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 ExtrasWed, 29 Jul 2015 10:43:00 +0000Tap 42 Opens in Boca<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tap42.jpg" width="200">What’s probably the most-anticipated restaurant debut in the traditionally slow summer season has finally occurred in Boca, with the opening of the second branch of Fort Lauderdale-based <strong>Tap 42</strong> (5050 Town Center Circle, 561/235-5819).</p> <p>The stylish, upscale gastropub slips into the location once home to the ill-fated English Tap &amp; Beer Garden, a place that staggered from the very beginning and never did find its culinary feet.</p> <p>The new Tap has a sleek industrial-esque look reminiscent of Yard House, another beer-centric eatery with a Boca branch. Think rustic reclaimed wood walls, towering ceilings, a giant bar beneath multiple TVs and steel superstructure, tall aluminum “Navy” chairs at tall bar tables and a blackboard scrawled with a dizzying array of craft beers, plus a spacious outdoor patio with indoor-outdoor bar.</p> <p>The menu is pretty extensive, too. It's packed with haute bar bites from spicy crab and tuna rolls and beer-braised mussels with chorizo to fish ‘n’ chips and truffled steak sandwich. There’s also a roster of burgers, composed salads, sides and desserts. Weekend brunch is offered, as are a variety of mixological cocktails and a handful of wines.</p>Bill CitaraWed, 29 Jul 2015 10:43:00 +0000 & ReviewsBest acai bowls in Boca and beyond<p align="center"><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>If you're like me and crave ice cream during the summer, let me introduce you to a better alternative: an ice-cold acai bowl.</p> <p>Pronounced “ah-sah-ee,” this special Brazilian berry is loaded with anti-oxidants, which are known to help protect your body’s cells from getting damaged by free radicals and have the potential to prevent heart disease, diabetes and various conditions related to aging. </p> <p>This magical berry is so good for you, and it’s delicious too. One of the best ways to enjoy it is in an acai bowl, when its frozen puree is blended with frozen bananas and berries and topped with fresh fruit and crunchy toppings.</p> <p>Z-TIP: If you have kids and want them to experience a healthy dessert, get them to try one of these delicious treats. These bowls are better than ice cream and can even be eaten for breakfast!</p> <p>I sampled many bowls picked my top 3 go-to places in Boca and beyond.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.29_apura.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Apura Juicery</a> <em>(22191 Powerline Rd., 20B // 561/430-3596)</em></strong></p> <p>The number one best-selling bowl here is the delicious PB &amp; Acai bowl, which includes a blend of frozen blueberries, frozen banana, acai, peanut (or almond) butter, homemade almond milk and coconut water. It is then topped with crunchy granola, creamy nut butter, fresh banana, fresh berries and coconut.</p> <p>Being a chocolate lover, I absolutely love the Chocolate Euphoria bowl, which includes: fresh coconut meat, protein powder and maca root, a combination of which can keep you full and energized for hours. I felt like I was eating dessert, yet it’s so nutrient-dense and satisfying that I chose to skip dinner because I simply wasn’t hungry.</p> <p>BONUS: Out of all the bowls I tried, Apura included the most generous portion of the acai berries per serving, making them nutritional powerhouses. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.29_raw_juce.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="font8"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Raw Juce</a> <em>(2200 Glades Rd., #403, Glades Plaza // 561/424-JUCE)</em></strong></p> <p class="font8">The most popular bowl here is the Berry Hemp Banana, which has frozen bananas, strawberries, blueberries, acai and hemp seeds all topped with raw cacao nibs, chopped raw almonds and raw honey. It has a very light taste and a mild acai flavor that resemble a delicate sorbet. No wonder regulars come here to order it as their daily treat.</p> <p class="font8">If you are in the mood to take your nutrition up another notch, try the Amazon Green Energy Bowl, which has chlorophyll-rich spinach, chard and spirulina blended with the frozen fruit. Chlorophyll is known to help purify the blood and detoxify from heavy metals. But don’t be alarmed by the green color – this bowl is refreshing and delicious!</p> <p class="font8">Z-TIP: If you need energy before hitting the mall, going to the gym or just need a pick-me-up, then definitely try the Amazon Green Energy bowl.</p> <p class="font8"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.29_dr_juice.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Dr. Juice</a><em> (222 Commercial Blvd., Unit 104, Lauderdale by the Sea // 954/369-5869)</em></strong></p> <p>Inspired by his nine years of work experience as a medical device consultant, Pai Dayan opened Dr. Juice Café to help people prevent dis-ease by indulging in good-for-you, delicious concoctions.</p> <p>The best-selling bowl here is the Almond na Tigela, which features frozen acai berries, almond milk, frozen strawberries, frozen banana and almond butter. It is topped with granola, honey and coconut flakes, giving it a perfect balance of smooth and crunchy textures.</p> <p>My favorite bowl here is the Dragon Fruit Bowl. This gorgeous, fuchsia-colored dish includes: frozen dragon fruit, almond milk, frozen strawberries and mango and is topped with fresh berries, granola, honey and coconut flakes. It is refreshing for both your eyes and your mouth.</p> <p>BONUS: I love that Dr. Juice is located in the center of Lauderdale by the Sea, so if you are going to the beach and craving ice cream, you can easily indulge in this perfect alternative treat.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:56:00 +0000 Weeks Ahead: July 29 to Aug. 10<p><em>[NOTE: This column previews two weeks of events, instead of the usual one, to accommodate a vacation.]</em></p> <p>THURSDAY, JULY 30</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/panthers.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Summer of ’68: Photographing the Black Panthers”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 students, $12 adults</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196,</p> <p>The original Black Nationalist party known as the Black Panthers lasted from 1966 to 1982, and their members caused quite a stir, advocating armed resistance and ultimately leading J. Edgar Hoover to dub them the “the greatest threat to the internal security of the agency.” The Black Panthers also sounded important alarms regarding civil rights, poverty, prison double standards and especially police brutality. “The Summer of ‘68” captures a tumultuous period in the Black Panthers’ fiery history, offering a perspective of the Party far removed from the hyperbolic demonizations of the time. Curated by the Norton’s summer interns, the exhibition features 22 photographs by husband-and-wife street photographers Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch. Celebrate the exhibit’s opening at this week’s Art After Dark, which includes a scavenger hunt, a DIY button-making activity and a performance of spoken word, drums and hip-hop from local musician Eric Biddens.</p> <p>FRIDAY, JULY 31</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/thumbnail_21564.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A LEGO Brickumentary”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600,</p> <p>“Look how many things we’ve built from this simple toy.” That sentiment, expressed by one of the interviewees in this documentary about the ubiquitous LEGO brand, is close to the movie’s mission statement. “A LEGO Brickumentary,” while charting the history of the Danish-designed interlocking toys, focuses mostly on adult LEGO hobbyists and the 21<sup>st</sup> century innovations they’ve created from this humblest of mediums. Some enthusiasts recreate paintings and movies, stroke by stroke and shot for shot, using LEGO bricks; others design miniature computers, 3-D architectural models or fine-art, gallery-worthy sculptures from the plastic bricks. But as the movie reveals, all of them discover sparks of imagination and innovation from this most surprising source. Jason Bateman narrates the movie as a pint-sized LEGO character.</p> <p>SATURDAY, AUG. 1</p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/11r8ibsi3aqy6zpq1blejezsakvtnmfshk3vmx7sola,-8ixxompp6ydlkegdrx3xzl0az7ukzwcrdwzmaysnn8.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55 ($40-$55 for remainder of the run)</p> <p>Contact: 305/445-1119,</p> <p>I must admit, I had never heard of talent agent Sue Mengers before I began researching this one-woman show by John Logan. But in the ‘70s and ‘80s, as new styles of acting, directing and screenwriting emerged in a Hollywood studio system that suddenly valued realism over escapism, Mengers was at the backstage forefront. As a boutique agent—one of the last of a dying breed, before corporate agencies hoovered up most of the talent—Mengers represented everyone from Sidney Lumet and Brian de Palma to Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Gore Vidal and Nick Nolte. Logan’s bioplay finds Mengers nearing the twilight of her Hollywood relevance, waiting in her upscale apartment for a phone call from her most important client, Barbra Streisand, while sharing insights, lessons and bon mots from her life and career. Laura Turnbull takes on this challenging part—all 42 pages of monologue—while never leaving her character’s centrally positioned sofa. “I’ll Eat You Last” runs through Aug. 30.</p> <p>FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JULY 31-AUG. 1</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/madcat.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Mad Cat Live! “Ram”</strong></p> <p>Where: Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 305/751-9550,</p> <p>Mad Cat Theatre’s Mad Cat Live! concert series, which kicks off this weekend, continues the collective’s efforts to expand the definition of what live theater can be. This theatrical concert, directed by Mad Cat founder Paul Tei, will feature a band of seasoned professionals, many of them crossing over regularly from music to theater and vice versa, performing Paul and Linda McCartney’s 1971 album “RAM.” Guitarist Darren Bruck, singer and bassist Jim Camacho, multi-instrumentalist Matt Corey, guitarist and vocalist Erik Fabregat, percussionist Brian Sayre and keyboardist/singer Steph Taylor will execute this controversial turning point in McCartney’s career. Loose, playful and unexpected, McCartney’s first album  released after the breakup of the Beatles was dismissed upon its initial release and has only recently, with a 2012 reissue, taken on the critical acclaim it has always deserved. The concert includes an introduction and a Q&amp;A with the band.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AUG. 1-2</p> <p><img alt="" height="378" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/33.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Ballet Theatre’s “Summer Spectacular”</strong></p> <p>Where: University Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $35 adults, $25 seniors and children</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709,</p> <p>Ridiculous, meet sublime. Boca Ballet Theatre’s “Summer Spectacular,” a program celebrating the work of American masters, will hit every note along this tonal spectrum. On the more comedic side is Lew Christensen’s “Con Amore,” a 1953 masterpiece set to three effervescent Rossini overtures, which spoofs the outsized passions of opera. In the first scene, a pirate finds himself marooned on an island with sexually rapacious amazon warrior women (not a bad miscalculation); in the second, a flirtatious bride tries to hide three gentlemen callers when her husband arrives unexpectedly; and in the third, a devious cupid connects both plots by shooting arrows at the characters’ derrieres. This gonzo farce will be emotionally leavened by the dancers’ take on Balanchine’s “Serenade,” the great choreographer’s first original ballet created in the U.S. Designed as a lesson in stage technique, the half-hour ballet is defined by its ravishing blue costumes, its tragic interpretation of a Tchaikovsky score, and its allusions to the earlier ballet “Giselle.” A world-premiere ballet from renowned Philadelphia choreographer Christopher Fleming rounds out this dynamic program.</p> <p>TUESDAY, AUG. 4</p> <p><img alt="" height="244" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/face-to-face-band-interview-.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Face to Face</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074,</p> <p>The last time we remember punk rockers Face to Face swinging by South Florida, it was an acoustic tour in 2012, also at the Culture Room. This time, fans of the longtime SoCal favorites will get to see the group in its full amped-up, floor-scorching glory. Since reuniting in 2008, Face to Face has released a couple of relevance-maintaining albums, but vocalist Trevor Keith and company know what their fans want to hear; that’s why they’ve lately taken to playing their first three seminal early-to-mid-‘90s albums—“Don’t Turn Away,” “Big Choice” and “Face to Face”—in their entirely at select concerts. All represent delectable chunks of pop-punk candy, so no matter which one you get, it’ll be a rockin’ night.</p> <p>THURSDAY, AUG. 6</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/207288a.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Shorts Gone Wild 3”</strong></p> <p>Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-2533,</p> <p>“Shorts Gone Wild,” which began just a couple of seasons ago as a Broward County correlative to Miami’s popular “Summer Shorts” program of one-act plays, has evolved in this brief time into a much-anticipated shorts compilation in its own right, one with a distinctly LGBT bent and a decidedly local flair: Half of the plays this year are world premieres by South Florida writers. The others have already received national acclaim on the short-play circuit. The third-annual docket includes Sheri Wilner’s “The One,” Becca Scholssberg’s “Hands,” Patricia Cotter’s “The Anthropology Section,” Michael Leeds’ “I’m Going First,” Tony Finstrom’s “Oldest Living Chorus Boy Tells All, or the Last of Billy Button,” Stuart Meltzer’s “Quiche or Quinoa,” Michael McKeever’s “The Agenda” and a play yet to be announced. Four directors will lead actors Antonio Amadeo, Niki Fridh, Gladys Ramirez, Christina Groom, Larry Buzzeo and Craig Moody through the mostly comic material. “Shorts Gone Wild 3” runs through Sept. 6.</p> <p>FRIDAY, AUG. 7</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/3295706439_e311653b42.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Appleseed Cast</strong></p> <p>Where: Churchill’s Pub, 5501 N.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $14</p> <p>Contact: 305/757-1807,</p> <p>You could argue that the primacy of this Kansas-based quartet has passed: The Appleseed Cast peaked at the onset of the new millennium, around the time “emo” was first being used as both as genre of pride and dismissal. The Appleseed Cast embodied this emotional, angular alt-rock subgenre in its earliest records, but if “emo” is no longer the buzz-label it once was, the band seems to evolved beyond it. Regularly shifting lineups and styles, the Appleseed Cast has gone on to embrace dreamy instrumentals and elaborate post-rock exorcisms more so than the diary-scribble songwriting of emo’s foundation. The website Pitchfork, which treats emo as if it were ebola, even called its 2013 album “Illumination Ritual” “an entryway to their sprawling discography as well as a culmination of it.” But if I were you, I’d bone up on the group’s classic 2000 record “Mare Vitalis,” a concept album about the movements of the sea. The band has recently been playing it in its entirety, in honor of the album’s 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p>John ThomasonWed, 29 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsER opens in North Broward<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>West Boca Raton Medical Center has opened a satellite emergency center in Coconut Creek <em>(4890 State Road 7 // 954/480-9111.) </em>The center is open 24/7, 365 days a year. </p> <p>The 20,000-square-foot center is equipped to treat adults and children who have suffered cuts, sports injuries, accidents, dehydration, strokes and heart attacks. The center, which houses state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including a CT scanner, ultrasound and x-ray machines, also cares for people with emergency abdominal pain, breathing problems and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.29_coconut_creek_er.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The center, just south of the Sawgrass Expressway, provides another option to hospital-located emergency departments in North Broward and South Palm Beach counties. Patients who need to be admitted to the hospital would be treated and stabilized at the outpatient center, then transferred to West Boca Medical Center, according to the new ER’s <a href="">website</a>.</p> <p>More than 200 physicians on West Boca’s medical staff also will be accessible from the Coconut Creek emergency center.</p> <p>The website claims the center will offer reduced wait times compared to hospital emergency departments. In fact, those who don’t have life-threatening emergencies can make their appointments <a href="">online</a> and spend their wait time in the comfort of their homes.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.29_cdc_facts.png" width="490"></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, 29 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 comes up before the city, and news on dog beach, tax rate and Bedner&#39;s<h3 class="MsoNormal"> <img alt="" height="506" src="/site_media/uploads/sfl-b823547971z-1-20150417102129-000gmp81b5qb-1-20150417.jpg" width="900"></h3> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Chabad</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Tonight’s Boca Raton City Council meeting may feature the warm-up to a lawsuit.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At the end of a long, post-summer-hiatus agenda is the appeal of May’s 5-1 approval by the Planning and Zoning Board of added height for Chabad East Boca, on the old La Vielle Maison property just east of the Palmetto Park Road bridge. The project would include a synagogue, exhibit center and social hall. Zoning allows a house of worship, and conditional use for the extra 10 feet of height for one building also is allowed under conditions to which the congregation has agreed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The neighbors aren’t happy. They turned out in May, and on Tuesday they will come with two lawyers. As in court, those on the losing side can’t appeal just because they lost. They have to show that the Planning and Zoning Board’s approval violated city rules. In documents submitted to the city, the lawyers make their case.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Arthur Koski, who represents about a dozen plaintiffs, claims that the board based its recommendation on “improper and erroneous interpretations of the Code of the City of Boca Raton,” made its decision “arbitrarily and without reasonable analysis of requests and representation of the applicant” and failed “to consider the prima facie injuries” to nearby residents.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If Chabad East Boca builds on the site, Koski argues, his clients will suffer “loss of use and enjoyment of property,” traffic will overwhelm their neighborhoods, their property values will decline, they will find themselves blocked from their homes, they will lose privacy and suffer from “unreasonable noise invading the property.” There also will be “environmental damages, including lack of sunlight” and “disturbance of wind currents.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">John R. Eubanks represents Royal Palm Real Estate Holdings, which is on the north side of Palmetto Park Road and faces the site. He argues that his clients will be “injured by the additional height, density, massing and intensity of use which is out of character in . . . the local business district.” He claims that the chabad would be an “impermissible use” of the property.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As stated previously, I think the neighbors have a case— just not a persuasive case. And not always a factual case. Eubanks claims that the project would exceed limits on floor-to-area ratio, but it wouldn’t. As for the other gripes, the chabad would be less intense than some other allowed uses on the site.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I don’t see the council reversing the board. The staff recommendation is to uphold the decision. If that happens, I’d put the chance of the neighbors suing at 50-50. If the council caves, however, I’d put the chance of the chabad suing at 100 percent and the chance of the chabad prevailing at nearly 100 percent.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Rejection would be the second time the city has thwarted the chabad. Traffic is a legitimate concern, but traffic would be a concern with any use. As a city planner pointed out at one point, if the chabad violates the conditions, the city can intervene—as it would with any house of worship. The city would be in trouble if it seems to be establishing a higher standard for one particular house of worship.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Delray dog beach</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">While the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board was hearing and rejecting the application for a downtown iPic theater/mixed complex, another issue that may generate similar emotions was getting its first hearing.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The city’s parks and recreation department is deciding whether to set aside a portion of the public beach for dogs. In predictably careful language announcing last Monday night’s hearing, the city said it is “looking to develop possible options which include input and feedback from neighbors, dog owners, veterinarians, environmentalists, ocean rescue, police and other concerned/involved citizens.” Talk about casting a wide net.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Dog parks are not controversial. Only dogs and their owners go there. Beaches are different. And Delray’s beach might be the city’s most popular public space. Depending on one’s perspective, adding an area for dogs would enhance the beach or ruin it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Parks &amp; Recreation Director Suzanne Davis said 61 people attend the hearing. The attendees, Davis said, had “positive and negative feelings toward the possibility of a designated area on the beach.” If the issue advances, she might present “multiple options” to City Manager Don Cooper. The next meeting is Aug. 13.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Delray tax rate</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Delray Beach has mostly set its tax rate for next year, and most residents will pay more.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The rate actually will drop by a tiny amount. The main portion of the tax bill—the rate for operating expenses— will stay at $7.16 for every $1,000 of assessed value. (If your home is assesses at $300,000, for example, you pay $2,148.) The rate for the city’s debt will go down a bit.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In most cases, however, rising property values will more than make up for the millage drop. Property owners with homesteads will be the least affected. Owners of business and rental property and non-homesteaders will be affected the most.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Of course, rising values are better than what we remember from just a few years ago. And many full-service cities have backlogged needs from the recession. If Delray shows that the city is spending the people’s money well, the people will be satisfied. Most of them, anyway.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Bedners farm on</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Those who love Bedner’s Fresh Farm Market west of Boynton Beach—and there are legions—will be happy to know that the family plans to continue farming until 2043 in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve Area.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In 2001, with money from the voter-approved bond program of 1999, the county bought 262 acres from Bedner’s, and then leased back the land for farming. The county had extended the lease until 2033, but as the staff memo to county commissioners stated, the Bedners want to “ensure that the younger members of the family will have the ability to continue farming.” They asked that the lease be extended to 2043, and on Tuesday the commission agreed unanimously.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The timing is especially good, with Bedner’s scheduled opening of a store this fall in downtown Delray Beach. Commissioners, though, should recall this vote when they discuss proposals that would allow more development in the Ag Reserve.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the memo, staff warned that “the Bedners are concerned about incremental changes to the land use and zoning regulations for the Ag Reserve, and the potential impact of such changes on (their) ability to continue farming. . .” The lease extension “will provide the Bedners the legal right to farm as long it remains economically viable to do so.” The county commission should try to make viable for the Bedners and all the others by keeping as many homes as possible out of the Ag Reserve.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the 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, 28 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: Idina Menzel at Mizner Park Amphitheater<p>A flirtatious lesbian performance artist, a misunderstood green witch, a cocaine-addicted prostitute and two Disney princesses. These are just a few of the roles that actress and singer Idina Menzel has embodied over the past two decades.</p> <p>Some will know her from her theater roles in shows like “Rent,” “Wicked” and “If/Then,” all of which earned her Tony nominations. Many may know her from her recurring role on “Glee.” But most people know her as Elsa from “Frozen,” a character she voiced six years after becoming a princess at the end of Disney’s “Enchanted.” </p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/idina.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Through it all, she’s maintained a consistent vigor as a live performer. With her big voice and bold stage presence, Menzel knows how to captivate an audience. And that is just what she did when she took the stage at Mizner Park’s Count de Hoernle Amphitheater on Sunday night. </p> <p>The concert opened with a video introduction where Menzel remarked how she always knew her voice was different. Several of the great musical moments from her career played on the giant screen before she emerged in the flesh, singing “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked.” A 15-piece orchestra backed Menzel, led by pianist Cliff Carter. From the first song, you could tell that the beautiful orchestrations would easily enhance her voice.</p> <p>Playing to the audience, Menzel was thrilled to be among fans; she quipped with spectators in the front couple of rows and shared stories from her career. When she looked at the audience for a first time, she noticed a man with his wife and joked that he was the only straight guy in the audience. </p> <p>“He doesn’t know who the f*** I am,” Menzel said. “He was dragged here.”</p> <p>She then went on to sing the Barbra Streisand classic “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” In her introduction to the song, Menzel spoke of how she sang the song for Streisand at the Kennedy Center Honors, and that afterward, Babs just told her she was good and walked away. Menzel laughed and said that she would never know how Streisand truly felt.</p> <p>Her antics continued throughout the show. After an audience member remarked that she was in “The Wiz,” she responded that she was not because she was Jewish, not black—but added that her son, on the other hand, is both Jewish and black.</p> <p>While enjoying the breeze that gave her a “Beyoncé look,” Menzel was not enjoying the South Florida weather. “Holding those long notes in 100 percent humidity is interesting to me,” she said.</p> <p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/uhqcylnl.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Menzel performed several cover songs throughout her set. From theater classics like Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale” and a medley of Ethel Merman songs to Radiohead’s “Creep,” Joni Mitchell’s “River” and The Police’s “Roxanne,” nothing was off limits.</p> <p>Before “Creep,” Menzel took off her shoes to become more intimate with the crowd. She acknowledged how lucky she was to perform beautiful songs for people who are ostracized from society, but that there are days when she wakes up and does not want to get out of bed. “Creep” let her express how she feels on those days, and she even performed part of it lying flat on the stage. Upon finishing the song, Menzel received a standing ovation.</p> <p>When it came to “Take Me or Leave Me,” Maureen and Joanne’s power duet from “Rent,” Menzel brought three young adults onstage who belted their hearts out. Similarly, when it came to her Grammy- and Oscar-winning song “Let it Go,” Menzel invited all of the children in the audience to run to the front of the stage to sing along.</p> <p>Menzel was grateful to everyone around her. She took time to pay tribute to Jonathan Larson, the creator of “Rent,” who tragically died the night before his show opened, before singing “No Day But Today.” Toward the end of the show, she praised all of her orchestra members and thanked the audience for its love and support.</p> <p>Of course there were moments when Menzel missed high notes, but it is to be expected considering her vocally challenging repertoire of songs. For every note that cracked, you could feel her passion for the music. </p> <p>While Menzel has already played an array of characters, I have no doubt she will continue to impress audiences with a multitude of roles. It was announced in January that Menzel will play the lead in “Happy Time,” a television comedy produced by Ellen DeGeneres, and she has announced that she has a new album in the works.</p> <p>Menzel is defying gravity, and one should not expect her to come down anytime soon.</p> <p><strong>Set List:</strong></p> <p>Defying Gravity (from “Wicked”)</p> <p>Don't Rain on My Parade (from “Funny Girl”)</p> <p>Brave</p> <p>I Stand</p> <p>The Wizard and I (from “Wicked”)</p> <p>River (Joni Mitchell Cover)</p> <p>Love For Sale/Roxanne (Cole Porter Cover from “The New Yorkers”/The Police Cover)</p> <p>There's No Business Like Show Business/Anything Goes/Everything's Coming Up Roses (Ethel Merman Covers from “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Anything Goes” and “Gypsy”)</p> <p>Still I Can't Be Still</p> <p>Creep (Radiohead Cover)</p> <p>Take Me or Leave Me (from “Rent”)</p> <p>No Day But Today (from “Rent”)</p> <p>Always Starting Over (from “If/Then”)</p> <p>For Good (from “Wicked”)</p> <p>Let It Go (from “Frozen”)</p> <p>Encore:</p> <p>A Currently Untitled Song for Her Son, Walker</p> <p>Tomorrow (from “Annie”)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Kevin</strong></p> <p>Kevin Studer is a graduate student at Lynn University studying Communication and Media, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When not in the presence of awesome journalism opportunities, he has a passion for all things Disney and Broadway. You can reach Kevin at <a href=""></a>.</p>Kevin StuderMon, 27 Jul 2015 11:48:00 +0000 & EventsMusicHenry&#39;s Offers Special Summer Menu<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/henry-s.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Three courses for 20 bucks at one of PBC’s most popular restaurants may sound like a typo. But it’s not, at least not at <strong>Henry’s</strong> (16850 Jog Rd., 561/638-1949).</p> <p>Burt Rapoport’s iconic West Delray eatery is offering a special prix fixe summer menu through Sept. 30 that reprises some of the restaurant’s best-known dishes along with a few newbies.</p> <p>Among the dishes on that menu are first courses like chicken spring roll, crispy salmon cake and Henry’s famous Magical Split Pea Soup; entrees like pesto grilled chicken, shrimp pasta and pork Milanese; and desserts like Key lime pie, raspberry sorbet and sugar-free apple strudel.</p> <p>You can’t whine about wine prices, either, with $6 glasses of selected wines offered to anyone who orders the summer menu. There will be plenty of reason for lamentation when the snowbirds return come winter.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 27 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsCatching up with Connie<p>Since being named one of CNN’s top 10 heroes in 2012, Connie Siskowski has continued to make positive changes in the community—including her newest initiative—a curriculum manual to help more kids who are caregivers develop and prepare for their futures. Siskowski is the founder of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY): a non-profit corporation that began in 2002 to aid the children who provide care for family members in need due to illness, injury or age. AACY aims to shed light on the caregiving youth and provide them with the resources they need to make their lives easier.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/7.22_connie_siskowski.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“We should be taking care of the children, they should not be taking care of adults,” Siskowski said.</p> <p>The American Association of Caregiving Youth has created curriculum used in skills-building groups in schools in Palm Beach County. The classes educate the children on improving their communication abilities, stress management and career planning.</p> <p>The curriculum manual has been copyrighted, so the next step is to get it published and distributed. The goal is to utilize these guides to help more children develop and prepare for their futures. Siskowski is passionate about growing AACY and excited for this comprehensive, practical component.</p> <p>When asked about her favorite part of her work, Siskowski did not hesitate. “Watching the kids grow and bloom, and being able to help them along the way to see them succeed,” she said.</p> <p>Another new initiative is called Mentor A Caregiving Youth (MACY). The program pairs an adult mentor with a caregiving youth member to serve as a personal guidance counselor and a friend. The mentor/mentee relationship truly makes a difference in the lives of all parties involved.</p> <p>As for upcoming plans, Siskowski hopes to continue to raise awareness about the growing numbers of caregiving youth in Palm Beach County and to expand programming throughout the United States. Incorporating the medical community in AACY’s efforts, developing new partnerships and continuing research are all on Siskowski’s to-do list.</p> <p>If you are interested in becoming involved with AACY, you can help by becoming a mentor, assisting in the office, using social media to spread the word, sharing personal stories or aiding in the fundraising process.</p> <p>For more information about the American Association of Caregiving Youth, visit <a href=""></a>. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Jackie</strong></p> <p>Jackie Smith is a junior at the University of Florida majoring in public relations and minoring in leadership, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She is a reality television fiend with an insatiable sweet tooth and a passion for all things beauty. Discovering new places and meeting new people inspire this Boca Raton native. You can reach Jackie at<a href=""></a>.</p>Jackie SmithSat, 25 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Review: &quot;Love Letters&quot; at Broward Center<p><img alt="" height="460" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0298.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Has technology ruined romance?</p> <p>One of my favorite movie quotes comes from the 2009 romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You,” in which Drew Barrymore’s character is complaining about modern love. “I had this guy leave me a voice mail at work, and so I called him at home, and he emailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies,” Barrymore says. “It’s exhausting.”</p> <p>All of this makes me long for a time when love letters were the best way to communicate with someone: tiny notes passed in the same room, a joke left in the other’s locker, even a long story sent across the country just because someone had to share the experience with you. This is exactly what makes A. R. Gurney’s 1988 play “Love Letters” so refreshing.</p> <p>The play follows two people, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Ladd III, from their adolescent years through adulthood. Over the 50 years of their friendship, the two remain in contact through letters.</p> <p>Both characters experience an array of life events. The two discuss everything from parties and weddings to addiction and death. While they both live separate lives and marry different people, their friendship is strong and stands the test of time.</p> <p>A favorite among professional actors due to its short rehearsal time and lack of line memorization, the play has been performed by some of the greatest names of our time: Carol Burnett, Jane Curtin, Candice Bergen and Sigourney Weaver have all played Melissa, while Alan Alda, Christopher Reeve, Christopher Walken and Jeff Daniels have all played Andrew.</p> <p><img alt="" height="417" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0208.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In the show’s current touring production, running now at the Broward Center, Academy Award nominees Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal play the correspondents. You might recall the pair’s beautiful yet tragic romance in the 1970 classic “Love Story.” The duo still retains its magical connection 45 years after the film’s release.</p> <p>Both actors, now in their mid-70s, have a commanding presence onstage. Of course, when lines do not have to be memorized—the actors’ scripts are in front of them the entire show—there are going to be a few flubs, but overall the two recalled the past memories remarkably.</p> <p>At times, O’Neal seemed slightly uncomfortable onstage, and he did not seem to be focused on reacting to Melissa’s letters to Andrew. MacGraw, on the other hand, was a thrill to watch. She was engaged both in reading her letters and showing emotions to his letters.</p> <p><img alt="" height="532" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0286.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In this intimate show, MacGraw and O’Neal are the only two performers, and they sit next to each other at a table the entire time, reading directly from their characters’ letters. There isn’t much physical action to speak of, but the stories really capture your interest—enough so that the next time you want to write to a friend, you might just send her some text the old-school way: with pen and paper.</p> <p><em>The play is running at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, July 26 before taking the show to several cities from Boston to Beverly Hills over the next several months. For tickets, call 954/462-0222 or visit</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Kevin</strong></p> <p>Kevin Studer is a graduate student at Lynn University studying Communication and Media, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When not in the presence of awesome journalism opportunities, he has a passion for all things Disney and Broadway. You can reach Kevin at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><em><br></em></p>Kevin StuderFri, 24 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreStaff Picks: matcha and lots of BBQ<p>Mediterranean BBQ at Max's Social House</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_max's_social_house_bbq.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“As much as many of us wish this were the case, not every barbecue demands chicken and ribs. Just ask our friends at Max's Social House in Delray, which is hosting a family-style BBQ on July 30, starting at 7:30 p.m., with nary a half-slab of St. Louis ribs in sight. The menu does include all kinds of Mediterranean goodies, from hummus, baba ghanoush and stuffed grape leaves on the mezzes front to salt-baked grouper, grilled prawns and yogurt-marinated leg of lamb for main courses. The dinner is $45 per person. Call for reservations.”</p> <p>(116 NE 6<sup>th</sup> Ave. // <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 561/501-4332)</p> <p> </p> <p>Teavana Matcha Japanese Green Tea</p> <p><img alt="" height="333" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_matcha.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“When I was traveling through Japan and Thailand in May, matcha was in everything: matcha lattes, matcha-filled Oreos and even matcha Kit Kats. I have since been hooked on this vibrantly colored tea, so I recently picked some up at Teavana. I’ve been blending the tea with ice, skim milk and a little bit of sweetener to create my own matcha Frappuccinos, and they are incredible.”</p> <p>(<a href=";gclid=CLyZuLDj7MYCFQkFaQodJLEAMw"></a>)</p> <p> </p> <p>Gabose Korean and Japanese Restaurant’s Korean BBQ</p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_gabose_korean_bbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Cresonia Hsieh, Editorial Intern</em></p> <p>“If you're looking for authentic Korean BBQ, look no further. This Lauderhill restaurant's charcoal grill BBQ is worth the drive. The BBQ is always hot, and the food is always tasty. Just make sure you wear short sleeves when you go because the grill heats up the room, and try out all the assorted pickles that come with the BBQ—they're delicious!”</p> <p>(4991 N. University Dr., Lauderhill // 954/572-4800)</p>magazineFri, 24 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Forward: the (almost) naked truth<p>The annual Miami Swim Week, which ran this year from July 15-21, is a sight to behold in more ways than one. I was fortunate enough, through my internship with <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine, to not only cover Swim Week but to step behind the scenes and actually work one of the events. Here are just a few of the things I learned:</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_1.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>1) It’s dangerous: </strong>It didn’t take long working backstage at the week’s kickoff event—Miami Splashion—to understand that runway fashion is a contact sport. There were naked models, assistants dressing the models, limited lighting and thousands of dollars worth of bathing suits, jewelry, headpieces and shoes on tables and racks—all compressed into a backstage space that left zero room to move or breathe. Quick tip for any first-timers dressing a model at next year’s show: There’s a 90-percent chance that you’ll be whacked in the eye by one of the bathing suit strings flying all around you—or come face-to-behind with someone’s perky bare butt.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>2) <strong>Ditch your tankinis</strong>: Basic triangle bikini tops and bottoms, with charms on the ties, are no longer acceptable at Florida beaches. We’re now talking cheeky bottoms and neon/bright patterns galore. The more intricate the cutouts and overlapping straps on these bathing suits, the better.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>3) <strong>Every designer has a story</strong>: Where does the inspiration come from for a swimsuit line? For Alexandra Krauze, creator of <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11940/">Lychee Swimwear</a>, it was all about exposing the beauty of tropical jungles through her colorful prints. For Kate Broadrick, designer of <a href="">K8 Swimwear</a>, the goal was to create swimwear that caters to and celebrates a woman’s body. Take the time, if you have the opportunity, to read up on the history behind these designer lines. You’ll be that much more excited to show off a new bathing suit if you understand and appreciate the designer’s creative choices.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>4) <strong>Models are people too</strong>: Even though all the models I met seemed to be a foot taller than I am (even without their 5-inch heels), with an average of some 30,000 Instagram followers, we actually had some things in common. They too go to college and stuff their faces (with celery, but that’s besides the point) and update their Snapchat stories while sitting around sans makeup.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>5) <strong>There’s a thread that ties art and bikinis</strong>: I noticed that several bathing suits modeled during Swim Week, specifically Mohini Swim’s collection, embodied the principles behind art styles like Art Deco and neoplasticism. These designs, characterized by vertical and horizontal lines or bold geometric shapes and detailed ornamentation, prove that the runways of Paris and Milan aren’t the only style capitals where fashion is art.</p> <p><img alt="" height="583" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>6) <strong>Never accept one tattoo when you can accept five</strong>: Two things to know about me: 1) I always forget to put on jewelry in the morning, so I typically don’t wear any. And 2) I change my mind too often to commit to a tattoo. But I had a revelation on both fronts during Swim Week thanks to temporary jewelry inspired tattoos. At the Lychee Swimwear and Gypsea Swimwear showcases, a company called <a href="">Dash of Flash</a> was applying metallic and super trendy tattoos. I ended up with five on my arms, wrists, hands and back. Game changer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_7.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>7) <strong>Gypsea turns heads</strong>: Following this idea that fashion and art overlap are the creative minds at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11940/">Gypsea Swimwear</a>, which featured some of my favorite designs at Swim Week. The company, led by designer Emma Jones and surf photographer Scott Bauer, prints images from nature onto their signature bathing suits for a one-of-a-kind look. The Ava Cap Shoulder Top and Ava Brazilian Hipster Bottoms stood out. Similar to a crop top, the bathing suit top is gridded with an elastic shoulder design. The suit has a print of the Fakarava beaches and is impossible to walk past without eyeing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_8.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>8) <strong>The <a href="">Shelborne Hotel</a> throws a wild party</strong>: Along with the requisite models in pieces designed by Mohini Swim, this party had everything: a mob of young adults in the pool, tents filled with sample watermelon skewers, bathing suit sales, beach-inspired jewelry, beach balls and A-list guests. And what party would be complete without liquid nitrogen infused champagne ices?</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.24_swim_week_9.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>9) <strong>Confidence is key</strong>: There were many moments this past week that I compared myself to the models I was seeing everywhere; what girl wouldn’t? But I realized that what made these models so beautiful wasn’t their bodies and swimsuits and makeup—it was the confidence they radiated when entering a room. Be proud of what makes you different, and rock it.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Chelsea</strong></p> <p>Chelsea Stromfeld is a junior at the University of Florida studying public relations and business administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. With an extensive set of interests, she loves to stay laughing, social, creative and active. Give her a camera, food or a person to talk with, and she is all set. You can reach Chelsea at <a href=""></a>.</p>Chelsea StromfeldFri, 24 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Meets West (Delray, That Is)<p><img alt="" height="110" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/busloop.jpg" width="200">East and West Delray aren’t quite East and West Berlin. . . even if it sometimes seems so. But if the two Berlins can unite, there’s no reason why the opposite ends of Delray Beach can’t come together too.</p> <p>And come together they will. This Saturday, in fact. That’s when the Delray Beach Bus Loop will connect West Delray foodies with East Delray eateries and vice versa in an event hosted by the (West) Delray Marketplace and benefitting the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.</p> <p>From 6 to 11 p.m. the Delray trolleys will be running back and forth, with Marketplace restaurants like <strong>Apeiro, Burt &amp; Max’s, Cabo Flats, Shula Burger</strong> and more featuring special cocktails and munchies, matched on the east side by such eateries as <strong>Smoke, Mastino</strong> and<strong> Vintage Tap.</strong></p> <p>Tickets are $25 if you get them in advance (go <a href="">here</a>) and $30 on the day of at either the Arts Center or the Marketplace. Pretty cheap to party as hearty as your liver and intestinal tract can handle without worrying about driving, traffic and the dreaded DUI.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 24 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsNew districts being drawn, Boca Regional gets a boost &amp; other news of note<h3><img alt="" height="187" src="/site_media/uploads/gerry.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>Newly drawn districts</h3> <p>We may see soon what this area’s two main congressional districts will look like in revised form.</p> <p>The Legislature will meet Aug. 10 in special session to redraw perhaps 20 of Florida’s 27 congressional districts. This month, the Florida Supreme Court ordered the redrawing of eight districts, but doing that will affect many others. Remember waterbeds from the 1970s? You pushed down on one side, and the whole thing rippled. Same thing with the congressional districts.</p> <p>No district will change more than the 5<sup>th</sup>, which Corinne Brown represents. It stretches absurdly from Jacksonville to Orlando, and at one point is only as wide as a highway. Brown, a Democrat, likes it. She’s African-American, and the district is packed with African-American voters. Republicans like it. Keeping those Democrats in District 5 makes adjoining districts more Republican.</p> <p>The problems with Districts 21 and 22, which overlap Palm Beach and Broward counties, is that they run roughly parallel. Lois Frankel has voters along the coast in District 22, and Ted Deutch has voters in the western suburbs of District 21. Under rules that voters imposed in 2010, the Legislature must observe political boundaries. The fix would be to take Broward out of one district.</p> <p>In fact, the House proposed “stacking” the districts, but the Senate objected. If the new maps follow what the House proposed, Frankel and Deutch might have to run against each other. Frankel’s West Palm Beach home would be in District 21.</p> <p>Or Frankel could run in District 22, with or without moving. Members of Congress don’t have to live in their districts. Harry Johnston spent eight years representing a Palm Beach County district in which he did not live. Given that Frankel has held elective office almost continuously for three decades, I can’t see her giving up the seat.</p> <p>Fortunately for Frankel and Deutch, the court did not insist on a particular redrawing. In its ruling, the court noted that “the challengers have conceded that a vertical configuration could perhaps pass constitutional muster, and their alternative maps introduced at trial did, in fact, configure these districts in a vertical manner.” The court left the decision to the Legislature.</p> <p>Still, the districts will change. And the court must approve the statewide congressional map. Legislative leaders promise that this time everything will be done fairly and in the open. Of course, they promised that the last time.</p> <h3>Boca Regional gets high marks</h3> <p>It’s a good week for Boca Raton Regional Hospital.</p> <p><em>U.S. News and World Report</em> just released its latest rankings of American hospitals. The rankings are similar to those the publication does for colleges and universities. Critics have claimed that the rankings are too subjective, but they have attained more credibility as technology to study and compare metrics has improved. You can assume that hospital and college administrators pay attention to the rankings, which can be marketing tools.</p> <p>Boca Regional didn’t make the magazine’s honor roll of the 15 best hospitals nationwide. That distinction is reserved for such facilities as Massachusetts General—ranked first—and the main campuses in Ohio and Minnesota of the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic.</p> <p>But <em>U.S. News</em> ranked Boca Regional fourth in South Florida—tied with Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach—and 12<sup>th</sup> in Florida—tied with Mt Sinai, Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach and UF Health Jacksonville. No other Palm Beach hospital was ranked in either category. The top-ranked South Florida hospital was Baptist Health in Miami, followed by Holy Cross in Fort Lauderdale and the Cleveland Clinic’s Weston campus.</p> <p>In the last survey, Boca Raton Regional ranked 21<sup>st</sup> in the state and ninth in South Florida. If the hospital was a song and we were back in the days of Top 40 radio, you’d say that Boca Regional was No. 4 with a bullet.</p> <h3>Not as old as we look</h3> <p>Most of Boca Raton Regional’s revenue comes from Medicare. No surprise there. Palm Beach County, like the rest of Florida, has a high percentage of residents who are 65 or older.</p> <p>But is Palm Beach the oldest county in the state? No, and it’s not even close. According to new census figures, nearly 53 percent of residents in north-central Florida’s Sumter County are at least 65. Sumter is home to The Villages, the huge retirement community. Charlotte County, north of Fort Myers, is second-oldest. Thirty-seven percent of residents have hit 65.</p> <p>Palm Beach County? Somewhere between 20 percent and 25 percent. That’s a good thing. We want the county to attract young people, not drive them away.</p> <h3>Cuba bound again</h3> <p>My flight to Portugal for our recent vacation left from Miami International Airport. Departing from the next gate was a flight to Cuba on Eastern Airlines. How 1955.</p> <p>And how fitting. For 23 years, Eastern had its hub in Miami and was Dade County’s largest private employer. That first incarnation of Eastern folded in 1991. The new version comes as the United States rolls out a new version of its policy toward Cuba.</p> <p>On Monday, the two countries opened embassies in Washington and Havana. Howls of resistance continue from hard-liners in both countries, but President Obama decided that from this country’s perspective 54 years of failure—from when we cut relations—was enough.</p> <p>The flight next to mine was headed to Santa Clara, east of Havana, and carried Cuban-Americans on family visits. With luck, anyone from South Florida soon can make the trip to Cuba as if it were any other country.</p> <p>Already, Carnival is planning cruises to Cuba that will qualify under the “social impact” category that allows Americans to make pleasure visits. American companies are planning for when they can bid for contracts to repair the Cuban road system. Broadband providers know that only 5 percent of Cubans have Internet access.</p> <p>Politicians from this state, with the country’s largest Cuban-American and Cuban presence, should support the United States changing its relationship with the island. The timing certainly works. Venezuela’s economic bust means that it can’t keep sending cheap oil. Florida companies could promote renewable energy. Why let Vladimir Putin, who just wrote off much of Cuba’s debt, let Russia resume its Cold War role as Cuba’s patron?</p> <p>By wide margins, younger Americans and Cubans favor restoring diplomatic relations and ending the trade embargo, which only Congress can do. May the new Eastern Airlines flourish, and may travel to Cuba for South Floridians become as routine as it was in the 1950s.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the 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, 23 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySeasonal Finds: Zucchini<p>Marrying seasonally fresh zucchini and tomato into one perfect summer recipe is possibly the smartest thing I’ve ever done. Zucchini is a well-known summer squash, cousins with other squashes and the mighty pumpkin. Zucchini is usually served cooked and can be prepared using different techniques including steaming, boiling, grilling, stuffing, baking, barbecuing, frying or incorporating in other recipes. In my recipe below, we char the veggie in a blazing hot oven and pair with a cooling sauce. It’s a great snack for a BBQ or pool party.</p> <p>Fun fact: One zucchini has just 25 calories and contains more potassium than a banana! According to <a href="">World’s Healthiest Foods</a>, nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease. So, it is both delicious and good for you!</p> <p>When you are shopping for your zucchini at the local farmers market or store, look for small to medium sizes. They are more flavorful and easier to handle while slicing.</p> <p>Roasting zucchini is a no brainer, so the charred outside can lock in those classic zucchini flavors. I added some cayenne spice to really boost the roasted flavor, and then I roasted the zucchini in a steaming oven set at 500°F. Of course every great, hot item should be served with an equally great dipping sauce, and in this case, tomato aioli is the answer. Aioli is a Provence sauce most commonly made of garlic, olive oil and seasonings. There are many variations, and for this recipe I used mayonnaise instead of oil. Aioli is usually served at room temperature.</p> <p>This recipe is SIMPLE. I hope you love it!</p> <p><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/dsc_0011.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spicy Zucchini with Tomato Aioli</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong><br> 2 large zucchinis, cut into ½ inch spears<br> 1½ garlic cloves, plus ½ a clove for aioli, minced<br> ¼ cup olive oil<br> ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper<br> Salt to taste<br> ½ a tomato, sliced with seeds removed<br> ½ cup mayo (you can substitute Greek yogurt if preferred)<br> Pepper to taste</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong><br> Preheat oven to 500°F. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.</p> <p>Toss zucchini, garlic cloves, olive oil, cayenne and salt together until spears are coated evenly. Spread zucchini out on baking sheet with the cut side facing up. Roast for 10 minutes.</p> <p>In a blender, add tomato, mayo, remaining garlic clove, salt and pepper. Blend for about 15 seconds. Scrape sides of the blender bowl if necessary, and blend again until ingredients are fully combined, another 15 seconds. Scoop aioli into a serving dish.</p> <p>Once zucchini is finished, remove from oven and serve immediately with a side of aioli.</p> <p><em>Suggestion: I like to drizzle the aioli on top of the zucchini with a frosting bag.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Amanda JaneThu, 23 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Local Club Makes Biking More Fun<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Want to take up cycling as a sport? Or do you want to join group rides? One of the best ways to get connected with other bike riders and join planned rides with cyclists is through The Boca Raton Bicycle Club.</p> <p>The long-time local club offers lots of weekly rides (with different routes and skill levels), online club chats and other communications, meetings and advocacy opportunities and social events. It’s a great way to become more immersed in the sport’s culture, with free memberships to the <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">League of American Bicyclists</a> and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Florida Bicycle Association</a>, as well as subscriptions to Bicycling and Mountain Biking magazines. As a club member, you can learn about bicycling safety and the rules of the road. And you can explore different routes in East and West Boca. In addition to the ride, you can join fellow cyclists for social events, including club dinners and an annual picnic and club party.</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.22_biking_club_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Boca Raton Bicycle Club is getting national attention. The League of American Bicyclists' magazine is spotlighting the Club for in an upcoming issue, according to bike club President and Boca Raton plastic surgeon Jonathan R. Berman, M.D.</p> <p>When asked for the upcoming article about the Club’s biggest success over the past few years and its biggest goal for the near future Berman says, “Our biggest success has been energizing [Boca Raton Bicycle Club] with progressive and adaptive leadership, which has encouraged younger energetic men and women to join the club.  We have not forgotten our roots but are pedaling faster, harder and safer than they have in years’ past. We have more women cyclists than ever before. Our event calendar boasts more than 10 rides per week. Our ranks are swelling. The pulse of the club is active and alive!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.22_biking_club_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A Boca Raton Bicycle Club membership costs $25 per person and $40 per family and runs until the end of the year. If you sign up during the last three months of the year, the club will make allowances to include the remaining three months in an annual membership for the next year.</p> <p>For more information, go to: <a href=""></a> or call 561/391-6109. The site also has a link to another helpful web destination for cyclists: <a href=""></a>. Go there to learn about biking safety, county bike routes and more. </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, 22 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 it Out or Hoop it Up<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.22_pound_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Like most Boca moms, I LOVE my accessories. So, I consider it a major bonus if my workout class includes a cool prop to use…to distract me from the inevitable sweating and heavy breathing during my (much needed) exercise session.</p> <p>My two favorite classes as of late are held multiple times per week at <a href=""><strong>Organic Movements Dance Studio</strong></a> <em>(2400 NW Boca Raton Blvd. // 561/395-6111).</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.22_pound_2.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <h3><strong><a href="">POUND: Rockout. Workout. ™</a></strong></h3> <p>Pound out all of your mommy stress at this full-body cardio jam session, which combines light resistance with continuous simulated drumming using lightly weighted drumsticks called Ripstix. The POUND workout fuses cardio, Pilaties, isometric movements, plyometrics and isometrics poses into a 45-minute series. You can feel yourself buring major calories while strengthening and sculpting your muscles.</p> <p>The best part? You get to drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique, all while rocking out to your favorite music. It's so much fun, especially on Friday nights at "Club POUND" when the studio breaks out its colors party strobe lights. It's a great way to end a long week.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.22_hoop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=""><strong>FXP® Fitness Hula Hoop</strong></a></p> <p>Hoop it up during this fitness class by taking advantage of a specially designed FXP Hula Hoop! You’ll swivel your hips and strengthen your arms, legs and core muscles by using the hoop’s built-in resistance. FXP<strong>®</strong> Fitness wanted to design a pain-free path to getting in shape and this class does that and more, offering a fun hula hoop routine designed for all fitness levels, even beginners. The music is great too.</p> <p>I am the least talented person alive when it comes to “hula hooping,” but the weighted, flexible hoop in this class changed the game for me. It’s so simple, even kids can partake! And instructor, Connie Mullen, is top notch.</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> for pricing and class schedules. </p> <p>See you in the studio, Boca Moms!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 22 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 person&#39;s trash...<p>Is there anything more ubiquitous and multicultural than junk? Junk is everywhere, so much that we can no longer contain it in our landfills, banishing it instead to islands of oozing waste in the middle of our oceans. And as we learned from the prophesies of “Wall-E,” junk is going to outlive us.</p> <p>But at least while we’re here on this blue dot, some creative people are doing some interesting things with yesterday’s garbage, resurrecting it from the oblivion of Waste Management and turning it into world-class art that is playful, pointed and sometimes unsettling. The environmental impact of upcycling may or may not be the ultimate mission statement of the Cornell Museum’s astounding new exhibition “Reimagined,” which features 16 internationally recognized artists who work with unorthodox materials. But it’s a theme that resounds through much of its finest work.</p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/d8t64jeqaznhzzukb_jsnwyw2htlqbxybvuxhhlwvf4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Paul Villinski, for instance, is a regular Wall-E himself, suctioning up the litter of others. His mixed-media sculptures depict kaleidoscopes of butterflies, all of them fashioned from crushed beer cans—“every one of them once raised to someone’s lips,” as he describes in his artist statement. Indeed, Villinski doesn’t try to paint over his materials’ secondhand nature. In “For Senna,” a wall sculpture that was used in the fourth season of “Gossip Girl,” the butterflies scatter from a central vortex, some parts of their wings still retaining heterogeneous crinkles of crushed aluminum.</p> <p>Villinski also values recycled gloves, most of which he finds abandoned in his industrial neighborhood. “Comforter” is an impressive collage of hand-stitched gloves, some frayed and nearly coming apart, alive with both their previous functionality and their current one.</p> <p><img alt="" height="411" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/rcgfcu78kqz032ycs8rtnlmdjd0a8azlv1ynkyxkxb4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>For Sayaka Ganz, a Japanese artist whose belief in animism imbues her soulful sculptures, the hard, unartistic garbage of plastic kitchen utensils receives an astonishing second life, repurposed to create birds swooping from the air and felines prepared to pounce. Steve Blackwood, in works like “My First Rocket,” “Inertial Velocity Machine” and “Wall Flower,” reinvents wheels (literally), along with used toolboxes, old propellers and other junkyard scraps, to conjure totems of wonder and bygone imagination—beautiful objects of striking uselessness that resemble the creations of a mad inventor in a ‘50s sci-fi series. A similar sense of retro futurism permeates one of my favorite pieces in the exhibition, Pepe Calderin’s “Linux Tower,” a kinetic sculpture made from recovered computer hardware: the microprocessors and circuit boards and tiny light bulbs and spinning objects that once heralded a revolution in computing power.</p> <p><img alt="" height="418" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/cornellmuseum_reimagined_nickgentry.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Calderin isn’t the only artist in the show to rhapsodize antiquated technology. Nick Gentry’s discarded medium of choice is celluloid film, now the decaying antecedent of digital photography. In “1978” and “Once,” he creates a patchwork of film negatives, their images imprinted like ghosts onto portraits and encased, like ancient specimens, in LED light boxes. Brian Demeter’s brilliant “Americana 54” is a triptych of “cloud formations” comprised of disemboweled encyclopedias, their guts filled with illustrations of yesterday’s maps, factories and buildings, innovations long replaced or upgraded; the project is a sly, physical reference to the digital cloud that houses all of the world’s nonphysical information.</p> <p><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/r55bo5e0wbm-wiziq-umrntgbqh3rao1pfycibdj3is.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>While many of the artists in “Reimagined” work with materials found or discarded by others, Tina LaPorta transforms personal objects—pills she has taken for her own mental illness—into disquieting art that comments on our overmedicated populace. In her brightly dangerous “Sweet Madness,” mandala-like pill formations rest against a sparkly backdrop. The drugs look like candy—surely the intention of their makers—and if you tilt the frame on its side, the three pill spheres resemble Mickey Mouse.</p> <p>But some of the best pieces in “Reimagined” eschew seriousness. Donna Rosenthal repurposes printed materials, from financial newspapers to comic books and maps, into laminated suits and dresses for dolls, then prints text onto the chests of the clothes. She gives her “Superheroes” more achievable, down-to-earth powers: He’s “Mindful Man” and she’s “Worthy Woman.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/cornellmuseum_reimagined_jasonmecier-lindsay.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But no artist will grab your attention quite like Jason Mecier, a mosaic portraitist who creates faces of celebrities using what he believes would be found in their trash. Thus, the accumulation of detritus that makes up “Lindsay Lohan” includes vodka bottles, Band-Aids, lighters, Nicorette packages, pill bottles and other physical evidence of his subject’s hedonistic lifestyle.</p> <p>Mecier’s “Tori Spelling” is awash in ‘90s nostalgia, from “90210” wallpaper to toys and trinkets of the era. And his “Amy Schumer” smiles dementedly, surrounded by the remnants of her oversexualized persona—liquor bottles, condoms and vaginal moisturizer. Mecier even found a cardboard box containing a blunt direction to “push in finger hole” that Schumer would no doubt find hilarious.</p> <p>We may be overwhelmed with more junk than we can ever properly dispose of, but it’s nice to know that some of us our doing our part to make a bit more room in the increasing pile—and make us laugh in the process.</p> <p><em>“Reimagined” runs through Oct. 18 at Delray Center for the Arts’ Cornell Museum, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Admission costs $5. For information, call 561/243-7922 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 22 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachBooze &#39;n&#39; Brawls at Max&#39;s Social<p><img alt="" height="115" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/maxsohologo.png" width="200">If chefs can duke it out at Dennis Max's Delray restaurants, why not bartenders?</p> <p>Why not, indeed. So when Max's Harvest is done with its Chef vs. Chef culinary combat, it will be time for area bartenders to get it on at <strong>Max’s Social House</strong> (116 NE 6th Ave., 561/501-4332)l in that restaurant's Bar Brawls competition.</p> <p>Like the chefs’ battle, the bartender fisticuffs will happen bracket-style, with weekly cocktail combat taking place every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. beginning on Sept. 30 and ending in mid-December.</p> <p>The rules are the same too: each bartender gets a basket of mystery ingredients to create three cocktails, with the winners facing each other until only one is left standing. That lucky (and strong-livered) person wins an all-expense-paid trip to Tales of the Cocktail 2016 in the very cradle of booze and serious tippling, New Orleans. Of course, each battle will be open to the public, and both the regular menu and street munchies will be served to sop up all that alcohol.</p> <p>And speaking of alcohol, Max’s is also rolling out a few new cocktails. Like the Pimm’s Jar, a $22 play on the classic English libation, that can get two people snockered with a combo of Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, Sabrina’s Limoncello, Russian Standard vodka, strawberry syrup and ginger beer. One of the more interesting additions is the Tijuana Street Corner Daquiri, which blends Cane Brava rum with corn juice, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, citrus and habanero shrub.</p> <p>That sounds like it will not only whet your whistle but kick it around the block.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsiPic goes down in Delray P&amp;Z meeting<h3><img alt="" height="421" src="/site_media/uploads/ipic-theaters-delray-beach-750xx4892-2752-0-2.jpg" width="750"></h3> <h3>iPic Meeting</h3> <p>The debate Monday night before the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board was weird.</p> <p>It wasn’t weird because of the public comments about the iPic project, although that portion of the meeting had its predictable share of weird moments. More than one speaker, directly and indirectly, accused the unpaid board members or city commissioners or both of being bought off by iPic, whose project is formally called Fourth and Fifth Delray. “Just go ahead and approve it,” grumped one man.</p> <p>He implied that things had been greased. iPic CEO Hamid Hashemi might have been thinking to himself, “If only.” In fact, the board voted down Fourth and Fifth Delray, despite staff recommendations for approval of added height and abandonment of an alley. Hashemi’s only chance is an appeal to the city commission.</p> <p>The debate was weird because Delray Beach should not have been at this point. It has been nearly two years since the community redevelopment agency (CRA) chose iPic to develop the site that once was home to Delray Beach’s library and chamber of commerce. It has been even longer since the first plan—for a hotel—fell through.</p> <p>Because city commissioners appoint CRA board members, one would assume that the thinking of the CRA aligns reasonably well with the thinking of the commission. One would assume that the CRA vetted the Fourth and Fifth project, and then concluded that it had a reasonable chance of commission approval because of what would be good for the city in that location. The CRA owns the site, but the commission has final say on the project.</p> <p>Instead, Delray Beach is where the city was Monday night, with opinion divided about iPic but passions running high. Architect and former City Commissioner Gary Eliopoulos got so emotional as he praised the project that he turned to the audience and began preaching. Board Chairman Robin Bird had to remind him, “Gary, we’re over here.”</p> <p>Despite the hyperbole—one speaker described relatively small development projects as “monsters”—several speakers made credible points.</p> <p>One of those speakers was Bonnie Miskel, iPic’s Boca Raton-based attorney. The company wanted conditional use approval for a 60-foot building where the rules limit height to 48 feet. To accommodate the first-floor, eight-screen boutique theater and its projection equipment, Miskel said, iPic needs nearly 30 feet. The next two floors would each be 15 feet.</p> <p>That added height, however, would not mean added density. Indeed, Fourth and Fifth Delray would be 90,000 square feet overall—30,000 square feet less than if the project were shorter but denser. iPic was asking for far less than the legal maximum.</p> <p>The most credible opponents focused on traffic and parking. iPic cited its study—based on the company’s theater at Mizner Park in Boca Raton—that traffic would be manageable because the company staggers showtimes. No two theaters would let out patrons at the same time.</p> <p>Problem: iPic also argued that the project would bring business to downtown merchants—especially during their summer slow time, which is when the movie business picks up. For that to happen, moviegoers would have to stay longer. Their cars would stay in the parking garage. Where would the later-coming patrons park? iPic’s argument about traffic thus became an argument against the project.</p> <p>Hashemi, though, has a legitimate gripe about the process—a gripe that could lead to a lawsuit, whether or not he appeals. He has two years of expense into the project, having followed the request for proposal the CRA issued. Because a movie theater is not a permitted use downtown under Delray’s master plan, the CRA should have made sure that the project would be compatible.</p> <p>Instead, iPic’s representatives struggled Monday night to explain how traffic would flow reasonably well, even with the company buying another property to the southwest. Ultimately, they couldn’t persuade the board that the project’s traffic plan would work. Many speakers also referenced Atlantic Crossing, which would be just a block to the east but much larger, with other traffic issues. Two speakers even ripped iPic’s sleek, contemporary design, which I considered impressive. The project also would bring iPic’s corporate office and Class A office space that downtown Delray lacks.</p> <p>Hashemi will decide his next move. Delray Beach’s leaders must review why the city needlessly got to Monday night’s weirdness.</p> <h3>Land use for library site</h3> <p>Despite Monday night’s vote, Delray Beach continues to debate the legal issue of whether former city property can be conveyed for use as part of the iPic project or any project on that downtown site. Last week, the debate got as testy as it did Monday night on the project itself.</p> <p>The issue before the city commission was whether to amend an agreement among the city, the community redevelopment agency and the chamber of commerce. The agreement sets the payment schedule from the CRA to the former sites of the chamber and the Delray Beach library.</p> <p>The CRA voted in 2013 to convey the land to iPic upon commission approval of the project. Commissioners Shelly Petrolia and Mitch Katz, however, have questioned whether the transfer would be legal. Among other things, they question the commission vote last July that added two small properties to the site.</p> <p>According to a memo at the time from the city’s legal staff, the properties should have been included in the 2004 swap that gave the CRA the chamber and library sites. The memo referred to approval of the quitclaim deed as “time-sensitive” because of the developer’s “time line.” The transaction was described as basically a housekeeping issue. Unanimous commission approval made the properties public right-of-ways.</p> <p>Last week, the commission was supposed to decide whether to accept an additional $1 million in repayment from the CRA this year, a move that also would save the CRA about $200,000 in interest costs. Most of the discussion, however, focused on the legal questions that Commissioner Jordana Jarjura called “not rational.” She also referred to commission “paranoia.”</p> <p>Petrolia responded by saying that the 2014 vote was “not done properly” and criticized “the answers I’m getting” from the city attorney’s office. Perhaps Jarjura, Petrolia said, believed that those answers provided her with enough information to make a decision “based on what’s in the best interest of this town, but it’s not to me.”</p> <p>In an email, Jarjura said the discussion “turned into a debate on iPic rather than what it actually was—an additional $1 million payment into our general fund this year.” The commission, she said, “has complete discretion on whether or not to approve that development.” The meeting “was nothing but political posturing.”</p> <p>At the meeting, Glickstein agreed with Jarjura that the debate became “a proxy” for the iPic debate. Glickstein also agreed with Petrolia, however, that the 2014 item “wasn’t presented accurately.” The issue preceded the current city attorney and city manager. So Glickstein joined Petrolia, Katz and Al Jacquet in deferring the vote to amend the agreement.</p> <p>Part of the Petrolia-Jarjura dispute is perspective. Jarjura is not just a lawyer; she’s a land-use lawyer. Petrolia is not a lawyer. From the wider city perspective, Delray Beach needs fewer of these dangling questions that stem from questionable work by city staff. Pfeffer and Cooper didn’t cause these problems, but their priority should be to make sure they have stopped.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the 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, 21 Jul 2015 11:50:00 +0000 WatchCommunityGaming Goes Social<p>Video gaming, an activity often criticized for being antisocial, is getting a new, more interactive environment with Super League Gaming. The concept, founded by parents of children who enjoy both gaming and athletics, combines those elements for video gamers into a social “team sport atmosphere,” according to president and COO Brett Morris, father of two gaming daughters, ages 9 and 13.</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/3q0g7q77ln9-7o7ukxv-vkh7gr1wfen02crf5v6dnyc.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Super League Gaming invites teams of boys and girls (ages 7 to 14) to play video games at movie theaters in 25 cities around the country against likeminded peers. Participants form teams with their friends to play a specific game for six consecutive weeks (the league starting this fall will feature the game Minecraft), much the same way, Morris says, that kids sign up for a Little League season.</p> <p>This summer, Super League Gaming is holding one-off events in each of the 25 cities that will host league play—including a recent session at Boca Raton’s iPic Theater. Gaming enthusiasts filled the sold-out iPic, which was buzzing with excitement, to try their hand at Minecraft, a popular “open world” building-block game that allows players to create structures, acquire resources and, of course, avoid a requisite number of terrifying creatures in order to survive.</p> <p>Kids were consistently talking, both to the players next to them and to themselves, about the activity that was happening on the big screen. As the game transitioned between its creative and survival phases, the theater erupted with screams of excitement.</p> <p>“When I help with the league and watch these kids play Minecraft in the theater, the inner child in me comes out [as well],” says Jordan Steigelfest, 16, son of co-founder David Steigelfest.</p> <p>Parents, meanwhile, seem equally thrilled about Super League Gaming. They enjoyed seeing their sons and daughters being interactive with other kids, as opposed to playing games alone in their bedrooms. One mother said she had never seen her son so excited—even while they were on vacation in Costa Rica, he couldn’t stop talking about the Super League Gaming event.</p> <p><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/r4jtudynyvrcjinml3da_vgmn-ljp5ra62geosgsr1o.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Going forward, Morris would like to see gaming leagues in movie theaters become a normal activity for kids and parents. “I think at one point there was kind of a stigma [about] being a gamer [compared to] being an athlete,” Morris says. “Now, it’s just about having fun; it means nothing else other than that.”</p> <p>Super League Gaming’s six-week fall sessions at iPic begin Sept. 15. The fee for participating is $120, which includes a free jersey. According to Morris, (yet-to-be-determined) prizes will be awarded at the end of the season. For more information, visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Casey</strong></p> <p>Casey Farmer is a sophomore at Lehigh University studying journalism and business, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Casey spends most of her time on the golf course, both recreationally and as a member of Lehigh’s team. Aside from golf, she loves iced coffee, Zumba and dogs. You can reach Casey at <a href=""></a>. </p>Casey FarmerTue, 21 Jul 2015 09:26:00 +0000 New England in Palm Beach<p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/pbcatch.jpg" width="200">Tuck into a New England-style clambake without having to travel to New England at <strong>PB Catch</strong> (251 Sunrise Ave., 561/655-5558), the classy-beachy Palm Beach seafood shack from local restaurateur Thierry Beaud.</p> <p>Part of the restaurant’s seasonal Summer Shack events, the family-style, $34 prix fixe dinner takes place on Friday, July 24, and includes half a Maine lobster with clams, mussels, sausage, corn and fingerling potatoes, plus a la carte items like lobster roll, tempura clam strips and scrod Anglaise.</p> <p>Wash them all down with specialty cocktails inspired by our northern neighbors and selected craft beers, while serenaded by acoustic music and the sound of palm fronds riffling in the breeze. Can’t get that in New England. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 20 Jul 2015 15:58:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsThe Week Ahead: July 21 to 27<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tn-500_harg7978ryano'nealandalimacgrawphotobyaustinhargrave.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Love Letters”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$70</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This Pulitzer Prize finalist by A.R. Gurney, first performed in 1988, is such a minimalist play that its actors aren’t even required to memorize lines: The text is right there in front of them, on a desk, where the performers sit reading it, adding their own flavor and texture to this celebrated work. The narrative, told entirely through letters, notes and cards exchanged between the characters over a 50-year period, charts the hopes, dreams, ambitions and disappointments of lifelong pen pals Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, a U.S. senator, and Melissa Gardner, a struggling artist. The brevity of the show’s rehearsal requirements, as well as its universal themes, have drawn countless marquee names to performances on and off-Broadway over the past 25-plus years. For the national tour, we’re getting Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, who, 45 years after co-starring in “Love Story,” know a thing or two about on-set chemistry. The show runs through July 26, and we’ll have a review later this week on</p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/2507d4db3-bbdc-d709-7cb253d24e646363.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Irwin Solomon Jazz Trio with Avery Sommers</strong></p> <p>Where: Himmel Theater at CityPlace, 600 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 students, $10 adults</p> <p>Contact: 866/449-2489, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For classical and jazz music lovers in Palm Beach County, the third Tuesday of each month means one thing: The Himmel Theater’s “Music for the Mind” series, an ongoing showcase of local talent whose funds raise money for music education programs in our schools and community. This month, pianist Irwin Solomon and the rest of his jazz trio—bassist Dave Tomasello and drummer Frank Derrick—will present intimate arrangements of classics from the Great American Songbook, supplemented by vocals from cabaret performer and actress Avery Sommers. Hopefully Solomon, a professional South Florida musician and educator for more than 25 years, is as talented as he is funny: According to his official bio, “he feels very fortunate to be able to make a good living as a full time musician, but between you and me, he would give it all up for a decent head of hair.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/0420-smashing-pumpkin-sverige.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson</strong></p> <p>Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30.75-$85.25</p> <p>Contact:<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson seem like an odd tour pairing: You’d think both would bring enough of their own dedicated audience to headline an amphitheater without the other. But both of these acts are still scrabbling to maintain relevance in an era where alternative music no longer dominates airwaves and enrages older generations. Heck, the fans of these acts are quickly <em>becoming</em> the older generation. Manson and the Pumpkins have both resisted the temptation to tour as nostalgia acts, however, with the former releasing a critically acclaimed blues-tinged album earlier this year, and the latter continuing its “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope” concept-album series with last year’s “Monuments to an Elegy.” These newer cuts join a parade of hits from both acts’ back catalogs—“Today” and “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” “The Dope Show” and “Disposable Teens”—along with theatrical props and scenic designs that still aspire to shock, even if the target audience is too jaded to <em>be</em> shocked.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/radio-theatre-birds.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Birds” radio play</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.<br> Cost: $20-$50</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve seen Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” a number of its terrifying images have probably staked a permanent place in your nightmare repertory. After all, you can’t unsee a disgorged eye socket. But before it was a movie, “The Birds” was a creepy novella by Daphne du Maurier and then a radio play produced by Luxe Radio Theater in 1953. Purists of the original story would argue Hitchcock showed us too much: Perhaps the sheer terror of this ornithological onslaught should accrue most of its potency from our imagination, which needs only a few suggestive caws, shrieks, flaps and pecks to get us started. That’s the challenge, and the excitement, surrounding Delray’s Arts Radio Network, which brings “The Birds” to life this week with vintage sound effects, terrified actors, old-timey microphones and not a single actual feathered enemy in sight. Don’t be surprised if you watch the skies a little more intently on your way out, though.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/vlcsnap2009082014h45m17.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Woody Allen Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: O Cinema, 500 71<sup>st</sup> St., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7.50-$11 ($55 for weeklong pass)</p> <p>Contact: 786/207-1919, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Next weekend, July 31, Woody Allen’s latest film “Irrational Man” opens in South Florida. Like much of Allen’s post-2000s output, it’s OK. But if you need a refresher on just how brilliant Allen was at his peak, visit O Cinema’s Miami Beach location for a retrospective of his finest work. The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday with “Annie Hall,” his groundbreaking, Oscar-winning meta-comedy, and continues at 8:30 p.m. with “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” his pitch-perfect 1989 dramedy about murder, morality and capitalism. Stick around Saturday (or next week) for “Manhattan,” his black-and-white love letter to his cherished city; “Radio Days,” his affectionate tribute to the days of pre-television entertainment; and “Hannah and Her Sisters,” his masterful ensemble piece about the fragility of relationships.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/923346-7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Brenda Hope Zappitell: A Journey of Gestures”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For Delray artist Brenda Hope Zappitell, a group exhibition in a local museum is one thing; a solo show in a respected gallery is another. She’s enjoyed plenty of both, at venues ranging from Boca’s Rosenbaum Contemporary to galleries in Santa Fe, Tulsa and Park City. But this summer’s month-long showcase at Boca Raton Museum of Art is a new plateau for this award-winning painter: a solo exhibition at a major regional museum. After spending her formative years at the museum’s art school, Zappitell’s graduation to the institution’s big-sister venue is no surprise, considering the maturation and consistency of her work. Once a representational painter with abstract flourishes, Zappitell is now an abstract expressionist with only the faintest figural intimations. Like a prose writer switching her focus to poetic verse, she finds in her decisive brush strokes a fierce beauty, freed from the crutch of familiar forms. Her paintings, which bear such ephemeral titles as “Chasing Placidity” and “Embracing the Essence of Yin,” build from her immersion into such Buddhist principles as mindfulness, meditation and yoga. The exhibition runs through Aug. 23.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/idina-menzel.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Idina Menzel</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $70–$480</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>John Travolta, in a moment of severe teleprompter malfunction, famously butchered this soaring soprano’s name at the 2014 Oscars. But for theater people, Idina Menzel is a household dynamo, maintaining a spot on our radars and in our hearts since her 1996 breakthrough in the original Broadway cast of “Rent.” Her credits since have been sparse but immaculate, from “Hair” and “Aida” to the original cast of “Wicked” and the recent Tony nominee, “If/Then.” Oh yeah—and she starred as the Snow Queen in a minor Disney project called “Frozen,” with her chilly avatar becoming a staple on the bedroom wall of every 10-year-old girl in America. Trained as a classical singer since age 8, Menzel has become just as proficient in rock, pop, jazz and R&amp;B as the show tunes she belts in her day job. Her tours offer a little bit of everything—from Radiohead, the Police and Ethel Merman to Cole Porter, “Wicked” and “Frozen”—delivered alongside her signature wit, self-deprecation and personal anecdotes.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/leonrussell-1973.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Leon Russell</strong></p> <p>Where: The Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$60</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>To say that Leon Russell is a musician’s musician is an understatement. As a session player, he is as dependable as rain in July, and as versatile in genre as a good jukebox. In his 50-year career as a songwriter, singer, pianist, bandleader and guitarist, he has crossed paths and performed alongside everyone from Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand and Jerry Lee Lewis to John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. His musicality encompasses pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel and surf records, and just a few years ago, he saw his album “The Union,” co-written and performed with Elton John, peak at No. 3 on the <em>Billboard</em> chart. In other words, Russell is a major “get” for the Funky Biscuit, the intimate restaurant-club in Royal Palm Place, which celebrates its fourth anniversary with a weekend of concerts by Russell (Saturday’s show is sold out). At 73, the distinctively voiced chameleon still plays marathon set lists, from his own material to his signature takes on Beatles, Dylan, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry hits.</p>John ThomasonMon, 20 Jul 2015 15:39:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;Ant-Man&quot;<p>Let’s face it: Ant-Man is probably nobody’s favorite superhero. He’s not culturally iconic like Superman, ferociously badass like Wolverine or volcanic like The Hulk. Of the major superhero suffix franchises, Batman has seen seven movies and Spider-Man has enjoyed five before poor little Ant-Man has finally scurried onto the Silver Screen.</p> <p><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/paul-rudd-ant-man-1-132965.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Perhaps the wait, however, has less to do with popularity than it does technology. With CGI growing ever more sophisticated every year—every month, probably—the convincing portrayal of a man who can shrink to the size of an insect is now well within the capabilities of the Hollywood dream factory. “Ant-Man” is one of the most formally imaginative of the Marvel movies thus far, and it’s never better than when its titular hero is reduced to the size of a lint ball, hurtling through a suddenly dangerous world where bathtub faucets emit tsunami-like waves, where rats tower over interior cubbyholes like sentinels, and where a tabletop mock-up in somebody’s office becomes a war zone of destructive possibility.</p> <p>Shot like a live-action Pixar adventure, “Ant-Man” finds its hero dodging the spiked heels of clubgoers, clinging to the ridges of a spinning record, navigating a sewer system and riding precariously on the carapace of a flying ant. And that’s just in Ant-Man’s trial run: Just wait until he goes “subatomic,” and the movie takes on the trippy abstraction of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”</p> <p>But before we get there, we need a requisite origin story, and the movie’s writers— Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd—have borrowed elements from the Ant-Man comic book series to conceive a touching, if familiar, narrative about second chances. Rudd plays Scott Lang, an ex-convict who served time for the most noble of crimes in 21<sup>st</sup> century America: corporate whistleblowing-turned-burglary. His criminal record prevents him from keeping even menial jobs, however, which means he’s unable to pay child support or even to visit his beloved daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson).</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/3_5e24.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>He’s a man with nothing to lose and everything to gain, which is why he’s lured back into crime—in this case, cracking the safe of retired physicist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who happens to be looking for a person stealthy enough to break through his security system and discover the safe’s contents: the Ant-Man suit which, with its capacity to shrink and expand its wearer, Pym developed for national defense decades earlier amid the global panic of the Cold War. Pym needs a new Ant-Man.</p> <p>The science of it all is fairly ridiculous—some gobbledygook about changing the distance between atoms—but like everything else in this gonzo comedy, we accept it because it’s so wittily, even ingeniously presented. We also overlook the one-dimensional villain, a slimy suit named Darren Cross (Casey Stoll), who aims to replicate Pym’s formula for—what else?—world domination.</p> <p>The story doesn’t matter when the movie’s breezy tone and spirit are so gloriously spot-on. The Avengers films are at their best when they’re convivially jokey, but this entire movie feels like an extended joke, and its lack of self-seriousness sets it apart. Rudd, who has worked with cowriter Adam McKay on the “Anchorman” movies, plays Lang/Ant-Man as just another Paul Rudd everyman, absent the usual superhero ego. “I fought an Avenger, and I didn’t get killed!” he says, with the glee of a 10-year-old. (Don’t worry; I won’t spoil that hilarious cameo).</p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/ant-man-still_2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Even when the movie accedes to the usual ear-splitting procession of exploded buildings, gun-wielding standoffs and aerial fistfights, it never loses its sense of humor, always finding time for a brilliant visual gag pertaining to the scale of an object. At one point, Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, Darren Cross’ alter ego, are tussling inside a briefcase as it plummets from a helicopter, trading fisticuffs on and around a now-massive iPhone. Yellowjacket happens to rub against the smartphone while threatening Ant-Man about his imminent disintegration, and Siri takes this as a command to play “Disintegration” by The Cure. Something tells me you won’t encounter a gag like that in “Batman vs. Superman.”</p>John ThomasonFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:23:14 +0000 & EventsMoviesOceano Goes From Pizza to Jerk<p><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/swellpizzadak.jpg" width="200">One thing you gotta say about Dak Kerprich, he’s not afraid to roll the dice with his restaurants. Actually, you gotta say two things: He makes damn fine pizza.</p> <p>He does not, however, continue to make pizza at the thimble-sized spot on Lantana’s East Ocean Avenue that earned recognition as the best (or at least one of the best) purveyor of pizza pies in the state. Rolling the dice on turning out his own uncompromising style of pizza at a out-of-the-way location with only a handful of indoor seats, a cash-only policy and have-it-my-way (or else) culinary ethos made Pizzeria Oceano a local mecca for pizza fanatics.</p> <p>But Kerprich has other ideas and rolled the dice again, just recently banishing pizza from the (former) Oceano and turning it into fresh-local-sustainable Caribbean eatery called Jerk O. It’s still tiny, cash-only and as unique as its chef-owner, but now it’s dishing up plates like blacked red shrimp with sweet pepper gravy and coconut grits and wahoo with curried salt and hot &amp; sour honey.</p> <p>If that’s not enough, Kerprich has doubled down on pizza too, opening <strong>Swell Pizza</strong> (309 NE 2nd Ave., 561/292-2020) in Delray’s Pineapple Grove district, several blocks off bustling Atlantic Avenue. The pies here are a little different than those at Oceano, the result of extensive experimentation with dough and a focus on healthy pies made with organic ingredients.</p> <p>The menu is pretty basic. Three pies, either large or smaller, two reds and one white, with a roster of add-ons that lets you customize your pie to your individual taste. The “Basic” pizza, for example, comes with tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, pecorino and basil, but can be jazzed up with everything from arugula to salame Calabrese. It’s not cheap, and it’s take-out and delivery only but if you’re hungry for Kerprich’s pies. . . well, you know what to do.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 17 Jul 2015 09:34:00 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks: lions and trampolines and sushi, oh my<p>Off The Wall</p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.17_off_the_wall.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Jackie Smith, Editorial Intern</em></p> <p>“I went there this weekend for my cousin’s birthday party, and boy was it a good time. There are endless possibilities for entertainment with the massive trampolines and exciting arcade games. Feelings of nostalgia were brought back with the cheesy pizza and electric energy. It was so much fun to be a kid again!”</p> <p>(4939 Coconut Creek Parkway // <a href=""></a> // 954/973-3031)</p> <p> </p> <p>Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.17_ninja_spinning_sushi.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“This is my new go-to restaurant after work. You can sit at the bar while wooden boats float around with sushi rolls, sashimi, edamame, dumplings and other Asian dishes. Take as many plates as you want, especially during happy hour (until 7 p.m.) when each plate is only $3.”</p> <p>(41 E. Palmetto Park Rd. // <a href=""></a> // 561/361-8688)</p> <p> </p> <p>Lion Country Safari</p> <p><em> <img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.17_lion_country_safari.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“I maintain that you cannot go to Lion Country Safari too often. Who gets tired of driving past Cape Buffalo? Feeding giraffes? Dodging wildebeest? Go early and often. Ten miles west of Florida’s Turnpike on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach.”