Boca Raton Magazinehttp://bocamag.com/blog/feeds/rss/Follow the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBeautyBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessGiveawaysHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasFri, 01 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000Fashion Forward: July Fourth Attirehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/07/01/fashion-forward-july-fourth-attire/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The perfect Fourth of July calls for some sun, a refreshing pool and a delicious barbecue with friends. With all the fun you’ll be having, you are going to want a comfortable outfit. I came up with some great outfits for the holiday that will put anyone who says “fashion over comfort” to shame. The outfits I curated present three ways you can approach the holiday in style without overdoing it on the red, white and blue. Two of the ensembles showcase the new TOMS Fourth of July collection slip-ons. I incorporated these slip-ons because they are comfortable and cute for a day outside, and the best part is these shoes are perfectly decorated for the holiday—but not too much that you can’t wear them after Independence Day.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/fashion1.png" width="288"></p> <p>1. Athleta Strappy One Piece ($98, athleta.gap.com), 2. Levi’s Wedgie Denim Shorts ($59.50, bloomingdales.com), 3. TOMS Americana Canvas Flag ($55, toms.com)</p> <p>The first outfit uses a cute, strappy one-piece swimsuit as a top so you can just take your denim shorts off for a dip in the pool and then just slip the shorts right back on when you are dry. You will look effortlessly cool and will definitely have the best tan at the end of the day. The slip-ons give this ensemble the perfect Fourth of July touch, with subtle red and white stripes and a cute blue star design on the back.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/fashion2.png" width="400"></p> <p>1. Killer Ivy Swimwear Barbados Top &amp; Bottom ($30 top, $18 bottom, killerivyswimwear.com), 2. Athleta Luxe Kaftan ($89, athleta.gap.com), 3. TOMS Americana Navy Canvas Stars ($41.25, <a href="http://www.toms.com)">toms.com)</a></p> <p>This outfit is all about the swimsuit. The strappy bikini will get all the attention because it is so unique. The bright red is very Fourth of July, so all you will need as the perfect complement is a simple, white kaftan. The navy blue canvas slip-ons will tie the entire outfit together for the holiday with a patriotic blue star design. This ensemble is the perfect combination of comfortable and stylish.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/fashion3.png" width="400"></p> <p>1. Polo Ralph Lauren Ricky Top &amp; Bottom ($75 top, $55 bottom, <a href="http://www.bloomingdales.com)">bloomingdales.com)</a>, 2. Charlie Rae Havanna Tortoise Zeiss Polarized ($228, <a href="http://www.toms.com)">toms.com)</a>, 3. Zimmermann Cotton Hooded Tunic ($93, <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com)">net-a-porter.com)</a></p> <p>This last outfit is for an understated Fourth of July look. The perforated, hooded black tunic says trendy and cool, while the bikini underneath says cute and patriotic. Add tortoise-shell sunglasses to protect your eyes from the pesky sunrays while still channeling your holiday spirit with its baby blue polarized lenses.</p>Shellie FraiFri, 01 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/07/01/fashion-forward-july-fourth-attire/FashionShoppingShopping NewsFun Fourth of July recipeshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/07/01/fun-fiourth-of-july-recipes/<p>         Fun, food, and of course, fireworks! Obviously, I’m talking about the Fourth of July, and just because it falls on a Monday this year, doesn’t mean you can’t have a killer barbeque with friends and family. And why stop at the barbeque? There are endless ways to have festive Fourth of July meals all weekend long.</p> <p>         For example, start your Sunday, July 3<sup>rd</sup> with brunch, because Sundays are made for brunch. Nowadays, it’s out with the kale and in with the smoothie bowl. This <a href="http://runningwithtongs.com/2014/06/30/blue-diamond-almonds-red-white-blue-smoothie-bowl/">patriotic smoothie bowl recipe</a> will definetly help rev you up for the day’s festivities.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/patrioticsmoothiebowl.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>For a more traditional dish, these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20177/todds-famous-blueberry-pancakes/">blueberry pancakes</a> are just the fix for a star-spangled breakfast.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/blueberrypancakes.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>And there is always this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20288/easy-berry-parfait/">red, white, and blueberry parfait</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/berryparfait.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Of course, no brunch is complete without a mimosa; make that a <a href="http://www.thecookierookie.com/strawberry-mimosas/">strawberry mimosa</a>.</p> <p>    <img alt="" height="473" src="/site_media/uploads/strawberrymimosa.jpg" width="450">    </p> <p>Hopefully that big brunch can hold you over until dinner, but if you find yourself with some midday cravings, go ahead and have a snack. (I promise, it’s not more berries.) Grab some friends, open up a bag of blue corn chips, and pass around the salsa. Mild, medium, or hot, anything will do. Need some more savory? How about barbeque chips and bleu cheese dipping sauce? (Alright, I know bleu cheese isn’t actually blue, but it has “blue” in the name, and that’s close enough.)      </p> <p>Time for dinner. You can’t go wrong with serving cheeseburgers, <a href="http://www.mccormick.com/Grill-Mates/Recipes/Main-Dishes/All-American-Burgers">hamburgers</a> and <a href="http://www.oscarmayer.com/hot-dog-prep-tips">hot dogs</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/hamburger.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>There’s no need to get fancy with the fries. Go to Publix, buy a big frozen bag of fries (any type of cut will do), spread them out on a tray, and put them in the oven according to the directions on the bag. Also, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/grilled-vegetables-recipe.html">grilled veggies</a> make perfect side dishes for any barbeque dinner.</p> <p>  <img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/grilledveggies.jpeg" width="406">      </p> <p>Next comes the best part of any day: dessert. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, then you know how important it is to serve some seriously mouth-watering treats. I bake a lot, but the easier the recipe the better, so I’ve categorized the desserts from simplest to not so simple.</p> <p>This delicious dessert is probably the easiest to make and with these <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/white-chocolate-covered-oreos-10340">chocolate covered Oreos</a>, you’ll fool your friends into thinking you’re a master chocolate confectioner. Pour on some sprinkles, so your Oreos will be colorful—like fireworks.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/chocolateoreos.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Don’t count out these <a href="https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos/1658751381044171/">peanut butter and M&amp;M truffles</a>. Just because they’re little doesn’t mean they aren’t full of flavor. Also, the truffles only need four yummy ingredients.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/peanutbuttertruffles.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Did someone say shots? <a href="http://cocktails.about.com/od/cocktailrecipes/r/jelo_shtr.htm">Jell-O Shots</a> that is. Your guests are sure to love these red, white, and blue vodka Jell-O Shots. Although they require a little bit more prep, you won’t want to skip out on this dessert.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/jelloshot.jpg" width="450"></p> <p><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/163596/red-velvet-cookies/">Red velvet cookies.</a> Yes, I meant cookies, not cake. I take my cookies seriously, and trust me—you will definitely want to give this recipe a try. You can even frost them with blue icing and cut them into star shapes to be extra festive.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/redvelvetcookies.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>This <a href="https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos/1701992736720035/">no-bake raspberry cheesecake</a> is a fun alternative to a traditional cake. Feel free to mix it up with some blueberries on top. These mini cheesecakes are the perfect bite-sized treat.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/cheesecake.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Last but not least is the classic <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/red-white-and-blue-layered-flag-cake/9aaef2a0-b01d-4cb8-9bab-c0d0451a1065">red white and blue cake</a>, which is really not that difficult to bake, but it can be time consuming. Don’t forget to be creative when it comes to decorating. After icing the cake, if you’re not “berried out,” go ahead and throw some fresh berries on top. You can also coat the cake in different types of M&amp;Ms (the crunchy M&amp;M’s make a great topping and add in some texture.) Or, you can just use red and blue icing to add some finishing touches to your delicious dessert.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/redwhiteandbluecake.jpg" width="450"></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>        </p> <p> </p>Allie PrinsFri, 01 Jul 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/07/01/fun-fiourth-of-july-recipes/DiningQ&amp;A: Brianna Hildebrandhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/30/qa-brianna-hildebrand/<p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="33" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/interninput.jpg" width="400"></p> <p dir="ltr">Actress Brianna Hildebrand stepped onto the scene with her debut feature film, “Deadpool,” opposite GQ cover star Ryan Reynolds. She plays the bad-ass gothic X-Men trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who does a pretty good job of keeping the playfully snarky and vengeful Deadpool in line. Hildebrand has also starred in a Sundance indie film, “First Girl I Loved,” and the Web series “Annie Undocumented.” Oh, and did I mention she’s a songwriter with the voice of a heavenly angel?</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="215" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/brianna-hildebrand-deadpool-interview.jpg" width="400"></p> <p dir="ltr">At only 19 years old, she’s just getting started, and we can expect much more from her to come. Endowed with a sweet spirit and a lot of ambition, her impact on the film industry is a breath of fresh air.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the much anticipated Supercon event (July 1-4) in Miami Beach this weekend, I had the chance to interview Hildebrand about her rebel “Deadpool character,” what she has planned next and why she’s excited for Supercon.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>I loved you in the “Annie Undocumented” Web series, and I was thrilled to see that it was named Best Web Series at the 2014 New York TV Festival. What was it like making the transition from a Web series to the big screen?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I don’t think I really knew what to expect, but it was a lot of fun. I was super lucky to have such a big movie be my first feature film. I got a lot of advice from seeing other actors on set, and they definitely made me feel at home.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>I think "Deadpool" is really cool since it’s a different kind of Marvel film than what we're used to, since it’s R rated. It was a pretty risky move for the studio. How do you think it will be remembered?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I think it will be remembered pretty well. I think most of the audience really liked it. “Deadpool” makes fun of superheroes in general, and I think that was refreshing for the audience to experience—definitely very risky and out there.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/deadpool-ryan-reynolds-brianna-hildebrand_(1).jpg" width="400"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Can you talk about landing the role of Negasonic Teenage Warhead? Did you do anything unique to show you would be perfect for the role?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I’m not sure. I did show up with a shaved head. I had my head shaved for like a year before I auditioned. So I think they really liked my look in general. I also just really connected with the character. I had a lot of angsty teenage years, and I’m still a teenager, so it wasn’t really hard to tap into that. I feel like Negasonic is my spirit animal. She’s everything that I feel on the inside but am not courageous enough to show in my daily life.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Was Negasonic always supposed to have a shaved head? Or was that unique for the film since you already had the shaved hairstyle?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">She wasn’t originally supposed to have any specific sort of hairstyle. The only thing that was written about her was that she was really apathetic and had a gothic style. *Laughs* I think they just liked the shaved head look!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>What are your thoughts on your character’s personality?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I think Negasonic represents who I am on the inside. I don’t personally enjoy listening to metal music, but I did that to get ready to play her. She’s a lot more hardcore than I was growing up, because I was angsty, but I was definitely super into wearing black. I don’t know if I own any other colors in my wardrobe! I really connect with her character. She has a certain vulnerability that is hard to see on the surface, and I connected with that.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Who’s your favorite superhero?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Oh, man. Maybe Catwoman. I always just really liked her suit, honestly. That’s why. I think it would be super-cool if I got to be in her suit. I don’t know if that’s a solid reason for her to be my favorite superhero though. *laughs* Ironically, before I was in “Deadpool,” I was never too big into superheroes or any of that. So when I saw Catwoman on screen, I was just like, “Dang girl!”</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Are there any new projects you’re working on that you can talk about?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, I don’t really think so, but I do have a few projects coming up that I am super stoked about. I’m excited for everything that’s coming up.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>I saw a few of your videos on YouTube where you showcased your awesome voice. Do you think you’ll be involved in any musical movie roles anytime soon?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">That’s a very cool idea. Recently, I haven’t had any auditions for anything of the sort, but that would be really fun.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Do you think you might release an album?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Maybe. I probably wouldn’t say within the next few months, but it’s definitely a goal of mine. I would love to do that eventually. It’s just a matter of finding the time and picking a producer and all of the stuff that has to be planned. I’m always writing, and it’s like therapy for me, so eventually I will do that.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>What do you like to do when you’re not working?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I like to sing and songwrite for sure. I do also enjoy working out, which sounds annoying. I hate when people say that, but I just really enjoy finding different ways to work out. For a while, I was into Pilates and then yoga and cycling. It keeps my mind clear. And other than that I like food!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Speaking of working out, I saw your “Deadpool” training video on Youtube. You were completely kick-ass. It was so awesome. Was that difficult for you?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Thanks! It was difficult to begin with, just because I didn’t really have any athletic background. I used to be a dancer growing up, so learning to throw punches was kind of challenging in the beginning. It was therapeutic though. It’s a great stress reliever. If you’re ever super stressed out, you should try Muay-Thai.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/594full-brianna-hildebrand.jpg" width="400"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Supercon is an epic event for fans everywhere. How does it feel to be a part of such a big event this weekend?</strong></p> <p>It’s very exciting! I’m stoked. I really love these kind of conventions, and I can’t wait to meet everybody. That’s my favorite part.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Is there anything that you’re excited to see at Supercon?</strong></p> <p>Specifically, the cosplay! Cosplay is my favorite. I like to see people dressed up. People are really creative, and it’s very impressive. I couldn’t pull it off if I wanted to, so to see people in full uniforms with an outfit that they spent months creating is really cool. It’s inspiring.</p>Laura TolliverThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:09:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/30/qa-brianna-hildebrand/Arts & EventsUpcoming EventsLocal election round up and some notes on the city attorney modelhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/30/local-election-round-up-and-some-notes-on-the-city-attorney-model/<h3><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/flfullsize.png" width="450"></h3> <h3>Home rule     </h3> <p>Last Friday was the candidate qualifying deadline for the Palm Beach County Commission and the Florida Legislature. Races that involve Boca Raton and Delray Beach saw one big surprise and one lingering question.</p> <p>       Let’s start with the question.</p> <p>       It concerns Mack Bernard, the former Delray Beach city commissioner and Florida House member who is running for the District 7 county commission seat. The district is oddly shaped, taking in the West Palm Beach area and stretching south on the barrier island before moving inland to include Boynton Beach east of Interstate 95 and most of Delray Beach south to Linton Boulevard.</p> <p>       It is the commission’s minority-access seat, having changed only slightly since voters created the district by expanding the commission in 1988. Bernard is Haitian-American. He is challenging incumbent Priscilla Taylor, who is also African-American. Both  candidates are Democrats.</p> <p>       When Bernard served on the city commission and in the Legislature, he lived in Bexley Park, a northwest Delray Beach neighborhood that is west of I-95. According to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office, Bernard and his wife have owned the house since 2005.</p> <p>       That 4,400-square-foot house, however, is in County Commission District 4, which Steven Abrams represents. Bernard and his wife are listed as owners. County commission candidates must live in the district not when they take office but when they qualify.</p> <p>       Last October, according to property records, Bernard bought a roughly 1,800-square-foot home in Boynton Beach near Bethesda Medical Center. That house is within District 7. Bernard is the only owner listed.</p> <p>       Richard Giorgio, Taylor’s campaign consultant, told me Wednesday that the Boynton Beach home is a “smokescreen” because Bernard and his family continue to spend most of their time at the Delray Beach house. Taylor, Giorgio said, intends to make Bernard’s residency an issue in the campaign. Voting takes place Aug. 30. If no candidate got a majority, the two who received the most votes would have a runoff in the Nov. 8 general election.</p> <p>       Bernard denied Giorgio’s accusation, saying he has transferred his voter registration and driver’s license to the Boynton Beach address. Those are among the 10 criteria property appraisers can use for determining someone’s primary address and being able to approve a homestead exemption. Owners can get a homestead only on their primary residence. “I have met all the requirements” for residency, Bernard said.</p> <p>       As to where he actually spends his time, Bernard said, “I sleep there every night,” meaning the house in Boynton Beach. Bernard said his wife “sleeps there five or six nights a week” as the family is “transitioning.”</p> <p>       Bernard said he intends to shift the homestead exemption from the house in Delray Beach to the house in Boynton. His children, Bernard said, attend Banyan Creek Elementary, which is less than a mile from the Delray Beach house. Because it’s a choice school, Bernard said, they would continue to attend. Banyan Creek is 6.5 miles from the Boynton Beach house.</p> <p>       Bernard got into the race when Taylor announced her intent to seek the Palm Beach-Martin congressional seat that Patrick Murphy is leaving to run for the Senate. Taylor, however, dropped out after a wealthy Democrat got in.</p> <p>       That delay helps to explain Bernard’s fund-raising advantage. Through early June, he had received roughly $150,000 to Taylor’s $84,000, despite her advantage as an incumbent. Not surprisingly, a significant chunk of Bernard’s money comes from Delray Beach. Notably, some donating the maximum $1,000 have or have had business with the city. The obvious link is City Commissioner Al Jacquet, Bernard’s fellow Haitian-American and longtime political ally.</p> <p>       Bernard received $3,000 from iPic and related interests after Jacquet voted last year for iPic’s downtown Delray project. Bernard has received several thousand dollars from individuals and entities tied to Atlantic Crossing. Jacquet voted against the project in 2012, but more recently voted not to sue the developers.</p> <p>       Those crossover contributions may be an issue in the campaign. For sure, we’ll hear a lot about where Mack Bernard sleeps.</p> <h3>The Sachs precedent     </h3> <p>       Residency controversies involving politicians are not new for Delray Beach.</p> <p>       In 2012, Maria Sachs won the state Senate seat that included most of Delray Beach. Her West Boca home, however, was outside the district.</p> <p>       Sachs claimed residency at a condo in Fort Lauderdale, in the southern half of the district, but neighbors told reporters that they never saw Sachs there. A TV station staked out the West Boca house and found that Sachs had been sleeping there. Oh, and Sachs had been renting the Lauderdale condo from a lobbyist.</p> <p>       At one point, Sachs tried to claim that spending time in the district mattered more than living in the district. She finally established a residency in downtown Delray, resolving the issue enough that she was re-elected in 2014. Sachs chose not to run this year in the redrawn district.</p> <h3>Irv returns</h3> <p>       The big qualifying surprise was state Rep. Irving Slosberg’s decision to challenge Sen. Jeff Clemens in the newly drawn District 31. (The Legislature had to redraw all 40 districts after losing a challenge to the 2012 map.) This surprise also raises a residency issue.</p> <p>       Slosberg lives in the West Boca neighborhood of Mediterrania, near Boca Grove Plantation. That’s in District 29. It runs north as far as Wellington, and also includes Boca Raton, Highland Beach and a portion of northwest Broward County.</p> <p>       The prediction had been that Slosberg would run in his against state Rep. Kevin Rader in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary for District 29. Rader’s house, far west of Delray Beach, is in the district. Also, Clemens is the incoming Democratic leader in the Senate.</p> <p>       Yet Slosberg is running in a district where he doesn’t live against someone whom the Florida Democratic Party wants to focus on gaining seats statewide from the new map. And some people still wonder why the Republicans have controlled Florida politics for nearly 20 years.</p> <p>       Slosberg, whose financial disclosure forms have listed his net worth at roughly $7 million, has shown that he will self-finance a campaign like this. In 2006, he loaned himself nearly $3 million in the state Senate primary against Ted Deutch. Still, Slosberg lost. Deutch now represents the area in Congress.</p> <p>       In keeping with what voters demanded when they approved the Fair Districts Amendments six years ago to limit gerrymandering, the new map splits far fewer cities. District 31 includes all of Delray Beach and areas north to Lake Worth. As noted, District 29 includes all of Boca Raton. Obviously, however, the new map couldn’t prevent a split within the Democratic Party.</p> <h3>City attorney or contractor?</h3> <p>       As the Delray Beach City Commission has debated the city’s legal department, a key issue has been whether the city could save money by contracting with a private firm—as Boynton Beach does—or sticking with its own department – as Boca Raton does. Trying to compare Delray and Boca, however, shows how misleading such comparisons can be.</p> <p>       Like Delray Beach, Boca Raton has a five-lawyer staff, under the supervision of City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser. Boca added a lawyer this year. Boca Raton’s department has two administrative staffers. Delray Beach’s has three. The budgets are about the same: $1.3 million in Delray and $1.4 million in Boca.</p> <p>       Since Boca has roughly 30,000 more residents, one might presume that Delray Beach is overstaffed or paying too much. A closer look, however, shows that the departments operate differently.</p> <p>       Boca Raton’s lawyers don’t handle any of cases claiming damages against the city. A Boca spokeswoman said the city’s risk management deals with all claims. When a case can’t be resolved and a lawsuit results, the city hires outside counsel. Boca Raton put $900,000 into this year’s budget for such work.</p> <p>       Delray Beach also uses outside lawyers, notably in the Atlantic Crossing litigation. Staff lawyers, however, review cases and represent the city at trial. I know this first-hand, having been in the jury pool last summer for a personal-injury case in which current Interim City Attorney Janice Rustin and then staffer-Michael Dutko represented the city. And won.</p> <p>       So as commissioners consider the best option for Delray Beach, they have to make in-depth comparisons, not surface assumptions. It’s like shopping for any major purchase. Value matters more than price.</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 30 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/30/local-election-round-up-and-some-notes-on-the-city-attorney-model/City WatchCommunityHow Bill Cunningham Changed My Lifehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/how-bill-cunningham-changed-my-life/<p> <img alt="" height="33" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/interninput.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In high school, it was mandatory to take an art credit. With me being completely helpless with a colored pencil and lacking any musical ability, I decided to take TV Production. It consisted of making a few videos and watching many, many documentaries. I was never that interested in the movies, and I can’t even say half my heart was invested in the class—until the day my teacher screened “Bill Cunningham New York.” From the appearance of the title to the end of the credits, I could not stop watching.</p> <p><img alt="" height="536" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/cunningham.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>The documentary centered on Cunningham, a New Yorker who was then a contributor to the <em>New York Times</em> and an eccentric and irreplaceable chronicler of fashion. Through his constant photography of celebrities and New Yorkers’ urban style, he made the streets of the city into the most coveted fashion runway. The documentary followed Bill around Manhattan, where he snapped photos of anyone he saw wearing something of interest to him. The documentary also filmed him inside his apartment, which was littered floor to ceiling with files filled with all the photographs he had taken and newspaper clippings he had written. His variety of cameras and his bike, which allowed him to search for the perfect outfit, took up most of the space in his apartment. He lived modestly, and mostly for the art of fashion photography.</p> <p>When the movie ended, I realized how entranced I felt with his life and work. I searched him up when I got home from school. I wanted to know what inspired him, his muses, his background and how he started his magical work.</p> <p>Bill was a genius. He was given a scholarship to Harvard but dropped out two months later. He moved to New York and found work writing and photographing as a contributor to a few different papers and magazines until, after declining many offers to become a staff writer, he accepted the position at the <em>Times</em>. His work was celebrated throughout the world, and he was rewarded in France and New York for his impressive work. Throughout his career he declined many offers to work for museums and magazines in order to devote his life and time to pursuing his passion for documenting fashion his way.</p> <p>Through Bill Cunningham’s lens I fell in love with fashion—not the perfected and airbrushed fashion seen on runways and on models but the ever-changing, individualistic fashion Bill was able to photograph on the streets of New York City.</p> <p>Bill Cunningham died this past Saturday, at age 87. When I found out he passed away I felt a wave of sadness. I realized he changed my life. He allowed me and millions of others to witness the evolution of fashion and individual style right before our eyes.</p> <p>Bill Cunningham will always be fashion’s stealth superhero. He was the man behind the camera, the man on the bicycle and the man Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of <em>Vogue</em>, said every girl dressed for.</p> <p>I’ll miss you, Bill.</p>Shellie FraiWed, 29 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/how-bill-cunningham-changed-my-life/FashionWeb Xtra: Al Capone’s Miami Bootleggerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/web-xtra-al-capones-miami-bootlegger/<p>Few know of Al Capone’s use of pilots to transport illegal booze into Florida. This story is about one of them.</p> <p><em>For more on Capone’s South Florida legacy, pick up the July-August issue of Boca Raton.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/caponestory-on_board_grumman_goose_-_late_50's.jpg" width="420"></p> <p><strong>Flying Ace for Capone</strong></p> <p>Robert Hanley, 17, was juggling high school at Miami Beach’s St. Patrick Catholic School, flying, and his part-time job at a Miami restaurant when he met the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone. The year was 1926, the height of Prohibition.</p> <p>The Chicago mobster asked the young aviator whether he’d be interested in transporting certain “cargo” from the Bahamas back to Miami. Young Hanley jumped at the chance. After lying to his parents, the teen hopped a boat to West End in the Bahamas where, at dusk, he climbed into the cockpit of his plane. Just over an hour later, he arrived in Biscayne Bay where he delivered his first load—26 cases of prohibited whiskey—for which he was paid $300. Occasionally he flew Sundays, returning on Mondays late for school.</p> <p>On one Sunday delivery, he heard shouts—“Hey! Get outta here!”—then the cargo hatch slammed shut. Someone had blown the whistle on him. Hanley made it into the air, but he was headed toward a Coast Guard cutter. Instead of turning out to sea, he did a 180 and buzzed the vessel. A loud BOOM, excruciating pain, and blood soaked pants soon revealed Hanley had been hit by gunfire.</p> <p>“I remember praying and feeling groggy like I was going to faint and got down close to the water. That’s all I remember,” wrote Hanley in his memoirs, a thick typewritten document.</p> <p>Capone’s men found Hanley in a mangrove swamp miles from West End and transported him by speedboat to Capone’s base just off Bimini. There the bullet was removed and his leg patched up. Back in school and on crutches, word that Bob Hanleywas a rumrunner and had been shot resulted in a bolstered reputation.</p> <p>This harrowing experience should have ended young Hanley’s rum running career. It didn’t. On a subsequent run in a land plane, he was to off-load 115 cases of whiskey at an obscure inland airfield, but government agents were waiting. He abandoned his mission and headed north, a Coast Guard aircraft in hot pursuit.</p> <p>At dusk, he set down in a field in Georgia. The rough landing and heavy cargo, however, collapsed the landing gear. The resident farmer helped Hanley unload the liquor and remove the plane’s engine and instruments. Hanley then set his plane ablaze after which he phoned Capone—he and the cargo were intact.</p> <p>The next day, a truck ferried the booze to Capone’s enterprises and a big black car returned Hanley to Miami. Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti Capone’s second in command, told Hanley: “You did such a beautiful job we’d like you to take it easy for a while and lay low.” He handed the teen $2,000 in cash (almost $30,000 today!).</p> <p>After 80 runs, Hanley retired from rum running. Proceeds from his short-lived but lucrative career paid for a car, his college education and then some. It also gave him the impetus he needed to make flying his career.</p> <p>His son, Stuart, who is a commercial pilot in south Florida, holds tightly to his father’s memoir that includes his time flying ace for Capone.</p>magazineWed, 29 Jun 2016 11:45:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/web-xtra-al-capones-miami-bootlegger/Web ExtrasWeb Xtra: &#39;All Florida&#39; All Starshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/web-xtra-all-florida-all-stars/<p><em>Carmen Tiffany, one of the five artists profiled in the “All Florida All Stars” feature in the July-August issue of </em>Boca Raton<em>, is also exhibiting this summer at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Here is John Thomason’s review of her show.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/carmentiffany2.jpg" width="420"></em></p> <p>Miami’s Carmen Tiffany is one of 25 artists from the Sunshine State participating in the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s rebooted “All Florida” exhibition opening July 16. But museumgoers can already get a taste of Tiffany’s work by visiting the Art and Culture Center, whose exhibition “Carmen Tiffany: The Teeth Beneath” exhibits a different slate of new work from this indefatigable digital artist and animator.</p> <p>The exhibit opens with a pair of music videos that rank among the artist’s most amusing works. Both are rooted in the popular culture of her childhood, a subject that recurs in a myriad of forms in her oeuvre. One of the videos removes the vocals from Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” everybody’s favorite/most-hated holiday song, and instead places the lyrics on a screen, atop a face-painted lip-syncher standing in front of “101 Dalmatians” wallpaper, an image that is itself positioned atop a digital graphic of a space-age roller coaster that looks like a screen saver from around 1992. The only thing that would make the piece better would be a 3D presentation: It’s a three-layer cake of aural and visual Cheez Whiz.</p> <p>The other video, “Home Alone,” showcases Tiffany herself, with an ‘80s-style platinum blonde wig and smeared lipstick, reading with stone-faced gravitas from an apparently novelized version of the much-maligned John Hughes movie of the title. Two layers of garish background elements add visual depth to a hilarious bit of cultural satire predicated on Gen-X nostalgia </p> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/carmentiffany1.jpg" width="420"></p> <p>A similar sense of re-appropriated iconography informs the show’s animations, sculptures and tapestries alike. In “Tut Tut” a borrowed gif of Winnie the Pooh (at least I think that’s who it is) suspends upside down, for brief flashes, across a staticky vertical screen. In “Fashionable Pumpkin,” a jack o’lantern smiles mischievously at a colorful (human) outfit. “Piglet” is a veritable pop-culture chimera, a mixed-media sculpture with a pumpkinesque body, cloth appendages made from “Simpsons” merchandise, and the head of a pig. In the fabric collage “Sky Fallen,” cartoon characters, including the Simpsons, tumble from the sky, colliding in mid-air and scattering on an edenic fairy-tale landscape soon to be populated by Tiffany’s childhood memories.</p> <p>Not all of Tiffany’s work is this funny. In the past, most pieces were, at most, darkly comic. The absurdist selections in “The Teeth Beneath” elicit wry smiles and, at times, even guffaws, suggesting that humor, a most undervalued fine-art emotion, is now at the forefront of her consciousness. We can certainly use it.</p> <p><em>“Carmen Tiffany: The Teeth Beneath” runs through Aug. 21 at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 for students, seniors and children ages 17 or under. Call 954/921-3274 or visit artandculturecenter.org.</em></p> <p> </p>John ThomasonWed, 29 Jun 2016 11:37:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/web-xtra-all-florida-all-stars/Web ExtrasWeb Xtra: John Englander, The Boca Interviewhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/web-xtra-the-boca-interview/<p><em>John Englander, a Boca resident and renowned speaker on sea level, spoke to Boca Raton in our July-August issue. Here are a few of the outtakes from our conversation.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/john-englander-1337.jpg" width="420"></p> <p>Boca Magazine: Predictions of how high sea level is going to rise in Florida range from about two feet by 2060 up to six or more feet roughly 40 years later. If the worst-case scenario happens, we would lose most of Miami and all of the Keys by the end of the century. Do these numbers square with your findings?</p> <p>John Englander: Yes, that’s the present consensus. But those numbers could shift if the heating continues on course and Antarctica further destabilizes. And yes, six feet of rise would inundate most of Miami. </p> <p>BM: Is what came out of the Paris Climate Change Conference last fall a rational path for slowing warming, or are critics right who say it was a waste of time?  </p> <p>JE:  I wrote a blog (about the conference) called “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”  Simply, the Good is that 196 nations agreed on a goal and that’s wonderful. The Bad is that it’s a daunting goal to achieve, and they couldn’t even agree on how to go about doing that. They gave themselves five years to figure out how to achieve the goal. The Ugly is, even if they could achieve the goal of keeping global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F—Ed.) from pre-industrial levels, that’s double what we have already. That (guarantees) more melting Antarctic ice and more sea level rise, and for years to come.</p> <p>BM: You argued in your book that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—which is the world’s official word on the subject—is too conservative in its predictions. What about their latest numbers released in 2014?</p> <p>JE: I think they are still too conservative. Their most severe (forecast) calls for (a rise of) up to 90 centimeters (3.6 feet—Ed.) by 2100. But if you read the fine print, that calculation (essentially) excludes Antarctica which (is contributing to so much) sea level rise. It’s hard to put a number on Antarctica, so they tend to leave it out. It becomes a footnote, even though it’s potentially disastrous.</p>magazineWed, 29 Jun 2016 11:29:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/web-xtra-the-boca-interview/Web ExtrasWeb Xtra: Deconstructing the Dishhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/web-xtra-deconstructing-the-dish-9/<p class="Body"><em>For chef Wilman Rodriguez’s special tips on how to make this dish, pick up the July-August issue of </em>Boca Raton.<em></em></p> <p class="Body"><strong> <img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/dm_deconstructdish_matteos-14.jpg" width="420"></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>VEAL CHOP VALDOSTANA</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Chef Wilman Rodriguez, Matteo’s</strong></p> <p class="Body">1 16 oz. veal chop</p> <p class="Body">Flour and breadcrumbs</p> <p class="Body">Chopped parsley</p> <p class="Body">1 egg, beaten</p> <p class="Body">2 slices prosciutto</p> <p class="Body">4 slices mozzarella</p> <p class="Body">Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p class="Body">75/25 blend of vegetable oil and extra-virgin olive oil</p> <p class="Body"><strong>For sauce:</strong></p> <p class="Body">1/4 cup finely chopped onion</p> <p class="Body">1 cup sliced button mushrooms</p> <p class="Body">1/2 cup marsala</p> <p class="Body">2 oz. tomato sauce</p> <p class="Body">4 oz. chicken stock</p> <p class="Body">1 teaspoon butter</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/dm_deconstructdish_matteos-185.jpg" width="420"></p> <p class="Body">Pound veal chop to 1/4-inch thickness. Using three shallow bowls, add enough flour to one to coat pounded chop, beaten egg to another, and enough breadcrumbs to coat chop to a third. Season breadcrumbs with a small amount of chopped fresh parsley. Dredge veal first in flour, then in egg, then in breadcrumbs. Set aside.</p> <p class="Body">For sauce. Heat oil in sauce pan, then sauté onions until translucent. Add mushrooms and cook until they release all their liquid, then add marsala and reduce mixture by half. Add tomato sauce, chicken stock and butter and simmer briefly to blend flavors. Set aside and keep warm.</p> <p class="Body">Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat heavy-bottomed, oven-proof sauté pan, and add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When oil is hot, sauté veal for approximately three minutes per side, then top with prosciutto and mozzarella. Place pan in oven until the cheese melts. Remove veal from oven, plate, nap with marsala-mushroom sauce and serve.</p> <p> </p>magazineWed, 29 Jun 2016 11:06:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/web-xtra-deconstructing-the-dish-9/Web ExtrasRefreshing Watermelon Recipeshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/refreshing-watermelon-recipes/<p><strong><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong>Watermelon Z-Tips from Green Goddess</strong></p> <p>Fourth of July is a few days away and because it happens to extend the weekend, I am sure many of us will attend fun BBQ parties. One of my favorite summer foods is Watermelon! What’s not to love? It is hydrating, it is sweet and it is yummy. What’s not to love? But plain watermelon slices can get boring. With that in mind, I want to share some new ideas for this annual celebration.</p> <p><strong>Some fun facts and tips on watermelons:</strong></p> <p>High in bloat-reducing potassium</p> <p>Low in calories – 1 cup is only 46 calories</p> <p>Good source of lycopene – helps with heart health and cancer prevention</p> <p>Fastest-moving food – great for internal body cleansing</p> <p> <img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/screen_shot_2012-06-20_at_10.31.03_pm.png" width="420"></p> <p><strong>Watermelon Skewers</strong></p> <p>1 container of organic feta cheese or plant-based mozzarella block, cubed</p> <p>4 cups of watermelon, cubed</p> <p>1 cup of fresh basil leaves</p> <p>Bottle of balsamic vinegar reduction</p> <p>A container of BBQ skewers</p> <p>Put alternating cubes of watermelon and cheese on the skewers, placing basil leaves in between. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and serve on a big platter.</p> <p><img alt="" height="595" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/61888-watermelon-refresher.png" width="420"></p> <p><strong>Watermelon Juice</strong></p> <p>1 Watermelon</p> <p>1 Honeydew</p> <p>2 Cucumbers</p> <p>1 Lime</p> <p>Juice watermelon, honeydew and cucumbers through a juicer. Squeeze lime by hand. Serve on the rocks for a refreshing beverage.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Red-White-Blue Salad</strong></p> <p>½ watermelon</p> <p>1 honeydew</p> <p>1 cup blueberries</p> <p>Use a melon scooper or a metal teaspoon to scoop out the meat of the melon into ball shapes. For a video demo, check out this <a href="http://www.ehow.com/video_12263077_red-white-blue-watermelonblueberry-salad.html">eHow.com video</a>.</p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/">here</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong><em>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/refreshing-watermelon-recipes/DiningHealth/BeautyRecipes 5 Best Happy Hour Spotshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/5-best-happy-hour-spots/<p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="33" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/interninput.jpg" width="400"></p> <p dir="ltr">It’s almost 5 p.m., and you can’t stop sneaking subtle glances at the clock. Your feet tap as you picture taking your triumphant last step out of the office for the evening. Calculating your remaining time in the office before clock-out time has become a personal talent of yours. Why all of the anxiousness? It’s almost time for happy hour, of course!</p> <p dir="ltr">After a long hard day at work, happy hour is the most coveted and anticipated weekly event for hardworking adults worldwide. And we’re here to help you find your new favorite happy hour spot.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. TGI Fridays</strong>, 20465 S. State Road 7, Boca Raton; 561/483-8443</p> <p dir="ltr">Cue your best dance, because every day is Friday thanks to TGI Fridays’ all-day, everyday happy hour. Lucky for me, my bank account is finally doing a happy dance of its own with these special deals. Fill up on the restaurant’s $5 appetizers including mozzarella sticks, pot stickers (my favorite!) and spicy chicken sliders. Wash them down with the new $5 Pain Eraser, $5 Frozen Lava Flow and $5 Frozen Blue Hawaiian drinks, and feel your troubles of the week melt away.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="1431627644-215998.jpg" height="468" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/m54FgATvP8N92JcyAzt4RMAGVpUsMItFKYv74hbihk5ngwZpBNi9VJWC60ce2Pofz0vw7JTcScrr1E1Rc7gsYBREawNvhpPCykFnqcUwxylrgUTg069ziCuZURx97F_tE3fxVCel" width="624"></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Kabuki,</strong> 308 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/833-6349</p> <p dir="ltr">Every sushi lover’s dream is to have incredibly fresh sushi at a killer price. Kabuki’s Happy Hour, from 3 to 7 p.m., offers an affordable menu of crispy tofu, crab rangoons, sushi rolls and dumplings. Word of advice: Try the Tokyo Mojito. It’s paradise in a glass, with the mint and cucumber creating a fresh flavor that is perfect for summertime. Do you like to get your party started late in the evening? Not a problem. All night owls are welcome to experience Kabuki’s Thursday-Sunday late-night happy hour menu from 11 p.m. to midnight.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="kabuki.jpg" height="420" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Z_MKM9AGlHAXZUFg8k5uRj71mYXxz1LiqYloMiRBZbbwhlT2uwwJhy771k4zeHJF0O3xlA0Ti1SMjNTGwl7CGIQI3kwaF7JASJle-e1shcuBn-Ix0mbRPxAtKJuNMtblXRN3bUeO" width="560"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Flanigan’s</strong>, 45 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/395-4699</p> <p dir="ltr">Green is officially my favorite color, and how could it not be with the signature bottomless green cups that have always made Flanigan’s the place to be? I have a theory that you don’t need to spend a bunch of money to have a good time, and Flanigan’s verifies that theory. This is a place you can always count on to be great. I experience pure temptation at its best with the restaurant’s delicious wings, burgers and snacks. Kick back with Flanigan’s from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday for up to 50 percent off all brands of beer, liquor and wine. The party continues with an All Night Happy Hour from 9 p.m. to close. <strong>Special Tip:</strong> Slide in anytime on Wednesday and enjoy 10 free wings with every pitcher of lemonade, tea, soda or beer.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="flanigan-s-seafood-bar.jpg" height="450" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/fNovCnRqnbPRh6gvFyCfgQz2z74y-X2gKN_61Afl5_B9ZFbP7qfUoeQkwM9iZJTJwtClt3fn8yIxDei4yPGsg43rTj28_1LFtsEKCHAzQ9CWmrHIHXlXrDhERrjp-vkMjzSzk6cR" width="450"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. Bar Louie</strong>, 1500 Gateway Blvd., No. 100, Boynton Beach; 561/853-0090</p> <p dir="ltr">As a college student, I’ve become somewhat of a deal connoisseur. I spend most of my time searching for any and every deal I can get my hands on, and Bar Louie offers the deal of a lifetime. On Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to close, enjoy $1 burger night. In addition to this epic occasion, the restaurant serves a traditional happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $3.25 Beers, $4.25 Wines, $5.25 Martinis and half-price appetizers.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="bar-louie.jpg" height="417" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/7BYv0HZpyPcl6CNAvaZtc86AfFwGmaScSy3IkADtAtq98-h521ehanQ8--hwsYimznUtZeoycWQrsQZyjIn21f1N78QQJs2UYhlXQJja5bcRHBJWnaTFsaAn5v011w8NO2mS_2Uo" width="624"></p> <p><strong>1. Truluck’s</strong>, 351 W. Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561/391-0755</p> <p dir="ltr">Truluck’s exudes sophistication and taste—and there’s plenty to go around. It’s hard not to feel like a billionaire when you saunter through the front doors of Truluck’s as the jazz pianist plays a tune that makes you feel as dapper as James Bond. Visit from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for half-price cocktails and 25 percent off all bottles of wine. Don’t forget to munch on a pound of mussels for just $8 while you’re there.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="trulucks2.jpg" height="468" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/AVbg-VYNgkK_ldz4Q8cfc2Z2AKNTJvRzxxOaOyD18qQxl9LYUYX6mmIWrG6LMfsDE7e5iFsWD3XEGLVsbhJvBDZBxp62vZEq-YBF3ln2TSV-g2ygd3PDdF5gwQYVFqf_NlbeCV4i" width="624"></p>Laura TolliverWed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/5-best-happy-hour-spots/DiningFAU to Train ER Docs, General Surgeonshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/fau-to-train-er-docs-general-surgeons/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>On July 1, Florida Atlantic University’s <a href="http://med.fau.edu/">Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine</a> will launch six-year residency training program for future emergency room physicians and general surgeons.</p> <p>The general surgery residents will train primarily at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, but also at Bethesda Hospital East in Boynton Beach, Delray Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.</p> <p>Three-year emergency medicine residents will be based mostly out of Bethesda Hospital East, but also at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Delray Medical Center.</p> <p>The hospitals are member teaching hospitals FAU College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium.</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/lisette_fau_gme_2.jpg" width="420"></p> <p>The fact that there is a local university sponsoring residency programs, which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), is good news for Palm Beach County residents. Why? The <a href="https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/newsreleases/458074/2016_workforce_projections_04052016.html">Association of American Medical Colleges</a> recently released alarming numbers about a nationwide looming physician shortage. Among the findings, the U.S. will face a shortfall of between 61,700 and 94,700 physicians in the next decade. Medical specialties could be the hardest hit.</p> <p>Increasing residency training spots is among the solutions for the shortage, so it’s good for health care in general. But it’s also good for local patients, because residents often end up practicing where they train.</p> <p>FAU’s general surgery program is one of the largest in the nation, according to a university press release. It’s approved for 45 clinical positions and up to seven positions for an added year of scholarship and research. FAU’s new department of surgery includes more than 240 affiliated, full-time and part-time faculty, in not only general surgery but also orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology, ophthalmology and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery. Among the department’s goals is to build state-of-the-art research programs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/lisette_fau_gme_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>FAU’s emergency medicine residency program is approved for 18 positions. Residents in the program will gain experience in emergency medicine, trauma, anesthesia and in the medical intensive care unit (ICU), surgical ICU and pediatric ICU. </p> <p>“Together with our outstanding hospital partners in the GME Consortium we are fulfilling our commitment to ensure that we continue to have a strong physician workforce and an enhanced health care delivery system in this region,” Dr. Arthur J. Ross, III, interim dean and professor of FAU’s College of Medicine, says in a university <a href="http://www.fau.edu/newsdesk/articles/medical-residencies.php">press release</a>.</p> <p>And there are plenty of takers for a residency program in sunny South Florida. FAU’s surgical residency program has already reviewed more than 100 candidate applications. Fifteen of the top candidates will be selected to start in the coming week. </p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/">here</a>. </em></p> <p><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 29 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/29/fau-to-train-er-docs-general-surgeons/CommunityHealth NewsHealth/BeautyNewsThe Week Ahead: June 29 to July 4http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/28/the-week-ahead-june-29-to-july-4/<p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/poster_show80.jpg" width="254"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “1776”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $65</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="http://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org" target="_blank">palmbeachdramaworks.org</a></p> <p>Perhaps it’s the overwhelming success of “Hamilton” on Broadway, or the patriotic fervor of the Fourth of July, or the blood-sport volatility of the 2016 election cycle. Whatever the reason, we’re happy Dramaworks has chosen “1776,” Sherman Edwards’ offbeat musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, as its timely-slash-timeless summer production. Far from the saints to whom they’re reduced in contemporary talking points, the Founding Fathers are presented here as three-dimensional humans, petty and irritable as much as noble and charming. Studded with songs about Congressional inaction (“Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve”), conservative staunchness in the face of opposition (“Cool, Cool Considerate Men”) and legislatorial hypocrisy (“Molasses to Rum”), “1776” is surely the wonkiest of American musicals until Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to rhyme “abolitionists” with “ammunition is.” Break out the waistcoats and periwigs. It runs through July 24.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/traitor.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Our Kind of Traitor”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com" target="_blank">fau.livingroomtheaters.com</a></p> <p>Imagine you’re a London professor attending a glamorous party on holiday in Marrakesh. You meet a friendly, boisterous Russian family man. As you get to know each other, he reveals that he’s the “No. 1 money launderer from the Russian mafia.” His entire family is threatened, he says, unless you deliver a USB drive to British intelligence. Bye now, enjoy the canapés! That’s the inciting incident of “Our Kind of Traitor,” the latest film adaptation of the cynical spy novelist John le Carre, of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” fame. Ewan McGregor plays the academic everyman, and Stellan Skarsgard gets his meatiest role in years as the chest-puffing Russian oligarch, in a twisty international thriller with exotic locales spanning London, Paris and the Swiss Alps. It’s earned comparisons to such fish-out-of-water espionage classics as “Charade” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” Check out its Boca Raton run at least through next Thursday.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO MONDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/fscpanorama.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Florida Supercon</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach</p> <p>When: noon to 1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday</p> <p>Cost: $25-$599</p> <p>Contact: 954/399-1330, <a href="http://www.floridasupercon.com" target="_blank">floridasupercon.com</a></p> <p>When Florida Supercon launched, in 2006, it drew 1,500 attendees. Last year, this increasingly popular annual convention for comic books, sci-fi and video games attracted a record 51,000 guests, making it the largest conference of its kind in South Florida. Along the way, Florida Supercon has come to attract some of the biggest names in the convention touring circuit, and this year’s lineup bursts at the seams with luminaries from Hollywood, comic books, pro wrestling, cosplay and more, among them William Shatner, Brianna Hildebrand, Mick Foley, Chase Masterson, Diamond Dallas Page and Henry Winkler. There will be hundreds of exhibitors, panels, workshops, Q&amp;As, free cosplay photobooths, video game tournaments, trivia games, bingo, a weekend-long film festival and much more. Visit the event’s website for complete details.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/dj_silent-disco.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Silent Disco</strong></p> <p>Where: Fieldhouse at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 9 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="http://www.oldschoolsquare.org" target="_blank">oldschoolsquare.org</a></p> <p>Do you enjoy electronic music but would rather avoid the deafening loudness and lack of listener autonomy in the nightclubbing experience? Then the Silent Disco, a trend that is sweeping this and other nations, may be for you. The concept encourages socialization and listener choice without bludgeoning your tympanic membrane: Attendees at Old School Square’s hip new program receive a pair of wireless headphones and the ability to switch between two DJs spinning live. Whenever you want to talk to somebody, just remove the earphones and speak to them in a soundless environment. It’s an idea so brilliant we wish we’d thought of it. If you can’t make this Silent Disco, the Fieldhouse will continue hosting them on Aug. 4 and Sept. 1. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/14322231400_dcc66d5d6a_o.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Vans Warped Tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="http://www.livenation.com" target="_blank">livenation.com</a></p> <p>Festivals come and go, but there will always be Warped Tour—the annual niche celebration of all things punk, pop-punk, emo, screamo and metal founded in 1995 by Kevin Lyman. It’s become the longest-running summer festival tour in North America, on the strength of Lyman’s ability to ferret out the best new music for his young audience with old favorites from the ‘90s and early Aughts. Among the dozens of acts at this year’s daylong shindig: Alt-ska party rockers Reel Big Fish (pictured), South Florida exports New Found Glory, veteran Gainesville punkers Less Than Jake, alt-rockers Sum 41, post-hardcore quartet Emarosa, Arizona pop-rockers The Maine, dramatic deathcore rockers Whitechapel and many more. </p> <p>MONDAY, JULY 4</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/top5fourthofjuly2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: July Fourth Celebration</strong></p> <p>Where: Atlantic Avenue and A1A in downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 a.m. to noon, 4 to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.julyfourthdelraybeach.com" target="_blank">julyfourthdelraybeach.com</a></p> <p>Independence Day begins early this year, with festivities beginning at 8 a.m. That’s when buckets will hit the beach for a sand sculpting contest featuring (if we’re lucky) the intricate animals and pop-culture icons of Delray’s reigning sandman, Lee Stoops. The contest runs until 12, after which the city takes a mid-day siesta before a busy afternoon and evening. Back-to-back bands will perform starting at 4 p.m., which is also the time Putt N’ Around mini golf will open a special course and Exhilaride Golf Cart rentals will host a Patriotic Golf Cart Decorating Contest. Cool off from the summer heat at the Splash Zone, park the tykes at the Kids’ Corner for face painting and craft activities, and relax at the Beer Garden at Caffe Luna Rosa and BurgerFi. You can also test your intestinal fortitude at the latter’s burger eating contest at 5:45 p.m. Fireworks launch at 9 p.m. at the north end of the beach.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/fireworks4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Fabulous Fourth Celebration</strong></p> <p>Where: Spanish River Sports Complex, 1000 N.W. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Starts at 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7995, <a href="http://www.myboca.us" target="_blank">myboca.us</a></p> <p>The City of Boca Raton’s Independence Day spectacular runs for three solid hours of family-friendly fun. Kids can enjoy a 24-foot-high Klime Wallz challenge—purportedly one of only a handful in the country—along with giant slides, midway games, carnival rides and arts &amp; crafts activities. There will be food trucks, complementary water (while supplies last), and live music from the All-Star Band, performing hits from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. Boca’s Boy Scout Troop No. 306 will be selling that most All-American of snacks, beef jerky, for $2, with each purchase benefiting soldiers overseas. A 9 p.m. fireworks display caps the evening’s festivities, and free parking is plentiful at locations like the Boca Corporate Center and the Boca Public Library.</p>John ThomasonTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/28/the-week-ahead-june-29-to-july-4/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsDoggie Brunch and Luxury Scotch Dinnerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/28/doggie-brunch-and-luxury-scotch-dinner/<p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/grille_401_shrimp_grits.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Weekend brunch, and Bark N Brunch at Grille 401</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Another brunch option for your to-try list: <a href="http://www.grille401.com/">Grille 401</a> (401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/767-0222) has started a weekend brunch, with seven entrees such as the shrimp &amp; grits, crab cake Benedict, chicken &amp; waffles and more. And if you prefer to dine with your canine furkid, watch for the monthly Sunday Bark N Brunch, with the next one on July 10, and then Aug. 7. This is a dog-friendly brunch sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, with all proceeds from the day’s bottomless Bloody Mary Bar sales donated to a different local shelter each month. Your furry companion will go home with dog treats like toys, bandanas, collars and other fur-faves. </p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" height="693" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/3030_ocean_chef_grenier.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Celebrate June with luxury scotch dinner: 3030 Ocean</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>As the first summer month comes to a close, it’s a good time to celebrate with a Johnnie Walker Luxury Scotch dinner. We’re glad someone else was in the same frame of mind, so check out 3030 Ocean’s five-course dinner on June 30, featuring whiskies paired with dishes from Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier. The 7 p.m. dinner costs $150, and will be presented at <a href="http://www.3030ocean.com/">3030 Ocean</a> (3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954/765-3030) also includes a trunk show and presentation from a scotch master. </p> <p><em><strong>About the Author</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong></strong></em><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>Lynn KalberTue, 28 Jun 2016 10:04:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/28/doggie-brunch-and-luxury-scotch-dinner/DiningThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsCity manager evaluations, updates on the Garlic Fest &amp; Delray&#39;s ongoing city attorney searchhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/28/city-manager-evaluations-updates-on-the-garlic-fest-delrays-ongoing-city-attorney-search/<h3><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/ahnell.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Evaluating Ahnell   </h3> <p>Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper must envy his counterpart in Boca Raton, Leif Ahnell.</p> <p>       There’s Boca Raton’s tax base, of course. It’s the highest in Palm Beach County, and it helped Ahnell get Boca through the Great Recession far more easily than other cities. Mostly, though, Cooper would envy the status Ahnell holds with the city council after 17 years.</p> <p>       Last month, the Delray Beach City Commission held a formal, public evaluation of Cooper, who had been on the job for about 17 months. From a managerial standpoint, it was like having a checkup by a team of doctors—not all of them friendly—before an audience. The commission gave Cooper a 10 percent raise, but only after expressing collective frustration at the pace of change.</p> <p>       According to a Boca Raton spokeswoman, Ahnell’s last formal evaluation came in 2007. His employment agreement calls for an evaluation each June but doesn’t specify that the council evaluate Ahnell in public.</p> <p>       This year, however, the council didn’t evaluate Ahnell at all, even though the agreement states that the council “shall review and evaluate” the manager’s performance annually at this time. Mayor Susan Haynie confirmed Monday that “we have not evaluated” Ahnell.</p> <p>       In addition, the current amendment to Ahnell’s employment agreement—the 13<sup>th</sup> since 1999—ends today. Five years ago, with the recession having forced budget cuts, the council didn’t give Ahnell a raise. Instead, the council increased Ahnell’s severance from 12 months to 60 months, practically guaranteeing Ahnell his job. If the council had fired Ahnell in the early months of the agreement for other than an illegal act involving personal gain or a crime of “moral turpitude,” the council would have owed Ahnell a severance of more than $1 million.</p> <p>       The agreement counted down, subtracting an extra month from the severance for each calendar month. As of today, Ahnell is back to a 12-month package of salary and benefits if the council fires him.</p> <p>       If the council failed to evaluate Ahnell on schedule, though, the council also failed to approve a seemingly necessary new amendment to Ahnell’s employment agreement. “We need to take some kind of action,” Haynie said. “We certainly should not ignore it.” Later, after talking to Ahnell, she said the only change is severance, which means there is no need for a new amendment.</p> <p>       The 2011 action was the third time that the council had made it financially difficult to fire Ahnell. In 2005, the council made the severance three years. In 2008, the council made it five years. The 2011 amendment came after Ahnell also had not received a raise in 2010.</p> <p>        Overall, though, Ahnell should have no complaints about his salary. He started in 1999 at $109,800, after the council promoted him from running the city’s management and budget office. Ahnell’s current salary, according to a city spokeswoman, is $240,418, before his pension contribution. In 2001, the council amended his agreement to specify a 7 percent raise over three years. Ahnell kept getting raises at that level until the recession hit. In 2008, it was three percent. In 2009, it was two percent.</p> <p>       Though the council called Ahnell’s performance in 2010 and 2011 “outstanding,” the public usually hears few details about council members’ opinions of the manager. Council members based those 2010 and 2011 ratings almost entirely on Ahnell’s work during the recession, and he deserved the praise. This year, though, the public might want to hear the council’s thoughts on how Ahnell has handled negotiations over a lease for a restaurant on the Wildflower property and other council priorities. One can argue that the public deserves to hear.</p> <p>        In an email, Haynie said the council "can choose to conduct a review individually or collectively at any time." She added, "Quarterly review of action on [council] goals is an opportunity to assess Leif's effectiveness in managing the goals."</p> <p>        The employment agreement, however, specifies an evaluation in June. If the council doesn't agree, perhaps the council should change the agreement. </p> <h3>And Frieser</h3> <p>       The current employment agreement with Boca Raton City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser also ends today. As with Ahnell, the council in 2011 approved a five-year severance that counted down. As with Ahnell, the council had amended Frieser’s agreement every year until 2011.</p> <p>       As with Ahnell, the council hired Frieser in 1999, roughly a month after hiring the manager. As with Ahnell, the council has treated Frieser well. Her starting salary was $107,500. She got a 20 percent raise after one year, and now makes $235,383, according to a city spokeswoman. As with Ahnell, the council periodically has bumped up Frieser’s severance. The two compensation tracks have been nearly identical.</p> <p>       And as with Ahnell, Frieser’s employment agreement states that the council “shall review and evaluate” the city attorney, though the agreement doesn’t specify a month. Since Frieser was hired in June 1999, however, June or July would be the appropriate time.</p> <p>       This year, a thorough evaluation would include a review of Frieser’s counsel during last year’s Chabad East Boca debate. The city just lost a legal challenge to the council’s approval of the project. The plaintiffs argued successfully that Boca Raton doesn’t allow museums in areas zoned B-1, like the chabad site on East Palmetto Park Road. The chabad wants to include an exhibit hall.</p> <p>       Perhaps Frieser’s work on that contentious issue was sound. Either way, as with Ahnell, the public might like to hear what the council thinks about that and everything else about the city attorney’s performance.</p> <h3>Garlic Fest update</h3> <p>       There’s an update from last week’s Delray Beach City Commission debate on downtown special events in general and Garlic Fest in particular.</p> <p>       With Mayor Carey Glickstein absent, the commission tied 2-2 on Garlic Fest’s appeal to hold its event next February. City staff had denied the date, based on the new special events policy that allows just one “major” downtown event per month. The tennis center hosts Delray’s annual pro tennis tournament in February.</p> <p>       The issue was whether the 2-2 vote killed the appeal, since it failed to get a majority. A second motion to grant the appeal with conditions also failed, 2-2, after which the commission voted to defer the matter until July 5.</p> <p>       In an email to commissioners, outgoing City Attorney Noel Pfeffer cited the commission’s November 2013 charter change on tie votes to say that “no action of the commission shall be valid or binding” unless it receives three votes. If not, “such motion shall be determined to have failed and no action shall be taken by that motion.”</p> <p>       A memo from the city’s legal department stated that the change was modeled on a charter provision in the Broward County city of Weston. A tie vote, the memo said, would mean “that either a new motion can be made in hopes of acquiring” three votes “or if no new motion is made, then it shall be as if no action was taken at all.”</p> <p>       So Pfeffer’s take is that Garlic Fest’s appeal did not fail, and the motion to defer “appears to be in order.” If the language stopped after “determined to have failed,” Pfeffer’s opinion might be different. The commission should settle the issue at the next meeting, with Glickstein expected to be there.</p> <h3>The city attorney RFP</h3> <p>       As he departed, Pfeffer also sent a request for proposal (RFP) to commissioners for their consideration as they stumble toward a decision on the legal department, beginning with the choice of a city attorney.</p> <p>       To call the proposal open-ended understates it. The city “is willing to consider a range of options in filling this position. . .” Those options include: “a full-time, in-house city attorney” who would “supervise and manage” the office and staff, which includes four other lawyer positions, three of which are filled; “a private law firm to perform all or part” of the work; “individuals employed by a private law firm offering to serve as city attorney and supervise manage and operate” the office; or “any combination of variation” of those options.</p> <p>       Though the RFP arises from the commission’s failure to agree on a successor to Pfeffer after a headhunter recruited applicants, individuals still may apply. The proposal asks that candidates have at least 10 years of experience, with a focus on “municipal and civil law.” The proposal seeks someone who can be “assertive yet respectful in providing concise and sound recommendations” to the commission “while helping to accomplish the goals of the governing body in an innovative and creative way.”</p> <p>       Firms that apply must have an office in Palm Beach County or must open one within 120 days after being hired. Among other things, firms also must agree not to represent any client who is suing the city and must have the commission review any current clients involved in any “adversarial” action against Delray Beach. The firm must show how it “intends to address and/or accommodate” current employees in the legal department.</p> <p>       The commission can revise the proposal, working through Interim City Attorney Janice Rustin. The commission will set dates for when candidates can apply. The commission has set no deadline for a decision.</p> <h3>Delray’s roster of lawsuits</h3> <p>       Pfeffer included with that proposal a list of current and potential lawsuits against Delray Beach. Twenty-six cases are in litigation, and the city has received 69 claims that have not resulted in litigation.</p> <p>       Most of the items are routine and minor: slip and falls on city property, collisions involving city vehicles, failure to maintain streets and lighting. One is definitely major: the Atlantic Crossing case, set for trial in October. The most unusual is from a man who claims that he suffered injuries at a city-sponsored “sumo wrestling” event.</p> <p>       Whatever their individual merit, the cases collectively show how important it is for the commission to get the choice right. Doing so could depend on whether the commissioners remain “adversarial” toward each other.</p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>       </p>Randy SchultzTue, 28 Jun 2016 09:31:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/28/city-manager-evaluations-updates-on-the-garlic-fest-delrays-ongoing-city-attorney-search/City WatchCommunity5 Things to Know Before You Leave for Collegehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/27/5-things-to-know-before-you-leave-for-college/<p align="center"><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>To incoming college freshmen: It was probably only a few weeks ago that you walked the halls of your high school for the very last time. You said goodbye to friends, teachers and the countless memories that molded you for four long years. You’re off to college now, and your life is about to change in unimaginable ways. After your mom holds on to you for dear life and cries about you being an official adult, you’ll sit in your dorm room—parentless—for the first time.</p> <p>But with freedom comes responsibility, and as a freshman, your choices will dictate the rest of your college career. Check out the following advice to ensure you’re prepared for the best four years of your life.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/college.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(The author, right, with her college friends)</em></p> <p>1. <strong>School:</strong> Although you’ll often get peer-pressured to go to every single game day and ladies night of the semester, school comes first. With the right time management, you’ll be able to focus on school and have fun all at the same time.</p> <p>- Take school seriously. Your GPA begins with your freshman year, even during summer semester when classes will quickly become a second priority to socializing.</p> <p>- Manage your time wisely. If your professor assigns a paper due in a week, start it immediately. There’s nothing worse than an all-nighter filled with staring at your computer until your eyes hurt, lots of Starbucks to keep you awake and the undeniable feeling of complete exhaustion that follows.</p> <p>- College is a major life adjustment, so consider taking a relaxed course load during your first semester. This will save you stress and will leave you with room to meet new people and explore all that your new home has to offer.</p> <p>- Treat classes and schoolwork like a 9-5 job. Work during the day so you can enjoy your nights.</p> <p>- Trade a night out for a night in the library or a homework night in your dorm with friends. You’ll still have fun while being productive!</p> <p>2. <strong>Fashion forward: </strong>Girls, this is important.</p> <p><strong>- </strong>Invest in practical things you probably didn’t own while you lived at home, like cute rain boots, a compact umbrella and even a rain jacket.</p> <p>- If you’re like me, you’ll likely be taking your entire life with you everywhere you go, so make sure the bag you carry around is comfortable. Opt for a backpack or a tote bag with plenty of storage. My North Face backpack has braved the wrath of Gainesville storms, traveling and constant daily use and is still in perfect condition! Here are a couple of my favorites:  </p> <p><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/longchamp-large-le-pliage-tote/3241956?origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;fashioncolor=GARNET" target="_blank">Longchamp “Large Le Pliage” Tote</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="477" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/longchampbag.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/equipment-backpacks-womens-backpacks/womens-borealis?variationId=DHB" target="_blank">The North Face Women’s Borealis Backpac</a>k</p> <p><img alt="" height="354" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/northfacebackpack.jpg" width="354"></p> <p>- Your tiny dorm room closet may be completely filled with all of your favorites, but let’s face it—you’ll probably be sick of all of your clothes by Thanksgiving. The best part about college is having friends right down the hall or the street from you who have just as many clothes as you do. Don’t buy a new outfit every time you go out! Sharing is caring, and I can proudly say my closet and my roommate’s closet have basically formed into one. You’ll save money on buying clothes while rocking a totally new outfit.</p> <p>3. <strong>On Campus: </strong>In high school, you probably knew exactly which bathrooms to avoid, what teachers would greet you outside their door on the way to class and which route was the fastest to get from AP Biology to Spanish. Although college campuses are bigger, they can be much easier to learn and navigate than you’d think.<strong></strong></p> <p>- Never walk alone. After a night in the library or a night out, it may seem like no big deal to walk back to your dorm or apartment, but always play it safe and walk in a group or with a friend.  </p> <p>- Bus routes are also a must-know for the rainiest of days when even rain boots won’t cut it, or for when you’re just feeling lazy and don’t feel like walking half a mile to class. I do this often.</p> <p>- College campuses are filled with fast-food options everywhere you turn, but you’ll quickly learn that the money in your bank account is incredibly precious and should be saved for more important things than a daily Chick-fil-A binge. Ditch the nightly restaurant outings and head to Publix to stock up on affordable dorm-friendly meals for the week. You and your bank account will thank me later.</p> <p>- Explore! There’s lots of history around your campus and probably more fun things to do in your tiny college town than you’d think. Escape your comfort zone and try new food, meet new people and go to as many new places as possible.</p> <p>4. <strong>The Future: </strong>As a freshman, you probably won’t be able to see the future past what Netflix show you’ll be binge-watching when you return from class. It’s important to think about what you see the next few years of your life looking like.</p> <p>- Plan ahead. Meet with an adviser and talk about your goals and what your next few semesters will entail.</p> <p>- It’s never too early to create a resume either, and college campuses offer free help with that at their Career Resource Centers.</p> <p>- Internships are key. If you’re looking to spice up your resume, real-world work experience is the best way to do that. You’re never too young, and companies are always looking to teach fresh faces, so don’t wait until your senior year to start applying.</p> <p>5. <strong>Don’t Blink:</strong> This advice could possibly be the most important of all. The next four years of your life are going to exceed all of your expectations but will fly by in the blink of an eye. You’ll meet some of your best friends, people who would drop anything to help you. So see amazing places, eat great food, pull a few all-nighters if you really have to and attend every sporting event you possibly can. Take your life day by day, and don’t get too hung up on everything you have to do all at once. You’ll have good days and bad days, but by the time you walk across the stage at graduation, you’ll be wishing you could start all over again. No matter what school you’ve chosen to attend, get ready for the best four years of your life.</p>Megan KearneyMon, 27 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/27/5-things-to-know-before-you-leave-for-college/CommunityConcert Review: The Cure in Miamihttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/27/concert-review-the-cure-in-miami/<p><em>[Note: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.]</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="520" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/cure1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Photos by Ron Elkman)</em></p> <p>If The Cure never tours Florida again, its local fans received a remarkably generous send-off in Miami last night: a legacy tour of no fewer than 34 songs, four encores and three solid hours of music, with a set list divided between singles, deep tracks and rarities.</p> <p>My perspective for this review is limited: The band allowed no press seats, so I was sequestered to the lawn of Bayfront Park (our ace photographer, Ron Elkman, did receive the access to get the excellent images accompanying this review). But even though Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O’Donnell, Jason Cooper and Reeves Gabrels appeared as blurry people-sized shapes on the amphitheater stage, the Cure’s music lost none of its urgency, depth and variety. The band sounded record-perfect, and Smith’s voice hasn’t aged a day, even if he occasionally seemed to wander off-mic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="504" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/cure2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The set list changes nightly—with a few standbys, like “Lovesong” and “Pictures of You,” graciously performed at every concert—and the band developed animated graphics to be projected on the giant screen upstage that captured the songs’ ambience: clouds opening on a vibrant blue sky for the joyous “High;” kaleidoscopic flowers blooming on the slow, druggy “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep;” a majestic rocky landscape for “Just Like Heaven.” During the exuberant “Push,” an onstage camera beamed a live shot of the swelling, sold-out crowd’s sea of hands, energizing a show that had been, until that point, slow to catch fire. Even the shadow dancers on the Inter-Continental Building towering over the amphitheater seemed to be grooving to the beat.</p> <p>Smith spoke sparely over the course of the evening, as is customary, and because of my location, I missed most of his mumbled communiqués. Prior to a surprising four-song encore of deep cuts entirely pulled from the band’s underrated masterpiece “Pornography,” Smith remarked, and I’m paraphrasing, that certain fans will be thrilled while others will be scratching their heads. The band then performed the brooding “Cold” and “A Strange Day,” which I haven’t seen on other set lists.</p> <p><img alt="" height="489" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/cure3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You could make a laundry list of the titles the Cure <em>didn’t</em> play Sunday night: “Friday I’m in Love,” “A Forest,” “The Lovecats,” “Primary,” “The Caterpillar,” “Doing the Unstuck” and on and on; perhaps ticket-buyers to tonight’s sold-out performance will hear some of them. And maybe it’s a fair complaint that with the exception of a seemingly slowed-down version of “Boys Don’t Cry” capping the evening, the group played nothing from its inchoate post-punk years.</p> <p>But the breadth of the Cure’s musicality was on vivid display. It’s hard to believe the same band that produced the martial goth-rock of “The Hanging Garden” also gave us the baroque pop of “The Perfect Girl,” the party funk of “Hot Hot Hot!!!” and the scraping industrial rock of “alt.end.” For this humble viewer/listener, there was no stronger argument for the Cure’s continued relevance than the harrowing intensity of “One Hundred Years,” a nightmarish document of genocide supplemented by a photomontage of war atrocities projected behind the band. Its blast-furnace power was enough to raise the hair on my arms, even from the wilderness of the lawn. Ultimately, I’ll take that visceral feeling over the surface pleasures of “Friday I’m in Love” anytime. </p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>Open</p> <p>Kyoto Song</p> <p>A Night Like This</p> <p>Push</p> <p>In Between Days</p> <p>Pictures of You</p> <p>Closedown</p> <p>High</p> <p>The Walk</p> <p>Sleep When I’m Dead</p> <p>If Only Tonight We Can Sleep</p> <p>This Twilight Garden</p> <p>Lovesong</p> <p>Just Like Heaven</p> <p>Trust</p> <p>From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea</p> <p>alt. end</p> <p>End</p> <p><strong>ENCORE 1</strong></p> <p>Cold</p> <p>A Strange Day</p> <p>The Hanging Garden</p> <p>One Hundred Years </p> <p><strong>ENCORE 2</strong></p> <p>Piggy in the Mirror</p> <p>Never Enough</p> <p>Fascination Street</p> <p>Burn</p> <p><strong>ENCORE 3</strong></p> <p>Lullaby</p> <p>The Perfect Girl</p> <p>Hot Hot Hot!!!</p> <p>Wrong Number</p> <p><strong>ENCORE 4</strong></p> <p>Let’s Go to Bed</p> <p>Close to Me</p> <p>Why Can’t I Be You?</p> <p>Boys Don’t Cry</p>John ThomasonMon, 27 Jun 2016 10:40:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/27/concert-review-the-cure-in-miami/Arts & EventsMusicA Cheese Shop and a Culinary Tourhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/27/a-cheese-shop-and-a-culinary-tour/<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/village_cheese_interior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Village Cheese Shop goes way beyond cheese goodness</strong></p> <p>I love finding the small shops that sell both meals and all kinds of have-you-tried-this-yet culinary finds. So, I finally cleared my schedule to try the Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe in West Palm Beach’s CityPlace. It’s right next to Panera, and I saw folks in line at the cheese shop with drinks from Panera, or bags from Publix, so it had the flavor of a local food market.</p> <p>With the store’s signature cheese and charcuterie plates (big enough for 2-3 people, $24.95), plus paninis (I tried the Firenze: Black Forest ham, gruyere Swiss on grills bread with spinach and tomato, $8.95), sandwiches (I tried the Austria: Black Forest ham &amp; Swiss on rye with lettuce, tomato and champagne mustard, $8.95), wraps, salads and sides, I could see why this was a popular lunch site. The panini and sandwich were very good, service was great, and I was surrounded by all kinds of imported mixes, sweets, pistachios, muesli, balsamic vinegars and more. Also available are gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, breakfast specials, smoothies, coffee and espresso bar, omelets and a bakery. </p> <p><strong>Culinary tours hit Lake Worth, Lantana, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach</strong></p> <p>Another month of Taste History Culinary Tours is on the way, with cuisine, art, history and culture about local historic districts, the yet-to-be arts districts and other places you may not have discovered yet. Yes, you get to eat on the tours. The cost is $60 per person, free for children under 14, and reservations are required. The tours board outside Macy’s (801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/243-2662). July dates, all on Saturdays, are: July 9 - Lake Worth/Lantana; July 16 - Delray Beach/Boynton; July 23 - Delray Beach/Boynton Beach.</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> <p> </p>Lynn KalberMon, 27 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/27/a-cheese-shop-and-a-culinary-tour/DiningStaff Picks: Cafes and Cannolihttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/24/staff-picks-cafes-and-cannolis/<p><strong>Cannoli Kitchen</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.24_cannoli_kitchen.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Margaret Mary Shuff, Publisher</em></p> <p>“Cannoli Kitchen is a gustatory delight—a delightful take home or delivery choice! The Caesar salad is cold and crisp; the side of escarole and beans is tasty; and the veal rollatini is tender and delicious. Get a pepperoni pizza in lieu of pasta—just make sure you leave enough room for a homemade cannoli.”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.cannolikitchen.com" target="_blank">cannolikitchen.com</a> // 2001 N. Federal Highway // 561/338-2929)   </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Monet Cafe</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.24_monet_cafe.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by John Shuff, Contributing Writer</em></p> <p>Go in to Monet Café and order anything on the menu (but lunch only!) Each and every selection is yummy, and the chef/owner is an authentic talent from Normandy who has been cooking for Boca since 1990. Chef John Louis Quellier is the magician behind this magical cuisine. The café has Crepes Daisy, Crepes Cordon Bleu, homemade soups, salads and more.”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.monetcafeboca.com" target="_blank">monetcafeboca.com</a> // 7050 W. Palmetto Park Road #31 // 561.368-1740)</p>magazineFri, 24 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/24/staff-picks-cafes-and-cannolis/CommunityDream team soccer?http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/24/dream-team-soccer/<p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/soccer.jpg" width="320"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The word is leaking out that soccer stars of the upcoming Olympics—Argentina and Colombia—will be training in Boca Raton prior to the Olympics in Rio. But the BIG news is that they are rumored to be planning a soccer match July 21—possibly at FAU stadium. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Our sources say details have not been finalized but we are waiting to see how to get tickets for this dream team match-up.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In other Olympic news, we also hear that the synchronized swimming teams of both Canada and Switzerland will be training and staying here…</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Watch this space for more details as they become available!!!</span></p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedFri, 24 Jun 2016 11:57:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/24/dream-team-soccer/CommunityGrand Tastings and Burger Blendshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/24/grand-tastings-and-burger-blends/<p><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.24_jardin_assorted_dishes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Jardin “Chef’s Grand Tasting” series starts</strong></p> <p>A new summer dining series began in June at the new Jardin restaurant <em>(330 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/440-5273).</em> Started by husband/wife chef team and owners Jordan Lerman and Stephanie Cohen, the 15-course tasting menu is offered at 7 p.m., on Mondays through Aug. 29. The menu will change weekly, the cost is $75 per person, and a $30 wine or cocktail pairing is available, too. Only eight lucky diners get to participate, so reservations are a must. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.24_the_cooper_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Vote for local burgers joining Blended Burger Project</strong></p> <p>For a second year, the James Beard Foundation is sponsoring the Blended Burger Project, with chefs all over the country working to show customers a better burger. This project’s goal is to prove that great taste, better nutrition and increased sustainability can dish up a great-tasting burger. The secret ingredients are mushrooms. The idea was born from a partnership between the Mushroom Council and the Culinary Institute of America.</p> <p>Three Palm Beach County restaurants are participating: Tucker Duke’s <em>(1658 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/717-8153)</em>; The Cooper, Palm Beach Gardens <em>(4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032)</em>; and Chef’s Kitchen and Smokehouse <em>(</em><em>2911 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach</em><em>, 561/530-4822). </em>Burger fans should vote for their favorite burger <a href="https://www.jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/vote" target="_blank">here</a>, and the top five chefs will win a trip to New York City to be congratulated at the James Beard House. Voting ends July 31.</p> <p>Tucker Duke’s burger is made with crimini, shiitake and portabella mushroom blend, caramelized onions, smoked gouda pimento cheese, lacquered pork belly, spring mix, house-made ketchup on a crunch brioche onion bun. The Cooper’s burger, called The Butcher’s Blend Burger (pictured; photo by Libbyvision.com), has a combo of ground chuck, brisket, short rib, shiitake, maitake and black truffle mushrooms. Chef’s Kitchen has the Lionfish Seafood Burger, with shiitake mushrooms, scallops, shrimp, hemp seed, black radish jicama slaw and cilantro aioli on yucca bread. We could get used to these blends!</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>Lynn KalberFri, 24 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/24/grand-tastings-and-burger-blends/DiningFashion Forward: Juicy Jumpsuitshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/24/fashion-forward-juicy-jumpsuits/<p class="normal">It may be hard to believe, but guess what? Juicy Couture has brought the track back to Bloomingdale’s, whom recently announced the release of a limited collection of Juicy Couture Black Label classic velour tracksuits launching exclusively at Bloomingdale’s stores and on Bloomingdales.com this July. We’re not going to lie—we’ve missed this trend at LLScene. We used to frolic around our college campuses and sorority houses sporting these juicy tracksuits in every color. The tracksuit collection is part of the 100% Bloomingdale’s program, a series of designer capsule collections created exclusively for the retailer.                                                  </p> <p class="normal">“We are excited to bring Juicy Couture track back to Bloomingdale’s,” said Frank Doroff, Bloomingdale’s Vice Chairman. “Juicy was the originator of athleisure—a trend that resonates with our customers and has a strong presence in our Fall 2016 assortment.”                </p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.24_juicy_sweatsuit.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">The classic Juicy Couture tracksuit collection debuts with four iconic separates for women and girls. The women’s collection includes slim fit hooded and stand collar jackets, and slim and flare leg pants offered in seven colors including: top hat, pitch black, regal, golden camel, bitter olive, pomegranate and whisper pink. The pants retail for $88 and the jackets are $108. For girls, a slim fit hooded jacket and slim and wide leg pants will be offered in five colors including: pitch black, regal, top hat, dragonfruit and whisper pink. The pants retail for $52 (sizes 2-7) and $58 (sizes 8-14), and the jackets retail for $62 (sizes 2-7) and $68 (sizes 8-14).</p> <p class="normal">“In celebration of Juicy Couture’s 21st year, we are paying homage to the brand’s roots in track, an innovation that has solidified Juicy’s place in American pop culture,” said Jamie Salter, Chairman &amp; CEO, ABG. “We are excited to launch this collection in partnership with Bloomingdale’s, a retailer renowned for curating fashion, luxury and trend.”                                                        </p> <p class="normal">Juicy Couture’s #TRACKISBACK campaign, which launches in July, will encourage Juicy girls to join the excitement and share their track looks via Juicy Couture social channels. The launch will be supported nationally with co-op advertising, windows, in stores and online.</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="http://www.ll-scene.com/">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>LL SceneFri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/24/fashion-forward-juicy-jumpsuits/FashionShoppingShopping NewsReview: Juniper on the Waterhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/23/review-juniper-on-the-water/<div>Brunch. The perfect excuse to drink champagne before noon and splurge on all the things. When you live in South Florida, brunch can also sometimes bring you gorgeous views of the ocean or Intracoastal. I love spending my Sunday afternoons in the sun—even better with a cocktail in my hand and good food in my belly.</div> <div> </div> <div>A must-try spot for brunch? Juniper On The Water in Hallandale Beach. This New American-Mediterranean restaurant is located on the intracoastal waterway and has a covered outdoor terrace with an a gorgeous view. This is definitely the ideal spot for a sunny South Florida morning or afternoon. Although I’d prefer to eat outside when dining here, the interior is just as inviting. The atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming, exactly what you’d expect from a restaurant at the beach.</div> <div> </div> <div>A cool, refreshing cocktail is always needed at brunch, and Juniper has more than just your average brunch drinks. Case in point: the Juniper. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it tastes yummy, too! It’s a puree of cucumber and yellow bell pepper, Hendrix gin, St. Germain and lime, with a cumin-spiced rim. Sounds weird with the peppers, but you can’t taste it—I promise. I wouldn’t have known they were there had I not read the description.</div> <div> </div> <div>Smoked or house-cured salmon is another brunch staple for me. Juniper On The Water’s Salmon Platter comes with house citrus-cured salmon, cucumber, tomato, capers and red onion. Everything tasted so bright and fresh, but what fascinated me the most was the presentation. You could tell the chef intentionally positioned each ingredient so they intertwined perfectly on the plate.</div> <p><img alt="" height="426" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/juniper.jpg" width="490"></p> <div>The brunch menu has a great selection of salads, egg dishes and griddle classics, but I went for a Florida favorite—Mahi Tacos! Served on a corn tortilla with tomato, poblano peppers, red onions and ancho chili aioli, these fish tacos definitely hit the spot. The fish was fresh with great grill marks and a bit of a smokey flavor. The serving size was just right. The filling didn’t fall out as I wrapped up each tortilla to stuff my face, and that is a very important factor when it comes to tacos! I’d order these again for sure.</div> <div> </div> <div>Juniper On The Water is more than just a beautiful brunch spot. The restuarant also serves dinner and has a great happy hour, too. You’ll have to visit it for yourself! Read my <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/2016/06/juniper-on-the-water.html" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take A Bite Out of Boca. </div> <div> </div> <div> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at bocamag.com—and on her own blog, <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p> </div>Shaina WizovThu, 23 Jun 2016 21:30:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/23/review-juniper-on-the-water/Dining&#39;Small Amounts,&#39; Big Ideashttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/23/small-amounts-big-ideas/<p>The strongest compliment I can pay to Kenton Parker’s exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is that I forgot, if only for a few fleeting moments, that I was standing in an art museum. Parker specializes in walkable human-sized structures—experiential art projects that invite visitors inside. In spite of their self-reflexive flourishes, they transport museumgoers to other places—of warmth, of regret, of teenage community—far removed from the often-academic sterility of a gallery space.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/1262.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The centerpiece of the exhibition, in terms of its visual, aural and tactile significance, is “My First Kiss,” an intimate treehouse with room for three or four temporary residents at a time. It comes across as a place of escape and refuge, fortified on all sides by planks of wood, giant fronds and foliage, suggesting an ideal hideaway for the exchange of furtive kisses, potent weed and off-key karaoke to the music your parents hate (some of it, from the likes of AC/DC and Nilsson, plays on a loop from somewhere in the structure). Inside, butterflies painted directly onto the wood walls complement chrysalides gestating in jars. And if you lay on your back, you can lose yourself in “Space,” a mesmerizing seven-minute video of the cosmos beaming from a flat-screen—a dash of the universal attained through an edifice that couldn’t be more personal.</p> <p>If you never want to leave this enclave, that’s probably the point. Some visitors may long for treehouse experiences gone by, but the piece arguably works better for the treehouse-deprived majority, the city dwellers who never grew up with such structures, and who get to experience nostalgia by osmosis. “My First Kiss” feels like a lost memory newly recovered, even if it never existed to begin with.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/1264.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The treehouse shares the main gallery floor with “Always Sorry,” a mock flower shop whose canny name is a commentary on the boneheaded, inevitably male mistakes that keep florists in business. It’s even more lifelike than “My First Kiss,” because it’s a full 360-degree effort: Behind the shop, chipped pots and crates contain logs, tree branches and watering cans, and there’s a wheelbarrow and open bag of Miracle Gro scattered among the detritus, waiting for their next project.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/1266.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>At the front of the shop, live flowers imprint aromas in the air that will signify different emotions for different people. Cacti and aloe sprout from a rooftop mini garden, and the inside of the cramped store is littered with arrangements (fake ones this time), seed packets, spray bottles and the occasional gewgaw. I’ve never seen a flower shop like that outside of “The Little Shop of Horrors,” but perhaps that, too, is the point: “Always Sorry” is a hyperreal evocation of a theoretical business.</p> <p>Works in acrylic, oil, graphite and crayon hang on the surrounding walls, offering mostly abstract imagery that harmonizes with the centerpieces thanks to vivid, childlike, explorative strokes. Existential profundity imbues the deceptively simple “Infinity Clock,” Parker’s refurbished wall clock with the hands removed, which reinforces the outside-of-time ambience of the show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/1263.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>By contrast, the need to recognize and catalog the passing of time colors the deliberate banality of “Traffic,” an hour-long montage of Parker’s work commute in L.A., filmed with a mounted camera and scored with whatever music he was listening to on his car stereo at the time. I appreciate the artistic sentiment involved, but it doesn’t make “Traffic” any more exciting to watch—especially when the sights, smells, sounds and false memories of “My First Kiss” continue to beckon, just a few steps away.</p> <p><em>“Kenton Parker: Everything Counts in Small Amounts” runs through Aug. 21 at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 for students, seniors and children ages 17 or under. Call 954/921-3274 or visit artandculturecenter.org.</em></p>John ThomasonThu, 23 Jun 2016 13:55:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/23/small-amounts-big-ideas/ArtArts & EventsDrive times, Garlic Fest appeal &amp; more news and noteshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/23/drive-times-garlic-fest-appeal-more-news-and-notes/<h3 class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/traffic.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Traffic counts &amp; downtown development<span>     </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Speakers at Boca Raton City Council meetings regularly complain about travel on Palmetto Park Road through downtown. In making their complaints, they spare no hyperbole. Example: “I spent 45 minutes the other day driving from the beach to I-95.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>A new study, however, puts numbers on how long it should take to make that drive.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>According to the consulting firm Kimley-Horn, the 3.1-mile trip from I-95 to A1A would take six and a half minutes at 30 miles per hour if you made all seven traffic lights and didn’t have to stop for a train crossing or a bridge opening. Maybe that happens at 1 a.m., but it doesn’t happen when most people are driving.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Hitting all seven red lights would add five minutes. Having to stop at the Florida East Coast Railway crossing would add five minutes. Having to wait for the Intracoastal Waterway bridge to open would add eight minutes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>So Kimley-Horn concludes that driving through downtown on Palmetto Park Road should take 11 minutes in “good conditions” but can take as long as 22.5 minutes. The company conducted its study on a Wednesday in late May, making 20 trips between noon and 5 p.m. The study found that the average trip took 13.2 minutes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>The study, however, does not confirm the conclusions of those speakers at council meetings that the main cause of downtown traffic is downtown development. In fact, the study points out that traffic counts all along Palmetto Park Road remain far under projections in the Development of Regional Impact document that governs downtown.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Bigger factors than development are train crossings, bridge openings and drivers from outside Boca Raton going north and south through the city. The traffic count on Dixie Highway south of Palmetto Park Road is 32 percent above the DDRI projection. Dixie Highway has become the downtown bypass the city envisioned that it would be—and then some.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>To make downtown driving easier, Kimley-Horn does not recommend a building moratorium. The company does recommend that Boca Raton find ways to reduce train and bridge delays. The train issue is especially timely, with All Abroad Florida set to start running 32 passengers trains a day in 2017. Transportation planners also hope to see commuter trains on the FEC once All Abroad Florida has finished the double-tracking for its new service.