Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:53:28 +0000Going to the dogs<p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/newdog.jpg" width="250"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The winter season is winding down, and there are only a few weekends left of our beloved green markets. All the more reason not to miss this Saturday’s Delray Green Market on April 19—which hosts the <span><strong>13<sup>th</sup> Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade</strong>. If it weren’t enough to go for the spices or the Green Cay tomatoes or the French quiches or the paella or the pickles, now you can also see the people who dress their dogs up—and the fine stoic dogs who let them. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>And this is no ordinary casual wear, either; we are talking Easter bonnets and carriages and frilly collars and sunglasses and dresses and balloons. There is no end to what people and their pets will do to show off, and I, for one, find it irresistible. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The parade starts at 10 a.m. and proceeds up Northeast First Avenue and west on Atlantic Avenue to the front lawn of the Cornell Museum for judging and prizes. Categories </span><span>include Most Traditional, Most Original, Funniest, Most Frou-Frou, Most Tropical, and Owner-Pet Look-Alike and Best of Show. Entry fee is $3. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>All proceeds benefit <a href="‎" target="_blank">Dezzy's Second Chance Rescue</a>.  Registration is from 9 to 9:45 am under the "Big Top" directly behind the Green Market and in front of the amphitheater.  </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p>Marie SpeedThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:53:28 +0000 BeachTax notes and that little Cuban issue<p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Taxing problems</h3> <p>April 15 was Tuesday, but the griping about taxes surely never stops. It would surprise no one that residents of Palm Beach County in general and Boca Raton in particular pay more to the IRS than people in other parts of the state and country. Now, though, we have a look at just how much more.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Brookings Institution</a>, as part of its continuing look into how regions of the United States compare with each other in key measures, has just released a study of federal income taxes and local property taxes. As with almost any look at such numbers, this one is interesting.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The study looks at counties, of which there are roughly 3,100 in the U.S. In terms of overall federal income taxes paid, Palm Beach County ranks 30<sup>th</sup>. Do the math, and, yes, that puts Palm Beach County in the one percent of the IRS’ favorite spots. On average, Palm Beach County residents—whether filing as individuals or married couples—pay roughly $16,000 to the U.S. Treasury.</p> <p>Obviously, the “average” part matters. Those who live in the Royal Palm Yacht &amp; Country Club probably pay more—sometimes a lot more—than those in Boca’s Golden Triangle and far more than residents of Loxahatchee and Riviera Beach. But if you want a different comparison, consider that those in Manhattan (New York County) pay about $40,000, the second-highest nationwide. The top spot goes to the one percent of the one percent who live in Teton County, Wyoming, home to Jackson Hole. They pay nearly $68,000.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If it makes you feel better, Palm Beach County doesn’t rank first even in Florida. That would be Collier County on the Gulf Coast, where one of those high-level donors to the IRS is Gov. Rick Scott. Collier ranked ninth. Monroe County was 28<sup>th</sup>, Indian River was 36<sup>th</sup>, and Martin County was 37<sup>th</sup>. The study covers 2007, for which the most recent data is available. For 2013, Palm Beach might rank even higher, since all the research shows that the wealthy have recovered much better from the Great Recession than the middle-class and down, and Palm Beach is far from a down-market area. When it comes to rankings for how much “working poor” residents get from the Earned Income Tax Credit, Palm Beach County ranks 1,822<sup>nd</sup>.</p> <p>The news about property taxes, though, may not be what those in Palm Beach County expect.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Brookings calculated the average of property taxes paid from 2007 to 2011. Palm Beach County ranked near the bottom of the top third, at roughly $2,700, which ranked the county 1,076th. Westchester County, the New York City suburb, ranked first. And based on taxes as a share of home values, Palm Beach ranked just 1,076<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Though the average federal tax bill is seven times higher, there’s plenty of griping about property taxes, because residents can see more clearly where the money goes. The local bill also gives a clear city-by-city comparison. The owner of a home in Boca Raton assessed at $400,000, for example, would pay $1,480 in city taxes. The owner of a $400,000 home in Delray would pay $3,000, because the property rolls and tax rates for the two cities are different. Adjust that number up or down, depending on the value of the home and the tax rate of the city. It’s all there on your property tax bill.</p> <p>Federal tax reform, which hasn’t happened in nearly three decades, is caught up in the dysfunction of Washington and Congress. At the local level, though, change depends usually on just five elected city council or commission members. These new numbers show that cities and counties in Florida must make a persuasive case not just for the tax dollars they spend but also for the fees that can get raised even when tax rates stay flat. The City Watch blog will get into those fees over the coming weeks, as cities and the county start work in their 2014-2015 budgets.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Cuba libre time</h3> <p>The Cuba article in the just-out May/June issue of <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine should make every South Floridian demand that the United States change our failed policy toward that country.</p> <p>Charles and Mary Love note that Americans can visit Cuba only under certain rules. You need the proper tour company. You need to travel under the guise of education or cultural exchange. If you just want to troll around Havana for a weekend, you can’t get there from an American airport. You must fly through a third country —Mexico, Jamaica—and by doing so, you are breaking American law, subjecting yourself most likely to a fine, although the ban makes prison a possibility.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Stupid? Sure. Americans can travel as tourists to North Korea and Iran, two members of what President George W. Bush called the “axis of evil.” I wouldn’t recommend such a trip. Iranians—especially younger Iranians—might be welcoming, but the Revolutionary Guards don’t like Americans. As for North Korea, a Korean War vet was detained there for a month last year, and it took intervention by the Swiss to get him out.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The point is, though, that Americans can make such trips, however risky. But Americans can’t visit Cuba, where the Loves report that many people welcome Americans. While Canada and some European countries seek out business opportunities in Cuba, America remains trapped by a foreign policy that is 60 years out of date, kept in place through the oversized political influence of some Cuban-American politicians in Florida.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That’s because it’s personal, in many cases. The father of U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, was speaker of the Cuban Parliament under dictator Fulgencio Batista, whom Fidel Castro deposed. Many of the early exiles gave up homes and lavish lifestyles. Our policy was designed to oust Castro. Instead, he outlasted eight presidents before turning over power to his brother. We count among our allies Germany, Japan and, to some degree, Vietnam, where we fought real wars. It’s time—especially in Florida—to end the political war over Cuba.</p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 17 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityTheater Review: &quot;Dividing the Estate&quot;<p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/estate.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>A little over a year ago, Palm Beach Dramaworks opened its Carbonell-nominated production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 masterpiece about, among many other things, housing. Now, Dramaworks is back with another play that takes on the subject more directly, if less memorably, in Horton Foote’s “Dividing the Estate.” This time, we’re not witnessing the hardscrabble lives of poor blacks but the mostly privileged lives of upper-crust whites in a fictional Texas town in 1987—a rambunctious and, it almost goes without saying, dysfunctional clan and their extended families, whose rote bickering and disastrous family dinners lend comparisons to the superior “August: Osage County.”</p> <p>As with “August,” the ensemble is led by a dominant, aging matriarch, Stella Gordon (Mary Stout), who is forced to confront the reality that, with the Black Monday stock market crash, declining home values, and vulturine children desperate to divide her lavish estate once she kicks the bucket, the times are indeed a’ changin’. More than one character will be buried by the end of the play.</p> <p>We’re immediately struck by Jeff Modereger’s set design, which is an especially gorgeous and detailed living room interior, even for Dramaworks’ high standards. With its emphasis on mahogany finishes, Queen Anne-style furnishings and heavy drapes, the set exudes a whiskeyed, clubby, anachronistic ambience—a functional relic whose inhabitants likewise hearken to an earlier time. The family’s 92-year-old butler, Doug—played by John Archie, in another of his bracing, unsettled, deliriously possessed performances—speaks of cemeteries divided by race, and the Gordons’ staff of “help” are all of a certain color, a tradition held over from slavery.</p> <p>Everything about the play, it seems, is old; even its young people sound old. Its ideas do, too; the concept of avaricious heirs coming home to roost is as ancient as Shakespeare, and for all of Foote’s 13 characters, I didn’t see any on the Dramaworks stage that felt especially novel. For a playwright of Foote’s importance, “Dividing the Estate” seems disappointingly lightweight.</p> <p>That said, there’s not a subpar performance in director William Hayes’ carefully chosen cast, and some of the acting is exceptional. (Also, Texans will appreciate the mostly spot-on accents assisted, in this case, by a dialect coach; “handsome” sounds like “haintsome.”)</p> <p>Rob Donohoe’s Lewis, Stella’s blackest sheep, says as much with his gestures as with his staggered, nervous delivery, his actions suggesting the fidgety movements of an addict in withdrawal; his desperation is palpable. Kim Cozort offers a delightfully dark zeal to her judgmental, pampered Mary Jo, tempering the hard edges of arguably the least likeable of the Gordon offspring. Margery Lowe, as the schoolteacher fiancee to Stella’s grandson (Gregg Weiner), may play a beacon of unwelcome knowledge to the rest of the family, but for Dramaworks’ audience, she’s a ray of sunshine on a dark-as-night comedy.</p> <p>And in Stout’s portrayal of Stella, the production comes as close as it gets to a dramatic catharsis, her mulish intransigence seeming ever-more justified with every labored trudge up and down the stairs of the home, in her frequent attempts to escape her callous kin. Stout must interpretation have a few decades to reach Stella’s age, but you wouldn’t guess it from her precise embodiment here. She knows her world is coming to an end, and the pain of her reminiscences gives the play its beating heart. Its soul, however, remains elusive.</p> <p><em>“Dividing the Estate” runs through April 27 at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $60. Call 561/514-4042 ext. 2, or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 16 Apr 2014 13:16:01 +0000 & EventsTheatreBoca After Dark: 3rd and 3rd<p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Where: </strong></span></span><span><span>301 N.E. Third Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-1939</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/3rdand3rd.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The lowdown: </strong></span></span><span><span>Far from the loud and robust action on Atlantic Avenue, and a little further past quaint Pineapple Grove, lies a building on the corner of Third Street and Third Avenue that more resembles a shack than a bustling nightlife alternative. From the outside, you’d never give this place a second look. But, as it turns out, looks can be deceiving. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>3rd and 3rd might just be the best-kept secret in Delray Beach; it has an element of cool that you won’t find anywhere on the Avenue or in the Grove. It’s more a neighborhood hangout, with a vibe that will appeal to foodies, wine and cocktail connoisseurs or anyone who appreciates a low-key atmosphere with chill people and personable staff. I’m not sure you’d ever catch a tourist roaming around these parts unless they were specifically told to do so. This is the kind of crowd who balks at the conventional and welcomes the abstract.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The centerpiece of the room is a full bar with seating all around. There are high tops for those who choose the sit-down dining experience on one side, and a relaxed living-room setting on the other side for those just looking to kick back and lounge.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/3rdand3rd_food.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The intangibles: </strong></span></span><span><span>The creative but limited menu, which changes daily, consists of small and large plates—perfect for sharing. Dishes vary from vegetarian salads (with ingredients like beets and roasted radishes) to hearty entrées (think braised short ribs, veal sweetbreads and seared scallops). Different combinations of skewer plates and dips also are available. If you’re impressed with the food, you’ll be even more thrilled with the selection of specialty drinks, craft beers and wine. Local brewery <a href="" target="_blank">Cigar City</a> is all over the beer menu, as well as other favorites like <a href="" target="_blank">Oskar Blues</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Cisco</a>. On the cocktail front, clever combinations merge to make classic drinks come alive—the traditional Caipirinha is elevated with the addition of acai liqueur; St. Germain and pear vodka punch up the average martini; and lemonade is taken to a whole new level with organic blueberry vodka and fresh blueberries. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Before heading over to 3rd and 3rd, make sure to follow the establishment on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a> to see what’s happening on a particular night. In addition to posting that night’s menu, they post gorgeous images of spotlight dishes. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Live music energizes the room every Saturday night at 10 p.m. Don’t be surprised if you make a handful of new friends while hanging at the bar—one or two of them probably will be part of the staff. 3rd and 3rd is definitely Delray’s it-spot of the moment: the place to see and be seen. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Hours:</strong></span></span><span><span> 3rd and 3rd is open Monday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m to 2 a.m.<strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Website:</strong></span></span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <center>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</center><center></center><center><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/shaina.jpg" width="300"></center><center></center> <div><strong>Shaina Wizov</strong> is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><br></span></span></span></span></span></p>Shaina WizovWed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Barre opens in West Boca<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Time to channel your inner Black Swan. <a href="" target="_blank">Pure Barre</a>, a nationwide workout trend that focuses on small isometric movements around a ballet barre, just opened a studio in West Boca, and it's offering classes seven days a week.</p> <p>The studio, located at 9834 Glades Road, is one of 200 Pure Barre studios nationwide. Launched in 2001, the franchise boasts a total body workout that tones your abs, arms, butt and thighs. While the workouts change, the format stays the same. Each 55-minute course features strength exercises followed by stretches. The moves require concentration, offering participants a mental escape and a physical workout.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/purebarre_ball.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The studio is managed by Heather Clark, a certified Pure Barre instructor who grew up in Boca Raton. Clark, who studied dance, including ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap, and has done yoga and Zumba, says Pure Barre combines her passions for dance and group fitness.</p> <p>But you don’t have to be a professional dancer or fitness fiend to attend. In fact, people at all fitness levels can take the classes.</p> <p>You don’t even need to bring anything. Pure Barre studios provide the props, including light weights, balls, and, of course, the barre.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/purebarre.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The website advises the use of comfortable pants, leggings or capris (no shorts) and a top that covers your midriff. You’ll also want to wear sticky socks to keep from sliding. Don’t have any stick socks? You can buy them at the Pure Barre studio, or <a href="">at the Pure Barre website</a>.</p> <p>The new studio will host a grand opening party in a few months. There’s no date set, yet, but readers who might want to attend should stay tuned by checking for updates on the studio's <a href="">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>The grand opening is free and open to the public. Expect food, drinks goody bags and raffle prizes.</p> <p>Single classes cost $23 each. Package pricing is available, and the West Boca studio is offering a new client special, which allows members one month of unlimited classes for $99. To register for classes call 561/465-5994 or go to <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 TIme: Gary Goodman<p>Like a mime, magician Gary Goodman is pretending to shuffle a deck of cards. He fans his invisible deck and asks me to pick a card, any card. I pretend to pick one, look at it, memorize it. In my head, it’s the 5 of diamonds. He tells me to “put it back in the deck.” I comply. He asks me if I picked an ace or a joker; I tell him I didn’t. That still leaves 48 possibilities.</p> <p><img alt="" height="365" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/gary_goodman-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Then Goodman takes a <em>real</em> deck out of its box and begins to fan it in front of me, telling me that only one card—my card—will be facing down, while all the others will face up. Sure enough, I can see the backside of one card. He flips it over. It’s the 5 of diamonds.</p> <p>I’m flummoxed. I have no idea how he did it.</p> <p>“I tell everybody that any 8-year-old with 40 years’ experience can do this,” says Goodman, 55. “If I told you [how I did it], I’d have to make you disappear.”</p> <p>Lord knows he could. We’re in Gary Goodman’s home in Boca Raton, an immaculate, white living room decorated with posters of his profession’s godlike figures: Alexander Conlin, Howard Thurston, Harry Kellar and Harry Houdini, whose illusions continue to haunt and inspire Goodman’s act, which he performs at public events and private gatherings across South Florida and beyond. He’s played at the halftimes of Miami Heat games, Halloween shows at Sugar Sand Park, and at least a decade entertaining attendees of Chris Evert’s Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Delray Beach.</p> <p>The trick he performed for me is a combination of close-up magic and mentalism, which is the art of mind-reading. As Goodman puts it, “I influence people’s thoughts, get them to say a certain thing, get them to think a certain way.”</p> <p>But he’s perhaps most known for his grand illusions, whose props are so large and plentiful they know longer fit in his home. He has a repertoire of 20 that he’s perfected over the years, and most of them involve slicing sharp objects through beautiful assistants trapped in baskets or boxes; shortening a beautiful assistant in a cabinet until she’s nothing but a head and a pair of feet; making beautiful assistants disappear and reappear; and changing places with beautiful assistants, despite being padlocked in a trunk (the latter is an old Houdini trick that still amazes).</p> <p>“No trick or illusion is airtight,” he says. “Every time I do a grand illusion, there’s an element of danger. So my mind is so focused, because I can’t let that illusion fall off the stage. Every night is a new venue, so you can’t just assume the floor will be just right for it, or the angles will be just right for it. And when you do these things long enough, you get a feel for the backup plan: If this happens, then I’ll do this. There are moments when you just have to say, ‘let’s pause a moment for the trick that just died.’ Fortunately, that’s very, very rare.”</p> <p>And Goodman <em>has </em>been doing this a long time. He was catapulted into showbiz at a young age; his father played in an orchestra and owned a music store, and his mother was a singer, and they encouraged his early interest in magic. By age 12, he had enough material to perform in his Niagara Falls garage for two hours, charging neighborhood kids a dime to see him.</p> <p>Then, through a magician hired to play his birthday party, Goodman met Colonel Gene Alcorn, a recluse who had built illusions for Houdini. Alcorn, still active in his 80s, agreed to let the adolescent Gary shadow him while he worked. By age 14, Goodman could pull off grand illusions.</p> <p>“I really jumped up the ladder because of that,” Goodman recalls. “When you’re an illusionist, you can work for thousands. Now you’re working with lady assistants, with lighting, with curtains, with sound, and the music’s got to be right, and it’s all got to come together for the grand illusion to really look great.</p> <p>Goodman’s career has led him into some of South Florida’s most luxurious homes and events. He’s performed for Celine Dion at a private party, played to Nick Nolte at a bar mitzvah, and helped Miami Beach restaurateur Shareef Malnik saw his girlfriend, “Burn Notice” star Gabrielle Anwar, in half for charity. He made his acting debut in 2011’s “Jack and Jill,” in which he did the saw-in-half illusion to Adam Sandler on a cruise ship, and he’s even played at the Tower of London, for the queen’s guards.</p> <p>“Magic has helped open up a lot of doors,” he says. “I’ve been to every hotel and country club in South Florida, rooms no one has ever been in. I’m never around people that are in a bad mood, because I see them at the anniversary, the birthday, the holiday party.</p> <p>“When you’re doing strolling magic, you do come across people that don’t look very happy, and sometimes I purposefully go up to them, because in my mind, I want to make them smile and laugh. It’s all about knowing how to make it fun for the audience.”</p> <p><strong>The gloves are off</strong></p> <p>One of Goodman’s favorite stories is his encounter with Muhammad Ali, whom he met by chance at an airport terminal in North Carolina. The boxing great was siting down, waiting for his flight, his head bowed.</p> <p>“And I remember that Muhammad Ali loves magic. He <em>does</em> magic. So I go over to Ali, and I introduced myself as a professional musician. He looks up with a big smile and says, ‘Show me something.’</p> <p>“So I ask him for a dollar bill. I take his dollar, and he’s watching me very closely. Right before his eyes, I turn that bill into a hundred-dollar bill. He stood up, and was amazed, and he reached into his pocket and took a little red scarf. He went, ‘whoosh,’ and it disappeared. And he’s looking at me, and I’m like, ‘Well done, Muhammad Ali!’ And the next thing you know, crowds of people gather.</p> <p>“If I didn’t know that he was a magician, I would have been very shy and awkward. He did not look approachable. But because I knew we had this connection with magic, that helped create that moment.”</p>John ThomasonTue, 15 Apr 2014 20:03:27 +0000 The MagazineEaster Eats and Where to Get &#39;Em<p>If you’ve eaten your fill of Easter eggs and are hungry for a little more sustenance, these restaurants will be more than happy to oblige. Oh, and for the record, Easter is Sunday, April 20.</p> <p>At one of my favorite newcomers to Boca, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Fork &amp; Knife</strong></a> (99 SE Mizner Blvd., 561/405-6542), they’re offering their usual a la carte Sunday brunch, either in the spiffy dining room or expansive outdoor patio. Get lox and leeks scrambled into eggs and served atop potato latkes or chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate syrup and whipped cream or a grilled chicken and apple and goat cheese salad or even a hefty burger topped with a fried egg, onion straws and bacon jam.</p> <p><img alt="" height="506" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/farmerstable.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Farmer’s Table</strong></a> (1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836) is dishing up its signature light, healthy, organic cookery at brunch and dinner. Along with a roster of smoothies and sides, the hugely popular Boca eatery’s midmorning menu includes dishes like black skillet hash (with bacon, chicken sausage, potatoes, veggies and local eggs), while at dinner you can tuck into anything from zahtar-spiced salmon with cashew-veggie brown rice to bison-cranberry meatloaf with mushroom-port sauce.</p> <p>Over in Mizner Park, wicked-stylish <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Tanzy</strong> </a>(301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) gives you a choice of either its regular Sunday brunch menu or a special prix fixe Easter menu until 3 p.m. A cocktail, entree and dessert are included in the $22 price, which gets you choices like brioche french toast with cinnamon butter, syrup and whipped cream and Cobb salad with shrimp and grilled chicken. To really get in the holiday spirit, try the Boca Mimosa, made with orange juice, orange marmalade, blood orange and Moet Imperial champagne.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/theoffice2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In Delray Beach, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Office</strong></a> (201 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-3600) will be serving its regular menu and an array of a la carte specials devised by chef Bryan Ramos. Specials include lobster bisque, spinach and strawberry salad, baked ham with pineapple-rum glaze and crab-stuffed snapper with saffron beurre blanc. Or knock down a fat, juicy burger, Florida blue crabcakes or blue cheese-crusted ribeye off the daily menu.</p> <p>Sticking with Delray, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s</strong></a> (290 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/278-9570) is pulling out all the stops, offering both its usual brunch menu (with dishes like steak ‘n’ eggs and eggs Benedict) and an Easter buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet will feature a carving station with prime rib and honey-glazed ham, an omelet station; raw bar with peel-and-eat shrimp (among other offerings); dishes like mussels Fra Diavolo and rigatoni Bolognese, plus Italian pastries and a complimentary glass of champagne.</p> <center><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Hungry for more? Check out Part II of our Easter dining list.</em></a></center>Bill CitaraTue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsPension news, Testa&#39;s going down &amp; more trash talk<p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="450"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Senate Bill 246: A step forward?</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Potential pension relief from Florida Legislature for city taxpayers could come at a great time for Boca Raton.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The city’s fire and police contracts are up this year. In last month’s elections, Susan Haynie decisively defeated Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue staffer and fellow city council member Anthony Majhess for mayor. Haynie correctly called the result a vote for pension reform. Numerous studies have called fire and police pension obligations the top financial problem for “full-service” cities that have their own public safety departments.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">During the real estate boom, cities helped to create the problem by fattening pensions with ever-increasing property tax revenues. Fire and police union support can be crucial to campaigns. But the Legislature started the problem in 1999.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In Florida, a small share of insurance premiums goes to cities’ fire and police pensions. The money comes only from policyholders who live within the city. The state directed this money—in 1939 and 1953—to entice cities to create their own pension plans, so fire and police employees would not have to be part of the state retirement system. By accepting the money, however, cities agree to whatever terms the Legislature sets for use of the money.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Fifteen years ago, in return for the state fire and police unions’ endorsement of Jeb Bush, Republicans forced cities to use “insurance premium tax revenues” (IPTR) only for added benefits. Cities could not use the money to strengthen the pension funds. It was the first bill Bush signed as governor. The cities had opposed it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When the real estate bubble burst, property tax revenue dropped. When the stock market crashed in 2008, pension funds lost much of their value. As a result, cities had to spend more from the general budget to keep the funds sound. Tax revenues and market returns are up, but most funds—including Boca Raton’s police and fire pensions—remain below the accepted standard—80 percent of obligations funded—for financial soundness.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That’s the history. The new development is legislation (<strong><a href="" target="_blank">Senate Bill 246</a></strong>) that would undo the 1999 law by removing the requirement to provide an “extra benefit”— such as an earlier retirement age—and to require that cities use the insurance money to pay that added benefit. Instead, a city and a union would have to reach “mutual consent” on such issues. If they didn’t, a system for parceling out the insurance money would kick in. As a <a href="" target="_blank">Florida League of Cities</a> advisory points out, that system would be complicated, and potentially harmful to cities, thus encouraging the parties to reach a deal.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Why, though, would the unions support the new legislation? In 2012, the Florida Department of Management Services issued a new interpretation of the 1999. The department found that cities might not always have to provide new benefits with the insurance money. The new finding, though, has not been tested in court.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even if Senate Bill 246 becomes law, pension reform can’t end. Unions, for example, should not be able to use overtime when calculating pension benefits. Cities should end cost-of-living adjustments for public safety pensions and raise the minimum age for collecting benefits. But changing the 1999 law is a key part of pension reform. Taxpayers in Boca Raton and Delray Beach should hope that the 2014 Legislature thinks differently on pensions than the 1999 Legislature.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Testas get testy</h3> <p><img alt="" height="206" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/testas.jpg" width="413"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For nearly a century, the family-run <a href="" target="_blank">Testa’s</a> has been serving diners on Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach. Last week, however, the family submitted petitions with the town to demolish the restaurant and everything on the family’s properties next to the restaurant.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The family and the town have been at odds over redevelopment rules for that iconic street. Since it can take months for owners of historic homes in Palm Beach to replace a brick, the fight over Royal Poinciana Way has become a town issue, with the Testas as leading players.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A gas station on family land next to Testa’s has been closed for several years. Will the restaurant now come down? Perhaps not soon. The family did not submit a development petition with the demolition petition. The move may be designed to force action on a plan for the street. The family’s action came just two weeks after town voters killed a proposed rezoning.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For some, the Testas’ long ties to Palm Beach don’t count for much. <em>The Palm Beach Daily News</em> quoted William Cooley, who served on the town’s landmarks commission and opposed the rezoning, as calling Testa’s a “junky old restaurant.” For all its wealth, Palm Beach remains in some ways just another small town.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">(Full disclosure: My son and daughter-in-law’s wedding rehearsal dinner was held at that “junky old restaurant” in January 2006, and we had a great time.)</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Gambling with the future</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">In this Passover- and Easter-shortened week in the Legislature, we will note that no major gambling bill is likely to pass this year.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That means another year, at least, to determine what effect one or more major casinos in Broward and/or Miami-Dade counties might have on places like the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club. The state’s leading tourism spots, led by Disney World, consistently have opposed the casino push, saying the gambling palaces would just siphon business from existing theme parks, attractions and restaurants. The resort would seem to aim at a different market than Genting (Malaysia) and Las Vegas Sands (Sheldon Adelson), the companies pushing hardest for the state to allow multi-billion-dollar casinos.<span>  </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Still, expect the casino push to continue. Florida—given its size, growth and proximity to the Caribbean—will remain a tempting market. Assume that all those in the Florida tourism industry will keep paying attention.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">More trash talk</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Tonight’s meeting of the Delray Beach City Commission will include the next decision regarding the city’s trash-hauling contract.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Last year, the commission challenged the 2012, eight-year extension of the contract that a previous commission approved without bidding. A judge just upheld the city’s challenge, without even seeing the need for a trial. On tonight’s agenda is an item to approve a “continuity of service agreement” with Waste Management, to keep trash pickup going while the city seeks bids.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">While the company could appeal, strategic retreat might be better. City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia wonders if this no-bid practice is not limited to just Delray Beach. A trial could make public anything that has been private, such as the politics behind the commission’s vote in 2012.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><br></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><br></em></p>magazineTue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: April 15 to 21<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/titanic.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Final day of “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition”</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $11.50-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s perhaps morbidly appropriate that the Titanic sunk 102 years ago on tax day, the anti-holiday many of us dread: Bad news flocks together. But if you need an escape from the IRS, you might want to visit the South Florida Science Center, which bids “bon voyage” to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” the blockbuster touring show, complete with its own hulking iceberg, that ranks as the largest exhibit the museum has ever hosted. They will be honoring the Titanic all day with special, exclusive events, including re-enactors who will embody Molly Brown and a crew from the Marconi Radio Room. There also will be a panel discussion with three local residents with connections to the disaster: Tequesta’s Randi Lundi, Jupiter’s Jane Napier, and Delray native Trish Rowland, whose grandparents sailed on the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/funky_buddha_last_snow_porter__228401.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Easter Beer Release</strong></p> <p>Where: The Funky Buddha, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: No cover</p> <p>Contact: 561/368-4643, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The hipster lounge known as the Funky Buddha already has arguably the best beer selection in Boca, with 110 options readily available, many of them rare imports and American craft brews made locally by the venue’s own brewery. Hardcore Buddha drinkers already know this and have likely joined the lounge’s “Snifter Club,” offering special discounts on libations. This week, beer snobs can celebrate the season by sampling the Funky Buddha’s newest offerings, all of which simulate your favorite desserts, only with hops and in tall glasses: there’s Blueberry Cobbler, Carrot Cake Wheat, Whiskey Barrel Muy Bonita, Rice Crispies Blonde Ale and my expected favorite, Don’t Tell Reese Chocolate Peanutbutter Brown Ale. Local band The Loopholes will perform from 8 until midnight.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/wangechi_mutu_untitledne.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 305/893-6211, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The word “fantastic” doesn’t begin to convey the crazed enormity of the work by this provocative Kenyan artist, who has emerged as one of the art world’s foremost groundbreakers. Her collages, primarily mixed-media on Mylar, are part feminism, part transhumanism, part Grand Guignol horror. Combining found materials, magazine cutouts and sculpture with her own painted imagery, Mutu’s works are unsettling and beyond categorization, focusing on female bodies that have been disfigured or have merged with plant, animal and machine parts to create new hybrids. The resulting images make even Picasso’s cubist portraits look positively square. This touring exhibition of her first solo museum exhibition includes more than 50 works confronting such subjects as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry and science fiction. It runs through July 6.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="188" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/troublewithdoug.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Trouble With Doug”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25–$45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The trouble with Doug, in this case, is that Doug is a slug. He used to be an ordinary man, but as his life progresses, he realizes that he’s slowly becoming a gastropod, which, unsurprisingly, comes as a shock to his fiancée and family. This is the premise of prize-winning composer-lyricist Daniel Mate’s modern-day take on Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphoses,” whose existential angst is replaced here by familial problem-solving and jaunty musical theater. “It deals with issues that all of us are facing today, living in a tough economic environment, trying to figure out what our ‘family values’ are,” says Lou Tyrrell, artistic director at the Theatre at Arts Garage. “The transformation is a metaphor that represents the idea of how does a family function, to deal with any kind of crisis?” The show begins Friday with discounted previews, and the regular-priced run begins April 23.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/vanilla_fudge.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Vanilla Fudge</strong></p> <p>Where: The Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$50</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Radio stations these days wouldn’t know what to do with the molten, heavy psych-rock of Vanilla Fudge, the legendary Long Island quartet that has existed, on and off, since 1966. But even in the group’s peak years, selling a lot of records—or, to be gauche about it, “moving a lot of units”—was never its top priority. Chiefly, its goal has been reinterpretation: taking well-worn pop nuggets and morphing them into psychedelic gold through a thunderous sound that anticipated heavy metal. In the mainstream rock world, there may be fewer songs less radio-friendly, and more sonically adventurous, than Vanilla Fudge’s nine-minute cover of Eleanor Rigby; ditto to its inspired takes on classics by the Zombies (“She’s Not There,”) Donovan (“Season of the Witch,”) and Lee Hazlewood (“Some Velvet Morning”), which have all turned up on recent set lists, along with its most famous cut, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which could peel the paint off a wall. This is an awesome get for Royal Palm Place’s Funky Biscuit.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="252" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/gary-mullen.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “One Night of Queen”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$80</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Freddie Mercury may be an inimitable iconoclast, but if there’s anybody that can rightly claim to carry his torch, it’s Gary Mullen, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame with his show-winning impersonation of Mercury in the British competition series “Stars in Their Eyes” in 2000. For the past 12 years, he’s been touring with his band, The Works, in the theatrical tribute “One Night of Queen,” in which he marries the late rocker’s range, pitch and onstage flamboyance with an already uncanny resemblance to Mercury. The result is the closest thing we’re likely to get to a Queen concert circa 1985, with all the hits—“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Under Pressure,” et al—turning up in the two-hour concert. Mullen even employs a modified, custom-built lighting rig set to the exact specifications of Queen’s mid-80s tours.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="177" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/kerowacked.jpg" width="403"></p> <p><strong>What: KeroWACKED Multimedia Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Boynton Beach Arts District, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach</p> <p>When: 2 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 donation</p> <p>Contact: 786/521-1199, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The “love fests” of Jack Kerouac—and his Beat Generation, which thrived in America during the post-WWII counterculture—receive their modern-day correlative in this third-annual festival fundraiser for the Boynton Beach Arts District. Live art-making and music, dance performances, readings, interactive workshops and more will fill the most happenin’ street in Boynton all afternoon and evening on Easter Sunday. Performers include the local fire-spinners the Philosofires; Vanya E’dan Dance Company; Flint Blade &amp; Honeydew (pictured), a duo that creates psychedelic soundscapes on a clarinet and Chapman stick; a drum circle from 8 to 11 p.m.; and door prizes and food (including vegetarian and vegan options) throughout. Altogether, 14 musicians/bands will play. And don’t miss “The Beat Generation Exhibition” at ActivistArtistA Gallery, whose centerpiece is a lifelike silicon representation of a genetically modified cow by the agitprop artist Jessica Gwen.</p>John ThomasonMon, 14 Apr 2014 19:22:58 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsRemembering Steve Brown<p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/472077_0_472077_233402_20140411.jpg" width="308"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last Friday was a sad day for Boca Raton when we said goodbye to one of its outstanding residents, Steve Brown. The 58-year-old was hit by a motorist while riding his bike and died instantly. Loss can never be measured but love and admiration can. Steve built a very successful furniture and design operation (<a href="" target="_blank">Brown’s Interior Design</a>), which has been in Boca Raton for the last 30 years. He was committed to organizations that were part of the backbone of this community like The Jewish Federation and the Florence Fuller Child Development Center to name two.</span></p> <p><span>The 90-minute service at Temple Beth-El commemorating his life was full of grieving family and friends who recounted the memories of a man who meant so much to them and to Boca Raton. Steve Brown always had time for everyone and his sense of humor was magnetic. He was one of those people who was fully engaged and you could see it in the way he treated people, or held a conversation with you; he was the kind of man who made you feel that you were the most important person in the room. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Temple’s Senior Rabbi, Dan Levin, summed it up when he quoted a passage from E.E. Cummings, “I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart.”<span>  </span>Steve Brown’s last act was before a standing-room-only audience. His life’s story was told by loving family and friends to people who sat in silence and disbelief at this tragedy.<span> <br></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I don’t fully understand how God works, why vital people who are so important to their families, businesses and community are suddenly taken away from us. I know he asks us to know him. Love him and serve him and then move on. The bar that Steve set for all of us by his actions was very high, but in his death, we all are invigorated by the life that preceded it.  </span></p>John ShuffMon, 14 Apr 2014 07:40:22 +0000 Dining Destinations<p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/henrys.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Don’t pass over these two restaurants if you’re looking to dine out on Passover. Which, btw, Monday, April 14.</p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Henry’s </strong></a>(<em>16850 Jog Rd., 561/638-1949</em>), West Delray’s iconic modern American restaurant, they’ll be serving up their annual four-course Passover dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. The $40 per person dinner kicks off with a traditional Sedar plate, then goes on to matzo ball or split pea soup; a choice of appetizer from among gefilte fish, chopped chicken liver and field greens salad; entrees of apricot-glazed half-chicken, braised brisket and honey mustard-glazed salmon; and flourless chocolate cake, dried cranberry and apple matzo cobbler or ice creams/sorbets for dessert.</p> <p>Boca’s <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Pavilion Grille</strong></a><strong> </strong>(<em>301 Yamato Rd., 561/912-0000</em>) is also serving a special Passover evening meal. The four-course meal is priced at $32.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids 12 and under, with service beginning at 6 p.m. On the menu are matzo ball soup and house salad; a choice of braised brisket, herb-roasted chicken or salmon with orange-ginger beurre blanc for an entree; and sorbet and Passover cookies for dessert. Tea or coffee is also included.</p>Bill CitaraSat, 12 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsCome for the Comedy, Stay for the Discomfort<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/secondciy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(not the same Kravis Center cast of the Second City)</p> <p>It only takes a few minutes watching the touring cast of the Second City—the legendary Chicago comedy incubator, which plays at the Kravis Center through Sunday—to realize that you’re not watching comedians so much as talented actors who can adapt to a situation and steer it in unforeseen directions. A goodly amount of its show last night, in the Kravis’ Rinker Playhouse, was frankly not funny, but I don’t think it was supposed to be. The sketches contained expressions of anxiety, insecurity, awkwardness, loneliness and depression, sold by a cast who could, one imagines, perform an intense drama as deftly as a comedy show. Sometimes, minutes would be go by without a laugh, and while some may see this as a flaw, I saw it as a troupe of performers freed from the tyranny of sitcom patter, where there must be a laugh 15 to 30 seconds, even if the situation wouldn’t organically contain one.</p> <p>The six-member team performed for a generous 2 hours and 10 minutes (with one intermission), and it all flowed together beautifully. The actors revived proven sketches from Second City’s 50-plus year archive, combining them with improv bits and interstitial, minute-long sketches connecting the lengthier set pieces. Every show will be different, though the pre-written material will likely be the same.</p> <p>I could have done without the silly slapstick of a sketch involving lascivious senior citizens and guards armed with Nyquil dart guns, and a classroom sketch saved for the end of the show failed to resonate very much on a comedic or dramatic level. But the best of the sketches married comic inspiration with disquieting tension and/or sociopolitical awareness. A straight man doesn’t quite know how to handle his gay brother’s homecoming date. A psychic medium cold-reads a few of the show’s front-row patrons, hilariously satirizing a profession that’s ripe for parody. There was an excellent pair of routines about lonely men signing up for a creepy Internet friend service that brings to mind the technology-run-amok themes of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Her.” And a routine in which a man and a woman’s first date becomes a field of conversational landmines triggered by the mention of common words seemed awfully familiar, but it’s stood the test of time.</p> <p>But, as is often the case, the funniest material came out of the improvised sketches, further proof that with the right cast, immediate inspiration yields more comic gold than sticking to a script. One of the actors asked the audience to “say anything at all.” He took the suggestion of the word “squirrel,” and inserted it, riotously, into a sketch about an art class for special-needs children. Later, the cast brought a volunteer onto the stage for a skit about a prom-night flashback, and despite the audience member’s comic dissonance—she broke the improv-comedy rule of always saying yes—the team made it work, playing her intransigence into their material. Besides, if this performance taught us anything about a comedy show, it’s that OK to make us feel uncomfortable every once in a while.</p> <p><em>The Second City runs through Sunday at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $35. Call 561/832-7469 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 11 Apr 2014 14:06:07 +0000 & EventsTheatreMeet for meat at M.E.A.T. in Boca<p><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/meat2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Carnivores, start your appetites! Vegetarians. . . you may want to shield your eyes. Meat is coming to town</p> <p>That would be <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>M.E.A.T. Eatery &amp; Taproom</strong></a>, the second outlet for partners George Patti and Tom Smith, set to open in May in Cendyn Spaces (<em>980 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em>), a unique office complex for everyone from freelancers to corporations on North Federal Highway between Glades and Palmetto Park roads.</p> <p><img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/meat1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Like the original M.E.A.T. in Islamorada, the Boca restaurant will focus on comestibles of the carnivorous kind—Angus beef burgers, house-made sausages and bacon, sammies from house-smoked pork to lobster rolls, plus truffle and duck fat fries, foot-long Wagyu beef hot dogs and a variety of cool munchies. Don’t despair too much, vegetarians, there will be salads and wraps and other meatless dishes for you too.</p> <p>To wash all that meat down there will be a dozen or so craft beers, organic wines, “microbrewed” sodas and adult milkshakes, when you need more than a little ice cream to float your boat.</p> <p>More details when they become available.</p> <center> <p><em><a href="/blog/category/news-reviews/" target="_blank">For more dining news, click here</a></em> </p> </center>Bill CitaraFri, 11 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsKate Moss for Topshop<p>So maybe we’ll never have Kate Moss’s supermodel body, unique look or ridiculously long legs – but now, we can have her style.</p> <p><img alt="" height="693" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/beaded_fringe_dress,_$490.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Moss is launching her updated <strong>Topshop</strong> collab on April 30, available at Nordstrom and at Topshop locations worldwide. The collection features a mix of modern edgy pieces, glamorous runway-like dresses and bohemian looks.</p> <p><img alt="" height="693" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/lace_swing_cami,_$90.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="693" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/paisley_trouser,_$110.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>True to her fashion background, she categorized each style into four categories: Balearic dressing, pajama dressing, cocktail hour and tailoring noir. And while they serve their different purposes, they all have that glam and iconic edge Moss is known for.</p> <p><img alt="" height="693" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/fringe_leather_jacket,_$370.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Nordstrom will be selling some of its own exclusive Kate Moss x Topshop pieces, which you can view on our Pinterest profile (linked below). Stay tuned on the release by following <a href="">Nordstrom’s Topshop page</a>, where videos and more info will be posted leading up to the collection launch.</p> <p>For more pieces, check out <a href="" target="_blank">our Pinterest board</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 10 Apr 2014 15:44:48 +0000 NewsFrom Boca High-fives to Delray doubts<p><img alt="" height="145" src="/site_media/uploads/customlogo.png" width="450"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Bobcats Rule<span>  </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">You can assume that there has been a lot of high-fiving and fist-bumping this week at Boca Raton High School.</p> <p>Not only did Boca rank 22nd nationally in the <a href="" target="_blank">new list of the nation’s most challenging high schools</a>, as compiled by Jay Mathews of <em>The Washington Post</em> and released Monday, Boca ranked far ahead of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, which came in at 69th.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Though administrators and teachers rarely acknowledge it publicly, there has long been resentment of Dreyfoos in Palm Beach County. Though many schools have magnet programs—specialty courses designed to attract students from outside the school’s boundary— Dreyfoos is the only magnet high school, just as Bak Middle School of the Arts is the only magnet middle school. Both draw from everywhere in the county, with admission determined by audition and lottery.</p> <p>Lottery aside, students don’t get into Dreyfoos unless they have dedicated, involved parents. Children of such parents do better in school. So when Dreyfoos students regularly win awards and the school gets its annual ‘A’ from the state, staff members at schools that must deal with students of uninvolved parents basically gripe, “Yeah, and how well would you do if Dreyfoos were more like a normal school?” That may be unfair to the students and teachers at Dreyfoos, but that’s how it is.</p> <p>So for Boca High to rank so much higher than Dreyfoos must please the Boca staff in so many ways. While the <em>Post</em> ranked Suncoast High in Riviera Beach eighth nationally—the highest ranking for any Palm Beach County—Suncoast has just half as many students:1,500 compared to the 3,000 at Boca, and long has offered the demanding International Baccalaureate program. Consider that the <em>Post </em>ranking includes 2,000 schools, or just 10 percent of all high schools in the country.</p> <p>Obviously, rankings are selective. Mathews doesn’t consider GPA or where students go to college. But more and more colleges are looking not just as grades but at how students got their GPA—in easy courses or tough courses. Mathews adds the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certification of Education tests given at a school in 2013 and divides by the number of graduates. His goal is to find how much schools challenge their students.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Why do such rankings matter for all of Boca Raton? The city, like all cities in South Florida, wants to attract business, whether established or start-up. <span>A key issue for business owners is a city’s education system. The State Department of Education rankings, based on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, don’t mean much in terms of substance.</span> As noted, schools in more affluent areas with more involved parents tend to do better. Big surprise. Still, every public school in Boca Raton is rated ‘A.’ Now the city also can say that Boca High ranks very high nationally in a category that does have some substance. Spanish River, the other high school within the city limits, is ranked 360<sup>th</sup>. Not too shabby.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">These rankings also suggest that private charter schools are unlikely to build schools on spec within Boca Raton, hoping to attract parents dissatisfied with traditional public schools. More likely, Boca might try to become its own charter district—as the Broward County city of Pembroke Pines did—with the idea of keeping more property tax money for schools in the city.</p> <p>For now, though, all credit to Boca High Principal Geoff McKee and all the teachers and staff. Because the school is the largest of all the top eight in the <em>Post </em>survey, one could make the case for Boca High being No. 1.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Well-being, Part II</h3> <p>On Tuesday, we <a href="/blog/2014/04/08/train-spotting-power-shifts-how-were-doing-so-far/" target="_blank">discussed a Gallup-Healthways survey</a> of how Americans in general and South Floridians in particular feel about themselves and where they live. The state ranking of 30th was hardly impressive. A study released this week may help to explain why.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, checked in with its latest report on how the nation’s largest metropolitan areas are doing since the Great Recession. Boca Raton likes to think of itself as separate from its metro area—Miami to St. Lucie County—and to a degree the city is right. But if Boca is recovering better than other areas in South Florida, the city still can’t separate itself from reality.</p> <p>Measured by the degree of overall recovery from the recession, Brookings calculates that South Florida ranks just 88th out of those 100 large metro areas. In terms of jobs gained back, South Florida is 69th. And we rank 90th in recovery of housing prices, despite recent gains. One reason, of course, is that South Florida prices got so unrealistically high during the real estate bubble.</p> <p>As for Boca Raton, the city’s tax base increased from $20.7 billion in 2010 to $21.7 billion in 2013. (The final numbers for 2014 will be available July 1 and will show another rise.) That increase of 4.8 percent, however, was less than Delray Beach’s gain of 7.5 percent over the same period.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">New city manager “caves”</h3> <p>The big short-term story in Delray Beach was the new city commission’s decision last Tuesday to cancel the lame-duck commission’s irresponsible deal with the developers of low-income house project Auburn Trace.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The big long-term story in Delray Beach is that, in cancelling the deal, the commission basically held a no-confidence vote on city manager Louie Chapman.</p> <p>Chapman added the Auburn Trace deal to the March 18 agenda just one day before the meeting, and late in the afternoon. Mayor Cary Glickstein had asked Chapman not to schedule that item until he could be present. Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia were on spring break with their children. The interim city attorney also was absent.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Items can be added late to an agenda, but Delray Beach has rules for doing so. New commissioner Jordana Jarjura read from a multi-count indictment of Chapman’s decision to schedule the item, a decision she said amounted to “gross deviations” from city rules. Glickstein and Petrolia clearly agreed. Glickstein referred to a “hijacked agenda” that was “deplorable” and represented a “low-water mark.”</p> <p>Glickstein said he called Chapman to ask why the Auburn Trace item had been added. According to Glickstein, Chapman said, “I caved.” Glickstein then wondered if such a remark amounted to a “fireable offense.”</p> <p>A previous commission hired Chapman last year to succeed David Harden, who had been Delray’s manager for more than two decades. The new commission will evaluate Chapman next month. He has no reason to feel confident.</p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 10 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityNorton&#39;s latest is &#39;Sublime,&#39; indeed<p>I must admit: I was not terribly excited about reviewing “<a href=";content_id=1511" target="_blank">Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940</a>,” the Norton Museum’s latest exhibition. What’s the appeal, I thought, of viewing painting after painting of the Brooklyn Bridge, billowing smokestacks, and rolling rivers that helped connect the five boroughs at the dawn of the 20th century? It didn’t sound sexy, and I thought I wouldn’t relate to it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/exhb_industrialsubli_a384c7__2__zvbxgizj.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I’ll be the first to admit when my skepticism turns out to be wrong, however, and this was certainly one of those times. The exhibition’s geographic and chronological scope may be limited, but the styles and textures and commentary hidden within the same Industrial Age icons present a vast spectrum of American art—not all of it painted by Americans, by the way, a trend that parallels the onrush of immigrants that flooded the city and helped build the very structures these artists depicted.</p> <p>The first painting in the exhibit, Gifford Beal’s “On the Hudson at Newburgh,” is staggering yet conventional—a patriotic vision of America on the brink of World War I, with a baby-clutching mother standing on a sidewalk overlooking the flag-waving pomp. It’s a work of beauty that could have been a still from a John Ford film, but the painting is more of a preamble to “Industrial Sublime,” a vision of largely unspoiled land before the encroachment, for better or worse, of industry. The rest of the exhibition explores the impact of industrialization on art and on society, looking at it from every angle, and almost always with oil on canvas.</p> <p>The way the exhibition is curated, the early vistas take a largely romantic view of the skyscrapers standing like gleaming sentinels over the great bays, capturing the crepuscular light hovering on the newly bustling city. John Follinbee’s interpretation of “Queensboro Bridge” is blanketed in snow and overcast sky, in a glacial and beautiful rendering of New York in winter. In Robert Henri’s “East Village Embankment,” dots of snow flutter down as puffs of smoke from the tugboats seem to freeze in the air. Jonas Lie’s “Path of Gold” finds just that—a stream of golden sunlight—forming a wending line through a waterway, in a representation so vivid you just want to jump in and swim alongside the boats.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/03artswe4-articlelarge.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>These are gorgeous visions, but they’re all cut from a similar cloth, until you get to Ernest Lawson’s “Hoboken Waterfront,” a grand, bold explosion of color and manipulation of scale that presents the essence of this rapidly developing time as literally larger than life.</p> <p>From then on, it seems that anything goes, and this is where “Industrial Sublime” is most gratifying: presenting the various ways artists look afresh at the same imagery. Lawson’s “Railroad Track” manipulates color, offering a pastel-heavy visualization of train tracks that is rooted in French impressionism. Daniel Putnam Brinley’s “Hudson River View” looks like nobody else’s; it more resembles a Delft factory in Holland. Reynolds Beal was dubbed the “American Van Gogh,” and you can see the resemblance in the brazen use of color and the roiling character of his clouds in “Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge,” another uniquely colored evocation. Oscar Bluemner’s “Harlem River,” meanwhile takes an angular, cubist approach to his subject. John Sloan’s “Hudson Sky,” mounted as part of a mini section on environmentalist art in the age of industrialization, is an almost tactile vision, but it’s a magnificent escape to the past, showing us that for some artists, the way to deal with industry was to ignore it.</p> <p>By the time we get to Georgia O’Keeffe, the exhibition has left the reservation of photorealism; her “East River Charcoal,” painted from her residence on the 30th floor the Shelton Hotel, is closer to an X-ray skeleton of the river than a lifelike seascape, and the primitive-style brush strokes of John Marin’s “Docks at Weehawken, Opposite New York” forgoes realism altogether, while still capturing the essence of industrial bustle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/14025497-standard.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Finally, the show shifts gears again, from increasing abstraction to subtle polemicism, with the artists using their canvases for social commentary. The sweeping romanticism of the early works give way to Arnold Hoffman’s untitled painting of Weehawken, in which the grid of trains rumbling through nature begins to look oppressive. Glenn Coleman’s “Empire State Building” is painted at a high angle, gazing up at the gleaming, phallic skyscraper while focusing equally on the ramshackle edifices it dwarfs, in a class-conscious piece betraying the artist’s socialist leanings. Junius Allen’s “Storm Over the Hudson” is a work of urban bleakness, with the glory and hope of a burgeoning industrial city fading into economic depression.</p> <p>Lest it end on a downbeat note, if you go through “Industrial Sublime” in the order I did, the last painting you’ll see is Cecil Crosley Bell’s “Welcoming the Queen Mary,” a rollicking maritime image of boats full of visitors sloshing in New York Harbor. We’re back to a land of promise and opportunity, it seems—the last word in a fascinating exhibit that dutifully looks at a busy region, and a busy time, from every possible angle.</p> <p><em>“Industrial Sublime” runs through June 22 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $12 adults and $5 children. For information, call 561/832-5196 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 09 Apr 2014 13:26:47 +0000 & EventsHow TEDx came to Boca Raton<p>Two and a half years ago, <a href="">Becky Woodbridge</a> received a link to Brené Brown’s “The Power of Vulnerability.” It was the first TED talk she had ever seen.</p> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/beckywo.jpg" width="299"></p> <p>“I was blown away by the message and the way she presented,” Woodbridge says.</p> <p>So she started to watch more.</p> <p>“The next thing I knew, six hours went by,” she says. “I just sat there for six hours and watched TED talks.”</p> <p>TED talks are short but moving messages from various speakers, shared during conferences, events, through live simulcast and on the TED website through recorded videos.</p> <p>TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit organization built as a platform for “ideas worth spreading.” Those ideas are shared through TED talks, which have no boundaries when it comes to topics.</p> <p>As someone who loves to grow and learn from other people, Woodbridge was drawn to TED talks, so much so that she wanted to share her own ideas. After scoping out the website and some research, she found out that she could bring TED to the community through TEDx.</p> <p>TEDx events are locally run conferences, born so that communities could create events like the official TED conferences, bringing together speakers and community members. She first applied for the license for TEDx when she lived in Delray Beach, not really expecting to get it. But she did – and she single-handedly ran the events in Delray for the past two years.</p> <p>Now that she lives in Boca, she’s bringing the event here. Despite working three other jobs as a speaker, event organizer and flight attendant, her goal is to never just leave the event.</p> <p>She said people often ask her why she does it when it doesn’t even pay. She tells them it’s because she fully believes in the cause. She credits the work of her “very generous” volunteers who all fulfill specific roles that makes the event successful. </p> <p>Her goal? To make people think.</p> <p><a href="">TEDx Boca Raton</a>, which will be held at FAU on May 9, will be the first TEDx Boca Raton event. For a full list of speakers, <a href="">click here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 09 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 EventsAffordable Care Act: Understanding your Coverage<p><span style=""><span style="">Are you confused, befuddled, anxious or in-the-dark about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) might affect you, especially now that open enrollment is over? You’re not alone. I cover health care and have to admit I’m confused. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style=""><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/medical.jpg" width="267"></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">To help set the ACA record straight, AARP Florida representative Ken Reinhardt will present “The Health Care Law and How it Affects You,” today, April 9, at 10 a.m. The free lecture will be held at the Duncan Conference Center (</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><em>15820 South Military Trail, Delray Beach</em></span></span><span style=""><span style="">). </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">You can register on <a href="">the website</a> or by calling 1-800-897-9789.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">For those who can't attend, don't fret. Dave Bruns, spokesman for AARP Florida, went over some of the more common questions about how health insurance is or isn’t changing.</span></span></p> <p><strong><span style=""><span style="">Open Enrollment</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">The deadline for sign up during the open enrollment was April 1. So unless you qualify under special circumstances to sign up for the exchanges, you’ll have to wait for the next open enrollment which begins Nov. 15. But just because you missed Obamacare's open enrollment period, doesn’t mean that you have to go without health insurance until November. Some private insurers will continue to offer plans. </span></span></p> <p><strong><span style=""><span style="">Medicare</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">If you have Medicare—not Medicare Advantage—your coverage might change for the better, Bruns says. You don’t have to get additional coverage because Medicare already meets the ACA’s requirements. The good news: that Medicare Care Part B doughnut hole, which left some with expensive prescription drug bills when coverage ran out, will start to close. The ACA will phase out that gap in prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients through 2020.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">Medicare Advantage plan members might see significant changes in the networks. In other words, their doctors and other health providers could change. </span></span></p> <p><strong><span style=""><span style="">Employer-sponsored coverage</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">People who are insured through employer-sponsored coverage probably won’t notice big changes to their coverage, other than receiving more benefits, Bruns says, including full coverage for preventive care services.</span></span></p> <p><strong><span style=""><span style="">Individual policies</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">The people who might get hit the hardest with change are those who have individual policies and didn’t get onto one of the exchanges, Bruns says. If they haven’t been kicked off their policies, change to their coverage is a matter of time.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">I checked on mine, and I can keep my coverage until November, when my insurance carrier says it will change my individual policy. I’ll have to revisit going onto the exchanges at that time. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">For more information about coverage, go to <a href=""></a>. </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></strong></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><span style=""><span style=""><br></span></span></p>magazineWed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyWhat to eat for Passover<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One of the biggest challenges my clients face is eating at other people’s houses. While it isn’t easy to eat clean when ordering from the menu at most restaurants, eating at someone’s home can give you even less flexibility.</p> <p>Now pair it up with kosher Passover restrictions and Jewish mom guilt, and the challenge may escalate to a dietary disaster. Or so you may have thought.</p> <p>To avoid a caloric extravaganza and still stay kosher for the holiday, try my three simple tips on how to handle such situations.</p> <p>1. Make your own healthy dishes and bring them to the gathering to share with the family. If they push their food on you, you now have the arsenal to do the same. As a bonus, you’ll introduce your family to a healthy dish that you discovered.</p> <p>2. Indulge in family bonding time, not just eating. Yes, it’s true that we often gather around food to feel close to our loved ones, but I suggest focusing on the conversations and family time more than the food. Once the physical hunger is satisfied, focus on filling yourself up with love and joy, earned from spending time with the family instead of the third helping of that casserole.</p> <p>3. If all else fails and you overate, take plant-based digestive enzymes to help you digest the food you just indulged in.</p> <p>Here are three healthy recipes to try – and take to your next family gathering.</p> <p><strong>NO-BAKING APPLE PIE</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="454" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/applecobbler.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Crust</em></p> <p>1 ½ cups almonds, soaked and dehydrated</p> <p>1 ½ cups walnuts, soaked and dehydrated</p> <p>1 cup 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. Place 2/3 in a pie crust.</p> <p>Reserve the rest for the topping.</p> <p><em>Filling</em></p> <p>5-6 Golden Delicious apples</p> <p>4 dates</p> <p>2 teaspoons ground flax seeds</p> <p>1 teaspoon salt</p> <p>2 teaspoons cinnamon</p> <p>1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p>½ cup raisins</p> <p>Shredded coconut</p> <p>Mix three apples with dates, flax seeds, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in the food processor until smooth. Add the remaining 3 apples and chop in the food processor (DON’T BLEND). Add raisins.</p> <p>Pour into a pie crust, sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut. Enjoy.</p> <p><strong>SMOKED FAUX-SALMON DIP</strong></p> <p>2 cups almonds</p> <p>1 cup walnuts</p> <p>2 carrots, juiced (save pulp and juice separately)</p> <p>½ sweet onion</p> <p>2 cloves garlic</p> <p>2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes (soaked for 2 hours)</p> <p>2 soaked dates</p> <p>½ cup lemon juice</p> <p>¼ cup carrot juice (more or less to your taste)</p> <p>2 tablespoons smoked paprika</p> <p>2 tablespoons nori flakes</p> <p>1 teaspoon kelp flakes</p> <p>1 teaspoon smoked salt</p> <p><em>To Serve With:</em></p> <p>Cucumber slices</p> <p>Red pepper, quartered</p> <p>Place nuts in a food processor and add herbs and salt to process until smooth. Add the rest of ingredients and continue processing until you get a thick paste. Serve on cucumber slices or in red pepper quarters. Garnish with parsley.</p> <p><strong>QUINOA SALAD</strong></p> <p>(Quick note: quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, and is therefore kosher and goodfor Passover! It is also high in protein.)</p> <p>2 cups cooked quinoa (I like to mix one cup of red and one cup of white)</p> <p>3 cups organic fresh spinach, chopped</p> <p>½ avocado, chopped</p> <p>½ cup yellow peppers, chopped</p> <p>1/3 cup pumpkin seeds</p> <p>1/3 cup organic hemp seeds</p> <p>1/4 cup dry currants</p> <p>1 tablespoon 100 percent Italian, extra virgin olive oil</p> <p>2 tablespoons organic balsamic vinegar</p> <p>Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!</p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="400"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The</p>magazineWed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Lilly Pulitzer Limited Edition Print<p>Before the iconic Lilly Pulitzer brand took off as a worldwide phenomenon, Lilly ran a <a href="">juice stand</a> in our very own Palm Beach. In fact, it was that very juice stand that made her career in fashion kick off, and it’s a start that will never be forgotten.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/lilly_limitededition.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Paying homage to that very humble beginning, Lilly Pulitzer has paired up with <a href="">The Breakers Palm Beach</a> to release a limited edition print. This is the first time the two have collaborated on an exclusive print, to be sold only at The Breakers’s Lilly Pulitzer store (<em>1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, 855/416-8473</em>).</p> <p>The classic green and blue toile print draws inspiration from the resort’s physical aesthetics, like the beach bungalows, Circle Dining Room and oceanfront location.</p> <p>The print will be used on the Lilly Pulitzer classic Murfee Scarf ($118) to be released on the 16th, as well as on cocktail napkins at The Beach Club Restaurant and at select resort events.</p> <p>For more information, contact the Lilly Putlizer store at the number listed above. Happy Shopping!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 08 Apr 2014 14:43:48 +0000 NewsTrain spotting, power shifts &amp; how we&#39;re doing so far<p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="182" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/allaboard.jpg" width="490"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Tracking the train<span>   </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Boca Raton is not yet on board with <a href="" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a> – and that’s a good thing.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">All Aboard Florida is the company planning to begin passenger train service between South Florida and Orlando late next year. The 16 daily trains each way would run on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which All Aboard Florida’s parent company owns. In Boca Raton and most of Palm Beach County, those tracks run through downtowns, and therein lie the potential benefits and problems.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ideally, the new passenger service—which All Aboard Florida claims will bring to this area tourists who otherwise might not leave the Disney/Universal complex—will lead to commuter rail service on the FEC, which would make it much more popular and practical than the current Tri-Rail on the CSX tracks farther west. Much must happen, however, for Boca and other cities to get that benefit.</p> <p>The first priority is obtaining money for “<a href="/blog/2014/03/20/train-whistles-and-office-supplies/" target="_blank">quiet zones</a>,” which are safety upgrades at FEC crossings that would obviate the need for train whistles. Without the quiet zones, many Boca Raton residents will consider the All Aboard Florida trains nothing but a hassle, and the city will have trouble selling downtown as a place to live.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Tonight, the <strong>Boca Raton City Counci</strong>l will approve a resolution supporting the Palm Beach-Broward application for a federal grant to help cover the $11.3 million still needed to create quiet zones throughout Palm Beach County. Delray Beach approved such a resolution last week. On Thursday, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie will be in Washington to lobby on behalf of the grant.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Haynie said in an interview Monday that the city is seeking money not just from Congress but from all possible sources, including the Florida Legislature. “I’m confident,” she said, “that we’re going to get the funding.” But there is a new potential problem.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As Haynie explains, cost projections for quiet zones in Palm Beach County assume that All Aboard Florida will pay for all upgrades north of West Palm Beach, where the trains will reach 110 miles per hour after leaving the last South Florida station. (The others are in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.) But on Monday, The <em>Palm Beach Post</em> reported that the Federal Railroad Administration has criticized All Aboard Florida for seeking a lower safety designation than “sealed corridors”—the government’s preferred designation—north of West Palm. If the company balks, the cost to cities south of West Palm Beach for quiet zones would rise. The federal report says the company should pay those costs for sealed corridors.</p> <p>Haynie, whose background is in transportation, believes that commuter service on the FEC track would be good for Boca Raton—with other changes. Notably, more freight traffic would have to be shifted from the FEC tracks to the CSX tracks. Cities, of course, would need to provide locations for stations. Boca has set aside 5 acres of city-owned land behind the new downtown library.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In northern Palm Beach County and in Martin and St. Lucie counties, residents have issues with All Aboard Florida—such as more frequent bridge closings—that Boca Raton doesn’t have. Haynie is right, though, when she says the company “must do a better job selling the merits” of its plan. The potential costs aren’t just about money.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Balance of power shifts<span>                               </span><span>     </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">If anyone still wondered whether Delray Beach’s election last month realigned the city commission, that doubt should have disappeared at the new commission’s March 27 organizational meeting.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On big issues—such as challenging the no-bid extension of the trash-hauling contract—Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia usually voted the opposite of Angeleta Gray and Adam Frankel, with Al Jacquet the potential swing vote. Jacquet narrowly won reelection, but Gray lost to Jordana Jarjura.</p> <p>At the organizational meeting, Petrolia was named vice-mayor 3-2, with Frankel and Jacquet dissenting. On the choice of deputy vice-mayor, Frankel couldn’t get even a second of his nomination. The choice was Jarjura, putting the new commission majority of Glickstein, Petrolia and Jarjura in control, at least when it comes to titles. Best guess is that it also will hold true for votes.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Well-being index</h3> <p>Lists generate lots of Internet traffic. The mix of a list and content is called a “listicle.” Here’s one for Boca Raton, South Florida and the state.</p> <p>Since 2008, the Gallup Organization and the group Healthways have issued a report about how Americans feel about themselves called the State of America Well-Being. The report is based on a survey covering six categories: Life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behavior and basic access to services. Leaders of the two organizations say, “For communities and countries, increasing citizens’ well-being yields a competitive advantage for economic development and job creation, and it lowers disease burden and health care costs.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s hard to tell from the 2013 survey how Boca Raton or Delray Beach alone did. Boca, Delray and the rest of the area between Miami and Port St. Lucie are part of one metropolitan area of nearly 6 million people—the eighth-largest. Our area didn’t make the top 10 in rankings for large communities; that was Silicon Valley in California, with San Francisco second. Still, the report breaks down the numbers by congressional district.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Boca, Delray and coastal central Palm Beach and Broward counties are in District 22, which Lois Frankel represents. The 22<sup>nd</sup> dsitrict ranks 149<sup>th</sup> of 435 districts, at the top of the second of three tiers, even though the district ranks first among Florida’s 27 congressional districts in per capita income. Florida’s Seventh District, which includes suburban Orlando, did best, with a ranking of 48<sup>th</sup>. Next came the 21<sup>st</sup> District, which includes southwest Palm Beach County (Ted Deutch), at 79<sup>th</sup>, and the 23<sup>rd</sup> District, which is centered in western Broward (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz), at 84<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But too many Florida districts rank in the bottom third. The 24<sup>th</sup> District, which includes some of Miami’s poorest neighborhoods, ranks 425<sup>th</sup>. Those numbers help to explain why Florida ranked 30<sup>th</sup>. That is an improvement from 42<sup>nd</sup> in 2011 but far behind, say, Iowa at 10<sup>th</sup>. The Florida survey involved almost 10,000 residents.</p> <p>For decades, Florida sold climate. Nearing 20 million residents, though, Florida must think more about quality of life than quantity of population. The top five states in the survey were North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Montana—none of which is known for using climate as a draw. South Florida boosters may dismiss such reports because challenge conventional thinking, but that would be a mistake. A report on another area-by-area comparison will be in my Thursday report.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">(See <a href=";__hssc=242697629.3.1396875456282&amp;__hstc=242697629.bfc5b3c93bfcf5d00a302bb38dd2f668.1396875456276.1396875456276.1396875456276.1&amp;hsCtaTracking=a706f830-bf12-4782-8a6e-51fc2e144974|19bf7b53-67e4-425c-8245-3192cae5cf6d" target="_blank">this link</a> for the entire report.)</p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 08 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityBurger House Moves Into Boca<p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/burgerhouse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you thought the designer burger trend was fading, think again. Or check out <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Burger House</strong></a> (<em>499 NE Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/900-5030</em>), the latest local contestant in South Florida’s ongoing burger wars.</p> <p>Veteran Rhode Island restaurateurs Alex and William Fernandes took over the space once home to El Taco Loco, spiffed it up with new paint and fixtures and menus scrawled on multiple blackboards, and began dishing up half-pound burgers of Certified Angus beef to be washed down with a roster of 50 or so craft beers and a short list of organic wines.</p> <p>While son Alex runs the front of the house, father William does the cheffing, turning out patties ranging from the basic and Philly style (onions, mushrooms and provolone) to portobello mushroom and all-natural ground turkey. Of course, you can customize your burger to your taste buds’ content.</p> <p>Burger House does more than just burgers, though. Like a handful of flatbreads and wraps, salads and sides, wings and desserts from tres leches cake to Key lime pie. There’s also a daily happy hour, with two-for-one beer and wine, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.</p> <center><em><a href="/blog/category/news-reviews/" target="_blank">For more dining news, click here</a></em></center>Bill CitaraTue, 08 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsProper Affair<p>Fashion for a cause is often celebrated in Palm Beach County, and this Thursday is no exception. In fact, this one is a Proper Affair.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/16a2_4f_570100156_0313.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Boston Proper</a> is hosting its sixth annual <strong>Proper Affair Fashion Show</strong>, benefiting the <a href="‎" target="_blank">Achievement Centers for Children and Families</a> (<em>555 N.W. Fourth St., Delray Beach, 561/276-0520</em>). The event will be held on April 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Country Club.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/accf9.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Purchase raffle tickets for an Islamorada vacation, bid on highly sought after items during the silent auction and enjoy live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and – of course – a sneak peek of the latest pieces from Boston Proper.</p> <p>For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Proper Affair website</a> or call 561/266-0063.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsThe Week Ahead: April 8 to 14<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/secondciy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of the Second City</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last year marked the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the legendary Chicago-based troupe the Second City, a sketch-comedy and improv organization responsible for launching the careers of Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and countless others. With a talent roster like that, you can bet that only the crème de la crème of the comedy world will be permitted to grace a Second City Stage, and the touring performances provide fans the opportunity to see tomorrow’s stars today. This production, titled “Happily Ever Laughter,” will celebrate the institution’s half-century milestone with selections from its archives as well as new skits. The show continues through Sunday, April 13; look for a review of this performance on Friday at</p> <p>TUESDAY TO THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="202" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/mattybeckerman2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Alien Abduction” screenings</strong></p> <p>Where: Tower Theater, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami</p> <p>When: Show times vary</p> <p>Cost: $8 to $10</p> <p>Contact: 305/643-8706, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The haunting visage of a bug-eyed alien fills the poster art for “Alien Abduction,” a horror film, distributed by IFC and produced with some South Florida talent, that is enjoying its Florida premiere this week at the Tower. But extraterrestrials are only part of the story, a found-footage thriller that many critics have lauded as a game-changer in this now-familiar genre. It’s inspired loosely on the Brown Mountain Lights UFO sightings in North Carolina, where, in first-time director Matty Beckerman’s movie, a family’s camping vacation begins to go horribly awry when they lose their GPS connection. Pretty soon, bird corpses are falling from the sky in terrifying hordes, and the family’s life is put in ever-increasing danger. I must say, even the trailer is pretty darn chilling, and if that’s any indication, “Alien Abduction” looks like a winner.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/5th-annual-fine-wine-final_edited-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Fine Wines and Canines</strong></p> <p>Where: Monument Plaza at Royal Palm Place, at the corner of South Federal Highway and Southeast Mizner Boulevard</p> <p>When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30 advance, $40 at door</p> <p>Contact: 561/955-8553, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>More than 20 local restaurants will provide samples of their cuisine at this fifth annual fundraiser for the nonprofit organization PROPEL, which connects local at-risk youths with important role models. The cover charge is a modest one, especially considering the value of this cherished nonprofit and the entertainment bang for your buck. Canines are welcome, of course, so you can pooch-watch all the glamorous Boca Raton haute dogs over wine and nosh, while chatting it up with the evening’s special guests: New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley, Giants wide receiver Preston Parker, pop musician Kendra Erika and Ultimate Fighter Abel Trujillo. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/trampled-under-foot-2-620x410.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Trampled Under Foot</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This acclaimed blues act launched circa 2008 as a family band comprised of vocalist Danielle Schnebelen and her brothers Nick and Kris, whose maternal grandmother was a big band singer. But it’s on Trampled Under Foot’s third album, “Badlands,” released last summer, that the group fully established its reputation as a powerhouse, debuting at No. 1 on the Amazon and Billboard blues charts, and receiving a nomination for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year at this year’s Blues Music Awards. Danielle Schnebelen’s incredible vocals can sing you to sleep or, when she wants them to, can peel the paint off your walls; the group’s version of “It’s a Man’s World” rivals the James Brown original in its raw intensity. It’s easy to see why critics and fans alike have gravitated to the band, which is named after a song by Led Zeppelin—a group likewise known to fuse blues riffs and rock energy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/deadmilkmen.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: The Dead Milkmen</strong></p> <p>Where: Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $18</p> <p>Contact: 305/377-2277, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Nerds have secretly been cool in pop music since the days of Buddy Holly. But the world of punk rock, with open invitation to all outcasts and stragglers, has been an especially fertile ground for geeks with three chords and sardonic senses of humor. Along with The Descendents, Philadelphia’s The Dead Milkman were the standard-bearers of proto-nerd-punk, releasing such tongue-in-cheek records as “Eat Your Paisley,” “Beelzebubba” and “Not Richard, But Dick” throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s. They even established an audio footprint on MTV with the endearing, catchy anthem “Punk Rock Girl.” In 2011, the group reunited for its first album in 16 years, “The King in Yellow,” and the Dead Milkman have been touring ever since, bringing their snotty sense of humor to the Miami for this rare appearance. Humbert and Sandratz will open the show.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/doyle-lawson.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bluegrass in the Pavilion</strong></p> <p>Where: Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-2833, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the world of bluegrass, there are few figures more prominent than mandolin player Doyle Lawson, a student of the “founding father” of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Doyle and his Grammy-nominated group Quicksilver have released a whopping 35 albums since 1977, including last year’s “Sing Me a Song About Jesus” and its current release, “Roads Less Traveled.” The group once again will perform at the Flagler’s Bluegrass in the Pavilion event, the 10th annual concert for lovers of fast-picking, harmonic music. They’ll be joined on the intimate outdoor stage by Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, a group most known for winning the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year an unsurpassed seven consecutive years. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/dailey-and-vincent.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Dailey &amp; Vincent</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Doyle Lawson and Russell Moore aren’t the only hit bluegrass acts to rouse Palm Beachers this weekend; you can enjoy the rest of what has been dubbed Palm Beach Bluegrass Weekend by visiting the Society of the Four Arts for the final concert of its season, a special appearance by a group that has, in fact, performed with Lawson. Dailey &amp; Vincent, which despite its name is usually a quintet, is a prolific band existing on the nexus of bluegrass, country and gospel; it has already released six albums since forming in 2007. Dailey &amp; Vincent have received a whopping 13 awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and they received their second Grammy nomination last year; needless to say, this is a great “get” for the Society of the Four Arts.</p> <p>SUNDAY AND MONDAY (APRIL 13-14)</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/spyrogyra1_bypaulgreco.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Spyro Gyra</strong></p> <p>Where: JAZZIZ Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $65-$95</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Chances are that outside of cell biologists, most of us know very little about spirogyra, a genus of algae found in freshwater areas. There are more than 400 species of the algae, which is only slightly higher than the number of songs released by Spyro Gyra, the modern jazz supergroup whose name it inspired. The band formed in 1974 in Buffalo, which was, believe it or not, once a happening musical incubator akin to Chicago. Within a few years, the group, despite having only a couple of permanent members, became a dynamic live act and a top seller for MCA Records, mixing R&amp;B, funk and pop into its smooth jazz framework. With 29 albums on its résumé, the group returned to its roots as a jam band for its latest record, 2013’s “The Rhineback Sessions,” an album entirely written and recorded over a three-day session in the Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck.</p>John ThomasonMon, 07 Apr 2014 18:49:46 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsRocco&#39;s Tacos Coming to Delray<p>It’s been kicking around the rumor mill for months and now we can finally confirm it’s true: <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Rocco’s Tacos</strong></a> will be opening another branch of their wildly successful, good-timey Mexican eatery in downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/roccos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Slated to debut this winter, the fifth local Rocco’s (plus ones in Orlando and, soon, Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Brooklyn) takes over the 110 E. Atlantic Ave. space previously home to Prime Steak &amp; Seafood, a swanky, supper clubby joint that started slow and. . . well, stayed that way.</p> <p>Though the decor and menu of individual Rocco’s get tweaked according to their location, the Delray eatery will reprise all its compatriots’ favorite hits, from the 300 or so tequilas and guacamole made tableside to the scattering of Mexican artworks and artifacts and the restaurants’ signature star-shaped, punched-metal lantern chandeliers.</p> <p>As for the space itself—some 6,500 square feet that will seat approximately 200 indoors and out—reno is already underway. Though Rocco’s parent, Big Time Restaurant Group, already has one representative on Atlantic Avenue (that would be long-lived City Oyster), Big Time honcho Todd Herbst is thrilled to expand the company’s presence there: “It’s an area that has really come alive and we want to be part of it.”</p>Bill CitaraMon, 07 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: Trunk Shows and Fashion News<p><em><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/nadia3639copy.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><em>Trunk Shows</em></p> <p><strong>Ariana Rockefeller</strong> is hosting a trunk show at Alene Too Wednesday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m. Rockefeller, who launched her label just last year, produces a beautiful line of women’s ready-to-wear pieces, like the silk Nadia crew neck tunic pictured above. The collection will be sold all day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alene Too is located at 3013 Yamato Road, Boca Raton.