Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBeautyBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessGiveawaysHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasFri, 28 Aug 2015 11:07:00 +0000Raise a Glass<p>With Erika bearing down on us, we can’t think of a better time to talk liquid refreshments. After riding the storm out, check in with two local mixologists and a craft brew master.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/tanzyflight.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>1) Garden-to-Glass at Tanzy</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Leave it to the man behind the bar and in charge of the cellar to give locals something to look forward to in September. <a href="">Tanzy</a>’s master mixologist/advanced sommelier <strong>Adam Seger</strong> is offering a flight of four, 5-ounce drinks for $11 (a deal!) all next month. These are not just any drinks but concoctions that use garden-fresh ingredients.</p> <p>Enjoy a fennel gin and tonic, an apple margarita, a vodka-spiked strawberry lemonade and a basil rum punch—all lined up, looking lovely and tasting even better. You’re guaranteed your greens for the evening with one of these. (Mizner Park, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-922-6699)</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="468" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/watercooler.jpg" width="350"></strong></p> <p><strong>2) New at The Office</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>It’s only fitting that a restaurant called <a href="">The Office</a> would invite patrons to the <strong>Water Cooler</strong>. The latest cocktail concoction at the Delray gastropub certainly has water-cooler buzz—and with good reason. The drink features Nolet’s silver gin, fresh cucumber, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sweet gomme. No, that’s not gimme—as in “Gimme another Water Cooler!” Gomme is a drink sweetener used instead of simple syrup; it’s made with gum syrup, which adds a silky texture to the mixture.</p> <p>Now that you’ve had your lesson for the week, head to The Office—and don’t think about work. The restaurant has summer specials that run through Nov. 30. (201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-3600).</p> <p>Photo by</p> <p><img alt="" height="442" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/funky.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>3) Funky Buddha’s Seasonal Ale</strong></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, but Halloween decorations already are on sale in stores—a sure sign that autumn is right around the corner. To help put us in the fall mood, <strong>Funky Buddha</strong> has brewed a seasonal ale “just like moms used to make, only if moms had a penchant for gooey marshmallow, fall spices, and gobs of sweet potato cavorting in one sinful glass.”</p> <p>That’s the lowdown on <strong>Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale</strong>, which clocks in at 7.9 percent ABV and debuts in four-pack, 12-ounce bottles ($11.99), as well as on draft, starting Sept. 1. Look for it on shelves starting at noon next Wednesday at major retailers including Total Wine, Whole Foods Market, ABC Fine Wine &amp; Spirits, The Fresh Market, Trader Joe's, and select Publix locations.</p> <p>For more on the local craft beer scene, pick up the September/October issue of <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong><br>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</p> <p> </p>Lynn KalberFri, 28 Aug 2015 11:07:00 +0000 Unofficial New Wave Concert Series<p>Looking at this fall’s concert slate, it’s starting to feel like 1985 in the best way possible. No less than four legendary European New Wave/post-punk bands that contributed some of the ‘70s and ‘80s best albums will be visiting South Florida for exceedingly rare performances.</p> <p>Some are honoring albums from their creative peaks, and others are hoping to chart new ones with brand-new music; still others are redefining the live concert experience. But they have this in common: Five years ago, it’s unlikely any of them would have included “America’s wang” into their tour schedules, because our purportedly small audience wouldn’t have offset the travel expenses. Au contraire: Expect packed houses for all of these.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/kraftwerk.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Sept. 29: Kraftwerk 3D concert at <a href="" target="_blank">Olympia Theatre</a></strong>, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami, 11:30 p.m.; $58.50-$78.50. As much a performance-art project as a band, forever-futuristic Krautrock pioneers Kraftwerk have spent more than 45 years contemplating the synergy of man and machine—sometimes on custom- or self-made instruments. Acts as far-flung as Blondie, Coldplay and Nicki Minaj have famously cited or sampled Kraftwerk’s music, which helped create the nascent genres of techno, hip-hop and electronica. What exactly is a 3D concert? It’s hard to say exactly, but the only remaining original member of Kraftwerk, Ralf Hutter, told <em>Rolling Stone</em> “We translated our performances to 3D, and in surround sound, kind of like 3D sound.” No word whether glasses will be required.</p> <p>LISTEN:</p> <p><img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/thejesusandmarychain.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>Oct. 2: The Jesus &amp; Mary Chain at <a href="" target="_blank">Olympia Theatre</a></strong>, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami, 8 p.m.; $40-$75. This booking at one of Miami’s most surprising indie-music hubs is arguably even more interesting than Kraftwerk, because I cannot recall J&amp;MC ever visiting South Florida. Formed by Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid in 1983, the band is responsible for making noise-rock palatable, marrying a feedback-drenched aesthetic with a honeyed pop sensibility. It’s been a remarkable 30 years since the Jesus and Mary Chain released its debut album “Psychocandy,” a record that hasn’t aged a day; its sonic fingerprints are all over the past three decades of indie music. To celebrate, J&amp;MC will play the album in its entirety, preceded by a curated selection of other hits.</p> <p>LISTEN:</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/art-gaoler-620x349.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Oct. 29: Gang of Four at <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Central</a></strong>, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 8 p.m.; $25. In the late ‘70s, Leeds’ Gang of Four essentially invented dance-punk music, giving the nascent energy and radical snarl of the Sex Pistols a metronomic foundation and a danceable backbeat. The politics remained as a provocative as anything released by the Pistols or the Clash, if not more so: The songs on Gang of Four’s still-seminal 1979 debut “Entertainment!” touch on fascism, chemical warfare, consumerism and sexual inhibition. Quaint as it seems today in the age of the salacious rap video, the band walked off the popular BBC music program <em>Top of the Pops</em> when the producers asked them to change the word “rubbers” to “rubbish.” Since 1983, Gang of Four has split and reformed, unable to capture the consistent pulse of its early albums. But with a new LP to offer (What Happens Next?) and a new lead vocalist (John Sterry), the band seems poised to reestablish itself in the 21<sup>st</sup> century.</p> <p>LISTEN:</p> <p> <img alt="" height="282" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/1432114851_11072179_974749142569729_2817792920774035854_o.