet at the end of the spring season to encourage him to take a bow, which he wasn’t crazy about otherwise. I was out front with my camera, in the right place at the right time. From my vantage point, you could see what the audience wouldn’t normally by privy to, and that was from an odd, obscure sort of location in the house. He was holding the curtain because his health was failing. Normally he’d open it and take charge, but here it was more of a crutch than a prop. So it’s my favorite photograph of the thousands I’ve taken.”</p>John ThomasonThu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: PB&amp;J Doughnut<p>What happens when you marry two of America’s favorite foods?</p> <p>If you’re the folks behind Rhino Donuts—Tom Prakas and David Tran—you take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and wed it to the doughnut, instantly doubling the appeal of each to big and little kids alike. It’s one of an array of designer offerings at the locally based Rhino, which recently opened a shop in Boca Raton (<em>126 N.E. Second St.</em>), with several more on the way.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-08_at_2.36.49_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Peanut Butter &amp; Jelly Doughnut</strong></p> <p><em>David Tran, Rhino Donuts</em></p> <p>1 recipe with your favorite doughnuts cut into discs</p> <p><strong>For jelly:</strong></p> <p>4 cup fresh strawberries</p> <p>3/4 cup water</p> <p>3/4 cup sugar</p> <p>38 grams pectin</p> <p><strong>For peanut butter mousse:</strong></p> <p>1 stick butter</p> <p>9 ounces favorite peanut butter, creamy not crunchy</p> <p>5 cups powdered sugar, sifted</p> <p><em>Optional:</em> Chocolate sauce and roasted peanuts</p> <p><strong>For jelly:</strong> Place strawberries, 1/2 cup of water and sugar in pot and reduce until jam-like consistency. Place remaining 1/2 cup of water and pectin in separate pot and stir to dissolve, then add to strawberry mixture and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Cool in ice bath.</p> <p>For peanut butter mousse: Combine butter and peanut butter and half of the sugar in mixer bowl and, using paddles, whip until smooth, adding more sugar until a thick, creamy texture.</p> <p>To assemble: Cook donuts in hot oil, remove and cool. Place strawberry jam in pastry bag and fill individual donuts. Place peanut butter mousse in another pastry bag and pipe on top of each donut. Garnish with drizzle of chocolate sauce and roasted peanuts. Serve and devour.</p>Bill CitaraThu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: Tony Robbins<p>Why he wrote his new book, Money: Master The Game; Seven Simple Steps to Financial Freedom:</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/tonyrobbins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“I wrote this book because I hit a [low] point in 2008. I saw all of my childhood pain in everyone around me, from my barber to billionaire clients. Nobody was unaffected by [the great recession]. Two years later everyone was talking about how everything was going to change but still, nothing changed.</p> <p>I watched this documentary called “Inside Job” narrated by Matt Damon—it won all kinds of awards—a play–by-play account about how the world economic system was almost destroyed by a small group of people. The punishment was we put them in charge of the recovery and gave them all our money that they had lost.</p> <p>I was so angry. At the end of that film, you are either really depressed or really angry. There were no solutions. We all got screwed and this is how it is? I thought ‘There’s got to be a solution. You know what? I have access. I have access to the most powerful financial people on earth, the most successful on earth. I have been coaching Paul Tudor Jones, one of top 10 financial traders in history for the past 21 years.’</p> <p>I started the journey then, I started doing interviews. For the past two years I just went full-tilt and started doing the writing and interviewing intensely. I interviewed Nobel Prize winners, I interviewed self-made billionaires, I interviewed some of the best academics in the world who have studied to find out what really works. I wanted to write the definitive book on this that would level the playing field, that would put you back in control, that would give you basic financial stability so you would not have to worry if you take these seven steps—you can take it one step at a time and get momentum and absolutely get there.</p> <p>I wanted to make sure that I would save people time. I wanted to say to them I can make you achieve your goals 30 percent faster just by changing what happening on the tax side—by doing what wealthy people do—and it doesn’t cost a bunch of money today. Things you can do today you could never do before because of electronic capacities. That was the driver and then I became obsessed about it and it didn’t matter if I liked the [writing] process or not.</p> <p>What I did to help myself was have people read it to me after I wrote it so I could watch them and that’s how I made this book as strong as it is now. Because the reviews we are getting are pretty extraordinary from people who are normally pretty cynical.”</p> <h3>Tony Robbins Quotes We Love</h3> <p>"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” </p> <p>“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” </p> <p>“Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” </p> <p>“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” </p> <p>“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” </p> <p>“New Year = A New Life! Decide today who you will become, what you will give how you will live.”</p> <p>“Leaders spend 5 percent of their time on the problem and 95 percent of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it!” </p> <p>“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” </p> <p>“The only problem we really have is we think we’re not supposed to have problems! Problems call us to higher level- – face &amp; solve them now!”</p> <p>“Your past does not equal your future.” </p> <p>“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.”</p> <p>“I discovered a long time ago that if I helped enough people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.”</p> <p>“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” </p> <p>“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” </p> <p>“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” </p> <p>“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” </p> <p>“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” </p> <p>“Things do not have meaning. We assign meaning to everything.” </p> <p>“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” </p> <p>“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.” </p> <p>“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” </p> <p>“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”</p> <p>“It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.” </p> <p>“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” </p> <p>“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” </p> <p>“We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.”</p> <p>“It’s your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life.”</p> <p>“If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.” </p> <p>“If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”</p> <p>“Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.” </p> <p>“The only people without problems are those in cemeteries.” </p> <p>“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” </p> <p>“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” </p> <p>“There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.” </p> <p>“Where focus goes, energy flows.” </p>Marie SpeedThu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe big FAU gift, why the Office of Inspector General matters and other items of note<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/schmidt.jpg" width="152"></p> <h3>On the FAU football issue</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly has basically unqualified support from the person who matters most as Kelly tries to remake what began as a regional university into a national university.</p> <p>That person is Richard Schmidt (above), who runs the <a href="" target="_blank">Schmidt Family Foundation</a>. You can make a good argument that a better name for the school is Florida Atlantic/Schmidt University, given the many millions that have gone to FAU in name of the foundation and Schmidt family members. The family is by far the largest private donor.</p> <p>Schmidt himself got an MBA from Florida Atlantic, and he served on the search committee that a year ago made Kelly, then at Clemson University, one of three finalists to succeed Mary Jane Saunders. I spoke with him last month, not long after Kelly announced the $16 million gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation for an athletic/academic complex that Kelly touts as “transformational”—the first milestone on FAU’s journey through sports to the major leagues of academics.</p> <p>When I asked why Schmidt thought Kelly’s plan would work, he responded that the question was “rhetorical.” Fair enough. If he didn’t believe that Kelly could pull it off, Schmidt wouldn’t have backed the deal with $16 million that he could have designated for anything. Still, isn’t there a considerable risk of a university with a 55-79 record since entering the top tier of collegiate football betting its academic future on sports?</p> <p>“I know what the culture is,” Schmidt said of FAU. “It hasn’t made that transformation,” but Kelly is “trying to take that final step.” To make his case, Schmidt points not to a state university but to the private University of Miami.</p> <p>For half a century, UM—whose fans now call it “The U”—had occasional (but never sustained or high-level) football success. In 1979, UM hired Howard Schnellenberger as its coach. When he promised a national championship within five years, few gave him a chance. After all, before hiring Schnellenberger UM officials had considered downgrading the football program. Four years later, UM beat Nebraska to win that national title.</p> <p>“That (championship) changed the whole nature of the school,” Schmidt said. It is true that three decades ago UM was known more as “Suntan U.,” drawing students from the Northeast more with the promise of mild winters and a pretty campus than of challenging academics. It also is true that the latest <em>U.S. News and World Report</em> rankings had UM tied for 48<sup>th</sup> with the University of Florida among national universities. At No. 47 was the University of Wisconsin, where Donna Shalala was president before serving for eight years in the Clinton administration and then becoming UM’s president. Shalala will retire this year. And it is true that Schnellenberger started the football program at FAU.</p> <p>“Sports brings money,” Schmidt said. “That means better teachers and better funding.” He means private donations, not state support, which in Florida has been waning when it comes to higher education. It is true that in 2003 UM became the first university in Florida—public or private—to top $1 billion in a fund-raising campaign, even though UM’s enrollment is less than half that of the University of Florida.</p> <p>UM, though, has always been a traditional school of 18-22-year-olds who live on campus and whose parents want them to finish in four years because of the $44,000-plus annual cost. FAU began as a commuter school for juniors and seniors. It has evolved considerably in 50 years, but three-fourths of FAU students still come from Palm Beach and Broward counties, and the <em>six-year</em> graduation rate is only about 40 percent—second-worst among the 12 state universities.</p> <p>Like Kelly, however, Schmidt is convinced that FAU is undervalued because it has been undersold. “There’s such a pool of talent here,” he said, noting the ocean engineering programs—with its submarine team—and the well-regarded accounting department. He could have added the nursing program and others.</p> <p>Schmidt also could have pointed out that UM’s four-year graduation rate is more than 70 percent, or roughly 30 points higher than it was in the early 1990s. That comes from attracting better students, which is Kelly’s goal. Schmidt could have pointed out that the University of South Florida in Tampa, which is just eight years older than FAU and started top-tier football just a little earlier, has a record since then of 90-79.</p> <p>With the $16 million, Schmidt told me, “The family has demonstrated that Kelly has support in the community.” Still, Schmidt says the financial push “has to be grass-roots. FAU has 100,000 alumni, and they need to participate.” That is just one way in which Kelly must move FAU in years what has taken other universities decades to achieve, and it's just one more reason why the odds can seem high and the priorities wrong. Don’t tell it to Schmidt. “I think,” he said, “we’re a lot closer to this lofty goal than people realize.”</p> <h3>The inspector general strikes again                                  </h3> <p>On New Year’s Eve, we saw another reason that Palm Beach County is lucky to have an inspector general.</p> <p>The office issued a report on <strong>Riviera Beach Parks and Recreation Director John Williams</strong>, finding that he “misused” his city purchasing card and “falsified” records. Williams, the report said, claimed that his city-owned vehicle had been unavailable for roughly nine months, forcing him to lease a replacement.</p> <p>In fact, according to the report, Williams’ vehicle had been in the city’s maintenance shop for just 80 days. The report identified nearly $20,000 that Williams may have caused the city to spend needlessly. The report also showed that Riviera Beach has far too little oversight of how department heads use their purchasing cards.</p> <p>You can take away several things from the report. One is to wonder why the state attorney’s office declined to prosecute Williams. Another, though, is to understand that without the Office of Inspector General the taxpayers of Riviera Beach never would have known about this.</p> <p>The county commission created the office in 2009, as part of ethics reform following the guilty pleas of three commissioners to corruption charges. Fourteen cities are challenging the method of paying for the office. A judge heard arguments in August.</p> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach remain parties to the lawsuit. Even at this point, the cities could make a positive statement by withdrawing from the lawsuit and paying their share of the office’s cost. More than 70 percent of voters in Boca and Delray demanded that the office provide oversight and pay for it. Delray especially has benefited from that oversight, which allows not just employees but residents to make complaints. As we just saw, sometimes the office tells a city’s top officials something they didn’t know—or didn’t want the public to know.</p> <h3>And in that vein…</h3> <p>Speaking of public corruption, the trial of former <strong>Delray Beach City Commissioner Angeleta Gray</strong> has been delayed from Friday until April.</p> <p>Gray is charged with one count of violating the county’s ethics code and one count of conspiracy. In December 2013, Gray voted to approve a contract that, investigators said, would have benefited another former commissioner, Alberta McCarthy.</p> <p>Before the vote, McCarthy allegedly paid down roughly $1,200 of a loan that Gray had taken out. According to the state attorney’s office, there was no talk of Gray repaying McCarthy, who also faces the same two criminal charges. McCarthy was campaign manager for Gray’s failed reelection campaign last year. A trial in April would come one year after prosecutors filed the charges.</p> <h3>Vape update                                  </h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote (<a href="/blog/2015/01/06/new-years-update-on-boca-and-delray-city-issues/" target="_blank">link here</a>) that the Delray Beach City Commission would discuss an ordinance to regulate e-cigarettes—they give off vapor, not smoke—under the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act. The ordinance passed 4-0. The ordinance will take effort if it the commission approves it on second reading, probably in two weeks.</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, 08 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsLilly Pulitzer for Target<p>Target’s collaborations have always been on point. Altuzarra, Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung are just a few of them. But the latest Target collab is almost more than we can handle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lillyfortarget.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photos via Target press room</em></p> <p>On Tuesday, Target <a href="" target="_blank">announced its partnership</a> with Palm Beach’s very own Lilly Pulitzer. That’s right: Target is releasing 250 beautiful Lilly pieces at affordable  prices.</p> <p>The collection will feature Lilly’s signature prints in clothing, shoes, accessories and home goods starting at a whopping $2.  Clutches with bamboo handles, napkins, dresses, espadrilles, bathing suits, beach towels – that’s just the beginning of a list so incredible, we’re overwhelmed just typing it out. Apparel and shoes range from $12 to $44, beauty products range from $2-$30, accessories from $10-$50 and home decor/goods from $10-$150.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lillyfortarget4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lillyfortarget5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lillyfortarget2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Make sure to mark your calendars: Lilly for Target debuts in stores and at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> on April 19. During Target’s last collaboration, pieces sold out online within a few minutes. For more fab photos, follow <a href="" target="_blank">@lillyfortarget</a> on Instagram.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 07 Jan 2015 10:16:00 +0000 Review: &quot;Inherent Vice&quot;<p>Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” which opens Friday, is a detective movie, but we’re a long way from Sam Spade, leggy blondes and chiaroscuro lighting. It’s set in Los Angeles in 1970, and private eye Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a holdover from the Summer of Love, a perennial stoner in an increasingly sober time. If Phoenix’s goal as an actor is to out-weird his previous roles, he’s achieved it here, shambling through this meandering film in a druggy haze, boasting sideburns that take up a quarter of the frame.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/safe_image.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>He seems to be pretty terrible at his job, yet clients—and answers—continue to disrupt his highs. First, it’s his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston), who wants Doc to find her missing beau, a sleazy (and married) real estate tycoon named Wolfmann (Eric Roberts). This leads Sportello down a serpentine maze of rabbit holes involving a disgruntled gang member (Michael K. Williams), a burnt-out saxophonist-turned-FBI informant (Owen Wilson), a corrupt dentist (Martin Short) and a “vertically integrated” Asian drug syndicate. Helping the good Doc decode this Rubik’s cube of a mystery are Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), a blocky cop with whom Doc maintains an uneasy kinship; Penny Kimball (Reese Witherspoon), an assistant D.A. and sometime lover; and Sauncho Smilax (Benicio del Toro), his incompetent lawyer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cdn.indiewire.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Despite its star-studded potential, it’s hard to think of another film in recent memory that disdains its audience as doggedly as “Inherent Vice.” Adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon—a lightweight 2009 work that, compared with other writers, is still dense, interior and difficult-to-film—Anderson perches this head-scratching comedy somewhere between film-noir homage and parody, and the film rarely succeeds at either approach. It’s more an <em>anti</em>-noir, an overplotted tangle whose resolution is beside the point and beyond our capacity to care. Each introduced plot element is another example of misdirection as direction. Conversations proceed in mumbles, codes and whispers, with zestfully named characters sharing secrets to which we are not privy. Understanding “Inherent Vice” is a fool’s errand. We’re supposed to succumb to Doc’s shaggy process and just enjoy the ride.</p> <p>The problem is, the ride needs to be enjoyable, and at two and a half hours, “Inherent Vice” is an interminable slog—a somnambulistic opiate that requires, perhaps, an audience that’s as baked as its protagonist. Anderson has said that Cheech and Chong movies were a major influence, along with such overstuffed spoofs as “Airplane” and “Police Squad!” But I could count the number of times I laughed on fewer than two hands, and they were embarrassing, skuzzy laughs elicited from broad and degrading visual conceits.</p> <p>Speaking of the visuals, Anderson’s painterly approach to his mise-en-scene is as exacting as ever, but it’s largely at the service of indulging in the same kind of excessive ‘70s fetishism that colored the canvases of “American Hustle,” another overrated period piece. Seeing the bottomless parade of Hollywood stars cast against type or in surprising milieus eventually becomes the only impetus to keep watching “Inherent Vice,” a disaster of monumental time and expense from a filmmaker that should know better.</p>John ThomasonWed, 07 Jan 2015 09:43:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesFitness Guide: Make those Resolutions Stick<p>New year, new you, new fitness plan. We’ve all made these promises to ourselves year after year, only to fall back on old habits by the end of January. With so many workout plans and fitness classes popping up around town, 2015 is a better time than ever to keep your resolutions. We put together a guide on some great places to break a sweat this year. From Brazilian dance workouts to your standard spinning class, you can't possibly get bored with your workout routine.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/flywheelsports.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Flywheel</a> <em>Glades Plaza, 2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>This cycling studio is revving up the stakes when it comes to stationary bicycling. Each class can be a competition -- but only if you want it to be. Every bike at Flywheel has a small computer screen that displays gear strength, revolutions per minute and the bike's power output. Riders have the option of displaying their scores for the rest of the class to see. Motivating music, stadium-style seating and free bottled water make this a spinning class like no other.</p> <p>Cost: $25 per class; packages available</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/capoeira.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Capoeira Karkara</a> <em>3553 Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach</em></p> <p>Even those who participate in this Brazilian martial art find it difficult to describe it in words. Capoeria combines elements of dance, acrobatics and self-defense into more than just a fight. It's a way of life. Participants create a large circle where partners participate friendly exchange of kicks, turns, leaps and ducks that provide a total body workout.</p> <p>Cost: $99 per month for unlimited classes</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/loibel.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Zumba at </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Loibel Dance Studio</a><em> 83 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>Somewhere past a sea of neon-colored crop tops and blaring dance club music is one of the most fun, yet most intense aerobic workouts out there. It’s a party with payoff. The Latin-inspired dance fitness class fuses moves like the Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Flamenco into a workout that burns upwards of 1,000 calories per hour. Zumba is for anyone that can find movement behind the music.</p> <p>Cost: $15 per class; packages available</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-06_at_4.10.10_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">CrossFit Delray Beach</a> <em>1405 N. Congress Ave #14, Delray Beach</em><strong></strong></p> <p>You won’t find treadmills, an elliptical or fancy weight-lifting machines at this place. This ‘box’ as Crossfit gyms are called, combines strength training, explosive plyometrics, speed training, power-style weight lifting, kettle bells and endurance exercises. In the front of the room stands a large whiteboard displaying the ‘WOD’ or workout of the day. Explosive exercises done in a circuit format target the whole body. One set follows after the next, with very little rest in between.</p> <p>Cost: $20 per class; free two-day intro; packages available</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/thebarrestudio.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Barre Studio</a> <em>59 S.E. Fourth Ave., Delray Beach</em></p> <p>This workout incorporates ballet techniques with resistance training. All that's needed is a ballet barre and a mirrored wall. Participants stretch their core, improve posture and build-up their arm and leg muscles using their own strength. Over time, these movements will help shape your body into a long and lean dancer’s physique. </p> <p>Cost: $23 per class; packages available</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="!group-classes/cqos" target="_blank">!group-classes/cqos</a></p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 07 Jan 2015 07:00:00 +0000 BeachFitnessHealth/BeautyFAU Making Health News<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Research with world-wide implications is happening here, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan, a professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, is using computer technology to “mine” the human genome and identify potential drug targets to treat Ebola. The research is helping Narayanan understand Ebola-associated genes in the human genome. The next step would be to create a pipeline of drug targets to test and evaluate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="397" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/narayanan,_ramaswamy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One of the things that’s interesting about Narayanan’s work is that the human genome provides clues about how drugs already FDA-approved to treat other diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, might work in treating Ebola. In other words, his work could provide options that eliminate the lengthy process of new drug development.</p> <p>Narayanan’s research has uncovered lots of current drugs that potentially could be used to treat patients with the Ebola virus. These include medications for inflammation, heart disease, cancer and HIV. Recently, the local researcher’s work on harnessing the human genome to identify new drug targets for Ebola was published in the open-access <em>MedCrave Online Journal of Proteomics and Bioinformatics</em>.</p> <p>“With the high mortality rate of this disease, the world urgently needs new ways to treat patients,” Narayanan says in an FAU press release. “The ability to use drugs that are already approved by the FDA could provide clinicians with more options to treat Ebola patients, rather than just relying on supportive measures like fluid replacement or antibiotics.”</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p><strong>FAU Hires Vice President of Research</strong></p> <p>Florida Atlantic University has a new vice president of research: breast cancer researcher Dr. Daniel C. Lynn.</p> <p>With more than 20 years’ research experience, Flynn was chosen among 76 nationwide applicants. Research, FAU President John Kelly says in a press release, is central to the university’s academic standing.</p> <p> “We are hiring stellar faculty whose mere presence will be game-changers for the university, and their association with FAU will attract the best faculty and the brightest students,” Kelly says.</p> <p>Flynn has held several academic posts throughout the years. Among those, he was a professor at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and the department of microbiology and immunology of West Virginia University; associate dean for research and economic development at Commonwealth Medical College; and, most recently, associate dean for research, at the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences.</p> <p>His studies in breast cancer focused on how changes in cellular signals can affect the start and progression of breast cancer. He also was part of a research team that discovered a protein called AFAP1, which has a potential role in breast and prostate cancer. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 07 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyApeiro Nearing Delray Debut<p>Thursday, Jan. 15, is scheduled opening day for <a href="" target="_blank">Apeiro</a> (<em>14917 Lyons Rd., 561/826-1790</em>), Burt Rapoport’s modern pan-Mediterranean eatery in the giant Delray Marketplace complex at West Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road.</p> <p><img alt="" height="175" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/apeiro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In addition to taking inspiration from cuisines throughout the Mediterranean rather than just Italy, Apeiro (“infinite” in Greek) is also Rapoport’s double-down bet on the future of West County dining. It’s a future that looks pretty bright, at least judging by the crowds that can wait for an hour or more to get into his next-door eatery, Burt &amp; Max’s, on busy weekend evenings.</p> <p>Heading up the kitchen is chef-partner <strong>David Blonsky</strong>, who comes to Apeiro from Chicago, where he worked with such culinary heavy hitters as Rick Tramanto and Gail Gand and opened such highly regarded restaurants as Public House and Siena Tavern.</p> <p>At Apeiro, the restaurant’s sunny blue, gold and white color palette is reflected in the menu, which segues from grilled Spanish octopus and Morrocan-spiced lamb ribs to whole roasted branzino and charred eggplant meatballs to swordfish kabobs with salsa verde and meatball sliders with tomato sauce and pesto.</p> <p>And just because everyone is putting the final touches on the restaurant prior to debut doesn’t mean Rapoport and Blonsky are letting any arugula grow under their feet. There’s a second Apeiro coming later this year, probably in September, to Midtown Miami.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 06 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsNew Year&#39;s Update on Boca and Delray city issues<h3>Firefighters pension reform pending</h3> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/boca-raton-fire-department-logo.png" width="300"></p> <p>The first big story of 2015 came in 2014.</p> <p>Just before the end of the year, the union that represents Boca Raton’s firefighters announced that it had reached agreement with the city on a three-year wage and pension contract. The city had declared an impasse after the old contract expired on Oct. 1. An arbitrator had been scheduled to hear the dispute this week.</p> <p>The new agreement isn’t final. First, the union’s 200 members must ratify it by a majority vote. Then the city council must approve it. John Luca, president of Local 1560, told me on Monday that while the two sides have worked out the terms, the agreement isn’t yet in writing. When it is, the union will present the proposal to its members, and the city will present it to the council.</p> <p>Pension reform has been a council priority since Mayor Susan Haynie easily won last year’s mayoral election by defeating a Palm Beach County firefighter/council member, Anthony Majhess, who had strong backing from the fire and police unions. According to the union, the changes will save Boca Raton $6.5 million in pension costs over the three years of the contract and roughly $50 million over 30 years. Haynie said in an email that the deal “appears to achieve the meaningful pension reform we are seeking.”</p> <p>Among other things, the deal would cap lifetime pension benefits for firefighters and reduce their annual pension cost-of-living adjustment from 3 percent to 2.5 percent. That change would apply to all firefighters, not just new hires. If someone had worked for 12 years and stayed for 12 more, the COLA would be based on 3 percent for the first 12 and 2.5 percent for the next 12. Such inflation bumps still may be more generous than the city can afford, but the drop at least would be a start.</p> <p>Luca said the city wanted to get its pension costs down to 18 percent of total fire department payroll. This will happen, Luca said, by the third year of the contract. What does the union get? “A stable pension system.”</p> <p>The fire union could have gone through the arbitration hearing, but the city council could have ignored any of the arbitrator’s recommendations and imposed the terms it wanted. If the union members and the city like the deal, relations between the firefighters and the city will be better, and Local 1560 will join others in making pension compromises that respect the taxpayers.</p> <h3>But the police are looking at arbitration</h3> <p>Despite the firefighters’ proposed contract, the Fraternal Order of Police and Boca Raton remain at odds. Unless that changes, the arbitration hearing in that case will take place Jan. 14 at city hall.</p> <p>Delray Beach previously had reached agreement with the police union on a contract. The city now is negotiating with the firefighters, whose contract is up this year.</p> <h3>Delray’s big election</h3> <p>Last year, the big city election was in Boca. In 2015, it will be in Delray Beach.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein and City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will be on the ballot. Commissioner Adam Frankel is term-limited, so voters could decide a majority of seats, though at this point, Glickstein has no challengers.</p> <p>Running against Petrolia is retired dentist Victor Kirson, who lost a 2012 commission run. Three candidates have filed paperwork to run for the Frankel seat: Chris Davey, who barely lost to Al Jacquet last year; Christina Morrison, who lost to Jacquet three years ago; and Bruce Bastian, an advocate for making Delray more cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly. The qualifying period for candidates begins Jan. 27 and concludes Feb. 10.</p> <p>With Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, Glickstein and Petrolia for the last year have formed the majority that forced out former City Manager Louie Chapman and hired Don Cooper; Frankel and Jacquet didn’t even attend the meeting at which Cooper was hired.</p> <p>Of the three candidates seeking to replace Frankel, Davey probably is closest in sentiment to Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia. Those three don’t agree on every issue, but they have agreed on the need to improve city management and update development rules.</p> <p>Ironically, though Jarjura came onto the commission a year after Glickstein and Petrolia, she could be off the commission first.</p> <p>When voters chose Glickstein and Petrolia, they also approved a change that term-limits the mayor and commissioners after two terms of three years, not three terms of two years. Glickstein’s and Petrolia’s expiring two-year terms probably would not count against a new pair of three-year terms. If Glickstein and Petrolia won this year and could run for reelection, they would be term-limited in 2021. Jarjura would have to leave in 2020.</p> <h3>And Boca’s election</h3> <p>In Boca Raton, term limits hit Constance Scott, who holds the Seat C council seat. Armand Grossman and Jeremy Rodgers, both newcomers, are running.</p> <p>In Seat D, Robert Weinroth won last year in the race to succeed Majhess, who left the seat to make that losing run for mayor. One year was left in the term, so Weinroth—if he wins this year—could run for another three-year term in 2018 and serve a total of seven years, even though Boca also has a six-year term-limit system. For now, Weinroth is running unopposed.</p> <h3>Spring goal-setting for Boca</h3> <p>Haynie and the Boca council members will update their priorities at the spring goal-setting meeting. Since pension reform seems near, given the deal with the fire union and the city’s leverage with the police union, the biggest short-term priority will be negotiations with Hillstone Restaurant Group to operate a Houston’s on the old Wildflower property at Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue along the Intracoastal.</p> <p>Last September, the council authorized staff to start formal talks. The two key issues are a design that would work for a site with limited parking and a lease that would offer Boca Raton a fair return on the $7.5 million investment to buy the property in 2009. No proposal seems imminent, but both sides seem reasonably optimistic.</p> <p>Assistant City Manager Mike Woika said in an email Monday, “The project is still moving forward. The lease terms are being negotiated.” Hillstone Vice President Glenn Viers, who was at the September council meeting, told me by phone Monday, “Everything I’ve heard has been positive.” He said the company’s architecture/design team has submitted material to the city. “We’re looking forward to getting this project up and running.”</p> <h3>The (big) Delray land development issue</h3> <p>One big item Delray Beach held over from last year is approval of new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. You can tell that it’s a big deal because of all the capital letters.</p> <p>Twice the final version came before the city commission, and twice the city commission—correctly—asked for more revisions. This is not something that Delray Beach wants to take up again in a year, and it’s tough to encourage growth while retaining a small-city feel.</p> <p>Meanwhile, though, development plans keep coming. Delray Beach had extended through Feb. 15 a rule that plans in conflict with the new rules, would have to wait for commission approval. Tonight, the commission votes to extend that deadline to May 15, unless approval of the updated downtown regulations comes sooner. And the commission could extend the deadline even more. Obviously, Delray’s goal is to get the rules right, not just get the rules done.</p> <h3>Vaping on the agenda</h3> <p>Also on tonight’s Delray commission agenda is a proposed ordinance to regulate e-cigarettes. They emit vapor, not smoke, and makers and retailers say they are much safer than traditional cigarettes.</p> <p>As the memo from City Attorney Noel Pfeffer says, however, the American Heart Association believes that local governments should include e-cigarettes in products covered by the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, which would ban their use in restaurants, among other places. Though the vapor is much less toxic, it could contain nicotine.</p> <p>The proposed ordinance is up for “commission discretion.”  Expect an interesting discussion on the potential danger of secondhand virtual smoke.</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 SchultzTue, 06 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsGet Gala Ready with Christy Chis<p>The secret to great skin on the red carpet starts with great skin care. Be at your best this season with the help of <strong>Christy Chis</strong>, an esthetician who gained a name in NYC and recently relocated her work to the <strong>Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/christy_chis_2842.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Chis was previously a facial specialist with New York’s Mario Badescu, working her magic on big names like Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell. And now, she can work her magic on you.</p> <p>“I love to make people happy,” Chis says in a press release. “When you work with someone and they see results, it can change their whole attitude. I love making such a difference in someone’s life.”</p> <p>The spa is currently offering special gala grooming packages. Try the two-day “infinite glamour project” that includes full-body waxing, a Champagne shimmer pedicure and iridescent pearl manicure, hair shampoo and styling, professional spray tan and more. Or maybe go for the gentleman grooming series, featuring a hot shave, express facial, ear and nose waxing, scalp massage, haircut and men’s manicure.</p> <p>Sound amazing? These are just two of the many special services offered. Find out about the rest of the packages by calling 561/533-6000.</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Eau Spa</a> is located at 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Spade opens in Boca Raton<p>Boca just got a little bit more colorful, thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">Kate Spade New York</a>. The brand just opened its eighth store in Florida, right in our very own Town Center at Boca Raton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/kate_spade_boca_photo_1.2.14.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The store, located at the Palm Court near the Bloomingdale’s entrance, boasts clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, home décor and more in bright hues and bold prints. Deck yourself and your home in one – or a few ! – of Kate Spade’s pieces to make your life just that much brighter.</p> <p>Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.</p> <p><em>Share your finds with us on Instagram by tagging @bocamag and using the hashtag #KateSpadeBoca for a chance to be featured on our social media channels!</em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 05 Jan 2015 19:51:00 +0000 NewsThe Week Ahead: Jan. 6 to 12<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/600x600.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Darville Duo</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Buddha, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/368-4643, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Leave it up to the Funky Buddha to discover the diamonds in the rough, the musical acts from far-flung places that would otherwise have trouble finding a regional venue that would book them. Such is the case with Darville Duo, whose members, Jacques Darville and Henrik Schwiecker, banded together in Copenhagen in 2008. But there’s nothing fundamentally Scandinavian in their sound, which hews mostly to the timeless emotional purity of American blues, with forays into folk, bluegrass, classic rock and even Latin music. These charming, rustic, derby-capped entertainers don’t come to our region very often, so if your schedule allows, check out the best American music not made by Americans.</p> <p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mummies.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Mummies and Merlot” happy hour</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last year, the South Florida Science Center combined scientific topics with craft brews at its “Science on Tap” series at O’Shea’s. This year, the institution is continuing its tradition of social drinking and educational exploration on its home turf, launching “Mummies and Merlot” this week. The series is organized in conjunction with its newly opened exhibition “Afterlife: Tombs and Treasures of Ancient Egypt,” and on the second Thursday evening of each month, attendees will learn about a different aspect of Egyptian life and history while enjoying a wine tasting from Vinoutlet. This week’s speaker is Ashley Hampton, president of the Palm Beach County Archaeologist Society; future lectures are set for Feb. 12, March 12 and April 9.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/spinners-lg.jpg" width="325"></p> <p><strong>What: ‘70s Soul Jam</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This mini festival recalls a time in popular music when vocal groups’ sequined wardrobes were as harmonized as their singing, and when choreographed charisma meant as much to their success as the smoothness of their falsettos. Plus, these tunes had the respectable advantage of <em>not</em> being disco. Soul music thrived in the U.S. in the early 1970s, and this concert showcases three of its finest progenitors, whose vocal chords haven’t aged a day: The Stylistics, the Philadelphia balladeers behind “Stop, Look, Listen” and “Betcha By Golly, Wow;” Detroit’s Spinners (pictured), the legendary soul group from Detroit, with original member Henry Fambrough still touring after 50 years; and Cuba Gooding, the frontman of the Main Ingredient and father of Cuba Gooding Jr. Dust off those ‘70s togs and dress appropriately.</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/1418678690-fully_committed_tickets.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Fully Committed”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Abdo New River Room, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This one-man show appears to be a perfect fit for the Broward Center’s cabaret-style, full-service Abdo New River Room: It is about food and drinks, after all—or at least <em>access </em>to food and drinks. Written by Becky Mode, the play begins with a relatable premise: An out-of-work actor earns his income by slaving away at a restaurant. But he’s no waiter or busboy, transiently jumping from one low-paying job to another while auditioning for work. Instead, he mans the reservation line at a trendy new Manhattan restaurant, where celebutantes, socialites and desperate name-droppers will do whatever it takes to land the right table, even when the restaurant is already “fully committed.” In addition to accepting or denying this rogue’s gallery their fleeting sample of culinary glamour, he also fields pleading phone calls from his recently widowed father, while vying for a major part at Lincoln Center. In all, one actor will portray 40 characters in a tour de force performance. Local thespian John Manzelli, who has twice performed the role outside of his home region, will take on the challenge. The show runs through Feb. 1.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/starsplangled.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Star-Spangled Girl”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mad Cat Theatre Company at Miami Theater Center, 9816 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50, including preshow party ($15-$30 for the rest of the run)</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One of South Florida’s most experimental theater companies, Mad Cat is admired for its “collage” style of theater, which often injects video, pop music, and visual and performance art into a live theater paradigm. It is the least likely company to stage a play by Neil Simon, the nation’s most traditional and audience-pandering playwright, who has long been the bailiwick of more conservative producers. Ever one to subvert even its own expectations, Mad Cat will re-examine the largely forgotten Simon comedy “The Star-Spangled Banner” in its own singular language, with music, narration and a new setting supplementing this love triangle about two publishers of a radical magazine and their compelling new neighbor. Love and politics mix and take on new dimensions in director Paul Tei’s interpretation, which recasts the story from ‘60s San Francisco to the year 2066, which survives on the verge of a dystopia. It will undoubtedly be Neil Simon as you’ve never seen him before. “The Star-Spangled Girl” runs through Jan. 25.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/sf-go-oshogatsu-morikami-delray-beach-011214a-20140109.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Oshogatsu celebration</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Legend has it that the Japanese zodiac, borrowed from the Chinese, came into being when the Buddha invited all of world’s animals to come to him on New Year’s Day for a special gift. He could’ve learned something from Noah: Only 12 animals showed up, but each of them was granted its own calendar year in a 12-year cycle. In January, the Morikami Museum celebrates the calendar’s transition from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Sheep with its 37<sup>th</sup> annual Oshogatsu celebration, which brings a lively, festive atmosphere to traditionally quiet Japanese New Year customs. Enjoy new year’s storytelling; live taiko drumming and koto music (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument); a DIY daruma wall, where visitors color a craft that signifies their wish for the coming year; a Mochi pounding demonstration; and an interactive scavenger hunt courtesy of Instagram. Libations will be provided by the Sake Station and Kirin Beer Garden, with food available from the museum’s Cornell Café and special vendors.</p> <p>MONDAY, JAN. 12</p> <p><img alt="" height="602" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/michael-mckeever2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Daniel’s Husband” play reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Award-winning South Florida playwright Michael McKeever (pictured) will see his latest work, “Daniel’s Husband,” receive a full production this coming May from Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage. But you can have a sneak peak at this new LGBT-themed dramedy—four months prior and for a fraction of the ticket price—thanks to Jan McArt’s indispensable New Play Reading Series. The play follows a contemporary gay couple dealing with the tribulations of not taking official vows, amid an environment of marriage inequality. Given the news in Florida this week, the play should feel ripped from the headlines. Some of the best actors in the South Florida community—Alex Alvarez, Antonio Amadeo, Kristian Kikic, Barbara Bradshaw and Larry Buzzeo—will premiere McKeever’s work, scripts in hand, next Monday.</p>John ThomasonMon, 05 Jan 2015 15:34:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSwank Farm Goes Silver and Black This Sunday<p>Happy New Year! And what better way to kick off 2015 than with a Sunday evening at Swank Farm! The second <strong>Swank Table</strong> dinner of the season is THIS Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be themed Black Gold and Silver Sands—a nod to Florida’s agricultural past and future. Here are the particulars:</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/laughing_chef.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>BLACK GOLD &amp; SILVER SANDS</p> <p>Area 31 Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, K Restaurant</p> <p>We celebrate agriculture in our county both past and present.</p> <p>Benefiting Historical Society of Palm Beach County</p> <p>Tickets: $155</p> <p>Rain or shine</p> <p>These dinners always sell out, partly because they are so well done, with such hot chefs and imaginative themes. Add in the al fresco ambiance of a real farm and a new pole barn—and lots of great wines and music—and you have a hit.</p> <p>In case you’ve missed the boat for the first two dinners, here’s a reminder of what’s to come for the remainder of the season. Reserve your place now at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Feb, 8</p> <p><strong>HOT PINK TOMATO</strong></p> <p>Ahi Loi, Edge Steak &amp; Bar, The Dutch, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>A tribute to the number one Garden Vegetable.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach County Food Bank</p> <p>March 8</p> <p><strong>LE GRAND AIOLI</strong></p> <p>Meat Market, Pilgrim, The Grille, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>Please dress in your best blues or blues and whites.</p> <p>Upscale, downscale. Just so it’s “Le Bleu.”</p> <p>Benefiting Cultural Council of Palm Beach County</p> <p>March 22</p> <p><strong>WHERE’S THE BEET?</strong></p> <p>Hippocrates Health Institute, Market 17, Mom’s Pops, The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa</p> <p>A Love Song To Vegetables. An All Vegetable Feast.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach Zoo</p> <p>April 12</p> <p><strong>2ND ANNUAL DINER EN BLANC</strong></p> <p>Cafe Boulud, The Cypress Room, The Genuine Hospitality Group, 32 East</p> <p>A Feast Made Famous In Paris. Please Come Dressed In White</p> <p>Bring Candlesticks, Candleabras, Votives In Glass, And Any Other</p> <p>Candle Holder You Can Think Of To Make Our Evening Sparkle.</p> <p>Benefiting Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</p> <p>April 26</p> <p><strong>PRIME CUTS</strong></p> <p>Ganache 316, Pistache French Bistro, S3, 50 Ocean</p> <p>A Beef Lover’s Paradise.</p> <p>Benefiting Food For The Poor</p>Marie SpeedMon, 05 Jan 2015 13:52:00 +0000 EventsPeering Into My (Restaurant) Crystal Ball<p>Welcome to 2015! I hope it’s a year of good restaurants, good food, good wine and good company for everyone.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/crystalball.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Crystal ball-gazing is more art than science (or more scam than art) but I’ll give it a shot and toss out a few predictions for Restaurant Year 2015. This time in 2016 we’ll see whether I need new glasses, a new crystal ball or just to keep my lips buttoned. </p> <p><em>The road to health is paved with more new restaurants. </em>Everyone wants to eat healthy but few of us want to sacrifice very much to get there. Restaurants like Farmer’s Table and Gary Racks’ new Farmhouse Kitchen split the difference between your typical “Damn the cholesterol, full speed ahead” eateries and vegetarian-slash-vegan restaurants, where you’re not only expected to wear the hair shirt of healthy eating but dine on it too. Look for more places that dispense with butter and cream and elevate vegetables over meat yet still serve up a full portion of flavor. One caveat: that’s a whole lot harder than it appears.</p> <p><em>Go west, young restaurateur. </em>West county has long been underserved when it comes to high-quality, non-chain restaurants. Savvy operators are beginning to see the area’s potential, a vision that will only grow clearer in the new year. Restaurants like those at the sprawling Delray Marketplace, La Ferme and Sybarite Pig in Boca and others are showing that just because you don’t live within honking distance of I-95 doesn’t mean you want to eat cook-by-numbers food in some corporate, focus group “concepted” restaurant.</p> <p><em>Locals know best. </em>PBC continues to be a tough market for out of towners to crack (excepting steakhouses, which seem to proliferate like rabbits). Though there have been some notable success stories, like Clay Conley with Buccan (and his coming sandwich shop and casual osteria) and Sean Brasel with his uber-luxe Meat Market, restaurateurs who know the local market (I’m thinking Gary Rack, Dennis Max, Burt Rapoport, Rodney Mayo, Angelo Elia and the Big Time folks, among others) have a leg, thigh, hip and rib bone up on those who show up having not quite figured it out. Don’t expect that to change any time soon</p> <p><em>The harder they fall. </em>Expect more high-profile closings when the 2014-2015 “season” ends. The economy may be getting better and people loosening the purse strings to go out to eat, but the local market is both quirky and demanding, and I can think of several “name” restaurants that may be in trouble when the tourist hordes finally clear out. Name recognition is great, but there’s no substitute for consistently putting out good food and good service in a pleasant, comfortable atmosphere.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 05 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Top 10 Movies of 2014<p><strong><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>10. Ida</strong></p> <p>“Ida” is a stark and hypnotic black-and-white road movie set in a frostbit Polish winter in the early 1960s, where a young, orphaned novitiate is sent on a short pilgrimage to meet her only living relative prior to taking her vows to become a nun. Every frame looks like a painting or photograph, but most would belong in a modern art museum, with framing choices that are daring as they are unconventional. Director Pawel Pawlikowski shoots this adventurous spiritual journey like he really is reinventing the wheel.</p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/" width="400"></p> <p><strong>9. Night Moves</strong></p> <p>Another brooding, slow-burning masterpiece from indie auteur Kelly Reichardt, this drama cast Jesse Eisenberg against type as a sullen environmental activist whose latest act of eco-terrorism inadvertently takes a human life—and whose shockwaves cause a rift with his colleague that results in escalating tragedy. Guilt, fear and moral confusion swirl into a dark parable that’s as old as Poe and as cinematically gripping as Hitchcock, and it boasts the best final shot of any movie last year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/interstellar-05.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>8. Interstellar</strong></p> <p>Disparage this cultural-cinematic Event Film all you like; while you’re poking for holes in the dense metaphysics of “Interstellar,” you’re missing one of the year’s most ravishing and mind-blowing experiences, a herculean accomplishment in super-screen cinema and a necessary preserver of celluloid projection. For all its bowel-shaking special effects, “Interstellar” is primarily a heady meditation on such mystical concepts as love, nature, space and time—touching our hearts and souls as well as our brains.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/love-is-strange.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>7. Love is Strange</strong></p> <p>Movies this torn from the amusing, sensitive, imbalanced, sometimes unjust fabric of life are rare, and “Love is Strange” should be cherished as a quiet masterpiece. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina have flawless chemistry as a longtime couple forced to forego their apartment and live in separate dwellings after their marriage prompts a job loss for Molina. There isn’t a single emotional misstep in this film, nary a studio concession in sight. In showing how one cowardly turn of events can uproot a once-stable family unit, Sachs and his co-screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias draw beautifully from life’s uncomfortable surprises, turning the specific into the universal and the familiar into the revelatory.</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/-559771_w650.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. Birdman</strong></p> <p>I tend to gravitate toward films that push the boundaries of form, that open new doorways of imagination. The sleight-of-hand wizardry of “Birdman,” which seems to play out as one astonishing, unbroken take, certainly qualifies. Unpredictable every step of the way, right up until its boldly ambiguous final shot, “Birdman” is both mystical and grounded, technically acrobatic yet fully invested in the earthbound struggles, heartbreak and minutiae of putting on a play.  The movie is a repository of show business fears, anxieties, insecurities, hubris and delusions, all of which feed into one thing: the universal — but especially American — quest to <em>matter</em>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/winter-sleep-cannes-2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Winter Sleep</strong></p> <p>The latest from Turkey’s art-house darling Nuri Bilge Ceylan is ostensibly a hulking, patience-testing film, at an unrelentingly talky three hours and 16 minutes. But you’ll be so enraptured by the conversation that this intimate epic will soar by, leaving you wanting more. A stone thrown from a child strikes a car in Turkey’s rural steppes, setting in motion a tumultuous few days in the life of a condescending newspaper columnist/hotelier. Whatever bonds he had left with his sister and younger wife either calcify or wither across a series of grievance-airing conversations that people often have in real life, but rarely engage in movies. Touching on philosophy, capitalism, class and ethics, “Winter Sleep” transcends entertainment: it teaches us about life while holding a mirror to the ugly parts of our own. <em>(NOTE: “Winter Sleep” opens Jan. 9 in South Florida, including Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/like-father-like-son-2.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>4. Like Father, Like Son</strong></p> <p>It looks like this Japanese drama by the great Hirokazu Kore-eda is set to be remade in Hollywood. Ho-hum. I beg of you to see this version first (or instead). It’s another beautiful, Ozu-channeling study of the powerful bonds of family from the greatest humanist filmmaker of our time, a movie of cascading emotions about two sets of parents who are informed that their children were accidentally switched at birth and should be returned to their proper parents. This revelation tears family units asunder, subtly comments on the class structure in modern Japan, and explains both everything and nothing about why we love who we love.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/whiplash.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>3. Whiplash</strong></p> <p>Sheer exhilaration. This movie feels like living inside a frenetic avant-jazz composition: Boundaries are pushed and dangerously exceeded, emotions roil, and the camera slices and dices through any and all inhibitions, creating a symphony of blood, sweat and cymbals. “Whiplash” makes us feel alive, but, through a fierce, career-best performance by J.K. Simmons as a sociopathic conservatory teacher who pushes a young drummer beyond his breaking point, it also forces us to question the root causes of creative genius—to decide first if there is a method to the teacher’s madness, and second if the method is worth the sacrifice.</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/under-the-skin.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. Under the Skin</strong></p> <p>Films this certifiably strange don’t come around very often, and when they do, they are rarely directed with such unforgettably creepy poise, such otherworldly visual imagination, and such a masterful grip on the uneasy confluence of documentary and fiction. The movie feels like it was transmitted from another planet, an appropriate ambiance for a film about an alien unable to phone home, adrift in nocturnal Scotland, and wearing the agreeable skin of Scarlett Johansson. Men are seduced and consumed until the ET strays from her protocol—leading to a vision of otherness in the modern world that is etched permanently into my sense memory.</p> <p><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/cdn.indiewire.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Boyhood</strong></p> <p>An obvious choice, perhaps, as Richard Linklater can do no wrong in my eyes—but a landmark film that deserves the Best Picture Oscar it might very well receive. Filmed in annual segments over 12 years, this emotional and physical maturation of a child from approximately age 7 to 19 is the ultimate coming-of-age narrative in any media, making all others seem fundamentally incomplete. “Boyhood” is filled with the magic of the immediate moment, the majesty of the everyday. 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. Indeed, “Boyhood” is largely about the ephemerality of time itself, its endless forward motion. 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. </p> <p>Honorable mentions: “1,000 Times Good Night,” “Happy Christmas,” “The Homesman,” “Lucy,” “Nightcrawler”</p> <p><strong>Worst of the year:</strong></p> <p>10. Nymphomaniac Vol. II (simply because of the last 30 seconds)</p> <p>9. The One I Love (for blowing such a brilliant premise)</p> <p>8. Godzilla</p> <p>7. The Equalizer</p> <p>7. Gone Girl</p> <p>6. Laggies</p> <p>5. Men, Women &amp; Children</p> <p>4. Bad Words</p> <p>3. Better Living Through Chemistry</p> <p>2. And So it Goes</p> <p>1. Gimme Shelter</p>John ThomasonFri, 02 Jan 2015 14:47:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesDining Review: Boca Landing<p>Hollywood has nothing on Boca Landing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocalanding_hazelnutgelato.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Hazelnut Gelato</em></p> <p>The celebrity denizens of Tinsel-town, whose relentlessly nipped, tucked and injected faces and bodies have seen more work than I-95, are rank amateurs in the makeover department compared to the stunning job done on the old Bridge Hotel and its one-time star restaurant, Carmen’s.</p> <p>After a dozen months and more than $10 million, the worn, tired, bankrupt Bridge was reborn last May as the Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina in a renovation as slick as anything on HGTV. And sad and frayed-around-the-edges Carmen’s, whose decor and menu were as dated as an IBM Selectric, was remade into a chic, contemporary marina-front restaurant with the kind of panoramic water views other restaurants can only drool over.</p> <p>The heavy lifting on the menu was done by executive chef Steven Zobel, late of Fort Lauderdale’s d.b.a./Café, who replaced Carmen’s uninspired Continental-esque cuisine with a roster of small plates, many Asian-inspired, designed to appeal to slightly adventurous and more conservative palates. If you wore a bag over your head and managed to miss the restaurant’s remarkable physical transformation, you’d still know everything was different by the wickedly addictive Parmesan crisps and crunchy breadsticks immediately trotted out to your table, along with little ramekins of earthy truffle and bright-tasting red-pepper butters. </p> <p>The Asian influence is most pronounced in the list of small plates, beginning with a good if fairly standard rendition of tuna tartare, cubes of rosy soy and citrus-glazed fish (which could have been better trimmed of sinew) atop a coarse mash of avocado with squiggles of wasabi aioli and a crown of wilted microgreens. The same sweet-spicy aioli made an appearance as a drizzle over an enormous portion of fried calamari, thick-cut rings as big around as truck tires yet remarkably tender, with crisp, gossamer-thin (rice?) flour jackets.</p> <p>Plump, meaty PEI mussels arrived braised in a modestly spicy, robustly garlicky green curry-coconut milk broth. It was another generous portion, made somewhat less so by the number of unopened bivalves lurking at the bottom of the bowl. Duck confit was the least successful of the tapas, the apricot-glazed duck leg flavorful but lacking the plush, melt-in-your-mouth texture of a great confit. A pair of leathery crêpes and more wilted micro-greens weren’t much help.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocalanding_filetmignon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Filet Mignon</em></p> <p>There’s nothing Asian or particularly adventurous about filet mignon with crab and béarnaise, but when you’ve got gum-tender meat with surprisingly deep, beefy flavor topped with fat chunks of sea-sweet crab and an achingly luscious butter sauce that’s richer than the House of Saud, well … who really gives a shiitake?</p> <p>Molten chocolate cake—plenty of the latter but not much of the former—was decent but nothing to text home about. The accompanying hazelnut gelato, on the other hand, was worth a full post on YouTube. Made in-house, it’s indecently rich and creamy in the way only gelato can be, laced with hazelnuts and so irresistible that we ordered another scoop, just to wallow in its cool, velvety, seductive luxury a little longer.</p> <p>If every makeover went this well, we’d all look like Hollywood celebrities.</p> <p><strong><em>Rooms With a View</em></strong></p> <p><em>It’s impossible for any design to compete with Boca Landing’s spectacular views of Lake Boca and the Intracoastal, but this one certainly comes close. From the dramatic entrance of the hotel lobby, guests stroll down a long corridor lined with modern art on the walls and past a glassed-in wine room, lounge and large, U-shaped bar. From there, they step down into the main dining room, where massive plate-glass windows show off the postcard-perfect setting and an outdoor patio so close to the water that you can flick a breadstick off your table and watch it float away.</em></p> <p><strong>IF YOU GO</strong></p> <p>ADDRESS: 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/368-9500</p> <p>PRICE RANGE: Entrées $26–$37</p> <p>HOURS: Sun.