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>According to Kimley-Horn, the gates are down between two and 10 minutes for freight trains and will be down 60 seconds for All Aboard Florida trains. The bridge opens for eight minutes on the half hour. Kimley-Horn suggests ways that new traffic signal patterns could better clear grade crossings before trains arrive. Fewer bridge openings would help drivers, but such a change likely would require approval from the Florida Inland Navigation District and the Coast Guard, which worry about boaters.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Those are among the cheaper, short-term ideas. The city council already has asked staff to restore turn lanes at Northeast/Southeast Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park Road and to improve the signal pattern.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Longer-term, the options get more ambitious and more expensive. The city could widen Northeast Second Street from City Hall to Fifth Avenue. The city could widen Northwest Fourth Avenue from Camino Real to Spanish River Boulevard. The city could widen Palmetto Park Road to six lanes between I-95 and Dixie Highway. The city could widen Dixie Highway to six lanes and even build overpasses or underpasses at key points.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Those ambitious, expensive options would be controversial, which explains why Mayor Susan Haynie noted that the council hasn’t begun even to discuss them. Naturally, Kimley-Horn also recommends more study.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Regarding development, Kimley-Horn does recommend that builders minimize traffic disruption during construction. But the study makes clear that while development does bring traffic, downtown development isn’t the primary cause of downtown driving problems.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">One more thought on Wildflower</h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Here’s one more thought for now on Boca Raton’s effort to put a restaurant on the Wildflower property.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>I wrote recently that James Hendrey, who said he led the effort to gather signatures for a petition referendum against the restaurant—without mentioning the restaurant— threatened a lawsuit from what he predicted would be noise floating across the Intracoastal Waterway and north to his home on Spanish Trail. Hendrey said others in the Riviera neighborhood also would be plaintiffs.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Any such lawsuit, however, would not serve to block the restaurant if the petition fails in November. Plaintiffs could not claim damage before the restaurant opened. They also would have to document any “damage” over a sustained period.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Riviera’s HOA chairman, who lives just north of Hendrey, also suggested that the wafting smell of grease would annoy him and his neighbors. Hmm. I’ve been to the Houston’s restaurants that Hillstone Restaurant Group operates in Boca and Pompano Beach, and I couldn’t smell anything on the outside, offensive or otherwise. Good luck documenting that “damage” from restaurant on the Wildflower property.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Garlic Fest appeal</h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>On Tuesday night, the Delray Beach City Commission either rejected the appeal on a date for Garlic Fest 2017 or will wait until the next meeting to do so.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Festival Management Group, which stages Garlic Fest, had challenged City Manager Don Cooper’s denial of the company’s wish to hold the event next February. Cooper said the city’s new special events policy doesn’t allow two major events downtown in the same month, and the annual pro tennis tournament is already scheduled for February.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Seeking to pressure the commission into granting her appeal, Festival Management Group’s Nancy Stewart- Franczak turned out non-profit groups that receive money from Garlic Fest. The Boy Scouts were there. The Eagle-ettes, Atlantic High School’s jazz dance team, were there. How could the cruel city commission kill Garlic Fest and thus hurt the city’s kids?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>As all the commissioners made clear, the issue was not <br> “killing” Garlic Fest. The issue was the city’s new special events policy, which was more than a year in the making with the help of a panel that included Stewart-Franczak. Festival Management Group could choose a different month without a conflict or hold the event in February outside of downtown.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Especially with Commissioner Al Jacquet, Stewart-Franczak overplayed the charity angle. Jacquet said the assembled children had been told “a big lie” about the commission’s intent. Jacquet reminded the audience that the policy arose because residents complained that downtown events have become more hassle than benefit.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Shelly Petrolia made a motion to deny the appeal. Jacquet joined her in voting for it. Mitch Katz and Jordana Jarjura voted against. Mayor Carey Glickstein was absent.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Jarjura had sought a compromise—giving Garlic Fest its February date just for 2017 if Stewart-Franczak agreed not to ask for February after that. As City Attorney Noel Pfeffer noted, however, any such agreement would not be binding on a future commission.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Despite Jarjura telling her to “count your votes,” Stewart-Franczak didn’t seem interested in such a compromise anyway, asking, “What if I don’t find another location?” She and Jacquet, who was running the meeting in Glickstein’s absence, had a hostile exchange as patience dissipated and nerves frayed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Despite Stewart-Franczak’s attitude, Katz proposed a motion on the Jarjura compromise. In an email Wednesday, Jarjura said the compromise had been her attempt to help the non-profits, which hadn’t been involved in setting the policy. That motion drew the same 2-2 vote. So it failed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Eventually, the commission unanimously deferred the issue to the July 5 meeting. Pfeffer, though, said he is researching <em>Robert’s Rules of Order</em>. Petrolia contends that the first 2-2 vote killed the appeal, because it didn’t get a majority. It also was my understanding before the meeting that a tie would mean the appeal had failed, since Stewart-Franczak had sought it. Apparently, the question is whether the vote denied the appeal or amounted to no action, leaving the issue unresolved.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>It may not matter either way. Glickstein has been as forceful as Petrolia in wishing to limit downtown events and not having the city subsidize them. He likely would have disliked the pressure tactics, too. If all five members are at the July 5 meeting, the commission probably will reject the appeal 3-2 unless Festival Management Group comes up with a more appealing compromise that wouldn’t cause the commission to undermine its own policy.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Rumor Control</h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Sometimes in reporting, reporters act as Rumor Control. Here’s an example:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Not long ago, Delray Beach Commissioner Mitch Katz asked if I had heard a rumor about Palm Beach County wanting to open a south-county homeless center. Katz and any other Delray official would be interested because their city is the geographic center of southern Palm Beach County, making it the logical location.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>So I called County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents south county. “It’s more than a rumor,” he said. The county staff is studying the idea. As Abrams stressed, however, nothing will happen soon. It’s one of the county’s “long-range projects.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>For years, the county had no full-service homeless shelter. That changed in 2012, with the opening of the Phillip D. Lewis Shelter in West Palm Beach, named for the former Florida Senate president and advocate for the homeless. With that opening, however, has come a push for facilities in other parts of the county.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Which brings us to the south-county government center on Congress Avenue south of Atlantic Avenue. Abrams calls it a “very good location,” since it’s near an office of the county health department. The center offers some “in-client services,” as Abrams calls it, but anything permanent would be a “huge funding item.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>If voters approve a one-center increase in the sales tax this November, there would be money to modernize the Delray Beach complex and possibly offer homeless services on the first floor, after moving other offices. Even in that event, nothing would happen soon.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Interim city attorney</h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>As expected, the Delray Beach City Commission made Janice Rustin the interim city attorney, effective after Pfeffer leaves on Friday. With the commission having failed to choose a successor or contracting with a private lawyer, the city manager had noted that Delray’s charter requires someone with the title.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span>Sadly, however, comments by commissioners at the end of Tuesday’s meeting indicated that the wide divide over the city attorney’s office remains.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>       </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>              </span><span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p>Randy SchultzThu, 23 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/23/drive-times-garlic-fest-appeal-more-news-and-notes/City WatchCommunityDeborah James Preps Friday Salehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/22/deborah-james-preps-friday-sale/<p><img alt="" height="286" src="/site_media/uploads/boca-store.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Get ready, girls: June 24, 2016 is about to become a day Palm Beach County fashionistas will never forget. Deborah James, the noteworthy women’s clothing boutique with locations in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, has announced two incredible events beginning this Friday.</p> <p>The first event marks the beginning of every fashion-conscious girl’s favorite occasion—a clothing sale. The boutique will have its annual <a dir="ltr">4th of July</a> sale, where key styles from your favorite designers are marked-down 50 precent off or more." These markdowns will surely help every girl on her quest for the perfect Fourth of July barbecue outfit and the right accessorizes to go along with it.</p> <p>Friday is also when Deborah James is hosting a special event at the boutique in Royal Palm Place (followed by a Saturday event in the Las Olas location). The event will be showcasing clothes from an emerging New York designer, Jakett. Customers have the chance to shop the designer’s handcrafted linens with leather trim as well as the boutique’s newest modernized vintage arrivals.</p> <p>The clothes at Deborah James combine a laid-back feel with a classy vibe to create the perfect South Florida woman’s uniform. Each piece shows how up-to-date the boutique is with fashion trends while maintaining Deborah James’ signature individualistic feel.</p> <p>Deborah James, the owner of the boutique, is a Coral Springs native and a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her boutique strives to revamp the personal shopping experience with exemplary customer service and focuses on unique but wearable clothes—two things that will surely be present at these events. For more information, contact the store at 561/367-9600.</p>Shellie FraiWed, 22 Jun 2016 14:17:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/22/deborah-james-preps-friday-sale/FashionShoppingShopping NewsThe New PTA: Parental Travel Anxietyhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-new-pta-parental-travel-anxiety/<p>There are few things that I love more than travel. When I was single and even after I was married, I made every effort to see the exotic places in this world that would become infinitely more difficult to visit once I had countless diapers, a pack ‘n’ play and a rigid nap and feeding schedule to deal with.</p> <p><img alt="" height="446" src="/site_media/uploads/6.22_travel_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But after the last two weeks, all I want to do is stay home, bubble wrap my kid and keep her locked in her room until after college. It’s a scary time to be a parent in this world, Boca moms. There are so many things out of our control and when traveling as a family, there are even more nerve-wracking variables. Sometimes, I feel like it’s not even worth it to leave the Boca city limits. I’ve dubbed this feeling <strong>PTA: Parental Travel Anxiety—</strong>and families have every reason to be anxious.</p> <p>Less than two weeks ago, I thought Orlando was safer than safe. Now, we’re going to see families forbid their children from splashing in the shallows of manmade lakes and ban their teenagers from attending live concerts. I am headed out on a girls’ trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. As I was thinking about girlfriends to invite on the cruise, I had to eliminate every pregnant (or trying to get pregnant) lady in my life because of the threat of Zika. And don’t even get me started on the mommy guilt I have for leaving my child for seven whole days…</p> <p>Will all of this mounting “PTA” prevent families from traveling around Florida? Will parents stop taking sanity-saving adult vacations? Will schools even start to consider limiting field trips to educational destinations near and far? Only time and our precautions will tell. But as my father would say every time I left our house as a teenager: Be smart. Be safe.</p> <p>And hold your kids close whether you’re home in Boca Raton or on the road to your next family travel destination.</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="http://www.modernbocamom.com/"><em>ModernBocaMom.com</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>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 22 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/22/the-new-pta-parental-travel-anxiety/CommunityOrangeTheory to open at Delray Marketplacehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/22/orangetheory-to-open-at-delray-marketplace/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The Fort Lauderdale-based exercise franchise <a href="http://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/west-delray-beach" target="_blank">OrangeTheory Fitness</a> is opening a new 3,100-square-foot location at Delray Marketplace this summer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/credit_orange_theory.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(Photo Credit: OrangeTheory)</em> </p> <p>The OrangeTheory brand offers hour-long high-intensity interval training classes focusing on cardiovascular and strength training. During each class, exercisers use a variety of equipment, including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training and weights, burning an average 900 calories per session. Like the name implies, OrangeTheory workouts are designed to push exercisers into the orange target heart rate zone during workouts, which helps to maintain the calorie burning, heart healthy benefits of exercise hours after it’s over. Exercisers wear heart rate monitors, which display their heart rates during class.</p> <p>The new studio at Delray Marketplace, owned and operated by West Delray Fitness, has started pre-sales and is offering an introductory <a href="http://promos.socialphds.com/west-delray-beach" target="_blank">free week</a>. Plans are to open the new OrangeTheory in mid August.</p> <p>For more, call 561/376-1127 or visit the new location’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Orangetheory-Fitness-West-Delray-Beach-1052082541529125/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>. Delray Marketplace is a 254,686 square-foot dining, entertainment and shopping destination in west Delray, located at 14851 Lyons Road, west of the Florida Turnpike. </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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Taryn TacherWed, 22 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/22/orangetheory-to-open-at-delray-marketplace/FitnessHealth/BeautyThe Week Ahead: June 21 to 27http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/21/the-week-ahead-june-21-to-27-1/<p>TUESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/yogaday.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: International Yoga Day</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20 advance, $25 at gate</p> <p>Contact: corbin.stacy@namastacyyoga.org</p> <p>How you planked, lotused, or downward-dogged lately? There’s no better day to break out your yoga pants (assuming you don’t already wear them to Publix like everybody else) than June 21, labeled International Yoga Day by the august body of the United Nations General Assembly. The date was selected because it kicks off the Summer Solstice and is the longest day of the year—and regular yoga engagers know a thing or two about stretching things out. This second-annual fundraiser for the Nama Stacy Yoga Corporation’s national nonprofit will feature yoga variations for all speeds, ages and body types, including kids’ yoga and acro yoga, along with a drum circle, DJ and no less than 108 sun salutations planned. Health-conscious vendors will offer wellness and nutrition goods to complement your yoga meditations. </p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/sf-soul-of-motor-city-broward-stage-door-review-p-20160616.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Soul of Motor City”</strong></p> <p>Where: Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-7765, <a href="http://www.stagedoortheatre.com" target="_blank">stagedoortheatre.com</a></p> <p>South Florida in 2016 is a long way from Detroit in 1960, but the Stage Door Theatre aims to transport its audiences to the birth of Motown thanks to this nostalgic jukebox musical by Kevin Black. There is little to no story connecting the songs, but Black has organized them into thematic groups spanning two decades and roughly 40 compositions from a who’s-who of Detroit soul: Aretha Franklin, Jackson 5, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, the Temptations, and the list goes on. A talented sextet of performers brings fresh, young perspectives on the timeless tunes, with new arrangements or modified tempos re-invigorating the timeless standards. The show runs through July 17.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/lachlanpattersonphoto14112584846.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lachlan Patterson</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $20 with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 954/981-5653, <a href="http://improvftl.com" target="_blank">improvftl.com</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>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/dashboard_confessional_5735.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Dashboard Confessional</strong></p> <p>Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$65</p> <p>Contact: 305/358-7550, <a href="http://www.livenation.com" target="_blank">livenation.com</a></p> <p>Boca Raton native son Chris Carrabba, the emotionally naked, tear-stained voice of Dashboard Confessional, recently told an interviewer that of all his music, it’s the songs “that happened in a vacuum” that have enjoyed the most longevity—the music he made early in his burgeoning career, before anybody outside of now-defunct South Florida punk clubs knew who he was. It’s been 10-plus years since Carrabba has enjoyed that kind of anonymity, but the emo-rock icon says he’s been liberated by the band’s seven-year hiatus from releasing albums, with his latest output harkening back to the halcyon days of Dashboard’s “Swiss Army Romance” and “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most.” Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that songs from those albums dominate the group’s comeback tour, which is split between full-band and acoustic performances. Expect eardrum-bursting adulation from the audience at this hometown show, part of this year’s “Taste of Chaos” bill that also includes Taking Back Sunday, Saosin and the Early November.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/la-et-mn-brian-depalma-profile-documentary-20160606-snap.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “De Palma”</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 6:45 and 8:50 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $9-$11</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-4567, <a href="http://www.mbcinema.com" target="_blank">mbcinema.com</a></p> <p>Dismissed by many as a Hitchcock imitator and/or a perverse misogynist, Brian de Palma has survived five decades of making uncompromising, luridly violent features that, his champions argue, find poetry amid the carnage. Perhaps because of his polarizing reputation, he has neither the name recognition nor the Oscar statuettes accrued by the fellow “movie brats” with whom he emerged in the ‘70s, like Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg. This documentary, by fellow filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, corrects the record by allowing its subject to speak at great length about every entry in his impressive canon, from landmarks like “Carrie,” “Scarface” and “Blow Out” through misfires like “Bonfire of the Vanities” and even his music videos. De Palma, who informs the camera that he “grew up in an operating room” where he “saw a lot of blood,” comes off as genial and candid, accepting praise for his films where it’s due and, more bravely, admitting to his mistakes.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/south-pacific-in-concert-image-002-7892823d50.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: KCO’s “South Pacific” in Concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$42</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="http://www.fauevents.com" target="_blank">fauevents.com</a></p> <p>Arguably Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest musical, “South Pacific” received an elegant production earlier this year at the Wick. But you’ve probably never seen a live version like this. The Klezmer Company Orchestra will tackle this herculean show for the first time ever as its annual Spirit of America performance at FAU. KCO maestro Aaron Kula will conduct his 40-member orchestra through the original orchestration used on Broadway, while 10 actor-singers will present a semi-staged concert version of the show—among them Graham Fandrei, Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei and the award-winning Avery Sommers. The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida will supplement the action with lush vocal harmonies, promising a fresh—and decidedly local—new take on R&amp;S’s tale of romance and prejudice during World War II.</p> <p>MONDAY, JUNE 27</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/original.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Cure</strong></p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>Cost: $25-$125</p> <p>Contact: 305/358-7550, <a href="http://www.livenation.com" target="_blank">livenation.com</a></p> <p>The Cure hasn’t enjoyed a major worldwide hit in nearly 25 years, but that’s fine with us, thank you very much. From 1979 to 1992, core vocalist Robert Smith and his revolving door of musicians released a nine-album run of unalloyed classics that collectively brought goth-rock into the mainstream and vice versa. Early, spiky albums like “Thirteen Imaginary Boys” and “Boys Don’t Cry” placed these London upstarts at the vanguard of the burgeoning post-punk renaissance; the brooding “Faith” and “Pornography” wallowed masterfully in a mascara-stained forest of shadowy malaise; and mid-career touchstones like “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” and “Wish” found that the Cure had enough pop sunshine to flood even the darkest corners of their earlier work. Smith’s onstage persona, complete with bold lipstick, “Edward Scissorhands” makeup and raven’s-nest hair, has unified all versions of the Cure, whose 2016 tour marks its first South Florida appearance in nine years. In the press release, the band promises “37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favorites, and as-yet-unreleased tracks in a brand-new stage production.”</p>John ThomasonTue, 21 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/21/the-week-ahead-june-21-to-27-1/Arts & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsThe Dream: Pizza, Burgers and Ice Creamhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/21/the-dream-pizza-burgers-and-ice-cream/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.21_hoffman's_chocolates.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Hoffman’s Chocolate sales benefit Literacy Coalition</strong></p> <p>Now E-A-T this… Choose one of Hoffman’s Chocolates’ new “Stay Cool &amp; Celebrate Summer” sundaes or milkshakes from now through July 31, and you will help donate to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, a United Way of Palm Beach County partner. The new treats were chosen from Hoffman employees’ ideas, and include Choco Nana Peanut Butter Pie (pictured), Mint to Be Mine, Salted Coffee Chaos, Coconut Getaway and Banana Hoffsters, and more. If you stop at Hoffman’s in Broward, the United Way of Broward County’s ReadingPals Program benefits. Mouthwatering ice cream and supporting literacy—you really can’t lose. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.21_the_counter_sliders.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Burgers in miniature make The Counter happy hour menu</strong></p> <p>I admit to being a slider fan or maybe even a fanatic. Put most goodies on tiny buns, and it will be tried. Now comes word from The Counter <em>(Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em> that they’re putting mini versions of their signature burgers—beef, housemade vegan veggie, turkey, skirt steak and crab cake—together as a happy hour delight (pictured). They have grilled wings, loaded tots and fried dill pickles, too. Just slide those sliders my way, thanks. And to round out the happy hour, they also serve beer, wine and cocktails.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.21_grato_pizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Wednesdays rock at Grato with DJ</strong></p> <p>The new hit restaurant Grato <em>(1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach)</em> has started Wednesdays ROCK at 9:30 p.m., with DJ Jeffery Michaels playing a mix of classic and modern rock ‘n’ roll. Put one of the terrific pizzas on your table (pictured), grab a drink and rock out. </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>Lynn KalberTue, 21 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/21/the-dream-pizza-burgers-and-ice-cream/DiningThe Delray events debate heats up tonight &amp; other news around Delray and Bocahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/21/the-delray-events-debate-heats-up-tonight-other-news-around-delray-and-boca/<h3><img alt="" height="365" src="/site_media/uploads/garlic-1.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Delray’s event debate    </h3> <p>We will find out tonight whether the Delray Beach City Commission really wants to reduce the number and intensity of downtown events.</p> <p>       Delray Beach Arts., Inc., which sponsors Garlic Fest, has appealed the Special Events Technical Advisory Committee’s denial of the request to hold Garlic Fest next Feb. 10-12. It would take place the same month as the pro tournament at the tennis center. City Manager Don Cooper said the new policy allows just one “major event” per month. The policy defines “major” as an event that lasts for more than one day, draws at least 10,000 people, costs at least $20,000 in city services and requires a road closure.</p> <p>       Nancy Stewart-Franczak is president of Delray Beach Arts, Inc., and a principal of Festival Management Group. It’s the umbrella organization for Garlic Fest, Delray Affair, the Wine &amp; Seafood Fest and the Bacon &amp; Bourbon Fest. Changes to Delray Beach’s special events policy would most affect Festival Management Group.</p> <p>       In a June 8 letter to Cooper, Stewart-Franczak requested an appeal regarding the date and challenged the city’s estimate of the event’s costs. She said Delray Beach has allowed Garlic Fest and the tennis tournament to take place in February for 17 years, and that the 2017 dates “have been on the books since December 2014.”</p> <p>       In addition, Stewart-Franczak said her group has made “extensive changes and upgrades” based on comments from the city. One is to offer free admission to Delray Beach residents. Commissioners, based on comments from constituents, have complained that Garlic Fest and other events draw mostly out-of-towners who make the weekend miserable for locals. The free admission, Stewart-Franczak said, “will give us accurate data” regarding that complaint. She also claimed that denial “seems to be a violation of due process,” griped that the city had delayed a decision, pointed out that she has contracts with sponsors and said the Event Evaluation Form has not been completed.</p> <p>       Two days later, Cooper responded to Stewart-Franczak. He called the one-major-event-per-month policy “a directive from the city commission” that the special events committee cannot waive. Thus the need to appeal. Cooper acknowledged the “positive changes. . .in lessening the pact of the event.” Among other things, the event would have 17 fewer exhibitors and would provide a shuttle service to reduce traffic congestion.</p> <p>       Regarding Stewart-Franczak’s claim that the old policy should prevail because “new policies and procedures have not yet been adopted,” Cooper said the city actually has adopted the policies. The commission, Cooper said, wanted to “implement” those policies for events taking place after Oct. 1. Most of Stewart-Franczak’s other points, Cooper said, were irrelevant to the appeal.</p> <p>       Obviously, Stewart-Franczak has a financial interest in the outcome. Commissioners also understood when they raised this issue that these special events are long-standing and have followings. Commissioners, though, also spoke of hearing from residents who said the events now need Delray Beach more than Delray Beach needs the events, so the city should minimize the impact and not incur costs.</p> <p>       City staff has produced a policy that supposedly carries out the commission’s wish, so the commission’s response will be telling. The limit of one event per month is designed to allow time for cleanup and to avoid subjecting downtown to repeated events. If the commission undercuts Cooper and grants the appeal, what good is the policy? What about all the work that went into it?</p> <p>       Stewart-Franczak argues that the 2017 version of Garlic Fest would require no road closures, thus making it an “intermediate” event. Cooper said Monday that road closures are “not the only criteria for a major event,” and that “cost to the city and numbers are also a factor.”</p> <p>       Mayor Carey Glickstein, who with Commissioner Shelly Petrolia has been most supportive of a new special events policy, won’t be at tonight’s meeting. With luck, Vice Mayor Al Jacquet will show up to run it. Petrolia likely will vote to deny the appeal, as Stewart-Franczak acknowledged in her letter. Stewart-Franczak, however, also implied that Jordana Jarjura and Mitch Katz would support having Garlic Fest and the tennis tournament in the same month.</p> <p>       When I told Jarjura about the letter on Monday, she emailed Stewart-Franczak to say that she has not taken a position and will meet today with city staff. In her letter, Stewart-Franczak said she had commission support because the tennis tournament doesn’t draw big crowds. Jarjura responded that she “would need to know what the actual impact of the tennis event was. . .and whether the city had the capacity to support that event and the Garlic Fest.”</p> <p>       Katz told me that he is “very torn” but believes that tennis is “not that big an event.” He wants to hear from staff and Stewart-Franczak about alternate dates and alternate locations. In another letter, Stewart-Franczak said the former Office Depot site “would be an ideal/perfect location to use as event grounds.”</p> <p>       With Glickstein absent, a 2-2 vote is possible. In that event, Stewart-Franczak would lose the appeal. The vote, though, will be as much about the special events policy as it is about Garlic Fest.</p> <h3>More Boca vs. Beach &amp; Park District</h3> <p>       The exchange of communications between Boca Raton and the Greater Boca Raton Beach &amp; Park District is training people on both sides for the State Department.</p> <p>       A year ago came the first diplomatic cable. Boca Raton wanted to change the operating agreement between the city and the district, which the Legislature created in 1974. The district responded that the city’s proposed changes would violate its governing legislation.</p> <p>       For months, however, district board members didn’t specify those complaints. After some back channel negotiations, board chairman Bob Rollins last week delivered to the city council a revised agreement.</p> <p>       Rollins told me that the main issues include fee-setting, operating costs and input on scheduling. Unfortunately, the revision wasn’t a comparison. It didn’t show what the district had changed. The most efficient response would have been to underline new portions and draw lines through portions that the district had eliminated. That’s how bills make their way through the Legislature.</p> <p>       As of Monday, the city was reading over the new version. Whoever finally resolves this dispute might have a place in the next presidential administration.</p> <h3>Hold on Harms</h3> <p>       Speaking of the beach and park district, Assistant Director Briann Harms has told board members that she does not want them to consider her for the director’s job until after the November election.</p> <p>       Board members were ready to promote Harms this month before she asked for the delay. Three of the five board seats come open this year. Chairman Bob Rollins told me Harms didn’t want to take the job with the possibility of a new majority looming.</p> <p>       So the board’s attorney, Arthur Koski, will continue serving also as interim director. That would be the same Arthur Koski who is suing the city in federal court over approval of Chabad East Boca.</p> <p>Interim Delray attorney?</p> <p>       With the Delray Beach City Commission in a holding pattern over the choice of a new city attorney, City Manager Don Cooper wants the commission to make Janice Rustin the interim attorney on a short-term basis.</p> <p>       Rustin is the most senior of the three lawyers who will remain on staff after Pfeffer’s last day, which is Friday. The fifth position is vacant. Commissioners have expressed interest in Pfeffer continuing to help the city on a spot basis, but Pfeffer told me Monday that he must work out details with his new firm. Pfeffer expects to submit a proposal this week for his services after Friday.</p> <p>       Pfeffer, however, will be away for about a month, and Cooper believes that Delray Beach’s charter requires that the commission name “a city attorney designate in order to continue the city’s business.” Rustin has worked for the city almost a decade. The other two attorneys were hired in the last few weeks. The commission will decide tonight.</p> <h3>OSS management</h3> <p>       A big change is underway regarding Delray Beach’s most popular public place – Old School Square.</p> <p>       The management agreement between the city and the non-profit that operates Old School Square on city land dates to 1990 and has been amended several times. On tonight’s city commission agenda is an item to extend the group’s lease, which expires on July 31, on a month-by-month basis no longer than Dec. 31.</p> <p>       City Manager Don Cooper said in an email, “We are seeking a unified management of the (Old School Square) facility so one entity will be responsible for what occurs at the location.” Not surprisingly, Cooper said that “working those details out is taking some time.”</p> <h3>New job for Harris</h3> <p>       Ty Harris, Boca Raton’s former director of development services, has taken a job with the Gray Robinson law firm.</p> <p>       Harris, who has a law degree, will carry the title “of counsel.” He will work out of the firm’s Boca Raton office, whose attorneys often have business before the city. Harris told me Monday, however, that he will be working at first in other areas of Florida for the statewide firm. Gray Robinson’s clients in Boca Raton are developers, but the firm also represents local governments. Harris said his work will be on both sides of development applications.</p> <p>       Meanwhile, the city will hire a recruiting firm to search for Harris’ successor. Harris joined the city last summer. He resigned because of an insurance dispute. The city’s carrier wouldn’t cover a drug Harris’ son needs. Gray Robinson’s carrier will.</p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 21 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/21/the-delray-events-debate-heats-up-tonight-other-news-around-delray-and-boca/City WatchCommunityConcert Review: Keith Urban at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatrehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/20/concert-review-keith-urban-at-perfect-vodka-amphitheatre/<div class="published-date"> <div class="post-content"> <div class="post-content"> <p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.]</p> <p> </p> <p>Rain or shine, crowds gathered at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre on Saturday night to experience Keith Urban's RipCORD Tour--and despite a typical Florida storm in the middle of the show, Urban and his opening acts did not disappoint.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/100620musik1fdanh001.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Maren Morris opened the show with a seven-song set list, and the crowd went wild when she played her top hit, “My Church,” at the end of the set. Her voice echoed beautifully throughout the amphitheater, and she left the crowd wanting more when it was time to hand the show over to the next act, Brett Eldredge.</p> <p>Storm clouds rolled in as the crowd waited patiently for Eldredge to take the stage. Concert organizers told everyone from the amphitheater’s lawn to crowd under the pavilion because of a severe weather warning. People began packing into the pavilion, and I quickly noticed myself talking to everyone around me as we waited for the storm to pass. We all had one thing in common: Rain would not keep us from Keith Urban.</p> <p>After nearly hour of braving an intense lightning show and lots of rain, Eldredge finally took the stage. The wait may have made his belated appearance seem more special, but it also could have been the fact that he was wearing a straitjacket to complement the lyrics of his opening song, “Lose My Mind.” A colorful light show quickly replaced the lightning looming in the distance. He played six songs, and each one flowed perfectly into the next. When he played “Mean To Me,” he had the entire crowd turn on their flashlights to simulate fireflies and made everyone sing along. A sea of light took precedence, and everyone sang in perfect harmony amid the slight drizzle that still pattered the lawn of the amphitheater. It was beautiful. </p> <p>When Eldredge walked off stage, I began to realize that I’d be seeing Keith Urban, in the flesh, within the next five minutes. When the time finally came, I may or may not have been hyperventilating. When he appeared on stage, all that could be seen was his silhouette playing a guitar. When the lights finally came on and he jumped toward center stage, the crowd erupted.</p> <p>Just when I thought <em>my</em> Keith Urban fandom had hit its peak, he called onstage two girls who were holding a sign that said “2 SISTERS, 1 WISH, MEET KU.” These girls were the definition of obsessed. They explained that they traveled all the way from Raleigh, N.C., and that they’ve taken the poster to 28 of his shows hoping to be noticed. One of the women showed the audience a tattoo on her back of three of her favorite songs, and asked Urban to sign her back so that she could add his personalized signature to the tattoo. He was humbled by their admiration for him and was honored to sign her back. </p> <p>When the girls exited the stage, Urban kept the show going, regularly switching guitars between songs. As the cameras on the Jumbrotrons panned to his hands, I wondered how someone could play guitar as fast as he could while constantly jumping around the stage. His stage presence was effortless. The lights and the atmosphere were so inviting that by the sixth song, it seemed as if everyone had forgotten about the rain and had become entranced by his vocal abilities (and his unforgettable, beautiful, wonderful Australian accent). </p> <p>Typically, Urban would move to a “B stage” closer to the lawn toward the end of the show, but the weather didn’t allow for it. He still engaged the crowd on the hill as best as he could and made sure to include everyone who attended the concert as we all jumped around in perfect synchronization. Urban invited Brett Eldredge back on stage to sing “Somebody Like You,” and Maren Morris helped Keith sing “We Were Us.” Carrie Underwood even made a virtual appearance on the giant horizontal screen behind Keith to sing along to “The Fighter.” </p> <p>Near the end of the show, Urban called a young boy on stage and handed him his guitar to play and keep. The boy’s face encompassed how all of us were feeling all night—simply awestruck to be in the presence of someone so great. It’s always reassuring to admire someone from afar and be instantly sure that they’re as genuine as you thought they were. I felt like I was watching a friend perform on stage, someone I’ve known for years.</p> <p>Urban closed the show with his latest hit, “Wasted Time.” Although it was 11:30, much later than anyone anticipated being at the venue, the crowd was as energetic as ever as rainbow confetti shot out of cannons. On a rainy night in West Palm Beach, he proved to be a man who genuinely enjoys being onstage and making people happy while doing it. </p> <p><strong>Set List:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)</li> <li>Long Hot Summer</li> <li>Break On Me</li> <li>Where The Blacktop Ends</li> <li>Somewhere In My Car</li> <li>But For The Grace Of God</li> <li>Blue Ain’t Your Color</li> <li>Gettin’ In The Way</li> <li>We Were Us (feat. Maren Morris)</li> <li>Cop Car</li> <li>The Fighter</li> <li>Somebody Like You (feat. Brett Eldredge)</li> <li>You Look Good In My Shirt</li> <li>John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16</li> <li>Jack And Diane/No Woman, No Cry mashup</li> <li>Wasted Time</li> </ol>Megan KearneyMon, 20 Jun 2016 14:38:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/20/concert-review-keith-urban-at-perfect-vodka-amphitheatre/Arts & EventsMusicCrochet has cachet this summerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/20/crochet-has-cachet-this-summer/<p>Summer is arguably the best season of the year due to the highly anticipated summer vacation, the excuse to consume more ice cream than necessary and the easily accessible tan. However, for fashionistas like me, the hot summer season makes it hard to dress in stylish outfits without breaking out into a sweat.</p> <p>Luckily, I think I have found the answer to our prayers.</p> <p>One material that will leave you cool and collected all summer long is crochet. Crochet is a beautifully intricate fabric created out of material like yarn or thread using a crochet—which is French for small hook. Due to crocheted material being made up of interlocking loops of fabric, the end product is very lightweight , allowing for breathing room and ventilation.</p> <p>Designers have incorporated crochet into beautiful dresses, pants and skirts for this season, some great for a day at the beach and others for appropriate enough for a night out or a brunch with friends. Here are my top picks for crocheted clothes and accessories that will make you never want to wear anything else again this summer.</p> <p>1. Zara crochet top ($39.90, Zara US Stores)</p> <p> <img alt="" height="452" src="/site_media/uploads/zara_top.png" width="450"></p> <p>2. Self-Portrait strappy midi dress ($510, Bergdorf Goodman)</p> <p> <img alt="" height="844" src="/site_media/uploads/self_portrait_dress.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>3. Oscar de la Renta crochet skirt ($2,590, <a href="http://www.fwrd.com)">fwrd.com)</a></p> <p> <img alt="" height="680" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/oscar_de_la_renta_skirt.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>4. Red Valentino white crochet contrast dress ($995, Nordstrom)</p> <p> <img alt="" height="516" src="/site_media/uploads/valentino_dress.png" width="373"></p> <p>5. <a href="https://www.lyst.com/erdem/">Erdem</a> Black Alma crocheted lace peplum Top ($2,675, <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com)">net-a-porter.com)</a></p> <p> <img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/erdem_top.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>6. Saint Laurent Anita flat crocheted crossbody bag ($929.13, Saks Fifth Avenue) </p> <p><img alt="" height="680" src="/site_media/uploads/saint_laurent_bag_(1).jpg" width="450"></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Shellie FraiMon, 20 Jun 2016 13:46:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/20/crochet-has-cachet-this-summer/FashionShoppingWays to Beat the Summer Heathttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/20/ways-to-beat-the-summer-heat/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/weather.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>South Florida summers are scorching, and it looks like they are only getting hotter. According to weather.com, this summer’s El Niño will most likely transition into La Niña. If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard of these terms but might have no idea about the effect they have on the environment. Basically, the coming La Niña means that temperatures across the nation, with the exception of Southeast Texas, will increase to above average. So yes, it will be hot this summer, but, no, you don’t have to lock yourself indoors with the air conditioning blowing on the coldest setting.</p> <p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/poolfloat.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Although it is hot outside, we live in South Florida, meaning we have easy access to the beach, the ocean and countless pools. First off, there are so many cool and fun floats you can buy to make the perfect pool hangout spot. The inflatable swan floats became “in” last summer, and you’d still be pretty trendy to purchase one this summer. You could also get some Instagram-worthy pictures eating a piece of fruit while floating on a piece of fruit (pictured above). However, pools aren’t just for lounging; you can seriously burn calories by swimming laps or by signing up for water aerobics classes at the <a href="http://www.ymcaspbc.org/peter-blum/" target="_blank">Boca Raton YMCA</a> (800/798-4531). Working out in the pool is a win-win-win situation; you get a break from normal, sweaty gym classes, a cool-down from the summer heat and a great workout.</p> <p><img alt="" height="153" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/bocaflyboard.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>After some pool playtime, head over to the beach for more aquatic fun. You have the opportunity to dip, dive and fly above the water with <a href="http://www.bocaflyboard.com" target="_blank">Boca Flyboard</a> (561/405-8866). You can learn how to paddleboard and surf from <a href="http://www.islandwatersports.com" target="_blank">Island Water Sports</a> in Deerfield Beach (954/427-4929), which rents boards if you don’t have one. If you’re looking to dive a little deeper, you can get your scuba certification, which you can obtain at <a href="http://www.world-of-scuba.com" target="_blank">World of Scuba</a> in Boca (561/368-2155). Water sports are the ultimate way to cool down and have fun in the summer sun.</p> <p>Being outside all day, even if you’re in the water, can leave you parched. There are plenty of refreshing drinks that you can try out this summer. Firstly, and most importantly, drink water! It is the easiest and best way to keep yourself from getting dehydrated. If a glass of ice water doesn’t appeal to your taste buds, you can get water flavor enhancers, such as Mio or Crystal Light. If water still is not cutting it for you, try some fruity, summery drinks. This frozen strawberry lemonade will definetly satisfy anyone’s thirst. Looking for a drink with a little more kick? Head over to Uncle Julio’s in Mizner Park (561/300-3530) and order one of its signature Swirl Margaritas: It’s the perfect summer cool-down drink.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/swirlymargarita.jpg" width="136"></p> <p>What kind of foodie would I be if I didn’t include any ice cream in this article? Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. Boca has tons of ice creams shops, so it can be difficult to choose which one to visit. If you’ve never been to Sloan’s, you’re in for a treat—literally and figuratively. The atmosphere evokes a super-sweet wonderland. The extensive menu boasts ice cream, sundaes, shakes, smoothies, ice cream sodas and a bakery that includes freshly baked waffle cones, cookies and brownies. If none of that entices you, there is also a wall of candies and sweets.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/sloans.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Hard ice cream is Sloan’s forte, but you can satisfy your frozen yogurt cravings at <a href="http://www.villagetowershoppes.com/yogurt-emporium/" target="_blank">Yogurt Emporium</a> in the Village Tower Shoppes in Boca Raton (561/347-1140). This family-operated shop serves 16 different fro-yo flavors and 30 topping choices. You’ll go here for the yogurt and get drawn in by the homey ambience and strong customer service. If you’re health-conscious, that doesn’t mean you have to cut out ice cream all together. <a href="http://www.halotop.com/" target="_blank">Halo Top Creamery</a> is proud to offer light ice cream, and it actually tastes really good. You can buy it at Whole Foods or order a pint online. I promise you, this is not a scam; someone actually went on a <a href="http://www.gq.com/story/halo-top-ice-cream-review-diet" target="_blank">halo top diet!</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="244" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/halotop.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>All right, now it’s time to get practical. Staying safe in the sun is no joke. Seriously, the best thing you can do for yourself is to drink water. I’m writing about it again, because it’s that important: You don’t want to end up in the hospital after passing out from dehydration. If you’re going to be spending time in the sun, don’t forget to not only apply sunscreen but also reapply. Sunscreen is an easy way to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. You should at least wear a good tanning oil, like Banana Boat’s brand. Even with sunscreen and tanning lotion, there is still the possibility of getting a sunburn. Don’t give up hope on your flawless glow yet, though. Spray tans can provide that “fresh off the beach” look and are much better for you than lying out in the sun or in a tanning bed. If you do tan, make sure to visit a reputable spray tan purveyor, like <a href="http://southbeachtanningcompany.com/deerfield-beach-pompano/" target="_blank">South Beach Tanning</a> in Deerfield Beach (754/227-5270), and pick the right shade for your skin tone, so you don’t end up orange! Alternatives to baking in the summer sun and spray tans include trusted self-tanners and bronzers, like St. Tropez, Sephora Collection, and Jergens.</p> <p><img alt="" height="1185" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/rippedjeanstyle.jpg" width="361"></p> <p>Another tip to stay cool this summer is to wear light and loose clothing. That’s perfect because all-white outfits are in style now, and you can see the baggy, relaxed looked worn by celebrities and style icons. Additionally, ripped jeans are a hot trend this summer. They are perfect pieces to have in your closet, because although they are jeans, they aren’t stiff and motionless. The rips allow for air circulation and easier movement.</p>Allie PrinsMon, 20 Jun 2016 12:22:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/20/ways-to-beat-the-summer-heat/CommunityStaff Picks: Simply Starvinghttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/17/staff-picks-simply-starving/<p><strong>50 Ocean</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.17_50_ocean.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Margaret Mary Shuff, Publisher</em></p> <p>A real winner for a wow date is Ocean 50 in Delray Beach. There’s a lovely ambiance, peaceful ocean views and fun bar—and tasty food comes with all that, too! Appetizers are delivered in small mason jars, and include sweet ‘n’ spicy crab and wahoo fish spread—both of which are plentiful and delicious. You’ve got to try the steaming dish of mussels, pan-seared snapper, swordfish over delicate spaetzle and shrimp with a red curry sauce. Don't put off a night at 50 Ocean. Celebrate anything! Just go, ASAP!</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.50ocean.com" target="_blank">50ocean.com</a> // 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach // 561/278-3364)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Sloan's</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.17_sloans.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Megan Kearney, Editorial Intern</em></p> <p>“If you're in search of an exciting environment with a unique menu, look no further than Sloan’s Ice Cream Parlor. With six locations in South Florida, you’re guaranteed to find one near you. Menu items range from shakes, malts, sundaes and ice cream sodas to simple scoops with interesting, homemade ice cream flavors. My favorite flavor has to be “Tracy’s Scrumptious Pretzel,”<strong> </strong>which consists of caramel ice cream with milk chocolate covered salty pretzels and peanut butter swirls. It tastes just as good as it sounds! If you’re really feeling hungry, try “Tracy’s Kitchen Sink,” which boasts 12 scoops of ice cream loaded with tons of toppings, whipped cream and cherries—all served in a real sink! </p> <p>(<a href="http://www.sloansicecream.com" target="_blank">sloansicecream.com</a> // 329 Plaza Real, Mizner Park // 561/338-9887)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>ROK BRGR</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.17_rok_brgr.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Laura Tolliver, Editorial Intern</em></p> <p>“I discovered this award-winning gem after watching ‘Heathers: The Musical’ at the Broward Center this past Sunday, and my oh my, this tasty joint is a keeper! This modern day gastropub offers a dreamy menu that satisfies all my deep-fried cravings. Three words: lobster corn dogs. Need I say more? As the famous phrase goes, “Where’s the beef?” Well, my fellow burger lovers, it’s right here waiting to be devoured at ROK BRGR. Want my recommendation? Try the Sweet Caroline burger. The juicy handful is topped with mouth-watering bourbon BBQ sauce, succulent BBQ short rib and unforgettable onion straws. This heavy hitter burger spot will surely keep you coming back for more.”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.rokbrgr.com" target="_blank">rokbrgr.com</a> // 208 SW 2<sup>nd</sup> St., Fort Lauderdale // 954/525-7656)</p>magazineFri, 17 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/17/staff-picks-simply-starving/CommunityAn open letter to my dad—and yourshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/17/an-open-letter-to-my-dadand-yours/<p><strong> <img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/dadimage-1.jpeg" width="450"></strong></p> <p>Dad,</p> <p>Today marks the 20th Father’s Day I have spent with you. For 20 years, you have shaped my life in more ways than I can imagine and have taught me to be a better person every step of the way. But this isn’t just about our relationship. It’s about the relationship between fathers and daughters everywhere. After all, fathers are the first men to truly—unconditionally— love us. And for that, we thank you. So, to all of the dads out there, this one’s for you.</p> <p><strong>You Taught Me:</strong> Growing up, you taught me all of my firsts. You taught me how to swim, how to ride a bike and even how to shuffle a deck of cards in the most impressive ways.  I knew the words to “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones before I knew the alphabet. The few minutes we’d spend together before you dropped me off at preschool every morning have become some of my fondest memories—which is probably why I desperately clung to your tie every time you tried to say goodbye. I spent the majority of my life looking at the world from your shoulders, and that view was pretty remarkable.</p> <p><strong>You Supported Me:</strong> Throughout my years in grade school, one phrase became engrained in my memory: “Be the best student you can be.” Every morning, before I walked out the door, you would mutter those seven, short words to me. If you were on a business trip, you would make sure to call me, no matter what time it was where you were, just so I could hear those magic words. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that phrase would eventually stick with me forever. Whenever I’m having a bad day up at school or I’m thinking about everything I need to get done, I am left with a constant reminder about how I need to be the best student I can be for you, Dad, my number one fan. I can always count on the entire family to receive a mass email with my latest news story or accomplishment, and although I’m often embarrassed by the recognition, I know it is just because you’re proud. Thank you for being my biggest supporter without fail.</p> <p><strong>You Shaped Me: </strong>Fast-forward a few years, and all I can say is that I’m thankful you have an athletic son. Although I may not have been the most athletically inclined child, I was surely interested in watching, learning and understanding every sport imaginable. Tailgating at Dolphins games with you, memorizing the entire Miami Heat roster and sitting on the couch watching as you flipped the channels between the five different games you’d have on that day made me realize the passion I have for sports. I have you to thank for that. The bond we share in talking about our favorite games and players, even while I’m up at school, is unmistakable. You even betrayed your beloved Miami Hurricanes to become a Florida Gator fan just for me. Now that’s what I call love.</p> <p><strong>You Helped Me: </strong>I’ll admit, now that I’m in college, one of the things I miss most is having you there whenever I’m in a crisis. And by crisis, I mean when there’s a bug in my apartment or something needs to be fixed. I am so thankful to have a dad who has always been a superhero in my eyes. You’ve successfully evacuated upwards of 100 lizards out of our house in all of the years we’ve lived there, you’ve practically hung from our roof while putting up dozens of Christmas lights and you’ve always been our go-to handyman for any and every issue in the house. College isn’t the same without me screaming “Daaaad!” every time there is an insect nearby or if my toilet is overflowing. Luckily, however, you’re always a phone call away telling me exactly what to do to solve my issues.</p> <p>I could go on and on about the ways you have made me better for having known you. But for now, I’ll just say thank you. Thank you for believing in me, for trusting me, for teaching me and for helping me. Happy Father’s Day to the best dad, hands down, and to all of the other dads who have shaped the lives of their children for the better.</p> <p>Love always,</p> <p>Megan</p>Megan KearneyFri, 17 Jun 2016 10:14:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/17/an-open-letter-to-my-dadand-yours/CommunityWine and Tasting Dinners, Martini Mondays and morehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/17/wine-and-tasting-dinners-martini-mondays-and-more/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.17_cafe_boulud_wine_dinner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Discover Loire Valley wines at Café Boulud dinner</strong></p> <p>Travel to the Loire Valley on June 23 with Café Boulud <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561/655-6060),</em> as Executive Chef Rick Mace and Pastry Chef Alex McKinstry put together a four-course dinner paired with Loire Valley wines chosen by Chef Sommelier Jeremy Broto-Mur. Plan on tasting some great sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc, as well as cabernet franc. The dinner starts at 7 p.m., and the cost is $95 per person, not including tax/gratuity. </p> <p><strong>15-course tasting dinners at TwentyTwenty Grille</strong></p> <p>Imagine a 15-course tasting menu for dinner. Sounds fairly impossible, right? But not at TwentyTwenty Grille <em>(141 Via Naranja; 561/990-7696),</em> where such a dinner will be offered three nights in a row, at 7 p.m., June 30 through July 2. The only impossible thing may be grabbing a seat because the dinners are limited to 20 people each. Here’s the first part of the dinner (there are two intermezzos!): Thai marinated Maine lobster, Jamaican jerk pork belly, tempura rock shrimp, pan-fried, smoked pork belly dumplings, pan-roasted diver scallop… and, of course, all of those dishes have small side tastings of other yummy things, too. The cost is $150 per person, and reservations are required.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.17_bonefish_grill_martinis.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Martini mania at Bonefish Grill</strong></p> <p>While National Martini Day is June 19 (I thought <em>every</em> day was National Martini Day!), all the <strong>Bonefish Grill</strong> restaurants are celebrating all of June on Mondays, with $5 martinis. Martini Monday sounds like a good way to start the week. </p> <p><strong>Go to the Palm Beach Zoo and see a Food Truck Safari</strong></p> <p>The ever-popular Food Truck Safari returns to the Palm Beach Zoo on June 18, with eight trucks scheduled to show up inside the zoo, with gourmet menus. Look for: Woody’s Burgers, Melted Madness, Eats &amp; Sweets, Loxahatchee Ice Cream Company and more. The zoo gates open at 4:30 p.m., and trucks open at 5 p.m. Beer and wine are available for grown-up zoo fans. Proceeds from the safari support regular zoo operations. Food/beverage costs are not included in zoo admission.</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>Lynn KalberFri, 17 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/17/wine-and-tasting-dinners-martini-mondays-and-more/DiningTheater Review: &quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot; at Broward Centerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/17/theater-review-beauty-and-the-beast-at-broward-center/<p><em><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/image.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><em>“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme…”</em></p> <p>You know how it goes. And yet, no matter how many times you have watched the story of “Beauty and the Beast,” it never seems to get old. This timeless tale has been entertaining audiences for 25 years now, so in honor of this special anniversary, it seems like the perfect opportunity to revisit Belle and the Beast.</p> <p>And if you make your way down to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts this weekend, you can catch the limited engagement presentation of “Beauty and the Beast” live on stage.</p> <p>Originally based on the 1740 French novel of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, “Beauty and the Beast” is a direct adaptation of the 1991 Disney film, which won two Academy Awards and was the first animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture. The original Broadway production opened just three years after the film release, in April of 1994, and was nominated for nine Tony Awards.</p> <p>Feeling like an outsider in her own town, Belle (Brooke Quintana) longs for something more out of life. Her only suitor in town is the brutish Gaston (Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek), who does not interest her at all. Belle’s life turns upside down when her father, Maurice (Thomas Mothershed), gets taken prisoner by the Beast (Sam Hartley). In a selfless act, Belle trades her life for her father’s to set him free.</p> <p><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/em614_1432181590_444938.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Little does Belle know that the Beast is actually a prince in disguise who needs to learn how to love and be loved by the time the final petal falls off his enchanted rose. Until the love spell is broken, the prince and all of his servants have been put under a spell to live as cursed objects. Belle seems like the one who can break the spell, but will the two learn to fall in love with each other in time?</p> <p>Like any Disney-to-Broadway adaptation, this production benefits from enhancements. While the story happens almost identical to how you remember it, the 92-minute film becomes two and a half hours on stage, so there are several additions to the storyline. The expansion of the characters Babette the feather duster (Melissa Jones) and Madame de la Grande Bouche the wardrobe (Stephanie Harter Gilmore) allow for favorite characters to have more of a storyline. Along with those character developments, there are more plot developments, like learning that as the castle continues to run out of time to break the spell, the inhabitants are becoming more inanimate, and will eventually be just an object.</p> <p>Added songs will entice fans of the movie looking for something new. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, these tunes contribute more magic to the storyline. While some of these songs would have slowed the pace in the 92-minute film, they become nice fillers in the stage show. Both “Home” and “If I Can’t Love Her,” sang by Belle and the Beast, respectively, provide deeper emotional understanding to the sorrows of both characters, while Gaston’s “Me” perfectly describes his slimy and chauvinistic ways.</p> <p>Lighting, scenic and costume designs by Tony nominee Natasha Katz, Stanley A. Meyer and Tony winner Ann Hould-Ward, respectively, really bring the fairytale aspect to life. Though spotlights did go out a few times on opening night, the lighting during “Be Our Guest” and the final transformation stole the show and made the few lighting issues easy to forgive. The multi-layered sets add depth to the stage and the story and, while we never see a full castle, you can feel the intensity of the large building. And, there’s nothing like hearing the audience cheer in approval as Belle first enters the stage in her beautiful golden dress.</p> <p>However, the downfall of the show is the sound, designed by John Petrafesa, Jr. Many times the actors’ microphones would cut out, and the audience would miss part of their lines. There are also moments when the sound effects, especially the Beast’s roar, are significantly louder than any of the characters, leading to an imbalance. While the Beast is supposed to be dark and menacing at first, the fact that his voice is so much softer than his roar makes it slightly awkward.</p> <p>Quintana shines as Belle. She makes the audience laugh, cry and cheer for her as she delves deep into her character’s emotional intensities—and her solos are full of passion. While both Hartley and Smith-Kotlarek are formidable as Beast and Gaston, it feels like something is missing from both of their performances. While Hartley does well on his solos and ends the first act beautifully with “If I Can’t Love Her,” he plays the character more like the teenage boy he was when he was cursed. This gives the Beast more human qualities and makes him less of a monster, which is great in the second act but feels out of place in Act One. Smith-Kotlarek has a perfectly deep Gaston voice but is missing some of the muscle. And, in “Gaston,” when he sings that every last inch is covered in hair, he awkwardly opens his shirt to a nicely waxed chest.</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/about-us2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But the true standouts are the main servants: Lumiere (Ryan N. Phillips), Cogsworth (Samuel Shurtleff) and Mrs. Potts (Stephanie Gray). Phillips and Shurtleff nail their comedic timing and prove to be just as important on stage as on film. Phillips carries “Be Our Guest” with charisma and ease and is devilishly delightful. And Gray makes the tears flow while providing vocals to “Beauty and the Beast” as Belle and the Beast dance center stage.</p> <p>Director Rob Roth provides a spectacular show that will dazzle audiences. While there are some obvious flaws, the story itself and the nostalgia it creates for its adult audience members make the flaws irrelevant. This show is perfect for families of all ages, and no one will leave disappointed. However, if you are looking for the perfect adaption of this story, it is probably best to stick to the 1991 animated flick. </p> <p><em>“Beauty and the Beast” runs now through Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $35 for a fun family experience. Call 954/462-0222 or visit browardcenter.org.</em></p>Kevin StuderFri, 17 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/17/theater-review-beauty-and-the-beast-at-broward-center/Arts & EventsTheatreDelray gets ugly at commission meeting, Edwards buys out Atlantic Crossing &amp; other newshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/16/delray-gets-ugly-at-commission-meeting-edwards-buys-out-atlantic-crossing-other-news/<h3> <img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/delray-beach.jpg" width="337"></h3> <h3>Trouble in paradiise    </h3> <p>It got ugly early and mostly stayed that way on Tuesday as the Delray Beach City Commission broke another axle on its journey to finding a new city attorney.</p> <p>       The supposed plan had been to choose from between two candidates to succeed Noel Pfeffer. Instead, there was no vote—just plenty of built-up acrimony that might have driven the candidates away without the city having to tell them that they no longer were candidates.</p> <p>       Mayor Carey Glickstein’s cautious “Where would anybody like to start?” brought the long-running feud over the legal department between Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia to a quick, rolling boil. Jarjura said Petrolia should start, since she “thwarted the majority” by trying to hire an outside firm rather than one of the candidates. Petrolia said that “majority”—Glickstein, Jarjura and Al Jacquet—was to blame because “you all didn’t make a selection” after interviewing candidates last Friday.</p> <p>       Exacerbating matters was the last-minute arrival of a proposal from the Fort Lauderdale firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole Bierman &amp; Popok to provide Delray Beach’s legal services. The city’s budget for its five-lawyer office is about $1.2 million. The firm offered a three-year contract at $1.3 million with an annual increase of 3 percent.</p> <p>       That offer, Petrolia said, undercut the claims of Glickstein and Jarjura that a private firm could not provide full-service representation for the same price. Jarjura said Petrolia had “hijacked” and “made a mockery” of the commission’s search. Sniping followed about body language. Mitch Katz, participating by phone, wondered “why we’re meeting,” since the city’s recruiter still had not supplied background checks on the two candidates.</p> <p>       At which point Glickstein stated the obvious: “This is devolving into a black hole.”</p> <p>       Here are the back stories.</p> <p>       In 2013, the commission hired Weiss Serota to contest the trash-hauling contract that a previous commission had extended without competitive bidding. Glickstein and Petrolia, who were new to the commission, had made the contract a campaign issue.</p> <p>       Weiss Serota’s Jamie Cole won that case. Weiss Serota also represents Delray Beach in the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit. Petrolia was the biggest supporter of hiring the firm.</p> <p>       Petrolia has been at odds with Pfeffer, who came in July 2014, over disagreements about the city’s legal position regarding Atlantic Crossing. Another issue between the two has been conveyance of an alley for the iPic project. Katz, who joined the commission in March 2015, also has been a Pfeffer critic.</p> <p>       It is clear from observing meetings and speaking with commissioners that Glickstein and Jarjura, who are lawyers, see the city attorney’s job differently than Katz and Petrolia, who are not lawyers. The difference may be one of policy, but it’s also one of perspective.</p> <p>       That difference remains unresolved. It likely explains Pfeffer’s departure. The attorney reports to the commission, and a 3-2 majority—Jacquet being more supportive of Pfeffer than Katz and Petrolia—does not give professional comfort. Plus, Pfeffer had options. He’s going to work for a private firm in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>       Whatever commissioners thought of Pfeffer, the office in two years oversaw public safety pension reform and a deal on the Auburn Trace housing complex that got the apartments under better ownership and brought the city millions of dollars. Those are both big deals. Glickstein said the office also has helped to improve purchasing procedures. “It was the one department,” he said Tuesday, “that had true stability.” No longer.</p> <p>       As Jarjura pointed out at the end of the meeting, the debate overlooked the city’s three lawyers who will remain after Pfeffer is gone. Two started just a few weeks ago. Would they stay? Would a private firm hire them? In what capacity? For how long? It would be unfair to make them collateral damage because of commission dysfunction.</p> <p>       Whether to shift from an in-house legal department to a private firm—in whatever form—is a major policy change. Ideally, a city contemplates for a good reason and does so only after considerable study.</p> <p>       Delray Beach, however, is considering the change out of discord and desperation. Pfeffer is leaving June 24. Even if his new firm lets him tend to matters on an occasional basis, Pfeffer will be away most of July. After the botched search—for which the headhunter deserves part of the blame—no reputable candidate would apply. The Atlantic Crossing is set for trial in October.</p> <p>       Pfeffer will prepare a request for proposal (RFP) to which interested firms can respond. The commission will review the RFP before it goes out. Pfeffer told me Wednesday that he will make the proposal “flexible.” After Tuesday night, that makes sense. Inflexibility has put the city in this tough spot.</p> <h3>Weiss Serota</h3> <p>       If Weiss Serota bids for the work, don’t expect Glickstein and Jarjura to be receptive.</p> <p>       By marketing itself to Delray Beach while representing the city, Glickstein said, Weiss Serota was “unprofessional on so many levels.” That includes the “unsolicited proposal” that lit the fuse Tuesday night.</p> <p>       Glickstein said he spoke on Wednesday with Weiss Serota founding member Richard Weiss to express his displeasure. I tried to reach Weiss, but was told he was out of the office on Wednesday.</p> <p>       Jarjura on Wednesday sent a letter to Jamie Cole, criticizing him for sending the unsolicited proposal “with the expectation that you had for the city to award you this contract without seeking other proposals. . .” Jarjura added, “I feel compelled to advise you of my serious concerns with respect to your conduct, and trust you will take my criticism into account with regard to your future actions on behalf of the city.”</p> <p>       Obviously, I’m far from done with this topic.</p> <h3>Edwards buys out Atlantoc Crossing</h3> <p>       Speaking of Atlantic Crossing, a public relations representative said Wednesday that Edwards Companies, the Columbus, Ohio-based developer, has bought out landowner Carl DeSantis. Though the project had been a joint venture, city officials said it has been clear for some time that Edwards was the dominant partner.</p> <p>       In a statement, Edwards President Jeff Edwards called DeSantis “visionary” and said the purchase “positions Edwards, as the project’s developer, to move forward with full momentum.</p> <p>       “We are making this additional investment because this is a unique site. Redeveloping two city blocks is a rare opportunity to create a distinctly Delray environment that will benefit the entire community. We’re committed for the long term and are eager to get underway.”</p> <h3>Wildflower proposal</h3> <p>If the Delray city commission looked foolish and inept in seeking a city attorney, the Boca Raton City Council looked pragmatic in its decisions about the proposal for a restaurant on the Wildflower property.</p> <p>       The council introduced ordinances to cover land-use and zoning changes that would accommodate the restaurant and Hillstone Restaurant Group’s site plan. The council, however, tabled the ordinance on the lease.</p> <p>       From a strategic perspective, the council can proceed at its next meeting on July 26 with discussion of everything Hillstone would need to begin construction. Discussion of the lease can wait until after what will be a Nov. 8 referendum that seeks to block use of the site for a restaurant. At that July 26 meeting, the council likely will put the citizen petition on the general election ballot. If the referendum fails, the council quickly can take up what probably will be a revised lease.</p> <p>       Hillstone General Counsel Glenn Viers told me Wednesday that tabling the lease was “my idea,” but acknowledged that the company made the decision after conferring with council members because “there’s so much misinformation going on.” That’s true, but the delay also gives the council cover from opponents of the proposal who believe that any action before the referendum amounts to defying the will of “the people.”</p> <p>       Some of that “misinformation” involves the possible use of the property. One speaker Tuesday who favored more public access invoked the new oceanfront promenade in Deerfield Beach. BocaWatch Editor Andrea O’Rourke, touting the need for great public spaces in Boca Raton, called the property “the future of the city.”</p> <p>       Actually, it’s two acres, with its use greatly restricted by geography, including an adjoining, vacant property to the west. The city tried to buy it, but officials said the asking price was absurdly high.</p> <p>       “Misinformation” also applies to the referendum, which supporters say will offer voters a choice between using the property for a park or a restaurant. In fact, the petition mentions neither. It calls for restricting city-owned waterfront land to “public use.”</p> <p>       Holding the referendum in November at least will allow a wider sample of voters. In 2012, the last presidential year, turnout in Palm Beach County for the August primary election was 13.7 percent. For the November general election, turnout was nearly 70 percent.</p> <p>       “I believe that once people see the referendum for what it is,” Viers said, “We will prevail.</p> <h3>The council salary issue</h3> <p>       That August ballot in Boca, though, will have two local items, not just one.</p> <p>       On Tuesday, as expected, the council approved a proposal that would raise the mayor’s salary from $9,600 to $38,000 and the council members’ salaries from $7,200 to $28,000. Unlike the earlier version, this proposal contains no automatic annual increases.</p> <p>       Less expected was the council’s decision to add a proposal that would change how the city fills council vacancies. If voters approve the change, council vacancies that occur more than 90 days before a scheduled election would trigger a special election that could cost $120,000.</p> <p>       After failing with an earlier version, Scott Singer succeeded with one that Mayor Susan Haynie praised for incorporating suggestions from the council. Mike Mullaugh pointed out that the current system dated to when the council and mayor had terms of two years, not three.</p> <p>       As I wrote Tuesday, this proposal really is about one potential special election for mayor in early 2019 that could occur if Haynie won a second term and ran successfully for county commission. To those who worried about low turnout in such elections, Singer responded with the sound bite, “Worse than low turnout is no turnout.” His comment about “establishment elites” supplanting the public got raves from the audience in the council chambers.</p> <h3>Sales tax misinformation</h3> <p>       Speaking of “misinformation,” consider this comment heard Tuesday night.</p> <p>       It came from a man who regularly goes before the council to rail against the proposed one-cent increase in the county sales tax. He claimed to know that County Administrator Verdenia Baker does not intend to give any revenue from the increase to Boca Raton.</p> <p>       Actually, Boca Raton would get about $61 million over 10 years. By law, all 38 cities would have to get revenue, apportioned by population. Boca Raton and Delray Beach don’t like the formula; it penalizes cities that generate the most sales. But the idea that Boca would get nothing is incorrect.</p> <h4>       <em>Correction: In a post last week, I misspelled the name of a Palm Beach County judge who ruled against Boca Raton in a Chabad East Boca lawsuit. The judge’s name is Meenu Sasser.</em></h4> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>                                          </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 16 Jun 2016 07:34:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/16/delray-gets-ugly-at-commission-meeting-edwards-buys-out-atlantic-crossing-other-news/City WatchCommunitySummer Snack Barshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/15/summer-snack-bars/<p><strong><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p>Welcome to June! I want to offer you my Z-tips for healthy snack bars to stock up on for summer travels and/or hurricane mishaps. They’re great to take with you on the road, to the airport or to enjoy when you’re at home without electricity. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="457" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/worlds_healthiest_bar.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Best High Protein Bar: </strong><a href="http://www.myorganicjuice.com/juices/healing-protein-bars/" target="_blank"><strong>The World’s Healthiest Bar by My Organic Juice</strong></a></p> <p>If you’re looking for a bar that’s high in protein and fiber but low in sugar, then check out The World’s Healthiest Bar by My Organic Juice in Boca Raton. It’s loaded with raw, sprouted protein, anti-inflammatory chia seeds and a plethora of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Do note that this bar has pasture-raised collagen, so it’s not vegan. This bar has a 22 whopping grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber and 4 grams of sugar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/zing.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Best Low Sugar Bar: </strong><a href="http://www.ZingBars.com" target="_blank"><strong>Zing</strong></a></p> <p>This bar is perfect for someone who likes to keep sugar low and protein high. My favorite flavor was the Double Nut Brownie that boasts 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and only 10 grams of sugar. I took this bar with me to Art Basel, and it kept me satisfied and energized while walking around for 3 hours. All bars are gluten free and 100% all natural, with organic key ingredients. Many bars are vegan and non-gmo.</p> <p><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/perfect_bar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Best Mini Energy Bar: </strong><a href="http://www.perfectbar.com"><strong>The Perfect Bar</strong></a></p> <p>Even though most of The Perfect Bar company products are not vegan (some have whey and honey in them), I loved their peanut butter original bar. They come in mini 100-calorie packs, so you can take one before or after your workout or when you need to keep hunger at bay. I personally find peanut butter to be much more satisfying than others nuts. One mini-bar will give you 5 grams of protein, 6 grams of sugar and 6 grams of healthy fats. All products are non-gmo with many organic ingredients. Look for them in the refrigerated section of your grocery or vitamin store.</p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/lola_granola.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Best For Kids: <a href="http://www.lolagranolabar.com" target="_blank">Lola Granola </a></strong></p> <p>This bar has one of the most touching stories I’ve heard. The company was started by a family who struggled to provide food for its four young children when the father lost his job. In order to survive, they sought help from public assistance and food banks. To save money, they started to make natural granola bars, making sure they were gluten and soy free, due to their children's allergies. The kids loved the bars, and so did other people, who asked to buy some. And so the business was born. I thought the bars were a great alternative to traditional mass-produced granola bars, and they have a great mission–a portion of each sale goes to support local food banks. I liked the Enzo flavor the best. It has only 172 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 12 grams of sugar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/ginny_bakes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Best Crunchy Bar: <a href="http://www.GinnyBakes.com">Ginny Bakes</a></strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Miami-Based Ginny Bakes created her brand because of her cookies, and now she’s expanding into the snack bar market. Her new line of bars is organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and dairy-free. GMO foods have been found to have a negative effect on health, and gluten protein can be very hard to digest. So, why settle for less? These bars are delicious and perfect to take with you on the go. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/15/summer-snack-bars/DiningTheater Review: &quot;Heathers&quot; at Broward Centerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/15/theater-review-heathers-at-broward-center/<div class="post-content"> <p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> </div> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><em>Last weekend, Slow Burn Theatre opened its production of “Heathers,” a musical adaptation of the of ahead-of-its-time cult movie about the dangers of high school cliques. The “Heathers,” if you’ll recall from the film, are the popular mean girls, all named Heather, who rule their school, until a new initiate teams up with a psychotic rebel student to disrupt the status quo—with the help of drain cleaner and a drive for vigilante justice. We sent our summer intern Shellie Frie to review the production, which runs through June 26.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/heathers2.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p>In his curtain speech before the opening night of “Heathers” last weekend, Slow Burn Theatre Artistic Director Patrick Fitzwater said that this musical is rated R for its raunchy behavior. I thought he was being hyperbolic, but a few minutes into the performance, I knew to take him seriously. The musical is filled with cursing, sex and alcohol—but then again, what can you expect from a high school in the 1980s?</p> <p>Sean McLelland’s nostalgic set design perfectly evokes the period with brightly colored lockers, shoulder-padded costumes and meticulously curled hair. The first song, “Beautiful,” sets the stage for the rest of the production. It labels each character with the usual high-school hierarchal stereotypes—“hipster,” nerd,” “loser”—and introduces the audience to the popular and beautiful “Heathers.” While the “Heathers” clique is comprised of the most envied girls at school, director Fitzwater does not shy away from bringing out their candid and ruthless behavior. The main “Heather,” Heather Chandler (Leah Sessa), is presented with a red glow and a devilish smile.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/heathers1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The actors are given distinct personalities and play each character with a high degree of relatability, each developing deeply during the two-hour running time. The musical’s book, by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, carefully and correctly lifts the funniest lines from the movie, and Fitzwater’s cast nails every joke and pun. As leading character Veronica, Abby Perkins does not come across as strong and edgy as Winona Ryder did in the movie, but is rather vulnerable and insecure. Her relationship with her parents makes her seem childish, which contrasts with the dirty crimes she commits with her boyfriend, JD (Bruno Faria). The JD and Veronica love story is more prevalent in the musical than in the film; the song “Our Love is God” almost makes the audience wish it had a deranged teenage lover—<em>almost. </em></p> <p>Faria’s performance is spectacular. JD’s passion for a world without labels and mean girls make him loveable, yet his growing anger and wicked behavior make him psychotic, and Faria communicates both extremes. I got the chance to speak to Faria, and when asked how it felt to play such a deranged character, he said he loved it. He said JD was able to give the musical “ground” and make it feel more “real and beautiful,” and I have to agree. The musical does a beautiful job in making such a morbid series of events hilarious and believable.</p> <p><em>Tickets for "Heathers" run $45. Call 954/462-0222 or visit browardcenter.org.</em></p>Shellie FraiWed, 15 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/15/theater-review-heathers-at-broward-center/Arts & EventsTheatreLocal fitness businesses partner for Summer Sizzlers programhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/15/local-fitness-businesses-partner-for-summer-sizzlers-program/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Fleet Feet Sports in Delray Beach has launched a new Summer Sizzlers fitness program, dedicated to keep people moving and fit during the hot South Florida summer months. It’s also a way for local people of all ages to meet fitness-minded peers and get acquainted to local gyms, exercise studios and more.</p> <p>Summer Sizzlers started June 1 and ends July 31. Don’t fret that it has already started—there’s still time to get involved. In fact, people can join at any point for a full summer, one-time fee of $50 a person.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="376" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/img_6367.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Here’s how the program works: </p> <p>Those who join can participate in an average three to four free events each week, anchored by a Monday evening group run of any distance, starting at Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach<em> (1705 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach)</em>. The runs include training programs and exclusive Fleet Feet Sport discounts, as well as refreshments on run courses. Runners learn about proper form, fueling, pacing, stretching and more.</p> <p>Each weekend a different "guest" gym will host the Sizzlers for a 20-30 minute workout highlighting each facility’s approach to fitness. These guests gyms include: Slash Fitness in Delray Beach, OrangeTheory Fitness Delray Beach (which already had its event) and Gravity + Oxygen in Boca.</p> <p><img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/img_6468.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>To get a sense for the weekend events: The one with <a href="http://orangetheoryfitness.com/delray-beach" target="_blank">OrangeTheory</a>, in early June, involved a one-mile run from Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach to OrangeTheory Fitness Delray Beach; a 20-minute row/strength workout at OrangeTheory; and then a mile run back to Fleet Feet.</p> <p>Participants get points for attending events that are coordinated and sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports and its partners.</p> <p>Each event has a different point value attached to it. And points can be traded for prizes from Fleet Feet Sports and its partners at the end of summer.</p> <p>“For us, Summer Sizzlers serve as an opportunity to bring a lot of our local friends and Fleet Feet Sports customers together and expose them to new fitness trends and facilities in the area,” Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach owner Nick Stump says. “I’m really excited to offer new and unique opportunities for the community to work out, get fit, have fun and win prizes!”</p> <p>For more information, click <a href="http://www.fleetfeetdelray.com/training/summer-sizzlers-2016" target="_blank">here</a> or call 561/501-6926.</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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 15 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/15/local-fitness-businesses-partner-for-summer-sizzlers-program/FitnessHealth/BeautyFather&#39;s Day Dining: Broward and Miamihttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/14/fathers-day-dining-broward-and-miami/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.14_beauty_feast_chicken_and_waffles.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>All-you-can-eat brunch at Beauty &amp; the Feast</strong> </p> <p>From a slow-roasted pig, to peel-and-eat shrimp and a slider bar (wow, that sounds great!), there will be something for every dad on June 19 at Beauty &amp; the Feast Bar Kitchen <em>(601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/567-8070).</em> The regular Sunday brunch menu is available, which means an omelet station, chicken and waffles (pictured) and banana foster French toast. The ost is $49.50 for adults, $29.95 for children 10-14 and $19.95 for children under 10. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.14_steak_&amp;_lobster_at_adena_grill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Adena Grill &amp; Bar at Gulfstream honoring dad with specials</strong></p> <p>Toast Dad, and let him enjoy a complimentary drink with an entrée purchase on Father’s Day at Adena Grill &amp; Wine Bar<em> (Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954/454-7000). </em>The menu includes steak and lobster (pictured), Colorado lamb chops and more. The hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Adena Grill is also offering 25 percent off take-out orders over $35, in case you’re spending Dad’s day at home. The same specials are offered by the other Gulfstream Park restaurant, Frankey’s Sports Bar; call 954/464-2333; hours are noon to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>The Traymore featuring couples menu for Father’s Day</strong> </p> <p>On June 19, The Traymore Restaurant at COMO Metropolitan <em>(2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-3600) </em>will host a special brunch that has four items for two people to share, with a variety of dishes on its savory menu. Those include eggs royale/eggs Benedict, Maine lobster toast, 8-hour braised short rib and more. And Dad gets a complimentary cocktail, too, from a selection of drinks such as the Traymore Mimosa (orange juice, orange bitters, prosecco).</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.14_brimstone_woodfire_grill_frittata_espanola.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Frittata, French toast, pancakes planned at Brimstone Woodfire Grill</strong></p> <p>A brunch with some special dishes for Father’s Day is the spotlight at Brimstone Woodfire Grill <em>(14575 SW 5<sup>th</sup> St., Pembroke Pines, 954/430-2333),</em> and includes frittata Espanola (pictured), thick-cut French toast and Brimstone’s Best Pancakes, which are served with berries, bananas, applewood smoked bacon and maple syrup. Bottomless mimosas are available for $15. </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>Lynn KalberTue, 14 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/14/fathers-day-dining-broward-and-miami/DiningThe Week Ahead: June 14 to 20http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/14/the-week-ahead-june-14-to-20-1/<p>TUESDAY (today)</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/weezer.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Weezer and Panic! at the Disco</strong></p> <p>Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39.50-$71.70</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com" target="_blank">ticketmaster.com</a></p> <p>Cherished by indie rockers, alt-rockers and nerd-rockers alike, Weezer has traversed a great teal of sonic territory in its 24 years. Frontman Rivers Cuomo has guided the durable four-piece from their inception as sweater-wearing emo prototypes raised on D&amp;D to curious interpreters of hip-hop and electronic rhythms to riff-heavy arena-rock celebrants. Unafraid to polarize its base with each successive album, Weezer promises to satisfy each portion of its diverse throngs with a set list that cover its entire eclectic corpus (except for the misbegotten “Hurley”), from cult favorite “Pinkerton” through this year’s “White Album.” Panic! at the Disco, the Vegas pop-rockers whose humor and intoxicating energy recalls Fall Out Boy, will co-headline what is arguably modern rock’s premier summer tour: Even the opening act, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, usually headlines clubs on its own: McMahon’s ubiquitous 2014 single “Cecilia and the Satellite” peaked at No. 6 on <em>Billboard</em>’s Hot Rock list. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/feature_intersectionality-01.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception of “Intersectionality”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami</p> <p>When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $3-$5</p> <p>Contact: 305/893-6211, <a href="http://www.mocanomi.org" target="_blank">mocanomi.org</a></p> <p>As ambitious as it is zeitgeist-y, curator Richard Haden’s “Intersectionality” exhibition is comprised of no less than 50 South Florida artists, along with a handful of internationally recognized voices, whose work examines an aspect of the title theme. Now an unimpeachable buzzword at progressive college campuses nationwide, the term “intersectionality” originated with legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, in an effort to describe the ways in which institutes of oppression were inherently interconnected. It has expanded in the 21st century to incorporate institutional bigotry against a widening range of identity groups, encompassing racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, faith, nationality and more, all of which are addressed by artists in this multi-disciplinary show. Haden’s description of the exhibition can feel impenetrably academic, but we’re certain the diverse panoply of provocative work speaks for itself. “Intersectionality” runs through Aug. 14, with an artist reception running 7 to 9 p.m. June 23. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/turnstiles.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Turnstiles</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7700, <a href="http://myboca.us/pages/mizneramphi/" target="_blank">myboca.us/pages/mizneramphi/</a></p> <p>Any musician with the talent, sense of humor and chutzpah to form a Billy Joel tribute act has, at his piano-set fingertips, a trove of some of the most iconic American music of the past 40 years. As the <em>New Yorker </em>headlined its profile of Joel in 2014, he is a “33-hit wonder.” But Tony Monaco’s local Joel tribute act Turnstiles doesn’t cover just the hits. This lifelong Joel devotee delves deep into the Piano Man’s archives, with help from his peerless backing band. Close your eyes at a Turnstiles set, and you’ll believe you’re in a Billy Joel arena show. Show up early for this free concert, part of Boca Raton’s Summer in the City series: A beer garden opens at 6:30 pm., which features lawn games and craft-beer experts from Hollywood Brewery discussing their brews. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and order takeout from Delivery Dudes, who will bring food from Mizner Park restaurants right to the amphitheater.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/robert_rauschenberg_love_hotel_web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Opening day of “Project Gallery: Robert Rauschenberg”</strong></p> <p>Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12-$16, free for children</p> <p>Contact: 305/375-3000, <a href="http://www.pamm.org" target="_blank">pamm.org</a></p> <p>The late Robert Rauschenberg was an artist for the entire world, but Florida can claim him as one of its own: From 2003 until his death in 2008, Rauschenberg lived and worked on Captiva Island, a location that had helped inspire his work since at least 1970. A forebear of the Pop Art movement who famously professed to work “in the gap between life and art,” Rauschenberg’s oeuvre encompassed photography, printmaking, papermaking, performance and, most prolifically, painting and sculpting, even blurring the lines between the two. His “Combines” most effectively merged art and life, because they included materials culled from the streets, like newspapers and cardboard boxes. Except to see some of them, with an emphasis on his 1990s contributions, at this PAMM survey, drawn entirely from the museum’s extensive Rauschenberg holdings. It runs through Oct. 9.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/hxvbfkjhh2qnqzocnddjd1f3i8z.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Serial Killer 1”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6:30 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7-$11.75</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="http://www.gablescinema.com" target="_blank">gablescinema.com</a></p> <p>“Try to keep a little distance, or this case will destroy you.” That advice will be offered to, and unheeded by, fresh-faced officer Charlie (Raphael Personnaz), early on in this true-crime French thriller. Upon his induction into an elite Parisian police force, Charlie is assigned an unsolved case of rape and murder that eventually spawns more victims over a seven-year manhunt whose perpetrator earned the sobriquet “The Beast of Bastille” in the French press. Graciously devoid of violence, “Serial Killer 1” is a nuts-and-bolts police procedural which finds Charlie and his small but dedicated compatriots arriving at one grisly crime scene after another, scrambling for false leads, parsing the minutiae of unspeakable brutality and facing bureaucratic gridlock just as advances in DNA technology begin to shed light on the titular killer. Director Frederic Tellier’s detail-driven movie presents police work as a source of more frustration than heroism, while its compassionate counter-narrative—Tellier time-jumps between Charlie’s exhaustive search and the alleged criminal’s 2001 trial—touches on racism, feminism and the perennial nature-vs.-nurture debate. It’s a heady, truth-questioning film, and fans of “Spotlight” will love it. It runs through June 23.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="517" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/juneteenth-logo2016_web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Juneteenth Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: The Fieldhouse at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 3 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30 adults, free for ages 17 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922 ext. 1, <a href="http://www.oldschoolsquare.org" target="_blank">oldschoolsquare.org</a></p> <p>Charlene Farrington, director of the Spady Museum, has argued that “As much as the Fourth of July is celebrated, so should Juneteenth.” That’s because June 19, 1865 signaled the end of slavery in the United States, when Texas become the final state to recognize the Emancipation Proclamation (Florida ended slavery May 20 of the same year). For the past six years, the Spady Museum has been celebrating this historic anniversary—and educating its members and guests about slavery’s horrific legacy and continuing concerns—at this festival. This year, we can expect the Juneteenth Fest to be bigger than ever, because it’s the first time the event is presented in conjunction with Old School Square. Headlining entertainment includes modern jazz pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, whose eclectic scores have been featured on “The Wire” and “Treme.” He’ll perform with local vibraphone maestro Drew Tucker. Other activities include choir music, artistic demonstrations, belly dancing, drumming, storytelling and guest speakers.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/stonewall.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Wilton Manors Stonewall</strong></p> <p>Where: Beginning at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. through the night</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 954/357-2989, <a href="http://www.wiltonmanorsstonewall.com" target="_blank">wiltonmanorsstonewall.com</a></p> <p>This 17th annual festival and parade, whose name honors the 1969 Stonewall riots that spawned the gay-rights movement, might exceed last year’s attendance of 30,000. That will depend on the turnout of a community that will be in pain for the foreseeable future, following this past weekend’s mass shooting at an Orlando LGBTQ nightclub. City officials have announced an increased security presence for this weekend’s Stonewall festival, while proudly proclaiming that the show will go on: a show that includes the 6 p.m. parade launching at Five Points Plaza, performances from Slow Burn’s production of “Heathers: The Musical,” a concert by Miami R&amp;B singer Kat Riggins, and excerpts from an operetta about slain gay student Matthew Shepard. </p>John ThomasonTue, 14 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/14/the-week-ahead-june-14-to-20-1/ArtArts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming Events5 Must-Have Summer Productshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/14/5-must-have-summer-products/<p align="center"><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Summer is here, which calls for sunny beach days, family vacations and slow strolls along Boca’s favorite outdoor mall, Mizner Park. While these activities seem harmless and fun (your credit card may disagree), you’d never expect the toll they take on your health if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Without proper skin care and protection, an innocent outdoor walk can leave you getting sunburnt, feeling fatigue or suffering a headache. All these symptoms are caused from constant sun exposure, but they are easily prevented. We compiled a list of must-have summer items that will keep you looking fresh and vibrant—as well as feeling good—all summer long.</p> <p><img alt="" height="471" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/everyday.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>1. Sunscreen is a must during the summer. Getting into the habit of applying facial sunscreen every day as part of your morning routine will help you avoid getting sunburnt and prevent the dreaded peeling that comes along with it. Applying facial sunscreen also does wonders to your skin. It slows down the aging process by delaying face wrinkles. I recommend<strong> “Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen,”</strong> because it has SPF 50, so you know it is allowing maximum protection. It is also water-resistant, oil-free and does not use any parabens, sulfates and phthalates that are common in most sunscreens. The best part is that it is cruelty-free.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/origins_sku_0m6301_500x625_0.png" width="400"></p> <p>2. Freckles may be one of a child’s cutest features, but they do not have the same reputation for adults. Freckles on adults get labeled as “age spots,” and the visible brown hyperpigmentation is usually correlated to constant sun exposure. However, some creams allow for brown spots to fade and even be prevented. A worldwide favorite is <strong>“Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Serum.”</strong> This amazing cream is lightweight and smells of delicious white peony and licorice. It helps reduce visible dark spots while correcting your skin tone. The cream also prevents future dark spots and works on all types of skin.