Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBeautyBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessGiveawaysHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasFri, 27 Feb 2015 17:22:00 +0000Fashion Forward: Spring Sales, Menswear and Beauty Events<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/intermix-store-source-the-real-deal.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spend and Save</strong></p> <p>Intermix in the Town Center at Boca Raton has just extended its Spring sale. Until March 1, the more you spend, the more you save.</p> <ul> <li>Spend $4,000  or more and save $600</li> <li>Spend $2,000- $3,999 and save $300</li> <li>Spend $1,000- $1,999 sand save $150</li> <li>Spend $500- $999 and save $50</li> <li>Spend $250-$499 and save $25</li> </ul> <p><strong>Menswear Event</strong></p> <p>Neiman Marcus will be holding the Made to Measure event now until March 1. Menswear experts will take measurements and tailor any suits, sport coat, or pair of trousers for the perfect custom fit.  You'll receive a $250 gift card to a local restaurant of your choice with any purchase in the men's store.</p> <p><strong>Beauty Trend Event</strong></p> <p>From March 6-7, head to Nordstrom in the Town Center at Boca Raton for one-on-one consultations with beauty professionals and industry insiders.  Experts will be on hand to offer makeup, fragrance, and skin care tips. While you’re there get free customized product samples. Call 561/620-5555 to schedule an appointment for this free event.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 27 Feb 2015 17:22:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: a great green market, upcoming show + dessert<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/delraygreenmarket.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Delray Greenmarket</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“There are so many wonderful vendors at the Delray Greenmarket! It happens every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old School Square. I ended up with some amazing finds, like homemade granola from Laurie's Pantry, organic wellness products from Taspen's, Indian yummies from Nisha's Indian Food, and a vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip strudel cake from Amy's Lil' Chunks of Love. Most vendors offer free samples too. I can't wait to go back!”</p> <p>(Old School Square // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Man of La Mancha</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>“Miguel de Cervantes' 17th century masterpiece "Don Quixote" gave our culture more than just one of my favorite adjectives, in 'quixotic.' It also gave us the whole tilting-and-windmills axiom, a 1959 teleplay called "I, Quixote" and, perhaps best of all, the 1965 musical "Man of La Mancha," which imagines the noble, anachronistic knight engaged in a play within a play while he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Boasting some 30 musical numbers anchored by the transcendent hit "The Impossible Dream," "Man of La Mancha" is both entertaining and sophisticated, and is perhaps the jewel in the Wick Theatre's 2014-2015 season. Broadway veteran George Dvorsky will star as Quixote in a production that runs Feb. 27 to March 28.”</p> <p>(The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; <a>561/995-2333</a>, <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream by Potions in Motion</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“A creamy delight concocted in a whoosh of liquid nitrogen. Potions in Motion provided this incredible dessert at our Ice Ball this week – and it wasn’t just a delicious treat. It was a sight to see. The catering company prepares the creamy mixture on site, before blasting it with liquid nitrogen – which is so cold, it turns it into ice cream in a matter of seconds. We tried it in coconut and cookies and cream, both of which we give two thumbs up.”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a> // 561/989-8879)</p>magazineFri, 27 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 Rooster Opens Monday<p>Gary Rack is not one to let any collard greens grow under his feet. On the heels of a complete remaking of Boca’s Table 42 into Farmhouse Kitchen, on Monday, March 2, the ever-busy restaurateur launches his Southern-inflected <strong>Fat Rooster</strong> (<em>204 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/266-3642</em>) in the downtown Delray spot once home to Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/fatrooster2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Rack Restaurant Group exec chef Matt Danaher’s menu is a tour through iconic dishes of the South, from fried chicken ‘n’ waffles with whisky-infused honey and smothered pork chops to shrimp ‘n’ grits and beef cheek meatloaf with collard greens and gravy. There’s also fried green tomatoes, pickled watermelon rind and the classic Frito Pie.</p> <p>And that’s just for dinner. The Rooster will be crowing from early morning to earlier morning, at least Wednesday through Saturday, when it opens at 9 and stays open until 2 a.m. It’s open for breakfast Monday through Friday, weekend brunch (also a Wednesday evening Brunch &amp; Bourbon) and lunch and dinner daily.</p> <p>Breakfast and brunch dishes include sweet potato pancakes and bourbon french toast, biscuits with sausage and gravy and country-fried steak, and three varieties of hash. The cocktail menu leans Southern too, with a modern take on the traditional New Orleans Sazerac and a “Sweet Tea” that’s definitely for grownups (think sweet tea vodka, Wild Turkey, citrus and peach).</p> <p>That should really cock-a-doodle your do. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 27 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsTips from Perfumer Erwin Creed<p>If you’ve never heard of <strong>House of Creed</strong> before, there’s a good chance you’re missing out on your favorite fragrance. The ultra-exclusive perfumer is one of the remaining luxury fragrance houses that does everything by hand, from concocting the perfume to carefully placing the label on the box.</p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/houseofcreed.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s a pretty amazing feat in an ever-changing retail world, where mass production is the norm.  There are only a few free-standing boutiques in the world, all of which are located in either Paris, London or New York – but luxury retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center at Boca Raton are privy to the Paris-based company’s products.</p> <p>Quality has always been the focus of the 255-year-old House of Creed, says Erwin Creed, the family company’s seventh generation <em>parfumeur. </em>The 34-year-old Parisian was a panel expert during Saks’s Beauty Symposium this week. We caught up with Creed to talk about some tips and tricks when it comes to wearing and picking perfumes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/erwincreed.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Try before you buy.</strong> Perfume is personal. Unlike flowers, which emit a specific scent, perfume will vary based on how it mixes with your skin. “On me it could be a disaster, but on you it could be amazing.”</p> <p><strong>Look for honesty.</strong> Creed tells his sales people to be honest. If a perfume doesn’t mix well with clients’ skin, they’ll know about it. This is a reflection on the company’s commitment to finding the best perfume for you. “We are more about the beauty, the radiance and all these things. We are not focused about the sales.”</p> <p><strong>There’s beauty in imperfection. “</strong>Today, it’s like we’re robots, and everything is perfect … Everything is electronic. It’s good, it’s faster, but in the end, you lose the human touch.<strong> </strong>To make [perfume] by hand is an art.”<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Avoid the nose.</strong> When you spray perfume in areas directly underneath your nose, you become immune to the scent. The result? You think the perfume has worn off when everyone else can still smell it, you put on more – and then you’re suddenly a walking ball of perfume. Opt instead for spraying on the wrists and arm area.</p> <p><strong>Go with the seasons. </strong>Creed says you should own one perfume at the minimum, but personally, he goes with four scents. One for winter, one for spring, one for summer, one for autumn. “When I wear perfume, it depends on the weather. If it’s warm, I will put something more light, more fresh.”</p> <p>Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">House of Creed website</a> for more information, or stop by Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center at Boca Raton. <em>Insider hint: House of Creed will be opening a free-standing boutique in Miami next year. We’ll keep you updated!</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:00 +0000 Announces 2015 Artists<p>For weeks now, SunFest’s Facebook page has faced a torrent of queries from impatient fans, all posing a variation on the same question: <em>What is the damn lineup?!</em></p> <p>The 33-year-old <a href="" target="_blank">West Palm Beach festival</a> certainly took its time this year to unveil its 2015 lineup—many festivals slated for May and beyond had already trumpeted their talent—but after absorbing this morning’s announcement, it’s safe to say it was worth the wait. This promises to be the best overall lineup in the many years I’ve been covering the South Florida arts.</p> <p>A variety of pop, modern and classic rock, and adult alternative makes up the lion’s share of the lineup this year. There’s less dance, hip-hop and country than in years past, which is OK by me: SunFest seems to be finding its sonic identity rather than attempting to represent every genre at a Tower Records retailer. Here’s my personal top five.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/hozier.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>1. The most exciting act, at least for me, is <strong>Hozier</strong> (9:45 p.m. May 2), the 24-year-old Irish phenom whose “Take Me to Church” is the best and most artful mainstream smash since Adele burst onto the charts with “Rollin’ in the Deep.” There’s an epic, operatic soul to Hozier’s aesthetic, which manages to sound both rafter-shaking and voyeuristically intimate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/pixies.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>2. Just as exciting is <strong>Pixies</strong> (2:15 p.m. May 3), the incalculably influential alt-rockers whose mid-2000s reunion proved to be more than just a nostalgic jaunt for the hundreds of thousands of fans who never saw them in their original incarnation. The 2014 comeback album “Indie Cindy” picked up where Pixies left off some 23 years earlier, remaining both challenging and accessible, quiet and loud. (That said, we all hope older songs dominate their set!)</p> <p><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/wilco.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>3. It’s always great to welcome <strong>Wilco</strong> (8 p.m. April 29) back. After a 2014 hiatus when Jeff Tweedy embarked on an eponymous side projects, he returns to front his dynamic alt-country/jam/indie-rock band as part of Wilco’s 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary tour. To celebrate, the group has just released a career-spanning rarities disc and a seminal greatest-hits album.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/fall-out-boy-2014.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>4. <strong>Fall Out Boy</strong> (7:30 p.m. May 3), which emerged from Chicago’s hardcore punk scene in the early 2000s, soon realized that writing chart-toppers was more gratifying than slaving away in emo-rock obscurity. Each of its albums has sounded bigger and more immaculate than the last one, with FOB’s anthemic, arena-ready bombast—like recent singles “American Beauty/American Psycho” and “Centuries”—more than making up for the rawness that no longer colors its music.</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/milkychance.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>5. The German duo <strong>Milky Chance</strong> (2 p.m. May 3) has a great personal story: Its members met in an “Advanced Music” course in 11<sup>th</sup> grade, immediately hit it off, and began to write songs together. They spent just two weeks recording their 2013 debut “Sadnecessary” in vocalist Clemens Rehbein’s quiet home. It proved to be advanced music indeed, a mixture of gravelly vocals, glossy electronic beats and acoustic-guitar warmth for a mixture that is all their own, anchored by the viral smash “Stolen Dance.”</p> <p>Elsewhere, the lineup includes plaintive folk-rockers (<strong>Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros</strong>), emo-pop acts (<strong>Paramore, Copeland</strong>), classic-rock stalwarts (<strong>Boston, Sammy Hagar &amp; the Circle, Eddie Money</strong>), reggae and its offshoots (<strong>Matisyahu, Damien Marley, SOJA, 311</strong>), and a smattering of dance (<strong>Kaskade</strong>), hip-hop (<strong>Schoolboy Q</strong>) and Celtic/classical crossover (<strong>Lindsey Stirling</strong>). For the complete lineup, along with a day-by-day breakdown, visit</p>John ThomasonThu, 26 Feb 2015 11:35:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsElection geography, the vape issue and other items of interest<h3><span>East vs. west</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/skyimages.jpg" width="275"></span></p> <p>Geography is at work in different ways regarding the elections in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.</p> <p>In Boca, Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilwoman Constance Scott live east of Interstate 95. Councilmen Mike Mullaugh, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth all live west of I-95. So does City Manager Leif Ahnell.</p> <p>Scott is term-limited out of Seat C, and three candidates are seeking to replace her. Frank Chapman and Jamie Sauer live east of I-95. Jeremy Rodgers lives on the west side.</p> <p>In Delray, it’s the opposite. Mayor Cary Glickstein and all four commissioners live east of I-95. So does Tom Carney, who is challenging the mayor. New City Manager Don Cooper started in January and hasn’t moved permanently from Port St. Lucie.</p> <p>Four candidates are running to succeed term-limited Adam Frankel. Two of them—Mitch Katz and Josh Smith—live west of I-95. If neither wins, the city’s western areas still won’t have a single member on the commission.</p> <p>You can argue that geography doesn’t matter. Everyone pays the same tax rate, regardless of ZIP code. I-95, though, can form a psychological barrier in South Florida. It’s happened in Boynton Beach, as so much commerce has moved to the Congress Avenue corridor while the city has struggled to redevelop the downtown.</p> <p>Delray Beach residents west of I-95 might have more of a gripe than their counterparts in Boca. Developers flock to the downtown and surrounding areas, but Delray’s Congress Avenue corridor remains underused—most notably the former Office Depot complex. The hub for now is the south-county government complex just south of Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>In contrast, Boca Raton has focused a lot of attention on areas west of the interstate. Twelve years ago, the city finally annexed Town Center at Boca Raton, which most people probably figured had been in the city all along. To capitalize on ridership at the Tri-Rail station Yamato Road—it’s the busiest in the system—the city has worked with nearby businesses, especially those in the Arvida Park of Commerce, to establish a shuttle system. The city calls it “the last mile” between the station and where people work.</p> <p>A second Tri-Rail station is planned for just north of The Shops at Boca Center, which will make Boca the only city to have two stations. Yet the council simultaneously keeps approving downtown projects and marketing downtown as a place to live.</p> <p>Geography can be an issue because neither Boca nor Delray has a residency requirement for elected officials; all seats are at-large. Boynton Beach is the only south-county city with single-member districts. Everyone votes for the mayor—though he has no extra powers—but only for the commissioner who represents his or her district.</p> <p>Though the systems in Boca and Delray might produce lopsided representation, they allow the public a referendum on every elected official. Without a strong mayor, that’s the best form of accountability. If someone in office looks too much at geography, those with a gripe can make it a campaign issue. Since turnout March 10 no doubt will be very low, the real problem in both cities isn’t geography. It’s apathy.</p> <h3>First impressions</h3> <p>Speaking of Town Center mall, the operators asked for a favor from the city council this week, and the council was right to grant it.</p> <p>Attorney Bonnie Miskel said the mall operators want to construct a “grander entrance” at the main entrance on Glades Road. They want to start work no later than April 1. Otherwise, Miskel said, the entrance would be under construction on Black Friday—the busiest day of the holiday shopping season for brick-and-mortar retailers.</p> <p>To make that date, Miskel said, the mall’s plans would have to go before the council on March 24. But the mall first must go before the Planning and Zoning Board. It doesn’t meet until March 19, and usually commission items must be advertised two weeks in advance. In this case, there would be just five days notice.</p> <p>The mall wanted an expedited hearing, which the council granted 4-1, Scott Singer dissenting. Mayor Susan Haynie noted that one reason for the delay is the mall having to meet demands by city staff and that the work should not directly affect any residents. City Manager Leif Ahnell correctly said the council should allow the quicker hearing only if the plans actually are ready.</p> <p>Residents are justifiably skeptical about favors for those with business before the city. In this case, however, the request from one of Boca’s main employers justified the city being flexible.</p> <h3>Land baron                     </h3> <p>We may not know for almost a month whether Frank Chapman joins the Boca Raton City Council. We already know, however, that he might be the biggest landowner ever to serve on the council.</p> <p>Chapman owns a pair of condos along the Intracoastal Waterway, a house in Boca Square and two homes in Royal Palm Yacht &amp; Country Club. The properties are listed in his wife’s name. The Royal Palm home that he listed as his residence on his campaign filing documents is 23,000 square feet with a market value of $14.5 million, according to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office. The other Royal Palm house is valued at a mere $3.2 million.</p> <p>Former Mayor Susan Whelchel also lives in Royal Palm, but that’s the only property she and her husband own in Palm Beach County. Chapman traces the source of his wealth to his former law firm in Ohio that, among other things, had a contract to sell foreclosed homes for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p> <p>For the record, Chapman’s opponents—Jeremy Rodgers and Jamie Sauer—with their spouses own homes that are roughly 3,000 square feet. The Rodgers also own a small townhouse in the city.</p> <h3>Vape break</h3> <p>Unlike Delray Beach, Boca Raton will take no action at this time to regulate e-cigarettes.</p> <p>The Delray Beach City Commission decided that the vapor-emitting nicotine delivery systems should fall under the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, meaning they are illegal in public places where traditional cigarettes are banned. Though electronic cigarettes don’t emit smoke, some researchers believe that exposure can harm those not “vaping.”</p> <p>Tuesday night, however, only Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilwoman Constance Scott—who asked for the discussion —favored tighter regulation. Many e-cigarette stores have opened in Boca Raton, and some owners mistakenly portrayed the ordinance as an attempt to ban their product. In fact, as Scott pointed out, the ordinance would be aimed at those who don’t “vape.”</p> <p>Mike Mullaugh, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth, however, wanted to see if the Legislature might take similar action during the session that begins next month. They supported a motion to table the proposed ordinance.</p> <h3>Mizner Trail update</h3> <p>I wrote Tuesday about the court ruling against a lawsuit that had challenged approval of the planned development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course west of Boca Raton. I reported that the Boca Del Mar plaintiffs and their attorneys would discuss whether they wanted to continue their legal fight and, if so, how.</p> <p>One of the attorneys told me that no action was taken Tuesday. Those on the call decided that they would take up the matter with the full board of the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association, which is the lead plaintiff.</p> <h3>Buildings regs in Delray</h3> <p>Tuesday night, nearly a year and half after the effort began, the Delray Beach City Commission approved new building rules and designs for the city’s downtown. The changes passed 5-0, making this the most prominent issue to get approval from the full commission in the last year. Adam Frankel cast a good vote. Al Jacquet showed up. It was a night of small miracles.</p> <p>For those who wondered if developers had rushed to get plans to the city before the new rules took effect, Delray last November had made all new projects subject to the new regulations when the commission approved them. Delray Beach residents can be proud of what that long effort produced.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 26 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Focus&quot;<p>At 46, Will Smith no longer harbors the brashness of his youth. But he has replaced it with something richer: a mature suavity and decidedly middle-aged elegance that finds a snug home in Nicky Spurgeon, his mysterious, charismatic protagonist in “Focus,” the genre-hopping new film From Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/focus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Nicky is a classic confidence man, a literary-cinematic archetype seemingly as old as storytelling itself. The third in a generational line of schemers, thieves and persuaders, Nicky lives by his father’s dictum that, in life, “you’re either the hammer or the nails.” He’s always been the former, winning people over with his hypnotic magnetism—aka the “focus” of the title—and building an underground crime syndicate out of his talents.</p> <p>That is, until the girl comes along. Doesn’t she always?</p> <p>In the case, the girl is Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie, of “Wolf of Wall Street” fame), a pretty young thing who fails dismally at conning Nicky and instead decides to join her competition. While building up her own skills of persuasion, she develops feelings for the emotionally deceptive Nicky, for whom everything in life is seemingly a complex ruse. The film continually cycles back to the fundamental question at the heart of their relationship, and of Nicky’s worldview: How do you ever believe a professional liar?</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/10_10_14_1_nts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I was a little worried by “Focus” in its first 30 minutes, which depicts confidence schemes and pickpocketry with a faultless romantic glamour—a perfectly oiled machine with countless moving parts, from classic distraction techniques to fake ATM terminals and subtle credit-card thievery. The movie establishes an environment so frightening and paranoid that you’ll never want to leave the house, lest you run into one of the petty-criminal spawn this movie might just create.</p> <p>But it gets better in every way, starting with a masterfully cringe-inducing sequence in a Super Bowl luxury box, in which the movie cons us as much as its characters. This becomes the sportiest competition in “Focus”—not the battle between Nicky and Jess so much as the jousts between the movie and its audience over who remains one step ahead. The movie, to its surprising credit, usually wins.</p> <p>It’s also effectively funny, reflecting Ficarra and Requa’s experience in the genre of uncomfortable comedy; they co-wrote and directed “I Love You Phillip Morris” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Here, though, they seem to find the idea of genre agreeably restless. “Focus” is really a slippery action-comedy-romance filled with international intrigue, the sort of film Hollywood used to make—it’s far more “To Catch a Thief” than the more recent, darker explorations of confidence schemes like “The Grifters” and “House of Cards.”</p> <p>“Focus” follows formulas, to be sure, but it moves to its own drumbeat, at once chaotic and nostalgic.</p> <p><em>"Focus" opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 25 Feb 2015 14:16:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesFAU Researchers Pioneer New Cancer Treatment<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Florida Atlantic University (FAU) researchers are laying the groundwork to use a tried-and-true approach for diagnosing cancerous tissue. The method accurately targets malignancies and vaporizes them, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.</p> <p>These researchers published their work last December in the scientific journal <em>Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.</em> The study focused on skin cancer and is interesting on many levels.</p> <p>“When a surgeon removes a cancer, whether it be with Mohs surgery for skin cancer or a surgeon using a robot in a modern operating room for abdominal cancer, the surgeon must rely on vision and touch to help decide initially how much tissue to remove,” says Dr. John Strasswimmer, a skin cancer specialist and director of the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program at the Lynn Cancer Institute and Moffitt Cancer Network.</p> <p><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/stethoscope.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Laser technology, pioneered at FAU, could help surgeons better determine if an area is cancerous or healthy tissue. And when this technology is combined with laser cancer treatment, it lays the groundwork for laser robotic treatment of cancer, according to an FAU press release.</p> <p>The result is a potentially faster, more accurate type of cancer treatment using laser technology.</p> <p>This is the scoop: Raman spectroscopy is a tool scientists use for imaging biological materials (such as skin tissue) and tissue diagnosis. The local researchers have broadened use of Raman spectroscopy by suggesting it can distinguish normal from cancerous residual skin tissue after high-powered laser removal.</p> <p>This is the first time that Raman spectroscopy has been successfully used to detect cancerous tissue following laser ablation, according to FAU. This sets the stage to use Raman spectroscopy as a guide for laser surgery, ultimately employing Raman spectroscopy with laser-removal of skin cancers and, maybe, other cancer types.</p> <p>The researchers found that when they combined laser removal and Raman spectroscopy to get rid of cancerous tissue, they could accurately probe surrounding tissues for any signs of cancer, without harming healthy tissue.</p> <p>Mohs micrographic surgery is today’s gold-standard approach for skin cancer removal. While it has a high cure rate, it’s time-consuming and the evaluation of the cutout tissue sections during the surgery is subjective.</p> <p>This new work sets the stage for an automatic laser to vaporize cancer and the Raman spectroscopy to tell clinicians when to stop the vaporization process.</p> <p>“This is particularly important in areas that we can access with the laser beam such as the lungs or inside the liver that are otherwise very difficult to access with traditional surgery,” Strasswimmer says. “We designed this study with skin cancer, because it is a very straightforward model study and the number of skin cancer patients is increasing at an exponential rate.”</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBest Bone Broth and What To Look For<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>While I usually focus on plant-based cuisine, I’m going to step out of my regular coverage and introduce you to bone broth. Bone broth has been around for centuries and is known for its healing abilities. Recently, its been getting a lot of buzz as companies around the country add it to their menus. But note that not all bone broths are the same. In this blog, I will share my tips on what to look for and how to get the best quality product.</p> <p><strong>Bone Broth Benefits</strong></p> <p>Bone broth is known for its concentration of minerals and ability to be easily digested and absorbed. It provides the body with protein and a plethora of nutrients that someone with a weak system may not be able to absorb from whole foods. Additionally, bone broth is known for helping heal the gut and aid with digestion.</p> <p>Stock is rich in minerals, like magnesium, phosphorus and silicon, in a form the body can easily absorb. Its also rich in sulphate, glucosamine and other material, broken down from cartilage and tendons and often sold as expensive arthritis and joint supplements, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation.</p> <p><strong>What To Look For: </strong></p> <p>Authentic bone broth follows the nourishing traditions protocol, which is considered to be the gold standard for healing. The best broth will use organic, grass-fed and grass-finished bones that are cooked for at least 48 hours.</p> <p><strong>Locally Made Bone Broth</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/bonebroth.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>I recently discovered that My Organic Juice, a Boca-based company, added bone broth to its menu, and I was very impressed with it. What I learned from Karolyn Fox, the owner of My Organic Juice, is that all ingredients are always 100 percent organic and are from organic-only suppliers, that way nothing is contaminated.</p> <p>The company uses only bison bones from grass-fed and finished bison. The bones are shipped directly to Boca from the farm. Ordinarily, bones would be thrown out because the consumer demand is only for the meat. Now nothing goes to waste and there is no increase in demand for additional farming.</p> <p>My Organic Juice also uses a double filtered water system that has an adjustable PH system, which allows chefs to make sure the PH is perfect for pulling the nutrients out of the bones during the 48 hours of cooking.</p> <p>Finally, the soup is cooked in stainless steel pots – never in aluminum because it can leach into the soup and defeat the purpose of healing.</p> <p>Bone broth and other healing soups are sold in glass jars and are available for nationwide shipment as well in-person delivery from Jupiter to Miami.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsVote for Delray Beach<p>If you’re a resident of Delray Beach, you already know it’s the best beachside town in America. But you can help set the record straight for those who aren’t aware yet.</p> <p><img alt="" height="122" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/cl_delraybeach.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Vote for Delray Beach in Coastal Living’s hunt for America’s Happiest Seaside Town. All you have to do is go to <a href="" target="_blank">this link</a> and click on Delray Beach.</p> <p>You can vote hourly, with voting open until March 31. So go ahead – cast your vote. We can’t wait to see the results!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 24 Feb 2015 10:21:00 +0000 Beach‘Jucing’ 101 with Raw Juce and Premium Kitchens<p><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/rawjuce.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Whether you’re new to juicing or a pro-juicer, this Boca ‘jucing’ event is on the must-attend list for next week. <a href="" target="_blank">Raw Juce</a> and Premium Kitchens are coming together for a juicing 101 presentation on March 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Guests will learn juicing tips and tricks, all while sampling cold-pressed juices and signature raw dishes. The event is free, but space is limited so be sure to RSVP at <a href=""></a> by March 2.</p> <p><em>Premium Kitchens Showroom is located at 7400 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 24 Feb 2015 09:41:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsBoca can&#39;t get no satisfaction, Mizner Trail getting close and more<h3>Boca's union blues</h3> <p><img alt="" height="470" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/bocaratonpolice.jpg" width="490"></p> <div>Boca Raton and Delray Beach both have pulled off public safety pension reform in recent months, but Boca Raton is having more trouble closing the deal.</div> <div> <p>In Delray Beach, the new contract involves just the police union, whose contract was up last October. Talks are underway with the firefighters union, whose contract ends Sept. 30. Last December, Delray reached a deal with the union in about a month, and then got it ratified by the members and approved by the city commission.</p> <p>Boca Raton went to impasse with the police and fire unions, which announced in December that they had reached deals that would save the city roughly $100 million in pension costs over 30 years. There was no such confirmation from the city. It remained for the city and unions to get the proposals on paper.</p> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the Boca Raton City Council is asked to approve a pair of ordinances that would implement the pension changes. But the memo from City Manager Leif Ahnell contains no financial breakdown of how the changes would affect the police-fire pension fund, which the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University recently graded ‘D’ in terms of solvency. Ahnell says the city’s actuary will prepare an “impact statement” that the council will review at its March 24 meeting, with the idea of finalizing everything before the new city council convenes a week later.</p> <p>When Delray Beach got the new police contract on Dec. 23, commissioners had a breakdown of the wage portion and the pension portion. They could see the estimate that the city would save $21.3 million in police pension costs over 30 years. They could see that the city was withdrawing from the state pension program—a move that ultimately will give Delray more control over the investments of the police-fire pension fund.</p> <p>Delray Beach also had met in executive session—no reporters or the members of the public—three weeks earlier to discuss the negotiations. Florida’s open-meeting laws allow exceptions for labor and legal discussions.</p> <p>The Boca council has had no such executive session. And I spent much of Monday trying to get some numbers about the pension proposals from Ahnell and Assistant City Manager Michael Woika. All Woika would say is that the impact statement is coming. I had contacted Mayor Susan Haynie, who apparently also wasn’t able to procure any financial information.</p> <p>Haynie correctly made police and fire pension reform a priority in her campaign a year ago. It will be one of the most important items she and the council vote on. Though Boca is dealing with two unions, rather than just one, things in comparison to Delray are taking longer and happening with less transparency. Haynie and the council members might want to ask about that tonight.</p> <h3>Developers get the edge...again                                  </h3> <p>The decade-long campaign to develop the former <strong>Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong> west of Boca Raton could end soon with development winning.</p> <p>Last week, a three-judge panel of the Palm Beach County Circuit Court—Gregory Keyser, Meanu Sasser and Lisa Small, if you’re keeping score—denied a petition by neighbors in Boca Del Mar who had challenged the Palm Beach County Commission’s approval last June of the 253-unit residential project. It would go on the roughly 130 acres that until 2005 was Boca Del Mar’s south golf course.</p> <p>At the same time, the judges denied the motion by the developer—Boca Raton-based Compson Associates—for sanctions against the Boca Del Mar residents. In non-lawyerese, the court decided that the residents didn’t make their case against the county commission but that their petition didn’t amount to a frivolous challenge.</p> <p>The Boca Raton law firm of Sachs Sax Caplan represents the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association, the umbrella group of homeowner associations. In an email Monday, attorney Robert Rivas said the plaintiffs and their lawyers will hold a conference call this morning. Apparently, they have four options.</p> <p>One option is to seek a rehearing with the circuit court or to ask the judges to write an opinion explaining their decision. The court denied the plaintiffs’ petition without comment, which is normal in such cases because the judges were upholding the commission’s decision. In a recent similar case in West Palm Beach, the court sided with the plaintiffs but told the city how to correct approval of a controversial condo tower.</p> <p>To persuade the same judges to take another look at the Mizner Trail ruling, Rivas said, the plaintiffs would have to persuade the judges that they “overlooked or misapprehended” some aspect of the case or the law. With either option, the plaintiffs would have to file within 15 days of last Tuesday’s ruling.</p> Another option for the plaintiffs is to file a similar petition with the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal, one level higher in the state court system. That would have to happen within 30 days. <p>Then there’s the possibility of filing a separate lawsuit in circuit court. Technically, Rivas said, the appeal of the commission’s decision was not a lawsuit. If the plaintiffs sued, claiming that the development is illegal, the standard of proof and the legal aspects would be different from those for the appeal that the circuit court denied.</p> <p>Still another aspect of the case is the settlement offer Compson made to the plaintiffs in December. It was for $700,000—$500,000 to the improvement association and $100,000 each to two individual plaintiffs—and followed an earlier offer of $250,000 to the association.</p> <p>One could argue that Compson would have no reason to extend the offer again, having won in court. One also could argue that a settlement would allow Compson to avoid what could be more months of delay. I hope to have an update in my Thursday post.</p> <h3>Delray land regs                               </h3> <p>Unless the unexpected happens, the Delray Beach City Commission tonight will approve the new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. The commission approved them unanimously three weeks ago, and such harmony has been absent on major issues in Delray Beach for the last year.</p> <p>Judging by the comment<span>s—</span>or lack of comments—from residents, the public seems happy with the idea of limiting height on Atlantic Avenue and ending the height and density bonus program. Some opposition remains, though, to the idea of Delray supposedly messing with success. But even success can mean problems. If Delray Beach passes the new rules, the push will be to update the city’s master plan.</p> <h3>Petrolia in</h3> <p>There will be no third race in Delray Beach. On Monday, the same Judge Sasser who was part of the Mizner Trail ruling denied Ryan Boylston’s claim that the city and the supervisor of elections unfairly kept him from getting the required 250 petition signatures to challenge Seat 1 City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia.</p> <p>Petrolia told me that she will refund to donors the roughly $9,000 she had raised in anticipation of a campaign against Boylston. She thus wins a three-year term without opposition. In 2013, Petrolia was elected to serve the remaining two years of the Seat 1 term. Delray Beach has six-year term limits based on serving two terms of three years. Petrolia said she will ask the city attorney whether she could run for another full term in 2018 or could serve just one additional year.</p> <h3>Time for an update                                     </h3> <p>If you check the page on the Delray Beach website that lists the city commission’s meeting dates and provides the agendas, you will see a menu that include a link to “<a href="" target="_blank">Goals Progress Reports</a>.” Click, and you will see that the most recent report is from September 2012.</p> </div> <div>Maybe one of the goals for new City Manager Don Cooper should be up update the “Goals Progress Reports.”</div> <div> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> </div>Randy SchultzTue, 24 Feb 2015 08:25:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Feb. 24 to March 2<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/maroon_5__magic____rozzi_crane.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Maroon 5</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $90.20-$377.19</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Adam Levine could have it worse. The heavily tattooed vocalist with the impossibly high falsetto was named <em>People</em>’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2013, made his acting debut in 2014’s “Begin Again,” and has coached the talent of tomorrow on all seven seasons of “The Voice,” with his singers winning two of them. Somehow, he manages to tour—a lot—with his band Maroon 5, the hit-making Los Angelinos whose records have sold 27 million copies worldwide. No strangers to South Florida venues, Maroon 5 makes its annual stop in our region the day after Levine bookends the coaches’ chairs in the Season Eight premiere of “The Voice.” The tight and groovealicious band—which should be called Maroon 6, since it took on a keyboardist in 2012—is supporting its latest, dancey album “V,” with its ubiquitous singles “Animals” and “Maps.”</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/4ea5265305f246deb95fc2532c3b4130.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Gin Game”</strong></p> <p>Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10 students, $15 adults</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-8829, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve ever seen the inside of a nursing home, you’ll feel more than a tinge of familiarity with “The Gin Game,” the 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by D.L. Coburn. It’s set in one of these ubiquitous convalescent homes, where two of its residents—the cantankerous Weller Martin and the needling Fonsia Dorsey—share nothing but their mutual abandonment from their respective families. Stubbornly combative, Weller and Fonsia “bond,” if you can call it that, over games of gin rummy initiated by Weller to pass the time. As the cards are shuffled and reshuffled, their conversations transcend diamonds and clubs and begin to intensify, leading to a fevered pitch. This two-character drama has been famously staged with the likes of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Charles Durning and Julie Harris, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, and, in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ superlative 2010 production, Peter Haig and Barbara Bradshaw. Jim Gibbons and Kala Kaminsky will star in this budget-friendly professional production in Boca Raton, which runs through March 15.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/frida_kahlo_(self_portrait).jpg" width="384"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera”</strong></p> <p>Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it was time for Beyoncé to select a Halloween costume last year, she chose a getup that was, for her youngest fans, stunningly esoteric: She dressed us Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist championed for her motley self-portraits, in which her familiar visage stares penetratingly at the viewer, often surrounded by blooming nature. If Beyoncé’s transformation—which included fierce eyebrows, a bouquet of flowers and butterflies atop her head, and striking purple lipstick—brought even one new visitor to, it was worth it. The treasured painter’s lifelong health problems cut her life painfully short at 47, but she created some of the most arresting images of the early 20th century. This exhibition, culled from a private collection, provides the rare opportunity to explore the modernist masterworks of both Kahlo and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera. The works on display will include Kahlo’s “Diego on My Mind” and Rivera’s “Self-Portrait.” The exhibition runs through May 31.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/deli-man-website.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Deli Man”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: TBA</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Bound to be the most mouth-watering movie to receive a theatrical release since “Chef,” Erik Greenberg Anjou’s “Deli Man” takes as its subject the titular culinary institution: the Jewish-American deli, which over the past century has sadly vanished from “one on every street corner” to something like 200 across the nation. Anjou, whose “Deli Man” is the third in a trilogy about Jewish culture, sees a metaphor for the Jewish diaspora in the deli narrative—a scattered persistence that manifests most strongly in the figure of Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation deli man in Houston, who becomes the movie’s delicatessen Virgil. Aided by interviews with deli enthusiasts like Larry King and Jerry Stiller, Anjou explores this personality-driven, Darwinian environment with humor and insight. The movie also opens Friday at other theaters across South Florida, including Regal Shadowood in Boca, Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/richardlewis_v6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Richard Lewis and Kevin Pollak</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $51.50-$126.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Speaking of Jewish icons, the Parker Playhouse has lined up two of them for a special night of comedy benefiting that storied enclave of Jewish-American humor: The Catskills. Kevin Pollak and Richard Lewis are no strangers to South Florida Improv clubs, but they rarely have the opportunity to share a co-headlining bill on an acoustically flawless stage like this one. Pollak, still perhaps best known for his dramatic turn in “A Few Good Men,” is a master impressionist who peppers his act with uncanny impersonations of Christopher Walken, Dustin Hoffman and many others. Lewis, meanwhile, is a motor-mouthed, endless repository of diversions, seemingly extemporaneous observations and therapeutic asides. Both are comedians unlike any other, and both represent the tradition of Catskills comedy—which is why their appearance doubles as a fundraiser for the forthcoming Catskill Resort Museum, planned for Ellenville, New York.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="413" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/carmen-569x480.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>Miami City Ballet’s Program III</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20-$175</p> <p>Contact: 305/929-7010, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The second half of Miami City Ballet’s 2014-2015 season is almost entirely composed of company premieres, which are both exciting and risky. If performed correctly, the ballets in Program III will be so emotionally stirring that they’ll take audiences into deeper, more passionate, and even more metaphysical spaces. Twyla Tharp’s 1996 masterpiece “Sweet Fields” is an alternately joyous and solemn exploration of the passage between life and death, with a soundtrack unlike any other: American Shaker hymns, sung a cappella. No less transformative is “Carmen,” choreographer Richard Alston’s critically acclaimed 2009 adaptation of the tragic Bizet opera, which brings gypsies, matadors, cigar factories and bullfights to vivid life. The program also includes another example of MCB’s George Balanchine bread-and-butter, “Allegro Brillante,” which the choreographer called “everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes.”</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/peacefulnewlogo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Health and Wellness Experience</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/881-0702, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve been procrastinating or slacking on your New Year’s resolution to eat better and exercise more, this second annual expo sponsored by CBS-12 may be the motivational impetus to usher you into a healthier life. And if nothing else, it will find the entertainment value in topics such as health and nutrition. In addition to free blood pressure, glucose and BMI screenings, attendees can observe and/or participate in Brazilian Capoeira, cheerleading, kickboxing, yoga and meditation. Children’s activities include a rock wall, face painting and an arts and crafts area, and the special “Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life” zone includes presentations from spiritual author Barb Schmidt, chakra specialist Amelia Maynard, chair yogi Michelle Maros and more. Restaurants such as Green Fields Organic Bistro and New Vegan will provide healthy cooking demonstrations. Visit the event’s website for the complete schedule.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/15294855388_f731663777_z.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Spady Living Heritage Day festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Spady Museum complex, 170 N.E. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Each year, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum reminds its visitors what Delray Beach was like before five-star restaurants landed on every block, fashion models strutted the Avenue beside designer pooches, and shark tanks popped up in hotels. This was once a tumbleweedy land where pioneers had to turn nothing into something, planting and cultivating their own food—all of it, not just a few items in a community garden—and designing household items like lye, soap and straw brooms from scratch. At Spady Living Heritage Day, the Tradition Bearers of Renaissance Park of Marianna, Fla. will be on hand to explain just how these products came to be, and it’s just one part of this beloved celebration. You can also expect the Bahamas 2 Miami Junkanoo Revue will make its annual appearance, bringing Caribbean dance to the festivities along with stilt walkers, a bounce house, face painting, food trucks and, if past years are any indication, live storytelling and exotic animal encounters.</p>John ThomasonMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:55:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsZinburger Coming Soon to Boca<p>If you thought the “gourmet” burger craze had jumped the shark, better not go near the water any time soon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/zinburger.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Giving America’s favorite sammie a black tie and tails is still seen as a winning proposition, at least it must be to the folks at <a href="" target="_blank">Zinburger</a>, who are getting set to open their second South Florida outlet, and 10th in six states, in Town Center at Boca Raton come March 10.</p> <p>It’s not just the patties that are upscale, the look of the place is too. Think butcher block tables, hardwood floors, lots of TVs and an outdoor patio complete with firepit.</p> <p>Burgers themselves are certified Angus beef and Kobe-style, ground fresh daily and adorned with everything from manchego cheese, zinfandel-braised onions, lettuce and mayo (Zinburger) to fried egg, applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, American cheese, lettuce and mayo (Breakfast Burger). You can also DIY your burger with an assortment of cheeses, sauces and garnishes.</p> <p>If beef doesn’t do it for you, there’s also chicken and turkey burgers, plus a seared ahi sandwich and several salads that can be bulked up with the protein of your choice. Fries range from plain to zucchini to sweet potato, and there’s also a short list of shakes, floats and pies.</p> <p>Wash them all down with specialty cocktails from a full bar or more than a dozen reasonably priced wines (by the glass and bottle) and craft beers (in bottle and on tap).</p>Bill CitaraMon, 23 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsPolo Club of Boca Raton Gets a Makeover<p>Living at the <strong>Polo Club at Boca Raton</strong> is like being on a cruise ship that hasn’t left the port. That’s what Wendy Ledwitz, the club’s director of marketing and membership, often hears from her members.</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/aerial_of_pool_area.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But there’s an exception: you don’t have to worry about getting seasick. Really though, once you’re there, there is no need to leave the 1,100-acre private enclave. The club underwent a $27-million renovation in December, and this week, Boca Mag took a tour of the property.</p> <p>Here are some of the highlights:</p> <p>There are five restaurants on site, including the Crown Room, a steakhouse overlooking the golf course</p> <p><img alt="" height="596" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/poloclubofbocaraton6.png" width="400"></p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/poloclubofbocaraton3.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>Two golf courses, with TPI-certified instructors</p> <p><img alt="" height="410" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/poloclubofbocaraton_golf.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>27 tennis courts + a pro-shop for some personal shopping</p> <p><img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/673a6059.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>35,000-square-foot spa and fitness centers. The facility features a gym with 25 personal trainers, basketball and racquetball courts, a physical therapist and even a hair and nail salon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/poloclubofbocaraton2.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>The new renovations were aimed at creating a more modern look for the country club. For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Polo Club at Boca Raton website</a>. The Polo Club is located at 5400 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 20 Feb 2015 15:50:00 +0000 Brewing Company Grand Opening Festival<p> Join the <strong>MIA Brewing Company</strong> <em>(10400 NW 33<sup>rd</sup> St., Doral) </em>for its grand opening festival on Saturday, Feb. 21.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/mia_brewing_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The party will last from noon until midnight and feature beer, food and live music. With more than 20 beers on tap and tons of guest drafts, you’re sure to find the perfect beer for you.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 20 Feb 2015 10:48:00 +0000;Abracadabra&quot; Brings Art Magic to Hollywood<p>Hosted every year around winter/spring, the Art and Culture Center’s “Abracadabra” exhibition is probably the area’s only nonprofit fundraiser with a two-month shelf life and state-of-the-art resonance. As always, dozens of local, regional and national artists—there are more than 125 this year—created or donated original works for “Abracadabra,” which runs for five weeks. The artworks are then are raffled off to lucky ticket-buyers at the exhibit’s close, on March 13.</p> <p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/installation-bracadabra.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Art and Culture Center Curator Jane Hart says that this year’s raffle tickets, which run $375 each, sold out faster than in any previous year. Scanning this year’s entries, it’s easy to see why: “Abracadabra” 2015 is one of the strongest group shows I’ve seen at this experimental, cutting-edge venue. Whether you’re a raffle ticketholder or not, “Abracadabra” is worth your time as a zeitgeisty survey of popular trends, themes and mediums.</p> <p>With shows like this, it’s impossible to gather everything together under a unified narrative; the multiplicity of voices is vast, crowded, and full of heterogeneous outliers. But Hart’s precise curation of the works, which cluster together in similar color palettes, tones and textures, ensures that they have a conversation with each other. If there’s no major connecting theme, subthemes emerge upon close reflection. The video art, for instance, seems cut from a similar apocalyptic cloth, even though each video was shot by a different artist—from Barron Sherer’s epileptic presentation of shuddery images on the fritz, to an explosive, fractured and relentless montage from the TIM sisters, to Clifton Childree’s provocative, exciting and drolly funny homage to silent cinema. There’s an urgency to all of this work, even its message is inscrutable.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/1026.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Elsewhere, there is compelling photography and abstract art, mixed-media assemblages and kitschy neon installations. Jessy Night’s retro throwback “Dream Boat” hangs above a neon-lit curtain rod from Alex Trimino, which hangs near Peter Symon’s three-dimensional cloud; all seem like they came from the same ‘70s lounge, or from the set of “Inherent Vice.” Judy Poistra’s so-real-you-want-to-taste-it wedding cake is topped by two pairs of grooms, making for a joyous and timely celebration of gay marriage, smartly presented in front of David Rohn’s mysterious portrait of a partially hidden bride.</p> <p><img alt="" height="483" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/francisco.png" width="490"></p> <p>There are also the customary pieces of art that question the definition of art: a framed miasma of pink cotton candy, a single eyelash under glass, a deceptively fake banana tree with real bananas. As for my favorite pieces, if I were a raffler I’d be holding out for Antonia Wright’s humorous and/or horrifying photograph of a hand that seems to be reaching out from inside a severed tree trunk; Wayne White’s witty word painting “I’m Lost on a Spaceship, Momma,” in which the titular words gradually shrink until they disappear into the cosmos; and Francesco LoCastro’s dazzling “World on a Wire” (pictured above), a mind-expanding, futuristic abstraction on fiberboard.</p> <p>But the beauty of this diverse exhibit is that no matter when your raffle number is called, you’re going to walk away with a winner. This year’s “Abracadabra” is just that good.</p> <p><img alt="" height="419" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/kunde.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When you visit the Art and Culture Center, be sure to spend some time in its Project Room gallery as well, so you can absorb “Intertwined,” a series of idiosyncratic nature paintings from Ernesto Kunde, a self-taught painter from a Brazilian farm family. Inspired by the Everglades and Miami’s vanishing enclaves of nature, “Intertwined” is a personalized document of root systems and mangrove estuaries, viewed from among the weeds.</p> <p>The viewer becomes as lost in nature as Kunde seems to have been when he painted them. Yet it’s an unfamiliar sort of immersion in a familiar land. By draining some of his paintings completely of color and saturating others in bright, artificial hues, he finds subjective abstraction in an objective setting. This bold, striking series prompts you to look again, and anew, at our dying ecosystem.</p> <p><em>“Abracadabra” and “Intertwined” run through March 13 at Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. “Tom Virgin: Open Book” and “Kubiat Nnamdie: Looking Glass” are on view as well. Admission is $7 adults and $4 students, seniors and children ages 4 to 17. Call 954/921-3274 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 20 Feb 2015 10:26:00 +0000 & EventsFashion Forward: a shoe sale, beauty event + trunk show<p><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/screen_shot_2015-02-20_at_10.16.23_am.png" width="444"></p> <p><strong><strong>The Perfect Pant:</strong> </strong>Finding the perfect fit for pants takes time, but Evelyn &amp; Arthur can make your life a little bit easier. The store is hosting a Lisette L trunk show at its Palm Beach Gardens location from Feb. 20-21. The Lisette L pant comes in all different fits – from flared to slim, to meet all your clothing needs. (<em>10937 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens // 561/572-0900</em>)</p> <p><strong>Give a Sole: </strong>Donate a pair of gently worn shoes, and get 20 percent off a brand new pair at Kenneth Cole. Donations go toward HELP USA and selected local organizations. Sounds like a win-win situation! (<em>Palm Beach Outlets: 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>)</p> <p><strong>Beauty Explored:</strong> Join Saks Fifth Avenue for this year’s annual Beauty Symposium. From noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, Saks will be hosting a panel of experts for beauty tips, tricks and advice. Tickets costs $100, but includes a $100 Saks gift card. For more info, call 561/393-9100. (<em>Town Center at Boca Raton: 5800 Glades Road, Boca Raton</em>)</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 20 Feb 2015 10:24:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: the best empanadas to professional services<p><strong>Empanada Lady</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_empanadalady.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“Forget the bacon and eggs. At both the Delray and West Palm green markets (which should be your Saturday morning routine anyway), after your obligatory stop at Swank Farms' booth for your fresh greens, belly on up to the Empanada Lady booth for the best empanadas this side of Mi-am-ah. There are a ton of different versions (I like the corm and ham and bechemel one), and it's practically next door to the Havana stand, which has wicked Cafe Cubano.”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>The Great Doggie Dine-Out &amp; Paws Fest</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/doggie.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“Tri-County Animal Rescue is hosting a veritable Doggie-palooza for our four-legged friends this Saturday at Sanborn Square. The inaugural event, which runs from noon to 9 p.m., features everything from ‘yoga with dogs’ and a ‘Yappy Hour’ singles mingle to a ‘Fur-Baby Couture Fashion Show’ and a ‘Smooch the Pooch’ kissing booth with dog available for adoption through TCAR. Event co-chairs Jon and Bonnie Kaye of Kaye Communications, along with their committee, have planned activities for the entire day—as well as specialty cocktails, a hotdog bar, pet-related exhibitors and live entertainment.”</p> <p>(72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton)</p> <p><strong>Smart Security Camera</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_smartsecurity.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Valentine Simon, Production Coordinator</em></p> <p>“I just had a security alarm system installed in my home, and I could not have had a better experience with Smart Security Camera. They are based out of Hollywood but I was told over the phone that they happily service all of Palm Beach County, Broward and Miami. The technician was on time, friendly and professional, and super efficient! I thought it would be difficult to understand the process and functioning of my new alarm system but he explained everything to me simply so I would understand. The products they offer are top-quality -- the best on the market. I will definitely be contacting them in the near future for more services that they offer in home automation.” </p> <p>(2028 Harrison St., Suite 206,Hollywood // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>The Cooper</strong> (Palm Beach Gardens)</p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_thecooper.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshana, Events + Sales Coordinator</em></p> <p>“I went there this past weekend, and it was one of the best experiences I had. I love eating healthy so when I go to restaurants, I always order a salad. This time I decided to branch out and try the Farmer's Market Vegetable Palette. It had a mix of all these local vegetables with all these incredible sauces on them. It tasted so fresh and healthy. I will most certainly go back there.” </p> <p>(4610 PGA Blvd., Suite 100, Palm Beach Gardens // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Symphonia</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="173" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_symphonia.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"On Sunday afternoon, the Boca Symphonia will return to the Roberts Theater at St. Andrew's School for its third program of the season. As usual, the lineup is dynamic, split between full symphonies and intimate pieces for string quartets, with guest violin and viola soloists Gareth Johnson and Scott O'Donnell lending their strings to Philip Glass' intoxicating "Company," Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante," Prokofiev's first symphony, and Bizet's "Symphony in C major," which anticipates his opera "Carmen."</p> <p>(3900 Jog Road, <a>866/687-4201</a> // <a href=""></a>)</p>magazineFri, 20 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Tap Opens in PBG<p>If regular old supermarket olive oil doesn’t float your pasta, head up to PGA Commons and drop by the new <a href="" target="_blank">Olive Tap</a> (<em>4550 PGA Blvd., 561/651-1110</em>), recently relocated from CityPlace in West Palm Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/olivetap.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This second location for proprietors Josh and Cheryl Emery (they also own another Tap in Delray) features more olive oils than you can shake an olive branch at. There’s more than a dozen different extra-virgin oils, all made from different olives or blends, plus an extensive roster of infused olive oils that are flavored with everything from basil, lemon and garlic, and hot pepper to bacon, chipotle and chocolate (yes, chocolate).</p> <p>They also stock a variety of seed and nut oils, aged and flavored balsamic vinegars, prepared sauces and condiments, and herbs and spices.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 20 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsAg Reserve under siege, guns going to college &amp; more<h3>Another Broward County?</h3> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/sprawl_bob_jagendorf_sm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For a very long time, most elected officials in Palm Beach County have used Broward County to show what they don’t want this county to look like. Put-up-or-shut-up time is coming.</p> <p>A second meeting this week to discuss the future of the county’s <strong>Agricultural Reserve Area</strong> ended about the same way the first one did: with no compromise in sight. Small farmers still want the ability to sell their land at the highest residential/commercial development price. Opponents want no more houses in the reserve, citing the 1999 vote by voters to tax themselves $100 million for a land-buying program to keep as much farming in the reserve—between Lantana and Clint Moore roads west of State Road 7—as possible. Of the roughly 20,000 acres in the reserve, about half remains in agriculture.</p> <p>Though there’s nothing close to a consensus, a proposal that could allow between about 1,000 and 7,000 more homes will go to the county commission for discussion (but not a vote) on March 24. Unless the commission takes a new approach, Palm Beach County could lose a unique, productive coastal farming area and look more like Broward County (above photo). Lisa Interlandi of the Everglades Law Center said in an interview, “The changes that they’ve looked at would destroy the Ag Reserve.”</p> <p>The push for the changes comes from some small farmers and nursery owners who claim that they can’t make money under current conditions and want to sell. The 1999 preservation plan allowed some development—enough, the critics say, to hinder their operations because of traffic, among other things. Encouraging these farmers is GL Homes, the main developer in and near the reserve.</p> <p>Details of the proposal are complex. In essence, though, the county would allow development on smaller pieces of property if the owner preserved land elsewhere in the reserve. Currently, developers must set aside land for preservation on the development site.</p> <p>The idea can sound tempting. Hey, if the same amount of land gets preserved, that works, right? Not really. As more development speckled the reserve, the clash between homes and farms would intensify. In South Florida, homes almost always win those battles. Eventually, the reserve would become fully developed, and that vote in 1999 would mean nothing. “If the county wants to preserve agriculture,” Interlandi said, “the worst thing is to build more rooftops.”</p> <p>And as Interlandi and other advocates for preservation point out, the only proposal is one that allows more homes and shopping centers. There is no proposal aimed at helping the farmers, some of whom might want to keep farming, as opposed to those who, as Interlandi says, “have dollar signs in their eyes.”</p> <p>Indeed, given that 1999 vote the county has no obligation to give certain farmers a windfall in a way that could undercut the public’s wish. The referendum passed by roughly a 2-to-1 margin. But the county has options beyond this one from a developer.</p> <p>For example, the county could help farmers market their land to farmers in the reserve who want to expand or people who want to get started in farming. The county could create a compensation program to encourage landowners to stay in agriculture. The county could promote the reserve and its role in supplying produce for area restaurants and schools. And with the campaign continuing for medical marijuana in Florida, maybe those farmers aren’t considering every crop they might plant.</p> <p>I am told that county staff members didn’t consider an alternate approach because they believed that the commission asked only for ideas about development. Whether that’s true or not, this issues needs more voices and a fresh perspective. That shift may have to come from the commissioners during that discussion next month.</p> <p>By approving mini-city Minto West last summer, the commission made it likelier that west-central Palm Beach County will look more like Broward. If the commission allows more development in the Agricultural Reserve, you won’t have to drive to Broward. It will be here.</p> <h3>Guns R Us</h3> <p>Three months ago, a shooting at Florida State University in Tallahassee left three students wounded. Predictably, the response from another Tallahassee institution—the Florida Legislature—is a bill that would allow students with concealed-carry permits to have guns on state university campuses.  Sen. Greg Evers, R-Pensacola, claims that Senate Bill 176 would allow students to defend themselves. This week, he noted the many sex offenders who live near FSU and claimed that keeping the campus gun-free endangers students. The Criminal Justice Committee approved Evers’ bill 3-2. The House companion bill is HB 4005.</p> <p>At Florida Atlantic University and the other 11 public universities, however, administrators and campus police don’t agree with Evers. When I asked an FAU spokesman this week for President John Kelly’s opinion on the legislation, the spokesman directed me to a statement from the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, and said Kelly supports it:</p> <p>“Florida has long recognized the importance of protecting its students and the environment in which they learn by prohibiting firearms in university facilities.” The board and the individual universities “are united in the belief that removing that long-standing protection is contrary to the values we embrace and could create new challenges in our ability to provide a safe and secure learning environment.”</p> <p>In a letter to Evers, the 12 campus police chiefs made the most cogent point. Citing that FSU shooting, the chiefs wrote:</p> <p>“With officers arriving within minutes to a chaotic scene and with victims wounded, the only description provided to law enforcement about the shooter from frantic eyewitnesses was that the suspect was black and wore a ‘Skully’ type hat. The officers ... applied their hundreds of hours of training to identify the suspect, give him clear commands to drop his weapon, and ultimately they stopped the suspect. Citizens are not trained for this type of response.”</p> <p>That is especially true of citizens whose decision-making parts of their brains aren’t fully developed. The last time the Legislature debated such a bill, John Thrasher blocked its approval. A state senator at the time, Thrasher is the new president of FSU, having gotten the job because the FSU trustees liked his political influence. FSU and all the universities will need that influence to keep campuses from becoming more dangerous.</p> <h3>New trustees </h3> <p>Speaking of FAU, Gov. Rick Scott last week reappointed Jeffrey Feingold and Robert Rubin to the university’s board of trustees. They get new five-year terms.</p> <p>The terms of Anthony Barbar and David Feder also are expiring. Barbar and Feder were appointed by the Board of Governors, which should decide at its March meeting whether the two trustees will stay. Since Barbar was just reelected board chairman—with Dan Cane, founder of Boca Raton-based Modernizing Medicine as vice-chairman—the BOG likely will let him stay.</p> <h3>Investing in yourself</h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote that Boca Raton City Council Frank Chapman is financing his Seat 3 campaign with $102,000 of his own money. Chapman isn’t the only candidate making a six-figure donation to himself.</p> <p>In Delray Beach, Mayor Cary Glickstein has loaned his campaign $100,000. Glickstein faces former Mayor Tom Carney in a rematch from 2013. Carney has loaned himself $1,000. Both figures are through Feb. 6.</p> <h3>The Boyleston issue </h3> <p>Delray Beach should learn Friday if the city has a third contest in the March 10 election.</p> <p>Ryan Boylston had filed to challenge Seat 1 incumbent Shelly Petrolia, but he was disqualified for not having the necessary 250 valid petition signatures from registered voters. Boylston has filed a lawsuit, claiming that the city clerk’s office and the supervisor of elections office did not notify him in time for him to submit more. A hearing is set for Friday at 9:30 a.m. before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meanu Sasser.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 19 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityWeb Xtra: Wendy Fader<p>One of our area’s eminent authorities on love and sex, board-certified sexologist <strong>Dr. Wendy Fader</strong> (<em>5295 Town Center Road, 561/362-5530</em>) shares some of her insights in the February issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>. But wait, there’s more: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fader elaborates on a few more issues surrounding her practice, common sexual problems, ways to improve them, and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/febwebextra_fader.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>On new patients opening up to her:</strong></p> <p>“In the very beginning, anyone talking about anything personal—and it doesn’t have to be sexual—is usually tentative and anxious about the first couple of sessions. Here you are, walking into a complete stranger’s office bearing your soul, and you take it to an even more profound level of sexuality, which is very personal. Usually, patients can’t look you in the eye when they’re speaking. And it’s more complicated when a couple comes in for the first time together. There’s a lot of shame and embarrassment and humiliation.”</p> <p><strong>On spicing up a sex life:</strong></p> <p>“Novelty in sex is important, and it’s virtually impossible to sustain through a long-term relationship. And because of that, it becomes dull and mechanical, very repetitive. I hear this from a lot of people: ‘It’s alright, but it’s not fabulous.’ People are going for fabulous, and people think everyone is having fabulous sex, and it’s not necessarily so.”</p> <p><strong>On ways to improve intimacy:</strong></p> <p>The themes I see, in terms of not being paid enough attention to, are general appreciation for the person in the relationship—what they do, how they contribute, but also appreciating that their partner turns them on, that they’re sexy, attractive, handsome or beautiful. Those messages get pushed to the wayside, but mostly, it’s not so much about bodies, unless people have specific body image problems. It’s more about the feeling of specialness.</p> <p>“In terms of the physiological part of it, men are more visual creatures, and making sure that the partner looks good or is dressed in something sexy; and for a woman, what is really important is the foreplay <em>before</em> the foreplay, which is the kindness and attention that needs to go on before you get into the bedroom. Affection is really important.”</p> <p><strong>Fader’s advice for getting through Valentine’s Day as a single person:</strong></p> <p>“It’s the same kind of advice I’d give single people throughout the year, which is to make sure they’re involved and have a full life on their own, that a partner will only enhance it but won’t make it a full life. And the contributions around Valentine’s Day can be towards other people. You can make a Valentine’s special for somebody else—a brother, a sister, a niece, a nephew, someone who’s not necessarily a love interest but someone that you want to show love and kindness to. You get a lot back from that.”</p>John ThomasonWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:32:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: S’Mores Cocktail<h4>Here’s the recipe from our “Deconstructing the Dish” segment in the February issue.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/febwebextra_smores.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If you want to raise a glass to toast the age of multitasking, Lee Hoechstetter has just the drink for you. It’s a cocktail. It’s a dessert. It’s everyone’s favorite childhood campfire sweet treat—the s’more—turned into a cold, luscious, creamy, vodka-spiked concoction that is definitely for adults only. It’s also one of the signature cocktails at Merlino’s, the Italian by way of South Philadelphia restaurant where Hoechstetter multitasks as both manager and self-described “bar chef”-slash-“beverage scientist.”</p> <p>He calls his creation the Abbott’s Dairies S’Mores, a nod to the iconic Philly ice cream parlor that shut down in the 1980s after more than 100 years in business. It has everything the PG-rated s’mores have and more. All you need to add is a campfire.</p> <p><strong>ABBOTT’S DAIRIES S’MORES</strong></p> <p>2 ounces Stolichnaya vanilla vodka</p> <p>1.5 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur</p> <p>4 ounces half-and-half</p> <p>Drizzle of chocolate syrup and more for garnish</p> <p>Graham cracker, broken into chunks</p> <p>Marshmallow</p> <p>Liquid nitrogen</p> <p>Mix vodka, chocolate liqueur, half-and-half and chocolate syrup in bowl until creamy and well-combined. Add liquid nitrogen (which is cold enough to freeze alcohol and turn the mixture into something resembling ice cream). Pour into glass and garnish with graham cracker chunks, more chocolate syrup. Using small blowtorch, blacken and set fire to marshmallow and set atop cocktail.</p> <p> </p>magazineWed, 18 Feb 2015 15:20:00 +0000 ExtrasAn Evening of Moonshine at 50 Ocean<p>Moonshine is taking over <a href="" target="_blank">50 Ocean</a> on March 12 for a special event featuring – you guessed it – moonshine-infused menu items.</p> <p><img alt="" height="546" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/moonshine_nation.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>From 5:30 to 7 p.m., guests will enjoy a selection on moonshine cocktails and appetizers created by Executive Chef Blake Malatesta, as well as a talk from Mark Spivak, the author of “Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle.” Attendees will receive a free signed copy of the book.</p> <p>The event benefits the Delray Beach Historical Society. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by calling 561/848-7833. <em>50 Ocean is located at 50 S. Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:16:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsHe&#39;s All About That Bass<p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/fabfaux.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When David Letterman called the members of the CBS Orchestra into his office last year and announced that he would be retiring in May 2015 after 22 years of the “Late Show,” <strong>Will Lee</strong> (pictured in white) extended his hand and thanked the talk-show host for what he describes as “a great ride.”</p> <p>In Lee’s case, that’s putting it mildly.</p> <p>The only musician outside of Paul Shaffer to work with Letterman for the duration of his reign on late night—the bassist was an original member of “The World’s Most Dangerous Band,” the group that rocked the 12:30 slot with Dave during his genre-bending tenure with NBC (1982-93)—Lee has spent the past three decades in four-string heaven.</p> <p>Along with taking the Letterman stage more than 6,000 times, Lee has done session work on hundreds of albums with artists ranging from Streisand and Cher to Mick Jagger and Billy Joel. He’s released his own albums, including the current “Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions.” He’s jammed alongside rock royalty as part of the Shaffer-led “house band” at the annual Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.</p> <p>And he’s one of the founding fathers of a group that <em>Rolling Stone</em> called “the greatest Beatles cover band without the wigs.” It’s in that capacity that Lee returns to Fort Lauderdale with The Fab Faux for a Feb. 21 gig at <a href="">Parker Playhouse</a>.</p> <p>The group, which includes Jimmy Vivino from Conan O’Brien’s show, as well as Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello and Jack Petruzzelli, launched in 1998 intent on performing songs that The Beatles never played in concert (the band left the road for good in 1966). Its uncanny live renderings of complex studio songs from albums like “Abbey Road” earned the Fab Faux both critical acclaim and a devoted following—including in South Florida, where the band (which is doing “Rubber Soul” in its entirety on Saturday) has been making yearly appearances.</p> <p>The son of a jazz singer and jazz pianist, Lee grew up in Huntsville, Texas listening to Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderly. But, like so many teens of that era, The Beatles would rock his world. Lee, 62, talked about that, playing with Paul, George and Ringo, his final days with Dave, and much more with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong>Inasmuch as playing with the CBS band has been an amazing gig, you seem like you’re having the time of your life when on stage with the Fab Faux. Is it wrong to suggest that being more in the forefront with that band is liberating for you?</strong></p> <p>Musicians talk a lot about “paying dues.” I’ve never paid a due. I’ve always enjoyed playing so much that no matter what was going on, I felt that was THE place to be. That’s the feeling I have when I play. I’ve always been able to bring that to the Fab Faux, for sure. It’s triply exciting to be on stage with <em>this</em> band playing <em>that</em> music.</p> <p><strong>What was it about The Beatles’ music that inspired you in ways that other music of that time didn’t?</strong></p> <p>The impact was so powerful. You’re listening to the radio and in the middle of these sort of [same-old] tunes being played around the clock, here comes, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” And it’s the most different thing you’ve heard in your life. You don’t even understand it at first, but then you start listening more and more and it’s unbelievable. And it changes the face of pop music, like overnight.</p> <p>The funny thing is that if you were to ask The Beatles, they would have said they were doing their version of the American music that <em>they</em> were being influenced by. Which is hard to believe.</p> <p><strong>There are dozens of Beatles tribute bands. When you were putting the Fab Faux together, how did that influence the direction you wanted to take it?</strong></p> <p>That very thing, for the longest time, was what kept me from ever wanting to do a Beatles band. The first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Beatles tribute act is four guys wearing wigs. And that’s not anything I was interested in.</p> <p>But then I heard Rich Pagano play, our drummer and singer, and I thought wouldn’t it be fun to bring The Beatles’ records to the stage with this guy. … The music itself on those later tracks is so intriguing that I felt it would be a fun challenge to bring all those elements to the stage. And in order to do that, you can’t have four guys. You need at least a fifth for the extra textures and percussion and keyboard parts.</p> <p>Then it became: There are all these great songs we can’t do because we don’t have horns and strings. If we wanted to keep going with the idea, we had to get real players. We didn’t want to be a “track” act; four guys standing in front of a huge soundscape of pre-recorded whatever. So we added a cello. A real trumpet player for the solo on “Penny Lane.” Next thing you know, we had a horn section and a string section. … Another way to not make money.</p> <p><strong>As you started delving into those later studio albums, did the idea of bringing the songs to life become more and more daunting?</strong></p> <p>We did it one song as a time, so we didn’t get so intimidated by the whole catalog right off the bat.</p> <p>I remember after we figured out [who would be in the band], we were all in my apartment. I wanted to hear what everyone [brought to the table], so I said let’s see what we sound like on “Because” (off the “Abbey Road” album). We assigned each other the vocal parts to match the range of our voices and we also [assigned instruments].</p> <p>Jimmy drew the short straw by sitting by my keyboards, so I asked him to pick out the keyboard part. It’s in a weird key, so Jimmy has a lot to focus on. Because he sat in that chair that day, that’s what he still does on that song. That was the first tune we learned—and it still kicks our butts.</p> <p><img alt="" height="189" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/fabfaux2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What songs give the band the most trouble as far as delivering them live?</strong></p> <p>Hmm. I can only think of, you know … all of them.</p> <p><strong>Can you put into words what it was like to play with George Harrison, and for a few songs, Ringo, at Royal Albert Hall in the early 1990s?</strong></p> <p>That ended up being George’s last gig under his own name. It was part two of the Harrison in Japan thing he had done with Eric Clapton’s band. This particular night his bassist wasn’t available, and I got the call.</p> <p>The phone message on my machine was, in this authentic Liverpool accent, “This is George Harrison calling. I’d like to steal you away from that television program if you can come and play with me for an evening.”</p> <p>I ignored the message because I assumed it was my brother doing his George impression, which he does so well. So I called my brother and said, “That was a great George you left on my machine.” He goes, “What are you talking about?” When I finally called the next morning, George wondered what took me so long to call him back.</p> <p>When I found out that night that Ringo was going to sit in with us on the two encore songs—“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Roll Over Beethoven”—I was so excited that I actually cartwheeled onto the stage. For the longest time, I felt like such an idiot [for doing that].</p> <p>A bunch of years later, I ran into Dhani Harrison [George’s only son], who spotted me from across the room at some event. He ran over and gave me a big hug. I go, “You remember me?” He goes, “Oh yeah! You played with my dad and you did that cartwheel onto the stage. My friends thought that was so cool.”</p> <p>It was like I had gotten a reprieve.</p> <p><strong>You also played with McCartney at the 9/11 benefit show in New York. What was that experience like?</strong></p> <p>There was a rumor going around that Paul was going to need somebody to play bass on the songs that he was going to play keyboards on. … I was never formally asked. At the studio complex where musicians rehearse in New York, we were in one room and McCartney and his group were in another room preparing for this benefit. I ran into an aide in the hallway and I said that if they needed anybody to play bass on those songs where Paul played keyboard that I was available.</p> <p>The aide goes, “Oh, we all assumed you were just going to do it.”</p> <p>It’s one of those things that when you put it out in the universe sometimes it comes back to you. In that case, it was way out in the universe for me—I was putting it out everywhere.</p> <p>That night was tunnel vision for me. I was so star struck, so excited to be a part of it. When it was happening, it was like being in a state of suspended animation.</p> <p><strong>Do Ringo and Paul know about the Fab Faux?</strong></p> <p>There’s a documentary called “The Love We Make” about the putting together of that 9/11 concert. Paul had a camera crew with him that was so understated that you didn’t even realize they were there.</p> <p>So that night, I went up to Paul and said, “I have a confession to make, I have a band”—knowing that he has a disdain for Beatles bands. And who can blame him. So I told him that our band focuses on the later, harder-to-perform-live stuff, the cool stuff. And at one point, Paul goes, “Do you do, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ (off of “Revolver”)?”</p> <p>And I said, ‘Oh, of course.”</p> <p>It’s not much of a story, but I had been telling people about it for 10 years. So the movie comes out in 2011, and there is this footage of that conversation between us—and it was exactly as I had told everybody. Lucky for me I’m not the kind of person who embellishes a story to death. … I didn’t have to pull a Brian Williams.</p> <p>As far as Ringo, I’ve told him a couple of times—and he doesn’t care. If I told him again, it would be like me telling him for the first time. He doesn’t give a shit.</p> <p><strong>You’re down to 50-some Letterman shows. Do you find yourself feeling a bit melancholy as it winds down?</strong></p> <p>I’m not a person who dwells on the past, but this is making me reflect for the first time. At the beginning of this week, we’ll have 52 more shows to go. That’s a finite-sounding number compared to having done 6,000 shows with this organization since 1982.</p> <p>I would have never quit because I’m a little too greedy for that. But I have other things I want to do. So it was kind of a relief when Dave called us to his dressing room one day and said, “Guys, I’m retiring.” … We had never been invited into the inner sanctum before. We thought maybe he was going to give us a bonus! … But he closed the door behind us and told us.</p> <p>I reached over and shook his hand and thanked him. It’s been a great ride.</p> <p><strong>How involved with the music is Dave?</strong></p> <p>We have nothing to do with anything musically except our own play-on and play-offs. Dave does come up with requests every so often. Recently, he had us do “MacArthur Park” just because he had been listening to different verses of the song with his son. His son was [a little] confused ... The lyrics to that song are not straight ahead; they’re like poetry. </p> <p>Dave wanted us to learn it as a bumper as we’re going to commercial. But it’s a long song, and we wouldn’t have timed it to hit that last great note coming out of commercial. So Paul had us rehearse the song—we based it on the Richard Harris version—and Paul thought it sounded much better than he expected. He asked Dave if we could perform it as a featured song. I sang lead, we had a string section and it ended up being a big deal.</p> <p>I invited Jimmy Webb, (the song’s original composer) who had not played the harpsichord part of “MacArthur Park” since Richard Harris recorded it. Jimmy was as nervous as a little kid. But he killed it, and it was beautiful.</p> <p><iframe height="350" src="" width="425"></iframe></p> <p><strong>You had Future Islands on last year, and Dave’s genuine reaction to that group had a direct impact on their notoriety. Does Dave get enough credit for being hip when it comes to music?</strong></p> <p>Dave is a very musical guy. He knows exactly what’s going on when something’s being played; he knows every song we’re doing. He also has an amazing amount of respect for all musicians. I noticed over the years that he wasn’t that in love with actors right off the bat. But he loved sports people and musicians.</p> <p>He doesn’t have time to pick the music on the show, but when he does bring something in, he’s passionate about it.</p> <p><strong>What are your plans for after the Letterman show?</strong></p> <p>I’m producing people at the moment and still doing a lot of session work.</p> <p>My wife and I would like to travel for a minute. That would be fun. We’ve had a week off here and there since 1982, but never three weeks straight. … If we’re not doing something for three weekends in a row with the Fab Faux, maybe my wife and I will go someplace cool. </p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 18 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsProfilesUpcoming EventsThe Scoop on Dry Salt Therapy<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you haven’t seen the signs for salt therapy, you might have heard the chatter. Dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, has become a popular therapeutic and wellness option.</p> <p>Touted as a de-stressor that clears the sinuses and rejuvenates us, halotherapy can be found at spas, gyms, yoga studios and more.</p> <p>But what’s real and what’s hype? It just so happens that Boca Raton is home to the Salt Therapy Association, a group of influencers and thought leaders in halotherapy. The nonprofit association’s goal is to raise awareness, set standards and educate businesses and consumers about halotherapy advancements.</p> <p>I asked Salt Therapy Association Founder and Boca Raton Resident Ulle Pukk to educate Fit Life readers about dry salt therapy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="472" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/ulle_pukk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> What is halotherapy?</p> <p><strong>Ulle Pukk:</strong> Halotherapy is a natural form of providing dry salt therapy that has been micronized into precise sized particles into a room or chamber, where people breathe in the dry salt air.  </p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> How does it work?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> Pure natural sodium chloride is placed in a device called a halogenerator that crushes and grinds the salt into micron-sized particles that are then dispersed into the air. Halotherapy is typically delivered in a salt facility, spa, wellness center, fitness clubs and other places in one of two ways: 1) in a group environment that usually has a unique and relaxing salt décor environment in a 45-60 minute session or, 2) in an individual and private chamber…. in as little as a 15 minute session. We have also designed and provided halotherapy solutions for home use.</p> <p><em>[Note to readers: Pukk is in the salt therapy business.]</em></p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> Is it backed by studies? If yes, could you name a few that readers can research?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> There are a significant amount of documented and published studies and papers validating the effects of halotherapy from physicians, scientists and researchers.  Most of the studies are from Eastern Europe, Russia, Poland and other countries where dry salt therapy has been utilized over the past several decades. There have been some more recent studies conducted in the United States and by Dr. Daniel Layish, who is a board certified pulmonologist and is also [on the board] of the Salt Therapy Association. He recently published a paper in the International Journal of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine on the effects of halotherapy with people with Cystic Fibrosis.   </p> <p><em>[Note to readers: I looked up a few studies on halotherapy and you can, too. Go to <a href=""></a> and search for halotherapy.]</em></p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> What can halotherapy do to help my readers? Specifically, does it relieve stress, etc.?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> We all are familiar with taking care of our teeth and a great practice is going to see the dental hygienist a couple times a year. Likewise, we have many rituals and protocols to take care of our well-being.  But what do we do for our lungs and respiratory system? We clean out and change our air filters in our home…why? Because of the dust, allergens, pollutants and bacteria in our environment. Today, there is more pollution, more airborne diseases, pollen and allergens in the air we breathe, and dry salt therapy is hygiene for your respiratory system. As the micro-sized dry salt particles are inhaled, they move down our respiratory system absorbing mucus, reducing inflammation and killing bacteria. Halotherapy benefits children to adults of all ages that have respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis and others. Having your skin exposed to dry salt therapy also improves the skin’s microcirculation, rejuvenates the skin surface and has been [effective] with eczema, psoriasis and acne. Athletes know how … breathing the right way and using your lungs impact performance and endurance. Today, more people are learning the benefits of yoga, meditation and taking time to just breathe. Being in a salt room or salt chamber is relaxing and helps reduce stress and fatigue.</p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> What can’t it do? I’d like to give readers a heads up on claims that might not be true.</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> It does not cure diseases, and it does not replace medications. Halotherapy is not a magic pill and, while most people experience and feel a difference in a single session, it is most effective with multiple sessions over a two to three week period of time. Some people do frequent sessions at the onset of colds or allergy season, and some people come more frequently and routinely based on their conditions.  </p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> What should readers look for when going to a place that offers halotherapy? Does your organization offer credentials to these places?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong>  The Salt Therapy Association was created to help establish standards so that businesses are operating with the right type of equipment, the right type of salt and environments that offer effective halotherapy. There are some facilities that have opened in the United States that have unique rooms that resemble underground salt caves with tons of salt on the floors and wall, however, if they do not have a halogenerator device grinding and dispersing the pure dry salt particles in the air, it is not halotherapy. In addition, all of the worldwide halogenerator manufacturers state to use pure sodium chloride, not Dead Sea or Himalayan salt, in their devices. [Dead Sea and Himalayan salt can be used for décor purposes, but not in the halogenerator.]</p> <p><strong>BM:</strong> Why did you start the Salt Therapy Association, and how does it provide support, resources, and create consciousness about dry salt therapy for businesses and consumers?</p> <p><strong>UP:</strong> The Salt Therapy Association was created to provide resources, information, research and standards to support and promote and create awareness about salt therapy for the industry, businesses and consumers.</p> <p>We have developed a range of educational and informational materials. We have created awareness campaigns about dry salt therapy. We have conducted webinars about getting into the business, and we are moving forward with additional clinical studies, specifically with additional research with cystic fibrosis and asthma.