–Thurs. 5–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5–11 p.m.</p> <p>WEBSITE: <a href=""></a></p>Bill CitaraFri, 02 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsStaff Picks: good Indian food, a new juice house plus more.<p><strong>Sapphire Indian Cuisine</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sp_sapphire.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>“This new Indian restaurant is truly a gem just waiting to be discovered! They have authentic Indian cuisine that is delicious. They offer great lunch specials and are open for dinner. The decor is beautiful, simple and elegant. It's a must for any Indian foodie fans and for those who may be interested in trying it for the first time! They cater to mild spice tastes.”</p> <p>(500 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Apura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sp_apura.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor + Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>"After taking a few extra weeks to put the finishing touches on her new business, Susan Mussaffi has finally opened the doors to her much-anticipated juicery  and coffeehouse. Expect all kinds of original non-processed, plant-based menu items, as well as cold-pressed juices, hand-pressed nut "mylks" and much more. Mussaffi has poured her heart and soul into this project, and it's certain to show in the details. It's the perfect place to get healthy after too many holiday treats!" - Kevin</p> <p>"I'm constantly amazed at how delicious everything tastes and it's even better since it's so healthy!" - Nancy</p> <p>(22191 Powerline Road, #20B, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Crane's Beach House Luxury Villas</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sp_cranes.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>"The new luxury villas at Crane's Beach House offer Delray's coolest new getaway--they are sleek, high-tech, come with their own yoga mats, beach chairs, smart TVs, Netflix, Pandora, you name it. Add in original art, River Rock lamps and groovy wood plank porcelain flooring and we do not want to leave. Ever.</p> <p>(82 Gleason St., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Q Bar Blues and Burgers</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/img_0764.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>"A far cry from the typical Las Olas and downtown Fort Lauderdale vibes, Q Bar brings you live blues music, reasonably priced food and a great selection of beer. Opened by the same owners of the next-door French restaurant, Sage, the bar serves a selection of small plates, burgers, plus items from its sister restaurant. Try the Maeloc blueberry cider and make sure to check the website for the music schedule."</p> <p>(2376 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Forward: Meet the Designers<p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/michael-aram-jewelry_cuffs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Elie Tahari Shopping Event:</strong></p> <p>Iris Schaum and Arnold Cohen will host an exclusive shopping event at Elle Tahari in Town Center at Boca Raton on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 2-6 p.m. Guests will be treated to a champagne reception and preview the men and women’s spring collections. Fifteen percent of the day’s sales will be donated to the Paps Corps Champions for Cancer Research.</p> <p><strong>Cookie Johnson Personal Appearance:</strong></p> <p>Magic Johnson's wife, Cookie, will be at Neiman Marcus in Town Center for a meet and greet on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 4-6 p.m. She will showcase the latest collection from her CJ by Cookie Johnson line. Shoppers can get insider fashion and styling tips from the designer.</p> <p><strong>Meet Michael Aram</strong></p> <p>Michael Aram’s jewelry is crafted with the same age-old techniques he uses when sculpting his decorative art. His jewels are inspired by objects and reflect sensibility with fashion. He will discuss his techniques and inspirations at Bloomingdale's in Town Center on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. </p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsJanuary Giveaway: $100 Spa Gift Card<p>A few weeks ago, we announced our big 2015 #BocaMagGives giveaway. Every month throughout the year, we’re giving away an item – or a few – as our way of saying thank you for our amazing readers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/mauispa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This month, we’re giving away <strong>two $100 gift cards</strong> to <a href="" target="_blank">Maui Spa &amp; Wellness Center</a>. The contest will take place on our Facebook page. All you have to do is hit the “share” button on this post to enter!</p> <p>Winner will be announced on Jan. 30. in the comment section of the post. Our web editor will also contact you through a Facebook message.</p> <p>To stay updated on our monthly Boca Mag Gives campaign, make sure to follow us on our social media sites!</p> <p>Facebook: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Instagram: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Pinterest: <a href=""></a></p>magazineThu, 01 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000’s Fabulous Fashion Week<p>Fashion is flooding Delray Beach for its second annual <strong>Fabulous Fashion Week</strong>, held this year from Jan. 17-24.</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/screen_shot_2014-12-29_at_1.33.27_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p>The seven-day celebration of fashion includes runway events, trunk shows, beauty events, shopping deals in downtown Delray and more.  The week kicks off with a swimwear fashion show on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and will benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.</p> <p>More than 35 events will be held throughout the week, with several benefitting local charities. For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/243-1077.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 01 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsArtist Creates New Species<p>Unless you’re living on the island of Dr. Moreau, stuff is what it is: People are people, animals are animals, plants are plants. When two of these things become one, it tends to give us pause.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/klara-kristalova-batgirl.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You’ll receive a lot of this pause at the Norton Museum’s extraordinary winter exhibition, “Klara Kristalova: Turning Into Stone,” the first U.S. museum exhibit for this clever, disturbing and existential artist. Working mostly in sculpture made from glazed stoneware and porcelain but contributing images in watercolor and India ink as well, the Czech native creates hybridized life forms—convergences of humans, animals and nature in which anything is possible.</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tumblr_m41pjcp5qm1qa67vio1_500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In her drawing “Night,” a cloud has a human face as it drifts through the evening sky, like a ghostly contrail examining our every move. Tree branches replace girls’ traditional appendages of arms and legs, as in the sculpture “Stiff;” tears become leafy branches when they trickle from the eyes of a facial bust, in “Spring.” In Kristalova’s sculpture “The Catastrophe,” dark matter spills from a girl’s open mouth, forming a puddle underneath her torso that seems to be consuming her body; and in her watercolor “Big Blue River,” an ocean of blue floods, once again, from girl’s mouth. Elsewhere, animal heads rest atop human bodies and vice versa.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/klara1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Should we feel empathy for the humanoids of Kristalova’s imagination, who seem to be tortured, transformed and otherwise overwhelmed by forces outside of themselves? Or should we see her twisted frankenpeople transcending mere humanity, and speaking to issues of oneness with the world at large, where the survival of hogs and bats and tree species are as vital to the ecosystem as people? I’m inclined to go with the latter, because beyond their surface morbidity, Kristalova’s creations emanate love, comfort and protection.</p> <p><img alt="" height="465" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/111354573kk_lm15435_the_sleepless1.jpg" width="348"></p> <p>Look no further than her signature sculpture, “The Sleepless”—presented in the Norton in its original glorious scale—where woodland creatures provide solace for the slumbering child they surround. In several of her pieces, insects such as moths and butterflies swarm and smother the faces of children, which can seem like a nightmare or, again, like a protective blanket. Because the human figures remain ambivalent to the possible onslaught, I’m inclined to believe the winged creatures are benevolent. The artist seems earnest in her appreciation of all things living, breeding and hybridizing, and yet she’s never preachy about her environmental messages. The works are too rough and intense to ever descend into self-conscious sentiment.</p> <p>The exhibition is structured in roughly chronological order, with works from the early 21<sup>st</sup> century yielding to pieces completed over the past few years, culminating in some that have never been seen before. The sculptures gradually grow bigger in size, reflecting a maturity in both her figures and in the artist herself. More so than the earlier works, sculptures like “Birdwoman” and “Childplay” are meditations on identity as it matures from childhood to adolescence. “Sitting Bunny,” with its rabbit-eared girl, makes for an apt metaphor for the body’s physical changes during this time, while “Anonymous Guest,” with its fully rabbit-headed figure, suggests feelings of otherness.</p> <p>This is perhaps the ultimate emotion that resonates across this artist’s profound oeuvre—the sense of being different from the herd, of being the kind of person who attracts one too many butterflies, who sleeps aside foxes and owls, whose orifices open into netherworlds, who flocks to where the wild things are. The most impressive section of “Turning Into Stone” is a menagerie of some 14 such sculptures, boxed onto a dimly lit shelf of connected cubes, like a display of nature’s mistakes fit for a carnival sideshow. There is perhaps no better audience for this beautiful and haunting exhibition than those who feel they don’t belong.</p> <p><em>"Klara Kristalova: Turning to Stone" runs through March 29 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. The museum is closed on New Year's Day. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 31 Dec 2014 14:29:50 +0000 & EventsTheater Review: Beauty and the Beast<p>If you’ve poised yourself for the same enchanting, childlike Disney film played out on stage, you’re about to be sorely disappointed. This isn’t <strong>Beauty and the Beast</strong> as you remember it. It’s funnier, more captivating and jealousy inducing in the I-wish-I-wore-costumes-like-that-for-my-job kind of way.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/img_0846.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While it uses the same lyrics and follows the same plotline – prince turns into the Beast, Belle’s father gets lost in the woods and ends up in the Beast’s castle, Belle comes to the rescue, et cetera, et cetera – there are subtle changes that turn the children’s film into an adult’s musical.</p> <p>Not to say that the show isn’t suitable for kids: I watched the little girls in front of me clutch each other when Belle’s father was lost in the woods and push themselves up in their seats to get a better view of Belle’s yellow gown. But the choice of word emphasis, a few new scenes and the social commentary that sent laughter echoing throughout the theater were perfect additions for those whose dreams no longer entertain the notion of fairytales.</p> <p>It’s hard to believe it’s Jillian Buterfield’s (Belle) first national tour. Her spectacular voice, supported by Ryan Everett Wood (Beast) and Cameron Bond (Gaston), was the perfect fit for the character. And while the three lead performances are worthy of applause, the supporting roles of Emily Jewell (Mrs. Pots), Kelley Teal Goyette (Madame De La Grand Bouche), Samuel Shurtleff (Cogsworth), Melissa Jones (Babette) and especially Patrick Pevehouse (Lumiere) made the show what it was: a hilarious musical worth driving through Miami traffic for.</p> <p>Don’t miss the vibrant outfits, the layered Alice-in-Wonderland-esque stage sets and spectacular music by award-winning composer Alan Menken. Beauty and the Beast, directed by Tony-nominated Rob Roth, is playing at the <strong>Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts</strong> through Sunday, Jan. 4. Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><em>The Arsht is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 31 Dec 2014 12:15:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsBest Organic Juice Cleanses<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you have been over-indulging during the holidays and need to detox or simply want to jump-start a lifelong path to health, I recommend experiencing the magic of raw, unpasteurized juice cleanses. My clients who are juicing have seen their energy increase, their skin starting to glow, weight being released and signs of aging being reversed.</p> <p>This past year we have seen some great additions and improvements to juicing companies in our area and in this blog I will share what’s good and new, so you can enjoy your juices to the fullest.</p> <p><strong>First of all, why try a juice cleanse to begin with?</strong> Even when we watch what we eat and make the right food choices, toxins still lurk into our bodies. For example, if you go out to eat, you’ll likely have pesticides and toxins in your system from non-organic foods found in most restaurants. The unpleasant side effect of having them in our systems can be seen in weight gain, low energy, unclear skin and many illnesses.</p> <p>By doing a simple detox, you will give your digestive system a vacation so your body can get rid of harmful toxins, boost its energy, release extra weight, promote deeper sleep and reduce stress. Think of the detox as you think of dry cleaning your clothes – a necessary part of life that helps you look and feel great!</p> <p><strong>CLEANSE DO’s:</strong></p> <p>Take advantage of nutritional consultations prior to the cleanse</p> <p>Eat light, vegan foods before and after your cleanse to ease in and out of the cleanse</p> <p>Only choose organic juices, otherwise you will be putting toxins and pesticides right back into your body</p> <p>Choose cold-pressed juices (like the ones in this blog) that retain most benefits from fruits and vegetables</p> <p><strong>CLEANSE DONTs</strong></p> <p>Don’t eat heavy foods such as bread and animal proteins right before and right after the cleanse</p> <p>Don’t use the cleanse as quick fix – it is a reboot for the system and not a crash diet</p> <p>Don’t pressure yourself into doing a long cleanse if you are not ready.</p> <p><strong>BEST LOCAL ORGANIC JUICES AND CLEANSES </strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/juicing_onjuice.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>If you’re always busy and have no time to go get your juices, I suggest getting them delivered to your house by This local company, started in Boca in 2012, has just gone organic. All juices are cold-pressed and then high-pressure processed, which means there is no harmful bacteria, making them safe for people with weaker immune systems. What I like about OnJuice:</p> <p>- Easy delivery system - you don’t even have to leave your house or office</p> <p>- Local and organic produce</p> <p>- Offers signature and advanced all-juice cleanses that include six juices</p> <p>- Ten specialty cleanses that include four juices per day</p> <p>- Complimentary pre- and post-cleanse support with seven days of food menus to make sure you end your cleanse in a correct way</p> <p>- Corporate cleanses are available</p> <p><strong><em>Z-Tip:</em></strong><em> Sign up for their convenient auto-renewal delivery program and make juice a daily habit - you will look and feel fabulous all year long. </em></p> <p>To order, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 800-495-5008. Get 20 percent off by mentioning this blog.</p> <p><strong>APURA JUICERY AND COFFEE HOUSE</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/juicing_apura.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Apura Juicery and Coffeehouse has a beautiful story, and the passion of Susan Mussaffi, the owner of the café, shows in every detail. Apura is dedicated to making great-tasting juices with unique flavors that stand out from the crowd. If you don’t believe me, just try Can-Elope, Flying Hawaiian and Purple Haze. What I love about Apura:</p> <p>- Beautiful café where you can enjoy your juice</p> <p>- Food and juice cleanses are available</p> <p>- Group cleanses</p> <p>- Organic cold-pressed coffees for those who don’t want to give it the habit, but want to upgrade it instead</p> <p>- Samples of every juice are available before purchase</p> <p>- Pick up raw vegan salads, snacks and even desserts to help you ease in and ease out of the cleanse</p> <p><strong><em>Z-Tip:</em></strong><em> Try chia pudding and raw oatmeal to get into the habit of a delicious and nutritious breakfast.</em></p> <p>22191 Powerline Road, 20B, Boca Raton // 561/430-3596</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>RAW JUCE</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/juicing_rawjuce.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Raw Juce is a juice-aholic’s paradise that offers juices, smoothies, power shots and dessert drinks that can satisfy your thirst and hunger. Over the year they have added many new juices, smoothies and snacks, making it always fun and exciting to go. What I love about this store:</p> <p>- They offer walk-in cleanses</p> <p>- Samples of every juice are available before purchase</p> <p>- Big selection of green juices</p> <p>- Free consultation with a certified health coach</p> <p>- Raw vegan foods, acai bowls and smoothies are available for purchase to ease in and out of the cleanse</p> <p>- Convenient location off Glades Road and I-95</p> <p>- Juice till dinner cleanses are great for beginners</p> <p><strong><em>Z-tip:</em></strong><em> If you are new to cleanses, try a combination of smoothies and juices for the first two days of the cleanse before going 100 percent on juice. </em></p> <p>2200 Glades Road, Suite 403, Boca Raton // 561/424-JUCE</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>ORGANIC EXPRESS JUICE BAR</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/juicing_organicexpress.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>If you are out and about in Mizner Park and want a drink that won’t make you feel guilty later, check out Organic Express Juice Bar. All drinks are made to order and poured into glass mason jars with straws (what a cute idea!) What I love about this store:</p> <p>- Build-your-own cleanses</p> <p>- Design-your-own juices</p> <p>- Free local delivery</p> <p>- Raw vegan salads, smoothies and desserts are available for purchase to ease in and out of the cleanse</p> <p>- Delicious coconut water is available in big bottles</p> <p>- Convenient location on Federal Hwy, across from Mizner Park</p> <p><strong><em>Z-tip: </em></strong><em>Do try the banana ice cream – it can change the way you view desserts! </em></p> <p>495 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/707-0072</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFree Health Fair Coming to Mizner Park<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Local television station WPEC CBS 12 has announced the second annual <strong>Health and Wellness Experience</strong> Saturday, Feb. 28, at Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton.</p> <p>The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/glucosetesting.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Among the free health screenings planned are:</p> <p>- A child development screening, which helps identify developmental delays or behavioral issues in children five years and younger</p> <p>- Glucose and blood pressure screenings for adults</p> <p>Fitness demonstrations will include yoga, Zumba and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art infused with dance, acrobatics and music. Healthy cooking demonstrations and activities for kids are also on tap.</p> <p>Free parking for the event will be available at the Boca Raton City Hall and Downtown Library parking lots, with complimentary trolley service to Mizner Park.</p> <p>For more information, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/881-0702.</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>If you’re curious about capoeira (the Brazilian martial art mentioned above), the City of Boca Raton offers free capoeira classes, along with yoga and Zumba, every Saturday morning at Sanborn Square and South Beach Pavilion.</p> <p>At Sanborn Square (72 N. Federal Highway), yoga class starts at 9 a.m. on Saturdays followed by Capoeira at 10:30 a.m.  Or you can venture to the South Beach Pavilion (corner of Palmetto Park Road and A1A) at 10:30 a.m. for Zumba.</p> <p>For more information go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, or contact Nicole Gasparri at <a href=""></a> or 561/393-7703.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 31 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Florida’s Biggest Free Yoga Class<p>Counter your New Year’s Eve partying with some New Year’s Day yoga. <strong>Leslie Glickman</strong> and her <strong>Yoga Journey</strong> team are hosting a free yoga class at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Jan. 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="246" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/yogajourney.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>The <a href="">website</a> cites the event as the biggest free outdoor yoga class in all of South Florida, open to yogis and yoginis of all levels and ages.</p> <p>Check in begins at 10 a.m., and the one-hour class with live music begins at 11 a.m. There will also be a yoga marketplace open through 1 p.m.</p> <p>Speed up the process by registering online <a href="">here</a>. (Click on the “events” tab!) The first 300 registrants will receive a gift bag.</p> <p><em>Mizner Park Amphitheater is located at 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 30 Dec 2014 13:34:00 +0000 EventsDid Boca Score on Bowl Night? Plus more.<h3>The Boca Bowl Victory </h3> <p>Marshall University won the first Boca Raton Bowl, but Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic University took away their own victories.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/img_0055.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The city and FAU got plenty of exposure during the three-hour telecast on ESPN. It helped that longtime South Florida announcer Dave Lamont was doing play-by-play of the game between Marshall and Northern Illinois. Lamont does FAU games—he famously went nuts on the air during a late October game, yelling at the officials and challenging others in the press box to a fight—and got in plenty of local plugs. No one watching in Illinois or West Virginia would have confused Boca Raton for Miami, even though Desmond Howard, working the game with Lamont, did refer to “Boca Ratahn” early on.</p> <p>The cameras showed a nice panorama of FAU Stadium, and Boca Raton got its first promotional spot after the first timeout. The promo, which called Boca Raton “perfect,” was nicely crafted. Palm Beach County got a spot after the second timeout, and then it was FAU’s turn. The university uses the line “Making waves,” and the promo asked prospective students, “Where will your next wave take you?”</p> <p>Boca Raton’s other spot, early in the second half, was pleasantly edgier. FAU used the same promo; some variety would have helped. Both the city and FAU, though, had to be happy that as the telecast ended and Mayor Susan Haynie presented the game trophy to Marshall, Lamont signed off with “from Boca Raton.”</p> <p>The city and FAU wanted to use the game to sell themselves. The selling will go better in the next five years of the contract, however, if the cameras can show a fuller stadium. The announced attendance was a near-sellout of about 29,400. Three minutes into the game, however, the stadium was less than half full. Marshall and Northern Illinois fans filled many of the sideline seats nearest the field, but the north end zone stayed mostly empty.</p> <p>ESPN owns and operates the Boca Raton Bowl. On Monday, ESPN staffer/Boca Bowl game director Doug Mosley told me that execution of the game went “beyond our expectations” and that “I couldn’t have sold you a ticket at the gate.” Mosley also said, however, that he wants to work more with community groups “to physically get folks into the game.”</p> <p>ESPN could say before the game that few tickets remained because most had been distributed. The teams got 7,500 each, and the Spirit of Giving Network got 5,000. Neither school sold its entire allotment, and apparently not enough of the civic groups that received tickets turned those tickets into actual spectators, though Mosley said Spirit of Giving did “a nice job filling their seats.”</p> <p>South Florida sports fans tend to arrive late, even if top pro teams are playing. Mosley said the pregame “fan fest” outside the stadium was “a big hit” and might have kept people past kickoff. Fans also might not have been in their seats because they were eating/drinking/texting on the second level.</p> <p>In fact, organizers have to sell the Boca Raton Bowl as a party as much as a game. Boca got lucky for the first game to schedule two champions of lower-tier conferences that had just three losses between them. Boca Raton Bowl football alone, though, likely will never be compelling enough to draw just sports fans. It’s designed to be a fun night at the stadium that competes with other pre-Christmas activities while touting the area and FAU.</p> <p>An ESPN spokeswoman said the network uses a “viewership number” as opposed to a “rating,” and that the Boca Raton Bowl had 2,248,000 viewers. Mosley said he “could not be positive enough” about FAU and the city. Next month, Mosley and representatives from Boca Raton and FAU will discuss ways to make next year’s game better. In April, the date for the second game will be set.</p> <p>For the first game, Boca Raton got lucky on the weather. It was a mild night, and the daily media report had compared the temperature and conditions to those in Huntington, W.Va., and DeKalb, Ill., the teams’ hometowns. That might not happen every year. Haynie noted “a few minor glitches but overall a magnificent inaugural event.” The game can become an even bigger selling point if the stadium is fuller.</p> <h3>The Pole Problem</h3> <p>As Florida Power &amp; Light had promised, those ugly utility poles in the Boca Raton Trader Joe’s parking lot were gone before Christmas. In their place are light poles.</p> <p>FPL never was the problem. Nor was Trader Joe’s. Boca Raton requires all downtown redevelopment projects to have buried power lines. In September, the city council learned that the developer of East City Center, where Trader Joe’s is a tenant, had put the lines above ground. The council gave the developer three months from the store’s Sept. 26 opening to get the lines underground and issued just a temporary certificate of occupancy for the Trader Joe’s building.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie said in an e-mail Monday that she now expects the city to grant the permanent certificate of occupancy. Score one for Boca standards.</p> <h3>Court Picks</h3> <p>Gov. Rick Scott underperformed in his selection of three new Palm Beach County circuit court judges.</p> <p>The governor made a good call in picking Assistant State Attorney Kirk Volker, a longtime prosecutor with a very good record and a personality that should mean a good demeanor on the bench.</p> <p>But Scott also chose private attorney Howard Coates and Ed Artau, a lawyer for the South Florida Water Management District. So the governor, who already had a worse record than Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist for placing African-Americans on the bench, chose three white men.</p> <p>Scott did not promote County Court Judge Reginald Corlew, whom Bush put on the bench in 2006 and who does well in the every-other-year poll of lawyers who appear before him. Corlew is African-American.</p> <p>For that matter, Scott also passed over County Court Judge Laura Johnson, who has served for 12 years and also does very well in the Palm Beach County Bar poll. Her background and Corlew’s background made them more qualified than Coates and Artau.</p> <p>Coates is a member of the Wellington Village Council and a well-known Republican, which seems to be a Scott priority, based on his record of appointments. In 1995, Artau was serving on the county’s judicial nominating commission when a special panel convened by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles criticized the commission for trying to engineer the appointment of a politically connected woman who had applied for a circuit court seat. The woman’s husband had arranged Artau’s appointment to the commission. He did not reveal that.</p> <p>In 2002, Bush declined to put Artau on even the lower-level county court. Scott has put Artau on the more important circuit court, which handles major criminal and civil cases. These are the judges who decide all family and probate cases in the Delray Beach courthouse that serves southern Palm Beach County. Scott didn’t just pass up a chance to make the court more diverse; he passed up a chance to make the court better.</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 SchultzTue, 30 Dec 2014 08:36:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsSawgrass Mills adds new luxury stores<p>The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills mall just announced a major expansion – and it’s proving why the move is needed. Two new stores have just opened up their doors, with yet another getting ready for opening early 2015. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/zadig.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The latest additions are <a href="" target="_blank">La Martina</a>, a polo-inspired sports line from Argentina, and <a href="" target="_blank">The Webster</a>, a luxury boutique featuring designers like Alexander McQueen, Chloe and Stella McCartney.</p> <p>Slated for opening in Spring 2015 is <a href="" target="_blank">Zadig &amp; Voltaire</a>, a contemporary French line for men, women and children (pictured above).</p> <p>Stay tuned for more updates from this outlet mall.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 30 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsThe Week Ahead: Dec. 30 to Jan. 5<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="588" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/uta-promo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The B/W Affair” exhibition</strong></p> <p>Where: Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery, 711 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 786/521-1199, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This past weekend, local artist and impresario Rolando Chang Barrero’s newly opened Lake Worth art gallery hosted the opening reception for Barrero’s annual “B/W: Affair and Exhibition.” If you missed the opening reception, you can still catch the artwork through Jan. 15, at no cost. The exhibition features the colorful, deceptively abstract art of Palm Beach painter James Rabidoux, whose new works feature words hidden in esoteric designs. They will be accompanied by two window installations from German artist and self-described “cultural instigator” Uta Brauser—macabre and surreal works from this public art pioneer (pictured).</p> <p>WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/all-three.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Rat Pack is Back”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $75-$225</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s become a part of showbiz lore: Back in 1960, when they were filming “Ocean’s Eleven” by day, Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack cronies moonlighted at the posh Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, in a variety show that combined music, comedy and, one presumes, liberal quantities of booze. The longtime Vegas attraction “The Rat Pack is Back” re-creates one of those freewheeling evenings, with a live 12-piece orchestra backing up flawless vocal imitators of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and the rest of the Pack. The lavish New Year’s Eve ticket (that’s the one for $225) includes a three-course meal, and begins at 10:30 p.m.; visit the Wick’s website for tickets to this and the so-called “hangover shows,” which run Thursday, Friday and Saturday for $75 each.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/img_howiemandel-570x321.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Howie Mandel</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For 30 years, Howie Mandel has been one of America’s (by way of Canada) most durable voices in standup comedy and popular culture. The famously germophobic entertainer’s career has spanned just about every medium, including hosting stints on two of the most popular reality/game shows of the 21<sup>st</sup> century. But he still loves the comedy stage the most, a career he launched, on a dare, in the late 1970s. In a 2013 interview with <em>Boca Raton</em>, he said, “I always [hope to be] taken off the beaten path to make each show different and unique. [My shows] are very interactive; the audience seems to take part in them. I look at it like a giant party, and I’m just trying to be the center of attention. The more improvised, unplanned moments the better it is for me and for the audience.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="574" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/don-friedman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Don Friedman Trio</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You might not know the name Don Friedman, but you should. And you certainly know the music of some of the legends he’s performed with in his illustrious career, which spans half a century. An elder statesman of the jazz piano, Friedman began performing in the 1950s, working with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Chet Baker. At 79, he continues to innovate, attracting the attention of the young turks in modern jazz. He’s “a musician’s musician” known for his lyrical style, mastery of solo performance and his wide range, encompassing classical music and avant-garde jazz. He’ll perform this intimate Arts Garage gig with bassist Chuck Bergeron and drummer John Yarling.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/vertigo-lg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day/night of “Forever Hitchcock” retrospective</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $11.50 and under per film; $70 for full festival pass</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A pass to this mini festival would have made the perfect present for the cinephile on your list. But it’s not too late to gift one to yourself—and kick off 2015 with a series of masterworks from the indefatigable Hollywood innovator and Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, restored in high definition. Four films will be spaced out during the weekend of Jan. 2-4: the thrilling wrong-man adventure “North by Northwest” (1 p.m.), the voyeuristic mystery “Rear Window” (4 p.m.), the dizzying masterpiece and perennial Best-Film-of-All-Time shortlister “Vertigo” (6:15 p.m.), and the revisionist horror staple “Psycho” (8:45 p.m.). Come back Jan. 7-8 for “Rope” and “Shadow of a Doubt.”</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/allman_g-600x340.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Gregg Allman</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$80</p> <p>Contact: 954/797-5531, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The subtitle of Gregg Allman’s website is “Where Music Plus Friends Equals Family.” The three elements of this equation have always been central to Allman’s art and life, and it helps to explain the synergy—and the catalog of indelible songs—he created with his brother Duane, circa 1969. Despite the death of Duane in 1971 and another fellow band member a year later, Gregg has kept the Allman Brothers alive, in some form or another, for the past 40-plus years, performing the tried-and-true southern rock formula he helped invent (Gregg is, in fact, credited with coining the genre). Allman Brothers Band songs still dominate the set lists of this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, including “Midnight Rider,” “One Way Out” and “Whipping Post.”</p> <p>MONDAY, JAN. 5</p> <p><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tenzinpalmo2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jetsumina Tenzin Palmo</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s University Theater, 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>FAU’s remarkable ability to attract some of the very best spiritual gurus worldwide continues with this New Year’s message from Tenzin Palmo, a Buddhist nun who acquired the title Jetsumina, meaning “reverend lady,” in 2008 for her lifelong devotion to spiritual betterment and her efforts in promoting female practitioners in Tibetan Buddhism. Palmo is most certainly the real deal: After 12 years studying Buddhist principles, the English native spent another 12 years in a remote cave in the Himalayas—three of them at a strict meditation retreat. Later, she created a nunnery for young Buddhist girls. In this rare stateside lecture, the influential author of <em>Into the Heart of Life</em> will discuss the universal need for human beings to “realize their full potential.”</p>John ThomasonMon, 29 Dec 2014 15:52:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsComing soon: TACOCRAFT taqueria &amp; tequila bar<p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tacocraft-logo_jeyhospitalitygroup.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>From the hands that crafted Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s famed ROK:BRGR and Himmarshee Public House comes <a href="" target="_blank">TACOCRAFT taqueria &amp; tequila bar</a>. The “upscale casual” restaurant, owned by JEY Hospitality Group, opens Jan. 2, serving up Mexican dishes for lunch, dinner and late night dining.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tacocraft.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The menu will consist of authentic Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes, including rib-eye carne asada, 24 Adobo marinated braised chicken, giant burritos, plus vegetarian options like kale and potatoes. There will also be an extensive liquor bar that boasts more than 100 types of tequila, a selection of Mexican beer and more.</p> <p>What exactly does upscale casual mean? We'll report back after the restaurant opens.</p> <p><em>TACOCRAFT is located at 204 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale. </em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 29 Dec 2014 09:34:00 +0000 & ReviewsAfter the Affair<p><strong>Can you repair the damage after an affair?</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/couple-unhappy.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This much is certain. Your relationship will never be the same. Once the trust is gone, the seal is broken. The betrayal will always be in the room like a whale.</p> <p>However, that doesn’t mean the damage is irreparable. Some couples actually do move past the pain that an affair causes, and, in rare cases, repair the issues that led up to an affair.</p> <p>No one cheats because they are happy, satisfied and fulfilled. When one partner begins to take the other for granted, it’s not uncommon for the unappreciated party to look elsewhere for love and validation. That doesn’t always lead to an affair; there are other outlets for people looking for validation.</p> <p>But when it does lead to cheating, the pain and devastation for both parties can be life altering. My key question when a patient is even considering an affair is this: “Would you bring your kids to watch?!”</p> <p>They are always shocked and horrified by that question, however, I believe in a little “shock” therapy. The shock is the reality of how their actions will impact the entire family when the affair is discovered. With iPhones and Facebook and every other modern form of communication, it’s not so easy to be discreet anymore.</p> <p>So, if you have already had the affair, work on saving what’s left of your relationship. If you are contemplating one, don’t!</p> <p>I tell my patients to have an affair with their partner. Go to relationship counseling, spice up the sex. Be kinder, more loving and make your partner feel validated and loved. And don’t ever give up date nights!</p> <p>What you give usually comes back.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>magazineSat, 27 Dec 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Year, New “Mommy &amp; Me” Fitness Ideas<p>Believe it or not, we are only a few days away from the New Year and you know what that means mommies? FITNESS RESOLUTIONS.</p> <p>Groan…</p> <p>The number one excuse I hear from moms as to why they can’t fit a workout routine into their lives: they “don’t have someone to watch the kids.” Well, this Boca mom has some fresh, new fitness ideas where kids are not only welcome, but involved in us mamas shaping up in time for that “50 Shades of Grey” Valentine’s date night! (Oh please-- I know the movie’s been on your calendar since Easter…)</p> <p><strong>Mommy &amp; Me Dance at </strong><a href="">Organic Movements</a></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocamomtalk_fitness.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of </em><em><a href="">Paulina Splechta Photography</a></em> </p> <p>A class for babies and toddlers ages 6 weeks – 2 years. Mommies dance through a fun workout with studio owner <a href="">Courtney Mullen</a> (yes it’s a workout!) while also having the option to wear their children. After mom has finished stretching, pulsing and moving across the floor, there’s parachute, puppet and song time for the little ones. I truly enjoy going to this class in East Boca every week! </p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocamomtalk_fitness2.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of </em><em><a href="">Paulina Splechta Photography</a></em> </p> <p>General info: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting Jan. 7. $15 per family; class packs and special discounts available. Call 561/395-6111 to reserve your spot. <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Lila Yoga - Path of the Playful</strong> <strong>at </strong><a href="">Yoga Journey</a> </p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocamomtalk_fitness4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A brand NEW class for babies and toddlers ages 6 weeks – 3 years. Mommas enjoy an hour filled with deep breaths that encourage calm, gentle stretches and interactive asanas, plus games and stories, community building, sharing and more!</p> <p>If you’ve never taken a class at Yoga Journey, the Boca Mom Talk is: you’re in for a treat. The studio is located on the fifth floor of the <a href="">Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton</a>, also home to <a href="">Farmer’s Table</a>. The perfect excuse to stop by for a healthy snack after class- children are welcome!</p> <p>General info: Saturday, Jan. 3 at 4 p.m. (with more dates TBA). $15 per family. Call 561/479-7819 or RSVP on <a href="">Facebook</a> to reserve your spot. <a href=""></a></p> <p>Namaste and Happy New Year Boca moms!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of<a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 EventsFashion Forward: Shape Up with End-of-Season Sales<p><img alt="" height="442" src="/site_media/uploads/solstice.jpg" width="417"></p> <p><strong>Week of Wonderful: </strong>Get a jumpstart on your New Year’s Resolutions with Macy’s Shape Up event. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 3 LA Fitness health experts will be on-site every day at 2 p.m. Trainers will provide fitness assessments and design individually tailored workouts just for you. Enjoy smoothies while you check out deals on the latest active wear looks.</p> <p><strong>Sample Sale: </strong>Ippolita Outlets is holding its semi-annual sale now until Dec. 31 at the Sawgrass Mills Mall. The Italian fine-jeweler will be offering 60 to 70 percent off of its best-selling bangles, earrings, necklaces and rings.</p> <p><strong>Spend More, Save More: </strong>Solstice Sunglasses is having its end-of-season “Indulge in Luxury” sale now until Dec. 31 in Town Center at Boca Raton. Receive 20 percent off a single pair, 25 percent off two pairs and up to 30 percent off three pairs.</p> <p><strong>Throw an Unforgettable New Year’s Bash: </strong>Williams-Sonoma will be hosting a complimentary New Year’s Eve Party technique class on Dec. 28 at Town Center at Boca Raton.  Experts will teach participants how to make simple cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats. The store will also have exclusive offers on party-ware and holiday merchandise.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: a salon, shopping and great pizza<p><strong>Vanity Salon </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/vanitysalon.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Valentine Simon, Production Coordinator</em></p> <p>“Owned and operated by an amazingly talented and very driven young woman, Vanity Salon is a fresh new find in Boca Raton's east-of-95 ongoing rebuild. One visit to Vanity Salon will transform you into a more confident beautiful self, as it did to me! I received the best highlighting treatment and trim in years. The salon is beautifully decorated and maintained, offering a modern-romantic ambience with an amazing sound system playing a surprising mix of the eclectic indie remixes to the mainstream. You will feel right at home talking to the stylists and feel refreshed and ready to conquer your day when you leave!”</p> <p>(7400 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Lord &amp; Taylor</strong></p> <p><em><em>Picked by</em> Rebecca Valenza, Senior Advertising Consultant</em><em></em></p> <p>Amazing selection and incredible staff. I just love the layout of this store!  It doesn't hurt that it's in one of the best outdoor malls in the nation and with plenty of places to lunch or cocktail after some shopping.</p> <p>(200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Mastino Italian Soul Food</strong></p> <p><em><em>Picked by</em> Marie Speed, Editor</em></p> <p>"Our new secret place that has not yt been discovered and overrun: Mastino in Delray, next to Solita, has seriously wonderful Italian small plates—and Neopolitan pizza that is divine. And it won't break the bank. Now we've done it. We won't be able to get a table now."</p> <p>(25 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mag Gives: The 2015 Giveaway<h3>Every month, we’ll be giving away a special prize to one – or a few – lucky readers.</h3> <div><em><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/gift.jpg" width="490"></em></div> <p>This year, we launched our inaugural holiday giveaway. Prizes included a $250 gift card from Magenta Boutique, a gift basket from Hoffman’s Chocolate and a beautiful bouquet from Kalla.</p> <p>Did you miss it? Well, don’t worry – we received such a positive response that we decided giveaways shouldn’t be limited to just the end of the year. Enter the 2015 Boca Mag Gives campaign. Every month, we’ll be giving away an item (in some cases, we’ll have more than one to award) ranging from restaurant gift certificates to private dance classes at a renowned studio. The item will be announced every first of the month on our website under the “giveaway” dropdown in the Community menu.</p> <p>Ways to enter will vary – from posting a photo on our Facebook wall, to tagging us on Instagram. Make sure to follow us on our social media sites!</p> <p>Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Instagram: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Pinterest: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 25 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 pension reform and other holiday good news<p><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/td1222-300px.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I love to travel, but there’s not much better than being home in Boca for Christmas. The best of the holiday season to everyone in the area.</p> <h3>Delray gets pension reform</h3> <p>Delray Beach successfully completed the city’s push for pension reform this week when the Police Benevolent Association ratified a three-year contract that will save the city $21.3 million in pension contributions over 30 years.</p> <p>The vote by the police department’s officers and sergeants was overwhelming. Ninety-two approved ratification while just 11 opposed it. The contract will be retroactive until Oct. 1, the start of Delray’s budget year.</p> <p>For pensions, the contract divides the officers and sergeants into four tiers. Tier 1 includes all employees with at least 20 years of service and all retirees. Their pension benefits won’t change.</p> <p>Tier 2 includes those with between 10 and 20 years of employment. The “multiplier” used to calculate their benefits will drop from 3.5 percent to 3 percent, and their starting benefit will be limited to $108,000, which is still generous. The lower multiplier also will apply to those in Tier 3—employees with fewer than 10 years of service, meaning they are not yet vested. For new hires—Tier 4—the multiplier will be 2.75 percent, and early retirement will be eliminated.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, the contract favors seniority, which is typical with most union deals. For all but the new hires, vested officers and sergeants will get at least a 1 percent annual cost-of-living increase in their pensions. That is a perk almost no private-sector employees enjoy.</p> <p>Still, the contract does a lot for pension sustainability. New hires and those not vested won’t be able to use overtime in calculating pension benefits. Delray Beach should insist on continuing that change in future contract negotiations. New hires won’t get early retirement, and their benefit will be limited to roughly two-thirds of their final average salary.</p> <p>Just as important, the contract achieves the city commission’s goal of focusing more on pay for police officers when they are working. The annual starting salary will be $48,000 in the first year of the contract. The officers and sergeants will get an immediate raise to compensate for the previous three years, when salaries were frozen. There will be a merit system for raises.</p> <p>In an email, Mayor Cary Glickstein said, “We achieved our objectives of substantive pension reform, with benefit reductions of over $21 million and re-establishing taxpayer control of the board that manages the pension fund’s assets, while providing substantial wage increases required to attract and retain the best law enforcement personnel in South Florida.”</p> <p>Glickstein’s remark about “taxpayer control of the board” refers to another change in the contract. Delray Beach will withdraw from the state program that funnels money to cities for police and fire pensions from assessments on insurance policies. The city will lose $500,000 a year but will free itself from state rules about who manages the police-fire pension fund.</p> <p>State laws allow the unions to stack the boards, reducing taxpayer accountability. The new police-fire pension board will be more like the one that oversees the pension fund for general employees, though Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman will be able to appoint one member. Glickstein notes that all board members will be Delray Beach taxpayers.</p> <p>New City Manager Don Cooper thus has one fewer pension issue to worry about. But the push for reform is only half-complete. Delray’s contract with the firefighters union expires this year, and negotiations have begun.</p> <p>With luck, the city and the union will be able to avoid impasse yet reach a deal that offers Delray Beach similar long-range help. Boca Raton did declare an impasse, and hearings are set for next month. Expect the Boca council to be as resolute as the Delray commission.</p> <h3>Where to hang your planning hat</h3> <p>This month, the Palm Beach County Commission debated an issue that probably seemed irrelevant to most residents but actually was important.</p> <p>The question was whether the county should leave the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and join the <strong>South Florida Regional Planning Council</strong>. The Treasure Coast council describes itself as the “only regional forum where elected and appointed leaders regularly come together to discuss complex regional issues; develop strategic regional responses for resolving them; and build consensus for setting and accomplishing regional goals.”</p> <p>It all sounds like something only government wonks could get excited about. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, though, told me why it isn’t.</p> <p>The South Florida council includes Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Supporters of the switch argue that urban issues such as transportation give Palm Beach County more common interests with areas to the south. The Treasure Coast council includes Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River, much smaller counties to the north.</p> <p>Haynie counters by noting how she hears constantly that Boca Raton residents “don’t want this area to be like Broward.” Delray Beach’s elected officials get the same message. The Treasure Coast council staff has been helping Delray develop new downtown building rules that will retain the city’s “village by the sea” feel. Haynie worries that the South Florida council wouldn’t be as concerned about overdevelopment.</p> <p>After all the talk, the county commission voted unanimously not to switch Palm Beach County’s membership. Good move. </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, 25 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsThe Top 10 Musicals of 2014<p><strong><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/cariie1lg.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>10. Carrie (Slow Burn Theatre)</strong></p> <p>Twenty-six years after its initial Broadway curtain, “Carrie” is still an imperfect musical. But Slow Burn’s fast-paced, engaging, special-effects laden production honored and most surely improved on the source material, anchored by vividly realized performances by Anne Chamberlain and Shelly Keelor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/aint-misbehavi-the-wick-theater-unnamed.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Wick Theatre)</strong></p> <p>The Wick Theatre’s first production with a live band elevated this company to a new level of sophistication. A masterfully acted quartet of triple-threat talents navigated director Ron Hutchins’ abundance of choreographic inspiration and salacious wit, capturing the offbeat humor, sexual pulse and naughty camaraderie inherent in Fats Waller’s compositions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kinglglan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. The King and I (Maltz Jupiter Theatre)</strong></p> <p>The difference between a good production of a great show and a great production of a great show often comes down to three things: direction, direction, direction. Marcia Milgrom Dodge has directed and choreographed some of Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s finest work in years, and her take on “The King and I” was no different, finding new inspiration in this old warhorse.</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sf-musical-thrill-me-outre-theatre-boca-mizner-001.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. Thrill Me (Outre Theatre Company)</strong></p> <p>This fearsome true-crime opera was proof that big budgets and large orchestras don’t always equate to the most powerful work. Accompanied by 16 solo piano compositions, a sinister, spectral Conor Walton and a tragically doomed Mike Westrich brought the story of thrill-killers Leopold and Loeb to unforgettable life.</p> <p><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/line1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>6. A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter Theatre)</strong></p> <p>Michael Bennett’s brilliant expose of the behind-the-scenes hopes, dreams and struggles of musical-theater aspirants received an exciting, passionate and sensitive production from the Maltz and director Josh Walden. It was so deeply felt, on a gut-personal level, that the veneer of performing a familiar piece disappeared completely; it was like seeing this wonderful show anew.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/arts-garage---trouble-with-doug.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>5. The Trouble With Doug (Theatre at Arts Garage)</strong></p> <p>The pull of familial bonds and the inevitability of letting go defined this masterful science-fiction parable about loss and change, where the grotesque and the surreally comic found a touching and uneasy common ground. Daniel Mate and Will Aronson’s inventive prequel to Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” featured a brilliantly elastic performance by Clay Cartland and a career-best contribution from Shane Tanner.</p> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/04c211e155f75df5deda40dbdee1c525.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. Assassins (Zoetic Stage)</strong></p> <p>The bells and whistles in Zoetic Stage’s only musical to date were ravishing and atmospheric, from the inspired set design and period costumes to the evocative lighting and immersive sound. The performances and direction were just as trenchant, residing in that perfect Sondheimian nexus of beauty and tragedy, comedy and despair.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/42ndstreet1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>3. 42nd Street (Wick Theatre)</strong></p> <p>This was the musical that put the Wick on the map. The source material—a 1980 musical based on the 1933 Busby Berkeley film—was creakily familiar, but Norm Joerder managed to pay it retro fidelity while still infusing it with contemporary style, wit, color and sex appeal. This was a dazzlingly reimagined classic, with choreography that was second to none anywhere on a South Florida stage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/parade3a1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2. Parade (Slow Burn Theatre Company)</strong></p> <p>First produced on Broadway, in 1998, Jason Robert Brown’s “Parade” took an unlikely subject for inspiration: the trial and wrongful sentencing of Jewish factory owner Leo Frank in the anti-Semitic Atlanta of 1913, for the unspeakable crime of raping and murdering a child. Director Patrick Fitzwater’s production was brave, sobering, challenging and provocative—heavy in its thematic resonance but effortlessly fluid in its presentation. If you didn’t feel physically uncomfortable by the finale, you might not have been alive.</p> <p><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/murderballadedited.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. Murder Ballad (Actors’ Playhouse)</strong></p> <p>Words cannot say enough about this experiential masterpiece, the best work Actors’ Playhouse has delivered in years. It was the simple, universal story of a love triangle gone awry in a big city—marvelously conceived on the rebuilt second floor of the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, where the audience became a part of the scenic design. A flawless cast of four lived the show’s lyrics, which ran the gamut from the nihilistic to the emotionally shattering. Meanwhile, the guitar- and drum-heavy musical direction simulated the pulse-raising energy of a rock concert. This was a production that accomplished nothing less than lifting the collective spirit of South Florida theater, opening new possibilities for anyone lucky enough to see it. </p>John ThomasonWed, 24 Dec 2014 09:59:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreBoca After Dark: Honey<p><strong>Address:</strong> 16 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach // 561/270-7187</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/honey_delray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Lowdown:</strong> This sweet spot is buzzing with the hottest crowd in Delray Beach.</p> <p>Honey blends elements of rustic charm with the refined elegance for which The Ave is known. Guests congregate along a large bar in the front room. Walls are lined with Renoir-style paintings. Oak bar-tops and warm marsala-hued couches recall a rich cabin setting. And a dim glow provides the requisite nightclub ambience.</p> <p>During happy hour, business professionals come to loosen their ties and unwind from the 9-to-5 grind. Music is of the lighter fare early on, with classic tunes from the 1980s and less high-energy house music. The crowd gets a bit younger as the night wears on and so does the DJ set. By 10 p.m., the room is filled with hipsters ready to see and be seen. Retro indie dance music blares through the speakers. People dance through each other as they approach the bar in the main room.</p> <p>Past the DJ booth is the covered outdoor patio area. Here, you’ll find a more quiet and relaxed atmosphere. To one side, bottles of fine spirits and mixers cover the roped-off VIP section. The other area houses a small bar and several couches. It’s the perfect spot for people trying to have a conversation away from the crowd.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles: </strong>You won’t find your typical drinks on the menu here. A whiskey and coke becomes a Lipstick on a Pig. Bartenders start off with their house-made cola and top it off with celery bitters and chocolate covered bacon. Yes you read that correctly. The G&amp;T is not your average gin and tonic. The gin is handcrafted at Honey with Tito’s Vodka and infused juniper. The result is a stiff slightly spicy drink that leaves a crisp, dryness on your tongue.</p> <p>Every Wednesday through Sunday, happy hour specials feature half off of everything. The lounge also offers farm-to-table small bites from the neighboring 32 East. Gulf-shrimp okra tacos and soy-mirin blackened sea scallops with yellowfin tuna are just a few of the most popular selections.</p> <p>Cover is free for everyone on lower key nights, but there's a $10 cover on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during special events. </p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Wed. through Sat. from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 24 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningLighten Up for the Holidays in Three Easy Steps<p><em><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"> </em></p> <p>It’s the time of the year for indulging. The big meals. The alcohol. Desserts. Oh, those desserts.</p> <p>And there’s not much time for things like … exercise and being reasonable.</p> <p>Local fitness expert <strong>Juan Carlos Santana</strong>, founder of the Boca Raton’s <a href="">Institute of Human Performance</a> has three decades of fitness-industry experience under his belt. An international speaker, author and (obviously) fit person, Santana says there are a few things we all can do to lighten the holiday load on our bodies.</p> <p><img alt="" height="576" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/santana.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>At every single holiday event, at work and at home, we’re constantly surrounded by excessively sugary and salty snacks. A quick tip: use water to dilute salt and fiber and oil to dilute sugar.</p> <p>“Have a water bottle everywhere you are,” Santana says in an email interview. “[If] you consume two gallons of water 48 hours after a salty feast, you [would] probably [be] holding less water than prior to the meal.  This is especially true if you don’t normally drink a lot of water.”</p> <p>He says you should also fear the sugar.</p> <p>“I would venture to say that the intake of sugar may be more dangerous and cost this country more healthcare dollars than alcohol or any hard drug,” he says. “From metabolic diseases, like diabetes, to other inflammatory disorders, high sugar intake must be addressed in order to control weight and improve health.”</p> <p>To reduce the negative impact of sugar, consume food rich in fiber and oils (for example, fish oils). Both lower the glycemic index of sugary meals.</p> <p>Not too hard to follow, right? To preserve your health this holiday season, here are Santana’s top three tips that mix in just a little exercise:<br> <strong>Tip 1:</strong>  The day before the big meal, get in an extra 30 to 40 minutes of walking and start to pound the water, drinking 80 to 100 ounces of water.  Have a healthy dinner the night before and consume 3 to 6 grams of fish oils and fiber throughout the day.</p> <p><strong>Tip 2:</strong> The day of the eating event, wake up 20 minutes earlier and use that time to walk before going to work. Keep consuming water.</p> <p>“… you need 120 ounces for the day. All water in shakes counts, so drink up and keep count,” he says.</p> <p>Don’t skimp on eating before the big dinner. Santana recommends having the JC Smoothie* (recipe below!) for breakfast; a protein shake for a snack; salad and chicken with 3 grams of fish oil for lunch; and a protein shake with two to three grams of fiber for a pre-dinner snack. Walk for 30 minutes before the dinner; shower and party like a rock star (within reason, he writes). Come home and drink a protein shake, with two to three grams of fiber and three to four grams of fish oil.</p> <p><strong>Tip 3:</strong> The day after the event, repeat the healthy eating, water drinking and walking of the day of the event. Of course, with a healthy post-holiday-meal dinner.</p> <p><strong>*To make the JC Smoothie, blend:</strong></p> <p>30-60 g of protein (less than 5 grams of sugar) (Santana recommends the <strong>Labrada -PRO V-60)</strong></p> <p>small scoop of SUPER GREEN FOOD (He recommends <strong>Garden of Life -Perfect Food</strong>)</p> <p>1 cup - kale/spinach</p> <p>½ cup - carrots</p> <p>½ cup - celery</p> <p>½ cup – tomato</p> <p>½ cup – blueberries</p> <p>½ cup - Raspberries</p> <p>½ - banana</p> <p>¼ cup - beats</p> <p>small cube of ginger</p> <p>Santana has lots of holiday tricks for fat loss that he’ll share with Fit Life readers after Christmas and the start of the New Year. Stay tuned – and happy holidays!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 24 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBig Savings during SiSpa’s Membership Promo<p>Ah, the spa – it’s the one place I’ve found I can completely block out my daily stresses and anxiety. Two local SiSpas are offering a special promotion for the end of the year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/singer_island.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>I’ve visited both SiSpa locations in the area: one in the <strong>Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong> and the other in the <strong>Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong>. Both are great in their own ways: the Broward location, smaller and cozier; the Palm Beach location, grander and glitzier.</p> <p>If you’re looking into getting a membership at either, now is the time to do it. Both locations are offering a two-for-one special on initiation fees until Jan. 31. Regularly, signing up for a yearly membership comes with a one-time initiation fee of $1,000. But if you and a friend sign up together, you’ll each pay only $500 in fees.</p> <p>After that, membership costs $1,000 a year or $83 per month. As a member you receive: access to all amenities seven days a week, beach and pool access, 20 percent off all services and products, complimentary valet and special daily passes so friends and family can join you at the spa.