</p> <p>(2003 Lion Country Safari Rd., Loxahatchee // <a href=""></a> // 561/793-1084)</p>magazineFri, 17 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Forward: Lila Nikole<p>In midst of Miami Swim Week, Boca Magazine decided to catch up with swimsuit designer Lila Nikole Rivera to talk about her new "La Flor" collection that is set to debut on July 19 at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">1 Hotel</a> <em>(2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach).</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="636" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lila_nikole.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong>Boca Mag: Why did you start designing bathing suits?</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Lila: I stumbled into being a swimwear designer. I discovered I had a niche and way of manipulating patterns to grace the curves of women and decided to pursue it into a business.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mag: What was your first collection like?</strong></p> <p>Lila: Oh man, it was all over the place. I just made pieces. They were not cohesive, just lots of one offs. I think I eve put them in a fashion show with fur shawls...It was bad.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> <strong>When did your company, Lila Nikole Collection, really take off?</strong></p> <p>Lila: 2011 is when I realized I had a great brand, and people started really loving the pieces. We did some major TV programs and were featured in magazines, which helped solidify that I was here to stay!</p> <p><strong>Boca Mag: How have your designs and your brand changed over time? </strong></p> <p>Lila: I have been listening to my girls. My customers reach out to me, send images, and share their "wants" or "likes.” I listen, and I do try to add the feedback into the design process. Adding new selections, silhouettes, mix and match options and variety broadens each collection. This collection has more resort wear, and I also added some sporty pieces that can be used at the gym.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lila_nikole_-_la_flor.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Boca Mag: What is unique about the La Flor collection? </strong></p> <p>Lila: My prints! They are all original. I am a graphic designer, so I used that gift to create some depth, wild movements, interesting placements and patterns that give the illusion of curving the body.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mag: What is your favorite piece from this new collection? Why? </strong></p> <p>Lila: My favorite piece is the Rainbow Kaftan. It's long and glamorous, and the print is very vibrant, fun and drapes gracefully over the body. This is one of the pieces in the line that caters to all women of different sizes, ages, etc.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mag: What has been your most accomplished moment as a designer? </strong></p> <p>Lila: I was featured on BET Rip The Runway. There was a moment right before I went on stage where I caught eye contact with my best friend. Her and I talked about building a brand, and I actually made it. I was able to achieve this grand moment right before my fashion show aired to millions of viewers. It was a special moment where we both felt like we had arrived. She was there from the beginning and saw the struggle to get to that point. I have been blessed with some awesome events, but this is something that I cherish.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mag: What is the future for Lila Nikole Collection? </strong></p> <p>Lila: Growth! Expansion! I am ready to add a kids line. I am ready to add more resort wear, accessories and our flag ship store.</p> <p><em><br></em></p>Taryn TacherFri, 17 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000, Atlantic Crossing confusion &amp; All Aboard doubts<h3><img alt="" height="187" src="/site_media/uploads/gerry.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>Courts call out the gerrymandering</h3> <p>Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel were luckier last week than some of their colleagues in the Florida congressional delegation, but maybe not lucky enough.</p> <p>In ruling that the Republican-led Florida Legislature—surprise!—drew the state’s congressional districts three years ago to favor Republicans, the Florida Supreme Court identified eight problematic districts that should be redrawn. Of those eight, the court was least concerned about District 21, which Deutch represents, and District 22, which Frankel represents. Still, the districts could look much different very soon.</p> <p>District 22 includes most of southeast Palm Beach County but also runs north to take in parts of West Palm Beach, where Frankel lives. The district also includes northeast Broward County. District 21 (above) covers most of southwest Palm Beach County and a portion of northwest Broward. Deutch and Frankel are Democrats. Frankel’s district is Democratic-leaning, while Deutch’s is one of the safest Democratic seats in the country.</p> <p>Why, you might ask, would Republican political operatives seemingly be helping Democrats if their goal was to help the GOP? Because the overall plan was to pack certain districts with lots of Democrats, thus diluting their power statewide. Though Barack Obama won Florida in 2008 and 2012, Republicans hold 17 congressional seats to just 10 for Democrats.</p> <p>The GOP has applied the same principle to legislative maps. During the redistrictings of 1992, 2002 and 2012, Republicans cut deals with African-American Democrats. They would get safe seats, and Republicans could say that they were drawing maps with bipartisan support. Republicans also could say that they were protecting minorities, because the number of Hispanic GOP legislators was increasing.</p> <p>The obvious problem is that this amounts to politicians picking their voters, not the other way around. It also reduces the number of swing districts that have more of a partisan balance and produce moderates, not ideologues.When the Legislature was drawing congressional districts 21 and 22, it made them run roughly parallel. The House had wanted to stack them. That configuration would have put all of District 21 in Palm Beach County and given Deutch most of the coastal areas now in Frankel’s district. Frankel would have picked up Deutch’s Broward constituents, kept the rest of her Broward constituents, and retained only Boca Raton and Delray Beach in Palm Beach County. Frankel no longer would live in the district, though she is not required to be a resident. Members of Congress in Florida only must be registered voters here.</p> <p>The Fair Districts Amendment, which voters passed in 2010 to reduce gerrymandering—drawing the lines to favor parties and/or incumbents—required that the Legislature try to create districts that are as compact as possible and respect geographic boundaries. Districts 21 and 22 favor Palm Beach voters over Broward voters. The stacked map could make it easier for a Broward candidate to challenge Frankel, who has held the District 22 seat since 2012. The stacked map might make District 21 more competitive.</p> <p>In a statement, Deutch said, “The Supreme Court’s ruling was good for democracy.” The Legislature has 100 days to draw new maps that satisfy the court. The new maps will take effect for next years’s election. “I look forward to continuing working hard on behalf of the people on Palm Beach and Broward counties.” If Deutch is still in Congress in 2017, only half of that statement may be true.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing blues</h3> <p>Where is Delray Beach when it comes to Atlantic Crossing? “Confused,” in the mind of City Commissioner Mitch Katz.</p> <p>Seeking to have the developers put back into the site plan a road entering the project from Federal Highway—and with the developers apparently willing to do so—the commission hired a traffic consultant. Last month, he presented two options for the road, with the commission supposedly willing to follow his recommendation. The consultant concluded that more traffic relief would come from a one-way road eastbound from Federal, not the two-way road first envisioned for the mixed-use project.</p> <p>Last week, the commission had been set to confirm that option. Instead, the commission took no action. Granted, Shelly Petrolia and Jordana Jarjura weren’t at the meeting. But Mayor Cary Glickstein had hoped to get the road back into the site plan, and then have the new site plan and a development agreement approved by September.</p> <p>A new issue arose when the developers filed a lawsuit. That action came after Glickstein had been meeting with the developers to work out a compromise. As the developers’ representatives regularly state, Atlantic Crossing has an approved site plan that doesn’t include the road, but they want to respect community sentiment. The litigation thus came as a surprise, even if it read more like an attempt to hedge against surprises from the commission.</p> <p>Katz, however, said there may not be a lawsuit. According to the city attorney’s office, the litigation was not properly served. City Attorney Noel Pfeffer is on vacation, which only increases the uncertainty. The issue of the road is “up in the air,” Petrolia said.</p> <p>In an email, though, City Manager Don Cooper said he expects that Atlantic Crossing “will try to get on” the agenda for the Aug. 17 Planning and Zoning Board meeting to seek approval for a site plan that includes the road.</p> <h3>All Aboard intent uncertain</h3> <p>All Aboard Florida isn’t on the agenda for today’s meeting of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization, but it will be in the air.</p> <p>The MPO board, which sets transportation priorities for the county, will get an update on the plan to divert trains from the Florida East Coast Railway tracks nearer the coast to the CSX tracks that Tri-Rail uses. The switch away from the FEC would occur in Miami, and the switch back to the CSX would occur in the north end of West Palm Beach, after the trains clear the downtown. By 2018, as many as a dozen long freight trains could be out of the many downtowns between Miami and West Palm.</p> <p>According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the two projects “will accommodate existing freight traffic, potential future passenger service and the projected growth in freight rail operations following the Panama Canal expansion” and upgrades at the Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades and the Port of Miami to take some of the added cargo from that expansion of the Panama Canal.</p> <p>Critics of All Aboard Florida, the Miami-to-Orlando passenger service that plans to begin running in 2017, claim that the program is a subterfuge. They say that the real intent of Florida East Coast Industries, All Aboard Florida’s parent company, is to upgrade the tracks not for 32 new passenger trains each day but for new, longer freight trains.</p> <p>For all the debate, there’s no way to tell. Counties and cities along the FEC have taken real and symbolic votes against All Aboard Florida, but because the company owns the rail right-of-way there is no regulatory role for local governments. Safety improvements at crossings supposedly will remove the need for trains on the FEC tracks to blow their whistles. The crossover in the Northwood neighborhood of West Palm Beach could allow Tri-Rail service as far north as Jupiter. Commuter service also could begin on the FEC tracks. All Aboard Florida remains one of the most discussed projects in South Florida history. At this point, it also is one of the least certain.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em>   </p> <p>       </p>Randy SchultzThu, 16 Jul 2015 10:47:00 +0000 WatchCommunityTheater Review: &quot;She Loves Me&quot; at FAU<p>Lighthearted, romantic and a bit comical are three ways to describe “She Loves Me.” With all of these elements at hand, it should not come as a surprise that the musical is already charming many South Florida theatergoers. </p> <p>Presented by Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Department of Theatre and Dance as part of its Festival Rep 2015, “She Loves Me” is a tale that may sound familiar: Two office workers cannot stand each other in person but do not realize that they are falling in love through anonymous letters. The musical received five Tony nominations when it premiered in 1964 and won an Olivier award in 1993.</p> <p>If you’re wondering why this plot rings a bell, “She Loves Me” is based off Mikos Laszlo’s play “Parfumerie,” which has had several modern adaptations, including the 1940 Margaret Sullavan-James Stewart film “The Shop Around The Corner” and the 1998 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail. </p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/shelovesme.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“[“She Loves Me” is] such a happy, charming show,” says Madison Spear, an ensemble member and graduate of American Heritage High School. “So many times these days stories and shows deal with very depressing subject matter. I think [happiness is] very refreshing to see nowadays.”</p> <p>The musical features a timeless book by Joe Masteroff, best known for his Broadway hit “Cabaret,” and a romantic score with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Though it is the wonderful ensemble of actors who make the show as great as it is.</p> <p>Leading the cast as the unsuspecting lovers are Connor Padilla and Megan Buzzard. The likable Padilla shines whenever he walks onstage, reaching a high point during “Tonight at Eight.” The song is a comedic panic of everything that can go wrong on a first date, to which many will relate. </p> <p>The fact that Padilla, a Master of Fine Arts graduate student at FAU, could hold his own alongside Buzzard is quite remarkable. Buzzard, a guest actress from the Actor’s Equity Association, has several regional and New York credits and traveled with the national tour of “The Music Man” as Marian Paroo. Throughout all of her solos, Buzzard takes command of the stage and enjoys wonderful chemistry with each of the actors.</p> <p>Perhaps the most entertaining characters onstage were the main characters’ coworkers, Arpad Laszlo, Ladislov Sipos and Ilona Ritter, who are played respectively by Joe Anarumo, Joey De La Rua and Emily Freeman. The trio provides comic relief throughout the show and has a chance to fully develop their subplots.</p> <p>Anarumo, a graduate of West Boca High School, explained that having Buzzard on-hand is a great teaching tool and opportunity for the college students.</p> <p>“Over the summer, FAU produces two—or sometimes three—shows that run in repertory. Our school hires an Equity stage manager and several guest Equity actors to perform alongside the undergraduates and grad students alike,” Anarumo says. “This is a supremely fortunate experience to gain mentors in either the technical or performance aspects of the productions. In addition, we students are eligible to apply for the Equity Membership Candidacy program and start earning points toward joining the Actor's Equity Association.”</p> <p>While not often used, the ensemble is incredible during the few large group numbers. “A Romantic Atmosphere” from the first act and “Twelve Days to Christmas” from the second act are highlights for the ensemble, as the performers expend all of their energy while inhabiting interesting characters.</p> <p>One ensemble member, Jade Zaroff, is not a student at FAU, but is thoroughly enjoying her experience. The West Boca High School graduate also has a special tie to the show.</p> <p>“[One] thing that drew me to this show was the fact that my great uncle [the aforementioned Masteroff] is the librettist of the show,” Zaroff says. “It has been such an incredible experience, not to mention FAU's amazing opportunity for the students to receive Equity points. I couldn't have asked for a better show to be involved with this summer.” </p> <p>The musical’s ending seems to come too soon and leaves the audience wanting more, but it does not leave any storyline incomplete. This enduring love story can be enjoyed by all audiences and should not be missed.</p> <p><em>“She Loves Me” runs at FAU’s University Theater until July 26, and tickets can be purchased through or or by calling 800/564-9539.</em></p>Kevin StuderWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:02:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreNewbies Coming to West Boca, West Palm<p><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/johansjoe.jpg" width="200">It may be the off-season in South Florida but that isn’t stopping ambitious restaurateurs from opening new eateries.</p> <p>Coming soon to West Boca is the first PBC outlet of <strong>Lime Fresh Mexican Grill</strong>, the California-style fast casual taqueria founded by 50 Eggs’ John Kunkel in 2004 and since bought by suburban giant Ruby Tuesday. Look for all the usual Mexican culinary suspects—tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc.—dished up in a vividly colorful space with a touch of urban hipster vibe. I’m a fan of their Big Cali Burrito, a burrito approximately the size of a duffel bag that reminds me of the taco joints I used to visit in San Francisco’s Mission District.</p> <p>Also set to debut in West Palm is <strong>Johan’s Joe</strong>, a Swedish-style coffee shop-cafe to take up residence on South Dixie Highway across the street from CityPlace. Proprietor Niklas Thuden is a Swedish native and restaurateur, and he’s promising a taste of his home country in the form of all manner of pastries and baked good, plus salads, sandwiches and the like, all served in a coolly modern setting that takes its cue from classic Scandinavian design.</p>Bill CitaraWed, 15 Jul 2015 09:36:00 +0000 & ReviewsWater Dos and Don’ts<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Did you know that we often think that we are hungry when we are actually thirsty? Sometimes a simple, large glass of water can curb your cravings, boost your metabolism and save you from overeating. While water is essential to our wellbeing, there are some water dos and don’ts that need to be addressed.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.15_glasses_of_water.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>QUANTITY</p> <p>When it comes to figuring out how much water to drink, I advise that you listen to your body and look at your tongue. If you see you have any cracks in your tongue surface, then your system may need extra hydration. See how it feels drinking about eight 8-ounce glasses a day and increasing your water intake when you exercise. The best way to drink water is hot or room temperature and BETWEEN meals.</p> <p>COLD WATER DON’T</p> <p>Avoid drinking cold water before, during or after a meal. It can dampen your digestive fire and prevent you from absorbing important nutrients. It can also push the food out from your stomach faster, making you hungry sooner. Did you know that people who drank cold water after breakfast were hungry sooner than those who drank a hot beverage after eating?</p> <p>WARM AND HOT WATER DO</p> <p>To help digestion, do drink warm or hot water before and after the meal as it can actually help your digestion. But be careful not to drink too much, so you don’t dilute your digestive enzymes and prevent proper absorption. When your body gets the most high-quality nutrients for the least amount of calories, you will crave less food and feel more energetic.</p> <p>METABOLISM BOOSTING WATER TIP</p> <p>One of my favorite metabolism boosters is sipping plain, hot water during the day. No lemon, no honey, no tea. Begin your day with 20 ounces of hot or warm water, and drink if before your reach for your morning coffee or breakfast. You may feel surprisingly refreshed without needing as much caffeine. Then sip on hot water all day long, and you may find you have more energy and your cravings have gone away. Other possible benefits include clearer skin and a brighter skin tone!</p> <p>BOTTLED WATER DON’T</p> <p>Bottled water is available in almost any convenient store, vending machine or gas station. Even though it is a better option to stay hydrated than soda, there can be a lot of chemicals found in plastic water bottles. The biggest issue with plastic bottles is the heat. While being transported from the source to the retail outlet, bottles get heated and plastic can leak out chemicals into the water. That process is often repeats when you leave your water bottle in a car in the sun. When you choose warm bottled water, you also choose the chemicals.</p> <p>BOTTLED WATER DO</p> <p>To avoid chemicals from the plastic, I suggest buying glass water bottles. They are available by brands such as VOSS, Saratoga, Jana and Mountain Valley. My favorite brand is VOSS, as you can easily reuse their small bottles by washing them in the dishwasher and then refilling with the filtered or distilled water at home. Cases of these bottles are available at grocery stores or online. After all, we don’t drink wine from plastic bottles. So, why not show the same respect for water that nourishes our bodies on daily basis? </p> <p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.15_water_bobbles.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>WATER FOR TRAVELING</p> <p>When traveling or on-the-go, I recommend Water Bobbles or Brita Bottles – filtered, refillable water bottles that are available online, Publix and even at Office Depot. These bottles are lightweight, and they can be taken through security at the airport. They come in different colors and make drinking water stylish! </p> <p>FILTERED WATER DO</p> <p>Filtered water is a good option to reduce chemicals and trace medicine that is currently found in local water supplies. You can either get a filtered pitcher, under-the-counter filter or an all-home unit, depending on your budget.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 To Run Full Moon Endurance Challenge<p> <img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The Down To Run Full Moon Endurance Challenge sounds like something especially my adventurous readers might love. The 10-mile night run on Aug. 1 starts at 8 p.m. in Jonathan Dickinson State Park <em>(16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="228" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.15_down_to_run.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>You’ll need the required headlamps to meander through the park’s scenic path of single-track trails. The course will be marked with glow-in-the-dark arrows, reflective ribbons and the full moon to keep you headed in the right direction.</p> <p>The cost is $75 per person. Finishers receive goodies, including a recycled wooden commemorative medal, a glow-in-the-dark DTR owl t-shirt and drawstring bag. There will also be food and drinks at the post-race ceremony.</p> <p>To learn more or sign up, <a href="">click here</a>.  </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p 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, 15 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Week Ahead: July 14 to 20<p>TUESDAY (today)</p> <p><img alt="" height="463" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/reimagined.jpg" width="360"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Reimagined”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cornell Museum at Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 donation</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As an adjective, “reimagined” is a term that is probably thrown around a bit too wantonly these days, but it’s hard to argue that it perfectly fits the description of this latest group exhibition curated by the Cornell’s Melanie Johanson. The 15 hand-selected, internationally recognized artists create work that reimagines sculpture and portraiture using unconventional and/or innovative materials. These range from Sayaka Ganz’s birds made from kitchen tools to Nick Gentry’s portrait made of repurposed film stock. And wait until you see what one artist accomplishes with a boatload of recyclables, from ketchup bottles and Chapstick rollers to credit cards, CDs, Post-Its and calculators. The show runs through Sept. 6, and we’ll review it later this month here on</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/nick-fradiani-sings-danger-zone-620x348.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: American Idol Live!</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $60.50-$355</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Earlier this year, we learned that even “American Idol,” a television series that is as seemingly perennial as “60 Minutes” and “Monday Night Football,” is not immune to the reality of ratings. With its 14<sup>th</sup> season audience numbers of 9.15 million representing a significant downgrade from its 2006 peak of 30 million viewers, the producers announced that the 2016 “Idol” will be the last. But as this year’s penultimate season demonstrated, the show still has the potential to unleash world-class talent onto the global stage. The Top Five finalists from the recently completed season will perform numbers from series along with a few surprises, and they include winner Nick Fradiani (“In Your Eyes,” “American Girl”), singer-songwriter Jax (“I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “My Generation”), Rayvon Owen (“Wide Awake,” “Burn”) and Clark Beckham (“Superstition,” “Let’s Get it On”).</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="217" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/bbff_logo_2015_2.png" width="377"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Black Film Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Embassy Suites, 661 N.W. 53<sup>rd</sup> St., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Various event times</p> <p>Cost: $10-$200</p> <p>Contact: 561/235-3028, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>They don’t always trumpet their talents, but plenty of skilled film-industry professionals live and work and South Florida, many of them African-American. More than a showcase for local movie premieres, the second-annual Boca Black Film Festival puts its primary focus on these local filmmakers, who will share their expertise, network, and discusses issues pertinent to the black image in movies at this three-day confab. There will be workshops on Microbudget Indie Filmmaking, Elements of Story, The Business of Film &amp; Entertainment Law and more; and special guests will lead discussion sessions on issues including The African Diaspora: Filming in Haiti and Black Sexuality in Film. Award winner Alcee Walker’s local documentary “Pain of Love,” which examines the lives of a multiracial West Palm Beach family, will screen on Friday evening, and Saturday’s festivities will culminate in a 6 p.m. closing celebration.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lastfiveyears.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Last Five Years”</strong></p> <p>Where: Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10–$18</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-8829, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The dissolution of relationships is a common theme in the rich history of American theater. Writing plays, after all, is cheaper than therapy, and can produce new insights for the playwright and his theatergoers. But Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years” is a fresh take on this familiar autopsy of love wrecked. Premiering off-Broadway in 2002, it’s a sung-through, two-character musical in which the woman, struggling playwright Cathy, sings her numbers in reverse chronological order, beginning with their separation, while emerging novelist Jamie sings his tunes in chronological order, beginning with his starry-eyed first encounter with Cathy. They rotate their songs on opposite ends of the stage, in a whiplash-inducing tennis match between sorrow and anticipation, gnawing contempt and unfettered love, until they finally meet in the middle. Take away this ingenious concept and you’d still have an honest and moving musical about how divergent careers and nagging resentments can torpedo a once-promising union. “The Last Five Years” is so real it hurts, yet it’s not without levity. It runs through Aug. 2.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/jovecomedy.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: The Jove Comedy Experience</strong></p> <p>Where: The Palm Beaches Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at door</p> <p>Contact: 561/771-9511, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The theater in the swank Plaza Del Mar strip mall is a venue that won’t go calmly into the good night. What once housed the prolific, award-winning Florida Stage lasted for a few years as the more conservatively creative Plaza Theatre. When that company folded last fall, the Palm Beach Film Festival wasted little time in securing the building as its permanent residence and booking occasional film screenings and special events. Longtime Palm Beach County comedy troupe the Jove Comedy Experience, which describes its mixture of sketch comedy, improv and music as “SNL meets Whose Line is it Anyway?,” is one of the early adopters of this flexible, reborn space. This weekend, Jove’s veteran funnymen Frank Licari, Jesse Furman and Travis Thomas will perform their monthly set of unpredictable humor. Whether it’s a standup stage, a cinema or a live proscenium, we’re just glad this Manalapan jewel is well into its third life.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/uf.1.web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Unnecessary Farce”</strong></p> <p>Where: Actors’ Playhouse, 180 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$53</p> <p>Contact: 305/444-9293, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The atmosphere of this successful regional-theater comedy is perfectly encapsulated in its tagline: “Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go.” Filled with ribald one-liners, zany innuendos, nonsensical plot turns and plenty of slamming doors, this bustling comedy sounds like it fits squarely in the wheelhouse of Actors’ Playhouse artistic director David Arisco, who often displays a deft hand at translating comedies both subtle and broad. This one will provide more of the latter than the former, centering on a botched undercover police sting in a pair of adjoining hotel rooms. The madcap pace will be kept, breathlessly, by a cast of South Florida luminaries including Chris Crawford, Elizabeth Dimon, Jim Ballard, Cliff Burgess, Katherine Amadeo and Jessica Sanford. The show runs through Aug. 9.</p> <p>MONDAY (June 20)</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/grammy-awards-2015-vincitori.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Sam Smith</strong></p> <p>Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32-$116</p> <p>Contact: 786/777-1250, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In a typically outspoken gripe, Morrissey recently described English pop sensation Sam Smith as “obvious and predictable”—an act who wouldn’t exist without a powerful marketing machine behind him. Perhaps this is just sour grapes from an aging provocateur, because at first glance, Smith is more like Morrissey than the latter would admit: Smith described his sensational 2014 debut “In the Lonely Hour” as “all about unrequited love,” particularly that of a man who didn’t love him back. Pretty tortured stuff, but also lovely and cathartic, with broad crossover appeal. He’s a lot like the male Adele, and it’s no surprise that the Grammy-winning songstress is a major influence. In 2015, Smith became the chief Grammy darling, winning four of his six nominations, including Record of the Year for the ubiquitous “Stay With Me.” Needless to say, next Monday’s show will likely be remembered as one of the year’s don’t-miss concerts.</p>John ThomasonTue, 14 Jul 2015 10:51:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreThose lonesome I-95 traffic blues<h3><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/is-1.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>Highway blues—and dues</h3> <p>Driving on Interstate 95, you can’t miss the work on the Spanish River Boulevard interchange, which is supposed to be finished in May 2017. It’s a big project, but it’s only part of the transformation that is about to take place on I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.</p> <p>Nick Uhren is executive director of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Agency (MPO), which sets transportation priorities for the county—from highways to bike lanes. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie chairs the 19-member MPO board that chooses those priorities. County Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents Boca Raton and Delray Beach, is a board member.</p> <p>In an interview, Uhren told me that over the next five years, $1.5 billion will be spent just on improvements to I-95 and the Turnpike that are underway. He calls the figure “staggering.” Consider that the Spanish River interchange will cost $85 million, including construction, and you can understand what Uhren means.</p> <p>The interchange is designed to provide a northern entrance to Florida Atlantic University; it will take drivers to FAU Boulevard. Everyone also expects, however, that the project will bring relief to the south—at the intersection of Glades and Airport roads, which is the most congested intersection in the county.</p> <p>But no one is sure just how much relief will come. Uhren offers a comparison with another Palm Beach County project—the extension of State Road 7 from Persimmon Boulevard to 60<sup>th</sup> Street. Until the extension, many residents of the unincorporated Acreage could leave their community only by driving through Royal Palm Beach. When it opened, Uhren said, “Royal Palm Beach lost 10,000 cars a day. We won’t see anything like that on Glades Road, but I don’t see how (the Spanish River interchange) could not produce some degree of relief.”</p> <p>I-95 in southern Palm Beach County will be changing in another big way. The stretch from central Broward County to Linton Boulevard is the third phase of the Florida Department of Transportation’s program to install toll lanes on what for decades has been free-travel I-95. Once the interstate is widened to 10 lanes between the Broward line and Linton, Uhren said, the two left lanes will be toll-only, with the price rising during rush hour and falling during slower times. Surge pricing for drivers.</p> <p>It may not start until 2021, but it will be a jolt. Uhren, like other transportation administrators, notes that the amount of federal money for road projects has been leveling off. The main source is the federal gas tax—it contributes 60 percent—and the combination of more fuel-efficient vehicles and the drop in miles driven during the recession meant that the tax produced less money. In addition, Congress hasn’t raised the federal gas tax in two decades. The state gas tax is linked to the cost of living.</p> <p>Not surprisingly, there also may be some politics at work. In 2014, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting said toll lane developers bankrolled a think tank that produced reports for the state praising the concept. A representative of the think tank served on Gov. Rick Scott’s transportation transition team. Ananth Prasad is a former secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation. Scott appointed him. Prasad had worked for a toll lane developer. As secretary, he approved projects that went to his former employer.</p> <p>Supporters call the idea a free-market way to manage traffic. In practical terms, however, people with more money get a quicker commute, the state has to pay less money for highway work and the toll lane developer makes a profit.</p> <p>Palm Beach County officials will have to monitor plans for that third phase of toll lanes when it comes to access for residents. In Miami-Dade County, you enter the lanes at the Golden Glades Interchange and can’t get off until State Road 112—the airport exit—or downtown Miami, where the toll lanes end. As a result, Miami-Dade residents in between don’t benefit.</p> <p>On the turnpike, which has had tolls since it opened in the 1950s, there will be no new south-county interchanges. The state proposed one at Palmetto Park Road—even though there’s one at Glades Road—and “folks showed up,” as Uhren puts it, to protest. “The political process,” he added, “has run its course.”</p> <p>Still, the turnpike will be changing. The section from the Palm Beach-Broward line to Lantana Road will be widened from six lanes to eight lanes. From Lantana to the Martin County line, it will increase from four lanes to six lanes. And Uhren said I-95 even could be widened from 10 lanes to 12 lanes, hard as that may be to imagine.</p> <p>Meanwhile, work will go on to improve the many local-access roads strained by growth. Talk will continue of commuter rail service on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks after upgrades to accommodate All Aboard Florida. The pace and the scope of the work, like the price tag for it, is staggering. </p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the 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, 14 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: Rascal Flatts at Coral Sky Amphitheatre<p><em>[Editor's note: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week]</em></p> <p>The South Florida humidity was out in full force on Saturday night, but that was no problem for Rascal Flatts, whose fans were out in full force as well.</p> <p>Kicking off the West Palm Beach stop of the country band’s Riot Tour was RaeLynn. The former “Voice” contestant performed a short but sweet set culminating with her hit song “God Made Girls.” After her set, RaeLynn made her way to the merchandise table where she took pictures and signed autographs for fans.</p> <p><img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/scotty-mccreery.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>After a short break, Scotty McCreery took the stage. The season 10 winner of “American Idol” is known for his low-vocal crooning and did not disappoint. His performance energy was enough to remind you why he won the show.</p> <p>McCReery has an obvious appreciation for the songs that made country music what it is today. About halfway through his set, the 21-year-old performed what he calls the “Oldies Medley,” consisting of Merle Haggard's “Mama Tried,” Johnny Cash's “Folsom Prison Blues” and Alabama's “Mountain Music.” Unfortunately, when McCreery was performing his final song, “Feelin’ It,” the audio on his microphone and on a couple of his band members’ instruments cut out. After realizing what had happened, McCreery just shrugged it off and high-fived some fans in the front before taking his bow.</p> <p>Shortly after 9 p.m., Rascal Flatts took the stage. The band, which released its first album 15 years ago, showed that it’s still a major draw in country music. The band kicked off the show with two high-energy songs, “Stand” and “Me and My Gang,” and retained that level of excitement throughout the night. </p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/rascal-flatts-countrymusicislove1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Lead singer Gary LeVox, who celebrated his 45th birthday the night before, proved capable of hitting the same high notes as he did when the band started, in 1997. LeVox enjoyed playing around with the fans and caught two roses thrown onstage to him. Taking double duty on guitar and piano, Jay DeMarcus visibly enjoyed himself onstage. DeMarcus commented on the weather by saying that he is glad he gave his soul to Jesus, because the heat and humidity was a taste of Hell.</p> <p>The youngest member of the band, Joe Don Rooney, is a master on the guitar. While Rooney performed many guitar duets with DeMarcus, he had his time to shine on “Life Is A Highway,” which is always a crowd favorite, despite being a Tom Cochrane cover for Pixar’s “Cars” soundtrack. While LeVox did perform the lead vocals for the majority of the show, both Rooney and DeMarcus performed solos in several songs. Perhaps most impressive was Rooney’s rock take on the chorus of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.”</p> <p>However, if you think you are going to see Rascal Flatts just for these three men, you are mistaken. I was thoroughly impressed by the trio of female backup singers who brought a soulful vibe to each of their songs. Two of the women shined during duets with LeVox on “Easy” and “She’s Leaving.” It made me wonder how they do not have record deals of their own. </p> <p>Rascal Flatts’ harmonica and banjo players also gave the show a true country feel. The harmonica stood out during  “Love You Out Loud” and “Mayberry,” while the banjo fittingly had its time to shine during “Banjo.”</p> <p>While the band rocked out throughout the show, the ballads slowed down the show in just the right way. Cell phone lights illuminated the crowdscape for both “My Wish” and “Bless the Broken Road,” while the former also featured a chandelier lowered from the rafters.</p> <p>Rascal Flatts’ “Riot Tour” proved that even established headliners can improve with age. The band sounds better now than ever, and I have no doubt they will continue to headline for years to come.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Scotty McCreery Set List:</strong></p> <p>Now</p> <p>Water Tower Town</p> <p>Whiplash</p> <p>The Trouble With Girls</p> <p>Can You Feel It?</p> <p>Oldies Medley</p> <ul> <li>Mama Tried (Merle Haggard Cover)</li> <li>Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash Cover)</li> <li>Mountain Music (Alabama)</li> </ul> <p>Buzzin’</p> <p>See You Tonight</p> <p>Feelin’ It</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Rascal Flatts Set List:</strong></p> <p>Stand</p> <p>Me And My Gang</p> <p>Take Me To Church (Hozier Cover)</p> <p>What Hurts The Most/To Love Somebody (Bee Gees Cover)</p> <p>Love You Out Loud</p> <p>Why Wait</p> <p>Riot</p> <p>Fast Cars and Freedom</p> <p>Here Comes Goodbye</p> <p>Easy</p> <p>These Days</p> <p>Mayberry</p> <p>I’m Movin’ On</p> <p>Prayin’ for Daylight</p> <p>Summer Nights</p> <p>She’s Leaving</p> <p>Rewind</p> <p>My Wish</p> <p>Take Me There</p> <p>Bless The Broken Road</p> <p>Banjo</p> <p>Here’s To You</p> <p>Life Is A Highway (Tom Cochrane Cover)</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Kevin</strong></p> <p>Kevin Studer is a graduate student at Lynn University studying Communication and Media, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When not in the presence of awesome journalism opportunities, he has a passion for all things Disney and Broadway. You can reach Kevin at <a href=""></a>.</p>Kevin StuderMon, 13 Jul 2015 15:12:00 +0000 & EventsMusicTanzy to Host Farmer Jay Dinner<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tanzy.jpg" width="200">Walking the farm-to-table walk with a special four-course dinner is <strong>Tanzy </strong>(301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) next to the iPic theater in Mizner Park.</p> <p>On Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m., the stylish Mediterranean eatery will host a Farmer’s Market Dinner featuring farmer to the stars Jason McCobb, otherwise known as Farmer Jay. Produce for the meal comes from local farms, selected by McCobb, with the vegetable-centric menu developed by James Beard award-winning chef Sherry Yard.</p> <p>Among the courses of the $50 prix fixe menu will be sweet corn veloute with blueberry gastrique, heirloom tomato and fig salad with goat cheese and basil vinaigrette, pan-seared snapper with squash “spaghetti” and pesto, and Suncrest peach cobbler. For another $30 you can get each course paired with wine or beer, selected by resident somm Adam Seger.</p> <p>Space is limited and reservations are essential. . . so get crackin’.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 13 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsHang out spots for Boca&#39;s young adults<p>In a city more known for everyone and his mother’s grandparents, finding a place to hang out for those under 50 can be trickier than snagging a parking spot in the wintertime. But thanks to local colleges like Lynn University and Florida Atlantic University, some safe havens exist for the rest of us who are still years away from Medicare. Whether you’re a gym junkie or a coffee shop hipster, we’ve found a place for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.13_gravity_and_oxygen.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Gravity and Oxygen (G + O^2)</strong></a><br>Unlike other gyms, there aren’t any bulky weightlifting machines or loud electrical treadmills at Gravity and Oxygen <em>(199 W. Palmetto Park Rd.)</em> Instead G + O^2 capitalizes on the body’s natural movements of locomotion, pushing/pulling, rotation and ability to change elevation to create an effective calorie-burning workout ideal for any college student or young working professional. The gym offers a clean, modern and chic space for both personal training lessons and group circuit training classes. Classes are typically limited to only 20 to 25 people, so trainers can effectively moderate each athlete’s form. The gym also has a junior program for children ages 10 to 18.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/kapow_noodle_bar.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Kapow! Noodle Bar</strong></a><br>Featuring graffiti murals, intimate dining space and rock music, Kapow! <em>(431 Plaza Real, Mizner Park)</em> offers locally sourced, Asian fusion tapas and a wide variety of libations—including wine, craft beer, sake and cocktails. The food is fresh, the music is on point and the workers are super hip (My bartender even sported a man bun). Kapow! is the ideal place to grab drinks with the roomies on a Friday night.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.13_the_seed.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>The Seed</strong></a><br>For the skinny jean-wearing, indie music-loving hipster, The Seed <em>(199 W. Palmetto Park Road, Suite E)</em> is the perfect café. This specialty coffee and juice bar features locally roasted coffee and local and seasonal juices and smoothies. It’s a hip place with mini cacti plants, natural lighting and incredible cold brew coffee. If you don’t mind the occasional roar of a blender or hum of a grinder, it’s a great place to study or get some work done.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.13_south_beach_park.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>South Beach Park</strong> <br>For the sun tanner and beach volleyball player, I’d definitely go to South Beach Park <em>(400 N. State Rd.)</em> Although the beach caters to a wide range of ages, its clean shoreline and clear blue-green waters are perfect for running, playing a game of volleyball, sun tanning and swimming. Just don’t forget to bring the sunscreen!<br><strong></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.13_franks_theatre.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Frank’s Theatre</strong></a><br>Frank’s Theatre <em>(14775 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach)</em> has new, clean and comfortable seating, but the movie house also features a bowling alley. Flashing lights, loud music and video projections make Frank’s Theatre great for young people on weekend nights. You can save a couple of bucks on Tuesdays when movies are only $6.The theater also shows Imax movies and serves American comfort food like burgers and pizza. Because this theater is a cheaper alternative to iPic, it’s especially popular with young families and high school students.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Cresonia</strong></p> <p>Cresonia Hsieh is a journalism junior minoring in business administration and Spanish at the University of Florida. When she's not writing a story or doing a photo shoot, she enjoys Netflix binge watching, trying out new restaurants and listening to others attempt to pronounce her last name. (Hint: It's pronounced "shay".) You can reach Cresonia at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> </p>Cresonia HsiehMon, 13 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Review: Violent Femmes, Barenaked Ladies<p>Given that the Violent Femmes were the second act on a three-act bill that started, at 7 p.m., with Men at Work’s Colin Hay, it never occurred to me that Milwaukee’s alternative legends would take the Sunset Cove Amphitheater stage at any time before 8. But as Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie and Brian Viglione began their set at the ungodly hour of 7:30 this past Friday, your humble and obedient servant was glacially wending through the purgatorial two-lane crawl of South County Regional Park, unfashionably late and soon-to-be-envious of the lucky few who showed up early.</p> <p><img alt="" height="439" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/gano.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(photos by Ron Elkman)</em></p> <p>When I arrived, the group had just finished playing “Love Love Love Love Love,” the single from its new EP “Happy New Year,” a guileless winner offering boundless evidence that the Violent Femmes are not content to tour as a nostalgia act.</p> <p>But make no mistake: The overall set was appreciatively vintage, drawing heavily from the Femmes’ first two seminal albums, released in 1983 and 1984. Carrying a banjo and donning a so-unhip-it’s-hip safari hat to shield the setting sun, Gano confessed that he “grew up listening to a lot of country music” before unleashing the Femmes’ version of a western toe-tapper, the demented backwoods groove of “Country Death Song”—an electrifying surprise, given that it hasn’t turned up on recent set lists.</p> <p>The classics kept coming, at a dancier clip than their album versions; near the stage, as the Femmes performed the uncharacteristically joyful “Jesus Walking on the Water,” couples actually do-see-doed. There was even more movement during “American Music,” performed with an alternately deadpan wit and a patriotic fury.</p> <p>For such a short set, the Femmes unveiled a deep trove of instrumental color, not limited to mandolin, harmonica, xylophone (What would “Gone Daddy Gone” be without it?) and even the giant contrabass sax. They punctuated “Black Girls” with a mini, dueling-percussion symphony, which included Viglione’s traditional drum kit as well as John Sparrow’s solo on what appeared to be a cajon box; this breather for Gano and Ritchie was our jazzy, post-rock gain.</p> <p>The Femmes closed, as always, with “Add It Up,” the audience chanting along to the a cappella opening like inspired congregants at the Church of Gano. Judging by the chorus of “say it ain’t so” boos when Gano announced that it would be the Femmes’ last song of the evening—and by the thunderous applause that concluded each tune—I’m not the only one who showed up to a Barenaked Ladies show primarily to see the opening band. The energy at the amphitheater was electric and, frankly, unforgettable during this all-too-brief performance, and the crowd offered plenty of motivation for the Femmes to return for a future headlining tour.</p> <p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re1_0231.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Following such a performance, the Barenaked Ladies were, to put it charitably, anticlimactic. Garrulous frontman Ed Robertson was filled with his usual banter, about everything from seeing the new Amy Winehouse documentary (at the Cinemark Palace theater, no less!) to falling off his bike in Milwaukee, to the fashion utilities of gingham. Mostly, he riffed (and rapped, naturally) on South Florida chestnuts that I think most of us are tired of hearing—alligators, the heat, the humidity, Boca’s unsavory nickname as “the mouth of the rat.” Yawn.</p> <p>The music rarely exceeded the confines of the cute and diverting, and it could be downright boring at times. The group is obviously fond of its new album “Silverball,” but the songs went over like lead balloons, falling on this amphitheater crowd with unceremonious <em>thud</em>s.</p> <p>Even the bigger, older numbers—“The Old Apartment,” “Brian Wilson”—failed to rouse the audience like even the more obscure Violent Femmes songs did. It said something that the biggest reaction during the first half of Barenaked Ladies’ set came not from the Canadian rockers’ own material; it was when Colin Hay joined BNL to perform his old Men at Work song, “Who Can it Be Now?”</p> <p>Pulses lifted, finally, during Barenaked Ladies’ string of set-closing hits—“Pinch Me,” “Big Bang Theory Theme,” “One Week” and “If I had A Million Dollars,” in rapid succession—but it felt, to paraphrase another BNL tune, too little too late.</p> <p>BNL has released some genuinely witty and clever songs in its more than 25 years in the industry; I love punchy, ironic narratives like “Sell Sell Sell,” “Bank Job,” “Box Set” and even “Another Postcard.” But with a set list composed of less-than-inspired new material, token singles and novelty covers, the show was hardly representative of BNL’s talents.</p> <p>There’s an unspoken rule that any headlining comedian knows: Pick a funny opening act, but for god’s sake, don’t let him be funnier than you are. Barenaked Ladies broke it last night. By all means, if you’re seeing any of the remaining shows on this summer tour, don’t make my mistake: Show up really early!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Violent Femmes set list:</strong></p> <p>(I missed the first three songs, which undoubtedly included “Blister in the Sun” and “Kiss Off”)</p> <p>Love Love Love Love Love</p> <p>Country Death Song</p> <p>Jesus Walking on the Water</p> <p>American Music</p> <p>Black Girls</p> <p>Gone Daddy Gone</p> <p>Add It Up</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Barenaked Ladies set list:</strong> </p> <p>Get Back Up</p> <p>The Old Apartment</p> <p>Odds Are</p> <p>(freestyle rap)</p> <p>Feelin’ Hot/Ole Ole</p> <p>Gonna Walk</p> <p>Toe to Toe</p> <p>Brian Wilson</p> <p>Narrow Streets</p> <p>Who it Can it Be Now?</p> <p>Piece of Cake</p> <p>Passcode</p> <p>Light Up My Room</p> <p>(freestyle rap)</p> <p>Did I Say That Out Loud?</p> <p>Duct Tape Heart</p> <p>Pinch Me</p> <p>Big Bang Theory Theme</p> <p>One Week</p> <p>If I Had A Million Dollars</p> <p>Barenaked Rap medley (included snippets of “The Only One,” “Shake it Off,” “Hey Ya,” “Uptown Funk” and “Take Me to Church”) </p> <p>ENCORE</p> <p>Drawing</p> <p>Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin)</p>John ThomasonSat, 11 Jul 2015 14:16:00 +0000 & EventsMusicBe a Better Binge-Watcher<p>How much time have you already spent sitting in front of your TV this summer watching hour after hour of your favorite show?</p> <p>Admit it, you are a binge watcher. This is not something to be ashamed of. We all do it and we all enjoy it. Plus, with the summer sun beating down on South Florida, there is not much we want to do outside except for the beach, so this is a perfect way to pass time.</p> <p>Though, in order to successfully binge-watch, you have to know what you are getting yourself into. Some shows you watch because you have missed the most current season, while others you watch from the start. Some you watch because they are your favorite shows, while others are shows that you have never gotten around to. And with some, you have to avoid the Internet, because of all the spoilers that you could happen upon (I am looking at you, “Game of Thrones” fans).</p> <p>With the myriad out there, it may seem difficult to decide what to watch and when, but have no fear. Below is a guide of the five best current shows and five best complete shows to add to your list this summer.</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/orange.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Orange Is The New Black</strong></p> <p>Netflix’s original series about the women of Litchfield Prison has become a fan favorite and made binge-watching a phenomenon. Netflix releases full seasons of this show at one time so that viewers can watch from beginning to end at their own pace. The show gives viewers a softer side of prison and explores the lives of the women in the prison, both currently and in the past. The show has been a hit among critics and viewers and should not be missed. Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox star.</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 39</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 38 hours</p> <p>Latest Season Episode Count: 13</p> <p>Time Spent Watching Latest Season: 13 hours</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/scandal-kerry-washington-tony-goldwyn_x7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Scandal</strong></p> <p>Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, Washington, D.C.’s top fixer, in the second part of Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday night lineup on ABC. There are so many twists, turns and cliffhangers as Olivia handles the tough business of top politicians—including her on-again, off-again love interest, President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn)—that viewers will not want to stop watching. While there are some powerful men on the show, the women are the ones to watch out for. Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield, Guillermo Diaz and Jeff Perry also star.</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 69</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 50 hours</p> <p>Latest Season Episode Count: 22</p> <p>Time Spent Watching Latest Season: 16 hours</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/game-of-thrones-pudo-ser-muy-diferente-800x450.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Game of Thrones</strong></p> <p>If you don’t know anything about this show, I commend you, but how is that possible? The HBO phenomenon follows the plotlines of an ensemble of warriors vying for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms and their struggles before and after. Do not grow attached to any of the characters because, as I am sure you have heard, anyone can die and no one is safe. Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage star.</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 50</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 48 hours</p> <p>Latest Season Episode Count: 10</p> <p>Time Spent Watching Latest Season: 11 hours</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/downton-abbey-christmas-special-2014-season-5.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>Downton Abbey</strong></p> <p>When members of a wealthy British family lose the heir to<strong> </strong>theirfortune when he dies on the Titanic, they are introduced to a new set of family members who do not exactly fit in. The PBS hit takes a compelling look at the life of the wealthy as well as their servants. Dame Maggie Smith’s turn as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, is enough to entertain viewers throughout the five seasons. Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt also star.</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 43</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 41 hours</p> <p>Latest Season Episode Count: 9</p> <p>Time Spent Watching Latest Season: 8.5 hours</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/how-to-get-away-with-murder-cast-abc.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>How to Get Away With Murder</strong></p> <p>This new show from the aforementioned powerhouse Shonda Rhimes follows “Scandal” on Thursday nights on ABC. Academy Award nominee Viola Davis leads the show as Annalise Keating, a criminal defense attorney and law professor. She takes on five student interns who soon become entwined in a murder. The show is known to push all of the boundaries for primetime television and just finished its first season, so if you want to catch up for the fall, now is the time to do it. Alfie Enoch, Matt McGorry and Liza Weil also star.</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 15</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 11 hours</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/gilmoregirls.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Gilmore Girls</strong></p> <p>Watching the mother-daughter/best friend relationship of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) grow and thrive throughout the seven seasons of this series is one for the ages. Viewers get to watch as Rory goes from public school to private school and then off to Yale University. While the bond between Lorelai and Rory is strong, watching the interactions between Lorelai and her mother, Emily (Kelly Bishop), demonstrates a different type of relationship that family members can have. Also check out a great early role for Melissa McCarthy, who is a main cast member throughout the series. Scott Patterson and Edward Herrmann also star.</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 153</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 109 hours (or 4.5 days)</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/one-tree-hill-0d-450x337.jpg" width="400"> </strong></p> <p><strong>One Tree Hill</strong></p> <p>Smoothly transitioning from childhood to adulthood is never easy, and there are going to be many bumps in the road. This is exactly what “One Tree Hill” depicts. Over nine seasons, audiences see the teenagers of Tree Hill, N.C. evolve from stereotypical high school kids to adults with families of their own. While the show jumps four years at the end of the high school era, the execution is flawless. You’ll grow to love the characters and, in the style of the show, while people leave, sometimes they return. Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray star.</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 187</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 132 hours (or 5.5 days)</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/friends-milkshakes-netflix.jpg" width="400"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Friends</strong></p> <p>Everyone knows the story about “Friends.” Six friends live in New York City and navigate their way through life and love. Binging this show will provide a rainbow of feelings: happiness, sadness, anger and a lot of laughter. You will get to see all of the best guest stars (Brad Pitt! Julia Roberts! Reese Witherspoon!) and understand just why everyone loves this comedy. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer star.</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 236 Episodes</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 87 hours (or 3.5 days)</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/americanhorrorstory.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>American Horror Story</strong></p> <p>So technically this show is still running, but it takes a different approach from most series as each season is its own unique story. “Murder House” is about a family that moves into a haunted house famous for its murders. “Asylum” follows an unfortunate reporter who gets stuck in an asylum against her will. “Coven” is about a group of witches looking to find its next Supreme. Finally, “Freak Show” is about a group of misfits who put on shows here in Jupiter and their struggles in society. My advice is to start with “Asylum,” move to “Murder House,” and then it’s a toss-up between the last two. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson star.</p> <p>“Murder House” Episode Count and Time: 12 episodes over 8.5 hours</p> <p>“Asylum” Episode Count and Time: 13 episodes over 9 hours</p> <p>“Coven” Episode Count and Time: 13 episodes over 10 hours</p> <p>“Freak Show” Episode Count and Time: 13 episodes over 11 hours</p> <p>Series Episode Count: 51</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 39 hours (or 1.5 days)</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/pushing-daisies-musical1.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Pushing Daisies</strong></p> <p>This over-the-top murder mystery series had a short-lived run with two abbreviated seasons from 2007 to 2009. The show follows Ned (Lee Pace), a pie maker with a talented gift – he can bring anything dead back to life with the touch of his finger. There are just two small problems: the next time Ned touches the newly awakened thing, it will die again, and if whatever is revived stays alive for more than a minute, something will die in its place. With the help of his friend Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel) and Detective Emerson Cod (Chi McBride), Ned sets out to solve the latest murders. Swoosie Kurtz, Ellen Greene and Kristin Chenoweth, who won an Emmy for the second season, also star. </p> <p>Series Episode Count: 22</p> <p>Time Spent Watching: 15.5 hours</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Kevin</strong></p> <p>Kevin Studer is a graduate student at Lynn University studying Communication and Media, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When not in the presence of awesome journalism opportunities, he has a passion for all things Disney and Broadway. You can reach Kevin at <a href=""></a>.</p>Kevin StuderFri, 10 Jul 2015 14:06:00 +0000 & EventsStaff Picks: food and fundraising<p><strong>Yard House Spicy Tuna Roll</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.10_spicy_tuna_roll.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>“This is not your ordinary spicy tuna roll; It's not a roll at all. It's a huge amount of delicious spicy tuna, avocado, edamame and lots of other yummy stuff served in a large round mound. One of the best items on the menu!”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 201 Plaza Real, Mizner Park // 561/417-6124)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Nauti Dawg Marina Cafe</strong></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.10_nauti_dawg.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em> </p> <p>“It's a vacation evening without the airfare. Or the bags. Or the passport. Slip down to the Nauti Dawg Marina Cafe, and sit on the outside deck next to the marina. There'a great sea breeze here, some island music and very good food: scallops, fish tacos, pastas and blackened mahi. You will feel as if you've been away to an island outpost, and just maybe you have.</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 2841 Marina Circle, Lighthouse Point // 954/941-0246)</p> <p> </p> <p>Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.10_rhino_doughnuts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Accounts Manager</em></p> <p>“Their cookies and cream doughnut is light, creamy and just sweet enough to start my morning in such a decadent manner!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // Mizner Park, NE 2nd St. // 561/372-9362)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>"Living in the Moment" fundraiser</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.10_willy_t_willard_memorial_fund.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, managing editor</em></p> <p>"Ever think about expanding your spiritual horizons but don't know where to start? Begin to get enlightened for a great cause on Sunday, July 12, as Olympic Heights High School will present "Living in the Moment," an eclectic spiritual fair benefiting the Willy T. Willard Memorial Fund. Running in two rooms from 1 to 5 p.m., the event includes everything from live music, a local artisan showcase, henna tattoos and a raffle drawing, to chair yoga, angel card readings, a Reiki circle and a boxing demonstration. The free event runs on donations and raffle ticket/silent auction funds, which provide financial support to bereaved parents."</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 20101 Lyons Rd. // 561/306-7714)</p>magazineFri, 10 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Forward: white and wine<p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.10_steve_madden.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>White out</p> <p>All you fashion gurus know this is the prime time to wear white. It’s summer, and it’s hot. White is the neutral color of the season, and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11911/">Steve Madden</a> is well aware. From the <a href="">Proto</a> pump to the <a href=";form_state=searchForm&amp;CSRF_TOKEN_SEARCHCMD=&amp;keyword1=Girltalk&amp;keyword=Girltalk">Girltalk</a> chunky platform to the <a href=";keyword=Stecy&amp;selectedColor=GOLD&amp;$MR-THUMB$">Stecy</a> strappy heel to the <a href=";form_state=searchForm&amp;CSRF_TOKEN_SEARCHCMD=&amp;keyword1=Hamil&amp;keyword=Hamil">Hamil</a> sandal, you can stock up on white shoes for any and every occasion.</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.10_closbrella.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Wine for the weather</p> <p>The South Florida weather is unpredictable, but the rain doesn’t have to ruin your plans. Clos du Bois winery and fashion designer Mara Hoffman have teamed up to bring you the ultimate party saver: the <a href=";productID=6593E074-B7B8-F238-0B42-CB40BF6E8AAD&amp;originalMarketingURL=Closbrella-Gift-Set">Closbrella</a>. This vibrantly patterned umbrella is encased in a sleeve that doubles as an insulator for your wine. So, next time the weather takes a turn for the worse, pop open your Closbrella, chill your wine and get the party started.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 10 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Review: R5 at Mizner Amphitheater<p>A cool breeze, a great band and feel-good music are the ingredients for a perfect summer night. And that is exactly how Wednesday night felt when R5 came to Boca Raton.</p> <p>For the second stop on its world tour to promote the new album “Sometime Last Night,” R5 took over Mizner Park’s Count de Hoernle Amphitheater and put on a show full of energy from start to finish.</p> <p><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0500.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Ryland Lynch, the one Lynch sibling not in R5, took on the role of DJ and kicked off the night. Lynch is just as much of a star as his rocker siblings and endured the excited screams from young girls throughout his set. When he was finished, Lynch came into the audience and worked the light board for the rest of the night.</p> <p>Vine star Jacob Whitesides performed second, with a seven-song set that had fans cheering. Previously unfamiliar with Whitesides, I was impressed with his vocal ability and acoustic guitar prowess. When he performed his new song “Shame On You,” everyone in the audience already knew the words. It is clear that Whitesides is a name that you should remember.</p> <p>After a quick set change, R5 took the stage. The screams of girls all in their teenage years or younger filled the amphitheater when siblings Riker, Rocky, Rydel and Ross Lynch and family friend Ellington Ratliff appeared from behind a white curtain. Even though R5’s songs contain messages that are a bit PG-13 at times, children in the audience loved them all the same.</p> <p>The band, as one would imagine, has an abundance of chemistry and frequently joked around with each other throughout the night. Ross gushed about the relationship that Rydel and Ratliff had entered before covering Lady Gaga’s “You and I,” which he dedicated to the couple. Rocky brought onstage a plastic palm tree that he bought on Amazon to take in the Florida experience, Riker joshed Ross when his shoe came untied, and no one was safe once the water guns came out.</p> <p>While also playing songs from its first album, “Louder,” R5’s main focus was to introduce audiences to “Sometime Last Night,” which will be released on July 10. The band rocked out to its new songs—most of which the members wrote themselves.</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0240.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Ross, who is famous for his roles on Disney Channel’s “Austin &amp; Ally” and “Teen Beach Movie,” took most of the lead vocals, though all of his siblings received their share of time in front of the microphone.</p> <p>One of the highlights of the night was when Rydel, the sole woman of the band, took the lead on “Lightning Strikes.” She brought girl power to the stage and showed that she could rock just as hard as any of the men who were onstage with her.</p> <p> Another highlight was “Did You Have Your Fun?,” which Riker previously told <em>Boca </em>magazine was the song he was most excited to perform on tour.</p> <p>After the show was over, the band kept the party going at an album release party at Town Center Mall’s Blue Martini, where they celebrated the upcoming release of their album. Ryland took his place as the DJ for the club and the rest of the band had fun dancing and mingling with fans.</p> <p>Do not let the young fans fool you; R5 is not just for kids. Its sound is a high-energy blend of rock and pop, and while the band is still under the radar, its new album will be tearing up the charts soon. Be on the lookout when R5 comes back to Florida for two more stops in February.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Jacob Whitesides Set List:</strong></p> <p>Let’s Be Birds</p> <p>Ohio</p> <p>Shame on You</p> <p>Not My Type at All</p> <p>Lego House (Ed Sheeran Cover)</p> <p>Billboard</p> <p>Rumors</p> <p><strong>R5 Set List:</strong></p> <p>All Night</p> <p>Heart Made Up On You</p> <p>Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight</p> <p>Dark Side</p> <p>Cali Girls</p> <p>Blank Space (Taylor Swift Cover)</p> <p>Things Are Looking Up</p> <p>Loud</p> <p>I Know You Got Away</p> <p>Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon Cover)</p> <p>Lightning Strikes</p> <p>You and I (Lady Gaga Cover)</p> <p>F.E.E.L.G.O.O.D.</p> <p>Easy Love</p> <p>If I Can’t Be With You</p> <p>Did You Have Your Fun?</p> <p>I Can’t (Forget About You)</p> <p>Smile</p> <p><strong>Encore:</strong></p> <p>Ain’t No Way We’re Going Home</p> <p>Wild Hearts</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Kevin</strong></p> <p>Kevin Studer is a graduate student at Lynn University studying Communication and Media, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When not in the presence of awesome journalism opportunities, he has a passion for all things Disney and Broadway. You can reach Kevin at <a href=""></a>.</p>Kevin StuderFri, 10 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsMusicRecapping Max&#39;s &#39;Chef vs. Chef&#39;<p><img alt="" height="136" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/chefvchef.png" width="200">Our very own version of <em>Iron Chef-Chopped-Knife Fight</em> is well underway so I thought it was time to bring you up to date on the results.</p> <p>(For the record, the NCAA bracket-style cooking competition is being held every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. until Sept. 23 by and at <strong>Max’s Harvest</strong> in downtown Delray. Each week two local chefs get three mystery ingredients, which they have to fashion into two or three dishes in an hour, the results judged by a panel of food experts. Anyone can attend for a $10 donation, with the proceeds benefiting the Delray Boys &amp; Girls Club.)</p> <p>With that out of the way, here’s what’s happened so far. . .</p> <p>Week 1. Adam Brown of The Cooper and Ben Burger of Neiman Marcus had their way with wild king salmon, sea beans and heirloom eggplants, with Brown taking top honors bym cooking shrimp with sorghum, eggplant and sea bean “caponata,” roasted fingerling potatoes and seared salmon filet.</p> <p>Week 2. James Strine of Cafe Boulud took on Paul Niedermann of Hudson over a basket of Kissimmee River oyster mushrooms, fava beans and veal sweetbreads, with Strine cooking an impressive four dishes. Among them were heirloom tomato, fava bean and oyster mushroom salad with togarashi vinaigrette and smoked fried sweetbreads on coconut-sweet potato puree with baby bok choy and oyster mushrooms.</p> <p>Week 3. Victor Meneses of El Camino battled Victor Franco of Oceans 234, preparing beef cheeks, Asian noodles and malanga. Meneses emerged Victor-ious with a winning dish of malanga dumpling with shredded beef cheek, granny smith apples and pancetta, served with a salad of shaved fennel, ginger and herbs.</p> <p> </p> <p>There are 12 more battles to come so stay tuned for further results.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 10 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsHeroin on the rise here, and an impending demise of PBS<h3><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/heroin-.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Heroin relapse</h3> <p>Of all the things to be making a comeback: heroin.</p> <p>It was the illegal drug of the 1960s, smuggled here from the Middle East, often through Marseilles, France. That city became so infamous as the transfer point that in 1971, the Oscar-winning “The French Connection” starred Gene Hackman as a New York City detective tracking a shipment from Marseilles.</p> <p>Today, heroin comes to the United States from Central and South America. But the problem is not just New York’s. Last month, the Delray Beach Police Department called a news conference because department officials said 17 of the 24 heroin overdoses in the city this year came in May. Three of those cases were fatal. Only one overdose death had occurred in the previous four months.</p> <p>“It’s a public health issue,” Delray Beach Police Public Information Officer Jeffrey Messer said in an interview. The department called the news conference to raise public awareness and avoid “another round (of overdoses) like that.”</p> <p>Ironically, heroin’s resurgence grew out of a success story.</p> <p>For much of the last decade, Palm Beach County in particular and South Florida in general became overrun by illegal prescription painkillers. So-called pain clinics—many not run by doctors—dispensed oxycodone pills by the thousands. Some went to addicts in this area. Many more went to ravage rural areas of the Mid South and the Middle West.</p> <p>Six years ago, Palm Beach County law enforcement started cracking down. The same happened in Broward. The most infamous operation busted in this county was run by the George brothers, Chris and Jeff. In 2011, when Chris George’s wife pleaded guilty in federal court, prosecutors estimated that the family business had dealt 20 million oxycodone pills in just two years.</p> <p>Heroin, like oxycodone, is an opiate—a sedative. Those who lost their oxycodone connection, Messer said, moved to heroin. The new heroin, however, had a new ingredient—fentanyl. It also is an opiate, and it showed up in the toxicology screens of addicts in Delray when another round of overdoses came in late 2013.</p> <p>At that time, Messer was working narcotics. He worked that case, and said Delray and other agencies responded to those overdoses, which led to arrests of the alleged suppliers of that batch of heroin. The cases are in federal court.</p> <p>For local police, the frustrating thing is that all they can do from a law enforcement standout is try to arrest those near the end of the distribution chain. Messer said even at that level they carry business cards.</p> <p>This being Delray, one question is whether the city’s large number of sober houses exacerbates the heroin problem that those in law enforcement and drug treatment have been warning about for two years. Delray’s sober houses, Messer said, “get a bad rap. They do much more good than harm.” In an interview I did with Delray Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman, he said, “No question, if we had fewer sober houses, we’d have less crime.”</p> <p>I spoke with Messer the last week in June. He said the city had seen two more overdoses in the month, one of them fatal. “It’s easier to buy heroin in Delray,” Messer said, “than anything else.” Delray Beach offers one more example that the long-term solution to drug crime is prevention and treatment, not just law enforcement.</p> <h3>Radio collapse?</h3> <p>The potential loss of a Palm Beach County-based public radio station is frustration but perhaps not final.</p> <p>The Palm Beach Post reported two weeks ago that Minnesota-based American Public Media Group intends to sell WPBI-FM—formerly WXEL-FM—to a religious broadcasting company that does not intend to carry National Public Radio programming. Classical South Florida bought WXEL from Barry University in 2011 and changed the call letters.</p> <p>More important, the new owner shifted programming on 90.7-PM—WXEL’s spot on the dial—to classical music. NPR programs went to 101.9-FM, a northern Palm Beach County station that has a much weaker signal. You can get NPR on 90.7 with an HD radio, but the concept and the technology befuddle some listeners, who also like the convenience of hearing NPR on a traditional radio.</p> <p>Fortunately for NPR fans in this area, the Miami NPR station—WLRN-91.3 FM—has a signal strong enough to be heard clearly in southern Palm Beach County and usually to West Palm Beach.</p> <p>The owner of Classical South Florida is American Public Media Group, which produces “A Prairie Home Companion and Marketplace.” Classical South Florida also owns a station that serves Broward and Miami-Dade counties and a station in Naples. The company thought that WXEL would complement its offering. Those who opposed the sale worried that NPR programming would become an afterthought, and they were correct.</p> <p>Richard Rampell, who owns an accounting firm in Palm Beach, serves on the board of National Public Radio and Classical South Florida. He was part of a local effort to buy WXEL four years ago, but Rampell said Barry “would not talk to us.” Similarly, the sale of the radio and TV station—WXEL-Channel 42—to Barry in 1997 was announced after the fact. The Classical South Florida board met last week and likely approved the sale.</p> <p>I recall the campaign to bring public broadcasting to Palm Beach County in the early 1980s and the debate about whether it would be better to have local outlets of WLRN and WPBT-Channel 2. Rampell said he has contacted officials of WLRN, which the Miami-Dade County School District owns, about providing service in Palm Beach County if the sale of Classical South Florida goes through. Three decades later, that’s still the best option for public broadcasting in this region.   </p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em>  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 09 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySeasonal Finds: Bell Peppers<p>Summery vine-fresh bell peppers are stars in most of my cooking this time of year. They add a great crunch and pop of color to everything they touch.</p> <p>Bell peppers can be used in just about anything from kabobs to stir-fries to salads. To celebrate their prime season, I put together this gorgeous tri-colored pepper salad with sweetened vinaigrette. For this recipe, I used three pepper colors (yellow, orange and red) that I picked up from the local Whole Foods in Boca Raton.</p> <p>If you’re wondering about the difference between each colored bell pepper, I’ll explain. All bell peppers start out green. Some peppers stay green, while others turn yellow, orange and red as they achieve their final color at maturity. Because growers have to leave bell peppers on the vine longer to turn yellow, orange or red, they also charge more for them at the market. The red pepper is the sweetest, and all peppers are rich in vitamins A and C as well as beta-carotene. So they’re in-season, colorful and good for you!</p> <p>In the sweet balsamic dressing, quality and flavor of the balsamic vinegar plays a large part in the overall taste. I used a high-quality, thick balsamic with fig flavor notes. Any balsamic with fruity undertones is going to taste great in this salad, especially when seasoned with olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper. If you use a sharp or sour tasting balsamic, try adding some additional sugar to sweeten it to your liking.</p> <p>This salad is great to transport to a BBQ or pool party, as the peppers and basil are sturdy and don’t deteriorate easily. I will be making this all summer long! </p> <p><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/bp_salad.png" width="490"></p> <p><em><strong>Bell Pepper Salad with Sweetened Vinaigrette</strong></em></p> <p><em>Makes two full salads, or four small sides.</em></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong><br> 3 bell peppers, each varying in color (yellow, red, orange or green)<br> 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar<br> 1 teaspoon good quality olive oil<br> 1 teaspoon sugar<br> Salt and pepper to taste<br> 3 basil leaves, julienne<br> 4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shaved</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong><br>1. Core the peppers, and slice them lengthwise into thin strips. Place them into a serving bowl, toss to mix the colors and set aside.</p> <p>2. Make the dressing by combining balsamic, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Mix to combine.</p> <p>3. Top the pepper slices with basil and cheese. Generously spoon dressing over the top of the salad and serve.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p> <p> </p>Amanda JaneThu, 09 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Wayne White Gets the Word Out<p>It’s one thing to see images of Wayne White’s witty word paintings online, but as with any great artist, there’s nothing like absorbing them in a gallery setting. And the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is currently offering a cozy, dynamic survey of White’s idiosyncratic art.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/slide-artist-wayne-white-opens-up-about-his-groundbreaking-work-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>As we cover in the current print edition of <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine, Wayne White is a renowned visual artist and polymath who paints blocky, pithy phrases atop repurposed landscapes purchased at thrift stores. It’s a concept that could easily grow repetitive, but White has kept it fresh by playfully remixing his fonts and patterns, and by slyly commenting on the placid landscapes underneath them.</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/2c1a185697f4d0a5e8e8ec9b78544296.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The first thing you notice when viewing these works in person is the remarkable detail and precision of his paintings, which doesn’t come across in online reproductions. In “What’d I Tell Ya?,” the letters in the titular text sit like wobbly monoliths amid a pastoral of horses grazing in front of rolling hills. The shading and dimension of each letterform is perfectly conceived, and they bely White’s formal training. He achieves in many of his works an astonishing sense of three-dimensional perspective, as in the ludic “Art is Supposed to Hypnotize You or Something,” in which the words creep closer with each descending line, like a doctor’s eye chart. Even better is “Good Looking People Having Fun Without You,” wherein the text screams in a rainbow formation over a battle scene, its title lending the piece an aura of cheeky irony.</p> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/w._white-dunno-2013-25.5x45.5_2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The opposition between the words and the image creates hilarious dialectics throughout the exhibition. The ineloquent slang “Dunno” and “Uh Huh” marvelously undercut the otherwise beautiful landscape paintings beneath them, and in the cryptic “Pay For Every Dance,” White tilted a floral still-life on its side for a topsy-turvy effect.</p> <p>But if you walk the gallery clockwise, the works become more abstract and unhinged toward the end of the exhibit. “They Used to Put Me Down in the Seventies” is a manic masterpiece, a jumble of nebulous, parabolic, barely comprehensible letter sculptures sitting on a blustery ocean. This time, the background makes sense: The painting is like a linguistic shipwreck bobbing on a crashing surf. White’s newer pieces, like “Puppet Studio,” make even less sense, coming across like the mixed-media blueprints of a tinkering madman, esoteric and inscrutable but undeniably interesting.</p> <p>But don’t be surprised if you’re distracted by the bright shiny object in the center of Art and Culture Center’s main gallery. In addition to his paintings and drawings, White is an accomplished puppeteer specializing in giant marionettes of regional historic figures. So in honor of Broward County’s recent centenary, the Art and Culture Center commissioned White to build a mammoth puppet of the county’s first governor and namesake, the pioneering, controversial Napoleon Bonaparte Broward (in office 1905-1909), who infamously launched a draining of the Everglades.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/cjynp4blhyrcmc4_wvtp3nhcbsix5z512slg65v_pnk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Completed on-site in just a couple of exhausting days, the resulting sculpture keeps a Big Brother-like watch over the gallery, his skin as green as the river of grass he sought to dismantle. His chest seems to rise from sawgrass, his greasy hair and bedazzled eyes like those of a cunning huckster, and his arms sprawl across the concrete floor like symmetrical snakes. As with White’s previous colossal puppets, it’s astonishing what he was able to accomplish with such primitive material as cardboard, glue, bamboo and spray paint.</p> <p>While White was in town last month, he taught a weeklong puppet workshop for promising students at Miami’s New World School of the Arts and Design Architecture Senior High. The students’ final creations hang from the ceiling and walls of a smaller gallery at the Art and Culture Center. Their snails, owls, turtles, mantises and other strange creatures add to up form an otherworldly diorama—a bit of strange and beautiful inspiration with which to drive home.</p> <p><em>"Wayne White: Art is Supposed to Hypnotize You or Something" runs through Aug. 23 at Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Admission costs $4-$7. For information, call 954/921-3274 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:48:12 +0000 & EventsHuman Nature Concert Ticket Giveaway<p><img alt="" height="57" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/human_nature_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Who doesn’t love Motown? You just can’t help but want to dance when you hear the rhythm and beat of The Temptations, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder’s classics. It’s only human.</p> <p>On Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., <a href="">Seminole Casino Coconut Creek</a> will bring you back to the Motown days with stellar pop vocal group Human Nature.</p> <p>We’re giving away two tickets in our latest social media contest. All you have to do is comment on our <a href=";theater">Facebook</a> or <a href="">Instagram</a> post with your favorite Motown song and the reason why you like it. On July 15, we’ll announce the winner. (You must be able to pick up the tickets from our office.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="634" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/human_nature.jpg" width="490"></p>magazineWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:15:00 +0000 & EventsGiveawaysMusicSummer Theater for Kids<p>As a parent, there is truly no place I’d rather raise my daughter than Boca Raton. We have it all! There are so many businesses and amenities that cater to kids and parents alike. I’m not sure why I assumed local theaters (of the musical and play variety) would be any different. Having lived in New York City for almost ten years, I concede there is nothing quite like a Broadway show, but these theatrical options for children this summer are pretty darn close.</p> <p><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.8_summer_theater_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><span style="">It’s Showtime!</span></strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Showtime Performing Arts Theatre</strong></a> (<em>Royal Palm Place, 503 SE Mizner Blvd. // 561/394-2626)</em> is the place to be, whether your child wants to shine on stage or simply enjoy other children his or her age singing and acting. I’ve taken my 2-year-old to musicals at Showtime, and they truly capture the attention of adults all the way down to the toddler set. You and your family can catch a production of “High School Musical,” “Mary Poppins” or “Annie” performed by Showtime’s talented student campers this summer.</p> <p><strong>High School Musical:</strong> July 29 at 11 a.m., July 30at 1 p.m., July 31 at 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Mary Poppins:</strong> August 7 at 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Annie:</strong> August 14 at 4 p.m.</p> <p>The cost is $10 per ticket, and children under two are free. Call ahead to reserve.</p> <p><strong><span style=""><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.8_summer_theater_1.jpg" width="490"></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="">The Wick Welcomes Your Wee Ones</span></strong></p> <p>Never pictured taking your preschooler to a professional production at <strong><a href="">The Wick Theatre</a></strong>? <em>(7901 N. Federal Hwy. // 561/995-2333) </em>Me neither, so imagine my surprise when I found out they actually want you to bring your little ones to THREE productions especially for kids…and <strong><a href="">stay for lunch!</a></strong></p> <p>Two classic children’s fairy tales will get the all-star treatment this summer in Dream Child Productions’ “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Miranda and The Frog Prince.” Many South Florida leading actors including Leah Sessa, Ronen Bay, Gail Byer, Lisa Grossman and Carbonell winner, Clay Cartland will be starring. The Wick will also be showcasing “Peter Pan” in August.</p> <p><strong>Jack and the Beanstalk:</strong> July 10and 11 at 10 a.m., July 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and July 18 at 10 a.m. </p> <p><strong>Miranda and The Frog Prince: </strong>July 31 and August 1 at 10 a.m., August 7 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and August 8 at 10 a.m.</p> <p>The cost is $12 for Jack and the Beanstalk, and children under two are free. The cost is $15 for Miranda and The Frog Prince, and children under two are free. Call ahead to reserve.</p> <p>Buy tickets to both productions and you will receive a half-price child ticket for Peter Pan (coming this August), plus a 20% discount at the Wick’s Halloween costume gift shop. You’d never get this kind of deal on Broadway!</p> <p>Take a bow Boca moms. You just planned out the rest of your summer.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em><strong>, </strong></em><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. <strong>Modern Boca Mom</strong> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p> <p> </p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 08 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 News gives thumbs up to Boca Raton Regional<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>U.S. News and World Report just released its Best Hospitals for Common Care report, which features Boca Raton Regional Hospital as high performing in the areas of heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement.</p> <p>These ratings are based on an analysis of more than 4,500 hospitals in America and focus on five procedures and conditions: heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Hospitals are rated in those areas as high, average or below average performers. </p> <p><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.8_boca_raton_regional_logo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Earning a high performing rating put the Boca Raton hospital into about the top 10 percent of hospitals in the report. It was the only Palm Beach County hospital rated as high performing in at least three categories. Delray Medical Center, which is also on the list, came in with average ratings in all five areas. West Boca Medical Center, in Boca Raton, also scored average rankings in all but heart bypass surgery. (It wasn’t ranked in that category.) Boca Raton Regional had average ratings in COPD and heart bypass care. </p> <p>“The choice of a hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” says Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News,<em> </em>in a press release<em>.</em> “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”</p> <p>Common care procedures and conditions<em> </em>account for millions of hospitalizations annually. U.S. News looked at each of the five categories, grading hospitals for death rates, infections, readmissions and operations that need to be repeated, as well as patient satisfaction.</p> <p>Getting good marks in the areas of heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement procedures could be good news for local folks, given how prevalent these conditions are.</p> <p><img alt="" height="204" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.8_boca_raton_regional.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Heart failure happens when the heart still beats but can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs. It is a common or contributing cause of death. Heart failure played a role in one in nine deaths in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <p>A few stats on the orthopaedic side: Total hip and knee replacement surgeries are soaring, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Total knee replacements more than tripled, and total hip replacements doubled between 1993 and 2009.</p> <p>Why? Part of the increase in the need for knee joint replacements could be explained by carrying around excess weight. Studies have shown a strong link between being overweight and having knee osteoarthritis, which causes the joint to deteriorate. Studies have not drawn as clear an association between weight and hip osteoarthritis. </p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> to see the ratings and plug in a hospital.</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, 08 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyHudson to Add Sunset Bar<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/hudson.png" width="200">Doubling down on one of the most view-rich locations in the county is <strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong> (900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343) the stylish purveyor of upscale comfort food on the Intracoastal in downtown Delray.</p> <p>Not long after bringing in <em>Hell’s Kitchen</em> winner Paul Niedermann to head up the kitchen, the folks at Hudson have started construction of a new 1,500-square-food “sunset bar” with killer views of the water and. . . d’oh. . . sunsets.</p> <p>Name and details haven’t been released yet but word is the Bar-to-Be-Named-Later will have its own menu of drinks and munchies. Unveiling is set for later this summer, with a grand opening party slated to celebrate the debut. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:21:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsThe Sail Inn Gets A New Lease on Life<p><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/rickjankee_g5h8844.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>There are two full moons this month and I wonder if one of them is blue, because only once in a blue moon would I be reporting these words: The Sail Inn is being renovated, there are new bathrooms, and when it reopens it will be non-smoking establishment.</p> <p>As Dave Barry always says, I am not making this up.</p> <p>I stopped by last night to check out all the rumors and I am here to tell you that I saw Rick “Wreckly” Jankee his own bad self standing in what is now a construction site and he was stoked. Ostensibly he was asked (do not get me started on that one) to get the property, notably those miniscule bathrooms, up to code, per the American Disabilities Act.  But that was just the launching pad for a real overhaul, top to bottom. Out with plumbing ca. 1952, out with electric. All-new A/C . New paint, new wood, new navy blue bar top. Brass polished.</p> <p>“The Sail Inn is going to be same longstanding traditional bar—but without the stink,” Jankee says. In fact, he theorizes that nicotine has actually held the bar together all these years; he and Pat Robinson, the Man of Steam and local legendary Grime-Fighter, toiled for days to clean the place before it was repainted—decades of nicotine had colored the walls, infiltrated every surface and ruined just about every furnishing  (including the pictures) that the Sail Inn had. Jankee, a non-smoker, had long been disgusted with the smoke and he thinks he has steadily lost customers over the years because no one likes to go home anymore smelling like an ashtray.</p> <p>Those days are gone.</p> <p>The “new” Sail Inn will be smoke-free (and no, they will not be serving food), ship shape and shining with refurbished brass fixtures and bathrooms Jankee says are almost the size of the bar.</p> <p>I wondered if I had mixed feeling about all this. The Sail was my catcher’s mitt when I first moved here—it was always the last stop on the way home, or the place we hung out before Delray was Chi Chi Town. For decades it has been a true neighborhood bar, and maybe the only one left—where you’d see people in everything from flip flops to formal wear.  And most of all, it’s been the real Rick’s Place, with Jankee a warm host (not to mention his charity work) and leader of a Sail Inn tribe that has been loyal to him and the place for years.  I will miss the old days, and my picture with Lee Bennett that has been on the back wall for 20-some years. (All the pictures are history-they smell like smoke). But I will not miss the smoke—I think I hardly went anymore because of that.</p> <p>Jankee hopes to reopen the first couple of weeks in August but he’s not sure. He says its going to be the “same bar—but shiny,” He also says he doesn’t want to lose his dive bar status, but he also doesn’t “want to be a s@#t-hole, either.”</p> <p>He doesn’t have to worry about either, The Sail is more than a bar—it’s a testament to old Delray, and the small town we love.</p> <p>I’ll be first in line for a cold one when he reopens.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Check back here for updates….</em></p>Marie SpeedTue, 07 Jul 2015 12:05:00 +0000 BeachCustoms on the way &amp; other airport scuttlebutt<h3><img alt="" height="252" src="/site_media/uploads/is.jpg" width="260"></h3> <h3>Customs in Boca</h3> <p>Thanks to some recent good luck, the Boca Raton Airport could have a customs facility as soon as the end of 2016 or early 2017.</p> <p>The airport authority had approved the facility and made it a priority, but there was a question about part of the estimated $3 million for design and construction. The authority always was going to put up half. The airport’s executive director, Clara Bennett, told me that two grants from the Florida Department of Transportation now will provide the balance. The money had been in doubt, but Bennett said it suddenly became available.</p> <p>When the facility opens, passengers coming from abroad won’t have to fly first to Palm Beach International Airport or Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. That likely won’t mean more flights at the Boca airport, but it will mean more convenience. That, in turn, will give the city one more advantage in corporate recruiting.</p> <p>The Boca facility won’t need to be open 24/7. Bennett said she expects it will be more like “40 hours a week,” staffed by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol through an agreement with the airport authority, paid for with user fees and other income. Bennett cites a similarly-sized facility in Naples to estimate that Boca’s could be breaking even financially by the third year of operation.</p> <p>The facility will be behind the Fairfield Inn and next to some existing hangars. The authority hopes to get final approval on plans from the city by November.</p> <h3>City vs. Airport     </h3> <p>Progress on the customs facility might help to improve relations between the airport authority and the city. Interviewing people on both sides, I came away feeling like a mediator in a divorce proceeding.