</p> <p>The <strong>St. John Boutique on Worth Avenue</strong> is showcasing its pre-fall and fall 2014 collections also on Wednesday, April 9. St. John merchandise specialist Deborah Arthur will be there to assist with your shopping needs. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and informal modeling, plus $400 off for every $2,000 spent!</p> <p><em>Fashion News</em></p> <p>The Palm Beach Outlets is hosting <strong>Palm Beach Fashion Camp</strong>, a seven-week program for kids to learn all facets of the fashion industry including modeling techniques, health and nutrition, fashion trends and posing for the camera. For more information, visit the <a href="">website</a>.</p> <p><a href="/blog/tag/fashion-forward/" target="_blank"><em><em>For more Fashion Forward posts, click here.</em></em></a></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 04 Apr 2014 14:51:08 +0000, Haunting Docs at Palm Beach Film Festival<p>The 19th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival opened last night and runs through April 10 at four Palm Beach County theaters. Tickets run $10.50 per screening, and the lineup is eclectic as always. Here's a look at three the films I had a chance to view in advance. For the complete lineup and to purchase tickets, visit</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/girl-on-the-train_1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Fiction may or may not be more authentic than the truth in “Girl on the Train,” a heady, slippery and thoroughly entertaining neo-noir from the low-budget thriller director Larry Brand. Henry Ian Cusick, of “Lost,” plays Danny, a filmmaker whose video camera is like a fifth appendage. He catches a glimpse of an attractive young woman (Nicki Aycox) crying on a train, and strikes up a conversation that will lead, we soon learn, to a bandaged hand and a police station, where he’s being interrogated by a perceptive detective (Stephen Lang, of “Avatar”). Brand’s screenplay jumps back and forth from his encounters with the woman—who is named Lexi, and who reappears all too conveniently in Danny’s life, with an offer he can’t, or won’t, refuse—and the present police investigation. Some of Brand’s dialogue sounds too perfect, too loaded with hidden meaning, to feel real; but then again, so did the screenplays of most of the great films by Hitchcock, whose preoccupation with the mystery and romance of train travel Brand shares.</p> <p>But the film’s structure is sound and always compelling, with enough twists to surprise us and not <em>so</em> many that the narrative would crumble under a mountain of implausible revelations. Its balance is just right. Brand is especially deft at peppering “Girl on the Train” with omens, coincidences and unlikely synchronicities, which keep both Danny and us on our toes; of particular interest is the film Danny is making while he’s busy becoming Play-Doh for Lexi. It’s a documentary about a Holocaust survivor who shares his story about receiving a Christian icon from a mysterious girl on a train, in a chance meeting that forever changes his life. It’s a wonderful subplot in its own right, while saving a brilliant punch line for the end. “Girl on a Train” is not without occasional pretentions, but it successfully invigorates a familiar genre with surprisingly weighty philosophical detours that contrast, as Danny puts it, the “purity of imagination” versus “the spectacle of flesh and sorrow.”</p> <p><em>"The Girl on the Train" screens at 6:45 p.m. April 8 at Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/marylossofsoul.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p>“Mary Loss of Soul,” the debut feature from writer-director Jennifer B. White, is a leisurely supernatural thriller that doesn’t begin to discover its identity until the climactic scenes. During a vacation at her family’s lake house, normally cheerful 15-year-old Mary Solis (Kaylee Bryant), an aspiring dancer and ornithologist, disappears for several hours. When she turns up, she had no memory of the lost time, and she appears clinically depressed. “I don’t know” is her answer to everything, and her mopey demeanor is, frankly, not unlike a lot of lethargic adolescents. Alas, traditional medicine doesn’t work, and, after an apparition that looks like Mary begins haunting their home, her mother Gina (Catherine Black) decides to look into alternative healing methods, like shamanism and soul retrieval.</p> <p>The movie’s ideas sound promising, but the execution is meandering and shapeless. The opening scenes feel so much like a sitcom that many of the lines seem tailored for laugh tracks, and then it switches gears toward dewy-eyed sentimentality. The movie takes an awfully long time to negotiate its horror-movie intentions, and when paranormal activity does strike the Solis household, the special effects are so crude that it often comes across as comedic self-parody.</p> <p>Despite an overreliance on softening fades to transition scenes—where cuts would be more immediate—the movie’s structure still lurch awkwardly from one scene to the next, and it doesn’t gain syntactical fluidity until the end. Add to this the overblown performance of the father (Jose Zuniga), psychiatrists who don’t act like psychiatrists, cops who don’t act like cops, and a mawkish score poured like syrup over the action, and you’ve got a film that doesn’t exist in any recognizable reality—not this side or the Other.</p> <p><em>"Mary Loss of Soul" screens at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Muvico Parisian 20 at CityPlace.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/natan.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p>Saving the best for last—at least of the three films I had a chance to see—“Natan” is an illuminating documentary that should appeal equally to cineastes and Jewish activists, because both groups will find it enraging and heartbreaking. Told with a mix of newly written voice-overs, interviews in French and English, and haunting visuals both archival and newly constructed, the movie charts the rise and fall of Bernard Natan, a disgraced footnote in French cinema history who, the directors of this film argue, deserves a theoretical retrial.</p> <p>A Romanian Jew who emigrated to France just as Georges Melies’ science-fiction spectaculars were being recognized globally, Natan helped make France’s movie industry the envy of the cinematic world. A producer of boundless ambition, he soon acquired the legendary movie studio Pathe, where he helped bring sound and color to the burgeoning industry. He experimented with widescreen photography decades before its formal development in 1950s Hollywood, and, back in 1924, he even created the first “bonus feature”—a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a silent film, more than 70 years before the invention of the DVD.</p> <p>But soon enough, his Jewish background resurfaced (he was born Natan Tannenzaft). It wasn’t long before charges of fraud (which this film’s directors, Paul Duane and David Cairns, dismiss) and a fascist propaganda campaign led to his denaturalization from France and ultimately his deportation to Auschwitz, and you can fill in the rest of his abbreviated biography.</p> <p>Yet after his death, thanks to the help of film restoration, the Bernard Natan story got weirder, with the 1996 accusation that Natan acted in, and directed, the earliest pornographic films in history, which were uncredited. While Duane and Cairns are undoubtedly in Natan’s camp throughout this movie, they’re more equivocal on this point, presenting side-by-side footage of Natan with the proto-porn actor in question. The similarities are sometimes jarring, other times ludicrous. We may never know the truth, but even if he was a pornographer, nobody could argue that his punishment fit the “crime,” and that’s the tragic rub of the man’s story. “Natan” runs just 65 minutes, but the film is outsized in its poignancy and pathos.</p> <p><em>"Natan" screens at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cinemark Paradise in Boca Raton, and then on noon April 8 at Cinemark Paradise.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 04 Apr 2014 13:23:39 +0000 & EventsMoviesUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: Catching Up on WPB<p>Delray and Boca have been making lots of restaurant news lately, with the debuts of several high-profile eateries. But there’s plenty happening in West Palm too, so let’s get caught up. . .</p> <p>Coming later this year to the new Palm Beach Outlet Mall are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>BJ’s Restaurant &amp; Brewhouse </strong></a>and<strong><a href="" target="_blank"> Red Robin Gourmet Burgers</a>. </strong></p> <p><strong></strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/bjs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Expect BJ’s to offer its dozen or so house-brewed beers, from a light lager to a double IPA to several seasonal brewskis, plus an extensive menu of burgers, wings and pizzas, along with low-cal entrees, steaks, ribs and pastas.</p> <p><img alt="" height="376" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/redrobin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Red Robin will open its 17th Florida location, dishing up its brand of “fire-grilled” burgers customized with everything from teriyaki marinade and grilled pineapple to bourbon-infused barbecue sauce, onion straws and cheddar. Wraps, sammies, salads and fried foods too.</p> <p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/buffalowildwings.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Coming to the corner of Military Trail and Okeechobee Boulevard is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Buffalo Wild Wings</strong></a>, the behemoth chain of casual eateries (1,000+ locations) specializing in the deep-fried appendages of flightless fowl. Almost two dozen varieties of wings are on the menu, along with burgers, chicken salads and assorted munchies, not to mention all manner of sporting events blared on all manner of TVs.</p> <p>CityPlace has added several new restaurants of late. Slated to debut next is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Copper Blues Rock Pub &amp; Kitchen</strong></a>, where lots of craft beers and all-American grub meet live music. Also coming is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>100 Montaditos</strong></a>, the Spanish purveyor of tapas-sized sandwiches in, yes, 100 different guises.</p> <p>And we can’t say goodbye without saying goodbye to a pair of restaurants now departed despite some pretty good word of mouth. <strong>Barrel &amp; Grain</strong>, the modern American gastropub in downtown WPB, has kicked the bucket. And<strong> Top</strong> <strong>of the Point</strong>, the classy, view-rich restaurant atop the Phillips Point Club on Flagler Drive is no more, shuttered to make way for. . . yawn, offices. RIP, guys.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 04 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRed Tent screening coming April 13<p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/redtent.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>My friend Prima Creel sent me an invitation to an intriguing event for women: a screening of a 72-minute documentary hosted by <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Melody Smith</a> called “<a href="" target="_blank">Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Stories from the Red Tent</a>” on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at Michael’s Body Scenes. <span> </span><br> There is a whole Red Tent movement apparently, centered on empowering women by allowing them to express themselves, share stories, seek comfort in a sacred space loosely fashioned after the notion of a “menstrual tent” where in ancient times, women took refuge while menstruating or giving birth, “and in which they find mutual support and encouragement from their mothers, sisters and aunts.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I am not sure how red or tented the space will be, but I always like the idea of women coming together to simply talk and laugh, play, get massages, drink tea, take a nap--—any respite from their busy lives and pressure.<span>  </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here are the particulars: </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Screening, Sunday April 13, 3 p.m.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Michael’s Body Scenes-yoga studio</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>5994 SW 18th St., Boca Raton</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>$20.00 per person</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Space is limited! RSVP: Teresa 561/393-1911 or<br><br> </span></p>Marie SpeedThu, 03 Apr 2014 14:49:26 +0000;s to Sandy Grossman<p><img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/grossman.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Sandy Grossman, one of the iconic figures in the history of sports television coverage, died yesterday at age 78 after a lengthy struggle with cancer. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Sandy at his Boca Raton home for the story below. Over the past few years, Sandy's grandson, Zach, and my son have become great friends—both attend G-Star School of the Arts; subsequently, I've come to know Zach's parents—so my heart goes out to the entire Grossman family.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For those who don't know about Grossman's influence on sports television, this profile from the January 2009 issue of <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine will give you some insight into his amazing career:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Oliver Stone wanted to pick the brain of the other award-winning director in the room. Unfortunately, Sandy Grossman was a bit pressed for time.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Dallas Cowboys were driving for a game-winning score, and Grossman, owner of eight Emmys for his directorial work in sports television, was busy coordinating the images on which football viewers across America were hanging as the game’s final seconds ticked off. Unlike directors of film, who may spend days to land the right shot, directors of televised football make split-second decisions—all game long—regarding the best live angles or instant replays (from a stable of eight or more cameras).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That didn’t seem to faze Stone, who was in Dallas to shoot footage for the 1999 movie “Any Given Sunday”—and in the FOX television truck at Grossman’s invite.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“He leans in and asks, ‘What are you thinking at this moment?” says Grossman of the three-time Academy Award winner. “He wanted to have this deep philosophical discussion right then about what was happening. My technical director looks at Stone and says, ‘He’s thinking, ‘The game is running long, and I might miss my flight.’”</p> <p>Not that Grossman needs the frequent flier miles. During a career that spans five decades, the Boca Raton resident has traveled the world to direct broadcasts of traditional (think pro basketball and hockey) and not-so-traditional (think motorcycle jumps by daredevil Robbie Knievel or football featuring lingerie models) athletic endeavors.</p> <p>However, it’s the National Football League, whose games he’s been directing for 40 years, where Grossman’s keen eye and ingenuity has earned him a reputation as one of the best in his business—and at least one cold shower. That occurred after Super Bowl XXI in 1987, when Grossman’s crew at CBS celebrated their broadcast the same way that the New York Giants celebrated their championship, by dousing their coach/director with a bucket of Gatorade.</p> <p>Standing next to his drenched director that night was color commentator and soon-to-be video-game magnate, John Madden, with whom Grossman worked for 21 years at CBS and FOX. By tailoring broadcasts to fit Madden’s demonstrative delivery, Grossman helped to fuel the Hall of Fame coach’s now larger-than-life television persona.</p> <p>“I thought it was important that he get on camera a lot—this big guy whose arms were flailing, who was going, ‘Boom, bam, boom!’” says Grossman, who worked with Madden on more than half of the record-10 Super Bowls that he’s directed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Equally important to Grossman has been bringing different tricks to his trade. Along the way, he’s popularized shots like the low end-zone angle, but, occasionally, he’s been ahead of his time. At CBS, back in the 1980s, he successfully worked with a sky cam—the overhead camera on a cable that runs from end zone to end zone. When NBC tried the same device, the camera crashed into a goal post, and the league banned it. Today, it’s a standard camera shot during pro and college football coverage.</p> <p>It’s also another example of the lasting impressions Grossman has made—on most everyone, that is, except Oliver Stone.</p> <p>“After that game, as he was leaving the truck, Stone motioned to me and said, ‘Nice meeting you, Ken,’” Grossman says. “And here I thought he was my new best friend.”</p> <p> </p>Kevin KaminskiThu, 03 Apr 2014 11:24:14 +0000 & EventsTown NewsPension fund notes, missing prof and Delray misdeeds<h3 class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Pension fund blues</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">At its March 25 meeting, the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton City Council</a> reappointed two members of the board that oversee the city’s police and fire pension fund. Paul Lawless and John Girard were the only two applicants for positions on the eight-member board.</p> <p>You can see why: the job requires knowledge of finance and investments. Topics such as “mortality assumption” aren’t exactly cocktail party talk. But even if few people want to serve, these unpaid positions are vital. That holds for pension boards in all Florida cities with their own police and fire departments, such as Delay Beach, because public safety pensions are big budget issues for cities.</p> <p>Pension costs have been rising steadily since the Florida Legislature in 1999 forced cities to give higher benefits to police officers and firefighters rather than shore up the pension funds. (For text on municipal police pensions, <a href=";SubMenu=1&amp;App_mode=Display_Statute&amp;Search_String=pension&amp;URL=CH0185/CH0185.HTM" target="_blank">click here</a>. For text on firefighter pensions, <a href=";SubMenu=1&amp;App_mode=Display_Statute&amp;Search_String=pension&amp;URL=CH0175/CH0175.HTM" target="_blank">click here</a>.) Most experts believe that a pension fund must be at least 80 percent funded to be financially sound. According to city figures, Boca Raton’s police/fire pension went from being nearly 96 percent funded in 2002 to less than 63 percent funded in 2011.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In an interview, Girard says the 2013 report raises the figure to roughly 74 percent. One big reason is that the latest review looks back only four years, and thus does not include the stock market crash of 2008. Still, Boca Raton hired an actuary who has made recommendations for how the city can stabilize the pension plan. The recommendations come as a new mayor and council take office and the police and fire contracts come up for renewal Oct. 1, the start of the new budget year.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And important as the pension board’s role may be, however, the mayor and council make the key decisions. Previous mayors and councils have decided, for example, that public safety union employees can use overtime to calculate pension benefits. Previous mayors and councils have decided that firefighters can retire at 100 percent of their pay as early as age 50. (Police can retire at 87.5 percent of pay.) Previous mayors and councils have decided that police and firefighters will get cost-of-living adjustments in their pensions. Most private-sector employees get no such benefits. Indeed, most private-sector employees don’t get the guaranteed benefit pensions enjoyed by police officers and firefighters.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I can’t see Boca Raton going to the extreme that Palm Beach did—forcing all public safety employees into a 401(k)-style plan. The town council’s move led to mass resignations by public safety employees. But Boca Raton can’t sacrifice city services and the tax rate on behalf of overly generous pension benefits. If that goes to an extreme, the taxpayers will revolt.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Mary Jane=MIA<span>                          </span><span>   </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">When Mary Jane Saunders resigned last May as Florida Atlantic University’s president, the university said Saunders would stay on the faculty—at a salary of $276,000, just 20 percent less than she had made as president—to study the feasibility of a physician’s assistant program at the Schmidt College of Medicine.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I had been hearing, though, that Saunders wasn’t on campus. On FAU’s faculty/staff website, Saunders is listed as having an office in the Sanson Life Sciences Building. But a check of the faculty on all of FAU’s science and science-related departments doesn’t show Saunders. Nor does Saunders show up on the listing for the faculty of the medical school.</p> <p>A university spokesman said this an email: “Dr. Saunders is still on study leave working on an assessment of the Physician Assistant Program. At the beginning of the year she completed a request for an Alternate Work Arrangement—allowing her to work from another location. So while she does have an office in the science building on the Boca Raton campus, she is not currently in the area.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In fact, Saunders is working from Medina, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and Pensacola. Saunders was provost at Cleveland State University before coming to FAU. Pensacola is nice most anytime. And Saunders, the spokesman confirms, is still making that $276,000.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Auburn Trace deal undone</h3> <p>Tuesday night, the new Delray Beach City Commission undid a foolish and dangerous action by the previous city commission.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That action had been to <a href="/blog/2014/04/01/the-law-weighs-in-on-auburn-trace-dealand-other-updates/" target="_blank">redraw terms for a loan</a> made to developers of the Auburn Trace housing project. The new terms would have given Delray Beach about $1 million now but delayed any interest payments for seven years, allowed the developers essentially to decide whether they would pay after those seven years, and removed any rights Delray Beach had to the property.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This week, the interim city attorney reported that the developers were in default to their private lender. New commissioner Jordana Jarjura voted to rescind the decision. So did Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia, who were not at the March 18 meeting. Al Jacquet, who voted for the bad deal, wasn’t at Tuesday’s meeting. Adam Frankel voted to undo what he had done. The item was added to the March 18 agenda the day before, after Glickstein had asked that the item be delayed until he returned. Score one for Delray’s taxpayers.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Trash-hauling deal stinks</h3> <p>Delray residents also may win because of a court ruling issued last week.</p> <p>Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Meenu Sasser found that Delray Beach violated its own rules when the city commission in August 2012 extended Waste Management’s trash-hauling contract for eight years at $65 million without putting the contract out for bid. If the ruling stands—the company could appeal—competitive bidding could result in lower rates.</p> <p>To understand why Delray Beach was in court arguing that the city broke city rules, you must understand the political dynamic of Delray Beach in 2012. Former City Manager David Harden, who had been in office for more than 20 years, argued that because the money goes to Waste Management in fees, not property taxes, the contract —Delray Beach’s largest—was exempt from rules requiring bids on all city contracts of more than $15,000. Former City Attorney Brian Shutt agreed with Harden.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General, however, said Harden and Shutt’s argument was bogus. Sasser pretty much agreed, although she was addressing the argument as Waste Management made it. As Sasser wrote, “The Florida Supreme Court made it clear that competitive bidding requirements for public contracts exist to protect the interest of the public by preventing collusion and protecting favoritism.” Well, duh.</p> <p>By awarding Delray Beach summary judgment, Sasser determined that there is no dispute about the facts. That’s not just a win; it’s a slam-dunk win. Though a quick rebidding probably would be best for Delray, one does wonder if a trial might provide answers as to why the previous commission decided to break its own rules.</p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 03 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityBoca After Dark: O’Brian’s Irish Pub<p><strong>Where:</strong> 51 SE First Ave., 561 / 338-7566</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/obrians.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>The lowdown:</strong> How do you know that you’ve walked into a college bar? When there’s a guy sitting at the entryway carding everyone who walks through the door. I haven’t had to reach into my wallet before hitting the bar in years, and yet here I was, presenting this bouncer with my ID as I made my way into O’Brian’s Irish Pub.</p> <p>O’Brian’s has been a part of the Boca bar-scene for quite some time, and it definitely shows. The interior is worn and dingy, and there is nothing that comfortable or inviting about the atmosphere.</p> <p>The crowd reminded me of a high school cafeteria with different cliques taking up various spots throughout the small area. A group of guys in cowboy hats and boots played darts in one corner, while two young couples played oversized Jenga in another. A table filled with college-aged students overzealously ate and drank at a round table off to the side, occasionally shouting at the basketball game playing on the big-screen TV. Two heavily tattooed girls in ripped jeans talked quietly over a few beers, and a pack of middle-aged men took over the high-top table located front and center.</p> <p>There is certainly no sign of Lily Pulitzer or Tommy Bahama within these walls, and that “Boca” essence is nowhere to be found. Smoke fills the room. Yes, customers at O’Brian’s are permitted to smoke. Ashtrays play the role of table centerpieces; the air reeks of cigarettes and salty fried food.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles:</strong> There is a full menu available including typical bar food: mozzarella sticks, french fries, quesadillas and onion rings ranging from $4 to $9. There are salads and sandwiches, burgers and wraps and “O’Brian’s World Famous" chicken wings, available in 10-, 20- or 50-piece portions. Wings come with celery and blue cheese, and your choice of hot, medium, mild, barbecue, teriyaki, honey or garlic sauce.</p> <p>For the small amount of $175, you can order The Lucky Irishman: 20 wings and a bottle of Dom Perignon, though I’m not sure the surrounding clientele was the type to spend $175 on champagne and wings.</p> <p>Seats at the bar were hard to find, but despite appearing busy, the all-female bar staff acknowledged us quickly and proceeded to ask for our IDs. Again?! There is no shortage of beer here, which is to be expected; it is an Irish pub after all. Favorites such as Fat Tire and Angry Orchard are on tap, among many other varieties. Tuesdays are a popular night for the college crowd; $2 drinks and a beer pong tournament with prizes throughout the night. Fridays are reserved for “Drunken Karaoke” and the infamous Liquor Pitchers for only $7.</p> <p>If you can handle the smoke-filled, drab atmosphere, maybe you won’t mind O’Brian’s. But for me, one second of breathing in cigarette-filled air is one second too many.</p> <p>Website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</center> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/shaina.jpg" width="300"></p> <p> </p> <div><strong>Shaina Wizov</strong> is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 02 Apr 2014 19:49:13 +0000 Park goes French<p>The moment we posted up a photo of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Le Macaron</strong></a> on Boca Raton magazine’s <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, people were raving. I don’t blame them. It’s a quaint little shop, located next to Sloan’s Ice Cream in the southwest section of Mizner Park.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/lemacaron.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/lemacaron_pastries.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/lemacaron_display.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Owned by a French couple freshly relocated from France (they moved here in January), Le Macaron is a French pastry lovers dream. On top of their purely handmade macarons – no pastry molds here! – Aurelie and Thierry bake les pains aux chocolats, les croissants, les madeleines, les raisins croissants and les meringues in-house every morning.</p> <p>They also have a selection of drinks from Perrier to hot chocolate. Orangina caught my eye, and if you’re looking for good coffee, this is the place to go. Face it – a Starbucks espresso is nowhere near strong enough to jumpstart your morning.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/lemacaron_chocolats.jpg"></p> <p>The beautiful little chocolates and swirls of gelato are as much eye candies as they are actual sweets. But what really got me – though I was already sold – was Aurelie and Thierry’s effortless hospitality.</p> <p>If you stop in for a macaron … or two … ok, maybe three, you can sit and chat with Aurelie without feeling like just another customer they’re trying to get in and out of the door. Thierry might tell you the story about how his then-baby-daughter would never fall asleep if he held her with his right arm. “Only the left,” he says with a laugh. And how Alicia Keys’s and Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" turned out to be her lullaby.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/lemacaron_table.jpg"></p> <p>So pick a spot at one of their indoor tables and admire the beautiful wooden floors, the large wooden ceiling beams and the adorable modular displays. Or snag an outdoor table where you get a clear view of the minimalist, yet chic window display of macarons.</p> <p>For a list of prices, see the photo below.</p> <p><img alt="" height="293" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/lemacaron_menu.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Le Macaron is located at <em>331 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</em>. For more information, call 561/245-7281 or visit their <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 02 Apr 2014 18:21:12 +0000 & ReviewsInspirational athlete shares secrets<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I’ve done endurance sports and high-intensity training, and this is what I’ve figured out: my physical fitness and strength are important, but just as important (some of my friends would argue even more important) is mental toughness.</p> <p>How do you prepare yourself physically and mentally for seemingly impossible events? I asked Fort Lauderdale resident Bob Becker. Soon-to-be 69 years young, Becker is an ultra-runner, who only weeks ago completed the 51.4-mile <a href="">BADWATER Cape Fear</a><a href=""> race</a> in 12 hours and 34 minutes. Held in Bald Head Island, N.C., the race challenges the body both physically and mentally.</p> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/bob_capewater.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“When people ask how I run those significant distances, I ask them how they got from couch potato to that first 5k or half marathon finish, or how they transitioned to that first completed marathon,” Becker says. “It's in the training, and the desire to set and accomplish a goal that may very well have seemed unreasonable before making that commitment.”</p> <p>Since 2005, Becker has completed some 21 ultra-marathons, which are longer than the 26.2-mile distance of a traditional marathon. He ran one with a stress fracture on his right femur. In another, he had to cover himself in trash bags to stop shivering because it was cold and rainy.</p> <p>But Becker says the hardest race he has done is the BADWATER 135, which dubbed itself "the world's toughest foot race.” It started 282 feet below sea level and finished 8,500 feet up Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.</p> <p>He finished 35<sup>th </sup>out of 80 starters in a time of 40 hours and 48 minutes.</p> <p>You’d think Becker is one of those lucky people who stay physically fit despite age. Maybe it’s genetics. The truth is, Becker has been through his own set of physical challenges.</p> <p>The fractured femur mentioned earlier? He battled that injury for years and endured a surgery that required inserting a steel pin and plate in his right hip.</p> <p>While he was recovering in early 2006, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and again went through surgery for removal.</p> <p>By May of that year, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and began running ultra-marathons later that year.</p> <p><strong>Becker’s advice</strong></p> <p>When describing the importance of the mind in endurance sports, Becker refers to a quote from Ray Zahab, a well-known and highly accomplished Canadian ultra-marathoner who ran across the entire Sahara Desert in 2007 – that’s 4,400 miles.</p> <p>“90 percent of ultra-running is mental, and the rest is in your head!”</p> <p>Becker strategizes to limit the physical pain, but the strategies he uses also give him a mental edge. Here are his top strategies for breaking those physical barriers:</p> <p><strong>Prepare</strong></p> <p>“I try to be realistic about my age and capabilities,” Becker says. “I'm not training to win, but to complete the race – and pick-off as many runners as I possibly can before that finish line.”</p> <p>His training includes one to two recovery days each week, when he frequently sleeps in and does not exercise at all.</p> <p>The other five days, he mixes in core work, heavy lifting and cross training with his runs. Sometimes, he does two-a-day workouts, training in the heat of the day and adjusting his training routine to correspond to the challenges of his next race.</p> <p><strong>Pacing to a plan</strong></p> <p>“The mantra is ‘Go slow to go fast,’” he says. “The first 75 or 80 miles of a 100-mile race is the warm-up. In other words, be disciplined. Don't worry about people passing you early in the race. Save enough energy to ideally complete the second half of the course as fast or faster than the first half.”</p> <p><strong>Run your race</strong></p> <p>“It's fun to run with others, and it can be very motivating and help the time and miles--pass more quickly,” Becker says. “But I find that rarely do two or more runners move for extended periods at the same pace.</p> <p>So he runs most races alone, running in groups for short periods of time whenever possible.</p> <p>“Sticking to your own strategy is most important in achieving your planned result,” he says.</p> <p><strong>Execute</strong></p> <p>“It's going to hurt.”</p> <p>Becker says it’s rare to complete an ultra-marathon without experiencing some pain, fatigue, sore muscles or a combination of all of those.</p> <p>The key is to minimize these effects by wearing the right shoes and socks, having spares in case of a change in course conditions, bad weather or swelling feet.</p> <p>Bring some gear options for carrying items during the race – water, food, electrolytes, rain gear, phone, medical supplies, course map, etc.</p> <p>“Always minimize the stuff, and therefore, the weight, you carry, but know what will be available on the course and carry what you will likely need,” he says.</p> <p><strong>Remember what drove you to do this in the first place</strong></p> <p>“There are periods during many races when I question my sanity and want to be done with it,” he says. “Then, I remember how totally satisfying it is to cross that finish line and know you have completed something hard that relatively few people will ever do. I think about other races where I had finished and said to myself, ‘never again,’ only to start thinking a couple of hours later of the changes I could have made to finish even faster. And, I like being part of the fraternity that celebrates those special post-race moments with a mutual ‘atta-boy’ and a cold beer.”</p> <p>Becker is race director at Fort Lauderdale-based Ultra Sports. Ultra Sports puts on events throughout the year, including the Keys 100 in May. The Keys 100 includes individual races of 100 or 50 miles, as well as a 100-mile six-person relay event, across the Florida Keys. For more information, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 954/439-2800.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 02 Apr 2014 13:47:05 +0000 a Movement<p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/06_adelman_pg_153_glory_bound.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(All photos courtesy of Bob Adelman)</p> <p>I finally made it out to the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale this week to check out “The Movement,” the exhibition of Civil Rights Era photography from the acclaimed photojournalist (and Miami Beach resident) Bob Adelman. It was well worth the wait: “The Movement” tells an indispensable story of a minority group transcending government-sanctioned suppression through unity and cooperation, from the Freedom Rides and the battle for suffrage to the Marches on Washington and Montgomery and the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. Wherever this tussle for equality was being fought, Adelman chronicled it as the movement’s ubiquitous shadow. And this exhibition’s clear, crisp, deep-focused, mostly black-and-white images speak volumes about our shameful history.</p> <p>The photographs selected to open the exhibition paint a picture of black life in the Jim Crow south, setting the scene for the civil rights advances to come. In “Peyton Buford Jr. and Tenant Farmers,” a smiling white landowner in a pressed shirt and slacks stands before his African-American labor, who till his land; it was taken in 1966, but looks a lot like a plantation in the mid-1800s. In “Three Generations of Tenant Farmers,” a family stands behind a decrepit house that seems to crumble the more you look at it. And in “Unemployed Young Men, Harlem,” the looks of desperation and longing in the three men’s eyes are almost too much to bear; they seem to bore right into Adelman’s soul.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/arrest.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It would be hard to take much more of this, but soon Adelman introduces us to Dr. King, and we’re swept up in images of his effusive oratory and powerful body language … and then, we’re transported to his funeral, with inspiration bleeding into heartache. “The Movement” continues to ebb and flow in this way; Adelman shot the triumphs as well as the setbacks, and the result is an emotional seesaw mirroring the staggered, bloody progress of the civil rights movement. In my favorite pair of images, “Wall of Troopers and Possemen, Selma,” with its close-up shot of troopers’ hands holding nightsticks, is cleverly positioned above “Protestors’ Linked Hands,” which shows just that—white and black hands linked in a chain. In both cases, the hands alone speak for the objectives of each side; violence and disruption versus love and unity.</p> <p>Among this nation-changing tumult, the photographer sometimes managed to discover humor, albeit of a cynical, sarcastic stripe, and usually achieved through his titles. Most of his images are given matter-of-fact names—“Bayard Rustin Being Refused Service,” for instance—but occasionally he’ll create pointed commentary with his titles. An image of a vanity license plate “It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham” is titled, by Adelman, “Southern Hospitality,” an ironic reference to Alabama’s regressive segregation. An anger-inducing shot of louche Caucasians burning crosses and waving confederate flags is titled “White Knights Defend Their White Castle as Picketers Outside Demand Fair Employment Practices, Bronx.”</p> <p>But the most powerful images on display cannot be leavened by humor. Adelman captured Joseph Carter, the first African-American who successfully registered to vote in West Feliciana Parish of Louisiana, clutching a shotgun on his front porch, on the evening of his registration. A feeling of lurking danger pervades this cinematically lit image, its hero a shadow figure against a moonlit backdrop. Carter’s expectation of confrontation was demonstrably justified, making this an iconic image of American defiance.</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/sf-photographer-bob-adelman-pictures-20140117-001.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In another key image, titled “Unified Resistance, Kelly Ingram Park,” the local firemen of this Alabama park follow their orders to hose down protestors, who have banded together in their discovery that strength in numbers lessens the impact of the hose. The oppression <em>and</em> the resistance of the entire movement is captured within this single shot. Adelman had a lot of single shots like that; the era he chronicled may have been a wrong place and a wrong time, but within this upheaval, he was always in the right place and right time to immortalize the fight. </p> <p><em>“The Movement” continues through May 17 at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $10 adults, $7 seniors and military, and $5 students. Call 954/525-5500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 02 Apr 2014 13:34:18 +0000 & EventsEau Resort holds heartfelt charity event—with Amy Grant<p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="480" src="/site_media/uploads/amy_grant.jpg" width="350">It’s not too late to attend a special event this Thursday night at Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa, when six-time Grammy Award winner Amy Grant will perform with other celebrity musicians at the hotel’s “Artists for Others,” a benefit for Agape International Missions (AIM).</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>“Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa is proud to present Amy Grant and this impressive lineup of talent as we help to raise funds for AIM, which rescues children from sex trafficking,” reported Eva Hill, president of Britannia Pacific Properties, which owns the AAA Five-Diamond Award property, part of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.  </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The benefit will be the first in a series of charitable events the resort will host, which indicates the hotel’s “makeover” and name change as it underwent its conscious uncoupling from the Ritz points to more than just a pretty face.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>After all, AIM’s programs aren’t for the faint of heart; child sex trafficking is as tough as it gets. The organization describes its mission as “to restore victims and transform communities, making a holistic and successful strategy in the ground war on child sex-trafficking. We are committed to prevent, rescue, restore and reintegrate.”  (More information on AIM is available at 916/784-2800.)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>And if you want to support this event (kudos to Eau Resort for doing this!), tickets are $259 each $2,000 for a VIP table. It starts at 7 p.m. Other performers include Kip Winger, Buddy Hyatt and Celica Westbrook, as well as T.G. Sheppard, Danny Gokey and Kelly Lang.  “Artists for Others” will also feature Lisa Cohen of the CNN Freedom Project, Bridget and Don Brewster of AIM, Ken Peterson of 3Strands, an appearance by Barry Gibb and a performance by visual artist David Garibaldi.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For more information, please call Alison Votaw at Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa, 561/540-4994 or <span></span>.</span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>                                                                               </span></p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedTue, 01 Apr 2014 08:09:39 +0000 & EventsThe Cooper Coming to PB Gardens<p><img alt="" height="214" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/thecooper1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A familiar name is set to debut a farm-to-table restaurant in the old Spoto’s Water Bar location in Palm Beach Gardens. . . and it’s not who you might think.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Max Restaurant Group</a> is slated to open <strong>T<a href="" target="_blank">he Cooper</a></strong> (<em>4610 PGA Boulevard, Suite 100, Palm Beach Gardens</em>) sometime in May. But we’re not talking local farm-to-table maven Dennis Max, whose own restaurants are under the umbrella of the Max Group. Max Restaurant Group is a Connecticut-based firm with eight eateries in Connecticut and Massachusetts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="184" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/thecooper.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But there is a Dennis Max connection. It’s chef Adam Brown, late of the Burt Rapoport-Dennis Max collaboration, Burt &amp; Max’s, which is still going gangbusters in West Delray’s sprawling Delray Marketplace.</p> <p>Details are still sketchy at the moment, but The Cooper will reportedly style itself as something of an upscale tavern, featuring Old Florida decor, plus a roster of mixological cocktails and craft wines and beers. The menu is said to focus on steaks, seafood and burgers, though you can bet Brown will throw in plenty of his own twists.</p> <p>When I get more info, you’ll be the first to know.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 01 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsLaw weighs in on Auburn Trace —and other updates<h3 class="MsoNormal">What were they thinking?</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">We said last week that there soon would be more on the <a href="" target="_blank">Auburn Trace</a> story in Delray Beach. Here is the more.</p> <p><span><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/auburntrace.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>On March 18, against the advice of the city’s acting finance director, a shorthanded Delray Beach City Commission tentatively agreed to give Auburn Trace, developers of the 256-unit, low-income housing project Auburn Trace, new loan terms very favorable to the developers in exchange for about $1 million upfront. The finance director said the commission should have said, not just “No,” but “Hell, no” to the deal. It passed with the vote of a lame-duck commissioner, Angeleta Gray, and without the presence of Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia, who had asked that the item not be discussed without them.</p> <p>Fortunately, the deal was contingent on an opinion from the city attorney’s office. Last week, interim city attorney Terrill Pyburn sent a memo to the commission that undercuts the developers’ case. Pyburn recommends that at tonight’s meeting the commission rescind its March 18 action.</p> <p>Glickstein and Petrolia will be at tonight’s meeting. So will new Commissioner Jarjana Jordura, who defeated Gray in the March 11 election. Gray, with holdover commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet, approved the Auburn Trace deal that the finance director said was so bad for Delray Beach.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In her memo, Pyburn says that, based on a letter from Iberia Bank—the primary Auburn Trace lender—Auburn Group is behind on its payments, owes back property taxes and hasn’t provided records sought by the bank. Given the contents of the letter, Pyburn says, “It appears that the Auburn Group misrepresented their default status to the City Commission at the March 18 meeting.”</p> <p>Pyburn adds, “Auburn Group’s misrepresentation may have resulted in fraudulent inducement of the City.” Pyburn questions whether Delray Beach will recover any of the original $4.2 million loan to Auburn Group. She warns that if the March 18 deal stands, Delray Beach would give up any rights to the Auburn Trace property. If the bank were to foreclose, the city “would get nothing.” The March 18 vote, Pyburn writes, “does not comply with state law and is therefore invalid.”</p> <p>For Delray residents, the first question is: How quickly can the commission accept Pyburn’s recommendation tonight? The second question is: How could Frankel and Jacquet have voted yes on March 18?</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Dredging things up</h3> <p>Two requests by Boca Raton for beach projects are in the annual exercise known as the budget process of the Florida Legislature</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/bocaratonbeach.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One is for restoration of the beach north of Spanish River Park. Crews finishing a similar shore protection project for Delray Beach would move their equipment south. In both cases, the work is designed to restore areas eroded by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The projected state cost for the north Boca Raton project is about $1 million. The money is in the Senate budget, but not in the House budget. The two chambers are about $22 million apart in their budgets for beach projects. North Boca is ranked seventh out of 43 in the state.</p> <p>A Palm Beach County lobbyist says the North Boca money could be included during the usual House-Senate budget conference committee discussions. Boca Raton is in better shape on a roughly $400,000 request for dredging of the Boca Inlet. That money is in both the House and Senate budgets, at least for now. </p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Sachs &amp; The Cities</h3> <p>Here is a small, but telling, example of how things work in the Florida Legislature.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Last year, the Republican chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee questioned whether certain legislators actually lived in the districts they represent. One of the legislators in question—most of them Democrats—was Sen. Maria Sachs, a Democrat whose district includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach and coastal Broward County south to Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/sachs.jpg" width="300"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sachs and her husband, attorney Peter Sachs, have a home just west of Florida’s Turnpike and north of Clint Moore Road. The house is in her old Senate district. In 2012, she chose to run in a new, neighboring district whose boundaries don’t include her house. After winning, she claimed residency at a condo in Fort Lauderdale—within the new district—owned by a lobbyist who supposedly rented the place to Sachs.</p> <p>Media reports, however, found little evidence that Sachs actually lived at the condo. Last September, after denying that her residency was an issue, Sachs declared a new residence—a rented Delray condo that is within the new district.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Florida Constitution says legislators must live in the district they represent, but doesn’t specify what qualifies as residency. Bills in the House and Senate this year would lay out residency rules for candidates and public officials—some cities require managers to live in the city—and require that they have just one residence, but the legislation would not apply to active-duty military and, more important, to members of the Legislature. The Legislature still would set its own rules.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of those definitions of residency, spelled out in Joint Rule 7.1? Where one “claims to reside, as reflected in statements to others..."</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Build vs. Blight<span>                            </span><span>          </span></h3> <p>Last week, the Palm Beach County Commission punted on whether to allow Compson Development to build nearly 300 homes on the old Mizner Trail Golf Course in the Boca Del Mar community.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/miznertrail.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">In delaying a vote on Compson’s proposal, the commission asked the developer and residents who oppose the project to seek a compromise by June. Compromise seems unlikely, since the developer called the residents’ offer to buy the property “insulting.” An attorney for the residents, though, said they would “try.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Still, it is clear from comments over the months leading up to Thursday’s meeting and at the meeting itself that the vast majority of residents along the property don’t want development. Commissioners cited the condition of the property as a reason for their vote. But residents believe that Compson bought the property in 2004 with the intent of closing the course and seeking development rights that the company doesn’t have. They believe that Compson has deliberately let the property get overgrown, and now claims that development is the only want to eliminate the blight.</p> <p>Many residents who spoke against the project vowed retaliation at the polls against commissioners who vote for Compson. But because county commissioners are elected only from within the district they represent, residents could seek revenge only against Steven Abrams. He represents the area and is on the ballot this year, but he voted as the residents wanted—against the delay.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mizner Trail is not an issue like the Ocean Avenue bridge in Boynton Beach, where a small number of neighbors for years blocked a key public project. The only public issue here is the supposed blight, which most residents say they prefer to loss of open space. Expect a lawsuit if the commission approves development of the Mizner Trail Golf Course.</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> <h3 class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>magazineTue, 01 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: April 1 to 7<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="175" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/sunset-blvd.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Sunset Boulevard” radio theater</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15 to $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” is known for its iconic images—the giant pool housing the corpse of the story’s dead narrator, and the decaying Hollywood manse where aging, delusional silent-screen diva Norma Desmond relives her once-glamorous past. For Wednesday’s Arts Garage Radio Theater season-closer, the talented production team won’t have visuals like that in their toolbox, which means you’ll have to conjure them yourselves in the limitless theater of the mind. What you will get are vintage sound effects, actors reading dramatically off script, and of course the great lines that have long outlived Gloria Swanson and William Holden: “All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up” and “I <em>am</em> big, it’s the pictures that got small.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="388" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/lily-tomlin.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lily Tomlin</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 to $100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Who knows what Lily Tomlin will want to talk about, or what persona she will inhabit at Wednesday’s Kravis engagement, though I’d be awfully surprised if it turned out to be a traditional stand-up gig. Tomlin, who claims she “wasn’t funny as a child” but honed her craft by studying the likes of Lucille Ball, Imogene Coca and others, has long established herself as one of the funniest comedians/actors in the country, not to mention an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. Her film roles have been eclectic and thoughtful, from 1975’s “Nashville” on through to 2007’s “The Walker,” but she’s still most known for her recurring telephone operator on Rowan &amp; Martin’s “Laugh-In.” Here’s hoping she brings to life some of the other indelible characters she’s developed over her nearly 50-year television and Broadway career.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/geraldford.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Gerald Ford Superfreak”</strong></p> <p>Where: Backstage @ the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You may think of Gerald Ford as a minor figure in the annals of the American presidency—a man who was duly elected to neither his vice presidential nor presidential post, and who is remembered largely for pardoning his criminal predecessor and for inspiring the career of Chevy Chase. But according to the folks at Miami’s eccentric Mad Cat Theatre Company, there’s more to Ford than meets the eye; we just don’t know about it yet. Their world premiere workshop production “Gerald Ford Superfreak,” which runs for one night only as an appetizer to this year’s South Beach Comedy Festival, posits how decisions made during Ford’s brief presidency have rippled into the year 2112. Expect another wild ride in this offbeat comedy scripted by Mad Cat founder Paul Tei and company members Jessica Farr and Theo Reyna. Acclaimed actor Ricky Waugh will portray Ford.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/gugu-mbatha-raw-in-belle-009.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Palm Beach International Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75 ($10.50 for regular festival screenings)</p> <p>Contact: 561/362-0003, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The 19<sup>th</sup> annual Palm Beach International Film Festival opens Thursday with a film that will likely see a larger release this spring, but you can be the first to see it while enjoying the lavish opening-night party at Bogart’s Bar and Grille, located on the second floor of Cinemark Palace. The film is called “Belle,” a socially conscious, fact-based costume drama about an illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, whose dark skin denies her the privileges awarded to her class. It stars Matthew Goode, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Gugu Mbatha Raw. Screenings of dozens of world, national and state premieres of features, documentaries and shorts will continue through April 10 at Cinemark Palace, Muvico Parisian at CityPlace, Cobb Downtown at the Gardens and the Stonzek Theater in Lake Worth. For reviews of a handful of festival entries, visit on Friday.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/amy-grant1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Artists For Others” benefit concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, 1000 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan</p> <p>When: 7 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $250</p> <p>Contact: 561/540-4994</p> <p>Amy Grant’s legion of fans generally don’t need a motivation to see the six-time Grammy winner in concert. The Christian singer-songwriter turned crossover sensation, who is supporting her latest album “How Mercy Looks From Here,” will draw a large audience wherever she plays, but if you need some extra motivation, this gig in Manalapan is particularly inspiring. Grant is headlining the Eau Palm Beach Resort’s debut “Artists for Others” event, which will benefit Agape International Missions, which rescues children from sex trafficking. The event’s producers promise a sumptuous cocktail reception, a raffle of unique gifts and a full lineup of live music, including Kip Winger, formerly of the glam metal band Winger, along with live painting from David Garibaldi, the acclaimed performance painter from California. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/rhino-fau.jpg" width="268"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Rhinoceros”</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Studio One Theater, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The FAU theater department’s 2013-2014 season, which has already offered up such handsome classics as “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” will conclude on its weirdest and arguably most ambitious note: “Rhinoceros,” the rarely staged, three-act masterwork by Eugene Ionesco, the theater world’s master of the absurd. It presents a small provincial French town in which only one inhabitant does <em>not</em> turn into a rhinoceros; in the process, the play examines mass movements, philosophy and morality. Gvozden Kopani, chair of FAU’s theater department, told me this last year: “You’re talking about mid-century drama, and Ionesco is generally a political commentator as well. He is dealing with the political struggles that you’d hear about prior to the Second World War and then immediately after the Second World War, and that is our struggle for political dominance between democracy and communism and fascism, and the individual’s struggle for identity.” “Rhinoceros” runs through April 13.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/amos-lee.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Amos Lee</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37 to $47</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When a critic for the <em>New York Times</em> wrote about a product in 2011 as being “light amber, mildly sweet, a touch of grain,” he wasn’t writing about a brew. He was describing the “honeyed” voice of Amos Lee, a soul-pop exemplar of the American dream. In 2004, Lee was working two jobs as a second-grade teacher and bartender, while playing original songs at open-mic nights during his less-than-copious time off. It was then that a promoter discovered him and offered him an opportunity to open for BB King. The rest is history, with Norah Jones helping him secure a deal with the legendary Blue Note Records. He’s since been compared to Jones about as often as he’s compared to ‘90s-era Bob Dylan. Always in demand as a stellar opening act—for both of these aforementioned influences, by the way—Lee will bring his accessible, poetic blend of soul, rock and folk to the Parker Playhouse three years after hitting No. 1 on the Billboard charts with “Mission Bell,” his best album to date. His latest release is “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song.” </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/egg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Egg-a-Palooza</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6 per person, free for babies 18 months and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/544-8600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rather than take your little one to see “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” for the second or third time this weekend, why not take advantage of this special Easter-themed event at the Amphitheater? Egg-a-Palooza, sponsored by the <em>Sun Sentinel’s South Florida Parenting</em> newspaper, will feature a bevy of activities for audiences under a certain age, including an ongoing egg hunt—with the eggs filled with candy, toys or special prizes—visits from the Easter bunny, magic shows, a scavenger hunt, face painting, inflatables, games and contests. There will be food and drink vendors on-site, and participants are required to bring their own egg baskets.</p>John ThomasonMon, 31 Mar 2014 18:04:05 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsComing Soon: TEDx Boca Raton<p>TEDx has made its way to Boca Raton, launching its first ever TEDx Boca Raton event this May.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/tedx.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The worldwide nonprofit is known for its short talks, performances and demonstrations dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” On May 9 at 8 a.m., 24 influential community members will present their ideas at Florida Atlantic University’s University Theatre.</p> <p>The diverse speaker list – which boasts a hypnotist, a political analyst, an award-winning musician and a parkour instructor, to name a few – is sure to keep the audience riveted.</p> <p>For the full list, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Stay tuned. We’ll be posting up an interview with event organizer Becky Woodbridge soon. The blog will cover how the event came to Boca, the community’s support and how Becky made it all happen.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Tickets</a> are $100 for general admission and $30 for FAU students. Additional fees may apply.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 31 Mar 2014 17:25:39 +0000 EventsNew CrossFit Facility Coming to Town<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boca Raton CrossFitters and CrossFitter wannabes will be happy to know there’s a new CrossFit facility opening in east Boca.</p> <p><a href="">CrossFit Hype</a> (<em>374 E Palmetto Park Road, 561/325-3906</em>) is celebrating its grand opening event, Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/crossfithype.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>CrossFit coach Abbe Sandler Rosen, who is married to the gym’s co-owner Ben Rosen, says they want everyone to check out the event and what the gym is about.</p> <p>“We will be running different workouts throughout the day to give people a taste of the intensity,” Abbe says. “Stop in, sign a waiver, get an awesome workout in, and grab a bite to eat with us as we grill some burgers out in the sun.”</p> <p>Co-owners Rosen, Rob Thomas and Tara Demers, along with CrossFit Hype coaches, will offer free group workouts at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. From noon to 2 p.m., visitors can meet the coaches, tour the facility, eat and watch a demonstration workout.</p> <p>Here’s some inside information: Before opening CrossFit Hype, Ben was a chef working under celebrity Chef Michele Bernstein in Miami, so he can cook up some mean organic grass-fed burgers, Abbe says.</p> <p>Abbe says the location of the new CrossFit Hype stand out among the many gyms in Boca Raton. Being the closes facility to the beach in all of Palm Beach and Broward Counties, they're in the process of planning monthly beach workouts, as well as incorporating the sea-side location into daily workouts.</p> <p>“With the ease of accessibility, being directly on Palmetto Park Road, we have the ability to walk to get a bite to eat after a grueling workout, or just relax outside in the nice surroundings,” she says. “It is a huge benefit for our community to have other places to hang out together after they workout.”</p> <p>Another factor that CrossFit Hype prides itself on is coaching. Abbe says Ben and Rob have a contagious love for health and fitness that transfers to the athletes they coach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/crossfithype2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“People and relationships come first,” she says. “Our mission is for CrossFit Hype to become a third place for our members, next to home and work – a place where they actually look forward to going to every day.”</p> <p>Then there's the facility. From Olympic barbells and platforms to sleds and Plyo boxes, the list goes on.</p> <p>“We have not skimped on any of the equipment and bought every little toy we could find to make our workouts fun,” she says. “We want to keep our body and minds guessing with variance, which is key to progress.”</p> <p>CrossFit Hype offers new Rogue and RX equipment, along with dual TV screens with Wodify software for members to login and track their progress, nutrition and connect with other members. There's also a retail center selling the latest CrossFit apparel and footwear.</p> <p>Memberships at CrossFit Hype are $150 a month for unlimited classes. Drop-ins are $20 a class, and personal training is $50 a session. The gym has packaged deals, as well as special rates for veterans, members of the Special Forces, police, fire fighters, EMTs, students and teachers.</p> <p>Abe says anyone taking the classes must be proficient in CrossFit movements. For people new to the workout, CrossFit Hype offers fundamentals classes to teach people how to do the moves correctly. <br>No need to make reservations for the grand opening. Abbe says simply show up in workout clothes and with an appetite. The grand opening is free to the public. And if you can’t make the grand opening, Abbe says CrossFit Hype will be offering free community workouts every Saturday.</p> <p>For more information, email <a href=""></a> or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineMon, 31 Mar 2014 15:34:10 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyUpcoming EventsRamen Rules<p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/ramen.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>When I moved back to the U.S. from Japan more a decade ago, I knew I was giving up one of the things I had grown to love there—namely, ramen. No, not the microwavable stuff in a cup on which penny-pinching college students survive. I’m talking about a Tokyo-style big bowl of noodles served in pork- or soy sauce-flavored broth with medallions of sliced pork, topped with kamaboko (white and pink fish; don’t ask) green onions, sprouts, dried seaweed, corn and spinach. Don’t forget the hard-boiled egg.</p> <p>Ramen may have existed on the West Coast at that time, but you rarely found it at South Florida restaurants back then. However, ramen seems to have slowly followed me back from Japan, as evidenced by its appearance on menus in and around Boca. Sadly,  Kin Noodle Bar in downtown Boca has closed its doors—but here are four other spots worth exploring:</p> <p><strong>Masamune</strong></p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: 310 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, 954/427-9491</p> <p><strong>What</strong>: This long-surviving sushi restaurant is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Though sushi is the specialty, occasionally Masamune features soy-flavored ramen (Tokyo-style) or miso-flavored ramen (popular in northern Japan) on special. If you are unfamiliar with ramen, this is a good place to start; the recipes here are very traditional.</p> <p><strong><br>Nori Thai</strong></p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: 217 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/392-2999</p> <p><strong>What</strong>: Several locals have raved about this little Asian bistro, which has a reputation for serving great Tonkotsu ramen. Tonkotsu broth is pork-based instead of soy sauce. This style of ramen comes from Kyushu, one of the southern islands. They also have a extra spicy variety of the same which is not to be approached lightly.</p> <p><strong><br>Gaysha New World Sushi Bar</strong></p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: 2223 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954/530-0153</p> <p><strong>What</strong>: Part of Fort Lauderdale’s gay village, this little sushi bar has become a local favorite. The menu is mostly sushi, but one of the other entrée items is a very good Tonkotsu ramen. It's less spicy than some, but you can kick it up a notch with the white pepper available on each table.</p> <p><br><strong>Cha-Cha Japanese Café</strong></p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: 155 S. State Road 7, #108, Royal Palm Beach, 561/790-0072</p> <p><strong>What</strong>: It's a bit of a haul from Boca, but it’s worth it. This hole in the wall is nothing fancy, but it's the real deal. It doesn't hurt that there is Japanese TV playing on the monitor and Japanese pop music piped through the speakers. I ordered Shoyu Cha Cha Men, which was the most traditional soy-broth ramen on the menu, yet it was anything but standard. The broth was just the right amount of spice, noodles were the right texture, and the vegetables were fresh. For me, it was like a mini-vacation back to Japan.</p>magazineMon, 31 Mar 2014 11:45:21 +0000 Trucks to Rally for LLS<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/curbside.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you haven’t yet hopped on the food truck bandwagon, here’s a chance to do it for a good cause. (Not that filling your belly isn’t.)</p> <p>It’s the first food truck rally to be held in West Palm Beach, and it will benefit the <a href="‎" target="_blank">Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.</a></p> <p>Dubbed— appropriately enough — <strong>TruckStop</strong>, the event takes place on Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., on the private lot of Palm Beach Motor Cars.</p> <p>Among the food truckers: PBC’s own <a href="‎" target="_blank">Curbside Gourmet</a> and <a href="‎" target="_blank">Spring In Roll Out</a>, along with <a href="">Bite Gastrotruck</a> and <a href="‎" target="_blank">HipPOPS</a> from Miami and <a href="‎" target="_blank">Taco Fresh</a> from Fort Lauderdale. They’ll be dishing all manner of sweet and savory treats, along with Passover-friendly dishes, all to be washed down with craft cocktails and fresh-pressed juices.</p> <p>Tickets are $100 per person, to get ‘em and get more information, call IT Events + Media at 561/801-0767.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 31 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;Noah&quot;<p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/russell-crowe-as-noah-014_uj_fekvo_lead.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Lambasting Hollywood movies for “left-wing” environmental stances has become <em>de rigueur</em> among conservative critics, with “Happy Feet,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Wall-E” being three prominent examples. Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which opens today, makes it easy for them, spending much of the time leading up to its ark-building epiphany making an up-front case for human-caused climate change. “All life blotted out because of what man has done,” Russell Crowe’s Noah opines, ominously. “The storm cannot be stopped, but it can be survived,” he concludes shortly after, forever equipped with laconic declarative statements. “Everything that was good, we shattered,” he says later, surveying a post-apocalyptic landscape from his haven on the ark. And so on, and so on.</p> <p>These lines, written by Aronofsky and co- screenwriter Ari Handel, were undoubtedly engineered to resonate with today’s audiences. They will leave some viewers decrying the film’s environmental “alarmism” as filtered through Biblical predestiny, while others will appreciate its barely subtextual efforts to raise awareness about our impending, partly self-imposed destruction. I simply found the dialogue didactic, though complaining that a religious film is too preachy is a bit like complaining that a comedy is too funny.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/noah2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Except that “Noah” is hardly a religious film. It’s a popcorn saga dressed up in modified dogma, a comic-book adaptation by any other name. Aronofsky and Handel took so many liberties with the biblical story that the film’s P.R. team had to write a disclaimer to audiences expecting a faithful rendering of the Genesis drama. For instance, the word “God” is conspicuously absent from the script, replaced by the slightly more agnostic “the creator.” Aronofsky’s strangest deviation—his most obvious Michael Bay concession—is the creation of the Watchers: giant, scary, sometimes eight-armed rock people that are decidedly cuddlier than they appear.</p> <p>Most surprisingly, the world’s animals, whose impossible cramming, two by two, into the ark is a central facet of the story, are given short shrift here. They descend on the ark in waves of CGI zoos, but once onboard, they are a nonfactor; instead, man takes narrative dominion, with Aronofsky framing his story as an intense domestic psychodrama on the flood-ravaged high seas.</p> <p>It’s here, when the director allows his conflicts to exist almost solely within Noah’s small family unit, that “Noah” begins to fully self-actualize as a pure Aronofsky film. Sure, his fans will find a few signposts early on, like Noah’s feverish hallucinations of the apocalypse, which play out like a very bad trip from “Requiem for a Dream.” But it’s not until one controversial life-or-death decision from Noah that the movie becomes definitively Aronofskyan, triggering a mental and physical brush with sanity that suggests the tortured protagonists of “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan.” And it’s the very heart the film, the point at which a lavish blockbuster pivots toward artistic impressionism.</p> <p>It’s also where its controversy is destined to lie. Despite receiving tentative and even full-throated praise from certain Christian organizations, I found its third-act developments to be a ballsy attack on the derangement of religious fundamentalism, not a chronicle of its world-changing uplift. Both the film and its title character are deeply questioning, morally ambiguous and swirling with doubt—not attributes usually associated with pro-religious movies. “Noah” hews closer to Martin Scorsese’s divisive “Last Temptation of Christ” than any other scriptural movie, because it depicts his duality as family man and prophet. He even becomes, to put it bluntly, an insane bastard blinded by false piety. It’s a fascinating transformation to behold, but one that many will find too uncomfortable to bear. Alas, one person’s blasphemy is another’s three-dimensional character development.</p> <p>“Noah” is wildly all over the place and tries too hard to please everyone, but once it decides where it’s going, it’s as harrowing as movies can be.</p>John ThomasonFri, 28 Mar 2014 13:02:53 +0000 & EventsMoviesTaste of the Nation Coming in April<p><img alt="" height="140" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/totn_palm_beach_0.jpg" width="200">It’s not too early to get your tickets for this year’s <strong>Taste of the Nation Palm Beach</strong>, which takes over the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, April 23.</p> <p>Some 100 purveyors of good food and strong drink will be featuring their wares at the hugely popular annual event, which benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger. Among the restaurants set to participate are Buccan, Casa D’Angelo, Chops Lobster Bar, Catch Seafood &amp; Raw Bar and Pistache.</p> <p>Chairing the bash, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m., will be chefs Clay Conley, Zach Bell, Lindsay Autry and Allen Sussser. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $150 for VIPs, and are available <a href=";jsessionid=C4DA829284986050B7BE09FF7571ECF5.app252b?store_id=2821">here</a>.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 28 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsChanging the rules: from the Ag Reserve to Auburn Trace<p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="450"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Selling the farm<span>      </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Fifteen years ago, by a 2-to-1 margin, Palm Beach County voters billed themselves $100 million for a program designed to retain as much farming as possible in the county’s Agricultural Reserve area. A deceptive campaign in 1999 sought to defeat the program, and the pushback has never really stopped. The latest push came Tuesday.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In urbanized South Florida, the Agricultural Reserve is unique. It covers about 25,000 acres from Clint Moore Road to roughly Hypoluxo Road west of the turnpike. The reserve protects the <a href="‎" target="_blank">Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge</a> —part of the Everglades—from suburban sprawl. Compare southwest Palm Beach County to western Broward County, where subdivisions border the Everglades.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In addition, farms and packing houses in the reserve provide winter vegetables that supply not just this area but much of the nation. That local agriculture industry has allowed many restaurants in Boca Raton and Delray Beach to start advertising farm-to-table cuisine.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now, though, some of the reserve's small farmers and nursery owners —don’t underestimate the crop value of South Florida’s nursery industry— say the rules that allow just one home per five acres make it hard to sell their land for development or to get loans. (The loans are made by banks that consider the land more attractive collateral if it held more potential for development.) On Tuesday, those landowners and their representatives who want the county to nearly double the number of homes that could be built and allow more commercial development, faced off before the Palm Beach County Commission with those who favor preservation, as the voters intended.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After the four-hour hearing, commissioners voted to hold discussions with farmers to hear their gripes. Neither side won, but the farmers didn’t lose, which is the bigger story. The backstory could be that the idea for Tuesday’s hearing came from Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, who represents the reserve. For many years, Berger was an aide to Burt Aaronson, who represented basically the same district from 1992 until 2012. Aaronson supported the 1999 referendum—speaking out against opponents who claimed falsely that the $100 million could have been used instead for schools—but in later years became very friendly to companies like GL Homes that wanted to develop more of the Agricultural Reserve.</p> <p>Any decision probably remains months away. But watch for commissioners who say that a few “minor” changes would help the farmers without sacrificing the reserve itself. Enough “minor” changes, and the effort to keep faith with what the public wants in the Agricultural Reserve would run into a major problem. </p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Tally-hello</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">New FAU President John Kelly, who began work March 1, is already getting raves from faculty members and administrators for his personal touch, his openness and his energy. He’s also showing some savvy.</p> <p>Kelly spent 25 years at Clemson, and higher education runs on state-by-state rules. One knock on Kelly during the interviews was that he was an out-of-stater. George Lemieux, a former chief of staff to Gov. Charlie Crist whom Crist appointed to the U.S. Senate, argued that he should get the FAU job because his supposed Tallahassee connections would benefit the university.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">FAU trustees disagreed, but the message wasn’t lost on Kelly. Though he started work just as the legislative session opened, he’s already registered as a lobbyist and has been to Tallahassee twice. For FAU, the real fundraising still happens with the legislators who control the budget and education committees.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">FAU vs. GEO—again<span>    </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Speaking of FAU, some students protested Monday outside Royal Palm Yacht &amp; Country Club, where <a href="‎" target="_blank">The GEO Group</a> chairman and CEO George Zoley lives. The students didn’t go to Zoley’s house, perhaps assuming—like many—that the guardhouse at Royal Palm means the community is gated and the streets are private. It isn’t, and they aren’t.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Anyway, the students were calling attention to hunger strikes at federal detention centers that The GEO Group manages. A group spokesman denied that conditions are substandard, and said the company follows policies set by the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Still, the demonstration—small as it was—shows again that FAU caught a break last year when GEO pulled the $500,000 a year donation which it had donated for naming rights to the football stadium and was meant to run for 12 years. Whatever one thinks of GEO’s record, and however much FAU wants to sell the naming rights, would FAU really have wanted to explain to a dozen freshman classes that the stadium was named for a company that runs prisons and detention centers?</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Delray: Dealing for dollars<span>                                  </span><span>     </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Last week saw another suspicious vote by the Delray Beach City Commission, a vote that seems designed to help a special interest and not the taxpayers.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The issue was <a href="‎" target="_blank">Auburn Trace</a>, a low-income housing project in Delray’s southwest neighborhood. The project dates to the late 1980s. To get the 256 units built, the city gave the Auburn Group—private developers—more than $5 million in loans and grants from various sources, with the city expecting to be repaid for a $3.8 million loan.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a staff report notes, though the project got built, “. . .almost immediately, the terms of the financing agreement began to change.” And the change was not in the city’s favor. Interest payments didn’t come, the duration of the loan got longer, and the city’s position as a creditor got weaker.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Yet last Tuesday, before a lame-duck commission and with Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia spending spring break with their children, an item added the previous afternoon called for an affiliate of Auburn Trace, Ltd., to give Delray Beach $1,050,000—seven years of interest payments—in exchange for yet another loan of $4.3 million, to be repaid basically on terms the developers decide.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A report by Delray Beach’s finance department called the information from the developers “incomplete,” and recommended against approval, so city staff could work on a more favorable deal for Delray.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“Even were the terms to be attractive,” the report said, “based on history, there is little confidence in Auburn’s ability to fulfill the obligations.” Auburn’s lender had told Delray Beach, the report said, that the company “was in default on its loans to the bank and the city.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Yet Adam Frankel, Angeleta Gray—whose last meeting, after her reelection loss on March 11, is tonight— and Al Jacquet conditionally approved the deal. Frankel said he wanted Delray to stop acting “like loan sharks.” In fact, Delray has been the prey, not the predator. Jacquet stressed the need for affordable housing, which was beside the point: the best interest of Delray Beach taxpayers. The city’s acting finance director—who rebutted every attempt to denigrate the report and defend the deal—said the commission should say not only “no,” but “Hell, no.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It all seemed staged, especially since Glickstein and Petrolia would have been the ones to ask tough questions, and had asked that the issue be delayed until they returned. Yet the developers insisted that they needed a quick decision, without persuasively explaining why. The idea that $1 million now would make up for the bad aspects of the deal is absurd. Expect more on this story.</p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 27 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityGroundbreaking protein for 25 cents a pound<p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you are looking to increase protein in your meals, get long-lasting energy and save money, then look no further than sprouts.</p> <p>While the law of gravity is in full effect 24/7, sprouts defy this law. They break through the ground (and often even asphalt) and grow upwards, towards the sun. If you want to have this kind of groundbreaking, gravity-defying energy, then start incorporating sprouts in your meals.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/sprouts.jpg"></p> <p>While legumes and seeds contain the building blocks of life in the form of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids, their dormant energy can only be awakened by sprouting.</p> <p>Recent research by the American Cancer Society has backed what holistic nutrition has known for years: that sprouts contain anti-cancer properties, high levels of active antioxidants, concentrated amounts of phytochemicals and significant amounts of vitamins A, C and D. </p> <p><strong>SPROUTING MADE AS EASY AS 1-2-3!</strong></p> <p>1. Soak mung beans or lentils in cool water overnight</p> <p>2. In the morning rinse the beans and put them in a strainer. Leave them in for the afternoon, preferably away from direct light.</p> <p>3. Rinse the beans twice during the day and leave in a strainer overnight. They are ready to eat the following morning.</p> <p><em>Watch your sprouts as they grow. I find it absolutely fascinating seeing them come to live!</em><span><br> </span>You can also sprout adzuki beans, whole green peas or chickpeas, but they do require a little more time than lentils or mung beans. I don’t recommend sprouting other beans since research has shown they are toxic. <em></em></p> <p><strong>Z-TIP:</strong> If you are on a tight budget, buy a one-pound bag of either Goya whole peas, chickpeas or lentils for $1 each at your local Publix. One pound of dry beans can yield about four pounds of sprouts, which means this rich protein food costs only 25 cents a pound!</p> <p>Here are some great ways to serve up sprouts:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/cookedsprouts.jpg"></p> <p>·    Add to salads</p> <p>·    Combine with other vegetables in wraps, roll-ups or stir-fries</p> <p>·    Use as garnish on top of soups, stews, omelets or scrambled eggs</p> <p>·    Mix with hummus and add to sandwiches</p> <p>·    Mix with nuts and enjoy as a savory snack</p> <p>·    Juice sunflower sprouts</p> <p><strong>WHERE TO BUY:</strong></p> <p>If you don’t want to grow your own sprouts or simply want to try different varieties, my two favorite local companies for the best quality product are <a href="">Got Sprouts</a>? and <a href="">Universal Living Sprouts</a>.</p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/alina.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p> <p> </p>magazineWed, 26 Mar 2014 13:31:50 +0000 & ReviewsTheater Review: &quot;Chess&quot; at Slow Burn Theatre Company<p><img alt="" height="642" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/chesslg.jpg" width="429"></p> <p>At the time of this writing, it’s been two days since I saw “Chess” this past weekend at West Boca’s Slow Burn Theatre Company and, forgive me, but I’m still trying to figure out what went wrong. I’m fairly certain <em>something</em> did. I’m sorry if I don’t sound more authoritative on this manner, but I’m trying to reconcile the fact that on an individual basis, the company’s “Chess” seems like a resounding success, but as a whole it can only be a seen a failure because, quite frankly, I couldn’t wait for it to end.</p> <p>Director Patrick Fitzwater’s choreography is clearly inspired, and Sean McLelland’s set design, with its mixture of abstraction and literality, is exemplary. The actors’ blood, sweat and tears are self-evident. And yet, I felt no connection to their plight. A thunderbolt (or perhaps, given the subject matter, a nuclear bomb) could have struck any of the characters at any point, and I would feel nothing.</p> <p>This is a drastic departure from Slow Burn’s previous, extraordinary productions of its 2013-2014 season, “next to normal” and “Parade,” both of which had me in tears, practically convulsing with emotional attachment. You could argue that “Chess” is a colder and more alienating show than both of those, but there was certainly something missing from last weekend’s opening night—the intangible magnetic attraction that unifies the audience and performers into a singular experience. On this account alone, Slow Burn’s “Chess” was shockingly static.</p> <p>Part of the problem could be that “Chess” is an overambitious gamble of a show. Set during a Cold War-era world chess championship that pits American chessmaster Freddie (Rick Pena) against his Russian opponent Anatoly (Matthew Korinko), “Chess” thrives on a taxing and chameleonic score from ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, along with some tongue-twisting, complex wordplay from lyricist Tim Rice. There are 23 songs in act one alone (some of them might be called songlets), often requiring actors to transition from singing and speaking and back again, and from wildly different registers without a break. The story itself, which situates Russo-American tension in the context of a love triangle and a chess tourney, is convoluted and dated, recent Russian political provocations aside.</p> <p>That said, of any company in this region, Slow Burn’s track record of mounting similarly dramatic, operatic musicals with much success suggests that if anybody could do “Chess” justice, it’s Fitzwater and has indefatigable production team. It’s hard to complain about the lead actors: Korinko has the sort of voice that seems beamed from the heavens; Pena injects the right amount of entitled angst into his brash American chessmaster, playing Freddie like a pampered celebrity; and Amy Miller Brennan hits the right notes, vocally and emotionally, as the woman whose changing of allegiances throws the musical’s character dynamics into turmoil. She runs the gamut from defiance to loveliness, her voice shaking the rafters but, it must said, it seemed like she ran out of energy toward the end of opening night.</p> <p>Then again, the entire finale was a mess on opening night, a shrill din of voices clamoring to usurp each other, a tower of incoherent babble. Rarely was the sound acceptable, in fact, from the very first notes to the last; any time more than two voices shared the stage, the vocals became incomprehensible. And I felt especially bad for Clara Bordonada, whose seemingly beautiful, introductory number as Anatoly’s wife Svetlana was torpedoed by a faulty microphone.</p> <p>So it’s no surprise that Slow Burn’s “Chess” is best when the vocals disappear, during the chess-playing instrumentals. It’s here that Fitzwater’s choreography is most innovative, manifesting the process of cerebral chess game through short ballet movements from his talented ensemble, whose pas de deux stand in for the chessmasters’ movements.</p> <p>I’ve been transitioning this review from positive, present-tense assessments to negative past-tense assessments for a reason. The show’s good stuff will always be good, but I’m hopeful its weaknesses are not permanent, that as the show’s run continues, the spark of connection it currently lacks will eventually electrify the theater (and that the audio problems will mercifully iron themselves out). Because what I saw last weekend was the rubber of an impossibly difficult show hitting the road of an impossibly short rehearsal schedule. It may be ready next weekend, but it wasn’t when I saw it.</p> <p><em>"Chess" runs through April 5 at West Boca Performing Arts Theatre inside West Boca Community High School, 12811 W. Glades Road. It then transfers to Aventura Arts and Culture Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St., Aventura, from April 10-13. Tickets cost $25 to $39.50. Call 866/811-4111 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 26 Mar 2014 12:49:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreSmall Bites: Allen Susser &amp; Nader Jaouhar<p>Two new restaurants to our south to keep your eyes (and taste buds) on...</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/dailymelt.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Set to debut any day now just off Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale is the second branch of celeb chef Allen Susser’s ode to the food ol’ grilled cheese sandwich, <a href="‎" target="_blank"><strong>The Daily Melt</strong></a> (350 SE 2nd St., 954/713-MELT). This somewhat larger location than the original Midtown Miami Melt expands on its offerings, adding a “gourmet pickle bar,” with house-made pickles ranging from sea salt-dill to lemon-ginger to bread &amp; butter.</p> <p>There’s also a lounge with free WiFi, a roster of craft wines and beers, and a grab ‘n’ go menu. Breakfast and lunch melts include bacon, maple syrup, egg and cheddar on sourdough and barbecued pulled pork with swiss, caramelized onions and jalapeno potato chips.</p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/dixietracks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Already up, running and getting some good word of mouth is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Dixie Tracks Cafe</strong></a> (4820 N. Dixie Hwy., 954/223-2456), a tiny but smart looking little eatery in a nondescript Oakland Park strip mall from the former chef of Cielo at the Boca Raton Resort, Nader Jaouhar, and partner Kareem Lakchira.</p> <p>Dishing upscale diner fare with a chef’s twist and focus on natural, sustainable and organic ingredients, Dixie Tracks offers an array of inventive items at breakfast and lunch, among them the Dixie Sub (fried chicken, egg, potatoes and black pepper cream sauce), Pigs &amp; Waffles (Belgian waffle with apple-bacon marmalade and chocolate bacon strips), a double-stack grass-fed beef burger with barbecue-peppercorn sauce and a sub called the Philly Mac (Philly cheesesteak with smoked Lyonnaise onions, bacon and truffled mac ‘n’ cheese). That should keep your motor running until dinner.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 25 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsBoca del Mar (again), Loose Lips &amp; Her Honor&#39;s Swan Song<h3><span><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0485.jpg" width="450"></span></h3> <h3><span>Trouble in paradise</span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Part of <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Del Mar</a> looks like a jungle. In fact, it’s more like a battleground.</span></p> <p><span>The fight is over the former Mizner Trail Golf Course, on about 130 of Boca Del Mar’s 2,000 acres, just west of the city limits. The course was sold a decade ago, during the real estate boom, and the new owners closed it. <a href="‎" target="_blank">Compson Development</a> wants to build 288 homes, claiming that running a golf course is no longer financially feasible. Most of those in Boca Del Mar who own homes facing the vacant land oppose development, saying they made purchases assuming that the property would remain open.<span>      </span></span></p> <p><span>On Thursday, for the third time in eight years, the attempt to rezone the property goes before the Palm Beach County Commission. The issue had been scheduled for January, but was pulled. At the time, the staff report recommended denial, saying Compson had met few of the standards required for approval. Since then, Compson has revised the plan and met with county staffers, and the recommendation now is for approval of the 288 homes.</span><span>The argument for the project is that the property has become an eyesore, and development will beautify the area and raise the neighbors’ property values. Because a golf course won’t work, development is the only option.</span></p> <p><span>The argument against the project is that the golf course was intended 43 years ago—when Boca Del Mar was platted—as a buffer between homes, so the property should continue to serve that purpose. Opponents also suspect that Compson intended to close the course and build, but got caught by buying at the top of the market and deliberately failed to maintain the property.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Emotions are high on both sides. Compson has accused the opponents of stalling. The neighbors, after failing to persuade the Boca Raton Beach Taxing District to buy the property for a park, offered to buy the land. Their offer, though, was for just $1 million, which Compson called “insulting,” adding that the property never was for sale. Compson also doesn’t believe that enough residents would vote to join the sale.</span></p> <p><span>Attorney Andre Parke, who represents homeowners opposed to the project, says his clients are “disappointed and bewildered” by the new recommendation. It is worth noting that former County Commissioner Burt Aaronson is now working with Compson. Mr. Parke also said in an email that Compson’s changes—more landscaping, wider buffers, a different mix of homes, to make the project less intrusive—were never discussed in public and that the neighbors never were notified “so they could attend.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>This is an issue that will come up more often in older golf course communities as residents' age and tastes change, especially with land again rising in value. In South Florida, open space doesn’t necessarily mean open forever.</span></p> <h3><span>Crash test dummies<span>                                           </span></span></h3> <p><span>Seen Saturday in Boca Raton: A twenty-something man on Military Trail near Palmetto Park Road. He was riding a motor scooter. He wore no helmet, and he was texting. In the center lane.</span></p> <p><span>Blame the Florida Legislature and former Gov. Jeb Bush for allowing bikers in Florida to ride without helmets. That decision supposedly was about “freedom.” Also blame the Florida Legislature for banning texting while driving, but making it just a secondary offense. Police can issue a ticket only if a driver is texting and committing another violation. To some legislators, that decision also was about the “freedom” people deserve in their own cars.</span></p> <p><span>But what about the “freedom” of drivers in Florida from higher insurance rates? Deaths and serious injuries from motorcycle crashes have increased since the state passed the helmet law. So have accidents caused by distracted driving, and numerous studies have shown that texting is a distraction on the level of alcohol. More injuries and more accidents mean higher rates. We’re all paying to give that guy on the scooter his “freedom.”