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Nov. 5: Public Image Ltd. at <a href="" target="_blank">Culture Room</a></strong>, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 8 p.m.; $25. The very year the Sex Pistols’ brief but influential existence flamed out in the death of its co-founder Sid Vicious, its other leader, John Lydon, was back in the studio, making a record that was markedly different than his former band’s gnarled fury. Inspired by reggae and world music, he formed Public Image (later adding the “Ltd.”) with three players as progressive and boundary-pushing as he was, and released the moody, challenging, astonishing debut “First Issue.” Lydon topped it the following year with his magnum opus “Metal Box,” a scary, uncompromising affront to pop structure. Like everybody else’s, Lydon’s music has mellowed in a more commercial direction in the 35 years since its release, but it hasn’t lost a shred of its relevance. PiL is supporting its second album since its 2009 reformation, the snaky new tunes mixing agelessly with the vintage ear-scorchers.</p> <p>LISTEN:</p>John ThomasonFri, 28 Aug 2015 10:07:00 +0000 & EventsMusicUpcoming EventsStaff Picks: funky biscuit and decadent bread pudding<p>Funky Biscuit</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.28_funky_biscuit.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Rebecca Valenza, National Accounts Manager</em></p> <p>“The Funky Biscuit rocks! It’s a little, jazzy club in Royal Palm Place that is smoothly riding under the radar, where a lot of locals go to relax and unwind. I am so pleased to have found it this weekend. It’s very intimate, has funky music, good cocktails and gastro-pub fare." </p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 303 SE Mizner Blvd. #59 // 561-395-2929)</p> <p>Pinon Grill</p> <p><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.28_pinon_grill.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“The dinner items on the menu are great, but it’s the white chocolate bread pudding that will keep me coming back. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the best dessert I have ever had. The brioche bread has the perfect spongy texture, and its sweetness pairs seamlessly with the tartness of the mixed berry compote. You HAVE to try it.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 6000 Glades Rd. #1390, 561/391-7770) </p>magazineFri, 28 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Forward: Lilly List<p>Did you fall in love with that swimsuit in one of our summer issues? Just have to have the clothes featured in our rescue dog fall fashion spread in our September/October issue? Fashionista Dana Ross created <a href="">Lilly List</a> to help you bring these trends off magazine pages and into your closet. Boca Mag chatted with her to find out more.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="494" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.28_dana_ross_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What is Lilly List?</strong></p> <p>Lilly List is an online resource to quickly connect monthly magazine products to online shopping. At Lilly List, we spend our time scouring the best magazines for the hottest fashion, and we do the research on where to buy online so you don’t have to!</p> <p><strong>Where did the idea come from?</strong></p> <p>I founded Lilly List on the premise that women are inspired daily by what they read about and see in magazines. The inspiration for the Lilly List was two-fold. The first was missing out on a <em>must-have</em> Michael Kors fisherman sweater because I didn’t get to my magazine fast enough. The second motivation was just after I had my daughter, Lilly, because who has time for magazines with a newborn? After the baby powder settled, I took action and made my vision a reality by creating a one-stop, interactive website where busy women could shop products from all of the top magazines.</p> <p><img alt="" height="160" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.28_lilly_list_logo.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>How do you decide which products to feature?</strong></p> <p>Each month, we scour the best magazines for the hottest fashions, and we research where to buy online. We review each magazine with a careful eye to select products that will appeal to a wide consumer base, while staying true to the Lilly List style. We are always on the hunt for the new trends as well as timeless pieces to feature.</p> <p><strong>What is your goal for Lilly List?</strong></p> <p>I have three major goals for Lilly List. The first is to simplify the painful task of finding the products featured in magazines online. The second is for Lilly List to be the platform that magazine subscribers use to search for their favorite products. Think about it…no more earmarking magazine pages and then desperately searching online to purchase that outstanding dress featured in the July issue of Boca Mag! The third goal is to continue to build partnerships with local and national magazines and brands of which Lilly List can be the primary platform to promote the magazine and brand.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/" width="490"></p> <p><strong>"I saw these shoes in Boca Mag, and I absolutely have to have them. I can't find them anywhere, and they weren't featured on your website. Can you still help me find them?"</strong></p> <p>Of course! As long as the shoes were featured in the magazine and are available to purchase online, we can certainly help find the product. We have a <a href="">contact</a> link on Lilly List where a subscriber can email us directly. Give us the basics, like magazine issue and the product, and we will do the digging for you.</p> <p><em>Beginning in September, Dana will be curating some of her favorite products and sharing them on on the first Friday of every month.</em></p>Taryn TacherFri, 28 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsAtlantic Crossing up in the air and other news of note<p><strong><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.27_atlantic_crossing.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Atlantic Crossing conversation</strong></p> <p>An amicable, timely resolution of the dispute between Delray Beach and the developers of Atlantic Crossing still could happen, but it looks much less likely.</p> <p>On Friday, Atlantic Crossing agent Mike Covelli sent a hostile letter to the city, demanding a hearing on the plat for the project. This followed Atlantic Crossing’s June lawsuit, in which the developers criticized the city for delaying final site plan approval.</p> <p>The flashpoint remains an access road to Atlantic Crossing from Federal Highway—Northeast 6<sup>th</sup> Avenue—on the west side of the project. It had been on the site plan, and then came off as the result of a city commission vote in January 2014. Delray Beach also had agreed in February 2009 to give up the portion of Northeast 7<sup>th</sup> Avenue that would be within the project’s boundaries.</p> <p>Because of the letter, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer asked for a special commission meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Pfeffer first told the commission that the city “disputes” Covelli’s statement that Delray Beach is intentionally delaying final approval of what remains a very controversial project. He’s right. This commission understands that it can’t undo the December 2012 commission vote for Atlantic Crossing.</p> <p>Pfeffer’s immediate concern is that Covelli’s letter could be an attempt to “trigger” a process that would give the city just five days from the date of the letter to protect its rights concerning the alley. Basically, if the city didn’t respond, the city would waive any right to the alley/access road. It might never get back into the site plan. The five-day deadline was Wednesday at 5 p.m.</p> <p>So the commission approved Pfeffer’s request to notify Atlantic Crossing by the deadline that the city was seeking to take back the alley because the developer has failed to meet certain conditions in that 2009 agreement, such as digging a tunnel under Seventh Avenue. Just as the June lawsuit was about the developers protecting themselves and their options, the city is doing the same.</p> <p>The whole thing took about five minutes. Pfeffer advised commissioners to “minimize” their comments. He will hold an executive closed-door session soon to discuss the lawsuit and the city’s response.