</p> <p>At its goal-setting session in May, the Boca Raton City Council declared its wish to have more “collaboration” from the authority. To drive home the point, the council refused to reappoint two of the seven authority board members, a move that not long ago would have been nearly automatic. Instead, the council appointed Deputy City Manager George Brown and Councilman Robert Weinroth.</p> <p>That move, coupled with the council’s criticism of the authority, unsettled some in the city who worried about council overreach. Did the city want more control? To take back the airport, which it gave up three decades ago? The council appoints five of the seven authority board members. The county commission picks the other two.</p> <p>The authority itself has hardly been free of ethical and political accusations. In the 1990s, a board member sold insurance to the authority and a tenant. His replacement resigned after criticism that he was a political plant.</p> <p>Council members mostly generalized about their gripes with the authority when they appointed Brown and Weinroth. When I asked Weinroth if he thought that the airport was being run badly, he said, “I would not make that conclusion.” In an interview, though, Mayor Susan Haynie laid out her case.</p> <p>“There is a total lack of communication,” Haynie said. “We don’t hear from them.” She said the authority’s by-laws have “restricted communication.”</p> <p>Haynie contends that the authority has gone beyond its “mission to operate an airport that helps the local business community.” She calls the authority “successful as landlords,” for leasing authority property on Airport Road just west of Florida Atlantic University, but questioned the most recent lease to the Tilted Kilt restaurant. With that action, Haynie said, the authority left no room for its own administration building, which will be off-site, on land leased from FAU and south of the Tech Runway.</p> <p>Haynie’s comments puzzled Cheryl Budd, an executive at NCCI and the past authority board chairman. She recalled a “fabulous meeting” with Haynie that included Clara Bennett, the airport’s executive director. Haynie did want it made clear that she has “no issue” with Bennett, whom the authority board hired after deciding on the new administration building.</p> <p>Weinroth called the new headquarters “a Taj Mahal building for eight to 12 people.” Budd called that decision good business. The authority will lease the 1.79-acre site, and the income from the Tilted Kilt lease—Bennett said it’s actually a sublease—will help pay for airport operations.</p> <p>Still another issue is what council members consider airport authority bylaws that discourage outside contact by board members. The passage in question reads: “If it does not conflict with a member’s other duties, members may have discussions with third parties regarding the business of the airport or board.”</p> <p>Weinroth said the wording prevents board members from “doing fact-finding on their own.” He and others have said the authority wants an attorney be present if board members speak with outside officials.</p> <p>Budd said the passage “has generally been interpreted to mean that authority members may speak to anyone.” If board members have third-party contact about “issues under consideration,” Budd said, they are supposed to call the executive director to record the date and the name of the contact. “Little detail is requested,” Budd said. Any items that have been discussed publicly “may be discussed at any time with anyone without disclosure.” Budd said the bylaws “make no reference to necessity of attorneys being present during discussions with third parties.”</p> <p>Like Budd, Bennett is “perplexed” by the council’s criticism. She has met twice with Haynie since coming from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The authority’s rental income—from Cinemark, Boomer’s and the other tenants—is about $3.5 million a year. City from the council, Bennett said, “has had a positive impact on the airport.” When I asked Haynie about a city takeover, she responded, “We are not actively seeking one at this point.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em>  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em><br></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><br></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><br></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em>  </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 07 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityYoga has no age limit<p class="Body">The morning routine for Vera Paley is comparable to many South Florida yoga instructors. She eats a healthy breakfast to keep her body energized, she stretches out on her mat—and she makes sure to smile in the mirror before heading out the door. But that’s where the similarities end.</p> <p class="Body">As the chair yoga instructor for the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Nursing, Paley typically leads classes of 40 students, nearly all of which suffer from some degree of memory trauma.</p> <p class="Body">If that isn’t inspiring enough, consider this: Paley is the oldest person in the room at the ripe age of 95.</p> <p class="Body">“Actually, I’m closer to 96,” she notes.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/vera_in_chair.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">For Paley, teaching at the Memory and Wellness Center is the latest chapter in yoga journey that started in her 40s while she was living in New York. At the time, Paley was a college bookstore manager, but after attending a Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center—and seeing the impact yoga was having on her life—she charted a new course. Paley became a certified instructor and began teaching at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Val-Morin, Canada. She eventually moved to Florida in 1982, where she has lived and taught ever since.</p> <p class="Body">Paley originally was offered a teaching position for a traditional mat yoga class at the Memory and Wellness Center about a decade ago. When she walked into the room on her first day, the space was filled with people sitting on chairs at tables. So Paley improvised on the spot.</p> <p class="Body">“And there was the beginning of teaching yoga on the chair,” she says. “Being in the right place at the right time has kept me here for over 10 years.”</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/vera_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Today, Paley’s students follow along on their chairs as if they were part of a synchronized swim team. Altering commonly known poses like the cobra, Paley instructs her students to sit on the chair, extend their arms back to hold onto the seat and push their bodies forward, allowing their chests to open and spines to stretch.</p> <p class="Body">Paley has found that students can enhance their posture, flexibility and balance—and find some inner calm in the process—just by focusing on the spine, chakra system and breathing. Instructors at the Center, as well as family members of the students, see the positive effect that Paley’s class is having.</p> <p class="Body">One of her students, Louis Pollay, says: “She is inspiring and unique. You feel so good just being around her.”</p> <p class="Body">“A friend of mine once said to follow your bliss,” Paley says. “And that is what I’m doing. Everyday I teach, I feel blissful.”</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/vera_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p> <strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Chelsea</strong></p> <p>Chelsea Stromfeld is a junior at the University of Florida studying public relations and business administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. With an extensive set of interests, she loves to stay laughing, social, creative and active. Give her a camera, food or a person to talk with, and she is all set. You can reach Chelsea at <a href=""></a>.</p>Chelsea StromfeldTue, 07 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Week Ahead: July 7 to 13<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/alice.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Lookingglass Alice”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$85</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Lewis Carroll was not known to be a drug user when he penned “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in 1865. But the surrealist children’s novel has become the definitive trip of its generation, an ever-shifting haven of mind-altering words and imagery. Yet it’s possible to take this far-out classic about 10 steps further, as Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company has achieved with its “Lookingglass Alice,” a lavish kaleidoscope that alternates between tribute and spoof, low comedy and high wisdom, nostalgia and postmodernism. Originally produced in 2005 but improved in 2014, “Lookingglass Alice” is one of those experimental, circus-y playgrounds the Arsht Center presents so well every summer, sending its young heroine down the rabbit hole and onto a giant chess board, where she must reach the eighth square to become queen. Along the way, she swings on hoops, clouds and trapezes; negotiates elaborate scaffolding and trapdoors; and encounters characters even wilder than the creatures of Carroll’s imagination: among them, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum as a hip-hop duo, the White Knight as a clumsy unicyclist, and a Red Queen clad in the most astonishing (and vertical) red dress you’ve ever seen on a stage. The production runs through Aug. 16.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/frenchhornbastilleday.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bastille Day celebration</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free for Florida residents</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fourth of July fireworks may have dissipated for another 363 days (your dog is doubtlessly thankful), but in France, revolutionary celebrations are just kicking into gear in anticipation of next Tuesday’s Bastille Day. For the Norton Museum of Art’s innovative Art After Dark program, this means a great excuse to indulge your inner Francophile. All of the usual Art After Dark activities will be presented with a French twist: a DIY art project cheekily titled “Let Them Paint Cake;” a series of short films by the surrealist French biologist-turned-filmmaker Jean Painleve; a French lesson courtesy of the Multilingual Language and Cultural Society of West Palm Beach; and live music from The French Horn (pictured), a hip local band led by French transplant Vincent Raffard. There will even be a guest appearance from Miami-based French Consul General Philippe Letrilliart, and special selection of crepes for sale.</p> <p><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/marley_and_me.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Filmed in Broward” festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-3456, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Quick: What do “Striptease,” “Marley and Me” and “Donnie Brasco” have in common? Not much, except that you may have visited their shooting locations last week, last month or last year. These are three of the 24 titles comprising “Filmed in Broward,” a weeklong celebration of locally shot feature films compiled in honor in Broward County’s centenary. For some of the films, like “Where the Boys Are” and “Caddyshack,” familiar locations are constant and integral to the story. In others, like “True Lies” and “Body Heat,” the county makes a few spartan cameos. But all of them show that our tropical paradise continues to hold its own as a Silver Screen destination. The festival is presented entirely free of charge, and it begins Thursday at 5:30 with the indie comedy “Bart Got a Room,” followed by Martin Scorsese’s disturbing remake of “Cape Fear” at 9 p.m. Visit for the complete schedule.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/75-atxl1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes and Colin Hay</strong></p> <p>Where: Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40 advance, $50 day of show</p> <p>Contact: 561/488-8069, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For my money, this concert is the go-to show of the summer music season in South Florida. Barenaked Ladies, those witty wags from Ontario, stop by our region often, but this time the group is supporting its best effort in 10 years: the fun, eclectic and infectious “Silverball,” an album hatched during frontman Ed Robertson’s isolated sojourn to his cottage retreat. Reviews of this tour have suggested the songs pair well with BNL’s bevy of roof-shaking alt-rock hits, singalong harmonies and impromptu raps. But wait, there’s more: Come early for opening acts that deserve to be headliners in their own right. The legendary Violent Femmes, the angst-driven alt-rock pioneers behind “Blister in the Sun” and “Add it Up,” will perform their stripped-down college-rock anthems, and Men at Work’s Colin Hay will open up the show with an acoustic set, before most likely joining BNL for a song or two later.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/hotsummernights_mikemineo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Hot Summer Nights” concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Suggested donation at the gate</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Many of Palm Beach County’s cultural venues have settled into extended hibernation for the summer, but Delray Center for the Arts is keeping the city poppin’ through at least the end of July with its “Hot Summer Nights” series. The festival takes place every Friday this month at the Center’s Outdoor Pavilion stage, with a cash bar and food trucks providing the drinks and nosh. Delray’s own Mike Mineo (pictured), a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose diverse sound has earned comparisons to Frank Zappa, will perform his feel-good mix of folk, funk, soul, pop and avant-garde music this Friday, with his two-piece band. The festival continues July 17 with the Top 40 dance music of Flavor, July 24 with the dance party music of Libido, and July 31 with the eclectic hits of The Clique.</p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tommy_poster.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Tommy”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Tommy” is justifiably regarded as one the pinnacles of the rock opera, a genre of epic storytelling that its creators, The Who, helped to pioneer. The 75-minute masterpiece has sold 20 million copies, with a legacy that extends far beyond guitar, bass, drums and vocals. “Tommy” was adapted into a traditional opera in 1971, a flamboyant film musical in 1975 and, inevitably, a Broadway musical in 1993, which went on to win five Tony Awards. Naturally, the tone of the musical isn’t quite as dark and ambiguous as The Who’s album, but with Pete Townshend responsible for the music, lyrics and book, the major plot points are retained: Convinced he can no longer see, hear or speak after he witnesses the death of his father, a young boy named Tommy uses his remaining sense of touch to become a expert pinball player, while suffering abuse and molestation from his elders and eventually becoming a celebrity and cult leader. This musical is rarely produced in South Florida, offering attendees a rare chance to hear hits like “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “Tommy, Can You Hear Me” on a proscenium setting. “Tommy” runs through July 26 in this community theater production.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/laser-concerts.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Laser concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Dekelbaum Planetarium at South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The South Florida Science Center’s laser concerts are already the only place in Palm Beach County to stare up at a curved cosmos and watch squiggly lines take the form of zombies, dancers, monstrous mothers and strawberry fields forever. And this year, they’ve made things even more interesting: For $25, attendees can send a laser message to a friend or loved one right in the middle of a show. What better time to propose to your lover than during Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” or the Fab Four’s “All Your Loving?” Personalized message or not, this summer’s programming, which continues through September, offers plenty of opportunities to tune in and veg out without the use of medical enhancements, on the second Saturday of each month. July 11 is a particularly strong lineup, beginning with Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album at 6:30 p.m., continuing with Laser Beatles at 7:30 and ending with Bob Marley at 8:30.</p>John ThomasonMon, 06 Jul 2015 12:05:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsBeating the heat and staying fit<p>Here in South Florida, we are met with a conflict when summertime rolls around: we are suddenly more driven to be fit and get in shape (even though we have a year-round swimsuit season), but we also can’t bear the thought of running around outdoors in the extreme heat and humidity for more than five minutes. While investing in a gym membership is an option, there are more exciting ways to stay active and still enjoy the benefits of central air conditioning.           </p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.6_defy_gravity_yoga.png" width="490"></p> <p>Yoga is currently “in” for all ages and levels of experiences. Why not take the trend a step further and try Aerial Yoga at <a href="">Defy Gravity Yoga</a> <em>(5821 N. Federal Highway)</em>? Aerial Yoga uses silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling to help students feel the benefits of traditional yoga poses and improve their flexibility.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.6_panthers_ice_den.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Ice Skating doesn’t have to be reserved for wintertime. Take “beating the heat” to the extreme and take one of the free skate sessions at the <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11902/">Panther’s Ice Den</a> <em>(3299 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs)</em>, also known as Incredible Ice. Skating lessons are also offered, and there are hockey leagues for both children and adults.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.6_nugolf.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A round of golf can be hard to get through during a Florida summer, but now at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11902/">NuGolf Studios</a> <em>(4800 N. Federal Highway)</em> you can take your round indoors. Not only does NuGolf allow you to (virtually) hit the links inside, it also allows you to expand your golf course options beyond the local courses. Play Pebble Beach or the Old Course at St. Andrews without ever leaving Boca! </p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.6_coral_cliffs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While outdoor rock climbing an impressive mountain isn’t an option in South Florida, indoor rock climbing certainly is. <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11902/">Coral Cliffs</a> <em>(3400 SW 26 Terrace, #A4, Fort Lauderdale) </em>offers a complete indoor rock climbing gym for climbers of all levels. The climbing options are endless, and professional instruction is provided.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.6_planet_air.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>What better way to burn some calories than by channeling your inner six-year-old and jumping on a trampoline all afternoon? <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11902/">Planet Air</a> <em>(1401 Green Rd., Deerfield Beach)</em> offers a “trampoline park” of more than 8,000 square feet to jump around. The facility also features indoor paintless paintball, which is perfect for summer.  </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Casey</strong></p> <p>Casey Farmer is a sophomore at Lehigh University studying journalism and business, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Casey spends most of her time on the golf course, both recreationally and as a member of Lehigh’s team. Aside from golf, she loves iced coffee, Zumba and dogs. You can reach Casey at <a href=""></a>. </p> <p> </p>Casey FarmerMon, 06 Jul 2015 10:21:00 +0000;d: The Restaurant Dead Pool<p><img alt="" height="202" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/rip-spokeo-info-bubble.jpg" width="200">Last week the <em>Miami Herald</em> ran a story about all the local restaurants that have closed as the slow summer season comes upon us. It’s not any different in our little corner of paradise, and before summer ends it will likely only get worse. Here’s a short list of some of the local eateries that have recently gone to that great dumpster in the sky. . .</p> <p><strong>Chowderheads</strong><em>, West Palm Beach.</em> This New England-style seafood shack with the cute cottage decor couldn’t overcome its lousy location on hyper-busy Okeechobee Boulevard. On my one lunchtime visit there, it was mostly empty. The Jupiter parent remains open.</p> <p><strong>Cabo Flats</strong>, <em>Palm Beach Gardens</em>. A huge hit when it first opened, its recent closure reportedly has more to do with ambitious expansion plans that include new outlets intended for CityPlace, Jupiter, Miami and Doral, joining existing Flats in Delray and Stuart. (The CityPlace Flats will replace Tequila Cowboys, a chain outpost that turned out to have the half-life of bacteria.)</p> <p><strong>The Island</strong>, <em>Lake Worth</em>. The restaurant woes continue for spots in this town known for its artsy vibe, multitudinous problems and persistently unrealized potential. Bizaare Avenue Cafe managed to survive for years in this location before imploding but a charming tropical decor and Caribbean grub didn’t have the same staying power.</p> <p><strong>Green Fields Organic Bistro</strong>, <em>Delray Beach</em>. Robert Greenfield didn’t have any better luck with this iteration of his healthy-organic eateries than he did with two locations of DIG (Doing It Green) in west and downtown Delray. And now the latest owners of DIG have shut it down, to be replace by something called Free House (will look into that and report back to you).</p> <p><strong>264 The Grill</strong>, <em>Palm Beach</em>. Forty years is several lifetimes in the restaurant business but every life comes to an end and so this stalwart of “The Island’s” dining scene is no more, reportedly due to the sale of their building. A new restaurant is said to be planned for the site and the owners intend to reopen in the same general area.</p> <p><strong>Darbster</strong>, <em>Boca Raton</em>. The Boca outpost of this well-regarded raw-vegan eatery has closed but supposedly only for the summer, with plans to reopen with a revamped decor and menu. We’ll see if it does. The West Palm Darbster, however, is still open.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 06 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsGrowing Up Pixar<p>By now I am sure you have probably heard of Pixar’s latest adventure film, “Inside Out.” It is quickly becoming one of the biggest hits of the summer and is entertaining adults and children alike.</p> <p>As I was watching “Inside Out,” I felt like I was more emotional than the children around me. But the movie did exactly what any children’s film should do: teach a lesson while making you feel joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness.</p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/insideout.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>That is what makes Pixar so critical to the film industry. Entertaining children and parents while also creating a conversation about life is something that animation companies strive for, but few do it as well as the Disney-owned company.</p> <p>The film got me thinking about how I grew up while watching my generation’s classics. Pixar has made me experience countless emotions for toys, monsters, cars and, yes, even bugs.</p> <p>With children being home over the summer, it seems like the perfect time to revisit these 15 adventures. Just as the classic Disney animation created memories and stories for multiple generations, these are the films that we will be showing our children and grandchildren for years to come. </p> <p>Taking the time to view these films again will spark new conversations, and you will see exactly how “Inside Out” is the perfect starting point, as each film contains joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness.</p> <p><strong>Joy</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="222" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/1309168460_l_2.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Coming from someone who loves rollercoasters, the scene in “Toy Story 2” where the toys travel through the airport’s baggage handling system seemed like so much fun to me. At the climax of the scene, Woody finally stands up to Stinky Pete and decides to go home and live with Andy. As much as Woody wanted to make others happy and become a museum piece, he knew that life was not for him. Woody realized that he could choose his own path and did not have to give in to others who chose it for him.</p> <p>The character of “Wall-E” has to be one of the best Pixar characters. He always sees the best in anything that life throws at him. When children watch this, they may just see a fun-loving robot that saves the day, but when adults watch the film, they are reminded that simple things are not to be taken for granted.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/disney-pixar-brave-game-app_39120_1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When characters stand by their decisions, as they do in the two previous films, it always brings me joy. So when Pixar presented “Brave” and introduced Princess Merida, a young girl who has no interest in boys despite her parents’ desire for her to marry, it was so refreshing and inspiring to see her fight for herself. When Merida declares that both she and the suitors should be free to fall in love on their own terms, it is an exhilarating moment for both adults and children.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Anger</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tumblr_mc9pl0k3qv1rgbr6wo1_500.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Often the most forgotten Pixar film, “A Bug’s Life” follows a colony of ants that fight for their land against evil grasshoppers. When one ant brings a group of ragtag circus performers to help save the colony, the following events do not turn out as planned. The circus ringleader, P.T. Flea, sets fire to the ants’ version of a Trojan horse—a fake flying bird—during the climax of the film. This scene teaches the lesson that you can never make snap judgments. Even though P.T. thought he was helping, he only hurt the situation and put the ants in more danger. While I felt angry with P.T. at that moment, I realized that I had made mistakes like that, and I learned from his mistake.</p> <p>There is not a scene in a Pixar film that makes me more upset than when Marlin leaves Dory when he thinks that Nemo is dead toward the end of “Finding Nemo.” I understand, as I am sure most audiences did, that Marlin was just doing what he thought was best for him, but Dory’s heartbreaking speech made me want to yell at Marlin through the screen. While sometimes you can only focus on yourself, even in times of pain, you have to remember that every choice you make affects those around you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/timthumb.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In “Ratatouille,” Linguini, an aspiring chef who cannot cook very well, owes everything to Remy, an aspiring chef who can cook very well. The unfortunate thing for Remy is that he can only shine under the hat of Linguini, as he is a rat. When Linguini fights with Remy and forces him to leave, viewers get a taste of good people making bad decisions. As with the other two scenes mentioned, I wanted to hurl tomatoes at Linguini, but it also teaches how friendships can be harmed easily, even if that is not the intention.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Disgust</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/28solo.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>For being such a vital character in two Pixar films, I still find Lightning McQueen’s personality quite repulsive. Sure, McQueen seems like a better person—sorry, car— by the end of “Cars,” but he goes back to his obnoxious ways in “Cars 2.” It all comes down to dealing with embarrassment. McQueen was embarrassed to be in such a lowly town in the first film and then almost ruins his best friendship in the second film when Mater cannot live up to the standards of others. Everyone gets embarrassed about something, but one only needs to realize that everything you are and everything you do defines who you are.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/monster-university_001-660x371.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Speaking of defining yourself, Sulley, the furry blue monster, learns this lesson early in life. We get to see this transformation happen in “Monsters University.” While his attitude is loathsome when he first attends college, Sulley soon realizes that friendships are more important than social status. Many people struggle with this at some point in their lives, but while status can change easily, friendships are eternal.</p> <p><strong>Fear</strong></p> <p>How scared do you remember being when Sid’s toy creations are introduced in “Toy Story?” The baby head that was missing an eye and had mechanical legs, the pogo duck, the fishing hook with legs? Terrifying! However, it is not long until audiences learn that the toys are trying to help Woody and Buzz. While sometimes something seems scary, you may realize it will change your life for the better. There are fears when embarking on new paths in life, but what scares you can ultimately help you. Do not be afraid to dive into your fears.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/v7rtz3jaiksxqxktjxmd.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Bad people can act terribly toward good people, but the villains never win. Pixar shows this most clearly in “Monsters Inc.” Even though Randall, an actual monster, is trying to extract the screams out of all the children in the world, Sulley, Mike Wasowski and Boo work together to stop him. At the end of the day, Randall meets his demise at the hands of a child and his family.  You have to feel for Boo, though; if there was a machine about to absorb all of my screams, I would be pretty scared as well.</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/iniemamocni_4.4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In “The Incredibles,” Helen Parr—also known as Elastigirl—faces the ultimate fear of a mother. Helen watches as the plane in which she and two of her children are traveling gets shot down and they begin to fall to their deaths. In the end, due to her superhero powers, Helen is able to create a parachute and save herself and her children. But doesn’t it always seem like mom is there to save the day? Moms are the superheroes in everyday life. Sure, they cannot literally stretch their bodies to all shapes and sizes, but they are always willing to go out on a limb for their children. Do not worry though—if mom cannot help, dad is always there to be a superhero as well.</p> <p><strong>Sadness</strong></p> <p>Pixar is known for having tear-jerking moments in its films, but they always go on to show that a new adventure is out there.</p> <p><img alt="" height="203" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/up-review-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It is hard to argue that the eight minutes that cover Carl and Ellie’s life in “Up” is not one of the most touching love stories to come to the big screen in modern times. There is no dialogue, just a lovely score by Michael Giacchino—who won the Academy Award for Best Score—that takes viewers through the ups and downs in life, and the fact that death is inevitable. While it is heartbreaking, the movie lets audiences know that new experiences happen even after a loved one is gone.</p> <p>Another scene that had me sobbing in the movie theater is when Andy gives his toys to Bonnie at the end of “Toy Story 3.” We all have those toys from our childhood that provided us with so many memories and are now stuffed in the back of our closet. I couldn’t even think of getting rid of some of mine. So when Andy makes the tough decision to have one final play date with his old toys before heading off to college, it really strikes a chord about growing up.</p> <p>At the end of “Inside Out,” and I promise I will not give any spoilers, there is a moment where Joy and Sadness realize that they can both have an effect on the same memory. And that is what is so important. As you have read in the sections above, there are many moments when you feel one strong emotion, but there are many other emotions that you feel at the same time. That’s life—an array of emotions.</p> <p>I feel lucky to say that I cannot remember a world without Pixar. Yes, technically “Toy Story” did come out after I was born, but there's not much a 1-year-old can remember. If you have not already seen “Inside Out,” I urge you to race to a movie theater as soon as possible. For those who have, no need to fret. Pixar's newest adventure, “The Good Dinsoaur,” comes to the big screen this Thanksgiving.</p> <p> <strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Kevin</strong></p> <p>Kevin Studer is a graduate student at Lynn University studying Communication and Media, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When not in the presence of awesome journalism opportunities, he has a passion for all things Disney and Broadway. You can reach Kevin at <a href=""></a>.</p>Kevin StuderFri, 03 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesFashion Forward: Fierce Finds Mobile Boutique<p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.3_fierce_finds_2.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Fierce Finds is fashion—but it’s also fun. Maybe it’s because it is a store on wheels. The 250-square-foot women’s fashion, swimwear and accessories boutique is equipped with fashion-forward merchandise and complemented by whimsical décor. Fitting rooms are available for shoppers to try on their favorites finds. Kristiana White and her husband, David, launched the boutique in November 2014. After working for a Fortune 500 fashion company, Boston Proper, Kristiana decided she wanted to branch out from her corporate office job and become an entrepreneur. The concept for the boutique was created by seamlessly fusing her passion for fashion and love for business.</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.3_fierce_finds_4.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>“I decided I wanted to take more ownership of my life, my raises and my growth,” Kristiana said. </p> <p>Fierce Finds caters to a vast female audience ranging from ages 18 through 60 and beyond. Merchandise is curated from Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London and Italy to devise an eclectic mix of pieces with no item sold for more than $200. The mobile boutique travels to lounges, restaurants and local events around the South Florida area, and office and home shopping parties are also offered. Can’t make it to the boutique? That’s okay; There is an online store with even more shopping possibilities.</p> <p>An important component of Fierce Finds is its dedication to giving back to the community. The company supports two charities all year round: Kristi House, an organization dedicated to eliminating child sexual abuse; and Cats Exclusive, a non-profit cat shelter. A portion of its annual proceeds goes toward each charity.</p> <p><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.3_fierce_finds_1.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Whether you seek out the bold fashion to come to you or discover the mobile boutique on your night out on the town, Fierce Finds Mobile Boutique provides a unique and memorable shopping experience.</p> <p>“We like to do what people aren’t doing,” Kristiana said, “something that feels special.” </p> <p>For more information on where to find this fabulous mobile boutique or how to book your next office or home shopping party, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Jackie</strong></p> <p>Jackie Smith is a junior at the University of Florida majoring in public relations and minoring in leadership, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She is a reality television fiend with an insatiable sweet tooth and a passion for all things beauty. Discovering new places and meeting new people inspire this Boca Raton native. You can reach Jackie at<a href=""></a>.</p>Jackie SmithFri, 03 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Picks: tapas, tanning and makeup<p>Patio Tapas &amp; Beer</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.3_patio_tapas_and_beer.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“It's true that the best things come in small packages. I loved Patio Tapas &amp; Beer offering real Spanish tapas (the fresh anchovies, fresh tomatoes and parsley over a toasted baguette, the chicken béchamel fritter, the tortilla—all swoon-worthy.) I have been asked to keep this a secret, but I cannot.” </p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 205 S.E. 1 Ave. // 561/419-7239) </p> <p>Neutrogena self tanner</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.3_neutrogena.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Advertising Consultant</em></p> <p>“WOW self tanners have come a long way! I remember when I used them 20 years ago, and I looked like an oompa loompa! This product is awesome. It makes me look like I took a vacation. It’s extremely natural looking. I highly recommend it!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>)</p> <p>e.l.f. Makeup Mist &amp; Set</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.3_elf.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Cresonia Hsieh, Editorial Intern</em></p> <p>“I have really oily skin, and the South Florida humidity doesn't help either. To keep my makeup from melting off throughout the day, I finish off my makeup routine with this inexpensive goodie. It's quick, easy and keeps my face looking fresh throughout the day.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>)</p>magazineFri, 03 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Tavern at the Wick Now Open<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/wicktheatre.jpg" width="200">Theater-lovers with a taste for “French cuisine with a modern American flair” with a side order of Big Apple nostalgia will want to check out the newly opened <strong>Tavern at the Wick</strong> (7901 N. Federal Hwy., 561/995-2333) in Boca Raton.</p> <p>The elegant 60-seat eatery at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum is the showcase for the culinary talents of chef William Walden, whose solid-gold resume includes stints at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe and his own star-laden dining spots in the U.S. The space is also the showcase for artifacts from New York’s renowned Tavern on the Green, including an original chandelier and place settings purchased by theater founder and CEO Marilynn Wick.</p> <p>The Boca Tavern is open to theater-goers for pre-show dinners, also to the general public beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.</p> <p>Walden’s menu features both an array of small plates and a five-course dinner priced at $39, $42 and $45 per person, depending on your choice of entree. Among the small plates are dishes like crab-stuffed mushrooms with lemon glacage, Maine lobster roll on a croissant and artisan cheese with various accouterments. Dinner choices include chilled cucumber soup and a wedge salad, beef tenderloin with wild mushrooms and local corn souffle, and apple tart with vanilla ice cream.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p>Bill CitaraFri, 03 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsHealthy July 4th Recipes<p>There is no shortage of food on Fourth of July. Whether it’s burgers on the grill, roasted corn on the cob, loaded potato salad or decadent American flag cake, we Americans know there is no better way to let freedom ring than with a slew of July 4<sup>th</sup> food staples. However, while there’s certainly no shortage of food on July 4<sup>th</sup>, there’s also no shortage of calories. Here are some healthy alternatives to your favorite Fourth of July staples to indulge in without tossing your summer diet out the window.   </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="744" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/black_bean_salad.jpg" width="575"></strong></p> <p><strong>Appetizers</strong></p> <p>-Black Bean salad <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Greek Yogurt Onion Dip “Indulge in the creamy onion dip you love without the added fat” <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Kale and Artichoke Dip <a href=""></a><br>Buffalo Cauliflower “ditch your deep-fried chicken wings for this healthy alternative that’s still packed with spicy buffalo flavor” <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Watermelon, feta and mint scewers <a href=""></a><br>White bean and roasted eggplant hummus <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="347" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/portobello_mushroom_burger_.jpg" width="520"></strong></p> <p><strong>Main Courses</strong></p> <p>-Honey Chicken Kabobs <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Portobello Mushroom Burger <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burger <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Teriyaki Grilled Salmon <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Fish Tacos <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Chicken Apple Sausage Patties <a href=";position=5%2F65">;position=5%2F65</a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="833" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/red-white-and-blue-quinoa-fruit-salad.-must-make-for-memorial-day-and-the-fourth-of-july-600x833.jpg" width="600"></strong></p> <p><strong>Side Dishes</strong></p> <p>-Kale Caesar Salad <a href=";position=23%2F80">;position=23%2F80</a></p> <p>-Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries  <a href=""></a> </p> <p>-Kale Chips <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Red White and Blue Quinoa Fruit Salad <a href=";position=27%2F35">;position=27%2F35</a></p> <p>-Chili Garlic Roasted Potatoes <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/chia_seed_pudding.jpg" width="550"></strong></p> <p><strong>Desserts</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>-Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles <a href=";position=26%2F49">;position=26%2F49</a></p> <p>-Blueberry Oat Squares <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Skinny Red White and Blue Margarita <a href=";position=24%2F35">;position=24%2F35</a></p> <p>-Merengue Cookies <a href=""></a></p> <p>-Berry Patriotic Chia Seed Pudding <a href=";position=23%2F35">;position=23%2F35</a></p> <p>-Red White and Blue Fruit Salad <a href=";position=12%2F35">;position=12%2F35</a></p> <p>-Mini Patriotic Fruit Tarts <a href=";position=6%2F35">;position=6%2F35</a></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Emma</strong></p> <p>Emma Grubman is a senior at Indiana University studying Journalism and Marketing, and is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. In addition to her passion for writing, she loves pizza, coffee and her dog Charlie. You can reach Emma at <a href=""></a>.</p>Emma GrubmanFri, 03 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Face Time: Jennifer Silliman<p class="p1"> A maternal mental health advocate explores the “Dark Side of the Full Moon.”</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="501" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/screen_shot_2015-07-01_at_4.09.29_pm.png" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">When a child-birth class in Jupiter invited Jennifer Silliman to speak last year, the crusader for maternal mental health issues made sure to share her talking points prior to the presentation. But that night, as she started listing various risk factors for postpartum depression—among them, a family history with mental illness, a traumatic pregnancy, stress—the event coordinator “freaked out.”</p> <p class="p2">And Silliman was escorted out of the class.</p> <p class="p2">“I told the woman, ‘What a disservice you’re doing to these women and families,’” Silliman says. “This is the biggest issue. Not one institution owns maternal mental health. OBs. Pediatricians. Child-birth educators. … No one wants to ‘put ideas in Mommy’s head.’ </p> <p class="p2">“But the best thing you can do is talk about it. That’s how the healing process begins.”</p> <p class="p2">Fortunately, for the estimated 1.3 million women this year who will suffer crippling postpartum symptoms, Silliman is talking, advocating—and making a difference—on their behalf.</p> <p class="p2">Earlier this year, the 75-minute documentary “Dark Side of the Full Moon,” a project directed by Maureen Fura and co-produced by Silliman, began generating buzz in the maternal mental health community. It’s the first U.S. film that not only explores the debilitating side of postpartum issues but that sheds light on a health-care system that too often drops the ball when it comes to educating expectant and recent mothers.</p> <p class="p2">For Silliman, a Wellington resident with a background in broadcasting and production coordination, the subject is a personal one. In the final trimester before she and husband William welcomed their now-5-year-old daughter, Allyson, into the world, Silliman began suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. A simple screening exam would have revealed—given her obsessive-compulsive tendencies and her mother’s bipolar issues—that she was at risk for pre- or postpartum issues. </p> <p class="p1">Instead of opening up, she remained silent. Meanwhile, her mind started racing.</p> <p class="p1">“I started having [what was later diagnosed as] intrusive thoughts, really more like flashes, about stabbing myself in the stomach—while I was pregnant,” Silliman says. “Because of my OCD, I obsessed over this. It turns out knives are common when it comes to intrusive thoughts. Still, I shared this with no one. I hid it for six months.”</p> <p class="p1">Allyson would arrive six weeks early and spend her first 10 days in a neonatal intensive care unit at a South Florida hospital. None of the professionals with whom Silliman came in contact counseled her about the trauma of having a NICU baby, yet another postpartum trigger.</p> <p class="p1">“Right before my 30th birthday—Allyson had just turned three months—I finally broke down,” Silliman says. “I couldn’t put on a happy face. I couldn’t even unload the dishwasher. I wouldn’t cook anything that required using a knife as a utensil. … Luckily, my husband never caught on to us eating a lot of pasta instead of steak.</p> <p class="p1">“But I was scared to tell him. What if he left me? What if he felt I was capable of hurting our daughter? Instead, he was so incredibly supportive.”</p> <p class="p1">The next morning, at her husband’s urging, Silliman met with a psychiatrist in Coral Springs who put her on a low dose of Risperdal, a drug that, because it’s in the antipsychotic category, comes with potential baggage due to its use for treatment of conditions like schizophrenia. But for Silliman, it was “a life saver.” Within three days of first taking it, the intrusive thoughts slowly began to dissipate.</p> <p class="p1">“I think my biggest [source of] anger was no one explaining that I had so many risk factors,” Silliman says. “I was searching for a reason to be having these horrible thoughts—but the reason was that my brain needed some rewiring. And the medication fixed it.”</p> <p class="p1">During follow-up therapy, she recalls a counselor advising her to be careful about sharing the story. But Silliman was thinking just the opposite.</p> <p class="p1">“I was ready to scream this from the mountaintop,” she says. “This can’t be happening to mothers.”</p> <p class="p1">Silliman launched a support group in Wellington, MomsToMoms, to give women a place to share their stories and postpartum issues (she’s since started a virtual version). She began volunteering for Postpartum Support International, later becoming its Southeast regional coordinator. And then she met Fura, who had been itching to film a documentary that touched on the topics about which Silliman was so passionate. </p> <p class="p1">Since its release, “Dark Side of the Full Moon” already has been purchased by the likes of Stanford University as a teaching tool in its medical program.</p> <p class="p1">“Right now, North Carolina has the only in-patient perinatal psych unit in the entire country,” Silliman says. “It has three beds. And it’s constantly filled with moms who come from all over the country. </p> <p class="p1">“So we’re excited that the documentary is infiltrating residency programs. If we can get the next generation of doctors and health-care professionals to recognize this, then maybe it will trickle down. We want those moms sitting in the OB office to feel comfortable enough to verbalize what they’re feeling—and know that they’re going to get help.”</p> <p class="p1"><em>For more Face Time, pick up the July/August issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 01 Jul 2015 20:12:40 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyWeb ExtrasThe Boca Interview: Curtain Call<p class="p1">Gloria Estefan, already the most successful Latin crossover artist in music history, brings the soundtrack of her South Florida-based life to the Broadway stage.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/20121213_gloria_estefan_585.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Long before she altered the musical landscape at home and abroad with a sound in perfect rhythm with the multicultural city from which it sprang, Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García was just a Miami girl with a story. </p> <p class="p3">She was 2 when her family fled Cuba for South Florida following Castro’s rise to power. Her father, a one-time bodyguard for former Cuban president Batista, would join the CIA-backed paramilitary group that met with disaster at the Bay of Pigs. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent two years in Vietnam. When her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis shortly after returning from duty, Gloria became a caretaker for both him and her younger sister while her mother tried to make ends meet.</p> <p class="p3">As much as she loved music—a cathartic “escape,” she would call it—Gloria couldn’t begin to imagine the life that was about to unfold. That is, until 1975, when the product of an all-girls high school, who had “no social life,” met Emilio Estefan.</p> <p class="p3">Forty years, seven Grammys, one Oscar nomination and a boatload of lifetime achievement awards later, the Miami girl and her remarkable story are headed for Broadway. After a world premiere this summer in Chicago, the new musical based on the life of Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio—“On Your Feet!”—will open Nov. 5 at New York’s Marquis Theatre (previews start Oct. 5).</p> <p class="p3">Estefan, whose work in the 1980s with Miami Sound Machine and later as a solo artist has resulted in sales of some 100 million records worldwide, calls the play a “love story.”</p> <p class="p3">“It’s my love of Emilio (whose résumé as a music producer includes 19 Grammys), my love of this country and my love of music,” she says.</p> <p class="p3">Estefan, 57, took time out of her schedule to elaborate on those sentiments with <em>Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Has the process of working on the play put you in a reflective place about your life?</strong></p> <p class="p2">This has been a three-year process; that’s when we first started writing. Having to sit and analyze and discuss and remember things we had put out of our memory? … We’ve been so busy living our life that we really haven’t had time to look and reflect. … </p> <p class="p3">Mainly, I go, “Damn, we’ve done a lot.” … But it feels like a split second ago, not [40 years].</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How do you go about selecting the moments in your life with Emilio that will translate to the stage and serve the music?</strong></p> <p class="p2">Perhaps it’s fortunate that we have over three decades of music to draw upon. Alexander [Dinelaris, recent winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Birdman” and author of the work on which the play is based] does use the hits, but he also reaches back and uses some unexpected songs that unexpected characters will be singing. So it really does seem like the songs were written for the story, which is the hardest thing when you’re doing a musical—about a catalog of music. … We had multiple meetings [with Alex] where we just talked; he spoke to Emilio and my mom for countless hours. Then he sent me the first draft—and I was blown away.</p> <p class="p3">His [concern, early on] was that there was no conflict, which you need in a play. But there is. My mom is the conflict—very much so. And I’ve warned her about it. </p> <p class="p3"><em>For more on Gloria Estefan, pick up the July/August issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 01 Jul 2015 19:35:30 +0000 & EventsWeb ExtrasFlorida Escapes<p class="p1">Why should tourists have all the fun? The Sunshine State offers plenty of reasons—from beach retreats to golf getaways—for residents to pack their bags.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">GOING COASTAL</p> <p class="p1"><strong>One Ocean Resort Hotel &amp; Spa</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 800/874-6000</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong><img alt="" height="427" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/one_ocean_resort_&amp;_spa.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p7"><strong>Where: </strong>About 4.5 hours drive time, 13 miles east of Jacksonville</p> <p class="p7"><strong>Why Go: </strong>This property, once the venerable Sea Turtle Hotel, has always been the grand anchor of Atlantic Beach. But its incarnation as One Ocean takes it to a whole new level of luxury and beachfront style. The hotel numbers under 200 rooms with a wide beachfront, dreamy luxury spa, great vistas and excellent dining. Perhaps its most delicious amenity is its docent service—think your own private butler, who can accommodate everything from unpacking bags and walking dogs to planning excursions, arranging for a nanny or running errands. </p> <p class="p7">Even if you decide to rough it and dial up room service, One Ocean offers the best of both vacation worlds—part getaway, part party central. First, it has all the ambience of an oceanfront retreat, including the calm North Florida vibe (no blaring salsa in these parts). </p> <p class="p7">Plus, it has location, location, location. One Ocean is smack dab in what the locals call “The Corner,” arguably the hot spot of the Jacksonville beaches, with a number of small restaurants and bars, including iconic Pete’s Bar, the oldest in Duval County and legendary in its own right, for all the good (and bad) reasons. Dining options include Ragtime Tavern and Slider’s for seafood, Poe’s Tavern (burgers) and the Flying Iguana Taqueria, but everyone comes here for entertainment, so barhopping is a weekend staple.</p> <p class="p7">That said, the best food in The Corner is right in the hotel at Azurea, which is sublime. The dinner menu has Florida hogfish for starters (no one ever has that) as well as other seafood choices and a carnivorous list. Between that and a bar that is routinely awarded “Best Hotel Bar” by local publications, you may elect not to even step outside.</p> <p class="p7"><strong>Wait, There’s More:</strong><strong> </strong>Azurea also offers a five-course dinner option “for the adventurous palate” which just might be the best way to cap off your vacation at this delightful North Florida resort. </p> <p class="p7"><strong>Summer Specials:</strong><strong> </strong>Deals include a fourth night for 50-percent off. To see all the specials, visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a><br><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"> special.aspx</a>.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">HITTING THE LINKS</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Hammock Beach Resort</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast, 888/825-3062</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/hab-con-10_copy.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p6"><strong>Where:</strong> It’s a straight shot up I-95, about four hours from Boca and some 30 minutes north of Daytona Beach</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Why Go:</strong><strong> </strong>Nestled within a lob wedge of the Atlantic, this inspired oceanfront retreat may, on the one hand, be the closest thing to Pebble Beach that golf enthusiasts have in Florida. On the other hand, it’s one of the state’s hidden gems for families looking to sneak away for a long weekend.</p> <p class="p6">The spaciousness of the accommodations, alone, distinguishes this 330-room property—options include multi-bedroom villas and suites with private wrap-around balconies, stunning views and, in some cases, fully equipped kitchens with living and dining room areas. If you bring the kids, pack extra sunscreen and goggles; chances are they’ll never leave the 91,000-square-foot water pavilion, complete with a lazy river and water flume.</p> <p class="p6">If you bring the sticks, and you have a handicap in double digits, pack a few extra sleeves of balls. Hammock Beach features two championship golf courses—emphasis on championship given that the devilish Ocean Course is designed by Jack Nicklaus while the Conservatory Course is courtesy of Tom Watson.</p> <p class="p6">The Ocean Course regularly cracks lists of the state’s best layouts, and for good reason. Jack offers all kinds of eye candy, especially during a home stretch of holes dubbed “The Bear Claw” that brings the Atlantic into view—and, depending on the day, its severe winds into play. But too much looking and not enough thinking, and Jack will punish you; it’s a course, with water on 12 of 18 holes, that forces golfers to carefully consider each shot. </p> <p class="p6">The Conservatory, which plays a staggering 7,776 yards from the back tees (and is equally challenging from the closer tees), makes its own demands as the longest course in all of Florida. Aesthetically, it’s a beauty in its own right, with undulating fairways, bunkers that border the entire length of certain holes, waterfalls and brooks, and velvety smooth greens.</p> <p class="p6">Throw in a 200-slip marina (with kayaking available), a 10,000-square-foot spa, eight clay tennis courts and access to a pristine beach, and it’s easy to see why this is one Hammock that guests could relax in forever.</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Wait, There’s More:</strong> Lest we forget, Hammock Beach has a slew of dining options, including a poolside café, the appropriately named Sushi Bar, and Delfinos for Italian fare. The Atlantic Grille, in addition to serving breakfast and lunch, offers four-star evening fare on its simple but expertly curated menu of meat and seafood dishes.</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Summer Specials:</strong><strong> </strong>Click on the “specials &amp; packages” link at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> for a full menu of deals in several categories, incluing golf, spa and family packages.</p> <p class="p2"><strong> </strong><strong>Reunion Resort</strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, 866/880-8563</strong> </p> <p class="p3"><img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/218045_leg_grande_aerial.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p5"><strong>Where: </strong>A little more than three hours if driving the turnpike from Boca; a stone’s throw from Disney World</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Why Go:</strong> Like Hammock Beach, Reunion is not only part of the Salamander family of properties, it also has an irresistible golf component: Reunion is the only destination on the planet to feature courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer—who, between them, account for 33 major golf titles.</p> <p class="p5">As one might expect, the beautifully manicured layouts take on the personalities of their architects: the Nicklaus, with its calculated design, can produce brain cramps; the Watson, with its challenging bunkers and sprawling greens, tests the short game; and the Palmer, with dramatic elevation changes and tempting high-risk shots, encourages your swashbuckling side to come out and play.</p> <p class="p5">Adding to the golf setting is the first teaching facility from LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam, as well as the Frankly Golf Putting Academy.</p> <p class="p5">Along with the one- and two-bedroom villas at the 11-story Reunion Grande, the resort features an array of spacious condo-esque offerings, plus vacation homes (see “Wait, There’s More” section). Because of this, the property has more of a small community vibe—one that happens to have a full-blown water park and 10 additional pools. </p> <p class="p5">Dining highlights include Eleven, a meat-lover’s paradise (think 16-ounce, bone-in rib-eye or double-cut Mongolian lamb chops) on the rooftop of Reunion Grande that offers nightly views of the fireworks show at nearby Magic Kingdom. </p> <p class="p5"><strong>Wait, There’s More:</strong><strong> </strong>Part of Reunion’s allure is being able to draw from its pool of sprawling luxury rental homes, perfect for family gatherings, getaways with a group of friends or bachelor/bachelorette weekends. One such property caught the attention of HGTV’s “House Hunters”—a nine-bedroom, 5,550-square-foot estate with nine full bathrooms, a private pool and a Harry Potter-themed home theater.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Summer Specials:</strong><strong> </strong>Go to <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> for a list of featured specials.</p> <p class="p5"> </p> <p class="p1">TASTE OF MIAMI</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Viceroy Miami</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>485 Brickell Ave., Miami, 866/781-9923</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong><img alt="" height="730" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/viceroy_spa_water_lounge_5.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Where:</strong><strong> </strong>About 40 minutes south of Boca, depending (of course) on traffic</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Why Go:</strong> The better question is, “Why not?” If you’re looking for a little two-night “unplug-and-unwind” escape, the Viceroy promises to recharge your batteries in more ways than one. Though stacked snugly in the heart of the city’s financial district, the resort and its play areas are dripping with Miami chic. </p> <p class="p6">Look no further than the scene outside the 15th floor, home to, what the Viceroy describes as, “Florida’s longest infinity pool.” The only thing as visually striking as the series of pools that seems to stretch for two football fields is the jaw-dropping view from the back deck that overlooks Biscayne Bay. The people-watching, as one might expect, is an amenity in and of itself.</p> <p class="p6">From that back sun deck, it’s a short walk to the Viceroy’s 28,000-square-foot spa, the interior vision of renowned French designer Philippe Starck. Treatments run the gamut, from HydraFacial therapy and couples massages to special pre- and post-pregnancy offerings. The spa also offers more fitness classes than many stand-alone gyms, including a deceptively all-encompassing bodysurf workout—SurfSet—unique to South Florida.</p> <p class="p6">On the restaurant front, the seasonal fare at 15th &amp; Vine is a Miami must. The emphasis here is small plates, fresh ingredients and some global spice mixed with contemporary American dishes. The spring menu included a to-die-for chicken-and-chorizo paella, and fork-tender corvina fish with leeks, haricot vert and potato confit. It’s worth checking out the Chef’s Tasting Menu ($65 per person for eight plates, $90 per person for 12 plates) just to experience everything the restaurant has to offer.</p> <p class="p6">Accommodations at the Viceroy include junior suites that run nearly 600 square feet and East Asian-inspired decor by interior designer Kelly Wearstler. But trust us: With so much to see and do, no one is staying in their rooms for long at the Viceroy.</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Wait, There’s More:</strong><strong> </strong>Oh yes, how could we forget: The Viceroy also is home to one of the sweetest weekend hot spots in town. The über-cool FIFTY Ultra Lounge, open on Fridays and Saturdays only, draws the velvet rope crowd into the wee hours (the club is open from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.). Why? If overlooking all of Miami from its 50th floor perch isn’t enough reason, there is the rooftop pool, the killer DJ, the outdoor cabana tables and indoor VIP tables—and the potential for spotting a celebrity or two. Or at least someone who looks like one.</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Summer Specials: </strong>The hotel’s “Some Like It Hot” campaign, running through Sept. 30, features a variety of promotions—Florida resident discounts; buy-one, get-one-free spa treatments between noon and 2 p.m. on weekdays; spa/lunch deals; happy hour specials at 15th &amp; Vine; and much more. Visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>, and click on the offers link for details.</p> <p class="p2"><strong> </strong><strong>The Standard</strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305/673-1717</strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/the_standard_spa_lobby_2-lr.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p4"><strong>Where:</strong><strong> </strong>One hour’s drive south to Miami, on Belle Isle in Biscayne Bay </p> <p class="p5"><strong>Why Go:</strong><strong> </strong>Everyone associates Miami Beach with life in the fast lane, and that’s pretty easy to find. But sometimes, getting away from it all is exactly what the doctor ordered, and that is what The Standard is—times 10. This luxurious minimalist boutique hotel has a hip European vibe and a big spa emphasis. Getting there is even trippy, with a romantic retro ride across the charming Venetian Causeway to Belle Isle—a trip back to a more graceful era in Miami’s history, and to the place that hotel magnate André Balaz renovated from the Lido Spa. </p> <p class="p5">Described by<em> American Spa</em> magazine as “a haven of communal relaxation and hydrotherapy,” The Standard is all clean lines and light (rather than Rat Packers slamming martinis), ensconced in lush tropical gardens with hidden-away nooks and whimsical seating areas. Then there’s the spa: think floral treatments that exfoliate and “resurface” skin, cleansing massages, facials, the works—or you can do Pilates, jiu-jitsu or meditation. </p> <p class="p5">Our favorite point of interest, the Lido Restaurant &amp; Bayside Grill, smack on Biscayne Bay, may have the best view of Miami. This open deck on the water is the way most people wish Miami still was—water the color of polar mints, megayachts cruising by, a silver city skyline sparkling across the bay. And there you are with a glass of very good Rosé and your pick of a light but flavorful menu inspired by the Mediterranean diet. This is a whole fresh take on Miami, and the kind of getaway that may restore the spirit as well as delight the senses.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Wait, There’s More: </strong>The Standard offers a vast array of wellness programs, from Tantra wisdom and meditation circles to healing sound baths. You will want to live here.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Summer Specials: </strong>Ask about the “Spoiled by the Spa” special, which includes a daily spa credit. Visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>, and click on the Spa Miami Beach option for more info.</p> <p class="p5"> </p> <p class="p1">HOME AWAY FROM HOME</p> <p class="p4"><strong> Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</strong></p> <p class="p6"><strong>Where: </strong>Your own backyard</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Why Go:</strong> The sumptuous Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club has been part of the city landscape here for so long that those of us who are not resort Premier Club members may forget what it has to offer.</p> <p class="p6">Like gourmet dining options such as Morimoto, 501 East, Lucca or The Blue high atop the tower. The sleek Beach Club is a whole other story, with its Sea Grille, surf school, paddleboards and pools. The Resort has undergone a sea change—literally—with a new emphasis on its coastal attributes and a move toward lively and hip diversions in addition to the standard golf, dine and drink model. </p> <p class="p6">The newest attraction is the FlowRider by the Tower Pool, a water attraction that offers guests thrilling surf rides—at all different levels—by generating “sheet waves” that emulate ocean waves in an enclosed system. Inventor Tom Lochtefeld says the experience is not as much like surfing as it is like “skateboarding a half-pipe with water as a medium.” </p> <p class="p6">The FlowRider and the surfing school offer active family fun and complement the luxury amenities of this classic destination resort. It may make sense to stick around this summer—and see what’s happening in your own backyard.</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Wait, There’s More:</strong><strong> </strong>Think of a scavenger hunt—only more educational—and dive into the resort’s innovative Mizner’s Quest, a self-guided family discovery tour filled with interactive learning experiences. This customized walking tour is comprised of 17 Points of Discovery around the historic resort, complete with map, special signposts and wristbands collected after each stop. Families are encouraged to share their experiences and photos on Facebook, and can become eligible for the Resort’s “Top Explorer of the Week.”</p> <p class="p6"><strong>Summer Specials:</strong><strong> </strong>The resort has summer rates in effect through Aug. 31 (with room nights starting at $199) and specials including a “Uniquely Boca Inclusive Package” that offers free breakfast, and discounts on golf, tennis and spa treatments. Visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> for details.  </p>magazineWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:29:00 +0000 Web ExtrasBackstage Pass: Take 5<p>In the South Florida theater world, no one has an ear for sound quite like Matt Corey. Also, meet a visual artist who happened to be a man of many words, and check out the Hot List for July and August.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/matt-corey-0996.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Matt Corey</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong></strong>Sound designer/musician/president of Insight for the Blind</p> <p class="p1">It’s Matt Corey’s responsibility to sweat the small stuff. A faucet drips mercilessly, every few seconds, in the catacombs of a totalitarian prison. Machine gun fire pierces the air a mile outside a Congolese brothel. Children engage in a heated game of horseshoes just outside of view in a mythical small town. These are the complex soundscapes of South Florida productions of “The Unseen,” “Ruined” and “Our Town,” where the slightest misstep can, briefly or irrevocably, torpedo the theatrical experience as much as any flubbed line or flimsy prop.</p> <p class="p2">But it’s safe to say that with Corey at the helm, the ears of local theatergoers are in capable, award-winning hands. As the most sought-after sound designer in South Florida regional theater, he’s managed the microphones and engineered the effects for the most respected companies in the tri-county area—GableStage, Mosaic Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Zoetic Stage, and the list goes on.</p> <p class="p2">The son of Dave Corey, a respected actor and radio broadcaster, Matt nonetheless entered the theater world on a lark, as he explains in this issue’s Take 5. After graduating from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s and master’s in applied music, he thought he’d be performing in symphonies for a living. He spent five-plus years with the Boca Pops until the organization folded. He then moved on to a managerial position with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra until it, too, folded in 2003.</p> <p class="p2">A week later, another door opened—that of Insight for the Blind, a nonprofit company that records audiobooks and magazines for the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program. Today, Corey heads Insight, an inconspicuous Fort Lauderdale institution that turns 40 this year. Presiding over the operations of its six recording booths, and the 100 volunteer readers who pass through its doors annually, is an undertaking he juggles with his unending stream of theater jobs and his seasonal work as a bassoonist with the Boca Symphonia.</p> <p class="p2">Of all his irons in the fire, he is perhaps proudest of Insight, “an incredible program that I don’t think many people know about until they need it.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How did you get involved with Insight for the Blind?</strong></p> <p class="p2">In 2003, the Library of Congress mandated a change to digital technology, and no one here had any inkling how to do that. They brought me on to oversee that transition to Digital Talking Books. We started with two studios, and four others remained analog for probably four years; we were doing both concurrently. Eventually, the whole operation got transitioned over.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Do you need to have a sonorous voice to be a volunteer reader?</strong></p> <p class="p2">The biggest thing is a talent with reading out loud and not so much your vocal quality. Obviously, if you had a lisp or a wicked New York accent, it would be harder to get through the audition process. But you don’t need a James Earl Jones type for a male, or someone sultry for a female. There’s less of that announcer-y quality that was prevalent in the 1960s and ’70s. Now it’s more of a conversational, pleasant approach.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>How did you get into theatrical sound design?</strong></p> <p class="p2">That was a fluke. Meredith Lasher of the Women’s Theatre Project was married to the principal timpanist in the Florida Philharmonic, and he knew that I was into sound stuff and recording, but nothing to do with theater. He said, ‘My wife needs someone to do some sound effects; do you think you can help them out?’ The show was “If We Are Women,” by Joanna Glass, in 2005. There was nothing to it—a ringing phone, a little bit of music off a CD player. It was kind of a freebie; I think I did it for a Lowe’s gift card.</p> <p class="p2">But because I had done that, Joe [Adler, GableStage’s artistic director] had seen my name in the program. He reached out to my dad and said, ‘Do you think your son would want to do that for us?’ My dad said, ‘I was going to recommend him.’ No one talked to me about this! I would have never felt ready to do that.</p> <p class="p2">But he did call, and I very seriously contemplated not doing it; I didn’t feel like I had the experience. But I said, ‘I think I’ll kick myself if I don’t explore this.’ So I did my first show there, “Brooklyn Boy,” and we’ve done every show except one since then. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>What does sound design entail, exactly?</strong></p> <p class="p2">When you’re getting ready to do a show, like an actor would with his lines, you highlight the telephones and the toilet flushes and thunder. But basically, you’re responsible for everything that comes out of those speakers. So if a show is amplified, if the actors are wearing microphones, that’s going to be on the sound designer to get those sounding good before it becomes the responsibility of the audio technician.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>In some shows, if we don’t notice the sound design, does that mean you did a good job?</strong></p> <p class="p2">For most shows, that would be awesome. Sound effects like thunder and explosions and war sounds—anytime you can make the theater rumble a little bit—are fun, because they’re the exception. The ones that are difficult are cell phone rings. When the actor pulls it out of their pocket, you know how it sounds in real life, but to make it happen onstage, where it gets a little bit louder when it comes out … those stress me out. It ends up being a lot more work than explosions.</p> <p class="p2"><em>For the Hot List, pick up the July/August issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:15:00 +0000 & EventsWeb ExtrasIn The Wake Of The Ripper<p>Twenty-five years after a series of grisly murders rocked the University of Florida, South Florida residents who lived through the nightmare recall the events that paralyzed a city and forever changed lives.</p> <p><img alt="" height="502" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/uf-34thstreetmemorial.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Jennie Sherrick had just finished moving into Broward Hall, a six-story, red-brick dorm in the center of campus at the University of Florida, when the phone rang. It should have been one of the most exciting days of her life; Sherrick, 18, only months removed from graduating with the class of 1990 at Deerfield Beach High School, was about to start her freshman year at college.</p> <p class="p2">But the pre-semester buzz that typically filled the late-summer air in Gainesville had been replaced by an ever-growing sense of shock and terror. </p> <p class="p2">The day before Sherrick had made the 305-mile drive from her home in Lighthouse Point, police had discovered the bodies of two UF students, both freshmen. They had been savagely murdered, their mutilated and naked bodies arranged in a demented tableau inside their off-campus apartment.</p> <p class="p1">Sherrick answered the phone. It was her friend from Florida State University calling to make sure she was safe. News of the murders had quickly spread to Tallahassee and beyond, prompting concern from friends and family that, within days, would become full-blown hysteria.</p> <p class="p1">“One of the victims went to Ely and lived in Pompano,” the FSU friend said. </p> <p class="p1">Sherrick began thinking. Ely High School? Why did that ring a bell?</p> <p class="p1">“It’s Sonja Larson. Do you know her?”</p> <p class="p1">Sherrick’s face went white. She had roomed with Larson a few months earlier at UF’s freshman “Preview,” a mandatory multiday orientation for entering students and their parents.</p> <p class="p1">Sherrick hung up the phone and slumped to the dorm floor. She pictured Larson’s beautiful, angelic face. She recalled how quickly she bonded with the petite brunette, also 18. Sherrick, admittedly shy, didn’t know anyone at Preview, but the outgoing Larson introduced her to one of her friends from Pompano Beach. </p> <p class="p1">She remembered that Larson, the youngest in her family, was planning to study science and pre-engineering in the hopes of becoming a teacher.</p> <p class="p1">As they said their goodbyes that May, the two girls promised to reconnect once school started. Sherrick was thinking about that goodbye when the news finally sunk in.</p> <p class="p1">She raced down the hall of her dorm to the communal bathroom and vomited into a toilet. It wouldn’t be the last time that the memory of Sonja Larson would have such a profound impact on Jennie Sherrick’s life.</p> <p class="p1">Killer on the Loose</p> <p class="p2">Prior to the summer of 1990, any discussion of campus murders in the state of Florida began and ended with Ted Bundy. As part of his seven-state killing spree between 1974 and 1978, Bundy broke into the Chi Omega sorority house at FSU and murdered two women—Lisa Levy, 20, and Margaret Bowman, 21—before assaulting two others, who both lived. That same night he brutally attacked a fifth FSU student at her apartment; she also survived. </p> <p class="p3">It took seven hours in July 1979 for a jury to convict Bundy of those two murders, along with three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Along with two death sentences for those slayings, he would receive a third for killing a 12-year-old Lake City girl. Before his execution via the electric chair on Jan. 24, 1989, Bundy would confess to 30 murders; most experts believe that total is on the low side. </p> <p class="p3">It had been roughly 18 months since Bundy’s remains had been cremated in Gainesville when a 36-year-old transient named Danny Rolling walked into a local Walmart on Archer Road to purchase a tent for his makeshift camp in a nearby wooded area. </p> <p class="p3">It was there, on Aug. 23, 1990, that Rolling spotted Larson and Jacksonville native Christina Powell, only 17. He followed the girls to their Gainesville townhouse community, Williamsburg Village. Larson and Powell carried their purchases into unit 113; it was their first night in the apartment.</p> <p class="p1">After pulling on a ski mask and a pair of gloves, Rolling broke into the back stairwell and entered the townhouse, where the two girls were fast asleep, Powell on the downstairs couch and Larson in her upstairs bedroom. Rolling went first to Larson’s room, where the young girl had fallen asleep amid boxes of unpacked clothes and household items. He duct-taped her mouth, stifling her screams, and repeatedly tore at her flesh with the 4-inch blade of his KA-BAR hunting knife. When she was later found, dental records had to be used to confirm her identity. Rolling then walked down the stairs and into Powell’s room; he forced her to perform oral sex on him and then raped her before stabbing her in the back five times with the same knife.</p> <p class="p1">On Aug. 26, amid concern from the parents of Powell and Larson after not hearing from their daughters, authorities found the girls’ dead bodies. Early the next morning, yet another horrifying discovery was made inside an apartment on Southwest 24th Avenue. Nineteen-year-old Christa Hoyt, a student at Santa Fe Community College, had been similarly butchered but with a ghastly post-murder twist. </p> <p class="p1">Rolling, having spotted Hoyt through her window the day before toweling off after a shower, broke into her empty apartment through a rear sliding-glass door and hid behind a bookshelf. When Hoyt returned home, Rolling ambushed her. He covered her mouth and bound her wrists together with duct tape before cutting off her clothes with his KA-BAR knife. He then sexually assaulted Hoyt before stabbing her to death. </p> <p class="p1">Rolling wasn’t finished. He decapitated Hoyt and butterflied her remains from the chest to the pelvis. He then placed the naked, headless body in a seated position, and set the severed head on a bookshelf, arranging it as if the head was looking at the body. Before leaving the scene, Rolling set mirrors around the body to magnify the visual effect of the carnage.</p> <p class="p1">A city already crippled with fear was rocked yet again the following day, Aug. 28, when the bodies of Tracy Paules and her roommate Manuel Taboada, both 23 and both from Hialeah, were found slain inside their Gatorwood Apartment unit. </p> <p class="p1">Rolling first found the sleeping Taboada, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound former high school football player, in his bedroom. After an intense struggle, Rolling finally subdued Taboada by stabbing him more than 30 times. He then set his sights on Paules, sexually assaulting and then killing her.</p> <p class="p1">In the span of some 48 hours, five college students (four of them from UF), all 23 or younger, had been murdered and mutilated inside their off-campus apartments. </p> <p class="p1">Though Rolling would be arrested in early September for armed robbery of a Winn-Dixie in Ocala, it would be another 14 months before authorities charged him with the killings. In the meantime, a UF freshman battling mental illness, Ed Humphrey, would be targeted as a suspect after being arrested in late August following an altercation with his grandmother in Brevard County. The scar-faced teen who collected knives would spend 14 months in prison, but it turned out he was guilty of little more than not taking his medications.</p> <p class="p1">Even with Humphrey behind bars, the normally serene, idyllic college town filled with ranch-style homes and moss-covered live oak trees was on edge. The killings had stopped, but was the killer still on the loose?</p> <p class="p1">As far as residents and students were concerned, he was. The sale of deadbolt locks skyrocketed. So did Mace, baseball bats and anything that could be used as a weapon.</p> <p class="p1"><em>For more on the Gainesville murders, pick up the July/August issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>magazineWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:43:00 +0000 ExtrasQ&amp;A: Riker Lynch of R5<p>If you have not heard of R5, get ready, because the band is about to blow up the charts with its new album, “Sometime Last Night.”</p> <p>The band consists of siblings Riker, Rocky, Rydel and Ross Lynch and family friend Ellington Ratliff. After two years of hard work, the quintet is poised for a breakthrough with its sophomore album. R5 is promoting it with the Sometime Last Night Tour, which will stop by the Mizner Park Amphitheater on July 8. </p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/r51.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>If you think you might have heard of them before, do not be surprised. Riker just came in second place on season 20 of “Dancing With The Stars” and was previously a Warbler alongside Darren Criss on “Glee.” Ross has also pursued an acting career with his starring roles on Disney Channel’s “Austin &amp; Ally” and in the network’s original films “Teen Beach Movie” and “Teen Beach 2.”</p> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> was fortunate to talk with Riker about the new album, touring and the whirlwind fame that he is experiencing.</p> <p><strong>Boca Magazine: So, I want to start off by saying I love your new album.</strong></p> <p>Riker Lynch: Thank you very much.</p> <p><strong>BM: I listened to it last night and it was excellent.</strong></p> <p>RL: Thanks! So you listened to “Sometime Last Night” sometime last night?</p> <p><strong>BM: Yeah I did. I noticed that the release date had been pushed back, so what are you excited for fans to hear now that it is coming out?</strong></p> <p>RL: I’m really excited. The whole album in general, I’m excited for the fans to hear. I think it has a really cool theme, which happened really naturally. I always love something spontaneous and something that doesn’t take a lot of thought. You know, it just kind of came to us and all the songs kind of fit in the “Sometime Last Night” category. They all happened sometime last night. I’m just excited for them to hear the whole thing as an album.</p> <p>I think a lot of acts or artists or bands in the pop world […] don’t really appreciate a full album, and because we are a band, we’re not like a boy band or a single artist. I think we’ve constructed a full album rather than just bunch of singles. I like that. I think it’s missed out sometimes. Sometimes people have their huge, amazing one song and the rest of the album is [not as interesting] as the single. I think all the songs on our album speak for themselves, and they all go together really well. I think the album stands on its own. I think no matter where you’ve heard of R5, or even if you don’t know us or aren’t a fan yet, I think if you give the album a chance, you’ll love it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/r52.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>BM: That’s great. I saw that your band wrote most of the tracks on the album.</strong> </p> <p>RL: We did.</p> <p><strong>BM: What were your inspirations while writing the songs?</strong></p> <p>RL: Around the time we were writing the album, we had a band house, just the five of us, in California. Los Angeles. And we were kind of just going out each night and making memories, having fun, some bad decisions, some good decisions, and we would come back the next day and we would just sort of write it all out and write what would happen. Even from being on tour, we had so many memories and so many fun stories that we also brought into the album. One song in particular, “Did You Have Your Fun?,” happened in Tokyo, actually. And it was sort of all just real-life experiences, and we would write about it, and that’s really all it was. It was a fun time making it. </p> <p><strong>BM: So, for the couple of songs you did not write, what was it about the songs and the songwriters that really spoke to you?</strong> </p> <p>RL: I think the biggest one being “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight.” It was just such a big chorus. It sort of just stuck out. We had an album before “Sometime Last Night” that  […] just didn’t quite feel right. But, “Smile” and “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” sort of just stuck out to us, so we kept [the songs], and it’s those choruses I think that really are a big thing. My favorite part of “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” is the bridge. It’s so cool—the melody and the lyrics. The lyrics of “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” are so simple, but interestingly deep at the same time. I don’t really know how to explain it.</p> <p><strong>BM: “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” has been getting a lot of airplay lately, which is great for your band.</strong></p> <p>RL: Yeah, thank you. We’ve had a lot of radio support on that one, which is great.</p> <p><strong>BM: You worked with a great producer on this album, Matt Wallace. What made him the right choice for you?</strong></p> <p>RL: While we were in our garage studio in California at our house making all these demos and writing our songs, we had something very, very authentic to us and something organic. Instantly when we would play these demos for friends or management or the label, it was like there was something there. We didn’t want to take it to a producer who was just going to do his own thing and not do anything that we had already created. So we knew [Wallace] was going to work for us and not change it, but just make it better. Obviously we’re big fans of him from Maroon 5 and OAR. It just felt like he was the right guy for the job, because we had something really special in the garage, and he just worked with us. </p> <p><strong>BM: Your tour starts July 7. What are you looking forward to about the tour?</strong></p> <p>RL: Honestly, I’m really excited about the tour bus. It’s just so nice to have that always there, and you don’t have to get on a different plane and check your bags with the whole security process every day. When you’re on the bus, you’re just on the bus. It’s so relaxing and nice. I’m also genuinely excited to get onstage and see everybody’s faces. We haven’t toured since last year at all, except for radio festivals, and we have this brand-new album that I think is amazing. I’m so proud of it. I get to get out onstage and perform with my best friends, which is what I love to do more than anything in the world. With this new album, I couldn’t be more excited.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/r54.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>BM: What is it like working and being on the road all the time with your family?</strong></p> <p>RL: There’s never a dull moment. There’s always something. We’re always laughing about something or talking about something. We do literally everything together. Even on our days off, we’re like, “Hey, do you guys want to go see a movie?” We’re always hanging out. It’s always fun. We have our moments, obviously, with bickering or whatever, but it’s no big deal. It’s always resolved fairly quickly and we have a great time.</p> <p><strong>BM: On your tour, are there any songs that you’re really excited for the fans to hear?</strong></p> <p>RL: I’m pretty freaking stoked for “Did You Have Your Fun?” We just played it during a sound check today, and I think it’s just going to go off. I’m so excited. It’s just going to be a rocking rock song. Also, “Wild Hearts” I think is going to be great live. We have some really cool stuff happening with “I Know You Got Away,” just cool different change-ups if you will. It should be fun. </p> <p><strong>BM: When you are on tour, is there a certain band member who is the jokester?</strong></p> <p>RL: Yeah, I think everyone kind of has that role every once in a while. I definitely come up with a couple pranks. I’d say if you have to pick one, either Rocky or Ellington. There’s never a dull moment with those guys. But Ross is funny too, and Rydel makes us laugh, so it’s a whole thing. We’re all kind of jokesters.</p> <p><strong>BM: Well, you just recently took a turn on “Dancing With The Stars,” and congratulations on your second-place finish.</strong></p> <p>RL: Thank you. Thank you.</p> <p><strong>BM: Between that and Ross’ “Teen Beach 2” just being released, how do you think the publicity is going to help your album? Your names are so well-known now.</strong></p> <p>RL: We’re very fortunate to have those gigs and be in the position that we’re in to have extra eyeballs on us. I guess it just makes R5 more known. Every little bit helps. I hope people liked me enough on “Dancing With The Stars” to want to buy the album.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/r53.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>BM: It was interesting on “Dancing With The Stars,” because your cousins are professional dancers Julianne and Derek Hough. How was it having your cousin be your judge on the show?</strong></p> <p>RL: We didn’t really talk about it or think about it when I was on the show. [Filming] was the only time I ever saw her. It was almost like she wasn’t my cousin and she was just a judge until we had to do the Judge’s Choice dance. [The producers] played up the cousin thing. Hanging out with Derek was cool. It was fun having kind of a sibling rivalry there. But, it was overall just fun to hang out with them. I don’t get to see them very often, because I’m so busy and they’re so busy as well. It was cool to kind of catch up for a bit.</p> <p><strong>BM: And you started out on “Glee.” You were one of the Warblers a couple of years ago.</strong></p> <p>RL: Yes I was! </p> <p><strong>BM: Going from “Glee” to “Dancing With The Stars” to being rock stars, how have you dealt with the stardom?</strong></p> <p>RL: I think [you should] just never get used to it. I have four other bandmates who are definitely going to keep me grounded and keep me sane. [I] never get used to people screaming for you or showing up at the airport or asking for pictures. I’m always surprised and thankful that it happens, because tomorrow it could just not be there. You never want to expect it. That’s a better way to say it. I never want to expect it, and I’m always thankful for it.</p> <p><strong>BM: Do you have any advice for potential rockers who listen to your album and want to get into the music industry?</strong></p> <p>RL: Just start playing an instrument. That’s a really large part of it. We played so many shows of cover songs and a couple of originals before we were even good. It takes a while. There’s a saying that you need to have 10,000 hours before you actually officially master something. So, just start playing and hone in on your craft. Don’t just do it because it’s fun. I mean do it because it’s fun, but do it because it’s something that you love. Whatever you love more than anything in the world, I say do that.</p> <p><strong>BM: How old were you when you first started playing an instrument?</strong></p> <p>RL: I took a couple piano lessons when I was little, probably when I was 6 or 7. I took lessons for a couple years. But then I stopped that, and when I was 16 or 17, I got a bass for my birthday. I asked for it because Rocky started teaching himself how to play guitar and he showed me some videos of Fall Out Boy and I was like, “That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I want to do that.” So, I asked for a bass and I got a bass.</p> <p><strong>BM: So Fall Out Boy was a pretty big inspiration for you?</strong></p> <p>RL: Yeah, a huge inspiration. Fall Out Boy and then the first rock concert that Rocky and I ever saw together. We were at Red Rocks, Colo., and we saw OAR, and this was before either of us could really play instruments, but I think watching something like that at that venue made something click in our brains that was like, “That’s something we could do.” The rest is history, as they say.</p> <p><strong>BM: You will be traveling to some really cool places on tour. You’re going all around the U.S. and over to Europe. What is the biggest difference in performing overseas?</strong></p> <p>RL: I’d say the biggest difference is when we do meet-and-greets in countries where they don’t speak English. We try to learn a couple words to try and get by and do our best. As soon as we’re onstage, no matter what country we’re in and what language they speak, they sing every word to our songs.</p> <p><strong>BM: That’s what people talk about when they say music is an international language. Everybody understands music.</strong></p> <p>RL: Yeah, exactly. It’s so true. Everywhere, no matter what religion or where you live or where you’re from, everybody has music around [him or her] in one way or another. </p> <p><em>You can purchase R5’s new album on July 10 and check them out when they visit Mizner Park Amphitheater on July 8. Tickets range from $21.50-$71.50. Call 561/393-7984 or visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11889/"></a> or <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11889/"></a>.</em></p> <p> <strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Kevin</strong></p> <p>Kevin Studer is a graduate student at Lynn University studying Communication and Media, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. When not in the presence of awesome journalism opportunities, he has a passion for all things Disney and Broadway. You can reach Kevin at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><em><br></em></p>Kevin StuderWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:38:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsWeb Xtra: Drive-In Classics<p>Cars and movies have enjoyed an everlasting love affair. As a complement to our July-August feature on three local drive-in movie theaters, here are my top 10 favorite films set in, or concerning, automobiles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_americangraffiti.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>10. American Graffiti:</strong> Teenagers come of age in George Lucas’ period dramedy, set on the cusp of the Kennedy Assassination and in the waning hours of the postwar boom. Their crises, revelations and goose chases take place from inside their cars, however, and vintage automobile enthusiasts revisit the film as much for its mechanical characters—the 1958 Chevy Impala and the 1956 Ford Thunderbird—as for its human ones.</p> <p><img alt="" height="302" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_talladeganights.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. Talladega Nights:</strong> This hilarious satire of NASCAR culture somehow manages to win over both the sport’s detractors and its fanatics, perhaps for different reasons. In addition to creating signature roles for Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen, the movie provided cameos by real-life NASCAR personalities and cars. A Porsche Cayenne, outfitted with camera mounts on all four corners, was responsible for much of its dramatic cinematography.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_christine.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>8. Christine:</strong> Any law enforcement officer knows that cars can be used as weapons, but this Stephen King adaptation isn’t what they usually have in mind. The title character, as malicious a villain as anybody played by Vincent Price or Bela Lugosi, is a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury, an antique fixer-upper restored by Keith Gordon’s teenage outcast. Gradually, the car grows to be sentient and violent, with Gordon’s high-school bullies the first victims of her bloodlust. Fury, indeed.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_crash.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>7. Crash:</strong> No, we’re referring to the facile Paul Haggis Oscar winner from 2004. <em>This</em> “Crash” is from 1996, directed by the twisted mind of David Cronenberg from the twisted book by J.G. Ballard. If you’ve never heard of paraphilia—the experience of sexual arousal by atypical objects—you will after stomaching this perverse techno-thriller about a clutch of deviants who discover pleasure from the pain of car accidents. One of these freaks, played by Elias Koteas, ritualistically recreates the crash that killed James Dean, with period cars and stunt drivers. This film certainly earned its NC-17 rating, and it’s not for the faint of heart.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_ten.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>6. Ten:</strong> This list needs an art-house entry, and Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s 2002 masterpiece certainly fits the bill. Kiarostami has often employed vehicular travel in his movies, and this is one is set entirely in a car driven by an unchanging female driver who navigates Tehran. The 10 different occupants of the passenger’s seat provide a cross-section of the country’s religious and secular cultures, from her son (played by the actress’ own son) and sister to a bride, prostitute and orthodox Muslim. The result, residing on the blurred border between fiction and documentary, magnificently addresses the gender divide in this hardline country.</p> <p><img alt="" height="167" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_cars.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>5. Cars:</strong> John Lasseter, the director of this Pixar sensation, described its lead character as “a hybrid between a stock car and a more curvaceous Le Mans endurance racer.” Voiced by Owen Wilson, it’s one of the 15-plus racecars that populate this 2006 franchise kickoff set during the buildup to a major race. This movie is to vintage car enthusiasts what “Ratatouille” is to foodies; the anthropomorphized characters range from a 1923 Model T, a 1960 VW Bus and a 1959 Fiat 500, to a Motorama show car and a U.S. military jeep. Appropriately enough, the film enjoyed its world premiere at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in North Carolina.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_locke.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>4. Locke:</strong> The protagonist of this 2014 British drama knows what it’s like to be stuck in an automobile for an hour and a half straight. That’s because he spends the entire duration of this nocturnal cringe-inducer stuck behind the wheel of a BMW X5, handling multiple crises—work struggles, a crumbling marriage, a child about to be born from a one-night-stand—from the sterile confines of his BlueTooth. Tom Hardy keeps to the speed limit in one of his most dynamic performances.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_handsonahardbody.