</p> <p><img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/swell1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>3. One of the most common, yet easily avoidable, mistakes that affect your health during the summer is a lack of hydration. Staying hydrated is key for great skin, healthy hair and clean nails. That’s why you should always carry a water bottle, and the environmentally conscious founders of<strong> S’well</strong> have created the water bottle of the future. The cute and trendy designs are only half the appeal: The bottle keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. S’well is bound to become your new summer companion.</p> <p><img alt="" height="454" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/tb_ty6046_410.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>4. Sunglasses are not just an accessory in completing an outfit but a very useful tool in protecting your eyes from sun exposure. Without sunglasses, you can face hurtful headaches, migraines and fatigue. Sunglasses are an easy and stylish way of preventing these maladies while ensuring that you never have to squint your eyes in the sun. One of my favorites are these <strong>Tory Burch</strong> gold-and-blue sunglasses. The marble pattern is unique, and the cat-eye wing will never go out of style.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/300.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>5. It took me too long to realize how damaging the sun and saltwater can be for your hair. A good shampoo and conditioner is sometimes not enough to replenish your hair after a long trip or beach day. I have very thick hair, and I consider its care crucial. Thus, I have scouted various stores for the<strong> “Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque.”</strong> It revives your hair’s natural shine and bounce after one use. It contains Omega 3, 5, and 7 as well as its main ingredient, macadamia oil, to revitalize your locks. </p>Shellie FraiTue, 14 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/14/5-must-have-summer-products/BeautyFashionShoppingThoughts and prayers for Orlando and updates on city issueshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/14/thoughts-and-prayers-for-orlando-and-updates-on-city-issues/<h3><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/orlandounited-770x430.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>Prayers  </h3> <p>On my Boca Raton street Monday morning, everything seemed normal. Pool cleaners came and went, neighbors drove to work and ibis flew overhead.</p> <p>       Of course, things were not normal. We were thinking of Orlando. So before getting to other business, we start with outrage that this happened anywhere, but especially in Florida, and prayers for the victims’ families and friends.</p> <h3>Wildflower site predictions</h3> <p>       Based on what happened last Thursday at the Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Board, one can reliably predict what will happen tonight when the city council considers the proposal for a restaurant on the Wildflower property.</p> <p>       • Opponents—most of them potential neighbors—will argue that the site should be a park. They may contend that the two-plus acres already are a park. James Hendrey, who led the petition drive for a referendum seeking to block the restaurant, told the board that the city wants to “sell a park.” Not true.</p> <p>       • Opponents also will argue that Hillstone Restaurant Group wouldn’t be paying enough. One board member noted, correctly, that though the annual payment for the first five years of the lease is $600,000, Boca Raton’s net revenue would be about $120,000 less each year because of the city paying the property taxes.</p> <p>       Fair enough. But here’s some perspective.</p> <p>       The first lease Hillstone proposed, in November 2013, called for $500,000 a year. That figure became the city’s target. So even with the city paying the tax, Boca would net out pretty much that target. And while the property tax would increase, so would lease payments.</p> <p>       • Discussion will go on far longer than necessary.</p> <p>       Opponents used Boca’s generous five-minute speaking time to make the same points over and over in increasingly tortured ways. My favorite moment came when Hendrey said using the site for a restaurant would prevent poor black kids from fishing there.</p> <p>       • Opponents will argue that the city council should delay any decision to introduce the ordinances that would allow a final public hearing on July 26. Critics will cite the need to wait for a supposed “traffic study” and for the petition referendum. They will be wrong on both points.</p> <p>       First, as Hillstone’s attorney and others pointed out, the presentation Monday from a consultant on ways to improve downtown traffic—more about that in my next item—is not a “study” of traffic related to the restaurant. That study has been done. With or without a restaurant, Boca Raton will seek to make downtown traffic flow better.</p> <p>       Second, unless the city attorney’s office opines otherwise, there is no legal reason to postpone debate for another five or six months.</p> <p>       The planning and zoning board recommended approval of the land-use and zoning changes for the restaurant and the site plan. Though the board recommended against approval of the lease, some board members said they voted no because they had received the lease only that morning.</p> <p>       Those statements seemed odd. A city spokeswoman said board members received the lease via email on Monday. Deputy City Manager George Brown and Hillstone General Counsel Glenn Viers agreed in response to my question that—aside from the numbers—the new lease is very similar to the original lease from 2013. It is even more similar to what Hillstone sent the city in January. I had read that lease. Anyone could have.</p> <p>       Tonight, at least, the critics will be speaking to the right people. The planning and zoning board’s very indulgent, aptly named chairman, William Fairman, reminded speaker after speaker that the board doesn’t set policy. Members voted on the facts before them. The council sets policy, and Boca Raton should hear what the council members think now, not in six months.</p> <p>       Introduction of the Wildflower ordinances at tonight’s meeting would start that discussion. Any criticism of “rushing” a decision is not credible. As noted, that first lease proposal came two and a half years ago. Opponents have ramped up their attacks only lately, when it became apparent that the deal actually might happen.</p> <p>       As Viers told me on Friday, he has married off a daughter and become a grandfather since Hillstone answered Boca Raton’s request for proposal (RFP.) Given that the city made the offer and the council has made the restaurant a priority, Viers said, “I just wish they would step up. Otherwise, why did they ask for the RFP?”</p> <h3>City or NIMBY?</h3> <p>       Despite those pleas that the city make the Wildflower a park “for the people,” James Hendrey revealed Monday that the issue really is local, not citywide.</p> <p>       At Monday’s workshop, Hendrey told the city council that he and his neighbors would sue to block the restaurant on the grounds that noise from outdoor dining would be a nuisance. Hendrey lives across the Intracoastal Waterway and slightly north of the site.</p> <p>       Councilman Robert Weinroth responded by calling Hendrey’s comment “troubling” because what Hendrey had billed as a civic issue was now a “NIMBY” (Not In My Backyard Issue.) Though Hendrey’s comment was confrontational, at least it was finally honest.</p> <p>And that pesky traffic issue</p> <p>       The Hillstone restaurant would be on the northeast corner of Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue. During Monday’s workshop, city council members heard a consultant offer ways to improve traffic at that often problematic intersection.</p> <p>       According to the consultant, the most helpful change would be to add eastbound and westbound turn lanes. No other option comes close to offering that level of relief. The city also could change phasing of the traffic light and eliminate U-turns in both directions.</p> <p>       Yet the consultant recommends a “hybrid” option involving changes to sidewalks, road widening and traffic signals. The city council, however, indicated its presence for the turn lanes. City Manager Leif Ahnell said they could be in place by November, along with the changes to the traffic light.</p> <p>       The city also heard a presentation on other traffic improvements in and around downtown. I will have more about that on Thursday.</p> <h3>Delray’s city attorney candidates: Back stories</h3> <p>       The Delray Beach City Commission didn’t rush its decision on a city attorney. That was the best thing to happen during Friday’s special meeting.</p> <p>       The commission narrowed the field to a pair of candidates—Pam Booker and Lynn Whitfield. Both have much related experience, and both present tough choices.</p> <p>       In February, Booker was fired as city attorney in Port St. Lucie after working in the legal department for nearly 20 years. The firing was unanimous.</p> <p>       Booker, who had been making $190,000, blamed the firing on city council members who did not want to hear what she believed was good legal advice. It’s true that the city can be a tough place for top administrators. Ask Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper, who ran Port St. Lucie for almost two decades. One reporter wrote that the city manager might have been more responsible for communications problems the council blamed on Booker.</p> <p>       Still, one point of contention was that Booker’s office responded far too slowly to routine public records requests. In Port St. Lucie, those go through the city attorney’s office. Booker was quoted as saying that a delay of two or three weeks was reasonable. As someone who has made such requests for more than 30 years, I can tell you that such a delay for almost all requests is unreasonable.</p> <p>       Booker’s departure got messier when she rejected the city’s first severance offer because of a dispute over health care coverage. The package she was accepted in March was worth about $202,000.</p> <p>       With Whitfield, the potential issues are old and new.</p> <p>       In 1983, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a Florida Bar recommendation to suspend Whitfield for six months. According to the complaint, Whitfield—while working as an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County—had told the target of an investigation about the investigation. Whitfield also had “told an undercover agent that she knew where to obtain cocaine and that she later denied under oath making the statement and that the statement itself was true.” Embarrassingly, Delray Beach’s recruiter told the commission that the complaint had been dismissed.</p> <p>       Yet Whitfield later became deputy city attorney in West Palm Beach, city attorney in North Miami and city attorney in Hallandale Beach, her current position. Last year, a city commissioner tried to put on the agenda a motion to fire her. Whitfield—who is African-American— responded by accusing the commissioner—who is white—of racial and gender discrimination.</p> <p>       As the <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel</em> reported, the resulting investigation by an outside law firm found “no factual support” for Whitfield’s allegations. The report also concluded, however, that the commissioner had no credible basis for wanting to fire Whitfield.</p> <p>       If the commission can’t agree on either candidate, the commission could ask for more applicants or seek to hire an outside lawyer to act as city attorney. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia prefers that option, but Mayor Cary Glickstein believes that the move would cost Delray Beach more money. The current budget for the legal department, which includes five lawyers, is $1.2 million.</p> <p>       Unlike most cities, Delray Beach handles the bulk of its tort cases—personal injury claims—in-house. The potential cost of contracting for litigation would be a factor in any discussion of contracting for legal services.</p> <p>       If the city has received completed background checks on both candidates, the commission will discuss the choice at tonight’s workshop meeting.</p> <h3>Filling empty council seats</h3> <p>       To understand the ordinance Scott Singer will present at tonight’s Boca City Council meeting, you need to know the back story.</p> <p>       For the second time in two months, Singer wants the council to consider changing how the city fills vacant council seats. Singer couldn’t get a second for his motion in May, so it died.</p> <p>       Currently, the council appoints someone to fill the vacancy until the next regularly scheduled city election. The winner then fills out the remainder of that term. Basically, Singer wants the city to hold a special election if the next scheduled election is more than 90 days from when the vacancy began.</p> <p>       Here is the back story:</p> <p>       Mayor Haynie’s term is up in March. She has opened a campaign account. If she wins re-election, Haynie would be a strong candidate to succeed County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who is term-limited in 2018.</p> <p>       If Haynie resigned to serve on the commission, the deputy mayor would become mayor, with the council filling the resulting vacancy. The current deputy is Mike Mullaugh, but he’s term-limited in March. After the 2017 election, the council will pick a new deputy mayor.</p> <p>       Singer, who’s up for re-election in March, and Robert Weinroth would like to succeed Haynie if she left in the middle of a second term. Moving from deputy to mayor would give someone an edge when the seat comes up again in 2020. Boca likely won’t hold an election in March 2019. Singer may believe that if he were not deputy mayor he could win a low-turnout special election.</p> <p>       Aside from the fact that his colleagues probably understand Singer’s motivation, there’s the issue of money. According to the city clerk’s office, a Boca-only election could cost between $120,000 and $150,000.</p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 14 Jun 2016 08:48:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/14/thoughts-and-prayers-for-orlando-and-updates-on-city-issues/City WatchCommunityConcert Review: Cyndi Lauper at Mizner Amphitheaterhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/13/concert-review-cyndi-lauper-at-mizner-amphitheater/<p><em>[Note: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.]</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/cyndi-lauper.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Eddy Arnold, Patsy Cline, Skeeter Davis, Cyndi Lauper. One of these names is not like the others, but Lauper assures the audience early on that she is aware. Though, somehow, the pop superstar sounds just as powerful as ever with her detour to country music. </p> <p>After a rainy Saturday, the sky cleared up at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater in Mizner Park for the second-to-last stop of the first leg of Lauper’s “Detour Tour.” And as the clouds retreated, the fans arrived. </p> <p>Rock duo The Peach Kings kicked off the show with an edgy opening set. With just Paige Wood and Steven Dies onstage playing guitar and providing vocals, this was not quite the thrilling opening act that normally gets the crowd pumped for the headliner. While Wood had a beautiful voice, she dipped into the emo-rock genre with a bit of screaming. Though the duo sounded excellent together, the songs were slow and the crowd seemed disinterested.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/peachkings.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>However, The Peach Kings were grateful to be touring with Lauper. Dies could not put into words how incredible it was to perform alongside her, so he read the audience a poem he wrote about her instead.</p> <p>“She don’t take shit from anyone and gives it straight the way we want,” he concluded, as the crowd roared in agreement. </p> <p>Soon after, Lauper took the stage with a suitcase in hand, clearly showing that she was taking a detour from what we knew. She started her set a cover of Wanda Jackson’s 1961 hit single “Funnel of Love,” which set the western tone for the majority of her show.</p> <p>While many people might see aging celebrities like Kiefer Sutherland and Rita Wilson tackling the country music genre and wondering why they are doing it, Lauper clearly displays her talent and range from the start.</p> <p>Answering the question of why she would record a country album (this year's retro celebration "Detour"), Lauper explained that she always wanted to work with Sire Records and Seymour Stein. When she first began talking to Stein, he explained that there was a time that country music and rhythm and blues were closely intertwined. Once he started playing some of these songs for her, she knew she had to record them.</p> <p>Lauper intertwined her new country tunes with a smattering of her older songs. When the first chords of “She Bop” resounded, the crowd went wild. Audience members pogoed like they were back in the ‘80s but also sang along to the older music, like Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight.” </p> <p>Cline appeared on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” in 1957, which is where Lauper discovered her. When she was just a little girl, Lauper would watch the show with her grandma along with “Queen for a Day,” where hardworking women would be treated like royalty for a day and then given a new home appliance to help them in the house. Lauper didn’t like the idea of being treated well and then put back to work, so she decided that she would rather appear on Godfrey’s show, and dedicated herself to singing.</p> <p>Throughout her set, it was clear that Lauper was having some vocal issues. She would grab a spray bottle and spray her throat in between verses while she was singing. At times, she was difficult to hear due to these personal complications.</p> <p>But when her voice was full, Lauper sounded incredible. Early in the show, she lay on top of a travel trunk and sang upside down. High notes were a specialty of hers, and there was no holding her back when she felt the passion. It was also interesting to watch Lauper conduct her band. Toward the end of each number, she would turn her back to the audience and instruct the band to keep playing until she had her fill.</p> <p>Before covering Prince’s “When You Were Mine,” Lauper commented on how much talent we already have lost this year. She touched on the shocking death of 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed outside of an Orlando concert on June 11, and said that Prince’s death freaked her out. She urged the audience to keep the ones they love close, because no one will be around forever.</p> <p>Lauper saved her most famous trio of songs until the very end. As an encore, Lauper performed “Time After Time,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “True Colors.” The Peach Kings joined Lauper onstage for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” with Wood singing the first verse. The audience sang along with passion to all three songs, and you could tell that all the girls—as well as the guys—were having fun. Before starting “True Colors,” Lauper sang a portion of “A Part Hate” a capella and sounded better than she did with all the instruments backing her up. </p> <p>During her encore, Lauper explained that she feels so inspired being a woman right now with Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination for president. She has always felt like a woman could handle things better. But, whatever side of the political race you are on, Lauper left the audience with a few wise words.</p> <p>“Always remember that people have the power in this country,” Lauper said. “You can’t be included if you don’t include yourself.” </p> <p>At 62 years old, Lauper is still having the time of her life onstage. Between interacting with the audience, telling personal stories and belting out her hit songs, her true colors shine through. And, while I do hope that we get to hear some new pop songs from her in the future, it is exciting to watch her travel down the western road for now. </p> <p><strong>Set list:</strong></p> <p>Funnel of Love (Wanda Jackson Cover)</p> <p>She Bop</p> <p>Heartaches by the Number (Ray Price Cover)</p> <p>I Drove All Night</p> <p>The End of the World (Skeeter Davis Cover)</p> <p>Walkin’ After Midnight (Patsy Cline Cover)</p> <p>I Want to Be A Cowboys Sweetheart (Patsy Montana Cover)</p> <p>You Don't Know</p> <p>When You Were Mine (Prince Cover)</p> <p>Money Changes Everything (The Brains Cover)</p> <p>Misty Blue (Eddy Arnold Cover) </p> <p>ENCORE</p> <p>Time After Time</p> <p>Girls Just Wanna Have Fun</p> <p>A Part Hate/True Colors</p>Kevin StuderMon, 13 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/13/concert-review-cyndi-lauper-at-mizner-amphitheater/Arts & EventsMusicFather&#39;s Day Dining: PBC continuedhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/13/fathers-day-dining-pbc-continued/<p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.13_eau_drunch_bloody_mary_bar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Eau Palm Beach rare bourbon dinner, ‘Drunch’ and cookout</strong> </p> <p>Give Dad a weekend-long celebration at Eau Palm Beach Resort <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000),</em> starting with a rare, small batch bourbon dinner on June 18, from 7 p.m.m to 10 p.m., for $125 per person (with Pappy Van Winkle 15-Year and Four Roses Limited Edition 2015). Then, on June 19, from noon to 2:30 p.m., the Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro has a “Drunch” for $95 per person, $25 for children 5-12, with a buffet raw bar, sushi and prime rib carving stations, as well as the Bloody Mary bar (pictured). Then the Breeze Ocean Kitchen Cookout is June 19, too, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., for $24 per person, with a whole pig roast, $5 beer specials, $8 margaritas and live music. </p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.13_spoto's_lobster_dinner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A huge lobster catch is main attraction for fathers at Spoto’s</strong></p> <p>A 2-pound lobster dish (pictured; $36.75) is waiting for you on Father’s Day at Spoto’s Oyster Bar <em>(4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448), </em>along with filet mignon ($39.75), Alaskan King Crab legs ($44.50), pretzel-crusted grouper ($31.75) and more. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.13_fat_roosters_pancakes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>RACKS starts pop-up Southern brunch on Father’s Day</strong></p> <p>Dads are the special guests June 19 as restaurateur Gary Racks starts a Sunday brunch schedule, which brings dishes from his popular Fat Rooster menu to his RACKS Downtown Eatery + Tavern in Mizner Park <em>(402 Plaza Real, 561/395-1662).</em> From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy specials like pancakes (pictured), chicken ‘n’ waffles, Southern hash browns and more, including bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. It’s Southern meets Boca, and that means guilty goodness. </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>Lynn KalberMon, 13 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/13/fathers-day-dining-pbc-continued/DiningConcert Review: Frank Turner at Revolution Livehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/11/concert-review-frank-turner-at-revolution-live/<p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/67e7cc351d12c085ae4d439bcd62ab94.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Frank Turner keeps track of his concerts. The English singer-songwriter has been touring the world since at least 2006, and his performance Friday night at Revolution Live was, he proudly announced, show number 1,906. For a musician who virtually lives on the road—he wrote a killer song about the touring life, and played it last night—the daily assembly of screaming, lyric-shouting, fist-raising, mosh-pitting congregants to the cult of Turner has lost none of its transcendent appeal.</p> <p>He’s arguably the best live performer I’ve ever seen. His joy at being alive and onstage and playing great music can teeter into recklessness, as when he trustingly stage-dove, backwards, into the center of the dance floor and then walked along the narrow bar just off stage left, toppling empty cups, during “Four Simple Words”—a site-specific send-off for a spectacular evening of folk-punk melodies.</p> <p>Turner and his band, the Sleeping Souls, took to the stage later than many expected, at 9:15, striding out to the soaring strains of John Williams’ “Jurassic Music” score. This created a sense of epic anticipation easily bested by the first six songs: a greatest-hits medley of such fan favorites as “I Still Believe,” last year’s single “The Next Storm,” “Recovery” and “If I Ever Stray”—played Ramones-style, with nary a break in between.</p> <p>The speed and pep of the early numbers inevitably lessened during the laid-back, occasionally acoustic middle section of the set, which included the lovely “Opening Act of Spring” and the terrific and obscure B-side “Heartless Bastard Motherfucker,” from a 2007 EP, played by request. Interactive flourishes ensured that Turner’s deeper cuts felt as excitingly performed as the hits: During “Glorious You,” he instructed us to show jazz hands during part of the chorus, and for “Dan’s Song,” he called up an eager audience volunteer to play the harmonica solo. Turner can be something of a ham onstage, relying on road-tested fallbacks such as questioning our call-and-response enthusiasm compared to cities in, say, Texas (cue the competitive boos). It was all in good fun.</p> <p>By the time Turner and his band returned for a rousing pop-punk climax that featured “Out of Breath,” “Photosynthesis” and “Get Better,” the dance floor was pretty much an entire mosh pit—an agreeably nonaggressive slam-dancing celebration. Turner has some of the best fans of any band I know.</p> <p>They also seemed to appreciate his one comment of political provocation. He massaged our patriotism by telling us that the U.S. was the “friendliest, most welcoming” country for an English musician to tour—but that if we want international bands to continue playing the States, “don’t elect that fucking prick.”</p> <p>Punk effin’ rock.</p> <ol> <li>I Still Believe</li> <li>The Next Storm</li> <li>Try This at Home</li> <li>Recovery</li> <li>The Road</li> <li>If I Ever Stray</li> <li>Ace of Spades (Motorhead cover)</li> <li>Glorious You</li> <li>Long Live the Queen</li> <li>The Opening Act of Spring</li> <li>Heartless Bastard Motherfucker</li> <li>Dan’s Song</li> <li>Love Ire and Song</li> <li>The Way I Tend to Be</li> <li>Out of Breath</li> <li>Photosynthesis</li> <li>Get Better</li> <li>Four Simple Words</li> </ol>John ThomasonSat, 11 Jun 2016 10:29:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/11/concert-review-frank-turner-at-revolution-live/Arts & EventsMusicStaff Picks: Food Frenzyhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/10/staff-picks-food-frenzy/<p><strong>Sur la Table</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" height="403" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.10_sur_la_table.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Shellie Frai, Editorial Intern</em> </p> <p>“One of Mizner Park’s hidden gems, this store/cooking school is a chef and baker’s haven. Sur la Table doesn’t just sell some of the best cookware, bake ware and cookbooks—they also offer cooking classes every day of the week, and you don’t have to be experienced in the kitchen to participate. One of my favorite classes they offer is the “Summer Macarons” class. You get to learn the art of making France’s signature, delicious pastries. They also have classes just for kids and date night classes where you learn how to cook an Italian dinner for two. I recommend going for Father’s Day, they have a special class called “Cooking with Dad” that I already know is going to be a big hit!”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.surlatable.com" target="_blank">surlatable.com</a> // 438 Plaza Real // 561/953-7638)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Vinny’s All Day Café</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="440" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.10_vinnys.png" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Megan Kearney, Editorial Intern</em><em> </em></p> <p>“I just discovered Vinny’s this month, and I already can’t get enough. Their menu is full of chopped salads, wraps and paninis, and the “create your own” option allows you to choose from an assembly line of meat, vegetables and every other topping you can dream of in order to create your perfect meal! An ordinary salad can quickly become a customized, healthy masterpiece at Vinny’s.” </p> <p>(<a href="http://www.vinnysalldaycafe.net" target="_blank">vinnysalldaycafe.net</a> // 3013 Yamato Road // 561/988-9883)</p>magazineFri, 10 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/10/staff-picks-food-frenzy/CommunityFather&#39;s Day Dining: PBChttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/10/fathers-day-dining-pbc/<p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.10_burt_max's_exterior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Start Father’s Day early with a cigar &amp; whiskey night</strong></p> <p>On June 15, Burt &amp; Max’s <em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/826-1791) </em>heads toward Father’s Day weekend with a cigar and whiskey night. For $30 per person, enjoy that and a shave or haircut! And you could be a TV star, because Cigar TV will be on site taping for an upcoming episode. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.10_okeechobee_steakhouse_father's_day_porterhouse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Limited edition 26 oz. steak at Okeechobee Steakhouse</strong> </p> <p>Call it the big boy of steaks—a 26 oz. Porterhouse, “hand selected and cut by the legendary steakhouse owner Curtis Lewis,” is the Father’s Day special on June 19, at this classic venue. There’s a limited number of this $65.99 steak (pictured) at Okeechobee Steakhouse <em>(2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/683-5151)</em>, so be forewarned.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="581" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.10_cooper_sundae.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A Father’s Day brunch at The Cooper, and special gift</strong></p> <p>On June 19, stop in for brunch or dinner at The Cooper <em>(4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032),</em> where specials such as coffee-rubbed steak and eggs ($19), crab cake Benedict ($16), a 24 oz. bone-in cowboy steak ($39) or an amazing The Cooper sundae (pictured, photo by <a href="http://www.Libbyvision.com" target="_blank">Libbyvision.com</a>, $10) will make Dad’s day. And he will also leave with a food voucher for $25 for a future visit. It’s hard to beat that. </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>Lynn KalberFri, 10 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/10/fathers-day-dining-pbc/DiningMovie Review: &quot;L&#39;attesta&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/10/movie-review-lattesta/<p>“L’attesta,” the debut feature from Italian director Piero Messina opening today in Boca, is bookended by processions, each one carrying the gravity of life and death. The opening is a wordless church funeral, with a solemn, slow-motion parade of congregants paying their respects to an unidentified body. The camera fades to black after every shot, the images slipping away like elusive memories. It lingers the longest on the familiar, pained face of Juliette Binoche, whom we soon realize plays the deceased’s closest survivor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/zugk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>At the end, Binoche’s character, Anna, is again the only discernable face in a somber Easter parade down the illuminated streets of her Italian village, meeting the implacable gaze of white-hooded worshippers staring, hauntingly, through eyeholes. It looks as if they’re judging her, just as the audience might have been doing for the previous 90 minutes or so—though in her excruciating position, it’s impossible to know how we’d respond.</p> <p>We soon deduce that the silent funeral at the movie’s opening is for Anna’s teenage son Giuseppe, whose spirit looms large over the film’s proceedings. But Anna can’t bring herself to say the words, let along acknowledge the loss emotionally, even when she’s put to the test: Just days after the service, Giuseppe’s girlfriend Jeanne (Lou de Laage, a rising star in French cinema) arrives at Anna’s capacious home, intending to reconcile with Giuseppe after a rough patch.</p> <p>Rather than admit the truth, Anna avoids, evades, occludes—stringing Jeanne along for what feels like weeks of excuses for her son’s absence and, ultimately, enjoying the company of a daughter she never had. The naïve Jeanne likely succumbs to her own denial after a while, leaving unreturned message after unreturned message on Giuseppe’s cell phone while waiting, incredulously, for her boyfriend to arrive (In Italian, “L’attesta” translates to “The Wait”).</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/960.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Based, surprisingly, on a pair of works by absurdist playwright Luigi Pirandello, “L’attesta” is about the lies we tell others and ourselves in order to cope with incomprehensible loss. It’s a film anchored by its unsaid revelations, the kind delivered only in the nuance of the actors’ faces, gestures and carriage. Binoche’s worry lines hide deep reservoirs of grief—her inopportune laughing jags and spurts of maternal energy offering an escape from reality and responsibility. De Laage, with her fair skin, puffy lips and easy smile, is like every deer that’s ever stared blindly into a pair of headlights, unwilling to see or accept the truth that’s in front of her.</p> <p>The director, Messina, was an AD on Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar winner “The Great Beauty,” and he’s a clear mentee of the older director. Eschewing the quirky, Felliniesque grotesqueries that undercut Sorrentino’s films, Messina’s compositions and camera movements glisten with grace and hypnotic splendor, resulting in the sort of shots you’ll remember next week, maybe even next year.</p> <p>But for all of its arresting visual beauty, “L’attesta” is mostly propelled by absence, by negation, by darkness, by the empty spaces between things. In one of the film’s first scenes, Anna’s butler (Giorgio Colangeli) covers her windows in mourning, blocking out sunbeams ray by ray. “I’m used to seeing some parts of my body only in the dark,” Anna tells Jeanne, when the latter asks if she’d like a dip in the lake. It’s only by accepting the light that this tortured soul might just experience her own Easter rebirth.</p> <p><em>"L'attesta" opens today at Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 10 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/10/movie-review-lattesta/Arts & EventsMovies#NoMakeUp Summer Essentialshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/10/no-makeup-summer-essentials/<div class="post-content"> <p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> </div> <p dir="ltr">It’s no secret: It’s piping hot this summer! Your body sticking to your car seat has become a part of your everyday life. With this kind of heat, who wants to deal with a full-blown makeup routine? Say goodbye to your foundation woes and say hello to the #NoMakeUp movement that is taking over the Internet. Singer Alicia Keys is at the forefront of this movement, and she’s doing a pretty great job of keeping us all motivated to take the courageous no-makeup plunge. So it’s time to exchange your time-gobbling makeup routine for these quick and easy solutions.</p> <p><strong>1. Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Tint SPF 30</strong></p> <p><img alt="sugarplumlipcolor.jpg" height="250" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/478wUdbcplly7Uzta0xfl8NkveII0iSs9P4QHtrCf_A2Csw9WhHe6dBbnArwG0jhdadOs9uSIv7PbHxQ7JVKzXg3MMwCfEL4fL0K730OLoiW-mLdigZy1W2WTtsYTQvn8a6yX0DN" width="250"></p> <p>With so much to do and so little time, it’s easy to forget that your lips need protection too. As you age, it’s extremely important to keep your lips protected. Lips can get cracked, chapped and sunburnt in this Florida heat. I’m a huge fan of lip products that offer sun protection and color. That’s why Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Tint SPF 15 takes the No. 1 spot on my #NoMakeUp Summer Beauty Bag Essentials list. Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Tint is the perfect sassy addition to your life. Throw on this lip tint on your way out the door for an effortless look!</p> <p><strong>2. Burt’s Bees White Tea Extract Facial Cleansing Cloths</strong></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="BurtBeesFacialWipes.jpg" height="478" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/C_3izYlQKzRgwDVtqszq9pcaXO49Me_V2TWu5bZAUsO5gl8GtEISu7k_K2kggfFz0gNYlR-JJfR_bv_WJrwc35nT-nA5T-P2Qf0TUZKakZqqY_HFGsEKRHPyYoHPeaR4IsdIIK1r" width="478"></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">We’ve all been there. It’s mid-day, and you’re up to your neck with errands and barely keeping your head on straight. Suddenly you look at your face in the mirror and nearly have a heart attack as you think, “Has my face really been this oily all day!?” Constant heat can cause skin to produce more oil, which can cause frequent breakouts. Gently remove dirt and oil throughout the day with these invigorating Burt’s Bees White Tea Extract Facial Cleansing Cloths. The calming cucumber and soothing aloe will leave you feeling refreshed in no time.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hold &amp; Shine Spray</strong></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="shinemoisturespray.jpg" height="378" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/VELxsEqgEi_8UPmTe4ODnlhICgHY8TGiRq7H2D1jmVULvK0I1HmlUCDSlJxej-A4AJNNXS8Q4OKY07clnK8kKzKIwzD4ZZZxjRJicwRahdk2kNQlqCJRNkctP_RVJtLWmKJlQMtY" width="378"></p> <p><br><br></p> <p dir="ltr">In the summertime, I’m pretty much half lion. My hair has a mind of its own, and with my schedule booked full of exciting pastimes, this quick fix product is the perfect solution. Shea Moisture Hold &amp; Shine Spray hydrates hair with nourishing ingredients like coconut, shea butter and even Japanese honeysuckle. Secret Hint: This spray also double-acts as a lovely body spray. I promise you’ll smell like the tastiest coconut cake in town!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Aveeno Naturals Daily Moisturizer SPF 30</strong></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="aveeno-active-naturals-radiant-moisturizer-en.jpg" height="361" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/eLuYDEY7wYNkbr2biFXdXGTNbIFUb_vBJ_tTc9fLEd10ha8LM4KDLpB5cRe05a5gptVUZO2wEzO0_NMY41l3Ef_bBj2DAvGLIrTgnAATBKvsKjtNrVHHHD0GqTOwixW5UaXtYcx-" width="270"></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">I can’t say it enough: moisture, moisture and more moisture is the ultimate key for a sexy summer glow. After washing your face, apply Aveeno Naturals Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 to keep your skin protected and hydrated throughout the day. This moisturizer provides long-lasting moisture without an oily residue.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Sephora Snag-free Hair Elastics</strong></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="SnagFreeHairElastics.jpg" height="250" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-NfsHvPPWV3NAsXncC0A78kQJowhzNUloU75Rw4-G0Lap-mPxI6NDtbs8i3_g3w6CvrzxrJzE8fpgI6zuRzOKk5kq1GGNQqXmGl9HJ91AMDQbtnLJcIHV-lYKpwVMCsEwabSqeco" width="250"></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">You’ll definitely need a chic messy bun to go with your fresh-faced look. If you’re anything like me, hair elastics are your own personal version of hell, but these elastics won’t leave you saying “ouch.” They are made with a unique elastic fiber to prevent those painful hair snags. Beat the heat and use these products to keep your hair off your face while you live it up this summer.</p>Laura TolliverFri, 10 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/10/no-makeup-summer-essentials/BeautyHealth/BeautyHillstone delays, the Chabad lawsuits &amp; tattoos in the Village By The Seahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/09/hillstone-delays-the-chabad-lawsuits-tattoos-in-the-village-by-the-sea/<h3><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/8122ff4ad05ab98093e788dc508309b2.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>More delays for Hillstone?     </h3> <p>Tonight begins what could be a schedule for the Boca Raton City Council to approve a Hillstone restaurant on the Wildflower property by the end of July.</p> <p>       Or not.</p> <p>       The planning and zoning board has Wildflower on its agenda for this evening. The board’s recommendation would reach the city council for its Tuesday meeting.</p> <p>       Mayor Susan Haynie, however, told me that she will not introduce the Wildflower ordinances at that meeting. We spoke after she delivered the State of the City address to the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations. Haynie told the group that the council “would not rush” review of the Hillstone proposal with the city facing a possible referendum on use of public waterfront land.</p> <p>       Haynie wants to “let things play out” before deciding on the five issues related to the Hillstone proposal. Any other council member could introduce the three related ordinances. With luck, someone will. Negotiations with Hillstone are into their third year. If Haynie follows through, however, her action would be very symbolic.</p> <p>       It would be equally frustrating. If the organizers obtain the necessary signatures, the petition referendum might not get to voters until at least November. If review of Hillstone had to start then, the year-end holiday schedule could delay it further.</p> <p>       At Tuesday’s meeting, opponents of the restaurant surely will urge delay. They might threaten a lawsuit if the council introduces the ordinances, though a lawsuit might come even if the referendum makes the ballot and fails, and the council then approves the Hillstone deal.</p> <p>       There seems no good reason why the council couldn’t continue review of Hillstone and make approval contingent upon the results of the referendum if it makes the ballot. Given the long-standing council priority of developing the Wildflower site, the council at least should reassure Hillstone that the city supports the deal, despite a possible wait of another six months or longer.</p> <p>       Hillstone General Counsel Glenn Viers, who will appear before the planning and zoning board, told me Wednesday, “I’m not at all happy” about the prospect of added delay. He had heard about Haynie’s comment at the federation meeting. “It’s frustrating.”</p> <p>       City Manager Leif Ahnell recommends that the council introduce “and thereafter approve” all three Hillstone ordinances. Perhaps those who oppose the restaurant will explain tonight and Tuesday night how they would replace the potential $33 million in revenue Boca Raton might receive from Hillstone.</p> <h3>Lawsuit results</h3> <p>       Though Boca Raton prevailed in one lawsuit against Chabad East Boca, the city this week lost the other.</p> <p>       A three-judge panel of the Palm Beach County Circuit Court ruled unanimously that the city council violated zoning rules by approving a museum in a B-1 district as part of the Chabad project near the beach on Palmetto Park Road. The project also includes a synagogue and a social hall. Permitted uses in B-1 areas include public assembly, which the planning and zoning board and the council interpreted to include a museum. The judges disagreed.</p> <p>       On Tuesday, the council will meet in executive—closed—session with the city’s legal staff to discuss the ruling and decide whether to appeal. Based on the ruling, I’d argue against appealing.</p> <p>       First, the ruling applies to a tiny portion of the city’s code. How many other applications could Boca Raton expect for museums in such areas? Second, the ruling wasn’t just unanimous, which by itself lowers the chance of a successful appeal. The three judges also are solid. Meanu Sasser especially knows government law. She issued the summary judgment for Delray Beach in its lawsuit against the city’s trash hauler.</p> <p>       The chabad could challenge the ruling through the land trust that owns the site and was named as a defendant with the city. Or Chabad East Boca could submit a new plan that eliminates the “My Israel” exhibit hall/museum that generated so much of the controversy about the project. Neighbors feared large tourist buses bringing visitors.</p> <p>       A new project would mean a new application, and the city recently changed zoning rules in B-1 areas east of the Intracoastal Waterway to preclude the option for 10 extra feet above the 30-foot limit. The council granted Chabad East Boca that added height, and the city won the lawsuit over that issue.</p> <p>       Chabad East Boca’s architect, however, said the congregation needed the added height only to accommodate infrastructure for the museum. If there’s no museum, there’s no need for another 10 feet.</p> <p>       One lawsuit remains: the federal challenge alleging that Boca Raton violated the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion by favoring Chabad East Boca over its prospective Christian neighbors. If the city loses that case, however stretched the argument seems to be, it’s a much bigger deal than the loss in state court.</p> <h3>Camino Square</h3> <p>       I wrote last week about the new version of the Mizner 200 project proposed for north of Townsend Place. A smaller project for downtown Boca also is under review.</p> <p>       Kimco wants to build a residential/retail project called Camino Square on the roughly nine-acre shopping center the company owns north of Camino Real next to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. The key tenant had been Winn-Dixie, but the company closed that store years ago.</p> <p>       Camino Square would include an eight-story apartment complex with 246 units and a 42,000-square-foot supermarket. Among the nearly 100 comments by city staff was this big one: Move the residential, planned for along the railroad tracks, to the north and west—where the shuttered Winn-Dixie sits—and put the supermarket along the tracks. Among other things, the staff said, the switch would minimize loading and unloading at the store.</p> <p>       Another question would be which supermarket might fill the space. A Fresh Market is on the other side of Camino Real, and Publix and Trader Joe’s are just to the east. Kimco’s attorney told me that the company hasn’t responded to the staff comments.</p> <h3>Delray’s tattoo debut</h3> <p>       Did you know that 21 percent of Americans have tattoos? That was one of many fun facts about body art that came out of Tuesday night’s Delray Beach City Commission approval of the city’s first tattoo parlor.</p> <p>       We also learned that the city apparently could not have wished for a better first tattoo parlor operator: Rebecca Loveless of Tradition Tattoo. A wide range of fans venerated Loveless. Among them was a retired New York City cop who said tattoos provided therapy after 40 surgeries from being injured in the line of duty. “Many of youse,” he told the audience, might get tattooed one day.</p> <p>       Those who might have worried about crime heard that the only police call during Loveless’ four years of operating in Boca Raton was for a broken alarm. For those concerned about the business drawing a sketchy, late-night crowd, Loveless said she intended to close at 7 p.m. If she stays open later, Loveless said, “I don’t get the type of clients I want.”</p> <p>       Nancy Loveless noted that her daughter obtained a degree in visual arts from the University of Florida. Rebecca Loveless not only agreed to every proposed condition, she offered others. In fact, no one spoke against the commission’s unanimous vote for Loveless.</p> <p>       Tradition Tattoo will operate just east of Federal Highway near the Boca Raton city limit. Others who want to open tattoo parlors will have to apply under a “zoning in progress” as the city debates what regulations will cover such businesses. Mayor Cary Glickstein noted correctly that, given the nature of the business, bad operators could exploit customers and harm neighborhoods. There seems nothing to fear and everything to like about Rebecca Loveless. Delray Beach got lucky.</p> <h3>Changing colors</h3> <p>       I had to include this note because it’s so wonderfully Delray, the city with the soul of a town.</p> <p>       On Wednesday night’s Site Plan Review and Appearance Board agenda was a request from the Seagate Towers condo complex near the beach. They want to change their exterior paint colors from Abingdon Putty, Lancaster Whitewash and Louisburg Green to Putnam Gray and Dune White. There’s nothing like Delray Beach.</p> <h3>New Delray city attorney</h3> <p>       On a far more serious note, the Delray Beach City Commission could have a new city attorney by late Friday afternoon. If that happens, however, the commission should be in full agreement.</p> <p>       Ideally, Noel Pfeffer would not be leaving. But after two years of regular sniping—including an ethics complaint that he didn’t return a resident’s email promptly—Pfeffer will depart on June 24 for a private practice job. Given what he endured, the commission should agree on one of the five candidates or seek another option.</p> <p>       Though there is more disagreement on the Delray commission than the Boca council, the commissioners have come together on most big issues. The city attorney’s office is an exception. The biggest divide has been between Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, both of whom are lawyers, and Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia, who aren’t. Al Jacquet is also a lawyer.</p> <p>       Glickstein and Jarjura tend to favor a city attorney who works full-time for Delray Beach. Katz and Petrolia tend to favor an outside lawyer who holds that role as one of the jobs the lawyer would do for a private firm. Full-timer or contractor, the person would supervise the other four members of the city’s legal staff.</p> <p>       Pfeffer drew criticism for the right reason—he told the commissioners and the residents what he believed they needed to hear, which wasn’t always what they wanted to hear. No quality matters more. The attorney’s job is to protect the city—and thus the taxpayers—from bad decisions and exposure to liability.</p> <p>       Katz and Petrolia may have hurt the search by declaring that they couldn’t accept any of the recruiter’s choices. Asking for more names if the commission is stalemated, however, likely won’t produce a superior candidate. The commission should interview all the finalists with an open mind. Face-to-face sessions can yield surprising results. Delray Beach needs a city attorney who is competent, honest and unafraid to venture an opinion.</p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 09 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/09/hillstone-delays-the-chabad-lawsuits-tattoos-in-the-village-by-the-sea/City WatchCommunityQ&amp;A: Playwright Tony Finstromhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/08/qa-playwright-tony-finstrom/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="562" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/tonyone.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Tony Finstrom is one of Florida’s most innovative, creative and distinguished playwrights, with scripts produced by countless theatre companies throughout the state. In 2006 he was awarded the Remy Award for his outstanding service to the local theater community, and he also received a Silver Palm Award for his outstanding contribution to the 2008 South Florida Theatre Festival.</p> <p>His most recent play, “Wave Your Flag!,” premieres Friday as part of his staged reading series at Lynn University. It’s set in World War II and unravels the story of movie stars on a train tour selling war bonds. It includes vintage WWII songs a performance by one of the most distinguished members of Florida’s drama community, Jan McArt.</p> <p>I had the chance to speak to Finstrom about this unique production, what it’s like working with some of Florida’s most amazing actors, and the crazy process behind the scenes.</p> <p><strong>What is a staged reading series?  </strong></p> <p>A true staged reading series is when we have actors up on their feet using bits of costumes and scenery—almost like a full production, expect the actors are carrying their scripts. We spend six days putting it together, rehearsing and giving the playwright a chance to rewrite it. It’s kind of like a workshop. This process gives the playwright a chance to work with the director and the actors on a day-to-day basis. The writer can add new scenes and make changes over that week until they have a fairly polished product [by the night of the reading].</p> <p><strong>How do you feel putting on this performance months after it was supposed to premiere?  </strong></p> <p>It was supposed to be put on April 4, but it was pushed to April 6 and pushed again to June 10. Now it’s two months later, and I think it was too long of a wait for me. I almost feel like we have a little cloud over this production because it’s been postponed so many times and we have never postponed anything before. We also have never done it on a Friday or after Memorial Day, which is off-season. It’s been frustrating for me to wait that long, but I have used the time to rewrite, and I’m at the point where I know I have to leave it alone.</p> <p><img alt="" height="518" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/waveyourflagnewposter.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Does the six-day process of rehearsing and re-writing add a lot of stress to the actors?</strong></p> <p>I always tell them to come into this with a light heart, and they do. It’s like an exercise, almost a challenge for them, but it’s fun. They are thrown new pages everyday, including the director (who probably has the biggest headache), but we all have fun. We get to view some of the best actors of South Florida through this series, and everybody at the end says to me “I want to come back, let me know what’s next!” because we all have such a good time. </p> <p><strong>Do you like this form of performance as opposed to a traditional production? </strong></p> <p>What is good about this kind of performance is that from the audience’s standpoint, they only pay $10 and they are really getting a full production. We are getting very big crowds, because the reputation has grown over the four years I have been involved with it. We are now getting almost 500 people every time we do this. This is a one-night show, so it’s a real bargain for the audience, which is why I like these staged readings, and so does the audience. </p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/janmcartreddressphoto.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>You mentioned you get to work with some of South Florida’s best actors through this series. How was working with Jan McArt?  </strong></p> <p>She is amazing! Working with her is great, because she has more energy than any of us. She ran five or six theaters in South Florida, from Key West to Boca, at one time, and she often starred in the productions! She is a legend. She is like a Bernadette Peters, only she’s local. She always wants to rehearse a little longer and go through it another time, [when] we are ready to go home and go to sleep. It is fun working with her—she is a true living legend. </p> <p><strong>I read about you casting a two-month old baby, how does that work? </strong></p> <p>Jan McArt plays the part of this movie star who doesn’t like to be around babies or children, because she had a baby kidnapped many years ago. So we were going to have someone come onstage with a baby doll, but as it turns out, Amy Miller Brennan, an actress in South Florida who actually played Jan McArt in the play “Glamour Girl!,” just had a baby. I thought, maybe we can use their baby instead of a doll. I said to Amy, “How would you like to have Daisy [her two-month-old daughter] have a stage debut with Jan McArt?” Amy got very excited and thought it was a wonderful idea. It’s really quite sweet.</p> <p><strong>How is this play different than others plays you have been a part of?  </strong></p> <p>For me, it’s different because I had read something years ago about World War II train tours with movie stars on them trying to sell war bonds. At the time I thought that should be a play, and I always had that in the back of my head. When it came to me actually writing it, I realized I didn’t have a plot! I started from scratch, and it has turned into this elaborate story with an almost <em>Alice in Wonderland</em> feel, where a young girl watches a movie and falls through the looking glass and into the film. </p> <p><strong>What is your favorite part about this play? </strong></p> <p>I hope it’s yet to come, because the most fun we have is when the actors are staging it. It’s a very complicated play for the actors in six days to deal with learning these old World War II songs and the play. My favorite part is going to be when I see them singing the songs and get to see how the songs fit into the play and how they work. </p> <p><em>“Wave Your Flag!” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $10. Call 561/237-9000 or visit lynn.edu/events.</em></p>Shellie FraiWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:29:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/08/qa-playwright-tony-finstrom/Arts & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsStarry Eyed for Star Warshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/08/starry-eyed-for-star-wars/<p>Summer has awakened.</p> <p>And I’m not talking about the Palm Beach County school year ending or the heart-stopping realization that your kids (and mine) will be home for the next few months. Summer has awakened at <strong>Walt Disney World, </strong>and one of my family’s favorite movies of all time has come to glorious life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: <em>Star Wars</em>. Even my 3-year-old daughter is obsessed.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.8_star_wars_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Between the opening of <a href="/blog/2016/03/30/what-im-loving-at-disney-this-spring/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Star Wars</em> Launch Bay</strong></a> with its killer air conditioning, character meet and greets and movie set memorabilia and the addition of the daily stage show, “<em>Star Wars</em>: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,” featuring so many fan favorite characters, we didn’t think there was much more Disney could add—until they open up “<em>Star Wars</em> Land,” of course.</p> <p>We were wrong. A new <em>Star Wars</em> fireworks show, “<em>Star Wars</em>: A Galactic Spectacular,” is launching on June 17, and it’s going to be even more amazing than the current “Symphony in the Stars” show featured in the park.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.8_star_wars_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Dubbed <a href="https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/05/new-star-wars-a-galactic-spectacular-fireworks-set-to-make-history-at-disneys-hollywood-studios-starting-june-17/" target="_blank">“the most elaborate fireworks display in this park’s history,”</a> it will feature a combination of fireworks, pyrotechnics, Disney’s signature special effects and even video projections that will turn Hollywood Studio’s Chinese Theater and other buildings into “the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other <em>Star Wars</em> destinations.” The show will showcase music from the film franchise by composer John Williams (which totally makes it, in my opinion) and will be “punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky.”</p> <p>We can barely contain annual pass holder excitement.</p> <p>If you can’t make it to Disney this summer, Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater will be hosting a free galactic screening of <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em> for local fans as part of its ‘Summer in the City’ entertainment series on August 5 at 8 p.m. Mark your calendars!</p> <p>May the force be with you, Boca moms, until school starts again.</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="http://www.modernbocamom.com/"><em>ModernBocaMom.com</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>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 08 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/08/starry-eyed-for-star-wars/CommunityFree Opportunities to Explore South Florida Naturehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/08/free-opportunities-to-explore-south-florida-nature/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management has announced its summer 2016 “Adventure Awaits” event series, with all kinds of opportunities for the public to explore and enjoy natural areas in South Florida. Environmental Resources Management naturalists lead the free events, taking people on cycling, paddling and nature photography tours and through swamp areas. This summer’s schedule will also feature hikes and outdoor yoga sessions, led by a certified yoga instructor.</p> <p>The events are for experienced outdoorspeople, as well as novices. </p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/lr-2093.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>These are just a few of the upcoming events:</p> <p>-June 10 at 6 p.m.: A sunset photography workshop and guided photography tour at the Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach</p> <p>-June 15 at 5:30 p.m.: A sunset paddle at Fullerton Island in Jupiter</p> <p>-June 18 at 9 a.m.: An adventure for kids, called Growing Up Wild, Connecting Kids to Nature, at Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area</p> <p>-June 25 at 8 a.m.: A bike and hike on the trails of Loxahatchee Slough</p> <p> </p> <p>“We have seen a tremendous response to our first season of Adventure Awaits, and are excited about the new opportunities that we are adding for our second season,” says Environmental Resources Management Director Rob Robbins in a press release. “These events are a fantastic way of introducing people to our natural areas and giving them a level of comfort when returning and exploring on their own.”</p> <p>Space is limited and advance registration is required. The full Adventure Awaits schedule is <a href="http://www.pbcgov.org/erm/pdf/AdventureAwaits.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>. For more information on specific events or to reserve your spot, call 561/233-2400 or click <a href="http://www.pbcgov.com/erm/" target="_blank">here</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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 08 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/08/free-opportunities-to-explore-south-florida-nature/FitnessHealth/BeautyFresh from the Oceanhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/07/fresh-from-the-ocean/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.7_banko_cantina_lobster_taco.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Banko Cantina starting Taco Tuesday nights</strong></p> <p>If it’s Tuesday, that means the just-opened Banko Cantina <em>(114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/355-1399)</em> is hosting Taco Tuesday, with all-you-can-eat tacos for $16, and all-you-can-eat seafood tacos (Maine lobster/shrimp) for $30. The restaurant features Northern-style Mexican dishes, surrounded by a historic building, and notable artwork from Chicago artist David Bozic. There are also more than 30 tequilas offered, along with craft cocktails, been and wine.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.7_pbcatch_yellowfin_tuna.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>PB CATCH plans special menu for World Oceans Day</strong></p> <p>With World Oceans Day arriving June 8, PB CATCH Seafood &amp; Raw Bar <em>(251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5558)</em> is celebrating by offering a little knowledge with your dinner. Sustainability has been a key ingredient in this restaurant’s menu, so they’re offering four new dishes featuring triggerfish, lionfish, red porgy and sheepshead. Each fish has been procured in a sustainable way, and the lionfish is served to promote awareness of the species. The special menu is in partnership with the Florida Oceanographic Society, and if you order the triggerfish, red porgy or sheepshead dishes, PB CATCH will donate $5 to the society. If you order the lionfish, the donation will be $10. On hand to answer questions will be Mark Perry, executive director of the society. The regular menu, with dishes such as the yellowfin tuna (pictured) will also be available. </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>Lynn KalberTue, 07 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/07/fresh-from-the-ocean/Dining5 Kid-Friendly Summer Destinationshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/07/5-kid-friendly-summer-destinations/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The sweltering summer season is upon us, meaning children will soon be out of school and free to explore South Florida for a few months before heading back to their desks in the fall. Kids are often looking for fun, exciting activities and places to enjoy over the summer, and Boca Raton is full of options.</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/redreef.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>1. Red Reef Park, </strong>1400 N. Ocean Blvd., 561/393-7974, <a href="http://www.mybocaparks.org/Red-Reef-Park">mybocaparks.org/Red-Reef-Park</a> </p> <p>Red Reef Park is a scenic 67-acre oceanfront park known for its unique snorkeling experiences. In addition to swimming opportunities in areas monitored by lifeguards, coral reefs exist in shallow water at the south end of the park and make for a great beginners’ snorkeling experience for children. The park also features picnic areas and nature trails and is a popular surf-fishing destination.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> 8 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days per week</p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/gumbolimbo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, </strong>1801 N. Ocean Blvd., 561/544-8605, gumbolimbo.org</p> <p>Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, located within the 67 acres of Red Reef Park, is home to several exhibits, trails and aquariums and focuses on protecting coastal and marine ecosystems. The center educates people on the importance of preservation and conservation in fun, interactive ways. Children are offered the opportunity to experience exotic animal life up close and personal in four outdoor marine aquariums, turtle and tortoise exhibits, a sea turtle rehabilitation facility, a butterfly nursery and more.</p> <p>For a more hands-on experience, Gumbo Limbo offers a half-day, weeklong “Environmental Camp” where children and teenagers are able to immerse themselves in nature and the outdoors. Additionally, the park offers “Sea Turtle Camp” in August, a half-day camp focusing on teaching young children the importance of sea turtle and marine life conservation. Friends of Gumbo Limbo Family Membership or higher is required for registration. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.gumbolimbo.org/seaturtlecamp">gumbolimbo.org/seaturtlecamp</a></p> <p><strong>Hours: </strong> 9 a.m.-4 p.m.<strong> </strong>Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday</p> <p> <img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/sugarsandpark.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>3. Sugar Sand Park, </strong>300 S. Military Trail,<strong> </strong>561/347-3900, sugarsandpark.org </p> <p>Sitting on 132 acres in Boca Raton is Sugar Sand Park, home to the Science Playground, a carousel, the Children’s Science Explorium, the Willow Theatre and the Field House, which includes an indoor gymnasium. The Science Playground at Sugar Sand Park is currently closed for renovations and is expected to re-open in Fall 2016. It will feature a new, fully accessible playground for children of all ages and abilities. The park is also offering different options for summer camp. For more information on the park and about how to register for these opportunities, visit <a href="http://www.sugarsandpark.org/summer-camps-boca-raton">sugarsandpark.org/summer-camps-boca-raton</a>.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-sunset Sunday</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/coconutcovewaterpark.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>4. Coconut Cove Waterpark, </strong>20130 Regional Park Drive,<strong> </strong>561/629-8840, pbcgov.com/parks/aquatics/waterparks</p> <p>Looking for a way to cool down with the kids this summer? Check out Coconut Cove Waterpark, located within Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. The park includes an 897-foot river ride, a lily pad walk, two four-story water slides, a children's water playground, a recreational pool, locker rentals, a full-service concession stand, locker rooms and shower facilities.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday</p> <p> <img alt="" height="247" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/bocachildrensmuseum.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Boca Raton Children’s Museum, </strong>498 Crawford Blvd.,<strong> </strong>561/368-6875, cmboca.org </p> <p>For a more educational experience, the Boca Raton Children’s Museum offers a variety of activity centers and exhibits that promote the development of critical thinking skills in children. The museum offers a variety of exhibits that immerse children into real-world thinking, including the grocery store, science and engineering center, bank, post office and more.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Megan</strong></p> <p>Megan Kearney is a senior at the University of Florida studying journalism and business administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When she’s not thinking about puppies and ice cream, she’s probably writing, editing and meeting new people. You can reach Megan at <a href="mailto:megan@bocamag.com">megan@bocamag.com</a>.</p>Megan KearneyTue, 07 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/07/5-kid-friendly-summer-destinations/CommunityWildflower petition, iPic issues &amp; the tattoo parlor http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/07/wildflower-petition-ipic-issues-the-tattoo-parlor/<h3><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/hill253x450.jpg" width="253"></h3> <h3>Wildflower petition</h3> <p>No referendum will appear on Boca Raton’s Aug. 30 state primary ballot to kill the idea of a restaurant on the former Wildflower property. For now, that’s the only sure thing about the issue.</p> <p>       Last week, opponents of the plan submitted roughly 2,000 petition signatures to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office. Supervisor Susan Bucher told me on Monday that the office should need only “a day or two” to verify whether organizers got the required 1,509 signatures—15 percent of turnout in the last city election—from registered voters within Boca to send the petition to the city council. Many factors will determine when the petition appears before voters as a referendum.</p> <p>       The petition doesn’t mention the Wildflower property, which is on the mainland side of the Intracoastal Waterway directly north of the Palmetto Park Bridge. It just says that city-owned land along the Intracoastal “shall only be used for public recreation, public boating access, public streets, and city stormwater uses only (sic.)” Everyone, however, knows the real intent. Failure to mention the restaurant makes the petition deceptive.</p> <p>       Whatever happens will come too late for a vote in August. The council has only one meeting in June–a week from today. The ordinance would need at least two meetings before going on a ballot. The deadline for the Aug. 30 ballot is June 24, the final day of candidate qualifying. The deadline for the Nov. 8 general election ballot is Aug. 26.</p> <p>       Let’s assume that the petitioners have gathered the requisite signatures. The petition then would go to the city clerk’s office for certification. According to a city spokeswoman, City Manager Leif Ahnell could put discussion of the referendum—which after certification would be treated as an ordinance—on next Tuesday’s agenda. The ordinance could be introduced at the next meeting under the council’s summer schedule, on July 26.</p> <p>       Interestingly, current plans also call for the council at that meeting to hold the final public hearing on the Wildflower plan. Formal review starts Thursday, when the Planning and Zoning Board will consider the five proposals associated with the restaurant: land-use changes, the lease and the site plan.</p> <p>       The board could recommend approval, recommend against approval or recommend approval with proposed changes. At next Tuesday’s meeting, the council will introduce an ordinance covering all those issues, teeing up the subject for July 26.</p> <p>       According to the city spokeswoman, if the petition/ordinance is introduced on July 26, a public hearing could follow at the August 9 meeting. The council could refuse to adopt the ordinance. If the council failed within 60 days to adopt the ordinance without making any changes, however, it would go to the next scheduled election or a special election, which could not take place until January at the earliest.</p> <p>       Among the uncertainties is when that 60-day clock starts. With city clerk certification? With introduction of the ordinance?</p> <p>       “The only thing I can tell you with certainty,” the spokeswoman said, “is that if the petition is certified by supervisor and clerk’s office it will be treated as an ordinance, introduced, then there will be a public hearing. A resolution (an affirmative vote of the council) is then required to put it on the ballot in November or in a special election.”</p> <p>       Contrary to what I have reported, the city attorney’s office has no role in reviewing the petition. The office has not commented on the potential legal ramifications if the city fails to close the deal with Hillstone Restaurant Group and the petition passes or if the city closes the deal and the petition passes. But given the potential loss of revenue and the potential liability, those behind the petition are working more in their narrow interest than in the wider interest of Boca Raton.</p> <h3>Boca AirportAuthority</h3> <p>       Boca Raton is now three-for-three in defending ethics complaints regarding the Boca Raton Airport Authority.</p> <p>       In May, the commission found no probable cause to pursue complaints against Deputy City Manager George Brown and City Councilman Robert Weinroth and their appointments to the board last year. According to the Tallahassee attorney representing the city, the commission at its meeting last Friday also found no probable cause in the longest-running complaint, against Jack Fox. The council put him on the board two years ago.</p> <p>       Indeed, the complaint lasted longer than Fox’s time on the board. He did not seek appointment to a new term that would have begun June 1. Brown and Weinroth left the board before their terms expired.</p> <p>       Former council member Anthony Majhess filed the complaint against Fox, alleging that because Fox owned a hangar at the airport his board service represented a conflict of interest. BocaWatch Publisher Al Zucaro filed the complaints against Brown and Weinroth. Mark Herron, who represented Brown, Weinroth and Fox, said Zucaro appeared at Fox’s hearing to represent Majhess.</p> <h3>Boca vs. Park District</h3> <p>       The new dustup between Boca Raton and the Greater Boca Raton Beach &amp; Park District concerns Boca’s wish to annex about 700 residents northwest of the city.</p> <p>       In a May 31 letter to Mayor Susan Haynie, district board Chairman Robert Rollins pointed out that the neighborhoods also don’t live within the district’s boundaries. If they are annexed, they could use all city and district facilities while paying only city taxes.</p> <p>       Rollins overstates by calling this tiny subsidy “a grave inequity.” Residents of the district pay roughly $1 per $1,000 of assessed value in property taxes along with the $3.42 per $1,000 in city property taxes. Rollins asks that “appropriate action be taken to include these communities” in the district.</p> <p>       Haynie told me Monday that while she hasn’t spoken with the city attorney’s office, she believes that the district should take the “appropriate action” by changing its boundaries to add Boca’s new residents.</p> <h3>State of the city address</h3> <p>       With all that’s going on in Boca Raton, Mayor Haynie should have a wide-ranging State of the City address today before the Boca Raton Federation of Homeowners. Haynie will deliver her remarks at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Center west of City Hall.</p> <p>Lingering iPic issues</p> <p>Delray Beach has received the revised parking and management agreement from iPic for the Fourth and Fifth Delray project, but City Attorney Noel Pfeffer said Monday that the revision still fails to address key issues.</p> <p>       One is how long iPic would pledge to keep its corporate headquarters in the project’s office space. The company’s promise to move the headquarters from Boca helped to generate support for the project from city commissioners and residents.</p> <p>       Another issue is how Delray Beach would deal with traffic problems if the project created a chokepoint at the main entrance—on Southeast Fourth Street near Atlantic Avenue—and if cars were dropping off people on Southeast Fifth Avenue.</p> <p>       Finally, Delray Beach gave up an alley, which would become part of the project. The city wanted to ensure return of the alley if the project isn’t built. Pfeffer said that could an issue for the city or the Community Redevelopment Agency, from which iPic is buying the land.</p> <p>       These gaps in the agreement are surprising, because neither issue should come as a surprise. The commission raised them, and commission approval was conditioned on approval of an agreement. With iPic having stated its wish to get permits by the end of the year, one would have thought that the agreement would be straightforward. Right now, it’s anything but that.</p> <h3>And now tattoos</h3> <p>       The Delray Beach City Commission may not get the turnout tonight that showed up for the dog beach discussion, but it could be close.</p> <p>       This time, the subject is tattoos—specifically, the application to open Delray Beach’s first tattoo parlor. Tattoo fans came to the April 29 meeting hoping for approval, but the commission deferred it. Much grumbling ensued as the fans departed.</p> <p>       As with sober houses, the question is regulation. The city’s concern seems to be less about one tattoo parlor than about many tattoo parlors. Court rulings, however, have held that tattoo parlors are in the same category as salons that provide “permanent makeup.” Tattoos, a city staff report said, are “protected artistic expression.”</p> <p>       City Attorney Noel Pfeffer, however, told me Monday that even if the commission approves the application from Tradition Tattoo, “It would not set a precedent” for the city. The commission can approve a “zoning in progress” resolution. It would inform others wanting to open a tattoo parlor that they could be subject to regulations.</p> <p>       If the commission approves the resolution, Pfeffer said, Development Services Director Tim Stillings will spend 90 days researching the issue and seeking to offer criteria that Delray Beach could require for tattoo parlors, such as a minimum age.</p> <p>       Similarly, the law treats sober house residents as a protected class, which has thwarted Delray Beach’s attempt to regulate these businesses. We’ll see if the city has more luck on rules for tattoo parlors.</p> <h3>The Trump butler</h3> <p>       Don’t plan lunch for Wednesday at City Fish Market unless you have a ticket to hear Donald Trump’s former butler speak to the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club.</p> <p>       Anthony Senecal made news in the wrong way last month, when <em>Mother Jones</em> magazine revealed the many racist comments—some directed at President Obama and Michelle Obama—Senecal had made on Facebook. The club had invited him before the revelations, but did not rescind the invitation. City Fish Market is on Glades Road just west of the Florida Turnpike.</p> <p>       Last week, the parent company of City Fish Market issued a news release saying that the restaurant would be closed for lunch Wednesday “due to a private event.” Normally, the restaurant remains open when the club hosts speakers. Buckhead Life Restaurant Group noted that the club is “solely responsible for the program content. . .” From here on, the company “will reserve the right to review the club’s choice of speakers prior to contracting with them.”</p> <p>       Translation: The company doesn’t want any association with a racist. If only the Gold Coast Coast Tiger Bay Club felt the same way.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 07 Jun 2016 07:38:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/07/wildflower-petition-ipic-issues-the-tattoo-parlor/City WatchCommunityRevisiting Ali in Miamihttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/06/revisiting-ali-in-miami/<p><img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/ali.jpg" width="273"></p> <p>I can’t believe it’s been almost a decade since one of our rock star contributors (and former editor) Gaspar Gonzalez wrote a story about Muhammad Ali’s Miami years for us. Gonzalez made a documentary about Ali in that period entitled <em>Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami</em>. We called Gonzalez to get his thoughts on that story and dug through our archives to link the story here at  <a href="https://issuu.com/jespublishing/docs/ali_2016">https://issuu.com/jespublishing/docs/ali_2016</a> for our readers.</p> <p>This is what Gaspar Gonzalez had to say: “How did Cassius Clay become Muhammad Ali? That’s the question Alan Tomlinson and I explored in our 2008 national PBS documentary <em>Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami</em>. Beginning with Clay’s arrival in Miami in 1960, the film follows the young phenom through his friendship with Malcolm X, his historic clash with champion Sonny Liston in 1964, and his embrace of the Nation of Islam. It’s an important chapter in American culture, but it’s also one hell of a good story. What writer or filmmaker could resist? Being able to delve into that story—first on film and then in print for the readers of <em>Boca Raton</em>—was an immensely rewarding experience. With Ali's death on June 3, it seems an appropriate time to revisit it.”</p> <p><em><strong>Gaspar González </strong> has produced documentary programming for PBS, ESPN, and others. He is currently writing and producing the feature-length documentaries A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball's Desegregation and Errol Flynn's Ghost, about the cultural impact of American movies in 20th century Cuba. His work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Cinematheque. </em></p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:42:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/06/revisiting-ali-in-miami/ArtCommunityThe Week Ahead: June 7 to 13http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/06/the-week-ahead-june-7-to-13-1/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/b8h6v8dciaedew0.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Nerd Nite</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Buddha, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://boca.nerdnite.com" target="_blank">boca.nerdnite.com</a></p> <p>Nerd Nite is like a series of TED talks for the geek set, with topics ranging from quantum physics to comic books, discussed by experts at select community watering holes and hipster lounges. The phenomenon began in 2003 in Boston and has spread to more than 80 cities worldwide—including our humble Boca Raton. The monthly series usually gathers guest speakers around a certain theme, and June’s is the world of fantasy. Tamarlane, a so-called “real-life supervillain,” will discuss real and fictional arch-villains throughout our history and culture; Athena Finger (pictured), the granddaughter of the unsung co-creator of Batman, will discuss her family legacy; and Carlo Sabusap and Anthony Farese will discuss “Cosplay: A Creation Culture.” There also will be a trivia set. Everything’s free, but the drinks, of course, are on you.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/maikai_hukilau2011.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Hukilau</strong></p> <p>Where: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 S.E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, and other Fort Lauderdale venues</p> <p>When: Event times vary</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: 754/900-8454, <a href="http://www.thehukilau.com" target="_blank">thehukilau.com</a></p> <p>This longtime Polynesian cultural bonanza was primed to say its “Final Aloha” in 2014 until a pair of businesspeople made founder Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White an offer she couldn’t refuse. And so it lives on, in a new waterfront host hotel, in what will be its 15th anniversary bash. Sip exotic cocktails, admire tiki statues and mingle with friendly celebrants of vintage South Pacific culture, while enjoying a characteristically stellar live music lineup that includes Los Angeles’ Tikiyaki Orchestra, which marries classic exotica with jazz, surf and spaghetti western melodies; Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides, a San Diego three-piece influenced by ska, first-wave surf music and biker flicks; The Intoxicators, a Tallahassee trio famed for its guitar-driven instrumentals; and the Disasternauts, a space-age, jet-setting super-group whose members don chimp costumes. Also, don’t miss Jeff Chouinard’s live tiki carvings, Marina the Fire-eating Mermaid’s submersed performance art, Angie Pontani’s globally acclaimed burlesque performances, and the symposia on everything from DIY art to “Tiki Style” to American tattooing.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/458662441_1280x720.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Shadows of the Floating World”</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $9-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="http://www.morikami.org" target="_blank">morikami.org</a></p> <p>Self-taught Japanese-born artist Hiromi Moneyhun does more with an X-ACTO knife than many artists could do with the best digital art software on the planet. She pays homage to the paper-cut illustrations of her childhood by creating impossibly rich and meticulous wall hangings, carved from black canson paper that resembles metal. A few of Moneyhun’s stark creations were showcased at the Cornell Museum’s “Paper as Art” exhibition last year, and now she’s back for a full gallery show at the Morikami. “She was drawing from the nature around her, and she got hooked on this moth motif,” says Morikami Chief Curator Tamara Joy, of Moneyhun’s evolution. “She liked the metamorphosis analogy that you could explore with the idea of the moth. She began to explore women in different cultures who also undergo transformations.” The focus of this exhibition is some of those women, the elaborately dressed courtesans of the 19th century entertainment districts of Tokyo and Osaka—which Joy calls the “floating world of transience, fleeting pleasures and the illusions of the sentient life.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/chzrgihwiaehava.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Frank Turner &amp; the Sleeping Souls</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30.50 advance, $33 day of show</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="http://www.jointherevolution.net" target="_blank">jointherevolution.net</a></p> <p>Not since Billy Bragg has an artist married folk, punk and alternative rock as successfully as Frank Turner, an English singer-songwriter with a six-album corpus of plaintive confessionals, rousing barnburners and joyous tributes to a life in melody and verse. Turner is only 34, but his records convey the hard-bitten wisdom of an older musician. As he sand on his 2008 breakthrough hit “Photosynthesis,” “Well I guess I should confess that I am starting to get old/All the latest music fads all passed me by and left me cold/All the kids are talking slang I won't pretend to understand/All my friends are getting married, mortgages and pension plans.” Turner, however, has had none of it, continuing to pound the pavement, touring endlessly to his increasingly devout fanbase. Show up on time to this performance, his first since 2013, because Turner is the opening act. He’ll take the stage before headliners Gogel Bordello.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/ces_gallery_kenton_parker_installation_f-e1448931728606.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Kenton Parker: Everything Counts in Small Amounts”</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 (regular admission $4-$7)</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="http://www.artandculturecenter.org" target="_blank">artandculturecenter.org</a></p> <p>Considering his successful track record at Art Basel Miami Beach, it’s about time this slyly subversive Los Angelino artist received a solo museum exhibition in South Florida. Parker, an imaginative self-proclaimed “one-man machine” who works in paint, sculpture, pen and ink, installation and video, produced a 4-foot-by-4-foot wooden tree house called “My First Kiss”—complete with stepladder and hatching cocoons—for Basel 2015. The year before, his “Contender” series subverted self-portraiture in the age of the selfie. In “Everything Counts in Small Amounts,” he’ll revisit his fascination with communal, intimately scaled structures, from tree houses to flower shops to quilts, that explore themes of friendship and memory. Friday also marks the opening reception for the Center’s “Carmen Tiffany: The Teeth Beneath” and “Aurora Molina: Selfie.” All the shows run through Aug. 21.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/edp_heathersthemusical_ms22116_040416-1c8b91ec13.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Heathers: The Musical”</strong></p> <p>Where: Slow Burn Theatre at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 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="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>The creators of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” and “Reefer Madness” collaborated on this 2014 adaptation of “Heathers,” the ahead-of-its-time cult satire about the dangers of high school cliques. The “Heathers,” if you’ll recall from the film, are the popular mean girls, all named Heather, who rule their school, until a new initiate teams up with a rebellious new guy to disrupt the status quo—with the help of drain cleaner and a drive for vigilante justice. A cast of nearly 20—playing parts such as “Young Republicanette” and “Beleaguered Geek”—makes this take-no-prisoners dark comedy one of Slow Burn’s most ambitious productions to date. It runs through June 26.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/decoded-brad-meltzer-480x250.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Brad Meltzer</strong></p> <p>Where: Books &amp; Books</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="http://www.booksandbooks.com" target="_blank">booksandbooks.com</a></p> <p>To some extent, every author has followed the time-honored edict to “write what you know.” For Brad Meltzer, a South Florida resident, history buff and scribe of many a snappy thriller, his latest novel <em>The House of Secrets</em> feels especially personal: One of the most important characters is the host of a conspiracy television show. It’s impossible to consider this character, Jack Nash, without picturing Meltzer himself during his tenure as the host of <em>Decoded,</em> where his cadre of sleuths analyzed conspiracies involving Bohemian Grove, UFOs, Fort Knox and much more. Let’s hope art doesn’t imitate life, because Jack Nash is an early victim in <em>The House of Secrets</em>, leaving his daughter Hazel to piece together his murder—a journey that hinges on a book stuffed in the corpse of Benedict Arnold. Meltzer will discuss and sign copies of the book, which hits stores (including Books &amp; Books) June 7 for $28.</p>John ThomasonMon, 06 Jun 2016 14:06:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/06/the-week-ahead-june-7-to-13-1/ArtArts & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsFather&#39;s Day Gift Guidehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/06/fathers-day-gift-guide-1/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Father's Day is creeping up on us. The time is sure to fly by, so don't get caught without a gift for the dad in your life. With this guide, you'll be sure to find something that any dad would love. While most parents claim that anything from their kids would be enough, like a homemade gift or even just a card, why not splurge on dad this year? If you're not crafty (I'm not), these gifts will definitely show dad how much you appreciate him and everything that he does.</p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_fitbit_alta.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="https://www.fitbit.com/shop/blaze" target="_blank">Fitbit Blaze</a>, $199.95; <a href="https://www.fitbit.com/shop/alta" target="_blank">Fitbit Alta</a>, $129.95</p> <p><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_bose_speaker.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/speakers/wireless_speakers/soundlink-color-bluetooth-speaker.html#v=soundlink_color_black" target="_blank">Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speakers</a>, $129</p> <p><img alt="" height="393" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_the_art_of_shaving.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.theartofshaving.com/travel-tavel-kits/travel-tavel-kits,default,sc.html" target="_blank">The Art of Shaving Carry-On Kit</a>, $60</p> <p><img alt="" height="448" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_brookstone_bbq_set.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.brookstone.com/stainless-steel-bbq-tool-set/985837p.html" target="_blank">Brookstone Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set</a>, $69.99</p> <p><img alt="" height="752" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/wall_mount_bottle_opener.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cathys-concepts-personalized-wall-mount-bottle-%20%20opener/3566662" target="_blank">Cathy's Concepts Personalized Wall Mount Bottle Opener</a>, $42</p> <p><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_ray_ban_clubmaster.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.ray-ban.com/usa/sunglasses/clubmaster/clv" target="_blank">Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses</a>, $150</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_apple_watch_sport.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/buy-watch/apple-watch-sport" target="_blank">Apple Watch Sport</a>, $299-$349</p> <p><img alt="" height="238" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_protocol_video_drone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/protocol-videodrone-oro-4-video-quadcopter-100-bloomingdales-exclusive?ID=1478355&amp;CategoryID=3864#fn=ppp%3D180%26spp%3D2%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D108%26spc%3D2%26cm_kws%3Dprotocol%20video%20drone%20%26pn%3D1" target="_blank">Protocol VideoDrone</a>, Bloomingdale's, $119.99</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_fish_hook_belt.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.vineyardvines.com/accessories-mens/belts/fish-hook-%20%20belt/1A49061.html?cgid=Mens-Belts&amp;dwvar_1A49061_color=204" target="_blank">Vineyard Vines Fishhook Belt</a>, $98.50</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_kiehl's_men's_starter_kit.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.kiehls.com/mens-starter-kit/530.html?cgid=gifts-for-%20%20him&amp;dwvar_530_size=Gift%20Set#start=7&amp;cgid=gifts-for-him" target="_blank">Kiehl's Men's Starter Kit</a>, $43</p> <p><img alt="" height="646" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_calvin_klein_pants.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.calvinklein.com/shop/en/ck/underwear/mens-pajamas/64131143-010" target="_blank">Calvin Klein Micro Modal Pajama Pant</a>, $42</p> <p><img alt="" height="591" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_golf_mug.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.wayfair.com/Kikkerland-Putter-Cup-CU66-KKL1623.html" target="_blank">Golf Mug from Wayfair</a>, $11.99</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Allie</strong></p> <p>Allie Prins is a sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in Finance and minoring in Spanish, who is interning for Boca Magazine this summer. She is extremely enthusiastic about everything she does and loves all things pink and sparkly. You can reach Allie at <a href="mailto:alexandra@bocamag.com" target="_blank">alexandra@bocamag.com</a>.</p>Allie PrinsMon, 06 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/06/fathers-day-gift-guide-1/CommunityChef vs. Chef and some new menu itemshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/06/chef-vs-chef-and-some-new-menu-items/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_max_harvest_exec_chef.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Second Annual Chef vs. Chef plans kick-off</strong></p> <p>There will be a second year for what was a successful Chef vs. Chef competition last year, and that’s all for the better.</p> <p>Max’s Harvest is sponsoring the event, which kicks off June 15, and has just announced competing chefs. The cook-offs will be emceed by Executive Chef Eric Baker (pictured, Max’s Harvest and Max’s Social House), and will run for 15 weeks, until one chef is crowned winner. All of this takes place at Max’s Harvest<em> (169 NE 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Delray Beach, 561/381-9970) </em>at<em> </em>9 p.m., and the cost is $5, which benefits the Milagro Center.</p> <p>Here’s the list of returning chefs and new chefs. The 2015 winner, James Strine of Café Boulud, will compete against the 2016 finalist.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><span>Returning Chefs (8)</span></strong></p> <p>Jarod Higgins-Cut 432</p> <p>Blake Malatesta-50 Ocean</p> <p>Adam Brown-The Cooper</p> <p>Eric Grutka-Ian’s Tropical Grille</p> <p>John Thomas-Tryst</p> <p>Bruce Feingold-Dada</p> <p>Victor Franco-Oceans 234</p> <p>Aaron Goldberg- Bogart’s</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><span>New Chefs (8)</span></strong> </p> <p>Anthony Fiorini-13 American Table</p> <p>Kemar Griffith-Rusty Hook Tavern</p> <p>Josh Hedquist-Sweetwater</p> <p>Chuck Gittleman-Kapow</p> <p>Jordan Lerman-Jardin</p> <p>Louie Bossi-Louie Bossi</p> <p>Kevin Darr-City Cellar</p> <p>Clayton Carnes-Solo Choy</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.6_fit_foodz_acai_bowl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Fit Foodz Café expanding space and menu, starting today</strong> </p> <p>Fit Foodz Café (9704 Clint Moore Road, 561/451-1420) has been around for five years, but today (June 6) it’s opening a large expansion for seating more customers both inside and outside. At the same time, the menu is expanding, with dishes such as the acai bowls (pictured), new juices, smoothies and more. The café menu is designed for those looking for healthful, quick and tasty options, and includes gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, raw and paleo dishes. </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>Lynn KalberMon, 06 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/06/chef-vs-chef-and-some-new-menu-items/DiningRolling with Mama Gizzi’s Suppah Club: Lake Worthhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/03/rolling-with-mama-gizzis-suppah-club-lake-worth/<p><em>(Photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.LibbyVision.com" target="_blank">LibbyVision.com</a>)</em></p> <p> </p> <p>In a small space tucked on the east side of Dixie Highway, just south of the Lake Worth line, is Mama Gizzi’s Gourmet Pasta shop <em>(2212 N. Dixie Highway, 561/642-9996)</em>. This is everything you think a pasta/bakery/herbs/desserts/other yummy stuff store should be—the sights and smells are all-enveloping in a very good way.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_mama_gizzi_pasta.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Everything Mama—Leah Gizzi—makes is for sale. She sells to her walk-in customers, and she supplies pasta to a large number of local restaurants, too. </p> <p>And now she’s serving suppah. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Mama Gizzi serves a prix-fixe meal that changes every week, for $28 per person (including taxes, but not gratuity). It’s a family-style event, so you meet new besties and break bread, and everyone has to roll out the door at the end because there’s just that much food. Reservations are required.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_mama_gizzi_pasta_2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>We went on a recent Thursday to the 7 p.m. seating. There’s a 4:45 p.m. seating on Thursdays, too, and then at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You can bring your own beer or wine, and Mama supplies sparkling or still water, or tea or coffee.</p> <p>Eight hungry folks sat down, and then we all tried to get up after dessert. It was difficult. Between the beginning bread bowl and the take-home leftovers, we ate our way through Italy.</p> <p>It’s hard to recall everything served, because it was all good, all kinds of yummy, and there was mass quantity. </p> <p>Let’s see, first a bread bowl with all kinds of good doughness, which was just one of the three bread breaks during dinner. The other two were Mama’s monkey bread—made with three different kinds of bread—and the ‘bread breaking ceremony,’ with everyone having to break off a piece and then getting on with the amazing food show. Inside the bread bowl was three or four different kinds of baked goods, a ricotta dip and Luvies—baked lasagna sheets crisps covered with olive oil and herbs. These got a definite thumbs-up.</p> <p>Then the courses starting pouring forth and included fettuccine with baby peas and a cream sauce; fried cheese ravioli on a stick—created for a green market, so folks could walk around and eat this; papardelle, gnocchi, chicken marsala and portabello mushrooms filled with more mushrooms, among other things. The red gravy was available for much of the meal. No, not a sauce—it’s a gravy. Mama says gravy is a consistency, not a color. Just eat it.</p> <p>Dessert. Oh, my. Limoncello mascarpone cake, with homemade vanilla gelato, chocolate chip cookies, brownies… yes, we ate it all. </p> <p>For the every day, “what should I make for dinner?” query, the store sells the No Drama Mama Dinner Kit and a Pizza Kit. For $25, you get everything needed to make dinner at home, from the pasta to meatballs or sausage, to gravy and bread; for the pizza kit—the dough, gravy, cheeses and pepperoni.</p> <p>This is one Suppah Club we will return to, after fasting for a week or so.</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>Lynn KalberFri, 03 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/03/rolling-with-mama-gizzis-suppah-club-lake-worth/DiningCornell&#39;s Light-Up Exhibition a Must-Seehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/03/cornells-light-up-exhibition-a-must-see/<p>The proliferation of visual art on the Internet has surely done museums no favors. Just as the reality of movies downloaded onto iPhones has begun to make cinemas obsolescent, so can virtual galleries make the brick-and-mortar ones seem superfluous for all but the most experiential art lovers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/06_cornellartmuseum_lit_sam-tufnell_gnomes.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Unless, of course, your museum exhibition showcases the kind of work that cannot yet be replicated online—art that shimmers and glows and flickers and pulsates, ever-changing visual symphonies of light that beg to be encountered and even touched. The Cornell Museum’s inspiring “Lit” is just this kind of exhibit, curated as always around every nook and cranny of the two-story space.</p> <p>Noting in her introduction to the exhibition that masters from Caravaggio to Hopper considered lighting as carefully as they did color and shape, curator Melanie Johanson sought out contemporary artists operating in the latest frontiers of illuminated art—creatives whose work is able to “harness, manipulate, digitize and bend” light. What is, on the surface, a bright and motley celebration of neon, resin, and bulbs both towering and microscopic, is, underneath the glitz, an enigmatic portal to the vivid imaginations of the light-wielders.</p> <p><img alt="" height="167" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/02_cornellartmuseum_lit_chris-bracey_sail_away.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Johanson collected work from internationally renowned light artists and emerging South Florida locals alike, with her favored utilitarian approach making no distinctions between them. Some of it is instantly accessible. It’s easy to be drawn into the joyous neon kitsch of the late Chris Bracey’s reclaimed signs, like “Sail Away With Me Honey,” and to Olivia Steele’s large-scale sculptures such as “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything,” a neon mini-poem scripted onto a wall-sized garden of plastic leaves and silk flowers. Like the rest of her work in this exhibition, it uses language and form to cut through the noise: Each sculpture resonates with the concision of a proverb.</p> <p>Other artists bristle with mystery. Boca artist Carol Prusa earned an entire room for her sculptures—mostly half-moons jutting from the walls and designed from materials such as vitreous china and fiber optics. Inside some, tiny circular video screens broadcast a loop of animated, Rorschachian forms. Prusa calls them “acrylic hemispheres,” and they’re cosmically captivating, blinking with the suggestion of life. Each is like a maquette for a science-fiction film waiting to be made.</p> <p><img alt="" height="360" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/03_cornellartmuseum_lit_carol-prusa-pythiafrontal.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Equally compelling is Dominic Harris’ mesmerizing wall sculpture “Digital Shimmer,” a series of graduated circles that is Duchampian in its hypnotic pull. A bit of artistic backstory helps aid the appreciation of some of the pieces, such as Frank Hyder’s light-shifting fiberglass panels of swimming koi—the fish in whose multiple colors the artist sees a metaphor of a multicultural utopia. Or Troy Abbot’s ingenious, captivating videos of birds, illuminated from tablets perched in century-old birdcages and representing a soulful clash of technology and antiquity.</p> <p>Johanson agreeably liberalizes her definition of “light art” enough to include Vincent Cacace’s beautiful oil paintings of nocturnal landscapes, which seem to twinkle with stars; Ryan Thomas’ abstract photography, which manipulates the photo process to its very essence; and even Valentin Popov’s photorealistic paintings of candles, which convincingly capture the swaying dance of their flames.</p> <p>But I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the Brooklyn subversive Sam Tufnell that inspired the entire of concept of “Lit.” His true-to-size garden gnomes, identical in form but lit in a Warholian variety of colors, are a pointy-headed leitmotif both inside and outside the Cornell, greeting pedestrians near the Old School Square lawn and poised at the entrance of the galleries like pint-sized guards.</p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/05_cornellartmuseum_lit_sam-tufnell_still-life.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Then there’s Tufnell’s candy-colored resin creations, which exude a postmodern, pop-cultural exuberance, like “Dad Ain’t OK LOL,” which is a resin Darth Vader mask the color of a watermelon Gummy Bear. Even better are his tabletop tableaux, like “New Work Bitches,” a diorama of controlled randomness whose representations include Jesus, Batman, Marilyn Monroe and the Statue of Liberty, all breathing the same canonized oxygen. It’s both childlike and adult and, like the best work in “Lit,” it needs to be admired in person, in an <em>actual </em>museum, to be fully appreciated.</p> <p><em>"Lit" runs through Aug. 28 at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. For inoformation, call 561/243-7922 or visit oldschoolsquare.org.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 03 Jun 2016 09:24:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/03/cornells-light-up-exhibition-a-must-see/ArtArts & EventsDelray BeachFashion Forward: Summer Wedding Stylehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/03/fashion-forward-summer-wedding-style/<p>With summer comes wedding season, which can be your favorite time of the year—thanks to the dancing, the reuniting of friends and, of course, the open bar. It can also be the most dreaded season, because it raises an all-too-familiar question: “What do I wear?” You can get easily overwhelmed selecting an outfit when venues range from churches to beaches, and with receptions running from daytime to nighttime. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect ensembles to ensure you always look tasteful and appropriate this wedding season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_summer_wedding_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Traditional Wedding  <em>($3,500, Gucci, Town Center at Boca Raton)</em></strong></p> <p>This juniper-green Gucci floral lace dress is the perfect ensemble to wear to any traditional wedding venue like a church or synagogue. The dark green and lace pattern gives the dress a beautiful vintage feel that complements the classic setting. Plus, the modest sleeves are a chic way to stay tastefully appropriate in any place of worship. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="593" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_summer_wedding_5.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Beach Wedding <em>($495, Intermix, Town Center at Boca Raton)</em></strong></p> <p>The beach venue offers a more casual atmosphere for the wedding and, consequently, allows for more casual attire. This gives you the freedom to branch out into other ensembles like a contemporary jumpsuit instead of the classic dress. This Jay Godfrey jumpsuit gives you the perfect beach vibe by incorporating casual elements like the flowy top, wide leg and subtle open back. Plus, the beautiful light pink color emulates the beige sand and salty white ocean hue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_summer_wedding_3.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Garden Wedding<em> ($1,995, Neiman Marcus, Town Center at Boca Raton</em>)</strong></p> <p>This Monique Lhuillier strapless print dress is perfect to wear for a garden or outdoor wedding. The seafoam green color plays off the lush and vibrant greenery that surrounds the venue. And the dress’s intricate bird and leaf print conveys a romantic feel that ties into the beautiful nature theme of the wedding. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_summer_wedding_2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Resort Wedding <em>($894, Neiman Marcus, Town Center at Boca Raton)</em></strong></p> <p>Make waves in this vibrant yet elegant Oscar de la Renta dress that goes a long way in color, fit and design. The faded yellow adds a fun touch to the ocean-side venue while staying wedding-appropriate. The stylish, slim fit is a beautiful way to subtly show off your summer curves, and the flouncy hem almost mimics the movement of the ocean waves and adds a youthful touch to the dress. </p> <p><img alt="" height="770" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_summer_wedding_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Evening Wedding <em>($298, BCBG Maxazria, Town Center at Boca Raton)</em></strong></p> <p>This radiant red gown exudes a classy and sexy look that will allow you to stay comfortable yet stylish all night long. The dress’s color is a classic yet bold red that gives you a regal feel. The dress also has sexy touches, like the slit that gives your leg the perfect definition and the lace detail, which adds a beautiful, feminine touch. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Shellie</strong></p> <p>Shellie Frai is a sophomore at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Public Relations, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She lives her life according to the three f's: fashion, food, and family. However, sometimes she might say that fashion feeds her mind more than family and food. You can reach Shellie at <a href="mailto:shellie@bocamag.com">shellie@bocamag.com</a>, but if she doesn't respond, it's because she's laying on a beach somewhere.</p>Shellie FraiFri, 03 Jun 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/03/fashion-forward-summer-wedding-style/FashionShoppingArts Garage leasing proposals and news of note in Delrayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/03/arts-garage-leasing-proposals-and-news-of-note-in-delray/<p> <img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/garageis.jpg" width="341"></p> <p><strong>Arts Garage lease discussions</strong></p> <p>The Arts Garage board of directors has sent Delray Beach a proposed lease for the group’s use of city space in Pineapple Grove. The proposal suggests a modest increase in rent and a larger change in how Arts Garage operates.</p> <p>       Arts Garage proposes a five-year lease of the roughly 10,000 square feet on Northeast Second Avenue. The group has been paying $800 per month, far below market value. The lease proposal from Arts Garage calls for a monthly rent of $866.</p> <p>       Before the old lease expired in March, Arts Garage had proposed a 10-year renewal. The new version proposes a five-year lease. The city commission extended the current lease until September, so negotiations could proceed.</p> <p>       The most significant part of the proposal speaks to the accountability commissioners demanded from Arts Garage, which depends not just on subsidized public space but an annual subsidy from the Community Redevelopment Agency. After an audit found management problems, the CRA withheld its final payment of nearly $70,000 for the 2014-15 budget year.</p> <p>       Under the proposed agreement, Arts Garage would provide to the city each year a “business plan which shall contain the following information: operations, business structure, fund raising and capital development plan and five-year strategic plan.” Arts Garage also would have to provide its budget, an audit, a management letter and any responses to the management letters.</p> <p>       In addition, Arts Garage would have to inform the city of its “efforts to improve diversity” on the board of directors and provide updates on “programming and collaborations with other arts organizations” in the city that want to use the space. Arts Garage would have to provide “status reports on meeting the goals and objectives outlined in the (Arts Garage) business plan” every three months.</p> <p>       When commissioners discussed Arts Garage two months ago, they made clear their unhappiness at being surprised by the group’s expansion to Pompano Beach and the talks with start-up firms that might want to sublease some of the space. Creative City Collaborative, which oversees both operations, responded by shifting former Arts Garage Director Alyona Ushe to Pompano Beach and naming two people to run Arts Garage.</p> <p>       Keith Garsson is director of operations, a title that Board Chairman Brian Rosen said in an email will cover “programming, outreach and education.” Garsson had been brought in last year to “reinvigorate the theatre department,” according to a news release. Daniel Schwartz is director of finance. He had been working for Arts Garage, and commissioners told me that Schwartz had begun to bring order to what was a disorderly organization. Both will work only for Arts Garage.</p> <p>       Asked about this two-headed management setup, Rosen said Garsson and Schwartz report to the board as co-equals. “There is a defined separation of duties. However, together they form a dynamic team that is working to create programming and outreach initiatives that will positively impact the community while being fiscally responsible.”</p> <p>       While the negotiations go on, Arts Garage apparently continues to succeed on stage. A public relations representative said recent concerts sold out. She expects the Tito Puente, Jr., show this week to be a sellout. The theatre production “Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith” was held over for a second run and “did near full houses.” The new team installed a box-office software program called OvationTix) that “has made sales and administration much more efficient.” Garsson also is working on the website.</p> <p>       Mayor Cary Glickstein told me Tuesday that he has not reviewed the lease proposal, but said “some sort of performance metrics” will be necessary. Once City Manager Don Cooper has reviewed the lease, he likely will schedule it for a city commission workshop.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>More on Arts Garage</strong></p> <p>Arts Garage is also making belated progress with the Community Redevelopment Agency.</p> <p>       Though the group finally did receive the last of that 2014-15 money, no agreement was in place for the 2015-16 budget year that began Oct. 1. The CRA board had several concerns about issues raised in the management letter that accompanied Arts Garage’s audit and wanted them resolved before discussion of new money.</p> <p>       The issue came before the CRA board at its April 28 meeting. The board approved payment for the last three months of 2015, which are the first three months of the CRA’s new budget year. The amount was $68,750, the same quarterly reimbursement as in 2014-15.</p> <p>       For that meeting, Arts Garage Chairman Brian Rosen noted the conditions the CRA had attached and offered the group’s responses. The CRA wanted a completed audit and clean management letter. Rosen said the audit was nearly done. The CRA wanted a lease at lease at least until September. Arts Garage had obtained one. The CRA wanted a new policy and procedure manual. Rosen said the group was working on it, but lacked the staff to separate “accounting duties” as the audit had suggested.</p> <p>       Finally, the CRA wanted Arts Garage’s “strategic plan.” Rosen said that part would take longer. The group was seeking firms to moderate a “strategic retreat” that would take place this month or next. Rosen said Arts Garage had submitted a “business plan” to “help the CRA make an informed decision.”</p> <p>       According to CRA Director Jeff Costello, the board will base additional payments on what Rosen called “further documentation.” In the letter, Rosen said payments for the last nine months of the budget year were not as urgent. Still, a new agreement between Arts Garage and the CRA is essential and would represent major progress.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Delray City Attorney update</strong></p> <p>Tuesday’s discussion about Delray Beach’s next city attorney showed again why it’s so unfortunate that Delray Beach is losing its current city attorney.</p> <p>       Supposedly, the city commission would cut the recruiter’s list of candidates to those whom the commission wanted to interview. That happened, but the ending was far from conclusive as to who will succeed Noel Pfeffer.</p> <p>       Shelly Petrolia said, “I’m not impressed” by any of the eight candidates. Mitch Katz me-tooed: “I was not impressed.” Though the commission did schedule a full day of interviews, public and private, for June 10, it’s hard to imagine Petrolia and Katz embracing a candidate. A 3-2 vote hardly would make the winner feel secure.</p> <p>       Many cities use private firms for their legal work, with one lawyer from the firm acting as the city attorney who attends meetings and advises the elected officials who set policy. Delray Beach has a five-person legal staff, with one lawyer serving as an advisor to the police department. There’s no talk of firing the staff, so discussion moved to a “hybrid” system in which a private lawyer would hold the top job and the other four staffers would do the daily stuff. Unlike many cities, Delray Beach assigns its own lawyers to handle tort cases.</p> <p>       No Palm Beach County city of any size has used such a system. Pfeffer cited Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs as examples from Broward County. It would seem problematic for Delray Beach to adopt such a system essentially by default, rather than to achieve a goal. Regular conflicts also could loom if the lawyer’s firm does litigation. Would the lawyer base a recommendation to sue based on what’s good for Delray Beach or what’s good for the firm? Such a system, Mayor Glickstein said, “would be a hard climb for me.”</p> <p>       If saving money is the objective, Pfeffer said that using an outside firm “will be more expensive. It’s the nature of the business.” A private firm associate making $100,000, he said, must generate roughly $300,000 in billable hours. Even if a firm works on retainer, that cost is figured into the city’s monthly bill. The budget for Delray Beach’s legal department is roughly $1.2 million, with about $900,000 for salaries. Pfeffer makes $150,000 and has a $7,500 car allowance.</p> <p>       Pfeffer told me Wednesday that he will prepare a memo for the commission that examines the hybrid system and offers some financial comparisons. He wants to complete the memo by early next week, so the commission can review it before the interviews.</p> <p>       Whoever takes over will have the immediate priority of monitoring the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit. With trial set for October in federal court, the most recent monthly bill for the city’s outside counsel was $30,000. Pfeffer said the total cost is at $200,000 “and rising rapidly.” He had estimated the final bill – just for the trial – at between $350,000 and $700,000, and the city budgeted accordingly.</p> <p>       So this not a time for the Delray Beach City Commission to be indecisive about one of the two people the commission hires. There’s too much at stake.</p>Randy SchultzFri, 03 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/03/arts-garage-leasing-proposals-and-news-of-note-in-delray/City WatchCommunityDelray magazine correction: The New Veganhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/02/delray-magazine-correction-the-new-vegan/<p><img alt="" height="229" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/tnv-burger.jpg" width="340"></p> <p><em>(A mushroom burger from the New Vegan)</em></p> <p>In the May-June issue of <em>Delray Beach</em> magazine, we incorrectly identified the owners of the New Vegan restaurant in Delray Beach. Patricia Jones is co-owner, and Rahein Jones is co-founder. We regret the error.</p> <p>The New Vegan entry, part of our "50+ Reasons We Love Delray" feature, should read as follows:</p> <p><strong>Best reason to go vegan for a night</strong></p> <p>The New Vegan (528 N.E. Second St.), co-owned by Patricia Jones with chef Rahein Jones (who was the late Corey Jones’ cousin), offers really good fresh food with none of that wannabe meat spin or mock soy nonsense. Real food, real flavor, and we like to think we’re raising a glass to the memory of Corey Jones, slain by a police officer when his car broke down in Palm Beach Gardens last October. </p>John ThomasonThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:22:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/02/delray-magazine-correction-the-new-vegan/DiningStaff Picks: Good-For-You Products and Serviceshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/02/staff-picks-good-for-you-products-and-services/<p><strong>Venetian Nail Spa</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_venetian_nail_spa.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Allie Prins, Editorial Intern</em></p> <p>“I’ve been getting manicures and pedicures at Venetian Nail Spa for a few years and have always been more than satisfied. On a recent trip home from college, my mom took me for a pedicure, and instead of getting the regular pedicure, we decided to try the Venetian pedicure, and it was absolutely amazing. My feet have never felt better! If you’re looking for the perfect way to relax, look no further!”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.venetiansalon.com" target="_blank">venetiansalon.com</a> // 6000 Glades Road // 561/347-2599)</p> <p>  </p> <p><strong>Raw Juce</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.3_raw_juce.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Shellie Frai, Editorial Intern</em></p> <p>“With the summer sun constantly beating down our heads, the only remedy for such dramatic heat is a nice, cold beverage. Raw Juce serves the best and most refreshing fruit smoothies, veggie juices and acai bowls. They have everything you need to stay cool while keeping fit this summer. The energetic environment and friendly staff makes you feel welcome and allows you to feel comfortable when asking questions about the not-so- typical menu. While the smoothies and juices are the reason you can catch me there every week, they also have food options like wraps and salads. I recommend the Tuna Salad Wrap—you won’t believe it’s vegan-friendly!”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.rawjuce.com" target="_blank">rawjuce.com</a> // 2200 Glades Road #403 // 561/424-5823)</p>magazineThu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/02/staff-picks-good-for-you-products-and-services/CommunityReview: Six Tableshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/02/review-six-tables/<div>Once in a while, you stumble upon a restaurant that almost seems too good to be true. A restaurant that surprises, delights and engages you all in one night. A restaurant that serves as the ultimate dining experience in a setting unlike any other. A restaurant like this can only be named one thing—and that’s a “STaR.” Six Tables a Restaurant, to be exact. This gem of a restaurant is known to locals as simply Six Tables, and it has quite the exclusive reputation. Nestled inside a small strip mall in downtown Boca and overshadowed by its neighboring Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place, Six Tables is not only a diner’s dream, but a restauranteur’s dream as well.</div> <div> </div> <div>It’s open three nights a week, for dinner only with a prix fixe menu, and it holds no more than six tables—hence the name. There’s one person in the kitchen: Chef Jon, one person to serve the tables: Max, and one woman to hold everything together: Chef’s wife, Deborah. The food is beautifully presented on vintage dishware, incredibly delicious and perfectly paired with wine if you so choose. This is not your average night out kind of place; this is the place for celebrating a birthday, anniversary, engagement or date night—or it’s the place for those who thrive on unique dining experiences.</div> <div> </div> <div>Six Tables signature lobster bisque topped with micro green sorrel, and a chilled velouté topped with micro kale. This is a soup that Chef Jon makes by pureeing oven roasted vegetables without any cream, butter or flour—making it vegan-friendly! These soups could not be any more different, definitely at two polar opposites of the spectrum, but both were filled with flavor and absolutely delicious. The chilled soup was a nice light, refreshing contrast from the Lobster bisque, which is well known for its richness.</div> <p><img alt="" height="494" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.2_six_tables_1.jpeg" width="490"></p> <div>You must try the appetizer trio of Maryland-style crab cake with a fennel remoulade topped with micro arugula, smoked salmon bruschetta on toasted brioche topped with micro red cabbage, and seared Diver scallop with red vein sorrel. They were perfect bites, especially for a pescatarian like myself, and the crisp, fresh micro greens from Natural Nomad Farms added nice texture and flavor.</div> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.2_six_tables_2.jpeg" width="490"></p> <div>Dessert was a show-stopper. Like any great stage performance, the ending should bring you to your feet immediately with a thundering ovation. That’s how I felt about this last dish: a strawberry shortcake with chocolate mousse. The biscuit had the most amazing crumb texture, the mousse was light and fluffy and rich and decadent all at the same time, and the strawberries were bright and bursting with sweetness.</div> <p>Read my <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/2016/05/boca-restaurants-six-tables.html" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take A Bite Out of Boca. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at bocamag.com—and on her own blog, <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Shaina WizovThu, 02 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/02/review-six-tables/DiningHow to Spend your Sunday if you&#39;re Under 21http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/01/how-to-spend-your-sunday-if-youre-under-21/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’re like me, you’re eagerly counting down the months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds until you turn the glorious age of 21. It’s a rite of passage—the official age at which people stop treating you like you’re in the fifth grade and start treating you like royalty; at least that’s how I’ve come to see it after waiting patiently and watching all of my peers turn 21 before me. It’s also an excuse to dress up for happy hour, go out for drinks with friends or lounge on the beach with a piña colada in hand.</p> <p>For now, however, most of us under-21 people view our fun-having opportunities as limited. Fortunately, South Florida has a multitude of options for us to create our own versions of Sunday Funday minus the alcoholic beverages.</p> <p>1. Alcoholic drinks are often crafted to perfection and make for a perfect Instagram photo, but if you’re not 21 yet, head over to Farmer’s Table in Boca Raton for a mocktail. Their “Refresh and Revive” menu consists of non-alcoholic options of fancy, healthy drinks that won’t break your bank. Here are two options on the menu that will leave you feeling refreshed and energized:</p> <p><img alt="" height="595" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_okeechobee_sunrise.jpeg" width="490"> </p> <p>Okeechobee Sunrise</p> <p>- Moroccan green mint tea</p> <p>- Pressed orange                                                  </p> <p>- Organic honey</p> <p>- Beet-water ice cubes</p> <p><img alt="" height="640" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_little_dove.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Little Dove</p> <p>- Natural tamarind soda</p> <p>- Shrub &amp; co grapefruit shrub</p> <p>- Black sea salt</p> <p> </p> <p>2. On a beautiful Sunday morning, there’s no place I’d rather be than laying on the beach with a cold drink in my hand, and the best part about living in Florida is getting to enjoy frozen drinks year-round. “Virgin” non-alcoholic frozen drink options are popular among those of us in the under-21 club.</p> <p><img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_bacardi_mixers.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>If you want a quick, simple drink to take down to the beach, I recommend Bacardi Mixers frozen drink mix. It takes about 5 minutes of prep and leaves you with an icy, fruity, thirst-quenching drink. </p> <p> </p> <p>3. On a lazy, gloomy Sunday, there’s nothing better than binge-watching your favorite Netflix show on the couch or in bed under a million blankets. While your friends who are 21 are out at Sunday brunch sipping mimosas, you can make your own pretty drink to Snapchat to all of your friends—hot chocolate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_swiss_miss.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>For quick results, I’d go with Swiss Miss individual packets, specifically the “marshmallow lovers” because you can never have enough marshmallows, am I right? The individual packets are convenient, tasty and get the job done in a matter of seconds. Whipped cream is another great garnish to keep your drink looking beautiful and tasting delicious. </p> <p> </p> <p>4. Sometimes, heading to the beach may seem like a hassle. Have no fear! It’s nice to spend your Sunday afternoon lounging on your favorite raft in the pool. A great non-alcoholic drink to accompany a pool day is an ice cream float.</p> <p><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_ice_cream_floats.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With tons of flavors to choose from, the options are endless. The mixture of ice cream and cold soda will keep anyone cool on a hot summer day. These sweet treats will have your friends ditching their cocktails and heading over to your house to indulge for themselves.</p> <p>5. South Florida is known for its beautiful parks and landscape. If you’re in the mood to enjoy a day outside without going to the beach or the pool, have a picnic. You won’t have to worry about all of your friends ordering drinks at lunch while you’re sipping on a sprite because you’ll have something better for everyone—lemonade! A sweet treat, lemonade is a perfect non-alcoholic refresher for a hot summer day, so consider a few of these recipes below for more fun lemonade mocktails:</p> <p><img alt="" height="1052" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_lemonade.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For all of these recipes, start with regular lemonade as your base:</p> <p>- 1 ½ cups of lemon juice</p> <p>- ¼ cup of sugar</p> <p>- 5 cups of water</p> <p> </p> <p>With options like these, enjoying Sunday if you’re under 21 won’t be so difficult after all! </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Megan</strong></p> <p>Megan Kearney is a senior at the University of Florida studying journalism and business administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When she’s not thinking about puppies and ice cream, she’s probably writing, editing and meeting new people. You can reach Megan at <a href="mailto:megan@bocamag.com">megan@bocamag.com</a>.</p>Megan KearneyWed, 01 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/01/how-to-spend-your-sunday-if-youre-under-21/CommunityMini Q&amp;A: Randi Rhodeshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/01/mini-qa-randi-rhodes/<p>When Palm Beach County-based, nationally syndicated radio host Randi Rhodes ended her program in May of 2014, it left a gaping silence on the airwaves—especially in South Florida, where for years she was the only liberal voice on the terrestrial band.</p> <p>Luckily for her legions of fans, Rhodes’ broadcasting hiatus proved to be short-lived. Two years after leaving radio, Rhodes is back, this time on an Internet-only format. Thanks to more than $152,000 in Kickstarter funds, Rhodes’ team has built a studio in Delray Beach, where she’ll broadcast from 4 to 6 p.m. on her website and other outlets beginning on June 13.</p> <p>Last week, <em>Boca Raton</em> secured the first interview with Rhodes since her comeback. Most of it will be published our September-October issue—just in time for what promises to be a steel-cage death-match sort of presidential election. But we couldn’t resist asking Rhodes a few questions about the political news of the day. Here’s what she had to say.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/randirhodes.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Assuming that Hillary Clinton is not indicted, and that she does end up becoming the Democratic nominee, is it enough for her to say to the committed Sanders supporters, “Vote for me, because I’m not Donald Trump?”</strong></p> <p>No, she’s going to have to give Sanders something. And she’s going to have to pick a vice president that Sanders supporters would say, “OK, I can vote for that.” First of all, let’s look at it from a positive point of view: I don’t want to run against Hillary; I want to run <em>for</em> Bernie. So let’s just say that Bernie did not do all of this—<em>we</em> did not do all of this—to get nothing. When Hillary stands there and says, “I unified the party for Barack Obama when it was clear to me that I couldn’t get the delegates,” that’s not true. Hillary went all the way to … the very last primary. She unified the party after … she was offered Secretary of State, perhaps?</p> <p>So Bernie is going to get something out of it too. This is politics. You don’t run that hard and that long and get that many millions of votes only to be chosen by the superdelegates and a handful—you know what I mean?—of insiders, and then your competitor says, “nice job, I’ll be over here.” That doesn’t happen.</p> <p>So we will get something that we want, and who knows what it is. I know already we have good seats on the platform committee, which is nonbinding, so that’s a start, but not what we want—we want more. I don’t know if Bernie wants to be vice president, I don’t know if Elizabeth Warren wants to be vice president. Everybody adores her, but she won’t endorse either …</p> <p><strong>I’m really disappointed she didn’t endorse Bernie, because they obviously share the same values.</strong></p> <p>Everybody is. But what could be going on is that Elizabeth Warren wants a place at the executive table, and she knows the way to do it is to not endorse, and this is how she’ll get into cabinet meetings—by being calm, cool, collected and thoughtful about what she does.</p> <p><strong>Did you predict that Trump would ascend to the level that he has?</strong></p> <p>Yes, the second he started, I said, “he’s going to be their nominee.” I was on Alan Colmes’ show saying it months and months ago. Here’s my prediction: If there’s a right-wing libertarian on the ballot in all 50 states—Gary Johnson—I bet you anything it’s because Hillary wants him there to peel off some voters from Trump. I said a long time ago, and people said, “you’re crazy,” that Donald Trump did this for Hillary. Because they’ve been friends for years and years, and now all of a sudden they’re not friends? I know this is crazy, and a lot of my own fans won’t agree with me, but I thought Donald Trump was doing this for Hillary. I think what happened is he actually realized he could win, and Hillary also does, and Gary Johnson is the only firewall that could peel off enough votes from Trump to let Hillary do it.</p> <p><strong>Trump seems like an Andy Kaufman experiment—an exercise in “how extreme do I need to go to be disqualified?”</strong></p> <p>See, when he started saying some of the really outrageous things—not the horrible bigotry, and the things against women, and the personal stuff—but when he started saying, “maybe we would nuke Europe,” all that stuff, I said, “oh my God, he’s trying to lose,” because Hillary just said “OK, Donald, pull the plug, enough.” And he can’t lose! He said, “if I shot somebody live on camera in Times Square, I still would win.” It’s like he’s trying to lose. And I think he might be. But he can’t! Because these people are totally drinking the Kool-Aid. They’re totally in it with him.</p> <p><strong>The Republicans who said such horrible things about Trump and are now supporting them … how do they sleep at night?</strong></p> <p>Well, how do they sleep at night cutting food stamps, know what I mean? How do they sleep at night knowing that 40 million of their people can’t see a doctor? How do they sleep at night knowing they promote hatred because of somebody’s sexual orientation? The fact that they’re politicians, and one day the enemy of the enemy is my friend, so what, that’s nothing. Don Corleone knew it was Barzini all along, but he hugged him at a meeting. It’s like that.</p> <p>The Randi Rhodes Show <em>re-launches at 4 p.m. June 13. Stream the show at randirhodes.com, or order a podcast subscription to listen anytime.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:48:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/01/mini-qa-randi-rhodes/Arts & EventsDelray BeachHealthier Asian Cuisinehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/01/healthier-asian-cuisine/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>While it’s a known fact that people in Asian cultures stay slim and live the longest, it is also a fact that the American version of Asian food may yield the opposite effect. If you’re craving sushi, Thai or Chinese food, here are my tops tips for indulging in these typically sodium-filled oriental dishes.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_sushi.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>SUSHI</strong></p> <p>If you want to eat clean, then steer clear of anything with tempura or mayo in sushi rolls. Those words simply translate to high calories and high fat.</p> <p>Green Goddess Sushi: I like to order an avocado and cucumber roll in brown rice and the Vegi-Vegi Roll at <a href="http://www.lemongrassasianbistro.com" target="_blank">Lemongrass</a> <em>(101 Plaza Real S.)</em>. The former, wrapped in potassium-rich cucumber, is one of the lightest meals on the menu.</p> <p>Z-TIP: If you’re eating raw fish, make sure to dip it into soy sauce and have a generous amount of wasabi with it. Those two ingredients can help kill bacteria and parasites. </p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_thai.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>THAI</strong></p> <p>For Thai-food lovers, one of my top Green Goddess-approved meals is papaya salad. Papaya is knows for its high concentration of enzymes that can help digest fats and aid with assimilation and weight loss.</p> <p>My second favorite healthy Thai dish is a vegetable curry. I prefer to skip the tofu, unless it’s organic, and load the dish up with extra vegetables. Besides the delicious flavor, curry dishes are rich in inflammation-fighting turmeric that has been shown to help reverse Alzheimer’s disease.</p> <p>Z-TIP: If you choose to go with the curry, opt for waist-trimming steamed brown rice, which has extra fiber unlike white rice.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_chinese.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>CHINESE</strong></p> <p>Chinese food has been getting a bad rep due to high-calorie dishes like General Tso’s Chicken and Pork Fried Rice. Despite this not-so-healthy fare, you can find plenty of dishes that are low in calories and high in taste. One of the easy restaurants for healthier Chinese food is the famous <a href="https://www.pfchangs.com/Florida/3400-Boca-Raton" target="_blank">P.F. Chang’s</a> <em>(1400 Glades Road)</em>.</p> <p>When I eat here, I usually order the low-calorie Steamed Buddha Feast, which is loaded with heart-healthy veggies. For those who eat seafood, check out the “Delightful Dishes” menu that has a variety of light seafood options.</p> <p>One of the best things I like about P.F. Chang’s is that they have an extensive nutritional chart, so you can check what each dish offers. Another bonus is that they have a separate gluten-free menu, so those avoiding wheat, barley or rye can rest assured they will be eating clean.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/01/healthier-asian-cuisine/DiningFifth Annual Run for the Ribbonshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/01/fifth-annual-run-for-the-ribbons/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>It’s almost time to lace up for the Run for the Ribbons in Boca Raton. The 5K run/walk and one-mile run is June 5 at 7 a.m.</p> <p>Proceeds go to the League of Ribbons, benefitting the Eugene M. &amp; Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. </p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/6.1_run_for_the_ribbons.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk starts and finishes at the Lynn Cancer Institute <em>(701 NW 13th St.)</em>, and the course takes participants through Boca Raton’s scenic Old Floresta neighborhood. The cost is $35.</p> <p>For those who aren’t keen on going the longer distance, there’s a one-mile run/walk option, which also starts at Lynn Cancer Institute at 7 a.m. The cost to participate in the one-miler is $25.</p> <p>The first 800 pre-registered walkers and runners will get a commemorative shirt, and there will be plenty of refreshments and fun after the races.</p> <p>Click <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/BocaRaton/RunForTheRibbons5K" target="_blank">here</a> to register. For more information, <a href="mailto:DMcNally@brrh.com" target="_blank">email</a> Darci McNally or call 561/955-4501. </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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 01 Jun 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/06/01/fifth-annual-run-for-the-ribbons/FitnessHealth/BeautyThe Week Ahead: May 31 to June 6http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/31/the-week-ahead-may-31-to-june-6/<p>TUESDAY (Today)</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/jon-chad.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Drag the River</strong></p> <p>Where: The Lion &amp; Eagle Pub, 2401 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-7707, <a href="http://www.thelionandeaglepub.com" target="_blank">thelionandeaglepub.com</a></p> <p>Country and punk music aren’t as diametrically opposed as they originally seem: Take out the cultural baggage of each (country as patriotic music, punk as the soundtrack of dissent), and both share a sonic history rooted in liberated, anti-establishment blues. It’s why bands like Social Distortion, The Beat Farmers and Uncle Tupelo lived so comfortably in both genres. And when Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price formed the alternative-country act Drag the River in 1996, they had emerged from a punk rock background, easily trading three-chord riffs and thwacking snare drums for pedal steels and twangy pastorals. Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, they wittily describe themselves as a “country &amp; mid-western band,” cultivating a sound that’s both rural and urbane, rocking and balladic, which would fit nicely on an opening jaunt for Old 97s or Son Volt. The group has plenty of material from which to pull at this rare and intimate appearance, having released nine albums and even more 7-inch singles—a distributive holdover from its indie-punk roots. </p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/00.-foto-2_ampliacion.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Ma Ma”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5, 6:45 and 9:10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com" target="_blank">fau.livingroomtheaters.com</a></p> <p>Nobody’s immune to breast cancer, not even Penelope Cruz. In this latest and most-personal film from Spanish director Julio Medem, Cruz’s character, Magda, contracts the disease at a pivotal point in her life, balancing chemotherapy treatments with a pregnancy; the father is a widowed soccer scout. A departure from the light comedies and sexy thrillers in which she’s normally cast, the Goya-nominated “Ma Ma” aims to prove Cruz’s mettle as a dramatic actress; she also produced the movie. The film hopes to channel the melodramatic angst of vintage Douglas Sirk films, and while early reviews have been mixed, both its champions and its detractors agree on one thing: You’re best to bring a few hankies to the theater. “Ma Ma” is also playing, at least through Thursday, at the Classic Gateway Theatre and Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="493" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/jeffrey_headshot.small_.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jeffrey Smith</strong></p> <p>Where: Hippocrates Health Institute, 1466 Hippocrates Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free, but RSVPs encouraged</p> <p>Contact: 561/471-8876, <a href="http://www.hippocratesinstitute.org" target="_blank">hippocratesinstitute.org</a></p> <p>Long before the pervasive consumption of genetically modified organisms became a concern for a growing contingent of Americans, Jeffrey Smith was tirelessly advocating against them: As early as 2000, just a few years after the introduction of GMO crops, Smith rose to vice president of a GMO testing company. He’s since become, arguably, the nation’s most prominent anti-GMO activist, penning two books and adapting one into the award-winning (and must-see) documentary “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives.” A figure of some controversy in the medical community—his background is yoga, not science—Smith has nonetheless built up a powerful and persuasive argument that the introduction of GMO foods correlates with a multitude of health issues which can be eliminated by switching to a non-GMO diet. He’ll discuss this and much more at his lecture this week, which is titled “Recover From GMOs: The Wrath of GMOs and Roundup.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bear.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Feeding the Bear”</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="http://www.islandcitystage.org" target="_blank">islandcitystage.org</a></p> <p>Body dysmorphia, Alzheimer’s and divorce are just a few of the topics addressed in “Feeding the Bear,” the latest seriocomedy from New York playwright Michael Aman—whose “Poz” earned a Carbonell nomination for Best New Work in 2014. Like “Poz,” the show will receive its world premiere beginning this weekend from Island City Stage, a company that produces gay-centric work for audiences of all demographics. It centers on a gay teacher with body dysmorphia—an obsession with minor or even imaginary physical flaws—who is forced to re-connect with his distant father when the latter contracts a degenerative illness. Along the way, plenty of laughs (and calories) will help ease this personal journey, thanks to an important supporting character: a TV chef in drag. Expect to see a cake and an entrée of chicken with mole sauce prepared onstage. Michael Leeds will direct a cast including Andy Rogow, Niki Fridh, Kevin Reilley and Jonny Bowls, in a production that runs through July 3.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/summershorts.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Summer Shorts</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$59</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>City Theatre’s annual celebration of the short-play format will hope to follow its exceptionally strong 2015 production with another new crop of carefully curated 10-minute plays. Never a company to rest on its laurels, City Theatre will, for the first time, include two musicals among its play-centered lineup, both of them appropriately offbeat: In “Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime,” a video game maker meets her game designer hero, and in “Warped,” a singing computer illustrates the love between a human spaceship captain and an extra-terrestrial lieutenant navigator. Other works include a commissioned, darkly comic playlet by national TV scriptwriter Steve Yockey; “Eggs,” which addresses helicopter parents; and “The Talk,” in which a new widow re-learns how to date from her adult daughter. The stellar cast features Elizabeth Dimon, Tom Wahl, Karen Stephens, Meredith Bartmon, Alex Alvarez, Cherise James and Andres Maldonado. The show runs through July 3.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/weird_al_yankovic_profile.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Weird Al” Yankovic</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $22-$89</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p>“Weird Al” Yankovic is proof that the normally forecasted tides of music sales can sometimes yield a powerful, unpredictable wave. In the summer of 2014, Yankovic, considered by many a relic of the last century—a parody artist who had become a self-parody—released the No. 1 <em>Billboard</em>-charting album in the country. His 14th LP, “Mandatory Fun,” was a genuine industry disrupter, becoming the first comedy album to hit No. 1 since Allan Sherman’s “My Son, the Nut” in 1963. But this only sounds shocking until you hear the album, and realize how justified Yankovic’s newfound attention is. “Mandatory Fun” is arguably his most inspired collection ever, from his cheerfully sardonic take on pop hits like “Royals” (“Foil”), “Happy” (“Tacky”) and “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”) to clever originals such as “Mission Statement” (a corporate mission statement put to music) and “First World Problems” “(I bought too many groceries for my refrigerator/I forgot my gardener’s name, I’ll have to ask him later”). His recent set lists reflect the spring in his step, including lengthy medleys of early hits. </p>John ThomasonTue, 31 May 2016 12:40:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/31/the-week-ahead-may-31-to-june-6/Arts & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsWine Dinners and Bar Specialshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/31/wine-dinners-and-bar-specials/<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.31_serenity_garden_and_tea_house.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Pop-up wine dinner, wine &amp; food from Portugal</strong></p> <p>Off Dixie Highway, and across the side street from Table 26 is the Serenity Garden Tea House &amp; Restaurant <em>(316 Vallette Way, West Palm Beach, 561/339-2444)</em>. Known for its delectable teas and accompanying lunches, we are also finding regular wine dinners offered, created by Master Chef Michael Ober, who owns Cordon Bleu Catering. Coming up from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 2 is a four-course Portuguese dinner featuring sliced yellow potato with chive sour cream with truffle-infused egg yolk and caviar, then poached red mullet, classic Portuguese seafood casserole and more. Paired with a vinho verde, a rose, a reserva red and a tawny port. The cost is $65 per person, and reservations are required.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.31_avocado_grill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Avocado Grill starts special summer bar dishes</strong></p> <p>To celebrate the locals staying here in the sticky heat, Avocado Grill <em>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822) </em>has started Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday bar bite specials that are beckoning me in, for sure. These include the $5 specials crispy fish taco (pictured), grilled steak taco and rock shrimp/chorizo taco. Those join the spiced lamb slider, grilled zucchini and more, for $5, but only at the bar. Mondays have half-priced oysters, Tuesdays have half-priced bottles of wine, and happy hour is two-for-one cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Summer is looking up!</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>Lynn KalberTue, 31 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/31/wine-dinners-and-bar-specials/DiningNew design for Mizner 200 and updates from elsewhere around Boca and Delrayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/31/new-design-for-mizner-200-and-updates-from-elsewhere-around-boca-and-delray/<h3><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.31_city_watch_2.jpg" width="490"></h3> <p>(After)</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.31_city_watch_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>(Before)</p> <p> </p> <h3>Mizner 200 update </h3> <p>Last week, Boca Raton received plans for the updated version of Mizner 200, the Elad National Properties condo project that would replace Elad’s Mizner on the Green rental complex across Mizner Boulevard from Royal Palm Place. The change in design is significant and pleasing.</p> <p>       Like the first version, the new plan is for 384 luxury units. Like the first version, the project would run roughly 900 feet from Townsend Place on the south to Mizner Village Boulevard on the north. Like the first version, it would be nine stories tall and would not exceed the 100-foot height limit that Ordinance 4035, which governs downtown development, allows for the site.</p> <p>       Unlike the first version, the new design breaks up what remains one building into what appear to be three buildings. There are new sight lines through to the east, where Mizner 200 would abut the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club golf course. The single entrance aligns with the entrance to Royal Palm Place.</p> <p>       Architect Peter Stromberg of GarciaStromberg/GS4 Studios made the changes in response to comments from residents about the first version. The Boca Beautiful group sent Mayor Susan Haynie a review that referred to the project as a “wall” and claimed that the design did not comply with Ordinance 4035. Since Boca Beautiful’s founder and many of its members live in Townsend Place, the review focused especially on views for those and other downtown residents and scale. Mizner 200, the review argued, would “overwhelm” the area.</p> <p>       In an interview last week, Stromberg said he took Boca Beautiful’s review “seriously.” Noting that Ordinance 4035 does not contain the architectural rules of Ordinance 5052, Stromberg said he nevertheless wanted in the redesign to “create open space above the street.” The setback from the sidewalk would be 30 feet; the city requires just six feet. The new design breaks out the three sections at the fourth floor, with another “step back” at the ninth floor. Pedestrians, Stromberg said, would see “three masses” and the public walkway would be opened up. Mizner on the Green goes right up to the sidewalk.</p> <p>       To accommodate the changes, Stromberg said, he took 50,000 square feet out of the project. The average size of the units would be 2,000 square feet, but the design allows buyers who want more space to combine units. Stromberg estimates that the working number of units would be about 340, not 384.</p> <p>       Ironically, the development team’s meeting with Boca Beautiful, the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowners and others might result not only in what Stromberg calls “a better project” but a more lucrative project. Because of the new spacing, there are more end units. Those tend to cost more. Elad’s attorney, Bonnie Miskel, estimated the sale prices at $750 per square foot. At that rate, a 2,000-square foot apartment would cost $1.5 million.</p> <p>       Elad also met with representatives of Royal Palm Place, whose owners are planning their own residential project on what is now parking on the west side of Mizner Boulevard. That project would be part of a seven-phase makeover of Royal Palm Place. Miskel said, “We’ve attempted to meet (Royal Palm Place) halfway.” Stromberg said the two companies have a mutual interest in making their respective projects complementary.</p> <p>       In an interview Friday, Royal Palm Place architect Doug Mummaw acknowledged the design changes but said his side still objects to Mizner 200 as “not congruent with the architectural guidelines” of Ordinance 4035 and “significantly overscaled.” Mummaw said Royal Palm Beach intends to “put (Elad) on notice” about these issues.</p> <p>       Obviously, Royal Palm Place will want optimal views for its residential project so as to charge optimal prices. Potentially obstructed views also will be the issue for some Townsend Place residents. One asked Stromberg to reconfigure the southernmost portion of Mizner 200, a change that Stromberg called “not feasible.” Mizner on the Green’s buildings are all three stories, so Mizner 200 would be a big change.</p> <p>       Referring to Townsend Place, Miskel said, “No one is entitled to a view.” Referring to objections about the design, Miskel said she has read Ordinance 4035 “at least 100 times,” and believes that no other downtown Boca project has adhered as much to it as Mizner 200. Downtown projects, she said, always seek one or two technical violations, “and they’re always granted.” Mizner 200 seeks no technical variations.</p> <p>       Aside from the size and scale, Miskel anticipates questions about the design style, with critics saying it isn’t Mizneresque. To which she responded, “There’s a lot about Addison Mizner that people don’t know,” adding that the architect most identified with Boca Raton’s Mediterranean look also favored “lines, patterns and undulations” that are not typically Mediterranean.</p> <p>       Mizner 200 wouldn’t have roof tiles, but Stromberg responds that Mizner 200 would have a flat roof, and downtown design guidelines don’t require Spanish tiles with flat roofs. Stromberg calls the project “a modern interpretation of tropical Mediterranean style.”</p> <p>       Construction of Mizner 200 would take three to four years. The company would begin on the north end and work south. Elad has been notifying Mizner on the Green tenants when their leases come up and offering to move anyone interested to other company projects in Boca.</p> <p>       There is no date for Mizner 200 to go before the Planning and Zoning Board, which is the first step in city review. Discussion of the project likely will include what Elad first proposed: four condo towers averaging 300 feet in height. That project never got a hearing. Miskel hopes that the board can get Mizner 200 on its agenda in June.</p> <h3>Scott resignation</h3> <p>       Delray Beach Assistant City Manager David Scott has submitted his resignation, effective Aug. 31. Scott came to the city last fall from Pinellas County.</p> <p>       Scott is one of two assistants to Don Cooper. News of Scott’s departure comes just after city commissioners said in their evaluation of Cooper that he needs his top aides to take on more work so the manager can focus on bigger issues that are commission priorities.</p> <p>       Most recently, Scott was involved in a workplace dispute between Parks and Recreation Director Suzanne Fisher, who reports to Scott, and Human Resources Director Tennile DeCoste. Fisher had reported DeCoste for using a park facility last Thanksgiving without paying. Cooper finally had to have Fisher report directly to him. Commissioners told me that Scott should have been able to resolve the dispute before the manager had to step in.</p> <h3>City Attorney search</h3> <p>       On Tuesday, the Delray Beach City Commission will hold a special meeting to agree on the finalists for city attorney. The search firm has received roughly 50 applications, and has culled that list to about 10. Noel Pfeffer’s last day is June 24.</p> <h3>Traffic report</h3> <p>       One of Boca Raton’s most anticipated meetings in the last few months will come June 13, when the city’s traffic consultant discusses its recommendations. Though much of the anticipation has focused on the Palmetto Park Road/Northeast Fifth Avenue intersection and the surrounding area, the report will cover much more.</p> <p>       According to a city spokeswoman, the consultant will present three reports “that provide options and alternatives” Palmetto and Fifth Avenue, other downtown proposals such as turning lanes medians and widening Fifth Avenue, alternatives to Dixie Highway—the downtown bypass—and Palmetto Park Road west of City Hall, including the option of widening the road to Interstate 95.</p> <h3>Airport delays problematic here</h3> <p>       One of the many nice things about living in Boca Raton or Delray is having a choice of three airports fairly close by that offer flights to almost everywhere. <em>Travel &amp; Leisure </em>magazine, however, reports that getting almost everywhere from here may take a while.</p> <p>       Miami International Airport has the second-worst rate of delays among domestic airports, with just 76.03 percent of flights on time. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is third-worst, at 76.60 percent. And if you’re flying to New York City, as many South Floridians do regularly, LaGuardia is sixth-worst.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 31 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/31/new-design-for-mizner-200-and-updates-from-elsewhere-around-boca-and-delray/City WatchCommunityEven More Summer Dining Specialshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/30/even-more-summer-dining-specials/<p><img alt="" height="598" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.30_tryst.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Tryst’s summer specials give each night a spotlight</strong></p> <p>Starting June 5, Tryst <em>(4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/921-0201)</em> will offer summer specials attached to different nights: Sunday brings fried chicken and a glass of bubbly for $18. Tuesdays are Wine Not nights, with 40 percent off bottled wine and $10 charcuterie and cheese boards (pictured). Wednesday has burger/hotdog specials; Thursdays are 50 percent off drinks for women, and Friday/Saturdays feature late-night food options from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.30_max_crispy_burrata.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Whisky Wednesdays, more on menu at Max’s Social House</strong></p> <p>Summer and late-night specials are on the menu at Max’s Social House <em>(116 NE 6<sup>th</sup> Ave., Delray Beach, 561/501-4332)</em>, where the week includes Whisky Wednesday, with whisky and whisky drinks 50 percent off at the bar. Fridays have local band The Edge performing from 9 p.m. until midnight, and the new menu includes a crispy burrata, with Father’s country ham and asparagus ($16, pictured, photo by Katy Lynch), among others. The new cocktail menu has 15 new drinks, so pace yourself.</p> <p><strong>Veuve Clicquot, passed canapés, more in Café Boulud’s specials</strong></p> <p>On Palm Beach, the summer specials are just a little more, well, special. A perfect example is Café Boulud <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em>, which has started special prices for Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label by the glass for $15, by the bottle for $75. The happy hour specials, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., include select house cocktails for $10, $6 house wine by the glass and $4-$5 select draft and bottled beer. If there are six or more dining together on a Friday or Saturday, with your reservation you’ll receive 30 minutes of passed canapés in the lounge, starting May 30. And if you bring your own wine to dinner Monday through Wednesday, there’s no corkage fee (limit one bottle). </p> <p><img alt="" height="585" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.30_kabuki.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Kabuki creates new happy hour drinks, bites</strong></p> <p>The summer specials continue with Kabuki <em>(5080 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/766-8778)</em> creating a new happy hour menu for drinks (pictured) and bites. There’s an Island Cosmo ($6), Peach Sake Sangria ($6), spicy salmon maki sushi ($5) and more—served outside on the patio, or inside at the bar. </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>Lynn KalberMon, 30 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/30/even-more-summer-dining-specials/DiningStaff Picks: Cuisine and Cosmeticshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/27/staff-picks-cuisine-and-cosmetics/<p><strong>Sapphire Indian Cuisine</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_sapphire.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Margaret Mary Shuff, Publisher</em></p> <p>“Sapphire is the place to go for excellent quality authentic Indian food. They have lamb, lentils, eggplant and spinach—all prepared well and deliciously seasoned! The clay pot makes it. The solicitous Indian waiters will do it your way—mild to spicy. Located in Royal Palm Place, it’s frequented by patrons raised in India and their families. Enough said!”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.sapphireboca.com" target="_blank">sapphireboca.com</a> // 500 Via De Palmas #79 // 561/362-2299)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Fanity</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_fanity.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>"I dont know about you, but whenever I'm getting ready to go out, I'm always in a rush. I run back and forth from my closet to my bathroom, trying on a million different outfit options. By the time I've made a decision, I have about two minutes to be out the door, and I'm feeling the seconds tick by. Luckily, I don't have a long makeup routine, and the fanity mirror helps speed up the process even more. The mirror is LED lit and offers two surfaces--regular and magnified--to give you great visibility. And the base has a fan to keep you cool."</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.decobreeze.com/fanity-mirror/" target="_blank">decobreeze.com/fanity-mirror/</a>)</p>magazineFri, 27 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/27/staff-picks-cuisine-and-cosmetics/CommunityMemorial Day Dininghttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/27/memorial-day-dining/<p>With Memorial Day on the horizon, here are some ways to kick back on Monday, while you eat and drink well, too.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_burger_bar.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Burger Bar special for Memorial Day</strong></p> <p>All active duty and retired military receive 20 percent off, with military ID, from Burger Bar on May 30. The June burger of the month is the Beach Burger, with applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, beach sauce and pickles (pictured).  Burger Bar <em>(4650 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-4545)</em> will be giving away a Weber propane gas grill, accessories and apron for Father’s Day. Register for the giveaway with an entry form, available at the restaurant. </p> <p><strong>Brunch specials: City Oyster, City Cellar, Rocco’s Tacos</strong> </p> <p>The weekend brunch menus will be available all day May 30 at City Oyster &amp; Sushi Bar <em>(213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/272-0220)</em>, City Cellar Wine Bar &amp; Grill <em>(700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/366-0071)</em> and at all Rocco’s Tacos locations. Also on the menu are unlimited mimosas or endless Bloody Marys, for $12 with purchase of an entrée. </p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_little_chalet.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Veterans served special drink at The Little Chalet</strong></p> <p>Treat your favorite veteran to a meal on May 30 at The Little Chalet <em>(485 S. Federal Highway, 561/325-8000)</em>, and they will receive a free white sangria, with raspberry and blueberry trimmings (pictured). It’s a cooling red, white and blue treat in appreciation of our veterans.</p> <p><strong>Veuve Clicquot special and more, at Meat Market Palm Beach</strong> </p> <p>Meat Market Palm Beach <em>(191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, 561/354-9800)</em> starts the special summer extended happy hour on Memorial Day, May 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  These include $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut, Yellow Label, $8 Classic Belvedere Martinis and $7 signature cocktails. Along with those are summer bar bites: oysters ($2 each), ceviche ($9) and more.</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>Lynn KalberFri, 27 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/27/memorial-day-dining/DiningMovie Review: &quot;Love &amp; Friendship&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/27/movie-review-love-friendship/<p>Dating back to his 1990 debut, the patrician characters in the films of writer-director Whit Stillman have spoken with erudition unique to the upper-class milieus they populate. Whether it’s the debutante balls of “Metropolitan,” Ivy Leaguers’ discotheque downtimes in “The Last Days of Disco” or the elite university cliques in “Damsels in Distress,” his youthful characters are as unlikely to stammer through a series of “likes” and “ums” as they are to besmirch their bloodlines with a four-letter word.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/whit-stillman-love-and-friendship-still2-chloesevigny-katebeckinsale-byrossmcdonnell.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Brutally articulate to their own occasional downfall, they speak more like literary critics or armchair philosophers than any contemporary postgrad I’ve ever met. So perhaps it was only a matter of time until Stillman set a movie in a period where, if the books of the era tell us anything, everybody in the civilized classes spoke with such barbed eloquence: late 18<sup>th</sup> century England.</p> <p>“Love &amp; Friendship,” which opens in South Florida today, is adapted, freely and effervescently, from Jane Austen’s epistolary novella <em>Lady Susan</em>. But in turning a book written in one-sided correspondence into a movie bubbling with inspired dialogue, Stillman essentially penned the screenplay from scratch, and his witty, sardonic imprint is all over it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/13lovefriendship1-master768.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Kate Beckinsale is pitch-perfect as Lady Susan Vernon, a widowed schemer who is as alluring as she is phony. She’s prone to empty formalities, pretentious decrials (“Americans really have shown themselves to be a nation of ingrates”) and opportunistic, uninformed Bible-thumping. When she’s not pursuing other men—bachelors and married friends alike—she fantasizes about the deaths of the meddling husbands and fathers who stand in the way of her Machiavellian plotting.</p> <p>And what is her plot, exactly? It’s as simple and as complicated as finding a husband for herself and for her sensitive daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark). That the same man, extended relative Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel), seems to be the most appropriate catch for both eligible Vernons is a minor quibble that, surely, a little finesse and persuasion and cruel machinations can rectify.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/landf_014_r1458866601-630x420.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Minimalist in plot but maximalist in scope, “Love &amp; Friendship” is an ambitious ensemble piece that probably takes multiple viewings to fully absorb. At least 11 characters have significant speaking roles, and even more of them are introduced, with their names and titles written on the screen in a manner befitting a television drama, in the movie’s opening scenes—a dizzying procession of periwigs and corsets better appreciated at a novel reader’s self-controlled pace.</p> <p>Once you fall into its groove, though, “Love &amp; Friendship” sparkles with celibate charm and sophistication. No bodices are ripped onscreen, because with Stillman, it’s the words that cut, not the images that smolder. With a few exceptions, his preference as director is to play this material as straight as can be, eschewing anachronistic music and postmodern dialogue and simply succumbing to the environment—whose amorality, jealousy, daftness, sweetness and, yes, love and friendship, need no 21<sup>st</sup> century window dressing.</p> <p><em>"Love &amp; Friendship" is now playing at Cinemark Palace, Living Room Theaters and Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Cinemark Boynton Beach, Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach, CInepolis in Jupiter, the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale and more.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 27 May 2016 09:51:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/27/movie-review-love-friendship/Arts & EventsMoviesFashion Forward: Summer Trendshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/27/fashion-forward-summer-trends/<p class="normal">Not that we’re one for following uptight fashion rules, but Memorial Day does mark the official start to summer, and for most people that is carte blanche to start wearing their white looks. Really, this just means that your #SceneGirls are going crazy over summer trends.</p> <p class="normal">Our summer calendars are filled to the max with events, vacations and weddings. With such busy schedules, it can be hard to keep up with the ever-changing fashion trends of the season. Without further ado, here are the summer trends you should be on the lookout for.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_off_the_shoulder.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Off the Shoulder</strong></p> <p class="normal">Aside from the traditional ‘all white everything,’ if you’re rocking something off the shoulder this summer, you’re doing it right. If you haven’t noticed, Lindsey and Lilly can’t get enough of off the shoulder looks. It’s probably our favorite trend of the season.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_one_piece.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>One Piece Bathing Suits</strong></p> <p class="normal">Gone are the days of snubbing the girl in a one-piece because summer 2016 is the season for one-piece swimwear. Once reserved for conservative beach-goers, one-piece swimsuits have become sexier than ever.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_graphic_tee.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Graphic Tees </strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey can’t get enough of this trend and seems to find a way to implement it into her wardrobe no matter what season it is. Graphic tees bring a “not-so-effortless” twist to your everyday look. Not only can they be fun conversation starters, but you can also pair them with anything you own.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="393" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_body_bauble.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Body Bauble </strong></p> <p class="normal">Wait before you judge us on this one. We’re not asking you to stick these beads all over your face for a casual night out on the Avenue. Think of this trend when you’re thinking of fun ways to stand out at a bachelorette party or on girls trip. We’ve already ordered these for our #WolfpackWives trip to Vegas in August and can’t wait to rock the look—big thanks to Coachella style mavens for promoting this one. We love it!</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="425" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_hubs_and_hers.png" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Hubs &amp; Hers</strong></p> <p class="normal">If you don’t know by now, we’re absolutely in love with everything from Hubs &amp; Hers. Not only is the collection to die for, but also the founder, Mrs. Farina, is the most adorable visionary we have ever met. Lindsey has been seen all over rocking Hubs &amp; Hers, so it’s a no brainer that they made it to our summer trend roundup.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_choker.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Chokers</strong></p> <p class="normal">At this point, you probably think we’re stuck in the late 90s, but we don’t make the rules! Chokers have made a comeback and can totally enhance an outfit without even realizing it.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="740" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.27_scalloped_bikini.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><strong>Scalloped Bikini</strong></p> <p class="normal">Scallops have been a big trend for some time now, but now, scalloped bikinis are starting to enter the stratosphere as one of the most popular looks in swimwear this season. Scallops add a little more femininity to your everyday bikini. The soft edges flatter your curves while providing a little sexy coverage. </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="http://www.ll-scene.com/">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>LL SceneFri, 27 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/27/fashion-forward-summer-trends/FashionShoppingLocal Getaway: Sanibel Islandhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/26/local-getaway-sanibel-island/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.26_sanibel_island.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A two-and-a-half-hour drive straight across the Florida peninsula from Boca Raton is an island safe haven called Sanibel. The island is home to approximately 7,000 residents, and there are no high-rise buildings or chain restaurants in sight. Sanibel gives every person an authentic and tranquil beach town feel. Because Sanibel Island isn’t as touristy as the Bahamas or Key West, the beaches are less occupied, which leaves you in the soothing company of the ocean waves. Sanibel is also known for its spectacular marine and wildlife. Guests and residents of the island routinely see dolphins, sea turtles, birds and Sanibel’s famous abundance of seashells. Sanibel Island is a no-brainer when looking for a local getaway. It’s perfect for a family vacation or a romantic honeymoon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.26_south_seas_sanibel_resort.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The best hotels to stay in:</p> <ol> <li>Casa Ybel: This resort’s suites will make you feel like you have your own private vacation. Each suite includes a kitchenette, living room and an outdoor grill. The proximity of each suite to the beach allows you the ability to wake up and take a walk along the sand while drinking your morning coffee.</li> <li>Island Inn: This inn offers you the choice of either a luxurious hotel room or a spacious yet home-y beach cottage. Each gives you the relaxing inn feel and awe-inspiring nearness to the beautiful ocean. The inn is such a warm and cozy place—couples come from all over the country to have their weddings hosted at the Island Inn.</li> <li>South Seas Island Resort: This resort (pictured) is the perfect combination between luxurious resort and personal beach getaway. The hotel is your vacation—the secluded resort has 2.5 miles of white-sand beaches, 13 pools, 6 restaurants, a 9-hole golf course, a relaxing spa and a marina that is home to many visible manatees.</li> </ol> <div><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.26_orange_crunch_cake.jpg" width="490"></div> <p>The greatest restaurants to dine at:</p> <ol> <li>The Lazy Flamingo is where you’ll see all of Sanibel’s fisherman. Come with your own fish and they will blacken, fry or grill your catch, and they’ll throw in some fries.</li> <li>Traditions on the Beach is for music and food lovers alike. The restaurant has nightly live music to complement its seafood dishes, especially the Grilled Diver Scallops.</li> <li>The Bubble Room is famed for its colorful decorations and whimsical décor. While the food is great, it’s the desserts that keep you coming back for more (even on the same day). They have an award-winning cake—the Orange Crunch (pictured)—that is a must-try.</li> <li>The Island Cow is a family owned restaurant right on the beach. It’s great for young kids and adults because it has live music, outdoor lawn games and daily drink specials and happy hours. You must order the famous Ragin Cajun Bloody—it’s definitely not your average Bloody Mary. </li> </ol> <div><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.26_sanibel_thriller.jpg" width="490"></div> <p>Things to do:</p> <ol> <li>J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible wild life preserve with a variety of birds, fish and alligators. Don’t forget to bring binoculars with you!</li> <li>The name Yolo Watersports doesn’t give its amenities justice. From jet skis to bicycles, Yolo Watersports gives you the opportunity to choose from a variety of fun day activities on land or water.</li> <li>Bait Box is the place to rent inexpensive and great fishing equipment and gear.</li> <li>Tarpon Bay Explorers has an array of different tours throughout the day, from an early morning kayak tour to a sunset cruise.</li> <li>Sanibel Thriller (pictured) is the must-do activity on the island. The speedboat takes guests out onto the open water, giving them full coverage to Sanibel’s beautiful jumping dolphins. </li> </ol> <p>From your toes to your head:</p> <p>You’ll need flip flops for all the walking you’ll be doing either on the beach or on the sandy, paved streets, and boat shoes for the fishing trips and boat outings. Cover yourself with swimsuits and light cover ups; it’s always casual day on the island. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin from the constant sun exposure. And of course, a big floppy hat. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Shellie</strong></p> <p>Shellie Frai is a sophomore at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Public Relations, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She lives her life according to the three f's: fashion, food, and family. However, sometimes she might say that fashion feeds her mind more than family and food. You can reach Shellie at <a href="mailto:shellie@bocamag.com">shellie@bocamag.com</a>, but if she doesn't respond, it's because she's laying on a beach somewhere.</p>Shellie FraiThu, 26 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/26/local-getaway-sanibel-island/CommunityTravel Hillstone talks, an excruciating council discussion and more Boca updateshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/26/hillstone-talks-an-excruciating-council-discussion-and-more-boca-updates/<h3><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/hill253x450.jpg" width="253"></h3> <h3>Wildflower property hearings</h3> <p>Boca Raton at last has scheduled hearings on the proposal for a restaurant on the Wildflower property. Aside from the city council’s collective frustration at the negotiations taking so long, the delay has created another potential problem. More about that in a moment.</p> <p>       The deal itself is what I reported in February. Hillstone Restaurant Group would pay Boca Raton $600,000 a year in lease payments for five years, with the payments rising every five years to nearly $700,000 annually in years 16 through 20. Over that period, the payments would total almost $13 million.</p> <p>       The city and Hillstone could renew the lease in five-year increments for another 25 years. Payments would start at almost $730,000 and rise to nearly $900,000. The city could get added rent if gross sales exceed targets, and the city would pay the property tax on the roughly 2.2-acre property along the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Palmetto Park Road Bridge.</p> <p>       Boca Raton paid $7.5 million for the land in 2009 and owns it debt-free. So the revenue just from the first 20 years would more than return the city’s investment and provide new revenue just as the city is looking for money to maintain levels of service. Hillstone estimates 15 to 18 months for construction of what would be one of the company’s eponymous restaurants, not a Houston’s as the city and company first discussed.</p> <p>       Deputy City Manager George Brown, who has led negotiations for Boca Raton, explained in a memo that approval would require five actions. The council would have to approve a land-use change for part of the site, rezone that same portion, approve a conditional use by a restaurant of more than 1,000 square feet, approve the site plan and approve a long-term lease that effectively would amount to a sale of the property.</p> <p>       Based on the schedule Brown laid out, the project would go to the Planning and Zoning Board on June 9. The board will review the site plan and the other issues. A collective ordinance would be introduced at the June 14 council meeting, with the final public hearing at the July 26 council meeting. Because of the city’s summer schedule, that is the next meeting after June 14.</p> <p>       Because the key vote would come at what is normally the dead-low tide of city politics, expect the regular council critics to invent a conspiracy theory: Boca wants to ram this through when residents who live near the site will be gone.</p> <p>       Two points:</p> <p>       The first is that the council would have preferred to consider Hillstone’s proposal months ago. That sentiment was evident at the recent goal-setting session. The second is that snowbirds—especially those living here to escape income taxes in other states—can’t expect Boca Raton to operate only on their schedules. If an issue is that important, they can come back and show up.</p> <p>       At this point, the city and Hillstone are in a good place. Brown said that while both sides may have to make minor adjustments, “the fundamental terms have been finalized.” Hillstone General Counsel Glenn Viers told me Wednesday that there may be “a question of verbiage” in the agreement, but that there is “substantial agreement” on the main points. “I feel really good about that.”</p> <p>       Assuming no surprises in the review of the site plan or the lease, this seems like a good deal for the public and the best use for the site. Over 45 years, Boca Raton could receive at least $33 million while adding a downtown gathering spot that preserves public access with a walkway along the Intracoastal. That would meet the goal the council had when it approved the purchase.</p> <h3>And the petition</h3> <p>       Now to that potential problem, which is probably more potential than actual problem.</p> <p>       Boca Raton residents opposed to the restaurant deal are circulating a petition for a vaguely-worded referendum that supposedly would restrict city-owned property along the Intracoastal to public use. These residents hope to get the referendum before voters in the August primary or the November general election.</p> <p>       If the city council approves the deal with Hillstone on July 26, it wouldn’t matter what happened with the referendum. If the Hillstone deal got delayed past August and the referendum got on the ballot and passed, that still might not be a problem because the city began negotiating with Hillstone two years ago.</p> <p>       And even if the petitioners get the required number of signatures, the council has final say on whether the ordinance gets on the ballot. Like the Florida Supreme Court with proposed constitutional amendments, the council could toss the referendum because it is deceptive.</p> <p>       The petition’s clear intent is to stop the Wildflower deal—that’s how residents are touting it—but the language doesn’t mention the property. If the petition read: “Should all city-owned land along the Intracoastal Waterway be reserved for public use even if that means depriving Boca Raton of possibly $33 million?,” it might be a little harder to get the necessary signatures.</p> <h3>Boca vs. park district wrap-up</h3> <p>       Things didn’t go quite as planned Tuesday night at the Boca Raton Beach and Park District’s board meeting, but there nevertheless was movement on the long-running dispute with the city.</p> <p>       Chairman Bob Rollins had wanted the board to approve a letter detailing the district’s issues with the city’s proposed agreement between the two entities for operating the many parks in their joint system. Instead, board members listed their concerns, and the district’s attorney, Art Koski, will incorporate them in a proposed rewrite of the 30-year agreement.</p> <p>       Chief among the district’s objections, Rollins told me Wednesday, is the city’s wish to set all park fees. Because the district includes the area from Boca Raton’s western boundary to the Florida Turnpike, Rollins said, the district worries that the city’s fee schedule would fall heavier on non-city residents. Rollins said the city’s proposal also doesn’t adequately address youth sports.</p> <p>       Whatever the city thinks of it, however, the counterproposal from the district should get the two sides talking. That would be progress. Also, Rollins suggested July 25 for the long-awaited meeting between the city council and the district board. That is the date of a council workshop, and the council should comply. With luck, the city and district will be close enough to an agreement that they can discuss any remaining issues at that time.</p> <p>       Also on Tuesday night, the district board agreed to propose at its June 6 meeting promoting Briann Harms from assistant director to executive director. Koski has been the acting boss while also serving as attorney. The change would make the district’s operational leader someone who isn’t suing the city, and thus could make a resolution easier to achieve.</p> <h3>Height talks devolve</h3> <p>       When two football teams wallow through a first half of penalties and botched plays, the announcer may say something like, “They won’t show this tape at youth clinics.” Similarly, they won’t show the middle hour of Tuesday night’s Boca Raton City Council meeting at good-government think tanks.</p> <p>       The subject was an ordinance to end the ability of developers to apply for extra height in certain zoning districts—notably the barrier island near Palmetto Park Road and Northwest Second Avenue. As Mayor Susan Haynie said in frustration at one point, the goal had been simply to protect residential neighborhoods that abutted areas zoned for commercial from intense development.</p> <p>       Sadly, the simple became tortuous. Property owners and their representatives complained that the change would unfairly restrict development. The council agonized over a proposed change from “shall” to “may” in the wording over allowing extra height. Robert Weinroth offered to end everyone’s misery with a motion to table the item. It failed.</p> <p>       So the council plunged on, offering changes that had City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser making changes on the fly—after she had advised the council that it didn’t matter whether the ordinance read “shall” or “may.” More motions were proposed. They failed.</p> <p>        Eventually, Weinroth brought back his motion to put off the decision. Like hungry travelers for whom a greasy spoon is the only option at 1 a.m., Weinroth’s colleagues agreed. Though the delay didn’t go down easily, rushing a decision could have caused major heartburn for the city. Instead, the only consequence was embarrassment.</p> <h3>Salaries</h3> <p>       On that June 14 meeting council meeting agenda will be a new version of a charter change to raise salaries for Boca Raton’s mayor and council members.</p> <p>       Previously, the council approved for the Aug. 30 primary ballot a proposed increase from $9,000 to $38,550 for the mayor and from $7,200 to $28,766 for the council. Current salaries date to 1984. Voters twice have rejected raise proposals.</p> <p>       Robert Weinroth’s change would round off the new salaries to $38,000 and $28,000. More important, this proposal would not allow automatic annual increases. Weinroth said he considers those to be “appropriate numbers” but disagrees with the automatic raise, which would bypass the voters.</p> <p>       Whichever version council members prefer, they must pick one on June 14 or the city won’t get the language to the elections office in time for the primary.</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 26 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/26/hillstone-talks-an-excruciating-council-discussion-and-more-boca-updates/City WatchCommunitySummer Readinghttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/25/summer-reading/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Finally, it’s the summertime, aka your time to relax, unwind and lay back. But what if you already binge-watched all your favorite Netflix shows, and sitting by the pool has become all too boring all too fast? This, my friend, is why they invented “the summer book.” Reading a great book will exercise your mind while you are on vacation, motivate you to explore new subjects and can even inspire you to try new things. So, whether it be on your kindle, iPad or a good ole fashioned paperback, I created a list with this summer’s new and noteworthy books and your next must-reads. </p> <p><img alt="" height="779" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_big_magic.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><br>Written by the same author who wrote the bestseller <em>Eat Pray Love</em>, this novel became an automatic <em>New York Times</em> bestseller due to Gilbert’s candid and personal approach to the importance of creativity and the fear of failure. In an almost diary-like style, Gilbert explains life after writing a widely famous and critically acclaimed novel such as <em>Eat Pray Love</em> and the expectations that came along with it. She talks about how anybody, regardless of age, has the power to unleash their creativity and create something magical and beautiful. She emphasizes the importance it is to realize that you are never too old to think creatively. This is a motivational book perfect for anyone who needs a little push and guidance in order to see the brighter side of things.</p> <p><img alt="" height="741" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_the_rainbow_comes_and_goes.jpg" width="490"><br><strong>"The Rainbow Comes and Goes" by Anderson Cooper</strong>  </p> <p><br>This novel written by Anderson Cooper, the popular CNN journalist, gives you a personal look inside his rocky yet loving relationship with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, the American socialite. Through sometimes humorous, inspirational, and sentimental exchanges the two recount their fondest life stories and share their most private thoughts. This novel is said to be a cross between a son’s love letter to his mother and a unique way of a mother giving her son life lessons. </p> <p><img alt="" height="740" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_a_wife_of_noble_character.jpg" width="490"><br><strong>"A Wife of Noble Character" by Yvonne Georgina Puig</strong></p> <p>This novel is the perfect compliment to any drink by the pool. It takes place under the hot Texas sun and is a study in love, gossip, and money. The story is centered on Vivienne Cally, a wealthy oil-money socialite. It chronicles the comic way Cally tries to navigate her life through the endless gossip and luxe that surrounds her. This hard-to-put-down novel will have you feeling like you are part of all the Texan scandal and drama.</p> <p><img alt="" height="725" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_zero_k.jpg" width="490"><br><strong>"Zero K" by Don DeLillo</strong></p> <p>What <em>The New York Times Book Review</em> calls “the most mysterious, emotionally moving and formally rewarding books of DeLillo’s long career,” this novel is for all the science fiction fans out there. DeLillo gives death a new meaning when he writes about the protagonist, Ross Lockhart, who invests in a secret laboratory that preserves dead bodies in hopes of future biomedical advances that will allow the bodies to one day return back to life. This book makes you question the natural phenomenon that is life and death as well as the uncertainty that is fate itself. A more thoughtful read, it is perfect for a summer where you have time to imagine a future world and think outside the box.</p> <p><img alt="" height="740" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_the_lonely_city.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>"The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone" by Olivia Laing</strong></p> <p>This moving novel will make you think twice about the stigma behind the act of being alone. This book by Olivia Laing, is written almost like a memoir or biography and attempts to discover the meaning of what it truly means to be alone by exploring works of art that arise out of the condition of loneliness. Laing explains that after she moved to New York City in her 30s she was welcomed by an overwhelming sense of loneliness that became a part of her daily life. Navigating through a city of millions of faces and strangers, the feeling grew with each passing day. With the help of artists like Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz, Liang is able to use their pieces to connect loneliness to the nature of the much-coveted human connection. </p> <p><img alt="" height="722" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_evicted.jpg" width="490"><br><strong>"Evicted" by Matthew Desmond</strong></p> <p>If you loved the movie “The Big Short” you will love this non fiction book. While today’s economy seems to be recovering from the 2008 economic crisis, eviction rates are still at an all-time high throughout the United States. To fully understand the economic and emotional toll of being evicted, Desmond, a Harvard professor and McArthur Fellow goes to one of Milwaukee’s low-income neighborhoods and examines the impact that results from losing your home.</p> <p><img alt="" height="740" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_the_nest.jpg" width="490"><br><strong>"The Nest" by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney</strong></p> <p>Sweeney visits the age-old idea of family values and the importance one family puts on support through thick and thin. “The Nest” is a reference to four siblings’ joint trust fund that they are desperately counting on yet might never see due to a reckless older brother. While three of the siblings are counting down the days to receive the money due to their overwhelming debt, their eldest brother Leo, has just gotten out of rehab for a drunk driving accident and might be the reason the family will have to rethink their life goals. Sweeney’s novel will make you think about your own family and the popular saying “blood is thicker than water.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="736" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_salt_to_the_sea.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>"Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys</strong></p> <p>In this novel Sepetys uncovers one of World War II’s most devastating yet unknown tragedies. In the winter of 1945 with the war coming to a close, thousands of desperate refugees trekked to the coast of East Prussia where there was a ship that promised to take them to freedom. On the pilgrimage four teenagers’ paths converged and they tell the tale about one of the greatest maritime tragedies in history. This novel encourages you to reaffirm your faith in hope and its strength in allowing you to believe that survival and love can prevail through the toughest of times.</p> <p><img alt="" height="740" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_me_before_you.jpg" width="490"><br><strong>"Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes</strong></p> <p>Finally, a love story that you can actually believe. Moyes creates a realistic romance novel that sparks a magical feel yet contains difficult emotional realities. This love story can even be said to be on the same caliber as John Green’s critically acclaimed novel <em>The Fault in Our Stars. </em>Moyes’ love story begins when Will Traynor suffers a life-altering motorcycle accident that destroys his desire to live. Traynor then meets Lou Clark, a girl who lives an ordinary and cautious life. These two people with absolutely nothing in common find a love that against all odds prevail. This novel will make you a believer in the controversial notion of soulmates.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="790" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_the_murder_house.jpg" width="490"><br><strong>"The Murder House" by James Patterson and David Ellis</strong></p> <p>Would it really be a summer reading list without a James Patterson novel? If you have never read a James Patterson novel this is a great one to start with. If you have read a few of Patterson’s novels, be prepared for his latest and one of his greatest. The book begins at a Hamptons estate where bodies are discovered. An NYC cop and local detective come in to investigate and unfold a series of grim and bloody murders that have recently occurred on the estate.<br> <br>From one book lover to another, I hope you enjoy these novels. Let them be a cool escape to a hot summer day! </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Shellie</strong></p> <p>Shellie Frai is a sophomore at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Public Relations, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She lives her life according to the three f's: fashion, food, and family. However, sometimes she might say that fashion feeds her mind more than family and food. You can reach Shellie at <a href="mailto:shellie@bocamag.com">shellie@bocamag.com</a>, but if she doesn't respond, it's because she's laying on a beach somewhere.</p>Shellie FraiWed, 25 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/25/summer-reading/Arts & EventsGraduations for Everyonehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/25/graduations-for-everyone/<p>I’ve been to my fair share of graduation ceremonies and celebrations over the years. Mostly college, mind you, and they’re always filled with much pomp and circumstance, inspirational <em>(and sometimes YouTube-worthy)</em> speeches and appropriate, well-earned scholarly honors.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_graduation_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Now as a parent of a little one in Boca Raton, I’m finding out that high school and college graduations are only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, you may be celebrating your mini “grad” 5-10 times depending on how early you enroll them in an educational day program and how far they take their studies.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_graduation_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Just look at your Facebook feed if you’re reading this in disbelief. In the past week or so alone, I’ve personally attended or been invited to a high school graduation at <a href="http://www.lynn.edu" target="_blank"><strong>Lynn University</strong></a>, a kindergarten graduation for my Goddaughter, a tot time moving up ceremony for my daughter, a fifth grade graduation, an 8<sup>th</sup> grade moving up ceremony, and a symbolic candle lighting ceremony, where the senior high school class at <a href="http://www.grandviewprep.net/" target="_blank"><strong>Grandview Preparatory School</strong></a> passed on their light <em>(literally and metaphorically)</em> to the junior class.</p> <p>Has May become a time for graduation for every child in the City of Boca Raton? It sure feels like it!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_graduation_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Like baby showers and children’s birthdays, graduation has also become a lucrative occasion for companies to market pricey party supplies, gifts and mementos to unsuspecting, adoring parents. And in Boca Raton, let’s be honest—we eat up any excuse to celebrate our kiddos.</p> <p>“Congrats grad!” “You did it grad!” We say to our 3-year-olds…</p> <p>For me, only time will tell if the novelty of graduation ever wears off. I honestly hope seeing my daughter in a cap and gown will be even more meaningful and special in 2031 than it is in 2016. The stakes <em>(and tuition)</em> will certainly be higher. Until then, happy graduation to all who are celebrating this year for the first time, the last or somewhere in between!  </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="http://www.modernbocamom.com/"><em>ModernBocaMom.com</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>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 25 May 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/25/graduations-for-everyone/CommunityWest Boca Medical Center Excels in Stroke Carehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/25/west-boca-medical-center-excels-in-stroke-care/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/" target="_blank">American Heart Association/American Stroke Association</a> has recognized West Boca Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center for excellence in stroke care.</p> <p>Specifically, West Boca earned the Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite. The award with a big name recognizes hospitals nationwide that provide the most appropriate stroke treatment based on established scientific guidelines.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.25_brain.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This is important news for local stroke patients. Why? To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite, for example, hospitals must meet quality measures aimed at reducing the time from when a stroke patient arrives at the hospital and is treated with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. The only drug approved by the FDA to treat the most common type of stroke, called ischemic stroke, tPA has been shown to notably reduce stroke effects and disability, if delivered in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms.</p> <p>West Boca’s achievement of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite means the stroke team treated 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients with intravenous tPA within 60 minutes of their arrival to the hospital.</p> <p>To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.</p> <p>In essence, the West Boca stroke care team is doing a good job at following the most up-to-date, evidence based guidelines for care. That means possible reductions in death and disability for local stroke patients.</p> <p>Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and among the top causes of adult disability in the U.S. On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds, and someone dies of stroke every four minutes in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association</p> <p><em>West Boca Medical Center is located at 21644 State Road 7.</em></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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 25 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/25/west-boca-medical-center-excels-in-stroke-care/Health/BeautyCulinary Tours, Food Festivals and Morehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/24/culinary-tours-food-festivals-and-more/<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.24_palermo's_bakery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Holiday weekend kicks off Taste History Culinary Tour series</strong></p> <p>Try a Taste History Culinary Tour this holiday weekend, as the summer series for this tasty pastime kicks off on May 28. For $45-$60 per person (children under 14 are free), you’ll spend four hours exploring historic districts with visits to bakeries, eateries, juice bars, tea bars and markets for tastings (such as Palermo Bakery in Boynton Beach, pictured), history and food culture. With your guide, you’ll meet restaurant owners, chefs and directors/artists of the cultural centers. Food tours board at Macy’s in Boynton Beach. The May 28 tour starts at 11 a.m. and will focus on Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. June dates: June 4, West Palm Beach/Lake Worth; June 11, Lake Worth/Lantana; June 18, Delray Beach/Boynton Beach; June 25, Delray Beach/Boynton Beach. Pre-payment is required, and tickets can be purchased <a href="http://tastehistoryculinarytours.org/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Pairings Food and Wine hits downtown West Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 26, the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual Pairings Food &amp; Wine Event will take over Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. This event features more than 25 restaurants serving food and drinks, with proceeds from the $25 entry tickets going to the charity Families First of Palm Beach County. Palm Beach Dramaworks will offer 50 percent off tickets to any event before June 30, and there will be specials at local stores, and of course, live music all night. </p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.24_boston's.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Boston’s named to Florida Beach Bar’s Top 10 list</strong></p> <p>For the second year in a row, Boston’s on the Beach <em>(40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364)</em> has made the Top 10 list by FloridaBeachBar.com. That probably calls for a celebration with Boston’s Pink Flamingo Cocktail (pictured, photo by Gyorgy Papp), so here’s a recipe for you:</p> <p><strong>Pink Flamingo</strong></p> <p>1 oz. Bacardi Coconut Rum</p> <p>.75 oz. Amaretto</p> <p>2 oz. Cranberry Juice</p> <p>1 1/5 oz. Pineapple Juice</p> <p>Garnish with Pineapple</p> <p>Combine ingredients in a hurricane glass with ice, and stir. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.</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>Lynn KalberTue, 24 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/24/culinary-tours-food-festivals-and-more/DiningThe latest on the city/park district dust-up, the Mayor talks height, Delray&#39;s iPic update &amp; morehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/24/the-latest-on-the-citypark-district-dust-up-the-mayor-talks-height-delrays-ipic-update-more/<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/boca-raton-beach001008.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Boca vs. Boca Beach &amp; Park District   </h3> <p>After tonight, the argument between Boca Raton and the Boca Raton Beach and Park District may not be over, but the two sides may know what they’re arguing about.</p> <p>       District Board Chairman Robert Rollins told me last week that he hopes for approval at the board’s meeting tonight on a letter to the city. The letter would specify the district’s concerns about a proposed new agreement between the two government entities. Rollins believes that the city is asking the district to violate the state legislation that created the district in 1974. The city disagrees.</p> <p>       When Rollins appeared before the city council recently, Mayor Susan Haynie asked him to lay out those concerns. “I hope that we can continue the dialogue,” said Rollins, who also met with Haynie and City Manager Leif Ahnell. “I’m doing my best to mend fences. We’re all pragmatic individuals.”</p> <p>       Yet for nearly a year the district and city have made little progress toward reconciliation, despite their mutual goal of creating and maintaining a terrific system of beaches and parks. It’s a seeming mismatch; the district has just two employees, and the city does most of the maintenance work on district facilities.</p> <p>       The district’s leverage, however, is the nearly $1 per $1,000 of assessed value tax it levies on properties within Boca and west of the city to the Florida Turnpike. That separation allows Boca Raton to keep its property tax rate lower than if the two agencies combined, which would happen if the city ever annexed all that western land.</p> <p>       Haynie and others contend that relations began to sour when Arthur Koski, the district’s contracted lawyer, also began serving as executive director. Rollins denied any “personality issue,” but acknowledged that his board “could consider” promoting Briann Harms from assistant director and ending Koski’s interim, dual role. Complicating matters is that Koski represents residents who are suing the city over approval of Chabad East Boca. (See next item.)</p> <p>       Agreement is urgent. In addition to settling matters related to park expansion, the city and district need a joint policy on beach restoration and possibly purchasing oceanfront property, to keep it from being developed. If the two sides can better understand their disagreement, they should be closer to ending it.</p> <h3>Chabad update</h3> <p>       Boca Raton has prevailed in the first of three lawsuits challenging the city council’s approval last year of Chabad East Boca.</p> <p>       Last week, a panel of three Palm Beach County Circuit Court judges unanimously rejected a challenge of the granting of extra height for the project. Two nearby residents had brought the lawsuit. The added height, to about 40 feet, was permissible as a conditional use.</p> <p>       Two other challenges remain undecided. A second case in state court challenges the site plan for the synagogue/exhibit hall. A case in federal court claims that Boca Raton violated the First Amendment ban on government establishment of religion by favoring the Jewish congregation over Christian residents.</p> <p>       Normally, projects that receive development approvals have two years to obtain permits and begin construction. Because of the lawsuits, however, the clock isn’t running on Chabad East Boca. In a previous post, I may have implied that opponents could kill the project by stalling it in court. That isn’t so.</p> <h3>Another look at height issues</h3> <p>       On a related note, the Boca Raton City Council at tonight’s meeting likely will approve development changes to properties—like the one where Chabad East Boca would be built—that abut residential neighborhoods.</p> <p>       The changes apply to height. They have been in the works for about a year. Mayor Susan Haynie proposed the staff review after the Chabad East Boca approval. She noted that a decade ago the city had asked the Riviera and Por la Mar neighborhoods if they wanted changes to the zoning for such properties. The neighborhoods declined.</p> <p>       If the council, as expected, adopts the ordinance, it would be harder to get extra height on the properties at issue. Two areas would be ineligible for extra height: the Northwest Second Avenue corridor and Palmetto Park Road east of the Intracoastal Waterway. The site of Chabad East Boca is in that latter section.</p> <h3>And more on the open space debate</h3> <p>       The Great Boca Raton Downtown Open Space Non-Controversy didn’t end Monday afternoon.</p> <p>       The issue mostly ended last month, with the staff report that since 1988 the city in every circumstance but one had correctly followed rules for downtown projects. On Monday, the city council—acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency—was being asked to codify City Manager Leif Ahnell’s recommendations for updating a 2003 staff memo on how to interpret the rule that 40 percent of downtown projects contain open space to make projects pleasing to the eye and pedestrian-friendly.</p> <p>       Ahnell’s proposed update would have mostly retained the definition of open space—no parking lots or bank drive-throughs—and the method for applying the rule to buildings on multiple sites. The proposal, however, stated that open space “shall be adjacent to the public realm,” meaning along the street. Presumably, the thought was to get public space closer to the public.</p> <p>       At the meeting, however, architects and others who work for developers cautioned that such language could be unhelpfully restrictive. Interior public courtyards, one speaker said, can make a project more welcoming than something near the street. Land-use lawyer Charles Siemon said the language could render non-compliant many downtown buildings now in compliance.</p> <p>       So the council voted unanimously to table the issue until the CRA’s July 25 meeting. Mayor Susan Haynie said she is participating in a June 8 discussion at which architects will talk about downtown design. Some of those comments could help the city constructively update the policy. Scott Singer summed up the sentiment when he spoke of wanting to avoid a “broad bush” change.