</p> <p>Just a few weeks ago, the city and Atlantic Crossing seemed close to working out the return of the alley, which the commission believes would help traffic around the project. There was talk of having it all worked out by September. Then the commission delayed, and momentum stalled. Now the tone is tough, though still guarded.</p> <p>Working things out is the best potential outcome—especially, it would seem, for Atlantic Crossing. If the developers want a timely resolution, litigation seems the least likely way to achieve it.</p> <p><strong>Police Union vs. Boca Raton</strong> </p> <p>I’m told that the dispute between Boca Raton and the city’s police/fire pension board has been resolved in the city’s favor.</p> <p>Last month, the city council approved a resolution demanding that the board change its interpretation of the new police contract. City Manager Leif Ahnell claimed that the board had approved annual cost-of-living increases for some retired police officers “in a manner that is in direct conflict” with the contract. In the resolution, the city warned of a lawsuit under the Florida Government Conflict Resolution Act if the board went ahead.</p> <p>The board meets today. Matt Welhaf, a board member chosen by the firefighters union, told me Wednesday that the dispute was less between the board and more between the police union – the Fraternal Order of Police – and the city. The board first interpreted the contract one way, Welhaf said, but now agrees with the city’s interpretation. “It’s not a big matter.”</p> <p>That isn’t how the city saw it. Pension reform was a council priority. Pension savings projected over 30 years depend on compliance with new police and fire contracts.</p> <p>Such disputes can arise because of how state law structures police/fire pension boards. Boca Raton’s has eight members. The fire union and police union each choose two members. The city council appoints the other four, usually people with expertise in a related field, such as finance. The board determines how to invest the pension fund’s assets.</p> <p>The structure gives the unions equal weight with the city. Union appointees may live in the city—Welhaf does—but not necessarily. That can create a disconnect. It also can frustrate council members that the city ultimately is responsible for filling any pension fund gaps, but the city has no direct say over the fund’s investments.</p> <p>Lee Sommer, a police union member who chairs the board, declined to answer emailed questions, saying answers should come from the board. A phone call to the union’s president, John Cagno, was not returned. Mayor Susan Haynie, though, told me that she is happy the board and the city could “find consensus.”</p> <p><strong>Developmental Debate</strong></p> <p>For all the debate about redevelopment in downtown Boca Raton, the issue also is a concern in other parts of the city. We saw that at the July 27 city council workshop.</p> <p>Robert Weinroth had asked the staff to prepare an ordinance—Boca’s version of legislation—for discussion at the next night’s council meeting. The ordinance would have nearly doubled—from 2,500 to 4,500—the number of residential units allowed in the city’s northwest section under Boca’s Planned Mobility Development regulations. Jut the idea of the ordinance had been enough to generate hostile emails and phone calls to council members. Broken Sound residents, who live just west of the designated area, are among the city’s most reliable voters. Four-fifths of the council – Mike Mullaugh, Jeremy Rodgers, Scott Singer and Weinroth – live in northwest After hearing strong opposition from his colleagues, Weinroth withdrew the ordinance. The issue, however, deserves some discussion.</p> <p>Start with the history.</p> <p>In 1978, Arvida Corp., created the Arvida Park of Commerce—700 acres on and around Congress Avenue north of Yamato Road. At the time, it was a groundbreaking light industrial research park, with the wonderful acronym LIRP. Coupled with the then-booming IBM complex south of Yamato – now Boca Corporate Center – the park attracted many employers. “It made the city’s tax base,” Haynie told me.</p> <p>Zoning in the park—which last spring was renamed The Park at Broken Sound—prohibited housing. Eventually, however, companies approached the city seeking a change that could allow their employees to live nearby. The city liked the idea of reducing traffic—or at least reducing the distance people had to drive.</p> <p>So in December 2012 the city council approved new regulations that allow for up to 2,500 multi-family units in the area basically north of Spanish River Boulevard between Interstate 95 and Military Trail. The regulations encouraged commercial development that would appeal strictly to people living in the area—no, or limited drive-through service, for example.</p> <p>The city capped development because, however good the intentions, no one knew if the concept would work. If it didn’t, traffic could get worse, not better. “If it had been open-ended,” Haynie said, “We could have had 10,000 homes out there.”</p> <p>As the staff memo on the ordinance told the council, the city has approved just three projects under the Planned Mobility Development regulations. The projects amount to 1,050 units. None has been built. Another 592 units are under review. The city rejected a At the workshop, Weinroth said he considered the 2,500 figure “arbitrary.” Haynie and Councilman Mike Mullaugh, who both supported the regulations, told him otherwise. A review of the backup material in 2012 shows that much thought went into the number. On Wednesday, Weinroth acknowledged, “I think I’ve been corrected. I took their comments to heart. I think I moved too quickly.”</p> <p>A back story is the talk of Boca Corporate Center being sold. Elad Properties, which proposed and then withdrew the New Mizner on the Green condo complex downtown, has been rumored as a buyer. A new buyer might want more potential for housing. Given the council’s caution, however, any new buyer should not count on having that potential anytime soon.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 27 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 (NEW) Sail Inn is open for business!<p>OMG. Jaw dropping.  I stopped by the Sail Inn today (NO, dear office mates, I did not even grab a beer) and I was floored by the transformation. Gleaming wood, polished brass, a clean navy blue bar top. Tables with shiny barstools, a ladies’ room the size of Rhode Island.</p> <p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/img_0794.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>He did it. Rick Jankee (this is how he likes his name spelled even though it’s Janke on the “Wanted” posters) really did it. He cleaned up the Sail Inn and it is still the Sail—only without the smoke.</p> <p>He was closed for almost three months and estimates he invested six figures in the whole renovation—including lost business.</p> <p>“Yes, it was six figures,” he says. “Fifteen pounds, five unsubstantiated calls to code enforcement from hypocritical neighbors. I’m relieved that it's finally over and I can get my golf swing back.”</p> <p>Jankee says he’s also proud of his bartenders—who stuck with him through the whole redo, and have been with him a minimum of 10 years “to Inga, who’s been here 19 years, ” and he’s proud of the way it feels.</p> <p>For starters, more people are coming. With a smoke-free bar, the whole atmosphere has literally been cleaned up. No stink.  No ashtrays, No dismal cloud of grey.</p> <p>But it’s still the Sail. Still your neighborhood bar, still the catcher’s mitt of your life when you need a place to go—and maybe a conversation with a fellow pilgrim.</p> <p>“We’re so happy to be able to have a reasonably priced drink and not have to deal with downtown—which has developed an anti local sentiment,” Jankee says. “It’s the Sail Inn, the same stinking tradition—but without the stink.”</p> <p>In a more serious tone Jankee says, “We are the last flicker of what was old Delray and I tried to keep that…”</p> <p>And indeed he has.</p> <p>I’ll drink to that.</p>Marie SpeedWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000 BeachAlternative Music is Back on SoFla Radio<p>Visiting cities like Austin and Asheville over the past year has reminded me of at least one thing big, hip cities with young demographics have over all of South Florida: a great alternative rock station that is fully entrenched in the regions’ musical communities.