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>3. Hands on a Hard Body:</strong> Oprah Winfrey used to give free cars to her studio audience with a few snaps of her million-dollar fingers. Others have to work for our shiny new automobiles, and that’s the subject of this unusual cult documentary, which spotlighted a 1995 competition to win a Nissan Hardbody truck. We watch 24 contestants, many of them quirky characters right out of central casting, vie against each other to see who can keep their hands placed on the truck’s exterior for the longest time, with the winner making it all the way to 77 hours—and driving home, wearily, in the truck. The unlikely drama proved so compelling that the story was later adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical! </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="363" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_duel.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>2. Duel:</strong> Steven Spielberg’s debut film remains my favorite movie in his oeuvre, a nail-biting, real-time experiment in vehicular terrorism. Dennis Weaver plays the protagonist, traveling salesman David Mann, while the antagonist isn’t the unnamed truck driver that harasses him on a two-lane California highway so much as the big-wheeler itself: a Peterbuilt 281 tanker truck with a sadistic personality. Just as “Jaws” made millions of viewers avoid the beach, “Duel” makes you think twice about taking that cross-country road trip.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7:8_taxidriver.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>1. Taxi Driver:</strong> No list of great car movies would be complete without Martin Scorsese’s 1976 breakthrough, one of cinema’s masterpieces about post-Vietnam trauma. The movie offers one of the seediest views of New York City ever filmed—it’s a time capsule of pre-Giuliani hedonism—shot through the windows of Travis Bickle’s cab, always at night, when the crazies roam. Scorsese shot Bickle’s moving cab like Virgil’s vessel, gliding hypnotically through nine circles of Hell on earth, endlessly trolling cracked asphalt for undesirable denizens. It’s enough to drive anybody crazy.</p>John ThomasonWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:20:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: Hot-Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict<p>Here’s the Deconstructing the Dish recipe from City Oyster's Dennis Teixiera.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/bm_city_oyster-17.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Hot-Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict</strong></p> <p>Dennis Teixeira, executive chef, City Oyster</p> <p> </p> <p>Could brunch exist without eggs Benedict?</p> <p>Probably. But it wouldn’t be the same. There’s something about the classic combination of ingredients—chewy English muffin, salty-smoky ham, molten poached egg, buttery hollandaise—that speaks to the kind of sinfully indulgent luxury that brunch is ultimately all about. No one’s in a hurry, and you can always go home and take a nap.</p> <p>At City Oyster in downtown Delray (213 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/272-0220), they dish up an inventive riff on classic eggs benedict, substituting a flaky buttermilk biscuit for the English muffin and house-smoked salmon for the ham. The poached egg and the hollandaise? Well, some things just can’t be improved upon.</p> <p align="right"><strong>—Bill Citara</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Fire it up</strong>: If you have a gas or charcoal barbecue, you can smoke your own salmon. Build a low fire on one side of the grill, then add a handful or two of wood chips soaked in water. Place the salmon on the side of the grill opposite the fire and cover. Teixeira smokes his salmon for just under two hours at 175 degrees, but you can smoke it for less time at 200 to 225 degrees.</p> <p><strong>Kitchen secret, part I</strong>: Always add vinegar to the egg-poaching water. It helps the white coagulate quicker so you don’t overcook the eggs.</p> <p><strong>Only the best</strong>: Use the highest quality salmon you can find. At City Oyster they use Loch Duart salmon, a hormone- and antibiotic-free farmed salmon from Scotland. If you can find wild salmon, get it. Captain Frank’s in Boynton Beach and Cod &amp; Capers in North Palm Beach are excellent sources.</p> <p><strong>Kitchen secret, part II</strong>: One way to tell when your hollandaise is ready is that it falls in thick ribbons from your whisk. And don’t forget to give it a taste and adjust seasonings if necessary before serving.</p> <p><strong>Flavor blast</strong>: If you want to add a little extra flavor to your eggs Benedict, Teixeira says try garnishing it with a little fresh, not dried, dill. Dill “really goes well with the salmon,” he says.</p> <p>(At City Oyster, Teixeira and his crew make every element of this dish in-house but you achieve almost the same result by purchasing quality products at your local supermarket.)</p> <p> </p> <p>4 buttermilk biscuits</p> <p>8 slices hot-smoked salmon (not lox)</p> <p>4 eggs</p> <p> </p> <p>For hollandaise:</p> <p>3 egg yolks</p> <p>1 T. water</p> <p>12 T. butter</p> <p>1 T. lemon juice</p> <p>Salt, white pepper and Tabasco to taste</p> <p>For hollandaise: In the bottom half of a double boiler or a small saucepan heat an inch or so of water until simmering. Melt the butter in a separate saucepan and keep warm. In the top half of a double boiler or mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks and water for one or two minutes, then place the bowl over the simmering water and whisk again until the mixture thickens and becomes pale, removing the bowl from the heat if the eggs seem to be scrambling.</p> <p>When the egg-water mixture is ready, slowly drizzle in the melted butter. If you add the butter too fast the sauce will break or the eggs with scramble. When the sauce is thick and creamy, add the lemon juice, salt, pepper and Tabasco and whisk briefly to combine. Keep hollandaise warm.</p> <p>For poached eggs: Fill a saucepan with one inch of water and two teaspoons of white vinegar. Bring to a gentle simmer. Crack each egg into teacup and slice them one by one into the simmering water. Cover the saucepan, turn off the heat and wait four to five minutes for the eggs to cook. The whites should be cooked by the yolk should be golden and runny. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.</p> <p>To assemble: Slice each biscuit in half and place on plates. Top with smoked salmon slice and poached egg and cover with hollandaise. City Oyster serves theirs with a salad of fresh fruit. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/bm_city_oyster-196.jpg" width="490"></p>Bill CitaraWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:01:00 +0000 ExtrasGuiltless Grilling<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Some of my favorite past-times during the summer are grilling and outdoor parties. I love raw food, but let’s be realistic – not everyone can or should stick to one dietary theory 100% of the time. Sometimes you just want to wire up that grill! If you’re like me, and you want to indulge guilt-free, then check out my top Z-tips for the best plant-based hot dogs, veggies burgers and potato chips. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.1_burger.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Smart Dogs</strong></a></p> <p>If you are what you eat, why not eat Smart Dogs? These are great, non-GMO hot dogs by Light Life that are bursting with flavor.  Because they are plant-based and have zero cholesterol, you can rest assured that you won’t be compromising your heart health. However, your taste buds will thank you for the delicious treat.</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Beast Burger</strong></a></p> <p>For those who want to avoid gluten, dairy and soy, I recommend the Beast Burger by Beyond Meat. It’s one of the latest burgers on the market, and it’s delicious! Accessorize it with pickles, ketchup, mayo, mustard and any other fixings, and you will be more than satisfied.</p> <p>Check out my <a href="">video</a> on how to make an epic plant-based bacon cheeseburger!</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Daiya Cheese</strong></a></p> <p>This cheese was one of my favorite alternatives to shredded cheese, but now we’re talking cheese slices. If you haven’t tried this dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free cheese, then check out the cheddar variety that can be purchased perfectly sliced and ready for sandwiches or burgers. Many of my clients have switched to this cheese and absolutely love the way it feels when it is melted. </p> <p><a href=""><strong>Ezekiel Buns</strong></a></p> <p>Did you know that bread made with sprouted grains is easier to digest and assimilate than conventional variety? When you indulge in Ezekiel bread, you will get the satisfaction from eating bread, but your body won’t have to work as hard to digest it. You will also get extra protein, fiber and minerals that can only be found in unprocessed grains. Make sure to toast this bread before eating it.  </p> <p><a href=""><strong>Sweet Potato Chips</strong></a></p> <p>When it comes to potato chips, I like Terra Sweet Potato Chips. They come in six different varieties and bring you that crispy crunch that only a potato chip can provide. However, you get extra minerals and fiber, unlike with white potato chips. Just don’t tell the kids these chips are healthy until after they try them!</p>Alina Z.Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Brewery Launches Fun Run Series<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Despite what you might think, beer and running do mix.</p> <p><a href="">Saltwater Brewery</a> has partnered with Delray Beach Running Company to launch the Salty Sunday Fun Run Series 5K (about 3.1 miles). The series starts July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Saltwater Brewery <em>(1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> and happens at the same time and place the second Sunday of each month.</p> <p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/saltwater_run.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Delray Beach Running Company’s Owner Annie Burke also spearheaded the successful Delray Beach pub run “Tap It On The Ave,” which was featured in a previous Fit Life <a href="">blog</a>.</p> <p>Burke says the series is free to the public. It’s a group run—nothing serious.</p> <p>While the details, including the course, are still being ironed out, Burke tells the Fit Life that there will be games, prizes, promotions and beer tastings.</p> <p>“It’s all about meeting people, community and having fun,” Burke says.</p> <p>For more information, check out the Salty Sunday Fun Run’s <a href="">Facebook page</a> or call Saltwater Brewery at 561/865-5373.</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, 01 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Roadhouse Coming to WPB<p><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/roadhouse.jpg" width="200">You can never be too rich or too thin... or have too many steakhouses. Or at least that’s how it seems in our little corner of paradise these days.</p> <p>To prove it, here comes another one. This time it’s the local outpost of <strong>Texas Roadhouse</strong>, a giant national chain of meateries that’s slated to open next month on Southern Boulevard just west of the turnpike in West Palm Beach. The vibe is casual, family-friendly; the look is faux-rustic roadhouse. (Go figure...)</p> <p>The restaurant’s specialty is Texas-size portions of Choice steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and munchies for the kids. Prices are a very unsteakhouse-like moderate, with the most expensive cut, a 23-ounce porterhouse, selling for $25.99, and most steaks either under or near $20.</p> <p>The rest of the menu is all-American comfort food, from wings and Texas red chili to jalapeno poppers and fried pickles. A little online sleuthing reveals that the Roadhouse chain is known for its complementary rolls with cinnamon butter and peanuts.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 30 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsMoving pictures and other burning issues<h3><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/xpand_ipic.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>iPic News</h3> <p>iPic Entertainment, which wants to build a movie theater-retail-office complex in downtown Delray Beach, plans to offer the city a rewrite.</p> <p>The project—a 529-seat theater, about 8,000 square feet of retail, 42,000 square feet of office space and a 320-vehicle parking garage—would go where the city library and chamber of commerce once stood, between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues behind businesses that front onto Atlantic Avenue. A hotel once was planned for the site.</p> <p>The theater would face Fifth Avenue—southbound Federal Highway. The office-retail entrance would face Fourth Avenue. Most theater patrons and people going to the offices and stores, according to iPic President and CEO Hamid Hashemi—a subsidiary of iPic is the applicant—would use the parking garage on Fourth Avenue.</p> <p>The community redevelopment agency assembled the site. In August 2013, when the CRA chose the iPic project after marketing the site and agreed to convey the land once the applicant got permits, excitement followed. Delray Beach hasn’t had a movie theater since the closing of the Regal multiplex at Linton Boulevard and Federal Highway. The iPic at Mizner Park in Boca Raton, which opened in 2012, has been very successful.</p> <p>The theater proposed for Delray would be different. There would be no stand-alone restaurant like Tanzy. The restaurant would serve only the theater; Hashemi said he didn’t want to compete with existing restaurants in the area. There’s also no office or retail in Boca; there’s no need, because the theater has office and retail all around it. Many in Delray Beach liked the idea of a downtown theater. The city would be home to the corporate office of iPic, which has 11 theaters nationwide and plans to add nearly as many.</p> <p>Then a problem emerged. On the site is an alley that services those businesses on Atlantic. The north-south portion of the alley, which connects to an east-west portion, would become part of the project. Business owners pushed back against the loss of the alley, saying that they need it for deliveries. Some residents also questioned the request for extra height—from the maximum 48 feet to nearly 60 feet. In its report for the Planning and Zoning Board meeting last December, staff recommended approval based on the company meeting conditions about the alley. The item was postponed, and then was postponed again in April as the developer worked on a solution. The project is to come before the Planning and Zoning Board on July 20.</p> <p>The board will consider whether the city should allow use of the site for a movie theater—with the added height—and whether the city should abandon the north-south alley. As Hashemi noted in his emailed responses to my questions, the site plan will not be at issue before the board, so the company doesn’t have to discuss it. But he will present “a modified plan. . .to provide solutions that address any questions or concerns.”</p> <p>Hashemi added, “iPic will be presenting a plan that will actually give up land in order to assist property owners on Atlantic.” The plan, he said, would help move traffic and “improve how the current alleys work.” The company would buy “an adjoining property” to create “a pass-through for the alleyway that is being abandoned at the request of the (community redevelopment agency.)” The change would mean “additional alleys for (the businesses) to go east-west.” The city, Hashemi said, would gain three to four feet of alleyway “and iPic will be giving more than what it was getting in an effort to satisfy the concerns of our community partners.” If the city approves the plan, Hashemi said, the project will “provide continual traffic flow to local business owners and residents. . .” Because the company needed time to make the changes, it asked in April for a delay. It has until Oct. 26 to obtain the permits.</p> <p>The new proposal is not surprising. City commissioners had expressed to me their skepticism that iPic could satisfy the city’s and the business owners’ concerns about the alley with the first version of the project. Hashemi said the company all along has “sought out local and community input. . .” The planning staff again will make a recommendation for the Planning and Zoning Board before the July 20 meeting.</p> <p>Another issue, though, is emerging. Some residents and City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia have examined city records and are questioning not just whether the city should convey the alley but whether the city can do it. They are examining three city commission decisions, in 2004, 2012 and 2014. Hashemi referred questions about the legal issue to the CRA. Jeff Costello, the CRA director, told me “alley abandonment was always part of the plan.” Costello said the business owners “still will have access,” and the agency remains “an advocate for the project.”</p> <p>In Delray Beach, it’s always about a small road when it comes to a big project. With Atlantic Crossing, the issue is an access road to the project from Federal Highway. With Fourth and Fifth Delray, it’s about an alley. I will have more about the legal arguments before the Planning and Zoning Board meeting.</p> <h3>Trash talk</h3> <p>The late, great Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee used to call what he considered dull stories “room-emptiers.” You might consider trash a “room-emptier.” But stay for just a moment.</p> <p>Two things must happen when garbage disappears from your bin. It must be hauled away, and it must be disposed of. Sounds simple, right? In Palm Beach County, fortunately, it is. And it just got even simpler and more efficient.</p> <p>On Saturday, the county opened a nearly $700 million plant that will burn trash and turn it into energy. Emission levels will be low, thanks to the latest technology, and more burning means less trash in the county landfill—as much as 90 percent less. Most of the water for the plant will come from rain captured at the plant. There may be uses for recycled ash from the burning.</p> <p>If you think that the county deserves little credit for pulling off what the public might consider infield practice for local government, look at the mess that is trash disposal in Broward County. The county let a private company gain control of the waste-to-energy incinerators. When the amount of trash didn’t fit its business model, the company moved to close the incinerators. The landfill isn’t a serious option because it’s nearly full. Landfills smell. And there isn’t much room for them. The county considered the incinerator after justified criticism for trying to put a landfill near the Everglades.</p> <p>For seven years Broward will export trash to Palm Beach County’s new facility, until population growth brings it to capacity with local trash. Then Broward will have a problem. Thanks to a decade of planning, Palm Beach County already has its solution.</p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em>  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 30 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: June 30 to July 6<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/5358130-true-crime-writer-carla-norton-brakes-for-fiction.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Carla Norton</p> <p>Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-7790, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This suspense author is drawn to humanity’s darker corners. Her first nonfiction book, the true-crime best-seller <em>Perfect Victim</em>, recounted the seven-year captivity and sexual slavery of a young woman referred to as “the girl in the box.” Norton then brought her experience documenting real kidnapping cases to her first novel, 2014’s <em>The Edge of Normal</em>, which introduced Reeve LeClaire, a fierce heroine who had suffered a similar ordeal as the “girl in the box” and is forced to revisit the trauma. In Norton’s newly released sequel, <em>What Doesn’t Kill Her</em>, the college-age Reeve must fend off her captor anew, as he has busted out of a psychiatric hospital with revenge on his mind. Norton will speak about and sign copies of <em>What Doesn’t Kill Her</em>, the second in a series that has earned comparisons to no less than Alfred Hitchcock.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/the-overnight-trailer-video.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Opening night of “The Overnight”</p> <p>Where: Carmike Parisian 20, 545 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $8.25-$11.25</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-2310</p> <p>This ensemble dramedy is executive-produced (though not directed) by the Duplass Brothers, and it will appeal to the millenials and Gen-Xers who frequent their movies: It echoes their signature skill of dissecting modern relationships through an immersive scrutiny of fears and anxieties. Alex and Emily (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling), parents of a young child and new to Los Angeles, meet a mysterious, overdressed, borderline creep in a public park (Jason Schwartzman) who immediately takes the friendless couple under his wing. It turns out he has a child too, along with a liberated French wife (Judith Godreche), and they enjoy a lifestyle that is, to put it mildly, alternative to Alex and Emily’s. “The Overnight” takes place entirely over one eventful evening, as a playdate/dinner party between these clashing couples gradually becomes a bacchanal. As something of an anti-date movie, “The Overnight” scales uncomfortable heights of realism and exposes unexpected vulnerabilities in its characters. See it if you dare, and expect it to spur plenty of discussion. If you can’t wait until Friday, the movie is already playing at AMC Aventura 24.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/f53c960c0245d33f2325b6777a21c21f.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Opening night of “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”</p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 2 and 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Though a prolific director of commercials in his native Sweden, Roy Andersson has made just five feature films in his four-decade movie career. But his features, especially the international hits “Songs From the Second Floor” and “You, The Living” have cemented his trademark style, which involves long takes, an unmoving camera, visually shocking images, and some of the most hilarious deadpan humor in world cinema. His latest film, the award-winning “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” is no exception. Its cryptic trailer intrigues us with its seeming plotlessness, but it actually follows a pair of salesman on an absurdist journey through the human condition—one that traverses time and space, including a 1940s beer hall and a sojourn with Sweden’s King Charles XII. It’s hard to describe in words, but the film boasts a 90 percent “fresh” ranking from, so believe the experts.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/georgemcohan.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Opening night of “George M! In Concert”</p> <p>Where: The Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $100 ($55 thereafter)</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There is little George M. Cohan didn’t accomplish in his more than half a century in show business. Appropriately dubbed “the man who owned Broadway,” Cohan evolved, as a child, from one member of the Four Cohans vaudeville act, into the premier stage entertainer of his day: As a producer, composer, playwright, lyricist, actor, singer and dancer, he published more than 300 songs in his lifetime, including “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and he’s generally credited with pioneering the concept of the “book musical” and with cofounding ASCAP. The Wick Theatre will revisit his patriotic legacy with this concert production, which shares Cohan’s life story through the conduit of his timeless music. Susan Powell (pictured), aka Miss America 1981, narrates the musical journey and will be joined by a cast of 20, clad in the Wick’s customarily dazzling costumes. Saturday’s opening night ticket includes a 5 p.m. dinner, followed by the 8 p.m. show, but the musical alone continues through July 19.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/firework-2.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>What: July Fourth Celebration</p> <p>Where: A1A and Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 4 to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The City of Delray Beach’s July Fourth celebration promises to be one of the most eclectic in South Florida, and given its track record, we’re certain it will up to expectations. The live music, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m., is a well-curated, nonstop mix of original songwriters and tribute acts, including the award-winning virtuoso Mike Mineo, modern rockers The Kinected, and the Tom Petty tribute act The Petty Hearts. Kids can cool off at the Re-max Splash Zone, with its water slides and aquatic games, as well as at the Putt ‘n Around mini golf course and the Kid’s Corner, which features face painting and arts and crafts. Adults can relax over a cold one at BurgerFi’s Beer Garden; the restaurant is also hosting a burger-eating contest. End the night with the city’s fireworks display, preceded by a countdown with Mayor Cary Glickstein and accompanied by a performance by the No Bodies Crew.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tumblr_inline_ngsna9ocdj1qfo293.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: Vans Warped Tour</p> <p>Where: Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>I know I’m getting older when I recognize fewer and fewer of the bands headlining this annual festival of all things punk, emo, hardcore and alternative. But at 20 years young, the Warped Tour has outlived many of its ‘90s touring-festival peers, changing along with the times. The Warped Tour acts I remember from my teenage years—Reel Big Fish, NOFX, Jimmy Eat World—have parted the waters for today’s top acts, like indie folk-rockers Never Shout Never (pictured), the synthesized pop-punkers Motion City Soundtrack, and the revered post-hardcore acts Silverstein and Pierce the Veil. Proof that the Warped Tour is actually maturing a bit? Among the 10 (!) stages, there is even an “Acoustic Basement” featuring less eardrum-splitting music and a “Reverse Daycare” tent for parents. More than 100 acts in total will take the stage.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/the.fixx-band-2012.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>What: July 4<sup>th</sup> Concert and Fireworks</p> <p>Where: BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise</p> <p>When: 5 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 954/747-4600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This is the Fourth of July event for ‘80s music nostalgists. Co-headliners A Flock of Seagulls, they of the elaborate coifs and cheese-crusted music videos, still exist—or at least its flock leader, Mike Score, still tours under the name with three newer bandmates. The group’s complicated legacy goes deeper than its regrettable image, however. Listen to the music on the group’s pioneering 1982 concept album about an alien invasion; considering today’s everything-old-is-new again synth fetish, still sounds pretty fresh. The other headliner taking the stage on Saturday, The Fixx, is even better. The “Red Skies” and “One Thing Leads to Another” hitmakers have resisted the temptation to tour as a nostalgia act, with their sets containing a variety of tunes from their seminal 1982 debut “Shuttered Room” through 2012’s “Beautiful Friction.” Enjoy the food and beverage vendors in between sets, and stick around for the city of Sunrise’s official fireworks display at 9 p.m.</p>John ThomasonMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:21:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsFire It Up on the Fourth<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/cooperfourth.jpg" width="200">Want to celebrate the Fourth by lighting fireworks but not lighting up the stove? Here’s a couple of options. . .</p> <p><strong>The Cooper Craft Kitchen &amp; Bar</strong> (4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-0032) will be offering a pair of American comfort food classics from chef Adam Brown. There will be ancho chili-spiked barbecued St. Louis-style ribs, plus jalapeno-cheddar cornbread, slaw and fries. Also, a New England-style clambake featuring lobster, littleneck clams, Amelia Island shrimp, PEI mussels, chorizo, corn and golden potatoes (whew!). Oh, and for dessert? Hot fudge sundae with salted caramel, spiced pecans, whipped cream and Amarena cherries.</p> <p>For a beachfront bash, check out <strong>Boston’s on the Beach</strong> (40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364). For $39 per person and $13 for kids, you get a barbecue buffet featuring honey pork ribs, herb-roasted chicken, burgers and dogs, plus six different sides and dessert. There will also be live music, a splash zone, sand sculpture contest and kiddie activities, along with fireworks at 9 p.m. Dinner hours are 4 to 9 p.m., and reservations are a must.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 29 Jun 2015 11:54:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsBoca After Dark: Tanzy<p class="Body"><strong>Where</strong>: 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tanzy_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown</strong>: What this cozy Mizner Park restaurant/bar lacks in late-night sizzle, it makes up for in the kind of chic sophistication that fits Boca like a Jimmy Choo high heel. Upon entering, my friend and I were immediately struck by the elegant Amalfi Coast-inspired decor, including a “cocoon lounge” where guests can enjoy cocktails under a twisting canopy of interconnected tree branches. We opted to sit at one of tables just off the square-shaped main bar, which is cast in Italian-esque stone and warm, elegant wood. The crowd, at least on this Saturday night, seemed to skew toward middle-aged professionals, although we did notice a few families with their children. People were dressed a bit more conservatively than you see at a nightclub, but that doesn’t mean tighter, more revealing clothing would be out of place here. The bartenders and waitresses were attentive and knowledgeable, which added to the mature vibe in the room. The quiet undercurrent of piped in music helped to give the space an intimate feel, conducive to mingling, conversing—and enjoying the stellar roster of drinks created by Tanzy’s master mixologist, Adam Seger. For those seeking light bites to go with their wine or cocktail, the inspired menu features Parma (think prosciutto and bresaola) and Mozza selections.</p> <p class="Body"><strong><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tanzy_3.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The intangibles</strong>: Innovation is the buzzword when it comes to the cocktails offered at Tanzy. Master mixologist and advanced sommelier Adam Seger has put together a menu that appeals to conservative and adventurous palates alike—from the Lemondrop Martini (the most popular drink according to our bartender) and extravagant mojitos to cocktails created with liquid nitrogen. Most drinks fall in the $13 to $18 range, a bit steep for our pocketbooks. But in the case of the Raz Berri frozen cocktail, guests also are paying for the show. Our waiter brought a whisk and bowl to the table and began mixing together the contents of Raz Berri (Grey Goose, Chambord, Yuzu Luxe, raspberry syrup and Prosecco) with the liquid nitrogen. In liquid form, nitrogen has cooling properties that chefs and mixologists around the world are incorporating into various creations. The chilled mix was piled high in my martini glass, topped off with more Prosecco and garnished with raspberries. The combination of flavors was unlike anything I’ve ever had, and the use of liquid nitrogen gave the drink an intense chill that you can’t get from simply blending contents with ice. While the flavor of the vodka was virtually invisible amidst the other contents, each sip lingered with a subtle taste of Prosecco. While the liquid nitrogen creations are usually $18, Tanzy does offer special deals—like happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.—where you can try these indulgent cocktails as well as explore their vast beer and wine selection for discounted prices. </p> <p class="Body"><strong>Hours</strong>: Tanzy opens at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Emma</strong></p> <p>Emma Grubman is a senior at Indiana University studying Journalism and Marketing, and is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. In addition to her passion for writing, she loves pizza, coffee and her dog Charlie. You can reach Emma at <a href=""></a>.</p>Emma GrubmanMon, 29 Jun 2015 11:22:00 +0000 new show just for gamers gets its start in Boca<p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/eddie_mady_opg.jpg" width="450"></p> <p> “How can I do something that I really love?” Eddie Mady, (above) CEO of Mady Multimedia and now creator and host of the new video game entertainment show OPgamers, thought to himself nine months ago. After months of brainstorming and long hours of preparation, Mady posted the premiere episode of OPgamers to YouTube on June15.</p> <p>OPgamers (OP stands for “over-powered” for you novices in the gaming world) is an entertainment show that features the video game world’s “funniest and most epic moments,” according to Mady. In addition to Mady as the host, the show’s cast includes two video game fanatics, Heather and Jon, as commentators and DJ Romi, who keeps the audience, both in the studio and at home, entertained with her musical talents.</p> <p>In just one week, only promoting the show by sharing it with friends on Facebook, the pilot has garnered over 127 thousand views and nearly 200 comments. And the whole production took place in a small warehouse studio in Boca Raton.</p> <p>“I think you create your own luck,” said Mady, 43, a resident of Boca and avid video gamer since he was old enough to hold a controller. While his own TV show is a new experience for him, Mady is no stranger to the entertainment business; he works with his father and sister at their video production companies, Mady Films and Mady Multimedia, and was previously an emcee for private events for 20 years.</p> <p>The video game world is made up of millions of people, all with very different tastes, Mady explained. Therefore, OPgamers features varied video game content to reach the mass-market of gamers. Mady added that gamers also come from all different age groups and walks of life. Despite what many might believe, the average age of gamers is actually 34-years-old, and because of this, OPgamers has been developed as an adult video game show—not one for your 12-year-old brother who obsessively plays video games all day instead of playing outside.</p> <p>OPgamers has not found a network to call home yet, but Mady is weighing the show’s options now and wants to make a decision in the next two months. Depending on the network deal, Mady hopes the show will be a weekly 22-minute show, with 36 episodes a season—and revenues derived from advertising. Mady has also received offers from companies that want to sponsor OPgamers and produce merchandise for the show. Until a network deal is made, viewers can watch the pilot episode at The YouTube channel also contains video game- related comedy sketches.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Casey</strong></p> <p>Casey Farmer is a sophomore at Lehigh University studying journalism and business, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Casey spends most of her time on the golf course, both recreationally and as a member of Lehigh’s team. Aside from golf, she loves iced coffee, Zumba and dogs. You can reach Casey at <a href=""></a>. </p>Casey FarmerFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:58:00 +0000 & EventsMovie Review: &quot;Ted 2&quot;<p>Even more than its predecessor, “Ted 2” lives between quote marks and inside parentheses. Everything in the movie (opening wide today) is a reference to something else, and global audiences not raised on a steady diet of American pop-culture might require footnotes to decipher the intricacies of co-writer and director Seth McFarlane’s screenplay.</p> <p><img alt="" height="169" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/5261174_4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The references run high, low and headline-ripped, defying the typically tortoise-paced progression of movie distribution by riffing on Deflate-gate, Charlie Hebdo, Ferguson and Bill Cosby—not to mention perennial favorites Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Gollum and Star Wars, along with more intellectual benchmarks like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Busby Berkeley. So much of “Ted 2” derives its laughs, its charms and its retching lewdness from other sources that it should probably owe royalties to Perez Hilton and the Internet Movie Database. The plot, wafer-thin and as nutritionally empty as a diet soda, is merely a front for cultural re-appropriation—a framework designed to be jettisoned.</p> <p>It’s far from a Well Made Film in the traditional sense, but for viewers hip to McFarlane’s game, this hodgepodge delivers all the laughs its forebear elicited and more. McFarlane employs the “throw everything against the wall and see what sticks” strategy of a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episode, where the jokes compound in such rapid succession that they can hardly be savored before the next one intrudes—a pleasant problem for any comedy.</p> <p>The film picks up where “Ted” left off, with the titular bear wedding his white-trash, fiancée Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). A year later, their marriage is a shambles, leaving the couple with one option for survival: having a baby. Between Tami-Lynn’s infertility and Ted’s own lack, of, well … manhood, the prospect quickly proves impossible. Worse yet for Ted, a trip to an adoption service tips off the government to his status as a nonhuman, which results in the annulment of his marriage and the cancellation of his accounts.</p> <p>The fight for Ted’s personhood becomes a civil-rights <em>cause celebre</em> that looks back to slavery and presently to cases involving marriage equality. In Ted’s corner is his BFF John (Mark Wahlberg) and a rookie lawyer who accepts his case pro-bono (Amanda Seyfried).</p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/18177566-mmmain.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The movie strains for more political relevance than the original “Ted,” but for a film containing the single grossest and longest sequence of spilled semen in motion-picture history—and whose climactic brawl is set at a Comic-Con—it’s hard to take it seriously as a statement movie. It fares far better as a straight-up comedy, and a particular type of comedy at that.</p> <p>“Ted 2” marinates in the winking, self-conscious kitsch of 1980s humor, updating it for audiences that know better. There’s a cheesy musical montage of the three protagonists hilariously prepping for trial by dancing on library tables and shooting spitballs in each other’s ears. In another musical interlude, set in the wilderness, animals from squirrels to penguins to lobsters frolic to hear Seyfried’s guitar-strummed lullaby. Another character delivers information to his superior by slamming a newspaper on his desk, with an article about Ted screaming at him in bold type, as if this item wasn’t already yesterday’s Twitter trend.</p> <p>Far all his 21<sup>st</sup> century reference points and foul-mouthed envelope-pushing, McFarlane reveals himself to be something of a sentimental nostalgist, as much a softy for earlier forms of entertainment as his longtime adult-animation rivals, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I guess.</p>John ThomasonFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:42:04 +0000 & EventsMoviesThe Healing Road<p class="Body">By her own admission, Chloe Dolandis had been living a charmed life. The singer/songwriter’s passion, persistence and rich, soulful sound had paved a road filled with milestones—from having former mayor Steven Abrams recognize Jan. 13 as “Chloe Dolandis Day” in Boca Raton back in 2004 to the release of her debut album, “Bring Back the Fever” in 2011.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/dsc_0041.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">But a period marked by a professional high also resulted in a series of personal lows for the Florida Atlantic University graduate, most profoundly, the death of her best friend, Tali. Over the next few years, Dolandis would endure further loss, including the death of family members and the end of a relationship.</p> <p class="Body">For the first time, Dolandis felt somewhat adrift, shaken by episodes of tragedy and heartbreak. But rather than putting her career on hold, the Boca resident continued to write and perform—and grow as an artist. This past June, Dolandis released an EP entitled “There’s More,” a raw five-song set that represents her most personal work to date.</p> <p class="Body">“It’s taken awhile to start feeling like I have healed,” the 30-year-old says. “[The pain helped to] shape me in a positive way. It could’ve destroyed me, but I wouldn’t let it.”</p> <p class="Body">Unlike her first album, “There’s More” bears a stripped-down feel that features only her voice and one other instrument in each song. Each number comes from the artist’s collection of songs that she wrote while dealing with the emotions and fallout of the past few years.</p> <p class="Body">The result is a collection of pieces inspired by the idea that there’s always more to life and to maturing.</p> <p class="Body">“So often as we live our lives, we’re so wrapped up in whatever we’re doing and whatever we’re thinking,” Dolandis says. “The idea that there’s a whole entire world out there, and beyond, is really important.”</p> <p class="Body">Dolandis attributes her inspiration for the album to Tali, to whom she officially dedicates “There’s More” on her blog. The EP’s fifth song, “Isn’t That Far,” is about how not even death can separate the pair.</p> <p class="Body">Dolandis and her band currently play locally at private parties and around South Florida. They play every Friday at <a href="">Whiskey Blue</a> in Fort Lauderdale. In addition, Dolandis will be the vocalist for the Florida Wind Symphony Jazz Orchestra at <a href="">FAU’s Big Band Hits from the Golden Age</a> concert this July.</p> <p class="Body">She hopes to write music for other artists in the future, go on tours and get some of her work on the radio. As for producing music, Dolandis says her fans can expect “that, and then some.”</p> <p class="Body">With Dolandis, there always seems to be more. <br><em></em></p> <p class="Body"><em>To download her new EP for free, visit <a href=""></a> and type in the code </em><em>“</em><em>theresmore.</em><em>”</em></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Did You Know?</strong></p> <p class="Body">Chloe Dolandis is the proud owner of more than 1,000 pig replicas.</p> <p class="Body">Dolandis received her first pig replica as a good-luck charm after snagging her first leading role at the Hollywood Playhouse—as Piglet in “Winnie the Pooh.” It soon became tradition for people to give Dolandis pig replicas when she performed or for special occasions. Today the collection remains at her parents’ house.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Cresonia</strong></p> <p>Cresonia Hsieh is a journalism junior minoring in business administration and Spanish at the University of Florida. When she's not writing a story or doing a photo shoot, she enjoys Netflix binge watching, trying out new restaurants and listening to others attempt to pronounce her last name. (Hint: It's pronounced "shay".) You can reach Cresonia at <a href=""></a>.</p>Cresonia HsiehFri, 26 Jun 2015 11:27:00 +0000 Forward: Celebrity Lips and Artistic Feet<p><img alt="" height="427" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/kendall-jenner-estee-lauder-lipstick.png" width="490"></p> <p>Keeping Up With Estée Lauder</p> <p>Kendall Jenner is a fashion icon, and now you can be one step closer to harnessing her style. As part of her campaign with Estée Lauder, Kendall has launched her first <strong>Limited Edition Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick. </strong>It’s called Restless, and it’s a vibrant orange-red. There are only a limited number available, so order <a href="">online</a> before it’s too late.</p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.26_shoe_fetish_art_show.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">Shoes For Show</a></p> <p>If the shoe fits, turn it into art? The Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery <em>(15 S. J St., Lake Worth) </em>is currently housing the “Shoe Fetish/Foot Fetish Art Show” until July 2. The exhibit features photos, paintings and sculptures that are all related to shoes or feet. Admission is free, and there is art for sale. </p>Taryn TacherFri, 26 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: Makeup, A Restaurant &amp; Relaxation<p>The Nature Nymph by Jane Cosmetics</p> <p><img alt="" height="529" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.26_jane_cosmetics.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“I got The Nature Nymph “Look in a Box” collection yesterday, and I absolutely love it. I’m a makeup novice, so this set is really helpful. It has lip gloss, eyeliner and two shades of eye shadow. The box even includes instructions for how to get the perfect look.”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a>)</p> <p>Arturo’s Ristorante</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.26_arturos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by John Shuff, Contributing Writer</em></p> <p>“If you’re into a romantic evening with dreamy piano music, coupled with tasty Italian cuisine, well then head to Arturo’s. You can’t beat the equation of good food plus great music, enhanced by the tuxedoed waiters who make this evening a lovely experience.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11872/"></a> // 6750 N. Federal Hwy. // 561/997-7373)</p> <p>Foot Relaxing</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.26_foot_relaxing.png" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked By Bianca Romano, Marketing and Events Director</em></p> <p>“Foot Relaxing is my weekly indulgence. I look forward to this relaxing time away from the real world. You get the most amazing foot and neck rub, and at a very inexpensive price. If you haven't tried it yet, you are missing out!” </p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11872/"></a> // 6315 N. Federal Hwy. // 561/235-5319)</p>magazineFri, 26 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Finds: You Say Tomato<p>Tomato is the perfect fresh ingredient to use in just about anything from salsa to sandwiches to Bloody Mary’s. It may surprise you to learn that the tomato is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. We have Mexico to thank for recognizing it as a food instead of just a plant. The fruit began to spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Today it is eaten in countless ways and incorporated into many dishes, sauces, salads and drinks. I personally love to sauté tomatoes into a warm pasta sauce. Mmm.</p> <p>Tomatoes come in too many classic and heirloom varieties to count. They are most abundant during their peak season in the summertime. To celebrate the first week of summer, I put together this gorgeous cherry tomato salad with dill cream dressing. The recipe uses cherry tomatoes, which are a small and rounded, ranging in size from a thumb tip up to the size of a golf ball. Cherry tomatoes can be red, yellow, green or black. At the local <a href="">Whole Foods in Boca Raton</a>, I picked up organic red and yellow varieties that taste so fruity I had to keep from popping the entire carton into my mouth (had to save some for the actual recipe).</p> <p>For this salad, I liked the idea of slicing the tomatoes into halves to give it a chopped salad texture. The contrast of the sweet tomatoes with the tangy cream and dill dressing is amazing.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="489" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.25_tomato_salad.png" width="490"> </strong></p> <p><strong>Cherry Tomato Salad with Dill Cream Dressing</strong><em> </em></p> <p><em>Makes two salad servings</em></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>12 ounces red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved</p> <p>2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream</p> <p>1 teaspoon fresh minced dill, plus more for garnish</p> <p>1 clove garlic, minced
</p> <p>Sea salt and pepper
</p> <p><strong>Instructions:</strong></p> <p>1. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, dill, and garlic.</p> <p><br>2. Place the cherry tomato halves into a large serving bowl, drizzle the dressing over them and toss.</p> <p><br>3. Season with salt and pepper and toss.</p> <p><br>4. Top with dill for garnish and serve.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Amanda JaneThu, 25 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Atlantic Crossing sues, more golf course conversions, FAU comes up short in the budget &amp; more<h3><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/aa_vp_thumb.jpg" width="323"></h3> <h3>Atlantic Crossing sues</h3> <p>A week ago, the Delray Beach City Commission and representatives of Atlantic Crossing basically agreed that the city would choose a preferred option for adding an access road back to the project, and the developers would try to make it work.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Atlantic Crossing sued Delray Beach. The action may be just part of the lengthy dance between the developers and the city over the access road. The notification letter says Atlantic Crossing “remains prepared to continue working with the city to achieve an east-west road” but must “protect its vested rights. . .” The letter notes that the Atlantic Crossing site plan—without the road—got approval from the Site Plan Advisory Board in 2013 and the commission in 2014.</p> <p>Delray Beach had been hoping to resolve this issue amicably by September. The lawsuit is not amicable, but it also may be merely an attempt to prod the city.</p> <h3>Boca Dunes: the next Mizner Trail?</h3> <p>It will not be “Mizner Trail: The Sequel” before the Palm Beach County Commission today, even if it feels much like that.</p> <p>Last year, it was Boca Del Mar where developers wanted to turn a golf course into housing. After a decade of trying, the developers got their way. The commission allowed 255 homes on the former Mizner Trail course that the owners had closed a decade ago. It was the south course in the massive Boca Del Mar community west of the city.</p> <p>Residents who looked out onto the course objected to the project. After the commission approved it, the residents sued. They got a hearing, lost, and decided not to appeal.</p> <p>This time, the course is Boca Dunes, west of Lyons Road between Palmetto Park Road and Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street. Again, residents with views of the course are expected to object when the matter come before the county commission, acting as the zoning commission. But there are key differences.</p> <p>Mizner Trail was part of Boca Del Mar, designated as open space as one condition for approval of the larger project. Boca Dunes—18 traditional holes and a nine-hole executive layout—is a self-contained course that was surrounded by homes as development sprawled west.</p> <p>Also, the developers—K. Hovnanian—don’t want to close the course, though it has been getting less play. They want to convert 41.5 acres of the roughly 153 acres to about 200 townhomes and keep the 40-year-old course open. In addition, Mizner Trail meandered through Boca Del Mar, bringing it close to many homes. At Boca Dunes, the homes mostly circle the course.</p> <p>Most important, the county can find no prior zoning for Boca Dunes. With Mizner Trail, a major legal argument was over that open-space designation and what it represented. Seven years ago, a judge ruled that the land had no development rights.</p> <p>In 2013, the commission allowed conversion of a course next to Century Village in West Palm Beach, despite much resistance from neighbors. Each of these cases is different, but the similarity is that even in South Florida more golf courses are hurting. If you live on one, don’t take the view for granted.</p> <p>Mizner Trail flip</p> <p>If you’re wondering when work will start on those homes at Mizner Trail, nothing will happen soon. As some speculated, the developer is flipping the property.</p> <p>Boca Raton-based Compson Associates has listed the 127 acres with CBRE. The listing notes that the former course offers “a rare opportunity to build a large-scale residential community in a high-barrier-to-entry location,” meaning that there isn’t much open land left near the coast.  CBRE will be taking offers through Tuesday.</p> <h3>Ag Reserve debate postponed</h3> <p>Those who favor and oppose allowing more development in the county’s Agricultural Reserve Area had been gearing up for a debate today before the county commission. They will have to wait.</p> <p>The issue is an amendment to land-use rules that would make smaller farms more attractive to developers and thus increase the potential of those farmers to sell out. The proposal involves changes to how land is set aside for preservation in that region voters taxed themselves to keep in agriculture.</p> <p>The proposal is less controversial than others that county staff had considered, but even this small change lost 12-0 when it went before the Palm Beach County Planning Commission. The result affirmed the strong public sentiment against thwarting the will of the voters that they expressed 16 years ago.</p> <p>County Mayor Shelley Vana, who is out of town this week, asked that the issue be postponed to the next meeting of the zoning commission, which is on July 30. A month’s delay, though, won’t change the sentiment.</p> <h3>The budget, aka FAU’s Big Chill</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University did much better with the Board of Governments this year than it did with the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.</p> <p>First, the Legislature did not include money in the state budget to build classrooms at the Jupiter campus for FAU’s biotech program. Then on Tuesday, Scott vetoed the $1 million appropriation for FAU’s Tech Runway, a program that helps entrepreneurs. It was an odd veto from a governor who supposedly backs investment that could lead to economic development. Scott said he vetoed the FAU money and other related appropriations because “they circumvent current established review processes and funding is available through other sources.”</p> <h3>Quiet zones still on the horizon</h3> <p>There must have been mild panic when city officials in Boca Raton and Delray Beach saw that one of the state budget items Gov. Scott vetoed Tuesday was $10 million for quiet zones on railroad tracks.</p> <p>By the time All Aboard Florida’s trains start running in 2017, there supposedly will have been enough safety improvements at crossings between the Palm Beach-Broward line and West Palm Beach that trains won’t need to blow their horns. In addition to 32 new passengers trains running daily, horns on the new Florida East Coast Railway freight engines are much louder. The Delray Beach City Commission voted to express concern that All Aboard Florida will have a “negative impact” on the city unless the company addresses the city’s concerns.</p> <p>By mid-afternoon Tuesday, six hours after Scott issued his veto message, the Metropolitan Planning Organization had sent an email to say that money for All Aboard Florida’s quiet zone comes from federal gas tax revenue, not the state budget. The money goes to the organization to pay for local transportation priorities. The organization said the governor’s veto would have “no effect” on quiet zones in Palm Beach County. On Wednesday, the Broward MPO chimed in that the veto would have no effect on the quiet zone in that county.</p> <h3>Correction</h3> <p>In Tuesday’s post, I referred to Boca Raton Community Hospital. It is, of course, Boca Raton Regional Hospital.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 25 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityTastemakers of Delray Beach 2015<p><strong>Purchase your Dining Passport for $30 (cash only) at any participating restaurant below. This passport entitles the holder to the tastings event on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., plus three months of savings from all participating restaurants. $1 of the revenue from each passport sold will be donated to <strong>a Delray Beach charity. For more information, call 561/243-1077</strong></strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">50 Ocean<br></a></strong><em>50 S. Ocean Blvd. •  561/278-3364</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="484" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/50ocean.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Floor-to-ceiling windows offering Delray’s most breathtaking ocean views, coupled with Chef Blake Malatesta’s delightful seafood-inspired menu await you at 50 Ocean. Indulge your culinary senses, or just enjoy a classic cocktail sitting at the most beautiful bar on the beach!</p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription"><em><strong>Shrimp Snow Cone: </strong></em>Chilled and grilled royal reds, smoked tomato granita, lemon-basil emulsion<br><em><strong>Delray Devil: </strong></em>Svedka jalapeño grapefruit vodka, ripe agave sour, soda, candied jalapeños</p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>Complimentary "Jar" with the purchase of two entrées/main plates (lunch or dinner). Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Burgerfi<br></a></strong><em>6 S. Ocean Blvd. <em>• </em> 561/278-9590</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/burgerfi.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Burgerfi is a quick, casual burger joint featuring made-to-order burgers &amp; fries. Total scratch kitchen, which means everything is made in-house, including fresh-cut fries and hand-breaded onion rings.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>BurgerFi Slider: </strong></em>Double angus burger, lettuce, tomato, BurgerFi sauce<br><strong><em>Not Your Father’s Root Beer</em><br></strong><strong></strong></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>10% off your check. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><br></strong></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Cabana El Rey<br></a></strong><em>105 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/274-9090</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="445" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/cabanaelrey.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014; ZAGAT 2015:  “Delicious” Nuevo Latin eats are the draw at this “colorful, vibrant” Delray Beach cantina well served by a “good” staff; festive drinks, including “authentic” mojitos and “thirst-quenching” sangria, “set the scene for a fun evening” including “people-watching” from the sidewalk seats.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Anticuchos: </strong></em>Marinated skirt-steak skewers topped with rocoto and red onion salsa<br><em><strong>Coconut Pisco Sour: </strong></em>Pisco, the national spirit of Peru, blended with fresh coconut and a silky lime sour</p> <p align="left" class="FOODDESCRIPTION"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>One complimentary basket of Mariquitas (sliced plantains cooked until crispy, served with garlic mojo and avocado salsa). Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p align="left" class="FOODDESCRIPTION"><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Caffé Luna Rosa<br></a></strong><em>34 S. Ocean Blvd. <em>• </em> 561/274-9404</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/caffelunarosa.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Caffé Luna Rosa is the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray Beach. Luna Rosa offers an ocean view dining experience where great food and a great environment come together.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Florida Lobster &amp; Crab Bisque: </strong></em>Homemade bisque with fresh lump crab and Florida lobster tail meat, finished with cream and sherry<br><em><strong>Rudi Wiest Hooked Riesling</strong></em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong></strong><em><strong>Passport Dining Offer: </strong></em>Free bottle of wine (house choice) with two entrées or two free bottles with four entrées. Not valid with any other offers. </p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Caffé Martier<br></a></strong><em>411 E Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/450-6169)</em></p> <p class="STYLE1"><em><img alt="" height="423" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/caffemartier.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Caffé Martier is a European style bistro that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features fresh and healthy cuisine with a gourmet Mediterranean flair, paired with traditional Italian-style coffee or award-winning craft cocktails.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Mangal BBQ Rib: </strong></em>Braised Kosher beef back rib in Mediterannean-spiced silan rub<br><em><strong>Whiskey Balsamic: </strong></em>Smoked whiskey, Laphoaig, balsamic vinegar, aromatic bitters, fresh red apple</p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check Sunday through Thursday after 5 p.m. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Deck 84<br></a></strong><em>840 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/665-8484</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="425" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/deck84.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">At Deck 84, legendary South Florida restaurateur, Burt Rapoport, brings casual waterfront dining to Atlantic<br>Avenue. This stylish American hot spot has picturesque views of the Intracoastal, a hopping bar, weekend brunch<br>&amp; outdoor seating.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Tuna Poke: </strong></em>Yellowfin tuna, sweet soy marinade toasted sesame, avocado, cucumber micro cilantro, crispy wonton<br><em><strong>Rum Runner w/ Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum</strong></em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>Half off bottles of wine on Wednesdays. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">El Camino<br></a></strong><em>15 N.E. 2nd Ave. <em>• </em> 561/865-5350</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="477" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/elcamino.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">At El Camino, we are committed to offering the freshest organic and local ingredients, and we value local, artisan, indigenous and reclaimed offerings. We make our own tortillas, sauces and anything else possible from scratch. Our craft cocktails include house-made sangrias and agave spirits.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Barbacoa Taco: </strong></em>Cilantro, queso fresco, onions &amp; salsa borracha<br><em><strong>50/50: </strong></em>Best of both worlds: mezcal, blanco tequila, fresh lime &amp; agave nectar</p> <p align="left" class="FOODDESCRIPTION"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>Free guacamole with purchase of any burrito, enchilada, fajita or taco entrée. Not valid with any other offers. </p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">FY&amp;I<br></a></strong><em>9 N.E. 2nd Ave. <em>• </em>561/450-7402</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="465" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/fyi.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>We offer the most delicious frozen desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth, and we have something for the entire family. </em><em>Our creamy frozen yogurts come in fat-free, low-fat, dairy-free, no-sugar-added, and sugar-free varieties. We also carry </em><em>a variety of Italian gelato, over 20 flavors of ice cream and Dole soft-serve sorbet. FY&amp;I is located at the Pineapple Grove Archway between El Camino and the Office restaurant</em><em>.</em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Frozen Yogurt: </strong></em>Froyo in fat-free, low-fat, sugar-free, no-sugar-added and dairy-free varieties | premium ice cream | Italian gelatosorbet | no-sugar-added cookies **Kosher</p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>$1 off medium fro-yo. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Lemongrass Asian Bistro<br></a></strong><em>420 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/278-5050</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="635" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lemongrass.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Lemongrass Delray Beach has been the place to go for Thai, Japanese sushi and Vietnamese cuisine since opening. All rolls and dishes are made to order. The notable wine and sake list provides the perfect pairing to any entrée.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Asian Shrimp Ceviche: </strong></em>Shrimp,  avocado, cilantro, jalapeños, tomatoes, onions, Asian lime dressing<br><em><strong>Cool Sake Martini</strong></em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>One free hot sake with purchase of $20 or more. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Mastino at Solita<br></a></strong><em>25 N.E. 2nd Ave. <em>• </em> 561/921-8687</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="408" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/mastinosolita.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Mastino at SoLita offers the traditions of Old World artisans who handcrafted wood-fired pizza, Italian street food, artisan small-batch beer, culinary cocktails and boutique wines. SoLita offers guests a place to call home with a unique experience that embraces casual comfort and sophistication. </p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Housemade Meatball: </strong></em>Served with San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil and ricotta cheese<br><em><strong>HousemadeItalian Sangria: </strong></em>A delicious variety of red wines, fresh strawberries, oranges, pineapple and blueberries, mixed with a variety of flavorful fruit liqueurs</p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>10% off entire check. Not valid on holidays or with any other offers.</p> <p class="STYLE3"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Max's Harvest<br></a></strong><em>169 N.E. 2nd Ave. <em>• </em> 561/381-9970</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="386" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/maxharvest.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Food tastes naturally delicious when grown with care, harvested at precisely the right moment and delivered to our kitchen directly from the source. Fresh ingredients are a delight to the senses and the essence of great cooking. We hope you enjoy the sheer pleasure of seasonal, locally-grown ingredients and the simple, sophisticated flavors that result when you let the land speak for itself.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Florida Alligator Milanese: </strong></em>Peach Mmstarda, N’Duja vinaigrette<br><em><strong>Oaxacan Mistress: </strong></em>Illegal mezcal, Ancho Reyes liqueur, local tangerine, smoked jalapeño, cilantro</p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>25% off your entire lunch order (served on Fridays only from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="STYLE3"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Mellow Mushroom<br></a></strong><em>25 S.E. 6th Ave. <em>• </em> 561/330-3040</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="341" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/mellowmushroom.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Mellow Mushroom is an eclectic, music-themed restaurant serving gluten-free &amp; hand-tossed pizzas, salads, sandwiches, vegan and vegetarian menu items. We have Sunday brunch, the best craft cocktail drinks around and trivia every Tuesday night. We are the host site in Palm Beach County for FSU football games. </p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Kosmic Karma Pizza Slice: </strong></em>Red sauce base with feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, roma Tomatoes with a Pesto Swirl<br><em><strong>Craft Beer: </strong></em>Sample of Saltwater Brewery’s Screamin Reels IPA </p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Mussel Beach<br></a></strong><em>501 E.  Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/921-6464</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/musselbeach.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Home of 14 different flavors of mussels, imported daily from Prince Edward Island. Offering a variety of flavors—from creamy lobster bisque and spicy Fra Diavolo to Thai curry and many more—that will have guests demanding a second round. Mussel Beach also serves a variety of non-seafood dishes to satisfy your palate.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Mussel Mariniere: </strong></em>Shallots, garlic, onion, white wine, butter<br><em><strong>Benvolio Pinot Grigio</strong></em></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check. Not valid with any other offers. </p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">The Office<br></a></strong><em>201 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/276-3600</em></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><img alt="" height="425" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/theoffice.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>“The Office” is a modern American gastropub, a place that is comfortable and where the food is as important as the drink. It's not quite a bar, not quite a restaurant. The Office features a casual-meets-refined atmosphere that welcomes beer drinkers and wine snobs, non-fussy eaters, and foodies alike. The Office is a charmed neighborhood watering hole.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><em>Fried Green Tomato “B.L.T.</em>”: </strong>Tomato jam, crispy pork belly, +Saint Andreas Cheese, frisee<br><em><strong>Islamorada Sandbar Sunday: </strong></em>Craft American wheat ale</p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Smoke BBQ<br></a></strong><em>8 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/330-4236</em></p> <p align="left" class="FoodWineDescription"><em><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/smoke.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Smoke BBQ (, features authentic Kansas City-style, smokehouse BBQ—low and slow-smoked meats, including the best ribs in South Florida. Smoke features affordable entrée selections, a cool, casual “American backyard” design, a large craft beer selection, exceptional happy hour promotions, and a pitmaster whose BBQ credentials are world-renowned.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>12-Hour Smoked Pulled Pork Slider<br>Boulevard Brewing 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer</strong></em></p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em>: </strong>20% off entire check (excludes happy hour and lunch specials; limited to four guests per table). Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Taverna Opa<br></a></strong><em>270 E. Atlantic Ave. <em>• </em> 561/303-3602</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><em><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/tavernaopa.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Taverna Opa offers an unforgettable dining experience, with an inviting decor, superb ambience and spectacular Greek tastes. Our chef’s equally impressive authentic Greek and Mediterranean menu features fresh fish, grilled meats and vegetarian dishes complemented by an extensive wine collection. We offer such components as group dining, customized menus, and indoor and outdoor dining.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Keftedes</strong></em> (meatballs)<br><em><strong>Spanakopita</strong></em> (spinach pie)<br><em><strong>Bougatsa</strong></em> (dessert)<br><em><strong>Kretikos</strong></em> (Greek red wine)</p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special</strong>:</em> One complimentary glass of Kretikos with purchase of lunch or dinner. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Vic &amp; Angelo’s<br></a></strong><em>290 E. Atlantic Ave. •  561/278-9570</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/vicangelos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Vic and Angelo’s Coal Oven Enoteca is big-city rustic Italian dining in the heart of South Florida.With two convenient locations, “Restaurant Row” in Palm Beach Gardens and trendy Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, the best Italian in Florida is just around the corner.</p> <p align="left" class="FOOD"><em><strong>Rigatoni Alla Bolognese: </strong></em>Slow-cooked beef ragu, chianti, hand-shaved reggiano<br><em><strong>Sycamore Lane Pinot Noir</strong></em></p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>$69.95 dinner for two with a bottle of house wine. Not valid with any other offers.</p> <p class="RestaurantName"> </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><strong><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11857/">Ziree<br></a></strong><em>401 W. Atlantic Ave. •  561/276-6549</em></p> <p class="STYLE3"><img alt="" height="470" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/ziree.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="RestaurantDescription">Ziree Thai &amp; Sushi serves authentic Thai food and the freshest sushi; many of the dishes are family recipes handed down through generations. Everything is prepared with the freshest ingredients of the highest quality all at reasonable prices. This, along with our excellent service, will make for a truly delicious and unique dining experience. </p> <p class="RestaurantName"><em><strong>Pookpui Salad: </strong></em>Shredded green papaya, carrot, shrimp, green bean, cherry tomatoes + sushi roll pairing<br><em><strong>Housemade Sangria</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>Passport Dining Special: </strong></em>15% off entire check (dine-in only). Not valid with any other offers.</p>magazineWed, 24 Jun 2015 15:48:00 +0000 BeachDiningUpcoming EventsScience Center&#39;s Summer Exhibit Stings<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/eww2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(photos by Chelsea Stromfeld)</em></p> <p>Walking into the “Eww! What’s Eating You?” summer exhibit at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, very quickly had me itching and twitching. Entering what mirrored a vintage carnival, the public is greeted by an entranceway of eight-foot-tall structures with images of head lice, hookworms and fleas. Talk about inviting!! But by the end, I was intrigued enough to circle the room for two hours.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/eww1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The exhibit digs into the history and frightening facts of parasites from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt to the creepy critters that use human hosts for feeding territories. The carnival of creatures included both preserved and live specimens presented in creative games, interactive booths and hands-on activities. Created by Dr. M. Lee Goff, who has built an impressive career forensic entomology, this site of parasites is a must-see sight.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/eww3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Family- and kid-friendly and perfect for those extraordinary children that enjoy learning about body-morphing Guinea worms, rash-causing hookworms, eye-invading Toxocara worms and blood-sucking leaches, the air-conditioned exhibit includes an extensive amount of information regarding the classification, diet and length of the scary ‘sects.</p> <p>Some of the exhibit highlights include the “Funhouse,” which explores the idea of head lice through the creation of an oversized human scalp with interactive hair follicles, a high-jump striker for children to test their leaping abilities compared to insects like jumping spiders and fleas, and microscopes to inspect tapeworms, planarians and human blood cells.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/eww4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Although the “Colon Crawl” and showcases of bristle worms and Chilean Rose Hair Tarantulas were not the most appealing areas in the room, the bouncy house and other children’s activities are great for a Saturday afternoon with the family. Just be sure to check your children’s clothing on the way out for any parasites or insects that just couldn’t resist.</p> <p><em>Admission to the Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach, is $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3 to 12 and $13 for seniors over the age of 60. Children under 3 and Science Center members are free. For more information, call 561/832-1988 or visit </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @SFScienceCenter.</em></p> <p> <strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Chelsea</strong></p> <div dir="ltr">Chelsea Stromfeld is a junior at the University of Florida studying public relations and business administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. With an extensive set of interests, she loves to stay laughing, social, creative and active. Give her a camera, food or a person to talk with, and she is all set. You can reach Chelsea at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div>Chelsea StromfeldWed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsHigh-tech sports recovery options<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Recovering from a long run, strenuous bike ride, boot camp, CrossFit class or some other intense sports activity? Well, you’re in luck.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_collage.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sports recovery has gone high-tech, and local chiropractor Dr. Scott Hoar is holding an open house at his Boca Raton practice, so people can sample the newest sports recovery options at no charge.</p> <p><span>When:</span> The Sports Recovery Experience is Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p><span>Where:</span> <a href="">Health-Fit Chiropractic and Sports Medicine</a><em> (2900 N. Military Trail, Suite 220)</em></p> <p>Hoar says this is Fit Life readers’ opportunity to test physical recovery options. They’re helpful for professional and amateur athletes as well as people who suffer from arthritis or are recovering from surgeries.</p> <p>So, what can you sample? The high-tech recovery options that will be available during the open house are:</p> <p><em>CryoSauna therapy:</em> lowers the body’s temperature after a workout and enriches blood supply to organs and muscles</p> <p><em>Hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy:</em> delivers oxygen to the body’s tissues at 25 times the normal rate in order to decrease inflammation and promote healing</p> <p><em>Sports recovery boots:</em> help to rid the body of waste products and reduce post-exercise soreness</p> <p><em> Deep tissue laser recovery treatment:</em> a noninvasive way to reduce pain and inflammation</p> <p>Therapists will be on hand to offer Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) therapy, a manual therapy that helps to increase activation and stability of muscles and joints. Complimentary snacks will be provided.</p> <p>Due to limited space, be sure to pre-registrer <a href="">online</a> or by calling 561/997-8898.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Lisette HiltonWed, 24 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautySummer Vacation Education: Part 2<p>Summer is in full swing Boca Moms, and although you may have filled your kids’ recent vacation days with <a href="/blog/2015/06/10/summer-vacation-education/"><strong>educational day trips</strong></a>, you’re probably personally craving a longer escape by now. </p> <p>Here are some special weekend trips you can take with your family for some fun and learning this summer within a few hours’ drive from Boca Raton. (Special thanks to <a href=""><strong>Bluprint Learning</strong></a> for helping to create this list.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_ringling_museum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><a href="">The John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art</a></strong></p> <p>Established in 1927 as a legacy to Marble and John Ringling (of <em>Ringling Brothers Circus </em>fame), the museum has an art gallery with over 10,000 pieces in its permanent collection. There’s also a circus museum, gardens and <em>Ca d’Zan</em>, the Ringling’s personal residence built in Venetian style in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century and restored in 2002. You can visit the museum daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost is $25 for adults, $5 for students with ID, $5 for children ages 6-17, and children under six are free.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> The estate is large, so plan on taking a full day to visit everything.</p> <p><em>(5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota // 941/359-5700)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_clearwater_marine_acquarium.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Clearwater Marine Aquarium</a></strong></p> <p>Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine life, this aquarium is probably best known as the home to Winter, the bottlenose dolphin that was rescued and outfitted with a prosthetic tail. Your kids probably know her from the movies <em>Dolphin Tale </em>and<em> Dolphin Tale 2</em>, which were partially filmed at the Aquarium.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> The Aquarium offers special packages such as animal encounters, boat adventures and behind the scenes tours. The aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $21.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 3-12 and children under three are free. Check the website for full details before visiting. </p> <p><em>(249 Windward Passage, Clearwater // 727/441-1790)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_dali_museum.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Dali Museum</a></strong></p> <p>Salvador Dali, the most famous artist of the Surrealist movement, has his namesake museum just across the state from Boca in St. Petersburg! The Dali Museum houses the largest collection of his works outside of Europe. The museum has an education and activities department that may be hosting a program during your visit. Check the <a href="">calendar</a> before you visit. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost is $24 for adults, $17 for teens ages 13-17, $6 for children ages 6-12 and children under six are free.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> If you’re already a member of the Boca Museum of Art, your admission to the Dali Museum is complimentary through the museum’s reciprocal privileges program!</p> <p><em>(1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg // 727/823-3767)</em> </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_naples_botanical_gardens.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Naples Botanical Garden</a></strong></p> <p>Founded in 1992, this 170-acre site contains six cultivated gardens, 2.5 miles of walking trails, a 90-acre restored native preserve and a café. There is even a children’s garden and fountains that are interactive and educational. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 4-14, and children under four are free.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> Bring your swimsuit (and your inner child) and splash in the fountains with your kids!</p> <p><em>(4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples // 239/643-7275)</em> </p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_golisano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong><a href="">Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples</a></strong></p> <p>Aimed at the younger learner (under 12), this children’s museum is highly interactive and encourages learning through play. There is so much for children to do that they can easily spend an entire morning immersed in the museum’s exhibits. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10, and children under one year of age are free.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> Go in the morning to avoid the afternoon crowds.</p> <p><em>(15080 Livingstone Rd, Naples // 239/514-0084)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_ms._b_haven.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><strong><a href="">Ms. B Haven Fishing Charters and Eco Tours</a></strong></p> <p>Your trip to Naples would not be complete without a day on the water!  Ms. B can take you fishing in-shore to catch snook or off shore to catch shark and grouper, or she can take you on an eco-friendly tour of the waters surrounding Naples. Hours subject to change. A half-day trip for a family of four is $450 plus gratuity.</p> <p><strong>Boca Mom Tip:</strong> Book your trip in advance as weekends can get very busy.</p> <p><em>(550 Port o Call Way, Naples // 239/825-4292)</em></p> <p>Who’s heading to the west coast next weekend? Safe travels Boca moms!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href=""></a></em><strong><em>, </em></strong><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. </em><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom</em></strong><em> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 24 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000;s Table to Host Chef&#39;s Dinners<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/farmtable.jpg" width="200">As if <strong>Farmer’s Table</strong> <em>(1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/417-5836)</em> couldn’t get any busier or more popular, the healthy-green eatery of Joey Giannuzzi and Mitchell Robbins will pair up with South Florida Food &amp; Wine to next month launch a quintet of guest chefs’ dinners, each focusing a different aspect of the local culinary scene.</p> <p>Dubbed “Turn the Table,” the special dinners will be held the first Tuesday of every month from July to November. Each of the first four will feature a different chef, with all four chefs collaborate on the final dinner. Each will also feature paired wines, a cocktail reception and donations to four different charities.</p> <p>Here’s the schedule:</p> <p>• Tuesday, July 7 – “A Farmer’s Forage” by Farmer’s Table. Executive Chef, Victor Malaric, will utilize ingredients sourced within 50 miles of Farmer’s Table paired with wines from the Constellation portfolio. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Dan Marino Foundation. The reception cocktail will be made with Ketel One Vodka.</p> <p>• Tuesday, August 4 – “Vegan Street Food” by Green Bar &amp; Kitchen. Executive Chef and co-owner, Charlie Grippo, will showcase his plant-based cooking style paired with vegan wines from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Portfolio. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit FEED. The reception cocktail will be made with (vegan) Bulleit Bourbon.</p> <p>• Tuesday, September 1 – “A Taste of Florida Seafood” by Rebel House. Owner Michael Saperstein and Chef de Cuisine, Danielle Herring will highlight locally caught fish and shellfish paired with wines from theMichael David portfolio. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kids in Distress. The reception cocktail will be made with Ron Zacapa 23.</p> <p>• Tuesday, October 6 – “Snout to Tail” by DADA. Executive Chef and co-owner, Bruce Feingold, will create a menu for pork lovers paired with single vineyard wines from Mira Winery. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Healthy Bellies. The reception cocktail will be made with Tequila Don Julio.</p> <p>The series will conclude with a cocktail reception on Tuesday, November 3rd where the four chefs will each prepare two courses for a total of eight courses along with cocktail, beer and wine bars. The exclusive brewery for the event is Saltwater Brewery.</p> <p>Cost of the first four dinners is $100 per person, with the finale priced at $150. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the restaurant at 561/417-5836.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 23 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsFAU reclaims some cash, a word or two about felines and let the rains begin<h3><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/bvjpejm.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>FAU in the money</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Last week was a very good one for Florida Atlantic University in the world of higher education, which now resembles the world of law enforcement.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For two decades, police departments have relied more and more on the Compstat method of tracking and preventing crime. The system, which started in New York City, uses real-time metrics. Captains undergo interrogations about why, for example, auto theft is up in their precincts. Police administrators in cities large and small use the numbers to assess performance and devise responses to problems.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That’s how it is now for state university presidents in Florida when they appear before the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System: Meet the goals, or lose money; show improvement, or lose money. The 11 presidents see their university’s metrics with those of their counterparts.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At last week’s board meeting, FAU fared much better than it did a year ago, just three months after President John Kelly took over. Then, FAU lost $7 million for poor performance and got no additional money. Last week, FAU got back $3.5 million—the rest of that $7 million—and got $11.4 million in new money. The $3.5 million comes automatically; it was for last year. The $11.4 million depends on Gov. Rick Scott signing the 2015-16 budget, which he will do unless he wants to force a government shutdown next week. FAU also would get $3.5 million for a life-sciences initiative and $900,000 for Tech Runway, a public-private partnership to help start-up companies.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Always, though, it’s about numbers. Board of Governors documents show that as of this academic year 75 percent of FAU bachelor’s degree holders were employed in the United States or continuing their education one year after graduating. That percentage aligns FAU with the systemwide average, and is one of the board’s key “performance funding metrics.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On another key metric, though, FAU still fares poorly. The six-year graduation rate from 2009 through this year averaged 47 percent, better only than Florida A&amp;M and far below the statewide average of 72 percent. Kelly got the rate up enough in one year to help get back that $7 million. And FAU’s academic progress rate—moving students toward a degree—of 69 percent ranked last for this year and was 15 points below the statewide average.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a New York police administrator said, however, Compstat is a tool based on “continuous improvement.” Kelly and his top administrators have targeted FAU’s weaknesses and begun to address them. The new money will add to the effort. FAU, for example, wants to raise the graduation rate to 50 percent by 2019.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It was addition by subtraction when Mary Jane Saunders resigned as FAU’s president in 2013, following her disastrous performance during the stadium naming-rights controversy. Looking at the problems Kelly—and his predecessor, Interim President Dennis Crudele—inherited, FAU had been managed badly. Florida’s new system leaves no room for that and no place to hide.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Feral cats<span>    </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">This is a big week for wild cats.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On the agenda for today’s Palm Beach County Commission meeting are several changes to rules regarding dogs and cats. The most significant is Animal Care and Control Director Diane Sauve’s plan for dealing with the growing feral cat population.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a dog owner, I’ve long found it annoying that dogs have to be on leashes, but cats can roam. They leave their scat, they fight, and they ravage bird populations. Cat lovers, though, feed the feral felines, and they multiply.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One solution, of course, is to trap the wild cats and euthanize them. Sauve wants to avoid that. She proposed a program with the acronym TNVR: trap, neuter, vaccinate, and return. The staff memo to commissioners refers to “community cats,” and the ordinance would allow them to be kept on private property with the owner’s permission. The memo refers to cat lovers as “community cat caregivers.” The county could seize cats that were a threat to public health or safety.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The League of Cities agrees with the approach. The county commission approved it unanimously on first reading. I agree it’s the compassionate and probably the most practical approach, but I still don’t get cat people.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">And bigger cats</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Meanwhile, today in Sarasota the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hear a presentation on the Florida panther that includes a discussion of whether the species still should be classified as endangered, as it has been since 1968.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A staff memo notes that the panther population is growing, though the supposed best estimate ranges between 100 and 180. An 80 percent margin of error is hardly scientific. The staff notes “higher levels of conflict” between panthers and humans and more “depredations”—panthers killing pets and livestock.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“As conflicts increase,” the presentation says, “social tolerance of panthers is strained.” A chart on panther population lists the “Maximum number that people will tolerate” and the “Minimum number to meet people’s desire.” The report blames the federal government—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – for giving the state too little flexibility in “managing” the panthers.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Florida might need a genuine debate on the panther’s status. I wonder, though, about a genuine debate happening on a commission that includes a rancher, a utility executive, a lawyer, a real estate investor, a vice president of an agriculture conglomerate, a construction company owner and a recycling/trash hauler owner. Some have received awards from conservation groups; none has an extensive background in conservation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It all reminds me of the continued push to “de-list” the manatee, a push that comes regularly from marine industries that don’t like “no-wake” zones. A false debate could turn a burgeoning success story into a reason to have fewer panthers.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Hospitals facing haircuts</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">With the Legislature’s approval last week of the new state budget, we see how much area hospitals will gain or lose in public money for treating Medicaid patients and the uninsured. Mostly, they will lose.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, which gives more free care than any other south-county facility, loses about $1.86 million. That’s not good, but it’s better than the loss of more than $7 million Bethesda once faced during the House-Senate-Gov. Scott health care dispute. Boca Raton Community Hospital will lose about $705,000.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Both are non-profits. West Boca and Delray medical centers are part of for-profit Tenet. They will lose almost a combined $3 million. St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, which provides more Medicaid and charity care than any coastal hospital, will get about $6 million more. Everyone agrees that the state still lacks a long-term solution on health care financing.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Dry spell<span>     </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Living in South Florida, with our average rainfall of 50-plus inches a year, it can be easy to think that drought is someone else’s problem—like Californians. We should remember, though, how quickly drought can come.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">May brought just half the normal rainfall—the smallest amount in seven years. According to the South Florida Water Management District, the rainy season begins around May 20 and lasts into mid-October. Fortunately, water levels throughout the district were at normal levels in May, giving us some cushion.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But the forecast is for a drier, hotter summer. Through June, we’ve had less than half our normal rainfall; for the year, we’ve had two-thirds of the normal amount. As of last week, according to the South Florida Water Management District, water levels in the conservation areas and Lake Okeechobee were acceptable. Without a pickup in rain, however, the dry season that begins in late October could be dangerously dry</p> <p><strong>About the auther<br></strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 23 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: June 23 to 29<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="218" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/castleinthesky.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Miyazaki!” retrospective</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $11.50</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Japan’s Hayao Miyazaki is one of a modern minority of animation auteurs—directors who leave their own indelible, individual stamp on their animated features. Often centering on determined young women, and regularly focusing on the struggles of pacifism in warlike environments, Miyazaki’s sensitive, intelligent masterworks have earned worldwide admiration, with Roger Ebert once suggesting that he may be the best animation director alive. Miyazaki has officially retired as of last year, but local audiences will have a chance to relive his greatest hits at this Coral Gables Art Cinema retrospective, which began last Friday and which continues through June 25. On Tuesday night, you can catch the adventure film “Castle in the Sky;” come back on Wednesday and Thursday for two of his rarest titles, the supernatural fantasy “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and the post-apocalyptic thriller “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/robotkingdom.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Japan’s Robot Kingdom”</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $9-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When television host Morgan Spurlock decided to spotlight robots on his CNN show “Inside Man” earlier this year, one destination was obvious: Japan. The robotics industry is larger in Japan than in any other nation in the world. It already employs a quarter of a million industrial robot workers, in fields as varied as security guards and domestic helpers to primary school teachers and fashion models (the latter are programmed to pout, among other settings). Japan’s robot revenue is expect to exceed $70 billion by 2025, but as this fun and illuminating exhibition at the Morikami illustrates, androids have been a part of the culture long before these practical applications became technology feasible. Robots have enjoyed a rich residence in the minds of Japanese science-fiction writers and film producers for many decades, and “Japan’s Robot Kingdom” promises to explore this multifaceted field in all directions, from its pop-culture past to its innovations of the future. Visitors can even meet Paro, the Morikami’s very own therapy robot. While you’re there, you can also check out the sister exhibition “Morikami Menagerie: Creatures in Japanese Art,” which explores the fantastic creatures that have permeated Japan’s folklore. The exhibitions run through Sept. 13.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/goingplaces.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Going Places”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12, free for children and members</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In today’s era of private jets, bullet trains, self-driving cars and—soon enough—private missions to Mars, it’s easy to take for granted the novel thrill of basic transportation in the mid-20<sup>th</sup> century. It was a period when trains evolved beyond the rickety steam engines that once connected east to west, when the automobile industry turned Detroit into Motor City, when commercial aviation made it accessible to see the world. Gregarious art collector Frederick Sharf and his wife Jean have long been obsessed with this particular transportation explosion, devoting a sizable chuck of their thousands of collectibles to this industrious period of travel history. Part-time Palm Beach residents and Norton trustees, the Sharfs will showcase their collection of more than 100 model cars, planes and trains at this edutaining exhibition, including concept cars, see-through model airplanes, light-up locomotives and my favorite name for a tether car, the spindizzy. The exhibition runs through Jan. 6, 2016.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lovitz121.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jon Lovitz</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $30 with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: <a>954/981-5653</a>, <a href=""></a></p> <p>This nasally voiced staple of the golden years of Saturday Night Live (1985-90) helped craft some of the series’ most memorable characters—Hanukkah Harry, the Master Thespian, and Tommy Flanagan of the Pathological Liars Anonymous. Since graduating from late-night glory, his career has been uneven but marked by cult sensations: the deadpan cartoon “The Critic,” the black comedy “Happiness,” the final season of “NewsRadio.” As a standup, along with his friend Dennis Miller, he’s dipped into political humor at the risk of alienating some of his fans, but the Improv will surely have no problem packing them in for this weekend’s tour, which arrives a few short months after Lovitz’s inevitable return to our area in November for the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/recommendation.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Recommendation”</strong></p> <p>Where: Artistic Vibes, 12986 S.W. 89th Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15 to $20, free for audiences members younger than 25</p> <p>Contact: <a>305/562-5849</a>, <a href=""></a></p> <p>Miami’s Ground Up and Rising only produces plays during the sweltering summer months, but attendees can rest assured that its productions will be intimate, confrontational explorations of hard-hitting issues, rather than the lighthearted fluff that is most often staged during the off-season. First up this summer is “The Recommendation,” a play set at a top college, where a privileged white student with connections all the way up to NHL great Wayne Gretzky shares a dorm with a striving middle-class student of Ethiopian heritage. This uneasy clash of race and class is further compounded when the wealthy student winds up in prison, this time sharing a holding cell with a repeat offender. As one critic of a previous production wrote, “what follows is a delicate, volatile interplay whose consequences end up echoing over a period of years.” It runs through July 12 at the Artistic Vibes black-box space, then moves to an outdoor run at Miami Beach Botanical Garden for two weekends of free performances. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/edp_spiritofamerica_so01215.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Spirit of America concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Kaye Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20–$42</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When Duke Ellington wrote his jazz symphony “Black, Brown and Beige” in 1943, he viewed the 50-minute composition as “a tone parallel to the history of the Negro in America,” from slave ships through emancipation and the Second World War. Ellington’s longest work is rarely performed in its entirety—which makes it instantly appealing to Klezmer Company Orchestra conductor Aaron Kula, who lays claim as the only South Florida bandleader to perform it. “I try to do pieces that are either not done very often or overlooked, but are still great compositions from the American orchestral heritage,” he says. “I haven’t done ‘Black, Brown and Beige’ in five years, and it’s a great orchestral work by a crossover composer. Like the ballet that brings back repertory pieces, I’m bring this back after four years, because people deserve to hear it again.” The Ellington piece is one of several highlights of the orchestra’s 10th annual Spirit of America concert, which features another rare gem—the overture from Gershwin’s musical “Girl Crazy”—as well as compositions from Joplin and the Tin Pan Alley jazz movement.</p> <p>SUNDAY AND MONDAY (JUNE 28-29)</p> <p><img alt="" height="410" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/everything-is-fine-crispin-glover-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Screenings of “It is Fine. Everything is Fine!” and “What is it?”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Often dubbed both madman and genius—terms that are certainly not mutually exclusive—Crispin Glover has cultivated an off-kilter persona unique among actors. His eccentricity has shone through nearly role he’s taken, from “Back to the Future” to “Willard” to “Alice in Wonderland.” It should come as no surprise that his work behind the camera, as co-director of these two features, is even more daring than his performances in front of it. “It is Fine! Everything is Fine!,” which screens Sunday night, is the offbeat, semi-autobiographical story of screenwriter Steven C. Stewart, whose cerebral palsy hasn’t diminished his psychosexual predilections. “What is It?,” which screens Monday, explores the psyche of a man with Down’s Syndrome as he obsesses over a pipe, salt and snails (actress Fairuza Balk voices a snail). Both need to be seen to be believed, both will be screened in their original (and rare) 35mm format, and both will be preceded by live hour-long slideshows with Glover himself, as he narrates in front of images of his own profusely illustrated books.</p>John ThomasonMon, 22 Jun 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsPBG Gets DIY Burger Joint on PGA<p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/counterburger.jpg" width="200">If you thought “gourmet” burgers had jumped the shark, well. . . don’t go in the water any time soon.</p> <p>Latest evidence is just-opened <strong>The Counter</strong> (3101 PGA Blvd., 561/557-8515), a DIY burger joint that made its debut last week in The Gardens mall in Palm Beach Gardens.</p> <p>With locations in 10 states (four in South Florida) and four foreign countries, plus plans for new Counters in spots from Arizona to Qatar, the L.A.-based burger chain isn’t kidding around. They also aren’t kidding about the DIY part of the burger experience, with a remarkable selection of cheeses, sauces and toppings to garnish your patty, which itself comes in multiple iterations on multiple styles of bun.</p> <p>We’re talking 16 different cheeses, from herbed goat to jalapeno jack. Almost two-dozen sauces from peanut to sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, not to mention 45 assorted toppings ranging from carrot strings and dried cranberries to black bean salsa and sunnyside-up egg. If that sounds too daunting, there’s also a roster of house burger combos, from New Orleans-style Italian (with olive salad, black forest ham and provolone) to a chili cheeseburger with pickled smoked jalapenos, along with burgers made with bison, turkey, chicken, tuna and veggies.</p> <p>And if that’s too daunting, there’s a selection of burger-based salads, sammies, appetizers, and fries and such, plus craft beers, wines, mixological cocktails and adult shakes. Ronald McDonald’s nose may burst into flames at any moment.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraMon, 22 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTheater Review: &quot;The Book of Liz&quot; at the Vanguard<p>“The Book of Liz,” a dry and fringe-y culture-clash comedy by Amy and David Sedaris, is, at its most high-minded, a play about the marriage between faith and commerce. At its most elemental, it’s about cheese balls, the woman who bakes them, and the lives thrown into tumult when she abandons her community.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/liz2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Running through June 28 at the Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale, “Liz” is set among an Amish-like commune, where devoted Sister Elizabeth Dunderstock (Christina Groom) has been whetting the appetites of her flock as well as neighboring towns with her traditional and smoky cheese balls: spheres of herby gouda whose mere mention invokes Pavlovian enchantment. But when visiting Brother Brightbee (Scott Douglas Wilson) deigns to learn the recipe and bake the balls himself—and the church’s leader, Reverend Tollhouse (Matt Stabile), agrees—an offended Liz seeks comfort, for the first time in her cloistered existence, in the outside world.</p> <p>At this point, the play is already strange, but life beyond the milk-cows and buggies is even more surreal. Liz’s first encounter is with a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant selling roadside nuts in a Mr. Peanut costume (Elena Maria Garcia), who promptly finds Liz a job waiting tables at a Mayflower-themed chain restaurant called Plymouth Crock, which happens to be staffed almost entirely by recovering alcoholics. Meanwhile, back home, Brightbee’s cheese balls flounder, exports plummet, and the community’s entire economy is at stake.</p> <p>The Sedaris’ vivid quirk is in full flower in the “The Book of Liz,” but rarely do these humorists of the NPR-cranking wine-and-cheese set achieve full-bodied guffaws. If the play is never boring, it’s also never particularly riveting; at 100 unbroken minutes, the play could have ended well before Liz’s circuitous path to enlightenment reached its emotional payoff, and I probably would have been fine with it.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/liz1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The reason “The Book of Liz” is worth your time is the tireless work from four deft comic actors at the top of their game, all of whom embody multiple characters like second, third and fourth skins. Under astute direction from Mark Duncan, they all have a blast finding character distinction around the fringes of the script. Wilson plays Brightbee as a constipated, suspender-clutching gasbag of voluminous girth, and he’s even funnier as a bitter Plymouth Crock server with a Valley Boy accent, who combs his hair with a fork and uses a knife as a mirror.</p> <p>Garcia, who appears in plays all too infrequently, reminds us why she’s one of the region’s most talented and rubbery performers, turning the potentially cut-and-dry business of falling onto a beanbag chair or lifting a butter churn into opportunities for inspired physical comedy. There’s no better moment in the “The Book of Liz” than when Garcia’s Sister Butterworth, the commune’s notorious gossip, is subjected to a blind taste-test of Brightbee’s cheese balls. The scene becomes a tour de force of wordless communication, a cascade of emotion that transitions from pleasure to discomfort to revulsion to utter despair.</p> <p>Stabile brings the right amount of faithful gravitas to Reverend Tollhouse, but he’s best when embodying the eternally upbeat manager of Plymouth Crock, an effeminate Alcoholics Anonymous espouser who fills out the restaurant’s reservation book with a peacock-feathered pen. Groom, whose character requires her to sweat profusely her entire time onstage (there’s a significant reason for it), plays her sheltered outsider with an infectiously cheerful naivety that hides an inner ferocity. She also makes a fine comic impression as Brother Hesikiah, a blind, wizened, hunchbacked member of the community who is given the insurmountable job of tea server.</p> <p>The scenic design, by Alyiece Moretto, consists mostly of a pair of giant patchwork quilts embroidered with symbols of the show. You tend to forget it’s there, but it’s an imaginative and subtle through-line for the show’s many scene changes. A final kudo goes out to the costumes and props, credited to Casey Dressler and Nicole Stodard, who selected mismatched shades of black for Wilson and Stabile’s wigs and beards—an early indicator that the world of “The Book of Liz” is more than a little off.</p> <p><em>“The Book of Liz” runs through June 28 at the Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35. Call 813/220-1546 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 19 Jun 2015 14:31:04 +0000 & EventsTheatreFashion Forward: all about accessories: from shoes to watches<p><strong><img alt="" height="590" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.19_sjp_shoes.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Strut like Carrie Bradshaw</strong></p> <p>Are you a “Sex and the City” fanatic? Do you wish you could be as stylish as Carrie Bradshaw? Well, now you can. Sarah Jessica Parker has released her NYC-inspired shoe collection, and this foot couture is exactly what you’ve been looking for to add a pop of color to your wardrobe. Shop Bloomingdale’s <a href=";cm_kws=sjp">online</a> to satisfy your SJP shoe fix, and look out for the official Bloomingdale’s launch party in September.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.19_tourneau.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Time to get a watch</strong></p> <p>Dad could use some new wrist candy this Father’s Day, and Tourneau is just the place to find it. In celebration of the company’s 115 years, Tourneau’s Friends and Family Event gives you 25% off select brands including Alpina, Baby-G, Ball, Baume &amp; Mercier, Citizen, Edifice, Frederique Constant, G-Shock, Hamilton and Longines. Shop in store <em>(175 Worth Ave., Palm Beach) </em>or <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11853/">online</a> using the promo code FFSE4103.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 19 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHabit Burger to Debut in Delray<p><img alt="" height="204" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/habitburger.jpg" width="200">One more way to feed our insatiable burger habit is the new <strong>Habit Burger</strong> (1801 S. Federal Hwy., 561/265-0934), which opens next Wednesday in the Delray Place shopping center just off Linton Boulevard.</p> <p>The Delray Habit is the first East Coast/South Florida location for the California-based chain, which operates 115 burger joints in four western states. It’s part of an ambitious expansion plan said to add several more Habits in South, Central and West Coast Florida cities in the coming year.</p> <p>Following in the footsteps of other “fast casual” eateries like Chipotle, Habit touts its fresh, high-quality foods prepared on-premises, from never-frozen burgers grilled over an open flame to fresh-made salads and dressings to trans-fat-free fries and onion rings.</p> <p>In addition to several styles of “Charburgers,” from teriyaki to avocado and cheese, there are also sammies made with house-marinated chicken and tri-tip, plus line-caught tuna, along with side and entree-sized salads. Habits also feature a complimentary condiment bar where diners can jazz up their burgers and sandwiches.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 19 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsStaff Picks: tasty and thrilling<p>Monet Cafe</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.19_monet_cafe_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Margaret Shuff, Publisher</em></p> <p>“Looking for authentic and delicious French cuisine in a funky location? Try Monet Cafe located in the Garden Shops of Boca!  Chef Jean Louis has been plying his trade for fifty years, and Boca has enjoyed his talent for the past 25! From homemade pâté to ethereal crepes to homemade soups with Crunchy French bread, Monet Cafe has it all. It's only open for lunch, so get your table early because his tasty offerings keep this small space full. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.”</p> <p><em>(</em><em><a href=""><strong>monetcafe</strong></a></em> <em>// 7040 W. Palmetto Park Rd. #3 // 561/368-1740)</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p>Mr. Robot</p> <p><img alt="" height="726" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.19_mr_robot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Web Department</em></p> <p>“An amazing new series from a network that usually plays it safe. Mr. Robot is a psychological thriller about a young IT professional who is a vigilante hacker by night. The series officially premieres June 24th, but the pilot is available on YouTube: <a href="">MR. ROBOT: Full Pilot Episode (New USA Original Series)</a>”</p> <p> </p> <p>Happy Hour at Truluck’s</p> <p> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.24_trulucks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by John Shuff, Contributing Writer</em></p> <p>“If you want to kick off the weekend with gusto, try the happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Truluck’s in Mizner Park. It’s the best place to be in Boca between those hours, where the yummy small plates range between $6 and $10 and the booze is half price. You can’t go wrong. It not a one-off experience. Once you go, you will return again and again.”</p> <p><em>(<a href=""></a> // 351 W. Plaza Real // 561/391-0755)</em></p> <p> </p>magazineFri, 19 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 student district underway, Boca&#39;s budget gains &amp; Atlantic Crossing&#39;s traffic issues<h3><img alt="" height="166" src="/site_media/uploads/fau2.jpg" width="343"></h3> <h3>FAU Student District</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly wants everything done yesterday. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie believes that one of Kelly’s priorities will take more like a year, which probably is a good thing.</p> <p>Kelly wants very much to create a student-centric district along 20<sup>th</sup> Street to Dixie Highway, in the process creating a new “gateway” entrance to the university. Though most people now reach FAU from Glades Road to the south, the eastern entrance once was the main gateway to the property. Kelly has said often that unlike other universities where he has worked there is no distinctive neighborhood adjoining FAU, such as High Street next to Ohio State University.</p> <p>Boca Raton officials also like the idea. Last week, Mayor Susan Haynie attended a presentation at FAU’s Ritter Art Galley of student renderings for what the area could look like. The students, Haynie said in an interview, <br> “have a very exciting vision.” She was glad to see that FAU envisions a district only one block south and north of Dixie. “I would have had pause,” Haynie said, “if they had wanted to go farther.” Also, the work by some of FAU’s architecture and urban planning students presumes nothing higher than three-story buildings.</p> <p>Haynie also was very impressed—and I agree—with the amount of research and outreach the students conducted. Frank Schnidman, of FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, told me that the students know all the property owners in the potential district and the relevant mortgage information. They asked property owners to attend last week’s presentation, and some did. Because of what the students did, the city has a head start.</p> <p>From here, though, the city has to lead. Creating the district will require land-use and zoning changes. Haynie told me Wednesday that the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council will provide the city with a cost estimate for a study of the 20<sup>th</sup> Street corridor. The study could suggest some “zoning scenarios” for what most likely would be retail and residential geared toward students. The transportation portion of the study would be paid for through the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The city would pay for other items, such as zoning. The city council would have to approve the planning council’s proposal.</p> <p>The University Park apartment complex recently opened on 20<sup>th</sup> Street. Jerry’s Pizza and the nearby Jimmy John’s and Dunkin Donuts franchises obviously would continue to fit in any new design for the corridor. Some property owners, however, could be wary. The city, Haynie said, plans a “very significant public outreach and community involvement.” Haynie also believes that FAU should be responsible for policing.</p> <p>Kelly sees the 20<sup>th</sup> Street district as part of his effort to make FAU more of a traditional campus, and Schnidman said it’s also part of a wider effort to create a better relationship between the university and the city. FAU hired Kelly from Clemson, which <em>Princeton Review</em> just ranked as having the best “town-gown” relationship of any college in the country. Schnidman compared FAU to a “medieval town with a moat around it,” referring to the El Rio Canal. With a better relationship, he said, more city residents would know about, and come to movies at FAU’s Living Room Theaters, culture events and football games.</p> <p>Twentieth Street, Schnidman acknowledged, “is not going to be Harvard Square.” But Haynie and other city leaders agree with Kelly that the project has great potential benefits for FAU and Boca Raton. Investors already are checking out the area. Ideally, Haynie said, the city could be ready to vote on ordinances in a year. If the benefits come, even the famously impatient Kelly will consider the wait to have been worth it.</p> <h3>Jupiter’s biotech program</h3> <p>Unfortunately, FAU will have to wait at least a year on another priority: a building at the Jupiter campus for the new biotech program.</p> <p>Though legislators stuck many pet projects into the new state budget, FAU’s appropriation didn’t make it. FAU will continue to recruit students for the program, which the university will run in conjunction with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute. According to a Palm Beach County lobbyist, FAU did get $3.5 million from the state toward operating expenses for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. And at today’s Board of Governors meeting, FAU hopes to recover the rest of the $7 million it lost for poor performance in the 2013-14 academic year.</p> <h3>How Boca fared in the budget</h3> <p>Boca Raton did better than FAU in the last-minute—they’re always last-minute_budget negotiations.</p> <p>The city got $1.7 million toward beach renourishment from south of Red Reef Park to the Boca Raton Inlet. According to Assistant City Manager Mike Woika, the project is scheduled for this winter. Renourishment of the section to the north was completed this year.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>You could sense frustration Tuesday as Delray Beach city commissioners listened to a presentation from representatives of Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>The developers are proposing a new site plan that would return an access road to the two-square-block project from Federal Highway. The road, first called Atlantic Court, would help relieve traffic on Atlantic Avenue. Atlantic Court was in the original site plan, but then wasn’t when the commission approved it in January 2014. The road does remain on the plat.</p> <p>Only one commissioner, Al Jacquet, remains from the commission that in December 2012 approved Atlantic Crossing. Jacquet voted against it. This commission doesn’t much like Atlantic Crossing, but is stuck with it.</p> <p>As the presenter ran animated traffic simulations, you could see why residents of neighborhoods south of Atlantic Avenue and east across the bridge worry so much about traffic backing up on Atlantic. One speaker during public comment noted, correctly, that starting in 2017 All Aboard Florida trains will force 32 more gate closings at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks about three blocks west of the project. Another commented that most people will enjoy Atlantic Crossing, but those living nearby will “get screwed.” The new road will help, but no one on the commission said that it will be a big help.</p> <p>Rather than choose either version of the road proposed by the developers, the commission will ask for guidance from a traffic engineer. Because the road would be a minor modification, Mayor Cary Glickstein believes that by August or September the developers could obtain certification of the new site plan, final plat approval and approval of a development agreement.</p> <p>Shelly Petrolia summed up the commission sentiment by saying that while she doesn’t like the overall outcome—the size of Atlantic Crossing—getting the road back is “a victory,” which she credits to civic nagging by residents. Jarjura also probably is right that the developers must manage the flow of traffic from the garages. “We are making,” Glickstein said, “the best of the tough hand we were dealt.”</p>Randy SchultzThu, 18 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: The War on Drugs at Fillmore Miami Beach<p>Midway through the set of the Everymen, the opening act for the War on Drugs’ summer tour, I must admit I was a little worried. The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater felt cavernously open, with few seats occupied and a smattering of fans huddled near the stage. Could this really be the turnout for the band that released what many believe to be the best album of 2014?</p> <p>This turned out to be much ado about nothing. Once the lights dimmed at about 10 minutes after 9, and the band approached the stage backed by a mystical ambient overture, I was pleased as peach to see that I was standing in the midst of a packed and rabid house. Not only could the War on Drugs now fill a room the size of the Fillmore; they <em>needed</em> a stage like the Fillmore’s. Their appearance last night was a genuine production: Diffuse beams of light sliced through an atmospheric haze, while a series of identical abstract panels spread out behind the band like concave dominoes, shifting colors when appropriate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/1933_hr_mu-war-on-drugs.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Yet the group betrayed its humble, lower-fi origins in its workmanlike performance, which eschewed rock-star bombast. Ever the bedroom folkie, frontman Adam Granduciel performed with eyes closed and downcast, though he certainly seemed to be in a better emotional place than he was when he conceived last year’s breakthrough masterpiece “Lost in the Dream.” He didn’t say much, but this being his first Miami performance, he lauded the city by considering it “one of the nicest places in America, for sure.”</p> <p>Visiting the Fillmore, it’s easy to agree with him. As usual, the venue’s sound mix was always solid and sometimes perfect, with nearly every instrument clear and identifiable. The saxophone seemed too buried to make out most of the time, but I’m sure I processed it on a subconscious level.</p> <p>It should come as no surprise that selections from “Lost in the Dream” dominated the set list, including a run of seven tunes in a row. Influences of other bands, whether overt or incidental, could be heard live as much as on record; the rollicking rouser “Red Eyes” still sounds like a lost Arcade Fire song, and “Eyes to the Wind” sounds more like Bob Dylan than Bob Dylan does. But for me, that song was perhaps the show’s blissful apex, a height it shared with the delicate, twangy, beautiful title track of “Lost in the Dream.” “Under the Pressure” was another visceral knockout, a song that meandered toward a hypnotic void before jolting us back to consciousness, like a lion woken from slumber.</p> <p>The War on Drugs has evolved considerably since its 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, a more ragged and witty album than the recent material, and Granduciel threw us a couple of bones from it, along with four from 2011’s “Slave Ambient.” The older songs, performed an ethereal sheen, sounded completely of a piece with the newer material, losing themselves in the dream.</p> <p>SET LIST</p> <ol> <li>Burning</li> <li>Arms Like Boulders</li> <li>Lost in the Dream</li> <li>An Ocean in Between the Waves</li> <li>Disappearing</li> <li>Red Eyes</li> <li>Eyes to the Wind</li> <li>Under the Pressure</li> <li>In Reverse</li> <li> Your Love is Calling My Name</li> </ol> <p>ENCORE</p> <ol> <li>Come to the City</li> <li>Best Night</li> <li>Comin’ Through</li> <li>Buenos Aires Beach</li> </ol>John ThomasonWed, 17 Jun 2015 16:36:26 +0000 & EventsMusicBreakfast the right way<p><strong><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.17_oatmeal.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Mistake 1: You aren’t drinking plain hot water 30 minutes before your breakfast.</strong></p> <p>One of the best things you can do for your overall health is to move your lymphatic system by drinking plain hot water first thing in the morning. No tea, no lemon, no honey. Nada.</p> <p>By drinking plain hot water, you stimulate your lymphatic system without waking up your digestive system. This way you help your body clean house before it spends energy on anything else. Simply boil 16 to 32 ounces of plain water, pour into a cup and drink as you would drink coffee or tea. This easy technique can also help you go to the bathroom without any caffeine stimulation. You can start your main breakfast 30 to 40 minutes after you finish your water.</p> <p> <strong>Mistake 2: You’re having a one-course breakfast instead of two.</strong></p> <p>The word breakfast has two meanings – an action of breaking a fast and a type of food.  This is why I recommend making your first meal a two-course ritual.</p> <p>The first course of your breakfast should be about breaking the fast. This is the time when your digestive track is empty and your system can focus on absorbing nutrients. I suggest beginning you breakfast with something that will provide your body with a plethora of vitamins and enzymes as well as stimulate your liver to gently detox. For your first course, try:</p> <p><strong>Green juice</strong> – rich in liver-loving nutrients and blood-purifying chlorophyll</p> <p><strong>Shot of powdered greens with water</strong> – full of essential nutrients and rich in chlorophyll</p> <p><strong>Beet and lemon juice</strong> – great for liver health</p> <p><strong>Chia and lemon water</strong> – helps to gently detox the liver and cleanse the colon</p> <p><strong>Green apple</strong> – rich in fiber and pectin</p> <p><strong>Bowl of watermelon</strong> - stimulates lymph system and cleanses the colon (I suggest waiting 30 minutes after the watermelon to eat your second course).</p> <p>Once your digestive system is turned on, wait a little bit and ask yourself what you’re craving that will give you prolonged energy. For your second course, I suggest focusing on stimulating foods. One day it may be a green smoothie or a big fruit salad. Another morning you may find oatmeal or pasture-raised eggs most satisfying and energizing. The key here is to listen to your body and choose foods that it’s asking for.</p> <p><strong>Mistake 3: Your breakfast is the smallest meal of your day.</strong></p> <p>By having a small breakfast and trying to “save” calories, you can actually deprive yourself from much-needed energy and end up having strong sugar cravings later in the afternoon. Remember the good old’ saying: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper?” It holds a lot of truth. Your digestive system is stronger in the morning because it has rested through the night, so it can process and assimilate nutrients more efficiently than when it has been working all day.</p> <p>When you indulge in a big breakfast, you not only nourish your body with long-lasting energy. You acknowledge that you deserve to eat food that your very smart body craves. You take your power back. When you say “Yes!” to yourself and nourish each and every cell with high-quality nutrition, you are setting yourself up for a day of energy, abundance and health!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" 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=""></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 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 static about statin medications<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Controversies surrounding statin medication use are being played out in the news, leaving people who have borderline or high cholesterol confused about whether or not they should be taking the cholesterol-lowering medications. I’ve asked one local expert, who has done substantial research on the topic, to put statin use in perspective for Fit Life readers. </p> <p>Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, researcher, physician, professor and senior academic adviser to the dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, coauthored an editorial in the May 2015 issue of the scientific journal “Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine.” In it, Hennekens refers to the latest body of evidence to help guide physicians in their use of statins for treating unhealthy cholesterol levels in patients.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.17_charles_hennekens.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Here’s what Hennekens had to say:</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> Statins have been in the news lately as being overprescribed. Could you comment?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> The facts are that statins have net benefits from the highest risk patient who has had an occlusion in the heart or brain to the low risk subjects previously thought to not require the drug. In this wide range of [people], there is still underutilization of statins, which produce statistically significant and clinically important reductions in heart attacks and strokes, as well as deaths, from cardiovascular causes and total mortality.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> The role of cholesterol in heart disease also seems to be evolving. Do you believe it is cholesterol or inflammation that clogs the arteries?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> Atherosclerosis is the principal underlying cause and thrombosis [blood clots] is the principal proximate cause of occlusions in the heart or brain. Almost one in two men and women will die from these causes. In lay terms, inflammation initiates the damage and deposition of lipid in the plaques of the arteries and promotes the damage leading to a heart attack or occlusive stroke.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> In a recent FAU press release, you address that clinicians should consider the ‘totality of evidence, which includes the entire risk profile of the patient as well as the benefits and risks of the drug’ when deciding whether to prescribe statins. Could you give me a real-world example of how clinicians should look at a person’s risk profile and benefits/risks of using statins?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> Most risk calculators do not include such factors as obesity and physical inactivity. Thus, a patient who is a borderline candidate for a statin based on the risk calculator, who is obese and physically inactive, has a much higher actual risk than predicted. Further, most of the data, such as the landmark Framingham Heart Study, comprise middle class white populations, so blacks and Hispanics are also likely to have higher actual than predicted risks. Finally, family history of a premature event doubles the risk beyond the risk calculator prediction.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> Are there strict definitions on what constitutes high cholesterol? Is it the ratio? The LDL? The particle size?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> There are over 210,000 subjects randomized to statins and treated, ranging from the highest risk secondary prevention patients to lowest risk primary prevention subjects.  In these trials, there is no threshold for LDL below which statins do not confer a net incremental benefit.  These trials include placebo control as well as more versus less intensive statins. Thus, other modalities such as particle size may help clinicians who are not sure of what to do based on all the available evidence but, for the vast majority of subjects, LDL will suffice.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> How much impact can diet have on cholesterol lowering? And are there some people with genetically high cholesterol who are immune to the benefits from diet?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> Therapeutic lifestyle changes should be the mainstay of the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, and diet is extremely important. The good news is that a proper diet can lower LDL by 30 to 40 percent. The bad news is that in clinical practice, a five percent lowering is usually achieved, creating the need for adjunctive therapy with a statin as the first-line drug for virtually all [patients] who require drug therapy.</p> <p><strong>Fit Life:</strong> Finally, what is one piece of advice you can offer my readers who are in their middle ages, reasonably fit and might have mildly high cholesterol? Should they jump on the statin bandwagon or ask specific questions before starting on the drugs?</p> <p><strong>Hennekens:</strong> The bad news is that most people prefer the prescription of pills to the proscription of unhealthy life styles. The good news is that a proper diet and increased physical activity will avoid the need for statins in many [people]. It is also true, however, that the statin will provide lifesaving benefits, even to those who do not practice the therapeutic lifestyle changes. The good news is that the U.S. is experiencing its greatest life expectancy ever. The bad news is that in the last decade, it is largely due to better living through chemistry, which means the judicious use of statins, aspirin, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and receptor blockers, as well as beta-blockers. If you consume a healthy Mediterranean type diet, lose weight, increase daily activity to about a 20-minute brisk walk, avoid or stop smoking, control blood pressure and lipids and avoid or keep alcohol consumption to one drink per day, the quality and quantity of your life will be increased. </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, 17 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyDining Destinations for Dear Old Dad<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/brew-fathers-day.jpg" width="200">You treated Mom to a meal out on her special day. (You did, didn’t you?) Now it’s time to do the same for Dad on his. (Just so you don’t blow it, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21.) Here’s a list of local restaurants that will help you celebrate. . .</p> <p>At <strong>Tanzy</strong> (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) next to Boca’s high-tech iPic Theater they’re offering Dad a beer ‘n’ burger deal. For $19 he can chow down on the restaurant’s Boca Burger, 10 ounces of Angus beef, wood-grilled and topped with applewood-smoked bacon, smoked gouda, tomato and arugula on toasted rosemary focaccia. Also included is a flight of four beers, just in case Dad can’t make up his mind.</p> <p>Another beer sampler is on the Father’s Day menu at <strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong> (900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343). The view-rich Delray eatery will be pouring a flight of four different brewskis for $5, plus an array of half-priced drink specials from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dad can also check out the new menu from recently arrived chef (and <em>Hell’s Kitchen</em> winner) Paul Niedermann.</p> <p>A recent arrival in Palm Beach Gardens is <strong>The Cooper</strong> (4610 PGA Blvd., 561/622-0032), an artfully rustic farm-to-table restaurant. Bring Dad in for a meal on Father’s Day and he’ll get a $25 food voucher to use on a return visit. That way if he didn’t get to try The Cooper’s zatar-rubbed Faroe Island salmon, 16 oz. Delmonico steak or East Coast seafood cioppino the first go-round, he’ll get the chance on the rebound.</p> <p>If Dad’s a serious Brew Dude, take him to one of the coolest joints in South Florida. That would be <strong>Sybarite Pig</strong> (20642 State Road 7, 561/883-3200), Daniel Naumko’s edgy little spot in the wilds of West Boca. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. he’ll be dishing up a $27 prix fixe meal of Southern fried chicken with Hellswine gravy, biscuits, smoked collard greens, blackberry cobbler and some special craft beers.</p> <p>On the other hand, if Dad’s a more dress-up kinda guy, there’s always <strong>Cafe Boulud </strong>(301 Australian Ave., 561/655-6060) at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach. Chef Rick Mace is offering a three-course brunch for $36 per person from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On the “Exploration of Florida BBQ” menu are locally raised grilled meats with house-made papaya barbecue sauce. There’s also an array of a la carte specials, and the restaurant will be serving its regular menu for dinner.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 16 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsIn Delray, more talk about Atlantic Crossing and Uptown projects<h3><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/aa_vp_thumb.jpg" width="323"></h3> <h3>On the road again</h3> <p>There’s no backup material for Tuesday’s 5 p.m. special Delray Beach City Commission meeting on Atlantic Crossing, but here’s a reasonably informed look at what the city and the developers hope to get out of the meeting and how it could happen.</p> <p>The city wants the developers to put back into the project a road that would help with traffic. That road, Atlantic Court, was not in the revised site plan that the commission approved in January 2014. The developers apparently are willing to restore the road, and have put it into a revised site plan, which they have shown to some commissioners. But the developers don’t want to start over the approval process on the site plan. That would take time, and they already have an approved plan, even if some commissioners believe that the developers slipped that approval past them without adequate notice.</p> <p>So what to do? Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, who is a land-use lawyer, said Delray Beach has no “mechanism” in its code—as some cities do—for amending an approved site plan. The developers, though, could change the plan. But they first would want to hear what the public thought about their proposals.</p> <p>At regular city meetings, public comment comes at the beginning. Under the format of the special meeting, comment will follow the developers’ presentation. Having a meeting solely about Atlantic Crossing, Jarjura said, “will make it as transparent as possible,” which is important because “there’s been so much distrust.”</p> <p>True enough. Atlantic Crossing was rushed to approval in December 2012 under outgoing City Manager David Harden. The justified criticism remains that the mixed-use project is too big for the two blocks west of the Intracoastal Waterway on the north side of Atlantic Avenue. Mayor Cary Glickstein believes that the project effectively will cut off Veterans Park. The project would not get approved today.</p> <p>Nothing about the height and density, though, will change. If the city tried to change the project, a lawsuit would follow, and the city would lose. Delray Beach only can hope to make Atlantic Crossing more compatible. Thus the road.</p> <p>Originally, Atlantic Court was seen as providing two-way access from Federal Highway. Commissioner Mitch Katz said the plan developers showed him would allow drivers to go west on Atlantic Court from anywhere in the project, but that drivers entering from the east could go only to the parking garage. Katz said he was skeptical of the change, but now agrees with the developers.</p> <p>Katz said he’s “disappointed” that the developers didn’t make the proposal available on the Atlantic Crossing website before the meeting. “Based on the emails I’m getting,” the public will get its first look today. It also isn’t ideal that some seasonal residents—who might be some of the project’s biggest critics—will be out of town.</p> <p>Still, after all the division over Atlantic Crossing, if the commissioners, the developers and the public can come to reasonable agreement on a site plan, the meeting will have been a success.</p> <h3>And Uptown…</h3> <p>After discussing Atlantic Crossing, which is at one end of Atlantic Avenue, the Delray Beach City Commission will discuss a major project at the other end of Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>That would be Uptown Atlantic. Like Atlantic Crossing, it’s a mixed-use project: 112 rental apartments, 17,200 square feet of office space, a 6,250-square foot restaurant and 44,000 square feet of commercial and retail development. It is proposed for the three blocks just east of the new Fairfield Inn on West Atlantic.</p> <p>To some, Uptown Atlantic sounds too much like the Delray Beach of the recent past, when the commission gave extra height and density—known as conditional uses—seemingly based more on politics than on what might help the city. Uptown Atlantic seeks a conditional use approval for 18 residential units per acre—a 50 percent increase. The new Land Development Regulations for the Central Business District prohibit such conditional approvals.</p> <p>Uptown Atlantic, however, was proposed before the city made projects subject to the new regulations. According to the staff report, Uptown Atlantic would generate a lot of traffic—3,000 trips per day. The report also notes that the project is “inconsistent with the objectives and policies” of the city’s comprehensive plan and land-use rules. It would back up to a traditional, single-family neighborhood. There may be setback issues.</p> <p>Yet Delray Beach has made redevelopment of West Atlantic a priority. The project would displace some old buildings and fill in some vacant lots. The staff report adds that Uptown Atlantic could lead to other redevelopment south of the project, which would help to “fulfill the city’s needs in terms of housing.” In May, the Planning and Zoning Board unanimously recommended approval. I’m guessing that the commission will agree.</p> <h3>One step closer to Houston’s</h3> <p>Boca Raton may soon enter the next stage of the effort to put a Houston’s restaurant on the old Wildflower property.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie told me Monday that ordinances to allow the restaurant could come before the city council at its next meeting in late July, with public hearings to come in August. “There supposedly is a site plan,” Haynie said. The council would have to approve a site plan and a lease agreement for the city-owned property with Hillstone Restaurant Group. A study is underway to determine traffic solutions for the Northeast Fifth Avenue/Palmetto Park Road intersection. The restaurant would be on the northeast corner of that intersection, along the Intracoastal.</p> <h3>Congress caves</h3> <p>Last week, this area’s congressional representatives caved to organized labor and cast a vote that could hurt the United States.</p> <p>The issue was President Obama’s request for fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel, both Democrats, voted against the measure. It had passed the Senate. The political story was that so many Democrats denied the president a legacy victory. The important story is that the House—if the vote stands—reduced American influence in Asia at a time when we need a heightened presence to counter China.</p> <p>The argument from unions is that the deal would cost the U.S. more manufacturing jobs. The sad reality is that even after 63 straight months of job growth, we have not replaced all of the factory jobs the economy lost during the recession. America’s growing industries rely on intellectual property, which the Chinese regularly steal. The Trans-Pacific Partnership—among 12 Pacific Rim nations—would strengthen the fight against such piracy, among other benefits. The deal would not include China.</p> <p>Deutch’s seat is as safe as any in Congress. Frankel has a near lock on hers. Neither would need to worry about a primary challenge in 2016 from the left. Voting for the trade deal would have been good policy and safe politics.</p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>              </p>Randy SchultzTue, 16 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: June 16 to 22<p>TUESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/lanaregs-846.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lana Del Rey</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32-$160.60</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This charismatic singer-songwriter from New York has strayed a long way from her singing origins, as the teenage cantor of her church choir. These days, the music of Del Rey—born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant—would scandalize all but the most liberal religious institutions. Her sound, which lays entrancing, melancholic vocals atop hip-hop beats, has led to her designation as a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and “Lolita lost in the ‘hood,” the latter speaking volumes about her sexualized, visually seductive videos. Her music is steeped in film noir and beat poetry, and her persona suggests the kind of leggy, dangerous dame most pulp detectives would benefit from resisting. The inclusion of Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” was the best thing about Baz Luhrmann’s shallow “Great Gatsby” remake; at her first South Florida concert, expect to hear that as well as such Billboard smashes as “Summertime Sadness,” “West Coast” and “Born to Die”—the latter boasting a staggering 183 million YouTube views.</p> <p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6310241144_e2d1464660.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: The War on Drugs</strong></p> <p>Where: The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $27.50</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The War on Drugs do not make music for the instantly gratified. Their songs, especially on their astonishing 2014 LP “Lost in the Dream,” take a few listens, a quality set of headphones, and the capacity to lose yourself within them to fully appreciate. The album’s shortest song is just over four minutes; most clock in at around seven minutes of heavenly bliss, living wistfully on the folky, spacy border of Americana and psych-rock. The album was wrought from a soul-searching period in frontman Adam Granduciel’s life in which he contemplated suicide, ended a long-term relationship, quit smoking and drinking, and nearly quit eating. The result is a painstaking masterpiece that is both progressive and nostalgic, and a number of esteemed publications named it the No. 1 album of the year. We’re still hoping to hear a good deal of tunes from their previous albums as well, including the Dylan-influenced “Slave Ambient” and the eccentric folk rock of “Wagonwheel Blues.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/arn-radio-650x440.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Maltese Falcon”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$30</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it was published in 1929, Dashiell Hammett’s <em>The Maltese Falcon</em> established many of the archetypes we associate with noir fiction: gritty atmosphere, terse and pulpy diction and dialogue, and characters like the jaded detective protagonist and the leggy femme fatale with a secret. In the film adaptation, which many cite as one of the greatest examples of the classical Hollywood art form, Humphrey Bogart epitomized the quintessential noir gumshoe Sam Spade. Of course, not everyone had the luxury of visiting cinemas back in 1941, and the novel’s inevitable radio adaptation debuted in 1943. Local audiences can revisit this period of audio inspiration at the latest installment of Arts Garage’s increasingly popular Arts Radio Network series. Professional actors, scripts in hands, will take on the shadowy thriller, supplemented by vintage, handcrafted sound effects.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/2db77e5bf-b62e-e363-d4042a6344943afb.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Into the Woods”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Following on the heels of a sensational film adaptation in 2014 and a respectable Miami production earlier this year, Stephen Sondheim’s ambitious fairy-tale mash-up receives another run on the woodsy boards courtesy of Delray troupe Entr’acte Theatrix. The inventive narrative imagines characters from Brothers Grimm stories, including Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, converging in a magical woodland of possibility, all of them questing for different objects, brighter futures and reversed spells. The first act, while representing a choreographic handful, is inherently charming; it’s the darker second act that is more difficult to master. Let’s hope Entr’acte is up to the challenge in this limited production that closes June 28.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/iran_5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “About Elly”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The best movie, so far, of 2015 was actually filmed in 2009 in its native Iran, only to be stuck in distribution hell for six years. Asghar Farhadi, the auteur behind the Academy Award-winning drama “A Separation,” crafted this brilliantly ambiguous ensemble mystery set at a seaside holiday retreat. A group of old friends and their children have gathered for some R&amp;R along with one wild card—a teacher who may or may not be single, brought along to meet a lonely fifth wheel. But when a child nearly drowns in the ocean, it sets off a narrative pivot that turns this genial comedy into a tragedy. Old wounds reopen and cultural biases crash to the forefront, along with the ceaseless waves of the nearby ocean. “About Elly” opened in Coral Gables back in May, in a super-limited South Florida run; don’t miss its encore run here in Boca.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="234" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/app-phillip-phillips-1170x658-650x380.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lauderdale Live</strong></p> <p>Where: Huizenga Plaza, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $39.50-$299.50</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in 2013, Lauderdale Live was the best music festival that nobody knew about. The outdoor, downtown Fort Lauderdale event attracted names as varied as Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis, the Indigo Girls and Shovels &amp; Rope. Yet with a timid marketing campaign and poor timing (it ran in December, concurrently with Art Basel), audience response was underwhelming. After taking a year off to recuperate and change promoters, Lauderdale Live is rebooting this weekend as a summer festival, boasting an artist lineup of alternative rock and adult-contemporary powerhouses. Saturday will feature best-selling roots-rocker Phillip Phillips, singer-songwriter Ben Rector and American Idol winner Kris Allen, among others; Sunday will welcome eclectic cult rockers O.A.R., venerable pop-rockers Sister Hazel, “The Voice” heartthrob Luke Wade and New Orleans staple Dumpstaphunk.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/haiti_photography_art-museum-fort-lauderdale-1-1030x690.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography”</strong></p> <p>Where: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8-$12</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The title of this potentially illuminating survey of Haitian photography, “From Within and Without,” speaks to the breadth of images on display—some from native Haitians shooting within their borders, others from internationally acclaimed photojournalists and artists who have descended on the country to document ancient traditions and modern disasters. Curated by Haitian-American artist Edouard Duval-Carrie and featuring 350 works from the late 19<sup>th</sup> century to present day, the exhibit’s mix of documentary, commercial and official state photography includes vodou priests and elegant mansions, street-level poverty and the devastating rubble of post-earthquake life. What emerges through all of them is that the oldest nation in the western hemisphere is a unique, inextinguishable land that perseveres from every challenge thrown its way.</p>John ThomasonMon, 15 Jun 2015 16:02:45 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsGuy Fieri&#39;s Burger Joint Opens at Coral Sky<p><img alt="" height="215" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/363x390xguysburgerjoint.png.pagespeed.ic.360plvkbvk.png" width="200">A little slice of Flavortown has opened at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre (ne: Cruzan).</p> <p>That would be <strong>Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint</strong>, a walk-up concession featuring the Electric Haired One’s custom burgers and fries at the West Palm concert venue. One small part of the host of <em>Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’</em> rapidly expanding restaurant empire, the local Burger Joint is part of an effort by Coral Sky operator Live Nation to expand the range of food and drink at their various locations.</p> <p>The menu is limited to a handful of burgers and hand-cut fries, from the basic Plain Jane patty to the Real Cheezy Burger, which gilds the essential patty with S.M.C. (Super Melty Cheese), L.T.O.P. (Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle) and Donkey Sauce (“Jacked up secret mayo sauce”), all slapped together on a garlic roll.</p> <p>Having eaten at Fieri’s Tex Wasabi’s eatery in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif., I can say with certitude that, as a chef, the Triple-D Dude is an excellent TV star.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 15 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsInstagram Updates<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.8_kendra_scott_instagram_contest.png" width="490"></p> <p>Are you following @bocamag on Instagram? Don’t miss out on our latest Instagram contest giveaway. Simply like the picture, comment your name and tag a friend in your comment for the chance to win some beautiful <a href="">Kendra Scott</a> jewelry for both of you. The contest will end on June 30. <em>(Must be able to pick up jewelry from our office.)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.13_hash_tags.png" width="490"></em></p> <p>Also look out for our new hash tags on Instagram and add them to your picture captions too. At the end of each month, we’ll repost our favorites.</p>magazineSat, 13 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000;s Least Favorite Danish Art<p><img alt="" height="459" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/warhorses2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Metaphorically, Asger Jorn was a bomb-thrower. His art and his opinions challenged cultural norms at a time they needed to be challenged, as the Nazi regime was beginning to take a foothold in Germany and beyond. From his perch as one of Denmark’s most radical modern artists, he defended kitsch by famously stating “the great work of art is a complete banality,” in effect beating Warhol to the punch by at least a decade. Even in 1933, he was upending establishments, publishing a book titled “Blasphemous Christmas Songs.”</p> <p>The public didn’t appreciate Jorn during his time—such is the fate of the counterculture innovator—and he didn’t sell much art. A documentary about his life is pointedly titled “Go to Hell With Your Money!”</p> <p>But more importantly, from a historical perspective, is that Hitler very much despised the ambiguity, the primitive imagery, and the flaunting of realist traditions in the art that Jorn and his Danish compatriots were creating in wartime Europe. To the art world, the “Helhesten” movement—named after a journal Jorn and colleagues published, which in turn is based on a Hellish symbol of a horse from Danish folklore—was an important flowering of abstraction and anti-realism that exploded concurrently with the rise of abstraction expressionism in the United States. For the Nazis, it was “degenerate art.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="565" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/warhorses3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The NSU Art Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale happens to possess a trove of Danish art from pre- to postwar periods, and its current exhibition “War Horses: Helhesten and the Danish Avant-Garde During World War II” picks up where last year’s “Spirit of Cobra” show left off. Or, rather, it’s a prequel: The Cobra movement of experimental Scandinavian art rose from the ashes of the short-lived Helhesten. For those who remember the museum’s “Cobra” show, this one may feel like a bit of déjà vu; some of the artworks repeat, and like most revisitations of similar themes, it lacks the eye-opening sense of discovery that “Cobra” proffered.</p> <p>But what endures, compellingly, throughout “War Horses,” is the idea of an artistic community finding its identity. The artists in the “Helhesten” movement numbered at least baker’s dozen—their most famous exhibition, recreated in this exhibition, is titled “13 Artists in a Tent”—and their disparate temperaments pulled the work in opposing directions. Some favored pure abstraction, others integrated figures; some loaded their work with overt antiwar symbolism, others sidestepped literary readings of their art.</p> <p>The more you meander through “War Horses,” the more you’ll recognize the distinct approaches of certain artists: Else Alfelt created impenetrable abstract oils, with their woodsy thickets of paint; Egill Jacobsen, with his busy, sometimes overwhelming abstract paintings, was the most Kandinskyesque artist in the group; Jorn favored feverish charcoals and faux-childish paintings of fantastical creatures that tantalize us in their implacability.</p> <p><img alt="" height="629" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/warhorses1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The most impressive works are the ones that most directly offered, as one of the exhibit’s taglines suggests, “radical art as resistance.” Henry Heerup’s “War and Peace” is an epic canvas containing both of these opposites: a scene of pastoral family life interrupted by a giant pitchfork (like Heerup’s best work, it flaunts realist perspective), parachuters and warplanes. In Heerup’s “The Bombers,” planes descend kamikaze-style toward a two-headed figure, one head already slain, the other soon to join it. And it’s hard not to read Nazi symbolism into Pedersen’s “The Big One Eats the Little One,” an oil-crayon painting in which a colossal bird prepares to feast on a tiny one.</p> <p>Then again, Pedersen himself preferred the term “fantasy art” to describe his work, as opposed to the more academic “abstract art.” “Fantasy art” spoke more to the people, and “Helhesten” was nothing if not a people’s art movement. But the choice of “fantasy” also distances itself from the realities surrounding these artists. Could it be that this bold art was intended to be an escape more than a confrontation?</p> <p>I’m inclined to think it was both. “Helhesten” ultimately works on two levels, as childlike kitsch and political revolution. The hell-horse that dances in Pedersen’s ink drawings might forebode mythic doom. Either that, or a horse is just a horse.</p> <p><em>"War Horses" runs through Feb. 4, 2016, at NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $8-$12. For information, call 954/525-5500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 12 Jun 2015 13:47:58 +0000 & EventsMorton&#39;s Offers Summer Menu<p><img alt="" height="154" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/mortonsteak.png" width="200">Sure, summer in South Florida means sun that can blister the paint off your car, humidity that feels like breathing mouthfuls of wet clay and the always-present threat of hurricanes.</p> <p>But it also means a special four-course summer menu at <strong>Morton’s</strong>. Through Friday, June 26, the national chain of steakhouses (including the Boca Raton branch at 5050 Town Center Circle, 561/392-7724) will be offering the $49 prix fixe dinner that lightens things up a bit in deference to the warmer weather.</p> <p>Appetizer choices include an ahi tuna tower, prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella or baked five-onion soup, followed by a choice of one of four salads. Entree selections include a six-ounce filet mignon, honey-chili glazed salmon and chicken Christopher (plus assorted sides), and desserts number individual souffles, Key lime pie and chocolate mousse.</p> <p>Get ‘em while they’re hot. . . and the weather isn’t hotter.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 12 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFashion Forward: Summer Sales at Town Center<p><img alt="" height="407" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_vs_semi_annual_sale.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The not-so-secret sale</p> <p><a href="">Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale</a> kicked off this week with deals you don’t want to miss. Enjoy 25 to 50 percent off of more than 500 styles of bras and more than 700 styles of swimwear. Stock up on select panties starting at only $3.99, and take up to 50 percent off of select clothing and sleepwear. You can shop in store at Town Center <em>(6000 Glades Rd.),</em> or shop online and receive free shipping on orders $100 or more. The sale will last until June 29, so make sure to get all of your summer essentials this month.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_tommy_bahama_flip_side_promotion.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Buy it on the flip side </p> <p><a href="">Tommy Bahama</a> is offering a <a href="">flip side promotion</a> that is sure to satisfy your summer style needs.  For every $250 you spend in the store up until June 21, you’ll receive a $50 award to use later on in stores or online. The flip side awards expire on July 12, so be sure to head over to Town Center <em>(6000 Glades Rd.)</em> to shop some more before you miss the wave.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 12 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: avant-garde, adventure and a new chef<p><strong>EmKo</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_emko.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“Avant-garde alert: EmKo is here, in the old ragtops location in West Palm, and you need to go there. Now. Self-described as a “multi-disciplinary art gallery dedicated to the enrichment of the community through art,” this way cool restaurant/gallery/ bar/coffee bar/sculpture garden defies categorization. We can say, however, that the vibe—and the design—is just as delicious as the food. Meet the next generation of hangout.” </p> <p><em>(</em><a href=""><em>emko</em><em></em></a><em> //</em> <em>2119 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach // 561/227-3511)</em></p> <p><strong>Turtle Walks at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_gumbo_limbo_turtle.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Managing Editor</em></p> <p>"I recently enjoyed an essential South Florida experience for the first time: A Turtle Walk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Hosted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, this nocturnal summer staple includes an hour-long presentation on the sea turtles that inhabit Boca's beach—and the daily hazards they face—followed by a trip to said beach, across the street, where Gumbo Limbo's ATV drivers will hopefully spot an egg-laying turtle for your group to observe. It felt like a privilege, at once natural and magical, to watch this 800-pound creature that existed long before man drop something like 100 eggs in a single 15-minute process, then swim back into the primordial ocean. Nothing else beats it."</p> <p><em>(<a href="">g</a><a href=""></a> // 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/544-8605)</em></p> <p><strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.12_hudson.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“Impeccable food and service, not to mention the best view, is offered at the newly opened Hudson at Waterway East in Delray Beach. It's no wonder, since the Hell's Kitchen season 9 winner is their new executive chef! Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. We tried the poached shrimp and crab cake appetizers, and our entrees included fresh local snapper and the best flatbread I've ever had with figs, spinach, goat cheese and truffle honey. Can it get any better than this!? In fact, it can, since Jude, the general manager, also has a knack for selecting the PERFECT wine pairing. Heavenly!”</p> <p><em>(</em><em><a href=""></a></em><em>  // 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/303-1343)</em></p>magazineFri, 12 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Finds: Summertime Watermelon<p>Watermelon is everyone’s favorite summer fruit, and it’s most certainly mine too!  I love to enjoy it raw or folded into a delicious cold soup like the gazpacho recipe below. Watermelon is great source of vitamins A and C, and it’s 92 percent water.  Its juicy qualities provide hydration, and its signature flavor is sweet and cooling.  With a hot South Florida summer looming, you can pick up a fresh in-season watermelon wherever you usually buy your fruit.</p> <p>Watermelons are generally at their peak from midsummer to early fall. This beloved fruit is grown on a vine-like flowering plant originally from Africa. The fruit itself has a smooth hard rind, usually green with dark green stripes, and a juicy interior flesh that is deep red to pink.</p> <p>Thanks to farmers and horticulturists, over the years hundreds of watermelon varieties have been developed. For example, ‘Little Baby Flower’ is a petite, pink-fleshed cultivar that ripens quickly and never exceeds four pounds. By contrast, ‘The Crimson Sweet’ is amply proportioned and famous for its sugary, bright red flesh. </p> <p>Because a watermelon’s flavor is so enjoyable in its raw state, this gazpacho recipe is the perfect vehicle to allow the fruit’s natural flavors shine. Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold. It is widely eaten, particularly during the hot summers, because it is refreshing and cool. Fresh cucumber, red onion and tomato mix with the pureed watermelon to make the base of the soup, while cayenne pepper and dill prove a depth of flavor that will bump up your love of watermelon to the next level. </p> <p><img alt="" height="391" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/watermelon_gazpacho_recipe_.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <p>1 large tomato</p> <p>8 cups fresh watermelon, seeded and cubed</p> <p>½ English cucumber, peeled and minced</p> <p>2 tablespoons red onions, minced</p> <p>2 tablespoons lime juice</p> <p>1 tablespoon red wine vinegar</p> <p>¼ cup olive oil</p> <p>2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced, plus more for garnish</p> <p>1 teaspoon cayenne pepper</p> <p>¼ cup crumbled feta cheese</p> <p>Salt &amp; freshly ground black pepper to taste</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>1. Using a food processor, puree the tomato and watermelon. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl.</p> <p>2. Add in cucumber, red onion, lime juice, vinegar, olive oil, dill and cayenne pepper. Mix to combine.</p> <p>3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.</p> <p>4. Pour the gazpacho into cups or small bowls and refrigerate for 30 minutes until cool.</p> <p>5. Garnish with extra dill and feta cheese before serving.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Amanda JaneThu, 11 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Boca and wealth, a college town grows and new faces in Delray<h3><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/wealth.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>That Boca thing</h3> <p>Though it’s not news that Boca Raton is a moneyed city, new information shows how much Boca stands out.</p> <p>The Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution just released a study of income distribution in American cities. Researchers created six levels, from households with incomes of $200,000 and above to those with incomes of less than $21,443. The definition of middle class was $41,110 to $65,952.</p> <p>In Boca, 13.3 percent of households are in that top level, nearly three times the national average. Another 19.6 percent of Boca households make between $106,000 and $200,000. The national average is 15 percent. A disproportionate number of households in both categories probably make closer to the high ends than the lows.</p> <p>That concentration at the top means that Boca Raton has only a slightly higher portion of middle-class households than other cities—21.6 percent to 20 percent. The other number that jumps out is at the other extreme. Boca has just 10.9 percent of households at the bottom, compared to 20 percent nationally. Even to some Boca residents, it may be a surprise to learn of even that many poor households. (The folks at Boca Helping Hands, however, would not be surprised.)</p> <p>If you’re looking to compare Boca Raton to other full-service cities, think Weston in Broward County, Stamford, Conn., Naperville, Ill., and Irvine Calif. Though it has a smaller population—about 70,000—Weston has a link to Boca: Arvida pretty much developed both cities.</p> <p>Despite that bulge at the wealthy end, however, Boca Raton is far from the national leader. That would be not someplace in Silicon Valley—though many of those cities are near the top—but Bethesda, Md. Amazingly, 34 percent of households in that Washington, D.C., suburb make more than $200,000 a year. Almost 32 percent make more than $106,000. The amount at the low end is negligible.</p> <p>Why? Over the last three decades, the lobbying and defense contracting industries in the Beltway have thrived. Lawmakers who once shared apartments with colleagues are making seven figures lobbying those former colleagues. In Arlington, Va., another capital suburb, nearly half the households make more than $106,000. When your government center gets richer than your innovation centers, something is wrong.</p> <h3>FAU District</h3> <p>There is new movement on the idea of turning Boca Raton’s 20<sup>th</sup> Street into a Florida Atlantic University student district and gateway to FAU.</p> <p>The university and the city have been talking for a while. The city council made it a priority at the 2014 goal-setting session. Then things lagged.</p> <p>Wednesday night, however, there was a presentation at FAU’s Ritter Gallery of renderings by architecture students showing what might be possible along the section of 20<sup>th</sup> Street that is east of the campus and west of Dixie Highway, spreading at least one block to the north and south and perhaps. In an interview, FAU President John Kelly—who loves the idea—said he wanted to hear first from students—“they’ll be the ones using it”—then from administrators. Those aspiring architects and students from the School of Urban and Regional Planning were happy to take on the project.</p> <p>Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie told me that she and Kelly will meet “in the near future to move the discussion from the students’ vision to actual property owners and the community at large.” I’m told that the meeting could happen in the next two weeks. FAU has hired former Boca Councilwoman Constance Scott to be the liaison to the city. After the Wednesday night discussion, Haynie said, “the ball is in our court to move this forward.”</p> <h3>Cooper Town</h3> <p>In the 1980s, the cry sometimes among Republicans was, “Let Reagan be Reagan.” In Delray Beach, the cry is, “Let Cooper be Cooper.”</p> <p>That would be City Manager Don Cooper, whom the city commission evaluated last week. All four commissioners— Al Jacquet left before the discussion—praised Cooper’s ability, and then told him to start showing more of it.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia hired Cooper last November. Jacquet and then-Commissioner Adam Frankel were absent. They expected major change after Cooper started work in January. They have seen improvement, but not enough, though they balanced their criticism with an acknowledgement of the problems Cooper inherited.</p> <p>“I am generally pleased,” Glickstein said, before adding that he thought Cooper had “underestimated the gravity of just about everything,” and thus had been “slow to respond.”</p> <p>Glickstein, who owns Ironwood Properties, has had a private-sector frustration with the pace of government change since taking office in 2013. Glickstein noted that he and Petrolia had urged Cooper to hire a second assistant city manager. Glickstein said he wants to see the Don Cooper who so impressively ran the goal-setting session just six weeks after taking over. “You were in charge.”</p> <p>Similarly, Jarjura said, “It’s unfathomable how (the city) has operated so long with the dysfunction we have. You have not had the team you need.” Petrolia called Cooper “the first guy willing to confront the issues.” Mitch Katz, who’s been the commission since March, told Cooper, “We want you to make the tough decisions.”</p> <p>Cooper’s job got even tougher when the city’s auditor flagged ethical and possibly criminal violations related to purchasing. Then he had to oversee a switch in trash haulers, which so far has gone well. Cooper has the commission’s backing—“110 percent in support,” Petrolia —and a demand to move faster.</p> <h3>City Attorney </h3> <p>There was more disagreement when the commission evaluated City Attorney Noel Pfeffer, who has been on the job about six months longer than Cooper.</p> <p>Glickstein said Pfeffer has done “a great job,” having “inherited a department in disarray.” Jarjura, who like Glickstein is a lawyer, pronounced herself “very happy.” Katz and Jacquet offered what Glickstein called “legitimate” criticism that Pfeffer sometimes hasn’t notified commissioners promptly about level developments.</p> <p>Petrolia was the outlier. “I don’t have the confidence” in Pfeffer,” she said, based largely on complaints about how the attorney has handled negotiations over Atlantic Crossing. It will be interesting to see what happens when that issue comes back to the commission on Tuesday.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em>  </p> <p> </p> <p>      </p> <p>       </p>Randy SchultzThu, 11 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Gemma Bovery&quot;<p>There’s something in the air in the French provinces—a mix of natural beauty and professional boredom, of idleness and opportunity—that, so often in the movies, proves morally and even fatally intoxicating to the denizens of these quiet towns. Whatever this “something” is, Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery,” which opens Friday, crystallizes it. Adapted from a 1999 British graphic novel, which was itself a ludic riff on Flaubert’s <em>Madame Bovary</em>, Fontaine’s film can be frustratingly conventional in its storytelling grammar and confused in its sociological targets. But when it’s on, it skillfully shuffles between comic and sexy, dark and playful, before wending toward a triumphant finish.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/98085-gemma-arterton---gemma-bovery-2014.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Fabrice Luchini, the bourgeois everyman of French cinema, delivers another effortless performance as Martin Joubert, a baker in Normandy whose traditional life and marriage is thrown into flux by the British couple that just moved into the fixer-upper next door: Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arteron) and her antique-restorer husband, Charlie (Jason Flemyng). A Flaubert scholar, Martin is taken by Gemma’s charm and her shapely figure, but especially by her name. Acting as her Virgil to the quaint pathways and quality breads of Normandy, he sees in her a bit of the restless, possibly adulterous housewife of her literary namesake.</p> <p>But is Martin the observer of these similarities, or the orchestrator of them? Is he creating a Bovary where there exists only a Bovery? I’m not sure Fontaine knows the answer, and this is where the film stumbles a bit, from a political perspective. The camera routinely caresses Arterton’s form, and her body seems to distract Fontaine as much as Martin. What begins as an interesting feminist commentary on the carnal delusions of the male imagination becomes a disappointing catalog of Gemma’s life imitating Flaubert’s art. A subject becomes an object, submitting her autonomy to the whims of predestination.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/gemma_bovery_still.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But at least the movie is funny and engaging, every thorny step of the way. When a bee sting forces Martin to suck the “venom” from the back of an allergic Gemma, the scene is right out the Howard Hawks playbook in “Bringing Up Baby;” another moment, involving the sensual kneading of dough in Martin’s bakery, slyly satirizes “Ghost.”</p> <p>Elsewhere, supporting player Elsa Zylberstein, portraying a local snob, is blessed with some of Fontaine’s most cuttingly funny observations about upper-class pretentions. And by the morbidly winning climax, Fontaine finds closure in a deadpan joke. “Gemma Bovery” doesn’t always have a clear grasp of where it’s going, but it certainly knows how to land a punch line when it matters most.</p> <p><em>"Gemma Bovery" opens June 12 at Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek, Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, the Tower Theater in Miami, and O Cinema in Miami Shores.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 10 Jun 2015 16:20:43 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesRide and Raise Money for Camp Boggy Creek<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><em>The cause</em></p> <p>Not far from Orlando, you’ll find the wonderful Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla. Actor Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf founded the 232-acre camp in 1996. It’s a place where chronically and terminally ill children and their families can go for a week or weekend, have fun and forget about their troubles. Expert medical care teams volunteer their time to look after the kids while they’re there. Camp Boggy Creek makes sure that no child is deprived of the opportunity to experience the fundamental bonding that camp provides.</p> <p><img alt="" height="758" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_camp_boggy_creek.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This year, the camp will host its 5<sup>th</sup> Annual Challenge Ride on Sept. 12 to raise money and awareness. Camp Boggy Creek is free for children and their families, but thrives off of donations and grant funding.</p> <p>Boca Raton’s Alan and Lyda Karrh are helping to spread the word locally about Camp Boggy Creek, and they have formed a team for the ride. They named it Jacqueline’s Magnanimous Manatees in memory of their daughter Jacqueline Karrh.</p> <p>Camp Boggy Creek was her favorite place.</p> <p>“The camp provided a slice of heaven on earth for her—someplace she could go and forget about her medical concerns and hang out with other kids that were going through the same thing,” Lyda Karrh says. “She could run around feeling safe and free from judgment.” </p> <p>Jacqueline was born with a rare bone disorder, known as Klippel-Feil Syndrome. As part of this disorder, she had cleft palate, severe scoliosis, clubfeet and other bone anomalies. Jacqueline generally underwent two or three major surgeries each year, and her family would travel to San Antonio, Texas, twice a year for her back surgeries.</p> <p>“She weathered her medical procedures and surgeries like a trooper,” Lyda Karrh says, “but they would wear her down.”</p> <p>Camp Boggy Creek hosts children with illnesses like Jacqueline. She and her family attended the camp in 2007 and 2008. The physical, financial and mental pressures of constant medical care seemed to fade away for the Karrhs once they set foot on Camp Boggy Creek’s grounds.</p> <p>“We were able to meet other parents and compare notes on medical procedures and gain support from each other,” Lyda Karrh says. “The camp is therapeutic for both the child and family.”</p> <p><em>Have fun while making a difference</em></p> <p>You can help to raise money for Camp Boggy Creek by taking a road trip to Eustis and joining one of the rides. The rides include breakfast, on-course support and rest stops, as well as a post-ride celebration and lunch.</p> <p>Registration for the 60- and 40-mile rides is only $40, but riders must raise $250 to participate. There’s no fundraising requirement for the 15-mile ride, which is off-road, but riders must still pay the registration fee. </p> <p>The ride starts at Camp Boggy Creek <em>(30500 Brantley Branch Road, Eustis, Fla.) </em>on Sept. 12<em>.</em> You can join the Karrh’s <a href="">team</a>, or you can ride on your own or start another team.</p> <p>For more information, visit Camp Boggy Creek’s <a href="">website</a> or call 866/462-6449. You can also contact Lyda Karrh at <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, 10 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautySummer Vacation Education: Part 1<p>School is out, Boca moms! Even though it’s summer vacation (and you can finally take a break from car line and lunch boxes), you might want to consider an educational spin on any family travel you embark on this season. Here are some places you can take your children for some fun and learning. (Special thanks to <a href="">Bluprint Learning</a> for helping to create this list.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_garl's_coastal_kayaking.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">Garl’s Coastal Kayaking</a></p> <p>Your kayak tour guide will bring you and your family on a four-hour trip that will take you up close and personal with some of the Florida Keys’ native residents, and I don’t mean snowbirds. You will be introduced to many different ecosystems in the Everglades including Cypress domes, freshwater tributaries and coastal waterways. Considering the amount of personalized guiding, the price is a bargain in our opinion: $125 for adults and $95 for children 5+. The tour picks you up at <a href="">Robert is Here</a><strong>, </strong>located near the entrance of the Everglades National Park. Be sure to enjoy one of their delicious milkshakes or smoothies before you begin your trip!</p> <p><em>(19200 SW 344 St, Homestead // 305/393-3223)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_coral_castle.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><a href="">Coral Castle</a></p> <p>Now, I know that Coral Castle is not in the Florida Keys, but it is a must see for any South Floridian. Built by a Latvian immigrant, this landmark is made entirely of coral, quarried right on site. Many believe he was helped by supernatural forces to move the gigantic stones, one weighing more than eight tons that is positioned in such a way that it only takes a finger to move it.  You can visit Coral Castle Sunday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. or until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost is $15 for adults 13+, $7 for children ages 7-12 and children under the age of 7 are free.<em> </em></p> <p><em>(28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami // 305/248-6345)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_vizcaya.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><a href="">Vizcaya Museum &amp; Gardens</a></p> <p>This masterpiece lies on 180 acres overlooking Biscayne Bay. There is history and art and plenty of room for kids to run and roam. Vizcaya provides guests with an introduction to the Gilded Age of America. Feel free to visit any day except Tuesday between 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $18 for adults 13+, $6 for children ages 6-12 and children under the age of 6 are free.</p> <p><em>(3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami  // 305/250-9133)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.10_miami_children's_museum.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><a href="">Miami Children’s Museum</a></p> <p>This small, interactive museum is perfect for young children. There are 18 exhibits to engage them and excite them to learn. And, on a hot summer afternoon, the museum is a perfect place for parents to get out of the sun while their kids are having fun! The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $18 for general admission, $14 for Florida residents and members and children under one year are free.<em></em></p> <p><em>(980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami // 305/770-3131)</em></p> <p>I’ll be sharing educational weekend trip ideas in my next <em>Boca Mom Talk</em> column. See you on the road, Boca Moms!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href=""></a></em><strong><em>, </em></strong><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. </em><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom</em></strong><em> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 10 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Chef vs. Chef Contestants Set<p><img alt="" height="136" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/chefvchef.png" width="200">The battle lines have been drawn for the first annual Chef vs. Chef cooking competition, hosted by <strong>Max’s Harvest</strong> (169 NE 2nd Ave., 561/381-9970).</p> <p>More than a dozen local chefs have signed on to wage culinary warfare and determine whose cuisine reigns supreme in the bracket-style competition (think the NCAA playoffs) set to begin at Dennis Max’s downtown Delray eatery at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, (and continue for at the same time and place for 15 weeks until a winner emerges).</p> <p>Patterned after the edgy cable TV cook-off <em>Knife Fight</em>, the battles are all open to the public for a $10 donation, which will benefit the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Delray Beach. Drinks and munchies will also be available, at happy hour prices. There’s also a draw party for the chefs on Wednesday, June 3, at 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Somebody tell Alton Brown. . .</p> <p> </p> <p>Here’s a list of the contenders:</p> <p>Bill Ring, 32 East</p> <p>Victor Franco, Oceans 234</p> <p>Kelly Randall, The Office</p> <p>James Strine, Cafe Boulud </p> <p>Jarod Higgins, Cut 432</p> <p>Chris Miracolo, S3</p> <p>Victor Meneses, El Camino</p> <p>Aaron Goldberg, Bogart’s</p> <p>Ben Burger, Burt &amp; Max's</p> <p>Blake Malatesta, 50 Ocean</p> <p>Che Frey, Henry's</p> <p>Danielle Herring, Rebel House</p> <p>John Thomas, Tryst</p> <p>Eric Grutka, Ian's Tropical Grill</p> <p>Bruce Feingold, Dada</p> <p>Adam Brown, The Cooper</p>Bill CitaraTue, 09 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 at Coral Sky<p>Coral Sky Amphitheatre in Palm Beach was graced with some incredible American rock icons on Sunday night. The show kicked off with Matt Nathanson, followed by The Fray, who both opened for Train as part of the Picasso at the Wheel Summer Tour. Train belted out some of their classics, including "Drops of Jupiter" and "Calling All Angels." Concert photographer Ron Elkman (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) was in the house and sent us the following images. Look for Ron's work to appear regularly at <a href="/" target="_blank"></a> starting later this month!</p> <p><img alt="" height="572" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0210.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0575.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_1289.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_1649.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_2116.jpg" width="490"></p>magazineTue, 09 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsMusic(Not) towing the line, more doggie rescue &amp; other items of note<p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/tow-truck-illustration-4017260.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3>Contracts</h3> <p>In Delray Beach, it’s always something about a contract.</p> <p>Three years ago, it was the trash contract. Off and on, it’s the beach services contract. Now it’s the city’s towing contract, for vehicles that are badly damaged in collisions, towed as part of code enforcement, etc.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s current contract is with Beck’s Towing of Boynton Beach. The contract is up, and bidding had been set to start early this month, based on a request for proposal from the police department.</p> <p>Then City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia, through a source she declines to identify, notified the staff of a Delray Beach police report from 2012. The investigation concerned complaints of fraud by the owner of a Delray Beach towing and custom car company. He and other “associates” would arrive at accident scenes and solicit work from victims, the report said, “under the umbrella of Beck’s Towing.” They would bill themselves as the “accident assistance team.”</p> <p>A Beck’s employee would tow the cars to Beck’s, the report said, for the contractual fee of $110. From there, however, towing fees to the body shops could be six or seven times higher. Such practices, the report noted, happened only when the victims had “adequate insurance.” The city began to receive numerous reports of “predatory towing.”</p> <p>In addition to the higher towing fees, the police report said, the “associates” referred victims to certain lawyers and chiropractors for “kickback fees.” Also, the report said, victims would be overcharged for work and in some cases the target of the investigation would “lien vehicles illegally.” Those soliciting victims sometimes arrived before the police, according to the investigation, and they never helped with accident cleanup.</p> <p>Petrolia’s timing was fortunate. The three-year contract proposal was so far along that the “cone of silence” was about to take effect. That happens when a contract has been written and has gone out for bid. After that, the city can make no changes, and only certain staff members can have contact with the bidders.</p> <p>The report led to the arrest of one man on three charges, two of them grand theft, in March 2013. In October 2013, the state attorney’s office declined to prosecute, a spokesman said. Yet a Delray Beach Police Department spokesman told me the investigation is continuing.</p> <p>After learning of the report, Petrolia met with City Manager Don Cooper, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer and Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman. Despite the failure to prosecute, Cooper said in an interview Monday that he found the police report “pretty disturbing.” The city is “reworking the contract.”</p> <p>Rather than one vendor, the city may rotate the work among as many as three companies. The city will “look at some requirements to ensure” ethical practices. Petrolia suggested that the city require companies to post a bond, payable if the company—or anyone connected with the company—engages in predatory practices. The city would define those practices.</p> <p>Another question, of course, is whether the police department’s legal staff that drew up the proposal knew about the 2012 report and/or any ongoing investigation. If the contract renewal was considered routine, the proposal could have gone out largely unchanged, and thus— consciously or not—written to favor Beck’s. Staff in any department can get comfortable with longtime vendors. Petrolia has contacted the Office of Inspector General, which advises local governments on contracts and bidding. In an email to Petrolia, Cooper said he wanted to make the contract “open and fair.”</p> <p>Cooper said he hopes to have the towing contract proposal finished by the end of this month or in early July. When I called Beck’s Towing on Monday, an employee told me that owner Steven Beck is recovering from surgery and won’t be back in the office for a month.</p> <h3>So far, so good</h3> <p>Cooper also said that Delray Beach’s shift last week to a new trash hauler was fairly smooth.</p> <p>Out of 45,000 pickups, Cooper said, Southern Waste Systems missed 600. Based on his experience overseeing a similar shift in Port St. Lucie, Cooper said the early results were encouraging. Any problems, he said, would show up in the first 30 days “for sure.” Anything that lingered through the first 90 days would be a problem.</p> <p>After extricating itself from the contract extension to Waste Management that a previous city commission awarded without bidding in 2012, Delray Beach put the trash contract out for bid. The new contract should save Delray Beach roughly $9 million over six years.</p> <h3>Tri-County expansion</h3> <p>An organization that has done much good in the Boca Raton community and beyond wants to do even more.</p> <p>According to a memo to the city council for tonight’s meeting from City Manager Leif Ahnell, the Tri-County Humane Society—which last year changed its name to Tri-County Animal Rescue—hopes to become “the largest, 100 percent no-kill regional animal rescue non-profit that operates 100 percent on donations.” The city once operated the facility on Boca Rio Road. It began as the Boca Raton Humane Society when the city bought the land from Palm Beach County in 1987. The city now leases the land to the shelter for $1 per year.</p> <p>Tri-County Animal Rescue, which serves Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties but in 2013 took pets orphaned by an Oklahoma tornado, wants to build a nearly 10,000 square foot facility to isolate newly rescued cats and dogs during assessment and treatment. Doing so requires amending the 30-year lease that took effect 10 years ago. Under city rules, that amounts to a sale of city property, which requires review by the Planning and Zoning Board. That will happen in July.</p> <p>The action is more technical than controversial. The shelter has approval for the site plan, and Ahnell recommends amending the lease. Also not in dispute is the sad fact that demand for such a shelter keeps growing. There remain too many irresponsible pet owners.</p> <h3>Hasner’s new gig   </h3> <p>Adam Hasner, who represented southeastern Palm Beach County for eight years in the Florida House and made unsuccessful runs for Congress, is in the private sector, though he’s still sort of in politics.</p> <p>Hasner is in charge of marketing and communications for People’s Trust, the Deerfield Beach property insurance company. Hasner said he had been helping with issues related to the company’s new building that faces Interstate 95, and was asked to join full-time. The job still brings him into contact with elected and unelected public officials, but for now active politics is in his past tense.</p> <h3>Wily coyotes</h3> <p>South Floridians regularly read about “coyotes” who smuggle illegal immigrants to this area. In the last week, though, the story in West Boca has been real coyotes.</p> <p>At least two have attacked pets. On Sunday, trappers caught one, though no one knows if it’s the animal that killed a dog. Understandably, neighbors are worried.</p> <p>Consider, though, that the attacks happened in neighborhoods so far west that they nearly abut the current Everglades border and are on land that was part of the aboriginal Everglades. When we push that far into Nature and Nature responds, who’s more to blame?</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 09 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: June 9 to 15<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/chloe415.jpg" width="415"></p> <p><strong>What: Chloe Dolandis and Jason Pomerantz</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Not everybody can claim to have an entire day dedicated to them; that’s an honor usually bestowed on folks like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Christopher Columbus. But locally, at least, musical theater sensation and Boca native Chloe Dolandis received that distinction as a teenager in 2004, when the mayor of Boca Raton proclaimed Jan. 13 to be “Chloe Dolandis Day.” The honor came after Dolandis won Boca’s first-ever Rising Star competition, and since then, her star has shone ever brighter. The jazz singer, who is said to possess an “old soul,” has sung for Vice President Biden and performed alongside acts as varied as Billy Stritch and Pitbull. She’ll be joined in this hometown engagement by Jason Pomerantz, a New York-based singer-songwriter and composer whose skills as a pianist/vocalist has propelled him to venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. For $5, this double bill sounds like a bargain.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/maikai_hukilau2011.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Hukilau”</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale venues including The Mai-Kai and The Wreck Bar</p> <p>When: noon to 1 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: Varies per event</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Apparently, reports of the Hukilau’s death were greatly exaggerated. Saved last year from its pending swan song and presented under new management, this celebration of all things tiki continues apace, transforming iconic Fort Lauderdale locations into vintage South Pacific tableaux, complete with Hawaiian garb, tiki totems, inventive rum libations, island music and more. This kitschy nostalgic powwow runs five days of shopping bazaars, symposia, dancing, live music, book signings, mermaid shows, happy hours and more. Live bands slated to perform include the legendary comedian/ukulele virtuoso King Kukulele, Honolulu imports Alika Lyman Group, local exotica rockers Gold Dust Lounge and surf guitar maestro Skinny Jimmy Stingray. Register Wednesday from noon to 6; at 4:30, you can enjoy a MeduSirena mermaid show at the Wreck Bar follows by a Pre-Party at the Mai Kai. And the fun continues throughout the week.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/book-of-liz-image1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Book of Liz”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40 ($35 for the rest of the run)</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Village Voice has called “The Book of Liz” “the world’s first Amish picaresque.” This oddball road comedy of self-actualization was indeed inspired by the Amish— only in this play, they’re called the Squeamish, and they thrive off the gourmet cheese balls baked by Sister Elizabeth Donderstock. But when Elizabeth’s feelings are hurt by an unappreciative guest, she flees the flock to find her purpose in life, only to find stranger characters, like a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple and a family restaurant run by recovering alcoholics. If this all sounds a little too out there, trust the playwrights: “The Book of Liz” is written by the great, highbrow humorists David and Amy Sedaris. Friday’s opening-night ticket includes wine and cheesecake, and automatic entry into a raffle for goodies including Sedaris books.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/ww_bio_photo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception for “Wayne White: Art is Supposed to Hypnotize You or Something”</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St.</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Quick: What do “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” music video have in common? In addition to being cultural touchstones for Generation X, they’ve both inspired award-winning work by the polymath Wayne White, a native Tennessean who has worked as an art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist, illustrator and banjoist. Tens of millions have viewed his kitschy, cosmic special effects for the Pumpkins’ video, and he won three Emmys for his work on “Playhouse,” Paul Reubens’ cult series. Lately, he’s been focused on his signature “word paintings,” which feature amusing, out-of-context word and phrases (like the one that gives this exhibition its title) painstakingly rendered over framed landscapes purchased at thrift stores. This exhibit, White’s first solo show in the United States, will feature previously produced pieces and some brand-new work, including a super-sized puppet head of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Florida’s governor from 1905–1909, in celebration of this year’s centenary of Broward County. The show runs through Aug. 23.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="162" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/bill_maher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Maher</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Starting at $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Some love him, some hate him, and others love his opinions but hate his arrogant demeanor. Still others may admire his un-P.C. pugnacity in attacking an issue but generally hate his opinions, which usually—but not always—fall on the far left end of our polarized political spectrum. A political commentator known for his controversial musings on religion, marijuana and culture as much as for his skewering of Republican intransigence and Democratic cowardice, Bill Maher was a standup comedian long before he became a fully informed political thinker. But the more informed he’s become, the more his standup has evolved, and he’s easily one of the most coveted comics on the circuit. With more than 30 years in the business—dating back to a bushy-tailed appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show,” circa 1984—his act has developed into a deftly memorized, 90-plus-minute cauldron of insightful observations, scabrous commentary and conceptual detours into relationships and pop culture. <em>NOTE: At the time of this writing, the show is currently sold out, so call the box office to inquire about last-minute cancellations.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="222" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/hunger.cb1.jpg" width="400"> </em></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “The Hunger”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Decades before there was “True Blood” and (god forbid) “Twilight,” Tony Scott released “The Hunger,” one of the early vampire thrillers to forge the connection between vampiric consumption and lust. This 1983 feature, which the Cosford is reviving in its original 35mm format, stars Catherine Deneuve as the regal vampiress Blaylock and David Bowie as her latest paramour, an 18<sup>th</sup> century cellist named John who has been living immortally through Blaylock’s blood—that is, until John begins to suddenly age at a rapid clip, and the couple seeks help from a radical anti-aging doctor (Susan Sarandon). Not particularly well received when it was released, “The Hunger” has built up a cult cachet in the intervening decades as a pioneering “postmodernist vampire movie” with a dynamic score that ranges from Bauhaus to Bach.