</p> <p>       It was a productive exchange. The tone was the opposite of the meeting late last year, when a few council critics reacted as if the 2003 memo was Boca’s equivalent of Richard Nixon’s White House taping system. Perhaps something good still can out of what devolved from routine housekeeping into a months-long distraction.</p> <h3>iPic update</h3> <p>       In March, the Delray Beach City Commission gave final approval to the site plan for Fourth and Fifth Delray, which most people call the iPic project. The company, though, still has much to do before starting construction.</p> <p>       One early step is completion of a Parking Facilities and Management Agreement between iPic and the city. The agreement would codify issues attached to the city commission’s approval.</p> <p>       In an email, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer said those issues include: a minimum commitment for moving the company’s headquarters from Boca Raton to Delray Beach and what would happen if iPic left early; city control of public parking spaces iPic would provide in the project’s garage; the city’s “ability to provide for and be compensated for traffic control” if the project creates congestion at Atlantic Avenue and Southeast Fourth Avenue; rules for what happens if the project’s valet service “is not functioning effectively”; rules for use of the public terrace and “general enforcement tools available to the city.”</p> <p>       Pfeffer said the company’s first draft of the agreement was “not acceptable and needed a lot of work.” Pfeffer said iPic had promised him a revised draft last week. As of Monday, Pfeffer said, that new version had not arrived. He hopes to get the agreement on a commission agenda before he leaves for a job in private practice. Pfeffer departs at the end of June.</p> <h3>Jacquet still MIA                                </h3> <p>       In writing last week about the evaluation of Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper, I noted that four members of the city commission had done written evaluations of Cooper before Tuesday night’s meeting. Mitch Katz even asked Cooper to do a self-evaluation, which the manager completed.</p> <p>       According to the city’s Human Resources Department, Commission Al Jacquet did not fill out a written evaluation. Jacquet did participate in the oral evaluation at the commission meeting.</p> <p>       Perhaps Jacquet’s failure was fitting. He was absent from the November 2014 meeting at which the commission hired Cooper. Jacquet has the worst attendance record of any commissioner, and now he’s running for the Florida House. He was late to a commission meeting in March because he was working on the campaign of Christina Romelus, who was elected to the Boynton Beach City Commission. Jacquet might help his chances of getting that next job if he put more time into his current job.</p> <h3>Delray Place expansion still under review</h3> <p>       I wrote recently about growing neighborhood opposition to the second phase of Delray Place, at Linton Boulevard and Federal Highway. The expansion would push the project farther south on Federal.</p> <p>       Planning and Development Director Tim Stillings told me that the city has not set a date for the project to go before the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board. Delray Place South “is still undergoing technical review,” Stillings said, “and we are waiting on a resubmittal/response.”</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 24 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/24/the-latest-on-the-citypark-district-dust-up-the-mayor-talks-height-delrays-ipic-update-more/City WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: May 24 to 30http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/23/the-week-ahead-may-24-to-30-1/<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/thinkstockphotos-462834753.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: “Canvas &amp; Cocktails”</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="http://www.oldschoolsquare.org" target="_blank">oldschoolsquare.org</a></p> <p>Beer goggles can affect art, too: What might resemble a finger-painting when sober can look like a masterpiece when a little sloshed, especially if you’re the one with the paintbrush. Following in the footsteps of the Delray “Paint Wine Bar” Vino Van Gogh, Old School Square is now offering “Canvas &amp; Cocktails,” in which participants can sip on the libation of their choice (craft beer, wine or a cocktail) while creating an original work of art under tutelage from a professional artist. “Canvas &amp; Cocktails” happens on the last Thursday of each month, and this month’s instructor is mixed-media artist Vicki Siegel. The $35 fee includes all materials and one drink ticket.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/theflick.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Flick”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mad Cat Theatre Company at Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$30</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.madcattheatre.org" target="_blank">madcattheatre.org</a></p> <p>Paul Tei, the renegade artistic director of Mad Cat Theatre Company, has stated that he’s grown bored with the tropes of conventional theater—predictable narratives in traditional sets, usually running 90 minutes to two hours. He prefers more-experimental works than conclude in an hour or, paradoxically, span three hours—the latter being the case for his latest production, “The Flick,” Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, which will make its long-anticipated South Florida debut under Tei’s direction. It’s set in a run-down cinema in central Massachusetts that, bless its heart, still screens movies on 35mm film in an age of digital-video ubiquity. Three ushers, cleaning up after closing, discuss films and life. A play about dramatically changing times set in a world of quotidian repetition, “The Flick” is written in Baker’s famous (or infamous, depending on the spectator) naturalistic style, with its copious pauses for drift and reflection. The production, starring Jessica Farr, Chevi Hill, David Nail and Erik Fabregat, runs through June 12.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/eee79b363663fef3b85627c96470719e-650-80.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Measure of a Man”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 4 and 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="http://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org" target="_blank">lakeworthplayhouse.org</a></p> <p>As this trenchant and gut-punching drama by French director Stephane Brize reveals, issues of income inequality, a stagnating middle class and a diminishing job market for older citizens are not issues limited to the U.S.A. Having been laid off 18 months ago from his longtime job as a factory worker—while supporting his wife and a son with developmental disabilities—Thierry (Vincent London, a master of nuance) sucks up his pride and accepts a position as a security guard in a supermarket, spotting shoplifters from his perch behind a closed-circuit monitor. But when the targeted individuals begin to resemble people sharing his own economic plight—including fellow-employees—his sympathies begin to shift. Devotees of social realism seeking asylum from popcorn blockbusters can do no better than this morally complex feature, which addresses contemporary problems with a filmic language dating to Italian neorealism and the austere tone poems of Robert Bresson. It runs through June 2.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/haridspring.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Harid Conservatory’s Spring Performances</strong></p> <p>Where: Countess de Hoernle Theater, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25-$30</p> <p>Contact: 561/997-2677, <a href="http://www.harid.edu" target="_blank">harid.edu</a></p> <p>Crimes of passion, spiritual visitations, deadly duels and opium-inspired dreams are just a few of the plot points that inform the groundbreaking 19th century ballets of French choreographer Marius Petipa and his St. Petersburg-based Imperial Ballet. These elements and plenty more are present in Petipa’s work in “La Bayadere” and “Raymonda,” two repertory favorites from the classical period that spared no expense in their operatic grandeur. But with full productions of these ballets clocking in at three hours or more with intermissions, they don’t appear often on the seasonal slates of regional companies. But you can capture the gist of the ballets, and admire their exacting technique, at this showcase of the graduating class of our world-class Harid Conservatory. Harid’s dancers will perform excerpts from “Raymonda” and “La Bayadere” to Petipa’s original choreography, balancing these classics with the premiere of a new ballet by contemporary Montreal-based choreographer Mark Godden. </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="529" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/royale.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Royale”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$60</p> <p>Contact: 305/445-1119, <a href="http://www.gablestage.org" target="_blank">gablestage.org</a></p> <p>Jack Johnson landed plenty of knockout punches to Jim Crow. The trailblazing prizefighter, who became the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion from 1908 to 1915, remains an inspirational icon whose uppercuts echo throughout our culture: He was immortalized in the 1967 Pulitzer-winning play “The Great White Hope,” a Ken Burns documentary, and in the music of Miles Davis and Mos Def. Most recently, a character based on Johnson is the subject of “The Royale,” a 2013 play written by Miami native Marco Ramirez. The show takes an abstract, experimental approach to the well-worn boxer’s-struggle narrative, which takes place within the pugilist’s mind: No physical punches are thrown, but, if done well, the drama will be just as passionate and deeply felt as the black-and-white blood fountains of “Raging Bull.” Joseph Adler will direct Aygemang Clay, Andre Gainey, Ryan George, Shein Mompremier and Gregg Weiner in the show’s South Florida premiere, which runs through June 26.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/edp_israelidance_at16015.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Israeli Dance Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>Now in its landmark 20th year, the Israeli Festival Yachad will conclude with this gala dance celebration. More than 500 dancers will take the stage, with local groups joining dance companies from Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Panama and Israel, for a nostalgic revue of Israeli folk music. Elaborate costumes, scenery and lighting designs will enhance the performance, with each choreographed routine designed to evoke a difference rhythm and cultural component.</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/earthquake.jpg" width="391"> </p> <p><strong>What: Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29.50-$77.50</p> <p>Contact: 305/416-5978, <a href="http://www.jlkc.com" target="_blank">jlkc.com</a></p> <p>This ninth-annual Miami mainstay continues to attract the best in urban standup comedy for a few hours of convulsions the Sunday before Memorial Day. This year’s lineup features top nightclub comics elevated to the Knight Center’s elegant proscenium stage, headlined by the Air Force Sergeant turned comedian and voice actor Earthquake (pictured). He’ll be preceded by John Witherspoon, the septuagenarian comedy icon whose credits include the “Friday” series and “Boomerang;” hip-hop comedian Lil Duval; prolific actress-comic Kym Whitley (“The Boondocks”); plus Steve Brown, Michael Colyar and more.</p>John ThomasonMon, 23 May 2016 14:57:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/23/the-week-ahead-may-24-to-30-1/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSummer Specials: Broward &amp; Miamihttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/23/summer-specials-broward-miami/<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.23_lure_fishbar_tartare.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Summer prix-fixe special launched at Lure Fishbar</strong><strong></strong></p> <p>From now through July, Lure Fishbar <em>(1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-4550)</em> is featuring a summer prix-fixe menu from Executive Chef John Iatrellis. For $55, excluding tax/gratuity, the three-course dinner includes dishes such as plancha seared snapper or miso-glazed salmon and appetizers like salmon tartare (pictured) or tempura shrimp and more. Cocktails at the new Happy Hour are $8 for the summer, and bar menu items are priced from $3-$10.</p> <p><strong>Wine dinner spans the globe at 3030 Ocean</strong> </p> <p>A five-course wine dinner, with dishes from 3030 Ocean’s Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier, will be hosted May 26, at this seafood restaurant in the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort &amp; Spa <em>(3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954/765-3030).</em> Look for some Numanthia, Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle wines, from Moet-Hennessy, to go with the around-the-world meal theme. </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.23_fontainebleau.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Celeb chefs Mina, Conant host Miami Dinner Experience</strong></p> <p>If you want a special experience to start off your summer, try the Fontainebleau’s Miami Dinner Experience on June 1, as celebrity chefs Scott Conant and Michael Mina (pictured, left to right) take guests behind the scenes through a progressive dinner tour. For $150 per person (including tax/gratuity), you’ll be served six dishes, three signature cocktails and a take-home dessert (the best kind!), plus gift bags. Click <a href="http://indulgemiami.bpt.me/" target="_blank">here</a> for tickets to the event at the Fontainebleau <em>(4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/538-2000) </em></p> <p><strong>New Quinto La Huella restaurant opens today</strong></p> <p>With hotels in Hong Kong and Beijing, the new EAST hotel <em>(788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, 305/712-7000),</em> and its restaurant, Quinto La Huella, which opens today (May 23), is big news. Sister Uruguayan restaurant, Parador La Huella, is on award-winning lists, so big things are expected of this new venue—the first one outside Uruguay from owners Gustavo Barbero, Guzman Artagaveytia and Martin Pittaluga. Quinto La Huella is on the fifth floor, and along with Sugar (rooftop bar) and Domain (lobby café/bar), this will add some spice to Brickell City Centre.</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> <p> </p>Lynn KalberMon, 23 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/23/summer-specials-broward-miami/DiningSummer Movie Listhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/20/summer-movie-list/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s official, folks! I can almost smell the comforting scent of buttery popcorn wafting in the air, and that means summertime is right around the corner--and with it comes a long list of must-see summer movies.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_now_you_see_me_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>10. Now You See Me 2 (June 10)</strong></p> <p>The lowdown: The Four Horsemen crew are back at it again for their second act in this sequel. This time it’s their turn to uncover the truth about Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech genius who helped them pull of their vanishing act. Now he’s back and threatening them to pull off their most incredible trick yet. An all-star cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, and Dave Franco) along with magic, money and mayhem make this movie a must-see.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_the_legend_of_tarzan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>9. The Legend of Tarzan (July 1)</strong></p> <p>The lowdown: When does a Tarzan film ever get old? The answer is never. You know the story, but when you throw in seasoned grade A actors like Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson, things get even better. A little change up: Tarzan, having adjusted to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to uncover the nefarious activities at a mining encampment.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_the_conjuring_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>8. The Conjuring 2 (June 10)</strong></p> <p>The lowdown: The signs of paranormal activity are happening: flickering lights, unidentified noises and an eerie vibe. In this sequel, Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to London to investigate a malicious spirit that has been plaguing a single mother and her children. Side note: “The Conjuring” is the only film that has ever made me make sure my feet didn’t dangle over the bed while I slept. In short, I’m betting my money that “The Conjuring 2” will surely have you creeping around corners and checking for “unwanted visitors” in no time. Don’t miss out on this summer’s horror blockbuster!</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_ninja_turtles.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (June 3)</strong></p> <p>The lowdown: Michaelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael. Since 1987, these four guys or excuse me, “turtles” have been giving us hearty laughs and the hope that we, too, can all be superheros. I must admit I had doubts about whether or not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) would deliver, but thank goodness the ridiculously aerodynamic turtles didn’t let me down. Huge bonus: Even if your kids aren’t familiar with the original ninja turtles, they’ll love these guys. Goofy, loud and full of fight, the turtles are back to deliver another adventure this summer to save the city from a dangerous threat.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_independence_day_resurgence.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>6. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)</strong></p> <p>The lowdown: In 1996, “Independence Day” had its debut, and we all cheered for Will Smith hoping he would save the human race from a tragic alien-inflicted demise. Now the aliens are back, and it’s time to fight again. Using recovered alien technology, the humans have collaborated on a defense program to protect Earth. Can they save themselves? Only by the efforts of a few brave men and women. There’s no Will Smith this time around (I cried a little bit), but I’m still pretty excited. Also, Jeff Goldblum is back, so I’m a happy camper.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_star_trek_beyond.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Star Trek Beyond (July 22)</strong></p> <p>The lowdown: Beam me up, Scotty! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching the chair-gripping adventures of Captain Kirk, Spock and the whole USS Enterprise Crew. Chris Pine has served all of us trekkies well as Captain Kirk. He brought the perfect balance of cockiness, wisdom and sheer luck in “Star Trek” (2009) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013). In “Star Trek Beyond,” we find Capt. Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew stranded on a deserted alien planet. Will the crew have the skills to escape the menacing alien threat? Hit the theaters on July 22 to find out.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_ghostbusters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Ghostbusters (July 15)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The lowdown: We’ve all been waiting a long time for this. You know the drill. You see a ghost, you call Ghostbusters. But can this all-female cast live up to the high expectations, and slay ghosts the way their 1984 predecessors did? Thirty years later, the film returns with an all-star cast of goofballs including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Director Paul Feig brings us a much anticipated remake, and it’s no secret that folks will be lined up to check it out. </p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_alice_through_the_looking_glass.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The lowdown: Sweet and unsuspecting Alice has taken yet another fall, returning to the magical world of Wonderland. But there’s a problem: the Hatter is in a horrible state. With the help of her friends, Alice must travel through time to save the Mad Hatter and Wonderland from the wickedness of a sinister villain known as Time. I’m a sucker for wacky adventures, and this one has me excited.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_x-men_apocalypse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The lowdown: When you think you’ve defeated all the bad guys, another one always seems to rear his ugly head. And this villain is very, very ugly--and seemingly unstoppable. The immortal Apocalypse has awakened after thousands of years, and he’s well rested enough to team up with the notorious Magneto and other mutants to create a new world order. Now it’s up to Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) to guide a team of X-Men to prevent Apocalypse from destroying mankind.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_suicide_squad.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. Suicide Squad (Aug. 5)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The lowdown: So let me get this right. A gang of psychopaths is on a government-sanctioned mission to reduce their prison sentences? That sounds like my kind of movie! That’s why Suicide Squad takes the cake as my #1 must-see movie of the summer. The Joker (Jared Leto), Batman (Ben Affleck), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and many others will be wreaking havoc, and no one’s going to stop them because, guess what? They’re the Suicide Squad. And did I mention the psychotic yet lovable Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) will be gracing us with her presence on screen as well? Yeah, things just got real.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_finding_dory.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Honorable mention: Finding Dory (June 17)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The lowdown: I would be the worst person alive if I left this incredibly anticipated film off of my list entirely. You would be hard-pressed to find a living human being who hasn’t seen “Finding Nemo.” People of all ages alike let out gut-busting laughs as Dory (voice by Ellen Degeneres) goofily helped Nemo’s dad, Marlin, find Nemo in the outrageous 2004 adventure. Unknowingly, Dory became the crowd favorite, and we’ve been waiting over a decade for her to take center stage in her spotlight in “Finding Dory.” Bring the kids to this surefire hit, or channel your inner kid, and make your way over to theater on June 17 to check it out.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Laura</strong></p> <p>Laura Tolliver is a senior at Florida Atlantic University studying English, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She loves spreading positivity and bringing sunshine with her everywhere she goes. She adores anything sweet, lipstick and obsessing over food. You can reach her at <a href="mailto:laura@bocamag.com">laura@bocamag.com</a>. </p>Laura TolliverFri, 20 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/20/summer-movie-list/Arts & EventsMoviesStaff Picks: Netflix and Charityhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/20/staff-picks-netflix-and-charity/<p><strong>“Jessica Jones”</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/5.20_jessica_jones.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer</em></p> <p>“Take a trip to a darker side of the Marvel Universe with the Netflix-exclusive series “Jessica Jones.” Krysten Ritter plays Jessica, a former superhero turned hard-drinking private investigator. The bad guy of the show is played to the rafters by David Tennant of “Doctor Who” fame.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Ann Taylor Cares</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202016/5.20_ann_taylor_cares.png" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Breast cancer awareness month isn’t until October, but it’s never too early to give back. Until June 16, shop the Ann Taylor Cares Collection, and 50 percent of your purchase price will go toward the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.anntaylor.com/bcrf-lp/cat610010" target="_blank">anntaylor.com</a> // 6000 Glades Road // 561/391-0785)</p>magazineFri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/20/staff-picks-netflix-and-charity/CommunitySummer Specials Continuedhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/20/summer-specials-continued/<p>Let’s hear it for the summer! Yes, it’s steamy. Yes, the sun requires us to wear sunscreen and oh-so-chic chapeaus. And yes, the wonderful summer dining specials are back in place!</p> <p><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_table_26.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Half-price entrees, and always fab ‘tini at Table 26</strong></p> <p>When you are seated at Table 26 <em>(1700 Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/855-2660)</em>, and the waiter knows you need the house Signature Martini before you’ve looked at the menu, well, maybe you can be called predictable. But when it’s Table 26’s martini, then you’re called smart. The beautiful blend of grapefruit and lots of alcohol is a sweet-tangy way to end the day and begin dinner. That would be the summer special dinner with entrees 50 percent off between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Just be seated and order by 6 p.m., and the braised short ribs (pictured, full price: $38)—as well as the other entrees—are yours for half the price. </p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_pistache.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Mussels and wine temptations: Pistache’s summer specials</strong></p> <p>If it’s Monday, it means the classic Pistache French Bistro <em>(101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090)</em> is featuring Moules Mondays, where it’s all-you-can-eat mussels (pictured) with the purchase of one entrée. Being a huge fan of their mussel dishes, this is going on my calendar. And then there’s Wine Down Wednesdays, where bottles of wine are 50 percent off with purchase of one entrée, with 20 percent off reserves and 20 percent off Champagne. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_meat_market.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Summer Dinner Series launches: Meat Market, Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>Following the popular series at the Miami location, Meat Market Palm Beach <em>(191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, 561/354-9800)</em> on May 25 is kicking off a monthly summer dinner series that pairs cocktails or wine with the restaurant’s contemporary cuisine. Executive Chef/Co-Owner Sean Brasel will feature the dishes, while mixologist Ezra Pattek puts craft cocktails with the first dinner series’ plates. For $85 per person (excluding tax/gratuity), the dinner starts with a 7 p.m. reception, and reservations are required.</p> <p><strong>A la carte:</strong> Wine Spectator just named West Palm Beach’s <strong>La Sirena</strong> <em>(6316 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/585-3128)</em> restaurant as one of the nation’s eight, great family-owned restaurants with a tradition of wine. In fact, La Sirena is first on the list. The restaurant’s been on Wine Spectator’s awards list since 1999. </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>Lynn KalberFri, 20 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/20/summer-specials-continued/DiningFashion Forward: Miami-Based Swimwearhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/20/fashion-forward-miami-based-swimwear/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>South Florida is known worldwide for its beautiful, endless beaches and year-round summer weather. While the internet has given tourists and snowbirds the inside secrets to all the best restaurants, hotels and beaches, there are a few things only true South Floridians are “in-the-know” about—one of them being where to get the best and trendiest local swimwear.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_poema_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Poema Swim</strong></p> <p>Poema Swim is like the coveted music festival style transformed into swimwear. From earthy-toned stripes to geometric patterns with a hint of color, these bikinis bring out the bohemian chic within you. Prices range from $60-$80, and the tops and bottom are sold separately so you can mix and match as you please.</p> <p><img alt="" height="628" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_killer_ivy.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Killer Ivy Swimwear</strong></p> <p>Killer Ivy Swimwear doesn’t shy away from colorful patterns and strappy designs. Made in Brazil, the swimwear emulates the intricate details and flamboyant colors that are prominent on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Not to mention the cut outs and straps on each bikini that give the swimwear a unique touch. These bikinis are meant for you to party like a true Brazilian. Prices range from $20-$40 for one pieces, two pieces and cover-ups.</p> <p><img alt="" height="680" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.20_montce_swim.png" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Montce Swim </strong></p> <p>If you love printed bikinis, this swimwear is perfect for you! Beautifully made and designed, Montce Swim is like no other. Ranging from prints like snakeskin, peacock feathers and Aztec patterns, these bikinis will make you feel one with nature. Montce also has a knack for detail and incorporating sexy straps, ruffles and colorful tassels in many of the bikinis. Ranging from $50-$100, these swimsuits are worth the price.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Shellie</strong></p> <p>Shellie Frai is a sophomore at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Public Relations, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She lives her life according to the three f's: fashion, food, and family. However, sometimes she might say that fashion feeds her mind more than family and food. You can reach Shellie at <a href="mailto:shellie@bocamag.com" target="_blank">shellie@bocamag.com</a>, but if she doesn't respond, it's because she's laying on a beach somewhere.</p>Shellie FraiFri, 20 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/20/fashion-forward-miami-based-swimwear/FashionShoppingSummer Fitness Findshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/19/summer-fitness-finds/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With the end of May approaching and the summer heat rising, we all know what season is on its way—bathing suit season, of course! This summer, don’t be afraid to show some skin. There are a plethora of different fitness classes to get you ready. From high intensity cardio to relaxing yoga, you’ll be able to find the perfect class for your fitness needs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="177" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.19_orange_theory.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://freeclass.orangetheoryfitness.com/" target="_blank">OrangeTheory</a> offers high intensity classes that combine cardio and strength training. The classes are based off of five different heart rate zones tracked by a heart rate monitor to maximize the calorie burn and overall benefits. They offer three types of memberships, and all are paid on a month-to-month plan, which is perfect for the summer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.19_flywheel.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="https://www.flywheelsports.com/" target="_blank">Flywheel</a> offers two types of classes: Spin and Barre. The high intensity spin class pairs perfectly with the strength training from the Barre classes. Flywheel has six different memberships, so you can pick the best plan for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.19_evolution_fitness.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.evolutionfitnessboca.com/" target="_blank">Evolution Fitness</a> is a boot camp type of fitness facility with nine different types of group fitness classes. The classes are designed with each type of member in mind, which is why Evolution Fitness can meet the needs of any client. Besides group fitness classes, Evolution offers private training and fitness for kids.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.19_vault_fitness.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://vault.fit/">Vault Fitness</a> West Boca is the only Vault location that offers all eight classes, but the other locations offer a variety and soon will offer all eight. Classes include: Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Spin, Core Cardio, TRX, Bosu and Trampoline. With such a variety, it's easy to meet all your fitness needs with one membership.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.19_barkan_yoga.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.barkanmethod.com/" target="_blank">The Barkan Method Hot Yoga</a> is similar to Bikram Hot Yoga. However, it incorporates more styles of yoga to increase the benefits. You can pay by session here or try one of the three memberships, which include one month, three months (perfect for the summer) or twelve months.</p> <p><img alt="" height="222" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.19_pure_barre.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At <a href="http://purebarre.com/" target="_blank">Pure Barre</a> you’ll feel like a ballerina doing some serious strength training at the ballet barre. Although each class follows the same structure--warm up, seat work at the barre, abdominal exercises and then a cool down--you’ll never experience the same class twice.</p> <p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.19_defy_gravity.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://defygravityyoga.com/" target="_blank">Defy Gravity</a> offers a one of a kind experience with aerial yoga; however, this is not the only type of class. Classes range from core fitness with a hula-hoop to aerial work combined with barre. All levels are welcome in each class, but there are also specialized aerial yoga classes for each level.</p> <p>Maybe fitness classes aren’t exactly your thing, and that’s perfectly alright. There are plenty of other ways to stay in shape this summer. Living in Florida, we are blessed with a climate that allows for outdoor activities all year round. Working out outside can actually be a lot of fun, but don’t forget sunscreen and a water bottle!</p> <p>Walking, Running and Bike Trails<br>-<a href="http://www.patchreefpark.org/fitness-trail" target="_blank">Patch Reef Park Fitness Trail</a><br>-<a href="http://www.traillink.com/trail/el-rio-trail.aspx" target="_blank">El Rio Trail</a><br>-<a href="http://www.traillink.com/trail/ocean-boulevard-path.aspx" target="_blank">Ocean Boulevard Path</a></p> <p>Paddle Boarding and Surfing<br>-<a href="http://www.bocapaddle.com/" target="_blank">Spanish River Paddle Company</a><br>-<a href="http://www.islandwatersports.com/" target="_blank">Island Water Sports</a><br>-<a href="http://www.islandcamps.com/" target="_blank">Boca Surf School</a></p> <p>Flyboarding<br>-<a href="http://www.bocaflyboard.com/" target="_blank">Boca Flyboard</a>      </p> <p>Kayaking<br>-<a href="http://www.bocapaddle.com/" target="_blank">Spanish River Paddle Company</a>    </p> <p>Scuba Diving<br>-<a href="http://world-of-scuba.com/" target="_blank">World of Scuba</a><br>-<a href="http://abundantlifescuba.com/" target="_blank">Abundant Life Scuba</a></p> <p>Of course, you can’t do all of these fun activities and workout classes without the proper apparel. Say goodbye to boring fitness clothing because today, it's so easy to combine fitness with not only comfort, but also fashion. Fashion and fitness? YES! Popular workout apparel brands include <a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/" target="_blank">Nike</a>, <a href="http://shop.lululemon.com/" target="_blank">Lululemon</a>, <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/" target="_blank">Adidas</a> and <a href="https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/" target="_blank">Under Armour</a>. While all of these brands can be found online, if you’re partial to trying clothes on, they can all be found at Town Center Mall, too. Some lesser known, but just as great brands, which can also be found at the mall are <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/zella" target="_blank">Zella</a> and <a href="http://www.lucy.com/" target="_blank">Lucy</a>. If you’re going for the more high-end fitness look, try shopping for brands such as <a href="http://www.touchelosangeles.com/" target="_blank">Touché Los Angeles</a>, <a href="https://www.monday-active.com/" target="_blank">Monday Active</a>, and <a href="https://www.bandier.com/" target="_blank">Bandier</a>. However, fitness clothing doesn't have to come with such a high price tag. Popular and more affordable (but definitely still cute!!) brands exist, like <a href="http://www.fabletics.com/" target="_blank">Fabletics</a>, <a href="http://www.gap.com/products/gap-fit.jsp" target="_blank">Gap</a> and <a href="http://www.oldnavy.com/products/womens-activewear.jsp" target="_blank">Old Navy</a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Allie</strong> </p> <p>Allie Prins is a sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in Finance and minoring in Spanish, who is interning for Boca Magazine this summer. She is extremely enthusiastic about everything she does and loves all things pink and sparkly. You can reach Allie at <a href="mailto:alexandra@bocamag.com" target="_blank">alexandra@bocamag.com</a>.</p>Allie PrinsThu, 19 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/19/summer-fitness-finds/FitnessHealth/BeautyReview: The Little Chalethttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/19/review-the-little-chalet/<div>A little piece of Brazil has taken over property right here in Boca Raton—in the form of a prime steakhouse and fondue restaurant. The Little Chalet first introduced its fine dining experience to Brazil over 35 years ago and has been recognized as one of Brazil’s top 10 restaurants. This family-owned establishment has multiple locations in Brazil, and now opens its U.S. flagship location in downtown Boca Raton. The restaurant is European in its essence, resembling a Swiss cottage with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. When I arrived, I felt as though I was somewhere in the Alps, cozy inside the ski lodge, awaiting a hearty meal and warm mugs of hot chocolate. I was definitely not in South Florida anymore!</div> <div> </div> <div>As with any fondue restaurant, I knew there would definitely be cheese and chocolate in my future—but what else?! Oh, there was plenty more, let me tell you—starting with two words that made me the happiest girl in the world: truffle burrata. Yes, rich and creamy, melt-in-your-mouth burrata infused with black truffle and garnished with cherry tomatoes. You can bet a million bucks I was grinning from ear to ear. You can’t really go wrong with burrata and truffle, especially when combined.</div> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.19_little_chalet_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <div>There is plenty to be had in the way of steak, but lucky for me, there are seafood choices as well. The almond-crusted Sea Bass and honey-glazed salmon (pictured) are both yummy choices for pescatarians like myself, or those who just prefer fish to beef. But my favorite part of the meal was the white truffle creamed spinach. There I go again with the truffle!</div> <div> </div> <div>Sure, the cheese and dessert fondue are delicious at The Little Chalet, but it’s definitely those additional options that make the resturant stand out.</div> <p>Read the <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/2015/10/boca-raton-restaurants-the-little-chalet.html" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take A Bite Out of Boca. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at bocamag.com—and on her own blog, <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Shaina WizovThu, 19 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/19/review-the-little-chalet/DiningCity Manager Cooper is evaluated and other issues in Delray and Bocahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/19/city-manager-cooper-is-evaluated-and-other-issues-in-delray-and-boca/<h3><img alt="" height="187" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="121"></h3> <h3>Cooper under the magnifying glass</h3> <p>On Tuesday night, Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper got a lecture—and a raise. The decisions are not as contradictory as they might seem.</p> <p>       During their first substantial review of Cooper, Mayor Cary Glickstein and the commission praised the manager’s integrity and accessibility and noted Delray Beach’s progress in the 14 months since Cooper started. In her written evaluation, Commissioner Jordana Jarjura also pointed out that Cooper is “apolitical.” Even for the manager, in Delray that’s an accomplishment.</p> <p>       They also expressed frustration, however, at what they consider Cooper’s failure to delegate more, perhaps because his upper management team—the two assistant city managers—is lacking. While acknowledging that the city is “light years ahead of where we were,” Glickstein said Cooper places “too much trust in people” and needs to get rid of underperforming employees.</p> <p>       During interviews Wednesday, Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia described the discussion as “awkward” and “uncomfortable.” It was. All three, however, reiterated the belief that Cooper can accomplish their mutual goal of making Delray Beach government more efficient and thus more effective. Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia hired Cooper in November 2014. Mitch Katz wasn’t elected until 2015, and Al Jacquet missed the meeting.</p> <p>       That trio’s collective frustration stems in large part from the expectation they had for Cooper, who has spent decades in city management. They expected Cooper to hire the right people so he could focus on wide policy issues. Instead, as Jarjura said Tuesday night, Cooper has been doing routine paperwork that should fall to subordinates. Petrolia said Wednesday, “A one-man show ain’t gonna get it.” At the meeting, Glickstein said he wanted to avoid “de-moralizing the staff” by seeming to beat up on Cooper, but added, “It’s more de-moralizing to keep underperforming employees.”</p> <p>       From reading their written evaluations and hearing their comments, one can determine that there is general agreement on where Cooper has done well, such as public safety. The commission likes Cooper’s supervision of the police department and his choice of Neal de Jesus as fire chief. There has been slow but discernible progress on something as basic as procurement, which was an unorganized mess when Cooper took over. He fired employees caught up in an ethics investigation over purchasing violations.</p> <p>       Glickstein and the commissioners, though, criticized Cooper for getting ahead on them on two fire department-related issues: the contract with Highland Beach and contracting with the county, which the commission rejected. Though Cooper seems more in control during his first full budget cycle, the commission still complains about not having enough information on agenda items.</p> <p>       As noted, though, the commission most wants Cooper to demonstrate the potential they see in him. Jarjura calls it “bandwidth.” Petrolia calls it “juice.” Glickstein wants “that efficiency part.” Katz wants Cooper to give himself “the help he needs.”</p> <p>       In the self-evaluation he did for Katz, Cooper faulted himself for not yet establishing a “performance culture” and a “nurturing atmosphere.” He plans soon to start training sessions and getting employees to focus on meeting the commission’s policy goals.</p> <p>       So why the 10 percent raise for Cooper, to a salary of $187,000? Because of that progress and what they see as potential for more, the commission doesn’t want to lose Cooper, who puts in long days in addition to a daily commute from his home in Port St.  Lucie. Also, when Cooper leaves the commission wants a higher salary scale, to make the job as attractive as possible.</p> <p>       In her written evaluation, Jarjura probably spoke for the commission when she said, “I want the Don I interviewed and the Don that was at the first goal-setting workshop.” She wants to see “fortitude and energy.”</p> <p>       Glickstein shares that sentiment, but he also probably spoke for the commission on Wednesday when he told me, “And I won’t wait until next May.”</p> <h3>Ethics questions</h3> <p>One early, post-evaluation indicator of Cooper for the commission will be the outcome of an employee dispute that has led to an ethics investigation.</p> <p>       Last November, Human Resources Director Tennile DeCoste held her family’s Thanksgiving dinner at the Pompey Park Recreation Center. DeCoste did not pay for her use of the facility. She got a key and the security code from a lower-level employee of the Parks and Recreation Department. That employee’s supervisor said in a memo that the city also paid overtime to an employee for cleaning up after the dinner.</p> <p>       In February, Parks and Recreation Director Suzanne Fisher notified Assistant City Manager David Scott, to whom Fisher reports, about DeCoste’s use of the city facility. From there, the issue has swelled into accusations by Fisher that a decision to place her on administrative leave was “retaliatory.” Fisher has hired a private attorney. There are other accusations and denials. A campaign against Fisher also seems to have been started, and there is much talk about who started it and why.</p> <p>       Through her attorney, Fisher at first declined to return to work after being placed on paid leave, offering instead to work on a contract basis until work on the budget was done. Fisher then agreed to return to her job, which she did on May 9, but Fisher now reports directly to Cooper. Which exacerbates the problem of Cooper being stretched in his work.</p> <p>       On April 28, Cooper suspended DeCoste for a day without pay, related to her use of the park. The same day, the matter went to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer did an earlier investigation for the city.</p> <p>       I’m told that Cooper has had a joint meeting with DeCoste and Fisher on improving their working relationship. Mayor Cary Glickstein said Cooper “mishandled” the issue, and other commissioners agree that it never should have become something that—in the worst case—could lead to a whistleblower lawsuit.</p> <h3>Office Depot update</h3> <p>       Office Depot CEO Roland Smith held a conference call with investment analysts this week to discuss the company’s plans after a federal judge blocked the acquisition of Boca Raton-based Office Depot by Staples.</p> <p>       Most of Smith’s comments were predictable. Office Depot will try to create smaller, redesigned stores and cut costs. The company will finish working out its own purchase of Office Max. That absorption stalled when Staples made its offer just after the Office Depot-Office Max merger in late 2013.</p> <p>       But there was one interesting note. Smith said Office Depot would seek advice from Bain and Company, the management consultant. In the 1980s, Mitt Romney left Bain to form Bain Capital, a private equity firm. One of Bain Capital’s biggest successes? Staples.</p> <h3>Camino Real bridge</h3> <p>       As Boca Raton has been studying how to improve traffic from the barrier island on Palmetto Park Road, one element outside the city’s control has been Palm Beach County’s plans for rebuilding the Camino Real Bridge. That work, which could take six months, would divert a lot of traffic to Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>       The project had been imminent, but Mayor Susan Haynie told me this week that it has been “pushed out a couple of years” so the county can figure out how to add wider bike lanes and a wider sidewalk. The city and County Commissioner Steven Abrams had asked the county to make the new bridge more pedestrian-cyclist friendly.</p> <p>       So perhaps when the county is ready to start, Boca Raton will be readier for the temporary shift of traffic.</p> <h3>Transportation plan</h3> <p>       At today’s meeting, the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization will adopt its latest five-year plan for transportation projects. Money gets allocated in certain years, and then the work begins.</p> <p>       In the 2018-19 budget is money for a six-foot sidewalk on the west side of Northeast Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton between 20<sup>th</sup> Street and Boca Raton Road. Also in that budget year is money to make George Bush Boulevard more accessible to walkers and bikers.</p> <p>       The big money, of course, will go to Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike. Nearly $600 million will widen the turnpike to eight lanes from the Palm Beach-Broward line to Lake Worth Road. And watch out. What the Florida Department of Transportation calls “managed lanes” but really are toll lanes are already as far north as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Roughly $150 million in this five-year plan would extend them to Linton Boulevard. The two inside lanes would be separated, with the toll charge depending on the time of day. The other three would be free.</p> <p>       State officials tout these lanes as a solution to traffic jams. Drivers who use them don’t always agree. The vendor, though, is happy. The joys of privatization.</p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p>Randy SchultzThu, 19 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/19/city-manager-cooper-is-evaluated-and-other-issues-in-delray-and-boca/City WatchCommunitySushi &amp; Stroll at Morikami Museumhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/18/sushi-stroll-morikami/<p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/interninput.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">It was a sweltering Friday night as I eagerly watched the parking lot of Morikami Museum fill up to the max. The area was bustling with people ready to experience the magic of Sushi &amp; Stroll. I gripped my ticket tightly as I strolled through the front doors of Morikami Museum, and immediately I was transported to Japan. I must admit that I’ve always admired the beauty and discipline of Japanese culture. Not to mention the incredible sushi! Energetic employees dressed in red Morikami shirts ushered me through the crowded lobby, and that’s when I saw it: the sake station. I thought to myself in my best honorable Samurai voice, “The time has come.” Tasting the unique flavor of sake is something I’ve always desired to try. Word of advice: You should, too.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.18_sake.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">Before trying the sake, I made sure to mosey over to the Taiko Performance Ticket Station. The Taiko tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis with performances at 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Taiko Performances by Fushu Daiko are a huge hit, so if you’re interested in seeing the show, be sure to get your tickets first because the show fills up fast.</p> <p dir="ltr">With my Taiko ticket in pocket, it was time to try some sake. Morikami doesn’t skimp with its selection as they offer sake of all kinds: in a bottle, in a can, sweet and even sultry. My favorite sake of the night, Hana Hou Hou Shu, was adorned in a pretty pink bottle that made me feel elegant. Upon trying the first sip, I was hit with a burst of pure floral taste followed by a pleasantly mellow rice flavor. If you like sweet and subtle flavors, Hana Hou Hou Shu is the way to go.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.18_sushi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">Next came the sushi. Morikami offers two ways for folks to fill up on tasty sushi. You can stand in line at one of the sushi tents or grab a bite to eat from the Cornell Café, which overlooks the water. Standing in line at the sushi tent was my first choice. My mouth began to water as I eyed the printed menu of California rolls, spicy tuna rolls, veggie rolls, coconut shrimp and egg rolls. At the Cornell Café, visitors can select from options like bento boxes (an array of Japanese delicacies), teriyaki chicken and dumplings. The lines at the sushi tent were long but well worth the wait. After placing my order of spicy tuna rolls and California rolls, I began my search to find the perfect spot in the Japanese garden to enjoy my food. The flavor of the sushi rolls was bold and tasty. Chopsticks in hand, I devoured both rolls. The saltiness of the complimentary Kikkoman soy sauce created the perfect balance of Asian flavors. Oh, and they offered a Kona Ice Truck (how awesome is that?). On such a hot evening, I have one thing to say: Thank you.</p> <p dir="ltr">It's 6:30 p.m., and it’s time to watch Fushu Daiko’s perform. I step into the auditorium and see a stage full of Taiko drums. My hands began to shake, and suddenly a smiling man approaches the stage. The drummers began their onslaught of roaring music that shook me to the core. I loved it. After a particularly long round of applause, another member of Fushu Daiko yelled out, “Can’t you tell we enjoy this!” Taiko drumming, as the lead drummer explained, is all about “spirit first, technique second.” And these drummers had enough spirit to receive a standing ovation.</p> <p>Dates for the 2016 Sushi &amp; Stroll Summer Walks are May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you’re looking for a thrilling and unique event to attend this summer, be sure to check out Sushi &amp; Stroll at Morikami Museum. You’ll be happy you did!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Laura</strong></p> <p>Laura Tolliver is a senior at Florida Atlantic University studying English, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She loves spreading positivity and bringing sunshine with her everywhere she goes. She adores anything sweet, lipstick and obsessing over food. You can reach her at <a href="mailto:laura@bocamag.com">laura@bocamag.com</a>.  </p>Laura TolliverWed, 18 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/18/sushi-stroll-morikami/Arts & EventsMemorial Day Cooling Drinks and Tipshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/18/memorial-day-cooling-drinks-and-tips/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Memorial Day is almost here, and that means the days are getting hotter and more humid by the hour. It also means that our bodies have to work extra hard to cool down when dealing with the outdoor heat. </p> <p>I am a big believer in seasonal eating because when we eat local, seasonal produce, we can take advantage of nature’s wisdom and generosity of providing us with the best foods for each time of the year.</p> <p>It’s no coincidence that during the summer we get an abundance of juicy, cooling fruits that help our systems find their balance. To help you enjoy the parties, stay hydrated and save time in the kitchen, here are two simple cooling recipes, as well as list of top 10 cooling foods. </p> <p><img alt="" height="489" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.18_smoothie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>COOLING GUANABANA SMOOTHIE</strong></p> <p>1.5 ripe frozen bananas</p> <p>½ cup frozen guanabana (soursop)</p> <p>½-1 cup almond milk (Depending on how thick you want it. If you use less milk, it will be more like an ice cream consistency.)</p> <p>1 teaspoon vanilla</p> <p>Blend all ingredients in a blender and enjoy! (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFlzXD-qShs" target="_blank">video instructions</a>)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP SHAKE</strong><br> 1 ripe, frozen banana</p> <p>¼ cup, frozen, previously soaked cashews</p> <p>½ cup coconut water</p> <p>a handful of sweet cacao nibs</p> <p>a few mint leaves</p> <p>Blend everything except cacao nibs in Vitamix until smooth. Add the nibs, and blend for two seconds. Serve and enjoy! (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28cMs4ppH9g" target="_blank">video instructions</a>)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>TOP 10 COOLING FOODS</strong></p> <p><span>Savory:</span></p> <p>Cucumbers</p> <p>Tomatoes</p> <p>Bell Peppers</p> <p>Jicama</p> <p>Celery</p> <p> </p> <p><span>Sweet:</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkUoSpsHMOU" target="_blank">Watermelons, Honeydew and Cantaloupe </a></p> <p>Grapes</p> <p>Oranges</p> <p>Mangoes</p> <p>Coconut Water</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 18 May 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/18/memorial-day-cooling-drinks-and-tips/DiningGet Set for the Boca Raton Memorial Day 5Khttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/18/get-set-for-the-boca-raton-memorial-day-5k/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The Boca Raton Memorial Day 5K/1-mile and kids’ run is set for Monday, May 30 at the Boca Raton YMCA <em>(6631 Palmetto Circle S.)</em>. </p> <p>The 5K (3.1-mile) race starts at 7 a.m.; the one-miler at 8 a.m.; and the kids’ runs at 8:15 a.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="376" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.18_memorial_day_5k.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Something fun and unusual about this race is that, in addition to getting a t-shirt and finisher’s ribbon for competing, pre-registered runners are guaranteed a free pie at the finish! Post-race (morning) partying includes a DJ, food, drinks and more.</p> <p>The cost to run is $30 through May 24 and $35 after that. All active and retired U.S. Armed Forces personnel receive free entry. To get your free entry, go to Runner’s Edge in Boca Raton <em>(3195 N. Federal Highway)</em>.</p> <p>For more on the Boca Raton Memorial Day 5K/1-mile run, click <a href="http://runnersedgeboca.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/memorialday5k.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> or call race director Tom Vladimir at the Runner’s Edge (561/361-1950). Click <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/BocaRaton/MemorialDay5K1mileBocaRaton" target="_blank">here</a> to sign up. </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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 18 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/18/get-set-for-the-boca-raton-memorial-day-5k/FitnessHealth/BeautyMore Summer Dining Specialshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/17/more-summer-dining-specials/<p><img alt="" height="605" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.17_1001_christian_cooking.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Start up the BBQ with Bistro Ten Zero One’s garden party</strong></p> <p>As summer starts, join Bistro Ten Zero One<em> (inside Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 305/929-3463)</em> on May 26 for the last garden party until cooler weather arrives later this year. The theme is Summer BBQ, and for $45, plus tax/gratuity, Executive Chef Christian Quinones (pictured, photo by Katy Lynch) has developed an updated take on tradition, which includes papaya and mango coleslaw, smoked paprika potato salad, guava chipotle glazed baby back ribs, adobo marinated chicken and more, plus dessert and drinks. </p> <p><strong>WillaKenzie Estate wine tasting: Virginia Philip Wine Shop</strong></p> <p>Go on a tasting tour of WillaKenzie Estate’s certified, sustainable award-winning wines on May 26 at Virginia Philip Wine Shop &amp; Academy <em>(101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/721-6000)</em>. For $35 per person, this includes some wonderful vino, beginning with the 93-point pinot gris all the way to the Triple Black Slopes pinot noir. Reservations are required.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.17_andrew_schor.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Classical Cuisine series starts at The Society of the Four Arts</strong></p> <p>Starting May 19, and then once per month for the next three months, The Society of the Four Arts on Palm Beach is sponsoring a Renaissance of Classical Cuisine series. For $75 per ticket, per meal, you dine at a great Palm Beach restaurant and listen to the chefs pay tribute to the legacy of Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), a famous French chef, restaurateur and writer. After the talk, enjoy a three-course lunch. Learning and dining sound like the perfect companions for a summer series!</p> <p>Here’s the lineup. Reservations are required. Call 561/805-8562.</p> <p>-May 19 at 12:30 p.m.: Executive Chef Andrew Schor (pictured), Palm Beach Grill</p> <p>-June 23 at 12:30 p.m.: Chef/Owner Jean-Pierre Leverrier, Chez Jean-Pierre Bistro</p> <p>-July 21 at 12:30 p.m.: Executive Chef Gianluca Branca, Trevini</p> <p>-Aug. 11 at 12:30 p.m.: Executive Chef Javier Sanchez, Renato’s</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>Lynn KalberTue, 17 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/17/more-summer-dining-specials/DiningEvaluations in Delray and how we got to where we are in Boca&#39;s traffic patternshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/17/evaluations-in-delray-and-how-we-got-to-where-we-are-in-bocas-traffic-patterns/<h3><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/20130128-met-glickstein.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Delray taking stock</h3> <p>Though the Delray Beach City Commission holds its most important meeting of the year tonight, the meeting isn’t shaping up that way.</p> <p>       On the agenda is the evaluation of City Manager Don Cooper, one of two employees who report to the commission. The other is the city attorney. A year ago, Cooper had been on the job only a few months and was still learning some of the basics about Delray Beach. Cooper now offers a much longer body of work on which the commission can evaluate him.</p> <p>       Yet no one seems quite sure of the evaluation format. In addition, the deadline for the mayor and commissioners to submit their written evaluations of Cooper was May 10, but the city’s human resources staff has had to prod the elected officials. As of Friday, Commissioner Jordana Jarjura was still working on hers. Mitch Katz said Monday he hadn’t finished. Neither had Shelly Petrolia, who cited personal issues and a recent vacation for the delay. Katz won’t be at tonight’s meeting because of a conflict.</p> <p>       These seemingly straightforward evaluations can get complicated. This year, the Community Redevelopment Agency board was poised to give Director Jeff Costello a favorable evaluation and a raise, but then one board member wanted Costello first to submit a self-evaluation. The majority objected, and Costello got his raise.</p> <p>       Mayor Cary Glickstein (above) said in an email Monday that the “general methodology” for the Cooper evaluation “would be similar to any senior level evaluation. What were the established goals of his direct reports? Did he achieve them? If not, why not? How would he evaluate his performance? What is he going to do different?” Petrolia, though, told me that she doesn’t anticipate discussion of a raise for Cooper, who makes the same $170,000 salary at which the commission started him in January 2015.</p> <p>       Glickstein and the commissioners didn’t want to discuss their evaluations until Cooper had seen them. In response to a specific question, however, Petrolia said Cooper had set a schedule for the commission to get information about the budget “and it looks like it will come earlier. That’s a good thing.” Commissioners had complained in February that during Cooper’s first budget cycle they had received too much information too late.</p> <p>       Other than that, how has Cooper done in the last year? Fairly well, I would say, given what he inherited and the agenda that immediately confronted him. He then had to deal with an ethics investigation involving the Environmental Services Department. Several key administrators, including the planning and zoning director, are newer to their jobs than Cooper.</p> <p>       Yet Delray Beach has made progress in the last 16 months. It hasn’t happened fast enough on some issues, such as street festivals, but it has happened. Notably, the city and the CRA are finding more ways for the CRA to absorb some expenses and free up money that Delray Beach can spend outside of downtown.</p> <p>       In evaluating Cooper, commissioners should acknowledge that they can’t credibly ask him to improve services dramatically and cut taxes. Delray Beach’s taxable property roll for 2015 may rise to $8 billion. That would an impressive rebound from the $6.1 billion post-recession level in 2012. It also would be lower than the pre-recession high of $8.7 billion in 2008. During the last eight years, the need for services has grown with Delray Beach’s population and the city’s heroin epidemic is straining public safety departments.</p> <p>       Katz asked Cooper to submit a self-analysis. Katz told me that the manager noted “progress” but acknowledged that he needs to improve in some areas. The same goes for the commission. Even the best city managers can do only as well as their bosses realistically allow.</p> <h3>And the one cent sales tax hike</h3> <p>       Also at tonight’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission will vote on whether to support the proposed countywide, one-cent sales tax increase. Several hours earlier, the county commission will have voted to put the estimated $2.7 billion proposal on the November ballot. That vote almost certainly will be 5-2, with commissioners Steven Abrams and Hal Valeche opposed.</p> <p>       The tax would last for no more than 10 years. It would end earlier if the revenue hits $2.7 billion. County officials base that number on an average annual increase of 3 percent in sales tax revenue. The school district would get $1.35 billion, the county would get $810 million and the cities would split $540 million. In all cases, the money would go for infrastructure and capital projects, not operating expenses in general fund budgets.</p> <p>       Projections show that Boca Raton could receive as much as $61.5 million and Delray Beach $44.5 million. The Delray commission approved the earlier proposal that included $161 million for cultural groups and economic development, so this vote also should be favorable.</p> <p>       Attitudes toward the tax differ by city. Boca Raton is ambivalent. The city council will not take a vote. The city will not prepare a list of projects that the new revenue would finance. Mayor Susan Haynie has said Boca has no backlog of capital work.</p> <p>       Haynie told me Monday that the council will “educate our constituents on the pros and cons of the surtax,” not “advocate.” She has expressed concern that a higher sales tax could hurt south-county businesses if customers go to Broward, but as of last week a one-cent sales increase also appears likely for Broward’s November ballot.</p> <p>       In contrast, Delray Beach commissioners not only embrace the tax; they want more of it. Cities would divide the money on population, not how much revenue they generated. Such a formula would benefit Delray and Boca but penalize poorer cities. That’s why state law requires basing the share on population. Boynton Beach would get about $6 million more, even though Boynton would generate far less revenue than Delray.</p> <p>       Unlike Boca Raton, Delray Beach has a big infrastructure backlog. The city would spend $18 million in new sales tax revenue on road improvements, $4.6 million on a few fire station/training center and $3 million on Intracoastal Waterway seawalls, to deal with the effects of rising sea levels. The sales tax could obviate the need for Delray Beach to issue a capital improvement program based on a property tax increase.</p> <h3>Delray appoints sustainability officer</h3> <p>       Speaking of those rising seas, Delray Beach has chosen a new, but familiar sustainability officer.</p> <p>       That would be Ana Puszkin-Chevlin. She previously led the city’s Rising Seas Task Force. Puszkin-Chevlin will report to Environmental Services Director John Morgan, who himself was promoted from the sustainability job. The changes ensure that nothing will change in Delray’s commendable effort to address this critical issue.</p> <h3>Boca’s downtown: how we got here</h3> <p>       As the Boca Raton City Council awaits the June 13 presentation by the city’s traffic consultant, it can be interesting to look back at how the city got to where things are with the downtown.</p> <p>       An interested spectator at the April 11 report on the city’s open space guidelines for downtown projects was Jorge Camejo. He worked for Boca Raton from 1985 until 2010. From 1988 until 2008, he was director of the Community Redevelopment Agency, which oversees downtown. Camejo received the 2003 memo on how to interpret the guidelines. The straightforward memo caused council critics to howl that the city had been letting developers cheat. That accusation was false.</p> <p>       Those guidelines seek to promote a “pedestrian-friendly” downtown. The guidelines are part of Ordinance 4035, which governs downtown development. Without the ordinance, Camejo told me in April, the main downtown intersection—Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway—“would look like Hillsboro Boulevard.” That would hardly be pedestrian-friendly.</p> <p>       I asked Camejo to explain. Here is his response:</p> <p>       “One of the original traffic conditions required dual left turns north and southbound at (Palmetto and Federal.) We had to reanalyze the traffic, and proposed a traffic management system that relied upon the new Mizner Boulevard and widened Dixie Highway to divert traffic away from U.S. 1 and Palmetto.”</p> <p>       The city didn’t examine such a system earlier, Camejo said, because of the need to get Mizner Park opened. The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council had allowed the city to approve 1 million square feet of office-equivalent space downtown “without any additional traffic improvements.” If Boca Raton had not done that new analysis, “We would have been stuck with the original traffic conditions. . .If these turn lanes had been installed, it would have destroyed any prospect of a pedestrian-oriented downtown core.”</p> <p>       As City Manager Leif Ahnell said during the city’s recent three-day planning session, it will become increasingly harder to keep downtown Boca Raton walkable as downtown develops. Harder, however, doesn’t mean impossible. And Camejo’s story shows that the city has shown more flexibility and adaptation downtown than the city council’s regular critics suggest. Indeed, Boca Raton has been more flexible than the critics. After the June 13 presentation, the city will decide how to adapt again for the last phase of downtown development.</p> <p>             </p> <p>        </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 17 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/17/evaluations-in-delray-and-how-we-got-to-where-we-are-in-bocas-traffic-patterns/City WatchCommunityAmerican Craft Beer Week and Morehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/16/american-craft-beer-week-and-more/<p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.16_max_grille_baby_back_ribs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Craft beer week and new summer menu: Max’s Grille</strong></p> <p>This is American Craft Beer Week, so we’re including the new summer menu and kickoff BBQ party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 18, at Max’s Grille <em>(404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, 561/368-0080) </em>because endless craft beer is available for $15 with the purchase of a dinner. It’s a deal! The new menu includes N’Awlins BBQ shrimp ($15), a pulled pork sandwich ($14), the baby back ribs (pictured; $18 half rack, $29 full rack), wood-grilled chicken ($21) and more.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Some special craft beers on tap at Tryst</strong></p> <p>Continuing the celebration of American Craft Beer Week, starting today (May 16), Tryst <em>(4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/921-0201) </em>is bringing in special beers, special food and some swag giveaways through Friday. Saltwater Brewery and Funky Buddha Brewery will be partnering with Tryst, and beers such as Dogfish Head 120, with an 18 percent alcohol level (!!), will be featured. Happy hour at the bar goes until 7 p.m., so get there early.</p> <p><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.16_paradiso_interior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Brunello wine dinner: Paradiso Ristorante</strong></p> <p>Grab a seat at the May 20 Paradiso Ristorante Brunello Wine Dinner, and enjoy a four-course meal, plus aperitivo and dessert, for $150 per person (that includes tax/gratuity). This colorful restaurant (pictured; 625 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth, 561/252-8160) is known for its wine and food, with <em>Wine Spectator</em> giving it the Award of Excellence. Chef/Owner Angelo Romano is pairing dishes for each course, like Bisonte Tartare with wine from The Wine Sage: 2011 Fossacolle La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino, and more. Reservations are required, and the reception starts at 7 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Ticket alert: Boynton Beach Food, Wine &amp; Brew Festival</strong></p> <p>There will be about 30 restaurants, lounges and wine and beer tastings at the Boynton Beach Food, Wine &amp; Brew Festival on May 26. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Benvenuto Restaurant &amp; Banquet facility (1730 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, 561/364-0600), there will be tastings and craft beer and food demonstrations. <a href="http://www.boyntonbeach.org" target="_blank">Tickets</a> are $35. </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>Lynn KalberMon, 16 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/16/american-craft-beer-week-and-more/DiningThe Week Ahead: May 17 to 23http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/16/the-week-ahead-may-17-to-23/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/pit1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Putting It Together”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Stage Door, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38-$42</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-7765, <a href="http://www.stagedoortheatre.com" target="_blank">stagedoortheatre.com</a></p> <p>It’s been a year of Stephen Sondheim thus far in South Florida theaters, with local productions of “Passion” and “West Side Story” and Actors’ Playhouse’s regional premiere of “Sondheim on Sondheim,” which featured more than 45 of the master’s songs complemented by video of the man himself. But as any Sondheim freak knows, there’s never <em>enough</em> Sondheim—the songs last a lifetime or more, and each actor puts his or her distinctive spin on them. First performed in 1992, “Putting It Together” is a kind of sequel to the 1976 Sondheim revue “Side by Side by Sondheim”—only richer, because it contains material from the composer-lyricist’s artistically fertile period in the 1980s and early ‘90s. It also has a threadbare plot, which elevates it beyond the traditional revue: It’s set at a black-tie penthouse party, charting the romantic connections and disconnections among a disillusioned older couple and a bushy-tailed young couple. They express their feelings through more than 30 hits and obscurities from shows including “Company,” “Into the Woods,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Sweeney Todd.” Stage Door’s production runs through June 19.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/dom_irrera_4pxv7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Dom Irrera</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$65</p> <p>Contact: 954/243-7922, <a href="http://www.oldschoolsquare.org" target="_blank">oldschool.org</a></p> <p>For a rambunctious teenager, growing up under the same roof as your Italian mother, grandmother, sister, uncles and cousins can provide fodder for one of two things: a decade in therapy or a residency at the local Chuckle Hut. Thankfully, Dom Irrera chose the latter, plumbing from his colorful life experience with his bustling extended family to launch a comedy career in the early ‘80s. He’s since become a stalwart road warrior at the most revered comedy clubs in North America, mixing pungent observations about life with self-deprecating confessionals. Minor roles on “Seinfeld”—where he played a notorious prop comic—and “King of Queens” followed, along with award-winning cable specials and podcasts. His friendly, easygoing delivery often clashes with material scabrous enough to make Tony Soprano wince, so consider this your warning: Expect a bluer, more scatological set than his PG-13 cameos on late-night talk shows. As far as therapy goes, Irrera’s comic muse serves that function, too; after all, he made 11 squiggly appearances, as himself, on Comedy Central’s cult cartoon “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.”</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bellbivdevoe.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Legends of the Old School 2</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $49.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7700, <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com" target="_blank">ticketmaster.com</a></p> <p>Remember the ‘90s? Those quaint halcyon days of popular music when used-CD stores thrived, music videos still sold records, and conservative presidents fretted publicly about the menace of rap lyrics? The organizers of this event certainly remember those days, amassing some of the rap and hip-hop world’s trailblazing chart-toppers for a night of throwback jams. A sequel to last year’s inaugural gathering of influential rhymers, the Legends of Old School 2 features former New Edition trio Bell Biv Devoe (“Poison”), New York freestyle legend Lisa Lisa, gravelly voiced rapper Tone Loc, Rob Base (“It Takes Two”) and Kid n Play, the hip-hop duo who composed the “House Party” soundtracks. TKA, JJ Fad, 69 Boyz and DJ Laz complete this all-night retro rager. Dress appropriately—which is to say sunglasses after 8 p.m. and backwards Yankees caps are more than welcome.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/the-lost-boys-movie_100834_1.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “The Lost Boys”</strong></p> <p>Where: Movies of Lake Worth, 7380 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/968-4545, <a href="http://www.morbidmovies.com" target="_blank">morbidmovies.com</a></p> <p>Well before “True Blood” resurrected the grim carnality of the vampire mythos—and long before “Twilight” helped replace those mythos with tween romantic swooning—there was “The Lost Boys,” the 1987 Joel Shumacher cult hit that brought blood-sucking and wooden stakes to the cultural forefront. Following a pair of brothers who move with their divorcee mother into a California beach community that is apparently being overtaken by a vampire gang, “The Lost Boys” is chockablock with actors synonymous with Gen-X slack: among them both Coreys (Haim and Feldman), Jason Patric, Jamie Gertz and Keifer Sutherland at his best. Reflecting a time when video stores and comic book shops provided places of refuge for inquisitive adolescent minds, “The Lost Boys” is one of the defining films its generation, expertly mixing comedy and horror, making it one of the most accessible selections in Morbid Movies’ ongoing Palm Beach County Grindhouse Series. Attendees at this one-time-only screening will receive a raffle ticket with their purchase, with rare vampire-themed prizes up for grabs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/hc-pink-talking-fish-and-the-z3-at-toads-place-in-new-haven-0319-20150319.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Pink Talking Fish</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $21.50 advance, $34 day of show</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="http://www.jointherevolution.net" target="_blank">jointherevolution.net</a></p> <p>It sounds like the name of a lost Dr. Seuss book, but Pink Talking Fish is actually a hybridized tribute band honoring the music of three iconic acts: Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. On paper, it makes little sense. Trey Anastasio’s goofy jam-band noodling, David Byrne’s ironic post-punk precision and Roger Waters’ transcendent classic-rock bombast don’t seem to share the same musical playgrounds, let alone sandboxes. But great live music doesn’t exist on paper, and this impeccably tight quartet is rising on the strength of its surprisingly effective mash-ups, whether it’s sandwiching Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy” and Phish’s “Piper” in between the intro and outro of Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell” or discovering unlikely 20-minute medleys like the “Time/Ghost/Psycho Killer” performance at this year’s Wanee festival. Open-minded listeners will appreciate the band’s imaginative concoctions.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/static1.squarespace.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Millencolin</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="http://www.jointherevolution.net" target="_blank">jointherevolution.net</a></p> <p>Founded in Orebro, Sweden in 1992, the punk quartet Millencolin is named for a skateboard trick called a “melancholy,” and there’s nothing sad about it. The band formed at the beginning of the second-wave punk renaissance, playing the kind of music that fellow-skateboarders loved—hard, fast, short and melodic, perfect for ollies, indy grabs and lip tricks at your favorite suburban skate ramp. Following in the sonic footsteps of acts like Pennywise, Bad Religion and Face to Face, Millencolin joined seminal punk label Epitaph in 1995, and within two years the band had a slot on the Warped Tour. While many rock groups from the era have disbanded, lost band members or faded into oblivion, Millencolin is still comprised of the four friends who began jamming together as teenagers. Though they’ve flirted with a more alt-rock sound in the 2000s, their latest album <em>True Brew</em> is seen by fans (and even the band themselves) as a vintage return to punk form, addressing sociopolitical issues across 13 inspired tracks, which have earned rave reviews from influential sources ranging from punknews.org to <em>Rolling Stone</em>. The band Success will open the show.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="444" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/05-21-tracy-morgan-credit-paul-mobley.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Tracy Morgan</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$70</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="http://myhrl.com" target="_blank">myhrl.com</a></p> <p>If comedy is tragedy plus time, this “30 Rock” Emmy nominee has endured enough pain and hardship to inspire several lifetimes of material. Tracy Morgan’s father was a heroin addict who contracted AIDS from a needle and died at 39. A high-school dropout, Morgan sold crack cocaine on the streets near his housing project in Brooklyn, until the murder of his best friend prompted a vocational adjustment toward comedy. As an adult, he’s battled alcoholism and diabetes, and in the summer of 2014, he nearly died in a six-vehicle crash in New Jersey, breaking a femur, his nose and several ribs, and prompting a nearly yearlong stint in a rehabilitation center. Any of these events could break a man’s spirit, but Morgan’s funny bone remains more than intact, as he’ll display at his sardonically titled “Picking Up the Pieces” tour, his first jaunt since the traffic accident. If his pre-crash history is any indication, he’ll be an irrepressible powerhouse of theatrical movements, headline-ripped observations, and sex jokes bluer than a Smurf wedding.</p> <p><img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/tin.3.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “The Tin Woman”</strong></p> <p>Where: Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $58</p> <p>Contact: 305/444-9293, <a href="http://www.actorsplayhouse.org" target="_blank">actorsplayhouse.org</a></p> <p>Normally, there would be nothing funny about a heart transplant, but expect plenty of laughs amid the depression, family dysfunction and survivor’s guilt of Sean Grennan’s play “The Tin Woman.” It’s about an acerbic young woman named Joy, who, when gifted with a new ticker, hopes to reconcile her existential unease by meeting the donor’s family. The heart came from an aspiring male photographer roughly Joy’s age. And it turns out the victim’s parents, Alice and Hank, have accepted his passing in opposing, and occasionally self-destructing, ways, while the donor’s sister, a woo-woo elementary school teacher, sees Joy’s correspondence as an opportunity to reconnect with her late brother and complete a “circle of life.” Amusing and poignant, the story is both a personal journey of acceptance and a guidebook for what to expect should an organ transplant arise—and it moves like a movie. Jennifer Christa Palmer, Laura Turnbull, Ken Clement, Lila Elam, Natalia Coego and Cliff Burgess star in this regional premiere, which runs through June 12.</p>John ThomasonMon, 16 May 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/16/the-week-ahead-may-17-to-23/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsStaff Picks: zen and spiritualityhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/13/staff-picks-zen-and-spirituality/<p><strong>DecoBreeze candles</strong> </p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_decobreeze.png" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I love how candles can lighten up a room in a calming, quaint way—and if they smell great, I love them even more. <a href="http://decobreeze.com" target="_blank">DecoBreeze</a> has tons of candles in a variety of scents, and they come in the most elegant and fun candleholders. I recently got the two candles pictured, and they look great in my room. I can’t wait to light them and curl up under my blanket for some much-needed relaxation.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>The Crystal Garden</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_crystal_garden_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Kat Algeo, Subscriptions Coordinator</em><em> </em></p> <p>“Are you looking to align your chakras—put a little feng in your shui? If so, this little hidden "gem" has everything you need for a spiritual boost. Among the things they offer are classes and events that will awaken your spiritual awareness. Visit The Crystal Garden in Boynton Beach and walk away enlightened.”</p> <p>(<a href="http://thecrystalgarden.com" target="_blank">thecrystalgarden.com</a> // 2610 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach // 561/369-2836)</p>magazineFri, 13 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/13/staff-picks-zen-and-spirituality/CommunityReview: Banko Cantinahttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/13/review-banko-cantina/<p>It’s a very hip vibe at Banko Cantina <em>(114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/355-1399)</em>, the newest player in downtown West Palm Beach, and one that is bound to have loyal fans from week one. It opened this week, and with a Friday the 13<sup>th</sup>, it’s bound to be good luck for Sam Sanchez, co-owner of the three-story northern Mexican eatery. </p> <p>“I wanted to bring something (to the restaurant) that was personal to me,” says Sanchez, who was born in Chicago, but grew up in northern Mexico. This restaurateur’s goals: To explain the history of the food of the region through the menu, and explain tequila and its history. “People really don’t usually know how to drink tequila,” he says.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_guacamole_sangria.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Banko Cantina is named for the historic 1921 bank building it occupies, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It took a while longer to build and design because of the historic designation, but “it was all worth it,” says Sanchez. The first floor is cavernous, as one would expect from a former banking office, and it seats about 130. The wood that was there and removed for construction was reclaimed and used for the wood on the walls, for the bar and the tabletops everywhere. The second floor has cozy couch arrangements, and it will be used primarily for private parties. The rooftop bar offers a sunset view and has a separate bar menu.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_banko_cantina.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But the eye-catching art from Chicago artist David Bozic is what strikes you on entering, and his paintings are everywhere. The beautiful metal chandeliers, the embroidered black-and-white fabric seats, the wrought-iron tabletop hooks for the skewers of mesquite-grilled food and the lively Mexican music are all just preludes to the food and drinks. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_lobster_tacos_paella.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Which brings us back to the colorful, flavorful northern Mexican cuisine that includes guacamole ($11, pictured above), crispy chips and addictive corn tortillas made in house. The guac is delicious and simple, with salt and a bit of serrano pepper that makes it start out smoothly, and then you get a kick of slight spice. We also tried the skewers of shrimp and chicken ($12) with bacon and more peppers, the lobster tacos ($16) and paella ($24; both pictured). It’s all nicely plated, and tastes as good as it looks.</p> <p>The drinks match the food in good looks and even better taste. We tried the signature passion fruit sangria ($11.50), with a tequila shot floating in a jalapeno pepper boat and chili salt on the rim. It was a favorite all around, invented by the corporate mixologist, Enrique Cobos, who explained he put it together for the TV show, “Master Chef.” The Adelita ($11.50)—also a hit, is Herradura Resposado tequila, lime juice and Cointreau, with a salt and chili pepper rim, and a mezcal float. Last, but not least, was El Sueno ($10.50). Cobos explained the idea had come to him in a dream, so he named the drink, The Dream in Spanish. It’s made with pineapple-infused vodka, coconut cream, coconut water, lime juice and a toasted coconut rim.</p> <p>Summing it up: <em>Que chido!</em> (very cool!)</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>Lynn KalberFri, 13 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/13/review-banko-cantina/DiningMovie Review: &quot;The Meddler&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/13/movie-review-the-meddler/<p><img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/the-meddler.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“The Meddler” is a comedy for anybody who’s ever felt glued to her bed, racked with anxiety, staring up at a ceiling fan that moves constantly but goes nowhere. This is the movie’s opening shot, and it’s an apt metaphor for the protagonist who’s fixated on the soundless spinning blades.</p> <p>Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon), widowed for nearly two years, has still not accepted the passing of her husband. Feeling rudderless, she’s just moved from New York to Los Angeles. She’s trying to convince herself that her new environs are paradise—as she often repeats, “It’s like Main Street in Disneyland”—when it’s obvious that she moved to Hollywood to be near (and cling to) her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), who works in the television industry. When Lori, in a fit of understandable frustration, aims to establish boundaries, Marnie is understandably hurt, and begins to meddle in the lives of others—generously and to the recipients’ benefis—to give her own existence meaning.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/themeddler9-500x375.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“The Meddler” is a sweet, misty-eyed and perceptive movie, but it’s often more than that. Writer-director Lorene Scafaria imbues her film with the raw ingredients of lived experience. By displaying empathy for everyone, even in their most misguided moments, she avoids the cardboard characterizations and stock antagonists endemic to commercial rom-coms. Everybody is imperfect and flailing around for happiness, from Lori, who is hopelessly infatuated with her movie-star ex, to both of Marnie’s suitors: a chicken-raising retired cop (J.K. Simmons excelling as you’ve never seen him before) trying to mend a broken relationshipwith his daughter, and an awkward single dad (Michael McKean) fumbling his way to a disastrous come-on. To its great credit, “The Meddler” can be merciless and cringe-worthy, and the decision to write from life pays off in an immensely, uncomfortably relatable film for anyone (like, it must be said, yours truly) whose parent has lost a spouse and doesn’t know how to grieve, cope, move on, or some combination of these three inevitabilities.</p> <p>Movie studios are quietly opening their wallets to films about older women seeking self-actualization, and they’re gifting fine actresses with their best roles in years: See Lily Tomlin in “Grandma,” Sally Field in “Hello, My Name is Doris,” and now Sarandon, in a performance of nuance, humor and poignancy. But “The Meddler” remains a human story of increasing rarity in our multiplexes. Only in its desire to tie up everything in a neat bow does “The Meddler” succumb to convention. Luckily, it doesn’t diminish the loveliness and discomfort of everything that came before it.</p> <p><em>"The Meddler" opens today, May 13, at theaters including Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, Muvico Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach and the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 13 May 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/13/movie-review-the-meddler/Arts & EventsMoviesFashion Forward: Rain Readyhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/13/fashion-forward-rain-ready/<p class="normal">South Florida is infamous for its intermittent weather changes. One second you’re sitting poolside, soaking up the sun, and the next, you’re running for cover as dark gray clouds roll overhead. </p> <p class="normal">With countless rainy summer days ahead, you will need a full arsenal of spring rain jackets, boots and umbrellas to keep yourself dry and fashionable at the same time. Because, what’s a change in the season without an excuse to up your style game? It’s simple. The best way to weather the storm is with fashionable rain gear. Here are some of our favorite looks and accessories! </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="572" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_rain_boots.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joules-evedon-rain-boot-women/3877627?cm_mmc=Linkshare-_-partner-_-10-_-1&amp;siteId=TnL5HPStwNw-N0G3v6QsoWo5buXEc.YKEw" target="_blank">Joules Evedon Rain Boot</a>, $164.95</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="483" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_umbrella.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23471105&amp;cm_mmc=CJ-_-Affiliates-_-Skimlinks-_-11389065" target="_blank">Bubble Umbrella</a>, $18</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="583" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_raincoat.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href="http://www.colehaan.com/pinch-rain-jacket-sunray/T60092.html?dwvar_T60092_color=Sunray#q=rain&amp;start=5" target="_blank">Cole Haan Pinch Rain Jacket</a>, $200</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="549" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_purse.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/longchamp-large-le-pliage-tote/3241956?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;fashioncolor=BOY%20BLUE&amp;cm_mmc=Linkshare-_-partner-_-10-_-1&amp;siteId=TnL5HPStwNw-D1PQWAeFUjuC1YoIX_6oXA" target="_blank">Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote</a>, $145</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="722" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_mascara.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href="http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/mac-haute-naughty-waterproof-lash?ID=1286762&amp;CategoryID=2921#fn=ppp=180&amp;spp=100&amp;sp=1&amp;rid=97&amp;spc=191&amp;cm_kws=water+proofs+&amp;pn=1&amp;LinkshareID=TnL5HPStwNw-xbY5cEUf8Na8QOHaPMuyFQ&amp;PartnerID=LINKSHARE&amp;cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-n-_-n-_-n&amp;ranPublisherID=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;ranLinkID=1&amp;ranLinkTypeID=10" target="_blank">Mac Haute &amp; Naughty Waterproof Lash</a>, $22</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="728" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_hairspray.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/living-proof-no-frizz-humidity-shield/4112147?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&amp;cm_mmc=Linkshare-_-partner-_-10-_-1&amp;siteId=TnL5HPStwNw-sx7oiLyBDaAWHV6Spf.tsg" target="_blank">Living Proof Humidity Shield</a>, $22</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="715" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.13_phone_case.png" width="490"> </p> <p class="normal"><a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mophie-juice-pack-iphone-6-plus-6s-plus-charging-case/4016999?origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;fashioncolor=GOLD&amp;cm_mmc=Linkshare-_-partner-_-10-_-1&amp;siteId=TnL5HPStwNw-L4p.NCizbWQyF9McMvBxDw" target="_blank">Mophie Juice Pack Charging Case</a>, $99.95</p>LL SceneFri, 13 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/13/fashion-forward-rain-ready/FashionShoppingTown Center to get massive re-dohttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/12/town-center-to-get-massive-re-do/<h3><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/town-center-mall.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Massive mall makeover </h3> <p>Reliable sources tell me that Simon Property Group plans a major makeover of Town Center Mall.</p> <p>       The price for redoing the interior of the 36-year-old property will be about $40 million. Simon is the nation’s largest owner of shopping malls—with a full or partial interest in about 325 properties—and Town Center is one of the company’s prime locations. The company has said that Town Center’s 220-store mix is unique.</p> <p>       Despite the shift from brick-and-mortar to online retailers, Simon is doing well. The company raised its dividend after releasing earnings for the first quarter. Obviously, an investment that large would signal Simon’s commitment to Town Center and to Boca not just for the next 10 years but longer.</p> <p>       The mall project also will represent another major development in one of Boca Raton’s important business districts. <em>The Palm Beach Post</em> reported this week that Bank of America will move into three floors of One Town Center, just east of the mall. Crocker Partners bought the building, once home to Tyco International, in late 2014.</p> <p>       Crocker Partners also bought Boca Center, formerly Crocker Center, which is east of One Town Center across Military Trail. A company vice president told me last year of Crocker’s ambitious plan to add residential and turn the center into a food-lover’s paradise. The company has not sent any plans to the city.</p> <p>       I will have more on this when Simon and Town Center representatives are ready to discuss specifics.</p> <h3>Office Depot-Staples merger</h3> <p>       A speaker at Tuesday night’s Boca Raton City Council meeting interrupted his remarks to inform the council that a federal judge had just issued an injunction to block the $6.3 billion merger between Office Depot and Staples.</p> <p>        Mayor Susan Haynie called the decision “good news.” Maybe not for long.</p> <p>       Haynie’s perspective is understandable. Office Depot employs roughly 2,000 people at its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton. Staples would have absorbed Office Depot and kept the headquarters in Framingham, Mass. Staples never hinted at how many jobs—if any— would remain.</p> <p>       U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s ruling leaves Office Depot as the second-largest retailer of office supplies, and thus in an even weaker position than industry leader Staples. Office Depot had bought third-place Office Max before becoming a target for Staples.</p> <p>       Despite those rankings, Staples and Office Depot are losing money because of cutthroat competition from discount and online retailers. The companies argued that the merger would leave a single but stronger entity. The Federal Trade Commission responded that the merger would reduce competition for large, corporate buyers.</p> <p>       Rather than appeal, Staples will pay Office Depot a $250 million breakup fee. Both companies will try to figure out their respective futures, which investors for now consider bleak and bleaker. Staples’ stock is down about 15 percent since Sullivan’s ruling while Office Depot’s is down 40 percent. Oliver Wintermantel, a managing director at Evercore International Strategy &amp; Investment Group, told <em>The Boston Globe</em> that Office Depot will "go first and Staples will struggle."</p> <p>       Presumably, Office Depot and Staples will close more stores and cut more costs, which will mean fewer employees. Those at Office Depot who remain will stay in Boca Raton, but there is little the city and county can do to help. Both already have given Office Depot an incentive plan to keep the headquarters in the city.</p> <p>       The issue underscores the limits of such incentives. Eventually, companies act in their own interest. According to news reports, Office Depot was talking merger with Staples in late 2013 even as Office Depot was negotiating that local incentives deal after the Office Max merger. There’s no reason for Boca Raton to end its $5 million economic development fund, but there’s also no reason to think that money alone will keep jobs in the city. In this case, the market will decide.</p> <h3>Singer’s special elections proposal</h3> <p>       Scott Singer now knows how Gov. Scott felt.</p> <p>       In March, the governor offered a motion before the Florida Cabinet to hire his preferred candidate for state insurance commissioner. Scott asked for a second and got 22 seconds of silence.</p> <p>       Tuesday night, Singer proposed a charter motion that would have required special elections to fill any Boca Raton City Council vacancy after 60 days. Currently, the council appoints a replacement who serves until the next scheduled city election.</p> <p>       Singer cited Wellington, which had 30 applicants for a village council vacancy. He spoke of giving the power to voters, not the council. After explaining his ordinance, Singer asked for a second. He didn’t get one.</p> <p>       There were good reasons. A Boca-only election, not held as part of a countywide or uniform municipal election, could cost as much as $100,000. Turnout is low enough in regular city elections and would be much lower in a special election. Finally, there isn’t a recent example of an appointed council member serving longer than roughly the period covered in Singer’s proposal. Sometimes, doing nothing beats doing something.</p> <h3>Airport advisory board</h3> <p>       Unlike those of a year ago, the Boca Raton City Council’s 2016 appointments to the airport advisory board weren’t controversial.</p> <p>       On Tuesday night, the council was filling its five of the seven seats, which come with two-year terms. Council members picked incumbents Mitch Fogel, Gene Folden and William Helwig and newcomers David Millidge and Melvin Pollack. Their terms begin June 1.</p> <p>       Twelve months ago, unhappy with a perceived lack of communication from the airport authority, the council put Deputy City Manager George Brown and Councilman Robert Weinroth on the board. They helped to oversee a bylaws change that the city—and some of the holdover board members—believes is less threatening when it comes to communication between the two entities.</p> <p>       So for all the controversy, it appears that the council was successful. Now if the council only could have as much luck improving communication between the city and the Boca Raton Beach and Park District.</p> <h3>Ethics “violation” legal costs</h3> <p>       The appointments of Brown and Weinroth drew complaints from BocaWatch Publisher Al Zucaro to the Florida Commission on Ethics. Though the commission didn’t find probable cause to investigate either complaint, the city spent $5,000 on an outside lawyer to respond to each complaint.</p> <p>       A complaint also went to the commission about another authority board member: Jack Fox. The issue is whether his ownership of a hangar at the airport presented a conflict of interest. Fox chose not to seek reappointment. The commission has not ruled in his case. A city spokeswoman said the outside legal cost has been $10,000.</p> <h3>Pfeffer update</h3> <p>       It looks likelier that Delray Beach City Attorney Noel Pfeffer will stay on at least through June.</p> <p>       When Pfeffer announced his resignation early last month, the end of May was his intended departure date. The city commission, however, probably won’t have picked a replacement by then. Pfeffer had said he would stay long enough to help with the transition.</p> <p>       So on Tuesday’s agenda will be an item that would allow Pfeffer to keep working longer. One would expect that the commission would pass it. There is other turnover in the city’s legal department, and Delray Beach needs someone to monitor the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit. It would be better if Pfeffer stayed permanently. Absent that, the city needs him for as long as possible.</p> <h3>Dog beach</h3> <p>       Delray Beach will not allow dogs on the beach legally anytime soon.</p> <p>       At Tuesday night’s workshop meeting, Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jorjdana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia opposed a trial program. Al Jacquet and Mitch Katz were for it.</p> <p>       Jarjura and Petrolia said the city has higher priorities. Katz said that if Boca Raton can do, Delray could do it. Those were mostly the same points that they made to me earlier this week. Jacquet waited to hear from everyone else before declaring his support.</p> <p>       Glickstein cited differences between Boca Raton and Delray Beach. The dog beach in Boca, he said, is much wider than the area near Atlantic Dunes Park envisioned for Delray’s program. Far more people come to that smaller space in Delray Beach, portending far more potential conflicts between those with dogs and those without.</p> <p>       The mayor also said federal rules tied to money for beach renourishment prohibit cities from setting higher admission fees for non-residents. Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale do that at their dog beaches. Delray Beach’s proposal also would have charged city residents less.</p> <p>       There remains the problem of dogs on the beach illegally. Glickstein, a regular beachgoer, complained of seeing canine feces “weekly.” He also said Boca Raton had reported four bites on the city’s dog beach in the last year, one of them serious. Even a minor bite would be enough to ruin a quiet morning on the shore.</p> <p>       After calling himself a dog lover—I’m one, too— Glickstein reminded those who had shown up in support that dog owners sometimes presume that everyone loves dogs. Delray Beach’s dog owners would help their case if they followed the law, and thus showed that a legal dog beach could work.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 12 May 2016 09:59:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/12/town-center-to-get-massive-re-do/City WatchCommunityCarole King musical is, well, Beautiful!http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/11/carole-king-musical-is-well-beautiful/<p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/beautiful-carole-king.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>It would be easy to dismiss “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” as another pleasant, formulaic toe-tapping hum-under-your breath biomusical. To that I say, so what? Yes, it tracks her early songwriting career through her music (think “Jersey Boys”), but when you throw in “cameos” by the Shirelles, the Drifters, the Righteous Brothers, Little Eva, you have escalated formulaic to fun—even homage to one of the greatest rock and roll songwriters and singers of our time.</p> <p>The play starts when Brooklyn teenager King (born Carol Klein) sells her first song to music producer Don Kirshner, and follows a troubled but artistically prolific marriage to lyricist and songwriter Gerry Goffin, with whom she produced hits like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" for The Shirelles, "Take Good Care of My Baby" for Bobby Vee and "Up on the Roof" for the Drifters.</p> <p>And every time the couple produces a hit, it comes alive on stage with glitzy shimmery Broadway musical numbers delivered by the groups who made them famous, from “Neil Sedaka” to “Janelle Woods”—a pantheon of R&amp;B and pop stars who defined the 1960s and 1970s.