Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.Miami Monday2015-11-30T09:23:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.30_pisco_ceviche.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Dine in Peru, but stay in Kendall: Pisco y Nazca opens</strong></p> <p>From the Bulla Gastrobar folks in Coral Gables comes a new place to dine: Pisco y Nazca at The Palms at Town &amp; Country in Kendall <em>(8405 Mills Dr., Miami, 305/630-3844)</em>. With a separate menu of multiple ceviches (pictured), small plates and large plates, you should find the Peruvian passion for food to be extensive and creative. Executive Chef Miguel Fernandez, formerly of Gaston Acurio’s La Mar in San Francisco, heads the culinary team at the ceviche gastrobar. </p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.30_klima_roast_beef.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Want lunch in Barcelona? Luckily, KLIMA helps with that</strong></p> <p>The Catalonian-style, Western Mediterranean menu known at KLIMA <em>(210 23<sup>rd</sup> St., Miami Beach, 786/453-2779)</em> is the star of a daily $30 prix-fixe menu now. Just opened for this service from noon until 3:30 p.m., Executive Chef David Rustarazo and his Josper Oven turn out beautiful plates like the roast beef dish (pictured). The prix-fixe menu includes alternative selections that feature gluten-free and vegetarian options. </p> <p><img alt="" height="736" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.30_db_bistro_oysters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>For oyster lovers, a true happy hour: db Bistro Moderne</strong></p> <p>When we find a good restaurant with a great happy hour special, and it includes $1 oysters, well, count us in! Daniel Boulud’s de Bistro Moderne Miami <em>(255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305/421-8800) </em>is on that list. Every day (yes, all seven!) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the restaurant features a rotating selection of farmed oysters for $1 each. Pair that with your favorite wine or discounted cocktail, and you’re good to go until… dinner. Did we mention there are other happy hour bites, too, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.?</p> <p><strong>Noshing during Art Basel? Try eats in Wynwood or MIMO</strong></p> <p>With Art Basel arriving this week (Dec. 3-6) on Miami Beach, here are two suggestions after art-gazing for eats in Midtown Miami: Beaker &amp; Gray just opened in Wynwood <em>(2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305/699-2637)</em> from chef/owner Brian Nasajon and bar manager/owner Ben Potts. It promises an inventive, playful menu and a hopping after-hours bar. Or, you might want to try Blue Collar in the MIMO district <em>(6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305/756-0366)</em>, with exec chef/owner Daniel Serfer offering comfort food (Cuban sandwiches, hanger steaks) as well as eclectic dishes. There’s a “Veg Chalkboard” with vegetarian specials, which is always a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Staff Picks: Sweet Treats2015-11-27T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Popbar in Delray Beach</p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_popbar.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em> </p> <p>“A fresh, frozen concept that started five years ago in the West Village of NYC has made its way to our backyard, and it's a godsend for those of us looking for dessert that doesn't come in a Fro-Yo cup. Popbars—all-natural gelato, sorbet and yogurt pops on a stick—are made on-site in small batches of 26, and they're absolutely delicious. Think gelato flavors like coffee, hazelnut and the wildly popular pistachio; think sorbet flavors like apricot and mango; think vanilla and chocolate yogurt. Now, think about dressings like almonds, sprinkles and white chocolate dipping. Better still, everything is Kosher certified, gluten and preservative free and vegan friendly. Enjoy!!” </p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 411 E. Atlantic Ave. Suite B., Delray Beach // 561/450-5124)</p> <p> </p> <p>Sloan’s</p> <p><img alt="" height="523" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_sloans.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I’ve always loved the atmosphere of Sloan’s, and the ice cream too, of course. For the holidays, Sloan’s has created two holiday treats that are as delicious as they are adorable. The first, “Winter Wonderland,” is vanilla ice cream covered in coconut shavings, and the second, “Rudolph,” is chocolate ice cream decorated with pretzels, mini marshmallows and a red M&amp;M to look like the iconic reindeer. The seasonal specials will be available until Dec. 31!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 329 Plaza Real, Mizner Park // 561/338-9887)</p>University Village gets a green light and other items of interest2015-11-27T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/750x422_copy.jpg" width="750"></h3> <h3>University Village debate      </h3> <p>“It’s getting to be the funny time,” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said early Wednesday morning. No kidding.</p> <p>       The city council meeting had rolled on past 11 p.m., and then midnight and then 1 a.m. as the council debated University Village. Based on concerns from council members and residents about the 77-acre, mixed-use project —some of the concerns legitimate, many not—City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser was making changes on the fly to the ordinance. Everyone was very tired.</p> <p>       Eventually, however, the council approved University Village, 4-1, Scott Singer dissenting. The added conditions seek to ensure that the appearance of the project matches as closely as possible the attractive renderings the council got from Penn Florida. The conditions also address the project’s compatibility with single-family neighborhoods to the east. Example: the buffer will be wider—100 feet—and will not have a pathway into University Village.</p> <p>       You can understand the council’s wish to scrutinize the project. The property is three times larger than Mizner Park. It’s the city’s largest undeveloped parcel. It’s a Planned Mobility Development, promising to limit the traffic impact from perhaps 1,500 residents and nearly 400,000 square feet of commercial development, including a hotel. The new Spanish River Boulevard interchange at Interstate 95 could both get new traffic out of the area quickly and bring more traffic.</p> <p>       As with most controversial projects, many speakers made bogus arguments. Some claimed that approving University Village would mean six-laning Spanish River Boulevard. Haynie asked the city’s traffic engineer to restate the city’s plan to keep the road at four lanes. Other speakers claimed that the apartments would draw Florida Atlantic University students, who would cause trouble.</p> <p>       In fact, the developer’s target markets are working millennials, retired Baby Boomers and FAU faculty and staff. None of those groups would want to share a neighborhood with undergraduates, who can live in other projects farther south that are closer to campus. Still, a condition restates the city’s rule about no more than three unrelated adults sharing a unit.</p> <p>       Then there was the issue of University Village being in the Boca Raton Airport flight path. What about safety? What about potential complaints about noise?</p> <p>       Regarding safety, many buildings—including Town Center Mall—already are under the flight path to the southwest. As Frieser pointed out, the developer—not the city—assumes the risk from any lawsuit resulting from a crash. The city is responsible only for land regulations. Regarding noise, it has been an issue for years. The bigger issue may be whether the developer can sell people on the idea of living there, given the noise.</p> <p>       Attorney Charles Siemon, who represents Penn Florida, told me Wednesday that he couldn’t recall another project to which so many changes were made at a council meeting. “I think the council did a good job,” he said.</p> <p>       Siemon said work on University Village could start in the spring. He’s biased, of course, but Siemon believes that the project “will be well-received when it starts to come out of the ground.” That’s hardly the sentiment today. “I just think it’s going to be horrible,” one speaker said. The indicator of change will be if the neighbors one day ask for that pathway into the project.</p> <h3>Boca Helping Hands clinic</h3> <p>Boca Helping Hands has helped to do one more favor for the community.</p> <p>       On Tuesday, a health clinic for what organizers call the “medically underserved” will open near downtown. It is a partnership between Boca Helping Hands and Boynton Beach-based Genesis Community Health.</p> <p>       Genesis obtained the roughly $1 million grant through the Affordable Care Act that will finance the clinic’s operations for two years. Genesis CEO DeAnna Warren said that if the clinic meets U.S. Health and Human Services guidelines, the grant could be extended.</p> <p>       Warren told me that organizers are targeting “everyone. Those on Medicaid, those without coverage, especially those who don’t have a primary care physician.” One will be available five days a week to start, with later hours on Tuesdays. The clinic will be on Southeast Sixth Street, between Dixie Highway and Federal Highway.</p> <p>       The main role for Boca Helping Hands will be getting people to the clinic. Director James Gavrilos said the organization sees 3,000 families each month who need food. “That’s maybe 5,000 or 6,000 people. If just 10 percent of them need access to health care, and if they use the clinic, that’s a lot of people.”</p> <p>       Gavrilos said his organization and Genesis have worked together for many years. Boca Helping Hands opened what Gavrilos called “a medical room,” and had dreamed of providing full-service care.</p> <p>       Warren said Genesis identified nearly 35,000 low-income potential patients within the city, using federal data broken down by ZIP code. Eventually, Boca Helping Hands would like to offer dental care, too. The clinic’s opening shows the strength of Boca Raton’s social fabric.</p> <h3>Tax credits</h3> <p>       The need for a low-income health clinic in Boca Raton reminds us that for all the galas and fancy homes, the city has its share of residents trying just to get by. Fortunately, they also have organizations like Boca Helping Hands, Genesis and many others.</p> <p>       They also have the federal government. There is general bipartisan agreement that one of the country’s most successful anti-poverty programs has been the Earned Income Tax Credit, which Congress created 40 years ago an incentive for low-income Americans to work, rather than go on welfare.</p> <p>       Those who qualify received tax credits based on family size and income. The highest income level for eligibility is $53,267 for a married couple with three or more children. If the credits exceed the amount of taxes owed, the amount comes to the individual or couple as a refund. Almost 27 million Americans got benefits in 2014. One study estimated that the tax credit lowered the overall poverty rate by three percentage points and the rate among children by six-plus percentage points. The program especially helps single parents.</p> <p>       The Brookings Institution has compiled a database that breaks down Earned Income Tax Credit filing by, among other things, congressional district. The numbers for this area are interesting.</p> <p>       In District 22, which includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach and coastal cities from Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, about 77,000 Earned Income Tax filings went to the IRS in 2013—the most recent year available. That was roughly 23 percent of all returns filed.</p> <p>       From District 21, which includes areas west of Boca, Delray and Boynton Beach, the IRS got about 61,000 Earned Income Tax Credit filings. That was about 20 percent of the total.</p> <p>       Those numbers weren’t the highest from Florida. District 20, which includes some of Palm Beach and Broward County’s poorest areas, had 113,000 filers—36 percent of the total. But the numbers show that even in Boca Raton and Delray Beach the working poor make up a sizeable slice of the population. That’s worth keeping in mind over the holidays.</p>Holiday Survival Guide2015-11-27T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">November is slowly coming to a close, and as much as we anticipate the excitement and fuzzy feelings associated with the holiday season, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the pressure of it all. This year, we have decided to plan early and fight the stress, so we can enjoy this time with our family and friends. Here is an LLScene-approved holiday survival guide that will have you feeling fit, fabulous and stress-free as you tackle the 2015 holiday season. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="634" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_brittany_rose.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Fashion</strong></p> <p class="normal">We plan on creating a lasting impression this holiday season with <a href="" target="_blank">Brittany Rose Collections</a>. Inspired by femininity, simplicity and grace, founder, Brittany Foreman created these innovative holiday looks. Whether you’re looking for an extra flare for a casual outing, or you have a fabulous black tie affair, Brittany Rose Collections provides everything you need to remain fashionable and fabulous this holiday season. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_deelishables.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>The Perfect Gift</strong></p> <p class="normal">Surprise your holiday host with something other than wine and chocolate this year. <a href="" target="_blank">Deelishables</a> is a local edible favor company that can successfully translate any picture, image or logo onto a cupcake or cookie. You will be the talk of the party when you show up with your hosts face on one of Deelishables’ photo cookies! </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_luxe.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Luxe Entertaining</strong></p> <p class="normal">Looking to one up your holiday festivities this season? Kick off your holiday celebrations with breathtaking interior inspiration <a href="" target="_blank">Luxe Report Designs</a>. Founded by Christin Carron and Lauren Kukkamaa, Luxe Report’s design philosophy is about embracing old Palm Beach glamour while maintaining a current sophistication with a bold but simple color palette. Hire Luxe Report Designs for your next holiday affair. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.27_flybarre.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Fit</strong></p> <p class="normal">No one wants to spend all day in the gym, especially in the weeks leading up to the holidays. <a href="" target="_blank">Flywheel Sports</a> is an indoor stadium cycling studio, which is also home to Flybarre, a total body-sculpting workout. Each Flywheel class is a 45- or 60-minute experience that allows you to burn over 600-800 calories. Lets face it—a spin class is all about the instructors and the music, and the playlists at Flywheel are created from a collection of music carefully directed by an in-house DJ. Your legs receive a much-deserved break halfway through the class during Flywheel’s arm series when you work your arms with weighted bars. </p> <p class="normal">Why we love Flywheel? It’s a short class, and you can go at your own pace—and you won’t feel guilty about all of the Deelishable cookies you ate at your holiday party. This amazing escape will challenge your body while relaxing your mind during the most hectic time of year. Flywheel has two locations in Florida (Boca Raton and Miami Beach), and your first class is free. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more information or to reserve your class.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Seasonal FInds: Brussels Sprouts2015-11-26T06:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>I love the look of a single perfect Brussels sprout: bright green, compact, leafy and firm to the touch. They look like mini cabbages! They’re adorable—yes, food can be adorable.</p> <p>This Brussels sprout with apple and pancetta recipe can be made any time, and it’s a great dish for Thanksgiving, too. The savory Brussels sprouts are tender and lightly charred; the sweet apples are firm and crisp; and the salty pancetta adds a chewy texture to this dish. I recommend adding extra apple, dried cranberries and nuts to dress this recipe up even more!</p> <p><img alt="" height="403" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.26_brussels.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Method:</strong> The way to prepare Brussels sprouts for cooking begins with cutting the buds off the stalk. Cut away any surplus stem, and peel and discard any loose surface leaves. Sprouts should generally all be of a similar size to ensure they are evenly cooked. I have heard that some like to make a single cut or a cross in the center of the stem for cooking, but in this recipe, I find the method of boiling them, halving them and finishing them on the sauté pan makes a tender and delicious sprout.</p> <p><strong><em>Tip:</em></strong><em> Be careful not to over-season this dish with salt, as pancetta has a strong salty taste on it’s own.</em></p> <p><strong>Brussels sprouts with pancetta and apples</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br> 2 pounds Brussels sprouts<br> 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil<br> 5 shallots, minced<br> 3 ounces thickly sliced pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch pieces<br> 3 apples, peeled and diced into cubes<br> Sea salt</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong><br> In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the Brussels sprouts until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, and pat dry. Slice the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise.</p> <p>In a small skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the shallots and pancetta, and cook, stirring until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Scrape into a bowl.</p> <p>Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts, cut side down. Season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally until the sprouts are slightly charred and tender, about 8 minutes. Add in the apples, shallots and pancetta, mixing to allow the flavors to meld. Transfer to a bowl, and serve immediately.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Queen for a day at Sawgrass Mills2015-11-25T10:19:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Most days I’m the Web Editor for Boca Mag, but on Monday, I was the queen of Sawgrass Mills.</p> <p>Well, how else do you describe having a private tour of the Colonnade Outlets including its expansion, lunch at Zinburger and a personal shopping experience?</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_colonnade_expansion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This is the third renovation to the luxury shopping section, and it’s one that has me thankful I only live 15 short minutes away from this high-end fashion lover’s paradise. With 80,000 additional square feet and 24 new stores including Alexis Bittar, Ted Baker London, Vince and CH Carolina Herrera, the Colonnade is about to become your new shopping hotspot, if it isn’t already.</p> <p>I have to admit, I’m most excited about Rag &amp; Bone—my favorite brand of jeans. The store opened on Monday just as I was making my rounds from one Colonnade treasure to the next. Call it a coincidence, or maybe some really good karma. Either way, I was a kid in a candy store.</p> <p>All of that retail therapy had me salivating, and Zinburger, one of five Colonnade restaurants, had just what I needed to reboot—a fresh and tasty Chinese chicken salad.</p> <p>Did I mention that the expansion will also include two restaurants to satiate your hunger for designer shoes and luxury handbags? Matchbox, a pizza bistro, will open early next year, and the other restaurant remains a mystery. You’ll just have to frequent the Colonnade to find out once the restaurant name is revealed.</p> <p>With all of these new stores popping up, undoubtedly more eager shoppers will too, but Sawgrass Mills is always thinking one step ahead. A parking garage is in the works for summer 2016, and it will feature 1,700 parking spots to accommodate the influx of style gurus and fashion lovers alike.</p> <p>Happy shopping!</p>Festival of the Arts Boca Celebrates 10th Landmark Year2015-11-25T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>A rollicking revisit with Indiana Jones, a cerebral sit-down with a multicultural CNN anchor, and an English translation of a Mozart opera are among the highlights of Festival of the Arts Boca’s 10th anniversary event, which promises to be the most eclectic one yet.</p> <p>Festival organizers Charlie Siemon and Wendy Larsen unveiled the (almost) full lineup earlier this month at an intimate shindig at Mizner Park Studio Theatre, offering gathered guests and city dignitaries a mouthwatering peek at next year’s special guests, who will descend on Mizner Park March 4-16, 2016. <a href="" target="_blank">Tickets are available now</a> for festival, including these headlining events and speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-di.gif" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 4, 7:30 p.m.: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with live orchestra</strong></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, but Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure landmark turns 35 in 2016. Re-experience the rolling boulder, airstrip fistfight and vortex of flame on the spectacular big screen where they belong, while Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra through a performance of John Williams’ iconic score.</p> <p><strong>March 5, 7:30 p.m.: Mozart’s “Magic Flute”</strong></p> <p>“The Magic Flute” is currently the fourth-most-performed opera in the world, but chances are you’ve never seen a version quite like this one. The Festival’s very first foray into live opera honors Mozart’s wishes for the opera to be performed in the local language of the people, with Kitsopoulous penning this 90-minute English translation. International vocal superstars and local students alike will dramatize the composer’s operatic swan song about a smitten prince’s journey to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/herbalpert-lanihall.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 6, 7 p.m.: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall</strong></p> <p>Speaking of royalty, Albert is one of the reigning kings of 20th century jazz. An abstract painter, philanthropist and record-industry executive, this generous polymath is a trumpet virtuoso responsible for nine Grammy Awards, 14 platinum albums and five No. 1 albums on the <em>Billboard</em> charts. At 80 years old, he is celebrating his 59th year in the music business in 2016. Lani Hall, Albert’s wife and an emotionally charged Latin vocalist in her own right, will join her husband and their three-piece band for a jazz set studded with Brazilian melodies and classics from the American songbook.</p> <p><strong>March 7, 7 p.m.: Fareed Zakaria</strong></p> <p>As the host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” this trusted news analyst has been forecasting the world’s directions since at least 1992, when he became the managing editor of <em>Foreign Affairs</em>. He has since been published by the most respected news outlets in the country, from <em>The New York Times</em> and <em>Newsweek</em> to <em>Time</em> and <em>The Washington Post</em>; his best-selling books, meanwhile, have touched on subjects such as American imperialism and liberal education. A “radical centrist” in an ideologically divided media, Zakaria will speak about “Global Trends &amp; Hot Spots: The Next Security Crisis.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/robert_sapolsky.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 8, 7 p.m.: Robert Sapolsky</strong></p> <p>When it came to learning about human behavior, this wild-haired biologist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow decided to embed himself with our closest neighbors: primates. At 21, Sapolsky flew to Africa to join a troop of baboons, methodically charting their everyday behaviors. He returned every summer for the next 25 years to study the same baboons, and his resulting book, <em>A Primate’s Memoir</em>, combines humor with profound observations about the human (and ape) condition. This connection to the animal kingdom resounds through his other books as well, from <em>Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers</em> to <em>Monkeyluv</em>, and will likely factor into his Festival discussion: “The Biology of Good and Evil.”</p> <p><strong>March 11, 7:30 p.m.: Joey Alexander</strong></p> <p>At 12 years old, this Indonesian jazz prodigy has already enjoyed a career of which most aspiring musicians can only dream: performing in front of Bill Clinton and Herbie Hancock, beating out more than 200 jazz professionals in an international improvisation contest in Ukraine, playing star-studded galas at Lincoln Center and the Apollo. Born with an intuitive ability that’s impossible to teach, Alexander has been tinkling the ivories since age 6, when he managed to perfect Thelonious Monk’s “Well You Needn’t” by ear, from listening to his father’s jazz records. Alexander will support his debut album “My Favorite Things,” with a little help from the Symphonia Boca Raton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/cirque-de-la-symphonie-houston-symphony-labor-day.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>March 12, 7:30 p.m.: Cirque de la Symphonie</strong></p> <p>Back by popular demand, this combination of cirque spectacular and bravura orchestral performance dazzled Festival audiences in 2014. Kitsopoulus will guide the Symphonia Boca Raton through rousing favorites from the classical and popular repertoires while aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen will supply the Mizner Park Amphitheater with gravity-defying derring-do, extraordinary feats of strength, physical comedy and more.</p> <p><strong>March 16, 7 p.m.: Joshua Bell and “The Four Seasons”</strong></p> <p>Unusually, the Festival will close on a Wednesday—as opposed to a Sunday—this year, to accommodate the busy schedule of its final headliner, violin superstar Joshua Bell. One of the very first virtuosi to take a chance on the Festival in its early years, Bell is a fitting closer for its 10th anniversary fest. With more than 40 CDs and countless television appearances to his credit, this “musician’s musician” is well poised to tackle Vivaldi’s epochal masterwork. This once-in-a-lifetime performance of “The Four Seasons” will also feature Jan McArt, the “First Lady of South Florida Theatre,” who will recite the composition’s accompanying poems, which explain what the music is intended to invoke.</p>Local kayaker crosses Gulf Stream in record time2015-11-25T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Boca Raton resident Bruce Gipson achieved a kayaking milestone on Nov. 1 when he and Lee McGregor, who lives in South Africa and part of the year on his sailboat in South Florida, kayaked 54 miles from the Bahamas to Hallandale Beach. Their time: A record-shattering 8 hours and 7 minutes. That’s quite an accomplishment for two people of any age, but it’s especially impressive given these guys are in their 60s.</p> <p>I asked Gipson to share glimpses of his adventure with Fit Life readers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_kayak_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Fit Life: What was the most memorable part of your journey?</em></p> <p>Gipson: The most memorable part was seeing the South Florida skyline come into view after many hours of just seeing the water and sky on the horizon.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: Was this your longest kayaking trip? And is this any kind of record? </em></p> <p>Gipson: I set the record 31 years ago, at age 30, for the fastest crossing of the Gulf Stream (Bahamas to Florida) in 11 hours and 46 minutes. Lee and I broke that record doing the same course in 8 hours and 7 minutes. We averaged 7 mph and covered 54 miles. </p> <p><em>Fit Life: How did you prepare? Was there ever a time during the journey that you wanted to give up? Tell me about it and what you did to keep going.</em></p> <p>Gipson: We both had been training for months for this. I was training daily from Boca to Delray and back, and Lee trained in South Africa, where he still coaches. He is the former Olympic kayak coach. His son Hank is a six-time world champion in marathon (long distance) kayaking. Lee and I won gold medals last year at the Masters World Cup in the double kayak (12 miles). After that, I asked him if he would paddle the double surf ski to attempt a new record from Bimini to South Florida. The key to this was just focusing on the predetermined pace we needed to maintain for our goal. We started at 5 a.m. and reached Hallandale at 1:07 p.m. The heat that day was about 90 degrees—the biggest detriment. But we pretty much hammered the whole way. The last 3.5 miles were the toughest.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_kayak_3.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Fit Life: What were the weather conditions like?</em></p> <p>Gipson: The weather was sunny; light 10 mph, SE breeze; seas 1-2 feet. We had a support boat to hand off liquid when we depleted our supply. We ate nothing; just drank fluids.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: What was your biggest challenge?</em></p> <p>Gipson: The biggest challenge was waiting for the right day for optimum weather. The prior two weeks we waited [because] we had … stormy weather and high winds.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: What satisfies you most about your accomplishment? </em></p> <p>Gipson: There was a feeling of accomplishment knowing we were successful at what we set out to do. Lee is 64, and I am 61, so we hope we inspire people to keep healthy and fit. We also raised a few thousand dollars for Wounded Warriors of South Florida. I presented a check to them a few days after coming back. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Holiday To-Do List and Events2015-11-25T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>This holiday season, Santa’s not the only one who’s making a list and checking it twice! Enter: the busy Boca mom.</p> <p><strong><span>The Boca Mom’s Holiday To-Do List:</span></strong></p> <p>1. Book holiday family photo shoot (Location: beach, Mizner Park, Boca Resort?)<br>2. Visit Santa (Town Center Mall)<br>3. Go Christmas gift shopping<br>4. Go Hanukkah gift shopping<br>5. Order and mail holiday cards<br>6. Post holiday family photo on Facebook. “LIKE” all comments on photo.<br>7. Decorate house (artificial tree vs. real tree?!) and boat<br>8. Wear Ugg Boots at least twice<br>9. Browse Pinterest for festive cocktail recipes<br>10. Stock up on holiday spirits (for self) </p> <p>What, did you think the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Holderness Family</strong></a> were the only ones sipping their <em>chardo-nae-nae</em> this season?</p> <p>But, in between our own celebrations, there is plenty to do in our area to ease us into the holiday spirit—even without the holiday spirits. Boca’s biggest even starts tonight!</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_light_up_boca.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Light Up Downtown Boca</strong></a><strong> </strong><em></em></p> <p><em>Light Up Downtown Boca</em>, a series of winter holiday festivities including parades, concerts and more, kicks off tonight at Mizner Park Amphitheater from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a <strong>FREE Holiday Festival</strong> culminating in the city’s and Mizner Park’s annual tree lighting ceremony.</p> <p>Fun for the whole family, the event will include carnival rides, a mountain of snow, carolers, children’s crafts and live entertainment. The highlight of the evening will obviously be the ceremonial lighting of the city’s tree led by Mayor Susan Haynie that will illuminate simultaneously with Mizner Park’s 47-foot animated tree at the south end of the center near <em>Lord &amp; Taylor.</em></p> <p><em>(</em><em>327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/</em><em>362-0606)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_hoffmans_lights.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><a href=""><strong>25<sup>th</sup> Annual Winter Wonderland at Hoffman’s Chocolates</strong></a><strong> </strong></p> <p>From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night from Nov. 21 through Dec. 30, Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres offers guests the opportunity to walk through their gardens and explore enchanting and animated holiday displays of brilliant, colorful lights and trees with festive ornaments. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors and pose for photos with your family while holiday bell ringers, magicians and musicians perform throughout the holiday season.</p> <p>The best part? Hoffman’s Factory Shoppe &amp; Ice Cream Parlour will be serving scrumptious seasonal ice cream flavors, hot cocoa and Hoffman’s Chocolates own seasonal milkshakes!</p> <p><em>(</em><em>5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres // 561/967-2213)</em> </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.25_santa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>25<sup>th</sup> Annual Santa Toy Delivery in Boca Raton</strong></a></p> <p>Each holiday season, the Firefighters &amp; Paramedics of Boca Raton, supported by special volunteers, organize a Santa Toy Delivery for Boca residents. One Dec. 19 or 20, Santa Claus will arrive at your home in jolly spirits riding upon a fire engine complete with lights and sirens, supported by a cast of holiday characters. This wonderful program generates funds to send Holiday Care Packages to our troops overseas, as well as provide college scholarships for eligible students within the community.</p> <p><strong>Here’s how it works:</strong> On your assigned delivery date, Santa will personally deliver a pre-wrapped gift to your child and pose for pictures before moving on to spread cheer to more boys and girls in the Boca Raton Area. </p> <p>Drop off your pre-wrapped gift<strong><em> </em></strong>on<strong> </strong>Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.<em> </em>to Boca Raton Fire Station #5 <em>(233 W. Glades Road).</em></p> <p>$20 donation per gift</p> <p>Maximum size: 12x12x12”</p> <p>Max weight: 3 pounds</p> <p>*The delivery address must be within the <a href="" target="_blank">City Limits of Boca Raton</a>.<strong></strong></p> <p>Cheers to you, Boca moms! Enjoy this beautiful holiday season with your families.</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Council pay raise question, more on the Mandarin &amp; other items of note2015-11-24T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/6a00d8345175a969e2015391ae8cbf970b-pi.jpg" width="216"></h3> <h3>City Council to get a raise?   </h3> <p>Few local government issues can get more emotional than salaries of local government officials. Tonight, Boca Raton will begin deciding whether to ask taxpayers to give the mayor and council members a big raise.</p> <p>       Currently, the mayor’s position pays $9,000 a year. Council members get $7,200. There’s also a small car allowance. Those officials set policy for a city of 90,000 residents. Technically, they are part-timers, paid to attend three meetings roughly every two weeks.</p> <p>       Doing the job thoroughly, however, means reading all the backup material for each meeting. It means taking calls from constituents. It means meeting with the city manager and city attorney, who report to the mayor and council. It means attending meetings of other agencies. It means attending public events. There’s enough work to make it a 40-hour-per week job. At least.</p> <p>       At the request of Mike Mullaugh, the council tonight will consider whether to introduce an ordinance that would allow for a referendum in November 2016 on raising mayor and council salaries. Mullaugh is the ideal person to raise the issue, because he wouldn’t benefit from it.</p> <p>       If the referendum were held, and if the voters approved, the mayor’s salary would increase to $41,181. Council members would make $29,967. Why those figures? The first is what the Florida Senate president and Florida House speaker are paid. The second is what state senators and representatives make.</p> <p>       Like the mayor and council members, legislators are considered part-time employees. Realistically, they are much more. In addition to the 60-day regular session, there are committee meetings once a month. There are calls from constituents. There are meetings with the public. Legislators are part-time in name only.</p> <p>       Mullaugh brought up the idea because a speaker at one recent meeting said the council should be paid more. The raises would not take effect until April 1, 2017, just as Mullaugh is term-limited. Putting it on the presidential election ballot also would ensure a large turnout and thus a good sense of public sentiment, assuming voters get down the ballot that far.</p> <p>       Correctly, the charter change would make salaries less of a political issue by fixing them to what state legislators make. If Tallahassee salaries rise, so would those in Boca. Salaries for county commissioners are tied to the population of the county.</p> <p>       Proportionally, the raises would be huge—about 350 percent for the mayor and roughly 300 percent for the council members. The budget hit, however, would be only about $125,000. I hope this issue gets on the ballot. Higher salaries won’t necessarily attract better candidates; the opposite might happen. But the pay for those whose set policy in the county’s second-largest city is absurdly low.</p> <h3>Via Mizner design a hit, parking an issue</h3> <p>Almost every member of Boca Raton’s planning and zoning board last week praised the design for Phases 2 and 3 of Via Mizner. One called it “a little bit of Santa Barbara (California) and Mizner.”</p> <p>       Then they began talking about parking. There was less praise.</p> <p>       The project would add a 164-room Mandarin Oriental (Phase 2) and a 104-unit condo (Phase 3) to the 366-unit apartment building at Camino Real and South Federal Highway, backing up to the golf course of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club. Representatives of the developer, Penn Florida, did a good job explaining how cars would move within the project and on Federal Highway. The questions centered on what would happen when cars stopped moving.</p> <p>       The project relies on shared parking among garages at all three buildings. The plan envisions no valet parking for the hotel. The plan envisions no designated parking for the condo units. Some board members were skeptical that guests at a luxury hotel—rates start at $400 per night for the Mandarin Oriental in Miami—would be willing to park their own cars. They were skeptical that owners of what surely will be luxury condos—with hotel privileges—would accept potentially having to park on another floor, much less in a different building.</p> <p>       Without those shaky assumptions, board member Larry Cellon said, the shared parking plan “falls apart.”</p> <p>       As Development Services Director Ty Harris explained, however, the staff only can review the plan as presented. Based on the application, the parking meets city regulations. The questions, though, are legitimate.</p> <p>       A Penn Florida representative said the company reached an agreement with Mandarin Oriental just two weeks ago and is having an “ongoing conversation” with the hotelier about development details. The 164-room total is low for a Mandarin Oriental; the one in Miami has 326 rooms. Penn Florida officials acknowledged that their investors raised the same issue. Apparently, the hotel would be less designed to attract conferences—and thus would be less likely to compete with the resort. The hotel would host small weddings, not lavish one. The room rate could be higher than usual, to make the numbers work.</p> <p>       But the costlier the hotel, the more likely guests would be to demand valet parking. Penn Florida said signs in the garages would tell people where to park. If drivers ignored the signs, however, city code enforcement officials would have to enforce the rules. That could be a big problem.</p> <p>       By a vote of just 4-3, the board recommended that the city council approve the project. Cellon, Kerry Koen and Janice Rustin voted no. They worry that the developer will ask for parking changes after construction, not before. That would amount to what Harris called “asking for forgiveness, not permission.”</p> <p>       Having to deal with that shared parking issue could mean a smaller hotel, a smaller condo, or both. Perhaps the restaurant space would have to be smaller. This issue surely will arise when the project goes before the council. That “ongoing conversation” will need to include the city.</p> <h3>University Village</h3> <p>Also on tonight’s Boca Raton City Council agenda is the second of two hearings on University Village, the 77-acre mixed-use project proposed for north of Spanish River Boulevard and Florida Atlantic University. The site is the largest undeveloped property in the city.</p> <p>       University Village, which would be a Planned Mobility Development, generated little debate at the first hearing. There will be more tonight, focusing on how much Penn Florida wants to build—829 residential units, a hotel, retail/office space—and how much traffic that development would generate. The developer will tout potential tax revenue, but also another angle.</p> <p>       “Boca presents badly to Interstate 95,” said Charlie Siemon, the lawyer who represents Penn Florida. University Village would offer something more attractive, near the new I-95 interchange. Siemon said the “urban feel” would be new to Boca. To get that, you have to check out Delray. University Village, Siemon said, would be “better than Delray.” When is the last time you heard that argument for a project in Boca?</p> <h3>That Syrian question</h3> <p>Congratulations to this area’s members of Congress—Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings—for not pandering to fear after the terrorist attacks in Paris.</p> <p>       All three Democrats last week voted against legislation that would toughen the process under which the United States allows Syrian refugees to enter the country. Forty-seven Democrats joined with almost all Republicans to support the measure. The Senate has not acted. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill.</p> <p>       As <em>The New York Times</em> reported, Syrians applying for refugee status must go through a 20-step process that takes at least two years. Applicants can’t even come here until they successfully complete the process. They must pass background checks by the departments of State and Homeland Security. The House bill, among other things, would add an FBI background check. The FBI is a domestic law enforcement agency. The refugees would be coming from abroad.</p> <p>       The easy vote would have been the pandering vote. The easy vote, though, is often not the right vote. Credit Deutch, Frankel and Hastings for helping the fight against Islamic terrorism by holding to American values.</p>New beginnings: Two new businesses and a retirement2015-11-24T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.24_cravy_cooper.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Stay at home with upscale takeout: Cravy comes to Boca</strong> </p> <p>If you live in or near Boca Raton, and you’re hankering for barbecue or upscale tacos and other restaurant meals, but you don’t want to leave your dining room, now you can call Cravy. It’s a West Palm Beach-based food technology company, meaning it brings the meals to you from some good restaurants.</p> <p>Service to the Boca Raton area just started, and restaurant partners include Racks, Farm House, Rocco’s Tacos, Cheesecake Factory, Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill, Hooters and Zingers Deli. New restaurants will continue to be added. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to see menu options and place your order. </p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.24_roccos_margaritas.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Celebrate with the staff at Rocco’s Tacos Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>There will be a bigger party than normal on Nov. 29 at Rocco’s Tacos Boca Raton <em>(5250 Town Center Circle, 561/416-2131)</em>, where the director of bar operations, Richie Panella, will celebrate his retirement. Actually, the entire restaurant staff is celebrating, and that means Rocco Mangel will be there pouring free tequila. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be complimentary appetizers, a cash bar (including the famous margaritas, pictured) and entertainment. The party benefits the Demalteris Family, in memory of their father and Rocco’s friend, Vito. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.24_grato.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>In December: Grato to open in West Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>The Belvedere Road to Okeechobee Boulevard section of Dixie Highway has been undergoing a serious renovation in the past year or so. It’s continuing with the addition of Grato, a restaurant slated to open in December at 1901 S. Dixie Highway, from Chef Clay Conley and his partners in Buccan Group. Known for popular Buccan on Palm Beach, Grato (means “grateful” in Italian) will bring the James Beard Award-nominated chef’s delicious Italian dishes to West Palm Beach, such as the Bucatini Carbonara (pictured). Enjoy the tastes inside a comfortable, modern trattoria-inspired surrounding. Word is the restaurant will seat 150 and will serve dinner seven nights a week, eventually including lunch and weekend brunch. Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> for more info. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Nov. 24 to 302015-11-23T11:57:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/the_wonders_2-620x413.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Wonders”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>What happens when big-city reality television encroaches on a family of secluded beekeepers in the Tuscan countryside? That’s one of the questions posed by “The Wonders,” the second feature by Italian writer-director Alice Rorhwacher. No stranger to coming-of-age narratives, Rohrwacher’s first film, “Corpo Celeste,” found her 13-year-old protagonist resettling in Southern Italy and struggling to integrate into the region’s morally questionable Catholic institutions. In the “The Wonders,” whose tone lands somewhere between fable and autobiography, Rohrwacher’s main character is also a young girl, the eldest daughter of an overcrowded farming family, who takes an interest in both the arrival of a reality show intent on broadcasting her family to the Italian public, and the mysterious new farmhand her father has hired. The film conveys adolescent wonder with effortless naturalism. If you can’t catch it in Boca, it also opens Friday at Lake Worth Playhouse.</p> <p><img alt="" height="229" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/a-very-kosher-christmas-778x445.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Very Kosher Christmas”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39.22</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Good news for enthusiasts of homegrown theater: The second-floor, cabaret-style Black Box Studio at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts complex has become an incubator for brand-new theatrical productions as of this season. The series began in October with the zombie musical “The Rocking Dead,” and it continues with this holiday-themed musical comedy featuring tunes by Coral Springs native Barrett Shuler. “A Very Kosher Christmas” centers on a pair of siblings, Kody and Kara, who are anxious to return home for Christmas after spending a week with their eccentric Jewish aunt. But when inclement weather forces a cancelation of their flight, they’re forced to celebrate the season with their strange relatives, bad airport food, and a drunken Santa impersonator. The show, described as ideal for all ages, runs through Dec. 13.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/momix-botanica.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Botanica”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $39.50-$49.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, this acrobatic, spectacle-rich dance company founded by Moses Pendleton has simulated thematic tableaux ranging from baseball fields and arid deserts to the craters of the moon. For this tour, MOMIX will perform its acclaimed piece “Botanica,” which represents the dancers’ immersion into an ever-changing world of nature. Expect copious animal costumes, snakelike appendages and duets with dinosaur skeletons, as the performers transform into a myriad of flora and fauna. Along the way, a soundtrack ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi will usher in movements grounded in the changing of the seasons. MOMIX isn’t for everyone, but it remains the best modern dance company ever named after a milk supplement for veal calves.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/001nutcracker.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Nutcracker”</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Adding a new flavor to the familiar taste of one of the most iconic and frequently produced ballets of all time is a tough nut to crack, but choreographer Dan Guin will attempt his own reimagining of "The Nutcracker" for his beloved company Boca Ballet Theatre. More than 100 dancers will bring to life Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker Prince and all the colorful supporting characters of the Tchaikovsky-scored classic, complete with dazzling costumes and elaborate sets—and with a special assist from two guest dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Cassandra Trenary and Gray Davis.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/danielshusband.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Daniel’s Husband”</strong></p> <p>Where: Levis JCC Sandler Center, 21050 95th Ave. S., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$40</p> <p>Contact: 561/852-3241, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you didn’t catch Michael McKeever’s world-premiere play “Daniel’s Husband” during its extended, sold-out run this past May at Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage, you missed one of the year’s finest shows. But regret not, because there is hope for you yet: Island City is re-mounting the production for four weekends with a little help from its friends at West Boca Theatre Company. This prescient play, one of the first (if not <em>the</em> first) to assess LGBT life in a post-marriage-equality world, follows Mitchell and Daniel, a longtime gay couple whose diametrically opposed views on marriage are put to the test when an unforeseen tragedy strikes. A dramedy about life, love and the legal system, “Daniel’s Husband” is arguably McKeever’s finest work to date, presenting a trenchant argument that is as personal as it is political, with all the humor and pathos we’ve come to expect from his deft pen. Most of the original cast returns for this encore production, with John Manzelli replacing the former lead actor, Antonio Amadeo. It runs through Dec. 20.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/mccartney.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The McCartney Years”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$85</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>No matter what music trends come and go over the next handful of generations, chances are that rock ‘n’ roll lovers will still be debating which Beatle, John Lennon or Paul McCartney, contributed most to the band, the music world and the culture at large. In this three-hour tribute concert, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Yuri Pool certainly makes an argument for the latter, honoring McCartney in this note-for-note re-creation of the frontman’s 1976 Wings Over America live tour. His four-piece band will play the roles of Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCullough and Joe English, as they plow through an exhaustive set list that is sure to contain a generous amount of Wings hits and McCarthy-penned Fab Four classics from “Yesterday” and “Blackbird” to “Lady Madonna” and “The Long and Winding Road.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/eddieizzard_1509403c.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Eddie Izzard</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46.50-$87.25</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Where should we start the show tonight … human sacrifice!” That’s how Eddie Izzard, the flamboyant, fabulously dressed British comedian, began his 2013 comedy special “Force Majeure,” his 10th televised concert in 20 years. The material, as dark as anything George Carlin riffed about but delivered with the stream-of-conscious energy of Robin Williams, was typical of Izzard’s unconventional subject matter. Then, the show went in even stranger directions: The signing of the Magna Carta and the execution of King Charles I aren’t exactly universal topics of humor, but Izzard made them appear so, studding his material with surrealist flourishes and self-effacing pantomime. As known for his public tranvestism as much as his singular comedy, Izzard calls himself a “male lesbian,” while John Cleese once referred to him as “the lost Python”—high praise indeed. His “Force Majeure” tour continues with this South Beach appearance, where his eccentricities will feel right at home.</p>Thanksgiving in Broward and Miami2015-11-23T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Looking for places in Broward or Miami-Dade to celebrate Thanksgiving? Here’s your list:</p> <p><strong>BROWARD</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.23_3030_ocean_.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>3030 Ocean</strong> <em>(Harbor Beach Marriott Resort &amp; Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954/765-3030) </em>has just opened after a remodeling (pictured), with a new chef and new menu. Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier offers a prix-fixe three-course meal at $50 per person. An a la carte menu is also available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Steak 954</strong> <em>(401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, 954/414-8333) </em>has an a la carte holiday meal on the menu in addition to the regular menu (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner).</p> <p><strong>McCoy’s Oceanfront,</strong> beachfront restaurant at the Marriott Pompano Beach <em>(1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954/782-0100),</em> will serve a four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $52 for adults and $16 for kids 12 and under. </p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>MIAMI</strong></p> <p><strong>Quattro Gastronomia Italiana</strong> <em>(1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305/531-4833) </em>has a holiday menu in addition to regular lunch and dinner menus—all with an Italian flair, of course. Dine between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.23_db_bistro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Daniel Boulud’s <strong>db Bistro Moderne</strong> <em>(JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305/421-8800) </em>has a three-course, prix-fixe meal from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $65 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and younger—and you’ll get leftovers! You’ll leave with a complimentary turkey sandwich (pictured). </p> <p><strong>The Traymore Restaurant and Bar</strong> at the Metropolitan hotel <em>(2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-3600) </em>is serving a three-course prix-fixe meal on Thanksgiving from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost is $80 per person.</p> <p>Four Fontainebleau <em>(4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877/326-7412 for all)</em> restaurants: <strong>Michael Mina 74, StripSteak, Scarpetta and Vida,</strong> will offer Thanksgiving specials. StripSteak has a prix-fixe for $75 per person from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Scarpetta has a three-course prix-fixe for $75 per person from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Michael Mina 74 offers a regular lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner holiday specials from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vida has a Thanksgiving buffet from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $59 per adult and $29.50 for kids. </p> <p><strong>Bazi </strong>celebrates Thanksgiving with a prix-fixe menu for $55 per person. The Asian-inspired dishes include turkey wonton soup, gyoza, Peking turkey and more. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., inside The Marlin Hotel <em>(1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-0101)</em>.</p> <p><strong>Meat Market Miami Beach </strong><em>(915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305/532-0088)</em> will have a la carte holiday dinner specials. Call for hours. Find specials at the <strong>Meat Market Palm Beach</strong> <em>(191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, 561/354-9800)</em> location, too.</p> <p><strong>The Dutch</strong> <em>(W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/938-3111) </em>has a home-style Thanksgiving menu planned from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a prix-fixe for $55 per person. </p> <p><strong>BLT Prime</strong> <em>(4400 NW 87<sup>th</sup> Ave., Doral, 305/591-6606) </em>offers a Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu at $75 per adult and $40 for kids under 12. Dine any time between 3 p.m. and close.<em></em></p> <p>New restaurant <strong>Talde Miami Beach</strong> is offering a special for $25: Thanksgiving ramen for two. These are not your regular ramen dishes, for sure. Also in the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel <em>(4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786/605-4041)</em> is the <strong>Seagrape</strong> restaurant, serving a holiday prix-fixe meal for $65 per person.</p> <p><strong>Lure Fishbar</strong> <em>(1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-4550) </em>has a prix-fixe menu from 6 p.m. to midnight for $45 per person that includes four courses of yummy.</p> <p><strong>Quality Meats</strong> restaurant <em>(1501 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/340-3333)</em> is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and it’s offering the regular menu plus a holiday dish with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Chloe Shoots for the Stars2015-11-20T14:09:00+00:00Casey Farmer/blog/author/caseyfarmer/<p>When it comes to 8-year-old golf prodigy Chloe Kovelesky, it’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: her playing ability or her attitude toward the game. Golf is an inherently frustrating sport, as much a mental game as a physical one. Yet, as she demonstrated last year on a reality showed called “The Short Game,” the Boca resident approaches golf with a poise beyond her years.</p> <p><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_chloe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“[The show] asked her first, ‘What’s it like for the other kids that are always trying to beat you?’ and she says, ‘I don’t think about them,’” father Rich Kovelesky recalled, “And then they asked, ‘What happens when you hit a bad golf shot?’ and she says, ‘I go to the next one and …’”</p> <p>“Hit a great shot!” Chloe says, finishing her dad’s sentence.</p> <p>Rich goes on to say how impressed he and his wife, Tina, were sitting behind the camera listening to their daughter talk about golf with maturity that belies her youth. However, viewers of “The Short Game” never heard those comments by Chloe; they were left on the cutting room floor, Rich says.</p> <p>“The Short Game,” not to be confused with the Netflix documentary of the same name, was a reality television show that aired on the Esquire Network featuring some of the top young junior golfers in the nation. The Koveleskys agreed to be a part of the show because they believed it would help “grow the game.”</p> <p>Once the show aired, they didn’t feel the same way. Footage and storylines deemed “not dramatic enough” never made it on the show.   </p> <p>Rich explains that the focus of the show shifted from promoting junior golf to exposing the intense and crazy parents on the course. Since Chloe and Rich aren’t ones to have spats in the middle of a round, or really ever, Chloe’s short moments on the show seemed to only be included because she was winning the tournaments.</p> <p>Chloe stopped watching “The Short Game” after its pilot episode; Rich says it just wasn’t their cup of tea.</p> <p>Rich and Chloe have a parent-child relationship that is unique in the realm of elite junior golf. While the rather extreme parents regularly featured on “The Short Game” aren’t the norm, ultra-relaxed parents like Rich also are rare. Even though Chloe spends multiple hours practicing nearly everyday, it’s not because Rich is dragging her out there; it’s because she’s self-driven. Chloe’s the one waking him up before school wanting to practice, and Rich is the one saying, “go back to bed.”</p> <p>Rich also plays the part of Chloe’s caddy, although she’s reaching the level where she would rather compete without a caddy, which he encourages. He is truly a far cry from the overbearing daddy-caddie.</p> <p>Both of their attitudes and Chloe’s love for the game are refreshing, and probably a large contribution to her early success. She has already won three world championships.</p> <p>Rich said Chloe has a motto: “You got to be a great person before you can be a great champion.” At only 8, Chloe is already both. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Casey</strong></p> <p>Casey Farmer is a sophomore at Lehigh University studying journalism and business, who is interned at Boca Magazine this past summer. Casey spends most of her time on the golf course, both recreationally and as a member of Lehigh’s team. Aside from golf, she loves iced coffee, Zumba and dogs. You can reach Casey at <a href=""></a>. </p>Staff Picks: video games and self love projects2015-11-20T10:06:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Star Wars: Battlefront</p> <p><iframe height="350" src="" width="425"></iframe></p> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Web Department</em></p> <p>“One of the most anticipated video game releases of 2015, Star Wars: Battlefront could put a serious dent in your wallet. For Star Wars fans however, it's cheap at any price. I picked up the Deluxe Edition and the Season Pass, setting me back $120--the most I've ever paid for a video game. The basic version of the game is $60 and is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and for PCs. Everything you see in the trailer above was created on the computer."</p> <p>100 Day Self Love Affair</p> <p><img alt="" height="621" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_alina_z_self_love_affair.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“Our Green Goddess, Alina Z, started the 100 Day Self Love Affair project to help her practice self love and inspire others to do the same. She’s posting videos on her <a href="" target="_blank">blog</a> each day to share her experience with us.”</p>Thanksgiving around town2015-11-20T09:28:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Making reservations for Thanksgiving dinner this year but don’t know where to dine? Look no further—here’s the list you need. </p> <p>There are a lot of prix fixe options, and some menus are a la carte. Since there are so many, we’ve included the basics and the way to reserve a seat. Here are Palm Beach County restaurants:</p> <p><strong>Farmer’s Table</strong> <em>(1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836)</em> offers breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and then a Thanksgiving feast from noon to 8 p.m.—a prix fixe that’s $45 for adults and $22.50 for kids under 10.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</strong> <em>(999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500) </em>is offering a Thanksgiving breakfast meal from 7 a.m. to noon and a prix fixe meal at the Bar &amp; Grill from noon until 9 p.m.—$25 per adult and $12.50 per child. At the Boca Landing restaurant there, a four-course prix fixe menu is $60 per person from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. </p> <p><em><strong><img alt="" height="427" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_tanzy_pumpkin_pie.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Tanzy Restaurant</strong><em> (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) </em>will serve a three-course Thanksgiving meal (pumpkin pie pictured) from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $45 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger.</p> <p><strong>Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille </strong><em>(3200 Airport Road, 561/544-3044) </em>will be open regular hours and will serve a three-course meal for $25 per person. The regular menu will also be available. <em></em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_vic_&amp;_angelo's.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s</strong> two locations in Delray Beach <em>(290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> and Palm Beach Gardens <em>(4520 PGA Blvd. #100, Palm Beach Gardens) </em>are offering prix fixe dinners. In Delray Beach (pictured), a three-course meal is $22.85 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. In Palm Beach Gardens, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is $27.95 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone for both: 844/842-2632.</p> <p><strong>Deck 84 </strong><em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/655-8484) </em>on the waterfront will be open from noon to 7 p.m. with both traditional-style and Floribbean-style dishes.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Burt &amp; Max’s </strong><em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/638-6380) </em>and <strong>Apeiro </strong><em>(14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443) </em>restaurants will serve a la carte traditional Thanksgiving dinners from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. </p> <p><strong>Hudson Delray</strong> <em>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-134) </em>on the waterfront is serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal from noon to 8 p.m. for $40 per person. A kids’ menu is also available.</p> <p><strong>The Office</strong> <em>(201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-3600)</em> is serving a Thanksgiving buffet for $40 per person from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Café Boulud</strong> <em>(</em><em>Brazilian Court Hotel,</em><em> 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060) </em>offers dining inside or in the garden from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.—a prix fixe three-course meal costs $89 per adult and $45 per child 10 and under.   </p> <p><strong>Bistro Ten Zero One </strong><em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/209-3353) </em>is serving a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 5 p.m. for $50 per person. </p> <p>Both <strong>III Forks </strong>locations in Palm Beach Gardens <em>(4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-3660)</em> and Hallandale <em>(501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach</em><em>, 954/457-3920)</em> will offer a four-course Thanksgiving dinner from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $47 per adult and $17 for kids under 12. </p> <p><strong>Spoto’s </strong><em> (4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448)</em> is serving Thanksgiving from noon to 7 p.m., with a menu featuring items from traditional turkey to New Orleans crab cakes and more.</p> <p><strong>3800 Ocean </strong>at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort &amp; Spa <em>(3800 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island, 561/340-1795)</em> will offer a Thanksgiving breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ($28 for adults and $14 for kids under 12), a brunch buffet from noon to 3 p.m. ($65 for adults and $18 for kids under 12) and a prix fixe dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.($65 for adults, $18 for kids under 12).</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Movie Review: &quot;By the Sea&quot;2015-11-20T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, who died in 2007, left behind one of the most influential corpuses in film history: 16 features that all bore his signature of existential malaise, that questioned art and music and technology and industrialization and sexuality and bourgeois society without necessarily arriving at answers about any of these things. The search <em>was</em> the destination.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/by-the-sea_612x380_0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Angelina Jolie, in her third feature as director, reveals herself to be an Antonioni acolyte, though only in the shallowest sense. “By the Sea,” written and directed by Jolie and starring herself and Brad Pitt, is not so much an homage to Antonioni as it is a poor reproduction by an artist unable to replicate or even understand the intent of the original creator.</p> <p>“By the Sea,” which opens in theaters today, is set in a French chateau in the 1970s, but it may as well be Antonioni’s soulless Italy, where pretty landscapes collide with emotional decay. Pitt and Jolie play Roland and Vanessa, a married couple of 14 years whose relationship has atrophied into a loveless husk of its former self.</p> <p>Roland is a durable stereotype, a former star novelist receding into alcoholic oblivion. Vanessa is his eternally bored, chronically depressed wife, a trophy who has lost her luster. From the hair to the mannerisms to the language, Jolie plays her like the exhumed corpse of Monica Vitti, Antonioni’s vacant-faced muse. She’s more of a talking mannequin—one that advertises designer sunglasses and sun hats—than a flesh-and-blood person.</p> <p><img alt="" height="171" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/5709_fpt_00196ar_crop_resize.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>They’re visiting the French seaside to clear Roland’s head and restart his writing career, but they mostly wile away their days alone, drowning in booze and ennui. Every time they look at one another, their eyes reveal pools of icy, calculated judgment. By this time, the only remaining fascination with this self-absorbed slog is its blatant Antonioni thievery; audiences unfamiliar with the old master’s work will find this entire enterprise pointless and want to abandon ship after 20 minutes.</p> <p>Those who do stick with it will find themselves interminably thrust into a plodding soft-porn psychodrama that provides ample fodder for celebrity mongers to speculate about their makers’ own sex life. Jolie revives an old film-theory chestnut about movies-as-voyeurism by providing her paranoid shut-in with a peephole, which she uses to observe the sexual dalliances of the newlywed couple next door (Melanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud), who just happen to be engaging in coitus every time Vanessa lowers her gaze. When Roland catches her in the act, he suggests they watch together, and then it kinda becomes their thing. “By the Sea” begins to adopt the tacky salaciousness of an episode of “Red Shoe Diaries.”</p> <p>In ultimately providing a simple and underwhelming psychological answer for Vanessa’s condition, Jolie exposes a fundamental misunderstanding of the very art-house tradition she’s attempting to replicate. She captures Antonioni’s languorous pacing without his underlying opacity, not realizing that the power of his films lay in their very insolubility. A work that initially seems like an interesting example of cinephilic reappropriation becomes a monumental exercise in vain self-indulgence. Frankly, it’s the most egregious waste of time and talent that has graced a movie screen all year.</p>Fashion Forward: new stores and celebrity beauty products2015-11-20T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_bunulu.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Bunulu</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Today, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">Bunulu</a> opens its doors to its third location <em>(3101 PGA Blvd. B127, Palm Beach Gardens)</em> in the Gardens Mall with refreshments, live entertainment and yoga demonstrations beginning at 10 a.m. The 4,000-square foot retail space carries men’s and women’s apparel, footwear and accessories from brands that cater to individuals living a coastal lifestyle, like Patagonia, Prana, L*Space, Trina Turk and GoPro. Bunulu will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_gwen_stefani_eye_shadow.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette</strong></p> <p>We all know Gwen Stefani has a beautiful voice, and now she has makeup that’s equally as stunning. Stefani teamed up with Urban Decay to create a 15-color eye shadow palette spanning the spectrum from neutral to jewel tones. Now, you can look as fierce as Gwen. The $58 palette will be available online starting Nov. 22 at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>, and in December on <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>. It will also hit stores such as Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s in December.</p> <p><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.20_empire_nail_polish.png" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Empire Nails</strong></p> <p>Deborah Lippmann is a celebrity manicurist, and now she’s created vibrant shades just for you. Inspired by FOX’s hit show Empire, the three-color set includes “Hustle Hard” (fuchsia), “Power of the Empire” (glittered gold) and “War of the Roses” (red). The collection is is now available for $24 on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and will soon hit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>.</p>A Mandarin Oriental for Boca, iPic submits a new plan and other news of note2015-11-19T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/650x366-1.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Boca’s own Mandarin Oriental     </h3> <p>Will Boca Raton be a fan of Mandarin Oriental?</p> <p>       We will start to learn tonight. The planning and zoning board holds its hearing on Phases 2 and 3 of Via Mizner (above), proposed for Federal Highway just north of Camino Real. Phase 2 would be a 164-room Mandarin Oriental hotel. Phase 3 would be a 104-unit condo connected to the hotel. Phase 1 is the 366-unit rental complex under construction on the northeast corner of Federal and Camino.</p> <p>       The hotel would be the second Mandarin Oriental in Florida—there’s one in Miami—and just the seventh in the United States. The others are in New York City, Las Vegas, Boston, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The hotel and condo would be 11 stories tall, each with a rooftop pool. The apartment building also will be 11 stories.</p> <p>       Looking east across Federal Highway, the hotel would be on the right and the condo on the left, with a common entrance. There also would be a combined 40,000-plus square feet of restaurant and retail space, most of it to serve guests and owners. The apartment building will have some public office and retail space.</p> <p>       I didn’t hear back from the developer, Penn-Florida, but the condos probably would have hotel privileges; the two buildings would be connected. They would back up to the golf course of the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, with which the hotel might compete.</p> <p>       The developer is asking for some code deviations related to driveways, but the key aspect of Via Mizner is that the city council—acting as the community redevelopment agency—approved Phase 1 under the Interim Design Guidelines. They allow 40 extra feet of height in exchange for adherence to the downtown architecture guidelines. The project is at the southern end of the downtown boundary. Without that extra height, the buildings couldn’t be 11 stories.</p> <p>       When the council first approved Phase 1 in January 2012, then-CRA Chairman Constance Scott praised the architectural plan. The architect is not the one who designed the Mark at Cityscape, which the council also approved under the guidelines and which the current council doesn’t find attractive.</p> <p>       To my very untrained eye, the in-progress Phase 1 Via Mizner building seems much more variegated than the Mark, meaning that there are many different features, to avoid making the structure look plain and institutional. The drawings for Phases 2 and 3 look similarly attractive. The hotel and condos also would displace some of the most unattractive office buildings in the city.</p> <p>       In addition to putting Boca Raton on the very short list of Mandarin Oriental cities, the project would continue development of new downtown neighborhood. Across Federal Highway are Publix and Trader Joe’s. Five blocks north is the new Camden rental project. Another is nearing completion north of Trader Joe’s.</p> <p>       When the council approved Phase 1, the issue was not controversial. Even Anthony Majhess, the most anti-development member of the council, voted yes. When Phases 2 and 3 reach the council, there may be more questions about the design, given the buyer’s regret over the Mark. Mayor Susan Haynie said she also would want the Community Appearance Board to “scrutinize” the site plan when the developer applied for permits.</p> <p>       There also may be questions about changes to the project. A June 2013 memo to the council from City Manager Leif Ahnell referenced a 118-room hotel and 84 condo units.</p> <p>       Approval from the planning and zoning board could get the project to the council by the end of the year, but there is only one meeting in December.</p> <h3>Camino Real bridge</h3> <p>       Phases 2 and 3 of Mizner Park could mean more traffic for the Camino Real Bridge. The bridge also has figured in discussions about traffic at the intersection of Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue. On Monday, the city held a workshop about the intersection.</p> <p>       Palm Beach County owns the low, narrow bridge, and intends to widen it and move the control center. That will require closing the bridge, which will add to traffic problems. A staffer in the county engineer’s office told me that the work probably would begin in early 2017. There is no estimate yet for how long the bridge will be closed.</p> <h3>Hillstone and Boca are talking again</h3> <p>       I had been hearing that negotiations were back on between Boca Raton and Hillstone Restaurant Group about putting a Houston’s on the Wildflower property. Mayor Susan Haynie confirmed Wednesday that the two sides at least are talking again.</p> <p>       Last month, Hillstone surprised the city by ending talks to bring the restaurant to the city-owned site. Haynie said company representatives and city staff members are going back over the main issues—the lease payments and a possible dock—“to see where the differences are.” Since a fair deal would benefit the city and Hillstone, you hope that they move quickly from talking to negotiating.</p> <h3>iPic’s new plan</h3> <p>In August, the Delray Beach Commission approved Fourth and Fifth Delray, which would include an iPic theater and the company’s headquarters. But the commission asked for a new site plan that would make the project smaller.</p> <p>       Last month, iPic submitted that new plan. It calls for a combined 31 fewer seats in the eight theaters. It also reduces the retail space by roughly 500 square feet and increases the office space by 1,220 square feet. Ninety spaces in the parking garage would be available for public use. The changes allow the new plan to meet a key commission demand by widening to 24 feet the east-west alley on the north side of the project that businesses on Atlantic Avenue use to receive deliveries.</p> <p>       But all the issues remain far from resolved. Two weeks ago, city planner Scott Pape wrote to iPic’s lawyer. In the letter, Pape said that while the new plan was “adequate to start the review process,” the staff had “identified several deficiencies, a number of which will require revision of the plans.”</p> <p>       The most important of the 21 items is the first. “Based on the direction of the city commission,” Pape wrote, “the scale of the project has not been significantly reduced.” Pape also said iPic needs to provide 98 public parking spaces, not 90.</p> <p>       In addition to mass, the commission’s other issue was traffic. Could the project work without causing backups? Pape also finds the plan lacking in this area. The company’s traffic study “needs to be revised to better describe the impact on the traffic movements on the adjacent roads and intersection of S.E. 4<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Atlantic Avenue and suggest improvements that can be made as part of the proposed development.” Pape wants the traffic analysis revised “to address the current development proposal. The exiting peak traffic distribution numbers don’t appear to add up to the total peak hour number.”</p> <p>       The letter also states that one year after obtaining a certificate of occupancy, iPic would have to conduct a study “to determine the degree of conflicts” posed by the dropping off of movie patrons on Southeast Fifth Avenue, along the east side of the project.</p> <p>       In an interview Wednesday, Pape said he gave the company until Friday to reply.</p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p>Q&amp;A: Psychic and healer Echo Bodine2015-11-18T09:02:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="504" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/echo-bodine.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Minneapolis-based psychic and healer Echo Bodine is celebrating a landmark year in 2015—her 50<sup>th</sup> year as a New Age practitioner. The author of eight nonfiction books on topics ranging from ghostbusting to psychic development to wellness, Bodine channels her half-century of experience communicating with souls into her latest release, <em>What Happens When We Die</em>.</p> <p>Bodine will be at the West Palm Beach Marriott on Saturday evening to discuss her latest work and help convey an understanding—and indeed, a genuine architecture—of the afterlife. But it’s not a traditional lecture and book signing: She’ll be joined by none other than Thomas John, the acclaimed Manhattan medium whom we’ve featured <a href="" target="_blank">several times</a> on In an interview with Boca Raton, Bodine has nothing but superlatives for John: “I’ve never seen anyone like him. I’ve been to James Van Praagh and John Edward and Sylvia Browne, and he is by far the best. He’s such a sweetheart, too.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/4a25190fad2e5dafbed0bf67519a4772_400x400.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>John will support his debut memoir <em>Never Argue With a Dead Person</em>, but more importantly he’ll provide readings for many of the attendees. Given that the waiting list for a personal Thomas John reading now exceeds a year and a half in advance, this will be your best opportunity in the near future to connect with a loved one on the other side.</p> <p>Bodine discussed the afterlife with me, as well as what to expect from this Saturday’s program. Here are some excerpts from our conversation.</p> <p><strong>How did this collaboration with Thomas John come to be?</strong></p> <p>In my work, I have come to be able to see and communicate with people’s souls. So a lot of families have called me and asked me to sit with them while their loves ones are dying. It’s the souls that have taught me about the dying process, and letting go of the body, and moving on to the light, and have taught me about heaven and what goes on over there.</p> <p>So when I went and saw John Edward a few years ago, there were 3,000 people in the audience. And he did about 12 readings, and then he was finished. I felt so bad for all the other people that didn’t get anything. At the time I thought, gosh, I wish I could work with someone like this: I could go in, give a talk on what I’ve learned from souls about the dying process and life after death, and then a medium could come in and give readings. This has been a dream of mine for about 10 years, and along comes Thomas. He originally came to me for a reading, and I saw that he needed to write a book. I said, “When you’re ready to write the book, I’ll put you in touch with my publisher.”</p> <p>And they published Thomas’s book, and then Thomas just emailed one day, and said, “What would you think if I came to Minneapolis and did a gallery reading?” I had never seen him work before. We sold out; we had 50 people there, and he blew everyone away, including me. I thought, I have to talk to this young man about working together.</p> <p>So in this program, I go out for 90 minutes and talk about the dying process and life after death, and then he comes out and gives readings for the audience. That way, everybody gets something. We both feel really excited about it.</p> <p><strong>So I suppose the central question for you is, what <em>does</em> happen when we die?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Everybody has their own way of dying. But what happens is that about six months before we actually pass, the soul starts its journey of wrapping things up on this side, and getting things ready on the other side. The soul leaves the body a lot, going back and forth between the other side and this side. The soul is getting ready, and it will send thoughts to the conscious mind of, ‘say goodbye to my loved ones, get papers in order.’ Depending on how much the person is listening, if they’re really paying attention to their inner knowing, they will do what the soul is asking them to do. Some people don’t pay attention to it.</p> <p>And then, usually two to three days before they actually let go, deceased loved ones from the other side will be here with us, helping the soul, reassuring the soul that everything will be fine, it’s part of the plan, you’ve been preparing for this. I asked a mortician friend of mine, “is there any one story you hear the most from families?” He said, “Yes, people say to me all the time, ‘I sat by his side every day for days, and I always made sure someone was with him. And the minute we all had to go someplace—run to the bathroom, go get a Coca-Cola—he died.’”</p> <p>I checked in and asked the souls about this, and they told me, it’s so much easier for us to take that last breath and leave the body when our family isn’t sitting around us crying, praying for a miracle, pulling on our hand and saying, “please don’t go.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="619" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/maxresdefault.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What do you know about the phenomenon of dying patients receiving phone calls from the other side shortly before they pass?</strong></p> <p>I remember our psychic teacher telling us, “you’re going to receive phone calls from your deceased loved ones.” I said, <em>what</em>? This was back in 1965, so there weren’t cell phones back then. She said, “The phone will ring, and it’ll be completely dead on the other end, but that’s just your loved one trying to call you.” </p> <p><strong>From your experience, is there such a place as Hell?</strong></p> <p>What I’ve been told by different angels I work with is that there is not a Hell, because God would not create such a place. But they’ve also told me that on the other side, there is a place that is similar to Hell but that God did not create that —we have created that, because so many people believe that they’re going to go to Hell that our consciousness created this place. So some people go this community on the other side that is similar to what their religion has taught them about Hell, but nobody is condemning them to that place except for their own beliefs. People will go there, but they won’t stay there for very long.</p> <p><strong>This relates to my next question: Does a person’s spiritual beliefs, or lack thereof, have any impact on their afterlife experience?</strong></p> <p>Definitely. There are different levels to heaven—seven levels. Levels one to four are on the same level. There’s lots of communities. If you’re Native American, and you believe that when you go to heaven, it’s going to be all about being Native American, you’d go to that community when you pass. The community we go to reflects our belief. As we grow in spirituality, then we go to the higher levels, where we can see everything from a higher perspective.</p> <p>So yes, it has to do with our beliefs, and the more open we are, the more we’re able to go to the higher levels, and the more we recognize our oneness with God; that’s when we get to the highest levels. That’s really nirvana. It’s what we’re all striving for, to have a total understanding of everything.</p> <p>I’ve seen lots of pictures of the other side, and there are obvious communities. One of my students asked me, “where do movie stars go?” There’s actually a community for celebrities. But there’s a point where they need to let go of being that celebrity and move on and grow more. So that’s when they come out of those communities. When we’re on the other side, it’s like here—we’re learning, and we want to have more experiences.</p> <p><strong>How certain are you of an afterlife? For me, there is always that 1 percent of me that thinks, I cannot be 100 percent sure until I die.</strong></p> <p>I can say the same thing. As much as I’ve seen of the other side, as many souls as I have crossed over to the other side, as many souls as I’ve been with in their dying process and I’ve seen make it through the light and reunite with their family and friends, there’s still that little nagging part in the back of my brain that says, am I making this stuff up? Is this for real? Most of the time it is now my reality, but there is that human side that says, I just wish there was a 100 percent guarantee. And yet when I talk to people, I do feel 100 percent sure. It’s when I get away from that that the human brain starts thinking, what if I make all this up because it sounds nice? But the stuff I’ve learned … I never would have thought about there being different communities on the other side. I never thought about there being different levels to heaven. I have learned a lot from the deceased.</p> <p><strong>What do you hope attendees take away from your presentation?</strong></p> <p>I want people to take away a calmness about death, that they don’t need to be afraid of it. And that we really do live on after death, and that we are really about our souls. We all think the physical body is in charge, and that’s where it’s all at, but it’s really all about the soul. So I want to give people peace of mind about dying and about the fact that they’ll see their loved ones again.</p> <p><strong>Finally, has the field that you’re in become less controversial than when you started?</strong></p> <p>When I got into this in ‘65, you had to know somebody who knew somebody who had been to a psychic in order to go to a psychic. It was really a secretive profession back then. I remember in 1980, I started to teach psychic development classes. There were six people in my class. I thought that was a big deal. I’m currently teaching that class, and 58 people have signed up. It’s changed so much over the years.</p> <p>The thing now is that people are not taking these classes necessarily to be psychics. You’ve got Realtors who want to match the perfect house up with their clients, you’ve got nurses using it in their work, doctors taking the classes, therapists taking it to develop psychic abilities so they could really cut through a lot of stuff and help their clients faster and more effectively. It’s very different now than it was 30 or 40 years ago—and the acceptance of it has changed so much.</p> <p><em>"What Happens When We Die," with Echo Bodine and Thomas John, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at Marriott West Palm Beach, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Call 347-637-8592 or visit <a href="" target="_blank">this link</a>.</em></p>Holiday 5Ks2015-11-18T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Tis the season to run 5Ks!</p> <p>If you’re ambitious, you can lace up for three well-known local 5K run/walks. You’ll get exercise, have lots of fun and help give to those in need.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.18_holiday_5k.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>First on tap: the <a href="" target="_blank">29<sup>th</sup> Annual Delray Beach Turkey Trot</a> on Nov. 21. The 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk starts at 7:30 a.m. at Anchor Park <em>(340 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach)</em>. Registration is $30 for adults, and all proceeds go to the Keith Straghn Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Drive for families in need in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to sign up.  </p> <p>Then, there’s the River Run, Run for a Reason 5K run/walk, on Dec. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Spanish River Church <em>(2400 Yamato Road)</em>. Spanish River Church, which has hosted the River Run for seven years, has announced these charities will benefit from the proceeds of the 2015 event: Place of Hope at the Leighan and David Rinker Campus in Boca Raton, a faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization; 4KIDS of South Florida, a nonprofit that provides homes for children in crisis; and City House Delray, which serves single mothers, with children younger than five years, who want to provide better futures for their children. The cost for adults is $25. For more information and to sign up, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p>Finally, you can’t miss the Delray Beach Jingle Bell Jog 5K on Dec. 19. The run/walk starts at Anchor Park <em>(340 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach)</em> at 7:30 a.m. The cost to run (for adults) is $40, but if you sign up <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for both the Delray Beach Turkey Trot and the Jingle Bell Jog, you’ll pay a combined $55. During this signature South Florida event, runners get into the spirit. According to the signup <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> for the race, all participants receive a Santa suit, complete with a hat, beard, jacket, pants, belt and jingle bells. Runners and walkers take over A1A jingling all the way, and they get candy-cane themed medals at the end. The after-race party at Anchor Park includes free egg nog, holiday cookies and fruit.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>A Green Goddess Thanksgiving2015-11-18T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Thanksgiving is just a week away, and to many people, that means over-indulging and consequently feeling stuffed, lethargic and tired. Luckily, not all traditions need to be repeated, so I’m answering the top three questions that will help you stay away from the famous food-induced coma. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.18_pies_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. How do you prevent over-eating at Thanksgiving Dinner?</strong> </p> <p>I often see people over-indulging at Thanksgiving because they deprive themselves in the days leading up to the holidays. To avoid overeating in one big meal, allow yourself small treats throughout the week. For example, try a guiltless dessert such as my good-for-you pumpkin pie mousse (video recipe link below). When you indulge a little bit during the week, you may be less likely to over-indulge in a traditional pumpkin pie after the big dinner. </p> <p><strong>2. What do I do if I am going to someone’s house, and they don’t serve anything healthy? </strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Buy or make your favorite healthy dish and bring lots of it to the gathering to share with the family. If they push their food on you, you will now have the arsenal to do the same, and as a bonus, you will introduce your family to a healthy dish that you discovered. For example, check out fabulous Thanksgiving pies from <a href="" target="_blank">JugoFresh</a> ( at Boca’s Whole Foods Market. They are absolutely delicious, and they’re good for you. Definitely something to be thankful for!</p> <p><strong>3. How can I avoid overeating after Thanksgiving when I have all of those fabulous leftovers?</strong> </p> <p>I believe that Thanksgiving is about two main things—gratitude and giving. I believe in expressing gratitude for what we already have and in sharing our abundance with others. Why not pack your leftovers and take them to the nearest homeless shelter or share them with someone you know is in need? I once gave out all of my holiday leftovers to a group of people sleeping next to a church, and it felt better to give out that food than to receive holiday gifts! They were so grateful that they weren’t forgotten.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Easy recipes:</strong></p> <p>This year, try my recipes for <a href="" target="_blank">savory veggies</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">pumpkin mousse</a>!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Stuffed Portobello mushrooms</strong></p> <p>10 Portobello mushroom caps</p> <p>2 cups walnuts, soaked for 12 hours and drained</p> <p>½ cup Brazilian nuts</p> <p>½ almonds, soaked for 12 hours and drained</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh sage</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh rosemary</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh thyme</p> <p>2 cloves garlic</p> <p>2 teaspoons sea salt</p> <p>Red pepper for garnish</p> <p> </p> <p>Remove stems from mushrooms, and marinate in 5 teaspoons of sea salt and ½ cup of lemon juice for two hours (or overnight). You can also add some olive oil if you'd like, but that's not necessary. (I like it for the taste.)</p> <p>Place garlic in food processor or blender, and chop well. Add nuts, salt, thyme, sage and rosemary, processing well to make a nut pate. </p> <p>Drain mushrooms, and place them cap-side down on paper towels. Place filling inside mushrooms. Garnish with fresh herbs and red pepper, and serve.</p> <p> </p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving!</p> <p> </p>West Atlantic survey and beach plans for Delray—and notes on Boca&#39;s building boom2015-11-17T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/216192_10151175943981916_492025242_n.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>West Atlantic Avenue    </h3> <p>In 1988, the then-director of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency told residents of West Atlantic Avenue that the agency planned to bulldoze large portions of their mostly African-American neighborhoods and start over. For their own good.</p> <p>       Fortunately, that never happened. Bill Finley and the plan have been gone for many years, but resentment over the city’s lordly attitude lingered, even as progress from East Atlantic spread west.</p> <p>       Over time, however, communication and priorities improved. The mid-1990s saw the creation of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition. There was community support for the Uptown Atlantic mixed-use project on the three blocks of West Atlantic between Sixth Avenue and Ninth Avenue. Last summer, the coalition held an event at the Old School Square gym to start the process of “rebranding” West Atlantic.</p> <p>       The next phase is here. Organizers will conduct an online survey to determine how people view West Atlantic and what they would like it to become. Anyone can take the survey at <a href=""></a>. By next spring, the coalition hopes to present ways to market the area.