</p> <p><em>For more info, visit the SiSpa locations below or call the respective number:</em></p> <p><em>Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort &amp; Spa Beach (</em>1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach // <em>954/944-9258) Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort &amp; Spa (</em>3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach // <em>561/340-1755)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 23 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsThe Best Restaurants of 2014<p>Yesterday the best dishes of the (soon-to-be) Old Year, today the world.</p> <p>Well, not really. World domination has never been this space’s main motivation. Rather, it’s to eat and drink really well and enjoy the dining experience to its absolute fullest. These six restaurants served up every bit of enjoyment in 2014. Hopefully, they’ll continue to do the same in 2015 and beyond.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/13american.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">13 American Table</a> (<em>451 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561/409-2061</em>). Albert Aletto’s nouveau rustic modern American bistro is the kind of restaurant where you can eat every day. And want to.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Angelo Elia Pizza Bar Tapas</a> (<em>16950 Jog Rd., Delray Beach, 561/381-0037</em>). Angelo Elia is the consummate restaurant professional, and it shows in every aspect of sleek, contemporary trattoria.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">El Camino</a> (<em>15 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5350</em>). Mexican cookery the way we’ve always wanted it in a boisterous, artsy-funky space from the savvy trio behind Cut 432.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">La Nouvelle Maison</a> (<em>455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/338-3003</em>). This suave, sophisticated venue for elegant French cuisine proves that fine dining still has plenty of life.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Porch</a> (<em>85 S.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-3647</em>). Classic Italian fare that’s short on pretensions and long on flavor in a prettily renovated former residence with charm to burn.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">TwentyTwenty Grill</a> (<em>141 Via Naranjas, Boca Raton, 561/990-7969</em>). A tiny, hard-to-find space where chef-owner Ron Weisheit turns out some of the most exciting, inventive food in town.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 23 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsBoca Bowl and Our Vital Signs<h3>Boca Bowl</h3> <p>Because of Anthony Catanese, Boca Raton tonight will be the site of a college football bowl game.</p> <p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/wptv-boca-raton-bowl-logo_1417989544543_10599550_ver1.0_640_480-1.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Catanese is the former president of Florida Atlantic University whose departure in 2003 became controversial because he received a Corvette paid for using illegal donations funneled through the university’s foundation. Five years earlier, though, Catanese had declared his intention to start a football team at FAU.</p> <p>Having come from the University of Florida, where he was dean of the architecture school, Catanese wanted to turn what the state had envisioned as an upper-division commuter college—people at the time called it “Sleepy Hollow U.”—into a more traditional campus like UF, meaning more students living on campus and football. Without Catanese, there likely would have been no team and no stadium on campus to host the first <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Bowl</a> between Marshall and Northern Illinois.</p> <p>Indeed, tropical-themed, 30,000-seat FAU Stadium has been the football program’s biggest contribution to the university and the area. It just hosted the women’s college soccer semi-finals and championship game. Once the interchange at Interstate 95 and Spanish River Boulevard opens and provides direct access, the stadium will be in an even better position to host all kinds of events.</p> <p>Unfortunately for FAU, though, the stadium will be fuller tonight than it has been for any FAU game except maybe the stadium’s first in 2011. For that, Boca Raton can thank ESPN.</p> <p>The network’s sponsorship of college football through broadcast rights is second only to its deal with the National Football League. After the conference championships in early-to-mid-December, there’s a programming gap until the major bowl games on and around New Year’s Day and the championship game. So a division of ESPN began packaging bowl games that the network owns and operates. It now owns 11, the Boca Raton Bowl being the newest along with the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.</p> <p>Doug Mosley of ESPN is executive director of the Boca Raton Bowl. That roughly two-week period in December that I mentioned “is the highest-rated time on the ESPN family of networks,” Mosley told me last week. That family includes the ESPN channels and ABC, all owned by Disney. When ESPN looks to add a game, Mosley said, the company asks, “Is there an opportunity?”</p> <p>In Boca, there was. FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun was interested early. So were the university, Palm Beach County and the city. The area had plenty of nice places where the teams could stay and plenty of diversions for their fans. And, of course, there was that appealing stadium and the potential to draw fans from chillier places to the pre-Christmas subtropics. In October 2013, the game became official.</p> <p>For those in South Florida whose only model is the Orange Bowl, which began in 1935, the Boca Raton Bowl is very different. The Orange Bowl Committee is a vast, non-profit enterprise with a paid staff of 30 and 360 volunteers who give their time almost year-round. “Our model is much leaner,” Mosley said. He and another ESPN employee, Jena LaMendola, basically make up the executive staff. LaMendola graduated from FAU’s well-regarded sports management department.</p> <p>Yet both games arose from the same motivation: promotion. Boca Raton liked the potential exposure so much that the city kicked in $340,000—$140,000 toward putting on the game this year and $200,000 to have “Boca Raton” in the name. Mayor Susan Haynie said the city would continue to get the billing even if the game added a corporate sponsor, which Mosley says it is seeking.</p> <p>The game also spread its events around. Marshall’s team stayed at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, and the Thundering Herd practiced at St. Andrew’s School in northwest Boca. The Marshall welcome party was at CineBowl in the Delray Marketplace. The team’s outreach event was at West Boca Pediatric Center and the Marshall pep rally was at Mizner Park. There were youth clinics to show players how to avoid injuries. The Spirit of Giving Network, a charity partner, bought tickets so that low-income kids can attend the game.</p> <p>Northern Illinois and especially Marshall have recruited players from South Florida. The game obviously will boost the schools’ profile here. FAU President John Kelly and Football Coach Charley Partridge also hope that the telecast will draw students from outside the area, especially those who could help the Owls fill the stadium for their own games.</p> <p>But will the game be around nearly as long as the Orange Bowl? The six-year contract, Mosley said, is “what the government entities wanted” at the start. He added, though, “We want to be in this for a very long time.” The ESPN-owned bowl in Hawaii has been around since 1992. ESPN took over the Las Vegas bowl game in 2001, but it has been running since 1992.</p> <p>If these six years go well, it could be the start of a beautiful friendship. FAU’s Chun got so pumped up at one point that he had nothing left but clichés, calling the game “a big-picture thing. . .a no-brainer and a slam-dunk type of deal.” However overwrought Chun got, there clearly was an opportunity. We will know soon how well Boca Raton took advantage of it.</p> <h3>Vital signs                                     </h3> <p>I’ve passed along demographic vital signs about Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Palm Beach as think tanks dispense them. Here’s the latest, which won’t surprise anyone but still is revealing.</p> <p>The <strong>Urban Institute and the Brookings Institute</strong> compared reporting of capital gains—primarily increases in the value of stocks, bonds and homes—in all the nation’s roughly 3,100 counties. With an average of almost $79,000, Palm Beach County ranks behind just 21 counties. Only Collier, the much smaller enclave on the west coast that is home to Gov. Scott, was higher—about $91,000.</p> <p>But Palm Beach still trails far behind some less predictable places. In tiny LaSalle County in Texas, the average claim is $170,000. That’s about the number for Williams County, North Dakota. That state has less than of Palm Beach County’s population.</p> <p>Why the rural wealth? The oil shale boom. Apparently, if you want to hang with the new money Boca Raton can’t compete with Cotulla, Tex.</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 SchultzTue, 23 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinions8 Sprays of Chrismukkah<p>Sure diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a fabulous fragrance is definitely a close second. If you’re strapped for gift ideas, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our picks for the best perfumes perfect for every person you need to check off your list this year.</p> <p><strong>The Bombshell: </strong>Thierry Muglar Ailen, $120</p> <p><img alt="" height="202" src="/site_media/uploads/images.jpg" width="132"></p> <p>A few sprays of this will leave you feeling out of this world.  Mysterious notes of vanilla, amber and jasmine blend together to create a scent that is sultry yet feminine. Slightly on the heavier side, this fragrance has staying power that will last all night.</p> <p><strong>The Romantic: </strong>Viktor &amp; Rolf Flowerbomb, $115</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/download.jpg" width="225"></p> <p>Walk into a secret garden and awaken your senses with this delicate scent. Even people without the time to stop and smell the roses will swoon over this floral fragrance. It boasts notes of jasmine, rose, and orchids and tops it off with a hint of caramel sweetness for a flirty, feminine feel.</p> <p><strong>The Rebel: </strong>Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, $75</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/s1570266-main-hero.jpg" width="250"></p> <p> </p> <p>This sexy scent created by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen will bring out your evil twin. It takes common notes of vanilla, sandalwood and violet and balances them to create a complex yet pure concoction. The result is a unique dark and hypnotizing fragrance.</p> <p><strong>The Sweetheart: </strong>Pink Sugar, $45</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/download_(1).jpg" width="225"></p> <p>You’ll smell good enough to eat wearing this perfume. It boast notes of Bergamot, Sicilian Orange and fig leaves. Translation: cotton candy, cupcakes, sugar and spice and everything nice. Sweet, light and flirty - a little of this scent goes a long way.</p> <p><strong>The Free Spirit: </strong>Anna Sui La Vie De Bohème, $78</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/download_(3).jpg" width="191"></p> <p>This scent is for the women who aren't afraid to color outside the lines.  It creates a good-girl/bad-girl juxtaposition by contrasting fruity notes of berries, pears and dragon fruit with musk and wood.  The scent is light and it floats through the air with each fleeting frolic. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>The Trendy Teen: </strong>Moschino Toy, $125</p> <p><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/download_(2).jpg" width="221"></p> <p>The teen too old for toys will still love this one. It’s packaged as a cuddly teddy bear wearing an mini ‘This is Not a Moschino Toy’ t-shirt. Behind the fur is a warm unisex fragrance that opens with fresh citrus notes that ultimately leave an earthy lavender tone.</p> <p><strong>The Man Who Has Everything: </strong>Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio, starts at $65</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/yhst-87074699935963_2271_18300331.jpg" width="306"></p> <p>The popularity of this crisp scent is well-justified. This aquatic inspired cologne feels like a day at the beach. You can smell the sun-kissed sand and crashing waves of the salty seawater. The scents doesn’t just go away, it splashes back at you all night long.</p> <p><strong>The Sophisticated Woman: </strong>Narciso Rodriguez for Her, $95</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/s1523331-main-hero.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>White roses, iris, and amber are cleverly layered in this exotic blend. The floral center quickly melts into a warm and sensual finish that endures as the day wears on. It creates a balanced elegance for any sophisticated women.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 22 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Top 10 Plays of 2014<p><em>[NOTE: Visit us on Wednesday, Dec. 24 for our top 10 musicals of 2014]</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tryst.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>10. Tryst (Palm Beach Dramaworks)</strong></p> <p>The first act of this intimate, atmospheric two-hander, about a confident man and his vulnerable prey circa early 20<sup>th</sup> century England, didn’t move like gangbusters. But the second act was another story, a dramatic seesaw of revelations, backtracks, denials, confessions and tears that pushed actors Claire Brownell and Jim Ballard to emotional extremes. The latter delivered an unshakeable, sociopathic tour de force that ranks among his best work to date.</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/clarkgable2-690x310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. Clark Gable Slept Here (Zoetic Stage)</strong></p> <p>Michael McKeever’s latest world premiere took satirical, pungent aim at Hollywood in all its sordid behind-the-scenes machinations, its secrets and lies, its vanities and delusions. McKeever’s writing reflected a pop-savvy understanding of today’s Hollywood, while the rest of the show suggested the madcap spirit of yesteryear, when characters were <em>characters</em>—more archetypes than people, played broadly and hilariously by a perfectly curated cast.</p> <p><img alt="" height="405" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. The Whale (GableStage)</strong></p> <p>In a performance of resigned, understated poise, Gregg Weiner played a 600-pound Idaho man, in what seemed like the final week of his life, in this unflinching drama by Samuel D. Hunter. Clad in an enormous fat suit from costume designer Ellis Tillman that never ceased to amaze, Weiner’s transformation was emotional and mental as well as physical. Matching him every step of the way was Arielle Hoffman as his estranged daughter Ellie, a misanthropic high schooler oozing resentment toward her absent father. Faith, sexuality, loneliness, and the potential for human transformation colored Hunter’s literary canvas, translated with sobering excellence by director Joseph Adler.</p> <p><img alt="" height="452" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bu2syhnciaany4x.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. Church (Thinking Cap Theatre)</strong></p> <p>Probably the year’s most singularly unique theatrical experience, Thinking Cap’s site-specific production of Young Jean Lee’s “Church” was staged as an outdoor tent revival, where its four reverends delivered a weird cocktail of sanctimony and satire that was as much a performance-art installation as it was an enjoyably retrograde variety show. As the leading reverend, Scott Douglas Wilson peppered his parables with pregnant pauses of Barnumesque proportions, creating sermons that were incoherent, doom-laden, sometimes oratorically dazzling cautionary tales rife with non sequiturs, unfinished stories, and cartoonish voice impersonations—the crazed ramblings of a bumptious raconteur drunk on the blood of Christ.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bad-jews.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>6. Bad Jews (GableStage)</strong></p> <p>In dramatizing a family conflict over a priceless Jewish heirloom, this bold, provocative, shockingly funny play by Joshua Harmon addressed such subjects as religious versus cultural Judaism, fidelity to family, Israel/Palestine, the Holocaust, the Jewish diaspora, and the specter of hypocrisy. Riveting for nearly every second, up to and including its shattering denouement, the production featured a breakthrough performance from Natalia Coego that was so fierce, so persuasive and so thrillingly infectious that you don't have to agree with her viewpoints to concede her victory in the battle for the soul of Judaism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/gidionlg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>5. Gidion’s Knot (New Theatre)</strong></p> <p>Put two people who vehemently disagree about everything in a space they cannot escape, and watch what happens. That was the approach Johnna Adams took in her dark, jolting 2012 play, which received a New Theatre production so gripping— so excoriating—that it ranks among the company’s best work in years. A teacher played by Christina Groom and a mother portrayed by Patrice DeGraff Arenas verbally jousted over the suicide of the latter’s young son, with results so emotionally wrenching that most dramatic descriptors don’t do it justice. The existential, in-the-round staging only intensified this heated tet-a-tet.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/forlg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. The Foreigner (Maltz Jupiter Theatre)</strong></p> <p>“The Foreigner” is a dusty, perhaps corny piece of comedy—one of those ludicrous, overextended, mistaken-identity narratives that proliferated among the films and stages of a bygone era. So what a surprise that Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s mounting of this tired chestnut nailed it on every level, finding beauty (in the spare-no-expense set design of a rustic cabin), suspense (in its climactic presentation of a Klan home invasion) and much humor, successfully conveyed by a cast that rode the show’s silliness full-bore. Its brightest star was Andrew Sellon, a rubbery actor with more than a passing resemblance to comedian Colin Mochrie, whose nearly silent performance spoke volumes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/katherine_amadeo,_deborah_l_1401114515.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>3. Miss Julie (The Naked Stage)</strong></p> <p>With this bracing and urgent production—its only show of the year, in fact—Miami’s Naked Stage proved that August Strindberg’s 1888 masterpiece about class, gender and sexuality is still as relevant as ever. Chronicling a night of passion and its devastating aftermath, director Margaret Ledford created a smoldering hothouse of carnal imprisonment. Katherine Amadeo was irrepressible and coquettish, acting as both the architect of her own demise and the play’s most tragic victim. Matthew William Chizever was a fount of repressed animalism regularly— and convincingly— surprised by his own outbursts. This was a show rich enough to warrant seeing more than once.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/vanyaandsoniaetc.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (GableStage)</strong></p> <p>Outside of musical theater, this was the year’s most brilliantly executed example of sheer, unqualified pleasure. In this soothing and bottomless repository of pop-culture and high-culture esoterica (from Anton Chekhov to Senor Wences), nothing happened for the longest time, yet in the hands of a flawless cast and Joseph Adler's extraordinary direction, it was perfection. Avi Hoffman and Laura Turnbull, as the first two title characters, flawlessly conveyed their characters’ increasing lunacy and self-pitying defeatism, and the supporting cast likewise embodied their archly stylized, larger-than-life characters. It was nothing short of bliss.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/m&amp;s_-_image_2a-ar_1411479671.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. Mothers and Sons (GableStage)</strong></p> <p>Like a lot of attendees to GableStage’s “Mothers and Sons,” I walked out of the theater shaken and stirred on opening night, in the sort of teary daze reserved only for the very best productions. Written by Terrence McNally, this belated encounter between the repressed mother of an AIDS victim and his then-boyfriend, some 20 years later, yielded a profound inquiry into the human condition, delivered in a sweepingly emotional experience that proved why theater exists. Director Adler built McNally’s lengthy, unbroken scene with the patience of an architect overseeing a building's construction one brick at a time, but the performances of Angie Radosh and Michael McKeever were his towering accomplishment. Both actors' climactic breakthroughs were moving beyond words, so I’ll stop trying to come up with any.</p>John ThomasonMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:12:00 +0000 & EventsTheatrePointe and Shoot<h4>Dancer-turned-photographer Steven Caras remains living proof of ballet’s transcendence.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="737" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ballet.png" width="490"></p> <p>When Steven Caras speaks of the ballet superstars he has danced with and photographed, they no longer seem like people. They take on mythic, godly proportions.</p> <p>Of Mikhail Baryshnikov: “He was one of those prime divine subjects.” Of George Balanchine: “To be a part of [his] kingdom, with those supernatural beings, I was in awe of them.” Marcelo Gomes is “my favorite dancer since Nureyev; he’s ridiculously talented and bigger than life.” And Edward Villella’s “magic as a performer, [his] inexplicable talent, trickled down through the ranks, and no matter what generation of dancers was in there from the ’80s to the present, they were magic.”</p> <p>Caras’ reverence for dancers and choreographers is an extension of his photography, a hobby-turned-vocation he picked up in the 1970s while still dancing in Balanchine’s trailblazing New York City Ballet company. He has since emerged as arguably the world’s pre-eminent ballet imagist, amassing a corpus of 120,000 images—film and digital, black-and-white and color, onstage and off—from more than 50 ballet companies. Baryshnikov is quoted as saying Caras “captures the outer workings of the body while revealing glimpses of the dancer’s inner life.”</p> <p>The dancers under Caras’ lens do tend to resemble other-worldly deities: sugar plum fairies, Greek gods and quixotic travelers frozen in gravity-defying artistry or silhouetted against ethereal backdrops. To really look at these pictures, freed from the context of performance, is to suspend our disbelief at what human bodies can accomplish.</p> <p>“I shoot what I see, and I see such beauty in it,” says Caras, from his elegant, crimson-walled condo in downtown West Palm Beach, his own blown-up images towering above his sofa like monochrome giants. </p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>John ThomasonMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineCalifornia Dreamin&#39;<h4>A trio of Destination Hotels &amp; Resorts properties between L.A. and San Diego captures the SoCal spirit with a bit of old-school Hollywood flair.</h4> <p><strong><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/california.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p>Mother Earth is ready for her close-up along the coast of Palos Verdes Peninsula. With the sun gently kissing the horizon, an early evening glow has bathed miles of dramatic bluffs—defiantly withstanding one crashing Pacific wave after another—in the kind of ethereal light for which cinematographers drop to their knees in thanks.</p> <p>It’s a made-to-order backdrop that belongs on the big screen—but that guests at Terranea Resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes can experience virtually any day of the year.</p> <p>This is exactly how Southern California casts its summer spell on the East Coast, especially South Floridians dripping and defeated from either 1) relentless afternoon downpours or 2) relentless humidity. SoCal not only gives tourists the best seats in the house for scenes of jaw-dropping natural splendor (and subsequent outdoor activities), it also throws in a little evening sweater weather from July to September. For good measure, it teases with enough Hollywood to keep you wondering if, just maybe, you might catch Clooney and Pitt hatching the plot for “Ocean’s Fourteen” at your hotel bar.</p> <p>At least that’s what it felt like during a weeklong summer stretch between San Diego and Los Angeles at three coastal hideaways of Destination Hotels &amp; Resorts. In typical Destination style, each property captured the essence of its surrounding area, which, in this case, went a long way toward explaining why the shadow of Seabiscuit looms as large in Del Mar as the memory of Lloyd Bridges in a wetsuit does at Terranea.</p> <p><strong>Where the Turf Meets the Surf</strong></p> <p>Long before Bing Crosby started peddling Minute Maid orange juice, he was selling locals in the seaside town of Del Mar on the thrill of horseracing. Crosby was one of the original founders of a track that would be-come an American treasure in racing circles 2015(the site is now called Del Mar Thoroughbred Club). He greeted fans at the gate when the track officially opened in 1937; and his rendition of “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” re-mains one of the track’s slogans.</p> <p>A year later, in a prelude to the horse’s epic November 1938 showdown with War Admiral, Seabiscuit edged Ligaroti (which was co-owned by Crosby) in a match race at Del Mar that had much of the nation, via the radio broadcast, on the edge of its seats—and 20,000 in the stands doing the same.</p> <p>What all this has to do with the contemporary comforts at L’Auberge Del Mar may not reveal itself initially, especially as you’re trying to process the relaxed, upscale spaces that unfold beyond the open-air lobby, from the popular “Living Room” bar and chic outdoor deck area all the way to a pool that overlooks the Pacific.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineThe Book on Florida<h4>Fifteen essential reads—10 myth-making works of fiction and five non-fiction classics—have helped to shape the legend of the Sunshine State.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/floridabooks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Mississippi has William Faulkner, Missouri has Mark Twain, New Jersey has Philip Roth. Florida can’t claim one seminal writer as its literary soul. It can claim dozens.</p> <p>From 500 years of Florida history, these are the 15 desert island books—the titles that tell the Sunshine State’s story with a wide, expansive arc en-compassing history and literature, entertainment and tragedy. The books trace Florida from a tropical paradise—or savage sty—through the coming of civilization, on through well-heeled decadence and the state’s place as America’s perennial petri dish of personal reinvention.</p> <p><strong>Their Eyes Were Watching God</strong></p> <p><strong>Author:</strong> Zora Neale Hurston</p> <p><strong>Published in:</strong> 1937</p> <p><strong>What’s the story?</strong> Hurston’s 1937 novel earned her a brief flurry of critical and commercial attention, after which she slowly subsided into a life on the literary and social margins. But her novel remains aflame with passionate attention to the language, behavior and sociology of the rural blacks that American society at large ignored for nearly a century after the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s the great novel of the Harlem Renaissance that just happens to take place in central Florida.</p> <p><strong>Excerpt:</strong> “Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear, and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods re-quire blood.”</p> <p><strong>To Have and Have Not</strong></p> <p><strong>Author:</strong> Ernest Hemingway</p> <p><strong>Published in:</strong> 1937</p> <p><strong>What’s the story?</strong> It’s always slagged off with a slighting phrase on the order of “not one of Hemingway’s best novels,” which happens to be true. But in its portrayal of Key West as a haven for third-stage drunks, has-beens and never-wases, some of whom retain enough desire for one last stab at moral validation, To Have and Have Not set the matrix not only for the popular imagination’s idea of Key West but for the popular idea of much of Florida—a place for last chances and last stands.</p> <p><strong>Excerpt:</strong> “Death is like an old whore in a bar—I’ll buy her a drink, but I won’t go upstairs with her.”</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>magazineMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineThe Naked Truth<h4>Money may be the bottom line, but there’s more to the story when it comes to why some South Florida women shed their threads on adult-entertainment stages throughout the county. Five local exotic dancers—from a college student to someone who sought a surprising change of habit—share their reasons for baring it all.</h4> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/stripperstory.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Stevie sits in front of a mirror, head tilted sideways and mouth open as she skillfully applies her spider-like false eyelashes, making her already iridescent blue-gray eyes pop. She presses her lips into a Marilyn pout, glides on bright pink gloss, smacks her lips and cracks a wide smile, revealing perfect pearly whites.</p> <p>Her platinum blonde hair is teased and pinned back from her face, which she covers with one hand while the other casts a final halo of hair spray around her head. One last look at her reflection, and she seems satisfied. She undoes the clasp of her blue floor-length gown and carefully begins sliding it down over her breasts and her plastic platform stilettos, revealing a silver sequined bra and matching thong panties.</p> <p>Stevie is getting ready for work—but instead of putting clothes on, she’ll soon be taking them off.</p> <p>For the past decade, Stevie, 28, has worked as an exotic dancer, or, as she prefers to be called, a “pole technician.” As a seasoned veteran of a negatively stigmatized profession, she knows from experience that outsiders would be stunned to learn the back stories of some of the dancers at prominent gentlemen’s clubs throughout Palm Beach County—as well as the circumstances that drove them to the main stage.</p> <p>“The biggest misconception about stripping is that all the girls who do it are stupid, lazy, drug addicts or prostitutes,” Stevie says. “Not only is that untrue, but there are women who are married housewives, medical or legal professionals, teachers, mothers … you name it.”</p> <p>Clearly, cash is the common motivator when it comes to baring it all, especially in the post-recession economy. But as it turns out, a woman’s decision to take off her clothes for money isn’t always as big of a leap as people might imagine.</p> <p>According to Public Safety Department data in Palm Beach County, more than 900 women over the age of 18 paid the required $75 between August 2012 and August 2014 to secure the “adult entertainment identification” that dancers must have to work in a gentlemen's club. That’s more than double the combined number of IDs (approximately 410) issued during 2008 and 2009.</p> <p>“Some dancers have master’s degrees, but they can make three times the money dancing compared to the field they went to school for,” Stevie says.</p> <p>Over the course of several months, Boca Raton spoke to exotic dancers from all walks of life working at county-based establishments—from Rachel’s in West Palm Beach to Wild West Gentlemen’s Club in Palm Springs. Some offered insights into the industry. Others consented to lengthy interviews. All of them had a story to share.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>magazineMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineWake up South Florida<p>The best show in town takes place on one of its most dramatic stages, with regular performances about every 24 hours. But for those who can’t make it to the beach in time for sunrise, mornings in and around Boca offer more than enough opportunities to seize the day—from breakfast specials and volunteer endeavors to exploring the great outdoors.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/wakeup.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spare Time</strong></p> <p>Strikes @ Boca Raton delivers its share of evening entertainment, what with drink specials, and light and sound shows with DJ Jammin’ Jim. But early risers also can enjoy the simple pleasures that Strikes offers, namely its morning bowling leagues. Senior citizens are invited to try their hand at the sport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Ladies leagues meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.</p> <p><em>Contact: 21046 Commercial Trail, 561/368-2177 </em></p> <p><strong>Rise and Ride</strong></p> <p>It’s no wonder that Boca Raton Bicycle Club has drawn raves from the League of American Bicyclists. The organization boasts some 400 members and offers rides just about every day of the week—of all distances, speeds and skill levels. It also does charity work, educates its members about cycling safety, provides great networking opportunities—and celebrates scenic routes in Boca, Delray and beyond. We also dig the Saturday morning “Breakfast Club” rides that start at Royal Palm Place and typically cover about 40 miles.</p> <p><em>Contact: 561/391-6109</em></p> <p><strong>Raising the Barre</strong></p> <p>Something about the fitness regimen at Pure Barre can inspire Boca women to rise at the crack of dawn. Perhaps, it’s the way owner Diane Booth’s classes appeal to their inner ballerina—or maybe it’s just that the ballet-infused workout tack-les problem areas like hips, thighs and abs with isometric movements that are easy on the joints. Whatever the case, the roughly hour-long morning classes in Boca draw steady regulars, including for the occasional 6:30 a.m. classes.</p> <p><em>Contact: Boca Raton: 350 Esplanade #55, 561/445-3257; west Boca: 9834 Glades Road, 561/465-5994</em></p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>magazineMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineFace Time: Pamela Polani<p>As much as <strong>Pamela Polani</strong> likes to joke with her boys that she “majored in Maybelline” in high school, sons Ariel (17 in Febru-ary) and Lior (12) know better than anyone that there’s more to Mom’s overall makeup than meets the eye.</p> <p><img alt="" height="529" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/facetime.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>They understand that the Boca-based attorney (she specializes in estate planning, probate and foreclosure defense for her clients) donates time and legal services to those in need. They’ve seen their mother pack brown paper bags filled with nonperishables and bottled water, just in case the family (including husband Mark) drives past someone on a street corner who can’t afford a meal.</p> <p>And they realize, along with friends and family who know her best, that the details of Polani’s volunteer work on behalf of organizations from Boca Helping Hands to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum could fill a 10-foot parchment scroll.</p> <p>But even a résumé as steeped in selflessness as hers doesn’t quite explain Polani’s desire last fall to launch a first-ever Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Mizner Park when 1) the national Alzheimer’s Association already staged an annual county walk in West Palm Beach and 2) she had no personal connection to the disease.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineFood for Thought<p><span>Will ramen rule? Which root is taking root? And where’s the beef? Here’s the culinary forecast for 2015.</span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fltable.png" width="490"></span></p> <p><strong>The Rise of Ramen:</strong> This trend has been bubbling along for a while—and with good reason, given the standout offerings at spots like Nori Thai in Boca (<em>217 E. Palmetto Park Road</em>), which serves a serious Tonkotsu ramen.</p> <p><strong>Doughnuts are Toast</strong>: For years, Americans ate white toast for breakfast. Then came croissants, bad bagels, bran muffins and wacky doughnuts. Now there is toast again, and it’s better than ever. (For more breakfast treats, check out our feature on page 116.)</p> <p><strong>The Whole Hog Continues</strong>: But expect to see more whole roasting—Greek-style lamb on a spit and Mexican cabrito. At Taverna Opa in Delray (<em>270 E. Atlantic Ave.</em>), lamb is roasted with thyme, rosemary, oregano and garlic—or slowly braised in tomato sauce.</p> <p><strong>Drumstick Roll, Please:</strong> Americans are losing their squeamishness about animal anatomy, and chefs are serving identifiable cuts. That means the bones are back in chicken breasts, and we’re rediscovering a taste for dark meat—reason enough to check out the legendary arroz con pollo at Cuban Café in Boca (<em>3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite B-30</em>).</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>magazineMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineThe Dirty Dozen<p><em>**In the print issue, we listed Dr. Moreno's number incorrectly. We apologize for the error. The correct number is <em>561/361-0602.</em></em></p> <h4><span>A local aesthetician and holistic wellness coach dishes on 12 skin-care ingredients that do more harm than good.</span></h4> <p><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/feelgood.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>How many of us pay attention to the ingredients in the shampoos, lotions and potions that make our skin and hair feel clean and beautiful? Not enough, according to Boca-based expert <strong>Ileana Moreno</strong>.</p> <p>As the founder of me2 beauty (<em>2701 N.W. Second Ave., Suite 215; 561/361-0602, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>) notes, it’s the ingredients that add to a product’s shelf life, fragrance and even appearance that can cause problems ranging from irritated skin to, as some consumer groups claim, cancer. We asked Moreno to share her list of ingredients to avoid in shampoos, sunscreens, moisturizers, lip balms and more.</p> <p><strong>Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea: </strong>These preservatives used to prevent bacterial growth cause contact dermatitis (rashes or irritated and inflamed skin). They’re also known to be formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, which could be toxic to the body. Johnson &amp; Johnson announced last year it would cease adding formaldehyde releasers, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).</p> <p>“There are safer substitutes,” EWG adds, “such as sodium benzoate.”</p> <p><strong>Parabens:</strong> These commonly used preservatives (in particular, methylparaben) may cause low-level skin damage in the long-term, according to Moreno. The EWG claims that parabens used to prevent bacterial growth and mold in cosmetic products can disrupt reproductive hormones and cause cancer.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:</strong> This sur-factant (meaning it creates the foam/suds in products) has been phased out of many—but not all—skin-care products. The chemical can cause skin irritation and hair dryness and can increase absorption of certain chemicals, including preservatives and color additives.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Mineral Oil:</strong> Derived from petroleum, this stabilizing ingredient used in many skin formulas forms a film on the skin, blocking the pores and interfering with normal skin respiration—which can dry skin and contribute to blemishes.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Petroleum:</strong> It doesn’t penetrate the skin. And it’s not a moisturizer. But it does block natural respiration and absorption of other good ingredients.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Synthetic Colors:</strong> They make prod-ucts prettier but serve no purpose. Spot them on labels by looking for FD&amp;C or D&amp;C, followed by a color and number. Why should we care? Synthetic colors can cause allergic reactions.synthetIc or chemIcal fra-grances: These are known to cause allergic reaction and photosensitivity. Opt for fragrance-free products.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Alcohol:</strong> Avoid skin-care products that contain propyl alcohol or isopropyl. It’s a petroleum derivative and extremely drying to the skin.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Lanolin:</strong> This oily excretion from sheep’s wool remains in some skin-care products. It, too, can cause allergic reactions, and it’s not necessary for skin health.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Collagen:</strong> Don’t be duped into thinking collagen in a skin-care product will produce more collagen in your skin. Along with potentially causing a rash, collagen’s molecules are too large to penetrate the skin.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Oxybenzone:</strong> This common sunscreen ingredient is linked to irritation, allergies and possible hormone disruption. EWG rated oxybenzone as a high-hazard ingredient (an 8 out of 10, with 10 being the most toxic) and found it in nearly 1,500 products. Instead opt for physical sunblocks with ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Hydroquinone:</strong> Found in products that promise to lighten or bleach sun spots, hydroquinone is toxic to the liver and is banned in some countries. It also can damage the skin.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Lisette HiltonMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineFeel the Beat<h4><span style="">A former FAU student hits all the right notes at South Florida hospitals.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hometown.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Of all the stages he plays as a touring musician, it’s the one without the microphone, the sound check and the paying audience that invariably gives <strong>Phil Barnes</strong> the most satisfaction.</p> <p>At least twice a week when he’s in town, the Fort Lauderdale resident brings nothing more than his guitar and a smile to South Florida health-care facilities from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami. It’s time that the 22-year-old singer/songwriter is honored to donate as a member of Musicians on Call, a nonprofit formed in 1999 that brings music to hospital patients throughout the country.</p> <p>“Sometimes, you walk into a room where someone has just heard the worst news of their life, and you’re [able to bring] a little bit of light for about three or four minutes,” Barnes says. “I don’t find anything else more rewarding.”</p> <p>For Barnes, the performances strike a personal chord. He recalls singing for his older brother, Adam, who spent his life in and out of hospitals after being struck by a drunk driver at age 3. Though Adam couldn’t speak, he would smile in response to Barnes’ songs.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineThe Best Dishes of 2014<p>It’s that time of year again, when champagne corks pop, annoying Christmas jingles burrow into your brain and food writers go over their notes, reliving all the calories and cholesterol they consumed in the previous 12 months. So why should this space be any different?</p> <p>Herewith, the six best vehicles for calories and cholesterol of 2014. Or to put it more kindly, my six favorite dishes of the year (in no particular order).</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/screen_shot_2014-12-22_at_9.09.37_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>Dessert platter, <a href="" target="_blank">La Nouvelle Maison</a> (<em>455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/338-3003</em>). Pastry chefs are an endangered species nowadays, all the more reason to appreciate the skill and artistry of Stephanie Steliga. Sure, you could order just one of her wickedly luscious desserts but as they say, nothing exceeds like excess. So go for the gold and order them all and fawn over delicacies like an ethereal chocolate-raspberry souffle, brandied cherry clafoutis and bracing coffee-chocolate-praline cremeux.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bbg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>House-made mozzarella, <a href="" target="_blank">Butcher Block Grill</a> (<em>7000 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/409-3035</em>). Tableside preparation is typically just an affectation most of us can probably do without, but you just can’t beat the freshness of milky golf balls of mozzarella formed right at your table and still warm from their water bath. That they come with slices of heirloom tomatoes, micro basil, good olive oil and vin cotto is more gilt on an already delicious lily.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/13american.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Roasted chicken, <a href="" target="_blank">13 American Table</a> (<em>451 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561/409-2061</em>).  The dry-brined, oven-roasted chicken at San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe is the gold standard of roasted birds, and this clucker shines just as brightly. Thanks in part go to 13’s Josper oven, a charcoal-fired grill-oven that heats up almost as hot as hell and turns out a chicken with moist, tender, faintly smoky meat and crisp, golden skin. It comes with a changing array of sauces, none of which is really necessary.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/terra.png" width="490"></p> <p>Veal meatballs, <a href="" target="_blank">Terra Fiamma</a> (<em>9169 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/495-5570</em>). Who doesn’t love a great meatball? But a great meatball that’s something different than the usual beef ‘n’ tomato sauce. . . that crosses the line from love to lust. These meatballs are definitely worth lusting after, creamy-textured orbs with a delicate meaty flavor, enhanced by a mushroom-studded sauce kissed with marsala.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/dada.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“Shake ‘n’ Bake” pork chops, <a href="" target="_blank">Dada</a> (<em>52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561/330-3232</em>). Think a heartier, tastier veal Milanese with a truly inspired twist. Two thin-sliced, bone-in medallions get a light breading that offers a crunchy counterpoint to the tender meat, which arrives with the smack-yo-mama delicious “balsamic butterscotch onions,” a thoroughly irresistible melding of sweet and savory that would make your napkin edible.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/farmers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Buddha Bowl, <a href="" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a> (<em>1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/417-5836</em>). The sound of one hand clapping is the Buddha himself applauding this small cauldron of vegetables, udon noodles and fresh-tasting Laughing Bird shrimp named in his honor. It may be healthy but it’s so damn good you can’t stop slurping it up, especially when you break the ginger-infused over-easy egg into the bronze broth. Can I get an “Ommmm”?</p>Bill CitaraMon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsMatching Desire<p><strong>How do you deal with one partner wanting sex more than the other?</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/womaninbed.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Sexual desire plays a large role in the amount of intimacy a couple shares and, in many cases, it causes a lot of misunderstanding and pain.</p> <p>No one explains to us that after the initial passion dies down in a relationship that people may have different levels of sex drive. Some men and women have a very high libido and crave sex daily, sometimes more than once. Others can take it or leave it; once a month may be just fine.</p> <p>When people’s libidos are compatible, intimacy is rarely a major issue. But if one partner needs affection more often and continually feels rejected—look out, this becomes a serious problem!</p> <p>I worked with a woman who had gained a lot of weight and had low self-esteem. After a number of sessions, we uncovered that during her 22-year marriage she had felt rejected, sexually, much of the time. Her libido and desire was very high and her need for sex was several times per week.</p> <p>But her husband was only interested perhaps once every two weeks. They never discussed it openly, she just assumed that she was undesirable and took it as a personal rejection. Being rejected slowly led to her weight gain, followed by depression.</p> <p>After understanding the differences in their libidos, she was able to repair emotionally, not take it personally and eventually heal. In this case, she was able to take care of her own needs and looked forward to the intimacy with her husband instead of feeling bad most of the time and reading into something she had not understood!</p> <p>This is why it is so important to be able to talk to each other in a relationship about anything!</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>magazineSat, 20 Dec 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Dining: New Year&#39;s Eve, Part II<p>More restaurants to ring out the old and ring in the new with a good meal. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fireworks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">La Ferme</a> (<em>9101 Lakeridge Rd., Boca Raton, 561/654-6600</em>) is having some fun with their NYE bash, throwing a Gatsby-era “Prohibition” party that includes a four-course, $125 prix fixe menu from 8 p.m. to midnight. Partiers will need a “secret” password to get in and are encouraged to dress up in Gatsby attire; the best costumes will win a prize. There will be a wandering magician and party favors too. Dishes include crab-stuffed mushrooms, lamb loin Wellington and baked Alaska.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</a> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500</em>) will be dishing up an upscale world buffet from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in their Atlantic Ballroom. For $195 per person you can toast your heart out at an open bar and dig into dishes inspired by France (beef with foie gras sauce), Russian (caviar and blini), Japan (sushi and sashimi), and the USofA (assorted fresh seafood). There will also be a DJ and champagne toast. Call 561/226-3022 for reservations.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">City Cellar Wine Bar</a> (<em>700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/366-0071</em>) will feature several a la carte specials from top toque Kevin Darr. Among them will be lobster bisque with black truffle creme fraiche, house-made duck ravioli with sage brown butter, and pan-seared black grouper with warm blue crab vinaigrette. The regular menu will be served too.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Flagler Steakhouse</a> at the Breakers Hotel (<em>1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 866/292-9068</em>) is serving a three-course dinner for $195 per person from 5:30 to 10 p.m. First courses include garlic-braised short ribs or tuna tartare, entrees include New York strip with gorgonzola tater tots and grilled salmon with sauce choron, and among the desserts will be Key lime pie and wild berry creme brulee.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Graze</a> at the Four Seasons Palm Beach (<em>2800 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/582-2800</em>) is featuring a global-themed seafood buffet for $95 per person. From 5:30 to 10 p.m. they’ll be serving up such specialties as squid ink spaghetti with calamari and pancetta, porcini-rubbed roasted chicken, seafood paella, lemongrass-poached salmon and jasmine rice salad, and wok-fried Maine lobster with lap cheong sausage.</p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/12/16/holiday-dining-new-years-eve-part-i/" target="_blank"><em>If you missed part one of our NYE Dining Guide, click here.</em></a></p>Bill CitaraFri, 19 Dec 2014 10:13:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;Foxcatcher&quot;<p>Where is Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher?” Certainly, the Steve Carell we all know—the personality he has cultivated over a career spanning the Second City and the fringes of “Saturday Night Live” on through pratfall-prone film roles and the cringe comedy of “The Office”—is nowhere to be found in John du Pont, the character into which he disappears in this shattering true-life tragedy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/101122.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Carell, who was still recognizable as Carell in his respectable forays into dramatic acting (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Way, Way Back”), has finally turned a corner here, shedding decades of familiar tics and stepping widely outside his comfort zone. Much like his castmates Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Michael Hall, he looks in “Foxcatcher” like a different person entirely, with his lumbering gait, hunched back, gray hair, pockmarked features and a giant schnoz that has been through too many ringers.</p> <p>The genius of his invisibility act, though, goes beyond the bang-up makeup: Carell has delivered a performance of slippery control and bruised megalomania—a work of seething subtext and profound complexity. How can he do another “Dinner For Schmucks” after this?</p> <p>It’s almost unfortunate that Carell is receiving most of the buzz for “Foxcatcher” (which opens across South Florida today) because the movie itself is another knockout from director Bennett Miller, of “Capote” and “Moneyball” fame. Like those films, it’s a richly observed, gravely realistic portrayal of remarkable, outsized Americans. But if “Moneyball” was a sports movie for math nerds, “Foxcatcher” is a sports movie for people who hate sports.</p> <p>It’s set in the world of freestyle wrestling, and rarely, if ever, have the stratospheric delusions and the savage Darwinism of professional sports been so bravely, harshly spotlit. There is no positivity to be gleaned from the athletic pursuits in “Foxcatcher” beyond the first scene that wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Ruffalo) share at their gym: a bracing, groping, homoerotic ballet of affection-cum-rivalry. In all the other instances, sport is hell—a battlefield of shame and thwarted expectations, where the ominous music swallows any semblance of triumphalism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/foxcatcher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Tatum, who like Carell rises to the occasion with the best work of his career, is the sympathetic heart of “Foxcatcher.” His Mark is a wrestler good enough to win an Olympic medal but not good enough to step out of the shadow of his more talented brother. Things seem to be turning around, though, thanks to an out-of-the-blue phone call from a representative of John du Pont, an ornithologist and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont chemical dynasty, who has taken as much a fancy in wrestlers as he does in rare spotted owls.</p> <p>John invites Mark to his Foxcatcher Farm and estate, where he woos him with bromides about how the country has lost its patriotic compass, and that Mark symbolizes nothing less than an avatar for American exceptionalism. Mark drinks the Kool-Aid, becoming a veritable dressage horse for John—the millionaire’s pet project. He moves into a Foxcatcher chalet and trains for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics under John’s peculiar tutelage.</p> <p>Surprisingly, this unlikely pair begins to resemble the lovers in “Behind the Candelabra,” just without the sex (neither expresses any interest in women, and the sexuality of both men is a concern Miller judiciously avoids). Mark lets his hair grow all tousled, and becomes a shirtless manservant to his mentor and father figure, sharing private helicopter rides and lines of coke. But just when you think you know where the film is going, it pivots again, when Dave Schultz arrives at Foxcatcher to serve as an assistant coach for John’s Olympic wrestling team, stirring up feelings of inadequacy in Mark—just as John himself is grappling to rise to expectations within his own family, namely his disapproving mother (a marvelously chilly Vanessa Redgrave).</p> <p>If you know the real-life narrative behind the movie, you know the ending, but it’s a better film if you don’t do your homework (whatever you do, don’t read the movie’s Wikipedia entry, which gives everything away in one sentence). “Foxcatcher” ultimately shares more in common with “Capote” than “Moneyball.” It’s a gripping, true-crime autopsy of strange bedfellows and misplaced love where, for John at least, the facts of his life spill dangerously into fiction.</p>John ThomasonFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesStaff Picks: a bakery, a show + a staff UN-pick<p><strong>Bakery of France</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bakeryoffrance.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“My favorite place in South Florida to get freshly baked pastries and a <em>good</em> cup of cappuccino in the morning. After spending a month studying in Paris, I was convinced there was no place in America that could produce croissants as well as the French do … until I found the French in America. Bakery of France is authentic and lovely in all ways.”</p> <p>(625 N.E. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>It's a Wonderful Life</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <div> <div>"What are the holidays without Frank Capra's moving vision of angelic intervention? Unless you're a scrooge, it's difficult to be tired of this story, especially when there are unique local ways to experience it. Tonight (Dec. 19), Arts Garage concludes its Radio Theater production of It's a Wonderful Life, complete with vintage sound effects created live onstage, and actors reading from radio scripts. And if you want to see the film version looking more beautiful than ever, Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton will screen an HD print at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 21)."</div> </div> <p><strong>Staff UN-pick: </strong>Cafe Bleu</p> <p>We all used to love to go to Spot Coffee for our off-site meetings. You ran into a million people you knew, it was always buzzing, the people who worked there were nice. But what's with Bleu? We say eeewww. Snarky you-are-not worthy attitude from the counter people, long waits, bad vibe.</p> <p>(44 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a href=";ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Facebook</a>)</p>magazineFri, 19 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Fort Lauderdale<p>Throw on your Santa (or elf, or reindeer or Hanukkah Harry) suit to celebrate the holiday season at <strong>Santacon Fort Lauderdale</strong> beginning at Mango’s <em>(904 E. Las Olas Blvd.)</em> on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="686" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/santacon_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’re too excited to wait, head over to Fork &amp; Balls <em>(1301 E. Las Olas Blvd.)</em> at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy $3 domestic beer, $4 well drinks and $5 fireball shots. There will be drink specials all night, but you have to be dressed up to enjoy them.</p> <p>In true holiday spirit, don’t forget to bring a gift card to donate to Kids in Distress.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 19 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 EventsFashion Forward: Special Anniversary, Trunk Show and More<p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/eileen.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Eileen Fisher’s 30<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Celebration: </strong>Fashion guru Regina Reyes will host this exclusive event on Dec. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m at Bloomingdale's in Town Center at Boca Raton.  She will deliver the inside scoop on the 2014-2015 resort collection and provide tips, trends and answers to personal style questions. One lucky guest will win a $500 Eileen Fisher wardrobe.</p> <p><strong>Exclusive Trunk Show: </strong>Local jewelry designer Jennifer Zeuner will be at Neiman Marcus in Town Center at Boca Raton on Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Her latest jewelry collection reflects her own personal style “simple with a spiritual twist”.</p> <p><strong>Shop and Share:  </strong>On Saturday, Dec. 20, the Gardens Mall will donate five percent of the day’s sales to the non-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre. The troupe will put on a special performance at 12 p.m. in the Grand Court.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsREVIVAL opens in Delray Marketplace<p><a href="" target="_blank">Delray Marketplace</a> may offer more than 250,000 square feet of entertainment – but it still isn’t done expanding. Its latest opening: <strong>REVIVAL</strong>, a boutique for men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and shoes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/revival.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The store carries more than 30 brands, including Robert Graham, Bugatchi, Jared Lang and more. Owned and operated by Ronnie Gilboa and Eli Kadosh, REVIVAL in Delray is the store’s only Palm Beach County location.</p> <p>REVIVAL is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Fore more information, call 561/501-4730.</p> <p><em>Delray Marketplace is located at 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachShopping NewsMeet Mr. Cooper plus Auburn Trace update<h3>Mr. Cooper on the record</h3> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="181"></p> <p>“Delray has very good bones.”</p> <p>That is the municipal diagnosis from Don Cooper, who becomes Delray Beach’s city manager on Jan. 5. It’s his way of saying that Delray has many sound fundamentals— a vibrant downtown, a popular beach, a recovering tax base, an engaged community.</p> <p>At the same time, Cooper understands that “I’m here to bring about accountability—to the greatest extent, turn (the city staff) into the team the city council wants.”</p> <p>Forgive Cooper if for now he uses “council” instead of “commission.” He spent almost 20 years as manager in Port St. Lucie, where a city council sets policy. Terminology aside, Cooper has taken a crash course in Delray Beach since the city commission chose him six weeks ago.</p> <p>Interim City Manager Terry Stewart gave Cooper “about three feet of stuff,” of which he has “two books left.” It’s all “dull as dirt” material, but it all covers the basic services that—delivered properly—separate well-run cities from, well, Delray Beach during the first six months of the year. Louie Chapman’s flameout created the vacancy that Cooper fills.</p> <p>As a Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General investigation revealed, Delray Beach didn’t even have consistent rules on how the city buys things. Chapman was able to mislead the commission on a trash cart purchase in part because staff members didn’t agree on who could authorize which purchases for what amount.</p> <p>Cooper agreed that the outside probe had “a valid point.” He cited the recent example of a commission agenda item to repair and maintain the Christmas tree at Old School Square. A staff member gave a confusing explanation of why the work should continue to go to one company. Downtown Development Authority Director Marjorie Ferrer had to explain that, given the unique nature of the work, a sole-source contract was proper. Once the commissioners heard that, they approved the contract.</p> <p>So during our 30-minute phone conversation on Tuesday, Cooper said one of his first internal priorities will be to deal with management issues such as procurement and technology. Cooper stressed that he doesn’t seek to clean house from the first day, but he also made clear that he intends to be the “change agent” Mayor Cary Glickstein wanted when the search for a manager began.</p> <p>Bringing that accountability “doesn’t mean you won’t have personnel changes,” Cooper said, “but I’m not here to carry out a purge. Those who can’t or won’t make it happen, they will have a problem. But you generally can get it done.”</p> <p>The city commission may approve a new police contract before Cooper starts. Either way, he very soon will start on negotiations with the firefighters’ union. Pension reform, Cooper said, is vital to Delray Beach’s long-term financial future.</p> <p>Another big issue is the trash-hauling contract. The city attorney’s office has been handling the bidding and the responses, but Cooper’s office will be responsible for monitoring the service.</p> <p>Delray residents will like to hear that Cooper considers the proliferation of sober houses a serious problem. It also is a problem in Port St. Lucie. Cooper is “not prepared to discuss” what he might propose on a local level, but he says, correctly, that a comprehensive solution must involve the state and federal governments.</p> <p>I’ve always found it ironic that turnout in city elections is far lower than for national races, even though the city is the government closest to the people. Delray Beach has more constructive civic activism than many South Florida cities. As Cooper says, “People have the ability to complain, and when they do, they might get something changed.”</p> <p>Daily contact with the public “is why I went to work in municipal government when I got out graduate school,” Cooper said. “That’s what excites me.” As for the challenge of the Delray job, “I’m looking forward to it.”</p> <p>Still, Cooper has spent nearly 35 years as a city manager in three states, and he understands the need to quickly establish trust with his bosses. He doesn’t intend to put his Port St. Lucie home up for sale until perhaps summer— “The market here isn’t that good right now anyway”—and will look for an apartment in Delray Beach during his first months. “I fully expect” things to work out between himself and the commission, but “some of it has to be fit.”</p> <p>And the commission expects big things quickly from Cooper. To make them happen, Cooper told me, he will use what he says is the lesson from his time in Port St. Lucie: “Listen, and have some patience, but not too much.”</p> <h3>Auburn Trace</h3> <p>The agenda for a special, closed meeting Monday night of the commission and the city’s legal staff tells me that Delray Beach will have to deal soon with an issue that first appeared last spring and helped lead to former City Manager Chapman’s downfall.</p> <p>Delray lent $4.2 million to Auburn Group to help develop the Auburn Trace low-income housing project. In March, Chapman scheduled a commission vote on a modification of that loan that would have given the city an immediate $1 million but on terms that were very unfavorable for the city. With Mayor Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia absent, the commission approved the deal. Current commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet provided the votes with Angeleta Gray.</p> <p>Two weeks later, with Glickstein and Petrolia present along with new member Jordana Jarjura, the commission rescinded the deal. The city attorney at the time wrote, “It appears that the Auburn Group misrepresented their default status (with prime lender Iberiabank) to the City Commission.” Jarjura laid out a persuasive case that Chapman broke city rules by scheduling the item for the previous meeting just one day in advance. Frankel changed his vote. Jacquet was absent.