</p> <p>When the songs in a play constitute the sound track of your youth, it is helpful to have a cast that does them justice, and Amy Mueller as Carole King is sublime, as is Liam Tobin as Gerry and Becky Gulsvig and Ben Fankhauser, who play songwriting team (and King rivals) Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The ensemble is also stellar, and brought down the house with every hit, every nostalgic nod to the rich transitional era between doo wop, Motown and rock and roll to a more nuanced and dimensional era of music, ushered in by the British invasion and the summer of love.</p> <p>The one drawback I could note in the dazzling opening night production is the fact that you really want to sing out loud to every song—really out loud—but decorum prevents one from belting out “One Fine Day” from your seat in row Q surrounded by perfect strangers. And I do not think I was alone. When the curtain went up, and the audience was on its feet clapping and shouting and yes, even singing back to the cast on stage, I saw a room full of people who did not want to leave, who were happily reveling in the music that once defined who they were. Or maybe it was a bigger love fest—maybe they were saluting the woman who brought it all to them. I am with them on that one. Thank you, Carole King—you’ve got a friend.</p> <p><em>“Beautiful The Carole King Musical” is at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, through May 22. Call 800/764-0700 fro more information. </em></p>Marie SpeedWed, 11 May 2016 09:39:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/11/carole-king-musical-is-well-beautiful/Arts & EventsScience Center goes &#39;Gross&#39; for Summerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/11/science-center-goes-gross-for-summer/<p>The best and most useful advice I ever received prior to becoming a parent was: “You’ve gotta get over the gross.” Of course that person was referring to the inevitability of my future child’s explosive poop diapers and inconvenient puke sessions <em>(and boy are they inconvenient).</em> Now, the <strong>South Florida Science Center and Aquarium</strong> is taking gross to the next level with its summer 2016 exhibition, <strong>“Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.” </strong>The exhibit<strong> </strong>will educate children ages 6 to 14 and their families about why their bodies produce mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly, stinky things, which many people, including this Boca mom, consider gross.</p> <p><img alt="" height="730" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.11_nigel_nose-it-all.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Based on the best-selling book by science teacher Sylvia Branzei, the colorful exhibit incorporating sophisticated animatronics opened to the public this past Saturday and will run through Oct. 10. “Grossology” is incredibly interactive and aimed at educating kids about their bodies and how they function. </p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.11_tour_du_nose.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“Grossology” takes visitors on a tour of their bodies, by way of Magic School Bus style, as they literally step through the mouth of the exhibit.  Once inside the exhibit, “Nigel Nose-It-All” will explain why people have runny noses and allergies, and why they sneeze; “Tour Du Nose” takes guests on a tour through a nose replica—standing at 10 feet tall; “Burp Man,” a larger than life cartoon character, who drinks from a three-foot-tall soda can pumped by visitors, details the cause of burps; and “Click Ick” allows visitors an opportunity to play nine different activities, including exploratory labs, puzzles, games and more. As visitors wind their way through 5,000 square feet of human science, they will also learn about skin issues, “gas attacks” and the piece de resistance: vomit.</p> <p><img alt="" height="725" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.11_listen_to_your_body.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Learning is achieved through the use of interactive experiences, challenges and just plain gross fun—just in time for summer vacation!</p> <p>For more information about “Grossology,” or other Science Center programming, please call 561/832-1988 or click <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/http:/www.sfsciencecenter.org" target="_blank">here</a>. <strong></strong></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="http://www.modernbocamom.com/"><em>ModernBocaMom.com</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><em></em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 11 May 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/11/science-center-goes-gross-for-summer/CommunityLearn how to protect yourself with pepper sprayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/11/learn-how-to-protect-yourself-with-pepper-spray/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The Progressive Self Defense Systems training facility is hosting the Sabre Pepper Spray and Basic Self Defense Course this Saturday, May 14, at 1000 NW 1<sup>st</sup> Ave., bay numbers 5 and 6, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>The three-hour safety awareness and pepper spray defense course is only $25 and includes a Sabre key chain pepper spray unit for each participant.</p> <p>The class, which runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., teaches skills for not only how to use pepper spray but also how to protect yourself when confronted with a potential crisis or dangerous situation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.11_pepper_spray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Progressive Self Defense Systems, which specializes in combat and firearms training, will also hold the Sabre Pepper Spray and Basic Self Defense Course August 6 and October 22 of this year. </p> <p>Pepper spray is something we can all carry, while taking a run or going to the grocery store. According to the <a href="http://www.progressiveselfdefensesystems.com/" target="_blank">Progressive Self Defense Systems</a>’ website, the concept of disarming an attacker by delivering an irritating substance into the eyes is nothing new. Soldiers used the tactic thousands of years ago by blowing ground chili peppers into the eyes of their enemies before moving in to attack.</p> <p>Pepper spray is easy to carry, legal to use, inexpensive and non-lethal.</p> <p>You may be wondering why I’m sharing this with all of you, Fit Life readers. It’s because pepper spray is ideal for athletes. Many of us train alone and find ourselves in areas where we might not be so familiar or isolated. Having pepper spray and the skills to use it, could get you out of a bad situation.</p> <p>To sign up for the class, call Progressive Self Defense Systems at 561/262-7840 or email <a href="mailto:progressiveselfdefensesystems@hotmail.com" target="_blank">progressiveselfdefensesystems@hotmail.com</a><strong>. </strong>To find out more about this and other self-defense classes (they offer yoga and other types of fitness programs, too), click <a href="http://www.progressiveselfdefensesystems.com">here</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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 11 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/11/learn-how-to-protect-yourself-with-pepper-spray/Health/BeautySummer Dining Specials are Herehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/10/summer-dining-specials-are-here/<p>We’re still feeling a touch of the cooler air, and our wonderful summer specials are starting already! Now is the time for locals to get out and play, with great prices all over the place. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.10_32_east_wines.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Delray Beach eatery, <strong>32 East </strong><em>(32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-7868)</em><strong>,</strong> has started a Sunday Funday special, with 50 percent off any bottle of wine under $100, or $50 off any wine over $100. Reservations are recommended.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.10_josies_cioppino.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In Boynton Beach, <strong>Josie’s Ristorante</strong> <em>(1602 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, 561/364-9601) </em>has new lunch, bar and dinner menus, and is starting early with 25 percent off all dishes (dining in only, not including small plates at the bar) through the summer months. Josie’s is open Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. New dishes include the San Francisco Cioppino (pictured), Spanish octopus, fresh burrata and prime short rib meatball. </p> <p><img alt="" height="755" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.10_pistache_tour_du_monde.png" width="490"></p> <p>Join the fifth year of <strong>Pistache’s Tour Du Monde </strong><em>(101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090) </em>summer specials, where you get a passport on your first visit, have it stamped on succeeding visits and get a complimentary dinner after going to your fifth series visit. This French Bistro features a different taste each time. May 21: New Orleans; June 18: Cuba; July 4: Great American BBQ; July 14: Paris; Aug. 20: Brazil; Sept. 17: Morocco; Oct. 15: French Polynesia; Nov. 19: Spain.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.10_breeze_eau_palm_beach.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Starting in June with summer specials are <strong>Eau Palm Beach’s restaurants: the Breeze Ocean Kitchen (pictured), Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro and Angle.</strong>  The Breeze <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000)</em> has a three-course prix-fixe menu for $28. Temple Orange has a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $28 and a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $55, as well as a Sunday special, the Summer “Veuve Rich” Brunch for $42 per person, $16 for children ages 4-12. The Angle Uncorked has a complimentary wine tasting on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with tasters who stay for dinner receiving 50 percent off select bottles of wine. Reservations are recommended.</p>Lynn KalberTue, 10 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/10/summer-dining-specials-are-here/DiningBoca has its goals cut out for it—and Delray is at odds over a dog beachhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/10/boca-has-its-goals-cut-out-for-itand-delray-is-at-odds-over-a-dog-beach/<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/wymano.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Goal-setting outcomes   </h3> <p>The Boca Raton City Council covered much ground during last week’s three-day goal-setting/strategic planning session. There is much to discuss in detail, and I will do so in the next couple of posts.</p> <p>       Today, however, the topic will be the waterfront plan. It drew much of the council’s interest, and for several reasons it is the most time-sensitive.</p> <p>       One reason is Lake Wyman Park, where the city wants to restore damaged mangroves and sea grass, re-establish canoe trails that residents can use only at high tide because the trails have filled in, repair and expand the boardwalk and increase boater access. The city and the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) own the roughly 50 acres that make up Lake Wyman and Rutherford parks along the Intracoastal Waterway north and south of 20<sup>th</sup> Street.</p> <p>       The city, FIND and Palm Beach County would pay for the project. The deadline to apply for money from FIND, a special taxing district, is April of next year. Because such a request would have to go through the county, however, the council must reach consensus on a plan by October or November, according to City Manager Leif Ahnell.</p> <p>       A previous council had similar goals in 2012 and had pledges of money from the other government entities. Opposition from residents of the Golden Harbour neighborhood at the south end, however, killed what then was a $3 million project. Golden Harbour feared that a sea grass project could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. When the council couldn’t reach consensus, FIND and the county backed out. FIND would have contributed two-thirds of the money.</p> <p>       The renewed interest in Lake Wyman/Rutherford is encouraging. The condition of the parks embarrasses the city. Mayor Susan Haynie is “confident” about FIND providing money as long as the council reaches “consensus on a new plan.” She acknowledged that Golden Harbour will have “the same concerns.” If there was fear of mosquitoes in 2012, assume that the fear will be much greater, given the Zika virus.</p> <p>       In an earlier conversation with me, Haynie had said some of the work could be shifted north, away from Golden Harbour. The city could restrict launches to non-motorized boats. As Ahnell correctly pointed out, however, to get the FIND money the city will have to show that the project significantly improves navigation. Haynie said, “It will be community benefit vs. neighborhood opposition.”</p> <p>       Those benefits would be impressive. The community would get 50 acres of restored wetlands. The project would remove about a dozen acres of non-native vegetation. The park once again would showcase the environment to children. The central location puts the park an easy distance from most city residents.</p> <p>       Of course, the council would have to reach that consensus in the months leading up to the March 2017 election. Given the comparatively low turnout in city elections, small community groups can have outsized influence on council decisions.</p> <p>       Such thinking, however, would deny benefits to the majority of residents. Such serial political timidity can paralyze cities. Boca Raton should try to address the concerns of neighbors. But when the debate and the negotiations end, the council should reach that consensus and not miss a second opportunity.</p> <h3>Hillstone</h3> <p>       The other time-sensitive part of the waterfront plan is the proposed Hillstone restaurant for the former Wildflower property. During last week’s discussion, council members learned that the issue won’t get before them until at least July. The hope had been June.</p> <p>       When Ahnell broke that news, some of the air went out of the room. Everyone knows about the petition drive for a referendum intended to prevent use of the site for a restaurant. Mayor Haynie had hoped for public discussion of a lease proposal and site plan before too many residents were away for the summer. The council meets just one in June and July, and the issue first would have to go before the Planning and Zoning Board.</p> <p>       As Mike Mullaugh noted, though, if July is the first chance, the council shouldn’t wait. True enough. The city has negotiated with Hillstone Restaurant Group for nearly two and a half years. The latest delay is due in part because Hillstone slightly increased the size of the restaurant in its latest offer and in larger part because the city wants to study the idea of having a floating dock at the site.</p> <p>       According to Municipal Services Director Dan Grippo, the study had to examine effects on sea grass, and prime growing season hadn’t arrived. The Army Corps of Engineers would have to approve any permit for a dock.</p> <p>       Deputy City Manager George Brown said negotiations have been “going well,” even if Boca doesn’t have the final least yet. The city is using outside lawyers for some of this specialized work. Ahnell said the lease had been on the agenda twice, but then removed.</p> <p>       On Monday, Councilman Robert Weinroth told me, “I just want to see this thing finished. I think this all reflects on our ability to carry the ball. I’m almost embarrassed by the way this has gone.” And for those who continue to insist that Boca Raton turn a $7.5 million investment into a little-used park with food trucks, consider this:</p> <p>       At one point during last week’s session, the facilitator read a list of what council members and administrators consider Boca Raton’s potential needs over the next 15 years. Such as: projects to relieve traffic congestion, more police services to keep up with new residents and added numbers of college students, park maintenance and expansion and improved levels of service.</p> <p>       “And how are you going to pay for them?” the facilitator asked. The city could raise taxes, but that would be unpopular. New revenue would help. A Wildflower least would be one source of new revenue, providing a proper return on that $7.5 million investment that all taxpayers made, not just those who live nearby.</p> <h3>Floating dock</h3> <p>       Speaking of the Wildflower property, Hillstone General Counsel Glenn Viers told me Monday that my question to him about the floating dock was the first time he had heard of the idea.</p> <p>       Hillstone didn’t include a dock in its plan. Viers, who has been the company’s lead negotiator, has said large boats would block diners’ views of the Intracoastal. Viers said Monday, however, that he would be “willing to hear” the idea. “It’s the city’s land.”</p> <p>       Viers said the company submitted new traffic studies to accompany the 120-square-foot increase. The studies, he said, showed “no effect” from the change.</p> <p>       Viers’ tone was cordial. Still, one would think that Boca’s potential partner deserved a courtesy call about the dock study, given the delay it has caused. “I’d like to eat dinner at that restaurant before I retire,” Viers said, “and I’m not an old man.”</p> <p>Waterfront land inventory</p> <p>       Beyond these two pressing issues, Boca Raton is on schedule to hire a consultant who will inventory all city-owned waterfront land and offer options for making them more accessible. The plan is to hire a firm by July. If that happens, Grippo said, the report could be back by November.</p> <h3>Boca vs. the Beach District</h3> <p>It will be easier for Boca Raton to develop that waterfront plan if the city and the Boca Raton Beach and Park District can work out their differences. Progress may have started on Monday.</p> <p>       District board chairman Robert Rollins presented an update of his agency’s projects, which include a redo of the Swim and Racquet Club south of Town Center Mall. Rollins then discussed the disagreement between the district and the city over Phase II of de Hoernle Park, which is part of the larger policy dispute: Who decides what parks will look like and how much people will pay to use them?</p> <p>       Everyone praised what Mayor Haynie called the agencies’ “40-year partnership.” The council complained that the district didn’t keep the city informed. Rollins complained that the city sandbagged the districts on the de Hoernle plans, adding conditions that would violate the legislation that created the district.</p> <p>       Notably, Rollins seemed eager to schedule the council-district meeting that the council has been asking for. Haynie asked if the district could provide a list of “the items of dispute” in the de Hoernle contract. The agencies then could discuss them. Rollins agreed, and asked for a resolution soon. It’s long past time for the city and district to get past this dispute.</p> <h3>Traffic</h3> <p>       Summer may be when the Boca council winds down a little, but the big issues don’t stop. Last year, it was Chabad East Boca. This year, it’s traffic.</p> <p>       On June 13, the city’s traffic consultant will present recommendations for the much-discussed intersection at Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue—but much more.</p> <p>       Without improvements, Ahnell said, “downtown traffic will get exponentially worse.” There’s a conflict, he said, between making downtown “pedestrian-friendly and moving traffic.” Ahnell said options include a wider Palmetto Park Road west of City Hall and four-laning Fourth Avenue, also west of downtown. There’s talk of a downtown bypass. Haynie said such a project “would be controversial, but it’s very doable.”</p> <p>       I will have more in the next month, and after.</p> <h3>Delray dog beach</h3> <p>       I am told that the main item on tonight’s Delray Beach City Commission workshop agenda has generated more emails even then some controversial downtown projects. That item is the proposal for a dog beach. After all, how often does the commission discuss Zoonotic Hookworm?</p> <p>       In its preliminary report to the commission, city staff recommended that Delray Beach allow dogs on a portion of the beach next to Atlantic Dunes Park as part of a test program. City Manager Don Cooper opposed the recommendation because he believed that the projected costs of enforcement were too low and that Delray Beach has more pressing issues. The staff now recommends against even a test program.</p> <p>       Commissioner Jordana Jarjura agrees. “I wish Delray’s only problem/issue was whether or not to have a dog beach,” she said in an email Monday. “Unfortunately, that’s not the case.” Jarjura wants to read the staff report, but finds it “hard for me to think about committing city resources to something new when we have so much on our plate and are stretched so thin.” Among those higher priorities is the city’s response to the heroin epidemic.</p> <p>       In an interview, Shelly Petrolia called the dog beach “a great idea” but said it’s “too soon to take on another issue.” Petrolia recalled that years ago she took her dog to the beach “and mine was the only one. Now, there are 50.”</p> <p>       Mitch Katz disagrees. On Friday, he visited Boca Raton’s dog beach, where owners can bring their pets at certain times on Fridays and weekends. “It was fine. As it got close to the time to leave, people did. They cleaned up. If we can’t handle this, what can we handle?” Delray’s beach park would have similar hours.</p> <p>       The Beach Property Owners Association opposes the program. Many dog owners have emailed the city in support. Katz believes that since people bring dogs to the beach now, added enforcement makes the most sense. Based on the previous comments, supporters will need help from Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Al Jacquet.</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 10 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/10/boca-has-its-goals-cut-out-for-itand-delray-is-at-odds-over-a-dog-beach/City WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: May 10 to 16http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/09/the-week-ahead-may-10-to-16-1/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/caroleking.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$125</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>Carole King has released 25 solo albums in an illustrious career spanning nearly 60 years. But her breakthrough album “Tapestry,” released in 1971, remains the LP for which she is most known—her passionate salvo to the worlds of pop, rock and folk that today seems like a greatest-hits album: “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Beautiful,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and “A Natural Woman” are all on it. So what inspired such an epochal record, which remained on the U.S. album charts for more than six years? That’s the subject of Douglas McGrath’s heartfelt jukebox musical “Beautiful,” which dramatizes King’s evolution from a rebellious Brooklyn teenager through the release of “Tapestry.” Much of the drama chronicles King’s on-again, off-again relationship with her co-lyricist Gerry Goffin, a force in her life despite his infidelities and mental breakdowns. Her life story is interwoven with more than 25 hits from King’s solo career as well as tunes she wrote for others, such as “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” It runs through May 22.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5616.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The 1975</strong></p> <p>Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $31.70-$40.75</p> <p>Contact: 305/358-7550, <a href="http://www.livenation.com" target="_blank">livenation.com</a></p> <p>The members of England’s The 1975 have been making music together since they were 15 years old, initially covering punk songs and eventually writing their own tunes about things teenagers think about—their first single was called “Sex,” and they considered naming their band Forever Enjoying Sex. That said, the maturation from the quartet’s 2013 self-titled debut to its 2015 worldwide breakthrough “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” is astonishing, fully justifying the blanket of radio play they’ve received on alternative stations. Bolstered by a retro sound rooted in mid-period Talking Heads and vintage Michael Jackson, the album’s 17 songs represent an eclectic mission statement for an unpredictable group that proudly says “I don’t even know what my band is half the time.” Known for his distinctive hair and soulful vocals, Matthew Healy is a charismatic frontman in the bombastic rock-star tradition, acting out every note of singles like “Love Me,” “The Sound” and the gorgeous “Change of Heart” no matter how many times he’s sung them. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/dbcraftbeerfest2015_saltwaterbrewery.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Old School Craft Beerfest</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square Park and Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30-10:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35 general admission, $50 VIP ticket</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="http://www.oldschoolsquare.org" target="_blank">oldschoolsquare.org</a></p> <p>Trying to extract the right piece of wood from a precarious, oversized Jenga tower is a difficult enough task when you’re sober. But when you’ve enjoyed bottomless samples of Funky Buddha, Due South and Saltwater Breweries’ inventive libations? Prepare for a topple, and quick. Attendees at this increasingly popular, fifth-annual fundraiser for Old School Square can test their tipsy luck at this game as well as cornhole, ring toss and others at this interactive event, whose cover charge grants access to unlimited samples of more than 100 craft brews, imports and ciders from local, national and even home brewers. Melissa Carter, Old School Square’s marketing director, says the event found its groove last year when it discovered the perfect location at the Pavilion and Park, raising approximately $40,000 for its programming in the process. “What sets us apart from other beer festivals is that we’re a true date night,” says Carter, emphasizing that the event includes several varietals of wine from popular vintners, DJs and live music, a photo booth and live artists painting on-site. You can nosh on “pub bites” for an additional charge.</p> <p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/satchmo1.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Satchmo at the Waldorf”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $79 ($64 adults, $10 students for the remainder of the run)</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="http://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org" target="_blank">palmbeachdramaworks.org</a></p> <p>At first glance, “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” which takes place in 1971 on the night of Louis Armstrong’s final performance, seems like the latest in a parade of one-person bio-musicals set during the twilight of the entertainment gods. Shows like “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar the Grille” and “The Devil’s Music,” about Bessie Smith, come to mind. But “Satchmo,” penned by <em>Wall Street Journal </em>theater critic Terry Teachout, is something else: It’s not a musical, instead capturing a wheezing, staggering Armstrong in his dressing room <em>after</em> his swan song at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. And while the show is a tour de force for one actor, he plays three parts, from the gravelly voiced, high-spirited title trumpeter; to Satchmo’s controlling, mafia-connected Jewish manager Joe Glaser; to Miles Davis, presented as a upstart jazz hipster scornful of Satchmo’s perceived pandering to white concertgoers. Race, indeed, plays a significant role in Teachout’s complex drama; he has Armstrong compare his audience to “a carton of eggs.” “Satchmo at the Waldorf” will hopefully resonate with the same timeless power as the music that inspired a life. It runs through June 12. </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/savethetiger.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Stacey Kowiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K Run</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40 adults, $25 students under 18</p> <p>Contact: 561/547-9453, <a href="http://www.palmbeachzoo.org" target="_blank">palmbeachzoo.org</a></p> <p>There are numerous runs this season in South Florida, but this is the only one whose proceeds benefit tigers in a Malaysian rainforest. The tigers that need saving are Malayan tigers, the most endangered of the five remaining tiger species, with fewer than 250 left in the wild. For the past three years, this Palm Beach Zoo event has raised nearly $15,000, proceeds that go directly into the zoo’s budget line for support of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s breeding programs in Malaysia’s Endau-Rompin National Park. For the fourth annual run, zoo organizers are hoping to attract a record 600 participants ranging from competitive sprinters to casual strollers and their families—and why not, with a view to match the irresistible cause? Runners begin at the Tiger River habitat and loop around Dreher Park, passing wallabies, fennec foxes, ocelets and siamangs, and finishing at the zoo’s Interactive Fountain to cool off. The ticket price includes zoo admission for the day, a post-race massage, post-race fruit and bagels, and a raffle drawing.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/buddy-guy-01.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>What: Florida Jazz and Blues Jam</strong></p> <p>Where: Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $77.87-$88.12</p> <p>Contact: 561/846-2899, <a href="http://www.musicjamproductions.com" target="_blank">musicjamproductions.com</a></p> <p>Hot off the heels its successful Southern Jam back in January, fledgling promoter Music Jam Productions is back with another inaugural bash that will hopefully become an annual tradition. The winners of 13 combined Grammys will grace the sizable and under-utilized Sunset Cove stage, led by legendary headliner Buddy Guy. A proud progenitor of Chicago Blues, Guy is also an accomplished guitarist ranked by <em>Rolling Stone</em> as the 30th greatest musician to wield an ax. Guy, who just won a 2016 Grammy for his latest album "Born to Play Guitar," will play songs from his illustrious 50-year career. Come early for a lineup of fellow jazz and blues luminaries including the eclectic "Captain Fingers," Lee Ritenour; Victor Wooten, a virtuoso founding member of Bela Fleck and the Fleck-Tones; and English blues singer John Mayall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/mulholland-drive-silencio.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Mulholland Dr.”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 11:45 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="http://www.gablescinema.com" target="_blank">gablescinema.com</a></p> <p>Arguably the best film of the 2000s, David Lynch’s self-proclaimed “love story in the city of dreams” is an example of unabashed art-house experimentation set in a world utterly averse to it: commercial Hollywood cinema. Originally designed as a television pilot, “Mulholland Dr.” follows an aspiring actress moving to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams, only to be disrupted by an unusual houseguest: a mysterious dark-haired amnesiac woman who goes by Rita. Strangeness accumulates in a story whose plot consists of signs and signifiers, unexplained phenomena and esoteric in-jokes, dark humor and lurid melodrama. There isn’t another film like it, before or since: You can watch it every year and still not fully <em>get</em> it, but every viewing helps. The movie runs 146 minutes, so bring an espresso to this special one-night-only screening, on the film’s original 35mm format, which is part of the Coral Gables Art Cinema’s After Hours series.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/635856955987951912-gin-blossoms.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Gin Blossoms with Tonic and Dishwalla</strong></p> <p>Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$60</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-5500, <a href="http://www.theamppompano.org" target="_blank">theamppompano.org</a></p> <p>With dance and electropop having established their millennial dominance on the pop charts, simple, affecting and jangly guitar-pop is as absent on the radio these days as polka and F-bombs. But the Gin Blossoms’ clean, heartfelt pop-rock persists into the 21st century, outlasting the commercial peak and subsequent flameouts of many of its early ‘90s peers. Founded in Tempe, Ariz., in 1987, the group achieved widespread success with the 1992 hit “Hey Jealousy,” only to suffer the firing and suicide of bandmate (and writer of that song) Doug Hopkins shortly thereafter. The band released just one more album before dissolving, only to reunite in 2002 with its devoted fan base intact. The newer albums are good, but the band generously draws most of its material from its multiplatinum early LPs, including such sing-along head-boppers as “Allison Road” and “Follow You Down.” The openers on this throwback triple-bill will be fellow ‘90s hit-makers Tonic (“If You Could Only See”) and Dishwalla (“Counting Blue Cars”).</p> <p> <img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/xkqhqpzm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Miami Symphony Orchestra Season Finale</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $44-$122</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="http://www.arshtcenter.org" target="_blank">arshtcenter.org</a></p> <p>Uzbekistan-born Lola Astanova has been tinkling the ivories since age 8 and has performed at Carnegie Hall. But if you Google this part-time Jupiter resident, you’d be forgiven if you thought you were reading about a fashion model and not a world-class pianist. She wears high heels everywhere and claims to not own a pair of flats. Her onstage attire is haute couture, not the traditional floor-length black gown. She attracts social photographers like bees to pollen at glitzy benefit performances, where she surrounds herself with people like Donald Trump and Julie Andrews. And her leggy publicity shots are more in line with a <em>Maxim</em> photo shoot than a feature on contemporary translations of Rachmaninoff. Judge this lightning rod of classical-music controversy for yourself when Astanova headlines the Miami Symphony Orchestra’s season-closing performance with Mozart’s “Concerto No. 20,” the composer’s first piano concerto in a minor key. The program also includes Alberto Ginastera’s “Variaciones Concertantes,” influenced by the composer’s native Argentine folklore; and Jean Sibelius’ epic “Symphony No. 5.”</p>John ThomasonMon, 09 May 2016 12:06:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/09/the-week-ahead-may-10-to-16-1/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsWine Dinners and Restaurant Openingshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/09/wine-dinners-and-restaurant-openings/<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.9_spotos_interior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spoto’s wine dinner pairs dishes with new Gallo names</strong> </p> <p>They are not the Gallo wines of the last century, and to prove that, Spoto’s Oyster Bar <em>(4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448) </em>is hosting a wine pairing dinner on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Executive Chef Dan Bair will pair dishes with wines from Gallo’s recent acquisitions: J Vineyards, Talbott Vineyards and Les Voiles. That means prosecco with scallop ceviche, a pinot gris with free-range, herb-roasted chicken, chardonnay with Maine lobster tail and more. There’s an amuse-bouche, three courses and dessert, all for $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.9_sam_sanchez_cantina.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A la carte:</strong> Just a note that the new Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, <strong>Banko Cantina </strong><em>(114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach)</em><strong>,</strong> is opening at 4 p.m. on May 12 in downtown West Palm Beach. I’m looking forward to writing more about co-owner Sam Sanchez (pictured) and this three-story, landmark building eatery later this week. </p> <p>The last Community Table at <strong>Buccan</strong> <em>(350 S. County Road, Palm Beach)</em> for the season is May 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres will focus on the Wagner Family of Wine. Right after that at the restaurant, they have Wine on Mondays, where bottles of the featured wines are half-price and paired with selected dishes.</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>Lynn KalberMon, 09 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/09/wine-dinners-and-restaurant-openings/DiningStaff Picks: Indulge and Pamperhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/06/staff-picks-indulge-and-pamper/<p><strong>New York Grilled Cheese Co.</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.6_disco_fries.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manager</em></p> <p>“The grilled cheese choices are all wonderful, but you must try the Disco Fries (or in Canada, better known as Poutine). They’re waffle fries topped with cheese bits and house-made beef gravy—it’s sinful!”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.newyorkgrilledcheese.com" target="_blank">newyorkgrilledcheese.com</a> // 493 N. Federal Highway // 561/277-0777)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Eleven Spa Delray</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.6_eleven_spa.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I recently visited Eleven Spa Delray, and all I have to say is WOW. With beautiful artwork dressing the walls, a shallow wading pool full of inflatable swans, a collection of serene and private treatment rooms and a fully stocked, luxurious locker room, it’s unlike any spa I have ever seen. There are even clothes and beauty products for sale when you first walk in. You should definitely consider taking mom here for Mother’s Day—or any other day, for that matter.”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.elevensalonspa.com" target="_blank">elevensalonspa.com</a> // 1440 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach // 561/278-1100)</p>magazineFri, 06 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/06/staff-picks-indulge-and-pamper/CommunityDerby Days and Brunch Bestshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/06/derby-days-and-brunch-bests/<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.6_oceans_234.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dress for the Derby, and sip mint juleps on the ocean</strong></p> <p>The women should wear their best Derby hats, and everyone should be ready for some mint juleps, as Oceans 234 celebrates the Kentucky Derby on May 7. The horses will run on the screen at Oceans 234 <em>(234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539)</em> at 11:30 a.m., and you can cheer on your favorite while sipping on complimentary mint juleps and nibbling on passed hors d’oeuvress—if you dress in your Derby best. Watching the biggest horse race oceanside is the best of both worlds.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.6_wpb_first_watch.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A first, but not a last: First Watch for brunch</strong></p> <p>It’s brunch time already, with the weekend looming. We discovered a new, fun place to brunch, with good food and coffee. It’s First Watch, a national chain with restaurants in 17 states, but it’s a chain with a difference—they use fresh, seasonal, local produce, and you can tell that from their menu.</p> <p>They also sell their own coffee, and the reason is that it’s that good. Oh, and they serve pots of coffee, not just cups. In Palm Beach County alone, there are locations in Boca Raton (two), West Palm Beach (I’ve been twice to the new one at the Palm Beach Outlet Mall, pictured), Wellington and Jupiter. There are also complimentary newspapers to read and wifi access. They only serve breakfast, brunch and lunch, and they’re open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The first restaurant opened in 1983 in California, so these should stick around awhile. Dishes include “The Healthier Side” (the avocado toast, $8.49, is terrific), “Egg-Sclusives,” omelets and frittatas, “Power Bowls” and from the griddle. I think the lemon ricotta pancakes are in my future, too. They have sides and small plates, salads, sandwiches and lunch special combos. Did I mention it’s fresh? It tastes that way.</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>Lynn KalberFri, 06 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/06/derby-days-and-brunch-bests/DiningThe King of the Portraithttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/06/the-king-of-the-portrait/<p>Among the legendary portrait photographer Arnold Newman’s contributions to the still image was this idea: that “photography is very unreal. You have to take a three-dimensional world and reduce it to two dimensions. You take color and reduce it to black-and-white. And you arrest the flow of time. There are many things that are very false about photography. You must recognize this, and build on it, and then maybe you will have art.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/1082051250.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>This quote, taken from the book <em>Interviews with Master Photographers</em>, is not a minor observation. It essentially calls out the notion, persistent since the dawn of photography, that the camera is a neutral recorder of reality, providing a split-second snapshot of life in the moment. Other visual artists even adopted the term “photorealism” to describe paintings and drawings that attempted to simulate reality as a camera might.</p> <p>By contrast, Newman’s images were proudly, carefully, emotionally, majestically staged, offering no pretense of objective <em>veritas</em>. They were most certainly art, with their creator’s imaginative hand either illuminating or obfuscating the personalities of his sitters, wresting autonomy over likenesses of some of the world’s most powerful people: presidents, prime ministers, world-class painters, choreographers, writers and musicians.</p> <p><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/x13277-004-55c93107.jpg.pagespeed.ic.3qcr_d6yf6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Arnold Newman: MasterClass,” running now at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, surveys more than 200 of his images, each of them confined in small- to medium-sized frames that reward intense scrutiny. Though Newman shot for publications like <em>Fortune, Life</em> and <em>Newsweek</em>, it becomes clear, through this flowing, representative and cohesive collection, that the vanity of his subjects and the dictates of commercial publication always fell secondary to the precise plans, elaborate schemes and spontaneous whims of his camera eye.</p> <p>His greatest contribution, though he disliked the term, is the concept of “environmental photography”—of liberating his sitters from formal settings and shooting them in their studios, their workplaces, their habitats, the weird geometry of their daily lives. Thus we see abstract painter George Mathieu gazing intensely at the lens astride a furious painting that, it seems, he has just completed. Franz Kline and Frank Stella appear small against the vastness of their art, suggesting, accurately, that the work itself speaks more volumes that its creators possibly could. Henry Miller sits in front of a whiteboard scrawled with paragraphs, scribbles, doodles and random lines that seem to offer a peak into the great writer’s cluttered, restless mind. A portrait of science journalist William L. Laurence says it all: He’s plugging away on a typewriter in front of an image of the universe, merging the professional and the cosmic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/newman_andy_warhol.jpg" width="280"></p> <p>These works mentioned above are presented under the subhead “Signatures.” “MasterClass” continues with other such categories—“Weavings,” “Lumen,” “Geometries,” “Rhythms”—that speak to different facets of Newman’s genius. But all could easily fall under environmental “signatures,” so consistent was his vision through his 40-plus years in darkrooms. That said, some pieces are more playful than others. Andy Warhol’s portrait exists as a disembodied head with X-ray eyes, cut and pasted onto a canvas as if from a magazine. With Allen Ginsberg, a vast world of literature is refracted through the lenses of his glasses. Subverting the verticality of his frame, Newman presented architect I.M. Pei as a small headshot inside an open horizontal strip in an otherwise pitch-black building. Salvador Dali’s portrait is almost overshadowed by an expressive ceiling wire dangling beside him. For the most part, these are not images its subjects would prefer as publicity photos, which makes them all the more memorable.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/pd51514577_1830_2162195b.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In fact, some suggest concern, anxiety, even melancholy. In the section “Sensibilities,” Newman aimed to show the “chinks in the armor” of his powerful sitters. This is apparent in the unspoken tension between choreographer Hanya Holm and her son Klaus, and in the furrowed brow of sculptor Anthony Caro. Artist Jean Arp looks reticent, almost embarrassed, peeking from behind his sculptures, and Jasper Johns stands in front of a sculpture of a fork which, thanks to Newman’s darkly comic play with dimensionality, appears to be slicing through the artist’s neck, Frankenstein-style. In a two-shot, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz come across as solemn and off-guard, respectively, as if they’re in mourning.</p> <p><img alt="" height="502" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/dfe6b8e7642aa6bf8f77b1fa61eb17f4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Newman clearly admired the human face as much as Chuck Close, whose South Florida exhibition I reviewed <a href="/blog/2016/04/29/close-inspection/" target="_blank">last week</a> on this site. He even saw faces in some of his early, searching exteriors of houses, such as the anthropomorphic “Door and Objects,” from 1938. But he was more imaginative to the possibilities of the forehead, ears, eyes and mouth than arguably any other portraitist.</p> <p><img alt="" height="513" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/1082051034.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Why, then, did so many of his sitters—from Pablo Picasso to Truman Capote, from Bill Brandt to Joan Miro to Henry Miller—obscure their faces with their hands? Perhaps Newman advised them to do so or, more likely, their surfeits of celebrity fell away under the pressure of posing for a fellow-artist, replaced by a literal self-effacement. In other words, they were, for a brief moment, regular humans.</p> <p><em>“Arnold Newman: MasterClass” runs through July 3 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission costs $10-$12. Call 561/392-2500 or visit bocamuseum.org.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 06 May 2016 09:41:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/06/the-king-of-the-portrait/ArtArts & EventsFashion Forward: festivals and a giveawayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/06/fashion-forward-festivals-and-a-giveaway/<p>Spring is in the air, summer is around the corner, and that can only mean one thing—it’s festival season. Whether you’re headed to Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball or Lollapalooza, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll be adorned in fringe, floral and crochet from head to toe.</p> <p>So, make your way to Apricot Lane <em>(located in Delray Marketplace, 9169 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) </em>for all of your festival fashion needs—and if you mention "festival fashions with apricot lane," you'll receive 20% off your purchase.</p> <p>We’re also be giving away one of Apricot Lane's fabulous fringe purses on Instagram. Click <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BFMnjsCvuM_/?taken-by=bocamag" target="_blank">here</a> to enter to win!</p> <p>And in case you’re wondering just how festival ready Apricot Lane really is, check out a few items they have in store.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_2_(2).jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(top: $56, shorts: $66, necklace: $18) </p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_2.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(top: $32, shorts: $42, necklace: $22)</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_1_(1).jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(romper: $86, necklace: $14)</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_3.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(top: $32, pants: $38, bag: $62, necklace: $24)</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/photo_2_(1).jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>(top: $38, shorts: $38, necklace: $22)</p>Taryn TacherFri, 06 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/06/fashion-forward-festivals-and-a-giveaway/FashionShoppingShopping NewsHelp for sober houses, new opposition to the Wildflower plan and other items of news and notehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/05/help-for-sober-houses-new-opposition-to-the-wildflower-plan-and-other-items-of-news-and-note/<h3><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/entrance3-150x150.jpg" width="150"></h3> <h3>Sober House help on the way?     </h3> <p>To frustrated politicians in South Florida cities trying to keep sober houses from ruining neighborhoods, the federal delegation that visited Delray Beach on Monday must have looked like the cavalry.</p> <p>       They work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Gustavo Velasquez is the assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Jeanine Worden is the associate general counsel for Fair Housing. Working with others, they could bring long-awaited relief to cities that consider themselves under siege from sleazeball sober home operators who exploit recovering addicts and turn quiet streets into drug shooting galleries.</p> <p>       That relief would be a rewrite of the 1999 joint statement by HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) that, under the Fair Housing Act as it applies to “group living arrangements,” local governments are prohibited “from making zoning or land use decisions or implementing land use policies that exclude or otherwise discriminate against protected persons, including individuals with disabilities.” Among those considered disabled are persons in recovery from substance abuse.</p> <p>       In 2007, Boca Raton lost a four-year fight in federal court to restrict sober houses to areas zoned for multi-family housing and to hospital districts. In 2012, Delray Beach settled a lawsuit by the Caron Foundation, which had set up sober houses in beachside mansions. Though the 1999 statement said the Fair Housing Act “does not pre-empt local zoning laws,” neither Boca nor Delray nor any other South Florida city has wanted to try a similar ordinance without a change in the statement.</p> <p>       Credit U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, for making Monday’s meeting happen. Frankel’s district runs from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale. It likely includes more sober houses than any other in the nation.</p> <p>       A year ago, after consulting with Velasquez and others, Frankel wrote to HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who also represents Palm Beach and Broward counties, signed the letter. It contained questions on “topics that are not adequately addressed” in the 1999 joint statement. Basically, it was an SOS message to Washington from South Florida.</p> <p>       Monday’s itinerary began with a tour for the HUD delegation of sober house-plagued neighborhoods. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein, who was on the van, said they drove past “52 houses in the first 15 seconds.” How does he know? “You know.” Glickstein would say only that the stretch is on Swinton Avenue south of Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>       Later came a roughly two-hour meeting for the HUD administrators with city officials from Riviera Beach to Hollywood. Unfortunately, that meeting was closed to reporters. A news conference followed, but Velasquez left after making a statement and did not take questions.</p> <p>       Still, Frankel said the visit “shocked” Velasquez. As Glickstein said, when HUD and DOJ issued that statement, there were no sober houses. Now, they’re all over Delray Beach. They’re throughout South Florida, but no one knows for sure how many there are. Anyone can set one up.</p> <p>       At the meeting, Frankel said, “No one said, ‘no sober homes.’ “ The goal is “finding a balance” and ensuring “assimilation” of sober houses into neighborhoods. In some cases, that has happened. In too many cases, it hasn’t.</p> <p>       The Delray Beach Drug Task Force has tried to strike such a balance, so good sober house operators can provide a necessary service. Frankel correctly called her effort “consumer protection.” Those in recovery are vulnerable. Marc Woods, Delray Beach’s chief rental inspector, says parents in distant cities paying for their children’s supposed care “have no idea what’s <em>not </em>going on.”</p> <p>       Frankel said lawyers for HUD and DOJ would review the proposed changes to the statement. Boca Raton officials know how important it is for both to agree. The Department of Justice filed a related lawsuit in the city’s case, raising Boca’s legal costs from $1.8 million to $2.3 million. Frankel said the changes could be ready by August.</p> <p>       Among the issues will be location of sober houses and capacity. “It’s not about the number of houses,” Glickstein said. “It’s about the number of beds.” Frankel said she and city officials were “clearly told” that the Fair Housing Act allows cities to “deny a public accommodation when it changes the character of the neighborhood.” She said, “We want to empower local governments.”</p> <p>       If successful, this approach will be quicker and more practical than asking Congress to change the Fair Housing Law. First, the current Congress—with its far-right Freedom Caucus—can’t do anything productive. Second, this Congress would try to strip legitimate protections from the Fair Housing Act.</p> <p>       HUD officials understand the danger of opening up the law. Frankel’s talk of filing legislation may have helped to encourage the department to set up Monday’s meeting.</p> <p>       Of those HUD officials, Glickstein said, “I don’t think they understood how powerless we are.” Delray Beach and other cities now can produce the “evidence” of harm that U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks said was lacking when Boca Raton brought its lawsuit. Perhaps the sleazy operators are nervous. Let’s hope that they are even more nervous in August.</p> <h3>Boca loses building head</h3> <p>Boca Raton is losing the city’s top building official because of. . .health insurance.</p> <p>       The son of Development Services Director Ty Harris needs an expensive drug that the city’s self-insurance health plan doesn’t cover. Harris told me Wednesday that he has exhausted all his appeals with the carrier, and so must get a job where coverage includes the drug. Harris intends to stay in the area because he told his son that he wouldn’t move him again so soon. Harris joined Boca nearly a year ago, coming from Charlotte County.</p> <p>       Harris’ departure is a loss for the city. Boca Raton had been processing building permits faster, which has been a city council priority for years. The search for Harris took roughly two years. Now Boca must start over, because of nothing related to Harris’ work—just his insurance.</p> <h3>The anti-restaurant posse</h3> <p>A group of Boca Raton residents is proposing an ordinance that would prevent the city from leasing the Wildflower property for a restaurant.</p> <p>       Of course, the proposed ordinance doesn’t say that. It says, “All city-owned land adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway shall only be used for public recreation, public boating access, public streets, and city stormwater uses, only.” Perhaps the second “only” is meant for emphasis.</p> <p>       The Wildflower property is two-plus acres along the Intracoastal at Palmetto Park Road. For more than two years, the city and Hillstone Restaurant Group have been negotiating a lease and site plan. Nearby residents oppose the idea, fearing more traffic. Having failed to persuade the city council, they propose this ordinance.</p> <p>       To have the council consider the ordinance, the petitioners need to collect signatures from 1,209 registered voters—15 percent of the turnout in the last city election, which took place 14 months ago. The supervisor of elections must verify the signatures from voter rolls.</p> <p>       If the petitioners succeed, the ordinance would go to the council at its next meeting. The city attorney’s office would review the ordinance, and the council would vote on whether to place it before the voters.</p> <p>       The timetable is tight. The council has just one meeting in June and July. The ballot language deadline for the primary election—when voters will decide whether to raise mayoral and council salaries—is June 24. For the November general election, it’s Aug. 26.</p> <p>       Like the Florida Supreme Court and state constitutional amendments, the council could reject the ordinance because it is legally flawed and/or deceptive. As noted, the proposed ordinance disguises its true intent. The petitioners want Boca Raton to use a $7.5-million piece of land for basically nothing, rather than lease it for a project that would more than return the city’s investment and provide a gathering spot within walking distance of all the new downtown residences.</p> <p>       This is all the more reason for city staff to prioritize its review of Hillstone’s new proposal and get it to the council no later than that June meeting, if not sooner. Cities have sovereign immunity, but Hillstone would not go quietly if this ordinance blocked a project on which the company has spent a considerable amount of money.</p> <h3>Tax increase change in plans</h3> <p>       The Palm Beach County Commission finally got smarter about the proposed sales tax increase.</p> <p>       On Tuesday, the commission approved 5-2 a new plan that would eliminate $161 million for economic development and cultural projects. The one-cent increase over 10 years now would provide $1.35 billion for the school district, $810 million for the county and $540 million for cities, all for infrastructure improvements.</p> <p>       The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County had inserted itself into the program, claiming that the cultural component would increase support for the overall plan. Instead, the cultural money became controversial.</p> <p>       Only through legal maneuvering could private arts groups be eligible for this public money. The cultural council’s board decided which groups would get the money, most of which would have gone to Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. That displeased commissioners from districts whose residents would be paying, not getting.</p> <p>       As for that “economic development” money, it got into the plan after the Legislature included no new money in the state budget for Enterprise Florida. Nothing, however, prevents the county from allocating incentive money to corporations as needed.</p> <p>       Commissioner Steven Abrams represents Boca Raton and Delray Beach. He had voted against the previous iterations. He supported the new one. As Abrams said Wednesday, the proposed ballot language hadn’t mentioned culture. To him, that meant the culture piece was a problem, not an asset.</p> <p>       If the school board approves the new version, which would bring the schools more money, the county commission will take a second, final vote on May 17.</p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>       </p>Randy SchultzThu, 05 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/05/help-for-sober-houses-new-opposition-to-the-wildflower-plan-and-other-items-of-news-and-note/City WatchCommunityWeb Xtra: Deconstructing the Dishhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/04/web-xtra-deconstructing-the-dish-8/<p class="Body">Pizzaholics know that Tucci’s makes some of the best and tastiest pies around. I too love the pizzas that come out of Albert Aletto’s coal-fired oven, but lately my taste buds just can’t stop jonesing for one of his other creations, the kind of lusty, soul-satisfying dish you don’t find much on restaurant menus anymore—sautéed escarole with cannellini beans and sausage.</p> <p class="Body">There are no culinary sleights of hand here, just quality ingredients prepared simply and with care and presented in all their unpretentious, uncomplicated glory. Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than that.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bm_tuccis-2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body"><strong>ESCAROLE &amp; BEANS WITH SAUSAGE</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Albert Aletto, chef-owner, Tucci’s</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">6 cloves garlic, peeled</p> <p class="Body">1 ounce red onion, thinly sliced</p> <p class="Body">Olive oil</p> <p class="Body">6 ounces cooked cannellini beans with liquid</p> <p class="Body">1 to 1-1/2 heads escarole, woody stems trimmed and leaves chopped in large pieces</p> <p class="Body">2 links sweet Italian sausage</p> <p class="Body">1/2 cup chicken stock (optional)</p> <p class="Body">Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p class="Body"> </p> <p class="Body">Toss garlic cloves with olive oil, place on a sheet pan and roast in a 350- to 400-degree oven until soft and caramelized. Set aside. Place sausages on sheet pan and roast in oven, turning occasionally, until done, approximately 20-25 minutes. Let cool and slice thinly.</p> <p class="Body">Add olive oil to pot, sauté red onion until soft, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add cannellini beans and liquid to pot and sauté until heated through. Add escarole and toss to coat with oil and wilt slightly. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary. If mixture seems dry, add chicken stock or additional bean liquid. Add sliced sausage, heat through and serve.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bm_tuccis-125.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>CHEF’S TIPS</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body">It’s okay to use canned beans if you don’t feel like taking the trouble to cook dried beans from scratch. Just be sure not to cook them to mush.</p> <p class="Body">Don’t worry if your garlic cloves get a little charred in the roasting process. Caramelization improves their flavor.</p> <p class="Body">Use a deep pot to cook the escarole in, as a large volume of greens will overflow a sauté pan and make it difficult to cook all the pieces evenly. Don’t cook the escarole too much, though. It should be wilted but still retain some texture.</p> <p class="Body">If you can’t find escarole in your local market, kale or bok choy make good substitutes.</p> <p class="Body">It’s worth searching out premium Italian sausages. Aletto says some supermarket brands are more fat than pork. In a dish this simple, every ingredient counts.</p>Bill CitaraWed, 04 May 2016 14:25:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/04/web-xtra-deconstructing-the-dish-8/In The MagazineWeb ExtrasConcert Review: The Smashing Pumpkins at Broward Centerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/04/concert-review-the-smashing-pumpkins-at-broward-center/<p>If you have difficulty keeping up with the latest shenanigans of Billy Corgan and company then you’re not the only one. The Smashing Pumpkins have certainly had more than their fair share of trials and tribulations amongst a plethora of internal problems over the span of the group’s history, which unbelievably covers almost three decades. They’ve survived a constant revolving gaggle of band members, with one sole permanent survivor—Corgan.</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/re2_0921.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Photos by Ron Elkman)</em></p> <p>This weekend, The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale was the seemingly inapt venue for the alternative rock band’s final show of its “In Plainsong” tour. But, supported by indie singer-songwriter Liz Phair, the setting was actually ideal for this concert.</p> <p>Even with prior warning of the show being more of an acoustic/electro nature, I was still slightly unprepared for the four opening songs being played entirely solo by Corgan, who had wandered onto the stage a little earlier in a grey suit and hat, barely being noticed by fans.</p> <p>The sound, however, was pretty spectacular, considering it was just one musician for the first segment. Corgan’s powerful acoustic guitar playing and unmistakable voice were enjoyable and thought-provoking across cuts like “Tonight, Tonight”and “Stumbleine,” but they did lack the familiar full-band luster. Those expecting to hear the aggressive, sprawling thrashing of a typical Pumpkins concert would have been disappointed during this portion. </p> <p>An earnest cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” saw the introduction of talented touring guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who added a somewhat classical element to the rendition and songs that followed. The atmosphere changed frequently along with the backdrop. With four artistic settings, the group managed to affect the ambience considerably, with subtle yet well-designed lighting effects.</p> <p><img alt="" height="504" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/re2_1242.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>After playing songs from “Adore” and “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” Corgan announced that “Siamese Dream” songs were coming up, and proceeded to slam an audience member that was wailing out the name of his favorite hit, “Disarm.” “There’s always some stupid person, shouting out stupid things at every show,” he remarked.</p> <p>The remaining members of the touring group, Katie Cole, Sierra Swan and, much to the delight of the crowd, original band member Jimmy Chamberlin, took their spots and treated the fans to a section of seven songs from the popular “Siamese Dream” album. “Spaceboy,” “Today” and “Soma” were particularly memorable, inducing the dreamy, nostalgic moments one would hope for. As it turns out, Corgan finished this segment with an interesting solo organ performance of “Disarm” which reminded me that I should have been in church earlier that Sunday and every Sunday prior.</p> <p>Thankfully the band plugged in the power (at least for Schroeder’s guitar) and for the remainder of the show performed as one might expect. At one point, Liz Phair joined the stage, as well as Corgan’s niece, Ava, to add to the harmonic values. Rousing covers of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and the Rolling Stones’ “Angie” were particularly well done. </p> <p>When “1979” was played with vigor, the whole theater rose to its feet (for the first time that night, I might add). This was a far cry from the last “Smashing Pumpkins” concert I saw, which was standing-room only: You had to be seriously concerned with the odd flailing foot to the head.</p> <p>On the whole, this show was an oddly artistic and interesting experience—a subdued beginning with a crescendo of an ending. The predictably unpredictable Corgan leaves me wondering what he will be up to next.</p> <p>SET LIST</p> <p>Cardinal Rule</p> <p>Stumbleine</p> <p>Tonight, Tonight</p> <p>The World's Fair</p> <p>Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)</p> <p>Thirty-Three</p> <p>Jesus, I/Mary Star of the Sea (Zwan cover)</p> <p>Mayonaise</p> <p>Soma</p> <p>Rocket</p> <p>Spaceboy</p> <p>Today</p> <p>Whir</p> <p>Disarm</p> <p>Sorrows (In Blue)</p> <p>Eye</p> <p>Saturnine</p> <p>Identify (Natalie Imbruglia cover)</p> <p>1979</p> <p>Stand Inside Your Love</p> <p>Pinwheels</p> <p>Lily (My One and Only)</p> <p>Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover)</p> <p>Malibu (Hole cover)</p> <p>The Spaniards</p> <p>Angie (the Rolling Stones cover)</p>magazineWed, 04 May 2016 10:39:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/04/concert-review-the-smashing-pumpkins-at-broward-center/Arts & EventsMusicNew Local, Eco-Friendly &amp; Fabulous Fitness Clothing Linehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/04/new-local-eco-friendly-fabulous-fitness-clothing-line/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Have you ever felt like staying at home but ended up going out anyway because you wanted to show off your new outfit? I know I have. Now imagine feeling that way about your fitness clothes and going to workout even when you don’t feel like it!</p> <p>Being a Green Goddess, I believe in three things—feeling good, looking good and keeping our planet in a good shape. And I like to feel this way during all of my daily activities, including fitness, because when it comes to exercising, I also want to look fabulous during the whole process. </p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.4_military_hippie_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Unfortunately the fitness clothing industry so far has been incredibly wasteful in the whole process, from manufacturing to overconsumption—not to mention that most brands have been keeping with the same theme of styles. Their clothes wear out so fast; they quickly end up in landfills that are full already.</p> <p>This is why I’m so excited about <a href="http://MilitaryHippie.com" target="_blank">Military Hippie</a>—a local, Boca-based company that makes quality fitness clothing that will last through tough workouts and stay strong during years of wear, giving you better value out of your purchase.</p> <p><img alt="" height="397" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.4_military_hippie_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>All of their tees, tanks, sweatpants and sweatshirts are made from natural organic cotton, which offers natural benefits like breathability, antibacterial effects, UV protection and biodegradability. Their yoga wear is manufactured with cutting edge sustainable processes that reduce waste and leave less harmful chemicals on your skin and in the environment. They even use recycled polyester for their yoga pants.</p> <p>"Just like the food you eat, the clothing you choose to wear can make a difference to your body and the environment,” says, Karolyn Fox, founder of Military Hippie. “Choose better products and live a healthier and more sustainable life!"</p> <p>And if you think this new line of fitness clothing is boring or earth-crunchy, think again. Their pieces are absolutely gorgeous and fun to wear. And with all honestly, I now wear their yoga pants to lounge around, not just to workout. After all, it feels good to feel comfy and look fabulous!</p> <p><strong>Use COUPON CODE </strong><strong>BOCA20 to get 20% off!</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 04 May 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/04/new-local-eco-friendly-fabulous-fitness-clothing-line/FashionShoppingShopping NewsCharity golf tourney to benefit animal rescue http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/04/charity-golf-tourney-to-benefit-animal-rescue/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Here’s your chance to play golf on the course of a beautiful South Florida country club, while raising money to establish a sanctuary for dogs and other animals that have been abandoned in the Everglades.</p> <p>Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon that people abandon their dogs in the Everglades. The domesticated animals are left to fend for themselves in Florida’s wild. </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.4_eddy_with_one_of_the_dogs_he_rescued.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Miami resident Eddy Alvarez, who has patrolled the Everglades for decades, has been feeding, rescuing and finding homes for abandoned dogs, cats and other pets. Alvarez only recently started receiving dog food donations for the 50-60 dogs he sees and feeds daily. For the most part, Alvarez has paid out of pocket for the animals’ food, veterinary care and more.</p> <p>His established 501(c) 3 charity <a href="http://www.eddysk9rescue.com/" target="_blank">Eddy's K-9 Rescue</a> needs a facility to continue helping these animals. Sounds like help is on the way, and Fit Life readers can get involved.</p> <p>Max's Grille is holding a golf tournament at the Seagate Country Club (3600 Hamlet Drive, Delray Beach), on Sunday, May 22 to benefit Eddy’s K-9 Rescue and the proposed new animal sanctuary.</p> <p>Tickets are $125 per person or $500 for a foursome. A buffet lunch will be served at noon, and the shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. The event will feature an awards ceremony, happy hour and raffles post-tournament. The lucky hole in one winner (if there is one) will win a two-year lease for a new Porsche, courtesy of Champion Porsche. Other sponsors include Max’s Grille, Premiere Beverage, Republic National and The Seagate Club.</p> <p>Eddy’s K-9 Rescue sanctuary, if it becomes a reality, will house up to 50 dogs, 50 cats, horses, birds, reptiles, cows, chickens, goats and more. The charity has a fundraising goal of $75,000. To help make that happen, click <a href="http://bit.ly/1WvJxiT" target="_blank">here</a>. To sign up for the 6th Annual Max’s Grille Charity Golf Tournament, visit Max’s Grille on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/maxsgrille" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, follow on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxsGrille" target="_blank">@MaxsGrille</a> or call 561/368-0080. </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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p> <p> </p>Lisette HiltonWed, 04 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/04/charity-golf-tourney-to-benefit-animal-rescue/FitnessHealth/BeautyGreat Getaways 2016http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/03/great-getaways-2016/<p>Looking for a great summer travel package? Check out these Florida resorts that offer great discounts for Sunshine State residents.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/delray_sands_resort.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.DelraySandsResort.com" target="_blank">DELRAY SANDS RESORT</a> </strong>(2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach, 866/790-2198)</p> <p>Find your beach escape at Delray Sands Resort, located in the upscale enclave of Highland Beach, between Boca Raton and Delray Beach. With a coveted setting and exceptional amenities, Delray Sands is the ideal destination for those looking for a tranquil beachfront retreat. Latitudes offers ocean views and an irresistible menu of modern coastal cuisine and is also home to a legendary Sunday Brunch, which is consistently voted among the top brunches in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>Florida Residents, plan your summer escape and save up to 20% with Delray Sands Resort’s exclusive Florida Resident offer. Book online.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/edgewater_beach_hotel.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.Edgewaternaples.com" target="_blank">EDGEWATER BEACH HOTEL</a>, </strong>(1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, 866/624-1695)</p> <p>Escape to Naples’ only All-Suite Resort, the newly renovated Edgewater Beach Hotel, situated directly on seven miles of white sand beach. Recreational activities include beach cabana service, bike rentals, scuba/snorkeling, paddleboard and kayak rental, sailing and windsurfing, two heated swimming pools and a modern Fitness Center. Private yoga sessions and in-suite massages can also be arranged.</p> <p>Get away this summer and enjoy spectacular beach sunsets that are just a two-hour drive from Boca. There’s no reason to wait when Florida residents can save up to 20% off the best available rates. Book your stay online.</p> <div> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/amara_cay_resort.jpg" width="490"> </p> </div> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amaracayresort.com" target="_blank">AMARA CAY RESORT</a>, </strong>(80001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305/664-0073)</p> <p>Relax on the private beach, lounge on a hammock or under a thatched hut, and stroll along the pier. Worship the sun on the elevated sunning beach, protected by a private seaside dock. Sip a cocktail next to the luxurious pool, or dip into a whirlpool. Let the waterfront setting set the stage for you to explore the clear waters, sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets. The Sport Fishing Capital of the World is an equally appealing spot for divers and snorkelers, thanks to a colorful variety of shallow coral reefs and shipwrecks.</p> <p>Florida Residents, save 20% on your getaway to Amara Cay Resort. The laid-back luxury resort is a short drive from Boca Raton, and it offers the easy elegance of the Keys, with a private beach, on-site watersports facility, fine Italian dining and a casual rum bar.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/jupiter_beach_resort_&amp;_spa.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.JupiterBeachResort.com" target="_blank">JUPITER BEACH RESORT &amp; SPA</a>, </strong>(5 N. A1A, Jupiter, 877/389-0571)</p> <p>Surround yourself in natural beauty at the Palm Beaches’ best kept secret, Jupiter Beach Resort &amp; Spa, located on a 1,000-foot stretch of beach on the quiet side of Palm Beach county. From the pristine beach and oceanfront pool to pampering spa treatments, everything you need to create your ideal vacation is here. The resort is also just minutes to shopping and entertainment centers.</p> <p>Florida residents can save up to 40% this summer! Book online.</p> <p><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/four_seasons.jpg" width="490"> </p> <div dir="ltr"> <div><strong><a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/palmbeach" target="_blank">FOUR SEASONS RESORT</a>, </strong>(2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/582-2800)</div> <div>  </div> <div> <div>It's time to unwind, have a little summer fun and focus on the most important people of all--you and those around you. Here at this beach chic paradise, you and your loved ones will feel like the most important people on earth. And now, you can enjoy rates exclusively for you. </div> <div> </div> </div> <div>For $195, escape for just the day to enjoy a 50-minute spa treatment, then enjoy a leisurely lunch and relax on the full-service beach for as long as you wish. Available select dates now through Sept. 30 with valid Florida identification card. Florida resident rates include valet parking and wifi. </div> <div> </div> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/seagate_hotel.jpg" width="490"></div> <p><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12546/%20http:/www.theseagatehotel.com/?utm_source=Bocamag.com&amp;utm_medium=Listing&amp;utm_campaign=SHG419202016GreatGetaways" target="_blank">SEAGATE HOTEL &amp; SPA</a> </strong>(1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 1-877-57-SEAGATE)</p> <p>Treat yourself to the ultimate staycation. Only The Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa offers the amenities of a luxury resort, with the intimate feeling of a private retreat. Enjoy championship golf, oceanfront dining at the private beach club and relaxing treatments at the award-winning spa. Spend your vacation where the options are endless.</p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/biltmore.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.biltmorehotel.com" target="_blank"><strong>BILTMORE HOTEL </strong></a>(1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 855/969-3080)</p> <p>Graced with effortless beauty and sophistication, The Biltmore Hotel is Miami’s national historic landmark. A favorite of world leaders since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course; tennis courts; the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States with private cabanas; a European spa and a renowned fitness center. The hotel’s dining destinations feature four restaurants including the award-winning Palme d'Or and Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant.</p> <p>Book the Florida Resident Rate and Save $100 per day in value.</p> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/waterstone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="http://www.waterstoneboca.com/special-offers-en.html" target="_blank"><strong>WATERSTONE RESORT &amp; MARINA </strong></a>(999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/368-9500)</p> <p>Florida Residents can now experience two relaxing nights at the beautiful Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina, plus a $25 credit towards food and beverage at one of the two exciting restaurant options, including Boca Raton’s only ‘on-the-water’ dining experience.  At Boca’s newest, 4-Diamond luxury boutique hotel, all 139 of the spacious guest rooms feature a large private balcony with breathtaking views of the water and the perfect balance of stylish hospitality and casual comfort.</p> </div>magazineTue, 03 May 2016 11:46:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/03/great-getaways-2016/Hot DealsIn The MagazineTravel Summer Dining Specials and Eventshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/03/summer-dining-specials-and-events/<p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.3_deck_84_outside.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Summer specials lining up already!</strong></p> <p>It’s beginning to feel like summer, with temps already climbing up to the high 80s. Thankfully, we still have a few cooler breezes hanging around. And also thankfully, we’re starting to see some of our area’s famed summer dining specials cropping up already.</p> <p>Case in point: The Rapoport Restaurant Group of eateries is trotting out some great-value deals, starting this week through September.</p> <p>From Sunday through Thursday at Bogart’s <em>(Premier Level Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road)</em>, Henry’s <em>(16850 Jog Road),</em> Burt &amp; Max’s <em>(9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> and Deck 84 <em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach),</em> plan on finding some good dining deals. Here are the details:</p> <p>Kids eat free (one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée) at all four restaurants from Sunday through Thursday. Really, you can’t beat that—and the kids love it, too.</p> <p>On rotating nights from Monday to Thursday, buy half-price bottles of wine with an entrée, and that means on Mondays it’s Burt &amp; Max’s, Tuesdays it’s Henry’s, Wednesdays it’s Deck 84 and Thursdays it’s Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille.</p> <p>Prix-fixe dinners: Henry’s is featuring a three-course menu daily from 5 p.m. to closing for $20 per person.  New this year, Deck 84 (pictured) has a three-course meal Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., starting at $22.</p> <p>Look for extended happy hours and the 10 for $10 lunches. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.3_maxs_harvest_exec_chef_eric_baker.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Summer’s Second Annual Chef vs. Chef dates announced</strong></p> <p>Speaking of summer, the 16-week Second Annual Chef vs. Chef competition will kick off on June 15. The first competition will start at 9:30 p.m. on June 22, at Max’s Harvest <em>(169 NE 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Delray Beach)</em> and will be held there each Wednesday. The emcee of the competition will be Executive Chef Eric Baker of Max’s Harvest (pictured). These events pit South Florida chefs against each other, and the winner moves on to the next week’s competition, with the last chef standing as the winner. Each week, competing chefs are each given three secret ingredients, and they must prepare two to three dishes within an hour. Judges decide the winner. The events are open to the public (for a $10 donation), include music and commentary, and benefit the Milagro Center. Mark your calendar!</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>Lynn KalberTue, 03 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/03/summer-dining-specials-and-events/DiningBoca charts a plan, real estate market on a roll and other items of news and note in the cityhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/03/boca-charts-a-plan-real-estate-market-on-a-roll-and-other-items-of-news-and-note-in-the-city/<h3><img alt="" height="167" src="/site_media/uploads/12494752_1099484206782057_2997563795700243955_n.png" width="450"></h3> <h3>Boca’s strategic planning issues    </h3> <p>The biggest difference between this year’s Boca Raton goal-setting session and last year’s is that it’s no longer called a goal-setting session. Mayor Susan Haynie told me Monday that it’s now “strategic planning.” That’s because so many “goals” hung around for lack of completion.</p> <p>       That’s also the case this year. As City Manager Leif Ahnell’s recent “action update” noted, among the holdover issues are downtown parking, the waterfront plan, the 20<sup>th</sup> Street student district and the downtown Pattern Book, which the city seemingly has been working on the since first Bush administration.</p> <p>       Still, there’s also been progress on past priorities. Boca opened a communications office, and I can report that it’s much easier to get information. The city is approving permit applications faster and has moved those employees into their own space at the old library. Relations with the Boca Raton Airport have improved.</p> <p>       Much of this week’s session will focus on speeding up other holdovers. Haynie said the city is ready to hire a consultant who will inventory all the property the city owns along the Intracoastal Waterway and recommend ways to increase public access. “We have so much,” Haynie said, “and we’re just not using any of it.” Councilman Mike Mullaugh said, “We want to open up the waterfront to all Boca residents.”</p> <p>       Current projects, however, won’t wait for that study. Momentum is building for a makeover of Lake Wyman Park four years after neighborhood opposition killed an earlier version. Design work could start in July on Phase 2 of Hillsboro/El Rio Park. Negotiations continue for a Hillstone restaurant on the former Wildflower property. Haynie would like to have that issue before the city council in early June. Otherwise, it would have to wait until fall, to ensure maximum public comment.</p> <p>       Newer council members want to target current goals, not just add new ones. Scott Singer wants “to focus more in completing what we started last year than re-ranking a list of projects.” One of Jeremy Rodgers’ goals is an “execution plan” for current items. “All goals,” he said, “should have milestones in place within the first quarter, with tentative dates through completion.”</p> <p>       In addition to waterfront land, the council wants to develop a plan for all the other city-owned land, notably the cluster of City Hall, the police station, the community center and surrounding athletic fields. City Hall is almost a half-century old, and the staff has outgrown it. Recent flooding showed the structural problems. Haynie points out that smaller cities have more elaborate community centers. Boca Raton needs to decide how to use that land for the next 50 years, what the effects will be—displaced fields?—and how to pay for the resulting plan.</p> <p>       Other items, in no particular order:</p> <p>       • Levels of service. Haynie said Ahnell worries about the number of adult congregate living facilities in Boca. ACLFs demand more emergency management services than other residential. With forecasts of rapid growth in off-campus housing for college students, the city must prepare for the effect on police services.</p> <p>       • Annexation. Haynie said the city will consider adding neighborhoods in what she calls the “northern tier”—Le Lac, Newport Bay and St. Andrews Country Club. With the city having annexed Royal Palm Polo, Haynie said, Boca could “square off” its northwest boundary.</p> <p>       • Transportation. This issue goes beyond downtown traffic and parking. Rodgers wonders how Boca “will develop” around the second Tri-Rail stop north of Boca Center. That development itself could be in for big changes that include new residential units marketed to those who use public transit.</p> <p>       • Economic development. Boca Raton must hope that Office Depot stays—at least in some form—but plan as if some or all of those 2,000 jobs will be gone in the next few years. Though the city is becoming a draw for tech start-ups, Rodgers—who works for IBM—said there’s still “too much Del Boca Vista, not enough birthplace of the personal computer and best place to start your business.”</p> <p>       This year’s goal-setting/strategic planning session will take place at the Municipal Services Complex on Northwest First Avenue. Public sessions are from 1 p.m. to 4:30 on Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 on Thursday and 8:30 until noon on Friday, with an afternoon session if the discussion spills over.</p> <h3>South Florida real estate market update</h3> <p>       It’s no surprise that the South Florida real estate market is better than the national real estate market, or that the Boca Raton-Delray Beach market is better than the South Florida market. Thanks to <em>The Washington Post</em>, however, we know just how much better.</p> <p>       The <em>Post </em>this week published an interactive article on how much home prices have changed since 2004, as the real estate bubble was swelling. In this area, prices peaked in late 2005, sank during the financial crisis of 2008, and have been rising since 2010. The premise of the <em>Post </em>piece —headlined “The Divided American Dream”—is that while some of the country’s 19,000 ZIP codes have more than recovered, others are flat or worse.</p> <p>       Nationwide, the typical single-family home was worth 14 percent more in 2015 than it was in 2004. Not surprisingly, the coastal sections of South Florida have performed best. In ZIP code 33432, which includes Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club and the section south of Glades Road and west of Dixie Highway, prices are up 21 percent, or about $110,000 on average.</p> <p>       In the next ZIP code to the west—33486, to Military Trail—prices are up 17 percent. In 33433, west to Lyons Road, the increase was 15 percent.</p> <p>       ZIP code 33431, which runs generally from A1A to St. Andrews Boulevard between Yamato and Glades roads, saw an increase of 15 percent. The increase was the same for ZIP code 33434, from St. Andrews to State Road 7. In 33487, Boca’s far northeast, prices rose 14 percent. The worst performer was 33496, was the far northwest. The increase there was just 7 percent.</p> <p>       Delray Beach’s four ZIP codes run the length of the city from east to west. The city’s numbers support those who believe that real estate is all about location.</p> <p>       In ZIP code 33483, from A1A to Federal Highway, prices rose a whopping 29 percent—or roughly $186,000 on average. In 33444, between Federal Highway and Interstate 95, the increase was 19 percent. In 33445, from I-95 to Military Trail, prices went up 10 percent. In 33484, between Military Trail and Lyons Road, prices were flat.</p> <p>       Not surprisingly, the town of Palm Beach has recovered nicely. Prices there are up 62 percent since 2004 —or roughly $740,000 on average. And think of the jump if Donald Trump becomes president.</p> <h3>Tax roll predictions</h3> <p>       Those higher prices are reflected in the preliminary tax rolls that Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits announced last week.</p> <p>       Nikolits estimates that Boca Raton’s property tax roll will rise from $19.6 billion to $20.6 billion and Delray Beach’s from $8 billion to $8.7 billion. Delray’s increase would be higher on a proportional basis—9 percent compared to 5.2 percent—but no municipality had a higher overall increase than Boca’s $1 billion. Palm Beach was next at $900 million. Boca Raton’s base is nearly twice the amount in West Palm Beach, the county’s largest city.</p> <p>       The appraiser’s office releases preliminary totals now, so that cities and the county can start work on their budgets. Final numbers come out July 1.</p> <h3>Insurance commissioner</h3> <p>       State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, won’t be sending Gov. Rick Scott a Christmas card this year. Or maybe ever.</p> <p>       On Friday, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater wanted to make Hager the state’s insurance commissioner at a salary of $190,000. But in picking a commissioner, the governor and the CFO have to agree. Scott didn’t want Hager, just as Atwater didn’t want Scott’s favorite, Jeffrey Bragg, who had run the federal flood and terrorism insurance programs.</p> <p>       I never understood Atwater’s push for Hager, beyond the fact that they’re both from Palm Beach County. Despite Hager’s successful sponsorship this year of legislation that requires life insurers to make sure that all beneficiaries from a policy have been paid—we needed a law for that?—Hager has spent most of his life working for the insurance industry. During the Cabinet debates, Atwater stressed consumer needs more than Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.</p> <p>       Scott and Atwater settled on Deputy Insurance Commissioner David Altmeir. As for Hager’s future, he’s term-limited in 2018, when term limits also hit Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams. One can assume that Hager is considering a county commission run.</p> <h3>Sober house issue heating up again</h3> <p>       On Monday, Delray Beach hosted a meeting of federal and local officials to discuss sober houses. The office of U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, facilitated the nearly daylong event.</p> <p>       Delray and other cities are seeking a change in the 1999 federal statement that has made it nearly impossible for local governments to regulate sober houses. I will have more about this on Tuesday.</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 03 May 2016 09:19:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/03/boca-charts-a-plan-real-estate-market-on-a-roll-and-other-items-of-news-and-note-in-the-city/City WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: May 3 to 9http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/03/the-week-ahead-may-3-to-9-1/<p>TUESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/file.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Cypress Hill</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 Nugent Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27.50 advance, $29 day of show</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="http://www.jointherevolution.net" target="_blank">jointherevolution.net</a></p> <p>It’s been 25 years since Cypress Hill released its debut album, and the four-piece hip-hop group is celebrating this quarter-century milestone with a tour that draws heavily from its exciting freshman and sophomore albums. The band’s storied and ongoing career (its 10th album will be released this year) includes its distinction as the first Latino-American hip-hop artists to reach platinum status in album sales. Cypress Hill also helped blur the lines between rap and rock, with guitars and drums often assisting the group’s bass-heavy rhythms and unusual samples, all of it connected by vocalist B-real’s high nasal pitch. As for the lyrics, they continue to make artists as disparate as Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson proud: Cannabis is a favorite and repeated subject of discussion. Special guests Jelly Roll will open the show. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/cinco-de-brickell-crowd-shot.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Cinco de Mayo Brickell</strong></p> <p>Where: Mary Brickell Village, 901 S. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 2 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 general admission, $29 for “fiesta party pack”</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.cincodemayobrickell.com" target="_blank">cincodemayobrickell.com</a></p> <p>Billing itself as Miami’s biggest Cinco de Mayo festival, this annual daylong celebration may be the closest experience South Floridians have to visiting Mexico without actually crossing the border … or at least visiting the Mexico of tourist brochures. Bring your favorite sombrero and slap on a moustache if you don’t already have one. There will be music at two DJ stages, live mariachi bands and Mexican dancers, authentic Mexican beer, tequila shots and premium margaritas. And when they say “premium,” they mean it: Deep-pocketed imbibers can partake in a $200 margarita called “The M,” which touts everything from Herradura Seleccion tequila to its Persian limes and ultra-pure bamboo salt. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/shortcuts6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Short Cuts 6”</strong></p> <p>Where: Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 individual, $15 group rate</p> <p>Contact: 561/347-3948, <a href="http://www.willowtheatre.org" target="_blank">willowtheatre.org</a></p> <p>When author and writing coach Joyce Sweeney launched an inaugural short-play collection “Short Cuts” at no cost to the public in 2010, she was “testing the waters” to see if there was an audience hungry for new work for local playwrights. When 150 attendees turned up at the show’s unorthodox theater space—The Loft, a Boca venue that hosts weddings and bar mitzvahs—she knew she was onto something. The following year, she incorporated as a theater company, The Playgroup LLC, and has since presented a new “Short Cuts” every year at various black box spaces. The sixth edition marks Sweeney’s first in its generously sized new home at the Willow Theatre. The outrageous and the absurd link several of this year’s selections of comedies and dramas. Among the eight plays: God and the Devil debate the relocation of a difficult soul in “Bob is Cast Out of Hell;” aliens named Sushi and Kale consider the merits of Earth in “Best Planets to Retire On;” and a suppertime rendezvous takes a turn for the strange in “Guess What’s Coming to Dinner.” It runs through May 15.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/realistic_joneses_24x36_copy_2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Realistic Joneses”</strong></p> <p>Where: Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="http://www.thinkingcaptheatre.com" target="_blank">thinkingcaptheatre.com</a></p> <p>The sort of effusive praise that <em>New York Times</em> theater critic Charles Isherwood lavished on the 2014 Broadway premiere of “The Realistic Joneses” doesn’t occur often—so expectations are high for the South Florida regional premiere of Will Eno’s award-nominated ensemble piece. The title refers to a pair of next-door neighbor couples, both bearing the last name “Jones” and both with their peculiar reasons for living in this particular community. The inability of educated, grown humans to communicate with each is central to this strange, darkly comic work, which often has the feel of connected “SNL” sketches, complete with blackout scene endings. Eno himself says that it reads like a “sitcom broadcast from a weirder, more melancholy world.” Margaret Ledford will direct Mark Duncan, Casey Dressler, Noah Levine and Gretchen Porro in Thinking Cap’s production, which runs through May 22.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bill-burr.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Burr</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$85</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="http://www.myhrl.com" target="_blank">myhrl.com</a></p> <p>Nothing is off limits for this decidedly un-P.C. Massachusetts comedian with nearly 25 years in the standup biz. All races, sexes, genders, creeds, faiths and body types are fair game for this incendiary comedic voice, who, like fellow provocateurs Louis CK, Bill Hicks and George Carlin, has a an ability to hold a grimy mirror up to society—especially the parts we don’t want to look at. As his career has graduated from brick-and-mic clubs to theaters and concert halls, so has his acting work, with roles ranging from “Breaking Bad” to “Maron” and “The Heat” to his credit. He also hosts one of the funniest podcasts on the Net. But for Burr at his rawest and most unhinged, his tours are where it’s at. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/joelmchale_facebook.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Joel McHale</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $35 with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="http://www.palmbeachimprov.com" target="_blank">palmbeachimprov.com</a></p> <p>For 11 years, E! Network’s “The Soup” provided a half-hour of weekly sanity amid a television landscape populated by celebutants, simpering competition-show losers, raging housewives and brain cell-killing teenybopper programming. Which is why its finale, in December of last year, was a sad day for TV—an institution which now has one less opportunity to laugh at itself. But at least its snarky, sarcastic host is still roaming the countryside, if not the weekly airwaves. Joel McHale remains a subversive, pop-culture skewering voice who, when not touring his reference-heavy standup act, tends to appear in the most unexpected places: the “X-Files” reboot, for instance, where he played a poker-faced parody of conspiracy radio host Alex Jones, and “Deliver Us From Evil,” a big-budget supernatural thriller. This weekend’s four shows only at the Palm Beach Improv provide an unusually intimate opportunity to see him at a distance that’s as close as, well … your home television.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/impractical-jockers1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Tenderloins</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $53.75-$250</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>The four-piece comedy troupe known as the Tenderloins are adept at making strangers—and themselves—outrageously uncomfortable. It is, in fact, their day jobs, as the stars of the hit truTV series “Impractical Jokers.” The hidden camera comedy follows the Tenderloins—aka Joe, Murr, Q and Sal—as they perform public pranks that even they have no knowledge of prior to the beginning of the stunt. Which means spontaneity always trumps rehearsed action, and that improvisation, a major element of the comedians’ backgrounds, plays into the success or failure of each prank. In recent weeks, one Tenderloin embedded himself into a feminist panel only to disagree with everything the activists said; another volunteered for an invasive medical procedure during a health seminar. The guys are often the butts of their own jokes, and this self-effacement has helped elevate “Impractical Jokers” over most hidden-camera schadenfreude. At their live tour, the Tenderloins will present a multimedia showcase of live comedy and videos, much of it never seen before.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/17092_full.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Don Pasquale”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $21-$225</p> <p>Contact: 800/741-1010, <a href="http://www.fgo.org" target="_blank">fgo.org</a></p> <p>Following the fiery tragedy and historical drama of its previous two productions (“Norma” and “The Passenger”), Florida Grand Opera has decided to let us exhale and share a few laughs with its season closer. Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” considered the apex of the 19th century <em>opera buffa</em> movement, is also one of the great Italian comic operas of all time. Charting the machinations of a miserly, reclusive bachelor with a penchant for cats; his scheming nephew; and the nephew’s lower-caste paramour; “Pasquale” has entered the standard repertoire, but you probably haven’t seen a version like this: Updated by Scottish Opera in 2014, this production is set in Rome at the cusp of the Swingin’ Sixties, and its lurid cartoon sets evoke Looney Tunes as much as “La Dolce Vita.” It runs through May 14.</p>John ThomasonTue, 03 May 2016 09:02:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/03/the-week-ahead-may-3-to-9-1/Arts & EventsMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSunFest Reviews: The Joy Formidable, Bastillehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/02/sunfest-reviews-the-joy-formidable-bastille/<p><em>[Editor's note: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.]</em></p> <p>“It’s quite a lovely evening, but that’s common here, isn’t it?”</p> <p>This sentiment, expressed by the Joy Formidable’s Ritzy Bryan, reached a consensus on the JetBlue stage at SunFest this past Friday: Both her band, which hails from Wales, and Bastille, which is based in London, couldn’t contain their joy of playing a perfect rainless springtime gig in paradise, with palm trees fronting the stage and a nice breeze drifting from the Intracoastal.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/tjf2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>We’re glad they escaped the European climes too, because both offered exhilarating performances for the eclectic West Palm Beach audience. The Joy Formidable, playing to a fairly small but passionate crowd, performed an exciting—if not always sound-balanced—eight-song set with material dating to its 2008 debut.</p> <p>Bryan is a beautiful and charismatic frontwoman with a distinctive voice, but seeing the Joy Formidable live serves to remind audiences of her proficiency with the ax: She channeled her inner Hendrix with the snaky “Last Thing On My Mind” before slaying us with the big, Sabbath-style riffs of “Maw Maw Song,” with its deft use of an onstage gong. The song ended, as so many great Joy Formidable performances do, with a sonic blitzkrieg and light show, with strobe effects functioning like lightning among the thunder of drummer Matthew Thomas’ percussion.</p> <p>The Suzanne Vega-esque “Liana” proved to be the closest song in the set to a ballad (it would have been a treat to hear “Silent Treatment,” but oh well), and it’s likewise a stronger, more urgent tune in a live setting than on record. The group sent us away with its raucous, traditional closer “Whirring,” during which Bryan butted her head into the chest of bassist Rhydian Dafydd and he pushed her forehead with his hand in return, like some sort of Inuit mating ritual. By the time the song collapsed into a sea of feedback, both Bryan and her mic stand had hit the floor. The set, though noticeably short, presented a band that clearly loves what it does, performing at the peak of its primacy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="190" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/bastille.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Bastille took the stage next, eliciting a sea of red glow sticks bobbing to the dance beat. The four-piece electropop sensations played almost everything from their debut “Bad Blood,” along with a smattering of B-sides, covers and new material—which generally moved with a darker, crunchier texture than the poppiest songs on “Bad Blood.” Daniel Smith proved to be a self-deprecating frontman, suggesting a potential bathroom break/beer run before playing the aching ballad “Oblivion.” But those who did leave the spots during the song missed quite a sight: the glow of hundreds of cell phone cameras—replacing the lighters from rock shows of yore—swaying to the slow beat like rhythmic fireflies.</p> <p>Smith energized the crowd by using all of the stage and then some—perching on an upraised plank, climbing into the audience, thwacking the massive drum kit at center stage. The group’s two remixed covers, of Corona’s dancehall classic “Rhythm of the Night,” and TLC’s “No Scrubs,” added a nice amount of variety to the set list. </p> <p><strong>The Joy Formidable set list</strong></p> <p>The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade</p> <p>Little Blimp</p> <p>Passerby</p> <p>The Last Thing on My Mind</p> <p>Maw Maw Song</p> <p>Cradle</p> <p>Liana</p> <p>Whirring</p> <p><strong>Bastille set list</strong></p> <p>Flaws</p> <p>Laura Palmer</p> <p>Send Them off</p> <p>Things We Lost in the Fire</p> <p>These Streets</p> <p>Blame</p> <p>Oblivion</p> <p>The Currents</p> <p>Bad Blood</p> <p>Of the Night</p> <p>Laughter Lines</p> <p>Hangin’</p> <p>Icarus</p> <p>The Draw</p> <p>No Angels</p> <p>Snakes</p> <p>The Weight of Living, Part II</p> <p>Pompeii</p>John ThomasonMon, 02 May 2016 10:49:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/02/sunfest-reviews-the-joy-formidable-bastille/Arts & EventsMusicCinco de Mayo specials and morehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/02/cinco-de-mayo-specials-and-more/<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.2_roccos_tacos_molcajete.