</p> <p>       WARC Director Kristyn Cox-Goodwin told me Monday that the goal is not to make West Atlantic distinct from East Atlantic but to create an identity for the area, as has happened in Pineapple Grove, Artists Alley and the beach district. “We want find that target audience and figure out the missing piece.” The survey area, she said, will run from West Palm Beach to Pompano Beach.</p> <p>       Cox-Goodwin acknowledged the coalition’s intent to include residents. “This is totally community driven. We want to come up with a brand that they believe in.” City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said West Atlantic residents historically had been “disenfranchised. They had no input.” She hopes that the effort can promote the area without causing massive regentrification that harms such historic black neighborhoods as West Settlers and Frog Alley.</p> <p>       Petrolia’s concern is on point. Delray Beach’s popularity continues to grow, and there is only so much land close to downtown. For some property owners, this could be a time to cash in. Cox-Goodwin and her colleagues want West Atlantic to grow in a way that helps residents and doesn’t drive them out.</p> <h3>University Housing</h3> <p>       In September, the owners of eight acres near Florida Atlantic University asked the Boca Raton City Council to create a land-use designation under the city’s master plan called “University Housing.” It would apply to properties of at least eight acres that are within 200 feet of FAU.</p> <p>       In other words, the designation would be strictly for the owners of the property at 2600 Northwest Fifth Avenue. The designation would allow a maximum of 80 beds per acre. As land-use lawyer Charles Siemon acknowledged, that aligns with what the developers want to build.</p> <p>       Most council members were wary. They worried that the project might conflict with the work between FAU and the city to create a student-centric district six blocks south on 20<sup>th</sup> Street. They worried about police calls to another complex of college students. They did not ask the staff to take up the project. Afterward, Siemon said he would provide more information and seek more support.</p> <p>       Last week, he got that support. At their workshop meeting, council members heard that the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council—which is helping the city with the 20<sup>th</sup> Street study—said the project would not pose a conflict. FAU said the added housing could help meet demand that the university can’t meet on campus. The applicant, Chicago-based CA Ventures, has built lots of student housing complexes around the country. Siemon said the rate of police calls at those projects is 57 percent lower than for calls at student complexes near FAU.</p> <p>       CA Ventures bought the property last January for $6 million—$2 million more than it had sold for 18 months earlier. Siemon said the company would quickly refile its application. The hope is to be open for FAU students in the fall of 2017, Siemon said, “but that will be close.”</p> <p>Delray firefighter contract     </p> <p>There are more details about the firefighter contract that the Delray Beach City Commission will approve tonight. As with Delray’s new police contract and new police and firefighter contracts in Boca Raton, the pension savings are mostly back loaded.</p> <p>       The contract covers four tiers of employees. Tier 1 is retirees and firefighters who have at least 20 years on the job. For them, pension benefits won’t change. Tier 2 is firefighters with at least 10 years but fewer than 20. The “multiplier” used to calculate their benefits will decrease from 3.5 percent to 3 percent. A firefighter who works for 20 years thus will collect a pension benefit of 60 times his or her annual salary.</p> <p>       Tier 3 is employees with fewer than 10 years, meaning that they are not vested. Their multiplier also will drop to 3 percent. Tier 4 is new hires. Their multiplier will be 2.75 percent. They also will have the largest reduction in benefit levels and won’t have the option of early retirement.</p> <p>       So the city will get pension savings, but most will be in later years. Unions care first about protecting current members, and they lose the least under this deal. Retirees lose nothing. Some Northeast and Midwest cities facing much deeper pension holes have cut retirees as well.</p> <p>       Even with the union’s concession, the contract remains generous. Retirees still will get at least a one percent annual cost-of-living adjustment. Over time, however, Delray Beach hopes to raise salaries and make the system more focused on compensating firefighters when they are working, not when they aren’t.</p> <h3>Delray’s beach master plan</h3> <p>       Also on tonight’s Delray city commission agenda is Phase 1 of the beach master plan. This phase involves the park/walkway between A1A and the dunes and the entrances to the beach, some of which look dowdy.</p> <p>       The city wants to complete the work by Oct. 31 of next year, in time for high season. The timetable is tight. If the commission approves the concept tonight, the staff wants to pick a contractor by early January and have work begin by April 1.</p> <p>       It’s hard to imagine the commission not approving the approach. It calls for attractive new pavilions, parking meters and pet watering stations. The money is in the budget. The plan grew out of community meetings. Call it a new setting for a Delray diamond.</p> <h3>The Mark is sold</h3> <p>       For all the unhappiness in Boca Raton over the look of the Mark at Cityscape, the market seems very happy.</p> <p>       Last week, the city council followed up on a daylong discussion last April of the building’s appearance. The mixed-use Mark is the first project approved under the city’s Interim Design Guidelines. Most council members aren’t happy with the result.</p> <p>        Yet in September, Palm Beach Gardens-based Ram Realty sold the Mark to Monogram Residential Trust of Texas, which also owns The Franklin apartment complex in Delray Beach. The price was nearly $82 million, in large part because of the Mark’s high occupancy and rental rates. The Mark has 208 apartments, 18,000 square feet of retail space and a nearly 700-space parking garage, which has been the source of most of the heartburn about appearance.</p> <p>       Despite the controversy, Ram made out well. Monogram expects big things, noting how the Mark has been “amenitized”—a trending development term—to justify the rental rates. Boca at least should be happy that the Mark’s financial success reflects well on the city.</p> <p>     </p>Renovations, anniversaries and holiday celebrations2015-11-17T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.17_oceans_234.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Redesigned beachfront Oceans 234 opens in Deerfield Beach</strong></p> <p>How many places in South Florida can you actually eat at with a view of the ocean and the sand a few feet away? Not many! Not enough! </p> <p>Well, after three months of renovations, the beachfront Oceans <em>234 (234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539)</em> has re-opened, with 75 percent of the menu items all brand-new. Chef Victor Franco has spent a year creating new dishes, including a separate gluten-free menu. Add new signature cocktails and a new wine program, and that means some promising pairings to be tried in a true sea environment.</p> <p>The $1.8 million remodeling included the inside and outside of the restaurant, under the direction of owner/operator Danielle Rosse. The restaurant seats 220 and focuses on featuring the oceanfront view, along with a private dining area available for parties up to 50 people. Check out the remodeling timelapse video <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The result is a beautiful, sea-inspired colorful space with new food and drinks to match. </p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.17_deck_84_outside.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Ahoy! Deck 84 in Delray Beach celebrates 5<sup>th</sup> anniversary</strong></p> <p>Five years ago, Deck 84 <em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/665-8484)</em> opened on the waterfront in Delray Beach, and it’s a city staple now—which calls for a celebration, of course. So walk, drive or sail to the restaurant on Nov. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for food and drink specials, live entertainment and a look at the historical charter boat, Mizner’s Dream. If you’re one of the first 50 to check in at Deck 84 on Facebook and bring a proof with you, you’ll get a commemorative T-shirt. All that, plus a Jack Daniels Fire ice luge and adult snow cones (that means much alcohol added!). </p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.17_hoffman's_winter_wonderland_entrance.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Chocolates and bright lights: Hoffman’s 25<sup>th</sup> Annual Winter Wonderland</strong></p> <p>The big kids as well as the little kids get excited about the annual Hoffman’s Chocolates display at the Gardens in Greenacres <em>(5190 Lake Worth Road, 561/967-2213)</em>, starting this year on Nov. 22. It’s the 25<sup>th</sup> Annual Winter Wonderland, and the lights, displays, live entertainment and yummy treats and drinks promise to be bigger and better than ever. It will certainly kick off your holiday season in a positive way. Don’t miss the photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free.</p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Nov. 17 to 232015-11-16T11:24:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/natureconnects.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Nature Connects”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: free for members, $5 donation for nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/233-1757, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Vibrant, supersized animals began to dot the grounds of the Mounts Botanical Garden this past Saturday—and the best part is that nobody needs to feed them. The giant peacock, dragonfly, monarch butterfly and family of deer are part of “Nature Connects,” the largest exhibition in the Garden’s 30-year history. These sculptures by creator Sean Kenney are made entirely from LEGO bricks, the young-at-heart artist’s medium of choice—nearly half a million colorful rectangles in all. A Bonsai tree, a girl with a watering can, a wheelbarrow add ambience to the animal kingdom, with the total number of displays reaching a baker’s dozen. Or should we say a bricklayer’s dozen? “Nature Connects” is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and it runs through mid-February.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/chefs-tailgate.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Great Chefs Tailgate and College Football Spirit Night</strong></p> <p>Where: Via Mizner Golf and Country Club, 6200 Boca Del Mar Drive, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 561/385-0144, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>We’re still over a month away from the second-annual Boca Raton Bowl, which promises to be an economic boon for the city when teams from the Mid-American and American Athletic conferences square off at FAU Stadium Dec. 22. To build anticipation for the event—and to provide another outlet for the region’s imaginative toques to compete with each other in their own friendly gridiron rivalry—the Spirit of Giving network is hosting this inaugural tailgating party and College Football Spirit Night. Show your alumni colors at this foodie extravaganza, which will feature chef’s selections from 11 area restaurants, country clubs and resorts, including M.E.A.T., the Tilted Kilt, Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club and Rebel House. The $40 ticket provides food tastings and two cocktails, with all proceeds benefiting the Spirit of Giving’s 2015 holiday gift drive.</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/724925-tom_brokaw_01.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: An Evening With Tom Brokaw</strong></p> <p>Where: Chapman Conference Center, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You might want to have handkerchiefs handy for this appearance by the NBC News titan—or maybe not. Brokaw was never much of a sentimentalist on the air, so perhaps his appearance at the Miami Book Fair won’t be an occasion for collective weeping. Either way, expect Brokaw’s talk to get personal. The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor usually avoids memoiristic writing in his best-selling cultural histories about the WWII generation and the ‘60s, but his latest book, <em>A Lucky Life Interrupted</em>, is a reflection on his 2013 diagnosis of multiple myeloma. With a prognosis of eight years max—barring the discovery of a miracle treatment—Brokaw is living in the midst of what he calls “the Mortality Zone.” Sadly, any South Florida appearance by the veteran newsman may be his last; certainly, if the content of his book is any indication, it’ll be his most emotionally naked discussion yet.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/i-hate-hamlet-preview-night-77.jpeg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I Hate Hamlet”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29–$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The iconic part of Shakespeare’s troubled prince of Denmark has attracted everyone from Constantin Stanislavski and Laurence Olivier to Mel Gibson and Kevin Kline. For many actors, playing the title role in what has been described as “the world’s most filmed story after ‘Cinderella’” is a rite of passage. But as humorist and playwright Paul Rudnick reminds us, not everybody is cut out to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. His 1991 comedy “I Hate Hamlet” follows one such actor, a Shakespeare-phobic TV star named Andrew Rally, who, in a lull between screen projects, is offered a role as Hamlet in a stage production. At least he has some supernatural help in his corner: Thanks his new loft—a gothic-style brownstone once home to a seminal Hamlet, John Barrymore—Andrew is able to summon the late actor in a séance. Barrymore’s spirit turns out to be as demanding and abrasive as his flesh-and-blood form, debating the young actor about women, art, success, duty and television, and even engaging in a swashbuckling swordfight. By the end, it will answer a fundamental question: To be or not to be Hamlet? The show runs through Dec. 6.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/1009bet-straight.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Straight No Chaser</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$95</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This 10-member a cappella chorus originated the way most a cappella choruses do: on a college campus, in this case Indiana University in 1996. Two years later, the group released a music video for its innovative cover of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” which integrated samples of “I Have a Little Dreidel” and Toto’s “Africa.” Hardly anyone noticed at the time, but when it was rediscovered in 2006, it rocketed across the Web, earning some 18 million YouTube hits and leading to an Atlantic Records deal in 2008. These days, Straight no Chaser, with its cheeky alcohol/bar-themed album titles, is arguably the nation’s most well-known a cappella group, having performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Wrigley Field to “The Today Show.” Christmas melodies are a specialty of this impeccably skilled chorus, but for this tour, the group is supporting its latest album “The New Old Fashioned,” whose reimagined covers include cuts by Pharrell, Hozier, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Otis Redding and more. </p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/chris_evert.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., and Boca Raton Resort and Club, 501 E. Camino Real</p> <p>When: Event times vary</p> <p>Cost: $20-$2,500</p> <p>Contact: 561/394-2400, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Obscure reference alert! If you happen to be sitting in the bleachers of the Delray Beach Tennis Center for this month’s annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, and an esoteric quip about Spiro Agnew or “Ishtar” or Marshall McLuhan wafts through the speakers, that’s because comedian Dennis Miller is on the court, serving up more than aces. The former “SNL” fake-news anchor will compete in the charity event for the first time alongside returning raqueteers Alan Thicke, Timothy Olyphant, Maeve Quinlan, singer-songwriter David Cook, Tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver and more. Off-the-court activities continue at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, which will host the event’s Classic Cocktail Reception and Charity Gala. Evert is hoping to top last year’s $700,000 raised to combat drug abuse and child neglect.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/71388d5c1ab52b1d424a34c386e1ba2cd4f373e5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Martin Barre</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Guitarist Martin Barre’s live show is a self-described combination of “blues, rock and Tull.” That’s because, for 45 years, until its dissolution in 2014, Barre was a staple in Jethro Tull, the innovative English prog-rock band. His guitar playing, adopted prodigiously and without lessons—he studied architecture in college, not music, but quickly left the profession because he found it “boring”—was a major factor in Jethro’s amalgam of hard rock, blues and British folk music. Barre is known for composing melodies in his elaborate solos, as opposed to just riffing, and his work on the Tull smash “Aqualung” is regularly cited as one of the 25 best rock solos of all-time. Barre’s sixth solo album, 2014’s “Order of Play,” features 14 Jethro Tull classics, rerecorded with Barre’s four-piece band, and he’ll be playing many of them at this rare tour appearance. It arrives on the heels of his performances on Yes’ Cruise to the Edge, which returns to Miami Thusday, so welcome him back to dry land along with vocalist Dan Crisp, drummer George Lindsay, saxophonist/clarinetist Richard Beesley and bassist Alan Thompson.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/jesse-eisenberg_612x380_0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar</strong></p> <p>Where: Chapman Conference Center, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Since emerging onto the art-house movie circuit with the 2002 cult comedy “Roger Dodger,” Jesse Eisenberg has been the favored casting for socially awkward, preternaturally brilliant brainiacs like Mark Zuckerberg (“The Social Network”) and <em>Rolling Stone</em> writer David Lipsky (“The End of the Tour”). But the Oscar-nominated actor is also a deft writer of short comic fiction, and his appearance at this fall’s Miami Book Fair will support his debut collection <em>Bream Gives Me Hiccups</em>. This compilation of sly, comedic short stories includes everything from contemporary dorm-room crises to historically reimagined scenes from ancient Pompeii and the time of Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone. He’ll be joined onstage by another voice of authentic humor in the entertainment world: Kunal Nayyar, aka Raj on “The Big Bang Theory,” who will support his autobiographical story collection <em>Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You</em>.</p>Derek Lam at Neiman Marcus2015-11-16T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>On Nov. 13, Derek Lam hosted a fashion show in the CUSP department of Neiman Marcus in Town Center to display his Spring 2016 collection. The store is the lucky first recipient of Lam's complete new collection, so Boca Mag sat down with Lam to get the inside scoop.</p> <p><img alt="" height="411" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.16_derek_lam_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>When/how did your love for fashion start?</strong></p> <p>I think my love for fashion started when I was in school studying fashion at Parsons. I first studied art, and then I kind of got into the idea of going into fashion. It was maybe my second to last year that I felt like I really had a knack for it. When things start to work out, that’s when you feel like you’re really developing and growing. I became more and more enthusiastic.</p> <p><strong>At what moment in your life did you have that “I made it” moment? </strong></p> <p>Now that it’s been 12 years, it feels like I am here, and I’m doing the work and obviously have an amazing business. Partnering with Neiman Marcus, such a wonderful company, to represent both collections—Derek Lam and 10 Crosby—it’s very satisfying.</p> <p><strong>What is the vision behind your clothing? What is your inspiration?</strong></p> <p>It’s rooted in American style. I’m always trying to be on the edge of American style—I want to do something that has a modern sensibility. I also love the ideas of thoughtful simplicity and purposefulness and real attention to details, all wrapped up in something that’s luxury and fun.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite thing to design?</strong></p> <p>I love designing pants because a lot of women have difficulty finding great-fitting trousers. I understand the point of view is that you can never have long enough legs, so why don’t we make a pant that gives you that flattering look? I love designing coats because they’re such statement pieces. I think I’m not so much a fashion designer as I am a lifestyle designer. That means that I’m looking at all the different categories—shoes, bags, accessories—because it’s really more about building a style than just one fashion statement. It’s a wardrobe, a personality, a lifestyle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.16_derek_lam_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What can we expect from you in the upcoming season?</strong></p> <p>Well, we’re continuing our collaboration with Athleta, which is wonderful; that’s going through the whole year. We launched 10 Crosby eyewear and bags. We will be launching our new shoe collection next season. We’re making products that work around the idea of ready-to-wear clothing that fulfills a lifestyle.</p> <p><strong>What do you like most about fashion?</strong></p> <p>I love that it changes, and I love that it reflects very immediately what’s happening in culture. Sometimes, when you’re constantly looking for that inspiration, it can be chaotic because things change so quickly. </p> <p><strong>What advice would you give an aspiring designer or someone who is experimenting with fashion?</strong></p> <p>I think a real foundation in art is wonderful because it really gives you a broad view of the possibilities. You may initially think you want to go into fashion, but then you decide you want to go into fine arts or curating or interior design. Within fashion, you can even discover that you want to be a journalist for fashion or a buyer. Give yourself that broad overview of the possibilities.</p>Thanksgiving To-Go2015-11-16T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>For those of us who love to eat with friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner but don’t love to cook, the options are takeout, or eat out. Both are wonderful holiday choices, and if you haven’t tried either—be careful. You just might be hooked once you do.</p> <p>Today, we focus on the amazing to-go meals available. But you need to order soon because these are in high demand.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_thanksgiving_to_go.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Feed small or large dinner party: Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille</strong></p> <p>This is the third year for Thanksgiving To Go from Rapoport’s Restaurant Group. It’s a popular home-style, multi-course meal.</p> <p>For the first course, choose one starter: baby spinach salad, chopped salad, butternut squash bisque or split pea soup. Slow-roasted turkey is the main course, with all the trimmings—including green beans, glazed carrots, mashed sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, herb stuffing, sage gravy and cranberry relish. For dessert, choose from apple pie, pecan pie or pumpkin pie.</p> <p>The dinner is available in two sizes: one feeds 4-6 people and costs $149.95; the other for up to 12 people costs $264.95. A la carte add-ons are also available.</p> <p>All orders must be placed by Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. Pickup will be at Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille at the Cinemark Palace 20 <em>(3200 Airport Road)</em> on Nov. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To place your order, call 561/826-1791.</p> <p><strong>Organic turkey dinner and trimmings: Whole Foods Market</strong> </p> <p>The list of available Thanksgiving dishes to-go from Whole Foods Market is too long to print, but suffice to say it includes everything from a roasted turkey breast dinner for four ($69.99) to an organic turkey dinner package ($149.99) that serves 4-8 to the deluxe dinner package that serves the extended family ($229.99).  Order <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or in-store through Nov. 22 for these meals, which must be picked up by Nov. 26. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Staff Picks: diamonds and Deck 842015-11-13T12:47:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Mayors</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_mayors.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Accounts Manager</em></p> <p>“This week, I decided to get a jump on my holiday shopping, and I have a special anniversary this year, so I thought I would pop into Mayors at Town Center to see what 'sparkled' me. What a beautiful experience. The staff is so respectful and polished, and the jewelry is so brilliantly showcased. The store carries brands like Aaron Basha, Bulgari, Gucci, Roberto Coin and Kwiat. There are also Chanel and Panerai timepieces—I was impressed.  I left a happy girl with a little, ribbon-wrapped box. “</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 6000 Glades Road #1119 // 561/368-6022)</p> <p>Deck 84</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_deck_84.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I was recently reminded how wonderful it is to live in Florida while sitting outside at Deck 84 during brunch on a Sunday. Warm breeze, water views, live music, tasty cocktails, and I had the most amazing veggie burger that happened to be a "sneak peek" special into the new menu launching next month! This veggie burger is completely house made with quinoa, wild rice and roasted beets, which gave it a great consistency. Topped with avocado and alfalfa sprouts, this burger made my belly happy. Pair it with sweet potato fries! YUM!” </p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/665-8484)</p>Twelve Visions of israel2015-11-13T09:36:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/this-place-gilles-peress.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The “place” in French photographer and curator Frederic Brenner’s exhibition “This Place” is none other than Israel/Palestine, the most contested region on earth—a political football that Brenner correctly summarizes as “a place of dissonance, of human polyphony and radical otherness.”</p> <p>But the cradle of three world religions is also a (somewhat) functioning nation, where residents pursue everyday goals amid existential threats of bombings, stabbings, intifadas and new settlements. In enlisting 11 fellow photographers from around the world to present Israel through their personal lenses, Brenner’s diverse and illuminating exhibit serves as both objective reportage and subjective comment, offering views of this Middle Eastern flashpoint that span global perspectives.</p> <p>The exhibition, which is currently enjoying its U.S. premiere at the Norton Museum Art, encompasses everything from Jeff Wall’s “Daybreak”—a single photo of laborers rustling from their slumber under an olive tree—to Wendy Ewald’s hundreds of postcard-sized snapshots taken by students in 14 workshops she orchestrated in Israel and the West Bank. The exhibit opens, appropriately enough, with the Brenner photographs that inspired his worldwide project.</p> <p><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/2k_judean-hills-2009.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Brenner’s Israel is one of bright colors and high definition, but with a melancholy lingering just under the surfaces, whether it’s a family posing for a shot at a seemingly desolate beach, or nine children slouching and suffering through an Orthodox dinner at a cinematically long kitchen table. His “Palace Hotel” image is anything but a publicity shot of the titular tourist monolith; it looks like an invasive eyesore sprouting incongruously from an otherwise unspoiled desert.</p> <p>Germany’s Thomas Struth also favors large-scale, full-color landscapes rich in detail—discovering in Israel, according to the wall text, “a geographic container for the scope of the human condition.” Which is ironic, considering humans rarely appear in his depopulated topographies, whose vistas echo Brenner’s depiction of societal encroachment on ancient geology.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/2k_thisplace-fazal-5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Generally, the deeper you explore “This Place,” the wilder and fringier it gets, with seemingly unfiltered landscape photography acquiescing to more pointed political statements. Fazal Sheikh’s “Desert Bloom” series chronicles the transformation of Palestinian land in the Negev Desert into settlements following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He accomplishes this through dozens of identically sized square aerial images of the desert marked and crisscrossed with holes, tracks, land plots and helipads, the occasional construction vehicle. In its totality, “Desert Bloom” suggests an abstract alien land gradually and methodically claimed by terrestrials.</p> <p><img alt="" height="204" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/2k_54c027885dde22532f000087.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This sense of cultural and religious division imbues some of the finest work in “This Place.” Korean artist Jungjin Lee’s “Unnamed Road” series, shot on colorless mulberry paper, is a post-apocalyptic catalog of dread. Her fuzzy, bleak, nocturnal images seem to have the texture of charcoal, an appropriate comparison considering the charred-earth content of her landscapes; one such image could be an empty greenhouse, but under her lens it’s more likely a labor camp.</p> <p>For his part, Gilles Peress focused his time in Israel on the West Bank line, capturing the daily grievances and palpable tensions of so many checkpoints and border towns. It’s hard not to think of our own border with Mexico, an analogy that screams for an even more concrete comparison in Josef Koudelka’s “The Wall”—a collection of shots taken of and around the “security fence” or “apartheid wall” (depending on which side you favor) separating Israel from the Palestinian territories. It forecasts a major plank of Donald Trump’s platform in all its nasty divisiveness.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/2k_54bc344e5dde22cf2b000ef1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But other contributors to “This Place” disarm us, breaking down our preconceived political notions. Nick Waplington’s classicist family portraits of Israeli settlers in the West Bank manage to defuse the contempt that many progressives feel toward these obstinate “invaders.” Under Waplington’s lens, they all look like nice people raising innocent children in stable homes. By forcing us to see them as people, Waplington defuses their negative symbolism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/2k_malek_01_015.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Best of all is Ewald’s veritable rainbow of images, taken by photography students she advised in 14 workshops throughout the region. Some of the snapshots indicate a more embedded militarism than others, but the takeaway is one of universality and connectedness. Jews and Muslims alike chose to photograph family, friends, community, pets, love and beauty. In a region that only tends to make news when bodies are counted and sabers are rattled, Ewald’s project is a hopeful reminder that we’re all one.</p> <p><em>“This Place” runs through Jan. 17 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission is $5 adults, $12 adults. Frederic Brenner and Nick Waplington will appear in person at next week’s Art After Dark to discuss their work, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>Nitrogen Grand Opening2015-11-13T09:19:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Take some big antique mirrors, brick walls, high-style metal chairs and a thumping DJ playing good tunes, and add creative cocktails and a menu with beautifully arranged sushi, Wagyu burgers, duck and more, and you have the grand opening of Nitrogen this week <em>(6779 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, 561/972-2944).</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_nitrogen_no_soup_for_you.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>This Asian-menu bar/grill/sushi shop aims to be a combo of restaurant and high-end bar with inventive drinks (like the No Soup For You pictured), and word is dancing on Friday and Saturdays until 2 a.m. when the season starts. Dishes use local seasonal ingredients and sustainable sourced seafood.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_nitrogen_sashimi_tartare.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s tucked away just east of I-95 off Indiantown Road, so it’s easy to get to and could be a stop for those heading home after work. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a separate happy hour menu. Try the deviled Scotch eggs, or the sashimi tartare (pictured). </p> <p>With one special sold-out drink-food pairing dinner under its belt, Nitrogen says another focusing on beer vs. wine is in the works for Dec. 3. Reserve by email at <a href=""></a>. The last dinner, served at the restaurant’s communal chef’s table that holds 13, was $100, including tax/tip. </p> <p><em>(Photos courtesy of <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12192/" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Fashion Forward: WVOY Recap2015-11-13T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">It was an absolute honor to be amongst the most charitable women of Boca Raton last Friday at the <a href="">Junior League of Boca Raton’s</a> Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club. Upon entering the event, we were overcome with pictures and stories about each nominee. It’s such a beautiful thing for the Junior League of Boca Raton to do year after year to celebrate these amazing women. Congratulations to the much deserving Woman Volunteer of the Year, Linda Coffin of the <a href="" target="_blank">Children’s Home Society of Florida (Southeastern)</a>.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_wvoy_boca_mag.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Completely blown away by these stories of triumph and perseverance, LL Scene left the luncheon with an overwhelming sense of inspiration and drive to do more with our platform. It gave us great peace to know that this was the 28th year they have honored the charitable women of Boca Raton. We can only hope that we will do enough in our community to make it on this list one day. </p> <p class="normal"><a href="" target="_blank">Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton</a> was the fashion sponsor for the afternoon, showcasing the Spring 2016 collection by designer <a href="" target="_blank">Rebecca Taylor</a>. When Lindsey lived in NYC, her roommate interned for Rebecca Taylor. She always came home with a wealth of knowledge that most merchandising interns will never experience, and for that, Rebecca Taylor has always held a special place in our hearts. That being said, the collection she showcased for the luncheon didn’t disappoint. “Garden Party” kept coming to mind as each look graced the runway, adding the perfect combination of flattering layers and sexy hemlines. Rebecca Taylor made a personal appearance for the luncheon, mingling with VIP guests in a private meet and greet pre-event reception, where her merchandise was also shown in a boutique-style set-up. It was the perfect line and designer to showcase at a Boca Raton luncheon that was filled with women who idolize fashion. The Rebecca Taylor Fall/Winter and Resort 2016 collections are both currently available for purchase at Saks Boca, and the exquisite spring collection that was shown on the runway will be in stores beginning in late December.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="870" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_kate's_fashion_iq.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Being invited by the end-all-be-all to Fashion PR in South Florida, <a href="" target="_blank">The Buzz Agency</a>, we knew we were in good hands. They connected us with local fashion brands and businesses that truly speak to our heart. Our table consisted of the editorial team behind South Florida’s best lifestyle &amp; fashion magazine, Boca Mag, and our friend/founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Local Mom Scoop</a>, Heather McMechan. The Buzz Agency also connected us with the fabulous founders of the <a href="!Whats-Your-Fashion-IQ/cmki/561fc11f0cf2c6c643763e7e" target="_blank">Kate’s Fashion IQ app</a> we just wrote about on LLScene! We spent the entire after party sipping on champagne and getting to know Susan and Maria. Talk about inspiration! Like us, they are best friends with a passion for the growing style and trends of our time. There was an immediate connection made with all of us, and we can’t wait to share the collaborations we have in store together.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.13_wvoy_ll_scene.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">With the running around and mingling we do at certain events, it can be hard for us to capture the best photo opportunities for the blog. We have learned our lesson and decided to bring a professional along with us to the WVOY Luncheon. We have been networking and trying to collaborate with Kate Oakley of <a href="" target="_blank">Adorned Photography</a> for months now, and couldn’t have been happier to have her on our (good) sides seizing the opportunity for the best photos. Having a passion for branding and creativity, Kate knew exactly the type of shots we were looking for without us having to ask any questions. She had a natural ability to understand her surroundings and the needs of her #SceneGirls. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer with creativity and professionalism behind her craft. Bottom line—she cares, and that is something very hard to find in a photographer these days. </p> <p class="normal">What more could you possibly want in a Friday afternoon filled with the “who’s who” of Boca Raton, beautiful fashion, and networking with the influential women of our community. We could get used to this society life...</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Diner en Blanc a dazzling spectacle2015-11-12T15:05:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/diner-ladies-1000.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>I feared the worst when the sky opened up about 30 minutes before the much-anticipated Diner en Blanc was slated to start. It started coming down in buckets and all I could visualize was 1,200 people dressed in white sopping wet—which is not a good look unless you are poolside in a wet T-shirt contest.  </p> <p>But all turned out Ok in typical South Florida style as the clouds moved offshore and the buses arrived and the West Palm waterfront started filling up with long white tables and revelers replete with white wigs and masks and feather boas and boaters and candelabra—if you could dream it up it was there—and it was spectacular.</p> <p>Everyone knows by now that the first Diner En Blanc —or White Party—started in 1988 in Paris when a man named François Pasquier invited a few of his friends to the Bois de Boulogne one day in June on his return to France after being abroad. “To find each other in the park, they all wore white. The dinner was such a success that they decided the next year, each person would invite some other friends and the event grew organically into the 10000+ dinner it is today,” according to event sources.</p> <p>There are rules now—like the location is a secret until guests board pre-arranged buses that take the invitees to the dinner spot.  You have to wear white, tables and dinnerware must be white, only champagne or wine may be consumed (no Tito’s at this event!) and you are expected to stay until a given hour.</p> <p>This inaugural West Palm version was the work of Nora David, Jimmy Moise and Corhinn Brunot, of glamorous Haitian descent, and it was dazzling, very chic and full of live French music, beautiful people and a distinctly European vibe. There were glitches, of course, and some grumblings (traveling by bus was the most common complaint) but all in all, it was an impressive first attempt.</p> <p> </p> <p>And destined to be a tradition, I think.  </p> <p> </p> <p>Vive la France!</p> <p> </p>Tragedy in Ohio2015-11-12T09:45:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<div><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/heart.png" width="490"></div> <div> </div> <div>The staff of Boca Mag extends its heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the employees of Boca-based Pebb Enterprises and the family members of those who perished in the private plane crash Tuesday night in Akron, Ohio.</div>Seasonal Finds: Oyster Thanksgiving Stuffing2015-11-12T09:22:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>It only comes once a year, and after each Thanksgiving meal when I’m feeling incredibly full and loosening my belt, I am certain that once is enough.</p> <p>Speaking from the experience of having made a full dinner for the last five years, the menu for the biggest meal of the year is often a signature style that’s reflective of the cook and the geographical location. More and more variations of the classic Thanksgiving meal are popping up—one in particular in coastal states like Florida is a coastal Thanksgiving menu. So, what makes a coastal menu coastal? Seafood such as fish and shellfish (usually non-existent in the traditional meal), light sides like salad and shrimp cocktail, grill usage, Cajun spices, key lime pie and bright lemon and lime juices.</p> <p>This oyster Thanksgiving stuffing is certainly coastal—made of toasty French bread cubes, salty warm oyster meat from your local fish market and a list of vegetables and spices to bring together the flavors of your turkey and ring in a true coastal-style thanksgiving dinner.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.12_oyster_stuffing.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Oyster Thanksgiving Stuffing</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong><br> 10 cups French bread, cut into ½ inch cubes<br> 10 slices thick-cut bacon<br> 6 tablespoons unsalted butter<br> 4 shallots, thinly sliced<br> 6 ribs celery, thinly sliced<br> 1 pound shucked oysters with 1 cup of the liquor reserved, about 40 medium oysters<br> 1 cup chicken stock<br> 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley<br> 2 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves<br> 2 tablespoon chopped sage leaves<br> 1 teaspoon Tabasco<br> 1 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg<br> ½ teaspoon ground cloves<br> Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong><br> Heat oven to 250˚. Arrange bread cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer, and bake until dried but not browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool.</p> <p>In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon from the pan, and cut the strips into ½ pieces. Return them to the skillet.</p> <p>Melt 4 tablespoons of butter into the skillet with the bacon. Add shallots and celery. Reduce heat to medium, and cook until vegetables are soft about 5 minutes. Add oyster liquid, chicken stock, parsley, thyme, sage, Tabasco, nutmeg, cloves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 5 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl, and stir in the bread cubes and oysters. Set aside to allow the flavors to come together for 10 minutes.</p> <p>Raise the oven temperature to 400˚. Transfer mixture into a greased 2-quart baking dish, and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, remove foil, drizzle with remaining butter and continue baking until golden brown and crusty, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Delray fire rescue dilemma resolved, Boca design guideline and other news of note2015-11-12T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/dbfr_logo250x250.jpg" width="266"></h3> <h3>Delray fire rescue decision reached      </h3> <p>There is not yet finality to all issues with the Delray Beach Fire-Rescue Department, but there is much more certainty about how to resolve those issues.</p> <p>       Most important, Delray will resolve them. Last week, the city commission rejected for the foreseeable future any talk of contracting with the county’s fire-rescue department. “The numbers just didn’t add up,” Commissioner Mitch Katz said. City Manager Don Cooper and Fire Chief Danielle O’Connor will produce a plan that addresses complaints from the International Association of Firefighters, not all of which were valid.</p> <p>       Regarding the union, however, there is progress. IAFF Local 28 has ratified a new contract with the city. The commission will approve it next week. Under the deal, Delray Beach will stay in the state program that provides the city with about $1 million per year toward the fire/police pension fund from an assessment on insurance policies. The union will allow the city to use that money toward unfunded pension liabilities, not new benefits, despite a 1999 state law directing it toward benefits.</p> <p>       Accepting that money means that cities also must accept rules on the structure of local pension boards. In Delray Beach, as in Boca Raton, two fire and two police representatives sit on the eight-member boards that decide how to invest the fund’s assets. Although Delray is responsible for any fund shortages, the city has no effective control over decisions that could create a shortage.</p> <p>       Mayor Cary Glickstein had wanted to leave the state program, so the city could change the board. Cooper said the firefighters union has agreed to changes in the board makeup that would give the city more say. In addition, Cooper said, the contract lowers the multiplier—the number used to calculate pension benefits by length of service and salary—from 3 percent to 2.75 percent and slows benefit levels. “We got a very good response from the union,” Cooper said.</p> <p>       Glickstein agrees. He said the fire and police contracts will provide the city about $2 million each year to shore up the pension fund. The fire pension board will have the same attorney, fund managers and actuaries as the general employees pension board. There could be a separate police pension with the old structure, Cooper said. Or the police union could agree to the new rules for a combined public safety pension board. “I’m very pleased,” Glickstein said, adding that Delray Beach is the only city in Palm Beach County to have reached such a deal.</p> <p>       The firefighters’ contract took a year and a half to negotiate. Though it’s a three-year deal, it will expire on Sept. 30, 2017 and will be retroactive to Oct. 1, 2014. Between this contract and the new contract with the police union, the commission can say that it has done much to make the fire-police fund sustainable over the next 30 years—the industry standard for review.</p> <p>       That has been a commission goal. In its most recent review of municipal pension programs, the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University gave Delray Beach’s police/fire pension fund a rating of ‘F’ and labeled it among the worst performing in the state. The institute bases its ratings largely on the amount of unfunded liabilities and investment performance. In contrast, Delray’s general employees fund got an ‘A’ rating.</p> <p>       With the contract set, Delray must begin to fill vacant fire-rescue positions—the city now can tell new hires who they will work for—upgrade facilities and equipment and decide what level of service the department will offer.</p> <p>       Staffing should move quickly. Katz said there are roughly 200 applicants for what Cooper told me are between 12 and 14 openings. The department also needs at least three new pieces of equipment. The number will increase to five if the city, as Cooper expects, and Highland Beach extend Delray’s contract to service the town.</p> <p>       In terms of facilities, Cooper refuted the union’s accusation that rats had infested Station 3 on Linton Boulevard, requiring an immediate move. The city and the union agree, however, that the city must replace Station 3. Cooper said the city has identified some nearby locations, which he declined to name, to avoid pushing up the price. He said the city has set aside $6 million to buy the land and build the new facility, which will include a training center. Cooper would like to break ground next fall.</p> <p>       Regarding level of fire-rescue service, three people ride on fire trucks and two are on emergency medical vehicles. Those numbers could go up—the union would like that—if the level of service goes up. There is debate, however, about how much return departments get for raising the level of service, which raises operating costs.</p> <p>       Cooper has asked O’Connor to compile a service-level report, which he hopes to have for the commission early next year. If the commission decides to spend more, staff can factor that decision into next year’s budget. But the commission already has made the big decision on fire-rescue—to keep a department—and it seems to have been the right decision.</p> <h3>Boca design guidelines</h3> <p>Anyone who accused the Boca Raton City Council of ramming things through without public discussion hasn’t followed the city’s attempt to set downtown architectural guidelines.</p> <p>       First, there was Ordinance 4035, in 1992. Then came Ordinance 5052, which added the Interim Design Guidelines. Developers who adhered to them could get extra height.</p> <p>       Then came The Mark at Cityscape, the mixed-use project that was the first to be built under the guidelines. When it arrived, all the expectant city officials disliked what their midwifery had produced. Some residents compared the building’s look to a prison.</p> <p>       So then came an all-day discussion—with council members attending as observers—last April of who was to blame. The city’s consultant, Urban Design Associates of Pittsburgh, which helped to create the guidelines? City staff, which reviewed the plans? The Community Appearance Board, supposedly the stickler for making Boca look good? All, to a degree, probably. And then, finally, came the follow-up discussion Monday before the council acting as the community redevelopment agency.</p> <p>        Interestingly, we have seen since April that the Hyatt Place hotel rising next to it will mostly block the most disparaged section of the Mark—its northwest exposure. The hotel itself was designed using the guidelines.</p> <p>       Some residents—the usual suspects—want the council to repeal Ordinance 5052. There isn’t sentiment for that, and it would be the wrong move.</p> <p>       Instead, the council wants to modify the guidelines and have a staff member or a contractor with expertise in architecture monitor such projects. “I think there’s a recognition that we need to move to a permanent solution,” Councilman Robert Weinroth said. “I would be pleased to find some resolution,” understated Mayor Susan Haynie.</p> <p>       To head off any more unpleasant surprises, the council asked the staff to check on the two other projects being built under the guidelines—the hotel and Via Mizner. Meanwhile, discussion about the guidelines will continue.</p> <p>       Of course.</p> <h3>More on University Village                             </h3> <p>       The Boca Raton City Council took no vote after Tuesday’s first public hearing on University Village, but the developer made a credible case. A vote to approve or reject the project will take place on Nov. 24.</p> <p>       Planning and Zoning Director Jim Bell confirmed that the project along Spanish River Boulevard north of Florida Atlantic University would generate less traffic even though it would have a higher density that similar Planned Mobility Developments, which are designed to encourage transportation alternatives to cars. He also told council members there would be a “long buildout” on the 77-plus acres, with site plans for each phase coming to the council. Though one resident of a nearby neighborhood caustically predicted that University Village would become “an FAU slum,” a representative of the developer said the target market would be college graduates and up, all the way to Baby Boomers who “have mowed their last lawn.”</p> <p>       On the west side of the site is the El Rio Trail, which has become a popular cycling route. The project would include public parking for the trail. The developer’s lawyer said University Village could include entrances from neighborhoods to the east, for residents who wanted to get to stores or restaurants or go through the project to the trail.</p> <p>       Mayor Susan Haynie ended the uneventful presentation with a “suggestion” that the developer meet with those potential neighbors before the second public hearing. The developer probably would be smart to consider that more than a “suggestion.”</p> <h3>What Missouri and FAU have in common</h3> <p>       I had a flashback this week when the University of Missouri forced out President Tim Wolfe.</p> <p>       Wolfe had been in trouble for failing to respond to complaints by African-American students about racial harassment. But when protesters confronted Wolfe’s car during the homecoming parade, demanding to speak with him, Wolfe tried to drive around the students. In doing so, he clipped one with his car.</p> <p>       Sound familiar? Recall the protests at Florida Atlantic University when FAU announced that GEO Group—the Boca Raton-based operator of private prisons and detention facilities—would spend $6 million to have its name on the football stadium. Saunders basically brushed off those complaints. After taking questions from students for an hour, she bolted from the meeting.</p> <p>       Then a group of students approached Saunders as she drove from FAU’s Jupiter campus. Rather than do the smart thing and get out, Saunders kept driving—and bumped one student with her car. She then retained a security detail. Two months later, she was out.</p> <p>       Tim Wolfe was hired because he had been a CEO, and some trustees want presidents who run universities like businesses. Students, though, are not stockholders. Presidents can’t hide from crises. Wolfe might have his job if he hadn’t followed Saunders’ bad example.</p> <h3>Plane crash</h3> <p>       Boca Raton got jolted Wednesday with word that seven employees of Pebb Enterprises had been on the plane that crashed in Akron, Ohio. The private equity real estate firm has been in its headquarters building near Glades Road and the Florida Turnpike since 2010. Understandably, the company was taking no questions from reporters. A city’s thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families.</p>Stand-up Comics Waver on Live Tour2015-11-11T10:39:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Anyone who watched this summer’s season of “Last Comic Standing” would expect a dissonant amount variety from its fall tour. The judges—Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Norm Macdonald—could not have selected a more diverse quintet of finalists, from emerging traditionalists to abrasive insult veterans to singular eccentrics. Rare is the audience member that loves all five equally.</p> <p>So it’s no surprise that the tour, which visited the Kravis Center last night and plays the Coral Springs Center for the Arts tonight, was the stand-up equivalent of a container of mixed nuts. One person’s cashew is another’s filbert, only you can’t pick around the filberts when each nut is given an equal 20 minutes to satisfy your hunger.</p> <p>The takeaway from the West Palm Beach performance, then, was not that some comedians played better to subjective tastes than others, but that with one exception, none of the comedians seemed to bring their A material. The sense of momentum that they supposedly honed on their national television experience seemed lost last night. Their sets wavered and wandered, hooking us with insightful premises and then losing focus. They were too often stuck in the weeds when they should have been soaring above them.</p> <p><img alt="" height="189" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/150820_2893628_next_on_last_comic__dominique_s_semifinals_s.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Dominique opened the show, delivering slow and steady observations pivoting around frequently revisited societal themes, like Chris Rock on Dramamine. She managed to find original humor in a subject as humorless as chronic illness, and she offered fresh takes on such well-worn topics as the self-absorption of social media and the byzantine trials of online password locks. She’s a withering social critic, and that’s where her material should stay; her jokes were less successful when she focused on issues as mundane as women’s footwear (which we already heard on the series, by the way) and the ratio of African-American audience members to Caucasians.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/michael_palascak4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Michael Palascak’s youth and inexperience were evident in his set, which was delivered as leisurely as Dominique’s but without the underlying command. His jokes about relationships came from a place of bitterness that hampered his likeability, earning their tepid response from the audience; you’d think that with so much time on the road, he would have developed a more selective eye for which material works and which should be shelved. The highlight of his set—and the only unequivocal keeper—was a lengthy and cerebral riff on T-Mobile’s notoriously sketchy cell service, which, as a T-Mobile user, I certainly connected with.</p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/andyeriksonlcs.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Andy Erickson, Season Nine’s awkward sprite, obviously took Norm Macdonald’s advice to avoid any political and pop-cultural targets in her material, successfully homing on topics like smoking pot (a subject that nearly every comedian explored last night), menstruation, tadpoles and her trailer-park youth. She’s as adorable as a stuffed animal and was easily the most distinctive comic on the stage, delivering material like a pixie-fied Emo Phillips. But even she stumbled from a seeming lack of direction. A serious-minded detour into the Marfan Syndrome she has suffered since childhood might work in the context of an hour-long headlining set, but with only 20 minutes to prove your comedic mettle, there was simply no place for it last night; it bogged down the evening.</p> <p><img alt="" height="396" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Clayton English handily won the title of Last Comic Standing this summer, but you couldn’t tell it from his lackluster headlining set last night. He seemed on equal footing with his former competitors, sharing similar missteps in set construction. His material on drugs, as relating to “The Walking Dead” and the infamous South Florida case of the face-eating bath-salt addict (“How high do you have to be to crave a face?!”) were spot-on, but a riff on extreme sports and the absurdity of deer hunting dragged on for far too long.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/j_sur_02_0206_06.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The one unalloyed success was Ian Bagg, the brilliant Canadian crowd-worker who should have won the season. Inherently hamstrung by the dictates of broadcast television, this time Bagg was a profane, tornadic force, a merciless dervish of faux-aggression who managed to cram 40 minutes of material into his 20-minute set. As with any good insult comic, all of it seemed improvised, playing off what he received—and, more accurately, didn’t receive—from the apparently conservative, elderly and flabbergasted ticket-buyers in the expensive seats. Assessing the catatonic response from the over-60 audience, he wondered, “Did a cruise ship crash today?” He later pondered, “Is this is a Christian fundraiser?” and “you’re just here for the air conditioning, aren’t you?” On being raised Catholic, he elicited gasps when he confessed, “I don’t need to go to church anymore since my grandmother died. She took one for the team, and we got our Sundays back.”</p> <p>It was an offensive, jolting set, the shot in the arm this showcase needed—even if it felt like it belonged on a different stage entirely.</p> <p><em>Catch “Last Comic Standing” live at 7:30 tonight at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets cost $41.87. Call 954/344-5990 or visit</em></p>Local woman shares story about having a preventative mastectomy2015-11-11T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The <a href="/in-the-magazine/november-2015/" target="_blank">November 2015 issue</a> of Boca Raton magazine features a story about FAU pre-medical student Elizabeth Hopkins and her decision to have a double mastectomy, in an effort to reduce her genetically high-risk for breast cancer. The procedure she had to rebuild her breasts post-mastectomy is a revolutionary approach to reconstruction by Dr. Hilton Becker of Boca Raton.</p> <p>This is a continuation of that interview with Hopkins, who completed pre-med at FAU, is applying to medical schools and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine as a reconstructive surgeon. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.11_elizabeth_hopkins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Boca mag: Tell me a little about your family history and why you decided to have this [preventive] procedure?</em></p> <p>Hopkins: My biological grandmother passed away from breast cancer. That was on my father’s side. My father passed away from stomach cancer. He lost all his brothers to various cancers. And most recently, I got a Facebook message letting me know that my cousin on my father’s side died from invasive breast carcinoma, and she was 39. So, I took it upon myself to get genetically tested. (With that much cancer in the family, I couldn’t see how it wasn’t hereditary.) I turned out to be BRCA2 positive, which causes a higher risk for early onset of breast or ovarian cancer, or various other types of cancer. So, I went ahead and made the decision to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction., and now I’m in the process for screening my ovaries.</p> <p><em>Boca mag: When you went through the internship with Dr. Becker, is that how you learned about the option of this type of reconstruction?</em></p> <p>Hopkins: No. I went to two other surgeons before I went to him. They both wanted to do a modified radical mastectomy with a horizontal incision. Dr. Becker uses a vertical incision. They couldn’t guarantee that I would be able to keep my own skin and my own nipples. And they wanted to place the implant behind the muscle, which causes animation deformity. </p> <p><em>Boca mag: What is that?</em></p> <p>Hopkins: It’s movement of the breast implant in an abnormal manner. So, any movement—working out, heavy lifting, normal flexing—the breast implant will move upward or out to the side, and you can have lateral rippling and overall deformity of the breast implant.</p> <p><em>Boca mag: Oh, so placing the implant on top of the muscle….</em></p> <p>Hopkins: Avoids it 100 percent. [Dr. Becker] was the only one I felt comfortable enough doing the surgery with because his technique allows you to have a skin- and nipple-sparing mastectomy. </p> <p><em>Boca mag: What about the recovery?</em></p> <p>Hopkins: The recovery is much less than a standard implant-based reconstruction because the implant is over the muscle. We’re not disrupting the muscle. When you go under the muscle, you will cut the muscle in various planes.</p> <p><em>Boca mag: What is your outlook and prognosis?</em></p> <p>Hopkins: Having done this, I’ve lowered my risk of early onset breast cancer from approximately 87 percent down to maybe 2 percent. And I’m very, very happy with the results. I have no regrets. I think my breasts now look better than they did before the surgery. </p> <p><em>Boca mag: Is there any difference to how you feel, hormonally?</em></p> <p>Hopkins: Yes. During the beginning of the process, when I got genetically tested, I had been experiencing pain in breast that I did not have before, and I had lumps in the breast, which came back on mammograms. I don’t have that now. I no longer have the need to have a mammogram now. And I don’t have the pain or the fibrous lumps that I had before. Overall, I feel better.</p> <p><em>Boca mag: Anything else that I haven’t asked you, Elizabeth, that would be important to readers who have this concern with their genetics?</em></p> <p>Hopkins: We have the ability now; we have the technology that allows us to prevent such a disaster from occurring. It is such a relief to not have to worry about that anymore. I believe the stress of it could have caused cancer on its own—just from having that weight on your shoulders. And more importantly, the technique that Dr. Becker uses gives you the appearance of having a breast lift or a breast augmentation with the vertical incision…For a woman, that means [you don’t have to be] afraid to look in the mirror, [or] to be with a man or have self-esteem issues.</p> <p><strong>More about the difference between Dr. Becker’s approach and traditional mastectomy/reconstruction</strong></p> <p>Most breast reconstructions are two-staged procedures. Surgeons first place an expander under the muscle, and then they exchange the expander for an implant months later. In some cases, the implant can be placed right after the mastectomy, under the muscle, in a single-staged procedure. The difference with Dr. Becker’s procedure is that he places an expandable implant above the muscle in a single procedure, thereby preserving the woman’s nipple, areola and surrounding skin. He also uses a vertical mastectomy incision, versus the horizontal incision of traditional mastectomy and reconstructions. </p> <p>“This technique, when combined with an adjustable implant, addresses the complications related to sub-pectoral implants and traditional expanders currently used in mastectomies,” Becker says. “There are numerous advantages to using a vertical incision over a horizontal incision. From the surgical perspective, it allows for ease of access, and from an aesthetic perspective, this incision leads to a better cosmetic result with a scar that resembles that of a breast lift procedure. The procedure is minimally invasive as no new tissue planes are opened after the general surgeon has completed the mastectomy.”</p> <p>Dr. Becker published results of a study with 31 women who had his single-stage breast reconstruction in the scientific journal “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.” The study documents those patients’ health for four and a half years after surgery. Results show low rates of complications and implant loss. “Benefits of this new procedure include the elimination of animation deformities (movement of the implants), elimination of asymmetry, less postoperative pain and discomfort and a faster recovery," according to an FAU press release. "In addition, the natural position of the implant above the muscle leads to a more natural feel.”</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> <p> </p>Alternative Ways to Spend Thanksgiving as a Family2015-11-11T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>A beautifully set table, a fragrant turkey roasting in the oven, ten extended family members plus their children scheduled to arrive at your Boca Raton home—It must be time for Thanksgiving! But if you’re the mom hosting, it probably sounds more to you like it’s time for a lot of grueling additional work.</p> <p>This year, my family and I decided to forgo our traditional Thanksgiving celebration and spend turkey day and the long weekend afterwards at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Walt Disney World</strong></a>. Having an energetic two year-old, the idea of sitting through a formal dinner reminded me that I would only truly be thankful when the long meal was over.</p> <p>So, if you’re like us and looking for an alternative way to spend Thanksgiving with your family, then this Boca mom has some great suggestions!</p> <p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.11_palm_beach_singer_island_marriott.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Turkey Day beach stay-cation</strong></p> <p>Pass the stuffing and pumpkin pie – and don’t forget sunglasses and a bathing suit! This year, opt to spend your family Thanksgiving by the beach. Two local beachfront resorts: <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong></a><strong> </strong>and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong></a><strong> </strong>are celebrating Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 26 with special vacation packages, ocean-inspired feasts and heaping spoonful’s of sunshine.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>3800 Ocean</strong></a>, the award-winning oceanfront restaurant at the Marriott Singer Island, is offering guests and local residents alike a choice of three dining options (breakfast, brunch or dinner) for the all-American holiday. And <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>McCoy’s Oceanfront</strong></a>, the beachfront restaurant at Marriott Pompano Beach, will host a host a tasty four-course Thanksgiving dinner from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p>Yep, my suitcase is already packed.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.11_rapaport's_thanksgiving_to_go.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Thanksgiving to go?</strong></p> <p>If you still want to host Thanksgiving dinner at home, yet have no desire to cook, then this option is for you. Take the hassle out of the holiday by ordering a complete Thanksgiving dinner…to go! <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Rapoport’s Restaurant Group</strong></a> is offering a home-style, multi-course meal with all the essentials for a traditional holiday feast for families small or large. Instead of slaving over a hot stove all morning, simply hop in your luxury SUV and pick up your order curbside at Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille at Cinemark Palace 20 <em>(3200 Airport Rd.) </em>on Thanksgiving Day or the afternoon prior.</p> <p>All orders must be placed by Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.  And, anyone who places their order by November 13 will receive a complimentary pie with dinner. For pricing and to place your order, call 561/826-1791.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.11._farmer's_table_thanksgiving_dinner.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Get full, not stuffed</strong></p> <p>This Thanksgiving, how about challenging your family to a calorie-torching game of touch football in your backyard and then heading to your local farm? <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Farmer’s Table Boca Raton</strong></a>, that is. This year, the restaurant will be featuring a prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner menu with a vegan option available from noon until 8 p.m. You’re sure to enjoy a healthy, filling meal without feeling like a stuffed turkey after. The cost is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children. Call 561/417-5836 for reservations.</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours, Boca moms!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>University Village is up again and Delray&#39;s sidewalk dining gets a new look2015-11-10T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="188" src="/site_media/uploads/i-95_spanishriver_20140114_2s.gif" width="250"></h3> <h3>University Village debate</h3> <p>Final debate starts tonight on a plan to develop almost 80 acres of Boca Raton into another “lifestyle enclave.”</p> <p>       The term refers to areas that are part of a city but also seek to be self-contained. University Village would spread north and east from Spanish River Boulevard, and would include 829 homes—all in multi-family buildings—and a hotel, plus retail and office space. The most important feature of University Village, however, might be near the property, not on it.</p> <p>       That would be the Spanish River Boulevard interchange at Interstate 95, set to open in 2017. University Village is what the city designates as a Planned Mobility Development. Projects receive certain densities based on limiting traffic, such as greater reliance on public transportation and pedestrian/cycling alternatives to standard vehicle trips. Some people want to live and work in the same development.</p> <p>       Still, some residents would have to commute. The interchange, though, would enable University Village residents to reach I-95 basically after turning right from the development. That would greatly lessen the traffic impact.</p> <p>       Land-use lawyer Charles Siemon represents Penn Florida, parent company of Spanish River Development Partners. He said 70 percent of drivers leaving University Village would go west on Spanish River Boulevard. Of those, he said, 30 percent would make that short trip to the interstate.</p> <p>       Siemon and other representatives will tell the city council at tonight’s meeting that University Village’s traffic plan would work until 2035. Would the project be able to meet Boca’s Planned Mobility Development rules at its projected size without the interchange? “Probably not,” Siemon said.</p> <p>       Starting tonight, the developer will have to persuade the council that the project really would work. Expect to hear many references to a zoning term called floor-to-area ratio. Essentially, the figure details how much a developer can build compared to the size of the property. The higher the ratio, the higher the density.</p> <p>       Other Planned Mobility Developments in Boca have a floor-to-area ratio of 0.25. University Village would have a ratio of 0.40. That may not sound like much until you consider that it’s a 60 percent increase.</p> <p>       In an interview, Siemon said the city first designated the property for a ratio of 0.60 percent, but that in 2010 the council reduced it to 0.40. During this time, Penn Florida had a contract for the site with Boca Raton Regional Hospital, which had bought the land in 2005 with the idea of building a teaching hospital.</p> <p>       After many contract extensions, the sale to Penn Florida happened in September 2013. But when it became clear that the state would build the interchange, Siemon said, “plans accelerated.” A city study had shown the near-northwest to be still “hurting” after the near-complete departure of IBM.</p> <p>       The history of the project matters. Siemon will tell council members that while the ordinance before them is to create a new Planned Mobility District with that 0.40 floor-to-area ratio, city planners presumed the higher ratio from the start. It was contingent, Siemon said, only on the developer submitting a master plan. Which the developer submitted last year.</p> <p>       From the original version, there are more residential units and there is less office space; offices generate lots of traffic. Siemon said the current plan at the higher floor-to-area ratio would produce fewer car trips outside the development than the study that supported the lower ratio. The retail would be aimed at residents, to minimize the number of patrons coming from outside the project.</p> <p>       Council members may ask if the developer could settle for the lower ratio. Siemon said, “It just won’t work. You would not have the critical mass of residents to support a center like this.”</p> <p>       Aside from the density, council members may ask if there should be another entrance. Plans call for a single entrance on Spanish River Boulevard, with two entrances on the northeast side for emergency vehicles. It would be roughly half a mile from that front entrance to the farthest point of the project.</p> <p>       Regarding a back door to Yamato Road, Siemon said, “My client has done everything that’s possible,” though he didn’t rule out the possible of an exit-only opening to Yamato Road.</p> <p>       The other issue will be how University Village would affect single-family neighborhoods to the east. Siemon compares the project to Mizner Park—a large, mixed-use project that faces homes in the Golden Triangle.</p> <p>       University Village received a recommendation for approval from the planning and zoning board. Tonight is the first of two public hearings before the council. A final vote on University Village would come on Nov. 24.</p> <h3>Rodgers weighs in on Wildflower site</h3> <p>       When I wrote last week about the breakdown between Boca Raton and Hillstone Restaurant Group over the Wildflower property, I used comments from Mayor Susan Haynie and three of the four city council members. I had not been able to reach Jeremy Rodgers.</p> <p>       After my Thursday post, Rodgers emailed to say that he supports “continuing to accept proposals and continue talks with Hillstone if that’s an option.” He has conveyed that sentiment to the Greater Boca Chamber of Commerce, which endorsed Rodgers in this year’s election and has been trying to get negotiations restarted.</p> <p>       The related issue is whether to open the property to the public. I called it a bad idea. Rodgers advocates doing so, saying the site has a “near-ready-to-use parking lot plus some overgrowth. . .having a $7.5 million piece of property closed down for years is even worse than letting this negotiation process take two years and get stale.”</p> <p>       According to a city spokeswoman, City Manager Leif Ahnell will brief the council at its Nov. 23 workshop on cost and other issues associated with opening the site.</p> <h3>Campus and City</h3> <p>       Also on tonight’s Boca council agenda is an item that will be routine now but perhaps much less so in two years.</p> <p>       The council must extend the Campus Development Agreement between the city and Florida Atlantic University. The document enables the city and FAU to coordinate as the university expands. The extension would last through 2017.</p> <p>       At this time, City Manager Leif Ahnell wrote in his memo to the council, FAU does not plan to update its master plan or the amendment. But FAU is thinking big, which is why the FAU board of trustees should schedule the joint meeting with the city that the council has been seeking. Those with longer memories remember the unpleasant surprise Boca got when land for married student housing became University Commons.</p> <p>       Relations are better. The city is eager to work with FAU on a new student district. The trustees have no reason to keep delaying the meeting.</p> <h3>Sidewalk dining rules</h3> <p>       Delray Beach was so successful at creating an Atlantic Avenue-based entertainment district that it became difficult to walk the avenue on busy evenings. Dining outside became so popular that tables blocked the sidewalk.</p> <p>       So the city began requiring restaurants to leave space for pedestrians to get by, even if that meant losing tables. In July, the city required at least a six-foot walkway, a foot wider than the Americans With Disabilities Act requires.</p> <p>       At tonight’s workshop meeting, however, the city commission will discuss whether to modify the requirement. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said the city has heard complaints from property owners on Northeast Second Avenue in Pineapple Grove. So just a few months after Delray thought this issue had been settled for a while, it remains unsettled.</p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Boca Raton Wine &amp; Food Festival 2015-11-10T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Luckily, the weather should turn a bit cooler in the next week or so, just in time for the all-outdoor 6<sup>th</sup> Annual Boca Raton Wine &amp; Food Festival from Nov. 20 to 22. There are four events during three days, all at the Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus.</p> <p><img alt="" height="160" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.10_boca_wff_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tickets are on sale for the “VIP Dinner Under the Stars,” Nov. 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Chef George Patti from MEAT Eatery &amp; Taproom and Chef Ardany Rivas from DaVinci’s of Boca. When you purchase tickets for this, choose a region: Table 1 – American (including foie gras, CalaBazza bisque, beef short ribs and bacon and bourbon s’mores in a jar) or Table 2 – Italian (including burrata caprese, wild mushroom risotto, lamb chop and warm chocolate cake). The festival sommelier will choose wines to pair with your dinner. Tickets are $150 per person when purchased in advance.</p> <p>Another option on Nov. 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the “Vineyard Party,” where lots of restaurants, wineries, breweries and retailers will serve food and drinks galore. Tickets are $59 per person when purchased in advance.</p> <p>On Nov. 21, there’s the “Grand Tasting” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a welcome reception, live entertainment and more food and more drinks. Tickets are $100 per person when purchased in advance.</p> <p>Last but certainly not least, on Nov. 22, the “Craft Brew Battle, A Hoppy Affair!” spotlights craft brewing and brew masters. Tickets are $55 per person when purchased in advance.</p> <p>Four different kinds of “Passport” tickets allow entrance to some or all of the events. The tickets start at $95. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or call 561/338-7594 to purchase yours today. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Swank Table is coming up! Get down on the farm!2015-11-09T15:18:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/11187761_10206659716480409_303147168765522072_o.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Swank Table is here!</p> <p>Yes, South Florida’s favorite farm-to table series of bucolic Loxahatchee dinners is back! And not a moment too soon. These always-sold-out Sunday farm dinners are held at Swank Farm in Loxahatchee and hosted by Jodi and Darrin Swank (above) —and a blockbuster line-up of the best chefs in the region, joined by sommeliers, pastry chefs, music and mixologists.  Most are from 4 p.m. to 8 pm; some are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are wonderful culinary experiences on a working hydroponic farm, and easily the most sought-after dining events of the season. These are adults only, rain or shine and each benefits a charity. Tickets ate $160 each—and sell out fast. Click <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12180/" target="_blank">here</a> to reserve your seats—and here is a preview of what’s on tap:</p> <p>December 6: “Annie Falk and Team Max Bring Hamptons’ Entertaining To The Farm.” This riff on chi-chi Hamptons style based on Falk’s book will feature Chef Dean Max of DJM Restaurants Inc., Paula Da Silva of 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale and Lauren DeShields from Market 17, Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>January 10: “Farm Market” will showcase specialty producers on premises as well as Tony Martindale from The Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach, Michael Reidt of Pilgrim, Miami, and Nicole Gonzales of Dirt in Miami. </p> <p>January 31; “The Year of the Monkey” celebrating the Chinese New Year will be hosted by Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak &amp; Bar in Miami, Adonay Tafur of the Dutch, Miami and Alex Chang of Vagabond Restaurant &amp; Bar, Miami.</p> <p>February 28: “The Envelope Please…” with a nod to the red carpet will showcase Josh Thomsen of Eau Palm Beach Resort, Michael Hockman, Aioli, West Palm Beach, and Nick Martinkovic of Jereve at Emko.</p> <p>March 6: “Gauchos Asados,” an Argentine Barbecue, will feature Wolfgang Birk of Area 31, Miami, Jason Pringle of db modern in Miami and Michael Fiorello of Beachcraft in Miami.</p> <p>March 20: “American Artisans” will be hosted by Charles Carnes of Wellington’s The Grille, Adam Brown of The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens and Blake Malatesta of Delray’s 50 Ocean. </p> <p>April 10: The popular annual “Diner En Blanc” when everyone dresses in white will feature Dena Marino of MC Kitchen in Miami, Sean Brasel of Meat Market of Palm Beach and Miami, and Janine Denetdeel of Talde in Miami.</p> <p>April 24: “Three Little Pigs” will showcase heritage pork and chefs Jarod Higgins of Cut 432, Delray Beach, Chris Miracolo of S3 in Fort Lauderdale and Julia Ning of Station 5 in Miami. </p>The Week Ahead: Nov. 10 to 162015-11-09T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="204" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/cwws-logo.jpg" width="300"> </p> <p><strong>What: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged</strong></p> <p>Where: Lynn University’s Wold Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the theater world, it might be very close to blasphemy to suggest that some of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays are … how shall we put this … butt-numbing. They’re quite long, would be a more charitable criticism, one that can never be leveled at the trio of writers behind “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged,” a touring and regional theater staple since its 1987 inception. The self-reflexive, fourth-wall-breaking collection of Shakespearean gags, in-jokes, and pop-culture bon mots includes Tweet-sized encapsulations of “Macbeth,” “Othello,” “Romeo and Juliet” and the Bard’s other iconic plays, and it usually culminates with a staging of “Hamlet” that lasts 42 seconds and is performed backwards. Let the purists harrumph all the want; this is funny stuff.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/clayton-english-e1441891882721.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Last Comic Standing Live Tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$89</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>NBC may have sadly truncated its ninth season of “Last Comic Standing” this past summer, but even with fewer episodes and zero challenges beyond performing standup, the competition remained as fierce as ever, with only five finalists remaining from 100 bright-eyed, bushy-tailed entrants. This quintet of diverse humorists will take the stage in South Florida this week for sets of (hopefully) all-new, untelevised material. The lineup includes winner Clayton English (pictured), known for his animalistic pacing and masterful set construction; Ian Bagg, a whip-smart Canadian deft at crowd work; Dominique, a down-to-earth observational comic with a wry style; Andy Erikson, a goofy eccentric who is as lovable as plush toy; and Michael Palascak. If you can’t make Tuesday night’s performance at Kravis, the comics will also perform Wednesday night at Coral Springs Center for the Arts.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="230" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/happy-veterans-day-images-to-share-on-facebook.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Tribute to Veterans”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7073</p> <p>The Florida Wind Symphony, a local treasure in residence at Florida Atlantic University, will perform this special Veteran’s Day salute honoring our brave men and women in uniform. Dr. Kyle Prescott will conduct the 40 professional musicians in this acclaimed regional wind ensemble through a set of patriotic classics. In addition, four quilts handmade by members of Quilt Guild by the Sea will be displayed and awarded to area veterans. This initiative, part of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, is designed to cover service members and veterans with “comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” Blankets and chairs are recommended for this event, though chairs can also be rented for $2.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/2014-12-13-katedavisresize-thumb.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kate Davis</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>An artist as comfortable performing at TEDx events as she is cabarets, universities and wineries, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kate Davis picked up the violin at an early age and the double bass during middle school, honing her chops in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. At 24, these are still her instruments of choice, particularly the bass, a classical instrument she has adapted for pop. Her cheeky, jazzy 2014 cover of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”—reimagined as “All About That (Upright) Bass” earned 8 million hits over a three-month stint on YouTube and propelled her to stardom. She’s since appeared on “PBS NewsHour” and NPR, and has performed with Renee Fleming. At this appearance, she’ll play her original music as well as inventive covers—she interprets everybody from Nina Simone to Violent Femmes—at this appearance at the Broward Center’s intimate Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/4859d059f609e721bc5eecb5377ef45c.jpg" width="304"></p> <p><strong>What: Nina Romano and D.J. Niko</strong></p> <p>Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-7790, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This weekend, Delray Beach’s beloved mystery bookstore is offering two guest authors for the price of one—that price being, as always, nothing. Nina Romano, a literature professor and award-winning writer of poetry and short-story collections, will discuss her debut novel <em>The Secret Language of Film</em>, a tale of sweeping romance and intrigue set in China during the Boxer Rebellion; it’s the first in a planned trilogy. Florida author D.J. Niko also will be on hand to speak about <em>The Oracle</em>, the third book in her series of historical thrillers led by her gritty archaeologist protagonist Sarah Weston. Refreshments will be served, and books will be signed.</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/angry_fags_category.jpg" width="250"></strong></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Angry Fags”</strong></p> <p>Where: Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-2533, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Island City Stage, with its focus on universally engaging LGBT-themed work, is fresh off arguably the strongest 2014-2015 theater season enjoyed by any South Florida company, and this weekend it kicks off what appears to be another string of potential hits. Topher Payne’s “Angry Fags” is an outrageous, anarchic slice of social commentary that imagines a world in which the gay-bashed among us strike back with rage of their own. American politics, bomb-building and pistachios figure into the story, but the play already had us at its punchy tagline: “An Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fever dream.” To sweeten the deal even more, this will be the first play in Island City Stage’s expansive new home, the 70-seat Abyss Theatre in Wilton Manors. The show runs through Dec. 13.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="231" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/63489.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Spotlight”</strong></p> <p>Where: AMC Aventura 24, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $10-$13</p> <p>Contact: 305/466-9880, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This deeply engrossing, fact-based feature follows the efforts of a quartet of Boston Globe investigative reporters—the newspaper’s heralded Spotlight team—to uncover a child abuse scandal among Massachusetts priests at the behest of a soft-spoken, big-stick-carrying new editor (Liev Schreiber). Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James inhabit the intrepid journos with such conviction you can practically feel the newsprint on their hands and shoe leather on the feet. In an era of digital media, director Thomas McCarthy revels in the Cloudless nuts-and-bolts of the six-month 2001 investigation—the microfiche, the filing cabinets of old clippings, the revelations spilling from log books in dusty basements—and he seems to discover the movie’s wider meaning along with his protagonists. The story’s tentacles extend to so many aspects of once trusted and now suspect corners of American life, from the corrupt Catholic Church to a venal legal system to a supine media (McCarthy doesn’t let the Globe off the hook for waiting so long to expose the scandal). It’s ultimately a vital statement about the purpose of the fourth estate, and if it lacks the high-wire drama and shadowy intrigue of All the President’s Men, it certainly earns a place on the upper tier of journalism dramas. It opens in Miami-Dade only this weekend, and will open Nov. 20 across Palm Beach County.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/83c516ab8a55.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day/night of Miami Book Fair International</strong></p> <p>Where: Chapman Conference Center at Miami-Dade College, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: Varies</p> <p>Cost: Free or various per author event</p> <p>Contact: 305/237-3258, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As always, the Miami Book Fair International promises nothing short of nirvana for local lit lovers, with more than 450 authors scheduled to appear and a street fair Nov. 20-22—which remains an essential shopping spot for antiquarian collectors. Star authors begin reading and introducing their books this Sunday, kicking off at 7 p.m. with punk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith ($30, includes a copy of her book). She will discuss her latest tome <em>The M Train</em>, a combination of memoir and photography book that she describes as “a roadmap of my life.” On Monday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m., don’t miss Robert Reich ($15), the former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary whose latest book taps into Bernie Sanders’ core demo: <em>Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few</em>. We’ll spotlight other guest authors next week.</p>Football players and veterans2015-11-09T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="692" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.9_john_offerdahl_grilloff.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Gridiron Grill-Off Food &amp; Wine Fest: John Offerdahl scores again</strong></p> <p>Miami Dolphins’ All-Pro linebacker, John Offerdahl, has been busy since he left the field. He’s pairing with some talented area chefs to host his sixth annual “John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food &amp; Wine Festival” on Nov. 14. This popular event starts at noon (for VIP admission) at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, with 25 chefs (among them Rebel House’s Chef Michael Saperstein of Boca and McCoy’s Oceanfront’s Chef Daniel Gerety) and lots of Miami Dolphins, among them Zach Thomas and Sam Madison. Photos with the athletes, a chance to see celebrity guest Adam Richman (Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” host) and autographs are part of the day’s schedule—as are dishes from the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Tailgate Challenge teams. Tickets start at $85 for general admission, and VIP tickets are $125, which permit early access to the festivities. Proceeds all go to Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.9_harbourside_place.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A la carte:</strong> More Veterans Day specials include Cantina Laredo’s two locations in Palm Beach Gardens and Hallandale, which are offering a complimentary meal to all veterans and active duty military personnel on Nov. 11 during opening hours from noon to 10 p.m. All guests who show a military ID will receive their choice of dish up to $15. Also, Calaveras Cantina, BurgerFi, Coffee Culture Café &amp; Eatery, Tommy Bahama and Bravo! Cucina Italiana are offering specials at Harbourside Place (pictured) on Nov. 11. That’s at the northwest intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Indiantown Road in Jupiter. On Nov. 17, Arturo’s Ristorante <em>(6750 N. Federal Highway, 561/997-7373)</em> will offer an evening of fine cigars, fine wine and Italian food (of course!) to benefit UNICO. Tickets are $125 in advance or $150 at the door. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Movie Review: &quot;Suffragette&quot;2015-11-06T08:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>‘Tis the season for the suffering woman. Of the lead actresses angling for Oscars this year, overcoming tribulation is a prerequisite for many, from Helen Mirren’s Jewish World War II refugee in “Woman in Gold” to Julianne Moore’s twin battles against cancer and the New Jersey legal system in “Freeheld” to Brie Larson’s harrowing abduction ordeal in “Room.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="207" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/imageresizer.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Suffragette,” which opens in theaters today, is the latest Oscar-season narrative of an oppressed woman, set during the voting-rights movement in London circa 1912. Carey Mulligan plays Maude Watts, a fictional laundress swept into her city’s very real suffrage battle. She shares a tenement-style hovel with her husband and child while working backbreaking hours under a lecherous employer for a fraction of her male counterparts’ wages.</p> <p>It’s a grueling life but it’s the only she knows, and at first she distances herself from the term “suffragette,” with its baggage of radical, brick-throwing feminists. Much of the film documents her inner struggle to embrace her activist role, which comes at the price of her home, her family, her job and her health. Gradually accepting that change only comes from revolution, she is a composite for the countless working-class women who turned a fringe cause into a national shift in policy and perception. The arc of history may eventually bend toward justice, but in getting there, it nearly breaks.</p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/houses_of_parliament_open_doors_to_movie_cameras_for_first_time_for_suffragette.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Directed by Sarah Gavron (most known for 2007’s “Brick Lane”), “Suffragette” can have the feel of a homework assignment, eschewing entertainment for institutional grimness. It is a work of such single-minded seriousness that it can be blinded by its myopia, looking neither inward nor outward: Every scene channels the angst and distress of the suppressed, at the expense of both global context and local color. By contrast, “Selma,” with which “Suffragette” shares some similarities, contains plenty of both.</p> <p>Gavron’s unswerving passion, however, also lends the film its chugging strength as a piece of intestinally gripping historical fiction. It’s infused with harrowing details and the sort of righteous rage that cuts across gender, race and culture. Mulligan, who proved with this year’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” that she’s fully prepared to get her hands dirty for art, creates another vessel of earthen authenticity, discovering the flesh-and-blood pulse hidden underneath her history-book archetype.