</span></p> <h3><span>Hokey Pokey<span>                                          </span><span>    </span></span></h3> <p><span>Craig Ehrnst lost to incumbent Michael Mullaugh by about 2,200 votes in the Boca Raton Seat B election, so he probably can’t blame the defeat on one remark that he mistakenly thought would be humorous. </span><span>Still, at a forum two weeks before the election, Ehrnst referred to the annual downtown Christmas parade as “hokey.” It seemed to be an attempt to say that Boca, despite its growth, retains some small-town feel. But the joke bombed. Don’t mess with the Christmas parade, and don’t make people think they live in “Bokey” Raton.</span></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal"><span>Fond Farewell<span>                                         </span></span></h3> <p><span>On Wednesday, the <a href="" target="_blank">Spirit of Giving Network</a> will host a reception for outgoing Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel. Apologies for the pun, but the spirit of the event is perfect.</span></p> <p><span>Whelchel is leaving after spending six years as mayor. Previously, she spent 15 years on the city council. The only other current public official to be so identified with Boca Raton is Steven Abrams, who preceded Whelchel as mayor, spent nearly two decades on the council and now is a Palm Beach County commissioner representing Boca Raton.</span></p> <p><span>Given Whelchel’s long service, critics can find any number of votes on which to disagree, such as development projects and the purchase of the Wildflower property. No one, though, can disagree with the importance Whelchel personally has placed on community involvement. She has been part of, or supported, numerous civic and charitable organizations. As a city official, she has embodied the idea of giving back. I’m reminded of what Tom Lynch, the former mayor of Delray Beach and also an ex-school board chairman, said when affluent Delray residents complained that their taxes were going to the less fortunate. He called it “the American Way,” part of the social contract.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Many on the host committee for Wednesday’s Sprit of Giving Network are associated with Boca Raton’s leading institutions, one of which is the network itself. Such spirit embodies the best of Boca.</span></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: March 25 to 31<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="217" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/primary_bowles_ap.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Erskine Bowles</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>North Carolina businessman and politician Erskine Bowles embodies a spirit of bipartisanship from left side of the aisle, having worked with Wyoming Republican Alan Simpson on 2010’s much-anticipated National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The comprehensive plan died on arrival and has been viewed by some as yet another squandered opportunity to reduce the nation’s deficit. For a plan to be embraced by such polarized political figures as Nancy Pelosi and Tom Coburn – and shunned by ideological opposites Paul Krugman and Paul Ryan – the plan must have done something right. At any rate, Bowles knows a thing or two about debt reduction, which will be the subject of his Four Arts lecture, which concludes the institution’s 2014 lecture series.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="142" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/mrmarmalade_coverart-958x340.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Mr. Marmalade”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$30</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Continuing to take a chance on controversial work, Boca Raton’s Outre Theatre Company has scheduled a surrealist comedy so black it must be seen to be believed. The main character of “Mr. Marmalade” is a 4-year-old girl with an imaginary friend. Pretty normal, except that the friend is a cocaine and pornography addict who beats up on his personal assistant. Meanwhile, the girl’s only real friend was the youngest suicide attempt in her state’s history. The play was written by emerging talent Noah Haidle; don’t hold his recent work on the lousy Hollywood buddy film “Stand Up Guys” against him. “Mr. Marmalade” runs through April 13.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/kravis-elephant-wrestler.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Elephant Wrestler”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Performance artist Jacob Rajan is from New Zealand, not India, but that hasn’t stopped him from exploring that country’s traditions and modern-day atmosphere, while adopting a pitch-perfect Indian accent, in this show. The award-winning “The Elephant Wrestler: Your Guru of Chai” finds Rajan inhabiting the character of a humble chai vendor at the Bangalore Train Station, who is challenged by the Hindu gods to solve the greatest mysteries of life. Rajan is an actor, comedian and magician, and he adopts all of these hats in this unique performance piece, which also integrates audience interaction, slapstick, puppetry and live music; most importantly, reviewers have said that this award-winning show never condescends to the Indian archetypes Rajan portrays.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/bb-grand-tasting-overview-from-stage-ii-3661jpg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Bacchanal</strong></p> <p>Where: Private residences, Mizner Park Amphitheater and Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club</p> <p>When: Event times vary</p> <p>Cost: $85-$225</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-6766 ext. 101, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Entering its 12<sup>th</sup> year, the Boca Bacchanal is one of those only-in-Boca events that make other communities jealous. It’s also become one of the most popular foodie events in the state, with Friday’s event, pairing top chefs with top vintners for meals in haute private residences, long sold out. But tickets are still available for Saturday’s Bacchus Bash at the Boca Resort, which promises entertainment, cooking demonstrations, music, dancing and live and silent auctions, in addition to copious “by the bite” food stations and tableside presentations; and for Sunday afternoon’s more budget-friendly Grand Tasting at Mizner Park Amphitheater, with its sip-and-stroll al fresco luncheon from 30 local chefs and restaurants.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/acrobat1.jpg.728x520_q85.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Golden Dragon Acrobats</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Chances are you’ve never seen plate-spinning, ball-juggling and contortionism quite like it’s performed by the Golden Dragon Acrobats. The only Chinese acrobatics company touring the U.S. full-time, this troupe has been defying gravity since 1985, and its new show, “Cirque Ziva,” marries Cirque du Soleil-style theatrics with centuries-old Chinese tradition. The lighting design will be handled by a veteran of the American Ballet Theatre and the 1996 Summer Olympics, and the props include a gong, chairs, marionettes and giant spinning hoops. But when they’re not dancing or contorting themselves into impossible pretzels, these 25 daring performers essentially act as their own props, creating jaw-dropping human towers of precipitous poise and precision whose only impediment is the venue’s ceiling.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/don_quixote_-miami-city-ballet.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet’s “Don Quixote”</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 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Miami City Ballet’s most ambitious long-form ballet of the season, “Don Quixote” is, of course, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ timeless novel, which gave us the adjective “quixotic,” the tilting-at-windmills idiom, and more than one star-crossed movie adaptation that never reached our screens. But it’s in ballet form that the iconic story has had its strongest shelf life, with esteemed companies mounting versions of it for more than a century. Choreographers Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky plumbed most of the material for their four-act ballet from just two chapters of Cervantes’ text, but it includes all the sensual gypsies, macho toreadors, donkeys and equines the story is most known for—to say nothing of the gnomes, fairies, gigantic spiders and other supernatural elements the beleaguered characters will experience on their journey.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/jj-grey-x-250.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ales for Anglers</strong></p> <p>Where: Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 2:30 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/699-7097, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Florida is home to some great bands. And, lately, with the craft-beer phenomenon fermenting all across the state, we’ve proven that we can produce some great brews, too. And it goes without saying that our waters are some of the best for fishing. The inaugural Ales for Anglers event will combine all of these passions, in a concert and beer fest whose entire proceeds will benefit the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to protecting Florida fisheries. The acclaimed Jacksonville act JJ Grey &amp; Mofro (pictured) will headline the concert, and will be joined by homegrown talent Thomas Wynn &amp; the Believers, Have Gun Will Travel and Forrest Hoffar. Thirteen brewers will be on site to offer their latest concoctions, including Florida Keys Brewing Co., Due South Brewing Co. and Midnight City Brewing.</p> <p>MONDAY, MARCH 31</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/tn-500_normal09.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Carbonell Awards</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: $25</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Say what you want about the Oscars, Tonys and Grammys, but the Carbonell Awards are always my favorite of the seasonal awards shows—and only partly because, as a Carbonell judge, I happen to have some skin in the game. Mostly, though, it’s nice to see such hardworking local talent recognized. At South Florida’s answer to the Tony Awards, honors in 20 theater categories will be dispensed, along with honorary awards, live performances of songs from the five nominated Best Musical productions, and an after-party for ticketholders at a nearby bar. I’m in the dark about who will win what, but Palm Beach County theaters will surely have another strong year; in its very first Carbonell-eligible production, of “next to normal” (pictured), West Boca’s Slow Burn Theatre Company leads the pack with 10 nominations, and the north county powerhouse Maltz Jupiter Theatre earned 19 nominations, more than any other venue.</p>John ThomasonMon, 24 Mar 2014 16:09:09 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsCover Girl Contest<p><strong>Did you miss our Cover Girl event at Town Center at Boca Raton? Enter online by filling out <a href="" target="_blank">this form</a>.</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="363" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/covergirlcontest_fakecover.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>We’re searching for our next cover model, and this time, we’re skipping the agencies and going straight to the public.<em> Boca Raton</em> magazine is hosting a Cover Girl contest for one of its upcoming issues. One winner and four runners-up will be selected to participate in a full-blown fashion shoot featuring clothes from Town Center retailers. The fashion pictorial also will appear in the pages of the Cover Girl issue.</p> <!--[CDATA[ EmbedManager.embed({ key: "", width: "100%" }); // ]]-->magazineMon, 24 Mar 2014 12:59:29 +0000 EventsMiguelito&#39;s Opens in Royal Palm<p><img alt="" height="147" src="/site_media/uploads/miguelitos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When On the Border went off the rails, Miguel Lopez stepped in. The former partner (with sister Aleyda Cardona) in Aleyda’s Tex Mex Restaurant, a long-time fixture on Okeechobee Boulevard until closing last year, has opened his own eatery, <strong>M<em>iguelito’s Cancun Grille</em></strong> (11121 Southern Blvd., 561-688-9033) in the old On the Border location in Royal Palm Beach.</p> <p>The more Mex than Tex menu emphasizes seafood, with everything from seafood nachos and fajitas to mahi and shrimp Veracruz-style. Of course, all the usual Mexican culinary suspects are on the menu, along with dishes like grilled skirt steak, pork and chicken chuletas (fried chops) and shrimp taco salad.</p> <p>As for the room itself, it isn’t a lot different than it was as On the Border, a big, handsome, colorful space with artfully rustic touches like stone walls and wood ceiling treatments. There’s also a full bar with flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls, the better to amuse yourself during the weekday happy hour.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 24 Mar 2014 11:25:37 +0000 & ReviewsRed the Steakhouse Closes Boca Location<p><img alt="" height="64" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/redsteak.png" width="200">The best steakhouse north of Miami is closing its doors, and the hottest restaurant in Boca Raton is taking over the space.</p> <p>The casualty is <strong>Red the Steakhouse</strong>, in my opinion the finest of all our local meateries, which despite the impeccable quality of its beef and a modern, sophisticated ambiance always struggled to find an audience in an obscure location off Glades Road at Military Trail. A $275,000 redo of bar, entrance and banquet rooms and the addition of lower-priced dishes in October of last year apparently wasn’t enough to change any of that, so the restaurant will say goodbye with a “Last Supper” weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 28 to 30. The South Beach Red remains open and will honor any Boca location gift certificates; the company will now focus its energies on eateries in other markets.</p> <p>Moving into the Red space will be Mitchell Robbins and Joey Giannuzzi’s <strong>Farmer’s Table</strong>, which now occupies the adjacent restaurant (once home to Red’s sister Italian restaurant, Rosso). Farmer’s will reportedly use the space for its booming private party and corporate business.</p> <p>“We had a good run, but ultimately Boca Raton wasn’t proving to be a lucrative enough market for Red,” said proprietor Brad Friedlander. That, fellow carnivores, pretty much says it all.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 21 Mar 2014 16:24:44 +0000 & ReviewsFestival season heats up<p>Music festival season is in full swing, with Jazz in the Gardens just having celebrated its ninth birthday in Miami Gardens this past weekend. There is much more music on the way as spring bleeds into summer, and while many of these festivals are local, we also wanted to spotlight a few outside of the tri-county area—festivals that are still drivable, and with lineups that are well worth a two- or three-day escape. Without further ado:</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/m.i.a.c30.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Ultra Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Dates: March 28-30 at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>Cost: $399.95</p> <p>The lowdown: Despite charging only slightly than your first born for tickets, this electronic dance music bonanza is, aside from Art Basel, probably Miami’s biggest cultural draw—and it always sells out. At the time of this writing, ticket sales have reached 94 percent capacity, so if you want to tickle your auditory canals with the pulse of contemporary EDM music, snooze no longer and fork over next month’s rent.</p> <p>The lineup: Avicii, Tiesto, David Guetta, Empire of the Sun, Kaskade, MGMT, Basement Jaxx, 2ManyDJs, Zedd, Afrojack, Paul Van Dyk, M.I.A. (pictured), Carl Cox, many more</p> <p>Don’t miss: <strong>Dizzee Rascal</strong>, the infinitely talented British grime rapper whose 2003 debut earned him a Mercury Music Prize</p> <p> <img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/mulepromo13.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Wanee Festival</strong></p> <p>Dates: April 10-12 at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95<sup>th</sup> Drive, Live Oak</p> <p>Cost: $165 general, $799 VIP, $1,299 Super VIP</p> <p>The lowdown: Celebrating a landmark 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary, the Allman Brothers launched this festival to showcase their own music as well as kindred spirits and emerging artists in the rock, funk and jam-band fields; this year’s lineup is especially star-studded.</p> <p>The lineup: Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule (pictured), Umphrey’s McGee, Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Tuna, many more.</p> <p>Don’t miss: With <strong>Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk</strong>, the talented multi-instrumentalist and member of New Orleans funk royalty will lead his band through a set of Led Zeppelin covers for this special performance.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/ericchurch2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Tortuga Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Dates: April 12-13 along Fort Lauderdale Beach</p> <p>Cost: $165 general, $799 VIP, $1,299 Super VIP</p> <p>The lowdown: A lay-back-with-your-toes-in-the-sand kind of festival, Tortuga debuted last year with much fanfare and a winning lineup. Hopefully, the fact that it’s back for a second year means that it’s here to stay, offering another impressive roster of country, Americana, modern pop and classic rock bands.</p> <p>The lineup: Luke Bryan, Eric Church (pictured), Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Train, Brantley Gilbert, Sheryl Crow, Billy Currington, Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marley, .38 Special, many more.</p> <p>Don’t miss: <strong>White Denim</strong>, an eclectic quartet from Austin who, on its six albums, have encompassed most genres that run the Tortuga gamut, from blues and prog music to Southern and indie rock.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="286" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/lessthanjake.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Florida Music Festival &amp; Conference</strong></p> <p>Dates: April 24-26 in downtown Orlando</p> <p>Cost: $10 per night</p> <p>The lowdown: This is a seemingly smaller shindig than these other affairs, but it tops the list in cost-effectiveness. Where else can you see the frontman of Live for $10? Its low-information website could use a makeover, though.</p> <p>The lineup: Aer, Less Than Jake (pictured), Ed Kowalczyk, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Hoyle and more—with some 150 bands scheduled.</p> <p>Don’t miss: <strong>Solliloquists of Sound</strong> is one of the Orlando scene’s success stories; the hip-hop quartet, known for its socially conscious lyrics, eventually signed to an excellent semi-major label, ANTI-/Epitaph.</p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/korn2013.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><br> <strong>Welcome to Rockville</strong></p> <p>Dates: April 26-27 at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville</p> <p>Cost: $59.50 single day, $109.50 for two-day pass</p> <p>The lowdown: With artists with names like Butcher Babies, Sick Puppies and Devour the Day, this clearly isn’t a festival for the little ones. It caters to those who like their kick drums doubled, their guitars crunchy and their vocals guttural. The time has mostly passed when music like this played on mainstream radio stations, but these heavy, angst-y rock acts remain huge draws.</p> <p>The lineup: KoRn (pictured), Rob Zombie, Avenged Sevenfold, Motorhead, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Chevelle, Seether, Volbeat, many more.</p> <p>Don’t miss: <strong>The Cult,</strong> whose goth-rock mysticism stands out among its hard-rocking peers. </p> <p><strong>SunFest</strong></p> <p>Dates: April 30-May 4 in downtown West Palm Beach.</p> <p>See our <a href="/blog/2014/02/27/sunfest-announces-2014-lineup/" target="_blank">preview</a> from late last month.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/vampire-weekend.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Big Guava</strong></p> <p>Dates: May 2-4 at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa</p> <p>Cost: $65-$499</p> <p>The lowdown: For what it’s worth, if I were to attend any Florida festival this season, it would be Big Guava. Forty bands will perform across four stages situated around a fairground midway, where attendees receive free unlimited rides all day long—which, after a few craft beers, may not always be the wisest decision. The indie-rock-intensive lineup is, in my humble opinion, the strongest of any festival in the state, and I’m jealous we don’t have anything like it down here.</p> <p>The lineup: OutKast, Vampire Weekend (pictured), Foster the People, Slightly Stoopid, Cake, Tegan and Sara, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, Earl Sweatshirt, Grouplove, Haim, Twenty One Pilots, many more.</p> <p>Don’t miss: <strong>Violent Femmes</strong>, the legendary alternative rock band behind hits like “Blister in the Sun,” “Gone Daddy Gone” and “Kiss Off,” reunited last year, and its recent set lists have been to die for.</p>John ThomasonFri, 21 Mar 2014 13:25:59 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Your Guide to the Local Shopping Scene<p><strong><img alt="" height="503" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/megcarter.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Meg Carter Designs Trunk Show</strong></p> <p><a href="">Periwinkle</a> is hosting a <a href="">Meg Carter Designs</a> trunk show today, March 21, from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Meg Carter is known for its sea-inspired jewelry and bridal designs. <em>(339 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-9699)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/boston_proper.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>New Boston Proper Store</strong></p> <p><a href="">Boston Proper</a> is now open at <a href="">The Gardens Mall</a>. Enjoy $20 off your purchase of $150 today for its grand opening. <em>(3101 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, 561/515-7701)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="206" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/baublebar.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Bauble Bar Expands Offline</strong></p> <p>If you’re a big fan of <a href="">Bauble Bar</a>’s jewelry, you’ll be glad to know it’s expanding offline to 35 <a href="">Nordstrom</a> stores nationwide – including our very own <a href="">Town Center at Boca Raton</a>. The Bauble Bar pop-up bars will launch on March 31 and will carry a variety of the brand’s necklaces, bracelets and earrings.</p> <center> <p><a href="/blog/tag/fashion-forward/" target="_blank"><em><em>For more Fashion Forward posts, click here.</em></em></a></p> </center>Stefanie CaintoFri, 21 Mar 2014 12:29:11 +0000 Awards Skin South Florida<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/jamesbeardlogo.jpg" width="200">Despite a restaurant scene that seems to get better and more diverse every day, South Florida didn’t place a single chef, restaurateur or restaurant in the finals of the 2014 James Beard awards.</p> <p>Even the semifinals couldn’t show us much love, with only Michael Schwartz making the semi list for Outstanding Chef and the Broken Shaker in Miami Beach earning a nod for Outstanding Bar Program. Last year, at least Jeff McInnis, late of Yardbird in SoBe and Hedy Goldsmith of the Michael’s Genuine group made it to the finals.</p> <p>The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in NYC in early May but frankly, we’ll probably be out to dinner at one of our fine—and overlooked—restaurants.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 21 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTrain whistles and office supplies<p><span><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="450"></span></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal"><span>Silent treatment </span></h3> <p><span>One key issue for the new Boca Raton City Council may require much more talk than action.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>That issue is creating “quiet zones” at railroad crossings once <a href="‎" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a> begins operating daily passenger service between South Florida and Orlando. The private firm expects to start running trains in 2016, with 16 headed north each day and 16 south. The Palm Beach County station will be in West Palm Beach.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The new service will more than double the number of trains on the FEC track that runs just west of Dixie Highway through downtowns in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and throughout the region. For now, only freight trains use the FEC track. Tri-Rail and Amtrak share the CSX tracks just west of Interstate 95 with freight traffic.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>If each of those 32 All Aboard Florida trains has to blow its whistle, residents near the 10 gate crossings in Boca Raton will be annoyed very soon. Though the trains won’t roll through much later than 9 p.m., they will start running at 6 a.m.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Boca Raton has also approved a lot of new <a href="‎" target="_blank">development downtown</a>, in hopes of attracting residents who will support existing and new downtown merchants. Those units surely will be more attractive if potential buyers know they can have a peaceful cocktail hour. In addition, the city is considering an application for a downtown Hyatt hotel.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Quiet zones are established when safety upgrades remove the need for trains to blow their horns. The upgrades can mean better gates, to prevent drivers from driving around the gates to beat a train, flashing lights and even something as simple as a median. There are quiet zones at the Tri-Rail crossings, where 15 trains pass each way during the week along with freight trains.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Though the cost of quiet zone upgrades varies, depending on the crossing, the overall cost is high. Last fall, All Aboard Florida agreed to pay for upgrades that will allow the crossings to handle the new, roughly 1,000-foot trains safely—freeing the cities of that cost—but those upgrades won’t be enough to qualify the crossings as quiet zones.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The county’s <a href="" target="_blank">Metropolitan Planning Organization</a> has pledged $6.6 million, but that won’t be enough. So the cities have asked the Florida Legislature for help. A county lobbyist on Wednesday expressed optimism that the money might be in the final state budget. Palm Beach and Broward and counties also have applied for a federal grant. Since the All Aboard Florida service could lead to commuter service on the FEC track—long a goal of the coastal cities—all elected officials will want to make a lot of noise about quiet zones.</span></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal"><span>Shelf life?<span>                               </span></span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For those in Boca Raton rooting for the new Office Depot —and that should be just about everybody—it was a jolt to hear the latest news from Office Depot’s main competitor.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Staples announced that it would close 225 stores, or roughly 12 percent of the company’s stores in North America, by next year as part of a $500-million cost-cutting plan. Staples’ long reign as the leading office-supply retailer forced Office Depot to merge with Office Max, which had ranked second and third. Fortunately, the new Office Depot will remain in Boca Raton, not Naperville, Ill., where Office Max had its headquarters. Office Depot is one of two Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in Florida. (The second is Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy).<br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Office Depot faced a big enough challenge just against Staples. But the Staples announcement showed that both companies face challenges common to brick-and-mortar retailers. For one thing, more sales of office supplies to individuals are moving online. A survey showed that in 2012, more of the office-supply business shifted online than that for the 15 industries surveyed. Staples may shift to smaller stores with kiosks where customers can place online orders for products not offered at the store. Target and Costco also are pushing sales of office supplies.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>As for Office Depot, which must employ nearly 2,000 people in Boca Raton to qualify for promised public incentives, sales of $11.2 billion in 2013 were up 5 percent, yet Office Depot lost $205 million for the year. Merger costs and savings, of course, will affect the company’s finances until 2016, when CEO Roland Smith says all aspects of the merger will be complete. Combining the companies will go hand in hand, he said in a news release, with “rationalizing the U.S. retail store base.” Office Depot has about 1,900 stores in North America.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mr. Smith forecasts lower revenue for Office Depot in 2014 but a better future for the company. More than just those working at the headquarters hope that he is right.</span></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>  <br></span></span></p>Randy SchultzThu, 20 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityCaridad Honors Volunteers<p> </p> <p><span><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/photo,_heroes_event,_co-chairs,_2014-03-14_09.13.28-1.jpg" width="450">In a community often defined by wealth and privilege, sometimes it’s hard to imagine stark poverty and third world hardship. But it’s there, from Belle Glade east to Lake Worth, and there are people and places in our community that are addressing it, from providing food and shelter to medical care. </span></p> <p><span>One of those organizations celebrates 25 years this year: Caridad Center, the largest free healthcare and dental clinic in the state of Florida (and named <em>South Florida Business Journal</em> Non-Profit Business of the Year in 2013.) More than 400 doctors, dentists and other medical professionals donate their time and provide services valued at over $2.3 million a year to the working poor of Palm Beach County.<span>  </span>Caridad Center provides 26,000 patient visits each year, bypassing costly emergency room visits, which saves Palm Beach County taxpayers an estimated $4.8 million annually.</span></p> <p><span>Caridad Center also provides college scholarships, baby supplies, crisis intervention services, back-to-school supplies, and a popular adopt a family program during the holidays.</span></p> <p><span>The Center is celebrating this milestone with ‘25 Years of Caring: A Salute to the Heroes of Caridad,’ on <span class="aqj">Monday, April 7</span></span><sup><span>th</span></sup><span> from <span class="aqj">6:00 – 9:00 p.m.</span> at the International Polo Club, 3667 120th Ave. South in Wellington. This dinner will honor those volunteers—and the heartfelt work this clinic does. I have been a board member here for many years and I think I stay on because the clinic fills a need that is becoming larger every year—and it fills it with compassion and efficiency. It also reminds me that not everyone in Pam Beach County has two cars, a 401K and a golf club membership. There are other neighbors---people we see every day—who could use our help.</span></p> <p><span>Tickets are available for $250. </span></p> <p><span>For more information about sponsorship opportunities or for an invitation to the event, call <a>561/853-1638</a> or go to</span></p> <p><span>So far. sponsors include International Polo Club and International Polo Club Catering.  Additional sponsors include the Goshen Hill Foundation, FirstPath, Quest Diagnostics, Inc., Bethesda Health, Inc., Maserati of Palm Beach, Grand Champions Polo Club, Phelps Media Group International, Equestrian Sport Productions, Kosinski Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William McCauley, Daszkal Bolton Accountants and Advisors, the Sun Sentinel, Nurse on Call, Illustrated Properties, Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and The Wanderers Club.</span></p> <p><span>The event co-chairs are Caroline Moran, Sanjiv Sharma and Robert Souaid.  Committee members include Constance Berry, Luis Torres, Richard Retamar, Marie Speed, Paul Archacki, D.D.S., Penny Kosinski, Sugar Savin McCauley and Billy Williams.</span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Company&#39;s Sample Sale<p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/islandcompany.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Winter is officially over, and our minds are set on that summertime sun – not that we’ve been getting much of that polar vortex lately. We’re using our positive thoughts to channel those island vacays and carefree cruises, which are just a couple of months away. Luckily for us, Island Company is on the same mind frame.</p> <p>The store is hosting its quarterly sample sale at a gallery space located at <em>312 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</em> on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will boast incredible markdowns up to 75 percent off.</p> <p>We’re giddy just thinking about it, given that Island Company is known for its tropical travel apparel, and its signature saying, “Quit your job. Buy a ticket. Get a tan. Fall in love. Never return.”</p> <p>Maybe this summer, we’ll take the advice seriously.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 News in Delray Beach<p><strong><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Top Honors for another Palm Beach County hospital</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Delray Medical Center was named one of America’s 50 Best in 2014 for the eighth consecutive year. The distinction as given by Healthgrades, a popular online resource for information about doctors and hospitals.</p> <p>The center’s patients had fewer potentially preventable errors during their hospital stays in comparison to 4,500 other hospitals nationwide, giving it a top-tier distinction. Possible errors include a fatal serious complication after surgery.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/delraymedical.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>The center is one of only eight Florida hospitals on the Top 50 list. The other in Palm Beach County is Boca Raton Regional Hospital.</p> <p>See how Delray Medical Center stacks up in several clinical areas here.</p> <p>Delray Medical Center is a 493-bed acute care hospital and Level I Trauma Center located at 5352 Linton Boulevard, Delray Beach. For more information, call 1-800-897-9789 or visit</p> <p><strong>In other news…</strong></p> <p>The <a href=";pg=entry">Florida Brain Cancer 5K</a> is celebrating its fifth anniversary. This year’s event st arts at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, March 30, at John Prince Park in Lake Worth (<em>4759 S. Congress Ave.</em>).</p> <p>The event, hosted by Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, raises funds to support brain cancer research.</p> <p>The cost before March 25 is $25 for adults and $15 for runners under 18. After that, prices go up to $30 for adults and $20 for those under 18. Kids younger than 5 can run for free in the kids’ fun run.</p> <p>If you don’t want to run but want to support the cause and have some fun doing it, you can register as a volunteer.</p> <p>For more information about the Florida Brain Cancer 5K, email <a href=""></a> or call 202/419-3140. To find out more about the cause, visit the <a href="">Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure’s website</a>.</p> <p><strong>Still more fitness fun</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/delraybeachtwilight.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Finally, don’t forget the Delray Beach Twilight Festival this weekend (March 22-23). This health and lifestyle festival involves cycling events for people of all ages and levels. Whether or not you’re a cyclist, you’re sure to enjoy the many activities in Downtown Delray. Read more about the event in Boca Raton magazine’s March/April issue, page 68, or, on the <a href="">event website</a>.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="" width="400"></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 19 Mar 2014 15:44:30 +0000 BeachHealth NewsMovie Reviews: &quot;The Grand Budapest Hotel,&quot; &quot;On My Way&quot;<p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/budapest.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If there’s a dominant theme in Wes Anderson’s strange and whimsical new comedy, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”—as well as most of his other films—it is that of chaos in a world of order. And never is order more enforced than its true main character, the titular, imagined luxury edifice in eastern Europe.</p> <p>Like Anderson’s filmic style, the Grand Budapest Hotel is regimented to a T. It’s a bastion of perfect symmetry, though in its “modern” state, as the movie opens, it’s considered an “enchanting old ruin.” Most of the action takes place in flashbacks, and flashbacks within flashbacks, to 1985, then 1968, then 1932 and back again. Within these eras, most of Anderson’s visuals contain well-ordered frames, and frames within frames—geometric obstructions through which the characters must navigate to survive. Even the film’s screen can be a hindrance to Anderson’s creations. Anal as ever, Anderson uses all three commonly utilized aspect ratios in this film, from the standard widescreen 1:85:1 (in the 1985 segments) to the CinemaScope 2:35:1 (in the ’68 story) to, most prominently, the classic, square 1:33:1 (in the 1932 tale), with each decision reflecting the dominant canvas shape of its cinematic time period.</p> <p>If all this technical jargon is boring to read, rest assured that the film isn’t boring to watch. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” may be an endless fount of postmodern (and pre-modern) formal self-consciousness, but at its core, it’s a grand adventure, or perhaps a grand illusion. Once the movie’s boggling framing device finds a groove in the 1932 story, we’re off to the races: A young lobby boy named “Zero” (Tony Revolori), who fled a genocide to find employment at the Grand Budapest, is befriended by Gustav H (Ralph Fiennes), the hotel’s dandyish, heavily perfumed concierge. They soon become partners-in-crime after the death of a beloved guest (and elderly lover of Gustav) leads to a run-in with the guest’s bloodthirsty kin (embodied by Adrien Brody’s mustachioed, black-smocked devil) and a stolen painting. From then on, the film becomes a classic wrong-man adventure tale in the Hitchcock mold, with Gustav and Zero tempting fate in one ostentatious set piece after another. There are minor heroes (Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, and Mathieu Amalric play them), minor villains (Willem Dafoe plays one) and some characters that probably fall in both camps (look to Edward Norton and Harvey Keitel), but the film’s dramatic pendulum always swings back to Gustav and Zero, whose bond brings at least a semblance of real emotion to Anderson’s detached, ironic style—something that cannot be said for all of the director’s arch meta-experiments.</p> <p>The end result may not be a bastion of depth and substance, but neither is “North by Northwest,” and that’s a picture that is taught in film classes. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” may similarly be studied frame-by-frame one day, and in the meantime it’s the most breezily enjoyable movie of the year so far; it’s gratuitously expensive but laugh-out-loud funny, a singularly offbeat tribute to an obscure Viennese writer (Stefan Zweig) that appropriately revels in its own esotericism. Just as one character remarks of Gustav that “his world vanished long before he entered it,” so too is “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is an anachronism for a wonderful type of movie that hasn’t existed in decades—if it ever did. If it takes a lot of heavy audience-winking to get there, so be it.</p> <p><em>“The Grand Budapest Hotel” opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p> <p><strong>*** </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/onmyway.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Catherine Deneuve, still stunning at age 70, is the subject, object and <em>raison d’etre</em> of “On My Way,” the second feature film directed by French actress Emmanuelle Bercot. It’s a testament to her loveliness then and now. One of the first images in the film is a grainy black-and-white photo of a young Deneuve donning a sash; her character, Bettie, was a regional beauty queen in the ‘60s, a title that never landed her anywhere or anything. These days, she’s a widowed restaurateur who lives with her mother and whose lover has just rejected her. She has one daughter with whom she almost never speaks.</p> <p>During a solitary walk on the beach, the memory of her beauty-pageant days flits across her consciousness like a passing insect, and for good reason: She’s been asked to lend her current looks to a nostalgic calendar honoring other French beauty queens from the period. She doesn’t want to accept, but she’ll have plenty of time to change her mind. About 20 minutes into the film, Bettie drives off into the bucolic countryside, unplugging from family and friends and resulting in a sometimes fascinating, sometimes somnolent series of vignettes that form the lion’s share of “On My Way.”</p> <p>Among the highlights: She has a poignant conversation with an elderly man who rolls her a cigarette she isn’t supposed to smoke; she watches a husband beat his wife in a restaurant, only to find her assistance rebuffed by both; she has a one-night stand with a scrappy young cougar fetishist. The aimless road eventually leads to her estranged daughter and her adorable grandson, and some unexpected bonding.</p> <p>Liberated from traditional movie structure, “On My Way” is best when it, like Bettie, doesn’t seem to know where it’s going—the magic and the mystery are in the ramble of the open road. But eventually, as the film settles into a familiar comfort zone, it becomes increasingly less interesting, with its overlong final act wrapping everything up in an implausibly perfect package. But at least we always have Deneuve to admire, in a role that, for a change, is as meaty as it is lovely. “You’ll be beautiful in your coffin,” Bettie’s daughter says, with the right balance of jealousy and sarcasm. Ain’t that the truth.</p> <p><em>“On My Way” opens Friday at Regal Shadowood and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, and Movies of Lake Worth. It opens March 28 at Coral Gables Art Cinema.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 19 Mar 2014 14:00:06 +0000 & EventsMoviesBoca After Dark: The Lion &amp; Eagle Pub<p><strong>Where:</strong> 2401 N Federal Highway, 561/447-7707</p> <p><img alt="" height="360" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/bm_lioneaglepub-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The lowdown:</strong> The Lion &amp; Eagle Pub, or simply “Pub” to locals, is your typical English pub filled with hipsters and friendly faces all just out to have a good time — not the typical attitude you find in Boca. This is clearly a spot for fans of live bands playing mostly alternative and indie rock and a good pint of beer. Oh, and soccer. Yep, if you’re a soccer fan then you’ve probably spent lots of time cheering for your team from the bar at the Lion &amp; Eagle.</p> <p>The Lion &amp; Eagle’s inside is relatively small and gets packed pretty quickly. Instead of forcing themselves to cram inside, customers will take over the outside sidewalk area where there are a few tables and chairs. Sometimes when the pub hosts big events, the crowd merges out onto the parking lot. I’ve seen minibars, bands, and some wild and crazy dancing out in that lot.</p> <p>Happy hour at the Pub is an all-day affair. Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m., visitors can enjoy $2 well liquor, $2 standard American domestic bottles, $3 house wine, and $4 20 oz. import pints including Guinness, Stella Artois and Carlsberg, to name a few. With such a well-stocked bar, there has to be some good eats to nosh on while you’re imbibing away. Order traditional pub fare such as a fish and chips, bangers and mash, or shepherd’s pie to really get the whole English pub experience.</p> <p>Tuesday nights are dubbed Craft Tuesdays, where local musicians are given lots of love and there are great craft beer specials to go around—and every weekend you can expect specials for those coming in to watch the games. <br><br><strong>The intangibles:</strong> The Lion and Eagle loves any excuse to throw a party and have a good time with its regulars—and that’s what their clientele is: regulars. This isn’t a tourist spot where passersby will stop for a drink; it’s a tried and true local pub where the kids who grew up here in Boca still return back to as adults, and those lucky enough to know about it keep coming back.</p> <p>Oktoberfest, the holidays and especially St. Patrick’s Day are big days for the Lion and Eagle and its band of followers. It has also been known to host pub crawls in the area. It seems that this is insider knowledge, so you’ve got to keep up with the pub on social media to know what’s going on! New beers on tap and specials are always announced on its <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page,</a> so it’s a good idea to follow it and stay up to date.</p> <p>The Lion &amp; Eagle Pub is all about good beer, good music and good company … and, of course, a good time had by all. But when you’re surrounded by these three things, how can you not have a good time?</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> The Lion &amp; Eagle Pub is open Monday through Friday from noon to 2 a.m., and 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.</p> <p>Website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</center> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/shaina.jpg" width="300"></p> <p> </p> <div><strong>Shaina Wizov</strong> is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div> <p> </p>Shaina WizovWed, 19 Mar 2014 12:34:53 +0000 Mayor&#39;s Rebuttal<p><img alt="" height="459" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/major.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Boca Raton mayor Susan Whelchel and the city council asked <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine for an opportunity to respond to an article in the March/April issue that continues to spark great discussion around town: "Does Boca Make the Grade?" As part of the feature written by Tom Collins, the editorial team, based in part on expert sources interviewed for the story, handed the city grades in areas ranging from urban planning to tourism.</p> <p>The mayor sent <em>Boca Raton</em> a four-page rebuttal. Here is that letter in its entirety:</p> <p><em>The City Council and I take the operation, appearance, financial stability and reputation of the City very seriously, as have previous elected officials. Without trying to be boastful, the result is that Boca Raton continues to be a premier community by almost all measures. The City clearly has advantages and opportunities that other communities do not have.</em></p> <p><em>While we are certainly open to receiving comments and suggestions from knowledgeable people regarding the City of Boca Raton, your article unfairly assigns grades regarding the City. The grades assigned by the editorial staff do not match the comments made by the representatives quoted and they provide an undeserved negative view of the City. The reputation of the City is important when attracting new businesses, new residents, and visitors, and unnecessary and undeserved negative comments can hurt this reputation.</em></p> <p><em>Although I am not providing a long analysis of each of the categories and grades that were assigned in those categories, I do want to provide a short critique of each category, and provide a grade that I feel better matches the situation.</em></p> <p><strong>Urban Planning</strong>: The City has spent a considerable amount of time and funds increasing walkability, availability of mass transit, and development of mixed-use development, all components of urban planning quality. As examples, the City has improved the size and look of sidewalks in the Sanborn Square District, East Palmetto Park Road, and other areas of the City. The City initiated a free shuttle bus system that carries workers to and from the Boca Raton Tri-Rail Station to the Arvida Park of Commerce and Town Center Mall, and the City has created over 34 miles of bicycle trails and 44 miles of bicycle lanes. The City has a number of mixed use development areas including Mizner Park and has created planned mobility districts. These efforts, as Michael Busha notes, have put the City of Boca Raton in the top several communities in the County in urban planning.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton Magazine’s Grade: C+<br>Mayor’s Grade: A-</em></p> <p><strong>Economic Development</strong>: The City has a thriving and diverse business community. Over half of all of the large office space in Palm Beach County is located in Boca Raton.  The FAU Research and Development Park is about 85 percent leased. And although due for some updating, the 850-acre Arvida Park of Commerce remains one of the premier office parks in the State, and is home to dozens of corporate headquarters. Since the City Council approved an economic development incentive program in April 2010, the City has leveraged about $1.8 million with $8.2 million of State and County incentives to attract or retain about 5,200 high paying jobs in the community (and that is not including the recent announcement of Office Depot’s decision to stay in Boca Raton with its 2,200 jobs).</p> <p><em>Boca Raton Magazine’s Grade: B<br>Mayor’s Grade: A</em></p> <p><strong>Political Environment</strong>: Part of the lack of large emotional debates at City Council meetings noted by Craig Agranoff is the continued high level of performance of City operations, and the continued financial performance of the City. Unlike other communities in which there is significant attendance at City Council meetings, Boca Raton does not have the issues that generate this participation such as crime, trash collection, water quality, flooding, fire protection, taxes, corruption, or other issues that can fuel such debate. The City Council meetings are professionally conducted, and without community-wrenching issues, the meetings are generally pretty mundane. Some might even call them boring. However, the City Council meetings are available online for those that want to view. The City also has 27 regulatory and advisory boards and commissions which opens aspects of the City government up to a number of community members.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton Magazine’s Grade: F<br>Mayor’s Grade: B</em></p> <p><strong>Cultural Offerings</strong>: The City of Boca Raton and its residents and businesses support the arts better than most other cities. As a result, the City has a significant number of cultural organizations. Fourteen of these organizations have formed the Boca Raton Cultural Consortium, which actively provides coordination and collaboration of artists and performances. Within the City are a number of excellent cultural facilities and venues, including the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Mizner Park Amphitheater, the Boca Raton Children’s Museum, and the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, not to mention a number of wonderful facilities at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University. The City took over operation of the Mizner Park Amphitheater several years ago, turning an empty venue into a active, thriving entertainment center with over 80 concerts, performance and events each year with over 100,000 visitors.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton Magazine's Grade: B+</em><br><em>Mayor's Grade: A</em></p> <p><em></em><strong>Environmental Preservation</strong>: The City had one of the first landscaping ordinances in the nation. It has received Tree City USA certification for the last 32 years. There are almost 380 acres of environmentally sensitive land within the City. The City has the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and a nationally acclaimed sea turtle program. It has developed the largest reclaimed water program in Southeast Florida, implemented a program to implement LED lighting, created the Green Living Advisory Board, maintained miles of landscaped medians, and constructed a Green Demonstration Park, highlighting sustainable environmental practices.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton Magazine’s Grade: A-<br>Mayor’s Grade: A-</em></p> <p><em></em><strong>Tourism</strong>: In addition to the miles of beautiful public beaches, beachside parks, golf courses, tennis courts, and boating, the City of Boca Raton has everything that visitors and tourists are looking for, including a great supply of  quality hotels, a large number and variety of restaurants and dining opportunities, and significant shopping venues, including Town Center at Boca Raton (one of south Florida’s top luxury shopping destinations), Mizner Park, Royal Palm Plaza, and the Shops at Boca Center. Medical tourism is also becoming significant in the City due to the quality healthcare facilities and the community attributes, and the Allianz Tournament brings in tens of thousands of visitors each year.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton Magazine’s Grade: B<br></em><em>Mayor’s Grade: A-</em></p> <p><strong>Financial Health</strong>: First, neither of your “experts” are experts in governmental finance. <em>[Editor's note: </em>Boca Raton<em> publisher John Shuff, who was part of the editorial team that assigned final grades, is a certified CPA and the former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Capital Cities Communications in New York.]</em> The City’s financial position remains extremely strong. Arguably, the City of Boca Raton maintains the highest quality of services of all of the communities in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, yet it has the lowest tax rate, the lowest water and sewer rate, and the lowest fire services assessment of these same communities. The City has earned a AAA rating from all three financial rating agencies, something that few communities have been able to accomplish. The City has developed and maintained financial reserves for future projects and possible emergencies. The City has received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the last 33 consecutive years and the GFOA Award for Distinguished Budget Presentation for the last 31 consecutive years, and is one of only 15 or so communities in the state to be recognized by the FAPPO Officials with an Award of Excellence in Public Procurement.</p> <p>There is a section of your article in this Financial Health category that gauges the “most bang for our tax dollars” by comparing the number of employees that the City of Boca Raton has per 1,000 residents to the number of employees that Delray Beach has per 1,000 residents. Such a comparison is not apples to apples, and therefore very misleading. This ratio is based on full time residents, but during the day, the number of people in the Boca Raton swells to approximately 250,000 due to the commuter students at FAU and Palm Beach State College, the employees in business centers, and all the visitors shopping and dining in the City. City staff provide services for this increased population. The City also has a number of additional facilities that Delray Beach does not, including an airport, 3 colleges/universities, 13 million sq. ft. of office space, 3 million sq. ft. of retail space, 3,800 hotel rooms, wastewater and reclaimed water treatment facilities, and a significant number of parks. The City also provides water and sewer to about 35,000 people outside the City. These facilities also require additional staff and services. For all of these reasons therefore, your simple comparison of the number of employees per 1,000 residents is very misleading.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton Magazine’s Grade: C-<br>Mayor’s Grade: A+</em></p> <p><em>Finally, the article did not include some other criteria that also might help determine how the City “stacks up.” Crime rate, emergency response, water quality, infrastructure replacement programs, use of technology, recreational facilities, athletic and children’s programs, libraries, and community events are all examples of categories that could be used to determine how a community compares to others. Although none of these categories were included in the article, I think that in each of these, the City of Boca Raton would compare very favorably.   </em></p> <p><em>I feel strongly that your article was rather lean on important facts as discussed above. The assigned grades did not match the comments contained in the article or reflect the actual situation in each of the categories and other categories were completely missing. With this article, Boca Raton Magazine painted an undeservedly negative picture of the City of Boca Raton, its residents and its businesses. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to the previous article, and I hope the information I provided enlightens you with additional information and provide your readers with the many ways we are one of the most sustainable and best run cities in the nation.</em></p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Susan Whelchel, Mayor</p>magazineWed, 19 Mar 2014 12:25:38 +0000 NewsTaverna Opa Debuts in Delray<p>If you want to dance on tables, ogle belly dancers and shout “Opa!” while downing shots of ouzo without ever leaving downtown Delray, then get your inner Greek on and head over to the latest <a href="" target="_blank">Taverna Opa</a> (270 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-3602).</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/taverna.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The restaurant takes over the space once home to 75 Main, the younger sibling of the Hamptons’ celebrity magnet that, despite a late-in-the-game boost from top toque turned consultant Mark Militello, never managed to find much of a footing in the always-competitive Delray restaurant market.</p> <p>The Delray Opa leverages the chain’s patented combo of raucous, party-hearty atmosphere, live entertainment and moderately priced Greek culinary favorites. There will be a DJ too, along with the ubiquitous belly dancers and plenty of table dancing, napkin throwing, plate breaking and “Opa!” shouting.</p> <p>To go along with all the usual Greek culinary suspects are a handful of Mediterranean-style steaks and chicken dishes, four different family-style complete dinners, and an extensive selection of appetizers. There’s also a nightly happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. featuring a lengthy roster of bar bites priced from $3 to $6 and half-price drinks.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraTue, 18 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningMusicNews & ReviewsStrong mayors, elections questions &amp; that little issue about judges<p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="450"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Time for a strong mayor system?<span>  </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">We now know just how complete Susan Haynie’s victory was over Anthony Majhess.</p> <p>According to results provided by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office, Haynie won 28 of 37 precincts last Tuesday in the race for mayor. Haynie’s campaign had focused especially on western areas, and the effort paid off. Haynie got some of the biggest turnouts, with her largest margins in Broken Sound and Woodfield. She did well, not surprisingly, in precincts near her home in Camino Gardens and in areas near downtown.</p> <p>Also not surprisingly, Majhess’ best numbers came in areas to the east and northeast of Mizner Park, near his home in the Golden Triangle.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Haynie won the absentee vote by nearly 200 and the Election Day vote by almost 1,400. Especially given that the turnout was nearly 19 percent—big for a city election— it’s the sort of victory that would discourage anyone thinking of challenging Haynie in 2017. And since there is likely to be little disagreement between Haynie and the new council, the better bet at this point is that one or more of those council members will try to position himself or herself for a mayoral run in 2020.</p> <p>The mayor’s “power” remains mostly ceremonial beyond running council meetings, but because Boca Raton is nearing a population of 90,000, you wonder if the debate will start about switching to a strong-mayor system, a move that West Palm Beach made in 1991. If any other city in the county might be ready for such a system, it’s Boca.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">The plot thickens in Delray<span>                             </span><span>  </span></h3> <p>As for the Seat 4 Delray Beach City Commission race, there remains a fair amount of mystery.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Incumbent Al Jacquet had been trailing Chris Davey most of Tuesday evening, until results came in from the last two precincts. On Friday, Davey said he still cannot figure out how those two precincts took him from leading by nearly 300 votes to losing by 265 votes.</p> <p>Jacquet’s margin, though, is too high to require an automatic recount. So last week Davey spoke to Ron Meyer, a Tallahassee attorney who specializes in election law. Davey said Meyer will send a letter to Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and Delray Beach City Clerk Chevelle Nubin, seeking answers to Davey’s questions.</p> <p>Davey said he will accept the results “if information is presented and it looks legitimate.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The key precinct is 7200, which is Pompey Park, located in the city’s historically black neighborhood. Jacquet, who is black, expected to do very well there, and he did. Jacquet got 152 absentees votes to just eight for Davey. All absentees, though, are supposed to be counted first, so Davey wonders how Jacquet’s 221-vote margin on Election Day was enough to cause such a shift – especially since the two candidates basically split what seems to be the other precinct with 7200 that reported last.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Also curious is that Jacquet got 1,223 absentee votes, or roughly 61 percent of his total – an unheard-of proportion. Two years ago, Jacquet got just 318 absentees. Jacquet got nearly as many absentee votes as Haynie even though the Boca Raton mayor’s race featured nearly twice as many overall votes as Jacquet’s race.</p> <p>Another mystery concerns mailers sent to voters in Democratic areas of western Delray. The mailers linked Davey to Gov. Rick Scott. Davey, who says he is a former Democrat and now is an independent, has no link to Scott. The mailers came from the Committee for Principled Leadership, whose Tallahassee address matches that for two Republican operatives. Both parties have been known to use such front groups to scare voters of the other party into supporting the front group’s candidate.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Paying it forward<span>                                 </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">The governor fills most judgeships in Palm Beach County through appointments. In some cases, though, a judge can time his or her retirement so the coveted position – incumbents are rarely challenged and almost never lose – is filled by an election. That’s the case this year with Circuit Judge Lucy Chernow Brown.</p> <p>And with a judicial election comes the involvement of Weiss, Handler &amp; Cornwell, the Boca Raton law firm that doesn’t list “politics” as an area of practice, but should.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For years, it has been assumed that support for a candidate from Weiss and Handler would get that candidate the coveted South Palm Beach County condo vote. For the Brown seat—likely to be the only contested circuit court election—word is that the firm is behind Jaimie Goodman, who is running with three other candidates.</p> <p>Goodman, a West Palm Beach lawyer, must want to be a judge very badly. He spent nearly $450,000 of his own money on losing races in 2010 and 2012, and he’s already put in nearly $110,000 this time. Perhaps the Weiss, Handler help will get him that return on his investment.</p> <p>As for worries about any possible return for the firm on its investment, lawyers always contribute most of the money in judicial races. Palm Beach County voters had a chance in 2000 to make all trial court judgeships appointed —there’s politics in that system, too, but no money—and they said no. So lawyers can keep raising money for those whom they will face in court</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 class="MsoNormal"><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 18 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityBoating &amp; Beach Bash: A Boat Show We Love<p>The big Palm Beach Boat Show may be this weekend, but there’s another boating event very dear to our hearts that is trumping that one: the <a href="" target="_blank">Boating &amp; Beach Bash for People with Disabilities</a>.</p> <p><span><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/slide3.jpg" width="450"></span></p> <p><span>This daylong event at Spanish River Park allows a lot of people who don’t get out much—disabled kids and adults and wounded warriors—to enjoy a barbecue, boat rides, live entertainment (a non-stop concert, for starters), therapy ponies and service dogs, exhibits and more—and it’s all free.</span></p> <p><span>Boca resident and PR guru Jay Van Vechten is its brainchild and executive director and says it's now the largest event for people with disabilities in the nation with 6,000 attendees, 500 volunteers and 30 yachts giving people rides. </span></p> <p><span>It is the kind of day able-bodied people would enjoy, and may take for granted—but it’s not so easy if you have a seen or unseen disability or you are an overextended caregiver. This is the gift of lighthearted fun and freedom and beauty, and we think it’s an event that shines a real light on the part of our community committed to lending a hand, to showing its heart when a heart is needed. Jay is still taking donations (did we mention this is free, entirely dependent on donations?) </span></p> <p><span>You can go to that other boat show on Sunday; go to the real one this Saturday—or donate now. Call the Bash office at 561/715-2622 or mail a check to Boating Beach Bash, P.O. Box 99, Boca Raton, 33429.</span></p> <p><span>Here are the event particulars:</span></p> <p><span>When: Saturday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.</span></p> <p><span>Where: Spanish River Park, A1A, Boca Raton</span></p> <p><span>Who it celebrates: Kids, adults and VIP Purple Heart recipients with physical and/or intellectual challenges</span></p> <p><span>Check it out: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or visit their <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p>Marie SpeedTue, 18 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 EventsThe Week Ahead: March 18 to 24<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/kyle_at_jhs.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kyle Eastwood Band</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Chalk up another one for Jazziz Nightlife, which has once again booked an important jazz act that wouldn’t have a proper South Florida venue otherwise. For Eastwood, his last name is a sort of blessing and curse; Clint’s son has seen countless doors in the entertainment industry open as a result of his father’s fame, but at the same time, the challenge of being accepted as his own artist—divorced from his dad’s influence—has taken years. Lord knows he looks remarkably like Clint: His steely eyes could captivate an entire CinemaScope frame. But with every album from his 1998 debut onward, the quick-fingered bassist has come closer to realizing his own individual identity. And in jazz circles, his heritage has little bearing on his current reputation as one of the best stand-up bassists around. His current tour supports his latest release “From Here to There,” which pays homage to the eclectic jazz sounds he discovered as a youth.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/jane_green.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jane Green</strong></p> <p>Where: Wellington Public Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington</p> <p>When: 2:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/790-6070</p> <p>British writer Jane Green became an overnight sensation in the early 2000s upon the publication of her first novel, <em>Straight Talking</em>, about the romantic travails of a single career girl. Breaking out at the crest of the “Sex &amp; the City” wave, Green’s honest and heartfelt novels earned her the designation as the queen of women's fiction—some refer to it as 'chick lit'—helping to inspire what has become an all-too-familiar genre. As Green has matured as a writer, so have her novels uncovered more complex facets of the human female condition. Her 15th novel, <em>Tempting Fate</em>, which will be released at bookstores next week, explores a long-married woman’s midlife crises and a deleterious decision that puts her life in perspective; like her 14 previous books, expect it to be a <em>New York Times</em> best-seller. The Connecticut resident will read from and sign copies of <em>Tempting Fate</em> at this local, 90-minute appearance, part of Palm Beach County Libraries’ “Writers Live!” series.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/clark-gable.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Clark Gable Slept Here”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Despite its title, local playwright Michael McKeever’s “Clark Gable Slept Here” is not a nostalgic journey to classic Hollywood; rather, it’s a caustic satire of contemporary filmdom, expressing how far we’ve come—and how far we’ve <em>not</em> come—in our definitions of silver-screen masculinity since the days Rock Hudson lived a lie. The play orbits around a macho Hollywood action star accepting a career-changing Golden Globe Award. We never encounter the actor, but we do shadow his frantic staff; while the actor is out collecting his statuette, his handlers are subjected to an inconvenient problem: the dead male prostitute on the floor of his penthouse suite. Sure to crackle with wit and insight about showbiz mores, “Clark Gable Slept Here” stars regional favorites Lela Elam, Clay Cartland and McKeever himself, who has called this one of his three best plays. It runs through April 6 courtesy of Zoetic Stage.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="199" src="/site_media/uploads/talesofhoffman.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Tales of Hoffmann”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25–$135</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Some people have all the luck. Others? Let’s just say they always seem to catch every red light when they’re late for work. Hoffmann, the titular protagonist in this romantic opera based on the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann, is one of those people who, today, would arrive at the subway just as his train was leaving. In operatic terms, his bad luck is magnified to epic, life-and-death proportions: In the triptych of “Tales,” he first falls in love with the perfect girl ... except that it turns out she’s a mechanical doll. Then, he falls hard for a violinist’s daughter who will die if she sings. And she sings. Finally, he sidles up to a lovely courtesan who is under the thumb of a rival magician, so you know that won’t end well. Palm Beach Opera will bring all of this rotten luck to the stage in grand fashion, with six of the seven cast members making their company debuts.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="640" src="/site_media/uploads/slowburnchesspress.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Chess”</strong></p> <p>Where: Slow Burn Theatre Company, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$40</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>I know what you must be thinking: Nothing screams “Broadway pizzazz” quite like a couple of people playing a protracted, deliberate, cerebral game of chess. This 1984 musical is, of course, about much more than that, touching on Cold War strife between the U.S. and Russia in the context of a chess-centric love triangle. It was written by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and it spawned a couple of pop hits that transcended this jaunty tale of furrow-browed Russians and a black-and-white board: “One Night in Bangkok” and “I Know Him So Well.” Patrick Fitzwater, co-artistic director at Slow Burn, told <em>Boca Raton</em>, “It’s going to be a real fun, rocking night, and it will really pull in a cult audience.” One thing is for sure: I’d rather see this than the 73rd tour of “Mamma Mia!” The show runs through April 15.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/williamclose.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: William Close &amp; the Earth Harp Collective</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: $29</p> <p>Contact: 561/868-3309</p> <p>‘New age’ sounds like old age next to the mystical magnificence of William Close, a “visionary” (according to Sharon Osbourne) who combines music and architecture with his signature playable sculptures. Watching a Close performance—and many tuned in to watch his musical experiments on “America’s Got Talent,” where he was a finalist in 2012—is like seeing a concert beamed in from the future or perhaps another dimension. Even the names of his invented instruments, like the Drum Orb, the Percussion Jacket, the Aquatar and the Drumbrella, seem like science-fiction jargon, and he’s developed more than a hundred of them. For his Lake Worth appearance, which caps an invaluable residency at Palm Beach State College, he’ll bring along his “Earth Harp,” which is regarded as the largest stringed instrument on the planet. It may have competitors on Jupiter.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/xperimento_1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Midtown Peace, Love and Wellness Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Main Street at Midtown, 4801 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: 1 to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/282-4623, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Another week, another wellness festival! ‘Tis the season to be healthy, apparently, and this second-annual festival in Palm Beach Gardens follows on the heels of similar fests in Boca and Delray. Unlike the others, though, this festival focuses specifically on its live music element, hosting two bands that don’t often tour this area: Arden Park Roots, an award-winning surf rock/reggae act from Sacramento, and Xperimento (pictured), an eclectic Miami band whose sound fuses reggae, merengue, ska, salsa and funk with elements of rock, R&amp;B, hip-hop and dancehall. These bands will provide the soundtrack for an afternoon of healthy food trucks, Megaformer demonstrations, hair blowouts, children’s activities, goody bag handouts and more. Attendees can also sample five different yoga disciplines for the first four hours (but bring our own mat!).</p>John ThomasonMon, 17 Mar 2014 20:53:51 +0000 & EventsVintage Tap to Pour It On in Delray<p><img alt="" height="87" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/vintagetap.jpg" width="200">Keep your eyes, ears and taste buds pealed later this year for the debut of a new-fashioned “juke joint” in a historic building in downtown Delray.</p> <p>That would be <strong>The Vintage Tap</strong>, which takes over the 1930s-vintage Clearview Lounge at 524 W. Atlantic Ave with the promise of a retro beer garden-concert venue scheduled to open in late 2013 or early 2014. Proprietor Ryan O’Riordan, who also owns Boca’s Black Rose Irish Pub, is renovating the squat, bunker-like space, said to host a “Prohibition-style bar and stage, beer garden and adjacent two-acre amphitheater.”</p> <p>I’ll be back with more details as they become available, but among the current tidbits are a bar featuring multiple craft beers and vintage sounds on an old-fashioned jukebox and a music program dedicated to offering “the best in local, regional and national acts.”</p>Bill CitaraMon, 17 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningMusicNews & ReviewsThe Circus Came to Town<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/2013concertpage-aloysiagavre.png" width="400"></p> <p>Eight circus performers made the nearly impossible look easy last night at Mizner Park Amphitheater, drawing some 2,000 attendees for Festival of the Arts’ Cirque de la Symphonie. The program paired the disparate forms of the symphonic concert and the Cirque Du Soleil-style variety show. We witnessed aerial showmanship, impossible feats of balance, juggling wizardry and light magic, with Constantine Kitsopoulos leading the peerless Festival Orchestra Boca through live compositions that reflected the performers’ actions.</p> <p>The eclectic musicians set the tone with Rossini’s “William Tell Orchestra” and its vibe of Big Top excitement, and continued through Bizet, Tchaikovsky, John Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov and many others, during which time most cirque performers had a couple of opportunities to display their craft. It was surely one of the most unique events in the Festival’s eight-year history, successfully marrying high art with family entertainment. Here’s a look at its type five cirque highlights.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/featured.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>5. <strong>The aerial silks of Kai Newstead</strong>. This fresh-faced boy of 14 set the tone for the evening with this opening number. Music from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” swelled triumphantly behind him as he climbed a rope to the top of the amphitheater and tumbled all the way to the stage in wondrous cartwheels.</p> <p>4. <strong>The hula hoops of Alina Sergeeva</strong>. This third-generation circus performer from Russia controlled her tool—the hula hoop—like a fifth appendage, navigating the spinning hoop around every part of her body before taking on four hoops simultaneously and becoming a human tornado.</p> <p>3. <strong>The aerial straps of Vitalli Buza</strong>. The “Flight to Neverland” music from Spielberg’s “Hook” appropriately scored this high-flying number from the cirque’s top aerial showman. Buza spent most of his performance simulating flight with gliding, soaring elegance, capturing the enviable essense of childhood fantasy.</p> <p>2. <strong>Vladimir Tsarkov’s “Mask.”</strong> The cirque’s resident jester was more that just its comic relief; he was also a master juggler. In this routine, he gamboled around the stage in a bright-orange suit with a vacant white mask that appeared to block his view of what he was doing—which was masterfully juggling two, then four, then six balls and maybe more in incredibly elaborate formations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/cirque-de-la-symphonie-photo-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>1. <strong>The hand-to-hand balancing of Sergey Parshin and Alexander Tolstikov</strong>. These two strongmen defied gravity and contorted their bodies like conjoined gladiators, justifiably earning them a standing ovation in the middle of the second act. For the high point, the smaller of the two performers balanced his entire frame on top of the bigger using one hand on the guy’s head – and then changed body positions twice! The word “Herculean” is overused in our culture, but it’s a pretty accurate description of what went down last night.</p>John ThomasonSat, 15 Mar 2014 14:09:56 +0000 & EventsMusicSienna Charles’s Picks: Part 3<p><a href="" target="_blank">Sienna Charles</a> is all about luxury travel. We asked co-owners Jaclyn Sienna India and Freddy Charles Reinert to pick five of their favorite luxury vacation spots that are often overlooked. This is the second installment in the five-part series, with one location revealed every Friday until the end of March.</p> <p><strong>Bali, Indonesia<br></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/bali.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While there are other more populated and more touristy islands in Indonesia, Bali is Jaclyn and Freddy’s pick.</p> <p>“Bali for us is the most beautiful place we’ve ever been,” Jaclyn says.</p> <p><em>Favorite activities: </em>Seeing Komodo dragons, island hopping by private boats that work directly with Sienna Charles</p> <p>They also focus on wellness retreats because, beside being the most beautiful, it’s also the most spiritual place they’ve visited, Jaclyn says.</p> <p>For more from Jaclyn and Freddy, click <a href="/blog/tag/sienna-charles/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> </p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 14 Mar 2014 21:34:33 +0000 Fashion Forward: Your Guide to the Local Shopping Scene<p><strong>Marika Charles Trunk Show</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="190" src="/site_media/uploads/marika.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Marika Contompasis, the designer of <a href="" target="_blank">Marika Charles</a>, will be making a special appearance at her trunk shows in both the Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton <a href="" target="_blank">Deborah James</a> locations. Meet the art-focused fashion designer as she showcases her latest pieces.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton Location</em></p> <p>When: Friday, March 21 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Deborah James, 402 Via De Palmas</p> <p><em>Fort Lauderdale Location</em></p> <p>When: Saturday, March 22 from noon – 6 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Deborah James, 623 E. Las Olas</p> <p><strong>Yliana Yepez Trunk Show</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/yliana.jpg" width="463"> </p> <p>Chat with <a href="" target="_blank">Yliana Yepez</a> about her eponymous handbag line at <strong>Bloomingdale’s</strong>. She’ll be making an appearance at the Town Center at Boca Raton location to present her spring collection.</p> <p>When: Thursday, March 20, from noon – 3p.m.</p> <p>Where: Handbags, first floor of Bloomingdale’s</p> <p><strong>Babalu Fragrance Launch Party<br></strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="205" src="/site_media/uploads/fornasetti.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Babalu in Palm Beach is having a launch party for <a href="" target="_blank">Fornasetti Profumi.</a> The home scents brand will be introducing its newest fragrance, Sole di Capri. Guests that spend $300 or more will receive a Fornasetti ceramic room diffuser valued at $150.</p> <p>When: Tuesday, March 18 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Babalu at Worth Avenue, 21 Via Mizner, Palm Beach</p> <p><em><em>For more Fashion Forward posts, click <a href="/blog/tag/fashion-forward/">here</a>.</em></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 14 Mar 2014 14:40:02 +0000 Review: &quot;The Full Monty&quot; at Wick Theatre<p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/montylg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It goes without saying that most musicals do not open with a perfectly chiseled Chippendales dancer doing a handstand while wearing nothing but skimpy spandex undies.</p> <p>But in most other ways, “The Full Monty” adheres unadventurously to Broadway musical formula, surviving on a quippy blend of old-fashioned structure and occasionally risqué content. It’s unusual to see so many men’s derrieres onstage, but the show, which currently runs at the Wick in Boca, is about a docile as a story about strippers can be. It won’t rock any boats, but it’s a nice enough ride.</p> <p>The musical, which premiered off-Broadway in 2000 and later ran on the Great White Way for two years, is based on the a British film I’ve not seen. Writer Terrence McNally transferred the story to Buffalo, where the shuttering of a steel mill has devastated the lives of its former employees.</p> <p>Jerry Lukowski (Preston Ellis), a divorced former steelworker, risks losing joint custody of his son if he cannot pay his share. His best friend Dave (JP Sarro) has lost his pride as his marriage’s erstwhile breadwinner—along with his libido. Foreman Harold Nichols (Barry Tarallo) has been deceiving his wife into believing he still works at the mill, fearful that she won’t accept a more modest lifestyle. And the awkward shut-in Malcolm MacGregor (Alex Jorth) has turned to attempted suicide.</p> <p>The only glimmer of hope is an unlikely one. Once they discover that their wives fawn over the Chippendales dancers at the Buffalo strip club, the steelworkers decided to put on their own show, on the premise that women would rather see real men, fully nude, than airbrushed fantasies in thongs.</p> <p>David Yazbek’s music, for the most part, feels unorthodox, jazzy and hip; his lyrics, with their predictable rhyming couplets, are never quite as satisfying. But the show’s more important themes resonate in this Wick production; it has plenty to say about body issues and the impossible-to-attain ideal of celebrity skin, as well as about surviving economic hardship and banding together in the face of adversity.</p> <p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/fullmonty.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Each dancer is clearly an archetype, a stand-in for a certain audience demographic, and in many cases, the actors are given few dimensions to work with. But in this exceptionally cast show, under Dom Ruggerio’s direction, they feel about as real as you could hope for, including Reggie Whitehead as a stereotype-bucking African-American dancer and Regan McLellan as a steelworker who can’t dance but makes up for it in, well … other ways. Each actor slides into his role like a cog on a factory-line widget, collectively inhabiting the full spectrum of the modern male condition.</p> <p>What’s even better is Ruggiero’s handling of the women in their lives, who come pretty close to stealing the scenes away from the men. As Dave’s unsatisfied wife Georgie, Kara Staiger’s hurt is touchingly real; she’s a fount of conflicting emotions, more complex than probably anyone onstage. Casey Weems, as Harold’s pampered wife, radiates in a show-stopping song in Act One, but is just as compelling when reining herself in later on. Sabrina Lynn Gore accurately conveys the bitter disappointment in her ex-husband Jerry, while subtly suggesting the lingering feelings that still exist well below the surface; and Leslie Anne Wolfe nails the show’s funniest lines as the dancers’ piano player, a crusty figure sculpted from showbiz lore.</p> <p>A few small things from McNally’s book don’t exactly gel with what’s happening onstage; you may wonder why, for instance, professional movers are repossessing a 20-year-old television—a boxy old relic that couldn’t bring $200 on Craigslist—from Harold’s supposedly lavish home. Ditto the line about the confiscation of his Blu-ray player for similar reasons (who buys a Blu-ray in installments?), a line that was obviously added in later productions but probably never rang true.</p> <p>The set design, or “scenery,” as it is credited in the playbill to Gateway Playhouse, relies on geometrically precise panels that function invariably as a strip-club backdrop, union hall, steel factory and various houses. It resembles an art-deco project still in construction, and adapts well to its many purposes. I also appreciated the comically run-down appearance of the men’s restroom in the ladies’ strip club, which is so dirty and decrepit it feels like it hasn’t been touched since an earthquake.</p> <p><em>“The Full Monty” runs through March 23 at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $58. Call 561/995-2333 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 14 Mar 2014 13:19:48 +0000 & EventsTheatreWhere to Party for St. Paddy<p><img alt="" height="206" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/happystpatricks.png" width="200">Everybody is going green on Monday, March 17, and we don’t mean saving the whales. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, when clothes, beer and complexions (the day after) all taken on a greenish hue. If you want to get your Irish on for an evening, here’s where to do it.</p> <p>At <strong>The Dubliner</strong> (435 Plaza Real, 561/620-2540) in Mizner Park, they’re throwing an all-day block party complete with three live bands (Uproot Hootenany, Living Daylights and Rogue Theory), an Irish fiddler, plus a DJ, bagpipers and Irish cloggers. There will also be traditional Irish buffet featuring the restaurant’s house-cured corned beef and cabbage.</p> <p><strong>Paddy Mac’s</strong> (10971 N. Military Trail, 561/691-4366) in Palm Beach Gardens is throwing a big bash too, with live music from the likes of Tracy Sands and Rod McDonald, the Lahinch Mob and the Sierra Band. They’ll be serving up a special menu, featuring—natch—corned beef and cabbage, but also everything from crab-stuffed dolphin to New York strip flamed with Irish whiskey. No green beer but a proper pint o’ Guinness.</p> <p>All the <strong>Duffy’s Sports Grills </strong>in PBC—Boca, Delray, Boynton, West Palm, Palm Beach Gardens—will be dishing up some special Irish chow on the big day itself. Look for a half-pound of corned beef plus cabbage for #11.95, plus $3 pints of Killians beer.</p> <p>There will be all kinds of food and drink specials at <strong>The Office</strong> (201 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/507-7463) in downtown Delray. Think corned beef and cabbage, grilled reuben sammies and half-priced James Irish whisky shots and Irish Car Bombs.</p> <p>And if you like your Irish celebration with a side order of sushi, check out the St. Paddy’s Day drink specials at <strong>RA Sushi</strong> (11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., 561/340-2112) in Palm Beach Gardens. Slug down green hot sake for $1, shots of Jameson Irish whisky for $4, melon margaritas for $5 and Irish Car Bombs for $6.</p> <p>And if you want to get started early with a little help from a few thousand of your close personal friends, there’s in downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, not to mention the the 46th annual St. Patrick’s Day festival and parade in downtown Delray Beach, set for Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 14 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsGabriella Wimmer&#39;s &quot;The Royals&quot;<p>Nestled on the eighth floor of Miami Beach’s Soho Beach House is The Library. It’s a private alcove with an ocean view. With its dark wood cabinetry, rugged leather couch and antique-looking velvet pillows, it feels like the headquarters of a secret society – privy to a few select members, and the perfect location for <a href="">Gabriella Wimmer</a> to debut her newest handbag collection: <strong>The Royals</strong>.</p> <p>The collection is composed of a beautiful set of jewelry handbags, created from start to finish in Italy. As a handbag designer, Wimmer has always dreamed of incorporating jewelry into her line. She picked up a love for jewels while living in the Middle East, where diamonds are of the essence. Now, that dream has come into fruition.</p> <p><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/gabriella_wimmer_duchess_slim_marine_blue_alligator_exotic_leather_handheld_must-have_clutch.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>There’s the Shooting Stars Duchess, a large clutch covered in six carats of diamonds; the Imperial Garden, a hand-engraved and hand-painted minaudière; the Contessa, an edgy modular clutch with bronze side panels; the Marquise pieces, with removable mixed-metal straps that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet; and the Duchess.</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/gabriella_wimmer_contessa_handheld_exotic_leather_clutch_alligator.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/gabriella_wimmer_duchess_rounded_shiny_python_exotic_leather_glamorous_regal_clutch_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Each piece is created with incredible exotic leathers, straight from an Italian tannery Wimmer toured herself. In fact, she toured a number of tanneries in the country until she found the perfect one. You won’t find a mark or scratch on any of the leather panels, all of which are impossibly soft and smooth.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/gabriella_wimmer_day_to_night_ostrich_shoulder_work_bag_hidden_lock_pockets.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Her creations are inspired by her travels, where she often finds herself taking photos of textures and details, rather than sceneries. She was born in the Bahamas, went to school in the U.S. and has lived in Europe and – as mentioned earlier – the Middle East.</p> <p>All her experiences helped influence the pieces she drew out in her sketchbook, or as she called it, the contents of her soul. To view all her incredible pieces, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 13 Mar 2014 14:45:18 +0000 new additions to a great event<p class="MsoNormal"><span>So we are counting the days until<a href="/events/2014/03/#27" target="_blank"> Savor The Avenue</a> on March 27—our favorite annual foodie event,\ and a great way to experience Delray Beach at its best. Five or so years ago, one of our employees had heard of a similar event in Park City, Utah—and wondered why we couldn’t do it here, in Delray Beach. We partnered with Marjorie Ferrer and Laura Simon of the Downtown Development Authority, and before our very eyes, a table five blocks long appeared down the middle of Atlantic Avenue. Scores of restaurants stepped up to the plate, people came, and the most exciting dinner party in South Florida was born.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="696" src="/site_media/uploads/patimaguirepaintingposter_savor14_lowres.jpg" width="450"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the years, the party has grown and improved, and it always sells out. This year we have a poster of the event—reproduced from a gorgeous oil painting by Delray artist Pati Maguire—for sale at the event. And we’ll be raffling off the original painting, with all proceeds benefitting the new beach pavilion project.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>We’ll also have my favorite weatherman, <strong>Steve Weagle</strong>, on hand to emcee the event. This is how much I trust Steve Weagle: I have actually called him days before a scheduled outdoor fashion shoot to get his take on whether it will rain. I am not saying I think he’s the weather god or anything, but it’s pretty close. We are thrilled he will be joining us!</span></p> <p><span>Laura Simon tells us the event is sold out, but she said you still might be able to snag seats due to cancellations, which do occur. <span> </span>So keep trying your favorite restaurant (list <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>), and we hope to see you there.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I’m sure Steve won’t let it rain…</span></p>Marie SpeedThu, 13 Mar 2014 10:09:56 +0000 BeachPost-election buzz<p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="450"></span></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">In Boca election news...</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Boca Raton finally had something close to a real election.</p> <p>More than 11,000 voters cast ballots Tuesday in the mayoral race, which Susan Haynie won convincingly over Anthony Majhess: 57 percent to 43 percent. That ballot count is more than 60 percent above the total in the 2012 election and more than double the total in 2011. There also was minimal drop-off in the votes for city council seats B and D, which Michael Mullaugh and Robert Weinroth won.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Granted, turnout remained low even for a non-presidential state election, but Haynie can claim widespread support for her campaign platform of “smart” development and fiscal conservatism. Precinct-by-precinct totals aren’t available yet, but Rick Asnani, Haynie’s campaign consultant, said the incoming mayor went after votes in all 50 precincts, even in the Golden Triangle neighborhood where Majhess lives. Asnani said the campaign had hoped for an eight-point victory, given the field support Majhess would have from the firefighters union, since Majhess is a Palm Beach County firefighter.</p> <p>Because of the union’s organizing ability, conventional wisdom was that Majhess would win the absentees. Instead, Haynie came out ahead in absentees and at the polls. Among other things, Asnani credits TV ads before the absentee voting period that stressed Haynie’s long record of service on the city council and community involvement. Many absentee ballots went to first-time voters in a city election, and Asnani believes that they were more receptive to a positive message than an attack.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">To further offset the union’s presence, Haynie held what Asnani said were “many” community meet-and-greets. Such settings naturally lend themselves more to a candidate’s personality, on which Haynie wanted voters to focus. In addition, the Haynie campaign apparently neutralized Majhess’ main theme: that Haynie has been too pro-development. Mailers noted that Majhess had voted— along with Haynie—for some of the more controversial projects in the city.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Finally, Haynie got a big financial boost at the end. The latest filings showed that Haynie had raised another $34,000, compared to roughly $12,000 for Majhess. Still, each candidate raised serious money for a city election. Haynie will take office with a like-minded council and the chance to show that “smart” development will pay off for Boca Raton.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal"><span> </span>And in Delray...</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Since Mullaugh and Weinroth won their races by at least 20 points, there was no drama in Boca Raton. That was not true in Delray Beach.</p> <p>In Seat 4, Jordana Jarjura easily beat incumbent Angeleta Gray and two other challengers. Gray suffered from her record of favoring businesses over residents and a recent <em>Palm Beach Post</em> story about a Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office investigation of her business. The Seat 2 result, however, had the loser calling an attorney.</p> <p>Chris Davey had been leading incumbent Al Jacquet by nearly 300 votes with just two precincts not reporting. Then results from Precinct 7200 came in. That is Pompey Park in the city’s historically black neighborhood. Jacquet is black, and the Davey campaign had assumed that Jacquet would get a very high percentage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">His problem, Davey said in an interview, is that by 4:30 only 117 votes had been cast in Precinct 7200. In the last two-and-a-half hours, more than double that number supposedly turned out. Davey went from that lead to trailing by a handful. Yet on the supervisor of elections website, Davey and his supporters said Wednesday, the number of precincts reporting didn’t change. Davey wound up losing by 365 votes.</p> <p>Davey went Tuesday night to the supervisor’s facility in Riviera Beach, where votes are counted. Also there was Delray Beach City Clerk Chevelle Nubin. Cities run elections, but the supervisor’s office counts the ballots. The story Davey says he got is that the cartridge with Precinct 7200’s results was mistakenly taken to an elections office in Lake Park, not the one in Delray Beach.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I want some answers,” Davey said in an interview, saying he got none from his meeting with elections supervisor, Susan Bucher. One question he has concerns the pollworker who supposedly took the fateful cartridge to the wrong place.</p> <p>Another election in Palm Beach County, another election controversy. The Delray Beach City Commission is supposed to certify the results tonight. Since key special interests in Delray very much wanted Jacquet to win, someone better provide credible answers to Davey’s questions.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 13 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityHealth News You Don&#39;t Want to Miss<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Calling all runners and walkers, it’s time to lace up and train for a local 3.1-mile race.</p> <p>Participants will be lining up at the Spanish River Athletic Complex on Sunday, April 27, at 7:30 a.m. for the <a href="">Run from the Rays 5K</a>. The complex is located at 1370 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton, across the Spanish River Library.</p> <p>Registration is $25 through April 21 and goes up to $30 after that. Kids, ages 1-8, can run free in the Run from the Rays kids’ fun run. There will be a bounce house, music, refreshments and a pancake breakfast.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/finishlinepic.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The run benefits SafeSun, Inc., a charity started by three Boca Raton families. The Nachlas, Luciano and Friedman families founded the charity to raise funds for the prevention and treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers..</p> <p>Local athlete Fran Nachlas, co-founder and director of the event, says the cause was near and dear to the families for many reasons. The parents wanted to start a charity to get their kids involved and teach them about philanthropy. Her husband, Nathan Nachlas, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who reconstructs patients’ faces after skin cancer removal, lost an uncle to melanoma. Their daughter, Hannah, is studying pre-med at New York University has aspirations to be a dermatologist.</p> <p>Last year, more than $30,000 was raised at the run. This year, they hope to surpass that number,</p> <p>To register online, go to <a href=""></a>, or contact race director Fran Nachlas at 561/350-5110. You can also email Tom Vladimir, co-owner of the Runner’s Edge in Boca Raton at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston announced that it will be participating in a nationwide clinical trial that will study the effectiveness of an FDA-approved diabetes drug for preventing Alzheimer’s disease. The study also aims to determine whether a new genetic biomarker, TOMM40, is an indication that a person is at elevated risk for developing Alzheimer’s.</p> <p>TOMMORROW is the largest nationwide Alzheimer’s disease prevention trial to date, enrolling about 5,800 people across the country.</p> <p>To participate, applicants must be Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade county residents at high-risk of or predisposed to Alzheimer's. Hospital researchers expect to screen hundreds of people in order to enroll a group of 120.</p> <p>Study participants who are randomly chosen to take the active drug will take pioglitazone (AD-4833), which regulates glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. It also reduces inflammation and has a protective effect in the brain that can prevent high risk-patients from developing mild cognitive disorder and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a Cleveland Clinic press release.</p> <p>“Florida is home to nearly 10 percent of individuals in the United States who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and with our large senior population here in South Florida, it is an ideal community from which to draw participants for this trial,” says Dr. Nestor Galvez, principal investigator at Cleveland Clinic Florida.</p> <p>People who want to enroll for the trial must be between 65 and 83 years old and have normal thinking and reasoning skills, with no symptoms of memory loss. All who participate in TOMMORROW will undergo a genetic blood test to determine risk.</p> <p>“If we do not develop the means to prevent or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s, the 5.2 million Americans with this disease could balloon to 7.1 million in just over a decade,” says Dr. Po-Heng Tsai, co-investigator of TOMMORROW at Cleveland Clinic. “The participants in the TOMMORROW study, individuals who have not yet been affected but have a real possibility of a future with Alzheimer’s disease, have an invaluable role to play in helping researchers achieve the breakthroughs that could improve the lives of so many.”</p> <p>For more information about the TOMMORROW trial, call 954/659-6428 or toll free, 1-844-ALZ-TRIAL (1-844-259-8742).</p> <p> </p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="" width="400"></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 12 Mar 2014 20:11:31 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyReasons to buy organic, and how to do it cheap<p><span><span><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Buying organic food – or as your grandparents called it, food – has been one of the latest food trends. The good news: there are no signs this trend is slowing down. There are big sections at Whole Foods that feature organic produce, and many restaurants are proud to serve organic and farm-to-table dinners.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Many people have been asking me why organic produce is important. What's all the hype? In this blog, I will address the key reasons why organic food is better than conventional. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/march8blog.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Top Three Reasons Organic Food is Better</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>1. Staying away from chemicals.</strong></span></span><span><span> Conventionally-grown produce can be laced with pesticides inside as well as on top of the skin of the fruit or vegetable. Many approved pesticides are meant to kill bugs, which are living organisms. In turn they have been shown to also affect human cells and contribute to </span></span><span><span>cancer and other diseases.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>2. Keeping water quality high.</strong></span></span><span><span> When farmers use pesticides, those chemicals seep into ground and leak into springs, polluting our water supply.<strong></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>3. Getting better</strong></span></span><span><span> f</span></span><span><span><strong>lavor.</strong></span></span><span><span> Simply put - organic produce can taste better. This is your body, so why not nourish it with the best tasting foods?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Three Tips for Saving Money on Organic Food</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>We know that organic can be more expensive than conventional products, so here are some tips and tricks to help you save money on organic produce.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>1. Buy in bulk when possible.</strong> Even Costco has a great selection of organic products. I love their frozen broccoli, fresh carrots and quinoa/brown rice pouches. And if you throw them together and sauté, you have a great easy dinner!</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>2. Buy in season and shop local.</strong> You will most likely get the best prices on produce when it's in season, so stock up! I like to get fresh organic mangoes, that I can chop up and freeze for later.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>3. Buy frozen.</strong> One of my favorite things to add to a green smoothie is frozen strawberries. They are less expensive than fresh ones and they also eliminate the need to add ice to the drink. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>That said, some foods have very little pesticides on them even when conventionally farmed. If you're looking to save money, here is a quick reference guide to print out and keep with you when you go shopping. </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong>12 Most Contaminated (I only buy these organic or avoid them)</strong></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span>Peaches</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Apples</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Sweet Bell Peppers</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Celery</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Nectarines</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Strawberries</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Cherries</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Pears</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Grapes (Imported)</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Spinach</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Lettuce</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Potatoes</span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p><span> </span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>12 Least Contaminated (These can be purchased non-organic if you are looking to save money)</strong></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><span>Onions</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Avocado</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Sweet Corn (Frozen, NON-GMO only)</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Pineapples</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Mango</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Asparagus</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Sweet Peas (Frozen)</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Kiwi Fruit</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Bananas</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Cabbage</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Broccoli</span></span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><span>Papaya</span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="456" src="" width="490"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href=""></a>.</p>magazineWed, 12 Mar 2014 13:56:51 +0000 & ReviewsAnna Deavere Smith &amp; the faces of grace<p><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/anna.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last night at the Festival of the Arts speaker series, Anna Deavere Smith transformed herself into six different people, from Harvard Divinity School theologian Reverend Peter Gomes to former Texas governor Ann Richards to her own Aunt Lorraine and revered civil right activist and congressman John Lewis. The monologues, crafted around the notion of the meaning of grace, were delivered word for word, from tape-recorded interviews of the subjects. As Festival volunteer Cynthia Brown who introduced Smith said, “She does peoples’ souls.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>And she touched a few more last night, as well.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>These monologues, “Reclaiming Grace in the face of Adversity,” gently illuminated social issues like health care, the disparity between rich and poor, civil rights—but were elevated by the higher context of the notion of grace: what it means, how it can restore a person’s humanity. Smith inhabited her characters, but stopped short of heavy-handed messaging. Ann Richards getting chemo for esophageal cancer showed how grace can be manifest through humor; Congressman Lewis embodied it by forgiving the very people who had beat him decades before on the Freedom Ride in the South. But it was Aunt Lorriane who showed us how love bestows grace, in the simplest form of human warmth. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Smith has been nominated for a Pulitzer and has a list of awards and honorary degrees a mile long, including a “genius grant”<span>  </span>(aka MacArthur Fellowship) and </span><span>the 2012 <a href="" title="National Humanities Medal">National Humanities Medal</a> from President <a href="" title="Barack Obama">Barack Obama</a>.</span><span>She known for her “documentary style” theater these days, but also gained a popular following in television roles in “Nurse Jackie” and the “West Wing” in addition to film roles in “Philadelphia” and “The American President,” among others. But it is her persona as a fine theatrical artist that defines her live work, and lit up the stage last night in the modest black box theater at the Festival.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Bravo to the Festival brainiacs for bringing her to Boca this year; her performance was both inspired and down to earth. Her show was intimate as well as interactive, and, miracle of miracles, no one even thought of leaving early.<span>  </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>As for Smith, she says simply that she is “trying to understand America and walk in peoples’ words.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>We were walking there with her last night. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p>Marie SpeedWed, 12 Mar 2014 08:58:23 +0000 & EventsYour Brain on Music, Live<p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/levitin-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If you didn’t catch last night’s Festival of the Arts appearance by the best-selling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, you missed one of the best speaking engagements I’ve seen in the Festival’s eight-year history. Addressing a packed audience in the comfy Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Levitin didn’t simply speak about his stock in trade—how our brains are affected by music and vice versa. He conversed, throughout the program, with the Festival’s music director, Constantine Kitsopoulos, along with nine members of the Festival Orchestra, who turned Levitin’s theories and research into an acoustic reality before our eyes.</p> <p>For one thing, both men were gracious, marvelously informed and even funny; I didn’t expect to laugh so much at a neuroscience lecture. But mostly, the talk was so special because it was so inimitable. With so much exclusive, Festival-centric talent under one roof, it was an event that could not be replicated at any other venue across the country, and, going forward into future Festivals of the Arts, it should be held up as a touchstone for the festival’s potential.</p> <p>The evening also provided the rare opportunity to hear good musicians playing badly, which made audiences appreciate their goodness even more. One of the most revelatory portions of the program involved the Festival orchestra playing a Mozart composition exactly as the notes were written on the page, without any feeling, dynamics or direction from a conductor. “No offense, but that sounded like a seventh-grade orchestra,” quipped Levitin, in response to the lethargic interpretation.</p> <p>Other live auditory experiments continued throughout the evening, including a fascinating study in improvisation that was “conducted” by Levitin, whose restrictions on the musicians only fostered more creativity in them. Kitsopoulos offered that “improvisation comes from discipline and structure, and then abandoning part of that structure,” while Levitin concluded that “the more constraints you have, the easier it is to improvise.”</p> <p>The evening ended gracefully, with the Festival Orchestra finally permitted to be absolutely perfect in its playing, concluding with the infectious first movement of Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.”</p> <p>Here are a few other revelations from evening, courtesy of Levitin. </p> <ul> <li>Our brain is an “exquisite change detector.” It evolved to be that; it tunes into changes, recognizes them over time, and finds them fascinating. When music is well played, there is continuous subtle variation that keeps us listening; if music is too repetitive, we find it an irritant.</li> <li>You can only juggle four ideas in your brain at one time, which is why we are often poor multitaskers.</li> <li>Music goes back as long as humans have existed, and it is now believed that even Neanderthals sang.</li> <li>When we hear music we like, dopamine is released in the brain, along with opioids that mimic the action of heroin. Listening to pleasurable music also increases immune system function, alters mood and reduces cortisol, the stress hormone.</li> <li>The fetal auditory system is fully functional by the age of 20 weeks. Listening through amniotic fluid is a lot like listening to music while underwater. Levitin recommends playing all kinds of music for fetuses and babies, and not simply pleasant classical music.</li> </ul>John ThomasonTue, 11 Mar 2014 14:52:21 +0000 & EventsMusicThe Porch Debuts in Delray<p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/porch.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>The rich just keep getting richer. Or to put it another way: restaurant-rich downtown Delray just keeps getting more restaurant riches.</p> <p>One more example comes from the husband-and-wife team of Heinrich Lowenberg and Pamela Lomba, who’ve opened <strong>The Porch</strong> (85 SE 6th Ave., 561/303-3647) just south of Atlantic Avenue in the historic (1907-vintage) Blank House. The couple is no stranger to the restaurant business, also owning Cafe Via Flora in Palm Beach as well as another eatery in North Carolina.</p> <p>At the Porch, they’re reprising the greatest hits of Italy and the Mediterranean, a diner-friendly roster of familiar dishes ranging from carpaccio and Caesar salad to tagliatelle alla bolognese and chicken al mattone (pressed under a brick) to linguini with clam sauce and snapper with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes in lemon-white wine sauce. Oh, and a variety of pizzas from the wood-fired oven too.</p> <p>The restaurant itself has been handsomely restored and is as cute as the proverbial button, with hardwood floors, sunny yellow interior with white beadboard wainscoting, a columned fireplace and bistro-esque furnishings. There’s also a pretty outdoor deck set with tables shielded by canvas umbrellas. Sounds like just the place for a quiet, relaxed evening. </p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraTue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsElection speculation, flood watch &amp; the Seven50 move<p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/randy.jpg" width="300"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">In boxing’s glory days, they called it the “undercard” – the bouts leading up to the main event. That’s how Boca Raton’s election today shapes up.</p> <p>Most focus is on the mayor’s race between Susan Haynie and Anthony Majhess, even though the job is ceremonial. At a Feb. 26 candidate forum, nearly half the crowd left after the mayoral candidates had finished. But the undercard also matters.</p> <p>The council will have at least two new members and could have three. Haynie or Majhess would be a holdover, and Constance Scott (Seat C) isn’t on the ballot. Political novice Scott Singer, a former “Jeopardy” champion, was unchallenged for Seat A. Yaniv Alcalay, Rosetta Bailey and Robert Weinroth are first-time candidates for Seat D. Seat B incumbent Michael Mullaugh faces Mohamed Abdalla, Craig Ehrnst and Eric Gooden.</p> <p>New council members, no matter what city, tend to overreach (“I ran a business, so I can run a city”) or defer too often to long-timers. We can presume that Singer, who had strong support from outgoing Mayor Susan Whelchel, would vote similarly to Haynie. Scott also is usually in the 4-1 majority when Majhess dissents. So is Mullaugh.</p> <p>But there’s a difference between harmony on a council —good thing—and lockstep—potentially bad thing. If the election today goes a certain way, the big votes in Boca could be 5-0, not just 4-1. Haynie could be a de facto strong mayor, given her knowledge of city and regional issues and the ability of ceremonial mayors to set agendas.</p> <p>We have seen in Delray Beach, though, that debate can be constructive. New mayor Cary Glickstein and new commissioner Shelly Petrolia have asked questions about city contracts, and the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General has supported their questioning.</p> <p>It’s always been a puzzle in South Florida that turnout in elections closest to home is tiny. In Boca, it was about 8 percent in 2011 and 12 percent in 2012. But the power of the vote goes to the winner, no matter the turnout. So pay attention to the undercard.</p> <p>****<span>    </span></p> <p>Realtors throughout Florida are happy that the U.S. House passed legislation to, kind of, repeal the 2012 law that is causing massive increases in flood insurance premiums for some state residents. But the Senate passed a different version, so the issue isn’t settled. At least for now Boca Raton homeowners mostly are spectators. Emphasis on “for now.”</p> <p>According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, only 277 of the 15,418 federal flood policies in the city would be subject to the higher rates. In Delray Beach, it’s just 425 of 8,278 policies. The percentage is significantly higher in Palm Beach, where nearly 2,000 of the town’s 7,652 homes are judged to be at risk of flooding and could pay much more.</p> <p>But new maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could place more homes in flood zones and make them subject to the 2012 law. So, yes, Boca Raton residents also should be telling Congress to pass a bill that is more like Senate’s, which would delay the increases for at least four years so FEMA can study the issue. More on this topic as it develops.<span>         </span><span>  </span></p> <p><span> </span>****</p> <p>Speaking of floods, the Boca council just voted to withdraw from the Seven50 consortium, and to hear some residents talk, you would have thought that the city just fended off the Evil Empire.Seven50 is an effort to get the seven South Florida counties from Indian River to Monroe planning together to meet the challenges of the next 50 years. One of those challenges is rising seas, which now are threatening drinking water supplies—saltwater intrusion can ruin wellfields—but could drive homes and businesses from barrier islands and beyond.</p> <p>Boca Raton joined Seven50 in 2011. The group put out a good report on climate change and rising seas. But Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties have withdrawn, saying Seven50 amounts to massive intrusion into local affairs. One speaker at the Boca council’s Feb. 11 meeting likened Seven50 to “communism.” The council voted unanimously to withdraw, while saying the city might get back in.As for the issue of rising seas, Boca’s home page does at least provide a weather forecast.</p> <center><a href="/blog/category/city-watch/">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: March 11 to 17<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="505" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/humphrey-bogart.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “An Evening With Bogie”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As Woody Allen’s “Play It Again, Sam” showed us, it’s not easy—or practical, or smart—to speak and act like Humphrey Bogart in the modern world. He was a product of his time, the early cinema’s embodiment of streetwise machismo. Bogie successfully transitioned (unlike many others) from the limiting genre of gangster B movies into a matinee idol in too many illustrious A pictures to mention. He may have had a face for radio, but he’s remembered as one of the most iconic movie stars of all-time. For this special event, the Palm Beach International Film Festival and Key Largo’s Bogart Film Festival will team up for a screening of one of the actor’s best works, “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” followed by a live discussion led by Humphrey’s son Stephen, the host of WXEL’s “Bogart on Movies.”</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/bosking.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Science on Tap”</strong></p> <p>Where: O’Shea’s, 531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free (bar purchases recommended)</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Walk into the average bar on the average night, and what kind of conversation do you expect will percolate amid the jukebox rock and <em>crack</em> of billiard balls slamming into each other? Sports, politics and entertainment would probably top the list, while “electrophysiological recordings from the human visual cortex” would probably rank somewhere near the “least likely.” That will change at this Thursday’s special event, hosted by the South Florida Science Center. “Science on Tap”—the only Science Café of its kind between Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale—will feature guest speaker Dr. William Bosking (pictured), member of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and a senior neuroscientist at Max Planck. Dr. Bosking, one of our most knowledgeable minds on the field of the visual cortex, will speak on the topic “Visual Perception: How our brains create the world we see,” which his listeners will enjoy over a cold one from O’Shea’s extensive menu of libations. </p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/st-paddys-parade.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: St. Paddy’s Day Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/218-0250, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With the city of Delray Beach’s controversial decision last year to ban open containers on its downtown streets during holiday parties, the days of bringing your own cooler of beer to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival are apparently over. Some good news came our way in February, though: Two bars, Bru’s Room and O’Connor’s, successfully appealed the city’s decision and will be permitted to sell green beer outside their establishments. Hopefully, the alcohol brouhaha won’t turn too many potential attendees away from what has become one of Delray’s signature events. The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday with a Celtic Siamsa Party at the Center for the Arts, which will include live storytelling, traditional drum and pipe bands, Irish dancing and food, all hosted by Irish historian and professor Jake de Fayke. The parade will run 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and will honor uniformed police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel from around the world; post-parade activities will continue at Center for the Arts.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/woodbury.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ririe-Woodbury 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: $37</p> <p>Contact: 561/868-3350</p> <p>Joan Woodbury and Shirley Ririe founded this modern dance company in Utah in 1964; 50 years later, it’s arguably stronger than ever, having expanded its dazzling reach across the globe. These days, the company has chosen to focus its energies on works by the pioneering, provocative modern dance choreographer Alwin Nikolais, who died in 1993. Nikolais’ artistic employment of props, slides and stage lights helped to popularize the concept of multimedia theater. Thus, common Ririe-Woodbury performances integrate wires, leashes, television screens, wigs, plastic bags, chairs and other props, with the dancers’ bodies creating a unique symmetry with their surroundings. We’re lucky to see this production among the Duncan Theatre’s 2014 dance season; dance troupes this challenging don’t tour our way very often. </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/forte-slide2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Forte</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$125</p> <p>Contact: 866/571-2787, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Three Tenors were <em>so</em> last-century. Forte, by comparison, is a vocal group that could only have formed during the Internet age. Its three members met online and continued to conference only via Skype; when they shocked the world by performing some of the most beautiful operatic music on the history of “America’s Got Talent” last year, they had only just met in person. Josh Page, Sean Panikkar and Fernando Varela ended up going all the way to the finals in Season Eight of the hit series, and their stirring interpretations, including “Somewhere,” “Unchained Melody” and “My Heart Will Go On,” made it into the trio’s debut album last fall. Expect to hear these and many others at Saturday’s Florida debut, which marks the soaring finale of the Festival of the Arts Boca.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/sting_paul-simon.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Paul Simon &amp; Sting</strong></p> <p>Where: The BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $61.50-$275</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to imagine Paul Simon knocking on the door of Sting’s Upper West Side loft to borrow a cup of sugar or a guitar pick. But apparently, the nature of these two songwriters’ relationship dates back earlier than their success as solo artists: They shared a residence in the same Manhattan building. “For 20 years, this guy would be borrowing things all the time,” Sting joked of Simon, in a recent <em>New York Times</em> interview. Now, they’ll be sharing, borrowing and re-arranging their own tunes during this unique tour, conceived after the two performed together at a benefit concert last May. Each artist will play with his band, and then they’ll perform onstage together. Prior to the tour, Sting said that he and Simon “don’t have a clue” where this adventure will go once they take the stage, which makes the possibilities all the more exciting.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/iraglass.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: An Evening With Ira Glass</strong></p> <p>Where: Bailey Hall, 3501 Davie Road, Davie</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$40</p> <p>Contact: 954/201-6884, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Since 1995, Ira Glass has been the measured, urbane voice behind “This American Life,” one of the most listened-to, most downloaded, and most influential radio shows of the past quarter-century. Its mix of nonfiction reportage, essays, memoirs, short fiction and field recordings has helped redefine what talk radio can be in a field dominated by raging sports reporters and raging political pundits. The show has received awards for its investigations of topics such as a controversial drug court program in Georgia, the reasons for the American subprime mortgage crisis, and the American Psychological Association’s troubled history with homosexuality. For his current tour, which integrates two live dancers, Glass has described it as “just like a radio show, um, if you picture dancers during all the stories.” Sounds like he wants to redefine lecture tours, too. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/james-judd.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Raton Symphonia</strong></p> <p>Where: Roberts Theatre at St. Andrews School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $42.75-$71.25</p> <p>Contact: 866/687-4201, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Conductor James Judd’s name will be forever etched in South Florida classical music history, serving as the last full-time music director for the late, great Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1987 to 2001. And this weekend, he’ll take a break from his current venture—the Miami Music Project, an educational nonprofit—to pick up the conductor’s baton for the third concert in the Boca Symphonia’s annual Connoisseur Series. Judd will lead the orchestra through Barber’s “Serenade for String, op. 1,” Haydn’s “Symphony No. 94” and Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61.” The concert caps a full weekend of Symphonia-related activities, including a “Tea and Symphony” discussion with Judd and violinist Elmar Oliveira at 2 p.m. Friday; and a “Meet the Orchestra” children’s activity at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. For complete details, visit the Symphonia’s website.</p>John ThomasonMon, 10 Mar 2014 17:16:01 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsMenu Mania: Brunch, Lunch &amp; Dinner<p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/50oceanbrunch.jpg" width="480"></p> <p>God may have rested on Sunday but the rest of us got busy and ate brunch. And if Sunday brunch is your idea of a good way to spend the day, then you might want to check out the new menu at Delray’s view-rich <strong><a href="" target="_blank">50 Ocean</a> (</strong>50 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/278-3364).</p> <p>Along with extended serving hours (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the second-floor restaurant has a roster of new dishes to go along with its DIY Bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas. From chef Blake Malatesta comes such brunchables as chicken fried steak with poached egg, buttermilk biscuit and bearnaise; waffle stuffed with peanut butter mousse and gilded with blueberry jam, Chantilly cream and maple syrup; and rock shrimp pot pie, which floats the crustaceans in a pool of sherry cream sauce with charred fennel, roasted tomato and artichokes.</p> <p>Chrissy Benoit is shaking up the menu at her <em>tres charming</em> <a href="‎" target="_blank"><strong>Little House</strong></a> (480 E. Ocean Ave., 561/420-0573), the prettily restored 1934-vintage Ruth Jones Cottage in downtown Boynton Beach. Look for the ahi salad with greens, avocado, citrus ponzu and crispy cucumbers; white bean chili with chicken confit, tomatoes, onions and cheddar; Burgundy peppercorn beef with creamy white cheddar grits; and fiery vindaloo hummus with stuffed grapes leaves and chips.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 10 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsDancing Toward Transcendence<p><img alt="" height="164" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/dancers.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>At Festival of the Arts Boca last night, nine impossibly elastic dancers spent a couple of hours swaying, gliding, sliding, shuffling, hopping, kicking, piggybacking, rolling, writhing, and contorting themselves into yogic positions on the Mizner Park Amphitheater stage. What all of that supreme athleticism actually <em>said</em> is up to interpretation.</p> <p>The members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, one of the most important modern dance companies of the past century, performed two compositions choreographed by Jones—2013’s “Story/,” and 1989’s iconic “D-Man in the Waters"—for a crowd that was appreciative but underattended. Ironically for a piece titled “Story/,” narrative cohesion proved elusive, leaving us to grasp for stray symbols: a portentous apple here, a body tumbling across the stage there, a plume of smoke following its movements as other dancers acted as human fans, blowing away the fumes. One minute, the dancers resembled fairies frolicking in a springtime dew; at another point, a man seemed to die in another’s arms.</p> <p>The piece’s most compelling portions isolated two dancers from the troupe and played with dialectical opposites, exploring the tensions between love and hate, pain and pleasure, and battle and companionship within short clutches of movement. Set to the live string music of Franz Schubert, the experience was aesthetically stunning yet emotionally ambivalent.</p> <p><img alt="" height="443" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/7998.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>Following the intermission, “D-Man in the Waters” proved to be a more uplifting experience set to an infectious score—Mendelssohn’s “Octet for Strings in E-flat major,” performed by two string quartets. As in the first piece, the dancers resembled elements of nature personified. Dressed in army camouflage, they seemed to pantomime military protocol, at first creating a sense of battlefield solidarity and then moving as if propelled by invisible currents.</p> <p>If the piece isn’t about war, you could have fooled me; reviews have suggested “D-Man in the Waters” is actually about the AIDS epidemic, which took the life of Jones’ partner, Arnie Zane, the year before its premiere. At any rate, the movements were as delicate and fragile as life itself, whether it’s suddenly removed by an IED or a grim prognosis. It ended with a sense of communal uplift—of the soul, at least, surviving such horror.</p> <p>Ultimately, ascribing meaning to an experience like last night’s is like trying to define a piece of abstract art or a jazz composition. Such criticism only places limits on exactly what makes the works so special. To “understand” modern dance like this, you really just had to be there.</p>John ThomasonSat, 08 Mar 2014 15:48:46 +0000 & EventsElection 2014<p><span style=""><span style=""><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/boca_raton.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">Nothing is more important than the Boca Raton city election this Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Historically, these elections have attracted fewer than 12% of the eligible voters in our community. This apathy has created a void in the leadership of this city. It has allowed the perpetuation of candidates who have failed to address the major financial issue facing us: police and firefighter pension plans that are in dire need of change to preserve the financial future and quality of life in Boca Raton.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">We have discussed this issue for years beginning with the 1993 </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><em>Mayor Smith’s Private Sector Survey</em></span></span><span style=""><span style="">. The council then and those that followed have failed to address this issue. And now it has reared its ugly head in the form of an actuarial shortfall of $129 million as of 10/1/12. The recent actuarial analysis presented to the city assumed a 7% rate of return in the Boca Raton Police and Firefighters Pension System investment portfolio. This rate is absolutely unrealistic; for the last 10 years, the plan has earned only a 4.1% compound rate of return. (Under the 7% assumption the shortfall of $169 million severely understates the size and gravity of the problem.) This overstatement of investment returns will result in tens of millions of dollars required to fund the pension liability for our public service employees. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">And it is the city of Boca Raton that will be left holding the bag. Unfortunately, nothing has stirred citizen interest in this issue in the past, but when people begin to see rising taxes, fees, and diminishing services in this city they will wake up and realize the ship has left the port. All of us must vote on Tuesday; the voter apathy must stop. We must elect competent and qualified officials to our city council who will take ahold of the rudder and steer Boca Raton on a course of fiscal responsibility. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">Of the two candidates running for Mayor in this election, Susan Haynie is the most qualified. Anthony Majhess accuses her of being a candidate of the developers. But without development and improved infrastructure how does our tax base grow to support our city’s financial needs? This is an old argument that has been used politically for years and hasn’t gained much air speed, as thinking voters understand the reality. However, Haynie’s lengthy (12 years) service to the city has familiarized her with the issues. It is it my hope that she will directly lead her contemporaries on the council in addressing the pension issue that has gone untouched by city leaders since 1993. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">Majhess is the antithesis of Haynie, having no business and leadership experience. Majhess is a candidate of the very unions who have negotiated the cushy pension benefits that have put a stranglehold on our city’s finances. He is there merely to protect the firefighters’ pensions and perpetuate a broken system that threatens our fiscal future and quality of life. This is also a classic conflict of interest; Majhess is a Palm Beach County fireman, and his brother is a member of the Boca Raton Firefighters Union. If you believe he will objectively address the pension issue, think again. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">A final thought: Just look at the cities and the states in this country that have gone into bankruptcy or faced horrendous financial consequences as a result of pension benefits spiraling out of control. Boca Raton faces the same situation unless public service pension reform takes place. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">It’s time. Get out there and vote on Tuesday.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style=""><em style="">For more information on the city’s pension crisis, subscribe to </em></span></span><span style=""><span style=""><em>The Boca Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility newsletter, <a href=""></a>. </em></span></span></p> <p> </p>John ShuffFri, 07 Mar 2014 22:09:18 +0000 Forward: Your Guide to the Local Shopping Scene<p>It's time again for your weekly roundup of South Florida Shopping Events<strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Art on the Avenue</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/worthave.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>When: Saturday, March 8 starting at 1:30 p.m.</p> <p>What: Take a walk down <strong>Worth Avenue</strong> and enjoy a complimentary historic tour. When the tour commences at 3 p.m., art galleries on the avenue will host an open house, complete with champagne of course! Please note: RSVPs are required for the tour. Reserve your spot by emailing <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>Elie Tahari’s 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/elietahari.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When: Saturday, March 8 from 2-5 p.m.</p> <p>What: Celebrate the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Elie Tahari in <strong>Town Center at Boca Raton</strong>. Shop the <a href="">Elie Tahari Edition 1974</a> capsule collection and receive a free limited-edition tote when you spend $300 or more. RSVP at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>Desigual Opening</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/desigual.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>What: <a href="">Desigual</a> is now open at the <strong>Palm Beach Outlets</strong>. Located next to Saks OFF 5th, Desigual features men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in patterns and color-combinations you won’t find anywhere else.</p> <p><em><em>For more Fashion Forward posts, click <a href="">here</a>.</em></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 07 Mar 2014 21:32:17 +0000 the Love of Dance<p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/ballet2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Amid the build-up for this week’s Festival of the Arts, another established cultural institution showed Boca that it also knows how to attract and showcase an all-star collection of artistic talent.</p> <p>More than 800 attendees packed the auditorium at Spanish River High School Wednesday night for a sold-out presentation by<strong> Boca Ballet Theatre</strong> that brought together not one, not two, but six principal dancers from New York City Ballet. As one insider described it, dance aficionados would have to make multiple trips to the Big Apple to see on separate nights what Boca Ballet artistic directors Jane Tyree and Dan Guin, thanks to sponsor Madelyn Savarick, assembled on one stage for what was billed as “Stars of American Ballet."</p> <p>The stars, on this night, couldn’t have aligned any better. Even those of us who don’t know a fouetté from a plié could appreciate the majestic performances by standouts Daniel Ulbricht, Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, Lauren King, Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette. As part of the evening’s sampler platter, dancers electrified the audience with vignettes from the likes of “Mercurial Manouevres” and “Swan Lake,” as well as a closing tribute to the music of George Gershwin—“Who Cares?”—that incorporated all six performers.</p> <p>Afterward, Elizabeth Dudley hosted a wildly entertaining dinner at Seagate Beach Club in Delray, attended by the dancers and honorary emcee Steven Caras, that went on until well past midnight.</p> <p>More than two decades after first introducing classical ballet to Boca, artistic directors Tyree and Guin remain as enthusiastic as ever about a discipline that continues to inspire local patrons and students of all ages. To wit: Current up-and-coming Boca Ballet students, 14 of which took the stage Wednesday for a post-intermission presentation, were abuzz about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share rehearsal space with six prominent New York dancers. Meanwhile, at dinner, an elegant and accomplished professional was effusive in her praise of Boca Ballet’s adult classes and the difference they had made in her life. She began the classes at age 52.</p> <p>It’s no surprise that Boca Ballet has earned such national cachet given the passion and dedication of Tyree and Guin. Visit <a href=""></a>, or call 561/995-0709, and learn more about an organization that never fails to make Boca proud.</p> <p><strong>Pictured, from left</strong>: Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild, Megan Fairchild, Steven Caras, Andrew Veyette, Lauren King and Daniel Ulbricht (photography courtesy of Silvia Pangaro)</p>Kevin KaminskiFri, 07 Mar 2014 15:42:06 +0000 & EventsAn Inteview with James Fallows<p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/fallows_blog_new.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>As the chief speechwriter for the Jimmy Carter’s first two years in office, James Fallows helped create the news. But since then, he has reported on it, largely for <em>The Atlantic</em>, where he currently serves as a national correspondent, but also in <em>The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker</em> and other estimable outlets. As the author of 10 books, he’s written about our defense industry, the Iraq war, the failings of the mainstream media, and the future of air travel—and his prolific blog at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> reports on an evolving buffet of topics.</p> <p>But if he has a signature issue, it’s China, the growing geopolitical power and one of the United States’ greatest frenemies. It’s a complicated place, and this Saturday, March 8, Fallows will help us understand how it ticks, and our relationship to it, at Festival of the Arts Boca. Fallows will speak at 4 p.m. at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, in a lecture titled “How Shall We Think About China?” Tickets are still available ($25-$40), but in the meantime, Fallows was gracious enough to preview his presentation for us.</p> <p><strong>How and why did you first become interested in China?</strong></p> <p>In the mid-1980s, we took our then little children on a trip to China, which was then a very closed-up place. That just made me think there was more to learn. I went back and forth a number of times, and it was in 2006 that my wife and I moved there for a little more than two and a half years. The reason we kept going back is that it seemed so, not just important—which is banal—but also so interesting. Every day there was something new you learned.</p> <p><strong>How has the nation changed, for better or worse, in the decades since you started studying it?</strong></p> <p>Mainly for better, but in both ways … one of the big points I try to make when I talk about China is to recognize that all things about it are true at the same time. It’s good and it’s bad; it’s getting better and it’s getting worse. The two main things that have changed for the good are that you have maybe 300 million people who had been peasants and now have modern lives of one sort of another. And it’s connected by a shift away from an all-controlled totalitarian life in the late Mao period to what is now a still authoritarian regime that controls certain parts of life very strictly but leaves the rest almost entirely uncontrolled. The main change for the worse is the environmental situation in China; it’s a genuine disaster. That’s a problem for them and for everybody.</p> <p><strong>Yes, in fact, you wrote recently on the Atlantic’s website that “environmental sustainability is by far the largest and most urgent challenge for China. The country's blackened skies, poisoned lands and waters, and untrustworthy food are a public health menace; they are an emerging political threat to the government; they are the main challenge that China's rise creates for the world as a whole.” A very concise statement that says a lot with few words.</strong></p> <p>In the years we were living there, I traveled to a lot of coal mines and steel factories, places where people were trying to work on these issues. And it’s worth recognizing that the government is trying generally to do something about this—in some ways trying harder than the U.S. The problem is that it’s so enormous that they’ve been losing rather than gaining ground in the last few years. I think if there’s anything that really threatens the continuation of the Communist party there, it’s the consequences of environmental disaster—farmers who can’t grow crops, and all that.</p> <p><strong>It reminds me of a time last year when I spent a few hours in the Tokyo airport, and I noticed the huge numbers of people wearing protective masks over their mouths. Is it the same in China?</strong></p> <p>Yes, but for different reasons. We lived in Japan for a couple of years, and in Tokyo, it’s a thing involving hygiene and public comportment, where if you’re sick, you want to protect other people and protect yourself by wearing a mask, where in China they’re more straight-out pollution filters. A couple of days before that [blog post], I also put up a video of [Pharell Williams’] “Happy” song shot in Beijing, which does give you a sense of the liveliness but also the horror of things there. </p> <p><strong>What would be the strongest misconception that most Americans have about China?</strong></p> <p>That it’s a limitless success and that it’s all-powerful. It’s a huge success story, but it still has a hundred times more problems than the U.S. does. And its future success is much more tentative than America’s. That’s the main misconception. Also the idea that it’s one big centrally controlled bank as opposed to this shambling, diverse operation.</p> <p><strong>It’s interesting that you mention that first point … I’ve heard the argument that we should all be learning Mandarin, because it’s only a matter of time before China overtakes the U.S. as the world’s superpower. Is that just alarmism?</strong></p> <p>Yes, it is. I think anyone interested in languages should learn Mandarin, because it’s really interesting. And I think people should learn as many languages as they can. If I had kids in school now, I would encourage them to learn Mandarin, but not for truckling to our future overlords.</p> <p>In terms of overtaking the U.S., it is certain that at some point China’s economy will become more productive than America’s, but for that to happen, it only has to get one-quarter as rich per capita as the U.S. Now it’s about one-seventh. So it’ll get larger as an economy, but that is not that significant. On all dimensions of superpowerdom, I think that is a very long time away, because that includes military power, cultural power, university power, hydrological power and all these things. The argument I was making in my book <em>China Airbone </em>is that it’s what China would like to do, but it’s going to be a lot harder to do that than the last 30 years have been. So my point is, the last 30 years, as difficult as they were, were the easy part. The harder part starts now.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="523" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/chinaairbornefrontcover.png" width="360"></p> <p><strong>Do they have high-speed rail in China?</strong></p> <p>Yes, they do. They have a lot of it. China has so many people and still relatively little transportation; they need more of all forms of transportation—low-speed rail, high-speed rail, airplanes, boats—they’ve got plenty of cars. As for high-speed rail, there was a big scandal about two years ago when there was a fatal crash. A lot of people were killed, and it led to uncovering some shoddy construction in bridge-building practices, so high-speed rail symbolizes the good and bad in China.</p> <p><strong>We hear the phrase “state media” bandied about in this country, such as that MSNBC is now state media for the president, and that during Bush’s term, Fox News was state media. But is that hyperbole when considering what state media really is in China?</strong></p> <p>Yes. That’s a metaphor or loose talk in the U.S. It’s literal description in China. I mentioned earlier that only a few things in China are controlled, and the media, collectively is one of them, and it’s very tightly controlled. There are some Chinese journalists who are constantly pushing the limits of that, and for example they can now write about environmental problems, which they couldn’t do 10 years ago. And they can write about labor issues. But they absolutely cannot write about personal wealth of leaders, which is the most sensitive thing that challenges the Chinese Party.</p> <p>So I argue that state media is one of the real self-imposed limitations for China. You'll recall that after the 2012 presidential elections, there was a lot of discussion among Republicans about whether Fox News had actually hampered them by presenting what turned out to be an unrealistically positive assessment of how Mitt Romney was doing. This made them feel better during the campaign but obscured the reality of how things were heading and may have kept them from adjusting their strategy in the most effective way. Some Democrats argued that there was a similar problem with MSNBC's coverage of Obamacare, which underplayed its problems and made its rollout an unpleasant surprise.</p> <p>There’s something similar with Chinese state media. It’s convenient in the short term to control it, but in the long term it leads them to not really know what’s going on.</p> <p><strong>I watched an appearance you made on “Morning Joe” in 2012, when Joe references an article you wrote which predicted an independent party president in 2016. As someone disillusioned with both parties, that sounds pretty good to me. Do you still see that as a viable possibility?</strong></p> <p>This was an article I wrote back in 2005 as a cover story in <em>The Atlantic</em>, and it was meant not as a prediction but as a parable. I feel it’s worth going back and looking at; it’s called “<a href="" target="_blank">Countdown to a Meltdown</a>,” and the purpose was that I wanted to write about the financial bubble of those years, which of course crashed a couple of years later. I had an imagined memo from the imagined Karl Rove-type guy of 2016, writing to the imagined Independent party president of that year, and describing how the two parties paralyzed themselves. I think a third party president in 2016 is not going to happen, but that economics in that piece stand up OK.</p>John ThomasonFri, 07 Mar 2014 13:56:33 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: Coming Soon. . .<p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/nickspizza.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>If you’re a fan of Nick Laudano’s thin-crusted New Haven-style pizzas (especially his white clam-bacon-garlic pie, surely one of the best things to ever come out of an oven) but the trek north to Boca Raton is just too arduous, hold on to your appetite: he’s opening a second location in Coral Springs.</p> <p>The new <strong>Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria &amp; Bar</strong> (2444 N. University Dr., 954/800-7603) is expected to debut in the Royal University Plaza in early April. Look for more than 5,000 square feet of restaurant, bar and lounge that will seat up to 200, plus designer Karen Hanlon’s signature advertising wallpaper ceiling and the giant hand-built, coal-fired pizza ovens that send out pies with perfect crisp-chewy-blistered crusts. And don’t forget that white clam pizza.</p> <p>Anticipating a fall debut is the latest endeavor from Burt Rapoport, his second eatery in the massive Delray Marketplace shopping complex at Lyons Road in West Delray. Groundbreaking for <strong>Apiero</strong> is slated to begin shortly; when completed the restaurant will feature “healthy, affordable Mediterranean cuisine,” with house-made pita bread, a variety of salads, kebabs and grilled fish, served in a casual setting reminiscent of open-air coastal cafes. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 07 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsSienna Charles’s Picks: Part 2<p><a href="" target="_blank">Sienna Charles</a> is all about luxury travel. We asked co-owners Jaclyn Sienna India and Freddy Charles Reinert to pick five of their favorite luxury vacation spots that are often overlooked. This is the second installment in the five-part series, with one location revealed every Friday until the end of March.</p> <p><strong>Japan</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/kyoto.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’ve never been to Japan, brace yourself.</p> <p>“It’s a shocker,” Freddy says. “It’s a society that’s so different and so unique, it’s hard to explain unless you actually go there.”</p> <p><em>Spots to visit: </em>Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone</p> <p><em>Favorite activities: </em>workshops with local craftsmen, dining at the top restaurants – which they determine based on their experiences, not from press materials or other sources</p> <p>“We don’t just open the Conde Nast Traveler and say ‘ok, those are the top cause everyone says they’re the top,’” Jaclyn says. “We go to every single restaurant and we try every single hotel.”</p> <p>Kyoto is one of their top spots to take clients because as Freddy quotes, it’s “where the Japanese people go to be Japanese again.”</p> <p>Sleep in traditional Ryokans on a tatami mat and go through the Geisha experience. It’s a vacation you’ll never forget.</p> <p>For more from Jaclyn and Freddy, click <a href="/blog/tag/sienna-charles/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 07 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The Naked Truth, Vol. 91: Dating Questions<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thenakedtruth.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dear Angela,</strong></p> <p><strong>My childhood best friend just asked me out, and I said no. He’s really good-looking, talented and smart … but I’ve always had a hunch that he may be gay. Now he wants an explanation. If I do turn out to be right, I don’t want to be the person that forced him out of the closet – as a side note, I’m not the only one with a hunch – but I don’t want to lie to him about my reasoning either. What do I do?</strong></p> <p>Dear Guessing Game,</p> <p>No one has the right to out anyone else as gay, bi-sexual or transgender...period.  Particularly based on a hunch. You can give him the honest answer that you don’t feel any chemistry for him.  You needn’t elaborate that the lack of chemistry is because you think he might be gay.  Leave it as you aren’t a love match and better off as friends.  While that answer might bruise his ego a bit, he’ll get over it and you.</p> <p>Really “good-looking, talented, and smart” men are not easy to find. It’s pretty judgemental to turn down a date with a good catch based solely on unfounded suspicions regarding his sexuality.</p> <p>And for the record, if he asked you out, he wouldn’t be gay. He’d be bisexual. </p> <p><strong>Angela,</strong></p> <p><strong> I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food, but my fiance’s family is all about trying anything and everything. The past few times we went out to dinner, I’ve held my breath and pretended to enjoy the dish they placed on my plate and said I just HAD to try. But I can’t do it anymore. – About to go vegetarian</strong></p> <p>Dear Almost Vegetarian,</p> <p>What are they, the Food Gestapo?  You don’t think enough of yourself and your opinions to voice your eating preferences?  This is 2014. I’d dare say every family in America has a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, lactose intolerant, or some other food exclusion member of their household.  It won’t be the first time your fiance’s family has heard of someone who chooses not to eat meat. </p> <p>The next time you are having dinner and something is offered that you have no interest in consuming, say these three simple words; “No, thank you.”  Stop being such a pleaser.  It’s going to be a really long marriage for you if you don’t learn to be honest about your feelings.  Let’s just start with the food, shall we?</p> <p>For more from The Naked Truth, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <center><img alt="" height="609" src="" width="400"></center> <p><strong>About Angela Lutin:</strong><br>Angela Lutin is Essentially Angela. Blogger, Advice Columnist and Dating Guru for the social media age—decoding modern love one tweet, text, and like at a time. Angela’s dating advice column, "The Naked Truth," appears exclusively each week on and in each issue of <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine. Her work appears regularly on the Huffington Post. She can been seen on MTV’s "Made" and Bravo’s hit show, "Millionaire Matchmaker." Crafting personal dating makeovers for her clients, Angela also maintains a private practice, which turns the romantically challenged into the relationship-inclined. Follow Angela on <a href="">Facebook</a> or <a href="">Twitter</a>.</p>magazineThu, 06 Mar 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Hospital Receives Distinction<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="‎" target="_blank">Boca Raton Regional Hospital</a> made the list: it’s one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2014.  The distinction, awarded by Healthgrades, puts the local hospital in the top one percent of hospitals in the country.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/bocaratonregional.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The third-party quality rating organization looks at the rates of death, complications and other quality measures of hospitals nationwide. To earn a place on the America's 50 Best Hospitals’ list, a hospital has to have death and complication rates low enough to place them in the top five percent of hospitals in America for the last seven consecutive years.</p> <p>Healthgrades looked at nearly 4,500 hospitals of various sizes, focusing on 27 of the most common diagnoses and procedures done in the Medicare population. People are far more likely to die or suffer complications at hospitals receiving the lowest Healthgrades’ ratings, according to the organization’s press release.</p> <p>While this is good news for local patients, it’s important to note that the information, so far, is from press materials. Press materials tend to focus on the good, so I went to and looked up Boca Raton Regional Hospital. I found that, while the hospital shines in some areas, there is room for improvement in others.</p> <p>When it came to defibrillator procedures, back and neck surgeries and hip replacements, Boca Raton Regional Hospital earned “worse than expected” ratings in complication rates.</p> <p>On the other hand, the hospital had low death rates (in hospital or within 30 days) after heart attack, heart failure, colorectal surgeries, bowel obstruction and sepsis. In many areas, the hospital came up with average ratings. What does this mean? Be your own advocate. If you’re about to have surgery, do research on the particular procedure.</p> <p>In the case of Healthgrades, all you have to do is go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, go to hospitals and select or key in Boca Raton Regional Hospital. You’ll find all the results I reported in there.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/lisettehomepage.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineThu, 06 Mar 2014 14:45:50 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyQ&amp;A: Colin Mochrie<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/sherwood-mochrie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You may not know the name Colin Mochrie, but you certainly know the bald guy from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” the hilarious and influential improv comedy series that ran on ABC from 1998 to 2006.</p> <p>Other cast members came and went: Stephen Fry, Greg Proops, Phil LaMarr, Wayne Brady. But Mochrie was its most steadfast voice, appearing on every episode in the show’s eight-year run. It’s no surprise that when the CW revived the show last year, Mochrie jumped right back into the fray, joining Brady, Ryan Stiles and a rotating series of special guests for what appears to be a higher-budgeted mix of classic improv games and a few inspired new ones.</p> <p>Mochrie didn’t stay quiet during the seven-year “Whose Line?” hiatus. For the past several years, he’s toured the world with “Whose Line?” alum Brad Sherwood, performing live, improvised comedy shows whose centerpiece involves two blindfolds and some 270 mousetraps arrayed on the floor and dangling from the ceiling.</p> <p>This “Evening With Colin and Brad” has already enjoyed an acclaimed DVD release and has been performed around the world but, of course, every show is completely different from the one before it, and South Florida will finally receives its own version on Saturday at Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Mochrie was gracious enough to chat about the show and his craft with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the various set pieces that you’ll be working with in this show; I know about the mousetraps, but what else?</strong></p> <p>It depends on the theater. We get a feeling of what the place is like and try and figure out games. We usually do the sound effects game, where we have audience members come up and supply the sound effects. We have a game called Fill In, where we have eight people onstage, and they fill in the end of our sentences and help us out that way. We’ve started doing living scenery, where we have audience members be all of our props in the scene. Whatever the final lineup will be, it’s going to involve audience members being onstage and helping us out.</p> <p><strong>Does it ever happen where you take a request from the audience and think, damn, what are we going to do with <em>this</em>?</strong></p> <p>That does happen sometimes, but the beauty of improv is that you just see where it goes. Brad and I have gotten to the point where we have absolutely nothing in our minds. We have nothing planned, so every suggestion will take us places we haven’t expected. We had a simple one like pizza, which you’d think is kind of vague, and it ended up being a great scene. So we’ve learned not to worry what the audience gives us; we just jump in there, commit to it, and it usually works out.</p> <p><strong>So your mind is like a blank canvas, and you don’t know what paint is going to go on it.</strong></p> <p>Yes. It’s taken years to get to that point, to be able to trust yourself and trust the person you’re going onstage with, to not have anything planned: “We’re just going to go up there and see what happens, and it’ll work out.”</p> <p><strong>How do you and Brad rehearse for a show like this?</strong></p> <p>The beauty is, we’re both really lazy, so we don’t have to do anything. We’ve actually spent most of our energy the past 10 years in coming up with ways to make the show so far out of our comfort zone that there’s no way we can rehearse it. We used to spend a lot of time to figure out what we’re going to ask for for this particular scene. Now we just have a bunch of suggestions on cards to ask the audience, and whatever comes out comes out; we don’t have to worry about what suggestion goes with what game. We’re almost at the point now where we can do the show without us actually having to be there.</p> <p><strong>What’s the weirdest request you’ve played with at one of these shows?</strong></p> <p>The beauty and the curse of improv is that once a show is gone, it’s kind of gone forever, unless it’s being televised. There’s only one suggestion I can remember over the 10 years that we’ve done it. We asked for an occupation, and we usually get gynecologist or proctologist, and this person used their occupation, which was a lactation expert. That was so much fun to play, because we’d never had that before, we don’t know a lot about it—we just had the general facts down—and it was a really fun scene. It kept us on our toes and got our energy going. We’re always looking for ways to get suggestions like that, things we’ve never had before, and yet somehow sparking the scene.</p> <p><strong>Is there stuff on this tour that for whatever reason wouldn’t fly on “Whose Line?”</strong></p> <p>Some of the things we do may not fly, just because of time constraints. On “Whose Line?”, everything has to be basically three- to four-minute segments. In our show, the shortest scenes are 10 to 15 minutes, because we don’t have to worry about doing all the jokes, ending quickly, and getting to the next thing. We really try to make the scene have a beginning, middle and end. Aside from that, everything’s fair game.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/8948771-large.jpg" width="380"></p> <p><strong>I’ve seen clips of the mousetrap game. Is that as painful for you guys as it looks?</strong></p> <p>Yes. We’ve tried to get it out of our running order, but every time we’ve made the choice not to do it at a certain place, people get upset we’re not doing it. They love to see us in pain. We’re trying to figure out ways to do it and make it different for us. After a while, you just go … “this is the way we end every show; we walk on mousetraps, hurt ourselves, and leave?” </p> <p><strong>You’d think that you’re hurting yourselves in the same spots so many times that eventually the spots become numb, and you don’t feel it anymore.</strong></p> <p>You’d think that, but we always manage to find new places!</p> <p><strong>Jumping back into the “Whose Line?” revival last year … what was that like for you after seven years?</strong></p> <p>I was quite surprised that it felt as relaxed as it did. I think part of it was that it’s the same production crew, a lot of the same people who worked on the ABC version behind the camera and on the soundstage. So it really was like coming home. Ryan said it was like we took a long lunch break. We fell right back into it again. There is a bit of a worry when you try and recapture something you did so well the first time around, but this worked out beautifully. And what’s great about “Whose Line?” is that it doesn’t take a lot of time. We’re in the midst of shooting right now; it takes a couple of weekends, and we’re done. It never gets to that point where we get sick of each other. We always look forward to seeing each other, goofing around for a couple of days, and then we’re off.</p> <p><strong>Did you find that there was a lot of demand for this show after it went off the air?</strong></p> <p>Yes, there was. I don’t think anyone ever really knew how popular the show was, partly because when we were doing the Drew Carey version, we were up against “Survivor” and “Friends,” two of the most popular shows of the last century. But people were taping it and watching it; we found during our tour that our audiences were getting younger. And we realized it was because of YouTube. People who weren’t born during the ABC version were now catching up on the show on the Internet, and that was probably part of the reason the CW figured there was something there. </p> <p><strong>Of course, the wave of the future is that traditional television will be unnecessary; we’re pretty much at the point where you can call up whatever you want, whenever you want, on your computer, hook it up to your TV, and watch it that way.</strong></p> <p>Yeah, it’s tough for me, because I was one of those kids, growing up, for whom television was my friend. At this age, I certainly don’t watch it the way I used to. My son I don’t think watches television at all; everything he gets is on the computer or through Netflix. It’s very odd.</p> <p><strong>How did you come up with the idea for your recent book, <em>Not Quite the Classics</em>?</strong></p> <p>I was forced into writing something and had to come up with an idea. My agent had approached me about writing a book, and I said, “I don’t really have anything I’m burning to write about.” And then he got me a book deal. I figured I might as well go the improv route—it’s what I know, it’s what I feel comfortable with. I used the game First Line, Last Line, and wrote 12 short stories that begin and end with the first and last line from a famous novel, and the middle goes off in different directions. </p> <p><strong>Lastly, have you found that being a talented improver has come in handy elsewhere in life, in terms of reacting quickly to crises and things like that?</strong></p> <p>No. I’d like to say yes, that it’s become my superpower. I still can’t win an argument with my wife. I’ve never been able to talk my way out of a parking ticket or anything. I guess maybe in the big picture, improv has helped me in that I’ve learned to accept things rather than plan ahead, because there are certain things in life you <em>can</em> plan, like vacations and things, but a lot of times you just have to go with the flow. So I’ve sort of learned that, and my wife and I talk about using the rules of improv in our real lives, where you accept things, you say yes to things, because it leads you into an adventure.</p> <p><strong>Improv is a positive philosophy, isn’t it, because the answer is never ‘no’?</strong></p> <p>Yes: You’re supposed to listen, you accept people’s ideas, you build on those ideas, you work with people. We’re trying to get that into our lives.</p> <p><em>Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets run $40.28-$61.28. Call the box office at 954/344-5990 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonThu, 06 Mar 2014 14:10:03 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsWhere There&#39;s Smoke<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><img alt="" height="408" src="/site_media/uploads/randy.jpg" width="350"></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>CITY WATCH</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Who in Boca Raton would want to jeopardize the city’s “world class police fire &amp; EMS services?” Anthony Majhess hopes voters don’t ask for the whole story.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The campaign flier that hit Boca Raton mailboxes early in the city’s election cycle didn’t actually mention Anthony Majhess, of course. It came from “Boca Raton First Responders,” which listed this address: 301 Crawford Blvd., Suite 206. That happens to be the address of Local 1560, Firefighters of Boca Raton—the firefighters’ union.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Majhess is a firefighter/paramedic for Palm Beach County, not Boca Raton. Still, unions back their own, and a look at Majhess’ contributions in his campaign for mayor against Susan Haynie shows lots of support from city firefighters and police officers. (The firefighters give their home addresses. The cops give theirs as 100 N.W. Second Ave.—the police station.)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The First Responders flier asked voters to cast ballots by mail. It’s a new tactic, which enables special interest groups like the firefighters union—and campaigns themselves—to know that certain votes have been cast. In low-turnout city elections, such vote drives can be crucial.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Despite its call to make “public safety ... Boca Raton’s top priority,” the union’s push for Majhess has less to do with protecting the public and more to do with firefighter pensions, and the union’s effort to avoid benefit cuts.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For Boca Raton, Delray Beach and many other cities in Florida, however, the public interest is drastic pension reform. Boca Raton’s 2012 long-term financial plan shows sharply increasing costs for the firefighters’ pension. The city hired a consultant, which produced recommendations of how changes could bring “sustainability” to the pension fund without raising taxes.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Majhess points out that the firefighters’ union made concessions in recent years. Many more concessions, though, will be needed. Majhess (roughly $94,000 in contributions) claims that Haynie (roughly $116,000 in contributions) is the candidate of development interests. He’s mostly right. Among other things, Haynie’s latest financial report shows a $1,000 contribution from the company building Palmetto Park City Center. Still, Majhess is the candidate of the unions, and that also should raise alarms.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>* * * *</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Boca Raton’s election may not take place until Tuesday, but Susan Haynie has been accessorizing since last September.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The license plate on Haynie’s Lexus SUV reads “MSBOCA.” It was a birthday present to herself, Haynie said while waiting to appear at last week’s candidate forum. She was surprised that the wording was available from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Perhaps “HERHONOR” was taken?<br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>* * * *</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thirteen years ago, after disputes between Florida Atlantic University and Boca Raton over FAU’s growth, the idea arose to build a separate entrance to the university from Interstate 95. Work finally has begun.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The need is obvious. The intersection of Glades Road and NW 15th Ave.—FAU to the east, University Commons to the south, Cinemark, Boomers and the Boca Raton Airport to the north—is the most congested in Palm Beach County. From 8 to 9 weekday morning, work commuters jostle with FAU students getting off at Glades.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>But one selling point for the interchange was FAU’s planned 42,000-seat, on-campus football stadium. What to do with all that game-day traffic?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Well, the stadium turned out to have 30,000 seats, and FAU had less than 4,000 season-ticket holders last season. Let’s see what happens first: Energetic new coach Charlie Partridge assembling a team that sells out the stadium—spring practice begins next week —or the stadium getting naming rights that stick.<br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>* * * *</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The election in Delray Beach could tip the balance of power in the city, and Delray and Boca Raton deserve credit for posting campaign finance reports on their websites from all the candidates.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Delray Beach lists the records on one long file, while Boca Raton posts the periodic reports under separate files. It takes fewer clicks to read the Boca reports, and the election gets more prominence on the city’s home page, but voters in each city can get the information.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Knowing the names behind the numbers, though, is harder. Checking those names and what goes with them and the winners will be one of this blog’s priorities.</p> <center><a href="/blog/category/city-watch/">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p>magazineThu, 06 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsTown NewsBoca After Dark: Blue Martini<p><strong>Blue Martini</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong><img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/blue_martini.jpg" width="373"></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>6000 Glades Road, Suite C-1380, 561/910-2583</p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown</strong>: The party never seems to stop at this always-lively hot spot tucked behind Town Center at Boca Raton—especially for the area’s Baby Boomers, who have found a home away from home at Blue Martini. At 8:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night—aptly dubbed “Girls Night Out”—we had trouble finding any customer under the age of 25. There also wasn’t a seat open at the bar, inside or out, and just about every table was full. Girls Night Out has its perks for the ladies: no cover charge and half-off drinks all night, as well as designer raffles and giveaways. But that isn’t keeping the opposite sex away; an equal amount of men and women were grinding up the dance floor while a live band played everything from old party favorites to current radio hits. There is a strict dress code enforced every night after 8—which, of course, means skin-tight dresses that could pass as shirts for the ladies and collared shirts and ties for the men.</p> <p class="Body">Girls Night Out is one of the many themed events that Blue Martini offers. “In The Biz” specials for those in the hospitality industry are available every night after 11 p.m. (half-off drinks when you show your paycheck stub). “The New Blue Happy Hour” runs every day (4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 5 to 8 on Sundays) with half-off drinks and discounts on food. The crowd gets a little bit younger on Thursday nights for “Blue U”—aka, College Night. Snag half-off drinks with a student ID, and ladies drink free from 10 to midnight.</p> <p class="Body">Live music keeps the place entertained nightly. Expect to pay a cover charge (unless you are a girl on a Wednesday night), and shell out some serious bucks for drinks. Specialty drinks range from $12.50 to $14.50 a pop, and they weren’t even included in the Girls Night Out half-off special! For a drink that costs more than the appetizers on the menu, it had better be good. The difference between half-off drink specials and full-priced cocktails apparently is in the pour as well as the brand. I couldn’t even taste the vodka in my vodka-club with a splash of pineapple, a half-off selection made with house vodka—at least in theory. On the other hand, the Morning After handcrafted cocktail was full of flavor, and I could definitely taste the Ciroc peach vodka and St. Germaine liqueur. As one might expect, bartenders here make more than their share of martinis, including the signature Blue Martini—a mix of vodka, Cointreau, sour mix, orange juice and Blue Curaçao to give it that illuminating aqua color.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>The intangibles</strong>: The mostly all-female bartenders and waitresses are dressed for the wandering eye, and it felt on Girls Night Out that they were catering to that segment. It took almost 30 minutes for my waitress to take my drink order, while the male-dominated tables in the vicinity were being served their cocktails and appetizers in a timely matter. … Blue Martini is open into the wee hours. It appears to get a bit younger as the evening progresses, which makes sense—but even as the clock struck 11, there were still more forty- and fifty-somethings hanging around than anyone in their mid-20s.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Hours: </strong>Blue Martini opens at 4 p.m. seven days a week, but closing times vary. Sunday and Monday it closes at 2 a.m., Tuesday at 3 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday at 4 a.m., and Friday and Saturday at 5 a.m.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Website: </strong><a href=""></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/shaina.jpg" width="300"></p> <div><strong>Shaina Wizov</strong> is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. </div> <div> </div> <div>You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 05 Mar 2014 14:54:13 +0000 Pockets in Palm Beach<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/robbins-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Apollo Robbins, the TV personality, theatrical pickpocket and self-described “deception specialist,” took the stage at the <a href="" target="_blank">Society of the Four Arts</a> in Palm Beach yesterday afternoon for the season’s most unusual lecture. It was the sort of lecture in which the invasion of private space and the theft of personal property was not only tolerated but anticipated.</p> <p>Robbins gained notoriety as a sleight-of-hand artist when he picked the pockets of two of President Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service agents, stealing, among other things, the keys to the president’s motorcade. In the centerpiece of his hour-long presentation at the Society of the Four Arts, he repurposed an old trick popularized by the Amazing Kreskin: He called on a volunteer to place a damaged $20 bill into a small snap-up pouch. He told the volunteer to hide that pouch on the person of anyone in the audience, and Apollo would have to find it.</p> <p>For the next few minutes, Robbins walked through the crowd and did his thing; shaking audience members’ hands and patting them on the backs and shoulders like a smooth, glad-handing politician while secretly pilfering their watches, sunglass cases, rings and other personal effects, unbeknownst to most of our naked eyes.</p> <p>Robbins came back to the stage with a jacketful of steals—most of his marks didn’t even recognize their possessions were missing—but not the pouch with the greenback. For that, he asked the pouch’s possessor to open it; there was no money inside. Instead, the money was tucked inside an uncut lemon, which was tucked inside the jacket pocket of the original volunteer. Cue the gasps.</p> <p>Like most of the audience in attendance yesterday, I have no freaking idea how he pulled this trick off (I saw David Blaine perform a similar mind-bender to Harrison Ford, on a recent TV special), though misdirection on his part and distraction on ours certainly played a big role in it. The first question in the Q&amp;A portion of the program was, “How did you get the money in the lemon?,” which of course did not receive a legitimate answer; Robbins instead provided a joke about smuggling drugs in produce.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/apollo-robbins-on-persuasion_epsicuaitwlfo42x7yedw6mpvtncurxrbvj6lwuht2ya6mzmafma_610x343.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The rest of Robbins’ presentation interspersed highlights from his surprising biography—as a child, he had to wear braces on his legs and overcome severe motor deficiencies—with fun, interactive brain games projected onto a screen. Robbins’ knowledge of our brain’s natural blind spots is almost harrowing; he used the analogy of the brain as a security guard hired to watch over everything in our bodies, but that can’t mind the front of the store if he needs to peruse a file in the back of it. We can’t process everything simultaneously (though Robbins himself appeared to be doing many things simultaneously), and it’s all too easy for a skilled criminal team to take advantage of this fact.</p> <p>What makes us even better marks, he noted, is the atrophying of social awareness by blocking out the world with earbuds or by constantly texting. “We become human speed bumps” and “a nation of marks,” he said—zombies oblivious to the people around us.</p> <p>It’s no surprise that many of Robbins’ colleagues and inspirations have spent time in prison, because, in the simplest parlance, they’ve used their gifts for evil rather than good. It’s comforting to know that Robbins, however, will always have our backs, even as he takes our shirts right off them.</p>John ThomasonWed, 05 Mar 2014 14:38:27 +0000 & EventsRandy Schultz joins Boca blogging team<p class="MsoNormal"><em><span>Boca Raton</span></em><span> magazine and are pleased to announce we’ll be welcoming Randy Schultz to our blogging team.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="571" src="/site_media/uploads/randy.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Randy was formerly editorial page editor (and before that, managing editor) of the <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, a position he held from 1990 until earlier this year when he retired. Randy will direct his efforts to city, county and statewide governmental and civic issues and politics, with primary emphasis on Boca Raton, where he has lived since 1985.</span></p> <p><span>We are pleased to offer our readers this new dimension in reporting and commentary from such a knowledgeable and seasoned resource. It’s time Boca Raton and Delray Beach received the coverage—and scrutiny—that they deserve, and we are happy to deliver it from Randy Schultz, who will debut his blog, “City Watch ” under our community tab at within the next few days. We hope this blog will launch a constructive dialogue about issues we face, and get people thinking about ways we can make this place we love even better.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>We hope you’ll enjoy Randy’s observations as much as we do—and we’re happy he is on the team making <em>Boca Raton </em>the premier magazine—and media platform—in South Florida.</span></p>Marie SpeedWed, 05 Mar 2014 10:05:30 +0000 Farms is banking on it<p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="254" src="/site_media/uploads/1979631_699709723384931_1476645293_n.jpg" width="200">Yes. You can bank on the most delicious Sunday of your life this weekend—the second-to-last Swank Farms brunch benefitting the Palm Beach County Food Bank. We know the weather will be spectacular—but how about the cooking? First of all, the chefs: Janderyn Makris, pastry chef /owner, Earth and Sugar, Palm Beach; L<em><span>arry </span></em>LaValley, culinary director, 3800 Restaurant, Singer Island; Conor Hanlon, chef de cuisine, The Dutch, Miami Beach; Sharithma Almodovar, executive chef, Fratelli Lyon at the Norton Museum, Palm Beach. And the glamorous gourmet herself, Stephanie Miskew, will be guest sommelier.  Jodi Swank, farm queen and the hostess for these remarkable brunches, unveiled the menu, which begins with Parmesan cheese crisps from Old School Bakery (does anyone else swoon over these? I buy them every Saturday at the Delray green market and they never make it home), followed by a salad so fresh it should be slapped with Swank Farm greens and local mozzarella, then grilled spiny lobster, pork loin wrapped in Prosciutto—all followed by the kind of dessert you just want to marry.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I have raved on and on about these brunches—and I do not exaggerate. This is where people who appreciate great local food and inspired chefs will be this Sunday. There are only 20 seats left so make your reservations now.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We’ll see you there. I will be the one standing in the fields with a spanky little cocktail—with all the other Swank Farm fans—waiting for the magic to begin!</p> <p><strong><span>When:  </span></strong><span>Sunday,<strong><span> </span></strong>March 9, noon to 4 p.m.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Where: </span></strong><span>Swank Farms, 14311 N Road, Loxahatchee, 561/202-5648</span></p> <p><strong><span>Cost:</span></strong><span> $155, adults only</span></p> <p><strong><span>Contact:</span></strong><span> <a href=""></a></span></p>Marie SpeedTue, 04 Mar 2014 09:34:35 +0000 Burgers for Town Center at Boca Raton<p><img alt="" height="142" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/zinburger.jpg" width="200">If at first you can’t succeed with an upscale burger joint at Boca’s Town Center mall, well. . . try, try, try again.</p> <p>At least, that looks like the deal at the sprawling shopping-dining complex on Glades Road, where sometime this spring the first South Florida outlet of <strong>Zinburger Wine &amp; Burger Bar</strong> will make its debut.</p> <p>This year will also see the New Jersey-based mini-chain open eateries in Sunrise, Atlanta and Charlottesville, Virginia, dishing made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, shakes and floats to be washed down with a selection of craft beers and almost two dozen boutique wines, both by the glass and bottle. Oh, and a full bar too.</p> <p>As for the burgers, they’re made from Certified Angus or American Kobe-style beef, priced from $9 to $15. The signature Zinburger comes with manchego cheese, Zinfandel-braised onions and mayo; patties can be customized a variety of cheeses and toppings ranging from avocado and wild mushrooms to onion rings and applewood-smoked bacon. There are also turkey, tuna and veggie burgers, plus chicken sammies, salads and—of course—fries, from zucchini to sweet potato to “double truffle” (truffle aioli, Parmesan and truffle oil).</p> <p>It’s all a formula that sounds very similar to Butcher &amp; the Burger, Town Center’s previous fling with upscale burgerdom, which opened and then closed faster than you can say, “Would like fries with that?” But who knows? Maybe Zinburger will take the brass (onion) ring.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 04 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsWeb Extras: March/April 2014<p>You've enjoyed our March/April issue. Now enjoy our web extras:</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/webx-veggie_lasagna.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Veggie Lasagna</strong>:</a></p> <p>Chef/partner Joey Giannuzzi of the Farmer’s Table in Boca shares his recipe for meat- and cheese-free lasagna.</p> <p><strong>Music to Our Ears</strong>:</p> <p>Catch the complete “Backstage Pass” interview with neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, author of the best-seller <em>This is Your Brain on Music</em> <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>To listen to music from the artists featured in the article, check out the videos below:</p> <div>Black Violin's "A Flat"</div> <div><iframe height="404" src="" width="490"></iframe></div> <div> </div> <div>Maggie Baugh's "Middle School"</div> <div><iframe height="404" src="" width="490"></iframe></div> <div> </div> <div>The Band in Heaven's "Dandelion Wine"</div> <div><iframe height="404" src="" width="490"></iframe></div> <div> </div> <div>Shauna Sweeney's "My Nerdy Boyfriend"</div> <p><iframe height="404" src="" width="490"></iframe></p>magazineMon, 03 Mar 2014 18:58:24 +0000 Xtra: Daniel Levitin<p>Here is our unabridged interview with Daniel J. Levitin, the best-selling neuroscientist and former sound engineer and session player whose best-selling book, <em>This is Your Brain on Music</em>, has become one of the definitive texts on understanding our relationship to music. Levitin is slated to appear at Festival of the Arts Boca on Monday, March 10, in a conversation with conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/levitin2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>I don’t know of anyone else who has worked so extensively on both the inside of the music business, as a musician and producer, and on the outside as an academic writing about it. When you were in your twenties, which of these did you think would be your career focus?</strong></p> <p>In my 20s, I thought it would be the music business. And halfway through my 30s, I began to wonder if the music business was going to be around very long. And so I didn’t really stop making music or producing records; I just found that after I went back to school, my studies took up more and more of your time.</p> <p><strong>Your Festival of the Arts program is titled “Your Brain on Music,” which is of course the name of your best-selling book. What will be the structure of your lecture/performance?</strong></p> <p>It’s going to be improvised. The maestro [Kitsopoulos] and I are going to have a conversation about music, and I have no idea how it will go. Well, I know how it’s going to go: It’s going to go well. I don’t know <em>where</em> it’s going to go. I’m curious to know what he does to try and evoke emotions from musicians and how he tries to get into the heads of composers to figure out what they intended. The thing is, if you just follow the notes on the page exactly as they’re written, you end up with a very unsatisfying musical performance. It would be like acting in a monotone voice. You expect an actor to use intonation, and you expect musicians to make certain decisions in order to realize the emotional impact that was intended by the composer. So I’d like to know how he does what he does, and I can talk a little bit about what I think is going on in the brain when players play and composers write and listeners listen.</p> <p><strong>How far back does music stretch, evolutionarily? Can you trace back the first known instance of organized sound</strong>?</p> <p>One thing we have is that the oldest human-made artifacts that are found in burial sites and other excavation sites are musical instruments. And we’ve even found musical instruments that appear to predate humans and are associated with Neanderthals. It goes back 50,000 years.</p> <p><strong>Your book is subtitled “The Science of a Human Obsession.” What do you mean by “obsession” in your view?</strong></p> <p>To somebody who doesn’t get music – to the proverbial martian who comes down and is not musical and sees us engaging with music – it does seem to be an obsession. We spend a lot of money on it. We spend a lot of time surrounded by it. It’s in more places than the average person realizes. It’s piped into shopping malls and bus stations and elevators. It accompanies ads; it’s on TV in the background, it’s in movies in the background … so just trying to be objective about it, it seems like we are a particularly musical species, and calling it an obsession I think is not far off the mark if you’re trying to be objective. I don’t mean it in a pejorative sense.</p> <p><strong>Why do some songs get stuck in our heads?</strong></p> <p>We don’t really know. I think it’s because for most of our history as human beings, we didn’t have written language. Writing is only 5,000 years old. So for roughly 45,000 years, human beings were doing what they do but needed some way of preserving information, and I think music became one of the chief ways that they did that. Because the mutually reinforcing cues of rhythm and meter and rhyme constrain the words that can fit. So it would easier to memorize a song that had important information in it, like where to get your water, what plants are edible, things of that nature. The fact is, we still use music to encode information. Most children learn the alphabet from a song. And they learn to count from a song. And they learn their body parts – you put your right foot in, you put your right foot out. So even today, in a hyper-literate culture, preliterate humans, that is children of a certain age, are still learning information through song. I think songs get stuck in your head because they evolved to do so.</p> <p><strong>Do you hope that by reading your books and listening to your presentations, that people will change the way they listen to music?</strong></p> <p>I don’t know that I hope they change the way they listen to music, but I’ve heard a lot of people say that after reading the book or hearing a talk by me or my colleagues, that they feel a deeper connection to music, and they feel a sense of appreciation for understanding a little bit about how it works. Without demystifying it, they feel that things start to fall into place and make sense about their relationship to music.</p> <p>If you understand that Rembrandt was the first painter to play around with shadows and light the way that he did, and that what you’re looking at in Rembrandt is the beginning of something new, it’s entirely different than if you treat Rembrandt as a contemporary painter. There’s a bunch of 20-year-olds who have been listening to the Beatles since they were little kids. And they don’t understand why the Beatles were innovative. But if you take them through the history of pop music, they can see that a lot of things we take for granted now were introduced or popularized by the Beatles. So I think there’s a role for writing, which is to contextualize, and hopefully when it’s really good, to point out things you didn’t notice before.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/levitin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>You followed <em>This is Your Brain on Music</em></strong><strong> with </strong><strong><em>The World in Six Songs</em></strong><strong>, quite an intriguing title. What are those six songs, and why did you pick them? Was it difficult to whittle it down to six</strong>?</p> <p>They’re six forms of music. After a lot of research, I came to believe there are six kinds of music—six ways in which humans use music—that have been important throughout history. One of them is that music was used to encode knowledge. Another example is bonding. We use music for social bonding; we have team anthems for our sporting team, and whenever there is a political movement or rally, there’s a political song playing, and it serves to bind people together in a common and united front. Religious groups have been doing this for millennia. Those are two of the six different forms.</p> <p><strong>Most of your industry experience seems to have been in the rock world. Many people have perhaps a snobbish perception that classical and jazz have more intellectual validity than rock music, that babies should be listening to Mozart in the womb, and not the Sex Pistols, for instance. Do you have any thoughts on that?</strong></p> <p>It is just snobbishness. There’s no experimental evidence that listening to one kind of music versus another makes you smarter or more well-adjusted. There’s a little bit of evidence that suggests listening to music with violent lyrics, like gangsta rap, alongside violent video games and violent television programming, leads to more aggressive behavior. But it’s not the genre of the music per se. There’s certainly heavy metal and rap music that’s not talking about killing people or maiming them. So there’s nothing about the canonical three chords of rock and roll or the distorted guitars of heavy metal that are going to corrupt the youth of America. In fact, a friend of mine taught a course at McGill called Bruckner and Heavy Metal. The thesis was that heavy metal has a lot more in common with classical music than you think, because they both borrow from the European child ballad tradition for their melodies and harmonies. The music that makes somebody’s emotions change is music that’s reached them.</p> <p><strong>Has all of this knowledge that you’ve accrued about music and the mind affected your casual listening habits?</strong></p> <p>No. If anything it’s made me more appreciative of how difficult it is for everything to really come together. It’s given me a deeper emotional connection to the music that I like. I have a better ability now in music to say, well, this is the technique that’s being used, and to marvel at a well-applied technique. So it gives me a whole other repertoire of things to appreciate. When somebody makes a musical move and I can recognize it and go, wow, that was really clever of them to do that right then and right there, that enhances the experience. But I can turn it off and just listen and not be analytical.</p> <p><strong>Would you like to speak about <em>The Organized Mind</em></strong><strong>, your forthcoming book?</strong></p> <p><em>The Organized Mind</em>’s subtitle is “Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.” And the point of the book is to talk about the brain works, the cognitive neuroscience of attention, and to talk about certain principles by which the brain organizes the world that if we understand them better, we can organize our physical spaces better. We can organize our decision-making better, if we can understand certain principles of how the brain is organized.</p> <p><strong>There have been a bunch of books recently about unplugging and solitude. Is one of your points that we’re bombarded with too much media?