</p> <p>After I received my degree in alternative medicine, I had a vision years ago after spending time back in my own country of Estonia, how dry salt therapy was impacting people’s lives. I traveled through the region and Russia seeing halotherapy facilities in hospitals, clinics, day care centers, fitness clubs and even airports. That inspired me to be one of the pioneers in bringing halotherapy to the United States. Over the past couple of years our company, Salt Chamber, has worked with over 100 facilities [getting] into the dry salt therapy business in the U.S. and Canada. We have been laying the groundwork for building a foundation of a whole new industry and modality that is gaining awareness and being embraced for its restorative and preventative benefits. As the leaders in the industry, we reached out to other manufacturers, business owners, researchers, medical professionals and others to work together to form the Salt Therapy Association to collaborate and work together to further the industry, the business and the benefits of dry salt therapy. </p> <p>For more information, visit the <a href="">Salt Therapy Association website</a> or look up the association on <a href="">Facebook</a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyTheater Review: &quot;Glengarry Glen Ross&quot; at the Maltz<p>The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is certainly not hiding the fact that its current show, David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” is a provocative one. The first page of the playbill is a full-page warning, as blunt as a surgeon general’s caution on a pack of cigarettes: “This production contains strong profanity throughout.” The same caveat is plastered on signs in the lobby, and ticket-takers often vocalize it to patrons upon ingress. It’s safe to say that if you were one of the sadly sizable number of attendees who abandoned this filthy show at intermission this past weekend, it was on you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/ggrlg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Of course, for regular theatergoers, this warning is superfluous. The rapid-fire barrage of four-letter words in Mamet’s plays, and “Glengarry” in particular, is acknowledged as a signature element of Mametspeak. When done right, as the Maltz has accomplished with its marvelous production, the vulgarities spill from the characters’ tongues as naturally as lyrics from the American songbook. For these real-estate salesmen who will stop at nothing to peddle toxic properties to unwitting clients, the “f—ks” and “s—ts” and “c—ksuckers” are like verbal security blankets, the fallback diction when other words fail. Profanity is the aphasia of the overburdened male ego, the symbol of its virility.</p> <p>This sense of the absolute necessity of every naughty word that escapes their mouths in spurts of logorrhea comes across beautifully and, yes, musically, under the J. Barry Lewis’ direction. To curse and defame this eloquently is not as easy as it sounds. I’ve read some Mamet plays, with their interruptions, their unfinished thoughts, their wandering sentences, their brain farts, and their ellipses, dashes and italicizations. It’s all so precise and rigorous that mastering Mametspeak is not unlike tackling Shakespeare, and Lewis’ ensemble is pretty damn flawless across the boards.</p> <p>These include a masterly Rob Donahoe as Shelly Levene, a dinosaur at his Chicago real estate firm who refuses to go gently into that good night. Donahoe is the tragic picture of a wheezing jalopy on its last wheel—fragile, desperate, and virtually broken in his attempts to remain relevant and financially secure. The spontaneity of this performance—its absolute verisimilitude and lack of calculation—is enough to wrest the show’s lead role from Ricky Roma, its usual lead character.</p> <p>Which isn’t to say that Peter Allas, who brings nearly 30 years’ experience on stages and screens big and small, is a slouch as Roma. He’s nearly as extraordinary, portraying Roma as an unctuous sociopath of the most magnetic order, the sort that will mesmerize you with a gaze and a smile while knifing you in the back. John Leonard Thompson, who excelled in Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at Palm Beach Dramaworks in 2010, meets expectations here as Dave Moss, the cynical salesman who secretly organizes an office burglary. With staccato speech and a nonchalant pressure under fire, Thompson sells us on his scheming character’s Machiavellian malevolence, and in his Act Two ouster, he turns a simple and profane exit into the production’s funniest delivery.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/4---glengarry-glen-ross---photo-by-alicia-donelan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Elsewhere, Cliff Burgess provides one of his most mature performances in one of the least showy parts in “Glengarry”—the chilly office manager Williamson, ruthless and cunning, the perfect capitalist functionary. Rounding out the cast are the uniformly excellent Peter Galman, bringing a “Death of a Salesman” sort of pathos to George Aaronow, Moss’ supposed unwitting accomplice in crime; Dan Leonard, embodying a sense of cuckolded malaise as Lingk, Roma’s latest mark; and Kenneth Kay as the police detective who investigates the staff, post-burglary.</p> <p>When Plantation’s Mosaic Theatre produced “Glengarry” in 2008, I recall a version that was blustery and louder but not as handsome. Here, Lewis’ directing is kinetic and certainly relentless enough that the two hours simply soar by. As is often the case when the Maltz produces plays, small details heighten our experience of these men, their motivations and their surroundings: Donahoe’s nervously shaking leg, Burgess’ detached cleaning of his glasses in a key moment, Thompson’s frustrated tie adjustments, Allas’ timely spray of Binaca and, later, the impatient way he signals Lingk to follow him as if were addressing a dog, all add up to a richness that lives beyond Mamet’s words.</p> <p>As always, the Maltz’s scenic design, by Anne Mundell, is exemplary—both her gaudy Chinese restaurant in Act One and especially her ransacked, shabby office in Act Two, with its sense of curved dimension and its upturned boxes, smeared glass windows and doors, and walls in need of a deep clean.</p> <p>With its procession of implied or dramatized bribery, deception, theft and corruption, enough writers have commented that “Glengarry” appears to be Mamet’s vision of Hell on Earth. From the lurid red tablecloths, floors and blinds of Mundell’s Chinese eatery and the abnormally apocalyptic light that floods into the office windows at the play’s somber close, it’s hard to argue.</p> <p><em>“Glengarry Glen Ross” plays through Sunday, Feb. 22 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets cost $54-$79. Call 561/575-2223 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:29:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreMorikami Eatery Gets a Redo<p>It takes a lot to match the beauty of the Morikami Museum’s Japanese gardens but after several months and $150K the museum’s <a href="" target="_blank">Cornell Cafe</a> is giving it a go.<br><br><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/morkami.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The mostly open-air cafe tweaked both its design and its menu, adding a trio of bento boxes (vegetarian, chicken and salmon, sushi and sashimi) and several other dishes, as well as giving indoor and outdoor dining areas a sleek new look.</p> <p>Outdoors a larger awning shades speckled tables set with modern black and neon-green chairs, while indoors trendy aluminum chairs sit on gray slate floors with crisscrossing lengths of bamboo accenting pastel-colored, backlit walls.<br><br></p>Bill CitaraTue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsElections are heating up in Boca and Delray<h3><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/elections1.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>The Boca race is on</h3> <p>With three weeks until the election, mailers are coming fast in the <strong>Boca Raton City Council Seat C race</strong>.</p> <p>Frank Chapman was out first, which came as no surprise. He was in the race three-plus months ago, with money from his wife paying for negative mailers that drove Armand Grossman out of the race.</p> <p>Though Chapman has two challengers—Jeremy Rodgers and Jamie Sauer—his target now is Sauer, who has support from former Boca Raton mayors Susan Whelchel and Steven Abrams. The brochure Chapman passes out when walking neighborhoods is upbeat and never mentions Sauer. Four mailers, though, depict Sauer as the favorite of developers. One calls Sauer a “developer’s puppet.” Sauer is a Realtor, and some of her backers are developers.</p> <p>Still, one feature of Chapman’s mailers is misleading. In seeking to criticize the council’s approval of downtown development projects—and Sauer’s presumed agreement with those approvals—the mailers use a photo of bumper-to-bumper traffic on a 10-lane highway. Boca Raton has no such highway and no such traffic issues.</p> <p>The busiest intersection in the city—indeed, in Palm Beach County—is Glades Road and Northwest 15<sup>th</sup> Ave., far from downtown. The major problem there is traffic to Florida Atlantic University and University Commons, and the intersection should become much easier to navigate when the Interstate 95 interchange at Spanish River Boulevard opens in 2017.</p> <p>So far, Chapman is sticking with his plan to self-finance the campaign. His most recent campaign finance report, for the month of January, lists $102,000 in loans from himself—and no other contributions.</p> <p>Sauer’s first mailer introduced herself rather than attacked Chapman. Again, that was no surprise. Sauer qualified to run on the last day. Though she’s a long-time resident, she needed to get her name out before responding—directly or indirectly —to Chapman’s characterization.</p> <p>For that, Sauer will need money. Her January finance report lists nearly $30,000 in contributions. She can assume that Chapman won’t stop at $102,000.</p> <h3>And the Delray race gets more crowded</h3> <p>Delray Beach was going to have three races in the March 10 election. Then there were two. But there still may be three.</p> <p>The open Seat 3 race has four candidates. Former Mayor Tom Carney is challenging current Mayor Cary Glickstein. Seat 1 incumbent Shelly Petrolia may or may not have an opponent.</p> <p>According to the Supervisor of Elections and the city clerk’s office, Petrolia has won reelection unopposed. Last week, the supervisor’s office ruled that Ryan Boylston did not obtain the required 250 petition signatures from registered voters by the qualifying deadline of noon on Feb. 10. Boylston, however, claims that he never heard from the city clerk’s office or the supervisor’s office in time to make sure that he had provided enough valid signatures. He claims that the information blackout wrongly denied him a chance to make the ballot. A hearing before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meanu Sasser could take place as early as today.</p> <p>For the second year in a row, the supervisor’s office and the clerk’s office will be involved in a Delray Beach election dispute. Last year, Chris Davey questioned the number of absentee ballots in certain precincts in his race against Al Jacquet. Davey chose not to file a challenge.</p> <h3>Red-light cameras out                                                   </h3> <p>Boca Raton has made the smart but belated decision to end the city’s red-light camera program.</p> <p>During his report near the end of last week’s city council meeting, City Manager Leif Ahnell said Boca would end the program after yet another anti-camera court ruling. This time, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach declined to grant Hollywood a rehearing in a case that led the court last October to rule that city’s camera program unconstitutional. The court also declined to certify the case to the Florida Supreme Court. Unless another appellate court upholds a similar red-light program, the ruling is in effect statewide.</p> <p>The problem in Boca Raton and cities with similar programs is that the camera company—American Traffic Solutions, in Boca’s case—issues the citation. Under Florida’s uniform traffic law, the court said, only certified law enforcement officers can issue traffic citations.</p> <p>Despite the cities’ claims that the programs were all about safety, it appeared that they were all about money. The programs sprouted during the recession, when property tax revenue dropped sharply. American Traffic Solutions and other vendors sold cities and counties on the idea that they could shift sworn officers to other duties.</p> <p>But Florida’s new state constitution in 1968 abolished municipal courts and created statewide traffic laws. Cities couldn’t set up red-light camera traps any more than they could set up speed traps. After adverse court rulings on that point, the Legislature in 2010 created statewide rules for red-light programs—and took the largest share of the fine for the state.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie was on the losing side when the Boca Raton council approved the camera program. In an interview, she said her concern had been that even if the cameras cut down on crashes from running red lights, they could increase the number of rear-end crashes from drivers hitting the brakes to avoid a ticket. Indeed, whether the cameras improve safety remains in doubt.</p> <p>All along, Haynie has argued that there’s a better alternative: extend the yellow light and keep the red light for a full second in all directions, to clear the intersection. She would like city staff to analyze data from high-risk intersections and recommend ideas.</p> <p>Haynie said there would be “no fiscal impact” from ending the program because the city didn’t lose money. That may or may not be true. There’s talk of class-action lawsuits on behalf of all drivers who got tickets under programs now judged to have been illegal. Boca Raton could get caught up in that litigation. Delray Beach never started a program. Boynton Beach is one of the few cities that assign a sworn officer to check alleged violations.</p> <p>Cities have many legal ways to make roads safer. Of course, they had them several years ago. Apparently, that sort of safety didn’t come with potential profit.</p> <h3>Ag Reserve talks</h3> <p>A second “roundtable” discussion about the future of Palm Beach County’s <strong>Agricultural Reserve Area</strong> takes place today. It’s the second and final such session before the county commission’s planned workshop on March 24.</p> <p>The first roundtable, last September, brought out many small farmers who want looser rules on residential development in the reserve, most of which is west of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach past State Road 7. In 1999, however, voters approved $100 million in bonds, the money aimed at keeping as much farming in the reserve as possible. Some of those pushing for more development passed on the chance to sell their land earlier.</p> <p>County staff held two “technical sessions” this month, after which the staff produced documents showing the effects of proposed changes. The reserve may seem far from downtown Boca Raton and Delray Beach, but the decision is major. Palm Beach County has lots of subdivisions but only one agricultural reserve.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Feb. 17 to 23<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/yesterday.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>They don’t wear mop-top wigs, and they don’t speak with faux-British accents, but they’re dressed in snappy suits and they have a Beatles oeuvre deeper than a millionaire’s pockets. Billy McGuigan and his two brothers need to have a versatile body of work because, as the tribute act Yesterday and Today, they rely entirely on audience input to decide their set list for each show. Unique among America’s bottomless well of Fab Four tribute shows, the players collect request forms from audience members before the show and then at intermission—so if you’ve always wanted to hear “Happiness is a Warm Gun” or “Golden Slumbers” next to “Let it Be” and “Help!,” now’s your chance. Attendees are also encouraged to write the reason for their selection, which the musicians may integrate into their pre-song banter. Each show can run up to three hours and employ up to five keyboards and 19 guitars, to ensure the pinpoint accuracy of each song.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/alice-cooper-011.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Alice Cooper</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $34–$54</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When he’s not spewing fake blood all over the stage of some unfortunate concert venue, Alice Cooper is a celebrity golfer. The thought of the bandleader who once boasted that “we drove a stake through the heart of the Love Generation” quietly putting to make par is about as incongruent as Bill Maher hosting an interfaith breakfast. Then again, Cooper is full of contradictions. A heavy metal pioneer whose Grand Guignol stage show weaves guillotines, electric chairs and boa constrictors into his theatrical set, he’s also an erudite intellectual and, yes, born-again Christian who has never really taken his shtick seriously. For evidence of that, look no further than his hilarious cameo in the cult classic “Wayne’s World.” The influential shock rocker, who turns 67 this month, shows no signs of slowing down, with a cover album slated for release this year; recent set lists have showcased his signature take on tunes by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and, um, Judy Collins.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/leong.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Shooting for the Stars” with Dana Leong Trio</strong></p> <p>Where: Plumosa School of the Arts, 2501 Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$75</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last year, Delray’s Plumosa School of the Arts booked a powerful and inspirational act for its inaugural “Shooting for the Stars” fundraiser: Black Violin, the South Florida-bred duo that has found an eclectic niche by combining hip-hop with classical string music. This year, the school’s foundation has scheduled a figure who similarly throws generic conventions to the wind: Dana Leong, a virtuoso talent who composes his own music on instruments as varied as cello, trombone and synthesizers. Dubbed a “master of all genres,” Leong has also been called a “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma” for his unassailable ability to combine beautiful string-music solos with pulsating rap beats, flirting with jazz and pop in the process. Considering that he’s sold out jazz festivals, been named “Most Stylish New Yorker” by <em>Time Out</em> magazine, and performed with the likes of Kanye West, Bjork and Yoko Ono, Delray Beach is privileged to welcome him for a night that will surely be remembered.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/contra.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Contra-Tiempo: “Full. Still. Hungry.”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The provocative, self-proclaimed Urban Latin Dance Theater collectively known as Contra-Tiempo formed in 2005—and while its name translates in English to “against time,” the group is so cutting-edge that it’s perennially ahead of it. Cesar Alvarez, co-founder of the Los Angeles-based company, composes its soundtracks by mashing together deconstructed salsa, Americana, hip-hop, industrial and found sounds, which in turn inspire choreography that spans the spectrum from salsa, Afro-Cuban and hip-hop to modern and jazz dance. The multicultural result challenges dance’s form and function while addressing issues of politics, health and identity. Contra-Tiempo’s newest work is a perfect example, examining themes related to agriculture and consumption through movements that are tribal, frenetic and acrobatic. A modern-day Carmen Miranda brings her best fruit forward, chairs become airborne props, and the show even integrates pointed commentary from a bullhorn-toting revolutionary.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/enemieslovestory.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Palm Beach Opera’s “Enemies: A Love Story”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25-$135</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you ever thought that Isaac Bashevis Singer’s 1966 novel <em>Enemies: A Love Story</em> would make a great opera—with its Holocaust survivor protagonist juggling a wife, an ex-wife and a mistress in 1948 New York—you’re not alone. The story, which was also adapted into a hit 1991 movie, will enjoy its operatic world premiere this weekend, courtesy of Palm Beach Opera, composer Ben Moore and librettist Nahma Sandrow. Darkly comic and lyrically beautiful, this piece flies in the face of the atonality of much of this company’s operatic repertoire. Likewise, any new work is a risk for a company accustomed to producing safe operas from the standard repertory, and Palm Beach Opera should already be commended for taking a chance and fostering what may become a future classic.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/lwstreetpainting.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lake Worth Street Painting Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake and Lucerne avenues in downtown Lake Worth</p> <p>When: Begins at 10 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/585-0003, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Artists turning public streets into their personal canvases isn’t new; it’s a tradition that dates back to 16th-century Italy. Back then, the artists were called <em>Madonnari</em>, and they painted on pavement as a way to make a living when their commissions at city cathedrals were complete. They’d re-create religious murals, and crowds of onlookers would toss them coins for their efforts. Today, the art is usually more secular, and the coins have, hopefully, given way to greenbacks, but the concept is fundamentally the same: Artists create transient masterpieces that remain on view only until the next rain shower. The largest street art festival in the country is in Lake Worth, where thousands gather to watch artists playfully distort perspective, so that avenues turn into gaping pits inhabited by dragons and snakes. Last year, the fest’s 20th anniversary honored cinema blockbusters with an adventure-movie theme; this year’s theme had yet to be announced at press time. Still, expect two days of live music, street performers, strolling minstrels, a festival food court and more than 200 paintings.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/danny-books.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: Danny Brooks</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe Danny Brooks hails from Canada, because his sound is so Southern American it’s practically Mexican. In fact, Brooks calls himself the Texassippi Soul Man, thanks to his impeccable cauldron of influences from both of those American states. The charismatic, longhaired singer grew up listening to Hank Williams and Taj Mahal, Solomon Burke and the Allman Brothers, and you can hear echoes of these legends in his band’s music, which he performs with a spiritual bombast akin to an old-time preacher. The distinctive gravel in his weathered voice is like the road-battered cherry on top. Brooks is supporting his third album, appropriately titled “Texassippie Soul Man,” with 16 eclectic tracks that span styles from Otis Redding to the Black Keys.</p> <p>MONDAY, FEB. 23</p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/armstrong.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Heart of a Woman” luncheon</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $135</p> <p>Contact: 561/265-3727, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Say what you want about the artistic merit of reality TV series like “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” but for Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong, her experience on the hit Bravo series potentially saved her life, and certainly altered it for the better. It was during the series, on which she co-starred from 2010 to 2012, that allegations of domestic abuse inflicted by her husband, venture capitalist Russell Armstrong, came to national light. The domestic battery became so pronounced that Taylor required a titanium mesh implant to hold up her damaged right eye. Russell later took his own life, and Taylor documented the painful experience, and her recovery, in the best-selling memoir <em>Hiding From Reality</em>. All of this makes her a compelling keynote speaker at this year’s “Heart of a Woman” luncheon, whose funds benefit Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, or AVDA, which provides help and/or shelter to more than 8,600 people annually. Enjoy lunch while listening to Armstrong’s courageous story and supporting this essential nonprofit.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/langlang.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lang Lang</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35 and up</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This impossibly accomplished pianist from China credits his introduction to music to an episode of “Tom and Jerry” that used as its soundtrack Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The rest is history—and quite a remarkable one. Lang won a local piano competition at age 5, an International Tchaikovsky Competition at 13, sold out Carnegie Hall at 19 and, later, made <em>Time</em> magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. He’s since scored music for video games and Golden Globe-winning movies, along with performing for dignitaries from Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II to Vladimir Putin. To have him in Palm Beach County, where he’ll perform compositions by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Chopin, is a true honor.</p>John ThomasonMon, 16 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsGet Even Happier in Delray, Palm Beach<p>There are even more reasons to be happy at two of our newish local restaurants. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/maxsocial.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Social House</a> (<em>116 N.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach // 561/501-4332</em>), Dennis Max’s latest endeavor in the old Falcon House spot in downtown Delray, they’ve just launched a Monday through Friday “Social Hour” featuring deals on drinks and bar bites.</p> <p>From 4 to 7 p.m. you can get half-off house wine, booze (except specialty cocktails) and PBR (which for everyone as uncool as I am, is Pabst Blue Ribbon dishwater, er. . . beer). Also, $4 bar bites, with such tempting treats as crispy pork rinds with Korean chili and salt, pimento cheese with pickled green tomatoes and crostini, and octopus tiradito with aji amarillo.</p> <p>And if you’re in need of a nightcap, Max’s will give you a 50-percent break on well drinks, house wine and the iconic PBR from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.</p> <p>Late-night sips and noshes have also recently been added to the menu at <a href="" target="_blank">Meat Market</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach // 561/354-9800</em>), the uber-luxe meatery of chef-partner Sean Brasel that’s taken over the space once home to the Palm Beach Steakhouse.</p> <p>Along with the restaurant’s daily happy hour (from 4 to 7 p.m.), every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. they’re pouring selected wines by the glass for $7 to $9, craft beers from $3.50 to $4, and a handful of cocktails for $7 to $8. Until 11 p.m. the kitchen is serving up nibbles like Maine lobster roll with truffle aioli and garlic butter ($9), gouda tater tots with garlic aioli ($8), and tuna tartare with avocado smash and mango molé ($14).</p> <p>Don’t you just feel happier already?</p>Bill CitaraMon, 16 Feb 2015 10:21:00 +0000 & ReviewsHealth and Wellness Expos Coming to Delray Beach<p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/delray_health_expo.png" width="490"></p> <p>Take control of your health by attending one - or both! - of the health and wellness festivals coming to town during the next few weeks.</p> <p>On Feb. 22, <strong>Delray Beach Marketplace</strong> will be hosting the second annual <a href="" target="_blank">Mind and Body Expo</a> from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free event will be held in honor of “Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month.”</p> <p>Holistic Health Coach Sandra Triboli created the event in order to bring the community together and educate people on how they can enhance their wellbeing and enrich their lifestyles through self care, nutrition and physical activity.</p> <p>More than 70 exhibitors will share their knowledge on health issues in the local community. Health and wellness specialists will demonstrate practices and sample products to maintain optimal wellbeing.</p> <p>Over at the Grind Café an expert panel of medical professionals and health educators will deliver wellness advice. Speakers include spiritual master Anna of Grace, the “BodyLove Warrior” Melissa Binkley, and “Palm Beach Medium” Sunnie Brooks, among others.</p> <p>Then on March 7-8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., <a href="" target="_blank">WellFest</a> will be held at the <strong>Delray Center for the Arts</strong>. The goal of this event is to “educate, inform, motivate and inspire people to stay fit, eat well, think positive, reduce stress and take care of themselves and others,” according to its mission statement.</p> <p>Exhibitors are expected to showcase how the mind, body, spirit connection can impact our health.  Speakers include: Serena Dyer, Lee Ann Somers, Deirdre Abrami, Michael Berger, Dr. Jane Groman and more.</p> <p>Live music will be performed by UK sensation Hannah Trigwell, saxophone player Justin Ward and local favorite Jon Greco Band.</p> <p>Tickets for WellFest are $5 per day and can be purchased at the door.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 16 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDelray BeachHealth NewsUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;Kingsman: The Secret Service&quot;<p>This may not be true, but it feels like there’s more bloodshed in the two-plus hours of Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” than the four-plus hours of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” saga. Vaughn’s carnage is cut—and sliced and diced—from a similar cartoonish cloth, taking place in bars, churches and underground bunkers, shot in fast-motion and slo-mo, using weapons both common and unorthodox. Heads explode en masse, bodies are dissected down the middle like apples, a hate-filled preacher gets a spike through his chest.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/povratakk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Vaughn’s approach will, to put it mildly, turn off some viewers. But to my eyes, the violence is not gratuitous, and Vaughn’s approach is stunningly imaginative in its execution. We know that Colin Firth, as the top agent in a super-secretive international spy agency, is really gyrating comically in front of a green-screen when he decimates a frothing hoard of bloodthirsty hate-church congregants in the movie’s signature CGI brawl, but it’s still choreographed with the forethought and deliberation of a ballet. Vaughn handles violence the way John Woo did in his legendary “pistol operas” of the 1980s.</p> <p>Vaughn justifiably achieved mainstream acclaim for 2010’s “Kick-Ass,” which celebrated and parodied the superhero blockbuster genre. After a couple of “X-Men” movies in which Vaughn had to defer to the limitations of a PG-13 franchise, “Kingsman” will be as pure and satisfying to his fans as “Kick-Ass” was five years ago.</p> <p>Based on the clever 2012 comic book series of the same name, “Kingsman” is a postmodern, self-referential riff on the archetype of the “gentleman spy.” Firth and his uber-secret service dress in fine menswear and use words like “bespoke” and “tet-a-tet” in basic conversation, but to them, James Bond is a childhood curio of saintly restraint. Get them in a room with their antagonists, and bodies will hit the floor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/mat-vu-kingsman-phien-ban-diep-vien-moi-kich-thich-tri-tuong-tuong-khan-gia-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Kingsman” is, like “Kick-Ass,” foremost a comedy, but it manages to flirt with more dramatic conceits, and we take it seriously when it does. The heart and soul of the film is the classic hero’s journey undertaken by Taron Egerton’s character, “Eggsy” Unwin, a wayward youth with an abusive stepfather who finds, in his rigorous initiation as a Kingsman agent, a path toward redemption and enlightenment. He rises through the ranks just as the world is threatened by another mass extinction, courtesy of a hilariously cast Samuel L. Jackson as a disillusioned Silicon Valley billionaire bent on population reduction.</p> <p>This is where “Kingsman” goes really bonkers—sometimes in directions that are downright chilling, and not terribly far off from the futuristic prognostications of Orwell and Huxley. Dressed in oversized glasses and a baseball cap, and hampered by a lisp, Jackson’s Richmond Valentine proposes that global warming is the symptom of man’s virus on earth. His plot to eradicate the virus involves implanting the proletariat with SIM cards under the auspices of “free Internet and cell coverage for all!” But there’s a more nefarious motivation for the implants, one that involves killing us all while preserving the world’s elite for a reboot of Earth.</p> <p><img alt="" height="164" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/238ef2ef00000578-2852278-not_the_nice_guy_samuel_l_jackson_will_start_the_new_year_with_a-3_1417177785493.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Every now and then, between all the Grand Guignol bloodletting, the genuinely suspenseful action set pieces in air, land and water, and the crude but effective humor, the movie hits on uncomfortable truths: Much of the film’s doom-laden background noise about climate change is fact-based, for instance. And the villainy of Jackson’s character is rooted in fears of the so-called Illuminati, that collusion of politicians, entertainers and industry captains that secretly turns the world’s gears. It’s one of the more convincing tinfoil-hit conspiracies, and it’s given vivid life in “Kingsman.”</p> <p>Certainly, the movie has three or four too many false climaxes, and you’ll feel exhausted by its end. But if Vaughn has done his job, you’ll also feel a bit uneasy about the world you live in—not an easy accomplishment in an ultraviolent popcorn flick.</p> <p><em>"Kingsman: The Secret Service" opens today at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:20:44 +0000 & EventsMoviesFashion Forward: Anniversary Celebrations and Fragrance Promotions<p><strong><img alt="" height="505" src="/site_media/uploads/h.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Anniversary Celebration</strong></p> <p>Native Sun, is be celebrating its 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary on tonight from 5:30-9:30 p.m.. Head to Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach to toast to the good years.  Stop in and save on your faves throughout the store all week long.</p> <p>(<em>209 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/276-3242</em>)</p> <p><strong>Spring Sale</strong></p> <p>The Boca Raton location LUCX Boutique in Royal Palm Place is having its sale of the season. All weekend long, you can save up to 70 percent off of the entire store. The sale goes on until Feb. 28.</p> <p>(<em>307 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>)</p> <p><strong>“All Filled Up” Event</strong></p> <p>On Feb. 21, Thierry Mugler’s bestselling fragrances will be leaving their mark. Nordstrom in the Town Center at Boca Raton will host a refill event. Choose an empty bottle and watch your favorite Alien or Angel come to life. Refills are only $50, a $30 savings from retail price.</p> <p><em>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>As we <a href="/blog/2015/02/11/palm-beach-outlets-first-birthday/">posted</a> earlier this week the Palm Beach Outlets will also be celebrating its one-year birthday this Saturday.</strong></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:11:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: restaurants not to miss + great art<p><strong>Beachcomber Art</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_beachcomber.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, </em><em></em></p> <p>“Do you love shells? If so, you'll be in heaven when visiting Beachcomber Art on East Atlantic Avenue! Debbie Brookes, owner and artist, meticulously crafts anything you can think of with shells of every kind in unique and interesting ways. Find one-of-a-kind, tasteful gifts and home decor or ask her to make a custom creation for you! A must visit while in Delray. </p> <p>(900 Waterway East, Suite, 13, Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Offerdahl's Cafe Grill</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="549" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_offerdahls.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</em></p> <p>“Who says fast food can't be good and good for you too! Offerdahl’s is both. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Personally I can't let a week go by without having the kale salad which includes kale, purple cabbage, carrots, green onion, sunflower seeds, quinoa, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, cran-raisins, topped with a yummy honey vinaigrette dressing. Also reasonable priced!”</p> <p>(17940 Military Trail, Boca Raton // 561/995-7355)</p> <p><strong>Marinated Tofu at Farmer’s Table</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="159" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_farmerstable.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Meshi Shoshana, Sales + Events Coordinator</em></p> <p>“Light and healthy. It wasn't too heavy which was perfect. I also got this drink that had ginger beer, bourbon and freshly cut granny smith apples in it. It was so delicious. I will definitely go back because the service was great, and they had a lot of healthy and fresh items on the menu. They also don't cook with any cream or butter, and everything is fresh from local farmers, which I loved!”</p> <p>(1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>BJ's Restaurant &amp; Brewhouse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/sp_bjs.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</em><em></em></p> <p>“The avocado eggrolls are delicious with a sweet tamarind sauce. The California chicken club sandwich is a BLT on steroids with avocado and perfectly toasted bread. And for root beer aficionados, don't pass up their handcrafted version–on draft and free refills!”</p> <p>(<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 13 Feb 2015 09:18:00 +0000 Pizza Fires Up in Boca<p>The Chipotle-ization of dining out continues apace with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Blaze Pizza</a> (<em>2146 N. Federal Highway, 561/923-9353</em>), a DIY purveyor of “gourmet” pizzas in Boca Raton’s Fifth Avenue Shops.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/blazepizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Blaze follows the basic Chipotle model, substituting thin-crusted, 11-inch pizzas for burritos. You get in line, choose from either a roster of “signature” pies or pick out the toppings for your personal pizza, then watch as they get blasted in a 800-degree wood-burning oven in three minutes.</p> <p>Like Chipotle, Blaze touts its upscale ingredients, eco-friendly orientation and hipper-than-McDonald’s ambiance. So there’s ovalini mozzarella, goat cheese and gorgonzola, arugula and artichokes, applewood-smoked bacon and grilled chicken, plus packaging made from recycled and/or sustainable materials. Pizzas can also be had with gluten-free dough and vegan “cheese.”</p> <p>Also like Chipotle, Blaze has big plans. The Boca Blaze is the second SoFla location for the chain, which currently has more than 50 eateries across the country, a number the California-based chain expects to double by the end of this year. Also worth noting are some of its investors, which include LeBron James, Maria Shriver and movie producer John Davis.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 13 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpping the ante on Mizner Trail, how free should we be, plus more<h3><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/trail-1.jpg" width="259"></h3> <h3>Upping the ante on Mizner Trail</h3> <p>In November, there was news of a proposed settlement of the lawsuit resulting from Palm Beach County’s approval last June of development on the old Mizner Trail Golf Course. I can report that in December there was a second offer.</p> <p>The main plaintiff in the lawsuit, which argues that the county’s approval is illegal, is the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association. It’s the umbrella group for all the homeowner associations in Boca Del Mar, between Camino Real and Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street west of Military Trail. Mizner Trail is one of two golf courses in Boca Del Mar, which was developed 40 years ago. The other plaintiffs are a small number of residents.</p> <p>The first offer was $250,000 to the improvement association. The lawyers for Compson Associates—the developer, operating as Mizner Trail Golf Club, Ltd.,—and the association disagreed over whether the offer technically amounted to a settlement, but the developers essentially were offering what they believed were the association’s legal fees to that point. Through its law firm, Sachs Sax Caplan, the association rejected the offer.</p> <p>The second offer was higher and wider. On Dec. 18, attorney F. Martin Perry sent a letter to Sachs Sax Caplan offering the association $500,000 if the lawsuit went away. Not just the association but also the individual plaintiffs would have to agree to drop the lawsuit “with prejudice,” meaning that they never could refile it.</p> <p>Simultaneously, Mizner Trail principal Robert Comparato sent a letter to three homeowners who are plaintiffs—a couple and an individual—offering them $100,000 each to drop the lawsuit and agree to not “further appeal, litigate or otherwise interfere with the development of the former golf course.”</p> <p>The developers set a deadline of Jan. 16. One week before the deadline, attorney Peter Sachs wrote to Perry, rejecting the settlement. Sachs first cautioned Perry about communications going directly to plaintiffs and around the improvement association’s lawyer. Sachs added, “Your client continues to miscomprehend the objectives” of the association. The group and the individual plaintiffs “do not seek monetary relief, as a monetary settlement to those parties does not remedy the adverse impact of the development. . .” In other words, the lawsuit seeks to keep the golf course undeveloped.</p> <p>The fact that the developers raised their offer is interesting. When I spoke with Robert and James Comparato—their current project is Tower One Fifty-Five near Mizner Park— about the first settlement they waxed confident about their chances of prevailing in the lawsuit. Yet they raised their offer by $450,000. That sounds less confident.</p> <p>In fact, the lawsuit is a tough one. The plaintiffs must show that the county broke its rules by approving 253 units on the course. The plaintiffs cite a 2008 Palm Beach County court ruling upholding the county’s denial of an earlier Compson development request. The judge indicated that the property has no development rights, as the plaintiffs contend. Compson says that ruling doesn’t apply because it stemmed from an earlier plan for developing the site. County staff recommended approval of the latest version, after recommending against the previous version.</p> <p>A three-judge panel of the Palm Beach County Circuit Court has yet to rule on the lawsuit.</p> <h3>The helmet debacle and other examples of freedom</h3> <p>Many big national stories make me think of Florida. The latest example is the measles outbreak.</p> <p>Some parents don’t vaccinate their children because they wrongly suspect a link between vaccines and autism. Other parents believe in an “all-natural” life for their families, meaning that they are willing to let their children suffer through an “all-natural” case of the measles, which in extreme cases can kill children.</p> <p>Still others call it a matter of “freedom” to disregard government rules for vaccinating children. Which brings me to Florida.</p> <p>In 2000, the Legislature allowed motorcyclists to ride without helmets. They had to buy a little bit more insurance, but legislators acted because the bikers wanted their “freedom.”</p> <p>And if that “freedom” didn’t affect anyone else, all fine and good. I’m not a biker, but even non-bikers can appreciate that on a pretty day it’s more enjoyable fun to ride helmet-free. The problem is that fewer helmets mean more serious injuries, which mean higher medical costs in a state where auto insurance already is pricey.</p> <p>Also, the bikers who wanted their helmet freedom also wanted the freedom to sue if they were injured. Bikers say crashes usually are the fault of those driving cars.</p> <p>How are things working out? Deaths are up so much that AAA uses Florida’s example to help defeat attempts to ban helmet use in other states. And auto insurance costs keep rising for many Floridians.</p> <p>Similarly, if parents who don’t vaccinate their children want to keep them away from everyone else, they at least are putting only their own kids at risk. Of course, they don’t quarantine their unvaccinated children. They take them out, where they infect others.</p> <p>Doesn’t “freedom” also mean being free from consequences of reckless decisions others make?</p> <h3>And the Bibi matter</h3> <p>One of the many contentious issues in Washington is the address in March to a joint session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting the White House, a move that is without precedent for an invitation to a foreign head of state.</p> <p>In his speech, Netanyahu plans to criticize the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. The speech is scheduled for two weeks before Israel’s elections, which Netanyahu hopes will allow him to remain in power.</p> <p>Israeli politicians, security officials and commentators, along with some of Israel’s strongest American allies in and out of Congress have urged Netanyahu to cancel. Some House Democrats plan to skip the speech.</p> <p>Democrats Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel represent this area in the House. Both are Jewish. I asked for their comments. Here’s what I got from their press aides:</p> <p>Deutch: “He believes the prime minister is always welcome here, and he will of course attend the speech, but he is also concerned that the way Speaker Boehner went about the invitation suggests political gamesmanship. What is of paramount importance to the congressman is that the U.S.-Israeli relationship never becomes a partisan issue.”</p> <p>Frankel: “I am deeply troubled that this situation is threatening to turn our most critical ally in the region into a political football. The strength of the U.S.-Israeli relationship has always been deeply rooted in bipartisanship, reflecting the American public’s overwhelming support for Israel. We need to keep an eye on the critical issue of peace in the Middle East without the game of one-upmanship.”</p> <p>And will she attend? “I have not yet been invited. With that said, it has been my practice to attend joint sessions of Congress.” </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 12 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMaltz Slates 2015-2016 Season<p>One of the first South Florida companies to unveil their 2015-2016 season, the <a href="" target="_blank">Maltz Jupiter Theatre</a> revealed its choices to the theater press this week at a Fort Lauderdale luncheon. By now, artistic director Andrew Kato has mastered a winning formula that marries traditional audience-pleasers with more eccentric choices: The season always begins with a fusty comedy or mystery that Kato’s team handsomely enlivens, then continues with a familiar family-friendly musical, a more unusual musical, an intimate and hard-hitting play, and finally a venerated musical warhorse.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/231_78d607068cd064420401737e12f83bae_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Next season will be no exception to this approach, though on further inspection it feels more challenging and surprising than recent seasons. It opens with <strong>“The Mousetrap”</strong> (Oct. 25-Nov. 8, 2015), the 1952 Agatha Christie mystery, which has survived some less than enthusiastic reviews to become the longest-running play in West End history, with its 25,000<sup>th</sup> performance taking place in 2012. If done right, you’ll never anticipate the twist ending; expect the Maltz to bring the same unflagging attention to lighting, sound and set design that helped elevate recent selections like “The Foreigner” and “Dial M for Murder” into beautifully assembled productions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/232_e1e1ad60f07c4aa3ccbcb2973e9d7007_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Next up will be the South Florida regional theater premiere of <strong>“Billy Elliot”</strong> (Dec. 1-20, 2015), a much-anticipated “get” for the Maltz, which fulfills its categories of a child-centered musical and an out-of-left-field choice. Elton John penned the music and Lee Hall the lyrics and book, which centers on the title character, a motherless child who eschews boxing for ballet, breaking with tradition while coal miners in Northeastern England likewise challenge the status quo by striking in County Durham. This is where Maltz’s choreographic acumen should really shine.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/233_8e5f062e9750688c028aaa3058da9ec4_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It will be followed by <strong>“The Will Rogers Follies”</strong> (Jan. 12-31, 2016), a show I must admit I’d never heard of—which is a good thing: It means Kato is continuing to dig the Broadway archives for shows rarely performed in the region. It dramatizes the life and career of Rogers—the cowboy actor who lassoed every medium from newspapers to stage and screen in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century—against the backdrop of a show he frequently hosted, the Ziegfeld Follies. As far as lavish showmanship goes, it’s hard to imagine the Maltz topping its recent production of “The Wiz,” but of all the productions in its next season, “The Will Rogers Follies” will likely bring the most razzle-dazzle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/234_e7b279be6a862d254f0e7cc4dde2874e_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Its final play of the season will be <strong>“Frost/Nixon”</strong> (Feb. 7-21), which, like its current run of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” is a hard-hitting drama about clashing ambitions and egos, which much of its audience will have seen as a film. But this series of tet-a-tets between Richard Nixon and television host David Frost lives most vibrantly on the stage, and will resonate at a time when American presidents have arguably continued to overstep their authority in the years since Nixon left office in disgrace. The Caldwell Theatre produced the regional premiere of “Frost/Nixon” in 2009, but it’s due for another interpretation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/235_475699d297afae315ef802312426354e_m.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Finally, and considering the Maltz does sweet, frothy musicals better than just about anybody else in the region, I expect a successful conclusion with <strong>“Kiss Me, Kate”</strong> (March 8-27), an ingenious cocktail of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the effervescent wit of Cole Porter. This 1949 Tony Winner for Best Musical was a landmark for Porter, the first show in which his lyrics were firmly tied to the story, and the only of his shows to reach more than 1,000 Broadway performances. It’s the show that gave us “Tom, Dick and Harry,” “Why Can’t You Behave,” “Too Darn Hot” and the reference-filled “Brush Up on Your Shakespeare,” sung by two gangsters. It’s a must-see musical comedy, no matter how well you know it.</p> <p><em>Subscriptions for Maltz’s 2015-2016 season begin at $198. For tickets and information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/575-2223.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 11 Feb 2015 15:16:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsPalm Beach Outlets’ First Birthday<p>The 14<sup>th</sup> of February doesn’t belong solely to the Hallmark holiday of love. It’s also the day <strong>Palm Beach Outlets</strong> celebrated its grand opening in 2014. To celebrate, the outlets have planned a day of festivities for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/pbo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., expect live music, entertainers, the world’s first ever birthday cake eating contest, plus activities for the kids.</p> <p>All shoppers that purchase $100 or more in total from the shopping plaza are eligible to receive a Palm Beach Outlets tote bag. It can be claimed at the customer service desk in the food court while supplies last. All customers will also receive free Hershey’s kisses.</p> <p>For more information, call <a href="http://561/515-4400">561/515-4400</a> or visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 11 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 NewsFree Heart Screening<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Delray Medical Center</strong> is celebrating national heart month (February) by hosting a “Heart Matters Screening,” Thursday, Feb. 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. The free screenings include blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol.</p> <p>The cholesterol screening includes total cholesterol; triglycerides; high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol; low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol; very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol; and HDL risk ratio. Cholesterol test results will be mailed to participants three to four weeks after the screening. Those who have the cholesterol screening should try to fast after midnight before the test for more accurate results.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/heart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In case you’re not familiar with VLDL, it isn’t usually reported in routine cholesterol screenings. Among lipoproteins, VLDL contains the highest amount of triglyceride. Higher amounts and large VLDL particles are associated with higher risks of high blood pressure and stroke, <a href="" target="_blank">according to the Mayo Clinic</a>, so this is a number to keep your eye on.</p> <p>To register for the heart screening, call 844/522-7346. Callers will receive a free heart healthy recipe cookbook in the mail, according to a Tenet press release.</p> <p>Delray Medical Center is part of the Tenet Florida region, which includes several hospitals in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Other hospitals also are hosting events in honor of heart month. Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to learn about other South Florida heart happenings.</p> <p>As part of its “28 Days of Heart” campaign, Tenet Florida is posting free heart healthy tips and recipes each day on its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p>Delray Medical Center is located at 5352 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach. For more information about the 28 Days of Heart campaign, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 11 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyWine, cheese and chocolate that love you back<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Valentine’s Day is almost here and for many, that can mean wine, cheese and chocolate galore. While you may love them, high-fat foods can leave you with a calorie overload and spiked up cholesterol – and that isn’t very loving to your arteries. If you’re committed to your New Year’s resolutions of staying healthy, then this Valentine’s Day, try different kinds of wine, cheese and chocolate that actually love you back. Yes, it is possible! What makes the difference is the ingredients.</p> <p><strong>WINE</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/324.png" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Research studies have shown that in moderation red wine can actually be good for you, as it has resveratrol that might be good for the heart. However, conventional wine usually has added sulfites and most of the time is made from grapes that are covered in pesticides. Instead, try wine that is organic and sustainable. I just discovered two great brands - Philosophy and Vegan Vine.</p> <p>Full-bodied zinfandel from <strong>Philosophy</strong> has aromas of raspberry, cedar and vanilla and is very smooth and rich. The brand’s philosophy – pun intended – is that great wine comes from organic grapes and it definitely has my vote. I love this philosophy and it is now one of my favorite wines on the market.</p> <p><span><a href=""></a></span></p> <p><strong>Vegan Vine Wine</strong> is another great option. You may be thinking - isn’t all wine vegan? No. Some wines are processed with the use of animal skins. Vegan Vine is committed to making wine that is loving to our environment, animals and our bodies, so nobody gets hurt.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>CHEESE</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/blackashcheese.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Did you know that milk and dairy can weaken your bones instead of strengthening them? Statistics show that countries with the highest consumption of dairy (USA, Finland and Sweden) have the highest rates of osteoporosis. That’s because dairy products can be very acidic to humans and as a reaction, our bodies can use calcium from our own bones to neutralize this acid. Additionally, dairy products have casein, a compound nature created to keep a baby calf addicted to his mother’s milk. That’s why it can be hard to stop eating cheese.</p> <p>To be loving to your bones and your taste buds, I suggest trying rich, plant-based cheeses. <strong>Miyoko’s Kitchen</strong> just launched a new line of gourmet cheese that you can order online. I tried them all and my absolute favorites are French Style Winter Truffle, Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash, Double Cream Chive and Double Cream Sundried Tomato. I had a pre-Valentine’s Day party with my cheese-loving friends and everyone was blown away by the quality, texture and taste. Simply incredible! These cheeses are free from soy, gluten, dairy and egg, and full of flavor and love.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>CHOCOLATE</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/chocolove.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Because chocolate comes from cacao and cacao is a bean, is it safe to call it a vegetable? It is in my book. Especially when it comes to organic, dark chocolate that is rich in antioxidants, iron, magnesium and fiber. Yes, chocolate does have fat and it is calorically dense, so I suggest sticking to a small amount and following my tip for eating it. Instead of biting into a piece of chocolate and chewing it, let it slowly melt in your mouth. This process will take longer, as chocolate takes time to dissolve, so you will need just a small amount to get several minutes of indulgence. Trust me, it is much more satisfying to have chocolate this way. <br> If you want an extra bonus with chocolate, check out the ChocoLove Brand. Besides getting rich chocolate with great flavors like Almonds &amp; Sea Salt or Chillies &amp; Cherries, you will also get a love poem inside each wrapper.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Here’s a recipe for a delicious yet healthy Valentine’s Day treat:</p> <p><strong>Stress-Reducing Chocolate Bark</strong></p> <p>2 cups of dark chocolate chips</p> <p>3/4 cup of almond slivers</p> <p>3/4 cup hulled hemp seeds</p> <p>1/2 cup freeze-dried raspberries (save half of that amount for topping)</p> <p>1/3 cup shredded coconut</p> <p>Melt chocolate in a pan on the stove. Remove from stove and mix in almond slivers, hemp seeds and ¼ cup of raspberries. Let cool for 5 minutes.</p> <p>Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a rectangular plate and pour the chocolate mixture on it.</p> <p>Cover with another piece of parchment paper and press with hands to let air out between nuts and dried raspberries. Sprinkle with coconut and remaining raspberries.</p> <p>Place in the fridge until chocolate is solid again. Cut in small pieces and enjoy!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRecipes Concert Review: Harry Connick Jr. at Arsht Center<p>This past Saturday night, as I was getting ready to leave my house to drive to Miami, I watched as my wife of 26 years was “just finishing up.” I noticed that everything was perfect. Her clothes, her makeup, her hair—all perfect. I thought to myself, how lucky I am that my wife still goes to all this effort for me. It was at that moment I realized it wasn’t for me: It was for this Harry Connick Jr. guy we were going to see!</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/harry-connick-jr7.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>When we arrived at the Adrienne Asht Center and entered the lobby of the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, there were many other ladies looking their best, like my wife.  We were early, and we engaged in conversation with a few groups of these ladies. When the conversation pivoted toward Connick, the near mention of his name turned these lovely women into teenage girls swooning over their first crush. They all had the same look and had the same dreamy-eyed chant “Oh Harry, You are my Christian Grey!”</p> <p>I thought to myself, these women are helplessly in love with this man who hasn’t played a note yet or sang a word. I was very jealous. Jealous of his good looks, charisma and the spell he was able to cast over these women with his down-to-earth, down-home, aw-shucks N’ Orleans way about him.</p> <p>As we entered the Knight concert hall, we found it to be an intimate setting with no bad seats. The stage was set very simply: no special effects or large screens, as that would not be Harry’s style. There was a place for the brass section, bass, a percussion section and, front and center, an absolutely gorgeous pearly gray grand piano. As the band played, the setting was more like listening to the hometown band in an upscale nightclub in New Orleans. The acoustics in this theatre were absolutely perfect.</p> <p>He started his show with the classic “Just in Time,” which everyone loved and sang along to, tapping their feet to the beat. I think everyone in the theater was expecting an evening of Connick’s classics but were steered in a different direction. His set list included deep album cuts performed in jazzier arrangements than usual.</p> <p>Besides being an entertainer who’s skilled at engaging the audience with his stories and humor, Connick also gives his all in the music he is playing. It couldn’t be clearer how much he truly loves what he is playing. About five songs in to the set, he told a story of a conversation he and his father had about what songs people want to hear at his shows. His father said that some of the older songs that brought him to fame meant a lot to the audience. With that, Harry went right into “It Had to Be You.”</p> <p>As the show progressed, various band members were featured to liven things up even more. The trumpet player that Connick kept referring to as “the best-looking guy in the band” came out with some great trumpet solos. One of the most entertaining and fun band members was Lucien Barbarin. He came out and not only did a few trombone solos but had one of the best Louis Armstrong impressions I have seen. It really delighted this cool crowd.</p> <p>What a wonderful experience it was seeing a future Hall of Famer. I must admit by the end of the show, just like my wife and all the other women in attendance, I too was in love with Harry!</p> <p><strong><span>Set List</span></strong></p> <p>Just In Time</p> <p>I Concentrate On You</p> <p>You Don’t Know Me</p> <p>Tico Tico <em>(solo piano)</em></p> <p>It Had To Be You</p> <p>Bourbon Street</p> <p>Baby Won’t You Please Come Home</p> <p>Jesus on the Mainline</p> <p>I Got a Woman</p> <p>One Fine Thing</p> <p>City Beneath the Sea</p> <p>How Great Thou Art</p> <p>Come By Me</p> <p>Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans</p> <p>Mardi Gras In New Orleans</p> <p><em>Harry Connick Jr. also performs Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets are currently sold out, but standbys may be available by calling the box office at 561/832-7469.</em></p>magazineTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:51:00 +0000 & EventsMusicServe your beloved a great Valentine&#39;s Day experience<p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/card00417_fr.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Valentine’s Day is always a head-scratcher—most restaurants are booked, the whole gift thing is dodgy and everyone sends roses. So we are loving this idea, especially if your Valentine is a tennis buff. How about celebrating your love match this weekend with the Delray Beach Open Valentine’s Day Dinner Party, Saturday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Delray Beach Stadium &amp; Tennis Center?</p> <p>Treat yourselves to a full open bar, fine dining, dessert, preferred parking and Stadium Court Box seats for the evening’s ATP Champions Tour matches for $99 per person. So not only do you have the romantic (and obligatory) I-love-you-pass-the-salt dinner, but you get a bird’s eye view of some great tennis afterward. We think that’s a win-win.</p> <p>For reservations please call Danielle Kenney at 561/330-6000, or visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 10 Feb 2015 08:30:00 +0000 BeachTrash talks, Dana Little leaves &amp; other news of note<h3><span><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="181"></span></h3> <h3><span>Trash put out, Cooper takes it on </span></h3> <p><span>Delray Beach spent nearly seven hours trash-talking last week. When it was over, several important things had happened.</span></p> <p><span>The headline is that the city commission picked Southern Waste Systems to be Delray’s garbage hauler for the next seven years—at a considerable saving—pending successful negotiation of a contract. Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia voted for Southern Waste Systems. Adam Frankel voted for Waste Management. Since 2001, Waste Management and a company it bought had been servicing Delray Beach. During those 14 years, the city never had awarded the contract through competitive bidding.</span></p> <p><span> That changed last year. Waste Management had resisted the shift. When Delray Beach went to court—against itself, in essence—to overturn the decision of a previous commission in 2012 to extend the contract another time without bidding, Waste Management challenged the city, and lost badly. A company lobbyist had claimed that Waste Management was giving the city such a good deal that bidding only would result in a higher price.</span></p> <p><span>Instead, residents and business owners will save nearly 10 percent annually with Southern Waste Systems. This would not have happened if the commission had stuck with the decision of an appointed selection committee to rank Waste Management first, despite the price difference.</span></p> <p><span>Dominating the committee, though, were city staff members. They are familiar with Waste Management, so it’s not surprising that they would resist change. Moreover, the company’s service has been good, and Waste Management also has been a good corporate citizen, helping some of Delray Beach’s non-profits.</span></p> <p><span>Indeed, the easy call would have been to stick with Waste Management. But if Waste Management has been good for Delray Beach, the question also arose of whether Delray Beach has been too good for Waste Management. Mayor Cary Glickstein noted during Wednesday’s long discussion that documents from the lawsuit showed that the company’s profit from the Delray Beach contract was the highest of its contracts in Palm Beach County.</span></p> <p><span>Another important thing happened when the commission neared a vote. It was still unclear which way the commission would go. Any disruptions or problems from changing haulers would mean hassles for the city staff, starting with the manager. Don Cooper has been on the job for a month. Any new contractor would take over on June 1. The easy thing for Cooper would have been to recommend keeping Waste Management.</span></p> <p><span>Instead, when asked for his thoughts, Cooper said that when deciding between bidders, his experience has been that if the price difference is less than 5 percent, the change isn’t worth it. In this case, however, the difference was nearly double that amount. Cooper didn’t recommend Southern Waste Systems, but he basically told his bosses that the savings could justify the switch. He also was saying that he and the staff could deal with any problems.</span></p> <p><span>Someone new to being a city manager and new to Delray Beach might have said otherwise. Cooper, though, has been a manager for about 30 years. He went through a change of haulers while running Port St. Lucie. He noted that Southern Waste Systems has a “different business model” than Waste Management, and he questioned some of the company’s “business premises.” He could have ducked the issue. But he didn’t.</span></p> <p><span>All those who finally supported Southern Waste Systems had praised Waste Management’s service – making garbage “magically disappear,” as Glickstein put it. The contract was Waste Management’s to lose, and Waste Management lost it. Asked about past problems with billing, a company official blamed it on “bad data from the city.” Any problems happened “many years ago.” She talked about improvements in the company’s offer from 2012 – improvements that the company proposed only because of the bid process Waste Management opposed.</span></p> <p><span>Thus, another important thing was what the decision represented. “It shows that Delray Beach isn’t just going to do things the way we’ve been doing them,” Petrolia said. In 2012, the city attorney and city manager at the time had told the commission that no bidding was necessary.</span></p> <p><span>On Friday, Glickstein told me, “If you aren’t going to pay attention to price, why have the bidding in the first place?” He hopes that a contract can come before the commission for approval by the first meeting in March, though he acknowledged the difficulty of working out a deal that quickly.</span></p> <p><span>Another issue will be whether Waste Management files a bid protest. One reason Glickstein and Jarjura may have prolonged the discussion—going so deep into technical issues—is that they are lawyers. Even though the commission overruled the selection committee, however, all the bidders got tough questions.</span></p> <p><span>One last observation: Frankel has been the outlier on most big issues for the last year. He was again on the trash contract. That was no surprise. He voted for Waste Management in 2012 and against the challenge of the contract. Frankel called the bid process “so messed up.” Taking a shot at his colleagues, the term-limited Frankel, who leaves office next month said, “I’m so glad to be done.” Judging by the reactions of those colleagues, the feeling is mutual.</span></p> <p><span>The other important thing that happened Wednesday was that Commissioner Al Jacquet didn’t show. By missing the vote on the trash contract, Jacquet in the last three months has been absent for the two biggest decisions the commission has made, the first being the choice of a city manager. Over the last year, since being reelected, Jacquet’s attendance record is by far the worst of any commissioner.</span></p> <p><span>Jacquet is a lawyer, but the mayor and the other commissioners also are working professionals. As one reader of this blog pointed out, more work gets done without Jacquet than with him. Still, by accepting his commission salary he’s taking money under false pretenses.</span></p> <h3><span>Little big loss </span></h3> <p><span>Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little will announce at a city commission workshop on Tuesday that he is resigning at the end of the month. Little came to the city last year from the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, where he had helped Delray Beach revise its downtown building rules. Last Tuesday, the commission gave preliminary approval to those rules. Little told me Saturday that he and wife, who also works at the planning council, have children ages 11 and 9 and that “both of us working 60-hour weeks just wasn’t working for us right now.” If the commission gives final approval to the Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District, Little’s time with Delray Beach will have been very good for the city. </span></p> <h3><span>The Delray race </span></h3> <p><span>Delray Beach will have a third contested race on March 10.</span></p> <p>Former Mayor Tom Carney has filed to challenge Mayor Cary Glickstein. It will be a rematch from 2013, when Glickstein defeated Carney 52 percent to 48 percent.</p> <h3><span>Eeeee-uuuu e-cigarettes</span><span>                               <br></span></h3> <p><span>Boca Raton soon may be as cool to e-cigarettes as Delray Beach.</span></p> <p><span>On today’s city council agenda, at the request of Constance Scott, is a proposed ordinance that would regulate the vapor-producing cigarettes like the ones that produce smoke. Delray Beach just voted to cover e-cigarettes under the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act. Many e-cigarette retailers have set up in Boca. The American Heart Association believes that the vapor exposes people to nicotine and other toxins.</span></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 10 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunity&#39;Dudes&#39; Deliver Girl Scout Cookies<p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/delivery-dudes-logo.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>Our very own Delivery Dudes are trying to earn “Brownie Wings” this year. They've partnered with the Girl Scouts of America to bring cookies right to your front door. But hurry up and order - the service is only available until Feb. 15.</p> <p>The Delray Beach based food-delivery service is bringing Girl Scout cookies to local homes and businesses. Customers can add their cookie order to another food order, or the cookies can be delivered by themselves. Opt for the first option, however, and your delivery fee is waved entirely.</p> <p>One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Girl Scout Troop #20326. Cookies are $4 a box and the “Dude’s Pantry” will be stocked with all the favorites, including Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-di-dos, Savannah Smiles and Trefoils. New cookie addition Rah-Rah Raisons and the gluten-free Toffee-tasic will also be available.</p> <p>Order them now at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:36:00 +0000 BeachDelray BeachThe Week Ahead: Feb. 10-16<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/mediatimsm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Tim Dorsey</strong></p> <p>Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-7790, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Raised in Riviera Beach, the prolific Tampa-based author Tim Dorsey is one of the many spawns of the pioneering Florida crime novelist John D. MacDonald, having penned 20 books with such pulp-a-licious titles as “Hurricane Punch,” “Nuclear Jellyfish” and “Pineapple Grenade.” In addition to the lively writing, Dorsey’s books are distinguished by the ruthlessness of his certifiably insane anti-hero, Serge Storms, who can be just as violent as his enemies when justice needs serving. Dorsey is traveling all around the state in this exhaustive home-turf tour to support his latest Storms tome, “Shark Skin Suite,” in which he assists a young lawyer—who is also his ex-flame—in taking down avaricious banksters.</p> <p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/team-shot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Improvised Shakespeare Company</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Reduced Shakespeare Company has long held the most recognized position in Bard parody with its endlessly reproduced show “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Condensed.” Now, there’s a new game in town, and the Improvised Shakespeare Company takes a different approach: It makes up a “masterpiece” on the spot, each night, based on a title suggestion from the audience, and performs it with deadpan Shakespearean dialogue and themes. Performed by three men on a bare stage, every show is wildly different, with one recent performance, in Naples, integrating pickle juice and an undead Lionel Richie. This mix of Elizabethan drama and “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” has been hailed as “staggeringly brilliant” by TimeOut Chicago. Chances are, if comedic theater can do well in the home of The Second City, it can translate to anywhere in the country. Thou hast tickled thy funny bones.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/andreabocelli.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Andrea Bocelli</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $219.50-$578.10</p> <p>Contact: 866/502-7529, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the span of one month in early 2013, Andrea Bocelli performed at the 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast at the White House <em>and</em> Moscow’s Kremlin. This feat, which would have probably been impossible 30 years ago, was just another month for the indefatigable 56-year-old Italian tenor, whose voice is borderless. He sings in six languages in concert and on his albums, which have moved more than 80 million copies worldwide, making him the best-selling artist in the history of classical music. Celine Dion is one such fan, saying in 1998 that “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” His set lists run upward of 25 songs, from the sacred and operatic canon as well as Broadway and crossover pop hits, and he specializes in love songs—hence tonight’s show, the first of three Hard Rock Live performances (he also plays on the 14<sup>th</sup> and 15<sup>th</sup>) in honor of Valentine’s Day.</p> <p>THURSDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/cosi-b-1-e1422408769721.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Cosi Fan Tutte”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$240</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This comic opera by Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a 19<sup>th</sup> century example of the timeless theme of the Battle of the Sexes, and has earned comparisons to the play “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Considered risqué and even immoral when it premiered in the 1880s, this tale about two men who disguise themselves as each other to seduce their wives and win a bet was well ahead of its time then, and even today the humor produces unsettling insights about human relationships. Florida Grand Opera’s reimagined version, last performed here in 2008, is set in an upscale hotel in modern-day Europe, and will feature brand-new costumes and props. If you’ve not yet supported opera in Broward County, now would be a good time to start: As we reported last month, the company’s future in the county remains in jeopardy.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/delraybeach_0.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Delray Beach Open</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Play starts at 9:15 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies by event</p> <p>Contact: 561/330-6000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This tennis tournament may seem improbably sponsored by the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, but it certainly has achieved a scope and a reach beyond the city of Delray Beach. It remains the only combined ATP World Tour and Champions Tour in the country—meaning it’s the only opportunity for tennis fans to see both currently ranked and retired tennis greats at the same venue, for one 10-day stretch. This year’s tournament, which runs through Feb. 22, boasts arguably its strongest lineup yet, with more current Top 20 players than ever before, including John Isner, the Bryan Brothers and Marin Cilic, while the Champions Tour features household names such as Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic. There will be special events outside the court every day of the tournament—including a Valentine’s Dinner Party on Feb. 14 and a Delray Chamber Bash on Feb. 18—so check the tourney’s website for the full schedule.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/kirk+whalum+kenneth+whalum+iii+hugh+peanuts+whalum+kirk+whalum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Jazz and Love” concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$97.50</p> <p>Contact: 954/527-6968, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Jazz and love go together like popcorn and movies—especially the kind of cool, contemporary jazz performed by the four performers at this acoustically rich outdoor concert in Mizner Park. Four familiar names in modern jazz will set your heartstrings aflutter on this most romantic of winter nights: four-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James; 11-time Grammy nominee Kirk Whalum (pictured), whose saxophone solo famously colored Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You;” Pieces of a Dream, the Philadelphia jazz stalwarts who have been recording and touring since 1976; and Shelea Frazier, a powerhouse vocalist who has earned comparisons to Alicia Keys. This is a pricy ticket for a concert of this kind, but it does run for a full five hours, and the event’s organizers promise an audio experience so perfect they’ve trademarked a term for it: Music Immersion.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="356" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/river-north.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: River North Dance Chicago</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $45–$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>River North has become an integral part of Chicago’s thriving dance culture, presenting its boldly theatrical contemporary choreography from Windy City parks to international musical halls. This rare Florida revue of the company’s most cherished works will feature five to six pieces, including “Habaneras,” artistic director Frank Chaves’ tribute to the Cuban composers of his youth; “Eva,” a balletic and breathtakingly moving elegy to the late, great Washington, D.C. songbird Eva Cassidy; and “Renatus,” a mood piece by Nejla Yatkin, an award-winning choreographer who has been called a “magician” by the <em>New York Times</em>. This is the piece most suited for River North’s Valentine’s Day engagement in Boca. As sensual as it is athletic, “Renatus” is technically a solo number for a dancer grappling with feminine duality, but her flowing red gown has the significance and space of a flesh-and-blood partner, achieving a life of its own under a crimson glow.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dscn5594a.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “In the Voice of Our Mothers”</strong></p> <p>Where: B’Nai Torah Congregation, 6261 S.W. 18<sup>th</sup> St., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 1 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 members, $36 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-8566, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Say what you want about the Bible—like politics, pro sports and Silicon Valley, it’s largely a man’s game, with the women receiving short historical and narrative shrift, if any at all. Carol Fox Prescott is out to change that perception with her thoughtful ensemble play “In the Voice of Our Mothers,” which revisits the compelling lives of five Biblical matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah and Miriam. Their stories are rendered as first-person accounts and remain faithful to the ancient texts, while suggesting a universality that will resonate with women of today. The play’s origins date back 20 years and, through rehearsals and performances in venues as eclectic as synagogues, universities, churches and prisons, it has evolved across a broad cross-section of audiences. This will be the only Boca Raton show for this production, which is the second in Shari Upbin and GFour Productions’ Theatre Arts Series at B’Nai Torah.</p>John ThomasonMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:20:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsThe Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus<p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/r2sz_1neiman-marcus-beauty-event-500x437.jpg" width="497"></p> <p>Get gorgeous at Neiman Marcus this season. The retailer will be hosting its Spring Beauty Event from Feb. 18- March 1.</p> <p>With any cosmetics or fragrance purchase of $125 or more, customers will receive an exclusive Eddie Borgo designed tote. The tote will be full of great samples from Yves St. Laurent, Molten Brown, Lancer and more. If you spend $500, you will also qualify for a limited edition wristlet to match the tote. Both gifts come in three colors: blush, sage green and white.</p> <p>Throughout the event Neiman Marcus will be hosting several beauty experts to dish out tips and techniques:</p> <p><strong>Feb. 21:</strong> Ivan Castro, The Global Lead Make Up Artist for Le De Beaute will discuss makeup trends as well as color and application tips.</p> <p><strong>Feb. 26: </strong>Hylon Lea, the Skincare Director for Le Metier de Beaute will help you get beautiful glowing skin. She will outline a skincare regimen and give her tips against aging.</p> <p><strong>Feb. 27:</strong> Dell Ashley, a National Makeup Artist for Yves St. Laurent will debut the latest collection and give the inside scoop on the latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry.</p> <p>Not sure what to stock up on during this big beauty event? Here are a few favorites from Neiman Marcus’s new beauty manager, Maryann Petrides.</p> <p>La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Oil, $300</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/" width="300"></p> <p>La Mer The Body Crème, $250</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/la-mer-body-creme.jpg" width="225"></p> <p>Geogio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $62</p> <p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/ga_silk.jpg" width="300"></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:26:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: model volleyball, red for a great cause + a new restaurant<p><strong>National Wear Red Day</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/elliman.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Tim Schwab, Advertising Director</em></p> <p>“Today, I am participating in the National Wear Red Day in partnership with Douglas Elliman Real Estate in order to support the mission of the American Heart Association to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. My brother passed away 2 years ago at 45 years old from a sudden heart attack and I support the American Heart Association’s efforts. Join in the conversation using <strong>#EllimanGoesRed</strong> and announce it proud to all your friends and followers!” </p> <p><strong>Max's Social House (SoHo)</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/maxsoho.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>"This new venture by Dennis Max has a great vibe and although the menu isn't big, what's offered is delicious and worth the trip! We had the chorizo stuffed dates, steaming bowl of buttery garlic mussels and cured meat and cheese tray. Everything was wonderful and their Moscow Mule cocktail in a signature copper mug was perfect!"</p> <p>(116 N.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Model Beach Volleyball</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/b_b_lb_15_06_nina_c_03721_a.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor </em></p> <p>"While the legends of the Champions Tour are digging their heels into the sand traps at Broken Sound this weekend, the stars of the runway will be kicking their heels off for a day at the beach that may or may not qualify as a sporting event. Not that it really matters when co-ed models from Miami's top agencies—Elite, Wilhemina, MC2, Next, Ford and more—compete at the 6th annual <strong>LeSutra Model Beach Volleyball Tournament</strong>. The event runs all day Saturday and Sunday at Lummus Park in Miami Beach (8th Street and Ocean Drive). In addition, <em>Sports Illustrated</em> cover model Nina Agdal (pictured) will host a special spin class on Saturday at noon. All proceeds benefit the foundation run by DJ Irie."</p> <p>(Lummus Park, Miami Beach // <a href=""></a>)</p>magazineFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:04:00 +0000 Review: &quot;Undo&quot; at Parade Productions<p>Playwright Holly Arsenault created something new with her debut work “Undo”—an ensemble divorce dramedy. In the imagined premise of Arsenault’s play, divorce isn’t a matter of privately signing papers and either grieving a shattered union or celebrating its finality. It becomes a sort of public shaming, a ritual involving not just the troubled couple but everyone who attended the wedding in the first place.</p> <p><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/undo5858.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In Arsenault’s world, those seeking a divorce must literally go through the motions of their wedding again, as an emotional marathon to test their resolve. Family members dress the same, take back their wedding gifts and bring along the same guests (even if they’ve since broken up with them), while the unhappy bride and groom reenact such traditions as the couple’s dance, the sanctifying kiss, and the bouquet toss. The idea is that, through this painstaking process, they’ll know if they really want to go through with the divorce.</p> <p>It’s a farfetched idea, but the theatre is full of unorthodox concepts that, with the right cast and director, can intellectually and emotionally persuade us. In its southeastern premiere from Boca Raton’s Parade Productions, we never quite buy it for the simple reason that, with some notable exceptions, the cast doesn’t gel, and it doesn’t seem to buy it either.</p> <p>At the nominal center of the play are Rachel (Gladys Ramirez) and Joe (Ben Sandomir), the couple untying their knot, for reasons that may or may not have to do with infidelity and/or clandestine medical procedures. To make matters worse, Joe’s father Abe (Michael Gioia) lost his wife two days earlier from a lengthy terminal illness, and his flame from the ‘70s (Candace Caplan) has arrived to reawaken complicated emotions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/undo5695.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There’s also Rachel’s teenage sister Naomi (Mariah Telesca) and older sister Hannah (Jennipher Murphy), who has brought her Irish girlfriend Siobhan (Jeanine Gangloff) along, to the discomfort of her traditional Jewish mother Joan (Margot Moreland). Completing the cast are Ari (Todd Bruno), Joe’s promiscuous best man, and Melita (Ann Marie Olson), Ari’s ex-girlfriend, who is present only for the time it takes to undo the wedding.</p> <p>This is a lot of characters—too many for both Arsenault and director Kim St. Leon to fully explore in a two-hour play. In the opening scene, as Hozier’s melancholic fist-pumper “Take Me to Church” sets the tone, Joe and Rachel prepare for the ceremony in separate, elevated rooms, while the outside world bustles with wordless activity below them. It resembles the introductory bustle of a large-scale musical, an energy the show does not sustain.</p> <p>The more it progresses, the more “Undo” becomes a rote procession of static two-character scenes, as the supporting players, fuelled by too much booze, reveal regrets and longings to convenient strangers. The theme of forgiveness, or lack thereof, connects just about everybody, in the triple-underlined, Cliff’s Notes manner of a first play, which, for Arsenault, it is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/undo5782.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Making matters less palatable is St. Leon’s wildly uneven ensemble, whose lack of togetherness hampers the flow of the action. On the plus side, there’s Bruno, whose uncouth Ari agreeably channels Charlie Sheen, and whose comic relief always hits the mark; Telesca, a college sophomore who believably inhabits the skin of a 14-year-old girl; Ramirez, who captures the conflicting emotions and abject pain of the ceremony better than anyone else onstage; and Moreland and Olson, two pros who can always be counted on to elevate the work of those around them.</p> <p>And some need that elevation. Murphy and Gangloff couldn’t have less chemistry as a same-sex couple, and the latter struggles so visibly with her character’s Irish accent that we don’t see Siobhan—only the deliberate wheels of the acting process spinning in Gangloff’s head.</p> <p>Elsewhere, there’s a reason Gioia’s Abe seems emotionally disconnected from his wife’s passing, but his performance is more bland than detached, and starves for the complexity required of what becomes a pivotal role. As Joe, Sandomir is fine, but his desperate passion for preserving his marriage doesn’t equal Ramirez’s tortured determination to end it.</p> <p>Even Josh Aune’s clever, 3D set design runs into some staging problems, as the platform outside Joe and Rachel’s dressing rooms becomes muddled, confusing indoor reception halls with outdoor space. Microphone and other sound problems didn’t help things during last night’s show, but the issues here are more endemic. “Undo” is a play that is overlong to begin with, and while this ploddingly directed production has its virtues, it suffers a flaw most fatal: We don’t care about what happens to the characters.</p> <p><em>“Undo” runs through March 1 at the Studio Theatre at Mizner Park, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $35. Call 866/811-4111 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 06 Feb 2015 15:47:10 +0000 & EventsTheatreFashion Forward: Blowout Sales and Beauty Launches<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/off-fifth.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH</strong></p> <p>Head to the Sawgrass Mills or Palm Beach Outlets for the sale of the season. OFF Fifth is offering an additional 40 percent off of its entire contemporary and handbag departments. The sale is going on now until Feb. 8 only in stores.</p> <p><strong>M.A.C Toledo</strong></p> <p>Love is in the air at M.A.C. Macy’s in Town Center at Boca Raton will debut the makeup brand’s latest collection this weekend. Fashion “it” couple Isabel and Rubin Toledo have come together to create a new color collection featuring waves of green, violet and blue. Call 561/393-4400‎ to try out the look with a complementary makeover.</p> <p><strong>Spicebomb Eau Fraiche Launch</strong></p> <p>The popular Viktor &amp; Rolf Flowerbomb fragrance has finally met it match. Neiman Marcus at Town Center will launch the new men’s Spicebomb scent on Feb. 7. Customers will receive a complimentary deluxe sample at the event.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 06 Feb 2015 15:39:00 +0000 NewsQ&amp;A: Bernhard Langer<p><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/langer.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>At an age when many Champions Tour golfers are on the back nine of their careers when it comes to consistently contending, Boca’s <strong>Bernhard Langer</strong> is talking about giving the youngsters on the PGA Tour a run for their money at the 2015 Masters. And for good reason.</p> <p>At 57, Langer is coming off not only the greatest year of his Champions Tour career but a season during which he shot a final-round 69 at Augusta to tie for eighth. Langer set a Champions Tour record in 2014 with $3,074,189 in earnings; his five victories, two of them majors, upped his Champions total to 23 wins since 2007.</p> <p>On the eve of his opening round at this year’s Allianz Championship, Langer spoke with reporters at the Old Course at Broken Sound about last year's accomplishments and this year's goals. (<em>Editor’s note</em>: Langer tees off Friday at 11:10 a.m. in a group that includes 2013 winner Rocco Mediate. Visit <a href=""></a> for tournament info.)</p> <p><strong>On his success in 2014: </strong>“My game was just solid. I drove the ball well, I drove it long, I drove it straight, I hit more greens than anybody's ever hit in the game of golf since we're doing statistics on any tour. … The putting was fairly solid. … There were only a few days when it was weak. All together, I had the lowest scoring average of the year. You add all that up, and it becomes a fantastic year. If you can hit a lot of greens in regulation and still be up there in putting somewhat and have the lowest scoring average, you're going to win tournaments.”</p> <p class="Question"><strong>On his goals for 2015:</strong> “It's a process, but you want to become better. I believe I can still get better. Every tournament I play, there's shots, there's putts, there's chips, there's things I could have done better. … People always say, ‘Oh, the game is so mental.’ It is mental, but let's say you have an 18 handicap, and [we play]. You have no chance to beat me. If you're the best mental 18 in the world, and I'm the worst pro thinker in the world, you still have no chance. I'm going to beat you. So mental is only important when you have similar competitors. Then the guy that's mentally better is going to be the winner, but not if you have no technique.”</p> <p><strong>On playing The Masters in April: </strong>“Playing four rounds is not an issue. I can go eight rounds; it makes no difference. It's a tough course to walk, but that's the least of my worries, to walk the golf course. It's a very long golf course. I hit 3‑wood [last year on holes that] Bubba [Watson] hit 7‑iron. That's the worry. … But I've had a different mind-set the last two years, and it worked great. I'm going to have that same mind-set again, that I want to be in contention. I believe I'm a good enough player to be in contention at the Masters even as old as I am and as long as the golf course is. I'm not there ... just to hopefully make the cut. I'm there to hopefully be in contention and to have a run at the green jacket.”</p>Kevin KaminskiThu, 05 Feb 2015 22:01:00 +0000 EventsThe Town within a Boca School: Introducing Prideville<p>Did you know there is a hustling, bustling town within our fair city where your child can get his driver’s license, become a doctor and run a business? All under the ripe old age of…eleven?</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dsc08612.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>All photos courtesy of Grandview Preparatory School</em></p> <p>If your child is a student at <a href="">Grandview Preparatory School</a>, chances are he or she is already a resident of this town fondly named <a href="">Prideville.</a> But, what is Prideville exactly? </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/2014-09-11_10.38.50.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Grandview Prep describes it as a “little town that brings real-world learning” to young students (Ages 3 through Grade 5). This small town in business is actually an experiential learning activity designed to assist students with learning work readiness, entrepreneurship and personal financial literacy. By participating in quarterly Prideville events, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a local economy. </p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dsc08652.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>How it works:</strong> Throughout the school year, teachers deliver curriculum to students in Grades 1 - 5, preparing them for roles as citizens and as workers in Prideville. Students apply and interview for jobs (including bankers, doctors, city sanitation workers, reporters, servers and the like) and learn about the roles businesses and government play in a town.</p> <p>On Prideville days, students actually move through a day of business-- with each student taking on a role as a worker and a citizen. They must open a bank account, pay taxes, go to the doctor and buy groceries. How neat is that?</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/dsc08654.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Before touring Prideville, I never thought of children’s education in this way: schools that allow students to practice real-world skills and solve real-world problems will best prepare children for the future.</p> <p>We, as parents, are basically preparing our kids for jobs <span style="">that don’t even exist yet</span>, so it is essential that they are taught to think critically and creatively with an eye toward innovation.</p> <p>Just one more thing to add to your Boca school requirement list! See you around town…</p> <p><em>Disclosure: Grandview Preparatory School is a sponsor of my personal business, </em><em>All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. </em><em></em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 05 Feb 2015 09:24:00 +0000 Depot to head north &amp; other news of note<h3>Office Depot loss</h3> <p><img alt="" height="184" src="/site_media/uploads/staples_logo_2412.gif" width="350"></p> <p>“It’s déjà vu all over again,” Steven Abrams said Wednesday morning. As it turned out, he was premature.</p> <p>Abrams was speaking after confirmation came that No. 1 office-product retailer Staples wants to buy No. 2 office-product retailer Office Depot, based in northwest Boca Raton. He was anticipating another campaign by the city and Palm Beach County to keep the headquarters of the Fortune 500 company here.