</p> <p>Monday night, the city hired Robert Furr, a Boca Raton bankruptcy lawyer. The meeting was advertised as relating to the ongoing dispute between Iberiabank and the Auburn Trace developers.</p> <p>In that April memo, the city attorney warned that Delray Beach might not get back all that $4.2 million. It would seem that the city hired a bankruptcy specialist to protect its interest. This might not end well for Delray, but even in the worst case it will end better than if that terrible vote last March had stood.</p> <h3>Correction                           </h3> <p>Writing last week about the mailer and phone calls to 12,000 Boca Raton residents seeking support for New Mizner on the Green, Mayor Susan Haynie was quoted as calling it a very “progressive” public relations campaign. The description should have been “aggressive.” Haynie is on record as opposing the four-tower condo project.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</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 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsA Taste of Forbidden Fruit<h4 class="Default"><em>**With the big news related to opening diplomatic relations with Cuba this week, we thought it appropriate to post our recent travel story on the island nation.</em></h4> <h4 class="Default">Through travel windows such as “people-to-people” tours, Americans are pulling back the curtain on Castro-era Cuba.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba2_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Photography by Charles and Mary Love</p> <p>Our taxi pulled up to a crumbling, white mansion in Centro Habana, one of 15 municipalities in the capital city of Cuba, as afternoon eased into night. Adorned with ornate moldings and weighty balustrades, the building whispered “faded glory.” This was La Guarida, Spanish for “the lair,” arguably the most famous of Havana’s new breed of small, privately owned restaurants called <em>paladares</em>.</p> <p>A hefty man opened the cab door. “<em>Buenos noches</em>,” he said. Then, detecting we were English speakers, he asked, “From where do you come?”</p> <p>“<em>Estados Unidos</em>,” we replied.</p> <p>“Welcome! Did you know Beyoncé and Jay-Z were here not long ago?”</p> <p>We knew. The music industry’s first billionaire couple had ruffled feathers in the United States with their April 2013 visit to the Communist country; several members of Congress would denounce the trip as a thinly disguised tourist jaunt, violating U.S. restrictions on tourism.</p> <p class="Default">But Beyoncé and Jay-Z had come to Cuba legally, as had we, under a U.S. government-sanctioned program that allows licensed travel companies and select institutions (museums, universities and other nonprofits) to offer “people-to-people” trips with educational and cultural itineraries.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba4_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba3_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">We stepped through a small carriageway and up two flights of curving marble stairs. The first landing opened to an empty room with marble tiles; in the middle stood a row of Corinthian columns. Up the next flight, past a headless marble goddess, we found La Guarida and its three small candlelit rooms. Large mirrors and photos of celebrity clientele competed for space on ochre-colored walls. The diners, mostly Spanish-speaking, were relaxed and talkative.</p> <p class="Default">Despite elegant details (white linens, crystal chandeliers), the restaurant’s furniture might have been collected on sporadic shop-ping sprees to an antiques mall. Each chair was different. No glass or plate matched. Yet, somehow, it managed to hang together—a metaphor for today’s Cuba where industrious people are “making-do” to overcome years of economic hardship.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">And what about our entrées of fresh sea-food? Let’s just say it was clear why many people say the best cuisine in Cuba is in her <em>paladares</em>. La Guarida’s Cuban fare was decidedly more sophisticated than any we’d sampled in restaurants in South Florida. Fish was a specialty. Grouper arrived on a bed of cooked greens in a light, white-wine garlic sauce. Also on the menu: seafood boiler with Indian curry and swordfish with vanilla sauce. For dessert, we chose an airy guava mousse.</p> <p class="Default">Over the next seven days, our trip adhered to U.S. government requirements that the focus be on “educational exchange activities” that result in “meaningful interactions.” Five days in Havana and two in Trinidad, a beautiful United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, allowed us to explore both cities and the countryside in between.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba5_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">Although people-to-people trips have strict itineraries with limited flexibility, many travelers find them enjoyable and make repeat journeys. They usually include visits to historic sites, arts organizations, schools, farms and model communities. Evenings are free to dine, dance, attend a cabaret show—or simply relax on your own.</p> <p class="Default">The growing interest in visiting Cuba has partly to do with its status as “forbidden fruit.” Prohibited from visiting for many years, Americans are now seizing any opportunity to see Castro-era Cuba before it becomes more commercialized. As one of our travel companions confessed, “I just wanted to see Havana before it becomes another Miami Beach!”</p> <center><em>For more on Cuba's nostalgic scenes, beautiful historic buildings and trip advice, pick up the May/June issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></center>magazineWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:51:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel New Year&#39;s Eve 2015 Event Guide<p>With <strong>New Year's Eve</strong> just two weeks away, many of you are already looking for plans for the big night. Options are manifold, but here are the 10 possibilities that most appealed to us—a personally curated countdown of where to experience the countdown.</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1413316648-masquerade_tickets.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>10. Masquerade Ball at the W.,</strong> <em>401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</em>; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p>It’s time to slip into your best disguise and disappear into the exotic atmosphere of a vintage masquerade ball, where masked guests mingle at the stunning beachside location of this haute Lauderdale hotel. Billed as the city’s largest New Year’s Eve beach party, the fifth annual costume bash features a four-hour open bar, a midnight Champagne toast, music from two top DJs, party favors and more. For table reservations, call 954/414-8300 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/6a00d8341c4fe353ef015394403c00970b.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. The Dan Band: Unplugged and Up Close</strong> at <em>Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</em>; 7 and 10 p.m.; $30</p> <p>Palm Beach County’s biggest standup club goes musical this New Year’s Eve, hosting one of the biggest names in comedy rock. Fronted by comedian Dan Finnerty, the Dan Band rose to prominence in a scene-stealing cameo in “Old School,” in which it performed its iconic, expletive-laden version of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” The group has since become known for its sexually explicit renditions of female-fronted pop songs; by literalizing the implications of the singers’ lyrics, the Dan Band’s music acts as social commentary as well as humor. Even Steven Spielberg approves of this group, employing it in his soundtrack to “The Terminal.” Call 561/833-1812 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/guys2-web.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. “Guys and Dolls” at Kravis Center</strong>, <em>701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>; 8 p.m.; $35-$75</p> <p>New Year’s Eve happens to be the only South Florida date for the national tour of “Guys and Dolls,” the indelible Frank Loesser musical that originally ran for 1,200 Broadway performances and won the 1950 Tony for Best Musical. Inspired by the mythical New York underworld of journalist Damon Runyon, the musical’s outsized characters and songs have become synonymous with big-city glamour and romance, from the title song and “Luck Be a Lady” to “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.” After the show, stick around for dinner at one of CityPlace’s great restaurants. Call 561/832-7469 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/cassidy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. David Cassidy at Jazziz Nightlife</strong>, <em>201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</em>; 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $75-$200</p> <p>Mizner Park’s great jazz club goes pop on New Year’s Eve, welcoming the forever-young former child star David Cassidy to host the evening’s festivities. Cassidy typically performs hits he popularized with the Partridge Family, as well as covers that he has made his own over his decades in show business, from the likes of Billy Joel, The Pretenders, Bill Withers and the Monkees. There will be two five-course prix fixe dinner seatings for the higher price points, and the $75 general admission gets you Champagne at midnight. Call 561/300-0730 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="618" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/firstnight15-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. First Night in Downtown Delray Beach</strong>; 4 p.m. to midnight; $10-$15</p> <p>There is no alcohol served as this annual downtown Delray Bash, so be kind and don’t sneak in a flask: This is a family-friendly celebration that attracts thousands throughout the region. It also offers more variety than any other New Year’s Eve destination—from face-painting to improv theater, magicians to ice skating, film programming to live music. The evening ends with fireworks at both 9 p.m. and midnight. Admission buttons are just $10 if purchased before Dec. 31 and are available at Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach City Fall and at the 100-foot Christmas tree. Call 561/279-1380 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/3ykorbol.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Prohibition party at La Ferme</strong>, <em>9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Boca Raton</em>; 8 p.m. to midnight; $125</p> <p>This posh eatery from Manhattan restaurateurs Bobby, Laura and Alexandra Shapiro transports visitors to the Jazz Age for its Prohibition-themed gathering, where attendees are encouraged to party like the Depression starts tomorrow. Costumes—especially “Great Gatsby”-style attire—are encouraged, with prizes awarded to the best costumes. Special cocktails include the Sidecar, South Side, Bee’s Knees and White Lady; and, in classic speakeasy fashion, those with reservations will be provided with a secret password and instructions to gain entry. A five-course prix fixe and a complementary glass of Champagne awaits your reservation, and a magician will stroll from table to table performing close-up magic. Call 561/654-6600 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="339" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/beach-day-04.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. New Year’s Eve at Respectable Street,</strong> <em>518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</em>, starts at 10 p.m.</p> <p>As usual, the oldest music club in the Southeastern United States offers a New Year’s Eve showcase of some of the best indie rock bands in South Florida—all of which deserve to have a national footprint. Taking the stage will be the Hollywood group Beach Day (pictured), with its fuzzed-out take on ‘60s surf and pop music; dream-poppers extraordinaire the Band in Heaven; Miami’s Snakehole, the noisy, scary all-girl trio that sounds like the reincarnation of Teenage Jesus &amp; the Jerks; and Wake Up, a no-frills guitar-driven indie band in the mold of Superchunk. Call 561/832-9999 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bcnewyearstable-2.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>3. Rockin’ New Year at Ball &amp; Chain</strong>, <em>1513 Calle Ocho, Little Havana</em>; begins at 8 p.m.</p> <p>This historic jazz lounge in Miami’s former Shenandoah neighborhood reopened this past September—60 years after changes in demographics prompted its closure. Now, this hot and hip Calle Ocho club promises a big evening for its first New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring a night of live rock ‘n’ roll covers performed by After School Special, a supergroup comprised of former members of rock royalty: Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen, Foo Fighters/Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffe and other onetime members of Lazy Stars, Foo Fighters and Fistful of Mercy. Make a table reservation at</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1388391427_love_logo_4_flat.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2.</strong> <strong>All You Need is Love at Magic City Casino</strong>, <em>450 N.W. 37<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami</em>; 9 p.m.; $65-$125</p> <p>A band of no less than 16 musicians fill out this orchestral Beatles tribute, from four guitarists and two drummers to two violinists, a cellist and a trumpeter. The band’s signature is its ability to recreate the Fab Four’s “Love” album live, with literally all its strings attached—preserving George Martin’s imaginative compositions and delving into deep album cuts as well as the band’s No. 1 hits. Performances continue on Jan. 2, 3 and 4, but this is the only night tickets include an after-party and midnight Champagne toast. Call 954/649-3000 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/unknown-32.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1.</strong> <strong>Rock the Block at Boca Resort and Club</strong>, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; dining begins at 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>The Boca Resort returns for its second-annual Rock the Block party, celebrating a dancey New Year’s Eve in one of the city’s most luxurious landmarks. Entertainment includes Tone Loc, the rapper responsible for the once-ubiquitous dancehall hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina;” SirenXX, one of the hottest new indie duos in dance-pop music; and Norma Jean Wright and Lucy Martin, formerly of disco-rock hit-makers Chic. There also will be a deluxe open bar and a children’s buffet, dinner at all the Resort’s restaurants, and kids’ carnival games and activities on the croquet lawn. Call 561/447-3000 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>John ThomasonWed, 17 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicUpcoming EventsA little naughty, but mostly nice holiday drinks<p><strong><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>A little Naughty, But Mostly Nice Holiday Drinks</strong></p> <p>One of the things I often hear from clients is that they don’t want to give up their wine or other alcoholic beverages. I am a big believer in balance and sometimes that may mean having a drink, especially when you’re celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. To get the most value out of your alcoholic beverages, take a look at my tips and recipes for healthier versions of classic favorites.</p> <p><strong>Best drinks at the party:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drinkglasses.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Organic Red Wine</strong> without sulfites added – red wine has the highest level of antioxidants and resveratrol, which has shown to have some heart-healthy benefits. One 5-ounce glass contains only 100 calories</p> <p><strong>Organic White Wine</strong> without sulfites added – one 5-ounce glass contains only 120 calories.</p> <p><strong>Champagne/Sparking Wine/Prosecco </strong>– each glass is usually 3.5 ounces and has 70 calories.</p> <p><strong>Z-Tips: </strong></p> <p>Drink flavored Italian sparkling water from champagne flutes in between alcoholic beverages to reduce alcohol consumption and stay hydrated. Try raspberry/lemon or the strawberry flavors.</p> <p>Avoid martinis and instead have your drink on ice. As ice melts, it will dilute alcohol and make your drink less concentrated, making it easier for your body to process<strong></strong></p> <p>Substitute dairy milk and cream for almond milk and coconut cream. Plant-based milks are cholesterol-free and they offer additional benefits like vitamin E and good-for-you fats.</p> <p><strong>Recipes:</strong></p> <p><strong><span>Pineapple Vodka Cocktail</span></strong> – Craving a mixed Vodka drink? Mix healthy green juices with vodka for a balanced mixed drink.</p> <p>2 ounces pineapple juice</p> <p>½ ounce lime juice</p> <p>½ ounce kale juice</p> <p>1 ounce vodka</p> <p>Fresh wedges of pineapple</p> <p>Mix all ingredients in a glass with ice. Decorate with a wedge of pineapple.</p> <p><strong><span>Vegan Eggnog</span></strong><strong> </strong>– In the mood for an old-fashioned eggnog? Try this cholesterol-free recipe that gives you extra protein and fiber that a traditional drink won’t – without sacrificing any flavor.</p> <p>2 cups Califia Farms Almond Milk Holiday Nog</p> <p>1 cup cold water</p> <p>10 ounce extra-firm sprouted tofu</p> <p>1/2 cup coconut nectar</p> <p>1.5 tablespoons pure vanilla extract</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 cup rum or brandy (optional)</p> <p>Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 From the fight of his life to the ride of his life<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A trained endurance athlete, <strong>George Fetko</strong> looked at cancer the same way he looks at cycling. He put his head down, cranked up the speed and moved forward.</p> <p>After being diagnosed last year with a form of sarcoma that usually affects children, Fetko, 56, went through a long, rigorous and largely experimental cancer treatment.</p> <p>I remember the day well. I gathered with a group of local cyclists at Phil’s Cycle Ward in downtown Boca Raton to talk with Fetko before starting what we all feared would be the fight of his life.</p> <p>He had more than 200 appointments with doctors for infusions, tests, labs, surgeries and hospital stays. He spent 60 days doing 8-hour chemo infusions. He went through 31 radiation treatments and eight blood transfusions.</p> <p>If you go by the intensity and the timeframe in which treatment was delivered, Fetko endured more chemotherapy than any patient in the world. Now, he’s in remission and he’s back cycling on A1A. He’s participating in the <a href="" target="_blank">Dolphin Cycling Challenge</a>, a two-day fundraiser that benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. One hundred percent of all proceeds from the tri-county event goes toward cancer research.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/photo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“I will not let battling cancer impair my passion for cycling,” Fetko writes on his fundraising page. “More than ever, I am inspired than to participate and support the Dolphin’s Cycling Challenge…”</p> <p>Fetko’s first hospitalization for treatment was at the Sylvester Cancer Center. He says the doctors and staff there provided quality and thoughtful care, going so far as to make special arrangements with treatment timing so that he could continue to ride on a trainer during treatments. He vowed then that he would come back and tackle the challenge.</p> <p>Fetko founded Team Wilky as a tribute to his oncologist, Dr. Breelyn Wilky. To sponsor his ride, which runs Feb. 7-8, make a tax-deductible donation at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>For more information about the Dolphin’s Challenge, or to sign up and ride for charity, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 17 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyHoliday Dining: New Year&#39;s Eve, Part I<p>It’s a party and you’re invited! Here’s what several local restaurants will be doing to help you celebrate the end of 2014 and the beginning of what we hope will be a very good new year. And stick around. . . there will be another list coming in a day or so.</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fireworks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">DaVinci’s</a> (<em>6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 561/362-8466</em>), the excellent new Italian restaurant in Town Center at Boca Raton, will be offering a four-course prix fixe meal at three seatings. Choices include starters like Wagyu beef carpaccio, soup or salad, entrees like lobster ravioli and veal Milanese and a roster of four desserts. Seating times are 5:30 p.m. ($55), 7:30 p.m. ($75) and 9:30 p.m. ($85, which includes party favors, champagne toast and live entertainment).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Madison’s</a> (2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/994-0808) is throwing a NYE bash with a 9 p.m. seating for $100 per person. The five-course dinner will feature Maine lobster bisque, beef carpaccio or shrimp cocktail, caprese salad, steak or seafood entree, and choice of molten chocolate cake, creme brulee or Greek yogurt with berries. An advance deposit is required.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Casa d’Angelo</a> (<em>171 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561/996-1234</em>) is doing things a little differently. Make rezzies whenever you like and dig into a la carte specials like pappardelle with Chianti-braised lamb ragout, veal scallopine with marsala sauce and mushrooms, and porcini risotto with Alba truffle oil.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">City Oyster &amp; Sushi Bar</a> (<em>213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561/272-0220</em>) will be dishing its regular menu on NYE, along with a bunch of a la carte specials. Think shrimp and crawfish etouffee; pan-roasted branzino with cannellini beans, pancetta, tomatoes, red wine and kale; and a chocolate pyramid with chocolate mousse, hazelnut genoise and ganache.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> (<em>125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822</em>), Julian Gremaud’s farm-to-table modern American bistro, will open at 4 p.m. and serve its regular menu, plus happy hour specials until 8 p.m. Then there’s a 9 p.m. seating with an $89 prix fixe price tag ($115 if you want a bottle of Piper Heidsieck champagne). Choices include heirloom tomato tartare with burrato and shaved truffle vinaigrette, jumbo grilled shrimp Fra Diavolo and chocolate lava cake.</p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/12/19/holiday-dining-new-years-eve-part-ii/" target="_blank"><em>For part two of the NYE Dining Guide, click here.</em></a></p>Bill CitaraTue, 16 Dec 2014 11:43:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsNew judges to be tapped, that power line thing &amp; other news of note<h3><span>Here come the (new) judges</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/pbc.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>Very soon, Gov. Rick Scott and the public will have reshaped the courts in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>On Friday, members of the governor’s legal staff were here to interview the 15 candidates for three vacant circuit court judgeships in the county. Scott has until the end of the month to choose from among the finalists.</p> <p>The election cycle added three other new members to the circuit bench. Incumbent Diana Lewis lost to <strong>Jessica Ticktin</strong>. <strong>Jaimie Goodman</strong> won the race to fill the seat of Lucy Chernow Brown, who is retiring. <strong>Samantha Schosberg Feuer</strong> ran unopposed to succeed Sandra McSorley. She, too, is retiring.</p> <p>Also this month, the <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach County Bar Association</a> began accepting applications for the vacancy that will be created when Judge Edward Fine retires. The deadline to apply is Jan. 2.</p> <p>So by early next year one-fifth of all the county’s circuit judges will be new. Circuit judges handle not just the major criminal and civil cases but all juvenile, family and probate cases. (Three judges handle all family/probate work in the Delray Beach courthouse.) The seven departures represent a collective major loss for the courts in terms of judicial heft and institutional memory.</p> <p>President Obama picked Robin Rosenberg for the federal bench. Hers is one of the vacancies Scott will fill this month. Another is that of Ronald Alvarez, who won reelection in 2012 even though voters knew that he would reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 before his six-year term ended. Alvarez has been a circuit judge for 21 years, during which time he has been recognized statewide as an advocate for juvenile justice reform.</p> <p>The losses of Tim McCarthy—the third seat Scott must fill by Dec. 31—and Lewis won’t matter as much. Both regularly scored low in the Bar polls when it came to judicial demeanor. McCarthy’s grouchiness caused the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal to reverse him recently in a divorce case. McSorley, according to the poll, also displayed the hostility known as “black robe syndrome.”</p> <p>Fine, though, is an ex-chief judge. Brown did well in the Bar polls. And whatever the quality of those leaving, the newcomers will lack experience not just on the bench.</p> <p>Goodman has spent little time in state court compared to other lawyers who became judges. Ticktin has no jury trial experience, though she has spent a decade at her father’s firm. Feuer worked at Akerman LLP and has advocated for women to have a greater role in the legal profession, but she had to face neither the voters nor the members of the judicial nominating commission who screen and interview applicants for seats not filled by election. In 2000, a lawyer with similar support within the legal profession won a circuit seat unopposed. He did so poorly that he lost for reelection after just one term.</p> <p>That doesn’t mean Feuer will turn out similarly or that lack of legal experience means someone will be a bad judge. Lisa Small also had worked in her father’s firm and had little time in the courtroom before winning a spot on the circuit bench in 2010, but she scored very well in the 2013 Bar poll.</p> <p>It does mean that Scott will have to pick well from the candidates who have submitted their backgrounds in detail and have faced questions from the nominating commission and the governor’s staff. Politics shouldn’t matter much, but politics always seems to matter some. There are political back-stories potentially in play.</p> <p>One finalist is <strong>Dina Keever</strong>, a former federal prosecutor who ran for state attorney in 2012 as a Republican. Scott is a Republican who likes prosecutors. Keever, though, ran against Dave Aronberg. He is a Democrat, but Aronberg worked for Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi and got financial support from some of the county’s leading Republican donors. The governor’s chief counsel is Peter Antonacci, whom Scott named interim state attorney after Michael McAuliffe resigned in January 2012. I am told that Antonacci talked up Aronberg around the office during that 2012 campaign.</p> <p>Another interesting name is <strong>Manuel Farach</strong>, a lawyer who has been a judicial finalist, a nominating commission member and chairman of the Palm Beach County Ethics Commission. He works for Richman Greer, a firm usually identified with the Democratic Party. During the 2000 recount, Gerald Richman unsuccessfully asked a judge to declare all absentee ballots in Martin and Seminole counties invalid because elections supervisors had violated rules concerning the ballots. If Richman had won, the change in vote totals would have given Florida and the presidency to Al Gore.</p> <p>Also among the 15 finalists are Wellington council member <strong>Howard Coates</strong>, who ran unsuccessfully for the Florida House as a Republican in 2008, five county judges or magistrates and three state prosecutors.</p> <p>Palm Beach County’s judiciary long has been recognized around the state for high quality compared to other urban counties. One reason is that the county hasn’t been plagued by the nasty judicial politics seen regularly in Broward and Miami-Dade. Another is that nominating commissions have taken their work more seriously than partisan politics. The county will keep that reputation if Scott keeps politics out of his deliberations. Given the circumstances, the county will enjoy the benefit or suffer the harm of Scott’s decisions for a long time.</p> <h3>Trader Joe’s update</h3> <p>At the Trader Joe’s store in Boca Raton, the power poles still stand in the parking lot.</p> <p>Last fall, when the city council learned that the lines had not been buried—despite the city’s requirement that they be underground—the council issued a temporary certificate of occupancy for the store, contingent on the developer burying the lines roughly 90 days after Trader Joe’s had opened. That opening was Sept. 26.</p> <p>I reached out last week to Florida Power &amp; Light. Though it is not at fault, the utility still must do the work. A spokesman told me that in an email, “The project is scheduled to be completed before Christmas.”</p> <h3>How we stack up, income-wise</h3> <p>As part of a fascinating but sobering report on how much Americans are paid, <em>The Washington Post </em>tracked median household income over the last few decades in the nation’s roughly 3,100 counties.</p> <p>The current figure for Palm Beach County is just under $63,000, or in line with the rest of the country and well above the statewide total. Adjusted for inflation, however, median income—half above that level, half below—peaked in the county 15 years ago, as it did for most counties nationwide and for almost every county in Florida.</p> <p>One notable exception is Brevard County on the Space Coast. Not surprisingly, income peaked in 1969—the year of the first Apollo moon landing. NASA is not close to what the agency was back then.</p> <p>Most of Boca Raton and parts of Delray Beach, of course, are above that median income figure. But the report is another reminder that the issue in Florida and elsewhere is not just a recovering economy but the sort of economy the last few recoveries have brought.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 16 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsNow available in Palm Beach: Dana Rebecca Designs<p>Add some sparkle to your holidays with <a href="" target="_blank">Dana Rebecca Designs</a>, now sold at <strong>Swell Boutique </strong><em>(2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach)<strong> </strong></em>in Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This jewelry line boasts everything from gorgeous diamond earrings to cuffed gemstone bracelets. While her necklaces are minimal and elegant, her earrings, rings and bracelets range from classic to statement making.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="447" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd2.jpg" width="489"></p> <p>They’d make a good complement to a holiday party outfit – whether it’s for your office party or a New Year’s celebration. The pieces would also make for a perfect present. Prices range from  $300 to $13,200.  </p> <p>For more information, call 561/582-2800. Swell Boutique is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsThe Weeks Ahead: Dec. 16 to 30<p>TUESDAY, DEC. 16</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1377247046_nic-rouleau-ben-platt-book-of-mormon-broadway-chicago-review.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Book of Mormon”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Sold out, but “lottery” tickets available</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In a Kravis on Broadway season consisting largely of familiar warhorses, jukebox musicals and predictable stage-to-screen adaptations (“Flashdance the Musical?” Really?), “The Book of Mormon” is the obvious standout in its season. Its perpetually sold-out Broadway status and multiple Tony Awards don’t lie: Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez’s filthy musical about Mormon missionaries bringing their message to a war-torn African village is full of timelessly crafted Broadway songcraft, irrepressible comedy and surprisingly nuanced meditations on the purpose of faith. It’s still a must-see, even if you caught it at the Broward Center in 2013. While this Kravis engagement, which runs through Dec. 21, is sold out of advance tickets, the theater will be holding ticket lotteries prior to each performance, in which theatergoers who enter may win seats for just $25 each. Call the box office for details.</p> <p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16-17</p> <p><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ben_vereenfull_image_39782177-620x654.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ben Vereen</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Ben Vereen is a certifiable Broadway legend and consummate entertainer whose Tony-winning turn as the narrator and “Leading Player” in “Pippin,” circa 1972, defined the character’s style for decades to come. Also heralded for his Broadway work in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Sweet Charity” and “Hair,” the Miami native continues to exude class and inspiration in his cabaret-style vocal performances, which draw heavily from musical theater and the American songbook. At 68, Vereen is not only still kicking, he’s still relevant: He assisted as an acting coach for Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi in their 2006 movie “Idlewild,” and he currently appears in Chris Rock’s cameo-laden Hollywood satire “Top Five.”</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, DEC. 18-21</p> <p><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/scarface.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Borscht Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Various venues in Miami</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Various prices, sometimes free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s doubtful that Robert Redford will turn up for this indiest of all indie film festivals, dubbed “Sundance on psychotropic mushrooms” in a <em>Miami New Times</em> laud. Commissioned by the Borscht Corp., which produces and showcases movies by emerging local artists, this quasi-annual fest will enter its ninth cycle of programming this month. The festival will include screenings of short films (Borscht shorts have later been selected for more than 50 international film festivals), “site-specific” film screenings of made-in-Miami work at special locations, and showings of Miami cult-classic titles. At the expense of burying the lede even further, the main draw here is “Scarface Redux,” a crowd-sourced remake of the Brian de Palma gangster saga. Organizers dissected the original movie into 15-second quadrants, after which each segment was re-shot by different artists in whatever manner they chose, from live action and animation to puppets and LEGO bricks. The result of this schizophrenic, reverent movie mash-up will make its world premiere, free of cost, at the Borscht.</p> <p>FRIDAY, DEC. 19</p> <p> <img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tumblr_inline_ndpvpop6f51ruat4u.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Goodbye to Language 3D”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 9:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>From the beginning of his career in the late 1950s, virtuoso French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard has been expanding the formal and narrative possibilities of cinema through projects such as “Breathless,” “Week-End” and his historic “Histoire(s) du Cinema” series. So it should come as no surprise that at 83, Godard is still experimenting with the art form and blazing new trails. Hence the critical adulation he’s received for his latest work, “Goodbye to Language,” a short (70 minutes) but monumental feature that apparently employs 3D technology in ways it has never been utilized before—a magic trick that earned the movie an unprecedented mid-film round of applause at its premiere at Cannes earlier this year. Like much of Godard’s work in the Aughts, “Goodbye to Language” is a hodgepodge of poetic digital imagery, vintage film clips, and dense on-screen text. The story, if it matters at all, is about the emergence and dissolution of a relationship, though the main character, allegedly, is Godard’s dog Roxy. It’s hard to summarize; just see it!</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ramsey_lewis_composersff_s640x4261.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Ramsey Lewis: “Celebration!”</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$150</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It seems that as long as there was jazz, Ramsey Lewis was playing it. The three-time Grammy-winning composer/pianist released his first album, “Ramsey Lewis and his Gentle-men of Swing,” way back in 1956. Seven children, 14 grandchildren, and one-great-grandchild later, this elder statesman of the 88 keys is still active, releasing his 80<sup>th</sup> album, “Taking Another Look,” in 2011. For this special, one-off performance at the Arsht, Lewis will perform a selection of holiday compositions, a jazz tradition dating back to the yuletide brass of Louis Armstrong. He’ll be joined on this bill by fellow headliners in their own right: Lisa Fischer, the Rolling Stones’ backup singer <em>par excellence</em>, who was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom;” and Gregory Porter, the vocalist whose 2014 release “Liquid Spirit” took home the Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy. Bringing things full circle, the album included a cover of “The ‘In’ Crowd,” which Ramsey Lewis recorded in 1965.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 19-20</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/abraham-in-motion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Abraham in Motion: “Pavement”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The “Abraham” in Abraham in Motion refers to Kyle Abraham, a dance phenom who became one of just 24 artists nationwide to receive a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013. Abraham choreographs dance that is rooted in 1990s hip-hop fashion, music and ethos, inspired by everything from civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois to John Singleton’s culture-defining film “Boyz n The Hood.” In his piece “Pavement,” which makes its South Florida premiere at the Kravis, he reimagines Singleton’s movie as a dance work set in the historically black neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, where the legacy of jazz titans and successful small businesses has degenerated into gang violence and crack houses. A history of discrimination, genocide and poverty colors this personal canvas of movement, a sure-to-be highlight of the venue’s “Provocative Entertainment at Kravis” series.</p> <p>SUNDAY, DEC. 21</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ariana_grande_1410934532640.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Y100 Jingle Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $65-$280</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>South Florida’s largest pop station has brought out plenty of big guns for its annual Jingle Ball holiday concert, starting with Ariana Grande, Boca’s most successful musical export (who has been raising eyebrows, for reasons negative as well as positive, for her tour couture, a skimpy feline getup complete with cat ears). The star-studded lineup continues with Calvin Harris, the Scottish DJ and songwriter who achieved worldwide success with Rihanna’s “We Found Love;” Pharrell Williams, the global phenomenon fresh off his coaching gig with “The Voice;” Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who has topped the charts with “Fancy” and has performed with Grande on the latter’s “Problem;” Jason Derulo, a former songwriter for Diddy and Lil Wayne and has since struck out on his own with six Top Five singles; and many more. Visit for the full lineup.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 26-27</p> <p><img alt="" height="214" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/286fec_86135e29cd37407492857e67bbf16fa8.jpg_srz_p_1071_468_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Krampus”</strong></p> <p>When: 8 and 10 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Infinite Abyss Productions, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 954/326-7767, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Krampus, a beast of Alpine folklore that derives its name from the Old High German word for “claw,” is not a holiday myth that gets a lot of good press. The yin to Santa’s yang, this horned monster with a whip-like tongue is said to menace naughty children where St. Nicholas rewards the good little boys and girls. “The Krampus” is also the latest play from Infinite Abyss Productions, a South Florida theater company that re-emerged in October after a lengthy hibernation and has rebranded itself as a purveyor of horror-themed entertainment—even while the rest of us celebrate the holidays with good cheer. This contemporary-set, interactive exploration of the Krampus legend looks genuinely frightening. Whether or not you’ve been naughty or nice this season, you might just wind up in a post-Christmas Krampus ritual onstage. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.</p>John ThomasonMon, 15 Dec 2014 14:57:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsHoliday Dining: Christmas Eve &amp; Day<p>Forget leaving out milk and cookies for Santa. These restaurants want to leave an elegant Christmas Eve and/or Day meal out for you. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="497" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/santa2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Cafe Boulud</a> (<em>301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060</em>). The posh restaurant in the Brazilian Court Hotel will be open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. offering an a la carte menu that includes everything from risotto Milanese with royal red shrimp to slow-cooked short rib pho.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Palm Beach</a> (<em>2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/582-2800</em>) will be dishing up a pretty spiffy Christmas dinner to go. Cost is $300 for a multicourse meal that will feed up to eight, with dishes like roasted cauliflower and lentil salad, prime rib with porcini-red wine demiglace, and spiced ginger cheesecake. Call 561/493-5530 to order.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">NYY Steak</a> (<em>5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek, 954/977-6700</em>). The Seminole Casino’s classy meatery will be open for dinner both Christmas Eve and Day, offering its regular menu, as well as several specials. Think corn and Alaskan king crab chowder, stuffed pork prime rib and chocolate flan with gingerbread cookies.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Oceans 234</a> (<em>234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539</em>) will be serving up its fabulous ocean views and regular menu, along with a roster of special holiday dishes, among them butter-poached lobster salad with blood orange vinaigrette and goat cheese and pistachio-crusted rack of lamb. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 1 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.</p> <p>Also open on Christmas Eve and Day will be Gary Racks’ trio of eateries: <a href="" target="_blank">Racks Downtown Eatery &amp; Tavern</a> (<em>402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662</em>), <a href="" target="_blank">R</a><a href="" target="_blank">acks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a> (<em>5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/450-6718</em>) and the new <a href="" target="_blank">Farmhouse Kitchen</a> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, 561/826-2625</em>). More holiday eats can be had at <a href="" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> (<em>301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699</em>), <a href="" target="_blank">RA Sushi</a> (<em>11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/340-2112</em>) and <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson on Waterway East</a> (<em>900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-1343</em>). Call for hours and menus.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 15 Dec 2014 10:42:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsBurger &amp; Beer Joint Coming to WPB<p>Like caviar and blini, steak and eggs, and lobster and drawn butter, a burger and a beer is a culinary match made, if not in heaven, in most of our bellies.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bbjoint.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And come spring of next year, one of Miami’s premier purveyors of thick, juicy burgers and cold, frothy beers will be dishing and pouring in <strong>CityPlace</strong>. That would be <a href="" target="_blank">Burger &amp; Beer Joint</a>, which opened its first outlet in South Beach in 2009 and is now in the midst of an aggressive expansion campaign that will see the debut of more joints in central and South Florida over the next year or so and up to 50 in the next several years.</p> <p>The chain is known for its half-pound certified Angus beef burgers, which come in a variety of guises, from the Hotel California (guacamole, grilled onion, jalapeno relish, cilantro sour cream, cheddar and a sunny-side up egg) to the Stairway to Heaven (half-pound Wagyu beef patty with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle aioli).</p> <p>There’s also the monster Motherburger, a 10-pound behemoth that sells for $125 and defeated even the elastic stomach and cast iron intestinal tract of Adam Richman of “Man vs. Food” fame. You can also customize your own beef, bison, turkey, chicken, veggie and tuna patties with an array of garnishes, extra proteins and sauces.</p> <p>Along with an extensive selection of craft beers, there’s a roster of “adult shakes” that combine dessert with a serious buzz, like the fetchingly named Spank the Monkey, which blends rocky road ice cream, fresh banana, Pinnacle cake vodka and creme de banana. No word if it makes hair grow on your palms.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 15 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTop 10 Concerts/Tours of 2014<p><em>This is the first of our year-end top 10s; continue to visit throughout September to read out Top 10 movies, regional plays, and regional musicals.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/m-ward-photo-1_wide-94e2dcfedd82913b164053aa70e45726bccebad2-s4-c85.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>10. M. Ward</strong>, May 2 at Culture Room</p> <p>As is customary, gifted singer-songwriter M. Ward didn’t just play the guitar at his first-ever Fort Lauderdale performance; he conquered it with both the controlled fury of a prizefighter in the zone and the pastoral delicacy of a cowboy around a campfire. He effectively made the audience disappear, crafting personal, bedroom catharses on which we happen to be eavesdropping.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/billtjones.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>9. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company</strong>, March 7 at Mizner Park Amphitheater</p> <p>My favorite performance at this year’s Festival of the Arts Boca was also its most inscrutable, a selection of dances that was all the more compelling because it remained open to interpretation. Besides, as the dancers spent two hours swaying, gliding, sliding, shuffling, hopping, kicking, piggybacking, rolling, writhing, and contorting themselves into yogic positions, the story became secondary to the athleticism, lulling us into wide-eyed trance.</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/a_560x375.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>8. St. Vincent</strong>, Oct. 6 at Fillmore Miami Beach</p> <p>Part indie rocker, part vaudeville chanteuse, part performance artist, Annie Clark’s St. Vincent’s brought a night of delectable weirdness to Miami, performing everything her fans wanted to hear with a flair for the theatrical.</p> <p><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/8948771-large.jpg" width="380"></p> <p><strong>7. Colin Mochrie &amp; Brad Sherwood</strong>, March 8 at Coral Springs Center for the Arts</p> <p>It’s one thing to see these “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars on television, subject to editing and FCC regulations. It’s quite another to see them live, where anything truly goes. These two rubbery improv comedians were funnier than I’ve ever seen them, in comedy sketches far more ambitious than anything that could be pulled off on television—especially its painful, mousetrap-aided show-stopper. Colin still can’t rap, though!</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/8e116296ab10f556b5649070cebcc3c7b6567439_r.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. Iron &amp; Wine</strong>, Feb. 25 at Culture Room</p> <p>Iron &amp; Wine’s music has grown ever more expansive and musically rich in the past decade, but this tour was a throwback to singer-songwriter Sam Beam’s earliest days as a professional musician. He played music from his entire career with an acoustic guitar only, in a manner befitting the rustic, solo, back-porch charms of his first couple of records. He was in good spirits and proved open to taking audience requests, which made the night even more special.</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sv8kejtffps.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Deepak Chopra</strong>, Nov. 13 at B’Nai Israel</p> <p>There’s nothing like trying to comprehend the nature of the universe in less than two hours. Chopra came as close to successfully broaching this impossible topic as any speaker I’ve ever heard, distilling theories about nonlocal consciousness, the mysteries of black holes, the dangers of genetic engineering and the quantifiability of happiness in a slide-aided presentation that left us wanting more; it was a weeklong Deepak workshop condensed into one thrilling night.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/534c340074aafd2e55cab05a_jack-antonoff-bleachers-fun-01.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>4. Bleachers</strong>, Oct. 26 at Cruzan Amphitheatre</p> <p>Jack Antonoff’s fun. side project played a mid-day set at the Coral Skies Festival, but the energy that accompanied its set was unparalleled. Those who turned out for the performance witnessed the stars of tomorrow today, in a show that confirmed that the irrepressibly nostalgic throwbacks on Bleachers’ debut album “Strange Desire” sound even better blasting from amphitheater speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1110-031-so-you-think-you-can-dance-top-14-perform-large-photo-960x540.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>3. “So You Think You Can Dance!” season 11 tour</strong>, Nov. 28 at Arsht Center</p> <p>Though one Top 10 dancer was apparently too injured to dance anything but group numbers, this enormously satisfying evening of dance included favorites from the past summer’s season of “So You Think You Can Dance!,” as well as inspired and indefatigable new group numbers. I’m sure other cities received great shows on this latest “SYTYCD” tour, but there was clearly something special in the Miami air this winter, because it was the hometown show for the season’s winner, Ricky Ubeda, whose emotional solo capped the evening, eliciting tears from its performer and a standing ovation from its audience.</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/pt_1595_803_o.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. Jerry Seinfeld</strong>, Jan. 31 at Hard Rock Live</p> <p>Seinfeld not only still has it; his South Florida engagement proved that he’s arguably funnier and more observant than ever. His material traveled so far out into a realm of self-reflexive nothingness that it was downright existential. Buried among the evening’s abstruse material were cogent points about our overreliance on technology, the global decline of person-to-person communication, and the deliberate seduction of unhealthy food, delivered with punch lines so sharp and surprising that I couldn’t help missing his next quip—because I was still reeling over the last one.</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/belle-and-sebastian.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Belle &amp; Sebastian</strong>, Sept. 28 at Fillmore Miami Beach</p> <p>Flawless sound, an unpredictable and unique set list, and copious love exchanged between the Scottish twee-pop superstars and the audience defined this magical night in Miami. There was even video projection and a string section of local talent backing them up. Belle &amp; Sebastian’s first South Florida show in its 18-year existence proved well worth the wait.</p>John ThomasonFri, 12 Dec 2014 11:58:00 +0000 & EventsMusicGreat gift idea: A Swank Farm Sunday!<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/swanktable_table-thumb-560x373-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This weekend promises to be a massive one for Christmas shopping, so we’re throwing this out there: Two tickets to a Swank Table dinner this season might be your ace in the hole.</p> <p>Everyone is always opining about how <em>experience</em> is the new luxury—and these Sunday dinners out at Swank Farm in Loxahatchee completely embody that concept, from the ambiance (rustic charm) to the food (five-star chefs) to the impeccable service, music, wines and attention to detail.</p> <p>I just attended the first dinner under the new pole barn—there was the late afternoon golden light as we sipped a handcrafted cocktail by The Cooper while we mingled near the fields. There was the appetizer station and a glass of prosecco, and then the dinner itself—a sublime, four-course dinner from award-winning Miami chefs from Yardbird, Swine and Khong River House.  There were miles of beautifully covered tables with sunflowers and orchids, a raised dais for the band, and new people to meet as everyone dined family-style as the sun set and the moon rose. My point? This would be the coolest Christmas present ever and you can go to and buy and download a gift certificate—without going near a mall.</p> <p>The April Diner en Blanc is sold out with a waiting list, but the following events still have seats left. But not for long.</p> <p>You can thank me later!</p> <p><strong>January 11, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>BLACK GOLD &amp; SILVER SANDS</strong></p> <p>Area 31 Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, K Restaurant</p> <p>We celebrate Agriculture in our county both past and present.</p> <p>Benefiting Historical Society of Palm Beach County</p> <p><strong>February 8, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>HOT PINK TOMATO</strong></p> <p>Ahi Loi, Edge Steak &amp; Bar, The Dutch, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>A tribute to the number one Garden Vegetable.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach County Food Bank</p> <p><strong>March 8, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>LE GRAND AIOLI</strong></p> <p>Meat Market, Pilgrim, The Grille, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>Please dress in your best blues or blues and whites.</p> <p>Upscale, downscale. Just so it’s “Le Bleu.”</p> <p>Benefiting Cultural Council of Palm Beach County</p> <p><strong>March 22, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>WHERE’S THE BEET?</strong></p> <p>Hippocrates Health Institute, Market 17, Mom’s Pops, The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa</p> <p>A Love Song To Vegetables. An All Vegetable Feast.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach Zoo</p> <h3>April 26, 2015</h3> <p>PRIME CUTS</p> <p>Ganache 316, Pistache French Bistro, S3, 50 Ocean</p> <p>A Beef Lover’s Paradise.</p> <p>Benefiting Food For The Poor</p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedFri, 12 Dec 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Five: Hoffman&#39;s Gold Collection Gift Basket<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hoffmans.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Courtesy of Hoffman’s Chocolate</p> <p>Value: $100</p> <p>What better way to say "Happy Holidays!" than with a giant basket of gourmet chocolates from South Florida's very own Hoffman's Chocolate. The Greenacres-based chocolatier has been in the business for more than 39 years, starting off as just a small chocolate shop in Lake Worth. Snag this amazing gift basket for free now. Click on the link below for more.</p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Gold Collection Gift Basket: </strong><em>This spectacular collection offers a huge assortment of Hoffman's best selling confections. You receive<strong> </strong><strong>TWO</strong> full pounds of Hoffman's Classic Assortment of our award winning Premium Milk and Dark Chocolates, a one pound box of our luscious Double Dipped Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels, a 12-oz. box of decadent Chocolate Covered Cherries, a 7-oz. bag of Milk Chocolate Boca Lattes (everyone’s favorite Chocolate/Coffee combination), a 4 oz bag of crisp chocolatey Brownie Brittle, a 3.75-oz. box of delightful Milk Chocolate Pecan Jitterbugs (this is our delectable version of that Southern classic - the Turtle), a bag of salted nut mix, a 7-oz. bag of classic Almond Toffee, a delightful bag of sweet Pecan Pralines, a 12-oz. bag of home-made Peanut Brittle, one 3-piece box of Chocolate smothered Oreos®, and our original Snoodle™ (buttery hand-made caramel with bits of pretzels all smothered in Premium Milk Chocolate and dappled with colored jimmies). Twitter: @<a href="" target="_blank">HoffmansChoc</a>. Instagram: @<a href="" target="_blank">HoffmansChocolate</a>. Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 12 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000;s Gets a Makeover<p><a href="" target="_blank">Henry’s</a> (<em>16850 Jog Rd., 561/638-1949</em>) in Delray, for 14 years a stalwart on the local culinary scene, has undergone a thorough makeover of  everything from the acoustics to the menu.</p> <p><img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/henrychef.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The bar and dining room of Burt Rapoport’s easygoing American bistro sport a more urbane, sophisticated look, thanks to Fort Lauderdale-based designer Pam Manhas, who added striking drum chandeliers, window coverings and more.</p> <p>There’s a new chef in town too. He’s Che Frey, late of Brule Bistro in Pineapple Grove. While keeping all the dishes that have become Henry’s signatures—after all, you don’t fix what’s not broken—Frey has added some signatures of his own, from bison Bolognese to port-braised short ribs to Chinese chicken meatballs in coconut broth.</p> <p>Like Hollywood celebrities, restaurants need a shot of Botox after a while.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 12 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: Spa Time + Friends and Family Sales<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bellylove.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>First Look:</strong> Be one of the first people to experience Belly Love’s signature holiday treatments during its Deck the Spa event. Enjoy complimentary demos, passed bites, bubbly, prizes and more. The spa will also be collection unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. RSVP by emailing <a href=""></a>. <em>(3420 N.W. 62nd Ave., Margate)</em></p> <p><strong>Friends and Family Sales</strong></p> <p>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5<sup>th</sup></p> <p><em>Palm Beach Outlets, 1801 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach </em></p> <p>Deal: Take an extra 40 percent off almost everything from Dec. 10-16.</p> <p>Lord &amp; Taylor</p> <p><em>Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>Deal: Take 25 percent off almost everything. Cosmetics and fragrances are 10 percent off. Print your pass <a href="">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 News5 Reasons the Boca Raton Children’s Museum is the BEST<p><em>**Welcome to the first installment of our Boca Mom Talk column! Every other Thursday, our very own Boca mom, Michelle Olson-Rogers, will share her insights on being a parent in Boca. From her favorite spots in town to mommy-and-me fitness tips, this blog will be chock-full of tips! Check out her bio on the bottom of this blog for more info on Michelle and her business,</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/olson-rogers_2729pr-9x15nm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As a Boca resident and mom to a 19-month-old little lady, we love to spend time at the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Children’s Museum</a>.</p> <p>We go often. Very often.</p> <p>The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has been around since I was a child (in the 80’s) and has kept up with the times without losing its historical charm. We love it and so should you!</p> <p>Here’s the Boca Mom Talk on why our children’s museum is the BEST in South Florida.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/3buildings.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>via Boca Raton Children's Museum</em></p> <p>1.<strong> Membership price. </strong>It is $60 for the whole family FOR A YEAR! It includes a <a href="" target="_blank">slew of benefits</a> including admissions to other museums for kids in South Florida. </p> <p>2.<strong> Classes.</strong> You can take a <a href="" target="_blank">Musikgarten</a> class (my personal favorite) with your baby, toddler OR preschooler one day and a <a href="!pinspired-play/cy8" target="_blank">Pinspired Play</a> class with other Boca moms the next. The museum recently implemented a class reward system, so after 10 or so classes purchased, you receive one for free!</p> <p><img alt="" height="480" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/2014-06-28_10.04.45_rs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo by Michelle Olson-Rogers</em></p> <p>3.<strong> Toddlers AND Preschoolers Dig It.</strong> Since they focus on hands-on, play-based learning, the museum is developmentally appropriate for early childhood. There is also a benefit to having the exhibits in a small, historic house because I personally don’t enjoy losing my little one in a huge space. I also love the low-tech environment. Without distractions from TV, computers, tablets and phones (other than Mommy taking a million pictures, of course), children can really focus on the imaginative play activities that are so healthy for them.</p> <p>4.<strong> Imagination Playground.</strong> Starting in January 2015, the museum will have public play times on the <a href="" target="_blank">Imagination Playground</a>, both indoors and outdoors. It’s a really cool portable, interactive, transformable environment that prompts children to manipulate their environment and create a play-space of their own with sand, water and loose parts. We can’t wait to try it. </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/2014-06-12_14.32.08.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo by Michelle Olson-Rogers</em></p> <p>5.<strong> Pint-sized Grocery Store.</strong> There’s nothing cuter than watching your child pretend to be an adult in the museum’s grocery store exhibit. Little do they know it becomes such a chore when you finally do it for real! Let’s keep that a secret for a bit longer Boca Moms…along with Santa and the Easter Bunny.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 11 Dec 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Four: $150 Italianissimo Gift Card<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lindbergh.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Courtesy of Italianissimo</p> <p>Value: $150</p> <p>If you were wondering where local stores got some of those trendy European menswear, we have your answer. Thank Italianissimo, a warehouse for menswear that ranges from formal to casual chic. The Boca-based company is the only distributor for the brand Lindbergh in all of North and South America - and guess what? You can get an exclusive peek at the latest items. Italianissimo is offering a $150 Lindbergh gift card for use at the Boca warehouse (<em>1000 Clint Moore Road, Suite 104, Boca Raton</em>). </p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Lindbergh: </strong></p> <p>We create selected products with a story behind them and we want to convey those stories to our customers. We create clothing and accessories for today’s informed man, making him: 1. Look good 2. Look good for some time. We create clothing for men who are interested in acquring a wardrobe based on problem solving, finding something cool that fits into their lives. We create high industrial clothing.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 11 Dec 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Link still a great idea, Delray waits and sees and other news<h3><img alt="" height="189" src="/site_media/uploads/slider2.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Train wreck of an idea</h3> <p>This week, a Palm Beach County commissioner voiced a very bad idea.</p> <p>Hal Valeche, who represents the north end of the county, suggested at Monday’s Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting that community resentment might be running so high against All Aboard Florida that the county should abandon the idea of trying to establish a second commuter rail service.</p> <p>Valeche doesn’t underestimate the anger in his district toward the company that plans to run passenger trains from Miami to Orlando starting in 2016. Residents and business owners fear that the 16 new trains per day—each way—will disrupt car and especially boat traffic.</p> <p>Those trains will run on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which goes through the downtowns of the county’s largest cities. The current commuter service, Tri-Rail, runs on the CSX tracks farther west.</p> <p>Tri-Rail is popular in Boca, which has the busiest station— thanks in part to support from nearby businesses—and soon will be the only city to have a second station. But transportation planners for years have hoped for service on the FEC, and as Boca Raton, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach market their downtowns as places to live, the potential of that second line grows.</p> <p>Fortunately, Valeche is an outlier. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie chairs the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which she says remains committed to the <strong>Coastal Link</strong>—the plan for commuter trains on the FEC. So does Tri-Rail.</p> <p>Indeed, if Boca Raton and Delray Beach are to get any benefit from All Aboard Florida, it will be through a downtown commuter line. If safety upgrades remove the need for train whistles at crossings, Boca and Delray residents at least won’t be harmed. With no bridges in the area, this area doesn’t have the controversy there is farther north or especially in Fort Lauderdale, where the yacht industry worries about disruptions on the New River.</p> <p>Not that anything about the Coastal Link is certain. The source of money is uncertain. Nothing can happen until the FEC is double-tracked, as happened with the CSX to accommodate Tri-Rail.</p> <p>But once the 10-laning to Linton Boulevard is done, I-95 can’t get any wider. Downtown apartments are marketing themselves to millenials and empty-nesters who want public transit. That second commuter service is a long-term dream, but still a dream worth pursuing.