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With Cinco de Mayo signaling the beginning of the summer heat, keep cool with <strong>Rocco’s Tacos’</strong> celebrations, known for their music, food and drink specials. This year, owner Rocco Mangel will be popping up at various festivities and is sure to dance on the bar as usual. Each location in SoFla (Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Fort Lauderdale) will have its own show. Live music will be at Boca (Euphoria playing) and Fort Lauderdale (Suenalo). The fun starts at noon on May 5.</p> <p><strong>Salute Market</strong> <em>(5530 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em> will have, starting at 4 p.m., $5 margaritas and $3 El Presidente beers, and the regular menu that includes the Molcajetes, with seafood or meat. Live music starts at 7 p.m. Food includes street tacos, ceviche and more.</p> <p><strong>Rosalita’s Tex-Mex Grill</strong> <em>(5949 Congress Ave., Atlantis, 561/964-5747)</em>, a fun, bright, large restaurant with a devoted following, will celebrate May 5 starting at 5 p.m., with live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 24 Karat Margaritas are popular for a reason; enjoy specials, entertainment and complimentary valet parking. </p> <p><img alt="" height="644" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202016/5.2_table_26_chef_joe_ferro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>“Dine for a Cause” Wine Series: Table 26</strong></p> <p>For the third year, Table 26 <em>(1700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/855-2660)</em> will host its “Dine for a Cause” series, a monthly, four-course wine dinner event benefiting a different non-profit each time. On May 9 at 6:30 p.m., Executive Chef Joe Ferro (pictured) and Sommelier Andre Trevieso will work with Ruinart Winery, and the event will benefit 211 Helpline. </p> <p>Other event dates and info:</p> <p>June 13-Nickel &amp; Nickel winery, benefiting Compass</p> <p>July 11-Caymus Vineyards, benefiting Loggerhead Marine Center</p> <p>Aug. 8-Banfi Vintners, benefiting Lighthouse Artcenter</p> <p>Sept. 12-Paul Hobbs Winery, benefiting Place of Hope</p> <p>Oct. 17-Trefethen Family Vineyards benefits Big Dog Ranch Rescue</p> <p>The cost for each of the dinners is $195 per person, and includes everything.</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>Lynn KalberMon, 02 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/05/02/cinco-de-mayo-specials-and-more/DiningClose Inspectionhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/close-inspection/<p>Decades before HD televisions penetrated every home in America, Chuck Close produced photographs staggering in their high-definition vividness, often with little more than a Polaroid camera and artistic gusto at his disposal. The NSU Art Museum’s “Chuck Close Photographs,” a comprehensive survey of the New York artist’s restless, career-long grapple with the medium and its offshoots, offers 86 images dating back more than 50 years. Absorbing yourself in the exhibition is like listening to a composer’s variations on a theme: Close’s being the human face, in all of its complexity and simplicity, distinction and sameness, wildness and predictability.</p> <p><img alt="" height="142" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/close1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Though Close shot many of his subjects in profile or at an angle, the quintessential Close portrait—or “head,” as he called them early on—is a face staring directly at the viewer in front of a blank background, an act of inherent confrontation. Close has spoken of photography’s ability to “fix a detail that the human eye could not record.” Indeed, his photographs invite an almost dermatological scrutiny of facial minutiae that, if studied so closely on a public street, would earn a slug to the nose or a four-letter request.</p> <p>Note, in his famous piece “Phil” (that would be Close’s friend Philip Glass, before he achieved notoriety as a composer) the subject’s creased forehead, his stubble, the bags under his eyes, the single askew hair in his eyebrow. In “Stanley,” the face’s outsized, almost aviator glasses dwarf his beady eyes, and in “Joe,” it’s hard to look at anything except for the man’s unruly cowlick. “Bob,” taken in the late 1970s, is a product of the subject’s time—buck-toothed, mop-topped and still sporting Buddy Holly glasses after they went out of fashion but before they came into fashion again.</p> <p>Close’s photos are, among other things, time capsules of the era in which they were shot, providing uncritical assessments of the period’s eyewear, hairstyles and dental care. Then there’s the expressions his figures project. Some offer half-smiles, skepticism or mild anxiety, but the best ones are emptied of mental baggage, representing one of those rare split seconds when they are between thoughts. This, too, goes a long way in defining the images as objective documents, stripped of their creator’s opinion.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/close2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibit makes little distinction between the private and public figures who have sat for Close over his half-century career: All received the same treatment and hyper-particular sense of detail, down to every pore on their skin. That said, his image of a decidedly pre-presidential Hillary Clinton, circa 1999, is stirring in its confidence and magnetism; not even the marketing team for her current campaign has produced an image of the candidate that is this aesthetically pleasing. A portrait of Bill T. Jones (pictured above) likewise stresses his best attributes, his face and chest contoured, chiseled, as streamlined as his choreography.</p> <p>And then, just like that, the exhibit takes an adult turn, away from faces and toward the flowers and nudes that would, for a time, seduce the artist. Ironically the flora carries a more sexual charge. Even Georgia O’Keeffe would marvel at the reproductive subtext of his vivider-than-life diptych “Anthurium” (pictured below), with the flower’s phallic spadix protruding from the center of heart-shaped, sanguine petals. Full-figure nudes of men and women, divided into triptychs or more, slice the bodies into de-eroticized segments, but staring at them still makes spectators feel a bit like voyeurs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="510" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/close3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>These were departures for Close, bumps on an otherwise consistent road through the human face—each “head,” for Close, an opportunity for artistic exploration, reproduction and reinvention, on formats ranging from daguerreotypes and Woodburytpes to tapestry and painting. His achievements are all the more impressive when you realize he’s made most of them while enduring a series of challenges: attention-deficit disorder, face blindness and a spinal artery collapse that has left him paralyzed since 1988.</p> <p>The NSU exhibition mentions none of these ailments, focusing entirely on Close’s transcendent corpus. But they are worth noting. Speaking about photography, Close has said that while it’s the easiest medium to produce an accidental masterpiece, it’s the “hardest medium in which to have a distinctive personal vision.” If he had stopped in, say, 1975, he would have already achieved one; that he’s still innovating, despite his disadvantages, is nothing short of an inspiration.</p> <p><em>“Chuck Close Photographs” runs through Oct. 2 at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 954/525-5000 or visit nsuartmuseum.org.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 29 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/close-inspection/ArtArts & EventsFashion Forward: Mother&#39;s Day Gift Guidehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/fashion-forward-mothers-day-gift-guide/<p>Not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Let us help you. We’ve compiled a list of some suggestions that she’s sure to love.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_david_yurman.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>David Yurman, Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Is mom in need of some bling? You can't go wrong with this necklace or one of these rings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.davidyurman.com/products/women/collections/solari/solari-bypass-ring-with-diamonds-in-18k-gold-r12863d88.html?lpos=PLP-8&amp;item=r12863d88dpedi&amp;source=plp" target="_blank">Solari Bypass Ring with South Sea White Pearl and Diamonds in 18K Yellow Gold</a>, $1,900</p> <p><a href="http://www.davidyurman.com/products/women/collections/solari/solari-bypass-ring-with-diamonds-in-18k-gold-r12818d88.html?lpos=PLP-11&amp;item=r12818d88dpedi&amp;source=plp" target="_blank">Solari Bypass Ring with South Sea White Pearl in 18K Yellow Gold</a>, $975</p> <p><a href="http://www.davidyurman.com/products/women/collections/belmont/belmont-necklace-with-diamonds-in-18k-gold-n12637d88.html?lpos=PLP-12&amp;item=n12637d88adi&amp;source=plp" target="_blank">Belmont Double Link Necklace with Diamonds in 18K Yellow Gold</a>, $3,600</p> <p><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_toms.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>TOMS Floral Stripes, <a href="http://www.toms.com/mothersday">toms.com</a></strong></p> <p>These colorful and cute shoes scream springtime, and they're available in women's, youth and infant sizes, so she can match her little loved ones.</p> <p><a href="http://www.toms.com/women/floral-stripes-womens-classics" target="_blank">Women’s Classics</a>, $55 </p> <p><a href="http://www.toms.com/kids/floral-stripes-youth-classics" target="_blank">Youth Classics</a>, $38 </p> <p><a href="http://www.toms.com/kids/floral-stripes-tiny-toms-crib-alpargatas" target="_blank">Tiny TOMS Crib Alpargatas</a>, $32 </p> <p><em>With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="524" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_kate_spade.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Kate Spade, Lord &amp; Taylor, Mizner Park</strong></p> <p>You known she'll love this bright, floral arm candy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/small-harmony-floral-leather-tote" target="_blank">Small Harmony Floral Leather Tote</a>, $248</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_athleta.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Athleta, Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Make mom fashionable while she exercises with the help of Athleta apparel. The brand recently launched its Athleta Girl line, with coordinating colors and styles, so mom and daughter can sweat in style together.</p> <p><a href="http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&amp;pid=489051142" target="_blank">Criss Cross Sweatshirt</a>, Athleta, $69 </p> <p><a href="http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1054835&amp;vid=1&amp;pid=243420002" target="_blank">Chit Chat Shortie</a>, Athleta Girl, $24</p> <p><a href="http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&amp;pid=212391002" target="_blank">Vivid Sonar Capri</a>, Athleta, $74 </p> <p><em><img alt="" height="655" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_ann_taylor.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Ann Taylor, Town Center at Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>This skirt is tropical, fun and flirty. It's perfect for mom to wear when you take her to brunch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anntaylor.com/pineapple-maxi-skirt/400580" target="_blank">Pineapple Maxi Skirt</a>, $129</p> <p><img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_aveda_facial.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>BONUS</strong></p> <p>Bring mom to<strong> Aveda </strong>at The Gardens Mall for a complimentary, 20-minute Mother’s Day facial.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 29 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/fashion-forward-mothers-day-gift-guide/FashionShoppingStaff Picks: soft shell crab and a snack boxhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/staff-picks-soft-shell-crab-and-a-snack-box/<p><strong>Trattoria Romana</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_trattoria_romana.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Margaret Mary Shuff, Publisher</em></p> <p>“Right now, I urge you to not miss the delicious soft shell crabs at Trattoria Romana—one for an appetizer; two for dinner! One was more than enough for me because they’re giant-sized, deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked. Go while they’re fresh and in season!”</p> <p>(<a href="http://trattoriaromanabocaraton.com" target="_blank">trattoriaromanabocaraton.com</a> // 499 E. Palmetto Park Road // 561/393-6715)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Snack Box</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_snack_box.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Ever wondered what types of cookies they’re eating in Finland or what crackers they enjoy in Thailand? Try The World brings snack foods from all over the world right to your door in its convenient Snack Box. It’s the Birchbox of international snacks and the most delicious mail you’ll ever receive. You can choose every month or every other month delivery, and if you fall in love with a foreign snack or want to sample other flavors, simply order that specific snack from the online shop.”</p> <p>(<a href="http://trytheworld.com" target="_blank">trytheworld.com</a>)</p>magazineFri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/staff-picks-soft-shell-crab-and-a-snack-box/CommunityMother&#39;s Day Dining: More Optionshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/mothers-day-dining-more-options/<p>Haven’t made Mother’s Day reservations yet? Get on it! Here are some more suggestions:</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach County</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_pinon_grill_french_toast.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Pinon Grill </strong><em>(6000 Glades Road, 561/391-7770)</em>: From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Mother’s Day brunch includes dishes such as the skillet scrambler, the crab Benedict, the Pinon thick-cut French toast (pictured) and more. Another feature is bottomless mimosas for $15.</p> <p><strong>Rafina Greek Taverna</strong> <em>(6877 SW 18<sup>th</sup> St., 561/409-3673)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mother’s Day, the restaurant will offer specials such as Chilean sea bass ($35), lamb chops ($32) and fresh Lavraki (Branzini) ($30).</p> <p><strong>Salute Market</strong> <em>(5530 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/425-5651)</em>: Three seating times, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., will feature a Mother’s Day meal, with a live DJ and complimentary mimosa. The prix-fixe buffet brunch is $34 per person, $16 for children under 12, with $6 Bloody Marys and $5 Salty Dogs, Screwdrivers and Mimosas. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_okeechobee_steakhouse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Okeechobee Steakhouse </strong><em>(2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/683-5151)</em>: Known for its free birthday-day steak dinners, this long-time West Palm Beach restaurant is adding a special Mother’s Day dish, the Surf &amp; Turf (pictured), for $49.99. It’s available the entire week of Mother’s Day (May 2-8) during regular dining hours.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_avocado_grill_eggs_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Avocado Grill </strong><em>(125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561/623-0822)</em>: Special Mother’s Day brunch creations are on the menu here, including the petite filet steak and egg, eggplant Parmesan, the crab Benedict (pictured) and a Maine lobster salad. Dine during regular brunch hours. </p> <p><strong>Bogart’s Bar &amp; Grille </strong><em>(inside Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road)</em><strong>:</strong> The first 75 moms through the door for lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day will receive gift bags with coupons or gifts from other local companies, such as Boomers, Palm Beach Confections, Elements Massage, Deborah James and more. Come during regular hours.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_hoffman's_chocolates.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Hoffman’s Chocolates </strong><em>(5250 Town Center Circle; 561/750-0021)</em>: Because they are so much fun, we had to include the chocolate high heels from Hoffman’s Chocolates. There are other shops in Greenacres, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Plantation, Weston, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, too. The heels are $29.95 each, and they come in milk chocolate with nuts, dark chocolate with white chocolate drizzle and white chocolate with a milk chocolate flower. Don’t get us started on the purses or butterfly boxes available, but do buy one for Mom.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Broward County</strong></p> <p><strong>Beauty &amp; the Feast Bar/Kitchen </strong><em>(inside the Atlantic Hotel &amp; Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/567-8070)</em><strong>:</strong> A Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is $49.95 per person, $29.94 for children 10-14 and $19.95 for children under 10. It includes wild berry silver dollar pancakes, classic Benedict, French toast, gulf shrimp and more.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Miami-Dade County</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_caviar_russe_caviar_dish.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Caviar Russe </strong><em>(inside Four Seasons Tower, 1441 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305/902-6969)</em>: Newly opened this month, the Caviar Russe caviar brand (pictured) and importer now has a restaurant, bar and boutique in town. For Mother’s Day, from noon to 4 p.m., a prix-fixe menu is $95 per person and includes a mimosa or Bellini. The restaurant is intimate, with only 35 seats, and dishes include smoked salmon, lobster salad, steak and eggs, berries and cream and more. Reservations required. </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> <p><strong><br></strong></p>Lynn KalberFri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/mothers-day-dining-more-options/DiningGet Hair That&#39;s Irresistibly Longhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/get-hair-thats-irresistibly-long/<p class="normal">Lindsey here! Yes, I’m getting real with you guys today. After abandoning my lifelong dream of being a <em>blonde</em> in November 2014, I was immediately faced with thin, brittle, disgusting hair. My monthly highlight and single processing appointments finally got the best of me. It also probably doesn’t help that I quit the blonde life <em>cold turkey </em>and went from a <em>Marilyn</em> to a <em>Jackie</em> during one hair appointment—no one to blame but myself. Did I mention that I also decided to do this the month before two of my best friend’s weddings? <em>Sorry gals...</em></p> <p class="normal"><em><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_irresistible_me_1.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p class="normal">After countless months of biotin, <em>prenatal vitamins</em>, haircuts, hair serums, no crease hair ties, oil treatments and deep conditioning, <a href="http://www.irresistibleme.com/" target="_blank">Irresistible Me</a> answered my prayers. Sure, my new hair care remedies were starting to work(ish), but I’m the kind of person that needs instant gratification. (<em>Nothing happens overnight, Lindsey!)</em> Well, it actually can. It was never the <em>length</em> of my hair that bothered me. It was the lack of hair that bothered me. I’ve had a long relationship with hair extensions...glue-ins, tape-ins and clip-ins from every company out there, so I was excited to see what Irresistible Me had to offer. As a PR guru, I was immediately impressed with the packaging and branding of Irresistible Me. <em>“Irresistible Who? Irresistible Me!”</em> ...genius.</p> <p class="normal">Based in the Fashion District of NYC, Irresistible Me prides itself on the ability to master and consult clients on the ideal color and length that matches their lifestyle, needs and personality. Let me just be frank—this is some high quality hair. The signature clip-ins are 100% human Remy hair that you can’t find anywhere else. I have never felt “clip-in” hair this soft and bouncy, which makes curling my hair so much fun!</p> <p class="normal">I get it. It can be a little scary to buy hair extensions online when you can’t compare the color in person. Did I mention they have a ton of lengths and about a million colors to choose from? They also have a 6-minute “color choosing” video tutorial with expert tips on how to choose the correct color for your hair—jet black, natural black, chocolate brown, medium brown, light brown, ash blonde, golden blonde, honey Blonde, platinum blonde, white blonde, ginger, light red and rosewood. The woman in the video walks you through every single color while spotlighting the quality and versatility of each piece of hair.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.29_irresistible_me_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Want full red carpet curls or sleek mermaid hair? You have a million sizes to choose from: 14”, 16”, 18”, 20”, 22”, 24”. There's a size for any look you’re trying to pull of.</p> <p class="normal">If you’re toying around with the thought of buying hair extensions, pull the trigger and never look back. Like I said, I’ve been around the block with hair extensions, and this is the best quality hair I have ever seen. Yes, you can quote me on that. The clip-ins are comfortably light, so you don’t have to worry about your track showing (eek!) or having it lay too heavy against your scalp. Whether you’re looking for length or a little volume, Irresistible Me will answer your hair dreams.</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="http://www.ll-scene.com/">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>LL SceneFri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/29/get-hair-thats-irresistibly-long/BeautyHealth/BeautyReview: Alfiére’s Mediterranean Bistro http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/28/review-alfi%C3%A9res-mediterranean-bistro/<div>Hotel restaurants sometimes have quite the stigma, but that game has changed in recent years as more and more hotels are realizing that their guests’ experiences should extend past the comfortable rooms, complimentary continental breakfast and state of the art fitness centers—it should 100% include dining in-house, a mere elevator ride away from their cozy beds.</div> <div> </div> <div>I recently had the opportunity to stay at The Westin Fort Lauderdale—only 10 minutes from downtown restaurants, shopping and entertainment—and try the hotel’s restaurant, Alfiére’s Mediterranean Bistro. Alfiére’s recently went through a menu renovation and now features a SuperFoods menu with dishes made from healthy ingredients rich in nutrients and antioxidants—not to mention they taste really freaking good! While I enjoyed everything, there were two stand-out dishes that definitely deserve your attention.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Coastal Crab Cakes:</strong> A pan seared jumbo lump crab cake with lemon garlic aioli and a radish salad. I’m from up north, where crab cakes are plentiful and always delicious. I’m pretty picky when it comes to the crab-to-filler ratio. Basically, get rid of the filler! You don’t need it, and it makes such a difference in the taste and texture. This crab cake fit the bill, and was especially delicious thanks to the accompanying lemon garlic aioli. It was a perfect flavor pairing!</div> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.28_alfieres_mediterranean_bistro.jpeg" width="490"></p> <div><strong>Sesame Soy Glazed Ahi Tuna Salad:</strong> sesame soy glazed Ahi tuna with young spinach, edamame, tear drop tomatoes and diced sweet potatoes, all tossed in a pomegranate ginger dressing. It was one of the most interesting and delicious salads I’ve ever tasted, and it was a perfect marriage of ingredients—the flavors, the textures and even the colors. It was absolutely beautiful, and it tasted just as amazing as it looked. I could eat a salad like this every day and not be bored.</div> <p>Read the <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/2016/02/the-westin-fort-lauderdale-alfi.html" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take A Bite Out of Boca. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at bocamag.com—and on her own blog, <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Shaina WizovThu, 28 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/28/review-alfi%C3%A9res-mediterranean-bistro/DiningNews & ReviewsThe FAU Tracy case, CRA talks, the insurance commissioner impasse and other items of note in Delray and Boca http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/28/the-fau-tracy-case-cra-talks-the-insurance-commissioner-impasse-and-other-items-of-note-in-delray-and-boca/<h3><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/wptv-james-tracy_1450353443161_28545386_ver1.0_320_240.jpg" width="320"></h3> <h3>The Tracy case     </h3> <p>Not surprisingly, James Tracy’s lawsuit against Florida Atlantic University is a conspiracy theory.</p> <p>       Tracy is the self-proclaimed conspiracy theorist who on his personal blog—Memory Hole—questioned whether the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing happened. In January, FAU fired Tracy, not for his preposterous ideas but for allegedly failing to submit his Report of Outside Employment or Professional Activity Forms. The letter from Vice Provost Diane Alperin claimed that FAU needs the forms to “address potential, actual or perceived conflicts of commitment or interest.” Obviously, the forms would cover Tracy’s work on the blog.</p> <p>       Before we get to the lawsuit itself, there’s the question of venue. Attorney Louis F. Leo IV of Coconut Creek filed the action in federal court, although FAU is a state institution. Leo argues that because federal sources provide more revenue for FAU than state government, a federal court should hear the case that FAU violated Tracy’s constitutional rights.</p> <p>       That argument is a stretch. Federal court can be a tempting venue because judges have law clerks, and cases can undergo a more thorough review. Attorneys also get their fees awarded if they win. But I would expect FAU to seek to have the case moved to state court if FAU can’t get it dismissed.</p> <p>       Tracy argues that faculty union representatives conspired with FAU administrators to deprive him of his right to free speech. In so doing, they “trampled on their own long-standing principles of academic freedom.” FAU hired Tracy in 2002. He received tenure in 2008. Once professors receive tenure, it is very difficult to fire them, even for cause.</p> <p>       As I read the lawsuit, Tracy contends that academic freedom at FAU protects him even when he’s writing a blog that isn’t affiliated with FAU. The lawsuit claims that Memory Hole features Tracy’s “independent research and analysis on (sic) current events,” with the sources of that research unspecified. The university contends that Tracy couldn’t separate his private postings from his day job. The Memory Hole disclaimer first mentioned that the site was not affiliated with FAU. At FAU’s request, Tracy changed the disclaimer to say that the website was not linked to any “institution or entity.”</p> <p>       This controversy began with Tracy’s “theory” of the December 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting. After questioning the Boston Marathon bombing four months later, Tracy went on to “theorize” that the government also staged the September 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting and the December 2015 San Bernardino massacre. Tracy’s alleged harassment of the parents of a Sandy Hook victim got into the pages of the <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel</em>, and away things went.</p> <p>       Based on the lawsuit, Tracy isn’t backing down. It refers to “an alleged mass casualty in Newtown.” Tracy hasn’t bothered to file the grievance to which he is entitled. One can see why he chose Leo after reportedly firing his first lawyer. Leo’s profile on the Medgebow Law website notes that he founded People Over Politics. The content on the group’s website is way farther to the left than Bernie Sanders and includes an article touting the discredited link between vaccines and autism.</p> <p>       If FAU President John Kelly claimed on a personal blog that the 1969 moon landing didn’t happen, the trustees would have to fire him. Academic freedom is no more absolute than the First Amendment. Tracy casts himself as the victim. The families of those who died in the tragedies Tracy disputes would argue otherwise.</p> <h3>CRA workshop</h3> <p>       The April 12 workshop may have been the turning point in the relationship between the Delray Beach City Commission and the Community Redevelopment Agency.</p> <p>       For nearly two years, that relationship has been under review, at least from the commission’s standpoint. For all the redevelopment success downtown, added tax revenue from that success has stayed within the CRA, creating a backlog of needs outside the CRA’s large boundary. The CRA decided how to spend that money. Since the CRA doesn’t expire until 2045, no relief seemed in sight. Disputes over the iPic project and the look of Old School Square exacerbated the commission’s frustration.</p> <p>       But Mayor Cary Glickstein called the April 12 meeting “productive.” In an email, he said, “We are now aligned to design, quantify and complete fundamental aspects of our lower-income neighborhood plans as a priority. Hopefully, in the near future folks will not be asking their mayor, ‘Why are all the alleys east of Swinton (Avenue) paved but not west of Swinton?’ “</p> <p>       Commissioner Jordana Jarjura agreed, saying that City Manager Don Cooper and CRA Director Jeff Costello are working to “identify what the CRA can handle in terms of capital improvements and maintenance and other items within the CRA’s boundaries so the commission can concentrate on the rest of the city’s infrastructure needs.”</p> <p>       For all the hum on East Atlantic, many parts of Delray Beach have unmet, basic needs. Cooper and the commission want to address those needs through the Capital Improvement Program, which requires money. The city-CRA effort will seek to use both agencies’ revenue as widely as possible—what Glickstein calls “fungibility.” Previously, he said, “It was the CRA tail wagging the dog.”</p> <p>       Cooper called the meeting “positive. . .a first step in addressing the Osceola Park, Northwest/Southwest neighborhoods public improvements in a complete project.” His main takeaway? “This approach will make city funds available for uses in other areas of the city,” not just downtown.” Which has been the goal.</p> <h3>Boca’s 5<sup>th</sup> Avenue intersection</h3> <p>       The Boca Raton City Council had hoped this week to discuss recommendations for improvements to the intersection of East Palmetto Park Road and 5<sup>th</sup> Avenue. The city’s spokeswoman said the new target date is June 13, when the council meets as the Community Redevelopment Agency. The intersection is on the eastern edge of the CRA boundary.</p> <p>       Boca’s traffic consultant, Calvin Giordano, has held two meetings with the public. The company will present options to the council. In an interview, Mayor Susan Haynie said the options likely would include bringing back turn lanes, split phasing of the traffic signals and adding a lane on Palmetto Park west of Fourth Avenue.</p> <p>       Unfortunately, Haynie said, the city can’t add a normal, long westbound right-turn lane onto Fifth Avenue. The configuration of the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway doesn’t provide enough room. Haynie said the city could create a “modified” turn lane, but it would be very short and offer minimal help.</p> <p>       Palmetto Promenade, the nearly 850,000-square-foot mixed-use project, is rising on three blocks just west of the intersection. The council wants to put a restaurant on the former Wildflower property. It’s on the northeast corner of the intersection. The council will want to hear recommendations on which the city can act quickly.</p> <h3>Ethic complaint invoice</h3> <p>       According to a city spokeswoman, Boca Raton paid Tallahassee lawyer Mark Herron $10,000 for his work on the ethics complaints against Councilman Robert Weinroth and Deputy City Manager George Brown. The complaints stemmed from their appointment last year to the Boca Raton Airport Authority Board. Each case cost $5,000.</p> <p>       BocaWatch Publisher Al Zucaro filed the complaints. He had argued that Weinroth and Brown should have paid for their own defense. Surely Zucaro would have felt differently if an iffy complaint to the Florida Commission on Ethics had been filed against him when he served on the West Palm Beach City Commission.</p> <p>       Though he suffered a high-profile loss, having made a big deal publicly about filing the complaints, Zucaro is lucky in another way. There have been calls to make the complainant pay the official’s attorney fees when the ethics commission finds no probable cause, as happened with Weinroth and Brown. Zucaro could have lost and been out $10,000. Instead, the public will pay.</p> <h3>Sales tax wish list for Delray</h3> <p>As of last week, Delray Beach’s list of projects for revenue from the proposed county sales tax increase is $600,000 lighter.</p> <p>       City commissioners approved the purchase of a mobile command vehicle for the police department. Chief Jeffrey Goldman told the commission that the vehicle would allow the department to respond more effectively to “large-scale incidents” and natural disasters and would be used during “tactical operations.” Goldman said Boca Raton and Boynton Beach have them.</p> <p>       Delray Beach had listed roughly $30 million in projects. Under the plan to raise the tax from six cents to seven cents for 10 years to pay for infrastructure improvements, the city would get roughly $3 million a year. City Manager Don Cooper said Delray has not updated the list, and the county has not asked for a new version. Boca Raton has not compiled a list because the city has no backlog of capital projects.</p> <p>       County commission votes on whether to put the proposal to voters in November – and in what form – are scheduled for May 3 and May 17.</p> <p>The insurance commissioner stalemate</p> <p>       After Tuesday, it appears less likely that state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, will leave office early to become Florida’s insurance commissioner.</p> <p>       For the second time, Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater disagreed on who will succeed Kevin McCarty and become the state’s most important appointed official. Scott and Atwater must agree and get a third vote from Attorney General Pam Bondi or Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.</p> <p>       At last month’s meeting of the governor and the Florida Cabinet, Scott wanted Jeffrey Bragg, who has run the federal flood and terrorism insurance programs. Atwater wanted Hager. At Tuesday’s meeting, Scott against proposed hiring Bragg, but none of the other three second the motion.</p> <p>       The four may meet by phone on Friday to continue the discussion. Hager will get the job only if Scott comes around to Atwater’s thinking. I’m hearing that the expectation is for a compromise candidate.</p> <h3>Five-acre score</h3> <p>       Last week, I should have noted that Delray Beach has finalized its acquisition of nearly five acres on Lake Ida. I had written previously how Delray swooped in a year ago when Boynton Beach fumbled the deal to buy the surplus land from the county.</p> <p>         The property is just north of Lake Ida Park, which the county owns. The hope is to turn the site into a greenway. There are difficulties in doing so, but having this nice slice of property in the public’s hands instead of seeing more homes go on it is heartening. Credit Taylor Levy and the others who donated money to make the purchase happen. Paired with the city's fast reaction, it made for a true public-private partnership.</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 28 Apr 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/28/the-fau-tracy-case-cra-talks-the-insurance-commissioner-impasse-and-other-items-of-note-in-delray-and-boca/City WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: April 27 to May 2http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/27/the-week-ahead-april-27-to-may-2/<p>WEDNESDAY (TODAY)</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.216594.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Bridges of Madison County”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32–$72</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="http://www.kravis.org" target="_blank">kravis.org</a></p> <p><em>The Bridges of Madison County</em>, James Waller’s 1992 novel, has not aged well. Though it sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, it’s been torpedoed by critics, who decry its sentimental pabulum and bored-housewife erotic fantasies. Ben Brantley, of the <em>New York Times</em>, recently dismissed it as “50 Shades of Vanilla.” But Waller’s tale of a repressed Italian wife in 1960s Iowa who engages in an affair with a hunky <em>National Geographic</em> photographer on assignment has enjoyed an artistically vibrant afterlife, first as a more-nuanced Clint Eastwood film and then as a 2014 Broadway musical that’s now on tour. Romantic longing in a small Midwestern town—without 76 trombones, anyway—doesn’t exactly scream for stage lights and playbills. But composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown transformed the intimate romance into a splashy big-ticket production on the strength of his score—an eclectic goulash of styles ranging from folk and country to pop and opera—and a plum, demanding role for any leading lady. The show, which went on to win two of its four Tony nominations, concludes the Kravis Center’s 2015-2016 Kravis on Broadway series. It runs through Sunday. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/sail-away_web.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception of “Lit”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cornell Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 suggested donation</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="http://www.oldschool.org" target="_blank">oldschool.org</a></p> <p>First there was “Bling,” then there was “Wild,” now there is “Lit.” I’m sensing a pattern with the Cornell Museum’s recent exhibitions: collective shows that encompass their themes in the single word of their titles. Such is the case as well with “Lit,” a literally illuminating exhibition in which 16 internationally recognized contemporary artists employ light to convey their messages. Examples range from the fiber-based installations of Miamian Alex Trimino to the found-object sculptures of Sam Tufnell, the neon light art of Olivia Steele and the dynamic art of Meryl Pataky, whose work evokes the periodic table. Additional artists include Tony Abbott, Carol Prusa, Frank Hyder and Claudia Meyer. The show runs through Aug. 28.</p> <p><img alt="" height="83" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/pb_sot.png" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Science on Tap”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Brass Tap, 950 Congress Ave., Boynton Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="http://www.sfsciencecenter.org" target="_blank">sfsciencecenter.org</a></p> <p>The South Florida Science Center’s “Science on Tap” series has long combined two of our favorite things: scientific insights and brews. In the monthly series set in local bars, an expert in a specific field will speak (in layman’s terms) to an audience of science enthusiasts as they imbibe and immerse in the topic du jour. This week, the topic couldn’t be more appropriate for the setting: Matt Stetson, head cidermaker at West Palm Beach’s Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks, will speak about “Fermenting Science: The Chemistry Behind Alcohol,” so that we all can <em>really</em> know what we’re drinking.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/frank-caliendo-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Frank Caliendo</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37.50-$47.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.parkerplayhouse.com" target="_blank">parkerplayhouse.com</a></p> <p>What do Charles Barkley, Barack Obama, Robin Williams and George W. Bush have in common? They all fall under the bottomless purview of master impressionist and our generation’s Man of a Thousand Voices, Frank Caliendo. Celebrity impersonations encompass a busy niche of a standup comedy, but nobody does them better than Caliendo, who not only matches the celeb’s voice but captures his mannerisms, posture and facial expressions—and provides them with an original comic conceit to boot. He’s even known to do the entire cast of “Seinfeld.” But for this tour, in spirit of our demented election season, expect to see copious examples of Caliendo’s latest public target: Donald J. Trump. Stick around for a post-show Q&amp;A.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/20142606-mmmain.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Green Room”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, and other theaters</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Varies per theater</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-4695</p> <p>This furious, palm-sweating horror film is a throwback in more ways that one. It echoes the early ‘80s in its anarchic grindhouse aesthetic and the culture it depicts: the nascent hardcore punk scene, where bands played in front of dwindling audiences in stifling dives in the middle of nowhere to pay for gas money and not much else. “Green Room” is about one such band, the Ain’t Rights, who, on a tip from a fellow-punk in the Pacific Northwest, accept a matinee gig at a shady venue outside Portland that turns out to be a Neo-Nazi skinhead bar run by—improbably but convincingly—Patrick Stewart. When the band happens to notice a corpse in the green room on their way out the door, the film becomes a brutal standoff, with the left-wing punks fearing for their lives and the fascist owners trying to protect their operation at all costs. “Green Room” is old-fashioned in the sense that its heroes and villains line up in crisp black and white, but shades of grey aren’t necessary when the stakes are this high, the action this full-throttle, the film’s inside-punk sense of humor this remarkably consistent, even when times get really, really bloody. Needless to say it’s not for everyone, but it’s a helluva genre pic.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/mi0003967845.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Chris Isaak</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$75</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>The last we heard of Chris Isaak, he was touring a holiday show, and prior to that, supporting his 2011 tribute to the Sun Records artists, like Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, who inspired him. It’s been a good six years since he released an album of original music, but the wait ended late last year with “First Comes the Night,” a twangy, classically inflected return to form for this foremost, country-crooning chronicler of love, lust, heartbreak, and doing bad, bad things. He’s in full-on Orbison mode through much of the record, which has earned critical acclaim and wide appeal from his fan base. The triple threat actor/singer/television host will likely provide plenty of funny anecdotes in between “First Night” songs, vintage hits and rollicking covers.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/smashingpumpkins_header.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $49.50-$79.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>Word is Billy Corgan, the Pumpkins’ notoriously crotchety frontman, has been in good spirits on his band’s intimate new “In Plainsong” tour, which sees a tight version of his durable group performing acoustic-driven versions of hits and obscurities dating back three decades. Expect to hear solidly stripped-down renditions of deep cuts from “Siamese Dream,” selections from the Pumpkins’ more-esoteric post-2000 oeuvre, Zwan and Billy Corgan solo material, and even a smattering of well-curated covers from David Bowie to Natalie Imbruglia. And I can’t urge this enough: Show up early for the opening act. This is indie rock legend Liz Phair’s first U.S. tour in six years, and it could always be her last South Florida show. Her set list is appreciably vintage, with material taken largely from her first three masterpieces released in the ‘90s. </p> <p>MONDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/morton.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jeffrey Morton lecture</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: Tickets available at student union box office</p> <p>As an esteemed professor of political science at FAU and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, Dr. Jeffrey Morton knows his geopolitics better than just about anyone in our area. He has published 20 books, articles or research papers on topics ranging from laser weapons to depleted uranium to the Arab Spring, ensuring that he is a sober voice on world affairs and military might in an election season that has been anything but sobering. So there’s no better time to cut through the rhetoric and appreciate the analysis of an expert, which is why Morton has been lecturing since March on various topics of international interest. Two lectures remain—on May 2 and 9—with Monday’s talk addressing Belgium as Europe’s potential “New Epicenter of Terrorism” and the May 9 address focusing on the Philippines.</p>John ThomasonWed, 27 Apr 2016 10:47:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/27/the-week-ahead-april-27-to-may-2/ArtArts & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsCharlie’s Story Telling Tent Opens at the Boca Raton Children’s Museumhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/27/charlies-story-telling-tent-opens-at-the-boca-raton-childrens-museum/<p>Remember that scene from the movie “The Holiday,” where Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and his two little girls go lie down in the kids’ special fairy tent? Sigh… Now Boca has its own version of that magical, ethereal space at the <a href="http://cmboca.org" target="_blank">Boca Raton Children’s Museum</a> called Charlie’s Story Telling Tent, which opened to museum visitors on April 16.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.27_charlies_story_telling_tent_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The “Once Upon a Time” tent was just a hope, prayer and a local <em>Imagineer’s</em> sketch last July when plans for the special exhibit were revealed at a summer fundraiser for the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. Now it’s a reality.</p> <p>Florence Fuller Child Development Center supporter and former board president Peggy Henry stepped forward to name the storyteller tent for her daughter Charlie, in honor of her high school graduation. Once Henry was on board, other sponsors stepped up to help fund the creation of the tent.</p> <p><img alt="" height="872" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.27_charlies_story_telling_tent_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A canopy of shimmering gold covers a cozy, carpeted space complete with pillows and other sensory items. A sparkling chandelier along with gossamer butterflies hanging inside the tent is the centerpiece of the project, completing the fairytale feel of the space.</p> <p>Daily storytelling is featured inside Charlie’s Story Telling Tent at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. Children are also encouraged to read to each other inside the special space. Find out more <a href="http://cmboca.org" target="_blank">here</a>. <strong></strong></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="http://www.modernbocamom.com/"><em>ModernBocaMom.com</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><em></em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 27 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/27/charlies-story-telling-tent-opens-at-the-boca-raton-childrens-museum/Community5K to Honor Fallen Firefighterhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/27/5k-to-honor-fallen-firefighter/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>In 2012, Delray Beach firefighter Eric Patrie lost his battle to brain cancer. He was only 37, and he was a 13-year Delray Beach Fire Rescue veteran.</p> <p>In his honor and to raise money to help Patrie’s family and other firefighters and their families who are battling cancer, the Delray Beach Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Benevolent Fund is holding the 4th Annual Firefighter Eric Patrie 5K on May 14. The 3.1-mile race starts at 7 a.m. at 340 S. Ocean Ave. in Delray Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.27_firefighter_5k.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>The cost to run or walk the 5K is $30 for adults and $20 for kids 13 years and younger. Proceeds go to Delray Beach Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Benevolent Fund.</p> <p>There’s lots on tap at this event. Children can participate in a free quarter-mile kids’ run (starting around 8:15 a.m.), face painting and checking out firetrucks. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast and more.</p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.firefighterericpatrie.com/" target="_blank">here</a> to sign up,  or visit the run’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FirefighterEricPatrie5k/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>. For more information, contact the race director at <a href="mailto:patrie5k@hotmail.com">patrie5k@hotmail.com</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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 27 Apr 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/27/5k-to-honor-fallen-firefighter/FitnessHealth/BeautyReview: Kaori by Walter Martinohttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/26/review-kaori-by-walter-martino/<p>If ever there were Seven Wonders of the Culinary World, the seven courses of the Journey of the Senses Explorer tasting menu at <a href="http://kaoribywm.com/" target="_blank">Kaori by Walter Martino</a><em> (1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786/805-6006)</em> would comprise the whole list. Each course was more extravagant than the next—featuring Italian and Japanese elements in the most innovative combinations, all presented like works of art.</p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_kaori_3.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Kaori offers a 360-degree cinematography dining experience—complete with scenes of butterflies fluttering from one wall to the next, amongst other visually stimulating animations.</p> <p>But seriously, back to the food. The masterful concoctions owe their origins to Chef Walter Martino, who was formerly a private chef in Ibiza. He earned the title “Million Dollar Chef” after the Prince of Dubai purchased his plate for one million Euros. Now, he’s set up shop in Brickell to transform your average meal into an unforgettably indulgent evening.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_kaori_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>The tasting menu started off with sea bass and mango ceviche accompanied by Stracciatella (a creamy Italian cheese). Next came the vegetable tempura, served inside a golden embellished life-sized purse—yes, you read that correctly.</p> <p><img alt="" height="514" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_kaori_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And just when my eyes and my stomach were whisked away into a state of euphoria, then came the sushi tree blooming with elegance and deliciousness. Kaori’s take on sushi rolls swaps rice for lettuce wrapped around either raw tuna or salmon with cucumber and avocado, or two types of Italian meats with Stracciatella and a balsamic drizzle. </p> <p>Course four offered true Asian and Italian fusion in the form of sushiotto—a collection of seafood and risotto pairings. From shrimp on a bed of saffron risotto to salmon atop Gorgonzola risotto to tuna on black squid risotto, my taste buds were frenzied. And so, entered the palate cleansing lemon Sorbetto with edible gold flakes. It was the epitome of refreshing—and just what I needed before I attempted to tackle courses six and seven.</p> <p>All of the dishes up until this point had been flavor-packed yet oxymoronically light—until it was pasta time. Served side by side was a trio of raviolis: pear and Gorgonzola with pistachio sauce, lobster stuffed black squid pasta doused in Stracciatella sauce and Osso Buco stuffed traditional pasta with a red sauce. </p> <p>After the savory overload, it was time for dessert—another trio, of course. Dispersed between a coffee and a vanilla beignet was a slice of chocolate mousse cake that was creamy and rich and the perfect final bite.</p> <p>The seven-course paradise took my mouth and my mind through a whirlwind of sensations, all washed down with a cucumber and sage cocktail. Needless to say, I’ll be back soon.</p> <p><em>Kaori by Walter Martino is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 6 p.m. until midnight.</em></p>Taryn TacherTue, 26 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/26/review-kaori-by-walter-martino/DiningNews & ReviewsMother&#39;s Day Dining: Broward and Miamihttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/26/mothers-day-dining-broward-and-miami/<p><strong>BROWARD COUNTY</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_brimstone_woodfire_grill_frittata_espanola.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Brimstone Woodfire Grill </strong><em>(14575 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines, 954/430-2333)</em>: Starting at 11:30 a.m., a brunch includes dishes such as the frittata Espanola (pictured), thick-cut French toast, Brimstone’s Best Pancakes, bottomless mimosas and more.</p> <p><strong>Grille 401</strong> <em>(401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/767-0222)</em>: A Mother’s Day brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. features crab cake Benedict, steak Benedict, granola-encrusted thick-cut French toast, steak and eggs and more. Oh, and paired with bottomless mimosas.</p> <p><strong>Indigo</strong> <em>(620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/467-0671)</em>: One of two restaurants inside the well-known Riverside Hotel (the other is <strong>Wild Sea Oyster Bar &amp; Grille,</strong> also offering a Mother’s Day brunch), Indigo will have a large brunch, including malted Belgian waffles (oh boy!), eggs Benedict, Maine lobster salad, salmon, barbecue ribs and more. Both venues will serve from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Brio</strong> <em>(various locations from Palm Beach County to Broward to Miami)</em>: Brio has added some dishes for a special Mother’s Day meal. Included are frittata al forno, berries &amp; cream French toast, surf &amp; turf, Gorgonzola lamb chops and more. All locations will be open on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for these dishes, as well as the regular menu. Reservations recommended.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>MIAMI-DADE COUNTY</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_cypress_tavern_hangar.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Cypress Tavern</strong><em> (</em><em>3620 NE 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Miami, 305/520-5197)</em>: Headed by James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz, this Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch kicks off the restaurant’s weekly Jazz Brunch (normally on Saturdays, starting May 14), with The Marcus Grant Jazz Trio. The prix-fixe three-course brunch includes dishes such as the grilled hangar steak with fried egg (pictured), lobster avocado toast, French toast and more. The cost is $49 per person (half off for children under 12), and hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. </p> <p><strong>Fontainebleau restaurants, Scarpetta and Vida</strong><em> (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877/326-7412)</em>: For brunch in a luxurious and historic setting, try either the Scarpetta Italian-inspired buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($75 per person, $37.50 for children under 12), which includes Italian meats and cheeses, a frittata station, carving station, seafood over ice, pasta station and dessert selection. Vida, an American brasserie, offers brunch from noon to 3 p.m., $68 per person, $34 for children under 12 (free for under 4), and includes an omelet station, tapas, raw bar and carving station, wood-stone oven pizzas, charcuterie and desserts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_traymore_chef_loaisiga.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Traymore Restaurant and Bar</strong> <em>(2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/695-3600)</em>: An unlimited breakfast bar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is included for a Mother’s Day brunch here inside the Art-Deco Metropolitan by COMO hotel. Chef de Cuisine Juan Loaisiga (pictured) is lining up house-made patisserie, yogurts, Florida fruits, quiches, shrimp, cheeses and salads, Maine lobster toast, braised short rib and more. Cocktails include the Met Breakfast Martini, the English Garden and the Traymore Mimosa. The cost is $55 per person, which includes the buffet and one entrée from the three-course brunch menu.</p> <p><strong>Tuck Room</strong> <em>(3701 NE 163<sup>rd</sup> St., North Miami Beach, 786/563-7061)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., light bites are available, and an Ultimate Mimosa Bar will be featured.</p> <p><strong>The Dutch</strong> <em>(2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/938-3111)</em>: A complimentary glass of champagne will be given to all mothers on Mother’s Day. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.26_mandarin_oriental_miami.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Mandarin Oriental Miami</strong> <em>(500 Brickell Key, Miami, 305/913-8358)</em>: La Mar, in the Mandarin Oriental Miami resort (pictured), is offering a Peruvian brunch for Mother’s Day that includes unlimited champagne and cocktails, along with egg-topped lomo saltado, Peruvian-style sushi rolls, an Anticucho Grill with grilled skewers, empanadas, sliders, whole fish and more. Open from noon to 3:30 p.m., the prix-fixe brunch costs $85 per person, $35 for children 6 to 12.</p> <p><strong>BLT Prime</strong><em> (4400 NW 87<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami, 305/591-6606)</em>: During regular hours, a prix-fixe three-course dinner menu on Mother’s Day is $65 per person, and includes dishes such as tempura soft shell crab, Wagyu NY Strip or grilled prawns, chocolate crème brulee and more. </p> <p><strong>Apeiro Kitchen &amp; Bar</strong><em> (3252 NE 1<sup>st</sup> Ave., Miami, 786/800-5389)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., this location and the one in Delray Beach (14917 Lyons Road) will offer a Mother’s Day brunch. Each location has different dishes, with Miami offering stracciatella, bouillabaisse and rib eye, among others; Delray offers mezze rigatoni, swordfish and rib eye, among others. </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>Lynn KalberTue, 26 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/26/mothers-day-dining-broward-and-miami/DiningUpdate on Delray heroin-sober house issue, Staples-Office-Depot merger and Boca high schools rockhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/26/update-on-delray-heroin-sober-house-issue-staples-office-depot-merger-and-boca-high-schools-rock/<h3><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/9627554841_995ba7a7f3_o.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Delray’s heroin problem</h3> <p>Numbers don’t always tell everything. With what Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman calls Delray Beach’s heroin “epidemic,” however, numbers tell a lot.</p> <p>       In an interview Monday, Goldman said Delray Beach experienced 195 drug overdoses all of last year. During the first three months of this year, he said, there were 163. Fifteen people have died from drug overdoses in 2016—11 of them from heroin.</p> <p>       Given those numbers, Goldman “challenged” the narcotics unit to craft a response. The resulting Operation Street Sweeper has made 28 arrests as of Monday for heroin dealing. “There are still more out there,” Goldman said. Between January 2015 and March 2016, the city has made 109 heroin arrests.</p> <p>       No issue generates more talk in Delray. The department has received “lots of complaints” about open drug sales. Happening where? “Everywhere,” Goldman said. “There is not one neighborhood that is not affected.” One of those arrested was giving out free heroin. Goldman said the arrests haven’t revealed any organization behind the dealing. “Entrepreneurship,” he said glumly.</p> <p>       There is no question why dealers are targeting Delray Beach. The city is home to what Goldman estimates—no doubt conservatively—about 200 sober houses, known formally as recovery residences. Their occupants are addicts who have completed treatment and want to live where they supposedly receive support to stay clean.</p> <p>       The intent may be good, but sleazy operators have infested Delray Beach and other South Florida communities. They bleed as much money as possible from patients and then dump them. Because of a 1999 finding by the federal departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development that those in recovery are disabled, local governments can’t regulate sober houses. Operators don’t even have to register.</p> <p>       Delray Beach draws sober houses because of the climate, the city’s popularity and the availability of jobs on Atlantic Avenue. Sober house residents—especially those in badly supervised operations—are vulnerable to pushers.</p> <p>       The unanswered question is why the epidemic has happened now. “I’m scratching my head on that,” Goldman said. It’s been nearly a decade since <em>The New York Times</em> labeled Delray Beach as the sober house capital of Florida.</p> <p>       One theory is that the successful crackdown on pill millsz—clinics that trafficked in painkillers—caused a resurgence in heroin. Like oxycodone, it’s an opioid. Those who had abused painkillers—or taken some of their parents’ supply—found a new high.</p> <p>       Whatever the reason, Goldman said the department needed to take “a new approach.” The arrests are just one part. Goldman acknowledges that many dealers won’t be off the streets very long. “That’s a whole other issue” in the criminal justice system.</p> <p>       If there’s profit in dealing drugs, however, there’s more profit in gaming the sober house system through needless drug tests that insurance companies have been paying. Though that scheme is not a normal priority of local police, Goldman said he is meeting today with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office to learn how the department can undertake the “time-consuming” work of investigating insurance fraud.</p> <p>       The department also is checking for repeat overdoses at the same address. “If you have three or four,” Goldman said, “what the hell are you doing?” In some cases, officers have discovered that absentee owners didn’t know to whom their houses were being rented.</p> <p>       “It is very difficult to police this population,” Goldman said. Other numbers underscore his comment. Of the roughly 20,000 police reports in 2015, the department estimates that 6 percent related to sober houses. Another 500 to 600 calls, Goldman said, don’t lead to reports but are tied to “this industry.” Parents in distant states are asking about children living in sober houses. Officers chasing sober house complaints can’t deal with other public safety issues.</p> <p>       Delray Beach and other cities need help from above. Last year, the Florida Legislature prohibited treatment centers from referring patients to sober houses that hadn’t voluntarily registered with the state. This year, however, the Legislature backed off a bill to regulate sober house marketing practices, which include offers of free rent. Instead, a state attorney’s task force will study the issue.</p> <p>       At the federal level, the Florida congressional delegation meets Thursday to discuss the state’s heroin problem. U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, who represents Delray, will meet with city officials on May 2. The heroin epidemic is nationwide, but it’s hardly come up during the presidential campaign.</p> <p>       Though the department’s recent actions have encouraged him, Goldman calls them “a very small start to a big problem.” Goldman guesses that Delray Beach has “thousands” of sober house beds. Until the federal government closes the sober house regulation loophole, Delray Beach won’t even know the actual numbers it’s dealing with.</p> <h3>Height limits and chabad in Boca</h3> <p>       At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council likely will approve a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist in trying to address a political problem.</p> <p>       It began last year, when the council approved Chabad East Boca on Palmetto Park Road near the beach. Many neighbors opposed the project. Some have channeled that opposition into lawsuits seeking to overturn the approval.</p> <p>       The zoning category for that section of Palmetto Park Road is B-1. The height limit is 30 feet, but applicants can get up to 50 feet if they meet certain conditions. Chabad East Boca would be about 40 feet, to accommodate its exhibit hall. After the vote, Mayor Susan Haynie asked city staff to examine zoning designations that allow commercial development next to single-family-home neighborhoods.</p> <p>       The proposals before the council would limit buildings in B-1 areas to 30 feet. Throughout the city, however, no project in a B-1 area is above 30 feet except for Chabad East Boca. The chabad approval lasts two years, but the clock hasn’t started because of the lawsuit.</p> <p>       Development Services Director Ty Harris notes that no developer has a “right” to 50 feet—just the right to ask for it. The changes also would modify height rules in the other affected areas, most of which are along Second Avenue in the north end of the city and on Dixie Highway and Federal Highway south of Camino Real. The new rules could affect redevelopment of those properties.</p> <p>        Even if the council backs the changes, the action likely would not mollify the chabad’s harshest critics. Even success in court might not do that. The political problem would remain. Haynie has noted that beachfront neighborhoods declined the city’s offer several years ago of a zoning change. Those with the loudest voices, though, can have the shortest memories.</p> <h3>Staples-Office Depot merger</h3> <p>The Staples-Office Depot merger is now up to U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, and one news report suggested that Sullivan is leaning toward Staples.</p> <p>       Testimony in the bench trial ended this month. The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block the $6.3 billion merger of Staples and Boca Raton-based Office Depot on the grounds that it would reduce competition for large, corporate buyers of office products. Sullivan will rule on Staples’ motion to dismiss the FTC’s lawsuit.</p> <p>       Staples’ attorney called no witnesses, saying the government had failed to prove its case. According to a report in <em>Bloomberg News</em>, Sullivan seemed to agree. He asked why the agency excluded ink and toner from its calculations as to how the merger might affect prices.</p> <p>       If Sullivan rules for the government, Staples will call off the merger. Either way, there will be uncertainly over Office Depot’s presence in Boca. Staples would keep the new company’s headquarters in Massachusetts. Some jobs might remain here. If the merger fails, all the Office Depot jobs would stay, but there would be questions about how many jobs the company keeps. Both CEOs say the merger is necessary to compete with discount retailers.</p> <h3>Boca’s high schools still ranked</h3> <p>       <em>U.S. News and World Report</em> began rating colleges years ago. The magazine now also rates high schools, and three area schools did well on the new list.</p> <p>       Boca Raton High School ranked 42<sup>nd</sup> in Florida and 622<sup>nd</sup> nationally. Spanish River came it at 46<sup>th</sup> and 665<sup>th</sup>, while Atlantic High ranked 72<sup>nd</sup> and 970<sup>th</sup>. The list includes roughly 21,500 high schools. <em>U.S. News</em> bases its rankings on such categories as Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate offerings, graduation rates compared to the national rate of 68 percent and test scores of African-American and Hispanic students compared to similar groups in that state.</p> <p>       The highest rankings in Palm Beach County went to Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach—ninth and 57<sup>th—</sup> and Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach—10<sup>th</sup> and 66<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Pay raises and special elections for council vacancies?</p> <p>       One proposed charter change for Boca Raton—to raise salaries for the mayor and council members—will be on the Aug. 30 state primary ballot. Tonight, the city council will start discussing another.</p> <p>       Councilman Scott Singer has proposed an ordinance under which mayoral and council vacancies that arise mid-term would be filled by special election, not by the council choosing someone to serve until the next scheduled election. The special election would take place roughly two months after the seat became vacant.</p> <p>       As with the zoning issue discussed earlier, this seems like a solution in search of a problem. The council last filled a seat by appointment in late 2008, when Peter Baronoff resigned because of his wife’s illness, and that vacancy occurred shortly before a scheduled election.</p> <p>       In that instance, the council chose Mike Mullaugh from about 20 applicants. Mullaugh was elected without opposition in 2009 to complete the two years left on Baronoff’s term and without opposition to a full, three-year term in 2011. He won a second, final term in 2014 against three opponents.</p> <p>       One can use Mullaugh’s case to argue that a council appointment gives someone an edge in the next election. And, of course, there has been recent criticism from meeting regulars that the council doesn’t sufficiently involve the public in decision-making. An election just to fill a vacancy, however, would cost between $80,000 and $100,000, according to City Manager Leif Ahnell’s memo to the council. Would that kind of money make sense for a solution in search of a problem?</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>Randy SchultzTue, 26 Apr 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/26/update-on-delray-heroin-sober-house-issue-staples-office-depot-merger-and-boca-high-schools-rock/City WatchCommunityFive SunFest Acts Not to Misshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/25/five-sunfest-acts-not-to-miss/<p><em>[Note: The Week Ahead will be posted on Wednesday this week.]</em></p> <p>Here at <em>Boca</em> magazine, we’re all for expanding your musical horizons. That’s why, instead of focusing on the major headliners of this week’s SunFest—your Duran Durans, your Meghan Trainors, your Alabama Shakeses—we’re spotlighting five notable undercard acts that have headlined clubs in the past, or will headline them in the future. All offer plenty of reasons to show up early.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="246" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/secretweapons_ny04.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>1. The ‘90s are certainly back, if they ever left to begin with. The Brooklyn indie duo <strong>Secret Weapons</strong> marries the shimmering, incandescent polish of Backstreet Boys pop with the ubiquitous electro-pop of today. Guitarist Danny Rocco and vocalist Gerard Lange formed the band in secret (hence the name) for a full year before revealing their project to friends and co-workers—upon which time Epic Records signed them. Judging by the timeless infectiousness of debut single “Someone New,” which rocketed through the social media and has been performed on “The Today Show,” Secret Weapons’ forthcoming LP will be a hit in dancehalls and bedrooms the world over. See them open for Duran Duran, at 7 p.m. April 27.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/holcomb.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>2. If you watch any televisions dramas, you probably know the music of <strong>Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors</strong>, even if you don’t <em>know</em> you know them. The group’s music has been featured in more than 40 series, from “House” and “Justified” to “Criminal Minds” and “America’s Got Talent.” Holcomb’s sound, with its gentle Americana simplicity and accessible folk-rock, is cut from a similar cloth as Miami’s own Iron &amp; Wine, with lyrics drawn from the most relatable elements of human experience. Holcomb and his band, which includes wife Ellie, are supporting their critically acclaimed ninth album, “Medicine.” They open for Train, at 7 p.m. April 28.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/ajoyformidable-e1458953169743.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>3. The trends in indie rock today point in three directions: thumping, arguably sterile synth- and electro-pop; fragile, near-whispered folk that could crumble at the presence of an amplifier; and sloppy, punk-inflected garage rock. There isn’t much room in the tent anymore for a bombastic rock band like Wales’ <strong>The Joy Formidable</strong>, a reality the group been working to its hard-touring advantage for nearly the past decade. Led by charismatic frontwoman Ritzy Bryan, the band’s mantra seems to be “go big or go home;” on its new album “Hitch,” nine of the 12 tracks run longer than five minutes, each constructed with dynamic solos and building to crescendos that turns the amps up to 11. No matter what venue the Joy Formidable plays, it seems too small to contain them; let’s see how they’ll fill the JetBlue stage at 7:30 p.m. April 29, opening for Bastille. Look for a review of their set next week at bocamag.com.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/tumblr_meh1s2paj51qzxlbn.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>4. A staple of any self-respecting teenager’s album collection in the mid-to-late 1990s, Los Angeles’ <strong>Goldfinger </strong>fused the alienation and melodrama of youth with plenty of good humor, trumpet blasts and kick-drums. Pop-punk and third-wave ska get plenty of flak from the hipster establishment as being poor replacements for the original movements, but Goldfinger transcended the herd: Its first three records are bona fide classics and still constitute much of the set list in the group’s current, semi-retired incarnation. Indeed, Goldfinger barely tours anymore, and the SunFest gig is the only one on its calendar, so enjoy this rare and nostalgic treat at 2:45 p.m. April 30, when the band opens for Flogging Molly.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/desktop.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>5. It takes a certain skill to re-construct pop earworms from their effective foundation and re-build them in completely different genres, but the insanely talented <strong>Scott Bradlee</strong> possesses a unique ear for re-invention. He fell in love with jazz, like many people did, when he heard “Rhapsody in Blue” for the first time at age 12, and as an adult pianist/arranger, he’s been transforming modern pop tunes into genres more evocative of the time of Gershwin. With assistance from superstars of the contemporary jazz scene, his Postmodern Jukebox project has reimagined Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” as ‘50s R&amp;B, Elle King’s “Exes and Ohs” as ‘30s jazz and Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” as vintage swing. Prepare your best Charlestons, lindies and jitterbugs for a set that will likely include retro takes on Guns N Roses, OutKast, Beyonce and many more, beginning at 3 p.m. May 1.</p>John ThomasonMon, 25 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/25/five-sunfest-acts-not-to-miss/Arts & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsMother&#39;s Day Dining: PBChttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/25/mothers-day-dining-pbc/<p><img alt="" height="738" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_spoto's_crab_cake_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spoto’s Oyster Bar </strong><em>(4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448)</em>: From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch has dishes such as “Because I Told You So” stuffed French toast, “Eat Everything on Your Plate” eggs Benedict, the “Call Your Mother” crab cake Benedict (pictured), plus more. I’m partial to the “You’re My Favorite” mimosa. Reservations recommended.</p> <p><strong>Bistro Ten Zero One</strong><em> (1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/833-1234)</em>: From noon to 4 p.m., a prix-fixe meal is $45 for adults, $27 for children 4 to 12, and includes salads, seafood, charcuterie, carving stations with roast beef and turkey, and more—with unlimited Prosecco and mimosas. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_pistache_duck_waffles.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Pistache </strong><em>(101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/833-5090)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a prix-fixe brunch includes appetizer, entrée and dessert, for $55 per person. Dishes are updated versions of favorites, such as the <strong>roasted duck &amp; waffles—</strong>poached eggs, spicy grain mustard maple syrup (pictured), salmon en croute and steak frites. Then there are the desserts: crepes Suzette, profiteroles, pudding Breton, and you get the point.</p> <p><strong>PB Catch</strong> <em>(251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5558)</em>: From 4:30 p.m. to close, a complimentary glass of wine or champagne will be given to mothers celebrating their special day.</p> <p><strong>Prosecco Café </strong><em>(4580 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-3222)</em>: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Mother’s Day menu includes the OMG! Omelet, warm spinach salad, corned beef Benedict and the French kiss (a lush meal for two). </p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_cafe_boulud.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Café Boulud</strong> <em>(in the Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a large buffet features themed stations, as well as selections from Chef Boulud’s Le Voyage dishes, such as Vietnamese Caramel Glazed Mahi and Oaxacan Braised Pork. The cost is $95 per person; $42 for children under 10. Reservations recommended.</p> <p><strong>III Forks Prime Steakhouse</strong> <em>(4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens (with a Hallandale Beach location, too), 561/630-3660)</em>: A three-course brunch or dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dishes include choices of salads, red snapper, tenderloin or fire-roasted red pepper chicken, and dessert. The cost is $48 per person; $18 for children 12 and under. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_vic_angelos_salmon_benedict.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s</strong> <em>(4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-9899)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a $39.95 per person ($16.95 for children 12 and under) prix-fixe brunch include eggs Benedicts (pictured), prime rib and turkey carving stations, a raw bar, an omelet station, salads, desserts and more, along with bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas for $10 per person. And mothers receive a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa and a red rose.</p> <p><strong>Sundy House</strong> <em>(106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 877-439-9601)</em>: You’ll be charmed by this site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been extremely popular for its food for a long time. The Mother’s Day buffet is from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it costs $75 per person. Reservations required.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.25_temple_orange.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Temple Orange, Eau Palm Beach</strong> <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 561/533-6000)</em>: If you’re looking for beautiful surroundings (pictured), a champagne garden and a strolling violinist for Mother’s Day (sounds good to us!), try this special brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $115 per person and $25 for children 5-12. Dishes include braised Moroccan chiken, Florida red snapper, sweat pea &amp; mint ravioli, an extensive salad bar, cheese and charcuterie, muesli and yogurt, fruit, smoked fish, raw bar, carving stations, omelet station and lots of pastries.</p> <p><strong>Tanzy Restaurant</strong> <em>(301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699)</em>: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch will be served, featuring an Ultimate Mimosa Bar.</p> <p><strong>Little Chalet</strong> <em>(485 N. Federal Highway, 561/325-8000)</em>: Mothers receive a complimentary Blooming Champagne Cocktail on Mother’s Day. The drink is made with strawberry rhubarb marinade drizzled on the bottom of a champagne glass, a drop of St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur and filled with Nicolas Feuillatee Brut Champagne, garnished with an edible wild hibiscus flower. </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>Lynn KalberMon, 25 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/25/mothers-day-dining-pbc/DiningMovie Review: &quot;Elvis &amp; Nixon&quot;http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/22/movie-review-elvis-nixon/<p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/el1_3355463b.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Elvis &amp; Nixon,” which opens today, is what happens when a feature film is adapted from a single photograph and not much else. The legendary, almost mythical image of President Nixon clasping hands with Elvis Presley in the White House in December 1970 is the only document that such a meeting took place: Nixon hadn’t yet reached his paranoid stage of recording every conversation in the Oval Office.</p> <p>And, as director Liza Johnson and screenwriters Joey and Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes reveal in their skimpy movie based on the encounter, there just isn’t enough there there. There is no dramatic thrust in this formless vanity project, and what little plot exists seems xeroxed from a <em>Smithsonian</em> article from 2010. The rest is fanciful tabloid fodder, a movie as inconsequential as a gossip column, the cinematic equivalent of clickbait.</p> <p>But hey, at least it’s got some great actors who respect their legendary characters enough to find the human beings underneath the exaggerated public personae. Michael Shannon’s Elvis, who admittedly sounds more like Michael Shannon than Elvis, is first seen watching “Dr. Strangelove” in Graceland and shooting one of his televisions with a gold-plated gun. Fed up with his ostentatious lifestyle while the rest of the country is plunging into an abyss of war, crime and drugs, he hops a plane to Los Angeles and meets longtime friend and music executive Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), corralling him onto a flight to Washington, D.C. with the intent of meeting the president and obtaining a badge to become a “federal agent at large”—the King’s way of serving his patriotic duty by covertly busting hippies for drug possession. Elvis and Nixon, it seems, had more in common than you’d think.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/17elvisnixon1-master675-v2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It takes a little arm-twisting on behalf of the president’s staff, but eventually, the meeting does take place, with Kevin Spacey hunching his back and simulating the alopecia necessary to embody the foul-mouthed Republican. The men bond over Dr. Pepper and hating the Beatles, and they commiserate over negative press. Their underlings discuss the pluses and minuses of lives basked permanently in the presence of gods. Elvis signs some black-and-white glossies, and everybody, including the movie’s audience, gets to go home.</p> <p>That “Elvis &amp; Nixon” proceeds generally conflict-free is an inconvenient fact that, in the annals of art-house esoterica, isn’t particularly important, but in a big-budget studio picture can result in an awfully pointless evening at the movies. Despite its three writers, the film just isn’t funny enough to sustain its nonstarter of a premise, and its awkward stabs at contemporary relevance (“This thing with the Iraqis and the Syrians will go away in a couple weeks,” Nixon advises his staff) feel like just that.</p> <p>Mostly, it’s a museum piece, a moving exhibition of meretricious interiors, loud clothing, shag haircuts, copious sideburns and period funk tunes. As for the rest of the music, Edward Shearmur’s score is as anonymous as Johnson’s direction—the kind of innocuous public-domain muzak that a call center might use as its on-hold music. It’s an appropriate metaphor for the entirety of “Elvis &amp; Nixon:” You spend the whole movie waiting for something to happen.</p> <p><em>"Elvis &amp; Nixon" is playing at Cinemark Palace and Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach, the Classic Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, and Regal South Beach in Miami Beach.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 22 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/22/movie-review-elvis-nixon/Arts & EventsMoviesStaff Picks: Delightfully Delicioushttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/22/staff-picks-delightfully-delicious/<p><strong>JAQUA</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_jaqua.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Who says you can’t have your cake and smear it on your body, too? Yes, you read that correctly. JAQUA, a natural bath and body brand, has a delicious line of buttercream frosting products that will leave you smelling and feeling like a cake. I tried the body butter—it’s fluffy and smooth, exactly like icing.”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.jaquabathandbody.com" target="_blank">jaquabathandbody.com</a>)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lemongrass</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="452" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_lemongrass.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Mandy Wynne, Production Manager</em></p> <p>“I'd been wanting to try the Asian Bistro Lemongrass in Fort Lauderdale for some time, so during my sister's last visit, we decided to stop in for lunch. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean and contemporary the interior decor was, and the staff was super friendly. After trying the spicy lemongrass soup—a delicious concoction of seafood, rice noodles, tomatoes, mushrooms, scallions and fresh cilantro, all enveloped in a spicy, lemongrass broth—I'd found a meal that I now like to have on a weekly basis. My sister (a foodie) was completely taken back by the ample serving of the sushi sashimi lunch (image shown), which was extremely tasty and beautifully presented. She insisted on returning three more times during her stay! This has to be one of my favorite places to dine, most conveniently at the Royal Palm Place location on my way home from work. Each time I visit, I find a new favorite, and for a $9.95 sushi lunch, you can't beat that!”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.lemongrassasianbistro.com" target="_blank">lemongrassasianbistro.com</a> // 101 Plaza Real S. // 561/544-8181)</p> <p> </p>magazineFri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/22/staff-picks-delightfully-delicious/CommunityCocktails, Fundraisers and New Restaurantshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/22/cocktails-fundraisers-and-new-restaurants/<p>With a lot of food and fundraising events on the calendar (love those!), we thought we’d share.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_oak_bistro.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Bringing aid to pets in need: Oak Bistro and Wine Bar</strong></p> <p>At Oak Bistro and Wine Bar <em>(11051 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, 561/753-6217)</em> on April 23, from noon to 2 p.m., you can have brunch and a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary—as long as you bring in a donation to help the furkids at Christie’s Critters &amp; Pet Haven Rescue. The items most needed are pet beds, toys, towels, sheets, bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels and trash bags. If you bring in a case or bag of Life’s Abundance Dog or Cat food, you get bottomless mimosas. Help save pets, and eat and drink well, too!</p> <p><img alt="" height="728" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_jardin_owners.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>New restaurant Jardin added to Clematis Street scene</strong></p> <p>Opening on April 25 in downtown West Palm Beach is restaurant Jardin <em>(330 Clematis St., 561/440-5273)</em>, from newlywed chefs Jordan Lerman and Stephanie Cohen (pictured). They will feature everything from appetizers to entrees, dessert and after-hours selections. They use locally sourced ingredients and will change the menu with the seasons. Dishes are from $8 to $38. Both classic and creative cocktails are on the menu, too, along with local craft brews and a wine list. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner served nightly starting at 5 p.m. </p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_oceana_coffee.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Florida photo exhibit, fundraiser: Oceana Coffee</strong></p> <p>Stop by Oceana Coffee Lounge <em>(150 N. US Highway 1, Tequesta, 561/401-2453) </em>and take a gander at the artwork by Florida nature enthusiasts, Benji Studt and Sam Farkas, on April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. These photographers are donating 10 percent of the sales from their artwork, along with Oceana’s restaurant sales that night to Friends of Jupiter Beach, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Jupiter’s beaches clean and dog-friendly. Oceana Coffee Lounge is known for small-batch specialty coffees. Owners Amy and Scott Angelo roast all their own coffee and have a large, popular, well-deserved fan base. </p> <p><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_old_arcade.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Continuing the <strong>history of cocktails on April 25 at The Old Arcade inside Caffe Martier</strong> <em>(411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 954/410-3177)</em> is Mixology 104, focusing on the Tiki Movement, with cocktails Corpse Reviver #2, the Zombie and the Mai Tai. At $40 per person, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., you get a history lesson and some tasty drinks. </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>Lynn KalberFri, 22 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/22/cocktails-fundraisers-and-new-restaurants/DiningFashion Forward: Fashion Overloadhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/22/fashion-forward-fashion-overload/<p><strong><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_nobe67.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>NOBE67 pop-up</strong></p> <p>Fashion meets art at NOBE67. The pop-up shop in Wynwood opens today with a launch party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring DJ YSL and cocktails by Jane Pop Up Bar. You’ll find items from designers like Charles Philip Shanghai, Marieclaire St. John, Manebi, Moda Zeta, Gelareh Mizrahi, Palme D’Or Swimwear, Dauntless-New York and more. NOBE67 will remain open until May 8.</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.nobe67.com" target="_blank">nobe67.com</a> // 2245 NW 2<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Miami)</p> <p><img alt="" height="613" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_ivy_park.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>IVY PARK</strong></p> <p>Topshop and Parkwood Athletic have joined forces to bring you the latest active wear brand, IVY PARK. The line boasts business owners and co-founders Sir Philip Green and Beyoncé—you know it must be fabulous if Queen B is involved. The items range in price from $24 to $265. SHOP IVY Park at Nordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton.</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.ivypark.com" target="_blank">ivypark.com</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_tamara_comolli.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Tamara Comolli</strong></p> <p>German fine-jewelry designer Tamara Comolli has traveled the worldwide to find the most precious and unique gemstones, but you don’t have to venture too far for her elegant jewelry—she has a boutique right along Worth Avenue. Shop her latest “Fairy” collection that features rings, necklaces and more.</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.tamaracomolli.com" target="_blank">tamaracomolli.com</a> // 150 Worth Ave. #115, Palm Beach)<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_louis_vuitton.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Louis Vuitton America’s Cup</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>Louis Vuitton launched a new line this month, Louis Vuitton America’s Cup, to embrace lifestyle and leisure. It’s nautically inspired and includes clothes, bags, shoes, sunglasses and more. Shop the collection at Louis Vuitton at Town Center at Boca Raton. </p> <p>(<a href="http://www.louisvuitton.com" target="_blank">louisvuitton.com</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.22_delray_orchids.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Downtown Delray Orchid Giveaway</strong></p> <p>Gift your mom a beautiful orchid this Mother’s Day. The Delray DDA is giving away orchids from April 30 until May 7 to all patrons who collect $200 worth of receipts from the boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, spas, salons and fitness studios in downtown Delray. The orchid stations will be in front of Hands Stationers <em>(325 E. Atlantic Ave.) </em>and Petite Connection <em>(1049 E. Atlantic Ave.)</em>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/22/fashion-forward-fashion-overload/FashionShoppingShopping NewsEthics charges dropped, sales tax &amp; other items of news and noteshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/21/ethics-charges-dropped-sales-tax-other-items-of-news-and-notes/<h3><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/253x450.jpg" width="253"></h3> <h3>Ethics charges dropped</h3> <p>Boca Raton Deputy City Manager George Brown and Councilman Robert Weinroth are off the Boca Raton Airport Authority board, and as of Wednesday the Florida Commission on Ethics is off their backs about their brief service on the board.</p> <p>       Last May, the council put Weinroth and Brown on the seven-member board as two of the city’s five appointees. The vote for Brown was unanimous. The vote for Weinroth was 3-2, with Weinroth in the majority.</p> <p>       After the appointments, BocaWatch Publisher Al Zucaro (above) filed complaints with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Weinroth and Brown. Weinroth, Zucaro alleged, had illegally nominated and voted for himself to secure “special private gain”—presumably the whopping $100 board members receive for attending each monthly meeting. (Weinroth said he had been unaware of the salary, and never accepted it.) Brown, Zucaro alleged, could not “serve two masters”—the city and the authority.</p> <p>       City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser had stated that neither appointment posed a conflict. The finding by the ethics commission validates that position. The commission found no probable cause that Weinroth “violated the voting conflict law” or that Brown “had a conflicting employment or contractual relationship due to his public duties on the (airport authority) board coupled with his employment with the city.” The decision came last month, but the commission formally announced the decision Wednesday.</p> <p>       As Mark Herron, the lawyer for Weinroth and Brown, pointed out in his response to the complaint, the appointments did not arise out of secret dealings. During its May goal-setting session last year, the city council collectively expressed frustration at the authority. Council members complained about what they considered to be communication problems, bad spending decisions and the slow pace of work on a customs facility.</p> <p>       Herron added that City Manager Leif Ahnell suggested that if council members wanted more accountability, they could choose a staff member and one of their own for two upcoming appointments. Days later, the council did so. The action was unusual, and it generated worries that the council was moving to take over the airport, which the city once ran. Authority board members expressed puzzlement at the complaints.</p> <p>       Soon enough, however, it became clear that Weinroth and Brown were focused on the goals the council had discussed. Citing progress, Weinroth and Brown resigned from the authority in December and February, respectively. The council replaced them with two traditional board members. All that remained were the ethics complaints.</p> <p>       Zucaro, of course, is a regular—and often off-base— council critic. He denied that the complaints were frivolous or politically motivated, but he undercut his case by arguing that the city should not hire an outside lawyer at taxpayer expense to defend Weinroth and Brown. They were acting as “individuals,” Zucaro said, and should pay their own legal bills.</p> <p>       In fact, cities regularly and correctly defend officials accused of such complaints. Doing otherwise would discourage people from running for office. An ethics complaint could become a political weapon, not a needed check on abuses. When the council voted to provide the lawyer, Jeremy Rodgers noted that without the knowledge of city support in such issues Boca Raton would “run out” of people willing even to serve on boards.</p> <p>       Knowing that an unfavorable result was coming, Zucaro this week wrote a sore-loser post for his website. Zucaro complained that he traveled to Tallahassee for the commission’s Friday discussion but was not allowed to speak. Absent such “bias,” Zucaro wrote, he could have provided “additional clarity.”</p> <p>       Actually, the system for investigating ethics complaints against public officials is the same as the system for investigating complaints against judges. Once the complaint is filed, the Judicial Qualifications Commission staff takes over. It’s the best way to ensure an unbiased investigation.</p> <p>       Weinroth said Wednesday that he is relieved “to have the commission ratify the actions taken by the council. The actions which were the subject of Mr. Zucaro’s complaint were political. . .He is certainly entitled to disagree. . .but that doesn’t make those actions unethical or illegal.”</p> <h3>Delray votes yes on sales tax                             </h3> <p>       The Delray Beach City Commission’s vote Tuesday night in support of Palm Beach County’s sales tax proposal didn’t matter, but the discussion was interesting.</p> <p>       Next month, the county commission will decide whether to put a one-cent, 10-year increase on the November ballot and, if so, how to distribute the money. In its current form, the proposal allocates 18.5 percent—roughly $500 million—to the county’s 38 municipalities. Cities that include at least 51 percent of those living in the county’s 38 municipalities had to support the proposal for the county commission to take that final vote.</p> <p>       The proposal has become controversial because the current version includes $161 million for cultural organizations and other “economic development.” The county’s cultural council has maintained that adding money for museums and such will enhance support for bridge repair and road paving. But the council has been selective and secretive about which groups would get the money.</p> <p>       Tuesday night, Commissioner Mitch Katz said he’s heard complaints about Delray Beach’s Spady Museum not being on the list. He joined the unanimous vote in support of the proposal; Delray Beach stands to get about $3 million a year. Katz and his colleagues, though, are unhappy that the cities’ share will be based on population, not amount of sales generated. Under a “point of sale” formula, Delray would get more. State law prohibits it.</p> <p>       Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said the city will not take a vote. The county has its 51 percent. Haynie said the city asked the county to address the council on the plan, but was told that “they don’t have anyone who can do it.”</p> <p>       As for Haynie’s personal view of the tax plan, “I have trouble supporting it because we are a border city, and it will negatively affect our businesses.” The sales tax in Broward is also 6 percent, though Broward may put its own one-cent increase on the ballot to finance transportation improvements.</p> <h3>Uptown Atlantic</h3> <p>       Applause broke out Tuesday night when the Delray Beach City Commission gave final approval to Uptown Atlantic. Next come “shovels in the ground,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said.</p> <p>       In my preview of the vote, I wrote of the importance that the Fairfield Inn has had on West Atlantic Avenue redevelopment. Former Mayor Jeff Perlman countered on social media that Atlantic Grove was actually the first significant development. Like Uptown Atlantic, Atlantic Grove is a mixed-used project. It predated the Fairfield project, but I would maintain it is less important in terms of what it means to future West Atlantic development. </p> <p>Atlantic Grove borders the tennis center. Fairfield Inn is closer to Interstate 95 than to Swinton Avenue. As Mayor Glickstein said, the hotel broke through the perception that businesses can’t succeed if they are farther west on Atlantic. I would go with the current mayor’s assessment over the former mayor’s.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>       On Tuesday, I wrote about Delray Beach’s latest move in the Atlantic Crossing lawsuit. I said the lawsuit seeks $25 million in damages for what the developers claim is the city’s failure to give the project timely approval.</p> <p>       An Atlantic Crossing representative emailed to say that the most recently amended lawsuit, which the developers filed in January, asks for damages “in excess of $25 million.” The representative added that a consultant whom the developer hired “estimated the damages to be over $40 million.”</p> <p>       Tension between Delray Beach and the developers increased two weeks ago, when the city commission voted 3-2 to deny Atlantic Crossing’s appeal of its site plan rejection. That plan included an access road to the project from Federal Highway. A city consultant liked the road. The commission majority on April 5—Mayor Glickstein and commissioners Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia—didn’t. Tuesday night, the commission unanimously moved to take back public alleys that had been conveyed to Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>       Edwards Companies Vice President Don DeVere said in a statement that the commission “could have continued settlement discussions to provide additional benefits to the neighborhood, and to eliminate the city’s risk of damages, estimated at $40 million. Mayor Glickstein and Commissioners Petrolia and Katz decided they didn’t want to take that path, but chose to litigate instead.</p> <p>       “Since the city declined to approve the site plan modification, there’s no way we can continue with that plan. That leaves only one option -- to move forward with the litigation and to develop the project in accordance with the already approved plan, which doesn’t include the added access drive.”</p> <p>       In addition to increasing the amount of alleged damages, the latest version of the lawsuit increased the rhetoric. The lawsuit refers to “commission regime change” in March 2013, when Glickstein and Petrolia were elected after criticizing the approval of Atlantic Crossing three months earlier. The lawsuit further claims that Glickstein is acting out of spite because he tried and failed to develop the same property west of Veterans Park.</p> <h3>Condolences</h3> <p>Condolences go out this week to Boca Raton City Councilman Scott Singer and his family. Singer’s mother died Monday at age 70. The funeral was Wednesday.</p> <h3>Correction</h3> <p>In writing recently about Chabad East Boca, I said the Golden Triangle neighborhood had opposed the project. Golden Triangle Homeowners Association President Andrea O’Rourke told me this week that while some residents might have opposed it, the group took no position on Chabad East Boca.</p> <h3>And more…                               </h3> <p>       Speaking of Ms. O’Rourke, there has been speculation that she would run for the Boca Raton City Council next March—either against Scott Singer or for the seat of term-limited Mike Mullaugh. O’Rourke told me that she will not run for the council. I asked if she was willing to say that on the record. Her response: “On the record.”</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>Randy SchultzThu, 21 Apr 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/21/ethics-charges-dropped-sales-tax-other-items-of-news-and-notes/City WatchCommunityConcert Review/Q&amp;A: Darren Crisshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/20/concert-reviewqa-darren-criss/<p>The audience at Parker Playhouse received quite a treat Tuesday night with the final performance of the Broadway Concert Series, which featured actor and musician Darren Criss with curator and accompanist Seth Rudetsky, whose own show can be heard on Sirius XM’s On Broadway station. The pair brought both laughs and talents into theater with a combination of discussion and performance. </p> <p>Currently on Broadway in the musical “Disaster!”—which he co-wrote with Jack Plotnick—Rudetsky was the first to take the stage. Though he was slightly heartbroken as this was the first night he was missing “Disaster!,” and his understudy was going on for him. However, Rudetsky said he was dedicated to this series and made sure that he came to the show. </p> <p><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/darren-criss.png" width="361"></p> <p>As Criss first entered the stage, screams of teenagers and young adults alike resounded through the auditorium, which is not usually the norm for a Broadway concert. Nevertheless, “Glee” fans came out to see the star of the hit FOX musical series. And it helped that Criss started the show with “Something’s Coming,” which his character, Blaine Anderson, performed on the show.</p> <p>Also in attendance were fans of StarKid, the incredibly popular theatre company that Criss helped create at the University of Michigan. Criss is known for writing and starring as Harry Potter in “A Very Potter Musical” and its two sequels. During the show, Criss mentioned that he is currently working on writing the next StarKid production while also joking that he only gets fame after starring in roles that Daniel Radcliffe performed first—a nod to his Broadway debut replacing Radcliffe in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”</p> <p>Criss and Rudetsky hammed it up while they chatted between songs in a set of chairs on the opposite side of the stage from the piano that Rudetsky used for performances. They talked about everything from Criss not being Jewish or Italian, as he often gets mistaken for (he’s actually Filipino and Irish), to how Criss never actually wanted to do musical theatre but ended up there anyway.</p> <p>One thing that both men seemed passionate about was the talent that is on Broadway and how even though performers seem to come out of nowhere, they’ve been exceptional for many years and it just takes one role to make a person.</p> <p>As they were mentioning this fact, they brought up the example of how two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster was a chorus girl for many years and was brought out to play Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which cemented her star status. Rudetsky also mentioned that he worked on the revival of “Grease” in 1994 and audiences were so mad when Rosie O’Donnell, who played Rizzo, would be out and her understudy would be in. The understudy was Megan Mullally, who is now a two-time Emmy winner for “Will &amp; Grace” but was unknown at the time.</p> <p>The story echoed for Criss. He had auditioned for many Broadway shows, including “Once,” “American Idiot” and “The Book of Mormon” but didn’t get any of the roles. However, as soon as he appeared on “Glee,” he was offered the short engagement in “How to Succeed...” without an audition.