</p> <p>Wednesday afternoon, though, Staples CEO Ron Sargent said that if federal regulators approve the move, the headquarters would be in Staples’ hometown of Framingham, Mass., a Boston exurb. The company would consider keeping “a presence” in Boca Raton.</p> <p>In 2013, Office Depot merged with then-No. 3 office-product retailer Office Max, which was based in Naperville, Ill., a Chicago exurb. That merger prompted a campaign by Boca Raton and Palm Beach County to land the headquarters of the combined company. The county and the city won, but everyone knew that the move to Boca might not be permanent.</p> <p>Just months after new Office Depot CEO Roland Smith arrived, talk began of a Staples-Office Depot deal. The Office Depot-Office Max merger had been a deal for survival, given the competition from Amazon and discount brick-and-mortar retailers. Staples might have been No. 1, but its profit rose last fall only because the company was closing about 200 stores. Office Depot had announced that it would close 250. Estimates are that Staples would save $1 billion a year in costs from the merger.</p> <p>So now Boca Raton faces a loss of the city’s largest private employer, which will be a blow to the city’s image as a business hub but hardly a fatal one, because the city didn’t do anything wrong. The key factors were beyond the city’s control.</p> <p>Unlike the last time, the city was at a disadvantage because the dynamics are different. Last time, Office Depot was the larger company. This time, Staples is the larger company and the prospective buyer. The default position would be to stay in Framingham. (Footnote: Staples is in Framingham because the company started as a venture of Boston-based Bain Capital, which Mitt Romney once led. In 2012, Romney cited Staples as a success story from his days as a private equity guy.)</p> <p>Staples’ decision, though, undercuts the theory advanced regularly by Gov. Rick Scott that Florida’s tax structure will make out-of-state companies “buy a one-way ticket” to the state. Florida has a lower corporate tax rate than Massachusetts and no personal income tax. Office Depot’s 210,000-square foot Boca complex is newer and carries less debt than Staples’ complex in Massachusetts. And that still wasn’t enough.</p> <p>The area’s courtship of Office Depot goes back more than two decades. Incentives helped persuade the company to move into new headquarters on Congress Avenue in Delray Beach. About 15 years later, the company talked about moving, and incentives kept Office Depot and installed the company in its current location near the intersection of North Military Trail and Clint Moore Road.</p> <p>The latest deal helped retain Office Depot after the Office Max merger. It included $1.5 million from Boca Raton’s business recruitment and retention fund, based on Office Depot keeping 2,010 jobs and adding 548. Mayor Susan Haynie told me Tuesday that the first payment was due on March 31. Each year’s payment was to have been based on numbers from the previous year.</p> <p>Office Depot hasn’t isolated itself. Haynie said Smith had her and City Manager Leif Ahnell to lunch just after he started. Abrams said the company’s general counsel gave him a heads-up about the merger. Realistically, though, the big player has been the Starboard Value investment fund, which has stakes in both companies and pushed Office Depot toward the Office Max merger before pushing Staples and Office Depot toward this one.</p> <p>The Federal Trade Commission must approve the latest merger. Staples and Office Depot tried to combine in 1997, but regulators didn’t go along. Conditions, though, have changed—especially the competition from online retailers. Even if the FTC said no, the future of Office Depot in Boca Raton would be iffy.</p> <p>You feel most for employees of the two companies, especially those who moved from Illinois to Boca and now face either another long move or the loss of a job. Boca will be OK. The city survived the loss of far more jobs when IBM moved, leaving just a “presence.”</p> <p>But Office Depot’s headquarters near North Military Trail and Clint Moore Road soon could be as empty as Office Depot’s old headquarters on Congress Avenue in Delray Beach. Chasing companies with performance-based incentives can be part of a business plan, but the most important part of the plan should be to make Boca Raton and the county a place where businesses start and grow, not just where they move, and maybe stay.</p> <h3>Newer (and smaller) Mizner on the Green</h3> <p>I had been hearing for some time that the developers of <a href="" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>—the mega-condo project in Boca Raton—were downsizing. This week, there is confirmation of a Newer New Mizner on the Green.</p> <p>A representative of a public relations firm that is working with the developer, Elad Properties, told me Wednesday that the project is “getting smaller.” The original proposal was for four towers that would average slightly more than 300 feet in height. There are as yet no details and no new design, the representative said.</p> <p>Elad submitted its drawings last summer, but the city hasn’t acted because developers envision the project for an area—east of Mizner Boulevard near Royal Palm Place—where the height limit is 100 feet. For the city council to consider the original version, a council member would have to propose a planning amendment. No one has.</p> <p>It had become clear that the first version, which would replace the Mizner on the Green rental complex, wouldn’t happen. Elad will reveal its new plan as a new council takes office. The question is whether the new plan will be different enough to make the council take a new attitude.</p> <h3>Delray’s trash finally put out</h3> <p>After almost seven hours of presentations and discussion Wednesday, the Delray Beach City Commission decided to seek a new trash hauler.</p> <p>The commission voted 3-1 to rank <a href="" target="_blank">Southern Waste Systems</a> first among the five bidders and negotiate a contract. The decision overturned the ranking of an appointed selection committee to put Waste Management first, even though Southern Waste Systems was the low bidder. Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia favored Southern Waste Systems. Adam Frankel favored Waste Management. Al Jacquet again was absent for another big decision.</p> <p>I will have much more about this in Tuesday’s post.</p> <h3>Land regs fly</h3> <p>At Tuesday’s meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission approved the proposed Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. The vote was unanimous.</p> <p>The commission is set to take a second and final vote on Feb. 24. There seems to be reason to think that the proposal wouldn’t pass again, though Commissioner Al Jacquet made a point to say that he was voting yes on first reading, which could mean that he still has questions.</p> <p>Delray being Delray, and development being the issue that it is, there could be some maneuvering over the next three weeks by those whom the changes would directly affect. As Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little said before the vote, though, he was impressed by how little criticism he heard from residents about the proposed new rules – and residents are the ones most affected.</p> <h3>The Palm Beach campaign tab</h3> <p>If everything supposedly is more expensive in Palm Beach, that also applies to local elections.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the town had three scheduled elections. Mayor Gail Coniglio was reelected without opposition. The four candidates in the two contested town council races raised almost a combined $1 million.</p> <p>Michael Scharf topped them all, raising nearly $360,000. He lost to incumbent Michael Pucillo, who raised “just” $155,000. In the other race, challenger Danielle Hickox Moore raised almost $240,000. She beat incumbent Bill Diamond, who raised nearly $200,000.</p> <p>Turnout? Thirty-six hundred voters.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 05 Feb 2015 08:14:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMoving sculptures in Boynton Beach<p>If you can, try and take a nice long walk around the city of Boynton Beach this weekend. You might be surprised at what you see. Like the trapeze artist suspended near a tree at the corner of Northeast First Street and East Ocean Avenue, or the golden two-wheel hoe at Dewey Park, or the giant dragonfly at 213 Ocean Ave.</p> <p><img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/10-rein-triefeldt-300x229.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In all, some 16 large-scale sculptures will dot the city Saturday and Sunday, on public streets and at venues such as the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and the City Hall parking lot.</p> <p>Aside from one solar-powered work and one requiring human interaction, all of the pieces will be powered by the wind, and will be featured as a central element of the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, a free biennial celebration of “art in motion” created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission. The elaborate works, from “singing” fish to sleek abstract creations and vivid, oversized plants arrive courtesy of artists from Singapore and several U.S. states, including Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia and Louisiana.</p> <p><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/jerzy-1024x904.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>With the glorious development of the Boynton Beach Arts District, we’ve known for years that the once culture-starved city to Delray’s north is now one of South Florida’s most innovative hot spots for the visual arts. But with its international cachet, the Kinetic Art show is further elevating the city’s stature globally. And its reach goes beyond these totemic outdoor pieces: Dozens more smaller kinetic artworks will be available for view and purchase this weekend at the City Library and Exhibition Tent, including colorful movable assemblages made from bronze, stainless steel, flex neon, bottle caps, airbrushed PVC tubes, window screening, electric motors and other unusual mediums.</p> <p>Because it’s also an educational symposium, visitors are welcome to attend presentations on kinetic art from participating artists like Jerzy Kedziora (“Whimsical Kinetic Artforms,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday), Behnaz Ferahi (“Interactive Environments,” 2:30 p.m. Saturday) and Paul Daniels (“Future Impact of Kinetic Art,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday). At select hours each day this weekend, the artists will be available for meet-and-greets.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/13-ralfanso-twist-289x300.jpg" width="289"></p> <p>Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention “Kinetic-Connections,” artist Elayna Toby’s community-based kinetic art project, which is featured in the February issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>. The artist contributed countless pieces of her own immense cache of discarded metals and ornamental gewgaws, along with hundreds of upcycled pieces donated by strangers, and hung them on strands on a historic kapok tree just outside the City Library.</p> <p>The first community exhibition of its kind, the “Kinetic-Connections” installation includes a TV projecting “video selfies” from participating community members, discussing why they selected certain items for inclusion in the tree. If you participated, you might just see yourself, and if you didn’t, you’re still welcome to walk through the clinking strands and lose yourself in the atmosphere.</p> <p><em>The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium runs 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday throughout Boynton Beach. Admission is free. For a full event schedule and locations, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 04 Feb 2015 14:17:00 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsFree Fitness Classes<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Now here’s something the fitness-minded and fitness-curious might not want to miss. <a href="" target="_blank">Synergy Fitness Boca</a> is hosting the <strong>Synergy Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair</strong> on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 8 to 11 a.m. Head out to Synergy (<em>221 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton</em>) during the fair to jump in on free classes for the body and soul, learn about the latest in sports training and nutrition, and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/img_0030.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>A few of the events going on that morning include a free 60-minute Synergy exercise, 30-minute stretch relief and 30-minute stress relief with a licensed hypnotherapist. It’s also a kid-friendly event, with a kids’ boot camp available for the young ones. There will be free food samples from the Naked Gourmet.</p> <p>Want to learn more about running or cycling? The experts from the Runner’s Edge Boca Raton, will be on hand for an introduction to running, and Phil’s Cycle Ward (10 N.E. First Ave., Boca Raton) is also in on the fun. Owner Philip Scandariato tells the <em>Fit Life</em> that he’s setting up a few bikes on his new Wahoo KICKR power trainers, indoor trainers that mimic outdoor riding.</p> <p>“It’s as real as being on the road,” Scandariato says. “You can simulate drafting in the peloton, you can simulate cobblestones, sand and gravel. There are about 500 different courses.”</p> <p>The bikes (with flat pedals, so you don’t need special shoes) will be available for people to try for free during the Synergy fair. While you’re there, Scandariato says he’ll be serving free espresso shots.</p> <p>For more about the Synergy Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair, call Synergy Fitness Boca at 561/289-3383 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000;s Day Gift Guide<center> <p><img alt="" height="145" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/header.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_one.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>||  Heart-Embossed Chain Wallet, $295, <a href=";dwvar_51149460_color=603">Tory Burch</a> || </p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_two.jpg" width="487"></p> <p>||  Godiva Sweet Surrender Truffle Box, $30, The Gardens Mall ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_three.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>|| Two Hearts Gift Package, $39, <a href=",en_US,pd.html?start=2">Lush Cosmetics</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_four.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>|| Marc Jacobs Sheer Lip Gel, $30, <a href=";icid2=homepage_editorspicks_012915_carousel_P392351_link">Sephora</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="492" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayher_five.jpg" width="466"></p> <p>|| Miss Dior Eau de Toilette, $110, <a href="" target="_blank">Dior</a> || </p> <p><img alt="" height="136" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/header_him.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_one.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>|| Ivory Silvertip Shaving Brush, $195, <a href=",default,pd.html?start=2&amp;cgid=shaving-brushes-silvertip&amp;prefn1=shavingBrushGrade&amp;prefv1=Silvertip%7cSilvertip%20Badger%7cSilvertip%20Badger%20Hair&amp;navid=search">The Art of Shaving</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_two.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>|| Rep Bow Tie, $55, <a href=",default,pd.html?dwvar_A403_Color=NVGN&amp;contentpos=11&amp;cmp=AFC_CJ_Skimlinks_**REDIRECT+LINK**&amp;utm_medium=affiliates&amp;utm_source=cj&amp;utm_campaign=3640647&amp;cvosrc=affiliate.cj.3640647">Brooks Brothers</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_three.jpg" width="479"></p> <p>|| Fitbit Surge, $249, <a href="">Fitbit</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_four.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>|| Burberry Cuff Links, $195, <a href=";contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=584">Nordstrom</a> ||</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202015/vdayhim_five.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>|| Studio Wireless Headphones, $279, <a href="">Beats by Dr. Dre</a> ||</p> <p> </p> </center>Stefanie CaintoTue, 03 Feb 2015 13:51:00 +0000 NewsWhere to Treat Your Sweet(ie) on Valentine&#39;s Day, the Sequel<p>And even more Valentine’s Day restaurants. . . </p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/valentines-day.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pinon Grill</a> (<em>6000 Glades Road, 561/391-7770</em>) at the sprawling Town Center at Boca Raton has a few specials for your V-Day dining pleasure. (For the calendar-impaired, that’s Saturday, Feb. 14.) Among the offerings are bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops in saffron broth; wood-grilled brie-crusted filet mignon on a bed of wild mushrooms; and traditional tiramisu. You can order off the regular menu too.</p> <p>Passionate carnivores will want to head over the <a href="" target="_blank">Abe &amp; Louie’s</a> (<em>2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/447-0024</em>), where $115 per person will get V-Day lovers a three-course meal. First up is king crab bisque. Then comes filet mignon with twin Florida lobster tails with potato gratin and roasted tomato demi, followed by a dessert of Belgian chocolate brownie with cinnamon ice cream.</p> <p>In Palm Beach Gardens, <a href="" target="_blank">Cantina Laredo</a> (<em>4635 PGA Blvd., 561/622-1223</em>) is featuring a special cocktail—the Aphrodite Margarita—and a three-course meal that’s available from Thursday, Feb. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 14. For $35 per person you’ll get a choice of either mango salad or vegetable soup to start, sauteed shrimp with mango mole sauce or chicken breast with chipotle rancho sauce for an entree, and strawberries with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon chips or churros with Grand Marnier cajeta dipping sauce for dessert.</p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Casa D’Angelo</a> (<em>171 E. Palmetto Park Rd., 561/996-1234</em>), Angelo Elia’s excellent Boca Raton ristorante will be serving several V-Day specials, among them risotto with porcini mushrooms and white truffle oil and a 12-ounce bistecca alla Fiorentina.</p> <p>And if you don’t feel like getting fancy or maxxing out your credit card, put on your flips and a clean t-shirt and wander into <a href="" target="_blank">Grease Burger Bar</a> (<em>213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/651-1075</em>). You don’t need reservations, just an appetite and teeth. Order your sweetie one of their ginormous burgers off the regular menu or chomp down on a special brie-stuffed burger on a bed of arugula, red onion, prosciutto and fig jam. Wash it down with something off their lengthy list of craft beers, boutique whiskeys and artisan cocktails.</p> <p><em>And on a personal note, I’m off to the Sonoma Wine Country for the wedding of one of my best friends (and a little wine tasting on the side). Blogging will resume next week when I return. . .</em></p> <p>Did you miss the original Valentine's Day dining blog? <a href="/blog/2015/02/02/where-to-treat-your-sweetie-on-valentines-day" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more sweet dining options.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 03 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsBig issues on Delray&#39;s docket this week<h3><img alt="" height="130" src="/site_media/uploads/downtown-delray-beach-posh-properties.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Big votes in Delray</h3> <p>The members of the Delray Beach City Commission will earn their salaries this week.</p> <p>The commission will deal with two major issues, both of which will affect the city long after they depart. That goes not just for Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet—whom term limits will force them out this March and in March 2017, respectively—but for Cary Glickstein, Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia—all of whom could be serving for at least another five years.</p> <p>Let’s look at the issues in the order the commission will take them up. In terms of importance, the first probably matters more, but not by much.</p> <h4>Land regs</h4> <p>At its regular meeting Tuesday, the commission considers the latest and perhaps final version of new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. In plain language, those are rules for what downtown Delray Beach will look like.</p> <p>This needed update has been 15 months in the making. It is the product of many meetings among residents, developers —who sometimes are one and the same—business owners, city staff and the city’s consultants at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. It is on the agenda with changes in response to commissioners’ questions and priorities. When I asked Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little if he thought the regulations were in the “home stretch”—sorry for using a horse racing metaphor after the Super Bowl—he answered, “I do.”</p> <p>As in Boca Raton, development is the most emotional issue in Delray Beach. For all the criticism of downtown building in Boca, though, Delray residents may be even fiercer in their desire to protect their “village by the sea” as development has made that village a place that draws people from far beyond Delray’s borders.</p> <p>One priority was to keep downtown Delray walkable and attractive, even with all the restaurants. The proposed regulations address that priority down to the smallest details. Example: Sidewalk cafes would have to be at least 5 feet from the road, not just 2.5 feet, and the owners would have to provide at least a 6-foot pedestrian path.</p> <p>One headline for most residents will be new limits on height for buildings along East Atlantic Avenue. The regulations would create the “Atlantic Avenue Limited Height Area”— 125 feet to the north and south on Atlantic from Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal—where buildings would be limited to 38 feet and to three stories. Elsewhere, the limits would be 54 feet and four stories.</p> <p>Little believes that most people will focus on height and density. But those cover only a few of the 64 pages in the proposed regulations. “Some good things,” Little says, "won’t make headlines.” He says the changes would make things easier for smaller property owners and developers who weren’t building restaurants while maintaining “the historic nature” of downtown.</p> <p>A major change is the near-elimination of the bonus program allowing extra height and density if developers meet certain conditions. By approving the proposal, the commission then could create bonus programs designed to achieve certain goals in certain areas, such as additional office space. “That is not unreasonable,” Little says.</p> <p>The changes are contained in three proposed ordinances. Two would repeal the current regulations and replace them with the new rules, and make all the regulations consistent. Another would make the area along the Florida East Coast Railway track a fourth downtown “subdistrict” rather than a separate area. The proposal needs at least three votes tonight. There would be a second vote in two weeks.</p> <p>Commissioner Shelly Petrolia is pleased with what she has seen. “They did what we asked,” she said Monday. Regarding the limits on and near Atlantic Avenue, “Someone may challenge it,” Petrolia said, “but it would be worth the challenge.”</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein said the changes would “provide clarity to everybody,” meaning residents and developers. A better bonus plan would “give a better understanding of what the public can expect in return” for more height and density. One area to target, he said, would be Federal Highway after the makeover is done.</p> <p>Little says, “It is a testament to Delray Beach that every foot matters.” The proposal, he adds, is not formulaic. “It is tailored to this time and place.” Fifteen months of patient effort seem to have paid off.</p> <h4>Trash-hauling</h4> <p> On Wednesday at 9 a.m.—probably after little sleep—the commission will convene in a special meeting to rank competitors for Delray’s trash-hauling contract.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, the commission had been asked to approve the ranking of an appointed selection committee. Then came the release to commissioners of emails that might have revealed a violation of the bidding rules. Because of that and other questions, the commission voted to issue its own ranking.</p> <p>City Attorney Noel Pfeffer and City Manager Don Cooper investigated the emails. Last week, they concluded that there had been no intentional violations but that there were “potential incidental violations regarding an email inadvertently sent to a City employee and a mass mailer addressed to a City Commissioner from one of the proposers.” Translation: No harm, no foul.</p> <p>The conclusion was not surprising. The most plausible theory is that a Waste Management employee thought that she was emailing the company’s lobbyist, whose email address is very close to the address of a city employee who was not involved in the trash contract.</p> <p>Still, there are some humorous details in the rambling, sometimes redacted emails. Example:</p> <p>In December, with the bid process underway, Waste Management sponsored a float in Delray Beach’s holiday parade. A Parks and Recreation employee advised sponsors that no one could throw candy from the floats. “Can we hand out candy with drivers beside the float?” asked a Waste Management employee. Yes, handing out candy would be OK.</p> <p>The interesting aspect is that the emails revealed Waste Management’s dealings with Mary and Kevin McCarty, once a Delray Beach/Palm Beach County power couple, and some of their political allies. The McCartys went to prison on corruption charges from when Mary McCarty served on the county commission. Mayor Cary Glickstein called the email “somewhere between inadvertent and stupid” that has “no material impact” on the commission’s decision.</p> <p>The impact, though, may be on Delray Beach’s image and how the city appears to do business. Glickstein referred to the “cast of characters orbiting” the contract decision, “working on the assumption that something extraneous is going to matter,” as opposed to the quality of the company’s bid. “It’s insulting.”</p> <p>Commissioners will hear 15-minute presentations from each of the five companies, after which there will be 30 minutes for questions. The hope is that there will be few questions lingering after the city awards the contract, which is the city’s largest and could run for 12 years.</p> <h4>New face in the race</h4> <p>Delray Beach has a second city commission election on March 10. Ryan Boylston filed last Friday to run against Shelly Petrolia in Seat 5. According to the company’s website, Boylston is owner and CEO of Woo Creative, a Delray Beach marketing consultant.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 03 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Feb. 3 to 9<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/angela-bassett-malcolm-x-378x224.jpg" width="378"></p> <p><strong>What: “Malcolm X”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Kravis’ annual African-American Film Festival has run some fairly offbeat offerings in its decade-long existence, but this year, to celebrate its 10<sup>th </sup>anniversary, the series will focus on masterpieces, with three award-winning classics playing on Wednesdays during Black History Month. The series includes “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Color Purple” and, to kick things off, Spike Lee’s 1992 masterpiece “Malcolm X,” a fast-moving 202-minute journey into the complicated activist’s life, philosophies, tragedies and triumphs. It’s the sort of monumental production that transcends cinema and becomes a cultural touchstone, and it’s hard to believe it was so Oscar-snubbed back in 1993. A masterpiece indeed, with cameos by none other than Al Sharpton and Nelson Mandela.</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/ltj-rbf.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $24.50 advance, $26 day of show</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s not the first time these two venerated ska-punk totems have toured together, nor will it probably be the last. Emerging from the early ‘90s detritus of alt-rock’s commercial breakthrough, Gainesville’s Less Than Jake brought wry snark and sunny hooks to punk rock’s rougher edges, while California’s Reel Big Fish found much humor and commentary in the banality and minutiae of life and relationships. It’s hard to argue that both of these bands’ most inspired days are behind them—they peaked around 1998—but they’ve weathered changing music trends well into the 21<sup>st</sup> century, and have stayed true to their sonic visions. Reel Big Fish recently released a cheeky Christmas EP, while Less Than Jake are touring in support of 2013’s “See the Light.” Authority Zero, an Arizona ska-punk band that usually headlines its own shows, will open this one.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/main-altonbrown_don-chambers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Alton Brown</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$125</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In another life, Alton Brown was an accomplished cinematographer, shooting several music videos including R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.” But in the late ‘90s, the gastronomic arts beckoned, and Brown has been a culinary innovator ever since, thriving in the nexus of food and entertainment. He created the Food Network television show “Good Eats” and has played major roles on “Iron Chef America,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and other shows that treat food preparation as blood sport. His live shows, however, are a rarer bird—more comedy than competition. This madcap tour, the first of his career, is an uncategorizable mix of stand-up comedy, multimedia lecture, live music (the songs are about food, natch) and some “extreme” food preparation. The family-friendly show will also feature some flatulent puppets because, as Alton has said, “I am, when it comes down to it, a 4-year-old at heart.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/abracadabra.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of new exhibitions</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s that magical season for Hollywood’s Art and Culture Center—time once again for the museum’s annual “Abracadabra” exhibition and fundraiser, in which more than 100 hand-selected artists created new works of art specifically for the show, each of which will eventually grace the collection of a raffle ticket-buyer at a drawing at the exhibition’s March 13 send-off. For now, though, just enjoy the wide swath of artistic talent on display, with ambitious works in most media imaginable, including site-specific installations. Local rockers Chicken Liquor will perform at Friday’s opening reception, which also provides attendees a first peek at the Center’s other new shows: “Kubiat Nnamdie: Looking Glass,” “Ernesto Kunde: Intertwined” and “Tom Virgin: Open Book.”</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/artfesttitle2.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Outdoor Juried Art Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Mizner Park will bustle with more than 230 covered pop-up galleries this weekend for the 29<sup>th</sup> installment of its beloved Juried Art Festival. As always, the event promises artwork geared toward all tastes and budgets, but always of a quality that meets the standards of this year’s jurors: Walter O’Neill, director of the Boca Raton Museum Art School; photographer Allan Pierce; and plein art artist Ralph Papa. Visitors can absorb countless works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber art, photography, ceramics, pottery, wood art, mixed media, graphic design, craftwork and more, with the Best in Show artist earning a $3,000 prize. Attendees who donate a minimum of $5 to the Art School’s Scholarship Fund will receive free Boca Raton Museum of Art admission for that day.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/rebelutio.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Garlic Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $10-$20 per day</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-0907, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Reggae-rockers Rebelution (pictured) are accustomed to playing festivals, bringing smooth grooves and positive vibes to the stages of Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, among the 120 or so dates the band plays each year. Now, the Southern California road warriors can add the stinkiest of all Florida festivals to their growing schedule: The Delray Beach Garlic Festival. The quintet will headline Friday night at the Garlic Fest, with reggae funk-rockers Bushwood opening for it. On Saturday, garlic lovers should stick around for headliner Trombone Shorty, the prolific 28-year-old phenom from New Orleans, whose mastery of the wind brass instrument encompasses jazz, funk and rap. But, of course, the food is always center stage, from the signature flaming shrimp scampi to garlic crab cakes and garlic Argentine BBQ. And at the Garlic Chef competition, local toques will dish their best inventions involving the aromatic clove in their efforts to unseat Dada’s Bruce Feingold, the reigning 2013 and 2014 champion.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/chocolate.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Science of Chocolate”</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Included with paid museum admission ($12.95-$16.95)</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The South Florida Science Center has expanded its food- and drink-related programming since its rebranding a couple of years ago, but one foodie event that has long been a staple of its schedule is “Science of Chocolate,” which celebrates its 10<sup>th</sup> delectable anniversary this year. As the event’s title suggests, the Center will delve deeply into the chemistry of cocoa, exploring how and why it has become such a timeless treat—even pointing out its health benefits. Holdovers from previous years’ “Science of Chocolate” include a liquid nitrogen experiment, painting with M&amp;Ms, cocoa lip balm production and face painting. There is also a new tasting element this year that elucidates the relationship between solvents and solutes as chocolate melts in visitors’ mouths. Need we add there will also be a chocolate fountain?</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/glengarry.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Glengarry Glen Ross”</strong></p> <p>Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $54–$79</p> <p>Contact: 561/575-2223, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When announcing his 2014-2015 theater season, Andrew Kato, artistic director at the Maltz, said that “Glengarry Glen Ross” is the selection that pushes his audience the most. One of David Mamet’s most-produced plays is a claustrophobic, foul-mouthed, pessimistic vision of Hell on Earth as it relates to four Chicago real estate agents peddling toxic properties to duped buyers. Profanity has rarely felt as artful—as poetic, even—as in this play’s hotheaded exploration of unfettered machismo and cutthroat Darwinism. Characters include the magnetically sociopathic Ricky Roma, the tragically washed-up Shelley Levene, the antagonistic office manager John Williamson and the meek, manipulable James Lingk. Whether you’ve seen the riveting 1993 film version or any of the acclaimed Broadway revivals, “Glengarry” is a theatrical experience worth revisiting. Actor Peter Allas, who has amassed nearly 30 years of film and TV credits, will lead an otherwise all-South Florida cast, including Carbonell Award winners Dennis Creaghan and Todd Allen Durkin. The show runs through Feb. 22.</p>John ThomasonMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:36:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsWhere to Treat Your Sweet(ie) on Valentine&#39;s Day<p>“A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and. . . reservations.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/valentines-day.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Okay, so maybe that’s not the exact quote from <em>The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. </em>But if you want to treat your thou to a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and a really good dinner for Valentine’s Day (which, btw, is Saturday, Feb. 14)—and you’re not up to doing the work yourself—these fine establishments will be more than happy to do the heavy lifting for you.</p> <p>So maybe the phrase should read more like, “A jug of wine, a loaf of bread. . . and a 20-percent tip.” After all, it <em>is</em> Valentine’s Day.</p> <p>Check out one of Boca’s newest restaurants and chow down on a four-course, $80-per-couple dinner at Gary Rack’s <a href="" target="_blank">Farmhouse Kitchen</a> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/826-2625</em>). The farm-to-table, good-and-good-for-you eatery will offer a choice of apps (buffalo-style cauliflower, tuna sliders and bison lettuce cups), soup or salad, entrees (cider-glazed salmon, braised beef short rib and spaghetti squash casserole) and a dark chocolate dessert. Oh, and the price includes a bottle of wine. (And the regular menu will also be available.)</p> <p>At the <em>tres elegant</em> <a href="" target="_blank">Cafe Boulud</a> (<em>301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060</em>), they’ll be dishing up a three-course meal for $115 per person featuring two of the world’s most romantic ingredients—truffles and caviar. Think Parmesan risotto with shaved Perigord truffles and golden tilefish with citrus beurre blanc and caviar. There’s also a crab salad, duo of beef and multiple variations on a chocolate theme.</p> <p>Mizner Park’s <a href="" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> (<em>301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699</em>) will feature a special four-course, $69-prix fixe menu to complement the regular menu. It kicks off with a Parma tasting caprese, then moves on to Maine lobster ravioli, pan-seared Angus filet mignon and finishes with a dark chocolate tart with candied hazelnuts, praline crunch and blood orange gastrique. An assortment of petit fours too.</p> <p>One of the better deals around is at the various local <a href="" target="_blank">Bonefish Grill</a>s (Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Wellington). A $29.90 prix fixe dinner serves up three courses, starting with either the house of Caesar salad, then either a surf ‘n’ turf combo of filet mignon and lobster or sea bass stuffed with shellfish and napped with lemon-caper butter sauce, and finally chocolate creme brulee kissed (heh, heh) with Grand Marnier.</p> <p>Julien Gremaud’s <a href="" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> (<em>125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822</em>) will be offering its regular menu for brunch and dinner on V-Day, then at 9 p.m., will have a special seating, dishing up a four-course dinner for $85 per person. You’ll begin with goat cheese crostini with roasted tomato vinaigrette, then dig into pan-seared Chilean sea bass with roasted mushroom-quinoa cake, petit filet with madeira sauce and warm molten chocolate cake with strawberries and cream.</p> <p><em>For even more options, check out our <a href="/blog/2015/02/03/where-to-treat-your-sweetie-on-valentines-day-the-sequel" target="_blank">Valentine's Day dining guide sequel</a>.</em></p>Bill CitaraMon, 02 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsValentine’s Day Giveaway with the Gardens Mall<p>This year, we launched our #BocaMagGives campaign – a way to thank our readers for their support through a monthly giveaway! We’re doing things differently in February. Instead of announcing the winner on the 31st, we're awarding the gifts on the 14<sup>th</sup> of February as Valentine’s Day present to the people that matter to us the most.</p> <p><img alt="" height="553" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/februarygiveaway.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>We teamed up with <a href="" target="_blank">The Gardens Mall</a> (<em>3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens // 561/622-2115</em>) for a giveaway so BIG, you can't possibly miss it. Here are the fabulous items up for grabs this month:</p> <p>Michael Kors: Women's Cooper Watch MK5928</p> <p>Henri Bendel: West 57th Color Blocked Satchel</p> <p>Hamilton: Halcyon Days Heart Bracelet                 </p> <p>Kate Spade New York: Darling Compact</p> <p>Godiva: Chocolates</p> <p>Tory Burch: Candle</p> <p>Oil &amp; Vinegar: Balsam Vinegar</p> <p>The Gardens Mall: (2) $50 his-and-hers gift cards to be awarded to one person</p> <p>All you have to do is click here and hit “SHARE” on<a href="" target="_blank"> this Facebook post</a> – and you’re automatically entered to win one of the items above. Winners will be contacted by our web editor, Stefanie Cainto, via Facebook on Feb. 14 – so make sure to watch your Facebook messages!</p> <p><em>**All winners must respond by Monday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. or the prize is automatically forfeited. Winners are responsible for picking the items up at The Gardens Mall. Contact information will be provided to recipients.. </em></p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The Mag: Crimes of Passion<h4>If criminal history in Florida proves anything, it’s that love hurts – and, sometimes, leads to murder.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="484" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/crimes_of_passion.png" width="400"></p> <p>Illustration by Danielle Summerfeldt</p> <p><strong>Love.</strong></p> <p>It’s the center of our universe, right? Indeed, love—or the unsettling lack thereof— long has been the axis of all things human. We sing about love. We write about love. We pine for it, pray for it and, at times, rail against it.</p> <p>And when love really doesn’t go our way? Well, in the case of Glenn Close (or rather her character, Alex), you boil a pet rabbit on your ex’s stove. At least that’s how it happened in the movie.</p> <p>Sometimes, however, truth is even stranger than fiction. Sometimes “Fatal Attraction” scenarios play out for real.</p> <p>Sure, there are the occasional knee-slappers. Consider the 92-year-old Ocala woman who wanted the neighbor, 53, to kiss her. He wouldn’t, so she came back firing a gun. Or how about the Port St. Lucie woman, jealous that her boyfriend spent more time playing video games than paying attention to her, who shot him with a squirt gun—and was arrested and charged with domestic battery? Through Florida’s hot, lusty history, there have been some notable—and considerably more disturbing—crimes of passion, from the Panhandle to the tip of Key West. Here are some of the more historic cases.</p> <p>Unnerving, unsettling, unprecedented—and fueled by the utterly wrong definition of love. </p> <p><strong>The Lovesick Astronaut</strong></p> <p>By all accounts, at least until she made headlines for all the wrong reasons, Lisa Nowak was leading an enviable life. The Navy captain had trained with elite NASA crews, even flying on a shuttle mission in the summer of 2006. In a field dominated by men, Nowak was skilled and successful and very, very determined.</p> <p>Indeed, it was her determination—and a fizzling affair with another astronaut—that led to her eventual undoing.</p> <p>And the whole diaper thing didn’t much help.</p> <p>Nowak is the woman who drove like a bat out of hell from Houston to Orlando, wearing an adult diaper so she wouldn’t have to waste time in the restroom. Her mission? She wanted to confront the new lover of her ex-lover, NASA Cmdr. Bill Oefelein.</p> <p>Nowak had been seeing Oefelein for years. They’d met in 2004 during a Canadian training mission. But he had recently opted out, explaining he wanted to see Capt. Colleen Shipman. Exclusively. In February 2007, Nowak fastened her diaper, hopped in the car and headed for Central Florida.</p> <p>The criminal part of this saga erupted when Nowak, wearing a tan trench coat and a black wig—so as not to be recognized since the astronaut circle just isn’t that big—followed Shipman from baggage claim at Orlando airport to her car in the parking garage. Pretending to be lost and afraid, Nowak tried to muscle her way into Shipman’s car. Instead, Shipman cracked the window to tell Nowak she’d go for help. Nowak promptly pepper-sprayed Shipman, who then sped away. Initially, Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted murder. (Police found a BB gun, a steel mallet and a 4-inch knife in her car.) But as the case wore on, Nowak agreed to a plea deal that allowed her to seek counseling.</p> <p>As for the diaper, Nowak initially told police she’d worn it to save time on the 900-mile drive. Later, Nowak’s attorney called the story a fib. By then, police already had found new and soiled diapers in her car, which officers recorded as evidence.</p> <p>Man, love is messy.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsIn The Mag: Greatest Snow on Earth<h4><span>Utah may use it as a marketing ploy, but the slogan rings true at renowned ski destinations along the Wasatch Front.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/skiing.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>No longer Utah’s best-kept secret in the aftermath of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the ski scene outside of Salt Lake City now draws travelers from around the world looking to tackle the renowned slopes along the Wasatch Front.</p> <p>For well-traveled veterans of the South Florida ski community, the rich, diverse offerings at mountain resorts in Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon may not come as breaking news. But for enthusiasts just getting their ski boots wet at destinations around the country, Utah has its share of bucket-list allure.</p> <p>From the world-class accommodations and cuisine at Deer Valley to the intimate, family-friendly vibe at Solitude, the alpine resorts in north-central Utah offer more than enough to satisfy powder hounds of all levels.</p> <p>See for yourself.</p> <p>Park City Mountain Resort</p> <p><strong>The Big Deal:</strong> Ski Magazine readers ranked Park City Mountain Resort among North America’s top five resorts, and it’s easy to see why. Known for its diversity, the resort offers 13 signature runs (which virtually end in Park City itself) and a variety of extreme terrain park challenges for thrill-seekers, from the dramatic jumps on King’s Crown to the 22-foot halfpipe walls at Eagle Superpipe.</p> <p><strong>Don’t ski?</strong> Whiz down nearly 4,000 feet of varied mountain track in a Toboggan-style car on the Alpine Coaster ride, or soar through the air on the two-person Flying Eagle zip line, both rides you won’t soon forget.</p> <p><strong>The Vibe:</strong> Though the crowds here are young and laidback, the Resort has something for everyone, including youth programs and horse-drawn sleigh rides. In January, of course, Park City and its slopes become the center of\ the alternative film industry and its celeb culture during the Sundance Film Festival.</p> <p><strong>Don’t Miss:</strong> The resort offers an unforgettable Viking Yurt adventure that begins with a 25-minute snowcatpulled sleigh ride. Guests enjoy stunning views of the valley below and the stars above as the snowcat ascends 1,000 vertical feet to a cozy yurt snuggled into the mountainside. A mug of hot-spiced glogg welcomes diners into the yurt, where they’re seated for an elegant five-course dinner with live music.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 435/649-8111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Where To Stay:</strong></p> <p>The Lodge at the Mountain Village (435/649-0800): The Lodge offers a variety of rooms, from studio to fourbedroom condominiums, and is just steps away from Park City Mountain Resort activities with ski-in/ski-out access.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>magazineSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel In The Mag: 20 Reasons We Love Palm Beach<h4>Looking for an island getaway? Here’s your insider’s guide to one right up the road—which also happens to be America’s First Resort.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/breakers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Palm Beach has changed dramatically since the WASP-y days of society photographer Slim Aarons and perpetual debutante C.Z. Guest. It’s no longer just a playground for industrial titans, and dukes and duchesses. New Money long ago usurped the Brahmin class. The town even has a Starbucks.</p> <p>It’s also fun. Even accessible. Sure, there’s immense wealth and prestige, ocean-to-lake estates and towering privacy hedges, all complemented by dazzling landmarks like Mar-a-Lago and The Breakers. But there’s also great dining and shopping, and a scenic bike ride that winds along the Intracoastal for miles.</p> <p>Best of all, it’s right up the road. Here’s your handy guide to Palm Beach, from us to you. Call it island-hopping in your own backyard.</p> <p>[1] <strong>Grand Hotel:</strong> Today, The Breakers is synonymous with luxury on a grand Palm Beach scale, but its origins were more modest when Henry Flagler opened it as The Palm Beach Inn in 1896 to accommodate travelers on his Florida East Coast Railway. The hotel is distinguished by two landmark towers, a sweeping front drive—and the iconic Seafood Bar, great for an afternoon bubbly or two. It continues to be the site of many charity galas during social season—and is still privately run by the descendants of Henry Flagler.</p> <p>[2] <strong>Vintage Chic:</strong> Freshly squeezed juices and fruit at Tropical Fruit Shop on Royal Poinciana Way is your must-stop for great old Palm Beach. Browse the fun selection of souvenirs and unique gift items at Florida’s oldest fruit shipper. Gift baskets\ (remember those?) vary depending upon the season and availability. (261</p> <p>Royal Poinciana Way, 561/832- 3449)</p> <p>[3] <strong>Old-school Milkshakes:</strong> You never know who will be sitting next to you when you sidle up to the old-timey counter at Green’s Luncheonette for a great down-home breakfast or a classic BLT for lunch. But whatever you do, wash down your meal with one of Green’s famous milkshakes. (151 N. County Road, 561/832-4443)</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>Marie SpeedSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel In The Mag: Sexual Healing<p>According to a 2013 CNN study, 224 million roses were grown for Valentine’s Day, with flowers alone counting for $1.9 billion in sales. The same study revealed that some 6 million people were expecting or planning a marriage proposal for Feb. 14, while 85 percent of respondents said sex was an important part of Valentine’s Day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="598" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/wendyfader.jpg" width="396"></p> <p>Yes, love is in the air, though not all of us are breathing it.</p> <p>“Valentine’s Day is such a Hallmark card holiday,” says Wendy Fader, Ph.D, a board-certified sex therapist in Boca Raton (<em>5295 Town Center Road, 561/362-5530</em>). “The expectations are really high, and it sets up so many people for disappointment.”</p> <p>Fader would know. As a diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, she’s spent more than 20 years dealing with human sexuality—diagnosing and treating issues ranging from decreased libido and erectile dysfunction to body dysmorphia and sexual trauma.</p> <p>Along the way, she’s been published in Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness and contributed to books such as A Lifetime of Sex and The Book of Sex. In anticipation of the February flurry of pheromones, we asked Fader to sound off on a myriad of issues related to love and sex.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>John ThomasonSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsIn The MagazineIn The Mag: Take 5 with Béla Fleck<p>If you want to collect everything Béla Anton Leos Fleck has ever recorded, you’ll have to scour the entire music store. That’s because, over the course of almost 40 years, the man named after three classical composers has plucked his way into nearly every genre, leading with his versatile banjo.</p> <p><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/take5fleck.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The New York City native has released rustic bluegrass albums as a solo artist; experimented with rock and jazz fusion with his band, the Flecktones; performed with world-music congueros and violinists on triple concertos; and recorded African jazz during a whirlwind tour of the continent, which was captured in the 2009 documentary “Throw Down Your Heart.” Sometimes, on an album like 2011’s masterful “Rocket Science,” he’ll combine all of his influences in a fascinating cauldron of progressive bluegrass, jazz, rock, classical, world music and funk. He has been nominated for Grammies in more categories than any other musician.</p> <p>His latest project, which he’ll bring to Festival of the Arts Boca next month (March 6–15), is his most personal yet: a collaboration with his wife, Abigail Washburn, a fellow-banjoist and vocalist with her own generous discography. Fleck was introduced to Washburn in a setting worthy of a Hollywood romance: at a square dance, where she was dancing and he was playing. They’ve since released a phenomenal self-titled album of Appalachian blues, chamber folk and Americana that sounds like it could be 60 years old or recorded yesterday. No less than seven banjos were employed during its production, and Fleck is thrilled to share the results with the Festival audience, with his partner—in life and onstage—by his side.</p> <p><strong>Q1 When/how did you discover that the banjo was the instrument for you?</strong></p> <p>I first heard banjo on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” It was Earl Scruggs, and the playing was profound. Like so many other banjoists to be, my interest was ignited by Earl’s amazing musical soul. Luckily my grandfather brought home a banjo from a garage sale when I was 15, and I jumped on it.</p> <p><strong>Q2 You’ve gone in more directions with the banjo than any other artist I can think of. Do you think many artists underestimate the utility of this instrument?</strong></p> <p>Probably, although banjo is much better received than it was a decade ago. I could be said to be on a bit of a musical crusade for the honor of this much maligned and magnificent instrument. Although the Southern white music that most people associate banjo with is fabulous, there is a lot more to the story. The African roots of the banjo, its place in the formation of jazz, blues, the banjo orchestras and the heyday—when Eddie Peabody filled up major concert halls for months—are largely forgotten.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>John ThomasonSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicIn The Mag: The Slice Is Right<h4>Man (and woman, for that matter) cannot live on pepperoni and cheese alone. Thankfully, pizzerias in and around Boca play by their own set of rules, baking pies for every palate imaginable.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/pizza.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Pizza is as American as Mom, baseball, apple pie and complaining about taxes. Though as an invention it’s purely Italian—the word “pizza” is said to have been first mentioned in 997 A.D. in the town of Gaeta, and the pizza as we know it originated in Naples in the late 18th century—it’s become so popular in the U.S. that it’s gained the same iconic status as another celebrated food with European roots, the hamburger.</p> <p>Just how much do we Americans love pizza?</p> <p>A quick Web search reveals that every man, woman and child in the United States eats an annual average of 23 pounds of pizza, which translates to 350 slices per second or 3 billion pies a year. Pizza is a $30 billion-a-year industry, with more than 61,000 pizzerias representing 17 percent of all U.S. restaurants and more than 10 percent of all food-service sales.</p> <p>That’s an awful lot of pizza.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, that also translates to an awful lot of options. Local pizzerias are embracing the pie in all its diverse glory, from the classic Neapolitan margherita topped only with tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil to more elaborate pies crowned with smoked salmon and caviar, not to mention dozens of different varieties in-between.</p> <p>If the options seem more challenging to get through than a deep-dish pie with everything but anchovies, not to worry.</p> <p>We have you covered with pizza possibilities in the area, ranging from New York and Chicago to French and Sicilian.</p> <p>After all, it’s practically our patriotic duty.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsIn The Mag: Review on Jove Kitchen &amp; Bar<p><strong>Location:</strong> 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/533-3750</p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/jove.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Jové is named for the Italian god of the sky. It’s not inappropriate, as the folks at the Four Seasons Palm Beach were in fact reaching for the heights when it came to reconstituting their premier restaurant—formerly bearing the grimly unimaginative moniker of “The Restaurant”—as a tony outpost of modern, inventive Italian-inspired food and drink.</p> <p>To be honest, many of these big-time corporate “rebrandings” chiefly involve slapping a veneer of lipstick on the same tired pig and hiring a PR agency to brag about it. But resort executive chef Darryl Moiles, restaurant chef Mauro Zanusso, general manager Karma Tsepal and the rest of the Four Seasons’ crew really did rethink, rework and redo damn near everything, crafting a wholly new restaurant from the ground up, with a careful eye on the twin missions of today’s high-end hotel eateries: 1) inviting in a younger, hipper, more foodie-oriented clientele, while 2) not scaring off the older, more conservative diners that have traditionally been such hotels’ house-baked bread and imported European butter.</p> <p>That Jové works so well at both is a tribute and a pleasure, as it allows you to dine as the mood strikes you, modestly adventurous or safely classical. You can even dine modestly, at least as far as price goes, as Jové offers both thin-crusted stone-fired pizzas and commendable pastas, all but one under $20. And dine we did, though rather less modestly, beginning with a half-dozen glistening Malpeque oysters, slippery nuggets of sweetbriny lusciousness that required only the merest squeeze of lemon to highlight their freshfrom- the-sea flavor.</p> <p>Then it was on to the chef’s sublime interpretation of the classic vitello tonnato, quarter-sized coins of fork-tender veal loin, fanned in a circle over a pool of tuna sauce like liquid silk and garnished with fried capers, oven-dried tomatoes, a handful of infantile greens and two witty, chef-inspired touches—a tiny poached quail egg infused with coffee and twin sticks of celery given a bright-tasting jolt of lemon.</p> <p>We practically lapped up the creamy Gorgonzola sauce that graced pillow-y gnocchi laced with figs, then we sat back to await our entrées. A snowy-white fillet of flounder was the night’s lone disappointment. Though not the freshest piece of fish I’ve ever eaten, it may have been the saltiest, something the accompanying leek fondue and terrific little layered potato cake were helpless to remedy.</p> <p>A duet of lamb, however, returned the universe to its rightful order, a pair of thick-cut chops and slices off the loin with goat cheese, lamb jus and house-made mint jelly. The combination of flavors—salty sweet, meaty, herbal—is like a party for your taste buds.</p> <p>So too is the plush, satiny lemon panna cotta, a suave lily gilded with prosecco jelly, sweet-tart blackberry granite and (inexplicably) strands of fried pasta. A traditional Italian dessert, meringata di lampone, a sort of meringue tart with flakes of bitter chocolate and raspberry sorbet, could have used more chocolate and sorbet and less meringue, though when you’re reaching for the sky, grabbing a handful of clouds once in a while comes with the territory.</p> <p><strong>Raising the Bar</strong></p> <p>The inventiveness of Jové’s kitchen extends to the bar, where classic cocktails made with premium spirits are poured alongside complex concoctions that use an array\ of house-made infusions, syrups and garnishes. I was particularly taken with\ the Fernet Branca Manhattan, which gives the traditional Manhattan a kick with the famously bitter Italian digestif, California’s boutique Breaking &amp; Entering bourbon, high-end Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Angostura bitters and a juicy brandied cherry. It’s pricy at $16, but it makes a lovely pre- or post-dinner cocktail.</p> <p><strong>IF YOU GO</strong></p> <p>PRICES: Entrées $14–$120 (for two)</p> <p>HOURS: Daily 5:30–10 p.m.</p> <p>WEBSITE: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em>For more from our dining guide, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsIn The Mag: Ilene Greenberg<h4><span>Meet a Boca businesswoman who vows to take the pain out of high-heel shoes.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/ilenegreenberg.jpg" width="489"> </p> <p>Three years ago, Ilene Greenberg’s description of high-heeled shoes required just two words: gorgeous and pain.</p> <p>“Comfort? Not so much,” she says with a laugh.</p> <p>In September 2011, Greenberg launched a company that aspired to change such perceptions. Design Comfort Shoes, since renamed <a href="" target="_blank">Irresistible by Design Comfort Shoes</a>, creates sexy, high-heeled shoes that are—here’s the kicker—comfortable.</p> <p>“If you look at shoes right now, it was really time for something like this,” she says. “[The shoe industry is] engineering comfort in sneakers. Why do we have to engineer comfort in sneakers? They’re comfortable already.”</p> <p>Prior to launching Irresistible, Greenberg had been in leadership and development roles for more than 20 years, including several startup companies. She always knew she wanted to have her own startup but had no clue what it would be.</p> <p>It was only after watching a “Dr. Oz” promo that the idea struck her. The clip was on stiletto surgery, a procedure where women surgically alter their feet so they fit into their sky-high heels. Some women even went as far as cutting their little toes off.</p> <p>While Greenberg understood the suffering high heels cause, the idea of surgery, she felt, was nothing short of crazy. So she decided it was time to change the shoe, not the foot. She brought together a podiatrist, a chiropractor and a physical therapist to find the stress points for heels. Then she approached Footwear Concept &amp; Design, a German shoe company, to engineer a design based on her physicians’ research and her personal experience with high heels.</p> <p>Then came the research and design, prototyping, sample development, sample testing, then more development and more testing. When they found a manufacturer, they went through the entire process again.</p> <p>“Whenever something bad happened, for the first hour, my eyes would glaze over and [I’d] go, ‘oh God, this is terrible,’” she says. “But then I’d say, ‘This is exactly what we need to know now so that we can not have this problem when we go to production.’”</p> <p>The process took almost three years because the technology they created for the shoes is unique. The patent-pending design encompasses a shock-absorbent sole, a highly cushioned footbed, stretch panels to accommodate to the shape of your foot and a heel with unmatched stability.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineIn The Mag: Madam Mayor<h4><span>As she approaches the one-year mark as mayor of Boca Raton, Susan Haynie looks back on the city’s past and weighs in on issues that will impact its future.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/susanhaynie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When asked about the difference between serving a term on the Boca Raton City Council (this is her fifth) and sitting in the mayor’s chair (to which she was elected last March), Susan Haynie admits that it’s a matter of making the city’s most wanted list.</p> <p>“It’s busy! It’s very busy. But I’m enjoying it,” says the longtime resident of Boca (40-plus years). “Everybody wants the mayor to come to their event. Everybody wants the mayor to come cut their ribbon. Everybody wants the mayor to come speak. So I’ve been very popular lately.</p> <p>“I think that’s one of the greatest parts of being a locally elected official—being out in the community. I enjoy helping people and connecting with people, so I try to attend as much as I can.”</p> <p>Haynie’s involvement with the city dates back to 1974, when she worked for the engineering department. During her 10 years there, she recalls, “the city was really evolving into more of the community that it is today.”</p> <p>When her five children were older (her husband is Neil Haynie), she returned to civic life by serving on city boards. “I served on the Planning and Zoning Board for five years,” she says. “There was a time when every council member had come through the Planning and Zoning Board.”</p> <p>In 2000, Wanda Thayer was term-limited off the council, and Haynie decided to run. “When I saw the individuals that stepped up to run for that open seat, I thought, ‘I’m more qualified and more well-prepared than they are,’” she says.</p> <p>Fourteen years later, Haynie became the fourth woman in city history to occupy the mayor’s chair. She sat in that seat, inside her City Hall office, while addressing a variety of issues with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong><em>What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the city in the past 14 years?</em></strong></p> <p>Probably the downtown. Mizner Park came out of the ground pretty quickly, but then nothing much happened. It wasn’t really until six years ago that the downtown started to build some momentum to finalize the vision. What’s happening down there now is the construction of residential, which is what’s missing. We need that critical mass of people in the downtown to patronize the other retail and to really make it work. But it comes with concern.</p> <p><strong><em>Some residents complain that Boca Raton has approved too much downtown development. What is your response?</em></strong></p> <p>The original Downtown Development of Regional Impact (DDRI) entitled the downtown with 8 million square feet of buildable [space]. And\ that happened well before I came on the scene. We’re bound by that. It was a very structured approval—the creation of the Community Redevelopment Agency [whose boundaries are considered “the downtown”] and then the approval of the DDRI. That set out the regulatory framework and the entitlements for downtown. So we’re just executing a plan that was set in motion many years before.</p> <p><em>(Editor’s note: According to the city, just 17.1 percent of that 8 million square feet remains to be approved for development.)</em></p> <p><em><strong>But what about those fears?</strong></em></p> <p>The overwhelmed aspect is because now that the real estate recession has turned around, suddenly we’ve got all this construction at the same time. Over the last 10 years, we had maybe one building a year, and now we have several under construction simultaneously.</p> <p>I think the citizens in our community don’t understand, or we haven’t done a good job of communicating the difference in the downtown versus the rest of the city. It’s a more intense model, more intense structures than we permit anywhere else in the community, and that we need to communicate. A lot of people’s fear is that they see these buildings in the downtown and are concerned that the whole city is going to turn into a lot of intense, tall structures, and it’s just not going to happen.</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Randy SchultzSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsIn The Mag: Bite-sized Research<h3>A St. Mary’s surgeon reaches into the jaws of Florida’s most feared predators for answers to questions that could save lives.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/shark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>According to research done at the University of Florida, the chances of a human being bitten by a shark are roughly 11.5 million to one. Those odds are slightly less favorable for those of us in the Sunshine State, the undisputed capital of the world in shark bites.</p> <p>However rare, <strong>Dr. Robert Borrego</strong> is working to ensure that the chance of surviving a shark attack is no less than 100 percent. The trauma and critical care surgeon at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach is spearheading studies aimed at determining the types of bacteria that different sharks carry.</p> <p>According to Borrego, St. Mary’s treats not only Florida’s shark bite victims but also people who have been attacked in Caribbean and Bahamian waters. The fear with many of these patients is that the bites will become infected. Borrego hopes that, through his research, doctors around the world will be able to one day offset potential infection with targeted antibiotics.</p> <p>“The way that we traditionally treat patients is with broad spectrum antibiotics,”</p> <p>Borrego says. “It’s like a shotgun approach, where we use the broadest antibiotics and hope that we eliminate the infection. But antibiotics also carry complications and toxicity to patients, so we wanted to know if we could find out what types of antibiotic would be more specific for treating these infections.”</p> <p><em>For more from this story, pick up the February issue of</em><em> </em>Boca Raton. You can also subscribe <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonSun, 01 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyIn The MagazineFashion Forward: Super Sales and Beauty Trend Show<p><strong><img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/bloomingdales.gif" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>The Makeup Date: </strong>This one’s worth waking up for. Bloomingdales in Boca Raton at Town Center is opening its doors at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday for an exclusive beauty event. The latest trends in lips, eyes and skincare will be showcased down the runway. After the show expert, makeup artists will offer one-on-one beauty advice. Guests will take home limited-edition travel bags filled with beauty samples. Breakfast bites and refreshments will be served. There is a $25 reservation fee that can be credited towards a cosmetics purchase of your choice. Call 561/394-2044 for more information and to secure your spot. <em>(6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>LF Only Sale of the Season</strong>: If you haven’t checked this sale out yet, you’re missing out. Everything in the entire store is 60 percent off or more. The price of jeans was just slashed to $68 and skirts and skorts are only $36. Get there before it’s all gone. <em>(417 Plaza Real, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>Neiman Marcus Last Call: </strong>The end of season sale is going on now in Sawgrass Mills mall. Winter clothes, including cashmere, have been reduced by an extra 50 percent. All clearance items are half off and everything else in the store is discounted by up to 40 percent. The sale is going on now through Feb. 6. (<em>12801 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise)</em></p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:33:00 +0000 NewsSurreal Time<p>Like it or not, surrealism and magic are safe words. The latter has devolved into unpredictable explorations of the unknown to well-practiced sleight of hand performed at children’s parties and on cruise ships. The former has mutated from an avant-garde art movement to the stuff of commercials and Muppets movies, culminating in the 1998 exhibition “Pop Surrealism,” in which 73 artists toiled in the once-unfathomable marriage of surrealist art and popular culture.</p> <p><img alt="" height="589" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fa35ffb89be69f09e183f9eae4100a87.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There was a time when surrealism and magic were the antithesis of popular culture, when they challenged the status quo rather than played into it, when their ideas were too radical to be understood, let alone appreciated, by the masses. This is the era celebrated in the revealing, if overly bookish, exhibition “Surrealism and Magic,” organized by Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and opening this week at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.</p> <p>The exhibit amasses some 100 objects, drawn largely from the library of surrealist artist and engraver Kurt Seligmann, and encompassing drawings, collages, books, prints, paintings, photography and video, most of them from surrealism’s early to mid-20<sup>th</sup> century heyday. Cramming what feels like an entire course syllabus into one small exhibition space, the show examines the links between the art and the magical beliefs that fascinated its creators, from occultism, alchemy and shamanic philosophies to Mexican, Native American and vodou practices.</p> <p>“Surrealism and Magic” brims with a spirit of openness to new ideas, new paradigms of (il)logic, new portals of consciousness explored without heed to their results. Its introductory wall text includes a quote from Russian esotericist Peter Ouspensky that transcends the exhibition’s subject and speaks to the role of the artist then and now: “The artist must be a clairvoyant: He must see that which others do not see.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/9cb64c55cef9815d062af6b35a2634ed.jpg" width="236"></p> <p>In our jaded times, where nothing shocks us, it’s difficult to comprehend just how much these works upended their establishments—politically, religiously, artistically. “Surrealism and Magic” extends its reach all the way to Albrecht Durer’s early 16<sup>th</sup> century woodcut “Adam and Eve/Small Passion,” a provocative surrealist antecedent that imagines the first Biblical couple as muscular, equine figures, arm in arm and feeding an apple to a serpent. The exhibition traces a line from this piece to Victor Brauner’s “Woman With Serpent’s Body in a Tree,” which plays with perception, identity and especially theocratic precepts.</p> <p>As the surrealist movement gained traction and absorbed forbidden fruits of influence, the works in this show become fascinatingly obscure and open to interpretation. A painting like Leonara Carrington’s “El Nigromante” is driven by dense symbolism, while Wilfredo Lam’s “Motherhood” seems inspired more by Freudian psychology, with its signature image of a maternal figure with a horned horse-head cradling a crazed baby. Others, like Man Ray’s “Fortress and Eggs,” are simply playful disruptions, existing for seemingly no other reason than to shatter all notions of perspective in art.</p> <p><img alt="" height="145" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/sam-seligmannspecs-banner.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Seligmann himself (pictured above) is the most represented artist in the exhibition, and his work defines the surrealist ethos of reimagining reality as we know it, forcing us, in “La Sorciere,” to see a witch in a humanoid collection of objects: a flag, a spoon, a giant leaf, a capital dome, a saddle. Similar works such as “The First Aviator” and “Marathon” are veritable Rube Goldberg machines of random but connected objects, subverting dimensionality (I’m betraying my politics here, but the first thing I saw in Seligmann’s “Vampyre” was Dick Cheney). Seligmann’s famous cyclonic, semi-abstract paintings are represented as well, along with such large-scale mind-blowers as Roberto Matta Echaurren’s vision of machine-age menace, “Oeufficiency,” with its phallic, totemic figures engaged in mysteriously threatening behavior.</p> <p>Before you know it, pop-culture already infringes on the movement. A still from a Disney cartoon accompanies a quote from Salvador Dali, who stated after a trip to the U.S. that Harpo Marx, Walt Disney and Cecil B. DeMille were surrealists. It is perhaps no surprise that the most popular work in this exhibit during my visit was its most pop-cultural selection: Mark Wallinger’s 10-minute video “The Magic of Things,” which isolates scenes of self-moving objects from episodes of “Bewitched.” Divorced from the presence of human will, these brief shots of self-running vacuums, falling chairs and hovering china have more sinister implications than intended in their original, candy-colored sitcom form, suggesting a world in metaphysical anarchy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mark_wallinger_the_magic_of_things_2010_videostill_courtesy_carliergebauergallery-_and-artist2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Wallinger video is the most popular item in the exhibition because it’s nostalgic and funny, but also because it doesn’t have much show-stopping competition. The problem with “Surrealism and Magic” is that so much of its most intriguing work is presented in the single pages of books spread open under glass, small in size and out of our reach. Moreover, many of the works only illuminate when accompanied by the context of voluminous wall text. There is arguably more to read than to see in this exhibition, which is an exceptional study guide but perhaps not the perfect art show.</p> <p>For an exhibition that is all about seeing, you can always stick around for “The Wandering Veil,” the Boca Museum’s exhibit of Israeli-born artist Izhar Patkin’s paintings, sculptures and tulle fabric murals, the latter of which take up entire walls of the museum’s first-floor gallery. It’s an outstanding achievement, and one that probably deserves its own separate column here.<em> </em></p> <p><em>“Surrealism and Magic” and “The Wandering Veil” run through April 5 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission costs $10-$12. For information, call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:09:11 +0000 & EventsIl Contadino Debuts in Delray<p>Michael Menna is hoping his new eatery isn’t a “Nightmare.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="395" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-30_at_8.08.09_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>Menna, whose ex-wife was chef-owner of the late Anna Vincenzo’s in Boca, in 2009 the subject of a savaging by celeb chef Gordon Ramsey on his “Kitchen Nightmares” program, has opened his own place in the old Sefa Mediterranean Grill in Delray’s Pineapple Grove neighborhood.</p> <p>It’s <a href="" target="_blank">Il Contadino</a> (<em>165 N.E. Second Ave., 561/330-0004</em>), a modest but classy spot touting “farm to table” Italian fare, mostly familiar dishes that give diners the option of adding various proteins to various pastas and sauces, plus veal and chicken paillards that can be prepared in various ways. There’s also a roster of specials, including a double-cut pork chop served “scarpariello” (“shoemaker”) style, roasted rack of veal and blackened seafood salad.</p> <p>As for Anna Vincenzo’s, it closed not a year after Ramsey attempted his televised makeover and was later sold. It’s now Nino’s of Boca II.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsDelray Beach Laugh with the Library<p><img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/10407212_10152341556052805_4543792098062512720_n.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Everyone knows the number one rule at the library is to use your quiet voice. But nobody ever said you couldn’t laugh loudly. In fact, the Delray Beach Public Library is asking you to do just that.</p> <p>The ninth annual <a href="" target="_blank">Laugh with the Library</a> benefit is coming to the Delray Beach Marriott on Friday, Jan. 30. This year’s event will be headlined by Paul Mecurio, the Emmy-winning comedian known for his work on “The Daily Show.” He’ll have you roaring with laughter as you fill up on cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.</p> <p>“Last Comic Standing” comedian Ricky Cruz will open the show. The night will be hosted by special guest, Paul Castronovo of BIG 105.9's "Paul &amp; Young Ron Show."</p> <p>Library board members, Becky Walsh and Heidi Sargeant, are once again co-chairing the event. Tickets are $175 and proceeds will go towards expanding the Children's Department and the library's "Foothold on the Future" campaign. Last year, the event raised more than $85,000 to enhance programs for children and teens.</p> <p>For tickets and more information, call 561/266-0775. You can also purchase tickets <a href=";oseq&amp;c&amp;ch" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 29 Jan 2015 12:02:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsBoca goes to new heights plus more<h3>Getting high(er) in Boca</h3> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/wptv-boca-construction_20140101115117_640_480.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Depending on your perspective, the Boca Raton City Council this week either made a sensible decision that will help the city’s downtown or showed residents that their concern about the downtown is justified.</p> <p>The issue for the council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, was whether to approve a new design for the Tower One Fifty-Five condo that adds 40 feet of height. The 4-1 approval wasn’t surprising; Compson Associates could not have asked for the extra height if the council hadn’t already reduced from 2 acres to 1.2 acres —strictly for Compson—the minimum size of parcels that could go taller by using the city’s design guidelines</p> <p>The argument for Tower One Fifty-Five:</p> <p>A project that began with 209 units and then dropped to 192 units was now seeking 170 units. Fewer units will mean fewer residents, and thus less traffic. Since the developers could have built an office project, which would have generated far more traffic, Tower One Fifty-Five won’t create a bottleneck on East Boca Raton Road. In fact, the project will have more parking spaces than required.</p> <p>Also, the city’s consultants and staff praised the design of Tower One Fifty-Five. Council supporters said the city adopted those design guidelines to preserve the look that residents like. There will be no setback issues.</p> <p>Finally, as Councilman Mike Mullaugh argued, all the other residential downtown residential projects under construction or just completed are rentals. Tower One Fifty-Five will add the high-income, long-term downtown residents Boca Raton needs for downtown businesses. Overall, this project is much better than the one the council approved two years ago.</p> <p>The argument against Tower One Fifty-Five:</p> <p>The developers played the usual game. They acted as though they were helping the city when they really were helping themselves. There will be fewer units, but they will be more expensive units, meaning the developers’ profit potential will be greater. The 10-foot ceilings now possible will raise sale prices.</p> <p>Despite all the praise for the design, the taller building—the easternmost of the three towers—will be too high for that low-rise neighborhood on the edge of downtown. The neighbors weren’t crazy about the 100-foot project; now they will get a taller one. Why not delay a decision until the city can evaluate the <a href="" target="_blank">Mark at Cityscape</a>, which also got the extra height by using design guidelines—on a larger site?</p> <p>Finally, this is just Boca politics. The council changed the rule to please a company that donates to political campaigns. Councilman Robert Weinroth responded to a Facebook posting of his donations by saying that the money “doesn’t cloud my judgment.” Last September, Weinroth received $2,000 from James and Robert Comparato, the principals of Compson Associates, and from the company. As it turned out, Weinroth was unopposed for reelection.</p> <p>Mullaugh, Weinroth, Constance Scott and Scott Singer voted for the approval. Mayor Susan Haynie voted no. As she stated earlier, Haynie worried about the precedent.</p> <p>Then there’s public cynicism. When residents complain about the pace and size of downtown building, Haynie and other council members respond—correctly—that the council is following a plan approved two decades ago on how much development the city would allow. Even with all the current projects, downtown is not built out.</p> <p>But the next council will have to deal with New Mizner on the Green, which could be the most controversial project in recent memory. As Haynie said Wednesday, Tower One Fifty-Five did not present a height issue like New Mizner on the Green, “but it is an issue of added height.” Haynie agreed that “it’s a beautiful building,” and said James Comparato “is one of the best developers in South Florida.” But, Haynie said, “All the things they said they could do with a 140-foot building they could have done with a 100-foot building.”</p> <p>Haynie noted that city staff will do that evaluation of the Mark in April. Boca Raton will wait to see whether Tower One Fifty-Five’s supporters or critics were right.</p> <h3>New face in the race </h3> <p>Delray Beach’s March 10 city commission election continues to be fluid.</p> <p>Chris Davey had withdrawn from the Seat 3 race, leaving just Christina Morrison and Bruce Bastian. But on Tuesday, the first day of qualifying, Mitchell Katz again made it a three-candidate race.</p> <p>Katz told me Wednesday that he had been prepared to support Davey. When he learned that Davey had to drop out because of a family emergency, Katz talked with his wife last weekend and decided to get in, even though he had done nothing to organize a campaign.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t run against (Mayor) Cary (Glickstein) or (Commissioner) Shelly (Petrolia),” Katz said. Both are on the ballot. “I have too much respect for them.” All seats are at-large, and Katz got into Seat 3 “because I felt that the two candidates weren’t the best for the city.”</p> <p>Katz moved to Delray Beach 13 years ago after “falling in love with my wife and the city” on the same night—their first date, at Boston’s on the Beach. They live in Bexley Park, in northwest Delray, and Katz says he would be the first commissioner who lives west of Interstate 95 in nearly a decade. Pat Archer was the last. (For comparison, three of Boca Raton’s five commissioners live west of I-95. So does City Manager Leif Ahnell.)</p> <p>Meanwhile, Victor Kirson withdrew from the Seat 1 race against Petrolia. If no one else qualifies by the Feb. 10 deadline, the two incumbents will be unopposed. Seat 3 incumbent Adam Frankel is term-limited.</p> <h3>And still more trash talk</h3> <p>As expected, the Delray Beach City Commission on Tuesday substituted itself for the selection committee that had ranked the five bidders for the city’s trash-hauling contract. The move makes it more likely that the losing company will file a bid protest, but it also makes it more likely that the selection will be credible and transparent.</p> <p>Though Southern Waste Systems submitted the lowest bid, the five-member committee ranked Waste Management first and Southern Waste Systems second. Under rules set up by the interim city manager, who appointed the committee last year, price counted just 50 percent of the decision. Other factors, such as service record and equipment, counted a combined 50 percent. Assistant City Manager Francine Ramaglia chaired the selection committee.</p> <p>On last week’s agenda was an item asking for the commission to approve the committee’s recommendation. The commission delayed that decision because of a possible violation of the bidding rules. We discussed that in Tuesday’s post, and there isn’t much new to say until the city completes investigation into emails involving Waste Management and some of the company’s supporters.</p> <p>Another issue last week, though, was that the selection committee did not provide sufficient explanation of how those other factors enabled the committee to rank Waste Management first. In addition to service and equipment was the vague “Any other relevant information.”</p> <p>What does that mean? What “relevant information” did the committee consider? How much weight did the committee give that “relevant information?” There might have been good reasons to recommend that Delray Beach stay with the company that has been providing service without previously having to bid for it, even at a higher cost. Judging by their comments, though, the residents didn’t hear that persuasive “relevant information,” even after Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner’s presentation. There also are questions about late changes that narrowed the price gap between the two companies.</p> <p>So next Wednesday, the commissioners will hear presentations from the companies, and then set a date to make their rankings. One big issue will be how the commissioners first determine their individual rankings and then the commission’s collective ranking.</p> <p>“I think there will be a lot of discussion after the presentations,” Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said, “and we will find a fair and balanced way to rank.” If that happens, it will be less likely that a bid protest succeeds.</p> <h3>How big are we?</h3> <p>How big is South Florida? As an economy, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties would rank 41st in gross domestic product worldwide if we were a country.</p> <p>According to a new report from the Brookings Institution’s <em>Global Metro Monitor</em>, the South Florida economy is a roughly $262 billion engine. For perspective, greater New York City’s economy is roughly $1.4 trillion. Of course, business leaders in this area are keen to get some of that hedge fund industry here.</p> <p>Also for perspective, the South Florida economy still is 0.4 percent below where it was at the start of the Great Recession. Employment has come back better. It’s nearly 2 percent higher than it was in 2009. That’s good, but far from really good, and it likely indicates that the new jobs pay less than the jobs we lost.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 29 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;A Most Violent Year&quot;<p>J.C. Chandor may be the next David O. Russell, who himself was the next Steven Soderbergh—slippery filmmakers who defy notions of directorial authorship, whose newest project is always markedly different from the previous one in style and content. This tendency can be both liberating and frustrating when approaching their movies, whose only predictable direction is their unpredictability.</p> <p>Chandor’s debut project was the riveting financial drama “Margin Call,” a playlike exploration of Wall Street avarice on the eve of the Great Recession. His sophomore film, “All is Lost,” featured no dialogue, and was a purely cinematic, observational, and experiential account of a man marooned at sea. His latest movie, the crime thriller “A Most Violent Year,” which opens Friday, shifts gears a third time, channeling a “Goodfellas”-like ambience in its tale of immigrant oil magnate Abel Morales struggling to stay on the straight and narrow in a corrupt New York City, circa 1981.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/a-most-violent-year.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Abel is played by Oscar Isaac, whose performance here couldn’t be more different from his star-making turn as the self-destructive folkie Llewyn Davis. Here, he seethes with the intensity and drive of a young De Niro. His character is expanding his heating-oil empire into different boroughs of Manhattan, but growth comes at many an expense: His tankers are being stolen or siphoned by competitors, his drivers bloodied, his privacy threatened by gun-bearing prowlers.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the state’s D.A. (David Oyelowo) plans to indict him for suspected cooked books, and his loyal moneylender considers jumping ship. All of this comes at a time in which a major seaport expansion will make or break his business—and the money to finish the deal seems to be slipping through his fingers. Does he continue to stay straight, or does he resort to the mafia tactics of his competitors?</p> <p>“A Most Violent Year” contains flashes of both of Chandor’s previous ventures; it’s dialogue-driven, like “Margin Call,” but it contains enough wordless, moody chase scenes to conjure the image-driven storytelling of “All is Lost.” Months ahead of its release, “A Most Violent Year” earned some Oscar whispers, but considering the hype that precedes it, it feels undercooked.</p> <p>On the plus side, Chandor successfully creates an atmosphere of danger around every corner, and he deserves credit for reimagining New York City in its all of its former grit and grime—its graffitied walls, its gangster dinners, its subway floggings. Kudos, too, to Albert Brooks, who slides ever so comfortably into his supporting-role shoes as Abel’s unethical attorney; and to composer Alex Ebert, from Edward Sharpe &amp; the Magnetic Zeroes fame, whose subtle ambient score grants the narrative an eerie undercurrent of encroaching doom.</p> <p><img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/a-most-violentyear2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>On the other hand, as Abel’s cold-blooded wife/accountant, Jessica Chastain may be the film’s nominal costar, but she delivers a thankless performance as the movie’s most underdeveloped character. And the movie’s overarching subjects—the costs of cutthroat capitalism, the relentless pressure to get ahead, and the endemic corruption of the powerful—are presented as familiar crime-drama chestnuts, trotted out in all of their inevitability. Unlike, say, “The Drop,” a thriller full of complexity and visceral twists, its protagonist’s journey toward illegality is hampered by an elliptical structure that drains the film of its intended shocks. The movie, like Abel, goes through the motions to get to the finish line.</p> <p>By the time he tells the D.A. “we need to come to some sort of a conclusion,” the film has reached two hours, and many viewers will be thinking the same thing.</p> <p><em>"A Most Violent Year" opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 28 Jan 2015 14:09:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesCycle for “Rare” Cancer Research<p><strong>Cycle for Survival</strong>, a national movement to beat rare cancers, is having a fundraising event at the Equinox in Coral Gables, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 8.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cycle_for_survival_image.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Cycle for Survival’s high-energy indoor team cycling events raise money for research looking at “rare” cancers, which include childhood cancers, as well as adult pancreatic, thyroid, ovarian, brain and other cancers. As you can see from the list, rare is a relative word. Leukemia and lymphoma are also on the list.</p> <p>Every dollar raised goes right to fund cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Since 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised $58.2 million and directly funded more than 100 research studies.</p> <p>For more about Cycle for Survival, click <a href=";jsessionid=0083857AFDEA3D85ED63E4F8F91F90A8.app272a?pagename=cc_home" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced in early January that it is offering a new three-dimensional (3D) imaging mammography. The technology offers higher resolution breast images at two-dimensional low radiation doses. The local hospital is the first in Florida to offer the SenoClaire 3D Mammography.</p> <p>SenoClaire is the only FDA-approved 3D breast mammography that delivers the same low radiation dose as two-dimensional screenings, with a 3D view dose at least 40 percent lower than other 3D mammography on the market, according to a hospital press release.</p> <p>“We are pleased to bring our patients the latest in 3D mammography, advancing our ability to provide women with a more personalized and precise screening process,” says Kathy Schilling, medical director of the Lynn Women’s Health &amp; Wellness Institute. “As we know, there is a better rate of survival when cancer is discovered and treated early. This technology marks another significant step forward in enhancing our clinicians’ ability to detect masses and small microcalcifications, which can represent cancer at its most curable stages.”</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital is located at 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561/955-7100.</p> <p>-----</p> <p>Lynn Cancer Institute is hosting a free workshop Friday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., on how to create a legacy video. The “Reel Reflections” Legacy Video Workshop will be presented by Forever Studios in Boca Raton. Those who attend will learn helpful tips and strategies for capturing a life (one’s own or that of a loved one) on video.</p> <p>“It’s not just about the here and now,” says Elsa Raynor, a licensed clinical social worker at the Institute, in a Lynn Cancer Center press release. “More and more people are looking for ways to tell their story, and the ‘Reel Reflections’ workshop is an opportunity for patients to encapsulate the narrative of their treasured memories for current and future generations to enjoy.”</p> <p>The workshop will take place in the Lynn Cancer Institute at 701 N.W. 13th St., Boca Raton. For more information or to register, call 561/965-LEARN (955.3276).</p> <p class="Default">----</p> <p>Florida Atlantic University announced this month that researchers at the Boca Raton campus, in collaboration with Australian researchers, have published a scientific study on how cone snail venom might help treat cancer, addiction and more.</p> <p>These marine mollusks, found along the Florida coast, capture prey with venom. Ironically, that venom might also have medicinal properties, says chemistry and biochemistry Professor Dr. Frank Marí.</p> <p>Components of the venom target cells in the body. One class of venom components, the alpha-conotoxins, for example, target nicotinic receptors that are central to a range of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, tobacco addiction and lung cancer.</p> <p>“Our aim is to open new avenues for cancer and addiction research inspired on compounds from marine animals,” Mari says in a university press release.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 28 Jan 2015 08:53:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyGreat Snack Bars<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Let’s face the truth – most of us don’t have time to cook, are often on the go and need quick and easy solutions for keeping our bodies energized. For situations like these, I turn to snack bars. With so many options out there, I want to share my take on key ingredients – sugar, fat and protein – and introduce you to four bars that I like.</p> <p><strong>Sugar:</strong> All of the bars in this blog have sugar. But don’t be alarmed. This is good-for-you sugar that gives you energy. After all, each one of our cells needs sugar to live. The challenge that we have been facing is having bad-for-us sugars like white cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup instead of natural sugars like fruits and honey. A friend of mine eats 10-12 bananas a time and he is one of the healthiest and energetic people I know. That’s because he consumes good sugars that nurture the body and give it energy. I don’t suggest you eat as many bananas as he does, but I do want to open you up to the possibility that some natural sugars can be good for the body.</p> <p><strong>Fat:</strong> Fat has been getting a bad rep in the past decade, but again, it is all about the right kind of fat. Fat keeps us satiated and satisfied. If you pick nuts and seeds as your source of fat, you may find yourself less hungry throughout the day and even more focused. After all, the brain is composed of mostly fat and needs fat to thrive. Chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3s. <br> <strong>Protein</strong>: Protein is made up of amino acids: the building blocks we need to be strong and healthy. There’s a big debate going on about the amount of protein each person needs. I believe in bio-individuality so with that in mind, I suggest trying what works best for you. Test different options and see what kind of protein gives you the most energy without stressing out your digestion. Once again, I like nuts and seeds as a protein source.</p> <p><strong>Best Greens Bar</strong></p> <p><strong>Green Plus Chia Chocolate</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="395" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/chia-chocolate-1__77377.1410661638.1280.1280.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Since the very first bite of this bar, Chia Chocolate has won a special place in my heart. Being a big dessert fan, I find that this bar satisfies my sugar cravings, gives me energy and supplies me with necessary nutrients. It is loaded with greens, anti-inflammatory chia seeds and a plethora of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. And yes, it is covered in chocolate – my favorite sidekick to greens! This bar has 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and 22 grams of sugar.