</p>Staff Picks: food and fashion2015-11-06T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>Kate’s Fashion IQ</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="870" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.6_kate's_fashion_iq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manager</em></p> <p>“Kate’s Fashion IQ is a free fashion mobile app that allows users to play games to test their fashion IQ, shop the items featured in the game directly from the mobile app and share their scores and purchases with friends on social media. The app was created by “seasoned" Boca Raton residents and best friends, Maria Longo and Susan Weinstein, who decided to combine their talents in marketing and fashion to break into the tech industry. Kate’s Fashion IQ gives style seekers a savvy, new type of fashion experience with one dynamic app where users can play, shop and share.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Sicilian Oven</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.6_sicilian_oven.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I don’t know what the pizza in Italy tastes like, but I can’t imagine anything much better than a slice from Sicilian Oven. I always order The Boss—it’s simple with just fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and tomato sauce, but it’s like heaven in a box. Out of convenience, I go to the one in Coral Springs, but there is now a Boca location for all you pizza-loving Boca residents.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 21170 St. Andrews Blvd. #9 // 561/750-9772)</p>Tastings, Talde and tequila2015-11-06T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p> <img alt="" height="2440" src="/site_media/uploads/chef_michelle_bernstein.jpg" width="2004"></p> <p><strong>Tasting menus, pop-up dinners: Michelle Bernstein’s everywhere!</strong></p> <p>Starting Nov. 11, and then every Wednesday in November, Michelle Bernstein will wow six lucky patrons at her CENA by Michy restaurant when she serves a multi-course tasting menu with “playful, off-menu dishes.” This is OmaMichy <em>(6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305/759-2001), </em>which sounds like a fun and fabulous concept. The menu, which changes weekly for two seatings (7 and 9:30 p.m.), is $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and you can buy a $45 beverage pairing to go with that, too. With only six seats available, <a href=";date=2015-11-04" target="_blank">reservations</a> need to be made in advance.  </p> <p>Kicking off the series is a giveaway for the first 7 p.m. seating on Nov. 11. To enter, tweet @chefmichy, use #omamichy and describe your most adventurous meal. The deadline is Nov. 8 at midnight.</p> <p>Keep an eye out for more of this busy chef. She will please us again with her Michelle Bernstein’s Michy’s Pop Up, in its third year during Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015 at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Breakfast and lunch will be served at Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein and dinner at Michy’s Pop Up.</p> <p>And because she doesn’t already have enough on her Michy plate (!), she will be hosting a sold-out dinner at SOBEWFF on Feb. 25.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/dale_talde.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Restaurant opening today: Talde Miami Beach</strong> </p> <p><em>Top Chef</em> alum/restaurateur <strong>Dale Talde, </strong>with partners <strong>David Massoni</strong> and <strong>John Bush</strong> of Three Kings Restaurant Group, opens Talde Miami Beach on Nov. 6, with an Asian-American cuisine. This is the third restaurant for the group, and it’s inside the Thompson Miami Beach hotel <em>(4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)</em>. It’s open nightly for dinner starting at 6 p.m., with late-night hours on the weekend.</p> <p><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/cantinalaredo_hallandale.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Tequila Dinner: Cantina Laredo, Hallandale</strong></p> <p>You’ve been waiting for it, and now Cantina Laredo <em>(501 Silks Run, Hallandale, 954/457-7662)</em>. is hosting its quarterly Tequila Dinner on Nov. 19. Cocktails start at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:30, and it’s $49.99 per person for four courses and Don Julio tequila. Belly up for beef tamal with chorizo corn hash, sopa y pozole con pollo, then seabass or pork chop, finished with guava flan for dessert. Did we mention the tequila? Cocktails with one of Don Julio’s six tequilas will accompany each course. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Fashion Forward: Top November Trends2015-11-06T06:00:00+00:00Dana Ross/blog/author/danaross/<p>This month, my local fashion curating brought me to the Regency Court shopping plaza in Boca Raton where I found amazing pieces to share with you. I am also including a couple pieces available at Town Center and online. Happy shopping!</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.6_jacket.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>My first pick is this <strong><em>Pé de Chumbo </em></strong>jacket spotted at Apolonia Boutique <em>(3011 Yamato Rd. Suite A15)</em>. As soon as I saw this jacket, I styled it with my favorite pair of flare jeans for a sophisticated look. And there’s a little secret about this jacket—it has a light fragrance in the fabric so there is no need for perfume (bonus)! This boutique specializes in curating unique pieces that sell, out fast so shop while supplies last.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.6_pants_and_top.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While I was in the shopping plaza, I also stopped at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">Alene Too</a> <em>(3013 Yamato Rd. #20)</em> where I always find on-trend styles at great prices. I was so excited when I stumbled across a pair of <strong><em>Frame Denim</em></strong> jeans. I have featured this brand on <a href=""></a> a number of times, but I haven’t actually tried them on. They are seriously a perfect flare jean that I would pair with the jacket (above) or a simple <strong><em>black sleeveless shirt</em></strong> for a chic, casual look. </p> <p><img alt="" height="849" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.6_dress.png" width="490"></p> <p>The November issue inspired my third piece for this month, <em><strong>Rebecca Taylor’s Static Print Silk-Blend Dress</strong>. </em>I read about Rebecca Taylor making a personal appearance and hosting a full runway show at the Junior League of Boca Raton’s Women Volunteer of the Year luncheon, so I wanted to share one of my favorite Rebecca Taylor designs. This dress is available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center or online at Lilly List (click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.6_shoes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This fall has been all about ballet flats. Trust me when I say I’ve seen every style and color over the last couple months.  Recently, I stumbled across <strong><em>Gap’s Lace-up Ballet Flats</em></strong>,<em> </em>and I was sold on the style, color and price. These flats are available in multiple colors and are a great price point. Exclusively online, shop these shoes at Lilly List (click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.6_ring.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Finally, my last pick for the month is from Charlotte Chesnais’ jewelry line. I’ve been watching this former Balenciaga designer over the past couple months and just have to share one of her pieces. This 18kt yellow gold-plated silver ring is heart-shaped and sits elegantly across two fingers. Her pieces cannot be passed up with their architectural aesthetic and unique design—a must have for every fashionista’s jewelry collection. Exclusively online, shop this ring at Lilly List (click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>). </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Dana</strong></p> <div>Dana Ross, a South Floridian by way of New York City, founded <a href="" target="_blank"></a> on the premise that women are inspired daily by what they read about and see in magazines. She is the quintessential magazine reader and shopper, and she is mom to a 1-year-old budding fashionista, Lilly, who inspired her to launch the site during the trials of new motherhood when she just didn’t have the time to read all her beloved magazines.</div>Gregg Cox2015-11-05T09:30:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p>Every college has at least one: the teacher whose classes are always booked, the teacher who is “cool,” who inspires students to really think, to go that extra mile. Dr. Gregg Cox, now vice president of academic affairs at Lynn University, was one of those teachers—and even if he works now in a more administrative role, his reputation as MVP at Lynn is legendary.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/gregg_cox-6529.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With a degree from Florida in chemistry, a master’s in math and a Ph.D. in education from FAU, Cox was hired in 1981 to teach math at what was then the College of Boca Raton. Over the years, the gig seems to have stuck; he has since been a department chair, women’s golf coach, the dean of three colleges, academic dean and now this, the grand poobah of all deans.</p> <p>And he’s been voted Teacher of the Year three times.</p> <p>Still, he’s the same Dr. Cox who puts on his hat and shades and sits on a random bench on campus now and then, so he can talk to students on their own turf.</p> <p>“I tell students when you see me on the bench, stop and talk to me. And it’s amazing what they talk about.” he says. “At first they would keep their heads down and act like they didn’t see me, but I call them out when they walk by. I think it works.”</p> <p>Here’s what Gregg Cox had to say the day we called him out.</p> <p><strong>On being a science guy: </strong>People tend to fall in one of two categories. Their brain works really well in math/science or it works really well in the arts/philosophical side. I’m sort of a linear thinker—let’s get to the answer and make sure it’s the right answer. I’ve always liked that about math.</p> <p>I don’t mind philosophical discussions, but I don’t many times find them terribly rewarding. Like when people have meetings with me, I like by the end of the meeting for everyone to know what has got to be done. With the arts it’s “Let’s talk about it some more, let’s think about it some more, you’re right and I’m right and we’re all right.” Generally I think I’m right and everybody else is wrong.</p> <p><strong>Favorite part of teaching: </strong>The payback is the little light that goes on. There’s a look on a student’s face when you know that they know.</p> <p><strong>On his image: </strong>People have said on my evaluations that “I have never enjoyed failing a class more.” I think they know I care and I’m trying. But I’m also realistic. I explain to them, “This is not like being an 8-year-old on the soccer team where everybody gets a trophy. If you can’t solve these problems, you can’t pass this class.”</p> <p><strong>Biggest challenge in teaching today</strong>: The kids come in with a greater expectation that you will do more for them. Their parents have done too much for them, in my opinion, and they have created this expectation that the world revolves around them. … Most of these kids have never been allowed to fail at anything, and some of the greatest lessons you learn in life are through your failures, not through your successes.</p> <p><strong>How he stays cool</strong>: I do not stress out over a lot of things. I’ve accepted that it’s an absolute waste of energy to worry about something you have no control over. A problem is like a puzzle, and I really enjoy solving puzzles, so what I spend my time thinking about are solutions—how can we make this better?</p> <p><strong>On dressing the part</strong>: When I took this job I said to the president that I’d do it on an interim basis. I’ve got my own kind of way, and I said “Do you expect me to wear a suit and tie every day?” And he laughed and said, “You wouldn’t be you of you did that. But will you wear one sometimes?”</p> <p><strong>Words to live by</strong>: I am not one of these people who believe you can be anyone you want to be, or you can do anything you want to do. It’s not true. It’s nice to say that to your children, but at a certain point you have to say, “It’s important to keep as many options open as you can for as long as you can, because the older you get, the fewer options you are going to have.”</p>More on the Hillstone deal, potential zoning changes, the Lynn effect and other news and notes2015-11-05T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/551_eastpalmettoparkrd_imagery150804-289x300.jpg" width="289"></h3> <h3>Houston’s: the back story     </h3> <p>The deal to put a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower property in Boca Raton is not dead. But it does need a nudge.</p> <p>       Two weeks ago, in a letter to Deputy City Manager George Brown, Hillstone Vice President Glenn Viers said the company was “withdrawing its proposal” to lease the site. The decision came as a surprise, and it didn’t make sense; the company has two years of time and expense in the project. The city council’s tepid reaction at a workshop meeting four days later also seemed puzzling. Council members sounded almost indifferent to the possible failure of the council’s top priority for two years.</p> <p>       My sense after speaking with Viers and some council members is that each side is waiting to hear from the other. “I don’t know how real the letter (from Hillstone) is,” Councilman Mike Mullaugh said. “I expect a follow-up.” Viers said no follow-up is planned, but when I asked if the company might want to re-engage with the city, he said, “Talking is always better than not talking.”</p> <p>       Part of the problem is Boca Raton’s manager-council form of government. Susan Haynie is a “weak” mayor, whose main powers apart from the other council members are running the meetings and working with City Manager Leif Ahnell to set the agenda. Ahnell is the city’s CEO.</p> <p>       As such, Haynie and the council had to delegate negotiations to staff, and then wait for a lease agreement that the council would approve or reject. Even now, council members aren’t sure why the talks broke down.</p> <p>       Viers and Brown confirmed that the main problem was the city’s demand for a two percent annual increase in the initial lease payment of $500,000. The draft agreement had contained a five percent increase every five years. The city wanted to double that increase.</p> <p>       A related problem was the potential property tax bill. Though the city owns the site, Hillstone as a private entity in a long-term ground lease would pay the taxes. The assessed value of the 2.3-acre property—the amount on which taxes are calculated—rose 10 percent in the last year —from $6 million to $6.6 million. As Viers correctly points out, that valuation is just for the land on the Intracoastal Waterway. It would rise even more with a Houston’s on it.</p> <p>       Councilman Robert Weinroth said the explanation from the staff was “kind of confusing to listen to.” Scott Singer is “waiting for more information,” to “get a better handle” on things. Of the two percent demand, Mullaugh said, “I don’t know how that all happened.” Haynie said the letter “caught us all off-guard.” She would like to “identify where the gap is. How far apart are we?”</p> <p>       To find out, the council may need to reach beyond the staff. The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Haynie said, has offered to help resolve the dispute. Some chamber members, Haynie said, understand ground leases, and could help the city determine if its offer is realistic. Chamber leaders understandably worry that failure to reach a deal on the Wildflower property with the city’s chosen company after all this time would hurt Boca Raton’s reputation as a city that encourages business development.</p> <p>       Another issue may be the dock that Haynie and others hoped the restaurant would add for diners to come by boat. Viers said Hillstone’s engineers have told him that currents in the area make a dock too risky compared to the section of the Intracoastal in Pompano Beach where Hillstone operates a Houston’s that has a dock. Again, the council needs more information.</p> <p>        Nothing I’ve heard from either side suggests that the problems are insurmountable. Hillstone owns the site of its Houston’s near Town Center Mall, so property taxes haven’t kept that restaurant from succeeding. Four of the five council members say they would consider continuing the talks. In Hillstone, Boca has a top-tier company to create the private-public space the city wanted.</p> <p>       If the letter was a negotiating tactic, it got the council’s attention. Haynie has the right attitude: “Let’s see if we can salvage this deal.”</p> <h3>The park option</h3> <p>       Now that we have discussed what should happen with the Wildflower property, let’s discuss what should not happen: The city council should not even think of making the site into a park.</p> <p>       During public comment at last week’s council meeting and at the previous day’s workshop, several speakers urged the council to abandon the idea of a restaurant. Some referred to “Wildflower Park.” They claimed that the public supports use of the site as a passive park. One man asked, “How can you not listen to us?”</p> <p>       One reason is that “us” consists almost entirely of people who live near the property and don’t want it developed. They fear more traffic. It’s a legitimate concern, but the city has been working to address it. Other speakers said a park would draw people to downtown stores and that crime had increased because of higher population density. Both are bogus claims.</p> <p>       The key point is that Boca Raton did not spend $7.5 million to create a little-used pocket park. Then-Mayor Susan Whelchel said the plan was for a restaurant with a public walkway along the Intracoastal. When the council approved the purchase in December 2009, outdoor dining was part of the discussion. When staff began negotiations with Hillstone almost two years ago, a memo from Deputy City Manager George Brown noted that the council at its May 2013 goal-setting session had emphasized developing the Wildflower property for “income production.”</p> <p>       Yet some of the regulars at council meetings keep insisting that developing a restaurant would be breaking faith with the public. The public, however, also includes the great majority of residents who don’t live near the site and expect the city to get a return on their investment.</p> <p>       Consider that even with just a $500,000 annual payment from Hillstone over the 20 years of the lease, the city would receive one-third more than the purchase price. The city also would get a destination that might actually draw people to downtown merchants and would draw new downtown residents without them having to drive.</p> <p>       Seeing Hillstone’s letter, opponents of the restaurant now want the city to open the site to the public—just for a little while. Take down the fence. Put down some sod. Councilman Jeremy Rodgers was their advocate last week. City Manager Leif Ahnell may have projected costs for next week’s council meeting.</p> <p>       As Mayor Susan Haynie noted, however, it’s not that simple. The site would have to be Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant. Where would people park? What about liability issues?</p> <p>       Opening the site also would show the city caving to a vocal, naysaying minority. And 2016 isn’t even an election year. Further, no-growth candidates who got support from no-growthers opposed to developing the Wildflower site have lost in the last two city elections.</p> <p>       Boca Raton has many parks—and any money for parks should be spent on them. The Wildflower site may look ugly now, but the consequences would be uglier if the council gave in. Close the Hillstone deal, and take down the fence when the construction workers show up.</p> <h3>Lynn largesse</h3> <p>       Florida Atlantic University has raised half of the money for what President John Kelly calls FAU’s “transformative” project.</p> <p>       That would be the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. Eleven months ago, FAU announced the $16 million gift from the Schmidt Foundation that started the fund-raising drive. On Tuesday, the stage belonged—as it so often does—to the relentlessly charitable Christine E. Lynn.</p> <p>       The gift is $5 million from the E.M. Lynn Foundation, named for Ms. Lynn’s late husband, Eugene Lynn. With the donation, according to Athletic Director Pat Chun, FAU has raised $23 million. The projected cost is between $45 million and $50 million.</p> <p>       Kelly intends for the complex to be a marketing tool— aimed both at student-athletes seeking an advanced training and rehab facility and non-athlete students who want to major in a sports-related discipline.</p> <p>       FAU threw a nice announcement party. It took place in the Delray Acura Club on the third floor of the football stadium. Invitees included professors who would teach at the complex and faculty members of the nursing school, to which Ms. Lynn—a former nurse—also donated $350,000. Though the football team is just 2-6, Kelly touted the Owls’ victory last Saturday over Florida International in the annual Shula Bowl.</p> <p>       Though FAU has fielded a football team for less than two decades, Kelly believes that a consistent winner will help to attract students and promote the Schmidt complex. In his remarks Tuesday, Kelly said FAU wants to model the University of Memphis.</p> <p>       Both schools are in the so-called second tier of national conferences—FAU in Conference USA and Memphis in the American Athletic Conference. Just four years ago, Memphis fired a coach who had gone 3-21. Attendance was low. This year, Memphis is 8-0, and has a signature win over the University of Mississippi of the SEC, one of the “Power Five” conferences.</p> <p>       Amid all the fun on Tuesday, Richard Schmidt reminded everyone of what remains. Thanking Ms. Lynn, expressing hope for what the complex could bring, Schmidt said, “One day, we’ll look back, hopefully in not too many years. . .” Chun said FAU is “knee-deep” in fund-raising. Good. No one missed Schmidt’s hint.</p> <h3>Zoning change?                                           </h3> <p>       After the Boca Raton City Council approved the Chabad East Boca project, Mayor Susan Haynie said the city would look at the zoning designation that allows commercial development next to neighborhoods. The chabad will be across the street from residences just south of East Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>       A proposed change is before the planning and zoning board tonight. It will be interesting to see what the board members decide. What can seem like a simple change – in this case with the idea of protecting neighborhoods – can irritate property owners.</p> <h3>Ask first</h3> <p>       Here’s a good Boca story:</p> <p>       My wife and I were dining at a Mizner Park restaurant this week. Before he removed our wine glasses, the waiter noticed that I had a sip left. Would I like it? I would.</p> <p>       I thanked him. He replied that it was part politeness and part self-preservation. Not long before, he had removed a glass too soon. The customer, he said, “nearly took my arm off.”</p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>       </p>It&#39;s Better to Give2015-11-04T16:07:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><img alt="" height="590" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/tim_snow-3895.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Good things can happen from tragedy. Tim Snow found this out after his father, George, disappeared 35 years ago somewhere over the Bahama islands. “We spent that whole first year looking for him,” Snow remembers. But George Snow, a high school math teacher turned big-time builder who also flew choppers in his spare time, was never found. No crash site. No helicopter parts. No wallet or paperwork or briefcase. </p> <p class="p3">Eventually Snow and his two sisters and brother inched forward with their lives, within two years starting a scholarship fund in their father’s name that to date has helped 1,540 students and awarded $7.3 million in college scholarships.</p> <p class="p3">Yep. You read that right. $7.3 million.</p> <p class="p3">Tim Snow gives away money, lots of it. And it’s hard work. That first year, with the loss of their father still raw, Snow and his siblings threw a Kentucky Derby Party—his father always had thrown a humdinger of a Derby party—and raised enough money for two scholarships. Their goal, Snow says, was to eventually get so big they could say they’d given away $1 million. On a warm Florida evening this past June, they gave away more than $600,000 in just one night.</p> <p class="p3">Snow, 58, takes pride that the scholarship program “is a little different than all the others.” For starters, “we treat these kids as our own,” he says. </p> <p class="p3">During college finals week, more than 70 volunteers bake cookies and put together care packages. Aside from the actual scholarship money—which helps “rock star” students attend whatever college is a good fit, even MIT if that’s the right choice—the folks at George Snow provide emergency travel funds and help pay for things like dental work and physicals.</p> <p class="p3">“Many of our students are orphans or caregivers,” says Snow, who often stays in touch with students, a few of whom now sit on his board. “It’s very hard for me to get through the (awards ceremony) without getting emotional. These kids are many times victims of circumstances they just don’t have control over.”</p>Nailing the Interview2015-11-04T15:47:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/colleen_perrone-3041.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In 2009, Colleen Perrone—an executive recruiter with The Caler Group in Boca Raton—wrote an e-book, <em>Don’t Interview: Audition</em>, as a guide to help displaced professionals dive back into the job market. Here are her favorite interview tips.</p> <p><strong>• Be prepared:</strong> Do some homework about the company and the person with whom you’re interviewing. Look at LinkedIn. Read the company website. Notice résumé details—like awards and civic interests and where your interviewer went to college.</p> <p>• <strong>Arrive on time, looking great: </strong>Do not be late. In fact, arrive 10 minutes early. And Perrone always tells clients, both male and female, to wear business attire. “I don’t care if the company says ‘casual attire,’” she says. “You want to look your best.”</p> <p><strong>• Review your r</strong><strong>ésumé:</strong> The night before the interview, re-read your résumé at least three times. Maybe you wrote it a while ago, and something’s out of date. Also, don’t be afraid to talk about your weaknesses and how you overcame them.</p> <p><strong>• Listen carefully: </strong>Answer what was asked. Don’t babble. “The answer should really not be more than two minutes,” she says. ”Don’t go off on something that has nothing to do with the question.”</p> <p><strong>• Have one good story:</strong> Perrone says it’s important to have at least one good story about what YOU accomplished at your last job. It’s OK to tell a little tale about how you won over a customer, fixed a problem, or came out ahead of the competition.</p> <p><strong>• Do a soft close:</strong> As things wind down, and you’ll be able to sense this, make sure you take a moment to wrap things up. If you love the company and want the job, say that. “I really think I could add value,” might be one way to put it. Ask for their impressions, perhaps something like: “Do you see me as being a good fit for your company?” Be frank, honest and professional, but don’t gush.</p>The Week Ahead: Nov. 4 to 92015-11-04T06:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/image.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television”</strong></p> <p>Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>We’ve all heard television being dismissed as the Boob Tube and the Idiot Box, and if you scan the content of many of the programs on E!, MTV and the dayside slates of most major networks, you’ll probably still agree. Even the medium’s defenders must concede that despite the high quality of more recent scripted programs, doesn’t TV exist to sell us crap we don’t need? Can it truly become cultural nourishment? This jaded perspective didn’t always exist, as this illuminating exhibition reminds us. The early days of television were actually a hotbed of modern art experimentation, from the Pop Art onomatopoeia of “Batman” to the surrealist graphics of “The Twilight Zone” to the Op Art influences in early Kodak ads. It’s hard to imagine now, but avant-garde composer John Cage even performed on “I’ve Got a Secret,” and Salvador Dali appeared on “What’s My Line?” “Revolution of the Eye” delves into this relationship between modern art and TV through more than 260 fine art and graphic designs, from artists ranging from Georgia O’Keeffe and Roy Lichtenstein to Marcel Duchamp and Frank Stella. It runs through Jan. 10.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/public-image-limited-2012-500x250.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Public Image Ltd.</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The very year the Sex Pistols’ brief but influential existence flamed out in the death of its co-founder Sid Vicious, its other leader, John Lydon, was back in the studio, making a record that was markedly different than his former band’s gnarled fury. Inspired by reggae and world music, he formed Public Image (later adding the “Ltd.”) with three players as progressive and boundary-pushing as he was, and released the moody, challenging, astonishing debut “First Issue.” Lydon topped it the following year with his magnum opus “Metal Box,” a scary, uncompromising affront to pop structure. Like everybody else’s, Lydon’s music has mellowed in a more commercial direction in the 35 years since its release, but it hasn’t lost a shred of its relevance. PiL is supporting its second album since its 2009 reformation, the snaky new tunes mixing agelessly with the vintage ear-scorchers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/david_mitchell.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: David Mitchell</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami-Dade College Auditorium, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Building 1, Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Book purchase of $27.82 at Books and Books provides entry for two</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Halloween may have just passed, but haunted houses are still very much en vogue in David Mitchell’s new book <em>Slade House</em>. The cultishly respected British sci-fi writer, whose epics like <em>Ghostwritten, Cloud Atlas</em> and <em>The Bone Clocks</em> span generations, countries and even universes, has limited himself this time to <em>just</em> a 35-year time period, from the late ‘70s to the present. The titular house, hidden behind the dark side of a British pub, presents itself only to the lonely or awkward outsiders who discover joy within it—only to find themselves locked inside forever. Citing Mitchell’s expansion into heretofore unexplored realms of winking comedy, <em>Guardian</em> critic Liz Jensen praised the book’s read-in-one-setting leanness (it’s just over 200 pages) and called it “manically ingenious.”</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/where_to_invade_next_still_h_15.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This November staple and unofficial kickoff of Broward County’s cultural season is sparing no expense in its landmark 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary event, beginning with the special guests stars descending on Fort Lauderdale: Ed Harris, Christopher Lloyd, director Victor Nunez (of “Ulee’s Gold” fame), Loretta Swit, Candy Clark and Estelle Parsons will all appear at special screenings of films both new and retro. In all, more than 150 features, documentaries and shorts from around the world will screen over three nonstop weeks of premieres and parties. It kicks off with a polemic bang Friday with the Florida premiere of Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” (pictured), a comment on American’s global perception in which the rotund provocateur visits foreign countries to spread satirical imperialism. Moore will be there to speak about the film, marking his fifth appearance at FLIFF. It will be followed at 9 p.m. with “Jaco” (also screening at Hard Rock), a touching and illuminating documentary about the late, great jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, who grew up in Broward. Most other screenings take place at Cinema Paradiso’s Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood locations; visit the festival’s website for the complete schedule.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/stripped1-690x310.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Stripped”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The relationships between parents and children have, in one way or another, colored the award-winning plays by Miamian Christopher Demos-Brown, from his monumental ensemble piece “Captiva” to his study of postwar coping, regret and historical revision, “Fear Up Harsh.” Now, Zoetic Stage, the company that produced both, returns with Demos-Brown’s latest work “Stripped,” in which family is front and center—and no less political than his more overtly headline-ripped plays. The story’s protagonist, Masha (Lindsey Corey), is a Russian immigrant, a mother and stripper—ahem, we mean exotic dancer—who, because of her profession, is consequently stripped of her child by the state. A meditation on the nature of being truly free, this world premiere takes an insider’s view of the complicated structure of child custody laws, examining every side with empathy. Chaz Mena, Ava-Riley Miles, Margot Moreland, Makeba Pace and Matt Stabile co-star in the production, which runs until Nov. 22.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/lee_roy_reams.jpg" width="295"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Hello, Dolly!”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $70-$80</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The list of performers who have played Dolly, the meddling, kooky matchmaker in Jerry Herman’s “Hello, Dolly!,” reads like a roll call of musical theater royalty: the iconic Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Dorothy Lamour, Eve Arden, Pearl Bailey, Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman ... and Lee Roy Reams? Yes, indeed. The Broadway actor—that would be <em>male</em> actor—who last donned frocks for the Wick Theatre’s “La Cage Aux Folles” this past January will challenge the Wick’s costumers once again. It will reportedly be the first time in the United States a man has played Dolly, and the producers couldn’t have picked a better “Dolly” expert to break this peculiar glass ceiling: Reams played a supporting character in a 1978 Broadway production of the show, and he’s also directed it. Reams recently told <em>Palm Beach ArtsPaper</em>, “They know that in my hands it’s not going to be a drag show. It’s going to be an actor playing the character.” Regardless of the result, this should be a “Dolly” for the record books. It runs through Dec. 6.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/joegillie_2012.jpg" width="256"></p> <p><strong>What: Joe Gillie: “Thanks for the Memories”</strong></p> <p>Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $150</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to imagine Old School Square without Joe Gillie at the helm. At the risk of some serious ego-massaging, it’s kind of like the Globe Theatre without Shakespeare. But just as the Globe has, in one capacity or another, survived its founder’s company, so too will Old School Square outlast its retiring president and CEO. But before Gillie leaves us for good, OSS is honoring him at this farewell bash—while making him work one last time. Gillie, a singer and actor before he was an organization president, will perform with the very same cabaret trio—completed by Kay Brady and Susan Hatfield Ivison, the latter flying in from Australia for the event—that performed on the Old School Square stage more than 25 years ago. They’ll sing jazz, a “sunshine medley” of happy tunes, and a medley of Gene Kelly numbers that will include, by popular demand, Gillie’s “Singin’ in the Rain” performed in diving flippers. Celebrated singer Avery Sommers, who performed at the Crest Theatre’s inaugural performance in 1993, also will perform, along with Matthew Farmer, the venu’s new artistic director. The ticket price includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, reserved seating and valet parking. </p>Aging expert offers better take on growing older2015-11-04T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Harvard educated physician and aging expert Dr. Bill Thomas is bringing his “The Age of Disruption Tour” to the Kravis Center <em>(701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/832-7469) </em>on Nov. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="631" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/ageofdisruptiondallas_10.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Thomas authored the book <em>“Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life,” </em>which offers his refreshing perspective of the inevitable aging process. </p> <p>“Everything we think we know about getting older is wrong,” says Thomas in a media release. “Aging is better now than it has ever been in history. The problem is that our society has a deeply flawed idealization with youth, and we’ve forgotten how to age with grace, style and purpose.”</p> <p>There is no charge for the event, but a $25 donation is suggested. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more information. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Juice and Java review2015-11-04T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Have you ever had the challenge of finding a lunch place where you can enjoy a great veggie meal while your friend or significant other can have a conventional burger? Well, look no further than Juice and Java Café <em>(21316 St. Andrews Blvd., 561/852-2230)</em>. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.4_juice_and_java_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Unlike what the name may lead you to think, the menu here is one of the largest I have seen in Boca. Juice and Java offers 29 salads and 35 wraps! You can also find many other menu items that range from organic tofu breakfast wraps, homemade veggie burgers and green smoothies to grass-fed bison burgers and strawberry banana crepes. </p> <p>I very much enjoyed the Max salad which had mixed greens, quinoa, black beans, red onion, carrot, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, feta (which I opted to sub with red cabbage) and avocado. My Green Life green juice completed the lunch and gave me extra energy to tackle my day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.4_juice_and_java_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>What I liked about Juice and Java is the restaurant’s commitment to making food cleaner and healthier. For instance, all of the soy products are organic and non-GMO, and while they strive to get as much organic produce as possible, they do wash their conventional produce with specialty veggie wash. They also substitute plant-based mayo for conventional kind and source cage-free chicken that wasn’t administered any hormones or steroids.</p> <p>As for beverages, Juice and Java offers about 30 fruit and vegetable juices, 35 smoothies, tap kombucha and unlimited refills on their purified alkaline water that is available as flat or sparkling.</p> <p>Look for their new location opening in East Boca at the 5<sup>th</sup> Avenue Shops in December!</p>Delray&#39;s fire rescue quandry and other news from out and about2015-11-03T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/dbfr_logo250x250.jpg" width="266"></h3> <h3>Fire rescue Delray</h3> <p>       Delray Beach city commissioners weren’t going to discuss fire-rescue services at tonight’s meeting.</p> <p>       Now, they are.</p> <p>       The issue of contracting with Palm Beach County rather than the city continuing with its own department has been around for almost a year and a half. The commission rejected the idea in June 2014, primarily because of doubts that projected early savings would continue.</p> <p>       Still, the key long-range financial problem for Delray Beach remains police and fire pension costs. The city addressed half of the problem a year ago in a three-year police contract that contains pension savings. The goal was to do the same with the International Association of Firefighters, but the budget year ended on Sept. 30 without a new agreement. Though the city has not declared an impasse, the firefighters are working without a contract.</p> <p>       City Manager Don Cooper started work after the commission rejected the county’s 2014 offer. Mayor Cary Glickstein said the commission had asked Cooper to keep talking with county officials. Cooper had been doing that. Last week, however, Cooper told the commission that the city should end those talks.</p> <p>       In an email, Glickstein called Cooper’s decision “premature.” At last week’s goal-setting session, the mayor “suggested” that Cooper discuss the topic tonight during the manager’s report so that the commission can “provide direction to move on (forget the idea of contracting) or continue talking.”</p> <p>       Glickstein said one irritant for Cooper has been the county’s “delayed response” to providing a proposal. The changeover would have started on Oct. 1 of next year, which Glickstein said would have been problematic because early property tax notices go out in December. If Delray Beach contracted with the county, the city’s tax rate would go down, but property owners would pay a new, separate tax for fire-rescue. One question is how those two tax rates would match up.</p> <p>       Adding to the pressure is that city staff also would have to analyze the county’s offer and explain whether switching would make financial sense. Glickstein said Cooper didn’t want to present “a rushed analysis of this magnitude.”</p> <p>       Under its most recent proposal, the county would buy Delray Beach’s five fire stations for $8.1 million and make what the city agrees are needed upgrades, especially to the station on Linton Boulevard. The county would pay the city $3.2 million a year for five years, the duration of the agreement. The county would agree to hire 148 firefighters, the city’s current force.</p> <p>       But there are many other questions. Firefighters could stay with the city’s pension plan or move to the county’s. How would that affect pension savings? Delray Beach provides fire-rescue service to Highland Beach and Gulf Stream. How would the loss of that revenue be figured into the city’s overall cost? Would the deal ensure that Delray Beach could get relief if service suffers? If the city keeps its department, how much would improvements cost?</p> <p>       Underlying the debate is that unresolved contract. Five months ago, Union Local President Ricardo Grau wrote a letter to Cooper in which Grau blamed the city for creating a “dire and unsafe situation” regarding fire-rescue services. Grau claimed that the department lacked sufficient equipment and had to borrow from Boca Raton. Grau said Fire Chief Danielle O’Connor “shares our concerns.” Cooper said any equipment/staffing issues are “solvable.”</p> <p>       In an email, Cooper said that while he won’t be able to present a “side-by-side comparison,” the staff “can make some broad comparisons.” He will ask the commission to tell him “whether or not they wish me to continue the discussions” with the county.</p> <p>       Normally, the manager’s report comes at the end of the meeting. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia would like Cooper to speak on fire-rescue early, in case not all attendees can stay late. “This is a passionately hot topic,” Petrolia said.</p> <p>       It’s also a crucial topic. The county’s fire-rescue department already services nearly half of the cities. Getting a city as large as Delray Beach would help make the argument that fire-rescue should be countywide.</p> <p>       Contracting out, however, means that Delray Beach would relinquish control. Despite that five-year timeline, the decision likely would be irreversible. How much would it cost for the city to buy back the stations.</p> <p>       As with video review in the National Football League, the numbers would have to offer overwhelming evidence for the switch.</p> <h3>Lynn donation to FAU</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University plans a “gift announcement” this afternoon at a reception for Christine Lynn. She’s been a big FAU donor—$10 million to the nursing school—even though her name is on the private university across Interstate 95.</p> <p>       It’s been a busy time for her. Two weeks ago, Lynn University announced a $15 million challenge grant from Ms. Lynn toward a multi-purpose student union. It is the missing element from the master plan the university drew up nearly a decade ago.</p> <p>PBS news</p> <p>       It’s been a busy time for public broadcasting in South Florida, and much of the news is good.</p> <p>       For years, public radio fans in southern Palm Beach County could listen to WXEL-90.7 FM or WLRN-91.3 FM. Boynton Beach-based WXEL was the local station, but the signal from Miami-based WLRN sometimes reached as far as Boynton Beach. Often, the programming also was better.</p> <p>       But in 2011, Barry University sold the 90.7 license to Classical South Florida, which replaced National Public Radio programming with classical music. The company broadcast NPR on a weak signal from West Palm Beach—101.9 FM. WXEL became WPMI. Those who couldn’t get WLRN were out of luck.</p> <p>       Then another company bought Classical South Florida, with plans to eliminate classic music on 90-7 and NPR on 101.9 FM. Fortunately, WLRN has struck a deal to broadcast on 101.9. Station manager John Labonia made it happen, with help from Palm Beach accountant Richard Rampell, who serves on NPR’s national foundation board.</p> <p>       Now, though, Rampell is leading an effort to buy the 90.7 license and have the station operate under an independent board. He believes that it would take roughly $4 million. In an email, Rampell told me that one donor has pledged $500,000, and other pledges range between $5,000 and $25,000. “Still a long way from what we need.”</p> <p>       Getting the license, Rampell said, would mean “better coverage in the western, southern and northern parts of the county.” That antenna for 101.9 is atop the Trump Plaza condo tower on Flagler Drive in West Palm and has just a 10-mile radius. Half the signal goes out over the ocean.</p> <p>       NPR’s audience tends to be more affluent and more educated, characteristics of the Boca-Delray market. When I worked at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>, public broadcasting was a regular reader favorite.</p> <p>       So it’s good to hear also that public TV stations WXEL-FM and WPBT-Channel 2 have completed their merger. WXEL, which once shared ownership with the radio station, was created in the early 1980s with the idea of having a station with more Palm Beach County content. As some predicted, however, a single, Miami-based entity made more sense. WXEL has struggled for much of its existence, and should now be stronger.</p> <h3>Redrawing the map</h3> <p>This is the final week of the Florida Legislature’s special session to produce a new state Senate map. The 2012 version violated new constitutional requirements that the map not favor a party or incumbents.</p> <p>       Four senators represent Palm Beach County: Republican Joe Negron and Democrats Joe Abruzzo, Jeff Clemens and Maria Sachs. Last week, the Senate approved a map that removes Negron from the county. The map from the plaintiffs who brought the successful lawsuit keeps part of Negron’s district in the county. The House must act on the map this week.</p> <p>       Negron’s district takes in just a northern portion of the county—Negron lives in Stuart—but leaders across the county want Negron in the legislative delegation. He may be Senate president in 2017-18. Even Democrats would want the county to have a friend like that in Tallahassee.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing lawsuit update</h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission holds another executive session this afternoon on the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit. Don’t expect a settlement to emerge.</p> <p>       With luck, however, negotiations between the city and the developer soon will produce a way to start talking about a settlement. It would be quicker and cheaper than a trial.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p>Celebrating food and service2015-11-03T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.3_robert_irvine.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Taste of Fort Lauderdale Series: SOBEWFF in Broward</strong></p> <p>New to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival is a notable, celeb-laden five days of excellent events in Fort Lauderdale. So if you want something a little closer than Miami Beach, and you’re a fan of Food Network’s Robert Irvine (pictured),  Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” hosts Debi Mazar and hubby Gabriele Corcos (pictured), Todd English, Marc Vetri, Paul Lemieux or the cast of “Chopped” (among others), you’ll need to hustle and buy a SOBEWFF ticket <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.3_debi_gabriele.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Tickets range from $95 to $250, depending on the event. You won’t want to miss the event at the Bonnet House, or the Napa-style dinner at the stylish Auberge Beach Residences &amp; Spa or the Bloody Mary brunch hosted by the “Chopped” cast at the Ritz-Carlton. Oh yum. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/11.3_bostons_veterans_day.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Salute to Veteran’s Day at Boston’s: Free meals to U.S. military</strong> </p> <p>Take your veteran to Boston’s On The Beach <em>(40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364) </em>on Nov. 11 between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., and with proof of service, he or she will be offered a free lunch or dinner meal up to $20 in value. The offer, at the restaurant with a fabulous view of the ocean, is Boston’s way of saying thanks to our veterans, and a delicious way at that. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Concert Review: Mark Knopfler2015-11-02T10:03:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p class="Body">[<strong>NOTE</strong>: The Week in Review will run Wednesday. All concert photos by <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12164/" target="_blank">Ron Elkman</a>.]</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/knopfler2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="Body">Eight years ago, when asked if he had any interest in reuniting the band that sold some 120 million albums and turned him into a guitar hero for the ages, <strong>Mark Knopfler</strong> revealed that he had zero interest in revisiting that part of his past.</p> <p class="Body">“It got too big,” Knopfler said of the white-hot spotlight that followed Dire Straits around the world during the mid-1980s height of its popularity. “If anyone can tell me one good thing about fame, I’d be very interested to hear it.”</p> <p class="Body">In that sense, the Knopfler who took the stage Saturday night at Broward Center for the Performing Arts recalled another rock icon who follows his own muse. In the same way that Robert Plant eschews the mega-millions promised by a Led Zeppelin reunion to pursue music that speaks to him, Knopfler marches to his own tunes. Over the past two decades, he's delivered eight solo albums and several film scores; along the way, he’s explored a variety of genres and influences, including a collaboration a few years back with country star Emmylou Harris.</p> <p class="Body">So it came as no surprise to anyone familiar with his post-Straits career that Knopfler and his exceptional seven-piece band would deliver an evening of exquisite musical storytelling that visited different eras without overstaying the welcome.</p> <p class="Body">What did prove surprising was how the sold-out, decidedly middle-aged crowd reacted to the 16-song set. Though clearly hoping to hear more of their favorite Dire Straits songs—witness the constant shout-outs in between songs, requests Knopfler made clear that he and the band would politely ignore—the wildly enthusiastic Halloween night audience had Knopfler’s back all night long.</p> <p class="Body">The set drew early from Knopfler’s solo work, including two songs—“Broken Bones” and “Skydiver”—off his current album, “Tracker.” The backing band, which included former Dire Straits keyboardist and longtime Knopfler collaborator Guy Fletcher, was a show unto itself, incorporating everything from the cittern to the uilleann pipes—the national bagpipes of Ireland—into the music. Special kudos to John McCusker (violin) and Nigel Hitchcock (sax), who both lit up the stage throughout the evening.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202015/knopfler3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="Body">Though Knopfler, 66, often deferred to the prodigiously talented members of his band, he drew more than enough mesmerizing sounds from his Stratocaster to remind us why he’s considered one of the great finger-pickers in rock history. “Hill Farmer’s Blues,” off his 2002 “Ragpicker’s Dream” album, showed Knopfler at his virtuosic best—a haunting, steadily building atmospheric number that brought the crowd to its feet. The beautifully reflective instrumental “Father and Son,” from the 1984 soundtrack to the movie “Cal,” was a special treat for anyone familiar with Knopfler’s movie-score work beyond “The Princess Bride.” Other guitarists may have better overall chops and showmanship, but good luck finding anyone who can coax more emotion out of a few chords.</p> <p class="Body">When they did delve into the Dire Straits catalog, the band delivered home runs. Knopfler, in fine raspy-voiced form, delighted the crowd with the quiet classic “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as the song that launched the band, “Sultans of Swing.” The signature guitar work on “Sultans,” a sound that seemed so compelling and cool back in 1978, was just as fresh and hip 37 years later. How often can you say that about a song? It's no wonder that it drew one of the biggest ovations of the night. Two songs off “Brothers in Arms,” the 1985 album that sent Dire Straits into the stratosphere, also found their way into the set—“Your Latest Trick” and an encore version of “So Far Away.”</p> <p class="Body">It may not have been the set that every Dire Straits fan wanted, but it certainly was one they appreciated.</p> <p class="Body"><strong><span>Set List</span></strong></p> <p class="Body">Broken Bones<br>Corned Beef City<br>Privateering<br>Father and Son<br>Hill Farmer’s Blues<br>Skydiver<br>She’s Gone<br>Your Latest Trick<br>Romeo and Juliet<br>Sultans of Swing<br>Postcards from Paraguay<br>Marbletown<br>On Every Street<br>Speedway at Nazareth</p> <p class="Body"><strong><span>Encore</span></strong></p> <p class="Body">So Far Away<br>Piper to the End</p>Woman Volunteer of the Year with Rebecca Taylor2015-11-02T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">LL Scene has partnered with the Junior League of Boca Raton for one of the biggest social events of the year. Presented by Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the Woman Volunteer of the Year event will celebrate local women in the community and recognize nominees from non-profit organizations throughout Palm Beach County on Nov. 6 at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club (501 E. Camino Real, 561/447-3000). Naturally, Boca Mag is the media sponsor, which is another reason why it was a no brainer for us to get involved. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_wvoy_save_the_date.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">You didn’t think LL Scene would be a part of an event that didn’t have a little fashion did you? Rebecca Taylor, one of our favorite designers, has partnered with Saks 5th Avenue at Town Center for a personal appearance and full runway show featuring looks from her Spring 2016 collection. We experienced Rebecca Taylor’s show at New York Fashion Week, so take it from us--you’re all in for quite a treat. Lindsey’s love affair started with Rebecca Taylor when her roommate interned for her in NYC, so we couldn’t be happier about her involvement. </p> <p class="normal">Rebecca Taylor’s pieces speak to the young professionals of our time without being too stuffy. She has an impeccable personal style, which is shown in all of her collections. Taylor’s clothes simply exude modern femininity.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_lindsey_swing_and_lilly_robbins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">LL Scene had the honor of kicking off the WVOY event at Saks 5th Avenue at Town Center on Sept.16 by announcing the Volunteer of the Year nominees. This kick-off event brought out the “who’s who” in the South Florida fashionista world, so we can’t wait to see what the actual luncheon will have in store. </p> <p class="normal">Maybe it’s because we just finished a Gossip Girl Netflix binge, but we are so ready for “society season” to start. It’s truly inspirational to be amongst hard working, beautiful women, whom we aspire to be like one day. </p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Wine dinners2015-11-02T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/9.2_bonny_doon.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Rhone Ranger and Café Boulud: Randall Grahm’s Californian Wine Dream</strong></p> <p>Known as the “Rhone Ranger” (love that!), Randall Grahm has long been famous for growing Rhone varietals in his vineyards in California before anyone thought that could be successful. With “Randall Grahm’s Californian Wine Dream dinner,” he will team with Café Boulud’s Executive Chef Rick Mace on Nov. 5 for a four-course meal pairing with the Bonny Doon wines. The meal will be at the new Café Boulud (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060). Tickets are $85, excluding tax and gratuity. </p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/9.2_iii_forks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>III Forks Prime Steakhouse: 2012 Krupp M5 Cabernet Sauvignon</strong></p> <p>Attending the national release for a prestigious wine is a delightful occasion. That’s what you’ll find if you’re at the 2012 Krupp M5 Cabernet Sauvignon release at both South Florida locations of the III Forks Prime Steakhouse on Nov. 13. This wine sells for $165/bottle, and when you pair it with great food, it’s a bit of a dream meal. The four-course dinner has limited seating and costs $135 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. You’ll have a guest speaker from Napa Valley’s Krupp Winery, and other Krupp wines (2014 Black Bart’s Bride, 2009 Veraison, 2012 The Doctor) will be part of the meal, too. Reserve for either the Palm Beach Gardens restaurant <em>(4645 PGA Blvd., 561/630-3660)</em> or the Hallandale location <em>(Village at Gulfstream Park, 501 Silks Run, 954/457-3920)</em>. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Dinosaurs among us!2015-10-30T16:48:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="646" src="/site_media/uploads/resized_99261-dinosaurs-02_66-19835_t635.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>It’s mornings like this one I do wish I had a five-year-old in tow.  Because then I’d have a bona fide excuse for muscling my way into the “Dinosaurs Around the World” exhibit at the South Florida Science Center that opened today. The exhibit features more than a dozen life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, from the Spinosaurus stationed outside the building (he was too big to fit!) to the Herrerasaurus and Iguanodan inside, the feathered Velociraptor, the massive T-Rex with his scary yellow eyes.  They move, they roar, they size you up for dinner and they even feel a little warm and rubbery, as you’d expect.</p> <p>I have loved dinosaurs since the Saturday mornings my dad used to take me to the Smithsonian and we’d just stand and look at the massive T-Rex skeleton in the main hall. My brother took me to all the Japanese Rodan and Godzilla movies, and I never missed a Jurassic anything; in fact, I’ve seen all of them countless times. Give me a good dinosaur fight, or a T-Rex with a pair of human legs kicking from his mouth and I am one happy camper.</p> <p>It makes perfect sense I’d hightail it to the Science museum, and I am here to tell you your kids will love it. Today we even got to talk to Robert DePalma, a real-life local paleontologist who was wandering around the exhibit carrying one fossilized foot of a prehistoric raptor he discovered in South Dakota—at 17 feet, the largest raptor ever discovered.  The scientific paper he wrote on his finding comes out today and he’s naming it Dakota raptor, like Indiana Jones, only with a claw the size of a small and deadly scythe. DePalma was happy to show how that claw could rip another dinosaur apart without trying—and we already know that raptors can reason—so this was a very satisfying conversation, in my opinion.</p> <p>“Dinosaurs Around the World” starts today and will have discounted admission prices the next two days, just because. (Halloween largesse perhaps?) In addition to the dinosaurs, the exhibit features fossils, immersion design elements, a cast of a T-Rex paw print (do dinosaurs have paws?) and lots more. The exhibit runs until April 16, 2016. For more information , call 561/832-1988 or visit The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm beach and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon, to Fri. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Theater Review: &quot;The Mousetrap&quot; at Maltz Jupiter Theatre2015-10-30T10:36:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Audiences in London’s West End are either remarkably compliant of Agatha Christie’s wish keep the ending of her play “The Mousetrap” a secret, or they just don’t care about spoilers. For whatever the reason, this boilerplate mystery—with its Victorian-style manor house, its murderer on the loose, its gaggle of outsized characters with convincing motives, its cunning and relentless policeman—has achieved the world record for the longest continuous production in theatre history. It opened in 1952 and has since exceeded 25,000 performances.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/mouse2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Yet on regional stages on this side of the pond, “The Mousetrap” is produced so infrequently that many local theatergoers (myself included) have never seen it performed. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre specializes in revisiting these kinds of shows—vintage chestnuts vividly realized by a peerless design team—especially in its season-opening slot in late October. The company’s recent productions of “Dial M for Murder” and “The Foreigner” were like antique armchairs lovingly restored, and so it is with Christie’s durable whodunit, another play whose share of problems melt away like so many of the snowflakes swirling outside the manor window in Maltz’s capable hands.</p> <p>The production’s stellar attributes greet audiences before the first line is spoken. If not quite as jaw-dropping as its “Other Desert Cities” or “Foreigner” sets, Michael Schweikardt’s scenic design is perfect for “The Mousetrap,” a towering and uncluttered guesthouse living room with churchy plate-glass windows dividing its symmetrical halves. Snow falls and collects on its outdoor ledges, and when a character opens the front door, wind rustles the curtains just so. By the time the set’s myriad lighting fixtures cast their subtle glow and the old-time desk radio on stage-left broadcasts an accurately scratchy news report about a London murder, the foundations of authenticity are set for stimulating evening of mirth and mayhem.</p> <p>The manor is operated by Mollie and Giles Ralston (Katherine Amadeo and Eric Parks), a newly minted married couple who have just, on this day, opened their manse as a guesthouse. Their tenants arrive one by one, each of them beating a snowstorm that will soon render the roads unnavigable, and trap them (like mice?) in the house.</p> <p>They are, in order of appearance, the eccentric dervish Christopher Wren (Richard Iverson); the retired judge and snooty battle-ax Mrs. Boyle (Barbara Bradshaw); Major Metcalf, a laconic military man who keeps to himself (Barry Tarallo); Miss Casewell, a Machiavellian woman with the dress and mannerisms of a man (Gail Rastorfer); and a surprise visitor, the hulking Mr. Paravicini (Roland Rusinek), who claims to have escaped his upturned car for the refuge of the manor.</p> <p>As one character puts in, every guest is either “unpleasant or odd,” which ensures that these archetypes fit snugly into the colorful murder mystery like cogs in a widget. A character is slain in darkness at the end of Act One, and all of them, at one time or another—including Mollie and Giles—makes portentous, damning statements that potentially incriminate themselves (Christian Pedersen plays the officer who gradually prods it out of them).</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/mouse3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In a good production of “The Mousetrap,” you’ll have your assumptions of the murderer’s identity repeatedly questioned by new revelations, offered by the actors’ movements as well as the script’s words. This is a play that demands a careful, widescreen appraisal of the mise-en-scene. What does it mean that this character dropped his fireplace poker at that time? What’s with the glove Giles discovers, and what’s the object inside it? Is it just a coincidence that a certain character positioned himself near the telephone shortly before the line went dead?</p> <p>The best compliment of Peter Amster’s invisible direction is that he draws just enough attention to such evidence without battering us with it (well, mostly). His “Mousetrap” really feels alive as a theater piece, not a staged book: His pacing is loose-limbed, freewheeling and devoid of the clunky mechanisms that could hamper a work of such writerly calculation.</p> <p>The standout of the well-curated cast is Iverson, who brings a veddy British, “Fawlty Towers” sense of physical comedy to his Christopher Wren, an irrepressible chatterbox who, more than any other actor, makes Schweikhardt’s set his home: His choices are always spot-on, and they bring an air of improvisation to a work that could otherwise feel sculpted.</p> <p>Bradshaw is convincingly shrewish as the entitled grande dame of this strange box of crayons, and Parks hits all the right notes as the manor’s seemingly all-too-straightforward co-proprietor. As Mollie, Amadeo feigns concern about the evening’s meals over its murder, channeling a waifish naivety about the proceedings that may be a cover-up. Rastorfer is an ice-veined, intimidatingly cool Casewell, and Pedersen’s police sergeant skillfully balances a mix of backstory and narrative progression.</p> <p>Rusinek’s Paravicini is the role that might well divide audiences. He emerges from the snow like a chalk-white Satan, laughing like a cartoon villain and speaking with the orotund ham of Orson Welles in his twilight years. The performance is the show’s most over-the-top, the only one to descend into parody—a questionable directorial decision that, for this critic at least, missed the mark.</p> <p>By the time the climactic twist reveals itself, you’ll be genuinely hoodwinked, a testament to “The Mousetrap’s” timeless strengths. Piece the revelation backward, and the logic doesn’t quite cohere, but if anything, it makes you want to see the production again, watching each narrative brick pile precariously atop one another, with full knowledge of the building’s final design—even if it might be full of holes.</p> <p><em>"The Mousetrap" runs through Nov. 8 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets start at $55. Call 561/575-2223 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: European and Asian cuisine2015-10-30T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>The Little Chalet</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_the_little_chalet.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“Looking for a trip to the Swiss Alps without leaving Boca? You have to check out The Little Chalet, a prime steakhouse and fondue restaurant with European flair. They have a vast selection of gourmet fondues, prime steak and seafood offerings and exceptional service. I love the ambiance with cozy dining nooks throughout and a fireplace and piano player for a romantic experience. My favorite dishes I tried were the black truffle burrata , white truffle creamed spinach (obviously if there's truffle on the menu, I have to order it), almond crusted sea bass and the wild mushroom cheese fondue! Oh, but don't forget the chocolate fondues that include chocolate s'mores and Lindt white chocolate with almonds served with a variety of scrumptious wafers and fruits! This restaurant is the perfect choice for any special occasion, and you may actually forget that you're in Florida while you're there!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 485 S. Federal Highway // 561/325-8000)</p> <p> </p> <p>Japango</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_japango.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“If you’re a sushi fanatic like I am, you need to head over to Japango. The menu is stacked with unique and delicious sushi, Thai cuisine and endless appetizer options. The spicy tuna crispy rice (pictured) is a must-try, and the toro sashimi roll is my absolute favorite. It doesn’t even have rice or seaweed, but it’s incredible. I go to the one in Parkland (at least once per week), but there are also Boca and Delray locations.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 7367 State Rd. 7, Parkland // 954/345-4268)</p>Fashion Forward: Ann Taylor gives back and new stores at Town Center and Sawgrass Mills2015-10-30T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_vineyard_vines.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">vineyard vines</a></p> <p>vineyard vines <em>(6000 Glades Rd.)</em> is opening today near Nordstrom and right across from Versace in Town Center Mall. Sail on into the 4,000 square-foot store to shop the brand’s finest ties, shirts, sweaters, swimwear, shoes and more. vineyard vines caters to the preppy, the tailored and the easy-going—perfect for South Florida.</p> <p><img alt="" height="374" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_ann_taylor_elephant_jewelry.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">Ann Taylor</a></p> <p>Ann Taylor <em>(6000 Glades Rd., 561/391-0785)</em> brings you trendy elephant jewelry with a great cause attached. From Nov. 13 to Jan. 30, 50 percent of the price all pieces purchased from Ann Taylor’s limited-edition elephant jewelry collection will donated to <a href="" target="_blank">St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital</a>. Choose the ring ($39.50), the bangle ($49.50), the gold necklace (49.50) or the white necklace ($59.50), or splurge a little and get them all.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_sawgrass_colonnade.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Colonnade at Sawgrass Mills</a></p> <p>Come November and December, The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills <em>(</em><em>1800 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, 954/846-2300)</em><em> </em>will have a whole new collection of luxury brands’ first South Florida outlet stores. To add to the already impressive lineup of Alexis Bittar, Ted Baker London and Vince are CH Carolina Herrera, Helmut Lang, John Varvatos Outlet, Marc Jacobs, Rag &amp; Bone and Tod’s. This means 80,000 more square feet to shop and dine—there will be 24 new stores and two new restaurants.</p>A new restaurant and culinary tour2015-10-30T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_little_chalet_boca.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>New steak and fondue: Boca’s Little Chalet opens</strong></p> <p>A new Boca Raton restaurant, The Little Chalet (485 S. Federal Highway, 561/325-8000) features Executive Chef Ferrin Koplan with his signature dishes: steak, salmon or chicken, among others. And then there are the fondues. The fondues include filet mignon, chicken, pork, vegetables and cheese, of course. Oh, and a dessert fondue with Lindt chocolate, developed by owner Ricky Marcellini. The Marcellini family will donate 100 percent of all dessert fondue sales through Nov. 15 to Spirit of Giving’s 15<sup>th</sup> Annual Holiday Gift Drive. The Little Chalet is open Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 to 11 p.m., with happy hour Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_marianne_gourmet_shop.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>A new path to follow: Bakery Trail culinary tour</strong></p> <p>The local Taste History Culinary Tours, which have been given for five years, have grown to include more than five cities, art galleries and family-owned eateries. The new Bakery Trail that started in October travels between Delray Beach and Boynton Beach and includes districts that host six bakeries, including Marianne Gourmet Shop in Delray Beach (pictured). All of the bakeries feature handmade pastries.</p> <p>Tours are $50 per person, and children under 14 are free. The tours start at Macy’s (outside the East Entrance), at 801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach.</p> <p>Upcoming tours are: Nov. 21 (Delray Beach/Boynton Beach), Dec. 5 (Northwood Village/West Palm Beach/Lake Worth), Dec. 12 (Lake Worth/Lantana) and Dec. 19 (Delray Beach, Boynton Beach).</p> <p>Purchase tickets <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p> Stone Crab Toastadas: Chef Malatesta’s winning recipe2015-10-29T14:15:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Executive Chef Blake Malatesta, of 50 Ocean <em>(50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364)</em> competed with the best Palm Beach County chefs around and emerged the winner of the 2015 Maestro del Mar Chef Competition. The final competition on Oct. 23 included a secret ingredient given to the chefs in the cookoff: stone crabs. This is Chef Malatesta’s winning recipe for you to try at home.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_stone_crab.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="center"><strong><em><span>STONE CRAB TOASTADAS</span></em></strong></p> <p>1 pound stone crab claws (shells cracked and meat picked clean)</p> <p>1 tablespoon olive oil</p> <p>2 tablespoons key lime honey</p> <p>3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion</p> <p>1 jalapeño, stemmed and finely chopped</p> <p>¼ cup fresh shucked corn</p> <p>2 tablespoons small diced cucumber</p> <p>2 tablespoons small diced Florida sweet peppers</p> <p>1 avocado, pitted and small diced</p> <p>Juice and zest of 1 each: lime, lemon, orange</p> <p>Salt and black pepper to taste</p> <p>8 flat tostada shells, packaged or homemade, baked or fried until crispy</p> <p><strong>Garnishes:</strong></p> <p>2 tablespoons of chopped peanuts (tossed in olive oil, salt, sugar and pepper, then toasted)</p> <p>2 ounces roasted garlic lime aioli (2 ounces mayo, 2 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons roasted garlic, 1 lime juice and zest, whisk all ingredients untill incorporated) set aside for serving </p> <p><strong>Preparation</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><strong>1. Prepare the Crabmeat</strong>: Put the crabmeat in a bowl. Pick through it with your fingers to remove any cartilage, and shell.</p> <p><strong>2. Combine the Ingredients</strong>: Add the oil, honey, onion, jalapeño, corn, cucumber, peppers, avocado and citrus zest and juice to the crabmeat. Using a rubber spatula or spoon, gently fold (or toss) all ingredients until well blended. Season well with salt and pepper.</p> <p><strong>3. Assemble and Serve</strong>: Top each tostada shell with a few spoonfuls of crab mixture. Gnd garnish with toasted chopped peanuts and a dollop of garlic aioli.  </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>King tide and other Florida environmental news2015-10-29T13:52:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/delray_brooks-lane.jpg" width="275"></h3> <h3>King Tide</h3> <p>This week—especially today—brings the latest reminder about South Florida’s vulnerability to sea level rise and the latest reason for an individual and collective response from local government.</p> <p>Through Monday, some low-lying coastal areas will get more flooding than usual with the full moon. The cause is the King Tide, which happens when the moon, sun and Earth are in a particular alignment—usually in the fall.</p> <p>Typically and admirably, Delray Beach sought to give residents as much information as possible. The city issued a news release to warn of the higher tides and explain city efforts to minimize the flooding. The release also noted that flooding is worse because the sea has risen roughly 10 inches in the last century. Higher levels, higher tides.</p> <p>As I have written, sea level rise in this region is more problematic south of Boca Raton because the land is much lower. Miami Beach is developing what could become a very costly plan to protect some of the most valuable real estate in Florida. Areas near the beach in Fort Lauderdale suffer chronic flooding.</p> <p>But so do portions of Palm Beach County. The difference is in the community response. Delray’s has been among the most aggressive.</p> <p>Nearly two years ago, the city hired a sustainability officer, John Morgan. He had worked at the South Florida Water Management District, which helps local governments plan for sea level rise. Consultant Nancy Schneider works with the city’s Rising Waters Task Force. Delray Beach will give the county information about which parts of the city regularly flood, to help with the wider response to a changing climate.</p> <p>In an email last week, Morgan told new Assistant City Manager David Scott about Delray’s response to the King Tide and sea level rise in general:</p> <p>For this week, the city put barricades where salt water overflows storm drains and comes over seawalls. The city asks residents to photograph the flooding. Meanwhile, the county will be using drones to record the effects. Delray Beach Emergency Manager Steve Hynes is using the King Tide to help the city prepare for more serious flooding.</p> <p>The problem is particularly bad at Delray Beach’s marina. Morgan said the city has installed flex valves at some stormwater outfalls; a contract to equip the remaining marina outfalls has been approved. During the current budget year, Morgan wants to give City Manager Don Cooper a cost estimate for installing the valves on all stormwater outfalls where high tides cause flooding.</p> <p>The Rising Waters Task Force, Morgan said, will present “findings and recommendations” to the city commission in January. Staff also will present information from the Climate Compact Resilient Redesign workshops. Cooper told me in an email that while climate change won’t be part of the goal-setting session staff and commissioners hold today, rising seas will require more money in Delray’s Capital Improvement Plan.</p> <p>Commissioner Shelly Petrolia has argued that the city should not allow more underground parking facilities, which extreme flooding could submerge. Atlantic Crossing would have one. The city could accomplish that with a “zoning in progress” ordinance that would prevent the approval of underground parking while Delray crafts a comprehensive sustainability plan.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s big push on this issue started with the city’s decision in January 2014 to sign the mayors’ pledge, stating the city’s support for the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact. Signatories commit themselves to a program of public awareness and public improvements that will make themselves and thus the region more prepared for the effects of climate change.</p> <p>Boca Raton has come much later to the issue than Delray Beach. The city has not signed the pledge, though Mayor Susan Haynie told me on Wednesday that Boca is “exploring” it. Staff members, Haynie said, are “examining the obligations and fiscal impact.”</p> <p>According to a city spokeswoman, Boca finally has formed what the city calls an Environmental Sustainability Team, which reports to Assistant City Manager Michael Woika. The group, the spokeswoman said, will examine “air quality, regional cooperation and partnerships, open space, climate change/sea level rise, energy and renewable resources, water quality, transportation, preservation, recycling” and other topics.</p> <p>To match Delray Beach, Boca must move quickly. I could find no information about the King Tide on Boca’s websites. Delray’s website had plenty, and it also offers information about Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps and the national flood insurance program. Last week, Delray Beach released the 2015 evaluation of its Floodplain Management Plan.</p> <p>One could wish that the seas weren’t rising, but action is a better response. Delray Beach has set a good example for Boca Raton.</p> <h3>Florida governor's office blocks emissions limits</h3> <p>Given Florida’s vulnerability to rising seas, it might seem puzzling that Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined the lawsuit seeking to block new Environmental Protection Agency limits on greenhouse gas emissions that cause the climate to warm. All predictions are that 2015 will be the warmest on record, as preceding years were.</p> <p>Bondi’s actions are not puzzling, though, when you realize that her policy and that of Rick Scott is to oppose anything from the Obama administration even when Florida would benefit. Scott still refuses to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.</p> <p>The president’s plan sets limits for each state on carbon emissions from power plants, but states get to decide how to meet those limits. Florida would have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 11 percent by 2030. That’s a much lower amount than Midwestern states where most large generating plants use coal, the dirtiest fuel.</p> <p>This state’s largest utility, Florida Power &amp; Light, long has supported federal action to reduce carbon emissions. One reason is that FPL now generates most of its electricity from natural gas—which burns much cleaner than oil and especially coal—and nuclear.</p> <p>In fact, an FPL spokesman said the company’s emissions already are under the state limit in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. So it is unlikely that customers would face what Bondi speculates would be “dramatically higher electricity bills.</p> <p>History shows why Bondi’s estimate probably is wrong. A quarter-century ago, a bipartisan plan to cut sulfur dioxide— the cause of acid rain—passed Congress. President George H.W. Bush signed it. Polluting power plants warned of catastrophic costs.</p> <p>Instead, the costs were a fraction of the hyperbole, and the results even better than expected. The program allowed the “trading” of pollution credits. Such flexibility within companies helped accomplish the overall reductions.</p> <p>States that don’t create their own programs under the Clean Power Plan would have to use that same cap-and-trade system. A national program passed the House in 2010, but coal-state and anti-regulatory Republicans blocked it in the Senate.</p> <p>If Florida were landlocked, Bondi’s action would be merely political. Since her job is to represent what’s best for Florida, though, her action is political and irresponsible.</p> <h3>David Scott and Delray</h3> <p>David Scott’s arrival as Delray Beach’s second assistant city manager is well-timed.</p> <p>Scott came from Pinellas County. For three decades, his government work has involved public works and utilities—the hidden nerve systems of cities. In an email, City Manager Don Cooper said he has given Scott supervision of the Environmental Services Department—that includes Public Works—the Community Improvement Department and the Parks and Recreation Department.</p> <p>Cooper said Scott’s hiring “completes the management structure recommended” by the commission. With Cooper able to delegate more between Scott and the other assistant city manager, Francine Ramaglia, Cooper should be able to focus more on broader commission-requested priorities. Expect much talk about those priorities when Cooper and the commission hold that goal-setting session this morning at Delray’s golf course clubhouse.  </p> <p> </p>Josh Broide2015-10-29T11:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p class="p1">From Africa to the Northeast to South Florida, Josh Broide has immersed himself in communities around the globe that have enriched his faith. </p> <p class="p3">“We don’t know why we’re born in a certain place, and why we end up in another,” Broide says. “Each experience I had in each one of the communities I lived in was certainly a unique Jewish experience.”</p> <p class="p3">The same can be said about spending time with Broide, who is anything but your garden-variety rabbi. This Howard Stern-admiring, rock music enthusiast is an onion of a man, someone whose layers delve far beyond the ancient texts he studies. Above all else, the founder/director of the Boca Raton Jewish Experience loves people, and he strives to help them find what they’re looking for, whether or not their beliefs align with his own.</p> <p class="p3"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.30_rabbi_josh_broide.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Broide was surrounded by a passionate Jewish community devoid of denomination. In 1985, when apartheid began taking its toll, his family left for the states, moving to Elizabeth, N.J., where they had relatives.</p> <p class="p3">Broide, only 10 at the time of the move, grew up appreciating Jersey’s rock icons—Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. In high school, he dreamed of being a drummer in Guns &amp; Roses; the idea of becoming a rabbi was nowhere on his radar. </p> <p class="p3">It wasn’t until he spent a gap year in Israel, after graduating from high school, that his curiosity for Judaism grew. For the first time, he met rabbis who were invested in him, and he wondered if he could pursue a rabbinic path, despite his lack of Hebrew skills. Coming from South Africa, he’d been behind since fifth grade and had just squeezed by in high school. </p> <p class="p3">Still, he would go on to attend rabbinical school in Baltimore while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in both special education and school administration. It was through his studies in special education that he learned the importance of teaching to the person as opposed to the masses.</p> <p class="p1">“Everyone is unique. Everyone is an individual,” Broide says. “That was the best lesson ever—a lesson for my kids; a lesson for my career.”</p> <p class="p1">Broide and wife Simone moved to South Florida with their two daughters in 2000 for what he thought would be no more than a two-year hiatus from Maryland. He began as the youth director at the Boca Raton Synagogue; 15 years later, he still calls South Florida home. </p> <p class="p1">Now the father of six, Broide is working in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County as its director of community engagement to open the lines of communication between Jewish leaders and the unobserving Jewish population.</p> <p class="p1">“The idea is to give Jews in the community a Jewish experience on their terms,” Broide says. “We’re sort of changing the mind-set of how to deal with those who are not connected.”</p> <p class="p1">Through Jewish Pride Films and Internet-based Jewish Pride Radio, he is using new mediums to start a conversation that encourages Jews to join in. He aims to focus on the positive aspects of Jewish life—a break from the turmoil that usurps almost every news item pertaining to Judaism. He sees the potential for a flourishing Jewish community in Boca—a community that is welcoming and open to change.</p> <p class="p1">In striving to create a sense of belonging, Broide isn’t trying to change the individual. Judaism is multifaceted, as are the people who practice it, and he is no exception. He may be an Orthodox rabbi, but Judaism hasn’t altered the person he was before his religious inclination—as much as it has elevated the person he has grown up to be.</p> <p class="p1">“I think as a rabbi and someone who is very involved in the community, [moving from place to place has] helped shape me,” he says. “I’ve seen so many different perspectives, and I can appreciate where people are coming from.” </p>Seasonal Finds: Pumpkin2015-10-29T06:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p><strong>T</strong>here’s no denying that fall is here in South Florida, and the common theme for pretty much everything during this time of year is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a famed winter squash that is highly popular around Halloween and Thanksgiving. It is widely distributed whole and as a canned puree—I myself have about 10 cans in my cabinet right now! I use it in soup, pie and, of course, my new recipe for pumpkin and ricotta stuffed shells.</p> <p>In this recipe nutty Romano cheese, savory garlic and fresh chopped sage complement the pasta and pumpkin ricotta mixture. It’s perfect for an October night. Bake it up with a fresh basil-infused tomato sauce, and you’ve got a one-pot seasonal meal for the whole family to enjoy!</p> <p><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.29_pumpkin_ricotta_stuffed_shells.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Pumpkin and ricotta stuffed shells</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong><br> 1 box jumbo pasta shells<br> 1 tablespoon olive oil<br> 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree<br> 2 cups (16 oz.) whole-milk ricotta<br> 1 egg white<br> 1½ cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese<br> 2 large garlic cloves, minced<br> 2 tablespoons finely chopped sage<br> 1 teaspoon fine sea salt<br> 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper<br> 1 jar tomato basil pasta sauce</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong><br> Preheat oven to 350F.</p> <p>Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta shells according to package directions until just al dente, and then drain. Carefully transfer the shells to a baking sheet, and drizzle with oil. Set aside, and let cool.</p> <p>In a medium sized bowl, mix together pumpkin, ricotta, egg white, 1 cup of Pecorino cheese, garlic, sage, salt and pepper.</p> <p>Divide sauce evenly amongst two large baking dishes. Fill each shell with the pumpkin-cheese mixture, and arrange shells in baking dishes. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.</p> <p>Serve topped with a sprinkling of Pecorino cheese.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Concert Review: Taylor Swift2015-10-28T15:37:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Admittedly, Taylor Swift is the only celebrity I follow on Instagram, and after her “1989 World Tour” performance at the American Airlines Arena last night, I feel justified for fangirling. Swift’s concert was far more than a recounting of her biggest hits—it was a carefully calculated and theatrically thoughtful experience that was well worth the two hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic and parking garage havoc I endured on the way to my seat. </p> <p>Humbly charming singer-songwriter Vance Joy opened the show with a 30-minute, 7-song set including his new single “Fire And The Flood.” He switched from guitar to ukulele to play his most popular song “Riptide,” and the audience, so engrossed in the soothing sounds of the curly-haired Aussie, seemed to momentarily forget the real reason they came to the AAA. </p> <p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_taylor_swift_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But before Miami got a taste of Swift’s ingenuity, she made sure they were well versed in all things “1989.” The video screens above the stage displayed behind the scenes footage from the “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” music videos,  “1989 World Tour” trivia and an “Ask Taylor” segment in which she compared her cats Meredith and Olivia to emojis.</p> <p>Swifties erupted in a wave that permeated the stadium as they anxiously awaited their queen. As a familiar night skyline lit up the main screen, rows of newspaper-reading backup dancers paced onto the stage before Swift emerged in a metallic blue mini skirt singing “Welcome To New York.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_taylor_swift_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Two songs in, Taylor adorably introduced herself as if the thousands of fans bearing her face on their t-shirts were unaware of her identity.</p> <p>“I just want to have fun and celebrate and have a big party,” Swift said about reveling in the one year anniversary of her “1989” album release. “You go to Miami for that—obviously.”</p> <p>The party kept on going with a set list that also included songs from her previous albums “Red,” “Speak Now” and “Fearless.” Intermittent episodes of Taylor’s repertoire of impressively famous best friends speaking candidly about the pop star allowed just enough time for her to change from one glittery two-piece outfit to the next. And when Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne weren’t mentioning their thoughts about love or Swift’s cat obsession, backup dancers were keeping the crowd alive with routines including LED-lit umbrellas, doors on wheels and scaffold-like structures.</p> <p><img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_taylor_swift_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As if celebrity vignettes and over-the-top set design weren’t enough to accompany Swift’s unfaltering vocals, she brought out some of Miami’s moguls in the form of sporadic surprises. Dwyane Wade presented Taylor with her own Miami Heat Jersey, Pitbull joined her to sing “Give Me Everything” and Ricky Martin for “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_taylor_swift_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But perhaps the vinyl LED bracelets each audience member found attached to their seats were the most engaging element of last night’s production. They lit up stadium-wide to set a mood that coincided with whatever song Taylor was performing. She expressed that the purpose of the bracelets was for her to see every fan’s face illuminated. In true Swift style, she shamed the hate that infiltrates social media while parading a message of self-confidence and self-worth.</p> <p>“I just want to let you know that you are not the opinion of someone who doesn’t know you,” she said before singing her detoxifying song “Clean.”</p> <p>In an era full of vulgar rap lyrics and failed childhood stars, Taylor Swift remains classy and driven even under the media’s microscopes, and her “1989 World Tour” is proof.</p> <p> </p> <p>Set List:</p> <p>Welcome To New York</p> <p>New Romantics</p> <p>Blank Space</p> <p>I Knew You Were Trouble</p> <div> <p>I Wish You Would</p> <p>How You Get The Girl</p> <p>I Know Places</p> <p>Give Me Everything (duet with Pitbull)</p> <p>Fifteen</p> <p>Clean</p> <p>Love Story</p> <p>Style</p> <p>Livin’ La Vida Loca (duet with Ricky Martin)</p> <p>Bad Blood</p> <p>We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together</p> <p>Enchanted and Wildest Dreams mash up</p> <p>Out Of The Woods</p> <p>Shake It Off</p> <p> </p> <p><em>(Photos courtesy of TAS Rights Management)</em></p> </div>Local resort earns Condé Nast #1 ranking2015-10-28T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa</a> in Manalapan earned a number one ranking in the newly released Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers' Choice Awards in the category of the “Top 25 Resorts in Florida (Atlantic &amp; the Keys).”</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_eau_palm_beach_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa completed a renovation in 2014 by potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler. The vibe, according to a recent resort press email, is Capri meets Santorini meets Palm Beach.</p> <p>On the property <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan)</em> is the Forbes Five-Star 42,000-square-foot Eau Spa.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_eau_palm_beach_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Click <a href=";ContactID=12514764002" target="_blank">here</a> for the complete Condé Nast category listing. </p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>Runners, here’s your chance to run competitively on the local levee. The Lace 'EM Up on the Levee 5K/10K is Sunday Dec. 20 at Markham Park <em>(16001 Florida State Rd. 84, Sunrise)</em>. The cost to sign up is $35 in advance ($45 on race day) for the 10K and $25 in advance ($30 on race day) for the 5K.</p> <p>It should be an interesting race. The Everglades levee, which begins at Markham Park is an unpaved but hard-packed trail with no shade. The good news is there’s no traffic, according to</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to register.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Where Boca moms go to do business2015-10-28T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>It’s no secret that <a href="" target="_blank">MOMpreneurs are everywhere</a> in Boca Raton. Once you become a parent, especially a mother, you begin to experience this internal struggle about whether or not to go back to work full-time. As a result, many have chosen the part-time employment route or the direct sales path, or they decide to start their own businesses.</p> <p>I personally fall into the latter category and have made it my mission to scope out where Boca “mom bosses” are meeting to close deals…in and out of high heels. </p> <p><strong><em>Mom + Entrepreneur = MOMpreneur</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_trend_tea.jpg" width="490"></em></strong></p> <p>The business mavens and mommas belonging to <a href="" target="_blank">Boca/Delray Femfessionals</a> meet at restaurants or coffee shops all over town. But, their go-to place for board meetings and the like is <a href="" target="_blank">TrendTea</a> at the <a href="" target="_blank">Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel</a> <em>(1950 Glades Rd., 561/368-5200)</em>. It’s even owned and operated by a local mom.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.29_trend_tea_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boca/Delray Femfessionals Chapter President Pattie Runyon Goldenberg says, “It makes total sense to support fellow women business owners as well as places that give our local entrepreneurs business!” That’s right, <a href="">one Femfessionals member</a> headed up the design and installation for all of the new window treatments in the hotel’s recent lobby renovation.</p> <p><strong>Women at Work</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_the_seed.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Boca women in business make it their mission to support local...especially when it comes to their coffee shops. <a href="">The Seed</a> in Boca Raton <em>(</em><em>199 West Palmetto Park Rd., Suite E,</em><em> 561/430-5640)</em> is a frequent “meet over coffee” destination for women at work to talk shop. Why? It has a handy east Boca location and was <a href="" target="_blank">founded by two local moms</a><strong>.</strong> It also features locally roasted specialty coffee.</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.28_cosa_duci.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Another tasty meeting destination? <a href="" target="_blank">Cosa Duci Homemade Italian Bakery</a> <em>(141 NW 20<sup>th</sup> St. B-21, 561/393-1201)</em>. You can add a full Italian lunch ($12.95, changes daily) to your agenda if Cosa Duci’s tasty coffee and artisan cookies don’t quite satisfy your hunger for business. There’s also a separate room that can seat ten people comfortably if you have a need for a group discussion.</p> <p>With all of these options, who needs an office? I’m off to my next mommy meeting!