</p> <p>It’s only been four years since South Floridians lost The Buzz on 103.1, West Palm Beach’s longtime alt-rock powerhouse, which brought 15 annual music festivals to South Florida during the ‘90s and 2000s. But it feels like it’s been longer than that: FM radio has become such a cesspool of corporate-backed redundancy that it’s hard to find any music station that isn’t bombarding us with a aggressively limited selection of Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars hits as nauseum.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/shark.jpg" width="366"></p> <p>Until last Friday, that is. That’s when 104.3-FM flipped from a useless simulcast of an already vibrant AM sports station to an alternative music lover’s bastion called The Shark. As I’m writing this, I’m hearing “Fight For Your Right” by the Beastie Boys again, on the actual radio, in South Florida. Earlier, I heard a wonderful new single from Beck, as well as breakthrough tunes from Halsey, George Ezra and Atlas Genius—even the “Unplugged” version of Nirvana’s “All Apologies.” The station has expanded its definition of alternative to include edgy pop (Lorde, Amy Winehouse), reggae (Bob Marley is in regular rotation) and New Wave (Depeche Mode, The Cure).</p> <p>Why does this excite me so much? Nobody <em>needs </em>terrestrial radio anymore. The Shark has a considerably large playlist, but it’s infinitesimal compared to the music library that your phone carries commercial-free, and every car these days has an auxiliary input to override its radio. I’m sure some of my excitement about this station comes from the fact that South Florida isn’t so behind the 8-ball anymore when it comes to breaking alternative music. But more than that, it’s the community potential that this station opens up.</p> <p>Program director John O’Connell, who also served as PD of The Buzz, could not be reached for comment, but I’m hoping that on-air talent will be hired, and that these deejays will bring their tastes and personalities to their selections. And I’m hoping that we’ll get another annual music festival out of it, the kind that might attract the likes of Green Day, Lorde, Bleachers and Tove Lo to the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre. This may be too much to ask for a station that is still undoubtedly finding its audience, but a boy can dream, right?</p>John ThomasonWed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMusicRide to Help Our Military Heroes<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p><a href="">Registration</a> is open for the Second Annual Ride for <a href="">Help Our Military Heroes</a>. The 100k (about 62 miles) and 50k (about 31 miles) cycling events start at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1.</p> <p>Team zMotion hosts the ride, which starts at the Sunset Pavilion of South County Regional Park (11200 Park Access Rd.)</p> <p>The cost is $25 for members and $45 for non-members. There will be rest stops stocked with food and drinks, police assistance and SAG support. The post-ride celebration includes food and drinks, music and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.19_fitlife1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Funds raised from the cycling event will go to the Help Our Military Heroes charity, which is dedicated to raising money to buy minivans that are adapted and customized to meet the needs of severely wounded veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <p>Help Our Military Heroes, which is based in Easton, Conn., has awarded 51 adaptive minivan grants since 2010, according to the charity’s President and Cofounder Laurie Hollander. Three of those recipients are in Florida: Brian Mast, Parkland; Tyler Southern, Jacksonville; and Joseph Deslauriers, Destin.</p> <p>According to the Help Our Military Heroes website, the “hope is that by providing customized transportation, we can return their mobility and help rekindle the sense of independence our wounded service men and women enjoyed prior to being injured. These vans, the cost of which can be financially devastating for many, are customized to each recipient’s injuries, so as to ensure his or her confidence, comfort and safety.”</p> <p><em>The need</em></p> <p>The Congressional Research Service released its <a href="">report</a> “A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom” in August 2015. It documents military casualties and injuries from 2000 to 2015. According to the report, more than 327,000 of our military members fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffered traumatic brain injuries and 1,645 endured major limb amputations. </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, 26 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Five Back-To-School Foods<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>It’s back-to-school season, and that means it is time for to-go lunches, easy-to-carry snacks and energizing drinks. With so many different options on the market, there are products that may look healthy but really aren’t. To help you make your life a little easier, I did my research and created my top five back-to-school foods. Rest assured, these items are healthy <em>and</em> delicious, so that you don’t have to settle for less.</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.26_vega_protein.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. </strong>If you are running out the door with no time for breakfast, reach for one of the <a href=""><strong>Vega Protein Smoothie Packs</strong></a>. They are already portioned out, so all you have to do is mix one with water or your favorite nut milk, shake and drink. For less than 150 calories, you will get 15 grams of protein, seven grams of fiber and a great taste. My favorite one is Choc-A-Lot, of course!</p> <p><img alt="" height="752" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.26_justin's_nut_butter.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2. </strong>If your kid is a picky eater, or you happen to be a picky adult, then try a new kind of nut butter sandwich. Instead of having the same ol’ peanut butter, try <a href=""><strong>Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter</strong></a> on your sandwich. This creamy spread is 100% vegan and gluten-free, and it’s 100% delicious. Pair it up with some dried apricots or banana slices, and you’ve got yourself a delicious dessert-like meal. Z-tip: Get this nut butter in single-serving packets–they are great to take when you’re on the go.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.26_ezekiel_bread.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>3. </strong>If you are looking for good sandwich bread, I suggest trying <a href=""><strong>Ezekiel</strong></a>. It is made with sprouted grains, so it is easier to digest. It is also organic and high in protein in fiber. Try different varieties such as: sesame seed and cinnamon raisin. The latter is perfect for easy French toast. Whichever you choose, make sure to toast it first for the best texture and flavor. Watch this <a href="">video</a> for a delicious sandwich idea. </p> <p><img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.26_beyond_meat.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. </strong>Let's talk chicken! If you’re considering going green, but don’t want to give up chicken, try <a href=""><strong>BeyondMeat Chicken</strong></a>. These amazing protein-packed strips have the same texture and taste as chicken. However, because they’re made with plant-protein, they take less time and energy to digest, giving you more energy to spend on other activities. A 3-ounce portion is only 130 calories and has 20 grams of protein! Since the strips are already cooked, all you have to do is add them to your sandwiches, salads or enjoy them as a snack just as they are.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.26_chiapple.