</p> <h3>More time on Delray building rules</h3> <p>As I had speculated, the Delray Beach City Commission did not give final approval at Tuesday night’s meeting to new downtown building rules.</p> <p>Which isn’t a bad thing. Though one goal is to clarify what the city calls Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District, getting to such clarity takes time and discussion. To many residents, especially those who have spoken so passionately at hearings, Delray must get the regulations right to preserve the sort of the city they want— vibrant but not overcrowded.</p> <p>Tuesday was the second of what had been advertised as votes on the regulations. No vote took place, because the commissioners still haven’t resolved all the issues. Mayor Cary Glickstein, for example, said in an email that he wants to examine “further limiting height on Atlantic Avenue to three stories.”</p> <p>Still, the sense I get from Glickstein and commissioners Shelly Petrolia and Jordana Jarjura—the working majority —is that delay is beneficial.  Glickstein says the “end product is more important” than a deadline. Petrolia said she got satisfactory answers to some questions, but that the commission is still “working it.”</p> <p>Jarjura said that in talking with city staff members before the meeting she found “significant confusion” about the bonus program, under which developers could get such things as extra density to encourage certain types of projects in certain areas. She called the draft proposal for the program “nebulous,” but added, “I believe the extra time will afford us the opportunity to address the priorities and concerns articulated last night.”</p> <p>In the audience was Don Cooper, who will become city manager on Jan. 5. Good move. Not only will approval of the new regulations now come after he starts, Cooper will be in charge of carrying out whatever the commission agrees on.</p> <h3>Mailer on Mizner</h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote about the mailer to Boca Raton residents touting <a href="" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>, the four-tower condo project. The campaign is more than the mailer.</p> <p>Tami Brehse works for the West Palm Beach-based O’Donnell Agency, which represents Elad National Properties, New Mizner’s developer. Brehse said the mailer went to 12,000 Boca residents. They then got follow-up phone calls asking them to support the project, which still hasn’t even been scheduled for a Community Redevelopment Agency workshop.</p> <p>According to Brehse, Elad is “incorporating the feedback into the design” of New Mizner on the Green. After the holidays, Brehse said, Elad hopes that things will come “more info focus.”</p> <p>To Mayor Susan Haynie, the campaign seems clear. “It’s a very progressive public relations move by a developer who is unable to produce an acceptable proposal,” she said Wednesday. The mailers and phone calls are “confusing our citizens. I’ve had lots of emails and phone calls.” While Haynie acknowledges the campaign as “the developer’s right,” she believes that the photo on the mailer is misleading. The photo looks down on the project’s model, an angle that Haynie says does not show the true perspective of how the towers—which would average more than 300 feet in height—would look in comparison to the neighborhood.</p> <p>Haynie noted again that because the project seeks such a variance from the 100-foot height limit in that area “the staff cannot accept the plans.” For the council to consider the project in its current form, a council member would have to propose a planning amendment. Elad must believe that it can generate enough support to persuade at least one council member.</p> <h3>Boca Bowl almost a sell-out</h3> <p>As of Wednesday, only end-zone seats remain for the first Boca Raton Bowl, matching Marshall and Northern Illinois at FAU Stadium on Dec. 23. How great it would be if viewers of the ESPN owned-and-operated game saw a full house on a pleasant night.</p> <p>And if you wonder why people get into politics, consider that Mayor Haynie gets to toss the coin. She can take a lesson from Joe Namath. At last January’s Super Bowl, Namath tossed the coin before the referee had indicated who would call it. Namath always had a quick release. Too quick that time.</p> <h3>Palm Beach County not Palm Beach</h3> <p>New think-tank numbers again show that for all the affluence of Boca Raton, Palm Beach and other areas, Palm Beach County is economically diverse.</p> <p>Researchers for the Brookings Institute and the Urban Institute have released a county-by-county study of how many Americans apply for the <a href="" target="_blank">E</a><a href="" target="_blank">arned Income Tax Credit</a>, and how much they receive. Congress created the tax break in 1975 as a way to encourage lower-income Americans to choose work over welfare. In 2012, according to the study, the credit moved 6.5 American adults and children in working poor families out of poverty.</p> <p>Nationwide, based on 2012 figures, Americans in the Northeast and Upper Midwest used the credit least. Use was highest in Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, 20.3 percent of residents sought the tax credit. That ranked 1,451st among the country’s 3,124 counties—near the middle. But the average credit received was $2,358. That ranked the county 948th, or well into the top third.</p> <p>Only four federal tax deductions are bigger than the Earned Income Tax Credit, which mostly benefits those making between $10,000 and $20,000. Right above it in terms of overall donors is the mortgage deduction, which mostly benefits those making between $100,000 and $200,000. According to the researchers, the average claim in Palm Beach County for that tax break was $10,723—ranking the county 134<sup>th</sup>. That’s the Palm Beach County people usually think of.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</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, 11 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsFun Holiday Events in Delray Beach<p>Break out your ugliest Christmas sweater, put on your Santa hat, and stock up on those candy canes, because the holidays are finally here and a slew of celebrations are happening all over Delray Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="302" src="/site_media/uploads/delray_christmas_tree.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dec. 11 and 18</strong></p> <p><strong>“Holiday Happenings” at Delray Marketplace</strong>, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray; 6-8 p.m.; free admission; 561/ 865-4613</p> <p>Bring the whole family to this holiday festival.  Activities will include musical snow truck rides, face painting, magical reindeer food, a bounce house, elf games and craft stations. Photos with Santa can be purchased for $6, with proceeds benefitting the Palm Beach County Food Bank.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 12</strong></p> <p><strong>Annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal Waterway</strong>; begins at 6:30 p.m.: 561/600-9097</p> <p>Fleets of boats decorated with holiday trimmings will set sail through the Boynton Beach Inlet all the way down to south of the Linton Bridge.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 13 </strong></p> <p><strong>Delray Beach Holiday Parade</strong>, starts at 6 p.m.</p> <p>The parade will begin at the Intracoastal Bridge on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, and will head west towards Northwest Fith Avenue. Expect more than 60 decorated floats, plus a special appearance from Santa on Delray Beach Fire Department's fire truck.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 13 and 20</strong></p> <p><strong>Cookie Cruise with Santa</strong>, 801 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to noon; $18 per person; 561/243-0686 to reserve a seat</p> <p>All aboard this family cruise. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with Santa and celebrate with holiday activities.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 18:</strong></p> <p><strong>Holiday Celebration of Hanukkah and Christmas at Weisman Delray Community Center</strong>, 7091 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; free admission; 561/865-5292.<strong></strong></p> <p>Have a very merry Chrismukkah at this interfaith festivity. Children from local schools will entertain with Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. Special guest, Israeli singer Shalva Berti will also perform.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 20:</strong></p> <p><strong>Screen on the Green at Old School Square Park</strong>, Northeast First Street, Delray Beach, 7 p.m.; free admission</p> <p>Bah humbug! Get into the holiday spirit with this double feature. First watch the classic cartoon, <em>How the Grinch Stole Christmas</em>. Follow it up with the year 2000 version of <em>The Grinch</em>. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and a toy to donate to the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation.</p> <p><strong>Martha and Mory: A Holiday Cabaret at Arts Garage</strong><strong>, </strong><em>180 N.E First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; Tickets $25-$250; 561/450-6357</em><strong></strong></p> <p>Mezzo soprano Martha Bartz and pianist Mory Ortman will jingle all the way at this holiday concert.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 21</strong></p> <p><strong>“Hannukah Happenings” at Delray Marketplace</strong>, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; 6-8 p.m.; free admission.</p> <p>The whole family will enjoy dreidel games, Hanukkah songs and the Menorah lighting at this fun celebration.</p> <p><strong>December 23</strong></p> <p><strong>New Year Calendar Making</strong> <strong>at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens</strong>, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 10 a.m. free with museum admission</p> <p>Welcome in 2015 by designing a custom desktop calendar featuring the New Year zodiac sign, the sheep.<strong></strong></p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 11 Dec 2014 05:59:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsThe Cornell&#39;s latest exhibition gets the word out<p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/robertindiana-hoperedbluegreen122026__122026.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>When we think of text-driven visual art, if we think of it at all, we usually picture the spacious, spartan word paintings of Ed Rauscha, or perhaps the bold, single-word typographic pleas of Robert Indiana—like his endlessly reproduced “LOVE” and “HOPE.” Maybe the tech-savvy among us think of Jenny Holzer, the contemporary artist who fills scrolling LED panels with cryptic or provocative statements.</p> <p>These are perhaps the bluntest, most obvious examples of text art, but artists are incorporating words in their compositions in subtler and more surprising ways, largely divorced from their splashy, Pop Art forbears. <strong>Delray Center for the Arts</strong> is currently exhibiting 11 of these wordy artists in “Language Art,” another progressive and fascinating survey from curator Melanie Johanson.</p> <p><img alt="" height="531" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/reed-dixon.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibition, which takes over the bulk of the first and second floors of the museum, does have a couple of inevitable contributions from the aforementioned Indiana, but it’s the more obscure artists that steal the show in unexpected ways. The text in Reed Dixon’s “Postcard” series is mostly in service of its eponymous travel card; each postcard exudes bygone Florida kitsch, with palm trees, Mickey Mouse cheesecake models, Cuban planes and conquistadors selling a hilariously outdated idea of paradise. Meanwhile, vintage comic books, cult movies, advertising brands and slogans, and esoteric language share the alternately bright and foreboding canvases of Johnny Romeo, a superhero’s name if ever one existed. His collages come across as a paranoiac’s fever dream, where skulls, motorcycles and gun-toting babes appear alongside owls, partially scrubbed-out words and corporate symbols—a quest for identity in a world caught between mainstream and underground, highbrow and lowbrow.</p> <p>Taking a more minimalist and site-specific approach, Meryl Pataky’s “You” is a wall-mounted assemblage of seemingly messy, squiggly steel that only spells out the titular word in the shadow it casts below. Created from hand-cut paper and an X-ACTO knife, Annie Vought’s “I took the girl to walk in circles” is a delicate transcription from her personal trove of hand-written letters—a painstaking immortalization of the endangered and romantic art of letter-writing, with even its ink splotches retained in the final work.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/dinges2_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In the “best use of recycled materials” category is Michael Dinges’ “Dead Laptop” series—where decommissioned Macbooks become playgrounds for inspired engravings of fauna, Ouija boards, new age symbology, encyclopedic imagery and more, all of it working around the Apple logo in the center of each canvas. These pieces shake up Apple’s elegant uniformity, adding individuality to a sleekly antiseptic brand while inspirationally turning a functional object into a purely aesthetic one.</p> <p>But my favorite works in “Language Art” are those by Kathy Halper, who creates embroidered linens inspired by Facebook’s photos, its lexicon, and its atmosphere of spoiled narcissism. She started with actual quotes from her daughter’s Facebook wall, pearls of wisdom such as “It is wrong that im more embaressed about the karoke than the toplessness?” (sic) and “Note to self … there is such a thing as having too many birthday shots.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kh-notetoself_mai.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The images are the kind you’d expect to attend such statements—usually young women acting badly. In addition to serving as a withering critique of social media and its most asinine adherents, Halper’s work derives its melancholy-tinged humor from the incongruity of re-creating a permanent and time-consuming artwork from fleeting gasps of regrettable, likely-to-be-deleted hedonism. For many young people, this <em>is</em> their form of artistic expression. Yikes!</p> <p><em>“Language Arts” runs thrugh March 8 at the Cornell Museum at Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Admission is $5. Call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 10 Dec 2014 14:31:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachDay Three: $150 Gift Card to<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <div><em><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fnet_700x700_v4.jpg" width="490"></em> <p>Courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank">FragranceNet</a></p> <p>Value: $150</p> <p>From oatmeal cookie-scented candles to Christian Dior's signature J'adore, has all your scented needs. The best part? It's at discounted prices that hit up to 70 percent off retail prices. For the third day of our Holiday Giveaway, we've partnered with to give you a $150 gift card. (<strong>This item does not require pick up from our office.)</strong></p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About </strong><em> was created to provide the public with access to the largest inventory of genuine, brand name fragrances, skincare, candles, aromatherapy and more at the lowest possible prices. </em></p> </div>Stefanie CaintoWed, 10 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Oil Guide<p>These days I use more oil in my bathroom than I do in my kitchen. Oils are essential to your skin’s health because they keep your outer of skin cells together, making you look younger while protecting against future damage. They moisturize and nourish your hair and help prevent distress against heat styling. Oils can even help strengthen dry cracked nails and smooth out even the most chapped lips. From scalp to heels, the benefits are endless. Ready to cook up a more beautiful you?</p> <p><strong>Castor Oil:</strong></p> <p>Years ago castor oil was considered a miracle cure for just about anything. I remember my grandmother used to recommend it to treat sunburns and would even threaten the kids with a spoonful of it when didn’t eat our veggies. The wonders of castor oil aren’t just an old wives tale. Primarily made up of ricinoleic acid, a fatty compound that possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, castor oil can sooth skin and even help fight acne. Remember though: castor oil is not for cooking. It can wear away at the lining of your digestive tract.</p> <p><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_castor.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Try: SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil hair product line, <a href=";ciSelector=searchResults" target="_blank">Ulta</a>, $7.99-$12.99</p> <p><em>For Your Hair: Combat dandruff.</em></p> <p>The omega-9 fatty acids present in castor oil will help nourish dry scalps to prevent flaking. For persistent dandruff, the anti-fungal properties help fight the pathogens and micro-organisms that are leaving your scalp itchy and dehydrated. Before washing, apply castor oil to the infected areas. You’ll see results after a few washes.</p> <p><em>For Your Face: Cleanse your skin.</em></p> <p>Oil on your face? You must be thinking I’m crazy. The basic idea of the oil cleansing method is that oil absorbs oil. Many commercial face washes strip the skin of its natural necessary oils, which in fact causes your skin to produce more oil and breakouts. By gently cleaning your face with oil, you’ll wash away impurities while keeping your skin moisturized. Pour a quarter-sized amount of oil into your palms, rub them together and delicately massage the oil all over your face. The longer you work the oil into your skin, the better it breaks up the dirt and grime.</p> <p><strong>Coconut Oil:</strong></p> <p>If you haven’t already discovered the miracle of coconut oil, I can’t imagine what you’re waiting for. Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called caprylic triglyceride. This ingredient does everything from keeping your locks luscious to keeping your breath fresh, but beware coconut oil is comedogenic so it can clog pores and cause acne breakouts if it is directly applied to the face.</p> <p>Try: Whole Foods 365 Organic Expeller Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil, $10</p> <p><em>For your hair: Grow long luxurious tresses</em></p> <p>Coconut oil masks have saved the condition of my hair. More than a decade of flat ironing, blow-drying, highlighting and chemically treating my hair left it seemingly damaged beyond repair. The breakage on my hair was so bad, my ends would be noticeably uneven just a week after a trim. I started doing weekly coconut oil masks and my hair was forever changed. Fatty acids bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage. By penetrating the hair shaft, the coconut oil shields against environmental impurities and excess heat. Saturate your hair in the oil and wrap a warm towel around your head for twenty minutes. Make sure you wash out all the coconut oil to avoid buildup around your scalp.</p> <p><em>For your mouth: Oil pull for fresher breath and whiter teeth</em></p> <p>Swish coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes to strengthen your teeth and gums, whiten your smile, fix bad breath and maybe even cure a hangover. Start with a ball of solid coconut water and it will melt into a liquid. As it pulls in your saliva and toxins, it starts to get thicker and almost doubles in size.  After twenty minutes of swishing you can dispel the concoction and be left with a fresher healthier mouth. Make sure you spit out the oil into your trash can instead of your sink. The oil could build up in your drain and cause blockage.</p> <p><strong>Argan Oil:</strong></p> <p>Often referred to as “liquid gold,” argan oil is truly a whole body product. It’s loaded with vitamin E and essential fatty acids giving it unbelievable healing, repairing and conditioning properties for your hair, skin and body. But don’t get fooled by the influx of “argan oil” products currently on the market. Most are filled with silicone, artificial preservatives, dyes, perfumes and contain very little actual argan oil. Pure organic argan oil is a lightweight formula that easily penetrates without leaving any greasy residue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_argan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Try: Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, <a href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a>, $48</p> <p><em>For your hair: Mend dry brittle ends</em></p> <p>Use after blow-drying to hydrate and repair dry split ends. Rub a few drops between your palms and run your fingers through your hair to tame frizz and add shine. Like other dry oils just a few drops go a long way.</p> <p><em>For your nails: Keeps nails nourished between manicures</em></p> <p>Before polishing nails apply a few drops of argan oil to each nail. The moisturizing properties will soften cuticles, mend cracked nails and improve the condition of the skin surrounding your nail bed.</p> <p><strong>Maracuja Oil:</strong></p> <p>Extracted from passion fruit seed, this oil is ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin types. Unlike thicker oils, this one won’t clog your pores. Made up of 77 percent linoleic acid, the omega-6 essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and help the skin retain moisture. Applying linoleic acids to the skin regulates the skins oil production by balancing the sebum’s natural oleic acids that can contribute to acne.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_maracuja.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p>Try: Tarte Maracuja Oil, <a href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a>, $46</p> <p><em>For your face: Refresh a tired complexion</em></p> <p>Infused with vitamin C, this oil absorbs quickly to replenish tired, dull skin and create the appearance of a brightened complexion. It can stimulate the production of fibroblasts, the cells that produce collagen, keeping skin firm and diminishing noticeable fine lines. The gentle oil also helps even out skin tone and soothe irritation.</p> <p><strong>Olive Oil:</strong></p> <p>Even with more exotic oils flooding the market, olive oil remains one of my favorite staples. Olive oil is naturally loaded with antioxidants and moisturizing squalene to give your skin a silky radiant finish. It has regenerative power over skin tissue so regular usage ensures that your skin remains soft and smooth while keeping it firm and toned.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_olive.jpg" width="398"></p> <p>Try: <a href="" target="_blank">Olivella Mamma Cream</a>, EVOO Factory (1239 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale), $14.50</p> <p><em>For your face: Take off your makeup</em></p> <p>Dab some olive oil on a cotton ball and glide away even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. It’s naturally less abrasive than many other makeup removers making it perfect for the delicate area around the eye. As an added bonus, the olive oil acts as a conditioner to fortify your lashes and stimulate growth.</p> <p><em>For your skin: Say goodbye to stretch marks</em></p> <p>Olive oil not only speeds up cell turnover, but it also helps increase the elasticity of the skin. This not only helps in preventing stretch marks from coming back but also helps lighten the ones that are still present. Warm up oil in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds and give yourself a hot oil massage about three times a week.</p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 10 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 for a Reason<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>‘Tis the season for running and walking events. Here’s a great local race for a good cause: The River Run 5K Run for a Reason. Money raised will help support local child welfare organizations.</p> <p><strong>What you’ll need to know:</strong></p> <p>Date: Saturday, Dec. 13</p> <p>Where: Spanish River Church (<em>2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p>Time: 7:30 a.m.</p> <p>Distance: 3.1 miles</p> <p>Cost: Adults $25 and kids (17 and younger) $20. Race day registration is $30 for adults and kids.</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lisetteblog.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Teams of 20 or more get t-shirts. Teams of 10 or more get a discounted price of $20 per person entry fee.</p> <p>If you have little ones, there’s an 8:30 a.m. kids’ fun run, which is free. </p> <p>Race proceeds will go to 4Kids of South Florida and Place of Hope, Haven campus, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization providing family-style foster care and other important services to local children who have been abused, neglected and more. The nonprofit 4KIDS of South Florida partners with people, churches, corporations and government agencies to provide homes for children in crisis, according to race literature.</p> <p>To register, click <a href="">here</a> or call 561-994-5000 for more information. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Opens in Delray<p>One of the most stunning restaurant spots in South Florida, empty for the better part of a year, is now bustling again with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson at Waterway East</a> (<em>900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343</em>), an oasis of “urban comfort food.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hudson2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The 7,000 square foot restaurant features a giant deck on the Intracoastal, complete with dock, plus lots of indoor dining space with a modern-rustic look and hip, urban vibe. Design is by Pam Manhas of Manhas Design in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>Heading up the kitchen is former French Laundry and (David) Bouley chef George Cocilova, whose signature dishes include such temptations as lobster potato skins, a 12-ounce brisket-short rib burger, pan-seared scallops with sweet pea puree and carrot butter, and Alaskan halibut with applewood-smoked bacon and mustard spaetzle.</p> <p>Of course, there’s an extensive beverage program, from small-batch spirits to craft beers (many from local brewers) to a roster of boutique wines.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 09 Dec 2014 10:43:15 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsDay Two: Magenta Couture $250 Gift Card<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/magenta.jpg" width="490"></div> <div> <p>Courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank">Magenta Couture</a></p> <p>Value: $250</p> <p>The latest European fashion is just a drive away. Magenta Couture, which opened this year at Royal Palm Place, curates a selection of items from Stolkholm, Spain, France, London and Italy. No traveling and jet lag needed. For the second day of our Holiday Giveaway, we've partnered with the boutique to give away a $250 gift card.</p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the boutique: </strong><em>For European excellence, Magenta Couture is a provider of the newest and hottest fashions east of the Atlantic. Delivering a whole new closet of international expansion, everything from Magenta Couture serves to make more than a statement. For the contemporary young woman looking to break from the mainstream with a new aesthetic, Magenta Couture makes that difference. For every scene and season, the collections within our catalog offer a full-range of items and accessories created by internationally-acclaimed designers. Everything from Magenta Couture is hand-designed to inspire individuality with cross-cultural collaborations for those who believe fashion goes beyond head-to-toe. IG: @MagentaCouture. Twitter: @MagentaCouture. Facebook: Magenta.Couture</em></p> </div>Stefanie CaintoTue, 09 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000;s building regs, the endangered Democrat and more.<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/downtown-delray.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Delray’s new building rules</h3> <p>Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little told me Friday that he will be “happily surprised” if the city commission adopts new downtown building rules at tonight’s meeting. Little is right to be thinking that the final vote on what are formally called the Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District might not come until January.</p> <p>Little and his staff have changed the proposals to reflect suggestions and questions from commissioners and residents at the first hearing on Nov. 18. But the suggestions and questions aren’t over.</p> <p>In an email, Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said she wants to know “what portion of a civic open space can become ‘outdoor dining.’" She wants the answer to be “None,” because allowing any “defeats the purpose of a civic space.” Little noted that requiring more open space in downtown projects is a key goal of the proposals, which he has helped to craft first as a staff member for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council as it assisted the city and now as the key city department head.</p> <p>Petrolia also wants to require more so-called “workforce housing,’ so that more people who work in Delray Beach can afford to live in Delray Beach. She points out that at the first hearing three commissioners did not want the percentage of such housing tied to a project’s density. Under the proposal, she said, an increase from 30 units per acre to 50 units per acre would mean asking the developer for just four more units of workforce housing. Obviously, pushback comes from developers, who make more money selling higher-priced units.</p> <p>Though Little says one of the appeals for developers in amending the regulations is “clarity,” Petrolia says the proposals do not make clear which areas would be able to get density increases. She also has some “smaller issues.”</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein’s priority has been to encourage more development of office space. He believes, however, that the proposals focus too much on “Class A” space—the most expensive—and not enough on “creative, compatible office space.”</p> <p>But, referring to the staff, Petrolia says, “I generally like where they are.” Glickstein believes that approval will come tonight even though the regulations “need some work” before the meeting.</p> <p>Little says the most important demand from the public was that the regulations require “wider sidewalks. If there’s one thing that came through, it was that people are fed up with 5-foot sidewalks.” Another priority of residents was that open space requirement, to provide what Little calls the sort of “great public experiences” offered by strolling Palm Beach. Also, more regulations will come with graphics, not just words, to avoid unpleasant surprises or the chance that a developer could fudge things.</p> <p>At the Nov. 18 hearing, one resident drew lots of applause when she asked that the commission allow “no exceptions” to any regulation. That probably won’t happen. The controversial “conditional use” program, though, will be changed to a “bonus” program for additional height and density to become, as Little puts it, more of a “tool” for the city to reach goals, not just something that the commission gives out for no apparent public benefit in return.</p> <p>Delray last amended its downtown building regulations when the city was trying to attract residential development. That has happened. The goal now is to make the city more livable and sustainable for those and all residents of the city. It could happen tonight, but if it takes one more meeting, the delay probably will be worth it.</p> <h3>Imagining a new downtown                               </h3> <p>Boca Raton residents just got a mailer asking them to “imagine a new vision for Downtown Boca.”</p> <p>That “new vision” is <a href="" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>, the four-tower condo project proposed to replace Mizner on the Green, the rental complex on Mizner Boulevard. The mailer —from the Broward-based developer, Elad National Properties—touts many “community benefits.” Among them: a 2-acre public park, $5 million in property tax revenue to the city; increased downtown property values; and “extraordinary architecture.”000</p> <p>The towers, though, would be roughly 200 feet taller than rules for the site allow. As Mayor Susan Haynie told me recently, a council member would have to propose an amendment for the full council even to consider the project. No council member has proposed one.</p> <p>So the mailer—an idea crafted by Elad and the company’s public relations firm—seeks “supporters” who would be willing to write letters to council members or newspapers, call city leaders or otherwise help the project gain traction. The mailer is pretty and the wish to move things along—the project basically has been stalled since last summer—is understandable, but the tactic could backfire if council members consider the mailer a not-so-subtle form of outside pressure.</p> <h3>Same sex marriage on the way?                                 </h3> <p>Florida soon could become one of the 35 states where gay marriages can take place, but the legal challenges to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage wouldn’t necessarily end.</p> <p>Last August, a federal judge struck down the 2008 ban as unconstitutional. Judge Robert Hinkle issued a stay of his order until Jan. 5, so the state could appeal. Last week, the 11<sup>th</sup> U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to extend the stay. If the court rejects Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s appeal, same-sex couples can apply to county clerks for marriage licenses.</p> <p>Compliance, though, could depend on the individual clerk. Hinkle represents only the Northern District of Florida. Different lawyers could give different interpretations of the court’s decision. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear any of the federal cases, even though the recent round of challenges began after the court last year struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.</p> <p>For that and other reasons, the challenges in state court would continue whatever happens at the federal level. This year, state judges in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties also struck down the same-sex marriage ban. Similar challenges have led other state courts to strike down same-sex marriage bans without action by federal courts.</p> <p>The two South Florida cases have been combined and sent to the Florida Supreme Court. I communicated last week with a lawyer who represents some of those plaintiffs, and she said they intend to pursue their cases regardless of what happens with Hinkle’s ruling. Rejection by the Florida Supreme Court would be a more conclusive legal end to the ban, absent a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.</p> <h3>Endangered species                            </h3> <p>With Mary Landrieu losing her runoff election in Louisiana last weekend, the 11 states of the former Confederacy have just three Democrats in the U.S. Senate.</p> <p>Two of them—Tim Kaine and Mark Warner—represent Virginia. The other is Bill Nelson of Florida, who is up for reelection in 2018, when he will be 76. Nelson has been progressively luckier in his Republican opponents – from Bill McCollum to Katherine Harris to Connie Mack IV. With the GOP focused on avoiding self-destructive primaries, Nelson surely does not expect to get lucky again.</p> <h3>Florida wins the nasty crown</h3> <p>It may seem hard for Floridians to believe, but one study concludes that we didn’t have the nation’s most negative race for governor.</p> <p>The W<a href="" target="_blank">esleyan Media Project</a> <em>(see table 10)</em>, which tracked advertising and campaigns for 2014, believes that the Rick Scott-Charlie Crist mudfest was just the seventh-most negative, behind those in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona and Illinois.</p> <p>Researchers divided the ads into three categories: Positive, Negative and Contrast. In Florida, nearly 15 percent of the ads were positive, compared with barely more than 3 percent in New Hampshire and 5.3 percent in Connecticut. Still, the study also found that in the 10 “Least Positive” governor’s races, Florida had the second-highest percentage of negative ads – 79.2 percent. Floridians also saw more ads than voters in any other state – almost 22,000, or roughly one-third more than even Texans did.</p> <p>So, yes, if you feel from having witnessed it that Florida had the nastiest campaign for governor, go with your feeling. You’re right.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 09 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsThe Week Ahead: Dec. 9 to 15<p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/b-david-lr.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: David Benoit</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$95</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Jazz pianist and composer David Benoit has an enviable resume, having performed for three U.S. presidents (Reagan, Clinton and Bush Sr.) and numerous other world dignitaries; charted more than 25 albums since 1980; and received three Grammy nominations. The eclectic smooth jazz pioneer, who has enjoyed collaborations with symphonies and pop artists ranging from Patti Austin to Kenny Loggins, will be releasing a new album in 2015, but tonight’s special performances at Jazziz honor an American cultural institution that has found its way into Benoit’s music since at least 1985: Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts.” For decades, he has carried the torch of original “Peanuts” composer Vince Guaraldi across albums such as “Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years” and “Jazz for Peanuts.” At these intimate Jazziz engagements, he’ll focus on selections from the enduring musical special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” including “Linus and Lucy” and “Christmas is Coming.”</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/takacs_quartet(ellen_appel).jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Takacs Quartet</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In terms of its cachet if not its music, Budapest’s Takacs Quartet comprises some of the biggest rock stars in the string-quartet world. They have toured with Hungarian folk groups and drama companies, played 14 dates with prized poet laureate Robert Pinksy, and scored a live reading of Philip Roth’s “Everyman” with Philip Seymour Hoffman. This past September, Meryl Streep joined them onstage for another live reading of “Everyman,” and in 2012, Gramophone announced that Takacs would be the only string quartet inducted into its first-ever Hall of Fame ceremony, alongside Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The group will bring its humor, warmth and peerless skill to compositions by Haydn, Debussy and Beethoven at this one-night-only appearance at Kravis.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/mayer-famiiae.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Michael Burges and Kathrina Mayer’s Lausberg Contemporary exhibition</strong></p> <p>Where: Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1776, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>German artists continue to share the walls and the thematic spotlight of Armory Art Center, in the second installment of its series on artists represented by Dusseldorf’s Lausberg Contemporary gallery. The artists are markedly different in style and form, reflecting the diversity of their gallery of origin: Abstract artist Michael Burges will feature work from his “Gold” series, employing a specialized technique of reverse glass painting on 75-carat gold leaf canvases. Kathrina Mayer is a photographer who will showcase works from her “Theatrum Familiae” series (pictured) of eccentrically propped and arranged family portraits—which, while staged, aim to capture her subjects’ essences in their most natural habitat. The exhibition runs through Jan. 10.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/k1600_tso-2012-press-photo-07-jason-mceachern-2012_26-620x360.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Trans-Siberian Orchestra</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 4 and 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $47.50-$88.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rock music—the epic, thunderous, grandiose rock music that only makes sense in flamboyant arena settings full of long-haired middle-aged men with their fists in the air—will never be dead so long as Trans-Siberian Orchestra are keeping the tradition alive. Arguably the most prolific and profitable progressive rock act of the past two decades, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has sold more than 8 million albums and even more concert tickets; indeed, TSO has staked its reputation on its spectacle-driven live shows, which integrate symphonies, lasers, pyrotechnics, video projection and other special effects. The orchestra has also become synonymous for its holiday concept albums, playing different Christmas releases, in their entirety, on each of their winter tours. For this tour, the orchestra will be performing its 1998 release “The Christmas Attic” for the first time live, featuring such epics as “Boughs of Holly,” “Appalachian Snowfall” and “Dream Child (A Christmas Dream).”</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/dsc_9468.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Peter London Global Dance Company</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Dance programs from touring companies are rare enough in South Florida, but showcases of local dance choreography and performance are even more endangered. That’s why institutions like the Peter London Global Dance Company should be cherished. It’s a company that thinks globally and acts locally, with all of the dancers and choreographers comprising this weekend’s “Jazz Love Night” performances hailing from South Florida. London, an honors graduate from Juilliard and a professor of dance at Miami-Dade College, will debut a jazz improvisation piece inspired by calypso music from his native Trinidad and Tobago, and local choreographers Luis Cuevas, Justin Rapaport, Lloyd Knight, Gentry George and Armando Gonzalez will premiere their new pieces as well, at a bargain admission price.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/waterfront-opera.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opera @ the Waterfront</strong></p> <p>Where: Meyer Amphitheatre, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-7888, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For years, management at Palm Beach Opera had discussed the possibility of staging a free outdoor concert during season. Last December, those discussions became a reality with the inaugural Opera @ the Waterfront, which drew 2,500 attendees—numbers fit for a pop-music star—to the Meyer Amphitheatre for a free selection of arias and ensembles featuring internationally known vocalists and the company’s orchestra and chorus. The event exceeded expectations and attracted new audiences to the opera; according to marketing director Ceci Dadisman, more than 60 percent of the audience had never attended either a Palm Beach Opera production or a live opera. This year, for the second annual event, Palm Beach Opera’s efforts have been supported by a Knight Foundation arts grant, and the company expects a crowd of 3,000. Attendees will hear a variety of classics from the opera repertory as well as a smattering of musical-theater numbers.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/christina-perri-thumb.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: No Snow Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37.50-$100</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it’s December in Florida, the weather outside is rarely frightful—and that’s enough reason to celebrate with a local music festival, aptly titled the No Snow Ball. The annual holiday tradition enters its eighth year with a lineup of pop superstars heard regularly on the festival’s sponsor, the modern pop station WRMF-97.9. Piano-pop sensation Christina Perri (pictured) will headline the festival on the strength of her second album, the Billboard Top 5-charting “Head or Heart.” The impressive bill also includes Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gaven DeGraw, of “Not Over You” fame; Norwegian duo Nico &amp; Vinz, the infectious fusers of reggae, soul, hip-hop and pop; American Authors, the New York-based rock quartet responsible for the infectious earworm “Best Day of My Life;” and folk-rocking guitarist Matt Nathanson, whose hit “Come On Get Higher” went platinum.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lewis-black.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Lewis Black</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Comedian Lewis Black’s website is something to behold. In one image on his homepage, he’s positioned himself as King Kong, scowling behind a vintage skyscraper while clutching a damsel, as antique warplanes buzz around him. Another image advertises his membership club, the Frustrated Union of Cynical Kindreds Universal; it’s an acronym spelling out a result we probably can’t print. And in still another image, advertising his “Black Chanukah Sale,” he’s a regular Bad Santa, clad in holiday raiment and flipping off the camera. Some might say the holiday season, with its intended good cheer, isn’t the time for a standup set by one of comedy’s most irascible, volatile, splitting-vein-in-the-forehead agitators. But I say there’s no better time for Black’s acerbic commentary, complete with riffs about the alleged “war on Christmas” and big lumps of comic coal for the stockings of our politicians.</p>John ThomasonMon, 08 Dec 2014 13:10:16 +0000 & EventsMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsDay One: Kalla Gloria &amp; Dolores Bouquet<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kalla.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank">Kalla</a></p> <p>Retail Value: $160</p> <p>Imagine a beautiful bouquet in an equally beautiful vase, hand-delivered to your door. It's a gift no one can forget. From white cymbidium orchids to wanted hearts garden roses, every arrangement is sure to wow. For the first day of our Holiday Giveaway, we've partnered with Kalla to give a <a href="" target="_blank">Gloria &amp; Dolores Bouquet</a>. Keep it for yourself or deliver it to a special someone. <strong>(This item does not require pick up from our office).</strong></p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>Item description:</strong> <em>This mother daughter duo reigned over the jet set in the 1960's. Much like these fashion icons, this structural arrangement is stunning in its simplicity yet commands your attention. Pure white phalaenopsis orchids gently lay on a bed of textural green ball dianthus, caged by flexi grass strung with bright green hypericum berries. The geometric vase completes the mod look.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 08 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Forward: a grand opening, special show + makeup event<p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/shi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Let’s celebrate:</strong> SHI Cashmere is celebrating its grand opening on Monday, Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m. RSVP by emailing <a href=""></a> by Dec. 6. <em>(150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach // 561/284-6775)</em></p> <p><strong>Special show:</strong> Angela Tassoni is showcasing her newest designs during a special trunk show at The Silver Fund on Dec. 9-11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tassoni’s jewelry is a mix of precious and semi-precious stones, heirloom pieces and custom-made clasps. <em>(330 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Totes for Turtles:</strong> Join Saks Fifth Avenue as it kicks off its eighth annual Lights Out Gala during a Mega Beauty Event Meet on Dec. 6. Guests will enjoy demonstrations from nationally renowned markup artists, mimosas and breakfast bites. Tickets are $35 and includes a $25 gift card. RSVP by calling 561/627-8280 x 103 or emailing <a href=""></a>. Purchases made at the event benefits the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. <em>(3109 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em></p> <p> </p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 05 Dec 2014 15:50:29 +0000 NewsMagenta: Boca’s Newest Upscale Boutique<p>European style is now of easy access to Boca Raton, thanks to <strong>Magenta</strong>, a new luxury boutique.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/magenta.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, this is the perfect store for you. Magenta carries exclusive Swedish and Italian brands that can’t be found at any other store in the area. </p> <p>“You can find one or two items on Amazon or Ebay, but no one carries the whole line like we do,” co-owner Sarunas Rackauskas says.</p> <p>Hunkydory, Mimi Plange, Patrizia Pepe and Genny are just a few of the brands the store carries. When the spring collection launches in February, even more designers will be added to the mix. These new designs will be high-quality items from the most exclusive brands from across the Atlantic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/magentacouture.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Some of the styles the store already carries have been seen on celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Katie Holmes. First Lady Michelle Obama is a huge fan of Mimi Plange, one of the store’s most popular brands.</p> <p>Everything is handpicked right off the runways and inspected for quality.</p> <p>Although the store carries an array of styles, they only stock one or two quantities of each item. You won’t have to worry about showing up to an event wearing the same dress as someone else when you shop here. The upscale store even offers personal styling and makeup application services for those special occasions.</p> <p>Magenta is located at 100 Plaza Real South, Suite A in Boca Raton. Merchandise can also be purchased online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 05 Dec 2014 13:41:03 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: Two Shows and Mini Heaven<p><strong>Gingerbread Holiday Concert</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lynn.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“The 12th renewal of this musical spectacular, presented by the Friends of the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, may have a new venue (the Wold Performing Arts Center instead of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club), but expect the same type of inspired performances that made this event a holiday classic in Boca. Among the performers this Sunday (Dec. 7) at 3 p.m.: Seanna Pereira, a 9-year-old certain to wow the capacity crowd with her talent.”</p> <p>(3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>My Old Lady at Palm Beach Dramaworks</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"If you missed the too-brief run of the movie ‘My Old Lady’ this past fall—or even if you saw it—you'll want to experience this funny, dark and touching story in its original theatrical form at Palm Beach Dramaworks. Written by Israel Horovitz, the play follows a divorced man battling personal demons whose last vestige of hope—an inherited apartment in France—arrives with the unwanted baggage of an elderly lady with claims on the residence. Dramaworks' production stars a major actress of stage and screen: Estelle Parsons, best known for her movie roles in "Dick Tracy" and "Bonnie and Clyde" and a recurring part on "Rosanne." It runs Dec. 5 to Jan. 4.”</p> <p>(201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>VISTA MINI of Coconut Creek</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</em><em></em></p> <p>“I had such a good experience searching for a new car at VISTA MINI. My sales rep, Amanda, helped me find exactly what I was looking for and then some. Excellent customer service, no pressure and friendly staff. I love my new MINI!”</p> <p>(4401 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 05 Dec 2014 09:42:26 +0000 Review: &quot;The Homesman&quot;<p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/homesman.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Tragedy and absurdity live perilously together in Tommy Lee Jones’ magnificent <em>The Homesman</em>, a more mainstream, if fitting, follow-up to his offbeat directorial debut, <em>The Three Burials of Melquiadas Estrada</em>. Take, for instance, the scene in which his character, George Briggs, and Hilary Swank’s Mary Bee Cuddy must force three women with severe mental illnesses to pee before their stagecoach sets off for another day of rugged, ragged Midwestern travel circa 1850.</p> <p>Each of them grabs a damaged woman like a rag doll, propping them up in positions conducive to urination. Meanwhile, the third, and possibly most abused, woman of them all lies in front of a wagon wheel, her hands roped together for her own safety, and bangs her head against it rhythmically. The scene would be a farce if it weren’t so painfully sad—though sometimes, perhaps, life is both of those things.</p> <p>Like <em>The Three Burials, The Homesman</em> is a road movie with a cause. Mary Bee, a hard-bitten spinster who runs a Nebraska homestead, agrees to a job the cowardly men in her community won’t accept: to travel to Iowa, five or six weeks by wagon, to deliver their mentally unstable wives to a treatment center. Between the bloodthirsty Native Americans and the harsh winter, it’ll be a dangerous journey, she’s told.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/thehomesman2-500x333.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>As fate has it, Mary soon finds a riding companion who has been left for dead: Jones’ George Briggs, a claim-jumping rapscallion we first encounter soot-faced and scratching his ass, as he’s flare-bombed out of the home he’s squatted in. Mary Bee takes him in, taking advantage of his labor and domesticating him over the lengthy trip, whose surprises I won’t spoil.</p> <p>In addition to directing and starring, the indefatigable Jones also co-wrote the screenplay from a largely forgotten book by Glendon Swarthout, a perceptive novelist better known for <em>Where the Boys Are</em> and <em>The Shootist</em>. The novel may not be a brilliant gem—I haven’t read it—but it has certainly inspired greatness in its translator. The movie is elegiac in the way so many great Westerns are, a paean to frontier life that opens with mournful violin music coloring an endless desert expanse—the majesty of the western sprawl. But the movie’s stance on life isn’t one of hollow romance for the untamed country: Its emotional canvas is unsentimental and free of manipulation, its violence swift and matter-of-fact, its plot twists both devastating and predestined.</p> <p>While Jones is customarily brilliant in front of the camera—even if his weathered-rebel persona is a familiar one—his skill and sensitivity as a director are the real breakthrough here. The brief scenes, sometimes in flashback, of the painful ordeals that led to the three women’s insanity are filmed like unsettling fever dreams—horror-film scares bursting at the movie’s western seams. Jones never loses sight of the fact that these women could have been any of us back then, before modern medicine and PTSD diagnoses, where the only way to deal with rapes and dead babies is to shut oneself off from a world unspeakable enough to deliver them.</p> <p><img alt="" height="247" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/311158_311158_hom_article_story_large.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But Mary Bee is just as at risk for becoming these women. She yearns for the comfort and love of a man, spending her leisure time pantomiming music on a cloth likeness of a keyboard. No less than two men in the film call her bossy, plain and unweddable. As for George, there’s a reason he, too, has resorted to taking another man’s land and nearly accepting death because of it. He doesn’t have much to live for, either.</p> <p>You soon recognize that everybody in this film is fundamentally alone, even when they’re together. And it’s this observation in <em>The Homesman</em>—beyond the laughs, the poignancy and the jolts—that sticks with you the most, washing its beautiful landscapes in a kind of existential malaise that seems to be saying this: Most people in this tumultuous period of history weren’t John Wayne or Barbara Stanwyck or Clint Eastwood. They were isolated souls drifting through life, each day as uncertain as the next.</p> <p><em>“The Homesman” opens today at Cinemark Palace 20 and Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, Carmike Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach, the Classic Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, AMC Aventura, Regal South Beach and Paragon Grove in Coconut Grove.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 05 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesPosh Japanese Eatery Coming to Seminole Hard Rock<p><img alt="" height="174" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/seminole.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>What will $12 million and chefs from the esteemed restaurant empires of Matsuhisa Nobu and Masahara Morimoto get you?</p> <p>In a word, <strong>Kuro</strong>, a posh, sophisticated and (quite probably) pricy Japanese restaurant set to open in January in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &amp; Casino in Hollywood.</p> <p>Top toque of the endeavor is Alex Becker, who doubles as the resort’s culinary director and has worked at such high-profile and highly respected Japanese eateries as Nobu and Katsuya. In charge of the raw fish is exec sushi chef Shuji Hiyakawa, who comes to Kuro from the restaurants of “Iron Chef” Morimoto. Spending some of those 12 million bucks is the David Mexico Design Group, whose credits include Nobu restaurants and Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain and Mesa Grill.</p> <p>Details on the cuisine are sketchy at present, but Becker’s skill set promises “new-style Japanese dining” that will “elevate Kuro to the next level.” Also expect extensive wine and sake lists, an artisan cocktails program and an array of Japanese whiskeys. More details as they become available. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 05 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & Reviews10 Tips for Stress-free Holiday Shopping<p>Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be the most stressful part of the holidays.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/gifts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Crazy crowds, dueling sales and a lack of time management can quickly turn gift-giving from a fun and enjoyable task into one you dread. Tweaking your holiday shopping battle plan can keep your holiday shopping stress-free and easy. Check out ten tips for keeping your holiday shopping stress-free:</p> <p><strong>1. Start early.</strong></p> <p>Don’t procrastinate! Make sure that you start planning and shopping early. Waiting until the last minute will only result in overspending and stress.</p> <p><strong>2. Seek inspiration.</strong></p> <p>Check out your favorite blogs for holiday gift ideas and suggestions. Visit your favorite retailer’s websites and peek at their holiday gift guide sections. Follow your favorite industry professionals on Pinterest and Instagram to get some ideas before you sit down to make a plan of what you’re buying. </p> <p><strong>3. Set a budget.</strong></p> <p>Before you start shopping, take a realistic look at your finances and figure out exactly how much you can allot to gift buying. If you’re not worrying about your spending while you are out shopping, you can make clear and swift decisions on purchases.</p> <p><strong>4. Make a list.</strong></p> <p>Make a spreadsheet of everyone you need to buy gifts for, where you’re planning on buying from and your budget. That way, you can easily keep track of what you’ve gotten, how much you’ve spent and keep yourself as organized as possible. (Plus, with a spreadsheet, you can plug in quick and easy formulas to automatically play with the amounts you’re allocating to each family member!)</p> <p><strong>5. Do your research.</strong></p> <p>Once you have an idea of what you’re buying, it’s important to know how much it’s going for, where it’s on sale and when the best time to buy is. Sign up to receive email alerts from your favorite retailers and check out coupon code sites like <a href="" target="_blank">Retailmenot</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Coupon Sherpa</a>.</p> <p><strong>6. Know holiday price match policies.</strong></p> <p>Keep in mind retailers’ holiday price match and return policies and make sure you get the necessary adjustments. Best Buy matches all local retail competitors (including their online prices) and price matches online e-tailers NewEgg, Amazon, Target, B&amp;H Photo and Video, Crutchfield, Dell, HP and Tigerdirect within their return and exchange period. (15 days.) Target is my personal favorite for holiday shopping, because they have the best holiday price match policy. Over the holidays, Target will price match any purchase made between November 1st-December 24<sup>th</sup> if you find a lower price at any point in the season. (Typically, their price match policy is two weeks!) Make sure to keep an eye on competitors for a lower price. Buy from wherever you can find the most competitive price match policy! It’ll save you money, which will keep your stress level down.</p> <p><strong>7. Buy Online</strong></p> <p>To keep your stress level <em>really</em> low during the holidays, skip the mall altogether and get all of your shopping done online. It’s easier than ever before to track down everything you’re looking for at a great price online.</p> <p><strong>8. Wrap as you go.</strong></p> <p>Don’t leave all of your wrapping for Christmas Eve! Get it done little by little so that you don’t feel overwhelmed the night before Christmas. Plus, if you’re shopping and keeping the unwrapped gifts hidden away in a closet, you often forget what you already purchased and end up buying way more!  </p> <p><strong>9. Stay organized.</strong></p> <p>Staying super organized is the easiest way to keep your cool during the holidays. Start a file containing all of your lists, receipts, order confirmations and paperwork together to minimize clutter. Plus, if you need to do a price match or return, you can easily access all the relevant records.</p> <p><strong>10. Be flexible.</strong></p> <p>Don’t stress if you can’t find a certain gift you’ve been hunting down. Keep an open mind when you’re shopping, you may find something even better than you had originally planned! </p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><strong>About Stephanie:</strong></p> <p><em>Stephanie Pernas is a personal stylist, fashion writer and style expert. She is the owner of <a href="" target="_blank">A Sparkle Factor LLC</a>, a personal styling and lifestyle consulting business. She also writes and edits A Sparkle Factor, a go-to destination on the web featuring the latest trends, style tips, and fashion news focused on highlighting attainable style for the every-girl. She has almost 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, having worked in the fashion departments of magazines like Glamour, Women’s Health and Teen Vogue. After spending five years in New York, she is currently bringing a little bit of sparkle to the South Florida area where she resides with her family. </em></p>Stephanie PernasThu, 04 Dec 2014 10:17:35 +0000 NewsFirst Swank Table Dinner of the Season<p>Consider this the last call for those of you with eggs-cellent taste and a passion for the farm-to-table experience. Jodi Swank of Swank Farms tells us there are only a very few seats left for the first <strong>Swank Table Sunday dinner</strong> of the season—this Sunday, Dec. 7.</p> <p><img alt="" height="602" src="/site_media/uploads/swank-farm-table-setting.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>We are not missing this one; Christmas shopping can wait. This special dinner held under the Loxahatchee farm’s new pole barn smack dab in the fields is themed “50 eggs down on the farm” and will feature Clayton Miller, culinary director, Khong River House, Swine Southern Table &amp; Bar, Yardbird Southern Table &amp; Bar (some of the hottest restaurants in Miami) as well as Philip McDaniel &amp; Mike Diaz from the St. Augustine Brewery and sommelier Richard Paladino. Wine guy and author (<em>Moonshine Nation</em>) Mark Spivak will also be there and entertainment will be provided by the Killbillies.</p> <p>This farm dinner will benefit Adopt-a-Family and runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $155, and you can snag the last ones (if you hurry!) by going to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedThu, 04 Dec 2014 08:16:47 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsTaking a gamble on FAU<h3><span>The line on FAU sports</span></h3> <p>John Kelly has bet Florida Atlantic University’s future on sports.</p> <p><img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/faurendering.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>FAU’s president will bet with money from the Schmidt Family Foundation and from what he hopes will be many other major donors. The announcement Tuesday of a $16 million lead gift toward the <a href="" target="_blank">Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence</a> <em>(rendering above)</em> is the start of Kelly’s push to make FAU, in Kelly’s words, a “national university” with “unbridled ambition.”</p> <p>Consider that 30 years ago FAU remained the two-year, upper-division college it had been when starting out in 1964. Consider that when Anthony Catanese became president in 1990 his first job was to persuade powerful Broward County legislators not to emasculate FAU by creating a new university in Broward.</p> <p>No one, though, will accuse Kelly of having bridled ambition. He met with the Schmidt Foundation not long after starting work in March. No surprise there. The name of a Schmidt family member already is on the medical school and the colleges of arts and letters and science. The $16 million gift tops by $1 million the previous biggest gift to FAU—by the Schmidts.</p> <p>Yet FAU is presenting this gift as transformational. For that prediction to come true, FAU will have to reach far beyond the very generous Schmidt family. The new, 185,000-square-foot complex will cost what Kelly estimates to be between $45 million and $50 million, and Kelly told me that he will be “very disappointed” if the entire project is not complete in two years.</p> <p>Athletic Director Pat Chun said FAU is “having a dialogue with several families” who are potential donors. Using the Schmidt Foundation gift, construction will start soon on the academic center portion of the complex, which will replace the first floor of a parking garage west of the football stadium. Clearly, Kelly hopes that a work in progress will motivate more donors than a rendering. The complex also is to include facilities for sports medicine, strength and conditioning and health and wellness, plus an indoor training facility.</p> <p>Though Chun, Football Coach Charlie Partridge and Women’s Basketball Coach Kellie Lewis-Jay were at Tuesday’s announcement, this is not a sports story—it’s an FAU story. Kelly, who worked at Clemson and Ohio State, believes that a bigger commitment to sports will enable a bigger commitment to academics and speed what Kelly wants to be FAU’s shift to more of a four-year, on-campus university. The goal is for the new complex to be “holistic,” involving not just athletes but students from many programs, such as health and sports management.