</strong></p> <p>Bombarded is a relative term. I think that the proliferation of media is great in that we’re in a golden age of media creativity, where musicians and filmmakers and storytellers of various kinds have unprecedented access to an audience. And conversely the audience has unprecedented access to a very wide variety of artistic expression. That can only be good. The problem is that we’re led to believe that we need to keep up with every single one of them, that multitasking makes us efficient. And there are a number of studies, some of them by Clifford Nass of Stanford, showing that multitaskers really believe they’re getting a lot done, that they’re superhumans. But by every measure, they’re getting much less done. And so when you talk about unplugging, human attention has evolved over tens of thousands of years to allow us to focus on things for extended periods of time. That’s how you got things like the pyramids and great cities and rockets to the moon and penicillin. If your attention is fragmented into little 15- or 20-second increments, you’re not going to get those kinds of things done.</p> <p><strong>Are there still frontiers to be charted in music cognition?</strong></p> <p>Absolutely. There’s plenty of to do, and we need all the help we can get. It’s a young field with a lot of unanswered questions.</p>John ThomasonMon, 03 Mar 2014 18:50:03 +0000 The MagazineProfilesWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Veggie Lasagna<p>When you think light, healthy, vegetarian eating, lasagna isn’t exactly the first dish that comes to mind.</p> <p>Unless you’re Joey Giannuzzi.</p> <p>The chef-partner at Farmer’s Table in Boca Raton has made a career out of proving that light, healthy, vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) cuisine can actually be delicious. Here he turns his skills and creativity to lasagna, reimagining this often-leaden dish as a panoply of garden-fresh vegetables in a bright-tasting tomato sauce. True, it lacks meat, pasta and cheese (unless requested). But it lacks nothing in flavor, texture and pure dining pleasure.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/webx-veggie_lasagna.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Vegetable Lasagna</strong></p> <p><strong>For tempeh Bolognese</strong></p> <p>1 cup tempeh, crumbled</p> <p>2 cup San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand</p> <p>2 tablespoons garlic, sliced thin</p> <p>1/2 cup small onion, diced</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh basil, cut in thin strips</p> <p>2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil</p> <p>Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p>Heat olive oil in skillet and sauté onion and garlic until lightly browned and caramelized. Add basil and tempeh and sauté for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes more. Cool and reserve. Set aside a couple large spoonfuls for plating.</p> <p><strong>For lasagna</strong></p> <p>1 each, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant and sweet potato, sliced 1/4-inch thick lengthwise</p> <p>2 red peppers, cut in thick strips</p> <p>4 Portobello mushroom caps</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley, chopped</p> <p>2 tablespoons garlic, chopped</p> <p>1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil</p> <p>Sea salt to taste</p> <p>Heat olive oil with garlic and herbs to infuse their flavors. Brush vegetables with infused oil, sprinkle with sea salt and grill until al dente, except for the eggplant, which should be cooked through.</p> <p><em>To assemble:</em> Lightly oil small pyrex dish and layer vegetables in this order: eggplant, sweet potato, 1/2 cup tempeh Bolognese, red peppers, Portobello caps, 1/2 cup tempeh Bolognese, yellow squash, zucchini. You should have 3 layers. Cover with plastic wrap, weigh down with heavy cans or another Pyrex dish and refrigerate overnight.</p> <p><em>To serve:</em> Reheat lasagna in warm oven, topping with fresh mozzarella if desired. Cut into squares, spoon a little reserve tomato sauce on top, garnish with a basil leaf. Serves 4.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraMon, 03 Mar 2014 18:40:01 +0000 The MagazineWeb ExtrasThe Week Ahead: March 4 to 10<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/apollo-robbins-story-top.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Apollo Robbins</strong></p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $15-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As a theatrical pickpocket and self-proclaimed “gentleman thief,” Apollo Robbins has mastered the art of a crime by perfecting sleight-of-hand techniques and illusionism. A <em>New Yorker</em> profile last year detailed how Robbins pocketed a pen from Penn Gillette, dismantled it, and placed it in pieces in different openings of Penn’s clothing, without the blustery magician noticing any of it. It gets even better: He once “borrowed” vital information from Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service agents, which prompted the U.S. government and police departments to take notice of Robbins and even employ him to understand thieves’ skill sets. He’s made a quite a pop-culture career out of his dubious but astonishing talent, appearing on such television programs as “Brain Games” and “Nova ScienceNow.” At today’s Society of the Four Arts appearance, expect him to pick the pockets of some of the lecture’s guests, right in front of our noses. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/perlman-itzhak-06[inaugural_preparations].jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Festival of the Arts Boca</strong></p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>Cost: $25-$125</p> <p>Contact: 866/571-2787, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Festival of the Arts Boca will launch its eighth annual event tonight with the world’s reigning superstar of the classical violin. Itzhak Perlman, the 15-time Grammy winner, will grace us once again with his presence, for the third time in the Festival’s short but prestigious history. Tonight’s program, performed with the Festival Orchestra Boca under the baton of Constantine Kitsopoulos, will feature Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C minor” and two compositions from Mendelssohn: the “Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture” and his “Violin Concerto in E minor.” You can also join Perlman on Sunday, March 9, for what is arguably the festival’s benchmark concert this year: “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul,” a collaboration with celebrated Israeli-born cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, performing their unique blend of “Jewish comfort music.” For the full festival schedule, visit its website, and check throughout the event for exclusive reviews and artist interviews.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/buck_and_the_preacher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Buck and the Preacher”</strong></p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The highlight of Kravis’ annual African-American Film Festival, “Buck and the Preacher” may be the best blaxploitation western ever made – not that it has much competition. This cult film was directed by Sidney Poitier who, in a departure from the stately characters he crafted in prestigious studio films, stars as a rowdy trail guide leading former slaves to a western homestead in the wake of the Civil War. Harry Belafonte plays a swindling priest who joins forces with Buck, pistols blazing, to tackle the largely all-white hegemony of the Old West. This is an ultra-rare screening; while “Buck and the Preacher” is available on DVD, it is almost never shown or referenced.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/tamburitzans-b.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Tamburitzans</strong></p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>Cost: $25-$27</p> <p>Contact: 561/207-5900</p> <p>This company bills itself as the longest-running stage show in the country, which speaks to the universal appeal of its regional message. Named after the tamburitza, a long-necked lute popularized in Central Europe, this ever-evolving live production dates back nearly 80 years, when a college professor in Minnesota put together a tamburitza trio in the early 1930s. Since then, the Tamburitzans have become something like international ambassadors of eastern European music and folklore, complete with colorful costumes, a full repertoire and—in their home base at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University—their own administration building.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/shirley-maclaine-christopher-plummer-zorrilla_claima20130718_0067_4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Miami International Film Festival</strong></p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami</p> <p>Cost: TBA, varies by event</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Forty-nine films will make their World, International, North American or U.S. premieres at this year’s star-studded Miami International Film Festival, which runs through March 16 at theaters throughout Miami-Dade County. Tonight’s film, at the Gusman Center’s Olympia Theater, is “Elsa &amp; Fred" (pictured), a remake of the ‘90s international hit “Il Postino” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer—both of whom will be in attendance. Expect a red carpet stretching pretty much all the way to North Miami. Other major titles include John Turturro’s “Fading Gigolo,” co-starring Woody Allen; “City of God: 10 Years Later,” a Brazilian documentary charting the impact of the enduring drama “City of God;” and “Rob the Mob,” a “Bonnie &amp; Clyde” style crime caper starring Andy Garcia and Ray Romano. Visit for the complete program.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/mochrie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood</strong></p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>Cost: $40.28-$61.28</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>OK, here it goes: I want to see a soap opera taking place in the Old West, spoken entirely in pig Latin. Oh, and you have to be upside down the entire time. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, alumni of the beloved improv series “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” are used to requests like these; they’ve become peerless experts at making up brilliance on the spot, welcoming each new hurdle that’s thrown in front of them. And in their live show, which Sherwood calls “the longest running international improv show on planet Earth, we think,” the comedy stakes are raised higher than ever. The production’s signature obstacle is an elaborate assemblage of 270 mousetraps—dangling from the air and spread across the stage like landmines—which the dynamic duo must avoid, or more likely stumble into, while performing an audience-suggested sketch. Visit later this week for an interview with Mochrie.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/wellfest.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: WellFest Delray</strong></p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., and Hyatt Place, 104 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>Cost: $15 single day or $20 for both days</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you missed last weekend’s Health and Wellness Experience in Mizner Park, you can still get your nutrition and fitness fix this weekend at the expanded WellFest Delray, now in its second year. Last year’s debut event took place over one day—a Thursday—and this year, due to popular demand, we have a full weekend of festivities. More than 100 sponsors and exhibitors will offer tips and merchandise, and 30 expert speakers will address a variety of health-related topics at Hyatt Place. There will be celebrity chef demos, fitness events, free samples and an “Eat Well Food Court,” which means, one assumes, no Chick-fil-A. Hallelujah.</p> <p>MONDAY, MARCH 10</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/peking_acrobats.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Peking Acrobats</strong></p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Cost: $15-$49</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last seen roughly one year ago at last year’s Festival of the Arts Boca, China’s Peking Acrobats have been defying gravity since 1986, and are internationally renowned for their fusion of traditional instrumentation, special effects and feats of gymnastic wonder. Their productions showcase somersaulting, contortionism, balancing skills, juggling dexterity and other jaw-dropping carnival benchmarks. In short, they need to be seen to be believed, and this performance is especially anticipated: The company’s cirque-style dancers will re-create the passion and pageantry of a traditional Chinese carnival, and expected stunts include maneuvering on a pagoda of chairs and dazzling trick cycling.</p>John ThomasonMon, 03 Mar 2014 18:38:16 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsFace Time: Peggy Jones<p>Little about the room directly across from Peggy Jones’ office—with its neatly arranged desks, old-school wooden podium and secondhand computers—screams transformative.</p> <p><img alt="" height="682" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/peggyjones.jpg" width="477"></p> <p>But don’t tell that to the down-and-out locals who’ve launched personal comebacks at one of the 12 workstations here. For approxi-mately 600 unemployed individuals over the past five years, there has been magic in that room—oppor-tunity that wasn’t exactly knocking prior to meeting Jones and the team of some two dozen instructors and volunteers that she oversees as coordinator of the job mentor program at Boca Helping Hands.</p> <p>People from all backgrounds and of all ages—including unemployed in their 70s—have found work thanks to the computer classes, interview preparation, skills training and other resources offered by the nonprofit renowned for its food and emergency assistance programs.</p> <p>“I feel like we’re planting seeds,” says Jones, who started at Boca Helping Hands in September 2008 and coordinated the opening of the job mentor lab the following April. “We’ll help anyone who wants to be helped. But they have to participate in the process and take responsibility. We’re not go-ing to spoon-feed them. I’ve seen people that I know come through these doors, and, yes, it surprises me. It’s up-setting. You want to think everybody is OK, but it could be any one of us. That’s part of the reason I do this. We can’t ignore people just because they’re struggling.”</p> <p>Last November, the Junior League of Boca Raton recognized Jones, who receives no com-pensation for the 30-hour weeks she often logs at Helping Hands, as its Woman Volunteer of the Year. It’s a second “career” to which Jones, who spent nearly two decades as a school psychologist at various Broward County schools, felt an immediate connection.</p> <center>For find local hot spots that serve standout noodles, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the March/April <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>Kevin KaminskiMon, 03 Mar 2014 17:17:28 +0000 The MagazineNewsProfilesKnow Your Noodles<p>Asian restaurants typically offer an inordinate number of noodle dishes. Here are the basics.</p> <p><img alt="" height="347" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/noodle.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Mein:</strong> The more familiar transliteration of “mian,” the basic Chinese noodle, made from wheat flour, water and egg.</p> <p><strong>Ramen:</strong> The Japanese word for the Chinese noodle, introduced in Japan in the early 1900s. It’s made with kansui, an alkaline mineral water.</p> <p><strong>Soba:</strong> A gray-brown noodle typically used in Japanese cookery. Made from buckwheat flour, it has a distinctive nutty flavor.</p> <p><strong>Udon:</strong> A very thick, soft, mild-tasting wheat noodle, most often used in soups and broths as it readily absorbs other flavors.</p> <p><strong>Cellophane:</strong> Also called bean thread or glass noodles. Usually made from mung bean starch but also yam, potato and cassava starch.</p> <p><strong>Rice:</strong> Rice flour noodles that come both round and flat in a variety of thicknesses and require very little cooking time.</p> <center>For find local hot spots that serve standout noodles, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the March/April <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>Bill CitaraMon, 03 Mar 2014 17:05:34 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsOpening Doors<p>Michelle Rubin and husband Bob were sitting in a small office at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, a Johns Hopkins affiliate in Baltimore, Md., when a team of doctors rendered their verdict on Jan. 29, 1995 after three days of testing. The Rubins’ son, Scott, about to turn 3, had been diagnosed with moderate to severe autism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="412" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/rubin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And the prognosis, according to the experts, was bleak.</p> <p>“The lead doctor said that autism was really rare [reported rates into the early 1990s were 1 in 10,000 cases],” Michelle says. “There wasn’t much we could do for Scott, he said, because there weren’t programs for kids with autism. My head was spinning. I didn’t know what to do. I just knew that doing nothing was not an option.”</p> <p>Two decades later, the longtime Boca resident continues to be a modern-day Lewis &amp; Clark for local families dealing with children and young adults with developmental disorders on the autism spectrum—a condition that today, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affects 1 in 88 American children.</p> <p>After charting a course through childhood and teen issues that established her as a leading advocate and go-to source for other parents, Michelle launched Autism After 21 in 2011, a nonprofit intent on creating opportunity and altering perceptions.</p> <p>“Scott [who turns 22 in March] is once again at the front of a wave of [adults with autism], and there are thousands of kids in Palm Beach County coming behind him,” says Michelle, who has two other sons with Bob, Andrew (17) and Matthew (12). “We’re trying to fill in the blanks.”</p> <p>In addition to a tech-training program that provides participants with iPad minis in an effort to “maximize their skills in the work world,” Autism After 21 goes virtually door to door in an effort to educate businesses about potential employees.</p> <p>“Unemployment for adults with autism is reported at 80 to 90 percent, much higher than other disabilities,” says Michelle, an honoree at Bethesda Hospital Foundation’s annual Women of Grace Luncheon last November. “There’s a fear of aggressive behavior, that any little thing may make someone with autism snap. We’re trying to dispel that. They’re good at doing things that other people might find boring, like a repetitive task. So when they get the experience, adults with autism often become amazing employees.”</p> <p>Look no further than Scott, who was non-verbal until almost age 14. This fall, he was riding his bike to Lynn University, taking classes, hopping on the Palm Tran bus and going to work at Brewzzi by himself.</p> <p>“I would’ve never dreamed that he could have that level of independence,” Michelle says. “He continues to exceed our expectations.”</p> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the March/April <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>Kevin KaminskiMon, 03 Mar 2014 16:51:59 +0000 The MagazineNewsProfilesHistory in the Making<p>It's not just “old world,” it’s old school. And we don’t mean fusty. We mean mannerly—steeped in decorum but with a warmth you’d find in most small Southern towns.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/bocagrande.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>These are the hallmarks of the venerable Gasparilla Inn &amp; Club, a Florida landmark that was started by the Boca Grande Land Company on Gasparilla Island. The hotel, designed back in the day to attract wealthy seasonal residents, opened in time for the 1913 social season.</p> <p>Fresh off its centennial celebration, the Inn continues to charm visitors, earning a reputa-tion over the past century as a graceful winter getaway in Boca Grande, arguably one of America’s finest sport-fishing destinations. (As far back as 1914, a well-heeled contingent of Northern businessmen formed a fishing club, the Pelican Club, headquartered at the Inn.)</p> <p>The Inn’s first guests were blueblood Bos-ton society people, but over the years the guest list has included the likes of tycoons J.P. Morgan and Henry du Pont, Florida railroad and resort magnate Henry Plant, and the George H. Bush family. Guests arrived by private yacht or railroad until the Boca Grande Causeway was built in 1958.</p> <p>Over the years, The Inn changed owner-ship; Barron Collier added the grand neoclas-sical façade in 1931 that defines the Inn today, and du Pont heir Bayard Sharp was next in line. The Inn is now owned by the William Farish family; Farish is a former United States ambassador to The Court of St. James; his wife, Sarah, is the only daughter of the late Bayard Sharp. It’s no wonder that the Inn has maintained a certain pedigree over the last century, a quality that persists to this day.</p> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the March/April <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>Marie SpeedMon, 03 Mar 2014 16:38:41 +0000 The MagazineTravel Can&#39;t Stop the Music<p>South Florida remains a breeding ground for local musicians looking to break into the mainstream in genres ranging from country to classical. Look no further than the following artists—all poised for the big time.</p> <p><strong>Maggie Baugh</strong>: <em>The talented crooner gives new meaning to the genre “early country.”</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/maggie.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p>Photography by Micah Kvidt</p> <p>On a busy afternoon this past December, South Florida Fairgrounds hosted two luncheons. In one of them, a speaker addressed the subject of science education for an audience that seemed significantly more interested in barbecue chicken; the sound of table chatter and clinking cutlery nearly drowned him out.</p> <p>In the other luncheon, about 10 steps away, a crowd of about three dozen attendees for the Association of Professional Fundraisers’ annual meeting seemed to hang on every word of the event’s performer, Maggie Baugh. Donning a cowboy hat and jewel-studded tan boots, the singer-songwriter performed a handful of original songs on her Luna Flora Rose guitar, strumming folk rhythms with a country twang. The crowd was impressed, especially after hearing Baugh’s age. The eighth grader at Boca Middle is only 13.</p> <p><em>Her Musical Path</em></p> <p>Of course, Baugh should sound polished by now—she’s had music in her blood for the past 11 years.</p> <p>“I asked to play the violin at 2, but my parents said no,” Baugh re-calls. “So I asked again when I was 6, and I’ve now been playing for seven years.”</p> <p>After starting on the fiddle, she migrated to the guitar.</p> <p>“As we go into the second year of her songwriting, it’s just who she is,” says Maggie's mother, Alyson. “You support what your child has a dream to do. Until it stops, you keep supporting it.”</p> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the March/April <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>John ThomasonMon, 03 Mar 2014 16:26:48 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicDoes Boca Make the Grade<p>We asked experts in a number of areas—from finance to tourism—to give us an updated report card for the city. Here’s how we scored.*</p> <p><img alt="" height="410" src="/site_media/uploads/March%202014/grade.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boca Raton calls itself a “city for all seasons.” It’s a nod to the year-round warm weather, but the slogan may be more boastful than that. It has the ring of a declaration that it is a well-rounded city with a high quality of life—and good things to offer to many people on many fronts. Let’s see about that. Boca Raton decided to pick the brains of experts in a variety of fields to really assess how well we do on crucial municipal benchmarks: at-tracting tourists, securing new jobs, urban planning, providing cultural opportuni-ties, protecting the environment and fostering healthy political discourse. The experts dissected the city. Some of what they said was laudatory. And other comments, well, not so much.</p> <p><em>* The editorial team at Boca Raton administered the final grades.</em></p> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the March/April <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center> <p><em><br></em></p>magazineMon, 03 Mar 2014 16:17:13 +0000 The MagazineNewsBocce to Open in West Palm<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/boccemussels-2.jpg" width="490">Small plates are becoming a bigger and bigger deal, as evidenced by the latest small plates specialist getting ready to set up shop in our little corner of paradise.</p> <p>This one is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Bocce Wine Bar &amp; Tapas</strong></a> (1760 Jog Rd., West Palm Beach, 561/275-7000), which is slated to debut on Friday, March 7, in the old DiSalvo’s Trattoria spot. Owner Bob Higgenbotham, a well-known Rhode Island restaurateur who recently relocated to SoFla, promises an array of contemporary bites that aim to be both rustic Italian yet “experimental,” executed by top toque Wade Owens.</p> <p>Owens has some serious notches in his culinary resume, having worked at such high-flying Big Apple eateries as Bouley (David Bouley), Alto (Scott Conant) and Dani (Don Pintobona). At Bocce he’ll be sourcing ingredients from local purveyors like Swank Farms, Farriss Farms and Miss V’s Organics, as well as the restaurant’s own garden.</p> <p>That means tapas like cherry-smoked scallop with porcini panna cotta and mussels with charred Fresno chilies, grapefruit and guanciale, pastas like oxtail gnudi with horseradish brown butter, and big plates like roasted Lake Meadows guinea hen with fig mostarda, baby turnips, Swiss chard, lavender and guinea <em>jus</em>.</p> <p>Works for me. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 03 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsSienna Charles’s Picks: Part 1<p><a href="" target="_blank">Sienna Charles</a> is all about luxury travel. We asked co-owners Jaclyn Sienna India and Freddy Charles Reinert to pick five of their favorite luxury vacation spots that are often overlooked. This is the first installment in the five-part series, with one location revealed every Friday until the end of March.</p> <p><strong>East Africa</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" height="443" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/ethiopia.jpg" width="485"></p> <p><em>Countries to note</em>: Ethiopia (pictured above), Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda</p> <p><em>Favorite experiences</em>: Using helicopters to get to places that are otherwise untouchable</p> <p>Whether you’d like to explore all four countries or just one, Sienna Charles can organize that for you. They work with 200 different tribes in Ethiopia. They’ll take you to see animals you would never see anywhere else. They have mobile camps in Tanzania and Kenya, where you leave for game drives during the day and your entire tent gets packed away then reassembled exactly the way it was in a new location.</p> <p>“They say even your toothbrush is exactly where you left it,” Jaclyn says. “To us that’s luxurious.”</p> <p>And when we say tent, we’re not talking about the ones associated with boy scouts. We’re talking chef-cooked dinners and fine silverware. It’s not a five-star hotel, but it’s set up with five-star service.</p> <p>Tune in next Friday for more of Jaclyn and Freddy’s picks.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 28 Feb 2014 17:42:04 +0000 The Real Meaning of Luxury Travel<p>A short walk down Via de Mario on Worth Avenue, and you’ll come upon <a href="" target="_blank">Sienna Charles</a> travel. The front wall is floor to ceiling glass, giving you a glimpse of the luxury travel agency’s chic, boutique-like setting.</p> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/storefull.jpg" width="485"></p> <p>There’s a single photo on the wall from one of the many destinations co-owners Jaclyn Sienna India and Freddy Charles Reinert have traveled to. There’s a large glass desk, surrounded by four black leather seats – just enough space for the husband and wife team to meet with clients one-on-one. There’s enough space in the studio to add in a few more chairs, maybe even a small couch and a coffee table, so other clients could sit and wait.</p> <p>But that’s not what Sienna Charles is about. When you come in for an appointment with Jaclyn and Freddy, rest assured that their full attention is on understanding you and your preferences</p> <p>“Having a store front - most people say it's a thing of the past,” Freddy says. “For us, it’s where the future is.”</p> <p>That’s because Jaclyn and Freddy have an entirely different approach to luxury travel.</p> <p>For Sienna Charles, luxury means personalized. Just like a custom-made suit, a luxury vacation is based 100 percent on you, Jaclyn says.</p> <p>They charge a hefty fee up front and at the end of the day, you may find yourself with a six-figure bill, but it will be worth every nickel and dime.</p> <p>To get an idea of your ideal vacation, they like to visit client’s homes, noting down the way house is decorated, what drinks are offered – everything down to the client’s shoes. If you’re wearing Salvatore Ferragamo and you happen to be headed to Italy, Sienna Charles will arrange for you to meet the Ferragamo family.</p> <p>“A lot of times people use the term ‘luxury travel’ and it’s still copy-and-paste,” Jaclyn says. “They call travel agencies, and they get pushed off to a hundred different agents. It’s people outsourced in different countries, and they don’t know what they’re talking about. And people still consider that to be luxury travel. We’re trying to change that.”</p> <p>Every restaurant, every hotel, every excursion they plan out for you is customized and tried personally by Jaclyn and Freddy. Now that’s quality assurance.</p> <p>Ready to plan out an unforgettable summer vacay? We asked Jaclyn and Freddy to list five of their favorite, often overlooked vacation spots. We’ll be releasing once every Friday for the next five weeks, starting with <a href="" target="_blank">this one</a>.</p> <p>Stay tuned! All posts will be under the “travel” dropdown the community section.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 28 Feb 2014 15:26:26 +0000 Q&amp;A: Aaron Kula<p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/jubanojazz1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Late in our conversation last week, Aaron Kula, maestro of FAU Libraries’ acclaimed Klezmer Company Orchestra, admitted that he hasn’t been sleeping much lately. But his insomnia is well justified—even expected—considering the weight that sits on his shoulders.</p> <p>Never one to simply play your grandmother’s klezmer music (though he surely could), Kula gets his inspiration by pushing the boundaries of that native Jewish music into new directions, fusing world music, blues and orchestral folk into the accordion-driven paradigm—all of it reimagined from FAU Libraries’ Print Music Collection. Each KCO performance, therefore, is one of a kind, a sonic quilt unlike any other.</p> <p>This Sunday’s upcoming concert, at the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, is no exception. In fact, it may be the orchestra’s most dramatic challenge yet. Titled JubanoJazz!, it will feature the 27-piece band combining klezmer with Latin jazz music and, in a rare move aimed at fostering the next generation of musical talent, will include compositions by two young composers selected from an international competition. In addition, guest vocalist Graham Fandrei will assist on the 23 new Latin klezmer arrangements by Kula and trumpeter Chaim Rubinov.</p> <p>In other words, there’s a lot of moving parts to this concert, and Kula and his team have to nail it on their first and only attempt.</p> <p>“This March concert has pushed me to my limits, because in addition to me, there are four other composers that are contributing to this concert. That’s a first,” Kula says. “I also wrote 2,000 pages of music for this concert. It’s going to be great fun, but the preparation for this was extraordinary.</p> <p>“And if we don’t start doing something that really connects to a more global audience and find a way to revive it in a new, imaginative way, then the music and melodies are just going to disappear,” he continues. “And so my job is to massage the brain and the imagination.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/jubanojazz3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>How did the idea for JubanoJazz originate?</strong></p> <p>It’s sort of 17 years in the making. This is my 17<sup>th</sup> year running these large-scale, Klezmer Company Orchestra fusion concerts, and over the course of the past few years, we have been cultivating Latin and klezmer fusion music. Every year it’s been one or two pieces, and I decided last year that we’ve accumulated enough expertise in the fusion language of blending these two genres together that I could create a single themed concert. And I created the word JubanoJazz. It’s a Kula word. You can’t look it up in the dictionary or the encyclopedia. </p> <p><strong>What does it mean?</strong></p> <p>I wanted to find a word that encapsulates anything and everything that could relate to Latin, Caribbean and Cuban cultures. There is no word that can capture all of that, so I figured I might as well make up one. What is working is that everyone seems to get what I’m doing. We have 23 completely new, reimagined compositions that use every possible combination of Latin rhythm or Latin percussion or Cuban rhythm or Cuban percussion.</p> <p><strong>What struck you about these two composers that you selected to work with in this project? What convinced you of their talent?</strong></p> <p>Their pieces just worked. Their pieces were right on; first of all, they did what I love most: They did something very personal. One person is Venezuelan and one person is Brazilian. And they each used their own heritage and their relationship with music from their country as their source of inspiration when creating this new composition with a vintage klezmer melody.</p> <p><strong>Are there any similarities between klezmer music and Latin jazz?</strong></p> <p>There are a few nuggets that you can find in the folk tradition. Mostly it has to do with the combination of short and long rhythms. So there are a few intersection nuggets. But the bottom line is that one is a European tradition and the other is a different geographic location, which ranges from South America all the way to the other side of the water to Cuba. Let’s just say it’s happenstance that there’s any kind of a relationship. You have to creatively blend the two musical cultures.</p> <p><strong>Have you found that you’ve been introducing new demographics to klezmer music through fusion programs like this?</strong></p> <p>Absolutely. We’ve played some of this music, in a test run, in Miami and in the Miniaci Theater, in December, and I had non-Jews and non-Eastern Europeans … we had Argentineans and Brazilians come up and say, ‘I don’t know your music, but I love it. It relates to me.’ So what’s happening is we’re really playing music that everyone can relate to. All we’re doing is taking a melody and reimagining it in a context that’s familiar to people from South Florida.</p> <p><strong>Will this eventually be turned into a CD?</strong></p> <p>I certainly hope so. Every three years we do another CD, and next year we’re due for another one. I think I will call it JubanoJazz!</p> <p><strong>What else do you have coming up in 2014?</strong></p> <p>The other major development, from my vantage point, is that we’ll be doing the Florida premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town,” in June, as part of the Spirit of America festival. I wanted to pick something that would knock people’s socks off, and I took nearly six months negotiating with the Leonard Bernstein Foundation and the publisher for the rights to perform a concert version of “On the Town.” We’ll have all the music and some of the dialogue. I’m hiring six professional opera singers—top of the line, top shelf people, and a union orchestra.</p> <p>I’m going to reach my limit this season. I told my dean, you’re pushing me … I’m already up to 60 hours a week. There isn’t much more time; I might as well just move my bed into my office.</p> <p><em>The Klezmer Company orchestra will perform JubanoJazz! at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kaye Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $20-$45. Call 800/564-9539 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 28 Feb 2014 14:10:44 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: Coming, Going &amp; Gone<p><img alt="" height="111" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/paneterie.png" width="200">It’s always something in the never-a-dull-moment world of local restaurants. . .</p> <p>Coming soon to downtown West Palm is <strong>Paneterie</strong>, a casual bakery-cafe from Thierry Beaud, proprietor of two well-regarded WPB eateries, Pistache and PB Catch. To be located at 205 Clematis St., Paneterie will focus on house-baked breads, pastries and chocolates, plus an array of moderately priced salads and sandwiches. More details when they become available.</p> <p>Going away, at least from our little corner of paradise, is <strong>Sheila’s Conch &amp; Wings</strong>, which has bailed from its West Palm location (where it moved after leaving Lake Worth) and has relocated to Fort Lauderdale (3026 E. Commercial Blvd., 954-245-6154). It’s still dishing up all the piquant Caribbean fare that made it an under-the-radar success in its previous spots, plus burgers and—d’oh—wings. No barbecue, though, which is a shame.</p> <p>And gone, closed, shuttered, 86’d are two spots in Mizner Park. One is <strong>Karma Sushi Steakbar</strong>, which tried to blend surf ‘n’ turf ‘n’ modern Asian fusion dishes and didn’t have any better luck than any other occupant of that seemingly star-crossed location. The other bye-bye is for <strong>Spice and Tea Exchange</strong>, that despite its great selection of spices and teas, never seemed to attract much of a following. Or at least it was empty every time I stopped by. So I guess it’s back to ordering that stuff online. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 28 Feb 2014 11:41:50 +0000 & ReviewsSunFest Announces 2014 Lineup<p>The long-awaited lineup for the 2014 SunFest arts and music festival finally arrived this morning, and for those with eclectic tastes, the 32nd annual fest promises another smorgasbord of of talent from the past, present and future of music, with a genre palette stretching from classic rock to hip-hop and country. We'll have a more comprehensive guide, complete with staff-selected picks not to miss, closer to the event's dates (April 30-May 4), but in the meantime, here is the basic breakdown, with key headliners listed by day.</p> <p>April 30:</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/kidrock-e1356032146977.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><br><strong>Kid Rock</strong>, the five-time Grammy nominee responsible for merging rap and country before it was fashionable<br><strong>Dick Dale,</strong> the legendary surf rock guitarist<br><strong>Cake</strong>, the quirky, deadpan modern rock ironists who gave us "The Distance" and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"</p> <p>May 1:<br><strong>Robin Thicke,</strong> the singer-songwriter behind the 2013 summer smash "Blurred Lines"<br><strong>Sublime with Rome,</strong> the endlessly touring reggae-rock project from Sublime's Eric Wilson and singer Rome Ramirez</p> <p>May 2:</p> <p><img alt="" height="408" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/googoodolls.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>The Goo Goo Dolls,</strong> the perennial pop-rock hit-makers behind the ubiquitous'90s tunes "Iris" and "Black Balloon"<br><strong>The Doobie Brothers,</strong> the Hall of Fame icons with more than four decades of hits, including "Jesus is Just Alright" and "Listen to the Music"<br><strong>Young the Giant,</strong> the California indie rockers fresh off their latest release, "Mind Over Matter"<br><strong>J. Cole,</strong> the young North Carolina hip-hop artist discovered by Jay-Z, whose debut album hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2011</p> <p>May 3:<br><strong>Daughtry,</strong> the band formed by dynamic American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry<br><strong>David Nail,</strong> the multiple award-nominated country singer whose "Let it Rain" hit No. 1 in 2011<br><strong>The Bangles,</strong> the all-female band that helped bring New Wave into the pop mainstream with hits like "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian"<br><strong>Pretty Lights,</strong> the electronic music DJ who will bring a bit of the Ultra Music Festival spirit to West Palm Beach</p> <p>May 4:</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/goulding.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><br><strong>Alice in Chains,</strong> the legendary grunge act, reborn in the aughts and still an incendiary rock band<br><strong>Ellie Goulding,</strong> the British singer-songwriter with the fragile, inimitable voice and the smash hit "Lights"<br><strong>Austin Mahone,</strong> the 17-year-old pop star and a more sophisticated antidote to Justin Bieber<br><strong>The Wailers</strong> and<strong> Inner Circle,</strong> the veteran reggae acts known for creating a laid-back party vibe with a modicum of notes<br><strong>Dropkick Murphys,</strong> the busy Boston septet who virtually invented the genre "Celtic punk."</p> <p>Other key acts include Rusted Root, Streetlight Manifesto, Blues Traveler, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Trombone Shorty &amp; the Orleans Avenue, Rebelution, Surfer Blood, the Dirty Heads and Bobby Lee Rodgers. For the complete lineup, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>John ThomasonThu, 27 Feb 2014 18:33:41 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsUpcoming Fitness Events: Palm 100 and WellFest<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="485"></p> <p>If you’re heading down A1A in Boca Raton this weekend, you might see more runners than usual. Cheer for them. Chances are, they’re running a long way and could use the support.</p> <p>March 1 is the day of the <a href="" target="_blank">Sixth Annual Palm 100 Ultra</a> races, which start and finish in Deerfield Beach.</p> <p>Runners choose among five events:</p> <p>- a 100-mile team relay (six people to a team)</p> <p>- a100-kilometer individual – yes, individual – race, which translates into 62 miles</p> <p>- a 50k individual race</p> <p>- a 50k two-person relay</p> <p>- a 32k individual race</p> <p>For more information, contact race director Scott Richards at, or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>/.</p> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/wellfest.jpg" width="485"> </p> <p>After a bout of success in 2013, <a href="" target="_blank">WellFest Delray Beach</a> is back. The event will be held March 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the <a href="" target="_blank">Delray Center for the Arts</a>.</p> <p>It’s a big weekend for health promotion, with the fest featuring nearly 30 expert speakers, health exhibits, food and product sampling, free massage stations, fitness demonstrations, entertainment and more.</p> <p>Speakers will present an array of health topics in the nearby Hyatt Place Delray. Expect experts like Lisa Andrews, director of special diagnostics at Delray Medical Center; Boca Raton chiropractor Jane Groman; Margaret Lembo, author of the award-winning Chakra Awakening; and certified holistic health coach Alessandra Foglietta.</p> <p>Look for healthy cooking and raw food demonstrations from restaurants the likes of Caffe Luna Rosa, Dada, and Hippocrates Health Institute, as well as fitness demonstrations on yoga, Tabata, Insanity, CrossFit and others.</p> <p>The cost is $15 for a day or $20 to attend both days. Kids younger than 12 can attend free. To buy tickets online or learn more, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 26 Feb 2014 21:22:36 +0000 EventsConcert Review: Iron &amp; Wine at Culture Room<p><img alt="" height="217" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/iron-and-wine-2011_article_story_main.jpg" width="326"></p> <p>“I don’t really have a set list…” Sam Beam, the singer-songwriter behind Iron &amp; Wine, opened his solo show at the Culture Room last night with these seven words, which, for his die-hard fans, are like golden honey to starving bees. With every pause in the music, the floodgates of requests opened, and Beam was gracious enough to comment on just about all of them, and to play as many as he could over a 90-minute duration. Intimate and interactive from the first second, the sold-out show was like a quiet campfire singalong, albeit one that was so hot (at least in the back of the room) that it felt like the fire was around <em>us</em>, and not the other way around.</p> <p>Iron &amp; Wine’s opening act was Jesca Hoop, the Mormon-raised daughter of a musical family who has become something of a cult figure while snagging touring gigs with Peter Gabriel and the Eels. I walked in late to her set, and the dance floor was too packed to even approach it, but suffice it to say that she played wispy, willowy acoustic songs in the manner of Vashti Bunyan—ethereal tunes seemingly tailored to sprites and naiads as they frolic in meadows and streams. The crowd seemed to love it and was hanging on her every word.</p> <p>Then Beam came out for his first bona fide solo tour in some time. When he was supporting his first couple of indie-folk records, Iron &amp; Wine <em>was</em> a solo project, but his evolution as an artist has incorporated more instrumental color and textures ranging from progressive rock to jazz and R&amp;B on his more recent releases. Last night’s show presented, for Beam’s early adopters, a flashback to his incipient tours in 2003 and 2004, with their occasional mistakes (yeah, he fumbled through a couple of requests) and the directness of his beautiful words communicated through only voice and guitar. The clarity of his poetry shone through last night, especially on selections like the largely a cappella “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” with its imaginative metaphors; his Postal Service cover “Such Great Heights,” which took that synthpop nugget in an achingly beautiful direction; and “Southern Anthem,” whose original sleepy hymnal was reimagined with greater gravitas.</p> <p>His only song from a forthcoming album, “Waves of Galveston,” enraptured the crowd as much as the familiar material, and his unreleased song “When a Stranger Laid Beside Me” was certainly a high point of his set, a lovely folk number that seemed to wander in from “Inside Llewyn Davis.” It was the sort of unsung treasure that never should have remained sequestered in B-side purgatory.</p> <p>Though he claimed to be battling a cold, Beam’s spirits couldn’t be higher, frequently complementing the polite crowd and commenting, after opening song “Lion’s Mane,” that “I wrote that tune not far from here.” (Beam was a teacher at UM when he wrote his first album, “The Creek Drank the Cradle.”) He brought a lot of humor to his banter, too; entertaining us during the non-solo solo of “The Woman King,” he said, “Imagine a bird making love with a whale, their love cries translated in marshmallows.”</p> <p>While the sound was excellent, the Culture Room was a surprising choice for an Iron &amp; Wine solo tour, and not only because of the oppressive heat. The last time he played South Florida, he packed the Fillmore in Miami Beach, and it was obvious that he needed a bigger room to accommodate his swell of fans. Preferably one like the Parker Playhouse: A show like this should have been best enjoyed in a theater, with seats and, it goes without saying, stronger air conditioning.</p> <p> </p> <p>SET LIST</p> <p> </p> <ol> <li>Lion’s Mane</li> <li>The Woman King</li> <li>Joy</li> <li>When a Stranger Laid Beside Me</li> <li>Southern Anthem</li> <li>Fever Dream</li> <li>Rabbit Will Run</li> <li>Such Great Heights</li> <li>Big Burned Hand</li> </ol> <p>10. Bird Stealing Bread</p> <p>11. Peace Beneath the City</p> <p>12. Waves of Galveston</p> <p>13. Low Light Buddy of Mine</p> <p>14. Jesus the Mexican Boy</p> <p>15. Each Coming Night</p> <p>16. He Lays in the Reins</p> <p>17. God Made the Automobile</p> <p>18. Grace for Saints and Ramblers</p> <p>19. Boy With a Coin</p> <p>20. (Jesca Hoop song)</p> <p>21. Flightless Bird, American Mouth</p> <p>ENCORE:</p> <p>22. Biting Your Tail</p>John ThomasonWed, 26 Feb 2014 15:02:26 +0000 & EventsMusicLocally Made and Healthy Sweet Treats<p><span><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>I'll be the first one to admit that cutting out sugar and sweet foods isn't fun. I love sweets, and even when I learned how damaging processed sugars are, I was still resentful about giving them up. Fast-forward four years and here I am, enjoying all the desserts that I love. </span></p> <p><span>How is that possible? The key to having your cake and eating it too is in the ingredients, or as I like to call them – food that love you back. Just like you don’t want to have a relationship with a person who abuses you, why would you want to have a relationship with food that make you feel bad afterwards? </span></p> <p><span>To find out if the dessert is good for you, ask yourself the following two questions: </span></p> <p><span><strong>Can I read and understand </strong></span><span><span><strong>every</strong></span></span><span><strong> ingredient on the label?</strong></span></p> <p><span>It's crucial to read labels. Even if a product is labeled “all natural,” you may discover otherwise once you read the ingredients. Not all sweets are created equal, and conventional ones can often be full of ingredients that aren't even considered “food”.</span></p> <p><span><em>Rule of thumb:</em> If you can’t pronounce them, how will your body know what to do with them? Your health is too important to sacrifice for a few minutes of taste. Don’t settle for less and choose food that loves you back.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Are there any other benefits to this food besides sweetness?</strong></span></p> <p><span>Choose food that gives you the biggest bang for your nutritional buck. Get sweets that have antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are naturally found in unprocessed and unheated foods. Do keep in mind that when food is heated over 115 degrees, enzymes and vitamins can die. Anything that is considered “raw vegan” still has those nutrients intact and is a better choice than processed.</span></p> <p><span>That said, I want to introduce you to three healthy dessert companies started by local entrepreneurs within the last 12 months. They're committed to bringing you the best tasting treats that are actually good for you. So when you enjoy one of their desserts, you're not only making yourself feel better, you're also supporting your own community. But don’t trust just my words. The proof is in the cake, the cookie and the truffle!</span></p> <p><span><strong>Jodi’s Bites</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/jodibites.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>Jodi’s Bites are delicious sweet treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about. They are bite-sized (hence the name), rich and chocolatey so you can feel satisfied and practice portion control at the same time</span></p> <p><span><em>Jodi’s Story:</em></span><span> Jodi’s business started at a supermarket’s check-out counter. She was hungry, but couldn't find anything to satisfy her. Despite a lineup of at least 20 candy bars staring her in the face, nothing appealed to her. That’s when she decided to create her own raw (except for the truffles), organic treats that are free of gluten, egg, dairy, soy, GMOs and preservatives. You can actually pronounce the ingredients and feel good about putting them in your body. </span></p> <p><span>Jodi’s Bites can be found at: <a href="‎">Juice &amp; Java</a> and <a href="‎">Juiceateria</a> in Boca Raton, and <a href="‎">Fit Food Express</a> in Delray Beach. For the complete line-up, check out: <a href=""></a>.</span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Brigitte’s Raw</strong></span></span><span><span><strong>Food &amp; Organic Delights</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/briditte'srawcarrotcake.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Brigitte’s raw vegan adventure began last March, when she decided to take her life and health into her own hands and eliminate all animal products from her diet. Within a year, she lost 50 pounds and made more than 50 new friends. She also started her own raw vegan food company. Today, Brigitte’s Raw Food &amp; Organic Delights is proud to offer three treats: carrot cake with a hint of orange zest topped with a creamy cashew vanilla frosting, moist decadent brownies topped with creamy fudgy frosting and onion bread crackers.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Brigitte’s Raw Food &amp; Organic Delights are all gluten-free, vegan, raw and most importantly, delicious. You can find them at <a href="‎">Juice &amp; Java</a> in Boca, Healthy Bites Grill and <a href="‎">Bee Organics</a>. More locations are coming soon.</span></span></p> <p>For more inquiries, contact 561/394-7466 or</p> <p><span><span><strong>John’s Bad Ass Power Cookie</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/badass.jpg" width="390"></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Being a fitness enthusiast and trainer, John received many inquires for a recommendation on a non-GMO vegan snack that was not only healthy but actually tasted good.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>On a mission to show everyone that a plant-based diet is great for the body and the planet, John decided to start his own product line and created the Bad Ass Power Cookie. Because who doesn’t love a cookie? It comes individually wrapped, so you can throw this cookie in your lunchbox, briefcase, purse or gym bag. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>What makes this cookie good for you is the most nutritionally-dense ingredient on the planet - spirulina. Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that boasts a plethora of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants as well as protein. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>You can find the Bad Ass Power Cookies at <a href="">Swami Juice</a>, <a href="">Fit Food Express</a> and <a href="">Infra Sweat</a> in Boca Raton. They are also available on </span></span><span><span><a href=""></a>.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="456" src="" width="490"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><span><span><br></span></span></p>magazineWed, 26 Feb 2014 14:57:06 +0000 & ReviewsHow to Work Out the Right Way<p>Since the dawn of Pinterest and Instagram, fitness “tips” are now just a search bar and a hashtag away. There’s the ever-questionable squat challenge, a multitude of self-proclaimed yogis and yoginis and Instagram personalities like Jen Selter, who’s famous for the rather significant bump on her behind.</p> <p>While some are credible, they tend to get lost in the sea of advice from your girlfriend’s best friend’s brother-in-law, who figured he’d offer up his guidance since he hits the gym every once in a while.</p> <p>On the quest to the torch the fat and define those muscles, we forget to double-check our source’s credentials – yes, I’m guilty of it too. But let’s hit the pause button for a second and drop those dumb bells.</p> <p><strong>Janine Tiede </strong>and <strong>Kirk Slobody</strong>, former NCAA athletes and the founders of <strong>SloBody</strong> in Delray, were gracious enough to sit down with Boca mag to offer advice on what to do, what to focus on and what you may be doing wrong.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/slobody.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>1. <strong>Find a good instructor.</strong> You need someone that understands your body and can tailor your workout to what you need, based on your fitness level, any health conditions and so on. When a client joins SloBody, Janine and Kirk start with a personal assessment to help them find the workout plan that’s best for you.</p> <p>2. <strong>Understand your body mechanics</strong>. Is your weight distributed equally through both feet? Do your knees fall together? Is your pelvis aligned? These can all affect your body mechanics, which is how your body moves in space, and in turn affect your workouts. When assessing a client, Janine and Kirk often start at the feet and move upward because of the body’s kinetic chain of activity. By understanding your body mechanics, you can adjust your workouts so it’s more effective and reduce the chance of injury. “It’s all about form,” Janine says.</p> <p>3. <strong>Set your goals.</strong> Maybe you’re training for a half-marathon. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight. Maybe your focus is on overall improvement in fitness. Depending on your goals, your schedule and training program will differ. For those trying to lose weight, Kirk says they recommend cardio three or four times a week. For those trying to increase endurance, the focus is on the technique. For every fitness goal, there’s a method to achieve it.</p> <p>4.  <strong>Work your core</strong>. People tend to work out the visible muscles. But neglecting those core muscles that support the spine can be problematic. When doing strength training, always incorporate exercises that build up the core.</p> <p>5. <strong>Warm up and cool down.</strong> It could be anything as simple as swinging your legs back and forth and circling your arms to a brief set of yoga stretches. Regardless, take two minutes before and after your workout to “strengthen and lengthen.” It’s the step that’s often missing from everyone’s workout, Janine says.</p> <p>Other quick tips? Ditch anything that seems a bit too dogmatic, Janine says. Think crash diets and 30-day challenges that don’t translate into lifestyle changes – ehem, the previously mentioned squat challenge.</p> <p>The key is to find a workout plan that’s sustainable, Kirk says.</p> <p>When it comes to workout supplements, do your research. Janine and Kirk aren’t big on workout supplements, but they acknowledge that there are some good ones out there. Just make sure you understand what you’re putting in your body.</p> <p>To get more fitness tips and find out more about SloBody, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. SloBody is located at <em>209 N.E. Fifth Terrace, Delray Beach</em>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 24 Feb 2014 19:58:24 +0000 Week Ahead: Feb. 25 to March 2<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="532" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/mia-farrow-fourarts.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Mia Farrow</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last fall, when the Society of the Four Arts booked Mia Farrow for its 2014 lecture series, it could not have foreseen the firestorm of controversy surrounding Woody Allen and his personal life. But you can’t blame his ex-wife if the relationship with her creatively brilliant, personally reprehensible ex-husband is the <em>last</em> thing she wants to talk about in a lecture tour. Instead, expect Farrow to focus on her own distinguished career, which has included roles ranging from Peter Pan to Daisy Buchanan. In addition to the string of classics she made with Allen, Farrow has worked with directors such as Roman Polanski, Robert Altman, Claude Chabrol and Michel Gondry, and her willowy, fragile and unassumingly comic on-screen persona helped establish a Hollywood archetype. Outside of the screen, Farrow is admired for her humanitarian activism in African apartheid states, winning an international award for her service in 2009.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/music_string2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Black Angels and Roky Erickson</strong></p> <p>Where: Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $22</p> <p>Contact: 305/377-2277, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With his pioneering garage band The 13<sup>th</sup> Floor Elevators, vocalist and guitarist Roky Erickson contributed one of the most searing, rollicking psych-rock hits of the 1960s with “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” whose staggered opening set the tone over the credits to the film “High Fidelity” decades later. A lot happened to Erickson in between these touchstones, including bouts with mental illness that led to forced electroconvulsive therapy. But he has survived his demons to remain a cult music icon, a songwriter specializing in the macabre and fantastic. His new band, the Hounds of Baskerville, will back him up tonight at Grand Central, where he’ll open for the Black Angels, a terrific Austin psych quintet in the storied tradition of the 13<sup>th</sup> Floor Elevators.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="502" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/audra-mcdonald.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Audra McDonald</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Starting at $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When Audra McDonald visited the Mizner Park Amphitheater last March for Festival of the Arts BOCA, she promised that she’d come back. I didn’t expect a return date so soon, but I’m certainly not complaining. Witty, charming and lovely to look at, McDonald brings the total package to her solo cabaret-style performances, with a repertoire as eclectic as it is unconventional. At the Boca festival, she sang numbers from “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Ordinary Days” and “Steel Pier;” who knows what forgotten Broadway delicacies she’ll re-invigorate this time? </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="557" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/beverley.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Fighting Over Beverley”</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>A year after producing Israel Horovitz’s “Gloucester Blue,” the Theatre at Arts Garage continues the long-running relationship between the playwright and local artistic director Lou Tyrrell, a relationship that extends beyond Tyrrell’s previous company, Florida Stage. “Fighting Over Beverley,” Horovitz’s latest, is a romantic triangle, set in his beloved Gloucester, among three 70-plus-year-olds: An English war bride from the Second World War, her current fisherman-husband, and the Brit whose heart she broke 53 years earlier. Though Beverley now has two romantic options and decades’ worth of stirred-up emotional cobwebs, Tyrrell says the play “is about her taking control of her own life, and not being subject to a man and a husband. So the issues of independence and life and love, especially from that point of view, are going to land very specifically for theatergoers that are that age.” The play runs through March 23. </p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/mcbwss.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet Program III</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-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The current season continues to be a boundary-pushing one for Miami City Ballet, whose Program III is headlined by a company premiere, Jerome Robbins’ “West Side Story Suite.” Transformed into a ballet nearly 40 years after Robbins’ choreography helped make the “West Side Story” film such a success, this 1995 suite not only improves on his original choreography but it requires its actors to sing many of the musical’s cherished numbers, a double duty that has pushed its dancers to new limits. Also on this docket: George Balanchine’s bold two-part ballet “Episodes,” another company premiere; and another Balanchine classic, the eight-minute “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.”</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/health-expo-stop-img.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Health and Wellness Experience</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The lines at McDonald’s may still be depressingly long, but proper fitness and dieting are no longer the domain of a niche contingent of the population. These days, even Wal-Mart carries some organic food by popular demand, albeit begrudgingly. Just about every major city has responded to this upward trend with an annual health and wellness fair, with Boca Raton finally following suit. This debut event will include multiple health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, presentations on healthy lifestyle choices, children’s activities and dozens of vendors, including Florida Dairy Farmers, Fit Foodz Café and Whole Foods Market. Visitors can also meet their favorite personalities from CBS 12 News.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/redhotpatriot.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/347-3948, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fourteen-time Carbonell Award-nominated actor Barbara Bradshaw has played an innumerable number of roles since her entrée into the South Florida theater scene nearly four decades ago. But she’s never taken on the theater’s most arduous endurance test—the solo show—until now. She’ll tackle this daunting feat in a long-awaited production from the Women’s Theatre Project. In a role that Kathleen Turner portrayed on Broadway, Bradshaw will immerse herself into the wardrobe, wit and razor-sharp mind of Molly Ivins, the liberal Lone Star State firebrand who courted controversy with her pointed critiques of politics in both Texas and the national stage. Bradshaw, who spoke to <em>Boca Raton</em> last year for a story in our February issue, told me, “I keep falling down all these rabbit holes with Molly Ivins, and each rabbit hole I fall down just wants to make me know her more. I feel like I’m getting to know somebody who’s going to be my best friend.” The play runs through March 16.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/61260221-stephanie-miller.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Stephanie Miller</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $42.74-$76.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>And speaking of powerful liberal women with microphones, radio talk show host Stephanie Miller will bring her award-winning “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour” back to Fort Lauderdale more than two years after it sold out the Parker Playhouse. The irreverent morning broadcaster still doesn’t have a local affiliate in the South Florida market, but expect another strong turnout for this tour, which brings along some heavy hitters in left-leaning comedy, including Biblical scholar John Fugelsang and the offbeat accordionist Judy Tenuta. Word has it that Alan Grayson, the Florida congressman most loathed by conservatives and most worshipped by libs, will join these comedians on a panel after their standup sets.</p>John ThomasonMon, 24 Feb 2014 19:10:07 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsWine, Women and Shopping<p>Help raise money for <strong>Brides Against Breast Cancer</strong> during its first Wine, Women and Shopping event. The fundraiser will be held Feb. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Sonoma House.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/wine_women_shopping.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Tickets are $15 <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> and at the door. Fee includes wine and chocolate pairings, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. The event features the latest fashion trends and vendors including: Trendy Truck, Runway Gypsies, Barbara Gerwit, among others.</p> <p>Brides Against Breast Cancer raises money for programs that help cancer patients, as well as their families and caregivers. To find out more, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Sonoma House</a> is located at <em>220 N.E. 11<sup>th</sup> St., Boca Raton</em>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 24 Feb 2014 18:39:05 +0000 EventsMeatball Room Gets Rolling<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/meatballroom.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>I recently had a long conversation with John Hanley, owner of the newish <strong>Meatball Room</strong> (3011 Yamato Rd. 561/409-4111), and he dropped a few tidbits about what’s happening after three months in business. Here's an abbreviated list of what to watch out for at the sphere-centric West Boca eatery. (Check out the May/June issue of Boca mag for a more in-depth coverage of my interview with Hanley.)</p> <p>1. Come March 1, the restaurant will be rolling out a new menu that adds more meatballs and subtracts a few dishes that didn’t quite live up to diners’ expectations.</p> <p>2. The staff will be working with the Boca Chamber of Commerce on hosting a grand opening party in early March.</p> <p>3. Hanley is already looking to open another Meatball Room in Pompano Beach, with an eye on opening a third on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.</p> <p>4. Hoping to attract a more, uh. . . lively, late-night crowd in notoriously staid West Boca, the restaurant is running a variety of weeknight promotions. Monday is Meatballs ‘n’ Martinis, with $5 Grey Goose ‘tinis and complimentary mini-meatballs. Tuesday is karaoke. Wednesday is trivia. Thursday is Ladies’ Night, where customers of the female persuasion can drink free and anyone who buys a Purity vodka drink gets included in a raffle to win diamond jewelry.</p> <p>Oh, and on Saturday, March 8, the Beatles tribute band Across the Universe, will be performing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first U.S. concert. All you need is meatballs. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 24 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 DealsNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsOscar Night at HMF<p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/oscar_coctails-hb-go-vr.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>If you want to give yourself a little red carpet treatment while watching stars on the red carpet at the upcoming Oscars, then <strong>HMF</strong> (1 S. County Rd., 561/290-0104) is just the place for you.</p> <p>On Oscar night—that’s Sunday, March 2—the posh bar-lounge-inventive world tapas bar just off the lobby in Palm Beach’s star-magnet Breakers Hotel will unveil a trio of Hollywood-themed cocktails to help make the antics of Hollywood’s best, brightest, weirdest and most well-lubricated go down easier.</p> <p>Of course, HMF’s superlative wine list doesn’t hurt either, nor does the excellent food. (You really have to try the tissue-thin fingerling potato chips with warm onion-Parmesan dip.) Recipes for the cocktails—Hollywood Blush, Golden Oscar and Velvet Rope—are listed below, just in case you’d like check out the festivities on your own carpet, red or otherwise.</p> <p><strong>Hollywood Blush</strong></p> <p>2 ounces Bacardi Dragonberry Rum</p> <p>1/2 ounce Chambord</p> <p>6-8 mint leaves</p> <p>2 raspberries</p> <p>2 lime wedges</p> <p>Splash of simple syrup</p> <p>1 ounce club soda</p> <p>1 ounce champagne</p> <p>Muddle the mint, lime and simple syrup, then add rum, Chambord, club soda and shake. Pour into a martini glass and top off with champagne. Garnish with three fresh raspberries.</p> <p><strong>The Golden Oscar</strong></p> <p>2 ounces Chopin vodka</p> <p>1 ounce peach schnapps</p> <p>1 ounce peach nectar</p> <p>Shake and strain into champagne flute. Top with 4 ounces Prosecco.</p> <p><strong>The Velvet Rope</strong></p> <p>1 1/2 ounces Grey Goose "Le Poire" Vodka</p> <p>1/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur</p> <p>3/4 ounce fresh ruby red grapefruit juice</p> <p>1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice</p> <p>1/2 ounce simple syrup</p> <p>Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orchid.</p>Bill CitaraSun, 23 Feb 2014 17:39:53 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Your Guide to the Local Shopping Scene<p><strong><img alt="" height="374" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/brooksbrothers.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Brooks Brothers</a></strong> has opened a new location in <a href="">Aventura Mall</a> (<em>950 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305/466-4375</em>). It’s one-stop shop, selling everything from formal wear to swimwear for men, women and kids – plus a selection of home goods as well. Check out the new line of spring accessories, which includes pieces in bold shades of green, blue and radiant orchid.</p> <p><img alt="" height="376" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/allureevent.jpg" width="300"> </p> <p><strong><a href="">Saks Fifth Avenue</a> </strong>is showcasing spring beauty trends on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event, presented in collaboration with national beauty magazine, <strong>Allure,</strong> will feature four panelists of beauty experts. Tickets are $100. RSVP by emailing <a href=""></a> or calling 561/620-1206.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/palmbeachoutlets1.jpg" width="500"> </p> <p>If you haven’t already checked it out, head over to West Palm Beach for the <strong><a href="">Palm Beach Outlets</a>. </strong>On the store list: Michael Kors, Coach, J.Crew and so much more.</p> <p><em><em>For more Fashion Forward posts, click <a href="/blog/tag/fashion-forward/">here</a>.</em></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 21 Feb 2014 21:20:30 +0000 EventsMovie Reviews: &quot;Omar&quot; and &quot;Gloria&quot;<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/omar.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and the same rules often apply to movie posters. One glance at the poster for “Philomena,” with its treacly-funny, Odd Couple implications, and cineastes wouldn’t be blamed for running for the hills, not expecting the morally complex, plausible and genuinely touching movie that exists beyond the marketing pander.</p> <p>Ditto to the misleading poster for “Omar” that currently hangs in the Coral Gables Art Cinema, one of a handful of local theaters opening the film today. It’s an extreme close-up of an attractive young Palestinian couple locking lips underneath an undoubtedly out-of-context blurb from the <em>Los Angeles Times’</em> Betsy Sharkey lauding the film’s “Incredible Love Story!”</p> <p>The intention may be to mislead Nicholas Sparks fans into the art-house ghetto, but don’t fall under that spell. “Omar” may be, somewhat, a love story, but it’s certainly not a romance. It’s more like a Shakespearean tragedy filmed by the Arab world’s answer to Martin Scorsese—a brutally violent and high-energy crime thriller about the perils of revolution.</p> <p>The title character, played by Adam Bakri, is one of a cell of three Palestinian youths revolting against the Israeli occupation. But he’d rather spend his days with Nadia (Leem Lubany), his beloved, who lives on the Israeli side of the West Bank Wall—in a sense the Capulet to his Montague. When he is caught scaling the wall and then abused by a cadre of malicious Israeli border guides, he and his “freedom fighters” launch a sniper attack that leads to the death of an Israeli soldier. This creates a domino effect that dictates the rest of the film’s narrative, with Omar captured and forced to either collaborate with the occupiers or continue a battle that looks scarcely worth fighting as the lines between “friend” and “enemy” blur. The film becomes a succession of cautious alliances, deceptions and betrayals, perceived or otherwise, that leaves plenty of bodies in its wake.</p> <p>Remarkably, director Hany Abu-Assad said he developed the serpentine story structure in just four hours and wrote the script in four days. Certainly, the film oozes inspiration and personality. In dramatizing the lives of revolutionaries, Abu-Assad creates an atmosphere of perpetual—and justified—paranoia on the sepia streets of the modern-day Palestinian territories, a world in which danger is instantaneous and escape routes must always be explored. The movie is most thrilling when it hits those streets, and the director’s fluid camera tracks Omar eluding his captors through alleys and backyards, markets and rooftops. He’s a rat in a familiar maze, and he knows all the ways out—at least until every possible exit is blocked.</p> <p>I’m sure that “Omar” has faced its share of pro-Zionist backlash toward a film that has the audacity to explain and sympathize with the unrest and, yes, the terror that foments on the other side of the Wall (What’s that saying about “one man’s freedom fighter?” It’s one thing to hear about this conflict from a didactic, liberal, well-meaninged Israeli director grasping at thin narrative strands of peace between these warring cultures to show the rest of the world that things might not be so bad. It’s another to hear it from a far more uncompromising Palestinian who views the conflict from a jaundiced but realist eye.</p> <p>But it’s hard to argue that Abu-Assad is a humanist. None of his characters’ violence is glorified, and his lone recurring Israeli character is a police investigator who comes across as a forgiving family man. The dynamics of occupation and revolution cut across cultures, and as a cautionary tale, “Omar” questions the worth of taking any human life in a violent uprising, no matter where it is in the world. It achieves the balance many international filmmakers aim for—geographically specific and universally relatable. The 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race now has its underdog.</p> <p><em>"Omar" is now playing at Regal Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, Living Room Theaters at FAU, Movies of Delray, Frank Theatres at Delray Marketplace, Movies of Lake Worth, and the Coral Gables Art Cinema.</em></p> <p><strong>****</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/movies-gloria-012414-videosixteenbynine540.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>The movie quote “I am Spartacus” has enjoyed an endless shelf life since the legions of Roman slaves all claimed to be the Thracian gladiator himself. But they weren’t really Spartacus, of course. Only Spartacus was Spartacus; that’s why he’s Spartacus, and we don’t know <em>their</em> names.</p> <p>Such is not the case with “Gloria,” the breakthrough new film from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio, which opens Friday in South Florida. In this warm and relatable picture, you may find yourself saying, “That’s me. I am Gloria.” Far from the aspirational wish fulfillment of many movie heroes, the Gloria of the title is strikingly ordinary, a person indistinguishable from the madding crowd, a woman who doesn’t know what to do in every situation, and doesn’t possess the right conversational zinger at the right time. And more things <em>don’t</em> happen to her than do happen to her. After half a century of independent films gradually chipping away at ersatz Hollywood glamour, a movie like this is still refreshing. It’s like “Frances Ha” for older people.</p> <p>Paulina Garcia, in a strikingly vulnerable and unguarded performance, plays Gloria, a middle-aged mother of two who has been divorced for more than a decade. We first find her dancing to synthpop music at a nightclub; it’s here that she’ll meet Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez), an older, retired naval officer and fellow divorcee who is magnetically attracted to her freewheeling exuberance. They start to form a relationship even as red flags abound; Rodolfo has a habit of disappearing when put in situations even slightly uncomfortable, and he won’t disclose their relationship to his own children and ex-wife. Meanwhile, Gloria’s upstairs neighbor has been having chronic fits that are keeping him up at night, and there’s also a pesky hairless cat that keeps invading her apartment space; apparently, “Inside Llewyn Davis” isn’t the only winter film about a directionless character cohabiting with a feline.</p> <p>Don’t expect much drama to ensue from these scenarios. Lelio resists all temptations for emotional grandiosity, resulting in a film that is so low-key, so rooted in the everyday, that it’s a double-edged sword: “Gloria” could use a gripping scene here, a jolt there, a compelling confrontation to accompany the slow burn, which pretty much extinguishes itself of its own accord (there is one scene, finally, in which Gloria releases a crowd-pleasing bit of revenge). But mostly, these de-dramatized weeks in the life of an average person strike notes of realism that are more than welcome at the box office. Lelio’s decision to virtually eliminate the use of a musical score ensures that the intimate scenes, both in and out of the bedroom, between Gloria and Rodolfo, are presented free of emotional cues. As a result, they have the excitement of fresh romance with a rising undercurrent of unease; we don’t really know what to think. Like Gloria, we’re just fumbling through them.</p> <p><em>"Gloria" is now playing at Living Room Theaters at FAU.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 21 Feb 2014 15:54:01 +0000 & EventsMoviesSmall Bites: All the News You Can Use<p><img alt="" height="133" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/rapoport.jpg" width="200">Congrats to <strong>Burt Rapoport</strong> and company, who in late May will be heading to New York to prepare dinner at the James Beard House. Along with Da Man himself will be chefs Jon Greening (Deck 84), Jay Prisco (Bogart’s), Ben Burger (Henry’s), and David Innes (Rapoport Restaurant Group’s pastry chef). The menu will prominently feature Florida ingredients in dishes like black grouper paella, roasted Jackman Ranch Wagyu beef tenderloin and trio of citrus mousses (mice?).</p> <p>Long-time Rapoport partner (and current partner in Burt &amp; Max’s) Dennis Max has a little news too. New <strong>Max’s Harvest</strong> (169 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 561/381-9970) chef Eric Baker has begun to put his own stamp on the restaurant’s farm-to-fork menu, adding dishes like a warm kale Caesar salad with toasted quinoa and crispy white anchovy and “high on the hog pork duo,” with roasted pork loin and shoulder, black bean chorizo, succotash, roasted sweet plantain and charred scallion vinaigrette.</p> <p>New stuff too at <strong>Fork &amp; Knife</strong> (99 SE Mizner Blvd., 561/405-6542), the “modern comfort food” specialist in Boca Raton. There’s a new weekend brunch menu with dishes like Captain Crunch french toast and brisket hash topped with three fried eggs, plus new lunch and dinner menus, including a decadent-sounding burger that comes gilded with a fried egg, crispy onion straws, bacon jam and the house burger sauce. FYI, I had dinner at F&amp;K the other night and had a damn fine meal, from the savory shrimp ‘n’ grits to the crisp-tender fried chicken atop a golden waffle to the truly wicked banana pudding studded with sliced banana and vanilla wafers. Good stuff there. . . check ‘em out.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 21 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsHearts and &quot;Soles&quot;<p>At age 12, kids are expected to be – well, just that: kids.</p> <p>But as Connie Siskowski discovered while completing her PhD, there’s an overwhelming number of kids in the country who serve as caregivers in their households. They’ve given up a portion of their childhood to care for their parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members who need help due to a disability, mental illness, substance abuse or other conditions.</p> <p>You can listen to their stories <a href=";view=article&amp;id=662&amp;Itemid=288" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/connie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(Pictured: Connie Siskowski and children of the AACY)</em></p> <p>So in an effort to give these kids their childhood back and provide the support no one was giving them, Siskowski founded the American Association of Caregiving Youth, which is headquartered in Boca Raton.</p> <p>On Feb. 28, the organization is hosting their fourth annual fundraiser, <strong><a href=";task=icalrepeat.detail&amp;evid=522&amp;Itemid=230&amp;year=2014&amp;month=02&amp;day=28&amp;uid=e53fc107cec2130c9b9d2923385ce840" target="_blank">Hearts and “Soles.”</a> </strong>The dinner and auction will be held at the Polo Club at 7 p.m., with all proceeds going toward the children “who are filling big shoes.” The event will honor Frank Barbieri and Helen Babione, both longtime advocates of the organization.</p> <p>There will be an open bar, a DJ, dancing, silent and live auctions, a speed raffle, a wonderful dinner of steak and large prawns – plus make your own sundaes for dessert – and Calvin Klein models that will be helping throughout the event. Tickets are $150 per person and $1500 for a table of ten.</p> <p>Since the organization’s inception, more than 700 students have been enrolled in the Caregiving Youth Project, which allows the group to work with each individual until he or she is 18.</p> <p>But Siskowski says there’s still a lot left to do.</p> <p>There’s an estimated 1.4 million caregiving youth in the U.S., according to the organization’s website. And every year, the number of referrals and applicants for the program increases, she says.</p> <p>To purchase tickets to the dinner, call 561/391-7401 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. The Polo Club is located at 5400 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 20 Feb 2014 20:44:01 +0000 EventsWoodward and Bernstein Dish<p><img alt="" height="134" src="/site_media/uploads/w_&amp;_b.jpg" width="200">Two of the towering figures in journalism—men who defined my generation—took the stage yesterday at FAU and talked casually about what is generally regarded as “the greatest single reporting of all time”—the Watergate investigation by the <em>Washington Pos</em>t. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are silver-haired now, almost statesmanlike, but you could still see the scrappy kid in Bernstein, countered by the midwestern elegance of his partner in the story, Bob Woodward.  The latest in Larkin Symposium speaker series at FAU, yesterday’s lecture was “Inside the White House from Nixon to Obama—A Conversation with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein” moderated by former director of the Nixon Library, Dr. Timothy Naftali.</p> <p>The conversation was chilling as well as darkly funny—tales of bumbling Watergate burglars with address books listing the “W. House” (Woodward: “That could have only meant two things—and it wasn’t what Bernstein said, the whorehouse.”) Of Nixon’s rages, the 4,000 hours of tapes both men listened to (“even in the car”), the personal threats to Bernstein by Attorney General John Mitchell when the latter realized the investigation was closing in, the ever-supportive editor Ben Bradlee, who “stood up for us” in their quest for what they called “the best obtainable version of the truth” even when their own Washington Press Corps colleagues sided with the rest of America in ridiculing the <em>Post’s</em> ongoing investigation.</p> <p>Woodward and Bernstein, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the work that would eventually topple President Nixon, painted a portrait of a man who was at once autocratic and criminal, yet had a “fascinating” political mind, and who was, after all, a tragic figure. “Hate was the piston during his administration,” Woodward said. Bernstein said the whole affair demonstrates “what a truly free press means for the country.”</p> <p>Both men were affable and outspoken, critical of government secrecy, the public’s lack of curiosity, Obama’s triumphs and failures, Benghazi, and the current state of the press. They were generous of their time, still going strong after 90 minutes, when droves of grey-haired audience members apparently decided it was time to go, presumably to catch an early bird special somewhere. But that kind of rudeness is for another blog; this one will stay on topic, which is that Boca had the opportunity to listen to history yesterday from two journalists who redefined investigative reporting for all time.</p> <p>Maybe the best takeaway from the lecture was what Woodward said about his longtime editor, Bob Kaiser, who worked at the Post for 50 years before he retired recently. Woodward said it was a tearful occasion in the newsroom, but he will always remember what the old editor said upon his departure: “Remember, it’s all about the reporting. Save the ship.”</p>Marie SpeedThu, 20 Feb 2014 09:36:04 +0000 & EventsSalon Sora Launches Braid Bar<p><a href="">Salon Sora</a> isn’t your typical salon. From its luxurious interior design to its wide array of services, you’ll have booked your next five appointments the moment you walk through the penthouse door.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/large_interior.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Get your hair styled, your nails done and your eyebrows waxed. While you’re at it, you might as well get a hydro facial or visit the color bar, make-up bar and – the newest addition to Salon Sora – the braid bar.</p> <p>The service is currently a growing trend, amplified by the past two seasons of NYFW. Anyone else catch the perfectly imperfect French braids during Rachel Zoe’s spring 2014 runway show? I dare you to tell me they weren’t incredible.</p> <p>Well, those fabulous braids have now walked straight off the runway and into the trendiest salons all over the country.</p> <p>Thank <strong>Frank Marino</strong> and <strong>Kerry Resnick</strong>, co-owners of the salon, for bringing it to Boca. As far as Marino knows, they’re the only ones in the area with a specific braid bar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/_dsc3173.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><img alt="" height="416" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/fishtail-braid-fixed_gal.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>Styles range from $35 to $65, and can last up to a week, held together by a combination of bobby pins, invisible rubber bands and hair spray.</p> <p>Opt for an infinity braid, a fishtail braid, a headband braid – anything your heart desires. But rest assured you’ll get the advice and design that’s best for you.</p> <p>I sat down with <strong>Louis Karakasians</strong>, one of the four stylists in Salon Sora who specialize in braids. Based on the time of day, my natural part and even the strand of hair that curves carefully around the side of my face, he created a style that would work for me.</p> <p>His fingers flitted through my typically stubborn locks, French-braiding and fishtailing my hair with ease.</p> <p>The next time you’re looking for a new twist in hair styling, this may be the service for you. For more information on Salon Sora, call 561/338-7597.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 19 Feb 2014 20:28:54 +0000 Doc Shares Heart Health Tips for Men<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When February rolls along, Valentine's Day tends to steal the spotlight. But candy hearts aren't the only ones that should be getting national attention. February also happens to be American Heart Month, which instead places the focus on that heart beating inside your chest.</p> <p>Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And when it comes to the probability, men are twice as likely as women to die from preventable CVD.</p> <p>To help raise awareness about men and heart disease, I spoke to Delray Beach cardiologist Mark Gardner. In this February Fit Life column, Dr. Gardner shares insight about what men might not know when it comes to their hearts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/gardner.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>Boca Mag: How are men different than women when it comes to heart disease?</strong></p> <p>Mark Gardner: … Sixty percent of people end up having either a heart attack or stroke in their lifetime. Men actually are a little luckier than women in that they often present with the symptoms.</p> <p><strong>BM: What are symptoms and heart disease risk factors in men?</strong></p> <p>MG: Half of people have, as their very first symptom of heart disease, a heart attack. So one good thing to tell the reader is don’t ignore your body. [Pay attention] if you’re not feeling right, if you’re winded when you shouldn’t be, if you have discomfort in your chest.</p> <p>Chest pain is a big thing never to be ignored. That’s especially if you’re at risk. Traditional risk factors are high cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure – and diabetes is a big one.</p> <p>[Another risk factor is] family history of premature coronary disease. That has been overstated, unfortunately. Many people think that if any member of their family had a heart problem, they’re going to unfortunately develop one. But the family history correlation is very specific. What we mean by family history and a genetic predisposition for developing premature heart disease is having a male family member develop heart disease before they’re 55 or a female member (first degree relative, including a parent, uncle, aunt or sibling) before the age of 65.</p> <p>Risks are important for predicting onset of disease.</p> <p><strong>BM: What else might men not know about heart health?</strong></p> <p>MG: We have statistical data for trying to figure out who will develop heart disease in their lifetime. We get complacent because the disease is latent for so long. Atherosclerosis develops in your 20s and 30s and 40s, but it just doesn’t present overtly as a problem until your 60s or 70s. So, the disease is already beginning in your body, but it’s latent and you’re asymptomatic.</p> <p>With the new guidelines that came out in November [2013], physicians are being asked to be more aggressive about preventing this illness from even coming. Up until this new set of guidelines, the mandate has been to react to the presence of the disease. That is … a very encouraging change.</p> <p>Heart attacks still carry a very real risk of dying. And stroke is the main reason people under the age of 65 become disabled. Stroke is more prevalent in women than men under 65.</p> <p>The big change is there is a clear mandate for prevention.</p> <p><strong>BM: What do you want to tell the guys who read the Fit Life?</strong></p> <p>MG: Even in your 20s and 30s, get a checkup.</p> <p>Know your body. Know when you’re not feeling right and get that checked—especially if you have a family member who was young when they first developed heart disease. [When he says “developed heart disease,” Gardner is referring to having atherosclerosis or narrowing of the vessels that deliver blood to the heart. Having a heart attack isn't the only sign of heart disease.]</p> <p>Gardner says preventative treatment of the disease shows huge benefits when it comes to health.</p> <p>Data shows that those who get into an exercise regimen and drop weight significantly lower their risk of heart disease. Lowering blood pressure also results in a decreased risk of heart attack.</p> <p>“Lifestyle changes improve outcome,” Gardner says. “Medicines work, too.”</p> <p>Mark Gardner practices with Tenet Florida Physician Services, at 5035 Via Delray, Delray Beach; 561/637-0500.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 19 Feb 2014 17:51:34 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: Sultan Hookah Bar<p><span><span><span><strong>Where:</strong></span></span></span><span><span><span> 3401 N. Federal Highway #101, </span></span></span><span><span>561/347-3999</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>The lowdown: </strong></span></span></span><span><span><span>When you first walk into Sultan Hookah Bar, you're greeted with bright lights, counter service and the looks of a convenience store. Eh, not exactly what you thought you were getting into. But give one of the attractive and attentive hostesses a chance to greet you and bring you through the curtain, because once you cross that barrier, you'll be instantly transported to a Mediterranean oasis.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/sultancafe2.jpg" width="500"></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Sultan is exactly what you’d expect from a hookah bar: a smoky lounge with a Middle Eastern-flair, comfy mismatched couches and eccentric artwork. Colorful yet dimly lit chandeliers illuminate the room, and house music plays low over the speakers. Don't expect the typical fist-pumping house music; this was more exotic, giving a spiritual and energetic lift to the laid-back atmosphere.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There's no alcohol served, but there's a nice selection of fruit juices, smoothies, and tea. You can nosh on $5-sandwiches such as the popular Falafel sandwich, or get a little taste of everything on the $11.99 mixed appetizer. If you’re like me and love to share a good app with the table, or just prefer to sample an array of different things, this is ideal. A basket full of warm pita bread, grape leaves and dips including hummus (chickpeas), baba ghanoush (eggplant), and lambda (yogurt) is pretty much perfection on a plate for me.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>But enough about the food; let’s get to what Sultan is all about: hookah. I’ve never seen such a variety of flavors before. Chocolate! Cinnamon! Café Latte! There are classic flavors like strawberry and peach, but the more daring can dive into mixed flavors and find a sea of mint grape and something called “Pirate’s Booty.” I don’t ever want to know what a real Pirate’s booty is supposed to taste like, but this reminds me of gummy bears.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/sultancafe.jpg" width="500"></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I’ve never met a piece of chocolate I didn’t like, so I went with that, hoping that it really did ring true to that creamy, rich taste of only the best of chocolate bars. As soon as the waitress set down the hookah, I was hit with notes of luscious chocolate liqueur. Even better! The place may not serve alcohol, but this was a great trade off. Hookahs range from $12-16 depending on the flavor you choose. If you’re in a fruity mood, you can even order your hookah to come packed in a variety of fruit bowls such as grapefruit, pineapple or watermelon.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>The intangibles: </strong></span></span></span><span><span><span>Everyone seemed to fit a specific mold, especially the employees. A very relaxed attire and attitude was the norm. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself confusing the employees for the clientele. Even though the atmosphere was loose, the service was tight. Our waitress visited our cozy little corner multiple times throughout the night to make sure we were doing alright.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This is a great late night hangout for the 18-25 crowd, especially if you’re looking for a cool place to just chill out. Sultan Hookah Bar hosts karaoke night on Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight and on College Party Night on Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Hours:</strong></span></span></span><span><span><span> Sultan Hookah Bar is open</span></span></span><span><span><span>Monday</span></span></span><span><span><span>through</span></span></span><span><span><span>Friday from noon to 3 a.m. </span></span></span><span><span><span>and</span></span></span><span><span><span> on Saturday</span></span></span><span><span><span>and</span></span></span><span><span><span>Sunday from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.</span></span></span><span><span><span><br></span></span></span><span><span><span><strong>Website:</strong></span></span></span><span><span><span> </span></span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span><span></span></span></span></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/shaina.jpg" width="300"></p> <div><strong>Shaina Wizov</strong> is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. </div> <div> </div> <div>You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 19 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Palm Beach to Warhol&#39;s Factory (and back)<p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/holzer1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You don’t know how long three minutes can last until you’ve sat for one of Andy Warhol’s “screen tests.”</p> <p>Back in the mid-‘60s, the pioneering pop artist shot more than 400 of these self-reflexive short films—tripod-mounted, static close-ups of faces, shot for three continuous minutes under harsh lighting and then slowed down in postproduction. It was the exploration of the human face as art object.</p> <p>His sitters included Bob Dylan, Dennis Hopper, Marcel Duchamp and Yoko Ono, but you don’t have to be a cultural celebrity visiting his factory to experience what they did. At the interactive conclusion of the Norton Museum of Art’s entertaining and informative exhibition, “To Jane, Love Andy,” museumgoers can plop on a stool, punch a few prompts into a monitor, peer into a vintage Bolex camera (digitally modified, naturally) and have their three-minute, Warholian screen test (it’ll arrive in your e-mail box presently). I tried it, and I’ve rarely felt so vulnerable; I was conscious of every slight movement, eyeblink and facial tic, aware that my every action was under surveillance.</p> <p>In other words, the experience plants everyday people into the shoes of someone like Jane Holzer who, let’s face it, was under the scrutiny of cameras and probing eyes for virtually every waking moment circa 1964, when even writers as cynical as Tom Wolfe salivated at her feet.</p> <p>After all, she’s the reason “To Jane, Love Andy” exists. Sure, the exhibit offers another great excuse to present Warhol pieces in a new context, and we get to savor his flowers, his Marilyn Monroe and Chairman Mao, his Brillo Boxes and Heinz containers, his mordant car-crash death-scapes and his Coca-Cola bottles. There’s even a fascinating and dialectically clashing work he completed alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat.</p> <p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/holzer3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But it’s really about Holzer, his original muse, pre-Edie Sedgwick and pre-Nico, herself an emerging model who met him on a Manhattan street while he was still an emerging artist. It’s well known that Warhol cast Holzer in her first movies, but they were also <em>his</em> first movies, which her presence inspired. The exhibition makes a compelling case that Holzer influenced Warhol as much as the other way around, and that their creative collaboration was one of mutual gain.</p> <p>Word has it that when Warhol approached Holzer to become an actor in his 1964 underground feature “Soap Opera,” she replied, “Anything beats being a Park Avenue housewife.” Holzer could have had anything she wanted, including a life of leisure; she came from Palm Beach money, and in her early ‘20s, she wed an heir to a New York real estate fortune. In light of this, her slumming in the world of underground cinema and photography seems remarkably radical.</p> <p>But as this exhibition shows, she was also a model for countless mainstream publications, with her impressive golden locks defining an ideal of beauty in ‘60s America. She was enamored with the Rolling Stones and vice versa, and she brought out the best in fashion designers, too; in the exhibition’s most swingin’ gallery, the sounds of the Kinks and the Stones pipe through speakers, surrounded by Holzer dresses designed by Yves Saint Laurent, Betsey Johnson, Viola Sylbert and others.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/babyjane1.jpeg" width="326"></p> <p>“To Jane, Love Andy” is comprised in large part of merchandise under glass, with magazine covers and photographs and 45 rpm records defining Holzer’s It Girl status. As Holzer continued her public flirtations following her spotlight in the center of Warhol’s factory, the merchandise randomizes: We see an advertisement for “Kiss of the Spider-Woman,” the 1985 Oscar winner she produced, along with a kitschy, retro jacket promoting Sweet Baby Jane’s, her onetime Worth Avenue ice cream shop. It seems to be calling out for Warhol to silkscreen it.</p> <p>Holzer looks great in everything, in what will probably go down as the art exhibition that’s easiest on the eyes this season. But don’t be surprised if the piece that sticks with you the most is Holzer’s Warhol screen test, which gets its own room in the museum, projected onto an extra-large screen. We’re not used to analyzing every crevice and contour of someone’s visage; stare at that face long enough, with its seeming eternity between blinks, and she’ll start to look less like a beautiful starlet and more like an art object, a filmed sculpture—a collection of facial features suggesting an idea. She becomes larger than life, in more ways than one.</p> <p><em>“To Jane, Love Andy” is at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, through May 25. Admission costs $5-$12. For information, call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonTue, 18 Feb 2014 22:18:50 +0000 & Events2014 South Beach Wine and Food Festival<p>Cleanse your palettes. It’s time for the 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.<a href=""><img alt="" height="436" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/sobewff3.jpg" width="500"></a></p> <p><a href="">SOBE Fest</a>, presented by FOOD &amp; WINE, kicks off Thursday, Feb. 20, and features a slew of dinners, parties, brunches, food seminars, tastings and even fitness events – how does yoga by The Raleigh Hotel pool followed by wine and healthy bites sound?</p> <p>Celebrity chefs and well-known culinary personalities will be present for festivities. So if you’re up for rubbing elbows with the likes of Michelle Bernstein, Anthony Bourdain and Daniel Boulud, snag your <a href=";groupCode">tickets</a> now.</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/sobewff.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/sobewff2.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>It’s hard to believe that what started off as a one-day event at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus is now a full-fledged weekend festival, raising more than $2 million per year for the university’s School of Hospitality &amp; Tourism Management.</p> <p>Last year, the event broke festival records when more than 65,000 people attended. Maybe the record will be broken again this year, and maybe you’ll be part of it.</p> <p>If you’re going to this year’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival, share your pictures on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook for a chance to be featured on our social media platforms. Use the hashtag #bocamagsobewff and make sure your profile is on public, that way we won’t miss your photos!</p> <p><em>**Photos are from last year's events.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 18 Feb 2014 17:17:59 +0000 EventsTwenty Twenty Grille Opens in Boca<p><img alt="" height="136" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/2020grille.png" width="200">I posted yesterday about the resurgent restaurant scene in Boca’s sprawling Royal Palm Place, and here’s one more bit of evidence.</p> <p>It’s <strong>Twenty Twenty Grille</strong> (141 Via Naranjas, 561/990-7969), an elegant, intimate outpost of sophisticated modern American cooking from the husband-and-wife team of Ron and Rhonda Weisheit. The couple, both chefs, come to Boca from Newburyport, Mass., where they operated a bakery-catering company once featured in Food Network’s <em>Cupcake Wars</em>.</p> <p>The former (and short-lived) Artizan Flatbread Company location has been transformed into a whimsical yet stylish dining room with taupe banquettes, gleaming black lacquer tables, a purple accent wall and a visually arresting wall sculpture made from an old wooden refrigerator door.</p> <p>Ron Weisheit’s food sounds like some of the most exciting to hit the local dining scene in awhile, with starters like smoked tomato bisque with lump crabmeat, basil creme fraiche and lobster “caviar;” entrees like chili and ginger-rubbed Florida snapper with drunken crab fondue, conch beignet and mango-horseradish chutney; and desserts like salted caramel creme brulee.</p> <p>I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry just writing about it.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraTue, 18 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: Feb. 18 to 24<p>TUESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/john-isner.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Open matches</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Tickets: $40-$150</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7360, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The U.S. is No. 1! Those kind of bragging rights are not just reserved for Sochi; this past weekend, Boca resident Aaron Krickstein and Boca Prep graduate Andy Roddick helped Team U.S. defeat Team International in the Delray Beach Open’s Champions Tour event of retired tennists. But that was only the beginning of the prestigious, recently renamed tennis tournament, which continues through Feb. 23 with the ATP World Tour Event of currently active players. At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night, USTA Pro Circuit singles record-holder Michael Russell will square off against John Isner (pictured), the currently highest-ranked American tennis player. Check the tournament’s website for more scheduled matches throughout the week.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/danielboulud.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Daniel Boulud</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Tickets: $15-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>His credits speak for themselves: a four-star <em>New York Times </em>restaurateur, three-time James Beard Award winner and the author of six books on cooking, Boulud is as comfortable serving local Palm Beachers as he is president Clinton (he found out during a visit from the former president in his New York restaurant that Bill is allergic to chocolate). His area eatery, Café Boulud in Palm Beach’s Brazilian Court Hotel, was recently called an “outpost of sophisticated, casual elegance” by our food critic, Bill Citara. This lecture sounds like a mouthwatering appetizer for the weekend’s South Beach Wine &amp; Food Festival.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="207" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/masters_of_illusion.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Masters of Illusion Live</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Tickets: $40.28–$50.88</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5999, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The amount of weaponry onstage could resemble the arsenal of an especially theatrical militia: buzz saws, chainsaws, swords, caged tigers, uncaged snakes. Danger even accompanies benign props; there are very few boxes that don’t wind up engulfed in flames, housing sawed-off appendages dangling for dear life. But chances are pretty close to 110 percent that nothing will actually go wrong at this elaborate magic show, staged by the folks behind the short-lived by fondly remembered TV series of the same name (“Masters of Illusion” will return to television this year, courtesy of the CW). The show will feature escapologists, illusionists, dancers and quick-change artists, including such renowned magicians as Ed Alonzo, Jason Byrne and Christopher Hart; the latter’s disembodied hand became world-famous after starring in the three “Addams Family” films.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/bbad.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Return of “Boynton Beach Live”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boynton Beach Arts District, 400 block of West Industrial Avenue, Boynton Beach</p> <p>When: 7 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Admission: Free</p> <p>Contact: 786/521-1199, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last month was a reminder that we should never take great things for granted, especially the kind that cost nothing to attend and offer fun and frivolity for an entire evening. They could disappear in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, as January’s popular Third Thursday Art Walk at the Boynton Beach Arts District did, when flood damage set the district back some $60,000. But Rolando Chang Barrero and his dedicated team managed to secure enough funding to rebuild and continue, and this Thursday, the Art Walk is back and better than ever: Performances include live painting from Craig McInnis; live music from JC Dwyer, lead singer of the Mobile Homies; and, as always, Palm Beach County’s favorite fire spinners, the Philosofires.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/martha-stewart.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: South Beach Wine &amp; Food Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Various South Beach locations</p> <p>Tickets: Prices vary per event</p> <p>Contact: 877/762-3933, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its 13th year, this four-day foodie extravaganza has earned its reputation as the Art Basel of culinary events, once again turning South Beach into a cultural mecca for the rest of the country. The biggest celebrities in the gastronomic world—from Martha Stewart and Anthony Bourdain to Rachael Ray and Emeril Lagasse—will be on hand to host events, cook and share insights. The festival opens Feb. 20 with a poolside party with the 2014 <em>Sports Illustrated</em> swimsuit models and closes Feb. 23 with the East Coast premiere of Wayne Wang’s latest food-centric film “Soul of a Banquet,” screened on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall at the New World Center. There will be dozens of activities in between, including a Sammy Hagar concert, a celebrity chef golf tournament and, of course, the opportunity to savor countless entrees and libations, paired with impeccable skill and innovation.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/the-harimaya-bridge.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Harimaya Bridge” screening and lecture</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Tickets: $7-$10</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Filmmaker Aaron Woolfolk may have been born in Oakland, Calif., but he’s Japanese at heart. A veteran of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, Woolfolk has taught English in rural Japan and shot a number of short films there, and he returned to the Kochi Prefecture for his 2009 feature-film debut “The Harimaya Bridge.” Co-starring Danny Glover and Peter Coyote, the film follows an African-American father’s first visit to Japan after the death of his estranged son, who had fallen in love with a Japanese girl. Secrets are unlocked, prejudices are explored and many tears are shed in an award-winning drama the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> called a “consciousness-raising accomplishment.” Woolfolk, who has the distinction of being the first black director to shoot a feature in Japan, will lead a discussion after the screening.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/fabfaux.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Fab Faux</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Tickets: $42.93–$95.93</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Beatles tribute bands are a dime a dozen, ranging from glorified karaoke acts to talented mimics in period regalia and mop-tops. The Fab Faux distinguish themselves from the herd of Beatle-maniacs by putting the focus squarely on the music: This is a peerless rock band, playing Fab Four tunes with enviable accuracy, and without the accoutrements of vocal imitation and cheesy wigs. Known for playing entire Beatles LPs in sequential order—and for performing the difficult, more obscure numbers the Beatles themselves never played live—the Fab Faux is led by TV personalities Jimmy Vivino, of Conan O’Brien’s house band, and Will Lee, of David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra. Expect a hodgepodge of Beatles material, with contributions from the Hogshead Horns and the Crème Tangerine Strings.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="252" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/812.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “8 ½”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>Tickets: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The prospect of seeing retro movies on their original, 35mm celluloid format has become increasingly impossible in the digital era, with occasional screenings at the Bill Cosford Cinema being the only game in town with the technology and wherewithal to present them. So it is with its new monthly series of vintage Italian cinema, which begins tonight with arguably the most cherished film by the carnivalesque maestro Federico Fellini. Surrealistically dramatizing a short period in the life of an artistically blocked film director, this two-time, semiautobiographical Oscar winner is regularly on the international shortlist for the greatest films ever made, and it’s one of cinema’s classic statements about the frustrations of the creative process. Future screenings include Michelangelo Antonioni’s “The Red Desert” in March and Pasolini’s “Mamma Roma” in April; check the Cosford’s website for full details.</p> <p>MONDAY, FEB. 24</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/alvin-ailey.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Tickets: $25 and up</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>An estimated 23 million people have watched Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre perform—in 48 states, 71 countries and six continents. John F. Kennedy saw AAADT as ambassadors of American culture when he authorized a Southeast Asian tour for them, and it’s a label that has held true for half a century. At its best, the largely African-American company, which choreographer/dancer Ailey founded in 1958, communicates the specific through the universal—the American black experience through the global language of modern dance. This program will close with Ailey’s most enduring masterwork: “Revelations,” an epic three-part ballet that the <em>New York Times</em> called “modern dance’s unquestionable greatest hit.” Its muscular dancers will writhe, contort, reach for the heavens, sink to the ground and “swim” through troubled waters in an emotionally spectrum-spanning piece inspired by spirituals, song-sermons, gospel and holy blues.</p>John ThomasonMon, 17 Feb 2014 15:08:44 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsPiattini Opens in Royal Palm Place<p><img alt="" height="99" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/piattini.jpg" width="200">After a string of restaurant closures last year, the dining scene at Boca’s Royal Palm Place is coming back with a vengeance.</p> <p>Juiceteria’s next-door Raw Garden Cafe opened in late 2013, and coming later this year are Another Broken Egg Cafe in the old Raffaele spot, Havana Nights Cigar Lounge where Jake’s Stone Crab used to be, Ichiyami Buffet &amp; Sushi in the space formerly home to Rosario’s, and Sapphire Indian restaurant in the one-time home to Fusionarie.</p> <p>And there’s more. Like the old Caruso’s, which never quite recovered from the departure of chef-partner Lillo Teodosi, who while there made the charming, bistro-esque eatery a shining outpost of food that reflected the highly refined simplicity at the heart of authentic Italian cookery.</p> <p>Well, Teodosi is back in the former Caruso’s location, now called <strong>Piattini </strong>(187 SE Mizner Blvd., 561/367-8851). The space itself has gotten a more contemporary makeover, with faux-painted walls hung with stylized portraits of Tony Soprano and others, including a giant mug of Marilyn Monroe done by hotshot commercial artist Michael Israel.</p> <p>As the name suggests, Piattini’s menu focuses on small plates and moderate prices, with dishes ranging from fennel salad with orange, arugula and lemon to shell pasta with shrimp, scallops and pea pods in fresh tomato sauce to traditional chicken cacciatore. In an Italian restaurant scene still dominated by old-fashioned red sauce joints, it’s nice to see a chef of Teodosi’s talents and sensibilites back doing what he does best.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 17 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsTheater Review: &quot;The Last Schwartz&quot; at Mizner Park<p><img alt="" height="599" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/schwartz-27.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Throughout the majority of Parade Productions’ “The Last Schwartz,” at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, the character of Simon (Mark Della Ventura) sits slumped on a stool on stage left, his forehead resting on his telescope, gazing into the vast nothingness of space that only comes alive in his imagination. He’s almost 100 percent blind, he shirks at the slightest gesture of physical contact with another person, he’s clearly on the severe end of the autism spectrum, and he doesn’t talk much; when he does, it’s usually about doomsday theory. He’s dressed in a blindingly white getup tailored for his sensitive skin, but the way he sits, it looks like a straitjacket.</p> <p>Which wouldn’t be inappropriate attire in this madhouse of a play, written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, about a dysfunctional family (is there any other kind in the American theater?) meeting to honor the first anniversary of their patriarch’s death. His four siblings have gathered in their ancestral home to perform this traditional Jewish rite; there’s Norma (Candace Caplin), the eldest and most obstinate member of the tribe; Herb (Ken Clement), who seems content with his newspaper and his feet up but who may be living a life a quiet desperation; Gene (Matt Stabile), a video director who has strayed from his heritage; and the ever-present Simon.</p> <p>Most of the drama, though—and the comedy, for that matter—revolves around two of the siblings’ other halves, with Kim Ostrenko as Herb’s wife Bonnie and Betsy Graver as Gene’s latest plaything Kia. Both act as the wrenches thrown into the familial machine, whose actions will derail the intended proceedings.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/schwartz-47.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>As she elucidates Bonnie’s dark backstory—namely a history of miscarriages, a misguided affair and a repressed family secret—with believable tears and anxiety, we watch Ostrenko’s veneer of marital normalcy chip away until she’s largely an open wound. It’s a vulnerable and devastating performance. Graver likewise excels as another hot, ditzy, plastic blonde who confuses astronomy for astrology and seems to possess no social decorum. For years, she’s become typecast in these parts for a good reason—she can play them with unguarded effortlessness and an actorly intelligence that belies the character’s dim wit.</p> <p>Caplin, Clement and Stabile are fine, blending into the ensemble without showing us anything particularly exceptional (Caplin isn’t the first actor to sound unconvincing when reciting the Kiddush in Hebrew before a meal, and she won’t be the last). Director Kim St. Leon moves the play at an agreeably liquid pace, finding a tone that hews perhaps too closely to farce at times. The scene where Gene tries to ward off Bonnie is right out of a Jack Lemmon comedy from the ‘50s, all nervous glances and emasculated rapprochement. It feels archer than its surrounding scenes, but it works anyway.</p> <p>My eyes often drifted back to Simon, though, who in some ways is the play’s most important character <em>and</em> its most tangential. His presence is a constant reminder of the family’s neglect of his condition, but he never comes across as a piteous creature; St. Leon and Della Ventura go a long way toward finding the real person beneath the staggered speech and facial tics. We get real Method-style immersion from Della Ventura, who disappears into this part better than he ever has before; it’s a testament to his abilities that even though he does very little onstage, we miss him the moment he leaves it.</p> <p>Ironically, he may end up being the most enviable character in the show. When surrounded by so much crazy contention, staring off into nothingness sounds pretty appealing.</p> <p><em>“The Last Schwartz” runs through Feb. 23 at the Studio Theatre at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $35 to $40. Call the box office at 866/811-4111 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 14 Feb 2014 15:30:36 +0000 & EventsTheatreTAP Beer Opens in West Delray<p><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/tapbeer.jpg" width="200">Craft brew fans in West Delray, you now have a new spot where you can indulge your passion for fine suds. It’s <strong>TAP Global Beer Collection</strong> (14813 Lyons Rd., 561/270-3839), a temple to artisan ales, IPAs, lagers and more in the sprawling Delray Marketplace.</p> <p>With more than 60 beers on tap—including the excellent brews from such local producers as Due South, Funky Buddha and Salt Water Brewery—there’s no shortage of choices. Throw in an even more extensive list of bottled beers and even a short but interesting selection of wines, and nobody should be leaving this place thirsty.</p> <p>There’s food too, a limited menu of bar munchies, from soft pretzels and fish dip to sliders and dogs to nachos and Buffalo chicken poppers.</p> <p>The earth-toned space sports a rustic-stylish look, with chunky wood tables and chairs, stone-faced columns, industrial-style light fixtures, hardwood floors and gleaming wood-finished bar backed by 72 taps and a bank of flat-screen TVs. There’s an expansive outdoor patio too, complete with firepit, just in case Bell’s 10.5 percent Double Cream Stout doesn’t warm you up on one of South Florida’s rare chilly nights.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 14 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsLast Minute Valentine&#39;s Day Flowers<p>Still haven’t purchased those Valentine’s Day flowers? Thanks to local florists, you don’t have to fret. Here’s a list of companies in the area that are still accepting orders:</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/field.jpg" width="423"> </p> <p><a href="">Field of Flowers</a></p> <p>Shown in picture: Two dozen roses in glass sphere</p> <p>Price: $59-$85, based on color</p> <p>Order online or call 1-800-963-7374.</p> <p><img alt="" height="475" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/bocaratonflorist.jpg" width="423"> </p> <p><a href="">Boca Raton Florist</a></p> <p>Shown in picture: Lavish love bouquet with long stemmed roses</p> <p>Price: $170</p> <p>Call: 561/395-1943</p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/exceptional.jpeg" width="300"> </p> <p><a href="">Exceptional Flowers &amp; Gifts</a></p> <p>Shown in picture: “My Heart to Yours” rose bouquet</p> <p>Price: $49.99-$89.99</p> <p>Call: 561/353-4720</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/whatsblooming.jpg" width="323"> </p> <p><a href="">What’s Blooming</a></p> <p>Shown in picture: 20 rainbow tulips</p> <p>Price: $59.99</p> <p>Call: 561/392-9130</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 13 Feb 2014 14:49:40 +0000 Things You Might Not Know About Maltz Jupiter Theatre<p><img alt="" height="540" src="/site_media/uploads/katoweb.jpg" width="360"></p> <p>This past Monday, over a three-course meal at Fort Lauderdale’s YOLO, the team at <a href="" target="_blank">Maltz Jupiter Theatre</a>, the region’s most award-winning theater company of late, feted members of the media, including your humble servant here at <em>Boca Raton</em>, to a luncheon to announce its 2014-2015 season, which begins in October.</p> <p>But prior to the big news, artistic director Andrew Kato presented an hour-long slide presentation that addressed everything anyone would possibly want to know about the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, from attendance numbers to its ancillary programming to the thought that goes into putting together a balanced season. So before launching into the season, here are 10 things I learned about the Maltz, some of which may surprise you.</p> <ol> <li>Subscriptions have skyrocketed since Kato took over as artistic director, jumping from 2,300 in 2004 to a record-breaking 7,611 for the 2013-2014 season.</li> <li>The Maltz has often been labeled a “musical theater company,” even though two of its productions each season are straight plays. Kato has been working to dispel this misconception.</li> <li>Programming unadventurous shows solely because audiences may enjoy them can be a hazard; a case in point is its 2010 musical revue “Tintypes,” the only Maltz production in the past four years to be voted down for Carbonell award consideration. “[Audiences] hated it just like the rest of us,” Kato said.</li> <li>Carbonell awards do not move ticket sales, but they provide excellent feedback for the company and are indispensable marketing tools.</li> <li>The average audience capacity at a Maltz show has been 93 percent this past season; most theaters hover around 70 percent.</li> <li>The Maltz’s audience ranges from Boca and Delray up to St. Lucie County, and occasionally Broward. One of its more difficult demographics to attract is the local Jupiter resident.</li> <li>No matter how much you imagine it costs to mount one of the Maltz’s lavish productions, chances are the real numbers are higher. This past December’s “Annie” set the theater back more than half a million dollars. The actors’ salaries topped that list, at more than $100,000, but the second-highest cost, shockingly, is the licensing fee to produce “Annie,” which hit nearly $70,000.</li> <li>Throughout the year, the Maltz runs a conservatory for student actors, some of whom travel from Miami to learn the craft. This is not a revenue-builder; sometimes the company runs the conservatory at a $20,000 loss, but educating the next generation of theater professionals is an integral part of its mission.</li> <li>For years, the Maltz had been accused of ignoring local talent when it casted its productions, often flying in actors from New York and elsewhere. The theater responded by posting its open auditions months in advance on its website, which has since attracted Miami actors, many of whom have been cast.</li> <li>The Maltz is contemplating the possibility of expanding its facilities to offer a second theater space, with even more seasonal programming, by 2018.</li> </ol> <p>And now, on with next season!</p> <p> <img alt="" height="145" src="/site_media/uploads/theforeigner.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>The Foreigner (Oct. 26 to Nov. 9)</strong></p> <p>As has become the custom, the Maltz opens with a vintage play, this time Larry Shue’s award-winning 1984 farce about a shy Englishman who pretends to be a non-English-speaking foreigner during a trip to a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. A doting widow, a British explosives expert, a virulent racist, and the requisite distraught heiress round out the colorful cast of characters.</p> <p><img alt="" height="203" src="/site_media/uploads/fiddler.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>Fiddler on the Roof (Dec. 2 to 21)</strong></p> <p>This one needs no introduction. We’ve seen Broadway’s 16<sup>th</sup>-longest-running show a hundred times, but if the Maltz’s recent track record of “The Music Man” and “Annie” is any indication, its artistic team will find a new way to present a beloved warhose.</p> <p><img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/thewiz.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>The Wiz (Jan. 13 to Feb. 1, 2015)</strong></p> <p>Arguably the most head-turning show in the Maltz’s upcoming season, “The Wiz” recasts “The Wizard of Oz” in the context of African-American culture, and when it premiered in 1974, its all-black cast helped break new barriers on the Great White Way. “The score feels like it was just burned yesterday,” says Kato, who, in a rare move, will direct this production himself.</p> <p><img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/glengarry.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>Glengarry Glen Ross (Feb. 8 to 22, 2015)</strong></p> <p>This is the production in which Kato will be pushing his audience the most—David Mamet’s confined, foul-mouthed, pessimistic vision of Hell on Earth as it relates to four Chicago real estate agents peddling toxic properties to duped buyers. This is the season’s most distant cry from musical escapism, and it’s my anticipated most show of the year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/miserables.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>Les Miserables (March 10 to April 5, 2015)</strong></p> <p>More than 65 million people in 42 countries have taken in Schonberg and Boublil’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel. It’s another one of those shows that requires no explanation, and when done right, there are few examples of musical theater that are as moving. At the very least, it should help banish Russell Crowe’s singing voice from your head.</p>John ThomasonWed, 12 Feb 2014 15:30:36 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsRecipes for Healthy Valentine&#39;s Day Treats<p><span><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></span></p> <p><span>It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that often means chocolate and sweets galore. And while these indulgences are treats for our taste buds, they aren't quite as sweet to our bodies.</span></p> <p><span>On the labels of conventional chocolates, candies and desserts, you'll find an ingredients list with unhealthy sugars, saturated fats and processed ingredients. Not very loving, is it? </span></p> <p><span>But you don't have to forgo these sweets entirely this Valentine's Day. Instead of buying the same ol’ desserts, why not rekindle the romance and surprise your sweetheart with a new healthy homemade treat?</span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/truffles.jpg" width="300"></span></p> <p><span>Here are some very simple suggestions for some of my favorite quick and easy desserts – baked chocolate cake and raw chocolate truffles. BONUS: Add a little bit of almond milk to the truffles batter and use it doubles as icing on your cake!</span></p> <p><strong><span><span>BAKED CHOCOLATE CAKE</span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>**You can double the recipe if you like and pour into two pans</span></span></p> <p><span><span>13 ounces of boxed no- sodium black beans</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/3 cup oat flour (made from grinding raw oats)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>4 egg whites or vegan equivalent of Ener-G egg replacement</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/2 cup dates</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1 teaspoon vanilla</span></span></p> <p><span><span>2/3 cup coconut oil</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/2 cup raw unsweetened cocoa powder</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1 teaspoon baking powder</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/2 teaspoon baking soda </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Pinch of salt</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Grape seed oil spray</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Optional: </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Fresh organic raspberries</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Non-dairy whipped cream</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Line a 9-inch round baking pan with parchment paper, and spray with oil spray. Set aside.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Blend all ingredients in a blender.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Pour the batter into the baking pan. Tap the pans lightly on the countertop to prevent air bubbles.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Bake for 40-45 minutes until cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes in the pan. Ice with frosting or decorate with non-dairy whipped cream and fresh raspberries</span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span>RAW VEGAN TRUFFLES</span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>1 cup dates</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/2 cup coconut butter (NOT oil)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>3/4 cup raw agave or coconut nectar</span></span></p> <p><span><span>½ vanilla bean</span></span></p> <p><span><span>½ teaspoon sea salt</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1 cup cacao powder</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/8 cup cacao for rolling</span></span></p> <p><span><span>For directions for truffles, watch this <a href=";feature=c4-overview&amp;list=UUImU8t6mLm3hIB6tbkWNY3g" target="_blank">video</a> or read instruction below</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Place vanilla bean in blender with agave (or coconut nectar) and cacao and blend until the bean is chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until chocolate mass if formed.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>If using the mixture as icing, you can use it immediately. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>If you're making truffles, transfer to a bowl and freeze for 20 minutes.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>When cooled, roll a small amount of the mixture into a ball and brush with cacao powder so it is not sticky outside. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Enjoy!</span></span></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/alina.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Gary Rack Expands Delray Holdings<p><img alt="" height="151" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/garyrack.jpg" width="200">Gary Rack, who has quietly become one of the major players in the NoSoFlo restaurant scene, has added another block to his burgeoning empire with the takeover of Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster, which just happens to be next door to his hugely popular <strong>Racks Fish House &amp; Oyster Bar</strong>, just off Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray.</p> <p>Not a whole lot of details at this point, but word is that the former Linda Bean’s—the pricey lobster shack developed by the heiress to the L.L. Bean fortune—will not be absorbed into the Fish House but will instead be an entirely different concept. What that concept is. . . well, at this time nobody’s saying. It will, however, be run by the existing Racks management team, which means another challenge for top toque Matt Danaher, who like his boss, has quietly moved into the upper echelon of the local culinary scene.</p> <p>Opening date of (<span>fill in the blank</span>) is slated for summer or fall of this year. I’m expecting more info shortly, and will update this post as soon as it arrives.</p> <p><em>UPDATE: Here’s a few more details on the new Gary Rack project. It won’t be an extension of the next-door Fish House, instead will be “an entirely different concept,” one not replicated by any other restaurants on Atlantic Avenue nor by any of Rack’s other properties. The space will be completely renovated, with the operative word in the overall concept being “nostalgia.” New-fashioned American comfort food? Nouveau Continental? I have no idea. So let the guessing begin. . .</em></p> <p><em> </em></p>Bill CitaraTue, 11 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: Feb. 11 to 17<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/oriley_2.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Christopher O’Riley</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Starting at $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Pianist Christopher O’Riley is much more than his day job as the host of NPR’s “From the Top,” where he promotes talented young musicians in the classical world. As he performer, he provides his own contributions to furthering the dialogue between classical forms and youth music by reinterpreting modern indie songs as classical piano compositions. What started as a few on-air piano doodlings of Radiohead songs in between more established examples of the piano repertoire has since spawned two albums of solo piano Radiohead albums and similar 88-keyed tributes to Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. This tour will see O’Riley exploring these artists in addition to piano interpretations of R.E.M., Nirvana, Cocteau Twins, Portishead and others. This is my most-anticipated entry in Kravis’ cutting-edge P.E.A.K. series, which stands for Provocative Entertainment at Kravis.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/war-horse-play-ii.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “War Horse”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Starting at $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One of the most groundbreaking, experimental and profitable Broadway successes of recent years, the Tony-winning “War Horse” is the only nonmusical in the Kravis Center’s Broadway tour series. The glitzy, towering sets and pomp and circumstances of most Broadway tours are replaced here by a spartan set, theater-of-the-mind sound effects, a handful of actors, and an impressive herd of mechanical horses that act so lifelike you’ll barely notice the legs of their human controllers protruding from their midsections. The narrative is based on Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel about a boy separated from his favorite horse during World War I; even if you know how it ends, be prepared to shed a few tears at this immensely moving production. It runs through Saturday.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/liz-smart.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Elizabeth Smart</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 and 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As a 14-year-old girl, Elizabeth Smart became a most unwitting public figure. Abducted from her Salt Lake City bedroom and held in horrific, abusive captivity for nine months in the early 2000s, Smart’s case riveted the nation—acting as sad red meat for the tabloid media. But in the number of years since her rescue, Smart has emerged as a model advocate for child-abduction cases, speaking in Washington, D.C., after the signing of the Adam Walsh act and eventually forming a nonprofit dedicated to educating children about violent and sexual crimes. Now, she’s ready to share everything from her ordeal and recovery; her speaking tour arrives months after the publication of her autobiography, <em>My Story</em>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/deepak-chopra.jpg" width="403"></p> <p><strong>What: Deepak Chopra</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: $45 to $150</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If America were to appoint a national Multifaith Ambassador of Spirituality, Deepak Chopra would certainly be at the top of the shortlist. Born in India, raised in the world of traditional medicine, and eventually shown a different path via a yogi’s introduction to ayurvedic medicine, Chopra has become one of the world’s most outspoken voices in the fields of alternative healing and metaphysics. He’s also a telegenic pundit, able to wax beautifully on shows hosted by Oprah and Piers Morgan alike, on topics ranging from quantum theory and the God question to yoga, meditation, and the tragic life of his friend, Michael Jackson. Never one to shy away from controversy, his rare lecture at the Broward Center should be, needless to say, a spirited one.</p> <p><br> FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="164" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/db-open.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Delray Beach Open</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40 to $150</p> <p>Contact: 561/330-6000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With its 21<sup>st</sup> birthday event kicking off this month, the former Delray Beach International Tennis Championships decided it was time for a rebranding. As of this year, the world’s only combined ATP World Tour (the world’s top young players) and ATP Champions Tour (the retired legends) has truncated its name to the Delray Beach Open and taken on a major sponsor, the five-diamond Las Vegas resort The Venetian. For the first time, the tournaments are timed around a holiday weekend: Love as well as fuzzy yellow balls will be in the air on the event’s opening night, with Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day activities planned for throughout the long weekend. Andy Roddick, who made his professional debut in Delray Beach as a 17-year-old, returns for his first Champions Tour tournament, joining such luminaries as Aaron Krickstein, Goran Ivanisevic and Jan-Michael Gambill. World Tour athletes include top tennists John Isner and Tommy Haas. As usual, expect gala parties and live music from local bands in between sets.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/andrea-bocelli-3leadimage.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Andrea Bocelli</strong></p> <p>Where: The BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $80 to $380</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the span of one month in early 2013, Andrea Bocelli performed at the 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast at the White House <em>and</em> Moscow’s Kremlin. This feat, which would have probably been impossible 30 years ago, was just another month for the indefatigable 55-year-old Italian tenor, whose voice is borderless. He sings in six languages in concert and on his albums, which have moved more than 80 million copies worldwide, making him the best-selling artist in the history of classical music. Celine Dion is one such fan, saying in 1998 that “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” His set lists run upward of 25 songs, from the sacred and operatic canon as well as Broadway and crossover pop hits, and he specializes in love songs—hence this Valentine’s Day booking, which has become a popular staple at the BB&amp;T Center.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/laurynhillcrop.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Nine Mile Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 S.W. 24<sup>th</sup> St., Miami</p> <p>When: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $52.83</p> <p>Contact: 305/740-7344, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Celebrating its 21<sup>st</sup> year, this reggae and roots music festival is now of legal drinking age, but the preferred libation at this chill bonanza will probably be Bob Marley’s Mellow Mood. Founded by the late Cedella Marley Booker—the mother of the Jamaican legend—Nine Mile will be headlined this year by three members of the illustrious family: Stephen Marley, Damian Marley and Julian Marley. Another music great who is tangentially related to Bob Marley, Ms. Lauryn Hill (pictured), will play a rare set as well, along with Grammy-winning dancehall superstar Sean Paul, the recent “Voice” winner Tessanne Chin, reggae popster Shaggy and nine more musicians of a similar sonic ilk. In addition to the entry fee, four canned goods are required for admission, which will be distributed to Miami shelters. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/other-desert-cities.jpg" width="150"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Other Desert Cities”</strong></p> <p>Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $52 and up</p> <p>Contact: 561/575-2223, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning “dramedy” is set over the 2004 Christmas holiday in the home of the Lymans, an upper-crust Palm Springs family whose patriarch is a former actor in Hollywood B-movies turned powerful figure in Republican politics (farfetched, I know). His children are on the other side of the fence ideologically, but the play’s central theme transcends debate about George W. Bush’s policies; it’s about a traumatic event in the family history that is about to revisited in a controversial memoir published by troubled daughter, Brooke. As this revelation opens old filial wounds, the political becomes personal and vice versa in what has become one of the best plays of the past decade; it’s no surprise that it’s become the fourth most-produced play in regional theaters across the country this season. Look for the Maltz to bring to life every caustic quip and heated exchange. It runs through March 2.</p>John ThomasonMon, 10 Feb 2014 21:43:09 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsFree Health Fair at Mizner Park<p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mark your calendars. This is a great opportunity to become more aware of your health and how to improve it.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The first Health and Wellness Experience is coming to Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/mizner.jpg" width="500"></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Presented by CBS 12 and The Sun Sentinel, the event will feature health screenings, health cooking demonstrations and more – all free to the public.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect: </span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span>Health screenings for skin cancer, blood pressure, blood glucose and other types of cancer. Boca Raton Regional Hospital will have its Angio (angioplasty) screening van at the event, according to event coordinator Michelle Klein.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Healthy cooking demonstrations by chefs at Mizner Park restaurants, including Jazziz Nightlife, Kapow!, Dubliner and Tanzy.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Activities for kids</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>An appearance from CBS 12 news personalities</span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>For more information, go to </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a><span><span><span> or contact Michelle Klein at 561/881-0721.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/lisettehomepage_1.jpg" width="345"></strong></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><span><span><span><br></span></span></span></p>magazineMon, 10 Feb 2014 17:55:34 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyUpcoming EventsAnother Allianz Thriller<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/allianz2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Sunday at The Old Course may not carry the cachet of a closing round on one of golf's hallowed layouts. But what the venerable tract at Broken Sound lacks in name recognition it continues to make up for in final-round drama at the Allianz Championship.</p> <p>Four years ago, it was Boca resident Bernhard Langer chipping out of a buried lie on the green-side bunker at 18 to capture the tournament in sudden death. Two years ago, with his tee shot pinned against a tree root on the par-3 14th, Corey Pavin somehow powered an upside-down 8-iron to within 4 feet, leading to his first Champions Tour victory.</p> <p>This past Sunday, Michael Allen added a few signature moments of his own to a tournament that has gone to a sudden-death playoff three of the last five years. In capturing his sixth Champions Tour event, the 55-year-old Allen, who set the tournament record with an opening round 60, was a one-man highlight—and lowlight—reel. After draining a sweeping 50-footer for birdie on the 14th, resulting in one of his hybrid happy dances ("It's supposed to be the cha-cha ... I tried, obviously unsuccessfully," he quipped later), Allen seemed poised to hold off a final-day charge by Duffy Waldorf. </p> <p>On the par 3, 16th, after slightly overshooting the green, Allen misread a short par putt that left him tied with Waldorf at 17-under. Then, after a brilliant second shot on the par 4, 17th, Allen missed a 3-foot birdie putt that curled around three-quarters of the cup and lipped out.</p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/allianz1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Both Allen and Waldorf, who was looking for his first Champions Tour win, would birdie the par 5, 18th to finish tied at 18-under and force a playoff. But on the first playoff hole, Allen again flirted with disaster, pulling his tee left and into patch of pine straw-covered trouble. Without a clear shot to the green, he pulled a 6-iron and, from 185 yards, somehow fit his second shot between two palm trees—and onto the green. Both he and Waldorf would two putt for birdie, forcing a second playoff hole.</p> <p>Again, Allen tempted fate, this time pushing his tee shot to the right and under a golf cart. The cart, being operated by someone from the Golf Channel, nearly ran over the ball. When order was restored, Allen was left with nearly 200 yards to the pin, again off the pine straw. For second time, he worked his 6-iron magic, lifting his second shot to within 35 feet and two-putting for birdie. Waldorf would dump his second shot in the front-side bunker, in a similar spot from where Langer launched his dramatic chip in 2010. There would be no such miracle for Waldorf, who hit a good shot out of the trap but missed the 6-footer for birdie.</p> <p>"You shoot 60, you think you're going to win a little easier," said Allen, who earned $240,000 for the victory.</p> <p>The Sunday crowd at The Old Course seemed a bit thin compared to years past—perhaps the threat of rain and lack of more compelling names at the top of the leaderboard kept people inside; the tournament will release official attendance numbers later. It's the eighth year that Boca has hosted the Allianz, which tournament officials say has a $15 million economic impact on the city. As far as final-round plot-lines go, we're certainly getting our money's worth.</p> <p>But you tell us. How did this year's Allianz compare for you to years past?</p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 10 Feb 2014 11:01:03 +0000 NewsValentine&#39;s Day Dining, the Sequel<p><img alt="" height="125" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/vday.jpg" width="200">Last Friday we listed several restaurants that are doing it up special for hungry valentines on their very own day (which, btw, is Friday, Feb. 14). Here’s a few more, just in case you need more inspiration.</p> <p>At <strong>Red the Steakhouse</strong> (1901 Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/353-9139), which IMHO dishes up the best beef in town, they’re offering a variety of V-Day dinner specials, along with their regular menu. Think lobster and corn bisque with fresh crab, New York strip with diced foie gras and blackberry demiglace, and 24-hour braised lamb shank with wild mushrooms and risotto.</p> <p>The newish <strong>Fork &amp; Knife</strong> (99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/405-6542), where just last week I had a very fine dinner, has something for romantic couples and singles alike. On Thursday, Feb. 13, they’ll be hosting Singles Appreciation Night from 5 p.m. to close. Ladies get a free glass of bubbly, and happy hour discounts go on until 8 p.m. Come Friday and Saturday evening, you can get the free! dessert of your choice just by ordering an entree.</p> <p>Up the road at <strong>Tanzy</strong> (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699), the swanky Mizner Park restaurant will be serving up a four-course, prix fixe menu for $69 from Thursday, Feb. 13 to Saturday, Feb. 15. Among those courses will be lobster bisque, surf ‘n’ turf with butter-poached lobster tail and filet mignon, and red velvet bread pudding. Oh, and the regular menu will be served too.</p> <p>Celebrate Italian style at the <strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s</strong> in Delray (290 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/278-9570) and Palm Beach Gardens (4520 PGA Blvd., 561/630-9899) with a special four-course dinner for $120 per couple. Choices include mussels with sausage and fra diavolo sauce, osso buco ravioli with sage brown butter, swordfish scallopine piccata and strawberry cheesecake. It all will be served both Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, from 4 to 10 p.m.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 10 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: Your Guide to the Local Shopping Scene<p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/hamptonsun.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Join Babalu Palm Beach for an afternoon soiree featuring <a href="">Hampton Sun</a>, a luxury skin care brand.</p> <p>Salvatore Piazzolla, owner of Hampton Sun, will be at <a href="">Babalu</a> (<em>21 Via Mizner, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach</em>) on Feb. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to offer his personal recommendations from the line, all customized to fit the particular needs of customers. This pre-Valentine’s Day-themed reception and trunk show will include music and models – and, of course, Prosecco will be served.</p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/vicomte.jpg" width="442"> </p> <p>Everybody loves a good sale, and here’s one you don’t want to miss. French label <a href="">Vicomte A</a>. is having a 40 percent off sale on its autumn/winter collection, now through Feb. 10. Vicomte A. is located at <em>150 Worth Avenue, Suite 110A, Palm Beach</em>.</p> <p><em><em>For more Fashion Forward posts, click <a href="/blog/tag/fashion-forward/">here</a>.</em></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 07 Feb 2014 21:47:17 +0000 Events21st Annual All British Classic Car Show<p>Calling all car enthusiasts. We’ve got a treat for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/britishcar.jpg" width="500"> </p> <p>This Sunday, Feb. 9, Royal Palm Place (<em>309 S. Federal Highway, 561/392-8920</em>) is hosting the <a href="" target="_blank">21st Annual All British Classic Car Show</a>. Enter your car in the competition, or simply drop by to admire the entries.</p> <p>Anyone who owns a Brisish marque and model is eligible for the competition. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The cost to enter is $30 for the first car and $20 for any additional cars. For motorcycles, registrants only have to pay $15.</p> <p>Trophies will be awarded to the Best of Show, as well as the top three cars in each class.</p> <p>Showtime runs from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with voting ending at 12:30. For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank">the event website</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 07 Feb 2014 20:42:21 +0000 EventsBoca Museum Director Resigns<p><img alt="" height="424" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/bm_stevemaklansky-112.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Steven Maklansky, director of the Boca Museum of Art since the summer of 2011, has announced his resignation from the museum as of Jan. 31, 2014, accordingly to a press release issued about a week later.</p> <p>The press release suggests an amicable and conciliatory split. The museum’s board president, Dalia Stiller, is quoted as saying, “We thank Steven for his passion, vision, and leadership. We wish him success in all his future endeavors.” Maklansky’s statement reads as such: “The Museum is filled with wonderful art and interesting people and is now positioned for continued success. Working with the Board of Trustees and the Museum's dedicated staff, we have made significant improvements in all phases of its operations. The Museum is widely perceived as a modern, dynamic, relevant, and engaging institution.”</p> <p>But the release never reveals the underlying cause for what feels like a sudden exit; Maklansky’s name is still listed as director on the museum’s website. As of this time, no museum staffers, past or present, have offered any more information as to the events leading to this announcement (“Transition plans will be announced in the very near future,” according to Bruce Herman, director of marketing and public relations).</p> <p>But it’s easy to assume that some of Maklansky’s artistic decisions rubbed certain board and staff members the wrong way; several people close to the museum have grumbled off the record about them. Maklansky sought to democratize and expand the museum’s demographics by bringing in interactive, family-oriented exhibitions that bolstered sales while reducing its credibility as a serious art institution (the critically excoriated 2012 show “Big Art/Miniature Golf” springs immediately to mind). Among numerous staff shakeups, Wendy M. Blazier, a senior curator at the museum for 12 years, resigned about eight months into Maklansky’s tenure. It’s hard to believe there wasn’t a correlation.</p> <p>For us at <em>Boca Raton</em>, Maklansky was affable and generous with his time, always readily available for a quote when requested. But when assessing his vision for the museum, I couldn’t help but think back to a 2009 interview I conducted with George Bolge, the Boca Museum’s director at the time, for a different publication. Bolge told me, “I don’t think, ‘Who are we going to entertain?’ as much as ‘Can we do really good shows that have a lasting impact? Or do we get a 25-foot alligator and put it in a box?’ We’ve always been educators, so the 25-foot alligator is never what we try to do. If you want to see that, you might as well go to a mall.”</p> <p>We will post updates with more information if and when it arrives.</p>John ThomasonFri, 07 Feb 2014 16:13:08 +0000 & EventsValentine&#39;s Day Dining, Part I<p><img alt="" height="125" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/vday.jpg" width="200">Play culinary Cupid and take your valentine out for a nice V-Day meal at one of these fine local establishments. . .</p> <p>Flee the office and head for<strong> The Office</strong> (201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-3600), where they’ll be dishing up a four-course, $60 prix fixe dinner (plus their regular menu) on both Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Look for dishes like lobster bisque with vanilla quenelle and caviar, pan-seared duck breast with grilled hearts of palm, and dark chocolate cake with raspberry glaze.</p> <p>At <strong>Max’s Grille</strong> (404 Plaza Real, 561/368-0080) there’s a roster of a la carte dishes served on the Big Day. Dennis Max’s Mizner Park restaurant will be offering such delectables as jumbo shrimp cocktail, yellowtail snapper ceviche, steak tartare, lobster shepherd’s pie with a Parmesan crust, grilled Akaushi New York strip and shaved truffle butter, and giant triple-layer chocolate cake.</p> <p><em>Tres elegant</em> <strong>Cafe Boulud</strong> (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060) is offering up a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. for $105 per person. Recently arrived chef Rick Mace will be serving up tastes like peekytoe crab salad with Florida grapefruit and marinated avocado, roasted Spanish turbot with creamy leeks and black truffle <em>pommes dauphine</em>, and milk chocolate heart with green cardamom-orange ice cream.</p> <p>One of West Palm’s hippest eateries, <strong>The Backyard Bar</strong> (213 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/339-2444), is doing up V-Day with a three-course dinner for $99 per person, which includes a bottle of wine or bubbly and live jazz from PS Collective. Among the dishes on the menu will be oysters Rockefeller with arugula salad, sauteed salmon on baby spinach with lavender sauce, and strawberry panna cotta in a chocolate shell.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 07 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Naked Truth, Vol. 90: Dating Questions<p><strong><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thenakedtruth.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong>Dear Angela,</strong></p> <p><strong>What’s your opinion on dating multiple people at once? – Not putting all my eggs one basket</strong></p> <p>Dear Options Open,</p> <p>Until there is an explicit conversation and decision to have an exclusive relationship, you should, no rather, you MUST continue to date other people.  It’s sounds counterintuitive to date around when you’ve grown fond of just one, but that is exactly the reason why you should keep dating.  Putting all your emphasis, thoughts, emotions, time, effort etc. on one person before it becomes an actual “relationship” incubates urgency to make this one work.  Urgency is a thinly veiled by by product of neediness and desperation, and that combination never equals relationship success.</p> <p>Keeping your dating options open, even when you really are interested in just one, allows you to keep your emotional equilibrium. The bonus side effect is that the less available you are, the more appealing you become.</p> <p>This is not to say that I advocate deceiving or stringing anyone along.  Casual dating and getting to know someone better before making a decision is fair in the game of love.</p> <p><strong>Dear Angela,</strong></p> <p><strong>I’m a freelance writer, so I work half the time at home, and the other half at my favorite local coffee shop. A few weeks ago, they hired this gorgeous barista who I’ve been crushing on ever since. He gave me his number yesterday, but now I’m torn – what if things go badly? (This perfect spot took me MONTHS to find.) – Highly Caffeinated</strong></p> <p>Dear Caffeine Junkie,</p> <p>This all depends on how you handle things when a casual dating situation doesn’t develop into a love match.  Are you friends with former love interests?  If so, then chances are good that you would be able to keep your favorite hang out and remain amicable if your crush doesn’t pan out.  However, if you are the type of girl that attached a stick of dynamite to every “It’s not me, it’s you” conversation you’ve ever had with an old flame, then I suggest you think twice about making a move on the hottie barista if your latte is important to you.</p> <p>P.S. Why are you taking a guy’s number? If you are pursuing him and not vice versa, I already smell trouble brewing. (pun intended)</p> <p>For more from The Naked Truth, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-naked-truth/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>Do you have a question for Angela? </strong>E-mail!<strong></strong></p> <center><img alt="" height="609" src="/site_media/uploads/angelalutin.jpg" width="400"></center> <p><strong>About Angela Lutin:</strong><br>Angela Lutin is Essentially Angela. Blogger, Advice Columnist and Dating Guru for the social media age—decoding modern love one tweet, text, and like at a time. Angela’s dating advice column, "The Naked Truth," appears exclusively each week on and in each issue of <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine. Her work appears regularly on the Huffington Post. She can been seen on MTV’s "Made" and Bravo’s hit show, "Millionaire Matchmaker." Crafting personal dating makeovers for her clients, Angela also maintains a private practice, which turns the romantically challenged into the relationship-inclined. Follow Angela on <a href="">Facebook</a> or <a href="">Twitter</a>.</p>magazineThu, 06 Feb 2014 14:53:25 +0000 to Posh: The Florida Room<p class="MsoNormal" style=""><em>Special to </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">Not many states can boast having specific interior spaces named in their honor. Then again, not many spaces are as iconic as the “Florida room.” Since its introduction in the 1950s prior to the air conditioning boom, this relaxing room with a view has evolved from a simple screened-in way to beat the heat to an essential element in many Sunshine State homes—one filled with endless design possibilities.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">The <strong>Cultural Council of Palm Beach County</strong> is celebrating the space with a unique exhibition that runs through March 29. <strong>“Interior Design: The Florida Room”</strong>—set inside the Council gallery at 601 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth—presents a variety of interpretations, courtesy of nine of the county’s top interior designers.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/florida-room-gil-walsh.jpg" width="155"></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">Inspired by the sea urchin, the room by Gil Walsh of West Palm Beach’s Gil Walsh Interiors is done in a deep purple with rounded pillows in the shape of the ocean-dwelling creature. Angela Reynolds of Jupiter’s Angela Reynolds Design features a swing seat as the centerpiece of her vignette, a lavender and pink Florida room that includes a white coffee table topped by succulents and rounded oil paintings by Deziree Smith on walls that sport butterflies and bees.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">Boca-based Judy Weiss and Nickie Siegel, of Judy Weiss Interior Designs and NLS Creations respectively, teamed up to create their bold Florida room interpretation. Featuring turquoise and orange walls, pillows in a rainbow-colored Missoni zigzag pattern and a peacock on a stand, the duo dubbed their creation “A Riot of Color.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">“We had a feeling that when people think of the Florida room, they think of forty, sixty year ago,” Weiss says. “We wanted to take that and update it ... and use Florida colors, just to be very vibrant and uplifting.” Siegel notes that it was the Missoni fabric covering the pillowcases that was the inspiration for the overall color. “We took the paint colors we used specifically from the fabrics,” she says. “We started with the white sofa and grew into the colors by way of the fabrics.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">Also inspired by color is the vignette that opens the exhibition by Lake Worth-based designer William Wright. A more subdued look compared to the Weiss-Siegel creation, Wright’s room is dominated by grays with bold hints of oranges and yellows. “I started with the color, the citrus colors of Florida—tangerine and orange—and then added subtle gray, which is very trendy right now, to tone it down,” Wright says.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">Accompanying each of the vignettes are concept boards that give attendees additional insights into the design process through everything from fabric swatches to specific shapes that influenced selections. There also is a list of furnishings included in the room (along with prices). All of the items are for sale, with proceeds going to the Cultural Council.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">Overall, each of the vignettes—set up in a row of five, with the remaining three in the back part of the gallery—comes across as a cabinet of curiosities. It’s something like a game to move from one to the other, digesting the overall look and feel, deciding which ones suit your own taste. Along the way, you savor the small details, the little secrets and bits of Florida—from a lamp made of oyster shells to a tray featuring a shell motif.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="">A young woman overheard talking about the pieces she liked in one of the vignettes summed up the exhibition nicely. “I will have this one day,” she said. After all, being inspired is what it’s all about.</p> <p> </p>magazineThu, 06 Feb 2014 10:20:50 +0000 & EventsNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsLord &amp; Taylor launches 424 Fifth<p>Effortlessly chic tends to be a description reserved for the French. But <a href="" target="_blank">Lord &amp; Taylor</a> is taking that concept to American fashion with its new line, <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>424 Fifth</strong></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/lt_424fifth_2.jpg" width="350"> </p> <p>The contemporary brand’s first collection includes black leather track pants, a selection of midi-length skirts and lots of straight lines.</p> <p>“Our customer will always be able to find her new favorite basics here but will uncover a must-have statement piece along the way,” the brand’s website reads.</p> <p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/lt_424fifth_3.jpg" width="350"> </p> <p>But 424 Fifth puts a twist on what would be considered your closet’s basics: black dress shorts in textured crepe, a full black skirt in bonded mesh, a below-the-knee skirt that’s laser cut with lace-like detailing and a beautifully-blue denim suit.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">spring lookbook</a> is filled with a wonderful mix of neutrals and bold hues, so well-handled that even the edgiest of their pieces look like classics.</p> <p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/lt_424fifth.jpg" width="350"> </p> <p>Take this midi, citron-colored skirt paired up with a midnight blue cable-knit sweater and white pumps. But maybe that’s props that need to be handed to the stylists.</p> <p>Regardless, the entire collection was so well thought-out and put together, the bar has been set high for future collections. Here’s to hoping the designers deliver.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 06 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000;s Ice Cream Recipes<p>Let’s play fill in the blank. Nothing says, “I love you” like _________.</p> <p>The typical answers will probably range from flowers to chocolates to an even sarcastic and wildly obvious “I love you.”</p> <p>But let’s delve out of the ordinary this Valentine’s Day and fill in that blank with <em>homemade ice cream.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/strawberryicecream.jpg" width="500"></em></p> <p>Sloan Kamenstein, the owner and founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Sloan’s Ice Cream</a>, was kind enough to share two ice cream recipes with us so you can say I love you in a wonderfully sweet and less obvious way.</p> <p>Now if he could just share the trick to the foggy bathroom glass…</p> <p><strong>Ice Cream Base:</strong></p> <p><em>Ingredients for Base:</em></p> <p>8 egg yolks</p> <p>16 ounces whole milk</p> <p>16 ounces heavy cream</p> <p>8 ounces sugar</p> <p>1 tablespoon vanilla extract</p> <p><em>Base Preparation:</em></p> <p>To create a custard base for the ice cream, use a double boiler. Whisk the milk, sugar and egg yolks in a bowl to completely combine.</p> <p>Pour mixture into the double boiler and slowly bring to near boiling point, stirring until the custard thickens. Do NOT bring to a boil or it will probably curdle.</p> <p>When the custard base thickens a film forms over the back of your spoon, it's time to remove the ice cream base from the heat. Take the pot off the stove, and place the mixture in a larger bowl filled with ice and cold water to cool.</p> <p>Add the heavy cream to this mixture and place in refrigerator for at least two hours until cold. When the custard base is cold, stir in the vanilla extract and flavoring (see below for chocolate paste and strawberry flavoring instructions).</p> <p>Mix well until smooth and even. Transfer the whole mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.</p> <p><strong>Sloan’s Dark Chocolate Ice Cream</strong></p> <p><em>Ingredients for Chocolate Paste:</em></p> <p>4 ounces cocoa</p> <p>4 ounces sugar</p> <p>4 ounces dark chocolate, broken into pieces</p> <p>5 ounces (by weight) hot water</p> <p><em>Chocolate Paste Preparation:</em></p> <p>In a double boiler, mix cocoa, sugar and hot water. Add the dark chocolate. Stir together until dark chocolate melts and combines into a smooth paste.</p> <p><strong>Sloan’s Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream</strong></p> <p><em>Ingredients for Strawberry Flavoring:</em></p> <p>2 ¼ pounds fresh strawberries</p> <p>½ pound sugar</p> <p><em>Strawberry Paste Preparation:</em></p> <p>Allow strawberries to marinate with sugar for 48 hours. After marinating, chop the strawberries into smaller pieces. Strain all liquid from strawberries before adding to the ice cream machine. </p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 05 Feb 2014 19:14:09 +0000 Train with the founder of L.A.&#39;s hottest workout<p class="Default"><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p class="Default">Meet the man behind L.A.’s hottest workout – or even better, train with him.</p> <p class="Default">Sebastian Lagree, the founder of the <a href="">Lagree Fitness Method</a> will be at <a href="">Core Evolution</a> (<em>4777 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</em>) on Saturday, Feb. 22. Forty-minute training sessions with Lagree will be offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. The cost for this event is $50 for those with an unlimited membership to the studio and $60 for all other guests. Register <a>here</a>. (If you save your spot by Feb. 8, you get $5 off!)</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/lagree.jpg" width="500"></p> <p class="Default">Dubbed “pilates on crack,” the method has helped shape the bodies of celebrities like Sophia Vergara, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Nicole Kidman—and even Victoria’s Secret angels. And since the grand opening of Core Evolution in October 2013, we’re one step closer to getting that red-carpet worthy body. The studio is the first and only facility in Palm Beach County to offer the method.</p> <p class="Default">The workout, done on a Megaformer machine, combines strength, endurance, cardio, flexibility, core and balance. A 50-minute class at Core Evolution can burn up to 700 calories and work up to 600 muscles at once, according to the studio’s press materials.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/lagree2.jpg" width="500"></p> <p class="Default">We asked Core Evolution owner Marina Perrone, who owns exclusive rights for use of the Megaformer machine in Palm Beach County, to tell <em>Fit Life</em> readers more about the workout and her studio.</p> <p class="Default"><em>BM</em>: Describe a typical 50-minute workout to me. Is it all on the machine?</p> <p class="Default"><em>MP:</em> Yes! Each 50-minute class is based entirely on the Megaformer M3, an incredible machine created by Sebastien Lagree, specifically for the Lagree Method. You will work your entire body by the end of the 50-minute class. The class is broken up into blocks based on muscle groups … There are hundreds of possible moves to be performed on the Megaformer M3, so no two classes are the same.</p> <p class="Default"><em>BM:</em> Seven hundred calories burned in 50 minutes is a lot. I don’t think I burn that much running that long. What’s the secret?</p> <p class="Default"><em>MP:</em> Unlike running, the Lagree Method is a total body workout that works each muscle group to complete fatigue —  apparent throughout the routine, where you will experience muscles quivering. This includes all large group muscles that are the primary calorie burners: legs, back and the entire core which are constantly engaged throughout the routine. Add to this the cardio component that is achieved by the quick transitions and the continued increase in metabolic rate for the next couple hours after class, and you can easily torch 700 calories as a result of your 50-minute workout.</p> <p class="Default"><em>BM:</em> Is there anyone who shouldn’t take this class? For example, people with high blood pressure, couch potatoes, the elderly, etc.?</p> <p class="Default"><em>MP:</em> The Lagree Method is an incredibly challenging workout that is adaptable to most fitness levels. So whether you are a triathlete or determined to change your body or lifestyle, the Lagree Method can work for you. Unlike Pilates, we do not recommend the Lagree Method as the first level of exercise therapy to assist in healing an injury, due to its more challenging nature. While during class, every move is adaptable to individual limitations, we do offer private one-on-ones for those who would feel more comfortable with a fully customized class.<br> <br> <em>BM</em>: How does this differ from Pilates?</p> <p class="Default"><em>MP:</em> The Lagree Method is a much higher energy workout that incorporates a cardio component not found in Pilates. The Megaformer M3 is designed and the routines sequenced for quick transitions from one complete muscle-fatiguing move to the next. All of this results in a total body strengthening and cardio workout that could not be achieved in Pilates. The Lagree Method, having been derived from Pilates, does retain the safety and health benefits of Pilates that are results of the slow controlled movements, low impact effect on the joints and a continuous focus throughout the workout on core strengthening.<br> <br> <em>BM</em>: Do people use weights, or is the machine the resistance?</p> <p class="Default"><em>MP:</em> The Megaformer M3 uses a unique spring tension system that is color-coded and allows for incremental tension variations. You will always be guided throughout the class as to how many springs to have on. We also do have a weighted bar that can be used for extra balance while standing on the machine or can be used for arm raises to add an extra challenge to a movement.</p> <p class="Default"><em>BM</em>: Do you have plans to open other such studios south of Palm Beach Gardens? In Boca or Delray, for example?</p> <p class="Default"><em>MP:</em> I definitely have my eyes on opening another location in Boca or Delray. We already have many clients that travel from those areas to come to class. My goal is to share this amazing workout with as many people as possible in Palm Beach County. </p> <p class="Default">For information, call 561/345-4446 or email <a href=""></a>. You can also visit the website at <a href=""></a>. The first class costs $15. Single classes after that are $35, but packaged pricing is available.</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><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/lisettehomepage_1.jpg" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 05 Feb 2014 18:16:19 +0000 EventsArtists Re-create, Subvert American Pop Culture<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/wells_small_hot_dog_7x18x7_600_72.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>To reference an idiom often attributed to Sigmund Freud, sometimes a hot dog is just a hot dog. Other times, it’s much more, as in the two fine-art hot dogs displayed (one of them under glass) in the Boca Museum of Art’s rollicking new show “Pop Culture: Selections From the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” Jean Wells’ “Hot Dog” mosaic is made from shards of cut glass, the colors of gold and ruby, fashioned into a frankfurter fit for a queen. Betty Spindler’s “Pink Hot Dog” is no less haute, a foodstuff of questionable edibility elevated to a ludicrously ornamental ceramic artifact.</p> <p>These artists intend to draw attention to the objects that drive our shallow consumerist economy, satirizing them through an ironic sort of glorification: If it’s what people want, we’ll rub their faces in it. One person’s chintzy diet is another artist’s pointed subject matter.</p> <p>This was always a rebellious undercurrent of the Pop Art movement, which thrived in the 1960s, in part, as a reaction to the perceived pretentions of abstract expressionism. Rather than conceal their messages in frenetic splatters of paint or monochromatic slates, Pop artists made the act of representation their very subject—a comic book panel or a Campbell’s Soup can, freed from their original marketplace shackles and exalted as museum-quality art. Modifications to these objects needn’t necessarily be made: The pieces made their points about American values simply by existing.</p> <p>Some of these artists’ names and their key works have become just as ubiquitous as their subject matter, and many of them—Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist and Haring—are duly represented in “Pop Culture,” a comprehensive and personally curated survey of Pop Art from its American genesis through to the present day, where it has become a global phenomenon. And while it’s always great to see these familiar masters on museum walls, I was most taken with the artists still carrying the Pop torch decades after its fashionability declined.</p> <p><img alt="" height="442" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/1-boyd-supergirl2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Some, like Greg Miller and his “7-Up” collage, seem like direct descendants of the original Pop Artists, creating work that hearkens less to 2014 than to 1964. But others seem more forthright in their subversion: Andrew Lewicki’s “Oreo Manhole Cover,” positioned on the floor, playfully points out the aesthetic similarities between the sandwich cookie design and street manhole covers, while subtly suggesting that the unhealthy snacks belong in our sewage system, not our bellies. Likewise, Blake Boyd’s “Super Girl 2” reinterprets the image of the buxom comic-book superhero for a post-feminist America. And speaking of gender, wait until you see how the artist LA II reflects on biker machismo with his fluorescent, hot-pink motorcycle.</p> <p>In other places, American pop culture invades the art of other nations, mirroring the rise of globalization. In Dong-hyun Son’s “Two Birds,” Daffy Duck appears on what looks to be an ancient Korean scroll, and in a pair of superb works by Masami Teraoka—one a silkscreen, the other a watercolor—McDonalds and Baskin Robbins infects the muted beauty of traditional Asian art, a pair of chopsticks sitting ridiculously next to a cheeseburger.</p> <p>Elsewhere, we get biting commentary on such subjects as corporate uniformity—Michael Speaker’s stunning wood sculpture “Team Xerox” depicts a man sticking his head in a copy machine, with identical wooden heads resting on its trays—and the ultimate Pop distraction, television: The robotic concoction in Nam June Paik’s “Michelin Man Laser Robot” is festooned with a handful of TV screens, which are transfixing despite the fact that they’re only broadcasting the same abstract transmission. Yet we can’t stop looking.</p> <p><img alt="" height="700" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/27_sculpture-pork-grease-cornmealnobase.jpg" width="342"></p> <p>But look onward. This is the kind of exhibition that rewards the sustained gaze, and sometimes double takes are required. Some of the best pieces in “Pop Culture” trick the eye, suggesting one thing while actually being another. Wayne White’s “Cornmeal Sweat Gasoline Pork Grease Burlap Motor Oil” (pictured above) is a bronze “word sculpture” that looks remarkably like a cardboard construction, a pair of brown packing boxes from which the titular words spring from the top, as in a pop-up book. Keung Szeto’s “Art Work” painting simulates a corkboard so vividly you’ll want to try and remove one of its thumbtacks. And Richard Sigmund’s “Stop” uses splattered acrylic to create a large-scale replica of a concrete street.</p> <p>An exhibition like this can seem overwhelming; it takes up three rooms in the museum and covers so much territory and so many artists that it can feel like several exhibitions crammed into one—a testament to the eclectic nature of Weisman’s collection.</p> <p>Luckily, the Boca Museum’s curatorial team did a bang-up job of presenting these works with thematic cohesion. Roughly speaking, urban visions give way to comic book revisionism, words and language, food, sexuality, the human anatomy, and finally fashion. If that’s not <em>all</em> of human experience, it’s certainly a good chunk of it contained in one sprawling show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/pbj2.jpg" width="381"></p> <p>I’d like to close by going back to the food art, because it’s the most impactful portion of the show. The modern-day apotheosis of Pop Art may be Pamela Michelle Johnson’s “American Still Life” series of giant paintings of piles upon piles of junk food. Three of them—Pop-Tarts, Hostess cupcakes and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches—are presented here, and under Johnson’s brush, this in-your-face comfort food looks utterly disgusting. If nothing else, this exhibition will surely make you rethink a Twinkie for an apple next time you’re in Publix.</p> <p><em>"Pop Culture" is at the Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, through April 23. Tickets cost $6 to $14. For information, call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 05 Feb 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsLuigi&#39;s Pizza Opens in Delray<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/luigis.jpg" width="200">From Irish pub to Neapolitan pizzeria, that’s the deal with the old Paddy McGee’s space in downtown Delray, now home to <strong>Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza</strong> (307 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/274-1969).</p> <p>It’s the second restaurant for chef-owner Luigi DiMeo, whose original Fort Lauderdale pizza joint earned plaudits for its authentically Neapolitan pies, made (mostly) in accordance with the rules of Italy’s pizza police, aka, the  Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.</p> <p>The Delray Luigi’s also sets up a Neapolitan pizza battle with down-street neighbor, Scuola Vecchia, whose sleekly contemporary blue-and-white decor stands in marked contrast to the clubby-pubby look of Luigi’s. (Gotta love that barrel ceiling and long wooden bar, though.)</p> <p>Pizzas range from traditional Margherita (and, no, you can’t have it your way) to broccoli rabe-sausage and truffle-wild mushroom. You can also DIY your pie, as well as chow down on a variety of panini, fried calamari, spaghetti ‘n’ meatballs, eggplant Parm and chicken wings roasted in the coal-fired oven. There’s a pretty strong wine list too, focusing on Italian bottles but with enough variety to suit even the pickiest oenophile.</p>Bill CitaraWed, 05 Feb 2014 08:52:58 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsSwank Table is Filling Up Quickly<p>It’s Tuesday, which means only FIVE more days until pastoral and gastronomical Nirvana—or Sunday’s February Swank Table brunch.</p> <p><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/swank1.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>You know we love these—imagine handcrafted cocktails and sublime appetizers served next to fields bursting with tomatoes—and then a four-course brunch in a wide open tent comprised of delectable dishes—many made with produce from right there on the farm—from the area’s finest chefs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/swank3.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>There's music playing, pretty people everywhere and the kind of vibe that's only be experienced by good food with good people in the Florida sunshine. We love, love, love these farm brunches—and so does everyone it would seem! As Jodi Swank tells us, there are only 16 seats left!</p> <p>Here’s what’s on tap for this Sunday:</p> <p><strong>What: </strong>Hot Pink Lunch<strong>, “</strong>A pink heartfelt feast” benefiting <a href="" target="_blank">ADOPT-A-FAMILY</a></p> <p><strong>Participating star chefs/sommeliers</strong>: <em>Matthew McGhee</em>, <em>Chef De Cuisine</em>, <em>Angle, Eau Resort </em><em>Palm Beach; Wolfgang Birk</em>, <em>Executive Chef, Area 31 Restaurant, Miami; Clayton Carnes, Executive Chef, The Grille, Wellington; Darlene Moree</em>, <em>Pastry Chef /Owner, Parisorbet, </em><em>West Palm Beach; Jenny Benize</em>, <em>Head Sommelier /Owner</em>, <em>Pour, Sip, Savor, Palm Beach &amp; Nantucket</em></p> <p><strong>When:  </strong>Sunday,<strong> </strong>Feb. 9, noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>Swank Farms, 14311 N Road, Loxahatchee, <a target="_blank">561/202-5648</a></p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $155, adults only</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Marie SpeedTue, 04 Feb 2014 17:18:18 +0000 EventsComing Soon: Boca&#39;s Beloved Cowboy Ball<p>When: Feb. 22, 6 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Red Reef Park, 1400 North Ocean Blvd.</p> <p>Cost: $175.00</p> <p>Contact: Debi Feiler, <a target="_blank">561/347-6799</a> or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/cowboyball.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><em>(Photo from previous year)</em></p> <p>It’s getting to be that time again…time to hang up the tux, dust off the boots, trade in the cummerbund for a 10-gallon hat and mosey on down to Red Reef Park for one of the annual parties we love best: The 2014 <a href="/galleries/caribbean-cowboy-ball/" target="_blank">Caribbean Cowboy Ball</a>.</p> <p>You know by now that the crazy dress code—island meets Idaho—is just where the fun starts. Add in a big silent auction (it fills a tent), a pro-loooonged cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, and this is one fundraiser that no one misses. We mean that. You’ve got stars overhead, a breeze off the Intracoastal, and everyone in town walking around in cowboy hats—even if they look ridiculous.</p> <p>It’s fun, it’s lively and it benefits the <a href="" target="_blank">George Snow Scholarship Fund</a>, one of Boca’s most beloved charities. And it’s right around the corner so best book your seat at the feed trough now—we’ll see you there!</p>Marie SpeedTue, 04 Feb 2014 16:36:15 +0000 EventsA Gallery of Bronze Frogs<p>There’s something magical about Tim Cotterill’s bronze frogs. Year and year again, both new and old fans gather at the <a href="">Pavo Real Gallery</a> in Town Center at Boca Raton to meet the world-renowned “Frogman” and purchase his work.</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/flintstone1.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Cotterill, pictured below, will be at the gallery again this Friday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/2-3.jpg" width="216"></p> <p>The exhibition is now on its 12th year, a success Cotterill credits to gallery manager Joan Quinones.</p> <p>Having organized every showing of Cotterill’s work in Pavo Real, Quinones turned the occasion into a grand event – with passionate collectors from all over the country traveling to Boca to see the Frogman’s latest sculptures.</p> <p>They’re incredible pieces of art – capturing every minute detail of the lithe little creatures, from the tips of their webbed hands and feet to the distinct colors of their skin.</p> <p>This year, the show raises money for <a href="">N.I.C.K.’s Camp</a>, a summer program in Eustis, Fla. for kids diagnosed with cancer. Raffle tickets for a $1,000 Pavo Real gift certificate will be sold throughout the week, with proceeds going toward the fundraiser.</p> <p>Pavo Real Gallery is located next to Nordstrom in Town Center (<em>6000 Glades Road, 561/392-5521</em>).</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 04 Feb 2014 15:31:47 +0000 EventsBoca After Dark: Rockn’ Angels<p><strong>Where: </strong>7200 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, 561/372-6314</p> <p><strong>The lowdown: </strong>The ’80s are alive and well at Rockn’ Angels, a dive bar that just celebrated its one-year anniversary in Boca. If you’re in search of somewhere to have a cheap drink after work, hone your dart-throwing skills, and kick back to killer tunes, Rockn’ Angels is the spot for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/rocknangels.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Though outdoor seating is available at a patio bar, the main room is where all the action is—including live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Rockn’ Angels treats customers to a variety of sounds and has even been known to host comedy nights. But rock is at the core of this club; over the past year, tribute bands honoring the likes of Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana have all taken center stage. Part strange, part funky, this definitely is not your typical Boca bar.</p> <p>To that end, don’t expect much in the way of bells and whistles. The kitschy and tacky decor—think bright red walls, chandeliers, rock posters and bamboo accents—creates a biker chic-meets-tiki bar vibe that seems out of place in Boca. Not that Rockn’ is trying to compete with the New York Prime crowd. Its out-of-the-way location on Dixie Highway keeps it hidden from anyone except those who already know it’s there.</p> <p>From what the bartender told me, this place is packed on Friday and Saturday nights for the live music. When I dropped by for a midweek happy hour, however, the place was deserted except for one lone man at the bar. The female bartender, clad in black, gave off a less-than-friendly vibe. She also had no idea what wine was available—or even if Rockn’ Angels had wine. They do—in fact, it’s listed as part of the happy hour specials. If this were an episode of “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer would have dropped the hammer on this bartender; we suggest a simple drink-menu refresher course.</p> <p>In addition to a 4 to 9 p.m. happy hour, Rockn’ Angels offers some cool weeknight happenings—from poker night on Mondays to open mic on Tuesdays to karaoke on Wednesday. The prices are quite reasonable, but expect to pay a cover on live entertainment nights.</p> <p>Rockn’ Angels used to offer a full menu, but when I called to verify some menu information I learned that they now only serve pizza. What’s up with that?</p> <p><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Rockn’ Angels has set up shop at the oldest bar location in Boca; the building was constructed in 1946. It’s a blast from the past in more ways than one, which, at its best, is exactly why it works for those locals about to rock. For the rest of you, don’t go in expecting Angels to be something it’s not.</p> <p><strong>Hours: </strong>Rockn’ Angels is open Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.<strong>