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Best Low Sugar Bar</strong></p> <p><strong>Zing</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="190" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/zing-bars-gluten-and-soy-free-bar-double-nut-brownie-855531002180.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This bar is perfect for someone who likes to keep sugar low and protein high. My favorite flavor is the Double Nut Brownie, which boasts 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and only 10 grams of sugar. I took this bar with me to Art Basel, and it kept me satisfied and energized while walking around for three hours. All bars are gluten free and 100 percent natural, with organic key ingredients. Many bars are vegan and non-GMO.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Best Mini Energy Bar</strong></p> <p><strong>The Perfect Bar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/perfect_bar_4.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Even though most of The Perfect Bar company products are not vegan (some have whey and honey in them), I love its peanut butter original bar. They come in mini 100-calorie packs, so you can take one before or after your workout or when you need to keep hunger at bay. I personally find peanut butter to be much more satisfying than others nuts. One mini-bar will give you 5 grams of protein, 6 grams of sugar and 6 grams of healthy fats.  All products are non-GMO with many organic ingredients. Look for them in the refrigerated section of your grocery or vitamin store.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>Best For Kids</strong></p> <p><strong>Lola Granola </strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lola_granola_enzo2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This bar has one of the most touching stories I’ve heard. When the father of a family of six lost his job, the parents struggled to provide food for their four young children.</p> <p>In order to survive, they sought help from public assistance and food banks. To save money, they started to make natural granola bars, making sure they were gluten and soy free due to their children's allergies. The kids loved the bars, and so did other people, who asked to buy some. And so the business was born. I think the bars are a great alternative to traditional mass-produced granola bars. Plus, they have a great mission – a portion of each sale goes to support local food banks. I liked the Enzo flavor the best. It has 172 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 12 grams of sugar.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:22:00 +0000 & ReviewsGet Ready for the Allianz<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/allianz.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The <strong>Allianz Championship</strong> returns to Boca Raton next week for the ninth consecutive year. But we have 10 reasons why you'll want to visit the Old Course at Broken Sound for the annual Champions Tour event, which includes pre-tourney activities from Feb. 2-5, before the real action starts Friday, Feb. 6:</p> <p>1) <strong>It's not all about the men</strong>: The ladies have their day on the links Feb. 3, as LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam presents a free clinic, followed by a women's pro-am that benefits the Christine E. Lynn Women's Health and Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.</p> <p>2) <strong>When you attend, Boca wins</strong>: According to tournament director Ryan Dillon, the 2014 Allianz raised $375,000 for the Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities, which donates funds to Boca Regional and other community nonprofits. This year, Dillon believes the tournament can raise upward of $500,000.</p> <p>3) <strong>Let's get Slushed</strong>: The green at the par-3 16th will be party central this year thanks to Celebrity Cruises "Slush Lounge," which promises all kinds of frozen cocktails. But that's not the only reason to visit the tent: Celebrity will also give away one cruise each round of the tournament.</p> <p>4) <strong>What an entrance</strong>: To officially kick off the tournament on Friday, Feb. 6, three Navy Seals will jump out of a plane and parachute down to the first tee with the opening golf ball. But what really makes the moment special is this: The ceremonial first shot will be taken by a 10-year-old girl who is battling cancer.</p> <p>5) <strong>What a field</strong>: Twenty-nine of the Champion Tour's top 30 money winners from 2014 are expected to tee it up at the Allianz.</p> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/allen.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>6) <strong>Someone may break 60</strong>: Two years after Rocco Mediate shot a second-round 61, Michael Allen (pictured) opened the 2014 tournament with an opening-round 60 en route to his eventual playoff victory.</p> <p>7) <strong>Bernhard is on fire</strong>: Boca's own Bernhard Langer may be playing some of the best golf of his career. Last year, Langer won five times on the Champions Tour and set a tour record with season earnings of $3,074,189.</p> <p>8) <strong>The more birdies the better</strong>: The title sponsor is doing its part to support local charities, including a social media campaign called #AllianzBirdies Challenge. Every mention on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram between now and Feb. 8 ending in that hashtag will produce a $1 donation—with a max of $40,000—for Junior Achievement of South Florida.</p> <p>9) <strong>Bring the kids</strong>: During the Friday-to-Sunday run of the tournament, the Allianz will feature a "Family Fun Zone" with everything from obstacle courses to bounce houses for the kids.</p> <p>10) <strong>Raise a glass</strong>: Following the second round, on Saturday night the 7th, guests can wine and dine (for a general admission price of $70) at a special event featuring gourmet bites from local restaurants, entertainment, photo ops with the players and much more.</p> <p>Visit <a href=""></a> for ticket information and the complete schedule of events.</p>Kevin KaminskiTue, 27 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsSuper Parties for Your Super Bowl<p>The biggest sporting (and TV) event of the year is coming this Sunday, Feb. 1, and if you want to have all the fun of a Super Bowl party without mopping up spilled beer and scouring gobs of dried-up guacamole from your living room carpet, here are a few restaurants that will do all the heavy lifting (and gross cleaning) for you. Go Patriawks!</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/superbowl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Office</a> (<em>201 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-3600</em>)  in downtown Delray will begin dishing food and drink specials at 3 p.m. on the Big Day. Suck down $3 shots and select wines, $4 draft brewskis and more, along with food specials like sliders, buttermilk fried chicken, baby back ribs and more. The regular menu will also be offered, and the game will be shown in all its overhyped glory on the restaurant’s projector television.</p> <p>Also in downtown Delray, <a href="" target="_blank">Salt7</a> (<em>32 S.E. Second Ave., 561/274-7258</em>) is throwing its first annual Super Bowl bash. For $75 per person you can get all the beers, wines, cocktails and fireball shots your digestive tract and blood alcohol level can handle, as well as an array of football-friendly munchies. Twelve (count ‘em!) TVs will blast the game, a the folks at Salt will be giving away prizes each quarter, with the Big Prize being a 50-inch TV that will be awarded at the end of the evening. Doors open at 4:40 p.m. and if you want VIP advanced preferred seating, call 321-626-3968.</p> <p>In Palm Beach, the newish <a href="" target="_blank">Del Frisco’s Grille</a> (<em>340 Royal Poinciana Way, 561/557-2552</em>) will be dishing food and drink specials throughout the game. Think $4 draft beers, $6 guacamole and plantain chips, $9 lollipop chicken wings, and a beer ‘n’ brew (with fries) special for $17.50. Don’t worry, there are plenty of flat-screen TV scattered around the restaurant and lounge.</p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">The Brass Tap</a> (<em>950 N. Congress Ave., 561/413-3782</em>) in Boynton Beach they’ll be roasting a 100 lb. pig for an all-day Super Bowl party. For more details, call the restaurant.</p> <p>And if you’re really determined to throw your own Super Bowl party, buy $200 or more worth of barbecue and fixin’s at West Boca’s new <a href="" target="_blank">Sweet Dewey’s BBQ</a> (<em>9181 Glades Rd., 561/488-9688</em>) and chef-owner Dwayne “Dewey” Hooper will throw in some wings and two side dishes. And, no, they’re not seahawks’ wings. . .</p>Bill CitaraTue, 27 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsDelray&#39;s trashy plot thickens and other observations<h3><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/graphic_can.jpg" width="259"></h3> <h3>Smelling fishy</h3> <p>Delray Beach’s search for a trash-hauling contract has become a mess.</p> <p>Last week, the city commission was to decide whether to accept a selection committee’s recommendation of Waste Management even though the company was not the lowest bidder. Instead, the commission deferred, and this morning will hold a special meeting to decide if the commission should act as the selection committee and make its own rankings.</p> <p>Complicating matters, the commission probably will hold this discussion before City Manager Don Cooper and City Attorney Noel Pfeffer have concluded their investigation into possible violations of the bidding rules. Their investigation stems from emails that may have gone from Waste Management to a Delray Beach employee after the city had asked for bids, at which point contact with the city was to have stopped unless a company was contacting the purchasing director. A resident sent the emails to commissioners, and not to Cooper and Pfeffer.</p> <p>Whatever the content and intent of the emails, the names on the email string are noteworthy. They include <strong>Mary and Kevin McCarty</strong>, the couple who went to federal prison on corruption charges related to Mary McCarty’s time on the Palm Beach County Commission. The McCartys still live in Delray Beach, where they operate a business called Cypress Consulting.</p> <p>They include former Delray Beach Mayor<strong> Jay Alperin</strong>, a McCarty political ally from their days on the city commission in the late 1980s, and <strong>Marie Horenburger</strong>, also a former Delray commissioner and a current lobbyist registered to work in Delray Beach and for Waste Management. Horenburger worked for neighbors of the Costco northwest of Boca Raton in 2001 when Mary McCarty was trying to block construction of the project.</p> <p>The names include <strong>Tom Carney</strong>, the former Delray mayor who lost for reelection in 2013 to Cary Glickstein. Carney was rumored to have been getting help from Mary McCarty. Carney denied it.</p> <p>Neither Mary nor Kevin McCarty is a registered lobbyist. But the names on the emails also include those of two other lobbyists registered to work for Waste Management: <strong>Ellen Smith</strong>, a company employee and <strong>Harold “Butch” Carter</strong>. The names of other Waste Management officials are on the list.</p> <p>Finally, on the list is the name of Delray Beach’s outside consultant on the trash contract.</p> <p>One obvious question is how a publicly traded company such as Waste Management might come to associate even indirectly with the McCartys? And why would Waste Management do so after all the talk in 2012 that the couple was helping Waste Management as it persuaded the city commission to extend the company’s contract without competitive bidding, despite city rules that Delray Beach had to seek bids? Why would Waste Management do so after the charging documents in Mary McCarty’s case referenced her activities in Delray Beach? Could Waste Management even believe that at this point Mary McCarty’s help mattered?</p> <p>By his comments, Glickstein had come to Tuesday night’s meeting prepared to accept the recommendation on Waste Management, praising the company’s “exemplary” service – “until I saw the emails.” For him, the names carried “the same stench” as in 2012. Glickstein said, “I want to look at Waste Management and say, ‘Have you not learned anything? Can’t you just get something on the merits of your proposal?’”</p> <p>In an interview Monday, Commissioner Jordana Jarjura expressed concern because “there are so many open-ended questions.” Even if the city finds that there was just a “technical violation,” the contract is the city’s largest, “and there is so much hair on it” from developments over the last 30 months that anything unexpected and controversial becomes problematic.</p> <p>Aside from the emails, those “open-ended questions” concern how the city’s committee—whom the previous city manager appointed—ranked the five bidders.</p> <p>Price accounted for 50 percent of a company’s ranking, but Glickstein said he doesn’t know what criteria the committee used in assessing the non-financial factors that made up the other 50 percent. Petrolia questioned why Southern Waste Systems, the low bidder, got penalized for proposing 17 trucks to Waste Management’s 20 when the request for proposal didn’t list a minimum truck number.</p> <p>The Delray contract comes at an interesting time for Waste Management. Broward County recently broke up the company’s monopoly. Last fall, the Wellington Village Council voted to put the trash contract out for bid. Waste Management has had it since 2009. As in Delray Beach, the company’s officials and supporters touted the good service while opponents stressed the virtue of competitive bidding.</p> <p>A Waste Management spokeswoman said of today’s Delray Beach commission meeting that the company “will be available to answer questions.” She declined to answer questions about the emails and possible violations “involving multiple haulers” until the city completes its investigation.</p> <p>As a city, Delray Beach continues to grow. In terms of politics, Delray still is trying to outrun its past.</p> <h3>Davy deep-sixes</h3> <p>Chris Davey, who nearly won a spot on the Delray Beach City Commission last year, is withdrawing from this year’s Seat 3 election on March 10.</p> <p>Davey told me Monday that he faces an unexpected family issue that will demand a lot of his time. His departure leaves Bruce Bastian and Christina Morrison in the race to succeed term-limited Adam Frankel.</p> <h3>Scott’s Texas crush</h3> <p>Gov. Rick Scott regularly calls Texas the state he wants Florida to emulate when it comes to economic development. Scott cites the state’s job creation and anti-regulation culture.</p> <p>The comparison, however, is faulty. Florida relies much more on tourism, and Texas relies much more on energy development. One big reason for Texas’ job creation in the last few years is the development of hydraulic fracturing— “fracking” —which allows recovery of oil and gas that had been out of reach. This is especially true of shale formations; the Eagle Ford Shale in southern Texas is the center of the state’s energy boom.</p> <p>Florida has limestone formations, not shale. And in 2009, when oil and gas companies tried to get the Legislature to allow drilling in state waters, then-Senate President and current Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater blocked the move. An oil spill close to shore could ruin the beaches on which the tourism industry depends.</p> <p>Moreover, the drop in oil prices shows that energy dependence is risky. Though the drilling industry represents a greater concentration in the economies of smaller states where fracking is a recent development, the industry does make up nearly 20 percent of the Texas economy. Wells Fargo recently concluded that with lower oil prices “in dollar terms, Texas is likely to suffer the largest loss.” The number of rigs in production could drop by one-third over the next several months.</p> <p>Admittedly, Texas added about 500,000 jobs in 2014. But Florida knows what booms and bubbles can do. In early 2007, with houses and condos sprouting up on spec and not because of real demand, Florida’s unemployment rate dipped close to 3 percent. Then the bubble burst.</p> <p>In practical terms, Florida isn’t competing with Texas for jobs. We’re competing with states in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest. Florida also had a good year for job creation. Scott should save his Florida-Texas comparisons for football.</p> <h3>Boca goes global</h3> <p>Sunday was perfect for an afternoon at the Boca Raton Art Show, which took over two blocks of Federal Highway and spilled over into Sanborn Square.</p> <p>The day was cool, the crowds pleasant. People navigated, often with their dogs, from booth to booth. After checking out the art, my wife and I and our friends walked through Mizner Park and enjoyed some wine and cheese outside at The Cheese Course.</p> <p>Over those roughly three hours, I heard at least six languages other than English that I thought I could identify. It was another reminder of how cosmopolitan Boca Raton and South Florida have become in the nearly 25 years since Mizner Park opened.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 27 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Jan. 27 to Feb. 1<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="454" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/500px-mh_headshot.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Megan Hilty</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave.</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>NBC’s series “Smash,” about the development of a Marilyn Monroe stage musical from its inchoate spark to its first Broadway curtain, started to go downhill around the time its should-be Monroe, Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty), became relegated to the chorus and then developed a drug addiction. These plot points strained credulity, because Hilty was born to play Marilyn: She’s a beautiful, curvy, husky-voiced bombshell who can single-handedly reinvent a standard or forge her own path with original songs. She’ll receive the chance to do a bit of both when she dominates the Crest Theatre spotlight at this cabaret performance. The Broadway chanteuse, celebrated for her award-nominated performances in “Wicked” and “9 to 5: The Musical,” will likely perform pop classics like “Get Happy” and “The Man That Got Away,” as well selections she originated on “Smash,” such as “Second Hand Baby Grand.” If reviews of her previous shows are any indication, expect plenty of warmth and laughter, too.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/matta.jpg" width="334"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Surrealism and Magic”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you ever wondered what inspired the adventurous, rule-shattering surrealist art of pioneers like Marcel Duchamp, André Breton and Max Ernst, one clue resides in our culture’s darker corners. From the ancient world through the Renaissance and now into the 21st century, creative thinkers of all stripes have been drawn to magic, to the occult, to the paranormal, and to the so-called “Black Celebrations” found in indigenous spiritual practices. Figures as mainstream as William Blake and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were self-professed occultists, and it’s only natural that the creators of some of the weirdest art of the past couple of centuries were also drawn to the realm of the mystical arts. The inextricable link between magic and surrealist art will be explored in depth at this unique exhibition, which draws much of its material from the eccentric personal library of artist Kurt Seligmann. One hundred objects will be on display, from rare books on magic and witchcraft from the 15th through the 20th centuries, to the artists’ related ephemera and an illuminating collection of drawings, collages and paintings influenced by everything from Native American shamanism to Caribbean Vodou. The exhibition runs through April 5.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/celeb2w.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Celebrity Autobiography”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe anybody ever needed to hear the innermost thoughts of Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy and Vanna White. But they, among countless other B- and C-list (and even some linguistically challenged A-list) celebrities have written vacuous tell-alls that have become immovable staples at Goodwills across the country. This award-winning Off-Broadway hit is reviving them: In “Celebrity Autobiography,” comedians and actors read choice passages verbatim from these supposedly sincere memoirs. Only their versions drip with sarcasm and mirth, cutting these figures down a peg and having plenty of fun at their expense. Tonight’s lineup of readers includes some bona fide celebs themselves: Lainie Kazan and Gary Beach, along with creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel and local actor Stephen Anthony. “Celebrity Autobiography” runs through Feb. 1.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/liepe103_v-contentgross.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Science Meets Music: Building Brains”</strong></p> <p>Where: Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, One Max Planck Way, Jupiter</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/972-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One may be accomplished primarily through right-brain usage and other may be the purview of the left brain—or so we think. But this series, which premiered in 2014 at Max Planck, is out to prove that the rigor of scientific inquiry and the creative expression of music have more in common than we might assume. Each program in the monthly series will feature a live classical-music performance and an illuminating lecture from a Max Planck scientist; for the opening program, Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Max Planck’s scientific director and CEO, will speak about unraveling the mysteries of the human brain, while violinist Niklas Liepe (pictured) and pianist Tao Lin will perform compositions by Bach, Schubert and Sarasate. Best part of all? It’s free—but seating is limited, so try and arrive by 5:30.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/newwork.jpg" width="181"></p> <p><strong>What: “Sounds of the Times: New Work”</strong></p> <p>Where: New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20–$40</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-3330, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in the primitive days of silent cinema, city symphonies—explorations of a metropolis’ denizens, customs and its literal nuts and bolts, scored to classical music—were common. These days, experimental film artist Bill Morrison has kept the tradition of alive, producing city-specific works about Los Angeles and New York with colleague and composer Michael Gordon. This month marks the world premiere of their latest collaboration, a city symphony of Miami Beach commissioned by the New World Symphony. Gordon emerged from New York’s underground punk scene and embraces dissonance and minimalism in his rhythmic compositions, while Morrison is an award-winning artist whose work often employs decaying film stock. Specific details about the program are scant, given the project’s in-development nature, but it expect it to be the highlight of this showcase of brand-new work conducted by NWS artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas—one that fully integrates the venue’s immersive projection wall.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="621" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lld.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $62 ($77 for opening night w/reception)</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When 18<sup>th</sup> century aristocrats in movies and plays become bored—which is often—they don’t just sit down for a pint and a game of cribbage like the rest of us. These moneyed elite have their fun by wielding sex as a weapon, and playing with the emotional and mental lives of those beneath them—which is everybody. That’s the case with this oft-staged classic adapted by Christopher Hampton from the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos—and perhaps better known on our Anglofied shores as “Dangerous Liaisons.” Two such restive aristocrats play cruel games until love gets in the way in this dynamic period piece, which should be right up Palm Beach Dramaworks’ historical alley. Lynette Barkley will direct a terrific cast including Jim Ballard, Clay Cartland, Nanique Gheridian, Harriet Oser and Brian William Sheppard. The production runs through March 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/magician1.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Magician”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“I always liked Hollywood very much. It just wasn’t reciprocated.” This quote from Orson Welles epitomizes his love-hate relationship with Hollywood: He loved the moviemaking process, but the moviemaking industry hated him. Or at least it spent decades marginalizing one of the medium’s foremost artists after his debut “Citizen Kane”—completed when he was an unfathomable 25 years old—broke too many rules for its studio, RKO, to support. Hindsight has proven Welles the victor in the film history books, but it didn’t help his career when he was alive, panhandling for European money and resorting to shooting pea commercials to fund his eccentric, groundbreaking pictures. In “The Magician,” award-winning documentary filmmaker Chuck Workman explores Welles’ tragic, influential story, with help from colleagues and today’s major filmmakers. It’s a must-see prelude to the painstaking, belated reconstruction of Welles’ final film “The Other Side of the Wind,” which will premiere in March at the Miami International Film Festival.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/billyjoel-306-1406037795.jpg" width="306"></p> <p><strong>What: Billy Joel</strong></p> <p>Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38-$147</p> <p>Contact: 786/777-1250, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In its profile of Billy Joel last year, <em>The New Yorker</em> headlined its story “Thirty-three Hit Wonder,” which is both a respectful and cheeky way of expressing the Piano Man’s propensity for crafting pop gold from 88 keys and memorable, irony-free lyrics. Of course, he hasn’t written a hit in 21 years, making his live shows something of a nostalgia act, but he hasn’t lost an iota of his performance flair. And judging by the reactions at his usually sold-out concerts, his songs have aged as well as his still-sonorous voice. As an added bonus, his current tour will feature, in part, fan-voted selections of lesser-known Joel songs to accompany the megahits, making each performance unique and interactive.</p>John ThomasonMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:16:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsGarlic Fest 2015<p>Stock up on those breath mints because “The Best Stinkin’ Party in Town” is coming. Delray Beach will host its 16<sup>th</sup> annual Garlic Fest from Feb. 6-8 at Old School Square.</p> <p><img alt="" height="445" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/garlic.png" width="342"></p> <p>Anticipate lots of garlic bread, garlic wings, garlic plantains, garlic funnel cake and garlic ice cream … yep, you read that correctly! Some of the selections will definitely be more adventurous than others, but there will be something for everyone to try down at ‘Gourmet Alley’.</p> <p>The event is family-friendly, with kids able to "attend" Garlic University, paint their own pot and plant seeds to take home and grow. They can shoot down the fun slide, twist and turn in the tilt-a-whirl or dip and dive on the caterpillar coaster.</p> <p>There will be a slew of events going on all weekend. Here are just a few of them:</p> <p><strong>Live Music. </strong>This year’s lineup boasts a collection of local talent and more recognized names. Rebelution, the reggae-rock band known their chart-topping album ‘Courage to Grow’ will headline Friday night. On Saturday, Fabulous Fleetwoods returns and welcomes the newcomer jazz group Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Sunday’s roster will close with reggae-rockers Fiction 20 Down.</p> <p><strong>Garlic Chef Stadium</strong>. Bruce Feingold, co-owner and executive chef of DaDa, is the two-year reigning Garlic Chef Champ. But this year he’s facing some stiff competition by local chefs from El Camino, Food Shack, Eating House, and the Delray Beach Marriott.</p> <p><strong>Collaborative Kitchen Dining Experience.</strong> On Friday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. culinary prestige will come together for the first Collaborative Kitchen Dining Experience. Blake Malatesta of 50 Ocean, Ernie DeBlasi of Luna Rosa, Joey Giannuzzi of Farmers Table, and George Cocilova of Hudson at Waterway East will collaborate on a multi-course dinner. Tickets are an additional $75 for this limited seating event.</p> <p>Cost of general admission varies by day and starts at $10. All proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations.</p> <p>For more information check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:16:00 +0000 BeachDelray BeachUpcoming EventsSmoke BBQ Adds Lunch<p>If for some reason you haven’t chowed down on the best barbecue in South Florida at dinner, now you can do it at lunch.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/smokebbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That’s because <a href="" target="_blank">Smoke BBQ</a> (<em>8 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/330-4236</em>) is now serving lunch from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. A saintly 10 bucks will get a barbecue sandwich (brisket, pulled pork, “oink and moo” and chicken wings), plus a choice of sides like BBQ beans, potato salad, mac ‘n’ cheese and Smoke’s wickedly addictive house-made potato chips. They’ll even thrown in a non-alcoholic beverage, so you may go back to work stuffed to the gills but not wasted.</p> <p>They’ve also extended their 3-4-1 happy hour, which now runs from noon to 7 p.m. daily (except during Sunday happy hour). So now you really have no excuse.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 26 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsConcert Review: Lucinda Williams at Parker Playhouse<p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/8682b429d96fabc19b359ed4666ed82a-591d002251f9ac7348f694a73c5a9043.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Perhaps a few lucky South Floridians had the opportunity to see Lucinda Williams play on a cruise ship this past week. For those of who couldn’t afford to board the star-studded Cayamo Cruise, which returned to Fort Lauderdale Friday, Williams treated us to a passionate and dynamic performance at Parker Playhouse Saturday night, her last show before a two-week break, and her first South Florida gig in more than three years.</p> <p>Dressed in outlaw couture—all black, including leather jacket and boots—Williams drew heavily from her exceptional 2014 album “Where the Spirit Meets the Bone,” along with a smattering of hits and a few surprises that haven’t turned up in any recent set lists. That said, it took her a few songs to find her groove; during the first three tracks, she seemed disconnected from the audience and her own material, glancing far more than expected at the chords—or lyrics?—for songs that she’s played for years.</p> <p>But even Williams’ workmanlike approach early on didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the infectious swamp-blues of “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” or the unforgettably acrid punch of “Those Three Days,” a relative rarity on the set list. It helped that her band and the Playhouse’s sound system were pretty darn impeccable, to my ears: Close your eyes at any point, and you’d think you were listening to a live record. Rather than the guitar and bass melding into an indistinguishable sonic mass, you could hear every note from every instrument, absorbing the concert like an audiophile.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_0198.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>(Photo by Yafi Yair)</p> <p>Once Williams transitioned into a deeply touching set of country-tinged ballads, she must have regained her sea legs. She became more talkative, shedding new light on the origins of “Drunken Angel,” “Compassion” and especially “Lake Charles,” which she prefaced as one of her three “beautiful loser” songs. Spontaneous cries of “thank you!” erupted after that one.</p> <p>More songs about death, loss, injustice, and transcending these three things continued as the folk and country tunes gave way to a series of rock ‘n’ roll favorites, each of which sounded like a potential closer. The incredible, frenzied jam that concluded “Are You Down?” resulted in a justified, mid-show standing ovation from the majority of the audience. And the positive, anthemic foot-stomper “Everything But the Truth” was blistering and fiery—far better than the recorded version—and “Unsuffer Me” was positively epic, a slow-burning, molten rocker that brought out Williams’ inner head-banger. Again, the sound mix deserves our praise: The room was alive with every isolated <em>thwack</em> of the snare drum.</p> <p>Williams played two encores, bringing the show to more than two hours. It wasn’t until the last song of the first encore set—the exhilarating tent-revival spiritual “Get Right With God”—that the audience almost unanimously rose to its feet and danced. From there, we stayed upright for the rest of the show, which culminated in a howling Robert Johnson cover and a magnetic “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World,” sending us home inspired and rejuvenated. Neil Young would have been proud to hear it, and we felt privileged to experience it.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>1. Blessed</p> <p>2. Something Wicked This Way Comes</p> <p>3. Those Three Days</p> <p>4. Greenville</p> <p>5. Drunken Angel</p> <p>6. West Memphis</p> <p>7. Compassion</p> <p>8. When I Look at the World</p> <p>9. Lake Charles</p> <p>10. Bus to Baton Rouge</p> <p>11. Are You Down?</p> <p>12. Protection</p> <p>13. Out of Touch</p> <p>14. Everything But the Truth</p> <p>15. Unsuffer Me</p> <p>16. Essence</p> <p>17. Righteously</p> <p>18. Honeybee</p> <p><strong>ENCORE 1</strong></p> <p>19. Hickory Wind (Gram Parsons cover)</p> <p>20. Joy</p> <p>21. Get Right With God </p> <p><strong>ENCORE 2</strong></p> <p>22. Stop Breakin’ Down (Robert Johnson cover)</p> <p>23. Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover)</p>John ThomasonSun, 25 Jan 2015 16:17:00 +0000 & EventsMusicRhino Doughnuts now open in Mizner Plaza<p>The long-anticipated opening of <a href="" target="_blank">Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee</a> is now here. The designer donut spot opened up shop last week, bringing Boca a slew of decadent donuts that taste as good as they look.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1341.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Crème brulee, smores, strawberry daiquiri, peanut butter and jelly – that’s just a sample of what Rhino has to offer. The Sunrise-based commissary bakes a slew of flavors every morning, delivering them fresh to the Boca location’s door every day at 5 a.m.</p> <p>Popular staples, like cookies and cream and maple bacon, and the classic glazed and sprinkled donuts will be available daily, but expect a rotating menu every two to three days so there’s always something new to try.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1340.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There will also be “drunken” donuts – yep, that means exactly what you think it does – every Saturday and Sunday. Do note: they aren’t sold to anyone under 21.</p> <p><strong>Prices</strong></p> <p>Glazed/sprinkled: 99 cents</p> <p>Specialty donuts: $1.99</p> <p>Half dozen: $8.99</p> <p>Dozen: $15.99 – and comes with a free glazed donut!</p> <p>Prices at the Mizner Park location are cheaper than other Rhino locations. While there, you can also snag Rhino bites (donut holes) muffins, cinnamon buns the size of your face and giant cookies. Rhino also brews fresh coffee in the sizes big, bigger and biggest.</p> <p>We’ll keep you updated on the grand opening, which should fall sometime within the next two to three weeks.</p> <p><em>Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee is located at 126 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 23 Jan 2015 12:44:00 +0000 & ReviewsFat Rooster to Crow in Delray<p>If you’ve been wondering what Gary Rack has in mind for the former Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster spot next door to his hugely successful Racks Fish House &amp; Oyster Bar, here it is. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fatrooster.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Slated to debut mid-February is <a href="" target="_blank">Fat Rooster</a>, a “down ‘n’ dirty” Southern-style eatery featuring traditional and contemporary comfort fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late night noshing. Specifics aren’t available just yet but the menu from Rack’s exec chef Matthew Danaher will feature such staples of the Southern kitchen as fried chicken, biscuits, greens ‘n’ grits, that sort of thing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fatrooster2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Design too will pay homage to casual, comfortable Southern style—“old school meets Southern down ‘n’ dirty”—with, yes, lots of references to the restaurant’s namesake barnyard fowl. Stay tuned for more details as opening day nears.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 23 Jan 2015 11:47:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsStaff Picks: a tea room, the best popcorn and more<p><strong>Shaffer’s Tea Room</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/shaffers.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by</em><em> Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</em></p> <p>Not only does Shaffer's Tea Room have a huge selection of tasty blends of different organic teas and local baked goods, they also make some of the best tasting, home-brewed Kombucha I've ever tasted! Everything is brewed using a unique water filtration system that happens to also be used at the White House. They also offer an array of unique gifts that are handmade, from different parts of the world which give back to their respective communities when purchased. How cool is that!? Good vibes all around. </p> <p><em>(14 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="">Facebook</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>The Original Popcorn House in Delray Beach</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/originalpopcornhouse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</em></p> <p>“What's your flavor? How about cheeseburger or ketchup? It's all gourmet and freshly popped. The owner Geri says whatever flavor you think of, she’ll POP it!! One of her four kids may take your picture upon arrival and clothes pin it up on their wall. The best popcorn I've had!”</p> <p><em>(</em><em>10 N.E. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach // <a href=""></a></em><em>)</em></p> <p><strong>Four</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Seasons</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Beauty Bar</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fourseasons.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</em></p> <p>“The perfect place to shop for that special someone for Valentine’s day, Four Seasons Beauty Bar carries a ‘not-to-be-found-just-anywhere’ selection of fragrances, skincare, hair care, makeup, bath and body, diffusers and candles. From the minute you walk through the door the amazing fragrances and beautiful bottles will transport your mood from hectic to ommmmm!” </p> <p>(5030 Champion Blvd, Boca Raton // <cite><a href=""></a></cite><cite>)</cite></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Fine Art Show</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/stadnycki_000118_962512_08759888_3329.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"Your average Joe Schmo with a palette and a canvas isn't going to be represented at this annual downtown Boca art fair—unless Joe Schmo happens to meet the rigorous qualifications of the festival's panel of jurors, which bring a combined total of 120 years experience to bear while judging originality, technique, execution and overall professionalism. The high quality of the Boca Raton Fine Art Show's juried process makes it as much an outdoor museum exhibition as an art sale, offering a state-of-the-arts survey that is designed to accommodate the pocketbooks of all attendees. Visit the fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday."</p> <p>(<a href=""></a>)</p>magazineFri, 23 Jan 2015 09:16:00 +0000;A: Susan T. Danis<p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2014-15_cosi_fan_tutte.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><em>(Cosi Fan Tutte, opening this weekend from Florida Grand Opera)</em></p> <p>To those of us who cover and attend the cultural arts in South Florida and elsewhere, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that funding for the opera isn’t as high as it was in centuries past, when it was a dominant form of popular entertainment. But even I was shocked to see just how dire Florida Grand Opera’s funding situation is in Broward County. The company announced earlier this month that if it doesn’t meet its fundraising goal of $600,000 by Jan. 31, it will be unable to bring its 2015-2016 season to the Broward Center. That’s because contributions from Broward County sank from $2,038,633 in 2010 to $574,644 in 2014.</p> <p>“FGO lost over $125,000 on its four productions at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts last season, and there is a projected loss again this season. Given FGO’s delicate financial condition, this cannot be repeated,” said FGO General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis in a statement.</p> <p>An anonymous donor quickly stepped forward, offering to match every dollar raised in this effort. But at the time of this writing, the company still has a steep climb toward meeting its goal, with just one more week to achieve it. Danis spoke to <em>Boca Raton</em> via phone to elaborate on the situation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fgo_susan-danis166x237.jpg" width="166"> </p> <p><strong>I was shocked that 2 million dollars in fundraising could dwindle to 574,000 in just a few years. What accounts for such a drop in Broward County contributions?</strong></p> <p>First of all, I’ve only been here since 2012, so what I’m saying is conjecture. What I know from talking with people is that for one thing, we have one person who is responsible for overseeing Broward operations. In 2006, we had five staff members working on the marketing and development in Broward. The Opera has contracted in response to the economic downturn and the incredible impact that the bottom falling out of the housing market has had on this area.</p> <p>Secondly, there were always a couple of key supporters in Broward that were very generous to us. Unfortunately, they’ve gone on to the great opera company in the sky. The challenge is that we’ve not had folks step forward with that same giving capacity.</p> <p><strong>What do you think it would mean for this community, culturally, if there were no performances in Broward?</strong></p> <p>I think it would be really bad. The company has been performing there since before the Broward Center opened. There was the Greater Miami Opera and the Opera Guild of Fort Lauderdale. They go way back; Miami goes back to 1941. They merged in 1994, but they were performing long before the Broward Center was built in 1989. It’s been a really important part of the cultural fiber of the community, and for it not to be there anymore would be a shame.</p> <p><strong>Raising so much money by Jan. 31 seems like a challenge, because there’s such a limited time frame. But has the matching pledge by this anonymous donor moved anybody else to make donations?</strong></p> <p>I would love to tell you yes. They have, but in small amounts. The key thing is that we’ve raised $574,000. The stretch is just the $50,000 needed to reach the $600 thousand goal. In the mailing we did to every active ticket-buyer that attends the Broward Center performances, we’re just ensuring that people are coming with us next year and that we don’t have a deficit in Broward. We just want you to say, ‘I’m going to stretch a little bit, and you can count on me for a gift this year.’ We’re trying to raise awareness that things aren’t profitable in Broward anymore.</p> <p><strong>Why is it that the company remains successful in Miami but not Broward?</strong></p> <p>I think it’s changing demographics. Both counties have changed a great deal. It seems to me that even in my time, the different art offerings continue to increase, and it always gives people more options to choose from. Since art and entertainment is delivered so electronically, many people are opting to stay home.</p> <p><strong>One of the larger questions is, is opera so much of an endangered art form that problems like this will continue to arise as the core audience ages out?</strong></p> <p>I think that’s a huge, overrated thing in the U.S. about the performing arts. Opera is an art form people come to when they’re a little older. If you’re raising kids, and you both work, it's tough to find time to go. But there are young people in the audience. It’s not all 70-plus-year-olds. We do lots to increase people coming in. It’s a bigger issue of how people consume culture. We’re all working on that as cultural arts organizations, so that people understand that while you can go to a movie theater and see a production at the Met or a ballet broadcast, it’s not the same experience as being live in a theater. The challenge is to convey to people that it is a unique experience.</p> <p><em>To make a pledge and help preserve professional opera in Broward County, contact FGO Senior Individual Giving Officer Max Kellogg at 305/403-3289 or e-mail </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>. The company’s latest production, “Cosi Fan Tutte,” runs Saturday, Jan. 24 through Jan. 31 at the Arsht Center in Miami, and Feb. 12 and 14 at the Broward Center. For tickets and information, visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: jewelry, a trunk show + new stores<p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/image006.jpg" width="432"></p> <p><strong>High-end items, low-end prices: </strong>Sawgrass Mills Mall never seems to stop expanding. The most recent announcement is the opening of two new boutiques in March: Italian label Brunello Cucinelli and denim expert 7 For All Mankind. <em>(12801 West Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise)</em></p> <p><strong>Fab and fine:</strong> Join Cristino Fine Jewelry for a Hera Trunk Show on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be Champagne and hors d’oeuvres at the reception, with proceeds from the event benefitting Best Foot Forward. <em><em>(421 S. Plaza Real, Boca Raton // 561/210-5222)</em></em></p> <p><strong>Cupcakes, Champagne + Shopping:</strong> Lilac and Lilies is hosting a trunk you don’t want to miss. From Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, the boutique is featuring California-based boho brand Veronica M. Schedule is as follows: Jan. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m.; Jan. 31 from noon to 6 p.m. and Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cupcakes and Champagne will be served. <em>(2541 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 23 Jan 2015 08:18:00 +0000 NewsLiving Room’s New Cocktail Menu<p>Living Room is teaming up with Homestead’s <a href="" target="_blank">Verde Gardens</a> to produce a series of refreshing new cocktails. The new concoctions will feature fresh organic ingredients from the communal garden, including basil, cold-pressed apple and lemon juices, cucumber and jalapeño. </p> <p>Here’s the list of all the new cocktails, priced at $16 each:</p> <p><strong>Portobello Road</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/portobello_road_at_living_room.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>London Dry Gin, Lemon, Apple, Blackberry, Jalapeño, Fresh Basil</p> <p><strong>Fire on Ice</strong></p> <p>London Dry Gin, Lemon, Avocado, Ancho Chile Liqueur, Sage, Habanero Bitter</p> <p><strong>Spotlight</strong></p> <p>Raspberry Vodka, Fresh Strawberry, Cherry Bitter, Champagne</p> <p><strong>Pepper &amp; Pine</strong></p> <p>Reposado Tequila, Lime, Bitter Artichoke, Mild Yellow Pepper, Pineapple</p> <p><strong>Greenhouse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/green_house_at_living_room.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Local Vodka, Lime, Elderflower Liqueur, Sage, Rosemary</p> <p><strong>Tavarishch</strong></p> <p>Rye, Amaro, Yuzu, Maple Syrup</p> <p><strong>El Camino</strong></p> <p>Reposado Tequila, Lime, Carrot, Mild Red Pepper, Cinnamon, Sage</p> <p><strong>Rosewood</strong></p> <p>Gin, Lime, Pear, Elderflower, Cardamom Bitters, Pomegranate</p> <p><strong>Mezclado Unido</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mezcal_unido_at_living_room.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Mezcal, Lime, Ancho Chile Liqueur, Aperol, Grapefruit, Basil, Soda</p> <p><em>Living Room is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel &amp; Residences. For more information, call 305/938-3000 or visit </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 22 Jan 2015 11:26:00 +0000 Moms to Watch on Instagram<p>It’s no secret that most Boca moms LIVE for social media. Online groups or chat rooms discuss <a href="">parenting drama</a>, Facebook is a forum for planning play-dates around town…where there’s a mom + a smart phone, there’s another status update about her <strong><em>#bocakid</em></strong>.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="570" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/modernbocamom.png" width="400"> </p> <p align="center"><em>Guilty as charged…</em> </p> <p>I personally love <span>Instagram</span>. It’s my favorite social media platform by far. I think moms who take the time to post interesting and beautiful photos on Instagram are marvelous. In fact, when I moved back to Boca, the first hashtag I searched to fill out <a href="">my Instagram feed</a> was <strong><em>#bocamom</em></strong>.</p> <p>I’ve weeded through most of the search results for you and have the <strong><em>Boca Mom Talk</em></strong> on the top fabulous local moms to watch (and follow!) on Instagram:</p> <p><strong>The Luxury Mom</strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong>@lalainboca</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>1.4k followers</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><img alt="" height="495" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lalainboca.png" width="400"> </p> <p>If you’ve ever wanted an inside look at the life of a fashionable (and purse-obsessed) mommy-member of the <a href="">Boca Resort</a>, follow the ultimate Boca luxury mom <a href="">@lalainboca</a>. Her account is visual candy. I love it. A stay-at-home mommy to Landon (8) and Luca (1), Loretta Barsotti, has called Boca home since 2003. She and hubby, entrepreneur Mike Maguire, love raising their two boys here because Boca truly has it all.</p> <p>“The city is safe and schools are top rated,” Barsotti says. “My older son enjoys academics at <em>Saint Andrew's School</em> and sports year-round, while my toddler and I spend our free time at Mommy &amp; Me classes and the pool at <em>The Boca Beach Club</em>.”</p> <p><strong>Her top three</strong><strong> <em>#bocakid</em> biz picks:</strong> Elegant Child, iPic Theaters and the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club </p> <p><strong>The Stylish Mom</strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong>@aprilgolightly</strong></a><strong></strong></p> <p><strong>7.6k followers</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><img alt="" height="473" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/aprilgolightly.png" width="400">  </p> <p>A Boca-based lifestyle and fashion blogger after my own heart, April Erhard of <a href=""></a>, is the Boca mom you MUST follow for fun, yet realistic style advice. Mommy to an 18-month-old little girl, <a href="">@aprilgolightly</a> has been enjoying and featuring the fashionable Boca Raton lifestyle on her site for almost two years with her husband Kevin, a filmmaker and senior project manager.</p> <p>“We love Boca because it’s a safe city with great people, good schools and plenty of things to do with kids like the free, outdoor family movie nights at Boca Center,” Erhard says. “It’s perfect for parents like us who miss going to movies.”</p> <p><strong>Her top three</strong><strong> <em>#bocakid</em> biz picks:</strong> Farmer's Table, Patch Reef Park, The Shoppes at Boca Center<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>The Organic Mom</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">@essentiallyerika</a></strong></p> <p><strong>1.6k followers</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><img alt="" height="513" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/essentiallyerika.png" width="400"> </p> <p>If you have any appreciation for organic or natural living (and parenting), follow write-at-home mom, Erika Villolobos. In fact, her blog <a href=""></a> focuses on raising her two boys, Evan (4) and Nate (3) with husband Victor, in a playful environment that’s always as all natural and wholehearted as possible.</p> <p>“Boca Raton, my home for 8 years, is a mini melting pot. It is an awesome place to raise kids because it can accommodate every family style,” Villolobos says. “One moment you could be shopping at Saks, and the next you're watching a sea turtle release at Spanish River Beach. While parenting in Boca Raton, I've come across some of the fanciest over-the-top moms and some of the most down-to-earth tree huggers. Being a native New Yorker myself, I can appreciate the diversity.”</p> <p><strong>Her top three</strong><strong> <em>#bocakid</em> biz picks:</strong> Sunflower Creative Arts, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Sugar Sand Park/Science Explorium</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 22 Jan 2015 10:10:00 +0000 Ball is this weekend!<p><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/sheriff's_corral_table.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>It’s that time again—the fun party of the season—the Caribbean Cowboy Ball! You’ve got about two days to snag those last-minute tickets for the party—which is all about cowboy hats, bales of hay, an open bar and fireworks on the Intracoastal. It’s easy (which is why everyone in town goes)—and a welcome departure from that stuffy black-tie gala model. All proceeds benefit the beloved George Snow Scholarship Fund, which sends deserving low-income scholars to college.</p> <p>And, again, this year, the ball will feature a chance to land the coveted Sheriff’s Corral Table (pictured), at which you and nine of your guests get “upgraded” from a regular table, receive a fabulous goody bag filled with gifts valued at over $500 and get treated like royalty while feasting on a special surf and turf menu and flowing Champagne served by none other than the president of the George Snow Scholarship Fund, Mr. Tim “swamp daddy” Snow himself.  (To see all the benefits of this fabulous sponsorship and all the other sponsorship opportunities <a href="" target="_blank">click here.</a>  They will also raffle off a Sheriff's Corral Table.)</p> <p>So saddle on up and get to the party. Here are the particulars:</p> <p>When: Jan. 24 from 6 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Where:  <a href=";city=Boca%20Raton&amp;state=Fl&amp;zip=33432" target="_blank" title="Red Reef Park">Show map</a> Red Reef Park (<em>1400 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p>Contact: Debi Feiler at 561/347-6799 or <a href=""></a></p> <p>Price: $175/ticket.  <a href=";ref=events_7_16&amp;rtype=16">Purchase tickets here.</a></p>Marie SpeedThu, 22 Jan 2015 08:06:00 +0000 EventsBoca election shake-up, Cuba news &amp; other notes<h3><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/city-cou.png" width="300"></h3> <h3>Boca election update</h3> <p>In barely a week, the dynamic of the Boca Raton City Council election has dramatically changed.</p> <p>As the qualifying deadline of Jan. 12 loomed, the race figured to be a spitting content between former friends Frank Chapman and Armand Grossman with IBMer—yes, the company still has a presence in the city—Jeremy Rodgers trying to stay out of the crossfire and casting himself as the compromise candidate. Chapman’s wife had financed two early mailers attacking Grossman’s business record, and Chapman was promising more. Grossman was vowing “legal action.”</p> <p>Then on that final day of qualifying, Realtor and Junior Leaguer Jamie Sauer got into the Seat C race. (Robert Weinroth won a full term in Seat D with no opposition.) And this week, Grossman dropped out.</p> <p>Sauer thus emerges as the establishment choice, with all the backing that distinction brings. Steven Abrams, a former Boca mayor and city council member and now the county commissioner representing the city, already had said he would assist Sauer. Now Susan Whelchel, who served as mayor until last year, will hold a fundraiser at her Boca Raton Yacht &amp; Country Club home on Jan. 29. Sauer held her kickoff party Tuesday night at iPic in Mizner Park.</p> <p>By withdrawing, Grossman removes Chapman’s most prominent target. Sauer’s supporters, some of whom first had been willing to back Grossman, had been urging Grossman to give up the race after Sauer entered. Grossman had done almost nothing publicly—short of being outraged— to counteract the mailers, even though the first went through around Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Especially with turnout expected to be lower than last year— when the mayor’s race got lots of attention—no one should underestimate the Junior League network and how much it could help Sauer. Also, Grossman introduced Sauer at the iPic event. He said Sauer and Rodgers are “two good candidates.” Chapman, Grossman said, “would be a disaster.” Grossman withdrew because “I wasn’t prepared for slimeball politics” that “besmirches Boca’s reputation.” Grossman said he “wasn’t trying to launch a political career, not at this age”—he turns 72 next month—“but this is what (Chapman) does.”</p> <p>Chapman told me Wednesday that he “wishes Armand well.” The campaign, he said, “will be about the complicated financial and development issues that affect our town.”</p> <p>Here’s the response from a consultant who has been helping Chapman: “It’s become pretty clear that the development community and the political establishment have found their candidate in Jamie Sauer. What they fail to realize is that the residents in the community get to pick who will represent them, not the elites.”</p> <p>That sounds like the campaign theme of Anthony Majhess, who lost to Mayor Susan Haynie a year ago. It also sounds ironic, since Chapman ran unsuccessfully in 2012 against the anti-establishment Majhess. But Chapman is right that Sauer has the establishment with her. Now we will see if there’s a gentle push to get Rodgers out of the race and further enhance the Sauer-Chapman distinction.</p> <p>“I’m sure there are people who will reach out that way,” Rodgers told me Wednesday, “but we’re going to see this through until (Election Day.”) Of Grossman’s departure, Rodgers said, “I like Armand, but this is good news for me.” Now I’m the only FAU candidate in the race.” Grossman is an FAU grad and former trustee.</p> <h3>The Elad factor</h3> <p>Those anti-Grossman mailers came from a Tampa-based election communications organization (ECO), which meant that those who got the mailers didn’t know that they had come from Chapman. Mailers from a similar ECO were critical in helping Delray Beach City Commissioner Al Jacquet defeat challenger Chris Davey a year ago.</p> <p>I keep hearing that Elad Properties, which wants to build <a href="/search/?q=New+Mizner+on+the+Green" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>, will spend money in the Boca council race. New Mizner on the Green is the four-tower condo project Broward-based Elad wants to build to replace Mizner on the Green, the rental complex just east of Royal Palm Place. The towers would be roughly 200 feet higher than rules allow for that location.</p> <p>Elad had representatives at Boca polling places for the November election. The company sent a mailer to city residents seeking support for the project, noting that the company owns five apartment complexes in the city, and followed that up with a telephone poll. That mailer was labeled as coming from Elad.</p> <p>Because Elad wants such a large deviation from the rules, a council member at this point would have to propose an amendment to the downtown plan for the council to consider the project. William Shewalter, Elad’s senior executive officer, donated $1,000—the maximum—to Weinroth, who after paying expenses will donate his now-unneeded contributions to charities.</p> <p>Despite the contribution, Weinroth on Wednesday affirmed to me his opposition to New Mizner on the Green. It will be interesting to see if, and how, Elad gets involved in the remaining council election.</p> <h3>Cuba news                                        </h3> <p>It’s been a big week for Cuba-related politics.</p> <p>In First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at the State of the Union Address was Alan Gross, the United States Agency for International Development contractor whom the Cuban government imprisoned in 2009 for allegedly spying by trying to set up Internet connections in a country that restricts such access. Cuba released Gross last month, at which time President Obama announced a normalization of relations between the countries after more than 50 years.</p> <p>Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, responded by having as his guest Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo. Her father, a Cuban dissident, died in a 2012 car crash that Rubio and others believe was a government-arranged murder. House Speaker John Boehner also invited two dissidents to show his disapproval of Obama’s opening to Cuba.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the highest-level talks between American and Cuban officials since the late 1970s took place in Havana. The talks continue today on the issue of re-establishing embassies.</p> <p>Some Cuban-Americans in South Florida never will support any change as long as a Castro rules Cuba and the many legal claims against Cuba remain. But it remains ironic that in the name of promoting freedom in Cuba the United States has forbidden Americans from traveling to Cuba except under rules that the Obama administration began easing last week, when Cuba released 53 political prisoners. Their release was a condition of the agreement Obama announced last month.</p> <p><em>The New York Times</em> just listed Cuba second among its 52 Places to Visit in 2015. Soon, South Floridians may be able to take that trip without asking the government’s permission or going through a third country.</p> <h3>Delray’s never-ending trash issue                                    </h3> <p>A wrinkle developed Tuesday night as the Delray Beach City Commission debated a new trash-hauling contract.</p> <p>A resident suggested, based on some emails, that one of the five bidders may have violated the “cone of silence.” The term—from the 1960s comedy “Get Smart”—applies to the period after the city asks for bids on a contract. All questions for the companies are supposed to have been answered, and the only contact bidders may have is with the city’s purchasing director. It’s designed to prevent last-minute lobbying.</p> <p>Delray Beach City Attorney Noel Pfeffer told me Wednesday that he in the “early stages” of reviewing the emails, which “potentially raise cone of silence questions.” One problem, Pfeffer said, is that “I have a string of (email) threads. I don’t have context.” He hopes to have a recommendation for the next meeting on Feb. 3, when the commission also is supposed to discuss the Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District.</p> <p>If there was a violation, any contract could be “voidable,” Pfeffer said. A selection committee ranked Waste Management first among the five bidders even though the company wasn’t the lowest bidder. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 22 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityTheater Review: &quot;I and You&quot; at Arts Garage<p>Lauren Gunderson’s “<strong>I and You</strong>” is a two-character play, but for all intents and purposes, it’s a triangle involving a third, unseen character who’s been dead for 122 years. That would be Walt Whitman, the renegade poet, whose lyrical words color the play’s action, adding brighter hues to an already vibrant canvas.</p> <p>Running through Feb. 8 at the Theatre at Arts Garage, the play is set in the upstairs bedroom of Caroline (Gracie Winchester), a terminally ill teenager who has had to virtually withdraw from school for medical reasons. As the play opens, an unexpected visitor materializes: It’s Anthony (Terry Guest), a schoolmate she’s never met, and he’s quoting from Whitman’s <em>Leaves of Grass</em>. He’s partially completed a class project on Whitman, shoddily arranged on posterboard, and of everyone in the class, he selected <em>her</em> as his partner. Did he mention it’s due tomorrow?</p> <p><img alt="" height="606" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/i-you-full.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Caroline is immediately hostile toward the invader holding the dog-eared poetry collection, the chicken-scratch posterboard and the peace offering of waffle fries, because after all, why is he here? She doesn’t go to school any longer, and why would she be interested in some old dead poet?</p> <p>She’ll have the next hour and a half to come around, and hearing Whitman’s words read by these fine young actors, it would be hard for anyone not to. In its most thrilling sections, “I and You” is a work of admirable literary criticism, looking afresh at Whitman through the perceived eyes of 21<sup>st</sup> century high schoolers, from Anthony’s persuasive passion to Caroline’s gradually budding interest. Through the prism of Whitman, these carefully chosen opposites—in race, gender, health, upbringing and world view—spin off into conversational waters both shallow and deep, from tastes in music to confrontations of mortality, which both have faced. It all leads toward a surprise ending that throws everything you’ve seen into an elusive tailspin.</p> <p>For a play about a sick teen, “I and You” is buoyantly funny, because Gunderson and director Lou Tyrell possess an innate understanding of the diction and syntax of young people—of their ability to dance around sensitive subjects one moment, and speak with uncouth bluntness and linguistic brinkmanship the next. Even their complements sound like resentful insults. The characters talk with an abundance of unnecessary “like”s and say things such as, “That’s what you get for homework-bombing a sick girl” and “When everybody’s so nice, nice is fake.” They are both wise beyond their years and full of contradictions; Gunderson has gifted these actors with parts that frequently defy cookie-cutter reductionism.</p> <p>Winchester and Guest are mostly right on; the former could dial back some of the fury in the opening moments, when the level of hostility doesn’t always ring true, and the latter stumbled more than once over some lines last weekend. But once they find their groove, their chemistry is palpable, the sexual tension thick as frozen cake. Tyrell’s direction is punctuated by deft touches skillfully translated, like the way Winchester first handles <em>Leaves of Grass</em> like it’s a dead animal she’s forced to carry to the garbage, or her uncomfortable—yet possibly exciting—shift in body position when Guest first sidles up to her on the cozy trunk at the foot of her bed. Tyrell contracts the space with deliberate slowness, bringing them ever closer together just as their Whitman project draws to a revelatory finish.</p> <p>Robert F. Wolin’s scenic design is an IKEA showroom <em>par excellence</em>, a densely propped adolescent shrine neatly organized in a boxy green shelf unit: <em>Twilight</em> books, board games, color-coded trinkets, photography equipment, stuffed animals that may or may not be sentimental remnants of childhood. There are laptops and iPhones, too, but they’re visibly powered off even when the characters use them, which is one of the show’s few dramaturgical oversights.</p> <p>If the set seems a little <em>too</em> immaculate, well—there’s a reason for it. You’ll have to wait for the mystical climax to put all the pieces together, and it’s a heck of an effective twist, one that addresses the transcendent deathlessness of Whitman’s text as much as the characters’ own mysteries. It’s poetry in motion. </p> <p><em>“I and You” runs through Feb. 8 at the Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $30 to $45. Call 561/450-6357 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 21 Jan 2015 14:46:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachTheatreArmadillo Cafe Coming to Boca<p>An armadillo is coming to Boca, and I don't mean the mammalian cross between a giant rat and an armored car.</p> <p><img alt="" height="244" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/armadillo.png" width="490"></p> <p>What I do I mean Kevin McCarthy’s <strong>Armadillo Cafe</strong>, for 16 years a fixture of the restaurant scene in Davie, reborn in 2006 as the Armadillo Beach Restaurant in Dania beach (which closed in 2009). Since then McCarthy, who got his start locally in the Dennis Max restaurant empire, has done catering, consulting and for almost two years was top toque at the Gulfstream Park racetrack and casino in Hallandale Beach.</p> <p>Details are virtually nonexistent and the restaurant’s <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> is only a shell, but it’s set to debut “soon” (reportedly sometime this month) on Glades Road just west of the turnpike. I’ll get back to you when I find out more.</p>Bill CitaraWed, 21 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsGet off the Couch: a 5k Training Program<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Go from zero to 5k with the help of Boca’s own Carol Virga.</p> <p>Virga, co-owner of <a href="" target="_blank">Runner’s Edge</a> in Boca Raton, will be starting the <strong>2015 Carol’s Couch Potato 5K Training Program</strong>. The program, which runs from Feb. 12 through April 26, is perfect for non-runners who need to get off that couch for the New Year and want to give a 5K a try.</p> <p><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/405.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Virga makes training fun, taking participants through run-walk intervals with a focus on fitness. This program is not focused on competition. Instead, the emphasis is on individualized training by an experienced coach, so participants progress at their own speed.</p> <p>It includes personalized coaching, a run/walk schedule, three group meetings each week, free entry to an upcoming 5K, discounts on Runner’s Edge clothing and more.</p> <p>Sound good? The cost for the 10-week program is $99.  Orientation will be held on Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The first class is on Saturday, Feb. 15.</p> <p>Runner’s Edge is located at 3193 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561/361-1950 or click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>How about an event that combines going to the mall with getting fit? <a href="" target="_blank">Boynton Beach Mall</a> will be the site of <strong>B-Fit Fitness</strong> on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Just venture to the mall’s center court and you’ll find the Youfit health club-sponsored event, featuring fitness demonstrations like Zumba fitness dance, plus retailers presenting the latest in footwear, nutrition and more. There will also be live music, entertainment and opportunities for giveaways.</p> <p>Boynton Beach Mall is located on the Congress Corridor between Gateway Boulevard and Old Boynton Road.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 to Tart Up West Boca<p>If you like fast-casual Mexican fare—think Chipotle with more sex appeal, a bigger menu and a touch of SoBe-SoCal flash—then keep your taste buds peeled for the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Lime Fresh Mexican Grill</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/limefresh.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Slated to open this spring in the Shadowood Square shopping mall on Glades Road just east of the turnpike, it will mark the chain’s first Palm Beach location after debuting in 2004 on Alton Road in South Beach. Founder John Kunkel (who now owns the 50 Eggs restaurant group in Miami) built the concept to a dozen or so outlets, then sold it to the Ruby Tuesday folks, who’ve embarked on a major expansion.</p> <p>The menu is all the usual Mexican culinary suspects—nachos, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos and the like—with a display of cold beer and a roster of hot sauces, plus a trio of desserts. I hit up the Alton Road Lime not long after it opened and thought the place was a gas and the food was pretty good. I’m curious to see what Ruby Tuesdays has done with it.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 20 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTrash talk and more on what immigration reform means to Florida<h3>Trash talk      </h3> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/trash_can.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>“We’ve already won,” Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein says of the city’s nearly two-year debate over its largest contract, for trash collection. Tonight, the city commission will decide how much residents could benefit from that victory.</p> <p>Glickstein means that no matter which company gets Delray Beach’s business, the city will have awarded the contract the right way—through competitive bidding. The commission did it the wrong way in August 2012, when it extended Waste Management’s contract for eight years without seeking bids. Waste Management has had the contract since 2003, when it bought out Browning-Ferris, and never had to submit a bid until last year.</p> <p>The change came because the commission that took office in March 2013 challenged the previous commission’s refusal to seek bids. That refusal came after the Office of Inspector General had disagreed with the former city attorney and city manager that Delray didn’t need to bid the contract. The commission hired a lawyer, and last March won without a trial. Waste Management then settled, paying the city’s legal fees and agreeing not to appeal in return for the city letting Waste Management stay on while searching for a permanent contractor.</p> <p>After which, Delray began asking for those bids. After which, a selection committee ranked the five bidders.</p> <p>The top choice? Waste Management, with only a minimal saving for residents.</p> <p>There would be more savings if the commission went with Southern Waste Systems, which submitted the low bid and was ranked second. But under the committee’s criteria for ranking the companies, price counts for just 50 percent. Five other factors, among them experience and record of service, count a combined 50 percent.</p> <p>Judging by email comments to commissioners, most residents want the added savings. Two of the comments are especially worth noting.</p> <p>Ken MacNamee is one of Delray Beach’s self-appointed financial watchdogs, and he has a record on this issue. His complaint led to that inspector general’s finding on the contract. MacNamee, who lives on a canal east of the Intracoastal Waterway in one of Delray’s most affluent areas, calculates that Waste Management’s bid is 14 percent higher than that from Southern Waste Systems, which would mean at least an extra $9 million-plus for Waste Management over the seven years of the contract.</p> <p>Josh Smith, who for at least 15 years has advocated for Delray Beach’s poorer neighborhoods, emailed the commissioners to criticize the price difference and the harm to low-income residents. All residents pay the same trash-hauling fee. Smith argues that Waste Management had many chances to lower rates in return for those years without having to bid, but did not cut residents a break. Smith also favors Southern Waste Systems in part because the company said it would hire six employees from Delray’s northwest and southwest neighborhoods.</p> <p>Despite Glickstein’s comment that Delray Beach has restored the “integrity of the process,” there still are problems. Though the staff recommendation is for the commission to approve the committee’s rankings, the recommendation does not come from City Manager Don Cooper. He just started work this month. The recommendation comes from the chief purchasing officer and the chief financial officer.</p> <p>Cooper did not choose the five committee members—four city staff members and Howard Ellingsworth, a Delray accountant and son of the late Ken Ellingsworth, a civic icon. Cooper did not decide on the criteria. Terry Stewart did all that while serving as interim manager. Cooper, though, will be responsible for making sure the winner lives up to the contract. Glickstein told me that Cooper “has questions about the methodology” the committee used.</p> <p>As the memo to commissioners notes, after the committee’s last meeting city staff changed the price comparison in a way that narrowed the difference between Southern Waste Systems and Waste Management. The memo also says the contract “has been revised to conform to Waste Management’s proposal” and now “includes a new Exhibit 13, which described the ‘optional benefits’ and services offered by Waste Management in its proposal.” There is no similar exhibit for the other four companies.</p> <p>The pricing change and the variables involved led Commissioner Shelly Petrolia to complain in an email to me that the commission will be looking at three numbers for its debate, not just one. She told me that she will be raising several issues, and it’s clear that she is skeptical about the committee’s ranking.</p> <p>I spoke Monday with Commissioner Jordana Jarjura. She would not comment, saying she was still reading the material and waiting to meet with city staff. It does not worry Jarjura that Cooper was not involved, she said, because “I have faith” in the chief financial officer and city attorney who were very involved. “The core issue,” she said, “is the process. We need to get the best vendor,” adding that price is not the only issue.</p> <p>Glickstein points out that the commission is awarding what could amount to a 12-year contract. The commission could accept the recommendation and open negotiations with Waste Management, reject the proposals, rank the bidders by its own standards or ask the selection committee to reconsider. “If you have to redo this,” Glickstein told me, so that the new city manager is comfortable with the selection and no questions remain, “so be it.”</p> <p>I also contacted Commissioner Adam Frankel. He emailed to say that he would not respond to questions, because “over the last several months you continually have manipulated my positions and votes to facilitate your biased blogs to advance your own personal agenda.” Frankel voted to give Waste Management that extension in 2012, and he opposed the legal challenge to the decision.</p> <p>Commissioner Al Jacquet voted against the 2012 extension and for the legal challenge.</p> <p>It’s taken Delray Beach 2 ½ years to reach this point. If there are still too many questions after the discussion tonight, the commission should wait on the decision or order a do-over.</p> <h3>Immigration reform and Florida</h3> <p>Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made a political statement by approving a Department of Home Security spending bill that it hopes would undo President Obama’s 2012 executive order and 2014 executive action on immigration. In response, the woman who represents most of this area in the House will make her own statement.</p> <p>Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat whose district includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach and coastal communities north to Palm Beach, will bring as her guest to Obama’s State of the Union Address an accomplished young woman to whom that 2012 executive order applies.</p> <p>Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Charlene Rupert has been spared deportation. According to Frankel’s office, Rupert came here from Venezuela with her mother, who had a visa. Rupert, though, was undocumented. Yet she graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts, attends Palm Beach State College and wants to be an immigration lawyer. Rupert can attend PBSC at in-state tuition rates, thanks to action last year by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.</p> <p>Frankel’s choice of Rupert is crafty. To many Americans, the stereotypic illegal immigrant is from Mexico. Even after the death of Hugo Chavez, however, Republicans especially consider Venezuela an enemy of America, even as most of them also opposed Obama’s actions to help illegal immigrants.</p> <p>Three of the 10 Republicans who voted against their party on immigration are from Miami-Dade County. But many gerrymanded House districts nationwide have tiny foreign-born populations. So immigration reform can be vital to Florida and this region—attracting foreign entrepreneurs would be good for Boca—but a political liability to many lawmakers.</p> <p>The Senate won’t go along with the House’s symbolic vote. The longer Congress waits to pass immigration reform, the more Congress hurts Florida.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 20 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityQ&amp;A: Amanda Perna<p dir="ltr">A warehouse alongside the railroad tracks may seem like a world away from high fashion runways. That was until Project RUnway alumna <strong>Amanda Perna</strong> opened up her fashion studio in Delray’s Artist Alley. Behind those doors, art comes to life in the form of <a href="" target="_blank">House of Perna</a>’s bold, bright, print-driven designs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/amanda_perna_-_the_house_of_perna_shop.png" width="490"></p> <p dir="ltr">Perna always had a love for fashion. In high school, the Coral Springs native would spray paint her shoes and make purses out of cigar boxes and ripped jeans. But she never considered making it her career until she transferred to University of Alabama and discovered the Department of Clothing and Textiles. While in school, she interned for Oscar de la Renta then landed a job at Calvin Klein after graduation. In 2011, she was cast on Project Runway. Although she didn’t win, the experience gave her enough exposure to launch her brand. Between finishing up her latest collection and getting ready for Delray Beach Fabulous Fashion Week, Perna made time to meet up with Boca Raton magazine and discuss her designs.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Boca Mag: What influenced you to become a clothing designer?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Amanda Perna: I was always one of those people who just loved fashion. I was more involved in theater though, so it was a process that started with my obsession with the costume department and seeing how the costumes made me feel like my character. Eventually once I realized that fashion design was an actual career, I wound up falling in love with it. It was kinda the psychology of what makes a women feel amazing and how you could help people feel incredible by creating clothing.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: Tell me a little about your design process.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: Everyone has their own process. Mine used to be very regimented. I first started with color, then print, then bodies but now I’m kinda all over the place. It’s whatever I feel inspires me first. For me its about not forcing it; [it's about] loving what I’m doing.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: Living in New York as long as I did, [the city] stuck with me and it will always stick with me. I do a lot more things that are architectural since living there. Then just traveling in general and seeing what different people in different places wear. Obviously living in Florida has always influenced me. My choice of color is very Floridian. My choice of prints are always very bold. And then it's the customer. She always inspires me.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: What has been the most exciting milestone for you as a designer?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: Really it was getting our space, having a physical place where I go to work everyday. That and being able to work on this full time. It was my five-year plan and we did it in a year and a half. When they put the sign up, I freaked out. My whole family was taking pictures of it. I started in my apartment in New York and now we have 900 square feet that belongs to House of Perna.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: How does having your own line compare to working with other designers?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: It’s crazy, when I was at Calvin, we were the big dog. Money was no object. We did what we had to do. Owning my own business, I’m a little guy. We’re just starting out so we have to be smart about how we do things. The beauty of it is that I get to create what I see, the way I want the world to look. When you're working for a brand, they have their aesthetic. You have to get in the head of someone else, whereas here, it's a free-for-all for me.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: What did you gain as a designer from being on Project Runway?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: It gives you a very thick skin. It taught me that not everyone’s gonna love me, not everyone's gonna love what I do, but I need to stay true to who I am and what I believe in as a designer.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: Why did you choose Delray Beach for your studio?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>AP: Once we launched the brand, we wanted to come back to Florida to be close to family. We were initially thinking about Miami because that’s where fashion is right now. We went down there and we didn’t love it. It wasn’t quaint and cute and fun and walkable. Then we found Artists Alley. We were so lucky they had space for us. I love being surrounded by amazing, internationally known artists. It’s very inspiring.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: What is a House of Perna women?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: She’s somebody who likes to stand out in the crowd. She’s a powerful women. She’s not a wallflower. She’s proud of who she is and wants people to see what she’s wearing. She’s casual yet sophisticated. She wants to always look chic and fabulous, but she doesn’t always want to make such an effort.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BM: How do you plan to grow House of Perna?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">AP: Now that we have a really good sense of who our girl is and what she’s looking for we’re really ready to go and push and make it bigger. We are relaunching our website next week with an e-commerce boutique. We leave Jan. 26 to debut the Fall 2015 line at the Atlanta Apparel Mart. We’re also expanding into a bridal collection, which were really excited about. 2015 is gonna be a big year for us.</p> <p dir="ltr">Amanda Perna will be showcasing her designs at Delray Beach Fabulous Fashion Week. On Sunday Jan 18. she participated in the Cornell Museum’s “Recycled Runway” show. The line will also be featured at the “Bold in Print” show on Jan. 20 and the Delray Beach Designer Showcase on Jan. 24. Her collection will be available for purchase at the Vendor Showcase on Jan. 24. For more information check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or stop by her studio at <em>350 N.E 4th Ave., Delray Beach</em> for its open house every first Friday and third Thursday of the month.</p>Annie PizzutelliTue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 BeachFashionProfilesShoppingThe Week Ahead: Jan. 20-26<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/1605_093412_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Palm Beach Poetry Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Various start times</p> <p>Cost: Varies by event</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Poetry is not only still alive in 2015. At least on a local level, it’s thriving, with the 11<sup>th</sup> annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival promising one of the strongest celebrations of poetic license it’s ever organized. As usual, readings, lectures, performances and workshops will fill the Delray Center for the Arts over the next week, including headliner Dana Gioia (pictured), former Chairman of the National Endowment for Arts, who will read at 4 p.m. Tuesday. And such niche household names as Thomas Lux, Linda Gregerson and Molly Peacock will perform throughout the week. But what’s especially unique about this year’s program is that it’s expanding into other art forms: At 8 p.m. Friday, the festival will host “Ballet’s Child,” a ballet performance inspired by the poems of Lani Scozzari, choreographed by Donna Murray. Visit the festival’s website for the complete schedule.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/b65cgricaaistvb.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Song One”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 9:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Anne Hathaway suffers her share of haters from the TMZ set and the unforgiving blogosphere, but she’s easy to like in “Song One,” a low-key, musically driven indie drama opening at select theaters this weekend. She plays an archaeology graduate student summoned home from an excursion in Morocco after her brother, a college dropout turned busker, is struck by a car in New York City and winds up in a potentially fatal coma. As she comes to terms with the possible sudden loss of a loved one—compounded by the guilt she feels for cutting off contact with him following his career choice—she discovers his passion for music by reading his diaries, visiting his favorite music clubs and attending a performance by his favorite singer-songwriter (played by Johnny Flynn, an Irish actor-musician). She strikes up a friendship-cum-romance with the musician as the coma drags on, burying her grief and regret in local shows by the likes of Sharon Van Etten, the Felice Brothers and Dan Deacon, who all play themselves and lend the movie a documentary-like cachet. The film’s denouement feels rote and too movie-ish, but “Song One” is a fine little gem about the transcendent power of music. It also opens at Cinema Paradiso Hollywood and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2b03fe5ca59581ee5607debb658f23e9.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Martha Graham Dance Company</strong></p> <p>Where: Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 561/868-3309, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Arguably, no American dance outfit has a stronger brand than the Martha Graham Dance Company, the organization founded in 1926 by a woman whose dance talent has been likened to Picasso’s artistry and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. Graham’s influence hangs heavily over a program of classics and premieres: The dancer’s grief-ridden 1930 solo “Lamentation” will be rebooted by some of today’s top choreographers in “The Lamentation Variations.” The program also includes “Diversion of Angels,” a lyrical, abstract essay on love’s infinite possibilities; “Errand Into the Maze,” a duet inspired by the myth of Theseus; and “Echo,” a brand-new work funded by the National Dance Project.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/twjzw3uze8lbizvhahmzxzg_h72qm5ydaskqwiwa9b0,4zaq8v8j9gqzr2hnjdzejof381qk7fnrp_1yarnhp08.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>Miami City Ballet Program II</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $20-$175</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There may be no better introduction to Miami City Ballet—and its rich history of producing works by the greatest choreographers in the world—than its second program this season. It includes works by Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine, as formidable a choreographic trio as imaginable over a single evening. The program’s title refers to the special connection these dances have to organized sound: Taylor’s “Mercuric Tidings” blends animalistic movement with an attention to musicality that the <em>Times </em>described, in its 1982 premiere, as “a dance work that bursts seemingly into song.” Tharp’s contribution, “Nine Sinatra Songs,” also from ’82, wears its concept in its title: Nine standards from Ol’ Blue Eyes propel the action, which traces the swirling arc of romantic relationships across seven couples. Finally, the dancers will capture a jazz flavor in Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements,” developed from three Igor Stravinsky compositions.</p> <p><strong>What: Jeff Ross</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/jeffross.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $22, with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fresh off its sold-out engagements with Lisa Lampanelli last weekend, the Palm Beach Improv returns with another caustic comic who knows his way around a good insult: Jeff Ross, the anointed Roastmaster General, who possesses the special ability to brutally roast just about anyone over an open fire while still conveying his respect for the roast-ee—an art form he illustrated in his 2009 book <em>I Only Roast the Ones I Love: Busting Balls Without Burning Bridges</em>. Pamela Anderson, Joan Rivers, Donald Trump, Bob Saget, Charlie Sheen, James Franco and many others have fallen prey to his laser-focused, no-holds-barred barbs, but you needn’t be a celebrity to be on the receiving end of a Jeff Ross insult. In his standup performances, he typically invites 10 audience members to climb onstage on his makeshift dais and be gloriously roasted. If you’re one of them, you’ll realize it’s an honor—after you’re done laughing through your tears.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/bonnie-clyde.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> <strong>“Bonnie &amp; Clyde”</strong></p> <p>Where: Slow Burn Theatre, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It may be a landmark film today, but when “Bonnie &amp; Clyde” debuted in 1967, audiences weren’t ready for it, and neither were a lot of critics. It teemed with uninhibited sexuality, risqué humor and realistically bloody violence—a far cry from Old Hollywood, with its chaste cowboys and theatrical mobsters clutching their sides and collapsing graciously to their demise. Forty-four years later, a Broadway musical based on the iconic outlaws proved equally hard to please everybody. Reviewers were lukewarm, ticket sales stagnated, and the show closed after four weeks. But Boca’s Slow Burn Theatre Company is admired for its ability to both honor and transform offbeat musicals that, for whatever reason, failed to catch fire under the New York spotlight. “Bonnie &amp; Clyde” fits the bill entirely, from its copious gun violence—surprisingly graphic, for the stage—to its colorful song palette, which combines Broadway-style pop with the blues, rockabilly, gospel and country music that proliferated during the Great Depression. The show runs through Feb. 8.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lucindawill23p1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lucinda Williams</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46.61</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Make an argument for Steve Earle all you want: For my money, Lucinda Williams is the greatest alternative-country musician America has ever produced. She’s a singer-songwriter who launched her career plying a traditional country-blues trade and has spent the next quarter-century-plus expanding her horizons—musically, lyrically and emotionally. Now, the tunesmith lives in a category all her own, operating on the malleable nexus of rock ‘n’ roll, folk, blues, country and Americana. Williams will be 62 next week, and with age has come a visceral, road-beaten passion in her voice, whose angelic clarity has given way to a gravelly gut-punch of piss and vinegar, praise and condemnation. Her latest double album, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone,” contains all of this and more, sprawling over 20 songs. It feels like a swan song, but I certainly hope it isn’t. Her last appearance at Parker Playhouse, in 2011, made our countdown of the year’s best tours, and I expect this one will, too.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/525703ac92008.preview-620.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Arlo Guthrie</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50.15–$61.95</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie has released more than 25 albums, but his set lists have long been dominated by tunes written by his father Woody, the pioneer of protest folk (his mother Marjorie, no artistic slouch, danced professionally with the Martha Graham Company). Woody Guthrie probably spun in his grave when his son became a registered Republican in the Aughts (he’s an avid Ron Paul supporter), but as the carrier of his father’s sonic torch, Arlo’s music is just as straightforward, intimate and affecting, and often just as socially and politically conscious. This year, Arlo will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his most famous single, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” a story-song that inspired its own 1969 film. At 18 minutes and 34 seconds, the “Massacree” consumed the entire A side of Guthrie’s debut LP, but that’s nothing compared to concert versions of the song, which have reached the 45-minute mark, filled with Guthrie’s trademark diversions. The song has rarely been performed over the past decade, so its inclusion this year is a special treat.</p>John ThomasonMon, 19 Jan 2015 16:24:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsElie Tahari at the Polo Club<p>The newly renovated <a href="" target="_blank">Polo Club of Boca Raton</a> was a sight of glitz and glamour for the <strong>Putting on the Ritz luncheon</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1233.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The event, which included a fashion show from <a href="" target="_blank">Elie Tahari</a>, raised more than $200,000 for the Polo Club Chapter of the Pap Corps. The nonprofit organization funds cancer research programs at the University of Miami ‘s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.</p> <p>The club sold out tickets for the fundraiser, filling the ballroom to capacity with a lively crowd of more than 500 people. They danced and sung along to the likes of ABBA and Van Morrison, performed live by Meshell &amp; Co.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1240.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tahari himself was present during the event. He showcased his spring 2015 collection, a series of pieces he describes as “earthy, shipwrecked, weathered and very natural.”</p> <p>“It’s about femininity and going back to nature,” Tahari says.</p> <p><img alt="" height="534" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1241.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1250.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tahari is a good friend and previous client of Arnold Cohen, who was honored at the event along with his wife Barbara for their dedication to the Pap Corps. Tahari says Cohen always had the intention of doing something good in the world, adding – “I am his assistant here.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="444" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/img_1293.png" width="490"></p> <p>Boca is one of only eight cities with a brick and mortar Elie Tahari store, located at Town Center at Boca Raton.</p> <p>“I love Boca,” Tahari says. “…You have all kinds of great people [here].”</p> <p><em>For more information on The Pap Corps, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:22:00 +0000 Resto Lounge &amp; Fashion&#39;s Sparkling Saturday &amp; Sunday Brunch<p>What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Sunday? Let me guess…brunch. Now, you can associate it with Saturday.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/roc_resto_lounge_brunch_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Roc Resto Lounge &amp; Fashion</strong> <em>(9225 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs) </em>is hosting a sparkling brunch on Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for $15.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 16 Jan 2015 16:23:00 +0000 & ReviewsPalm Beach Jewish Film Festival: Three Reviews<p>As I mentioned in this Week Ahead this week, the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival celebrates its landmark 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary this weekend, and continues at a handful of Palm Beach County cinemas through Feb. 8. Here’s a look at three films I was privileged to see in advance. For a complete schedule, visit</p> <p> <img alt="" height="184" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/large_24_days.