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>5. </strong>To keep yourself or your kids energized in the afternoon, reach for a squeezable pouch of <a href=""><strong>Nutiva Chiapple Sauce</strong></a>. Each 60-calorie serving boasts blood-stabilizing cinnamon, fiber-rich apples and the famous chia seeds that help boost your brainpower. This snack helps curb my appetite and relieves afternoon sugar cravings. I love Nutiva brand because it’s always organic and non-gmo. This is very important for apples because they belong to the <em>dirty dozen list</em>, which means that non-organic apples can be loaded with harmful pesticides. Click here for a printable Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Lists. (<strong></strong></p>Alina Z.Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Xtra: Beer Here<p>Beer is the new black. </p> <p class="p1">Not just any beer, mind you. Certainly not the stuff cranked out by the tanker by super-mega-brewers—pale, tasteless, watery liquids with all the authentic character of a politician running for re-election. No, this beer is the result of passion, dedication and a commitment to producing the finest and most distinctive suds possible. It’s beer made with the same level of skill and attention to detail as fine wine—which explains why chefs, restaurateurs and beer geeks alike are talking about craft brews the same way a sommelier raves about a vintage offering. </p> <p class="p1">It’s no exaggeration to suggest that the epicenter of the craft-beer movement in South Florida is right here in our own backyard. Why? No one has a definitive answer. Maybe there’s more affordable industrial space where idea-rich but capital-poor brewers can get their business off the ground. Maybe there’s a closer community of brewers, chefs, restaurateurs and diners. Or perhaps it’s simple synergy: One craft brewery begets another.</p> <p class="p2">Whatever. Fact is, if you’re thirsty for great beer, from a simple, quaffable “session ale” to Belgian-style suds embracing a complex blend of spices and fruits, there’s no better place to be than where you are. And this quintet of very different but quality-focused craft breweries in and around Boca is the reason.</p> <p class="p2"><iframe height="350" src="" width="425"></iframe></p> <p class="p1">SALTWATER BREWERY</p> <p class="p2"><strong>1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5373</strong></p> <p class="p4"><strong>Boating, fishing, surfing … and beer.</strong> They all say “South Florida” as clearly as white-sand beaches, ocean views and 75-degree temperatures in the dead of winter. They’re also what brought together a quartet of water sports-loving South Floridians to realize their passion for fine suds.</p> <p class="p4">Two years ago Chris Gove, Bo Eaton, Peter Agardy and Dustin Jeffers opened Saltwater Brewery in an 8,000-square-foot, 1952-vintage former furniture store on West Atlantic Avenue just off I-95. To get their beers off on the right foot, they brought in veteran brew-master Bill Taylor, who worked with head brewer Jeffers to create an extensive roster of beers designed to appeal to palates of every size and shape.</p> <p class="p4">The idea, Jeffers says, is to produce “a little bit of everything,” from lighter style beers best suited to “drink on the beach or drink on the boat” to more robust, higher alcohol brews for those with a thirst for something stronger, like the subtly spiced (and aptly named) “Don’t Get Confused” Belgian Tripel ale, which clocks in at a hearty 11 percent alcohol. It must be working, because in addition to a growing distribution system that stretches from the Treasure Coast to Key West, Jeffers expects a dramatic boost in production when a recently installed canning line is fully up and running. </p> <p class="p4">“We have,” he says, “plenty of room to grow.”</p> <p class="p2"><em>To read the full story, pick up the September/October issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Bill CitaraTue, 25 Aug 2015 18:55:00 +0000 The MagazineWeb ExtrasTake 10: Martin Short<p class="p1">While other youngsters his age were playing sports or listening to the Beatles, Martin Short was busy hosting, starring and producing his own bedroom talk show for the “Marty Broadcasting Corporation.” It was “a biweekly program combining my talents as a movie star, TV host and mogul,” according to Short’s infectious 2014 memoir <em>I Must Say</em>.</p> <p class="p2">His only audience was his desk lamp and tape recorder, but it wouldn’t remain that way for long. In 1971, fresh out of college, the Canadian entertainer jettisoned a career in social work to appear in an acclaimed Toronto production of “Godspell.” He continued to rise through the show business ranks, honing his comedic chops on the pioneering sketch series “SCTV,” where he developed original characters—like man-child Ed Grimley and the hammy crooner Jackie Rogers Jr.—that still turn up in his shows today.</p> <p class="p2">In fact, after four decades of success on stages and screens large and small—from a memorable year of “Saturday Night Live” to the cult movies “Three Amigos” and “Clifford” to a Tony-nominated turn in “The Goodbye Girl”—Short has lived out his prophetic childhood dreams as a multitalented entertainment icon. His current live revue, some of which he promises to incorporate into his Oct. 21 appearance at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s annual Go Pink Luncheon, is a “one-man variety show” and a testament to one of his most cherished showbiz philosophies.</p> <p class="p2">More is more.</p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/martin1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Q1. When you perform live, how is the evening structured?</strong></p> <p class="p2">My analogy would be that it’s me hosting “Saturday Night Live,” but I’m also the cast. There’s my musical director, Jeff Babko, who’s from [Jimmy] Kimmel’s show, and he’s at a grand piano, and I’m jumping around like a monkey and doing characters. And there are screens, so we’ll get a clip of “Synchronized Swimming” [his classic “SNL” mockumentary skit with Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest], and then I’ll come out as Jiminy Glick and interview a celebrity. But I also take everyone through a journey of my life, starting with my parents and going to my kids.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Q2. One of my favorite stories in your book is your first and only attempt at stand-up comedy, in front of an unappreciative crowd at a punk-rock show. Why didn’t you pursue that format again, in front of a better audience?</strong></p> <p class="p2">Because I didn’t have a passion for it, I felt it was an interesting new thing to do—and that’s not always enough. I think that stand-ups are our philosophers—Louis C.K. and people like that. But I wanted to be Sinatra. I wanted to be Jerry Lewis. I wasn’t looking at Lenny Bruce; I was looking at Mike Nichols and Elaine May when I was kid.</p> <p class="p2"><em>To read the full story, pick up the September/October issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>John ThomasonTue, 25 Aug 2015 18:27:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineFace Time: Carolyn Kelly<p class="p1">For someone whose expertise in coastal issues and environmental regulations in South Carolina had led her into battle against oil companies, politicians and major developers—and once even drew the ire of an outraged priest—Carolyn Kelly also understood how and when to keep to herself.</p> <p class="p3">Especially when it came to something as personal as her late mother.</p> <p class="p3">Prior to taking the stage this spring to deliver the keynote at a one-day conference that explored the challenges facing youth caregivers, the wife of Florida Atlantic University president John Kelly never had opened up publicly about her own experiences in that role. </p> <p class="p3"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/carolyn_kelly.png" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">As a teen, she felt “different” tending for a mother who in her early 40s was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis, an inflammation of the blood vessels so rare that, at the time, only 20-plus cases had been identified—and so deadly that she was given two months to live. As an adult, she remained private about that part of her life. Why go into details about the experimental procedures and steady flow of chemo and radiation that would prolong her mom’s life for 17 years? Why explain that her father, so unraveled by his wife’s disorder, would “check out emotionally and, later, physically?”