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/589001_1_81_051315_115615.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Caribbean Village Music, Arts, Food &amp; Wellness Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11<sup>th</sup> Place, Lauderhill</p> <p>When: noon to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5.50 to $80</p> <p>Contact: 954/306-8668, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, and the nonprofit Galleon Foundation is celebrating with this inaugural cultural festival at the corner of S.R. 7 and Sunrise Blvd. As its name suggests, the fest is all-encompassing, from a welcome parade to an arts and crafts area, Caribbean food, a celebrity cookoff, a “kids zone,” a health and wellness pavilion. Live music will be provided by artists from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Haiti, including Julien Believe, Shifta, Blade Martin, Toni Bella Blair and Code Red Band. Admission tickets will help support the Galleon Foundation’s cause, which is providing financial scholarships to economically disadvantaged students.</p>John ThomasonMon, 08 Jun 2015 16:01:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsTrue Adds Dishes, Delivery<p><img alt="" height="132" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/trueboca.jpg" width="200">Frank Hawkins claims to make the best crabcakes south of Baltimore (and he’s right). Now he’s added everybody’s other favorite crustacean to the menu of his tiny, charming restaurant, <strong>True</strong> <em>(147 SE 1st Ave., 561/417-5100)</em>, in Boca Raton.</p> <p>Look for shrimp steamed in beer with Old Bay seasoning, shrimp salad sliders and shrimp with crab and imperial sauce, plus his Homesick Soup, a tomato-based crab soup with veggies and Old Bay.</p> <p>Hawkins has also made getting his crab, shrimp, brisket sliders and other dishes a bit easier, obtaining use of the white parking spaces across the street in the RPP parking garage and signing on with Delivery Dudes to bring the good stuff to you. But eat in or take out, you really do need to check out his crabcakes.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 08 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsNew Kids at BB&amp;T<p>BB&amp;T Center in Sunrise was buzzing Thursday night as pop legends New Kids on the Block took the stage following opening acts Nelly and TLC. The Kids played their hits from the 1980s and '90s, including "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step." <em>C</em>oncert photographer Ron Elkman (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) was in the house and sent us the following images. Look for Ron's work to appear regularly at <a href="/" target="_blank"></a> starting later this month!</p> <p><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_1217.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_1132.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0029.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0574.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/re2_0315.jpg" width="490"></p>magazineFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:19:56 +0000 & EventsMusicFive Plays to Anticipate in 2015-2016<p>Back in April, we spotlighted five enticing musicals on the 2015-2016 cultural docket. Now, with most companies having unveiled their seasons, we’re looking at five plays that are sure to provoke. Mark those calendars now.</p> <p><strong>5. Angry Fags (<a href="" target="_blank">Island City Stage</a>, Nov. 12-Dec. 13, 2015, at the Abyss Theatre)</strong></p> <p>These purveyors of gay-themed theater will be fresh off arguably the strongest 2014-2015 theater season enjoyed by any South Florida company when they open what appears to be another string of potential hits. Topher Payne’s “Angry Fags” is an outrageous, anarchic slice of social commentary that imagines a world in which the gay-bashed among us strike back with rage of their own. American politics, bomb-building and pistachios figure into the story, but the play already had us at its punchy tagline: “An Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fever dream.” To sweeten the deal even more, this will be the first play in Island City Stage’s expansive new home, the 70-seat Abyss Theatre in Wilton Manors.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/stripped-690x310.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>4. Stripped (<a href="" target="_blank">Zoetic Stage</a>, Nov. 5-22 at Arsht Center)</strong></p> <p>A clever double meaning defines the title of this brand-new play by Christopher Demos-Brown, one of South Florida’s handful of world-class playwrights (His “Fear Up Harsh,” in 2013, won two Carbonell Awards). One of the show’s protagonists, Masha, is a Russian immigrant, a mother and stripper—ahem, we mean exotic dancer—who, because of her profession, is consequently stripped of her child by the state. Taking an insider’s view of the complicated structure of child custody laws, the show features sympathetic characters including a government official and a pair of prospective adoptive parents. Demos-Brown wittily and movingly analyzes this complex situation from all perspectives. </p> <p><strong>3. Death of a Salesman (<a href="" target="_blank">New Theatre</a>, May-June 2016, at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center)</strong></p> <p>Who needs spoiler alerts? The conclusion of Arthur Miller’s titanic 1949 masterwork is revealed in its title, but that hasn’t dampened the anticipatory tingle every time “Death of a Salesman” shows up in a season. This has included four Broadway revivals, most recently featuring the final stage performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The play’s themes of the loss of the American dream, mental illness and income equality feel perennially relevant, and while New Theatre typically specializes in, well, new work, the company usually excels at each season’s token classic.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/its-only-a-play-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>2. It’s Only a Play (<a href="" target="_blank">GableStage</a>, dates pending, at the Biltmore Hotel)</strong></p> <p>GableStage hasn’t announced its full season yet, but it did drop a few crumbs via carrier pigeon in efforts to woo subscribers. Last season, the company did such an extraordinary job with Terence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” that we’re thrilled to find that Artistic Director Joseph Adler has booked another McNally work, the 2014 Broadway hit “It’s Only a Play,” which is up for a Tony this weekend. Just about every playwright, at one point another, pens a self-reflexive Theater About Theater play. In this case, the situation will be achingly familiar to anyone who has spent their creative energies on even one play: It’s set in a Manhattan home immediately following an opening night, as the actors, producer, director, playwright and gathered friends wait for the overnight reviews. The plot is thin, but McNally’s inspiration brings out the best of his caustic, scabrous wit.</p> <p><img alt="" height="620" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/egfb91bkxqks6eulnfggq1icm0njpfbgk2utzzkxfyw,-uhsyfj0njyg5urdlu1flcxbs81dffjllgjxgopkyf4.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (<a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach Dramaworks</a>, Jan. 29-Feb. 28)</strong></p> <p>South Florida drama lovers have a lucky year ahead of them; between “Long Day’s Journey” and “Death of a Salesman,” they’ll have the opportunity to ingest two of the frequently short-listed considerations for Best Play of the Century. Eugene O’Neill based this four-act magnum opus at least in part on his own family, presented here as a mother, father and two sons, whose demons are loosed over the course of one sweltering night in August. As this story goes, when O’Neill was writing this granddaddy of all dysfunctional-family dramas, in 1940-41, the actions scraped so close to the bone that his wife would find him weeping over the typewriter. Prepare to be transported and shaken up.</p>John ThomasonFri, 05 Jun 2015 12:49:28 +0000 & EventsTheatreUpcoming EventsCopperpoint Open and Rockin&#39;<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/copperpoint.jpg" width="200">I dropped into Boynton’s new(ish) <strong>Copperpoint Brewing Co.</strong> (151 Commerce Rd., 561/508-7676) last week and I think I just found my new local hangout.</p> <p>It’s not just the beer, which, btw, is great. But it’s the whole vibe of the place—the funky-rustic decor, the electric blues slamming through speakers, the good-timey crowd of craft beer aficionados, the friendly, enthusiastic staff. If you can’t have fun here, well. . . see your doctor.</p> <p>I sampled several beers off the rather extensive list scrawled on a blackboard above the bar but a couple really stood out. First was the espresso stout. I’m usually not a big fan of stout beers or espresso-flavored brews but this one was easily the best I’ve ever tasted. Despite its black ink at midnight color and bracing coffee flavor it was remarkably refreshing and light on the palate, with a creamy head and undercurrents of caramel-molassses.</p> <p>The other brew that was a real taste knockout was a blood oranged-flavored wheat. Served in a snifter that only accentuated its quality and uniqueness, it showed off the subtle, dusky flavor of blood oranges without being overwhelmingly citrusy. This is a special brew and I don’t know how long it will be available but if it’s on-tap at your visit it would be a shame not to down a glass (or two).</p> <p>Oh, and one more thing. Check out the men’s bathroom (let’s face it, you’ll have to eventually, anyway). The beer key urinals, copper trough sink and witty, tap-like pull-down faucet handle are all neat little design touches that say proprietors Matt and Laura Cox (not to mention Ed Carey Design) put a lot of thought into every detail.</p> <p> </p> <p>Who’d have thunk an obscure, half-deserted industrial area in Boynton Beach would become the new foodie hotspot?</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 05 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsStaff Picks: facial scrubs, farmers markets and fitness<p>Sugar &amp; Oats</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.5_sugar_and_oats.jpg" width="398"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“The most amazing GLOWING SKIN SCRUB you'll ever use! All products are handmade, vegan and cruelty-free which is a plus! This product is one of my absolute favorites. You can find this and more products from Sugar &amp; Oats online or locally at a select few boutiques or occasionally as a vendor at craft festivals.”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a>)</p> <p><br>Yellow Green Farmers Market</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="169" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.5_yellow_green_farmers_market.png" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“The Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood is worth the drive for the best field trip in memory. Imagine a massive metal shed filled with fresh produce, vendors selling everything from 80 million kinds of olives to essential oils, Cuban coffee, soups, fresh bread, hats and shorts and ukeleles made out of cigar boxes. Add in the Latin food stands‚ or a delish brunch at the Chill Bar, and you have a perfect South Florida day.”</p> <p>Open on Saturdays and Sundays only.</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood // 954/513-3990)</p> <p> </p> <p>Fitness in the Park</p> <p><img alt="" height="622" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.5_fitness_in_the_park.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>"A few weekends ago, I was in downtown Tampa for the 40th anniversary tour of one of my all-time favorite rock bands, Rush. The day of the concert, as we were walking along the riverfront en route to the arena, we came across a massive outdoor yoga class. Must have been 100 people, all downward-dogging it in unison. I was thinking how well an idea like that would play in our neck of the woods. Naturally, the universe sent me an e-mail from Delray Marketplace touting its "Fitness in the Park" series on the first weekend of each month. Join Circuit 7 trainer Joleen Damian at 10 a.m. this Saturday, and CrossFit coach Scott Lefferts at 10 a.m. on Sunday for free group sessions at the Marketplace Amphitheater."</p> <p>(14851 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach // <a>561/865-4613</a>)</p>magazineFri, 05 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Forward: free handbags and new home décor<p><img alt="" height="485" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/brighton.jpg" width="391"></p> <p>Brighton up your wardrobe</p> <p>Everyone loves a free gift, and <a href="">Brighton</a> at the Gardens Mall <em>(3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em> is happy to treat you to a fashionable one. Don’t miss out on your chance to receive a Summer Hearts mini bag (retail value, $50) with a purchase of $75 or more. The promotion ends June 7. Brighton is best known for its jewelry, charms and handbags.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/z_gallerie.jpg" width="640"></p> <p>Extreme Makeover: Z Gallerie Edition</p> <p>Your home should be as stylish as you are. <a href="">Z Gallerie</a> in Mizner Park<em> (327 Plaza Real Suite #315) </em>is revamping its look, and may have just what you need to complete your chic bedroom or fill that last empty shelf in your living room. On June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., you can peruse Z Gallerie’s latest collection. Be one of the first 50 people to arrive, and you’ll go home with a gift bag.</p>Taryn TacherFri, 05 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 DealsShoppingShopping NewsFAU making changes and help comes to Boca&#39;s permitting process<h3><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/7hn1oqzgufa5pbu7wy6kij1z9z82o90w1cnwdrplf1h018aze5dv5yyrul3hv8n2ik3edmdelidxealyqhrc-ihgk4vmz9exe6oqldl_9gfhsrd0ibaggq7yavcyggdnm1xggmusu0gnpupel-cio2_um6lqpovwv4bi=w426-h239-p.jpg" width="426"></h3> <h3>FAU hopes for payday</h3> <p>Florida Atlantic University believes that it will get $3.5 million worth of good news this month.</p> <p>The Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, meets in Tampa starting on June 16. At the meeting, President John Kelly and others will make their case that FAU has improved enough since a terrible assessment report last year that the board should release the rest of the money withheld for poor performance.</p> <p>At the direction of the Legislature, the Board of Governors now rates state universities based on 10 metrics, with five points being the top score in each metric. According to Kelly, they are many of the same metrics <em>US News</em> uses in its college rankings. Universities that score low or show inadequate improvement can get shut out of new money or even lose money. Those that do well get a larger share of any new money. The state calls it “performance-based funding.” The change stemmed in part from the Legislature’s wish to shift the story from its continual shorting of the universities and in part from a need to bring more accountability to higher education.</p> <p>For FAU, the initial Board of Governors report—covering the first half of the 2013-14 academic year—was disastrous. FAU scored just 24 of a possible 50 points. Of the 11 universities, only the University of West Florida did worse. Unless FAU could develop a plan for timely improvement and show that the plan was working, the university would lose nearly $7 million.</p> <p>In an interview last week, Kelly said he had heard something about the report during his interview with the FAU Board of Trustees in January 2014, but that he “got the news after I was hired.” He started work on March 1. So much for easing into the job.</p> <p>FAU didn’t just do badly overall. The university got zeroes in two vital metrics: the rate of graduating first-time-in-college students within six years and the rate of retaining students for their second year if their grade point average is at least 2.0. In its first report to the Board of Governors last June, FAU reported that 30 percent of freshmen began their second year with a grade point average of less than 2.0</p> <p>Some students come to college knowing what they want to do and wishing to get there quickly. Others, though, come without direction and tend to drift. FAU’s improvement plan especially focused on the drifters.</p> <p>The university hired 26 more advisers and improved training for all advisers. The national standard is one adviser for every 300 students. Previously, FAU had had one adviser for every 400 students. FAU wants the advisers to encourage, prod and in some cases discourage.</p> <p>In its second report to the Board of Governors, last December, FAU said it loses 75 percent of students who don’t declare a major by the end of their second year. “ I saw that when I applied (to be president),” Kelly said, “and I thought, ‘That can’t be right.’ But it is.”</p> <p>“This is a national phenomenon; it’s not just FAU,” said Provost Gary Perry, who basically is the chief academic officer. If a student drifts that long, Perry said, “The chances are that the student will never graduate from college.” Perry hopes to have all students declare a major when they start. “They don’t have to stay there,” he said, “but if they have a plan when they come in the door, at least they’re moving.”</p> <p>Advisers now work with students not just to decide on a major but to give up on a major if the student’s grades in that subject are poor. Once students choose a major, the university now more aggressively herds them toward a diploma. Kelly calls it “intrusive advising.”</p> <p>Commuter students especially can be isolated from these support services. Not only has FAU placed advisers in parking garages, they are there at night, trying to turn talk of excuse into talk of a solution. “A student might say, ‘Well, I would graduate, but I can’t get this course,’ “ Kelly said. “The adviser can say, ‘Let’s just check on that. Here, you can do this. We can move this, and you can graduate on time.’ And the kids love it.”</p> <p>FAU quickly raised its graduation rate from 40 percent to 45 percent, Kelly said, simply by identifying students who had enough credits to graduate but were still taking classes. “This is not a place to hang out,” Kelly said. Students who overstay their time or aren’t taking college seriously, he added, “deprive someone else of a place.” New software allows advisers to check on freshmen for early signs of trouble, such as low grades and poor attendance. Entering freshmen with grade point averages of between 3.0 and 3.29 must go into a program called Jump Start that is designed to better prepare them.</p> <p>Perry said the changes are so new that FAU doesn’t know the effect on the school’s retention rate. In the final 2013-14 report, FAU still got a zero in that metric. For the graduation rate metric, however, FAU got a 5. Overall, FAU went from 24 points to 37, which put the university in a cluster behind the University of Florida (44) and the University of South Florida (42).</p> <p>Accordingly, FAU says in its update to the Board of Governors that the university “can confirm that it has met every single final target as established by the university’s board of trustees and as approved by the Board of Governors. This monitoring report provides up-to-date data on the May 2015 expectations, as well as supplemental information, often showing progress beyond the established targets.” If the Board of Governors agrees, FAU will get the second $3.5 million and, as Perry said, “We will be out of the penalty box.”</p> <p>To make even greater progress, however, FAU wants to attract better students. “We can control the type of student,” Kelly said. “We can’t make them finish.” The overall grade point average of entering students has increased, but FAU’s report to the Board of Governor says the university will do more to direct those who, in Kelly’s words, are “ready for college but not for a university” to Palm Beach State College or Broward College. Roughly 70 percent of FAU’s student body is from Palm Beach and Broward counties, but the university expects that percentage to decrease as recruiting efforts target more students from outside the region and the state.</p> <p>One key change has been the combining of the admissions office, the registrar and the financial aid office into what FAU calls the Enrollment Management Oversight Committee. Incredibly, before the combination FAU was taking between 12 weeks and 16 weeks just to acknowledge an application. FAU now responds, the new report says, in 24 hours to 48 hours. The office contacts students who are nearing their final term but haven’t registered for the 15 credit hours to graduate. Previously, recruiters spent 80 percent of their time in the office and 20 percent visiting high schools. That has been reversed.</p> <p>Metrics alone don’t make for an education. Whatever the motivation behind Florida’s new approach to financing the universities, however, the metrics revealed an FAU badly in need of a management overhaul. Change is coming rapidly to FAU, which began in 1964 as a place for juniors and seniors and only began taking freshmen in 1985. As FAU seeks to give students more direction, FAU itself is going through a dramatic change in direction.</p> <h3>And a little more help from its friends</h3> <p>In our interview, Kelly told me that FAU remains far from raising all the money to complete the Schmidt athletic-complex that he announced last December with a $16 million gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation.</p> <p>According to Kelly, FAU still needs a gift of between $11 million and $14 million, a gift of $7 million and two gifts of $5 million. So does Kelly still expect that the project will be finished by his goal of December 2016?</p> <p>“Yes.”</p> <h3>How the health care dispute affects FAU                           </h3> <p>FAU’s main budget requests to the Legislature remain in doubt because of the dispute over health care.</p> <p>The university wants money for a building to house the new program at the Jupiter campus with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute. FAU also would like some additional money for program expenses. The rules for higher education money that I discussed in the first part of this post don’t apply to specialty programs that the Legislature believes could bring value to a university and a return for the state.</p> <p>If the Legislature doesn’t expand Medicaid in some form, and if the state has less money to compensate providers who treat the uninsured, the Legislature will have to make up some of that difference with general revenue. The amount will depend on how much the Legislature wants to spend on cell phone tax cuts.</p> <p>With the state’s fiscal year ending June 30, the Legislature faces a tight deadline. Getting a budget passed could mean a small group of legislators moving lots of money around. With luck, FAU’s requests will survive.</p> <h3>Finally! Help comes to the permitting process</h3> <p>Last year, the Boca Raton City Council made improvement of the permitting process a priority. From the chamber of commerce to neighborhood cookouts, the delay in obtaining permits is a common gripe.</p> <p>Yet there still had been no permanent director of the Development Services Department, which handles permitting, among other things. Former Director John Hixenbaugh resigned in April 2014 after just two years.</p> <p>This week, however, the city announced the hiring of</p> <p>Ty Harris for the position. He will start June 29. Since January 2014, Harris has been director of community development for Charlotte County, on Florida’s west coast north of Fort Myers. The department handles all the same work as Boca’s development services department.</p> <p>Harris has an interesting background. He’s a lawyer who also served as an assistant county attorney. A decade-plus ago, he was a land-use lawyer in private practice on this side of the state.</p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <p align="center"><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> <p>Tags:</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 04 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityBoca seventh grader ups his game<p>Thirteen-year-old <strong>Jordan Zietz</strong> is not your average Pine Crest School seventh grader. He recognized the hesitation among gamers regarding which gaming consoles to use, and like a true entrepreneur, he came up with a solution.</p> <p>Zietz created the company <strong>GameReef</strong> to allow gamers to rent both games and consoles. The company also donates games and consoles to children’s hospitals worldwide.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/6.5_boca_seventh_grader_ups_his_game_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>GameReef earned Zietz the title of finalist of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Southeast Saunders Scholars Regional competition. YEA! is a revolutionary class for middle and high school students that provides them with valuable insight on entrepreneurship. The program began in 2004 and hit Boca Raton four years ago via the Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation.</p> <p>It is no surprise that Zietz has exhibited the kind of entrepreneurial ambition YEA! looks for, considering the pioneering family he belongs to. His parents, Sam and Sheila, founded prominent financial technology company TouchSuite, and his older sister, Rachel, who also participated in the YEA! program, started Gladiator Lacrosse, a company that manufactures and sells quality lacrosse equipment, at the age of 13.</p> <p>Along with Zietz, Palm Beach Gardens’ Kayla Abramowitz, 13, secured her spot as a YEA! finalist for her non-profit organization, Kayla Cares 4 Kids, which provides Ronald McDonald Houses and children’s hospitals across the globe with educational and entertainment equipment and materials.</p> <p>These two entrepreneurs will attend the YEA! National Finals in D.C. on Monday, Jun. 8, to present their ideas in a “shark tank” for a chance to win business prize packages and college scholarships up to $50,000.</p> <p>Their competitors will include four winners from the Northeastern and Western Regional Saunders Scholars competitions whose entrepreneurial efforts include: custom book covers, unique ties, a mobile application to motivate students to learn and an online platform for high school jobseekers to find employment.</p> <p>For more information about YEA!, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Taryn TacherWed, 03 Jun 2015 20:33:00 +0000 NewsMovie Review: &quot;Love and Mercy&quot;<p>Brian Wilson’s life has been filled with tremendous triumphs, tribulations and tragedies, but it takes some screenwriterly sifting to know where to begin.</p> <p>The Wilson story is not a neat thrill ride of a narrative—it’s not a stratospheric rise followed by precipitous fall. It’s a more gradual, subtle and interior sort of decline, triggered not by the romantic temptations of booze, pills, money and temperament but by madness: the irrepressible noises in his head that helped create the best album in the history of American music while at the same time sowing his downfall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/love-and-mercy-700x466.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The sturdy, sensitively handled biopic “Love and Mercy,” which opens nationwide Friday, is centered on this duality, the inexplicable connection between genius and madness that has cemented the legacies and destroyed the health of so many talented artists. To convey this double-edged sword properly, director Bill Pohland and screenwriters Oren Moverman and Michael Allen Lerner skip right over the boring stuff, like the Beach Boys’ commercial development into a top-charting rock ‘n’ roll band, and present a parallel narrative of the two most significant periods in Wilson’s creative and personal lives.</p> <p>In one, it’s the mid-1960s, and the young Wilson (Paul Dano) is suffering the initial pangs of what appears to be mild schizophrenia while conceiving the baroque pop masterpiece “Pet Sounds”—which he pointedly predicts will be “the great album ever made.” In the other, it’s the 1980s, where the older Wilson (John Cusack), overmedicated and underexposed to the modern world, lives under the oppressive thumb of monstrous psychotherapist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) while awkwardly courting his future second wife Melinda (Elizabeth Banks), a former model who works at a Cadillac dealership in California.</p> <p><img alt="" height="221" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/love-and-mercy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The ‘60s scenes will provide a trove of nostalgia and insight for Beach Boys fans, because they present the fractious recording of “Pet Sounds” with a documentary attention to detail, from Wilson’s strange and sometimes obtuse directions to the session musicians—performed in the movie by industry professionals—to the rough and unpolished results, snatches of colorful virtuosity awaiting the angelic voices of the Beach Boys choir. There is a sense that we have the privilege of eavesdropping on how the greatest sausage in popular music was made.</p> <p>Wilson was (and still is) an experimental composer in the body of pop singer, and “Pet Sounds” signaled the beginning of the end for the Beach Boys. “Love and Mercy” includes the inevitable moments of conflict between Wilson and Mike Love (Jake Abel), who is presented as the Beach Boys’ obstinate traditionalist. Wilson is essentially kicked out of his own family band, which leads to his crackup, his 3-year bed-ridden convalescence, and his aging, in seemingly little time at all, into the form of a lumpy John Cusack.</p> <p>“Love and Mercy” is really two movies in one, and Pohland seems torn between each direction: a conventional biopic narrative to educate nonfans, and an eccentric portrait of an artist in exile, which will better satisfy Wilson’s die-hards. You’ll probably like one approach more than the other.</p> <p>Because it proceeds in plot-heavy biographical signposts, the ‘60s narrative is less compelling than the character study of the later story; the broken man, as it were, is more interesting to watch than the breaking boy. This is due in large part to Cusack. The gangly, sweet nerd from all those ‘80s movies embodies the most deliberately uncharismatic rock star ever filmed. Because he’s such a wreck—socially awkward, prone to (justifiable) paranoia, monitored around the clock by avaricious handlers—Cusack’s Wilson is the most human of all the rock-biopic protagonists.</p> <p>If some of the movie’s actions seem rote, stagy and melodramatic, I’m inclined to give Moverman and Pohland the benefit of the doubt. The heated schism between Love and Wilson really did happen, and Giamatti’s doctor was, apparently, an unequivocally evil psycho. Wilson himself has praised the film’s historical accuracy, and I’m happy to trust the source. This may not be the Brian Wilson biopic everyone wanted, but it’s at least half a masterpiece, and probably more.</p>John ThomasonWed, 03 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesDementia research progress<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>I worry about my memory. I’m guessing many of my readers do, too. </p> <p>Florida Atlantic University has announced that Dr. James E. Galvin, an accomplished dementia researcher and physician, is bringing his expertise to Boca Raton.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/6.3_galvin_2015.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Galvin will serve as associate dean and professor of clinical biomedical science for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and as the medical director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center.</p> <p>He will spearhead the development of new methods of care for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients in hopes of improving the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.</p> <p>Galvin also aims to construct a clinical research facility that will test the latest therapies and release them to market more quickly.</p> <p>“These can be devastating diseases,” Galvin says of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in an FAU press release. “We will work on how to detect the diseases as early as possible, make the most accurate diagnoses and initiate treatment at first sign of detection.”</p> <p>Before coming onboard at FAU, Galvin taught classes at New York University spanning the subjects of neurology, psychiatry, nutrition, population health, public health, nursing and education and human development.</p> <p>Prior, he was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Galvin has written three textbooks and more than 150 scientific manuscripts on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. His is credited for his extensive knowledge of “Lewy Body Dementia,” which results in the concurrent loss of thinking, memory, motility and demeanor.</p> <p>“Dr. Galvin is one of the most prominent neuroscientists in the country,” FAU President John Kelly says in an FAU press release. “He brings to FAU a research portfolio that is both broad and deep, and immediately elevates our neuroscience initiatives to a national level.”</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, 03 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyTown NewsSnacks for any scenario<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>June usually means two things – the start of summer travels and beginning of the hurricane season. To help you be prepared for both, I want to offer you my Z-tips for healthy, locally made snacks to stock up on. They are great to take with you on the road, to the airport or to enjoy when you are at home without electricity.</p> <p><img alt="" height="409" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/superfood_raw__85299.1410661546.1280.1280.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>Get Your Greens On</strong></p> <p>I love my daily green smoothies, but they can be impossible to get when traveling or during a tropical storm. When you have limited resources and find yourself in need of a strong nutritional boost, I recommend going for powdered greens that can be mixed with plain water or nut milk. One of my favorite companies is Vero Beach-based Greens Plus because the Organic Raw Superfood Greens are full of immunity-boosting nutrients that your body will quickly absorb to give you some much-needed energy. You can buy them at any Whole Foods Market or online at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="120" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/imgres.jpg" width="419"></strong></p> <p><strong>Stay Strong With Protein</strong></p> <p>Did you know that flying can put a lot of stress on the body and affect your digestive system? When you’re flying, animal protein can be too hard for the body to handle, so instead stock up on Shanti Bars – a new line of delicious protein bars made fresh in Miami. One delicious 260-calorie bar boasts 17 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and only 10 grams of sugar. I really liked the Turmeric bar, which also has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Check these bars out at <a href=""></a>.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="222" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/ginny-bakes-cookies-biscotti-bake-mixes.jpg" width="454"></strong></p> <p><strong>The Cookie To Live For</strong></p> <p>It’s hard not to give into our dessert cravings every once in awhile. I am a big believer in moderation and smart indulgences, so when I am in the mood for something rich, sweet and crunchy, I go for Ginny Bakes cookies. This Miami-based bakery specializes in non-GMO, organic and gluten-free treats that are to live for! These cookies are delicious and Ginny’s 2-cookie snack packs can help you practice portion control. For more information on where to find them, check out <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/greenthumb_bag-300x300.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <p><strong>A New Take on Carbs</strong></p> <p>If you are like me, then you may want to snack during long road trips. To help you stay healthy and satisfy the need to snack, I suggest checking out Shawnee’s Greenthumb Popcorn. Created in Miami, this non-GMO popcorn is unlike any other on the market – it is superfood. Shawnee did an outstanding job loading this fiber-rich snack with spirulina (the most nutrient-dense food on the planet), nutritional yeast (rich in protein and vitamin B-12), garlic powder, cayenne powder (helps boost metabolism) and kelp powder (helps regular thyroid function).  Find it in the popcorn isle at Whole Foods or for other locations, check out <a href=""></a>.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Foods to keep you hydrated</strong></p> <p>Whether you are flying and want to stay hydrated on board or you need a thirst-quenching snack while stuck at home during a hurricane, I suggest reaching for Florida’s oranges and grapefruits. Their high potassium content will help you keep your body’s fluid regulated and the vitamins and antioxidants can boost your immune system. Also, these fruits have a thick peel that makes them easy to transport and eat. NOTE: Grapefruits may interact with some medicines, so check with your doctor before eating them.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" 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=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href=""></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 News&#39;Hell&#39;s Kitchen&#39; Winner Now at Hudson<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/hudson.png" width="200">There’s a new top toque at <strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong> (900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343), the sleek modern American eatery with a prime spot on the Intracoastal in Delray Beach.</p> <p>He’s Paul Niedermann, who braved the hell of Gordon Ramsey and won season nine of the napalm-tongued British chefs TV series, <em>Hell’s Kitchen</em>. Niedermann’s experience, however, extends beyond foodie wars on the idiot box to such prestigious joints as the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak in New York City.</p> <p>At Hudson he’s in the midst of reworking the restaurant’s urban comfort food menu to give it more local focus and seasonality, and to bring it up to the level of its stunning waterfront location. The lunch menu has already been revamped, with Niedermann adding dishes like olive oil-poached shrimp, fig and goat cheese flatbread, and roasted local snapper. A new dinner menu will be unveiled on Wednesday, June 10.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 02 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsMizner on the Green not ready for prime time and other local issues brewing<h3><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/515321dba0419617.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Mizner on the Green</h3> <p>First, there was New Mizner on the Green. Then came a new version of New Mizner on the Green. For now, though, the new version is faring no better with the Boca Raton City Council than the old version.</p> <p>A year ago, Broward County-based Elad Properties proposed a four-tower luxury condominium project that would displace the New Mizner on the Green rental community on Mizner Boulevard across from Royal Palm Place. Elad offered to move any remaining tenants to one of the company’s other rental projects in the city. In an area where Boca restricts buildings to 100 feet in height, New Mizner’s towers would have averaged about 300 feet. Elad hired Daniel Libeskind, designer of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, and billed the project as offering “extraordinary architecture that further elevates Boca Raton’s stature as a world-class city.”</p> <p>No council member, however, was willing to sponsor the amendment needed for the city to hold even a workshop, much less take a vote. So the project lingered, even after Elad brought Libeskind to address—and impress—Boca Raton Museum of Art patrons.</p> <p>Elad finally offered a smaller project, Sol-A-Mar, with buildings that would be 140 feet tall and were not Libeskind-designed but were intended to meet the city’s Interim Design Guidelines for downtown. Projects that follow the guidelines can get 40 feet extra in height.</p> <p>The Elad project, however, would be just outside the downtown boundary. To consider the added height, the council would have to expand the boundary. That would be a controversy in top of a controversy.</p> <p>Still, the discussion had been scheduled for last Tuesday’s city council workshop. City Manager Leif Ahnell informed the council that the item was on the agenda at the request of Councilman Robert Weinroth. Deputy City Manager George Brown had informed attorney Charles Siemon, who represents Elad, that the discussion would focus solely on the developers’ request to expand the downtown boundary to accommodate Sol-A-Mar and to increase the permitted number of stories from 12 to 13, with no increase in height beyond 140 feet. There would be no talk about the project itself.</p> <p>The discussion never happened. Merely scheduling the Sol-A-Mar item had generated hostile public reaction. Weinroth told me that he proposed it as a way to gauge sentiment before a full-blown presentation. “If there’s no consensus,” he said, “there’s no point in wasting the resources of the developer and the city.”</p> <p>Weinroth said he pulled the item because not all of Elad’s officials would have been “in place to make a presentation,” but he also acknowledged that there are “at best one or two” council members “who are willing to even talk about it.” Mayor Susan Haynie said the city still is reviewing the design guidelines themselves, given general dislike of The Mark at Cityscape, the first project under the guidelines to have been completed. She suggested, with good reason, that until the city agrees on changes to the guidelines, no one wants to talk about expanding the area where the guidelines are in place.</p> <p>The timing may not have been good, but the council probably will have to deal with Elad at some point. Elad’s parent company is the Israel-based Tshuva Group, named for Isaac Tshuva. He also controls the Delek Group, which in the last six years developed two massive natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.</p> <p>Tshuva is worth an estimated $2 billion. For all of Tshuva’s accomplishments, however, Elad misread the city from the start on this project. Where do things go now? ‘I don’t know,” said Siemon on Monday from California. “I imagine we’ll deal with that in the latter part of the week.”</p> <h3>Board members or power grab?</h3> <p>Boca Raton Deputy City Manager George Brown and Councilman Robert Weinroth take their seats today as new members of the Boca Raton Airport Authority Board. They can assume that their board colleagues and the airport staff will be both welcoming and skeptical.</p> <p>Though the airport is independent of the city, the city council appoints five of the seven board members. The county commission appoints the other two. Until last month, those council appointments had been, if not routine, far from controversial.</p> <p>That changed when the council passed over incumbents Bruce Benefield and Mitchell Fogel for Brown and Weinroth. Merely naming a top city administrator would have been news. Also naming a council member has given rise to speculation that the city seeks to take over the airport. While the vote for Brown was unanimous, the council approved Weinroth—who nominated himself—just 3-2. Susan Haynie and Jeremy Rodgers agreed. Mike Mullaugh and Scott Singer dissented.</p> <p>At last month’s goal-setting session, council members said the city should be more closely involved with the airport. Benefield, for once, had no idea just how much closer they meant. “I was surprised and disappointed” by not being reappointed,” he told me Monday.</p> <p>No council member has specified what changes the airport should make. Weinroth claimed that he would not be on the board “as a council member,” but it’s hard to see the move as anything else. “It could be read as a message,” he said. “That is not an incorrect interpretation.”</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing discussion postponed</h3> <p>Tonight, the Delray Beach City Commission had been scheduled to hold a special meeting on the Atlantic Crossing site plan. Mayor Cary Glickstein has moved the meeting to June 16.</p> <p>Glickstein has been negotiating with Atlantic Crossings’ principals on having them return Atlantic Court to the plan. The road, which would provide access to the mixed-use project from Federal Highway to the west, was in the first site plan. It was not in the site plan the commission approved in January 2014, though it was not clear from meeting documents that the plan was at issue. Neighbors of Atlantic Crossing and city commissioners believe that returning the road would help with traffic.</p> <p>In an email, Glickstein said the delay was partly to better organize the meeting but also because the city’s engineering department “just got the conceptual plans” and “needed more time to weigh in.” The delay also will allow the city to “present better to the general public,” since the exhibits will involve such things as traffic animation.</p> <p>The commission will take no vote in two weeks, but Glickstein expects “a consensus vote on which of the site plans the commission prefers. I still hope to avoid litigation and allow (Atlantic Crossing) to proceed to (the Planning and Zoning Board) and then the commission for final plat approval and approval of a new developer agreement tied to the preferred site plan.”</p> <p>But Center for the Arts is on</p> <p>Despite that delay, the city commission won’t have a dull night. There’s a presentation on the future of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square and the evaluation of the city manager and city attorney. Expect City Manager Don Cooper to get lots of praise for his first roughly six months. Expect City Attorney Noel Pfeffer, on the job for about a year, to get mostly the same.</p> <h3>Web site sends message</h3> <p>Delray Beach has made a small but significant change to the city’s website.</p> <p>High enough that viewers see them when the page opens are links to Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General and Commission on Ethics. The county commission created both in 2009 as part of the anti-corruption effort.</p> <p>The city added the links after news broke two weeks ago of investigations by the Office of Inspector General and the State Attorney’s Office into allegations of what City Manager Don Cooper called “numerous purchasing violations.” The investigation has targeted nearly a dozen employees. The allegations go back a decade.</p> <p>Though Delray Beach’s auditor flagged this problem, employees and citizens can report complaints to the Office of Inspector General and Commission on Ethics. To do so, they just have to click on the links. If the inspector general’s office determines that the action could be criminal, it refers the case to the State Attorney’s Office while continuing to investigate matters within the inspector general’s jurisdiction.</p> <p>The county also displays the two links prominently on its website. Delray Beach recently withdrew from the lawsuit by cities challenging the method of paying for the inspector general. Boca Raton remains in the lawsuit. The links to the inspector general and the state attorney are not on the city’s website.</p> <h3>Correction     </h3> <p>In my post last Thursday about the Boca Raton City Council’s approval of added height for the Chabad East Boca project, I wrote that the city “prohibits” the added height unless it is “injurious” to the neighborhood. Obviously, I meant to say that the city “allows” the extra 10 feet of height.</p> <p><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em>  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 02 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: June 2 to 8<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/the-pool.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening of “The Pool”</strong></p> <p>Where: West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S. Flagler Drive</p> <p>When: 7 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/822-1515, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>No, that’s not a crop circle arranged by fabulous aliens on the grounds of the West Palm Beach Waterfront; all of those multicolored panels arrayed in concentric circles is a temporary art installation called “The Pool,” by artist Jen Lewin. Opening Thursday and running throughout the summer, it’s kinda like a giant Simon Says board, where kids (and kids at heart) can jump, run and play on the circles to make their own artistic formations. You need to see it to believe it, and it’s one of many free city-sponsored activities that continue the installation’s glow-in-the-dark theme, including miniature golf, bowling, badminton and ring toss. It’s West Palm Beach’s way of toasting 20 years of Clematis by Night, its popular Thursday evening community shindig.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="437" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/summer-shorts.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Summer Shorts”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For theatergoers, “Summer Shorts” represents the unofficial kickoff to summer in South Florida, a collection a curated short plays, most with a comedic bent and many already boasting national awards. And this year, the venerable annual program launched by Miami’s City Theatre celebrates 20 years of producing quality truncated theater, which together amounts to some 200 Florida premieres in two decades. The 2015 plays run a customarily wide gamut, addressing themes ranging from paranoid moms (“Mrs. Evelyn Foxy &amp; Her Low Orbit Anxiety”), lesbian marriage (“The Anthropology Section”), immigrant life in Miami (“Risen From the Dough”) and an eventful guy’s night out (“Mandate”). There will be at least one outrageous selection: Expect to encounter puppets in the corporate satire “Human Resources.” The stellar cast includes Elizabeth Dimon, Tom Wahl, Karen Stephens, Bechi Sylvain, Chasity Hart and Michael Uribe, and the show runs through June 28.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/littleshop.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Little Shop of Horrors”</strong></p> <p>Where: Slow Burn Theatre Company at West Boca Performing Arts Theater, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$40</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Before there was “Hedwig” and “Cannibal! The Musical” and “Song of the Living Dead” and “Toxic Avenger,” there was “Little Shop of Horrors,” the pioneering rock musical, a bloody horror-comedy that somehow remains perfectly family-friendly. Based on a 1960 B-movie by schlock maestro Roger Corman, “The Little Shop of Horrors” was adapted into a stage musical in 1982, which was later made into its own feature film, about a meek employee of a flower shop who discovers an unusual plant, names it after his unrequited beloved, and watches it grow … and grow … and grow, all the while feeding off—what else?—human blood and flesh. The show popularized tunes such as the title track and “Suddenly, Seymour,” and it has long been a bucket-list show for Slow Burn Theatre director/choreographer Patrick Fitzwater. Slow Burn’s final production in Boca Raton will feature a knockout cast of Mike Westrich, Amy Miller Brennan, Shane Tanner and Matthew Korinko. It runs through June 28.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="186" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/lisalampanelli582x270.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lisa Lampanelli</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $44-$64</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Since roughly 2002, when she became one of the most coveted comics on the celebrity roast dais, Lisa Lampanelli’s act hasn’t evolved all that much—her material has remained a consistently shocking, hilariously abrasive crowd-driven insult act in the vein of Don Rickles and Bobby Slayton: Minorities, and pretty much everybody in the front row of her audience, beware. But a couple years ago, everything changed. The heavyset comic dropped 107 pounds thanks to gastric-sleeve surgery and a change in diet. She also got a divorce and changed her hairstyle into a Miley Cyrus coiffure. Last but certainly not least, her act evolved. It has turned personal, with more long-form stories about her transformative life events; now, many of her most wicked barbs are aimed at herself. While some of her bread-and-butter crowd work will endure, fans can expect to see a Lisa Lampanelli 2.0 on her “Leaner Meaner Tour” this weekend.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/news_thirdeyeblind.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional</strong></p> <p>Where: Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30.75-$45.25</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in 1997-1998, the five singles off Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut album were everywhere—pop stations, rock stations, restaurants, supermarkets, the repertories of cover bands nationwide, and probably your CD collection, with no song more ubiquitous than the infectious “Semi-Charmed Life.” Another successful album, “Blue,” followed in 1998. But in the Aughts, Third Eye Blind dropped off the pop-music map, losing original members and releasing a pair of solid, mature but largely unheard albums. Attention has begun to return back to 3EB with the announcement of its fifth—and apparently final—album, “Dopamine,” and its strong leadoff single “Everything is Easy.” (The band isn’t breaking up so much as releasing songs piecemeal henceforth.) Expect the group’s cult to remain intact on this summer tour, though Dashboard Confessional—the primary project for Boca-bred singer-songwriter turned national emo-rock icon Chris Carrabba—will need no help packing the amphitheater on its own.</p> <p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/lastmetro.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “The Last Metro”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Cosford Cinema will finish its run of the new Catherine Deneuve drama “In the Name of My Daughter” this Thursday, but on Saturday, fans of the actress might want to return to catch her in a rare 35mm screening of “The Last Metro,” arguably the biggest commercial hit from beloved French director Francois Truffaut. Released in 1980, and set during the Nazi occupation of France, it stars the ravishing Deneuve as a leading lady for a local theater troupe dealing with multiple crises at once: censorship from the Gestapo, the sheltering of her Jewish husband (whose directing duties she must take on) and a leading actor—Gerard Depardieu at his handsomest—who moonlights in the Resistance. This triumph of art over political adversity was one of three films Truffaut planned about backstage dramas in the performing arts: The great “Day for Night” dealt with the film industry, and “L’Agence Magique,” about life in a music hall, was never filmed.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/edp_israelidance_at16015.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Israeli Dance Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Israeli folk dancing isn’t limited to the performance halls and street fairs of Tel Aviv or the historic celebrations of Jerusalem—in fact, it spans countless nations, to which this annual festival attests. Sponsored by Festival Yachad, the Israeli Dance Festival enters its 19<sup>th</sup> year with this gala performance at the Broward Center. More than 500 young dancers will take the stage, hailing from dance companies based in Mexico, Brazil and Panama, in addition to, of course, Israel. State-of-the-art lighting, sets and costumes will supplement the dances, which are structured around the theme “Israeli Sheli,” or “My Israel.” Each dance will represent a different facet of Israeli life, from its traditions and culture to its food and history.</p>John ThomasonMon, 01 Jun 2015 16:53:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsRachael Ray Chooses Keys Chocolates<p><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/key-lime-pie-stick-copy-940x600.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If, like many mainlanders, you’re planning a trip to the Keys now that the snowbirds have flown back to their northernmost coops, you might want to check out one of food maven Rachael Ray’s favorite sweet treats.</p> <p>Set to be featured in Ray’s magazine, <em>Every Day with Rachael Ray</em>, as one of her favorite 50 treats in 50 states, is the decadent Key Lime Pie on a Stick from <a href="" target="_blank">K</a><a href="" target="_blank">ey Largo Chocolates</a> (<em>100470 Overseas Highway, 305/453-6613</em>). The shop’s signature dessert is simply a wedge of rich, creamy Key lime pie on a popsicle stick that’s dipped in dark chocolate and frozen.</p> <p>Chocolatier and co-owner (with husband Bob) Kristie Thomas says the pie, made in-house, is composed almost exclusively of Florida ingredients, from the eggs to butter to Key lime juice. How the former Food Network star heard about it, Thomas doesn’t know, but after sending off a sample she got word a few weeks later that it was chosen for inclusion in the magazine feature.</p> <p>And if Key lime pie, frozen and chocolate dipped or not, just isn’t quite your thing, KL Chocolates has a wide variety of chocolate goodies, all made on the vivid pink-and-lime green premises. My advice: Get the truffles. These aren’t all the usual suspects chocolate truffles, but rather wicked-luscious little nuggets that are on par with those of such highly respected chocolatiers as Michael Recchiuti and Vosges.</p> <p>All that and a little R&amp;R in the Keys too. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 01 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsStaff Picks: Mexican food and entertainment<div dir="ltr"> <p><strong>Casa Maya Grill in Deerfield Beach</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/casamaya.jpg" width="300"></strong></p> <div> <p><em>Picked by David Shuff, Videographer</em></p> <p>“This gourmet Mexican spot with sophisticated decor happily lacks the kitsch you find in many south-of-the-border restaurants. But where it really delivers is in the kitchen. My friend decided on some seafood tacos, which were amazing. I decided to try what Casa Maya is known for, its Mole sauce -- it's basically a chili sauce, the base of which is unsweetened chocolate, believe it or not. I went with the Mole Rojo Enchiladas; they were excellent and definitely worth a try. For dessert I went with the flan, and my friend decided on the Guava Cheesecake, which neither of us had ever heard of before. Guava and cheesecake, it turns out, is an amazing combination. Casa Maya Grill is located in the Cove Shopping Plaza on Hillsboro Blvd in Deerfield Beach, and is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.</p> <p>(301 S.E. 15th Terrace, Deerfield Beach // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Pat Benatar &amp; Neil Giraldo</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="354" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/ronelkman.jpg" width="452"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>When: May 21, 2015</p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood</p> <p>Photography by <a href="">Ron Elkman</a></p> <p>“Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo, celebrating more than 35 years together on stage, treated an enthusiastic South Florida audience to an evening of greatest hits, including "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Love is a Battlefield," and "Promises in the Dark." For a review of the concert by Editor Kevin Kaminski, click <a href="">here</a>.”</p> </div> </div>magazineFri, 29 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000 Boca Museum&#39;s Plumb Choice<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/blackandwhite.png" width="490"></p> <p>In “Rattles and Cherries,” one of many highlights in the Boca Museum’s inspiring exhibition of the performance-art videos of Shannon Plumb, the artist’s attempted soft-core exploitation film doesn’t go as planned. Clad in a nightie and a blonde bob wig, she reclines on a deco chair, attempting lascivious actions with fruit that inevitably fall flat—the dangling cherry that misses her meandering tongue, a banana that promptly falls apart after its protracted peeling, a watermelon that throws off her spatial balance.</p> <p>All the while, her baby wails off-camera, distracting her from the most unsuccessful striptease ever, until she has no choice but to breast-feed the child on camera: the un-erotic anticlimax of a hilarious personification of the mother-whore paradigm.</p> <p>Good-humored, self-effacing, and occasionally lacerating in her societal critiques, Plumb is an artist, provocateur and silent-film comedian who injects sly feminism into the deadpan avatars. She’s something like the love child of Buster Keaton and Gloria Steinam, with a dollop of Cindy Sherman and Chantal Akerman. She’s unafraid to look wild and silly onscreen, to make her travails the brunt of the joke. After all, in most of the videos in the Boca Museum’s “Shannon Plumb: What a Character” showcase, she fails at whatever task she tackles.</p> <p>In “Maximus,” she tries to woo a stoic dog in a park with every matter of treat and chew toy, but the pooch remains disinterested in every overture. In “Madison and E. 24<sup>th</sup> Street,” she plays a businessman, with a three-piece suit, moustache and briefcase overstuffed with papers (her male characters recall Carrie Brownstein’s parodic men on “Portlandia”), who tries in vain to hail a cab before giving up. In the hilarious “Sunbather,” in which she superimposes herself in front of a placid park scene, even arranging a beach chair becomes an insurmountable hassle.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/papercollection3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In Plumb’s films, even the most banal actions provide an opportunity for choreographed high jinks and saucy satire, and her longest videos in the exhibition prove that she can extend her imagination beyond five-minute sketches. “Paper Collection” is a brilliant send-up of fashion shows, with Plumb embodying the models, the photographers and the judges, none of whom can successfully apply gloves to their hands, let alone wear high couture with any degree of conviction. “Olympics Track and Field” similarly takes the pomp and circumstance out of another international tradition, Olympic sports. In this 18-minute series, Plumb dons wigs that are even more hideous, attempts to fire a faulty starter pistol, and heaves a shot-put ball that clearly weighs nothing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/red_race_still.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Some viewers can accept Plumb’s work on their comedic face value, but the films are deeper than their surfaces suggest. For one, she’s a deceptive nostalgist. Even though most of these movies date from the 21<sup>st</sup> century, they’re shot on grainy Super 8 film that suggests long-lost films from Warhol’s Factory. Some of her black-and-white selections are shot with the epileptic flicker of a reduced shutter speed, so that they resemble the kind of private films that used to project from turn-of-the-century nickelodeons.</p> <p>In “Tack or Musical Chairs,” she hand-draws a “chair” directly onto the celluloid in the manner of experimental film pioneer Stan Brakhage. Plumb’s movies take filmmaking back to year zero, and they can inspire even the most jaded creatives to ditch digital ease for more retrograde pleasures.</p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/picture-16-640x357.png" width="490"></p> <p>Moreover, Plumb’s shorts are important because feminist commentary usually underlines her outsized farces. In “Woman With a Fan,” she dons a burqa and contorts herself this way and that in front of a fan. In this poignant and hilarious snapshot in time, her character liberates herself from the oppressive heat of her sanctioned modesty garb. In “Mother,” she channels motherhood’s constant torrent of everyday labor by tidying up a house that becomes cluttered and askew the moment she’s finished.</p> <p>I was especially fond of “High Wire Artist.” Plumb plays the titular circus entertainer, not only walking a suspended tightrope but doing it while jumping rope, balancing cocktail glasses and dodging obstructions—all in high heels! It’s perhaps her best metaphor for the impossible responsibilities and expectations of the modern woman.</p> <p><em>“Shannon Plumb: What a Character” runs through Aug. 23 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission costs $10 seniors, $12 adults and free for students and children 12 and younger. Call 561/392-2500 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 29 May 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMeal Deals for Hungry Locals<p><img alt="" height="456" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/meatmkt.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s that time of year when snowbirds have flown back to their formerly frigid locales and area restaurateurs start offering deals to lure locals into their eateries.</p> <p>At Palm Beach’s swanky <a href="" target="_blank">Meat Market</a> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800</em>) they’ve dialed up something called Signature Steak Sunday, the chance to dig into either a half or full-sized portion of 16-ounce Prime New York steak, 12-ounce filet mignon or 16-ounce Prime ribeye, which you can dress up with anything from blue crab and bearnaise to seared foie gras. There’s also a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut, $7 signature cocktails and munchies like Kobe beef sliders with bacon and gouda and a daily ceviche.</p> <p>At <a href="" target="_blank">Apeiro</a> (<em>14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443</em>), the modern Mediterranean eatery in the Delray Market complex, they’re offering a three-course, $20 prix fixe dinner menu Monday through Thursday. Chef David Blonsky will be trotting out dishes like mussels with saffron cream and crostini, spiced lamb kabobs, branzino filet with aqua pazza sauce and herb oil, and a selection of house-made gelati. They’re also extending their happy hour from 4 p.m. to closing Sunday through Thursday for anyone who orders an entree at the bar, which means good deals on selected beers, wines and cocktails.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 29 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningHot DealsNews & ReviewsIt&#39;s Official: the 2015 Boca Ballroom Battle is off and running<p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/ballroom-battle.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>So last night was the kick-off for this year’s Boca Ballroom Battle at M.EA.T Eatery &amp; Taproom at Cendyn, hosted by Charles and Robin Deyo. This is the evening that sponsors and former dancers and this year’s dancers all meet and mingle, undoubtedly sharing war stories from years past, encouraging the new class of 2015 to forge on, practice, and have fun.</p> <p>It’s the night that the upcoming Boca Ballroom Battle on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. becomes real for the dancers. In a little over two months they will be swirling and twirling and dazzling a crowd of 700 or 800 of us at the Resort as we crowd into the best party of the summer, and cheer on our favorites. That’s one more reason to love summer—at least for me—as I remember my year dancing. How scared I was, and how much fun it was at the same time. My dancing shoes may be tucked away now at the top of my closet, but sometimes I think I hear them talking to me, telling me to straighten up, point that toe, lift that chin and let the music do the rest. </p> <p>My shoes might be telling me how to dance, but they have no idea how important the dancing really is, and how much it benefits underserved kids who dream of going to college—despite what may seem like insurmountable odds. Last year, the Boca Ballroom Battle raised $224,000. Last year, The George Snow Scholarship Fund clocked in at $637,000 and sent 84 kids to college.</p> <p>I hear almost all the sponsorships are gone, and the tables will be next—get yours now by calling 561/347-6799 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>And onward, you brave 2015 dancers (listed below)! We are cheering you on!</p> <p>Brian Altschuler, Executive Director of Human Resources, Boca Raton Regional Hospital</p> <p>Peg Anderson Greenspon, volunteer extraordinaire</p> <p>Elias Janetis, founder, MobileHelp</p> <p>Frank McKinney, real estate developer and bestselling author</p> <p>Holly Meehan, photographer, volunteer</p> <p>Chris Nichols, Founder and CEO, Nichols Wealth Partners</p> <p>Donna Parlapiano, Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations &amp; Corporate Real Estate, AutoNation, Inc.</p> <p>Wendy Sadusky, designing housewife</p>Marie SpeedThu, 28 May 2015 14:58:00 +0000 EventsChabad approval, Boca Watch, Auburn Trace and that very special session<h3><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/fl-boca-raton-chabad-city-council-20150410-1.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>The Chabad discussion</h3> <p>At 10:30 Wednesday night, many of the people in the Boca Raton City Council chambers were ready to kiss Councilman Mike Mullaugh.</p> <p>The council was four-plus hours into a hearing on the Chabad East Boca project. Speaker after speaker on both sides had said pretty much the same thing over and over—sometimes after beginning by saying that he or she agreed with what someone else had said. To steal from a review of the 1959 movie “Ben-Hur,” it was like being stuck at a railroad crossing while a long freight train trundled past. City staffers were fading. The three police officers were fading. You could see which way the vote was going to go. Finish it.</p> <p>After that interminable public comment period and a short break, Mayor Susan Haynie called for council comment on a motion to approve the added height—from 30 feet to 40 feet—for one part of the project, which will include a synagogue, a museum and a social hall. Mullaugh said, “I have heard no testimony, let alone evidence, that (the extra height) will injure” the surrounding neighborhoods on East Palmetto Park Road. Mullaugh pronounced himself ready to vote for approval. He had it right. Even better, he had it right in about 30 seconds.</p> <p>The council got there, voting 4-1 in favor—Jeremy Rodgers dissenting—but not before almost another hour had passed. Not before the council had attached more, mostly symbolic conditions to many conditions already attached to the approval. Not before more tortured discussion of legal fine points. Not before the council—mainly Scott Singer—tried to assure the often-unreasonable opponents that while council members understood their objections, the zoning rules gave them little choice.</p> <p>Naturally, given this drawn-out drama, Wednesday night’s decision likely isn’t the last one. As discussion started, City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser informed the council that the opponents—residents of the Riviera and Por La Mar neighborhoods—had appealed the Planning and Zoning Board’s May 7 approval of Chabad East Boca’s site plan. If the city determines that the appeal is reasonable, the site plan will go before the council, probably in July. You can assume that the city will find the appeal reasonable, if only to show that the city gave the opponents every possible chance.</p> <p>According to long-timers at City Hall, even such emotional issues as Boca Teeca in 2007—still unresolved—and Ocean Strand didn’t bring out the crowds Chabad East Boca has. For the congregation, there’s history here.</p> <p>Seeking a larger facility than the current one near Sanborn Square, the chabad first considered a site on Mizner Boulevard between St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church. But neighbors in the Golden Triangle objected, and the council thwarted the chabad with new rules on parking.</p> <p>So now the congregation wants to build where the rules allow places of worship and allow the extra height under conditions to which Chabad East Boca has agreed. Rabbi Ruvi New, the congregation’s leader, referenced anti-Semitism only indirectly when he addressed the Planning and Zoning Board. Speaking to Boca Raton’s elected leaders, he was far less subtle.</p> <p>“At the dawn of time itself,” New began, using the story of Cain and Abel to illustrate the concept of “not in my backyard.” It was that kind of night.</p> <p>In 2008, New said, the cry had been “Save Our Neighborhood. From what?” New, of course, was asking rhetorically. In 2015, the rabbi continued, the cry is “Save Boca Beaches,” referring to the opponents’ website. “We are deeply offended by the notion that this city needs to be saved from what it is we will bring.”</p> <p>One critic, New recalled, objected because Boca Raton needs to look more like Aspen. New produced a slide of the new Aspen Chabad, which is about 22,000 square feet larger than what Chabad East Boca proposes. “We are sick and tired of being kicked around,” New told the council. “The law must prevail.”</p> <p>Then the opponents started in, and many of them made the chabad’s case by how badly they made theirs.</p> <p>Under city rules, the applicant and the organized opposition had 20 minutes to make their cases. One neighborhood leader wasted almost 10 of his 20 minutes arguing for 30 minutes. (His side eventually did get extra time.) He argued that the council should postpone its vote because the opponents hadn’t been aware that Wednesday was a vote only the height. Yet the council had delayed its vote by several weeks already, after opponents raised a technical point the first time around.</p> <p>Critics said the council had “ignored your own ordinances” and “turned a blind eye to the code.” Wrong on both counts. Another said “the legacy” of Boca Raton’s “pristine beaches has been passed to you.” How does a place of worship threaten the beach? Another said the project had been “cloaked in secrecy.” Right. At multiple public hearings. Still another said approval would turn the beach district into “another Miami Beach.” Then there was the opponent who said he could understand why Chabad East Boca wanted to expand, since Boca Raton “is 50 percent Jewish.” Later came the guy who advised everyone that despite his long beard, he isn’t Jewish. “More of a ZZ Top look.” He backed the project.</p> <p>The key point actually had come early, when City Traffic Engineer Doug Hess said the additional 10 feet for the museum/exhibit hall would have no effect on traffic. His testimony undercut all the complaints about traffic, some of which had nothing to do with the chabad and which were not at issue before the council. Nevertheless, Rabbi New agreed that he wouldn’t try to add a nosebleed section that might draw a few more visitors.</p> <p>The only credible point from the opponents was that while Boca Raton has granted added height to other houses of worship, they are on larger sites. Chabad East Boca wants to build on 0.8 acres. But that’s also why the approval comes with so many conditions.</p> <p>You could tell that the opponents are preparing for a lawsuit. They trotted out a lawyer, a planner and a traffic engineer. They had court reporters. Since the city code prohibits the added height unless it is “injurious” to the area, opponents spoke of “injury” and “being injured.”</p> <p>If Chabad East Boca loses, however, the congregation most definitely will sue. Boca Raton’s legal position will be much stronger if it is defending a lawsuit from the opponents, not Chabad East Boca.</p> <h3>And that long winded problem                                  </h3> <p>As Wednesday night’s hearing showed, Boca Raton should change its rules on public comment.</p> <p>The city allows speakers a generous five minutes. Many other cities allow three minutes. The added time might not seem like much, but when 50 speakers show up, you’ve added 100 minutes of comment—without adding any content to the debate.</p> <p>If people can’t make their point in three minutes, the point isn’t worth making. Abraham Lincoln made a lasting point at Gettysburg in 1863, and he did so in less than three minutes. Despite what some speakers believe, telling the council that they’ve lived in Boca for 40 years or run a business up North doesn’t give them any more standing. As noted, any organized opposition gets 20 minutes to make its case. Assume that the council members are judges. Good lawyers know that concise arguments beat long-winded arguments. Democracy in Boca Raton won’t suffer if speakers have three-minute limits.</p> <h3>Boca Watch</h3> <p>Al Zucaro, who operates the Boca Watch blog, has filed ethics complaints against Deputy City Manager George Brown and Councilman Robert Weinroth after the city council appointed them this month to the board of the Boca Raton Airport Authority.</p> <p>Zucaro notified the city of the complaints to the Florida Commission on Ethics. He appeared at Wednesday night’s council meeting to argue that Brown and Weinroth should pay for their own legal defense. At the recommendation of City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser, the council correctly hired a law firm to represent Brown and Weinroth. I’ve never known of a city that didn’t pay the legal fees in such cases when the charges are related to the work of elected and unelected officials. Otherwise, critics could bleed them with such charges.</p> <p>The appointments, though, continue to generate controversy as a policy move. I will have more next week.</p> <h3>Auburn Trace update</h3> <p>According to Mayor Cary Glickstein, Delray Beach remains on track to close Friday on the purchase of the first mortgage for the Auburn Trace housing project.</p> <p>The developer, Auburn Trace Ltd., is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The city holds the second mortgage, having given up its first position years ago. That was a mistake by a previous commission; the developer wanted to obtain more financing. Delray gave Auburn Trace a nearly $4 million loan in 1988. Payments stopped a long time back. With interest and principal, the loan is worth about $4.5 million.</p> <p>By purchasing the first mortgage from Iberiabank, which has foreclosed on the property, Delray can better protect its investment and can try to find a new company to take over and manage Auburn Trace, which needs improvements. The city, Glickstein said, “will begin marketing in earnest after the closing.”</p> <h3>Special session</h3> <p>The Florida Legislature will come back in special session starting Monday. Though the main issue is the budget— they ended the regular session early without passing one— the issue driving the budget is health care.</p> <p>The Senate wants to expand Medicaid, Florida-style, and cover another 800,000-plus Floridians in addition to the 1.6 million who have obtained coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Rick Scott and the House oppose that plan. Everyone, though, worries about how much federal money Florida will receive for the 2016 fiscal year—it begins July 1—for coverage of the state’s uninsured population. To agree on a budget, the House and Senate must agree on that number.</p> <p>Getting health coverage for more Floridians would help the state. So would having healthier Floridians, since they would need less medical care. Some new reports look at both topics.</p> <p>Gallup Healthways just released its latest report on America and obesity. Not surprisingly, the survey ranked Hawaii and Colorado as having the lowest rates of obese people, which the organization defines as someone with a Body Mass Index of 30 or above. In Hawaii, they’re all surfing. In Colorado, they’re all rock-climbing.</p> <p>Florida ranked 15<sup>th</sup> lowest, which I found encouraging until I read that New Jersey—where the porcine Chris Christie is governor—ranked 16<sup>th</sup>. Still, we’re a long way from the perpetual bottom-dwelling Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia and Mississippi. South Florida—Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties—did even better, ranking 15-lowest among 100 metropolitan areas. The Sarasota-Bradenton area ranked eighth, with Fort Myers-Cape Coral ranking ninth.</p> <p>The rankings matter because obesity leads to so many other health problems, notably diabetes. Nationally, Gallup Healthways found, obesity is at a record high—27.4 percent. The Brookings Institution recently calculated that if all the Americans under 18 who are obese now stay that way, the cost to society could be $1.1 trillion. Florida parents, get your kids off their smart phones—at least for a couple of hours.</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></em><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the 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, 28 May 2015 12:51:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySeasonal Finds: Key West Pink Shrimp<p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/shrimp_cilantro.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Shrimp is a staple on my dinner table in the spring as the weather heats up and my body craves lean proteins.  Wild-caught pink shrimp are local to the Florida Keys and are most abundant during the spring months.  In many cases these shrimp are available at the local market just a day after being plucked from the ocean, ensuring the freshest possible product for you and your family.  Florida-raised shrimp can be found at stores across Boca Raton—from Whole Foods and Fresh Market to the local seafood market like Old Dixie Seafood.</p> <p>I have always felt that freshly fished seafood offers an unmatched quality and flavor in comparison to product that has been frozen for weeks or even months before consumption.  Pink Shrimp are known for their sweet, tender meat.  In having the convenient option to buy local shrimp harvested from the pristine waters of the Florida Keys—South Floridian’s have little excuse to buy frozen.</p> <p><em>Here’s a fun fact: nearly 85 percent of the pink shrimp harvested in the United States comes from Florida.  </em></p> <p>Key West Pink Shrimp have a beautiful pink color and they turn opaque after cooking.  Their shell color is a product of the coral sand in which they live.  Key West pinks are easy to distinguish as they have a bright pink color when raw, unlike other shrimp varieties whose colors range from brown, grey, or a dull translucent pink. </p> <p>In my recipe below you will find a classic sautéed shrimp with a kick of garlic and cilantro that amplify the sweet shrimp meat.  Trying adding these shrimp to salad, pasta, risotto, or just enjoy them plain—just don’t forget the fresh lemon slices! </p> <p><strong>Sautéed Pink Shrimp with Garlic and Cilantro</strong></p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <p>1 tbsp. olive oil</p> <p>2 garlic cloves, finely diced</p> <p>1-pound Key West pink shrimp, peeled and deveined</p> <p>½ teaspoon crushed red pepper</p> <p>Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste</p> <p>2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice</p> <p>¼ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves</p> <p>Lemon wedges for serving</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic, and cook until soft but not browned, 1-2 minutes.  Add shrimp, red-pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring frequently, until shrimp are bright pink and opaque, about 3 minutes.</p> <p>2. Add lemon juice and cilantro leaves.  Continue cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper.  Serve warm with lemon wedges on the side. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Amanda JaneThu, 28 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 Movie Review: &quot;In the Name of My Daughter&quot;<p>In “In the Name of My Daughter,” the latest import from major French director Andre Techine, all the elements are in place for a great true-crime opus. In the mid-1970s, struggling casino executive Renee Le Roux (Catherine Deneuve) is being threatened by a rival magnate with mafia ties, who aims to level her business and its 350 employees.</p> <p>Renee has some help in her corner, or so she thinks, in the form of Maurice Agnelet (Guillaume Canet), an obsequious lawyer and “adviser” with intentions to shoehorn himself into her casino operation, should she keep the business. Complicating matters further is Renee’s aloof daughter Agnes (Adele Haenel), returning home after surviving a divorce, hoping to cash in her shares of the casino at a time when Renee isn’t ready or able to let them go. Meanwhile, she finds herself drawn too much to the shadowy, charismatic Maurice, launching an affair that ends in a tragic question mark that remains, to this day, unanswered.</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/nameofmydaughter2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Put three characters with opposing motivations in an environment this combustible—with the twin motivators of money and love picking through the ashes like vultures—and you’ve got an inherently compelling story. Thanks to powerful performances from its leads, Techine draws considerable traction from the case, which made national headlines in its day. Deneuve is usually sequestered in supporting roles of benign grandmas these days, but here she’s as elegant and commanding as she’s ever been.</p> <p>Haenel, though, who is regularly nominated for Cesar Awards in her native country, is the real standout here. Whether it’s engaging in an impromptu bit of African dance at Maurice’s behest, breaking in the bed at her new apartment with some uninhibited pogoing, or plunging deep into the waters of her local beach, she’s the very picture of reckless abandon. An adult with a child’s mindset, she’s the rapacious and unpredictable cog in the plans of both Renee and Maurice, and her portrayal is unflinching in its doomed conviction.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/cb8ee17c38178d501f0da57f64a9a52f_cannes-2014_1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Handsome and well constructed as the film is, however, it’s also exhaustingly talky and too low-key for its own good. It’s paced with the careful, patient dryness of filmed legal documents and transcripts (it’s based in fact on Renee’s memoir), not with the enveloping, pulse-quickening progression a thriller. An ill-advised courtroom denouement of sorts, set in 2005, reveals less about the lingering tragedy of the previous 93 minutes than it does the ghastly, unconvincing job of Techine’s makeup department. The story finally peters to an anticlimax followed by a lengthy postscript of information too complicated to skip over so blithely.</p> <p>By shining a pitiless spotlight on a 30-year-old scandal, In the Name of My Daughter is a worthy entry in the true-crime cinematic lexicon. But for American audiences unfamiliar with the case, a basic Google search may yield a more elucidating account. Techine has produced far wiser films about the human condition when he’s written them himself, but see this one for the performances and you won’t be disappointed.</p> <p><em>"In the Name of My Daughter" opens Friday at Living Room Theaters and Regal Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, The Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 27 May 2015 12:45:50 +0000 & EventsMoviesResearch shows personality matters<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Florida Atlantic University researchers are looking into answering the fundamental questions of why people behave and feel the way they do.</p> <p>Researchers in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science in Boca Raton were among those who measured real-world effects of situations on human behavior. By studying 208 FAU students, their personalities and how they responded to various situations, researchers showed that personality predicts behavior.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/fausocialbehavior.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“For decades, social scientists have theorized that human behavior is a function of the things inside of us — our personality — and the things outside of us — situations,” Ryne Sherman, Ph.D., an FAU assistant professor of psychology, said in a press release. “Until now, looking at both factors simultaneously has been hard to do outside the laboratory in a real-world setting.”</p> <p>In the study’s first phase, Sherman and colleagues used a tool called the HEXACO-60 to measure the broadest dimensions of personality: honesty-humility, emotionality, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience. For descriptions of those personality dimensions, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>“One would assume that if a person is honest and humble, then his or her usual response to a situation would be behavior that is honest and humble,” Sherman said in the press release. “And in the same way, if a person is extraverted then we would expect his or her behavior to be outgoing and sociable in situations.”</p> <p>Students in the study received eight text messages a day, for seven days. The messages helped to gauge their reactions to different situations at that moment. Students rated each situation indicating what they experienced and how they were feeling.</p> <p>“The key finding in our study is that our personalities and the situations we encounter predict our behavior independently and simultaneously at any given moment,” Sherman said.</p> <p>I asked Sherman a few questions about how we can take his research and apply it to our lives. Here’s what he had to say:</p> <p><em>Fit Life: Can readers better predict how they or their loved ones or coworkers might respond in any given situation? </em></p> <p>Sherman: Yes. Our study shows that personality does a good job of predicting how a person will typically behave in general across many moments in time, which is really important. At the same time, our study also shows that the characteristics of situations predict how a typical person will behave in a given moment in time. Taken together, this means that predicting how a particular person will behave in a particular moment in time requires (at least!) (a) knowing something about the person (i.e., his or her personality) and (b) knowing something about his or her situation.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: Does your research suggest that even a person whose personality is defined by honesty and humility can be deceptive in a situation? </em></p> <p>Sherman: Absolutely. One way to think about it is that your personality is your baseline -- how you typically behave. Everyone has a different baseline, but as people go about their day, they run into different situations that push and pull them away from their baseline. On average, we see that people behave like their baselines (i.e., their personalities), but at any given moment, situations can force a person away from his or her baseline.</p> <p>For those who want to know more, this study was published online April 27 in the <em>Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</em>. You can read the study’s abstract by <a href="">clicking here</a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p 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, 27 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyCan you tell this Boca Mom how to get to Sesame Street?<p>Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet! And right now, the summer air is sweetest at the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Discovery &amp; Science</a> in Fort Lauderdale. This is where you’ll find friendly neighbors – and the brand-new <a href="" target="_blank">Sesame Street Presents: The Body</a> exhibit on display until Sept. 8.</p> <p align="center"> <img alt="" height="493" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-22_14.32.25.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The <em>Sesame Street</em> Muppets exhibit presents an exciting collection of hands-on, interactive multimedia experiences that allow your kids to explore the human body and how to keep it healthy.  Each area has multiple activities that provide age-appropriate and exciting learning opportunities for children at a variety of developmental levels. And most importantly: it’s air-conditioned.</p> <p>I always find it a little suspicious when I (potentially) have more fun than my own child at a kids’ event or museum. But, that’s exactly what happened when we attended the exhibit’s opening day.</p> <p>IT’S REALLY SESAME STREET!!!</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-22_14.29.40.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>That’s what I screamed in my head (or maybe out loud) when I saw the interactive <em>Sesame Street</em> set. Yes, <em>Oscar’s</em> trash can makes noise. The buzzers at the front door buzz. Some Muppets even greet visitors through the speaker!</p> <p>My daughter on the other hand was most excited about the <strong>Elmo’s World</strong> interactive play station. Here, younger kids can learn how to tie their shoes, visit Dorothy (<em>Elmo’s</em> pet fish) and dress <em>Elmo</em> up in various outfits on his magnetic wall. Our toddlers didn’t want to leave.</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-22_14.12.01.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>But, there was so much more to see at <a href="" target="_blank">Sesame Street Presents: The Body</a>. Children of all ages have the opportunity to learn about their organs at <em>The Count’s</em> musical organ. They can practice hand washing and tooth brushing at <em>Ernie’s</em> Rub-a-Dub Tub. They can even learn about the complete process of digestion with <em>Oscar the Grouch.</em></p> <p align="center"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-22_14.25.47.jpg" width="490">  </p> <p>It was a fantastic exhibit. My expectations were exceeded and all three kids we brought napped hard on the drive home. I’m glad that this Boca Mom found her way to <em>Sesame Street. </em></p> <p>The Museum of Discovery &amp; Science is located at <em>401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale // 954/467-0046</em>.</p> <p><strong>Admission Prices</strong></p> <p>Adults: $14.00<br> Seniors: $13.00<br> Child (2-12): $12.00<br> Child (1 &amp; under): No charge</p> <p>*IMAX shows and special rides are an extra fee</p> <p>Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p><em>This exhibit is a result of Sesame Workshop’s initiative, Healthy Habits for Life, created in response to the current childhood obesity crisis in the United States. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Thinkwell Design &amp; Production of Burbank, CA created this interactive experience that is locally sponsored by PNC Bank. </em><em></em></p> <p><em>Disclosure: Boca Mom Talk was given complimentary admission to the Museum of Discovery &amp; Science in exchange for publicity consideration. 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>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href=""></a></em><strong><em>, </em></strong><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. </em><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom</em></strong><em> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 27 May 2015 07:30:00 +0000 numbers point to dollar signs &amp; other news of note<h3> </h3> <h3><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/economic-growth2.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Boom Time</h3> <p>Two sets of numbers last week showed how strongly Boca Raton and Delray Beach have come back from the Great Recession.</p> <p>Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits released his office’s estimates of the 2014 tax rolls for cities and the county. Higher tax rolls mean more revenue for local government, even if the tax rate doesn’t increase. Your tax bill is the millage rate multiplied by every $1,000 of assessed value.</p> <p>Example: If you own a home in Boca Raton that for 2013 was assessed at $400,000, you paid 400 multiplied by roughly 3.7, or about $1,480. If your home increased in value for 2014 by, say, $25,000, you will pay almost $100 more. To give residents a tax cut, the city council would have to lower the tax rate. To figure the bill in Delray Beach, use 7.5 instead of 3.7.</p> <p>As long as the increases are not bubble-driven, however, rising property values indicate a healthy economy. Values dropped sharply after the real estate bubble burst, but demand for good services didn’t. Local governments had to cut staff, reduce such amenities as library hours, raid reserves or do all three and more.</p> <p>Three years ago, Boca Raton’s tax roll was $16.4 billion, which even post-recession was a whopping number for a city with fewer than 100,000 residents. The new estimate, however, is $19.4 billion—the largest in Palm Beach County. That covers all property not exempt from taxes, such as non-profit enterprises. Properties worth less than $50,000 also don’t pay property taxes if the owner has filed for the $50,000 homestead exemption. Government-owned property also is tax-exempt. Two of Boca’s largest employers—Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Florida Atlantic University—don’t pay property tax. Of course, their payrolls and spending help to drive the local economy.</p> <p>Boca Raton’s tax roll thus has increased 18.3 percent in three years. That percentage would be impressive in a less-affluent city. In Boca, it’s staggering. One reason, of course, is the surge in high-end new construction and teardowns. Another, however, is all that activity downtown that many people criticize.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s new tax roll also reflects the post-recession pickup in building. Property values have increased nearly one-third in three years, to $8 billion. As in Boca, neighborhood residential is a factor. But so is downtown construction, which will intensify the debate over the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Under Florida law, revenue from higher property values within a CRA’s boundaries—Delray Beach is one of the state’s largest such agencies—must stay within those boundaries. It can’t go to the city’s general fund for services outside the CRA, and the city commission believes that Delray has many public-works needs citywide. The 2014 population estimates from the Census Bureau, which also came out last week, put the property valuations in greater perspective.</p> <p>The count for Boca Raton was about 91,300. Boca remains the second-largest city in Palm Beach County, and from the recent percentages is gaining on West Palm Beach, which is at 104,000. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio would note that her city also has a lot of downtown residential projects in the planning/approval stage.</p> <p>Yet Boca Raton’s tax base is more than double that of West Palm Beach, despite that small difference in population. Indeed, West Palm’s tax roll of $9.9 billion is only about $500 million higher than Palm Beach Gardens’, and the Gardens is barely half as large.</p> <p>The population estimate for Delray Beach is 65,000. For next-door neighbor Boynton Beach, it’s 73,100. Yet Boynton’s tax base is just $4.6 billion, an embarrassingly low figure compared to Delray’s $8 billion.</p> <p>What’s behind all the numbers? IBM may be mostly gone in Boca Raton, but the company’s large operation three decades ago established the city as a corporate presence. Cities without a significant business tax base must ask more of their residents. Obviously, Boca has lots of high-end housing, which helps to fatten the tax base. (Palm Beach has the county’s second-highest tax roll.) But the main difference between Boca and West Palm Beach is the corporate component.</p> <p>Let’s use that 30-year timeline to compare Delray and Boynton. The cities once were about equal. Through superior elected leadership and leveraging of unique assets – the public beach, Atlantic Avenue—Delray Beach left Boynton Beach behind. Boynton still is growing people, but the city isn’t growing enough business. Nor has it developed a downtown entertainment district. The commercial hub is Congress Avenue, west of Interstate 95.</p> <p>If there is a caution behind these encouraging numbers for Boca and Delray, it’s complacency. Cities can get set in their ways when things are going well. Or they can embrace the opportunity and the challenge of going from very good to excellent.</p> <h3>Chabad on the docket</h3> <p>Wednesday night, the Boca Raton City Council will decide whether to approve the Chabad East Boca synagogue/exhibit hall on East Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>Some residents of the nearby Riviera and Por La Mar neighborhoods oppose the project—ostensibly for traffic reasons—and said so during a five-hour hearing three weeks ago before the Planning and Zoning Board. The board, though, voted 5-1 to recommend approval.</p> <p>Similarly, City Manager Leif Ahnell’s memo to the city council recommends approval. Ahnell notes the many conditions designed to reduce the traffic impact. Chabad East Boca has agreed to those conditions.</p> <p>Ahnell wrote: “Given that the location of the proposed place of public assembly abuts East Palmetto Park Road, which is designated, according to the city’s comprehensive plan, as an urban major arterial roadway, and given that the applicant is providing as a buffer a required 25-foot setback, a 6-foot-wall. . .along the adjacent residentially zoned district located on the south side of the subject property, and that the triangular portion of the subject property. . .will remain vacant, it is the opinion of city staff that the request for additional building height (10 feet for one building) is not injurious to surrounding property. . .”</p> <h3>Hotel at the Morikami</h3> <p>On Thursday, the Palm Beach County Commission will consider a zoning change to Morikami Park that would allow development of a hotel. Given how touchy this subject has been with neighbors of the park, the staff memo stresses that approval of the rezoning would not mean approval of a hotel.</p> <p>The county owns the 173-acre park, which is west of Jog Road and south of Addison Reserve. The park’s best-known attraction is the museum and Japanese gardens, which are on a parcel donated four decades ago by George Morikami. The museum and gardens opened in 1977. Two years ago, the county commission voted to accept bids for a hotel that would feature a traditional Japanese design, in hopes of drawing even more tourists and getting them to stay longer.</p> <p>The material for Thursday’s meeting does not say whether the county received any bids. The reference is to park “improvements” that would happen under an updated master plan. For a hotel to be part of any such “improvements” apparently would require a single zoning designation for all 173 acres. Now, there are two.</p> <p>The Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the change last month. According to the backup material for Thursday’s meeting, some neighbors expressed concerns about “lighting, noise, increased traffic and deforestation” that might come with a hotel. Members of the Morikami Board of Trustees spoke in favor.</p> <h3>Gary Nikolits</h3> <p>Just before his office released those tax roll estimates, Gary Nikolits announced that he would not run in 2016 for a seventh term as property appraiser. The public can judge the quality of Nikolits’ service by how little attention the office has received.