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Wildflower dust-up, Ag Reserve vote &amp; other agenda items2015-10-27T12:22:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/20150618-nursery-04.jpg" width="300"></h3> <h3>Boca: issues update</h3> <p>By design and by happenstance, the Boca Raton City Council spent Monday afternoon talking about water.</p> <p>Don’t get excited. There’s no shortage in the city. The issue was getting residents to the waterfront, especially the Intracoastal Waterway.</p> <p>On the council’s workshop—discussion only, no votes—agenda was the city’s comprehensive plan for the waterfront. You know that plans are serious when they come with that label of “comprehensive.” The timing could not have been better.</p> <p>Here are the main topics of Monday’s discussion:</p> <p>       -- The Wildflower property.</p> <p>       Last week, the city learned that a key part of its “comprehensive” waterfront plan might be dead in the water. Hillstone Restaurant Group said the company was ending negotiations for a Houston’s restaurant on the former Wildflower property. The site was to include a public walkway along the Intracoastal with access to Silver Palm Park south of the property.</p> <p>       As Hillstone Vice President Glenn Viers and Deputy City Manager George Brown told me, the sticking point was the lease agreement. Under the early terms, Hillstone would have paid $500,000 a year, with a five percent increase every five years and a share of sales over a certain amount. Recently, the city countered with a demand for two percent more annually, which would have doubled the rent over five years from what Hillstone had proposed. The lease would have run for 20 years. The city bought the 2.3 acres in 2009 for $7.5 million.</p> <p>       “If you play those numbers out,” Viers said, with the other costs of designing, building and running the restaurant, “that was a concern.” Deputy City Manager George Brown told me that the terms seemed fair, given the “potential” of the property.</p> <p>       From Boca’s standpoint, there was general agreement that the council had allowed the staff to negotiate the lease— the site plan was ready to go—without coming back regularly for input. The council’s top priority for two years has been finalizing a deal for a revenue-generating business on the property. So what happened?</p> <p>       According to City Manager Leif Ahnell, Hillstone responded to the city’s 2 percent annual rent proposal by offering $600,000 a year—but asking that the amount then be reduced to “offset” property taxes. Ahnell said the city offered to negotiate “face-to-face,” after which Hillstone sent its letter breaking off the negotiations.</p> <p>       Though Viers said, “We’re always interested in talking,” the council Monday wasn’t in the mood. “They know where we are,” Jeremy Rodgers said. Mayor Susan Haynie, whose gripe was that Hillstone didn’t want to build a dock for diners who came by boat, noted earlier talk of moving the municipal boat launch from Silver Park to the Wildflower site and developing the Silver Palm site.</p> <p>       And, of course, the council heard from residents who always wanted the Wildflower property to be nothing more than the most expensive, little-used park in Boca Raton. The Boca Watch website, which is those residents’ mouthpiece, shrieked that Ahnell and Brown should be fired—not for failing to close the deal but for insinuating that the plan was for a restaurant all along, not a park. Congress has its Tea Party. So does Boca Raton. All anger, no mission.</p> <p>       I assume that Haynie and the council will question Ahnell and Brown in private. The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce was especially unhappy about Hillstone’s letter. Negotiations have their own dynamic. If the city must start over, one hopes that the goal won’t be to turn the land into a spot for food trucks, even if Rodgers asked Monday that staff figure the cost of putting down some sod to allow residents temporary use of the site.</p> <p>       --That citywide waterfront plan.</p> <p>       Haynie complained that while Boca Raton owns a lot of waterfront property, it’s “underutilized.” The council wants to change that.</p> <p>       So the staff will compile an inventory of all property that Boca and other governments own, and perhaps hire a consultant to examine how the city could let residents know how much waterfront access they have and also find ways to make that access more. . .accessible.</p> <p>       --The Hillsboro/El Rio park.</p> <p>       The city owns nearly 30 acres along the El Rio Canal that once served as Boca Raton’s landfill. On the north side of 18<sup>th</sup> Street are two baseball fields and a soccer/football/lacrosse field—also part of the old landfill. Pre-recession, the south side was to be the other half of a park. A decade later, the city is interested again.</p> <p>       But there are problems. Preparing a former landfill for public use is expensive—at least $300,000 an acre. The city can’t get too expansive with its plans. Still, there’s that inviting stretch of the El Rio. A dock could allow the use of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks.</p> <p>       The council consensus was to consider developing between seven and eight acres—minimal lighting, no fields, just a way to “open up the water” as Rodgers said. Merely getting a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation could take a year. The city would need to add two feet of topsoil. Any structures—such as restrooms—would need pilings. Otherwise, they could sink up to six inches over 20 years. There would be issues with the mangroves. The city engineer pointed out that access from a parking lot to the dock would have to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.</p> <p>       Ahnell said the staff would be back with more information “in a month or two.” (Disclosure. I live in the Camino Lakes neighborhood just west of the canal.)</p> <h3>Ag Reserve vote contrary to public referendum</h3> <p>I have written recently about the effort to undercut what Palm Beach County voters demanded in 1999 when they approved $150 million in bonds for land sales designed to preserve as much farming as possible in the county’s Agricultural Reserve Area (above).</p> <p>       On Monday, the county commission approved the latest set of potentially harmful changes. The details are complex, but the main change to the county’s comprehensive plan will make small farms more valuable to developers.</p> <p>       The changes would not immediately allow more residential units than envisioned 16 years ago, but they would encourage development patterns that could make the reserve more suburban-oriented. Eventually, the push for more houses could become irreversible.</p> <p>       County Mayor Shelley Vana, who has been fairly dismissive of those who criticize the changes, claimed Monday that the commission was doing nothing more than “finishing up” what a previous commission began in 1999 by advancing the bond program and asking for a master plan for the reserve.</p> <p>       The commission never adopted the master plan for the reserve, but County Administrator Verdenia Baker correctly pointed out Monday that the plan “has been our guide.” An even better guide would be that public referendum in 1999. Monday’s vote did not keep faith with that vote.</p> <p>University Village and Pine Circle</p> <p>       At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council will tee up a vote on a project of nearly 80 acres and decide on a project of barely more than one acre.</p> <p>       The big project is University Village. The council will introduce the ordinance that likely will be the subject of a vote next month.</p> <p>       The small project—1.14 acres—is on Pine Circle, just west of City Hall. The developer wants a change that would allow eight apartments on land is now zoned for a maximum of five units per acre. The project would include four, two-unit buildings clustered within a curve of the road. Though it’s just one acre, the council would have to approve four changes to approve the project.</p> <p>       Some neighbors have expressed opposition, even though there would be just three more units than the rules currently allow. The land also is vacant, and based on the design the project could perk up the neighborhood.</p> <p>       As for University Village, that project should reach the council next month.</p> <h3>Al Alford</h3> <p>       I have been remiss in not noting the passing last month of Al Alford.</p> <p>       Boca Raton is lucky to have had elected officials with lots of institutional memory. Mayor Susan Haynie has been associated with the city since 1974. Steven Abrams spent nearly two decades as a mayor and city council member before moving to the county commission in 2009.</p> <p>       In sheer resume terms, however, no one could top Al Alford. His ties to Boca Raton city government started in 1960. He spent six years as an assistant city manager and another six years as city manager. He then spent almost 20 years—in the mid-1970s and from 1981 to 1994—as mayor and council member.</p> <p>       Alford supported downtown redevelopment that made Boca Raton a city, but always liked small-town touches. When he ran in 1990, his issue was side-yard garbage pickup. Sure, he said, it would cost more, but all those bins on the street meet Boca look “kind of trashy.”</p> <p>       I spoke with several people who said of Alford that as an elected official his word on an issue—whether he favored it or opposed it—was his bond. He took the job more seriously than himself. Example: When Alford lost his final election in 1994 to Wanda Thayer, he proclaimed himself satisfied that progressives, not naysayers, still comprised the council majority. He was more upset that a library bond issue had lost by a narrow margin. Alford no doubt was happy to see the new downtown library open—even if it happened many years too late.</p>The Week Ahead: Oct. 27 to Nov. 12015-10-27T11:27:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/static1.squarespace.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Demetri Martin</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35, with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This Greek-American comedian from New York has built up an unimpeachably hip cultural pedigree: For years, he was the “Senior Youth Correspondent” on “The Daily Show; he appeared on musical jokesters The Flight of the Conchords’ TV series; he starred in an Ang Lee movie and appeared in others by Steven Soderbergh and Lake Bell. He has achieved all of this bankable success through his consistently unique standup act, a sophisticated mélange of observations, self-deprecation, non-sequiturs and malapropisms inspired by the no-frills deadpanning of Steven Wright and Mitch Hedberg. As reviews of his current tours have indicated, Martin is also evolving: He eschews props such as the white drawing board of his earlier gigs, letting the jokes alone—eventually accompanied by acoustic guitar and other instruments—bring the funny.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/gang-of-four-4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Gang of Four</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the late ‘70s, Leeds’ Gang of Four essentially invented dance-punk music, giving the nascent energy and radical snarl of the Sex Pistols a metronomic foundation and a danceable backbeat. The politics remained as a provocative as anything released by the Pistols or the Clash, if not more so: The songs on Gang of Four’s still-seminal 1979 debut “Entertainment!” touch on fascism, chemical warfare, consumerism and sexual inhibition. Since 1983, Gang of Four has split and reformed, unable to capture the consistent pulse of its early albums. But with a new LP to offer (“What Happens Next?”) and a crop of three new members, the band seems poised to reestablish itself in the 21<sup>st</sup> century. Gang of Four closes its 2015 tour in South Florida, alongside opening acts The New Regime and Astari Nite.</p> <p>THURSDAY AND FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/ww1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Wedding Warrior”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Before she became an actress and theater professional in South Florida, Casey Dressler had a less enviable job: wedding coordinator in her hometown of Islamorada. Dealing with crazed mothers-of-the-bride, egotistical chefs and unpredictable weather patterns and technical difficulties is not for everyone, but in managing the chaos that precedes “I do,” Dressler at least got a knockout play out of it. Her one-woman show “The Wedding Warrior,” written with the breezy, crackerjack patter of a Hollywood comedy, follows her onstage avatar as she passes the wedding-prep torch to a new coordinator. Teaching her protégé everything she knows involves retracing some of her memorably catastrophic weddings, and Dressler plays every part—more than 10 in total, from a Cuban cigar-roller to a gastronomically challenged maid of honor to a southern-fried hotel clerk. The show, which has drawn raves from important fringe festivals in New York City and Edinburgh, will open this weekend and run for just four performances only; you can also catch it at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="415" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/calabaza.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Spooky Science Nights at the Museum”</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Einstein knew what he was saying when he called quantum mechanics “spooky action at a distance” back in the 1920s. Setting aside the mysteries of the paranormal, even hard science can be quantifiably weird, strange and creepy-crawly, as this entry in the South Florida Science Center’s monthly “Nights at the Museum” series will reveal. Attendees can learn scary science secrets while watching as pumpkins ooze and scorpions are dissected. And, as always with these events, science-related crafts and activities, planetarium shows, and stargazing from the museum’s observatory are included in the admission cost. Arrive in costume for a chance to win prizes.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/theassassincannes-e1445265111964.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Assassin”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 2008 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood</p> <p>When: 4:15, 6:45 and 9:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Chinese fiction genre known as <em>wuxia</em>, which follows the gravity-defying adventures of ancient swordsmen, reached American shores with And Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and achieved Oscar-winning success with Zhang Yimou’s stupendous “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” a few years later. The latest <em>wuxia</em> drama to turn critical heads, “The Assassin,” is also the most idiosyncratic. Unlike these movies, staging trumps editing: It’s shot by the great Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien, a storyteller of painterly patience, and while the swordplay is swift and jolting, it’s presented against a wider canvas of methodically deliberate long takes, with special attention paid to the sounds of Tang Dynasty life as well as its ravishingly photographed settings—wheat fields, caves and denuded forests; cliffs, valleys and gilded palaces. Shu Qi plays the title assassin, Yinniyang, dispatched to slay corrupt rulers until her conscience gets in the way. In presenting her steely markswoman as a selective pacifist, Hou offers a <em>wuxia</em> epic with a moral calculus all its own: a bloodless anti-action movie that lives up to the eastern duality of Yinniyang’s name.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/110712.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Moonfest</strong></p> <p>Where: Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 advance, $15 day of event</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Downtown West Palm Beach’s annual Halloween shindig is your only opportunity to encounter Superman, witches, zombies, centaurs, disfigured ex-presidents and the entire Addams Family stumbling into each other in the course of one square block. But the annual costume contest is just one facet of this freakish freewheeling favorite, which draws tens of thousands for the one-of-a-kind people-watching, innovative food truck entrées, inexpensive drinks, laser-light shows and live music by national and local bands: This year, iconic rockers The Romantics (“What I Like About You,” pictured) will headline the festivities, joined by great local acts like Raggy Monster, Gravel Kings and The Band in Heaven. Also, expect the return of such ancillary activities as the Dark Carnival—a sideshow bonanza, complete with bearded lady and knife swallowers—and the Silent Disco, a tented “club,” sequestered from the main event, in which attendees are handed a pair of battery-powered headphones and can dance along to one of two warring DJs.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/lwhallowscream.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: HallowScream</strong></p> <p>Where: Begins at Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This year, for the first time, costumed revelers in downtown Lake Worth will also have a ghoulish party to call their own. Sponsored by Saltwater Brewery, the inaugural HallowScream is a pub crawl—the $10 “Destination Card,” purchasable at the Cultural Plaza, allows free entry and/or discounts and freebies at the evening’s 10 locations—and so much more. More than 20 live bands and DJs will perform all night long at all 10 hotspots: Local favorites the People Upstairs and Mylo Ranger will play the Cultural Plaza, Johnny Raincloud and Fuzzhound will rock Propaganda, the Bobby Nathan Band and Making Faces will bring the grooves to the Bamboo Room, the Mighty Quinn will perform an indefatigable four-hour set at Brogue’s, and so forth. Organizers will award $750 in cash and prizes to the best costumes, and a dozen shops and galleries will stay open late. Visit the event’s <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> for complete details.</p>Chefs battle it out in Boca and dogs make an appearance in Delray 2015-10-27T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.27_turn_the_table.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>(From left to right: Amanda Feingold, Bruce Feingold, Christine Najac, Joey Giannuzzi, Mitchell Robbins and Gustavo Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of Gyorgy Papp)</em></p> <p><strong>A Grand Finale: Turn the Table Guest Chef Series event</strong></p> <p>A lucky 100 people will be able to partake in the Grand Finale of the Turn the Table: Guest Chef Supper Series on Nov. 3, at Farmer’s Table <em>(1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836)</em>. It will actually be a cocktail-style event with tickets costing $100 each, including tax and gratuity. Joining Farmer’s Table will be Green Bar &amp; Kitchen, with Executive Chef and co-owner, Charlie Grippo; Rebel House, with owner Michael Saperstein and Chef de Cuisine Danielle Herring; and DADA, with Executive Chef and co-owner, Bruce Feingold.</p> <p>Part of the money raised will be split between the four charities of the chefs’ choice: FarmShare, Dan Marino Foundation, Kids in Distress and Healthy Bellies.</p> <p>This 6:30 p.m. supper in bites also includes cocktails, beer (Saltwater Brewery) and wine bars (Sequoia Grove, Taittinger). </p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.27_bow_wow_meow.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Furry friends benefit: Bow Wow and Meow</strong> </p> <p>Join the fun and raise money for Tri-County Animal Rescue when you stop by Burt and Max’s and Apeiro restaurants in the Delray Marketplace on Nov. 7. From 2-5 p.m., there will be complimentary drinks and appetizers, carnival games, a K-9 dog unit demo, music and a pet adoption tent. Advance tickets are $20 per adult and include two drinks and appetizers ($25 at the door).  Children 12 and under are free. Click <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">here</a> or call 561/482-8110 to purchase tickets.  </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Web Xtra: Needle and the Damage Done2015-10-26T14:27:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/bm_helana_mikeimg_9324bm_helana_mike.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>How to Get Help</strong></p> <p>There’s no single clearinghouse of information for addicts looking to get clean or family members hoping to help them. Instead, it’s about gathering information from trusted sources to figure out what’s next. Begin here:</p> <p>* Throughout South Florida, the information phone line 211 offers information on local treatment centers, detox facilities, and halfway houses. It can be a trove of information on everything from the first steps to what to do after detox.</p> <p>* Hundreds, if not thousands of treatment centers have popped up in South Florida in just the last decade. Delray Beach alone has been called the “recovery capital of the world” for its reported 5,000 people in 300 group meetings a week. Finding the right one is often about research and referrals, experts say, and balancing how much comfort recovery ought to include.</p> <p>* Insurance often contributes to drug treatment services, but for those without coverage, the state offers help. Florida’s efforts are contracted out to private companies: in Broward County, it’s Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, 877/698-7794; and in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River counties, it’s the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network Inc., 561/203-2485.</p> <p><strong>—Eric Barton</strong></p>Web Xtra: Deconstructing the Dish2015-10-26T14:14:00+00:00Bill Citara/blog/author/bilzewords/<p>The marriage of chicken and waffle was made in … well, Harlem. Maybe. Or Pennsylvania Dutch country. Or on Thomas Jefferson’s plantation after the well-traveled sophisticate brought a waffle iron home from France.</p> <p>In any event, it doesn’t much matter, as the marriage of crisp, juicy fried chicken and crusty, golden waffle was truly made in culinary heaven. The matrimony of salty-crunchy chicken skin and moist, succulent flesh with crusty-creamy-buttery waffle is something no one who loves good food should dare put asunder.</p> <p>Yielding to no one in our love of good food, we couldn’t help but reach out to Daniel Moore, executive chef at Burt &amp; Max’s (Delray Marketplace, 9089 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/638-6380) for his recipe on how to prepare this ever-so-humble but thoroughly divine dish. It’s a taste of heaven on good ol’ terra firma.</p> <p align="right"><strong>—Bill Citara</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/chicken_waffles-6310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>FRIED CHICKEN &amp; WAFFLES</strong></p> <p><strong>Daniel Moore, executive chef, Burt &amp; Max’s</strong></p> <p>1 whole chicken</p> <p>2 cups buttermilk</p> <p>1 package ranch dressing</p> <p>2 cups flour</p> <p>1 tablespoon each, Lowry’s Seasoned Salt and poultry seasoning</p> <p>Vegetable oil (for frying)</p> <p>1 batch waffles from your favorite recipe</p> <p>Maple syrup and hot sauce</p> <p> </p> <p>Preparation: Cut up chicken, separating legs and thighs and each half-breast and wing (with wing bone) from carcass. Reserve carcass for stock or another use. Mix ranch dressing with buttermilk and marinate chicken pieces for 24 hours. Heat enough oil to fill approximately one-third of a cast-iron skillet to 300 degrees. Mix flour, seasoned salt and poultry seasoning. Remove chicken pieces from marinade and dredge in flour mixture. Carefully place chicken pieces in hot oil and fry until crisp and golden, turning once or twice, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached at the thickest part of the thigh, approximately 15 minutes.</p> <p>While chicken is cooking, prepare waffles according to favorite recipe. Keep warm in oven until chicken is ready. When chicken pieces are done, remove them from the oil and drain on paper towels. To serve, place one or two pieces atop a waffle and present with maple syrup and hot sauce on the side.</p>Concert Review: Anais Mitchell at Arts Garage2015-10-26T10:49:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><em>[Editor's note: The Week Ahead will run later this week.]</em></p> <p>Hurricane Patricia may have mostly spared the United States this past weekend, but inclement weather raged through the music of Anais Mitchell’s poignant acoustic set at Arts Garage Saturday night.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/img_1402.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Vermont folksinger writes earthen music, wherein nature is a force of fear, reckoning and respect. Ominous rainstorms, roiling rivers, irrepressible hurricanes and mercurial gusts of wind appeared in her poetic ballads on Saturday, and they mostly got the better of her protagonists, the poor souls forced to share real estate with them on this little blue dot. It was only fitting she closed her performance with a superlative rendition of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” with its symbolism of social injustice filtered through the imagery of apocalyptic rainfall.</p> <p>If the subjects of Mitchell’s songs tended toward the lonely, woebegone and oppressed, the singer-songwriter herself was in high spirits, thrilled to be performing in South Florida for the first time. She announced that she turned her four-show Florida sojourn into a family vacation, bringing along her husband and 2-year-old—they’d just seen the Everglades earlier that day—and she thanked the small but captivated audience for coming to hear folk music on a Saturday night when “there’s so many other things you could have done.”</p> <p>Mitchell acknowledged the uniqueness of her venue for the night, stating early in her set that “it seems like a lot of wonderful things are happening at this Garage.” One of them, Arts Garage’s theater series, was visibly evident: The stage was half-set for “Sex With Strangers,” the steamy play that opens this weekend, and Mitchell joked about seeing the backstage box marked “Costumes for Sex With Strangers” without being aware of a play bearing that title.</p> <p>But mostly, the chatty songstress’ between-song banter illuminated her affecting story-songs by providing vital backstory and surprising trivia: The tragic “Shepherd” is a ballad form based on a book her father wrote; the brilliant “Tailor” started as a song about oil, not personal relationships, and was inspired by a viewing of “There Will Be Blood.” She wrote “Anyway You Come” for Bonnie Raitt, hoping the blues goddess would record the song and “send my daughter to college,” but so far, no dice.</p> <p>As a singer, Mitchell possesses the kind of tone that would turn four chairs on “The Voice,” not because of its stratospheric range but because of its ethereal Northeastern distinction, so perfectly suited to the Irish-rooted chamber ballads in which she excels. It’s a voice that conveys quiet power and pointed commentary alike, as apparent on tracks ranging from the vintage folk protest of “Why We Build the Wall” (a sonic arrow through Donald Trump’s immigration “policy”) to the boozy barn-burner “Our Lady of the Underground,” which lost none of its brassiness in its minimalist acoustic form.</p> <p>While filling just over half the Arts Garage seats (if that), the audience was as respectful as any I’ve encountered anywhere, creating a blanket of silence on which Mitchell’s clear, pointed songs lay. She rewarded us in the looser second set of the evening, taking audience requests and playing a whopping four of them—including songs, like “Shenandoah” and “Ships,” that rarely appear on her sets.</p> <p>True folk music will probably never again fill spaces much larger than Arts Garage, but with an audience as intimate, passionate and mighty as this weekend’s, it doesn’t get much better than this.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <ol> <li>Old Fashioned Hat</li> <li>Wedding Song</li> <li>Any Way the Wind Blows</li> <li>Shepherd</li> <li>Wilderland/Young Man in America</li> <li>Tailor</li> <li>Any Way You Come</li> <li>Clyde Waters</li> <li>Now You Know</li> <li>Why We Build the Wall</li> <li>Your Fonder Heart</li> <li>Our Lady of the Underground</li> <li>Shenandoah</li> <li>Ships</li> <li>(new song, unknown title)</li> <li>A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan)</li> </ol> <p> </p>Food from the sea2015-10-26T09:29:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong>Stone crab cuisine: Chef Malatesta wins Feast of the Sea challenge</strong></p> <p>It was a gorgeous, breezy night Oct. 23 for the final showdown of the 2015 Maestro del Mar Chef Challenge Series, with a Dinner on the Dock in downtown West Palm Beach. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.26_feast_sea_santucci.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On hand were the four chefs who won their individual semi-finals plus the 2014 winner, Chef Eugenio Santucci (pictured plating his entry).  All five were competing and were given one hour to use the surprise ingredient: stone crabs! As expected, the resulting dishes were beautiful, and the judges said they tasted just as good as they looked. </p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.26_blake_feast_sea.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The 2015 Maestro del Mar champion was Chef Blake Malatesta (pictured) from 50 Ocean <em>(50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach)</em>.</p> <p>The other competing chefs were: Chef Fritz Cassel from Hullabaloo <em>(517 Clematis, West Palm Beach)</em>, Chef Clay Carnes from The Grille in Wellington <em>(12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington)</em> and Chef Eric Grutka of Ian’s Tropical Grill <em>(2875 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart)</em>. Congratulations to all the chefs—it was a delicious, inspiring challenge series. And the competition series benefitted Future 6 Helping Hand non-profit that hosts free action sports camps for children who have special needs or are in at-risk situations.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Beer and bites: Spoto’s Oyster Bar hosts special dinner</strong></p> <p>Take a Barrel of Monks and some surf and turf ingredients, put them together in a popular restaurant, and the result is a craft beer and paired dishes dinner Oct. 28 at Spoto’s Oyster Bar <em>(4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/776-9448).</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.26_spotos_interior.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Sit down for a three-course meal, as well as an amuse-bouche and dessert, of course, and try five Barrel of Monks’ handcrafted Belgian beers: Tartan Monk, Three Fates Tripel, Nuance Saison, Abbey Terno Dubbel and Raspberry Wizard. On the plates, you’ll find smoked paprika shrimp with risotto, scallops and an herb-crusted filet mignon with cheddar polenta, among other mouthwatering bites. Dinner is $65, excluding tax and gratuity, and reservations are necessary.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Two 2016 Music Festivals Announce Lineups2015-10-23T10:17:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>We’ve barely shaken off summer in South Florida, but two of our area’s music festivals have already announced their initial spring 2016 lineups. Way to resist procrastinating, guys!</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/1159529-blake-shelton_russ-harrington-617-409.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Tortuga</strong>, which will attract thousands of toes in the sand April 15-17 on Fort Lauderdale Beach, will present another strong lineup of country and roots music, headlined by “Voice” prankster and recent tabloid bait <strong>Blake Shelton</strong>, three-time Grammy-winning actor-singer <strong>Tim McGraw</strong> and Arizona singer-songwriter <strong>Dierks Bentley</strong> (“Drunk on a Plane”).</p> <p>The deeper you delve into the lineup, the more genre variation it contains: The indefatigable Southern rockers <strong>Lynyrd Skynyrd</strong>, the hip-hop/funk/reggae fusers <strong>Michael Franti &amp; Spearhead</strong>, alt-rock tunesmith <strong>Elle King</strong> (“Exes and Ohs”), and the Jacksonville blues-rock outfit <strong>JJ Grey &amp; Mofro</strong> will join country singers like <strong>Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Chris Janson</strong> and at least 17 other artists.</p> <p>Regular and VIP tickets are available now for $199 or $899, respectively, at</p> <p>The other festival to broadcast its talent early is a bit of a hike from Boca—about an hour and a half’s drive—but the inaugural <strong>Okeechobee Musical Festival</strong> in, you guessed it, Okeechobee, promises to be worth the expense. Electronic, indie and hip-hop acts will perform on five stages at this youth-targeted festival in the middle of nowhere, with organizers touting the event as “a place for us to gather together amongst wondrous nature to celebrate the best in music, art and intersecting paths.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/mumford-sons-4_mandela_672-458_resize.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Running March 4-6, the festival offers headliners <strong>Mumford and Sons</strong>, the UK pop-rock sensations whose third album, “Wilder Mind,” arrived this year fresh off an artistically rich hiatus; the Internet-bred hip-hop sensation <strong>Kendrick Lamar</strong>; and the innovative, six-time Grammy-winning DJ <strong>Skrillex</strong>. Other artists of note include <strong>Big Grams</strong>, the sexy collaboration between electro-rockers Phantogram and OutKast’s Big Boi; the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist <strong>Grace Potter; X Ambassadors</strong>, the alt-rockers behind the breakthrough hit “Renegades;” danceable rockers <strong>Portugal. The Man</strong>; the neo-psychedelic folk songs of <strong>Dr. Dog</strong>; and <strong>Shabazz Palaces</strong>, the experimental hip-hop act founded by Digable Planets’ Ishmael Butler.</p> <p>Tickets, which include “primitive camping” during the fest and a Thursday “pre-festival” day, run $269 for general admission and $599 for VIP admission. Pick them up at</p>Staff Picks: wine dinners and a burlesque show2015-10-23T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><strong>NYY Steak</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_nyy_steak.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“The signature restaurant at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek—always a safer bet, for my money, than that damn pop-o-matic craps game that I can never fail to master—recently hosted the first in a series of wine dinners. California-based Newton Vineyard was the featured winery on an evening that explored components of and olfactory connections to Newton's Chardonnay, a Cabernet called "The Puzzle" and other offerings. Guests were then treated to a four-course NYY Steak meal that incorporated those wines; dishes included seared scallops with Asian pear chutney and tamarind ponzu, as well as Wagyu beef tenderloin with wild mushrooms. Call NYY Steak about future wine dinners; the evening is informative, entertaining and extremely palate-pleasing.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek // 954/935-6699)</p> <p><strong>Honey</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/1-1030168_1563205797286003_2689656904138873562_o.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em> </p> <p>“I recently attended a burlesque dinner show at Honey with some friends. Honey is known to host some of the hottest nightlife events, and this one was definitely on the wild side! The event was catered by Mucho Gusto Delray, which provides pop-up dining experiences and delicious plates of yumminess. Honey's craft cocktails were unique and very flavorful. It's a great venue with a cool atmosphere. For upcoming events, check out their events link on their website. </p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 16 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/270-7187)</p>Fashion Forward: Last Minute Halloween Costumes2015-10-23T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">Halloween is approaching and if you don’t have a costume yet, I’m sure the constant commercial reminders are starting to give you anxiety. Have no fear—the <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">LL Scene</a> girls are here to save you with some easy last minute Halloween costumes that you can easily create if you take the time to dig through some of those old items in your closet. </p> <p><img alt="" height="521" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_morton_salt.png" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="498" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_katniss.png" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="569" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_clueless.png" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="532" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_grease.png" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="438" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_risky_business.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Halloween happenings: Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Hallandale2015-10-23T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Yes, it’s Friday. All you can think about is what you’re doing tonight, but we want you to focus for one minute on planning next weekend—and Halloween. There are still spook-tacular events going on!</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_max's_social_cocktail.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Costumes galore: SocialWeen at Max’s Social House</strong> </p> <p>There will be a best couples costume, best cocktail theme costume (may the big walking dirty martini win!) and best overall costume. We’re talking about Max’s Social House <em>(116 NE 6<sup>th</sup> St., Delray Beach)</em> on Oct. 30 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The night includes a DJ, a signature SocialWeen cocktail, discount drinks and light appetizers before 10 p.m. <a href="" target="_blank">Advance tickets</a> cost $10, and tickets at the door are $15. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_max's_grille_halloween.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Howl-O-Ween: You and your pet in costume – need we say more?</strong> </p> <p>There will be dog bumblebees. You can count on it—and probably a hotdog or two. See what you can come up with for your furry friend for Howl-O-Ween. Max’s Grille <em>(404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton)</em> and Tri-County Humane Society will join forces on Oct. 29 starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $10, and registration for each pet is $10 too. Call 561/368-0080, so you can enjoy a complimentary drink and appetizers too. Judging for humans and fur kids starts at 8 p.m. </p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_hudson_delray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Trick or treat at Nauti Hallow’s Eve: Hudson Delray</strong></p> <p>We want photos of the winners at the Nauti Hallow’s Eve mischievous costume contest on the edge of the Intracoastal in Delray Beach. The mind boggles at the possibilities, but it will be an evening to remember—we’re sure. It’s at Hudson Delray <em>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., Suite 22, Delray Beach; 561/303-1343)</em>, and there will be dancing and drink specials (Jack O Lantern Shots, $3; Witches Brew, $5; and Pumpkin Smashed Martinis, $8). </p> <p><img alt="" height="650" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.23_cl_blue_moon_pumpkin_rita.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Day of the Dead: Continue the fest at Cantina Laredo</strong></p> <p>Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) may be Nov. 1, but Cantina Laredo <em>(501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954/457-7662)</em> is celebrating for three days, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. The special drink is The Blue Moon Pumpkin ‘Rita (pictured) for just $6, which features Lunazul Blanco Tequila, pumpkin puree, Blue Moon beer and fresh lime juice. We think it will help keep you alive during Dia de los Muertos.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Hillstone says no on Wildflower2015-10-22T11:53:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<div><strong>Boca Raton just got bad news:</strong> the deal for a restaurant on the Wildflower property is dead. At least for now.</div> <div>   </div> <div>In a letter to Deputy City Manager George Brown, Hillstone Restaurant Group Vice President Glenn Viers said the city asked for too much money. Boca's demand, Viers said, for "several millions more in rent over the life of the lease" -- which would be for 20 years -- and what he called higher than expected property taxes "undermine the economic viability of this project."</div> <div>     </div> <div>The letter is a surprise. Both sides had been saying in recent weeks that they were close to agreement. Viers came to the city and made a presentation to the homeowner federation.</div> <div>     </div> <div>I haven't spoken with Viers, Mayor Susan Haynie or Brown to determine if the negotiations can be salvaged. If they can't, this will be a big blow. Hillstone was the only company to answer the city's proposal for the property.</div> <div>     </div> <div>I will have more on this next week.</div> <p><img alt="" height="86" src="/site_media/uploads/center-for-the-arts-logo.png" width="368"></p> <h3>Old School Square new again?</h3> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission and the Community Redevelopment Agency still are trying to get together on Old School Square.</p> <p>       Last week, the CRA board chose an architect—Delray-based Currie Sowards Aguila—for a redesign of the grounds at what the city now calls Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square. There remains, however, disagreement between the CRA and the commission over the scope and price of that work. Since the city—not the CRA—owns the property and thus must approve or reject any plan, that difference matters.</p> <p>       Last spring, a CRA consultant held two charrettes. From those public meetings, the consultant produced pictures comparing a revamped Old School Square to plazas in large American and foreign cities. In June, the commission expressed strong displeasure at the look of the proposed makeover and its cost—$200,000 for design and $1 million for construction. Yet with last week’s action, is the CRA moving ahead anyway?</p> <p>       Yes, CRA Director Jeff Costello told me Wednesday, but the agency is “starting from scratch.” What happened last spring doesn’t matter. There will be new charrettes. The agency is seeking more “engagement.”</p> <p>       On Monday, City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia met with Costello. In an interview afterward, Petrolia said, “I got a feeling that he gets a different impression of the commission’s position.” Her recollection from the June budget meeting at which the issue came up is that “it was the consensus of the commission that the $1.2 million for Old School Square would better utilized elsewhere.”</p> <p>       Given that the CRA is starting over, Petrolia wondered “why the dollars didn’t shrink. Why are they talking about $1 million for sidewalks?” Petrolia said other areas of the city have unfinished sidewalks. She also wonders whether the public considers the Old School Square work to be as much of a priority as the CRA does.</p> <p>       Costello pointed out that while the CRA has chosen an architect, the agency still must work out the contract and the board must ratify it. Costello said the $200,000 figure is based on completion of an approved design. If the commission doesn’t want to proceed, Costello said, spending wouldn’t reach $200,000. Presumably, construction then wouldn’t reach $1 million.</p> <p>       Architect Robert Currie told me that he hopes to  “broaden the scope” of the charrettes and “get more consensus.” The CRA, Currie said, has asked for a “master plan” for the Center for the Arts, “even if they can’t do everything all at once.” Costello confirmed that.</p> <p>       Regarding the reaction to what the last charrettes produced, Currie said, “People get a little upset about ideas. They’re just ideas. It doesn’t mean you’re going to do them.”</p> <p>       The topic came up during Tuesday night’s commission meeting. Petrolia said she and her colleagues want City Manager Don Cooper to ask Costello if the CRA can “hold off” on a decision until after the commission’s goal-setting session next Thursday “so that we may have an open and full discussion on the subject.” Costello said the CRA probably can do so, since the board won’t take up Currie’s contract until the Nov. 5 meeting.</p> <p>       Whatever the disagreements, there is full agreement on what Currie called the importance of Old School Square to Delray Beach’s redevelopment. The decision 25 years ago to make it a cultural hub catalyzed the changes on Atlantic Avenue. And since the commission has final say, it is essential that the commission and CRA get in sync before the agency wastes money on something the commission won’t accept.</p> <h3>El Rio Park</h3> <p>At Monday’s Boca Raton City Council workshop meeting, a city consultant will present “options” if the council decides to proceed with Phase 2 of the Hillsboro El Rio Park project.</p> <p>       The city originally planned for a park on both sides of Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street just east of Dixie Highway. In 2002, a soccer field and baseball field opened on the north side. The southern portion fell victim in part to the recession and in part to lack of demand that the city finish it.</p> <p>       After hearing from some residents, however, the city last spring allocated $50,000 for a study. Mayor Susan Haynie said then that the city needed an update on costs, given how much time had passed. Complicating matters is that the land is the site of the old city landfill. Glass and other objects regularly percolate above the surface of the soccer field, requiring maintenance that closes the field.</p> <p>       The presentation Monday will come from architect Ann Fils, who works in the Boca office of PGAL, a national firm. Fils also worked on the company’s design for Boca’s impressive downtown library.</p> <p>College rankings</p> <p>       I have written about how Florida Atlantic University receives more or less public money based on state-imposed metrics: graduation rate, salaries of recent graduates, etc. Such performance rankings also are coming from outside of Florida—and they’re coming fast.</p> <p>       In April, the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution released a “value-added” system to rank two- and four-year college based on how well they prepare students for “high-paying careers.” Brookings emphasized that the system sought to be dramatically different from the U.S. News and World Report rankings that focus on selectivity of admissions.</p> <p>       By that standard, the best colleges are the ones that accept the lowest percentage of applicants. Like the Florida Legislature and the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, Brookings focuses on what colleges do for students after they get in. Example: One category looks at how long it takes graduates to repay their student loans.</p> <p>       Then there’s the new college scorecard from the Obama administration. It makes available to prospective parents and students reams of previously undisclosed information about all colleges, public and private.</p> <p>       With a few taps on a keyboard, you can learn that the average FAU graduate has about $17,000 in student loans and an average monthly payment of $192. You can learn that those with an FAU degree make about $41,000 after graduating, slightly above the national average. You can learn that the most popular majors are Business, Management and Marketing – 23 percent of all undergrads. You can find that the average freshman scored between 20 and 24 on the ACT.</p> <p>       You also can learn that those majors are even more popular at Lynn University – 48 percent. You can learn that Lynn graduates average about $35,000 in their first job and have slightly higher loan payments. You can learn that Lynn continues to attract lots of foreign students. They make up almost one-fourth of the student body. At FAU, it’s only about two percent.</p> <p>       And you can see by the numbers the different roles of the two universities. At FAU, 37 percent of students are part-timers. Only 6 percent go to Lynn part-time.</p> <p>       With the cost of even public universities rising, parents are looking beyond swanky dorms. They want a return on their investment. Their children should be grateful. Four-year college graduates earn what the Obama administration estimates to be $1 million more over their lifetimes than high school graduates.</p> <h3>Chief Goldman weighs in on pot issue</h3> <p>       I wrote Tuesday about the proposed ordinance that would make misdemeanor marijuana possession a civil violation in some cases. I had not heard from Delray Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman for his opinion.</p> <p>       Goldman gave it to me on Wednesday, and it matches that of Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander. Goldman doesn’t like the idea, because officers “already have so many other factors to consider with marijuana cases.” He means that officers must decide whether to issue a notice to appear in court or to make an arrest.</p> <p>       “I get it,” Goldman said, of the argument that a record for such a minor offense can harm someone disproportionately. But he cited the county’s drug court and other diversion programs for such offenders.</p> <p>       Goldman and Alexander may be channeling Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. The county commission delayed Tuesday’s scheduled vote on the ordinance until December, supposedly because of concerns from the sheriff’s office.</p> <p>       As noted Tuesday, any serious discussion about marijuana decriminalization has to come at the state level. Those who disagree with Alexander and Goldman on the ordinance probably would agree on that.</p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>       </p>Martin Short Goes Pink2015-10-21T15:46:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/img_0337.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It was a pink-tie affair—not to mention the pink dress shirts, pink blouses, pink handbags and pink ribbons—at this afternoon’s Go Pink luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, where the color of breast cancer awareness dominated both the couture and décor of the Mizner Center ballroom.</p> <p>A record audience of 1,500 walked the pink carpet and sat around (mostly) pink-clothed tables to raise funds for Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s breast cancer programs. Saks Fifth Avenue donated a check for $21,000 from its Key to the Cure initiative, and factoring in the $175 tickets, monies raised during live and silent auctions, and individual contributions provided by attendees, the BRRH Foundation expects to exceed its goal of $1 million in proceeds for this 12th annual event.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/img_0340.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The reason for the capacity crowd and emptied wallets? Martin Short might have something to do with it. One of the Foundation’s most impressive guest speakers in its dozen-year history, the actor-comedian is no stranger to the scourge of cancer: He lost a mother, a girlfriend (Gilda Radner), a wife of more than three decades (Nancy Dolman) and a dear friend (Nora Ephron) to the disease, but it hasn’t brought him down: On the contrary, as Foundation President Mark Larkin announced in his introduction, Short’s “upbeat philosophy is contagious and enduring.”</p> <p>Taking center stage—he was literally in the center of the ballroom, surrounded on all sides by round tables, his face projected onto more than a half-dozen giant screens mounted around the room—Short didn’t shy away from discussing the health misfortunes of his loved ones. But, he said, “I have never become a victim of [cancer’s] losses. I have become empowered.”</p> <p>Working from prepared notes, Short eschewed the song-and-dance and character work that’s customary to his live appearances, and instead spoke from the heart, with wit, insight and poignancy. He shared cancer-related stories from his best-selling autobiography <em>I Must Say </em>and even adopted the style of motivational speaker in his explanation of his therapeutic “Nine Categories” of human happiness. And he vigorously championed BRRH’s early detection and prevention programs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/img_0344.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Short was funniest when firing off politically incorrect one-liners, sounding like a self-deprecatory comic one minute, a roastmaster the next. On his appearance at this event: “It’s a thrill. In fact, it’s more than a thrill. It’s an obligation. It’s OK that I wasn’t the first choice, because Gary Busey is such a different type.” On Foundation president Mark Larkin: “He’s so boyish-looking, at first I thought he was k.d. lang.” On his native country of Canada: “We’re the aliens Donald Trump <em>doesn’t</em> want to deport.”</p> <p>Indeed, pop culture figures were not let off easy. On his frequent dieting: “I’ve been on Jenny Craig more than <em>Mister</em> Craig.” On Trump’s narcissism: “He’s a man who screams his own name during sex.” On practical life advice: “Never carpool with Suge Knight. Never ask Bill Cosby to mix your wife a drink.” On the cerebrally challenged Kim Kardashian: “She thinks <em>soy milk</em> means ‘I am milk.’”</p> <p>He closed his presentation by toasting the friends and relatives he and everyone in the room has lost to cancer, along with the many survivors in attendance, stating that “this is a war that will be conquered, [thanks to] the wisdom and generosity” of those gathered today.” But he couldn’t resist one last, unscripted barb as he raised his Champagne flute: “I like my Champagne like I like my women—complements of Boca Raton Regional Hospital!”</p> <p>Somewhere, Nancy Dolman was laughing. </p>Diner en Blanc: Are you up for it?2015-10-21T10:34:00+00:00Super Top SEcret/blog/author/admin/<p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/newdsc00243.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Last night Boca magazine sent our roving women of style, Lisa Mulhall and Cindy Krebsbach, to West Palm to get briefed on the upcoming inaugural Diner en Blanc everyone’s buzzing about. Here’s what they had to report:</em></p> <p>"There are picnics and there are Picnics," reported <em>The New York Times</em>.  If that is true, on November 10, 2015, West Palm Beach welcomes the grandest picnic ever, Diner en Blanc, a "friends and word-of-mouth only" event that is an international epicurean sensation in more than 60 cites throughout 25  plus countries.  On this one night, 1200 enthusiasts will join together right here in South Florida for the first ever, refined, pop-up epicurean event. </p> <p>Handbag designer Nora David, event production company officer Jimmy Moise and local Internet radio personality Corhinn Brunot are the passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving the rendezvous a local flair.</p> <p>In essence, Le Diner en Blanc promotes friendship, elegance and gallantry.  Over the course of the evening, the guests enhance the function and value of one of their city's public spaces by participating in the unexpected.</p> <p>But there are rules.  Guests of guests cannot invite guests.  Guest must attend—no cancellations even for weather or personal calamity.  Guests must only dress in elegant white—originality is encouraged.  Table settings are also white, very formal, graced with crystal stemware and set the stage for the evening.  Guests may bring their own fine picnic food or purchase it from the venue in advance.</p> <p>No one knows where to find the event—the location is kept a secret until the last minute.  Guests meet at assigned departure locations and are escorted by Diner en Blanc volunteers to the final location.  Once on location, the event is an elegant dinner graced by music, fine food and great fellowship in the outdoor splendor of south Florida.     </p> <p>Invitations are issued in three tiers--first to the close friends of the organizers, then to guests of the friends, and finally to the general public.  Seats are limited and are quickly reserved by aficionados of the event.  Registration may be completed via the official website:  <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Tour de Cure for Diabetes2015-10-21T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The American Diabetes Association is raising awareness and money with a great day of bicycling and a new social media campaign.</p> <p>The Nov. 22 Tour de Cure South Florida is a bike ride for all levels of cyclists. Participants choose a course starting from Birch State Park <em>(3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.) </em>The courses range from 3.2 miles to 100 miles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.21_tour_de_cure.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The routes are supported, with rest stops. Check in for the 100-miler is at 6 a.m. with a 7 a.m. start. Those who want to ride the 62-mile course start at 8 a.m., and those who want to ride the 29-mile course start at 9 a.m. The 3.2-mile participants take off at 10 a.m.</p> <p>The cost to register is $25 for adults and $10 for children, with fundraising minimums of $200 for each adult and $50 for each child.</p> <p>Family members and other support crew can enjoy live music, food from specialty food trucks, exhibits devoted to educating people about diabetes and wellness and more. </p> <p>For more information or to register for the American Diabetes Association Tour De Cure, go <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or call 888/DIABETES. You can also keep up with Tour news on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p><em>There’s more….</em></p> <p>The American Diabetes Association has launched the “Five Finger Fridays” social media campaign.</p> <p>Here’s how it works: Take a stop sign/five finger selfie, tag @soflotour and use #fivefingerfridays when posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Then, <a href="" target="_blank">donate</a> $10, tag five friends to your post and challenge them to do the same.</p> <p>Money raised will go to funding diabetes research, education and advocacy through the <a href="">American Diabetes Association</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Healthier Halloween2015-10-21T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>With Halloween just a week away, many people are buying candy for the trick-or-treaters. This year, why not try something new? Instead of going for the same old chocolate bars, how about picking up some new, healthy sweet treats that won't scare your health?</p> <p>In this blog you will find new types of candy that are made with natural ingredients even kids can pronounce. These little treats still have calories, but at least they don't have chemicals that can pollute your body. Yes, we know that many kids can eat as much junk food and still be skinny and look healthy, but why risk their health when better options are available? BONUS: If there’s any leftover candy, you won’t have to feel bad about eating it! </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.21_peppermint_pattie.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Peppermint Pattie</strong></p> <p>If you love peppermint patties but don't want any of the artificial flavors, then check out Sunspire peppermint patties. You can either get them <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or at Whole Foods Market <em>(1400 Glades Rd., 561/447-0000.)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.21_cacao_nibs.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Healthy Dark Chocolate</strong></p> <p>If you love chocolate, then I suggest trying chocolate-covered cacao nibs by Sweetriot to satisfy your craving. Because they are minimally processed, these cacao nuggets are full of healthy antioxidants and minerals. </p> <p>I love that this chocolate comes in little tins, so portion control is easy and much more satisfying than a bag of artificially-colored M&amp;Ms. You can buy them <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or at Whole Foods Market <em>(1400 Glades Rd., 561/447-0000.)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.21_peanut_butter_cups.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Peanut Butter Cups</strong></p> <p>Move over GMO Reese's—there’s a new kid in town that won't sacrifice your health for a few minutes of taste. It is time to stop settling for less—try Justin's Peanut Butter Cups. They make it easy for you to choose your favorite chocolate—dark (vegan) or milk. They are also gluten-free, non-GMO and full of flavor. BONUS: They now come in packs of ten, which make them perfect for trick-or-treaters. You can buy them <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>, at Publix <em>21230 Saint Andrews Blvd., 561/544-2422<a class="fl r-iNUz0L3JggbQ" title="Call via Hangouts">)</a></em> or at Whole Foods Market <em>(1400 Glades Rd., 561/447-0000.)</em><em><br></em></p> <div> <p><strong><img alt="" height="575" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.21_cookies.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cookies</strong></p> <p>Besides being a chocolaholic, I also happen to be a cookie enthusiast, and I want to share this great find—Ginny Bakes chocolate chip macadamia cookie love. It is divine!</p> <p>One of great things about this company is that the cookies are portion-controlled, so you can get one of these small packs and not worry about devouring the entire box. Try them layered with my chocolate mousse (recipe below) for an even more decadent treat both children and adults can enjoy. You can buy them <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or at Whole Foods Market <em>(1400 Glades Rd., 561/447-0000.)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="544" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.21_chocolate_mousse.jpg" width="490"> </p> </div> <p><strong>Quick and Healthy Chocolate Mousse</strong></p> <p>2 ripe avocados</p> <p>½ cup raw agave syrup</p> <p>½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder</p> <p>½ cup sweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut water</p> <p>½ teaspoon salt</p> <p>½ teaspoon vanilla bean</p> <p><strong>Decoration Options:</strong></p> <p>Crushed pistachios</p> <p>Cacao nibs</p> <p>Crushed goji berries</p> <p>Chopped pecans</p> <p><strong>Directions:</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Blend mousse ingredients in a Vitamix or another high-speed blender, and put in individual cups. Decorate with your choice of berries, cacao nibs or nuts. </p>Talking about pot, quiet times in Boca and a few election notes2015-10-20T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/marijuana-leaf_sized.jpg" width="490"> </h3> <h3>The weed issue</h3> <p>     The Palm Beach County Commission holds a public hearing today on whether to partially decriminalize adult misdemeanor marijuana possession. The commission likely will approve this change, but don’t expect Boca Raton or Delray Beach to go along quickly—if at all.</p> <p>       Such an ordinance would apply to unincorporated parts of the county and to all cities that opted in by a vote of the municipal council or commission. Despite the growing sentiment nationwide in favor of looser laws—a November 2014 Gallup poll found that 51 percent of Americans favor legalization, not just decriminalization— there is as much caution as eagerness in Boca and Delray.</p> <p>       Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie worries about “30,000 college students in the center of town” at Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University and Palm Beach State College. “I would want to have a long chat with (Police Chief Dan Alexander).”</p> <p>       She won’t need to have a long one. Alexander told me that he is “not supportive of civil citation.” A big reason is that he doesn’t want to complicate things for his officers.</p> <p>       Under the ordinance, a civil citation would not be mandatory for those found with less than 20 grams of marijuana. Anything larger triggers a possible felony charge. Officers would have the option to issue a citation.</p> <p>       Alexander said Boca officers give violators a notice to appear in court to face the charge. According to a department spokesman, Boca police wrote 140 such notices between last October and this October to those 18 and older. The ordinance would apply to them. In Boca, juveniles already get citations for simple marijuana possession. According to the department spokeswoman, Delray Beach officers issued roughly 250 such notices during the same period.</p> <p>       The change would “open up a can of worms,” Alexander said, “as far as execution and who would get enforcement. It would be a burden on law enforcement. You’re dancing around the issue of legalization.”</p> <p>       Like Haynie, Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein is cautious, but for a different reason. “With the rehab population (Delray’s many sober house residents) and those preying upon it, I would not be inclined to facilitate less regulation without more input from the police department.”</p> <p>       Commissioners Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia favor the change, citing the reason behind similar ordinances in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. “I don’t like it that someone can ruin his life over a joint,” Katz said. “That criminal record is there forever,” Petrolia said. “And there’s no need to clog the courts with these cases.”</p> <p>       Jordana Jarjura declined to comment, saying she also wanted to hear from the police department. I asked to speak with Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, but he didn’t have time by deadline for this post.</p> <p>       Steven Abrams represents Boca Raton and Delray Beach on the county commission, and is a former Boca mayor. He voted for the ordinance on first reading and will continue to support it.</p> <p>       Abrams points out that the ordinance would not offer a lifetime exemption. Two citations would be the limit, and the fine for the second would increase to $250. The offender would have to perform community service and complete a substance abuse education class. The ordinance would apply to possession, not use. “(The commission) does not seek de facto legalization,” he said. While Abrams looks at the issue from the perspective of the father of a 21-year-old, he said the commission also has heard support for the ordinance from parents who don’t want their children to start life behind because of a small mistake.</p> <p>       Any discussion of marijuana and the law leads to a discussion of what some believe is the potential danger from more marijuana use. The sober house angle adds an element for Boca and Delray. County Commissioner Hal Valeche worries about marijuana as a “gateway” drug. Alexander noted the higher potency of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives users their high, in today’s marijuana.</p> <p>       But according to the National Institutes of Health, while research supports the idea of marijuana as a potential gateway drug, “most people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances...An alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drug-taking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances like marijuana, tobacco or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with other drug users increases their chances of trying other drugs.”</p> <p>       The NIH favors more research. Many of the people I spoke with said the marijuana debate needs to happen in the Legislature, which couldn’t even agree to legalize a form of medical marijuana that doesn’t produce a high.</p> <p>       If Tallahassee’s dysfunction continues, however, the debate will have to start from below. It might happen across the state for another amendment on the 2016 ballot. Today, it’s happening in Palm Beach County.</p> <h3>Calm before the storm?</h3> <p>      Garrison Keillor begins every segment about his fictional Minnesota hometown by saying, “it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon.” It was that way last week in Boca Raton.</p> <p>       The usual meeting cycle for the city council is Monday for the Community Redevelopment Agency—the council serves as the board—and a council workshop and Tuesday for the regular council meeting. Last week, the three meetings took a combined two hours and 22 minutes.</p> <p>       Call it breaking even. When a big project comes before the council as part of a full agenda, the meetings can run to five-hours plus. Unlike Lake Wobegon, quiet in Boca is a relative term.</p> <h3>County Commission election</h3> <p>      Here’s an interesting note for the 2016 election.</p> <p>       For every election, each county must have a canvassing board to referee disputed vote counts. The members include the supervisor of elections, a county judge and a county commissioner. Obviously, that commissioner can’t be running for office, and can’t take part in any campaign.</p> <p>       The only commissioner eligible to serve on Palm Beach County’s canvassing board for next year probably is Abrams. Hal Valeche and Mary Lou Berger are running for re-election. Melissa McKinlay and Priscilla Taylor are seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress in District 18. Shelley Vana is running for property appraiser. Paulette Burdick has endorsed in another race, which isn’t direct involvement but would be a problem if that race were contested.</p> <p>       Abrams said Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher has asked him to serve on the board, and he will volunteer, after which the commission surely will choose him.</p> <p>       In 2008, a race for judge in Palm Beach County was decided by 41 votes. Missing ballots forced the canvassing board to hold multiple recounts. In 2012, a state Senate primary came down to 34 votes and a hand recount. Then there was that election in 2000.</p> <p>       Abrams said he “hasn’t endorsed anyone for anything” in 2016. There’s still time.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Special dinners, seasonal menus and a new burger bar2015-10-20T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.20_the_cooper.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>All al fresco: Rum, cigars and special dinner at The Cooper</strong> </p> <p>A nice night, a fine Nicaraguan cigar, some special Flor de Cana rum and dishes paired with all of that—it must be “A Night in Nicaragua: Rum and Cigar Dinner at The Cooper” on Oct. 29. The event features Charlotte Voisey, an award-winning bartender/ambassador for William Grant &amp; Sons. Exec Chef Adam Brown and mixologist David Bouchard put together the meal, which includes local snapper fritters, black bean quesadilla, local wahoo ceviche, duck tamales, roasted whole suckling pig and a lot more. Reservations are required, and the cost is $92, excluding tax and gratuity. The fun starts at 7 p.m., at 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.20_table427.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Back to Chef Villegas’ roots: Table 427’s fall menu</strong></p> <p>Chef/Owner Roberto Villegas is now serving a new fall-winter menu at the oh-so-good Table 427 (<em>427 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach, 561/506-8211).</em> He took his Mexican cuisine and reinvented it for dishes such as roasted bone marrow with salsa Mexicana, black salt and homemade corn tortillas, pear cactus salad, black bean gnocchi and wonders like his lobster enchiladas and guajillo short ribs. Table 427 will be part of celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein’s next Tasting Tour on Nov. 17, which is focusing on Northwood Village’s many restaurants. </p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.20_stregis_signature_burger.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A la carte:</strong>  A new burger bar will join the eatery lineup at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort <em>(9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour)</em> on Oct. 30, and one of the gotta-try-it dishes is the signature burger (pictured) with black truffle, grilled foie gras, tomato jam, lettuce and tomato on a 7-ounce beef patty.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>The Week Ahead: Oct. 20 to 262015-10-19T15:05:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/12702_show_landscape_large_01.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Cheap Trick</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $34-$54</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s no April Fool’s prank: In 2007, the Illinois Senate officially designated April 1 as Cheap Trick Day, in honor of Rockford’s most famous power-pop exports. Cheap Trick has been active for more than 40 years, during which time it has sold more than 20 million albums and played more than 5,000 concerts. Still operated by founding members Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Daxx Nielsen, Cheap Trick remains one of rock ‘n’ roll’s preeminent road-warrior acts, so it’s only appropriate that its best-selling album, the seminal “At Budokan,” is a live album. It was recorded during a 1978 tour of Japan, where Cheap Trick was (and still is) revered like the Beatles were in ’68. Over in their native country, cuts like “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender” and “The Flame” have cemented residency in our cultural vernacular. Still, with 16 studio albums to their credit, they’re much more than their Top 40 hits, as they’ll prove on this latest South Florida engagement.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/lachlan_patterson.jpg.size.xxlarge.original.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lachlan Patterson</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $20, plus two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Although he performed his first standup material at age 19, comedy wasn’t always paying the bills for Lachlan Patterson. His cycle of short-lived professions has included bartending, waiting tables, construction work, landscaping, valet parking and flower delivery. When he auditioned the second time for “Last Comic Standing,” in 2014, he was walking dogs for a living. The NBC series would open new doors for the Canadian funnyman, taking him all the way to the finals, a “Last Comic Standing” national tour and headlining shows like this one. But if comedy hadn’t worked out, he could always have been a model: Even before his success on the show, he earned a reputation as comedy’s living Ken doll, and judge Keenan Ivory Wayans referred to him on TV as a “mannequin.” He plays up his matinee-idol looks in his routines about everyday life, sexuality and gender differences, approaching familiar subjects with new and inspired insights, arrestingly cutting observations and a gift for pantomime.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/the-assassin-cannes-film-festival-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: GEMS film festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Tower Theatre, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $10-$60</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>So, do you have Oscar fever yet? Yeah, me neither—it’s a bit early, though a few award season hopefuls, like “Steve Jobs” and “Bridge of Spies,” have already begun trickling into theaters. For an extra-special sneak peak at the season’s other top contenders, particularly in the cutthroat race for Best Foreign Language Film, don’t miss “Gems,” a showcase of anticipated art-house titles screening months before their theatrical releases. Presented by the Miami Film Festival, the fest opens with the historical romance “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ranon and Jim Broadbent (7:45 p.m. Thursday), and continues with Italian auteur Nanni Moretti’s metacinematic drama “Mia Madre,” costarring John Turturro (7:15 p.m. Friday); the fact-based drama “The Clan,” about the notorious “disappearances” in late 1970s Argentina (6:45 p.m. Saturday), and Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s patient thriller “The Assassin” (pictured), which is sure to be on many critics’ Ten Best lists for 2015 (2:45 p.m. Sunday). Eleven other regional premieres round out the festival; visit the website for all the details.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/1436241633_sytycd-photo-stage-gaby-diaz.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “So You Think You Can Dance!”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$750</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>South Florida continued its dominance in producing winning hoofers on Fox’s competition series this past summer, as Miami’s Gaby Diaz captured the crown of America’s favorite dancer—joining fellow SoFla victors Ricky Ubeira (Season 11), Eliana Girard (Season Nine) and Jeanine Mason (Season Five). Diaz’s ascent to the challenging show’s winner circle is all the more impressive because she’s a tap dancer—the first tapper to win first place—and because she was rejected in her first audition last year, making the cut only after an impressive second audition in a different city. Suffice it to say that the New World Center for the Arts grad will be front and center in this hometown appearance, where her fellow Top Nine dancers from season 12 will perform favorites from the past year as well as new numbers choreographed specifically for the tour.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/swan_story.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami City Ballet: Program I</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: Starting at $20</p> <p>Contact: 305/929-7010, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Only in a season like Miami City Ballet’s 2015-2016 slate could a program that includes “Swan Lake” be considered the most <em>conservative</em> dance lineup of the year. George Balanchine’s one-act version of the dark Tchaikovsky masterwork—a ballet so postmodern it was practically booed off the stage in its 1877 premiere—will cap a program that also includes Jerome Robbins’ exuberant “Fancy Free,” the boisterous 1944 ballet about sailors trying to attract women on shore leave, which went on to inspire the musical “On the Town.” “Viscera,” choreographed by the British phenom Liam Scarlett, will be re-staged after premiering at Miami City Ballet in 2012. The work lives up to its title by sensually staging its leotard-clad dancers in such a way as to suggest that “we’re watching organic processes occur inside a body,” according to a<em> New York Times</em> rave of the 2012 debut.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/anais_1_wide-099a50847593f8a95ee028a9980a788d5becf38c-s900-c85.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Anais Mitchell</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$40</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Any singer-songwriter who happens to be named after the provocative writer Anais Nin already has me at hello. And after listening to a few of her songs, this 34-year old chanteuse from Vermont will capture your heart, head and everything else. Part of the indie-folk revival movement that also includes Iron &amp; Wine, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver (whose singer, Justin Vernon, has collaborated with her), Mitchell’s stripped-down aesthetic layers her fragile, pixie bleat over spartan acoustic guitar, piano and simple percussion, so her effortlessly visual lyrics can take center stage. Her 2010 release “Hadestown” is an ambitious, post-apocalyptic concept album inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and many of her tunes are rustic narratives that touch on mortality as easily as sexuality (“Shepherd,” “Hobo’s Lullaby,” “Your Fonder Heart”). She even slips in a few wry references to politics, like the first lyric on her debut album “Hymns for the Exiled:” “I could tell you stories like the government tells lies/ah, but no one listens anymore.” We certainly are.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/bigfish-shane-tanner--ann-marie-olson-credit-patrick-fitzwater.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Big Fish”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Daniel Wallace’s 1998 book <em>Big Fish: A Novel of Epic Proportions</em> has long outlived its 180 pages. A paean to our desire to believe in the unbelievable, the book inspired an Oscar-nominated Tim Burton adaptation—one of the few films of the 2000s to make yours truly weep uncontrollably by the moving climax—as well as a 2013 musical version with a book by John August and music and lyrics by the eclectic Andrew Lippa. Like its source material, the musical rotates between vibrant flashbacks of a dying man’s legendary (and fictitious?) life, and the muted present-day reality of his estranged, skeptical son. This regional premiere of “Big Fish: The Musical” arrives courtesy of Slow Burn Theatre Company. The former West Boca company will make its Broward Center seasonal debut in grand fashion, with Shane Tanner, Justin Fox-Hall and Ann Marie Olson leading a cast of 18 through this ambitious and beloved meta-fairytale. It runs through Nov. 8.</p>Crowning a winner: Feast of the Sea’s Champion showdown2015-10-19T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>If you’re up on the 2<sup>nd</sup> Maestro del Mar Chef Challenge Series and were even luckier to taste the winning dishes so far, mark Oct. 23 to attend the final showdown with a Dinner on the Dock from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The all-day Feast of the Sea Seafood Festival follows on Oct. 24. The Dinner on the Dock finale costs $35; general admission to the seafood festival is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both events are in downtown West Palm Beach (Clematis and Flagler).</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.19_malatesta.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There were four semifinal rounds, so those four winners and 2014 winner Chef Eugenio Santucci, from the delightful Santucci Ristorante on Clematis (610 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/337-2532), will face off at the dinner. That means Chef Santucci will be joined by Chef Blake Malatesta (pictured; 50 Ocean, 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach), Chef Cassel from Hullabaloo (517 Clematis, West Palm Beach), Chef Clay Carnes from The Grille in Wellington (12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington), and Chef Eric Grutka of Ian’s Tropical Grill (2875 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart).</p> <p>At the showdown, each chef will have one hour to create a dish based on a mystery ingredient prepared with items such as fresh produce, baked goods and groceries. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.19_feast_of_sea.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The 2015 winning dishes from the semifinals include: quinoa-crusted smoked tuna with smoked mushrooms and charred asparagus (Chef Cassel); pan-roasted spiced salmon with a passion fruit vinaigrette and a shaved fresh vegetable salad (Chef Carnes); Asian spoon snapper dishes, including Himalayan salt-cured snapper with a cabbage dill remoulade (Chef Malatesta); and lobster with fruit salsa (Chef Grutka).</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>NSU Art Museum Showcases an Iconoclast2015-10-16T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="536" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/k.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Who on earth was Lee Miller? A woman with a man’s name, a model with an artist’s soul, a documentarian with a surrealist’s eye—these only begin to scratch the surface of a multifaceted dynamo who left an indelible mark on everything from Dadaist art to fashion photography to war correspondence, sometimes merging them all. It’s no surprise that her son Antony would later publish a biography called <em>The Lives of Lee Miller</em>, because she led many.</p> <p>Miller’s various existences are the subject of the NSU Art Museum’s astonishing new exhibit, “The Indestructible Lee Miller,” charting the two decades of her comparatively brief artistic prominence, from 1930 to 1950. The show moves chronologically, and it captures her arc of self-actualization, from object to subject to creator. Indeed, considering her early work in <em>front</em> of cameras, one would be hard-pressed to find a more objectified role than her 1930 film appearance in Jean Cocteau’s “The Blood of Poet,” in which she plays a statue—as blank as a storefront mannequin, as chiseled as a Greek sculpture.</p> <p><img alt="" height="516" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/miller3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Man Ray, her early love interest and entrée in the world of surrealism, created the most erotic photographs of Miller’s figure, treating her as something like a goddess—but I don’t see much more in them. More than likely, her own artistry was already being held back; it’s hard not to read symbolism into Miller’s drawing known as “Model With Daggers,” in which a figure not unlike herself is pinned against the wall like a circus entertainer, the knives of an unseen assailant keeping her in place.</p> <p>The more she drifted from Man Ray romantically, the more her work behind the lens shed his influence and achieved a formal derring-do and perceptual playfulness all her own. This makes for some of the most ingenious work in “The Indestructible Lee Miller,” such as the sick, unforgettable commentary of her photograph of a severed breast—the result of a mastectomy—served on a plate as if for dinner. She broke the mold for portraiture, shooting Tanja Ramm as a disembodied head peeking through a bell jar, and positioning an incongruous model sailboat in front of Joseph Cornell’s profile.</p> <p>In her Charlie Chaplin image, a hanging chandelier appears to rest atop his head like a lavish hat, and in another unsettling shot, a hand devoid of its accompanying arm grabs the back of a woman’s scalp; it was probably taken at a beauty salon, but by altering our perception and showing us only what she wanted us to see, she embraced the flatness of the 2-D image to her advantage.</p> <p>Next came her peripatetic period, the result of her marriage to Egyptian businessman Aziz Eloui Bey. She photographed sand dunes and the shadow of the pyramid of Giza, shot from its top point, but most of these avant-garde travelogues are frustratingly pocket-sized and straining to the eyes. It wasn’t until 1940, during the outbreak of the Second World War, that Miller’s work took on its greatest significance.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/miller1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>As British <em>Vogue</em>’s fashion photographer, she chose to confront the Nazi atrocities rather than escape them. Her groundbreaking shots broke the mold for couture photography, from models in fire masks emerging from a bomb shelter to a model in an out-of-place Digby Morton suit posing in front of a pile of rubble and a building’s skeletal foundation. These images are unimaginably subversive, and still ahead of their time: Can you imagine one of Anna Wintour’s top photographers shooting the latest fall fashions amid Syrian air strikes?</p> <p>Miller’s talent and passion led her inevitably to Germany in 1945 as a full-fledged war correspondent, where she penned <em>Vogue</em>’s magazine copy to complement her photos. She was as gifted with a typewriter as she was with a camera: “I saw the war end in a plume of smoke curling up from the remnants of Hitler’s mountain retreat,” begins one story, and it only gets more powerful.</p> <p><img alt="" height="405" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/miller2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The experience scarred her, and museumgoers today should take heed. There are images of destroyed churches, medics treating wounded children, emaciated bodies piled up on roadsides like so much debris. She captured the body of the daughter of a Nazi vice mayor, presumably still cold, arranged on a couch as if for exhibition. It’s all as nauseating to see as Alain Resnais’ WWII documentary “Night and Fog” is to watch.</p> <p>Her time spent in the heart of darkness resulted in one of the most iconic photographs ever from this fearless provocateur: a shot of herself in the bathtub of Hitler’s Munich apartment, after it had been requisitioned by the Allies. The power and defiance of this statement—overtaking the most private space of the modern world’s most monstrous killer—in the face of such death and destruction is almost indescribable.</p> <p>Prepare to be a bit shaken up by this show. Give yourself time to process it on the way out. Like any punch to the gut, it takes your breath away.</p> <p><em>“The Indestructible Lee Miller” runs through Feb. 14 at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 954/525-5500 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: beer and cupcakes2015-10-16T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Tilted Kilt</p> <p><img alt="" height="360" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.16_shipyard_pumpkinhead.gif" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I went to Tilted Kilt in Fort Lauderdale (there’s also one in Boca) to watch the Gators beat Ole Miss in the most gratifying upset. Not only was the game great, but the beer was too. Tilted Kilt serves Shipyard Pumpkinhead in a cup with a caramel dipped and sugar coated rim. It tasted just like pumpkin pie.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale // 954/763-5458)</p> <p>Batter Co.- The Dessert Collection</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="409" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.16_batter_co_dessert_collection.jpg" width="490"> </em></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“There are so many different cupcake companies popping up, but this one is my favorite so far. The moistest and most flavorful cupcakes I've ever had! I tried the blackberry almond and sea salt caramel flavors. But there's more—not only do they make cupcakes, they also make other baked goods that I can't wait to try! Purely divine!”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 2101 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach // 954/900-4071)</p>Fashion Forward: Kendra Scott Supports BCA2015-10-16T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Being fashionable and charitable can go hand in hand, and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12119/" target="_blank">Kendra Scott</a> is proof. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Kendra’s pink creations are about to adorn some of the strongest women out there. For every pair of Danielle or Elle earrings purchased in rose quartz in-store <em>(411 Plaza Real, 561/430-2520)</em> or online this month, a pair will be donated to a woman battling breast cancer. Customers are encouraged to write a note to go along with the gifted earrings.</p> <p>Additionally, 20% of all online sales during October of Danielle and Elle earrings in rose quartz will be donated to <a href="" target="_blank">Susan G. Komen Austin</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.16_kendra_scott_bca.png" width="490"></p>Cheers to champagne trucks, new restaurants and anniversaries2015-10-16T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.16_clicquot_truck.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Look for the big yellow truck: Veuve Cliquot on wheels</strong></p> <p>Keep on truckin’ in style on Oct. 17 when the Clicquot En Route truck–with its valuable cargo of <a href="" target="_blank">Veuve Clicquot</a>–stops at <a href="" target="_blank">Louie Bossi’s Ristorante</a> (1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/356-6699) from noon to 3 p.m. Champagne will be served (of course!), and a DJ, photo booth, games and gourmet bites will be there, too. Tickets cost $100 in advance and $125 at the door. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.16_burlock_coast_bar_area.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Ahoy! New Burlock Coast eatery in Ritz-Carlton</strong></p> <p>Keep a lookout on the high seas for the November opening of Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton <em>(1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/302-6460).</em> Named for the bag that Eastern seaboard sea captain and smuggler Bill McCoy invented to carry rum, the space will have an indoor/outdoor bar (pictured), a marketplace and dishes from chef de cuisine Gavin Pera. Local beers will be on tap and in bottle, with wines and cocktails galore. And a rum cart will let diners build their own cocktail. The Burlock Coast will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.16_daniel_boulud.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Voila! Celebrate with Daniel Boulud in Miami</strong></p> <p>We love reasons to celebrate. On Oct. 21, restaurant owner and Chef Daniel Boulud will top a five-year anniversary in Miami with a “Tour de France” party at <a href="" target="_blank">db Bistro Moderne</a> <em>(255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305/421-8800).</em> The six-course dinner starts with Lyon dishes, then moves to Alsace, Normandy, Basque, Provence and desserts. Sommelier Alan Feldman will offer regional wines, as well as signature drinks. Tickets cost $100, including tax and gratuity. The menu continues through November with a prix-fixe menu available during dinner. Oui! </p> <p><strong>A la carte:</strong> The second SoFla Apeiro location will open Oct. 23 in The Shops of Midtown Miami <em>(3252 NE 1 Ave., Miami).</em> Owners Burt Rapoport and Chef David Blonsky will offer the same Mediterranean-inspired dishes as the Delray Beach Apeiro, along with some new menu items unique to the new restaurant.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Editor&#39;s Picks2015-10-15T15:58:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p>It's not even November yet, and the city already is buzzing over not one but two Saturday night spectaculars. <em>Boca Raton</em> is proud to be the official magazine sponsor at both of the following Oct. 17 events:</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/mayor1.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>1) <strong>The Inaugural Mayors Ball</strong>: Broken Sound Club will roll out the red carpet for Boca's current mayor, Susan Haynie, and several former Boca mayors—along with a slew of local dignitaries—at this sold-out event that will celebrate the people who have made (and who continue to make) our community so special. Credit <strong>Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton</strong> and its president Jon Kaye (who is co-chairing the ball with Kari Oeltjen) for bringing the concept to fruition. The black-tie affair (tickets were $250) includes dinner and live music courtesy of the Steve Chase Band, as well as the debut of the George Long Awards, named after Boca's first appointed mayor. Funds raised will support the needs of health and wellness nonprofits in Boca through the Rotary Club's grant application program. (Pictured, from left: Kari Oeltjen, Susan Haynie and Jon Kaye)</p> <p>2) <strong>6th Annual Casino Night</strong>: The sounds of Sinatra will be echoing through the halls of Boca West as the <strong>Boys &amp; Girls Club of Boca Raton</strong> stages its annual evening of casino-style gaming and entertainment. We're expecting everything from a gourmet strolling dinner to live and silent auctions, as well as a big night at the craps table. The event raises funds for the more than 100 at-risk youth served by the Boca-based Club. Co-chairs Kathryn Gillespie and Zakir Odhwani are your hosts for what should be an evening to remember.</p> <p><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/casino.jpg" width="300"></p>Seasonal Finds: Butternut Squash2015-10-15T09:51:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>Butternut squash is my favorite variety of squash that’s in season in fall. It is a pear-shaped fruit that belongs to the gourd family, with beige skin and orange flesh. The skin of the squash is very thin, and the internal seed cavity is small, which means that the butternut squash yields more edible flesh than other varieties of squash. This time of year, you can find this fall favorite wherever produce is sold.</p> <p>This recipe for butternut squash and gnocchi with sage brown butter is a perfect comfort food meal for fall, and it’s easy to recreate. I normally love to make recipes from scratch, but for this dish I used packaged pasta and pre-cut butternut squash cubes to save time. Warm spices like sage, nutmeg and cinnamon compliment the sweet squash and fill the house with an incredible scent while you’re cooking. No scented candles needed!</p> <p><img alt="" height="473" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.15_gnocchi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter</strong></p> <p><em>Makes 4 servings</em></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong><br> 16-ounce package of gnocchi<br> 3 tablespoons unsalted butter<br> 4 sage leaves, finely chopped<br> 2 tablespoons olive oil<br> 1 pound butternut squash, diced into 1-inch cubes (buy these pre-cut to save time)<br> Pinch of salt<br> Pinch of pepper<br> 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg<br> 1 teaspoon cinnamon<br> Fresh grated Parmesan cheese</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong><br> Pour the gnocchi into a boiling pot of water. Boil for 2-3 minutes or until gnocchi floats to the top. Drain, and set aside.</p> <p>Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes until the butter is golden, and you smell a nutty aroma. Remove from heat, and pour into a bowl to stop the butter from burning. Add sage into the hot butter, and allow the flavors to infuse. Set aside.</p> <p>Add olive oil into a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in butternut squash cubes, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until squash becomes tender.</p> <p>Once the squash is tender, reduce heat to low. Stir in the gnocchi and brown butter, and toss to coat.</p> <p>Finish off the dish by adding nutmeg, cinnamon and additional salt and pepper. Adjust spices to your liking. Transfer to serving bowls, and top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>More on Boca Center deal—and some Delray court case updates2015-10-15T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/bcshopping.jpg" width="300"></h3> <h3>More on midtown Boca center overhaul</h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote about Crocker Partners’ ambitious plans for a new “mini-downtown” in Boca Raton. Once those plans get onto paper, the city will decide if they become reality.</p> <p>What Crocker Partners’ Angelo Bianco calls Boca’s “next great thing” would be roughly between Boca Center and Town Center Mall, and between Glades Road and Town Center Road. Crocker bought Boca Center last December, along with three other nearby properties.</p> <p>Though Bianco envisions a major retail makeover for Boca Center, the change that will matter most at first to city staff is proposed residential development for what is now Boca Center’s main parking lot on Military Trail. Bianco has no number of units yet, but creating the “24/7” atmosphere he seeks obviously would require a lot of new people living and additional people visiting.</p> <p>“There are serious traffic concerns (with the project) regarding Military Trail,” Mayor Susan Haynie told me. It’s a county road, so the county will examine traffic projections, but development requests go through the city.</p> <p>The Florida Department of Transportation classifies roads as having levels of service ranging from A—free-flowing most all the time—to F. The lowest level, according to the DOT handbook, “means travel demand exceeds capacity and the roadway is operating in oversaturated conditions.”</p> <p>The DOT also notes, however, that such conditions may exist for only short times. That’s why all ratings are based on average daily traffic. Anyone who has tried to get through the intersection of Glades Road and Northwest 15<sup>th</sup> Avenue near Interstate 95 at rush hour or on a Saturday night would assume that Glades is an F. It’s an E. At 2 p.m., getting through is much easier.