</p> <p class="p3">But when Kelly met Connie Siskowski at an FAU football game last year, something about her mission as president of the American Association of Caregiving Youth struck a chord. Maybe she sensed a kindred spirit. Maybe it was just time. Kelly accepted Siskowski’s invitation to speak at the April conference, held at the Safe Schools Institute—and has since been overwhelmed by the e-mails and outreach from fellow caregivers inspired by her story.</p> <p class="p3">“My world exploded when I heard the initial diagnosis,” Kelly says. “I was in high school, and I’m the one talking to doctors about her ongoing care. … But my mother handled it all with such grace; she never complained. I think her strength shaped me. When I’d face a challenge—moving to a new city, starting a different career path—I did it without fear. Like my mom.”</p> <p class="p3">Before becoming FAU’s first lady, that fearlessness would carry Kelly into uncharted waters as a marine science major who, instead of gravitating toward the worlds of research or environmental advocacy, chose to go where the rubber met the dirt road. She followed the money, or at least the distribution of money, earning her master’s degree from Clemson University in natural resource economics, a route that led to a civilian job with the U.S. Coast Guard. There, she helped to launch a national program involving natural resource damages.</p> <p class="p3"><em>To read the full story, pick up the September/October issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Kevin KaminskiTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:53:00 +0000 The MagazineNerds to the Rescue<p class="p1">In a society so dependent on technology, there’s no time to waste troubleshooting when the latest gadget malfunctions or when a new device proves too complex to operate.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/billy_levy-3102.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">Thankfully for residents of Boca and beyond, a team of tech-savvy twenty-somethings has issued an official Nerd Alert.</p> <p class="p3">That’s the name of the company launched earlier this year by Julius McGee, Billy Levy, Zachary Zeldin, Ryan Tenbusch, Brett Centerbar and Falon Velez—all six of whom graduated from Florida Atlantic University. Nerd Alert specializes in tech training, support and setup for products ranging from gaming systems and smartphones to software and tablets. They’ll even show people new to social media how to use and navigate the likes of Facebook and Instagram. </p> <p class="p3"><em>To read the full story, pick up the September/October issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>Taryn TacherTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:06:00 +0000 The MagazineThe Week Ahead: Dining Edition<p>It’s a terrific Tuesday, and I know you’re gearing up the calendar for the rest of your week. Let me help—here are two fun ideas for going out and about, and another that’s great for staying inside. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/swblogo.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>CHEF’S CHALLENGE – 3<sup>rd</sup> ROUND</strong></p> <p>It may be a semi-final, but there’s nothing semi about the amazing dishes you’ll see created at the 2015 Maestro del Mar Chef’s Challenge Series #3: Semi Final to see four esteemed chefs battle it out.</p> <p><span>Where:</span> Saltwater Brewery <em>(1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/865-5373) </em></p> <p><span>When:</span> Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p><span>Contestants:</span> Exec. Chef Blake Malatesta of 50 Ocean; Exec. Chef Kelley Randall from The Office Delray; Exec. Chef Jarod Higgins from Cut 432; and Exec. Chef Dane Iacangelo from Potions in Motion</p> <p><span>Judges:</span> Josh Cohen of ESPN West Palm; Nick Philipsen of Whole Foods Market West Palm Beach; and Skip Sheffield of The Boca Raton Tribune</p> <p><span>Cost:</span> $35 </p> <p>The next challenge will be Sept. 27 at Williams-Sonoma in The Gardens Mall, and the grand finale is on Oct. 23 at Dinner on the Dock. Purchase tickets in advance for $30 from <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/hudson_thepier_bar_portrait_logo_horizontal_knockout.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>MERMAIDS AND PIRATES AT SUNSET</strong></p> <p>Looking for someplace to go at night that has a waterfront, sunset view? Despite living almost surrounded by water in one form or another, we sure don’t have many restaurants or bars that can fill those dreams. But in Delray, that has changed. It’s on the Intracoastal, has a view of the sunset, multiple TVs, a lot of beer on tap, wine and a mermaid to toast to. Oh, and when the drawbridge to the right of the <a href="">Hudson</a> goes up, there are half-off shots at the bar. Love that idea.</p> <p><span>Where:</span> The Pier at Hudson at Waterway East <em>(900 E. Atlantic Ave., #22, Delray // 561/303-1343)</em></p> <p><span>When:</span> Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p><span>Details:</span> live music, $4 martinis, complimentary drink specials, mermaids, pirates and a seafood-centric menu by Season 9 Hell’s Kitchen winner: Exec. Chef Paul Niedermann</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/dd_bug.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>DELIVERY DUDES BRING THE BAR TO YOU</strong></p> <p>The famed Delivery Dudes have done it again—they now deliver wine, beer and spirits to your home with Dudes Liquor. They bring the booze to you with a smile.</p> <p>To order online, you’ll need to agree to terms/conditions (21+), pay with a credit card and have an ID matching the name on the credit card at delivery time. The service is online now, and there’s a $5 service charge. During the month of September, the Dudes are waiving the service fee for the Dudes Liquor delivery.</p> <p><strong>Among the menu items are:</strong></p> <p><strong>Red wine:</strong></p> <p>Altos Las Hormigas, malbec, 2014 ($18.99)</p> <p>The Riddler, red blend,  ($29.99)</p> <p>Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, 2010 ($74.99)</p> <p>Darioush, Napa, 2011 ($94.99)</p> <p>Charles Smith Riesling, 2013 ($18.99)</p> <p><strong>Beer (all are 6-packs):</strong></p> <p>Bud Light, Yuengling ($9.99)</p> <p>Dogfish Head 60Min ($18.99)</p> <p>Besides red, white and sparkling wines and beer, they also offer vodka, gin, whiskey, cordials, tequila, rum and mixers.</p> <p>But before you say, “Dudes, you’re not offering everything for my drinking games!” be sure to check out their party supplies: ice, ping pong balls, red cups, wine and champagne glasses.</p> <p>This beats the drinking and driving problem. I like it.</p> <p>Right now, this bar-on-wheels service is only available to the lucky ones in Delray Beach, but we’re sure the drinks will spread out to other cities at some point. Order <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/12011/">online</a> or call 561/900-7060.</p> <p>About the Author</p> <p><em>Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida, and has been in journalism most of her life. Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.</em></p>Lynn KalberTue, 25 Aug 2015 12:55:00 +0000 Interview: Gerard van Grinsven<p class="p1">Here's an excerpt from our Q&amp;A with Gerard van Grinsven, CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), which moved its corporate offices from Schaumberg, Ill., to Boca Raton last year.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="406" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/dsc_4039.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What is the Mother Standard of Care?