</p> <p>Few offices have more potential for corruption. Unethical appraisers could cut values in big voting blocs, such as condo communities. They could lower them for big contributors. One former Palm Beach County property appraiser, David Reid, went to prison for soliciting bribes: reduced property values in exchange for work on his home.</p> <p>Like Reid, Nikolits is a Republican who regularly won elections in a Democratic-heavy county. The similarities with Reid, however, end there.</p> <p>Nikolits has been scrupulously fair in his work. The same goes for the office itself. County Commissioner Steven Abrams chairs the county’s value adjustment board, which hears complaints from owners who believe that their property has been overvalued, thus raising their tax bill. “We track this county with others,” Abrams said, “and the rate of appeals is the lowest in South Florida. Abrams has served on the board for six years.</p> <p>Nikolits has joked about his physical and personality resemblance to Elmer Fudd. But in a county that has seen plenty of corruption, Nikolits has been a model for how a public servant should operate.</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></em><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the Post. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em>  </p> <p>      </p> <p> </p> <p>       </p>Randy SchultzTue, 26 May 2015 12:51:00 +0000 WatchCommunityFly Us To The Moon<p><img alt="" height="531" src="/site_media/uploads/frank-sinatra-500-05-112911.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>He’s off! Our favorite weatherman, Channel 5’s Steve Weagle, is on the road, biking from Sebastian to Boca for the Red Cross—and collecting big checks along the way for that charity. Speaking of checks, why not get one of yours out and plan on using it to buy a couple of tickets to this Friday night’s Red Cross fundraiser at Jazizz in Mizner Park?</p> <p>The “21 Club” event has a Rat Pack theme—all the great bad boys of the 50s and 60s with a tribute show paying homage to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and all that cocktail and cool they represented. We hear Steve Weagle himself will be honored, and there will be lavish dinner stations, a creative silent auction, dancing and unforgettable entertainment. </p> <p>Tickets to the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual South County Event are $200 per person and must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For tickets and more information, please contact Anna Erickson at 561/650-9105 or <a href=""></a>. You can also <a href="">click here</a> or visit the event's <a href="">Facebook page</a>.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 26 May 2015 10:22:00 +0000 Counter Coming to PBG<p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/counterburger.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Burger joints are the swinging doors of the restaurant business: they open and close so often it’s almost impossible to keep up.</p> <p>But hope—and hamburgers—spring eternal, and coming later this year to the <strong>Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens</strong> will be <a href="" target="_blank">The Counter</a>, a burger-centric eatery with franchises in nine states and four foreign countries, as close as Aventura and as far away as Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>Like all of these upscale burger joints, The Counter boasts about its locally source and sustainable ingredients, its all-natural beef (Angus, in this case). And it offers both a roster of house burgers, from a classic cheddar and LTO to Korean BBQ, plus bison, turkey, chicken and veggie patties. If you’re a DIY sort, you can build your own burger by choosing from more than a dozen cheeses, sauces and toppings, along with assorted different buns and sides.</p> <p>Also on the menu are various appetizers, salads and sandwiches (including DIY grilled cheese), also a lengthy list of cocktails, wines, craft beers, and adult and kiddie shakes. If the Aventura Counter is any indication, the local outlet will boast a sleek contemporary look, with tall industrial-style ceilings, a cool gray-and-white color scheme with blond wood accents, and white leather banquettes.</p> <p>Oh, and those burger doors swinging shut? Both Chuck Burger and CG Burgers in PBG are long gone.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 26 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: May 26 to June 1<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/ethan-hawke-in-good-kill.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Good Kill” screenings</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6 and 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“I blew away six Taliban in Pakistan today. Now I’m going home to barbecue.” This line, spoken by drone operator Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) in the new war thriller “Good Kill,” speaks to the paradigm-shifting disconnect between today’s drone “fliers” and traditional combat troops. Technology’s ability to reign death on enemy combatants—and inevitably civilians—from the comfort of one’s computer is disturbing and, to put it mildly, ethically questionable. For Egan, a former fighter pilot who is now marooned behind the controls of a drone, his job leads to a crisis of conscience that affects his life at home as well as at the office. Andrew Niccol, lately of “Lord of War” and “The Host,” directs this intense and timely drama, which runs at least through Thursday at the Cinema Paradiso screens in Fort Lauderdale as well as Hollywood (that address is 2008 Hollywood Boulevard).</p> <p>WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/arts-garage---radio-theatre---casablanca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Thin Man”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Every pair of bickering detectives from the Depression-era onward probably owes a debt to “The Thin Man,” Dashiell Hammett’s swan song novel, released in 1934 and promptly adapted into a now-classic film. The movie version cemented the stardom of William Powell and Myrna Loy as retired detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora, whose plans of settling down are disrupted by a pair of murders, linked to an old friend of Nick’s and the so-called “thin man” who vanished in their wake. Five sequels continued the saga of these wisecracking detectives until 1947, but it’s this landmark original that fans remember most. Arts Radio Network will revisit the 1936 radio version of the script, which will be read by professional actors and supplemented by vintage music and handcrafted sound effects.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/tony_capellan_mar_caribe_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception for “Poetics of Relation”</strong></p> <p>Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12-$16</p> <p>Contact: 305/375-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A film about the construction of a Kenyan railroad, a sculpture of lighted metal palm trees and a sprawling installation of plastic and rubber sandals seem to have little in common thematically; but then again, neither do the countless cultures swimming among the diaspora of contemporary Miami. The carefully curated group exhibition “Poetics of Relation” features these works along with three others, all addressing issues of cultural identity and immigration in today’s global melting pot. Inspired by the cultural commentary of Edouard Glissant, the exhibit hopes to enhance the public’s understanding of place in modern society. It will feature painting, photography, landscape and sculpture by the likes of Zarina Bhimji, Hurvin Anderson, Yto Barrada, Tony Capellan, Ledelle Moe and Xaviera Simmons, and it runs through Oct. 18.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/1933-3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Legends of Old School” concert</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $59.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/393-7984, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Remember the ‘90s? Those quaint halcyon days of popular music where used-CD stores thrived, music videos still helped sell records, and conservative presidents fretted publicly about the menace of rap lyrics? The organizers of this event certainly remember those days, amassing some of the rap and hip-hop world’s trailblazing chart-toppers for a night of throwback jams. The lineup is a veritable who’s who of influential rhymers: pioneering all-female hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, Palm Beach County’s own Vanilla Ice, Fort Lauderdale native and Latin freestylist Stevie B., controversial Miami rap group 2 Live Crew, best-selling R&amp;B sensations Color Me Badd, and Gucci Crew II, another Miami-bred bass group. Dress appropriately, which is to say sunglasses after 8 p.m. and backwards Yankees caps are more than welcome.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/daniels-husband-980x300.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Daniel’s Husband”</strong></p> <p>Where: Island City Stage at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-2533, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Prolific South Florida playwright Michael McKeever’s latest work is also arguably his most personal, an initially funny and ultimately tragic drama about the fine line between civil unions and marriage. In “Daniel’s Husband,” Mitchell (Antonio Amadeo) and Daniel (Alex Alvarez) are a committed couple with differing views on marriage. Legally, they can now marry, but Mitchell is obstinately, philosophically opposed to wedlock. This fundamental disagreement starts to create a schism between them just as tragedy strikes one of them, and the reality of custody, hospital care and rights for unmarried couples comes to the forefront. Like most of Island City Stage’s outstanding selections, “Daniel’s Husband” is an LGBT-centered but universally appealing play, as anyone who attended its premiere reading at Lynn University earlier this year can attest. It runs through June 28, and don’t miss it.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/colin-jost-02.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Colin Jost</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $22, plus a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Colin Jost is smarter than your average bear. The attractively coiffed and pearly-teethed comedian is a veteran of the standup circuit, but his peculiar brand of deadpan comedy has also made him a successful humor columnist in <em>The New Yorker</em>, and a skillful deconstructionist of his own craft. He once came up with a “formula” for the perfect joke, which he shared with the <em>New York Times Magazine</em> in 2014: “One tbsp. current events; 1/2 cup structure; 8 oz. white-guy dancing; 1/2 tbsp. freshly ground Bieber paternity test; Osama bin Laden to taste; garnish with ‘This guy knows what I’m talkin’ about!’” His ascent to the top of the “Saturday Night Live” writer’s room as well as his overtaking of one of the “Weekend Update” chairs following Seth Meyers’ ascendance to talk-show hostdom is a triumph of eccentric niche comedy in a series that had become too pandering to the masses. See him at his most unregulated at this rare weekend of standup shows.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/6a00d8341c2c8053ef00e54f334b9e8834-640wi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Free Summer Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach</p> <p>When: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Arts Garage gets plenty of coverage on this website, but we don’t speak enough about Creative City Collaborative’s other cultural ventures in Broward County. There’s no better introduction to the CCC’s Pompano Beach initiatives than this free festival, which will provide, per its tagline, “bands, beers, eats and treats” to hundreds, possibly thousands of visitors. The Spam Allstars, South Florida’s famed mashup artists combining Latin, funk, hip-hop, dub and electronic music into their signature sonic cauldron, will perform, along with The People Upstairs, the veteran Florida progenitors of chill party-rock. The music runs from 5 to 8 p.m., while food trucks and vendors will provide nosh and wares, respectively. At 8 p.m., the amphitheater transforms into a Cinema Under the Stars for a screening of Clint Eastwood’s controversial box-office smash “American Sniper.” The movie is free, too, but you can reserve a seat at the event’s website.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/casavalentina.png" width='400\" height='></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Casa Valentina”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$55</p> <p>Contact: 305/445-1119, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Harvey Fierstein knows from drag shows. A former female impersonator himself, the flamboyant actor, comedian and playwright donned a plus-plus-plus sized dress for his Tony-winning turn as Edna Turnblad in “Hairspray.” He also wrote the seminal “Torch Song Trilogy,” centering on a gay drag performer, and the book for “La Cage Aux Folles,” a lighter musical about the same. But “Casa Valentina,” which premiered on Broadway in 2014, is a new spin on this old standby: The men dressing in women’s garments are heterosexual. The title refers to an enclave in the Catskills, circa 1962, where straight men break from their cloistered family and professional lives to act as women—a favorite pastime that may become irrevocably altered when they receive an opportunity to share their secret with the world. Fierstein’s first play in nearly 30 years received rave reviews on Broadway; expect GableStage director Joseph Adler and his superlative cast of nine to do it justice. The show runs through June 28.</p>John ThomasonMon, 25 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsAnother Egg Breaks in Delray<p><img alt="" height="404" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/another-broken-egg-cafe-hatches-in-delray-beach-florida.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Breakfast junkies take heart, there’s a now an <a href="" target="_blank">Another Broken Egg Cafe</a> (<em>430 E. Linton Blvd., 561/276-7466</em>) open in Delray, the latest installment of an ambitious expansion that should see a dozen new cafes open throughout Florida in the coming years.</p> <p>Located in the Delray Place shopping center, the latest cafe joins a companion in Boca Raton, to be followed by cafes in Palm Beach, Coconut Creek and Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>The Louisiana-based company injects a Southern-Nawlins influence into its breakfast and lunch offerings, with dishes like crawfish, shrimp and andouille sausage omelets and bananas Foster pancakes sharing menu space with everything from eggs benedict and breakfast tortillas to biscuits ‘n’ gravy and fried green tomato BLT.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 25 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsConcert Review: Pat Benatar<p><strong>Pat Benatar &amp; Neil Giraldo</strong><br>Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood<br>Photography courtesy of Ron Elkman</p> <p><img alt="" height="313" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/re1_0152.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>Midway through her band’s spirited 90-minute set Thursday night at <a href="">Hard Rock Live</a> at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, Pat Benatar explained that she’s obligated these days to play the “Holy 14” songs from her catalog of 11 studio albums.</p> <p>“If I don’t,” said the woman born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, “people will whine on Facebook.”</p> <p>Given the state of the record industry today, many groups would be happy with a run that resulted in a Quietly Revered 2 or 3, let alone a Holy 14 and a career that spans more than 35 years. All of which begs the question: Why isn’t Pat Benatar in the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame?</p> <p>Since Benatar and husband/guitarist/songwriter/producer Neil Giraldo are having way too much fun on stage to worry about such trivial matters, allow me to do a little whining on their behalf.</p> <p>What is your problem, Rock &amp; Roll Hall? It’s not as if Benatar and Giraldo, whose 33-year marriage alone is deserving of an honor, don’t have the rock résumé. This isn’t Steve and Eydie at The Stardust. At Hard Rock Live, Benatar, whose classically trained voice sounds every bit as powerful and as compelling at age 62 as it was in her MTV heyday, tore through one hit after another—from the opening “Shadows of the Night” to a set-closing rendition of “Heartbreaker” that dovetailed into snippets from “Ring of Fire,” “Purple Haze” and the theme from “The Godfather.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="436" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/re1_1191.jpg" width="370"></p> <p>Unlike some of the Hall’s more questionable inductees, Benatar and Giraldo’s hits also happen to be rock songs (Did I somehow miss Donna Summer’s tour with the Rolling Stones?). As far as a body of work, consider this: Recent inductee Joan Jett landed nine singles on the Top 40 chart and delivered two platinum albums. Benatar recorded 15 Top 40 singles; produced a string of six consecutive platinum-selling albums between 1979-84, all of which charted in the Top 20 of the <em>Billboard</em> 200; and scored a No. 1 album in 1981 with “Precious Time.”</p> <p>Throw in the fact that she was an MTV goddess (“You Better Run” was the second video ever broadcast on the channel); that she inspired legions of young girls to chop their hair and wear spandex pants (as immortalized in the cafeteria scene in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”); and that “We Belong” is cool enough for Ricky Bobby (it plays over one of the final scenes in “Talladega Nights”), the criminals on the mean streets of “Grand Theft Auto” (it’s in the 2006 version of the game) and the cast of “Pitch Perfect 2” (where it appears twice) … and it would seem that the Hall is sadly remiss in failing to recognize the work of Benatar and Giraldo.</p> <p>All of this, of course, was neither here nor there at Hard Rock Live, where the parents of two adult daughters (hard as that is for some of us to believe) did what they do best, bringing great energy to their classics (“Promises in the Dark,” “Hell is for Children,” and “Love is a Battlefield” were highlights) and honoring their fan base with a few social media requests (including a stirring version of “One Love”).</p> <p>Maybe one day the Hall will get its head out of its Stratocaster and give Benatar and Giraldo their just due. They belong.</p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/re1_1292.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Set List</strong></p> <p>Shadows of the Night</p> <p>All Fired Up</p> <p>Invincible</p> <p>We Live for Love</p> <p>One Love (Song of the Lion)</p> <p>Go</p> <p>Strawberry Wine</p> <p>Promises in the Dark</p> <p>We Belong</p> <p>Hell is For Children</p> <p>You Better Run</p> <p>Hit Me With Your Best Shot</p> <p>Love is a Battlefield</p> <p><strong>Encore</strong></p> <p>Everybody Lay Down</p> <p>Let's Stay Together</p> <p>Heartbreaker (with excerpts of Ring of Fire, Don't Slander Me, Purple Haze and "The Godfather" theme)</p> <p> </p>Kevin KaminskiFri, 22 May 2015 15:07:00 +0000 & EventsMusicStaff Picks: a cleanse, a reception venue and a great spot in Delray<p><strong>Apura’s 3-Day Cleanse</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/apura_juice_cleanse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>I just completed Apura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse’s PurLean 3-day cleanse, which includes cold-pressed, organic juices, cold-pressed coffee and raw, vegan food. Wow – I feel so amazing I can't wait to do it again! I feel completely energized, have better mental clarity and feel lighter. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious too! I just love how incredible I feel. You can choose 1, 3, 5 or 21 days. Go to<a href=""></a> for more details.</p> <p>(22191 Powerline Road, Boca Del Mar // 561/430-3596)</p> <p><strong>DaVinci's of Boca</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/davincis_weddingreception.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Valentine Simon, Production Coordinator</em></p> <p>“After the months of tireless planning of my recent wedding, I can say the best decision I made for the day was to have the reception dinner at DaVinci's of Boca. Not only was the private dining room absolutely stunningly decorated (which allowed me to worry less about decorating it myself), but it also had amazing and attentive service from the moment my husband and I walked in, without appointment.  The service was impeccable until the very end of the event, as one of the servers happily helped us bring flowers to our car. Most notable for making our wedding reception perfect was the manager Eric. He was there to answer every little crazy bridezilla question and went out of his way to make sure we were happy at every moment. He made the experience light hearted and fun, and I was so happy he was the person to help. </p> <p>The one thing that I and everyone else can't stop talking about from that night is the outstanding quality and deliciousness of the food. All of my guests sat eating in awed silence as each course came out, one delectable bite after another.  My aunt and uncle who were in from Denver, and my mother and stepfather in from New York, said they would have to come back and eat there every time they were back in town. My best friend's mother and stepfather have already went back for dinner the weekend after! </p> <p>And everyone says that the bride and groom never eat at their wedding – but I must say, I CERTAINLY DID EAT! And I am so glad I did, because it was incredible.</p> <p>A million "thank yous" to Eric, and to everyone else at DaVinci's, for making our night so much more special than anything we could have expected. We are looking forward to coming back soon, time and time again.”</p> <p>(6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton // 561/362-8466)</p> <p><strong>Caffe' Martier</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/caffemartier.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p>“What used to be Delray's venerable Arcade Tap Room (and a series of restaurants), is now Caffe' Martier, a European enclave and piazza in the middle of Atlantic Avenue—and our new go-to place for fresh light bites—and handcrafted fresh cocktails from Nico, the Greek mixologist.”</p> <p>(411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // <a>561/450-6169</a>)</p>magazineFri, 22 May 2015 08:21:00 +0000 Hosts Sake Dinner<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/multi-colored-bottles.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Looking for something to do tonight?</p> <p>Check out what the <a href="" target="_blank">Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens </a>(<em>4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, 561/495-0233</em>) has cooking. It’s a seminar-tasting-dinner on Japanese rice wine, sake. Five different sakes from five different Japanese prefectures will be featured, along with a short talk on each by “The Sake Guy,” John Gauntner.</p> <p>Dinner will be a selection of bites from the Morikami’s recently renovated and upgraded Cornell Cafe. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $55 for museum members and $75 for non-members. Get your tickets <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 22 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsWeeding Out a Culture of Stench<p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong>'s "City Watch"</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/schultzhome-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Clearing the Air in Delray</strong>: The latest indication of how things have changed in Delray Beach came Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>City Manager <strong>Don Cooper</strong> e-mailed a memo informing the mayor and the city commission of “allegations of numerous purchasing violations by city employees over multiple years dating back, as best as we can determine at this point, to at least 2006, and (involving) substantial amounts of money.” There is one criminal investigation, and Cooper said, “There may be others.” Investigations by the city, the Office of Inspector General and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office are examining not only potential criminal charges but also violations of the county ethics code and the city code.</p> <p>Do the math, and you understand that the 2006 date means that what Mayor <strong>Cary Glickstein</strong> called “simple exploitation of systemic breakdowns of fundamental management-level control and oversight” went on for at least six years under former City Manager <strong>David Harden</strong>, who retired at the end of 2012. In his memo, Cooper referred to “a cultural and management processes that either ignored ethical requirements or were unaware of those requirements, but, in either case, are indicative of systemic failures to maintain high ethical standards ...”</p> <p>The first sign of trouble, however, didn’t come until after Harden left. Harden’s successor was <strong>Louie Chapman Jr</strong>. A year ago, the Office of Inspector General flagged an improperly authorized trash cart purchase on which Chapman and former Community Improvement Director <strong>Lula Butle</strong>r had misled the commission. That investigation revealed widespread purchasing problems, and the commission made fixing them a priority when it hired Cooper last November.</p> <p>Mission being accomplished. In his memo, Cooper said “a new purchasing department will be created and charged with all purchases over $2,500 and with the responsibility of enforcing all purchasing requirements, per commission direction. A complete review of policies and procedures will be undertaken to ensure Best Management Practices are implemented and followed, combined with training and annual evaluation of compliance.” The commission will get quarterly reports “as to compliance and changes made.”</p> <p>When it comes to city government, purchasing is as basic as it gets. It’s to management what street paving and trash pickup are to services. If a city can’t spend the public’s money properly, something is terribly wrong. Yet in Delray Beach, according to Cooper, the problem involves “allegations of employees or relatives of the employees doing business with the city” and “the chain of employees reviewing and approving the transactions.” Even as the investigations continue, it’s clear that Delray Beach had massive institutional failure.</p> <p>For those who have been watching, it doesn’t come as a big surprise. In Harden’s last years there was a sense of something off in Delray, despite the continued success of Atlantic Avenue and the demand for housing. Management and commissioners, though, didn’t want anyone looking.</p> <p>Harden resisted Office of Inspector General oversight. He argued that inspector general investigators should have to make appointments to speak with city employees. He argued that cities should be able to define “waste,” “fraud” and “mismanagement” as they saw fit. Harden argued in 2012 that Delray Beach didn’t have to put the trash-hauling contract out for bid. In a report triggered by a citizen complaint, the inspector general disagreed.</p> <p>This month, the inspector general issued a follow-up report. It concluded that because Delray used the office’s 2012 finding to challenge the contract and get a new hauler, the payoff to the city is $12 million. In 2012, Harden disagreed with the inspector general’s conclusion, claiming that because money went from residents to the hauler—Waste Management—and not directly to the city, the bidding rule didn’t apply. Using that argument, Waste Management lost without the case even going to trial.</p> <p>Cooper responded to the new OIG report by saying that “we appreciate the work that has been done on this matter and the savings that the City of Delray Beach has received as a result of your recommendations.” His attitude represents a dramatic shift.</p> <p>For the last two years, as reformers have joined the commission, there have been comments—some from people aligned with former county commissioner <strong>Mary McCarty</strong>—that these new elected leaders are too tough on city staffers. The theme came up in the mayor’s race this year, with talk that Delray Beach under Glickstein has become less civil.</p> <p>In fact, those accusations are bogus. Delray Beach needed change, and is getting it. That doesn’t happen without raising issues. The resulting change may not please some who once had influence but it’s benefiting residents. In an e-mail to Cooper late Tuesday, Commissioner <strong>Shelly Petrolia</strong> praised the new manager, saying, “You have my full support to do whatever is necessary to weed out this ‘culture’ of stench.”</p> <p>*******</p> <p><strong>To Finish or Not to Finish El Rio</strong>: Boca Raton’s Hillsboro El Rio Park is on the north side of 18th Street just west of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. It has a baseball field and a soccer field. The rest of the park had been planned for the south side of 18th Street. Then came the recession.</p> <p>The city is studying whether to complete the park. A second public hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at the downtown library. The purpose, according to the city, is “to receive input and comment concerning the amenities to include in the development of the Hillsboro/El Rio park site.” The language could make it seem as though the city has decided to proceed with the park, which has drawn opposition from some residents of the Camino Lakes neighborhood across the El Rio canal west of the site. (Full disclosure: I live in Camino Lakes. I am not involved in any attempt to oppose or support the park.)</p> <p>In an e-mail, Mayor <strong>Susan Haynie</strong> said the city has made no decision to proceed. “(The hearing) is an effort to update the master plan so we can proceed with the study.” The master plan is a decade old. “We know from building (Fire Station 7, just east of the park site) the great expense of building structures on unstable soil due to the previous dump.” The park site used to be a city landfill. The city must close the soccer field sometimes because glass and other material percolate to the surface.</p> <p>“The other big question,” Haynie said, “is the boat ramp feature.” The original plan included a ramp. Here is where one park issue might become part of another.</p> <p>Silver Palm Park, at Palmetto Park Road and the Intracoastal Waterway, is Boca’s only launch site for motorboats. It’s very popular. It’s also across the street from the Wildflower property, which the city owns. The city council wants to work out a lease deal for a Houston’s restaurant on that property. That won’t happen unless the city and the operator of the restaurant can agree on a site plan that provides enough parking. The council also wants access for diners who arrive by boat.</p> <p>The council has been clear that accommodating the restaurant should not mean taking spaces from Silver Palm Park. But would things be easier if the city had another boat launch? Maybe at Hillsboro El Rio Park?</p> <p>Haynie said, though, that only a “non-motorized facility should be explored” at Hillsboro El Rio. Such a facility, Haynie said, could be eligible for a grant from the Florida Inland Navigational District. Haynie called the site potentially “a great location for launching kayaks, canoes and (stand-up paddle) boards.”</p> <p>The last major park Boca Raton built is the 85-acre Countess deHoernle Park—with its large athletic complex—on Spanish River Boulevard west of Interstate 95.</p> <p>********</p> <p><strong>The Panhandling Issue</strong>: Does it bother you, while you’re stopped a red light, when someone approaches your car and asks for money?</p> <p>Me, too.</p> <p>It’s not the giving. It’s not whether the person is representing a legitimate cause. It’s the worry about someone getting run over. Boca Raton has a panhandling law. Palm Beach County doesn’t, but after Tuesday the county may have one soon.</p> <p>The county commission voted unanimously to approve on first reading an ordinance that would prohibit people from “displaying information, soliciting business or charitable contributions and distributing materials or goods” on state and county roads in the unincorporated areas of the county. It would apply to people begging for themselves or raising money for, say, firefighters. A public hearing and second vote are scheduled for June 23.</p> <p>There are First Amendment issues with any such ordinance, but in a memo to commissioners County Attorney <strong>Denise Nieman</strong> said safety has become the overriding factor. A man was struck and killed this year, Nieman said, while standing in an Okeechobee Boulevard median near the entrance to Florida’s Turnpike. That area is one of the most congested in the county.</p> <p>The ban would apply only to roads with medians. Violators would be fined $500 and/or given 60 days in jail. The potential jail time will be an issue at when the issues come back to the commission. Should panhandling lead to a criminal charge? But what if the fine alone doesn’t stop the behavior? I’ll have more next month.</p> <p>********</p> <p><strong>On the Move</strong>: <strong>Mack Bernard</strong> finally returned my call asking about where he lives.</p> <p>The former Florida House representative and failed state Senate candidate is running for the District 7 seat on the Palm Beach County Commission. The district includes portions of Delray Beach. Bernard’s Delray Beach home, however, is not in District 7. Records show that Bernard also owns a home in Boynton Beach that is in District 7, but the mailing address for that residence is Bernard’s Delray Beach home, on which his wife is listed as co-owner. She is not listed as an owner of the Boynton Beach home. The mailing address for Bernard’s campaign is his law firm’s post office box.</p> <p>County commissioners must live in the district they intend to represent—not just when they are in office but also when they qualify to run for it. County commission qualifying isn’t until next June. Bernard, however, has opened a campaign finance account.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Bernard told me that by the qualifying period he and his wife would be living in the district. He didn’t specify where. Bernard said they are looking at other houses in District 7. “But we won’t be living in the Delray Beach home,” he said.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 21 May 2015 10:20:00 +0000 WatchCommunityDelray BeachNewsOpinionsTown NewsMemorial Day 5K Run<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s almost time for one of my favorite local running events: the <strong>Boca Raton Road Runners’ 38th Annual Memorial Day Family Affair 5K Run/Walk, Youth Mile and Little People Races</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/bocaraton_memoriaday5k.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One of the reasons I like this race so much is that the first 200 people to cross the 5K finish line get a free pie! It’s a reasonably shaded course at a hot time of year. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 400 who register, and the kids’ races are cute and easy to watch. After the races, there will be food, water, music and a bounce house.</p> <p>Start time is 7:30 a.m., Monday, May 25, at <em>900 Broken Sound Blvd, Boca Raton</em>. The youth mile starts at 8:30 and the little people races at 9 a.m. All kids get finishers’ medals.</p> <p>The entry fee for adults doing the 5K run/walk is $35 each person. (Note: there’s a $3 processing fee for signing up online). Registration for the youth mile is $5 and for the little people - it’s $1 each child.</p> <p>There’s still time to register <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> or in person at the Runner’s Edge store in Boca Raton (<em>3195 N. Federal Highway, 561/361-1950</em>) or at Running Wild in Fort Lauderdale (<em>2563 E Sunrise Blvd., 954/565-9400</em>).</p> <p>If you don’t want to run, there’s always the need for volunteers. You can sign up online for what you’d like to do on race day.</p> <p>For more information, including a course map, visit <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, 20 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 the Reborn Theatre at Arts Garage<p>South Palm Beach County has lost four—count ‘em four—regional theater companies in the past year. Two moved to the Broward Center (Slow Burn and Outre), and we wish them well, and two others folded (The Women’s Theatre Project and Parade Productions).</p> <p>If there is a glimmer of cultural hope, it’s that we were poised to lose a fifth company, the Theatre at Arts Garage, until the venue’s president and CEO, Alyona Ushe, announced two new directors to fill the shoes of outgoing artistic director Lou Tyrrell.</p> <p>Tyrrell’s announcement, in March, that he would be leaving Arts Garage was not wholly surprising—audience numbers for his provocative and cerebral plays this past season had been dwindling—but it was certainly disappointing. Luckily, Ushe’s replacements are similarly respected in the South Florida theater community for mounting works that are both challenging and accessible. Beginning next month with a play reading and continuing with a full season in October, Keith Garsson, lately of the Primal Forces company in Fort Lauderdale, and Genie Croft, his partner in crime from Boca Raton Theatre Guild and, previously, the Women’s Theatre Project, will take over the Arts Garage reins.</p> <p><img alt="" height="636" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/keithandalyona.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><em>(From left: Genie Croft, Keith Garsson and Alyona Ushe)</em></p> <p>“Keith read something about Lou leaving, and he reached out to us in terms of seeing what kind of partnership we could put together,” Ushe recalls. “We got to talking, and it just felt so natural. What he’s envisioning and what he’s done so far is exactly along the lines of what Arts Garage is all about. I think he’s going to make a phenomenal addition to our team.”</p> <p>At the time of the announcement, Garsson’s Primal Forces was just cementing its brand as a purveyor of thoughtful, contemporary plays with a focus on the lingering impact of the ‘60s counterculture. In Fort Lauderdale’s Andrews Living Arts Studio, Garsson produced David Mamet’s “The Anarchist,” Lanford Wilson’s “Redwood Curtains” and a critically revered version of Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby,” which was nominated for a Carbonell Award. He says to expect more of the same when he takes over the Theatre at Arts Garage in October with Laura Eason’s steamy comedy “Sex With Strangers.”</p> <p>“We will continue to do more of the oddities that I liked doing [at Andrews], but without the limitations of the size of that stage,” Garsson says. Indeed, rather than trying to box ambitious shows into a small stage, Garsson will have the freedom, at Arts Garage, to choose between producing shows on the main stage and in an expanded black box space formerly occupied by the Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches.</p> <p>“Sex With Strangers,” about a 20-something male sex blogger who tracks down his idol, an obscure female novelist in her ‘40s, will kick off a season focused loosely on the inappropriate desires of lust. In January of 2016, Zayd Dohrn’s “Reborning” hugs the border between comedy, drama and thriller, in a story about a sculptor and his mysterious new client. “The Devil’s Music,” opening next February, dramatizes the last concert by the inestimable blues siren Bessie Smith; and Kim Davies’ “Smoke,” opening in March 2016, is a thriller set in New York City about the ludic possibilities of human sexuality.</p> <p>Garsson respects the achievements Tyrrell has made in establishing the Theatre at Arts Garage, but he says he’s approaching the season from a different perspective. “Lou, from what I know, was in a way the most daring of everyone, completely gambling on all-new material,” he says. “I am not that much of a risk-taker. I’m maybe 80 percent of the way there, taking material that hasn’t necessarily been seen in New York but maybe has been seen elsewhere—little-known works, along the lines of the old Ripley’s Believe it or Not.”</p> <p>Of Primal Forces/Arts Garage’s place in the South Florida theater scene, Garsson describes it thusly: “The Wick has the market cornered on the classics. Slow Burn’s got the market cornered on the offbeat recent musicals. Those two things do not interest me right now, as a producer. You’ve got Island City, which specializes in predominantly gay material. You’ve got people like Mark Della Ventura specializing in millenials. You’ve got Palm Beach Dramaworks specializing in the classics. There’s an empty area there for new stuff with a ‘60s feel.”</p> <p>“I think we’re growing,” adds Ushe. “Every season we’re getting bigger and better. I think with the selection of plays that Keith is putting out, it will help us reach younger audiences as well. They’re a little edgier. We’ll continue what we’ve been doing so far and build on top of it and try to get more folks aware of us. This is our mission. I think we’re getting there.”</p> <p><em>For more on the Theatre at Arts Garage’s 2015-2016 theater season, and to purchase season tickets, call 561/450-6357 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 20 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachTheatreUpcoming EventsMemorial Day Dishes<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means keeping your cool during hot and humid afternoon pool parties. While I don’t believe in sticking to one dietary theory all the time, I do find that seasonal eating can help us feel our best. Because our bodies are always looking for balance, your system has to work extra hard to maintain its internal temperature during extremely hot Florida days.</p> <p><img alt="" height="468" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/memorialday.jpg" width="485"></p> <p>With that in mind, cooling foods are the perfect way to keep your body balanced when you’re out in the heat. To help you enjoy the parties and save time in the kitchen, here’s a quick and easy recipe, plus a list of my top 10 cooling foods.</p> <p><strong>Jicama Salad</strong></p> <p>This summer skip the potato salad and try jicama instead. This root vegetable is very hydrating and has 1/3 the calories and double the fiber of the potato! If you’re note sold, note the other great benefits of this salad: avocado helps lower your blood pressure, cabbage supports your liver (that may be overworking if you are celebrating with cocktails) and red pepper helps boost your system with antioxidants.</p> <p>Salad Ingredients:</p> <p>1 cup of organic corn (frozen and thawed is fine)</p> <p>1 jicama root, peeled and julienned</p> <p>1 head of purple cabbage, sliced</p> <p>½ red bell pepper, diced</p> <p>1 avocado, chopped</p> <p>2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped</p> <p><strong>Dressing:</strong></p> <p>½ cup lime or lemon juice</p> <p>1 cup extra virgin olive oil</p> <p>2 cloves garlic</p> <p>2 teaspoons sea salt</p> <p>2 teaspoons chili powder</p> <p>2 teaspoons cumin powder</p> <p>Throw dressing ingredients together in a blender. Mix together with the jicama, pepper cabbage, corn and avocado. Garnish with chopped cilantro.</p> <p><strong>TOP 10 COOLING FOODS</strong></p> <p><strong>SAVORY</strong></p> <p>Cucumbers</p> <p>Tomatoes</p> <p>Bell Peppers</p> <p>Jicama</p> <p>Celery</p> <p><strong>SWEET</strong></p> <p>Watermelon</p> <p>Honeydew</p> <p>Grapes</p> <p>Oranges</p> <p>Mangoes</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, 20 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Eau Palm Beach Gets a New Chef<p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/eauthomsen.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Good news at <a href="" target="_blank">Eau Palm Beach</a>, the former Ritz-Carlton on the ocean in Manalapan.</p> <p>A year and a half after the transition, the swanky resort has hired an executive chef with the kind of culinary chops its high-end clientele expects. He’s <strong>Josh Thomsen</strong>, most recently chef-partner at Agricola in New Jersey with a resume that includes stints with such restaurant superstars as Michael Mina, Thomas Keller (French Laundry) and Joachim Splichal (Patina). Also from Agricola is chef de cuisine, Manlee Siu, who will take over the kitchen at Angle, Eau’s “fine dining” eatery.</p> <p>Frankly, it’s a move that should have come a long time ago. And next step is to continue upgrading  the resort; the whimsical Jonathan Adler redo has been a hit.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 19 May 2015 10:51:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Governor Scott crisis and lawyering up for Atlantic Crossing<h3><span>The health and budget crisis  </span></h3> <h3><img alt="" height="316" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/screen_shot_2015-05-19_at_8.16.06_am.png" width="490"></h3> <p>You wonder if any staffers at area hospitals had to spend the weekend struggling not with a medical emergency but with a political emergency.</p> <p>Last Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott made a “request” to all of Florida’s hospitals for financial and clinical information going back to 2006. He wanted the information by Monday, for review by his <strong>Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding</strong> at its first meeting Wednesday. This would be the commission whose nine members include just one person from the health care industry—an orthopedic and reconstructive surgeon from Gainesville. In his form letter to hospitals and insurers, Scott asked for “information on your services, profits, costs and patient outcomes.”</p> <p>In roughly a month, Scott has turned his mismanagement of negotiations with the federal government over health care money into a political crisis and an attack on hospitals that support continuation of that money, known as the <strong>Low Income Pool</strong> (LIP), and expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Rather than referee a dispute between the Florida House and Senate over Medicaid expansion and that LIP money, Scott allowed the House to leave early. The session ended without a budget.</p> <p>A three-week special session will start June 1. It could last for three weeks. The new budget year starts July 1. The governor is rattling nerves with talk of a potential state government shutdown. Last week, as legislative leaders announced progress in their budget talks, he asked agency leaders for a list of essential services.</p> <p>Scott also has puzzled and annoyed hospital administrators with his idea that health care facilities should share profits to avoid the need for that LIP money. The share for hospitals is slightly more than $1 billion. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has told Scott since 2011 that the money would end unless the state found a better way to spend it than just reimbursing hospitals for emergency room care.</p> <p>The Obama administration wants to solve that problem by getting health insurance to more Floridians, which supposedly would reduce the use of emergency rooms for non-emergency care. Before 1.6 million Floridians signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange, the state had the second-highest rate of uninsured. To cover nearly 900,000 more less-affluent Floridians, the state could use money from the Affordable Care Act, under a Senate plan that would call it the Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange, not Medicaid expansion. Scott and the Florida House, however, don’t want to approve anything related to the health care law, which the governor sued to overturn.</p> <p>The call for profit-sharing is especially odd, since Scott in his former life ran a for-profit hospital company and left with $300 million in stock when the board forced him out during an investigation that resulted in Columbia/HCA being fined $1.7 billion for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The governor also has a law degree, but he ignored legal issues in asking hospitals to share the wealth.</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital, for example, is a non-profit, run by a community-based board. So is Boynton Beach-based Bethesda Health. But West Boca and Delray medical centers are part of investor-owned, for-profit Tenet Healthcare, which a national board oversees. Board members have different obligations to their institution based on the type of institution. What if sharing profits jeopardized bond payments? What about hospitals that— unlike those four—receive direct taxpayer support, not just Medicaid and Medicare money? What about Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade, which depends on the Health Care District of Palm Beach County—the only such agency in the state?</p> <p>Among the four area hospitals, the fight over Low Income Pool money and Medicaid expansion matters least to Boca Regional. According to the Senate, the hospital would lose $935,000 if the LIP money stopped and there was no Medicaid expansion. According to the governor’s figures, Boca Regional made $10.6 million in fiscal year 2014, a total margin of 3.1 percent. The bulk of Boca Regional’s revenue comes from Medicare, not Medicaid.</p> <p>West Boca and Delray have more to lose. In the same scenario—LIP money stops; the Legislature doesn’t expand Medicaid—West Boca would lose $2.5 million and Delray would lose $2.7 million. Their reported profits for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2013 were $7.6 million and $19.8 million, respectively.</p> <p>As I wrote last month, though, the fight matters a lot to Bethesda. The company provides a lot of care to uninsured patients, especially pregnant women, and could lose $7.2 million if that federal reimbursement money ends. Bethesda also has the most to gain from Medicaid expansion. Scott’s figures showed Bethesda’s 400-bed main hospital on Seacrest Boulevard losing just under $300,000 for the year that ended Sept. 30, 2014. Bethesda also owns an 80-bed facility west of Boynton.</p> <p>Scott did not order hospitals to send their information. One wonders, though, if he will keep a list of those that refused. The governor’s health care commission is not serious, but his capacity for trying to dodge blame and make villains of others is real.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing</h3> <p>Nothing goes easily when the Delray Beach City Commission discusses Atlantic Crossing. Wednesday night will not break that pattern.</p> <p>On the commission’s agenda is a recommendation from City Attorney Noel Pfeffer that Delray Beach hire land-use lawyer Debbie Orshefsky—in Pfeffer’s words—“for the task of reviewing the amended development agreement (with Atlantic Crossing) and any proposed settlement agreement with respect to this project.” Mayor Carey Glickstein and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura will agree. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will not.</p> <p>It’s all a matter of perspective. Glickstein and Jarjura are lawyers themselves. Glickstein also is a developer. Jarjura is a land-use lawyer. With the goal of getting a site plan for Atlantic Crossing that includes the Atlantic Court easement and a development agreement that protects the city, Glickstein and Jarjura like the idea of hiring Orshefsky, who is nationally known and has spent her career representing developers, mostly in Broward County. Find someone who knows the tricks and the angles. “She would be a great card to have in our pocket,” Jarjura said. The bill would not be more than $15,000.</p> <p>Petrolia, however, sees Pfeffer’s recommendation of Orshefsky as too exclusive and as his latest in a pattern of controversial actions regarding Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>Petrolia starts with the first development agreement that Pfeffer proposed last fall, having been hired in June. (Petrolia voted to hire him.) A lawsuit against Atlantic Crossing was active—the developers since have prevailed— and Petrolia believed that the agreement aligned the city with the developers regarding the litigation. Petrolia also noted the tumultuous Planning and Zoning Board meeting on Atlantic Crossing three months ago—the subject was a new plat—that Pfeffer aborted two hours in because the meeting hadn’t been properly noticed. She believes that Pfeffer all along has been timid in making the case that the city did not give up Atlantic Court in January 2014, when the commission approved a new site plan without the road.</p> <p>Now Petrolia disagrees with Pfeffer’s choice of Orshefsky because she prefers the Weiss Serota law firm that helped Delray Beach get out of the Waste Management contract, so the city could choose a different, cheaper trash hauler. Because of that work, Petrolia said, the firm “has the public’s trust to deliver good news or bad news” from negotiations over a project that so many Delray Beach residents dislike to varying degrees of intensity. If her previous concerns “shouldn’t give me pause for concern over your single recommendation,” Petrolia wrote in an email to Pfeffer, “shame on me.”</p> <p>The irony, based on my conversations Monday with Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia, is that all three want the same result: Atlantic Court back in the project and the city protected. Example: Atlantic Crossing’s parking will be underground. Glickstein wants the city indemnified if “a Sandy-like storm surge” floods that parking. “This is not just a land-use issue,” Glickstein said. “This is a risk-management issue.”</p> <p>Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia also all dislike Atlantic Crossing—too big, wrong spot—and would not have voted for it in December 2012. Delray Beach, Glickstein said, should have appreciated the location of the property and reduced the zoning years ago, at least the block east of Northeast Seventh Avenue that borders Veterans Park. All realize, however, that Delray Beach at this point can’t change the size and scope of the mixed-use project. Getting the road back in with no other surprises, Petrolia said, “would be worth a victory lap.” Petrolia wonders, though, why only Glickstein, Jarjura and Pfeffer have seen the new preliminary, revised site plan that includes Atlantic Court.</p> <p>Commissioner Mitch Katz shares Petrolia’s concern about the attorney choice, but he won’t be at Wednesday’s meeting. It was moved from Tuesday at the request of Glickstein and Petrolia, so they could attend a year-end concert at their children’s school.</p> <p>Petrolia and Katz are right that choosing an attorney—to buttress Glickstein’s negotiations with Atlantic Crossing—is on a tight schedule. But the city needs a resolution before too much more time expires and the city’s position weakens. There’s also precedent for a Palm Beach County city hiring a developers’ lawyer and making it work.</p> <p>When Nancy Graham was mayor of West Palm Beach, she hired Bob Sanders for the city’s legal department. He had been the builders’ go-to guy, even getting Palm Beach to approve the Esplanade—against all expectations. Sanders then helped West Palm Beach condemn and acquire the land that became CityPlace—also against all expectations. Graham wanted Sanders’ talent on her side, not against her.</p> <p>Petrolia makes a good case that Pfeffer moved too fast early on regarding Atlantic Crossing. His job, though, is to protect Delray Beach from dangerous legal exposure. Pfeffer is correct that Orshefsky’s qualifications are superb. Since Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia agree on the goal, you hope that even as they disagree they can work with Pfeffer on the best way for Delray Beach to get there.</p> <h3>Bridge alert!</h3> <p>If you plan to be in downtown Delray Beach tonight, leave early or plan your departure in a way that doesn’t involve crossing the Atlantic Avenue bridge.</p> <p>The city advises that the bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Wednesday for maintenance and repairs. Alternatives are the George Bush Boulevard bridge to the north and the Linton Avenue bridge to the south.</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></em><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the 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, 19 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: May 19 to 25<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="572" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/tumblr_n9y5pshn471shq3f9o1_500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Chris Berman</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: $50–$112.10</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="http://http//" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As an athlete, you know you’ve arrived in the big leagues when Chris Berman has turned your name into an elaborate pun. When he eventually retires, the ESPN anchor will be remembered as much for his oddball sense of humor as for his analysis. His sly, goofy, occasionally brilliant nicknames for players include LaMarr “Where Does it” Hoyt, Chuck “New Kids on” Knoblauch, Scott <strong>“</strong>Supercalifragilisticexpiala”<strong> </strong>Brosius and my personal favorite, Hideo “Ain’t Gonna Work On Maggie’s Farm” Nomo. It takes a singular sort of genius to come up with material like this, and it has helped keep the outspoken commentator on ESPN’s airwaves since 1979, making him one of the network’s longest-tenured employees. At this rare appearance, courtesy of Broward College’s 2015 Speaker Series, the broadcaster known affectionately as “Boomer” will discuss the early days of ESPN—when it was, in his words, “a startup run out of a trailer”—on through its status as the nation’s sports authority, more than 30 years later.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/20130129-steveearle-x624-1359484495.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Steve Earle &amp; the Dukes</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Not many country music stars would even think of hosting a radio program on the now-defunct liberal network Air America, but Steve Earle isn’t most country music stars. Growing up in San Antonio and Houston and later moving to Nashville, Earle gained his musical personality in these roots-music strongholds, worshipping at the altar of Townes Van Zandt and helping to invent the nascent genre of alternative country with his sensational debut, 1986’s “Guitar Town.” Since then, he’s released 14 other albums, surviving failed marriages, debilitating drug addiction and imprisonment in the process. The impressively bearded songsmith has turned much of this history of hard living into his fiction writing, his political activism and his timeless music, which has hopped genres from hard rock and psychedelic rock to bluegrass, folk and indie, with his die-hard fans expanding their musical consciousness along with him. He performs with his band The Dukes in support of their latest album, “Terraplane.”</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/harid-2007-416-80.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Harid 2015 Spring Performances</strong></p> <p>Where: Countess de Hoernle Theater, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $25-$30</p> <p>Contact: 561/997-2677, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A classical Russian ballet, a Nina Simone tribute, and an excerpted dance from “The Sleeping Beauty” are among the selections at this annual showcase of the latest graduating class of the Harid, Boca Raton’s world-class dance academy. Four ballets, separated by a couple of intermissions, will provide a full program of surprises and repertoire favorites, opening with the U.S. premiere of “Miroirs,” Canada-based choreographer Mark Godden’s five-movement ballet to the music of Ravel. Next, the dancers will take on “The Garland Dance,” the “Sleeping Beauty” number associated with Aurora’s 16<sup>th</sup> birthday party. “It’s a nice piece for younger kids to get out their pointe shoes and show off their classical technique,” says Gordon Wright, director of the Harid. The program continues with Martin Fredmann’s “A Little Love,” which is performed to five Nina Simone compositions, and it concludes with “Paquita,” the Minkus ballet originally staged for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg. It features a pas de deux, numerous soloists and a corps de ballet. “It’s done fairly often by schools, because it’s such a good show piece for kids and gives them a variety of challenges,” Wright says.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/333.jpg" width="352"></p> <p><strong>What: Brazilian Voices</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>Musical director Loren Oliveira and internationally acclaimed vocalist Beatriz Malnic formed the Brazilian Voices choir in 2001 with the goal of stimulating social change through the multicultural exchange of music, acting as ambassadors for their country’s beloved bossa nova and samba. Their work has paid off in numerous awards, with the group accruing such accolades as Best Brazilian Group in the U.S. and Best Brazilian Samba Show in the U.S. from the International Brazilian Press—all from its home base in South Florida. The group, whose roster of heavenly vocalists can reach up to 40 singers onstage at one time, has excelled at themed genre crossovers from jazz, lounge and Afrobeat to its “Women of Rock” program, complete with guitars and drums. The choir sings some of its tunes in English, but even in Portuguese, its members’ voices are irresistible.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="188" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/barefoot_in_the_park_category.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Barefoot in the Park”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 and 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/272-1281, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Even theatergoers numbed to the ubiquity of Neil Simon comedies in South Florida can find reason to see “Barefoot in the Park” again. One of Simon’s most revered plays is also one of his most prestigious, originally running for three and a half years on Broadway, winning a Tony and helping to make a star out of Robert Redford; it has even been revived on the Great White Way twice since the turn of the 21<sup>st</sup> century, to great acclaim. Like “The Odd Couple,” it’s a comedy of culture-clashing pairs—two pairs, to be exact. A young newlywed couple, one of them free-spirited and the other more uptight, discover the emotional surprises only matrimony can bring, while dealing with the elders in their life: The wife’s long-suffering mother and the eccentric new neighbor in the New York City walk-up apartment. “Barefoot in the Park” runs through June 7 in this community theater production.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="317" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/evil-dead-ii-1987-04-g.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Evil Dead”</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 11:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 786/385-9689, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When it was unleashed to the world at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982, Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” instantly attracted praise from none other than Stephen King, a tough sell when it comes to all things horror. Since then, the sky has been the limit for this movie turned multimedia franchise, a mix of grisly horror and black humor that returned $2.6 million on its $400,000 budget. It’s about five friends who gather at a cabin in the remote woods—a storytelling trope that has been Xeroxed countless times by low-budget horror auteurs—only to encounter a Sumerian version of the Book of the Dead and a tape recording of incantations. Pretty soon, as Wikipedia succinctly puts it, one character “is attacked and raped by demonically possessed trees,” and all Hell literally breaks loose. This is the movie that turned Raimi into a cult director and Bruce Campbell into a cult star, and this is your chance to see it for a discounted rate (plus free popcorn!), on its original 35mm projection format to boot.</p> <p>SATURDAY AND SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/delray_beach_craft_festival_910_medium.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Events season in Delray isn’t over quite yet, but this Memorial Day tradition is one of the city’s last big hurrahs as spring melts into scorching summer. The Craft Festival celebrates its 18<sup>th</sup> anniversary at the cusp of downtown, where crafters from across the nation offer handmade wares for all price ranges, including paintings, jewelry, glasswork and pottery. Plus, there will be a Green Market with gourmet sauces, handmade soaps and live orchids.</p> <p>MONDAY, MAY 25</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/6350493eea10709ee65b1904bd9b5240.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 W. Southern Blvd.</p> <p>When: 2 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 561/247-1366, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This Memorial Day staple enters its 12<sup>th</sup> year of presenting the best in reggae music and Caribbean culture to South Florida audiences, and it hopes to top its record-breaking attendance of 2014. This year’s live performers include the Grammy-winning Jamaican artist Beenie Man (pictured), who has earned his distinction as the world’s “King of Dancehall;” Romain Virgo, a “lovers rock” singer who won a vocal competition at age 17 and has since topped many charts with his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me;” Morgan Heritage, the reggae five-piece with 20 years’ experience; and British-born Maxi Priest, whose sound fuses reggae with R&amp;B. There also will be an art sale, a Kids Zone and plenty of food options, with vendors competing to win a “Jerk Cook Off” competition. </p>John ThomasonMon, 18 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsMax&#39;s to Host Chefs Battle<p><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/chefwars.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Chefs and foodies hankering for a little toque-to-toque combat will get their wish beginning Wednesday, June 17, when <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Harvest</a> (<em>169 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/381-9970</em>) hosts Chef vs. Chef, a battle of culinary gladiators modeled after the edgy cable TV cooking show, <em>Knife Fight</em>.</p> <p>Participating chefs will get a basket of “mystery ingredients” to use in the creation of several dishes, with the winners facing off against each other in a bracket-style competition, a la the NCAA college basketball tournament. A panel of foodies and press types will judge, with the overall winner getting an as yet unspecified grand prize and a portion of the proceeds going to a local charity.</p> <p>Ten bucks will get you into the peanut gallery for the competition so you can cheer on your favorite chef and find out whose cuisine reigns supreme.</p> <p>Interested chefs should email Honey Ackermann at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and include their bio and contact info. A draw party will be held at the restaurant on Wednesday, June 3.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 18 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsSmoke BBQ to Open in Lauderdale<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/smokebbq.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Where there’s smoke, there’s <strong>Smoke BBQ</strong>. And soon there will be a new Smoke BBQ in Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p>Yes, come this summer the folks behind the original Delray Smoke—certainly one of the best barbecue joints in South Florida—will bring their low ‘n’ slow ‘cue to the former Julian’s restaurant just off A1A. Unlike the Delray eatery, however, the Lauderdale Smoke will be counter-service only, eat in or take out.</p> <p>The menu will feature the same barbecue staples that have made the parent Smoke a favorite of ‘cue balls everywhere, from ribs and brisket to chicken and “burnt ends,” fatty, crusty, odd-shaped chunks off the brisket, usually tossed back in the smoker for a second go-round to fortify their flavor.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 15 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsNew Cinema Brings Luxury, Intimacy to Coconut Creek<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/silverspot-10.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(The Silverspot lobby)</em></p> <p>In an interview with me several months ago, Randi Emerman, marketing director for the now brand-new Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek, forecast the theater as being “like iPic on steroids.” After touring the theater this week, just a few of days before its proposed grand opening Friday night, I would disagree with this analogy. I would argue that Silverspot is more like iPic on Quaaludes, and I say that as a compliment.</p> <p>The Mizner Park hot spot iPic, for all its innovative approaches to luxury moviegoing, can seem too dependent on the bells and whistles. Cinephiles who want to lose themselves in the movies don’t necessarily appreciate the full-service experience, with its regular interruptions from wait staff. This won’t happen at the more down-to-earth Silverspot, where, as CEO Francisco Schlotterbeck told the media this week, “to experience the movie is the most important thing for us.”</p> <p>To that end, food will not be served inside the auditorium—though guests can take in selections from the snack counter, which includes pizza, chicken fingers and the now-ubiquitous sliders. There will be no intrusions from the outside world, and even the packaging of the products, the interior design of each auditorium and the seats themselves are colored entirely black, wrapping up attendees in a comfy cinematic cocoon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/img_0598.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Located in the Promenade, the burgeoning outdoor shopping, dining and banking center of Coconut Creek, the 11-screen Silverspot advertises itself as a boutique theater, but it does match the upscale standards of iPic in other ways. There is no box office, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online or at five electronic kiosks near the entrance, where they’ll buy assigned seats. The interior design of the lobby is minimalist-chic. A bar dispensing bottled beer, wines and cocktails greets you upon entry, and, as Emerman points out, “your wine bottle will fit in the cupholders” of the seats.</p> <p>And speaking of those seats: These lumbar-supported, hand-stitched pockets of leather heaven are justifiably one of Silverspot’s proudest calling cards. Every seat is like a first-class plane accommodation, and those prone to falling asleep in the middle of a film will find no impediment to their problem here.</p> <p>Emerman, who is also president of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, is most excited about the programming of Silverspot, which will screen independent and art-house fare in addition to top-grossing Hollywood titles. Concerts, ballets and operas will be simulcast, and Schlotterbeck is looking into streaming sporting events as well. Other mini film festivals, including a Shakespeare fest in the fall, will also distinguish Silverspot from its peers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/silverspot-024.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>(The Silverspot lobby bar)</em></p> <p>The Coconut Creek location is the second Silverspot theater in Florida (the first has been operating for the past six years in Naples), and another is due in Miami Beach in the fall of 2016. Schlotterbeck brings more than 20 years of theater experience to this venture, which is on track to be the first LEED-certified cinema in Florida, and one of just 11 such cinemas in the country. By June, the theater’s attached restaurant, still unnamed but conceptualized by the acclaimed David Burke Group, will bring New York-style sophistication to pre- and post-movie dining.</p> <p>Combining sustainability with luxury isn’t always easy, but Silverspot hopes to pull it off, while attending to the entertainment and cultural needs of this underserved region in North Broward. Tickets will cost $14.50 for adults and $9.75 for children, with discounts for seniors and matinees, and with small additional fees for 3D movies. The theater will open to the public today at 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. For information and show times, visit</p>John ThomasonFri, 15 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesStaff Picks: two shops and an exhibition<div class="gmail_default"> <p><strong>Deconceptshop</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/deconceptshop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>“This new Turkish home accessories store is wonderful. Beautiful mosaic lamps, colorful throw pillows and covers, intricate ceramics and table wear -- all imported, very unique and affordable in price. A must see for anyone looking to redecorate and looking for something new with a little flare.”</p> <p>(331 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton  // <a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</p> <p><strong>"War Horses" at NSU Art Museum</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/nsu.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by John Thomason, Managing Editor</em></p> <p>"None of the art on display at the NSU Art Museum's new ‘War Horses’ exhibition bears the Adolf Hitler Seal of Approval. Labeled as 'degenerate art' by the Nazi regime while it was embarking on its path of global destruction, the Danish ‘Helhesten’ movement (it translates to "Hell Horse") thumbed its nose at fascism with its groundbreaking, dynamic surrealist flourishes and childish whimsy. This exhibition includes more than 90 works from the courageous early '40s movement, including paintings and sculpture, and it marks the first museum exhibition of its kind in the U.S. ‘War Horses’ opens Sunday, May 17, and runs through Oct. 4."</p> <p>(1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // <a href=""></a>)</p> <p><strong>Athleta</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/athleta.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Account Manager</em></p> <p>“The new Athleta store in Town Center is awesome!  Here you’ll find very high quality lifestyle clothing that you can work out in, weekend attire, hangout attire and just live-able stuff. The staff is awesome. See Mickey or James and they will take care of you like family!”</p> <p>(<em>Located in Town Center at Boca Raton, between Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s)</em></p> <p><strong>Walk in their Shoes</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Freelance Web Editor</em></p> <p>"Do you have a pair of new or gently worn shoes you can afford to give away? If so, now is the time. From May 15-17, Town Center at Boca Raton is collecting new or gently used shoes for Dress for Success, an organization that helps women land employment opportunities. For every pair donated, the Diagnostic Centers of America will also donate $5 to a fund that helps women who otherwise can't afford it receive lifesaving mammograms. You can leave your donations at the DCA box behind the Starbucks kiosk between Macy's and Sears."</p> <p><em><em><a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">For more staff picks, click here.</a></em></em></p> </div>magazineFri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Finds: Baked Oysters<p>There are countless reasons to be grateful for living in South Florida—and having access to exceptional seafood is certainly one of them. Like other food categories, some seafood is at its best during specific windows of the year. Take the beloved oyster, which is at its plumpest and richest tasting during its prime time: spring.</p> <p><img alt="" height="382" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/sj-oysters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There are five species of oysters harvested or sold in the U.S.—Pacific, Kumamoto, Atlantic, European Flat and Olympia—encompassing some 150 varieties (based on where they live, the water they filter and how they are handled). Ultimately, the best-tasting oysters come from the cleanest water. Check your local seafood market for Florida-raised oysters for a truly local taste experience.</p> <p>Not only are oysters an immunity and energy-boosting treat packed with iron and B vitamins, but their shells are recyclable. Amazingly, oyster shells act as a great garden fertilizer. Their shells contain a high concentration of calcium, which produces strong, healthy plants and also balances the pH level of the soil. Simply crush the leftover shells and distribute them into the garden.</p> <p>Of course, there is also the popular myth that oysters are the ultimate aphrodisiac—but we’ll let you be the judge.</p> <p>The most common method of eating oysters is raw and chilled, with cocktail sauce and a squeeze of lemon on top. Another popular way to eat them is “Rockefeller” style, where the oyster is topped with various ingredients such as spinach or bacon—and baked in the oven.</p> <p>Keeping with this incredibly popular Rockefeller style as a guide, I created a seasonal recipe that sure to make your mouth water: <strong>Baked oysters with shaved asparagus and celery salt. </strong>In this recipe, seasonal spring asparagus and celery make for a super-fresh topping on the succulent warm oyster meat.</p> <p>This recipe is light, flavorful, and a total crowd pleaser—a dozen will not be enough!</p> <p><img alt="" height="493" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/seasonally-jane-oysters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Baked Oysters with Shaved Asparagus and Celery Salt</strong></p> <p>Makes 1 dozen oysters </p> <p><strong>Celery salt ingredients</strong></p> <p>1 celery spear, finely minced</p> <p>1/3 teaspoon sea salt</p> <p><strong>Broiled oyster ingredients</strong></p> <p>1 garlic clove, minced</p> <p>2 tablespoons unsalted butter</p> <p>1/4 cup bread crumbs</p> <p>6 asparagus spears</p> <p>Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p>12 oysters, shucked</p> <p>1/4 cup white cheddar (shredded) or Parmesan cheese</p> <p><strong>Instructions</strong></p> <p>1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On large baking sheet, arrange oyster half shells meat-side up. Set aside. Combine celery and sea salt in small bowl and whisk together to create celery salt. Add additional salt to your liking. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.</p> <p>2) Using a potato peeler, slice asparagus spears using upward motion moving toward the tip. Shred each spear and chop in half to create short strands that will be easy for chewing.</p> <p>3) In a nonstick medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic until just turning brown, about 2 minutes. Add butter, allow to melt, and infuse with garlic, about 1 minute. Stir in breadcrumbs, shredded asparagus, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine all ingredients, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat.</p> <p>4) Spoon quarter-sized scoop of asparagus mixture on top of each oyster. Place oysters in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and top oysters with cheese and a pinch of celery salt. Serve immediately. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>About Amanda Jane</strong></p> <p><em>Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog <a href="" target="_blank">Seasonally Jane</a>, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.</em></p>Amanda JaneThu, 14 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Delray tidies up the Auburn Trace issue, and other news of note<h3><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/02_128639692701209880640064075004080.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Delray getting its house in order</h3> <p>Slowly but steadily, Delray Beach is trying to clean up the financial mess of the Auburn Trace housing complex and to make life better for those who live there.</p> <p>The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., just approved Delray Beach’s purchase from IberiaBank of the first mortgage on the 152-unit and the roughly 18 acres in the city’s southwest neighborhood. The FDIC had to sign off on the price because Iberia gave Delray a roughly $500,000 discount from the $4.7-million-plus price of the note.</p> <p>City Attorney Noel Pfeffer said the closing must happen by May 29. Once it does, Delray Beach will be the lead creditor with a claim on Auburn Trace Ltd., the entity that owns and manages the complex. It is a subsidiary of Delray Beach-based Auburn Communities.</p> <p>Twenty-six years ago, when a much different Delray Beach was trying to encourage any residential project, the city loaned the developer $3.84 million. With interest, the city’s stake is now between $4.2 million and $4.3 million.</p> <p>As Pfeffer explained to the city commission four months ago, Delray Beach’s position as second mortgage-holder had become riskier. Iberia foreclosed on the property last fall because Auburn Trace Ltd., had not been making payments to the bank or the city. The developer then filed under Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection.</p> <p>Depending on how the bankruptcy plays out, Pfeffer said, Delray Beach—being secondary to the bank—could get less of its money or, in the worst case, the city could have its position “extinguished.” If Delray Beach is first in line, the city has much more protection, though Pfeffer acknowledged in January that the purchase is a “complex transaction with an uncertain outcome.” Auburn Trace also matters much more to Delray Beach than to IberiaBank, which has $16 billion in assets.</p> <p>As long as the fate of Auburn Trace Ltd., remains uncertain, however, so will the outcome for Delray Beach and for residents of Auburn Trace. The developer’s latest move is a proposed sale of the project to Miami-based The Related Group. The company is best known for building luxury and market-rate condos—including SOFA 1 and 2 in Delray Beach—but it also has a large affordable housing department. Related’s Long Ha told me, “We’ve done several of these projects.”</p> <p>According to documents submitted to the Palm Beach County Housing Finance Authority, Related—under an entity called PRH Investments—would buy Auburn Trace for $9.5 million. To make the purchase happen, the authority would authorize up to $9 million in financing that comes with what the authority’s executive director, David Brandt, says is a 4 percent federal tax credit that would provide between 20 percent and 25 percent of the equity. Last week, the housing finance authority board approved an “inducement resolution”—a placeholder action to make the financing available if the parties can work out a deal. Brandt said no government agency would be on the hook for the bonds, which private investors would buy.</p> <p>The sale to Related, though, depends on Auburn Trace satisfying its creditors. That depends on making Delray Beach happy, and not just about money. As Mayor Cary Glickstein told me Wednesday, “This is also a public policy issue.” He means the welfare of Auburn Trace’s residents and the city’s wish for a safe, attractive project.</p> <p>Auburn Trace’s first offer comes up way short on the money. I have confirmed that the developer offered Delray Beach $2.4 million, or roughly 60 percent of what Auburn Trace owes the city. Related would spend $25,000 in renovations on each Auburn Trace unit, and the complex would have gated access, among other improvements.</p> <p>Auburn Trace’s attorney, Bradley Shraiberg, said the developer is “offering an alternative to (the city’s) proposed plan treatment” in the bankruptcy action, meaning the city’s purchase of the Iberia loan. Shraiberg stressed that “no plan has been approved for the debtor to solicit creditors. We are in the middle of that approval process.”</p> <p>Not surprisingly, my sense from communicating with commissioners is that Auburn Trace has to raise that offer. “That’s obviously just a starting point,” Commissioner Jordana Jarjura said in an email. “If I were to support a deal, it would need to make the taxpayers whole and also address the poor conditions of the property.”</p> <p>Pfeffer said Wednesday that he has other questions. The offer “needs context.” The city needs a “full understanding of the entire loan financing and the ownership entity.” Pfeffer said the city will “solicit added information.” It also appears that Auburn Trace wants to satisfy the Iberia loan at the price the city negotiated.</p> <p>Delray Beach and the city’s bankruptcy lawyer, Robert Furr, didn’t hear until late last week about the possible sale to Related and the appeal to the Housing Finance Authority. The agency would have to approve the financing by June 30 because there’s only a certain amount available in this area of Florida for authorization by the end of the state fiscal year.</p> <p>Surprises from Auburn Trace’s developer are not new. Sixteen months ago, the developer proposed on short notice that it give Delray Beach seven months of payment on the first loan—roughly $1 million—in exchange for the city granting a second loan of $4.3 million. That plan lacked even more details. A first commission vote approved it. A second rescinded it. This followed years of concessions to the developers, including the city subordinating its interest so Auburn Trace could get more financing.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s exit strategy, Glickstein said, is “to protect the city’s position and not to be an operator” of a housing project. The city probably would love to have a company with Related’s resources renovate and run Auburn Trace. The developer’s plan for getting there, however, must align with the city’s interest.</p> <h3>Bernard is back</h3> <p>When the Delray Beach City Commission considered that earlier Auburn Trace proposal, lawyer/former state representative <strong>Mack Bernard</strong> argued for it. He was representing Auburn Trace. The city’s financial officer said it would have been a terrible deal for Delray Beach.</p> <p>Yet as Bernard runs for the Palm Beach County Commission, Delray Beach is providing much of his early financing. Bernard raised nearly $35,000 in April, having declared his candidacy after District 7 incumbent Priscilla Taylor announced her intent to run for the northern Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast congressional seat of Patrick Murphy. He’s running for the U.S. Senate next year.</p> <p>Roughly 40 percent of Bernard’s contributions in April were from Delray Beach. His law firm gave $1,000, as did Bernard’s wife. Through his Luna Rosa Restaurant and himself, Fran Marincola gave $2,000. City Commissioner Al Jacquet, a longtime Bernard ally, gave $1,000. So did former Delray Beach Mayor Tom Carney. Another $1,000 came from the developer of Atlantic Crossing and from the politically-connected Boca Raton law firm Weiss Handler &amp; Cornwell.</p> <p>One early question for Bernard is whether he lives in District 7. It’s a weird-looking thing, concentrated in central West Palm Beach and in Riviera Beach. Then it runs along the barrier island to Lake Worth, where it turns west to take in many minority neighborhoods south to Linton Boulevard. In 1988, when voters expanded the commission from five members to seven members, District 7 was added and drawn as a minority-access seat. An African-American has held it from the first election in 1990. Bernard is Haitian-American.</p> <p>According to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office, Bernard has owned a house in Delray Beach’s Bexley Park neighborhood since 2005. That house is outside District 7, according to the county’s map. That house, which is listed in the name of Bernard and his wife, is in District 4, which Steven Abrams represents.</p> <p>Records also show that Bernard—in his name—last December bought a house in Boynton Beach just east of Interstate 95. That house is in District 7. The mailing address, however, is the house in Delray Beach.</p> <p>Palm Beach County’s charter requires that commissioners live in the district they represent not just once they are elected but when they qualify to run. Bernard has qualified to run in District 7. Two calls to Bernard’s law office Wednesday were not returned by deadline.</p> <h3>County Administrator                             </h3> <p>Predictably, the county commission went with an inside candidate to succeed County Administrator Bob Weisman, who is retiring in August after 24 years.</p> <p>That candidate is Weisman’s deputy, <strong>Verdenia Baker</strong>. She will become the county’s first female administrator and also the first African-American. Coming in second was Assistant County Administrator Shannon LaRocque.</p> <p>Commissioner Steven Abrams, who represents Boca Raton, Delray Beach and surrounding areas, said Palm Beach is a “well-run county” whose administration “doesn’t need to be blown up,” despite what all who interviewed them agreed were the strong qualifications of the four outside candidates. Two commissioners had an outsider as their top choice.</p> <p>Abrams ranked LaRocque first, not because of any problems with Baker—“Verdenia’s great”—but because “the main asset in that job is to be a problem-solver, and I’ve seen Shannon solve some of the most intractable problems we’ve had.” Abrams cited the county’s transit service for the disabled—since improved—the utility problems in the Glades that left residents drinking “brown water”—there’s now a regional water plant—and the convention center hotel—“which will open on time and under budget” after delays and infighting had set back the project for 15 years.</p> <p>The smart move would be for Baker to name LaRocque her deputy. As Abrams pointed out, many of the county’s veteran administrators soon will be retiring. The county will need lots of institutional knowledge and problem-solving talent.</p> <h3>More election snafus</h3> <p>Sigh. Even the choice of Baker made Palm Beach County look yet again like the election screw-up capital of the country.</p> <p>According to a memo from Assistant County Administrator Brad Merriman, the county’s search firm miscalculated the candidate rankings submitted by the commissioners. Priscilla Taylor ranked Baker first, not Michael Rogers. Fortunately, the mistake didn’t change the outcome. Baker still came out on top, but with four first-place votes, not just three.</p> <p>So we’re talking embarrassment, not crisis. Still, November 2016 will be here soon enough.    </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><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>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, 14 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityPB Catch to Debut Beachy Lounge<p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/summershack.png" width="400"></p> <p>Swanky seafood house <a href="" target="_blank">PB Catch</a> (<em>251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-5558</em>) is adding a pair of flipflops to its tasseled loafers with the debut this Saturday of <strong>Summer Shack</strong>, a more casual, beachy reworking of its bar-lounge.</p> <p>The “coastal cottage-inspired” decor is said to give the space the look of “an island beach shack with a modern twist,” and will feature marine lighting, striped surfboards and other beachy accouterments. New staff outfits and a roster of tropical-style cocktails will also be unveiled, as well as a new Summer Shack Ale created by chef de cuisine Aaron Black.</p> <p>Black’s Shack menu will boast easygoing comfort food dishes ranging from shrimp po’ boys and yellowfin tuna tacos to fried chicken and grilled hanger steak. If beachfront casual isn’t your thing, never fear. The rest of PB Catch will remain the same.</p>Bill CitaraWed, 13 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsA Time to Discover<p>With a sweltering summer looming—and only so many splash pads and air-conditioned play gyms in Boca Raton—moms are looking for ways to stay cool and keep their children entertained. Look no further than the <a href="" target="_blank">South Florida Science Center &amp; Aquarium</a>, which just launched its new Discovery Center by PNC Grow Up Great.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/2015-05-08_11.26.51.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This bright and airy learning space inside the West Palm Beach-based center is targeted to walkers up to age 5 and features a 20-foot water table, a wall-sized Lite Brite, a lounge area for parents, a reading nook and dress-up area—and much more!</p> <p>My 2-year-old aspiring scientists were engaged in the space from the beginning (albeit a little short for the water table) and loved interacting with all of the activities in the Discovery Center, as well as the exhibits around the museum.</p> <p><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/img_0520.jpg" width="487"></p> <p>Cookie Monster cut the ribbon that officially opened the Discovery Center on May 8, but that wasn’t our only Sesame Street sighting that day. Be sure to purchase tickets to see Big Bird and Elmo in a special 22-minute planetarium presentation of “<a href="" target="_blank">One World, One Sky.</a>” The show description said ages 4 and up, but our Boca tots loved the show!</p> <p>Admission is $15 for adults, $11 for kids (3 to 12); planetarium shows are extra. The Science Center is a proud participant in Bank of America’s Museums On Us program, a monthly promotion offering Bank of America customers free access to select museums on the first full weekend of every month (Saturday and Sunday). Guest must present Bank of America card and photo ID.</p> <p>The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is at 4801 Dreher Trail North. Call 561/832-1988 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I was given complimentary admission to the South Florida Science Center &amp; Aquarium in exchange for publicity consideration. 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>About Michelle</strong></p> <p><em>Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of <a href=""></a></em><strong><em>, </em></strong><em>a lifestyle website for the stylish &amp; modern South Florida Mommy. </em><strong><em>Modern Boca Mom</em></strong><em> features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.</em></p>Michelle Olson-RogersWed, 13 May 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Great River Race<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Calling all stand-up paddle boarders, canoers, kayakers and natural lovers. The <strong>13th Great Loxahatchee River Race</strong> is slated for this Saturday, May 16. It’s an opportunity for water lovers to test their skills on one of three options—a 1-mile recreational paddle, a 6-mile loop or 12-mile loop on the Loxahatchee River.</p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/loxahatchee2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The race, hosted by Waste Water Management and Florida Paddling Trails Association, starts at Jonathan Dickinson Park (<em>16450 S.E. Federal Highway</em>) in Hobe Sound. The fee is $8 per person and $2 for parking. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary lunch; participants should bring their own beverages, but no alcohol (it’s not allowed in the park).</p> <p>If you don’t have a canoe or kayak, you can rent one at <a href="" target="_blank">Jonathan Dickinson Park</a>. To rent a stand-up paddle board or kayak, check out <a href="" target="_blank">Jupiter Pointe Paddling</a>.</p> <p>For more information, call 561/718-3890 or visit <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, 13 May 2015 08:30:00 +0000 Real Prom to Remember<p><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/get_involved.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s prom season and I see so many of my friends going all out to outfit their kids—expensive gowns, hair and make-up and main-pedis, hotel accommodations—it’s a far cry from the good old days when proms were still actually held in the school gym, and no one would have dreamed of going somewhere to have an adult give you a smoky eye and a hair blow-out. But I digress. Regardless of my personal amazement at what proms have become, there is one I find pretty wonderful: A Prom to Remember, this Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale for teens aged from 12 to 19 who share one thing; they all have cancer.</p> <p>This is how organizer Brandon Opre tells the story:</p> <p>“When I realized that many teens suffering from life-threatening illnesses miss out on many of their high school memories, a thought came to mind. What if I came up a special event for these kids that they will cherish forever? High school prom is one of the big events of a teenager’s life, and had always meant a lot to me growing up, so what if we created this really cool prom for the kids? I bounced this idea off of several friends and people in the community; needless to say it gained momentum and my idea quickly became a reality.</p> <p>"At the beginning I figured we would invite all the cancer-patients in my local Fort Lauderdale area to this special Prom. Before long, I realized there are many other kids in the neighboring counties as well—I wanted to invite them all! With an entourage of community supporters rallying behind me, in 2009 we assembled more than just your usual Prom – we provided the ultimate prom experience for kids battling cancer. With that, A Prom To Remember was born and kids from all over South Florida were in attendance.</p> <p>“A Prom To Remember has quickly spread to other areas of the country, with Cleveland creating their first Prom in 2010. Other US cities will be launching events this upcoming year.</p> <p>“I am grateful for the support of our surrounding communities and hope to eventually provide A Prom To Remember for kids all across the country.”</p> <p>The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity; contact Brandon if you want to help at: 877/385-7766</p> <p><strong>THIS YEAR'S PROM</strong></p> <p>Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale (1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)</p> <p>When: Friday, May 15, from 7 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Theme: Alice in Wonderland</p>Marie SpeedWed, 13 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 EventsTheater Review: &quot;Dames at Sea&quot; at The Wick<p>When I saw “Dames at Sea” at the Wick Theatre this past weekend, it came just five days after seeing the disastrous Broadway tour of “Anything Goes” at the Broward Center: Two cornball retro musicals set aboard ships. But the difference is vast and refreshing. The regional “Dames at Sea” is every bit as infectious and streamlined as the national “Anything Goes” was shrill and turgid.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/dames2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Premiering in 1966 in a tiny off-off-Broadway coffeehouse, “Dames” based its parodic narrative on the splashy, leggy Busby Berkeley movie musicals of the ‘30s, only with a sliver of their resources. The characters are deliberately stereotyped showbiz caricatures—pampered diva Mona Kent (Laura Hodos), brassy chorus girl Joan (Alison McCartan), small-town ingénue Ruby (Lindsey Bethea), the sailor and aspirational songwriter Dick (Alex Jorth), his shore-leave buddy Lucky (Blake Spellacy) and the grouchy, long-suffering theater director Hennesey (Gabriel Zenone). They collide backstage at a 42<sup>nd</sup> Street theater that just happens to be undergoing a demolition on their opening night, prompting the production to relocate onboard Dick and Lucky’s naval battleship.</p> <p>“Dames at Sea” is unabashedly insubstantial escapism, the kind that makes the Wick’s previous selections, “Oklahoma!” and “Man of La Mancha,” look like cerebral treatises. But under Michael Ursua’s imaginative and tonally consistent direction, this silly show radiates joy and uplift, simultaneously honoring and superseding its threadbare origins. Angela Morando-Taylor’s minimalistic, tap-driven choreography, performed in Act One in front of nothing by a propless brick wall, is punchy and captivating, while musical director Caryl Fantel, leading her exceptional three-piece band from her perch at the piano, conducts the show’s surprising wealth of styles, from Broadway pomp to ragtime, a Viennese waltz and a Latin-tinged tango.</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/dames1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The cast, absent a weak link, captures the ‘30s-musical ambience while frequently winking at a nonexistent camera. While the men are unassailably solid, there’s a reason the dames share the show’s title: Hodos skillfully milks every comic moment with extended beats and entitled mugging, while an effervescent Bethea imbues her naïve Ruby with big-eyed wonder and a chipmunk squeak. McCartan effortlessly embodies her wisecracking chorus girl, sharing with the equally fleet-footed Spellacy the show’s finest hour, the tap celebration “Choo-Choo Honeymoon.”</p> <p>Equally inspired is the Wick team’s technical vision, gussying up the show’s coffeehouse austerity with just the right amount of dazzle. A black-and-white credit sequence, echoing the vintage movie nostalgia of “Dames,” opens the production on the Wick’s newly installed projection screen. A shadow play invigorates Mona’s Act One number “That Mister Man of Mine,” and the scenic design for the battleship-set second act features a frontal view of the ship’s deck, complete with three confetti-spewing canons pointing toward the audience and smoke billowing from its twin funnels.</p> <p>This kind of lavish technical detail likely isn’t new to “Dames at Sea;” after nearly 50 years of small-scale productions, the show finally was scheduled to debut on Broadway last year. That didn't happen, yet. But after this charming interpretation, who needs Broadway?</p> <p><em>“Dames at Sea” runs through May 31 at the Wick, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $63-$80. Call 561/995-2333 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 13 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreFormer Little House to Get New Life<p><img alt="" height="219" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/littlehouse_(640x286).jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The former Little House of Boynton Beach, vacant since Chrissy Benoit shut it down last year, will become a pizza joint owned by the founder of Mastino Italian Soul Food in Delray Beach.</p> <p>The name and opening date are still up in the air, but Salvatore Campanile will reportedly turn out Neapolitan-style pizzas and other casual Italian dishes from the 800-square-foot space, the 1940’s-vintage former residence dubbed the Ruth Jones Cottage.</p> <p>Along with the one-time Little House, Campanile has also purchased the 96-year-old Oscar Magnuson House with the intent of turning it into a Mediterranean restaurant and grill. Both properties are on East Ocean Avenue in an area the city has long hoped to revitalize with new businesses. Maybe this time they’ll be successful.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 12 May 2015 14:08:00 +0000 & ReviewsWhen the Moon Hits Your Eye: Save the date!<p><img alt="" height="457" src="/site_media/uploads/1803768-dean_martin_400x400-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Every summer I like to follow Channel 5 weatherman’s Steve Weagle’s bike ride for the Red Cross from Sebastian to Boca Raton —he always stops at my favorite places—Harry &amp; The Natives in Hobe Sound, Old School Square in Delray, and I always want to be there (instead of my couch) when people hand him one of those big old checks for the Red Cross. This year, the termination point in Boca has special significance—Mizner Park, and Jazziz, specifically, will be the location for the Red Cross’ 5<sup>th</sup> Annual South County event—the “21 Club.”