</p> <p>What may come into play with Crocker’s plan is the designation local governments in Florida can seek when trying to promote redevelopment. The designation is Constrained Roadways At Lower Levels of Service, and has the fitting acronym CRALLS. The designation frees the city or county from having to provide the infrastructure to improve the level of service. The city accepts that the level of service will be F and judges that the tradeoff for targeted redevelopment is worth it.</p> <p>Boca Raton, Haynie said, has made it policy not to allow any CRALLS designations within the city. There are no F-rated roads. Boca has several of what the state calls “constrained” roads. The level of service is E, but the roads can’t or won’t be widened. Federal Highway downtown, for example, won’t be wider because the city has made a policy decision to keep it at four lanes.</p> <p>Only after Crocker submits an application, however, can the city analyze the potential traffic impact. Crocker wants to reduce it by making this new downtown a Planned Mobility Development, which provides alternatives to car travel. University Village filed its application under a similar designation.</p> <p>In an interview, Bianco said Boca Raton has about 90,000 residents and about 90,000 jobs, but that about 90 percent of those who work in the city commute from outside the city. Bianco wants to make public transportation a key part of the project: “It’s getting bigger and bigger everywhere.”</p> <p>One advantage for Crocker is the planned second Tri-Rail station. According to County Commissioner Steven Abrams, the “working location” is just north of Boca Center, behind where Kings Market once stood.</p> <p>That decision is not final, but all the proposed locations are near Boca Center. Construction could begin in two or three years. The draw for Tri-Rail is the number of jobs in that area, especially at the mall. Bianco talked about a shuttle that would stop at the station, Boca Center, the mall and other points. “A nine-minute loop,” he said.</p> <p>Unlike major downtown projects, Crocker’s would not face height issues. There already are other tall buildings in the area; Crocker owns two of them. Boca Raton Airport is just to the northeast, but a spokeswoman said the company is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and plans nothing outside “the existing parameter” under the flight path.</p> <p>As for neighborhood opposition, the area has comparatively little residential. That’s why Crocker wants to build some. The existing residential is on the east side of Military Trail, across Town Center Road from the south end of Boca Center.</p> <p>Crocker is not the only property owner in the area proposing to add residential. Jupiter-based Cypress Realty owns the roughly two acres across Military Trail from Boca Center land that is now home to the Strikes at Boca bowling lanes and Nippers Bar &amp; Grill. Cypress has not filed an application with the city, but principal Nader Salour told me that he anticipates doing so “within the next few months.” His project will be “pretty compatible” with what Crocker is proposing. The companies have talked.</p> <p>Nippers is one of only two places in the city that serve alcohol until 5 a.m. Elsewhere, it’s 2 a.m. When the city annexed the land from the county, Nippers got to keep the county-designated late closing. The same went for Blue Martini, which is in the mall.</p> <p>Indeed, it’s hard to believe that the county once planned auto dealerships along this stretch of Military Trail. Boca famously doesn’t allow them. Now the plan is to make cars less important.</p> <p>Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Director Ty Harris has “seen some ideas” from Crocker, but a formal application won’t come until next year. For Harris, who started in July, it will be his first major project—and one of the biggest in the city’s history. Cocker changed that part of Boca Raton when he built then-Crocker Center in 1990. Having bought back the center last December, Crocker wants to make those earlier changes seem small.</p> <h3>Delray court updates</h3> <p>There are updates on Delray Beach’s two big court cases.</p> <p>       -- The first involves the 152-unit Auburn Trace affordable-housing complex. The owner has filed for bankruptcy protection, and Delray Beach bought out the first mortgage from IberiaBank. Delray lent the developers about $4 million in the late 1980s.</p> <p>       This week, Auburn Trace Ltd. filed a motion asking the bankruptcy judge for permission to hire a broker and put the roughly 18-acre property up for sale. The price would be $11.75 million—in a cash deal.</p> <p>       This is a good development. If the judge agrees, as expected, Delray will be a step closer to getting a new owner/operator for Auburn Trace and to getting repaid. Whatever the seller pays, the property would have to remain as affordable housing.</p> <p>       -- The second involves Atlantic Crossing. Because the developers filed a counterclaim, alleging among other things that Delray violated the U.S. Constitution in delaying final approvals for the project, the city got the lawsuit moved from state court to federal court.</p> <p>       This could be a good development. A federal judge could get to the case quicker than a state judge, and his or her early rulings could show both sides where they stand. The reasonable outcome remains the developers adding back to the project an access road from Federal Highway.</p> <p>Delray beach parking</p> <p>If you want free parking at Delray Beach’s public beach, go very early or very late.</p> <p>Starting Friday, the city will enforce metered parking from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. If you don’t have coins or a city smart card, the meters accept Visa, Master Card and Discovery.                                  </p> <h3>Dog as wingman</h3> <p>New research argues that taking the family’s best friend to the dog parks in Boca and Delray can be good for the owner, not just the animal.</p> <p>According to a study in the journal <em>Leisure Sciences</em> of pet owners in Montreal, dogs served as “avatars, allowing owners to meet people and navigate space through their pets.” Researchers compared the effect to individuals who become a community playing games online. Nor do demographics matter. Apparently, love of dogs unites old and young, male and female, white and black.</p> <p>What can matter, however, is the kind of dog. Those who fear pit bulls and Rottweilers will avoid their owners—even if the dogs get along. If the study is correct, the irony is that the dogs are off their physical leashes while some of the humans’ social leases stay on.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Ag Reserve Vote is imminent—Burdick asking for help2015-10-14T15:42:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/agimages.jpg" width="276"></p> <p>One of the guidelines for <em>Boca</em> and <em>Delray </em>magazines is that we stay out of politics, and I take that to mean we remain nonpartisan. I don’t think it means that we can’t write the occasional blog about something we feel strongly about—and the Ag Reserve is one of my hot buttons.</p> <p>Actually, I think it may be one of yours, too, as we all voted to preserve this acreage as agricultural land in 1999. Almost <em>all</em> of us. Our county commission is very close to scratching away at the mandate we gave them (they are suppose to work for us, right?) by making it a little easier for developers to assemble the land necessary for development. <strong></strong></p> <p>Paulette Burdick, the lone commissioner who is trying to uphold the voters’ wishes, reached out to me as she says the Ag Reserve vote is now in the “11<sup>th</sup> hour.” </p> <p>I am reprinting her letter in full here, and I hope you will pass it on. Go!</p> <p>Here it is:  </p> <p>In 1998, the county commission adopted an Ag Reserve Master Plan.  In March 1999, Palm Beach County <strong>overwhelmingly approved</strong> a $150 million bond issue - $50 million for the acquisition of conservation lands, water resource lands, and lands for open space, and <strong>$100 million for acquisition of agricultural lands to preserve farming in the Ag Reserve.</strong> </p> <p>The citizens of PBC voted <strong>to limit the land use</strong> with the express goal of preventing overdevelopment, <strong>safeguarding our water supply and guaranteeing a source of fresh vegetables.</strong></p> <p>Tell our county commissioners they need to stick to the Master Plan and deny all requests that benefit a few landowners and developers at the expense of the interests of the public.  It is critical that the promise made to taxpayers to <strong>Preserve Our Ag Reserve </strong>is kept.  Unfortunately, we have to remind our commissioners that we, the tax paying public, do not want our prior commitment to the Ag Reserve modified because of the desires of a few landowners and developers.  <strong>We do not want the continued Browardization of Palm Beach County.  </strong></p> <p><strong>Why Preserve Our Ag Reserve?</strong>  The Ag Reserve is a unique piece of farmland:</p> <ul> <li>It is the #1 winter vegetable growing area east of the Mississippi, supplying our restaurants, and grocery stores.</li> <li>2. Climate – the only productive farm land in the US that does not freeze.</li> <li>3. Food security is a concern of everyone.</li> <li>4. CROS Ministry’s gleaning project assists our Food Banks with feeding the hungry. If we lose Ag. Reserve land, we lose thousands of lbs. of food that go to the hungry.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Why Preserve Our Ag  Reserve?</strong>   Agriculture in PBC has a $2Billion economic impact and provides 12,000 jobs.  The purpose of the Agricultural Reserve is to preserve agriculture by preventing sprawl and needless over-development. Farmers are free to sell their land, but they should not expect special government interventions that line their pockets while corrupting a vulnerable county resource.</p> <p>There will be a Critical Meeting: <strong>Monday Oct 26<sup>th</sup> 9:30</strong>, 301 N. Olive Ave, WPB, County Commission chambers 6<sup>th</sup> Floor. </p> <p>Your presence is meaningful to an elected official.  When the public is present at a meeting, elected officials make better decisions.  If you are unavailable to attend the meeting, their e-mail addresses are below.  Please share your concern with friends and family on your Facebook page.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><span><a href=""></a></span></p> <p><span><a href=""></a></span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Let your voice be heard.</strong>  The commissioners represent you and 5 of the 7 are campaigning for reelection or other elected offices.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Theater Review: &quot;A Funny Thing Happened ...&quot; at The Wick2015-10-14T09:00:00+00:00Kevin Studer/blog/author/kevinstuder/<p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/forum-press---15.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If you are looking to go to a musical that will make you fall out of your seat from laughing, then the Wick Theatre has the show for you.</p> <p>Originally premiering on Broadway in 1962, Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is a crowd-pleaser that has retained its charm for more than 50 years. Full of puns and mistaken identities, “A Funny Thing…” is lead by Pseudolus (Ken Jennings), a servant for a prominent family, who tries to win his freedom by helping his young master, Hero (Chris Brand), end up with the love of his life, Philia (Whitney Winfield). Unfortunately for Hero, Philia is a courtesan who has already been sold to a soldier (Jim Ballard) who is on his way to retrieve her. There are also multiple subplots throughout the show that all come together in the end, featuring a cast of hilarious characters.</p> <p>Right from the start, as the cast sings the enduring “Comedy Tonight,” the tone of the show is set. Jennings adds in modern references to Justin Bieber and the Kardashians, and the audience is immediately enthralled. Having appeared in multiple Broadway productions including “Sweeney Todd” (for which he won a Drama Desk Award), “Side Show” and “Urinetown,” Jennings commands the stage. The 68-year-old actor has all of the energy one would expect from someone half his age. While he is onstage, no one has to worry about a dull moment.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/039fb631-0816-5376-5692ed21d1320320.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Brand and Winfield beautifully play the lovers of the show. Their Act One duet of “Lovely” is just as the title says—and I dare you not to cringe every time someone comes between them. The indefatigable supporting actors Ronen Bay, Brian DiRito and Wesley Slade, who make up the trio of Proteans, are worth a special recognition. They take on multiple roles throughout the show, and they bring laughter each time they grace the stage.</p> <p>Choreographer Angela Morando has done a spectacular job, as the group numbers are a spectacle to see. When Pseudolus and Hero are trying to find Philia from the house of courtesans, each courtesan has a separate dance routine to reflect her character, and each is fully developed. Between the vitality of Jennings and Morando’s choreography, the show’s energy never wavers.</p> <p>The first show of the Wick’s second season, “A Funny Thing…” is not to be missed. The combined talent of local and national actors makes for a wonderful show that will have audiences cracking up from start to finish.</p> <p><em>“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” runs through Nov. 1 at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $70. Call 561/995-2333 or visit</em></p>High-intensity workout to help our military heroes2015-10-14T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong>Help Our Military Heroes</strong></p> <p>Take an exercise class at Slash Fitness <em>(290 SE 6<sup>th</sup> Ave. #2, Delray Beach)</em> on Oct. 30, and all or a portion of what you pay for the high-intensity workout will go to support the nonprofit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">Help Our Military Heroes</a> organization.</p> <p>Slash raised more than $19,000 during the same event last year and hopes to top that amount in 2015. The way it works is Slash will donate 100 percent of proceeds from new clients and a portion of those from current Slash customers (including personal training sessions.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.14_slash_fitness.png" width="490"></p> <p><em>(Photo courtesy of Slash Fitness)</em></p> <p>Founded in 2009, Help Our Military Heroes helps provide amputee veterans who sustained injuries while on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan with fully equipped, adaptive minivans. </p> <p>“Slash Fitness is dedicated to giving back to our local community, and we have a big heart for the veterans of America,” says Slash co-owner Andy Sziraki in a press release. “Our mission is to improve the strength of each one of our customers – either through group fitness classes or personal training sessions – and who better to set an example for strength than our military heroes.  We are proud to support ‘Help Our Military Heroes,’ especially considering each one of our owners comes from a military family.”</p> <p>The cost for a new client to join a class Oct. 30 will be $25. Slash workouts combine body-weight exercises with traditional weight training, high intensity interval training and functional training, which incorporate flexibility, core, balance and range of motion, according to the press release.</p> <p>For more information or to register for the Help Our Military Heroes event, click <a href="">here</a> or call 561/865-5716. </p> <p> </p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p><strong>Bethesda Health and Baptist Health South Florida join forces</strong></p> <p>Bethesda Health in Boynton Beach and Coral Gables-based <a href="">Baptist Health South Florida</a> announced in October that the not-for-profit organizations have signed an agreement to merge.</p> <p>There’s strength in numbers, according to Bethesda Health President and CEO Roger L. Kirk.</p> <p>“While significant challenges are ahead in healthcare, it is essential to forge partnerships that can ensure our organizations remain on the leading edge as providers of quality medical care,” Kirk says in a press release. “As not-for-profit hospitals, we share similar missions and a common vision for improving the health of our respective communities that can be significantly strengthened by this affiliation.” </p> <p>Baptist Health is a dominant health system in the region, with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital) and nearly 50 out patient and urgent care facilities in the tri-county area. Bethesda Health has two hospitals: <a href="">Bethesda Hospital East</a>, at 2815 S. Seacrest Blvd., and <a href="">Bethesda Hospital West</a>, 9655 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.</p> <p>While both organizations will be working together during the next two years, the full partnership won’t be in place until Oct. 1, 2017. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Fall events for the family2015-10-14T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p><strong>“Fall” in Love with these South Florida Kids’ Activities</strong></p> <p>Halloween is only days away, the air temperature is finally below 90 degrees and your Facebook feed is getting flooded with pumpkin patch photos. It must be fall in South Florida!</p> <p>Boca moms love <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>fall events.</strong></a> Let’s be honest—many of us are transplants from the Northeast, and we crave the change in season (and fashion.) Whether it’s a fall festival with hay rides and apple cider or an opportunity to trick-or-treat with the kids at a local shopping center, you better believe Boca moms will be there with their kids in costume and Jimmy Choo boots on.</p> <p>I personally like to ramp up to Halloween events, and embrace the fall traditions with my family that I’ve found are really well done in Palm Beach County. Here are my top picks:</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.14_fall_events_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market Annual Fall Festival</strong></a><strong> </strong><strong>– Sept. 26-Nov. 1  </strong><strong></strong></p> <p>Bedner’s <em>(</em><em>10066 Lee Rd., Boynton Beach, 561/733-5490) </em>opens its doors every year for a huge fall festival in Boynton Beach. But, you better get there early (especially on the weekends,) and bring a hat and sunscreen. Take photos with your family in the largest pumpkin patch in town, open every day but Tuesday. Enjoy a hay ride and get lost in their corn maze. Kids love Bedner’s petting zoo, bounce house and homemade ice cream. And parents will drool over the cider doughnuts and fresh lemonade.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.14_fall_events_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Oktoberfest</strong></a><strong> at the American German Club – Oct. 16-18</strong></p> <p>Discover the best of Germany, from traditional to modern, at this weekend-long Oktoberfest event in Lantana. Live music, German food, beer and more are showcased with authentic style at the American German Club <em>(</em><em>5111 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth, 561/967-6464.)</em> There are carnival rides for the kids ($20.00 wristband for unlimited access) and an indoor Hofbrau Festhaus for mom and dad. Dress the whole family up to really get into the Oktoberfest spirit!</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.14_fall_events_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Boca Boo Days</strong></a><strong> – Oct. 16-31</strong></p> <p>Talk about a cornucopia of event options in our fair city! Boca Boo Days has something for everyone from <a href="" target="_blank">Haunted Houses at Sugar Sand Park</a> to <a href=";Content_Id=500235&amp;returnTo=main" target="_blank">spooky canopy tours at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</a>. Check out the full calendar of events for your family on their cleverly scary website, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Have a ‘boo-tiful’ fall Boca Moms!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Boca Center blow-out, redistricting and other items of note 2015-10-13T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3> </h3> <h3><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/dining.jpg" width="300"></h3> <h3>Boca Center takes over Midtown Boca</h3> <p>Angelo Bianco envisions a remade Boca Center (above) as part of “the next great thing” in the city—a downtown-type destination for residents west of Interstate 95 and anyone else looking for “something special.”</p> <p>Bianco runs Crocker Partners’ Florida operations. Between August and December of last year, the company spent roughly $350 million on four properties east of Town Center Mall—the One Town Center office building that was home to W.R. Grace, the black office tower known as The Plaza near Strikes bowling lanes, the One Boca Place office complex on Glades Road, and Boca Center—which Tom Crocker opened a quarter-century ago. Crocker also built The Plaza and One Town Center.</p> <p>Not coincidentally, with those purchases Crocker has “created a mini-town,” as Bianco put it. The boundaries are Glades Road on the north, Town Center Road on the south, Butts Road on the west and I-95 on the east. Military Trail is the spine. Obviously, a company doesn’t invest $350 million to have the town stay as it is.</p> <p>In an interview last week, Bianco said the company wants to create a downtown for the growing western portion of the city whose residents don’t often visit the downtown of Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place. Boca Center would be the hub of what the company hopes will become “an area destination.” Bianco listed some of the many changes he sees for the complex:</p> <p>       -- Housing on the parking lot that faces Military Trail. Parking would go behind the shops and restaurants. There is no estimate yet for the number of residential units.</p> <p>       -- Changing the tenant mix to make Boca Center a “foodies’ paradise.” Think lots of food-themed specialty stores—Joseph’s Classic Market is already at the south end; Total Wine &amp; More is on the north end—and more restaurants. Can the area sustain them? Bianco said restaurant broker Tom Prakas conducted a study for the company showing that restaurants within the “mini-town” along with University Commons just east of I-95 do more business annually than all the restaurants in Delray Beach.</p> <p>       -- A “complete redo” of the entrance on the west side, transforming the walkway into the center and “blowing out” the bandstand in front of the Marriott hotel.</p> <p>       -- Crocker’s purchase did not include the hotel, but Bianco said the company is working with the Marriott ownership on a joint venture to bring a “world-class gym” and the “predominant spa in the area.”</p> <p>Bianco estimates that construction could take six years. Potential cost? “The price tag would say: Expensive.” For those who have been to Bal Harbour in Miami-Dade County, imagine something like that but “with much less emphasis on clothing” when it comes to stores. Crocker wants the project to complement the mall, not compete with it.</p> <p>The remake extends to what Bianco calls a “rebranding” of the area. There is no name—“Midtown” was an early, discarded suggestion—but there will be.</p> <p>Last June, Bianco said, the company began evaluating the potential for something to draw “a 24/7 crowd.” In additional to the mall, another existing commercial asset is Glades Plaza, south of Glades Road from One Boca Place. Farmer’s Table at the Wyndham Hotel has become very popular, very quickly. North of the Glades Road overpass on Military Trail is Lynn Insurance Group—another employment center.</p> <p>Boca Center, of course, has three office towers itself. Two were part of the original project, and Teachers Insurance added one after it bought the property and changed the name from Crocker Center. The office space remains high-priced and successful, but Bianco also plans upgrades there—especially to lobbies that are pleasant but dated. On my visit, Bianco pointed out a metal container for 3-by-5 cards on the shelf of a security desk. You almost expected computers with floppy disks.</p> <p>The company would love to draw tourists, but Bianco said the focus is on those locals west of I-95. As with the mall, Crocker wants to complement the downtown of Mizner Park, not compete.</p> <p>Real estate broker Keith O’Donnell uses the industry term “amenitize” to describe Crocker’s plans—increasing the value of a property and the attractiveness of an area. “They are the best at doing what they’re doing,” O’Donnell said, “so I’m very excited about it. They are successful because they’ve been bold.”</p> <p>And this plan is very bold and very exciting. It is a reminder of the economic dynamism of the Boca Raton-Delray Beach market that a developer could reacquire and transform already successful projects into much more.</p> <p>Crocker seeks to capitalize on the continued popularity of mixed-used projects that create what Bianco calls “lifestyle enclaves.” They replicate urban living—walk or commute to work and play—outside of major urban centers. “You see it in Delray,” Bianco said. Boca Raton’s second Tri-Rail station is planned for north of Boca Center.</p> <p>The project also would incorporate lessons learned from Mizner Park, which Crocker opened just after Boca Center. Example: Mizner’s parking garages face Federal Highway, thus cutting off the project.</p> <p>Crocker brought in four architects to compete for work on the project. The company has had discussions with city staff, but there is no formal application yet. Bianco hopes to have designs for the city during the first three months of next year. On Thursday, I will discuss the approval process for Boca’s proposed “mini-downtown.”</p> <h3>Redistricting</h3> <p>It is almost certain that Boca Raton and Delray Beach no longer will be in the same congressional district.</p> <p>On Friday, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis chose one of seven proposed maps of the state’s 27 congressional districts. The map would change coastal District 22, which Lois Frankel represents, and inland District 21, which Ted Deutch represents.</p> <p>Frankel’s district now extends from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach. It would end at Highland Beach, which with Boca would comprise the only Palm Beach County portion. Eighty-five percent of the district would be in Broward County.</p> <p>Deutch would lose his district’s section of northwest Broward to Frankel. He would gain the coastal region that is now in Frankel’s district. Deutch’s would be the only district contained within Palm Beach County. Frankel’s West Palm Beach condo would be in Deutch’s district.</p> <p>The Florida Supreme Court can accept or reject Lewis’ choice, but it would be surprising if the justices disagreed with Lewis. The map comes from the plaintiffs that challenged the Legislature’s 2012 map as drawn in violation of the Fair Districts Amendments. It aligns almost completely with the direction from the justices in their July ruling that struck down the old map. There is no sign that the Legislature will appeal, even though Lewis rejected maps from the House and Senate.</p> <p>I will have more on this after the court rules. That will happen this week. The court’s deadline for adopting a new map is Saturday.</p> <h3>Proposed Islamic school</h3> <p>Because of a mistake in how the city advertised the item, the Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Board took no action last Thursday on the proposed middle/high school with the Islamic Center of Boca Raton. But there is no mistaking what neighbors think about the project.</p> <p>Though there was no vote, the board heard public comment and put it on the record. Several neighbors of what would be the expanded school on Fifth Avenue north of Florida Atlantic University warned that existing traffic problems would worsen. They noted that J.C. Mitchell Elementary School to the south and Grandview Prep to the north already generate bus and car traffic. Expansion at FAU, they said, is exacerbating the problem as more students live off campus.</p> <p>The issue will be rescheduled for the board’s recommendation. It still must go to the city council.</p> <h3>Delray’s pension reform</h3> <p>A year ago, Delray Beach and the city’s police officers agreed to a three-year contract that included needed pension reform. The city then sought pension changes from the city’s firefighters.</p> <p>Sept. 30, the last day of the contract, came and went without a new deal. As the firefighters work without a contract, the city commission meets tonight in special session to discuss the negotiations.</p> <p>Delray got that new police contract without declaring an impasse. Boca declared an impasse in 2014 before reaching agreement with the public safety unions. Delray wants to avoid an impasse. But the city also wants pension reform. That position won’t change, and it matters more.</p> <h3>University Village</h3> <p>Next month, the Boca Raton City Council probably will decide whether to approve University Village.</p> <p>Last week, the planning and zoning board recommended approval of the project on the last large tract of open land east of Interstate 95—about 80 acres at Spanish River Boulevard and the El Rio Trail. That recommendation, however, came with conditions related to University Village’s potential impact on adjoining single-family neighborhoods.</p> <p>“Traffic,” Mayor Susan Haynie told me Monday, “is a concern.” University Village is a Planned Mobility Development, designed to use transit and other measures to reduce the number of trips by car. So-called PMD remains a concept, however, and University Village could add as many as 1,500 residents. Still, a city planner told the board that the developer actually could have asked to generate even more traffic, given rules for the property.</p> <p>As Chairman William Fairman noted, it’s a pivotal point for Boca’s near northwest. Florida Atlantic University’s research park, south of University Village, wants to expand. Blue Lake Corporate Center is on the other side of I-95. Airport Road might go from two lanes to four lanes.</p> <p>Collectively, one resident said, “It’s like dropping a bomb on our neighborhood.” The post-recession building rush isn’t happening just downtown.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Bourbon, bites and bosses2015-10-13T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="674" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.13_jim_beam_bourbon_&amp;_bites.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>New fall dishes, Bourbon &amp; Bites: At 50 Ocean</strong></p> <p>We are <em>so</em> ready for fall, and 50 Ocean’s Chef Blake Malatesta is already there with innovative additions to his menu. Try the garlic/herb-marinated backyard skirt steak with mushroom ravioli, pearl onions and black truffle vinaigrette—or the caramelized scallops with curried sweet potato, roasted-toasted cauliflower and kimchee vinaigrette. Those are just two new dishes, but there are many more.</p> <p>Or plan to attend Oct. 20’s Bourbon &amp; Bites, part of the Chef’s Tasting Series that will pair Jim Beam bourbons with five courses of delicious at 6:30 p.m. for $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. That includes the Jim Beam brands Knob Creek, Booker’s, Baker’s and Basil Hayden all the way through dessert, which is a four-part tasting of triple cream, caramel Brule, butter cake and apple pie. Oh my.</p> <p>All of this will take place on the beach at 50 S. Ocean Blvd. (above Boston’s), Delray Beach, 561/278-3364. Reservations include complimentary valet parking and admission to Boston’s on the Beach after the dinner for blues singer Brandon Santini.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.13_the_office_delray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Remember Bosses’ Day: Take yours to The Office</strong></p> <p>On Oct. 16 (It’s a Friday, thank goodness) it would be a good idea to remember your boss. Food and getting away from the rat race are always welcome gifts, so take your team and head over to The Office <em>(201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-3600)</em>, where your special boss will receive a free dessert and baseball cap (one per table.) That should give you some desk points, and you’ll get to dine at this gastro pub, too.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Video: Boca&#39;s Teen Country Star2015-10-12T10:08:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><em><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/baugh.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> readers first met <strong>Maggie Baugh</strong> in the March/April 2014 issue; at the time, the aspiring country music singer was still in middle school. Since then, the now-sophomore at Boca Raton High School has shown the work ethic of an established musician, playing her fiddle and guitar at some 80-plus gigs per year. The diligence has paid dividends; at age 15, Baugh’s star is rising. She recently released an album of seven original songs, “Heck of a Story,” as well as a video of the first track, “Midnight Muddin.”</p> <p><iframe height="350" src="" width="425"></iframe></p> <p>Here is an excerpt from John Thomason’s March/April 2014 story on Baugh:</p> <p><strong>Her musical path</strong></p> <p>Maggie Baugh has 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 recalls. “So I asked again when I was 6, and I’ve now been playing for seven years.” After starting on the fiddle, she migrated to the guitar.</p> <p>“The first reaction, as a parent, is, is it a hobby or is it just a phase? When does it stop?” says Maggie’s mother, Alyson, about her daughter’s prodigious talent. “But as we go into the second year of her songwriting, it’s just who she is. You support what your child has a dream to do. Until it stops, you keep supporting it.”</p> <p>Baugh doesn’t expect it to stop. Since her 2011 debut at a singer-songwriter showcase at the Broward Center, she’s performed everywhere from Kevro’s in Delray Beach to the Tri-Rail Airport Station in Dania Beach to the Fraternal Order of Police in West Palm Beach. Baugh has played fairs and festivals, schools and fundraisers, coffeehouses and boat parades and birthday parties, some 60 performances in 2013 alone—anywhere to get her name out there, except, for obvious reasons, nightclubs. Also, she doesn’t perform on school nights.</p> <p>Her ultimate dream is to play to a sold-out crowd at the Grand Ole Opry, a venue she’s already visited, like a star-struck congregant in the church of Country.</p> <p>“Country is so down to earth; the music is so true to yourself,” Baugh says. “Instead of talking about getting drunk and going to a bar and meeting girls, you sing about home and family, and it has a great beat and pulls you in.”</p>The Week Ahead: Oct. 13 to 192015-10-12T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/the-theatre-conversationalist.gif" width="339"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age”</strong></p> <p>Where: Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$18</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-2833, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’re unfamiliar with the humor magazine <em>Puck</em>, you’re probably not alone. Its existence was relatively short-lived in magazine years, publishing only from 1871 to 1918. But its influence is vast, spawning the careers of the some of the 20th century’s most important cartoonists and establishing standards later adopted by publications both high- and lowbrow, from <em>The New Yorker</em> to <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>. The Flagler’s fall exhibition, “With a Wink and a Nod,” celebrates the <em>Puck</em> legacy with more than 70 original drawings and more than 20 vintage issues of the magazine on display. Cartoons skewered politics, religion and everyday life with equal inspiration, targeting corrupt police officers, reactionary politicians, automobile controversies, family life and theater etiquette. Looking at a few of the samples, it’s amazing how prescient the cartoonists were—and how often history repeats itself. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2016.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/galleria_norton_exhibition_thisplace-waplington-10.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “This Place: Israel Through Photography’s Lens”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12 adults, $5 students</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Is there a region on Earth more polarizing than Israel? The nation is many things all at once: the cradle of Christianity, the Jewish holy land, the contested homeland of the Palestinians. It’s a place where three religions mingle in a melting pot that doesn’t melt, where global advances in science and technology share tenuous cultural space with ancient Biblical prophecy. Even the word “Israel” is a political lightning rod, a debate-stirrer, a campaign position. French photographer Frederic Brenner knows that for a region this complicated, his camera alone couldn’t represent its myriad complexities. So he invited 11 fellow photographers from around the world—from the U.S., France and England but also places like Slovakia, the Czech Republic and South Korea—to spend six months in Israel and document what they saw. The resulting exhibition, “This Place,” is perhaps the world’s most comprehensive and heterogeneous portrait of this divisive nation, one that dives deeper than the knee-jerk headlines. And in another coup for the Norton, the exhibit will make its American debut here in Palm Beach County. It runs through Jan. 17.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/1jveydqg-wq.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Korn</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $49.50-$69.50</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the age of the iTunes/Spotify music jumble, the idea of listening to a single album straight through is starting to feel awfully ‘90s. Perhaps that’s why so many artists who released their masterpieces before the omnipresence of the “Shuffle” option are retaining their albums’ integrity by playing them in their entireties at their concerts. In the past couple of weeks, Helmet and The Jesus &amp; Mary Chain have done just that, and now it’s Korn’s turn. Frontman Jonathan Davis’ nu-metal, parent-scaring quintet released its self-titled debut in 1994, and its unhinged rawness has made it arguably the most beloved album for Korn die-hards, responsible for the hits “Blind,” “Clown” and “Shoots and Ladders.” The band will play the entire album and finish the show with later-career hits, in a concert whose minimal staging will conjure the atmosphere of a band just discovering its tortured groove, bagpipes ablaze.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/screen-shot-2015-06-08-at-11-14-09-am.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jerry Seinfeld</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $60-$175</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Jerry Seinfeld, the man who revolutionized the American sitcom in the 1990s—and one of the least-controversial stand-ups of our time—found himself in an unusual position earlier this year: on the front lines of the battle over political correctness in comedy. He joined Chris Rock and Larry and the Cable Guy in decrying the P.C. oversensitivity of college students, proving that yesterday’s benign observations are today’s micro-aggressions. Though he won’t play colleges anymore, Seinfeld has taken the controversy in stride, by continuing what he does best. Through the 100 million clicks of his Web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” he congregates with everyone from today’s hippest young comedians as to stand-up legends. And if anything, his material has only grown stronger, more thoughtful, more existential and more original since he turned 60. His Kravis shows are pricey, but expect more laughs from him than from any comedian touring this year.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="162" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/halloweenhammock.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Halloween in the Hammock</strong></p> <p>Where: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$20</p> <p>Contact: 561/544-8615, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The spirit(s) of the season arrive early at Boca’s cherished environmental complex, which is hosting 40-minute beachside strolls, leaving every 30 minutes, this Saturday evening. Adults and children alike are welcome to arrive in costumes and enjoy the atmospheric walk hosted by “ghostly guides and ghouls” who lead attendees through a tour of the region’s animal kingdom, from snakes, owls and spiders to sharks and turtles. It’s just the first program of several Halloween-themed family outings presented under the city’s Boca Boo Days initiative, which continues with a bevy of events from Oct. 23-31; visit for the complete schedule.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="203" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/301930_orig.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Fly”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 11:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>My runaway choice for Best Remake of All-Time, David Cronenberg’s horrifying 1986 update of the 1958 creature feature “The Fly” is a cautionary tale about the perils of scientific recklessness, a parable about degenerative disease in a time of the AIDS crisis, a tragic love story and a nightmare-inducing breakthrough in movie makeup. Jeff Goldblum, in his most memorable performance to date, plays the ambitious scientist who invents a teleportation device and experiments the machine on himself, unaware that a common housefly has entered the “Telepod” with him. Soon enough, his DNA and the fly’s merge, with harrowing results. You’ve probably seen this most buzz-worthy (entry) entry in the ‘80s sci-fi canon, but it’s worth revisiting this weekend, since the Coral Gables Art Cinema will be screening it in its original 35mm format.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/naked-magic.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Naked Magic Show”</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $33-$53</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’re of the opinion that the only thing movies like “The Full Monty” and “Magic Mike XXL” are missing is wands, card tricks and grand illusions, then the R-rated “Naked Magic Show” is your steaming-hot cup of tea. At this raunchy crossover hit, buff Australian magicians Christopher Wayne and Mike Taylor ensure that their clothes vanish along with their bunny rabbits. With more than 200 shows a year under their (loosened) belts, these 30-year-old entertainers are experts in sleight of hand, mentalism and comedy hypnosis as well as large-scale illusions. And needless to say, their Chippendale’s-style wardrobes (or lack thereof) will offer audiences plenty of opportunities for a magician’s favorite tool: distraction. The duo’s tagline says it best: “Sleeves up, pants down.”</p> <p>MONDAY, OCT. 19</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/elizabeth-gilbert.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Elizabeth Gilbert</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Speaking of magic, The Arsht Center is promising “an evening of big magic with Elizabeth Gilbert,” but it’s not the David Copperfield type. Gilbert’s focus is the magic of creativity, the everyday phenomena that is available to any of us at the tip of a pen, the end of a brush or the stroke of a keyboard. Gilbert, whose 2006 memoir <em>Eat, Pray, Love</em> has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages, is touring to support her new self-development tome <em>Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear</em>, in which she delves into the source of her own creativity and courage in search of universal truths. Gilbert will speak about her work with characteristic humor, vulnerability, open-heartedness and seasoned wisdom, and she has a special treat for attendees: Ticket-buyers will receive a complimentary signed copy of <em>Big Magic</em>, which will be distributed in the lobby of the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall upon entry.</p>Halloween Dining Events2015-10-12T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.12_emkoween_invite.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Gulp. Chomp. Boo! Who? Emkoween’s Costume Dinner</strong></p> <p>Dress in your creepiest costume or as something you’ve always wanted to be, and plan to be delighted and dined at the First Annual Emkoween Costume Dinner Party on Oct. 31 with seatings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The bewitching seven-course meal is at the funky and fun Jereve restaurant at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Emko</a> <em>(2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/227-3511.)</em> Art-inspired costumes are encouraged but not necessary, although prizes will be given for the most creative attendees. Sounds like a howl of a good Halloween time. Garden tickets cost $50, VIP dinner tickets cost $175 and VIP dinner and wine tickets cost $225. Food, live music, performance art and dancing are included.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.12_waterstone_resort.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Baying at the “Moonshine Halloween Party”: Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</strong></p> <p>It’s a Halloween cocktail party on the water at the charming <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">Waterstone Bar &amp; Grill</a> <em>(</em><em>999 East Camino Real, 561/368-9500) </em>on Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Along with moonshine-themed cocktails, prizes will be awarded to attendees for the best moon- and stone-inspired costumes. Put your creative best on for Halloween at Waterstone. </p> <p><strong>A la carte: </strong>For a really different Halloween-inspired event, seek out “Tease-O-Ween,” a burlesque dinner show at Honey <em>(16 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-270-7187) </em>on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Catering is from the pop-up duo of Mucho Gusto. The cost of tickets is $95 each.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Theater Review: &quot;Once&quot; at Broward Center2015-10-09T10:15:00+00:00Kevin Studer/blog/author/kevinstuder/<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/6.207520.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Every so often a show comes along that challenges the accepted conventions of theater. There’s something so different about it that it creates an experience that you won’t soon forget. “Once” is exactly that show.</p> <p>Currently touring at the Broward Center, the Dublin-set musical follows the story of an Irish guy (Stuart Ward) and a Czech girl (Dani de Waal) who meet and slowly change each other’s lives. After hearing his music about an ex-girlfriend that moved to New York, the girl decides that the guy’s songs must make it to his ex. Together, the guy and girl, whose names are never mentioned, are able to create a band and record demos of his music.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/1.172424.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Those looking for a typical love story will be left wanting more, as the story does not end in the way most love stories do. But this show, which is adapted from an Oscar-winning 2007 film, has so much heart that you won’t be disappointed.</p> <p>What makes the show so different is the staging. The set, a pub in Dublin, never changes, and only set pieces are moved to reflect different locations. The cast moves the set pieces in time to the music as the change occurs. Their choreography is so fluid that the scenic changes are often as entertaining as the scenes themselves.</p> <p>Taking on a third duty, each member of the company plays a different instrument on either side of the stage when not in a scene. In doing so, they rarely leave the stage. Their instruments become so much a part of them that watching them perform increases your affection for theirs character.</p> <p>Ward and de Waal captivate the audience with their charm and talent. While at times Ward’s voice overpowers de Waal’s, the two create a storyline that makes you root for their characters to end up together. The timing of their jokes, their instrumental skills and dedication to the characters is stunning.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/6.207521.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If you have ever been to Dublin, this show will create intense nostalgia. It honestly feels like you could’ve walked into any pub in the city center and would be seeing these scenes happen. The characters speak of Cork and Grafton Street, two popular locations in Ireland, and if you’ve been there, you will understand the humor.</p> <p>After having traveled abroad to Ireland a year and a half ago, I appreciated the amount of Irish influences in the show. The music has a beautiful Gaelic feel to it, and the humor is true to what you experience over there.</p> <p>It’s clear why this show won eight Tony awards when it opened on Broadway and stayed there for almost three years. It’s heart-wrenching, beautiful and a good time.</p> <p>On a side note, be sure to arrive early. Before the show and during intermission, audience members in the orchestra seats are welcomed to hang out onstage and buy drinks from the bar of the pub. They offer a few choices of wine, beer and liquor as well as bottled water. While the audience is up onstage, members of the cast join them for a pre-show jam session.</p> <p><em>“Once” runs through Oct. 18 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $35. Call 954/462-0222 or visit </em></p>Staff Picks: spas and sandwiches2015-10-09T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Four Elements Reflexology Spa</p> <p><img alt="" height="127" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.9_four_elements.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“After an interesting massage experience in Thailand, I had been a bit skeptical about spas, but Four Elements changed that. There are four rooms representative of the four elements (water, fire, earth and air.) I got a reflexology massage in the air room in the most comfortable chair. After a long week, this massage had me completely relaxed. I’ll definitely be going back.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a> // 64 S. Federal Highway // 561/757-6211)</p> <p>Bond and Smolders</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.9_bond_and_smolders.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“Bond and Smolders is finally open, in what may be the worst location in Boynton Beach —next to a shuttered Winn-Dixie. But try them anyway for great sandwiches (I mean GREAT) and freshly made pastries and breads. Fellow Ocean Ridge residents: Cross the bridge and go there for breakfast or lunch, NOW.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12109/" target="_blank"></a> // 1622 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach // 561/877-2462)</p>Fashion Forward: Charlotte Ronson2015-10-09T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.9_mercedes_benz_fashion_week.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Having the opportunity to attend New York Fashion Week back in February, we were able to get a first look on the most popular trends to hit the department stores in the fall. Charlotte Ronson has been a huge style inspiration for us, so we were so excited to premiere her 2015 Fall/Winter line during February’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Having very different body types, we are always thankful that her collections speak true to our style, while continuing to compliment our curves.</p> <p class="normal">Ronson's runway shows are always must-see events during Fashion Week, as she remains a permanent fashion fixture in Hollywood. A lot of our personal celebrity style inspirations (Blake Lively, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Leighton Meester, etc.) are drawn to Ronson's sense of flirty femininity, too. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.9_charlotte_ronson_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Charlotte Ronson has become one of the most sought after women’s wear designers during Fashion Week because she continues to showcase her flawless style and trendsetting designs. Her 2015 Fall/Winter line is inspired by relaxed nature coupled with an abstract urban setting. This collection truly speaks to us '20 something' #SceneGirls because of her ability to incorporate clean, pure lines with lace and prints that are expressed through bold tones and materials. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/screen_shot_2015-10-08_at_10.22.02_am.png" width="492"></p> <p class="normal">Being born into a family with natural artistic ability, Ronson followed tradition by developing her own unique style at an early age. By 2000 she launched her first collection, C. Ronson, which gained instant recognition from renowned publications. In 2005 she rebranded herself by renaming her collection Charlotte Ronson—an organic evolution of the brand, which spoke true to who Charlotte is and what she and her customer want to wear.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.9_charlotte_ronson_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">With famous sister, Samantha Ronson, as the DJ, the runway show remained upbeat and flirty, as beautiful models graced the catwalk. We also had our first "I remember my first Fashion Week moment" when Paris Hilton made an appearance to support her friend and pose for her beloved paparazzi.</p> <p class="normal">Surreal. That's really all we can say when people ask us about our first trip to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Being the style enthusiasts we are, we can't express the humble gratitude we had after this weekend. </p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Cookbooks and cooking classes2015-10-09T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.9_v&amp;a_pasta_and_giant_meatball_.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(Photo courtesy of <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank"></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Cuisine on the calendar: Vic &amp; Angelo’s cooking class</strong></p> <p>Get the datebooks out (or the digital equivalent,) and make reservations to learn the secrets to creating a rustic Italian brunch at <a href="">Vic &amp; Angelo’s</a> <em>(4520 PGA Blvd. #100, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-630-9899)</em> cooking class on Oct. 24. Exec Chef Alain Zimmer will teach you to make V&amp;A meatballs, stuffed zucchini blossoms, the restaurant’s homemade pomodoro sauce and more. The class runs from 10 to 11 a.m. and costs $24.99 per person, excluding tax/tip. </p> <p><em><img alt="" height="698" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.9_my_kitchen_year.jpeg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Secrets from a Gourmet: Lunch with Ruth Reichl</strong></p> <p>Ruth Reichl is the former editor-in-chief of “Gourmet” magazine for 10 years, as well as well-known author of many books about her passion: food. Her just-published book, “My Kitchen Year,” is about rediscovering her joy for cooking after the magazine was unexpectedly closed.</p> <p>The amazing Books &amp; Books store <em>(1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-405-1744)</em> is hosting a lunch in her honor on Oct. 14 at noon. It will be a three-course lunch prepared by James Beard Award-winning Chef Allen Susser and will include a copy of Ruth Reichl’s book. Reservations are required.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p> <p><em><br></em></p>Concert Review: The Mountain Goats at Culture Room2015-10-08T15:13:23+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="252" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/mountain-goats-a.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When The Mountain Goats played the Culture Room in 2013, it was the first time they’d ever visited South Florida (not counting a cruise gig departing from Miami). Last night’s valiant return, part of a Southeastern leg supporting the wrestling-themed masterwork “Beat the Champ,” seemed less attended than the earlier show, owing perhaps to the torrential downpour. But it once again validated the eager audience that has been here for probably decades, and introduced local fans to the precise three-act structure that most Mountain Goats tours inevitably follow.</p> <p>Flanked by the grizzly and gifted multi-instrumentalist Matthew Douglas and longtime bassist Peter Hughes, with drummer Jon Wurster at his perch in the back, singer-songwriter John Darnielle entered with an ironic T-shirt (“I hope you suffer,” in death-metal typeface), jeans of an indeterminate red, and a tan blazer, the most underdressed of his band. Imbibing a local craft beer (Funky Buddha!), Darnielle was characteristically loquacious and in great spirits, despite the set’s few hiccups: Hughes couldn’t get his bass up and running during the the opener, “The Ballad of Bull Ramos;” Darnielle forgot the lyrics to the bridge of “Foreign Object;” and the bridge of “Southwestern Territory” likewise proved problematic, with an audience member mercilessly recording the flub on his phone for posterity.</p> <p>But who’s counting when we’re all among friends? This was a crowd that would forgive anything, and we were repaid with a satisfyingly eclectic set that showcased rock ‘n’ roll barnburners, spartan piano ballads and even a front-porch jamboree-style cover of Little Feat’s “Willin’.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/mountain-goats-beat-champ.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Acknowledging the crowd’s appreciative response to the jangly bliss of “Animal Mask,” Darnielle said that “When you get ‘woos’ for something off the new record, it’s very welcoming.” And it spoke louder than some of the more tepid critics’ reviews of “Beat the Champ,” an album that manages to find not only the surface humor in professional wrestling but also the unexpected poetry and concealed melancholy. It helps that the songs sound even stronger live than on record; the thunderclap urgency of “Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan” was as intensely performed as any Mountain Goats song I’ve ever heard live, a harrowing amalgam of spoken-word narrative, pounding drums, and Douglas’ complex saxophone chords, played like a guitar.</p> <p>I’m sure I wasn’t alone in savoring the few older songs sprinkled among the set. One of the most pleasurable highlights arrived early in “Yoga,” which die-hards recognized from the vinyl-only EP “Devil in the Shortwave,” invigoratingly reimagined for a full-band arrangement. The second act of the aforementioned three-act set structure featured Darnielle alone, performing a pair of cuts from “The Coroners Gambit:” the exuberant, shout-along classic “The Alphonse Mambo” and the lovely pre-dawn snapshot “There Will Be No Divorce.” “Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace,” played on solo piano, was haunting and pained, supplemented by back-of-the-stage video suggesting the twinkling stars of endless night. The biggest surprise—thanks to an audience suggestion—was “From TG&amp;Y,” one of Darnielle’s unreleased tributes to frustrated youth, a depressing poem played and received like a empowering anthem.</p> <p>All the songs that can justifiably be called hits clustered at the end of the set. “Damn These Vampires” has never sounded better to my ears; after his galloping performance, Darnielle remarked, “That’s like my favorite one right now,” and you could tell. “Game Shows Touch Our Lives,” “This Year” and “Blood Capsules” continued their reign as winning, set-finishing staples. Darnielle sent us home with “Spent Gladiator 2,” an unlikely closer carried by his adopted persona as something like a preening lounge singer. Liberated of his guitar, he stood on the edge of the stage, knelt over his adoring fans and even told one, in song, to put her phone down. After all, no recording could do the moment justice.</p> <p>By the way, it’s worth noting that Floridians with a penchant for the raw, stripped-down unpredictability of the early Mountain Goats shows can still experience one this fall. Darnielle will play a free, first-come-first-serve solo gig Nov. 5 in Sanibel Island, a two-and-a-half-hour drive that will be well worth it. Visit <a href=""></a> for the details.</p> <p>SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>The Ballad of Bull Ramos</li> <li>Yoga</li> <li>Cry for Judas</li> <li>Animal Mask</li> <li>Foreign Object</li> <li>Heel Turn 2</li> <li>Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace</li> <li>The Alphonse Mambo</li> <li>There Will Be No Divorce</li> </ol> <p>10. Willin’ (Little Feat cover)</p> <p>11. From TG&amp;Y</p> <p>12. Southwestern Territory</p> <p>13. The Diaz Brothers</p> <p>14. Damn These Vampires</p> <p>15. Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan</p> <p>16. Game Shows Touch Our Lives</p> <p>17. This Year </p> <p>ENCORE</p> <p>18. Love Love Love</p> <p>19. Blood Capsules</p> <p>20. Spent Gladiator 2</p>Yappy Hour a howling good time!2015-10-08T09:37:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/doggy_21.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>At one point it was raining cats and dogs but even that seemed to be thematically correct at <em>Delray </em>magazine’s recent “Yappy Hour” event to benefit the Tri-County Humane Society.  Vic &amp; Angelo’s gave us the run of the outdoor side patio where we ordered drinks and munchies (and doggies got treats!). Tri-County brought along a few VIP adoptable dogs, and a great time was had by all.</p> <p>At least one of the dogs was adopted, everyone got to socialize with the their best friends (and their four-legged <em>really </em>best friends) and all proceeds went to help the great work this shelter does. From what we hear, this is going to be regular event—so watch this space and we’ll tell you when the next Yappy Hour is!</p> <p>And special thanks to our sponsors:  Vic &amp; Angelo’s, Atlantic One Realty and Kendra Scott</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>University Village goes before P&amp;Z, Aloft Hotel alights in Delray &amp; other news of note2015-10-08T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/aloft.jpg" width="226"></h3> <h3>University Village meets P&amp;Z</h3> <p>The flag drops tonight on review of the project that would go on the largest plot of open land east of Interstate 95 in Boca Raton.</p> <p>University Village would occupy about 77 acres north of Spanish River Boulevard and east of the El Rio Trail. It would be near the new I-95 interchange, which isn’t a coincidence. The project would be a Planned Mobility Development, designed to encourage transit and cycling and thus reduce the traffic from about 1,500 apartments, a 185-room hotel and retail and office space.</p> <p>Three items related to University Village are before the planning and zoning board. One would create a new planned mobility designation with added development if the applicant can show that a project would not exceed limits on traffic. Another would rezone the property, which Penn Florida brought from Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Still another would allow a master plan for the project, to be built in three phases. (I earlier had reported that work would be done in two phases.)</p> <p>Given the name, the project would link itself to Florida Atlantic University, which is just to the south. University Village, though, would be 20 blocks north of where the city and FAU envision a student-centered district. So University Village would seek more tenants from among faculty and staff and perhaps graduate students, not hard-partying undergraduates. Housing geared to them is closer to campus. More is likely coming.</p> <p>With all three issues, the board will recommend that the city council approve or deny them. The new designation would allow a roughly 60 percent increase in floor-to-area ratio than the previous designation. The higher the ratio, the denser the project.</p> <p>It can be hard to turn planning speak into shirtsleeve English. In an email, however, city planner Jim Bell said the proposed amendment “is not a request to alter” regulations for Planned Mobility Developments. The site doesn’t currently have that zoning designation.</p> <p>The amendment, Bell said, would “incorporate” those regulations “into a new zoning district that allows (a floor-to-area ration) of 0.40,” which Bell said is “consistent” with the site’s planned mobility land use. The new district otherwise would have the same requirements as Planned Mobility Developments elsewhere in Boca.</p> <p>According to the application, University Village would feature a transit hub with, among other things, connections to the nearby Tri-Rail station on Yamato Road just west of I-95. But the interchange was a “key factor,” said Charles Siemon, the lawyer who represents University Village. With one quick right turn after leaving the development, residents could be on the highway without clogging roads in the area.</p> <p>Still, the board and eventually the council will have to consider the project’s compatibility with single-family neighborhoods to the east. The land is undeveloped, and only about a third is zoned for mixed-use.</p> <p>Islamic school</p> <p>The planning and zoning board tonight also will consider another item that would affect Boca Raton’s near-northwest neighborhood.</p> <p>Five blocks to the south of the University Village site is the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, which opened its new mosque three years ago. The center has operated a school, but now wants to build a 12,000-square-foot middle/high school. As with University Village, the board will make a recommendation to the city council.</p> <h3>Tough talk over Samar project</h3> <p>An odd debate took place Tuesday night when the Delray Beach City Commission considered the Samar hotel/condo project.</p> <p>The issue was seemingly minor. The developer wanted a 5-foot setback waiver on the parking garage. But the discussion got rancorous. Mayor Cary Glickstein berated Planning and Zoning Director Tim Stillings. Commissioner Al Jacquet berated Samar’s Alan Mindel for packing the chamber with Haitian residents. Jacquet is Haitian-American. Many Haitians live and work in the Osceola Park neighborhood that adjoins the development site. Not exactly subtle.</p> <p>Glickstein remained annoyed that the staff, as he saw it, had sprung a project “two football fields” long on the commission. Indeed, the site is narrow and long—almost 600 feet—south of Southeast Second Street and west of Federal Highway. But the city’s new land use regulations allow the use on that property.</p> <p>As for Jacquet, he has turned out Haitian residents on issues that he cares about. Last night, however, the same tactic outraged him.</p> <p>Eventually, commissioners Jordana Jarjura, Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia outvoted Glickstein and Jacquet to grant the waiver. Delray Beach thus will get an Aloft hotel. The addition will be one more sign that the city is attracting the younger and the hipper, to whom the Aloft brand is marketed. The project, which includes 35 condos, also will help to clean up an area and an alleyway that neighbors say attract drug users and sellers. One cringe-worthy comment in favor of the project came from a neighbor who said, “This isn’t the boys in the hood; this is East Delray.” In fact, such activity degrades any part of the city.</p> <p>In an interview, Katz said, “I wouldn’t like to walk through that alley during the day, let alone at night.” He sees the project as an upgrade. The garage will be screened, to reduce glare from headlights facing the homes.</p> <p>For all those benefits, however, neighbors will face what Petrolia calls “a sheer wall.” She favors rewriting the land use regulations to discourage similar projects.</p> <p>Jarjura called the vote “difficult.” Though she didn’t like the project, the city’s Site Plan Advisory Review Board had given its approval. She expressed “frustration with our process and the further tweaks that need to be done to our code.” It separates review of a project’s site plan, conditional use and waivers. Jarjura wants a concurrent, comprehensive review “to have a full picture” of a proposed development. She expects Stillings to offer revisions to the code and the review process next month.</p> <h3>A little campaign love?</h3> <p>Coincidence or something else?</p> <p>On Aug. 18, the Delray Beach City Commission approved conditional uses for the Fourth and Fifth Delray project. The developer is Hamid Hashemi, CEO of iPic Entertainment. The project would include an iPic theater and the company’s corporate office. The commission still must approve the site plan.</p> <p>Commissioner Al Jacquet was in the 4-1 majority that voted in favor of iPic. Jacquet’s policy ally is former city commissioner and ex-state representative Mack Bernard, who’s running next year for county commissioner.</p> <p>One week after that vote, Hashemi donated $1,000— the legal limit for the primary—to Bernard’s campaign. So did Premier Aviation of Boca Raton, which Hashemi owns. So did the law firm that is representing iPic.</p> <h3>New sponsor for Boca Bowl</h3> <p>The home of the Boca Raton Bowl still doesn’t have a corporate name, but the game does.</p> <p>Henceforth, it will be the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. The sponsor has a direct and an indirect local tie.</p> <p>Marmot is part of Boca-based Jarden Corp. It’s a Fortune 500 consumer-goods conglomerate whose offices are on Military Trail. The company made news a few months ago when it announced that CEO Martin Franklin had received $118 million in compensation last year.</p> <p>The indirect tie is that Marmot makes outdoor gear designed mostly for cold weather. Fleece jackets are a big item. Even though the game will be played on Dec. 22, spectators likely won’t need Marmot gear. Of course, South Floridians do stock up for ski trips.</p> <p>And Boca Raton hopes that Americans who live in states where you need Marmot gear will watch the game and decide to visit. Soon, perhaps FAU also will get that corporate name for its stadium.</p> <h3>Bill Gladstone</h3> <p>A wonderful Floridian died last Saturday.</p> <p>Bill Gladstone, who retired to Delray Beach in 1995, spent two decades as a juvenile court judge in Miami-Dade County. In that role, he changed the system from one that looked at children as statistics into one that tried to steer them straight. <em>The Miami Herald</em> called him the city’s “conscience on juvenile affairs.” The chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court gives an award each year in Judge Gladstone’s name to recognize a person who helps dependent children in the criminal justice system.</p> <p>As editorial page editor of <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>, I spent many hours in conversation with Judge Gladstone, who never lost his idealism and sense of purpose. Given the level of governance these days in Florida, we especially feel his loss.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p>    </p>Halloween spa specials and more2015-10-07T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Eau Spa <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan)</em>, honored with the 2015 Forbes Five Star Award, is taking Halloween to the spa level, by offering spooky spa specials through October. Get in on one of these reduced-rate holiday specials, and you’ll go home with your own bag of treats!</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.7_halloween_spa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For adults only, the “spooktacular specials,” are:</p> <p>The Monster Mash Massage for aches and pains, 50 minutes for $99</p> <p>Wax off Your Werewolf, 20 percent off all body waxing services  </p> <p>Jack-O-Lantern Facial to help ease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, 50 minutes for $99</p> <p>Mummies and Deadies Float Bed Treatment to help remove toxins, cellulite and excess water weight, 60 minutes for $165</p> <p>Bride of Frankenstein Tan and Shine to make your skin brighter and tanner, $99</p> <p>Madame Tussaud's Hand Treatment &amp; Manicure including a hand and foot massage and waxy paraffin potion dip, $45</p> <p>Trick or Treat, Fix My Feet, $65</p> <p>Guys and ghouls, get more info or sign up for some Halloween pampering by visiting the <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> or calling 561/540-4960.</p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.7_ihp_bca_workout.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Free workout for a cause</strong></p> <p>The Institute of Human Performance (IHP) <em>(1950 NW Boca Raton Blvd.) </em>will host a free Breast Cancer Awareness Workout on Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>IHP Gym Manager Rio Santana tells the Fit Life that the whole-body workout will be circuit style.</p> <p>“IHP will have 20-plus stations set up—30 seconds of activity with 15s econds rest,” he says.</p> <p>IHP and other sponsors, including Athleta and Fit2run, will have giveaways on hand, as well as prizes for a raffle.</p> <p>For more or to sign up, click <a href="" target="_blank">here </a>or call 561/620-9556.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> <p> </p>Apura Juicery Review2015-10-07T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>As a foodie, chef and health nut, I love to eat delicious foods that are also good for me. I always look for a win-win. Why settle for less, right? It hasn’t been easy for many years, but things have changed since <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Apura Juicery and Coffeehouse</a> <em>(22191 Powerline Road, 561/430-3596)</em> opened its doors in West Boca. </p> <p>Susan Mussaffi’s vision of marrying “healthy,” “delicious” and “beautiful” is seen the minute you walk in the door. Immediately you sense that you are in for a treat when you see a white, modern counter top, sparkly crystal chandeliers, rustic wooden tables and cast iron wall accents. </p> <p><img alt="" height="660" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.7_apura_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>What has started mainly as a juice and coffee café has now transformed into a cozy eatery that can cover all of your daily meals. For example, start your day strong with an energizing chocolate euphoria acai bowl that is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and rich chocolate taste—and it is good for you!</p> <p>For lunch, Apura’s chickenless chicken salad and Asian wraps are a must. Fresh greens will continue to energize you and the richness of organic walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds will satisfy you for hours.</p> <p><img alt="" height="637" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.7_apura_2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>For an afternoon snack, try Apura’s vanilla chia pudding. Chia seeds are rich in anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids that can help boost brain power, making this dish a perfect snack for the afternoon slump. If you need a stronger push to power through the day, then definitely try Apura’s cold-brewed coffee. It is less acidic than conventional coffee and has more antioxidants.</p> <p>Finally, for dinner go for the black rice sushi rolls. I tried the no-tuna roll, avocado roll and goat-cheese roll and all of them were delicious. They had a perfect combination of crunch, softness, sweetness and salt.</p> <p>For those looking for an easy detox, try Apura’s food and juice cleanse that can help you release extra weight, boost energy and clear your skin.</p>Bond and Smolders, ham and cheese, happy patron2015-10-06T15:34:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/ee2d05_ham_cheese_sandwich.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscape.jpg" width="406"></p> <p>I don’t want to admit how many years I have been searching for a grilled ham and Swiss on rye like the ones Shelley’s Take-Out used to deliver in Gainesville, back in the Pleistocene era, when I was a student living in the Broward dorm. I wish I had a dollar for every one of these greasy pressed ham-and-cheese sandwiches I ate, or for that matter, all the Krispy Kremes I’d bring back hot from the oven at 3 in the morning on my bike in my pajamas back when the world was a happier place.</p> <p>I probably will never be able to duplicate a Shelley’s ham and Swiss (just like the Creamsicle, which I think is extinct), but I found a close runner up and it’s maybe three minutes from my house. Bond and Smolders bakery, which I think is Dutch, just opened in the tail end of the abandoned Winn-Dixie shopping center at Woolbright and Federal. I would peg this as maybe the worst location in Boynton Beach, except it may not be—the center has been sold, and it’s already home to the “best sushi north of Nobu” (to quote our food critic Bill Citara) in Sushi Simon, and the highly respectable Prime Catch, just around the corner. And now you have a lunch and breakfast spot with really, really good sandwiches—including a melty ham and cheese that. Is. To. Die. For.</p> <p>Open Monday-Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Bond and Smolders has a full counter full of everything from croissants and caramel cookies and cheese crackers and brownies and apricot tarts and a million other sweets to freshly baked bread and blueberry muffins, brioche and cinnamon rolls. Breakfast includes homemade marmalade, every kind of coffee or tea, even caramel Macchiato and chocolate milk and fresh OJ.</p> <p>Lunch is an impressive menu of cold and grilled sandwiches or wraps and salads, from Vegan to a BLT to smoked salmon and a classic Caesar. Prices are reasonable, there’s lots of seating and an airy industrial feel.</p> <p>So life begins again in the ashes of Winn-Dixie—and it’s name is Really Good Bakery. As for me, I see a bike ride over the bridge to Bond and Smolders as an everyday ritual.</p> <p>Maybe I’ll see you there.</p> <p><em>Bond and Smolders, 1622 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, 561/808-4557</em></p>The Week Ahead: Oct. 6 to 122015-10-06T14:06:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/john-cleese-event-image1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: John Cleese and Eric Idle</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $59.50-$79.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>John Cleese and Eric Idle are old enough—ahem, we mean, <em>distinguished enough</em>—to have been around for the birth of comedy, or at least its rebirth, in the form of their incalculably influential British troupe, Monty Python. Partly responsible for such absurdist cinematic touchstones as “The Life of Brian,” “The Meaning of Life” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Cleese and Idle have built a dedicated international cult that speaks its own referential language. Amazingly, though their shadow looms large over film, television, music and theater, they’ve never actually toured together as a stand-up/cabaret act. That all changed following a joint appearance last November to supplement Cleese’s autobiography, <em>So Anyway….</em> They liked the idea so much that they’re hitting the road together for a show combining improv humor, musical numbers, storytelling, never-before-seen footage and an audience Q&amp;A. They’re making sure to play several dates in Florida because, as Idle told NPR, “It’s the only place we could find people older than we are to entertain.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/mi0003849335.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Mountain Goats</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Professional wrestling is quite a louche topic for a singer-songwriter of John Darnielle’s award-winning stature. But the frontman of The Mountain Goats proved with this year’s “Beat the Champ” that even the realm of Vince McMahon (and less prestigious wrestling circuits across the fruited plain) can inspire vivid imagery, poignant reflections and pointed poetry about the elusive pursuit of happiness in modern times. It’s the 18th full-length album in Darnielle’s endlessly prolific career, filled with much of the same literary majesty that imbued his debut novel, last year’s <em>Wolf in White Van</em>. Assisted by longtime bassist Peter Hughes, dummer Jon Wurster and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Douglas, Darnielle will bring songs from “Beat the Champ” as well as select cuts from his illustrious discography to Fort Lauderdale for just the second time ever. I’m hardly objective about this, because The Mountain Goats are my favorite band of all-time, but if you haven’t purchased your ticket, you’ll kick yourself tomorrow, next month and in 10 years.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/2013z4.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Fright Nights”</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10–$25</p> <p>Contact: 561/793-0333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Palm Beach County’s largest haunted house never rests on its gruesome laurels, trying each year to ratchet up its scares with inventive and timely haunted houses. One of its haunts last year focused on the so-called shadow government known as the New World Order. This year, creative director Craig McInnis is planning a haunt based on George Orwell’s <em>Animal Farm</em>, in which fields are overtaken by mutated human-animal hybrids. It’s one of four new houses for 2015, joining “Beyond the Gates”—which explores the realm between Earth and the underworld—and haunts centering on a virus outbreak and the creepy crawlers of the New Orleans bayou. More than 100 “scare-actors” will try their hardest to rattle your bones and curdle your blood, including McInnis, who plays Eggman, the event’s redneck ringleader. A pair of all-new “scare zones” as well as the usual selection of theme park rides, midway games, live music and food vendors will complement the horrifying fun. Check it out through Oct. 31.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/cirque-eloize-id1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Cirque Eloize: “iD”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $49-$89</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It takes a gifted performer to manage the gravity-defying acrobatics and impossible feats of balance in a Cirque Eloize show. It takes a dancer just as special to master the art of hip-hop choreography, from B-boy moves to breakdancing to popping and locking. It takes an artist of another caliber to pull off both—while on roller skates and bicycles, and while juggling tennis balls and performing magic tricks. That’s the essence of “iD,” the eighth and perhaps greatest production yet from Canada’s Cirque Eloize, the theatrical circus spectacular that has brought more than 4,000 performances to more than 440 cities around the globe. Integrating multimedia projection for the first time, “iD” melds death-defying circus showmanship with move-busting urban dance, creating a city streetscape that is equal parts aerial and grounded, high-flying and hard-hitting.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/091715-pbdn-picnic-6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Picnic”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$77</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This 1953 play by William Inge—aka the “Playwright of the Midwest”—is set in his native Kansas, and it’s an alternately amusing and heartbreaking snapshot of mid-century American life. The play’s magnetic center is usually Hal, the archetypal handsome outsider, who drifts into a small town just as it is preparing for a Labor Day picnic, and proceeds to upset its proverbial apple cart. Eventually played on Broadway by a then-unknown Paul Newman, Hal falls for a woman who is already spoken for, and she falls for him return, inciting the first of several moral conflicts the play investigates. Though Hal is the showiest role, most agree that “Picnic” is primarily a female play; Ellen Burstyn, who starred in a New York revival in 2012, referred to its “heavy masculinity in a feminine arena.” Set in the backyard between neighboring houses—there is no actual picnic in “Picnic”—the play won a Pulitzer Prize and has been cherished as a quintessential American classic in the half-century since its premiere. Dramaworks’ production runs through Nov. 8.</p> <p><img alt="" height="229" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/rocking-dead-778x445.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Rocking Dead”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39.22</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Between “Evil Dead: The Musical,” “Song of the Living Dead” and “Zombie Prom,” the undead have established a perennial residency on regional American stages, reminding us that brains are what’s for breakfast, running is for jackrabbits, and the front row is a canvas to be splattered with red liquid. “The Rocking Dead” is the latest contribution to the fertile zombie-musical subgenre, focusing on a megapopular band called The Rocking Dead that suddenly embarrasses itself on national television. Its members escape to—where else?—a secluded cabin in the woods for some much-needed emotional convalescence, only to find their R&amp;R invaded by flesh-eating hordes. This apocalyptic rock ‘n’ roll musical features a book and lyrics by Gabriel Hammad and music by Barrett Shuler—Coral Springs natives who are more than thrilled to premiere their latest work in their hometown. It runs through Nov. 1.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/freeheld.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Freeheld”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $9-$11</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-4695, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Adapted from a short documentary of the same name, the acting showcase “Freeheld” dramatizes the well-publicized fight, in the mid-2000s, for Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a New Jersey police detective who contracts terminal cancer, to extend her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). A cop movie, a cancer movie, and an LGBT movie hooked onto a single Oscar-baiting line, the movie’s well-meaninged sanctimony leads to some pointedly artificial dialogue, and some of this padded narrative is surely sensationalized to martyr its working-class heroes and scold the well-fed Caucasian bigots on the county council who attempt to thwart justice. Yet it doesn’t really matter—“Freeheld” is still a potent emotional minefield, and it moves at a remarkably snappy pace for a film with such heavy thematic baggage. Its characters prod and poke until progress is begrudgingly dispensed, its incremental triumphs serving as a microcosm for the LGBT community’s slow crawl toward equality. It would take someone unimaginably intolerant to watch “Freeheld” and not be moved to fix a system that, even in the wake of this year’s Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, remains broken for too many.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/630_fourthman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of MiFo LGBT Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Various Fort Lauderdale locations</p> <p>When: Various event times</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: 305/751-6305, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Speaking of cinema with a gay, lesbian and transgender bent, the MiFo LGBT Film Festival is the newly anointed combined name for the Miami and Fort Lauderdale LGBT film fests. Miami’s fest ran this past April, and the Fort Lauderdale portion begins this weekend and runs through Oct. 18, offering more than 50 films you won’t see anywhere else. Friday’s opening-night film and party will take place at the NSU Art Museum, and features a screening of “Fourth Man Out” (pictured), a comedy about a jock who comes out to his beer-drinking, sports-loving hetero friends. Other significant titles include “Oriented” (12:45 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Gateway Theater), which follows three gay Palestinian friends struggling with their sexual and national identities in an occupied land; “Front Cover” (7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Gateway), about a gay, Asian New York fashion stylist also dealing with issues of cultural identity; and “All About E” (5:15 p.m. Oct. 17 at Gateway), about a lesbian DJ with a husband of convenience whose life changes when she stumbles upon a load of cash. Visit the festival’s website for a complete schedule.</p>Girls, Pearls, Hats &amp; Heels2015-10-06T11:39:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/pearls.jpg" width="240"></p> <p>Put a little lipstick on, ladies. Dust off those pearls and sashay on over to the 4<sup>th</sup> annual Girls, Pearls, Hats &amp; Heels event in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This event, chaired this year by Nilsa McKinney and  Karen Rogers, will benefit the Delray Beach Library Foothold on the Future Campaign Children’s Department expansion and the Bethesda Hospital Foundation for breast cancer treatment and educational programs.</p> <p>Having said all that, let the fun part begin—which is a few hours dedicated to lunch by the bite and shopping—our favorite things—at the Seagate Country Club.  There will be complimentary Champagne, a chance of winning “something fabulous” at the Footcandy “Shoe Wall,” and just some special girl time with your friends.</p> <p>The VIP Preview night is Wednesday, October 7, from 6:00 p.m. to  9:00 p.m. and the lunch event is Thursday, October 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.</p> <p>This event is very personal for the Karen Rogers, and Jan Kucera, who are both breast cancer survivors.</p> <p>Karen Rogers, Honorary Chair said, “I strongly believe that awareness is the key to early detection and early detection is the key to curing this disease and this event helps with that awareness as well as helping Bethesda Hospital and the Library.” Jan Kucera, Event Founder said, “Breast cancer sidelined me for over a year and when I was healthy again, I was determined to create a fundraiser that celebrated survivors, while benefitting these two wonderful organizations.”</p> <p>You can pay tribute to loved ones, friends, and family that have experienced breast cancer, by joining the Girls, Pearls, Hats, &amp; Heels Survivor’s Circle. Honorees will be greeted at a special VIP Check-in, receive a signed, limited edition Marrero Collection couture scarf, and be recognized at the event For further information call 561/266-0799 or visit <a href=""></a>.  </p> <p> </p>Guns on campus, road work &amp; other topical items2015-10-06T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/noguns.jpg" width="330"></h3> <h3>Guns on campus</h3> <p>Last week’s most recent firearms massacre didn’t happen at a Florida college. The Oregon tragedy, though, will be part of the rising debate over whether to let students at Florida Atlantic University and the other 10 state universities arm themselves on campus.</p> <p>A bill to do so failed this year, when the Florida House quit the regular session with three days remaining because of a dispute with the Senate over Medicaid expansion. Many key bills never got to a final vote. The legislation passed three House committees and two in the Senate. Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, whose district includes FAU, voted against the bill. Bill Hager, whose House district includes FAU, wasn’t a member of the committees that voted on the legislation.</p> <p>The 2016 versions received approval last month from one committee in each chamber. The legislative session begins on Jan. 12.</p> <p>Florida is one of 19 states that don’t allow students to have firearms on campus. Twenty-three states leave the decision to the individual university. Eight states allow concealed carry on campus. Supporters of the legislation contend that last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College—nine dead, seven wounded—shows that what they derisively call “gun-free zones” invite such attacks and leave students unable to protect themselves.</p> <p>Opponents of the Florida legislation include all the campus police chiefs—including FAU’s Charles Lowe—all the university presidents—including FAU’s John Kelly—and the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System. They argue that the legislation would make campuses less safe, and could put police officers at risk if they must respond to a shooting. The only House Republican to vote no last month is an ex-cop.</p> <p>The 2016 bills are HB 4001 and SB 68. They would allow any student who has a concealed carry permit to have a gun at any “university facility.” That would include dorms, libraries or stadiums, where I’m told that students sometimes consume large quantities of alcohol. The legislation would apply mostly to upperclassmen, since you must be 21 to obtain a concealed carry permit.</p> <p>The Legislature rejected a similar attempt in 2011. The issue arose again after a gunman wounded three students last November during an attack in Strozier Library at Florida State University. The new angle supporters have injected is that female students must be able to protect themselves from sexual assault. One of the House co-sponsors is the woman whose district includes Tallahassee.</p> <p>Supporters don’t acknowledge it, but all their arguments rest on this premise: young people whose brains aren’t fully developed—that doesn’t happen until at least age 25—and haven’t received extensive firearms training could use a gun safely and effectively during a crisis without endangering themselves or others. It’s a dubious premise, in large part because of this state’s casual attitude toward guns.</p> <p>Floridians can obtain a concealed carry permit after as few as two hours of training. For comparison, the police academy at Palm Beach State College requires 88 hours of training—most of them devoted to judgment, not mechanics. Any fool can learn how to fire a gun. Such training also presumes that a police officer will be on duty and thus would not have been, say, drinking.</p> <p>Supporters also maintain that campus police departments can’t respond quickly enough to such incidents. They cite the case of Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 students at Virginia Tech University in 2007. Actually, FAU offers a good example of how law enforcement can respond quickly.</p> <p>A year after Cho’s rampage, three shots were fired at one of FAU’s student apartments. Though it was final exam week, FAU police instituted a 10-hour lockdown, to be certain that the shooter was in custody. Virginia Tech police mistakenly assumed that they had caught the shooter after two murders. That mistake cost many lives.</p> <p>In 2008, FAU used a new student notification system that police had implemented after Virginia Tech. Two minutes after the shooting, 15 Boca Raton officers had joined five campus cops. No one was hurt.</p> <p>Florida already allows students and faculty members to have stun guns or any other non-lethal weapon. Amateurs thus can defend themselves without the danger of killing the wrong person. Even Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, in voting for this year’s version suggested “further training” for students who wished to carry firearms on campus.</p> <p>The 2016 bills contain no such requirement, which is just one reason the university system continues to oppose them. Here’s another reason:</p> <p>Supporters say states that ban guns on campus make students potential targets. The eight states that allow weapons, they claim, thus discourage murderous attacks. One of those states is Oregon.</p> <p>Oh, and there are no bills to end the ban on bringing weapons into the Capitol, where the Legislature meets.</p> <h3>Roads &amp; bridges</h3> <p>Most people don’t care how road and bridge projects get designated, financed and built. The system also can be confusing. The system, however, matters. Which makes tonight’s Florida Department of Transportation meeting important.</p> <p>The local agency that sets road and bridge priorities for Palm Beach County is the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Many local officials serve on its board; Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie is the chairman. The MPO gets involved when federal and/or state money will finance a project.</p> <p>Ultimately, though, the Florida Department of Transportation decides which of those priorities to approve. Tonight at the agency’s District 4 office in Fort Lauderdale, the state will present its list of projects for the five budget years starting in mid-2016.</p> <p>District 4 includes Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties, but 85 percent of the money goes to work in Palm Beach and Broward. The most prominent area example is the Spanish River Boulevard interchange at Interstate 95, due to open in mid-2017.</p> <p>Also coming, however, is more money for what MPO Director Nick Uhren called “local initiatives” that can help the region’s transportation grid in small ways. One of those initiatives is a “shared lane” project to help bicycle and pedestrian travel on Palmetto Park Road. It will run from State Road 7 to Northwest 2<sup>nd</sup> Avenue, at City Hall.</p> <p>Though the money won’t be available for at least four years, Uhren cites it as example of how the system can help individual communities. Palmetto Park is a county road. The money is federal. The idea is local. Haynie told me that it came out an MPO discussion about the lack of options for traveling east-to-west.</p> <p>Yes, for all the deserved, big-money attention to I-95 and the Florida Turnpike, South Florida also is thinking about ways to get around without using a car. Money for a second Tri-Rail station in Boca Raton will be ready in three years. Study continues on commuter service along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks that run though downtown Boca and Delray Beach and in 2017 will carry All Aboard Florida trains between Miami and Orlando.</p> <h3>Delray Beach parking meters</h3> <p>Expect a lively discussion tonight when the Delray Beach City Commission discusses beach parking meters.</p> <p>The proposal is to standardize the hours for when people must pay to park at the beach itself and at meters east of the Intracoastal Waterway. The Parking Management Advisory Board started kicking this around three years ago, when the idea was to extend the hours for meters until midnight. Then it became 10 p.m., but restaurant owners complained that they could suffer because diners can find free space in the downtown core.</p> <p>So now the meters are required until 8 p.m., but the requirement kicks in earlier on the weekend. The proposal is to standardize hours at 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and on the weekends. Or you just can live within walking distance.</p> <h3>Setback waiver?</h3> <p>Three weeks ago, the Delray Beach City Commission couldn’t decide whether to allow a setback waiver for the Samar hotel-condo project near Osceola Park. Mayor Cary Glickstein complained to Planning and Zoning Director Tim Stillings that the staff’s presentation didn’t offer a “compelling reason” for why the commission should approve waivers to the upper floors of a project “abutting a residential neighborhood.”</p> <p>Apparently, the staff listened. The two-page report the commission got from the staff last month has become nine pages, with lots of graphics. The project would be on the west side of Southeast Fifth Avenue between Southeast Second Street and Southeast Third Street—a total of almost two acres. The hotel would have 122 rooms. There would be 35 condos, along with some retail space.</p> <p>As with Chabad East Boca, the issue is compatibility with an adjoining single-family home neighborhood. Unlike that project, though, the homeowners association in Osecola Park sent a letter of support.