</strong></p> <p><strong>Website: <a href=""></a></strong></p>Shaina WizovTue, 04 Feb 2014 14:16:42 +0000 puts the fun back in fundraiser<p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="74" src="/site_media/uploads/laugh1456752_10202104736593501_785667896_n.jpg" width="200">Hats off to the Delray Library. We get a lot of charity events in this area, usually stuffy black-tie, silent-auction affairs, not everyone’s idea of fun. Last Friday’s Laugh With The Library, Chapter 8, was an exception. Leave it to a community library full of books and bookworms to break boring wide open with a casual dress code, great small bites and a nationally-known stand-up comedian. How much fun ids that? Paul Castronovo of The Paul and Young Ron radio show emceed, and Dennis Regan, known for his appearances on Letterman and other late-night television shows headlined the evening and kept the audience laughing. Past “Chapters” have featured stand-up notables like Dom Irrera, Eddie Brill and Tom Cotter, but getting Dennis Regan to headline brings this event to a new level.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Great job, all you librarians. We’ll be first in line next year!</p>dshuffTue, 04 Feb 2014 09:52:42 +0000 BeachThe Week Ahead: Feb. 4 to 10<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="635" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/itzhak-perlman.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Itzhak Perlman</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 3 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $15 to $35, free for members</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 561/655-7226 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>From Tel Aviv to Juilliard to the entire world, Itzhak Perlman has long established himself as one of the best violinists in the world, with each of his concerts an impeccable course in technique and vision. Perlman swings by Palm Beach County regularly as part of his (usually sold-out) concert tours, but this is something else – a speaking engagement that will delve beyond the violin. Expect to be entertained: Clips from his famed master classes reveal his engaging sense of humor as well as an unmatchable ability. In 2005, Perlman was named the 135<sup>th</sup> greatest Israeli of all-time by the Israeli news service Ynet––which seems insultingly high on that list for an artist of Perlman’s stature, but what do I know?</p> <p> <img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/once-broadwat.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Opening night of “Once”</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 8 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $26 to $111</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Theater producers wasted little time in adapting the Irish film “Once” – an Academy Award winner and one of the warmest romances of the Aughts – for the stage, building more songs and a theatrical structure around the terrific songs originally written by the movie’s actors, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season. The minimalist set of this Broadway tour – just a bar flanked by chairs on either side – directs the majority of the focus on the great music and the story, about two people who fall in love while pursuing a dream of making music together. “Once” went on to win Best Musical at the 2012 Tonys, and this marks its South Florida premiere. It runs through Sunday only.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/morten-schlutter.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> “Zen and the Art of Formless Precepts…” lecture</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Florida Atlantic University’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Free</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> <a href=""></a></p> <p>If you’re looking for a moment of Zen, there’s one every night at the end of “The Daily Show.” But if you seek more than a moment—like, more than an hour’s worth of deep immersion into Eastern religion and history—then this complementary lecture at FAU is for you, courtesy of Morten Schlutter (pictured), associate professor of Chinese Religion and Buddhist Studies at the University of Iowa. I won’t try to comprehend the meaning of its full title, which is “Zen and the Art of Formless Precepts in the Evolving Platform Sutra,” but it has a lot to do with a pair of hundred-year-old expeditions led by England’s Sir Aurel Stein and France’s Paul Pelliot, which crossed China’s silk road in search of treasure and ended up discovering a thousand-year-old Buddhist sutra describing formless precepts. Stick around after the lecture (or visit the library early) for an exhibition of rare books relating to the period of Stein and Pelliot’s expeditions. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/unjust2-580.jpeg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Opening day/night of “Last of the Unjust”</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton (also at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave.)</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> pending</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $5 to $9.50</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Long considered the greatest Holocaust documentary ever made, French director Claude Lanzmann’s illuminating 10-hour treatise “Shoah” (1985) saw the director visiting three extermination campus and interviewing both victims and perpetrators. By contrast, Lanzmann’s latest film—just released by the now 88-year-old director—is a veritable short. Running three hours and 40 minutes, “The Last of the Unjust” began nearly 40 years ago, spawned from a series of interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, a member of the Third Reich’s “Elders of the Jews” whom history has viewed as both a Nazi collaborator and a savior of the Jewish people. Those interviews didn’t make it into “Shoah,” but they see the light of day in “Unjust,” which finds Lanzmann returning to Theresienstadt ghetto and reopening Murmelstein’s old wounds and deep memory well. The result is a statement so profound that top critics have called it “monumental” and “historic.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/patmethenyunitygroup_web-623x400.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Pat Metheny Unity Group</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 8 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $55 to $120</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The last time jazzman Pat Metheny swung by Miami, in 2010, it was for a solo show unlike any other. He performed his solo set surrounded by his towering Orchestrion, a musical playground of electronic pianos, basses, guitarbots, marimbas, vibraphones and percussion, all of which responded to Metheny’s organic guitar lines. Having proven he doesn’t need a band to electrify an audience, the now 20-time Grammy winner is reverting back to basics with his Unity Group, bringing along four (flesh-and-blood) musicians, including legendary sax player Chris Potter. The band will play selections from a forthcoming 2014 release as well as audience favorites from Metheny’s 40-year career. One thing’s for sure: This tour will be a lot easier on the roadies.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/yvgeny-kutik-2013_6592.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Symphonia Weekend</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Boca Raton Country Club, 17751 Boca Club Blvd., Boca Raton; and Roberts Theatre at St. Andrews School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> Various start times</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $5 to $71.25, varies per event</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 866/687-4201, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Classical music enthusiasts and their children can enjoy a rare opportunity, all weekend long, to experience the Symphonia/Boca Raton from several different avenues. The festivities start at 2 p.m. Friday with a “Tea and Symphony” talk at the Boca Raton Country Club, where guest conductor Grant Cooper and guest violinist Yevgeny Kutik (pictured) will discuss their craft. Then, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, music lovers can bring their children to a “Meet the Orchestra” rehearsal at the Roberts Theatre, where pint-sized players can try out a variety of musical instruments. The weekend concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Roberts Theatre with a Pre-Concert Conversation and then the Symphonia’s latest season concert, featuring the acclaimed Russian-American violinist Yevgeny and a program of Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” Viotti’s “Violin Concerto No. 22 in A minor” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, op. 60.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/February/cs-garlicfest.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Delray Beach Garlic Festival</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $10 to $20 per day</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 561/279-0907, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Allium sativum, the plant we call garlic, has been around for an awfully long time: Its origins trace back to 4,000 B.C. in Central Asia. Great thinkers like Hippocrates and Galen have advocated its use in treating parasites and respiratory problems, and the aromatic cloves have even been traded as currency. For 15 years now, the Delray Beach Garlic Festival has found its own uses for garlic, with its fearless chefs concocting dishes like Argentinean Garlic BBQ, Garlic Fest crab cakes and garlic ice cream. This month’s event, dubbed “the best stinkin’ party in town,” will feature the return of the Garlic Chef Competition, the Cloves and Vines Wine Garden, and Gourmet Alley, where visitors can experiment with numerous garlic-tinged entrees. As for the live music, the main stage headliners will be ‘90s rockers Collective Soul (Friday—pictured), recently reunited rock act Dispatch (Saturday) and U2 and Bruce Springsteen tribute acts (Sunday). </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="374" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/ed-schultz.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> The Ed Tour</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 8 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $25 to $125</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If liberals have an equivalent to Rush Limbaugh, it’s probably Ed Schultz, the reigning titan of progressive talk radio, who has actually beaten Rush in certain markets. Like Limbaugh, he’s a big fella with a loud mouth, a bloviator with heartland bona fides and a radio listenership of 3 million. No less controversial for some of his past statements—he famously, and regrettably, called fellow talker Laura Ingraham a “slut”—Schultz today is a more careful firebrand, becoming one of the Democratic Party’s go-to interviewers both on his radio show and his nightly MSNBC program. Tonight’s appearance of his “Ed Tour” will be the first presentation in his three-week trip across America, so we don’t know what he’ll talk about. But if his talk show is any indication, workers’ rights and the dwindling middle class won’t be far from the top.</p>John ThomasonMon, 03 Feb 2014 19:13:04 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsBurgerFi is Popping Up All Over<p><img alt="" height="169" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/burgerfiburgershot_(640x542).jpg" width="200">Continuing its march to world burger domination is Palm Beach-based BurgerFi, which has just opened its 36th outlet in <strong>CityPlace</strong> (700 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/557-9144) and, according to the company’s Steve Lieber, will be rolling out new locations in Florida and other states faster than you can say, “Order up!”</p> <p>Among the area’s slated to get a BurgerFi in the not-too-distant future: Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Miami Beach, South Beach, Coral Gables, not to mention Philadelphia, New Jersey, Vancouver and even Dubai.</p> <p>To goose business at these various locations, Lieber and company have come up with a rather novel promotion—a pop-up nightclub that will rock the burger joint one night only, then shut down and move to another location. The first “Fi Lounge” pop-up will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Key West Burger Fi on Duval Street.</p> <p>The idea is to give it a Spring Break-ish feel with a DJ, custom lighting, and food and drink specials, starting off slowly and then ramping up until close, which in the Southernmost City will be 4 a.m. Don’t know when and where the next Fi Lounge will pop up but when I know, you’ll know. . .</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraMon, 03 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsJerry Seinfeld: The Existential Observer<p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/seinfeld.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Seeing Jerry Seinfeld’s standup routine for the first time in about a decade last night, I realized that the long-running joke that “Seinfeld” was “a show about nothing” can just as easily apply to its namesake’s material, which might be called “comedy about nothing.” In fact, it’s traveled so far out into a realm of nothingness that it’s downright existential.</p> <p>Who else but Seinfeld can ponder for 10 minutes on the art of sitting in chairs, and man’s evolutionary design to do so? Or ruminate for another 10 minutes on coffee, eventually positing that we <em>are </em>coffee, and later that we <em>are</em> our smart phones. The first 15 minutes of his act was a self-reflexive riff on the act of buying tickets to see him, choosing friends with whom to attend, picking seats and finally reaching the final destination of Hard Rock Live on Jan. 31, 2014. Seinfeld must spend hours, days, weeks, months pondering the minutiae the rest of us take for granted, or else we wouldn’t be able to function in our daily lives.</p> <p>Indeed, his act has grown headier, more abstract and more abstruse as the years have gone by. Buried among last night’s material were cogent points about our overreliance on technology, the global decline of person-to-person communication, and the deliberate seduction of unhealthy food, not to mention a hilariously withering critique of the U.S. postal service.</p> <p>And his act has grown a lot funnier, so funny that you’ll find yourself missing his next quip because you’re still reeling over the last one. The show’s highlight was a riff built on the premise that “everything in our homes exists in a different stage of being garbage,” a brilliant and spot-on study of human consumption and behavior that hearkens back to George Carlin’s famous “a place for my stuff” routine from 1981.</p> <p>That said, not every second of Seinfeld’s 65-minute routine was ‘A’ material; his bit about automatic faucets hasn’t changed much in 20 years, his material about movie-theater policies sounded tone-deaf in the era of the luxury cinema, and his bits about children and gender differences, while amusing and relatable, represent ground plowed often enough by countless other comics. But for the most part, this was, and is, Jerry Seinfeld fumbling through nooks and crannies of profundity in 21<sup>st</sup> century life and, perhaps more than ever, we’re going along with him the whole time, nodding through our laughs.</p> <p><em>You have one more chance to see Jerry Seinfeld, at 8 p.m. tonight (Feb. 1) at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $79-$169. Call 954/797-5531 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonSat, 01 Feb 2014 16:24:32 +0000 & EventsFashion Forward: Your Guide to the Local Shopping Scene<p> <img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/thegardensmall2.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The Gardens Mall is celebrating its 25th birthday, and apparently, it’s ours too! The mall is hosting a “25 Days of Giving” Facebook contest, rewarding fans with giveaways like fine jewelry, restaurant offers, hotel getaways and goodies from the likes of Kate Spade and Tory Burch. The grand prize: diamond-encrusted earrings from Hamilton Jewelers.</p> <p>Every day from Feb. 1 through 25, a photo will be posted on the mall’s Facebook page. To enter, all you have to do is like it. Good luck! (<em>3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-775-7750)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/vixity.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Meet the designers at <a href="">Vixity</a> during its grand opening party Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. The jewelry store is currently selling a special “pink” Valentine’s Day collection by Kattan Diamonds and Offician Bernardi. There will be hors d’oeuvres from Deck 84, as well as raffle prizes for all attendees. See you there! (<em>812 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/270/3544</em>)</p> <p><img alt="" height="412" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/tourneau.png" width="500"> </p> <p>It’s time for a new Rolex – pun totally intended. Tourneau is hosting a buying event this Saturday, Feb. 1, so you can sell your current timepiece and be sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Added perk? You can purchase a brand new piece of arm candy right then and there. (<em>175 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 561-832-8812</em>)</p> <p><em><em>For more Fashion Forward posts, click <a href="/blog/tag/fashion-forward/">here</a>.</em></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 31 Jan 2014 18:44:07 +0000 Review: &quot;Parade&quot; at Slow Burn Theatre Company<p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/parade3a1.jpg" width="430"></p> <p>The fun and frivolity suggested by the word “Parade” dissipates within a few scenes of Jason Robert Brown’s sobering, fact-based musical, currently presented in a challenging and provocative production from Boca Raton’s Slow Burn Theatre Company. Even its humorous songs, which are few and far between, are laced with the sort of social critiques that might have turned up in Kurt Weill songs a generation earlier—and performed here like bursts of trenchant folderol where the joke is on us, if there’s even a joke.</p> <p>By the climax, I felt furious and sickened by what I was seeing—physically nauseated. This is a complement to director/choreographer Patrick Fitzwater and his remarkable cast and his design team, who inject every moment with life-or-death gravitas.</p> <p>First performed on Broadway in 1998, “Parade” is an account of the trial and wrongful sentencing of Jewish factory owner Leo Frank in the racist, anti-Semitic Atlanta of 1913, for the unspeakable crime of raping and murdering a 13-year-old employee over Memorial Day weekend. The case became a <em>cause celebre</em> for the civil rights movement and eventually spawned the formation of the Anti-Defamation League. In their handling of the case, Brown and his book writer, Alfred Uhry, find the universal through the specific, in this case the power of lingering prejudice through the ages, and our propensity to always blame the Other first, even if it means hurtling to untenable conclusions. “Parade” is about our society’s crazed bloodlust for vengeance, and how it clouds rational inquiry, a theme that grows more relevant with every Nancy Grace-enabled courtroom circus in <em>this</em> century.</p> <p>Brown and Uhry take their time with this heavy material, easing us into the world of post-Reconstruction Georgia with a pair of surprising opening numbers: the elegiac ballad “Old Red Hills of Home,” sung by Confederate-clothed soldiers, and the more-rousing “The Dream of Atlanta,” neither of which would sound out of place at the Grand Ole Opry. To these soldiers and the other Atlanta denizens, a man like Leo Frank (Tom Anello), who moved down from Brooklyn to take the factory job, is a suspicious carpetbagger. By the time we get to the play’s third song, Leo’s “How Can I Call This Home?,” Fitzwater has begun to delineate his Otherness through his choreography—positioning this well-dressed nebbish navigating a suffocating swarm of Southern vipers that are poised to pounce at the first opportunity.</p> <p>That opportunity arrives apace with the discovery of the bloodied body of Mary Phagan (Kaela Antolino), who had visited Leo’s office to collect her paycheck on the day in question. This is all that’s needed for the state’s preening governor Slaton (Christian Vandepas), bigoted prosecutor Hugh Dorsey (Matthew Korinko) and the media (epitomized by Vandepas’ uncouth guttersnipe Britt Craig) to build a case against him—all of which is depicted by Fitzwater in a riveting, herculean nine-part trial suite that drifts in and out of song.</p> <p>If Fitzwater was justly praised for his inspired take on “next to normal” earlier this season, he deserves even more kudos here, working with musical director Manny Schvartzman to cycle through countless tones and textures at the drop of a dime. Only one number doesn’t work: the fishing ballad “The Glory,” in Act Two, which grinds the show to a halt. Otherwise, the music in this “Parade” is a stirring and subversive cocktail: a mint julep of southern gentility spiked with doses of northern jazz, blues, soul and opera. Perhaps the hissy shuffling noises audible from some of the microphones at last night’s show reflects the difficulty of pulling off such ambitious material without a hitch, but it could have just been an off night.</p> <p><img alt="" height="604" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/paradebh1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>At any rate, the actors soldiered through it marvelously, with not a weak link in the cast of 16. Korinko is scarily effective as the play’s most despicable character, plumbing darker corners of the human psyche than he ever explored as Sweeney Todd last year. As the newly childless mother Mrs. Phagan, Kaitlyn O’Neill delivers the heartbreaking courtroom lament “My Child Will Forgive Me,” a moment of genuinely affecting truth amid a collage of deceit. And Jerel Brown delivers a star-making turn in three vividly realized supporting roles.</p> <p>Anello is a solid Leo Frank, making the best of a role that, while central in the historical narrative, offers little room for theatrical expressivity. We get more of this from Ann Marie Olson as his wife Lucille, whose relationship to her husband deepens and strengthens over the course of his incarceration. This sense of renewed romance is vital during the second act, because it prevents the story from being almost unwatchably dour, and Olson and Anello find the beauty in their characters’ growing attachment. By the time they embrace at the end of “All the Wasted Time,” they’ve capped one of the most real and uninhibited expressions of pure love I’ve ever seen on a stage.</p> <p>The world is a nasty, backward and criminal place in “Parade,” but this moment shows us that there is still some light.</p> <p><em>Slow Burn Theatre Company’s “Parade” runs through Feb. 9 at West Boca Performing Arts Theatre, 12811 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $25 to $40. Call 866/811-4111 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 31 Jan 2014 16:38:36 +0000 & EventsTheatrePublisher’s Picks from Islamorada<p>On a recent cold but sunny weekend in South Florida, we packed up and headed to Islamorada. <a href="" target="_blank">Cheeca Lodge and Spa</a> was our destination, and it did not disappoint. From the very large room and even larger bath, to the outdoor private tub on the terrace, the accommodations were special.</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/cheeca.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The air was so still, not a ripple went through the ocean – it looked like glass. And once we were ensconced in a cabana on the pristine beach, the chilly temperatures weren't a problem.</p> <p>The lodge offers fishing, biking, tennis, golf, kayaking, snorkeling and more. It also boasts a spa for those 18 and older and an adults-only pool. It’s the ideal location for business meetings, weddings, family outings or just the perfect getaway. For more information or to make reservations, call <a>800/327-2888</a> or <a>305/664-4651</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/chefmichaels.jpg" width="500"> </p> <p>While Cheeca Lodge has good food, there are new restaurants on the island worth exploring. <a href="">Chef Michael’s</a>, located in the former Manny and Isa's Kitchen, offers delicious brunch. Don't pass up the shrimp and grits; it’s creamy, cheesy and delicious. If you try the French toast, you may want to share – it’s the size of a birthday cake. One order can feed six people. The black bean soup with rice on the side is also a keeper, and hogfish is their specialty. Make reservations! It’s very popular among both locals and visitors.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/spanishgardens.jpg" width="500"> </p> <p><a href="">Spanish Gardens</a> is another newcomer to the area. Chefs use Spanish paprika to jazz up their delicious dishes like octopus and potatoes or wild shrimp with an incredible sauce, served piping hot with a real kick. The tapas are delicious, and the large white bean and goat cheese salad is another superb dish to share. But the highlight is the restaurant’s unique Key lime meringue pie. Jose and Lynnie, the restaurant's owners, aim to please. Check it out. You’ll be glad you headed south for a change.</p> <p> </p>Margaret Mary ShuffFri, 31 Jan 2014 14:53:28 +0000 Max&#39;s Harvest Gets New Chef<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/photo,_chef_eric_baker,_headshot,_1.6.2014.jpeg" width="200">There’s a new sheriff in the kitchen at <strong>Max’s Harvest</strong> (169 NE 2nd Ave., 561/381-9970), Dennis Max’s “farm to fork” eatery in Delray’s Pineapple Grove neighborhood.</p> <p>He’s Eric Baker, who takes over as executive chef from James Kampper, who heads over to another Max eatery, Max’s Grille in Mizner Park. Baker comes to Delray from Fort Lauderdale, where he exec cheffed the Buckhead Restaurant Group’s Lobster Sea Grille.</p> <p>A chef with more than a few notches in his resume, Baker has previously cooked in such high-profile local restaurants as Chops Lobster Bar and Cafe Boulud, as well as Steak 954 in the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and Restaurant Market in Paris, one of celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s acclaimed eateries.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 31 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Florida Swing<h4>Walk in the footsteps of golf legends at classic Sunshine State courses like Bay Hill in Orlando.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/bayhill.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Arnold Palmer may hold the legal documents to Bay Hill Club &amp; Lodge in Orlando, but as any golf enthusiast familiar with the annual tournament played here each spring knows, this course is owned by Tiger Woods.</p> <p>If that thought hasn’t crossed your mind at least once over the first 17 exhilarating—occasionally paralyzing—holes at Bay Hill, it will at 18. It’s here, at the 458-yard par-4, that Tiger has worked his magic time and again en route to eight tournament victories in 14 years.</p> <p>Like the slippery 24-foot birdie putt he buried to capture the 2008 event that prompted one of his signature celebratory outbursts—a triumphant Tiger slam of the golf hat that rivaled a touchdown spike. Or the 16-footer he drained on the final hole of regulation in 2009 to complete the largest Sunday comeback (five strokes) of his career. Of course, that’s all well and good when you wield the flat stick like Tiger Woods.</p> <p>But for high-handicappers like myself, the real moment of truth is back on the fairway, standing some 185 yards from a green ruthlessly protected by a rock-lined pond that gives 18 it’s well-earned nickname—Devil’s Bathtub. The devil, in this case, is begging you to take the plunge.</p> <p>The question, knowing that 18 consistently ranks as the toughest hole at Bay Hill when it hosts the Arnold Palmer Invitational, is whether you’re man enough—or fool enough—to tempt fate. Do you play it safe and bail out to the left, where a bunker is sure to snag your approach? Or do you take dead aim at a right-side pin placement with precious little green fore and aft—and risk sending your Titleist down the Bathtub drain?</p> <p>For those of us who count Masters weekend as a legal holiday, this is the beauty of living in Florida. Not only do golfers have access to the links year-round, we also can test our mettle throughout the Sunshine State on renowned courses and iconic holes, many of which have brought some of the game’s greatest players to their knees. </p> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the February <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>Kevin KaminskiThu, 30 Jan 2014 20:27:27 +0000 The MagazineTravel An Island Unto Themselves<h4> The legendary Palm Beach history of the Kennedy dynasty was anything but politics as usual.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/kennedy.jpg" width="500"></p> <center><em>By Bob Davidoff/Davidoff Studios</em></center> <p>The lavish beachfront home at 1095 N. Ocean Blvd., built by Addison Mizner in 1923 for department-store tycoon Rod-man Wanamaker, originally bore the name “La Guerida,” Spanish for “bounty of war.” For a good portion of the 20th century, the occupants of this 100-foot-long estate brought their own brand of war to Palm Beach.</p> <p>The Kennedy family called 1095 N. Ocean Blvd. (currently owned by financier John Castle and wife Marianne) their high-season home for six decades; during the years when Secret Service guarded the fortified enclave, it would be known as the “Winter White House.” It marked an era when the world’s first family regularly visited Palm Beach, attending church, enjoying the beach, shopping and dining.</p> <p>But there was a darker side to the Kennedy history, one that would shadow the family for decades, especially here in South Florida. The Kennedys would battle their share of personal demons and indulge in their share of vices at the North Ocean Boulevard property and other spots in Palm Beach—secrets and lies, tragedies and controversies, and historic dramas that riveted a nation.</p> <p>A little more than 50 years after Jack Kennedy’s death, Boca Raton revisits what was once America’s most famous dynasty—the Kennedys—and their storied connection to Palm Beach.</p> <p><strong>Bound for Gloria</strong></p> <p>In the early 1930s, much of America was in a state of abject depression: millions lost their jobs after the stock market crash, and they couldn’t even drink their problems away, at least not legally. The same could not be said about Joseph P. Kennedy—father of John, Robert and Ted, among other privileged off-spring—who had plenty of cash and booze.</p> <p>As a distributor of forbidden libations, Kennedy had earned the nickname “Bootlegger Joe”; thanks to Prohibition, he became a millionaire in his early 30s. In 1933, at age 45, he purchased La Guerida from Rodman Wanamaker for $115,000, about a third of its pre-crash market value.</p> <p>According to Murray Weiss and Bill Hoffman’s Palm Beach Babylon, a compendium of area scandals, the town of Palm Beach had been in Joe Kennedy’s heart long before one of its most luxurious properties came into his possession. “Some of Joe’s most pleasant memories were of playing with his two infant sons on the beach outside the Breakers Hotel,” write the authors. </p> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the February <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>John ThomasonThu, 30 Jan 2014 20:07:14 +0000 The MagazineFreaky Florida<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>Illustration 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> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the February <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>magazineThu, 30 Jan 2014 19:55:26 +0000 The MagazineThe Life of King James<h4>Miami Heat superstar <strong>LeBron James</strong>—the dominant player in his sport and one of the most influential athletes on the planet—pulls back the curtain on his life and career in this exclusive interview with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="749" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/lebron.jpeg" width="500"></p> <center>Photo Courtesy of the NBA</center> <p>There is no game today, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been work. LeBron James has just completed drills alongside Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and his Mi-ami Heat teammates at American Airlines Arena.</p> <p>As he walks from the practice court that sits hard alongside Biscayne Bay and into a hallway, sweat drenches his red jersey and drips to the floor. Outside of another door, to his right, are dozens of basketballs that need to be autographed, part of the team’s annual “signing day,” an assembly-line process that accounts for much of the Heat’s memorabilia donations.</p> <p>Few athletes in the world understand the corridors that run between work, obligation and personal life better than the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, who, at age 29, is trying to lead the Heat to a third consecutive league championship. He’s also a recently married father of two (both sons, with wife Savannah Brinson), a dedicated philanthropist and a Madison Avenue icon (<em>Sports Illustrated </em>ranked him No. 2 behind boxer Floyd Mayweather on its 2013 list of the highest-earning pro athletes, with a combined $56.5 million in salary and endorsements).</p> <p>Though the demands on his time—on this and every day—are considerable, James is firmly in the moment. The native of Akron, Ohio will thoughtfully answer questions on a variety of topics, many of which have little to do with basketball.</p> <p>Occasionally, there are brief pauses, as if the nine-time All-Star is formulating a course of attack against Kevin Durant, Kobe Bry-ant or Carmelo Anthony. There seemingly is as much meticu-lousness to this process as to his ultimate passion.</p> <p>The man known as King James is both soft spoken and well spoken as he opens up to <em>Boca Raton </em>about life on and off the court.</p> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the February <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>magazineThu, 30 Jan 2014 19:43:19 +0000 The MagazineProfilesSexual Healing<p>Sex is supposed to be one of life’s great pleasures. But when couples experience problems in the bedroom, the very idea of sex can create stress, relationship woes and self-esteem issues. Rachel Needle (<em>pictured below)</em>, a West Palm Beach-based psychologist and certified sex therapist (1515 N. Flagler Drive, Suite 540, 561/822-5454), explores common issues—and possible solutions—with Boca Raton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="532" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/drneedle2.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>1) Low Sexual Desire</strong></p> <p>Needle says: “There are a number of possible contributors to [any] sexual problems—from biological or hormonal factors to contextual and interpersonal factors to lack of appropriate stimuli. The first thing is to rule out a medical problem.”</p> <p>Possible solutions: Think about things that used to turn you on or give you desire. Communicate with your partner about what you want and what you need. Give direction. (If these don’t work, give any of the solutions in the next section a try.)</p> <p><strong>2) Inability to Reach an Orgasm</strong></p> <p>Needle says: “A lot of things can contribute to females having difficulty reaching orgasm, such as anger and resentment toward their partner, having an inexperienced partner and feeling out of touch or not comfortable with [their] own body.”</p> <p>Possible solutions: Get to know yourself and your body. Figure out, on your own (when you’re comfortable), what turns you on. Think sexy thoughts; fantasize. Don’t evaluate and observe your performance during sex. Also, stay focused.</p> <p>“A lot of women find themselves distracted during sex,” Needle adds. “You’re much less likely to be able to have a wonderful orgasm and enjoy sexual activity when your mind is in 100 different places.”</p> <p>Don’t focus on the results. Instead, focus on the buildup of sensations, how you feel in the moment and what feels good.</p> <p><strong>3) Erectile Problems</strong></p> <p>Needle says: “Medications can still be helpful in these situations, but I want to make sure we’re addressing other contributing factors, as well.”</p> <p>Potential solutions: Before men pop a pill to increase blood flow, they should answer the following questions: Can they achieve an erection when masturbating or do they have morning erections? If so, chances are the blood is flowing—and a pill may not be necessary. In that case, try communicating.</p> <p>Have an open dialogue with your partner about your needs, concerns and what you want. Are you anxious about your sexual performance? Addressing that can help. Finally, think about what turns you on, and don’t be afraid to try new things.</p> <p><strong>Online Resource</strong></p> <p>For more information about sexual education, as well as how to locate a certified professional, visit The American Association of Sexuality Ed-ucators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) at</p> <center>To continue reading, please pick up a copy of</center><center>the February <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine.</center>magazineThu, 30 Jan 2014 19:37:55 +0000 Arrangement<p>Anyone who knows Tatyana Levina understands how much she loves flowers. So it would come as no surprise on birthdays and holidays that friends and family from out of town would send her bouquets and arrangements. But as much as she appreciated the gesture, the flowers themselves often disappointed.</p> <p><img alt="" height="616" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/tatyana_levina.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>“I understood how much money people were spending; they probably ordered them from 1-800 whatever,” says the native of Belarus in Eastern Europe. “But two days after receiving roses, the heads were all bending to one side. Instead of making me happy, it would break my heart.”</p> <p>So after years of being a stay-at-home mom, the former computer programmer decided to take botanical matters into her own hands. In 2012, Levina launched FlowerToy out of the Boca Raton residence she shares with her husband and two children. The business combines her childhood passion for stuffed animals with her interest in creating fun, artistic—and long-lasting—arrangements. Her floral figures, which rely heavily on chrysanthemums, stay fresh anywhere from 10 days to two weeks.</p> <p>Levina, who had no background working with flowers, starts with floral foam, which she carves and shapes into the desired character. She then soaks the foam in water and begins inserting the flowers. By her own admission, her early efforts needed polishing.</p> <p>“My first project was supposed to be a bear,” she says. “It looked like a monkey. But it was a cute monkey.”</p> <p>As evidenced by her website (, Levina clearly has perfected her craft. Customers from all over South Florida call on her to create everything from puppy dogs and teddy bears to snowmen and flower cakes.</p> <p>“Eventually, I’d like to be a franchise,” she says. “I want to bring something to the market that doesn’t exist—and I want to make my customers happy.”</p>Kevin KaminskiThu, 30 Jan 2014 19:30:42 +0000 The MagazineWeb Xtra: The Best of Molly Ivins<p>Award-winning local actress Barbara Bradshaw (Our “Take 5” in the February issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>) has been reading up on fiery Texas political commentator Molly Ivins for months in preparation for her demanding role as Ivins in the solo show “Red-Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” which opens Feb. 28 at the Willow Theatre in Boca Raton. </p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/take5bradshaw2.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>If you’re new to the genius of the late Ivins, here are some of her most memorable bon mots, most of which we pulled from her indispensable essay collection “Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?” You never know—maybe Bradshaw will get to say some of them onstage. </p> <p>“This year we are suffering from the acute excitement shortage caused by the nominees. The Democrats have chosen a policy wonk and Republicans a fatuous twit. Everyone enjoys inventing lines about how dull they are: Mike Dukakis’s idea of a hot night is rearranging his sock drawer; after he won the New York primary, he went out and painted the town beige. The Republicans have put up a man whose most memorable contribution to political rhetoric is “deep doo-doo.” Bush thinks ‘gosh darn” are fighting words.’—<em>Ms.,</em> August 1988 </p> <p>“The American press has always had a tendency to assume that the truth must lie exactly halfway between any two opposing points of view. Thus, if the press presents the man who says Hitler is an ogre and the man who says Hitler is a prince, it believes it has done the full measure of its journalistic duty.”—<em>The Progressive</em>, March 1987</p> <p>“There is a fashionable intellectual perception that America is becoming more and more alike from one end to the other, that it’s all covered with interstate highways and Howard Johnsons. Horsepucky. The most amazing thing about this country is its diversity, and the persistence of its regional and cultural differences.”—<em>Mother Jones</em>, June 1988</p> <p>“Senator John McCain of Arizona was one of many who predicted Quayle would close the gender gap for Bush because he’s so good-looking. Actually, Quayle looks exactly like Princess Di, while Mrs. Quayle looks exactly like Prince Charles. What more could any woman want?”—<em>Ms.,</em> August 1988</p> <p>“The Reagan administration is genuinely funny, honest it is. From the time we whipped Grenada in a fair fight to the day the old boy dropped off the wreath at Bitburg, this administration has been nothing but laughs. James Watt! Killer trees! Ketchup as a vegetable! Reagan cures the deficit! This is great stuff. You can’t make up stuff this good.”—<em>The Progressive</em>, March 1986</p> <p>“Calling George Bush shallow is like calling a dwarf short. He’s a conventional creature, perfectly amiable—in fact, he has lovely manners when he’s not upset (his mom deserves a hand)—but every principle he holds is based on a recent opinion poll. Even though he vacillates constantly, he is not a hopeless twit, a total Twinkie, or a damn fool. … Bush merely has twit tendencies.”—<em>Mother Jones</em>, February 1990</p> <p>“First, we Texans would like to salute the only governor we've got, Rick ‘Goodhair’ Perry, the Ken Doll, for vetoing the bill to outlaw executing the mentally retarded.</p> <p>We are Texas Proud. Such a brilliant decision—not only is Texas now globally recognized for barbaric cruelty, but a strong majority of Texans themselves (73 percent) would prefer not to off the retarded. Gov. Goodhair's decision—in the face of popular opinion, the Supreme Court and George W. Bush's recent conversion on this subject—is a testament to his strength of character. Or something.”—<em>Mother Jones</em>, June 2001</p> <p>“I assume we can defeat Hussein without great cost to our side (God forgive me if that is hubris). The problem is what happens after we win. The country is 20 percent Kurd, 20 percent Sunni and 60 percent Shiite. Can you say, ‘Horrible three-way civil war?’”—<em>The Free Press</em>, January 2003 </p> <p>“There is almost certainly a direct link between the current decline of American newspapers and the disappearance of the copyboy. It’s a well-known fact, on the order of the-sun-rises-in-the-east, that newspapers are the most miserably managed of all human institutions. In the Olde Days, who were the only people at the paper who knew what was going on? The copyboys, of course. They knew who was sleeping with whom, where the booze was hidden, who made how much ... and everything else that matters in the management of a great metropolitan newspaper—or even a piddly provincial one.” —<em>Washington Journal Review</em>, April 1987</p>John ThomasonThu, 30 Jan 2014 16:25:59 +0000 & EventsWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Celebrity Scents<p>Here are four more celebrity fragrances that our Shop Talk writer put to the sniff test.</p> <p><strong>Fancy Love by Jessica Simpson</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="433" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/jessicasimpsonfancylovebottle.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $49 for 1.7 ounces</p> <p><strong>Available at</strong>: Ulta</p> <p><strong>Product spin</strong>: “Romantic fragrance blends goji leaf, peach blossom, bergamot and blush champagne with notes of lotus blossom, peony, plumeria, jasmine and rose. Fancy Love finishes with a heady touch of creamy amber, blonde woods, musk and patchouli.”</p> <p><strong>Sniff test</strong>: This powdery fragrance projects a certain innocence ... at least that the intention. Its sweet, floral notes are the perfect accompaniment for a casual date or relaxing weekends.</p> <p><strong>Exotic Jasmine by Halle Berry</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="494" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/halle.jpeg" width="300"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $28 for 1 ounce</p> <p><strong>Available at:</strong> Kohl’s</p> <p><strong>Product spin:</strong> “A sensual yet modern combination of jasmine blossoms that tempts the senses with a blend of seductive woody notes ...”</p> <p><strong>Sniff test:</strong> While it sells itself as a sensual perfume, Exotic Jasmine definitely falls into the category of a power scent—the type a corporate woman wears to establish her authority while still exuding femininity. In the end, the fragrance is nothing out of the ordinary.</p> <p><strong>Dreams by Mariah Carey</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="559" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/mariah.jpeg" width="300"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $49 for 1.7 ounces</p> <p><strong>Available at</strong>: Kohl’s</p> <p><strong>Product spin</strong>: “Bergamot, salted caramel apple, toasted almonds, star anise, freesia, honeysuckle, muguet, tonka bean, Madagascar vanilla, patchouli and warm musk.</p> <p><strong>Sniff test:</strong> Mariah Carey can’t get enough of the fragrance industry, mixing her 12th perfume, Dreams, early last year. While the scent boasts of uncanny ingredients, including salted caramel apple, star anise and bergamot and toasted almonds, there’s nothing mildly exotic about it. It’s a fruity and floral mix that’s playful and probably a safe bet for a first date.</p> <p><strong>Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="416" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/sjp_lovely.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $68 for 3.4 ounces</p> <p><strong>Available at:</strong> Macy’s</p> <p><strong>Product spin:</strong> “A scent of pure innocence with the exotic nature of a precious oil and the sophistication of a fine perfume. Lavender, orchid and amber mingle with apple martini, paper whites and musk.”</p> <p><strong>Sniff test:</strong> Sophisticated. That’s Lovely summed up in one word. Sarah Jessica Parker’s concoction takes you back to a time when you watched wide-eyed as your mom got all dolled up for a night out. It’s the scent she spritzed on her inner wrist after clasping on her pearls and telling you it was time for bed. Now it’s your turn to be that classy, chic woman. One spray is enough.</p> <p>**All fragrances can be purchased online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 30 Jan 2014 16:23:05 +0000 & EventsBarsWeb Xtra: Senada Adžem<p>In her exclusive interview featured in the February issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>, the director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman opens up about living as a teenager in war-torn Sarajevo as a young teen. Here are bonus excerpts from our “Behind the Biz” story:</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/senada.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong>Editor’s note</strong>: Adžem was born in Goražde, in what was then Yugoslavia, and later moved to Croatia. But when war broke out there in 1991, her parents moved the family to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina—which had declared independence from Yugoslavia. In April 1992, the Army of Republika Srpska (comprised of Bosnian Serbs trying to create a new state) encircled and blockaded the city, the start of an almost four-year siege that would claim, by some estimates, nearly 6,000 civilian lives—and wreak untold psychological havoc. </p> <p>• “I remember my father coming home one evening with a busload of people. We had a big home. They were refugees; their homes had been taken away. There was shooting in the background. You couldn’t make sense of it; why would your own army turn on you? It would be the equivalent of the U.S. Army attacking its own citizens. There was such confusion.”</p> <p>• “Your first instinct is to leave. Where do we have family? Austria? Italy? America? You start packing the basics and planning an escape. ... But then we heard that the bus station was closed. The train station was closed. The airport, shut down. The whole city was shut down. ... Word spread that the national army had surrounded the perimeter of the city. But there was no way to [confirm] information; we had no television reports. It was just what other people said.”</p> <p>• “Two days after the shut down, snipers started shooting at people. Mortars were being launched from the mountaintops into our valley. You’d spend your days in the basement, huddled, sitting for hours on end. Once the shooting stopped at night, people would venture outside and try to find food and water.”</p> <p>• “It was like how people prepare for a hurricane. Whatever dry food you could gather, you’d bring back. After that ran out, we had to get creative. We ate a lot of rice and beans. ... Six months into [the siege], humanitarian aid started coming in. ... A lot of the different religious and caused-based organizations sent food. But even the Red Cross was stopped at checkpoints by the Serbs; they’d take half and let some come in. Their goal was to control the flow of the food. We were dealing with psychological warfare, emotional warfare—and real warfare, where your life was in danger.”</p> <p>• “[Then-Serbian president Slobodan] Milošević’s goal was to make it seem like a religious war because then the international community would say, ‘We’re not touching that. It’s a time bomb.’ In the end, it was a grab for territory. He didn’t want Croatia, Bosnia or Slovenia to separate; in terms of natural resources, they’re extraordinarily rich. He wanted to keep that as part of his domain. ... He was crazy. He wanted to ethnically cleanse what is now Croatia and Bosnia and have that become greater Serbia. ... At the time, we were asking ourselves these questions. It made no sense. In the basement, where we were huddled waiting for the shooting to stop, you had people from all walks of life. It wasn’t just one group. ... And yet the Army started taking people to concentration camps and killing them. Mass executions. Stuff that was censored; you didn’t see this on CNN.”</p> <p>• “My father was wounded during one of the massacres in Sarajevo. ... He managed to survive for about six years. He had eight surgeries on his back and brain, trying to remove all the shrapnel. But he finally died after I came to the United States.”</p> <p><strong>Editor’s note</strong>: Adžem’s humanitarian work would lead her to John Menzies, then the U.S. ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Menzies would help bring Adžem to America in 1996—on a full academic scholarship to Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.</p> <p>• “I came out of the war feeling like I got a second chance at life. Plus, I got an opportunity [in Iowa] that people would kill for. I was so grateful, so humbled. ... The people in the Midwest, oh my god, were the nicest. It was such a comfortable, safe environment, which was so important since I was going through such post-traumatic stress.” </p> <p>• “Survivor’s guilt is something very powerful. It hits you on a subconscious level—why me? Why do I get to enjoy this life in America? I do see myself as a survivor. Whatever you put in front of me, I’ll handle it. But at that time, there were nights when I couldn’t sleep because of the images replaying in my mind. ... Thankfully, I had help. I could talk to people, and they listened.”</p> <p>• “I can quickly differentiate good people from bad people. I’ve seen so much evil, and I’ve seen humans at their best. I’ve seen people throw themselves in front of a child and take a bullet to save that youngster. ... So trust me when I tell you that I will fire a client. I don’t want to be surrounded by negative energy or bad intentions. Life is too short.”</p>Kevin KaminskiThu, 30 Jan 2014 16:21:08 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: Pizzo’s Tort<p><strong><img alt="" height="489" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/chocolatetorte.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong>Chocolate Volcano Tort</strong></p> <p>Recipe courtesy of chef Anthony Pizzo, Cut 432 and Park Tavern, Delray Beach<em> </em></p> <p>6 ounces Valrhona bittersweet chocolate</p> <p>5 1/2 ounces Plugra or other European-style butter</p> <p>3 large eggs</p> <p>3 egg yolks</p> <p>3 ounces superfine sugar</p> <p>5 tablespoons flour, sifted</p> <p>1 quart huckleberries or raspberries</p> <p>3 tablespoon water</p> <p>2 tablespoon sugar</p> <p>1 vanilla bean</p> <p>Peel of 1/4 orange</p> <p>Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour four 6-ounce ring molds.</p> <p><strong>For huckleberry sauce</strong>: Heat water and sugar in small pot until sugar is melted and mixture thickens slightly. Add huckleberries or raspberries, vanilla bean and orange peel. Cook until berries break down but still have some texture. Remove from heat and reserve. </p> <p><strong>For tort</strong>: Melt chocolate and butter in double-boiler. Cool slightly. In mixer, beat eggs, egg yolks and sugar until pale and in thick ribbons, about 10 minutes. Reduce speed and gradually add in the flour. Add the melted chocolate-butter and beat until thick and glossy, about 5 minutes.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Preparation</strong>: Pour mixture into ring molds and place in oven. Bake until set around the edges but still moving in the center, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cook slightly. Run knife around the edge of the molds to release torts. Spoon huckleberry sauce on plate and place tort in the center. Serves 4.</p> <p> </p>magazineThu, 30 Jan 2014 16:16:31 +0000 Web ExtrasThe Naked Truth, Vol. 89: Dating Questions<p><strong><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thenakedtruth.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong>Dear Angela,</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>I want to join an online dating website but part of me feels like it’s a public admission of my dating failures. How do I get over that road block? – Dating since I was 15</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Dear Serial Dater,</p> <p dir="ltr">I’m not sure I follow your logic.  Trying online dating is no different that going to a bar hoping to meet someone or asking a friend to set you up.  It’s all putting yourself out there, in one form or another, hoping to meet someone you might be interested in getting to know better.  </p> <p dir="ltr">I don’t believe in failures with respect to dating.  Sure, we’ve all looked back on past relationships and said, “What was I thinking?” But these are also lessons that taught us what we want, what we won’t put up with, and what we hope to never, ever see again as long as we live.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stop making such a big deal out of this online dating situation.  Remember, anyone who sees your profile is doing the same thing you are.  No shame in that game!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dear Angela,</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>My boyfriend recently lost his job when his company downsized. He had been so stressed out looking for jobs, so I told him to stop putting so much pressure on himself, thinking that would make things better. Instead, I come home to him -  after a long day of work - sitting on the couch and watching TV … how do I tell him to get his act back together? – Biting my tongue</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Dear Tongue-Tied,</p> <p dir="ltr">You didn’t tell me if you are supporting you two for the time being.  I’m assuming that’s the case because why else would you be frustrated with him, right?  If he were still pulling his weight financially, it really wouldn’t matter if he sat home and watched Judge Joe Brown all day.  It’s his life to waste, not yours. (I am in no way insinuating Judge Joe Brown is a waste of valuable time, btw.)</p> <p>While some wallowing after a setback as such as sudden unemployment is to be expected, it is time you let him know, gently, that the gig is up.  Collaboratively come up with a plan of action to have your man back with the working stiffs sooner than later.  Being supporting while also giving constructive and giving helpful feedback will be much more productive that just yelling at him for being lazy.  </p> <p>For more from The Naked Truth, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-naked-truth/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>Do you have a question for Angela? </strong>E-mail!<strong></strong></p> <center><img alt="" height="609" src="/site_media/uploads/angelalutin.jpg" width="400"></center> <p><strong>About Angela Lutin:</strong><br>Angela Lutin is Essentially Angela. Blogger, Advice Columnist and Dating Guru for the social media age—decoding modern love one tweet, text, and like at a time. Angela’s dating advice column, "The Naked Truth," appears exclusively each week on and in each issue of <em>Boca Raton </em>magazine. Her work appears regularly on the Huffington Post. She can been seen on MTV’s "Made" and Bravo’s hit show, "Millionaire Matchmaker." Crafting personal dating makeovers for her clients, Angela also maintains a private practice, which turns the romantically challenged into the relationship-inclined. Follow Angela on <a href="">Facebook</a> or <a href="">Twitter</a>.</p>magazineThu, 30 Jan 2014 14:46:18 +0000 Super Bowl Eating<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>Super Bowl XLVIII </strong>is almost here, and that means the battle of fried foods is about to begin.</p> <p>While you shouldn’t settle for anything less than delicious food, you don’t have to sacrifice your health either. Life should be about enjoyment.</p> <p>So go for the win-win with my Super Bowl Z-Tips (and this video which shows you how to make the best buffalo tempeh bites!)</p> <p><iframe height="270" src="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>This could be the game where there are no losers – both your body AND taste buds win!</p> <p>1. Have a green smoothie in the morning. A powerful combination of fruits, greens and superfoods will keep you energized and boost your metabolism. Click <a href="/blog/2014/01/29/green-smoothie-recipe/" target="_blank">here</a> for recipe.</p> <p>2. Take a vegetarian digestive enzyme before you start eating to help you digest cooked food. You can also take another one after the meal, if needed.</p> <p>3. If you’re going to a party, bring your own food to contribute to the potluck. That way you’ll know exactly what you’re eating. </p> <p>I’ve included two recipes and a list of snack ideas that will help your body minimize the nutritional damage Super Bowl parties can have. Try them and score big with your friends at this year’s Super Bowl party.</p> <p><strong>SNACKS TO BUY </strong>(You can find all of them at Boca Raton’s Whole Foods)</p> <p><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/beanitos.png" width="500"></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Beanitos Chips</a></strong> – Try their Restaurant Style chips and you will never want to compromise with other chips.</p> <p><strong>365 Organic Salsa</strong> – Great for dipping chips, high in flavor and low in calories</p> <p><img alt="" height="409" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/daiya.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Daiya Cheddar Cheese</a></strong> – Fabulous for Queso dip! Just mix in with salsa and heat up to melt</p> <p><strong>Jicama </strong>– If you are looking for a healthy crunch without extra calories, try jicama. Just peel and slice into chip-size slices, then use for dipping in your favorite dip.</p> <p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/yves.jpg" width="271"></p> <p><strong>Yves Pepperoni</strong> – These great vegan pepperoni slices will add a zing to your pizza without adding extra cholesterol to your arteries</p> <p><strong>365 Italian Flavored Sparkling Water</strong> – Buy your favorite flavored (unsweetened) sparking water and cheer your team onto victory with it instead of soda or in between alcoholic beverages. Remember, for every beer/wine make sure to have 2 glasses of water.</p> <p><strong>RECIPES</strong></p> <p><strong>Healthier 7-Layer Dip</strong></p> <p>1 jar of Daiya vegan cream cheese</p> <p>1 avocado</p> <p>1 jar of pre-made salsa</p> <p>1 large tomato</p> <p>1 cup shredded romaine lettuce</p> <p>1 cup Daiya cheddar cheese shreds</p> <p>1 cup LightLife Mexican meat crumbles </p> <p>Combine Mexican meat crumbles with salsa. Shred lettuce and chop tomato and avocado.</p> <p>Spread the vegan cream cheese on the bottom of the pan. Place the Mexican meat mixture on top. Continue layering the rest of the ingredients evenly, finishing up with cheese shreds. Dip with Beanito restaurant style chips.</p> <p><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/cookiedough.jpg" width="351"> </p> <p><strong><em>Cookie Dough Recipe</em></strong></p> <p>1.5 cups of gluten-free oats </p> <p>1 cup organic puffed rice cereal</p> <p>1.5 cups cashews</p> <p>3 tablespoons agave</p> <p>4 medjool dates</p> <p>1 tablespoon coconut oil</p> <p>2/3 teaspoon salt</p> <p>1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract</p> <p>1 cup raw cacao nibs</p> <p>Place oats and puffed rice in a high speed blender and grind to make flour. Transfer the flour into a food processor and blend well with agave, dates, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. When well combined, put in a bowl and mix with the rest of ingredients by hand. Make into cookie dough shape and enjoy!</p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/Alina-fullsize_1.jpg" width="323"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 29 Jan 2014 16:27:14 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Green Smoothie Recipe<p><strong>Green Smoothie Recipe</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="339" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/greensmoothie.jpg" width="334"></p> <p><em>Ingredients:</em></p> <p>2 leaves of kale</p> <p>1 banana, best when frozen</p> <p>1 cup frozen strawberries </p> <p>1-2 tablespoons of hemp protein or RAW protein</p> <p>1 cup sweetened vanilla almond milk</p> <p>1/2 teaspoon organic chlorella</p> <p>1/2 cup water</p> <p>Ice, optional</p> <p><em>Directions:</em></p> <p>Blend all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy. </p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/Alina-fullsize_1.jpg" width="323"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p> <p><em><br></em></p>magazineWed, 29 Jan 2014 16:25:03 +0000 Wellness Screening Expo<p>Delray Medical Center and the Alliance of Delray will host the third annual Wellness Screening Expo Friday, Feb. 7 at the South County Civic Center from 8 a.m. to noon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/southcountyciviccenter.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>Organizers are providing free health screenings, including blood pressure, body mass index, bone density, heart health, cholesterol and more.</p> <p>The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office will be offering a free, safe way to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications with its Operation Pill Drop receptacles. The narcotics division will take in any over-the counter medications, vitamins, ointments, medications for pets and prescriptions that are no longer needed.</p> <p>Healthcare professionals and pharmacists will also be on-hand to answer questions.</p> <p>For the heart health screenings and blood work, people must make appointments. Fasting may be required. To register, call 1-800-897-9789.</p> <p>The South County Civic Center is located at 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach.</p>magazineWed, 29 Jan 2014 15:45:10 +0000 BeachHealth NewsHealth/BeautyLocal Lifeguards Host Competition Fundraiser<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>For those who love water sports, here's an event that you won't want to miss.</p> <p>The City of Boca Raton Ocean Rescue is holding a seven-mile watercraft race Sunday, Feb. 2, at 7 a.m. at Spanish River Park, Boca Raton.</p> <p>Anyone can join this first annual “Boca Raton Rat Race.” The object is to use some kind of watercraft—a stand-up paddle board, dory boat, surf ski, canoe or kayak—to make the seven-mile trek on water. Competitors must bring their own watercrafts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/img_128978584912944.jpeg" width="500"></p> <p>The Rat Race will start at the South End of Spanish River Park.</p> <p>“Depending on conditions, the race will start in the [Intracoastal] waterway, just south of the Spanish River bridge, then head south past Palmetto Bridge, across the Boca Lake, out the Boca Inlet,” says Ryan Klenke, a race organizer and local lifeguard. “Then, it will head north along the Boca beach, up to [lifeguard] tower 14, Spanish River Beach, to the finish.”</p> <p>The cost to join the race is donation only.</p> <p>The purpose of this event is to raise money to send the Boca Raton Ocean Rescue team to the Nautica 2014 Nationals Lifeguard Championship, Klenke says.</p> <p>The National Lifeguard Championship is a three-day event, held this year Aug. 6-9 in Virginia Beach, Va. More than 1,000 lifeguards compete in events simulating real rescues.</p> <p>Klenke says Team Boca has had many national championship winners, including Boca Raton firefighters, lifeguards and twin sisters Shelley and Sherry Griffith – the 14-time national champions in the doubles row.</p> <p>For more information, contact Rian Klenke at <a href=""></a> or 561/2451536 (text only).  </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><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/lisettehomepage_1.jpg" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 29 Jan 2014 15:22:01 +0000 BeachFitnessHealth/BeautyUpcoming EventsQ&amp;A: Madame Christine Argillet<p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/argillet.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(Christine Argillet)</p> <p>Saint Petersburg’s Dali Museum isn’t the only place in Florida to see mind-blowing works by the eccentric Spanish master. Here in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, visitors can always marvel at Salvador Dali’s mastery by touring our area’s Wentworth Galleries, at Town Center Mall and on Las Olas Boulevard, respectively. This weekend marks the perfect time to visit, because it affords the rare opportunity to meet the last living link to Dali himself.</p> <p>Madame Christine Argillet, whose father Pierre served as Dali’s publisher, friend and confidante for five decades, will be at both Wentworth locations on Saturday to present “Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection.” It includes rare etchings and watercolors, along with selections from the famed Dali suites “Mythologie,” “Les Hippies,” “Goethe’s Faust” and “Poemes Secrets d’Apollinaire.”</p> <p>Madame Argillet, who currently runs a gallery in California specializing in surrealist and Dadaist art, grew up around Dali; famous black-and-white photographs show the artist in a playful mood, tugging at the pigtails of the young Christine. She has plenty of fond memories of Dali as well as insight into his art and his process, and she was kind enough to share some of them with <em>Boca Raton</em> prior to her area appearances.</p> <p><img alt="" height="405" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/argillet2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(Salvador Dali with young Christine) </p> <p><strong>For a lot of us, when we hear the name Dali, certain iconic images come to mind. But we don’t necessarily know a lot about the man behind the art. Having grown up with him, what was he like generally, in your experience?</strong></p> <p>He was a very simple man—a workaholic who started very early in the morning. Around 6 o’clock you would see the light in his studio. We would see him mostly in Spain, where he had his house and where he used to work on large-scale paintings, most of which are now in Florida at the Dali Museum. What was very stunning is that when he was working, he had an easel where there was usually a painting with geometric shapes. You wouldn’t recognize Dali’s style at all. When people would look at him with a sort of interrogation in their eyes, he would say, ‘You wouldn’t think it’s me, but it’s me: I start all my paintings with the Golden Ratio and am working on geometric shapes. And once this is done, I paint inside those shapes.’</p> <p>It was always something that looked easy. He has a fabulous technique, and his pencil was kind of running behind the ideas. You would be stunned to see a drawing appearing in a few minutes. He had a wonderful spontaneity, which was the other side of him. On some paintings, he would spend months and months, working patiently on the canvas. On other works he would be extremely rapid. He would work on sculptures, tapestries, drawings, films—he had such a large approach to art. He would even work with people on clothing designs, books. He had this extraordinary skill that he could be good at everything he touched. He wanted, in a way, to be the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20<sup>th</sup> century.</p> <p>He would meet, in his house, very simple people, like fishermen or seamstresses, and he would call and ask them to look at his paintings and tell him what they would see. And he would have, at the same time, scientists coming from all over the world, telling him about the latest research on DNA or things like that. He would be passionate about that. And he would value people exactly in the same way, from very important people in their field to simple people. He was very respectful and very simple.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any insight into where the incredible visions found in Dali’s work originated from—what inspired them?</strong></p> <p>It isn’t for me to say that directly. I have some answers, but I cannot speak to that directly. When I met Dali the most, I was between the ages of 5 and 20. And that was in the mid-60s. What has been said is that he was somebody very alone. He was dreaming a lot, and was impressed by things that he didn’t understand always. For example, he had a brother who passed away before him, whose name was Salvador Dali as well. And he would say, for instance, that going to the cemetery with his parents on weekends and seeing his own name engraved in the stone was extremely disturbing. It has been said that this created some of the visions in his works. He always said that he couldn’t understand, when he was young, why a part of himself was buried. </p> <p>There’s also his bad relationship to his father, which led to rebelliousness. There are things that are linked to the beginning of his life, where he rejected the political correctness that existed in Spain at that time, which was a very religious country. On the other hand, he had this knowledge of art and culture, and he would be researching them always.</p> <p><img alt="" height="513" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/nude-with-garter.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(Dali's "Nude With Garter")</p> <p><strong>What impact did your father have on Salvador’s work?</strong></p> <p>I would say that my father was somebody quite humble and would never have felt he had an impact on Dali. But my opinion is that my father read a lot, and had long conversations with the artists and with Dali in particular. He had these long talks with Dali on topics that would be interesting to illustrate, and sometimes Dali would say, ‘Oh, I would love to illustrate this novel, let’s say, or this poem.’ And my father would immediately have everything prepared for Dali to work. He would go to the printmakers and have them do different proofs. He knew that Dali would jump from one idea to another very quickly, and he had to be extremely rapid. He understood that quite early, and the beauty of this collaboration is certainly the fact that he understood that. He needed to follow Dali very rapidly, the minute he wanted to create something. That helped create this fabulous collection in a few years.</p> <p><strong>Are there examples of your father’s friendship with Salvador that transcend the art world, into the realm of the personal?</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>They had a great understanding of each other. Dali used to say that Argillet was more Dalinian than himself sometimes, which was a good complement! My father was fascinated by Dali. He had an immense pleasure working for Dali, because it was like starting a new day and a new life, and being on another planet. It was work and personal pleasure at the same time.</p> <p><strong>Did you always want to follow in your father’s footsteps into the art business?</strong></p> <p>I had the chance to meet a lot of artists with my father. He took me to Picasso, to Dali, to Wifredo Lam. All of these artists had been fascinating for me, and I had a very close relationship with my father. We would think about art, go to exhibitions together, prepare exhibitions together. I traveled for him, presented the collections. We did not always agree on the way they had to be presented. I think my father, in a way, had so many points of interest that, like Dali, he would jump from one thing to another.</p> <p>When he passed away, more than 10 years ago, I was so intrigued with these collections. I was thinking, what should I do and what can I do? The idea was that these works were mostly not known in the U.S. And as we were just setting up in California with my husband, who is an artist, I thought, maybe it would be good to present these etchings and drawings in the best museums and galleries we could, and have them known, and share them with other collectors. That’s the goal I had in mind, and I’d say that after 10 years now, I’m quite satisfied.</p> <p><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/argus.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(Dali's "Argus")</p> <p><strong>Does this collection at the Wentworth Gallery cover a particular period of Dali’s career, or does is span many of them?</strong></p> <p>I’d say it covers mostly the ‘60s, through 1971. It was a very interesting time, because Dali had changed radically. From the beginning of the ‘60s, he was very meticulous and worked a lot on his drawings. At the end of the 60s, after 1967, he started to be extremely spontaneous and rapid in his works. It’s fascinating to see how a talented artist goes from a meticulous drawing to something that is like a gesture, sometimes.</p> <p><strong>Where were you when Dali passed away? Did it have an impact on you?</strong></p> <p>It’s amazing you ask that, because I was thinking about it with my husband yesterday. It’s really something I haven’t shared. It was January 1989, and we knew that Dali was not well and was declining rapidly; he had been ill for many years. I remember very well that moment. I was in Paris at the time, and my father immediately took a plane to his funeral.</p> <p>At that time, Spanish television had nothing about Dali on film, and my father had been one of the first to use his video camera in Paris, around 1968. My father had recorded Dali at home, dancing the Charleston. It was a very fun thing, and they requested this film when announcing the death of Dali. It was a very special day for us. It was like losing someone from the family.</p> <p><em>Madame Christine Argillet will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Fort Lauderdale’s Wentworth Gallery (819 E. Las Olas Blvd.) and from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Boca Raton’s Wentworth Gallery (517 Town Center Mall, 6000 Glades Road). Both appearances are complimentary, but reservations are strongly required. Call 954/468-0685 or 561/338-0804.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 29 Jan 2014 15:10:10 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsGirasole Cafe Opens in Boca<p><img alt="" height="108" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/girasole.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>The eastern end of Boca’s Palmetto Park Road is getting some serious restaurant love as of late, evidenced by eateries like <a href="/blog/2013/04/17/breakfast-gets-a-wake-up-call/" target="_blank">Rebel House</a>, <a href="/blog/2012/10/26/palate-teasers-and-pleasers/" target="_blank">Ninja Spinning Sushi</a> and the terrific new <a href="/blog/2013/08/27/13-american-table-opens-in-boca/" target="_blank">13 American Table</a>.</p> <p>To their number we can now add one more: <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Girasole Gelato Cafe</strong></a> (895 E. Palmetto Park Rd., 561/245-8093). Promising family-style sandwiches, salads, desserts and, of course, gelato inspired by the regional Italian cuisines of Puglia and Sicily, it’s a cute little place with a clean, contemporary look. Lots of white tile, a long black-and-white tiled counter, sleek glass tables and a few spots of color from dangling pendant lamps.</p> <p>The menu is limited but packed with the kinds of dishes you want to eat every day (and can also afford). There’s the classic Sicilian caponata, a veggie-laden Mediterranean salad, panini and subs from Genovese (grilled chicken, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, mozzarella and basil) to a meatball parm (with marinara and fresh mozz). There’s also a long list of desserts: tiramisu, ricotta cheesecake, profiteroles and biscotti among them, plus caffeine from the espresso bar and gelato from cup to quart.</p> <p>Girasole is open daily from 10 a.m. The cafe closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday, 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:30 p.m. Saturday.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 28 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: Jan. 28 to Feb. 3<p><strong>THURSDAY</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/capsteps1_i130403205114.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>What: The Capitol Steps</p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>Time: 5:30 and 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact information: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Before there was “The Daily Show”–and back when Bill Maher was playing Chuckle Huts for peanuts–the Capitol Steps had already established themselves as the country’s pioneering source for bipartisan political humor. The group formed in 1981 by a group of actual Capitol Hill staffers, and more than 30 years later the humorists represent a collective 62 years of House and Senate staff experience: That’s a lot of time to control scandals in public and plot parodies in private. These days, the group’s lively, well-honed performances includes satirical skits and impersonations of politicos, as well as song spoofs inspired by the news of the day. Its most recent album, “Fiscal Shades of Gray,” includes such tracks as “Sunni Side of Tikrit” and “The Pope’s First Tweet.”</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/old-times---palm-beach-dramaworks.jpg" width="254"></p> <p>What: Opening night of “Old Times”</p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Time: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75 ($60 for non-opening night)</p> <p>Contact information: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The only professional theater in South Florida these days to produce the works of the great Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, Palm Beach Dramaworks tackles his 1971 drama “Old Times,” a disturbing triangle about a long-married couple, Kate and Deely, who are visited after 20 years by Kate’s old friend Anna, who apparently had something of a history with Deely as well. Her appearance prompts conflicting memories that could change the present and future of these three lost souls. This mysterious play has received a number of intriguing theories from critics; one of its great attributes is that it lets viewers decipher it themselves. It runs through March 2.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/assassins_group_1_-_photo_by_justin_namon.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Opening night of “Assassins”</p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>Time: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact information: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Sweeney Todd” may be the darkest musical in Stephen Sondheim’s oeuvre, but it has a worthy competitor in 1990’s “Assassins,” a revue of songs sung by, and about, the handful of individuals who have attempted (or succeeded) to kill American presidents. A cast of up to 13 has performed this show in the past, through numerous Broadway and regional adaptations, and characters include Presidents Garfield and Ford, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth. The first musical to be produced by the award-winning Zoetic Stage, this insightful and comic foray into political history through the crosshairs of its outcasts looks like a potent play to revisit in a time of polarizing gun-control debate. The show runs through Feb. 23.</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/jerry-seinfeld-picture-1.jpg" width="376"></p> <p>What: Jerry Seinfeld</p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>Time: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $79 to $169</p> <p>Contact information: 954/797-5531, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Not that Jerry Seinfeld needs any introduction, but here are a few of his comedy credentials: He was the eponymous star of the greatest television series of all-time (per <em>TV Guide,</em> back in 2002), was ranked by Comedy Central as the 12<sup>th</sup> greatest standup comedian of all-time in 2005, and most recently received an Emmy nomination for his simple yet innovative Web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Unlike many comics, Seinfeld has stayed true to his roots for his more than 35 years in the business, rarely taking any acting jobs that require him to play anything but a version of himself. Specializing in Catskillian one-liners and pointed observational riffs, Seinfeld is as funny as he’s ever been and worth this hefty price tag. Incidentally, if you want a few Seinfeldian tapas, visit his website at, where each day he posts a few vintage clips of his standup act—for those 24 hours only.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/riteofspring.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: The Rite of Spring</p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>Time: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $41 to $180</p> <p>Contact information: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The evening of May 29, 1913 is one that will live in both fame and infamy: It marked the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky’s ballet “The Rite of Spring” for Russia’s Ballets Russes. The work premiered in Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Élysées, and the audience, to put it nicely, wasn’t ready for the composer’s avant-garde approach, which experimented with tonality, metre, dissonance and more. Hissing, shouting and riots began during the introduction and continued through the first act; one of the choreographer’s assistants recalled that it was impossible to hear the music. Even a critic called “The Rite of Spring” “a laborious and puerile barbarity.” Nowadays, freed from its once-controversial ballet plot about a pagan sacrifice, this intense, resplendent and emotionally exhausting orchestral work stands on its own, as this performance by the Cleveland Orchestra likely will show.</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/program-ii-1.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>What: Miami City Ballet Program II</p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Time: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20 to $175</p> <p>Contact information: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Continuing to surprise and confound expectations, South Florida’s premier ballet company’s second program of the 2013-2014 season is the most musically driven hodgepodge of the season. Centering the program is the company premiere of “Jardi Tancat,” the debut 1983 work of master Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, set to five Catalan folk songs written by a preeminent protest singer. It shares the stage with a signature Balanchine/Bach dance, “Concerto Baracco;” a revival of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Symphonic Dances,” a heralded Miami City Ballet commission from the previous season; and the newly added “Chutes and Ladders,” a Justin Peck ballet that saw a one-night-only premiere in Miami in 2013 and which receives a fuller treatment here. If you want an eclectic introduction to this company’s many tones and textures, this is the program for you.</p> <p><strong>SATURDAY</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/jake-shima_.jpeg" width="350"></p> <p>What: Jake Shimabukuru</p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>Time: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $31.27 to $45.05</p> <p>Contact information: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For ukulele virtuoso Shimabukuru, it all started back in 2006, when a viral video on a then-obscure website called YouTube showed him performing a breathtaking uke version of the Beatles’ “When My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The video catapulted the Hawaiian musician to overnight success and has been viewed some 12 million times. By the time he released 2011’s “Peace, Love, Ukulele,” it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s world music chart, and he’s since played for everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to the Queen of England. His latest release, the Alan Parsons-produced “Grand Ukulele,” sees the young phenom playing with a 29-piece orchestra, and covering Adele and Sting along with his own dynamic compositions. Expect a typically varied performance in Coral Springs this weekend, where he’ll play everything from classical and blues to rock and flamenco, all on his ukulele. Just wait until you hear his “Bohemian Rhapsody.”</p> <p><strong>SUNDAY</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/warhol_film_still_-_jane_holzer_st145_1964_(c)awm.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>What: Opening day of “To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar”</p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 to $12</p> <p>Contact information: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>With her penchant for glamorously outlandish attire, Baby Jane Holzer dressed like the Lady Gaga of her day—chiefly the 1960s before they officially became The Sixties. From 1962–65, she was one of Andy Warhol’s Factory girls, acting as a muse for the laconic artist during his vanguard. A model and aspiring actress at the time, she appeared in a number of Warhol’s films—including “Couch” and “Ciao! Manhattan”—while inspiring the artist with her keen fashion sense. She was later immortalized in a song by Roxy Music and in a chapter in a Tom Wolfe book. This exhibition focuses on her pairing with Pop Art’s most iconic figure, showcasing many of Warhol’s paintings, sculptures, prints and films, along with Holzer’s own contributions.</p>John ThomasonMon, 27 Jan 2014 16:48:26 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsThe Sea Rolls Ashore in Delray<p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/thesea.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>More good news for West Delray foodies, who have recently gained a whole new roster of dining choices, including the latest venture from the folks behind the wildly successful Lemongrass pan-Asian restaurants.</p> <p>It’s <strong>The Sea Southeast Asian Kitchen</strong> (16950 Jog Rd., 561/270-3569), which joins the newish D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar &amp; Tapas in the suddenly hot Shoppes at Addison Place.</p> <p>Though the menu reprises many of the Thai dishes and sushi that have become Lemongrass signatures, The Sea takes its inspiration rather further afield, with dishes like mango-softshell crab salad, Malaysian-style tofu satay, grilled shrimp in tamarind sauce, and filet mignon with Masaman curry sauce. There’s still a ton of sushi too, so raw fish lovers, don’t despair.</p> <p>In appearance, The Sea has the modern, stylish look of all the Lemongrass eateries, with a bit of industrial flair. The earth-toned dining room features a brick-faced sushi bar, hardwood floors, Edison-style pendant lights, big tufted booths and bistro-esque furnishings.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 27 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsBoca After Dark: 101 Cantina<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/cantina2.jpg" width="350"></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>101 CANTINA</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Where</strong><span>: 133 S.E. Mizner Blvd, 561/409-2320</span></p> <p><strong>The lowdown</strong><span>: The second of three statewide Cantinas has a well-earned reputation as a haven for college students—appropriate given that the other locations are in Gainesville and Tallahassee. At night, dance fever consumes locals—especially on “Techno Tuesday,” when Cantina 101 is alive with flashing lights, the occasional glow stick and a nonstop, pulse-pounding mix of club music.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But don’t let the late-night scene cast Cantina as nothing more than a party-til-you-drop spot. If you’re a professional looking for a killer margarita after a tough day at the office, check out happy hour here. The vibe is low-key by comparison but still energetic, with a good mix of Top 40 hits playing in the background.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The nightly and 4 to 7 p.m. specials, meanwhile, are off the charts—depending on the day of the week and time of day, we’re talking everything from $4 select margaritas (which typically run $7 to $11), $5 Mojitos, as well as three-for-one well drinks—and even free shots of tequila every hour starting at 11:01 a.m. on Sundays.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Enjoy half-off appetizers during happy hour, such as the trio of salsa, guacamole and queso with a big basket of crispy tortilla chips. You’ll devour every single chip—and when you do, don't be afraid to ask for more. On Tuesdays, tacos are buy two, get one free. Go for the classic chicken, beef or pork or be daring with the Cheech (Korean marinated steak, Korean salsa roja, cilantro-lime relish, romaine, cabbage and sesame-chili dressing) or Desperado (adobe-marinated grilled chicken, crushed pineapple, salsa verde, red onions and scallions). On Thursdays, the signature chicken quesadilla goes for just $5.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/cantina1.jpg" width="350"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>The intangibles</strong><span>: 101 Cantina used to be The Mexican, and parts of it have remained intact, like the graffiti mural that takes up the entire side wall, the VW bug extending from the kitchen, and the open-air bar you can access from both the restaurant and the outside patio.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The bartenders are friendly and attentive, the kitchen is accommodating to substitutions, and the atmosphere is comfortable and inviting. It’s a large space, but the square shape makes it feel more intimate.<strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Hours</strong><span>: 101 Cantina opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday; the party rolls until 2 a.m. every night.</span><strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Website</strong><span>:</span><span><br> <br> </span></p> <p> </p>Shaina WizovSun, 26 Jan 2014 17:38:36 +0000 Review: &quot;The Past&quot;<p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/film-still-from-the-past--005.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The last film directed by Iranian writer-director Ashgar Farhadi was called “A Separation,” a masterful movie that justifiably won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2012. That title would also be appropriate for his latest film, “The Past,” set in Paris. A sense of separation slices through every scene in this quiet, revealing domestic drama.</p> <p>It’s the sort of movie where the first scene forecasts the tone to come: In an airport, a Parisian woman, Marie (Berenice Bejo), is trying to get the attention of her ex-husband Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), whose plane has just arrived. But a slab of soundproof glass divides them; her calls and gestures fall on deaf ears. Eventually he finds his way to her, but this opening could be a metaphor for the collapse of their marriage, some four years earlier: no communication.</p> <p>For Marie, her feelings seemed to have changed little since Ahmad left. She seethes with old resentments, lingering on past disappointments, while he attempts to be of service, both to her and her two children from a previous marriage, whom he adores (why she arranged for Ahmad to stay at their house, rather than arrange a hotel for him, remains one of many points of contention).</p> <p>At any rate, Ahmad is back in town primarily to sign divorce papers, which he knew; and to meet Marie’s prospective son-in-law and her inevitably her new live-in partner, which he didn’t know. That partner, Samir (Trahar Rahim), runs a dry-cleaners and looks like Ahmad’s slightly more kempt doppelganger. But this coupling, too, has its problems, namely the inconvenient truth that Samir has a comatose wife whose reasons for her vegetative state will grow to consume Farhadi’s narrative.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/the-past--2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You may notice from the first few moments that Marie and Ahmad virtually never share the same frame, with Farhadi editing his film to reflect their separation. But it’s not just the former lovers who are cut off from each other; this absence of two-shots—and with it, the absence of unity and harmony between characters onscreen—carries over to all of the movie’s relationships. Formally as well in the movie’s content, the characters are not on the same page. In one brilliant touch, Ahmad finds a photograph of he and Marie together, a tender memory interrupted by the sound of Samir drilling into the ceiling, an auditory bleed from the following scene.</p> <p>As a mystery takes hold, tensions flare between lovers past and present, their children, and other ancillary characters whose importance only manifests in the film’s final third. “The Past” becomes a swirl of suggestions, rumors, secrets and guilt, with few characters emerging emotionally unscathed. It all feels bracingly real, with Farhadi showing sensitivity to everyone involved in this untenable mess, demonizing no one.</p> <p>Part humanistic character study of a divorce and its aftermath, part absorbing mystery with unpredictable twists, “The Past” ultimately broaches questions about personal responsibility, about honesty, about the relative nature of terms like “right” and “wrong.” Its themes are morally weighty, like the best films of Ingmar Bergman and Robert Bresson, but it all goes down smoothly, resonating with profound universality and saving its most deeply moving shot for the very end.</p> <p><em>“The Past” is now playing at Regal Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, The Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, and Regal South Beach 18.</em></p>John ThomasonSat, 25 Jan 2014 22:18:55 +0000 & EventsMoviesFashion Forward: Your Guide to the Local Shopping Scene<p><img alt="" height="374" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/sjp.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Time to start watching all those Sex and the City episodes and reawaken your SJP shoe envy. Sarah Jessica Parker is launching her shoe line Feb. 28 exclusively at 25 Nordstrom stores nationwide and online. Luckily for us, two are within our reach: the Nordstrom stores in Aventura (<em>19507 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura)</em> and the Village of Merrick Park (<em>4310 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/museahair.jpg" width="500"> </p> <p><a href="">Muse A Hair Salon</a> <em>(200 E. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 101) </em>is hosting an art show and Halo makeup launch next Friday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. Halo founder Israel Edri and artist Joshua Oliviera will be present at the event. There will live painting, a DJ, makeup prizes, salon giveaways, art discounts, plus wine and cheese. For more information, call 561/338-1829.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/polaroidfotobar2.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The Boca-based <a href="/blog/2014/01/23/polaroid-fotobar-to-open-in-town-center/" target="_blank">Polaroid Fotobar</a> just opened a store in Town Center at Boca Raton (right next to Sephora, between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus). Trust us – you’re going to want to check this place out. It’s Apple-esque layout and welcoming atmosphere is unique to the product it offers. </p> <p><em><em>For more Fashion Forward posts, click <a href="/blog/tag/fashion-forward/">here</a>.</em></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 24 Jan 2014 20:18:17 +0000 EventsEileen Fisher Resort 2014<p><a href="" target="_blank">Eileen Fisher</a> fashion tipsters Rachel Beck and Lauren Book dropped by <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomingdale’s</a> at <a href="" target="_blank">Town Center</a> on Thursday to showcase the brand’s resort 2014 collection.</p> <p>The visit was accompanied by a fashion show, tips for this season’s trends and their current favorite pieces.</p> <p>I’m playing middle man and relaying their advice, and making my own picks from the collection as well!</p> <p>1. <em>EF is all about layering.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="497" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/ef_crepedechine.jpeg" width="365"></p> <p>Pick versatile pieces that you can wear a variety of ways. Try this <strong>silk crepe de chine dress</strong>, which tipsters matched up with leggings and a mesh box top. In the photo above, the model pairs up the dress with a dark pair of waxed skinnies and sandals. What other ways can you wear it?</p> <p>2.<em> Comfortable and Chic</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="446" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/ef_jacket.jpeg" width="356"></em></p> <p>You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Take this <strong>terrazzo stretch ripple jacket</strong>. Its cozy fabric will have you wearing it all day – and you’ll still look terrific.</p> <p>3.<em> Be Bold</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="485" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/ef_harem.jpeg" width="356"></em></p> <p>Tipsters say you’ll either love this <strong>vicose jersey harem pant</strong> or hate it. You can take a stab at which I related with more. It has that urban edge while still keeping the comfort factor – and it’s a great conversation starter! Hike it up at the ankles for a bubble-skirt look.</p> <p><em>Notable fact:</em> Eileen Fisher features eco-friendly pieces. Make sure to pick up our March/April issue when it hits stands to find out more.</p> <p>To purchase pieces, visit Bloomingdale’s in Town Center at Boca (<em>6000 Glades Road).</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 24 Jan 2014 18:36:52 +0000 Review: &quot;42nd Street&quot; at the Wick<p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/42ndstreet1.jpg" width="403"></p> <p>Despite their individual marvels, as a whole the Wick Theatre’s first two productions, “The Sound of Music” and “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” were flawed shows, the patchy growing pains of a company discovering its identity. It surely found it in the Harry Warren/Al Dubin chestnut “42<sup>nd</sup> Street,” in a production that is precise and exciting, lavish and intimate, funny and moving— perhaps surprisingly so, considering the creakily familiar source material.</p> <p>Based on the 1933 Busby Berkeley film, and a novel that preceded <em>that</em>, the stage version of “42<sup>nd</sup> Street” may have premiered in 1980, but its heart remained in Depression-era entertainment, where audiences craved the glossy escapism and wish fulfillment of showbiz myth. “42<sup>nd</sup> Street” is/was one of the many shows about show business, and you’ll recognize its dusty old archetypes: Julian Marsh, the exacting Broadway impresario (Jim Ballard); Dorothy Brock, the stage diva who didn’t make it to the top because of her talent (Aaron Bower); and of course Peggy Sawyer, the ingénue chasing a dream on the Great White Way (Julie Kleiner). Toss in the chirping chorus girls, comic gangsters and dancing waiters, and no cliché is left unexplored.</p> <p>What’s astonishing is the clash of retro fidelity and contemporary style with which director Norb Joerder infuses this material. Along with the extraordinary choreography by Ron Hutchins and endless parade of dazzling costumes by Kimberly Wick and Costume World, he makes the old feel new again. Sit back and savor the Act One show-stopper “We’re in the Money,” a comfortable standard reimagined with color-coded inspiration: In front of a lime-colored backdrop of Wall Street, the dancers don sequined ensembles the hue of freshly minted greenbacks and hoof atop platforms shaped like giant mercury dimes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/42nd-street-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Later, in the show’s <em>piece de resistance</em>, the “Forty-Second Street Ballet,” Kleiner and her love interest, played by Alex Jorth, bring the rest of the cast to a breathtaking halt with what can only be called a mating dance—perhaps the sultriest tap number I’ve ever seen, something that would never have passed those persnickety censors in Berkeley’s era.</p> <p>There’s a lot going on in “42<sup>nd</sup> Street,” whose musical numbers are as stuffed as the story is thin. The show is busy but moves with liquid fluidity, and the stage never feels cluttered, which is an achievement considering the number of scenes featuring some 20 actors onstage (the cast includes two dozen).</p> <p>The acting is solid to exceptional across the board, with Ballard wearing his role as the smooth director of the show-within-the-show like a comfortable suit, especially one with pinstripes and/or tails. Bower—dolled up, to my eyes, to resemble Marlene Dietrich—has the challenge of downplaying her own talent by inhabiting the heels of a mediocre dancer; she accomplishes this with humor and humility, and when her grievances burst forth, they feel authentic.</p> <p>In the end, though, it’s Kleiner’s show. She makes for a delightful starlet in the making, with eyes drawn to her every move. Her comic timing is always, to modify one of the show’s lyrics, right on the money, and her tap skills are second to none.</p> <p>OK, so the music is still piped in, and we all wish the Wick used live orchestration. But good luck finding any other gripes with this imaginative mounting, which should go down in local theater lore as the musical that put the Wick on the map.</p> <p><em>"42nd Street" runs through Feb. 16 at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets start at $58. Call 561/995-2223 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 24 Jan 2014 14:33:55 +0000 & EventsTheatreThe Blue Opens at the Boca Resort<p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/bocaresort.jpg" width="330"></p> <p>Big changes afoot on the 27th floor of the Tower at the <a href="‎" target="_blank">Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club</a>. Cielo, the adventurous pan-Mediterranean cuisine eatery helmed by chef Nader Jaouhar is no more, replaced by <strong>The Blue</strong>, a contemporary American restaurant headed up by chef Christie Tenaud, formerly of Primo in Arizona and the Essex House in New York City.</p> <p>The Blue’s spectacular ocean and city views can be seen from an expanded bar area, as well as from the dining room marked by dreamy blue walls, creamy bird’s eye maple tables and playful paisley carpeting. Also new is the “Claw Bar,” a crustacean-centric outlet for giant shrimp, king crab legs, Maine lobster, oysters, stone crab claws and more.</p> <p>The menu promises “elevated American cuisine” and takes inspiration from local purveyors and the season, focusing on sustainable and organic ingredients and giving classic preparations a modern twist. What that means in your mouth are dishes like steak tartare with fingerling potato chips, arugula salad with red wine-poached pears and goat cheese flan, grilled lamb chop with corn-rosemary bread pudding and lobster three ways (roll, chowder and mac ‘n’ cheese).</p>Bill CitaraFri, 24 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsPolaroid Fotobar to open in Town Center<h4>Memorialize your images with this Boca-based photo printing service.</h4> <p><em>**Disclaimer: Since the Boca store is currently being prepped for its grand opening, the photos accompanying this blog post are from the Orlando store. Store setup is similar. Here’s our sneak peek of the store on <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/polaroidfotobar.jpg" width="500"> </em></p> <p>Where does your favorite photo reside? It’s the question that <a href="" target="_blank">Polaroid Fotobar</a> founders asked people constantly. Most responded by pulling out their phones.</p> <p>It’s the sad reality that we now encounter since the boom of digital photography. Photos are captured through cell phone cameras, shared on social media sites, then forever lost in the avalanche of images uploaded onto the Internet daily.</p> <p>But Boca-based Polaroid Fotobar is changing that. The company is opening its fourth location in <a href="" target="_blank">Town Center at Boca Raton</a> tomorrow, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. (The three others are located in Delray Beach, Miami and Orlando). Join the mall in welcoming its newest addition, a rapidly growing local company you should keep your eye on.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/polaroidfotobar2.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Fotobar functions on the philosophy that we are all photographers – no, really, the phrase is printed on the back wall of every store. The company physically memorializes those fleeting moments you’ve chosen to document, in your choice of size and material.</p> <p>Do you want six Polaroid-type prints in a shadow box? Or your image on a 9-by-11-inch wood mount? The possibilities are endless, and prices start at only $1.</p> <p>With 90 percent of the store’s products offered instantly, you can walk into the store empty-handed and walk out with one, seven, thirty or even more of your photos printed and ready to be put on display. There are also antique Polaroid cameras on display, and more modern versions for sale.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/polaroidfotobar3.1.jpg" width="362"></p> <p>The store is set up with a double-sided photo bar equipped with computers that encourages customer interaction. The first step is to create a <a href="" target="_blank">Fotomail</a> account, where you can save all your photos for printing.</p> <p>At the photo bar, you can upload photos through your smart phone, through social media sites or with your camera memory card – and if you need help, trained photo vendors can walk you through the process and get you what you need. You can also email your images to your account while you’re out and about, so your photos are automatically ready for the ordering process.</p> <p>If you can’t make it into the store, online ordering is also available. And with the manufacturing headquarters located in Boca, you won’t be waiting long for your photos to arrive. All orders ship out in three business days.</p> <p>Polaroid Fotobar is scheduled to open its flagship store in Las Vegas in March and another store in Coconut Point in Estero early this year. The flagship store will include the first Polaroid Museum. To be a founding member of  or to help raise money for the museum, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 23 Jan 2014 17:41:25 +0000 It Up<p><img alt="" height="186" src="/site_media/uploads/laugh1456752_10202104736593501_785667896_n.