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>They’re no escaping the prescient dread of <strong>“24 Days,”</strong> a downbeat and enraging police procedural based on the real-life kidnapping of a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, from his suburban Parisian home in 2006. The title refers to his period of captivity, during which time authorities worked around the clock to secure his release from a small band of terrorists with Islamic ties. Director Alexandre Arcady’s sobering thriller transitions between Ilan’s panicked family, the frustrated police force and the increasingly frayed kidnappers, as an initially straightforward hostage situation balloons into a <em>cause celebre</em>.</p> <p>With its early 21st century cell phone technology and quaint references to cybercafés, the movie feels, properly, like a period piece. But in other ways, it feels ripped from today’s headlines. Arriving at this festival a little more than a week after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, at a time when anti-Semitism in France has garnered international headlines, a film about a nine-year-old, isolated case of a religiously motivated horror in the heart of France resonates with chilling, prophetic unease. It also astutely address issues like police ineptitude and bystander apathy. Arcady leans too heavily on musical cues and slow-motion close-ups in the film’s pivotal emotional moments, but there’s no softening the movie’s crippling blows toward a pluralistic France. Don’t miss this one, if you can stomach it.</p> <p><em>“24 Days” screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens; 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Frank Theatres at Delray Marketplace, 14775 Lyons Road; and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/kaplan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As Uruguay’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Oscars, <strong>Mr. Kaplan</strong> is a notable “get” for the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, though it sacrifices genuine artistry for commercial whimsy. Directed with banality by its writer, Alvaro Brecher, the film stars Hector Noguera as the title character, a 76-year-old Jew who, as a child, fled his native Poland just as the scourge of Nazism was overtaking his country. More than half a century later, he’s living in Uruguay with his wife and three grown children close by, his driver’s license revoked and his eyesight failing. Afraid he’s going to suffer his twilight years without distinction, he finds his belated calling when he learns of a mysterious émigré restaurateur who might be in a Nazi in hiding. With assistance from a slovenly, alcoholic sidekick with a heart of gold (Nestor Guzzini, who could probably win a Ron Jeremy lookalike contest), he fashions himself another Simon Weisenthal, pooling all of his energy into capturing the German octogenarian and delivering him to Israel for trial.</p> <p>The movie’s, concept is a potentially powerful one, but director Brecher’s tone undercuts his content. Mr. Kaplan is overly lighthearted and shallow, with the formal elements—from the jaunty score to the editing rhythms and the camerawork—helping to turn his creations into caricatures. An ill-timed parody of the final gunfight in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is an especially cartoonish, even stupid treatment of the film’s most important scene. Worse still, Brecher spoils his own mystery by revealing a crucial detail far too early in the story, thus undercutting the intended surprise of his ending.</p> <p><em>“Mr. Kaplan” screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens; 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Frank Theatres; and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Cinemark Palace.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" height="203" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/static.squarespace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For a better and more studious—if decaffeinated—foray into the lingering after-effects of Nazism in the present day, check out <strong>“The Art Dealer,” </strong>the latest mystery from French director Francois Margolin (who co-wrote Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s lovely “Flight of the Red Balloon”). The sensibilities of film noir, a genre that in many ways rose from the darkness of the Second World War, hang over an otherwise contemporary drama. Donning an antiquated trench coat and fedora, and possessing the uncommon ability to make cigarettes look sexy again, Anna Sigalevitch plays Esther, a driven magazine reporter whose latest investigation stirs up cobwebs in her own family tree.</p> <p>After her husband, an art dealer, brings home a painting that rattles her father, Esther discovers that the work in question was painted by her grandfather Jean, an artist and collector executed by the Nazis. Like so much art raided by the Third Reich, Jean collection was dispersed and deprived from his heirs, and Esther discovers that certain shady relatives—snakes in three-piece suits—colluded in destroying her grandfather’s estate.</p> <p>Margolin approaches this sturdy, plot-heavy story with no detail unturned, and “The Art Dealer” demands a novelistic patience that most movies do not require. Immerse yourself in it, though, and you’ll come to appreciate its quiet menace, its domino-like ripples when inconvenient truths are unearthed. The movie evokes a timeless question—should past traumas be confronted, or ignored?—and its end result is, finally, quite moving.</p> <p><em>“The Art Dealer” screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens; 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Frank Theatres; and 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Cinemark Palace.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:35:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesUpcoming EventsFreaky Florida<p><em>**In light of Jon Stewart poking fun at Florida's weird news, here's the full feature on Freaky Florida. This article was originally published in the February 2014 issue of Boca Mag.</em></p> <h4>Is the Sunshine State the capital of bizarre, head-scratching crime? You be the judge.</h4> <p> <img alt="" height="599" src="/site_media/uploads/February%202014/dentist.jpg" width="500"></p> <center>Illustrations by Matt Mignanelli</center> <p>Maybe it’s the heat.</p> <p>Perhaps it’s the influx of strangers—an estimated 80 million tourists wintered or vacationed here last year alone. Or, given the number of scams perpetuated in the Sunshine State, maybe it’s our reputation for being easily duped. On the other hand, it could be nothing more than sheer stupidity.</p> <p>Whatever the explanation, Florida, according to a recent survey by the Associated Press, is the undisputed champion of strange-but-true news. There are blogs and websites devoted to our state’s seemingly never-ending wave of weird crime. Like the shapely woman who was smuggling cocaine in her breast implants. Or the faux physician who went door-to-door offering free breast exams.</p> <p>Police see it all the time; another numbskull making life interesting.</p> <p>“It seems that there’s a magnet over Florida,” says Stephanie Slater, public information officer for the Boynton Beach Police Department. “There’s always a Florida connection. Always.”</p> <p>As Florida residents, it’s certainly nothing of which to be proud. However, it does make for good reading. Here are some of our favorite surreal episodes—all from the past five years.</p> <h3 class="p2">Don’t they have Groupons in this town?</h3> <p class="p2">Going to the dentist is expensive. But patients in Golden Gate, near Naples, discovered a steal of a deal from a guy named Juan Diego Garcia-Castano, 32, who was doing dental work on the cheap in a rented, one-car garage. (He even had a comfy leather chair that tilted back.) Working on a tip, sheriff’s detectives visited Garcia-Castano’s clinic to get an estimate for a root canal, which turned out to be $400—about $1,000 less than the going rate at a typical dental office.</p> <p class="p2">The officers returned with a search warrant, and Garcia-Castano was charged with practicing dentistry without a license. Sure, the garage was clean, but rules are rules.</p> <h3 class="p2">The Razor’s edge</h3> <p class="p2">Megan Mariah Barnes, 37, was driving her Thunderbird south on U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys when she rather violently rear-ended a family from Palm Bay. What happened?</p> <p class="p2">Apparently, Barnes was shaving her pubic hair—while driving—in pre-date preparation for a meeting with her boyfriend in Key West. The accident probably came as no surprise to police in the Keys, who see their share of freakish escapades. But this story took an even stranger turn when authorities realized Barnes was driving with a suspended license because of a DUI conviction—which happened the day before.</p> <p class="p2">Even weirder: The woman’s ex-husband was driving with her, steering the car while she took care of business. Sounds like a reality show in the making.</p> <h3 class="p2">The defense rests ... and is arrested</h3> <p class="p2">Matthew Oliver, 23, of New Port Richey was fooling around on Facebook one day when he noticed the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office had named their “Fugitive of the Day.” And it was him! Oliver couldn’t resist posting in his own defense; he claimed that he was in the hospital the day of the robbery, so it couldn’t have been him. He went on to add that a crackhead had set him up. How dare the police accuse him!</p> <p class="p2">The post went on and on and on and on ... giving deputies ample time to knock on his door and cuff him.</p> <h3 class="p2">Pain in the ass</h3> <p><img alt="" height="629" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cartoon_jail.png" width="399"></p> <p class="p1">Oneal Ron Morris, a transgender man who identifies as a woman, was arrested in Miami Gardens for injecting total grossness into the behinds of other transgenders who wanted curvier posteriors. Police said Morris used a <strong>frightening cocktail of cement, super glue, mineral oil and Fix-A-Flat tire inflator</strong>, injecting the mixture right into the behinds of the JLo wannabes. Naturally, someone became sick and called police, and Morris’ living-room clinic was shut down. Police later posted full-length pictures of the famous “toxic-tush” nurse, who had obviously injected himself a few times. We’re betting he didn’t charge himself the customary $700.</p> <h3 class="p1">Something got his goat</h3> <p class="p1">Stealing is wrong, of course. But stealing your neighbor’s goat for sex? Well, that’s just a whole lotta wrong. A 48-year-old Panhandle man was put in jail after the goat, Meg, died of apparent asphyxiation at some point during their private encounter. (Hey, don’t blame the messenger.)</p> <p class="p1">The charges didn’t last long. In Florida, home of the weird, sex with a goat wasn’t illegal. That is, until state Sen. Nan Rich got involved. Rich—already fired up over an incident involving a blind man arrested for having sex with his guide dog—sponsored an anti-bestiality bill that, in 2011, finally was signed into state law.</p> <p class="p1">The penalty for having relations with an animal? It’s a first-degree misdemeanor.</p> <h3 class="p1">Holy fashion faux pas!</h3> <p class="p1">We’re not dissing the power of prayer, but a man named Anthony Jason Garcia had a different kind of inspiration after a restful moment in a Catholic church near Disney World. About 12 people were wandering the grounds of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, when Garcia, 31, left the chapel, rushed into the gift shop and demanded the cash drawer from one of the largest church stores in the Southeastern United States.</p> <p class="p1">Unfortunately for Garcia, his style selection came back to haunt him. Unable to handle the haul—and keep his trendy-but-slouchy pants from falling down—he eventually stumbled. A maintenance man tackled Garcia and kept him in a headlock until police arrived, at which time Garcia was hauled to jail and charged with felony robbery.</p> <p>Charges from above are still pending .</p> <h3 class="p1">But does she do windows?</h3> <p class="p1">Next time your mom tells you to clean your room, do it. Maybe that’s the lesson from an arrest in Zephyrhills last fall. Police said they found Stephanie Thompson, 28, screaming and crying with a burn mark on her face after her mother, Cynthia Alexander, 48, used a taser gun to, um, “encourage” her grown daughter to clean the mobile home they shared.</p> <p class="p1">The 28-year-old refused to press charges, police said, telling them she loved her mom and that they’d work it out. Together. With Pledge and a soft rag.</p> <h3 class="p1">Giving someone a hand ... gone wild</h3> <p><img alt="" height="478" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cartoon_mammogram.png" width="399"></p> <p class="p1">Phillip Winikoff, 81, was pretty convincing, what with his little black bag and his earnest concern. But it turned out the <strong>free breast exams he was offering door-to-door in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex </strong>were free for a reason: He’s no doctor, just an old guy who likes touching breasts. When Winikoff took his traveling “free breast exam” ruse on the road, one woman, incredibly, invited him for an impromptu appointment. (She got nervous when his hands wandered elsewhere.) Police said by the time the woman called 911, Winikoff already had found a second victim. Women’s health advocates used the opportunity to remind ladies of this one simple truth: Breast examiners don’t go door to door.</p> <h3 class="p1">Drop the dual-shock controller, now!</h3> <p class="p1">It might have been just a toy, but Port St. Lucie police weren’t amused when Giovanna Borge, 19, marched into the bedroom she shared with her boyfriend—and started shooting him with a plastic squirt gun. Borge was actually taken to jail and charged with simple domestic battery after neighbors told police they heard the boyfriend screaming like crazy. (What? Was he melting?) Borge, who had been in the relationship about a year, told police she’d had it with her man playing Xbox, which is what he was doing when she got all trigger-happy. See? Video games do cause violence.</p> <h3 class="p1">Monkey See, Monkey Do</h3> <p class="p1">Not every bank robbery call is run of the mill, if there is such a thing. Naples police found this out for sure when they responded to a 911 call from a Wells Fargo Bank branch and found Mark Loescher, 51, claiming to be the “half-orangutan director of the CIA.” He also threw around some pretty lofty inside connections—including a friendship with then-President George Bush and a blood linkage to Elvis Presley.</p> <p class="p1">Police figured the stories were fake, but Loescher’s gun wasn’t. So they carted him off to jail.</p> <h3 class="p1">Can he keep his rollover minutes?</h3> <p class="p1">Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to “butt dial” the authorities in the middle of a murderous rant. But Scott Simon, 24, apparently fell asleep during that part of class. Simon was arrested in Broward County after he accidentally (we’re assuming) pocket-dialed 911 in the parking lot of a Waffle House. On the call to the recorded line, Simon could be heard yelling at Nicholas Walker, 33, mad as all get-out, threatening to follow him home and kill him.</p> <p class="p1">When Walker was shot dead minutes later, detectives showed up at Simon’s door. Simon wasn’t accused of being the gunman, but, rather, of orchestrating the death. Police said it was the first time they’d ever had a thug tattle on himself. </p> <h3 class="p1">Behind the police blotter</h3> <p class="p1"><em>When it comes to weird cases, nothing seems to surprise public information officers at police departments throughout South Florida. Well, almost nothing.</em></p> <p class="p1">Mark Economou has been the public information specialist at the Boca Raton Police Department for five years. He thought he’d pretty much seen it all.</p> <p class="p1">Then this happened.</p> <p class="p1">This past October, about 5 in the morning on a Friday, the department received a call on its emergency line. A man had stopped at a Walgreens to run an errand when he noticed something rather alarming.</p> <p class="p1">“He said he saw a man talking to a large duffel bag,” Economou says. “And he saw a female arm coming out of the duffel.”</p> <p class="p1">The police scrambled into action, looking for the car, the man and the woman attached to the arm. Was it a carjacking, a kidnapping, a domestic? “After three or four hours, we found the car,” Economou says. As it turned out, the man was in rehab, the woman in the bag was his girlfriend, and ...</p> <p class="p1">Well, he was sneaking her in for some one-on-one.</p> <p class="p1">“Those are the kind of weird stories I guess you are referring to,” he says.</p> <p class="p1">Economou says Florida’s propensity for national headlines probably stems from three things: the state’s liberal public-record laws, the immediacy of social media and “a different day and age.”</p> <p class="p1">It’s different, all right. Consider the guy in Oakland Park who pulled into a gas station and parked his van over the in-ground gasoline tanks. According to Dani Moschella, public information officer for Broward Sheriff’s Office, the man apparently had researched some sort of bizarre hydraulic system that allowed him to tap into the underground tanks and then pump stolen gasoline into the barrels he was hauling.</p> <p class="p1">“I always wonder if somebody in Whatever County, Wis., is doing the same thing,” Moschella says.</p> <p class="p1">One place renowned for acts of drunkenness and tomfoolery is Mile Marker 0, our very own Key West. But despite its reputation, police spokeswoman Alyson Crean says she doesn’t think her city is all that strange.</p> <p class="p2">“There was a guy arrested several years ago in San Diego with monkeys in his pants,” she says. “Weird stuff just happens.”</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Source Material</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong></strong>Eliot Kleinberg, author, <em>Weird Florida</em>; Frank Cerabino, <em>Palm Beach Post</em>; Dave Moreland’s “Bozo Crime of the Day,” found at; Florida Man, found at; Florida Woman, found at;;;; and the websites of the <em>Miami Herald</em>, <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, <em>Sun Sentinel</em>, WPTV, <em>Naples Daily News</em>, <em>Orlando Sentinel </em>and <em>Sarasota Herald-Tribune</em>. </p>magazineFri, 16 Jan 2015 12:29:00 +0000 The MagazineStaff Picks: events and frozen treats<p><strong>LGBT Discussion with Suze Orman</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/orman2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“Florida recently became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage, however the battle for civil rights in the LGBT community is far from over. An esteemed panel of experts will explore the challenges and the historic potential of ‘Moving Forward Together’ during a two-hour conversation starting at 7 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 19) at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. The free event, sponsored by Temple Beth El and the Anti-Defamation League, will include remarks by CNBC host (and South Florida resident) Suze Orman, as well as Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Panelists include Mitchell Gold (founder of Faith in America) and Rabbi Dan Levin of Temple Beth El. To register, or for more information, call <a>561-391-8900</a> or visit the website below.</p> <p>(333 S.W. Fourth Ave. // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>The Honeybell Creamsicle Milkshake at Woolbright Farmer's Market</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/honeybells.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“Jesse Goldfinger has a cool juice trick built into the market now with all kinds of fresh and healthy juice combos. But with honeybells in season, and the legendary creamsicle flavor shining like a beacon, I had to go for it. Organic milk, ice cream. honeybells. $4.99.</p> <p>(Woolbright Farmer's Market: 141 West Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach)</p> <p><strong>The Wiz</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-16_at_11.32.03_am.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <p>"Long before 'Wicked' put the witches of 'The Wizard of Oz' into a new perspective, the classic L. Frank Baum story had already received a revisionist Broadway treatment. Premiering in 1975, 'The Wiz' recast the story of Dorothy, the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man in the context of African-American culture, with an all-new slate of rock, gospel and soul-inflected songs. One of the very first examples of an all-black cast on Broadway, 'The Wiz' is rarely revived regionally, which makes the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's new production, directed by Andrew Kato, a special treat. It runs now through Feb. 1."</p> <p>(1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Free Fro-Yo</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-15_at_3.26.31_pm.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“The word ‘free’ has always been a favorite of mine – especially whenever it precedes the word ‘food.’ So its natural that free frozen yogurt is on my list this week. CUPS Frozen Yogurt is celebrating the grand opening of its Town Center at Boca Raton location on Saturday, Jan. 17, and it’s offering free frozen yogurt from 2-4 p.m. Stop by for a chance to win frozen yogurt for a year.”</p> <p>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, near the Sears entrance // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 16 Jan 2015 11:33:00 +0000 &#39;Cheese&#39; (and City Cellar)<p>Tuesday, Jan. 20, is a great day for cheeseheads. (And I don’t mean Green Bay Packer fans).</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cheese.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I do mean fans of fromage, as next Tuesday has been officially designated (don’t ask me by who) as <strong>National Cheese Lover’s Day</strong>. And to celebrate, <a href="" target="_blank">City Cellar Wine Bar &amp; Grill</a> (<em>700 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/366-0071</em>) is extending its “Cheesy Thursdays” fromagathon to include this day of passion for curdled milk.</p> <p>The deal is this. You can choose five cheeses from among more than two dozen varieties of cow, sheep, goat and blue cheese, then get those selections paired with a taste of five different wines or craft beers (chosen by GM Michael Ignatowicz), all for the princely sum of $30.</p> <p>If you want to make a meal of it, you can order from an menu of house-made charcuterie from chef Kevin Darr, including organic prosciutto, sopressata and salame al tartufo. The offer is good all day, and you can even get your fromage to go. Just leave the stupid cheese hat at home.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 16 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Shopping, Fitness + Art<p><strong><img alt="" height="184" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lafitness.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><strong>Fab and fit:</strong> </strong>LA Fitness Delray Beach is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 17. Tour the facility, join complimentary workouts, take a free fitness assessment and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. <em>(1660 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach)</em></p> <p><strong>I do:</strong> The prepping and planning for the big day isn’t always quite so sweet. Bloomingdale’s is helping you make the process a little bit easier with its “Pre-Wedding” Wedding Party on Jan. 22 from 5-8 p.m.. The store is offering you the scoop on gift registries, the latest wedding trends, plus tips from award-winning wedding consultant Victoria DeSilvio. RSVP by calling 561/394-2272. The event will be held on the third floor of Bloomingdale’s in Town Center at Boca Raton. <em>(5840 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><strong>Art + fashion:</strong> The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is merging art and fashion at SWELL Boutique on Jan. 16. From 6-8 p.m., the resort’s in-house boutique is showcasing art in collaboration with Cheryl Maeder and the Paul Fisher Gallery. To RSVP, call Nidia at 561/832-5255 or email <a href=""></a>. <em>(2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 16 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsSephora Events in Boca<p><a href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a> may already be your go-to beauty store, but it’s giving you even more reason to drop by the store this month. Here’s a list of upcoming events at Sephora in Town center at Boca Raton.</p> <p><strong>The Great Cleanse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/thegreatcleanse.jpg" width="499"></strong></p> <p>Get tips on finding the perfect cleanser, plus receive a complimentary skincare services.</p> <p><em>When:</em> Jan. 16-18 and Jan. 23-25, from noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meet Dr. Frederic Brandt</strong></p> <p>The founder of Dr. Brandt skincare is making his way to Boca to talk about his line of skincare. He’ll be featuring his exclusive tri-blend wrinkle relaxer, Needles No More. Try it for free while supplies last.</p> <p><em>When:</em> Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1-5 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meet Dr. Audrey Kunin</strong></p> <p>Yet another skincare expert is dropping by for visit to Boca. Dr. Kunin, founder of DERMAdoctor, will be on hand to give you a free consultation, as well as offer product demonstrations and express services.</p> <p><em>When: </em>Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 South Florida Fair is back<p> The <a href="" target="_blank">South Florida Fair</a> is back again starting Friday, Jan. 16. This year’s theme is “A Las Vegas Exposition: A Jackpot of Memories.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/soflafair.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The fair, which runs until Feb. 1, is located at the South Florida Fairgrounds <em>(9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach)</em> and will feature an abundance of rides, games, concerts, shows and so much more.</p> <p>Preview the fair tonight, Jan. 15, from 5-10 p.m. as it opens up for its Ride-A-Thon. For just $15 – or $10 with a coupon (available <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>) – you can test out more than 200 rides and games and enjoy a fireworks display. Note that not all rides and fairground areas will be open at this time.</p> <p>For the full schedule of events, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 15 Jan 2015 09:49:00 +0000 EventsDr. Murad at GBS The Beauty Store<p>Join <strong>GBS The Beauty Store</strong> as it turns back time during this special event. The beauty store is welcoming <strong>Dr. Howard Murad</strong>, a renowned dermatologist, on Jan. 16 for a talk on anti-aging.</p> <p><img alt="" height="393" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-14_at_8.22.20_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>Murad is a board-certified dermatologist, a trained pharmacist and the founder of the Murad skincare line. He will be discussing his book, ““Conquering Cultural Stress: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Secret – 3 Steps to Looking, Living and Feeling Better,” and offering complimentary skin evaluations during the event.</p> <p>There will also be complimentary Vitamin C peels and the chance to get a signed copy of Murad’s book.</p> <p>To RSVP, call 561/394-6123. GBS The Beauty Store is located at 21306 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 15 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 613: Gluten Free Vodka<p>While we see more and more restaurants serving gluten-free options, it’s not often we think about beverages in the same light. Now, thanks to <strong>AVIV 613 Vodka</strong>, there’s a new gluten-free liquor available to Floridians.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/aviv.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Israel-based spirit recently made its splash in the Sunshine State, bringing its gold-award winning taste to our region of the world. Florida is one of only six states that currently sells the vodka brand in the U.S.</p> <p>The liquor is packaged in a chic, triangular bottle designed to reflect the spirituality of the brand. From the crown=shaped cap to the imprinted messages, everything is a thought-out symbol. Find out more at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><em>Snag this chic bottle at Total Wine &amp; More or at Crown Wine and Spirits.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 15 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000;s the mean season in Boca and other notes<h3><span>Boca politics get juicy</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mayorcitycouncil.png" width="473"></span></p> <p><em>Council Member <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Mullaugh</a>, Mayor <a href="" target="_blank">Susan Haynie</a>, Deputy Mayor <a href="" target="_blank">Constance Scott</a>, Council Member and CRA Chairman <a href="" target="_blank">Scott Singer</a> and Council Member <a href="" target="_blank">Robert Weinroth</a></em></p> <p>Turnout for this year’s Boca Raton City Council election probably will be very light, but the race will almost certainly not lack for nastiness.</p> <p>With qualifying having ended at 5 p.m. on Monday, four candidates will be running to succeed term-limited Constance Scott in Seat C. Yet no one filed to challenge Robert Weinroth in Seat D, even though he’s had the post for just a year after filling out the term of Anthony Majhess. “Either I’m doing something right,” Weinroth said in an interview Wednesday, “or they forgot about me.”</p> <p>One candidate surely wishes that his profile at this point were lower. Most voters in Boca Raton weren’t thinking about the March 10 election during the holidays, when a mailer arrived, claiming that “Armand Grossman Can’t Be Trusted.” It came from Floridians for Integrity in Government. What’s that? Who’s Armand Grossman? What was going on?</p> <p>Boca politics.</p> <p>Grossman has lived in Royal Palm Yacht &amp; Country Club for about a decade. Well before the mailer came out, he had planned on running in that Seat C race. The mailer accused Grossman of running a “deceptive real estate scheme” and being charged by the state with “fraud” and “breach of trust,” among other things. A recent, second mailer continued the attack, referring to business seminars that Grossman developed as a “bogus product.”</p> <p>Grossman lives across the street from Frank Chapman, who ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2012, losing to Majhess 56 percent to 44 percent. Several people—including Armand Grossman—told me at the time that they suspected Chapman of having arranged the mailers, to scare Grossman out of the race so Chapman could run for the rare open seat. The two men had been friends, I was told, but had had a falling out.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Chapman told me that his wife, Ann Chapman, financed the mailers. “She’s a very strong woman,” Chapman said. “She’s not afraid to get involved. She was concerned that there was a rush by the power brokers to clear the field for Armand.” Which, of course, would have excluded Ann Chapman’s husband.</p> <p>Judging by Frank Chapman’s comments, the two mailers are just the beginning. “Boca politics is tough,” he said, “and I accept that. Everyone needs to be ready for the slings and arrows.”</p> <p>Before the mailers, Grossman told me, he had planned to run on his record of community service. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Grossman served on the FAU board in the last decade during Frank Brogan’s presidency and on the FAU Foundation. He was an adjunct professor at Northwood University’s West Palm Beach campus, and Commissioner Steven Abrams put Grossman on the Palm Beach County Planning Commission.</p> <p>Grossman called the mailers “false.” “I ran a good company,” he says, offering seminars that helped people buy homes. He is considering “legal action.” He acknowledges that a complaint was filed with the Department of Professional and Business Regulation, but claims that it stemmed from “an employee that we had to terminate. He wanted a big severance.” Grossman acknowledges repaying one customer $1,000 and paying a $500 fine for not using a copyright trademark.</p> <p>And what about that supposed falling-out? “I have had some very interesting conversations” with Frank Chapman, Grossman said. “This has been very disappointing.”</p> <p>Those who got the mailers couldn’t have traced them to Chapman. Floridians for Integrity in Government is an election communications organization, which can’t expressly advocate for one candidate but can slam someone whom that candidate or potential candidate opposes.</p> <p>Last fall, the same group ran ads in the State Senate District 34 race—the district takes in coastal Palm Beach and Broward counties—opposing incumbent Maria Sachs against former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff. A big chunk of the organization’s money came from State Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, a Republican who wanted Bogdanoff’s vote to help him become Senate president. Despite the money, Sachs won.</p> <p>Caught in the Chapman-Grossman crossfire are the other candidates: IBM employee and Naval reservist Jeremy Rodgers and Realtor and Junior Leaguer Jamie Sauer. Rodgers’ campaign finance reports show only a loan to his campaign of about $25,000. Sauer didn’t file until just before the deadline, and thus hasn’t submitted any finance reports.</p> <p>Grossman has loaned his campaign $51,000. His finance reports show no other contributions. Chapman said, “I want to self-finance,” which you can probably translate as, “I will spend what it takes.”</p> <p>Who has the best chance at this point? Abrams, who served nearly 20 years on the Boca council, told me that he is helping Sauer. She worked on many of his campaigns. The Junior League vote always helps in a Boca council race. Rodgers is a political newcomer who wants to “run a clean race” in which his main issue will be making the city a “tech hub.”</p> <p>Grossman obviously will have to counter the early mailers, which will take money. Chapman’s criticism of Boca’s “power brokers” is interesting. In 2012, he sought and got support from some of those same “power brokers” who saw Majhess as being obstructionist solely because he wanted to run for mayor as an outsider.</p> <p>All four candidates will be courting just a slice of the city. In 2012, the last time a single Boca council race was on the ballot, about 6,800 voters turned out. If it seems as though one seat wouldn’t make much difference in 2014, that isn’t necessarily so. Positions can change, and on a council of five one shift can turn the vote. This blog will get deeper into the issues and the candidates’ claims as we get closer to March 10.</p> <h3>Boca votes to amend design guidelines</h3> <p>Something unusual happened during Tuesday’s Boca Raton City Council meeting: There was a close vote on a big issue.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, the debate was over what makes for a nice downtown. Boca Raton has approved a lot of downtown projects in a short time since the recession ended, under rules that the city put in place two decades ago but has amended. The downtown height limit is 100 feet, but that can rise to 140 feet for what City Manager Leif Ahnell described in a memo to council members as “Downtown Quality Projects” if the developer follows design guidelines to make a project more compatible.</p> <p>To be eligible for that extra height, the project has had to be on at least 2 acres, to keep even well-designed projects from overwhelming a site. Buildings on smaller parcels are not bound by the design guidelines. As Ahnell noted, the city has approved other downtown projects on lots larger than 2 acres that are using the guidelines.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Ahnell recommended that the council end that requirement. Why now? The Tower One Fifty Five residential project, at Mizner Boulevard and Boca Raton Boulevard, is on 1.2 acres. Late last year, the developer reduced the number of units from 200 to 170, and now wants to build under the design guidelines, but the lot is too small. Ahnell wrote that he, city staff and the city’s consultants believe that eliminating the acreage requirement would “greatly improve the design and character” of Tower One Fifty Five.</p> <p>Of course, the change also would greatly improve the chances that Tower One Fifty Five would be taller. According to the city’s interim building services director, projects on as many as half a dozen other small properties also could get the added height.</p> <p>The council eventually settled on a 1.2-acre requirement—just enough to accommodate Tower One Fifty Five. Mike Mullaugh, Scott Singer and Robert Weinroth voted for the change. Weinroth said the redesigned Tower One Fifty Five will be “a decidedly less obtrusive building.” He acknowledged that those in the nearby Golden Triangle neighborhood may not be happy.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie and Constance Scott voted against the change. Haynie warned of “unintended consequences.” She’s got a point. What happened Tuesday was a favor for one project that may deserve the benefit it could get, but the council has set a precedent. And still out there is New Mizner on the Green, which wants 300-plus- foot towers where the limit is 100 feet.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 15 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityInside the &#39;New Norton&#39;<p>Media and local dignitaries gathered at the Norton Museum of Art yesterday morning for one of the most important announcements in the history of the 74-year-old institution: the launching of the public phase of its $60 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the existing building into an elegant, eye-popping structure by 2018.</p> <p>In addition to a brand-new education facility, there will be a new 42,000-square-foot West Wing and 12,000 square feet of exhibition space added to the already copious 29,000. The expansion promises nothing short of a complete Norton reboot. Hence its tagline: The New Norton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="111" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fv-4692_v2005-42_norton_elevation_night_004.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(a rendering of the New Norton facade)</em></p> <p>“It was a discussion with [museum director] Hope [Alswang] and the trustees to have this understanding of what the museum is and to establish a master plan for the first time,” says Cheryl Brutvan, curator of contemporary art, speaking about the motivation for the expansion. “The goal is to make it a more hospitable, logical environment when you come in.”</p> <p>She added, “Any exhibition is based on the space available, and the fact that we’ll have 12,000 more square feet of gallery space is significant. There are special exhibits that, whether we organize or that would come from another venue, that we can’t accommodate now. So the fact that we can be more expansive and still have that intimacy is important.”</p> <p>The museum hired Foster + Partners—the esteemed London-based architectural firm whose dense catalog of diverse projects includes the Trafalgar Square redevelopment, Hearst Tower and Hong Kong International Airport—to design the new master plan, whose construction is expected to begin next year. Spencer de Grey, Foster’s head of design, spoke at a PowerPoint presentation on Tuesday morning, and he looked like he belonged in an art museum: With his neatly combed silver hair and prominent spectacles, he resembled a domesticated Andy Warhol.</p> <p>“Quite a lot of our work, particularly in the early days of this project, was really getting to know and understand the building,” de Grey said. “And it is extraordinary how long it takes to really understand a building like the Norton. It is full of surprises. Every time I come here, I find something I didn’t know before. And we very much enjoy working with Hope and her team on this voyage of exploration. Because if you don’t understand the building, how on earth can you suggest changing the building?”</p> <p>The museum’s areas of improvement, he noted, were its current entrance, which faces away from South Dixie Highway, and its sense of connection to the larger community. But to correct these problem areas, his firm looked to the past as well as the future.</p> <p>“If you ignore the past, you’re in real trouble,” he said. “If you just stick an extension onto an existing building, it doesn’t really work. You have to understand the essence of what the original architect proposed.”</p> <p>To that end, his plan reverts to the east-west axis that bisected the 1941 Norton Museum layout into roughly symmetrical halves. This means that the main entrance will once again be positioned centrally, and visibly, off Dixie. Outside, a row of hedges will flank a reflecting pool, whose tasteful fountains will be diffused onto a sleek roof made from polished stainless steel.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fv-4856_forecourtview_003.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Inside, the entrance will lead into a Grand Hall, a social gathering place that could double as a room for entertaining. The current café, gift shop and auditorium spaces will be demolished in favor of splashier replacements, like a state-of-the-art 196-seat auditorium and a larger restaurant with outdoor dining. The sculpture garden will expand, and the forthcoming William Randolph Hearst Education Center will increase the museum’s education space by 200 percent. The current entrance space will be converted into a sprawling gallery.</p> <p>Most of these developments will integrate natural light and form a more cohesive relationship between the interiors and verdant exteriors on the museum grounds—another area that could currently use improvement. And that’s not all, folks.</p> <p>“At some point in the future, the [plan allows the] opportunity of building an extra new wing on the other side of the building,” de Grey said. “Because we believe that if a master plan is going to survive, it has to have room for future growth. We can’t do all the growing in one go, and then leave the Norton with nothing to do in the future. There will have to be projects after this project.”</p> <p>In terms of funding this architectural dream, some of the heavy lifting has already been done. Thanks to the private phase of its fundraising campaign, it has already raised $34 million of the $60 million needed.</p> <p>As de Grey’s presentation concluding to a rousing round of applause, Alswang complemented the “beautiful architecture,” voiced her excitement about raising the rest of the funds, and reiterated the Norton’s mission, and the expansion’s role in it: “You have to know that this magnificent vessel that we’re building is really in service of two things, which is great art and great education. And that’s why, when Spencer talks about the tremendous square footage gain, that’s very important, because it’s at the core of our mission—acquiring and exhibiting really outstanding art, and teaching people of all ages about the importance of the visual arts, and being a cultural center for our community, county and region. And being a leader in the nation. And we take that very seriously.”</p> <p><em>To contribute or learn more about the campaign for The New Norton, call 561/832-5196, ext. 1116.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:25:00 +0000 & EventsImmunity boosters: the new kinds of mushrooms<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When it comes to protecting our bodies from harmful environmental substances, our immune systems are in charge. It’s crucial to protect ourselves from viruses and bacteria, especially during the winter. Though we don’t have extreme weather in Florida, we’re still susceptible to airborne diseases like the flu and cold.</p> <p>Some of the best items you can have in your arsenal are medicinal mushrooms. There are many published research articles that have established the incredible health benefits of these unique and powerful mushrooms, which have been used for thousands of years.</p> <p>When taken regularly, medicinal mushrooms can help restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally. These mushrooms can also help:</p> <p>- Boost your immune system</p> <p>- Manage weight</p> <p>- Increase vitamin D</p> <p>- Support your adrenal glands</p> <p>- Lower blood pressure</p> <p>- Support the nervous system</p> <p>- Reduce edgy-cravings</p> <p>- Get your skin glowing, and</p> <p>- Help boost workout recovery</p> <p>Here are three brands to try:</p> <p><strong>Multi-Use Mushrooms</strong></p> <p><span>Immune Matrix by Mushroom Matrix</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/immunematrix.png" width="490"></p> <p>Immune Matrix is a supplement made from a blend of 100 percent organic mushrooms, developed for daily health and optimal immune support. Created with seven types of mushrooms, this blend will supply you with antioxidants, vitamins and digestive enzymes. Agaricus blazei, turkey tail, maitake and shiitake mushrooms in this blend are known for their ability to activate and balance immune response. Simply add one teaspoon of Mushroom Matrix powder to your favorite juice, smoothie or recipe everyday. I’ve tried it mixed with plain water as well as in a smoothie. <span></span></p> <p><strong>Mushrooms On-The-Go</strong></p> <p><span>Mushroom Optimizer by Jarrow Formulas</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/unknown.jpeg" width="165"> </p> <p>When you’re traveling and need to boost your immune system against airplane germs, take a bottle of mushroom optimizer capsules with you. This product also has a seven-mushroom blend that includes cordyceps, white wood ear, turkey tail, reishi, maitake, shiitake and himematsutake. I take three capsules each day when I travel as a preventative measure or if I feel like I’m catching a cold. I usually feel better within an hour of taking the capsules. <span></span></p> <p><strong>As a Hot Beverage</strong></p> <p><span>Hot Chaga ­Tea by Four Sigma Foods</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/instant_chaga_new_recipe_cover.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>If you are a big coffee drinker and looking to replace it with a healthier beverage or just give it a nutritional boost, then try Instant Chaga. It is a little bitter, so if you’re drinking it alone, some creamer and sweetener can make it more pleasant. If you’re adding it your coffee, try just one half a packet at a time. This instant beverage contains dual extracted and wildcrafted chaga and is boosted with synergistic herbs. One sachet is equal to 9.5 pounds of blueberries in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity that measures antioxidant capacities) value! <span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p> <p><span><br></span></p>Alina Z.Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:41:00 +0000 & ReviewsRace for the Cure<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This race always seems to attract a big crowd and it’s for a great cause. The <strong>2015 Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure</strong> is only a few weeks away, on Saturday, Jan 31. This year’s theme? Super Heroes Wanted!</p> <p><em>Race start</em>: Meyer Amphitheatre, Downtown West Palm Beach, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach. The first of the races takes off at 7:30 a.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cape_pic.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Race distance:</em> There are a few events to consider. There are timed and untimed 5Ks (3.1 miles), a 5K walk, a one-mile family fun walk and kids’ runs for children up to age 12.</p> <p><em>Race route:</em> Along Flagler Drive. How bad can that be?</p> <p><em>Race cost:</em> $40 each runner for the 5K timed race; $35 for the recreational 5K; $35 for the one-miler; and $15 for each child in the kids’ events. There are two other options for those who’d rather not run or walk but want to chip in. One is a $35 fee for “Proud in the Crowd”; the other is $42 for “Sleep for the Cure.” Keep in mind, these fees may go up if you sign up on race day.</p> <p><em>Race donations and teams:</em> You don’t have to do any fundraising, but you can. And you can run either as an individual or as part of a team. Follow the directions <a href=";pg=entry">here</a> to find out more.</p> <p><em>Race volunteers:</em> It takes a lot of volunteers to make an event like this successful for participants. For more information about volunteering, click <a href="">here</a> or call 561-514-3020 x12.</p> <p><em>Race proceeds:</em> Up to three-quarters of the net proceeds from the race stays in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, where the Susan G. Komen South Florida affiliate funds grants for local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining 25 percent net income from the race goes to the national Komen Grants Program, which funds breast cancer research.</p> <p><em>Race registration:</em> For more information or to sign up, click <a href=";pg=entry&amp;AddInterest=10927">here</a>, call 1-888-470-6374 or email the race hotline at </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 14 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Fashion Week is here<p>It’s finally here! Delray’s second annual <a href="" target="_blank">Fabulous Fashion Week</a> is back, after the great response it received during its inaugural weeklong event in 2014.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-13_at_10.18.56_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>From Jan. 17 to 24, downtown Delray will showcase its wide range of incredible fashion through fashion shows and in-store events. There will be four fashion shows throughout the week on: Saturday, Jan. 17; Sunday, Jan. 18, Tuesday, Jan. 20; and Saturday, Jan. 24.</p> <p>Festivities kick off on Saturday at 11 a.m. with several events throughout downtown. The first fashion show features Delray swimwear and will debut at 7 p.m. at Worthing Park, on the corner of East Atlantic Avenue and Southeast Second Avenue.</p> <p>View the full schedule <a href="">here</a>.<strong></strong></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsUpcoming EventsMax&#39;s Social House Now Open<p>Dennis Max’s restaurant empire expanded by one yesterday with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Social House</a> (<em>116 N.E. Sixth Ave., 561/501-4332</em>), a hip, casual, modern American bistro that goes into the historic space formerly home to Falcon House and after that, Ceviche.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/maxsocial.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The 1925-vintage cottage was redone by Pam Manhas Design, which seems to have a lock on the local restaurant design biz. The structure’s original brick fireplace behind the bar was uncovered during the reno and is now a focal point of the room, while the gorgeous but previously obscure outdoor patio has been redone to seat 70 in landscaped splendor.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, given the success of nearby Max’s Harvest and its owners long-held “farm to fork” philosophy, Social House (or SoHo, for short) will emphasize artisanal products and in-house food production.</p> <p>On chef Scott Pierce’s menu are munchies like crispy pork finds with Korean salt and pimento cheese with pickled green tomatoes; bigger plates like pork belly ramen and local burrata with heirloom tomatoes; and still-bigger plates like a Kobe-style hot dog, braised short rib with mac ‘n’ cheese, and day-boat swordfish with cauliflower, olives and raisins.</p> <p>Of course, there will be a roster of mixological cocktails, craft beers by the bottle and on tap, and boutique wines.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 13 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsIs there a Mizner Trail precedent, and where is the world is Al Jacquet?<h3><span style="">Mizner Trail precedent?</span></h3> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/miznertrailsiteplan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo from <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p>It might seem that a circuit court ruling just before Christmas bodes well for residents of Boca Del Mar trying to overturn Palm Beach County’s approval of housing on the former <strong>Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong>. In fact, there are key differences between the two cases.</p> <p>Residents of West Palm Beach challenged the city commission’s approval last January of a condo tower on what had been First Baptist Church’s Chapel-by-the Lake, on the Intracoastal Waterway south of the Royal Park Bridge. In December, the three-judge panel that heard the appeal ruled for the plaintiffs. The Boca Del Mar plaintiffs want a similar panel to rule that the county commission acted wrongly last June in allowing 253 units on what had been the south golf course of Boca Del Mar, at Camino Real and Military Trail, west of the Boca Raton city line.</p> <p>With the West Palm Beach project, the issue was procedural. Though the tower does not exceed density requirements for the 3-plus-acre site, it does exceed setback requirements. For the requested Residential Planned Development—the tower would include 98 units selling for perhaps an average of $5 million—the city requires 10 acres. Opponents say the project would overwhelm the area and that only a smaller development is legal.</p> <p>The city commission can, and did approve a waiver to the setback requirement, but the planning board did not. In mid-2013, the board rejected the first version of the project, which had featured two towers. The commission finally approved the fourth version, but it had not gone back before the planning board. The court said that must happen before the developer can start construction because the board is not just advisory.</p> <p>With Mizner Trail, however, the plaintiffs don’t concede that any development is allowed on the 128 overgrown acres. Their attorneys contend that county approval of Boca Del Mar in the early 1970s required a certain amount of open space, some of which the golf course provided. Citing a 2008 court ruling against a prior project for the property, the Boca Del Mar residents claim that the county commission violated policy.</p> <p>Attorney Michael Burman represents the Chapel-by-the-Lake developers and the Mizner Trail developers—Boca Raton-based Compson Associates. When I asked him Monday if the first case bears on the second, Burman said, <br> “I honestly don’t think so.”</p> <p>The court, Burman added, rejected all the West Palm Beach plaintiffs’ other arguments to focus on that missing approval step. The Mizner Trail case is more complicated, even if the central argument is over policy, not procedure.</p> <p>Interestingly, it took less than a year for Chapel-by-the Lake to go from government approval to lawsuit to judicial ruling. With Mizner Trail, the court did accept the case and asked for written arguments, but neither side has any idea when the court will rule. Even then, things may not be final. The losing side can go to the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal, which West Palm Beach has done.</p> <p>Robert Rivas, an attorney for the Mizner Trail plaintiffs, said in an email, “I don’t think there’s any connection” between the West Palm Beach case and his. If the cases are different, though, both are important—the Mizner Trail one more so—in a region where development remains the biggest issue. The outcomes will matter a lot.</p> <h3>And the personal side</h3> <p>There are the legal arguments over Mizner Trail, and then there is the personal argument.</p> <p>In November, attorneys for the developer and the plaintiffs disagreed over whether the developer offered to settle the case—which would have allowed construction to proceed— by paying the plaintiffs’ legal fees. Representing the plaintiffs is the Boca Raton firm of Sachs Sax Caplan. The firm’s managing director is Peter Sachs.</p> <p>In their plan that the county approved, the developers included a six-bed group home for the Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC), which operates several such group homes for “adults with developmental disabilities.” Sachs is a former president of the association’s board, and his daughter is a JARC client.</p> <p>In a Nov. 12 letter to Martin Perry, one of the attorneys who has represented Compson, Sachs accused the developer of making a settlement offer designed to force him to resign from the JARC board “after 25 years of service to that wonderful organization.” Being on the board and representing clients challenging a project that involves JARC would be a conflict.</p> <p>Sachs added, “I can’t think of any other party in over 40 years of practice, who goes at the children, developmentally delayed no less, to achieve economic gain. In sum, I find your client to be nothing more than a bully and influence peddler. . .” In a phone conversation with me, Sachs affirmed his sentiment, saying, “They are prepared to do anything to get this done.”</p> <p>The developer added the group home after the county in March delayed a vote on an earlier version of the project. I spoke Monday with Perry, who said he has “no knowledge” of any link between the Mizner Trail group home and the approval/legal case.</p> <h3>Al AWOL again</h3> <p>On Dec. 22, Delray Beach City Commissioner Al Jacquet emailed the city manager’s office to say that he would be “out of the country” from Jan. 5 until Jan. 20. Jacquet thus missed last week’s commission meeting, reinforcing his reputation as the commissioner whose chair is most often empty.</p> <p>Jacquet has missed five meetings in the roughly nine months since the organization of the current commission after the election of Jordana Jarjura. According to city records, Jacquet missed meetings on April 1, May 20, Aug. 19 and Nov. 7 before being absent for the one last week. He also left early on Oct. 21.</p> <p>The Nov. 7 meeting was the most important of the year, since the commission was picking the next city manager. Jacquet was not present for that meeting or for the commission’s interviews with the candidates. Adam Frankel also missed the selection meeting—saying he had a trip he couldn’t cancel and blaming scheduling changes—but he did interview the candidates. Jacquet offered no good explanation for that absence and got annoyed when I asked him about it. In his email last month, Jacquet did not explain why he had to be “out of the country” now.</p> <p>Jacquet’s record stands out especially when compared to his commission colleagues other than Frankel. Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia have missed no meetings of the current commission. Jarjura has missed just one.</p> <p>Frankel is term-limited in March of this year. Jacquet, however, won a second three-year term in March 2014, defeating Chris Davey by just 265 votes in a three-way race. That was slightly less than all the votes received by a third candidate, Richard Burgess. Deceptive anti-Davey mailers from a Tallahassee political action committee helped to give Jacquet his victory.</p> <p>In three decades of covering Palm Beach County politics, I cannot recall another elected official of a major city missing meetings so regularly. Jacquet is a lawyer, but so are Jarjura and Frankel. Petrolia is a Realtor. Glickstein runs a development company. They, too, have busy professional lives.</p> <p>For non-retirees, serving on the commission is demanding. In addition to every-other-week regular meetings, there are workshop meetings and executive sessions on legal and labor issues. But candidates know that when they run; Jacquet surely knows it after nearly four years. Yet he is becoming known in Delray Beach as The Man Who Wasn’t There.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 13 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Jan. 13 to 19<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="217" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/carney.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jay Carney</strong></p> <p>Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free for members, $35 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/655-7226, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It seems like White House press secretaries have a shorter shelf life than cottage cheese these days, but who can blame them for bailing out? You try standing in front of reporters every day—their gotcha questions in hand, just waiting to rake you over the coals for a policy stance your boss does or doesn’t have. Meanwhile, your only recourse is to spin like a washing machine, even if it means re-interpreting inconvenient facts to fit said boss’s agenda. Being first responder to the White House press corps is not easy regardless of political party, and Jay Carney should be applauded for manning the lectern for longer than any of his recent predecessors. The former Obama Administration spokesman, who fielded questions from 2011 to 2014, has enjoyed a newsworthy life, spending 20 years climbing the ranks at <em>Time</em>, where he covered the military overthrow of Mikhail Gorbachev and accompanied President Bush on Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. His Four Arts lecture is titled “Today at the White House and Around the Globe.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="223" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/vocaltrash.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Vocal Trash</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Texas quintet Vocal Trash has been Dumpster-diving for more than a dozen years—not for sustenance but for musical instruments. These masters of percussion established their brand by performing on discarded materials—aluminum trash cans (with the lids for cymbals), water jugs, broom handles—in a variety act that has been affectionately described as “Glee” meets “Stomp.” They’ve since incorporated more traditional rock instruments, but even these have been recycled from unorthodox materials, like the guitars crafted from refurbished toolboxes and gas cans. Triple-threat entertainers, the members of Vocal Trash croon and breakdance their way through original renditions of familiar favorites from “Fever” and “Car Wash” to “Rolling in the Deep” and “I Gotta Feeling,” bringing to their shows an explicit message about the importance of recycling. Because in their case, it’s clear that one person’s trash is another’s music.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/abovebeyond.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach (festival continues at other South Florida theaters)</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8.50-$118</p> <p>Contact: 561/736-7527, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Like the Jewish diaspora that continues to survive against often insurmountable odds, so too has this stalwart festival weathered economic downturns and its seemingly limited theme to become one of the most respected festivals in the region, and the longest-running film festival in Palm Beach County. The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival will honor its landmark 25<sup>th</sup> year with another remarkable lineup of titles spanning countless aspects of the Jewish and Israeli life, history and culture, including award-winning and Oscar-considered films. The festival opens Thursday with the South Florida premiere of “Above and Beyond” (pictured), an inspirational and suspenseful historical documentary about Jewish-American pilots who assisted Israel in its 1948 War of Independence. Nearly 30 other titles from around the world will screen through Feb. 8 at Cobb Theatres in Palm Beach Gardens, Frank Theatres at Delray Marketplace and Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton. For the full schedule, visit the festival’s website.</p> <p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/600full-john-prine.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: John Prine</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $43-$63</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>John Prine, now 68, is one of the most consistently rewarding singer-songwriters of the past 40 years. A cancer survivor with a lyrical style as antiwar as it is agrestic, Prine was discovered by Kris Kristofferson, who famously said Prine’s songs were so good that “we’ll have to break his thumbs.” Bob Dylan, who has performed live with Prine, went on to dub his work “Proustian existentialism.” The garrulous and boundlessly clever musician hasn’t released an album of new material since 2005’s “Fair &amp; Square,” but it remains one of the most enduring albums of the Aughts, selling more copies than anything he released in his ‘70s prime. His signature classics include “Illegal Smile,” “Sam Stone,” “Christmas in Prison,” “Common Sense” and “Spanish Pipedream,” and I expect he’ll play most of them at this appearance.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/i-and-you.jpg" width="352"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I and You”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$45</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Lauren Gunderson, the playwright behind the two-character drama “I and You,” describes her work as “a play about teens, for everyone.” It’s about two high schoolers—one boy and one girl, one white and one African-American, one healthy and the other chronically ill—who gather to complete a research project on Walt Whitman’s <em>Leaves of Grass</em>. Gunderson has been praised for her naturalistic ear for teenage dialogue as well as this play’s mystical third-act twist. “Lauren is very prolific and extraordinarily inventive,” says Lou Tyrrell, artistic director at the theater. “She deals with important issues and can bring unexpected humor to very serious issues. In this case, part of what all of us are trying to do is engage a younger audience, and this play happens to be about two high school seniors who connect through a school project. By the end of the play, we realize their connection is much greater than we initially thought. It ultimately makes this play and this journey an exceptional theatrical experience.” It runs through Feb. 8.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="286" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/puddle.of.mudd-band-2007.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of South Florida Fair</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Begins at 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$89</p> <p>Contact: 561/793-0333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This longstanding January tradition, which began as a cattle exposition, has evolved into an annual celebration of family-friendly fun whose 2015 offerings find the fair embracing new technologies while harkening to its origins. Running through Feb. 1, the fair will feature an eclectic smorgasbord of entertainment not limited to horse demonstrations, a Las Vegas-themed ice show, a Bengal Tiger Encounter, a stage hypnotist, an LED Robots Laser Show, racing pigs (don’t ask), historical re-enactments, the Miss South Florida Fair Scholarship Pageant, a variety of dance performances and tribute artists, a dog show and much more. Live performances, which run an additional $10 after fair admission, include country star Josh Thompson (Jan. 20), classic rockers Foghat (Jan. 22) and modern rockers Puddle of Mudd (pictured, Jan. 27).</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/fabfashionweek.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of Fabulous Fashion Week</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: Begins at 11 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies by event, usually free</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-1077, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Delray’s Fabulous Fashion Week has continued to grow in size and stature since its inaugural, one-day event in 2013. For its second-annual week of festivities, Laura Simon of the city’s Downtown Development Authority has partnered with local designer Jule Guaglardi, proprietor of Roxylulu, to offer runway events, designer trunk shows and hair and beauty workshops at 50 different cultural and retail locations throughout downtown. Variety is the spice of Delray, a city whose lack of a single signature style will result in an eclectic fashion showcase spanning retro, bohemian chic, ethnic-inspired, and edgy, Manhattan-style designs, all of it culminating in a show-stopping finale at the Colony Hotel. Between 80 and 100 models will grace the catwalks and streets of Delray Beach during the week (through Jan. 24), which will involve more than 100 businesses and a handful of worthy charities. “Delray is a diverse and talented town with such great energy,” Guaglardi says. “We wanted to showcase the fact that we have a lot of hidden treasures and skills and talents, and hopefully this is one of the ways people will be drawn to Delray.”</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/gracepotter.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Sunshine Blues &amp; Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Noon</p> <p>Cost: $49.50-$179.50</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This festival has become arguably Boca Raton’s most anticipated annual music festival, but previous lineups pale compared to the star-studded luster of this year’s fest, whose organizers have genuinely outdone themselves. If the weather holds, it promises to be one of the year’s most memorable and talked-about music fests, headlined as usual by the stalwart Jacksonville blues-rockers Tedeschi Trucks Band, but featuring a full slate of acts that could have easily headlined themselves: The Doors’ legendary guitarist Robby Krieger, who still plays the songs of his old band; eclectic, folksy singer-songwriter Grace Potter (pictured); Chris Robinson Brotherhood, featuring the distinctive vocals of the Black Crowes frontman; Los Lobos, the Grammy-winning Chicago rockers; and my personal favorites, The Both: a fascinating collaboration between two singular singer-songwriters, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. The Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield and Sean Chambers complete the lineup, and the event also features craft beer and wine offerings, along with six food vendors.</p>John ThomasonMon, 12 Jan 2015 18:11:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSouth Florida Beer Week 2015<p>What could be better than a week full of Florida’s finest brews?</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/sfbeerweek.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Saturday, Jan. 17, marks the beginning of the fourth annual <strong>South Florida Beer Week</strong>. Floridian breweries will showcase their creations at various locations from Jupiter to Miami. Head over to Papa’s Raw Bar <em>(4610 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point) </em>from 4-7 p.m. to start off the week with beers from SaltWater Brewery.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherMon, 12 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 Review: The Lion King<p>When it came to the set, costumes, makeup and music – <strong>The Lion King</strong> was an instant hit. The acoustics were excellent, the musical talent undeniable and the costume design innovative.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/simba_byjoanmarcus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photos by Joan Marcus</em></p> <p>The show starts with a scene on Pride Rock for Simba’s presentation. Actors each dressed as <em>three</em> gazelles leap effortlessly into the air, birds of all sizes soar through the skies, giraffes twice the height of everything else on stage amble on by.</p> <p>But when it came to the storyline and the acting, there was nothing fresh and new – nothing particularly extraordinary. Not that the actors are to blame – it’s a difficult place for them to showcase their talents given the sparse lines.</p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/scarmufasabyjoanmarcus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The musical was split into 20 scenes, featuring both music from the Disney movie and additional songs composed by Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, 12 Years a Slave, Interstellar).</p> <p>The first act encompassed Simba as a cub, the second focuses on his adulthood. Several of the scenes involved periods where no words were spoken at all – drums beating, animals sauntering across the stage, lights creating silhouettes and scene-setting effects.</p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/nalasimba_byjoanmarcus.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Visually and musically, the show was impressive. But after watching the hilarity of Beauty and the Beast and hearing rave reviews on The Lion King, it was mildly disappointing.</p> <p>For those looking for entertainment for the night, this is a feast for the eyes and ears, but don’t expect a show that will move you to tears.</p> <p><em>The Lion King runs through Feb. 1 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $34.25. Purchase them <a href=";camefrom=cfc_broward_web">here</a> or by calling 954/462-0222.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 12 Jan 2015 15:27:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreGreen Fields Bistro Opens in Delray<p>What’s in a name?</p> <p>Well, if it’s the new <a href="" target="_blank">Green Fields Organic Bistro</a> (<em>4900 Linton Ave., 561/501-4169</em>) in Delray Beach it’s Robert Greenfield, a long-time apostle of healthy-slash-organic eating who you may remember from the two locations of his DIG (Doing It Green) eatery (the latter of which in downtown Delray is now under new ownership).</p> <p><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/organicbistro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The former Zucra Cuban Cafe at Linton Boulevard and Military Trail is the site of Greenfield’s latest venture, a modest little strip mall spot with a handful of outdoor tables and a long, narrow dining room sporting walls hung with modern art, tile floors and some cool-looking mosaic tables.</p> <p>The menu features cold-pressed organic juices, smoothies and juice shots, along with boutique wines and several craft beers on tap. As for food, there are a variety of vegetarian dishes, from a grilled Mediterranean veggie stack with house-made mozzarella and balsamic reduction to a chickpea-lentil “burger” with mango-avocado salsa. Carnivores can opt for dishes like pan-seared organic salmon, Wagyu meatloaf and roasted chicken with lemon-thyme jus.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraMon, 12 Jan 2015 09:55:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsOshogatsu Tasting Room<p>Celebrate the new year at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/vip_tasting_room_image.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>If you’re attending the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ Oshogatsu festival, you may want to consider going VIP.</p> <p>VIP ticket holders get access to the Oshogatsu Tasting Room, where guests can sample rare and high-end Sake, Japanese craft beer and a sake cocktail. The experience also includes a Q&amp;A with sake specialist Midori Roth.</p> <p>For more on the Oshogatsu festival, check out <a href="/blog/2015/01/05/the-week-ahead-jan-6-to-12/" target="_blank">the entry in our Week Ahead blog</a>.</p> <p>VIP tickets to the festival are $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. General admission tickets are $12 for adults 11 and up and $6 for children 4-10 if purchased in advance online. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 for adults and $12 for children. Kids 3 and under enter for free. Purchase tickets <a href="">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:53:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Chanel expert, super sale + fashion week<p><strong><img alt="" height="419" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lilacandlilies.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Photo via Lilac and Lilies Facebook</em></p> <p><strong>Snag ‘em now:</strong> Lilac and Lilies Boutique is hosting a flash sale this weekend – with  new markdowns at 30-70 percent off, plus 20 percent any one full-priced item. <em>(2541 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // <a href=""></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Color me happy:</strong> Join Lord &amp; Taylor as it welcomes Chanel Makeup Artist Mario Penailillo. On Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Penailillo will be on hand to showcase the latest from Chanel – plus tips and trend updates you need to know now. <em>(Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // <a href=""></a>)</em></p> <p><strong>Seven days of fashion: </strong>Delray Beach Fabulous Fashion Week kicks off next week. For more info, check out our blog <a href="/blog/2015/01/01/delrays-fabulous-fashion-week/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:09:00 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsUpcoming EventsNew Year&#39;s Sails<p>As winter bleeds into spring in South Florida, that means it’s peak time for music cruises—or as they’re better known these days, festivals at sea. The 13<sup>th</sup> annual Jam Cruise is currently docked in Mexico, while other prime upcoming seafests—like the Cayamo, the Rock Boat, and Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise—are sold out, with interested mariners relying only on a waiting list to climb aboard.</p> <p>But we still found four cruises that have still have some availability, offering intimate, floating opportunities to see bands ranging from pop and rock to blues, country and heavy metal—both onstage and, possibly, on the hotdog queue.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/53f574ba15ae9.image.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Country Music Cruise</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Jan. 18-25</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and Half Moon Cay</p> <p><strong>The music:</strong> This one clearly costs an arm, leg and your first-born at this point, but you can speak to a representative to try and snag a waiting list ticket for a more wallet-friendly stateroom. But you get what you pay for: a stellar, curated festival of performers from country music past and present, which will satiate both casual and die-hard devotees of the genre: Martina McBride (pictured), The Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin, John Anderson, Asleep at the Wheel, Bryan White and the list goes on and on.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $1,975-$8,000</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 855/332-6868,</p> <p> <img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/train-band.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Sail Across the Sun</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Feb. 13-17</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Miami to Key West and Great Stirrup Cay</p> <p><strong>The music:</strong> Positive vibes abound on this cruise, as pop, rock, folk and reggae soak up the rays. Train, the effortless hitmakers lately of “Angel in Blue Dreams” and “Cadillac Cadillac,” will headline. They’ll be joined by the polished indie-pop chanteuse Ingrid Michaelson; the Wailers, playing the songs of Bob Marley; soulful singer-songwriter Andy Grammar; eccentric comedian Michael Ian Black; and more. Attendees can attend Q&amp;As with Train and will receive autographed commemorative posters. There’s even an acclaimed on-board yogi, which tells you what kind of cruise this is.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $875-$1,575</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 877/379-9177,</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mi0002909228.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Keeping the Blues Alive</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Feb. 17-21</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Miami to Key West and Nassau</p> <p><strong>The music:</strong> Blues music doesn’t have to mean howling, heartbroken men airing their acoustic grievances. The blues that thrives on this floating festival is of a more upbeat and electric variety. Blues rocker Joe Bonamassa (pictured) will headline, just a few months after he celebrated his 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary as a professional touring musician. Other acts include John Hiatt, the eclectic “musician’s musician,” whose work encompasses blues, country and new wave; funk-soul brothers Robert Randolph and the Family Band; Memphis-by-way-of-Belgrade beauty Ana Popovic; and more.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $675-$1,050</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 877/379-9170,</p> <p> <img alt="" height="246" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/tesla.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What:</strong> Monsters of Rock Cruise</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> April 18-22</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Miami to Nassau</p> <p><strong>The music:</strong> Hit your staterooms with your ears still ringing at this leather-bedecked classic rock time capsule. The consistently reliable California quintet Tesla (pictured) will headline, supporting its new album “Simplicity.” Sweden’s album-oriented rockers Europe will join them, on the heels of its new album “War of Kings,” along with progressive metal pioneers Queensryche; Night Ranger, the San Franscisco power balladeers; Krokus, the heavy-hitting Swiss metallists; Lita Ford, the former Runaways guitarist; and many, many more. The island stops a private island called ominously called “Poseidon’s Grotto” before docking at Nassau.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $1,399</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> 954/505-6672, </p>John ThomasonFri, 09 Jan 2015 10:54:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsSoHo has all the makings of Delray&#39;s new hot spot<p>I may not be our exalted food critic but I know a sure thing when I taste one and that’s my prediction for Dennis Max’s new restaurant, <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Social House</a> (SoHo), two blocks north of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach in a historic house that was once Bernnardo’s, then the dearly beloved Falcon House, then Ceviche.</p> <p><img alt="" height="308" src="/site_media/uploads/soho222.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>I cannot bring myself to proclaim this a dead restaurant location because the ones that have inhabited the spot have been <strong>thisclose</strong> to long and storied careers—and brought forth earnest new concepts in the process. SoHo may be the natural culmination of all those attempts, with the kind of fresh ambitious spin that Dennis Max is applying these days to his ventures. This is small plates, craft beers—but ratcheted up a notch or three. Everything we tasted was expertly wrought, creatively flavored and pretty much just right, from the decadent Stilton dip with razor-thin homemade potato chips to the mussels with chorizo, lager, onion, jalapeno and smoked tomato. The smoky broth alone here was worth the price of admission.</p> <p>We loved our fresh rocket salad and our Day Boat swordfish—but the kicker here for me was the roasted cauliflower. It was like maybe the nicest thing ever done to a cauliflower. Seriously. The menu has pimento cheese. Yes. And a ribeye burger, Akaushi short rib (these are the larger plates) with mac and cheese and a Kobe-style hot dog with srirachi aioli. Think plates from the American songbook of cuisine—executed with a bold new global flavor and plenty of comfort notes.</p> <p>Ambiance? Not too different, but lighter (thank you), chic in a kind of downhome rustic way, and I think still a wee bit loud. This is not middle age talking—I think everyone, from 20-somethings to their parents, is tired of having to shout at dinner. (Quieter is simply easier, more relaxing.) And the great news is that the outdoor back patio is still there with its big TV and low-key vibe. Prices? Amen. Tapas start in the $5 range; aps in the $15 neighborhood, entrees might hover around $25. Liking those numbers myself.</p> <p>So that’s my take. Our dining critic will weigh in at a later date and with his erudite and laser-accurate impressions of menu, value and experience but I am guessing he’s going to like it. A lot.</p> <p><em>Max's Social House is at 116 N.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach. The restaurant opens Jan. 13 and hours will be from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, or call 561/501-4332.</em><em></em></p>Marie SpeedFri, 09 Jan 2015 09:39:00 +0000 & ReviewsWhat’s new at the Palm Beach Zoo?<p>When I was a kid, the zoo to go to was Dreher Park. Now, Palm Beach County is home to Palm Beach Zoo. Times have definitely changed since I had my own little one! This Boca Momwas past due for a refresher course on the latest and greatest at the zoo, located less than 20 minutes north of Boca Raton. Luckily, my family and I were invited to visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach Zoo &amp; Conservation Society</a><strong>, </strong>where we experienced much of what they have to offer. There are animals, of course, but that’s only the beginning!</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2014-12-18_09.10.15.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There are educational shows, a splash pad, a safari-themed carousel and so many <a href="" target="_blank">family events</a> held year-round. Here’s your <em>Boca Mom Talk</em> on what’s NEW at the <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach Zoo</a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>Aldabra Tortoise Experience</strong></p> <p>This is an add-on to your admission ticket ($20 for non-members), but well worth it if you want to WOW your kids.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2014-12-18_10.35.40.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Aldabra Tortoise Experience</a> offers your family the opportunity to get up close with one of the world’s largest tortoises (three of them are in the experience).  You will be amazed at how big they actually are!  Kids learn amazing facts and conservation messages all while feeding them their favorite veggies and snapping memorable photos. My daughter loved petting their shells and don’t worry…the zookeepers have hand sanitizer at the ready! <em>Boca Mom Tip: Wear closed-toed shoes.</em></p> <p><strong>Malayan Tiger Habitat</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/2014-12-18_10.50.41.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>For the first time ever, the Palm Beach Zoo &amp; Conservation Societyis home to four adult Malayan tigers. On Dec. 10, the society welcomed four year-old <em>Bumi</em>, who joined <em>Angin, also 4, </em><em>Keemasan Mata</em><em>, 9, and </em><em>Berapi Api</em><em>, 11.</em> </p> <p>As a result, the zoo has expanded their Tiger Habitat to double its original size.  And we got to see <em>Berapi</em> “step paw” into it for the first time!</p> <p>It’s amazing to see these beautiful tigers up close and the habitat is absolutely beautiful. A must see!</p> <p>Now here’s the scoop on <a href="" target="_blank">zoo memberships</a>. There are two main family options. You can purchase a $145 family membership, which covers admission to the zoo and special events for two adults and all kids older than 3 years old. For all kids under 3, the family membership is only $85. That means your membership is basically covered in two visits! Plus, you get a ton of other perks and discounts.</p> <p>There’s no better time to go wild at the Palm Beach Zoo! See you there!</p> <p><strong><em>Note:</em></strong><em> Modern Boca Mom was provided with a complimentary tour/visit to the Palm Beach Zoo in exchange for consideration for promotion on this website. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of<a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersFri, 09 Jan 2015 07:57:00 +0000 Cafe Opens in Boynton<p>I’ve always been a big fan of the Dune Deck Cafe, a fun ‘n’ funky slice of the Keys overlooking the ocean in Lantana. And now the Dune Deck folks have a sister eatery—<a href="" target="_blank">Mimosa Cafe</a> (<em>10833 Jog Rd., 561/742-8005</em>) in West Boynton Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="161" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/ddmimosa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The cute little breakfast and lunch spot is surprisingly as stylish as its sibling is beach bum raffish, though it obviously lacks the Dune Deck’s panoramic water and beach views. But with Mimosa’s neo-industrial exposed brick walls, two-tone tile floor, cheery outdoor patio and earth-toned dining room with vivid orange and neon-green accents, it’s a nice change of pace.</p> <p>Like DD, Mimosa isn’t trying to reinvent the culinary wheel, just dish up well-prepared, familiar dishes that appeal to a wide range of palates. Think omelets and pancakes, crepes and waffles and Benedicts of varying description for breakfast, salads and sammies, burgers and gyros and a handful of entrees for lunch.</p> <p>If it doesn’t have quite the charm of its oceanfront sib, well, parking is a helluva lot easier. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 09 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks: dining from Delray down to Miami + concert<p><strong>The Standard</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="249" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/thestandard.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The deck at The Standard in Miami for Sunday brunch--and watching yachts drift by in the bay. Lush, tropical, relaxed—it's the Miami of our dreams.”</p> <p>(40 Island Ave., Miami Beach // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/hudson_lps.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</em></p> <p>“It sits on the intracoastal waterway, so the ambiance is terrific – and so is the food.  Sit on the pier on a sunny afternoon or inside at "The Parlor" for a lovely evening. A must have: the fish tacos or the lobster potato skins (<em>pictured above)</em>. With a motto ‘LOVE THY CRAFT,’ it’s evident how much love goes into the food. Because of the small menu selection, everything tastes fresh and delicious. I've been waiting for this ‘Old Calypso’ spot to reopen as a good restaurant, and it was worth the wait!!”</p> <p>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Octopus at Greek Islands Taverna</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/greekislandstaverna.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“Blackened on the outside, tender on the inside and accompanied by a delicious lemon sauce. It’s perfect, no – really. You’ll be telling all your friends about it tomorrow.”</p> <p>(3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Chris MacDonald in Concert</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <div>"Elvis Presley would have been 80 on Jan. 8, and if The King were still alive at least two things would be certain. To live that long, he would have had to switch to all-organic peanut butter for his PB &amp; Banana sandwiches. And, given his love for performing, he'd probably still be hitting all the right notes on "Burning Love." No one honors the King's music and his spirit better than MacDonald, whose entertaining tribute show spans the arc of Elvis' career. Catch him Saturday night at Coral Springs Center for the Arts</div> <div>(Tickets: <a target="_blank">954-344-5990</a>) </div>magazineFri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsWeb Xtra: Tony Robbins<p>Why he wrote his new book, Money: Master The Game; Seven Simple Steps to Financial Freedom:</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/tonyrobbins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“I wrote this book because I hit a [low] point in 2008. I saw all of my childhood pain in everyone around me, from my barber to billionaire clients. Nobody was unaffected by [the great recession]. Two years later everyone was talking about how everything was going to change but still, nothing changed.</p> <p>I watched this documentary called “Inside Job” narrated by Matt Damon—it won all kinds of awards—a play–by-play account about how the world economic system was almost destroyed by a small group of people. The punishment was we put them in charge of the recovery and gave them all our money that they had lost.</p> <p>I was so angry. At the end of that film, you are either really depressed or really angry. There were no solutions. We all got screwed and this is how it is? I thought ‘There’s got to be a solution. You know what? I have access. I have access to the most powerful financial people on earth, the most successful on earth. I have been coaching Paul Tudor Jones, one of top 10 financial traders in history for the past 21 years.’</p> <p>I started the journey then, I started doing interviews. For the past two years I just went full-tilt and started doing the writing and interviewing intensely. I interviewed Nobel Prize winners, I interviewed self-made billionaires, I interviewed some of the best academics in the world who have studied to find out what really works. I wanted to write the definitive book on this that would level the playing field, that would put you back in control, that would give you basic financial stability so you would not have to worry if you take these seven steps—you can take it one step at a time and get momentum and absolutely get there.</p> <p>I wanted to make sure that I would save people time. I wanted to say to them I can make you achieve your goals 30 percent faster just by changing what happening on the tax side—by doing what wealthy people do—and it doesn’t cost a bunch of money today. Things you can do today you could never do before because of electronic capacities. That was the driver and then I became obsessed about it and it didn’t matter if I liked the [writing] process or not.</p> <p>What I did to help myself was have people read it to me after I wrote it so I could watch them and that’s how I made this book as strong as it is now. Because the reviews we are getting are pretty extraordinary from people who are normally pretty cynical.”</p> <h3>Tony Robbins Quotes We Love</h3> <p>"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” </p> <p>“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” </p> <p>“Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” </p> <p>“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” </p> <p>“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” </p> <p>“New Year = A New Life! Decide today who you will become, what you will give how you will live.”</p> <p>“Leaders spend 5 percent of their time on the problem and 95 percent of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it!” </p> <p>“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” </p> <p>“The only problem we really have is we think we’re not supposed to have problems! Problems call us to higher level- – face &amp; solve them now!”</p> <p>“Your past does not equal your future.” </p> <p>“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.”</p> <p>“I discovered a long time ago that if I helped enough people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.”</p> <p>“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” </p> <p>“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” </p> <p>“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” </p> <p>“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” </p> <p>“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” </p> <p>“Things do not have meaning. We assign meaning to everything.” </p> <p>“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” </p> <p>“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.” </p> <p>“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” </p> <p>“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”</p> <p>“It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.” </p> <p>“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” </p> <p>“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” </p> <p>“We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.”</p> <p>“It’s your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life.”</p> <p>“If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.” </p> <p>“If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”</p> <p>“Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.” </p> <p>“The only people without problems are those in cemeteries.” </p> <p>“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” </p> <p>“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” </p> <p>“There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.” </p> <p>“Where focus goes, energy flows.” </p>Marie SpeedThu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: Steve Caras<p>Late in 2014, renowned ballet dancer-turned photographer Steven Caras generously sat down for a nearly two-hour interview with me, which resulted in a profile in the January edition of <em>Boca Raton</em>. It was an especially enlightening Q&amp;A, with Caras touching on his family life, his growth as a ballet dancer, his emergence as one of the top ballet choreographers in the world, and his later incarnations as a ballet master, lecturer and fundraiser. Here are some of the comments from his illustrious life that didn’t make it into this month’s article.</p> <p><img alt="" height="407" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/stevecaras.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>On surviving his father’s disapproval:</strong> “He was afraid that I couldn’t support myself. He wanted me to go to Dartmouth; that was his dream. I was not a good student at school. I’m sure I had ADD; we didn’t know what that was then. My older brother was rebellious; I was different. My younger brother was the scholar. He won the gold in my father’s eyes.</p> <p>“[My father] was a public figure, councilman of our town, a great speaker, a successful businessman, in the Army Reserves all his life after serving in the war. And when he was at a public or family gathering, he was joyous and outgoing and charming, and the minute he got home, he shut down. We tried to converse. And I was a little sassy, and I talked back. And I was angry at him because of the way he treated us, so I guess it was a perfect storm for a head-on collision.”</p> <p><strong>On working with George Balanchine:</strong> “He invited me to the company and said, ‘this is our new Greek boy. We will make him strong.’ He taught me equally as much about life, simply by watching his example of how he carried himself, how he dealt with the problems, how he handled his own illnesses, his heartaches. When Suzanne left the company, she was the love of his life. It was an unrequited life, happened a month before I entered the company.</p> <p>“He mentored me in life—the way he held himself, in spite of the issues, the way he presented himself in public. We were not encouraged to wear jeans or sneakers when we traveled. We were ambassadors representing the United States of America, not him. He was more of an American in his spirit and heart than most of us that I have encountered. He made us look deeper into what freedom meant for us.”</p> <p><strong>On pursuing dance and photography careers simultaneously:</strong> “It was a real juggling act. But it was easy because I was young, and it was my passion. You know what adrenaline and the mind can do. You’re 20 years younger, and you have the energy of a child. I’m young, I’m [Balanchine’s] disciple, and he’s watching me as a dancer, honoring the fact that I want to move on, saying ‘maybe we’ll take you out of the hard parts so you’ll have more time to be in the darkroom.’ So he was hand-tailoring my future for me.”</p> <p><strong>On retiring from dance:</strong> “I retired in 1983, at 32. I felt the wings had fallen off a couple years before. A dancer knows when you’re no longer supernatural. You’re defying gravity for a living; you’re not just jumping but you’re doing the impossible for a living, and what that takes is so enormous, it’s inexplicable. But you do it, and then one day when life gets in front of you, and the clock is ticking.”</p> <p><strong>On film versus digital photography:</strong> “My romance with film will be forever, not that I’m shooting with film anymore. But there’s magic that exists in film shots and prints that’s richer, and the grain that you were forced to accept in dance, because of the low light, the high speed of the shutter, is something you accepted and worked with and tried to perfect, because lighting with film is either on or off. With digital, there’s all kinds of Band-Aid work. You can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear with about any digital photograph.” </p> <p><strong>On color versus black-and-white:</strong> “I shoot color and change it to black-and-white. I like black-and-white better. It always inspires the imagination, and then you’re on a journey with the picture. You have to design your home around your art, and black-and-white inspires an inner conversation and an exploration for me. It’s magical.”