</p> <h3>Closed-door Atlantic Crossing meeting</h3> <p>Before tonight’s regular meeting, the Delray commission also will hold yet another closed-door session on the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit. The notice refers to a discussion about a settlement, but the city hasn’t heard a settlement offer from the developers. You can assume that the commission won’t agree to a settlement that allows Atlantic Crossing to proceed without the developers adding back an access road from Federal Highway.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p>                </p>Pumpkin Overload2015-10-06T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.6_fresh_market_pumpkin_pie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Orange you glad for this photo: Fresh Market sampling</strong></p> <p>Sorry, just had to show you the pumpkin pie photo. Had to. It’s mandatory in October, and this pie is served up at <a href="" target="_blank">The Fresh Market</a> locations on Oct. 10 as part of a “Pumpkin Fest” sampling event. And there’s pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin chocolate chip pound cake, pumpkin spice tea and all-natural pumpkin pie ice cream. Head to the stores at Wellington, Delray Beach or Jupiter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="521" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.6_shake_shack_ice_cream.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Just for October: Shake Shack Pumpkin Pie Oh My</strong></p> <p>Yes, you could just eat the photo. But you’d miss the vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of homemade pumpkin pie, and the whipped cream. So just stop in at <a href="" target="_blank">Shake Shack</a> <em>(1400 Glades Road, 561/923-0847) </em>during October instead, for the Pumpkin Pie Oh My special.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Palm Beach Food &amp; Wine Festival2015-10-05T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Mark your books for Dec. 10-13, because that’s when the 2015 Palm Beach Food &amp; Wine Festival holds court throughout Palm Beach, with new events this year at The Gardens Mall <em>(3103 PGA Blvd</em>., <em>Palm Beach Gardens.)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/pbfwf13_118.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The chef lineup is impressive and promises culinary delights: Returning chefs Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Christina Tosi, Johnny Iuzzini, Elizabeth Falkner, Anita Lo, Jeff Mauro and Ken Oringer will be joined by new additions Hugh Acheson, Gavin Kaysen, George Mendes, Dena Marino, Michael Ruhlman, Brad Kilgore and Beau MacMillan, alongside Palm Beach County favorites Clay Conley, Tim Lipman, Sean Brasel, Tory Martindale, Lindsay Autry and Aaron Black.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/pbfwf7_136.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There are dinners, wine and cocktail tastings, cooking demos, book signings and seminars. There’s a kick-off party at The Breakers, simultaneous dinners at Buccan and PB Catch (latter is sold out already), an annual Chillin’ N’ Grillin’, a Street Food competition, children’s cooking demonstrations and more. Ticket prices range from $45 (children’s demo) to $75 (9<sup>th</sup> Annual Grand Tasting, The Gardens Mall) to $95 (Miami Takeover cook-off at Meat Market Palm Beach, among others) and up. Festival folks have combined events in festival packages that save some bucks, too.</p> <p>Click <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/" target="_blank">here</a> to buy tickets or the festival packages. </p> <p><strong>A la carte: </strong>Chef Lindsay Autry was just announced as partnering with local restaurateur Thierry Beaud (PB Catch, Pistache, Paneterie) to open The Regional Kitchen &amp; Public House at CityPlace in early 2016. Autry says the focus will be on “real, conscious and approachable food.” The restaurant will occupy what was formerly Pampas Grille, facing Okeechobee Boulevard. With the upcoming completion of the hotel at the convention center, we can expect to see a few more eateries spring up in that area.ouHous</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Concert Review: Oddball Comedy Festival2015-10-04T23:02:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p><img alt="" height="441" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/aziz.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“What an incredibly huge group of white people,” <strong>Aziz Ansari</strong> quipped as he took the stage Friday night at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. “If the race war goes down tonight, I’m f----d.”</p> <p>Ansari wasn’t kidding—at least about the first observation. For those who ever wondered how many stand-ups it takes (on the marquee) to fill an outdoor concert venue, the answer apparently is nine. Perfect Vodka was busting at the seams last Friday night thanks to the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, a “Funny or Die” presentation headlined by Ansari and <strong>Amy Schumer</strong>, and featuring seven other name comedians—including the “Roastmaster General,” <strong>Jeff Ross</strong>, who served as emcee.</p> <p>The crowd was treated to abbreviated—and often hilarious—sets from the likes of <strong>Nikki Glaser, T.J. Miller, Anthony Jeselnik, Bridget Everett, Sebastian Maniscalco </strong>and<strong> Tim Minchin</strong>. Only Miller, who is co-starring on the HBO show “Silicon Valley,” left the crowd scratching its collective Caucasian head with disjointed, poorly crafted material that justified his claim that “in a recent review [of his performance], I just got question marks.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/shumer2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Schumer—still riding a yearlong wave onto the A-list thanks to the success of her brilliant, Emmy-winning TV show on Comedy Central (“Inside Amy Schumer”) and the $109 million domestic haul from her debut movie, “Trainwreck”—treated fans to a practice run of the monologue she’ll use next week as host of “Saturday Night Live.” It’s hard to know how much of the material will make it onto the show, but let’s hope she keeps the bit about how no Kardashian should be a role model for young girls, especially when Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, et al, each took the face she was born with as “a light suggestion.”</p> <p>Among the other highlights from a show that lasted nearly six hours, including some early warm-up acts:</p> <p><strong>Ansari on the South Florida heat</strong>: “This the first time I’ve ever used a towel at a concert. Usually, you only see that with overweight black comedians. Craig Robinson, I feel your pain!”</p> <p><strong>Schumer, after she was hacked, on what the computer technician who came to her house discovered that she Googled the most</strong>: “Can I drink on these antibiotics? And will my birth control still work if I do drink.”</p> <p><strong>Maniscalco, in his Italian cadence, on the staff at Whole Foods</strong>: “Everybody looks like they make their own clothes. They’re wearing burlap sacks and eating seeds.”</p> <p><strong>Maniscalco on his hard-ass father</strong>: “When I was like 5, I wanted a dog. My father goes, ‘You wanna dog? Two houses down. Go over there and pet it. And then come back home and cut the grass.’”</p> <p><strong>Jeselnik, in his typical dark style</strong>: “When I was a child, my mom and dad made me smoke an entire pack of cigarettes in one sitting just to teach me a lesson … about brand loyalty.”</p> <p><strong>Jeselnik</strong>: “There’s always one topic that’s just too sensitive to talk about. Right now, it’s transgender. You can’t even call these people chicks with d---- anymore. You have to call them men who talk too much.”</p> <p><strong>Jeselnik, after asking an Asian woman in the front row what she was studying to be in school</strong>: “An immigration attorney? Well, you’re halfway there.”</p> <p><strong>Ross</strong>: “Look at our stage manager. He looks like Sting—if he were stung by a bunch of bees.”</p> <p><strong>Glaser on why she hates the idea of a wedding</strong>: “I don’t ever want to slow dance with my father in front of 300 people. That’s something we do alone.”</p> <p>(<em>All photos courtesy of Ron Elkman, <a href=""></a>. For more photos from Ron, visit the "Concert Photos" link under A&amp;E at</em>).</p>Concert Review: Jesus &amp; Mary Chain at Olympia Theater2015-10-03T12:21:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/p_20151002_224109.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Photo by Michelle Vincent)</em></p> <p>It took about a minute into The Jesus &amp; Mary Chain’s set last night at the Olympia Theater for the legendary venue’s opulent, filigreed interiors to disappear. Atmospheric lights placed near the amps sliced through the smoke that puffed periodically from a machine just off stage left, and the band remained blanketed in half-darkness for the show’s entirety. This wasn’t a dignified concert in an historic opera house; it was a rock show in a dim dive in an underground club in New York or London or Glasgow circa 1985.</p> <p>Which is appropriate, considering the Scottish quintet visited Miami—the only Southern U.S. date on the tour, by the way—to celebrate its seminal 1985 debut “Psychocandy,” a fuzzy, feedback-drenched alt-rock landmark whose influence is incalculable. When founding members Jim and William Reid toured “Psychocandy” 30 years ago, they turned their backs to the audience, Velvet Underground-style, leading to short sets, disgruntled audience members, thrown bottles and mini-riots. Now in their ‘50s, they recognize that it’s all about the music: They played expertly—and facing toward us—capturing all the discordant nuance and eardrum-busting fire of “Pyschocandy,” to the appreciation of a largely older, dancy crowd unburdened by hipster affect.</p> <p>Before getting into “Psychocandy,” however, the group played a sample of seven tracks from later albums and earlier singles; by the second song, the megahit “Head On,” the audience was on its feet and spilling into the aisles, most of us remaining that way for the rest of the show. Having been disappointed by the Olympia Theater’s acoustics during Neutral Milk Hotel this past May, I was worried that J&amp;MC’s noisy aesthetic wouldn’t work in this building. But all concerns melted away pretty quickly: The sound mix possessed all of the honeyed texture, metal-on-metal clangor, and partially buried vocals of J&amp;MC’s recorded music, only with a more tactile urgency. The players performed with workmanlike cohesion, sounding album-perfect.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/jesus-and-mary-chain-psychocandy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>While the later-period tunes like “Reverence” and “Blues From a Gun” certainly had proponents in the audience, their chunky, commercial, ‘90s-Brit-rock attitude belied the youthful, paradigm-shattering humility of “Psychocandy.” Closing the early set, “Upside Down”—the 1984 Beach Boys-in-a-blender-style noise-pop—functioned as an ideal bridge into “Psychocandy.”</p> <p>The group played the record straight through, in order, beginning with its biggest hit “Just Like Honey,” a song that, even in a live setting, is forever associated with Scarlett Johansson’s honey-dripping beehive. Standing in front of a “Psychocandy” banner depicting a blurry silhouette of his younger self, Jim Reid was clearly still jazzed by these songs after 30 years. They had the freshness of songs newly rediscovered, because in many cases, they were—half the album, or more, consists of songs that haven’t been played life since the group’s 2007 reformation.</p> <p>“Never Understand” was arguably the evening’s top highlight, an anthemic show-stopper wisely divided into two songs by about 20 seconds of anticipatory silence. The final four songs—“My Little Underground,” “You Trip Me Up,” “Something’s Wrong” and “It’s So Hard”—constituted a collective scorcher, a sonic blast furnace of heavenly cacophony. The audience grew as unhinged as the Olympia would allow, which wasn’t much; a crowd-surfer, maybe the first I’ve seen in a theater concert, made it partially to the stage during “My Little Underground.” It looked like security promptly “escorted” the poor dude out of the building, which was <em>so</em> un-rock-‘n’-roll of them.</p> <p>By the time “It’s So Hard” reached its epic heights, the sound was pure, symphonic noise squall, the vocals all but obliterated, and it didn’t matter. This album hasn’t aged a day, and it sounds even stronger and more prescient live. It’s worth the deafness.</p> <p>SET LIST:</p> <p>1. April Skies</p> <p>2. Head On</p> <p>3. Blues From a Gun</p> <p>4. Some Candy Talking</p> <p>5. Nine Million Rainy Days</p> <p>6. Reverence</p> <p>7. Upside Down</p> <p>8. Just Like Honey</p> <p>9. The Living End</p> <p>10. Taste the Floor</p> <p>11. Cut Dead</p> <p>12. In a Hole</p> <p>13. Taste of Cindy</p> <p>14. Never Understand</p> <p>15. Inside Me</p> <p>16. Sowing Seeds</p> <p>17. My Little Underground</p> <p>18. You Trip Me Up</p> <p>19. Something's Wrong</p> <p>20. It's So Hard</p>Wine and Dine for Charity2015-10-02T09:30:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.2_mizner_tastemakers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Rock, Roll &amp; Stroll: Tastemakers at Mizner Park</strong></p> <p>There’s really nothing nicer than a beautiful October night, wandering from nibble to nibble while drinking some good wines or beers. Your chance to get in on the action is Oct. 13 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Ticket booklets for the 3<sup>rd</sup> Annual Tastemakers at Mizner Park are $30 per person (VIP is $49), and include a tasting and beverage at each restaurant. That’s a good deal because here’s the lineup: Dubliner, Kapow, Max’s Grille, Racks, Ruth’s Chris, Tanzy, Truluck’s, Uncle Julio’s, Villagio and Yard House. The booklets to a fun night are available at each restaurant, and a portion from ticket sales benefits the American Cancer Society.</p> <p><img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.2_trevini_ristorante.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Tasty wine dinner alert: Trevini Ristorante/French Wine Merchant</strong></p> <p>Sit down on Oct. 8 and savor a five-course dinner at Trevini Ristorante <em>(290 Sunset Ave., Palm Beach, 561/833-3883)</em> with wine paired by the French Wine Merchant himself, Maurice Amiel <em>(139 N. County Road, Palm Beach.)</em> The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $80, not including tax/gratuity. Dishes include Port wine-infused goat cheese-filled zucchini blossoms, Piedmont plin ravioli, wild mushroom and ricotta filled truffle champagne parmigiana, filet mignon, and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="391" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.2_paradiso_ristorante.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cuisine That Cares: Caring 4 Palm Beach County dinner</strong></p> <p>Paradiso Ristorante <em>(625 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth, 561/547-2500)</em> is hosting a “Cuisine That Cares” dinner and presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, to benefit Caring 4 Palm Beach County. This is a new campaign to help medical needs of the uninsured in the community. Free/charitable clinics participating are: Caridad Center, Boynton Beach; My Clinic, Jupiter; Community Health Center of West Palm Beach, and PBC Medical Society’s Project Access.  Dinner is $100 per person. For reservations, call 561/433-3940.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Movie Reviews: &quot;Mississippi Grind,&quot; &quot;Sleeping With Other People&quot;2015-10-02T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Addicted gamblers have it rough in the movies. Given the addiction’s endgame—the house always wins, eventually—cinematic card sharks rarely end up sitting atop a jackpot and retiring into the sunset when the credits roll. Their minds, warped by the dopamine rush of coins in a slot or chips on a table, ensure that all fortune is transient.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/cprjmjiwgaec0si.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>However, “Mississippi Grind,” the latest gambling drama to explore the addict’s damaging mindset, treats its pair of marginal outcasts with a fair amount of pity and ambiguity about their future, right up to the final image. It’s far from a traditional cautionary tale like “Owning Mahoney,” where a gambler’s downward trajectory is as predictable as an oil-price plunge before an election day.</p> <p>In what feels like a subconscious remake of Robert Altman’s “California Split,” the similarly titled “Mississippi Grind” follows self-defeating divorced father and occasional Realtor Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn). He’s in debt to countless bookies, but he can’t help but spend his every penny at the next table, the next horse, the next dog, the next pickup billiards game. He meets a younger man, the more carefree and seemingly worldly Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), at a poker game, and the two hit it off: Curtis has money and Gerry has a car, so they drop everything, abandoning the futureless nightlife of Dubuque, Iowa for a road trip to New Orleans, stopping at enough tables along the way to, hopefully, earn enough to enter a high-stakes gamer’s mecca in Louisiana.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/28-mississippi-grind.w529.h352.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Grungily photographed on 35mm, “Mississippi Grind” is a ‘70s-style character piece, evoking a time in American movie history when directors were allowed to be auteurs and wander off the reservation. Devotees of that tradition, co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (they made the great “Half Nelson” together) are humanist filmmakers with a deep well of compassion for their characters, crafting a number of minor-key triumphs from this enabling duo’s journey to oblivion—whether it’s Gerry watching a lonely prostitute complete a clumsy magic trick, or Curtis’ surprise visit to his mother, who still makes a living (sort of) from singing in a seedy bar. The directors draw arguably the best performance yet from Reynolds, playing against his likable screwball type to portray a grinning drifter who is either a cunning liar or a delusional head case. Mendelsohn’s work is a low-key masterpiece, never better than the well of sadness that invades his otherwise vacant visage when he first discusses the daughter he abandoned.</p> <p>You may find yourself morally tsk-tsking these men’s unhealthy financial decisions, but without slipping into dreaded sentiment, they manage to earn your mercy, and perhaps even your affection.</p> <p><em>"Mississippi Grind" opens today at Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/swop2-620x414.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p>Then there’s the affliction du jour of the 21<sup>st</sup> century indie film, sex addiction—a term whose origins date back only to the 1970s and which is still officially unrecognized in the psychologist’s bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Partly because it’s an addiction that photographs oh so well, filmmakers have milked it (sorry) for plenty of tragic and comic potential in recent years, from the sobering “Shame” to the avant-garde “Nymphomaniac” to the winningly unconventional “Don Jon” to the milquetoast “Thanks for Sharing.”</p> <p>In other words, this subject has been pretty well covered by inquiring minds as of late, and the odious “Sleeping With Other People” feels not only late to the party—it also shows up empty-headed and, given the subject matter, overdressed.</p> <p>The addicts in question are Jason Sudeikis’ Jake and Alison Brie’s Lainey. Thirteen years earlier—according to the film’s unconvincing prologue—they hooked up in college, when both were virgins. In present day, they meet again, outside a Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting in New York City.</p> <p>He’s now a successful tech entrepreneur on the verge of selling his startup, and she’s a kindergarten teacher with stunted medical school aspirations, but their uncontrollable libidos are the only topic of interest for writer-director Leslye Headland. Jason is a charming but serial love-‘em-and-leave-‘em womanizer, and she’s an equally commitment-phobic pleasure-seeker who has been carrying on an affair with her married gynecologist (Adam Scott). Their love lives are in mutual shambles, so rather than screw up their chemistry by screwing each other, they make a pact to remain best friends, devising a “safe word” for whenever the familiar lust reawakens. Want to guess that they’ll fall in real love?</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/cpbdu5tukaazalf.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Sudeikis and Brie’s connection is believable, but it’s not enough to save the movie from itself. They, and all the characters around them, live in such a hypersexualized bubble that it’s a miracle anybody gets anything done that doesn’t involve tequila and lube. The dialogue is witlessly juvenile, and when it’s not gross, it’s tackily sentimental. Headland’s directing is chockablock with dubious choices, not the least of which is an embarrassing, slow-motion children’s-party burlesque set to David Bowie’s “Modern Love” that should prompt the Thin White Duke to return the licensing fees.</p> <p>But what about the intercourse itself, the unspoken <em>raison d’etre </em>for the trend of morally scolding sex comedies? It’s presented as steamless, clothed, and slapsticky—always ending with a overhead shot of bedsheet-covered bodies thumping on their backs in unison—as if sketched from the limited imagination of a 13-year-old boy. In other words, it’s of a piece with the rest of this commercial product, an attempted reinvention of the romantic comedy that instead falls in line with another genre altogether: fantasy.</p> <p><em>"Sleeping With Other People" opens today at Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Regal Royal Palm Beach, Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek, Regal Cypress Creek in Fort Lauderdale, Regal Sawgrass in Sunrise, Cinemark Paradise in Davie, Regal Oakwood in Hollywood, O Cinema in Miami (Wynwood location), and AMC Sunset Place in South Miami.</em></p>Staff Picks: fit foods and healthy hair2015-10-02T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Fit Foodz Cafe</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.2_fit_foodz.png" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Accounts Manager</em></p> <p>“Fit Foodz Cafe has the MOST delicious protein bars, some with Quinoa, some carb free, some (or maybe all) gluten free—all amazing and healthy for that quick on-the-go lunch or post-workout nosh.  If you have more time, enjoy the spaghetti squash turkey Bolognese—It’s to die for—or the Power Pancakes. And now that it’s fall, try the new Pumpkin smoothie. Fit Foodz is amazing! Get your feel good, good-for-you fix.</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 9704 Clint Moore Road // 561/451-1420)</p> <p>Ken Paves hair products</p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.2_ken_paves.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I recently used the Ken Paves nourish &amp; hydrate shampoo and conditioner and the volumizing spray, and I’m in love. These products left my hair so soft, silky and shiny. They are paraben free, contain 100% essential oils and have a herbal scent that lingers to make your hair smell earthy, healthy and fresh.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>)</p>Fashion Forward: Top October Trends2015-10-02T06:00:00+00:00Dana Ross/blog/author/danaross/<p>As I continue to scour stores for fall fashion trends, this month I am bringing you a mix of fringe, fragrance and fun finds available locally and online. </p> <p><img alt="" height="646" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.2_perfume.png" width="490"></p> <p>My first pick is <strong><em>Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum</em></strong>, the first fragrance by Alaïa. If you’ve read any fall issue, you will know that this perfume is a HOT ITEM! I am always looking for a versatile perfume that can be worn day and night, and most importantly a perfume that lasts. Trust me when I tell you that this perfume lasts and smells amazing. This fragrance is currently exclusive to Saks and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center. You can also find it on <a href="" target="_blank">Lilly List</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="477" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.2_booties.png" width="490"></p> <p>They say you can take the girl out of the Northeast, but you can’t take the Northeast out of the girl. That saying totally applies to me when it comes to fall fashion—especially with sweaters and boots. I love Vince clothing, and was ecstatic when the brand started designing shoes. I was browsing Bloomingdale’s when I spotted these <strong><em>Vince Ellen high heel booties</em></strong>, which are perfect for fall in Florida and can be paired with tights, skirts and culottes. These booties are exclusive to Bloomingdale’s and are included in the friends &amp; family sale going on now through Oct. 4. Check them out at Bloomingdale’s at Town Center. You can also find them on <a href="" target="_blank">Lilly List</a>. </p> <p> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.2_skirts,_poncho_and_earrings.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I stopped at <a href="" target="_blank">Bella Boutique</a> <em>(The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle #230) </em>on my way home from a meeting. Bella Boutique has an Intermix feel with great prices. Since this season is all about fringe, ponchos and fabulous earrings, my first picks are two skirts, a<strong><em> midi-military inspired skirt </em></strong>and a<strong><em> fringe mini-skirt.</em></strong> The styles play to opposite spectrums, but I couldn’t resist sharing the finds. I then spotted the <strong><em>poncho with sleeves!</em></strong> I often feel so awkward when I wear ponchos, but I love the fact that this is a cozy, poncho-style sweater (obviously channeling my inner Northeast.) Finally, I found <strong><em>earrings</em></strong> that resemble the classic Dior pearl style earrings (which are totally in), but they’re shaped like spikes.  I selected this pair because I loved the black and white, and I styled them with the fall poncho. </p> <p>As I mentioned, fringe is IN! As I was leaving Bella Boutique, I walked by Chico’s and spotted a <strong><em>faux-suede fringe jacket</em></strong>. This jacket gives the chic, fall look without having to sport heavy, hot suede. Check it out at Chico’s at The Shops at Boca Center or online at <a href="" target="_blank">Lilly List</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Dana</strong></p> <div>Dana Ross, a South Floridian by way of New York City, founded <a href="" target="_blank"></a> on the premise that women are inspired daily by what they read about and see in magazines. She is the quintessential magazine reader and shopper, and she is mom to a 1-year-old budding fashionista, Lilly, who inspired her to launch the site during the trials of new motherhood when she just didn’t have the time to read all her beloved magazines.</div>Simon Lookbook Live2015-10-01T13:30:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>It’s October—it’s the time when pumpkin spice invades just about every food and drink out there, but most importantly, it’s the time for fall fashion. Get a firsthand look at this season’s trends at Simon LOOKBOOK Live, brought to you by GQ and Glamour.</p> <p>Head over to Town Center Mall <em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton) </em>on Oct. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. for personal styling sessions, giveaways and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/w_262217.jpg" width="490"></p>Seasonal Finds: Fall Produce2015-10-01T09:34:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>A lot has happened over the past two weeks! Fall has arrived, and October has reared its beautiful head bringing the promise of cooler weather and a new season of produce at the local markets. Of course every season brings about a new variety of fruits and vegetables in their prime. As a seasonal food writer, I find there are many great reasons to eat with the seasons, one of the most obvious reasons being that you get the best tasting food available.</p> <p>Now in October and throughout the season, farmers markets and grocery stores will be full of apples, figs, pears, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and winter squash.  Here’s a complete list of my absolute favorite in-season produce:</p> <p><img alt="" height="494" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.1_apples.png" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Apples:</strong> There are thousands of varieties of apples, ranging from tender to crisp and sweet to tart. Apples are available year-round, but they're best from September to November.</p> <p><strong>Pumpkin:</strong> A staple for autumn festivities, the pumpkin makes its way into a multitude of dishes this time of year. Enjoy this versatile squash fresh whenever possible—the canned version is not nearly as delicious.</p> <p><strong>Figs:</strong> Figs have two seasons: a quick, early summer season and fall.</p> <p><strong>Pears:</strong> I love to bake pear crumbles for breakfast.</p> <p><strong>Mushrooms:</strong> While most mushrooms are available year-round, many are at their peak in fall and winter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/10.1_acorn_squash.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Winter Squash:</strong> Some of my favorite varieties are acorn, butternut and spaghetti.</p> <p>Other abundant fall produce include: artichokes, beets, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, eggplant, garlic, grapes, leeks, lemongrass, shallots, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, parsnip and potatoes.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p> <p> </p>Could it be true? Boca&#39;s building permit process is shaping up2015-10-01T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/permit.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>Building boom and that pesky permit process</h3> <p>On Tuesday afternoon, the first floor lobby of Boca Raton City Hall was happy-hour crowded. These were contractors, however, and they held plans, not drinks.</p> <p>Activity at those tables is a leading local economic indicator. According to the city, the monthly value of contracts submitted was up almost 64 percent from a year ago for the three months ending June 30. A year ago, the average was $17.8 million. This year, it’s $29 million.</p> <p>Those numbers especially matter to the most important new city employee in some time. That would be Ty Harris, director of the Development Services Department. Anyone who wants to build something in Boca Raton must go through the department. It reviews major projects, issues permits and conducts inspections. And everyone in Boca loves to gripe about the department, from the people who deal in multi-million-dollar projects to the couples who want to remodel a bathroom.</p> <p>For the last two years, the city council has made faster, friendlier permitting a priority. Yet the department had gone without a permanent director from April 2014, when John Hixenbaugh resigned, until Harris began in July.</p> <p>Harris can report some progress, for which he said, “I am not taking credit,” given his short time with the city. According to his numbers, the time from application to approval for a single-family home has gone from 62 days a year ago to 53 days. For commercial interior work, it’s down to 52 days from 63. Getting a permit for reroofing a home takes eight days, down from 12.</p> <p>To which those contractors likely would say, “Nice start.” Harris would agree. For investors in large projects, longer waits cost them money. For contractors, delay causes scheduling problems, which aggravates their customers. For homeowners, longer waits make them wonder where their tax money is going.</p> <p>The new budget, which takes effect today, will help. It includes money to hire a handful of new building inspectors. Demand for inspections is rising along with the value of contracts. In addition, the city is encouraging online filing of permit applications. Email traffic regarding permit questions is up 1,000 percent.</p> <p>Another change is newer. If there’s a problem with an application that arrives online, such as missing documents, the city calls the applicant after six days to explain the problem, rather than just reject the application and let it sit. “Obviously, if someone comes in” for an application, Harris said, “we have more face-to-face time” to answer questions. Just as obviously, if the city wants more people to apply electronically, there must be more communication. Some people could lose a month, Harris said, wrongly assuming that the application is complete.</p> <p>That change grew out of focus groups that Mike Fichera, the city’s chief building official, held with contractors and employees. Harris wants employees to define their roles to the point where “nobody is doing work that’s supposed to be done by somebody else.”</p> <p>Harris may import an idea from his previous job in Charlotte County, on Florida’s west coast. There, an “ombudsman” helped owner-builders, who submit a high percentage of applications but aren’t professionals. “They’ve been to Home Depot, by gosh, and sat through a couple of the classes and say, ‘Let’s try it.’ Those are the folks that need the most hand-holding.” Assigning one staffer sped things up overall.</p> <p>Then there’s the PR potential from greater efficiency. Such people might have “a neutral opinion” of the building department, Harris said, “but I guarantee you that when they finish, they’re going to have an opinion.”</p> <p>At the other end of the department’s work are the major projects that draw public attention. Boca being Boca, any talk of “streamlining” such permits can give some residents heartburn.</p> <p>“When we talk about streamlining there,” Harris said, “it’s a completely different animal than what we’re talking about with the building department. Planning and zoning, we implement policy. We don’t make policy. Policy is made on the third floor (where the mayor and city council members have their offices.)”</p> <p>Still, major projects require lots of staff time. Just as with owner-builders, applications may be incomplete. Just like homeowners, developers don’t want to wait longer than necessary for answers.</p> <p>Harris is contemplating a “pre-application” form. Developers of any project needing review by one or more boards—planning and zoning, zoning board of adjustment—first would meet with a city planner to list on one form all the documents the project will need. “Those,” Harris said, “are the complicated ones.” There is a draft, and Harris hopes to have the form ready by the end of the year.</p> <p>“A lot of people need to have eyes on it,” and he also wants feedback from those who appear regularly before the council on development applications. But does Harris see a need to eliminate any actual steps in the development approval process? “No.”</p> <p>Though he acknowledges that delays can arise when the city is understaffed at key positions—a traffic engineer just left for a job in Gainesville—Harris disputes the idea that just hiring more people will make things work better. “We’ve got to fix the process. I can’t throw bodies at it. We’ve got to fix it. And everybody knows it.”</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing lawsuit</h3> <p>The developers of Atlantic Crossing just pressed the accelerator harder in their game of legal chicken with Delray Beach.</p> <p>In a 36-page June lawsuit, the developers accused the city of wrongly delaying final approval of a site plan for the mixed-use project on two blocks west of Veterans Park. Last Friday, an amended, 133-page lawsuit restated those accusations and demanded “in excess of $25 million” for damages resulting from “constitutionally illicit” actions.</p> <p>All this over a road.</p> <p>A few months ago, Mayor Cary Glickstein was meeting with Columbus, Ohio-based Edward Companies in hopes of working out a deal under which the developers would restore to their site plan an access road from the west side of the project. The main entrance would be on Northeast Seventh Avenue. The road was on the original site plan, but in January 2014 the city commission approved a new plan without the road.</p> <p>Even after the developers first sued in June, the commission heard a presentation from the city’s traffic consultant about how the road could be added back. But the discussion stalled. A developer representative’s letter in August came off as trying to force the city to capitulate. The commission responded, in essence, by stating the city’s right to take back roadways it has abandoned for the project. Now comes the more threatening lawsuit.</p> <p>One could suspect that the developers have become wary, perceiving that some in the city still believe that Delray could stop the whole project. Such an attempt strikes me as extremely risky. The developers’ new lawyer is Brian Seymour, of the Gunster firm, who specializes in land use. One doesn’t need a law degree, though, to recognize that the commission has approved the project and the site plan, even if some commissioners believe that the issue was not laid out clearly last year.</p> <p>At the same time, it seems unlikely that restoring the road would greatly compromise Atlantic Crossing. Doing so also would help the public image of a project that has been controversial from the start.</p> <p>Parties have backed away from tougher language than this on development matters. But it’s getting late.</p> <h3>Campaign contributions</h3> <p>An interesting early campaign contribution shows up in the account of a candidate for property appraiser.</p> <p>That would be Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana, who’s term-limited next year. She has no background in assessing property; she worked in education before running for the Legislature, and after that the commission. Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits is retiring in 2016, which will be after 24 years in office. His deputy, Dorothy Jacks, is running for the job.</p> <p>On June 30, Vana got a $1,000 contribution—the legal limit —from Mizner Trail Golf Club Ltd. That is an entity of Boca Raton-based Compson Associates. Last year, Vana voted with the commission majority to allow Mizner Trail Golf Club to develop the former golf course of the same name, in Boca Del Mar. Residents opposed the project, and filed an unsuccessful legal challenge. The roughly 130-acre site, with that approval for 252 homes, is now for sale.</p> <p>One could theorize that Compson, which owns other properties, would want to support whoever becomes appraiser. But according to contribution records through Sept. 10, neither Mizner Trail Golf Club nor any Compson entity has donated to Jacks. During her 2012 campaign, Vana received $2,000 from Compson-affiliated entities.      </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p>Concert Review: Kraftwerk 3D at Olympia Theater2015-09-30T11:26:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/kraft3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Germany’s Kraftwerk is one of the few acts in pop history that can rightly be credited with reinventing music from the ground up—from building custom-made Vocoders to patenting electronic drum kits and other game-changing synthesizers. So it’s only natural that the group’s innovative approaches to music production would extend to live consumption as well: Thus, the perennially relevant electronic pioneers brought the first 3D concert I’ve ever seen to Miami’s Olympia Theater last night.</p> <p>Beards, glasses and piercings aplenty filled the historic opera house for the sold-out 8 p.m. show (a second performance followed at 11:30), each attendee receiving 3D glasses—the vintage folded paper kind from the Golden Age of kitsch cinema. There was much loitering around the merch table before the performance, but presumably few purchases: I heard a common refrain of “$35 for a T-shirt?! Hell no!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/kraft1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The room darkened and the synthesizers kicked in a few minutes after 8, with many stragglers arriving during the first few songs; German time, needless to say, is not Miami time. Kraftwerk opened the set with “Numbers,” off of “Computer World,” while 3D numerals beamed from the projector behind them. The numbers drifted in front of the screen, so close you could grab them, and it became instantly apparent that Kraftwerk’s embrace of 3D animation is one of hand-drawn nostalgia, not 21<sup>st</sup> century CGI. While today’s 3D is used mainly for depth-of-field realism, Kraftwerk has rediscovered the in-your-face novelty that made the technology so awe-inspiring in the first place.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/kraft5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The animation changed with each career-spanning song, running the gamut from abstract lines and color spectrums—much of it conjuring circuitry, coding and waveforms—to literal representations of the lyrics. “Home Computer” featured, of course, a home computer, one of those boxy old IBM desktops that swallowed the entire desk. “The Model” featured vintage, splotchy black-and-white film clips of fashion models. “Spacelab” took us, naturally, to outer space, situating us in a spaceship gazing through a window at the planets (It look curiously similar to the space coaster in Regal Cinemas’ preshow introduction). The video ended with a deft local touch—a UFO landing outside the Olympia Theater—that exhibited a rare sense of humor from these uber-serious Germans.</p> <p>Some of the video was as retro-cheesy as planetarium squiggles, and yet the experience was far cooler in its quaint hipness than any kind of 3D I’ve seen anywhere this side of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language.” The minimalist highway anthem “Autobahn” was simply entrancing, an elegant epic that integrated everything from videogame graphics from a driver’s point of view to images of lane dividers swishing past in a blur to musical notes floating from the car’s speakers like balloons.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/kraft2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This, combined with extraordinary performances of the group’s other travel tributes—“Tour de France” and “Trans Europe Express”—gave new meaning to the term “road hypnosis.” “Radioactivity,” meanwhile, proved the Kraftwerk can be chilling when they want to. The band added references to the Fukushima meltdown to its lyrics about famous nuclear disasters, while the universal symbol for radioactivity flooded the screen with intense, droning dread.</p> <p>Through it all, Ralf Hutter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen stood like sentinels at lighted podiums, uniformly dressed like futuristic convicts, pushing buttons and turning knobs on their synthesizers with Teutonic precision while their heads blocked the bottom of the images, like on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” The seeming simplicity of their performance belied the care and effort that went into producing such an extraordinary audiovisual marriage; if there was a technical flaw or mistimed note anywhere during the concert, I certainly couldn’t detect it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/October%202015/kraft4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The group saved its most riveting surprise for the encore, a performance of “The Robots” in which the live musicians were replaced by animatronic lookalikes in red collared shirts with lit-up ties. Medium shots of their giant robot heads filled the screen behind them, their choreographed arm movements reaching toward us. These avatars, in fact, moved onstage a lot more than their counterparts: Leave it to these real-life showroom dummies to react less than <em>actual</em> robots, while keeping us enthralled for every blissful second. </p> <p>SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>Numbers</li> <li>Computer World</li> <li>It’s More Fun to Compute/Home Computer</li> <li>Pocket Calculator</li> <li>The Man Machine</li> <li>Spacelab</li> <li>The Model</li> <li>Neon Lights</li> <li>Autobahn</li> <li>Airwaves</li> <li>The Voice of Energy</li> <li>Electric Café</li> <li>Radioactivity</li> <li>Ohm Sweet Ohm</li> <li>Tour de France</li> <li>Trans Europe Express </li> </ol> <p>ENCORES</p> <ol> <li>The Robots</li> <li>Aero Dynamik</li> <li>Planet of Visions</li> <li>Boing Boom Tschak/Techno Pop/Musique Non Stop</li> </ol>Dress up and run2015-09-30T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Do you like dressing up for Halloween? Do you like running?</p> <p>Why not run in costume for the Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon and Freaky 4-miler? Even the medals are scary. And it sounds like it’s going to be a nice course with views of South Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.30_halloween_run_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The event is Oct. 24—the gun goes off at 6:30 a.m. for the half marathon and 6:50 a.m. for the 4-miler. It starts at Jungle Island <em>(1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami)</em> and finishes at South Pointe Park <em>(1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.) </em>Runners can use a free shuttle for transport to and from the start, according to the race organizer.</p> <p>The cost is $100 to enter the 13.1-mile event or $45 for the Freaky 4-miler.</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> to sign up. </p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> for more information on this race and others like it. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Uptown Art2015-09-30T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Socks and shoes. Peanut butter and jelly. Wine and painting. Some of the best things come in pairs! The next time you and your Boca mom friends want to pair up for an evening out sans kids, make a plan to head uptown…to <a href=""><strong>Uptown Art</strong></a> that is!</p> <p> <img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.30_paint_bar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Uptown Art, a social art experience, started in West Palm Beach and recently opened a brand new premiere paint studio in Boca Raton <em>(6018 SW 18<sup>th</sup> St., Suite C4-5, 561/218-4557</em>.) Their classes are designed for beginners looking for a social, interactive night out. Guests are able to bring in their favorite drinks and snacks to enjoy while creating, which makes the classes a really fun opportunity to hang out with friends.</p> <p>The Uptown Art studio is bright and cheery and the instructors work hard to engage with each student and bring out their hidden art talents. The artist in me drank Pinot Noir and painted sunflowers one rainy evening this summer. I’m the next Van Gogh, no?</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.30_sunflower_painting.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Each month features a different painting option each night (except for Mondays), and certain dates are discounted. Ceramic painting and other seasonal crafts are also being added to the calendar if canvas painting isn’t your thing. The studio is also a great location for a baby shower or birthday party.</p> <p>So clear some wall space, rally your mom friends together and <a href=""><strong>register for a class online</strong></a>. Meet, drink and paint happy on your next mom’s night out at Uptown Art Boca Raton!</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>The CRA and the Delray City Commission Are Talking2015-09-29T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/delray-beach-cra-jeff-costello.jpg" width="317"></h3> <h3>The Delray CRA going forward</h3> <p>Act I of the drama between the Delray Beach City Commission and the Community Redevelopment Agency is over. Act II will—and should—come soon.</p> <p>Three weeks ago, commissioners heard CRA Director Jeff Costello (above) present the agency’s proposed 2015-16 budget of $29 million. Many spending items and policy issues displeased them, and they let Costello know.</p> <p>CRA board members—whom the commission appoints to set policy for the independent CRA—then harrumphed that the commission had some nerve to criticize the agency. Still, when the board approved the CRA’s budget last week, the agency had made some changes that aligned with the commission’s criticisms.</p> <p>Although the city’s and CRA’s respective budgets are final, there will be no lull in the debate about what should happen with Delray Beach’s generally successful CRA. As with many issues in Delray and Boca, it’s a problem that other cities would love to have.</p> <p>Community redevelopment agencies were created to help areas that cities had declared blighted. Boca created its CRA in 1980 to redevelop downtown. Delray’s dates back 30 years, to a Delray Beach that even those of us who have witnessed the transformation find hard to recall.</p> <p>CRAs can allow cities to focus intensely on an area. As it improves, the increased tax revenue from rising property values stays within the CRA and thus within the targeted area. Imagine a business reinvesting profits in the business, and the concept makes sense.</p> <p>In Delray Beach, however, the issue is whether the CRA should declare victory in some areas—notably East Atlantic Avenue—shift focus, and let some of that money go to the city for use outside the CRA boundaries.</p> <p>The Delray Beach CRA comprises roughly 20 percent of the city. In the other 80 percent, which the general fund budget services, public works needs have gone unmet. New money from the thriving parts of Delray can’t go to the general fund budget. As Commissioner Shelly Petrolia told Costello during that Sept. 8 workshop, the city is “just trying to keep things going” while the CRA “seems to be looking for way to spend money”—$250,000 for a traffic signal—contemplating lots of “new stuff” for which the city will have to provide services.</p> <p>One of the CRA’s key missions has been to assemble land and sell the sites, as the agency did for the iPic project and the Fairfield Inn, to name a couple of recent deals. Another CRA priority was the narrowing and beautification of Federal Highway downtown. Of course, the CRA also spent $1.2 million on those multi-colored artworks at Interstate 95 and West Atlantic Avenue that surely befuddle drivers entering Delray Beach for the first time.</p> <p>The CRA is supposed to work in tandem with city government. Projects are supposed to complement the city’s master plan. For years, under directors Chris Brown and Diane Colonna, the CRA got relatively few tough questions from the commission, given the agency’s role. That has changed. Colonna took a new job last January, but my sense is that the criticism would have come anyway.</p> <p>The word I hear commissioners use most often to describe their working relationship with the CRA is “disconnect.” Here are three current examples:</p> <p>       -- Two years ago, the CRA chose iPic to develop the CRA-assembled downtown site of the former library and chamber of commerce. When the project got to the city for development approval, many questions arose. The commission finally approved the two conditional uses, but only after criticizing the CRA for not collaborating enough with city staff. The commission still must approve iPic’s new site plan, which the city hopes to get in mid-October.</p> <p>       -- The CRA wanted to begin work in May on a major makeover of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Creation of Old School Square helped spark the city’s revival. When commissioners saw the plans, they were horrified. The facilitator for the meetings that led to the plans was Chris Brown, who now runs his own redevelopment company. Colonna works for him.</p> <p>       -- Everyone agrees that Delray Beach needs to update its parking facilities and parking plan. The CRA had budgeted $400,000 toward implementation of the city’s 2010 parking plan. First, much has changed in five years. Second, as the commission noted, the CRA seemed “hell-bent”—to quote Mayor Cary Glickstein—on building a garage in the heart of downtown. Why not look a little farther away, the commission asked, so the garage doesn’t become part of the traffic problem by drawing people to the most congested part of the city? People can park and walk.</p> <p>This new questioning of the CRA reflects the recent reordering in Delray Beach. Four of the five commissioners are new since March 2013. The city manager started in January. Planning and Zoning Director Tim Stillings, whose department works most closely with the CRA, has been on the job just since June.</p> <p>Commissioner Mitch Katz told me Monday that it’s “hard to tell” if the exchanges this month will lead to a new relationship between the city and the CRA. “The main thing,” he said, “is that we need to stop talking about meeting, and meet.”</p> <p>Costello agrees. On Monday, he said the two boards are working to arrange such a meeting “in the next couple of months.” The CRA, whose board meets tonight, is paying a consultant to analyze property tax values within its boundaries. Obviously, no meeting should take place before the report is ready. Costello hopes that the study will take about 60 days.</p> <p>CRA board members may recoil at this new questioning, but they can’t blow it off. The commission doesn’t just appoint the CRA board. The commission could disband the CRA earlier than its current expiration date of 2045, and turn all services over to the city.</p> <p>When this debate began, Commissioner Jordana Jarjura told me, “I’m surprised that some people were taken aback. We need to be asking things like, ‘What areas are still blighted? Do we need to move the boundaries or shift money? Have you accomplished your purpose, and is it time to move on?” Meanwhile, Jarjura said, the city’s capital improvement plan is for $132 million over 11 years. “We can’t even get to basic maintenance.”</p> <p>As Katz points out, any discussion about boundary changes must involve Palm Beach County. Of that $29 million CRA budget, about $9 million comes from revenue that otherwise would go to the city and about $6 million comes from revenue that otherwise would go the county. Boundary changes could affect those numbers.</p> <p>The CRA board met two days after the commission had grilled Costello. He made those “suggestions” about spending. Among other things, a silly $50,000 to explain those gateway artworks came out, though the $1.2 million for that arts center makeover stayed in. Costello did acknowledge, however, that the CRA had made “an error” in presenting its parking idea.</p> <p>When that joint meeting happens, there will be much to discuss. Should the CRA spend nearly $3 million on a downtown “arts incubator?” How much should the CRA contribute to the city? Should both the city and the CRA contribute money to the supposedly independent library? There will be many more.</p> <p>The CRA is a creation of the commission, not the other way around. The CRA is spending the city’s money, so the commission’s questions are not out of line. There is general agreement that the CRA has played a starring role in Delray’s success. The question is whether that role should change—and, if so, how.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Food, wine and canines2015-09-29T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.29_sobewwf_logo.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Gear up for an extravaganza: South Beach Wine &amp; Food Festival</strong></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, but the South Beach Wine &amp; Food Festival is celebrating its 15th year already (Feb. 24-28), and the lineup is chock-full of names.</p> <p><em>From the Food Network:</em> Ted Allen, Anne Burrell, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Masaharu Morimoto and Rachael Ray, to name a few.</p> <p><em>From the Cooking Channel:</em> Gabriele Corcos, Hedy Goldsmith, Emeril Lagasse. Lots of South Florida chefs: Michelle Bernstein, David Blonsky, Daniel Boulud, Jeremiah Bullfrog, and dozens more. In wine: the Antinori family, Stag’s Leap, Opus One, Copper Cane and more.</p> <p><a href="">Tickets</a> go on sale with special deals for MasterCard holders from Oct. 5-18, and then to the general public on Oct. 19. They range from $20 for a kids’ session to $1,500 for a dinner with celebrity chefs. You can go to tastings, dinners and demos for food, wine or both. Events take place all around South Florida—this year there’s a Taste Fort Lauderdale Series.</p> <p>Hosted by Southern Wine &amp; Spirits of Florida and Florida International University, the festival benefits FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality &amp; Tourism Management and the Southern Wine &amp; Spirits Beverage Management Center. More than $22 million has been raised to date for the school.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="731" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.29_cocktails_for_canines.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Going to the dogs: Bachelor Auction, Cocktails for Canines</strong></p> <p>The Third Annual Bachelor Auction and Cocktails for Canines starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at SALT7 (32 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/274-7258.) This fun event raises money for the Boca Raton TriCounty Humane Society and Discrimination Free Zone. Along with bidding on good-looking guys, there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $20 at the door with a complimentary cocktail and appetizers. </p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.29_eat_market.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A new place to nosh: Eat Market, Delray Beach</strong> </p> <p>Speaking of Salt7, there will be a soft opening on Oct. 1 of the new Eat Market next door. It’s a fresh market and deli, to add another eating option to the area. The big grand opening is Oct. 29 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with samplings of menu items and wines from around the world. RSVP to the grand opening <a href="">here</a>. </p> <p>The hours of operation will be Sunday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>The Week Ahead: Sept. 29 to Oct. 52015-09-28T13:01:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="238" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/kraftwerk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Kraftwerk</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami</p> <p>When: 11:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $58.50-$78.50</p> <p>Contact: 305/374-2444, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As much a performance-art project as a band, forever-futuristic Krautrock pioneers Kraftwerk have spent more than 45 years contemplating the synergy of man and machine—sometimes on custom- or self-made instruments. Acts as far-flung as Blondie, Coldplay and Nicki Minaj have famously cited or sampled Kraftwerk’s music, which helped create the nascent genres of techno, hip-hop and electronica. What exactly is a 3D concert? It’s hard to say exactly, but the only remaining original member of Kraftwerk, Ralf Hutter, told <em>Rolling Stone</em> “We translated our performances to 3D, and in surround sound, kind of like 3D sound.” No word whether glasses will be required. And if you’re wondering about the late show time? There’s an 8 p.m. show too, but it’s been long sold out.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/forum.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $58–$62</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Ancient Rome was a pretty violent place, but in this enduring Stephen Sondheim musical from 1962, it’s a libidinous hothouse of hilarity. Drawing inspiration from the farces of the early Roman playwright Plautus, Sondheim and book writers Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart created a breezy sex comedy set among three rambunctious houses in a Roman neighborhood. In one, the slave Pseudolus seeks to win his freedom by helping his master woo his beloved; in another, the proto-pimp Marcus Lycus purveys courtesans for the locals; and in the other, the elderly Erronius forever searches the land for his two children, who were kidnapped by pirates 20 years earlier. Fourteen characters engage in all manner of madcap hysteria—plagues that cause their victims to smile endlessly, sleeping potions that only work when combined with the sweat of mares, ersatz funerals, mistaken identities and plenty of slammed doors and brilliantly awful puns. The show’s opening number, “Comedy Tonight,” was later re-popularized in “The Birdcage.” It runs through Nov. 1.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/rosenwald.jpg" width="320"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Rosenwald”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600,</p> <p>In a time of increasing nativism and racial division in our political discourse, this documentary about former Sears Roebuck president Julius Rosenwald feels as much like a prescient plea for unification as a historical biography. A high-school dropout whose entrepreneurial spirit propelled him to the top of one the country’s historic corporations, Rosenwald was more than a savvy businessman. After reading memoirs by Booker T. Washington and William Henry Baldwin Jr., this son of an immigrant Jewish peddler became invested in another oppressed minority: African-Americans. Devoting his fortune to the social and educational welfare of underserved blacks in the segregated South, Rosenwald oversaw the construction of 5,300 schools during the early 20th century, and his foundation inspired the minds and careers of creatives ranging from Gordon Parks to Ralph Ellison to Langston Hughes. Considered by critics as a riveting and vital portrait, “Rosenwald” currently boasts a 96 percent “Fresh” ranking on Rotten Tomatoes. Kemper will appear for a live Q&amp;A following the 4:45 p.m. screening Oct. 2 at Living Room Theaters; the film also opens Friday at Regal Shadowood 16.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/aziz-ansari.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$92.75</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Combining the laid-back, party-on-the-lawn ambience of a rock festival with the laughs quotient of more than 20 nights at the Improv, this unique fest produced by comedy kingmakers Funny or Die brings a slate of a top-billed, mostly alternative comedians to the amphitheater stage, beginning early evening and running well into the night. The headliners are Aziz Ansari, the observational “Parks &amp; Recreation” wunderkind and the author of an enlightening guide to 21st century romance; and Amy Schumer, the comedy world’s Dionysian It Girl and star one of the best sketch comedy series in recent history. Be sure to arrive early for the undercard acts, most of whom have filled theaters on their own, including Anthony Jeselnik, Dave Attel, Bridget Everett, Jay Pharoah, Jim Norton and John Mulaney. There will be food trucks and special drinks to lubricate your funny bones, and we especially can’t wait to see the event’s promised “roaming troupe of misfit performers.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/reid-brothers-jesus-mary-chain-e1441165134296.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Jesus &amp; Mary Chain</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$75</p> <p>Contact: 305/374-2444, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This booking at one of Miami’s most surprising indie-music hubs is arguably even more interesting than Kraftwerk earlier this week, because I cannot recall J&amp;MC ever visiting South Florida. Formed by Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid in 1983, the band is responsible for making noise-rock palatable, marrying a feedback-drenched aesthetic with a honeyed pop sensibility. It’s been a remarkable 30 years since the Jesus and Mary Chain released its debut album “Psychocandy,” a record that hasn’t aged a day; its sonic fingerprints are all over the past three decades of indie music. To celebrate, J&amp;MC will play the album in its entirety, preceded by a curated selection of other hits.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/stitchrock15.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Stitch Rock</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square Vintage Gymnasium, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 (free for children 12 and younger)</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There aren’t many places you can find a gaggle of demented-looking plush dolls, heart-shaped plaque depicting smooching skeletons, pieces of octopus jewelry and an airbrushed likeness of Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad,” all sharing the same offbeat oxygen. But Delray is a town weird enough to support a cash-and-carry indie craft fair like Stitch Rock, now entering its ninth venerable year. All of these items and much, much more lined the tables of some 80-plus vendors in recent years, drawing lines around the block for what has become the Vintage Gymnasium’s signature annual event. And we haven’t even mentioned the copious T-shirts, pins, coasters, records, pinup paintings, homemade jams and plenty of cupcakes, both decorative and edible. The vendors often have as many safety pins on their bodies as in their craftwork, and at least half the items in the gym look like they wandered from a Tim Burton set. For unique gifts, we can’t agree more with the event’s tagline: “Skip the Mall, Shop Indie!”</p> <p>MONDAY, OCT. 5</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/cindycrawford.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Cindy Crawford</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami-Dade College’s Chapman Conference Center, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Building 3</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Book purchase of $53.95 allows entry for three</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Twenty years ago, <em>Forbes</em> named Cindy Crawford the highest-paid model on the planet—a pinnacle achieved at the height of the golden age of the supermodel, through hundreds of photo shoots from outlets ranging from <em>People</em> to <em>Playboy</em>, <em>Harper’s Bazaar</em> to <em>Vogue</em>. Now, with her 50th birthday less than six months away, Crawford is reflecting on her storied career, touring the country behind her coffee-table memoir <em>Becoming</em>. Accompanied by exclusive photographs spanning her career—some of them from Crawford’s personal archives, others shot by fashion titans Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz—<em>Becoming</em> sees the distinctively moled superstar reflecting on her life and career thus far, from her self-conscious early shoots to her feelings about motherhood and turning 50. At this special appearance, Crawford will be interviewed by local NBC news personality Jackie Nespral.</p>Beer brawls and biergartens2015-09-28T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.28_bar_brawls_logo.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>A good kind of Bar Brawls: Max’s Social House</strong></p> <p>Wait, this kind of fighting in a bar is totally allowed—It’s Max’s Social House’s 11-week single elimination Bar Brawls competition, and it starts Sept. 30, 9:30 p.m., at SoHo <em>(116 NE 6<sup>th</sup> Ave., Delray Beach.)</em> Then every Wednesday, the competition continues until the finals on Dec. 9. The bartenders have to create drinks on the spot, using surprise ingredients. Admission is only $10, and it benefits the Richard David Kaan Melanoma Foundation.</p> <p>Brawling bartenders include:</p> <p>Alain Camacho of The Office, Brett Hart of Hullabaloo, Brett Robertson of KAPOW!, David Bouchard of The Cooper, James Hartmann from Ian’s Tropical Grille, Cody Parker of El Camino, Jess Hart of El Camino, Jessie Bell from 3<sup>rd</sup> &amp; 3<sup>rd </sup>, John Fitzpatrick of 32 East, Julie Antoine of Racks Fish House and  Oyster Bar, Justin Himmelbaum of Mucho Gusto Delray, Kareem Lakchira from the The Rusty Hook , Kelly Lozina from 3<sup>rd</sup> &amp; 3<sup>rd</sup>, Marc Volpicelli of Sweetwater, Matthew Swig of Sundy House, Lee Klein of Burt &amp; Max’s, Bobby Brown of Craft Cartel, Randy Rapposelli of Brule Bistro, Taffy Spiller of Farmers Table, Rob Cox of 13 American Table, Tiffini Grant, of Apeiro, Todd McCready from Nitrogen, Scott Dauss of Free House American and Yeiry Medero of Oceans 234.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.28_biergarten_boca.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>More bier, brats and bands</strong><strong>: Biergarten Boca</strong></p> <p>Get ready! Biergarten Boca in Royal Palm Place <em>(</em><em>309 Via De Palmas #90, 561/395-7462) </em>is kicking off their 4<sup>th</sup> annual Oktoberfest event with a Bavarian Oktoberfest mayoral keg tapping on Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie will be on hand, and so will lots of local and national craft beers, with delicious German dishes as daily specials.</p> <p>This German-style beer garden celebrates with beer, German liqueurs, food and a liter holding contest, polka bands, a traditional dance group and rock bands on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m. until closing.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Editor&#39;s Pick: Arts Garage2015-09-25T09:05:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/bettyfox.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In the "fun facts" section of her online bio page, the president and CEO of Arts Garage jokes that she launched her first career at age 4 as a runway model but gave it up for the "best first-grade education the Soviets had to offer." But don't let Alyona Ushe fool you. The daughter of a famed Russian stage actress--not to mention a father who was a nuclear physicist--arrived in the United States at age 10 with more than just a Brezhnev merit badge to her name.</p> <p>At the very least, Ushe was smart enough to understand that Delray Beach was ripe for an inspired addition to its cultural scene, something that couldn't be easily pigeonholed but would consistently entertain. In the four-plus years since it opened, Arts Garage has given South Florida just that—and much more—from established jazz and blues artists and up-and-coming vocalists to live theater, art exhibits and educational workshops.</p> <p>But the charms inherent to Arts Garage and its BYOB faithful extend beyond its eclectic offerings. Unlike shows at auditorium venues, the communal spirit isn't limited to mutual appreciation of the artist. At the recent, rollicking blues performance by the Betty Fox Band (pictured above), whose lead singer had the crowd on its feet with her soulful, powerhouse vocals, table after table of regulars arrived early with coolers in hand. They set out their wine and cheese and crackers, they caught up with friends, they sampled one another's side dishes. And they stayed after the show to compare notes and meet the band. The experience is so warm that you half-expect Ushe to invite attendees to stay for a sleepover.</p> <p>If you haven't already, check out one of the Garage's upcoming shows. The October slate promises something for everyone: Former Spin Doctors lead singer Chris Barron is doing an acoustic show Oct. 9; Latin jazz artist Sofia Rei takes the stage Oct. 16; the Moscow Jazz Orchestra performs Oct. 18; and "Sex with Strangers," destined to be one of the more talked-about theater shows of the year, opens in late October.</p> <p>For the complete schedule and ticket information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Movie Review: &quot;The New Girlfriend&quot;2015-09-25T08:54:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="258" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/the-new-girlfriend.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It takes 15 minutes for Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend” to feel, at least thematically, like a Francois Ozon movie. It takes a glossy, extended prologue for the French director to broach the issues of sexual fluidity and liberation that have defined the most notable (and notorious) films in his prolific career, from “Water Drops on Burning Rocks” to “Swimming Pool” to “Young &amp; Beautiful.”</p> <p>But these 15 minutes reveal a lot. Most of them are presented as a trotting TV-style recap montage, catching his audience up on what we may have missed last season. Claire (Anais Demoustier) and Laura (Isild Le Besco) meet in grade school and instantly become best friends. We see them frolicking in idyllic, sun-dappled forests, becoming blood sisters in a treehouse, necking with boys in movie theaters. Eventually, they each marry men, Laura has a baby, Laura suddenly falls ill, Laura dies.</p> <p>It all feels as artificial as a children’s storybook, presented with romantic dolly shots and weeping violins. The scenes feel secondhand, cut-and-pasted from some collective memory bank rather than imagined anew, and it’s hard to accept that one of art-house cinema’s foremost provocateurs would resort to such lazy grammar and contrived storytelling. Is it all a self-conscious act?</p> <p><img alt="" height="215" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/new-girlfriend1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When “The New Girlfriend” concludes its facile introduction and settles into its narrative, Ozon the transgressor finally comes out to play. It turns out that Laura’s widow, David (Romain Duris), finds pleasure in cross-dressing, a well-kept secret during his marriage but one that finds full flower upon his wife’s passing. Claire, who promised Laura she would watch over David and his infant girl, discovers David in drag. Keeping this news from her husband Gilles (Raphael Personnaz), Claire herself finds surprising pleasure in indulging David’s feminine persona (which they call “Virginia”)—shopping for clothes, stealing away for lunchtime rendezvous, visiting an LGBTQ cabaret and spending so much time with her gender-bending “new girlfriend” that she too begins to live a double life.</p> <p>Shattering notions of gender identity is always welcome, especially at a time when such rigid definitions of male, female, straight and gay are viewed by today’s youth as outmoded shackles from previous centuries. “The New Girlfriend” was released in France well before Bruce Jenner’s conversation-starting conversion, but it’s a definite post-Caitlyn movie, existing in the amorphous center of the Kinsey spectrum.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/new-girlfriend2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The problem is that good intentions alone don’t make for good movies. The shallow opening stanzas of “The New Girlfriend” are ultimately representative of the movie as a whole. Get past the congratulatory progressivism, and what remains is a broad comedy whose tranny jokes wouldn’t sound out of place in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and whose detour into maudlin third-act melodrama is risibly schematic. Even Claire’s sexual fantasies are contrived, lacking the wild surrealism of Ozon’s previous efforts, or those of his subconscious mentor, Pedro Almodovar. It’s hard to be moved by a film when you can see so transparently through it—wigs and stockings and breast cups and all.</p> <p><em>“The New Girlfriend” opens today at Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek, Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, Regal South Beach, O Cinema in Miami Shores, and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.</em></p>Staff Picks: Look young, make a difference and eat2015-09-25T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>4Ever Young Anti-Aging Solutions</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_4ever_young.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Accounts Manager</em></p> <p>“I recently went to 4Ever Young's event and met their staff and other clients.  What a fabulously fun evening, and what a professional staff of friendly, welcoming people.  We all, no matter our age, are seeking the fountain of youth, and these guys have all the tools to keep us all at our healthiest. Check them out!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 5458 Town Center Rd. // 561/320-8111)</p> <p> </p> <p>Walk to End Alzheimer's</p> <p><img alt="" height="431" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_walk_to_end_alzheimers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>From Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“Boca-based attorney Pamela Higer-Polani and her network of dedicated volunteers have been working all year to ensure that the second annual Walk, which is supported by the Alzheimer's Association, once again exceeds expectations. Last year, with only seven months to stage the inaugural event, Polani and her team stunned skeptics by drawing some 1,200 walkers and raising more than $125,000 for Alzheimer's research and programs here in south county. This year, between Sunday's event and associated fundraisers, the Walk hopes to approach $200,000. Registration at Mizner Park Amphitheater begins at 7:30 a.m. Visit <a href=""></a> for more information.”</p> <p>(Sept. 27 // 590 Plaza Real)</p> <p>Max's Harvest</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_maxs_harvest.jpg" width="490"> </em></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em><em></em></p> <p>“What a treat for someone who loves meat! The Florida Wagyu Ribeye was amazing and included twice-baked marrow potatoes, honey roasted carrots and brandy peppercorn sauce. I highly recommend it!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 169 NE 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Delray Beach // 561/381-9970)</p>Fashion Forward: Fall Trends2015-09-25T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">With every change in season comes a change in fashion. The fall inspired runways gave us a sneak peek into what will hit the expensive department stores this year, but the <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">LL Scene</a> girls are seasoned professionals when it comes to reproducing looks right off the runway at an affordable price.</p> <p class="normal">Bigger is always better this time of year, but 2015 is getting even bigger and even better. Fashion Week exemplified an Avant Garde feel as the Fall/Winter collections came alive on the runway. That being said, it’s hard to spot a trend off that catwalk that can be worn in everyday life. Insider tip: Designers don’t expect the average American woman to walk out of the house wearing a $10,000 8-pound animal on her back. They produce these styles for the art of fashion in hopes that other designers (affordable designers) will produce a toned down version of their craft.</p> <p class="normal">Check out our picks for the trending fall styles that will take you from the office to the bar and everywhere in between.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="431" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_pretty_in_poncho.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">A poncho can effortlessly bring a boring everyday outfit from a five to a 10. Ponchos are comfortable, easy and flattering. Of course we’re embracing this fall trend. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="462" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_choke_hold.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">This style piggybacks off of the Victorian trend with high, embellished collars. You can pull this look off with choker jewelry or clothing. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_the_chunkier_the_better.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">The chunky heel proves to be the next unfailing formula of success and femininity in 2015. This is an easy look that can be dressed up or down through flattering counter pieces. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="463" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_mixing_it_up.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Remember when you would pick out your own outfits as a child just to have your parents immediately make you change because nothing matched? Well, channel your inner kindergartener with this trend because it’s all about mixing prints—think polka dots, floral, contrasting stripes and bright patterns. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="432" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_master_the_mini.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">The mini skirt is back with a vengeance! It’s not a tight mini skirt—it has more of a flirty, A-line. There wasn’t a runway during Fashion Week that didn't have an endless stretch of leg. We noticed embellished denim, bright hues, pastels and earthy tones. Not ready to show off your legs yet? Pair your mini with different shades and textures of tights. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="451" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_god_save_the_queen.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Channel your inner queen with a huge fall trend: the Victorian look. This style is all about romantic lace, ruffles and high necklines. Start thinking Halloween a little early because this is the only acceptable time you can wear fishnet stockings without an outrageous costume. You can also pull off the Victorian trend by casting light on your silhouette through sheer fabric and tulle. It’s a sensual, yet passionate look this fall. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="426" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_say_it_with_suede.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Sway right into fall with this popular trend. Colored suede took over the fashion week runways, and it’s about to invade your closet too. Right now, we love burgundy and mustard shades in suede. Sport this look as a dress, or layer and pair it with a contrasting piece. </p> <p class="normal">Happy shopping!</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Miami pop-up dinners, brews and cocktails2015-09-25T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Fall weather is almost here, and with new breezes come opportunities to try new tastes. Here’s a lineup in Miami:</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_talde.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Miami Beach pop-up dinner: Talde Miami Beach</strong></p> <p>The new Talde restaurant on Miami Beach, opening in November, is due to <em>Top Chef</em> alum/restaurateur <strong>Dale Talde</strong> and partners <strong>David Massoni</strong> and <strong>John Bush</strong> of Three Kings Restaurant Group. But you don’t have to wait that long to try some dishes like savory pretzel port and chive dumplings (wow!). There’s a one-night Talde Miami Beach pop-up dinner (the original Talde is in Brooklyn), Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Thompson Miami Beach’s charming beachside bungalow 1930s House <em>(4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.)</em> With only 40 seats available, you’ll want to secure your spot ASAP. The four-course meal <a href="">tickets</a> cost $55. </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_mia_tap_takeover.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Eight beers, special dinner: Fontainebleau, M.I.A. Brewing</strong></p> <p>There’s a takeover coming to Miami Beach, where local brews from the Doral-based M.I.A. Brewing will be the stars of the show from Sept. 30 through October at the Fontainebleau (<em>4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/538-2000.)</em> The handcrafted beers, ales and stouts include: Fontainebru, Miami Weiss, Tourist Trappe, 305 Golden Ale, MIA IPA, Freestyle Mega Mix, Moo-Over Miami and Regresa A Mi.</p> <p>Try these paired with a special dinner on Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. with M.I.A. brew master Michael Demeterus and Chef Thomas Griese. The five-course beer dinner costs $85 per person, minus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and tickets can be purchase <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/%20https:/">online</a>.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="493" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.25_lef_la_mar_albahaca_pisco.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Peruvian cocktails light up the bar: Mandarin Oriental Miami</strong></p> <p>Miami hotel Mandarin Oriental <em>(500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, </em><em>305/913 8358)</em> announced Eleftherios Kraounakis (Lef for short) will head up its expanded nightlife program in the Peruvian restaurant, <a href="">La Mar by Gastón Acurio</a>. This includes nine new signature cocktails created by Lef that were inspired by Asia, the Mediterranean and South America. Try drinks that use interesting ingredients such as dry Peruvian eucalyptus, rose petals and homemade juices, syrups and bitters. The <strong>Albahaca Pisco</strong> (pictured), infuses pisco and vodka with refreshing cucumber and lemongrass before adding cucumber-basil puree, lime and bitters. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>New districts are history-making2015-09-24T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/900x506.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Redistricting</h3> <p>One of the most important moments in the state’s political history starts today, with Palm Beach County playing a role. A Tallahassee judge, Terry Lewis, will hear testimony about which map Florida should use for its 27 congressional districts. The Florida Supreme Court invalidated the map that the Legislature produced in 2012, after the most recent census.</p> <p>The justices ruled that Republicans had drawn the map to benefit the GOP and incumbents of both parties. The Fair Districts Amendments, which voters passed in 2010, prohibit such gerrymandering.</p> <p>As Democrats do to Republican voters in states where they control the legislature, Republicans packed Democrats—especially African-Americans—into a few districts while spreading Republican voters more broadly. That’s one big reason why Florida, which Barack Obama won twice, sends 17 Republicans to Congress and just 10 Democrats. The lawsuit that led to the high court’s ruling showed that Republican consultants had worked in secret with GOP legislative leaders to craft the most Republican-friendly map. One consultant got $10,000 per month.</p> <p>A related requirement of the amendments is that districts whenever possible follow city and county boundaries and not break up communities just to make a district more favorable for an incumbent. That issue prompted the court to question Districts 21 and 22, which cover most of southern Palm Beach County.</p> <p>Currently, District 22 includes all or most portions of the coastal cities from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach. District 21 includes inland suburban areas from Wellington to Coral Springs in Broward.</p> <p>As the plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed, there seems no good reason why both districts should straddle both counties. Sixty-one percent of District 21 is in Palm Beach. Fifty-seven percent of District 22 is in Palm Beach. Testimony showed that Florida House staffers proposed stacking the districts, rather than have them run parallel, but that the Senate refused. The Senate made that decision in a private meeting and offered no explanation.</p> <p>Six of the seven maps before Judge Lewis stack Districts 21 and 22. Only Boca Raton and Highland Beach, among Palm Beach County cities, would stay in District 22. Roughly 85 percent of the voters would live in Broward. District 21 would pick up the other Palm Beach County portions, and be a Palm Beach-only seat.</p> <p>Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel represent Districts 21 and 22, respectively. Democrats and friends, they understandably would prefer that their portion of the statewide map stay the same. They don’t like the prospect of having to run against each other, and issued a statement last month that they would not do so.</p> <p>Under the Fair Districts Amendments, however, natural geography matters more than political geography. Palm Beach County, third-largest in the state, would get its own representative. Broward, the second-largest county, would be less chopped up.</p> <p>Deutch and Frankel obviously would have to adjust. Frankel, who lives in a condo near West Palm Beach’s CityPlace, might have to move. Or not. Florida law requires only that members of Congress be registered voters in the state. Deutch’s home in West Boca still would be in District 21.</p> <p>Whatever inconvenience a new map might cause Deutch and Frankel, others will be far more inconvenienced. Republican Dan Webster probably will lose his Central Florida seat because it will be drawn naturally, not to benefit him. Democrat Gwen Graham, daughter of former Gov. Bob Graham, could lose her Panhandle seat because of changes to remedy gerrymandering in other districts.</p> <p>It’s all part of a necessary change that the voters demanded five years ago when they passed the amendments. With luck, Florida one day will take all political line-drawing away from politicians. Safe districts lead to narrow politics, which leads to gridlock. Florida and the nation have had enough of that.</p> <h3>Florida Senate map</h3> <p>And once the fight over congressional map ends, a much nastier fight begins over the Florida Senate map.</p> <p>On Oct. 17, the 100-day period during which the Florida Supreme Court relinquished jurisdiction over congressional redistricting ends. Basically, that’s the deadline for a new map for Congress.</p> <p>Two days later, the Legislature is supposed to meet in special session to work on the Senate map. Roughly three weeks after losing before the Florida Supreme Court on the congressional map, the Senate essentially pleaded guilty to violating the state constitution when it drew the Senate map in 2012. It was clear that the Legislature would lose again.</p> <p>But since the case never got to trial, there’s no direction from the courts about specific problems with the 40 Senate seats. And while the congressional map affects almost no one in the Legislature, the Senate map affects very many in the Legislature.</p> <p>Even senators who are term-limited in 2016 and 2018 might be able to run again because they would be running from new districts. So assume that all 40 senators will care very much about the districts. Assume that House members who hit their term limits in 2016 and 2018 and can’t bear the thought of leaving Tallahassee also will care, since the Senate would be their next stop.</p> <p>Finally, add the fight for the 2017-18 Senate presidency between the relatively moderate Jack Latvala – from Pinellas County—and the fairly conservative Joe Negron— from Martin County. Each will want a map that helps his allies. The race is so close that Democrats, who even with a new map probably won’t win a majority, could become power brokers and gain some leverage.</p> <p>Much more about this next month.</p> <h3>Design guidelines update</h3> <p>Like Boca Raton, Delray Beach is learning that old problems can accompany new development rules.</p> <p>Boca hoped to get its desired downtown look with updated architectural guidelines. Developers who adhered to them would get some extra density. The guidelines were—to use the old Hollywood line—years in the making.</p> <p>Yet the first project approved under those guidelines, the Mark at Cityscape, so underwhelmed and disappointed that the city held a meeting last April to pick at the project. The guidelines remain under review.</p> <p>When Delray Beach drew up new rules for downtown development, the emphasis was on height and density, but especially height. Most residents find tall buildings antithetical to the seaside-village ambience. Now, however, the new downtown issue is length, not height.</p> <p>Before the city commission at its Sept. 15 meeting was a seemingly simple waiver request. A developer, Samar Florida 202, wants to build a 122-room Aloft Hotel, 35 condos and about 6,000 square feet of retail space on Southeast Fifth Avenue between Second and Third streets. The roughly 1.8-acre project would displace some abandoned buildings in a grubby area. The president of the homeowners association in nearby Osceola Park sent a letter to the commission in support of the project.</p> <p>Samar wants a 5-foot setback, half of what the rules require. City staff supported the request, which seemingly would apply only to upper floors.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein, however, noted that “this would be a 600-foot building”—590 feet, to be exact—given the distance between the north and south sides of the skinny project. “I don’t know how much is too long.” Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said that now the issue is “linear,” not vertical. As more projects come in under the new guidelines, Petrolia said, developers will seek to recoup their investment through length.</p> <p>The commission unanimously tabled its decision on Samar. “I think we need a better presentation,” Glickstein said, acknowledging that Delray soon will see a “shaking out” of the new rules. Boca can relate.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>The Week Ahead: Sept. 23 to 282015-09-23T09:18:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/drag-show-955x500.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Fifth Annual Drag Show</strong></p> <p>Where: Kaye Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at door</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In 2011, Florida Atlantic University earned major points for inclusiveness when it presented a drag show, hosted in a venue for 100 people that was packed to capacity. The event has grown each successive year, paralleling the growing acceptance of students (and people) who identify in categories outside the hetero “norm.” Seven hundred and fifty attendees turned out for the 2014 show, which seems to have found a permanent annual home at the university’s impressively sized Kaye Auditorium. Sponsored by FAU’s LGBTQA Resource Center, the 2015 Drag Show will feature a lineup of such prominent South Florida queens as Ariel Rimm, Daizee DeLuxx, Rianna Petrone, Monica Chanel and Rubber Child. FAU students can attend for free.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="258" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/queen-of-earth.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Queen of Earth”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 2 and 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Queen of Earth” is writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s follow-up to “Listen Up, Philip,” his acrid indie hit about literary egotism, and it represents a shifting of generic gears—from dark, self-reflexive satire to a psychological suspense thriller. Described in its trailer voice-over as an “exploration of broken women,” it’s set largely over a momentous week in a secluded vacation home in the Hudson Valley. It’s here that Virginia (Katherine Waterston) has invited her best friend Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) for some much-needed emotional convalescing, after the death of her father and breakup with her boyfriend. Instead, their relationship unravels in unnerving, painful, ominous and manipulative ways, leading to what critics are already calling the best performance of Moss’s career. Evoking comparisons to Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion,” Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” and John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence,” “Queen of Earth” is this weekend’s must-see flick for grown-ups.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/brew_2_at_the_zoo_2015.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Brew 2 at the Zoo</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15, $35 or $65</p> <p>Contact: 561/547-9453, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Palm Beach Zoo knows that drinking local beer is the environmentally green way to go: That’s why it’s touting the reduced carbon footprint of its Brew 2 at the Zoo shindig this weekend, in which all of the sampled crafts arrive from Florida, none of them are brewed more than 200 miles from the Zoo. That means that our region’s most creative and influential breweries—Saltwater Brewery, Funky Buddha, Due South and Barrel of Monks among them—will be serving some of their best perennial and seasonal offerings, more than 25 in total. The $35 ticket gets you access to all of them, plus a collective sampling mug and lanyard; food will be available for purchase from Flanigan’s, Don Ramon and the Zoo’s Tropics Café. The $65 VIP ticket includes perks such as a collectible T-shirt and free nosh from Tropics and Carrabba’s. Teetotalers can purchase the $15 “Designed Driver” ticket, which includes free water and soft drinks; all price points can enjoy the live music from Rogue Theory, Steven Vincent and Bobby G.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/motorhead.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Motorhead, Anthrax and Crobot</strong></p> <p>Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38-$78</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>By midnight Saturday, the cleanup crew at Pompano Beach Amphitheater will have its work cut out for them. Fans turning out for this tour, featuring two of the most legendary thrash-metal acts of all time, are known to create ruckuses, from the straight-edge 15-year-olds overcaffeinated on energy drinks to the PBR-chugging dads showing the youngsters in the mosh pits how it’s done. Motorhead’s gravelly voiced frontman Lemmy Kilmister started out as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix nearly 50 years ago, and he has led his band through 22 ear-busting albums of trend-defying consistency. The guys in Anthrax are no slouches either, with 10 albums to their credit including 2011’s acclaimed “Worship Music,” with classic vocalist Joey Belladona providing the soaring counterpoint to the fast, molten music. Contemporary Pennsylvania hard rockers Crobot open the show.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="518" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/unnamed-1.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>What: “Kismet”</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $50-$55</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Jan McArt’s Live at Lynn! series will celebrate the beginning of its 2015-2016 arts calendar with arguably its largest and most ambitious cultural event yet: a staged concert version of the Tony-winning Broadway smash “Kismet,” which features a cast of 14 and live music from the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra. Composer/lyricist George Forrest’s 1953 musical, with its mix of adventure and romance set amid the exotic Baghdad of “The Arabian Nights” folklore, has been adapted for film and opera, and features the enduring songs “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” and “Stranger in Paradise.” Jay Stuart, a triple-threat leading man whose credits include Broadway’s “The Pajama Game” and “The Grand Tour”—along with a number of shows at Jan McArt’s Royal Palm Dinner Theatre—will star in this production.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/helmet_2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Helmet</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>New York City’s Helmet is used to being called a “thinking person’s heavy metal band,” a compliment that serves as a not-so-subtle swipe against the chugging, cacophonous longhairs that have dominated metal since the 1970s. Helmet, by contrast, eschewed the long hair, pyrotechnics and arena bombast, arriving to the metal party late (circa 1989) and defining it in a new direction. Give a listen to Helmet’s early ‘90s classics and it’s easy to see the math-rock chord progressions that helped lead one critic to dub Helmet “smart rock.” The complex, odd-time-signatured music, while still remaining crunchy and pulverizing, helped necessitate the needs for such genre hybrids as alternative metal, post-metal and groove metal, while influencing bands from Deftones to Korn to Nine Inch Nails. In its current tour, Helmet will celebrate the 20th anniversary of 1994’s “Betty”—with its forays into jazz and blues representing the band’s hard-to-pigeonhole style—by performing the album in its entirety, followed by a second set of tunes spanning Helmet’s career.