</strong></p> <p>We started 30 years ago when our founder, Richard J. Stephenson, lost his mother to cancer. At that time there were innovative research options that she could benefit from. For whatever reason, because of the bureaucracy that was in place at the time, she never could get those treatments. She subsequently passed away, and [Stephenson] was furious. He vowed to change the face of cancer care.</p> <p>He bought [what became the first CTCA] hospital in Zion, Ill. And right from the get-go, he created the Mother Standard of Care: Treat every patient as if he or she is your mother. That changes the whole mind-set, because if it really is your mother, you will be much more compassionate, you’ll spend much more time with that individual. When it is a family member, you go beyond the call of duty.</p> <p><strong>A lot of patients inevitably die from this disease, even with the best care in the world. How do you keep morale up when that happens?</strong></p> <p>I have set a goal that I want to be a world-class talent-based organization. And a world-class talent-based organization is an organization that invests heavily in the recruitment of its people. It recruits people that have a natural talent to want to deliver compassionate care. When you have those types of people coming to you, then you don’t have to teach them to go beyond the call of duty for the patient, because it’s ingrained in them.</p> <p>The best way for me to help a stakeholder who is faced with [low morale] is to create an environment for that individual where he or she is treated with trust, respect and dignity, is involved with the decision-making, and is allowed to use his or her talents to the fullest. When you have that, you have a stakeholder who feels valued. And when a stakeholder feels valued, they can overcome some of those emotions. They believe in the vision, so they can deal with the not-so-nice things around cancer. We have extremely low turnover compared to other health-care systems, and I think it’s because of the culture we have created.</p> <p><strong>What is the relationship between CTCA and the nonprofit hospitals in the communities it serves?</strong></p> <p>Wherever we can, we want to partner in a meaningful and respectful manner. Now that we have arrived in Florida, we will do exactly the same. You have some great health-care systems here; I was just a patient at Boca Ration Regional [Hospital]. I went to the emergency room.</p> <p><strong>What for?</strong></p> <p>I think I was burning the candle at both ends. I was traveling a lot; I thought I had pneumonia. I wanted to make sure my chest was OK. But I got great service. We met with the CEOs, and we’re developing those relationships, because we want them to know that we might have something for patients that [the hospitals] might not be able to offer at this moment. Constantly developing those relationships is crucial.</p> <p><strong>Are there any plans to bring a CTCA hospital to South Florida?</strong></p> <p>There are no plans at this moment, but I couldn’t say that in the future we wouldn’t have a hospital here. This is the fastest-growing state in the country. We are attached to Latin America, and cancer has no borders. Ultimately, we will look for those markets where we feel our patients need us.</p> <p><em>To read the full story, pick up the September/October issue of </em>Boca Raton<em> magazine.</em></p>John ThomasonTue, 25 Aug 2015 12:41:00 +0000 The MagazineTaking a look at inactive boards, the Mayor speaks up and other items of note<h3><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/bored.jpg" width="341"></h3> <h3>Knocking back the boards</h3> <p>In Boca Raton and Delray Beach, it’s been a summer of taking on touchy subjects.</p> <p>First, the Delray Beach City Commission questioned whether so much tax revenue should keep going to the community redevelopment agency when the wider city has so many needs. Then City Manager Don Cooper asked why the city needs to give so much property revenue to charities that have other sources of money.</p> <p>Now Boca Raton is looking at the city’s 29 community boards, which on paper make Boca look like a bastion of civic involvement but in practice can suck up a lot of staff time for comparatively few results.</p> <p>The issue didn’t get much attention when the city council discussed it last month, perhaps because the council was about to vote on Chabad East Boca. Deputy City Manager George Brown’s report, however, made a good case for consolidation and elimination.</p> <p>For example, between 2011 and 2014 the Community Relations Board cancelled 22 of its monthly meetings. Seventeen cancellations were for lack of a quorum. The Education Advisory Board cancelled 13 meetings, seven because not enough members showed up. The Elder Affairs Advisory Board cancelled 32 meetings, 19 of them for lack of a quorum.</p> <p>If the board members don’t care about showing up, or if there’s nothing for the board to discuss, why does the city  need the board? If the city doesn’t need the board, that would free up what Brown’s report calculated was 23 hours of staff time per month for being the liaison to each board.</p> <p>As the report notes, some boards perform needed regulatory functions, such as the Community Appearance Board and the Planning and Zoning Board. Even there, a review might be necessary. One can argue that a tougher Community Appearance Board could have headed off all the unhappiness over the look of the Mark at Cityscape that we heard at last April’s daylong discussion of Boca’s interim design guidelines.</p> <p>The three pension boards aren’t going anywhere. Nor are the housing authority and airport authority board. But the North Federal Highway Steering Committee hasn’t met since last February and didn’t meet at all last year. Given the lack of progress toward developing North Federal over the last decade, there hasn’t been much to steer. And with completion of the new downtown library, the Library Board seems obsolete.</p> <p>The report makes two recommendations. The first is to consolidate the Advisory Board for People With Disabilities, Community Relations Board, Education Advisory Board, Elder Affairs Advisory Board and Green Living Advisory Board into a new entity, possibly renamed the Community Advisory Panel. It would have seven to nine members and meet quarterly, or more often if needed.</p> <p>The second recommendation is to eliminate the Citizens Pedestrian and Bikeway Advisory Board, Library Board and Marine Advisory Board and consolidate those functions within the Parks and Recreation Board. One problem with the proliferation of advisory boards is that their duties can overlap. The Planning and Zoning Board, not a separate Marine Advisory Board, for example, can handle issues related to dock building.</p> <p>Another recommendation is that some boards limit their meetings. The Community Appearance Board meets weekly, but for others even monthly may be too often. Ultimately, as the report says, the goal should be for the council to get “meaningful” input on key issues. If issues arise that are outside of the remaining boards, Boca has had good luck with special task forces.</p> <p>When Brown presented the report, council members generally were supportive. According to a city spokeswoman, Brown hopes to have a follow-up report ready for a council workshop—discussion only, no votes— in late September. If bureaucracy is bad in city government, it’s also bad for the boards that advise city government.</p> <h3>Detox in Deerfield</h3> <p>For three decades, Brooks in Deerfield Beach made the lists of Florida’s best restaurants. Just south of Hillsboro Boulevard on Federal Highway, Brooks’ country-club atmosphere might have been too retro for some, but the food and service were superb.</p> <p>In 2013, however, Brooks was sold. Under construction is something far different from the establishment that prided itself on contemporary American cuisine. The property will become home to a detox center for drug and alcohol addicts, part of the existing Deerfield Florida House that began operating in 2003.</p> <p>According to the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, Deerfield Florida House has bought other properties in the last four years, all clustered near the original location. The combined price for those properties has been roughly $6.3 million. The Brooks site went for $2.3 million in January 2013.