</p> <p>Basically, Kelly wants to market FAU through sports. He cited the spike in applicants to Boise State University in Idaho after the football team began winning big and appearing in bowl games. Kelly told me Tuesday that FAU soon will hire a consultant to “recruit students internationally” and to “redefine the university” away from its role as a regional player in the State University System. In the spring, Kelly said, FAU will hire a consultant to “assess conditions” for a major capital campaign on top of the push for the academic-athletic complex.</p> <p>FAU can find examples to support the benefits of sports-driven marketing. In 2012-13, Texas A&amp;M University’s fundraising campaign brought in $740 million—$300 million more than any previous campaign. At the time, flamboyant quarterback Johnny Manziel was winning the Heisman Trophy for A&amp;M. Though roughly 35 percent of donations went to the athletic department, academics also did very well.</p> <p>Texas A&amp;M, though, is an established traditional university, with legions of devoted alumni who have made money in the state. The athletic department’s budget is nearly four times higher than FAU’s, which for this year is $27.4 million. Texas A&amp;M’s Kyle Field seats 106,000 and usually is full. FAU has struggled to get crowds of 10,000 into its 30,000-seat stadium, which opened in 2011 and for which naming rights remain unsold.</p> <p>If FAU students aren’t going in large numbers to the games, however, they are paying for the athletic department and the school’s 19 competitive teams. Using figures on FAU’s website, I calculated that the typical—27 credit hours—in-state, undergraduate student pays $466.29 per year in fees to subsidize the athletic department. Their counterparts at Florida State pay less than half that amount.</p> <p>In 2012, USA Today calculated how much each major-college athletic department receives in subsidies as part of its budget. For FAU, the percentage was almost 68 percent. It was even higher—78 percent—at Florida International University in Miami-Dade County, another ex-commuter school seeking to rebrand itself.</p> <p>Further, an NCAA study covering the years from 2004 through 2013 found that at most universities athletic revenues were not keeping up with expenses. The athletic department at Auburn, which last year played for the national championship in football, lost money. Bowl games have become loss leaders for many teams. They don’t make money; the goal is to raise the profile.</p> <p>As Kelly was announcing the $16 million gift, the University of Alabama-Birmingham—which plays in Conference USA with FAU—was announcing that the school will drop football, due to “fiscal reality.” UAB has roughly the same athletic budget as FAU, and isn’t in much worse shape than similar schools in the five lower-tier conferences trying to keep up with those in the five major conferences that dominate TV schedules and stand to benefit most in the new college sports landscape.</p> <p>So after John Kelly, the person most responsible for FAU’s future is Charley Partridge. As Kelly acknowledged, for his vision to materialize, “You need a winning team.” FAU went 3-9 in his first season, but Partridge recruited this area for other schools and Kelly praises him. Partridge said an indoor facility would keep the team from having to practice in the morning, to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. FAU may envision the new complex as “holistic,” but the goal is to help Partridge recruit better players.</p> <p>Is Kelly nuts to bet so much on the idea that success at sports can raise what Chun calls “the self-esteem” of a university? You’ve just read a lot of reasons for why he is. Here is the case for why he isn’t.</p> <p>Change is sweeping through higher education, as it is health care. Some hospitals won’t survive. Neither will some universities. Florida, like many states, is cutting the public share of money to universities. FAU could continue to recruit on-campus students regionally, but this year the number of dorm students dropped. “Students from within 40 or 50 miles,” Kelly said, “tend to live at home.”</p> <p>Out-of-state and international students live on or near campus. They pay nearly four times what in-staters pay. Kelly remains committed to creating a “university village” east of the campus in Boca Raton’s 20<sup>th</sup> Street area as part of his plan to sell FAU. He wants more prospective students to hear of FAU through sports, and then be sold on the place when they inquire. He is meeting with all the academic departments, to sell skeptical professors on his approach. Kelly has three degrees in horticulture, but in all ways at FAU he’s majoring in marketing.</p> <h3>Savarick on her way out</h3> <p>A very credible source tells me that a Boca Raton icon is preparing to depart.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation</a> President Jan Savarick told the foundation board at its recent meeting that she intends to retire. Nothing will happen soon, I was told, but the board soon will discuss a search for Savarick’s replacement. She will stay as long as needed.</p> <p>Talk about a tough act to follow. Savarick has been president of the foundation since 2009, and she has worked there for nearly 15 years. Savarick took over at the bottom of the recession. Three years later, the foundation was announcing the gift from Home Depot founder Bernard Marcus that created the neuroscience institute at the hospital in Marcus’ name. I can’t think of a classier, more successful fundraiser in this area.</p> <h3>Meet Mr. Cooper</h3> <p>Delray Beach officially has a new permanent city manager. The commission approved the contract with Don Cooper, the former manager of Port St. Lucie, at its meeting Tuesday night.</p> <p>Also at that meeting, the commission made some good changes to the agreement approving the Delray Preserve apartment complex on North Federal Highway. The buildings must be arranged to make the project more compatible with the Kokomo Key neighborhood to the south. Also, the city will be more protected from any problems related to trucks passing through to work on the project or to remove dredged material from the property to the east, which the Florida Inland Navigation District owns. FIND uses the land to deposit material from dredging on the Intracoastal Waterway.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</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, 04 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsQ&amp;A: Leslie Uggams<p>Leslie Uggams is most known for her Emmy-winning portrayal of a slave’s daughter in the enormously popular TV miniseries “Roots.” But she continues to make her living largely as a stage actress.</p> <p>The statuesque performer won a Tony Award for her star-making turn in the 1967 musical “Hallelujah, Baby!”—a role that was declined by Lena Horne. Ironically, 42 years later, after five music albums and countless stage credits, Uggams would play Horne in a California production of the musical “Stormy Weather.”</p> <p>Indeed, though her Broadway resume is formidable, Uggams has embraced the opportunities offered by some of the nation’s best regional theaters. The Wick is the latest recipient of her talent, luring her to Boca Raton to portray a character she’s always wanted to embody: Mame, the title role in the beloved Jerry Herman musical, a bohemian whose comedic antics brush against the reality of Depression-era America.</p> <p>I caught up with Uggams during one of the final rehearsal days for “Mame,” which is currently in previews and will enjoy its gala opening night on Saturday. I interrupted her lunch break—a salad from Panera—but she was kind enough to elaborate on her status as the first African-American Mame, the show’s longstanding appeal, working with South Florida actors, and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="485" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/leslie_uggams5x750.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>We know the Wick Theatre is a local gem, but given your credits on Broadway, what was the deciding factor for you to do regional theater down here?</strong> </p> <p>I’ve never done this role before. And some years ago, Jerry [Herman] had said he had wanted me to do the role, but at that time his estate didn’t think an African-American could play Mame, because of the whole scene in the South. So when I heard that they wanted me to do, I thought, OK, I guess they are ready now to realize that it doesn’t matter—that it’s even funnier when she goes to the South, because not only is she a Yankee, but she’s a chocolate drop as well!</p> <p><strong>What do you think caused them to change their minds—is this just a more progressive time?</strong></p> <p>I think so. We’ve come a long way from that time where people go, <em>gasp!,</em> that kind of thing.</p> <p><strong>Why do you think this musical has such a long shelf life and keeps being revived?</strong></p> <p>It’s a fabulous show. It’s funny, there’s great dancing, the songs are great, there’s great costumes. What’s not to like? It’s a family show. There’s even a Christmas song in the show. It’s just full of energy.</p> <p><strong>And also, we’re getting out of our own recession, and dealing with our issues of income inequality that must resonate with this show.</strong></p> <p>Yes, equality, the whole thing about how to survive in a depression. People have had to make sacrifices in their lives and be inventive with what they can do, with either being out of work or making less. It’s very relevant. Lately, life seems like what happened in the ‘20s and ‘30s. </p> <p><strong>You’re following in footsteps of previous Mames like Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Angela Lansbury, Celeste Holm, and Christine Ebersole. Is it possible to block these performances out of your head, or is that even an important element in making the role your own?</strong></p> <p>Everybody who’s done the role has made it their own. You can’t try to follow somebody else. You do the words and the lyrics and everything that’s on the page, but everybody brings their own different thing. I saw Angela do it, and I loved seeing her. And I saw Ann Miller doing it, and she brought what Ann Miller is known for. Naturally, I’m going to be bringing what I am to the role. And it’s so well-written that it’s not like, ‘hmm, how can I do this?’ It’s there. It’s on the page, and it allows you to have fun.</p> <p><strong>Your director, Norm Joerder, directed a “42<sup>nd</sup> Street” down here that exceeded everybody’s expectations, and really reimagined a show that a lot of us have seen a hundred times. What is he bringing to “Mame” that will really make it stand out?</strong></p> <p>The dancing. These kids are absolutely brilliant, in the short period of time they’ve had. It’s a lot of dancing that these kids do, and it’s just wonderful. I’ve watched them like I’m an audience member, and it’s great.</p> <p><strong>Have you become close with any of your South Florida cast mates?</strong></p> <p>When you say ‘close,’ we’ve been working hard together … but it’s a great cast, and we all love each other, which is very important, because there’s no ‘I’ in team. </p> <p><strong>What do you get out of acting that you don’t get out of recording and performing songs?</strong></p> <p>It’s live. We have an audience. There’s nothing better than having an audience and hearing their reaction. It energizes you.</p> <p><strong>You look so great for 71 … I wonder if it’s this business has something to do with it, in terms of keeping you active and fit.</strong></p> <p>As long as you’re working all the time. I’ve been very blessed. I’ve been doing this a long time, and I keep working, and keeping planning new challenges and things like that. And I eat correctly. And my mother was like Auntie Mame herself, so I have somebody to aspire to.</p> <p><strong>I have to ask about Bill Cosby, since you worked on one of his shows. Any thoughts on the allegations?</strong></p> <p>I worked with Cosby about seven times doing nightclub appearances. He was always wonderful to me and to my husband, and I never had any of those situations that these ladies have come out and said. I don’t know about that part of his life, but as far as he and I, he went out of his way to be nice to me. He would give me his dressing room, and he’d take mine. I’ve always loved and adored him. It’s kind of bizarre for me to hear all this, because it’s not the Cosby I know. </p> <p><strong>I guess people could be these two things at once—he could be a wonderful, sweet guy and also have this other side. It’s so sad, though.</strong></p> <p>It is, because he’s such an icon. He changed history with the Cosby Show, because it was the first time you got to see people who were educated, and how they were bringing up their children, and he changed television in such a wonderful way.</p> <p><strong>Well, I hope you enjoy your experience here enough to come back for another production.</strong></p> <p>Marilynn is amazing. People should realize what she’s doing here for this community. I hope they really support her. It gives a lot of work to people who normally wouldn’t have this experience, and she’s doing musicals, and she’s doing them Broadway style. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that people will come and help her keep this theater open.</p> <p><em>"Mame" runs Saturday through Dec. 28 at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $72. Call 561/995-2333 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 03 Dec 2014 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreLocal Hospital Hits Milestone<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital hit yet another milestone this year.</p> <p>Doctors at the hospital’s <a href="" target="_blank">Marcus Neuroscience Institute</a> treated their first patient with a large brain aneurysm using the minimally invasive Pipeline embolization device. The device allows surgeons to treat oversized aneurysms in only minutes, with patients often making full recoveries, according to a recent hospital press release. Treating an aneurysm using traditional methods would typically take up to three hours,</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/brainaneurysm.jpg" width="490">Brain aneurysms are weak, bulging areas in the walls of arteries that supply blood to the brain. People who have aneurisms often don’t have symptoms, but in this specific case, the patient* complained of headaches and loss of function in her right eye.</p> <p>An MRI revealed a big bulge in an artery. Nerves stretched around the aneurysm, causing the headaches and eye problem.</p> <p>“The nerves don’t mind being moved, but only to a point,” says Dr. Shaye Moskowitz, who performed the surgery and directs cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at the institute. “When the aneurysm grows to the size that it’s stretching the nerves so far, the nerves just stop working. In her case, it was the nerves that make the eyeball move.”</p> <p>Surgery in this area is dangerous, especially with a large aneurysm, according to the release. So, local doctors turned to the Pipeline procedure. The Pipeline is a small mesh stent inserted into the vessel to redirect blood flow. Within a few minutes, the grape-like aneurysm shrivels to about the size of a raisin, according to the release. In this case, the patient’s nerves are no longer stretched, the headaches have greatly improved and eye function is expected to back to normal.</p> <p>“This is a great procedure for the right patient with the right aneurysm,” Dr. Moskowitz says in the release. “It’s safe, it’s quick and it fixes an otherwise very bad problem very easily.”</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital is at 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton. For more information about the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, visit <a href=""></a>  or call 1-855-MARCUS1 (672-2871).<br> <br> <em>*Patient’s name withheld for privacy.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 03 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyHealthy Mall Food for Holiday Shopping<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With holiday season now here, many of us are out and about gift shopping for friends and loved ones. If you’re stuck in the mall and need quick and healthy food solutions, here are my top places for getting the best eats. These places will supply you with all the necessary phytonutrients and give you energy for a successful holiday shopping spree.</p> <p><strong>Maoz</strong> <strong>Vegetarian</strong> <strong>(food court)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/maoz.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>via Maoz Facebook</em></p> <p>This vegetarian Mediterranean fast-food company specializes in crispy falafels—small fried chickpea balls that resemble the look of meatballs. Maoz serves them in pita bread or on top of a salad with your choice of several side dishes and sauces. These falafels boast only 50 calories per piece and are loaded with protein and fiber. To make the deal even sweeter, Maoz also serves a variety of green juices, so you can get an extra nutritional punch.</p> <p><strong>Tossed (food court)</strong></p> <p>I am a big fan of greens as they are the foundation of healthy eating. One of the best places to get your greens and get them your way is Tossed. This fast-food place offers “Design Your Own” salads that lets me pick one of my favorite combinations: all greens with black beans, avocado, carrots, celery, cucumbers, fresh peppers and grape tomatoes, topped with Portobello mushrooms or walnuts. Walnuts and mushrooms will give you plenty of protein without weighing you down. I usually skip the dressing and get a little bit of balsamic vinegar on the side.</p> <p><strong>California Pizza Kitchen </strong></p> <p>Can you believe it? A pizza joint has something that is good-for-you AND tastes good! Check out their Roasted Veggie Salad that comes with fresh romaine, chopped avocado, sundried tomatoes, roasted asparagus, peppers and artichokes. A variety of raw and cooked vegetables will supply you with lasting energy and help you feel balanced at the same time, so you don’t get overwhelmed by all the shopping!</p> <p><strong>Grand Lux Café</strong></p> <p>Craving a burger, but want to stay healthy? Try Grand Lux Café’s veggie burger. This homemade veggie burger is made with farro, brown rice and black beans, making it complete protein. I suggest skipping the cheese and opting for avocado instead. This way you will get an extra dose of potassium that will keep fluid regulated in the body. After hours of shopping, who wants to look tired and bloated?</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsA new menu, helado + happier hour<p><strong>Not just for the weekend</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/devon.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Devon Seafood + Steak is offering its signature Saturday lunch for an extra four days throughout the holiday shopping season. The menu, which features dishes like roasted duck flatbread and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No more shopping hungry. <em>(1715 Sherri Lane, Kendall // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Hola Helado</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/freddo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Say hello to the Hispanic version of gelato. Freddo, an Argentinean ice cream company, just opened its doors on Lincoln Avenue. The store is the first of its kind of the U.S., bringing South Floridians delicious swirls of its famed flavors – like dulce de leche and zambione and other famed flavors. <em>(610 Lincoln Road, Miami // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>A happier hour</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="308" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/meatmarketmiami.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>To celebrate the holidays, Meat Market launched an expanded happy hour menu that includes $10 Veuve Clicquot Brut glasses, $8 Belvedere martinis and $7 signature cocktails. Get $7 glasses of wine, beer and wells at 50 percent off plus an array of complimentary passed bites. <em>(915 Lincoln Road, Miami // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) </em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 02 Dec 2014 21:25:03 +0000 & ReviewsNew Chefs in Boca and WPB<p>A couple new faces on the culinary scene. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bbgrill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At West Boca’s <a href="" target="_blank">Butcher Block Grill</a> (<em>7000 W. Camino Real, 561/409-3035</em>), the only local restaurant I know of where they make mozzarella to order right at your table, the new top toque is <strong>John Savarese</strong>. Before coming to the Grill, the native New Yorker was executive sous chef at the Addison Reserve Country Club under the very talented Zach Bell, also exec chef at the Flagler Steakhouse at the tony Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. He’s already put his stamp on the Grill’s menu, adding dishes like polenta and crab wontons, fried green tomatoes, beef and veal Bolognese, and grilled mahi.</p> <p>Further north, <a href="" target="_blank">Bistro Ten Zero One</a> (<em>1001 Okeechobee Blvd., 561/<a class="fl r-rhscol-6" title="Call via Hangouts">833-1234</a></em>) in the West Palm Beach Marriott is the new digs for chef <strong>Mark Henry</strong>. A 30-year vet of the restaurant business and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Henry’s resume includes stints at the Skamania Lodge outside Portland, OR, and Miami Beach’s uber-chic Eden Roc. He’ll be showing off his skills at the Bistro’s December wine dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 10, dishing up plates of applewood-smoked bacon crusted medallions of monkfish and chateaubriand with herb spaetzel and pasille chili demiglace.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:16:03 +0000 & ReviewsWhat&#39;s on tap for FAU and other burning issues of the week<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/florida-atlantic-logo.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>FAU’s major donation</h3> <p>The last time Florida Atlantic University announced a major donation, things ended badly.</p> <p>Accepting $6 million nearly two years ago to name the football stadium for GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based prison company brought FAU national embarrassment. Mary Jane Saunders’ inept response to the controversy cost her the presidency of FAU.</p> <p>Today, FAU plans to announce what a Monday news release touted as the university’s “largest single gift” in its 50-plus-year history. The release says, “The gift will change the face of FAU’s Boca Raton campus. . .” We must assume that the gift is football-related, since Athletic Director Patrick Chun and Head Football Coach Charlie Partridge will be present at the 4 p.m. announcement, which will take place at the stadium.</p> <p>If the gift is from the Schmidt Foundation or another longtime FAU patron, there will be no problems. If the source is new, one hopes that FAU did the checking that wasn’t done with GEO. The company had donated to FAU, but in a much more low-profile way. If this donation really is meant to “change the face” of FAU, one hopes that this time the wider community will like the face it sees.</p> <h3>Engineering a split?</h3> <p>FAU says the gift to be announced today is part of the university’s “pursuit of excellence.” Outside donations are more vital than ever, given Florida’s continuing pursuit of mediocrity when it comes to higher education.</p> <p>According to a preliminary study for the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the 12-member State University System, it could cost as much as $1 billion to create separate engineering schools at Florida State University and Florida A&amp;M University. The Legislature created the combined school in Tallahassee more than three decades ago, and it reportedly needs a significant public investment to continue as a joint effort.</p> <p>During this year’s legislative session, John Thrasher proposed splitting the schools. At the time, Thrasher was a state senator. He’s now FSU’s president, having—ahem—engineered the appointment through his considerable political connections. Thrasher holds two FSU degrees.</p> <p>FSU loves the idea of its own school. FAMU doesn’t. No surprise there. FSU’s school quickly would overwhelm the one at FAMU. Enrollment of FAMU students at the joint school has been decreasing. As news reports have noted, though, because FAMU is one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the split could be a violation of the Civil Rights Act.</p> <p>The study notes that until 2001 disagreements between FSU and FAMU regarding the engineering school could be resolved by the Board of Regents, which oversaw the university system from a statewide perspective. In 2001, however, the Legislature—with Thrasher a big supporter— abolished the Regents and created individual boards of trustees at each university. It became every university for itself, leveraging its political power of the moment as the state cut overall funding to the universities.</p> <p>After a campaign led by Bob Graham, Florida’s former governor and U.S. senator, voters created the Board of Governors in 2002, ostensibly to replace the Regents. But management of the system remains diffused and confusing. As every university tries to become more prestigious than another, higher education in Florida becomes less prestigious.</p> <h3>Boca pension hearings scheduled  </h3> <p>Hearings on Boca Raton’s negotiations with police officers and firefighters have been scheduled.</p> <p>The city declared an impasse after talks failed to resolve differences between Boca and the unions over the city’s pension and wage proposals. The two sides agreed on magistrates recommended by the Florida Public Employee Relations Commission to hear the disputes.</p> <p>The hearing with the International Association of Firefighters will take place on Jan. 8. The hearing with the Fraternal Order of Police will take place six days later, both in City Hall. The magistrates will hear testimony, and then issue recommendations for resolving the disputes. If the city and the unions still can’t agree, the city council can impose its own resolution. Boca Raton is asking for major concessions from the unions to reduce unfunded pension liabilities. A recent survey graded the city’s police and fire pension fund ‘D’ in terms of solvency.</p> <h3>Solar flare-up</h3> <p>If you have been thinking of getting solar panels for your home, act soon.</p> <p>Last week, the Florida Public Service Commission all but ended energy efficiency requirements for Florida Power &amp; Light and the state’s three other investor-owned utilities. The companies had argued that the conservation programs were too expensive.</p> <p>Because of the commission’s 3-2 vote, FPL will end its solar rebate program at the end of 2015. David Guest, the attorney who argued against the reductions on behalf of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, told me that the average cost of a residential solar system is about $3 per watt, meaning that a system to power a home with high electricity use—more than $1,000 kilowatt hours per month —would cost between $27,000 and $30,000.</p> <p>With the current 30 percent tax credit, Guest estimated that the system would pay for itself in 10 years. With the cost of solar dropping, continuing the tax credit would have allowed Floridians to take advantage of advances in technology. Though we live in Florida, only 2,565 of FPL’s 4.6 million customers in 35 counties have solar systems. That’s one-20<sup>th</sup> of one percent. With no incentive after next year, don’t expect that number to increase.</p> <h3>Enter Cooper and other Delray agenda items</h3> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission almost certainly will approve a contract with Don Cooper to be the new city manager, starting Jan. 5. The commission can do Cooper a favor even before he starts by not getting the city into the middle of a potential confrontation between a landowner and a little-known but important public agency.</p> <p>Also on tonight’s agenda is a request to rezone roughly 8.5 acres on North Federal Highway from commercial to residential to accommodate a 188-unit apartment complex called Delray Preserve. The unoccupied site once was home to the Delray Swap Shop—Autonation Volvo is on the north side—and has been accurately described as “blighted.” City staff recommends approval of the project—seven apartment units and a clubhouse, according to the preliminary site plan—as part of the North Federal Highway Improvement Plan that Delray Beach created 16 years ago.</p> <p>Between the property and the Intracoastal Waterway, however, is an 11-acre site owned by the Florida Inland Navigation District, known by the acronym FIND. Check your property tax bill, and you will find a line with a tiny amount levied for the agency, whose job is to keep traffic moving on the Intracoastal.</p> <p>FIND uses the Delray land to deposit material from dredging. The material is processed and trucked away. For that purpose, FIND needs easy access to the site. At this point, according to documents associated with Delray Preserve, FIND and the developer have not worked out access to the agency’s satisfaction.</p> <p>Approval of Delray Preserve would be based on 11 conditions the developer must meet. Most of them are under the city’s control and supervision. The 11th would be to provide paved access for the navigation district. That is not under the city’s control.</p> <p>At least one commissioner, Shelly Petrolia, believes that Delray Beach should tell the developer to work out the dispute with FIND before the city approves the development. Petrolia also was the only vote last July against allowing the project to increase in density to 22 units per acre. Petrolia has other issues with how the city hands out such conditional uses, but that’s for another day. Her point that Delray should avoid potential entanglement in legal proceedings is a good one. While Delray could delay this until review of the final site plan, a better option would be to postpone approval until FIND is satisfied.      </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 02 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsDelray Beach 100-Foot Christmas Tree Lighting<p>Santa is coming to town in a helicopter this year, and you can bear witness. This Thursday, Dec. 4, Delray Beach will be hosting its annual <strong>100-foot Christmas tree lighting</strong> at Old School Square Park. The highly celebrated event includes Santa’s landing, photo opps, a car and boat show and so much more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/christmastreearial.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The tree lights will go on at 7:15 p.m., with holiday festivities beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, call 561/278-0424 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>Note: don’t forget to wear a holiday sweater! This year, Delray is attempting to beat the world record for largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters. Last year’s record was made in London, where 639 gathered in their “Christmas jumpers.” The count will be made at Old School Square’s Great Lawn. Rules <a href="">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsMax&#39;s Happy Hour Gets Happier<p>Get happy longer and cheaper at <strong>Max’s Harvest</strong> (<em>169 N.E. Second Ave., 561/381-9970</em>), Dennis Max’s “farm to fork” downtown Delray restaurant, where happy hour has been extended to seven nights a week and several new dishes have been added.</p> <p><img alt="" height="429" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/maxsharvest.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>New (happy) hours are 5 to 7 p.m., at the bar only, where you can nosh on such $5 delectables as crispy boudin with chimichurri, meatballs sliders with basil ricotta and shrimp biscuit with NOLA barbecue sauce. Other bar bites include heritage pork belly with apple butter miso, mac ‘n’ cheese with pancetta and smoked gouda, and crispy brussels sprouts with lemon and Parmesan.</p> <p>And if you want to knock back a few, all drinks (except bottles of wine) are half-price so at least you’ll be able to afford to cry in your (craft) beer.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraMon, 01 Dec 2014 09:18:53 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: Dec. 2 to 8<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/klara-kristalova.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Klara Kristalova: Turning to Stone”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5–$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In sculptor Klara Kristalova’s “Skinny Girl,” a stringy-haired girl with a Pinocchio-esque nose balances on thorny, stiltlike legs. In “Trap,” a young woman gazes out from a cocoon of black tendrils enveloping her in every direction. In “Gray,” a seemingly malicious rabbit perches on a chair, legs crossed, in apparent judgment. And in “Some Kind of Monster,” a girl sits, black-eyed and mirthless, on a cube, with four dangling legs instead of two. This is just a random sample of the Swedish artist’s surreal mastery of ceramics, which she will showcase at the Norton this season in the latest installment of the museum’s annual “RAW: Recognition of Art by Women” series. With influences ranging from Hans Christian Andersen to Oscar Wilde and vintage DC comics, Kristalova plumbs childhood memories, dreams and nightmares for inspiration, then combines them with myths and fairy tales, blurring the line between innocence and horror. The Norton show marks her first solo museum exhibition outside of Sweden, and it runs through March 29.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/timekeepers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “The Timekeepers”</strong></p> <p>Where: Levis JCC, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27-$29, free for Levis Platinum members</p> <p>Contact: 561/852-3200, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last year, a local production of Dan Clancy’s “The Timekeepers”—a wrenching, moving and even occasionally funny play about an orthodox Jewish man and a flamboyant gay man who are forced to cohabitate, and confront their own prejudices, when they’re locked in a Holocaust-era prison camp—stunned the Carbonell Awards by winning everything for which it was nominated. This included Best Production of a Play (Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage produced it), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Set Design and Best Sound Design. The show’s victory was so stunning because it was such a low-budget production, upsetting many of its stronger-endowed peers in the South Florida community. In case you missed it—and many did—Island City Stage is remounting the same production here in Boca Raton, with Michael McKeever, Mike Westrich and Matt Stabile reprising roles for which they have become synonymous. You owe it to yourself to see this play; don’t wait for a third South Florida mounting. It runs through Dec. 21.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/boca_raton_holiday_street__fl_parade_city_hall.jpg" width="370"></p> <p><strong>What: 44<sup>th</sup> Annual Holiday Street Parade</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/367-7073, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In previous years, this holiday tradition in downtown Boca has included a caravan of firefighters, police officers, soldiers, jugglers, baton twirlers, stilt walkers, marching bands, coiffed pooches, costumed characters, massive parade floats and more, with contributions from local schools, nonprofits and community institutions—and, of course, Santa Claus. Expect much the same and more at this year’s parade, whose theme is “A Holiday Wish.” The parade moves from Southeast Eighth Street to Mizner Park, with grandstand viewing at Sanborn Square. Be advised to arrive early and plan your route accordingly: Federal Highway, from Glades Road to Camino Real, will close in both directions from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/basel-miami.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Art Basel Miami Beach</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Beach Convention Center and other Dade County venues</p> <p>When: Hours vary by day</p> <p>Cost: $45 per day or $100 for the four-day affair; outside events vary</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>An estimated 267 modern and contemporary art galleries from five continents will offer their takes on 2014’s state of the art world, presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures installations, prints, photography, film, video and digital art by more than 4,000 artists. And that’s just inside the Miami Beach Convention Center for Art Basel proper, which is also hosting salon-style conversations with artists on all four days. Beyond that, the entire city becomes abuzz with satellite fairs, pop-up art shows, parties and concerts—too many to list in a single paragraph. Suffice it to say that, as usual, the highbrow and lowbrow will commingle across the city’s sleepless canvas, from Julian Schnabel to Miley Cyrus, Tommy Hilfiger to Baz Luhrmann. If you’re a particularly privileged partygoer, you might even be able to clink glasses with Kim Kardashian and Kayne West at a party called Wall—provided you can get past the customary three checkpoints.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="435" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/chorusline.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Chorus Line”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Set amid an audition for a Broadway production, “A Chorus Line” is the ultimate example of musical theater about musical theater, while claiming the title of the sixth-longest-running show in Broadway history. As 17 dancers vie for a limited number of chorus roles, they’re asked by the choreographer to put all of their guts on the line—and convince him, with more than just their movements, that they belong on his stage. Dreams and memories, love and heartache, venting and healing all coalesce through songs, dance numbers and monologues. It all comes together on a nondescript stage, but when done right, it makes for captivating theater. The Crest Theatre usually presents national tours of shows like this, but in a landmark decision celebrating its 25th anniversary, the venue will co-produce “A Chorus Line,” hiring local professionals under the direction of Kimberly Dawn, who starred in the show on Broadway. The show runs through Dec. 14.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/john_lennon_617_409.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Classic Albums Live: A Very Lennon Christmas</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$59</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Paul McCartney may technically be Americans’ favorite Beatle—winning nearly 30 percent of the vote, according to a 2009 poll by Zogby—but keep in mind that he has the advantage of being alive and continuing to tour. If John Lennon were still playing and recording music, we’re convinced he would be No. 1 among the Fab Four. You can gauge his greatness at this special tribute performance from the note-by-note classic rock re-creators Classic Albums Live, which will only perform compositions written by Lennon. This means Beatles classics like “Help,” “Strawberry Fields” and “Ballad of John and Yoko” but also hits from his too-short-lived solo career, such as “Imagine,” “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and “Give Peace a Chance”—all of which are indeed appropriate messages for the holidays.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/toulouse-lautrec-gallery-010.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> “<strong>Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910”</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5, free for members and children 14 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/659-8503, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Like many trailblazing artists, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec lived hard and died young, at 36, from complications of alcoholism and syphilis. But his comparatively brief blaze of artistry still inspires; in 2005, a Christie’s sale broke records when an early painting of his, “La blanchisseuse,” brought $22.4 million at auction. Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the great chroniclers of late 19<sup>th</sup> century French bohemian life, depicting fellow-artists and Parisian streets with a dispassionate and impressionistic eye, and working in a myriad of media, from paintings and watercolors to drawings and shadow puppetry. The Society of the Four Arts will showcase all of this and more in this comprehensive exhibition of 200 works by Toulouse-Lautrec and his Parisian contemporaries, including Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Juan Gris and Mary Cassatt. The show runs through Jan. 11.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/gingerbread.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Gingerbread Holiday Concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35, includes valet parking</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-7745, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Entering its 12<sup>th</sup> year of raising scholarship funds for the Lynn Conservatory’s most-deserving student musicians, the annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert is making at least one change this year: It has relocated from the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club to the university’s own Wold Performing Arts Center, with its ideal acoustics. Guillermo Figueroa will conduct the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra through Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, and local 9-year-old singer/actress Seanna Pereira will perform two songs and lead the event’s pint-sized attendees through a sing-a-long portion of the program. Expect to see costumed characters from “Frozen” and a reception with Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well.</p>John ThomasonMon, 01 Dec 2014 08:50:55 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsETRO at the Seagate Beach Club<p>Celebrate the holidays with a fashion show at the Seagate Beach Club. Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton is partnering with the club for a holiday show featuring ETRO’s hottest items.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/saksfashionshow.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The event, held on Dec. 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will feature a runway show, hors d’oeuvres, special holiday cocktails, wine from Robert Mondavi, plus pop-up boutiques for clothes, accessories and beauty items.</p> <p>Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting Francesca Coviello at 561/665-4825 or <a href=""></a>. Make sure to RSVP by Monday, Dec. 8.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 EventsKonjac Sponge: Asia’s Best Kept Skincare Secret<p>There’s a new skin care tool that has everybody buzzing.  It doesn’t pulsate, titillate or oscillate like other beauty gadgets, but it will gently exfoliate away skin impurities for healthier, more radiant looking skin.</p> <p><img alt="" height="416" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/konjacsponge.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Konjac sponges</strong> can be used in your cleansing routine to more effectively dislodge, dirt, oil and blackheads. When the sponge first comes out of the package, it has a hard, rough finish almost like a pumice stone. As soon as you run the sponge under warm water, it will feel soft, bouncy and gel-like. A konjac has more texture than a dish sponge, but it won’t be as harsh as a loofah or washcloth.</p> <p>Konjac sponges are made from the root of the konjac potato, an Asian sea vegetable. Its fibers are alkaline by nature and help to balance the skins organic acidity. They are also packed with nutrients. The starches contain iron, zinc and vitamins A, E and D, just to name a few.</p> <p>The unique structure of the sponge helps the cleanser deeply penetrate into pores and unclogs them in a way that a washcloth or fingers alone can’t do.</p> <p>Since they are gentler than scrubs, konjac sponges can be used daily even for people with sensitive skin and problems like eczema and rosacea.</p> <p>To use, soak the sponge in lukewarm water for at least five minutes. Then splash you face with some water, and put a dime sized amount of cleanser onto the sponge. A little face wash goes a long way. The sponge’s webbed texture makes a rich lather using less cleanser than you'd normally need with a washcloth. Gently glide the sponge across your face, massaging your skin in soft, circular motions.</p> <p>When you’re done cleansing, rinse your sponge with warm water and squeeze out the excess to let it air-dry. It dries quickly in between uses to prevent bacteria or mold build-up. Although they are antibacterial, these sponges are not self-cleaning. The packaging recommends replacing your sponge every four to six weeks.</p> <p>Try:</p> <p><strong>EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge, Ulta $5.99 </strong><em>(Pictured above)</em></p> <p><strong>Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge, Sephora $15</strong><strong></strong></p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Beer Tasting Class<p>Who says you have to wait until the weekend to have fun?</p> <p><img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/worldofbeer.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>For $20, you can sample up to eight different seasonal beers at <a href="" target="_blank">World of Beer</a> <em>(4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek) </em>on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The class consists of beer tasting and beer trivia.</p> <p>For more information, visit</p>Taryn TacherFri, 28 Nov 2014 11:05:06 +0000 Debuts in Delray<p>“Italian soul food” has come to downtown Delray with the debut of <strong>Mastino</strong> (<em>25 N.E. Second Ave., 561/922-0900</em>), a casually hip modern osteria from the folks behind next door SoLita Italian restaurant.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mastino.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On the menu are a roster of pizzas, blasted in an 800-degree wood-fired oven in the strict Neapolitan manner, along with several varieties of mozzarella and garnishes from the mozzarella bar and brick-oven panini, rotisserie chicken, and small plates ranging from baby octopus in spicy tomato sauce to french fries tossed with pesto. The bar menu features a selection of craft beers, artisan cocktails and boutique wines.</p> <p>Design-wise, Mastino boasts red brick walls hung with black and white photos of Italian street food, seven TV screens for game-day viewing and al fresco courtyard seating.</p> <p>One unique feature is Mastino’s Artisan Pizza Academy, which offers classes in mozzarella making, basic pizza technique and the much advance five-day Neapolitan Pizza certification course. Classes cost $59 per person; go <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for dates, times and details.</p> <p>For more on Mastino, click <a href="/blog/2014/11/28/more-on-mastino-italian-kitchen-and-bar/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 28 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsMore on Mastino Italian Kitchen and Bar<p>New York has its thin-crust. Chicago has its deep-dish. Now Delray Beach has authentic Italian pizza, thanks to Mastino Wood-Fire Kitchen and Bar <em>(25 N.E. Second Ave.),</em> which just debuted in the Pineapple Grove district of Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mastino_wood-fired_pizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At the center of the restaurant is a steel handcrafted wood-burning oven that was imported from Naples, Italy. It bakes only the highest-quality Napolean-style pies – so authentic, in fact, that Chef Salvatore Campanile received certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana "True Neapolitan Pizza Association" to create them.</p> <p>These artesian authentic Neapolitan personal pizzas are Mastino’s signature item. Other offerings on the menu include traditional Italian “soul food” like the “porchetta-style” brick-oven panini sandwiches and homemade meatballs. A mozzarella bar serves hand pulled mozzarellas including burrata, straciatella and buffalo milk mozzarella that’s imported twice a week from Italy. The restaurant also has a wide selection of craft beers, wines and signature cocktails.</p> <p>The casual-style Italian eatery is part of Society 8 Hospitality Group, the same people who brought SoLita to neighborhood in 2011. In fact, the new concept will serve as a casual compliment to the more exclusive SoLita. It has taken over the restaurant’s former main dining room and the two establishments will share the adjoining space and outdoor patio-area. The new space has been transformed to give off an industrial feel. Black-and-white photographs of Italian-style street food hang from its traditional-style red brick walls and comfortable black leather couches create a relaxed atmosphere.</p> <p>Soon Mastino will open up its kitchen to foodies interested in learning how to make their own pies. The Artisan Pizza Academy which will offer three culinary classes: The Art of Mozzarella Class, Introduction to Basic Pizza Making Class and a Five-Day Professional Neapolitan Pizza Certification Course. Those wanting to attend should call 561/922-0900 for dates and pricing.</p> <p>Mastino gets its name from the Italian bullmastiff who, according to old folklore, guarded the kitchen of the chef who created the Neapolitan-style margherita pizza for Queen Margherita.</p> <p>Masino will be open for lunch Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m and will serve dinner daily from 5-11 p.m. </p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 28 Nov 2014 05:59:00 +0000 BeachDiningStaff Picks of the Week<p><strong>Sushigo</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/img_2070.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p>“My staff for this week is an incredible discovery in Boca Raton called Sushigo. Since chef Joe was 6 years old, he has been creating sushi for his family and friends. I have had the pleasure of experiencing a true artist and the freshest sushi I have ever encountered. Don’t walk … run!”</p> <p>(<em>477 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>)</p> <p><strong>Shepherd’s Pie</strong></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Editor</p> <p>“The shepherd's pie (homemade, available for take-out) at Torchio’s is perfect for those days you have to work late and don't feel like rustling up dinner—or there's a cold snap and you are unabashedly in the mood for this ground beef and veggies food pod blanketed by a layer of mashed potatoes. Is there such a thing as healthy comfort food? Do we care? “</p> <p>(<em>1877 Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach // 561/732-5915</em>)</p> <p><strong>Quinoa Greens Salad</strong></p> <p>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>“Something always threw me off about the way quinoa looked, but when I spotted the Quinoa Greens salad on the Offerdahl’s menu, I thought, why not give it another shot? Mixed in with greens, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, salsa and almond slivers (among other deliciously fresh things), I went from eh, quinoa to yay quinoa!”</p> <p>(1<em>7940 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>)</p>magazineFri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Forward: Weekend Deals + Holiday Events<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/olasamplesale.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(via Ola Feroz <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>)</em> </p> <p><strong>Beach break</strong>: It may be snowing up north, but it’s always beach weather in South Florida. Snag an Ola Feroz bathing suit at 50 percent off during this weekend’s sample sale (Nov. 29-30). Sale items are vailable by appointment only from 8-10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, but open to the public Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 561/331-1805 for more information or email <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Holiday Shopping:</strong> Kick off December by shopping for a cause. The Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach is hosting its 12<sup>th</sup> annual <a href=";content_id=8" target="_blank">Holiday Trunk Show</a> from Dec. 1-3, featuring 30 specialty vendors selling everything from home décor to children’s clothing. All proceeds go back to the organization, so you can shop guiltlessly. For more info, contact Kristen Cummins at 561/683-3287 or click <a href=";content_id=8" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Pure relaxation:</strong> Bella Reina Spa is hosting a Spa-La-La Soiree on Dec. 4, starting the holiday season with a night of beauty, bubbly and more. The first 20 people to RSVP will receive a spa gift card. For more info, email</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsMizner Trail gets nasty and other items of note<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0485.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Mizner Trail gets rockier…</h3> <p>The fate of the old Mizner Trail Golf Course has entered another nasty and—for non-lawyers—confusing legal spitting phase.</p> <p>To recap: In June, the Palm Beach County Commission approved construction of 253 homes on what was the roughly 128-acre south course in Boca Del Mar and now is an overgrown mess. The 10,000-unit umbrella homeowners group—called the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association —appealed the approval by petitioning the circuit court to review it. About 80 individual homeowner associations make up the improvement association.</p> <p>On Nov. 7, the developer—Compson Associates, as Mizner Trail Golf Club Ltd.—claimed in a news release that the association had rejected a “settlement proposal” of about $250,000 that “would have allowed (the association) to recoup 100 percent of the legal fees” spent from a reserve fund. “With the success rate of appeals at least than 15 percent,” the developer said, “the fact that (the association) refused to even consider repayment of all legal fees they spent is simply not reasonable or understandable and not in the best interest of its members.”</p> <p>To show how nasty the current fight is, the two sides don’t even agree that Compson offered a settlement.</p> <p>When I spoke with Robert and James Comparato at their company’s Boca Raton headquarters, they showed me a Nov. 10 letter from one of their attorneys, Martin Perry, to Peter Sachs. His firm—Sachs Sax Caplan—represents the improvement association.</p> <p>The letter, Perry wrote, “will confirm and clarify the verbal settlement proposal I made” on Nov. 3. “This offer was intended as a firm and final settlement seeking the dismissal” of the appeal and “any and all other pending issues or claims arising” from the appeal. Perry acknowledges that while he “did not mention a number,” he understood that the legal fees amounted to $250,000.</p> <p>To non-lawyers, that sounds like a settlement offer. Not so, according to Robert Rivas, an attorney with Sachs Sax Caplan. In an email, he said Perry’s letter “does not ‘constitute a settlement offer.’ It constitutes a letter in which he tries to purport that he had made an offer orally the previous week. The letter itself is not an offer.”</p> <p>Perry wrote the letter, Rivas said, “in order to throw a smokescreen around the lie they had been caught in. It is a self-serving rewriting of history. . .written for the benefit of the media.”</p> <p>Rivas contends that “the word ‘offer’ means a communication containing the essential terms of a proposed deal. An ‘offer’ is presented for acceptance or rejection. It must be sufficiently clear that if the recipient says ‘yes,’ then the deal is done.</p> <p>“Preliminary discussions about the respective stances and positions of the two sides are not ‘offers.’ Statements about what might happen if such-and-such were offered, or what if we were in the such-and-such ballpark, those are not ‘offers.’ They are just negotiating palaver.”</p> <p>Peter Sachs called the letter a “publicity stunt,” adding that as of Tuesday he still hadn’t received a copy, even though copies went to homeowner associations in Boca Del Mar. A Nov. 12 letter from Sachs to Perry uses words such as “meddle” and “intimidate.”</p> <p>On Nov. 4, one day after Perry claims to have made the “verbal settlement proposal,” another letter from another Compson attorney went to Sachs.</p> <p>Bernard Lebedeker put Sachs on notice that Compson intended to seek sanctions against the association and other named plaintiffs as well as the Sachs firm. The association had 21 days to “remedy the situation,” which to Compson ideally meant dropping the appeal. The 21 days expired Tuesday. On Wednesday, Lebedeker filed the motion for sanctions. Compson issued similar notice to the lone plaintiff in a separate lawsuit against the project.</p> <p>Such action is not new. Other developers in Florida have issued similar legal warnings in hopes of scaring off plaintiffs. Indeed, the single plaintiff has dropped out, meaning that challenge to Mizner Trail is over. Two plaintiffs have dropped out of the association lawsuit.</p> <p>Sachs, though, said, “We are not going to cave in.” As to the Comparatos’ argument that the lawsuit endangers the association and its members, Sachs said community sentiment supports the lawsuit. According to Sachs, whose firm did not represent Boca Del Mar at the time, the then-improvement association board was negotiating in 2006 over a plan to develop the golf course. Opponents of the project became “enraged” and took over the board at the next election.</p> <p>Lebedeker acknowledged that even if the three-judge panel decides not to hear the appeal, the developers still might not prevail on sanctions. They must prove that the appeal was frivolous—meaning, as Lebedeker put it in the letter, “not supported by the material facts necessary to establish the claim” and “not supported by application of existing law to the material facts.”</p> <p>Essentially, the Comparatos say the appeal is costing them money by illegally delaying construction. To call them confident of prevailing would be an understatement. In an interview last week, James Comparato said, “I’m going to build these units. Just when can I start.”</p> <p>The appeal, Robert Comparato said, seeks an illegal “taking” of private property rights. As for the sanction threat against the association and the law firm, James Comparato said, “We are not going to get anywhere by playing nice in the sandbox.”</p> <p>The Comparatos contend that the improvement association has become “obstructionist,” led by those who live in the 550 homes that adjoin the course and have pursued such unrealistic options as conversion of the land to a park. Robert Comparato said, “We don’t believe that all the information is being communicated to all the residents of Boca Del Mar.”</p> <p>The Comparatos point out that over several months in 2012 they negotiated with two Boca Del Mar representatives to craft a plan the neighbors could support. County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents Boca Del Mar, was at those talks and confirms that there had been agreement that August on what became known as “the compromise plan.”</p> <p>One Boca Del Mar representative signed the site plan, to indicate her agreement. The other, Brian Coleman, supported the plan verbally, but changed his mind “within 24 hours,” Abrams recalls. Coleman is now vice president of the improvement association board.</p> <p>The rancor has become so strident because there is no middle ground for compromise. The latest plan, which the county commission approved, is undoubtedly better than any previous version. It has lakes, more buffering and a better housing mix. Boca Del Mar, however, argues that the land has no development rights. To the residents, the best site plan still would be an unacceptable site plan.</p> <p>To James Comparato, “The fight is simple. We own the property.” Asked how much they paid for the land, he calls the number “not pertinent.” Obviously, it is. Property records show that Mizner Trail Golf Club, Ltd., purchased the property in 1998 for $8 million.</p> <p>In 2006, the county commission rejected a plan for development on 43 acres of Mizner Trail. That time, the Comparatos sued the county—and lost. This time, the Comparatos and the county are allies.</p> <p>That legal chapter took more than two years to resolve. This one might take longer. The material under review makes a Tolstoy novel look like a short story. The court still has not decided even whether to hear the appeal of the county commission’s March 2013 approval of a development on a former golf course adjoining Century Village in West Palm Beach.</p> <p>As Robert Comparato acknowledged, a lot of other golf courses are financially shaky. The outcome of this case could set a significant precedent. There’s a lot at stake, and no resolution in sight.</p> <h3>To clarify…</h3> <p>Delray Beach City Commissioner Jordana Jarjura worried that in writing about the city’s proposed changes to Land Use Regulations for the Central Business District, I might not have made her position clear.</p> <p>The issue was Mayor Cary Glickstein’s idea of an incentive plan to encourage more office development. Jarjura wanted readers to know that though she had questions at the first hearing on the regulations, “I actually concur with the mayor re: revising to try and attract office development.”</p> <h3>Cooper Town                                    </h3> <p>Delray Beach could have a permanent city manager by Tuesday night.</p> <p>On the city commission agenda will be a proposed contract with Don Cooper, whom the commission unanimously—with Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet absent—chose on Nov. 7. If the commission approves the agreement, Cooper will start Jan. 5, make $170,000 in salary and get a $400-per-month car allowance, $5,000 in moving expenses and $1,500 per month in living expenses for no more than six months.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</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, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsWeb Xtra: The SunShame State<p>We asked Camilo Fontecilla, one-half of the great Florida-centric podcast <a href="" target="_blank">The SunShame State</a> (and the subject of our “Take 5” interview in the December issue), to spread the love, and provide a few examples of great South Florida podcasts for your clicking-and-listening pleasure. Problem is, he could only find one local show—Casa de Haha—that met his exacting standards (which are usually our standards, too, so we don’t blame him). But he was kind enough to offer four more recommendations outside the SunShame—er, Sun<em>shine</em> State.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/camiloallison.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Casa de Haha</a>: Miami comedian and broadcasting entrepreneur Daniel Reskin plays host to local comics for a relaxed and frequently amusing conversation. It’s a great sampling of the local comedy scene, with the added bonus that if you want to see more of someone, it’s easy to find them performing at clubs in our area.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">International Waters</a>: Comedian Dave Holmes hosts a panel of two U.K. (sometimes Canadian, sometimes Aussie) comedians and two U.S. comedians, and pits them against each other in a quiz show to determine which is “the best country in the world.” The quiz is beside the point, as the format frequently devolves into hilarious trans-Atlantic silliness.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">How Was Your Week? with Julie Klausner</a>: Comedian/writer/actress/funny gal Julie Klausner gives a weekly roundup of the best in pop culture. She tackles everything you need to know, from must-see TV to celebrity gossip. Her guests are a who’s-who of comedy, culture writing and New York society. She’s cheeky, smart as a whip and a great interviewer.</p> <p><a href="!/id842750953?mt=2" target="_blank">Mystic Party!</a>: Siblings Brea and Zane Grant are paranormal enthusiasts, and they just happen to have a lot of friends with monster problems. From a ghost stalker to unwelcome mermen, the Grants are here to solve anything spooky or freaky. Episodes kick off with real paranormal news, but quickly spiral into silly "What if..." scenarios.</p> <p><a href="!/id207698746?mt=2" target="_blank">Jordan, Jesse Go!</a>: Completely banal and puerile, this show levitates on the endless well of pop-culture references and split-second cracks provided by co-hosts Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn. Their reasonable fame in the comedy world brings in a rotating cast of certifiably funny guests, but little to no time is spent on career recaps when there are so many awkward personal moments to discuss.</p>John ThomasonThu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Crab Cake Recipe<p>Frank Hawkins does not make bad crab cakes. The Baltimore native and chef-owner of charming little True in Boca Raton (<em>147 S.E. First Ave., 561/417-5100</em>) draws his own culinary experience and the region’s decades of accumulated expertise in the cooking and serving of its iconic crustacean to turn out crab cakes as deliciously crabby as their consumers are happy to inhale them.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/truecrabcakes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In Hawkins’ hands, sweet-tasting blue crabmeat and a few simple ingredients come together to create a nugget of seafaring goodness whose whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.</p> <p><strong>Maryland-Style Crabcakes</strong></p> <p>2 pounds blue crabmeat</p> <p>2 pieces white bread, torn into small pieces</p> <p>1 cup mayonnaise</p> <p>1/2 egg, beaten</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce</p> <p>2 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning</p> <p>2 teaspoons yellow mustard</p> <p>1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice</p> <p>1 teaspoon each, minced red pepper and chopped parsley</p> <p>Paprika and butter for topping</p> <p><strong>Preparation</strong>: Combine all ingredients except blue crabmeat, bread, red pepper and parsley and mix well. In separate bowl, blend crabmeat, bread, red pepper and parsley, then add just enough mayonnaise mixture to bind, approximately three-quarters of a cup. Mix gently, form into patties, dust with paprika and refrigerate until ready to cook.</p> <p><strong>To cook</strong>: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place crab cakes on nonstick baking sheet and top with small piece of butter. Bake for approximately 12 minutes and serve with tartar sauce, cocktail sauce or mustard sauce.</p>magazineThu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Web ExtrasWebXtra: How Does It Feel?<p><strong>FROM THE VAULT</strong></p> <p>How Does It Feel …</p> <p><strong>To Hold a Human Heart</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/carmichael.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Michael Carmichael</p> <p><em>Chief of cardiovascular surgery/medical director, Bethesda Memorial Hospital</em></p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-hold-a-human-heart/" target="_blank">Click here for more.</a></p> <p><strong>To Be Mauled by a Jaguar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/paulfisher.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Paul Fisher</p> <p><em>West Palm Beach gallery owner, animal rights activist</em></p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra/" target="_blank">Click here for more.</a></p> <p><strong>To Be Theresa LePore</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/theresalepore.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Theresa LePore</p> <p><em>Former Palm Beach County supervisor of elections</em></p> <p><em>Creator, 2000 presidential butterfly ballot</em></p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-be-theresa-lepore/" target="_blank">Click here for more.</a></p> <p><strong>BONUS STORY</strong></p> <p>How Does It Feel …</p> <p><strong>To Take Years Off Your Face?