</p> <p>MONDAY, SEPT. 28</p> <p><img alt="" height="249" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/1424194742_886718_1424194912_noticia_normal.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jose Gonzalez</strong></p> <p>Where: ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Large of hair and sonorous of voice, singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez was born in Argentina but grew up in Sweden, and he’s as bright as he is multicultural: He was studying for his PhD in Biochemistry when his music career exploded. Gonzalez became an overnight sensation in 2006 for this breathy, spartan acoustic interpretation of the Knife’s bombastic dance hit “Heartbeats.” His original music proved just as simple, beguiling and entrancing, plaintively performed and lyrically rich, conjuring acts like Paul Simon, Elliott Smith and Red House Painters. His third album, this year’s “Vestiges and Claws,” has received some of the best reviews of his burgeoning career, bolstered by a compelling string of cinematic music videos. He’ll plays most of it, along with his stripped-down takes on Massive Attack and Kylie Minogue hits, at this special free appearance, where he’s slated to perform for three hours. Bring a blanket or beach chair for seating, and nosh on food-truck grub beginning at 5:30.</p>Hula hoop to fitness2015-09-23T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>This is not just any hula hooping fitness workshop.<strong></strong></p> <p>Lisa Midlarsky, owner of Defy Gravity Yoga <em>(5821 N. Federal Highway),</em> is hosting three upcoming Hoop Core Fitness workshops, with five-time Guinness Book Athlete Betty Hoops. The guru of the Hula Hoop Core Fitness program is visiting South Florida to teach locals about her approach to exercise.</p> <p>One of the workshops will take place at Delray Beach's Veterans Park <em>(802 NE 1<sup>st</sup> St.)</em> on Oct.1 at 6 p.m. Workshops are also available at Defy Gravity Yoga on Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.</p> <p>The cost is $20 per person, and I suggest preregistering because space is limited. Click <a href="">here</a> to sign up.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="528" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.23_hoop_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I got the scoop from Betty Hoops. Here’s what she has to say.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life: Describe your workout approach.</strong><br> <br> Betty Hoops: My focus is on alignment, core power and moving from the inside out. This involves teaching students to feel and see what is going on in their mind and body. Once the student becomes aware of how to correct their posture, breathing and movements, they gain a higher potential to heal. Most teachers teach just a routine. I teach the student how to reconnect to their power and playfulness by using sports science and easy techniques.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life: Does any old hula hoop work? Why or why not? </strong><br> <br> Betty Hoops: Great question. No. [Regarding the Hoop]: You are only as good as your gear. I designed a safely weighted and sized hoop which has been proven to be the most effective on the market. Hoops that are too light and small—anything under an 8-foot circumference and 1.5 pounds—will be too hard to keep up. Many have torqued and injured themselves trying to keep it up. Heavy hoops, anything over 2 pounds, have caused serious injuries. They pinch nerves, rupture discs, tear knees and bruise organs.</p> <p>[Regarding the teacher]: Most teachers use hoops that are too light and small because they are focused on just doing tricks where the hoop is not on the core. They thrust their body forward to try to keep the hoop up. This makes the chest and butt pop out. This creates major compression in the low back with limited access to the core. Also, many teachers say one should roll their hips in a circle to learn how to hoop. This is dangerous and wrong. It is not my opinion because, in the laws of physics, the wheel spins on an axis. Your body is the axis, so when one tries to move in rotation with the hoop, it will fall and pinch discs, nerves and vertebrae. The correct way is to not move your upper or lower body and just move your hips … side to side [or] back to front. </p> <p><strong>Fit Life: Are there any people who should not attempt this kind of exercise?</strong></p> <p>Betty Hoops: I've taught thousands each year since '97. I'd say that one should be careful and check with their doctor if: they are pregnant, usually in the 2nd trimester; [have] lower disc issues; or if they have seizures or heart issues. I have taught people to hoop successfully up to 420 pounds, over 70 years old, with heart stents [and other health and musculoskeletal issues]. I also have worked with chiropractors and physical therapists using my Belly Pump Method. This is a very effective spinal decompression technique, which has cured many chronic pains.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life: What benefits does it offer?</strong></p> <p>Betty Hoops: The <em>Belly Pump Method </em>retrains the body to move correctly. It gets us out of using just our legs and low back for everything, and it gets the person to use the deep core muscles first for each movement. [It] also quickly flushes toxins from the organs, boosts digestion and metabolism. <br> <br> The <em>4 Rhythm </em>Segment connects one to Earth Medicine. Living in the mountains, I wanted to bring the power and playfulness found here. I designed isometric moves which instill the elements of earth, water, fire and air into their mind and body.</p> <p>Athletes confirm that my program <em>Hoop Core Fitness</em> has helped them with their golf, tennis, [kayaking], hockey and cycling. This ease of rotation is due to my focus on stabilizing the upper and lower body to really get into the core.<br> <br> <em>Hoop Core </em>has helped with boosting confidence, team building, better attitudes and mental focus when I teach through schools and for corporate teambuilding sessions. I’d say that the most important benefit is that <em>Hoop Core </em>corrects bad posture, and how we move with stress in our bodies. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Satisfying Sandwiches2015-09-23T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><strong><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong>Satisfying Sandwiches</strong></p> <p>In my last blog, I talked about healthier alternatives to the Reuben sandwich. Many people started to ask me about other good-for-you sandwich ideas, so in this blog I will share four of my favorite recipes that will help you stay nourished while you’re on-the-go and on the budget.</p> <p>You will notice that I use avocado in many sandwiches. Avocado is a fabulous cholesterol-free alternative to cheese. Its healthy fats will keep you full, and because it’s rich in potassium, it can help lower blood pressure and decrease bloating!</p> <p><strong>Z-TIP:</strong> Increase nutritional value of your savory sandwiches by substituting bread for a collard leaf. You will add vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your meal while reducing calories and carbohydrates.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Hummus and Veggie Rolls</strong></p> <p>1 Sami’s lavash or any other gluten-free wrap</p> <p>2 tablespoons of hummus</p> <p>1/4 cup fresh baby spinach</p> <p>1/4 cup cucumber, sliced thin</p> <p>1/4 cup carrots, shredded</p> <p>1/4 avocado, sliced thin</p> <p>Sprouts</p> <p> </p> <p>Spread hummus onto lavash/wrap. Layer the vegetables on top. Close the wrap, and enjoy.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Chickenless Avocado Tartine (open-face sandwich)</strong></p> <p>1 slice of sprouted Ezekiel Bread</p> <p>2 strips of chicken-less chicken strips by Beyond Meat, sliced in halves</p> <p>¼ avocado, sliced in thin strips</p> <p>2 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves</p> <p>1 tablespoon of soy-free Vegenaise (egg-free mayo)</p> <p>A few sprigs of fresh dill</p> <p> </p> <p>Toast the bread, and spread Vegenaise. Layer chicken-less strips, alternating with avocado.  Decorate with cherry tomatoes and dill.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.23_tofu_sandwich.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Teriyaki Tofu</strong></p> <p class="Body">2 slices of Ezekiel Bread</p> <p class="Body">1 block of sprouted, baked tofu in teriyaki flavor</p> <p class="Body">1/4 avocado, sliced</p> <p class="Body">1-2 teaspoons soy-free Vegenaise (egg-free mayo)</p> <p class="Body">1 handful of alfalfa sprouts</p> <p class="Body">4-5 thin organic pickle rounds</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">Toast the bread. Slice sprouted tofu into wide, thin strips to resemble cold cuts. Spread Vegenaise on a slice of bread, and place tofu on top. Add avocado, pickles and sprouts. Cover with the second slice of bread, and enjoy!</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong></strong><strong>Hazelnut Butter and Banana</strong></p> <p>2 slices of Sami’s gluten-free flax and millet Bread (or any other gluten-free bread)</p> <p>2 tablespoons of Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter</p> <p>½ banana, sliced in rounds</p> <p>½ cup sliced strawberries, optional.</p> <p> </p> <p>Spread the nut butter on the bread. Top with banana and berries, and enjoy!</p> <p> </p>Upcoming Dining Challenges and Series2015-09-22T09:33:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/feastsea_malatesta_win.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Maestro del Mar Chef’s Challenge: Semi-Final #4</strong></p> <p>If you’re a foodie, you’ve been following the 2015 Maestro del Mar, with the Chef’s Challenge Series that is now up to semi-final #4—and you know the <a href="">tickets</a> are affordable (for $35 here) to watch four chefs take a surprise ingredient and produce winning combinations that make your mouth water.</p> <p>The next challenge is Sept. 27, at Williams-Sonoma in The Gardens Mall <em>(3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</em>.<em>)</em> The chefs: Executive Chef Adam Brown from The Cooper, Executive Chef Eric Grutka, Executive Chef Yvon Coty from Brio Tuscan Grill and Executive Chef Michael Molloy from the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbour Side Place representing Deep Blu Seafood Grille. The chefs who win the semi-finals will compete in an Ultimate Chef Showdown on Oct. 23 at the Grand Tasting Finale.</p> <p>Chef Blake Malatesta from 50 Ocean emerged from semi-final #3 at Saltwater Brewery. His winning spoonfuls (pictured) consisted of several renditions of snapper dishes, including Himalayan salt-cured snapper with a cabbage dill remoulade (served with Spiny Tail English ale), harissa-marinated snapper with spiced German potato salad (served with Screamin’ Reels IPA) and snapper ceviche with avocado yuzu and nectarine (served with guava pineapple IPA).</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/chefbrucefeingold_-_dada.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Turn the Table Series: Snout to Tail dinner</strong></p> <p>Speaking of snapping up tickets to fabulous feasts, these are going fast: The Oct. 6 “Turn the Table: Guest Chef Supper Series” is <strong>“</strong>Snout to Tail” by DADA. Executive Chef and co-owner Bruce Feingold (pictured) will create a menu for pork lovers paired with single vineyard wines from Mira Winery. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Healthy Bellies.</p> <p>Presented by Farmer’s Table, and, the themed dinners start at 6:30 p.m. at Farmer’s Table <em>(1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836)</em> and highlight prominent South Florida chefs. </p> <p>The series ends Nov. 3, with a cocktail reception as well as the chefs each preparing two courses for a total of eight courses along with cocktail, beer and wine bars. Tickets for the series finale are $150 (including tax and gratuity) and a portion of the proceeds will go to charities.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Boca&#39;s boom continues—with an FAU connection2015-09-22T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3 class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/fau.jpg" width="580"></h3> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Student district<span>       </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">There was more evidence Monday of how much the futures of Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic University are intertwined.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At its workshop, the city council basically signed off on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council helping the city study the idea of a student district on and around 20<sup>th</sup> Street, just east of FAU’s campus. The results could be ready this year. Creation of such a district is priority for the city and the university.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But that wasn’t the only FAU-related item on the agenda. Attorney Charles Siemon asked the council to drop the flag on an application for a new type of “university housing” designation within the city. Siemon represents a Chicago-based group that owns vacant property six blocks north of 20<sup>th</sup> Street on Northwest Fifth Avenue. The land is also just across the El Rio Canal from FAU.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Siemon proposes that the designation apply to properties of at least eight acres that provide housing aimed at university students and are no more than 200 feet from a university. He cited the shortage of dorms at FAU and the lack of land on campus. As FAU and the city realize, the only way to accommodate FAU’s push for more resident students is to house them near the campus, not on it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In return for meeting this need, Siemon wants the city to allow up to 80 residential units per acre where 9.5 units are allowed now. That would mean up to 640 units. If the units allow four students per two-bedroom unit, that could mean about 2,500 college kids.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The designation would require any developer to provide a transportation system to FAU. Still, that would mean a lot of people in an area with a church to the south and residential neighborhoods to the east and north. Building could be as tall as four stories.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For the council, the question was whether to start staff review of the idea or wait until the planning council study to see if the change would make sense. Delay, Siemon said, would set back the project by a year. His challenge was that the idea clearly was designed for his client’s property. Why else would eight acres be the standard?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Siemon acknowledged that 640 units “is what my client would like to build.” If the city agreed, however, what would stop owners of smaller properties from challenging the eight-acre standard? Siemon replied that governments can discriminate if they show a “rational basis” for doing so.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Council members Mike Mullaugh and Robert Weinroth were fine with moving ahead. Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilman Jeremy Rodgers were not, given how much the applicant wanted from the city and the lack of information about the effect of the project on city services, especially police and fire. After a somewhat prolonged discussion, Scott Singer dissented. Only the study of the 20<sup>th</sup> Street district will proceed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Siemon and his clients left unhappy. “We will get (the council) the information,” Siemon said, “and try to find a third vote.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As my next item will further show, many decisions await regarding the area around FAU. To understand why Boca Raton is moving with both eagerness and caution, consider that the council agreed with Siemon when he listed one of the risks that go with his client’s request:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Unintended consequences.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">University Village</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">If there was a debate Monday over eight acres of open land in Boca near FAU, there will be a much bigger debate over nearly 80 acres of open land just to the north.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That is the site of University Village, a mixed-use project bordered by Spanish River Boulevard on the south and the El Rio Canal on the west. The site widens out to the east and southeast, where it meets residential neighborhoods in Boca Raton Hills.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This month, the city council declined to grant the developer, Penn Florida, expedited consideration for approval. The reason was to allow maximum time for public comment. So I wanted to see the site plan.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The project is ambitious. It would be what Boca calls a Planned Mobility Development, designed to emphasize public/bike/foot transportation to decrease traffic. There would be bikeways to the Tri-Rail station on Yamato Road, to Lynn University and to Florida Atlantic University. There would be a pedestrian plan. The project’s transit center also would be a gathering spot. Five parking spaces would be reserved for people using the El Rio Trail, which has become a popular cycling attraction. Thirty-seven percent of the 77.1-acre site would remain open. About half of the land would be developed. The rest would be roads.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">All the housing would be multi-family. The project would have 829 units with almost 1,600 residences. The project also would include 170,000 square foot of retail space—nearly 75 percent of what Mizner Park offers—<span>72,000 square</span> feet of office space—much of it envisioned for medical— and a 185-room hotel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Stores would be on many first floors, with apartments above. Unlike University Park to the south and the project that was before the council on Monday, University Village would be geared more to FAU faculty and staff than students. The plans also include senior living.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The project would be built in two phases. The hotel and most of the apartments and retail would come first, with the office space coming afterward. No building would be taller than 85 feet, because of Federal Aviation Administration height restrictions that apply to the area. Boca Raton Airport is just south of the site.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Existing residents to the east already must adjust to the new Interstate 95 Spanish River Boulevard interchange, which will be another selling point for University Village. Zip off the highway and you’re home. For those neighbors, University Village plans a 100-foot buffer. FAU owns the most open land to the west, and the FAU Research Park is to the southwest.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The project first went into the city’s system three years ago this week. According to the site plan, this is the fifth version of the plan—the original submittal and four resubmittals. The project would require rezoning, a master plan approval and land development regulations.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">With the opening of that I-95 interchange, which is meant primarily to service FAU, it is no exaggeration to say that what happens in the next couple of years could dramatically reshape a part of Boca Raton that was quiet even during the boom. The noise is building.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Delray and taxes</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">I wrote last week about the contentious discussion among Delray Beach city commissioners as they approved the new budget. Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia argued for a tax cut, a request that I said should have come earlier.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In response, Katz emailed to say, “I didn’t receive anything substantial on the budget until Aug. 25. That is not enough time for any of us to give any credible feedback before the final reading.” The budget year begins Oct. 1. Katz added, “I support a high tax rate for first-class services, but out residents are not getting that. When (City Manager Don) Cooper was hired, he made a commitment that the budget would be his priority, yet I didn’t get it until three weeks before final reading.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This is one of those frustrating issues where those on both sides have a point. Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Al Jacquet and Jordana Jarjura were correct to vote for the budget and reject the idea of a late, symbolic reduction in the tax rate. Katz and Petrolia were right that Cooper must involve the commission earlier.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As noted, though, Cooper has been working just since January. Key staff openings remain. Meanwhile, Cooper has been dealing with a staff ethics investigation, a new trash contract and new development rules.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For next year, though, there should be no excuses. Cooper should have the staff and the time to start serious budget work in the spring, and the commission should have time to make requests. And keep in mind that passing a budget on time puts Delray ahead of the Congress.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Inspector General</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Last week, the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General announced that it had passed a peer review by the Association of Inspectors General. In addition, Inspector General John Kelly said, the office is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This status underscores the high standards Kelly and his predecessor, Sheryl Steckler, have set for the office. That would be the same office that remains understaffed because 14 cities, including Boca Raton, are appealing their loss in court of a legal challenge to how cities pay for their share of inspector general oversight. The appeal, based on a bogus claim, could take years to resolve. Delray Beach dropped out of the lawsuit.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">iPic Update</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Update: Three weeks ago, I quoted the lawyer for the iPic project in Delray Beach that the developer hoped to submit a new site plan within a few days. The city commission approved rule changes that would allow the project, but also asked for changes to the site plan that would make the project work better between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As of Monday, according to the city’s planning and zoning department, iPic has not submitted a new plan.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Concert Review: Janet Jackson at AA Arena2015-09-21T15:39:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p><em>[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday this week.]</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.21_janet_jackson_6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A glitzy-hatted disk jockey remixed Janet Jackson’s 2001 hit “Someone To Call My Lover” with recent rap like Fetty Wap’s “My Way” as the audience dwindled in. Though the speakers blared, only a few boisterous Jan Fans bobbled to the beat until the DJ mandated everyone stand up and dance.</p> <p>The late king of pop’s younger sister needed no openers to set the tone for her “Unbreakable” world tour. Janet Jackson commanded the AmericanAirlines Arena for a two-hour concert that linked one throwback to the next.</p> <p>Perhaps the torrential rain was reason for the arena’s emptiness when it was time for Jackson to take the stage, but she embraced the inclement weather as gray clouds rolled across the oversized vertical screens behind her. A startling boom that would send your dog running for the hills preceded footage of Missy Elliott rapping her verse of their new collaboration “Burnitup!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="249" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.21_janet_jackson_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Jackson’s style took a page from Bieber’s book—sheathed in low-hanging harem pants that left her unrestricted in her movement. The 49-year-old showed off her sensual side while dancing on a chair during “When I Think Of You” and sporadically shifted focus onto her backup dancers while she caught a much-needed breath. Among the self-proclaimed JTribe of booty poppers were Kyndall Harris and YouTube sensation Taylor Hatala, both 12. What the tweens lacked in age they made up for with energy in their featured moments during “Escapade” and “The Best Things In Life Are Free.”</p> <p>By this time, the stands were full, and the DJ returned for a quick intermission of beat drops and fluorescent light beams that resembled Miami nightclubs. Audience members danced along, their flamboyance finally becoming evident. A voiceover of the pop princess beckoned to “keep the conversation going” as she returned to sing slower sounds while perched on a barstool.</p> <p><img alt="" height="549" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.21_janet_jackson_7.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>After a six-song tempo change, J.Cole infiltrated the screens during “No Sleeep,” the lead single off Jackson’s not-yet-released “Unbreakable” album. The set list then reverted to her timeless, spirited classics before she closed out the show with another newbie, “Unbreakable.”</p> <p>Jackson came full circle in Miami, from the first stop on her Rhythm Nation tour 25 years ago to her unbreakable performance last night, and it’s clear that she’s ready for another round.</p> <p><em>Janet Jackson will bring her Unbreakable World Tour to South Florida again at the BB&amp;T Center on March 9, 2016.</em></p> <p><strong>Set List:</strong></p> <p>Burnitup!</p> <p>Nasty (remix with Big Sean’s IDFWU)</p> <p>Feedback</p> <p>Miss You Much</p> <p>Alright</p> <p>(You Want This)</p> <p>Control</p> <p>What Have You Done For Me Lately</p> <p>The Pleasure Principle</p> <p>Escapade</p> <p>When I Think Of You</p> <p>All For You</p> <p>All Nite</p> <p>Love Will Never Do</p> <p> </p> <p>DJ Intermission</p> <p> </p> <p>After You Fall</p> <p>Again</p> <p>Come Back To Me</p> <p>Let’s Wait Awhile</p> <p>I Get Lonely (remix with Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice”)</p> <p>Any Time, Any Place</p> <p>No Sleeep</p> <p>Got ‘Til It’s Gone</p> <p>That’s The Way Love Goes</p> <p>Together Again</p> <p>Throb</p> <p>The Best Things In Life Are Free</p> <p>Black Cat</p> <p>If</p> <p>Scream</p> <p>Rhythm Nation</p> <p>Should Have Known Better</p> <p>Unbreakable</p> <p> </p> <p>Photos by: Ron Elkman (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12070/"></a>)</p>Eau Palm Beach has a new Angle2015-09-21T15:32:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0803.jpg" width="450"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s baaaaaccckkk.<span>  </span>Angle at Eau Palm Beach Resort <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan)</em> is back in business—with new chefs, a new vision and a passion for local delicacies. And I should know—I got to taste many of them the other night.<span>  </span>I do not do a lot of media tastings anymore; sometimes you start to feel like a baby veal at those things.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But this one was different, with discreet small tastes, vibrant flavors and a nice pace to the evening.<span>  </span>We started with Green Cay Farm corn soup, then a tender Maine sea scallop, followed by butter-poached Florida lobster and Hudson Valley duck breast roulade. But wait, there’s more—like Turtle Creek goat cheese-potato terrine and a dessert of coconut, mango and passion fruit.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">OK, that sounds like a boatload of food—and it was five courses—but each was small, elegant and the best it could be. As if it were trying out for the gourmet artisanal food Olympics.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We’ve been waiting for this rock star pantheon of great chefs, and they did not disappoint. They are: Executive Chef Josh Thomsen who has worked alongside Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Michael Mina, among others, his longtime sous chef (now chef de cuisine) Manlee Siu and pastry chef Robert Bellini (with a name like that who wouldn’t be a great chef?). Sommelier Tim White kept our glasses filled with wines you wanted to keep drinking all night, and our host Nick Gold made sure everyone was happy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So there you have it. One more reason to take the long way home on A1A. We’ll be stopping in—maybe we’ll see you there.</p>More additions to lunch and brunch2015-09-21T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.21_apeiro_lunch.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Life is good with new lunch option: <a href="">Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar</a></strong></p> <p>On Sept. 24, Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar <em>(14917 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach, 561/501-4443)</em>, co-owned by Chef David Blonsky and Burt Rapoport, will start serving lunch. Among the offerings, there’s a 10 for $10 list including curry chicken salad, vegetable omelet and crispy eggplant pita. Or try the small plates ($8-$12) or salads ($8-$12), flatbreads ($10-$12) and desserts. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then there’s happy hour and dinner, too.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.21_the_cooper_eggs_benedict.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Saturday joins brunch fun: <a href="">The Cooper</a></strong></p> <p>Have fun on your Saturdays at The Cooper <em>(4610 PGA Blvd., Suite 100, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032)</em>, starting Oct. 3, when Chef Adam Brown starts serving brunch on both weekend days. Along with the bottomless mimosas and the Bloody Mary bar, you can try new drink concoctions: The Cooper Cooler, Trader Vic Mai Tai, The Cooper’s Paper Plane. These, of course, go with the egg dishes (the eggs benedict pictured, photo by <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>), lemon ricotta pancakes, salads and sandwiches, charcuterie salumi and more. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>&#39;History Becomes Memory&#39; at Boca Museum2015-09-18T10:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>The Boca Raton Museum of Art is currently marking the 70<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with one of its most ambitious exhibitions in recent memory: a six-pronged examination of intolerance, apartheid, genocide and, finally, hope and progress whose reach spans from the expulsion of the Jews from 15<sup>th</sup> century Spain to the formation of the state of Israel.</p> <p>Titled “History Becomes Memory,” the exhibition is bracketed by its two most inspirational—and, it must be said, least compelling—elements, while its middle portion does the heavy dramatic lifting. The work of these four middle artists sobers and devastates, leaving attendees shaken and more than a little uncomfortable. It’s rare for art to have such a visceral impact while still engaging museumgoers intellectually, but these artists thread that needle, stimulating our brains while punching us in the gut.</p> <p><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/rothbort.png" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibition starts with the gentle paintings of the 20<sup>th</sup> century watercolorist Samuel Rothbort, who fled the pogroms of czarist Russia for the friendlier climes of New York City in 1904. His idyllic scenes of family life and childhood reveries in the Russian shtetls idealize memories that probably never existed. Evidence of ethnic cleansing is absent from this prolific series, where the only conflict involves fighting over a shofar or swatting at bedbugs. His work is painted as if from a child’s perspective, and like a Semitic Norman Rockwell, his images could just as easily appear on plates as gallery walls.</p> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/2005_170.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If Rothbort found solace and resolve in avoidance and pastoral fantasy, the next artists in the exhibition cope with tragedy by confronting it directly, none better than Shimon Attie. While living in Berlin in the 1990s, this contemporary artist used the urban streets as his canvas. He projected images from the city’s decimated Jewish history onto the modern buildings where Jews, and their kosher businesses, might have once stood. The past and present overlap poignantly in the Boca Museum’s images from this project, the vintage photographs covering today’s building facades like surreal wallpaper. Rag-clothed figures haunt their former workplaces and domiciles, forcing us to never forget.</p> <p>In “The Neighbor Next Door,” a site-specific addition to the photographs, Attie places visitors in the position of Jews in hiding, forcing us to squat to view images of marching Nazis and other threatening projections through tiny peepholes. This experiential exhibit replicates the fear and paranoia inherent in Jewish life in Nazi Germany.</p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/patkin.jpg" width="334"></p> <p>Smartly held over from its previous Izhar Patkin exhibition, the artist’s sprawling, room-sized veil “You Tell Us What to Do,” features vintage and more recent photographs reappropriated on shimmering, dreamlike tulle fabric, their Israeli and Arab subjects mingling uneasily on the border between Tel Aviv and the old city of Jaffa. A boat at sea billows black smoke in the background as historical figures mount a makeshift synagogue in one corner of the fabric; in other portions, early settlers arrive on land on a giant, incongruous boat, while wrecking ball-wielding cranes share space with camels and fleeing Palestinians. Tellingly, two segments of the veil are empty of people, suggesting a possible future of this multicultural cradle, reduced by conflict to an existential void.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/20120616184827-the_last_supper_1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The most disquieting, even physically upsetting work in the exhibition is Terry Berkowitz’s “Veil of Memory/Prologue: The Last Supper,” which imagines the final meal offered to Jews prior to their expulsion from Spain and the horrors of the Inquisition. Scarred, splintery, medieval wooden tables and benches (on which attendees are encouraged to sit) are arranged in the gallery in the shape of a cross and topped with empty bowls and wooden spoons. Excerpts from the Edict of Expulsion pipe through speakers in English and 15<sup>th</sup> century Castilian Spanish, while massive images projected onto the walls show a blurry huddle of Jews herded away. This combination of touch, sight and sound is one I won’t soon forget.</p> <p>Two works by French artist Christian Boltanski were late additions to the show, but they indispenably echo the themes. The best of them features isolated, blown-up images of children from a Purim party snapshot, circa 1939. Boltanski presents them in the formation of pyramid-shaped altar illuminated by lights suggesting yahrzeit candles and mounted atop biscuit tins containing what is said to be shreds of their clothing. They could be images of missing children from old milk cartons if they didn’t already resemble faces already in mortem, with black chasms for eyes. The horror of this haunting tribute resonates through the decades.</p> <p><img alt="" height="628" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/stihschnock_rosie-won-the-war_2015_small.png" width="400"></p> <p>“History Becomes Memory” concludes with the Berlin duo Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock’’s “Rosie Won the War,” a world-premiere commission from the Boca Museum. Inspired by the iconic WWII agitprop of Rosie the Riveter, “Rosie Won the War” features photographs of modern women—the Rosies of today—standing like towering sentinels over topographical images of occupied territories. Stih and Schnock’s ethnically diverse models, dressed for manual labor and brandishing pitchforks, shears, cleavers, hammers and other tools of their trade, speak to the unshackled woman then and now. The work is progressive and well intentioned, but following the gasp-worthy power of the previous artists, it feels a bit out of place—a dense concept that feels too simple, a one-trick idea repeated with little variation.</p> <p>The best example of Stih and Schnock’s work hangs in the entryway to their gallery: a series of dangling banners broadcasting a few of the countless prohibitions leveled against Jews in the lead-up to the Holocaust, ranging from the blatantly cruel (Jews cannot join sports organizations or purchase soap or shaving cream) to the bizarre (“All Jews must adopt the names of ‘Israel’ for men and ‘Sara’ for woman as additional first names”). These are just a few of the thousand little cuts that preceded the Final Solution, and like the finest work in this essential exhibition, they provide new insight into a sadly familiar global tragedy, serving as both reminder and revelation.</p> <p><em>"History Becomes Memory" runs through Jan. 1 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors. Call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>Staff Picks: crazy for calamari2015-09-18T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Pellegrino’s Ristorante</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.18_pellegrino's.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Accounts Manager</em></p> <p>“I recently went to Pellegrino's, and though I know these may seem like items that wouldn't necessarily go together, they hit the spot!  The calamari was fresh with the most luscious tomato sauce for dipping, the sautéed escarole was superb and the homemade Cannoli was worth every decadent bite. Our table shared several pasta dishes and other specials that evening. Service was awesome, and we will be back! “ </p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 3360 N. Federal Highway // 561/368-5520)</p> <p>YOLO (You Only Live Once)</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/calamari.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em><em> </em></p> <p>“I may only live once, but if my life is filled with endless calamari from YOLO, I’ll be more than satisfied. This dish is Szechuan-style with a garlic chili sauce, peanuts and sesame. Packed with flavor—It’s a must-try.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // 954/523-1000)</p>Fashion Forward: beGlammed2015-09-18T06:00:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Don’t have time to head to the salon before a big gala? Want flawless makeup for your sister’s wedding? beGlammed, the on-demand beauty service, will send professional hair and makeup artists right to your door.</p> <p><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.18_beglammed_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>beGlammed has been operating in places like Austin, Las Vegas and LA and servicing celebrities like Dakota Fanning, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus and the Hilton sisters. Now, the company is operating right here in Boca, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>Whether you want a blowout, an updo or a downdo—a makeup touch-up or a full glam look, beGlammed has “pretty,” “beautiful” and “glamorous” service options ranging in price from $40 to $395. Bridal services are between $200 and $495.</p> <p>Simply select a package and the date and time you’d like. Appointment times are available seven days per week, every half hour from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Schedule your appointment <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">online</a> or by downloading the beGlammed app from the App Store.</p>If it’s beer and brats, then Oktoberfest is here2015-09-18T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.18_bistro_ten_zero_one.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Oktoberfest in the garden: <a href="">Bistro Ten Zero One</a></strong></p> <p>Bratwurst, sauerkraut, Kielbasa, red cabbage, roasted chicken, Weiner Schnitzel, roasted pork loin…Do I have your attention? Enjoy these and seasonal beers from eight local breweries at Bistro Ten Zero One’s Oktoberfest party in the garden, at the West Palm Beach Marriott <em>(1001 Okeechobee Blvd., 305/929-3463.) </em>The breweries are: Twisted Trunk, Tequesta Brewing, Cigar City, Due South, Saltwater Brewery, Funky Buddha, Copper Point and Barrel of Monks. A full bar is available, too—all of this on Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost $35 in advance and $40 at door.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/shake_shack.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Shacktoberfest: <a href="">Shake Shack</a></strong></p> <p>Embrace Shacktoberfest at Boca Raton’s Shake Shack <em>(1400 Glades Rd., 561/923-0847)</em>, when the menu features biers, bratwursts and burgers from Sept. 25 through Oct. 4. With the Shack’s reputation for good eats, this celebration boasts no exception.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/cafe_boulud.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Biergarten Celebration: <a href="">Café Boulud</a></strong></p> <p><strong></strong>The Fountain Courtyard at Café Boulud <em>(Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060) </em>is lovely setting for some early toasts to Oktoberfest. On Sept. 25, Chef Rick Mace will supply small plates, and Cigar City, Tequesta Brewing, the Twisted Monk and Barrel of Monks will add the drinking portion. The cost is $75, but it’s less if your party has four or more. Bring on October!</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p> <p> </p>Seasonal Finds: Corn on the Cob2015-09-17T09:35:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>How did summer fly by so fast? The first day of autumn is around the corner, and late summer produce is becoming less abundant at the local Boca Raton markets. You will be hard-pressed to find a food that is more synonymous with summer than corn on the cob, and luckily it is still on shelves. I admit that it is probably one of the most difficult foods to eat gracefully, but it is irresistibly sweet and delicious. Juicy kernels stuck in your teeth will be an afterthought once you try this recipe.</p> <p>Corn is also good for you. It offers health-supportive antioxidant benefits and is full of fiber. Given its fiber content, it provides B-complex vitamins including vitamins B1, B5 and folic acid—So go get your corn!</p> <p>Say farewell to summer with my oven roasted corn on the cob recipe, seasoned with spicy cayenne pepper and nutty parmesan cheese—and leave those husks on! They give off a beautiful presentation and act as a really convenient handle while eating.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="641" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.17_corn.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob with Parmesan</strong></p> <p><em>Makes 4 servings</em></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong><br> 4 ears of corn<br> 1 tablespoon salted butter<br> 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese<br> Pinch of cayenne pepper<br> Pinch of pepper<br> 4 basil leaves, diced </p> <p><strong>Directions</strong><br> Preheat oven to 350°F, and line a baking tray with tinfoil.</p> <p>Peel back the cornhusks and remove the silk strands from the corn. Place the corn and husks into a bath of water, and soak for 10 minutes. This will help prevent the husks from catching fire in the oven.</p> <p>Place corn onto the baking sheet, and roast for 30 minutes. Turn the corn halfway through the roasting to ensure both sides cook evenly.</p> <p>Remove corn from oven. The husks will be crispy and golden, and the corn will have the slightest char and smell sweet. Generously rub the salted butter onto the hot corn until cobs are fully coated. Sprinkle with Parmesan, cayenne, pepper and basil leaves. Serve immediately.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Tax talks in Delray, student housing in Boca and other topics in two cities2015-09-17T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/10408855_10152834549021721_4391669680270809463_n.jpg" width="402"></h3> <h3>Tax cuts and other hot buttons</h3> <p>A passionate, sometimes nasty debate about Delray Beach’s finances broke out Tuesday night during the final hearing on the city’s budget.</p> <p>As with all cities in Florida, Delray Beach’s fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Serious work on the budget starts in the spring. That’s the time for city commissioners to declare, let’s say, that they would like certain spending items in the budget or that they would like to cut the tax rate. Two weeks before the budget takes effect is not the time to be seeking major changes.</p> <p>Although Delray’s budget maintains the current tax rate, some property owners—especially of second homes or businesses—could pay more because the value of their property has increased. Commissioners Shelly Petrolia (above) and Mitch Katz wanted the city to cut its tax rate. Not only did their request come late, it rested on a false premise.</p> <p>As Petrolia explained it, the city could expect “collections” from assuming IberiaBank’s loan on the Auburn Trace housing project. The city also might get repayments from the bankruptcy action involving Auburn Trace. An outside lawyer is advising the city.</p> <p>Any money from the court action, however, would affect only that year. Basing a tax rate—or extra spending, for that matter—on such revenue would be like a family budgeting for a $25,000 lottery prize. It might happen, but you shouldn’t expect it.</p> <p>Further, the city’s original loan for Auburn Trace came from a federal grant. Any revenue tied to that grant would have conditions that likely would prevent the city from using it as part of the general fund budget. Finally, cities that use squishy revenue can draw critical attention from ratings agencies. A tiny, symbolic tax cut would not be worth a credit downgrade.</p> <p>“I am not an accountant,” Petrolia, a Realtor, told me on Wednesday. “But I believe that we should be expensing some of the money from the second loan,” which the city assumed this year from IberiaBank. She took on the issue “because no one else was willing to do it.”</p> <p>The tone turned nasty when Petrolia was complaining to Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner that she had not received answers to questions about the loan in particular and financial information in general. Warner ventured that Petrolia had received answers “but didn’t like them.” After Warner went through yet another explanation of why the money wasn’t available, he said, “I’m going to stop.” To which Petrolia replied, “That would be a good idea.”</p> <p>The next tax-cut gambit involved City Manager Don Cooper. The budget includes a $2 million contingency fund for Cooper. Petrolia criticized the idea because Cooper “hasn’t earned my stripes.” How about directing that money toward a lower tax rate? The pesky Warner replied that since the $2 million came from the reserve fund, it would have to back there if it didn’t go into the contingency fund. “We can’t use it for a tax reduction.”</p> <p>Eventually, the commission approved the tax rate, the budget and the $2 million for Cooper, 3-2, with Mitch Katz joining Petrolia in opposition and Mayor Cary Glickstein joining commissioners Al Jacquet and Jordana Jarjura in the majority. Glickstein correctly had called the use of one-time money for a recurring tax cut “nonsense.”</p> <p>Despite the rancor that blew up like a squall, the commissioners seemed to agree that scrutinizing Delray Beach’s taxing and spending policies is a priority. They are right. In a growing city, the budget should be able to respond to growing needs. Delray Beach’s can’t, which the commission blames in large part on the fact that so much revenue from the thriving downtown goes to the Community Redevelopment Agency. “There is no millage rate reduction,” Glickstein said Tuesday night, “until we deal with the CRA.”</p> <p>Another problem is that Cooper has been on the job just since January, and is overworked and understaffed. The finance department, which does most of the budget work, has four vacancies. In an email, Cooper said the vacancies are “causing backlogs,” but added that he hopes to fill three of the positions this month.</p> <p>For perspective, Delray Beach went through 2013 and 2014 with an incompetent manager and an interim manager, who obviously didn’t make big long-term decisions. If you take your foot off the accelerator for a while, you can’t get back to cruising speed immediately.</p> <p>Yet four of the five commissioners took office between March 2013 and March 2015, all with their civic jets revved. Cooper can’t correct two years of drift in nine months, though he’s getting there.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the commission can address tough policy questions beyond the CRA.</p> <p>Example: Should non-profit organizations continue to get almost $2 million from the city, as they will next year, when Cooper showed that city policy would limit those donations to about $500,000? As Cooper noted, that total “doesn’t include in-kind services.” You want a tax cut? Reduce those contributions.</p> <p>Example: One of those non-profits is the library. Since the city and the CRA contribute 91 percent of its budget, should the library continue to operate under an independent board instead of as a city department?</p> <p>Delray Beach never will have Boca Raton’s tax base. Boca has $19.6 billion worth of taxable property compared to $8 billion in Delray. Boca, of course, is almost 50 percent larger. Delray’s tax base, though, is nearly double that of Boynton Beach, which is the same size. It’s 80 percent of the tax base in West Palm Beach, which has nearly twice as many residents.</p> <p>My guess is that most Delray Beach residents want first-rate services more than a symbolic tax cut. That takes more work, but the payoff is much greater.</p> <h3>FAU same sex case</h3> <p>A year ago, Florida Atlantic University was a test case in the same-sex legal world. On Wednesday, FAU lost, but the result was hardly surprising.</p> <p>Gildas Dousset sued FAU in 2014, demanding an in-state tuition rate based on his marriage in Massachusetts to a Florida resident. In denying Dousset’s request, FAU cited a 1997 law prohibiting any state agency from recognizing a same-sex marriage. The law predated by 11 years the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.</p> <p>Dousset went back to court, and on Wednesday the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach ruled in his favor. In its one-page opinion, the three-judge panel cited last June’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and thus trumps state laws that discriminate against same-sex couples.</p> <p>At this point, though, FAU may be out of it. George Castrataro, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer who represented Dousset, believes that “because so much time has elapsed,” his client “is enrolled in another institution.” Castrataro noted that Dousset’s case is one of many related to “subordinate rights” that the high court ruling affects.</p> <p>There does remain the matter of $20,000 in legal fees to represent Dousset. Most of that, Castrataro said, would go to the National Center for Gay and Lesbian Rights, Dousset’s primary counsel. Reimbursement would come from the state. Attorney General Pam Bondi, however, is trying to avoid paying $700,000 to lawyers who challenged the marriage ban. The twice-divorced, childless Bondi, Castrataro correctly noted, has brought “the full weight of the state” against same-sex advocates—and lost.</p> <h3>Boards on the way out</h3> <p>In July, Boca Raton staff presented city council members with a plan to reduce the number of advisory boards. Some have become obsolete or redundant, yet all take up staff time.</p> <p>At Monday’s workshop, the council will hear a recommendation that Boca eliminate the Advisory Board for People With Disabilities, the Community Relations Board, the Education Advisory Board and the Elder Affairs Advisory Board. Replacing them would be an 11-member Community Advisory Board, to act as a “clearinghouse for information pertinent to the needs and interests of city residents.” Given that broad portfolio, the change likely would be addition by subtraction.</p> <h3>FAU student housing</h3> <p>The push to build more student housing near Florida Atlantic University continues.</p> <p>At Monday’s workshop, the Boca Raton City Council will hear a presentation from land-use lawyer Charlie Siemon. He will ask the city to consider changing its comprehensive plan and land-use regulations to create a category for university housing. Siemon represents CAV Core Boca, a local entity of a Chicago company that owns vacant land on Northwest Fifth Avenue across the El Rio Canal from FAU. Siemon also represents University Village, the project proposed for 77 acres just north of FAU. It also would be marketed to students.</p> <p>Siemon’s proposal would allow as many as 80 residential units per acre. Each site would have to be at least eight acres, which happens to the size of his client’s property. Among other things, buildings could be no higher than 50 feet, and the site would have to provide direct shuttle, bike or pedestrian access to FAU from no more than 200 feet away.</p> <p>It’s an interesting concept, and the city and FAU have talked about a student district near the university, though anchored six blocks south on 20<sup>th</sup> Street. The council will have to determine if this is a proposal for wider use or just for this applicant’s use.</p> <h3>MEETING CHANGE NOTICE</h3> <p>Delray Beach has changed the location for tonight’s public meeting on the beach makeover. It is now scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Delray Beach Marriott.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p>        </p>Concert Review: Van Halen2015-09-16T14:22:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/vh4.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>In the spirit of full disclosure, I took my press seat at <strong>Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre</strong> on Tuesday night anticipating a train wreck that had nothing to do with Amy Schumer.</p> <p><strong>Van Halen</strong>? With David Lee Roth? What was the over-under on the band even making it to the stage let alone completing a show?</p> <p>History, at least my concert history, suggested that the already-fractured peace between guitar legend Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth could dissolve in the time it took the band’s original singer to open his mouth. Back in 2002—on the same stage—Roth so alienated the audience with vulgarities and unhinged vocals during his ill-fated “Sam &amp; Dave” tour with Sammy Hagar (or as VH purists call him, that “other” front man) that people walked out in mid-set.</p> <p>In the meantime, Eddie had battled everything over the past decade from substance abuse to diverticulitis; the health issues contributed to more than 60 postponed and/or cancelled shows during the last two VH “reunion” tours with Roth.</p> <p>But a funny thing happened on the way to the meltdown to which I expected to bear witness: Van Halen decided to kick some serious ass.</p> <p>From the opening finger-flicking-good chords of “Light Up the Sky” to the set-closing, crowd-pleasing “Jump,” Roth and Eddie not only gave peace a chance, they actually seemed to have fun doing it. Joined on stage by ageless brother Alex, who killed it as always on drums, and Eddie’s 24-year-old son, Wolfgang, on bass, VH tore through its pre-Sammy catalog like a band that, to borrow one of Roth’s lines, felt “skinny and f---ing dangerous” in the sweltering South Florida heat.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/vh3.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>To be clear, Roth doesn’t really sing anymore as much as he “performs.” His forced vibrato often dovetails into a rock version of scat-talk, sometimes with non sequitur bursts that have nothing to do with the song. During “Everybody Wants Some!” he implored Eddie to drive the sound deeper into the "Okeechobee slime" before launching into a side story about how his parents used to threaten to “send me back to the Indians” for being disrespectful at the dinner table. OK …</p> <p>But there was something charming about Roth’s showmanship at Perfect Vodka. Though he’s in marathon-runner shape, maybe turning 60 gave him pause. The arrogance that drove people to the exits 13 years ago was replaced by light-hearted buoyancy, an evening-long smile—and even some self-deprecation. Toward the end of “Dance the Night Away,” Roth acknowledged that people like to dress up as him for Halloween—so he gave the crowd tips on how to dance and preen like Diamond Dave, demonstrating the moves he’s borrowed from Jon Bon Jovi, Mick Jagger and Ozzy Osbourne. His Ozzy imitation even drew a chuckle from Eddie.</p> <p>Speaking of which, the man many consider to be one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time looked every bit the part. Sporting a charcoal gray shirt and jeans, and salt-and-pepper hair, Eddie, also 60, conjured one unimaginable riff after another out of his signature line of guitars—including a late-show 10-minute solo, culminating in “Eruption,” that felt more like 1978 than 2015.</p> <p><img alt="" height="455" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/vh2.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>His backing harmonies with Wolfgang, meanwhile, were so straight-off-the-album pure, that Roth could rely on the crowd to provide vocals on several songs. Those harmonies came in handy later in the show, as Roth began losing his way at times. During “Dirty Movies,” which (along with “Drop Dead Legs”) VH hadn’t played live since the late 1970s, Roth admitted, “I forget the f---ing lyrics! … I remember the plot line, though.”</p> <p>Closing with a rip-roaring stretch of classics that included “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love,” “You Really Got Me,” and “Panama,” a band that, for a variety of reasons, always seems on the brink, did more than just hold it together.</p> <p>Van Halen turned back the clock.</p> <p>(<em>All photos courtesy of Ron Elkman (<a href=""></a>). For more photos from Ron, visit the "Concert Photos" link under A&amp;E at</em>).</p> <p><strong>Set List</strong></p> <p>Light Up the Sky<br> Runnin’ With the Devil<br> Romeo Delight<br> Everybody Wants Some!<br> Drop Dead Legs<br> Feel Your Love Tonight<br> Somebody Get Me a Doctor<br> She’s the Woman<br> China Town<br> I’ll Wait<br> Alex Drum Solo<br> Little Guitars<br> Dance the Night Away<br> Beautiful Girls<br> Women in Love<br> Hot for Teacher<br> In a Simple Rhyme<br> Dirty Movies<br> Ice Cream Man<br> Unchained<br> Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love<br> Eddie Guitar Solo<br>You Really Got Me<br>Panama<br>Jump</p> <p> </p>Man Up for Men&#39;s Health2015-09-16T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Studies have shown that men avoid going to doctors’ offices more than women.</p> <p>There’s a remedy for that. It’s Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s free men’s health symposium on Sept. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The symposium will be in the Lynn Cancer Institute’s Sandler Pavilion <em>(701 NW 13th St.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/doctor_with_patient_rgb.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Men, what’s in this for you? Well, the point of the symposium is to raise the awareness of important men’s health issues in an environment that’s man-friendly. Eric Reid, Miami Heat play-by-play announcer, will give the keynote address, and local physicians and other health providers will present on-key men’s health topics. Those who attend can sign up for free men’s health screenings and enjoy a complementary brunch.</p> <p>Among the topics on tap are early detection, exercise and nutrition. Free screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index. Skin screenings to look for signs of skin cancer are available, but by appointment.</p> <p>Advance registration. To learn more or register, call 561/955.3276.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>American Girls at the library2015-09-16T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>Millennial moms would probably agree that there were three standout toys from our childhood: <em>Barbie</em>, <em>Nintendo</em> and <em>American Girl</em> dolls. The latter has grown quite a bit since we were kids, but is still focused on the same goal since its launch in 1986. Kids, especially young girls, should have access to books with strong female characters—books that educate, entertain and inspire.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.16_american_girl_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It was only natural after seeing a similar program in New York City that the <a href=""><strong>Boca Raton Public Library</strong></a> decided to launch its own <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>American Girl </strong></a>doll-lending program. Starting Sept. 21, library-card touting Boca residents can check out a doll for their child free-of-charge.</p> <p><img alt="" height="120" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.16_american_girl_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Six dolls will be available for checkout from the <strong>American Girl BeForever Collection</strong>: Kit, Caroline, Josefina, Rebecca, Kaya and Addy. Each doll comes with a carrying case, a coordinating book, a complete outfit (with matching accessories) and a journal for kids to write about their adventures in. Each doll can be checked out for one week at a time.</p> <p><img alt="" height="430" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.16_american_girl_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>"We are beyond excited to offer something totally new and different from our library,” Amanda Liebl, BRPL Youth Programs Director said. “American Girl dolls can be expensive for families to purchase, and this provides a unique opportunity for them to borrow one for free. Not only can children take the doll home and read about her time in history, but they get to continue her adventures by writing about them in the journal provided. The more children who create memories with the doll, the more journal entries other children get to read. How fun it will be to start our very own Boca Raton story line for these American Girl dolls!"</p> <p><em>This new collection will be available for checkout at the Downtown Library (400 NW 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave.) and the Spanish River Library (1501 NW Spanish River Blvd.)</em><em></em></p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Water District board shocker and other news of note2015-09-15T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3> <img alt="" height="646" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/blake-guillory.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Murky business at the water board</h3> <p>Last week, I wrote that the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board was about to cut the agency’s tax rate again, depriving the agency of another $21 million it needs for water supply and flood protection.</p> <p>That happened. But it wasn’t close to being the big news from the board’s Thursday meeting.</p> <p>That afternoon, an email from Board Chairman Daniel O’Keefe notified the district’s 1,530 employees that they were getting a new boss. Peter Antonacci would replace Blake Guillory (above) as executive director. That morning, after the item had been added late to the agenda, the board officially had hired Antonacci, who starts Oct. 1. The “discussion” of who will lead the most important public agency in South Florida took about five minutes.</p> <p>O’Keefe’s email, however, gave no reason for Guillory’s departure. The email didn’t even say that Guillory was resigning. It just said that Antonacci was coming. It contained the usual platitudes—praising Guillory’s “vision and creative problem-solving”—to avoid saying that Gov. Rick Scott had forced Guillory out.</p> <p>Yet that clearly had happened. Follow the trail.</p> <p>• Scott has appointed or reappointed all nine water district board members.</p> <p>• The Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the five water management districts, had jawboned the board to change its initial July 16 vote against the tax cut—a tax cut Scott supported.</p> <p>• Though Guillory supported the staff recommendation to cut the property tax rate, Guillory also stressed to the board in July that less money for 2015-16 would mean “a lot to make up,” and that without added revenue the district would face such budget challenges in 2016-17 that it might “go off a cliff.”</p> <p>• Scott appointed DEP Secretary Jon Steverson.</p> <p>• Steverson is a former director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District. Antonacci served on that agency’s governing board. In that role, Steverson drew praise from the governor for carrying out “restructuring”— layoffs and budget cuts.</p> <p>The result is that a very capable engineer who dared to question Scott’s tax-cutting ideology has been replaced by a lawyer who has proved his loyalty to the governor as a hatchet man under similarly secretive circumstances.</p> <p>In December 2014, a month after Scott won his second term, Antonacci was the governor’s chief legal counsel. Yet despite that role and despite being a former deputy state attorney general, Antonacci—as <em>The Tampa Bay Times </em>reported—told then-Florida Department of Law Enforcement Director Gerald Bailey that he had to resign or be fired. Scott wanted someone new. Antonacci gave no reason, although Bailey told the <em>Times </em>that he had refused requests by Scott’s campaign staff for FDLE favors.</p> <p>Scott, however, lacked the authority to replace Bailey. The FDLE director reports to the governor and the Florida Cabinet, which includes the attorney general, chief financial officer and agriculture commissioner.</p> <p>So Scott’s office arranged Bailey’s ouster by working through his aides and aides to the Cabinet officials. They decided a public matter in private Scott’s choice, Ken Swearingen, would replace Bailey.</p> <p>When the matter came up at last January’s Cabinet meeting, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam went along without asking any questions. Their aides had told them that Bailey resigned voluntarily.</p> <p>Of course, Bailey hadn’t. And surely even the water management district board members don’t believe that Guillory resigned voluntarily. None of them, however, was willing to cross the governor, and thus all of them abdicated their public role. Board member Melanie Peterson was especially arrogant, telling me that she wouldn’t comment “because I don’t have to.”</p> <p>Instead, they focused on touting Antonacci, whom Scott also tapped to fill out the term of former Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe in 2012. O’Keefe gushed over Antonacci’s reputation in Tallahassee, where he has been working for the law firm of Gray Robinson. In addition to his time as deputy attorney general, Antonacci served as statewide prosecutor.</p> <p>All of which would make sense if the water management district hiring its top lawyer. Antonacci has no relevant professional experience. O’Keefe cited that service on another water district board, but there’s no comparison. I’ve written about the district for 25 years and probably could serve competently on the board, but I wouldn’t be even a marginal candidate for the director’s job.</p> <p>O’Keefe then noted that the district will need Tallahassee connections, of which Antonacci has many. Also, O’Keefe said, some of the district’s key issues are legal, especially the 27-year-old lawsuit about the quality of water entering the Everglades. A federal judge oversees Florida’s compliance with a court order to make the water clean enough that it doesn’t harm wildlife. The state still hasn’t met its goal.</p> <p>In fact, the only Tallahassee connections the water district should need are the governor and the DEP secretary. They should be the district’s main advocates. Instead, Scott has used all the water districts, but especially South Florida, to show that he’s a tax-cutter.</p> <p>Audubon of Florida Director Eric Draper believes that the South Florida district soon could lack sufficient money to carry out its primary missions: water supply and flood protection. The district remains nearly 400 employees under what it had when Scott took office. Property values are rising, but Scott insists that the district keep doing more with less and trying to distance himself from any responsibility. He called the Antonacci-for-Guillory swap “a decision by the board.” Sure.</p> <p>Two years ago, Scott ran off Guillory’s predecessor, Melissa Meeker, even though she had overseen the initial massive layoffs and budget cuts Scott had demanded. Then, as now, Scott gave no explanation before hiring Guillory, who had been running the Southwest Florida Water Management District and at least had relevant experience.</p> <p>We must assume that Scott wanted Guillory out soon. The board meets just once a month. There hadn’t been time even to agree on a severance. O’Keefe will do that.</p> <p>Perhaps Antonacci will work out. Nothing about his hiring or Scott’s continued disdain for disclosure, though, offers any reassurance.</p> <h3>Delray beach update</h3> <p>I also wrote last week about City Manager Don Cooper’s hope that Delray Beach can start Phase 1 of its beach improvement plan in the spring. Which, of course, begs the question of how many phases there will be.</p> <p>In an email, Cooper told me that he expects at least three phases, but that will depend on cost. Phase 1 would cover the walkway, parking meters and showers.</p> <p>University Village</p> <p>Rather emphatically, Boca Raton City Council members last week advised City Manager Leif Ahnell that they don’t what a speeded-up schedule for development of what Mayor Susan Haynie called “the last free-standing large parcel” of land in the city.</p> <p>That would be the 80-acre site envisioned as University Village—a mix of residential, retail and medical north of Spanish River Boulevard and east of Interstate 95. There would be about 1,500 homes alone.</p> <p>Normally, the council introduces a development ordinance for consideration after a project goes before the planning and zoning board. The developer wanted the ordinance introduced before the board had reviewed University Village. Such a change would compress the time in which the public had a chance to comment.</p> <p>Though the council still wants to streamline the city’s permitting system, the council didn’t like that idea. But expect the project to get its review this fall.</p> <h3>Project Darwin?</h3> <p>Boca Raton raided its job-development fund last week, approving $200,000 as part of a $1.3 million incentive package. According to the staff memo, the money would go a company that has 57 employees in Boca and wants to add 160 jobs over the next three years.</p> <p>The company, which is in the drug compounding business, reportedly has drawn interest from Oregon and Nevada. As usual, the company is not named. It goes by the label Project Darwin. The state would contribute $940,000 and the county $160,000. All money would be contingent on the company meeting job projections.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p>Cheeseburgers in Paradise2015-09-15T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Ah, cheeseburgers in paradise… a great Jimmy Buffet song that happens to be our reality. Celebrate with your fave meal between buns on National Cheeseburger Day, Sept. 18. </p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/habit_burger_nasdaq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Help kids, and get a free burger: The Habit Burger Grille</strong></p> <p>Kids, cheeseburgers and NASDAQ are in it all together on Sept. 18, when officials from The Habit go to New York to join <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12059/">No Kid Hungry</a> execs in ringing the opening NASDAQ bell.</p> <p>This is the result of The Habit Restaurants partnering with No Kid Hungry, where restaurant guests donate $2 at the register and receive a certificate for a free Charburger—with cheese—on their next visit. That’s good till Oct. 14.</p> <p>The Delray Beach <a href="">Habit Burger</a> <em>(</em><em>1801 S. Federal Highway)</em> is the first Florida location to participate in the program. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/sweet_caroline_burger.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Other good cheeseburgers to nosh on:</strong></p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12059/"><strong>Grease Burger Bar</strong></a> <em>(213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) </em>is a classic cheeseburger destination, with the Sweet Caroline (bacon, Carolina BBQ, Vermont white cheddar, pictured), among 18 others.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/tanzy-burger.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Tanzy</strong><strong>’s</strong></a> bun-stuffing burger is on the menu at lunch and weekend brunch <em>(301 Plaza Real.)</em> The Tanzy Burger (pictured) is a wood-grilled 10-oz. Angus patty with apple-wood smoked bacon, smoked Gouda, beefsteak tomato and arugula on toasted rosemary focaccia.</p> <p>Then there’s <a href=""><strong>Shake Shack</strong></a> in Boca Raton, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12059/"><strong>Relish</strong></a> in Northwood and <a href=""><strong>Palm Beach Grill </strong></a>in Palm Beach—the list goes and on and on. Enjoy National Cheeseburger Day!</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>The Week Ahead: Sept. 15 to 212015-09-14T13:19:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>TUESDAY TO THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="186" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/helvetica-film.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Print &amp; Popcorn Filmfest”</strong></p> <p>Where: Wimberly Library at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 4:30 p.m. daily</p> <p>Cost: Self-determined (pay what you wish)</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-0455, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This Friday, FAU’s Jaffe Center for the Book Arts will join print shops across the country in celebrating one of the most obscure and nerdiest holidays of the year: Letterpress Appreciation Day, which honors the primary form of text printing from the mid-15th to the mid-20th centuries. The Jaffe Center will open its doors from noon to 6 p.m. Friday for its sixth-annual Letterpress Appreciation Day Open House, and all this week, it will be building anticipation with a film series based on the sexiest of all topics: typefaces, fonts and vintage printing techniques. On Tuesday, check out “Helvetica,” the documentary about our most ubiquitous font; on Wednesday, attend “Sign Painters,” which examines the art of hand-painted signs then and now; and on Thursday, don’t miss “Proceed and Be Bold,” a 95-minute biography on the radical letterpress artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. </p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/cmzvrjtwiaahwrm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Thee Oh Sees</strong></p> <p>Where: Churchill’s Pub, 5501 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $18</p> <p>Contact: 305/757-1807, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Any band that releases albums titled “Sucks Blood,” “Warm Slime,” “Putrifiers II” and “Floating Coffin” probably isn’t interested in much radio airplay. Indie-rock fame has followed California’s Thee Oh Sees anyway, with music from founder and core member John Dwyer appearing on such mainstream cultural touchstones as “Breaking Bad” and the Grand Theft Auto series. Don’t be fooled: Dwyer makes decidedly uncommercial music, a prolific stew of bludgeoning noise-rock, ‘60s psychedelic rock in the vein of the “Nuggets” box set, sloppy garage anthems, and faux-British Sex Pistols-style punk throwbacks. Multiple name changes and stylistic shifts have defined Dwyer’s crazy, caterwauling career across 14 full-length albums since 2000, to say nothing of the EPs, 7-inch records and singles collections. Thee Oh Sees will bring their raucous live show to Miami in support of their acclaimed new album “Mutilator Defeated at Last.” South Florida’s own garage rock favorites The Jacuzzi Boys will open the show.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/radio-play-group.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Double Indemnity”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Double indemnity insurance clauses have never seemed as sexy or sleazy as they did in this classic noir story, filmed by Billy Wilder in 1944. The landmark thriller, about an insurance salesman and a femme fatale who conspire a murder scheme, was also adapted for radio; Arts Radio Network will present the radio play, performed by professional actors complete with vintage microphones and inventively produced sound effects.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="556" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/7927df443bdf1ca7febb46cb17b64ec5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Aliens”</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Where: Pelican Theatre at Barry University, 11300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$30</p> <p>Contact: 786/587-0372, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Annie Baker is probably the hottest young playwright on the off-Broadway and regional theater circuits, fresh off a 2015 world premiere at New York’s Signature Theatre Company and a 2014 Pulitzer for her magnificent play “The Flick.” For its second production of 2015, Miami’s Alliance Theatre Lab will ride the Baker wave, presenting one of her earlier works. “The Aliens,” which premiered in 2010, is one of a trilogy of works set in a fictional Vermont town, where two 30-something men meet in a coffee shop to chat about music and poetry. When an impressionable high school student arrives, the two older men decide to teach him “everything they know.” Baker’s work is admired for her hyper-realistic capturing of everyday speech patterns and cadences—the New Yorker called it “anti-theatrical”—and “The Aliens” is customarily naturalistic, with the stage directions suggesting that one-third of the play should be “uncomfortably silent.” Alliance’s production runs through Oct. 4.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/1115.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception of new exhibitions</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free for members, $10 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There may not have been an All Florida exhibition this year at the Boca Museum, but hopefully, the Art and Culture Center’s much-anticipated Seventh All-Media Juried Biennial will more than fill the void. The Center’s biannual tradition will showcase 87 works by 78 Florida artists, culled by a panel of two expert jurors from a pool of 1,084 entries. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video, computer-generated images, performance art, and site-specific installations were considered, and many will vie for the competition’s cash prizes for Best in Show, First Place, Second Place and Third Place. Palm Beach County artists are well represented among the final selections, including Boca Raton’s Colby DeGraaf, Delray Beach’s Abby Funk, and West Palm Beach’s Miroslav Antich, Rick Newton and Dan Leahy. Also, don’t miss “Waiting in Purgatory but at Least There’s Chairs and it Feels Musical,” an installation by Miami’s Autumn Casey that combines personal relics and found materials in a variety of media. Both exhibitions run through Nov. 1.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/rushdie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Salman Rushdie</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28 book purchase at Books and Books provides voucher for two attendees</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Salman Rushdie never ceases to surprise us: The erudite literary provocateur’s latest novel sounds like the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. The subject is nothing less than the fate of the world—and the forces of light and dark that decide it. Described as “a richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason,” Rushdie’s <em>Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights</em> concerns the jinn, the supernatural creatures that populated ancient Arabian folklore (and spawned watered-down genies for western audiences). The duality of jinn as forces of goodness and evil influence an earthbound canvas of idiosyncratic characters, from a middling graphic-novel auteur to a seductive gold digger to a baby—all of whom encounter otherworldly results. Meanwhile, a monstrous weather formation, a financial crash and an all-too-familiarly described American president situate this mystical narrative in a world that is a disarmingly real. Rushdie will speak about his new novel, and will sign books following his talk.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/3126-fitandcrop-405x320.jpg" width="405"></p> <p><strong>What: “One-Man Breaking Bad”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 2 and 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Those of us still mourning the anticlimactic demise of the greatest television show of the 21st century (myself included) can enjoy at least one hour of nostalgic, hilarious bliss this Sunday. Die-hard “Breaking Bad” enthusiast Miles Allen will condense all 60 episodes of Vince Gilligan’s tragic story of drugs, hubris, redemption and decline in this one-man show, the touring version of his international fringe festival sensation. Designed as a loving tribute as much as a knee-slapping parody, “One-Man Breaking Bad” sees Allen transforming, through voice, posture and the occasional costume, into Walter White (and his alter ego Heisenberg), Walt Junior, Skyler, Hank, Saul Goodman, Mike Ehrmentraut, Gus Fring and other iconic characters. Video projections will supplement the dizzying action, which includes a few pop-culture diversions. Just wait until you see what Allen has planned for the “Breaking Bad” cast and the Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” video.</p> <p>MONDAY, SEPT. 21</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/grande_euglzgqgncmluqb.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Billy Idol</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $59–$79</p> <p>Contact: 800/937-0010, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Idol is famous for his sneering lip and punk-rock attitude, but he has little to be upset about. With 40 million records sold and at least a half-dozen songs short-listed on anybody’s canon of essential 1980s music, he’s one of the key personalities of the MTV era, the spiky-haired voice of rebellion, England’s Angry Young Man updated for a hedonistic generation. He’s also responsible for bridging the gap between punk’s thorny guitars and the futuristic synths of dance music: His unabashed love for classic pop music always has softened his rougher edges. The rocker, now 59 but ageless when performing onstage, is supporting last year’s inspired comeback album, “Kings and Queens of the Underground,” his first original release in nine years. But don’t worry—he’ll play all the old stuff you want to hear. Fun fact: Idol has a connection to South Florida, having shot the video for his 1986 hit “Sweet Sixteen” at Coral Castle, finding a lyrical connection to the landmark’s romantically jilted creator, Edward Leedskalnin.</p>Cocktails and dining info a la carte2015-09-14T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p><strong>Around-the-world cocktail tour: Vic &amp; Angelo martinis</strong></p> <p>It’s Monday, but I'm already thinking about the weekend. It would be perfect to start with one of the new “The World in a Martini” inventions at Vic &amp; Angelo’s Delray <em>(290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/278-9570)</em> or Palm Beach Gardens locations <em>(4520 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-630-9899.)</em> These small vacations in a glass are handcrafted by Executive Director Dawn Kimball, and use locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients. </p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/va_st._tropez_martini.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>They are:</p> <p>The <strong>Santorini</strong> ($10) martini is a filled with orange-infused vodka, pineapple-infused vodka, fresh oranges and homemade coconut sorbet. </p> <p>The <strong>St. Barts</strong> ($10) martini uses pear-infused vodka, grapefruit-infused vodka, fresh mint and the restaurant’s homemade mango and coconut sorbets.</p> <p>The <strong>St. Tropez</strong> ($10) martini (pictured thanks to <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>) has amaretto-infused vodka, espresso-infused vodka, homemade raspberry sorbet and a maraschino cherry, and it’s laced with a rich, decadent chocolate sauce for a sweet ending.</p> <p>The <strong>Capri </strong>($10) martini includes two giant scoops of handmade raspberry and coconut sorbet and grapefruit-infused vodka.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>A la carte</strong></p> <p>September is National Chicken Month, as well as National Bourbon Heritage Month. (I know you already knew that.)</p> <p>Some other things to keep in mind this month include helping No Kid Hungry with The Fresh Market’s third annual Cupcakes for a Cause event lasting from Sept. 11 to 27.</p> <p><img alt="" height="481" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/bazi_logo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A delicious way to make a difference—Try a new Miami Beach restaurant, <a href="">Bazi</a> <em>(</em><em>The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, </em><em>305/695-0101</em>.<em>)</em> It is owned and operated by Chef Michael Pirolo and Jen Chaefsky (they also have Macchialini Taverna Rustica). Bazi features an Asian concept menu The restaurant will open Sept. 10 for dinner nightly at 6 p.m.; the bar will open at 5 p.m. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Concert Review: Best Coast at Grand Central2015-09-11T13:08:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Grand Central, we hardly knew ye. The downtown Miami nightclub, which opened about five years in a converted train depot, has announced it will be closing in about a month, and last night’s Best Coast/Lovely Bad Things bill marked its last great indie-rock show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/300x300.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(The Lovely Bad Things)</em></p> <p>The two acts, both from California, paired like sunblock and sunscreen, strikingly similar almost to a fault. The caffeinated clatter of Lovely Bad Things sounded like Best Coast with a screamier edge, an appetizer with similar ingredients right down to the pretty female lead and the band of boys backing her, providing a three-guitar squall.</p> <p>It was all well and good, but when Best Coast took the stage shortly after 10, it was clear who deserved to be the headliner. As the band members approached their positions, Spanish guitars bled into a recording of Metallica’s “Battery,” an energetic if incongruent counterpoint to Best Coast’s confessional noise-pop. Singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino emerged last, her shoulder-length hair obscuring her face as much as framing it, and plunging right into an opening stanza of unbridled ear candy—“Heaven Sent,” “The Only Place,” “Fine Without You” and “Crazy For You”—that traversed the group’s three LPs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/best-coast-640x427.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It was great dance music, if you had the space to move, but the place was shoulder-to-shoulder packed, the sightlines as bad as I’ve ever encountered them at Grand Central. The tunes were delicious nonetheless, and delivered by their writer with therapeutic passion; I could detect a bitter sneer to her performance of the breakup anthem “Goodbye.” “California Nights,” the languorous title track of the group’s 2015 album, was even better live, marinating in a warm bath of feedback that wouldn’t sound out of place on a My Bloody Valentine album. It was arguably the set’s shimmering, grandiose centerpiece.</p> <p>With a time allotment that permitted nearly 20 songs, Best Coast delved deeply and pleasingly into its oeuvre, settling into more experimental rhythms and genres as the night progressed, from the groovy lounge reverie of “Dreaming My Life Away” to a pair of cuts from the 2013 EP “Fade Away.” “I Don’t Know How” felt like a Loretta Lynn country ballad turned fist-pumping punk rocker, a singular song that ranks among the band’s most underrated.</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/351ca076.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Cosentino didn’t speak much, but she loosened up as the clock approached 11—especially after an admiring fan delivered her a bouquet of flowers. Prefacing the acrid “Jealousy,” which she said was about haters, she added that said haters could “suck it.” About her occasionally wobbly stage presence, she informed us that, “I’m not drunk, I’ve just never worn these shoes before.” She was pleased and nervous to report that “Sleep Won’t Ever Come” was the first time the song had been performed live. “There were a couple of mistakes,” she conceded after the performance, and they were noticeable, but it only proved she’s human.</p> <p>It wasn’t the only aural blemish. “So Unaware” and “Jealousy,” to name just a couple, drowned in overwhelming bass guitar. And Cosentino didn’t seem to be 100 percent on key 100 percent of the time, but the raw passion of her delivery more than made up for any technical imperfections. Best Coast may have softened the feedback-drenched noise of its early stuff for a crisper, sprightlier recorded sound, but under the stabbing stage lights of Grand Central, they took us back to the garage. </p> <p>SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>Heaven Sent</li> <li>The Only Place</li> <li>Fine Without You</li> <li>Crazy For You</li> <li>Goodbye</li> <li>So Unaware</li> <li>California Nights</li> <li>When I’m With You</li> <li>Do You Love Me Like You Used To?</li> <li>Dreaming My Life Away</li> <li>I Don’t Know How</li> <li>Fade Away</li> <li>In My Eyes</li> <li>Feeling OK</li> <li>Our Deal</li> <li>Sleep Won’t Ever Come</li> <li>Jealousy</li> <li>When Will I Change</li> <li>Boyfriend (encore)</li> </ol>Staff Picks: Mizner Madness2015-09-11T09:42:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Max’s Grille</p> <p><img alt="" height="230" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.11_maxs_grille.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I recently had Sunday brunch at Max's Grille in Mizner Park, and we had great service and fabulous food! Truffle fries and champagne—Yes, more please! I also had the smoked salmon eggs benedict. Yum! All of our dishes were fresh and delicious. Our entire group said they'd return. We all loved it!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 404 Plaza Real // 561/368-0080)</p> <p>LF</p> <p><img alt="" height="524" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.11_lf.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“LF is in the midst of its huge summer sale, and I’m loving it. Everything in the store is at least 60% off! I got these purple, patterned pants and some basic tanks for a fraction of what they would normally cost. There’s no doubt I’ll be back there soon.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 417 Plaza Real // 561/416-9101)</p>Fashion Forward: stadium standout2015-09-11T06:00:00+00:00LL Scene/blog/author/llscenegirls/<p class="normal">It’s finally college football season, and in true <a href="">LL Scene</a> fashion, we are featuring our favorite “<strong>stadium standout</strong>” looks that will have you feeling cool, comfortable and stylish no matter what team you cheer for.</p> <p class="normal">It doesn’t take a lot to be a stadium standout, but we do have a couple rules when it comes to college football fashion. One of our biggest: eliminate the logo t-shirt. Your everyday bookstore tee is totally acceptable while lounging around the house, going to the gym or running errands, but not ideal for game day. It’s a sartorial faux pas to throw on a t-shirt and call it an outfit if you plan on attending a game or watching with friends at a bar. That being said, we will accept a vintage style logo tee, or tank.</p> <p class="normal">Think solid colors, complementary accessories and jewelry. When it comes to shoes, you’ll want to be comfortable with flat sandals, boots and/or closed toed shoes (especially if you’re tailgating.)</p> <p class="normal">As some of you may know, Lindsey and Lilly are both FSU fans, so we are featuring our favorite Seminole looks and boutiques in today’s post.</p> <p class="normal">Do you root for another big Florida school? It was a difficult task, but we wouldn’t leave our sports-loving fashionistas hanging...even if they don’t cheer for the Noles.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.11_fsu.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Florida State University</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s no secret that the girls of Florida State know how to dress on game day. However, Seminole standouts have an advantage because of the amount of resources and themes available to them on a regular basis. You can’t walk into a trendy boutique without seeing an arrow necklace, fringe, or feathers. Burgundy was named one of the colors to watch in fall, so garnet can be found in any department store you shop in this year.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.11_uf.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>University of Florida</strong></p> <p class="normal">Fact: We have been to football games and have witnessed girls walk from tailgate to tailgate wearing high heels. This may or may not have happened in Gainesville...we’ll never tell! Don’t do it. It screams that you’re trying too hard. If you’re not on national television reporting the game from the sidelines, stay away from the high heels. Orange and blue are really hard colors to pull off, but somehow the girls at UF tackle them glamorously. We suggest wearing one solid color and accessorizing with the other. A royal blue dress paired with orange hair accessories is always a good look. Boutiques in Gainesville are fully stocked with everything you need to be a stadium standout at UF.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.11_ucf.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>University of Central Florida</strong></p> <p class="normal">With colors like black and gold, UCF fashionistas probably have it the easiest. If you’re planning on tailgating, going to a game and then going out afterwards, get an outfit that can be functional on and off campus. You can get away with mixing and matching colors, patterns and textures with black and gold. Depending on the shade, yellow can also work well. While black tends to bring on a little heat, it’s always a go-to color if you’re in need of something that will flatter your assets. Embrace these colors because most schools don’t have it so easy! </p> <p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.11_um.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>University of Miami</strong></p> <p class="normal">Miami fans have it rough 100% of the time during football season because they never get a break from the heat. On average, a game day in Miami can get up to 95 degrees. That being said, we recommend choosing comfort over anything else. White is an acceptable color that will keep you cool and fashionable the same time. Enhance this look with green shoes and orange embellishments for completion. Like UF, UM doesn’t have the best color combination, so we recommend sticking to a solid color and accessorizing around that.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.11_fau.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Florida Atlantic University</strong></p> <p class="normal">FAU has really turned up their game the past couple of years, which excites a lot of Boca locals. This also gives FAU students a reason to tailgate and enjoy a true college experience. The ladies of FAU have wasted no time becoming stadium standouts. They seem to gravitate to red and blue chevron patterns. The two colors can be easily mixed, matched and blended into your everyday look. And, the owl is a huge jewelry trend right now, so take advantage of that when you dress for game day this fall. </p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.   </p>Local finalists in national English muffin competition2015-09-11T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Two chefs have had their recipes chosen to represent Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County in a national competition for… English muffins?</p> <p>Sure enough, Thomas’ English Muffins (created in 1880) is sponsoring the Hometown Breakfast Battle in honor of its 135<sup>th</sup> anniversary. Just 135 chefs have been picked to duke it out using either the muffins or the bagels, and you get to vote for the winner.</p> <p>Who knew these little, round, crispy blasts of flavor could spark such intriguing recipes: the Boca Benedict and the Pulled Pork Benedict. </p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/broadhead_boca_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Executive Chef Patrick Broadhead</strong>, from <a href="">Max’s Grille</a> <em>(404 Plaza Real, 561/368-0080)</em>, is representing Palm Beach County with his locally inspired recipe—the Boca benedict. It includes smoked salmon, applewood bacon and spicy avocado, among other ingredients. </p> <p>According to his entry, Broadhead is "overseeing the menu for all of the Max Group of restaurants. His vision is one of ever-changing, exciting dishes, which reflect the freshest flavors of the seasons. He is personally passionate about Mexican, Latin-American and especially the rustic, simple peasant food from the streets of Brazil."</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/serfer_pulled_pork_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Chef Daniel Serfer,</strong> of <a href="">Blue Collar Restaurant</a> <em>(6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305/756-0366)</em>, created a pulled pork benedict, which includes garlic, smoked paprika, BBQ sauce and other intriguing elements. </p> <p>Serfer owns two Miami restaurants, Blue Collar and Mignonette. "Drawing on the success of Blue Collar, Mignonette provides an approachable, fun environment where patrons can enjoy a dozen oysters, classic seafood preparations like Oysters Rockefeller and Clams Casino, and an awesome prime rib," his entry says. "Serfer is excited to bring a unique oyster bar experience to the guests who have made Blue Collar so popular."</p> <p>Starting Sept. 14, fans will have two weeks to <a href="">vote online</a> to choose who goes into the next round of top 16 chefs. Recipes are on the web site for all entrants.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Concert Review: Ed Sheeran2015-09-10T16:51:00+00:00Taryn Tacher/blog/author/taryn/<p>Fans touting green and black Xs on their cheeks littered the American Airlines Arena last night, and they seemed to multiply as I neared my seat. Crop top-clad mini super fans impatiently awaited Ed Sheeran with intermittent shrieks high pitched enough to drive even your hard-of-hearing grandmother mad.</p> <p><img alt="" height="564" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/jamie_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Jamie Lawson, the first artist to be signed to Sheeran’s cleverly named Gingerbread record label, opened the show. Betwixt his collection of tunes, he introduced his song “Don’t Let Me Let You Go” with some not-so-subtle banter about being as successful as Sheeran. Lawson co-wrote the song with Amy Wadge, who also co-wrote “Thinking Out Loud” with Sheeran.