</p> <p><strong>On Miami City Ballet:</strong> “Miami City Ballet is stupendous. They always have been. [Edward Villella’s] magic as a performer, an inexplicable talent, trickled down through the ranks, and no matter what generation of dancers was in there from the 80s to the present, they were magic. That was Villella’s gift as an artist. Lourdes [Lopez] is doing a great job too, passing the torch and going forward.”</p> <p><strong>On the “The Last Bow,” his famous image of George Balanchine near the end of the great choreographer’s life:</strong> “It’s the only photograph I have ever named. He died eight months later. It was our tradition at New York City Ballet at the end of the spring season to encourage him to take a bow, which he wasn’t crazy about otherwise. I was out front with my camera, in the right place at the right time. From my vantage point, you could see what the audience wouldn’t normally by privy to, and that was from an odd, obscure sort of location in the house. He was holding the curtain because his health was failing. Normally he’d open it and take charge, but here it was more of a crutch than a prop. So it’s my favorite photograph of the thousands I’ve taken.”</p>John ThomasonThu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: PB&amp;J Doughnut<p>What happens when you marry two of America’s favorite foods?</p> <p>If you’re the folks behind Rhino Donuts—Tom Prakas and David Tran—you take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and wed it to the doughnut, instantly doubling the appeal of each to big and little kids alike. It’s one of an array of designer offerings at the locally based Rhino, which recently opened a shop in Boca Raton (<em>126 N.E. Second St.</em>), with several more on the way.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-08_at_2.36.49_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Peanut Butter &amp; Jelly Doughnut</strong></p> <p><em>David Tran, Rhino Donuts</em></p> <p>1 recipe with your favorite doughnuts cut into discs</p> <p><strong>For jelly:</strong></p> <p>4 cup fresh strawberries</p> <p>3/4 cup water</p> <p>3/4 cup sugar</p> <p>38 grams pectin</p> <p><strong>For peanut butter mousse:</strong></p> <p>1 stick butter</p> <p>9 ounces favorite peanut butter, creamy not crunchy</p> <p>5 cups powdered sugar, sifted</p> <p><em>Optional:</em> Chocolate sauce and roasted peanuts</p> <p><strong>For jelly:</strong> Place strawberries, 1/2 cup of water and sugar in pot and reduce until jam-like consistency. Place remaining 1/2 cup of water and pectin in separate pot and stir to dissolve, then add to strawberry mixture and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Cool in ice bath.</p> <p>For peanut butter mousse: Combine butter and peanut butter and half of the sugar in mixer bowl and, using paddles, whip until smooth, adding more sugar until a thick, creamy texture.</p> <p>To assemble: Cook donuts in hot oil, remove and cool. Place strawberry jam in pastry bag and fill individual donuts. Place peanut butter mousse in another pastry bag and pipe on top of each donut. Garnish with drizzle of chocolate sauce and roasted peanuts. Serve and devour.</p>Bill CitaraThu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe big FAU gift, why the Office of Inspector General matters and other items of note<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/schmidt.jpg" width="152"></p> <h3>On the FAU football issue</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly has basically unqualified support from the person who matters most as Kelly tries to remake what began as a regional university into a national university.</p> <p>That person is Richard Schmidt (above), who runs the <a href="" target="_blank">Schmidt Family Foundation</a>. You can make a good argument that a better name for the school is Florida Atlantic/Schmidt University, given the many millions that have gone to FAU in name of the foundation and Schmidt family members. The family is by far the largest private donor.</p> <p>Schmidt himself got an MBA from Florida Atlantic, and he served on the search committee that a year ago made Kelly, then at Clemson University, one of three finalists to succeed Mary Jane Saunders. I spoke with him last month, not long after Kelly announced the $16 million gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation for an athletic/academic complex that Kelly touts as “transformational”—the first milestone on FAU’s journey through sports to the major leagues of academics.</p> <p>When I asked why Schmidt thought Kelly’s plan would work, he responded that the question was “rhetorical.” Fair enough. If he didn’t believe that Kelly could pull it off, Schmidt wouldn’t have backed the deal with $16 million that he could have designated for anything. Still, isn’t there a considerable risk of a university with a 55-79 record since entering the top tier of collegiate football betting its academic future on sports?</p> <p>“I know what the culture is,” Schmidt said of FAU. “It hasn’t made that transformation,” but Kelly is “trying to take that final step.” To make his case, Schmidt points not to a state university but to the private University of Miami.</p> <p>For half a century, UM—whose fans now call it “The U”—had occasional (but never sustained or high-level) football success. In 1979, UM hired Howard Schnellenberger as its coach. When he promised a national championship within five years, few gave him a chance. After all, before hiring Schnellenberger UM officials had considered downgrading the football program. Four years later, UM beat Nebraska to win that national title.</p> <p>“That (championship) changed the whole nature of the school,” Schmidt said. It is true that three decades ago UM was known more as “Suntan U.,” drawing students from the Northeast more with the promise of mild winters and a pretty campus than of challenging academics. It also is true that the latest <em>U.S. News and World Report</em> rankings had UM tied for 48<sup>th</sup> with the University of Florida among national universities. At No. 47 was the University of Wisconsin, where Donna Shalala was president before serving for eight years in the Clinton administration and then becoming UM’s president. Shalala will retire this year. And it is true that Schnellenberger started the football program at FAU.</p> <p>“Sports brings money,” Schmidt said. “That means better teachers and better funding.” He means private donations, not state support, which in Florida has been waning when it comes to higher education. It is true that in 2003 UM became the first university in Florida—public or private—to top $1 billion in a fund-raising campaign, even though UM’s enrollment is less than half that of the University of Florida.</p> <p>UM, though, has always been a traditional school of 18-22-year-olds who live on campus and whose parents want them to finish in four years because of the $44,000-plus annual cost. FAU began as a commuter school for juniors and seniors. It has evolved considerably in 50 years, but three-fourths of FAU students still come from Palm Beach and Broward counties, and the <em>six-year</em> graduation rate is only about 40 percent—second-worst among the 12 state universities.</p> <p>Like Kelly, however, Schmidt is convinced that FAU is undervalued because it has been undersold. “There’s such a pool of talent here,” he said, noting the ocean engineering programs—with its submarine team—and the well-regarded accounting department. He could have added the nursing program and others.</p> <p>Schmidt also could have pointed out that UM’s four-year graduation rate is more than 70 percent, or roughly 30 points higher than it was in the early 1990s. That comes from attracting better students, which is Kelly’s goal. Schmidt could have pointed out that the University of South Florida in Tampa, which is just eight years older than FAU and started top-tier football just a little earlier, has a record since then of 90-79.</p> <p>With the $16 million, Schmidt told me, “The family has demonstrated that Kelly has support in the community.” Still, Schmidt says the financial push “has to be grass-roots. FAU has 100,000 alumni, and they need to participate.” That is just one way in which Kelly must move FAU in years what has taken other universities decades to achieve, and it's just one more reason why the odds can seem high and the priorities wrong. Don’t tell it to Schmidt. “I think,” he said, “we’re a lot closer to this lofty goal than people realize.”</p> <h3>The inspector general strikes again                                  </h3> <p>On New Year’s Eve, we saw another reason that Palm Beach County is lucky to have an inspector general.</p> <p>The office issued a report on <strong>Riviera Beach Parks and Recreation Director John Williams</strong>, finding that he “misused” his city purchasing card and “falsified” records. Williams, the report said, claimed that his city-owned vehicle had been unavailable for roughly nine months, forcing him to lease a replacement.</p> <p>In fact, according to the report, Williams’ vehicle had been in the city’s maintenance shop for just 80 days. The report identified nearly $20,000 that Williams may have caused the city to spend needlessly. The report also showed that Riviera Beach has far too little oversight of how department heads use their purchasing cards.</p> <p>You can take away several things from the report. One is to wonder why the state attorney’s office declined to prosecute Williams. Another, though, is to understand that without the Office of Inspector General the taxpayers of Riviera Beach never would have known about this.</p> <p>The county commission created the office in 2009, as part of ethics reform following the guilty pleas of three commissioners to corruption charges. Fourteen cities are challenging the method of paying for the office. A judge heard arguments in August.</p> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach remain parties to the lawsuit. Even at this point, the cities could make a positive statement by withdrawing from the lawsuit and paying their share of the office’s cost. More than 70 percent of voters in Boca and Delray demanded that the office provide oversight and pay for it. Delray especially has benefited from that oversight, which allows not just employees but residents to make complaints. As we just saw, sometimes the office tells a city’s top officials something they didn’t know—or didn’t want the public to know.</p> <h3>And in that vein…</h3> <p>Speaking of public corruption, the trial of former <strong>Delray Beach City Commissioner Angeleta Gray</strong> has been delayed from Friday until April.</p> <p>Gray is charged with one count of violating the county’s ethics code and one count of conspiracy. In December 2013, Gray voted to approve a contract that, investigators said, would have benefited another former commissioner, Alberta McCarthy.</p> <p>Before the vote, McCarthy allegedly paid down roughly $1,200 of a loan that Gray had taken out. According to the state attorney’s office, there was no talk of Gray repaying McCarthy, who also faces the same two criminal charges. McCarthy was campaign manager for Gray’s failed reelection campaign last year. A trial in April would come one year after prosecutors filed the charges.</p> <h3>Vape update                                  </h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote (<a href="/blog/2015/01/06/new-years-update-on-boca-and-delray-city-issues/" target="_blank">link here</a>) that the Delray Beach City Commission would discuss an ordinance to regulate e-cigarettes—they give off vapor, not smoke—under the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act. The ordinance passed 4-0. The ordinance will take effort if it the commission approves it on second reading, probably in two weeks.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 08 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsLilly Pulitzer for Target<p>Target’s collaborations have always been on point. Altuzarra, Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung are just a few of them. But the latest Target collab is almost more than we can handle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lillyfortarget.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photos via Target press room</em></p> <p>On Tuesday, Target <a href="" target="_blank">announced its partnership</a> with Palm Beach’s very own Lilly Pulitzer. That’s right: Target is releasing 250 beautiful Lilly pieces at affordable  prices.</p> <p>The collection will feature Lilly’s signature prints in clothing, shoes, accessories and home goods starting at a whopping $2.  Clutches with bamboo handles, napkins, dresses, espadrilles, bathing suits, beach towels – that’s just the beginning of a list so incredible, we’re overwhelmed just typing it out. Apparel and shoes range from $12 to $44, beauty products range from $2-$30, accessories from $10-$50 and home decor/goods from $10-$150.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lillyfortarget4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lillyfortarget5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/lillyfortarget2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Make sure to mark your calendars: Lilly for Target debuts in stores and at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> on April 19. During Target’s last collaboration, pieces sold out online within a few minutes. For more fab photos, follow <a href="" target="_blank">@lillyfortarget</a> on Instagram.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 07 Jan 2015 10:16:00 +0000 Review: &quot;Inherent Vice&quot;<p>Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” which opens Friday, is a detective movie, but we’re a long way from Sam Spade, leggy blondes and chiaroscuro lighting. It’s set in Los Angeles in 1970, and private eye Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a holdover from the Summer of Love, a perennial stoner in an increasingly sober time. If Phoenix’s goal as an actor is to out-weird his previous roles, he’s achieved it here, shambling through this meandering film in a druggy haze, boasting sideburns that take up a quarter of the frame.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/safe_image.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>He seems to be pretty terrible at his job, yet clients—and answers—continue to disrupt his highs. First, it’s his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston), who wants Doc to find her missing beau, a sleazy (and married) real estate tycoon named Wolfmann (Eric Roberts). This leads Sportello down a serpentine maze of rabbit holes involving a disgruntled gang member (Michael K. Williams), a burnt-out saxophonist-turned-FBI informant (Owen Wilson), a corrupt dentist (Martin Short) and a “vertically integrated” Asian drug syndicate. Helping the good Doc decode this Rubik’s cube of a mystery are Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornsen (Josh Brolin), a blocky cop with whom Doc maintains an uneasy kinship; Penny Kimball (Reese Witherspoon), an assistant D.A. and sometime lover; and Sauncho Smilax (Benicio del Toro), his incompetent lawyer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/cdn.indiewire.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Despite its star-studded potential, it’s hard to think of another film in recent memory that disdains its audience as doggedly as “Inherent Vice.” Adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon—a lightweight 2009 work that, compared with other writers, is still dense, interior and difficult-to-film—Anderson perches this head-scratching comedy somewhere between film-noir homage and parody, and the film rarely succeeds at either approach. It’s more an <em>anti</em>-noir, an overplotted tangle whose resolution is beside the point and beyond our capacity to care. Each introduced plot element is another example of misdirection as direction. Conversations proceed in mumbles, codes and whispers, with zestfully named characters sharing secrets to which we are not privy. Understanding “Inherent Vice” is a fool’s errand. We’re supposed to succumb to Doc’s shaggy process and just enjoy the ride.</p> <p>The problem is, the ride needs to be enjoyable, and at two and a half hours, “Inherent Vice” is an interminable slog—a somnambulistic opiate that requires, perhaps, an audience that’s as baked as its protagonist. Anderson has said that Cheech and Chong movies were a major influence, along with such overstuffed spoofs as “Airplane” and “Police Squad!” But I could count the number of times I laughed on fewer than two hands, and they were embarrassing, skuzzy laughs elicited from broad and degrading visual conceits.</p> <p>Speaking of the visuals, Anderson’s painterly approach to his mise-en-scene is as exacting as ever, but it’s largely at the service of indulging in the same kind of excessive ‘70s fetishism that colored the canvases of “American Hustle,” another overrated period piece. Seeing the bottomless parade of Hollywood stars cast against type or in surprising milieus eventually becomes the only impetus to keep watching “Inherent Vice,” a disaster of monumental time and expense from a filmmaker that should know better.</p>John ThomasonWed, 07 Jan 2015 09:43:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesFitness Guide: Make those Resolutions Stick<p>New year, new you, new fitness plan. We’ve all made these promises to ourselves year after year, only to fall back on old habits by the end of January. With so many workout plans and fitness classes popping up around town, 2015 is a better time than ever to keep your resolutions. We put together a guide on some great places to break a sweat this year. From Brazilian dance workouts to your standard spinning class, you can't possibly get bored with your workout routine.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/flywheelsports.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Flywheel</a> <em>Glades Plaza, 2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton<strong></strong></em></p> <p>This cycling studio is revving up the stakes when it comes to stationary bicycling. Each class can be a competition -- but only if you want it to be. Every bike at Flywheel has a small computer screen that displays gear strength, revolutions per minute and the bike's power output. Riders have the option of displaying their scores for the rest of the class to see. Motivating music, stadium-style seating and free bottled water make this a spinning class like no other.</p> <p>Cost: $25 per class; packages available</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/capoeira.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Capoeira Karkara</a> <em>3553 Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach</em></p> <p>Even those who participate in this Brazilian martial art find it difficult to describe it in words. Capoeria combines elements of dance, acrobatics and self-defense into more than just a fight. It's a way of life. Participants create a large circle where partners participate friendly exchange of kicks, turns, leaps and ducks that provide a total body workout.</p> <p>Cost: $99 per month for unlimited classes</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/loibel.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Zumba at </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Loibel Dance Studio</a><em> 83 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>Somewhere past a sea of neon-colored crop tops and blaring dance club music is one of the most fun, yet most intense aerobic workouts out there. It’s a party with payoff. The Latin-inspired dance fitness class fuses moves like the Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Flamenco into a workout that burns upwards of 1,000 calories per hour. Zumba is for anyone that can find movement behind the music.</p> <p>Cost: $15 per class; packages available</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/screen_shot_2015-01-06_at_4.10.10_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">CrossFit Delray Beach</a> <em>1405 N. Congress Ave #14, Delray Beach</em><strong></strong></p> <p>You won’t find treadmills, an elliptical or fancy weight-lifting machines at this place. This ‘box’ as Crossfit gyms are called, combines strength training, explosive plyometrics, speed training, power-style weight lifting, kettle bells and endurance exercises. In the front of the room stands a large whiteboard displaying the ‘WOD’ or workout of the day. Explosive exercises done in a circuit format target the whole body. One set follows after the next, with very little rest in between.</p> <p>Cost: $20 per class; free two-day intro; packages available</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/thebarrestudio.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Barre Studio</a> <em>59 S.E. Fourth Ave., Delray Beach</em></p> <p>This workout incorporates ballet techniques with resistance training. All that's needed is a ballet barre and a mirrored wall. Participants stretch their core, improve posture and build-up their arm and leg muscles using their own strength. Over time, these movements will help shape your body into a long and lean dancer’s physique. </p> <p>Cost: $23 per class; packages available</p> <p>Schedule: <a href="!group-classes/cqos" target="_blank">!group-classes/cqos</a></p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 07 Jan 2015 07:00:00 +0000 BeachFitnessHealth/BeautyFAU Making Health News<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Research with world-wide implications is happening here, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan, a professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, is using computer technology to “mine” the human genome and identify potential drug targets to treat Ebola. The research is helping Narayanan understand Ebola-associated genes in the human genome. The next step would be to create a pipeline of drug targets to test and evaluate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="397" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/narayanan,_ramaswamy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One of the things that’s interesting about Narayanan’s work is that the human genome provides clues about how drugs already FDA-approved to treat other diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, might work in treating Ebola. In other words, his work could provide options that eliminate the lengthy process of new drug development.</p> <p>Narayanan’s research has uncovered lots of current drugs that potentially could be used to treat patients with the Ebola virus. These include medications for inflammation, heart disease, cancer and HIV. Recently, the local researcher’s work on harnessing the human genome to identify new drug targets for Ebola was published in the open-access <em>MedCrave Online Journal of Proteomics and Bioinformatics</em>.</p> <p>“With the high mortality rate of this disease, the world urgently needs new ways to treat patients,” Narayanan says in an FAU press release. “The ability to use drugs that are already approved by the FDA could provide clinicians with more options to treat Ebola patients, rather than just relying on supportive measures like fluid replacement or antibiotics.”</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p><strong>FAU Hires Vice President of Research</strong></p> <p>Florida Atlantic University has a new vice president of research: breast cancer researcher Dr. Daniel C. Lynn.</p> <p>With more than 20 years’ research experience, Flynn was chosen among 76 nationwide applicants. Research, FAU President John Kelly says in a press release, is central to the university’s academic standing.</p> <p> “We are hiring stellar faculty whose mere presence will be game-changers for the university, and their association with FAU will attract the best faculty and the brightest students,” Kelly says.</p> <p>Flynn has held several academic posts throughout the years. Among those, he was a professor at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and the department of microbiology and immunology of West Virginia University; associate dean for research and economic development at Commonwealth Medical College; and, most recently, associate dean for research, at the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences.</p> <p>His studies in breast cancer focused on how changes in cellular signals can affect the start and progression of breast cancer. He also was part of a research team that discovered a protein called AFAP1, which has a potential role in breast and prostate cancer. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 07 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyApeiro Nearing Delray Debut<p>Thursday, Jan. 15, is scheduled opening day for <a href="" target="_blank">Apeiro</a> (<em>14917 Lyons Rd., 561/826-1790</em>), Burt Rapoport’s modern pan-Mediterranean eatery in the giant Delray Marketplace complex at West Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road.</p> <p><img alt="" height="175" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/apeiro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In addition to taking inspiration from cuisines throughout the Mediterranean rather than just Italy, Apeiro (“infinite” in Greek) is also Rapoport’s double-down bet on the future of West County dining. It’s a future that looks pretty bright, at least judging by the crowds that can wait for an hour or more to get into his next-door eatery, Burt &amp; Max’s, on busy weekend evenings.</p> <p>Heading up the kitchen is chef-partner <strong>David Blonsky</strong>, who comes to Apeiro from Chicago, where he worked with such culinary heavy hitters as Rick Tramanto and Gail Gand and opened such highly regarded restaurants as Public House and Siena Tavern.</p> <p>At Apeiro, the restaurant’s sunny blue, gold and white color palette is reflected in the menu, which segues from grilled Spanish octopus and Morrocan-spiced lamb ribs to whole roasted branzino and charred eggplant meatballs to swordfish kabobs with salsa verde and meatball sliders with tomato sauce and pesto.</p> <p>And just because everyone is putting the final touches on the restaurant prior to debut doesn’t mean Rapoport and Blonsky are letting any arugula grow under their feet. There’s a second Apeiro coming later this year, probably in September, to Midtown Miami.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 06 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsNew Year&#39;s Update on Boca and Delray city issues<h3>Firefighters pension reform pending</h3> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/boca-raton-fire-department-logo.png" width="300"></p> <p>The first big story of 2015 came in 2014.</p> <p>Just before the end of the year, the union that represents Boca Raton’s firefighters announced that it had reached agreement with the city on a three-year wage and pension contract. The city had declared an impasse after the old contract expired on Oct. 1. An arbitrator had been scheduled to hear the dispute this week.</p> <p>The new agreement isn’t final. First, the union’s 200 members must ratify it by a majority vote. Then the city council must approve it. John Luca, president of Local 1560, told me on Monday that while the two sides have worked out the terms, the agreement isn’t yet in writing. When it is, the union will present the proposal to its members, and the city will present it to the council.</p> <p>Pension reform has been a council priority since Mayor Susan Haynie easily won last year’s mayoral election by defeating a Palm Beach County firefighter/council member, Anthony Majhess, who had strong backing from the fire and police unions. According to the union, the changes will save Boca Raton $6.5 million in pension costs over the three years of the contract and roughly $50 million over 30 years. Haynie said in an email that the deal “appears to achieve the meaningful pension reform we are seeking.”</p> <p>Among other things, the deal would cap lifetime pension benefits for firefighters and reduce their annual pension cost-of-living adjustment from 3 percent to 2.5 percent. That change would apply to all firefighters, not just new hires. If someone had worked for 12 years and stayed for 12 more, the COLA would be based on 3 percent for the first 12 and 2.5 percent for the next 12. Such inflation bumps still may be more generous than the city can afford, but the drop at least would be a start.</p> <p>Luca said the city wanted to get its pension costs down to 18 percent of total fire department payroll. This will happen, Luca said, by the third year of the contract. What does the union get? “A stable pension system.”</p> <p>The fire union could have gone through the arbitration hearing, but the city council could have ignored any of the arbitrator’s recommendations and imposed the terms it wanted. If the union members and the city like the deal, relations between the firefighters and the city will be better, and Local 1560 will join others in making pension compromises that respect the taxpayers.</p> <h3>But the police are looking at arbitration</h3> <p>Despite the firefighters’ proposed contract, the Fraternal Order of Police and Boca Raton remain at odds. Unless that changes, the arbitration hearing in that case will take place Jan. 14 at city hall.</p> <p>Delray Beach previously had reached agreement with the police union on a contract. The city now is negotiating with the firefighters, whose contract is up this year.</p> <h3>Delray’s big election</h3> <p>Last year, the big city election was in Boca. In 2015, it will be in Delray Beach.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein and City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will be on the ballot. Commissioner Adam Frankel is term-limited, so voters could decide a majority of seats, though at this point, Glickstein has no challengers.</p> <p>Running against Petrolia is retired dentist Victor Kirson, who lost a 2012 commission run. Three candidates have filed paperwork to run for the Frankel seat: Chris Davey, who barely lost to Al Jacquet last year; Christina Morrison, who lost to Jacquet three years ago; and Bruce Bastian, an advocate for making Delray more cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly. The qualifying period for candidates begins Jan. 27 and concludes Feb. 10.</p> <p>With Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, Glickstein and Petrolia for the last year have formed the majority that forced out former City Manager Louie Chapman and hired Don Cooper; Frankel and Jacquet didn’t even attend the meeting at which Cooper was hired.</p> <p>Of the three candidates seeking to replace Frankel, Davey probably is closest in sentiment to Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia. Those three don’t agree on every issue, but they have agreed on the need to improve city management and update development rules.</p> <p>Ironically, though Jarjura came onto the commission a year after Glickstein and Petrolia, she could be off the commission first.</p> <p>When voters chose Glickstein and Petrolia, they also approved a change that term-limits the mayor and commissioners after two terms of three years, not three terms of two years. Glickstein’s and Petrolia’s expiring two-year terms probably would not count against a new pair of three-year terms. If Glickstein and Petrolia won this year and could run for reelection, they would be term-limited in 2021. Jarjura would have to leave in 2020.</p> <h3>And Boca’s election</h3> <p>In Boca Raton, term limits hit Constance Scott, who holds the Seat C council seat. Armand Grossman and Jeremy Rodgers, both newcomers, are running.</p> <p>In Seat D, Robert Weinroth won last year in the race to succeed Majhess, who left the seat to make that losing run for mayor. One year was left in the term, so Weinroth—if he wins this year—could run for another three-year term in 2018 and serve a total of seven years, even though Boca also has a six-year term-limit system. For now, Weinroth is running unopposed.</p> <h3>Spring goal-setting for Boca</h3> <p>Haynie and the Boca council members will update their priorities at the spring goal-setting meeting. Since pension reform seems near, given the deal with the fire union and the city’s leverage with the police union, the biggest short-term priority will be negotiations with Hillstone Restaurant Group to operate a Houston’s on the old Wildflower property at Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue along the Intracoastal.</p> <p>Last September, the council authorized staff to start formal talks. The two key issues are a design that would work for a site with limited parking and a lease that would offer Boca Raton a fair return on the $7.5 million investment to buy the property in 2009. No proposal seems imminent, but both sides seem reasonably optimistic.</p> <p>Assistant City Manager Mike Woika said in an email Monday, “The project is still moving forward. The lease terms are being negotiated.” Hillstone Vice President Glenn Viers, who was at the September council meeting, told me by phone Monday, “Everything I’ve heard has been positive.” He said the company’s architecture/design team has submitted material to the city. “We’re looking forward to getting this project up and running.”</p> <h3>The (big) Delray land development issue</h3> <p>One big item Delray Beach held over from last year is approval of new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District. You can tell that it’s a big deal because of all the capital letters.</p> <p>Twice the final version came before the city commission, and twice the city commission—correctly—asked for more revisions. This is not something that Delray Beach wants to take up again in a year, and it’s tough to encourage growth while retaining a small-city feel.</p> <p>Meanwhile, though, development plans keep coming. Delray Beach had extended through Feb. 15 a rule that plans in conflict with the new rules, would have to wait for commission approval. Tonight, the commission votes to extend that deadline to May 15, unless approval of the updated downtown regulations comes sooner. And the commission could extend the deadline even more. Obviously, Delray’s goal is to get the rules right, not just get the rules done.</p> <h3>Vaping on the agenda</h3> <p>Also on tonight’s Delray commission agenda is a proposed ordinance to regulate e-cigarettes. They emit vapor, not smoke, and makers and retailers say they are much safer than traditional cigarettes.</p> <p>As the memo from City Attorney Noel Pfeffer says, however, the American Heart Association believes that local governments should include e-cigarettes in products covered by the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, which would ban their use in restaurants, among other places. Though the vapor is much less toxic, it could contain nicotine.</p> <p>The proposed ordinance is up for “commission discretion.”  Expect an interesting discussion on the potential danger of secondhand virtual smoke.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 06 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsGet Gala Ready with Christy Chis<p>The secret to great skin on the red carpet starts with great skin care. Be at your best this season with the help of <strong>Christy Chis</strong>, an esthetician who gained a name in NYC and recently relocated her work to the <strong>Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/christy_chis_2842.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Chis was previously a facial specialist with New York’s Mario Badescu, working her magic on big names like Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell. And now, she can work her magic on you.</p> <p>“I love to make people happy,” Chis says in a press release. “When you work with someone and they see results, it can change their whole attitude. I love making such a difference in someone’s life.”</p> <p>The spa is currently offering special gala grooming packages. Try the two-day “infinite glamour project” that includes full-body waxing, a Champagne shimmer pedicure and iridescent pearl manicure, hair shampoo and styling, professional spray tan and more. Or maybe go for the gentleman grooming series, featuring a hot shave, express facial, ear and nose waxing, scalp massage, haircut and men’s manicure.</p> <p>Sound amazing? These are just two of the many special services offered. Find out about the rest of the packages by calling 561/533-6000.</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Eau Spa</a> is located at 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Spade opens in Boca Raton<p>Boca just got a little bit more colorful, thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">Kate Spade New York</a>. The brand just opened its eighth store in Florida, right in our very own Town Center at Boca Raton.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/kate_spade_boca_photo_1.2.14.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The store, located at the Palm Court near the Bloomingdale’s entrance, boasts clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, home décor and more in bright hues and bold prints. Deck yourself and your home in one – or a few ! – of Kate Spade’s pieces to make your life just that much brighter.</p> <p>Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.</p> <p><em>Share your finds with us on Instagram by tagging @bocamag and using the hashtag #KateSpadeBoca for a chance to be featured on our social media channels!</em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 05 Jan 2015 19:51:00 +0000 NewsThe Week Ahead: Jan. 6 to 12<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/600x600.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Darville Duo</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Buddha, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/368-4643, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Leave it up to the Funky Buddha to discover the diamonds in the rough, the musical acts from far-flung places that would otherwise have trouble finding a regional venue that would book them. Such is the case with Darville Duo, whose members, Jacques Darville and Henrik Schwiecker, banded together in Copenhagen in 2008. But there’s nothing fundamentally Scandinavian in their sound, which hews mostly to the timeless emotional purity of American blues, with forays into folk, bluegrass, classic rock and even Latin music. These charming, rustic, derby-capped entertainers don’t come to our region very often, so if your schedule allows, check out the best American music not made by Americans.</p> <p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/mummies.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Mummies and Merlot” happy hour</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Last year, the South Florida Science Center combined scientific topics with craft brews at its “Science on Tap” series at O’Shea’s. This year, the institution is continuing its tradition of social drinking and educational exploration on its home turf, launching “Mummies and Merlot” this week. The series is organized in conjunction with its newly opened exhibition “Afterlife: Tombs and Treasures of Ancient Egypt,” and on the second Thursday evening of each month, attendees will learn about a different aspect of Egyptian life and history while enjoying a wine tasting from Vinoutlet. This week’s speaker is Ashley Hampton, president of the Palm Beach County Archaeologist Society; future lectures are set for Feb. 12, March 12 and April 9.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/spinners-lg.jpg" width="325"></p> <p><strong>What: ‘70s Soul Jam</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This mini festival recalls a time in popular music when vocal groups’ sequined wardrobes were as harmonized as their singing, and when choreographed charisma meant as much to their success as the smoothness of their falsettos. Plus, these tunes had the respectable advantage of <em>not</em> being disco. Soul music thrived in the U.S. in the early 1970s, and this concert showcases three of its finest progenitors, whose vocal chords haven’t aged a day: The Stylistics, the Philadelphia balladeers behind “Stop, Look, Listen” and “Betcha By Golly, Wow;” Detroit’s Spinners (pictured), the legendary soul group from Detroit, with original member Henry Fambrough still touring after 50 years; and Cuba Gooding, the frontman of the Main Ingredient and father of Cuba Gooding Jr. Dust off those ‘70s togs and dress appropriately.</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/1418678690-fully_committed_tickets.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Fully Committed”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Abdo New River Room, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This one-man show appears to be a perfect fit for the Broward Center’s cabaret-style, full-service Abdo New River Room: It is about food and drinks, after all—or at least <em>access </em>to food and drinks. Written by Becky Mode, the play begins with a relatable premise: An out-of-work actor earns his income by slaving away at a restaurant. But he’s no waiter or busboy, transiently jumping from one low-paying job to another while auditioning for work. Instead, he mans the reservation line at a trendy new Manhattan restaurant, where celebutantes, socialites and desperate name-droppers will do whatever it takes to land the right table, even when the restaurant is already “fully committed.” In addition to accepting or denying this rogue’s gallery their fleeting sample of culinary glamour, he also fields pleading phone calls from his recently widowed father, while vying for a major part at Lincoln Center. In all, one actor will portray 40 characters in a tour de force performance. Local thespian John Manzelli, who has twice performed the role outside of his home region, will take on the challenge. The show runs through Feb. 1.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/starsplangled.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Star-Spangled Girl”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mad Cat Theatre Company at Miami Theater Center, 9816 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50, including preshow party ($15-$30 for the rest of the run)</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One of South Florida’s most experimental theater companies, Mad Cat is admired for its “collage” style of theater, which often injects video, pop music, and visual and performance art into a live theater paradigm. It is the least likely company to stage a play by Neil Simon, the nation’s most traditional and audience-pandering playwright, who has long been the bailiwick of more conservative producers. Ever one to subvert even its own expectations, Mad Cat will re-examine the largely forgotten Simon comedy “The Star-Spangled Banner” in its own singular language, with music, narration and a new setting supplementing this love triangle about two publishers of a radical magazine and their compelling new neighbor. Love and politics mix and take on new dimensions in director Paul Tei’s interpretation, which recasts the story from ‘60s San Francisco to the year 2066, which survives on the verge of a dystopia. It will undoubtedly be Neil Simon as you’ve never seen him before. “The Star-Spangled Girl” runs through Jan. 25.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/sf-go-oshogatsu-morikami-delray-beach-011214a-20140109.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Oshogatsu celebration</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Legend has it that the Japanese zodiac, borrowed from the Chinese, came into being when the Buddha invited all of world’s animals to come to him on New Year’s Day for a special gift. He could’ve learned something from Noah: Only 12 animals showed up, but each of them was granted its own calendar year in a 12-year cycle. In January, the Morikami Museum celebrates the calendar’s transition from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Sheep with its 37<sup>th</sup> annual Oshogatsu celebration, which brings a lively, festive atmosphere to traditionally quiet Japanese New Year customs. Enjoy new year’s storytelling; live taiko drumming and koto music (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument); a DIY daruma wall, where visitors color a craft that signifies their wish for the coming year; a Mochi pounding demonstration; and an interactive scavenger hunt courtesy of Instagram. Libations will be provided by the Sake Station and Kirin Beer Garden, with food available from the museum’s Cornell Café and special vendors.</p> <p>MONDAY, JAN. 12</p> <p><img alt="" height="602" src="/site_media/uploads/January%202015/michael-mckeever2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Daniel’s Husband” play reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Wold Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/237-9000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Award-winning South Florida playwright Michael McKeever (pictured) will see his latest work, “Daniel’s Husband,” receive a full production this coming May from Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage. But you can have a sneak peak at this new LGBT-themed dramedy—four months prior and for a fraction of the ticket price—thanks to Jan McArt’s indispensable New Play Reading Series. The play follows a contemporary gay couple dealing with the tribulations of not taking official vows, amid an environment of marriage inequality. Given the news in Florida this week, the play should feel ripped from the headlines. Some of the best actors in the South Florida community—Alex Alvarez, Antonio Amadeo, Kristian Kikic, Barbara Bradshaw and Larry Buzzeo—will premiere McKeever’s work, scripts in hand, next Monday.</p>John ThomasonMon, 05 Jan 2015 15:34:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSwank Farm Goes Silver and Black This Sunday<p>Happy New Year! And what better way to kick off 2015 than with a Sunday evening at Swank Farm! The second <strong>Swank Table</strong> dinner of the season is THIS Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be themed Black Gold and Silver Sands—a nod to Florida’s agricultural past and future. Here are the particulars:</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/laughing_chef.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>BLACK GOLD &amp; SILVER SANDS</p> <p>Area 31 Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, K Restaurant</p> <p>We celebrate agriculture in our county both past and present.</p> <p>Benefiting Historical Society of Palm Beach County</p> <p>Tickets: $155</p> <p>Rain or shine</p> <p>These dinners always sell out, partly because they are so well done, with such hot chefs and imaginative themes. Add in the al fresco ambiance of a real farm and a new pole barn—and lots of great wines and music—and you have a hit.</p> <p>In case you’ve missed the boat for the first two dinners, here’s a reminder of what’s to come for the remainder of the season. Reserve your place now at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Feb, 8</p> <p><strong>HOT PINK TOMATO</strong></p> <p>Ahi Loi, Edge Steak &amp; Bar, The Dutch, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>A tribute to the number one Garden Vegetable.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach County Food Bank</p> <p>March 8</p> <p><strong>LE GRAND AIOLI</strong></p> <p>Meat Market, Pilgrim, The Grille, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>Please dress in your best blues or blues and whites.</p> <p>Upscale, downscale. Just so it’s “Le Bleu.”</p> <p>Benefiting Cultural Council of Palm Beach County</p> <p>March 22</p> <p><strong>WHERE’S THE BEET?</strong></p> <p>Hippocrates Health Institute, Market 17, Mom’s Pops, The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa</p> <p>A Love Song To Vegetables. An All Vegetable Feast.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach Zoo</p> <p>April 12</p> <p><strong>2ND ANNUAL DINER EN BLANC</strong></p> <p>Cafe Boulud, The Cypress Room, The Genuine Hospitality Group, 32 East</p> <p>A Feast Made Famous In Paris. Please Come Dressed In White</p> <p>Bring Candlesticks, Candleabras, Votives In Glass, And Any Other</p> <p>Candle Holder You Can Think Of To Make Our Evening Sparkle.</p> <p>Benefiting Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</p> <p>April 26</p> <p><strong>PRIME CUTS</strong></p> <p>Ganache 316, Pistache French Bistro, S3, 50 Ocean</p> <p>A Beef Lover’s Paradise.</p> <p>Benefiting Food For The Poor</p>Marie SpeedMon, 05 Jan 2015 13:52:00 +0000 EventsPeering Into My (Restaurant) Crystal Ball<p>Welcome to 2015! I hope it’s a year of good restaurants, good food, good wine and good company for everyone.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/crystalball.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Crystal ball-gazing is more art than science (or more scam than art) but I’ll give it a shot and toss out a few predictions for Restaurant Year 2015. This time in 2016 we’ll see whether I need new glasses, a new crystal ball or just to keep my lips buttoned. </p> <p><em>The road to health is paved with more new restaurants. </em>Everyone wants to eat healthy but few of us want to sacrifice very much to get there. Restaurants like Farmer’s Table and Gary Racks’ new Farmhouse Kitchen split the difference between your typical “Damn the cholesterol, full speed ahead” eateries and vegetarian-slash-vegan restaurants, where you’re not only expected to wear the hair shirt of healthy eating but dine on it too. Look for more places that dispense with butter and cream and elevate vegetables over meat yet still serve up a full portion of flavor. One caveat: that’s a whole lot harder than it appears.</p> <p><em>Go west, young restaurateur. </em>West county has long been underserved when it comes to high-quality, non-chain restaurants. Savvy operators are beginning to see the area’s potential, a vision that will only grow clearer in the new year. Restaurants like those at the sprawling Delray Marketplace, La Ferme and Sybarite Pig in Boca and others are showing that just because you don’t live within honking distance of I-95 doesn’t mean you want to eat cook-by-numbers food in some corporate, focus group “concepted” restaurant.</p> <p><em>Locals know best. </em>PBC continues to be a tough market for out of towners to crack (excepting steakhouses, which seem to proliferate like rabbits). Though there have been some notable success stories, like Clay Conley with Buccan (and his coming sandwich shop and casual osteria) and Sean Brasel with his uber-luxe Meat Market, restaurateurs who know the local market (I’m thinking Gary Rack, Dennis Max, Burt Rapoport, Rodney Mayo, Angelo Elia and the Big Time folks, among others) have a leg, thigh, hip and rib bone up on those who show up having not quite figured it out. Don’t expect that to change any time soon</p> <p><em>The harder they fall. </em>Expect more high-profile closings when the 2014-2015 “season” ends. The economy may be getting better and people loosening the purse strings to go out to eat, but the local market is both quirky and demanding, and I can think of several “name” restaurants that may be in trouble when the tourist hordes finally clear out. Name recognition is great, but there’s no substitute for consistently putting out good food and good service in a pleasant, comfortable atmosphere.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 05 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Top 10 Movies of 2014<p><strong><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>10. Ida</strong></p> <p>“Ida” is a stark and hypnotic black-and-white road movie set in a frostbit Polish winter in the early 1960s, where a young, orphaned novitiate is sent on a short pilgrimage to meet her only living relative prior to taking her vows to become a nun. Every frame looks like a painting or photograph, but most would belong in a modern art museum, with framing choices that are daring as they are unconventional. Director Pawel Pawlikowski shoots this adventurous spiritual journey like he really is reinventing the wheel.</p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/" width="400"></p> <p><strong>9. Night Moves</strong></p> <p>Another brooding, slow-burning masterpiece from indie auteur Kelly Reichardt, this drama cast Jesse Eisenberg against type as a sullen environmental activist whose latest act of eco-terrorism inadvertently takes a human life—and whose shockwaves cause a rift with his colleague that results in escalating tragedy. Guilt, fear and moral confusion swirl into a dark parable that’s as old as Poe and as cinematically gripping as Hitchcock, and it boasts the best final shot of any movie last year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/interstellar-05.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>8. Interstellar</strong></p> <p>Disparage this cultural-cinematic Event Film all you like; while you’re poking for holes in the dense metaphysics of “Interstellar,” you’re missing one of the year’s most ravishing and mind-blowing experiences, a herculean accomplishment in super-screen cinema and a necessary preserver of celluloid projection. For all its bowel-shaking special effects, “Interstellar” is primarily a heady meditation on such mystical concepts as love, nature, space and time—touching our hearts and souls as well as our brains.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/love-is-strange.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>7. Love is Strange</strong></p> <p>Movies this torn from the amusing, sensitive, imbalanced, sometimes unjust fabric of life are rare, and “Love is Strange” should be cherished as a quiet masterpiece. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina have flawless chemistry as a longtime couple forced to forego their apartment and live in separate dwellings after their marriage prompts a job loss for Molina. There isn’t a single emotional misstep in this film, nary a studio concession in sight. In showing how one cowardly turn of events can uproot a once-stable family unit, Sachs and his co-screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias draw beautifully from life’s uncomfortable surprises, turning the specific into the universal and the familiar into the revelatory.</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/-559771_w650.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. Birdman</strong></p> <p>I tend to gravitate toward films that push the boundaries of form, that open new doorways of imagination. The sleight-of-hand wizardry of “Birdman,” which seems to play out as one astonishing, unbroken take, certainly qualifies. Unpredictable every step of the way, right up until its boldly ambiguous final shot, “Birdman” is both mystical and grounded, technically acrobatic yet fully invested in the earthbound struggles, heartbreak and minutiae of putting on a play.  The movie is a repository of show business fears, anxieties, insecurities, hubris and delusions, all of which feed into one thing: the universal — but especially American — quest to <em>matter</em>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/winter-sleep-cannes-2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Winter Sleep</strong></p> <p>The latest from Turkey’s art-house darling Nuri Bilge Ceylan is ostensibly a hulking, patience-testing film, at an unrelentingly talky three hours and 16 minutes. But you’ll be so enraptured by the conversation that this intimate epic will soar by, leaving you wanting more. A stone thrown from a child strikes a car in Turkey’s rural steppes, setting in motion a tumultuous few days in the life of a condescending newspaper columnist/hotelier. Whatever bonds he had left with his sister and younger wife either calcify or wither across a series of grievance-airing conversations that people often have in real life, but rarely engage in movies. Touching on philosophy, capitalism, class and ethics, “Winter Sleep” transcends entertainment: it teaches us about life while holding a mirror to the ugly parts of our own. <em>(NOTE: “Winter Sleep” opens Jan. 9 in South Florida, including Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/like-father-like-son-2.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>4. Like Father, Like Son</strong></p> <p>It looks like this Japanese drama by the great Hirokazu Kore-eda is set to be remade in Hollywood. Ho-hum. I beg of you to see this version first (or instead). It’s another beautiful, Ozu-channeling study of the powerful bonds of family from the greatest humanist filmmaker of our time, a movie of cascading emotions about two sets of parents who are informed that their children were accidentally switched at birth and should be returned to their proper parents. This revelation tears family units asunder, subtly comments on the class structure in modern Japan, and explains both everything and nothing about why we love who we love.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/whiplash.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>3. Whiplash</strong></p> <p>Sheer exhilaration. This movie feels like living inside a frenetic avant-jazz composition: Boundaries are pushed and dangerously exceeded, emotions roil, and the camera slices and dices through any and all inhibitions, creating a symphony of blood, sweat and cymbals. “Whiplash” makes us feel alive, but, through a fierce, career-best performance by J.K. Simmons as a sociopathic conservatory teacher who pushes a young drummer beyond his breaking point, it also forces us to question the root causes of creative genius—to decide first if there is a method to the teacher’s madness, and second if the method is worth the sacrifice.</p> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/under-the-skin.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. Under the Skin</strong></p> <p>Films this certifiably strange don’t come around very often, and when they do, they are rarely directed with such unforgettably creepy poise, such otherworldly visual imagination, and such a masterful grip on the uneasy confluence of documentary and fiction. The movie feels like it was transmitted from another planet, an appropriate ambiance for a film about an alien unable to phone home, adrift in nocturnal Scotland, and wearing the agreeable skin of Scarlett Johansson. Men are seduced and consumed until the ET strays from her protocol—leading to a vision of otherness in the modern world that is etched permanently into my sense memory.</p> <p><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/cdn.indiewire.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Boyhood</strong></p> <p>An obvious choice, perhaps, as Richard Linklater can do no wrong in my eyes—but a landmark film that deserves the Best Picture Oscar it might very well receive. Filmed in annual segments over 12 years, this emotional and physical maturation of a child from approximately age 7 to 19 is the ultimate coming-of-age narrative in any media, making all others seem fundamentally incomplete. “Boyhood” is filled with the magic of the immediate moment, the majesty of the everyday. You’ll be astonished at the consistency of character as the director and most of the actors, dividing their time between other projects over a dozen years, become themselves so fully, as if no time passed at all. Indeed, “Boyhood” is largely about the ephemerality of time itself, its endless forward motion. And like many of the best films in movie history, “Boyhood” is also about film itself—about celluloid as a preserver of the past and a harbinger of the future. </p> <p>Honorable mentions: “1,000 Times Good Night,” “Happy Christmas,” “The Homesman,” “Lucy,” “Nightcrawler”</p> <p><strong>Worst of the year:</strong></p> <p>10. Nymphomaniac Vol. II (simply because of the last 30 seconds)</p> <p>9. The One I Love (for blowing such a brilliant premise)</p> <p>8. Godzilla</p> <p>7. The Equalizer</p> <p>7. Gone Girl</p> <p>6. Laggies</p> <p>5. Men, Women &amp; Children</p> <p>4. Bad Words</p> <p>3. Better Living Through Chemistry</p> <p>2. And So it Goes</p> <p>1. Gimme Shelter</p>John ThomasonFri, 02 Jan 2015 14:47:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesDining Review: Boca Landing<p>Hollywood has nothing on Boca Landing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocalanding_hazelnutgelato.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Hazelnut Gelato</em></p> <p>The celebrity denizens of Tinsel-town, whose relentlessly nipped, tucked and injected faces and bodies have seen more work than I-95, are rank amateurs in the makeover department compared to the stunning job done on the old Bridge Hotel and its one-time star restaurant, Carmen’s.</p> <p>After a dozen months and more than $10 million, the worn, tired, bankrupt Bridge was reborn last May as the Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina in a renovation as slick as anything on HGTV. And sad and frayed-around-the-edges Carmen’s, whose decor and menu were as dated as an IBM Selectric, was remade into a chic, contemporary marina-front restaurant with the kind of panoramic water views other restaurants can only drool over.</p> <p>The heavy lifting on the menu was done by executive chef Steven Zobel, late of Fort Lauderdale’s d.b.a./Café, who replaced Carmen’s uninspired Continental-esque cuisine with a roster of small plates, many Asian-inspired, designed to appeal to slightly adventurous and more conservative palates. If you wore a bag over your head and managed to miss the restaurant’s remarkable physical transformation, you’d still know everything was different by the wickedly addictive Parmesan crisps and crunchy breadsticks immediately trotted out to your table, along with little ramekins of earthy truffle and bright-tasting red-pepper butters. </p> <p>The Asian influence is most pronounced in the list of small plates, beginning with a good if fairly standard rendition of tuna tartare, cubes of rosy soy and citrus-glazed fish (which could have been better trimmed of sinew) atop a coarse mash of avocado with squiggles of wasabi aioli and a crown of wilted microgreens. The same sweet-spicy aioli made an appearance as a drizzle over an enormous portion of fried calamari, thick-cut rings as big around as truck tires yet remarkably tender, with crisp, gossamer-thin (rice?) flour jackets.</p> <p>Plump, meaty PEI mussels arrived braised in a modestly spicy, robustly garlicky green curry-coconut milk broth. It was another generous portion, made somewhat less so by the number of unopened bivalves lurking at the bottom of the bowl. Duck confit was the least successful of the tapas, the apricot-glazed duck leg flavorful but lacking the plush, melt-in-your-mouth texture of a great confit. A pair of leathery crêpes and more wilted micro-greens weren’t much help.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocalanding_filetmignon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Filet Mignon</em></p> <p>There’s nothing Asian or particularly adventurous about filet mignon with crab and béarnaise, but when you’ve got gum-tender meat with surprisingly deep, beefy flavor topped with fat chunks of sea-sweet crab and an achingly luscious butter sauce that’s richer than the House of Saud, well … who really gives a shiitake?</p> <p>Molten chocolate cake—plenty of the latter but not much of the former—was decent but nothing to text home about. The accompanying hazelnut gelato, on the other hand, was worth a full post on YouTube. Made in-house, it’s indecently rich and creamy in the way only gelato can be, laced with hazelnuts and so irresistible that we ordered another scoop, just to wallow in its cool, velvety, seductive luxury a little longer.</p> <p>If every makeover went this well, we’d all look like Hollywood celebrities.</p> <p><strong><em>Rooms With a View</em></strong></p> <p><em>It’s impossible for any design to compete with Boca Landing’s spectacular views of Lake Boca and the Intracoastal, but this one certainly comes close. From the dramatic entrance of the hotel lobby, guests stroll down a long corridor lined with modern art on the walls and past a glassed-in wine room, lounge and large, U-shaped bar. From there, they step down into the main dining room, where massive plate-glass windows show off the postcard-perfect setting and an outdoor patio so close to the water that you can flick a breadstick off your table and watch it float away.</em></p> <p><strong>IF YOU GO</strong></p> <p>ADDRESS: 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/368-9500</p> <p>PRICE RANGE: Entrées $26–$37</p> <p>HOURS: Sun.–Thurs. 5–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5–11 p.m.</p> <p>WEBSITE: <a href=""></a></p>Bill CitaraFri, 02 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsStaff Picks: good Indian food, a new juice house plus more.<p><strong>Sapphire Indian Cuisine</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sp_sapphire.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>“This new Indian restaurant is truly a gem just waiting to be discovered! They have authentic Indian cuisine that is delicious. They offer great lunch specials and are open for dinner. The decor is beautiful, simple and elegant. It's a must for any Indian foodie fans and for those who may be interested in trying it for the first time! They cater to mild spice tastes.”</p> <p>(500 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Apura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sp_apura.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor + Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>"After taking a few extra weeks to put the finishing touches on her new business, Susan Mussaffi has finally opened the doors to her much-anticipated juicery  and coffeehouse. Expect all kinds of original non-processed, plant-based menu items, as well as cold-pressed juices, hand-pressed nut "mylks" and much more. Mussaffi has poured her heart and soul into this project, and it's certain to show in the details. It's the perfect place to get healthy after too many holiday treats!" - Kevin</p> <p>"I'm constantly amazed at how delicious everything tastes and it's even better since it's so healthy!" - Nancy</p> <p>(22191 Powerline Road, #20B, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Crane's Beach House Luxury Villas</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sp_cranes.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>"The new luxury villas at Crane's Beach House offer Delray's coolest new getaway--they are sleek, high-tech, come with their own yoga mats, beach chairs, smart TVs, Netflix, Pandora, you name it. Add in original art, River Rock lamps and groovy wood plank porcelain flooring and we do not want to leave. Ever.</p> <p>(82 Gleason St., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Q Bar Blues and Burgers</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/img_0764.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>"A far cry from the typical Las Olas and downtown Fort Lauderdale vibes, Q Bar brings you live blues music, reasonably priced food and a great selection of beer. Opened by the same owners of the next-door French restaurant, Sage, the bar serves a selection of small plates, burgers, plus items from its sister restaurant. Try the Maeloc blueberry cider and make sure to check the website for the music schedule."</p> <p>(2376 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Forward: Meet the Designers<p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/michael-aram-jewelry_cuffs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Elie Tahari Shopping Event:</strong></p> <p>Iris Schaum and Arnold Cohen will host an exclusive shopping event at Elle Tahari in Town Center at Boca Raton on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 2-6 p.m. Guests will be treated to a champagne reception and preview the men and women’s spring collections. Fifteen percent of the day’s sales will be donated to the Paps Corps Champions for Cancer Research.</p> <p><strong>Cookie Johnson Personal Appearance:</strong></p> <p>Magic Johnson's wife, Cookie, will be at Neiman Marcus in Town Center for a meet and greet on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 4-6 p.m. She will showcase the latest collection from her CJ by Cookie Johnson line. Shoppers can get insider fashion and styling tips from the designer.</p> <p><strong>Meet Michael Aram</strong></p> <p>Michael Aram’s jewelry is crafted with the same age-old techniques he uses when sculpting his decorative art. His jewels are inspired by objects and reflect sensibility with fashion. He will discuss his techniques and inspirations at Bloomingdale's in Town Center on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. </p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 NewsJanuary Giveaway: $100 Spa Gift Card<p>A few weeks ago, we announced our big 2015 #BocaMagGives giveaway. Every month throughout the year, we’re giving away an item – or a few – as our way of saying thank you for our amazing readers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/mauispa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This month, we’re giving away <strong>two $100 gift cards</strong> to <a href="" target="_blank">Maui Spa &amp; Wellness Center</a>. The contest will take place on our Facebook page. All you have to do is hit the “share” button on this post to enter!</p> <p>Winner will be announced on Jan. 30. in the comment section of the post. Our web editor will also contact you through a Facebook message.</p> <p>To stay updated on our monthly Boca Mag Gives campaign, make sure to follow us on our social media sites!</p> <p>Facebook: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Instagram: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Pinterest: <a href=""></a></p>magazineThu, 01 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000’s Fabulous Fashion Week<p>Fashion is flooding Delray Beach for its second annual <strong>Fabulous Fashion Week</strong>, held this year from Jan. 17-24.</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/screen_shot_2014-12-29_at_1.33.27_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p>The seven-day celebration of fashion includes runway events, trunk shows, beauty events, shopping deals in downtown Delray and more.  The week kicks off with a swimwear fashion show on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and will benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.</p> <p>More than 35 events will be held throughout the week, with several benefitting local charities. For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/243-1077.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 01 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsArtist Creates New Species<p>Unless you’re living on the island of Dr. Moreau, stuff is what it is: People are people, animals are animals, plants are plants. When two of these things become one, it tends to give us pause.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/klara-kristalova-batgirl.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>You’ll receive a lot of this pause at the Norton Museum’s extraordinary winter exhibition, “Klara Kristalova: Turning Into Stone,” the first U.S. museum exhibit for this clever, disturbing and existential artist. Working mostly in sculpture made from glazed stoneware and porcelain but contributing images in watercolor and India ink as well, the Czech native creates hybridized life forms—convergences of humans, animals and nature in which anything is possible.</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tumblr_m41pjcp5qm1qa67vio1_500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In her drawing “Night,” a cloud has a human face as it drifts through the evening sky, like a ghostly contrail examining our every move. Tree branches replace girls’ traditional appendages of arms and legs, as in the sculpture “Stiff;” tears become leafy branches when they trickle from the eyes of a facial bust, in “Spring.” In Kristalova’s sculpture “The Catastrophe,” dark matter spills from a girl’s open mouth, forming a puddle underneath her torso that seems to be consuming her body; and in her watercolor “Big Blue River,” an ocean of blue floods, once again, from girl’s mouth. Elsewhere, animal heads rest atop human bodies and vice versa.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/klara1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Should we feel empathy for the humanoids of Kristalova’s imagination, who seem to be tortured, transformed and otherwise overwhelmed by forces outside of themselves? Or should we see her twisted frankenpeople transcending mere humanity, and speaking to issues of oneness with the world at large, where the survival of hogs and bats and tree species are as vital to the ecosystem as people? I’m inclined to go with the latter, because beyond their surface morbidity, Kristalova’s creations emanate love, comfort and protection.</p> <p><img alt="" height="465" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/111354573kk_lm15435_the_sleepless1.jpg" width="348"></p> <p>Look no further than her signature sculpture, “The Sleepless”—presented in the Norton in its original glorious scale—where woodland creatures provide solace for the slumbering child they surround. In several of her pieces, insects such as moths and butterflies swarm and smother the faces of children, which can seem like a nightmare or, again, like a protective blanket. Because the human figures remain ambivalent to the possible onslaught, I’m inclined to believe the winged creatures are benevolent. The artist seems earnest in her appreciation of all things living, breeding and hybridizing, and yet she’s never preachy about her environmental messages. The works are too rough and intense to ever descend into self-conscious sentiment.</p> <p>The exhibition is structured in roughly chronological order, with works from the early 21<sup>st</sup> century yielding to pieces completed over the past few years, culminating in some that have never been seen before. The sculptures gradually grow bigger in size, reflecting a maturity in both her figures and in the artist herself. More so than the earlier works, sculptures like “Birdwoman” and “Childplay” are meditations on identity as it matures from childhood to adolescence. “Sitting Bunny,” with its rabbit-eared girl, makes for an apt metaphor for the body’s physical changes during this time, while “Anonymous Guest,” with its fully rabbit-headed figure, suggests feelings of otherness.</p> <p>This is perhaps the ultimate emotion that resonates across this artist’s profound oeuvre—the sense of being different from the herd, of being the kind of person who attracts one too many butterflies, who sleeps aside foxes and owls, whose orifices open into netherworlds, who flocks to where the wild things are. The most impressive section of “Turning Into Stone” is a menagerie of some 14 such sculptures, boxed onto a dimly lit shelf of connected cubes, like a display of nature’s mistakes fit for a carnival sideshow. There is perhaps no better audience for this beautiful and haunting exhibition than those who feel they don’t belong.</p> <p><em>"Klara Kristalova: Turning to Stone" runs through March 29 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. The museum is closed on New Year's Day. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 31 Dec 2014 14:29:50 +0000 & EventsTheater Review: Beauty and the Beast<p>If you’ve poised yourself for the same enchanting, childlike Disney film played out on stage, you’re about to be sorely disappointed. This isn’t <strong>Beauty and the Beast</strong> as you remember it. It’s funnier, more captivating and jealousy inducing in the I-wish-I-wore-costumes-like-that-for-my-job kind of way.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/img_0846.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While it uses the same lyrics and follows the same plotline – prince turns into the Beast, Belle’s father gets lost in the woods and ends up in the Beast’s castle, Belle comes to the rescue, et cetera, et cetera – there are subtle changes that turn the children’s film into an adult’s musical.</p> <p>Not to say that the show isn’t suitable for kids: I watched the little girls in front of me clutch each other when Belle’s father was lost in the woods and push themselves up in their seats to get a better view of Belle’s yellow gown. But the choice of word emphasis, a few new scenes and the social commentary that sent laughter echoing throughout the theater were perfect additions for those whose dreams no longer entertain the notion of fairytales.</p> <p>It’s hard to believe it’s Jillian Buterfield’s (Belle) first national tour. Her spectacular voice, supported by Ryan Everett Wood (Beast) and Cameron Bond (Gaston), was the perfect fit for the character. And while the three lead performances are worthy of applause, the supporting roles of Emily Jewell (Mrs. Pots), Kelley Teal Goyette (Madame De La Grand Bouche), Samuel Shurtleff (Cogsworth), Melissa Jones (Babette) and especially Patrick Pevehouse (Lumiere) made the show what it was: a hilarious musical worth driving through Miami traffic for.</p> <p>Don’t miss the vibrant outfits, the layered Alice-in-Wonderland-esque stage sets and spectacular music by award-winning composer Alan Menken. Beauty and the Beast, directed by Tony-nominated Rob Roth, is playing at the <strong>Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts</strong> through Sunday, Jan. 4. Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><em>The Arsht is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 31 Dec 2014 12:15:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsFree Health Fair Coming to Mizner Park<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Local television station WPEC CBS 12 has announced the second annual <strong>Health and Wellness Experience</strong> Saturday, Feb. 28, at Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton.</p> <p>The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/glucosetesting.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Among the free health screenings planned are:</p> <p>- A child development screening, which helps identify developmental delays or behavioral issues in children five years and younger</p> <p>- Glucose and blood pressure screenings for adults</p> <p>Fitness demonstrations will include yoga, Zumba and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art infused with dance, acrobatics and music. Healthy cooking demonstrations and activities for kids are also on tap.</p> <p>Free parking for the event will be available at the Boca Raton City Hall and Downtown Library parking lots, with complimentary trolley service to Mizner Park.</p> <p>For more information, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/881-0702.</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>If you’re curious about capoeira (the Brazilian martial art mentioned above), the City of Boca Raton offers free capoeira classes, along with yoga and Zumba, every Saturday morning at Sanborn Square and South Beach Pavilion.</p> <p>At Sanborn Square (72 N. Federal Highway), yoga class starts at 9 a.m. on Saturdays followed by Capoeira at 10:30 a.m.  Or you can venture to the South Beach Pavilion (corner of Palmetto Park Road and A1A) at 10:30 a.m. for Zumba.</p> <p>For more information go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, or contact Nicole Gasparri at <a href=""></a> or 561/393-7703.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 31 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Organic Juice Cleanses<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you have been over-indulging during the holidays and need to detox or simply want to jump-start a lifelong path to health, I recommend experiencing the magic of raw, unpasteurized juice cleanses. My clients who are juicing have seen their energy increase, their skin starting to glow, weight being released and signs of aging being reversed.</p> <p>This past year we have seen some great additions and improvements to juicing companies in our area and in this blog I will share what’s good and new, so you can enjoy your juices to the fullest.</p> <p><strong>First of all, why try a juice cleanse to begin with?</strong> Even when we watch what we eat and make the right food choices, toxins still lurk into our bodies. For example, if you go out to eat, you’ll likely have pesticides and toxins in your system from non-organic foods found in most restaurants. The unpleasant side effect of having them in our systems can be seen in weight gain, low energy, unclear skin and many illnesses.</p> <p>By doing a simple detox, you will give your digestive system a vacation so your body can get rid of harmful toxins, boost its energy, release extra weight, promote deeper sleep and reduce stress. Think of the detox as you think of dry cleaning your clothes – a necessary part of life that helps you look and feel great!</p> <p><strong>CLEANSE DO’s:</strong></p> <p>Take advantage of nutritional consultations prior to the cleanse</p> <p>Eat light, vegan foods before and after your cleanse to ease in and out of the cleanse</p> <p>Only choose organic juices, otherwise you will be putting toxins and pesticides right back into your body</p> <p>Choose cold-pressed juices (like the ones in this blog) that retain most benefits from fruits and vegetables</p> <p><strong>CLEANSE DONTs</strong></p> <p>Don’t eat heavy foods such as bread and animal proteins right before and right after the cleanse</p> <p>Don’t use the cleanse as quick fix – it is a reboot for the system and not a crash diet</p> <p>Don’t pressure yourself into doing a long cleanse if you are not ready.</p> <p><strong>BEST LOCAL ORGANIC JUICES AND CLEANSES </strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/juicing_onjuice.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>If you’re always busy and have no time to go get your juices, I suggest getting them delivered to your house by This local company, started in Boca in 2012, has just gone organic. All juices are cold-pressed and then high-pressure processed, which means there is no harmful bacteria, making them safe for people with weaker immune systems. What I like about OnJuice:</p> <p>- Easy delivery system - you don’t even have to leave your house or office</p> <p>- Local and organic produce</p> <p>- Offers signature and advanced all-juice cleanses that include six juices</p> <p>- Ten specialty cleanses that include four juices per day</p> <p>- Complimentary pre- and post-cleanse support with seven days of food menus to make sure you end your cleanse in a correct way</p> <p>- Corporate cleanses are available</p> <p><strong><em>Z-Tip:</em></strong><em> Sign up for their convenient auto-renewal delivery program and make juice a daily habit - you will look and feel fabulous all year long. </em></p> <p>To order, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 800-495-5008. Get 20 percent off by mentioning this blog.</p> <p><strong>APURA JUICERY AND COFFEE HOUSE</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/juicing_apura.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Apura Juicery and Coffeehouse has a beautiful story, and the passion of Susan Mussaffi, the owner of the café, shows in every detail. Apura is dedicated to making great-tasting juices with unique flavors that stand out from the crowd. If you don’t believe me, just try Can-Elope, Flying Hawaiian and Purple Haze. What I love about Apura:</p> <p>- Beautiful café where you can enjoy your juice</p> <p>- Food and juice cleanses are available</p> <p>- Group cleanses</p> <p>- Organic cold-pressed coffees for those who don’t want to give it the habit, but want to upgrade it instead</p> <p>- Samples of every juice are available before purchase</p> <p>- Pick up raw vegan salads, snacks and even desserts to help you ease in and ease out of the cleanse</p> <p><strong><em>Z-Tip:</em></strong><em> Try chia pudding and raw oatmeal to get into the habit of a delicious and nutritious breakfast.</em></p> <p>22191 Powerline Road, 20B, Boca Raton // 561/430-3596</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>RAW JUCE</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/juicing_rawjuce.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Raw Juce is a juice-aholic’s paradise that offers juices, smoothies, power shots and dessert drinks that can satisfy your thirst and hunger. Over the year they have added many new juices, smoothies and snacks, making it always fun and exciting to go. What I love about this store:</p> <p>- They offer walk-in cleanses</p> <p>- Samples of every juice are available before purchase</p> <p>- Big selection of green juices</p> <p>- Free consultation with a certified health coach</p> <p>- Raw vegan foods, acai bowls and smoothies are available for purchase to ease in and out of the cleanse</p> <p>- Convenient location off Glades Road and I-95</p> <p>- Juice till dinner cleanses are great for beginners</p> <p><strong><em>Z-tip:</em></strong><em> If you are new to cleanses, try a combination of smoothies and juices for the first two days of the cleanse before going 100 percent on juice. </em></p> <p>2200 Glades Road, Suite 403, Boca Raton // 561/424-JUCE</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>ORGANIC EXPRESS JUICE BAR</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/juicing_organicexpress.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>If you are out and about in Mizner Park and want a drink that won’t make you feel guilty later, check out Organic Express Juice Bar. All drinks are made to order and poured into glass mason jars with straws (what a cute idea!) What I love about this store:</p> <p>- Build-your-own cleanses</p> <p>- Design-your-own juices</p> <p>- Free local delivery</p> <p>- Raw vegan salads, smoothies and desserts are available for purchase to ease in and out of the cleanse</p> <p>- Delicious coconut water is available in big bottles</p> <p>- Convenient location on Federal Hwy, across from Mizner Park</p> <p><strong><em>Z-tip: </em></strong><em>Do try the banana ice cream – it can change the way you view desserts! </em></p> <p>495 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // 561/707-0072</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsSouth Florida’s Biggest Free Yoga Class<p>Counter your New Year’s Eve partying with some New Year’s Day yoga. <strong>Leslie Glickman</strong> and her <strong>Yoga Journey</strong> team are hosting a free yoga class at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Jan. 1.</p> <p><img alt="" height="246" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/yogajourney.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>The <a href="">website</a> cites the event as the biggest free outdoor yoga class in all of South Florida, open to yogis and yoginis of all levels and ages.</p> <p>Check in begins at 10 a.m., and the one-hour class with live music begins at 11 a.m. There will also be a yoga marketplace open through 1 p.m.</p> <p>Speed up the process by registering online <a href="">here</a>. (Click on the “events” tab!) The first 300 registrants will receive a gift bag.</p> <p><em>Mizner Park Amphitheater is located at 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 30 Dec 2014 13:34:00 +0000 EventsDid Boca Score on Bowl Night? Plus more.<h3>The Boca Bowl Victory </h3> <p>Marshall University won the first Boca Raton Bowl, but Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic University took away their own victories.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/img_0055.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The city and FAU got plenty of exposure during the three-hour telecast on ESPN. It helped that longtime South Florida announcer Dave Lamont was doing play-by-play of the game between Marshall and Northern Illinois. Lamont does FAU games—he famously went nuts on the air during a late October game, yelling at the officials and challenging others in the press box to a fight—and got in plenty of local plugs. No one watching in Illinois or West Virginia would have confused Boca Raton for Miami, even though Desmond Howard, working the game with Lamont, did refer to “Boca Ratahn” early on.</p> <p>The cameras showed a nice panorama of FAU Stadium, and Boca Raton got its first promotional spot after the first timeout. The promo, which called Boca Raton “perfect,” was nicely crafted. Palm Beach County got a spot after the second timeout, and then it was FAU’s turn. The university uses the line “Making waves,” and the promo asked prospective students, “Where will your next wave take you?”</p> <p>Boca Raton’s other spot, early in the second half, was pleasantly edgier. FAU used the same promo; some variety would have helped. Both the city and FAU, though, had to be happy that as the telecast ended and Mayor Susan Haynie presented the game trophy to Marshall, Lamont signed off with “from Boca Raton.”</p> <p>The city and FAU wanted to use the game to sell themselves. The selling will go better in the next five years of the contract, however, if the cameras can show a fuller stadium. The announced attendance was a near-sellout of about 29,400. Three minutes into the game, however, the stadium was less than half full. Marshall and Northern Illinois fans filled many of the sideline seats nearest the field, but the north end zone stayed mostly empty.</p> <p>ESPN owns and operates the Boca Raton Bowl. On Monday, ESPN staffer/Boca Bowl game director Doug Mosley told me that execution of the game went “beyond our expectations” and that “I couldn’t have sold you a ticket at the gate.” Mosley also said, however, that he wants to work more with community groups “to physically get folks into the game.”</p> <p>ESPN could say before the game that few tickets remained because most had been distributed. The teams got 7,500 each, and the Spirit of Giving Network got 5,000. Neither school sold its entire allotment, and apparently not enough of the civic groups that received tickets turned those tickets into actual spectators, though Mosley said Spirit of Giving did “a nice job filling their seats.”</p> <p>South Florida sports fans tend to arrive late, even if top pro teams are playing. Mosley said the pregame “fan fest” outside the stadium was “a big hit” and might have kept people past kickoff. Fans also might not have been in their seats because they were eating/drinking/texting on the second level.</p> <p>In fact, organizers have to sell the Boca Raton Bowl as a party as much as a game. Boca got lucky for the first game to schedule two champions of lower-tier conferences that had just three losses between them. Boca Raton Bowl football alone, though, likely will never be compelling enough to draw just sports fans. It’s designed to be a fun night at the stadium that competes with other pre-Christmas activities while touting the area and FAU.</p> <p>An ESPN spokeswoman said the network uses a “viewership number” as opposed to a “rating,” and that the Boca Raton Bowl had 2,248,000 viewers. Mosley said he “could not be positive enough” about FAU and the city. Next month, Mosley and representatives from Boca Raton and FAU will discuss ways to make next year’s game better. In April, the date for the second game will be set.</p> <p>For the first game, Boca Raton got lucky on the weather. It was a mild night, and the daily media report had compared the temperature and conditions to those in Huntington, W.Va., and DeKalb, Ill., the teams’ hometowns. That might not happen every year. Haynie noted “a few minor glitches but overall a magnificent inaugural event.” The game can become an even bigger selling point if the stadium is fuller.</p> <h3>The Pole Problem</h3> <p>As Florida Power &amp; Light had promised, those ugly utility poles in the Boca Raton Trader Joe’s parking lot were gone before Christmas. In their place are light poles.</p> <p>FPL never was the problem. Nor was Trader Joe’s. Boca Raton requires all downtown redevelopment projects to have buried power lines. In September, the city council learned that the developer of East City Center, where Trader Joe’s is a tenant, had put the lines above ground. The council gave the developer three months from the store’s Sept. 26 opening to get the lines underground and issued just a temporary certificate of occupancy for the Trader Joe’s building.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie said in an e-mail Monday that she now expects the city to grant the permanent certificate of occupancy. Score one for Boca standards.</p> <h3>Court Picks</h3> <p>Gov. Rick Scott underperformed in his selection of three new Palm Beach County circuit court judges.</p> <p>The governor made a good call in picking Assistant State Attorney Kirk Volker, a longtime prosecutor with a very good record and a personality that should mean a good demeanor on the bench.</p> <p>But Scott also chose private attorney Howard Coates and Ed Artau, a lawyer for the South Florida Water Management District. So the governor, who already had a worse record than Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist for placing African-Americans on the bench, chose three white men.</p> <p>Scott did not promote County Court Judge Reginald Corlew, whom Bush put on the bench in 2006 and who does well in the every-other-year poll of lawyers who appear before him. Corlew is African-American.</p> <p>For that matter, Scott also passed over County Court Judge Laura Johnson, who has served for 12 years and also does very well in the Palm Beach County Bar poll. Her background and Corlew’s background made them more qualified than Coates and Artau.</p> <p>Coates is a member of the Wellington Village Council and a well-known Republican, which seems to be a Scott priority, based on his record of appointments. In 1995, Artau was serving on the county’s judicial nominating commission when a special panel convened by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles criticized the commission for trying to engineer the appointment of a politically connected woman who had applied for a circuit court seat. The woman’s husband had arranged Artau’s appointment to the commission. He did not reveal that.</p> <p>In 2002, Bush declined to put Artau on even the lower-level county court. Scott has put Artau on the more important circuit court, which handles major criminal and civil cases. These are the judges who decide all family and probate cases in the Delray Beach courthouse that serves southern Palm Beach County. Scott didn’t just pass up a chance to make the court more diverse; he passed up a chance to make the court better.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 30 Dec 2014 08:36:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsSawgrass Mills adds new luxury stores<p>The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills mall just announced a major expansion – and it’s proving why the move is needed. Two new stores have just opened up their doors, with yet another getting ready for opening early 2015. </p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/zadig.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The latest additions are <a href="" target="_blank">La Martina</a>, a polo-inspired sports line from Argentina, and <a href="" target="_blank">The Webster</a>, a luxury boutique featuring designers like Alexander McQueen, Chloe and Stella McCartney.</p> <p>Slated for opening in Spring 2015 is <a href="" target="_blank">Zadig &amp; Voltaire</a>, a contemporary French line for men, women and children (pictured above).</p> <p>Stay tuned for more updates from this outlet mall.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 30 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsThe Week Ahead: Dec. 30 to Jan. 5<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="588" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/uta-promo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The B/W Affair” exhibition</strong></p> <p>Where: Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery, 711 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 786/521-1199, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This past weekend, local artist and impresario Rolando Chang Barrero’s newly opened Lake Worth art gallery hosted the opening reception for Barrero’s annual “B/W: Affair and Exhibition.” If you missed the opening reception, you can still catch the artwork through Jan. 15, at no cost. The exhibition features the colorful, deceptively abstract art of Palm Beach painter James Rabidoux, whose new works feature words hidden in esoteric designs. They will be accompanied by two window installations from German artist and self-described “cultural instigator” Uta Brauser—macabre and surreal works from this public art pioneer (pictured).</p> <p>WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="383" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/all-three.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Rat Pack is Back”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $75-$225</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s become a part of showbiz lore: Back in 1960, when they were filming “Ocean’s Eleven” by day, Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack cronies moonlighted at the posh Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, in a variety show that combined music, comedy and, one presumes, liberal quantities of booze. The longtime Vegas attraction “The Rat Pack is Back” re-creates one of those freewheeling evenings, with a live 12-piece orchestra backing up flawless vocal imitators of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and the rest of the Pack. The lavish New Year’s Eve ticket (that’s the one for $225) includes a three-course meal, and begins at 10:30 p.m.; visit the Wick’s website for tickets to this and the so-called “hangover shows,” which run Thursday, Friday and Saturday for $75 each.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/img_howiemandel-570x321.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Howie Mandel</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$100</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For 30 years, Howie Mandel has been one of America’s (by way of Canada) most durable voices in standup comedy and popular culture. The famously germophobic entertainer’s career has spanned just about every medium, including hosting stints on two of the most popular reality/game shows of the 21<sup>st</sup> century. But he still loves the comedy stage the most, a career he launched, on a dare, in the late 1970s. In a 2013 interview with <em>Boca Raton</em>, he said, “I always [hope to be] taken off the beaten path to make each show different and unique. [My shows] are very interactive; the audience seems to take part in them. I look at it like a giant party, and I’m just trying to be the center of attention. The more improvised, unplanned moments the better it is for me and for the audience.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="574" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/don-friedman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Don Friedman Trio</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You might not know the name Don Friedman, but you should. And you certainly know the music of some of the legends he’s performed with in his illustrious career, which spans half a century. An elder statesman of the jazz piano, Friedman began performing in the 1950s, working with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Chet Baker. At 79, he continues to innovate, attracting the attention of the young turks in modern jazz. He’s “a musician’s musician” known for his lyrical style, mastery of solo performance and his wide range, encompassing classical music and avant-garde jazz. He’ll perform this intimate Arts Garage gig with bassist Chuck Bergeron and drummer John Yarling.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/vertigo-lg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day/night of “Forever Hitchcock” retrospective</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $11.50 and under per film; $70 for full festival pass</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A pass to this mini festival would have made the perfect present for the cinephile on your list. But it’s not too late to gift one to yourself—and kick off 2015 with a series of masterworks from the indefatigable Hollywood innovator and Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, restored in high definition. Four films will be spaced out during the weekend of Jan. 2-4: the thrilling wrong-man adventure “North by Northwest” (1 p.m.), the voyeuristic mystery “Rear Window” (4 p.m.), the dizzying masterpiece and perennial Best-Film-of-All-Time shortlister “Vertigo” (6:15 p.m.), and the revisionist horror staple “Psycho” (8:45 p.m.). Come back Jan. 7-8 for “Rope” and “Shadow of a Doubt.”</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/allman_g-600x340.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Gregg Allman</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$80</p> <p>Contact: 954/797-5531, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The subtitle of Gregg Allman’s website is “Where Music Plus Friends Equals Family.” The three elements of this equation have always been central to Allman’s art and life, and it helps to explain the synergy—and the catalog of indelible songs—he created with his brother Duane, circa 1969. Despite the death of Duane in 1971 and another fellow band member a year later, Gregg has kept the Allman Brothers alive, in some form or another, for the past 40-plus years, performing the tried-and-true southern rock formula he helped invent (Gregg is, in fact, credited with coining the genre). Allman Brothers Band songs still dominate the set lists of this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, including “Midnight Rider,” “One Way Out” and “Whipping Post.”