</p> <p>Throughout his performances, Criss brought plenty of his personal stories into the music. He sang his first audition song, “Where is Love?” from the musical “Oliver,” in his current vocal range, but then jokingly switched the key to his 7-year-old self halfway through the performance. Later in the show, he performed “Welcome Home” from “Fanny,” which was the first musical he was ever in, and closed the show with “If I Were A Rich Man,” his first starring role in high school.</p> <p>Perhaps the highlights of the night were “Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm” and “Wicked Little Town” from Criss’ two starring Broadway roles in “How to Succeed…” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Criss shared anecdotes from his time from both shows before performing. Hilariously, though, Criss forgot the lyrics halfway through the latter song, but played it off saying it was bound to happen because he cannot even remember the lyrics to songs he’s written.</p> <p>Before the show, <em>Boca Raton</em> was able to speak one-on-one with Criss.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/cf6xsywusaapyxq.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Your first claim to fame was "A Very Potter Musical," which featured your original music and lyrics. Would you ever write a Broadway show or try to take one of the StarKid ones to Broadway?</strong></p> <p>First of all, it gives so much joy to talk about StarKid. It was such a pivotal part of my life of how I got to where I am. To apply some TLC to those would be great actually and workshop them. That would be down the line, but writing something original is something that is very much a priority for me.</p> <p><strong>Well, your song "Not Alone" from “A Very Potter Musical” has been performed at many Trevor Project events and has really inspired people. How does it make you feel that your music could've saved someone or changed a life?</strong></p> <p>It’s amazing. People tell me this all the time, and it’s difficult to wrap your brain around. The gratitude is mutual, and it’s a very overwhelming feeling. I find myself at a loss of words for how incredible that is.</p> <p><strong>You're a big advocate for many causes. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make a change in the world?</strong></p> <p>Well it’s a big world out there, and there are so many things to be done. You don’t have to go to the other side of the world to help. There are plenty of people around. Think small with a lot of heart, and you’d be surprised of the butterfly effect that has. </p> <p><strong>You've said that you're more of a pop performer but fell into Broadway. How did that happen?</strong></p> <p>Well I agree, but that to me is a misnomer. I use that as shorthand during performances for audience members who aren’t familiar with the earlier part of my career. I think the real keyword here is a contemporary singer. Most importantly, I’ve never considered myself a singer. I was always an actor who could sing when I needed to. Anything along the way has been a fun thing to do when there is a guitar or a piano around.</p> <p><strong>Now you said you’re not a singer, but “Glee” fans have been waiting for a debut album. When can we expect that from you?</strong> </p> <p>I always get that question, and the answer is I don’t know. I’m too much of a perfectionist I guess. At this point, it’s become a joke that it’ll never happen. One day it’ll appear. [The fans] will be over it by the time it comes out. </p> <p><strong>This summer we're going to see you take on Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid” at the Hollywood Bowl. What are you most excited for in this production?</strong> </p> <p>I’m probably most excited to see Sara Bareilles [who is playing Ariel] do her thing. Out of all the things I’ve had the chance to do, I’ve never had as big of an immediate reaction explode upon phone and email than this particular show. It has stood the test of time because there are always going to be children watching it for the first time.</p> <p><strong>Is there a dream Broadway role you'd like to play?</strong></p> <p>I feel like “Hedwig” was such a dream for me that any part is hard to top it. I love “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” I could never really sing that show, but I feel in a couple of decades, I’d be down to take on the D’Ysquith family [the eight roles Jefferson Mays originated on Broadway]. </p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Something’s Coming (from “West Side Story”)</p> <p>Where Is Love? (from “Oliver”)</p> <p>I Love Betsy (from “Honeymoon in Vegas”)</p> <p>Welcome Home (from “Fanny”)</p> <p>The Streets of Dublin (from “A Man of No Importance”)</p> <p>I’d Rather Be Sailing (from “A New Brain”)</p> <p>Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm (from “How to Succeed Without Really Trying”)</p> <p>Wicked Little Town (from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”)</p> <p>If I Were A Rich Man (from “Fiddler on the Roof”)</p> <p> </p> <p>Encore:</p> <p>You and Me (But Mostly Me) (from “The Book of Mormon”)</p>Kevin StuderWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/20/concert-reviewqa-darren-criss/Arts & EventsMusicHow to eat healthy for Passoverhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/20/how-to-eat-healthy-for-passover/<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Passover is just a few days away, and many people find themselves with three big challenges: (1) Strict dietary restrictions, (2) Eating too much at nightly dinners for the whole week and (3) Jewish mom’s guilt for not finishing your plate. </p> <p>While some may think these three challenges can escalate to a dietary disaster, I am here to share my Z-tips on how to breeze through the week and come out happy, satisfied and not too-stuffed!</p> <p>To avoid a caloric extravaganza and still stay Kosher for the holiday, I invite you to try my three Z-tips as well as three simple recipes.</p> <ol start="1"> <li>Make your own healthy dishes, and bring them 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.</li> <li>Indulge in family bonding time, not just eating. Yes, it is true that we often gather around food to feel close to our loved ones, but I suggest focusing on the conversations and family time more than the food. Once the physical hunger is satisfied, focus on filling yourself up with love and joy from spending time with the family instead of a third helping of the casserole.</li> <li>If all else fails and you overeat, take plant-based digestive enzymes to help you digest the food. </li> </ol> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.20_passover_diet.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Quinoa Mac &amp; Cheese with Meatless Meat</strong></p> <p>(Did you know that quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, and therefore is Kosher for Passover. It is also high in protein.)</p> <p> </p> <p>1 package Ancient Harvest gluten-free quinoa macaroni</p> <p>1 package of Beyond Meat soy-free crumbles</p> <p>2 cups cheddar daiya cheese (dairy-free)</p> <p>2 tablespoons vegan butter (I like Earth Balance–it’s dairy-free and soy-free)</p> <p>1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk</p> <p>Pinch of smoked salt</p> <p>Pepper to taste</p> <p> </p> <p>Cook macaroni according to the package. Set aside when cooked.</p> <p>In the same pot, combine cheese, butter and almond milk. Add smoked salt. Cook on medium/low heat to melt the cheese, and then add the meatless crumbles.</p> <p>Mix everything together and enjoy!</p> <p>Watch this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knx_MsLQmjo&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">video</a> to see how to make it. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Smoked Faux-Salmon Dip</strong></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p>2 cups of almonds</p> <p>1 cup of walnuts</p> <p>2 carrots, juiced (save pulp and juice separately)</p> <p>½ sweet onion</p> <p>2 cloves of garlic</p> <p>2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes (soaked for 2 hours)</p> <p>2 soaked dates</p> <p>½ cup lemon juice</p> <p>¼ cup carrot juice (more or less to your taste)</p> <p>2 tablespoons smoked paprika</p> <p>2 tablespoons nori flakes</p> <p>1 teaspoon kelp flakes</p> <p>1 teaspoon smoked salt</p> <p> </p> <p>To serve with:<br> Cucumber slices</p> <p>Red repper, quartered</p> <p> </p> <p>Place nuts in a food processor, and add herbs and salt to process until smooth. Add the rest of ingredients and continue processing until you get a thick paste. Serve on cucumber slices or in red pepper quarters. Garnish with parsley.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Easy Chocolate Mousse</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>2 ripe avocados</p> <p>½ cup coconut nectar</p> <p>½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder</p> <p>½ cup vanilla almond milk or coconut water</p> <p>½ teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)</p> <p>Coconut shavings for decoration</p> <p> </p> <p>Blend first six ingredients in a Vitamix (or other high-power blender). Garnish with coconut shavings and enjoy!</p> <p><br> Watch the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsruI7GmF6k" target="_blank">video</a> to see how to make it. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at <a href="http://www.alinaz.com/">alinaz.com</a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/facebook.com/CoutureFood">facebook.com/CoutureFood</a>) or Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/CoutureFood">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/">bocamag.com</a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/20/how-to-eat-healthy-for-passover/DiningColor Run and Cancer Screeninghttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/20/color-run-and-cancer-screening/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.20_spodak.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Free oral cancer screenings</strong></p> <p>To commemorate Oral Cancer Awareness Month (April), <a href="http://www.spodakdental.com/" target="_blank">Spodak Dental Group</a> <em>(3911 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> is offering free oral cancer screenings until April 28. </p> <p>This is not just for the dental practice’s patients. Anyone in the community can schedule a free oral cancer screening.</p> <p>Spodak Dental Group is offering the free screenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>According to practice press information, “There will be roughly 50,000 people who will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and the fastest growing segment of the [oral cancer] population are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. The screenings are painless and take less than 10 minutes.”</p> <p>To book your appointment, call 561/498-0050.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.20_tropicolor.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Color Run, April 23</strong> </p> <p>It’s almost time for the Color Run, a 5k (3.1 miles), at Huizenga Park <em>(1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)</em>.</p> <p>“New this year is a limited-edition participant kit, Tropicolor Zone on course and an amped-up finish festival featuring Rainbow Beach, music, dancing, photos and more!” according to the Color Run press information. “Also, the Color Run is giving back to the community by teaming up with the local non-profit organization, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale to shine a light on their extraordinary work.”</p> <p>And, there’s more to color runs than running. Race participants will be entertained with island-style music and bathed in colors and island scents as they make their way along the Las Olas Blvd. course.</p> <p>The Saturday, April 23 event starts at 7: 30 a.m. Individual entry costs $39.99. For more information or to sign up, click <a href="http://thecolorrun.com/" target="_blank">here</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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 20 Apr 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/20/color-run-and-cancer-screening/FitnessHealth NewsHealth/BeautyUptown Atlantic update &amp; other items of note in Boca and Delrayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/19/uptown-atlantic-update-other-items-of-note-in-boca-and-delray/<h3><img alt="" height="166" src="/site_media/uploads/00-700-copy-3.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Uptown Atlantic update </h3> <p>At tonight’s Delray Beach City Commission meeting, Uptown Atlantic likely will get the last of its required city approvals. If the project stays on its current schedule, we will know soon if Uptown Atlantic can fulfill its promise of helping to transform West Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>       If the changes on East Atlantic seemed impossible to imagine 30 years ago, the chances for West Atlantic seemed even more farfetched. In the summer of 1986, riots after the Roots Festival closed 15 blocks of West Atlantic. When the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency got around to a plan for West Atlantic, residents learned that the plan envisioned uprooting most of them.</p> <p>       So the city started small on West Atlantic, with government projects: the south county courthouse, the police station and the fire station. Delray Beach also spruced up the area. The first significant private investment, however, didn’t happen until the Fairfield Inn opened in the 900 block of West Atlantic.</p> <p>       The hotel, Mayor Cary Glickstein said, broke down the “perception barriers” and showed that “there can be sustainable economic success” on West Atlantic, whose neighborhoods are poorer than those along East Atlantic and have more minority residents. Glickstein said the hotel’s occupancy is “exceeding expectations.”</p> <p>       Uptown Atlantic would take up the three blocks east of the Fairfield Inn. The nearly $40 million mixed-used project would include 112 apartments, about 43,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, 17,300 square feet of office space and another 6,000 square feet of restaurant space. City officials and members of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) hope that a grocery store would take up much of that retail space. West Atlantic residents lack easy access to a chain grocer.</p> <p>       “That’s the biggie,” WRAC Chairwoman Joycelyn Patrick told me on Monday. She said the developer, Equity Enterprises USA, is “close to selecting a grocery store—or having a grocery store select them,” but she is “not at liberty to reveal any names.”</p> <p>       The CRA assembled the roughly 6-acre site, which Equity Associates would buy for $1 million, with the payments spread over six years. The grocery store is one aspect of the Community Benefits Agreement that is part of the transaction.</p> <p>       Other parts of the agreement involve local hiring for construction work and helping existing business owners with rents in the commercial space. Patrick said Equity Associates has been “more than cooperative” with WRAC. She calls the Community Benefits Agreement a potential model for such projects. The developer also has agreed to make 22 of the apartments workforce housing, with prices to match.</p> <p>       Several other items comprise the Uptown Atlantic approval list. The commission must accept a fee in lieu of some parking spaces, allow changes to setback rules, finalize the plat, convey some public alleys and sign off on the development agreement. The commission gave preliminary approval two weeks ago, so tonight’s debate isn’t expected to be controversial.</p> <p>       Though Delray Beach has encouraged West Atlantic redevelopment, the city also has wanted to make the project fit as well as possible. The commission blocked an earlier parking plan. Critics feared that overflow cars from Uptown Atlantic would crowd neighborhoods to the south. The CRA chose Equity Associates in November 2013. The company first hoped to be completing construction by October of this year.</p> <p>       Still, city officials want very much for this project to succeed. Delray Beach allowed a density increase from 12 units per acre to 18 units. The CRA allowed the developer to spread out the land payments. The hope is for Equity’s financial payoff to create a community payoff. WRAC hopes that Uptown Atlantic will help to rebrand that section of Delray as “The Set,” after the historic West Settlers neighborhood.</p> <p>       The drawings show colorful, Key West-style buildings. The eastern edge of Uptown Atlantic would be just three blocks from where the busy courthouse and tennis center face each other. City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said Uptown Atlantic would bring “some of the amenities of East Atlantic to West Atlantic.” Glickstein said property values around the project location have increased, in anticipation of success.</p> <p>       Patrick praised Equity Associates for being “more than cooperative.” She would like the Community Benefits Agreement to be a model for similar projects. Equity Associates has agreed to do good as it develops Uptown Atlantic. Delray Beach hopes just as much that the developer does well. If Equity can make money on West Atlantic, more companies will follow.</p> <h3>And more on Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>       Also on tonight’s commission agenda is another sign that Delray Beach is in what City Attorney Noel Pfeffer calls “litigation mode” when it comes to Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>       Last August, the commission put the developers on notice that city might try to take back public alleys it agreed to convey as part of the project. Tonight, the commission will vote to exercise that right, claiming that the developers have not met their obligations under the 2009 agreement related to the property.</p> <p>       As with all things Atlantic Crossing, the issue is complicated. Basically, a lawyer is holding the deed to the property in escrow. With the commission’s vote tonight, Delray Beach will say that it wants the deed back. The lawyer—who is just holding the document—won’t turn it over because Atlantic Crossing would object.</p> <p>       So off to court the city and developer will go, unless they agree to settle Atlantic Crossing’s $25 million lawsuit. Up will go the chance of Delray Beach filing a counterclaim. And there will sit the property that the commission approved for development in December 2012.</p> <h3>Pfeffer replacement search</h3> <p>       That potential lawsuit underscores the need for Delray Beach to quickly find a replacement for Pfeffer, who is leaving at the end of May for a job with a Fort Lauderdale firm. The city attorney will supervise the outside firm handing the Atlantic Crossing litigation.</p> <p>       To that end, Chief Purchasing Officer Theresa Webb recommends that Delray Beach hire not the low bidder but the higher bidder—about $25,000—among three firms that would recruit applicants to succeed Pfeffer. The choice is on tonight’s city commission agenda.</p> <p>       Webb recommends S. Renee Narloch &amp; Associates “due to the critical nature of this recruitment and the compressed timeline. . .” Also, Webb said, Narloch can finish by mid-May, is based in Florida (Tallahassee) and just completed two other city attorney recruitments.</p> <h3>Boca’s new traffic engineer</h3> <p>       Just as Pfeffer’s successor will have to ramp up quickly, so will Boca Raton’s new chief traffic engineer.</p> <p>       That would be Maria Tejera, who started just in time to make a presentation at last week’s report on implementation of downtown open space rules. Tejera has an impressive background. She worked most recently as a traffic engineer for Palm Beach County, and prior to that worked for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and a private traffic consultant.</p> <p>       Tejera succeeds Doug Hess, who had the job for 31 years. Among Tejera’s big early issues will be recommendations from the city’s consultant for improvements to the intersection at Northeast Fifth Avenue and Palmetto Park Road.</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>Randy SchultzTue, 19 Apr 2016 10:02:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/19/uptown-atlantic-update-other-items-of-note-in-boca-and-delray/City WatchCommunityBeachy Cocktails and Wine Dinnershttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/19/beachy-cocktails-and-wine-dinners/<p><em><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.19_pbcatch_shack.jpg" width="490"></strong></em></p> <p><strong>It’s the Bash at The Shack: PB Catch</strong></p> <p>With temperatures going up, sometimes the hours can move by so slowly that you want to scream. For me, that signals a 4:30 p.m. stop at PB Catch Seafood &amp; Raw Bar <em>(251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5558),</em> where the lounge and raw bar open at that time Monday through Saturday. Starting April 23, The Shack is back at this excellent restaurant, which means the lounge area is transformed into a beach bungalow, with a seasonal bar menu and summer cocktails to match the décor. This was a hit last year, so plan on stopping by to sample, or join the staff at the summer event series: April 23: The Bash at the Shack; May 28: New England Clambake; June 8: World Oceans Day; June 25: Spain; July 23: New Orleans; Aug. 27: Mexico; Sept. 24: Jamaica; Oct., 22: Cuba.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.19_cafe_bould_sommelier_jeremy.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>It’s a Burgundy tour with wine dinner at Café Boulud</strong></p> <p>Here’s another chance to taste some very good wines paired with equally good food. We love wine dinners! Café Boulud <em>(301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060)</em> will host a Burgundy wine dinner on April 21, starting at 6:45 p.m. Chef Rick Mace will serve a four-course dinner, and Chef Sommelier Jeremy Broto-Mur will pour wines and discuss the all-important terroir in the Burgundy region. If you love pinot noir and chardonnay, this is a must-do dinner. Reservations required.</p> <div><span style="">Reception:</span></div> <div><em><span style="">Domaine Roland Lavantureux, Chablis, ''Vieilles Vignes''  2014</span></em></div> <div><span style=""><br></span></div> <div><span style="">Watercress veloute, </span><span style="">stingray oyster, caviar, nasturtium</span></div> <div> <div><em><span style="">Bruno Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet 2013</span></em></div> <div><span style=""><br></span></div> </div> <div><span style="">Porcini ravioli, </span><span style="">nettle, pancetta, pecorino</span></div> <div><em><span style="">Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, Volnay 2013</span></em></div> <div><span style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="">Duck “salmis,” </span><span style="">black garlic, spring onion, dandelion</span></div> <div><em><span style="">Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy, Gevrey-Chambertin 2011</span></em></div> <div><span style=""><br></span></div> <div><span style="">Plum and Chocolate,  a</span><span style="">pple granite</span></div> <div> <div> <div><em><span style="">Traditional Kir, Edmond Cornu Bourgogne Aligote 2013 &amp; Lucien Jacob Creme de Cassis </span></em></div> </div> </div> <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>Lynn KalberTue, 19 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/19/beachy-cocktails-and-wine-dinners/DiningThe Week Ahead: April 19 to 25http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/18/the-week-ahead-april-19-to-25-1/<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/darren-criss-images.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Darren Criss</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46.50-$126.50</p> <p>Contact: <a target="_blank">954/462-0222</a>, <a href="http://parkerplayhouse.com/" target="_blank">parkerplayhouse.com</a></p> <p>Gleeks and Starkids rejoice! Actor and singer Darren Criss—best known for his roles as Blaine Anderson on “Glee” and Harry Potter in “A Very Potter Musical” and its sequels—will take over Fort Lauderdale Tuesday night with his renditions of popular Broadway songs. After thrilling audiences at Carnegie Hall with fellow Broadway performer Betsy Wolfe (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “The Last Five Years”), Criss is bringing his solo act to South Florida. Criss wowed audiences on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” winning the Broadway.com Award for Favorite Replacement for each role, and is sure to not disappoint. With a guitar or a piano at hand, watch for Criss to perform stripped-down performances of some of today’s biggest Broadway hit tunes and some of his original theater work. <em>—Kevin Studer</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/iggy-josh-770.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Iggy Pop</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $64.50-$105</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="http://www.livenation.com" target="_blank">livenation.com</a></p> <p>You’ve got to hand it to Miami resident Iggy Pop: He’s 68 years old, and despite the inherent flabbiness of old age, he still performs shirtless and stage-dives (he was reportedly the first performer to do so, back in the late ‘60s). One of the few punk pioneers still alive and still recording music, Pop is supporting Post Pop Depression, his new collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age, an appropriately heavy nine-song set of foul-mouthed head-bangers rooted in Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. It’s Pop’s 17<sup>th</sup> album, but don’t expect a career’s worth of music at his hometown show this week: This tour’s set list pulls almost exclusively from “Post Pop Depression” and the twin masterpieces he recorded with David Bowie in 1977, The Idiot and Lust for Life. He isn’t playing anything by the Stooges, but hey, you can’t have it all.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/1082051250.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Arnold Newman: Master Class”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10–$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="http://www.bocamuseum.org" target="_blank">bocamuseum.org</a></p> <p>Photographer Arnold Newman was the Annie Leibovitz of his day: You weren’t a notable celebrity, artist or leader until you sat for him. And sitting for Newman didn’t just mean posing like a monarch, with the light accentuating your best side. Newman introduced the now commonplace concept of “environmental photography,” or immersing the subject in his or her natural habitat, without ornamentation. This process resulted in iconic images of Igor Stravinsky, in which the composer’s tiny head is dwarfed by the abstract shadow-like presence of his grand piano; John F. Kennedy staring pensively from a balcony in the White House, with the building’s pillars towering behind him; Woody Allen in bed scribbling into a notebook, pausing to meet the camera’s eye; and Truman Capote in a literally self-effacing gesture, reclining in a chair with a straw hat and his right hand covering half his visage. Newman’s famed public-figure portraits, which include Bill Clinton, Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe and countless others, form the bulk of “Master Class,” the first museum survey of his work since his 2006 death.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/black-box-series-kid-like-jake-95.jpeg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Kid Like Jake”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="http://www.lakeworthplayhouse.org" target="_blank">lakeworthplayhouse.org</a></p> <p>In this award-winning play by Daniel Pearle, the unseen 4-year-old title character expresses a preference for what another character describes as “gender-variant play.” Which is a fancy 21<sup>st</sup> century way of saying that Jake likes to play with dolls instead of action figures, and prefers to dress up as Disney princesses for Halloween instead of pirates. “A Kid Like Jake” is set in the elite world of the Manhattan uber-rich, where Jake’s parents, Alex and Greg, are attempting to secure placement for their son in the borough’s most exclusive private schools. But as their boy’s Cinderella fixation deepens and his behavior grows more erratic, the parents and administrators begin to wonder if Jake’s “gender variances” are a cause for concern. This smart and relevant play, which explores issues of tolerance, gender fluidity and the nature-versus-nurture debate, will enjoy its Florida premiere courtesy of the Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Black Box series. The productions runs through May 1.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/david_sedaris_web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: David Sedaris</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $68.89-$77.43</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.parkerplayhouse.com" target="_blank">parkerplayhouse.com</a></p> <p>The skeleton of a murdered pygmy, a first colonoscopy, memories of a father’s uncouth dinnertime attire. What do these subjects have in common? They all inspired stories in Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, the latest collection of memoirs and fiction from best-selling humorist—and, arguably, America’s premier essayist—David Sedaris. The NPR personality, former Macy’s department store elf, and notorious picker-upper of other people’s trash will read selections from Let’s Explore in this exhaustive book tour celebrating its paperback release. Sedaris also will offer all-new recollections, open the floor for a Q&amp;A and and sign books. </p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/nofx.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: NOFX</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $24</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="http://www.jointherevolution.net" target="_blank">jointherevolution.net</a></p> <p>NOFX rose to prominence in the mid-90s punk revival that included Green Day and the Offspring, ultimately selling more than 8 million albums without the help of mainstream radio airplay or major-label distribution. These days, its snotty vocals and three-chord skate-punk shredding sounds as influential as it is derivative, and its music is significantly more provocative than it used to be. In defiance of the brevity of traditional punk, NOFX’s signature song, 1999's “The Decline,” runs 18 minutes and takes up an entire EP. Alas, it’s not being played on the band’s current tour, but plenty of classics dating back to the early 90s are.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="193" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/534329ac7fbfe15c4726d413dd26dec6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Wellness, Fashion, Art, Food &amp; Wine</strong></p> <p>Where: 40 Day Reset, 307 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 1 to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/558-3239</p> <p>The diversity of activities at this intimate wellness fair in Royal Palm Place is evidenced in its name, where complimentary wine and light vegan bites will served amid a full day of scheduled speakers and events. It begins with a rejuvenating yoga session at 1 p.m. with a session guided by MuzeWear’s Denise Zullo, and continues with a lecture on breathwork and stress reduction by hypnosis expert and <a href="http://www.healthymindspractice.com" target="_blank">Healthy Minds Practice</a> founder Dr. Yafi Yair at 2 p.m.; a lecture on “Sound, Color, Light Healing and Meditation” by Jan Kinder at 2:45 p.m.; a fashion show fundraiser at 3:30 p.m.; and a workshop on “Your Body Without Limits” by fitness consultant Dr. Scott Hoar. </p> <p>MONDAY, APRIL 25</p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/360_br10q_1221.jpg" width="360"></p> <p><strong>What: “An Evening with Garrison Keillor”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$60</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>Keillor is one of the few modern radio hosts for whom the word “controversial” is never desired. Though the longtime host of NPR’s vintage variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” will be retiring from his perch behind the microphone at the end of this season, he remains a foremost progenitor of Minnesota nice, a nostalgic relic of the era when radio waves were a portal to the imagination. He’s also a best-selling author and storyteller whose comedic and sonorous lectures jump from his childhood to wry comments on the news of the day to, if you’re lucky, freeform poetry and a cappella music. All that’s missing is rhubarb pie.</p>John ThomasonMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/18/the-week-ahead-april-19-to-25-1/ArtArts & EventsMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSpring Specialshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/18/spring-specials-1/<p><img alt="" height="479" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.18_spoto's.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A dog’s special night at Spoto’s Oyster Bar</strong> </p> <p>You and your cuddly canine can sip and sup together for National Pet Parents Day (of course, there’s one of those!) on April 24 at Spoto’s Oyster Bar <em>(4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448).</em> From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., if you bring your canine kid to dinner, you’ll get a complimentary glass of house wine with your entrée, and your fuzzy friend will get either a Bow Wow Burger or Chow Hound Chicken treat. Bring some dog or cat food to donate to Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic &amp; Ranch in Jupiter, and you’ll receive a $15 gift card for your next visit. It’ll be a good night out for the fur kids! </p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.18_beaker_and_gray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>A ‘Game of Thrones’ menu: Beaker &amp; Gray</strong></p> <p>From April 18-24, “Game of Thrones” fans can celebrate the return of the popular HBO show, with themed dishes at Wynwood’s Beaker &amp; Gray restaurant <em>(2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305/699-2637). </em>The show’s starting its sixth season on April 24, so for lunch, feast on a Valyrian Grinder ($14; village bread, pulled mutton, Valyrian mushroom and wildfire). Dinner features Ribs of the North ($17; lamb ribs, dragon fruit and wild berries). The drink is Manticore Venom, and dessert is Red Wedding Donuts. The regular menu will also be available, with beautiful dishes such as the cauliflower, bacon, queso fresco and yuzu (pictured).</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>Lynn KalberMon, 18 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/18/spring-specials-1/DiningBanned Books, Odd Architecture, Erased Lovehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/15/banned-books-odd-architecture-erased-love/<p>Electronic media comes and goes, but books are forever.</p> <p>That seems to be the point of Ruben Millares’ Art &amp; Culture Center exhibition “Mother Pages.” The artist’s primary medium is a bedraggled paperback copy of Ray Bradbury’s <em>Fahrenheit 451</em>, a title that is hardly incidental to his mission statement. It is, after all, a banned book about banned books.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/sf-hollywood-art-culture-center-ruben-millares-mother-pages-20160406.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Like the tomes burned in Bradbury’s dystopia, Millares destroyed his copy, but for more cerebral means: He smothered its pages on and around the exposed guts of computer circuitry—knobs, gears, bands, bulbs, plugs, cylinders, circuit boards. These elements are organized in vitrines, under glass, like museum pieces or scale models. Also included in the gallery is a collage of the remnants of <em>Fahrenheit</em>, the pieces unused in the installations—brilliant pages painfully, and indiscrimately, damaged.</p> <p>“Mother Pages,” the most interesting of the five exhibitions the A&amp;CC unveiled last weekend, opens up a myriad of interpretations. Does it represent a Pollyanna’s view of the future, where books will not out only outlive their digital contemporaries but literally bury them under their words, despite evidence that each generation reads less print media than the one before it? Does it suggest its own dystopian future, where books are little more than relics of a bygone era, encased in glass and as inaccessible as the Ark of the Covenant?</p> <p>If you’re not sure what you’re looking at, the materials in “Mother Pages” resemble bomb-making equipment recovered from a lunatic’s bunker. By engulfing them in Bradbury’s words, can the piece be saying that books themselves are as powerful and influential as weapons?</p> <p>“Mother Pages” implies all of this and more, and its unique presentation—in the dimly lit second gallery, with black curtains separating the space from the other exhibitions—suggests an exhibit whose very ideas are secretive, dangerous or contraband. It’s quite an accomplishment.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/sf-hollywood-art-culture-center-ruben-millares-mo-20160406.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In the main gallery, the work of Nereida Garcia Ferraz is no less implacable, if more vibrant. A Havana-born émigré who relocated to the U.S. in 1970, Ferraz works in media including painting, photography, sculpture and video, most of which are on display in the A&amp;CC’s exhibit “As Close As You Want.”</p> <p>It’s an interesting title for an exhibit whose works do seem to change perspective and meaning when viewed up close—where they become abstract expressions of lines of color—and from afar, where they offer visions of modern metropolises and architecture that radiate with a primitive, if motley colored, wonder. Her paintings feel brightly askew, like the cubist structures in “After Night Sound,” and the angular, postmodern edifices of “Inside/Outside” and “City After City.” It’s a way of seeing the world that is fully removed from objective reality, pulsating instead with the illogic of dreams.</p> <p>“As Close as You Want” is an inviting, generous exhibit that offers an all-encompassing view of the artist’s personality through a simulation of her studio. In addition to the paintings, there are cardboard maquettes of buildings in the gallery’s center, many of which reappear in “60 Etudes,” a series of small, square visions of buildings, chairs and other objects, which may or may not manifest again in her paintings. “Morning Prayers” is a series of hypnotic mandala-like vortexes drawn in walnut ink on antique paper, adding a spiritual component to the dreamlike modernity of the artist’s oils.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/invite_familairs_didot.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>On your way out of the Center, don’t miss Jean-Paul Mallozzi’s “Familiars,” an exhibit full enough to present the artist’s coherent theme but small enough to leave you wanting more. Love between two men is seen is both tender and verboten in the majority of the graphite drawings and oil paintings, which focus on the embraces of male figures whose faces—and by association identities—are erased and replaced with nebulous paint smudges. At a time when LGBTQ rights are continually being erased in courts, it’s pretty sobering stuff.</p> <p><em>All of these exhibitions and more run through May 29 at Art &amp; Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Admission costs $7 adults and $4 students, seniors and children. Call 954/921-3274 or visit artandculturecenter.org.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/15/banned-books-odd-architecture-erased-love/ArtArts & EventsStaff Picks: Pamper Yourselfhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/15/staff-picks-pamper-yourself/<p><strong>Peaceful Body Massage</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_peaceful_body_massage.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em> </p> <p>“I recently decided that I needed a massage so I booked an appointment with Colleen, a licensed massage therapist, at Peaceful Body located in Pineapple Grove in Delray. She did a lovely job focusing on areas that needed it the most, and the room was very tranquil with relaxing music playing in the background. I definitely left feeling more peaceful, content and stress free. It was a wonderful experience!”</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.peacefulbodymassage.com" target="_blank">peacefulbodymassage.com</a> // 140 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 28, Delray Beach // 561/667-0987)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Brow and Beauty Bar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_microblading.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Bianca Romano, Events Director</em></p> <p>“There’s a new cosmetic craze you’ve got to try: microblading eye brows. It’s similar to permanent makeup, but instead of using a machine, it’s done by hand. Microblading is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of his or her eyebrows. After doing it, I got so many compliments on how natural it looked! Check it out; you won't regret it!"</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.bocabrowandbeautybar.com" target="_blank">bocabrowandbeautybar.com</a> // 21073 Powerline Road #61 // 561/866-0566)</p>magazineFri, 15 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/15/staff-picks-pamper-yourself/CommunityManor at Hilton West Palm Beachhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/15/manor-at-hilton-west-palm-beach/<p>As you’ve noticed, opening a hotel with a decent restaurant in South Florida means the hotel needs an excellent chef—one preferably with a local celeb name, if not national. While I think diners are still getting used to going to a local hotel to eat, the idea is finally catching on, and with the quality of hotel restaurants we have here, that’s a good thing.</p> <p>Upscale hotels, such as The Breakers, Brazilian Court, Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, Eau Palm Beach, Miami’s Fontainebleau and others, have always had top chefs and top restaurants. The national chains are now in the competition, and the latest to join that list is the Hilton West Palm Beach, which opened in January. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_manor_interior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There are several Hiltons in the city; this is the one connected to the Palm Beach Convention Center (600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/231-6000). The design is contemporary and edgy, and that carries through to the bar and restaurant spaces (Manor interior pictured). A parking garage is being built, so for now, parking is by valet only.</p> <p>Before a show at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (across the street), we had dinner with friends at Manor, the Hilton’s restaurant. The signature chef is Matthew Byrne, best known both for his previous role as Tiger Woods’ personal chef and for Kitchen, his current, popular West Palm Beach restaurant. He’s overseeing the menu with Executive Chef Miguel Santiago. Santiago has worked for Hilton since 2013 and for various hotels and resorts all over the U.S., which included cooking for several presidents when he was in Washington D.C. He’s passionate about the farm-to-table concept, and his menu reflects that inspiration.</p> <p>We went at 6 p.m., with an 8 p.m. opening curtain, and parked at the Kravis’ parking lot, then walked to the Hilton. Our service was excellent, and the food was, too. We tried the heirloom tomatoes and burrata for a starter ($13); then dinner entrees included the seared scallops ($29) and the wild salmon mignon ($26), among others. The restaurant wasn’t crowded because, while the hotel was full of convention-goers, we saw them streaming to a company banquet elsewhere in the hotel.</p> <p>The cocktails were very good, and I want to return to sample the Galley bar area, which has one of the largest and most inviting fire pits I’ve ever seen. It has a nice view of the pool and garden area, too—very Zen. </p> <p>After dinner, we took one of the free-ride cart services available in the area and got back to the Kravis in plenty of time for the performance. We’re sure to repeat our Manor experience again!</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>Lynn KalberFri, 15 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/15/manor-at-hilton-west-palm-beach/DiningIV Therapy Makes You Feel Good As Newhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/15/iv-therapy-makes-you-feel-good-as-new/<p>What in the world were you girls doing with those IVs in your home? We’ve been getting this question for the past couple of weeks, and now we’re here to tell you all about it. We were introduced to Dr. Lena Edwards and IV2You while filming a news segment with CBS12, (thanks to Pinnacle Advertising &amp; Marketing Group!) After hearing the benefits of IV Therapy, Lindsey and #SceneGirl Jess were excited to experience everything this treatment had to offer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_iv_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Promoting the anti-hangover remedy to go hand-in-hand with St. Patrick’s Day, Lindsey and Jess were treated with the “2 Revive - IV Hangover Therapy.” IV2You’s “Hangover Therapy” gives partiers the opportunity to enjoy a big night out without having to pay for it the next day. We’ll just say this: IV2You is a LIFE CHANGER. We were immediately overcome with an explosion of hydration and vitamins. The hangover therapy includes IV fluids containing electrolytes, B vitamins and magnesium, all of which can be depleted with alcohol consumption. Extra fluids are given to help with the dehydration, which usually accompanies other hangover symptoms.</p> <p>If you are really down, choose from one of their add-on therapies: anti-nausea medication, anti-inflammatory medication and/or anti-heartburn medication. As we get older, we’re starting to notice that our hangovers tend to linger a little longer than they used to, but now we have an instant remedy! There’s a reason why Sofia Vergara had IV Therapy vans outside of The Breakers throughout her wedding weekend…</p> <p>After a long bachelor party weekend in Costa Rica, Lindsey scheduled Dr. Edwards to come to her home to treat her husband, Blake and the bachelor himself, Joe. After receiving an entire IV bag, it was as if the bachelor party never happened!</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.15_iv_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Not a big drinker? Good for you! IV Therapy isn’t just about treating and preventing hangovers. Dr. Edwards can customize an IV bag to your everyday needs. IV2You offers potent formulas to help with stress, anti-aging, energizing, strengthening, beautifying and relaxation.</p> <p>Needles may freak some of you out, but rest assured, Dr. Edwards is a medical doctor with years of experience practicing the benefits of IV Therapy. Not only is she a complete professional and pioneer in her field, Dr. Edwards is so much fun to be around. She explains the process of customizing the IV bags to ensure you’re comfortable with everything she’s doing. It’s easy to assume an experience like this would be on the pricey side, but it’s really not. Pricing varies upon treatment, but our ‘hangover remedy’ IV was just $129, which includes Dr. Edwards coming to your home and administering the IV.</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="http://www.ll-scene.com/">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>LL SceneFri, 15 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/15/iv-therapy-makes-you-feel-good-as-new/Health/BeautyReview: Saquella Cafehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/14/review-saquella-cafe/<div>If you’ve spent any time in Downtown Boca, I’ll bet money that you’ve stopped into Saquella Cafe for breakfast—or maybe just for coffee or a taste of one of their delicious house made desserts. While Saquella might be best known for its early morning fare and delectable sweets, there’s a lot more behind the doors of this establishment, which opened in Boca in 2005 all because of one man’s belief that “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” When Owner Abraham Sekeral—Avi to his friends—couldn’t find quality cappuccino anywhere in the area, he decided to take matters upon himself and bring locals a little taste of what he discovered during his travels to Italy—and we are SO grateful that he did!</div> <div> </div> <div>But that’s not all he brought to us Boca locals. An in-house bakery and made-from-scratch kitchen also came along with the package. Saquella is a great spot for breakfast or lunch, but now that they've launched a new dinner menu spearheaded by Executive Chef David Fogel and his team, you might as well eat all three meals of the day here!</div> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.14_saquella_cafe_1.jpeg" width="490"></div> <div>The Mediterranean Sampler is a MUST-TRY. It’s incredible, and it's basically “me on a plate.”</div> <div>It's a gorgeous display of roasted cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant and red peppers surrounded by hummus, tomato salsa, falafel, tahini and grilled pita. That alone would be good enough for me for dinner!</div> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.14_saquella_cafe_2.jpeg" width="490"></div> <div>As if I wasn’t overwhelmed with so many of my favorite things already, I also tried the Goat Cheese Croquettes. Creamy goat cheese enveloped in a crispy coating, with a sweet fig jam sitting on top, served with crostini. Goat cheese and fig is a heavenly combination. The sweetness of the figs balanced out the tanginess of the goat cheese, and the textures of each ingredient all played well together.</div> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.14_saquella_cafe_3.jpeg" width="490"></div> <div>Popular entrees include the Quinoa Crusted Salmon (a dish that’s not on the menu, but regulars know is always available). There’s also a Salmon Burger made with wild-caught salmon, cilantro and citrus, topped with a grilled artichoke-lime aioli, avocado and arugula, on a challah bun—made IN-HOUSE! I love me some good challah bread, as well as a good meatless burger—I think that’s a well known fact—and this one left a lasting impression. I loved the texture and absolutely adored the grilled artichoke-lime aioli. The flavors were fantastic. The best part? You won’t find french fries as a side option at Saquella. Instead, the burger is served with the most perfectly roasted fingerling potatoes. I couldn’t stop eating them one by one, sneaking another when no one was looking. They had just the right amount of crispness to the skin, and the potato wasn’t the least bit mushy. You can have your french fries—I’ll take these fingerlings any day!</div> <p>Read my <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/2016/03/boca-restaurants-saquella-cafe.html" target="_blank">full review</a> on Take A Bite Out of Boca. </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at bocamag.com—and on her own blog, <a href="http://takeabiteoutofboca.com/" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</p>Shaina WizovThu, 14 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/14/review-saquella-cafe/DiningBoca Ballroom dancers announcedhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/14/boca-ballroom-dancers-announced/<p><img alt="" height="582" src="/site_media/uploads/bbb.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Drum roll, please. The George Snow Scholarship Fund just announced the fearless eight community leaders who will dance at the Ninth Annual Boca’s Ballroom Battle August 20 at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club.</p> <p>This highly anticipated event—the highlight of the summer—is patterned after the “Dancing with the Stars” television blockbuster, and pairs Boca brave hearts with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca who learn a choreographed routine in a matter of months—and then perform it in front of 750 of their closest friends and neighbors.</p> <p>Those of us who have done it know what it takes—and it is not for the faint of heart.</p> <p>Each dancer raises money that benefits the good work The Foundation does in awarding scholarships to kids who really need them, which makes all the angst worth it in the end.</p> <p>So here they are, our intrepid dancers of 2016. We wish them all the best and we’ll be there cheering them on! (P.S. It’s never too early to sign up for a table or sponsorship—visit ballroombattle.com for details.)</p> <p><strong>2016 DANCERS</strong></p> <p><strong>Donna Biase</strong>- Co-Founder, Best Foot Forward Foundation</p> <p><strong>Dan Davidowitz </strong>- CIO &amp; Portfolio Manager, Polen Capital</p> <p><strong>Alex Eremia, </strong>– Vice President, General Counsel, Boca Raton Regional Hospital</p> <p><strong>Peter Gary – </strong>CEO/Founder, Pinnacle Advertising &amp; Marketing Group</p> <p><strong>Bonnie Halperin - </strong>Entrepreneur, Visionary, Philanthropist, Volunteer</p> <p><strong>Stacey Packer-</strong>Community Champion, Volunteer and Mother</p> <p><strong>Doug Paton, - </strong>Chief Operating Officer, Flagship Solutions Group</p> <p><strong>Samantha Vassallo – </strong>Senior Vice President, SunTrust Private Wealth Management</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedThu, 14 Apr 2016 09:56:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/14/boca-ballroom-dancers-announced/CommunityFinal Swank Farm dinner April 24http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/14/final-swank-farm-dinner-april-24/<p><img alt="" height="960" src="/site_media/uploads/13007381_10209335871302607_3707252063191732463_n.jpg" width="445"></p> <p>You know it’s the end of the season when it’s the final farm dinner out at Swank Farm. And this season has been stunning, with innovative themes and menus, great music, beautiful décor under that big pole barn and the simple magic of a long communal table full of new and old friends.</p> <p>We had a farm to market dinner (with fresh local goods for sale as a bonus!), we had an Argentine barbecue and a Chinese New Year. We had an Oscar-themed dinner, and the always spectacular diner en blanc, just last weekend. And that was just a few of them. There is always an element of delight as the theme unfolds course by course, and the sun slips down over the treetops and the music plays on, and farm owners and hosts Jodi and Darren Swank mingle and make sure all their guests are happy and taken care of.</p> <p>The Swank Farm dinners are still one of the highlights of our winter season, and we hate to see them end.</p> <p>There are a few tickets left for this year’s last dinner, which is all about the piggy—featuring Jarod Higgins, executive chef, at Cut 432, Chris Miracolo, executive chef, S3, Fort Lauderdale, Julia Ning, chef/owner, Station 5 at Table &amp; Bar, Miami, David Bouchard from the Cooper manning the bar, and others. Music will be by the popular Hootenanny and tickets are $160 each. The event is from 5 to 9, and rain or shine.  For tickets and more information log on to <a href="http://swankspecialtyproduce.com/">SwankSpecialtyProduce.com</a></p> <p>This is your last chance this season to get down on the farm for some seriously great food and company!</p>Marie SpeedThu, 14 Apr 2016 09:26:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/14/final-swank-farm-dinner-april-24/DiningThe Week Ahead: April 13 to 18http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/13/the-week-ahead-april-13-to-18/<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/ep-310169893.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Pentatonix</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30.75-$80.75</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="http://www.thebbtcenter.com" target="_blank">thebbtcenter.com</a></p> <p>The rebirth of a cappella music, thanks to the “Pitch Perfect” franchise and television’s “The Sing-Off,” has opened up a profitable career path for progenitors of a genre formerly relegated to the fringes of university concerts and niche record labels. And Pentatonix, which has appeared in both—and won “The Sing-Off”—is the most aspirational a cappella group yet, comprised of a quintet of multicultural Texans whose members have mastered the spectrum of the pentatonic scale, from Kevin Olusola’s beatboxing and vocal percussion to Kristin Maldonado’s soprano lead. Together, they’ve conquered the Internet with more than 1 billion accumulative YouTube views worldwide for their imaginative music videos. Expect a fun light and stage show and a mix of Pentatonix originals and stunning covers by the likes of Ariana Grande and Imagine Dragons during their current world tour. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/dscn0730a.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Murdered to Death”</strong></p> <p>Where: Evening Star Productions at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20 adults, $10 students</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-8829, <a href="http://www.eveningstarproductions.org" target="_blank">eveningstarproductions.org</a></p> <p>Back in October, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre opened its handsome production of “The Mousetrap,” the Agatha Christie play that defined the archetypal whodunit. Now, Evening Star Productions is presenting the ultimate spoof of Christie’s well-oiled formula. The first in Peter Gordon’s “Inspector Pratt” trilogy, the deadpan “Murdered to Death” is set (of course) in an English country manor house presided over by a widowed proprietor and her dowdy caretaker. The cast of characters is filled with the usual suspects from many a dime-store paperback and “Masterpiece Theatre” episode: the haughty art dealer and his moll, the retired colonel with a stiff upper lip, the local gossip turned amateur sleuth—and let’s not forget the butler—all of them spouting puns and malapropisms. Rosalie Grant will direct a 10-piece cast of professionals in a production that will run through May 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/lovepiano.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I Love a Piano”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $70-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="http://www.thewick.org" target="_blank">thewick.org</a></p> <p>Irving Berlin, who lived to a whopping 101, dominated the music industry for at least 40 of those prolific years, crafting literally thousands of pop ditties, 20 complete Broadway scores, and plenty of movie songs, generating standards from all of them. “I Love a Piano,” one of only two musical revues authorized to use the entire Berlin archive, features more than 60 of the songwriter-composer’s most iconic hits, along with its share of more obscure compositions. Berlin himself is not a character: The protagonist of this thinly plotted confection is an upright piano, whose life we follow from factories to concert halls, from 1910-1950, the period of Berlin’s ascendency and industry dominance. A cast of six triple-threat entertainers follows the piano through nine distinct periods, from “Tin Pan Alley” and “The Depression” to “Stage Door Canteen” and “Summer Stock.” It runs through May 15.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/1159529-blake-shelton_russ-harrington-617-409.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Tortuga Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach</p> <p>When: 1 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $199–$899</p> <p>Contact: <a href="http://www.tortugamusicfestival.com" target="_blank">tortugamusicfestival.com</a></p> <p>Last year, this environmentally conscious country-music jamboree sold out its star-studded weekend, prompting organizers to add a third day and even more performers for its fourth-annual incarnation. Thousands of toes will line the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach for another unassailable lineup of country and roots music, headlined by “The Voice” prankster and tabloid bait Blake Shelton, three-time Grammy-winning actor-singer Tim McGraw and Arizona singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley (“Drunk on a Plane”). But the deeper you delve into the lineup, the more genre variation it contains: The indefatigable Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, the hip-hop/funk/reggae fusers Michael Franti &amp; Spearhead, the sensational alt-rock siren Elle King (“Exes and Ohs”), and the Jacksonville blues-rock outfit JJ Grey &amp; Mofro will join country singers like Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Chris Janson and at least 17 other artists. And when you buy tickets, know that you’re helping to save our oceans: Tortuga has donated more than $250,000 to the nonprofit partners in its “Conservation Village.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="449" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/goblinmarket.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Goblin Market”</strong></p> <p>Where: Outre Theatre Company at the Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.browardcenter.org" target="_blank">browardcenter.org</a></p> <p>Every year, Fort Lauderdale’s edgy Outre Theatre Company will present a stripped-down concert version of a daring musical—testing the waters of its adventurous audience with anticipation of a full production down the line. This year’s concert production is “Goblin Market,” co-written by Polly Pen, the actress-composer who adapted “Bed &amp; Sofa” (also produced by Outre) from an obscure Russian novel. This time it’s a lush Victorian poem by Christina Rossetti that inspired Pen and co-writer Peggy Harmon, transforming her poem “Goblin Market” into a tactile and emotionally intense theatrical experience about two sisters who return to an adolescence of fantasies both dark and light, terrifying and beautiful. They encounter goblins and faeries, which may or not be projections of psychosexual neuroses; you’ll just have to see this challenging musical, starring Shelley Keelor and Kristen Long with music directed by Caryl Fantel, to find out. Sabrina Lynn Gore will direct the production, which runs for this one weekend only. </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/david-cross.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: David Cross</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $26–$36</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://www.parkerplayhouse.org" target="_blank">parkerplayhouse.org</a></p> <p>If David Cross’ only accomplishments were his Emmy-winning writing of “The Ben Stiller Show” and his trailblazing HBO sketch series “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” he would still earn more than a footnote in the pop-culture history books, for helping hatch the genre we now identify as “alternative comedy.” But the actor-comedian, who also co-starred on “Arrested Development,” is most in his element on the stand-up stage, where he satirizes the form’s clichés, challenges his audience’s perceptions on religion and politics, and isn’t afraid to be deadly serious when the mood is right. That Cross is including South Florida on his 2016 tour route is rare enough, but a Cross date <em>anywhere</em> is a welcome surprise, given that he hasn’t toured in five years. In a press release, Cross promises to bring his “patented, fart-inducing laugh winces to a town near you”—a tease that undersells his gifts with trademark sarcasm. Few comedic voices remain so cerebral, original and scathing. Judging by the title of the tour—“Making America Great Again!”—he’ll once again hold nothing back.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/hatsume.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Hatsume Fair</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$15, free for museum members and children 3 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="http://www.morikami.org" target="_blank">morikami.org</a></p> <p>Flights from West Palm Beach to Japan are not for the impatient among us: if you’re lucky, you’ll make it in 16 hours with only one layover, and it’ll run you upwards of $2,000. Luckily, the Morikami brings Japanese culture, fashion and food to Palm Beach County audiences all year long—and there’s never a better time to explore it than the museum’s annual Hatsume Fair. Celebrating the first bud of spring, the 37th annual festival is the Morikami’s grandest annual shindig. It offers two runway contests—one for costumes culled from the worlds of anime and Japanese folklore, and another for contemporary Japanese street fashion—plus a pair of our region’s best taiko drumming groups, martial arts demonstrations ranging from karate and jiujitsu to aikido and budokai, a plant sale, Asian and American food vendors, a beer garden and a sake station. Last year, there was even a karaoke DJ in the Morikami Theater, providing audiences the opportunity to channel their inner Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation.” The Far East never felt so close by.</p>John ThomasonWed, 13 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/13/the-week-ahead-april-13-to-18/Arts & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsMad About Mother&#39;s Dayhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/13/mad-about-mothers-day/<p>It’s the final countdown…to Mother’s Day on May 8, that is! This is one of the (<em>very</em>) few celebratory days each year when a mom can (<em>try to</em>) take a step back from her needy (<em>but wonderful</em>) family and responsibilities, relax, enjoy and feel (<em>somewhat</em>) guilt-free about it to boot!</p> <p>You can sign me up for it all: sleeping in, coffee in bed, a long hot shower without interruption, brunch outside. I may even go a little crazy and book myself a nail appointment or massage in the afternoon. Because I can’t remember the last time I actually had either…</p> <p>Now it’s up to you, Boca dad to make it all happen. Remember, your day is in June.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.13_tanzy_mimosas.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Massage and manicure, check! Now let’s talk about the mother of all brunches. I want to celebrate, and that means bubbles and lots of ‘em! Time to take the whole family downtown to <a href="http://www.tanzyrestaurant.com/new-page-2/" target="_blank"><strong>Tanzy</strong></a> in Mizner Park so I can indulge in their ultimate Mother’s Day “mom-mosa” bar. While you wrangle the kids, I plan on personalizing my bubbly beverages with fresh orange, strawberry, passion fruit, blood orange and yuzu juice. I don’t even know what yuzu is, but goshdarnit, I’m trying it because it’s my day, and I ordered the unlimited mimosa package for $24.</p> <p>Wait a moment. You forgot that you needed to take the kids to buy a Mother’s Day card and gift? Not a problem because <strong>Lord &amp; Taylor</strong> is right across the street, and the shoe department is conveniently on the first floor and very stroller friendly. Why, those <em>Brian Atwood</em> sandals on display DO have my name on them! Thank you family!</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.13_le_macaron.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Let’s not forget about some post-shopping dessert. Madagascar black vanilla and salted caramel macarons from <a href="http://www.lemacaron-us.com/menu" target="_blank"><strong>Le Macaron</strong></a> are just what this Boca mom is craving. Calories don’t count on Mother’s Day, right?</p> <p>However you decide to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, just remember that you deserve the best! And during the other 364 days of the year, those kiddos that you brought into the world are pretty much the best gift of all.</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="http://www.modernbocamom.com/" target="_blank"><em>ModernBocaMom.com</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><em></em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 13 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/13/mad-about-mothers-day/CommunityRun from the Rayshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/13/run-from-the-rays/<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.13_start_line_and_rotc.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Lace up locals! It’s time for the <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/FL/BocaRaton/RunFromTheRays5KRunWalk">Run from the Rays 5k</a>. It’s the fourth year for this local race, which brings attention to sun safety and raises money for charities that provide melanoma and other skin cancer screenings, treatment, education and research.</p> <p>First, let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the upcoming event. It’s Sunday, April 24, at 7 a.m. at the Spanish River Athletic Complex <em>(1370 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton)</em>.</p> <p>Participants can choose among the 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk, one-mile run/walk for people 17 and older or the kids’ (16 years and younger) one miler. The 5K is $32.50; adult one-miler is $22.50; and kids’ run is $17.50—all of which include a $2.50 online signup fee. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.13_4_checks_boys.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Now, for the local angle to this running event. Boca Raton residents Fran and Nathan Nachlas, a Boca Raton facial plastic surgeon, decided to help their son Jake start a meaningful community project in 2012. At the time, Jake was a freshman at Pine Crest High School. </p> <p>“Our daughter Hannah was at NYU and was very interested in dermatology. Combine that with the work that Nathan does with reconstructive surgery on patients after cancer removal, and the fact that his mom's brother passed away at age 50 from melanoma, made it an easy decision that raising awareness about sun safety and about early detection and treatment of melanoma and other life-threatening skin cancers would be our cause,” Fran Nachlas tells the Fit Life.</p> <p>The Nachlas family founded the non-profit foundation SafeSun, recruited two more Pine Crest families to join in the charity’s mission and made sun safety a priority.</p> <p>“Our first Run from the Rays 5k was held in April of 2013, and, from the beginning, we had incredible community support. Over the past three years, with the generous support of many individuals and businesses in the community, we've given $100,000 to the charities we have supported,” Nachlas says. “We chose our charities carefully because we wanted to cover all bases: education about sun safety; research for a cure; early diagnosis and treatment for those unable to afford it.”</p> <p>Among the charities that have benefited: the dermatology clinic at The Caridad Center in Boynton Beach, The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, Dermatology Medical Missions, Moffitt Cancer Center's dermatology research (which partners with Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Lynn Cancer Center), New England Melanoma Foundation and One Fund Boston.</p> <p>The last charity, One Fund Boston, has a special significance to the couple. </p> <p>“…Nathan and I were running the Boston Marathon at mile 25.9 when the bombs went off, just six days before Run from the Rays,” Nachlas says.</p> <p>Click <a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/BocaRaton/RunFromTheRays5KRunWalk" target="_blank">here</a> to sign up or donate to the Run from the Rays cause, or call Race Director Fran Nachlas,-SafeSun, at 561/350-5110. Runners and walkers can pick up their race packets from April 16-22 at the <a href="http://runnersedgeboca.com/" target="_blank">Runner's Edge</a> store in Boca Raton.</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><strong><em>About Lisette</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="http://www.wordscomealive.com/" target="_blank">wordscomealive.com</a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 13 Apr 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/13/run-from-the-rays/FitnessHealth/BeautyThe no-growth crowd keeps at it and other issues of notehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/12/the-no-growth-crowd-keeps-at-it-and-other-issues-of-note-1/<h3><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/aerial.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>The noise goes on  </h3> <p>On Monday, Boca Raton’s no-growth crowd couldn’t argue the facts or the law. So they just argued.</p> <p>       As I reported Friday, city staff had determined—after four months of research—that over nearly three decades Boca Raton has correctly applied the open space requirements for downtown projects. The issue arose last fall during yet another review of the city’s downtown architectural guidelines. City Manager Leif Ahnell noted a 2003 memo from the city’s then-downtown director to planners about how to apply the rule that 40 percent of downtown projects must be “ground to sky” open space. That requirement is in Ordinance 4035, which the city adopted in 1992 to govern downtown redevelopment.</p> <p>       The no-growthers pounced. BocaWatch publisher and presumed 2017 mayoral candidate Al Zucaro stated that “paper shredders” must have been running, to destroy evidence of the city giving breaks to developers. A few weeks later, Boca Beautiful President John Gore ran an ad in the <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel</em> headlined “Breaking the law in Boca.” Gore later appeared at a meeting to lecture city council members on the importance of following Ordinance 4035.</p> <p>       In fact, there was no cover-up and no law-breaking. On Monday, staff members walked city council members— meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board— through the history of downtown redevelopment in general and Ordinance 4035 in particular. Here’s one interesting finding: New downtown projects have less to do with heavier traffic in Boca Raton than transportation issues in Delray Beach and northeast Broward County.</p> <p>       Yet the no-growthers couldn’t admit to being wrong n open space. So they changed the argument.</p> <p>       I have referred to the open space flap as a “manufactured controversy.” Ahnell and the council asked for this needlessly long review, which distracted Boca from other business, to placate the no-growthers. Let’s see how that worked out.</p> <p>       On Monday, Gore agreed that the controversy had been “manufactured.” Absurdly, however, he said the controversy had been “manufactured by you,” meaning the council. “You started the fire,” Gore said. “We just turned up the heat.” Actually, Boca Beautiful and BocaWatch were the firebugs.</p> <p>       Unable to claim victory on open space, Gore moved the goalposts. In a new <em>Sun-Sentinel</em> ad today, headlined “Enforce the law in Boca,” Boca Beautiful now claims that the city is ignoring Addison Mizner-like design guidelines “to maximize profits for developers.” The ad offers no examples, referring only to “ugly concrete monstrosities rising on Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road.” The previous Boca Beautiful ad called for a moratorium on downtown development. This ad demands that the city “enforce Boca’s architectural design guidelines.”</p> <p>       Zucaro didn’t speak at Monday’s meeting, leaving early after chatting with Gore. Zucaro did find time, though, to post three new rants on the BocaWatch website. One states falsely that nothing on the public record supports the claim that the council in 2009 bought the Wildflower property for use as a restaurant.</p> <p>       In fact, there was discussion at the meeting about whether the property contained restrictions on outdoor dining. Then-Mayor Susan Whelchel said the council hoped to buy an additional smaller, adjoining parcel to the north for use as a park.</p> <p>       Having forced the staff to produce the downtown report, which is large enough to crash some computers, the council finally fired back at the no-growthers. “When you make statements that we are ‘destroying’ this city,” said Robert Weinroth, “what city are you talking about?” Referring to other cities begging for downtown redevelopment, “Jeremy Rodgers said, “I’d rather have the ‘problem’ we have than the problem they have.”</p> <p>       Susan Haynie criticized the no-growthers for basically calling Boca Raton’s elected officials and administrators “liars.” Scott Singer noted that no one had challenged the accuracy of the study, which reported that only one downtown project—Townsend Place, where Gore lives—is out of compliance with open space rules. “One mistake,” Singer said, “doesn’t amount to lawlessness.”</p> <p>       But one defeat, however embarrassing, won’t silence the no-growthers. Their noise is all about the March 2017 city election, when the mayor’s job and two council seats are up. At this point, they don’t have a case on the law or the facts. So they will argue. And sometimes lie.</p> <h3>Delray’s pension issue</h3> <p>       Public safety pension reform in Delray Beach is not quite done, but the city is getting close.</p> <p>       The city commission did approve three-year contracts with the police and fire unions that will mean big savings in pension benefits over 30 years. According to Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner, the estimated savings from the police contact is $21 million. Because the fire contract also redirects $1 million annually from firefighter cost-of-living adjustments to the city’s unfunded pension liability, Warner estimates the total savings at $45 million.</p> <p>       Delray Beach, however, also wanted to change the police-fire pension board. It makes decisions on investments. Bad decisions reduce the fund’s assets. The city must make up any shortages. In its two most recent reports, the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University rated Delray’s police-fire pension fund ‘F.’</p> <p>       Currently, the city appoints four members of the pension board, and the fire and police unions each get two appointments. Under the new contracts, the police and fire funds will be separate. The city will choose two members, the respective union will choose two members, and those four will choose the fifth. The swing vote thus will have to be a compromise choice.</p> <p>       Mayor Cary Glickstein, city commissioners and city officials have complained regularly about the fund’s poor investment returns. Warner points out that a one-percentage point improvement in return for the $150 million fund would be worth $1.5 million a year. Better returns would augment the savings from the contracts.</p> <p>       City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me that the funds will be split, and new boards chosen, as soon as the fund’s actuaries issue impact statements for the changes. At a recent meeting, Pfeffer told the commission that the police union had agreed to the change in return for the city extending its contract an additional year—to Sept. 30, 2018. The fire contract still expires on Sept. 30, 2017.</p> <p>       At some point, Delray Beach may want to propose the more dramatic shift from a traditional defined-benefit pension to a defined-contribution pension. The savings might be even greater, but pushing for that now would have been too much. The town of Palm Beach instituted similar drastic reform in 2012, and the result has been high turnover in the police and fire departments.</p> <p>       As in Boca Raton, Delray Beach worked with the unions to get pension reform that protects the public yet keeps salaries and benefits competitive. High morale among cops and firefighters also protects the public.</p> <h3>Money talks and the CRA</h3> <p>       Delray Beach city commissioners and Community Redevelopment Agency board members will hold another workshop meeting today. Based on the backup material, the subject, not surprisingly, will be money.</p> <p>       All additional property tax revenue from downtown development goes to the CRA, not the city. But the need for downtown services such as police and fire-rescue come from city departments. With needs also growing outside the downtown, the commission would like the CRA to pay more of the downtown services bill.</p> <p>       The agency already pays for some downtown police officers. In a March 31 letter to City Manager Don Cooper, Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman predicts that the department will need to add 14 sworn positions and six civilian positions over the next three years. One topic up for discussion will be what Mayor Cary Glickstein calls “fungibility”—moving money from one source to another.</p> <p>       CRA Director Jeff Costello said the agency wants to work with the city on ways to shift costs. It’s budget season already, even though the fiscal year is barely half over. Today’s meeting needs to be productive.</p> <h3>Scottism of the month</h3> <p>Gov. Rick Scott says a lot of funny things without meaning to be funny, but one of the silliest was his suggestion that Yale University should consider moving to Florida because some Connecticut legislators wanted to tax earnings from Yale’s $25 billion-plus endowment. The tax never did happen.<br>        To the governor, Yale is just another business in a state with a Democratic governor. As a Yale official noted, however, the university, the city and the state “have been on common ground to great mutual benefit for 300 years.”</p> <p>       Presumably with a straight face, Scott said Yale “would add yet another great university to our state.” No disrespect, but no college in Florida is on Yale’s level. Indeed, Scott has offered no plan to raise the level of higher education in Florida. If anything, he has lowered it.</p> <p>       In 2012, Scott approved creation of Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland. The Legislature had approved the unneeded 12<sup>th</sup> university as a gift to retiring state Sen. J.D. Alexander, who lives in Lakeland. Alexander persuaded Scott that Florida Poly could be another Georgia Tech. Instead, Florida Poly just missed its first deadline for accreditation. Florida Poly drains money from Florida Atlantic and the other 10 state universities.</p> <p>       By creating a great higher education system, Florida also would have a better chance of creating great jobs. Leave most out-of-state recruiting to football coaches.</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>Randy SchultzTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:45:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/12/the-no-growth-crowd-keeps-at-it-and-other-issues-of-note-1/City WatchCommunityBourbon Dinners and Anniversary Partieshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/12/bourbon-dinners-and-anniversary-parties/<p><img alt="" height="610" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.12_the_cooper_bourbon_and_cigar_pairing.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Cooper bourbon/cigar dinner</strong> </p> <p>Sit down to a five-course dinner, have a nice glass of bourbon, light up a cigar and enjoy the evening at The Cooper <em>(4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032) </em>for a “Bourbon and Cigar Pairing Dinner” on April 18. The bourbon is from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky; the cigars are from Ashton Cigars/Dominican Republic by Smoke Inn, and the guest speaker is David Ahearns, bourbon specialist with Republic National Distributing Company. Along with dinner (which includes a whole suckling pig!), every diner will receive three Ashton cigars. The cost is $92 per person, not including tax/gratuity. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.12_tryst_hangar_steak.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Tryst 7-year anniversary party</strong> </p> <p>The seven-year itch is striking Tryst, the Delray Beach gastropub, but the only thing they’re itching to do is complete another seven years with the same success they’ve had to date. So celebrate with Tryst <em>(4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/921-0201)</em> on April 22, as they host a “7-Year Anniversary Party,” starting with a free, open bar from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Yes, I said free. If you have dinner there, with menu items like the hangar steak (pictured), you’ll receive a complimentary glass of bubbly. Live music begins at 10:30 p.m., too. Sounds like a heck of a party!</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>Lynn KalberTue, 12 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/12/bourbon-dinners-and-anniversary-parties/DiningConcert Review: Pearl Jam at BB&amp;T Centerhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/11/concert-review-pearl-jam-at-bbt-center/<p><em>(Editor's note: The Week Ahead will run on Wednesday this week.)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/re3_0432.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(Photos by Ron Elkman)</em></p> <p>After a 20-year hiatus from Broward and Miami-Dade, Pearl Jam returned to South Florida this past weekend to launch its eagerly awaited 2016 North American Tour with an impressive 32-song set list. Led by frontman Eddie Vedder, the group played tirelessly and with raw aggression for almost three hours, taking the massive crowd back to the days when flannel shirts were in style for the <em>first</em> time. Guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Matt Cameron all delivered performances worthy of their rock-legend status.</p> <p>Friday’s tour kickoff at the BB&amp;T Center in Sunrise took a grand total of 12 minutes to sell out. Those lucky enough to purchase face-value tickets or begrudgingly reach deep into their pockets for the ludicrous resale prices arrived in droves of thousands—all happy, smiling and reminiscing about previous concert experiences.</p> <p>Once the Seattle-based band appeared, fans were treated to an emotional rollercoaster of an evening.  After a minute or two of riffing, the raucous opener “Go” kicked in. Any fears of a poor performance began to subside. It all came together, with Vedder’s infamous voice unmarred by the considerable span of years. McCready, Gossard, Cameron and Ament all played their hearts out; the sound was nearly impeccable.</p> <p><img alt="" height="543" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/re3_0892.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Songs from the debut album “Ten” through Pearl Jam’s latest release “Lightning Bolt” were played with precision and met with relentless enthusiasm from the crowd.  Old favorites such as “Alive,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” “Black,” and the requested “Given to Fly” mingled among countless lesser-played songs, including “Footstep,” “Porch,” and “Help, Help” which was last played live in September 2011. Given this year’s electoral climate, a political moment of sorts was somewhat expected, and during “Do the Evolution,” Vedder danced around in a Trump mask. Every word of the megahit “Even Flow” was chanted by the masses, and heck—we even got to sing “Happy Birthday” to McCready, who celebrated his 50th last week. </p> <p>In typical Pearl Jam style, the band covered a few select songs: Van Zandt’s “I am a Patriot;” “Surrender,” in a brief tribute to Cheap Trick’s induction into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame; and The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” which would have made even Roger Daltrey impressed. The cover of Wayne Cochran’s “Last Kiss” prompted Vedder’s venture into the crowd, where he looked to be teetering precariously along seats in a lower-level section to the left of the stage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/re3_0303.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The thrashing drums and rip-roaring sounds of both guitarists kept the near-capacity arena of fans on their feet throughout the evening. Once in their early 20s during the band’s first tour, the majority of the concertgoers were now middle-aged, some bringing their children along for their first concert experience.</p> <p>“Last time we performed in Fort Lauderdale was 1996. You weren’t born yet,” Vedder joked, pointing out a few youngsters in the audience, followed by a couple of older guests in their 90s, and then took a moment to acknowledge several birthdays. It was not something you’d expect from the lead singer who, like his fans, has obviously matured over the years. He laughed about telling a story that would make no sense at all, and then proceeded to reflect on how earlier he was brushing his teeth in the hotel and saw an old man who appeared to be judging him in the sink’s reflection—lightheartedly noting that perhaps the crystals in his toothpaste may not be flavoring after all. He finished the oration by warning people about keeping an eye on their drinks and to be wary of any strange substances that could get slipped into them.</p> <p>Sounding more like a concerned dad then a legendary rock star, and eschewing his traditional long curly locks, Vedder still wears a plaid flannel shirt. Twenty-five years later—and luckily, for the one of the pioneers of grunge—they are back in style once again. But unlike the flannel shirts, it was a privilege to experience the return of Pearl Jam. </p> <p><img alt="" height="535" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/re3_0788.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>SET LIST</p> <p>1. Go</p> <p>2. Mind Your Manners</p> <p>3. Corduroy</p> <p>4. Given To Fly (<em>for Shawn Thorton-Panthers hockey player)</em></p> <p>5. Help, Help</p> <p>6. Deep</p> <p>7. Nothingman</p> <p>8. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town</p> <p>9. Severed Hand</p> <p>10. Unthought Known</p> <p>11. Sirens</p> <p>12. Surrender-(Cheap Trick {one chorus of the song only})</p> <p>13. Evenflow</p> <p>14. Amongst The Waves</p> <p>15. I Am Mine</p> <p>16. Swallowed Whole</p> <p>17. Who You Are</p> <p>18. Do The Evolution</p> <p>19. Why Go</p> <p>FIRST ENCORE</p> <p>20. Yellow Moon</p> <p>21. Footsteps</p> <p>22. Last Kiss (Cochran)</p> <p>23. Black</p> <p>24. Comatose</p> <p>25. Lightning Bolt</p> <p>26. Porch</p> <p>SECOND ENCORE</p> <p>27.  Light Years (dedicated to Tim “Skully” Quinlan and his wife and children)</p> <p>28. Betterman</p> <p>29. Alive</p> <p>30. Baba O’Riley (Townshend)</p> <p>31. I Am A Patriot (Van Zandt)</p> <p>32. Indifference</p>magazineMon, 11 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/11/concert-review-pearl-jam-at-bbt-center/Arts & EventsMusicStarChefs and new dining optionshttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/11/starchefs-and-new-dining-options/<p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.11_niven_patel.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>See StarChefs rising stars and help Feeding South Florida</strong> </p> <p>As if you needed proof that the foodie scene in South Florida is one of the hottest topics in the U.S., here come the StarChefs awards. The trade magazine announced the 2016 South Florida Rising Stars Awards, which stretch from Jupiter to the Keys, and came up with 22 top names. That’s after visiting more than 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, restaurateurs and artisans.</p> <p>Included are familiar restaurants such as Café Boulud (Chef Rick Mace and Sommelier Jeremy Broto-Mur), Michael’s Genuine (Chef Niven Patel, pictured), Valentino Cucina Italiana (Chef Jimmy Everett), artisans Zak Stern of Zak the Baker, Steve Santana of Taquiza and more. Both the complete list and tickets to the April 13 Rising Stars Gala at Marlins Park can be found <a href="https://www.starchefs.com/cook/events/rising-stars/south-florida-2016" target="_blank">here</a>. The cost is $95 per person, and VIP tickets are $125. The ceremony is at 6:30 p.m., followed by a tasting gala from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Feeding South Florida food bank.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/4.11_burlock_coast.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Brunch and Happy Hour start at Burlock Coast</strong></p> <p>Add this Saturday and Sunday venue to your list: Burlock Coast <em>(1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954/302-6460)</em> is now serving brunch from noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends, as well as dinner. And the Happy Hour drink specials are $6 each, along with $6 bar bites, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.11_glass_vine_interior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Glass &amp; Vine opens in Coconut Grove</strong></p> <p>Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli is at the head of the kitchen at the newly opened Glass &amp; Vine <em>(</em><em>2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, 305/200-5268), </em>which offers a nice garden-like venue (pictured), and plates that should be shared, such as Florida Stracciatella (charred cabbage, black truffle, egg and potato), or lamb ribs, grilled duck breast and more. Dinner is served nightly, starting at 4 p.m.</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>Lynn KalberMon, 11 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/11/starchefs-and-new-dining-options/DiningConcert Review: Beirut, Troker at North Beach Bandshellhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/10/concert-review-beirut-troker-at-north-beach-bandshell/<p>With some reservations, it’s fair to say that Miami Beach’s annual, venerable Transatlantic Festival fulfilled its mission of celebrating Miami as a musical crossroads of Europe and the Americas this past Friday at North Beach Bandshell—thanks to two bands making their regional debuts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/img_0417.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Mexican jazz fusionists Troker offered a molten, exciting opening set. On most of the tunes by this Guadelejaran sextet, saxophone and trumpet kept rhythm amid staccato drums, noodling bass and a DJ adding loops and effects. The lead vocalist/saxophonist engaged the crowd with high-pitched call-and-response wails and addressed the audience mostly in Spanish.</p> <p>Toward the end of the set, the group’s blissful cacophony reduced itself to the sound of two drumsticks clacking against each other and, soon after, a chorus of three cowbells aligned at the front of the stage, building back up to an explosive climax. It was medicine for ailing ears—the soundtrack to a nonexistent film I’d very much like to see.</p> <p>Troker’s level of energy and audience participation frankly could not be sustained by the headliners. The long-awaited Miami debut of Santa Fe’s Beirut was breezy and note-perfect, but its lack of urgency felt like a come-down after Troker’s magnetism. Perhaps Beirut’s music, which demands careful listening in intimate spaces to be best appreciated, doesn’t lend itself easily to the concert experience. Whatever the reason, an invisible barrier between the artists and the crowd certainly existed.</p> <p><img alt="" height="428" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/beirut.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The set was closer to museum piece than a performance, so quiet that the voices of audience members around me easily eclipsed Zach Condon’s low-key vocals. Even the group’s sparse crowd banter was hushed and retiring, with only trumpeter Kelly Pratt adding any site-specific distinction: He was raised in Kendall, and spoke briefly about the pleasures of returning home.</p> <p>That said, the songs had the effortless polish of their studio recordings, and the set list, consistent with previous shows, was an egalitarian mix of the band’s four LPs and one EP. Condon switched from what appeared to be mandolin, flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards and ukulele throughout the set, with the acoustic warmth of the latter satisfying the die-hards on early favorites “Elephant Gun” and “Postcards From Italy.”</p> <p>The performance hit its stride with the dancy and jubilant “No No No,” followed by the euphoric brass of “Postcards” and the harmonic beauty of “Fener.” Beirut’s encore touched on its myriad world-music influences, reaching South America, the Balkans and French cabaret pop. Yet I couldn’t shake the fact that the band was simply going through the motions. “Thanks for giving us such a good excuse to come down here,” Condon remarked mid-set. I’m just not sure I believe he really wanted to be there.</p> <p><strong>Beirut set list:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Scenic World</li> <li>Elephant Gun</li> <li>East Harlem</li> <li>As Needed</li> <li>Perth</li> <li>Santa Fe</li> <li>The Akara</li> <li>No No No</li> <li>Postcards From Italy</li> <li>The Peacock</li> <li>Fener</li> <li>The Rip Tide</li> <li>The Shrew</li> <li>My Night with a Prostitute From Marseille</li> <li>So Allowed</li> <li>Nantes </li> </ol> <p>ENCORE </p> <ol> <li>???</li> <li>The Gulag Orkestar</li> <li>Mausoleum</li> <li>The Flying Cub Cup</li> </ol>John ThomasonSun, 10 Apr 2016 06:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/10/concert-review-beirut-troker-at-north-beach-bandshell/Arts & EventsMusicQ&amp;A: Kate Valentinehttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/08/qa-kate-valentine/<p>Kate Valentine founded Kate Spade with her husband Andy Spade before they were even married. The couple sold the company in 2006, but they’re back on the fashion scene with new brand Frances Valentine—created with friends Elyce Arons and Paola Venturi. <em>Boca Mag </em>caught up with the bubbly and refreshing Kate at Nordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton on April 7 to talk about all things fashion, and of course, Frances Valentine.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_kate_spade_4.jpg" width="490"> </em></p> <p><em>How did you get started with fashion?</em></p> <p>It’s funny—I always did love it—never imagined going into it, but I love fashion. My mother used to take me to vintage stores before I could drive. I remember Ralph Lauren was doing a navy pea coat, and I kept saying,  “I want a navy pea coat.” My mother said, “There’s this great one at Ralph Lauren,” and I said, “I want a real one from the army/navy store.” So, she took me to the army/navy store, and that was the beginning. Then I started going to vintage stores—one in particular in Kansas City called Past Times—and I would buy all of my short, little leopard coats and my little lime green kid gloves. I adored it. But really, I was a journalism major. When I moved to New York, I ended up at Conde Nast at <em>Mademoiselle Magazine. </em>When I interviewed, they said that they had something in the fashion department but not in the articles department, so I probably wouldn’t want it. I was like “It’s a job. I want it.” After five years of doing that, I ended up as the Senior Fashion Editor over accessories. After that, my husband Andy and I decided to start Kate Spade before we were married. Then we got married, and started the company. Elyce and I have been best friends since we were 18, and she and a friend came on as partners. This time around, Elyce and I, and Andy are all back together.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>What have you been up to in the time between selling Kate Spade and starting Frances Valentine?</em></p> <p>Working, a lot. I have a daughter. She’s in fifth grade. She just turned 11.  After the years at Kate Spade, which I loved, I really wanted a break and to spend some time with my daughter. I knew how much went into that, and I didn’t want to miss those years. Now, she’s getting to an age where she has a lot of homework, tennis two days per week, lacrosse two days a week—so what am I going to do? I decided to go back to work.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>What is it like working with your husband?</em></p> <p>I adore it. He’s really one of the few people who I would absolutely need his opinion on things. We bounce everything off of each other. In terms of opinion, I trust his—a lot.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Why handbags and shoes?</em><em> </em></p> <p>First time around, I started with bags. This time, it’s really focused on shoes. We’re dipping our toe into handbags. We’re slowly developing as I’m getting warmed up into more of a collection. Right now, it’s item driven. The shoes, and even our distribution are very limited right now because I feel like we’re tiptoeing back in. Some people expected us to blow it out, and I just feel more comfortable easing in. I’m not doing things because I have to; I’m doing them because they make sense to me.</p> <p><img alt="" height="577" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_kate_spade_2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>What is similar/different between Kate Spade and Frances Valentine? Has your style changed?</em></p> <p>I’m still the same person. I haven’t gotten older—I’ve evolved from one age to the other. I think your tastes do change a little bit. What you’re wearing at 10 isn’t what you’re wearing at 18, and so on. At the same time, there’s a thread of things that I happen to like. I think I’ve simplified them. I’ve really played great attention to signature pieces of hardware—like the geodesic dome heel, the martini glass heel and the little buckle. I’m focusing on being clean. It’s a lot about the architecture of the shoe. I love that—making sure there’s a modernity to it, that it's something versatile but also always a surprise.</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/4.8_kate_spade_1.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>What is your favorite piece in the collection?</em></p> <p>The Bella style, which is the one with the geodesic dome. I just think it’s very clean, and then you look at the heel and think, “Oh, that’s great.” It’s a very simple shoe, but there’s a little lift to the simplicity of it—a spirit, a smile.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>What inspires your designs? Do you just wake up some mornings with ideas?</em></p> <p>Yes, and honestly, it’s crazy! When I was on spring break in Jacksonville trying to get a massage, I swear I was looking for paper and a pen. When you have a moment to think. I don’t design by themes; it’s really more by mood. I’ll look at the collection, and there’s a cohesiveness to it that keeps it clean and edited, but not so tightly edited that it looks overly merchandised. It has to have a reason for being, and hopefully an interesting reason for being.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>What advice would you give someone that’s interested in fashion?</em></p> <p>I don’t think whether or not you’ve had experience in it matters at all. For me, it’s a sensibility. Be willing to work really hard; it really is true. I would make sure that what you’re doing isn’t already out there. It’s about creating something that isn’t out there. That’s what I think has been our success and the success of most designers out there—doing something that’s identifiably theirs.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 08 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000http://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/08/qa-kate-valentine/FashionShoppingShopping News10 Movies to Check Out at Palm Beach Film Festhttp://bocamag.com/blog/2016/04/08/10-movies-to-check-out-at-palm-beach-film-fest/<p>With dozens of world, national and Florida premieres screening at theaters from Boca to West Palm Beach for the next seven days, the Palm Beach Film Festival offers an overwhelming embarrassment of riches in a myriad of categories, from documentaries to student films, underground horror flicks to uplifting romances. To help you navigate the multitude of titles, we perused the lineup and, hopefully, extracted this handful of gems. For the complete schedule, visit <a href="http://www.pbifilmfest.org" target="_blank">pbifilmfest.org</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/isaac_broyn_the_closer_movie_filmcourage_5.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>10. The Closer</strong></p> <p>So you enjoyed last year’s “The Big Short” and “99 Homes,” and you mostly understood them, right? But if you can’t get enough dramas about the rise and fall of avaricious banksters involved in the subprime mortgage crisis, “The Closer” should satiate your schadenfreude with a tale of three best friends who make a fortune on the backs of the poor, only to face their inevitable comeuppance.</p> <p><em>Screens at 1:30 p.m. April 9 at Cinemark Palace in Boca and 2 p.m. April 12 at Palm Beaches Theatre in Manalapan</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/avatar.jpg.320x320px.jpg" width="320"></em></p> <p><strong>9. Poor Behavior</strong></p> <p>The jury is very much out on this world-premiere comedy-drama, but it makes our list because of the pedigree of its writer-director: Theresa Rebeck, the prolific playwright and TV scriptwriter whose credits include the plays “Mauritius” and “Seminar” and the series “Smash” and “L.A. Law.” Based on her 2011 play of the same name, “Poor Behavior” is one of those slow-burn, single-room, marriage-collapsing sort of films, in which two couples’ vows are put to the test over a fraught weekend in the country.</p> <p><em>Screens at 1:40 p.m. April 10 and 1:10 p.m. April 11 at Muvico Parisian in West Palm Beach</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/ce84jjyxiaa8mnk.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>8. Pin Up! The Movie</strong></p> <p>Miss Rockwell De Vil, Ginger Rose and Bang Bang Von Loola aren’t the names of strippers or rejected Disney villains. To the contrary: They are modern incarnations of the pin-up girl, a form of chaste but suggestive modeling that peaked with Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager. Kathleen Ryan’s new documentary, shot over two years of interviews and performances with modern masters of the cheesecake photo, traces the movement’s cultural history, its surprising feminist conception and its rebirth.</p> <p><em>Screens at 8 p.m. April 9 and 4:25 p.m. April 13 at Cinemark Palace</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/hqdefault.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>7. Prisoner X</strong></p> <p>“Paranoia—it’s the greatest weapon there is.” So says a prominent character in this sleek, dystopian and propulsive Canadian thriller set in a secret government prison in which genetic experimentation and mind control are par for the course. Still, CIA agent Carmen Reese hasn’t seen anything quite like her latest case: the time-traveling terrorist on whom the world (naturally) hands in balance.</p> <p><em>Screens at 9:30 p.m. April 8 at G Star Studios in West Palm Beach and 8:15 p.m. April 11 at Muvico Parisian</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/silver-skies.34.05_pm.png" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>6. Silver Skies</strong></p> <p>“Silver Skies” is an endangered species: an ensemble dramedy offering complex roles for actors of a certain age. It’s set in a 55-and-older community whose development is sold from under them, with plans for it to be rebuilt into condos, to the chagrin of its eccentric and opinionated residents. Palm Beach’s own golden movie god, George Hamilton, leads a cast that includes Valerie Perrine, Alex Rocco and Barbara Bain, in PBIFF’s Closing Night Film.</p> <p><em>Screens at 7 p.m. April 14 at Cinemark Palace</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/static1.squarespace.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>5. Ovation</strong></p> <p>“Ovation” is the landmark 20th feature by Henry Jaglom, a director of dogged distinction whose improvisatory, cinema verite style hasn’t changed much since his 1971 debut. Loose, micro-budgeted and insider-y, “Ovation” is his latest vehicle for his recurring lead Tanna Frederick, reprising her role as actress Maggie Chase. Maggie is transitioning from film to stage acting at the expense of her bank account—and it doesn’t help that a murder may have been committed on the set of her struggling play. But as usual with Jaglom, plot is secondary to character, and action is subservient to language.</p> <p><em>Screens at 6:10 p.m. April 13 at Muvico Parisian</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/norman_lear_large.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>4. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You</strong></p> <p>No matter where you stand politically, television wouldn’t be the same without the contributions of showrunner Norman Lear, whose series “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” among others, were arguably the first sitcoms to present the American home as it existed in the real world, in all its strifes and contradictions. This illuminating documentary about Lear’s life and career includes contributions from Rob Reiner, Jay Leno, George Clooney and more.</p> <p><em>Screens at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Palm Beaches Theatre</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/wczec.st.117.jpeg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>3. The Adderall Diaries</strong></p> <p>In PBIFF’s Centerpiece Film, James Franco, taking a sojourn from his bailiwick of self-referential comedies, plays real-life author Stephen Elliott, a formerly successful novelist broken by writer’s block and an Adderall addiction whose discovery of a high-profile, true-crime case becomes more than just a writerly obsession. It forces him to reassess his relationship with his vindictive father, played by Ed Harris. Christian Slater and Amber Heard round out the stellar cast.</p> <p><em>Screens at 7 p.m. April 9 at Muvico Parisian</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202016/tt4362644.jpg" width="296"></em></p> <p><strong>2. Ctrl Alt Delete</strong></p> <p>A luminous tech-savvy thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton and “Mr. Robot,” James B. Cox’s crowd-funded indie demystifies the romance of 21st century hacking. A group of hacktivists breaks into an office building’s server and holds its system administrators hostage, only to find out that they need these “sysadmins” to help them escape when they uncover an artificial superintelligence bent on taking over the Internet.</p> <p><em>Screens at 3:25 p.m.