</p> <p><img alt="" height="544" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/christina_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Next up, Christina Perri bounced on stage with the bubbliest of smiles. From “Arms” to “Run” to “Jar of Hearts,” “A Thousand Years” and “Human,” Perri paired her unmatchable vocals with her tambourine, guitar and piano instrumentals. Her anthem “Burning Gold” oozed out of her and had the crowd on its feet and ready for Sheeran.</p> <p>Before he took the stage, the screens displayed a video montage chronicling his journey through life in conjunction with music. The clips spanned from 1991 until 2015 when Sheeran entered singing “I’m A Mess.”</p> <p>The graphics continued to complement his set list with wooden, puppet-like hands opening and closing during “Lego House” and watercolor paintings of a man and woman appearing and disappearing during “Photograph.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="543" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/ed_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This was Sheeran’s first headline gig in the 305, and he paid homage to the city with a ballad version of Will Smith’s “Miami.”</p> <p>Sheeran requested the audience lose their voices with him, amongst other disclaimers permitting them to “dance like idiots and do whatever the hell [they] want[ed].”</p> <p>He twice deemed the people of Miami “mental” because of their obvious rambunctiousness, but he was able to calm them with a guitar solo at the beginning of “Tenerife Sea.”</p> <p>Sheeran brought the tempo back up with vignettes of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Chris Brown’s “Loyal,” Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” and Drake’s “Know Yourself.” Who knew the folksy pop singer had pipes like hip-hop’s finest?</p> <p>The arena became a speckled illumination of cell phone lights when Sheeran caught his breath with “A Team” before encoring with “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” and his ever popular “Sing.”</p> <p>Together, the three artists created a seamless show that juxtoposed their slow jams with more upbeat renditions of some crowd favorites. </p> <p> </p> <p><span>Set List</span></p> <p>I’m A Mess</p> <p>Lego House</p> <p>Drunk</p> <p>Take It Back (Medley: Superstition by Stevie Wonder and Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers)</p> <p>One</p> <p>Photograph</p> <p>Bloodstream</p> <p>Tenerife Sea</p> <p>Don’t (Medley: Loyal by Chris Brown, No Diggity by Blackstreet and Nina by Ed Sheeran)</p> <p>Feeling Good (Nina Simone cover)/I See Fire</p> <p>Be My Forever (with Christina Perri)</p> <p>Small Bump</p> <p>Kiss Me</p> <p>Thinking Out Loud</p> <p>I Was Made To Love Her (Stevie Wonder cover)</p> <p>A Team</p> <p> </p> <p>Encore:</p> <p>You Need Me, I Don’t Need You (Medley: In Da Club by 50 Cent and Know Yourself by Drake)</p> <p>Sing</p> <p> </p> <p>Photos by: Ron Elkman (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12051/"></a>)</p>Star on the Rise2015-09-10T12:00:00+00:00Jackie Smith/blog/author/jackiesmith/<p>In an era of music dominated by bubblegum-pop singers, Haven Star is striking a chord by going old school. When asked about her influences, the Boca native points to blues legends Etta James and Billie Holiday, as well as modern-day influences Eva Cassidy and Joss Stone.</p> <p>Even more impressive, given her own soulful sound, is the fact that Star is only 14. Fresh off a stirring summer headline performance at Old School Square in Delray Beach, the talented young vocalist is gaining a following thanks, in part, to her honest, emotional connection to a genre that few in her generation follow.</p> <p>“It’s just something that I <em>feel</em>,” Star says of her passion for the blues.</p> <p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.10_haven_star.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Star credits her father, Troy Ross, with sparking her interest as a toddler. Ross played in a bluesy rock band; by age 2, his daughter already was starting to sing. And sing well.</p> <p>“She has gotten better and better every day,” Ross says. “Haven doesn’t sound like a 14-year-old girl.”</p> <p>Star says that her friends support her musical ambitions; they even enjoy hearing some classic blues tunes, often for the first time. Part of Star’s appeal is the fresh take that she’s able to put on jazz and blues standards. But that’s hardly the only style of music in her wheelhouse. Star, who also plays piano and guitar, performed with the 82-piece Miami Symphony Orchestra last year at a sold-out concert inside the Adrienne Arsht Center that celebrated The Beatles’ 50th anniversary of arriving in Miami. Star performed “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Give Peace a Chance,” drawing a standing ovation.</p> <p>Aside from performing, the high-school freshman enjoys being a normal teenager. In her spare time, she loves to draw and wants to learn how to surf. She aspires to be somebody that people can look to for inspiration. She thrives off of making people happy through her music.</p> <p>“It’s nice to be able to do what you love and make people feel good because of it,” Star says with a look of pure joy on her face.</p> <p>To find out where Star is performing next, visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Jackie</strong></p> <p>Jackie Smith is a junior at the University of Florida majoring in public relations and minoring in leadership, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She is a reality television fiend with an insatiable sweet tooth and a passion for all things beauty. Discovering new places and meeting new people inspire this Boca Raton native. You can reach Jackie at <a href=""></a>.</p>Tastemakers at Mizner ready to rock and roll2015-09-10T11:51:00+00:00Marie Speed/blog/author/editor/<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/logo3.jpg" width="750">It was between “Criminal Minds” reruns and a walk in the park—and I am happy I chose the park—Mizner Park.  Last night Joanne Polin and Hilary Reynolds of Polin Public Relations led a group of media foodies to all the stations that will be featured in our Tastemakers event there next month, “Rock, Roll &amp; Stroll.”</p> <p><em>Boca</em> and <em>Delray</em> magazines have been doing this event for a number of years on Atlantic Avenue and in Mizner Park. At the Boca October 13 event, you buy a ticket book for $30 (VIP is $49), which includes one tasting and a paired beverage at each of the participating restaurants—all 10 of them.  Last night we had a sampling from each restaurant—not necessarily what they will be serving at the event—but wowza. Whatever they serve, you are going to be glad you chose this instead of bad TV.</p> <p>We started at Ruth’s Chris with a thinly sliced seared ahi tuna paired with a 2012 Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay—and I was in. From there to Villagio (bruschetta Romano,) Rack’s (roasted chicken taco,) Max’s Grille (ahi tuna poke) and Uncle Julio’s for its legendary guac and a margarita.</p> <p>But that was just a warm up. When we hit the Dubliner, I was thinking of proposing to the chef after a taste of his mac and cheese and shepherd’s pie. Seriously. Take me to church. Then there was Kapow! for a banh mi Vietnamese baguette, Truluck’s for fresh crab claws, Tanzy for a braised Angus short rib and Yard House for a blackened swordfish taco.</p> <p>If that were not enough, those who spring for VIP tickets get a Sweet Departures dessert at Lord &amp; Taylor.</p> <p>Not only was this little tour of Mizner Park delicious, it was civilized, eminently walkable and a great way to sample some excellent restaurants. And it became very clear that to me that I need to get out more. Starting October 13.</p> <p>If you want to rock, roll and stroll (there will be live music) at this year’s Tastemaker’s event, you can buy tour ticket book at any of the above participating restaurants, or a VIP ticket at Lord &amp; Taylor. For VIP ticket holders, there is a champagne toast at Lord &amp; Taylor at 5:30—the event proper for all participants starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.</p> <p>Bon apetit!</p>Where Delray is headed and setting the record straight on the Wildflower site, among other burning issues2015-09-10T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="119" src="/site_media/uploads/downtown-delray-beach-posh-properties.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Taking stock of Delray</h3> <p>From time to time since taking office in March 2013, Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein has complained that, with so many holdover problems to deal with, it seemed that the city commission hadn’t been able to focus on Delray making the progress he promised as a candidate.</p> <p>Glickstein can’t say that any longer. In Delray Beach, which has changed so much in the last quarter-century, a new wave of change is building.</p> <p>By the end of October, work should be finished on the remake of Federal Highway from George Bush Boulevard to Southeast 10<sup>th</sup> Street. The road has been narrowed to two lanes, to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Slowing traffic also will allow drivers to get a closer look at local merchants. Beautification, especially along the two blocks north and south of Atlantic Avenue, will make Federal Highway much more appealing.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. next Thursday, the city will hold a public meeting on the first phase of the new Beach Area Master Plan. City Manager Don Cooper and other administrators will show drawings for the proposed new walkway along A1A. According to the city, the meeting also will include discussion of plans for new parking meters, a new snow fence, new entrances and new showers. The meeting at the Residence Inn near the beach is designed to solicit public comment on the plans.</p> <p>For all the popularity of Atlantic Avenue, Delray’s public beach remains iconic. It is walkable for many residents and offers downtown hotels an amenity. The master plan is separate from the most recent beach renourishment project, which was completed in 2013. Delray has been pumping sand back onto the beach since the early 1970s, and previous projects happened in 1992, 2002 and 2005. About 50 percent of the stretch most recently restored is public.</p> <p>With the sand in place for the moment, the city commission at its March goal-setting session made the beach master plan a priority. It had been a casualty of recession-era budget cuts. Cooper managed to secure $3 million from a bond program for the first phase. He hopes to get commission approval by December and for work to begin in the spring.</p> <p>While Delray Beach completes its makeover of a key roadway and begins its makeover of the city’s most important public asset, development projects will be rising all over—SOFA, Uptown Atlantic and possibly the iPic project, to name just three. Ironically, Delray envisioned the Federal Highway project as a means to attract more residents as the city tried to recover from the real estate crash. Instead, the residents began coming even before the project was done.</p> <p>The challenge for city officials is to make it all work with the narrower road. It is an issue with the iPic project, one side of which would border Federal Highway. Then there’s Atlantic Crossing, which would be just one block from Fourth and Fifth Delray—the iPic project.</p> <p>For all of Glickstein’s early frustrations, he and the commission had to make over City Hall—on the inside— for progress to start kicking in.</p> <p>Last year, the commission replaced the city manager and city attorney, which are the only two employees who report to the commission. Cooper didn’t even start until January. In the spring, he had to replace the planning and zoning director—one of the most important officials in a growing city like Delray Beach. Cooper had to oversee approval of new downtown building regulations and awards of a new trash-hauling contract, which then required oversight of the switch to a new hauler. He has had to deal with an investigation into years of ethics violations by city employees.</p> <p>In a sign of change, however, a city audit led to the investigation. The building regulations got widespread praise. Trucks are picking up the garbage. Commission priorities are becoming reality. A needed reassessment of the community redevelopment agency is happening. Former Mayor Tom Lynch, for example, suggests changing the boundaries to remove some of the eastern areas and shift west, to help redevelop the Congress Avenue corridor.</p> <p>Ahead lie decisions on the Old School Square Historic Arts District, fire-rescue service and how to finance the public works campaign that Delray so obviously needs. There’s a name for all of this: progress.</p> <h3>Park dreams?</h3> <p>In writing about negotiations between Boca Raton and Hillstone over the proposed Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower property, I heard from residents who claim that the city council talked seriously about using the land for a park when the council approved buying it in 2009.</p> <p>So I called Susan Whelchel, who was mayor at the time. She disagrees.</p> <p>Not only was a restaurant the priority, Whelchel told me, the council—which also included current members Susan Haynie and Mike Mullaugh—hoped that the restaurant would generate enough money for the city to buy adjoining property to the north. That land, Whelchel said, would be for the park that some residents want to be on the Wildflower site. That’s why the council in 2009 targeted $500,000 per year for the base lease fee. Then, as now, Whelchel said, the council wanted to create a mini public waterfront with dining as an amenity.</p> <h3>Boynton bucks a trend</h3> <p>As Boca Raton and other cities have shut down their red-light camera program, Boynton Beach just turned the city’s cameras back on—even in the face of a new lawsuit.</p> <p>The counties and cities that had programs already lost in state court. Ruling in a challenge of Hollywood’s program, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach struck down the programs as unconstitutional because non-sworn personnel—sometimes employees of companies that operated the cameras—reviewed photos of suspected offenders and sent out the violations.</p> <p>Only law enforcement officers, the court ruled, can do that. The Florida Supreme Court declined to step in, so the ruling stands statewide unless another appeals court rules differently to create a conflict.</p> <p>Now there’s a class-action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of drivers who got $158 tickets. The Legislature set that fine statewide in 2010. James Cherof, Boynton Beach’s city attorney, said Boynton has changed its program so that sworn police employees handle the steps that were at issue in the state lawsuit. The city commission still will have to decide whether to extend the program long-term.</p> <p>For now, Cherof said, the city believes that its program comports with the court ruling and that fewer crashes are happening at camera-surveilled intersections.</p> <h3>SFWM budget hearing</h3> <p>This afternoon, the South Florida Water Management District will hold the first of two budget hearings. It won’t happen, but the nine-member governing board should think of a certain Erika before cutting taxes yet again.</p> <p>Erika was the wet tropical storm/hurricane that at one point was forecast to move up the spine of the state, as Tropical Storm Irene did in 1999. Another tropical storm, Isaac, drenched Florida in 2012. It doesn’t take a hurricane to inflict damage.</p> <p>The water district must keep South Floridians dry when rains get torrential. The agency relies on a 2,000-mile system of canals, locks and pumps that needs regular upgrading and maintenance. Under Gov. Rick Scott, the district’s property tax revenue is down one-third from four years ago because the governor has urged the board—he appoints all the members—to cut taxes.</p> <p>In July, it appeared that the board finally had pushed back. The board voted not to cut taxes for 2015-16, and to give the district another $21 million. That was smart. The Scott administration, however, pushed back. The board reversed itself and will uphold that vote today.</p> <p>Fortunately, Erika fizzled. Isaac, though, showed gaps in the region’s flood-control system. Only money can close those gaps.</p> <p>And that tax savings? It’s about $12 for a house assessed at $400,000. Is the risk of flooding worth that?</p> <h3>Game on</h3> <p>Friday night, Florida Atlantic University plays the biggest football game in school history.</p> <p>Granted, that history began only in 2001. You could argue that the first game, and then the first game in the on-campus stadium four years ago, also were big. FAU, though, now is using football in particular and athletics in general for its marketing campaign.</p> <p>So against the University of Miami, with a national Fox Sports 1 audience, FAU doesn’t just need a sellout crowd of nearly 30,000. FAU needs a noisy sellout crowd. A win would be even better, but if FAU can’t fill—or at least mostly fill—its stadium the university will have to change its marketing plan.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> 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><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p>Movie Reviews: &quot;Grandma,&quot; &quot;Best of Enemies,&quot; &quot;The Art Dealer&quot;2015-09-09T10:22:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/grandma.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Paul Weitz’s “Grandma” is a daylong road movie with an unceremonious destination: an abortion clinic. High-schooler Sage (Julia Garner) has been knocked up. She’d like to terminate the pregnancy, and has made an afternoon appointment to do so, but she doesn’t have any money.</p> <p>Too ashamed to ask her chilly, judgmental mother Judy (Marcia Gay Harden) for a loan, she instead plies her grandmother, the widowed lesbian and Old Guard feminist academic Elle (Lily Tomlin), for the $650, only to realize grandma is in a worse emotional and financial place than she is: Elle is on the skids with her younger girlfriend and protégé (Judy Greer), and she’s broke after cutting up her credit cards in an act of capitalist defiance. So the two malfunctioning kin sputter the elder’s jalopy through the Los Angeles sprawl, visiting Elle’s estranged friends and lovers in hopes to cobble together the cash in time for the 5:45 appointment.</p> <p>There’s something transparently schematic about this scenario, which represents the kind of conceptual, culture-clashing, let’s-all-learn-something-about-ourselves structuralism that Sundance and boutique distributors love. It allows its inadvertently soul-searching protagonists the opportunity to encounter all walks of offbeat life, from a flamboyant tattoo artist (Laverne Cox) to the owner of a feminist cafe (Elizabeth Pena) to Elle’s old flame Karl (Sam Elliott), whom she left on the proverbial floating alter decades earlier, after a few months of hetero experimentation on his boat.</p> <p>“Grandma” goes the places it needs to go—emotionally, spiritually, culturally—with a degree of plausibility, if not probability. Clocking his movie in at a svelte 78 minutes, Weitz still finds it necessary to heal everything about his characters’ decades worth of fraught relationships in less than 24 filmic hours, a tall order that is only marginally successful.</p> <p>“Grandma” still works because the characters existing within this familiar, sentimental structure are real—starting with Tomlin, whose impassioned embodiment of Elle seems cut from her personal history as a dedicated feminist activist with a longtime same-sex partner. Her dialogue, tailored to this particular actor at this particular stage in life, is delivered with a breezy, improvisatory, second-skin comfort that’s no better than in her “Five Easy Pieces”-style confrontation with a coffeeshop owner early on. We like her even when she’s a poorly functioning bitch.</p> <p>Garner is perfectly convincing as her granddaughter, seemingly destined to repeat Elle’s mistakes a generation removed. Sidestepping the stereotypes of teen girls on film, she’s neither a whip-smart wisecracker nor a directionless slacker; she’s just a B student who made a mistake. Harden is brilliantly malicious as the go-between both fear and avoid, and for good reason, grounding Judy’s callous workaholism and ultimately crafting a sympathetic character.</p> <p>This is why it’s easy to pull for these people. “Grandma” is a sporadically funny and touching account of three complicated women, in a Hollywood factory that offers scant few of them. Moreover, it’s a film that understands the toll one generation’s neglect can place on the next. Its solutions for these problems are probably too easy, but the recognition alone is laudable.</p> <p><em>“Grandma” opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p> <div> <p> <img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/wmbuckleygorevidal.png" width="400"> </p> </div> <p>“Best of Enemies” has a good chance of being political wonks’ favorite movie of 2015. It chronicles a signal event in the convergence of politics and news media—the 1968 televised debates between liberal firebrand Gore Vidal and conservative standard-bearer William F. Buckley Jr.—that popularized the idea of politics as blood sport.</p> <p>Both men are now dead, of course, so in addition to video of the debates, co-directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville cleverly enlisted the left-wing John Lithgow and the right-wing Kelsey Grammar to read the words of Vidal and Buckley, respectively. They also interview wise, witty wags from the late Christopher Hitchens to Frank Rich and Dick Cavett, all of whom comment on the commentators. But the film draws most its riotous power from the stock footage of these men in the debate chairs, dueling with words instead of muskets against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous years in national and global history.</p> <p>What makes this film such a blast is that there’s no winking humor behind the title: Vidal and Buckley clearly despised each other to the very fibers of their being. This wasn’t the jovial, platonic needling of Bill Maher and Ann Coulter, nor were they anything like the apocryphal Senators of yore, who would vigorously debate issues in Capitol Hill and then share drinks at the Hawk and Dove. Each man, convincing in his strident arguments and personally vindictive in his acid-tongued attacks, saw the other as the smiling antichrist, the irredeemable avatar of the country’s ills.</p> <p>Gordon and Neville have pulled off the miraculous feat of respecting both men’s ideologies, achieving something like balance. Viewers sympathetic to Buckley will see in Vidal a mean-spirited opportunist and provocateur resorting to ad-hominem barbs. Vidal’s followers will interpret Buckley as a dog-whistle-blower, a proto-Donald Trump with a thesaurus: One prescient commentator decries Buckley for galvanizing “angry white ethnics in a time of mounting racial unrest.”</p> <p>Neville and Gordon inform us that the 10 debates, which aired primetime on ABC to supplement its coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, were launched by the sagging network as a ratings ploy (Frank Rich hilariously critiques the ABC of 1968 as “the Budget car rental of television news”). The gamble worked; viewers flocked. Cue the compact summation from one interviewee that the debates “changed television forever.”</p> <p>I’m not sure this was the case. Buckley had been hosting contentious interviews with liberals for the previous two years on his pioneering “Firing Line,” as Gordon and Neville mention. But the success of the Buckley-Vidal debates busted wide the doors of the political talk radio and talk television insurgency, which may otherwise have creaked open at a more deliberate pace.</p> <p>And yet, these days, a debate like this probably couldn’t exist. Can you imagine Charles Krauthammer and Paul Krugman captivating audiences with the kind of charisma that propelled these patrician intellectuals to must-see TV? Moreover, debates today don’t address issues. The farce that was the first Republican debate this election season was such a shallow beauty contest that the word “debate” should be a misnomer.</p> <p>Ironically, Vidal said much the same thing toward the end of his 10-round scrimmage with Buckley, dismissing it as a trivial entertainment that could not, by its inherent nature, provide the vigorous policy nourishment the nation needed. I wonder if Lincoln and Douglas secretly thought the same thing.</p> <p><em>“Best of Enemies” is now playing at Living Room Theaters at FAU, and it opens Friday at Lake Worth Playhouse.</em></p> <div> <p> <img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/theartdealer.jpg" width="400"> </p> </div> <p>For a powerful foray into the lingering after-effects of Nazism in the present day, check out “The Art Dealer,” the latest mystery from French director Francois Margolin (who co-wrote Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s lovely “Flight of the Red Balloon”). The sensibilities of film noir, a genre that in many ways rose from the darkness of the Second World War, hang over an otherwise contemporary drama. Donning an antiquated trench coat and fedora, and possessing the uncommon ability to make cigarettes look sexy again, Anna Sigalevitch plays Esther, a driven magazine reporter whose latest investigation stirs up cobwebs in her own family tree.</p> <p>After her husband, an art dealer, brings home a painting that rattles her father, Esther discovers that the work in question was painted by her grandfather Jean, an artist and collector executed by the Nazis. Like so much art raided by the Third Reich, Jean collection was dispersed and deprived from his heirs, and Esther discovers that certain shady relatives—snakes in three-piece suits—colluded in destroying her grandfather’s estate.</p> <p>Margolin approaches this sturdy, plot-heavy story with no detail unturned, and “The Art Dealer” demands a novelistic patience that most movies do not require. Immerse yourself in it, though, and you’ll come to appreciate its quiet menace, its domino-like ripples when inconvenient truths are unearthed. The movie evokes a timeless question—should past traumas be confronted, or ignored?—and its end result is, finally, quite moving. </p> <p><em>“The Art Dealer” opens Friday at Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth and The Last Picture Show at Tamarac Cinema 5.</em></p>Free Injury Prevention Workshop for Runners, Cyclists, Triathletes2015-09-09T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Attention triathletes, runners and cyclists: Local experts on sports injuries and sports performance are offering an injury prevention workshop specifically designed for your sports in Boca Raton on Sept. 26.</p> <p>And it’s free!</p> <p>The three-hour event is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at XPE Sports <em>(1580 NW 1<sup>st</sup> Court, Boca Raton.)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.9_injury_prevention.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Health-Fit Chiropractic and Sports Medicine, of Boca Raton and Miami, is presenting the workshop, which includes topics near and dear to athletes who don’t want to be sidelined by injury. Among those topics are: how over-use injuries occur in endurance athletes, dispelling misconceptions that cause issues for runners, pre-activity warm-up, selective functional movement assessment, Kinesio Taping dos-and-don'ts, self-managing aches and pains, when to see a doctor for an injury and more.</p> <p>Trainer Tony Villani, of XPE Sports, will demonstrate his patent-pending SHREDmill and how it increases athletic performance. Villani trains NFL, professional tennis and other elite athletes.</p> <p>"This workshop is the perfect setting for any runner, triathlete or cyclist looking to gain the knowledge of how over-use Injuries occur in their sport, and how to self-manage them,” Health-Fit Chiropractic and Sports Medicine CEO Dr. Kevin Christie said. “The key is to understand how these injuries occur, then develop a seamless prevention strategy to reduce the risk of injuries. Not only will you limit the chance of injury, you will also increase your performance because a healthy body firing on all cylinders will perform better.”</p> <p>Christie, a chiropractor and certified strength and conditioning coach, says he and his partners see over-use injuries in their clinic all the time, and one of the most common causes is athletes’ lack of physical self-management.</p> <p>“The main injuries we see are knee pain, plantar fasciitis, back pain and other lower leg injuries,” he said. “Many of these can be prevented."</p> <p>Seating is limited to 50 attendees. To register, click <a href="">here</a> or call (561) 997-8898. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Reuben done right2015-09-09T06:00:00+00:00Alina Z./blog/author/alina/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The first time I bit into a Reuben sandwich 20 years ago, I instantly fell in love with it. The perfect combination of sweet, sour and salty flavors is unmatchable. Unfortunately, this love affair didn’t last long—it ended as soon as I learned about the harmful effects of beef on our health and environment. Truth be told, the conventional Reuben sandwich is not the healthiest meal option. Luckily, we don’t need to settle for less than good-for-you and delicious. Today, there are three fantastic versions of this sandwich that are served right here in Boca, and in this blog I will tell you all about them.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.9_reuben_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Turkey Reuben</strong></p> <p>If you’re not ready to give up meat yet but want to start eating healthier, then try the turkey Reuben by <a href="">4<sup>th</sup> Generation Market</a> <em>(75 SE 3<sup>rd</sup> St., 561/338-9920</em>.) You will enjoy a more traditional version of this classic favorite, while eliminating the harmful side effects of beef.</p> <p><strong>Why it’s better:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Turkey is lower in fat than beef.</li> <li>This turkey is organic, humanely raised and has no growth hormones, antibiotics or steroids.</li> <li>Organic Swiss cheese doesn’t have any growth hormones or antibiotics.</li> <li>Homemade sauerkraut has gut-friendly probiotics.</li> <li>Sprouted bread is easier to digest.</li> </ul> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.9_reuben_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Tempeh Reuben</strong></p> <p>If you crave the meaty texture but want to go plant-based, try the tempeh Reuben at <a href="">4<sup>th</sup> Generation Market</a> <em>(75 SE 3<sup>rd</sup> St., 561/338-9920</em>.) It is made with marinated organic tempeh, homemade 1001 Island dressing, homemade sauerkraut and is served on sprouted bread.</p> <p><strong>Why it is better:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans, which means most soy-based estrogens are destroyed.</li> <li>Tempeh has almost as much iron and protein as beef.</li> <li>Homemade sauerkraut has gut-friendly probiotics.</li> <li>Sprouted bread is easier to digest.</li> </ul> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.9_reuben_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Wild Mushroom Reuben</strong></p> <p>Finally, if you are looking for the lightest version of the Reuben, then check out the wild mushroom Reuben at Farmer’s Table <em>(</em><em>1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836</em><em>.)</em> This sandwich is created with a mix of sautéed mushrooms, melted Gruyere, vegan Thousand Island dressing and homemade sauerkraut and is served on multigrain toast. For your side dish, good-for-you choices include watermelon radish slaw, braised collard greens or a baby green salad.</p> <p><strong>Why it is better:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D, which many people are lacking.</li> <li>Organic Swiss cheese doesn’t have any growth hormones.</li> <li>Homemade sauerkraut has gut-friendly probiotics.</li> <li>Delicious side dishes perfectly complete this filling meal.</li> </ul>Boca takes on vacation rentals &amp; other news of note2015-09-08T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/screen-shot-2012-11-21-at-10.06.19-pm-1024x517.png" width="450"></h3> <h3>Boca vs. vacation rentals</h3> <p>Boca Raton holds the first of two budget hearings on Thursday. The proposed 2015-16 budget calls for more staff additions than at any time since before the recession.</p> <p>Which is good. With property values rising, cities need to improve services that may not have received sufficient attention for almost a decade. Budgets have lagged, but growth hasn’t.</p> <p>Among other things, City Manager Leif Ahnell wants to add seven police officers and four firefighters. He also wants to hire 12 code compliance officers to deal with issues arising from downtown growth, Florida Atlantic University students living in neighborhoods and—probably most important—vacation rental properties operating illegally in Boca’s residential neighborhoods.</p> <p>You knew it was coming. If Uber has gone after traditional taxi companies, online rental sites such as Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) and others have gone after hotels. And since we’re talking Boca Raton, not Dubuque, there’s plenty of demand, and there are plenty of available properties.</p> <p>Renting out a home, however, means using the home as a vacation rental business. The city requires that homes in residential areas be rented for at least six months. You can understand it from the neighbors’ point of view. Stable neighborhoods require year-round residents—or, this being South Florida, at least snowbirds. Transient residents don’t make for stable neighborhoods.</p> <p>At first, vacation rental sites supposedly offered accommodations within someone’s home. Your kids are grown, their rooms remain, so rent them out and make some extra money. The sharing economy. Like sharing your car to drive for Uber. Learn conversational French if your visitors are from Paris.</p> <p>A check of those sites, however, shows that the new trend is to rent the whole property, with the owners not in residence. Listings on VRBO advertise homes in Boca Raton that sleep as many as 12 people. Investors may own many of these properties. And many more cities than Boca are facing the problem.</p> <p>According to a recent news report, a Brooklyn man found that Airbnb offered 1,500 listings in his neighborhood. Two-thirds of them advertised the whole residence, not just a room or two. The man discovered that half of the owners also advertised another property.</p> <p>A reporter for the <em>New Orleans Times Picayune</em> said the Big Easy is having an “Airbnb gold rush.” The site has 2,600 listings for New Orleans. VRBO offers another 1,000. Those short-term rental rates that can be from $250 to $600 per night are driving long-term rates so high that working people in New Orleans can’t find affordable traditional rental units.</p> <p>Governments at different levels are responding. Last year, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman claimed that at 72 percent of Airbnb’s listings the owners were not on the properties. State law requires an owner to be present if the home is rented for less than 30 days.</p> <p>Last month, Fort Lauderdale approved new regulations for vacation rentals. The city had received complaints about large, loud parties at rented-out homes. “People have been complaining that they feel they are living next to a hotel,” City Manager Lee Feldman told the South Florida <em>Sun-Sentinel.</em></p> <p>Monroe County is trying to get tourist tax revenue from owners who rent to tourists and try to get around paying the tax. Hotels and motels must levy the tourist tax, revenue from which promotes the area and goes toward beach renourishment and other projects.</p> <p>Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said city code officers are searching vacation rental websites “to find violators.” One of the challenges for code compliance officers, she said, is “discerning friends and family visits from paying tenants.”</p> <p>As in other places, complaints from neighbors generate many of the complaints on which the code compliance officers act. Pushing back on regulation, of course, are the vacation rental sites. The issue is complex. According to a city spokeswoman, staff hopes to hold a workshop on Sept. 21, though that date is “tentative.”</p> <p>Whatever the date, the discussion will take place soon.  When I asked if this looms as a big issue, Haynie responded, “Oh, yes.”</p> <h3>And we go online</h3> <p>One part of Boca Raton government is about to enter the 21<sup>st</sup> century. At last.</p> <p>If you want a permit for Spanish River, Red Reef and South Beach parks, you have had to obtain it in person at the community center near city hall. An ordinance on Wednesday night’s city council meeting would allow residents to apply for a parking permit online and receive it in the mail, as you can do when registering your car. According to the backup material, Boca Raton issues 15,000 such permits each year.</p> <h3>University Village</h3> <p>Also on Wednesday’s city council agenda is a request from the developers of University Village for expedited review of their project.</p> <p>A division of Penn Florida wants to build about 1,500 homes, a hotel, plus medical and retail space on roughly 80 acres between Spanish River Boulevard and Interstate 95 south of Yamato Road. The company bought the scrubland in 2013 for $15 million from Boca Raton Regional Hospital. In 2005, during the real estate go-go days, Boca Regional paid $25 million for the site in hopes of making it a teaching hospital.</p> <p>The project would be what Boca Raton calls a Planned Mobility Development, designed to reduce traffic through the use of public transportation and by having people who live at University Village also work there. It’s a neat concept, but at this point that’s all it is. No one is sure if the reality will match the hope.</p> <p>Attorney Charles Siemon, who represents the developers, wants the council to decide tonight that at its next meeting on Sept. 22 it will schedule the ordinance that would create the regulations for the project. That would create a calendar for the approval process. As City Manager Leif Ahnell notes in a memo to the council, the project would require rezoning and a master plan resolution approval. Siemon is asking that the city complete all of its reviews by the end of October.</p> <p>The project, Siemon said, “has been pending forever.” His clients are “moving forward, and they have deadlines to meet.” He said the master plan proposal went to the city roughly a year ago. If the council rejects Siemon’s request, the issue will cycle through for at least another two weeks. It requires three meetings of the council: one at which the ordinance is introduced, and two public hearings. The planning and zoning board also must weigh in.</p> <p>I would be surprised if the council agrees to that stepped-up schedule. This is a complicated approval for a big project that will</p> <p><strong><span>About the Author</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>Randy Schultz</span></strong><em><span> 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 </span></em><em><span>Miami Herald </span></em><em><span>and </span></em><em><span>Palm Beach Post</span></em><em><span>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </span></em><em><span>Post</span></em><em><span>. 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.</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>generate lots of public comment. Haynie told me that she doesn’t support the requested schedule “for a project of this magnitude.” Councilman Robert Weinroth told me that while he “personally” has “no problem with expedited review,” based on “past experience” he expects that the council “will not be willing to bend on this.”          </p>Wine and Dine2015-09-08T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>Now that Labor Day has passed, schedule some time for a little light labor, and sign up for a wine dinner. With terrific food and wine, you’ll learn something about both. It’s a deal.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/cafe_boulud_dining_rm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><a href="">Café Boulud</a>: A South African wine dinner</strong></p> <p>This classy restaurant in the Brazilian Court Hotel <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em> is taking reservations for its Sept. 17 wine dinner.</p> <p>It’s a four-course wine dinner featuring a South African-inspired dinner from Chef Rick Mace. Along with the food, you’ll be served Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Badenhorst Family Red 2012, Sadie Family Treinspoor 2011 and Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2013.</p> <p>The Café Boulud dinner starts at 7 p.m., and costs $85, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.</p> <p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/rhythm_cafe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><a href="">Rhythm Café</a>: Dinner with Sonoma, New Zealand wines</strong></p> <p>The eclectic, stylish Rhythm Café <em>(</em><em>3800A South Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach,</em><em> 561/833-3406)</em> has been a West Palm staple for almost 20 years. It offers regular wine dinners paired with innovative dishes for a great experience. The Sept. 17 wine dinner features five courses, and five wines from Sonoma and New Zealand.</p> <p>The wines include sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs from Schug Winery in Sonoma and Babich Winery in Malborough, New Zealand; and there’s a tasty Schug cabernet sauvignon with a yummy dessert. Dinner is $70, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>The Week Ahead: Sept. 8 to 142015-09-07T09:00:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/2695659-hollywood-undead-617-409.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bonfire Concert</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free for FAU students, $10 nonstudents</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Borrowing a bit from the masked mythology of Slipknot and the stage monikers of Insane Clown Posse, Los Angeles’ hard-rock stalwarts Hollywood Undead have created a mythos all their own, complete with pseudonyms (“Da Kurlzz,” “Johnny 3 Tears”) and hockey headgear even more menacing than Jason Vorhees’ psychotic goalie mask. They make an angry, aggressive, parent-alienating sort of music, merging hip-hop verses with crunchy rock choruses and a danceable backbeat. And the band’s rage is authentic: Early in the history of Hollywood Undead, one member famously pulled a gun on another. The band will support its fourth album, 2015’s “Day of the Dead,” at this raucous annual concert for FAU students and the general public, which begins with a 7 p.m. bonfire and an opening performance by ARTIKaL Sound System.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="207" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/55e4a8ee-9de0-4e00-b23d-3d4b0aa20113.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Pairings”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$90.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fall’s first great foodie event is this eighth-annual shindig presented by <em>Broward-Palm Beach New Times</em> and structured, as its name suggests, on the pairings of signature dishes with curated local and international wines. More than 40 restaurants from Hallandale Beach to Delray Beach will participate, with Boca’s Rebel House, Delray’s Gelato Petrini, and Deerfield Beach’s Café Med and El Jefe Luchador among them. Eleven wines will be served alongside offerings from six craft breweries and vodka from Deep Eddy. Appearances by top local toques, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment round out the festivities. And if you sign up for a VIP ticket (for $90.50), you’ll have an extra hour, beginning at 6 p.m., along with access to a VIP lounge and an exclusive wine list. A portion of the proceeds benefits Voices for Children of Broward County.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/best+coast.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Best Coast</strong></p> <p>Where: Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$25</p> <p>Contact: 305/377-2277, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A few months from now, when music critics tally their Best Albums of 2015 lists, I expect that Best Coast’s “California Nights” will be on many of them. The duo, fronted by the self-effacingly compelling singer-songwriter Bethany Cosentino, has been making wonderful music since its 2010 debut “Crazy for You,” a ‘60s surf-pop throwback drenched in ‘80s post-punk reverb and written like a ‘90s stoner confessional. If that record crested a wave of girl-fronted noise-pop that included Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast’s later output has matured in the best way possible, culminating in the endlessly listenable masterpiece “California Nights.” This ambitious release sees Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno experimenting with longer, dronier songs, higher production values, and accessible, earworm-inviting pop melodies unabashedly inspired by Sugar Ray and The Go-Gos. Cosentino’s lyrics are as personal as ever, taking cues from her insomnia, her anxieties, her traumatic relationships and the beloved California coastline that gives the band its name. Give the record a spin or two before this concert, and you’ll feel like you’ve been hearing these songs forever.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/2fde4a8fa8d5ea44f275e289b1c39d233fb9a76a.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Don Ross</strong></p> <p>Where: Aventura Arts &amp; Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St., Aventura</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $42.06</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Who needs guitar picks? Don Ross certainly doesn’t. The Canadian virtuoso is one of the world’s finest progenitors of the fingerstyle guitar, twice winning the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. He has trained his precise style on pop hits like “Crazy” and “Hey Ya!,” discovering soulful new avenues in these Top 40 chestnuts. Mostly, though, he remains under the radar, crafting original New Age abstractions that are as wide-open as outer space, and just as easy to lose yourself in. And judging by the titles of some of his 17 albums—“Music for Vacuuming,” “Breakfast for Dogs”—he has a sense of humor, too. Ross has cited Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and Bruce Cockburn as heavy influences, and for the latter, the feeling is mutual: Cockburn wrote in 2003 that “nobody does what Don Ross does with an acoustic guitar.” The guitar/bass ensemble known as the 23 Strings Quartet will open the show.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="526" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/stihschnock_rosie.png" width="335"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Rosie Won the War”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10–$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In 1943, telephone operator Mary Doyle Keefe collected $10 for two mornings of modeling work with Norman Rockwell. By May of that year, Keefe was rechristened on the cover of the <em>Saturday Evening Post</em> as the muscular Rosie the Riveter. Symbolizing all the women nationwide who performed men’s jobs while their husbands were fighting Nazis, Rosie become a feminist icon and one of the most enduring archetypes of the 20th century, inspiring spinoff models—Wendy the Welder, Josephine the Plumber—as well as her own national park in California. The provocative Berlin-based duo Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock are no strangers to this period of world history; they are known for their confrontational approaches to Holocaust-themed art. But in “Rosie Won the War,” they’ve trained their conceptual lenses on a more inspirational area of World War II history. The exhibition pays homage to the original Rosie with an imposing life-size portrait display of working women standing atop mid-20th century maps, tools in hand. Museum visitors can continue their journey into WWII history with the moving installation “The Neighbor Next Door,” a video exhibit in a darkened room that simulates what it was like to be driven into hiding during the Nazi regime. The exhibitions run through Jan. 10.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/20080905_meru_2003.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Meru”</strong></p> <p>Where: Regal Shadowood 16, 9889 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $8.47-$11.97</p> <p>Contact: 844/462-7342</p> <p>“I always wondered how I was going to die, and now I know.” If nothing else, the creators of the “Meru” trailer know better than to bury their lede. This 2015 Sundance Documentary Audience Award winner is, indeed, a movie about life and death—and “everything in between,” as <em>Newsweek</em> raved. In 2008, three of the world’s top alpine mountain climbers attempted to scale Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, one of the holy grails of the high-stakes sport. Their valiant effort fell short just 100 meters of the summit, but in 2011 these brave adrenaline junkies—Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—attempted to climb Meru again. Only this time, documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi was there to document the harrowing journey, along with her co-director Chin, and the result will make even the most extreme-sporty among us a little weak-kneed. Most documentaries, let’s face it, can be appreciated as much on a home television as the Silver Screen, but “Meru” promises all of the widescreen thrills of a Hollywood blockbuster—combined the meditative contemplation of an art-house film.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/11-atxl1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: PureHoney Four-Year Jam</strong></p> <p>Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-9999, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A nostalgic throwback to the age of music zines, Steve Rullman’s PureHoney magazine and website work tirelessly to spread the word about great music in South Florida, whether it’s a homegrown Miami band or a rare appearance from a legendary post-punk act <em>(Full disclosure: I’m one of PureHoney’s contributors).</em> Not only has the zine survived four years in a perpetually down market for print publications; it’s also thriving enough to support an anniversary celebration at local treasure Respectable Street. The show will be headlined by AJ Davila y Terror Amor, an acclaimed Puerto Rican garage-punk phenomenon that layers Spanish vocals over noise-pop squalls of sound. The lineup also includes the extraterrestrial instrumental abstractions of Cog Nomen, the Wilco-esque singer-songwriter confessionals of John Ralston, the indie dream-pop of Sweet Bronco, the No Wave-style pop dissonance of Pocket of Lollipops, and more.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/maxresdefault.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Tsunami”</strong></p> <p>Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 S.W. 211th St., Cutler Bay</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$30</p> <p>Contact: 786/573-5316, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The celebrated Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2002 South Florida premiere “Anna in the Tropics,” might seem an unlikely writer to collect on-the-ground interviews from the survivors of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami in Japan and spin the narratives into a docu-play. But that’s just what Cruz did, along with his Japanese-American co-writer Michiko Kitayama Skinner, marking a departure from the fictional stories he is most accustomed to telling. A year after the tragedy, Cruz and Kitayama received a grant to visit the devastated Japanese town of Otsuchi, where they interviewed some 20 survivors representing a cross-section of Japanese culture, from a tour guide to a firefighter to a Buddhist monk. Back in the States, the co-writers wove the stories into a compelling, multi-tiered examination of the tsunami’s personal, spiritual and economic reverberations. Six multicultural actors—none of them Japanese, interestingly enough—will translate the universal stories of suffering, survival, hope and rebirth, under Cruz’s stylized direction. “Tsunami” runs through Oct. 3.</p>Local Actress Appears in Disney Biopic2015-09-04T09:41:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p><em>This weekend marks the regional opening of “Walt Before Mickey”</em> <em>at theaters in Delray Beach (Movies of Delray), Lake Worth (Movies of Lake Worth), Coconut Creek (Silverspot), Fort Lauderdale (Cinema Paradiso) and Aventura (AMC Aventura). Shot entirely in Florida by local natives Arthur Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez, the film dramatizes the early years of Walt Disney’s life and career, reveling in period nostalgia while discovering a message of hope and perseverance in the animator’s repeated bankruptcies.</em></p> <p><em>Boca Raton-based actress Sheena Colette knows a bit about perseverance herself, having been sequestered for years in tiny cameos as a token “bikini girl.” For Colette, who appears in a supporting role in “Walt Before Mickey,” the movie is, hopefully, just what she needs to reach the next level in her career. </em>Boca Raton<em> spoke to Colette last year.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/colette.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Sheena Colette</strong></p> <p>Perseverance pays off for a Boca-based actress whose career is heating up.</p> <p> </p> <p>When established Hollywood actors note that “it’s all about the work,” they can come off as sincere as the athlete who “takes it one game at a time.” But after listening to a reporter read through some of her early roles as described on a popular internet database, Sheena Colette makes it abundantly clear that, for her, it was entirely about the work.</p> <p>Any work.</p> <p>Between 2010 and 2012, the Boca resident scored bit parts on TV and in films playing everything, according to her IMDb Web page, from “hot girl” and “fit model” to “stunning girl” and “bikini babe.” On paper, it reads like the credits from a “Baywatch” episode. But in an industry littered with trampled dreams, Colette was intent on staying busy and making her own breaks.</p> <p>“You can’t sit around and assess every acting opportunity, especially in the beginning,” says the New York native. “You put yourself out there over and over and [hope] someone takes the bait. You have to if this is what you want to do. ... Yes, I had to be ‘bikini girl.’ But I had to showcase myself.</p> <p>“No one is going to invest in you until you invest in yourself.”</p> <p>Don’t look now, but that investment is starting to pay dividends. The graduate of Florida Atlantic University is sharing the big screen this month with Jon Heder (of “Napoleon Dynamite” fame) and Thomas Ian Nicholas (from the “American Pie” movies) in the feature film “Walt Before Mickey” (the film opened Sept. 4).</p> <p>For someone seemingly on the brink of catching a wave that could take her career to the next level, Colette is steady as she goes. She’s done little press, choosing instead to remain “a bit of a mystery.” But her below-the-radar approach can’t hide the passion she clearly has for a profession Colette began to pursue in earnest four years ago after earning a degree in biological sciences from FAU.</p> <p>“I was sending my résumé out after graduating and cringing at the same time,” says Colette, the oldest of five siblings (one sister and three brothers). “There I was applying for a pharmaceutical rep position, when all I really wanted to be was creative.”</p> <p>Colette had done enough modeling—including a 1999 shoot with renowned photographer Philip-Lorca DiCorcia that appeared in <em>W</em> magazine as “The Perfect World”—to know that she loved the collaborative energy on a set. But she also didn’t want to be stereotyped as a model-turned-actress.</p> <p>“If I need to look ‘drug-addict chic,’ and I have a modeling photo to back that up, great,” she says. “But I don’t put modeling on my résumé. ... I’m an actress, and that’s an important distinction. There is a prejudice against models trying to be actresses. The [vibe is that] you’re either a serious actress or not.”</p> <p>To that end, Colette is fiercely proud of never having to take a “regular” job to pay the bills. She calls the national commercials she’s landed—from Home Depot and McDonald’s to a Nike campaign with LeBron James—“an actor’s best friend” because of the pay. Such work gave her the means to plug away and eventually earn bit roles on “White Collar,” “The Glades,” and “Burn Notice”—as well as parts in several short films.</p> <p>But it was her work on a pilot that she describes as a “catastrophe” which led to Colette’s recent breaks.</p> <p>“I worked with [director/cinematographer] Bernard Salzmann on this pilot that was just a financial mess,” she says. “We became friends, got together with a writer, and did a pilot about the Cuban mob that I’m producing. One of the people I casted for my pilot is Frank Licari, a great actor who is based in South Florida. It turned out that he was a co-producer and doing casting for ‘Walt Before Mickey.’</p> <p>“Had I not been open to doing the catastrophe, these doors wouldn’t have opened.”</p> <p>In a perfect world, Colette says her career would trace the indie-darling-turned-mainstream arc of her favorite actress, Julianne Moore. But for now, she’s content knowing that she’s earned her opportunities on her terms.</p> <p>“When I first started, I remember building myself up for three days to read two lines at an audition that was over in two seconds,” she says. “I watched a woman make an audition tape [recently] for a part that required a glance. No lines. Just a reaction. She spent 30 minutes working on it. Some of the things you do in this business ... just crazy.</p> <p>“ ... [But] you have to be open to the possibilities.”</p>Staff Picks: physical and supernatural sensation2015-09-04T06:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p>Lululemon Sensation</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.4_lululemon_sensation.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Lululemon has completely redesigned the way we choose our pants, and it’s genius. It’s all about how you want to feel, whether that’s tight, hugged, held-in, naked or relaxed. After trying on pants with each sensation, I decided I like the hugged feel the best. I got a pair of the “Beyond Boundaries” pants in black with an olive snakeskin pattern on the front. They’re snug while still allowing me to move freely. I can’t wait to work out in them!”</p> <p>(<a href=";hc3;USbottomsbysensation;wk31;090115"></a> // 6000 Glades Rd. // 561/392-6022)</p> <p>Wicked Delray Ghost Tour</p> <p><img alt="" height="491" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.4_wicked_delray_ghost_tour.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“A group of friends and I recently decided to attend Delray Beach's one and only ghost tour! Our guide and ghost story expert, Marilyn, met us at Veteran's Park and brought us around several areas on and around Atlantic Ave. to tell us some interesting historical occurrences that were very entertaining to listen to. It was something different to do, a little spooky and lots of fun before heading out on the Ave.!” </p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 561/666-7906)</p>Taste America: It’s food magic in Miami2015-09-04T06:00:00+00:00Lynn Kalber/blog/author/lynn/<p>It’s beginning to be all foodie in South Florida, and that’s a good thing! Along with great month-long deals (more about that below), comes the third Taste America: “Local Flavor from Coast to Coast” epicurean tour. One of the cities in this national James Beard Foundation’s Taste America tour is Miami, and our weekend is Sept. 18-19.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="703" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.4_rocco_dispirito.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>On Sept. 18, The Forge<em> (432 W. 41<sup>st</sup> St., Miami Beach, 305/543-8533)</em> hosts “A Night of Culinary Stars,” where you can nibble on hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurants (such as Sugarcane, Zest, Alter, Glass &amp; Vine and The Federal Food), then sit down for dinner prepared by two James Beard Award-winning chefs—Taste American All-Star Rocco DiSpirito (pictured) and local star Chef Christopher Lee, from The Forge—and Pastry Chef Sergio Navarro. Tickets start at $250, and you can purchase them <a href="">here</a>. Part of the proceeds benefit the Taste America Scholarship Fund. </p> <p>On Sept. 19, there are free events at Sur La Table in Mizner Park <em>(438 Plaza Real</em>.<em>)</em> There will be a cooking demo by DiSpirito, book signings, tastings and product demos. Click <a href="">here</a> to make your reservation for the free cooking demos. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.4_miami_spice.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Feasting in the tropics with Miami Spice</strong> </p> <p>Running full-tilt in its 14th year, the Miami Spice Restaurant Program means you can taste your way through the amazing restaurants, with lunches at $23 per person and dinners at $39 per person. That includes appetizer, entrée and dessert. You just can’t lose.</p> <p>The program runs only during the months of August and September, so you have a few weeks left to cram in some goodness. There are <a href="">190 restaurants</a> to choose from. Step out for seafood, steak or this beautiful polenta dish (pictured) from the Fontainebleau’s Scarpetta restaurant <em>(4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)</em>, for instance.  You can book through OpenTable, too. </p> <p><strong>Beautiful dining in Broward</strong></p> <p>Speaking of ways to eat fabulous food at cut-rate prices, be sure you know about Dine Out Lauderdale, a six-week program that features three-course, $35 prix fixe meals all around the county. It started Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 12, with a long restaurant list, including: the Mai-Kai!, Chanson, III Forks at Gulfstream Park, Bongos Cuban Café, Le Bistro, Las Pampas Grill, Café Maxx and Ireland’s Steakhouse. Click <a href="">here</a> for the full list. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p>Fashion Forward: Top September Trends2015-09-04T06:00:00+00:00Dana Ross/blog/author/danaross/<p>I am so excited to kick-off my monthly blog and bring to you Lilly-approved local and national fashion and beauty picks!      </p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.4_chloe_bag.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>My first pick is the <strong><em>Chloé Marcie Small Crossbody Bag</em> </strong>in dark velvet.  After 18 months of carrying around a diaper bag, I was ready to invest in a small, easy to carry bag.  After <em><span>A LOT</span></em> of soul searching, I purchased the Chloé bag for its color, design and size.  Chloé bags have such a classic style, and who doesn’t love a dark velvet color for fall?  Oh yeah, and I was so excited about working with Boca Mag on this blog that I purchased this bag on my way home from the meeting at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center at Boca Raton.  This bag is also available on Lilly List: <a href="" target="_blank">Chloé Marcie Small Crossbody Bag </a></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.4_anthropologie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Next up are two items from Anthropologie.  Honestly, I have friends that are obsessed with this store, but I personally don’t think I ever purchased anything from there until this fall.  I was out shopping and fell in love with the <strong><em>Checked Poplin Peplum Top </em></strong>and the <strong><em>Cropped Military Jacket.  </em></strong>The <strong><em>Checked Poplin Peplum Top </em></strong>is a perfect summer to fall transitional piece and dresses up a pair of skinny jeans.  The <strong><em>Cropped Military Jacket </em></strong>is on trend this season with the military inspired fashion, and it’s lightweight, which is perfect for fall in Florida. These items are available for purchase at Anthropologie at Town Center at Boca Raton and City Place in West Palm Beach.  They are also available at Lilly List: <a href="" target="_blank">Checked Poplin Peplum Top</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Cropped Military Jacket</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.4_filly_and_colt.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Last but not least, on my hunt to bring you local fashion, I stopped by <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Filly &amp; Colt </strong></a><em>(7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. // </em>561/ 447-4117<em>)</em>.  My mother-in-law owned a boutique in New Jersey and introduced me to this store during one of her visits.  I swear I <em>NEVER</em> leave empty handed (during this trip I was just planning to “research.”)  When I stopped by, the store was just transitioning from summer to fall, so I got a sneak peak of the new merchandise.  First up are suede, color block <strong>Maliparmi loafers</strong>, which are perfect for fall (especially the rich colors.)  As I continued to browse, I spotted this <strong>vintage lightweight flannel shirt</strong> (once again perfect for fall in Florida).  I couldn’t resist since I am hitting up a couple country concerts this fall, AND this type of shirt is a staple.  While I was in the “new fall arrival” section, I noticed these <strong>herringbone pants</strong>. Not only did these pants remind me of a vintage pair from my grandma, they also are in line with the whole 70s fashion vibe that hit the fall fashion runways.  Finally, I checked out the sale section where I found a <strong>Lauren Vidal gold, silver and white vest with subtle glitter</strong>.  Trust me when I tell you, this piece was a <em>STEAL</em>and has become a staple in my closet.  If you’ve never shopped at Filly &amp; Colt, I highly recommend you check it out for one-of-a-kind fall pieces!  </p> <p><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></p> <p><strong>About Dana</strong></p> <div>Dana Ross, a South Floridian by way of New York City, founded <a href="" target="_blank"></a> on the premise that women are inspired daily by what they read about and see in magazines. She is the quintessential magazine reader and shopper, and she is mom to a 1-year-old budding fashionista, Lilly, who inspired her to launch the site during the trials of new motherhood when she just didn’t have the time to read all her beloved magazines.</div>Med School Diary: Emily Senderey2015-09-03T12:00:00+00:00magazine/blog/author/magazine/<p><em>When the first graduating class to receive Doctor of Medicine degrees exited the stage this past April at Florida Atlantic University, it forever altered the identity of more than just the 53 students who officially became physicians.</em></p> <p><em>Thanks to the <strong>Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine</strong> at FAU, the city of Boca is producing doctors. Think about that. Two decades after serving as the fictional South Florida home to Jerry Seinfeld’s parents, our town is now producing the next generation of health-care professionals.</em></p> <p><em><strong>Emily Senderey</strong> is one of those aspiring physicians. The 22-year-old was the first person to graduate from FAU’s prestigious Wilkes Medical Scholars Program, which grants early admission to the College of Medicine; Senderey actually completed her inaugural year of medical school during her senior year of undergraduate work.</em></p> <p><em>As part of its ongoing “How Does It Feel?” series, </em><strong>Boca Raton</strong><em><strong> magazine</strong> asked the second-year med student if, from time to time over the next few years, she would share with readers what it’s like to pursue her White Coat dream. The daughter of Ruben and Beatrice Senderey, longtime owners of renowned Senderey Video Productions in Lauderhill, agreed to take an occasional break from her studies and document her journey.</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="599" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/emilyblog.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Emily Sendery: Med School Diary, Part I</strong></p> <div>Throughout college I was labeled the “non-partier,” which to me was like being labeled “lame” or “not fun.” I was never interested in spending the night out with large groups or having superficial conversations. At the time, minimizing my social life was contributing to my undergraduate success, which meant everything to me. I justified my “lameness” by thinking that my future medical school classmates also would have no social life.</div> <p>To my surprise, they did. Many go out on weekends, they party—and manage to do extremely well. Their stellar work-life balance made me question my own. Was I doing something wrong? Did I need to change my grandma habits of going to bed at 9 and waking up before the sun rises?</p> <p>Medical school pushed my boundaries, not just academically, but socially. And in doing so, I accepted that not being a partier did not define who I was; it’s just part of who I am. And who I am is why I live a life filled with love, happiness and success.</p> <p>As long as I can remember, I wanted to study medicine; my parents used to call me their “little doctor.” With most kids that changes somewhere along the line. And I’m sure people who knew my parents assumed my childhood interest would fizzle. Even after I was accepted into the Wilkes program, I recall the parents of one of my friends saying, “You want to be a doctor? We always thought you would go into the arts.”</p> <p>My older brother and sister did; they both pursued the family business. Not me. I think about that sometimes. Why me? The only person in our family with a medical background was my mom’s father, who was a physician in the military, an anesthesiologist. He died when my mom was in her 20s, but she had the most profound respect for him and his career. I think, subconsciously, that may have been a stimulus for my interest in medicine; his spirit is definitely part of this journey.</p> <p>My parents’ spirit is with me, as well. What they did, to me, is 10 times more difficult than what I’m doing.</p> <p>My father had been in the Israeli Army, and afterward he travelled to France, where he met my mother. They fell in love. A few years later, my father continued his travels and came to Florida. My mom followed him. And they both decided to stay. They came to the United States with nothing, and they built this wonderful business. I’m so proud of them. It wasn’t easy. To me, that’s much more challenging than the track I’m on. I don’t have to worry about whether I’ll have to leave this country. Or whether or not I’m going to eat tonight.</p> <p>What have I inherited from my parents? Their work ethic. Absolutely. During orientation week last year, we were told that any study habits we had developed over the years would not work in medical school. There’s too much information and not enough time to process it. Imagine thinking that everything you’ve done to get to that point wasn’t going to be good enough moving forward.</p> <p>But I dug in. I realized that I didn’t have to change my approach. I just had to believe in it. And so far, it’s worked. For me, part of that process involves talking to myself. In the car. In the shower. I’ve always done this. The idea is to teach, out loud, what I’ve been studying. It’s an opportunity to slow down my thoughts, break them down and verbalize the wealth of complex information in a way that’s palatable.</p> <p>Give me the stress that comes with a good challenge. I invite it. I thrive on it. And I think it’s going help to make me a better doctor.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Concert Review: Rick Springfield2015-09-03T11:52:00+00:00Kevin Kaminski/blog/author/kevin/<p>You know you’re at a concert featuring bands from the 1980s when someone, like the woman seated next to me last night at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, comments, with concern in her voice, “Oh my, look how puffy they are.”</p> <p>While that may have been the case with opening acts The Romantics and Loverboy, who, from a sheer rock standpoint, couldn’t have been in finer form, the same couldn’t be said for the headliner on this blast-from-the-past triple bill.</p> <p><img alt="" height="438" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.3_rick_springfield_6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Riding a wave of estrogen that swept through the aisles with tsunami-like force, Rick Springfield took the stage in a black sleeveless shirt—the better to reveal his seriously ripped biceps—looking like a rocker half his age. As we learned when he prompted us to sing him “Happy Birthday” (even though it was back on Aug. 23), that age is 66.</p> <p>Whatever the Aussie-born actor/musician who brought Dr. Noah Drake to “General Hospital” is doing to stay fit, it’s working. The 50- and 60-somethings who were falling all over one another to snap selfies with Springfield in the backdrop hadn’t been that excited since Luke and Laura were married.</p> <p>For his part, Springfield gave the wildly enthusiastic Hump Day crowd exactly what they wanted. He commanded the front part of the stage, keeping his four-piece backup band a good 6 feet behind him, almost like they were in time out. And he never stopped engaging his audience.</p> <p>Currently riding his own wave of renewed interest—thanks to a creepy turn as an over-Botoxed plastic surgeon in HBO’s “True Detective” and a co-starring role opposite Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash”—the ageless Springfield played his MTV videos in the background, posed for countless photos (one woman must have taken 147 selfies) and brought two young girls on stage to sing. Appropriately enough, during the song “Human Touch,” Springfield threw caution to the wind and walked straight into the cougars' den, accepting hugs, kisses, gropes, back issues of <em>Soap Opera Digest</em>—who knows—from every section of the audience.</p> <p>On the music front, Springfield tossed in a few numbers from a forthcoming album, along with a Katy Perry cover (“Roar”), to go with his more familiar tracks. Back in the day, his heartthrob looks tended to overshadow the fact that Springfield could bring it as performer/songwriter. One of the evening’s highlights was a medley that proved as much, including two songs—“Celebrate Youth” and “State of the Heart”—off the underrated album “Tao.”</p> <p>Earlier in the evening, Loverboy had the crowd on its feet with a nonstop barrage of hits that prompted one man to say, “I forget just how many great songs these guys had.” The high-energy set included hard-rocking versions of “The Kid is Hot Tonite,” “Turn Me Loose” and “Working for the Weekend.” The Romantics may not possess the same new-wave sneers they did in the late ’70s, but they also had some serious bounce in their step, bringing the crowd to its feet on songs like “Stone Pony” and “What I Like About You.”</p> <p>Springfield closed the show with an encore that included his signature hit, “Jessie’s Girl,” then signed a few autographs before exiting stage right. If they could have, the ladies in the crowd might have smoked a collective cigarette. Needless to say, it was good for everyone.</p> <p><img alt="" height="389" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.3_rick_springfield_7.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Photos by Ron Elkman (</strong></p> <p><strong>Rick Springfield</strong></p> <p>Light This Party Up<br>I’ve Done Everything For You<br>I Get Excited<br>Down<br>Affair of the Heart<br>Roar (Katy Perry cover)<br>Our Ship Is Sinking<br><span>Medley</span>:<br>• Bob ‘Til You Drop<br>• Celebrate Youth<br>• Calling All Girls<br>• Don’t Walk Away<br>• State of the Heart<br>• What Kind of Fool Am I?<br>Love Is Alright Tonight<br>Wild Thing<br>Don’t Talk to Strangers<br>Human Touch<br>Love Somebody</p> <p><strong>Encore<br></strong>Jessie’s Girl<br>I’ll Make You Happy<br>Kristina</p> <p><strong>Loverboy</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Notorious<br>Lucky Ones<br>Queen of the Broken Hearts<br>Take Me to the Top<br>The Kid is Hot Tonite<br>Lovin’ Every Minute of It<br>Hot Girls in Love<br>Turn Me Loose<br>Working for the Weekend</p>More on Houston&#39;s, Atlantic Crossing and iPic2015-09-03T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<h3><img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/houstons_pompano_inside.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Houston's at sea?</h3> <p>We want a dock.</p> <p>That was one message Glenn Viers got Tuesday morning from the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations. Viers is general counsel for Hillstone Restaurant Group, which is negotiating with the city to build and run a Houston’s on the former Wildflower property. Access by boat is not on Hillstone’s menu, but the city wants the company to add it.</p> <p>Boats and docking were a big part of the discussion that drew about 100 people to the community center. In addition to the fact that the Wildflower site is public property—the city bought it in 2009 for $7.5 million—the city’s only boat launch, Silver Palm Park, is just south of the site across Palmetto Park Road. As Golden Triangle resident Stephen Alley said, the city owns two pieces of waterfront property “and we’re developing one of them.” Public access is an issue.</p> <p>One fear among some residents was that diners arriving by boat would encroach on the park. From the start of negotiations, Hillstone and city officials said Silver Palm would not serve as backup parking space for boats or cars. Wishing to allay those fears may have made Hillstone overreact. Viers heard criticism for the plan to close off even pedestrian access from the park to the restaurant.</p> <p>He heard even more, though, about providing access from the water. The city council made that a priority when seeking a tenant. Viers told the crowd that Hillstone has met resistance from the Army Corps of Engineers. The company hired an environmental engineer, Tyler Chappell of Pompano Beach. Hillstone’s lawyer, Bonnie Miskel, said Chappell had found that there was just a “slim chance” the corps would approve a dock because of issues related to navigation and protected sea grass.</p> <p>Though Hillstone’s Houston’s in Pompano Beach (above) has a dock, Viers said docks “can be hard to manage.” Indeed. Minimally skilled boaters trying to function after maximum cocktails—or even sober—could be problematic.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie, however, said, “The statement ‘there will be no docks’ is premature. The city is pursuing solutions. . .” If one doesn’t emerge, a compromise could be to let diners use Silver Palm Park starting in the late afternoon or early evening, after day boaters depart. The city’s Marine Advisory Board was to discuss the issue at its meeting Wednesday night.</p> <p>Viers also heard a lot about traffic, which is more the city’s responsibility to work out. Haynie said Boca Raton is also “pursuing solutions” on the dicey issues: congestion at the Northeast Fifth Avenue-Palmetto Park Road intersection and the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue.</p> <p>Boca Raton is about to begin a study of traffic in the area. Miskel said Hillstone will improve the sidewalk so that someone coming across the bridge from the beach can travel unimpeded to Fifth Avenue going north. Hillstone also plans a bike rack at the restaurant. Haynie wants pedestrian access from Silver Palm Park. There already is a planned walkway along the Intracoastal. Several speakers expressed their wish for a mobility-friendly project.</p> <p>Viers called the meeting “beneficial.” He will “talk to my folks, and then we will talk with the city.” Both sides still hope to have the first formal city review next month.</p> <p>Here’s my takeaway from the meeting: The project will get done. Hillstone wants it. The city wants it.</p> <p>Sure, there are problems. Fifth Avenue is misaligned. The bridge complicates things. There’s vacant property between Fifth Avenue and the restaurant site.</p> <p>But as I have written, the city didn’t buy this land for a park. Despite what some no-growthers want, the city can’t impose so many conditions that Hillstone walks. Hillstone didn’t buy property and come to the city like Elad, seeking a 22<sup>nd</sup>-century-looking condo project twice as high as the rules allow. Hillstone responded to the city’s offer, and has put considerable money into site development.</p> <p>Hillstone would be an experienced, reputable partner. One speaker praised the consistent quality of the company’s restaurants. Still, the project has to benefit the public, not just Hillstone. That was the main theme on Tuesday. Agreement seems more likely than not.</p> <h3>iPic downsizing</h3> <p>Attorney Miskel also represents iPic Theaters in its application for the Fourth and Fifth Delray project. The city commission just gave it preliminary approval, but clearly told iPic to make the project more compatible.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Miskel told me that her client is “deflating the tire,” to use Mayor Cary Glickstein’s expression when he asked for a smaller project. One change, Miskel said, will be to increase the width of the east-west alley that would be at the north end of the project. It is planned to be 20 feet wide, but business owners and city officials have worried about congestion from trucks that must park to make deliveries to businesses that face Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>IPic CEO Hamid Hashemi, Miskel said, will offer to widen the alley. That would mean losing some theater seats, which obviously would mean losing some revenue. But it also would address a main concern, even if the theater won’t generate much traffic in the morning, when many deliveries arrive.</p> <p>Hashemi and the city “are close” on a revised plan, Miskel said. She hopes that the company can submit a new version early next week. Miskel confirmed that iPic will ask for an extension past the October deadline for obtaining all approvals. Still, if the commission likes the new version and there are no appeals, Miskel said the project might get final approval by the end of the year.</p> <h3>And iPic review</h3> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission meeting will pick two people for the review panel that will examine iPic’s site plan. According to City Manager Don Cooper’s office, though, the review process will be different.</p> <p>Cooper routed my question about the Site Plan Advisory Review Board—which goes by the wonderful acronym SPRAB—to Planning and Zoning Director Tim Skillings. He responded in an email that under the city’s Land Development Regulations, “SPRAB has approval authority for all site plans. SPRAB is limited in its authority to approve any waivers (relief) required for a site plan.” The panel, Skilling said, can only grant “parking relief” and waivers for landscaping. The commission has to approve any other waivers.</p> <p>“Past practice,” Skilling said, “has been to take the site plan to SPRAB first and condition any approvals on the waiver approval. We are changing this process and will be bringing all waivers to the commission first” before SPRAB considers a site plan.</p> <p>The SPRAB members whose terms are up—Alice Finst and Terra Spero—are the only two who don’t have professional backgrounds applicable to the board’s work. The others have backgrounds in architecture, contracting, engineering and planning, as city rules specify. Finst and Spero both want another two-year term.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein, who’s a developer, and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, who’s a land-use lawyer, have the appointments. Both voted for iPic, but both stressed that they want changes.</p> <p>Still, the board members no doubt have followed the iPic debate and understand all the public interest. City boards also have been warm-ups for aspiring commission candidates. Some applicants also are applying to serve on the planning and zoning board, where three seats are up.</p> <p>I would expect Glickstein and Jarjura to pick applicants who are long on expertise and short on political aspirations.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing settlement?</h3> <p>It’s an especially busy day for the Delray commission. Before the regular meeting at 6 p.m. is an executive session update on negotiations with the firefighters union and a special meeting—also closed to the public—about the lawsuit filed against the city by the Atlantic Crossing developers. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer said the purpose of that meeting is to discuss “settlement strategy.”</p> <p>The discussion probably won’t take long. The lawsuit, which the developers filed in June, demands that the city approve the site plan that doesn’t include an access road from the west off Federal Highway. The city wants the road included, as it was in the original site plan.</p> <p>The city commission did approve the new site plan in January 2014. But the city’s comeback now is that the developers may have failed to meet obligations related to the city giving up a portion of Northeast Seventh Avenue and an alley that would be part of the mixed-use project. The city thus could refuse to release them to the developer.</p> <p>The turning point may be the threatening letter last month from Atlantic Crossing agent Michael Covelli. Between it and the lawsuit, the developers may have pushed too hard. Or city officials may have felt that they were being pushed. Either way, the access road issue has gone from cooperative to contentious very quickly.</p> <p>       </p>Seasonal Finds: Battered Eggplant2015-09-03T06:00:00+00:00Amanda Jane/blog/author/amandajane/<p>Late summer is upon us, and now is the time to savor those last few weeks of seasonal produce before a new, cooler season sets in. One of my favorite summertime produce items is eggplant, which can be an intimidating ingredient if you don’t know how to prepare it. Eggplant is a delicate, egg-shaped, glossy, purple fruit that has white flesh. It has a meaty texture and a mellow, squash-like flavor when raw. And it tastes great fried in an airy batter!</p> <p>I swung by Whole Foods in Boca Raton and picked up some fresh eggplant, along with a few other key ingredients to create a light and crispy battered eggplant rounds recipe. In this recipe, a few flavorings and some batter combine to make crispy eggplant fritters. Drizzled with honey and garden basil, it’s a testament to the idea that the simplest of dishes can be really, really great.</p> <p>The whole family will LOVE these.</p> <p><img alt="" height="376" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.3_eggplant.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Crispy Battered Eggplant with Honey Drizzle</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <p>Canola oil, for frying</p> <p>1 eggplant, peeled</p> <p>Salt and pepper</p> <p>1 cup flour</p> <p>1 teaspoon baking powder</p> <p>1 egg</p> <p>½ cup club soda</p> <p>Honey, for drizzling</p> <p>5 basil leaves, cut julienned style</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>Pour enough canola oil into a large saucepan to reach a depth of two inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 325°F.</p> <p>While the oil is heating, slice your peeled eggplant into ¼-inch thick rounds. Season them with salt and pepper.</p> <p>In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Add the egg and club soda, and mix thoroughly until batter is fully combined.</p> <p>Generously dip eggplant rounds into the batter, coating both sides. Fry eggplant in batches until golden brown, about four minutes. Arrange fried eggplant slices onto a serving dish, drizzle with honey and top with basil. Serve warm or at room temperature.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Theater Review: &quot;Bed &amp; Sofa&quot; at Broward Center2015-09-02T09:18:00+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/john.thomason/<p>Among the many clever paintings by the deadpan “word artist” Wayne White is a work titled “Date Mate Sate Grate”—a four-word narrative that describes his bell curve of a modern relationship. I thought of this while watching the roller-coaster structure of Outre Theatre Company’s “Bed &amp; Sofa,” an effervescent-turned-sour love triangle running now at the Broward Center.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/bedsofa.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The musical is based on a little-seen Russian silent film, also translated as “Bed &amp; Sofa,” from 1927. Composer Polly Pen and lyricist Laurence Klavin retained the setting—1920s Moscow—from the source material, as well as the general premise, which audiences at the time found scandalous. Amid a national housing crisis, Kolya (Elvin Negron), a stonemason, lives in a stifling, sexless hovel with his obedient housewife Ludmilla (Rebeca Diaz), whose only pleasure derives from dancing to a staticky radio in between scrubbing the floors and preparing dinner. Their stasis is interrupted by the appearance of Volodya (Noah Levine), a homeless, out-of-work printer and war buddy of Kolya’s.</p> <p>Kolya permits Volodya to crash on the sofa of their one-room abode, where a dressing screen provides the only semblance of privacy. When Kolya leaves on a business trip, Volodya and Ludmilla end up sharing the bed and relegating returning Kolya to the sofa—until their lustful urges acquiesce to more familiar gender paradigms. Alas, one day’s dream dish is the next day’s domestic dictator. The story loses some of its whimsical charms in its second act, but its structural rigor is steadfastly full circle and admirably feminist.</p> <p>“Bed &amp; Sofa” bills itself as a “silent movie opera,” a paradox that only makes sense once you see a production of it, and Outre’s is a solid, if not quite immaculate, interpretation. The show is entirely sung-through, with the music—expertly performed by a three-piece band just off stage left—full of operatic leitmotifs and clever reprises. It’s a Sondheimian sonic slate that’s alternately sprightly and despairing, and sometimes it’s pliable enough to encompass both of these emotions at once.</p> <p>And yet “Bed &amp; Sofa’s” silent-movie roots show, particularly in the quality of the actors, whose wide-eyed, gesture-heavy performances channel the best of silent screen acting—not the preening, ostentatious ham of a Lugosi or Valentino, but the subtler work of an Emil Jannings or George O’Brien.</p> <p>Negron has a strong baritone, but his most unique asset is his expressive eyebrows, which guide the rest of his countenance down tragicomic avenues as the narrative’s hangdog cuckold. Levine is indeed possessed of the “sensitive face” which Klavin’s lyrics require, and his lanky form and rubbery face bring a gangling comic personality to Volodya. Diaz boasts the best operatic range of the three of them, and even when she’s not singing, she embodies Ludmilla’s perennial frustrations as an unpaid, unappreciated housemaid.</p> <p>Skye Whitcomb’s direction required much invention, given the script’s paucity of stage direction, and in addition to his central one-room set, he employs both wings of the Abdo New River Room stage as well as the usual raised platform that sits, somewhat awkwardly, mid-audience (This staging element is only justified at the very end of the play; in the first act, it’s mostly a useless organ, like a scenic appendix). More bravely, he takes his time with the pacing, allowing his actors to do nothing for what feels like a couple of idle minutes in the first act—a rare example of savory, real-life contemplation in a musical-theater genre that generally moves at ersatz assembly-line speed.</p> <p>Whitcomb’s set might leave something to be desired; certainly the anonymous furniture doesn’t say “Moscow, 1926” so much as “Fort Lauderdale Big Lots, 2015,” but I found plenty of humor in the tacky Stalin wall calendar (it’s referenced in the lyrics!) and Russian dolls that sit self-reflexively among the room’s décor. Whitcomb’s lighting decisions are even curiouser, with spotlights illuminating nothing and characters wandering among the audience in darkness. The biggest problem, though, is the sound balance, which on opening weekend was far from perfect. You may find yourself struggling to catch important exposition when the voices lose their competition with the music; Negron’s lowest notes were submerged completely under the piano and strings.</p> <p>This “Bed &amp; Sofa” has a bit of a way to go before it achieves the effortless nirvana that Pen and Klavin’s source material suggests. It’s not for nothing that the matinee audience this past Sunday sat catatonically through the production, seeming to connect very little with the emotions onstage. But it’s certainly headed the right direction, and if the aural bumpiness can be resolved, this immensely likable piece is on track to be one of Outre’s most memorable productions to date.</p> <p><em>“Bed &amp; Sofa” runs through Sept. 13 at Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Broward Center. Tickets cost $30. Call 954/462-0222 or visit</em></p>After-school workouts2015-09-02T06:00:00+00:00Lisette Hilton/blog/author/lisette/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>With the lure of computer games and the lack of school-based physical education programs, I worry about whether my grandchildren are getting the exercise they need to be healthy kids. I bet many parents today worry, too.</p> <p>Roudy Derisee, known as Coach Roudy, who owns and directs Boca-based Fun Spot Fitness <em>(51 Glades Rd.)</em>, offers after-school and other programs that help to ensure kids get needed exercise.</p> <p>Fun Spot Fitness has several youth (as well as adult) programs. Among those for children and teens: an indoor homeschool PE program, after-school fitness workouts, after-school yoga, private training for teens, sport- and game-themed birthday parties and more. Youth participants are generally eight years and older. Teen private fitness training starts at age 12.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.2_kid's_fitness_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Coach Roudy says catering to kids’ fitness is important.</p> <p>“More schools have reduced PE from the curriculum or made PE an elective,” he says. “Studies have shown the correlation between fitness and productivity level during learning time. In order for youths to live a well-balanced life, it’s important they eat healthy and stay active.”</p> <p>Depending on the class package purchased, individual classes cost about $15. Packages run month-to-month, without contracts, according to Coach Roudy.</p> <p>“Our facility is set up so that you get attention from a trainer from start to finish,” he says. “We cater to the needs of the whole family. Many families spend a good amount of their day with us.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.2_kid's_fitness_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Coach Roudy says that unless parents make exercise part of their children’s weekly schedules, it’s not likely to happen.</p> <p>There are certain types of exercises he recommends for children, based on age. For youth ages eight and older, he recommends calisthenics (exercises using body weight, such as pushups, sit-ups and air squats.)</p> <p>“As they get older or weigh more, they can use resistance band devices,” he says. “The great thing about resistance bands is they’re safe, lightweight, portable, and you’re in charge of how much resistance you want. TRX suspension straps [are another option, using] body weight and gravity to increase [and] decrease the difficulty. As they get stronger and a bit older (teens), I introduce them to free weights, such as dumbbells.”</p> <p>For more information, call 954/394-1489 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Why Musik is Important for Your Boca Kid2015-09-02T06:00:00+00:00Michelle Olson-Rogers/blog/author/michellerogers/<p>So, you had a baby.</p> <p>You’ve done the stay-at-home thing for weeks now, and maybe you’re thinking, perhaps I should expose my tiny human to something educational outside of the house? Something social with other Boca moms? Something that’s sanity saving but it’s also fun?</p> <p>Anyone can join your standard “Mommy &amp; Me” class, but my absolute favorite Boca baby course? Musikgarten.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.2_musikgarten_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Early music education is very important! Musikgarten offers a comprehensive early childhood program that spans the first nine years of a child’s musical development. Not only does it help with all areas of development, it creates a special bond within your family. When music and movement are a natural, joyous part of childhood, children benefit greatly in so many areas of life.  </p> <p>“Children love the progression from semester to semester, as patterns and songs are repeated and built upon, addressing students’ needs at each level,” said Diana Rush, Boca Raton Musikgarten instructor and founder of <a href=""><strong>Musikgarten by the Beach</strong></a>. “Language development, self-expression, memory skills, concentration, social interaction, fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, teamwork, goal setting and coordination are all impacted by early music and movement education. And Mom and Dad can both participate!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/9.2_musikgarten_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Top 5 reasons why music activities are ideal for your growing child:</p> <ol> <li>Music immerses the child in language.</li> <li>Evokes movement.</li> <li>Stimulates the brain.</li> <li>Fosters physical coordination.</li> <li>Develops listening skills, the foremost necessity for learning.</li> </ol> <p>So how do you get your baby, toddler or preschooler involved? Sign up or simply drop-in. Current schedules for East and Central Boca can be found on <a href=""><strong></strong></a>.</p> <p><strong>•••••••• </strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Houston&#39;s Drags On in Boca2015-09-01T06:00:00+00:00Randy Schultz/blog/author/randy/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/September%202015/houstons_boca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Houston’s, we have a problem.</strong></p> <p>The hope was to get the proposed site plan and lease agreement for a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower property to the Boca Raton City Council this month. That won’t happen.</p> <p>A city spokeswoman confirmed Monday that approval review and other negotiations are taking more time than anticipated. The project first must go to the Planning and Zoning Board. Like the council, it meets twice a month. The board meets Thursday and then on Sept. 17 for the final meeting of the month.</p> <p>The city and Hillstone Restaurant Group, which would build and operate the Houston’s, want the council to consider the site plan and the lease agreement at the same time, which makes sense. Hillstone also operates the Houston’s near Town Center Mall.</p> <p>Glenn Viers is Hillstone’s general counsel. He told me on Monday that the company and the city “are making substantial progress” on the site plan and lease. Hillstone’s dealings with the city have been “very positive. We are very close to finalizing” the proposal and “we remain very optimistic.”</p> <p>The company’s architects have been working most with the city on the site plan, the main issues being traffic and Silver Palm Park on the south side of Palmetto Park Road from the property. In January 2014, Hillstone estimated that design and construction would cost roughly $7 million.</p> <p>Viers has been the lead negotiator on the lease. “There are more points of agreement than not,” he said. “The two sides are seeing how we can get to the same spot.” As presented in January 2014, the city was seeking a minimum lease of 20 years, with annual payments of at least $500,000 with potential increases every five years and a potential 5 percent of sales.</p> <p>Some who live near the site still are demanding