</p> <p>MONDAY, JAN. 5</p> <p><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tenzinpalmo2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jetsumina Tenzin Palmo</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s University Theater, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $23.60</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>FAU’s remarkable ability to attract some of the very best spiritual gurus worldwide continues with this New Year’s message from Tenzin Palmo, a Buddhist nun who acquired the title Jetsumina, meaning “reverend lady,” in 2008 for her lifelong devotion to spiritual betterment and her efforts in promoting female practitioners in Tibetan Buddhism. Palmo is most certainly the real deal: After 12 years studying Buddhist principles, the English native spent another 12 years in a remote cave in the Himalayas—three of them at a strict meditation retreat. Later, she created a nunnery for young Buddhist girls. In this rare stateside lecture, the influential author of <em>Into the Heart of Life</em> will discuss the universal need for human beings to “realize their full potential.”</p>John ThomasonMon, 29 Dec 2014 15:52:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsComing soon: TACOCRAFT taqueria &amp; tequila bar<p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tacocraft-logo_jeyhospitalitygroup.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>From the hands that crafted Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s famed ROK:BRGR and Himmarshee Public House comes <a href="" target="_blank">TACOCRAFT taqueria &amp; tequila bar</a>. The “upscale casual” restaurant, owned by JEY Hospitality Group, opens Jan. 2, serving up Mexican dishes for lunch, dinner and late night dining.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tacocraft.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The menu will consist of authentic Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes, including rib-eye carne asada, 24 Adobo marinated braised chicken, giant burritos, plus vegetarian options like kale and potatoes. There will also be an extensive liquor bar that boasts more than 100 types of tequila, a selection of Mexican beer and more.</p> <p>What exactly does upscale casual mean? We'll report back after the restaurant opens.</p> <p><em>TACOCRAFT is located at 204 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale. </em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 29 Dec 2014 09:34:00 +0000 & ReviewsAfter the Affair<p><strong>Can you repair the damage after an affair?</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/couple-unhappy.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>This much is certain. Your relationship will never be the same. Once the trust is gone, the seal is broken. The betrayal will always be in the room like a whale.</p> <p>However, that doesn’t mean the damage is irreparable. Some couples actually do move past the pain that an affair causes, and, in rare cases, repair the issues that led up to an affair.</p> <p>No one cheats because they are happy, satisfied and fulfilled. When one partner begins to take the other for granted, it’s not uncommon for the unappreciated party to look elsewhere for love and validation. That doesn’t always lead to an affair; there are other outlets for people looking for validation.</p> <p>But when it does lead to cheating, the pain and devastation for both parties can be life altering. My key question when a patient is even considering an affair is this: “Would you bring your kids to watch?!”</p> <p>They are always shocked and horrified by that question, however, I believe in a little “shock” therapy. The shock is the reality of how their actions will impact the entire family when the affair is discovered. With iPhones and Facebook and every other modern form of communication, it’s not so easy to be discreet anymore.</p> <p>So, if you have already had the affair, work on saving what’s left of your relationship. If you are contemplating one, don’t!</p> <p>I tell my patients to have an affair with their partner. Go to relationship counseling, spice up the sex. Be kinder, more loving and make your partner feel validated and loved. And don’t ever give up date nights!</p> <p>What you give usually comes back.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>magazineSat, 27 Dec 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Picks: a salon, shopping and great pizza<p><strong>Vanity Salon </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/vanitysalon.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Valentine Simon, Production Coordinator</em></p> <p>“Owned and operated by an amazingly talented and very driven young woman, Vanity Salon is a fresh new find in Boca Raton's east-of-95 ongoing rebuild. One visit to Vanity Salon will transform you into a more confident beautiful self, as it did to me! I received the best highlighting treatment and trim in years. The salon is beautifully decorated and maintained, offering a modern-romantic ambience with an amazing sound system playing a surprising mix of the eclectic indie remixes to the mainstream. You will feel right at home talking to the stylists and feel refreshed and ready to conquer your day when you leave!”</p> <p>(7400 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Lord &amp; Taylor</strong></p> <p><em><em>Picked by</em> Rebecca Valenza, Senior Advertising Consultant</em><em></em></p> <p>Amazing selection and incredible staff. I just love the layout of this store!  It doesn't hurt that it's in one of the best outdoor malls in the nation and with plenty of places to lunch or cocktail after some shopping.</p> <p>(200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>Mastino Italian Soul Food</strong></p> <p><em><em>Picked by</em> Marie Speed, Editor</em></p> <p>"Our new secret place that has not yt been discovered and overrun: Mastino in Delray, next to Solita, has seriously wonderful Italian small plates—and Neopolitan pizza that is divine. And it won't break the bank. Now we've done it. We won't be able to get a table now."</p> <p>(25 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Forward: Shape Up with End-of-Season Sales<p><img alt="" height="442" src="/site_media/uploads/solstice.jpg" width="417"></p> <p><strong>Week of Wonderful: </strong>Get a jumpstart on your New Year’s Resolutions with Macy’s Shape Up event. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 3 LA Fitness health experts will be on-site every day at 2 p.m. Trainers will provide fitness assessments and design individually tailored workouts just for you. Enjoy smoothies while you check out deals on the latest active wear looks.</p> <p><strong>Sample Sale: </strong>Ippolita Outlets is holding its semi-annual sale now until Dec. 31 at the Sawgrass Mills Mall. The Italian fine-jeweler will be offering 60 to 70 percent off of its best-selling bangles, earrings, necklaces and rings.</p> <p><strong>Spend More, Save More: </strong>Solstice Sunglasses is having its end-of-season “Indulge in Luxury” sale now until Dec. 31 in Town Center at Boca Raton. Receive 20 percent off a single pair, 25 percent off two pairs and up to 30 percent off three pairs.</p> <p><strong>Throw an Unforgettable New Year’s Bash: </strong>Williams-Sonoma will be hosting a complimentary New Year’s Eve Party technique class on Dec. 28 at Town Center at Boca Raton.  Experts will teach participants how to make simple cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats. The store will also have exclusive offers on party-ware and holiday merchandise.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsNew Year, New “Mommy &amp; Me” Fitness Ideas<p>Believe it or not, we are only a few days away from the New Year and you know what that means mommies? FITNESS RESOLUTIONS.</p> <p>Groan…</p> <p>The number one excuse I hear from moms as to why they can’t fit a workout routine into their lives: they “don’t have someone to watch the kids.” Well, this Boca mom has some fresh, new fitness ideas where kids are not only welcome, but involved in us mamas shaping up in time for that “50 Shades of Grey” Valentine’s date night! (Oh please-- I know the movie’s been on your calendar since Easter…)</p> <p><strong>Mommy &amp; Me Dance at </strong><a href="">Organic Movements</a></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocamomtalk_fitness.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of </em><em><a href="">Paulina Splechta Photography</a></em> </p> <p>A class for babies and toddlers ages 6 weeks – 2 years. Mommies dance through a fun workout with studio owner <a href="">Courtney Mullen</a> (yes it’s a workout!) while also having the option to wear their children. After mom has finished stretching, pulsing and moving across the floor, there’s parachute, puppet and song time for the little ones. I truly enjoy going to this class in East Boca every week! </p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocamomtalk_fitness2.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of </em><em><a href="">Paulina Splechta Photography</a></em> </p> <p>General info: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting Jan. 7. $15 per family; class packs and special discounts available. Call 561/395-6111 to reserve your spot. <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Lila Yoga - Path of the Playful</strong> <strong>at </strong><a href="">Yoga Journey</a> </p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bocamomtalk_fitness4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A brand NEW class for babies and toddlers ages 6 weeks – 3 years. Mommas enjoy an hour filled with deep breaths that encourage calm, gentle stretches and interactive asanas, plus games and stories, community building, sharing and more!</p> <p>If you’ve never taken a class at Yoga Journey, the Boca Mom Talk is: you’re in for a treat. The studio is located on the fifth floor of the <a href="">Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton</a>, also home to <a href="">Farmer’s Table</a>. The perfect excuse to stop by for a healthy snack after class- children are welcome!</p> <p>General info: Saturday, Jan. 3 at 4 p.m. (with more dates TBA). $15 per family. Call 561/479-7819 or RSVP on <a href="">Facebook</a> to reserve your spot. <a href=""></a></p> <p>Namaste and Happy New Year Boca moms!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of<a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersFri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 EventsBoca Mag Gives: The 2015 Giveaway<h3>Every month, we’ll be giving away a special prize to one – or a few – lucky readers.</h3> <div><em><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/gift.jpg" width="490"></em></div> <p>This year, we launched our inaugural holiday giveaway. Prizes included a $250 gift card from Magenta Boutique, a gift basket from Hoffman’s Chocolate and a beautiful bouquet from Kalla.</p> <p>Did you miss it? Well, don’t worry – we received such a positive response that we decided giveaways shouldn’t be limited to just the end of the year. Enter the 2015 Boca Mag Gives campaign. Every month, we’ll be giving away an item (in some cases, we’ll have more than one to award) ranging from restaurant gift certificates to private dance classes at a renowned studio. The item will be announced every first of the month on our website under the “giveaway” dropdown in the Community menu.</p> <p>Ways to enter will vary – from posting a photo on our Facebook wall, to tagging us on Instagram. Make sure to follow us on our social media sites!</p> <p>Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Instagram: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Pinterest: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 25 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 pension reform and other holiday good news<p><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/td1222-300px.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I love to travel, but there’s not much better than being home in Boca for Christmas. The best of the holiday season to everyone in the area.</p> <h3>Delray gets pension reform</h3> <p>Delray Beach successfully completed the city’s push for pension reform this week when the Police Benevolent Association ratified a three-year contract that will save the city $21.3 million in pension contributions over 30 years.</p> <p>The vote by the police department’s officers and sergeants was overwhelming. Ninety-two approved ratification while just 11 opposed it. The contract will be retroactive until Oct. 1, the start of Delray’s budget year.</p> <p>For pensions, the contract divides the officers and sergeants into four tiers. Tier 1 includes all employees with at least 20 years of service and all retirees. Their pension benefits won’t change.</p> <p>Tier 2 includes those with between 10 and 20 years of employment. The “multiplier” used to calculate their benefits will drop from 3.5 percent to 3 percent, and their starting benefit will be limited to $108,000, which is still generous. The lower multiplier also will apply to those in Tier 3—employees with fewer than 10 years of service, meaning they are not yet vested. For new hires—Tier 4—the multiplier will be 2.75 percent, and early retirement will be eliminated.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, the contract favors seniority, which is typical with most union deals. For all but the new hires, vested officers and sergeants will get at least a 1 percent annual cost-of-living increase in their pensions. That is a perk almost no private-sector employees enjoy.</p> <p>Still, the contract does a lot for pension sustainability. New hires and those not vested won’t be able to use overtime in calculating pension benefits. Delray Beach should insist on continuing that change in future contract negotiations. New hires won’t get early retirement, and their benefit will be limited to roughly two-thirds of their final average salary.</p> <p>Just as important, the contract achieves the city commission’s goal of focusing more on pay for police officers when they are working. The annual starting salary will be $48,000 in the first year of the contract. The officers and sergeants will get an immediate raise to compensate for the previous three years, when salaries were frozen. There will be a merit system for raises.</p> <p>In an email, Mayor Cary Glickstein said, “We achieved our objectives of substantive pension reform, with benefit reductions of over $21 million and re-establishing taxpayer control of the board that manages the pension fund’s assets, while providing substantial wage increases required to attract and retain the best law enforcement personnel in South Florida.”</p> <p>Glickstein’s remark about “taxpayer control of the board” refers to another change in the contract. Delray Beach will withdraw from the state program that funnels money to cities for police and fire pensions from assessments on insurance policies. The city will lose $500,000 a year but will free itself from state rules about who manages the police-fire pension fund.</p> <p>State laws allow the unions to stack the boards, reducing taxpayer accountability. The new police-fire pension board will be more like the one that oversees the pension fund for general employees, though Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman will be able to appoint one member. Glickstein notes that all board members will be Delray Beach taxpayers.</p> <p>New City Manager Don Cooper thus has one fewer pension issue to worry about. But the push for reform is only half-complete. Delray’s contract with the firefighters union expires this year, and negotiations have begun.</p> <p>With luck, the city and the union will be able to avoid impasse yet reach a deal that offers Delray Beach similar long-range help. Boca Raton did declare an impasse, and hearings are set for next month. Expect the Boca council to be as resolute as the Delray commission.</p> <h3>Where to hang your planning hat</h3> <p>This month, the Palm Beach County Commission debated an issue that probably seemed irrelevant to most residents but actually was important.</p> <p>The question was whether the county should leave the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and join the <strong>South Florida Regional Planning Council</strong>. The Treasure Coast council describes itself as the “only regional forum where elected and appointed leaders regularly come together to discuss complex regional issues; develop strategic regional responses for resolving them; and build consensus for setting and accomplishing regional goals.”</p> <p>It all sounds like something only government wonks could get excited about. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, though, told me why it isn’t.</p> <p>The South Florida council includes Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Supporters of the switch argue that urban issues such as transportation give Palm Beach County more common interests with areas to the south. The Treasure Coast council includes Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River, much smaller counties to the north.</p> <p>Haynie counters by noting how she hears constantly that Boca Raton residents “don’t want this area to be like Broward.” Delray Beach’s elected officials get the same message. The Treasure Coast council staff has been helping Delray develop new downtown building rules that will retain the city’s “village by the sea” feel. Haynie worries that the South Florida council wouldn’t be as concerned about overdevelopment.</p> <p>After all the talk, the county commission voted unanimously not to switch Palm Beach County’s membership. Good move. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 25 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsThe Top 10 Musicals of 2014<p><strong><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/cariie1lg.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>10. Carrie (Slow Burn Theatre)</strong></p> <p>Twenty-six years after its initial Broadway curtain, “Carrie” is still an imperfect musical. But Slow Burn’s fast-paced, engaging, special-effects laden production honored and most surely improved on the source material, anchored by vividly realized performances by Anne Chamberlain and Shelly Keelor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/aint-misbehavi-the-wick-theater-unnamed.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Wick Theatre)</strong></p> <p>The Wick Theatre’s first production with a live band elevated this company to a new level of sophistication. A masterfully acted quartet of triple-threat talents navigated director Ron Hutchins’ abundance of choreographic inspiration and salacious wit, capturing the offbeat humor, sexual pulse and naughty camaraderie inherent in Fats Waller’s compositions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kinglglan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. The King and I (Maltz Jupiter Theatre)</strong></p> <p>The difference between a good production of a great show and a great production of a great show often comes down to three things: direction, direction, direction. Marcia Milgrom Dodge has directed and choreographed some of Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s finest work in years, and her take on “The King and I” was no different, finding new inspiration in this old warhorse.</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sf-musical-thrill-me-outre-theatre-boca-mizner-001.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. Thrill Me (Outre Theatre Company)</strong></p> <p>This fearsome true-crime opera was proof that big budgets and large orchestras don’t always equate to the most powerful work. Accompanied by 16 solo piano compositions, a sinister, spectral Conor Walton and a tragically doomed Mike Westrich brought the story of thrill-killers Leopold and Loeb to unforgettable life.</p> <p><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/line1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>6. A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter Theatre)</strong></p> <p>Michael Bennett’s brilliant expose of the behind-the-scenes hopes, dreams and struggles of musical-theater aspirants received an exciting, passionate and sensitive production from the Maltz and director Josh Walden. It was so deeply felt, on a gut-personal level, that the veneer of performing a familiar piece disappeared completely; it was like seeing this wonderful show anew.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/arts-garage---trouble-with-doug.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>5. The Trouble With Doug (Theatre at Arts Garage)</strong></p> <p>The pull of familial bonds and the inevitability of letting go defined this masterful science-fiction parable about loss and change, where the grotesque and the surreally comic found a touching and uneasy common ground. Daniel Mate and Will Aronson’s inventive prequel to Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” featured a brilliantly elastic performance by Clay Cartland and a career-best contribution from Shane Tanner.</p> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/04c211e155f75df5deda40dbdee1c525.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. Assassins (Zoetic Stage)</strong></p> <p>The bells and whistles in Zoetic Stage’s only musical to date were ravishing and atmospheric, from the inspired set design and period costumes to the evocative lighting and immersive sound. The performances and direction were just as trenchant, residing in that perfect Sondheimian nexus of beauty and tragedy, comedy and despair.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/42ndstreet1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>3. 42nd Street (Wick Theatre)</strong></p> <p>This was the musical that put the Wick on the map. The source material—a 1980 musical based on the 1933 Busby Berkeley film—was creakily familiar, but Norm Joerder managed to pay it retro fidelity while still infusing it with contemporary style, wit, color and sex appeal. This was a dazzlingly reimagined classic, with choreography that was second to none anywhere on a South Florida stage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/parade3a1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2. Parade (Slow Burn Theatre Company)</strong></p> <p>First produced on Broadway, in 1998, Jason Robert Brown’s “Parade” took an unlikely subject for inspiration: the trial and wrongful sentencing of Jewish factory owner Leo Frank in the anti-Semitic Atlanta of 1913, for the unspeakable crime of raping and murdering a child. Director Patrick Fitzwater’s production was brave, sobering, challenging and provocative—heavy in its thematic resonance but effortlessly fluid in its presentation. If you didn’t feel physically uncomfortable by the finale, you might not have been alive.</p> <p><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/murderballadedited.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. Murder Ballad (Actors’ Playhouse)</strong></p> <p>Words cannot say enough about this experiential masterpiece, the best work Actors’ Playhouse has delivered in years. It was the simple, universal story of a love triangle gone awry in a big city—marvelously conceived on the rebuilt second floor of the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, where the audience became a part of the scenic design. A flawless cast of four lived the show’s lyrics, which ran the gamut from the nihilistic to the emotionally shattering. Meanwhile, the guitar- and drum-heavy musical direction simulated the pulse-raising energy of a rock concert. This was a production that accomplished nothing less than lifting the collective spirit of South Florida theater, opening new possibilities for anyone lucky enough to see it. </p>John ThomasonWed, 24 Dec 2014 09:59:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreLighten Up for the Holidays in Three Easy Steps<p><em><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"> </em></p> <p>It’s the time of the year for indulging. The big meals. The alcohol. Desserts. Oh, those desserts.</p> <p>And there’s not much time for things like … exercise and being reasonable.</p> <p>Local fitness expert <strong>Juan Carlos Santana</strong>, founder of the Boca Raton’s <a href="">Institute of Human Performance</a> has three decades of fitness-industry experience under his belt. An international speaker, author and (obviously) fit person, Santana says there are a few things we all can do to lighten the holiday load on our bodies.</p> <p><img alt="" height="576" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/santana.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>At every single holiday event, at work and at home, we’re constantly surrounded by excessively sugary and salty snacks. A quick tip: use water to dilute salt and fiber and oil to dilute sugar.</p> <p>“Have a water bottle everywhere you are,” Santana says in an email interview. “[If] you consume two gallons of water 48 hours after a salty feast, you [would] probably [be] holding less water than prior to the meal.  This is especially true if you don’t normally drink a lot of water.”</p> <p>He says you should also fear the sugar.</p> <p>“I would venture to say that the intake of sugar may be more dangerous and cost this country more healthcare dollars than alcohol or any hard drug,” he says. “From metabolic diseases, like diabetes, to other inflammatory disorders, high sugar intake must be addressed in order to control weight and improve health.”</p> <p>To reduce the negative impact of sugar, consume food rich in fiber and oils (for example, fish oils). Both lower the glycemic index of sugary meals.</p> <p>Not too hard to follow, right? To preserve your health this holiday season, here are Santana’s top three tips that mix in just a little exercise:<br> <strong>Tip 1:</strong>  The day before the big meal, get in an extra 30 to 40 minutes of walking and start to pound the water, drinking 80 to 100 ounces of water.  Have a healthy dinner the night before and consume 3 to 6 grams of fish oils and fiber throughout the day.</p> <p><strong>Tip 2:</strong> The day of the eating event, wake up 20 minutes earlier and use that time to walk before going to work. Keep consuming water.</p> <p>“… you need 120 ounces for the day. All water in shakes counts, so drink up and keep count,” he says.</p> <p>Don’t skimp on eating before the big dinner. Santana recommends having the JC Smoothie* (recipe below!) for breakfast; a protein shake for a snack; salad and chicken with 3 grams of fish oil for lunch; and a protein shake with two to three grams of fiber for a pre-dinner snack. Walk for 30 minutes before the dinner; shower and party like a rock star (within reason, he writes). Come home and drink a protein shake, with two to three grams of fiber and three to four grams of fish oil.</p> <p><strong>Tip 3:</strong> The day after the event, repeat the healthy eating, water drinking and walking of the day of the event. Of course, with a healthy post-holiday-meal dinner.</p> <p><strong>*To make the JC Smoothie, blend:</strong></p> <p>30-60 g of protein (less than 5 grams of sugar) (Santana recommends the <strong>Labrada -PRO V-60)</strong></p> <p>small scoop of SUPER GREEN FOOD (He recommends <strong>Garden of Life -Perfect Food</strong>)</p> <p>1 cup - kale/spinach</p> <p>½ cup - carrots</p> <p>½ cup - celery</p> <p>½ cup – tomato</p> <p>½ cup – blueberries</p> <p>½ cup - Raspberries</p> <p>½ - banana</p> <p>¼ cup - beats</p> <p>small cube of ginger</p> <p>Santana has lots of holiday tricks for fat loss that he’ll share with Fit Life readers after Christmas and the start of the New Year. Stay tuned – and happy holidays!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 24 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: Honey<p><strong>Address:</strong> 16 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach // 561/270-7187</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/honey_delray.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>The Lowdown:</strong> This sweet spot is buzzing with the hottest crowd in Delray Beach.</p> <p>Honey blends elements of rustic charm with the refined elegance for which The Ave is known. Guests congregate along a large bar in the front room. Walls are lined with Renoir-style paintings. Oak bar-tops and warm marsala-hued couches recall a rich cabin setting. And a dim glow provides the requisite nightclub ambience.</p> <p>During happy hour, business professionals come to loosen their ties and unwind from the 9-to-5 grind. Music is of the lighter fare early on, with classic tunes from the 1980s and less high-energy house music. The crowd gets a bit younger as the night wears on and so does the DJ set. By 10 p.m., the room is filled with hipsters ready to see and be seen. Retro indie dance music blares through the speakers. People dance through each other as they approach the bar in the main room.</p> <p>Past the DJ booth is the covered outdoor patio area. Here, you’ll find a more quiet and relaxed atmosphere. To one side, bottles of fine spirits and mixers cover the roped-off VIP section. The other area houses a small bar and several couches. It’s the perfect spot for people trying to have a conversation away from the crowd.</p> <p><strong>The intangibles: </strong>You won’t find your typical drinks on the menu here. A whiskey and coke becomes a Lipstick on a Pig. Bartenders start off with their house-made cola and top it off with celery bitters and chocolate covered bacon. Yes you read that correctly. The G&amp;T is not your average gin and tonic. The gin is handcrafted at Honey with Tito’s Vodka and infused juniper. The result is a stiff slightly spicy drink that leaves a crisp, dryness on your tongue.</p> <p>Every Wednesday through Sunday, happy hour specials feature half off of everything. The lounge also offers farm-to-table small bites from the neighboring 32 East. Gulf-shrimp okra tacos and soy-mirin blackened sea scallops with yellowfin tuna are just a few of the most popular selections.</p> <p>Cover is free for everyone on lower key nights, but there's a $10 cover on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during special events. </p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Wed. through Sat. from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 24 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningThe Best Restaurants of 2014<p>Yesterday the best dishes of the (soon-to-be) Old Year, today the world.</p> <p>Well, not really. World domination has never been this space’s main motivation. Rather, it’s to eat and drink really well and enjoy the dining experience to its absolute fullest. These six restaurants served up every bit of enjoyment in 2014. Hopefully, they’ll continue to do the same in 2015 and beyond.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/13american.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">13 American Table</a> (<em>451 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561/409-2061</em>). Albert Aletto’s nouveau rustic modern American bistro is the kind of restaurant where you can eat every day. And want to.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Angelo Elia Pizza Bar Tapas</a> (<em>16950 Jog Rd., Delray Beach, 561/381-0037</em>). Angelo Elia is the consummate restaurant professional, and it shows in every aspect of sleek, contemporary trattoria.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">El Camino</a> (<em>15 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5350</em>). Mexican cookery the way we’ve always wanted it in a boisterous, artsy-funky space from the savvy trio behind Cut 432.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">La Nouvelle Maison</a> (<em>455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/338-3003</em>). This suave, sophisticated venue for elegant French cuisine proves that fine dining still has plenty of life.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Porch</a> (<em>85 S.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-3647</em>). Classic Italian fare that’s short on pretensions and long on flavor in a prettily renovated former residence with charm to burn.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">TwentyTwenty Grill</a> (<em>141 Via Naranjas, Boca Raton, 561/990-7969</em>). A tiny, hard-to-find space where chef-owner Ron Weisheit turns out some of the most exciting, inventive food in town.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 23 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsBig Savings during SiSpa’s Membership Promo<p>Ah, the spa – it’s the one place I’ve found I can completely block out my daily stresses and anxiety. Two local SiSpas are offering a special promotion for the end of the year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/singer_island.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>I’ve visited both SiSpa locations in the area: one in the <strong>Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong> and the other in the <strong>Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong>. Both are great in their own ways: the Broward location, smaller and cozier; the Palm Beach location, grander and glitzier.</p> <p>If you’re looking into getting a membership at either, now is the time to do it. Both locations are offering a two-for-one special on initiation fees until Jan. 31. Regularly, signing up for a yearly membership comes with a one-time initiation fee of $1,000. But if you and a friend sign up together, you’ll each pay only $500 in fees.</p> <p>After that, membership costs $1,000 a year or $83 per month. As a member you receive: access to all amenities seven days a week, beach and pool access, 20 percent off all services and products, complimentary valet and special daily passes so friends and family can join you at the spa.</p> <p><em>For more info, visit the SiSpa locations below or call the respective number:</em></p> <p><em>Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort &amp; Spa Beach (</em>1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach // <em>954/944-9258) Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort &amp; Spa (</em>3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach // <em>561/340-1755)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 23 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsBoca Bowl and Our Vital Signs<h3>Boca Bowl</h3> <p>Because of Anthony Catanese, Boca Raton tonight will be the site of a college football bowl game.</p> <p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/wptv-boca-raton-bowl-logo_1417989544543_10599550_ver1.0_640_480-1.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Catanese is the former president of Florida Atlantic University whose departure in 2003 became controversial because he received a Corvette paid for using illegal donations funneled through the university’s foundation. Five years earlier, though, Catanese had declared his intention to start a football team at FAU.</p> <p>Having come from the University of Florida, where he was dean of the architecture school, Catanese wanted to turn what the state had envisioned as an upper-division commuter college—people at the time called it “Sleepy Hollow U.”—into a more traditional campus like UF, meaning more students living on campus and football. Without Catanese, there likely would have been no team and no stadium on campus to host the first <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Bowl</a> between Marshall and Northern Illinois.</p> <p>Indeed, tropical-themed, 30,000-seat FAU Stadium has been the football program’s biggest contribution to the university and the area. It just hosted the women’s college soccer semi-finals and championship game. Once the interchange at Interstate 95 and Spanish River Boulevard opens and provides direct access, the stadium will be in an even better position to host all kinds of events.</p> <p>Unfortunately for FAU, though, the stadium will be fuller tonight than it has been for any FAU game except maybe the stadium’s first in 2011. For that, Boca Raton can thank ESPN.</p> <p>The network’s sponsorship of college football through broadcast rights is second only to its deal with the National Football League. After the conference championships in early-to-mid-December, there’s a programming gap until the major bowl games on and around New Year’s Day and the championship game. So a division of ESPN began packaging bowl games that the network owns and operates. It now owns 11, the Boca Raton Bowl being the newest along with the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.</p> <p>Doug Mosley of ESPN is executive director of the Boca Raton Bowl. That roughly two-week period in December that I mentioned “is the highest-rated time on the ESPN family of networks,” Mosley told me last week. That family includes the ESPN channels and ABC, all owned by Disney. When ESPN looks to add a game, Mosley said, the company asks, “Is there an opportunity?”</p> <p>In Boca, there was. FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun was interested early. So were the university, Palm Beach County and the city. The area had plenty of nice places where the teams could stay and plenty of diversions for their fans. And, of course, there was that appealing stadium and the potential to draw fans from chillier places to the pre-Christmas subtropics. In October 2013, the game became official.</p> <p>For those in South Florida whose only model is the Orange Bowl, which began in 1935, the Boca Raton Bowl is very different. The Orange Bowl Committee is a vast, non-profit enterprise with a paid staff of 30 and 360 volunteers who give their time almost year-round. “Our model is much leaner,” Mosley said. He and another ESPN employee, Jena LaMendola, basically make up the executive staff. LaMendola graduated from FAU’s well-regarded sports management department.</p> <p>Yet both games arose from the same motivation: promotion. Boca Raton liked the potential exposure so much that the city kicked in $340,000—$140,000 toward putting on the game this year and $200,000 to have “Boca Raton” in the name. Mayor Susan Haynie said the city would continue to get the billing even if the game added a corporate sponsor, which Mosley says it is seeking.</p> <p>The game also spread its events around. Marshall’s team stayed at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, and the Thundering Herd practiced at St. Andrew’s School in northwest Boca. The Marshall welcome party was at CineBowl in the Delray Marketplace. The team’s outreach event was at West Boca Pediatric Center and the Marshall pep rally was at Mizner Park. There were youth clinics to show players how to avoid injuries. The Spirit of Giving Network, a charity partner, bought tickets so that low-income kids can attend the game.</p> <p>Northern Illinois and especially Marshall have recruited players from South Florida. The game obviously will boost the schools’ profile here. FAU President John Kelly and Football Coach Charley Partridge also hope that the telecast will draw students from outside the area, especially those who could help the Owls fill the stadium for their own games.</p> <p>But will the game be around nearly as long as the Orange Bowl? The six-year contract, Mosley said, is “what the government entities wanted” at the start. He added, though, “We want to be in this for a very long time.” The ESPN-owned bowl in Hawaii has been around since 1992. ESPN took over the Las Vegas bowl game in 2001, but it has been running since 1992.</p> <p>If these six years go well, it could be the start of a beautiful friendship. FAU’s Chun got so pumped up at one point that he had nothing left but clichés, calling the game “a big-picture thing. . .a no-brainer and a slam-dunk type of deal.” However overwrought Chun got, there clearly was an opportunity. We will know soon how well Boca Raton took advantage of it.</p> <h3>Vital signs                                     </h3> <p>I’ve passed along demographic vital signs about Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Palm Beach as think tanks dispense them. Here’s the latest, which won’t surprise anyone but still is revealing.</p> <p>The <strong>Urban Institute and the Brookings Institute</strong> compared reporting of capital gains—primarily increases in the value of stocks, bonds and homes—in all the nation’s roughly 3,100 counties. With an average of almost $79,000, Palm Beach County ranks behind just 21 counties. Only Collier, the much smaller enclave on the west coast that is home to Gov. Scott, was higher—about $91,000.</p> <p>But Palm Beach still trails far behind some less predictable places. In tiny LaSalle County in Texas, the average claim is $170,000. That’s about the number for Williams County, North Dakota. That state has less than of Palm Beach County’s population.</p> <p>Why the rural wealth? The oil shale boom. Apparently, if you want to hang with the new money Boca Raton can’t compete with Cotulla, Tex.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 23 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinions8 Sprays of Chrismukkah<p>Sure diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a fabulous fragrance is definitely a close second. If you’re strapped for gift ideas, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our picks for the best perfumes perfect for every person you need to check off your list this year.</p> <p><strong>The Bombshell: </strong>Thierry Muglar Ailen, $120</p> <p><img alt="" height="202" src="/site_media/uploads/images.jpg" width="132"></p> <p>A few sprays of this will leave you feeling out of this world.  Mysterious notes of vanilla, amber and jasmine blend together to create a scent that is sultry yet feminine. Slightly on the heavier side, this fragrance has staying power that will last all night.</p> <p><strong>The Romantic: </strong>Viktor &amp; Rolf Flowerbomb, $115</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/download.jpg" width="225"></p> <p>Walk into a secret garden and awaken your senses with this delicate scent. Even people without the time to stop and smell the roses will swoon over this floral fragrance. It boasts notes of jasmine, rose, and orchids and tops it off with a hint of caramel sweetness for a flirty, feminine feel.</p> <p><strong>The Rebel: </strong>Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, $75</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/s1570266-main-hero.jpg" width="250"></p> <p> </p> <p>This sexy scent created by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen will bring out your evil twin. It takes common notes of vanilla, sandalwood and violet and balances them to create a complex yet pure concoction. The result is a unique dark and hypnotizing fragrance.</p> <p><strong>The Sweetheart: </strong>Pink Sugar, $45</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/download_(1).jpg" width="225"></p> <p>You’ll smell good enough to eat wearing this perfume. It boast notes of Bergamot, Sicilian Orange and fig leaves. Translation: cotton candy, cupcakes, sugar and spice and everything nice. Sweet, light and flirty - a little of this scent goes a long way.</p> <p><strong>The Free Spirit: </strong>Anna Sui La Vie De Bohème, $78</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/download_(3).jpg" width="191"></p> <p>This scent is for the women who aren't afraid to color outside the lines.  It creates a good-girl/bad-girl juxtaposition by contrasting fruity notes of berries, pears and dragon fruit with musk and wood.  The scent is light and it floats through the air with each fleeting frolic. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>The Trendy Teen: </strong>Moschino Toy, $125</p> <p><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/download_(2).jpg" width="221"></p> <p>The teen too old for toys will still love this one. It’s packaged as a cuddly teddy bear wearing an mini ‘This is Not a Moschino Toy’ t-shirt. Behind the fur is a warm unisex fragrance that opens with fresh citrus notes that ultimately leave an earthy lavender tone.</p> <p><strong>The Man Who Has Everything: </strong>Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio, starts at $65</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/yhst-87074699935963_2271_18300331.jpg" width="306"></p> <p>The popularity of this crisp scent is well-justified. This aquatic inspired cologne feels like a day at the beach. You can smell the sun-kissed sand and crashing waves of the salty seawater. The scents doesn’t just go away, it splashes back at you all night long.</p> <p><strong>The Sophisticated Woman: </strong>Narciso Rodriguez for Her, $95</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/s1523331-main-hero.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>White roses, iris, and amber are cleverly layered in this exotic blend. The floral center quickly melts into a warm and sensual finish that endures as the day wears on. It creates a balanced elegance for any sophisticated women.</p>Annie PizzutelliMon, 22 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Top 10 Plays of 2014<p><em>[NOTE: Visit us on Wednesday, Dec. 24 for our top 10 musicals of 2014]</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tryst.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>10. Tryst (Palm Beach Dramaworks)</strong></p> <p>The first act of this intimate, atmospheric two-hander, about a confident man and his vulnerable prey circa early 20<sup>th</sup> century England, didn’t move like gangbusters. But the second act was another story, a dramatic seesaw of revelations, backtracks, denials, confessions and tears that pushed actors Claire Brownell and Jim Ballard to emotional extremes. The latter delivered an unshakeable, sociopathic tour de force that ranks among his best work to date.</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/clarkgable2-690x310.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. Clark Gable Slept Here (Zoetic Stage)</strong></p> <p>Michael McKeever’s latest world premiere took satirical, pungent aim at Hollywood in all its sordid behind-the-scenes machinations, its secrets and lies, its vanities and delusions. McKeever’s writing reflected a pop-savvy understanding of today’s Hollywood, while the rest of the show suggested the madcap spirit of yesteryear, when characters were <em>characters</em>—more archetypes than people, played broadly and hilariously by a perfectly curated cast.</p> <p><img alt="" height="405" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. The Whale (GableStage)</strong></p> <p>In a performance of resigned, understated poise, Gregg Weiner played a 600-pound Idaho man, in what seemed like the final week of his life, in this unflinching drama by Samuel D. Hunter. Clad in an enormous fat suit from costume designer Ellis Tillman that never ceased to amaze, Weiner’s transformation was emotional and mental as well as physical. Matching him every step of the way was Arielle Hoffman as his estranged daughter Ellie, a misanthropic high schooler oozing resentment toward her absent father. Faith, sexuality, loneliness, and the potential for human transformation colored Hunter’s literary canvas, translated with sobering excellence by director Joseph Adler.</p> <p><img alt="" height="452" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bu2syhnciaany4x.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. Church (Thinking Cap Theatre)</strong></p> <p>Probably the year’s most singularly unique theatrical experience, Thinking Cap’s site-specific production of Young Jean Lee’s “Church” was staged as an outdoor tent revival, where its four reverends delivered a weird cocktail of sanctimony and satire that was as much a performance-art installation as it was an enjoyably retrograde variety show. As the leading reverend, Scott Douglas Wilson peppered his parables with pregnant pauses of Barnumesque proportions, creating sermons that were incoherent, doom-laden, sometimes oratorically dazzling cautionary tales rife with non sequiturs, unfinished stories, and cartoonish voice impersonations—the crazed ramblings of a bumptious raconteur drunk on the blood of Christ.</p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bad-jews.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>6. Bad Jews (GableStage)</strong></p> <p>In dramatizing a family conflict over a priceless Jewish heirloom, this bold, provocative, shockingly funny play by Joshua Harmon addressed such subjects as religious versus cultural Judaism, fidelity to family, Israel/Palestine, the Holocaust, the Jewish diaspora, and the specter of hypocrisy. Riveting for nearly every second, up to and including its shattering denouement, the production featured a breakthrough performance from Natalia Coego that was so fierce, so persuasive and so thrillingly infectious that you don't have to agree with her viewpoints to concede her victory in the battle for the soul of Judaism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/gidionlg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>5. Gidion’s Knot (New Theatre)</strong></p> <p>Put two people who vehemently disagree about everything in a space they cannot escape, and watch what happens. That was the approach Johnna Adams took in her dark, jolting 2012 play, which received a New Theatre production so gripping— so excoriating—that it ranks among the company’s best work in years. A teacher played by Christina Groom and a mother portrayed by Patrice DeGraff Arenas verbally jousted over the suicide of the latter’s young son, with results so emotionally wrenching that most dramatic descriptors don’t do it justice. The existential, in-the-round staging only intensified this heated tet-a-tet.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/forlg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. The Foreigner (Maltz Jupiter Theatre)</strong></p> <p>“The Foreigner” is a dusty, perhaps corny piece of comedy—one of those ludicrous, overextended, mistaken-identity narratives that proliferated among the films and stages of a bygone era. So what a surprise that Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s mounting of this tired chestnut nailed it on every level, finding beauty (in the spare-no-expense set design of a rustic cabin), suspense (in its climactic presentation of a Klan home invasion) and much humor, successfully conveyed by a cast that rode the show’s silliness full-bore. Its brightest star was Andrew Sellon, a rubbery actor with more than a passing resemblance to comedian Colin Mochrie, whose nearly silent performance spoke volumes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/katherine_amadeo,_deborah_l_1401114515.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>3. Miss Julie (The Naked Stage)</strong></p> <p>With this bracing and urgent production—its only show of the year, in fact—Miami’s Naked Stage proved that August Strindberg’s 1888 masterpiece about class, gender and sexuality is still as relevant as ever. Chronicling a night of passion and its devastating aftermath, director Margaret Ledford created a smoldering hothouse of carnal imprisonment. Katherine Amadeo was irrepressible and coquettish, acting as both the architect of her own demise and the play’s most tragic victim. Matthew William Chizever was a fount of repressed animalism regularly— and convincingly— surprised by his own outbursts. This was a show rich enough to warrant seeing more than once.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/vanyaandsoniaetc.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (GableStage)</strong></p> <p>Outside of musical theater, this was the year’s most brilliantly executed example of sheer, unqualified pleasure. In this soothing and bottomless repository of pop-culture and high-culture esoterica (from Anton Chekhov to Senor Wences), nothing happened for the longest time, yet in the hands of a flawless cast and Joseph Adler's extraordinary direction, it was perfection. Avi Hoffman and Laura Turnbull, as the first two title characters, flawlessly conveyed their characters’ increasing lunacy and self-pitying defeatism, and the supporting cast likewise embodied their archly stylized, larger-than-life characters. It was nothing short of bliss.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/m&amp;s_-_image_2a-ar_1411479671.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. Mothers and Sons (GableStage)</strong></p> <p>Like a lot of attendees to GableStage’s “Mothers and Sons,” I walked out of the theater shaken and stirred on opening night, in the sort of teary daze reserved only for the very best productions. Written by Terrence McNally, this belated encounter between the repressed mother of an AIDS victim and his then-boyfriend, some 20 years later, yielded a profound inquiry into the human condition, delivered in a sweepingly emotional experience that proved why theater exists. Director Adler built McNally’s lengthy, unbroken scene with the patience of an architect overseeing a building's construction one brick at a time, but the performances of Angie Radosh and Michael McKeever were his towering accomplishment. Both actors' climactic breakthroughs were moving beyond words, so I’ll stop trying to come up with any.</p>John ThomasonMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:12:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreThe Book on Florida<h4>Fifteen essential reads—10 myth-making works of fiction and five non-fiction classics—have helped to shape the legend of the Sunshine State.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="399" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/floridabooks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Mississippi has William Faulkner, Missouri has Mark Twain, New Jersey has Philip Roth. Florida can’t claim one seminal writer as its literary soul. It can claim dozens.</p> <p>From 500 years of Florida history, these are the 15 desert island books—the titles that tell the Sunshine State’s story with a wide, expansive arc en-compassing history and literature, entertainment and tragedy. The books trace Florida from a tropical paradise—or savage sty—through the coming of civilization, on through well-heeled decadence and the state’s place as America’s perennial petri dish of personal reinvention.</p> <p><strong>Their Eyes Were Watching God</strong></p> <p><strong>Author:</strong> Zora Neale Hurston</p> <p><strong>Published in:</strong> 1937</p> <p><strong>What’s the story?</strong> Hurston’s 1937 novel earned her a brief flurry of critical and commercial attention, after which she slowly subsided into a life on the literary and social margins. But her novel remains aflame with passionate attention to the language, behavior and sociology of the rural blacks that American society at large ignored for nearly a century after the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s the great novel of the Harlem Renaissance that just happens to take place in central Florida.</p> <p><strong>Excerpt:</strong> “Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear, and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods re-quire blood.”</p> <p><strong>To Have and Have Not</strong></p> <p><strong>Author:</strong> Ernest Hemingway</p> <p><strong>Published in:</strong> 1937</p> <p><strong>What’s the story?</strong> It’s always slagged off with a slighting phrase on the order of “not one of Hemingway’s best novels,” which happens to be true. But in its portrayal of Key West as a haven for third-stage drunks, has-beens and never-wases, some of whom retain enough desire for one last stab at moral validation, To Have and Have Not set the matrix not only for the popular imagination’s idea of Key West but for the popular idea of much of Florida—a place for last chances and last stands.</p> <p><strong>Excerpt:</strong> “Death is like an old whore in a bar—I’ll buy her a drink, but I won’t go upstairs with her.”</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>magazineMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineThe Naked Truth<h4>Money may be the bottom line, but there’s more to the story when it comes to why some South Florida women shed their threads on adult-entertainment stages throughout the county. Five local exotic dancers—from a college student to someone who sought a surprising change of habit—share their reasons for baring it all.</h4> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/stripperstory.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Stevie sits in front of a mirror, head tilted sideways and mouth open as she skillfully applies her spider-like false eyelashes, making her already iridescent blue-gray eyes pop. She presses her lips into a Marilyn pout, glides on bright pink gloss, smacks her lips and cracks a wide smile, revealing perfect pearly whites.</p> <p>Her platinum blonde hair is teased and pinned back from her face, which she covers with one hand while the other casts a final halo of hair spray around her head. One last look at her reflection, and she seems satisfied. She undoes the clasp of her blue floor-length gown and carefully begins sliding it down over her breasts and her plastic platform stilettos, revealing a silver sequined bra and matching thong panties.</p> <p>Stevie is getting ready for work—but instead of putting clothes on, she’ll soon be taking them off.</p> <p>For the past decade, Stevie, 28, has worked as an exotic dancer, or, as she prefers to be called, a “pole technician.” As a seasoned veteran of a negatively stigmatized profession, she knows from experience that outsiders would be stunned to learn the back stories of some of the dancers at prominent gentlemen’s clubs throughout Palm Beach County—as well as the circumstances that drove them to the main stage.</p> <p>“The biggest misconception about stripping is that all the girls who do it are stupid, lazy, drug addicts or prostitutes,” Stevie says. “Not only is that untrue, but there are women who are married housewives, medical or legal professionals, teachers, mothers … you name it.”</p> <p>Clearly, cash is the common motivator when it comes to baring it all, especially in the post-recession economy. But as it turns out, a woman’s decision to take off her clothes for money isn’t always as big of a leap as people might imagine.</p> <p>According to Public Safety Department data in Palm Beach County, more than 900 women over the age of 18 paid the required $75 between August 2012 and August 2014 to secure the “adult entertainment identification” that dancers must have to work in a gentlemen's club. That’s more than double the combined number of IDs (approximately 410) issued during 2008 and 2009.</p> <p>“Some dancers have master’s degrees, but they can make three times the money dancing compared to the field they went to school for,” Stevie says.</p> <p>Over the course of several months, Boca Raton spoke to exotic dancers from all walks of life working at county-based establishments—from Rachel’s in West Palm Beach to Wild West Gentlemen’s Club in Palm Springs. Some offered insights into the industry. Others consented to lengthy interviews. All of them had a story to share.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>magazineMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineWake up South Florida<p>The best show in town takes place on one of its most dramatic stages, with regular performances about every 24 hours. But for those who can’t make it to the beach in time for sunrise, mornings in and around Boca offer more than enough opportunities to seize the day—from breakfast specials and volunteer endeavors to exploring the great outdoors.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/wakeup.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spare Time</strong></p> <p>Strikes @ Boca Raton delivers its share of evening entertainment, what with drink specials, and light and sound shows with DJ Jammin’ Jim. But early risers also can enjoy the simple pleasures that Strikes offers, namely its morning bowling leagues. Senior citizens are invited to try their hand at the sport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Ladies leagues meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.</p> <p><em>Contact: 21046 Commercial Trail, 561/368-2177 </em></p> <p><strong>Rise and Ride</strong></p> <p>It’s no wonder that Boca Raton Bicycle Club has drawn raves from the League of American Bicyclists. The organization boasts some 400 members and offers rides just about every day of the week—of all distances, speeds and skill levels. It also does charity work, educates its members about cycling safety, provides great networking opportunities—and celebrates scenic routes in Boca, Delray and beyond. We also dig the Saturday morning “Breakfast Club” rides that start at Royal Palm Place and typically cover about 40 miles.</p> <p><em>Contact: 561/391-6109</em></p> <p><strong>Raising the Barre</strong></p> <p>Something about the fitness regimen at Pure Barre can inspire Boca women to rise at the crack of dawn. Perhaps, it’s the way owner Diane Booth’s classes appeal to their inner ballerina—or maybe it’s just that the ballet-infused workout tack-les problem areas like hips, thighs and abs with isometric movements that are easy on the joints. Whatever the case, the roughly hour-long morning classes in Boca draw steady regulars, including for the occasional 6:30 a.m. classes.</p> <p><em>Contact: Boca Raton: 350 Esplanade #55, 561/445-3257; west Boca: 9834 Glades Road, 561/465-5994</em></p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>magazineMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineFood for Thought<p><span>Will ramen rule? Which root is taking root? And where’s the beef? Here’s the culinary forecast for 2015.</span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fltable.png" width="490"></span></p> <p><strong>The Rise of Ramen:</strong> This trend has been bubbling along for a while—and with good reason, given the standout offerings at spots like Nori Thai in Boca (<em>217 E. Palmetto Park Road</em>), which serves a serious Tonkotsu ramen.</p> <p><strong>Doughnuts are Toast</strong>: For years, Americans ate white toast for breakfast. Then came croissants, bad bagels, bran muffins and wacky doughnuts. Now there is toast again, and it’s better than ever. (For more breakfast treats, check out our feature on page 116.)</p> <p><strong>The Whole Hog Continues</strong>: But expect to see more whole roasting—Greek-style lamb on a spit and Mexican cabrito. At Taverna Opa in Delray (<em>270 E. Atlantic Ave.</em>), lamb is roasted with thyme, rosemary, oregano and garlic—or slowly braised in tomato sauce.</p> <p><strong>Drumstick Roll, Please:</strong> Americans are losing their squeamishness about animal anatomy, and chefs are serving identifiable cuts. That means the bones are back in chicken breasts, and we’re rediscovering a taste for dark meat—reason enough to check out the legendary arroz con pollo at Cuban Café in Boca (<em>3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite B-30</em>).</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>magazineMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineCalifornia Dreamin&#39;<h4>A trio of Destination Hotels &amp; Resorts properties between L.A. and San Diego captures the SoCal spirit with a bit of old-school Hollywood flair.</h4> <p><strong><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/california.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p>Mother Earth is ready for her close-up along the coast of Palos Verdes Peninsula. With the sun gently kissing the horizon, an early evening glow has bathed miles of dramatic bluffs—defiantly withstanding one crashing Pacific wave after another—in the kind of ethereal light for which cinematographers drop to their knees in thanks.</p> <p>It’s a made-to-order backdrop that belongs on the big screen—but that guests at Terranea Resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes can experience virtually any day of the year.</p> <p>This is exactly how Southern California casts its summer spell on the East Coast, especially South Floridians dripping and defeated from either 1) relentless afternoon downpours or 2) relentless humidity. SoCal not only gives tourists the best seats in the house for scenes of jaw-dropping natural splendor (and subsequent outdoor activities), it also throws in a little evening sweater weather from July to September. For good measure, it teases with enough Hollywood to keep you wondering if, just maybe, you might catch Clooney and Pitt hatching the plot for “Ocean’s Fourteen” at your hotel bar.</p> <p>At least that’s what it felt like during a weeklong summer stretch between San Diego and Los Angeles at three coastal hideaways of Destination Hotels &amp; Resorts. In typical Destination style, each property captured the essence of its surrounding area, which, in this case, went a long way toward explaining why the shadow of Seabiscuit looms as large in Del Mar as the memory of Lloyd Bridges in a wetsuit does at Terranea.</p> <p><strong>Where the Turf Meets the Surf</strong></p> <p>Long before Bing Crosby started peddling Minute Maid orange juice, he was selling locals in the seaside town of Del Mar on the thrill of horseracing. Crosby was one of the original founders of a track that would be-come an American treasure in racing circles 2015(the site is now called Del Mar Thoroughbred Club). He greeted fans at the gate when the track officially opened in 1937; and his rendition of “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” re-mains one of the track’s slogans.</p> <p>A year later, in a prelude to the horse’s epic November 1938 showdown with War Admiral, Seabiscuit edged Ligaroti (which was co-owned by Crosby) in a match race at Del Mar that had much of the nation, via the radio broadcast, on the edge of its seats—and 20,000 in the stands doing the same.</p> <p>What all this has to do with the contemporary comforts at L’Auberge Del Mar may not reveal itself initially, especially as you’re trying to process the relaxed, upscale spaces that unfold beyond the open-air lobby, from the popular “Living Room” bar and chic outdoor deck area all the way to a pool that overlooks the Pacific.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineFace Time: Pamela Polani<p>As much as <strong>Pamela Polani</strong> likes to joke with her boys that she “majored in Maybelline” in high school, sons Ariel (17 in Febru-ary) and Lior (12) know better than anyone that there’s more to Mom’s overall makeup than meets the eye.</p> <p><img alt="" height="529" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/facetime.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>They understand that the Boca-based attorney (she specializes in estate planning, probate and foreclosure defense for her clients) donates time and legal services to those in need. They’ve seen their mother pack brown paper bags filled with nonperishables and bottled water, just in case the family (including husband Mark) drives past someone on a street corner who can’t afford a meal.</p> <p>And they realize, along with friends and family who know her best, that the details of Polani’s volunteer work on behalf of organizations from Boca Helping Hands to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum could fill a 10-foot parchment scroll.</p> <p>But even a résumé as steeped in selflessness as hers doesn’t quite explain Polani’s desire last fall to launch a first-ever Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Mizner Park when 1) the national Alzheimer’s Association already staged an annual county walk in West Palm Beach and 2) she had no personal connection to the disease.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazinePointe and Shoot<h4>Dancer-turned-photographer Steven Caras remains living proof of ballet’s transcendence.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="737" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ballet.png" width="490"></p> <p>When Steven Caras speaks of the ballet superstars he has danced with and photographed, they no longer seem like people. They take on mythic, godly proportions.</p> <p>Of Mikhail Baryshnikov: “He was one of those prime divine subjects.” Of George Balanchine: “To be a part of [his] kingdom, with those supernatural beings, I was in awe of them.” Marcelo Gomes is “my favorite dancer since Nureyev; he’s ridiculously talented and bigger than life.” And Edward Villella’s “magic as a performer, [his] inexplicable talent, trickled down through the ranks, and no matter what generation of dancers was in there from the ’80s to the present, they were magic.”</p> <p>Caras’ reverence for dancers and choreographers is an extension of his photography, a hobby-turned-vocation he picked up in the 1970s while still dancing in Balanchine’s trailblazing New York City Ballet company. He has since emerged as arguably the world’s pre-eminent ballet imagist, amassing a corpus of 120,000 images—film and digital, black-and-white and color, onstage and off—from more than 50 ballet companies. Baryshnikov is quoted as saying Caras “captures the outer workings of the body while revealing glimpses of the dancer’s inner life.”</p> <p>The dancers under Caras’ lens do tend to resemble other-worldly deities: sugar plum fairies, Greek gods and quixotic travelers frozen in gravity-defying artistry or silhouetted against ethereal backdrops. To really look at these pictures, freed from the context of performance, is to suspend our disbelief at what human bodies can accomplish.</p> <p>“I shoot what I see, and I see such beauty in it,” says Caras, from his elegant, crimson-walled condo in downtown West Palm Beach, his own blown-up images towering above his sofa like monochrome giants. </p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>John ThomasonMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineFeel the Beat<h4><span style="">A former FAU student hits all the right notes at South Florida hospitals.</span></h4> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hometown.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Of all the stages he plays as a touring musician, it’s the one without the microphone, the sound check and the paying audience that invariably gives <strong>Phil Barnes</strong> the most satisfaction.</p> <p>At least twice a week when he’s in town, the Fort Lauderdale resident brings nothing more than his guitar and a smile to South Florida health-care facilities from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami. It’s time that the 22-year-old singer/songwriter is honored to donate as a member of Musicians on Call, a nonprofit formed in 1999 that brings music to hospital patients throughout the country.</p> <p>“Sometimes, you walk into a room where someone has just heard the worst news of their life, and you’re [able to bring] a little bit of light for about three or four minutes,” Barnes says. “I don’t find anything else more rewarding.”</p> <p>For Barnes, the performances strike a personal chord. He recalls singing for his older brother, Adam, who spent his life in and out of hospitals after being struck by a drunk driver at age 3. Though Adam couldn’t speak, he would smile in response to Barnes’ songs.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more on this story, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineThe Dirty Dozen<p><em>**In the print issue, we listed Dr. Moreno's number incorrectly. We apologize for the error. The correct number is <em>561/361-0602.</em></em></p> <h4><span>A local aesthetician and holistic wellness coach dishes on 12 skin-care ingredients that do more harm than good.</span></h4> <p><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/feelgood.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>How many of us pay attention to the ingredients in the shampoos, lotions and potions that make our skin and hair feel clean and beautiful? Not enough, according to Boca-based expert <strong>Ileana Moreno</strong>.</p> <p>As the founder of me2 beauty (<em>2701 N.W. Second Ave., Suite 215; 561/361-0602, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>) notes, it’s the ingredients that add to a product’s shelf life, fragrance and even appearance that can cause problems ranging from irritated skin to, as some consumer groups claim, cancer. We asked Moreno to share her list of ingredients to avoid in shampoos, sunscreens, moisturizers, lip balms and more.</p> <p><strong>Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea: </strong>These preservatives used to prevent bacterial growth cause contact dermatitis (rashes or irritated and inflamed skin). They’re also known to be formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, which could be toxic to the body. Johnson &amp; Johnson announced last year it would cease adding formaldehyde releasers, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).</p> <p>“There are safer substitutes,” EWG adds, “such as sodium benzoate.”</p> <p><strong>Parabens:</strong> These commonly used preservatives (in particular, methylparaben) may cause low-level skin damage in the long-term, according to Moreno. The EWG claims that parabens used to prevent bacterial growth and mold in cosmetic products can disrupt reproductive hormones and cause cancer.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:</strong> This sur-factant (meaning it creates the foam/suds in products) has been phased out of many—but not all—skin-care products. The chemical can cause skin irritation and hair dryness and can increase absorption of certain chemicals, including preservatives and color additives.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Mineral Oil:</strong> Derived from petroleum, this stabilizing ingredient used in many skin formulas forms a film on the skin, blocking the pores and interfering with normal skin respiration—which can dry skin and contribute to blemishes.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Petroleum:</strong> It doesn’t penetrate the skin. And it’s not a moisturizer. But it does block natural respiration and absorption of other good ingredients.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Synthetic Colors:</strong> They make prod-ucts prettier but serve no purpose. Spot them on labels by looking for FD&amp;C or D&amp;C, followed by a color and number. Why should we care? Synthetic colors can cause allergic reactions.synthetIc or chemIcal fra-grances: These are known to cause allergic reaction and photosensitivity. Opt for fragrance-free products.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Alcohol:</strong> Avoid skin-care products that contain propyl alcohol or isopropyl. It’s a petroleum derivative and extremely drying to the skin.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Lanolin:</strong> This oily excretion from sheep’s wool remains in some skin-care products. It, too, can cause allergic reactions, and it’s not necessary for skin health.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Collagen:</strong> Don’t be duped into thinking collagen in a skin-care product will produce more collagen in your skin. Along with potentially causing a rash, collagen’s molecules are too large to penetrate the skin.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Oxybenzone:</strong> This common sunscreen ingredient is linked to irritation, allergies and possible hormone disruption. EWG rated oxybenzone as a high-hazard ingredient (an 8 out of 10, with 10 being the most toxic) and found it in nearly 1,500 products. Instead opt for physical sunblocks with ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Hydroquinone:</strong> Found in products that promise to lighten or bleach sun spots, hydroquinone is toxic to the liver and is banned in some countries. It also can damage the skin.</p> <p align="center"><em>For more, pick up the January issue of </em>Boca Raton <em>magazine. </em></p>Lisette HiltonMon, 22 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The MagazineThe Best Dishes of 2014<p>It’s that time of year again, when champagne corks pop, annoying Christmas jingles burrow into your brain and food writers go over their notes, reliving all the calories and cholesterol they consumed in the previous 12 months. So why should this space be any different?</p> <p>Herewith, the six best vehicles for calories and cholesterol of 2014. Or to put it more kindly, my six favorite dishes of the year (in no particular order).</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/screen_shot_2014-12-22_at_9.09.37_am.png" width="490"></p> <p>Dessert platter, <a href="" target="_blank">La Nouvelle Maison</a> (<em>455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/338-3003</em>). Pastry chefs are an endangered species nowadays, all the more reason to appreciate the skill and artistry of Stephanie Steliga. Sure, you could order just one of her wickedly luscious desserts but as they say, nothing exceeds like excess. So go for the gold and order them all and fawn over delicacies like an ethereal chocolate-raspberry souffle, brandied cherry clafoutis and bracing coffee-chocolate-praline cremeux.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bbg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>House-made mozzarella, <a href="" target="_blank">Butcher Block Grill</a> (<em>7000 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/409-3035</em>). Tableside preparation is typically just an affectation most of us can probably do without, but you just can’t beat the freshness of milky golf balls of mozzarella formed right at your table and still warm from their water bath. That they come with slices of heirloom tomatoes, micro basil, good olive oil and vin cotto is more gilt on an already delicious lily.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/13american.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Roasted chicken, <a href="" target="_blank">13 American Table</a> (<em>451 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561/409-2061</em>).  The dry-brined, oven-roasted chicken at San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe is the gold standard of roasted birds, and this clucker shines just as brightly. Thanks in part go to 13’s Josper oven, a charcoal-fired grill-oven that heats up almost as hot as hell and turns out a chicken with moist, tender, faintly smoky meat and crisp, golden skin. It comes with a changing array of sauces, none of which is really necessary.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/terra.png" width="490"></p> <p>Veal meatballs, <a href="" target="_blank">Terra Fiamma</a> (<em>9169 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/495-5570</em>). Who doesn’t love a great meatball? But a great meatball that’s something different than the usual beef ‘n’ tomato sauce. . . that crosses the line from love to lust. These meatballs are definitely worth lusting after, creamy-textured orbs with a delicate meaty flavor, enhanced by a mushroom-studded sauce kissed with marsala.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/dada.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“Shake ‘n’ Bake” pork chops, <a href="" target="_blank">Dada</a> (<em>52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561/330-3232</em>). Think a heartier, tastier veal Milanese with a truly inspired twist. Two thin-sliced, bone-in medallions get a light breading that offers a crunchy counterpoint to the tender meat, which arrives with the smack-yo-mama delicious “balsamic butterscotch onions,” a thoroughly irresistible melding of sweet and savory that would make your napkin edible.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/farmers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Buddha Bowl, <a href="" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a> (<em>1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/417-5836</em>). The sound of one hand clapping is the Buddha himself applauding this small cauldron of vegetables, udon noodles and fresh-tasting Laughing Bird shrimp named in his honor. It may be healthy but it’s so damn good you can’t stop slurping it up, especially when you break the ginger-infused over-easy egg into the bronze broth. Can I get an “Ommmm”?</p>Bill CitaraMon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsMatching Desire<p><strong>How do you deal with one partner wanting sex more than the other?</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/womaninbed.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Sexual desire plays a large role in the amount of intimacy a couple shares and, in many cases, it causes a lot of misunderstanding and pain.</p> <p>No one explains to us that after the initial passion dies down in a relationship that people may have different levels of sex drive. Some men and women have a very high libido and crave sex daily, sometimes more than once. Others can take it or leave it; once a month may be just fine.</p> <p>When people’s libidos are compatible, intimacy is rarely a major issue. But if one partner needs affection more often and continually feels rejected—look out, this becomes a serious problem!</p> <p>I worked with a woman who had gained a lot of weight and had low self-esteem. After a number of sessions, we uncovered that during her 22-year marriage she had felt rejected, sexually, much of the time. Her libido and desire was very high and her need for sex was several times per week.</p> <p>But her husband was only interested perhaps once every two weeks. They never discussed it openly, she just assumed that she was undesirable and took it as a personal rejection. Being rejected slowly led to her weight gain, followed by depression.</p> <p>After understanding the differences in their libidos, she was able to repair emotionally, not take it personally and eventually heal. In this case, she was able to take care of her own needs and looked forward to the intimacy with her husband instead of feeling bad most of the time and reading into something she had not understood!</p> <p>This is why it is so important to be able to talk to each other in a relationship about anything!</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p>Boca-based therapist Suzanne Wachtel helps couples, families and individuals cope with the stressful obstacles that complicate life. She specializes in giving people the tools to clear those hurdles and successfully move forward. Watchtel has a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She’s also the author of Like Mother, Like Son: A Mom's Guide to Raising Healthy Children. To find out more about Watchel, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>magazineSat, 20 Dec 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Dining: New Year&#39;s Eve, Part II<p>More restaurants to ring out the old and ring in the new with a good meal. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fireworks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">La Ferme</a> (<em>9101 Lakeridge Rd., Boca Raton, 561/654-6600</em>) is having some fun with their NYE bash, throwing a Gatsby-era “Prohibition” party that includes a four-course, $125 prix fixe menu from 8 p.m. to midnight. Partiers will need a “secret” password to get in and are encouraged to dress up in Gatsby attire; the best costumes will win a prize. There will be a wandering magician and party favors too. Dishes include crab-stuffed mushrooms, lamb loin Wellington and baked Alaska.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</a> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500</em>) will be dishing up an upscale world buffet from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in their Atlantic Ballroom. For $195 per person you can toast your heart out at an open bar and dig into dishes inspired by France (beef with foie gras sauce), Russian (caviar and blini), Japan (sushi and sashimi), and the USofA (assorted fresh seafood). There will also be a DJ and champagne toast. Call 561/226-3022 for reservations.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">City Cellar Wine Bar</a> (<em>700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/366-0071</em>) will feature several a la carte specials from top toque Kevin Darr. Among them will be lobster bisque with black truffle creme fraiche, house-made duck ravioli with sage brown butter, and pan-seared black grouper with warm blue crab vinaigrette. The regular menu will be served too.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Flagler Steakhouse</a> at the Breakers Hotel (<em>1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 866/292-9068</em>) is serving a three-course dinner for $195 per person from 5:30 to 10 p.m. First courses include garlic-braised short ribs or tuna tartare, entrees include New York strip with gorgonzola tater tots and grilled salmon with sauce choron, and among the desserts will be Key lime pie and wild berry creme brulee.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Graze</a> at the Four Seasons Palm Beach (<em>2800 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/582-2800</em>) is featuring a global-themed seafood buffet for $95 per person. From 5:30 to 10 p.m. they’ll be serving up such specialties as squid ink spaghetti with calamari and pancetta, porcini-rubbed roasted chicken, seafood paella, lemongrass-poached salmon and jasmine rice salad, and wok-fried Maine lobster with lap cheong sausage.</p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/12/16/holiday-dining-new-years-eve-part-i/" target="_blank"><em>If you missed part one of our NYE Dining Guide, click here.</em></a></p>Bill CitaraFri, 19 Dec 2014 10:13:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;Foxcatcher&quot;<p>Where is Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher?” Certainly, the Steve Carell we all know—the personality he has cultivated over a career spanning the Second City and the fringes of “Saturday Night Live” on through pratfall-prone film roles and the cringe comedy of “The Office”—is nowhere to be found in John du Pont, the character into which he disappears in this shattering true-life tragedy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/101122.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Carell, who was still recognizable as Carell in his respectable forays into dramatic acting (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Way, Way Back”), has finally turned a corner here, shedding decades of familiar tics and stepping widely outside his comfort zone. Much like his castmates Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Michael Hall, he looks in “Foxcatcher” like a different person entirely, with his lumbering gait, hunched back, gray hair, pockmarked features and a giant schnoz that has been through too many ringers.</p> <p>The genius of his invisibility act, though, goes beyond the bang-up makeup: Carell has delivered a performance of slippery control and bruised megalomania—a work of seething subtext and profound complexity. How can he do another “Dinner For Schmucks” after this?</p> <p>It’s almost unfortunate that Carell is receiving most of the buzz for “Foxcatcher” (which opens across South Florida today) because the movie itself is another knockout from director Bennett Miller, of “Capote” and “Moneyball” fame. Like those films, it’s a richly observed, gravely realistic portrayal of remarkable, outsized Americans. But if “Moneyball” was a sports movie for math nerds, “Foxcatcher” is a sports movie for people who hate sports.</p> <p>It’s set in the world of freestyle wrestling, and rarely, if ever, have the stratospheric delusions and the savage Darwinism of professional sports been so bravely, harshly spotlit. There is no positivity to be gleaned from the athletic pursuits in “Foxcatcher” beyond the first scene that wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Ruffalo) share at their gym: a bracing, groping, homoerotic ballet of affection-cum-rivalry. In all the other instances, sport is hell—a battlefield of shame and thwarted expectations, where the ominous music swallows any semblance of triumphalism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/foxcatcher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Tatum, who like Carell rises to the occasion with the best work of his career, is the sympathetic heart of “Foxcatcher.” His Mark is a wrestler good enough to win an Olympic medal but not good enough to step out of the shadow of his more talented brother. Things seem to be turning around, though, thanks to an out-of-the-blue phone call from a representative of John du Pont, an ornithologist and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont chemical dynasty, who has taken as much a fancy in wrestlers as he does in rare spotted owls.</p> <p>John invites Mark to his Foxcatcher Farm and estate, where he woos him with bromides about how the country has lost its patriotic compass, and that Mark symbolizes nothing less than an avatar for American exceptionalism. Mark drinks the Kool-Aid, becoming a veritable dressage horse for John—the millionaire’s pet project. He moves into a Foxcatcher chalet and trains for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics under John’s peculiar tutelage.</p> <p>Surprisingly, this unlikely pair begins to resemble the lovers in “Behind the Candelabra,” just without the sex (neither expresses any interest in women, and the sexuality of both men is a concern Miller judiciously avoids). Mark lets his hair grow all tousled, and becomes a shirtless manservant to his mentor and father figure, sharing private helicopter rides and lines of coke. But just when you think you know where the film is going, it pivots again, when Dave Schultz arrives at Foxcatcher to serve as an assistant coach for John’s Olympic wrestling team, stirring up feelings of inadequacy in Mark—just as John himself is grappling to rise to expectations within his own family, namely his disapproving mother (a marvelously chilly Vanessa Redgrave).</p> <p>If you know the real-life narrative behind the movie, you know the ending, but it’s a better film if you don’t do your homework (whatever you do, don’t read the movie’s Wikipedia entry, which gives everything away in one sentence). “Foxcatcher” ultimately shares more in common with “Capote” than “Moneyball.” It’s a gripping, true-crime autopsy of strange bedfellows and misplaced love where, for John at least, the facts of his life spill dangerously into fiction.</p>John ThomasonFri, 19 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesStaff Picks: a bakery, a show + a staff UN-pick<p><strong>Bakery of France</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bakeryoffrance.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“My favorite place in South Florida to get freshly baked pastries and a <em>good</em> cup of cappuccino in the morning. After spending a month studying in Paris, I was convinced there was no place in America that could produce croissants as well as the French do … until I found the French in America. Bakery of France is authentic and lovely in all ways.”</p> <p>(625 N.E. Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>It's a Wonderful Life</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</em></p> <div> <div>"What are the holidays without Frank Capra's moving vision of angelic intervention? Unless you're a scrooge, it's difficult to be tired of this story, especially when there are unique local ways to experience it. Tonight (Dec. 19), Arts Garage concludes its Radio Theater production of It's a Wonderful Life, complete with vintage sound effects created live onstage, and actors reading from radio scripts. And if you want to see the film version looking more beautiful than ever, Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton will screen an HD print at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 21)."</div> </div> <p><strong>Staff UN-pick: </strong>Cafe Bleu</p> <p>We all used to love to go to Spot Coffee for our off-site meetings. You ran into a million people you knew, it was always buzzing, the people who worked there were nice. But what's with Bleu? We say eeewww. Snarky you-are-not worthy attitude from the counter people, long waits, bad vibe.</p> <p>(44 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a href=";ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Facebook</a>)</p>magazineFri, 19 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Fort Lauderdale<p>Throw on your Santa (or elf, or reindeer or Hanukkah Harry) suit to celebrate the holiday season at <strong>Santacon Fort Lauderdale</strong> beginning at Mango’s <em>(904 E. Las Olas Blvd.)</em> on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="686" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/santacon_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’re too excited to wait, head over to Fork &amp; Balls <em>(1301 E. Las Olas Blvd.)</em> at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy $3 domestic beer, $4 well drinks and $5 fireball shots. There will be drink specials all night, but you have to be dressed up to enjoy them.</p> <p>In true holiday spirit, don’t forget to bring a gift card to donate to Kids in Distress.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 19 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 EventsFashion Forward: Special Anniversary, Trunk Show and More<p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/eileen.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Eileen Fisher’s 30<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Celebration: </strong>Fashion guru Regina Reyes will host this exclusive event on Dec. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m at Bloomingdale's in Town Center at Boca Raton.  She will deliver the inside scoop on the 2014-2015 resort collection and provide tips, trends and answers to personal style questions. One lucky guest will win a $500 Eileen Fisher wardrobe.</p> <p><strong>Exclusive Trunk Show: </strong>Local jewelry designer Jennifer Zeuner will be at Neiman Marcus in Town Center at Boca Raton on Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Her latest jewelry collection reflects her own personal style “simple with a spiritual twist”.</p> <p><strong>Shop and Share:  </strong>On Saturday, Dec. 20, the Gardens Mall will donate five percent of the day’s sales to the non-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre. The troupe will put on a special performance at 12 p.m. in the Grand Court.</p>Annie PizzutelliFri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsREVIVAL opens in Delray Marketplace<p><a href="" target="_blank">Delray Marketplace</a> may offer more than 250,000 square feet of entertainment – but it still isn’t done expanding. Its latest opening: <strong>REVIVAL</strong>, a boutique for men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and shoes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="351" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/revival.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The store carries more than 30 brands, including Robert Graham, Bugatchi, Jared Lang and more. Owned and operated by Ronnie Gilboa and Eli Kadosh, REVIVAL in Delray is the store’s only Palm Beach County location.</p> <p>REVIVAL is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Fore more information, call 561/501-4730.</p> <p><em>Delray Marketplace is located at 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachShopping NewsMeet Mr. Cooper plus Auburn Trace update<h3>Mr. Cooper on the record</h3> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/cooper.jpg" width="181"></p> <p>“Delray has very good bones.”</p> <p>That is the municipal diagnosis from Don Cooper, who becomes Delray Beach’s city manager on Jan. 5. It’s his way of saying that Delray has many sound fundamentals— a vibrant downtown, a popular beach, a recovering tax base, an engaged community.</p> <p>At the same time, Cooper understands that “I’m here to bring about accountability—to the greatest extent, turn (the city staff) into the team the city council wants.”</p> <p>Forgive Cooper if for now he uses “council” instead of “commission.” He spent almost 20 years as manager in Port St. Lucie, where a city council sets policy. Terminology aside, Cooper has taken a crash course in Delray Beach since the city commission chose him six weeks ago.</p> <p>Interim City Manager Terry Stewart gave Cooper “about three feet of stuff,” of which he has “two books left.” It’s all “dull as dirt” material, but it all covers the basic services that—delivered properly—separate well-run cities from, well, Delray Beach during the first six months of the year. Louie Chapman’s flameout created the vacancy that Cooper fills.</p> <p>As a Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General investigation revealed, Delray Beach didn’t even have consistent rules on how the city buys things. Chapman was able to mislead the commission on a trash cart purchase in part because staff members didn’t agree on who could authorize which purchases for what amount.</p> <p>Cooper agreed that the outside probe had “a valid point.” He cited the recent example of a commission agenda item to repair and maintain the Christmas tree at Old School Square. A staff member gave a confusing explanation of why the work should continue to go to one company. Downtown Development Authority Director Marjorie Ferrer had to explain that, given the unique nature of the work, a sole-source contract was proper. Once the commissioners heard that, they approved the contract.</p> <p>So during our 30-minute phone conversation on Tuesday, Cooper said one of his first internal priorities will be to deal with management issues such as procurement and technology. Cooper stressed that he doesn’t seek to clean house from the first day, but he also made clear that he intends to be the “change agent” Mayor Cary Glickstein wanted when the search for a manager began.</p> <p>Bringing that accountability “doesn’t mean you won’t have personnel changes,” Cooper said, “but I’m not here to carry out a purge. Those who can’t or won’t make it happen, they will have a problem. But you generally can get it done.”</p> <p>The city commission may approve a new police contract before Cooper starts. Either way, he very soon will start on negotiations with the firefighters’ union. Pension reform, Cooper said, is vital to Delray Beach’s long-term financial future.</p> <p>Another big issue is the trash-hauling contract. The city attorney’s office has been handling the bidding and the responses, but Cooper’s office will be responsible for monitoring the service.</p> <p>Delray residents will like to hear that Cooper considers the proliferation of sober houses a serious problem. It also is a problem in Port St. Lucie. Cooper is “not prepared to discuss” what he might propose on a local level, but he says, correctly, that a comprehensive solution must involve the state and federal governments.</p> <p>I’ve always found it ironic that turnout in city elections is far lower than for national races, even though the city is the government closest to the people. Delray Beach has more constructive civic activism than many South Florida cities. As Cooper says, “People have the ability to complain, and when they do, they might get something changed.”</p> <p>Daily contact with the public “is why I went to work in municipal government when I got out graduate school,” Cooper said. “That’s what excites me.” As for the challenge of the Delray job, “I’m looking forward to it.”</p> <p>Still, Cooper has spent nearly 35 years as a city manager in three states, and he understands the need to quickly establish trust with his bosses. He doesn’t intend to put his Port St. Lucie home up for sale until perhaps summer— “The market here isn’t that good right now anyway”—and will look for an apartment in Delray Beach during his first months. “I fully expect” things to work out between himself and the commission, but “some of it has to be fit.”</p> <p>And the commission expects big things quickly from Cooper. To make them happen, Cooper told me, he will use what he says is the lesson from his time in Port St. Lucie: “Listen, and have some patience, but not too much.”</p> <h3>Auburn Trace</h3> <p>The agenda for a special, closed meeting Monday night of the commission and the city’s legal staff tells me that Delray Beach will have to deal soon with an issue that first appeared last spring and helped lead to former City Manager Chapman’s downfall.</p> <p>Delray lent $4.2 million to Auburn Group to help develop the Auburn Trace low-income housing project. In March, Chapman scheduled a commission vote on a modification of that loan that would have given the city an immediate $1 million but on terms that were very unfavorable for the city. With Mayor Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia absent, the commission approved the deal. Current commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet provided the votes with Angeleta Gray.</p> <p>Two weeks later, with Glickstein and Petrolia present along with new member Jordana Jarjura, the commission rescinded the deal. The city attorney at the time wrote, “It appears that the Auburn Group misrepresented their default status (with prime lender Iberiabank) to the City Commission.” Jarjura laid out a persuasive case that Chapman broke city rules by scheduling the item for the previous meeting just one day in advance. Frankel changed his vote. Jacquet was absent.</p> <p>Monday night, the city hired Robert Furr, a Boca Raton bankruptcy lawyer. The meeting was advertised as relating to the ongoing dispute between Iberiabank and the Auburn Trace developers.</p> <p>In that April memo, the city attorney warned that Delray Beach might not get back all that $4.2 million. It would seem that the city hired a bankruptcy specialist to protect its interest. This might not end well for Delray, but even in the worst case it will end better than if that terrible vote last March had stood.</p> <h3>Correction                           </h3> <p>Writing last week about the mailer and phone calls to 12,000 Boca Raton residents seeking support for New Mizner on the Green, Mayor Susan Haynie was quoted as calling it a very “progressive” public relations campaign. The description should have been “aggressive.” Haynie is on record as opposing the four-tower condo project.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 18 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsA Taste of Forbidden Fruit<h4 class="Default"><em>**With the big news related to opening diplomatic relations with Cuba this week, we thought it appropriate to post our recent travel story on the island nation.</em></h4> <h4 class="Default">Through travel windows such as “people-to-people” tours, Americans are pulling back the curtain on Castro-era Cuba.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba2_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Photography by Charles and Mary Love</p> <p>Our taxi pulled up to a crumbling, white mansion in Centro Habana, one of 15 municipalities in the capital city of Cuba, as afternoon eased into night. Adorned with ornate moldings and weighty balustrades, the building whispered “faded glory.” This was La Guarida, Spanish for “the lair,” arguably the most famous of Havana’s new breed of small, privately owned restaurants called <em>paladares</em>.