</p> <p>And I, for one, love this idea.</p> <p>I was a kid when Dean and Sammy and Frankie tore things up from Miami to Vegas to Hollywood—but I loved the music, the cool, the whole 1950s and '60s attitude they brought to showbiz.  So sign me up for the May 29 event that will feature “21 Club,” a Rat Pack Tribute Show at Jazziz, complete with martinis and Manhattans, lavish dinner stations, a creative silent auction, dancing and unforgettable entertainment. </p> <p>“We’re excited to work with our committee, volunteers, and sponsors to create a different type of event that will enable us to showcase the work that we do every day across South Florida,” says Amy Mauser, regional chief development officer, South Florida.</p> <p>The event will also honor WPTV’s Chief Meteorologist and 16 year Red Cross supporter, Steve Weagle. We are not sure if he’ll wear a skinny tie and smoke Viceroys, but we’re happy he’ll be there with the other legends.</p> <p>Tickets to the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual South County Event are $200 per person and must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For tickets and more information, please contact Anna Erickson at 561/650-9105 or <a href=""></a>. You can also <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> or visit the event's <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 12 May 2015 10:50:00 +0000 EventsThe case for Chabad &amp; Australian pines on the chopping block<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0231-2.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>The Chabad case</h3> <p>Thursday night surely must have been the first time that anyone speaking in Boca Raton City Hall had quoted George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island.</p> <p>Rabbi Ruvi New read portions of the 1790 letter on behalf of his Chabad East Boca congregation’s petition to build a synagogue, exhibit hall and social center at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road. The Newport congregation had written Washington to express support for his administration. Washington responded, in part, that the government should give “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance. . .”</p> <p>That was the closest anyone came to raising anti-Semitism as Chabad East Boca had its do-over before the Planning and Zoning Board. Still, the inescapable issue is that a small group of Jewish people—a group that Boca Raton thwarted seven years ago when neighbors east of Mizner Park objected—seeks to build a house of worship on property where the city allows such a use and where city staff and now two reviews by an advisory board say the use is acceptable—including 10 feet of additional height for one building, known as a conditional use—but this time a new set of neighbors object.</p> <p>The chabad had expected city council approval on April 14, after the Planning and Zoning Board’s March 19 recommendation for approval. But a neighbor raised a technical point, which caused a second staff review. As before, the staff recommended approval by the Planning and Zoning Board. At Thursday night’s meeting, after five hours, the board agreed. The hearing lasted about an hour longer than the March 19 hearing. The vote for approval was 5-1 on the site plan and the added height, which was better than the 4-2 vote in March for the added height. Board member Kerry Koen, who voted for the site plan two months ago, this time voted no on the plan and the height.</p> <p>The city council chambers were full long before the 6:30 p.m. start of the hearing. The overflow went to the Community Center next door. Since the hearing was quasi-judicial and speakers testified under oath, Board Chairman William Fairman swore in the overflow via video.</p> <p>As with any hearing that lasts five hours, most speakers were saying essentially the same thing after about one hour. Chabad congregants—they sported red, white and blue T-shirts saying “We The People” and “Support 770”; many wore yarmulkes—said they would respect those in the Riviera and Por La Mar neighborhoods closest to the site at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road. Rabbi New said he had contacted the neighbors in March to set up meetings or speak by phone. Those neighbors, though, argue that the project would clog their streets with traffic and be incompatible with Boca’s “seaside village,” the area between the Palmetto Park bridge and the beach.</p> <p><em>Let’s take the traffic issue first.</em></p> <p>Palmetto Park is a county road, which means county staff must review the project to see if it would meet traffic performance standards for the road. The county has decided that the chabad would. The project had to undergo review as a tourist attraction, because of the planned “My Israel” exhibit. Doug Hess, Boca Raton’s chief traffic engineer, said at Thursday’s hearing that a retail or office project—both of which are allowed on the property— would generate more traffic.</p> <p>Chabad services, though, would draw people on Saturdays, when traffic on Palmetto Park picks up because of all the people going to the beach. Also, the exhibit hall would draw non-congregants, some of whom might come on buses.</p> <p>So city staff’s recommendation for approval hinges on Chabad East Boca taking several measures to ease the traffic impact. The Planning &amp; Zoning Board proposed and approved three others at the March 19 hearing. Another, which would limit the size of buses, was added Thursday night. The chabad would build an underground garage. Chabad East Boca is Orthodox, and some congregants will walk to services. The congregation couldn’t use multiple venues simultaneously and would have to limit attendance at High Holy Days services.</p> <p>The neighbors are not persuaded, saying that traffic can back up now on Palmetto Park Road, causing delays for drivers trying to turn west and go over the bridge. The neighbors envision congregants and visitors eschewing a left turn out of the chabad and turning onto Southeast Olive Way to navigate west to Spanish Trail, then north to Boca Raton Road and then right on Northeast Olive Way so they could make a right turn on Palmetto Park to the bridge.</p> <p>Board member Richard Coffin dismissed such a scenario by saying that such a roundabout trip covers half a mile. I made the trip, and he’s right. Coffin also was right to point out that the clearance on Spanish Trail under the bridge is a very low 7.5 feet.</p> <p><em>The other issue is that extra 10 feet of height above the 30-foot limit.</em></p> <p>Any such conditional use must meet several requirements in Section 28-102 of Boca Raton’s city code. The most pertinent is that the use is “compatible with present. . .development. . .in the area. . .”</p> <p>One neighbor tried to be diplomatic by saying, in essence, that Rabbi New has a great “vision,” but that he should build it somewhere else. The rabbi would respond that he tried to do so, only to have the city block him over new rules on parking.</p> <p>Let us assume that the most critical neighbors—those with the signs in their yards—would oppose any project, not just this particular house of worship. Let us assume that there is no “bigotry” or “persecution” at work. If so, they could be worried not just about Chabad East Boca but about Palmetto Promenade and a Houston’s restaurant that might open on the Wildflower property. Both sites are on the west side of the bridge, but both pose traffic issues; this summer a consultant will study the impact from a restaurant.</p> <p>Even accounting for those concerns, however, the city council—which will decide on Chabad East Boca at its May 27 meeting—can’t reject a project that fulfills the law just because neighbors don’t want it. One board member asked how the city would enforce the conditions attached to approval. The answer: The same way the city enforces similar conditions for <em>any other house of worship</em>. (Italics mine.) The neighbors have brought considerable passion to this issue, and they may also bring a lawsuit. They have yet to bring a persuasive case.</p> <h3>Judging the Judge</h3> <p>The Florida Supreme Court just did something that is fairly rare but more than fairly good: it rejected a plea deal for a judge who broke the law.</p> <p>On Nov. 5, 2013, Boca Raton police stopped Broward County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Imperato after she had attended a social function for judges and lawyers. According to police, Imperato’s car had been swerving so badly that it nearly struck another vehicle. At a red light, Imperato stopped six lengths behind another car.</p> <p>When the officer questioned her, Imperato first replied that she was a judge and refused to leave the car. She also refused a blood-alcohol test. Imperato was convicted of driving under the influence and of reckless driving. She got 20 days under house arrest, a year’s probation and $2,531 in fines and court costs.</p> <p>Her case went to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates judges accused of illegal and/or unethical behavior. If a JQC-appointed lawyer finds probable cause, a hearing is supposed to follow. It’s basically a trial. If the judge is found guilty, a recommendation for reprimand, removal or some other sanction goes to the high court.</p> <p>For nearly three decades, the commission has drawn criticism for seeking to cut deals with judges and avoid a full hearing. In the 1980s, the commission allowed a Palm Beach County judge with a drinking problem to hang on for 14 months so he could retire, though he was unfit to serve. Nothing became public until after the judge retired.</p> <p>In lieu of a hearing on Imperato, the commission recommended that she receive a reprimand, a $5,000 fine, a 20-day unpaid suspension and an alcohol evaluation. According to the JQC report, Imperato has been in counseling for a year and has been alcohol-free. All this supposedly would be in “the best interest of justice and sound judicial administration.”</p> <p>Actually, it would be in the best interest of Cynthia Imperato, who would keep her job without a public inquiry into what happened that night in Boca. The court disagreed. Unanimously. The justices kicked back the proposed settlement and ordered a hearing so that “in determining the appropriate sanction, (they) will be apprised of all the facts and circumstances bearing on the violation.” In other words: no secret deal for a judge.</p> <h3>Pining for the pines</h3> <p>What is it about Australian pines? Sure, it can eerily melodic when the wind curls through them, but the trees aren’t true pines. The state classifies them as weeds—noxious weeds, to boot—and as an invasive species, brought to Florida and planted as windbreaks. The irony is that Australian pines have such shallow root systems that they could turn into flying missiles during a storm.</p> <p>Yet on tonight’s Boca Raton City Council agenda is yet another plea to keep some of these high-class weeds, despite the city’s longstanding program to remove them. The petition comes from Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, which opposes the decision of the Development Services Department—which the Environmental Control Hearing Board affirmed—that the club take out the row of pines at its marina. The city won’t issue a permit for work on the marina if the non-pine pines stay.</p> <p>The club makes five arguments for keeping the weeds, one being that they are “attractive and effective.” Not only does city staff swat those arguments away—pointing out, among other things, that the weeds are gone from Red Reef and Sugar Sand parks—the Environmental Control Hearing Board rejected the appeal of the staff decision, 4-0.</p> <p>Boca has been here before on Australian pines. Then-Mayor Susan Whelchel intervened when neighbors protested the county’s plan to remove the weeds from South Inlet Park. And in the 1990s Gulf Stream famously got the Legislature to approve a special exemption for the Australian pines that form a canopy over A1A.</p> <p>Of course, some year-round Floridians regard snowbirds as an invasive species. But they pay taxes, don’t ask as much in services, and usually are out of town during hurricane season.  </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><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>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, 12 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: May 12 to 18<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="241" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/built_to_spill_--_kelly_broich_2_.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Built to Spill</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $26</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Leave it up to Idaho indie rockers Built to Spill, on the day after the release of their latest studio album “Untethered Moon,” to play a show almost entirely composed of cover songs—with music from the Clash, Metallica and Neil Young—and with nothing from the new record. Then again, eccentricity and unpredictability, in terms of both set lists and album releases, is kinda Built to Spill’s thing. The five-piece group of guitar gods, whose sound marries indie-pop minimalism with long-form jam noodling, plays a different set every night, resurrecting tunes from its earliest records alongside its latest offerings. The masterful “Untethered Moon,” which one critic cited as the band’s best album since 1999’s seminal “Keep it Like a Secret,” is the group’s first in six years and is the first Built to Spill album with new band members Steve Gere and Jason Albertini, whose skills are well displayed on such furious epics as “When I’m Blind” and “All Our Songs.”</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="254" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/magician.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Justin Willman</strong></p> <p>Where: Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $20, with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 954/981-5653, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If hosting a Scrabble-themed game show (the short-lived “Scrabble Showdown,” in 2011 and 2012) were Justin Willman’s only accomplishment, he would deserve a historical footnote for helping to democratize the greatest board game ever invented. Beyond that, he’s a full-blown renaissance geek whose various skills have made him a much sought-after talent in the fields of comedy, magic and television hosting. The Missouri native and longtime host of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” began learning magic at age 12, after an attempt to impress local girls by riding a bicycle while wearing rollerblades led to the breaking of both of his arms. Magic became his recuperative therapy, and he’s never stopped; his style is to disarm you with seemingly spontaneous quips while performing invisible, and stunning, trickery. It has worked on celebrities from Hugh Jackman and Ellen DeGeneres to President Obama, when he performed at the White House in 2011. Catch both sides of Willman—the magician and the comedian—at this four-night stint in Hollywood, in a dazzling program that could only be improved by the addition of cupcakes.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="394" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/poster_show74.jpg" width="254"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55-$77</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Long before Judy Garland, Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie enjoyed theatrical productions celebrating their life and music, there was “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” the 1986 show about Billie Holiday that arguably started the entire subgenre. Biography and concert blend in Lainie Robertson’s musical-play hybrid, as Holiday takes the stage at a seedy Philadelphia bar in 1959, just a few months before she would shed her mortal coil at age 44. In between performances of iconic tunes such as “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child” and “I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone,” Holiday discusses her problems with men, her drug addiction, her musical influences, her fraught relationship with her mother, and the racism she had encountered on tour. It takes a special actress to pull off both the monologues and the indelible jazz vocals; let’s hope Dramaworks’ selection, Tracey Conyer Lee, can channel the same passion, pain and precision that Audra McDonald brought to the show’s 2014 Broadway premiere.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="536" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/cep1uo5w0aav7pm.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Betrayal”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Theater producers can’t stay away from this gut-wrenching Harold Pinter masterpiece for very long. It premiered in 1980, was revived on Broadway 20 years later, and was produced yet again on Broadway in 2013, in a celebrated production with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Presented as a love triangle between a husband, his wife, and his wife’s lover, who is also the husband’s best friend, the play includes betrayals within betrayals, and it is presented in a reverse-chronological structure that is still radical to this day: It begins in 1977, as the affair has dissipated, and ends in 1968, amid the initial pangs of forbidden lust. Characterized by Pinter’s famously economic dialogue, complete with protracted pauses, the play has an autobiographical history, have been inspired by the playwright’s own seven-year affair with a BBC Television reporter. Zoetic Stage director Stuart Meltzer has promised a “fresh take” on this great drama, which stars top local actors Nicholas Richberg, Amy McKenna and Chaz Mena. It runs through May 31.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="254" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/club.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Book Club Play”</strong></p> <p>Where: Actors’ Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $45-$53</p> <p>Contact: 305/444-9293, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You never know what various and sundry secrets will emerge when you get a bunch of smart people in a room to discuss “Moby-Dick” or “The Age of Innocence” or—God help us—“Twilight.” That’s the dramatic crux of Karen Zacarias’ “The Book Club Play,” a hit at regional theaters across the country, which makes its South Florida debut this weekend at Actors’ Playhouse. The play is set in the living room of affluent club leader Ana, who gathers her recalcitrant husband and four friends together for discussions that, inevitably, spiral into veiled resentments or uncomfortable truths. I’ve read the script, and it’s laugh-out-loud funny. With a cast this unimpeachable—Michael McKeever, Lela Elam, Paul Tei, Niki Fridh, Stephen G. Anthony and Barbara Sloan—expect the theatrical equivalent of a compelling page-turner. It runs through June 7.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/matt-shepard2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Screenings of “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine”</strong></p> <p>Where: O Cinema, 9806 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $7.50-$11</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The greatest movie tearjerker of 2015 is likely not a product of Hollywood. It’s this devastating documentary, which revisits the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Shepard was killed because he was gay, and his death became so much of a symbol and cause celebre for the tolerance movement that it’s easy to forget the flesh-and-blood person that sacrificed so much for awareness and, eventually, progress. Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard’s, directs this personal and searching documentary, which digs through the emotional and physical wreckage of this galvanizing hate crime by interviewing fellow friends, family and even the bartender who served Shepard’s last drink. The ultimate result is, somehow, a moving study in forgiveness.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/israelfest-web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Israel Fest 2015</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Thousands of attendees are expected to turn out at this celebration of Israel’s 67<sup>th</sup> anniversary of statehood, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The event will feature a rare performance by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Josh Nelson and his wife and fellow musician Neshama Carlebach—who have been called the prince and princess of Jewish music—as well as Pardes, a Jewish rock band that combines spiritual content with a dollop of Mediterranean and Hassidic influence. There also will be kosher food for sale, and children can enjoy a petting zoo, face paining and fun and games from the PJ Library of South Palm Beach County. The Boca Raton Museum of Art will even offer free first-floor admission to festival guests, in honor of its stunning exhibition by Israeli-born artist Izhar Patkin.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/edk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ed Kowalczyk</strong></p> <p>Where: Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $32.10</p> <p>Contact: 954/564-1074, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The expected two-year hiatus of modern rockers Live, which was announced in 2009, soon became a permanent schism, resulting in one of the decade’s most acrimonious musical breakups, complete with a lawsuit. Singer Ed Kowalczyk has responded by dropping the Live moniker and striking out on his own as a solo artist, releasing three unassuming albums in the Aughts. But this year, he’s re-digging the Live well for this intimate acoustic tour in celebration of the 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Live’s iconic album “Throwing Copper,” which sold 8 million copies and put Kowalczyk on the musical map. The tour is awash in nostalgia, with vintage video clips kicking off the show and Kowalczyk performing “Throwing Copper” in its entirety, in sequence, including the bonus track. This means you’ll get to hear “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone” “All Over You” and other tunes that, once upon a time, received regular rotation on that endangered species called rock radio.</p>John ThomasonMon, 11 May 2015 15:23:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsStaff Picks: Food Always on Our Minds<p><strong>Fresh Hearts of Palm Salad at Cap's Place</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/capsplace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>"Take a little motor launch over to this ca. 1928 landmark (on the National Register of Historic Places). Order fresh seafood and have a drink in the sloping old bar."</p> <p>(2765 N.E. 28th Court, Lighthouse Point // <a target="_blank">954/941-0418</a>)</p> <p><strong>Short Rib at Michael's Genuine Food &amp; Drink</strong></p> <p><em>Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Freelance Web Editor</em></p> <p>"It's officially listed on the menu as 'slow-roasted and grilled harris ranch beef short rib,' but I call it the best short rib I've ever had. Not to miss when visiting Michael's trendy Design District restaurant."</p> <p>(130 N.E. 40th St., Miami // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center> <p>For more staff picks, <a href="/blog/tag/staff-picks" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> </center>magazineFri, 08 May 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Reviews: &quot;The D Train,&quot; &quot;Felix and Meira&quot;<p>I think I can speak for most moviegoers when I say that we’re tired of the bromance—the now-tiresome subgenre of American comedy popularized in the 2000s and predicated on platonic love between straight men. There are only so many times we can watch Paul Rudd and Jason Segel or Seth Rogan or Jonah Hill or James Franco or Christopher Mintz-Plasse or Will Ferrell or Mark Duplass share hugs and bong hits before deja vu kicks in. For all its faults, Jarrad Paul’s debut comedy “The D Train,” which opens in most theaters today, is a new kind of bromance, one that finally takes the genre to its logical extreme—sexual intercourse between two brotastic guys, or at least two guys pretending to be brotastic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/dtrain.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Jack Black plays Dan Landsman, a hapless square, professional pushover and married father of two, who works at an antiquated Philadelphia consulting firm and chairs his high school’s alumni committee by night. Desperate to be liked by his more sociable colleagues, he concocts a plan that is sure to win him kudos: To raise the committee’s woeful attendance for its forthcoming 20-year reunion, he’s going to convince their class’s most popular jock, Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), an actor who recently landed a national ad campaign in Los Angeles, to appear at the reunion and lend it celebrity cachet.</p> <p>Soon enough, Dan is on a plane to L.A., his clueless Luddite boss in tow (a winningly deadpan Jeffrey Tambor), to win over Oliver under the phony auspices of a business meeting. The events of Los Angeles are dramatic—Oliver, it turns out, is an insecure, bisexual cokehead—and the lies that follow compound like miles on a treadmill hurtling toward professional and personal disintegration.</p> <p>As the reunion looms, there’s a raw, uncomfortable sensitivity in the way Paul films the interactions between the two men, with the memory of their coitus burrowing far deeper into Dan’s psyche than he’d prefer. This discomfort underscores the continuing laugh lines and makes “The D Train” an admirably progressive look at sexuality in the 21<sup>st</sup> century.</p> <p>The more you think about it, though, the more nits become available to pick. Oliver’s surname “Lawless” is symptomatic of the film’s tendency for on-the-nose reductionism. Cliches, which are scant at first, pile up egregiously toward the end, when the credible reality Paul had built up collapses to accommodate his plot points. And even Tambor, who steals every scene as Dan’s technophobic boss (in an admittedly nice touch, there’s a 30-year-old Tab soda machine languishing in an office space the color of a ‘70s Buick), plays a character whose convenient naivety becomes too implausible to accept.</p> <p>There’s even, finally, a dreaded “I learned something today”-style montage that feels shamefully tacked-on—a treacly, insincere coda to a mostly genuine button-pusher of a film.</p> <p><strong> ***</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/b5edrjfieaaxpjv.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>The title characters in Maxime Giroux’s touching drama “Felix and Meira” don’t meet-cute, like many couples in the movies. They just meet because they’re both lonely, they both prowl the same haunt—a coffeehouse in their shared neighborhood in Quebec—and they share an affinity for art.</p> <p>Other than that, their lives couldn’t be more different. Felix (Martin Dubreuil) is a single, borderline-depressed fortysomething who has just watched his estranged father pass away, the old man’s lifelong regrets remaining unexpressed. The orthodox Meira (Hadas Yaron) is stifled in a dour marriage to a Hasidic man, and yearns to break from her family’s religious prohibitions.</p> <p>The movie is not, as this description suggests, a barrel of laughs. Its colors are the muted tones of lackluster lives, and at first, the film is demonstrably slow to the point of near-funerary proportions. But the more time you invest in “Felix and Meira,” the more it pays off, and the more its unhurried approach seems the only way to honor the gravity of a romance that buds amid insecurities and clandestine shame. When the courtship of modern-day Hollywood films consists of barroom glances that cut to romps in the sack, it’s pleasing to see a movie that regards patience as a sensual virtue.</p> <p>“Felix and Meira” also deserves credit for respecting the third character in this triangle, Meira’s husband Shulem (Luzer Twersky). He’s the gatekeeper of her cloistered existence, but he’s never demonized. When Meira strays from their marriage, Giroux recognizes the costs of her self-actualization as well as its benefits. Shulem becomes the movie’s most tragic figure, and in its most touching scene, he finds himself missing the affectations that used to bother him, just like any partner who takes someone for granted until she’s gone. This film is heavy on literary metaphors and symbolism, some more obvious than others, but their potency is only as effective as these three subtle, subdued and altogether brilliant performances. </p>John ThomasonFri, 08 May 2015 08:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMother&#39;s Day Dining, Part III<p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/mothers-day2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And still more dining options for Mom. . .</p> <p>If Mom is trying to eat healthier, maybe you should take her to Boca’s still wildly popular <strong>Farmer’s Table</strong> (<em>1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836</em>). A la carte brunch is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner from 5 to 10 p.m., with (brunch) dishes as varied as goji berry-granola parfait and skillet-poached eggs with bacon and hollandaise and (at dinner) vegan shepherd’s pie and braised short rib with mushroom bordelaise.</p> <p>In the same lighter-healthier vein is <strong>Farmhouse Kitchen</strong> (<em>399 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/826-2625</em>), the former Table 42 in Boca’s Royal Palm Place. Brunch is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features a la carte specialties like cracked wheat toast with ricotta and crushed avocado and steak ‘n’ eggs with potato-squash hash. Dinner runs from 3 to 10 p.m. and boasts items like maple miso-glazed salmon and char-grilled skirt steak with kale pesto.</p> <p>Palm Beach’s swanky <strong>Cafe Boulud</strong> (<em>301 Australian Ave., 561/655-6060</em>) is hosting its typically elegant Mom’s Day buffet brunch. It’s $85 per adult, $45 for kids and goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Think herb-crusted prime rib and raspberry-chocolate sacher torte. Dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. is a la carte, with choices like grilled local swordfish with parsley coulis and asparagus and rock shrimp risotto.</p> <p>A lavish buffet brunch is the deal at <strong>Bistro 1001</strong> (<em>1001 Okeechobee Ave., 561/833-1234</em>) in West Palm. Cost is $55 for adults and $27.50 for children. From noon to 5 p.m. Mom can chow down on an array of brunchables, from peel ‘n’ eat shrimp and fusilli pasta salad to roasted turkey with giblet gravy and seared grouper medallions to cookies, brownies and DIY ice cream sundaes from the ice cream sundae bar.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 08 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsUpdates: Atlantic Crossing, Trash, the Inspector General and Chabad<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/site-plan.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>MIA road in Delray</h3> <p>The dispute over a missing road in Delray Beach’s Atlantic Crossing project may end with a settlement that returns the road.</p> <p>At Tuesday night’s meeting, the city commission was prepared to hire an outside lawyer who would render an opinion as to whether the commission, as the developers contend, abandoned that road – Atlantic Court – when it approved a new Atlantic Crossing site plan in January 2014. Instead, Mayor Cary Glickstein revealed that he has been negotiating with the developers to reach a settlement that would restore Atlantic Court to the site plan in exchange for the end of litigation.</p> <p>Getting to that settlement could be tricky. The developers might have to sue the city, thus creating an instrument for a settlement. Discussions about lawsuits are exempt from the Sunshine Law and can take place in secret. Since the site plan is at issue, such a scenario could mean a discussion out of the public eye regarding a project that has been a major public issue. The city and the developers would have to resolve that issue.</p> <p>Still, restoration of Atlantic Court would represent a victory for residents who, as Commissioner Shelly Petrolia put it, “just would not let this die.” For those who have opposed Atlantic Court since a prior commission approved it in December 2012, Atlantic Court is the only possible victory at this point.</p> <p>A settlement would not make Atlantic Court smaller and perhaps more compatible with the neighborhood. Any attempt to modify the terms of what the commission approved in 2012 would be illegal. Nor would a settlement end fears that Atlantic Crossing, which will occupy two blocks on the north side of East Atlantic Avenue, essentially will cut off Veterans Park.</p> <p>But Atlantic Court could ease traffic problems by providing access to the project from the west. Return of the road would mean that Delray Beach had not given up a road and some alleys for Atlantic Crossing while receiving nothing in return. A successful settlement would show residents that “they have a voice,” Petrolia said.</p> <p>My sense from speaking with neighbors who opposed Atlantic Crossing is that they would accept a resolution that restores Atlantic Court. In return, Atlantic Crossing’s developers would be able to start construction with certainty. They also would sow some goodwill.</p> <p>After all the discussion, however, the commission did choose a law firm that to render an opinion if the settlement negotiations fail. Using the familiar “Untouchables” analogy, Petrolia said Glickstein “now will be going to a gunfight with a gun, not a knife.” The law firm—Weiss Sarota Helfman Cole &amp; Bierman—is the one whose opinion in 2013 helped the city void its trash-hauling contract with Waste Management and get a cheaper deal.</p> <p>Glickstein told me in an email Wednesday that he will next meet with the developers “when they have a more detailed plan. I believe they are working in good faith and diligently, as they understand the sense of urgency.” The hope is for a final decision at the June 2 commission meeting or at a special meeting near that date.</p> <h3>Trash refund</h3> <p>Speaking of that trash contract, the city commission overruled Delray Beach’s chief financial officer Tuesday night and ordered a full refund for customers who had been overcharged in the previous contract.</p> <p>The overpayments—which took place over 16 years for the purchase of trash carts in residential areas—amounted to $1.7 million. The recommendation was that the city keep $900,000 as a reserve fund to buy carts in an emergency. Commissioners noted that the new hauler, Southern Waste Systems, would be providing carts, and so they decided that residents deserved the full $1.7 million.</p> <h3>Another MIA item: Al Jacquet</h3> <p>Let us note for the record that Delray Beach City Commissioner Al Jacquet missed last week’s workshop meeting with Community Redevelopment Agency board members and staffers. The meeting became especially important when Mayor Cary Glickstein proposed a change in CRA boundaries that would mean less property tax revenue for the agency and more for the city. I will have more about this development next week.</p> <p>Jacquet also missed the commission’s February goal-setting session, as he missed the meeting last November at which commissioners chose City Manager Don Cooper and the meeting at which they chose a new trash hauler. Officially, Jacquet is term-limited in March 2017. Practically speaking, he seems to be halfway out the door.</p> <p>On the other hand, as some residents have suggested to me, the commission may work better without such an obviously uninterested member. Addition by subtraction.</p> <h3>Inspector General update</h3> <p>Predictably, the 13 cities suing over financing of Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General have decided to appeal last month’s trial-court ruling against them. Delray Beach has withdrawn from the lawsuit. Boca Raton remains a plaintiff. The city passed a resolution in October 2011 to join the litigation. Joining the appeal, Mayor Susan Haynie said, “required no action.”</p> <p>Roughly one year before the council approved that resolution, nearly 75 percent of Boca Raton voters told the city to give the Office of Inspector General jurisdiction over Boca and for the city to pay for it.</p> <h3>And Chabad</h3> <p>Not every meeting of the Boca Raton Planning &amp; Zoning Board features a law school professor who specializes in church-state issues. But tonight’s board meeting will be far from routine.</p> <p>Marci Hamilton won’t actually be at the meeting. Several beachside residents, however, have retained the woman who holds the Paul Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School. Their issue is the proposed Chabad East Boca synagogue that is proposed for East Palmetto Park road between the bridge and the beach. The project secured unanimous approval from the Planning &amp; Zoning Board in March and was before the city council on April 14, with a recommendation from city staff for approval. Then there was an apparent discrepancy about square footage, and the council asked for a second look.</p> <p>That delay has allowed neighbors to renew their opposition, based supposedly on traffic concerns, not that it would be a house of worship. “This was originally portrayed as a boutique” synagogue, Hamilton told me by phone on Wednesday. When neighbors heard of plans for Chabad East Boca’s “My Israel” museum, “It looked more like a tourist attraction,” making some neighbors envision tour buses regularly disgorging visitors and exacerbating backups that occur when the bridge opens. “There were multiple uses,” Hamilton said.</p> <p>In fact, the staff report anticipated 168 new vehicle trips each day. The city also attached conditions to the approval that are designed to minimize the impact from traffic. Architect Derek Vander Ploeg, who represents the Chabad, said the city limited museum attendance to 30 at one time, and that Rabbi Ruvi New estimates that museum attendance will be roughly 200 per month.</p> <p>According to Vander Ploeg, city staff had questions about four items related to operation. The new recommendation to the Planning &amp; Zoning Board, he said, will be the same as the first: to approve. The staff also remains fine with the additional 10 feet in height.    </p> <p>Some nearly homeowners have complained that they would like to see some other project on that site—770 East Palmetto Park Road—that would complement what residents see as a beach-oriented, mini-downtown. No one else, however, is proposing such a project, and the zoning allows a house of worship.</p> <p>As it happens, Thursday is a Jewish holiday, and Chabad East Boca already had planned a gathering. It now will be partly a rally, and the event will start earlier, so congregants can get to City Hall by 6 p.m. Expect a packed meeting, with emotions high. It will be a preview of what happens when the issue gets to the city council.</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><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>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, 07 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityTheater Review: &quot;Anything Goes&quot; at Broward Center<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/billy-hope.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When you have trouble making out the first words that escape the actors’ microphones, you know you’re in for a long night. And the national tour of “Anything Goes,” at the Broward Center, is a very long night.</p> <p>Set aboard a luxury ocean liner and chronicling the madcap schemes and desires of its caricatured guests, “Anything Goes” is a proudly insubstantial musical, the kind of unabashed escapism that betrays its Depression-era origins (it debuted in 1934). The characters are outsized archetypes: Reno Sweeney (Emma Stratton), a brassy nightclub singer; her friend and potential love interest Billy Crocker (Brian Kinsky), a mid-level Wall Street drone with his heart set on Hope Harcourt (Rachelle Rose Clark), an engaged heiress; Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Richard Lindenfelzer), Hope’s foppish foreign fiancée; Moonface Martin (Dennis Setteducati), a small-time gangster who has snuck aboard the ship with his slutty moll (Mychal Phillips); etc. The plot writes itself, entangling and orienting its romantically confused cruisers with about as much sense as a cubist painting. Suffice it to say it ends in three weddings.</p> <p>The sound problems are the show’s most immediate hurdle, and they instantly distract you from the story. The songs are by Cole Porter, and they’re far cleverer than the book’s clunky punch lines, but only if can make out all of Porter’s witty cultural references and deft wordplay. Instead, numbers like “You’re the Top” and “Friendship” are drowned out by the band, thanks to an uneven sound mix. There’s even tinny microphone feedback in some of the spoken dialogue. Forgive me for expecting that in a Broadway Across America production—and I don’t make it to most of these—at least the tech elements would be top-notch.</p> <p>These issues improve in the second act, but over-arching problems remain, namely the base-level pedestrianism of Kathleen Marshall’s direction and choreography. Audiences expecting to be dazzled (many of whom are still reeling from “Pippin,” after all) will endure a first act of largely unchallenging steps presented with an air of secondhand familiarity. It isn’t until the very end of Act One that an inspired tap number sets the deck ablaze.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/ag_7370_anythinggoes-resized.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The second act, which has about 15 minutes of story and 45 minutes of padding, has an opposite problem: Marshall tries too hard to elicit pizzazz, choreographing routines that far overstay their welcome, despite the considerable energy and sweat equity of its proficient leads and ensemble. This didn’t have to be the case: cornball as this material is, Marcia Milgrom Dodge directed a whizbang production for Maltz Jupiter Theatre in 2010 that featured inventive choreography and, moreover, was genuinely funny. Just compare her fleet-footed take on the jailhouse pop of Moonface’s “Be Like the Bluebird” to Marshall’s staid and boring interpretation.</p> <p>Stratton is well-cast as Reno Sweeney; she’s a triple-threat talent with a grand set of pipes and an inexhaustible stage presence, who is tasked with, and succeeds in, carrying a couple of group numbers all by herself. Paired with the meek Kinsky, however, she’s a man-eater, and her attraction to his nasally voiced broker is never convincing. She outdances him, too, and so does the lithe Rachelle Rose Clark. Kinsky’s movements are labored while theirs seem effortless, while his singing voice is, to be charitable, an acquired taste.</p> <p>Derek McLane designed the handsome set of a two-story ship’s exterior and its various boxy, wheeled-in staterooms, though even this has the flimsy appearance of expenses spared—some of the netted backdrop that suspends from the ceiling has large holes in it. Anthony Pearson’s lighting design is one of the show’s few unqualified successes; the shifting palette of colors illuminating from the portholes of the cabins sets a perfect ambience. In a production this misbegotten, I was thankful for whatever small triumph I could find.</p> <p><em>“Anything Goes” runs through May 17 at Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30-$85. Call 954/462-0222 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 06 May 2015 14:28:49 +0000 & EventsTheatreGood-For-You Beauty and Dental Products<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The skin is your largest organ – and whatever you put on it gets absorbed into your tissue, goes into you blood stream and then passes through your blood almost as if you just ate it. When it comes to beauty products, my rule of thumb is that if I wouldn't eat it, I shouldn't put it on my skin either. Here are my favorite products that won't make you sacrifice your health for beauty.</p> <p><strong>Skin moisturizer </strong></p> <p>For many years my #1 skin moisturizer has been coconut oil. Yes, the same coconut oil that I get from Nutiva brand to eat, I put on my skin. Coconut oil is rich in moisturizing fats that keep your skin soft and smooth. The only caveat is that excess oil can rub off on your clothes, so for best results, use coconut oil before going to bed.</p> <p><strong>Makeup </strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/jane-iredale.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>It may come as a shock, but conventional makeup products are not so pretty as they seem. They contain many harmful chemicals that can cause poor skin tone, loss of elasticity and even diseases.</p> <p>I suggest we stop suffering for beauty and get the best of both worlds. Jane Iredale is one of my favorite brands. It carries everything from foundations and mascaras to gorgeous eye shadows and sparkly lip glosses. All products are mineral-based, so they won't irritate your skin or clog your pores, letting your skin breathe. Best of all, because of that mineral base, they also work as sunblock! Check out the Jane Iredale difference at <span></span></p> <p><strong>Dental products</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="210" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/copy-of-icphoto-5-700x300.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Many people use fluoride-based toothpaste, thinking it’s good for our health. Unfortunately that may not be the case. Did you know that fluoride has been shown to act as an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to health problems like arthritis, thyroid disease, disrupted immune system and even dementia?</p> <p>Why take chances when you can have your strong pearly-whites with something better than fluoride? Meet the Miami-based Dr. Sharp Dentistry line of the cleanest products on the market. They’re fluoride-free, SLS-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free. They are made with natural ingredients that will give you strong, beautiful teeth without compromising your health. I love their attention to detail - even their Green Tea Dental Tape contains anti- inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a></p> <p><strong>Deodorant</strong></p> <p>Because conventional deodorants contain harmful aluminum that has been linked to diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's, I suggest choosing a better-for-you option. Try a natural and very effective deodorant that’s made from coconut! Here is a link to a <a href="" target="_blank"><span>3-minute video</span></a> on how to make your own or you can simply buy one from Primal Pit Paste and don't sweat it. <a href=""><span></span></a></p> <p><strong>Haircare </strong></p> <p>Hair products are often overlooked when it comes to ingredients. After all, if we’re not putting them on our skin, why should we care? The problem is that we still handle hair products with our hands, exposing our skin to chemicals. Just recently, I tried the Giovanni haircare line and must say I was impressed.</p> <p>As a professional hair stylist, Arthur Giovanni noticed his hands getting irritated from conventional hair products. He decided to create his own line with products free of parabens, sulfate or animal by-products. Everything is manufactured in the U.S., and created with a base of vitamins, herbs, minerals, proteins and other nutrients. After one use of his hair products my hair was shiny and soft! <a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></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><span><br></span></p>Alina Z.Wed, 06 May 2015 08:30:00 +0000;s Day Dining, Part II<p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/mothers-day2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But wait, there’s more. . .</p> <p>Give Mom a brunch with a view at <strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong> <em>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343</em>), the sleek modern American eatery with killer Intracoastal views in Delray Beach. On Mother’s Day—Sunday, May10, for you calendar-impaired—they’ll be kicking off their brunch menu, so take Mom and nosh on dishes like crabcake eggs benedict and lobster club sammie, washed down with drink specials like bottomless pineapple-coconut mimosas.</p> <p>If Mom’s a music lover, there’s the 5th annual Jazz Brunch at Boca’s <strong>Pavilion Grille</strong> (<em>301 Yamato Road, 561/912-0000</em>). While the Deborah Paiva Jazz Duo churns out some tunes you and Mom can feast on an extensive brunch buffet for $45.95 for adults and $19.95 for the kiddies. There will be omelet, carving and salad stations, lots of Asian and Italian favorites, plus a dessert station and a DIY ice cream sundae bar. Unlimited mimosas for an extra $9.</p> <p>On the other hand, maybe Mom likes movies. Treat her to a chick flick and brunch or lunch at <strong>Bogart’s</strong> (<em>3200 Airport Blvd., 561/544-3044</em>) at the Cinemark Palace 20 theater in Boca Raton. She can eat before, after or even during the movie, brunching it up with chef Aaron Goldberg’s smoked salmon benedict, crispy french toast or blueberry and ricotta pancakes.</p> <p>For an upscale celebration, check out the impressive array of brunchables at <strong>Temple Orange</strong> (<em>100 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/533-6000</em>) in the tony Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa. For $85 per adult and $25 per kid you can hit up the made-to-order omelet station or carving station with prime rib and roasted turkey breast, or fill up on salad and sushi, cheese and charcuterie, cold and smoked seafood, and all manner of breakfast pastries and desserts.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 05 May 2015 16:29:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsKnow Stroke Signs, Symptoms<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>May is National Stroke Awareness month. Delray Medical Center is among the hospitals in the Tenet Healthcare Florida system offering a free educational lecture about the signs and symptoms of stroke.</p> <p>Sharron Evans, a neuroscience nurse practitioner, will give the presentation on Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the South County Civic Center (<em>16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach</em>). To sign up, <a href="">click here</a> or call the medical center at 561/498-4440.</p> <p><img alt="" height="454" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/232650_brain_still.jpg" width="454"></p> <p>If you can’t make it, read on. This information could save your life and quality of life.</p> <p>Time is critical when recognizing and acting on the signs of stroke.</p> <p>“Each minute left untreated, a stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons,” says Marsha Powers, CEO of Tenet’s Florida Region in a Tenet press release.</p> <p>And the sooner treatment is started, the better the chance a person has to live and regain quality of life. To help you remember the warning signs for a stroke, use the acronym created by the American Stroke Association. It’s called FAST, and it stands for the following symptoms:</p> <p>• F is for facial weakness. Can you smile? Is your eye or mouth drooping?</p> <p>• A is for arm weakness. Can you raise both arms?</p> <p>• S is for speech problems. Can you speak clearly and can others understand what you say?</p> <p>• T is for time. Call 9-1-1 if you’re unsure about any of these signs or symptoms. And call quickly!</p> <p><em>Delray Medical Center is among the leading Comprehensive Stroke Centers in South Florida. The medical center has been designated as a Target: Stroke Honor Roll member by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.</em></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>About Lisette</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong></strong>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p>Lisette HiltonTue, 05 May 2015 08:30:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyHow The Mark got approved and items of note<h3><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0223_rev.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>The Mark: Whose fault was it?</h3> <p>A whodunit played out last Thursday in the Boca Raton Community Center, except that the subject wasn’t a body— it was a building.</p> <p>That building is the Mark at Cityscape, the mixed-use project near the intersection of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road. It is the first project Boca Raton approved under the city’s Interim Design Guidelines, which were crafted with the goal of producing distinctive, stylish structures that set the city’s downtown apart.</p> <p>But as construction of the Mark neared completion—the developer, Ram Realty, just got the certificate of occupancy —residents and city council members began to complain that the Mark looked no better than structures approved under the old guidelines. Plus, the new guidelines allowed Ram more height in exchange for supposedly producing a project that is pleasing to the eye. Where was the public benefit?</p> <p>So the city’s consultant, Urban Design Associates, scheduled last Thursday’s daylong meeting to pick over the Mark and, in so doing, pick over the new guidelines. Mayor Susan Haynie, who was there as a spectator, summed up the general public sentiment when she told me, “If (the Mark) is what we get from the guidelines, there’s something wrong.”</p> <p>Haynie has a particular interest in the review, since she voted to approve the Mark. The other council holdover who voted for the project is Mike Mullaugh.</p> <p>Eric Osth of Urban Design Associates led the discussion. In language that often was aimed more at professionals than the public—“redevelopment paradigms”—Osth spoke of how his firm had created for Boca Raton a Pattern Book that would guide developers and create a skyline in the best tradition of Addison Mizner. Listening to this discussion of the test project for a better downtown, were, among others, city staffers, members of the Downtown Advisory Committee and architects.</p> <p>Then Osth began to critique the Mark. He said the walkways aren’t pedestrian-friendly. One lamppost is in the middle of a sidewalk. The building’s façade could look better in places. More variation in paint color would make the building look more inviting. Tinted glass in the ground-floor retail space will make people keep walking, rather than stop and look.</p> <p>Yet when the project came before the city council—acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency—on May 21, 2012, the backup material contained a letter to Susan Lesser, a senior planner for the city, from Osth. In the letter, Osth said his firm had reviewed the application and offered some suggestions. Yet the firm’s recommendation was to approve what then was called the Palmetto Park Mixed Use Building. Osth called it “a beautifully designed building and a positive addition to Downtown Boca Raton.”</p> <p>Council members also saw a 5-0 vote for approval by the Planning &amp; Zoning Board. They saw a 6-0 vote for approval by the Community Appearance Board, which is supposed to review the sorts of items Osth considers problems with the Mark. Council members saw a recommendation for approval from City Manager Leif Ahnell, based in part on the Development Services Department’s review of the project. It was the second version of the project, which is part of the roughly 9.5-acre site that also will include the Hyatt Place Hotel.</p> <p>Most of the discussion three years ago focused on the fact that the 208 residential units would be rentals. Council members asked whether the units would be upscale enough to fit Boca’s image. Like the UDA consultants, Haynie saw the project as helpful in accomplishing the city’s long-held goal of connecting Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place. Anthony Majhess, the only dissenting vote, said the project didn’t meet UDA’s guidelines, despite the consultant’s support. Majhess did express hope that the project would be complete before final adoption of the Pattern Book, so the city could make any changes. The Pattern Book, like the guidelines, has not been adopted.</p> <p>The most interested participant at Thursday’s meeting was Juan Caycedo, of RLC Architects. Caycedo designed the Mark, and had to sit while other participants performed an autopsy on a building that hasn’t opened.</p> <p>In an interview Monday, Caycedo defended his design by saying that the critical judgments are premature. “People make places,” he said. “Once you have activity, it will bring life.” When people and business arrive, Boca residents will see “a better pedestrian space.”</p> <p>Caycedo also revealed that some of what UDA’s Osth criticized were not his decisions. The developers chose the outside colors. Caycedo proposed clear glass for the first floor. The developers went with tinted glass. Osth also told me that he still considers the Mark a “beautifully designed building,” but that “there a lot of elements on the implementation side.”</p> <p>Thursday’s discussion identified no single perp in this downtown development whodunit. Still, if the Mark went all through this new process with new guidelines and has surprised in the wrong way, there at least is what Haynie called “disconnect” among the consultants—“UDA talked us into this contract,” Haynie said—city planners, advisory board members and architects. Osth did offer an idea that would seem automatic: regular, early meetings between architects and city planners after approval of a project. “Standard procedure in all cities,” Osth said. Caycedo likes the idea. Why hasn’t Boca Raton been doing that all along?</p> <p>Yet to be completed are two other projects approved under the new guidelines: Via Mizner at Camino Real and Federal Highway and the Hyatt Place Hotel, which drew much early praise last fall. Boca Raton will wait anxiously to see the finished products, because, as Haynie said, “If (the Mark) is a test case” of the Interim Design Guidelines and Pattern Book, “we miserably failed.”</p> <h3>Clarification</h3> <p>In my post for last Thursday, I might have given readers the impression that Boca Raton approved the Palmetto Promenade project – once known as Archstone – under the Interim Design Guidelines. The city adopted them in 2008 as Ordinance 5052. To be clear, the city approved Palmetto Promenade under the old guidelines, which the city adopted in 1992 as Ordinance 4035.</p> <p>Trash rebate?</p> <p>Apparently, not only will Delray Beach save money on the new trash-hauling contract when it begins June 1, some residents will get a refund.</p> <p>According to City Manager Don Cooper, Delray Beach collected about $1.7 million in excessive fees from 1997 to 2013 for carts used in residential curbside pickup. Cooper recommends keeping $900,000 for contingency, in case the carts must be replaced. The rest would go back to residential curbside customers. The city commission takes a first vote on the issue tonight.</p> <h3>A bold idea: Braves at FAU</h3> <p>One important local bill that did get through the Florida Legislature despite the House quitting early last week would allow work to proceed on a second spring training stadium in Palm Beach County. The complex in West Palm Beach, scheduled to open in 2017, will be home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, as Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter is home to the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals.</p> <p>The bill is technical; it changes the boundaries of the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area so construction can start on schedule. The county is negotiating with the Marlins and Cardinals on stadium improvements that would keep the teams—and especially the many Cardinals fans who visit—at Roger Dean through 2045, roughly the lease period for the teams in West Palm Beach.</p> <p>When news of the new stadium deal broke, <em>The Palm Beach Post </em>reported, the Atlanta Braves expressed interest in bringing spring training operations back to the county. The Braves trained at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium —since demolished—from 1962 until 1997. The Braves bolted for a better deal at Disney World, showing why governments in Florida seek long leases.</p> <p>The chances of the Braves returning are low, for many reasons. But there is one place in Palm Beach County with an existing stadium—Florida Atlantic University. The stadium seats only about 2,000 and would need more seats and other major upgrades. The Braves also would need a minor-league complex.</p> <p>That second stadium will take a large portion of the tourist tax revenue that finances projects whose goal is to draw visitors, but since FAU President John Kelly quickly has become known for thinking big, wouldn’t he at least want to ask, say, the county sports commission if FAU might have a role in going after the Braves?</p> <h3>South Florida less racist</h3> <p>Baltimore has become the latest city to face a gut check on the conditions of its poor, black residents. The examination won’t be any easier just because the mayor and police chief are African-American.</p> <p>With race on people’s minds, it may cheer you to know that based on a recently released study, South Florida is less racist on average than other parts of the country. Researcher Seth Stephens-Davidowitz based his research on a study of how often residents in the nation’s media markets use Google to search for the “N-word.” The rates were highest in parts of the Deep South—no surprise there —and through the Appalachians into New England.</p> <p>How credible is such research? Perhaps more than you might think. According to the <em>Washington Post</em>, Stephens-Davidowitz’s findings align fairly well with results from a study of racist Tweets by researchers at Humboldt State (Calif.) University.</p> <p>Stephens-Davidowitz put the country’s media markets into four groups, where he found that there was 1) much more racism than average, 2) more racism than average, 3) less racism than average and 4) much less racism than average. Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties came in as less average.</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><strong><em>Randy Schultz</em></strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald and </em><em>Palm Beach Post, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>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, 05 May 2015 08:29:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: May 5 to 11<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="385" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/w_carolprusa_delphys1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Carol Prusa Art Salon</strong></p> <p>Where: Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1776, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In her day job, Carol Prusa teaches painting at Florida Atlantic University. On her own time, as a working artist, Prusa contemplates the universe. Situating her work on the tenuous border between scientific inquiry and artistic expression, Prusa is most known for her acrylic hemispheres, some reaching five feet in diameter, created with silverpoint drawing and graphite, and illuminated by patterns of fiber optic lights. Inspired as much by Galileo and Hawking as any visual artist, Prusa explores what it means to create something from nothing, and her mesmerizing, greyscale spheres explore the infinite void of the astronomical unknown. She will discuss “the evolution of my visual language from inner space to expression in outer space” in this special artist’s salon titled “Fearful Symmetry: Sensing Space Inside and Out.”</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/neutral_milk_hotel2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Neutral Milk Hotel</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympia Theatre, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46</p> <p>Contact: 305/374-2444, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>I’m still pinching myself about this one. Like most indie-rock fans, I thought I would never have the opportunity to see Athens, Ga. psych-folk legends Neutral Milk Hotel perform live. Shortly after the group’s dark and astonishing sophomore album, 1998’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” became a cult sensation, founder Jeff Mangum had something of a nervous breakdown and disbanded Neutral Milk Hotel, satisfying fans only through esoteric field recordings and session work with his musician friends. A few reunion dates began to appear at hipper cities than ours a few years ago, and now, nearly 20 years after the release of its debut album, Neutral Milk Hotel is playing its first and last South Florida show. The significance of this cannot be overstated. Whether or not you’re an aficionado of Mangum’s fuzzed-out, unconventional musicianship, surreal lyrics and oft-imitated warble, you owe it to yourself to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event; a few scant tickets still remain at the time of this writing.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/ryan-adams.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$70</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>One of the most respected musicians of the 2000s, Ryan Adams is also one of the new century’s prickliest and most prolific performers, an alt-country rock star whose bad side you’d best avoid. But when he’s on, which is almost all the time, there are few singer-songwriters more captivating—not to mention capable of releasing everything from stripped-down acoustic ballads to heavy-metal concept albums. The former Whiskeytown frontman has released 14 LPs since 2000, including his self-titled latest from 2014, not to mention the songs he’s recorded under his black metal moniker (Werewolph), his hard-rock handle (Sleazy Handshake) and his punk-rock side project (Pornography). The versatile tunesmith will bring along a solid headliner in her right, Jenny Lewis, the siren behind the indie rockers Rilo Kiley, who is supporting her second solo album “The Voyager.”</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/beerfest2015_new-logo_web.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave.</p> <p>When: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$60</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922 ext. 1, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Budwesier, Coors and Miller may still dominate the American beer market, but it’s far from the oligopoly it used to be. The craft beer explosion has meant richer, fruitier, even chocolatier tastes for more-adventurous imbibers, to the point that drinkers now have a glut of options: At the end of 2013, there were 2,768 craft breweries in the U.S. When visiting a place like Vintage Tap or Boca’s Yardhouse, the options can seem overwhelming—which is where events like the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest come in. Celebrating its fourth year as a fundraiser for the Center for the Arts, the event will feature an unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews, international beers and ciders from national and local breweries, with South Florida stalwarts Funky Buddha, Due South and Saltwater likely to participate. There also will be a wine tasting of nine distinct varietals, food vendors and music from a DJ and a live reggae/funk band. We recommend purchasing VIP tickets, which grant attendees a commemorative mug and an hour of advance access to the libations.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/edp_hhh_lionhero_mt46515.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Heroes of Hip Hop: The Lion Hero”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$40</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>First, it was a $987 million-grossing film; then it became the fifth-longest-running musical of all-time. Now, “The Lion King” has morphed into this new, and exclusively local, incarnation: a youth hip-hop dance extravaganza. The Weston-based Heroes of Hip Hop is a dance studio that teaches hip-hop dance to beginners, intermediates and advanced dancers, the best of whom receive the opportunity to showcase their talents at special events like this one, at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater. Elaborate face paint and costumes will bring the Disney franchise to new, streetwise life in this family-friendly dance version, as the energetic youngsters will play Simba, Zazu, Rafiki, Pumbaa and Timon. Whether Elton John’s sentimental music will be reborn with Timbaland beats remains to be heard.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="127" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/dames-banner.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Dames at Sea”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $58–$62</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-2333, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Dames at Sea” has been called “Broadway’s biggest little musical,” because its origins were indeed small. When the show premiered off-off-Broadway in 1966—starring a then-unknown Bernadette Peters—its venue was Caffe Cino, a coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. With two pianos and a percussionist, a tiny stage and a cast of just six, the creators of “Dames at Sea” managed to parody and simulate a lavish blockbuster, taking as their inspiration the splashy, leggy, Depression-era entertainments of Busby Berkeley. As such, you’ll recognize the show’s deliberately shopworn archetypes, starting with the Broadway ingénue with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart.” There’s also the temperamental diva, the sassy chorus girl, the Navy ship setting a la “Anything Goes,” the misjudged flirtations, and the wedding finale. “Dames at Sea” is an amusing homage best appreciated by those who have seen too many musicals, but in the decades since its inception, it’s managed to have its satire and transcend it too, becoming a genuinely expensive theatrical powerhouse. It runs through May 31.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/1412369545-bill_philipps_tickets.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Philipps</strong></p> <p>Where: The Marriott, 4000 RCA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$75</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>When Bill Philipps visited South Florida a year ago, he performed at Palm Beach Improv; and while can be a funny guy onstage, he’s not a comedian: He’s a psychic medium, translating messages from the dead at special events like this one. Ranked as a top medium on the website Best Psychic Directory, Philipps’ abilities began as a child and manifested most significantly following his mother’s death, which struck her when Philipps was 14. He says she visited him that very night, when his room became illuminated with varied colors of light. Years later, he honed his gifts with mediumship classes, and these days his schedule is booked for more than a year in advance, at $250 for 30 minutes. Taking your chances at this lower-priced gallery reading sounds like the potential for a great spiritual bargain.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="180" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/690x310-consil-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Consul”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$229</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve never been to an opera—or if you don’t think you like opera—then you owe it to yourself to see “The Consul,” the season-closing production from Florida Grand Opera. The 1950 debut from composer Gian Carlo Menotti, “The Consul” is devastating in an accessible, relatable way that conjures George Orwell: It’s sung in English and is set in an unidentified totalitarian country in Europe, where a secret police force is searching for John Sorrel, political dissident. Much of the drama involves efforts by John’s family to obtain visas to leave the country. Tenor and supporting actor Jason Ferrante says, “It’s very unspecific, and I think that was very appealing to Menotti. It’s funny that a piece that was relevant in 1950 is relevant in 2015, especially here in Miami, where issues of coming and going from one’s country are a hot topic right now.” Ferrante plays a magician who hypnotizes the consul’s secretary in a bravura 20-minute scene, and the production also stars Kara Shay Thomson, who recently played Tosca for FGO; and Keith Phares, who starred in “Mourning Becomes Electra” last year. “The Consul” runs through May 16.</p>John ThomasonTue, 05 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsWeb Xtra: Small-Plate Splendor<h3>Check out the recipes from our fabulous food pictorial in the May/June issue.</h3> <p><strong>Steak Tartare Napoleon</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/steaktartare.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Courtesy of La Nouvelle Maison</em></p> <p>Executive chef Gregory Howell</p> <p><span>Ingredients</span></p> <p>4 ounces beef tenderloin</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon chervil</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon shallots</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon ketchup</p> <p>2 capers each</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard</p> <p>1/4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil</p> <p>4 Spanish white anchovies</p> <p>1 hard-boiled chicken egg; separate white</p> <p>1 quail egg</p> <p>1/2 ounce American hackleback caviar</p> <p>4 cornichons each</p> <p>Sea salt to taste</p> <p>Black pepper</p> <p>Batard, sliced and toasted </p> <p>Chervil, chopped (garnish)</p> <p>Pimento d’espelette (garnish)</p> <p><span>Preparation</span></p> <p>Chop beef tenderloin into small dice and mix with salt, pepper, capers, shallots, extra virgin olive oil, ketchup, Dijon mustard. Cook quail egg sunny-side up, season and put aside. Toast and season sliced baguette (batard). Chop hard-boiled egg, mix with 1 chopped cornichon, salt and pepper. Arrange half steak tartare in a form and press gently and spoon caviar on top, finish with last of steak tartare. Lift off form to hold shape.</p> <p>Place sunny-side quail egg on top of tartare. Arrange chopped egg and cornichon mixture on plate. Place sliced grilled batard on plate. Sprinkle pimento and garnish with chervil and anchovy.  </p> <p><strong>19th Street Short Rib Tacos</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="429" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/tacos.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Courtesy of Farmer’s Table</em></p> <p>Executive chef Wilson Wieggel</p> <p>Serves 4</p> <p><span>Ingredients</span></p> <p>10 ounces barbecue-braised short rib, cooked and shredded</p> <p>8 each sprouted corn tortillas (organic and GMO free, available at Whole Foods)</p> <p>4 ounces romaine lettuce, finely chiffonade</p> <p>4 ounces green cabbage, quick tossed with fresh squeezed lime, chopped cilantro</p> <p>1 each ripe avocado, sliced</p> <p>For Pico de gallo</p> <p>2 ounces small heirloom tomato, diced</p> <p>1 ounce red onion, diced</p> <p>1 teaspoon jalapeño, diced</p> <p>1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lime juice</p> <p>1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil</p> <p><span>Preparation</span></p> <p>Build tacos with warm tortilla, romaine on the bottom first to catch the juice from the meat. Add 1 ounce beef. Top with cabbage, pico de gallo and thin slice of avocado.</p> <p><strong>Fresh Crab Salad</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="384" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/crabsalad.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Courtesy of Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</em></p> <p>Chef Matthew Mixon</p> <p><span>Ingredients</span></p> <p>1 can jumbo lump crab meat</p> <p>2 red bell peppers, small diced</p> <p>1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped</p> <p>1 medium red onion, small diced</p> <p>4 fresh hearts of palm stocks, blanched and fully cooked</p> <p>1 fresh Hass avocado</p> <p>2 lemons, juice only</p> <p>2 fresh Florida oranges (1 for juice, 1 for garnish)</p> <p>1 fresh Florida grapefruit (1/2 for juice, 1/2 for garnish)</p> <p>2 fresh shallots, finely chopped</p> <p>4 tablespoons of good olive oil</p> <p>Salt and pepper to taste</p> <p>2 cups mixed greens (optional)</p> <p>2 cups fresh arugula (optional)</p> <p><span>Preparation</span></p> <p>Open crab meat, drain liquid and pour into large bowl. Place bell peppers, 1 chopped shallot, cilantro, red onion and hearts of palm into bowl. Use 1/2 juice from all fresh citrus and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix ingredients. Taste and season with salt and pepper.</p> <p>For dressing: Place rest of citrus juice and shallots in small mixing bowl. Whisk and slowly add rest of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.</p> <p>For plating: Use cookie mold and place in bottom of mold 1/2 of avocado. Smash with spoon until flat, then place crab salad mixture on top; smash until flat. Add citrus segments for garnish and drizzle dressing around plate.</p>magazineMon, 04 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000 The MagazineWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: French Onion Soup<h3>Here’s the Deconstructing the Dish recipe from La Ferme’s Chad Ford.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/laferme.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>French Onion Soup</strong></p> <p>Chad Ford, La Ferme</p> <ul> <li>5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided</li> <li>3 pounds Vidalia onions (about 4 medium), halved lengthwise, peeled, and thinly sliced</li> <li>1 tablespoon vegetable oil</li> <li>1 teaspoon kosher salt</li> <li>1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper</li> <li>1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar</li> <li>1 1/2 cups dry white wine</li> <li>6 cups homemade <span>beef broth</span> </li> <li>10 sprigs thyme</li> <li>2 bay leaves</li> <li>1 baguette</li> <li>1 garlic clove, cut in half lengthwise</li> <li>2 teaspoons sherry, preferably Fino or Manzanilla</li> <li>4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 1 cup)</li> </ul> <p>In a large Dutch oven or other large pot, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the oil and onions; cook onions are until softened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, and sugar; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are deep golden brown and caramelized, reducing heat slightly if onions seem to be browning too quickly, 35 to 45 minutes more.</p> <p>Add wine and raise heat to high. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.</p> <p>Tie thyme and bay leaves into a bundle with twine. Add broth and herb bundle to pot with onions. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, until broth is thickened and flavorful, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Taste and adjust seasoning.</p> <p>Heat the broiler. Cut two 1/2-inch baguette slices for every serving of soup. Place baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until crisp and dry but not browned, about 1 minute per side. Rub one side of each toast with the garlic clove and set aside.</p> <p>Place ramekins or oven safe bowls on a rimmed baking sheet, add 1/2 teaspoon of sherry to the bottom of each, and ladle soup on top. Top each serving of soup with two garlic-rubbed toasts. Divide cheese among the servings, covering the bread and some of the soup. Carefully transfer baking sheet to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, 4 to 8 minutes. (Alternatively, if using regular soup bowls: Top each garlic-rubbed toast with some cheese and return to broiler to melt, about 2 minutes more. Divide sherry and soup among bowls, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and top each serving with two cheese toasts.)</p>magazineMon, 04 May 2015 08:52:00 +0000 The MagazineWeb ExtrasMother&#39;s Day Dining, Part I<p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/mothers-day2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Christmas comes on Sunday, May 10, at least for restaurants. That, of course, would be Mother’s Day, when the National Restaurant Association says that some 80 million Americans will take Mom out for a meal on her special day, adding up to a pretty big chunk of the estimated $21 billion to be spent on Mother’s Day meals and gifts. So all this week we’ll be featuring local restaurants and their Mother’s Day offerings.</p> <p><strong>Off the Hook</strong> (<em>1956 N.E. Fifth Ave., 561/609-2915</em>). This new Boca Raton seafood house will be serving up a three course meal for $50 per person. Choices include starters like shrimp cocktail and clams oreganata, entrees like lobster ravioli and shrimp and crab-stuffed lemon sole, and either bread pudding or New York-style cheesecake for dessert.</p> <p>Boca’s elegant <strong>Waterstone Resort</strong> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/226-3022</em>) will dish up a Mom’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $69 for adults, $30 for children. There will be made-to-order omelets, cedar plank salmon, lamb chops and ham, plus all manner of breads and pastries, salads, sides and desserts. Live Latin jazz too.</p> <p>In downtown Delray, Gary Rack’s ode to Southern cuisine, <strong>Fat Rooster</strong> (<em>204 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/266-3642</em>) will be offering both brunch (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (3 p.m. until the place shuts down). A la carte dishes include sweet potato pancakes and fried chicken ‘n’ waffles, also shrimp ‘n’ grits and short rib meatloaf.</p> <p>The black tie meatery in Palm Beach, <strong>Meat Market</strong> (<em>191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800</em>), lets you fete Mom in style with a $45 prix fixe menu (and half-priced bottles of wine). Among the dishes in the three-course dinner will be avocado tuna tartare and tomato bisque, USDA Prime New York steak or half a roasted chicken, and lavender-white chocolate mousse.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 04 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsSunFest Reviews: Hozier, Pixies<p><em>[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.]</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/hozier-take-me-to-church-niall-muckian-650-430.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When I arrived at SunFest on Saturday night and saw the massive sea of people watching Stone Temple Pilots (v. 2.0) perform their fatuous frat-rock singles to audiences that still remember ZETA, I had some hope that, maybe, if I showed up for Hozier 10 minutes before start time, I could still find a decent place to stand.</p> <p>How naïve. It may have been the Irish phenom’s first time headlining a festival—a fact he mentioned with gratitude and humility a couple of times during his set—but he carried an audience of thousands, packed as the far as the eye could see, through nearly every track on his self-titled debut and then some. From my vantage point, he was the size of certain Florida mosquitoes, but the distance didn’t dilute the power of his music, whose uniqueness and intensity increased in a live setting.</p> <p>Inevitably, half of those people showed up just to hear “Take Me To Church,” and they filed out like lemmings once he played it, but it was the deeper cuts that were most affecting, aided by a cellist and a pair of backing vocalists. He opened with the lovely and direct “Like Real People Do,” whose opening notes were met with a chorus of adolescent squeals not heard since the Beatles in ’64.</p> <p>“Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” was driving and album-perfect, and a hypnotic version of “It Will Come Back” was aided by Hozier’s description of the song as “about doing the right thing, and cutting off all the ropes and letting go.” “To Be Alone” was Hozier’s zenith; this rousing blues rocker was thunderous and gut-punching, slaying everybody who was paying attention.</p> <p>Which certainly wasn’t everyone in my direct radius. For what it’s worth, of the three SunFest acts I attended this year, the Hozier crowd was the rudest, chattiest, most obnoxious and most self-absorbed, and they so ruined the intimate solo rendition of “Cherry Wine” that I abandoned by space in the boondocks for a spot in the hinterlands, a ZIP code away from the teeming masses.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>Like Real People Do</p> <p>Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene</p> <p>From Eden</p> <p>Jackie and Wilson</p> <p>To Be Alone</p> <p>It Will Come Back</p> <p>Cherry Wine (solo acoustic)</p> <p>1 Thing (Amerie cover)</p> <p>Someone New</p> <p>Arsonist’s Lullaby</p> <p>Foreigner’s God</p> <p>Sedated</p> <p>Take Me to Church</p> <p>Work Song</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/pixies.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The next day, I was back for the Pixies, inexplicably slated for a boiling 2:15 p.m. time slot when they obviously should have headlined the whole damn festival. It was my first time seeing the Pixies with bassist Paz Lenchantin replacing the irreplaceable Kim Deal, and she was most animated Pixie onstage; better yet, if you closed your eyes, you could almost trick yourself into thinking you were still hearing Kim.</p> <p>As is their wont, nobody in the Pixies spoke a word to the audience, playing for an hour and 15 minutes without so much as a 30-second break between songs. They performed what could almost be considered a dub mix of “Gouge Away,” extending the song in dancier directions. Played third in set list, it was followed by a string of vintage hits in whiplash succession, a true embarrassment of riches: “Head On,” “Wave of Mutilation,” “Where is My Mind,” “The Holiday Song” and “Nimrod’s Son,” the latter performed with a slowed-down second verse that lulled us into submission before taking us home with a furious finish. “Vamos” also differed from the album track, in that it provided a captivating solo for guitarist Joey Santiago, who set down his instrument and “played” it using only feedback pedals, for a spastic noise assault.</p> <p>The more the set list progressed, the more inaccessible it became for the casual fan, with harsh contributions like the ear-bleeding masterpiece “Rock Music,” deep cuts like the surprising “Trompe Le Monde” inclusion “Subbacultcha,” and one song even I didn’t recognize. Three tracks in a row from “Indie Cindy,” the band’s polarizing and overproduced comeback album, sounded like classic Pixies when played alongside their late ‘80s brethren, especially the anthemic head-banger “What Goes Boom” and the thrilling “Blue-Eyed Hexe,” on which Frank Black seemed on the verge of gloriously blowing out his vocal chords.</p> <p>But when it was all said and done, I think most us were just a tad disappointed—not at the Pixies so much as their unattractive timeslot, which capped their set list at 23 songs instead of the usual 30-33. When you think of the obvious fan favorites that somehow didn’t make the cut—“Here Comes Your Man,” “Gigantic,” “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” “Caribou,” “Velouria,” “Planet of Sound”—it’s easy to feel short-changed. There’s always next time, I hope.</p> <p><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p>U-Mass</p> <p>Bagboy</p> <p>Gouge Away</p> <p>Head On</p> <p>Wave of Mutilation</p> <p>Where is My Mind?</p> <p>Holiday</p> <p>Nimrod’s Son</p> <p>Break My Body</p> <p>Vamos</p> <p>Greens and Blues</p> <p>Subbacultcha</p> <p>???</p> <p>Rock Music</p> <p>What Goes Boom</p> <p>Blue-Eyed Hexe</p> <p>Magdalena 318</p> <p>Dead</p> <p>River Euphrates</p> <p>Isla de Encanta</p> <p>I’ve Been Tired</p> <p>Debaser</p> <p>Hey</p>John ThomasonSun, 03 May 2015 23:19:00 +0000 & EventsMusicWhere to Party on Cinco de Mayo<p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/April/cinco-de-mayo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Fun, games and hot-and-cold running margaritas. . . that’s what’s on local restaurants’ menus for <strong>Cinco de Mayo</strong>. (Which, BTW, is next Tuesday.) Here’s a quick rundown on some of the festivities.</p> <p><strong>Rocco’s Tacos</strong> in Boca (<em>5250 Town Center Circle, 561/416-2131</em>), West Palm (224 Clematis St., 561/650-1001) and Palm Beach Gardens (5090 PGA Blvd., 561/623-0127) will be pulling out all the stops with their annual CdeM bash. At each location it begins at noon on Tuesday and continues until the wee hours with food and drink specials, live mariachi music, free tequila pours, prizes and DJs.</p> <p>At <strong>El Camino</strong> (<em>15 N.E. Second Ave., 561/865-5350</em>) in downtown Delray the party gets started at 11 a.m. and goes on until 2 in the morning. On-hand will be a DJ and mariachi band, plus cool special cocktails and a raffle giving away a VIP trip to the Key West Lobsterfest in August.</p> <p>Boca’s <strong>Tijuana Flats</strong> (<em>22191 Powerline Road, 561/465-2723</em>) kicks things off today with food and drink specials that continue through Tuesday. Look for $5.55 entrees with chips, culminating Tuesday with two tacos, chips and a drink for $5.49. One-dollar drafts, $2 bottle beers, $3 sangria and $4 wine too.</p> <p>The fiesta begins at 11 a.m. at <strong>Rosalita’s</strong> (<em>5949 S. Congress Ave., 561/964-5747</em>) in Atlantis and doesn’t stop until 11 o’clock at night. Drink specials and fun for the kiddies will be on tap, with face-painting and a magician along with margaritas big enough to take a bath in.</p> <p><strong>Uncle Julio’s</strong> (<em>449 Plaza Real, 561/300-3530</em>) in Boca is throwing a party too. This one starts at 4 p.m. and goes on until late, featuring dancing, a DJ and various drink specials. Satisfy your margarita fix.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 01 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsTake 5: Jason Ferrante<p class="p1">If you’ve never been to an opera—or if you don’t think you like opera—then you owe it to yourself to see “The Consul,” the season-closing production from Florida Grand Opera (<em>May 9–16 at Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</em>; <a href="" target="_blank"></a>).</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/take5ferrante3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">The 1950 debut from composer Gian Carlo Menotti, “The Consul” is devastating in an accessible, relatable way that conjures George Orwell: It’s sung in English and is set in an unidentified totalitarian country in Europe, where a secret police force is searching for John Sorrel, political dissident. Much of the drama involves efforts by John’s family to obtain visas to leave the country.</p> <p class="p1">“It’s timeless in its themes,” says tenor and supporting actor <strong>Jason Ferrante</strong>. “It’s very unspecific, and I think that was very appealing to Menotti. It’s funny that a piece that was relevant in 1950 is relevant in 2015, especially in Miami, where issues of coming and going from one’s country are a hot topic right now.” Ferrante, a 39-year-old Pembroke Pines resident whose Florida Grand Opera credits include “Rigoletto” and “Tosca,” has been gifted a plum role in “Consul,” as a magician who performs tricks and hypnotizes the consul’s secretary in a bravura 20-minute scene. He had to learn real magic for the part, including a disappearing/reappearing 8-ball trick, and making water and flowers materialize out of nowhere.</p> <p class="p1">It’s only the latest challenge from this tireless and in-demand Juilliard graduate, who runs a vocal studio by day and performs for opera companies across the country during season. During a rare period of downtime, the affable performer sat down with Boca Raton to discuss life as a professional opera singer.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Q1:  What kind of impact does a run of performances have on your voice?</em></p> <p class="p2">In the dream world, you’re feeling healthy, and you’re feeling rested. For me, on a good day after a couple of performances, my body feels more fatigued than my voice. It’s tired from acting and breathing and supporting the instrument. But the throat itself usually feels OK.</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>John ThomasonFri, 01 May 2015 01:45:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicBreak on Through<p class="p1">On the third day of a recent trip to Tarpon Springs, Fla., my body was asleep but my mind was very much awake. It was about 10 in the morning on a Saturday at Temple Mound, a remote facility inauspiciously located among empty plots of land and auto-body shops. But at this spiritualist speakeasy, I was about to have my consciousness elevated, as part of a weekend retreat titled “Excursion Workshop Level I.”</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/hansenb141024_0082.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">I was sitting in the atmospheric home of Steve DerDerian, founder of Temple Mound, a sort of New Age B&amp;B amid his 17 acres of land. In his sprawling living room—bisected by a stone fireplace/bookshelf lined with texts about the afterlife, channeling, tarot, remote viewing and other metaphysical phenomena—I and six other participants reclined on comfortable chairs, covered by blankets and eyeshades, headphones blocking out everything except the tones piping through our mini mp3 players.</p> <p class="p1">We were listening to a selection from the vast library of Hemi-Sync recordings. The name, branded by metaphysical pioneer Robert Monroe, stands for Hemisphere Synchronization. Monroe discovered that when specialized audio tones called binaural beats are combined in a certain way, the brain will by synced into a “theta state” of high creativity and an awareness that extends beyond the physical world—ultimately causing us to use some 90 percent of our brains. When people claim to have out-of-body experiences or communication with their “spirit guides,” Hemi-Sync is a popular tool to get there.</p> <p class="p1">In my first Hemi-Sync experience, it was difficult to eschew logic, skepticism and self-consciousness. But eventually I went under, in a matter not unlike hypnosis. Nausea rippled through my body at one point—the only time, thankfully, in the entire retreat—which DerDerian suggested was caused by my brain not recognizing its paradigm shift. Soon enough, I was experiencing visions and sounds I wasn’t consciously creating.</p> <p class="p1">One, and only one, lyric from an obscure song by The Smiths became a recurring soundtrack to the fragmented visuals I encountered. I had a vision of my wife collecting shells on a beach, a scene that manifested in our physical reality later that evening—that phenomenon is called precognition. And most significantly, I heard myself asking a question I wasn’t physically asking or even thinking about: “Where is my wife’s wedding ring?” Her engagement ring had disappeared a couple of weeks prior, and she’d been combing our home for it ever since. An answer immediately arrived from some higher source: “The closet!”</p> <p class="p1">I vowed that, when I arrived back home, I would check our bedroom closet for the ring before I did anything else.</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>John ThomasonFri, 01 May 2015 01:42:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineThe Way We Were<h3>Travel back in time for a glimpse at the Boca of yesteryear -- through the eyes of residents who've seen their city grow by leaps and bounds.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/thewaywewere.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">It’s hard to imagine Boca Raton back then, when Glades Road divided Butts bean farm and Military Trail was the far western frontier of what was then a sleepy resort town. But long before IBM and Mizner Park and Town Center mall and Broken Sound, Boca was little more than a blip on the South Florida radar. In 1958, the best that the chamber could come up with as a marketing slogan was, “Boca Raton: The Different Florida Community.”</p> <p class="p1">One of the only things, in those days, that made us different was the then-Boca Raton Hotel &amp; Club (now the Resort &amp; Club), a crown jewel amid otherwise undeveloped Florida scrubland, miles of farms and a dormant city airport that, after its heyday as an Army Air Force training base during World War II, shut down in 1957.</p> <p class="p1">Still, enough people saw potential in Boca, including Northerners interested in seasonal escapes to the Sunshine State, to put the city on a slow road to expansion. The arrival of IBM in 1967—and, more specifically, the launch of the PC here in 1981—would kick that into overdrive.</p> <p class="p1">But what about the decades leading up to Boca’s turn in the tech spotlight—what about the 1950s, the ’60s and the ’70s? What was life like in Boca? Where did people shop? What did they do for fun?</p> <p class="p1">We asked longtime residents of the community to share their recollections of Boca—before it became Boca.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>KEN RONAN</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Boca wasn’t exactly the Wild West during the 1960s of Ken’s youth. But nearly every kid in town did own a gun—a BB gun, that is. “What parent in his right mind would get their kid a BB gun,” he asks with a hint of faux outrage. Such pellet guns, of course, were as much a part of life for Boca kids in that era as bicycling to school or congregating at the popular Teen Town. Now a partner at a Boca-based law firm that bears his name (Lavalle Brown &amp; Ronan), Ken shares a few memories from his childhood.</em></p> <p class="p1">‘‘I’m originally from Philly. My grandfather had a winter home in Hollywood, and he was doing some developing here in Boca. My dad moved us here in 1964 to do that. I was 7. Our car was jammed with four kids and a cocker spaniel, and [when we arrived in Boca] I thought it was magical. Bridges that went up in the air. Boats. Beautiful weather.</p> <p class="p1">“My fondest memory from that early time was the old [Royal Palm] polo grounds, which is where Chipotle and Houston’s are now. It was owned by the Oxley family. It was well attended on Sundays because I don’t think there was much else to do in town. I worked there shoveling the stalls and walking the polo ponies.</p> <p class="p1">“There used to be an old cable car that would go across Hillsboro Canal. We used to [ride our bikes] to 12th Avenue, then through this scrub brush to these dirt paths, probably where Military Trail is now. That’s how we got to the cable car; we’d ride it across and jump into the canal.</p> <p class="p1">“You know what’s really different now? The sea life. I used to be able to put on a mask, fins and snorkel and go out to the first reef and get all the lobster I wanted. You could spear all kinds of fish. There was a time of year when conch would march down the coast, and you’d just be littered with it. I don’t see conch out there anymore. I think it’s been fished out, for the most part.</p> <p class="p1">“I miss the small-town atmosphere [of Boca]. There’s a freedom in not having to lock doors that doesn’t exist anymore.”</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>For more Boca memories, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>magazineFri, 01 May 2015 01:34:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsMan of His Word<p>Michael Grunwald can hold his own with policy wonks. He’s a seasoned journalist with stints at the Boston Globe , Washington Post  and Time  magazine. And he’s been honored for his national and investigative reporting.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/michaelgrunwald.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">However, most Floridians may know him best for his book, The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise , which started from a newspaper series about the Army Corps of Engineers and Everglades restoration and morphed into what is arguably one of the most compelling and detailed histories of Florida—filtered through the tale of its most precious resource, The Florida Everglades.</p> <p class="p1">It was a project that seemed like a long shot for a kid from Long Island whose idea of the Great Outdoors was the occasional tennis match. But it earned the Harvard grad serious kudos for his meticulous reporting—and the new distinction of historian—all before he’d turned 40.</p> <p class="p1">His next book in 2012, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era , became a New York Times  best-seller. These days, Grunwald, now 44, is focused on his new job with Politico  magazine, his life in South Beach with wife Cristina and their two young children—and working on his slice backhand.</p> <p class="p1">We asked one of the featured authors at this spring’s Festival of the Arts Boca how he got to Miami—and what he was thinking about these days.</p> <p class="p1"><em>What attracted you to journalism?</em></p> <p class="p2">I always liked to write. I was always interested in the world, I guess. In college I wrote for the college paper. I wrote for the Boston Globe sports section over the summer when they had this amazing sports section. I just really liked it. I went to work for the Boston Globe after college, but I was not on sports anymore.</p> <p class="p1"><em>A recent quote of yours was that your “current media diet”—mostly links for your Twitter feed—is “more interesting, more substantive and more up to the minute than ever.”</em> <em>How do you square that observation with the state of traditional news media and how do you see its future unfolding?</em></p> <p class="p2">What’s depressing is that it’s hard for the people above my pay grade to figure out how to make all this great journalism profitable. But I am now at a place that is figuring that out; Politico is taking digital substantive stuff online and figuring how to make money. In fact, they have realized that they need to get better—that they won’t make more money by chasing clicks about Kim Kardashian, that they’ll make more money by chasing</p> <div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"><center> <p class="p1"><em>To read the full story, pick up the May/June issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div>Marie SpeedFri, 01 May 2015 01:28:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsFace TIme: Paul Jamieson<p>Among the safer bets on any given year at SunFest is that executive director <strong>Paul Jamieson</strong> will be nowhere near Flagler Drive when the gates to the annual outdoor music festival in downtown West Palm Beach first open. It’s not the potential bustle that keeps him out of sight.</p> <p><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202015/paul-jamieson.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">In fact, it’s just the opposite.</p> <p class="p1">“Everybody who works here has recurring dreams,” Jamieson says. “Mine is that we open SunFest—and no one has come. I have this dream every year. So on the first day, after the gates open at 5, I won’t walk the grounds until after 7—because that’s my dream. If I go early and see no one there, I’ll be like …”</p> <p class="p1">Jamieson feigns a bout of hyperventilation.</p> <p class="p1">Given the weighty expectations on SunFest to produce year after year, it’s not hard to see why Jamieson’s subconscious kicks into overdrive come late April. As this year’s five-day event unfolds (April 29 to May 3) with one of its most star-studded lineups in the festival’s three-decade history, consider this: Unlike organizations that run year-round, SunFest has a combined 36-hour window to do its business.</p> <p class="p1">Come rain or shine.</p> <p class="p1">“My dad, before he died, came out to the festival for the first time,” says Jamieson, a native of Cook County, Ill. “He took a look around and said, ‘If it rains, you’re really screwed.’ Leave it to Dad to be here two minutes and put it all in perspective.</p> <p class="p1">“Yes, we live in a much riskier world compared to entities that are ope