</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>Carla Pisani</p> <p><em>Patient counselor for a Palm Beach plastic surgeon</em></p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/11/27/web-xtra-to-take-years-off-your-face/" target="_blank">Click here for more.</a></p>magazineThu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: To Hold a Human Heart<p><strong>To Hold a Human Heart</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/carmichael.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Michael Carmichael</p> <p>Chief of cardiovascular surgery/medical director, Bethesda Memorial Hospital<strong><br></strong><br>The heart is a muscle, so it feels very firm and beefy. It’s like you’re grabbing someone’s bicep after they’ve worked out. Most people don’t realize it, but the heart also is covered with a thin layer of fat tissue that gives it a cushion while it’s beating in the chest.</p> <p>But that’s from a purely clinical and medical perspective. From a personal standpoint, it feels like an obligation. As a cardiovascular surgeon, [patients literally] put their heart in my hands. It’s a humbling responsibility.</p> <p>Though we do heart surgery with less risk than having your ruptured appendix removed, people think about life and death a lot more when they have a heart operation. It goes back to biblical times; the heart is referred to as the center of the soul. If you remove somebody’s heart and put in somebody else’s, people want to know: Is it going to change my personality? Is it going to change the color of my hair? My eyes? It’s not just, “Oh, you’re going to operate on this muscle in my chest.” It’s much more than that.</p> <p>I did my first heart transplant when I was 32 [<strong>Note</strong>: Carmichael is in his early 60s now]. In those early days, I would actually harvest the heart right from the donor and bring it back for the recipient. That was a very scary experience. [Today,] the donor heart [arrives] in an Igloo cooler where it’s bathed in ice, and then I sew it in.</p> <p>But [there’s a period of time where] you have somebody’s chest cavity open—and there’s no heart in there. It’s an empty chest cavity. To then see the blood return to that organ that was basically limp and lifeless ... to watch it start beating again. ... To see the patient sitting up in the chair the next week ... Just thinking about it, it wells up in me.</p> <p>What does it feel like to hold someone’s heart? It’s a physical thing. It’s an emotional thing. It’s a psychological thing. And it’s a spiritual thing. If you don’t believe in God, you certainly might after performing heart surgery.</p> <p>To me, it’s a religious experience.</p>magazineThu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: To be Mauled by a Jaguar<p><strong>To Be Mauled by a Jaguar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/paulfisher.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Paul Fisher</p> <p><em>West Palm Beach gallery owner, animal rights activist</em></p> <p>We were touring a private wildlife refuge and about to leave when someone yelled, “Get out!” I was standing next to the jaguar’s cage; the cat had escaped and lunged at me. Within two seconds, the cat had my head in her mouth. It weighed about 200 pounds and was in her prime. I knew that kind of cat would try to take its prey by the neck and break it. I had just enough time to bring up a hand to cover the back of my neck.</p> <p>The cat’s fangs were buried, and all I could see was the inside of [her] mouth. One canine had me at the right cheekbone; the other canine was in the top of my head. So that’s how she was holding me, by the entire left side of my face.</p> <p>You always hear people say, “It felt like slow motion.” But it didn’t. It felt like normal time, and at no time did I feel anger or fear or physical pain, even though by now my face was torn wide open.</p> <p>My brain seemed to be operating on a couple of different levels. On the one hand, it was rational. I could hear some screams in the background, but I was mostly concentrated on myself and the cat and keeping my vital areas protected. I knew I had to jam the cat’s mouth in a way that she couldn’t complete the bite.</p> <p>I was also hyper aware. I could feel every beat of her heart—and of my heart. I could feel her every breath on my face.</p> <p>At least one person was on the animal to get her off me; in the instant that I felt the bite release, I sprung up from the ground. I saw my reflection in a window, and I could see my cheekbone and everything down to my jaw was exposed. I used to be an emergency medical technician, so I pressed into my face and worked all the skin back up over the wound until the edges lined up again. And then I held direct pressure until I got to the hospital.</p> <p>I practiced martial arts most of my life. You never think something like this is going to happen, but in the instant that it does, you have to be ready. I was on the ground for maybe 20 seconds. There’s no time to think. Whatever training you have [kicks in]. Every possible thing that I could have done right is exactly what happened.</p> <p>It took more than 50 stitches to sew me back together; there was damage to my nerves and lymphatic muscles, but people hardly notice now.</p> <p>I never really talked about it publicly. I didn’t want anything to happen to the cat.</p>magazineThu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: To be Theresa LePore<p><strong>To Be Theresa LePore</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/theresalepore.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Theresa LePore</p> <p><em>Former Palm Beach County supervisor of elections</em></p> <p><em>Creator, 2000 presidential butterfly ballot</em></p> <p>I was at a luncheon, and some lady comes up to me. “Are you going to hit me,” I said, “or are you going to be nice to me?” We had a good conversation. Usually, I kind of hesitate when people [approach] me. I can’t always judge what their reaction is going to be.</p> <p>I’ve gotten some really ugly, hateful mail. And death threats. [People have said that] I have the blood of thousands of men and women on my hands. That I put Bush in office, both terms. That 9/11 was my fault.</p> <p>I lost so many friends over what happened [during the 2000 presidential election], and some people today still don’t speak to me when I see them. I think what upsets me the most is that I was on several task forces for balloting—and the idea was to make the ballot <em>easier</em> for the people to read.</p> <p>A couple days after [the election], I remember going upstairs to the county attorney’s office. There’s a back elevator. When we came down and the elevator door opened, there were 60 or 70 of these SWAT guys, and all these flashbulbs were going off. The press had found me. People were screaming, “There she is! There she is!” They were calling me names and trying to grab at me. That was the first time I realized the enormity of what was happening.</p> <p>I kind of lost it. One of the cops said, “Get it out. Dry your tears, and then get back out there.”</p> <p>By Thursday [of that election week], some of my top people came to my office and said, “Did you drive?” Apparently, they had intercepted a threat. I didn’t drive my car for probably six or seven weeks after that. When I finally did, I had nails in all four of my tires. That’s one of the memories that’s burned in: riding home with a sheriff’s car in front of me and a sheriff’s car behind me.</p> <p>I’m still very cautious when I go places. I’m always looking around. I never drive the same route twice; if I’m going to church, I’ll always go a different way. I always back into parking spaces because it’s easier to get out.  I don’t go to a lot of big places unless I know it’s at a time when it’s not very busy. I joke that I have to tip well because everybody knows who I am. It’s never gone back to the way it was before that day.</p> <p>Today, I’m involved with a lot of nonprofits, but I’m mostly in the background, helping with events and [serving on boards]. People used to ask me for [political] support or endorsements, but I always said no. I still have a stigma attached to me; I don’t want someone to lose an election because of that.</p> <p>I’ve always been one to use everything as a learning experience. It’s just wasted energy thinking about all the negative stuff. If I did, I’d be curled up in a ball somewhere.</p>magazineThu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: To Take Years Off Your Face<p><strong>To Take Years Off Your Face?</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="520" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/plasticsurgery.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Carla Pisani</p> <p><em>Patient counselor for a Palm Beach plastic surgeon</em></p> <p>I was aging faster than I would have liked. I’m a mom and a grandmother and a happily married wife. I’m involved with charities. Whenever I saw pictures of myself, it felt like my neck was sagging and my eyes looked tired. I had sun damage from years of tanning with baby oil.</p> <p>It was a huge decision on my part because my husband, my mom, my daughter and my closest friends all thought I was being ridiculous. That really pulled at me. I thought, “What happens if I wake up and look scary, or something bad happens, all because I was being overly vain? What if I look like a Barbie doll, all fake and plastic?”</p> <p>Then it got deeper. I’m a very spiritual person, and I thought, “What if the universe punishes me for doing this?” I had such negativity around me. When I finally made the decision to do it, I just put it out there to have the best possible results.</p> <p>The night before, you can’t sleep. You’re very fearful. Every time I fell asleep, I had dreams that I was all swollen. Before you know it, it’s 6 a.m., and you’re not having your coffee or eating anything, and you’re like, “Maybe I’ve lost my mind.”</p> <p>I was told by people who had face-lifts that I’d be wrapped up like a mummy. But my doctor had me on a diet a few weeks before that eliminated a lot of foods. No aspirin. No vitamins. No alcohol. He told me that if I did this, there would be less swelling.</p> <p>Three hours later after going under, I woke up totally numb. No pain. I was a bit swollen, but I didn’t look frightening. No mummified bandages. No tubes. It wasn’t anything like I thought it would be.</p> <p>I kept looking in the mirror and touching my face. You can’t wait to start putting on eye makeup. The recovery, for me, was nothing. By day five, most of my sutures were out. I was back to work by day six.</p> <p>The feelings afterward were joyous. I had an extra pep in my step. I felt like I was in my 30s again. For me, doing it young (<em>Note: Pisani had the face-lift at age 43; she’s now 53</em>) was key. People thought I had a new haircut. They were like, “Have you lost weight? Did you get a new facial?”</p> <p>As silly as it might sound, people treat you differently when you look older. I really think that’s true. I’m not addicted to surgery, but I am addicted to looking the best I can. I don’t want the senior citizen discount until I’m about 80.</p>magazineThu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 ExtrasHyperrealist paintings, musical videos at Boca Museum<p>When <em>Time</em> asks you to design a cover for its magazine, it’s safe to say you’ve arrived. That’s what happened in 2013 when Bryan Drury, a hyperrealist painter represented by Miami Beach’s Dean Project gallery, was commissioned to paint a color image of Pope Francis for <em>Time</em>’s Person of the Year cover.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/pope-man-of-the-year.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But the deadline was too tight for the artist’s exacting painting regimen—his portraits are so intimately detailed that he only completes about 10 a year—so instead, he submitted a graphite and charcoal print of the pontiff, gray against a black background, that in retrospect looks like the perfect image of this back-to-basics Pope: One that captures his humility, his approachability, his lack of pomp and circumstance. It is his essence.</p> <p>This is Drury’s amazing talent: to capture his subjects, warts and all, and somehow penetrate their souls through the tactile physicality of their facial contours. The image of Francis is one of a dozen or so works—all the rest of them oil on wood—comprising “Terrestrial Visions,” a small but vital showcase of Drury’s paintings, currently on the second floor of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.</p> <p>Aside from a couple of blazingly vivid bird portraits, his work observes people in power, from both religion and business: On one wall, along with the pope, you’ll see portraits of archbishops and Hindi leaders, Muslim scholars and influential rabbis, kabbalists and senior Buddhists. The opposite wall offers the flipside of the coin of influence, this time depicting similarly grandiose capitalists from Drury’s extended family and acquaintances.</p> <p><img alt="" height="523" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/vick-2011-oil-on-wood-28x36.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It may take you a while to realize you’re not looking at photographs; that’s how precise and detailed a painter Drury is. You can feel every wrinkle and follicle, every dirty fingernail and wayward strand of hair, every imperfection and Botox line. “Vic” is a Charlton Heston-like figure with a titanic chest and a rugged road map of a face, a blood-red inkblot staining his front shirt pocket—an apt metaphor, perhaps, for the bludgeoning power his signature could have. His portrait of Thomas Wenski, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Miami, is jaw-dropping in its attention to minutiae, including the frayed edges of his mitre and a peak at the inside of the man’s vestments. “Isabella”—a departure from his portraits of the rich and powerful—depicts a sad, skinny, potentially pretty young woman with sleepless eyes and a bulging clavicle, blue veins visible beneath her skin.</p> <p>None of the works are commissioned, so Drury reports to no one but his inner muse, giving him free reign to present his subjects without the airbrushing and color-correcting we’re accustomed to. According to Boca Museum curator Marisa Pascucci, he would sometimes subtract as well as add to his works in the process of painting them, even using some of his father’s dental tools to get it just right. It might be the only time I’ve ever viewed paintings that are <em>more realistic</em> than photographs. You need to see them to believe them.</p> <p><strong> ***</strong></p> <p>Before you leave the Museum, you should check out another one of its fall exhibitions, “Five Videos,” an international assemblage of video work whose artists used music as a basis or a central theme.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/tango_nedrass.png" width="335"></p> <p>Lise Nidraas’ “It Takes Two to Tango” is, despite its title, a still image of a Latin dancer tangoing solo in London’s ornate Rivoli Ballroom, a work that seems at once touching, inclusive (the audience could become his partner, following his lead) and haunted (is he dancing with a ghost?). Shizuka Yokomizo’s “Forever (and again)” finds the subtle differences in a repetitive concept, filming five elderly women playing the same Chopin waltz on a piano (Op. 69, No. 2), while a split screen shows vacant tableaux—a book-lined study, a verdant backyard, an empty music room—adding an undercurrent of aging and absence to the composition.</p> <p>Janet Biggs’ “Fade to White” is another confluence of disparate tones, combining images from an artist’s trip to the arctic with an aria performed by tenor John Kelly against a white backdrop. The piece is at once adventurous and mournful, a lament that subtly evokes our shrinking ice caps as they die or “fade to white” from climate change. “Pictures Reframed” is a dense and lengthy collaboration by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and Robin Rhode, who reinvent Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 romantic masterpiece “Pictures at an Exhibition” using a combination of piano, street art and a projection wall. This one needs a lot of backstory to fully appreciate its intricacies, but the music and the art are stirring nonetheless.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/arcangel_drei-klavierstucke.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Finally, saving the best and most absurd for last, Cory Arcangel’s “Cat Video” painstakingly recreates Schoenberg’s 1909 composition “Drei Klavierstucke,” a groundbreaking piece of atonal piano music, using nothing but secondhand videos of felines crawling on keyboards. Arcangel is a masterly mashup artist, and this hilarious and subversive video turns the most lowbrow form of entertainment—self-indulgent YouTube clips—into a highbrow work of avant-garde art, or vice versa.</p> <p>It’s not only great to see an artist of Arcangel’s offbeat renown in the Boca Raton Museum of Art; it’s also wonderful to see a video exhibit at the museum, a rarity in recent years. I hope the museum keeps it up.</p> <p><em>“Five Videos” and “Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions” are on view through Jan. 11 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. For information, call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 26 Nov 2014 20:28:15 +0000 & EventsApura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse Now Open<p>Juice spots have been popping up all over Boca recently – our Green Goddess blogged about her choices earlier this year – but Boca’s newest juice spot is undeniably different.</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/apura_bottles1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">Apura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse</a> just opened up at 22191 Powerline Road and it’s bringing you cold-pressed organic juice, cold-brew coffee, nut mylks and raw dishes all in one adorable storefront. A limited version of the menu is available now, but the complete menu will roll out within the next six weeks.</p> <p>Current offerings include: Black Gold, cold brew with housemade almond mylk; chia pudding, topped with chocolate sauce, cacao nibs and goji berries; cheezy kale salad, made with nutritional yeast instead of cheese; and a selection of bottled up juices made every morning.</p> <p>My personal favorite of the currently available mixtures: the pear mojito. It’s a refreshing, sweet and sour mix with a minty aftertaste.</p> <p>The storefront boasts a modern clean-and-chic look. Black and white photographs with colored accents line the wall to the restroom. Mini-chandeliers hang above the store counter. Scrabble-style wall art spells out Apura’s items of note.</p> <p>But best of all is the adorable and wildly helpful Susan Mussaffi, the juicery’s owner, who was as sweet as she was welcoming. She worked with Alina Z., our very own Green Goddess, when creating the juice recipes, and crafted the food recipes herself – all under the philosophy, “made with intention.”</p> <p>We can’t wait to try everything when the full menu is out. Apura is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 26 Nov 2014 08:33:55 +0000 & ReviewsThe Boca Raton Holiday Mile<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Whether you want to test your speed in a timed event or join the spirit of the Boca Raton Holiday parade with fellow runners and walkers, the 14th annual <strong>Boca Raton PAL Holiday Mile</strong> could be for you. You’ll run along the parade’s route, with potentially thousands to cheer you on.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/workout.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The annual event, which  takes place just before the parade, starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on South Federal Highway and Southeast Eighth Street (two blocks north of Camino Real Boulevard).</p> <p>The one-mile run takes participants north on Federal Highway to west of Mizner Park. There’s a 15-minute time limit, which should help to accommodate brisk walkers.</p> <p>The race includes AccuChip timing, awards for top three winners in age groups and overall, plus post-run pizza, drinks and T-shirts.</p> <p>Sign up early for this one.  The cost to sign up is $15 until Nov. 30 and $20 on Dec. 1 and 2. There will be no sign-up at the event. Money from the race will benefit the Boca Raton Police Athletic League and the Runner’s Edge Foundation.</p> <p>To sign up, click <a href="">here</a> or get more information by emailing <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></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 EventsHoffman’s Chocolate Winter Wonderland<p>Winter is coming early this year at Hoffman’s Chocolate in Greenacres. Its 24<sup>th</sup> annual <strong>Winter Wonderland </strong>will opened a week earlier this year, kicking off the season on Nov. 22 and running through Dec. 30. It will be open every night from 6-10 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/hoffmanswinterwonderland.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The newly renovated garden, gazebo and pond will illuminated with 75,000 LED lights. Holiday displays will include an 11-piece Nativity scene and a festive ‘Artic Zone’ lit up with penguins and polar bears. You won’t be able to miss the 14-foot Christmas tree and 6-foot Hanukah Menorah standing in front of the chocolate shop.</p> <p>On most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. musicians, magicians and other local entertainers will perform in the gardens. You can check out the website below for exact dates and shows. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6-10 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on site to greet guests and pose for pictures with the entire family.</p> <p>Hoffman’s will have a special lighting of the Menorah at its Eighth Great Night of Hanukkah Celebration on Tuesday Dec, 23 at 5 p.m.</p> <p>Admission to the festivities is free, but you will definitely want to purchase mouthwatering treats from the Hoffman’s Factory Shoppe &amp; Ice Cream Parlour. Limited edition Pumpkin Spice, Randolph and Chocolate Aztec milkshakes are available for the holiday season.</p> <p>Hoffman's Chocolate has been in business for nearly 40 years and has stores in Broward and Palm Beach counties in addition to its popular Greenacres chocolate factory. For the holiday season the chocolatier will open up three more pop-up stores in the Broward, Coral Square and Galleria Malls.  </p> <p>Hoffman's Chocolate Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens is located at 5190 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres.</p> <p>For daily updates on Winter Wonderland holiday performances and happenings go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliTue, 25 Nov 2014 10:52:18 +0000 EventsPension reform updates and a key Delray player on her way out<h3><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/diane.jpg" width="300"></h3> <p><em>Diane Colonna</em></p> <h3>Delray pension reform update</h3> <p>Like Boca Raton, Delray Beach has gone big on police and fire pension reform.</p> <p>Boca Raton proposed a series of major changes to the public safety pension system, whose unfunded liabilities represent the most serious problem for the city’s long-term financial stability. The city and the unions—the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters—were so far apart that the city declared an impasse in September.</p> <p>I have seen Delray Beach’s pension proposal to the Police Benevolent Association. In many ways, Delray is following Boca’s example. Currently, the “multiplier”—the figure used to calculate benefits for each year of service—is 3.5 percent. Delray proposes lowering that to 3.0 percent for current employees and to 2.75 percent for anyone hired after the plan changes.</p> <p>Delray also proposed to end early retirement and to base benefits on the highest three years of salary in an employee’s final 10 years of service. Benefits now are figured on the highest five years.</p> <p>Perhaps most important, Delray wants to end overtime as a factor in calculating pension benefits. State law limits use of overtime to 300 hours, but cities can end it on their own—and should. By steering the bulk of overtime to officers nearing retirement, unions can give employees a pension windfall at taxpayers’ expense. Cities should base benefits strictly on salary.</p> <p>In one area, though, Delray Beach has gone beyond Boca Raton. Delray wants to withdraw from the state plan that funnels revenue from an assessment on insurance policies to city police pension funds. The Legislature created the program to encourage cities to establish their own pension plans.</p> <p>With that money, however, come rules about who will oversee police and fire pension funds. Police and fire representatives dominate Delray Beach’s board, and some of the city’s elected officials believe that the fund is being badly managed. Supporting their case is a recent report from the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University that rated the police-fire pension ‘F’ and named it one of the worst performing in the state. Meanwhile, Delray Beach’s pension for general employees got an ‘A’ rating. (Boca Raton’s police/fire pension fund got a ‘D.’)</p> <p>There’s more evidence. Delray’s chief financial officer says the police-fire fund has had consistently lower investment returns than the general employee fund. Jack Warner estimates that the fund could have generated $2 million more over the last five years during the bull market.</p> <p>If Delray Beach leaves the state program, it will lose the $500,000 from the insurance assessments, but the city would get control of the pension fund. Better management could save the city much more than it loses. And since the city is responsible for any pension deficit, Delray Beach also would get more accountability.</p> <p>In an email, Mayor Cary Glickstein noted that $500,000 is about .03 percent of the pension fund’s value. He said leaving the state program also would save the city money— “travel and entertainment to seminars by board members, union and pension lawyers, management fees, duplicity of costs. . .” Delray also could stop waiting for the Legislature to undo what the Legislature did 15 years ago. It tied that insurance money to extra benefits, a big political favor for the police and fire unions.</p> <p>Predictably, those unions resisted when Delray and Boca decided to pay police officers and firefighters based more on when they are working than when they aren’t. The union dispute involves wage/promotion proposals, not just pension changes. Not all of Boca Raton’s and Delray Beach’s public safety employees live in those cities. Resolution of these disputes must favor the taxpayers who do live there.</p> <h3>Boca pension reform update</h3> <p>Here’s an update on the pension negotiations in Boca Raton.</p> <p>According to Mayor Susan Haynie, the city and the unions have agreed on two magistrates proposed by the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission. The magistrates will hear arguments from the city and the unions, and then issue recommendations. The recommendations are not binding, but the city council will have the final say if the two sides disagree on the recommendations. The commission will schedule a date and time for arguments on the two cases.</p> <h3>CRA head on her way out                                      </h3> <p>Delray Beach is losing the other half of what for a time was the city’s leading power couple.</p> <p>Community Redevelopment Agency Director Diane Colonna will leave Jan. 2. She is going to work for Redevelopment Management Associates, the firm co-owned by Chris Brown, whom Colonna succeeded at the CRA. The company has a contract with the Broward County city of Margate, and Colonna will be that city’s CRA director, just not as a city employee. RMA has a similar arrangement with West Palm Beach.</p> <p>Colonna has spent 15 years running the CRA, and she was Delray’s planning director for eight years before that. Her time at the CRA overlapped that of her husband Jeff Perlman’s seven years on the city commission, the last four of them as mayor.</p> <p>Speaking with me Monday, the 57-year-old Colonna called the move an “exciting opportunity” to do “something different.” She and Brown have stayed in touch, and he reached out when his firm got the Margate contract. Margate proposes to turn 36 acres into a city center, and Delray Beach offers no blank canvas that size.</p> <p>In large part, that’s because the CRA under Brown and Colonna has been successful. Unlike Boca Raton, where the city council also acts as the CRA, Delray Beach’s agency has a separate staff and board, whose members the city commission appoints. The agency gets money from the city for operations and real estate purchases.</p> <p>Structure, though, matters less than people. Boynton Beach has gone back and forth on how it wants the CRA to be run —part of city government, more independent—and the city still can’t get steady, positive results.</p> <p>Delray Beach lawyer Herman Stevens chairs the CRA board. Of Colonna, he said, “I am sorry to see her go, and it will be a challenge to replace her.” The board’s next meeting is Dec. 11, at which time the board could name Assistant Director Jeff Costello to take over on an interim basis. “That would be my choice,” Stevens said, “but we are a body and will make a decision collectively.”</p> <p>Colonna’s departure coincides with looming decisions on key redevelopment projects, notably Hudson Holdings on the old Worrell properties just southwest of Atlantic and Swinton avenues. Especially with a new city manager coming, Delray will miss Colonna’s institutional memory along with her skills.</p> <h3>Florida jobs report                                </h3> <p>Florida’s October jobs report came with a little more optimism than previous reports.</p> <p>The state added 34,4000 jobs, with many coming in the health services and tourism sector that pay comparatively less than jobs in other parts of the economy. But there was a 3.4 percent gain from October 2013 in professional and business services, which tend to pay well. Construction employment is up 10 percent in the last year.</p> <p>Florida continues to recover from the Great Recession. Unless more jobs pay more, though, not enough Floridians will feel that recovery.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 25 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMax&#39;s Harvest to Brighten Black Friday<p>If you’re going to be one of the hordes of bargain hunters hitting the malls on Black Friday and need some nourishment to fight your way to the good stuff or if the idea of spending a day off battling crowds in stores is your personal vision of hell (like me), either way<a href="" target="_blank"><strong> Max’s Harvest</strong></a> (<em>169 N.E. Second Ave., 561/381-9970</em>) has it covered.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/max.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Dennis Max’s groundbreaking “farm to fork” eatery in downtown Delray will be open the day after Thanksgiving serving their typical weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The a la carte menu features everything from fresh-made donuts, lobster eggs benedict and Nutella and ricotta-stuffed french toast to heritage meatballs, smoked salmon and latkes, and buttermilk fried chicken with maple-bacon butter.</p> <p>To calm your frazzled nerves or relax you even further, Max’s unlimited Bloody Mary and mimosa bar will also be open at a cost of $15 per person, which should give your Black Friday a golden glow.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 25 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: Nov. 25 to Dec. 1<p>WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bobby_slayton_2nt4h.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Bobby Slayton</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: Show times vary</p> <p>Cost: $20 plus a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 954/981-5653, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s always a bit jarring for journalists when they’re tasked with interviewing comedian Bobby Slayton, because he’s inevitably a nice guy. Not so much onstage: Slayton, a comedian’s comedian and one of standup’s road warriors, delivers jokes with a no-holds-barred intensity and a political incorrectness that spares no demographic—women, Mexicans, Muslims, Jews, gays and lesbians, the uptight and the sexually promiscuous alike. His insult comedy often targets the poor souls brave enough to sit in the front tables of his venues, and this reputation has led to his longstanding nickname, the Pitbull of Comedy. He does bite, so proceed with caution. (Note: There will be no performance Thursday, Thanksgiving night)</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/15855017-mmmain.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “So You Think You Can Dance” season 11 tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$99</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For fans of Fox’s long-running dance competition series, “So You Think You Can Dance,” the summer of 2014 yielded plenty of gasps, laughs, tears and dropped jaws—emotions that might just continue at a theater near you, as the top 10 dancers take their jetes and locking-and-popping and tap shoes and ballroom gowns on the road. This abundance of talent includes Season 11 winner and South Florida native Ricky Ubeda, the goofily charming Rudy Abreu, the smoldering Jessica Richens, the dorkily lovable Valerie Rockey and the lighter-than-air Casey Askew. They’ll perform favorite numbers from the past season as well as new group numbers designed strictly for the tour.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/c4film.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Citizenfour”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $5-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Even if you’re not a documentary film buff, you may know the name Laura Poitras. For a few exclusive weeks in the summer of 2013, she was one of just two members of the American media, along with <em>The Guardian</em>’s Glenn Greenwald, who were granted access to whistleblower and most-wanted-man Edward Snowden, in his undisclosed refuge in Hong Kong. Director Poitras, whose movies have addressed the implications of post-9-11 America at home and abroad, filmed Snowden in the comfortable prison of the Hong Kong skyscraper, as Greenwald questioned him about the leaked documents and his motivations for releasing them. The result of this fascinating, and meticulously arranged, rendezvous forms the backbone of “Citizenfour,” a documentary named after Snowden’s covert screen name. The movie splinters outward to address other whistleblowers and privacy concerns, not all of them cohering into a satisfying whole—but it has the advantage of being an investigation of international import, a film for the history books and the Library of Congress as much as movie theaters.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/drewtucker.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Drew Tucker</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Drew Tucker may have resigned from his post as Arts Garage’s Director of Education and Outreach, but the venue’s co-founder still finds time to show off his percussive chops at occasional concerts there. A musical renaissance man whose generic palette extends from jazz and R&amp;B to funk, pop and hip-hop—most of it led by his dynamic vibraphone skills—Tucker records his own compositions and reimagines ‘80s favorites from the likes of Duran Duran, Prince, The Police and Michael Jackson. He’ll have a mini symphony to help him out at this one-night-only engagement, including keyboardist Doug Carter, drummer Nathan Stolkes, bassist/tubaist Bill Muter, saxophonist Claudens Louis, guitarist Matthew Joy and cellist Stephanie Jaimes.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/450899-250.gif" width="220"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Beginning is Near”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Wine and theater merge in Cabernet Cabaret, a new production company based in Lake Worth, which is premiering its first show, in its hometown, this weekend. This self-reflexive multimedia production is set onstage, offstage and backstage in the world of a burlesque cabaret show, as its dancers, singer and technical crew prepares for a show that might never happen, “Waiting for Godot” style: Hence the show’s title, “The Beginning is Near.” Music, dance, comedy, burlesque and storytelling combine in an event that prepares its audience to “expect the unexpected.” Cabaret and/or burlesque attire is encouraged.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mysticalarts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Mystical Arts of Tibet</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $49</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There are monks, and then there are the Loseling monks—ambassadors of the Drepung Loseling Institute, one of the largest monastic universities in Tibet. Instantly recognizable for their magnificent red-and-yellow apparel and crescent-shaped headgear, these monks are masters in multiphonic singing, simultaneously intoning three notes of a chord while chanting—an ability that has led to their inclusion in countless meditation rituals. Many believe these ethereal chants generate energies conducive to world healing, and proponents of this view include none other than the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, who helped bring the monks’ stage show, the Mystical Arts of Tibet, on tour. The performance will take place at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater, but be sure to visit the venue’s Abdo New River Room as well, where the monks will be creating a mandala sand painting, live, from Wednesday through Sunday.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/davekoz1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Dave Koz and Friends</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20 and up</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Dave Koz holiday concert has become as much as a seasonal tradition in Palm Beach County as the Worth Avenue window decorations and the Delray Beach 100-foot Christmas tree. The smooth jazz saxophonist and radio personality, who has enjoyed eight No. 1 albums on the jazz charts, may have been born Jewish, but he’s embraced Christmas music all the same, and his tours have become synonymous with yuletide cheer. His latest album, the star-studded “25<sup>th</sup> of December,” features vocal contributions from the likes of Johnny Mathis, Richard Marx, Gloria Estefan and many others. He’ll likely play tunes from it, such as “Let it Snow” and “O Holy Night,” and will pull his trove of seasonal favorites from albums like “Memories of a Winter’s Night” and “A Smooth Jazz Christmas.”</p>John ThomasonMon, 24 Nov 2014 19:46:54 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsSweet Dewey&#39;s Coming to Boca<p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/deweys.png" width="250"></p> <p>Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue. And with the recent debuts of Dickey’s in Boca and the stellar Smoke in downtown Delray, there’s been plenty of smoky, long ‘n’ slow-cooked ‘cue for local barbecue aficionados.</p> <p>Come December, you can add one more: <strong>Sweet Dewey’s</strong> (<em>9181 Glades Road, 561/488-9688</em>). The West Boca barbecue joint is the project of chef Dwayne “Dewey” Hooper, whose culinary ties to the area go back to kitchen stints at St. Andrew’s Country Club and Boca’s Polo Club.</p> <p>Hooper’s diminutive eatery will feature 35 seats with indoor and outdoor dining areas, plus takeout, catering and a kiddie menu. Many of the dishes will recreate those of the chef’s Mississippi-raised mother and grandmother, as well as a handful of lighter-style and vegetarian dishes.</p> <p>For barbecueballs, who sneer at all that lighter and vegetarian stuff, Sweet Dewey’s will offer all the slow-smoked favorites, from St. Louis and baby back ribs to pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken. Not quite so typical offerings will include barbecued veal brisket, turkey chili and cedar-planked salmon.</p> <p>Hooper, who developed and then sold a barbecue sauce company, has come up with a quintet of sauces for his new venture, from traditional and Buffalo to mustard and blueberry.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 24 Nov 2014 09:05:45 +0000 & ReviewsQ&amp;A with Dr. Yafi Yair<p>Dr. Yafi Yair believes that health is an all-encompassing concept that includes the mind, the body and the spirit. Though her training to become a clinical psychologist allowed her to understand the scientific precepts of human emotion and behavior, she has always been intrigued by the spiritual psyche. That’s why she launched Healthy Minds Practice, which helps patients develop personally and spiritually through hypnosis.</p> <p>We spoke to Yair about her background and what Healthy Minds Practice offers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/yafi.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>How/why did you become interested in conducting psychological evaluations and psychotherapy?</em></p> <p>Two forces drove me to the field of psychology: the desire to actively help others and my curiosity about the human mind and human nature. It’s interesting that now I am going back to my original passion, excluding psychological testing from my practice and focusing on the active process of helping others.</p> <p><em>Why do you think very few people have combined scientific and spiritual ideas?</em></p> <p>I think that the scientific community tends to be more closed minded than it would like to admit. And from my experience I can attest that scientific training definitely is. The desire to be objective and to remove ourselves from the experience has always been a fundamental objective of science and a fundamental limit in spirituality, keeping them at odds with one another. The beautiful thing is that it is changing. With the introduction of quantum physics and even more specifically- with the discovery that the mere act of observation impacts the fabric of reality as we know it, makes the scientific community questions the basic assumptions they previously took for granted. The understanding that we create our own reality, which previously was only accepted on spiritual terms, is now becoming a known truth. We are entering very interesting grounds.</p> <p><em>What do you hope to accomplish through Healthy Minds Practice?</em></p> <p>I hope I am helping to create a new understanding of mental health. A more holistic understanding, where mental health means overall balance and wellness, integrating the mind, the body and the emotional and the spiritual life of people. My office is in a spiritual center, My Flora Aura, a lovely location with such a positive vibe. It fits in beautifully with my holistic approach.</p> <p><em>Have you ever endured hypnosis or any of the other services you offer?</em></p> <p>I have.  I have been to several professionals attempting to experience myself what I offer to others and I have had mixed results. The most intense hypnotic trance I have experienced occurred at The Monroe Institute. There, I got a real taste of what it is like to navigate through different states of consciousness and connecting to something deeper or bigger.</p> <p><em>Which service do you think is the most helpful and why?</em><em></em></p> <p>There are two services that I find to be most helpful for people. Hypnotic regression to childhood memories and past-life experiences is one of them. You really get the benefits of hypnosis this way: not only remembering certain things, but really being there, feeling it, living it. Another service that utilizes hypnosis beautifully is what I call Life Path. This service is about overcoming a personal challenge or reconnecting to the path, goal or journey of your life. It is all about connecting to your inner wisdom and drawing in new insight and strength. It is amazing what people are able to overcome with the power of their mind and some guidance.<strong></strong></p> <p><em>What is the most rewarding aspect of Healthy Minds Practice for you?</em><em> </em></p> <p>I absolutely love what I do! It is so exciting and rewarding to see all the healing that is happening right in front of me. I see so many people that feel stuck or that have tried hypnosis before and think they can’t be hypnotized, and we work together, and they break through their limiting past experiences and personal challenges and have intense, liberating experiences. Knowing that I can give people that, that I can witness that, and experience this with them- I can’t imagine anything more rewarding.</p> <p>For more information visit or call 954/471-3073.<strong></strong></p>Taryn TacherMon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyThanksgiving Weekend Guide<p>Our coverage of Thanksgiving weekend has been rolling out for the past few weeks. We put them together into one handy blog so you don’t have to go searching.</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/turkey.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dining Out for Thanksgiving</strong></p> <p>Drop those pans and take a seat – we have a list of restaurants willing to do the cooking and cleaning for you. You’re welcome.</p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/17/turkey-day-dining-part-i/" target="_blank">Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part I</a></p> <p>2. <a href="/blog/2014/11/18/turkey-day-dining-part-ii/" target="_blank">Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part II</a></p> <p>3. <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/turkey-day-dining-part-iii/" target="_blank">Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part III</a></p> <p>4. <a href="/blog/2014/11/19/avoiding-the-thanksgiving-food-coma/" target="_blank">Avoiding the Thanksgiving Food Coma</a></p> <p>5. <a href="/blog/2014/11/25/maxs-harvest-to-brighten-black-friday/" target="_blank">Black Friday Brunch</a></p> <p><strong>Black Friday Shopping</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/12/black-friday-hours-2014/" target="_blank">Black Friday Mall Hours</a></p> <p>2. <a href="/blog/2014/11/13/best-stores-to-shop-on-black-friday/" target="_blank">Best Stores to Shop on Black Friday</a></p> <p><strong>Thanksgiving Beauty</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/get-gorgeous-skin-by-eating-thanksgiving-dinner/" target="_blank">Thanksgiving Food: Good for your skin</a></p>magazineSat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 EventsMike Birbiglia &#39;Thanks God for Jokes&#39;<p>At one point last night, in his performance at the Arsht Center, Mike Birbiglia said (and I’m paraphrasing from memory), “I guarantee that you told someone who you were going to see tonight, and they said, ‘<em>who</em>?’ I’m a niche, and I’m fine with that.”</p> <p>This statement is both true and not entirely genuine. While he may not have cracked the standup A list—the Seinfelds, the Mandels, the Mahers—he occupies a space in comedy that allows him to play glittering venues like the Arsht, and to structure his humor as a theater and storytelling more than traditional comedy. His name may not ring a bell in a large percentage of the American populace, but that’s on them, not him—and his star is only increasing every year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mike_birbiglia.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>That said, Birbiglia was not exactly in top form on the Florida leg of his exhaustive “Thank God for Jokes” tour, his first South Florida appearance since he brought his one-man show “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” to Coral Springs in 2013. When the lights dimmed at the end of his set, he was met with a standing ovation from his die-hards, but I could count the show’s gut-busting laughs on fewer than one hand. Where his previous shows hinged on marvelously sustained storytelling complete with imaginative physical humor and the occasional video-screen prop, “Thank God for Jokes” felt like a bit of a shamble, tenuously structured around a theme of comedy deconstructionism—what’s funny and in what context, and what isn’t?</p> <p>It was all, as far as I could tell, autobiographical, as Birbiglia’s best material often is, and its anchors included a bit about yoga (which he defined “trying not to fart while stretching”); an overextended routine about nut allergies and airplanes; his experience of being arrested in New Jersey; and a very funny ramble about parasitical mice in Massachusetts. A bit about Jesus returning from the dead and sounding like Woody Allen (because he was a “socialist Jew—the least popular demographic, especially with Christians”) suggested that he can kill with political humor, which usually isn’t his style. Like the talented long-form storyteller he is, he occasionally circled back to earlier themes and comedic philosophies through the form of elegant callbacks.</p> <p>But there’s no question that “Thank God for Jokes” missed the cohesion of his previous shows. As a more conventional standup act, it left room for plenty of crowd work, not all of it successful: By prodding an audience member about his uneventful arrest and getting few nuggets of comic gold from the interaction, Birbiglia stopped the show’s momentum dead in its tracks. And one punch line fell so much flatter than expected that Birbiglia’s follow-up comment didn’t make sense.</p> <p>He saved his best, if also his most esoteric, material for last: a retelling of his hilarious, disastrous hosting of an awards show in which he resurrected a dark chapter from director David O. Russell’s past, with Russell sitting stone-faced a few feet in front him. But even here, the final sendoff didn’t feel like a closer; it was one more joke in need of a broader vision.</p>John ThomasonFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:34:42 +0000 & EventsFashion Forward: Fragrance, Styling Advice, and Small Business Sales<p><strong>The Gift of Scent:</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/scentevent.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via Neiman Marcus Instagram</em></p> <p>From Nov. 23- 30, Neiman Marcus is holding its annual fragrance event. Check out new holiday scents and get your hands on limited-edition gift sets. Take home an exclusive clutch and travel-sized fragrances as a free gift with any purchase of $100 dollars or more.</p> <p><strong>Brighton Fashion Fridays:</strong></p> <p>Every Friday until New Year’s, fashion insiders will be sharing simple tips to style your look. On Nov. 21, stylists will demonstrate how the crocodile trend can add sophistication to a casual ensemble. Gift experts will help you check everyone off your holiday list on Nov. 28. Then on Dec. 5, come in with your holiday outfit and fashion experts will help you add that perfect finishing touch with personal accessory recommendations.</p> <p><strong>Small Business Saturday:</strong></p> <p>On Saturday, Nov. 29, more than 50 merchants in downtown Delray will come together to celebrate local businesses at this shopping event. Throughout the day retailers will have special promotions and giveaway. Select stores will have up to 40 percent off merchandise, with American Express offering members up to $30 back when they shop with their cards.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 21 Nov 2014 13:03:50 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsGet gorgeous skin by eating Thanksgiving dinner<p>The old saying “you are what you eat” isn’t just a tired cliché.  Not only can diet affect your overall health, but it can also have an impact on your appearance, especially your skin. Before you load up on second and third helpings of your Thanksgiving favorites take a look at what is on your plate. These six Thanksgiving foods will keep your skin looking healthy and naturally glowing throughout the holidays.</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/turkey.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cranberries:</strong></p> <p>This superfood outranks nearly every fruit and vegetable in antioxidants, which neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Research from National Center for Biotechnology Information has shown cranberries can help soothe skin conditions such as acnes, eczema and psoriasis.  Consuming them regularly can even help avoid dental issues like gingivitis, plaque buildup and cavities.</p> <p><strong>Pumpkin:</strong></p> <p>This gourd is loaded with beta-carotene, a strong antioxidant that is converted from vitamin A to prevent wrinkles and keep skin moisturized, according to the University of Illinois.  Also rich in vitamin C, it will boost your immune system, accelerating cell turnover rate.</p> <p><strong>Red Wine:</strong></p> <p>Drink up! Both the seeds and the skin of grapes are part of the fermenting process of wine, so it keeps a high concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols, including resveratrol. Harvard Medical School researchers have found that these compounds soak up skin damaging ions to slow down the aging process.</p> <p><strong>Turkey:</strong></p> <p>This quintessential Thanksgiving staple is an excellent source of the mineral zinc. Studies from the National Center for Biotechnology Information show that zinc increases skin collagen synthesis, helping the skin stay firm.</p> <p><strong>Walnuts:</strong></p> <p>This nut is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that help structure the cell membrane. This membrane is vital in locking moisture into the skin. These fatty acids are also converted into active molecules called prostaglandin that have anti-inflammatory properties, according to Stanford University.</p> <p><strong>Sweet Potatoes:</strong></p> <p>Just one sweet potato has nearly 200 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin A, which is great for promoting new skin cell growth, according to the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Rich in fiber, sweet potatoes can also regulate your digestive tract, helping reduce acne breakouts.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 21 Nov 2014 10:30:51 +0000 Picks of the Week<p><strong>Avocado Grill</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/avocadogrill.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</em></p> <p>"By far the best eggs benedict I've ever had! This is THE place to be for brunch on Sundays! Bottomless bubbly rosé + DJ Adam Lipson + amazing food = marvelous combination!"</p> <p>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Mobil 1 Lube Express</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Forget waiting an hour to get your oil changed. Mobil 1 Lube Express gets you in and out in 15 minutes. No, seriously, I timed it. Now you can spend your lunch break doing more productive things … like actually eating lunch.”</p> <p>(90 W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/368-5303)</p> <p><strong>Coca-Cola Life</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"Have you seen these weird-looking green Coca-Cola bottles and cans in your local supermarket lately? No, it's not a holiday repackaging of the same toxic Coke ingredients; it's a genuinely healthier alternative, rolled out nationally by the company this month, that eliminates both high-fructose corn syrup and aspartame for all-natural ingredients cane sugar and stevia. It tastes just as great as the brand's famous Mexican Coke, and each bottle is only 60 calories. Sounds like it's time for a toast: To Coca-Coca Life!"</p>magazineFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:53:39 +0000 Open For Thanksgiving, Part III<p>And even more restaurants that will do all the heavy Thanksgiving meal lifting for you. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> (<em>125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822</em>), Julian Gremaud’s new farm-to-table eatery in downtown West Palm, is offering two three-course T-Day meals, one strictly traditional, the other a bit lighter, both for $38 per person. On the trad side is turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. On the lighter side is turkey with quinoa, braised kale, roasted tomatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. The regular menu will be available too.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Vic &amp; Angelo’s</a> (<em>4520 PGA Blvd., 844/842-2632</em>) in Palm Beach Gardens will be dishing their regular menu as well as a traditional turkey dinner on the Big Day itself. For $27.95 you get that all-important roast turkey, plus Parmesan mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, honey-glazed root vegetables, dried fruit and sausage stuffing.</p> <p>And if you’re looking to get out of Dodge for Thanksgiving. . .</p> <p>Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (<em>5550 NW 40th St.</em>) has two restaurants offering T-Day dining. <a href="" target="_blank">Sorrisi</a> (<em>954/935-6689</em>) has a $40 prix fixe menu that includes butternut squash and caramelized onion soup, roasted turkey with assorted trimmin’s and pumpkin tart. <a href="" target="_blank">NYY Steak</a> (<em>954/935-6699</em>) will dish four courses for $60 per that includes free-range turkey with apple-brioche stuffing, soup or salad, veggies and pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert. All those dishes will also be available a la carte.</p> <p>At the uber-posh Fontainebleau Miami Beach (<em>4441 Collins Ave., 877/326-7412</em>), a quartet of eateries will cook your Thanksgiving meal. <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Mina 74</a> is doing three courses for $75 per, with such delectables as pumpkin risotto with white truffle whip and chestnut and mortadella-stuffed turkey leg. <a href="" target="_blank">Scarpetta</a> offers four courses for $75, including smoked foie gras and roasted turkey with turkey leg “porchetta.” Michael Mina’s new <a href="" target="_blank">Stripsteak</a> will dish a buffet for $65 per person, featuring everything from shellfish and charcuterie stations to wood-fired prime rib and cedar-grilled salmon. And, finally, <a href="" target="_blank">Vida</a> rolls out a $45 prix fixe menu with herb-roasted turkey plus choice of stuffing and pumpkin and pecan pies. Call the hotel for rezzies.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:16 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion<p>You can eat up, drink up, suit up, get down and recharge all in one place at ROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion at <strong>Coral Square Mall</strong> <em>(9225 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/roc1.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>This new entertainment spot opened on Nov. 15 featuring a restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail store, nightclub and café. Whether you’re in the mood to shop, eat, drink or dance, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at ROC Resto-Lounge &amp; Fashion.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 politics with development and more.<h3>Playing politics with the Ag Reserve</h3> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/977091-1104261517151687-p.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>No one mentioned Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve Area on Tuesday when the county commission chose new leaders, but what happened on Tuesday hints at what could happen with the county’s coastal farmland.</p> <p>The event should have been routine: the annual choice of a county mayor. Until two years ago, the holder was called the chairman, whose most important duty is running commission meetings. Steven Abrams, who represents south county, urged the name change when he got the post. Outsiders, he said—especially businesses seeking to move here—would better understand whom in county government they could approach to set up a meeting, even if most of the duties remained ceremonial.</p> <p>Whatever the title, the choice almost every year has been based on a rotation system that in turn is based in part on seniority. Normally, the vice mayor becomes mayor in the next rotation. Priscilla Taylor had been vice mayor before she succeeded Abrams in 2013. For the last year, Paulette Burdick had been vice mayor.</p> <p>On Tuesday, however, the commission passed over Burdick and chose Shelley Vana by a vote of 5-2, with Burdick and Abrams dissenting. Taylor was the instigator, telling reporters that she thought Vana would “do a better job.” There’s much more to it.</p> <p>When commissioners pass over a colleague this way, it’s punishment. It happened once before in recent years; Jess Santamaria didn’t get the gavel when it was his turn. One reason was that after succeeding Tony Masilotti, one of three ex-commissioners who went to prison, Santamaria continually held himself up as a paragon of political virtue and lectured other commissioners. A more legitimate reason was that Santamaria’s self-absorption could have led to dragged-out, loosely-run meetings.</p> <p>Passing over Burdick, though, was more about policy. Last month, Burdick was one of just two votes—with Santamaria—against the massive Minto West mini-city in The Acreage, northwest of West Palm Beach. Burdick also has said she favors no changes that would allow more development in the Agricultural Reserve Area west of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.</p> <p>Fifteen years ago, voters taxed themselves $100 million to keep as much agriculture as possible in the reserve. Rules limit the number of homes and commercial/retail development in the roughly 20,000 acres. Now, though, some farmers want more development rights, so they can sell their land. Early next year, the commission will consider those proposed changes.</p> <p>GL Homes is the company most eager to build in the Agricultural Reserve Area. Former commissioner Burt Aaronson, whose district included the reserve, was the company’s strongest supporter on the commission. Aaronson has been helping the farmers, and now that he has been off the commission for two years—he was term-limited in 2012—Aaronson can register as a lobbyist.</p> <p>Aaronson and Taylor had become commission allies when he left office. Mary Lou Berger, Aaronson’s former aide, succeeded him. Berger called for the review of development rules in the reserve. She’s also the new vice mayor. Vana voted for Minto West and for development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course in Boca Del Mar.</p> <p>So instead of having a county mayor who has declared her opposition to changes in the Agricultural Reserve, we have a mayor with a recent record of supporting development projects that neighbors overwhelmingly oppose. We have a vice mayor who asked that the county consider changes to development rules in the Agricultural Reserve. We have two other commissioners—Taylor and Hal Valeche—who voted for Minto West and Mizner Trail and voted not to make Burdick mayor.</p> <p>If anyone wanted to look hard, he or she probably could find multiple Sunshine Law violations leading up to Tuesday’s performance. One should not assume that these developments mean that the commission will go against what the public wanted for the Agriculture Reserve. One also should not assume that these developments are a series of coincidences.</p> <h3>New Mizner on The Green</h3> <p>While there remains much talk about the proposed New Mizner on the Green project in Boca Raton, there is no action.</p> <p>In September, when I first wrote about the four-tower condo project—the buildings would average roughly 300 feet in height—a representative of Elad Properties told me that the city might discuss it that month in a workshop. Didn’t happen.</p> <p>Last month, the project’s designer, Daniel Libeskind, made an appearance on behalf of the Boca Raton Museum or Art. There was more talk of an impending council presentation. Never happened.</p> <p>And nothing is scheduled. Here’s why:</p> <p>As Mayor Susan Haynie explained to me in a text message, city staff won’t accept plans for New Mizner on the Green because the towers “exceed the allowed height in the downtown.” The limit for that site, north of Townsend Place on Mizner Boulevard, is 100 feet.</p> <p>Haynie said a member of the council “must be willing to sponsor a code amendment, and to date no one has.” Until then, New Mizner on the Green will remain dazzling, controversial—and in limbo.</p> <h3>Contract pending</h3> <p>Two weeks ago, the Delray Beach City Commission chose Don Cooper to be the permanent city manager, but that won’t become official until Cooper agrees to a contract.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein told me that he anticipates no problems. Cooper’s last salary as a city manager was $161,000, and the advertised salary range for the Delray job was roughly $165,000.</p> <p>One good sign is that it’s already been two weeks. In 1990, it took just a week for the commission’s choice to back out because of disagreements over salary and severance. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me Wednesday that he and Cooper are “exchanging drafts” of a contract. Pfeffer hopes to have a deal by the end of the week.</p> <h3>Update on development regs</h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to move ahead with consideration of new Central Business District development regulations, but there will be a lot to work out before the scheduled second hearing on Dec. 9.</p> <p>At Tuesday night’s first hearing, Mayor Cary Glickstein had suggestions, notably a plan to encourage more office development. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura had questions about the bonus program in general, saying that, while it was only three pages of a roughly 60-page proposal, it dominated the discussion. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia had questions about the parking requirements.</p> <p>Based on the commissioners’ comments, staff members will make changes to the proposals. They are supposed to get a second, final vote on Dec. 9. Since the title of the ordinance covering the regulations won’t change, there doesn’t seem to be a legal problem if the commission votes on something different from what was before them on Tuesday.</p> <p>The hang-up could be getting a version that three commissioners can approve. Jarjura said in email, “My concerns aside, this is an excellent first step in the right direction, and I believe we will pass something reasonable.” Petrolia worries about rushing the new rules. To Glickstein, the office component remains essential. In an email, he said, “The old master plan got us the ‘live’ and ‘play’ pieces of our downtown mosaic, but we have not achieved the all-important ‘work’ part of the puzzle.”</p> <p>Expect a long discussion on Dec. 9.</p> <h3>Getting it right</h3> <p>Sometimes, the criminal justice system gets it just right. That happened this week in the case of a Lake Worth man who last February left a loaded gun within reach of his 3-year-old daughter.</p> <p>Zuri Chambers killed herself with that gun, which her father did not believe she was strong enough to fire. In Florida, it is a felony to leave a loaded gun within reach of a child if the gun is used to injure or kill a child. Thomas Chambers had left the gun out while he showered.</p> <p>Thomas Chambers had no criminal record. On Tuesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes approved a deal that will keep Chambers out of prison but will place him on probation for 10 years and require him to give public talks on guns safety. He will not have a felony conviction if he completes his probation.</p> <p>The Legislature approved that law 25 years ago, after a string of accidental shootings killed several children. One could argue that the felony conviction should stick, but Florida makes it too hard for ex-felons to regain their rights. One cannot argue that society would be better off with Chambers doing all or part of the maximum 30-year sentence he could have received.</p> <p>But as the Legislature writes blank check after blank check to the National Rifle Association on “gun rights,” the Chambers case should be a lesson. He had a concealed weapons permit, and before February would have been considered a model firearms owner. Yet he made a fatal mistake. What about all those other gun owners who are less responsible?