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><span>OK, this has got to be one of the best fundraisers around—period. The Delray Library will host “Laugh with the Library, Chapter 8” on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Delray Beach Marriott. The comedian this year is Letterman and Leno regular Dennis Regan who will be introduced by one of our local faves, Paul Castronovo, of the long running “Paul &amp; Young Ron Show” on BIG 105.9 FM. The opening act will be comedienne Angela Manfredi, an award-winning television and radio broadcaster.</span></p> <p><span>For decades we’ve dragged ourselves to dreary black tie events and auctions and tastings and awards receptions; here’s a chance to laugh yourself silly and raise money for one of Delray’s shining institutions — its library. Hats off to the library for doing this every year, and to this year’s chairs, library board members Becky Walsh and Heidi Sargeant. </span></p> <p><span>This casual night begins with cocktails and supper by the bite and then the real fun starts; we say don’t miss it! Tickets are $175; call 561/266-0799.</span> </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedThu, 23 Jan 2014 11:16:03 +0000 BeachThe Alex and Ani Team USA Winter Collection<p>With the Sochi 2014 Olympics just a couple of weeks away (it begins Feb. 7!), we’re gearing up to support Team USA. Add a little kick to your red, white and blue with these <strong>Alex and Ani</strong> bangles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/alexandani_olympics.png" width="444"></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Team USA Winter Collection</a> embodies “a mix of willpower and strength … encouraging the wearer to reach higher, live stronger, and love greater …”</p> <p>Each bracelet costs $32 and is available in gold or silver. A portion of profits go toward the U.S. Olympic Committee for training and funding U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="444" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/alexandani_teamuse.jpg" width="444"></p> <p>Select from seven charms ­– or get all of them. Not only will you be cheering on Team USA, you’ll be supporting the U.S. economy and the environment in the process. All of Alex and Ani’s products are handmade in America using recycled materials.</p> <p>The company tagline: “Made in America with Love.” Can you say guilt-free shopping?</p> <p>Alex and Ani is located at <strong>Worth Avenue</strong> (<em>150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach</em>).</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 22 Jan 2014 20:04:54 +0000 Beach Walk to Defeat ALS<p>More than 1,000 people are expected to gather for the Palm Beach Walk to Defeat ALS, March 22 at Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="145" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/als.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Walk to Defeat ALS is a nationwide effort to raise money for research, programs and patient care for those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.</p> <p>There is currently no cure for patients diagnosed with ALS, which eventually leads to paralysis because it attacks the nervous system in the brain or spinal cord.</p> <p>Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and his wife Dorothy Bradshaw, who lost her father to the disease, are co-chairing the two-mile walk.</p> <p>Last year, nearly $1 million was raised from walks around the state of Florida, according to an event press release.</p> <p>The walk begins at 10 a.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Okeeheelee Park is located at 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach.</p> <p>To find out more, go to <a href=";pg=entry">;pg=entry</a>, at <a href=""></a>. or call 813/637-9000.</p>magazineWed, 22 Jan 2014 15:21:23 +0000 EventsWinter Swimming<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Swimming is great exercise: it’s easy on the joints and good for the heart. And if you join a local masters swim team program, like the one in this Fit Life column, you benefit from the community aspect of the sport.</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/aquacrest.jpg" width="361"></p> <p>Recent dips in South Florida temperatures might have you wondering if you should wait until the summer months to swim. But fear not. The masters swim program at Aqua Crest pool <em>(2503 Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach)</em> is thriving. During winter months, water temperatures at this community pool are heated so it stays at a comfortable 80 degrees.</p> <p>Suzanne Easey, known better as Coach Suzy, coaches Aqua Crest master's program. She says swimmers of any level can join.</p> <p>Practice sessions are Monday through Friday, from 6 to 8 a.m. and Saturday 7:30 to 9 a.m. There’s a nighttime option for practicing, too, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday.</p> <p>Masters swim team members pay $70 a month to practice three times a week and $90 monthly for unlimited sessions.</p> <p>“We get all levels of participants from adults who are only swimming for fitness to those who compete,” she says. “Some know all the strokes. Others are more than willing to learn and all to improve.”</p> <p>Coach Suzy says swimming helps people lose weight and tone up. It boosts metabolism, increases flexibility, endurance and more.</p> <p>“I… try to keep each workout different – improving drills, techniques, speed, endurance, lung capacity, etc.,” she says. “Keeping swimming fun is a huge factor in whether or not people stick with it.”</p> <p>There are other perks of swimming in the masters program. If you want to set a goal, you can join Coach Suzy and her swimmers when they enter swim meets. And joining the masters program is a great way to make new friends.</p> <p>“All of my swimmers are close and attend breakfasts and swimming events together,” she says. “They also cheer each other on and congratulate each other during practice, which can boost confidence greatly.”</p> <p>To find out more, go to <a href=""></a> or call 954/468-5590.</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><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/lisettehomepage_1.jpg" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 22 Jan 2014 14:55:20 +0000 BeachFitnessAtlantic Crossing passes; what&#39;s next?<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Atlantic Crossing passed last night in a long commission meeting with a 3-2 vote.The feedback I am hearing is part jubilation, part resignation—and a lot of people being very philosophical about the inevitability of change.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/pineapple-newspaper-atlantic-crossing-delray-beach.jpg" width="372"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The town is finally waking up to the fact that the “Village by the Sea” packed up and went to the hinterlands years ago; Delray is now poised for further growth and density, and is no longer that sleepy place where you into all your friends at a “Jazz on the Avenue” on a Thursday night.</p> <p><span>I don’t think this is good or bad — just different. Delray was never going to remain a cute little South Florida secret; it needs to grow to become more economically viable and to attract a better business base.</span></p> <p><span>But I think we need to keep a watchful eye on where this is heading as more urban problems are slipping into the downtown equation: many more homeless folk, scant parking, crowded restaurants--and, worst of all, very real and worsening traffic issues.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I remember when Worthing Place and the Seagate Hotel were met with searing opposition. And Cannery Row – all the townhouses. This project raised an even louder howl — and many people still think it may be way too big. All those projects passed, and Delray did not sink from its own weight; the sky did not fall. And it may indeed be fine with this one. But that does not mean that we shouldn’t stop questioning development of this magnitude with the kind of fervor that brought people into a spirited dialogue over Atlantic Crossing.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Some Delray residents may have that NIMBY thing going on, but they aren’t stupid, and they love where they live. They deserve accountability and they should raise hell to get it, if that’s what it takes. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>That’s a good thing about Delray — the citizen engagement. And it has never been more important than now, and in upcoming years. Powerful change is coming to Delray and its citizens need to stay right on top of it. They are, after all, the only ones who will end up saving the city. </span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedWed, 22 Jan 2014 10:56:59 +0000 BeachPalm Beach Jewish Film Festival Reboots<p>Last week the Donald M. Ephraim <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival</a> began its 24<sup>th</sup> annual run of screenings, with some 37 exclusive titles playing at <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Theatres at Delray Marketplace</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Cobb Downtown at the Gardens</a> through Jan. 26.</p> <p><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/twif1-620x.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>This year’s fest marks a new direction for the company, with Ellen Wedner, a veteran of <a href="‎" target="_blank">Miami Jewish Film Festival</a>, migrating two counties north to take over its directing duties. The result is a seemingly satisfying cross-section of documentaries and fiction films that run the gamut from contemporary Israeli imports to European World War II dramas to nonfiction explorations of Jewish innovators (for the complete list and show times, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>).</p> <p>I had the opportunity to review a couple of the festival’s titles in advance. Both films, in one way or another, aspire to be Hollywood lite, but only one of them nails the style with success: That would be “The World is Funny,” an ensemble drama from veteran Israeli filmmaker Shemi Zarhin.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/worldisfunny-w.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The big-studio concessions mostly consist of a manipulative, middlebrow score and some ghastly details, like when a character drops to one knee to propose to his girlfriend — I have it on good authority that Israelis simply don’t do that. But stick with this comedic drama, and its problems dissipate as its mysteries accumulate.</p> <p>At the center of the tale are three estranged siblings in Tiberias — a family torn asunder by death, spite and regret — all dealing with medical questions with few solutions. Hot-headed father Meron (Danny Steg), whose wife, for reasons unknown, is no longer in the picture, finds that his son Nesi (Moshe Ashkenazi) has just woken from a nine-year coma; he hasn’t been conscious since he was 10. Golan (Eli Finish), a local DJ, wants to marry his Russian girlfriend Natasha (Ola Schur Selektar), who is in the final stages of breast cancer and who suffers manic mood swings after stopping her chemotherapy. And Yardena (Assi Levy) finds herself inexplicably pregnant, spending the movie piecing together any possible sexual trysts (or sexual abuses) that may have caused the conception. Jaunty cleaning-girl Tsephi (Naama Shitrit) connects them and their stories, becoming something of a local tribune and raconteur.</p> <p>Even the seemingly risible humor in “The World is Funny,” which initially feels tonally awkward, eventually has meaningful purposes, as the movie’s novelistic sweep takes hold. Zarhin wisely protracts the film’s many unknowns — some of which remain unknown when the final credits roll — which keep us at an even keel with the characters, as they fumble through the past to try and understand the present.</p> <p>The film’s structure and style aren’t groundbreaking, but they are plied with much care and delicacy. On a side note, Israeli viewers will appreciate one of the movie’s underlying threads: nostalgia for the ‘60s Israeli comedy troupe Gashash, which gives the film its title.</p> <p><em>“The World is Funny” screens at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Frank Theaters at Delray Marketplace. Tickets cost $10.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/140114_cupcakesmain.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>As for the other glossy studio-style movie I viewed in advance, “Cupcakes” is an egregious misfire from the respected writer-director Eytan Fox (whose “Yossi and Jagger” is a transcendent LGBT classic).</p> <p>Israeli media and entertainment personalities — including model Yael Bar-Zohar, blogger Keren Berger and musician Efrat Dor — play gently parodied versions of themselves, brought together under their fandom for the annual, real-life Universong TV special, in which European nations submit a singer, or group of singers, into an Olympic-style competition. Ofer Schechter, playing a gender-bending version of himself, submits a Universong demo of the six friends performing an original song together, and—surprise—they are promptly chosen to represent Israel in next year’s competition.</p> <p>The characters are invariably impeded by their social and romantic situations, confronting one-dimensional roadblocks before inevitably making it to Universong in Paris, where the action turns even schmaltzier and more implausible, if such a thing were possible. The movie’s saccharine core might have gone down easier if it actually made you laugh now and then, but its American-style humor is broad and witless, as funny as a funeral dirge.</p> <p>Despite the inside jokes that only Israelis will understand, the hollow “Cupcakes” is unashamedly Americanized, aping Hollywood in its rhythms, casting and mannerisms. I don’t know about you, but when I want to see a foreign-language film, I’d prefer to be swept away into a place other than the one I’m living in, one that shines a spotlight on a disparate culture. But, like its title, “Cupcakes” is comfort food for U.S. audiences.</p> <p><em>“Cupcakes” screens at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Frank Theaters at Delray Marketplace. Tickets cost $10.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 22 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesSavor the Avenue 2014<p>Will we see you on Thursday, March 27, for <strong>Savor the Avenue 2014?</strong> </p> <p><em><strong>**As of March 12, all restaurants are sold out - but some restaurants are taking names on a wait list! To get on the list, please contact the restaurants directly.</strong></em></p> <p><img alt="" height="376" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/eo9a6408.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Join hundreds of guests – and 16 of downtown Delray’s finest restaurants – at Florida’s longest dining table, right down the middle of the famed Atlantic Avenue. Each participating restaurant has a prix fixe menu that's accompanied by adult-beverage pairings. Select which menu appeases your palette, and make your reservation today at your restaurant selection.</p> <p>Participating restaurants + menus:</p> <p>**Please note that tax and gratuity are NOT included.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">32 East</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $127</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Crispy blue point oyster with curry-apple chutney and micro herb salad</p> <p align="center">Drink: Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Riesling</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Oak-roasted parma prosciutto wrapped bandera quail and d’anjou pear with vincotto, shaved reggiano and crispy greens</p> <p align="center">Drink: Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Chardonnay</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Grilled dry-aged NY strip with twice baked truffle and fontina potato and a cabernet-mushroom reduction</p> <p align="center">Drink: Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Valrhona chocolate truffle and dark cherry torte with vanilla whipped cream and black pepper wine sauce</p> <p align="center">Drink: Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Shiraz 2010</p> <p><a href="">50 Ocean </a>(SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $105</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Rock shrimp pot pie: Cape Canaveral shrimp sautéed with garlic, charred fennel, roasted tomato petals and grilled artichokes<strong> </strong></p> <p align="center">Drink: La Marca Prosecco</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Seafood cold pot: Cigar City “Invasion” poached shrimp, Cedar Key clams, east coast oysters</p> <p align="center">Drink: La Crema Pinot Gris</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Lobster barigoule: Lump blue crab &amp; shrimp baked in a two-pound Maine lobster, buttered leeks, fingerling coins and Swank Farm carrots</p> <p align="center">OR</p> <p align="center">Root beer braised shortrib: Grafton cheddar stone ground grits, Swank Farm greens</p> <p align="center">Drink: Murphy Goode Pinot Noir</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Truffle garden - assorted truffles, petite confections and sweet soil</p> <p align="center">Drink: Ecco Domani Moscato</p> <p><a href="">Cabana El Rey</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $75</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Combination tapas tasting plate with:</p> <p align="center">Camaron con chorizo – black tiger shrimp, Spanish chorizo, micro-greens and passion fruit glaze</p> <p align="center">Anticucho – churrasco skirt steak and chimichurri</p> <p align="center">Drink: Xplorador sauvignon blanc</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Arugula salad with queso de cabra, oranges, marcona almonds and durazno vinaigrette</p> <p align="center">Drink: Xplorador Chardonnay</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Pernil asado – braised pork shank, roja garlic demi, arroz con gandules and maduros</p> <p align="center">Drink: Xplorador Carmenere</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Tres leches – three milks silky cake with guava</p> <p align="center">Drink: Xplorador Moscato</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Caffe Luna Rosa</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $80</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Jumbo lump crab, stuffed silver dollar, mushrooms baked</p> <p align="center">with a special lemon, garlic and herb butter</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Insalata misti ­– a mixed baby green salad</p> <p align="center">with tomatoes, cucumbers and gorgonzola vinaigrette</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Spigola al formo ­– a pan roasted seabass with lemon butter</p> <p align="center">and served with artichoke hearts, oven dried tomatoes and lemon butter sauce</p> <p align="center">OR</p> <p align="center">Filetto invotini – all natural beef tenderloin stuffed</p> <p align="center">with prosciutto, parmigianno and seasoned bread crumbs with a Borolo wine reduction</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Brownie Zabaglione ­– a warm chocolate brownie</p> <p align="center">with fresh berries, raspberry sauce and marsala custard cream</p> <p><a href="">City Oyster</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $90</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Assorted sushi</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Barbecue braised duck pizzetta with rapini and provolone</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center"> Certified sustainable Peruvian sea bass pan-seared with cannelini beans, peppers, tomatoes, fennel, red wine and Tuscan kale</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">A gluten-free lemon almond and artisan ricotta torte</p> <p align="center">served with crème anglaise, greek yogurt and lemon curd </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Cut 432</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $120</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Bourbon and guava nectar braised pork belly, jalapeno and corn pancake, pickled strawberries, wild baby arugula</p> <p align="center">Drink: Gruet Brut Rose</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Lobster and avocado salad, fennel and cilantro coulis, spiced beet chip </p> <p align="center">Drink: Miner Viognier Simpson Vineyard 2012 </p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Jackman ranch ribeye Rossini, seared foie gras, black truffle demi, duchess potatoes and apple cider braised swiss chard</p> <p align="center">Drink: Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Dust Vineyard 2011</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong> </p> <p align="center">Chocolate smore with graham cracker ice cream</p> <p align="center">Drink: Justin Obtuse Paso Robles 2007</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lemongrass</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat: </strong>$85</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Seared wagyu beef tataki</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Lobster shrimp shumai</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Lobster pad thai OR sushi sashimi platter</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Almond banana spring roll with ice cream</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Prime</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $127</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Chesapeake Bay crab cake with roast corn relish and sauce remoulade</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Roast beet carpaccio: thin-sliced heirloom beets, arugula, capers and dijon creme</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Harris Farms filet mignon with potato au gratin, asparagus and lobster bernaise</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Prime dessert sampler: chocolate mousse, carrot cake, apple crumb and pecan pie</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $95</p> <p align="center">Grand Toast: Avissi Champagne</p> <p align="center">Welcome Drink: Retail Therapy (Tito's vodka, oranges, Triple Sec)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">New Englander slider – crispy oysters, grass-fed burger, cheddar, lettuce, looey sauce and jalapenos</p> <p align="center">Drink: Mark West Pinot Noir</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Baby arugula, truffle pecorino, peanuts, watermelon radish and Vidalia onion dressing</p> <p align="center">Drink: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Wood grilled trout with blue crab mashed, grilled scallions and lobster voodoo</p> <p align="center">Drink: Lumina by Ruffino Pinot Grigio</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Key lime and coconut crème brulee</p> <p align="center">Drink: Taylor Fladgate 10-Year</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Salt 7</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $97</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Tuna poke</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Seaweed salad</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">8-oz. filet and jumbo sea scallops</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Seven-layer chocolate cake</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">SoLita</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $105</p> <p align="center">Grand Toast: Ruffino Prosecco</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">"Old school" mini meatballs with tomato basil gravy</p> <p align="center">Drink: Sexy Grapes - Kettle One vodka, muttled red grapes, lemon, lime, sour &amp; splash of simple syrup</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Eggplant Stack - crispy eggplant, mozzarella, tomato, arugula, shaved parmigiano, aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil</p> <p align="center">Drink: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Surf &amp; Turf - lobster franchese and braised beef short rib</p> <p align="center">Drink: Mark West Pinot Noir </p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Classic House-made Tiramisu</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Sundy House</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $95</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">BLT candied pancetta, heirloom tomato, butter lettuce, basil mayo and brioche toast</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Grilled eggplant, goat cheese, fire roasted peppers, baby rocket and plum tomato jam</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Pan seared black grouper, organic mache, heirloom cherry tomatoes, sweet corn and blue crab hash and parsnip mash</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Limoncello and blueberry tiramisu</p> <p><a href="‎" target="_blank">Taverna</a><a href="‎" target="_blank"> Opa</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $80</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Greek salad and cold pilikia: tzatziki, melitzanosalata, tarama, kafteri, dolmades and olives</p> <p align="center">Drink: Boutari Moschofilero 2012 (white wine)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Mini thalassino, lamb ribs, keftedes and spanakopita</p> <p align="center">Drink: Pavlou Klima</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Lamb chops, roast lamb and prawn served with potatoes</p> <p align="center">Drink: Megapanos Old Cellar Red</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Baklava and galaktoboureko</p> <p align="center">Drink: Samos wine</p> <p><a href="‎" target="_blank">The Office</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $95</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Cucumber, crab stuffing, AAA Sauce, micro cilantro</p> <p align="center">Drink: Fumé Blanc Ferrari Carano</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Fruit gazpacho or Okeechobee hearts of palm salad</p> <p align="center">Drink: Estancia Pinot Grigio</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée<br> </strong>Your choice of fois grois burger</p> <p align="center">OR chilean sea bass with saffron risotto</p> <p align="center">Drink: Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection or Sofia Rosé</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Office maple bacon donuts or orange infused chocolate cake</p> <p align="center">Drink: Crème brûlée cappuccino</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Tryst</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $95</p> <p align="center">Champagne Toast: Castellar Brut Cava</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Angels envy chicken liver pate with spicy swank cherry peppers on crostini</p> <p align="center">Drink: Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Applewood smoked sea scallops and frisée salad, with salt and vinegar chips and cornichon aioli</p> <p align="center">Drink: Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc ‘11</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Maple Leaf Farm duck three ways: roast breast and leg confit with gnocchi, swank green and foie gras butter sauce</p> <p align="center">Drink: Ramey Claret Napa ‘11</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Oscar blues ten fidy chocolate mousse with Bailey’s chantilly</p> <p align="center">Drink: Smith Woodhouse Port Lodge Reserve</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Vic &amp; Angelo's</a> (SOLD OUT)</p> <p align="center"><strong>Price per seat:</strong> $75</p> <p align="center"><strong>Hors D’oeuvre</strong></p> <p align="center">Pear and four-cheese tortellini with truffle cream sauce</p> <p align="center"><strong>Appetizer</strong></p> <p align="center">Shrimp, calamari and scungilli<strong> </strong>with celery, garlic, olio verde and lemon</p> <p align="center"><strong>Entrée</strong></p> <p align="center">Osso bucco veal shank<strong> </strong>slowly braised, with wild mushroom risotto and a  touch of truffle oil</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center">Vic &amp; Angelo's tiramisu</p> <p> </p> <p>Sponsored in part by:</p> <p><img alt="" height="60" src="/site_media/uploads/savor14_sponsors.jpg" width="500"></p>magazineTue, 21 Jan 2014 16:52:19 +0000 Coming to CityPlace<p><img alt="" height="169" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/burgerfiburgershot_(640x542).jpg" width="200">A quick update to the recent CityPlace update:</p> <p>Set to open in the next couple of months at the south end of the sprawling open-air retail and entertainment complex is another outlet of the fast-growing <strong>BurgerFi </strong>chain of upscale, fast-casual patty purveyors. It will join BurgerFis in Deerfield Beach and West Boca as new links in the chain. When the expansion is completed, the chain is slated to include some 60 eateries throughout the country.</p> <p>Also expected to debut around the same time as BurgerFi is <strong>100 Montaditos</strong>, the Spanish chain of miniature (and cheap) tapas-style sandwiches.</p> <p>And say hello to the newly buffed and polished <strong>Il Bellagio</strong>, which recently reopened after a $1.5 million renovation that modernized the fountainside restaurant and updated its contemporary trattoria-style menu. No arugula growing under their feet. . .</p>Bill CitaraTue, 21 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsNeiman Marcus launches Tom Ford Beauty<p>Join <strong>Neiman Marcus</strong> in <a href="">Town Center at Boca Raton</a> for the exclusive launch of <strong>Tom Ford beauty</strong>. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will include food, beverages and makeovers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="498" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/tomford.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>RSVP at <a href=""></a> to save your spot at the event.</p> <p>If you’re unfamiliar with Tom Ford’s beauty line, expect nothing short of elegance, with its classic black and gold detailing on everything from the brand’s makeup brushes to its lipstick casings.</p> <p>The beauty collection was born with the intention of enhancing a woman’s natural beauty using luxuriant colors that range from subtle to bold.</p> <p>“Makeup is the most potent way for a woman to transform herself,” a quote from Tom Ford reads on the website. “It is how she achieves true glamour and makes a fashion statement with her face.”</p> <p>For more information on Tom Ford beauty, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 20 Jan 2014 17:52:22 +0000 EventsThe Week Ahead: Jan. 21 to 27<p><strong>TUESDAY</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/trethewey2gb.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>Opening night of Palm Beach Poetry Festival at Delray Beach Center for the Arts</strong></p> <p><em>Where</em>: 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Time</em>: Various show times</p> <p><em>Cost: </em>Varies</p> <p><em>Contact Information:</em> 451/243-7922 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Poetry is no longer just a quiet afternoon pursuit for the introverted, on par with tea and crumpets. Far from it: Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, thie Palm Beach Poetry Festival is a must-attend for the literate hipster, complete with a DJ dance celebration and coffee house performance event, where poets groove to their words in a jubilant slam.</p> <p>Taylor Mali and Glenis Redmond are among the performance poets scheduled to attend, and there will be also be a Poem Panel, a reading an interview with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (pictured), and invaluable workshops with poets Nick Flynn, Carolyn Forche, Thomas Lux and others. Events run through Jan. 26. As one pithy poet famously rhymed, be there or be square.</p> <p><strong>WEDNESDAY</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/bob-woodward-obama-lying-on-budget.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Bob Woodward at Broward Center for the Performing Arts</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Where</em>: 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p><em>Time: </em>8 p.m.</p> <p><em>Cost: </em>$165 to $575 for three- or five-speaker series</p> <p><em>Contact Information: </em>954/462-0222 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Bob Woodward and his former colleague, Carl Bernstein, literally wrote the book on modern investigative journalism with the seminal “All The President’s Men.” In the four decades since, he has continued to bring readers inside the halls of the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill with his exhaustive, fly-on-the-wall accounts of presidents dealing with crises.</p> <p>He is a recipient of Pulitzer, Polk and Lovejoy awards, with nearly every one of his books rocketing to best-seller status. His latest book, “The Price of Politics,” is, for Woodward, a light read, at 448 pages. It chronicles the attempts of President Obama and Congressional Republicans and Democrats to wrest the economy from a recession; addressing such legislative gridlock is surely to be a component of this lecture, the third in the Broward Center’s first annual speaker series.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/lucero2jpeg-3d08a69cd3e1b744.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Lucero at Culture Room</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Where: </em>3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p><em>Time: </em>7:30 p.m.</p> <p><em>Cost: </em>$26.25</p> <p><em><em>Contact Information</em>: </em>954/564-1074 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Ben Nichols, the vocalist for the Memphis sextet Lucero, has been gifted with one of those great country voices, the sort that has been doused in vintage rotgut and dragged across the gravel by a rusty pickup truck. His lyrical content hearkens to outlaw country music too, but much of the music isn’t: Most of it skirts up against the raw fury of punk rock, preferring to operate in a hybrid of dissimilar genres that has won the band an eclectic cult audience.</p> <p>A group, perhaps, that could only emerge in a place like Memphis, Lucero has become known as one of the hardest working bands in rock, “on tour significantly more days than they are not,” according to the blog Jonny Fritz will open tonight’s show.</p> <p><strong>THURSDAY AND FRIDAY</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/aquila_fahrenheit_451.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>“Fahrenheit 451” at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Where: </em>701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p><em>Time: </em>7:30 p.m.</p> <p><em>Cost: </em>$38</p> <p><em><em>Contact Information:</em> </em>561/832-7469 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In 1966, the great Ray Bradbury adapted his own best-seller “Fahrenheit 451” for the stage, bringing an even wider audience to his prescient story of an oppressive society where televisions control minds and books are burned (unsurprisingly, the book itself was subject to censorship). Witness how many of Bradbury’s themes and ideas have come depressingly to pass in this touring production from New York’s Aquila Theatre Company, which always puts its own stamp on theater classics during its annual Kravis engagements.</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="207" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/1329178-andre-de-shields_lia-chang_lrg.jpg.300x207_q100.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>Andre de Shields at FAU’s University Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Where: </em>777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Time: </em>7 p.m.</p> <p><em>Cost: </em>Free</p> <p><em><em>Contact Information:</em> </em>561/297-2595 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The indefatigable Andre de Shields is many things—an actor (in major productions of “The Jungle Book” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” among many others), a director, a choreographer, a singer, a dancer, a novelist and a college professor. If he wore any more hats, he could be on the board of Bollman. And he’ll wear many of them during his time at FAU, which actually begins midweek, when he’ll spend three days as an Eminent Scholar in the Performing Arts for students at the university’s College of Arts and Letters. His time in Boca will culminate Friday with a free public performance of his one-man show “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory,” which delves into the life and achievements of the titular slave-turned-emancipator.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="141" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/n2nhomebanner.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Opening night of “Parade” at Slow Burn Theatre Company at West Boca Performing Arts Theater</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Where: </em>12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>Time: </em>8 p.m.</p> <p><em>Cost: </em>$25 to $40</p> <p><em><em>Contact Information:</em> </em>866/811-4111 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Continuing its tradition of producing musicals with profound thematic resonance, Slow Burn Theatre Company is tackling “Parade,” a Tony-winning study of prejudice and ignorance conceived by “Driving Miss Daisy” playwright Alfred Uhry and the musical wunderkind Jason Robert Brown.The story dramatizes the real-life court case and lynching of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, who was wrongly convicted of raping and murdering a 13-year-old employee in Georgia, and whose martyrdom eventually spawned the creation of the Anti-Defamation League. As usual, expect Slow Burn to deal with this material differently than previous companies have.</p> <p>“It’s so relevant right now; we get so wrapped up in these crime dramas, like Jodi Arias or Casey Anthony,” Slow Burn artistic director Patrick Fitzwater told <em>Boca Raton</em> last year. “We get so addicted to the drama that unfolds watching the trial come through, so I thought, what if I took this piece and moved it onstage through the factory like a trial instead of doing it like they did it on Broadway? I’m going to walk that dream through like a crime scene. I think it’ll be fun, and more daring theater.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/838.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Opening night reception of new exhibits at Art and Culture Center</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Where: </em>1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>Time: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p><em>Cost: </em>$10</p> <p><em><em>Contact Information:</em> </em>954/921-3274 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s that time of the year again, when one of South Florida’s most daring art galleries makes magic—and hopefully a good deal of fundraising money in the process. Tonight marks the opening night of the museum’s annual “Abracadabra” group exhibition and fundraiser, in which more than 120 artists have contributed new works, which will be raffled off in March to art buyers willing to shell out some $350 or more to own a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.</p> <p>In the meantime, the rest of us have a month and a half to savor this state-of-the-art survey of South Florida’s finest. Other exhibits opening at the center this weekend include Virginia Fifield’s “Them/Us,” a collection of hyper-real charcoal drawings (pictured); Johnny Laderer’s “Fast Fade,” an exhibition of playful local photography; and Kristen Thiele’s “Smoke and Mirrors,” a series of oil paintings inspired by vintage Hollywood films.</p> <p><strong>SATURDAY</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/jeff_dunham_1_377507.jpg" width="305"></p> <p><strong>Jeff Dunham at BB&amp;T Center</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Where: </em>1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p><em>When: </em>5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Cost: </em>$63.50</p> <p><em>Contact Information: </em>954/835-8000 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When Jeff Dunham takes the standup comedy stage, it’s never a solo act: It’s always an ensemble piece, co-created along with the loud-mouthed, opinionated creatures that sit on his lap. As the country’s most visible and lucrative ventriloquist—his staggering numbers quadruple-platinum DVD sales and status as the top-grossing standup act in North America, according to Pollstar.</p> <p>Dunham has introduced a number of indelible characters into American pop culture, including the grumpy old man Walter, the beer-swilling redneck Bubba J and Jose Jalapeno on a Stick, a sombrero-wearing jalapeno pepper. As you might have guessed, Dunham has garnered some controversy thanks to the sweeping stereotypes of some his puppets, especially in the case of “Achmed the Dead Terrorist.” But his legions of fans, which cut across all demographics, suggest that as a whole, we’re none too bothered by them.</p>John ThomasonMon, 20 Jan 2014 17:11:33 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: Real Meal Deals<p>It may be the heart of “season” but that doesn’t mean our local restaurants are cutting back on good meal deals. After all, even snowbirds like to save a little coin.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/dangelo.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>At the newish <strong>D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas</strong> (16950 Jog Rd., 561/381-0037) the West Delray eatery launches its “12 for $12” lunch specials beginning tomorrow. Available Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 to 3 p.m., chef Peter Masiello will be dishing up a dozen affordable midday meals that cover everything from soup ‘n’ sammie to ziti Bolognese, also pizza primavera, tuna and pasta salad, mussels in San Marzano tomato broth, Caesar salad with grilled shrimp and, of course, a burger.</p> <p><img alt="" height="412" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/brio.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>At <strong>Brio Tuscan Grille</strong> in Boca Raton (5050 Town Center Circle, 561/392-3777), CityPlace (550 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/835-1511) and Palm Beach Gardens (3103 PGA Blvd., 561/622-0491), they’re expanding the scope of weekday happy hour as part of the new Bar Brioso program. What all this means is a roster of $4, $5 and $6 munchies, from beef carpaccio to tomato-mozzarella salad to crispy cheese ravioli. There’s also a selection of cocktails, ranging from $4 to $6 as well, plus $5 Martini Wednesdays and Wine Thursdays. More relevant details: it’s offered in the bar only, Monday through Friday, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. until closing.</p> <p>And now you know...</p>Bill CitaraMon, 20 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsSpartina 449 Giveaway Winner<p><img alt="" height="503" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/spartina449winner.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Congratulations to <a href="" target="_blank">@m4lepa98</a>, who won our<a href="/blog/2014/01/10/enter-to-win-spartina-449-beach-bag/" target="_blank"> Spartina 449 giveaway</a>! Please email to redeem your prize.</p> <p>We asked our readers to post their favorite beach photo up on Instagram, and we received some awesome entries. Stay tuned for more giveaways by following us on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 17 Jan 2014 14:59:19 +0000 Review: &quot;The Hummingbird Wars&quot; at Arts Garage<p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/jolene1.jpg" width="430"></p> <p>Few plays in recent memory have felt more plugged in to the zeitgeist than Carter W. Lewis’ “The Hummingbird Wars.” Among the first lines of dialogue is a reference to Al Gore’s sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera, and nods to Demi Lovato and the anti-gay controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A soon follow.</p> <p>The play’s underlying themes resonate even deeper: In this surreal study of a nuclear family’s implosion, loaded firearms sprout on and around the furniture like weeds, invariably winding up in the backpack of the family’s teenage son. The disembodied voice of a cable company tech supporter quickly becomes a frightening example of private intrusion and electronic harassment. Treatment for an obscure health condition turns the loving girlfriend of the family’s daughter into a zonked-out, emotionally numb version of her former self. And the aforementioned cable company’s endless supply of home-delivered shipping boxes contains a cryptic message scrawled in marker.</p> <p>Taken together—along with the onrush of water that, slowly but surely, seeps through the cracked walls of the house, thanks to a break in a pipe—“The Hummingbird Wars” offers a withering satire on 21<sup>st</sup> century malaise that feels ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.</p> <p>So why does this arrestingly relevant piece of theater feel so lackluster in its current incarnation at Arts Garage? That’s the complicated question I’m still sorting through, as I continue pick through the rubble of this missed opportunity.</p> <p>A good part of the problem lands on Lewis’ feet. Grand concepts still need to get the minutiae right, and even before the play’s accelerating weirdness takes over, his characters’ exchanges just don’t ring true. “The Hummingbird Wars” is a mere simulacrum of suburbanity, set during a couple of deteriorating days in the life of traumatized Afghan war vet Warren (Todd Allen Durkin); his wife Mel (Jeni Hacker), a liberal activist lawyer; their son Pete (Andrew Griner); daughter Kate (Gretchen Porro); and Kate’s girlfriend Tracy (Joline Mujica).</p> <p>When forming these dynamics for his audience, the natural patter of everyday conversation eludes Lewis, more than it has in any of his plays I’ve seen—to the point where nearly every character is granted a soliloquy that sounds as arch as it does painfully long. Self-conscious cleverness, rather than recognizable verity, seems to have guided many of his Lewis’ decisions.</p> <p>But fault lies equally with director Greg Johnson and his cast, who fail to elevate Carter’s source material to any satiric zenith it deserves. This show is supposed to funny, and by and large it isn't. Griner is stilted and awkward as Pete; it’s enough, apparently, that he memorized his lines, and his performance is all rote recitation with zero emotional connection. Everybody else is at least capable; Mujica delivers her share of lines with more enthusiasm, but her character’s sense of humor never translates. Durkin, whose experience in this community raises his standard of expectation higher than his colleagues, merely goes through the motions. His boredom is palpable, and he feels as marooned onstage as his shell-shocked character is in his backyard, where he frequently wanders in a zombified stupor.</p> <p>Only Porro seems to be fully engaged with this material, and therefore it is only her character’s story—she’s either paranoid or a victim of an encroaching surveillance state—that resonates deeply.</p> <p>The best that can be said for the Theatre at Arts’ Garage’s “Hummingbird Wars” is that its technical elements are top-notch, from the glow of crepuscular light through the kitchen window (fine work from lighting designer David Nail) to the rumble of apocalyptic thunder, the running water and the bowel-shaking gunshots, courtesy sound designer Michael Kelly. Together, they effectively build toward a busy and exciting climax. But by then, it’s too late: “The Hummingbird Wars” has already gone the way of the titular, symbolic birds discussed by some of the characters—misdirected and slamming into walls.</p> <p><em>"The Hummingbird Wars" runs through Feb. 2 at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $30 to $45. Call 561/450-6357 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 17 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachTheatreRedone Flagler Steakhouse Reopens<p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/swfimg_131115_14293343_gv15o.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>After 15 years as the best-kept steakhouse secret in Palm Beach County, <strong>Flagler Steakhouse</strong> (1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 561/659-8488) in the posh Breakers Hotel has reopened with a bang after a major renovation directed by famed New York designer Adam Tihany.</p> <p>Tihany’s design softens the typical manly-man steakhouse look with a preppy red, white and blue color scheme, earth-toned striped wallpaper and colorful artworks depicting life on the ranch. There are traditional touches too, like extensive walnut and cherrywood trim and brass and frosted glass chandeliers.</p> <p>The menu has been revamped too. Hotel exec chef Anthony Sicignano fortifies the meat-centric menu with everything from blue crab dumplings and grilled artichoke hearts to veal Oscar and pan-roasted branzino. Of course, it really is all about the beef, in this case Linz Heritage Angus Prime, an exclusive Midwest purveyor of designer beef that’s hand-cut to the restaurant’s specifications.</p> <p>Bring your black Amex card, though, as steaks with this pedigree don’t come cheap, with prices starting at $46 for a petite filet mignon and rising to $62 for a bone-in dry-aged New York strip and $120 for a porterhouse that serves two. If you want to go slumming just to take it all in, you can get a kosher Chicago-style hot dog for a mere $19, which is one very haute hot dog indeed.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 17 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsTHE NAKED TRUTH, VOL. 88: DATING QUESTIONS<p dir="ltr"><strong>Dear Angela,</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>My girlfriends all go through their significant others’ phones to check their messages occasionally. I always told them they were crazy, and that was over the top – but now that I’m getting into a serious relationship, I feel the urge to do it too … is it wrong to be curious? – Admitting I’m a hypocrite</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Dear Hypocrite,</p> <p dir="ltr">You asked for it.  That’s my response when someone tells me they found (insert whatever terrible offense they uncovered) while invading a partner’s privacy.  If we don’t have trust in a relationship, then really,  what do we have? It’s never ok to go through someone’s personal things without their knowledge.  In your situation, there’s not even a suspicion of any wrongdoing, just curiosity. Quite frankly, that conveys very troubling insight to how you and girlfriends conduct yourselves in relationships.  You don’t respect the most basic right that anyone has: privacy.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you don’t respect his privacy, you really don’t respect him.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dear Angela,</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>I started talking to someone thinking we may hit it off, but now I’ve lost interest. How do I break it off without hurting her feelings? – Mr. Nice Guy</strong></p> <p>Mr. Nice Guy,</p> <p dir="ltr">You do it today. Rip the band aid off.  It’s your call whether or not you want to tell her the truth or make up something that’s not as harsh, but don’t lead her on any further if you know you aren’t interested.</p> <p dir="ltr">I’m sure that you are hoping that your lack of response or evasiveness will just allow her to get the hint and fade off into the sunset.  That would be the easy way, right?  It’s also The Coward’s way.  If you truly are a “Nice” guy, a nice guy will break it to her immediately so she can release that space she’s holding for you and perhaps find someone else who is interested in her.</p> <p>P.S. Pick up the phone and call her.  DO NOT deliver the news via text. (See coward comment above).</p> <p>For more from The Naked Truth, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-naked-truth/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>Do you have a question for Angela? </strong>E-mail!<strong></strong></p> <center><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/angelalutinnakedtruth.jpg" width="333"></center> <p><strong>About Angela Lutin:</strong><br>Angela Lutin is Essentially Angela. Blogger, Advice Columnist and Dating Guru for the social media age—decoding modern love one tweet, text, and like at a time. Angela’s dating advice column, "The Naked Truth," appears exclusively each week on and in each issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>magazine. Her work appears regularly on the Huffington Post. She can been seen on MTV’s "Made" and Bravo’s hit show, "Millionaire Matchmaker." Crafting personal dating makeovers for her clients, Angela also maintains a private practice, which turns the romantically challenged into the relationship-inclined. Follow Angela on <a href="">Facebook</a> or <a href="">Twitter</a>.</p>magazineThu, 16 Jan 2014 14:21:59 +0000, Walk and Save a Life<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>If you enjoy completing fitness events and contributing to a worthy cause, here’s an event for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/faurun.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The Gift of Life’s <strong><a href="">Fourth Annual 5k Walk for Life</a></strong> will be held at Florida Atlantic University on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8:30 a.m. The walk benefits the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, a charity started in Boca Raton some 20 years ago.</p> <p>Registration is $25 <a href=";pg=entry">online</a> or $30 day of the event. There will be food, music, drawings for prizes and a kids’ area.</p> <p>The Walk for Life in Boca Raton aims to raise local awareness about the Boca Raton-based Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and the need to increase the worldwide bone marrow registry with ethnically diverse donors. Proceeds from this walk will go towards adding new donors to the registry.</p> <p>This event is far more than a 5K walk/run, says Marti Freund, Gift of Life walk coordinator.</p> <p>“During the welcome ceremony … every year, we introduce a transplant recipient to their donor for the very first time,” Freund says.</p> <p>People attending the can also register during the Feb. 9 event to become donors.</p> <p>Freund says the first part of becoming part of the registry is to have your cheek swabbed. If selected for the registry from the swab, potential donors are then asked to give blood to confirm a match.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/swab.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Once the match is confirmed, donors go through a physical, health history and blood work; then, eligible donors can save a life through a blood stem cell or bone marrow donation.</p> <p>“We never charge a fee for anybody interested in joining the registry,” says Freund. “However, there is a $60 laboratory fee that is associated with testing each kit. All the money we raise go towards offsetting these laboratory costs, so we can send in kits from drives that we do throughout the year.”</p> <p>Those who aren’t participating in the 5K can get their cheek swabbed and join the registry.</p> <p>For more about the charity, go to <a href=""></a>.</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><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/lisettehomepage_1.jpg" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 15 Jan 2014 21:14:13 +0000 Wisdom From the Twin Cities<p><img alt="" height="513" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/garrison-keillor.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There was no music playing when Garrison Keillor took the stage at the Society of the Four Arts yesterday afternoon—no live guitar and piano, no foley sound effects, no pre-written comedy sketches, no manufactured commercials for nonexistent products, no Guy Noir.</p> <p>In short, the longtime host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” entertained a packed audience of Four Arts members and guests without any of the accoutrements of his idiosyncratic show. But he didn’t need any of them; Keillor unplugged is just as idiosyncratic is Keillor on “Prairie” or Keillor in print.</p> <p>Tall, gangly and slightly stooped, Keillor wore a red tie and an brighter red ensemble of socks and sneakers, his hair a permanent tousle. He opened with an a cappella song, a poem, and then another song and poem, his subject matter ranging from classic literature to butt cracks and this timely ditty, which he debuted for the Four Arts audience: </p> <p><em>If you should be stuck on a highway or train/for hours for reasons no one can explain/think back, did you boo? Did you laugh? Did you scoff?/What did you do to piss Chris Christie off?</em></p> <p>He then spoke for more than 40 minutes, seemingly without notes, and with that signature voice that would soothe a weary populace to slumber if the content weren’t so engaging. A great monologist, Keillor painted vivid pictures with words, beginning with a riff on the polar vortex, which then pinballed toward subjects like his own freezing youth in Minnesota, memorable trips to dentists and doctors and his humble beginnings in media, tying everything together with the overriding theme of cheerfulness in the face of life’s adversities. The experience was both riotously funny and wistfully moving. Here are some of the highlights.</p> <p>“I love the term polar vortex, meaning a sort of inexorable downwardness, which for those of us who grew up fundamentalist is very satisfying somehow. All of us are caught in some kind of vortex, and the usefulness of that vortex in Minnesota is that it was blindingly cold at the beginning of last week, and then it warmed up a little, so that people could think to themselves, it could be worse. And it recently was. All we need in Minnesota to cheer us up is the idea that there has been some slight improvement in our situation. This is all. We don’t ask more than that.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/people_keillor.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Our governor last week declared that he would close the schools in Minnesota for that Monday and Tuesday, thinking of little children in rural areas coming down the end of long driveways in the dark, in minus-42 wind chill, and waiting for buses to come. So he pronounced clemency on these children. Well, OK. But people my age all over Minnesota thought to ourselves, why didn’t someone do that back in 1951? What was wrong with <em>our</em> governor back then, the guy who used hair oil, and the jowly guy with the horn-rimmed glasses? Why didn’t he give us a break back then, when it was really cold? It was blisteringly cold, back before there was lightweight thermal wear. You kept warm by carrying a heavy load of clothing, heavy woolens and corduroy on your back. School was never postponed or called off in Minnesota back in the day. So we made out way through blizzards. My father tied a clothesline from the porch pillar down to the mailbox and all the way up to the county road where the bus would come, and we took hold of it and followed it through the snow, unable to see our hands in front of our faces. We could hear feral animals around us, carnivorous creatures, dogs who’d gone bad and run away. You could hear other children whimpering and pleading, but onward we went, and down to the highway, which was completely drifted over with snow, blowing snow, no windbreak except barbed wire. This was life out in the prairie, out in the steppes of America.</p> <p>“You think about when you were a child, and you waited for that bus, and then a sleigh came, driven by a man named Erik, this old Norwegian bachelor farmer, who was half-crazy and who was two sheets to the wind. He came pulling up in his sleigh with two black horses, and away he went over the wind-crusted snow, and then down a rocky slope onto the Mississippi River, and then up toward school, swerving from side to side, avoiding men in grey who were hiding behind rocks and trees, the last remnants of the Army of Northern Virginia. That was a long time ago.</p> <p>“I enjoyed watching the film footage of those fashionable New Yorkers during <em>their</em> polar vortex, all bundled up in heavy clothing, these slender people with sculpted bodies, wearing this lumpy clothing so they looked like everybody else. Faces that they’d spent a lot of money on covered with scarves, and 50-dollar haircuts covered with a cap with flaps. </p> <p>“Life used to be harder, you see. We had the advantage of a hard life. Winter was hard. If you had been through the winter of 1951 in Minnesota, you were never made to move to a warm climate, because every succeeding winter was not as bad as that one. So you could console yourself by saying, it could be worse.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/keillor2.jpg" width="360"></p> <p>“Dentistry was hard. It was painful. We ate fistfuls of frosting, and we knew we would pay a price. But it was out there in the future. And then suddenly it was there, and you went down to the dentist’s office, which was up on the second floor. You walked up a narrow stairway above the drugstore, and there he was in this office that reeked of antiseptic. There was the dentist, sort of a twisted man— pockmarked skin, hair sticking out at old angles, unreal greyish-greenish eyes. And the answer so often was to pull a tooth. And when he pulled a tooth, he reached into his drawer, and he pulled out an ordinary pair of pliers from the hardware store, and he climbed into your lap, and he forced your jaws open. You were weeping, begging for mercy, but he got the pliers onto the tooth, and he moved it back and forth, and he yanked it out, and you never forgot this experience.</p> <p>“I had a wisdom tooth extracted about two months ago, and for somebody who grew up in the era of painful dentistry, as I did, just the phrase “wisdom tooth extraction” made me shudder—this must be horrific pain, the sort of thing prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. But there was an oral surgeon in a surgical gown, and two nurses, and one of them asks, would you like a sedative? Well, sure! You enter into this dream state far above this world of suffering and pain. And this procedure, whatever it is they’re doing, you’re not aware of it. It takes what seems about three minutes, and then you’re brought into a recovery room – recovery from what? You sit there in this dream state. A nurse asks you if you’re OK. You haven’t been this OK in a long time. You have entered into a world of chemical ecstasy you never knew existed. Now you realize what your friends back in the ‘60s and ‘70s were going after when they rolled those odd cigarettes and put the pasty stuff in the pipes, and the little white powder in the mirror and the rolled-up dollar bill and all. Now you understand: It’s here, in this prescription drug! In this little plastic bag. This is what they were looking for.</p> <p>“But the idea of taking a drug that would provide you with this hazy sense of ecstasy goes against your nature. Your ancestors are warning you against this. They didn’t believe in ecstasy. They didn’t really believe in happiness, exactly. Bliss is a very brief duration, about eight seconds in the male, about 15 seconds in the female. Cheerfulness is what they believed in, which is a choice. And you make it in the morning when you get up. And you make it out of habit. You learn this from your parents, or you learn it on your own, but you learn that cheerfulness is always possible. You simply decide, this is how today will be. And as you get older, this becomes an obligation. This becomes your duty to your fellow elderly and to your children and grandchildren.</p> <p>“My people were cheerful people. They grew up during the depression, and that was their school of hard knocks. And you did not talk about your fear for the future, and your sense that your possibilities in life were limited, because everybody else was in the same boat. So you didn’t discuss this. You recognized an obligation to amuse each other, and to be lighthearted in the company of other people. You might have a friend or two to whom you might confess that you’re depressed, and you’re worried and had money problems, but by and large, you didn’t take this up. You just put the best face possible on everything.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="439" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/garrison-keillor-pb01.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Those were my people. They struggled; they weren’t poor, but they were living on the edge. They bought day-old bread every week. They would drive for miles to find a gas station that sold cheap gasoline. I realize there’s a problem there. But it was in their nature: Everybody was frugal. They made do with what they had. Every late summer or early fall, they canned hundreds of quarts of tomatoes and corn and peas and beets. We turned our kitchen into a boiler room, our hair pasted to our heads. This was our source of wealth.</p> <p>“My father gave his sons haircuts. He four sons, and he cut our hair. We sat down on a stool in the garage with a sheet wrapped around us, and he held our heads still. As I look back on it, I see that this was as intimate as my father and I were with each other, whispering to me to hold still, and holding my head still with his hands. I, of course, was embarrassed that people in school would see that I had a home haircut, and they would think we were poor. But now you look back, and you see this as a service of love. This was pure love, from which I never thanked him. You look back on your life, and you see these things so clearly.</p> <p>“I went down to try out for football, my last attempt to be an athlete, to be popular. And I went to Dr. Mork, and he put his stethoscope on my chest, and he heard a click in the valve, so he couldn’t sign the permission slip—which was a disappointment, but only briefly. And I summoned up all of my courage, and I went down to the weekly paper in town and asked if they needed a sportswriter. And the editor looked at me, and he said yes. I learned, years afterward, that he thought I was my uncle’s son. My uncle was the vice-president of the bank. And he had signed off on the editor’s mortgage. My father was a postal clerk. So I got into writing under a mistaken identity. </p> <p>“I wrote sports, and instead of sitting on the bench, I sat up in the press box, high above the bleachers. My friends waved to me, and I didn’t wave back, because I was a journalist, and I was cool. I wrote heroic accounts of losing games, and I took them down to the linotype operators on Monday mornings, Whitey and Russ, two old drunks in their 40s, who had little Dixie cups full of vodka, and who sat at these enormous, hot, loud linotype machines, clanking out the line and then pulling the lever, and the hot lead flowed into the slug, and the slug went into the galley. And he put the galley into the chase. And the chase was set on the turtle, and he put the turtle down there in the flatbed for the press, and Whitey stood up on a little bench, and he loosened each sheet of newsprint and laid it down on the flatbed like you lay a tablecloth on a table. And the roller came over: <em>Whoosh, ca-chunk, ca-chunk,</em> and down into the folder it went. And then on page 12 was my story about the game, under my very name! To think of hundreds of people waiting to read your words … you never get over this, ever. This is a stroke of such good luck, to have a heart problem that made all of this possible.</p> <p>“In so many ways, we have outlived our usefulness, especially men. Men become more or less decorative at a certain age. This is why erectile dysfunction is common among men past the age of 60. It’s nature’s way of saying, you’re done now. Go sit in a corner. We don’t want that anymore.</p> <p>“We are, down deep, a cheerful people, who look forward to the next day, and put our knapsack of rocks down at the end of the day and not pick it up in the morning. The best solution to a terrible day is to go to bed, and sleep, and get up and see what the next day awaits. This is our function as older people. It’s a shock, of course, to be old, because inside, we are still 37. But get over it. This is our function now.”</p>John ThomasonWed, 15 Jan 2014 16:23:28 +0000 & EventsGreat Greens<div class="editable-original"><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></div> <div class="editable-original">In the last two weeks many people have asked me whether kale is bad for our health. Some heart it can suppress the thyroid and slow down metabolism. To shed some light on the subject of healthy eating, particularly, how to eat greens, I would like to share with you my Z-tips on five great greens. <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/kale.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>First of all why eat greens? Greens are nutritional powerhouses. They are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K. They also have loads of fiber, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc.</p> <p><em>Benefits of eating greens include:</em></p> <p>- Blood purification with chlorophyll (the component that makes greens)</p> <p>- Cancer prevention</p> <p>- Improved energy</p> <p>- Improved circulation</p> <p>- Stronger immune system</p> <p>- Improvement of intestinal flora</p> <p>- Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function</p> <p>- Mucus reduction and clearing up of congestion</p> <p>Side effects of eating greens:</p> <p>- May affect thyroid function IF eaten in excess</p> <p>**Patients taking blood-thinners should to consult their doctors for proper</p> <p>consumption of greens. You can usually have greens without any problems if you stick to the same times and amounts each day.</p> <p><em>Z-Tip</em>: I believe in balance and having foods in moderation. There’s no perfect food on the planet. Even the best foods can have a negative side-effects if you eat too much of it. like clothes, variety and individual fit are the two keys to feeling and looking your best.</p> <p><em>How to know if greens are good for you:</em></p> <p>Because of our biological differences, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to food. Just like we try on clothes, we often need to “try on” greens to see how they make us feel. As a rule of thumb, I suggest going for regular blood tests to find out your thyroid numbers. Then adjust your greens intake accordingly.</p> <p><em>Here are my choice of great greens:</em></p> <p><strong>KALE</strong></p> <p>Kale is one of the most nutritionally dense foods available. It’s not particular delicious, but is perfect for making chips, blended with fruit smoothies or added to salads and massaged with olive oil or avocado. <em>(Superfood Kale Salad recipe is below)</em></p> <p><strong>COLLARD GREENS</strong></p> <p>Collards share the first place spot with Kale for their nutritional density. When making wrap sandwiches, I like to replace tortillas with collard leaves instead. You can spread hummus onto the dull side of the leaf, add sprouts, avocado, purple cabbage and shredded carrots, then roll everything into a tasty and healthy wrap.</p> <p><strong>SWISS CHARD</strong></p> <p>Swiss chard is another fabulous green nutrient-rich vegetable, but take caution. It contains oxalic acid, which can deplete calcium from bones and teeth, leading to osteoporosis.</p> <p>Instead of eating it raw, cook it with something rich like oil, tofu, seeds, nuts or beans. This will help balance the effect of the oxalic acid.</p> <p><strong> BOK CHOY</strong></p> <p>Bok choy is my favorite green vegetable to juice. It’s very close in nutritional density to kale and collards but has much more liquid in it. When I’m in a rush and want to make a quick juice, I put a few bok choy leaves through a juicer along with some pineapple and cucumber. You get a great-tasting beverage in minutes – and the effects are <em>much better than coffee.</em></p> <p><strong>PARSLEY</strong></p> <p>Parsley is a great herb to accessorize any meal, whether it’s a light salad or a hot spaghetti squash. The two main benefits of parsley are its power to support your kidneys and its ability to help you detox heavy metals.</p> <p>If you find yourself eating a lot of animal protein and/or if you often eat tuna, I suggest adding parsley to your daily diet.</p> <p><em>Recipes: </em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/couture_salad.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong>Couture Green Salad</strong></p> <p>1 bunch of kale, chopped</p> <p>1 small head romaine hearts, chopped</p> <p>1 fuji apple, chopped</p> <p>5 dates, chopped</p> <p>1 avocado, chopped</p> <p>1/2 cup sprouted beans such as mung, chickpeas or peas</p> <p>1/4 cup goji berries</p> <p>1/4 cup parsley, chopped</p> <p>1/4 cup pumpkin seeds</p> <p>Mix all the ingredients together. Add dressing when ready to eat. Without dressing this salad can keep for a few days in the fridge.</p> <p><strong>Detoxifying Dressing</strong></p> <p>3/4 cup lemon juice</p> <p>1 1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil</p> <p>3 cloves of garlic</p> <p>3 medjool dates</p> <p>2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt (or to taste)</p> <p>1 cup filtered water</p> <p>Place all dressing ingredients in blender and blend well. For a thinner or thicker sauce, adjust the amount of water.</p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/Alina-fullsize_1.jpg" width="323"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p> </div>magazineWed, 15 Jan 2014 11:30:00 +0000 NewsRecipes Small Bites: CityPlace Update<p><img alt="" height="128" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/cityplace.jpg" width="200">One thing no semi-urban retail complex can do and prosper is stand still. And at CityPlace they’re certainly keeping the wheels turning, with several new eateries opening recently and a couple more set to debut soon. Among the openings are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Revolutions Bowling, Bar &amp; Grille</strong> (477 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/203-6188), the posh entertainment center that took over virtually an entire block, cramming into its 35,000 square feet 20 bowling lanes, a games arcade, stage for live music, pool tables, VIP room, restaurant and bar. The lengthy menu is chock full of crowd-pleasing dishes from burgers, pizzas and pastas to lobster ceviche, fish tacos and grilled steaks.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Decks Fish Market</strong> (700 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/822-9988), the mural-bedecked upper level seafood eatery that catches the piscine baton from such departed CityPlace seafood purveyors as McCormick &amp; Schmick’s and Legal Seafood. The menu has a something of a New England focus, with dishes like clam chowder, lobster roll and fried clam strips sharing menu space with more Florida-y type dishes like conch fritters, coconut-crusted shrimp and grilled mahi.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Two more casual spots are also up and running. There’s another outpost of <strong>Moe’s Southwest Grill</strong> (460 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/659-0361), the Chipotle-esque fast-casual neo-Mexican eatery (that I actually prefer to the Chipotle Goliath). Also yet one more <strong>Auntie Anne’s</strong> (650 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/366-9582), purveyor of sweet and savory pretzels (and dipping sauces) and pretzel-wrapped hotdogs to hungry shoppers.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>And there are two more places set to open. One is <strong>Copper Blues Rock Pub &amp; Kitchen</strong>, a beer-centric restaurant and club with live music and all-American eats. More interesting is <strong>100 Montaditos</strong>, a Spanish import that’s made a big splash in Miami and is expanding throughout South Florida. Montaditos are tapa-sized sandwiches that sell for from $1 to $2.50, everything from a basic serrano ham and olive oil to a more elaborate meatballs, bacon, Parmesan and marinara. And, yes, there are 100 of them.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraTue, 14 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsThe Week Ahead: Jan. 14 to 20<p>Tuesday</p> <p> <img alt="" height="302" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/martha-graham.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Martha Graham Dance Company at Kravis Center</strong>, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $20 to $68; 561/832-7469 or <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—including Lar Lubovitch and Yvonne Rainer—in “The Lamentation Variations,” while the brand-new work “Rust” features five rangy male dancers expanding their dance vocabulary under the direction of Nacho Duato, one of Spain’s most renowned modern choreographers.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/keillor-4-articlelarge.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Garrison Keillor at Society of the Four Arts</strong>, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; free for members; $15 to $35 nonmembers; 561/655-7227 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The disarmingly funny host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” has almost single-handedly resuscitated a long-dead American tradition: the radio variety show. He often wears the hats of singer, actor and comedian on his program, which broadcasts to more than 3 million listeners on 450 public-radio stations and has attracted major names in the country, folk and pop music worlds to perform live. A fine progenitor of “Minnesota nice,” Keillor has gone a long way toward importing his particular notion of Midwestern idealism to the rest of the country, while remaining an occasionally acerbic voice of political incorrectness. He’s also a prolific author, having penned eight books about his fictional hometown, Lake Wobegon. Look for a recap of Keillor’s lecture later this week on </p> <p>Wednesday</p> <p><img alt="" height="667" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/arts_weismanmoa_600.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>“Pop Culture: Selections From the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation” at Boca Museum of Art</strong>, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; $6 to $14, or free for members; 561/392-2500 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Artists inevitably thrive when documenting their own zeitgeist, and it’s no surprise the Pop Art movement emerged when middle-class Americans joined the consumption class: two-car garages, refrigerators, microwaves, televisions and, of course, Campbell’s soup cans. Some of the 100-plus works in this exhaustive exhibition cover the birth of Pop Art, when artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein sardonically commented on the kitsch of advertising and corporate America; but, as the exhibit also shows, art also influenced consumerism, creating a two-way street that blurred, and continues to blur, boundaries between pop and art. Expect pieces from luminaries like Keith Haring, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann in others, in an exhibition that runs at the Boca Museum through April 23. </p> <p>Friday</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/liv-ingmar.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Opening day of “Liv &amp; Ingmar” at Living Room Theaters at FAU</strong>, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; show times pending; $6.50 to $9.50; 561/549-2600 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Nearly every great male filmmaker in the world has had his female muse – the dynamic woman who lights a fire under him both on and off the screen. For Ingmar Bergman, the innovative Swedish maestro, that person was most certainly Liv Ullmann, the actress he met filming his influential masterpiece “Persona” in 1965. Despite a 22-year-age difference, they fell in love and made a number of other classics together, all the way through Bergman’s 2003 swan song “Saraband.” As befitting the mercurial director, their relationship didn’t always come up roses; it was tempestuous as well as loving, as this new documentary about their coupling suggests. The film is told entirely from Ullmann’s point of view, with her candid remembrances interspersed with vital film clips, behind-the-scenes footage and personal letters.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/juliejohnson.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Opening night of “Julie Johnson” at Kutumba Theatre Project at the Galleria Studio Theatre</strong>, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $30 to $40; 954/646-1000 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A few months after producing “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles” – a play adapted from a pioneering series of lesbian pulp fiction novels – Kim Ehly’s Kutumba Theatre Project mines thematically similar, if geographically disparate territory, with her company’s latest production. “Julie Johnson” is about a woman, unhappily married to a man, whose burgeoning feelings for a female friend open up new worlds to her. First performed in the early 1990s, “Julie Johnson” centers on a Hoboken housewife whose sexual awakening parallels her intellectual awakening, as she breaks from suburban drudgery to pursue the long-awaited education she deserves. “Julie Johnson” was adapted for film in 2005, where it starred Lili Taylor and Courtney Love, but Kutumba’s mounting presents a rare opportunity to see this moving dramedy in its original form. It runs through Feb. 9.</p> <p>Saturday</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/tedeschi+trucks+band+dtst_photo_primary_regular_res.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Sunshine Blues and Music Festival at Mizner Park Amphitheater</strong>, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; noon; $49.50 or $99.50; 800/745-3000 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in the olden days, a term like “sunshine blues” would be an oxymoron. Blues music used to be made by lonely people crying out in the darkness, the sort who released emotional exorcisms in cramped rooms during witching hours, not outdoor amphitheaters in the middle of the day. But we here in South Florida like our sun <em>and</em> our blues, and we’d hate to eschew either. The sun may beat down on the performers of this second annual one-day festival, but the music will reach into the storied traditions of ragged blues, rock, funk and jam-band experimentation. The Tedeschi Trucks Band will once again highlight the festivities, this time supporting its sophomore album “Made Up Mind,” and the stellar lineup also includes JJ Grey, Galactic, Leon Russell, Stanley Clarke and an acoustic set from Hot Tuna.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/bob_margolin_2-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Bob Margolin at Arts Garage</strong>, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $25 to $35 in advance, $5 more at the door; 561/450-6357 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Arts Garage continues to be a wonderful outlet for prominent jazz and blues artists that otherwise wouldn’t have a venue in which to perform, and tonight’s evening with Bob Margolin is no exception. The 64-year-old electric blues axman, back by popular demand after a January show last year at Arts Garage, has enjoyed a storied career, plying his trade of rolling melodies and heartbreak with none other than Muddy Waters–a gig that landed him a part in Martin Scorsese’s documentary “The Last Waltz.” Nicknamed “Steady Rollin’,” Margolin has also performed with Pinetop Perkins, Etta James and Johnny Winter, and his concerts are filled with warmth, humor and spontaneity.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/adelman-exhibition.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Opening day of “Bob Adelman: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement” at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale</strong>, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; $7 to $14; 954/525-5500 or <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There’s Malcolm X, middle finger poised against his cheek, his hand clutching a folded newspaper that screams “TO UNITE!” in loud type. Here are white construction workers, Confederate flags emblazoned on their hard hats, staring down at a young African-American girl. Nearby, Martin Luther King Jr. leads a march, and a black child sits on the wheel of a stagecoach next to a torn banner reading “I Have a Dream.” These are just a few of the images photographer Bob Adelman shot during his six years chronicling the American Civil Rights movement for magazines such as <em>Look, Life</em> and <em>Newsweek</em>. If there was an iconic image from the movement that would eventually burn into our collective retina, chances are Adelman shot it, all the way through to MLK’s funeral in 1968. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Museum of Art will present a retrospective of Adelman’s gripping photographs, many of them never exhibited before.</p>John ThomasonMon, 13 Jan 2014 19:54:29 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsMussel Beach Pumps Up Delray<p>If you want to show off your tight butt and washboard abs, go to Muscle Beach. If you want to throw down a few dozen plump, succulent bivalves, go to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Mussel Beach</strong></a> (501 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/921-6464).</p> <p><img alt="" height="449" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/mussel.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>This slick new purveyor of <em>Mytilus edulis</em> takes over the downtown space once home to <strong>Rotelli</strong>, with Rotelli CEO Joseph Bilotti and partner Mark Mezzancello at the helm.</p> <p>The design, by local architect <a href="" target="_blank">Steve Siebert</a>, features a tile-backed open kitchen and hardwood floors, with the outside dominated by vivid blue-and-white awnings that shelter a handful of sidewalk tables.</p> <p>The menu, by chef Aaron Bender, late of <strong>Galuppi’s</strong> in Pompano Beach, features Prince Edward Island mussels in all their meaty, briny glory, served in 1½-pound portions in big wooden buckets. They come in more than a dozen different guises, from classic Mariniere (shallots, garlic, white wine and butter) and Fra Diavolo (tomatoes, olive oil, basil, garlic, red pepper) to slightly more adventurous preparations like Thai (curry, coconut, lemongrass, garlic, ginger,  jalapenos) and South of the Border (chipotle, chorizo, caramelized onions, squid, lime).</p> <p>There’s a small roster of other items too, from apps and salads to sammies and burgers to scallops with artichoke risotto and honey-glazed chicken. Prices are modest, with mussels costing from $16 to $18 and most entrees hovering within a dollar or two of $20.</p>Bill CitaraSun, 12 Jan 2014 18:00:13 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsEnter to win: Spartina 449 Beach Bag<p>This polar vortex brought a taste of winter to Boca – and a whole lot of rainy days too. Now, we’re ready to hit the beach again, and we’re hoping a little bit of positive thinking can bring back the sun.</p> <p><img alt="" height="585" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/spartina449_martinangel_beach_bag.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>But we need your help. We want to see your favorite beach photos so we can imagine the sand between our toes. As a reward, we’re giving away a <a href="">Spartina 449</a> Martinangel beach bag to one lucky participant.</p> <p>To enter, simply Instagram your beach photo. Follow @bocamag and @spartina449, and use the hash tags <strong>#bocamag</strong> and <strong>#spartina449</strong>.</p> <p><em>Enter by Thursday, Jan. 16 and we’ll announce the winner on Friday</em>. Make sure your Insta profile isn't private - otherwise, we won't see your entry.</p> <p>We can’t wait to see your photos! </p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 10 Jan 2014 16:45:05 +0000 in an Instant<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Polaroid</a> corporation may have mass-marketed photography for countless shutterbugs from the 1970s onward, but let’s face it—the vast majority of the ubiquitous white-framed images are not artistic masterworks. They’re usually vacation pictures of old houses or Ferris wheels, or shots of mom and dad and aunt Bertha exposing too much flesh at your local beach, left to decay in the attics of suburbia.</p> <p><img alt="" height="437" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/close.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But if it accomplishes anything, the <a href="‎" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art</a>’s engrossing exhibition “<strong>The Polaroid Years</strong>” unlocks the professional potential beneath this most amateur of devices. From 1972 on—that was the year Polaroid developed its first consumer camera, the SX-70, with its leather case the color of a secondhand Buick—artists both world-renowned and under-recognized have gravitated to Polaroid technology, both to record reality and manipulate it.</p> <p>“The Polaroid Years” captures all of these inclinations in its four fruitful, carefully organized galleries.</p> <p>For many artists in this exhibition, Polaroids were simply another means of reiterating familiar thematic preconceptions, only this time under the restrictions of the image’s boxy, instantly developed essence. <a href="‎" target="_blank">William Wegman</a>, unsurprisingly, uses the technology to manipulate images of his beloved dog Man Ray, by overlaying images within other images so that the Weimaraner appears to have eight googly eyes. For <a href="‎" target="_blank">Andy Warhol</a>, his familiar motif of multicolored repetition of images turns up in a series inherently provocative shots of male genitalia.</p> <p><strong>Walker Evans</strong>, whose SX-70 camera is displayed under glass in this exhibition, used the Polaroid to reinforce his fascination with street signs. Under the square restrictions of the frame, his images of signs—reading such negative scrawls as “OFF,” “Dead End” and “Do Not Enter,” circa 1973—reflect Vietnam-era malaise and feel especially hopeless when divorced from their contexts.</p> <p>But the most exciting works in this exhibition are the discoveries of the relatively unknown artists who pioneered new ways of playing with Polaroids that went well beyond capturing reality.</p> <p><img alt="" height="397" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/polaroid2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Artists like <strong>Lucas Samaras</strong> (whose work is shown above) and <a href="" target="_blank">Bruce Charlesworth</a> discovered that, through the slowly developing photo-emulsion process of Polaroid’s instant photography, they had time to alter the still-malleable image. This resulted in Charlesworth’s brilliant patchwork collages, which repurposed images from other media decades before Photoshop; John Reuter’s haunting, multilayered images of melting faces and spectral bodies; and the masterly smeared representations of Samaras, which resemble bad psychedelic trips.</p> <p>Samaras’ most impressive piece in the exhibition is 1984’s “Panorama,” a series of 19 horizontal strips that, when stacked vertically, creates a single image of the artist, in the buff and in motion, reaching or jumping in his studio.</p> <p>Likewise, a piece by <a href="‎" target="_blank">Joyce Neimanas</a> also relies on numerous images mashed together, complete with their white borders, to create the cubist representation of a man sitting at a card table with a cigarette (pictured below).</p> <p><img alt="" height="508" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/polaroidcollage-5-joyce-neimanas.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Other artists also forged unique identities through Polaroid. By taking instant snapshots of television news coverage, <a href="" target="_blank">Catherine Opie</a>’s series of president George W. Bush’s body language during the 2004 presidential debates—and her thematic linkage between images of Pope John Paul and Terry Schiavo—manage to comment on politics and culture through her reflections of reflections.</p> <p><a href="‎" target="_blank">Chuck Close</a> lives up to his surname by shooting intensely close-up self-portraits on the largest Polaroid camera available, the company’s 80-foot by 40-foot “Museum Camera.” The renegade artist <strong>Dash Snow</strong>’s works are defined by his physical defilement of the images themselves; in one, an extended middle finger emerges through a backdrop of real blood, while others include burn marks, tears and the intrusion of dirty industrial tape.</p> <p>If this disparate collection of approaches to Polaroid technology has one overriding theme, it may be the proliferance of nudes. For an exhibition that is at its core educational and illuminating, there’s more T&amp;A in “The Polaroid Years,” from males and females alike, than any show I’ve seen in recent memory. A hilarious series by <strong>Robert Heinecken</strong> is even inspired by <em>Hustler</em>’s degrading “Blind Beaver Hunt” collection of reader-submitted nude poses.</p> <p>Does this oversharing of the physical anatomy have to do with the fact that most of these pictures were shot in the early ‘70s, when countercultural liberation was still sweeping the land? Or is there something in the camera itself that brought out artists’ friskiness?</p> <p>The answer is simple, really: Every time a new technology to develops, it is instantly exploited for pornographic purposes, from the film camera to the VHS tape to the Internet and the text message. Bodies are always the first territory to chart. Why would the Polaroid camera be any different?</p> <p>At least in this case, the naked bodies have a clear and distinct artistic purpose, despite the anybody-can-shoot-this aesthetic of the camera. Images like this may not be what Polaroid’s founders had in mind when they rolled out their product, but one’s thing is for sure: These shots, and all the others on display, aren’t languishing in anybody’s attic. Long live Polaroid!</p> <p><em>“The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation” runs through March 23 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 10 Jan 2014 14:10:27 +0000 & EventsLPGA Legends Come to Delray<p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/seagate2.jpg" width="425"></p> <p>Don't look now, but Delray Beach is emerging as the professional sports capital of south Palm Beach County. Already on the map for its successful and long-running Delray Beach Open tennis tournament, the city now has landed a senior golf event.</p> <p>The <a href=""><strong>LPGA Legends Tour</strong></a>, now in its 14th season, has moved its <strong>Walgreens Charity Championship</strong> from The Villages (in Central Florida) to the recently renovated (and re-named) <a href=""><strong>Seagate Country Club</strong></a>. The 36-hole tournament for professionals 45 and over will be held Nov. 6-9, including special events on the Thursday and Friday before the field of 40 begins play. Proceeds from the tourney will benefit the Dan Marino Foundation and local charities. Tickets for the entire weekend are expected to run $20 at the gate and $10 if purchased at Walgreens.</p> <p>"This is an important step in making Delray a more diversified town of all ages," said mayor Cary Glickstein. "Bringing something as prominent as [an LPGA tournament] is a building block [toward] making Delray a true sports destination."</p> <p>Though the official field will not be solidified until later in the year, golf fans should expect to see some of the true greats of the LPGA Tour, including Delray resident and World Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel. Hall of Famers Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley and JoAnne Carner also play on the tour.</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/seagate1.jpg" width="425"></p> <p>Players should face a stiff challenge at the former Hamlet Golf Club, which was bought and revamped to complement the Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa (and Seagate Beach Club) in Delray. The course, which reopened as The Seagate Country Club in November, features some 138 bunkers and smallish greens that average roughly 3,500 square feet. Improvements include new types of grass for both the fairways (Celebration Grass) and greens (TIF Eagle Grass).</p> <p>Tournament officials are hoping for crowds of 6,000 or more per day; parking and shuttle service will be determined as the event draws near. Legends Tour CEO Jane Blalock hinted that the 2014 tournament would not be a one-and-done situation. "We anticipate being here for a very long time," she noted.</p>Kevin KaminskiFri, 10 Jan 2014 12:45:23 +0000 BeachAlene Too Hosts Hervé Léger Trunk Show<p>With his form-fitting bandage pieces, <a href="" target="_blank">Hervé Léger</a> has mastered the art of creating the perfect dress. The secret is in the material. Made from 90 percent rayon, his signature dresses mold to your body’s shape in about 15-20 min.</p> <p><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/herveleger.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Alene Too hosted a Hervé Léger trunk show yesterday, showcasing resort and pre-spring pieces. We asked Hervé Léger stylist <strong>Kirkland Kasmer</strong> to show us her favorite pieces from the pre-spring collection – a difficult feat given how glamorous each design was.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/herveleger2.jpg" width="500"> </p> <p><a href=",default,pd.html?dwvar_HWT6Z781-2J7_color=2J7&amp;cgid=just-in-trends-fringe" target="_blank">Leilei Draped Bandage Dress, $1,640</a></p> <p>“Fringe is a huge trend for spring and going into the fall. This is our take of doing this fringe detail. It’s a staple black with some good novelty pieces in it.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="568" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/herveleger_jacquard.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><a href=",default,pd.html?dwvar_HJJ6Z158-G46_color=G46&amp;cgid=just-in-fall-jacquard#start=6" target="_blank">Farah Crochet Jacquard Dress, $1,690</a></p> <p>“This is one of our jacquards, so it stretches really well. It’s five different colors stitched together. It’s a mid-thigh. I love the detail on here - it’s like a puckering detail. This is the first time you’ll see this.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="567" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/herveleger_scuba.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><a href=",default,pd.html?dwvar_HGY6Z650-1S8_color=1S8&amp;cgid=just-in-fall-caviar" target="_blank">Camille Multitexture Mesh-Blocked Dress, $2,390</a></p> <p>“With scuba also being a trend for resort and spring, this is our take in the alabaster. This hits below the knee, very sophisticated. With the exposed zipper in the back, it’s great for all different events.”</p> <p>Kasmer says from spring moving forward, Hervé Léger is focusing on novelty. Expect dresses hitting below the knee, scalloped edges and A-line fits.</p> <p>To pre-order or find out more, email Kasmer at</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 10 Jan 2014 09:04:43 +0000 Grill Opens in Boca<p>The “fast casual” segment of the restaurant market is growing faster than mold on Chinese drywall, and coming just to prove it is another fast casual player in the local dining scene. Expect this one to open almost two dozen outlets in South Florida over the coming months.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/garbanzo.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>We’re talking <a href="‎" target="_blank">Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill</a> (<em>7036 W. Palmetto Park Rd., 561/395-5500</em>), the first SoFla outpost of a Denver-based chain. It takes over the space in West Boca’s Garden Shops mall formerly home to <a href="‎">Baja Fresh</a>. It’s the brainchild of Israeli native <strong>Alon Mor</strong>, who opened the first Garbanzo in Denver in 2007 and now has 27 beans in 10 states.</p> <p>The limited menu features tried and true Middle Eastern dishes, from shwarma (chicken and steak) to falafel to hummus (also portobello mushroom). In concept, Garbanzo replicates the DIY system popularized by Chipotle and used now by just about every fast casual eatery. You choose your protein (shwarma, falafel, portobello or hummus), then your delivery vehicle (pita, wrap or on a plate), then trick it out with various salads and sides (some free, some 49 or 99 cents), plus a choice of sauces (lemon vinaigrette, tahini and red chili among them).</p> <p>Also on the menu are kabob platters, Greek salad, a trio of soups and dolmas. Everything is under 10 bucks, so you can break your hunger without breaking the bank. Can’t beat that.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 10 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsMovie Review: &quot;Her&quot;<p>We’ve come a long way since the HAL 9000 asserted its own intelligence in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” That sinister machine’s chilling inquiry—“Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave?”—has given way, some 45 years later, to “I’m becoming much more than what they programmed.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="342" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202013/her-movie-1.png" width="500"></p> <p>That line is spoken by <strong>Scarlett Johansson</strong>, the disembodied, ethereal costar of Spike Jonze’s staggering new drama, “Her,” opening Friday nationwide. Johansson plays Samantha, a sexy-voiced operating system manufactured by an unnamed computer company, purchased and installed by a lonely man in an unnamed year, probably the very near future.</p> <p>Her purchaser, Theodore (<strong>Joaquin Phoenix</strong>), is a recent divorcee with a thick ‘70s moustache and unflattering old-man pants who seems to have wandered in from a Todd Solondz movie. He is stunned by Samantha, who can communicate as warmly and conversationally as any human he’s ever met, but who can also sort through his hard drive in milliseconds and consume entire books in even less time.</p> <p>Viewing the world from the matchbook-sized computer peeking from his shirt pocket, she becomes his permanent companion, his fifth appendage—his therapist, secretary and, eventually, his girlfriend and lover.</p> <p>“Her” is far from the first film to broach the oncoming technological singularity, the convincing theory, posed by futurist Ray Kurzweil and others, that artificial intelligence will usurp that of human intelligence. Movie robots have been a prescient, cautionary fixture since 1928’s “Metropolis.”</p> <p>But what makes “Her” such a bracingly effective statement