</p> <p>A hefty man opened the cab door. “<em>Buenos noches</em>,” he said. Then, detecting we were English speakers, he asked, “From where do you come?”</p> <p>“<em>Estados Unidos</em>,” we replied.</p> <p>“Welcome! Did you know Beyoncé and Jay-Z were here not long ago?”</p> <p>We knew. The music industry’s first billionaire couple had ruffled feathers in the United States with their April 2013 visit to the Communist country; several members of Congress would denounce the trip as a thinly disguised tourist jaunt, violating U.S. restrictions on tourism.</p> <p class="Default">But Beyoncé and Jay-Z had come to Cuba legally, as had we, under a U.S. government-sanctioned program that allows licensed travel companies and select institutions (museums, universities and other nonprofits) to offer “people-to-people” trips with educational and cultural itineraries.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba4_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba3_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">We stepped through a small carriageway and up two flights of curving marble stairs. The first landing opened to an empty room with marble tiles; in the middle stood a row of Corinthian columns. Up the next flight, past a headless marble goddess, we found La Guarida and its three small candlelit rooms. Large mirrors and photos of celebrity clientele competed for space on ochre-colored walls. The diners, mostly Spanish-speaking, were relaxed and talkative.</p> <p class="Default">Despite elegant details (white linens, crystal chandeliers), the restaurant’s furniture might have been collected on sporadic shop-ping sprees to an antiques mall. Each chair was different. No glass or plate matched. Yet, somehow, it managed to hang together—a metaphor for today’s Cuba where industrious people are “making-do” to overcome years of economic hardship.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">And what about our entrées of fresh sea-food? Let’s just say it was clear why many people say the best cuisine in Cuba is in her <em>paladares</em>. La Guarida’s Cuban fare was decidedly more sophisticated than any we’d sampled in restaurants in South Florida. Fish was a specialty. Grouper arrived on a bed of cooked greens in a light, white-wine garlic sauce. Also on the menu: seafood boiler with Indian curry and swordfish with vanilla sauce. For dessert, we chose an airy guava mousse.</p> <p class="Default">Over the next seven days, our trip adhered to U.S. government requirements that the focus be on “educational exchange activities” that result in “meaningful interactions.” Five days in Havana and two in Trinidad, a beautiful United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, allowed us to explore both cities and the countryside in between.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/cuba5_love.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">Although people-to-people trips have strict itineraries with limited flexibility, many travelers find them enjoyable and make repeat journeys. They usually include visits to historic sites, arts organizations, schools, farms and model communities. Evenings are free to dine, dance, attend a cabaret show—or simply relax on your own.</p> <p class="Default">The growing interest in visiting Cuba has partly to do with its status as “forbidden fruit.” Prohibited from visiting for many years, Americans are now seizing any opportunity to see Castro-era Cuba before it becomes more commercialized. As one of our travel companions confessed, “I just wanted to see Havana before it becomes another Miami Beach!”</p> <center><em>For more on Cuba's nostalgic scenes, beautiful historic buildings and trip advice, pick up the May/June issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></center>magazineWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:51:00 +0000 The MagazineTravel New Year&#39;s Eve 2015 Event Guide<p>With <strong>New Year's Eve</strong> just two weeks away, many of you are already looking for plans for the big night. Options are manifold, but here are the 10 possibilities that most appealed to us—a personally curated countdown of where to experience the countdown.</p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1413316648-masquerade_tickets.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>10. Masquerade Ball at the W.,</strong> <em>401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</em>; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p>It’s time to slip into your best disguise and disappear into the exotic atmosphere of a vintage masquerade ball, where masked guests mingle at the stunning beachside location of this haute Lauderdale hotel. Billed as the city’s largest New Year’s Eve beach party, the fifth annual costume bash features a four-hour open bar, a midnight Champagne toast, music from two top DJs, party favors and more. For table reservations, call 954/414-8300 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/6a00d8341c4fe353ef015394403c00970b.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. The Dan Band: Unplugged and Up Close</strong> at <em>Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</em>; 7 and 10 p.m.; $30</p> <p>Palm Beach County’s biggest standup club goes musical this New Year’s Eve, hosting one of the biggest names in comedy rock. Fronted by comedian Dan Finnerty, the Dan Band rose to prominence in a scene-stealing cameo in “Old School,” in which it performed its iconic, expletive-laden version of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” The group has since become known for its sexually explicit renditions of female-fronted pop songs; by literalizing the implications of the singers’ lyrics, the Dan Band’s music acts as social commentary as well as humor. Even Steven Spielberg approves of this group, employing it in his soundtrack to “The Terminal.” Call 561/833-1812 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/guys2-web.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. “Guys and Dolls” at Kravis Center</strong>, <em>701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>; 8 p.m.; $35-$75</p> <p>New Year’s Eve happens to be the only South Florida date for the national tour of “Guys and Dolls,” the indelible Frank Loesser musical that originally ran for 1,200 Broadway performances and won the 1950 Tony for Best Musical. Inspired by the mythical New York underworld of journalist Damon Runyon, the musical’s outsized characters and songs have become synonymous with big-city glamour and romance, from the title song and “Luck Be a Lady” to “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.” After the show, stick around for dinner at one of CityPlace’s great restaurants. Call 561/832-7469 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/cassidy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. David Cassidy at Jazziz Nightlife</strong>, <em>201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</em>; 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $75-$200</p> <p>Mizner Park’s great jazz club goes pop on New Year’s Eve, welcoming the forever-young former child star David Cassidy to host the evening’s festivities. Cassidy typically performs hits he popularized with the Partridge Family, as well as covers that he has made his own over his decades in show business, from the likes of Billy Joel, The Pretenders, Bill Withers and the Monkees. There will be two five-course prix fixe dinner seatings for the higher price points, and the $75 general admission gets you Champagne at midnight. Call 561/300-0730 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="618" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/firstnight15-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. First Night in Downtown Delray Beach</strong>; 4 p.m. to midnight; $10-$15</p> <p>There is no alcohol served as this annual downtown Delray Bash, so be kind and don’t sneak in a flask: This is a family-friendly celebration that attracts thousands throughout the region. It also offers more variety than any other New Year’s Eve destination—from face-painting to improv theater, magicians to ice skating, film programming to live music. The evening ends with fireworks at both 9 p.m. and midnight. Admission buttons are just $10 if purchased before Dec. 31 and are available at Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach City Fall and at the 100-foot Christmas tree. Call 561/279-1380 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/3ykorbol.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Prohibition party at La Ferme</strong>, <em>9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Boca Raton</em>; 8 p.m. to midnight; $125</p> <p>This posh eatery from Manhattan restaurateurs Bobby, Laura and Alexandra Shapiro transports visitors to the Jazz Age for its Prohibition-themed gathering, where attendees are encouraged to party like the Depression starts tomorrow. Costumes—especially “Great Gatsby”-style attire—are encouraged, with prizes awarded to the best costumes. Special cocktails include the Sidecar, South Side, Bee’s Knees and White Lady; and, in classic speakeasy fashion, those with reservations will be provided with a secret password and instructions to gain entry. A five-course prix fixe and a complementary glass of Champagne awaits your reservation, and a magician will stroll from table to table performing close-up magic. Call 561/654-6600 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="339" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/beach-day-04.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. New Year’s Eve at Respectable Street,</strong> <em>518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</em>, starts at 10 p.m.</p> <p>As usual, the oldest music club in the Southeastern United States offers a New Year’s Eve showcase of some of the best indie rock bands in South Florida—all of which deserve to have a national footprint. Taking the stage will be the Hollywood group Beach Day (pictured), with its fuzzed-out take on ‘60s surf and pop music; dream-poppers extraordinaire the Band in Heaven; Miami’s Snakehole, the noisy, scary all-girl trio that sounds like the reincarnation of Teenage Jesus &amp; the Jerks; and Wake Up, a no-frills guitar-driven indie band in the mold of Superchunk. Call 561/832-9999 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bcnewyearstable-2.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>3. Rockin’ New Year at Ball &amp; Chain</strong>, <em>1513 Calle Ocho, Little Havana</em>; begins at 8 p.m.</p> <p>This historic jazz lounge in Miami’s former Shenandoah neighborhood reopened this past September—60 years after changes in demographics prompted its closure. Now, this hot and hip Calle Ocho club promises a big evening for its first New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring a night of live rock ‘n’ roll covers performed by After School Special, a supergroup comprised of former members of rock royalty: Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen, Foo Fighters/Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffe and other onetime members of Lazy Stars, Foo Fighters and Fistful of Mercy. Make a table reservation at</p> <p><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1388391427_love_logo_4_flat.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2.</strong> <strong>All You Need is Love at Magic City Casino</strong>, <em>450 N.W. 37<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami</em>; 9 p.m.; $65-$125</p> <p>A band of no less than 16 musicians fill out this orchestral Beatles tribute, from four guitarists and two drummers to two violinists, a cellist and a trumpeter. The band’s signature is its ability to recreate the Fab Four’s “Love” album live, with literally all its strings attached—preserving George Martin’s imaginative compositions and delving into deep album cuts as well as the band’s No. 1 hits. Performances continue on Jan. 2, 3 and 4, but this is the only night tickets include an after-party and midnight Champagne toast. Call 954/649-3000 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/unknown-32.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1.</strong> <strong>Rock the Block at Boca Resort and Club</strong>, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton; dining begins at 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>The Boca Resort returns for its second-annual Rock the Block party, celebrating a dancey New Year’s Eve in one of the city’s most luxurious landmarks. Entertainment includes Tone Loc, the rapper responsible for the once-ubiquitous dancehall hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina;” SirenXX, one of the hottest new indie duos in dance-pop music; and Norma Jean Wright and Lucy Martin, formerly of disco-rock hit-makers Chic. There also will be a deluxe open bar and a children’s buffet, dinner at all the Resort’s restaurants, and kids’ carnival games and activities on the croquet lawn. Call 561/447-3000 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>John ThomasonWed, 17 Dec 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicUpcoming EventsFrom the fight of his life to the ride of his life<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A trained endurance athlete, <strong>George Fetko</strong> looked at cancer the same way he looks at cycling. He put his head down, cranked up the speed and moved forward.</p> <p>After being diagnosed last year with a form of sarcoma that usually affects children, Fetko, 56, went through a long, rigorous and largely experimental cancer treatment.</p> <p>I remember the day well. I gathered with a group of local cyclists at Phil’s Cycle Ward in downtown Boca Raton to talk with Fetko before starting what we all feared would be the fight of his life.</p> <p>He had more than 200 appointments with doctors for infusions, tests, labs, surgeries and hospital stays. He spent 60 days doing 8-hour chemo infusions. He went through 31 radiation treatments and eight blood transfusions.</p> <p>If you go by the intensity and the timeframe in which treatment was delivered, Fetko endured more chemotherapy than any patient in the world. Now, he’s in remission and he’s back cycling on A1A. He’s participating in the <a href="" target="_blank">Dolphin Cycling Challenge</a>, a two-day fundraiser that benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. One hundred percent of all proceeds from the tri-county event goes toward cancer research.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/photo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“I will not let battling cancer impair my passion for cycling,” Fetko writes on his fundraising page. “More than ever, I am inspired than to participate and support the Dolphin’s Cycling Challenge…”</p> <p>Fetko’s first hospitalization for treatment was at the Sylvester Cancer Center. He says the doctors and staff there provided quality and thoughtful care, going so far as to make special arrangements with treatment timing so that he could continue to ride on a trainer during treatments. He vowed then that he would come back and tackle the challenge.</p> <p>Fetko founded Team Wilky as a tribute to his oncologist, Dr. Breelyn Wilky. To sponsor his ride, which runs Feb. 7-8, make a tax-deductible donation at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>For more information about the Dolphin’s Challenge, or to sign up and ride for charity, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 17 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyA little naughty, but mostly nice holiday drinks<p><strong><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>A little Naughty, But Mostly Nice Holiday Drinks</strong></p> <p>One of the things I often hear from clients is that they don’t want to give up their wine or other alcoholic beverages. I am a big believer in balance and sometimes that may mean having a drink, especially when you’re celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. To get the most value out of your alcoholic beverages, take a look at my tips and recipes for healthier versions of classic favorites.</p> <p><strong>Best drinks at the party:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drinkglasses.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Organic Red Wine</strong> without sulfites added – red wine has the highest level of antioxidants and resveratrol, which has shown to have some heart-healthy benefits. One 5-ounce glass contains only 100 calories</p> <p><strong>Organic White Wine</strong> without sulfites added – one 5-ounce glass contains only 120 calories.</p> <p><strong>Champagne/Sparking Wine/Prosecco </strong>– each glass is usually 3.5 ounces and has 70 calories.</p> <p><strong>Z-Tips: </strong></p> <p>Drink flavored Italian sparkling water from champagne flutes in between alcoholic beverages to reduce alcohol consumption and stay hydrated. Try raspberry/lemon or the strawberry flavors.</p> <p>Avoid martinis and instead have your drink on ice. As ice melts, it will dilute alcohol and make your drink less concentrated, making it easier for your body to process<strong></strong></p> <p>Substitute dairy milk and cream for almond milk and coconut cream. Plant-based milks are cholesterol-free and they offer additional benefits like vitamin E and good-for-you fats.</p> <p><strong>Recipes:</strong></p> <p><strong><span>Pineapple Vodka Cocktail</span></strong> – Craving a mixed Vodka drink? Mix healthy green juices with vodka for a balanced mixed drink.</p> <p>2 ounces pineapple juice</p> <p>½ ounce lime juice</p> <p>½ ounce kale juice</p> <p>1 ounce vodka</p> <p>Fresh wedges of pineapple</p> <p>Mix all ingredients in a glass with ice. Decorate with a wedge of pineapple.</p> <p><strong><span>Vegan Eggnog</span></strong><strong> </strong>– In the mood for an old-fashioned eggnog? Try this cholesterol-free recipe that gives you extra protein and fiber that a traditional drink won’t – without sacrificing any flavor.</p> <p>2 cups Califia Farms Almond Milk Holiday Nog</p> <p>1 cup cold water</p> <p>10 ounce extra-firm sprouted tofu</p> <p>1/2 cup coconut nectar</p> <p>1.5 tablespoons pure vanilla extract</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon salt</p> <p>1 cup rum or brandy (optional)</p> <p>Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><em><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</em></p> <p><em>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Holiday Dining: New Year&#39;s Eve, Part I<p>It’s a party and you’re invited! Here’s what several local restaurants will be doing to help you celebrate the end of 2014 and the beginning of what we hope will be a very good new year. And stick around. . . there will be another list coming in a day or so.</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fireworks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">DaVinci’s</a> (<em>6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 561/362-8466</em>), the excellent new Italian restaurant in Town Center at Boca Raton, will be offering a four-course prix fixe meal at three seatings. Choices include starters like Wagyu beef carpaccio, soup or salad, entrees like lobster ravioli and veal Milanese and a roster of four desserts. Seating times are 5:30 p.m. ($55), 7:30 p.m. ($75) and 9:30 p.m. ($85, which includes party favors, champagne toast and live entertainment).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Madison’s</a> (2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/994-0808) is throwing a NYE bash with a 9 p.m. seating for $100 per person. The five-course dinner will feature Maine lobster bisque, beef carpaccio or shrimp cocktail, caprese salad, steak or seafood entree, and choice of molten chocolate cake, creme brulee or Greek yogurt with berries. An advance deposit is required.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Casa d’Angelo</a> (<em>171 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561/996-1234</em>) is doing things a little differently. Make rezzies whenever you like and dig into a la carte specials like pappardelle with Chianti-braised lamb ragout, veal scallopine with marsala sauce and mushrooms, and porcini risotto with Alba truffle oil.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">City Oyster &amp; Sushi Bar</a> (<em>213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561/272-0220</em>) will be dishing its regular menu on NYE, along with a bunch of a la carte specials. Think shrimp and crawfish etouffee; pan-roasted branzino with cannellini beans, pancetta, tomatoes, red wine and kale; and a chocolate pyramid with chocolate mousse, hazelnut genoise and ganache.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Avocado Grill</a> (<em>125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822</em>), Julian Gremaud’s farm-to-table modern American bistro, will open at 4 p.m. and serve its regular menu, plus happy hour specials until 8 p.m. Then there’s a 9 p.m. seating with an $89 prix fixe price tag ($115 if you want a bottle of Piper Heidsieck champagne). Choices include heirloom tomato tartare with burrato and shaved truffle vinaigrette, jumbo grilled shrimp Fra Diavolo and chocolate lava cake.</p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/12/19/holiday-dining-new-years-eve-part-ii/" target="_blank"><em>For part two of the NYE Dining Guide, click here.</em></a></p>Bill CitaraTue, 16 Dec 2014 11:43:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsNew judges to be tapped, that power line thing &amp; other news of note<h3><span>Here come the (new) judges</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/pbc.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>Very soon, Gov. Rick Scott and the public will have reshaped the courts in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>On Friday, members of the governor’s legal staff were here to interview the 15 candidates for three vacant circuit court judgeships in the county. Scott has until the end of the month to choose from among the finalists.</p> <p>The election cycle added three other new members to the circuit bench. Incumbent Diana Lewis lost to <strong>Jessica Ticktin</strong>. <strong>Jaimie Goodman</strong> won the race to fill the seat of Lucy Chernow Brown, who is retiring. <strong>Samantha Schosberg Feuer</strong> ran unopposed to succeed Sandra McSorley. She, too, is retiring.</p> <p>Also this month, the <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach County Bar Association</a> began accepting applications for the vacancy that will be created when Judge Edward Fine retires. The deadline to apply is Jan. 2.</p> <p>So by early next year one-fifth of all the county’s circuit judges will be new. Circuit judges handle not just the major criminal and civil cases but all juvenile, family and probate cases. (Three judges handle all family/probate work in the Delray Beach courthouse.) The seven departures represent a collective major loss for the courts in terms of judicial heft and institutional memory.</p> <p>President Obama picked Robin Rosenberg for the federal bench. Hers is one of the vacancies Scott will fill this month. Another is that of Ronald Alvarez, who won reelection in 2012 even though voters knew that he would reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 before his six-year term ended. Alvarez has been a circuit judge for 21 years, during which time he has been recognized statewide as an advocate for juvenile justice reform.</p> <p>The losses of Tim McCarthy—the third seat Scott must fill by Dec. 31—and Lewis won’t matter as much. Both regularly scored low in the Bar polls when it came to judicial demeanor. McCarthy’s grouchiness caused the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal to reverse him recently in a divorce case. McSorley, according to the poll, also displayed the hostility known as “black robe syndrome.”</p> <p>Fine, though, is an ex-chief judge. Brown did well in the Bar polls. And whatever the quality of those leaving, the newcomers will lack experience not just on the bench.</p> <p>Goodman has spent little time in state court compared to other lawyers who became judges. Ticktin has no jury trial experience, though she has spent a decade at her father’s firm. Feuer worked at Akerman LLP and has advocated for women to have a greater role in the legal profession, but she had to face neither the voters nor the members of the judicial nominating commission who screen and interview applicants for seats not filled by election. In 2000, a lawyer with similar support within the legal profession won a circuit seat unopposed. He did so poorly that he lost for reelection after just one term.</p> <p>That doesn’t mean Feuer will turn out similarly or that lack of legal experience means someone will be a bad judge. Lisa Small also had worked in her father’s firm and had little time in the courtroom before winning a spot on the circuit bench in 2010, but she scored very well in the 2013 Bar poll.</p> <p>It does mean that Scott will have to pick well from the candidates who have submitted their backgrounds in detail and have faced questions from the nominating commission and the governor’s staff. Politics shouldn’t matter much, but politics always seems to matter some. There are political back-stories potentially in play.</p> <p>One finalist is <strong>Dina Keever</strong>, a former federal prosecutor who ran for state attorney in 2012 as a Republican. Scott is a Republican who likes prosecutors. Keever, though, ran against Dave Aronberg. He is a Democrat, but Aronberg worked for Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi and got financial support from some of the county’s leading Republican donors. The governor’s chief counsel is Peter Antonacci, whom Scott named interim state attorney after Michael McAuliffe resigned in January 2012. I am told that Antonacci talked up Aronberg around the office during that 2012 campaign.</p> <p>Another interesting name is <strong>Manuel Farach</strong>, a lawyer who has been a judicial finalist, a nominating commission member and chairman of the Palm Beach County Ethics Commission. He works for Richman Greer, a firm usually identified with the Democratic Party. During the 2000 recount, Gerald Richman unsuccessfully asked a judge to declare all absentee ballots in Martin and Seminole counties invalid because elections supervisors had violated rules concerning the ballots. If Richman had won, the change in vote totals would have given Florida and the presidency to Al Gore.</p> <p>Also among the 15 finalists are Wellington council member <strong>Howard Coates</strong>, who ran unsuccessfully for the Florida House as a Republican in 2008, five county judges or magistrates and three state prosecutors.</p> <p>Palm Beach County’s judiciary long has been recognized around the state for high quality compared to other urban counties. One reason is that the county hasn’t been plagued by the nasty judicial politics seen regularly in Broward and Miami-Dade. Another is that nominating commissions have taken their work more seriously than partisan politics. The county will keep that reputation if Scott keeps politics out of his deliberations. Given the circumstances, the county will enjoy the benefit or suffer the harm of Scott’s decisions for a long time.</p> <h3>Trader Joe’s update</h3> <p>At the Trader Joe’s store in Boca Raton, the power poles still stand in the parking lot.</p> <p>Last fall, when the city council learned that the lines had not been buried—despite the city’s requirement that they be underground—the council issued a temporary certificate of occupancy for the store, contingent on the developer burying the lines roughly 90 days after Trader Joe’s had opened. That opening was Sept. 26.</p> <p>I reached out last week to Florida Power &amp; Light. Though it is not at fault, the utility still must do the work. A spokesman told me that in an email, “The project is scheduled to be completed before Christmas.”</p> <h3>How we stack up, income-wise</h3> <p>As part of a fascinating but sobering report on how much Americans are paid, <em>The Washington Post </em>tracked median household income over the last few decades in the nation’s roughly 3,100 counties.</p> <p>The current figure for Palm Beach County is just under $63,000, or in line with the rest of the country and well above the statewide total. Adjusted for inflation, however, median income—half above that level, half below—peaked in the county 15 years ago, as it did for most counties nationwide and for almost every county in Florida.</p> <p>One notable exception is Brevard County on the Space Coast. Not surprisingly, income peaked in 1969—the year of the first Apollo moon landing. NASA is not close to what the agency was back then.</p> <p>Most of Boca Raton and parts of Delray Beach, of course, are above that median income figure. But the report is another reminder that the issue in Florida and elsewhere is not just a recovering economy but the sort of economy the last few recoveries have brought.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 16 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsNow available in Palm Beach: Dana Rebecca Designs<p>Add some sparkle to your holidays with <a href="" target="_blank">Dana Rebecca Designs</a>, now sold at <strong>Swell Boutique </strong><em>(2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach)<strong> </strong></em>in Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This jewelry line boasts everything from gorgeous diamond earrings to cuffed gemstone bracelets. While her necklaces are minimal and elegant, her earrings, rings and bracelets range from classic to statement making.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="447" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/drd2.jpg" width="489"></p> <p>They’d make a good complement to a holiday party outfit – whether it’s for your office party or a New Year’s celebration. The pieces would also make for a perfect present. Prices range from  $300 to $13,200.  </p> <p>For more information, call 561/582-2800. Swell Boutique is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsThe Weeks Ahead: Dec. 16 to 30<p>TUESDAY, DEC. 16</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1377247046_nic-rouleau-ben-platt-book-of-mormon-broadway-chicago-review.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Book of Mormon”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Sold out, but “lottery” tickets available</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In a Kravis on Broadway season consisting largely of familiar warhorses, jukebox musicals and predictable stage-to-screen adaptations (“Flashdance the Musical?” Really?), “The Book of Mormon” is the obvious standout in its season. Its perpetually sold-out Broadway status and multiple Tony Awards don’t lie: Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez’s filthy musical about Mormon missionaries bringing their message to a war-torn African village is full of timelessly crafted Broadway songcraft, irrepressible comedy and surprisingly nuanced meditations on the purpose of faith. It’s still a must-see, even if you caught it at the Broward Center in 2013. While this Kravis engagement, which runs through Dec. 21, is sold out of advance tickets, the theater will be holding ticket lotteries prior to each performance, in which theatergoers who enter may win seats for just $25 each. Call the box office for details.</p> <p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16-17</p> <p><img alt="" height="422" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ben_vereenfull_image_39782177-620x654.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ben Vereen</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$65</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Ben Vereen is a certifiable Broadway legend and consummate entertainer whose Tony-winning turn as the narrator and “Leading Player” in “Pippin,” circa 1972, defined the character’s style for decades to come. Also heralded for his Broadway work in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Sweet Charity” and “Hair,” the Miami native continues to exude class and inspiration in his cabaret-style vocal performances, which draw heavily from musical theater and the American songbook. At 68, Vereen is not only still kicking, he’s still relevant: He assisted as an acting coach for Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi in their 2006 movie “Idlewild,” and he currently appears in Chris Rock’s cameo-laden Hollywood satire “Top Five.”</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, DEC. 18-21</p> <p><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/scarface.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Borscht Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Various venues in Miami</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: Various prices, sometimes free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s doubtful that Robert Redford will turn up for this indiest of all indie film festivals, dubbed “Sundance on psychotropic mushrooms” in a <em>Miami New Times</em> laud. Commissioned by the Borscht Corp., which produces and showcases movies by emerging local artists, this quasi-annual fest will enter its ninth cycle of programming this month. The festival will include screenings of short films (Borscht shorts have later been selected for more than 50 international film festivals), “site-specific” film screenings of made-in-Miami work at special locations, and showings of Miami cult-classic titles. At the expense of burying the lede even further, the main draw here is “Scarface Redux,” a crowd-sourced remake of the Brian de Palma gangster saga. Organizers dissected the original movie into 15-second quadrants, after which each segment was re-shot by different artists in whatever manner they chose, from live action and animation to puppets and LEGO bricks. The result of this schizophrenic, reverent movie mash-up will make its world premiere, free of cost, at the Borscht.</p> <p>FRIDAY, DEC. 19</p> <p> <img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/tumblr_inline_ndpvpop6f51ruat4u.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Goodbye to Language 3D”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 9:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>From the beginning of his career in the late 1950s, virtuoso French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard has been expanding the formal and narrative possibilities of cinema through projects such as “Breathless,” “Week-End” and his historic “Histoire(s) du Cinema” series. So it should come as no surprise that at 83, Godard is still experimenting with the art form and blazing new trails. Hence the critical adulation he’s received for his latest work, “Goodbye to Language,” a short (70 minutes) but monumental feature that apparently employs 3D technology in ways it has never been utilized before—a magic trick that earned the movie an unprecedented mid-film round of applause at its premiere at Cannes earlier this year. Like much of Godard’s work in the Aughts, “Goodbye to Language” is a hodgepodge of poetic digital imagery, vintage film clips, and dense on-screen text. The story, if it matters at all, is about the emergence and dissolution of a relationship, though the main character, allegedly, is Godard’s dog Roxy. It’s hard to summarize; just see it!</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ramsey_lewis_composersff_s640x4261.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Ramsey Lewis: “Celebration!”</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$150</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It seems that as long as there was jazz, Ramsey Lewis was playing it. The three-time Grammy-winning composer/pianist released his first album, “Ramsey Lewis and his Gentle-men of Swing,” way back in 1956. Seven children, 14 grandchildren, and one-great-grandchild later, this elder statesman of the 88 keys is still active, releasing his 80<sup>th</sup> album, “Taking Another Look,” in 2011. For this special, one-off performance at the Arsht, Lewis will perform a selection of holiday compositions, a jazz tradition dating back to the yuletide brass of Louis Armstrong. He’ll be joined on this bill by fellow headliners in their own right: Lisa Fischer, the Rolling Stones’ backup singer <em>par excellence</em>, who was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom;” and Gregory Porter, the vocalist whose 2014 release “Liquid Spirit” took home the Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy. Bringing things full circle, the album included a cover of “The ‘In’ Crowd,” which Ramsey Lewis recorded in 1965.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 19-20</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/abraham-in-motion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Abraham in Motion: “Pavement”</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The “Abraham” in Abraham in Motion refers to Kyle Abraham, a dance phenom who became one of just 24 artists nationwide to receive a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013. Abraham choreographs dance that is rooted in 1990s hip-hop fashion, music and ethos, inspired by everything from civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois to John Singleton’s culture-defining film “Boyz n The Hood.” In his piece “Pavement,” which makes its South Florida premiere at the Kravis, he reimagines Singleton’s movie as a dance work set in the historically black neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, where the legacy of jazz titans and successful small businesses has degenerated into gang violence and crack houses. A history of discrimination, genocide and poverty colors this personal canvas of movement, a sure-to-be highlight of the venue’s “Provocative Entertainment at Kravis” series.</p> <p>SUNDAY, DEC. 21</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/ariana_grande_1410934532640.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Y100 Jingle Ball</strong></p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $65-$280</p> <p>Contact: 954/835-8000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>South Florida’s largest pop station has brought out plenty of big guns for its annual Jingle Ball holiday concert, starting with Ariana Grande, Boca’s most successful musical export (who has been raising eyebrows, for reasons negative as well as positive, for her tour couture, a skimpy feline getup complete with cat ears). The star-studded lineup continues with Calvin Harris, the Scottish DJ and songwriter who achieved worldwide success with Rihanna’s “We Found Love;” Pharrell Williams, the global phenomenon fresh off his coaching gig with “The Voice;” Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who has topped the charts with “Fancy” and has performed with Grande on the latter’s “Problem;” Jason Derulo, a former songwriter for Diddy and Lil Wayne and has since struck out on his own with six Top Five singles; and many more. Visit for the full lineup.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 26-27</p> <p><img alt="" height="214" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/286fec_86135e29cd37407492857e67bbf16fa8.jpg_srz_p_1071_468_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Krampus”</strong></p> <p>When: 8 and 10 p.m.</p> <p>Where: Infinite Abyss Productions, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 954/326-7767, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Krampus, a beast of Alpine folklore that derives its name from the Old High German word for “claw,” is not a holiday myth that gets a lot of good press. The yin to Santa’s yang, this horned monster with a whip-like tongue is said to menace naughty children where St. Nicholas rewards the good little boys and girls. “The Krampus” is also the latest play from Infinite Abyss Productions, a South Florida theater company that re-emerged in October after a lengthy hibernation and has rebranded itself as a purveyor of horror-themed entertainment—even while the rest of us celebrate the holidays with good cheer. This contemporary-set, interactive exploration of the Krampus legend looks genuinely frightening. Whether or not you’ve been naughty or nice this season, you might just wind up in a post-Christmas Krampus ritual onstage. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.</p>John ThomasonMon, 15 Dec 2014 14:57:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsHoliday Dining: Christmas Eve &amp; Day<p>Forget leaving out milk and cookies for Santa. These restaurants want to leave an elegant Christmas Eve and/or Day meal out for you. . .</p> <p><img alt="" height="497" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/santa2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Cafe Boulud</a> (<em>301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060</em>). The posh restaurant in the Brazilian Court Hotel will be open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. offering an a la carte menu that includes everything from risotto Milanese with royal red shrimp to slow-cooked short rib pho.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Palm Beach</a> (<em>2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/582-2800</em>) will be dishing up a pretty spiffy Christmas dinner to go. Cost is $300 for a multicourse meal that will feed up to eight, with dishes like roasted cauliflower and lentil salad, prime rib with porcini-red wine demiglace, and spiced ginger cheesecake. Call 561/493-5530 to order.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">NYY Steak</a> (<em>5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek, 954/977-6700</em>). The Seminole Casino’s classy meatery will be open for dinner both Christmas Eve and Day, offering its regular menu, as well as several specials. Think corn and Alaskan king crab chowder, stuffed pork prime rib and chocolate flan with gingerbread cookies.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Oceans 234</a> (<em>234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539</em>) will be serving up its fabulous ocean views and regular menu, along with a roster of special holiday dishes, among them butter-poached lobster salad with blood orange vinaigrette and goat cheese and pistachio-crusted rack of lamb. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 1 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.</p> <p>Also open on Christmas Eve and Day will be Gary Racks’ trio of eateries: <a href="" target="_blank">Racks Downtown Eatery &amp; Tavern</a> (<em>402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662</em>), <a href="" target="_blank">R</a><a href="" target="_blank">acks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a> (<em>5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/450-6718</em>) and the new <a href="" target="_blank">Farmhouse Kitchen</a> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, 561/826-2625</em>). More holiday eats can be had at <a href="" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> (<em>301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699</em>), <a href="" target="_blank">RA Sushi</a> (<em>11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/340-2112</em>) and <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson on Waterway East</a> (<em>900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-1343</em>). Call for hours and menus.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 15 Dec 2014 10:42:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsBurger &amp; Beer Joint Coming to WPB<p>Like caviar and blini, steak and eggs, and lobster and drawn butter, a burger and a beer is a culinary match made, if not in heaven, in most of our bellies.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bbjoint.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And come spring of next year, one of Miami’s premier purveyors of thick, juicy burgers and cold, frothy beers will be dishing and pouring in <strong>CityPlace</strong>. That would be <a href="" target="_blank">Burger &amp; Beer Joint</a>, which opened its first outlet in South Beach in 2009 and is now in the midst of an aggressive expansion campaign that will see the debut of more joints in central and South Florida over the next year or so and up to 50 in the next several years.</p> <p>The chain is known for its half-pound certified Angus beef burgers, which come in a variety of guises, from the Hotel California (guacamole, grilled onion, jalapeno relish, cilantro sour cream, cheddar and a sunny-side up egg) to the Stairway to Heaven (half-pound Wagyu beef patty with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle aioli).</p> <p>There’s also the monster Motherburger, a 10-pound behemoth that sells for $125 and defeated even the elastic stomach and cast iron intestinal tract of Adam Richman of “Man vs. Food” fame. You can also customize your own beef, bison, turkey, chicken, veggie and tuna patties with an array of garnishes, extra proteins and sauces.</p> <p>Along with an extensive selection of craft beers, there’s a roster of “adult shakes” that combine dessert with a serious buzz, like the fetchingly named Spank the Monkey, which blends rocky road ice cream, fresh banana, Pinnacle cake vodka and creme de banana. No word if it makes hair grow on your palms.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 15 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTop 10 Concerts/Tours of 2014<p><em>This is the first of our year-end top 10s; continue to visit throughout September to read out Top 10 movies, regional plays, and regional musicals.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/m-ward-photo-1_wide-94e2dcfedd82913b164053aa70e45726bccebad2-s4-c85.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p><strong>10. M. Ward</strong>, May 2 at Culture Room</p> <p>As is customary, gifted singer-songwriter M. Ward didn’t just play the guitar at his first-ever Fort Lauderdale performance; he conquered it with both the controlled fury of a prizefighter in the zone and the pastoral delicacy of a cowboy around a campfire. He effectively made the audience disappear, crafting personal, bedroom catharses on which we happen to be eavesdropping.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/billtjones.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>9. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company</strong>, March 7 at Mizner Park Amphitheater</p> <p>My favorite performance at this year’s Festival of the Arts Boca was also its most inscrutable, a selection of dances that was all the more compelling because it remained open to interpretation. Besides, as the dancers spent two hours swaying, gliding, sliding, shuffling, hopping, kicking, piggybacking, rolling, writhing, and contorting themselves into yogic positions, the story became secondary to the athleticism, lulling us into wide-eyed trance.</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/a_560x375.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>8. St. Vincent</strong>, Oct. 6 at Fillmore Miami Beach</p> <p>Part indie rocker, part vaudeville chanteuse, part performance artist, Annie Clark’s St. Vincent’s brought a night of delectable weirdness to Miami, performing everything her fans wanted to hear with a flair for the theatrical.</p> <p><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/8948771-large.jpg" width="380"></p> <p><strong>7. Colin Mochrie &amp; Brad Sherwood</strong>, March 8 at Coral Springs Center for the Arts</p> <p>It’s one thing to see these “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars on television, subject to editing and FCC regulations. It’s quite another to see them live, where anything truly goes. These two rubbery improv comedians were funnier than I’ve ever seen them, in comedy sketches far more ambitious than anything that could be pulled off on television—especially its painful, mousetrap-aided show-stopper. Colin still can’t rap, though!</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/8e116296ab10f556b5649070cebcc3c7b6567439_r.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>6. Iron &amp; Wine</strong>, Feb. 25 at Culture Room</p> <p>Iron &amp; Wine’s music has grown ever more expansive and musically rich in the past decade, but this tour was a throwback to singer-songwriter Sam Beam’s earliest days as a professional musician. He played music from his entire career with an acoustic guitar only, in a manner befitting the rustic, solo, back-porch charms of his first couple of records. He was in good spirits and proved open to taking audience requests, which made the night even more special.</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/sv8kejtffps.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>5. Deepak Chopra</strong>, Nov. 13 at B’Nai Israel</p> <p>There’s nothing like trying to comprehend the nature of the universe in less than two hours. Chopra came as close to successfully broaching this impossible topic as any speaker I’ve ever heard, distilling theories about nonlocal consciousness, the mysteries of black holes, the dangers of genetic engineering and the quantifiability of happiness in a slide-aided presentation that left us wanting more; it was a weeklong Deepak workshop condensed into one thrilling night.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/534c340074aafd2e55cab05a_jack-antonoff-bleachers-fun-01.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>4. Bleachers</strong>, Oct. 26 at Cruzan Amphitheatre</p> <p>Jack Antonoff’s fun. side project played a mid-day set at the Coral Skies Festival, but the energy that accompanied its set was unparalleled. Those who turned out for the performance witnessed the stars of tomorrow today, in a show that confirmed that the irrepressibly nostalgic throwbacks on Bleachers’ debut album “Strange Desire” sound even better blasting from amphitheater speakers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/1110-031-so-you-think-you-can-dance-top-14-perform-large-photo-960x540.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>3. “So You Think You Can Dance!” season 11 tour</strong>, Nov. 28 at Arsht Center</p> <p>Though one Top 10 dancer was apparently too injured to dance anything but group numbers, this enormously satisfying evening of dance included favorites from the past summer’s season of “So You Think You Can Dance!,” as well as inspired and indefatigable new group numbers. I’m sure other cities received great shows on this latest “SYTYCD” tour, but there was clearly something special in the Miami air this winter, because it was the hometown show for the season’s winner, Ricky Ubeda, whose emotional solo capped the evening, eliciting tears from its performer and a standing ovation from its audience.</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/pt_1595_803_o.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. Jerry Seinfeld</strong>, Jan. 31 at Hard Rock Live</p> <p>Seinfeld not only still has it; his South Florida engagement proved that he’s arguably funnier and more observant than ever. His material traveled so far out into a realm of self-reflexive nothingness that it was downright existential. Buried among the evening’s abstruse material were cogent points about our overreliance on technology, the global decline of person-to-person communication, and the deliberate seduction of unhealthy food, delivered with punch lines so sharp and surprising that I couldn’t help missing his next quip—because I was still reeling over the last one.</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/belle-and-sebastian.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Belle &amp; Sebastian</strong>, Sept. 28 at Fillmore Miami Beach</p> <p>Flawless sound, an unpredictable and unique set list, and copious love exchanged between the Scottish twee-pop superstars and the audience defined this magical night in Miami. There was even video projection and a string section of local talent backing them up. Belle &amp; Sebastian’s first South Florida show in its 18-year existence proved well worth the wait.</p>John ThomasonFri, 12 Dec 2014 11:58:00 +0000 & EventsMusicGreat gift idea: A Swank Farm Sunday!<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/swanktable_table-thumb-560x373-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This weekend promises to be a massive one for Christmas shopping, so we’re throwing this out there: Two tickets to a Swank Table dinner this season might be your ace in the hole.</p> <p>Everyone is always opining about how <em>experience</em> is the new luxury—and these Sunday dinners out at Swank Farm in Loxahatchee completely embody that concept, from the ambiance (rustic charm) to the food (five-star chefs) to the impeccable service, music, wines and attention to detail.</p> <p>I just attended the first dinner under the new pole barn—there was the late afternoon golden light as we sipped a handcrafted cocktail by The Cooper while we mingled near the fields. There was the appetizer station and a glass of prosecco, and then the dinner itself—a sublime, four-course dinner from award-winning Miami chefs from Yardbird, Swine and Khong River House.  There were miles of beautifully covered tables with sunflowers and orchids, a raised dais for the band, and new people to meet as everyone dined family-style as the sun set and the moon rose. My point? This would be the coolest Christmas present ever and you can go to and buy and download a gift certificate—without going near a mall.</p> <p>The April Diner en Blanc is sold out with a waiting list, but the following events still have seats left. But not for long.</p> <p>You can thank me later!</p> <p><strong>January 11, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>BLACK GOLD &amp; SILVER SANDS</strong></p> <p>Area 31 Restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, K Restaurant</p> <p>We celebrate Agriculture in our county both past and present.</p> <p>Benefiting Historical Society of Palm Beach County</p> <p><strong>February 8, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>HOT PINK TOMATO</strong></p> <p>Ahi Loi, Edge Steak &amp; Bar, The Dutch, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>A tribute to the number one Garden Vegetable.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach County Food Bank</p> <p><strong>March 8, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>LE GRAND AIOLI</strong></p> <p>Meat Market, Pilgrim, The Grille, 3030 Ocean</p> <p>Please dress in your best blues or blues and whites.</p> <p>Upscale, downscale. Just so it’s “Le Bleu.”</p> <p>Benefiting Cultural Council of Palm Beach County</p> <p><strong>March 22, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>WHERE’S THE BEET?</strong></p> <p>Hippocrates Health Institute, Market 17, Mom’s Pops, The Palms Hotel &amp; Spa</p> <p>A Love Song To Vegetables. An All Vegetable Feast.</p> <p>Benefiting Palm Beach Zoo</p> <h3>April 26, 2015</h3> <p>PRIME CUTS</p> <p>Ganache 316, Pistache French Bistro, S3, 50 Ocean</p> <p>A Beef Lover’s Paradise.</p> <p>Benefiting Food For The Poor</p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedFri, 12 Dec 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Five: Hoffman&#39;s Gold Collection Gift Basket<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hoffmans.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Courtesy of Hoffman’s Chocolate</p> <p>Value: $100</p> <p>What better way to say "Happy Holidays!" than with a giant basket of gourmet chocolates from South Florida's very own Hoffman's Chocolate. The Greenacres-based chocolatier has been in the business for more than 39 years, starting off as just a small chocolate shop in Lake Worth. Snag this amazing gift basket for free now. Click on the link below for more.</p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Gold Collection Gift Basket: </strong><em>This spectacular collection offers a huge assortment of Hoffman's best selling confections. You receive<strong> </strong><strong>TWO</strong> full pounds of Hoffman's Classic Assortment of our award winning Premium Milk and Dark Chocolates, a one pound box of our luscious Double Dipped Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels, a 12-oz. box of decadent Chocolate Covered Cherries, a 7-oz. bag of Milk Chocolate Boca Lattes (everyone’s favorite Chocolate/Coffee combination), a 4 oz bag of crisp chocolatey Brownie Brittle, a 3.75-oz. box of delightful Milk Chocolate Pecan Jitterbugs (this is our delectable version of that Southern classic - the Turtle), a bag of salted nut mix, a 7-oz. bag of classic Almond Toffee, a delightful bag of sweet Pecan Pralines, a 12-oz. bag of home-made Peanut Brittle, one 3-piece box of Chocolate smothered Oreos®, and our original Snoodle™ (buttery hand-made caramel with bits of pretzels all smothered in Premium Milk Chocolate and dappled with colored jimmies). Twitter: @<a href="" target="_blank">HoffmansChoc</a>. Instagram: @<a href="" target="_blank">HoffmansChocolate</a>. Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 12 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000;s Gets a Makeover<p><a href="" target="_blank">Henry’s</a> (<em>16850 Jog Rd., 561/638-1949</em>) in Delray, for 14 years a stalwart on the local culinary scene, has undergone a thorough makeover of  everything from the acoustics to the menu.</p> <p><img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/henrychef.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The bar and dining room of Burt Rapoport’s easygoing American bistro sport a more urbane, sophisticated look, thanks to Fort Lauderdale-based designer Pam Manhas, who added striking drum chandeliers, window coverings and more.</p> <p>There’s a new chef in town too. He’s Che Frey, late of Brule Bistro in Pineapple Grove. While keeping all the dishes that have become Henry’s signatures—after all, you don’t fix what’s not broken—Frey has added some signatures of his own, from bison Bolognese to port-braised short ribs to Chinese chicken meatballs in coconut broth.</p> <p>Like Hollywood celebrities, restaurants need a shot of Botox after a while.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 12 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: Spa Time + Friends and Family Sales<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/bellylove.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>First Look:</strong> Be one of the first people to experience Belly Love’s signature holiday treatments during its Deck the Spa event. Enjoy complimentary demos, passed bites, bubbly, prizes and more. The spa will also be collection unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. RSVP by emailing <a href=""></a>. <em>(3420 N.W. 62nd Ave., Margate)</em></p> <p><strong>Friends and Family Sales</strong></p> <p>Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5<sup>th</sup></p> <p><em>Palm Beach Outlets, 1801 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach </em></p> <p>Deal: Take an extra 40 percent off almost everything from Dec. 10-16.</p> <p>Lord &amp; Taylor</p> <p><em>Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</em></p> <p>Deal: Take 25 percent off almost everything. Cosmetics and fragrances are 10 percent off. Print your pass <a href="">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 News5 Reasons the Boca Raton Children’s Museum is the BEST<p><em>**Welcome to the first installment of our Boca Mom Talk column! Every other Thursday, our very own Boca mom, Michelle Olson-Rogers, will share her insights on being a parent in Boca. From her favorite spots in town to mommy-and-me fitness tips, this blog will be chock-full of tips! Check out her bio on the bottom of this blog for more info on Michelle and her business,</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/olson-rogers_2729pr-9x15nm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As a Boca resident and mom to a 19-month-old little lady, we love to spend time at the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Children’s Museum</a>.</p> <p>We go often. Very often.</p> <p>The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has been around since I was a child (in the 80’s) and has kept up with the times without losing its historical charm. We love it and so should you!</p> <p>Here’s the Boca Mom Talk on why our children’s museum is the BEST in South Florida.</p> <p><img alt="" height="251" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/3buildings.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>via Boca Raton Children's Museum</em></p> <p>1.<strong> Membership price. </strong>It is $60 for the whole family FOR A YEAR! It includes a <a href="" target="_blank">slew of benefits</a> including admissions to other museums for kids in South Florida. </p> <p>2.<strong> Classes.</strong> You can take a <a href="" target="_blank">Musikgarten</a> class (my personal favorite) with your baby, toddler OR preschooler one day and a <a href="!pinspired-play/cy8" target="_blank">Pinspired Play</a> class with other Boca moms the next. The museum recently implemented a class reward system, so after 10 or so classes purchased, you receive one for free!</p> <p><img alt="" height="480" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/2014-06-28_10.04.45_rs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo by Michelle Olson-Rogers</em></p> <p>3.<strong> Toddlers AND Preschoolers Dig It.</strong> Since they focus on hands-on, play-based learning, the museum is developmentally appropriate for early childhood. There is also a benefit to having the exhibits in a small, historic house because I personally don’t enjoy losing my little one in a huge space. I also love the low-tech environment. Without distractions from TV, computers, tablets and phones (other than Mommy taking a million pictures, of course), children can really focus on the imaginative play activities that are so healthy for them.</p> <p>4.<strong> Imagination Playground.</strong> Starting in January 2015, the museum will have public play times on the <a href="" target="_blank">Imagination Playground</a>, both indoors and outdoors. It’s a really cool portable, interactive, transformable environment that prompts children to manipulate their environment and create a play-space of their own with sand, water and loose parts. We can’t wait to try it. </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/2014-06-12_14.32.08.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo by Michelle Olson-Rogers</em></p> <p>5.<strong> Pint-sized Grocery Store.</strong> There’s nothing cuter than watching your child pretend to be an adult in the museum’s grocery store exhibit. Little do they know it becomes such a chore when you finally do it for real! Let’s keep that a secret for a bit longer Boca Moms…along with Santa and the Easter Bunny.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><a href="/blog/tag/boca-mom-talk/" target="_blank">For more from Boca Mom Talk, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em><strong></strong>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>, </strong>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for both mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersThu, 11 Dec 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Four: $150 Italianissimo Gift Card<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lindbergh.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Courtesy of Italianissimo</p> <p>Value: $150</p> <p>If you were wondering where local stores got some of those trendy European menswear, we have your answer. Thank Italianissimo, a warehouse for menswear that ranges from formal to casual chic. The Boca-based company is the only distributor for the brand Lindbergh in all of North and South America - and guess what? You can get an exclusive peek at the latest items. Italianissimo is offering a $150 Lindbergh gift card for use at the Boca warehouse (<em>1000 Clint Moore Road, Suite 104, Boca Raton</em>). </p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Lindbergh: </strong></p> <p>We create selected products with a story behind them and we want to convey those stories to our customers. We create clothing and accessories for today’s informed man, making him: 1. Look good 2. Look good for some time. We create clothing for men who are interested in acquring a wardrobe based on problem solving, finding something cool that fits into their lives. We create high industrial clothing.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 11 Dec 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Link still a great idea, Delray waits and sees and other news<h3><img alt="" height="189" src="/site_media/uploads/slider2.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Train wreck of an idea</h3> <p>This week, a Palm Beach County commissioner voiced a very bad idea.</p> <p>Hal Valeche, who represents the north end of the county, suggested at Monday’s Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting that community resentment might be running so high against All Aboard Florida that the county should abandon the idea of trying to establish a second commuter rail service.</p> <p>Valeche doesn’t underestimate the anger in his district toward the company that plans to run passenger trains from Miami to Orlando starting in 2016. Residents and business owners fear that the 16 new trains per day—each way—will disrupt car and especially boat traffic.</p> <p>Those trains will run on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which goes through the downtowns of the county’s largest cities. The current commuter service, Tri-Rail, runs on the CSX tracks farther west.</p> <p>Tri-Rail is popular in Boca, which has the busiest station— thanks in part to support from nearby businesses—and soon will be the only city to have a second station. But transportation planners for years have hoped for service on the FEC, and as Boca Raton, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach market their downtowns as places to live, the potential of that second line grows.</p> <p>Fortunately, Valeche is an outlier. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie chairs the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which she says remains committed to the <strong>Coastal Link</strong>—the plan for commuter trains on the FEC. So does Tri-Rail.</p> <p>Indeed, if Boca Raton and Delray Beach are to get any benefit from All Aboard Florida, it will be through a downtown commuter line. If safety upgrades remove the need for train whistles at crossings, Boca and Delray residents at least won’t be harmed. With no bridges in the area, this area doesn’t have the controversy there is farther north or especially in Fort Lauderdale, where the yacht industry worries about disruptions on the New River.</p> <p>Not that anything about the Coastal Link is certain. The source of money is uncertain. Nothing can happen until the FEC is double-tracked, as happened with the CSX to accommodate Tri-Rail.</p> <p>But once the 10-laning to Linton Boulevard is done, I-95 can’t get any wider. Downtown apartments are marketing themselves to millenials and empty-nesters who want public transit. That second commuter service is a long-term dream, but still a dream worth pursuing.</p> <h3>More time on Delray building rules</h3> <p>As I had speculated, the Delray Beach City Commission did not give final approval at Tuesday night’s meeting to new downtown building rules.</p> <p>Which isn’t a bad thing. Though one goal is to clarify what the city calls Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District, getting to such clarity takes time and discussion. To many residents, especially those who have spoken so passionately at hearings, Delray must get the regulations right to preserve the sort of the city they want— vibrant but not overcrowded.</p> <p>Tuesday was the second of what had been advertised as votes on the regulations. No vote took place, because the commissioners still haven’t resolved all the issues. Mayor Cary Glickstein, for example, said in an email that he wants to examine “further limiting height on Atlantic Avenue to three stories.”</p> <p>Still, the sense I get from Glickstein and commissioners Shelly Petrolia and Jordana Jarjura—the working majority —is that delay is beneficial.  Glickstein says the “end product is more important” than a deadline. Petrolia said she got satisfactory answers to some questions, but that the commission is still “working it.”</p> <p>Jarjura said that in talking with city staff members before the meeting she found “significant confusion” about the bonus program, under which developers could get such things as extra density to encourage certain types of projects in certain areas. She called the draft proposal for the program “nebulous,” but added, “I believe the extra time will afford us the opportunity to address the priorities and concerns articulated last night.”</p> <p>In the audience was Don Cooper, who will become city manager on Jan. 5. Good move. Not only will approval of the new regulations now come after he starts, Cooper will be in charge of carrying out whatever the commission agrees on.</p> <h3>Mailer on Mizner</h3> <p>On Tuesday, I wrote about the mailer to Boca Raton residents touting <a href="" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>, the four-tower condo project. The campaign is more than the mailer.</p> <p>Tami Brehse works for the West Palm Beach-based O’Donnell Agency, which represents Elad National Properties, New Mizner’s developer. Brehse said the mailer went to 12,000 Boca residents. They then got follow-up phone calls asking them to support the project, which still hasn’t even been scheduled for a Community Redevelopment Agency workshop.</p> <p>According to Brehse, Elad is “incorporating the feedback into the design” of New Mizner on the Green. After the holidays, Brehse said, Elad hopes that things will come “more info focus.”</p> <p>To Mayor Susan Haynie, the campaign seems clear. “It’s a very progressive public relations move by a developer who is unable to produce an acceptable proposal,” she said Wednesday. The mailers and phone calls are “confusing our citizens. I’ve had lots of emails and phone calls.” While Haynie acknowledges the campaign as “the developer’s right,” she believes that the photo on the mailer is misleading. The photo looks down on the project’s model, an angle that Haynie says does not show the true perspective of how the towers—which would average more than 300 feet in height—would look in comparison to the neighborhood.</p> <p>Haynie noted again that because the project seeks such a variance from the 100-foot height limit in that area “the staff cannot accept the plans.” For the council to consider the project in its current form, a council member would have to propose a planning amendment. Elad must believe that it can generate enough support to persuade at least one council member.</p> <h3>Boca Bowl almost a sell-out</h3> <p>As of Wednesday, only end-zone seats remain for the first Boca Raton Bowl, matching Marshall and Northern Illinois at FAU Stadium on Dec. 23. How great it would be if viewers of the ESPN owned-and-operated game saw a full house on a pleasant night.</p> <p>And if you wonder why people get into politics, consider that Mayor Haynie gets to toss the coin. She can take a lesson from Joe Namath. At last January’s Super Bowl, Namath tossed the coin before the referee had indicated who would call it. Namath always had a quick release. Too quick that time.</p> <h3>Palm Beach County not Palm Beach</h3> <p>New think-tank numbers again show that for all the affluence of Boca Raton, Palm Beach and other areas, Palm Beach County is economically diverse.</p> <p>Researchers for the Brookings Institute and the Urban Institute have released a county-by-county study of how many Americans apply for the <a href="" target="_blank">E</a><a href="" target="_blank">arned Income Tax Credit</a>, and how much they receive. Congress created the tax break in 1975 as a way to encourage lower-income Americans to choose work over welfare. In 2012, according to the study, the credit moved 6.5 American adults and children in working poor families out of poverty.</p> <p>Nationwide, based on 2012 figures, Americans in the Northeast and Upper Midwest used the credit least. Use was highest in Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, 20.3 percent of residents sought the tax credit. That ranked 1,451st among the country’s 3,124 counties—near the middle. But the average credit received was $2,358. That ranked the county 948th, or well into the top third.</p> <p>Only four federal tax deductions are bigger than the Earned Income Tax Credit, which mostly benefits those making between $10,000 and $20,000. Right above it in terms of overall donors is the mortgage deduction, which mostly benefits those making between $100,000 and $200,000. According to the researchers, the average claim in Palm Beach County for that tax break was $10,723—ranking the county 134<sup>th</sup>. That’s the Palm Beach County people usually think of.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 11 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityOpinionsFun Holiday Events in Delray Beach<p>Break out your ugliest Christmas sweater, put on your Santa hat, and stock up on those candy canes, because the holidays are finally here and a slew of celebrations are happening all over Delray Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="302" src="/site_media/uploads/delray_christmas_tree.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dec. 11 and 18</strong></p> <p><strong>“Holiday Happenings” at Delray Marketplace</strong>, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray; 6-8 p.m.; free admission; 561/ 865-4613</p> <p>Bring the whole family to this holiday festival.  Activities will include musical snow truck rides, face painting, magical reindeer food, a bounce house, elf games and craft stations. Photos with Santa can be purchased for $6, with proceeds benefitting the Palm Beach County Food Bank.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 12</strong></p> <p><strong>Annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal Waterway</strong>; begins at 6:30 p.m.: 561/600-9097</p> <p>Fleets of boats decorated with holiday trimmings will set sail through the Boynton Beach Inlet all the way down to south of the Linton Bridge.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 13 </strong></p> <p><strong>Delray Beach Holiday Parade</strong>, starts at 6 p.m.</p> <p>The parade will begin at the Intracoastal Bridge on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, and will head west towards Northwest Fith Avenue. Expect more than 60 decorated floats, plus a special appearance from Santa on Delray Beach Fire Department's fire truck.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 13 and 20</strong></p> <p><strong>Cookie Cruise with Santa</strong>, 801 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to noon; $18 per person; 561/243-0686 to reserve a seat</p> <p>All aboard this family cruise. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with Santa and celebrate with holiday activities.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 18:</strong></p> <p><strong>Holiday Celebration of Hanukkah and Christmas at Weisman Delray Community Center</strong>, 7091 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; free admission; 561/865-5292.<strong></strong></p> <p>Have a very merry Chrismukkah at this interfaith festivity. Children from local schools will entertain with Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. Special guest, Israeli singer Shalva Berti will also perform.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 20:</strong></p> <p><strong>Screen on the Green at Old School Square Park</strong>, Northeast First Street, Delray Beach, 7 p.m.; free admission</p> <p>Bah humbug! Get into the holiday spirit with this double feature. First watch the classic cartoon, <em>How the Grinch Stole Christmas</em>. Follow it up with the year 2000 version of <em>The Grinch</em>. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and a toy to donate to the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation.</p> <p><strong>Martha and Mory: A Holiday Cabaret at Arts Garage</strong><strong>, </strong><em>180 N.E First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; Tickets $25-$250; 561/450-6357</em><strong></strong></p> <p>Mezzo soprano Martha Bartz and pianist Mory Ortman will jingle all the way at this holiday concert.</p> <p><strong>Dec. 21</strong></p> <p><strong>“Hannukah Happenings” at Delray Marketplace</strong>, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; 6-8 p.m.; free admission.</p> <p>The whole family will enjoy dreidel games, Hanukkah songs and the Menorah lighting at this fun celebration.</p> <p><strong>December 23</strong></p> <p><strong>New Year Calendar Making</strong> <strong>at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens</strong>, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 10 a.m. free with museum admission</p> <p>Welcome in 2015 by designing a custom desktop calendar featuring the New Year zodiac sign, the sheep.<strong></strong></p>Annie PizzutelliThu, 11 Dec 2014 05:59:00 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsThe Cornell&#39;s latest exhibition gets the word out<p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/robertindiana-hoperedbluegreen122026__122026.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>When we think of text-driven visual art, if we think of it at all, we usually picture the spacious, spartan word paintings of Ed Rauscha, or perhaps the bold, single-word typographic pleas of Robert Indiana—like his endlessly reproduced “LOVE” and “HOPE.” Maybe the tech-savvy among us think of Jenny Holzer, the contemporary artist who fills scrolling LED panels with cryptic or provocative statements.</p> <p>These are perhaps the bluntest, most obvious examples of text art, but artists are incorporating words in their compositions in subtler and more surprising ways, largely divorced from their splashy, Pop Art forbears. <strong>Delray Center for the Arts</strong> is currently exhibiting 11 of these wordy artists in “Language Art,” another progressive and fascinating survey from curator Melanie Johanson.</p> <p><img alt="" height="531" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/reed-dixon.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibition, which takes over the bulk of the first and second floors of the museum, does have a couple of inevitable contributions from the aforementioned Indiana, but it’s the more obscure artists that steal the show in unexpected ways. The text in Reed Dixon’s “Postcard” series is mostly in service of its eponymous travel card; each postcard exudes bygone Florida kitsch, with palm trees, Mickey Mouse cheesecake models, Cuban planes and conquistadors selling a hilariously outdated idea of paradise. Meanwhile, vintage comic books, cult movies, advertising brands and slogans, and esoteric language share the alternately bright and foreboding canvases of Johnny Romeo, a superhero’s name if ever one existed. His collages come across as a paranoiac’s fever dream, where skulls, motorcycles and gun-toting babes appear alongside owls, partially scrubbed-out words and corporate symbols—a quest for identity in a world caught between mainstream and underground, highbrow and lowbrow.</p> <p>Taking a more minimalist and site-specific approach, Meryl Pataky’s “You” is a wall-mounted assemblage of seemingly messy, squiggly steel that only spells out the titular word in the shadow it casts below. Created from hand-cut paper and an X-ACTO knife, Annie Vought’s “I took the girl to walk in circles” is a delicate transcription from her personal trove of hand-written letters—a painstaking immortalization of the endangered and romantic art of letter-writing, with even its ink splotches retained in the final work.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/dinges2_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In the “best use of recycled materials” category is Michael Dinges’ “Dead Laptop” series—where decommissioned Macbooks become playgrounds for inspired engravings of fauna, Ouija boards, new age symbology, encyclopedic imagery and more, all of it working around the Apple logo in the center of each canvas. These pieces shake up Apple’s elegant uniformity, adding individuality to a sleekly antiseptic brand while inspirationally turning a functional object into a purely aesthetic one.</p> <p>But my favorite works in “Language Art” are those by Kathy Halper, who creates embroidered linens inspired by Facebook’s photos, its lexicon, and its atmosphere of spoiled narcissism. She started with actual quotes from her daughter’s Facebook wall, pearls of wisdom such as “It is wrong that im more embaressed about the karoke than the toplessness?” (sic) and “Note to self … there is such a thing as having too many birthday shots.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/kh-notetoself_mai.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The images are the kind you’d expect to attend such statements—usually young women acting badly. In addition to serving as a withering critique of social media and its most asinine adherents, Halper’s work derives its melancholy-tinged humor from the incongruity of re-creating a permanent and time-consuming artwork from fleeting gasps of regrettable, likely-to-be-deleted hedonism. For many young people, this <em>is</em> their form of artistic expression. Yikes!</p> <p><em>“Language Arts” runs thrugh March 8 at the Cornell Museum at Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Admission is $5. Call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 10 Dec 2014 14:31:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachDay Three: $150 Gift Card to<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <div><em><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/fnet_700x700_v4.jpg" width="490"></em> <p>Courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank">FragranceNet</a></p> <p>Value: $150</p> <p>From oatmeal cookie-scented candles to Christian Dior's signature J'adore, has all your scented needs. The best part? It's at discounted prices that hit up to 70 percent off retail prices. For the third day of our Holiday Giveaway, we've partnered with to give you a $150 gift card. (<strong>This item does not require pick up from our office.)</strong></p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About </strong><em> was created to provide the public with access to the largest inventory of genuine, brand name fragrances, skincare, candles, aromatherapy and more at the lowest possible prices. </em></p> </div>Stefanie CaintoWed, 10 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Oil Guide<p>These days I use more oil in my bathroom than I do in my kitchen. Oils are essential to your skin’s health because they keep your outer of skin cells together, making you look younger while protecting against future damage. They moisturize and nourish your hair and help prevent distress against heat styling. Oils can even help strengthen dry cracked nails and smooth out even the most chapped lips. From scalp to heels, the benefits are endless. Ready to cook up a more beautiful you?</p> <p><strong>Castor Oil:</strong></p> <p>Years ago castor oil was considered a miracle cure for just about anything. I remember my grandmother used to recommend it to treat sunburns and would even threaten the kids with a spoonful of it when didn’t eat our veggies. The wonders of castor oil aren’t just an old wives tale. Primarily made up of ricinoleic acid, a fatty compound that possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, castor oil can sooth skin and even help fight acne. Remember though: castor oil is not for cooking. It can wear away at the lining of your digestive tract.</p> <p><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_castor.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Try: SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil hair product line, <a href=";ciSelector=searchResults" target="_blank">Ulta</a>, $7.99-$12.99</p> <p><em>For Your Hair: Combat dandruff.</em></p> <p>The omega-9 fatty acids present in castor oil will help nourish dry scalps to prevent flaking. For persistent dandruff, the anti-fungal properties help fight the pathogens and micro-organisms that are leaving your scalp itchy and dehydrated. Before washing, apply castor oil to the infected areas. You’ll see results after a few washes.</p> <p><em>For Your Face: Cleanse your skin.</em></p> <p>Oil on your face? You must be thinking I’m crazy. The basic idea of the oil cleansing method is that oil absorbs oil. Many commercial face washes strip the skin of its natural necessary oils, which in fact causes your skin to produce more oil and breakouts. By gently cleaning your face with oil, you’ll wash away impurities while keeping your skin moisturized. Pour a quarter-sized amount of oil into your palms, rub them together and delicately massage the oil all over your face. The longer you work the oil into your skin, the better it breaks up the dirt and grime.</p> <p><strong>Coconut Oil:</strong></p> <p>If you haven’t already discovered the miracle of coconut oil, I can’t imagine what you’re waiting for. Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called caprylic triglyceride. This ingredient does everything from keeping your locks luscious to keeping your breath fresh, but beware coconut oil is comedogenic so it can clog pores and cause acne breakouts if it is directly applied to the face.</p> <p>Try: Whole Foods 365 Organic Expeller Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil, $10</p> <p><em>For your hair: Grow long luxurious tresses</em></p> <p>Coconut oil masks have saved the condition of my hair. More than a decade of flat ironing, blow-drying, highlighting and chemically treating my hair left it seemingly damaged beyond repair. The breakage on my hair was so bad, my ends would be noticeably uneven just a week after a trim. I started doing weekly coconut oil masks and my hair was forever changed. Fatty acids bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage. By penetrating the hair shaft, the coconut oil shields against environmental impurities and excess heat. Saturate your hair in the oil and wrap a warm towel around your head for twenty minutes. Make sure you wash out all the coconut oil to avoid buildup around your scalp.</p> <p><em>For your mouth: Oil pull for fresher breath and whiter teeth</em></p> <p>Swish coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes to strengthen your teeth and gums, whiten your smile, fix bad breath and maybe even cure a hangover. Start with a ball of solid coconut water and it will melt into a liquid. As it pulls in your saliva and toxins, it starts to get thicker and almost doubles in size.  After twenty minutes of swishing you can dispel the concoction and be left with a fresher healthier mouth. Make sure you spit out the oil into your trash can instead of your sink. The oil could build up in your drain and cause blockage.</p> <p><strong>Argan Oil:</strong></p> <p>Often referred to as “liquid gold,” argan oil is truly a whole body product. It’s loaded with vitamin E and essential fatty acids giving it unbelievable healing, repairing and conditioning properties for your hair, skin and body. But don’t get fooled by the influx of “argan oil” products currently on the market. Most are filled with silicone, artificial preservatives, dyes, perfumes and contain very little actual argan oil. Pure organic argan oil is a lightweight formula that easily penetrates without leaving any greasy residue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_argan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Try: Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, <a href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a>, $48</p> <p><em>For your hair: Mend dry brittle ends</em></p> <p>Use after blow-drying to hydrate and repair dry split ends. Rub a few drops between your palms and run your fingers through your hair to tame frizz and add shine. Like other dry oils just a few drops go a long way.</p> <p><em>For your nails: Keeps nails nourished between manicures</em></p> <p>Before polishing nails apply a few drops of argan oil to each nail. The moisturizing properties will soften cuticles, mend cracked nails and improve the condition of the skin surrounding your nail bed.</p> <p><strong>Maracuja Oil:</strong></p> <p>Extracted from passion fruit seed, this oil is ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin types. Unlike thicker oils, this one won’t clog your pores. Made up of 77 percent linoleic acid, the omega-6 essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and help the skin retain moisture. Applying linoleic acids to the skin regulates the skins oil production by balancing the sebum’s natural oleic acids that can contribute to acne.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_maracuja.jpg" width="400"></em></p> <p>Try: Tarte Maracuja Oil, <a href="" target="_blank">Sephora</a>, $46</p> <p><em>For your face: Refresh a tired complexion</em></p> <p>Infused with vitamin C, this oil absorbs quickly to replenish tired, dull skin and create the appearance of a brightened complexion. It can stimulate the production of fibroblasts, the cells that produce collagen, keeping skin firm and diminishing noticeable fine lines. The gentle oil also helps even out skin tone and soothe irritation.</p> <p><strong>Olive Oil:</strong></p> <p>Even with more exotic oils flooding the market, olive oil remains one of my favorite staples. Olive oil is naturally loaded with antioxidants and moisturizing squalene to give your skin a silky radiant finish. It has regenerative power over skin tissue so regular usage ensures that your skin remains soft and smooth while keeping it firm and toned.</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/oil_olive.jpg" width="398"></p> <p>Try: <a href="" target="_blank">Olivella Mamma Cream</a>, EVOO Factory (1239 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale), $14.50</p> <p><em>For your face: Take off your makeup</em></p> <p>Dab some olive oil on a cotton ball and glide away even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. It’s naturally less abrasive than many other makeup removers making it perfect for the delicate area around the eye. As an added bonus, the olive oil acts as a conditioner to fortify your lashes and stimulate growth.</p> <p><em>For your skin: Say goodbye to stretch marks</em></p> <p>Olive oil not only speeds up cell turnover, but it also helps increase the elasticity of the skin. This not only helps in preventing stretch marks from coming back but also helps lighten the ones that are still present. Warm up oil in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds and give yourself a hot oil massage about three times a week.</p>Annie PizzutelliWed, 10 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 for a Reason<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>‘Tis the season for running and walking events. Here’s a great local race for a good cause: The River Run 5K Run for a Reason. Money raised will help support local child welfare organizations.</p> <p><strong>What you’ll need to know:</strong></p> <p>Date: Saturday, Dec. 13</p> <p>Where: Spanish River Church (<em>2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</em>)</p> <p>Time: 7:30 a.m.</p> <p>Distance: 3.1 miles</p> <p>Cost: Adults $25 and kids (17 and younger) $20. Race day registration is $30 for adults and kids.</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/lisetteblog.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Teams of 20 or more get t-shirts. Teams of 10 or more get a discounted price of $20 per person entry fee.</p> <p>If you have little ones, there’s an 8:30 a.m. kids’ fun run, which is free. </p> <p>Race proceeds will go to 4Kids of South Florida and Place of Hope, Haven campus, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization providing family-style foster care and other important services to local children who have been abused, neglected and more. The nonprofit 4KIDS of South Florida partners with people, churches, corporations and government agencies to provide homes for children in crisis, according to race literature.</p> <p>To register, click <a href="">here</a> or call 561-994-5000 for more information. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Opens in Delray<p>One of the most stunning restaurant spots in South Florida, empty for the better part of a year, is now bustling again with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Hudson at Waterway East</a> (<em>900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343</em>), an oasis of “urban comfort food.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/hudson2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The 7,000 square foot restaurant features a giant deck on the Intracoastal, complete with dock, plus lots of indoor dining space with a modern-rustic look and hip, urban vibe. Design is by Pam Manhas of Manhas Design in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>Heading up the kitchen is former French Laundry and (David) Bouley chef George Cocilova, whose signature dishes include such temptations as lobster potato skins, a 12-ounce brisket-short rib burger, pan-seared scallops with sweet pea puree and carrot butter, and Alaskan halibut with applewood-smoked bacon and mustard spaetzle.</p> <p>Of course, there’s an extensive beverage program, from small-batch spirits to craft beers (many from local brewers) to a roster of boutique wines.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 09 Dec 2014 10:43:15 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsDay Two: Magenta Couture $250 Gift Card<p><em>**This is part of our Boca Mag Holiday Giveaway. For more info and a full list of items, click <a href="/boca-mag-holiday-giveaway-2014/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <div><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/December%202014/magenta.jpg" width="490"></div> <div> <p>Courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank">Magenta Couture</a></p> <p>Value: $250</p> <p>The latest European fashion is just a drive away. Magenta Couture, which opened this year at Royal Palm Place, curates a selection of items from Stolkholm, Spain, France, London and Italy. No traveling and jet lag needed. For the second day of our Holiday Giveaway, we've partnered with the boutique to give away a $250 gift card.</p> <p>To enter, fill out <a href="" target="_blank">this survey</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the boutique: </strong><em>For European excellence, Magenta Couture is a provider of the newest and hottest fashions east of the Atlantic. Delivering a whole new closet of international expansion, everything from Magenta Couture serves to make more than a statement. For the contemporary young woman looking to break from the mainstream with a new aesthetic, Magenta Couture makes that difference. For every scene and season, the collections within our catalog offer a full-range of items and accessories created by internationally-acclaimed designers. Everything from Magenta Couture is hand-designed to inspire individuality with cross-cultural collaborations for those who believe fashion goes beyond head-to-toe. IG: @MagentaCouture. Twitter: @MagentaCouture. Facebook: Magenta.Couture</em></p> </div>Stefanie CaintoTue, 09 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000;s building regs, the endangered Democrat and more.<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/downtown-delray.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Delray’s new building rules</h3> <p>Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Director Dana Little told me Friday that he will be “happily surprised” if the city commission adopts new downtown building rules at tonight’s meeting. Little is right to be thinking that the final vote on what are formally called the Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District might not come until January.</p> <p>Little and his staff have changed the proposals to reflect suggestions and questions from commissioners and residents at the first hearing on Nov. 18. But the suggestions and questions aren’t over.</p> <p>In an email, Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said she wants to know “what portion of a civic open space can become ‘outdoor dining.’" She wants the answer to be “None,” because allowing any “defeats the purpose of a civic space.” Little noted that requiring more open space in downtown projects is a key goal of the proposals, which he has helped to craft first as a staff member for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council as it assisted the city and now as the key city department head.</p> <p>Petrolia also wants to require more so-called “workforce housing,’ so that more people who work in Delray Beach can afford to live in Delray Beach. She points out that at the first hearing three commissioners did not want the percentage of such housing tied to a project’s density. Under the proposal, she said, an increase from 30 units per acre to 50 units per acre would mean asking the developer for just four more units of workforce housing. Obviously, pushback comes from developers, who make more money selling higher-priced units.</p> <p>Though Little says one of the appeals for developers in amending the regulations is “clarity,” Petrolia says the proposals do not make clear which areas would be able to get density increases. She also has some “smaller issues.”</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein’s priority has been to encourage more development of office space. He believes, however, that the proposals focus too much on “Class A” space—the most expensive—and not enough on “creative, compatible office space.”</p> <p>But, referring to the staff, Petrolia says, “I generally like where they are.” Glickstein believes that approval will come tonight even though the regulations “need some work” before the meeting.</p> <p>Little says the most important demand from the public was that the regulations require “wider sidewalks. If there’s one thing that came through, it was that people are fed up with 5-foot sidewalks.” Another priority of residents was that open space requirement, to provide what Little calls the sort of “great public experiences” offered by strolling Palm Beach. Also, more regulations will come with graphics, not just words, to avoid unpleasant surprises or the chance that a developer could fudge things.</p> <p>At the Nov. 18 hearing, one resident drew lots of applause when she asked that the commission allow “no exceptions” to any regulation. That probably won’t happen. The controversial “conditional use” program, though, will be changed to a “bonus” program for additional height and density to become, as Little puts it, more of a “tool” for the city to reach goals, not just something that the commission gives out for no apparent public benefit in return.</p> <p>Delray last amended its downtown building regulations when the city was trying to attract residential development. That has happened. The goal now is to make the city more livable and sustainable for those and all residents of the city. It could happen tonight, but if it takes one more meeting, the delay probably will be worth it.</p> <h3>Imagining a new downtown                               </h3> <p>Boca Raton residents just got a mailer asking them to “imagine a new vision for Downtown Boca.”</p> <p>That “new vision” is <a href="" target="_blank">New Mizner on the Green</a>, the four-tower condo project proposed to replace Mizner on the Green, the rental complex on Mizner Boulevard. The mailer —from the Broward-based developer, Elad National Properties—touts many “community benefits.” Among them: a 2-acre public park, $5 million in property tax revenue to the city; increased downtown property values; and “extraordinary architecture.”000</p> <p>The towers, though, would be roughly 200 feet taller than rules for the site allow. As Mayor Susan Haynie told me recently, a council member would have to propose an amendment for the full council even to consider the project. No council member has proposed one.</p> <p>So the mailer—an idea crafted by Elad and the company’s public relations firm—seeks “supporters” who would be willing to write letters to council members or newspapers, call city leaders or otherwise help the project gain traction. The mailer is pretty and the wish to move things along—the project basically has been stalled since last summer—is understandable, but the tactic could backfire if council members consider the mailer a not-so-subtle form of outside pressure.</p> <h3>Same sex marriage on the way?                                 </h3> <p>Florida soon could become one of the 35 states where gay marriages can take place, but the legal challenges to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage wouldn’t necessarily end.</p> <p>Last August, a federal judge struck down the 2008 ban as unconstitutional. Judge Robert Hinkle issued a stay of his order until Jan. 5, so the state could appeal. Last week, the 11<sup>th</sup> U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to extend the stay. If the court rejects Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s appeal, same-sex couples can apply to county clerks for marriage licenses.</p> <p>Compliance, though, could depend on the individual clerk. Hinkle represents only the Northern District of Florida. Different lawyers could give different interpretations of the court’s decision. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear any of the federal cases, even though the recent round of challenges began after the court last year struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.</p> <p>For that and other reasons, the challenges in state court would continue whatever happens at the federal level. This year, state judges in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties also struck down the same-sex marriage ban. Similar challenges have led other state courts to strike down same-sex marriage bans without action by federal courts.</p> <p>The two South Florida cases have been combined and sent to the Florida Supreme Court. I communicated last week with a lawyer who represents some of those plaintiffs, and she said they intend to pursue their cases regardless of