</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p>     </p>Randy SchultzThu, 20 Nov 2014 09:13:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsQ&amp;A with Tamara Mellon<p>Just for the record, she still designs heels. It’s just that, in her current fashion incarnation, Tamara Mellon isn’t exactly following in her own footsteps.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/tamara.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The woman heretofore known as the co-founder of Jimmy Choo is taking far greater strides as the head of her namesake luxury brand, which launched late last year. “Putting the needs of the modern woman first,” the line features an array of ready-to-wear apparel and accessories—from cutout dresses and leather trench coats to animal-print clutches and felt hats. Naturally, the brand also includes edgy pumps, sandals, flats and boots. But Mellon’s plans don’t end there.</p> <p>“I have a vision for so many other different categories (think home and fragrance) that my team sort of has to hold me back and hold the reins,” says the 47-year-old mother of one (daughter Araminta). “I have a whole world in my head.”</p> <p>For now, the focus is on her existing pieces, which are released monthly based on a “buy now, wear now” model. It’s a structure that defies the seasonal runway timeline and is embraced by both her customers and her fashion contemporaries. Boca Raton spoke with Mellon—in town Dec. 10 for a special event at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center—about this latest adventure in an already remarkable career.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Why was the time right to start your own line?</strong></p> <p class="Default">I founded Jimmy Choo when I was 27. I got to the point where I had been through quite a bit. Either I was going to stay with Jimmy Choo, and that would be it, or I felt I was young enough to take a risk and do it again. If I waited another five years, that opportunity probably wouldn’t be there.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Were you nervous about launching a namesake line coming on the heels of something that’s so iconic in the fashion world?</strong></p> <p class="Default">It’s always daunting to start something new, but the excitement outweighed the fear of doing it.</p> <p><strong>Have you found it difficult to distance yourself from Jimmy Choo?</strong></p> <p>People still get confused. I did have a non-compete—I took a year off in between. I think that now when people look at this brand, they really see a very distinct difference between the two, so hopefully they start identifying me more with [Tamara Mellon]</p> <p><strong>What’s the difference between a Jimmy Choo woman and a Tamara Mellon woman?</strong></p> <p>I would say a Tamara Mellon woman is who I am today. It’s a little bit more grown up. She views the world in a very different way … [The line] is what we call modern luxury. It’s just below luxury, above contemporary.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>magazineThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineShoppingFace Time: Alan Koolik<p>It was the Double Jeopardy round of the semifinals in this summer’s “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament, and Alan Koolik was on fire. The Pine Crest student, 17, was scorching through one of his favorite categories, mathematics. The base 10 logarithm of 10,000? Four. The radius of the circle x squared plus y squared equals 100? Ten. The name of the x coordinate in Cartesian geometry? The abscissa, of course.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/alankoolik.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Koolik nearly swept the category on the July 30 broadcast, moments after correctly an-swering questions—or, in Jeopardy parlance, correctly questioning answers—on everything from Looney Tunes and Greek mythology to the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe.</p> <p>Speaking to Koolik in his family’s spacious Boca Raton living room, Koolik remembers little of this. “Jeopardy!” is a thinking person’s game that doesn’t leave much time to think. When asked to recall some his most notable responses, he draws a blank, likening his experience to an athlete being “in the zone.”</p> <p>“You just have to focus on the questions and on Alex [Trebek’s] voice, and on the buzzer,” he says. “There’s no time to think about anything else. Between the time of the taping and the airing, I remembered nothing—maybe four different clues.”</p> <p>Like most “Jeopardy!” savants, Koolik has his weak spots, notably pop culture—a category that, not surprisingly, turns up with frequency on Teen Tournament game boards. “I checked the Billboard Top 40 before I left,” he says.</p> <p>His preparation paid handsome dividends.</p> <p>Koolik’s victory in this semifinal round was one of four appearances he made on the nationally syndicated game show in a two-week period, a journey that took him all the way to the finals. He nearly captured the entire tournament, concluding the final round in a tie against New Jersey’s Jeff Xie—the first such climax in the Teen Tournament since 1996. A single tiebreaker question, on the Civil War, de-cided the winner; Koolik knew the answer, but Xie buzzed in first with the correct response.</p> <p>“It’s all in the buzzer,” he says. “But Jeff played an amazing game.”</p> <p>Koolik still walked away with a $54,200 second-place prize, the culmination of a process that was not easy—one that required patience, knowledge, personality and a bit of luck.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>John ThomasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsThe Seat of Power in Boca<h4><span>Boca hasn’t turned over a new Leif in 15 years. During that time, the city manager has Become more than a fixture; he’s become an institution. As part of this issue’s feature on the people and entities that drive our local agendas, veteran journalist randy schultz (author of “city watch” at examines this unique consolidation of power.</span></h4> <p><span><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/ahnell.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="Default">Who runs Boca Raton? The discussion starts and mostly ends with the most powerful unelected local official in Palm Beach County—a man who also may be more powerful than any elected official.</p> <p class="Default">Leif Ahnell has been Boca’s city manager for 15 years. In addition, Ahnell is director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, which oversees downtown Boca. No other manager in the county has such a dual role, and Ahnell has it in the county’s second-largest city. Delray Beach has a separate CRA director, as do Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach.</p> <p class="Default">Ahnell has no vote on the council. But neither does Mayor Jeri Muoio in West Palm Beach, the county’s only city with a strong-mayor system. Like Muoio, though, Ahnell hires all staff members and shapes the agenda for city council meetings and CRA meetings, when the council serves as the CRA board. Like a strong mayor, Ahnell controls the staff reports and recommendations that shape council votes.</p> <p class="Default">But where Muoio must face the voters next year if she wants a second term, Ahnell rarely faces public criticism from Boca council members. He doesn’t face formal, written evaluations. And unlike West Palm Beach’s strong mayor, Ahnell doesn’t have to worry about term limits.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsHow Does it Feel?<h4 class="Default">Seven people with South Florida connections—from a fire-eating belly dancer to a World War II submarine cook—take readers inside the experiences that have inspired them, changed them, defined them and, in at least one case, slimed them.</h4> <p><em>The following are excerpts from all seven stories:</em></p> <p><strong>To be the king of slime?</strong></p> <p>David Aizer, <em>Former host, Nickelodeon’s Slime Time Live!</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="396" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/davidaizer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I know this sounds ridiculous because I’m a grown man, but I'm not allowed to tell you what is in slime. I had to sign a non-disclosure. As you can imagine, Nickelodeon’s pretty protective. What I can tell you is that it’s cold and gooey—and, actually, fairly delicious. It tastes a bit like vanilla pudding. You’d be surprised to know what actually goes into it. I’ll just say that it’s a naturally occurring substance found at the center of the universe.</p> <p>Here’s the other thing: You take a shower, then you take another shower—and two days later you’re still finding slime in your ears, behind your ears, everywhere. It does come out of your clothes, though.</p> <p><strong>To model with sharks?</strong></p> <p>Kristen Koscielniak, <em>Artist, Teacher, model and owner, The Silk Soap Company, Delray Beach</em></p> <p>About 10 years ago, my sister met photographer Todd Essick at an event in Chicago. He had an idea for this underwater modeling project in Key Largo that would celebrate the beauty of women but in a natural setting. So my sister mentioned to him that I’d been a certified scuba diver since age 16.</p> <p>Not long after that, I was diving buck naked into the ocean. That’s how it started. Todd and I ended up becoming good friends and doing projects together in the Keys, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. During that first Key Largo shoot, we worked with some eels and nurse sharks. But by the time we photographed in the Bahamas, we were attracting black-tip and bull sharks, as well as nurse sharks.</p> <p><strong>To hear again?</strong></p> <p>Lucia Story, <em>Cochlear implant patient</em></p> <p>Hearing loss can lead to some embarrassing situations. One day I was at one of my children’s ball games, and a woman said, “Doesn’t that man have a good head of hair?” I thought she said he was having an affair. I couldn’t understand why she was talking about his private life in front of everyone.</p> <p>I never wanted people to know that my hearing was fading. Ever since I was a child, I liked being the listener. I never wanted to be the funny girl. You learn when you listen. So when I started losing my hearing, I found myself being the talker; I’ve never been happy in that world. I had to work very hard to listen, and it was exhausting.</p> <p>It started around 1970. I was a stewardess at the time, and I remember having a really bad cold. That’s what triggered it. I shouldn’t have been flying, but I did. The hearing loss was gradual. I would find myself saying, “Excuse me?” “Pardon me?” But I didn’t want people to know.</p> <p><strong>To be racially profiled?</strong></p> <p>Dr. Ronald Romear, <em>Pediatrician</em></p> <p>I was born in Trinidad, and I left there when I was 15. I moved to Silver Springs, Md., in the late 1970s with the sole purpose of continuing my education. People didn’t know where I was from. They looked at me like I was straight out of a Tarzan movie or something. I did not understand black America or white America. I was an enigma to both groups.</p> <p>The first time I was stopped randomly, I was working as a camp counselor at a YMCA (near Washington, D.C.). I remember it vividly. I was getting off the bus and going to get ice cream. The police stopped me and said to assume the position. Then they walked me over to a squad car, and there was this older white woman inside. Someone had stolen her handbag. She looked at me and shook her head no.</p> <p>I was a black male with a blue Adidas top on, and that was enough for them to stop me. I was angry. But then you start telling people, and you hear like six other similar stories. And you realize, “This isn’t about Ron Romear. This is just the way it is.”</p> <p><strong>To be lured into a trafficking ring?</strong></p> <p>Katariina Rosenblatt, <em>Speaker, author and founder, there is H.O.P.E. for me</em></p> <p>I grew up in South Florida with a very abusive father, both physically and verbally. That left me vulnerable. My mom had left my dad, and we were living at this hotel—a nice one, it wasn’t seedy.</p> <p>That’s where the trafficking ring first saw me. I was at the pool, and they sent this 19-year-old woman, Mary, to befriend me. She was working for a pimp at the hotel. Over the next month, she got me to confide all my needs and wants. I was hungry for a father figure. I didn’t know the difference between safe and unsafe love.</p> <p>Trafficking in America is a lot of trickery and deceit and false friendships. Mary told me one day we were going to play a game, and that I was going to be the bride. I put on this white jean dress and my mom’s makeup. I met her in the stairwell as she instructed, and she took my hand. I was 13.</p> <p>She knocked on the door of this room I’d never been to, and there was this man, like 65, overweight, burly, hairy, and with no shirt on. He was wearing gray dress slacks. Mary locked the door behind us. I remember it like it was yesterday. I always tell kids to trust their instincts, and I wish I would have trusted mine. </p> <p><strong>To eat fire?</strong></p> <p>Vanneza Romero, <em>Professional belly dancer</em></p> <p>I’ve been dancing for 17 years, but I just started fire eating about six years ago [Romero is 31]. There are a lot of belly dancers in South Florida, and the profession is very competitive. So I took it upon myself to learn.</p> <p>At one point, I actually was working with a fire eater, but she didn’t want to tell me her secrets. So I went on YouTube. There’s all kinds of stuff online showing you how to do it. The first time I tried it, I was in my mother’s garage and still living at home. She had no idea what I was up to.</p> <p>The important thing to remember is that fire goes up. Always. I have to look upward, and there can’t be any hair or eyeglasses or anything in the way that could light up. Your breathing has to be very controlled. I am actually blowing out, but it looks like I am eating it. Obviously, you can’t put the fire in your mouth; you’d burn yourself. So you get it close, then extinguish it with your breath.</p> <p><strong>To be a wartime cook on a submarine?</strong></p> <p>Robert Wayne Wasson, <em>Served on five U.S. navy subs between 1943-53</em></p> <p>They called them fleet submarines. Roosevelt had ordered 20 of them in 1937. They were built to keep up with the (Naval) fleets, if they had to. They were about 311 feet long. The kitchen? It was about 12 feet long by 8 feet wide, small enough that you could mop it with your feet and reach everything.</p> <p>I had made up my mind that I wanted to be on a submarine after Pearl Harbor, and I wanted to be a cook. Your parents had to sign the papers if you were 16, but I took care of that myself and left in the middle of the night. I was 17 by the time I went to boot camp in 1943.</p> <p>The Navy is very stubborn. They said I should be a machinist. It took about two weeks for me to convince them. They sent me to school in Chicago to learn cooking and baking.</p>magazineThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineWho Pushes the Buttons in Boca?<h4><span>Thirty years ago, a handful of influential, concerned citizens doubled as agents of change in Boca. Today, the people and entities that drive agendas and affect our growth represent a variety of interests and backgrounds. Some are easily identifiable. Others fly under the radar. We asked Randy Schultz, a longtime resident and author of the popular “City Watch” blog at, to help identify Boca’s modern-day power brokers.</span></h4> <p><span><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/featureimage.png" width="490"></span></p> <p>It has been decades since the glory days of IBM in Boca Raton, when the company employed as many as 10,000 people in the aftermath of designing the first personal computer. Like another South Florida boom-and-bust industry—real estate—high-tech can ebb and flow. IBM shrunk to 1,000 employees and finally left.</p> <p>Yet smaller high-tech firms are starting and thriving in Boca. Drawing them to the area are, among other things, the commerce and research parks at Arvida and Florida Atlantic University, respectively, the absence of a state income tax (a lure for potential employees) and the city’s growing tech-friendly reputation.</p> <p>“Boca has been discovered as a location for high-tech companies,” says Andrew Duffell, president and CEO of FAU’s Research Park. The facility, which he notes is 80 per-cent occupied, serves as an incubator for companies. “There’s been a pretty significant wave in the last five years. It’s woken a lot of people up.”</p> <p>The Arvida Park of Commerce is just one part of northwest Boca Raton where companies are setting up. The area is flourishing enough that Gov. Rick Scott made campaign appearances at Boca-based companies, touting the improving economy. Admittedly, none of the companies at this point is close to being an IBM in terms of employees. Most employ fewer than 200. Still, the trend line for many of these firms is up, and perhaps the next IBM is among them.</p> <p>Here are five people to watch in Boca’s high-tech world, though they are hardly the only ones; other entrepreneurs have brought companies like OpenPeak and Campus Management to the area. Boca Raton isn’t Silicon Valley, but with enough progress, maybe the name Silicon Beach finally will stick.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsYour Table is Ready<p>Can’t navigate the local restaurant scene without a program? Fear not. Our food editor offers primo picks in nine different categories for your dining pleasure.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/elcamino.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s no better time to be a diner in and around Boca Raton than now. Whether fine dining or fun dining, the local restaurant scene has never offered hungry gastronomes more diverse choices. It doesn’t matter if you’re lusting after rice noodles or gnocchi, sushi or sausages, a thick, juicy burger or a slab of luscious foie gras: There’s a restaurant out there whose kitchen is speaking directly to you.</p> <p>Not all that long ago, this kind of quality and range of restaurants was available only to denizens of a handful of major American cities. But good food has become democratized; you don’t need to dress up and spend a lot of money to dine on fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared with skill and love, and served up in haute, hip or homey settings. There may not yet be an organic, free-range chicken in every pot, but we’re getting there.</p> <p>If you haven’t already, put the following restaurants on your must-dine list. Bon appétit!</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Bill CitaraThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsThe Euro Sampler<p>With the Big Sleep of the recession finally over, people are stirring again, dusting off passports, dreaming up new wish lists and booking cruise ships and airlines for new adventures. The stay-cation was so 2008; we are back into the world now, and summer vacations are taking on a whole new dimension.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/europe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One of the first destinations to rediscover is Europe—at least a few parts of it—for the savvy traveler who has already “done” Paris and Madrid and Athens and Munich. We recently dropped in on three of our favorite places not long ago—London, Rome and Mallorca—to see what was going on and how they felt the second or third time around. Here’s our travel update.</p> <p><strong>London</strong></p> <p>London holds a special place in my heart given I lived there for two years as a child and then, later, as a college student for a summer. But the London I remember—quaint, very British, very manageable—bears no resemblance to the one that gets all the glossy press now. I remember Sundays in Hyde Park and antique shopping on Portobello Road, buying sweets at the confectioner’s. There were ghost stories and Beatles, Carnaby Street and Mary Quant. Biba was the coolest department store on the planet.</p> <p>Today, London may be the most sophisticated and international city across the pond, with a skyline I did not recognize. There is the famous 2014London Eye as well as the Shard, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf—all skyscrapers dwarf-ing sweet little Big Ben. Oh, the sights are still worth seeing (the Natural History Museum and the Tower of London never get old), and fish and chips is still a street favorite, but, for the most part, the city is wildly expensive now. It’s also less British, inhabited by people from all over the world. Mayfair, meanwhile, feels like Worth Avenue or Rodeo Drive, with the usual suspects—Prada, Louis Vuitton, Apple—except when you seek out the London stalwarts, the names that began here, the true blue-chip British icons.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Marie SpeedThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel A Walk to Remember<p>Yaacov Heller’s earliest art memory dates back to kindergarten, when he crafted an elephant out of clay using his teacher’s kiln. He brought the pachyderm to his Cleveland home and, as Heller recalls, his parents promptly told him to take it back. “[They asked], ‘Where did you steal it from?’ I had to convince them that I made it.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/yaacov_heller-8453_copy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As prolific as he was prodigious, Heller’s art-making continued apace, and as a young man in the United States Navy, he began to view it as an enterprise, charging fellow-sailors $25 for portraits of their loved ones, completed on board the USS Forrestal. Sometimes he would be working on six of these paintings at a time. When the vessel docked in the south of France, he would use the profits to pay a colleague to man his post while he jetted to Paris to visit the Louvre.</p> <p>An 18-year residency in Israel, beginning in 1972, led to the style of work for which he is most recognized internationally. His bronze-cast representations of Biblical narratives in action—the binding of Isaac, Moses with the Ten Commandments, David and Goliath—have wound up in the hands of world leaders from Yitzhak Rabin and Margaret Thatcher to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.</p> <p>“I was in the land of the Bible,” Heller explains. “I read the Bible, and I learned these stories, and I visualized them. If I had gone to Spain, I probably would have been doing bullfighters and flamenco dancers.”</p> <p>This ability to absorb and then immortalize his environment, whatever it is, has led to an eclectic career. To the uninitiated, the pieces inside Gallery 22—the combination studio, showroom and gallery he has operated in Royal Palm Place for the past eight years—easily could speak to talents of several different artists. But it’s all Heller: Vibrant paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Superman, James Gandolfini and others pop off the walls alongside semi-abstract Lucite sculptures, elaborate Judaica pendants, and secular jewelry patterned in the shape of flowers and animals.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>John ThomasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineSmells Like Teen Spirit<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/hthero.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Noah Zylberberg </strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 16</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Junior at Spanish River in Boca</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> Zylberberg’s nonprofit—Youth Advocating Pool Safety (—combines his passion for swimming (he’s on the team at Spanish River) with a desire to prevent the third-leading cause of death in children: drowning. To that end, he teams with a local doctor and firefighter on a presentation—like the one he’ll give in January at Addison Reserve—aimed at parents and grandparents. Zylberberg, CPR and lifeguard certified, focuses on childproofing homes that have pools and educating adults about how to monitor and protect young swimmers.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Laura Sky Herman</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 18</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Senior at Pine Crest inFort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> An accomplished ballet dancer, Herman created Bows Art during her freshman year as a way to help those families struggling to cover costs associated with the discipline—from lessons and pointe shoes to dancewear. The Boca resident did so by making and selling the handmade bows worn in ballet buns. What started as a thoughtful gesture has turned into a difference-making program. Between the money raised from her bows, the bonus contributions from customers, and the classes discounted by her ballet studio in Fort Lauderdale, Herman estimates that Bows Art has made a combined $4,000 difference in the lives of aspiring dancers.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Monica Aber</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Age:</strong> 17</p> <p class="p2"><strong>High School:</strong> Junior at Spanish River in Boca</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Program:</strong> Inspired by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Aber launched her own outreach group—Youth Health Alliance (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)—to promote the importance of nutrition and exercise at a young age. A dancer and soccer player as a child, Aber realized early on how diet played a role in her overall fitness. She’s also seen the impact that unhealthy eating habits and poor body image have had on some of her peers over the years. So Aber, currently on the swim team, directs her message at youngsters from pre-K through sixth grade, delivering interactive talks at schools like Advent Lutheran.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the December issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>magazineThu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsLearn Situational Awareness for Holiday Safety<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Protect yourself this holiday season with a safety course from a local self-defense instructor.</p> <p>John Riddle, a former West Palm Beach police SWAT team member, is teaching a course called “<strong>Situational Awareness for Holiday Shopping and Travel</strong>” on Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m. He’ll discuss what potential victims need to know about body language and gut feelings in order to avoid assault.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/riddle.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The hour and a half class costs $10 per participant and takes place at Riddle’s self-defense training facility, Progressive Self-defense Systems, at 1000 N.W. First Ave., Boca Raton, warehouses 5 and 6. The program talks about being aware of one’s surroundings around the world.</p> <p>Situational awareness is the first step in self-defense, says Riddle, who teaches an Israeli-based military defense system called Krav Maga.</p> <p>“I don't care how good you are in self-defense, martial arts or whatever, if you are not paying attention to your surroundings you can be caught, robbed and beaten before you know it. In today's world, we are all so preoccupied with laptops, cell phones and portable hand-held devices that we don’t see the activity going on around us,” reads a quote from the Progressive Self-defense Systems website.</p> <p>The holidays are a particularly opportunistic time for attackers. Riddles cites the example of heading to the mall after work and returning to your car when it’s already dark outside</p> <p>“This is the area where things can happen,” Riddle says in an email interview. <br> It can be prevented.”</p> <p>To sign up for the course, click <a href="">here</a> or call 561/262-7840.</p> <p>Riddle also teaches defensive pepper spray, rape prevention and concealed handgun courses, along with defensive handgun courses, such as force-on-force scenario-based training.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 19 Nov 2014 13:37:34 +0000 Week Ahead: Nov. 19 to 24<p>WEDNESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/mike-birbiglia-web.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Mike Birbiglia</strong></p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Since 2008, Mike Birbiglia has been one of the few comedians gifted enough to take his humor to a more theatrical level, creating two successful one-man shows—“Sleepwalk With Me” and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”—that hew closer to Spalding Gray monologues than traditional standup routines. The memorization, the delivery and the acting came together flawlessly with Birbiglia’s autobiographical subject matter: “Sleepwalk With Me” explained his rapid eye movement behavior disorder, which has led to some dangerous sleepwalking incidents, and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” was a warts-and-all account of his relationship history, which won numerous comedy awards in 2013. His latest production is titled “Thank God for Jokes,” which suggests a return to his standup roots but with the meticulous, actorly polish he’s brought to his previous shows. We’ll review it on Friday here at</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/kim.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>Opening day of</strong> “<strong>Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Fashion Photography at Conde Nast”</strong></p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Few portraitists played with the beautiful contrast of light and shadow quite as potently as Baron Adolph de Mayer, whose 1913 appointment as <em>Vogue</em>’s fashion photographer made him the first artist to attain that position. His black-and-white and sepia-toned images of models such as Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford cut through the Victorian-style gloom of the period with cinematic attention to detail, while helping to establish the groundwork for the nascent genre of fashion photography. “Coming Into Fashion” begins with de Meyer and continues to the present day, studying the evolution of the medium across 150 photographic prints from Conde Nast’s archives in New York, Paris, Milan and London. Edward Steichen, Irving Penn and Miles Aldridge are among the photographic voices whose personalities resonate through their work. Witness fashion photography’s deviations from, and its fundamental similarities to, those early de Mayer shots at the Norton, one of just two American museum engagements for “Coming Into Fashion.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/altarations.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Altarations: Build, Blended, Processed”</strong></p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-2661, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Inspired by such recent New York exhibitions as “What is A Photograph?” and “A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio,” this exhibition of photo-based artworks is, its curators promise, unlike anything seen in South Florida in recent memory. More than 20 contemporary artists, from across the United States and countries such as Israel, Peru and Denmark, contributed artworks that blur the boundaries between photography and other forms of visual art. Some employ digital image-making while others defy its temptations, but all of them have something inherent to say about the state of photography today, in ways that celebrate, contradict and undermine its traditions. Miami artist Maria Martinez-Canas, who is considered one of the anchors of the exhibition, will speak at Thursday’s opening. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/marvel-cast.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Marvel Universe Live!”</strong></p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Where: The BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>Cost: $50-$175</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For fans of Marvel Comics’ storied superhero universe, the only experience more thrilling than the latest 3-D movie adaptation is to watch the heroes’ and villains’ adventures in the flesh. The likes of Wolverine, Captain America, the Avengers and more will provide just that opportunity at this action-packed arena spectacular, complete with trailblazing special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial choreography and motorcycle stunts. A bowel-shaking thunderclap from Thor opens the show, whose plot—as if that really matters—involves preventing the Cosmic Cube from entering enemy hands. He’ll need plenty of help from his aforementioned friends; Spider-Man will be there, as well, clinging upside down to a prop dangling in front of the Statue of Liberty. Phil Smage, the actor playing Captain America, told the <em>New York Daily News</em> that the stunt work is “not easy and everyone is sore, but we’re doing what we love to do.” The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 23, then moves to Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena Nov. 29 and 30.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/romeo-juliet1-690x310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet’s Program I</strong></p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $20-$190</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it comes to “Romeo and Juliet,” you know the story, and spoiler alerts need not apply: Both lovers get it in the end. The joy in experiencing and re-experiencing this passionate tale of star-crossed lovers year after year, and medium after medium, is in the individuality its creators bring to the ageless text. In the world of classical ballet, such knighted choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Frederick MacMillan have created full-length dances based on the story, but Miami City Ballet is re-mounting what most consider the best “Romeo and Juliet” ballet of all: the 1962 version by South Africa’s John Cranko, a choreographer who sought to create dance that was “a representation of life itself.” Known for his clear-eyed storytelling mastery and his thrilling pas de deux, Cranko’s take will be presented with romantic costumes and lavish sets.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/theresolvers1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Hope Fest</strong></p> <p>When: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Abacoa Amphitheatre, 1267 Main St., Jupiter</p> <p>Cost: $25 adults, free for children 12 and younger</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This inaugural Jupiter festival will offer an excellent survey of Florida music, but it’s much more than that: It’s the most ambitious fundraiser yet for Hope From Harrison, the moving nonprofit formed by local parents Matt and Melissa Hudson, who lost their second child Harrison after five months due to an inexplicable birth defect. The Hudsons initially launched their nonprofit to assist with the mounting medical costs of treating their son, and they’ve been paying it forward ever since, raising some $40 thousand for families of sick children. At today’s festival, you can contribute to this worthy cause for an affordable $25, while enjoying nutritious food options, craft beer and a full day of music including Mike Mineo, The Resolvers (pictured), Boxelder, Ketchy Shuby, No Bodies Crew, Miami Street Band and Uproot Hootenany. Notably, the festival also features the first South Florida performance in two and a half years by John Ralston’s Invisible Music, whose frontman recently returned to the area from a three-year sabbatical in Southwest Virginia.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/plame.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: Valerie Plame and Robert Baer</strong></p> <p>When: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Where: Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>What do you when you’re no longer a spy? Presumably, you don’t take a job at Starbucks: You write about spy games. Valerie Plame, the famous CIA operative who was “outed” by columnist Robert Novak in 2003, has launched a fiction series that borrows heavily from her own covert experiences working against nuclear proliferation. In one review, her protagonist, Vanessa Pierson, was called “a smart, sexy action hero, a kind of James Bond with high heels, short skirts and a Glock in her purse.” In the second Pierson novel, <em>Burned</em>, which Plame will discuss at this Miami Book Fair appearance, Pierson must collaborate with a notorious nuclear arms dealer to catch an even more threatening terrorist. She’ll be joined in this discussion by Robert Baer, another accomplished CIA operative and the author of four <em>New York Times</em> best-sellers. His latest book, <em>The Perfect Kill</em>, is a nonfiction adventure about political assassins and the origins of radical Islam.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="254" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/autumn-sonata-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Autumn Sonata” with Liv Ullmann</strong></p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One of the all-time great movies about mother-daughter strife, Ingmar Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata” is also notable as being the director’s only collaboration with his (unrelated) namesake, Ingrid Bergman. She plays a concert pianist visiting her daughter Eva (Liv Ullman) for the first time in seven years. At Eva and husband Viktor’s bucolic parsonage, the mother and daughter will spend a day, night and painful morning stirring up decades of emotional cobwebs, mostly fixated on mom’s frequent absences, narcissism and workaholism. Told in muted colors and stylized, protracted soliloquies, it’s one of Ingmar’s slow-burning chamber dramas, and a brilliant showcase for the subtlety and versatility of his two actresses. One of whom, his wife and muse Ullmann, will be in attendance following the film for a special Q&amp;A. The screening is part of the Cosford Classics series, so it will be screened on its original 35mm film format.</p>John ThomasonWed, 19 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsAvoiding the Thanksgiving Food Coma<p>Thanksgiving is around the corner, and to many people that means over-indulging and consequently feeling stuffed, lethargic and tired. While we love to repeat our holiday traditions, this year I want to propose a new ending to your Thanksgiving feast: a comfortable satisfaction and easy mobility. Here are my top three tips to avoiding Thanksgiving food coma.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/screen_shot_2014-11-19_at_8.38.25_am.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. The week of Thanksgiving:</strong> I often see people over-indulging at Thanksgiving because they deprive themselves days before the holidays. To avoid overeating during Thanksgiving, allow yourself small treats through out the week. Try a guiltless dessert, like my raw vegan apple pie (recipe below). When you indulge a little bit during the week, you may be less likely to over-indulge in pumpkin pie after the big dinner.</p> <p><strong>2. Thanksgiving Day:</strong> Make sure you eat small balanced meals throughout the day, especially before the big turkey or Tofurky dinner. The impulse may often be to dramatically restrict your calories beforehand, but that may backfire when your eyes become bigger than your stomach. Instead of starving yourself, enjoy small, portion-controlled, balanced meals with your favorite holiday flavors. That way when dinner comes around you won't be anxious to dig in. Instead, you’ll make better food choices for yourself.</p> <p><strong>3. During Thanksgiving dinner:</strong> When you find yourself sitting in front of all your holiday favorites, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath and make a conscious plan of what dishes you would like to indulge in first. Fill up half of your plate with green veggies and salad, one quarter with your favorite starchy side dishes and leave a palm-sized space for the protein (plant-based protein will be better for your digestion and well-being). </p> <p>Slow down during the meal and focus on enjoying the conversations with family and friends. Wait 20 minutes after you’re done with your plate before reaching for seconds. If you choose to get more food, eat it slowly and with gusto and pleasure. By taking your time, chewing every bite and enjoying every morsel, you will help your body do its best to digest the food and leave you happy and satisfied. </p> <p><strong>BONUS Z-Tip:</strong> Make your own healthier version of a thanksgiving favorite and bring with you to the dinner. That way you will have a healthy and delicious recipe to enjoy and to share.</p> <p>Savory veggies for Thanksgiving:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="" width="470"></iframe></p> <p>Delicious pumpkin mousse:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="" width="470"></iframe></p> <p>Apple pie filling video and full recipe below:</p> <p><iframe height="387" src="" width="470"></iframe></p> <p><strong>12-Minute Apple Pie</strong></p> <p><strong>Crust:</strong></p> <p>1 ½ cups of almonds</p> <p>1 ½ cups of walnuts</p> <p>1 ½ cup medjool dates</p> <p>½ teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p>Blend all ingredients in a food processor with an S blade until dough is formed. Don’t over process, but don’t leave it chunky either. Put dough into the pie shell, molding it to the shape of the dish.</p> <p><strong>Filling:</strong></p> <p>6 Golden Delicious apples</p> <p>4 medjool dates, pitted</p> <p>2 teaspoons ground flax seeds</p> <p>1 teaspoon salt</p> <p>2 teaspoons of cinnamon</p> <p>1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p>½ cup raisins</p> <p>Shredded coconut</p> <p>Mix 4 apples with dates, flax seeds, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in the food processor until you reach an apple sauce consistency. Transfer for bowl.</p> <p>Using a slicing blade, slice 2 apples and mix with the rest of the mixture in a bowl. You can also chop these two apples by pulsing them in the food processor with an S-Blade.</p> <p>Add raisins to the mixture and combine together with a spoon. Pour into a pie crust, sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut.</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:28:00 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part II<p>Continuing our “They’re cooking turkey (or whatever) on Thanksgiving Day so you don’t have to” series, here are a few more restaurants to be thankful for. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Cafe Boulud</a> (<em>301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach 561/655-6060</em>) will be dishing up an elegant three-course T-Day meal for $79 per adult and $36 per kid. Think dishes like pumpkin veloute and terrine of squab, heritage turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie or apple tart tatin for dessert.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Meat Market Palm Beach</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800</em>), the most inventive steakhouse around, will be offering a variety of a la carte specials from chef-partner Sean Brasel. There will be a fresh Bell &amp; Evans turkey leg roulade for $32 and bourbon-vanilla-marinated sous vide turkey breast for $35, plus Jack Daniels caramel pecan tartlet with candied pumpkin ice cream for $12 and more.</p> <p>The new <a href="" target="_blank">Del Frisco’s Grille</a> (<em>340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561/557-2552</em>) is offering a $42 prix fixe menu with three courses off all the traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Start with butternut squash bisque, then gobble up a hand-carved turkey with cornbread stuffing plus a choice of two sides, then finish with pumpkin or pecan pie.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pistache French Bistro</a> (<em>101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090</em>) is pulling out all the stops for its $45 prix fixe, three-course Turkey Day dinner. Go traditional with apple and heirloom squash veloute, roasted turkey with chestnut brioche stuffing and pumpkin pie or not so much with escargot in lemon-garlic butter, pan-roasted black grouper and dark chocolate mousse.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">III Forks</a> in Palm Beach Gardens (<em>4645 PGA Blvd., 561/630-3660</em>) invites you to stick a fork in their four-course Thanksgiving dinner. For $46.95 for adults and $16.95 for kiddies you get tomato soup with fresh basil, field green salad with blue cheese and pecans, turkey and assorted trimmings or beef tenderloin with roasted shallot-thyme demiglace and a smorgasbord of desserts.</p> <p><em>For part I of our Turkey Day Dining guide, click <a href="/blog/2014/11/17/turkey-day-dining-part-i/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p>Bill CitaraTue, 18 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsNew land use regs, more on Mizner Trail and All Aboard updates<h3>Growing pains</h3> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/5206_meridian_delray_beach_front.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tonight, Delray Beach nears a decision on one of those Really Big Deals for cities.</p> <p>The city commission holds the first of two scheduled public hearings on new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. The changes would cover downtown core, West Atlantic Avenue, the beach and what would be called the Railroad Corridor along the Florida Coast Railway tracks. That last, new designation would include Pineapple Grove.</p> <p>With all of the remarkable, positive change in Delray Beach over the last 20-plus years has come increasing public criticism of changes that progress has brought. Sidewalks are too crowded. Bicycling is dangerous. The city is approving projects too large for their location.</p> <p>This resentment probably crested in December 2012 with the commission’s approval of Atlantic Crossing. The March 2013 city election brought in Cary Glickstein as mayor and Shelly Petrolia as a commissioner, both of whom had campaigned on a better-growth platform. About a year ago, the city asked the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council for help in drafting new regulations. Comments from residents and affected groups have shaped the proposals even until last month, but tonight will be the first commission vote. If the regulations are approved, a second vote will be necessary in two weeks.</p> <p>Among other things, the new rules—more than 55 pages—call for wider setbacks and more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. They require that the ground floor of a downtown project be a store or a restaurant. They require more open space as part of larger developments. They improve the bonus program for developers. In his memo to commissioners, Interim City Manager Terry Stewart says the changes increase the “importance of the public realm.”</p> <p>Noting that Delray’s downtown master plan is 12 years old, Glickstein says the city should have made such changes during the recession. Building slowed dramatically, but it also seemed likely that growth would return. It did, in force. Like other South Florida cities, Delray faced many new applications for residential projects, most of them apartment buildings. That’s where the financing was after the home/condo bubble burst.</p> <p>Without new regulations, Glickstein said, Delray Beach “had a flawed approval process and a more flawed waiver process.” Delray was offering incentives to developers without a policy for what the city wanted those incentives to create. “A new apartment building,” Glickstein said, “is not memorable.”</p> <p>There’s irony in that last comment, since Glickstein’s company develops apartment buildings. He is correct, though, that Delray Beach was too often taking what was offered rather than getting what it wanted. Such an approach can make life hardest for the people Delray most wants to attract: downtown residents and outsiders who patronize city businesses and like to stroll through the city.</p> <p>Glickstein supports the new regulations, which need three votes to pass. He argues that they address the two main issues: the ground floor and architectural design, guidelines for which are coming soon.</p> <p>In an email to Stewart, however, Petrolia criticized the parking requirements as taking the city “from leniency to lunacy” and call them a potential “deal-breaker.”</p> <p>Specifically, Petrolia envisions that a hotel with 120 rooms, a restaurant and meeting space might have to provide just 35 parking spaces. The public then would have to provide space with a garage. Petrolia calls that “unacceptable.” She also faults the requirements for offices, stores and apartments. Example: For two-bedroom complexes, the requirement would be 1.75 spaces per unit. Petrolia wants that to be two spaces.</p> <p>Glickstein is right that the public will focus most on height and density, since even non-planners understand the terms. But the plan correctly limits the number of stories as a way to restrict height while leaving flexibility for more pleasing designs. Also, a planning council staff member pointed out that density alone isn’t the cause of downtown’s problems. Atlantic Crossing, for example, never had a density issue.</p> <p>The problem is compatibility, and the new regulations should encourage it. The staffer told the commission that if a developer can’t meet the proposed setback requirements, the developer is building too much for the site. Interim City Manager Stewart wants the regulations to bring “predictability” to development decisions. The debate tonight may be anything but predictable.</p> <h3>Mizner Trail</h3> <p>The legal battle over the former Mizner Trail Golf Course is also a public relations battle.</p> <p>Boca Del Mar homeowners who adjoin the property have challenged the Palm Beach County Commission’s approval in June of 252 homes on the roughly 128 acres. In their appeal, the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association seeks to persuade a judge that the commission violated county land-use rules.</p> <p>One key argument is that a judge in 2008 ruled that the land had no inherent development rights. The county approved the master plan for Boca Del Mar—just east of the city limits—in the early 1970s based, among other things, on the open space the course provided. The plaintiffs believe that the landowners never intended to keep operating the golf course, which they declared in 2001-02 to be unprofitable and closed in 2005, right before the commission was set to rule on a previous plan to develop the land.</p> <p>On a recent Friday, the developer—Mizner Trail Properties —issued a news release saying that it intended to sue the homeowners for rejecting a $250,000 settlement to the dispute and thus filing a frivolous lawsuit. But Robert Rivas, a lawyer for Sachs Sax Caplan, which is representing the homeowners, said the developer had offered no such settlement at “any time, in any amount.” He speculated that the move might have been designed to disrupt what appears to be near-unity among the neighbors that they should pursue the challenge.</p> <p>Rivas did say the homeowners had received communication about possible sanctions, but no notice of a lawsuit. Rivas dismissed the idea that the challenge could trigger any sanctions. Neither side knows when the court will decide whether or not to hear the appeal.</p> <p>Some commissioners in the 5-2 majority that approved the project argued that the redesigned project actually would benefit the homeowners. The homeowners disagree. In their petition, they say “the footprint of the development resembles a complex iron mold into which, if the developer gets its way, molten plastic—in the form of homes—will be pumped until the plastic seeps into all the creases and crevices in the mold.” I wouldn’t look for a settlement in this case even if one were offered.</p> <h3>All Aboard</h3> <p>As opposition continues to All Aboard Florida’s passenger service at high decibel levels from residents of northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, the study of commuter trains quietly continues. And for all the talk of All Aboard Florida being an economic “game-changer” for the region, the commuter line potentially is the real transportation breakthrough.</p> <p>The South Florida Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail, is leading a study of the Coastal Link, which would provide commuter service between Miami and Jupiter along the same Florida Coast Railway corridor that All Aboard Florida will use. All Aboard Florida’s parent company owns the FEC tracks.</p> <p>Tri-Rail now ends at Mangonia Park, just north of West Palm Beach. Because Tri-Rail runs on the CSX tracks farther west, it doesn’t serve downtowns in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and elsewhere that are attracting new residents. The project would cost $600 million to $800 million, and depends on many things falling into place. One of them would be how commuter service could work with passenger service and whether Florida East Coast Industries would allow it to happen.</p> <p>So if you live in Boca or Delray and don’t think there’s much to think about regarding All Aboard Florida but “quiet zones,” think again.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 18 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsFestival of the Arts announces 2015 lineup<p><em>[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday, Nov. 19 this week.]</em></p> <p>Last Friday, the Festival of the Arts Boca announced the lineup for its 2015 festival, which runs March 6-15. Here is our preview of the 11 events. </p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/west-side-story-2.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 6: The Festival is bringing back its live-scored movie nights, by popular demand. This year it’ll be <strong>“West Side Story,”</strong> Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the great Broadway musical, which made stars out of Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno. The Sharks will vie against the Jets in vivid CinemaScope and Technicolor on the Amphitheater’s massive video screen, as Jayce Ogren conducts the Festival Orchestra through Leonard Bernstein’s iconic music.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/wfpicks-47-chinsm-640x500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 7: Arguably the biggest “name” at next year’s Fest is <strong>Bela Fleck</strong>, an impossibly eclectic musician who has done more with the banjo that most artists could do with a full orchestra. The acoustic string player has employed his instrument in familiar (bluegrass, folk, country) and less familiar (jazz, pop, classical) environs, and in the process he’s been nominated in more Grammy categories than any other musician, winning 13 of them since 1995. His Festival performance will feature vocals by his wife Abigail Washburn, a formidable Americana musician in her own right, whom he met at a square dance at which he was performing (how awesome is that?).</p> <p>4 p.m. March 8: In the world of popular publishing, series mysteries and series sci-fi are commonplace, but dramatic literature presented in a series format is less ordinary. This is the approach Pulitzer Prize-winning author <strong>Richard Ford</strong> has taken, on and off, for that past 28 years, with his novels about Frank Bascombe, a novelist turned sportswriter turned realtor who is navigating the reality of aging. Like Ford himself, his protagonist is nearing his seventh decade, and he is more candid than ever in Ford’s latest installment, <em>Let Me Be Frank With You</em>. Ford will discuss the book, which finds Frank dealing with a spate of issues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.</p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 8: We love to see that the Festival is continuing to cater to lovers of dance, even though its founders have admitted it isn’t the best moneymaker. Perhaps next year’s stellar dance troupe, the <strong>Stars of the International Ballet</strong>, will have enough jetes and plies to turn this tradition around. Not much has been revealed about the program, other than it will feature dancer/choreographer Guillaume Cote, which is all we need to know: An official Choreographic Associate of the National Ballet of Canada, Cote has been praised for his “lyrical grace” and “dramatic intensity” across a resume that includes some of the greatest leading roles in ballet history.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/cancer-biographer300.png" width="300"></p> <p>7 p.m. March 9: We may not have found a cure for cancer yet, but if and when we do, don’t be surprised if <strong>Siddhartha Mukherjee</strong> will be its discoverer. A hematologist, oncologist and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, Mukherjee is a peerless physician with impeccable credentials, and he’s devoted his life’s work to eliminating the scourge of cancer. His work on the behavior of stem cells and cancer cells has led to a couple of ongoing clinical trials, but his most important contribution to date is his 2010 book <em>The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer</em>, which won a Pulitzer Prize, plaudits from Oprah Winfrey, and—get this—an inclusion on <em>Time</em>’s 100 most influential English-language books published since 1923.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/18479270.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7 p.m. March 11: Terrorism, climate change, politics and America’s stature in the world are all part of <strong>Thomas Friedman</strong>’s copious bailiwick. The insightful, twice-weekly <em>New York Times</em> columnist, who has thrice captured a Pulitzer Prize, is an outspoken advocate of “radical centrism,” a political stance that has, unsurprisingly, earned him enemies on both wings—which is usually a sign that he’s doing something right. His books <em>The World is Flat</em> and <em>Hot, Flat and Crowded</em> have elevated national debates about globalization and energy policy, and his latest book, which doubles as his topic for his Festival lecture, is <em>That Used to be Us</em>, an account of U.S. global decline and the possibilities for the nation’s comeback.</p> <p>7 p.m. March 12: <strong>Michael Grunwald</strong>, a journalist for Politico and a senior national correspondent at Time, is one South Florida’s most astute journalists. He’s also hard to pin down politically, defending President Obama’s efforts at handling the global economic crisis (while criticizing obstructionist Republicans), while taking a more right-leaning stance regarding secrecy and drone strikes. But his Festival lecture, “Saving Paradise,” will address a topic most Floridians can get behind: the preservation of the Everglades.</p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 13: Even if you’re familiar with such Mozart compositions as the Violin Concerto in G major, the Piano Concerto in C major, and the Flute Concerto in D major, you’ll want to attend this evening’s Mozart Gala, to hear these iconic pieces performed by some of the classical world’s brightest luminaries. <strong>James Galway</strong>, aka the “Man With the Golden Flute,” has performed his woodwind for everyone from Roger Waters to director Peter Jackson (for the “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack), selling more than 30 million copies in his storied career; pianist <strong>Conrad Tao</strong> is just 20, but he is already an old musical soul, having won eight consecutive ASCAP Young Composer awards and having achieved distinction as a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts; and <strong>Arnaud Sussman</strong>, a French-born violinist, spent two years as Itzhak Perlman’s teaching assistant, and has since performed at venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the Louvre. Expect to hear a collection of seasonal St. Paddy’s Day music in addition to the Mozart celebration.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/070506.franks.jpg" width="380"></p> <p>4 p.m. March 14: Yet another esteemed Pulitzer Prize winner, <strong>Lucinda Franks</strong> has penned features for <em>The New Yorker</em> and <em>The Atlantic</em> and is a former staff writer for <em>The New York Times</em>. She was also a radical during a time when it fairly dangerous to be a radical; in 1964, she helped found a chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society, and she won her Pulitzer years later thanks to a sympathetic portrait of the death of a Weathermen activist. She would make an unlikely bride to the much older, high-powered prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, a 37-year marriage she chronicles in her latest memoir, <em>Timeless</em>. The book has been praised for its novelistic style, uncomfortably intimate candor and eye-opening revelations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/207-the-young-peoples-chorus.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>7:30 p.m. March 14: Some 26 years ago, Francisco J. Nunez launched the <strong>Young People’s Chorus of New York City,</strong> a multicultural hub for youth singers to reach their potentials, and its stature continues to grow. Its choristers have performed in Carnegie Hall and the White House; have sung in languages ranging from French and Russian to Czech, Swahili and Inuit; and have sung in genres spanning a spectrum of classical, world music, gospel, folk and pop. In what should be a special event, the chorus will perform a program of contemporary songs in the first half of the program, and will return in the second half to perform Beethoven’s 9<sup>th</sup> symphony with help from the Master Chorale of South Florida, the Festival Orchestra Boca, soloists and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulous.</p> <p>4 p.m. March 15: Peabody Award winner and classical-music radio host <strong>Martin Goldsmith</strong> has suffered a soberingly close relationship with Nazi Germany. His parents, Gunther and Rosemarie, were a flutist and violinist, respectively, in his native Germany. From 1933, they played in the Judischer Kuturbund, an all-Jewish orchestra maintained by the Nazis, an experience Goldsmith documented in his first book, <em>The Inexhaustible Symphony</em>. His second book, <em>The Beatles Come to America</em>, proved a respite from tragedy, but this year he has re-explored Nazi history with <em>Alex’s Wake</em>, his account of a luxury liner containing 900 Jewish refugees that was forced back to Europe in 1939.</p> <p><em>The fest is currently welcoming "early bird" ticket buyers. Call the box office at 866/571-2787 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonMon, 17 Nov 2014 16:35:28 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicUpcoming EventsRestaurants Open For Thanksgiving, Part I<p>Of all the things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day (which, for the calendar-impaired, is Thursday, Nov. 27), one of the greatest is that somebody else is willing to do all the cooking, not to mention all the clean-up, of the traditional holiday meal.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/thanksgiving-day-food-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This week’s posts will be devoted to those restaurants that will make your Turkey Day a little easier and a lot less stressful. Thanks, guys. . .</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Bogart’s</a> (<em>3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, 561/544-3044</em>). The restaurant on the upper level of the Cinemark Palace 20 theater will be offering its annual Thanksgiving Day menu to go. The meal includes soup or salad, slow-roasted turkey and sides, and dessert, priced at $149.95 for four to six people and $264.95 for 10 to 12. You can pick up your ready-to-eat meal at the restaurant the day before T-Day or on the Big Day itself, but you have to order (by calling 561/395-7682) by Monday, Nov. 24.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a> (<em>1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/417-5836</em>), the wildly popular good and good for you dining establishment, is already taking rezzies for their T-Day dinner. (And good luck getting in without ‘em.) On the menu are Joyce Farms heritage turkey breast, plus all the traditional side dishes and pumpkin pie for dessert. Cost is $42 for adults and $21 for children under 10.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> (<em>301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699</em>) will be dishing up a three-course prix fixe menu for $40 for big kids and $20 for little ones. Dine at a communal table on herb-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, soup or salad and either pumpkin pie or pink lady apple galette for dessert.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern</a> (<em>402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662</em>) in Mizner Park is also doing a three-course Thanksgiving meal. Choose from butternut squash bisque or arugula-apple salad to start, then roasted turkey or root beer-glazed ham and assorted sides, followed by pumpkin or pecan pie. Price is $34.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. Twenty more bucks will get you a bottle of house wine.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</a> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/368-9500</em>) will put on a T-Day buffet in the waterfront resort’s Atlantic Ballroom. For $59 per adult and $25 per kid you can chow down on everything from oysters on the half-shell and snow crab claws to hand-carved turkey, ham, prime rib and salmon, plus side dishes to a selection of mini desserts.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 17 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsDeepak Chopra brings enlightenment to Boca<p>Last night, I was one of a whopping 1,600 attendees at Deepak Chopra’s speaking engagement at B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, one small pea in a lovely spiritual soup. It’s been less than a year since Chopra’s last South Florida appearance, but it didn’t stop this event from achieving a capacity swell. As a general-admission ticketholder, if I stood up and craned my neck, I could possibly make out the top of the soft-spoken thinker’s head; mostly, though, the Deepak Chopra we saw emanated from a video screen a hundred feet away.</p> <p>But even at such a distance, he was utterly captivating, holding our attention, touching our souls and flexing our mental muscles for the better part of two hours (though in Boca, you can always count on a number of people deciding to beat the traffic, even when the speaker isn’t finished yet). He started out with big, fundamental, unanswerable questions about life and consciousness, joking “We have approximately two hours to figure out the nature of the universe.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/1398676868_chopra2.png" width="400"></p> <p>Chopra promptly dove into facts and figures about physics—the universe is 70 percent dark energy, 25 percent dark matter and 4 percent atomic energy, of which we are just .01 percent—poetically concluding that Earth is located “in the junkyard of infinity.” He then pivoted to studies of the biological basis of consciousness, which remains unsolved by science, referncing Arthur Eddison’s famous quote that “something unknown is doing we don’t know what.”</p> <p>Indeed, science can’t answer the existential questions that cause Deepak Chopra to wake up every morning. And until it does, he seemed to say during the rest of his appearance, we should do our part to keep this little blue dot around by living healthy, spiritual, harmonious lives—to help the universe by helping ourselves, and by becoming one with the infinite consciousness.</p> <p>Aided by PowerPoint slides, Chopra’s lecture soon took on the feel of a self-development workshop, titled “The Future of Well-Being,” and I was grateful to be taking notes. There were too many takeaways to list in one article, ranging from the bizarre to the practical to the moving: Tomatoes have more genes than humans; meditation increases our telomeres by 40 percent, thereby slowing cellular aging; 90 percent of our DNA is bacteria, so that we are really “microbial colonies with a few human cells hanging on to them.”</p> <p>There were flow charts and bar graphs and mind map