</p> <p>These purchases further demonstrate that South Florida in general and the Boca Raton-Delray Beach area in particular are becoming centers of the estimated $35 billion recovery industry as politicians from the city level up to Congress debate how to regulate the industry. The debate is especially intense regarding sober houses to which addicts move after they receive treatment.</p> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach tried to regulate the location of sober houses. Both lost in court, because addicts are a protected class under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. This year, the Florida Legislature required that treatment centers refer patients only to certified sober houses. Without legislation in Congress, however, local governments can’t take any significant action.</p> <p>The Deerfield Beach City Commission approved the treatment center for Florida House on the former Brooks property in August 2013. According to the minutes of the commission meeting, Florida House operates four sober houses on the west side of Federal Highway, and as part of the approval pledged not to open sober houses east of Federal. Directly east of the treatment center is a residential neighborhood. Just to the north is Saint Ambrose Catholic Church. Florida House also owns the nearby JoJo’s Café, which serves patients and the public.</p> <p>In approving the treatment center, Deerfield Beach officials cited the cases involving Boca Raton and Delray Beach as reasons not to resist, even if they still want ways to control this industry’s growth. All projections are that demand for treatment will continue to grow. So will the demand for sensible regulation.</p> <h3>Glickstein explains</h3> <p>On Sunday, Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein emailed a roughly 1,200-word letter to residents. In the letter, Glickstein explained his reasons for voting last week in favor of the iPic project downtown.</p> <p>It was an extraordinary gesture, and spoke to the emotion surrounding the issue. Glickstein told me that he was motivated in part by social media chatter, but more by the impassioned arguments he heard at the meeting that ran from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.</p> <p>Glickstein made two key points. 1) Many of Delray Beach’s most controversial decisions turned out well. He cited the move of Atlantic High School. 2) When the community redevelopment agency chose iPic two years ago, the overall reaction was favorable.</p> <p>“I believe,” Glickstein said the letter, “there is a version of iPic that’s good for the city, and I remain hopeful that by the time it makes the round of approvals, many more people will see the citywide benefits outweigh the risks, and that when completed we will come to view it as a good addition to our downtown.”</p> <h3>Don’t hate us because we’re beautiful</h3> <p>It’s been hot even for August, and we’re in the height of hurricane season. But take heart. According to the federal government, Palm Beach County is one of the best spots in the county when it comes to natural amenities.</p> <p>That distinction comes from the U.S Department of Agriculture, which ranks the nation’s 3,111 counties based on “natural aspects of attractiveness.” Most important, the agency says, are “mild climate, varied topography and proximity to surface water—ponds, lakes and shorelines.”</p> <p>By that standard, Palm Beach County is the 108<sup>th</sup> most desirable place to live in the country. Only the Keys (59<sup>th</sup>), Martin County (89<sup>th</sup>) and Lee County (94<sup>th</sup>) ranked higher in Florida. If that isn’t enough to keep you cool in August, there’s always a happy-hour gin and tonic.</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>Randy SchultzTue, 25 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Ballroom Battle is here! Last call for tickets!<p>In five days, eight brave souls will be dancing their hearts out to benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund—the Boca Ballroom Battle is this Friday August 28!</p> <p>If you’ve never been to this event, do yourself a big favor and try to snag a ticket if it’s not too late. First of all, nothing is more fun than watching your friends and colleagues get up there and perform—unless, of course you are one of the dancers, which I was, and you get to stand in the middle of the floor after your dance and bow and scrape as you are being wildly applauded.  (In fact, I didn’t see that part coming and I have to say I loved the applause, cheap tramp that I am; they had to drag me off.)</p> <p>It’s also just fun—everyone is back in town, there’s a huge cocktail reception, the show is big and professional. Lots of drinks.  You cannot beat this with a stick.</p> <p>Finally, this mega event benefits kids who really need your help—the hard working scholars who are doing their best to get a leg up and go to college—but must rely on scholarships from this great organization to make that far-off dream a reality. That’s the reason you go, that’s the reason people dance, that’s why all of it adds up to a magical night.</p> <p>So last chance, kids—make your plans to be at the Boca Resort Friday, August 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. Call 561/347-6799 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>And finally, break a leg you awesome dancers—all the best to Brian Altschuler, Peg Anderson, Elias Janetis, Frank McKinney, Holly Meehan, Chris Nichols, Donna Parlapiano, and Wendy Sadusky!</p> <p>Knock ‘em dead!</p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedMon, 24 Aug 2015 16:18:00 +0000 Week Ahead: Aug. 25 to 31<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/goolrick_robert_andrew_watkins_hr.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Robert Goolrick</strong></p> <p>Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free, but books available for $25.95</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The bonfire of the vanities is still raging. In <em>The Fall of Princes,</em> best-selling author Robert Goolrick (<em>A Reliable Wife, Heading Out to Wonderful</em>) spins an elliptical fiction about stratospheric Wall Street excesses and the inevitable bursting of its traders’ hedonistic bubbles, a familiar tale given a raw cachet of personal truth. As a critic for <em>the Buffalo News</em> put it in his review of <em>The Fall of Princes</em>: “Robert Goolrick was a Wall Street ‘prince’ of the ’80s who had it all and ended up on welfare.” That experience imbues this blunt and colorful novel, which has earned comparisons not only to Tom Wolfe’s classic <em>Bonfire</em> but to “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street.” Savor the karmic comeuppance at this live presentation/reading.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/ckebdunveaa_vgv.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca’s Ballroom Battle</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $175-$2,250</p> <p>Contact: 561/347-6799, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Boca’s Ballroom Battle is our region’s answer to “Dancing With the Stars,” in which professional hoofers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio will be paired with local personalities/dignitaries, helping them whirl and twirl on the Boca Resort dance floor while raising money for the George Snow Scholarship Fund. After months of practice, this weekend finally reveals the fruits of these intrepid participants’ labor. Attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception and then watch the following dancers compete for the coveted “Mirror Ball” trophy: Brian Altschuler (Boca Raton Regional Hospital exec), Peg Anderson (top volunteer), Elias Janetis and Chris Nichols (business owners), Frank McKinney (author and real estate “artist”), Holly Meehan (photographer and volunteer), Donna Parlapiano (AutoNation exec) and Wendy Sadusky (designing housewife). Feel free to indulge one of the more expensive tickets to this event, knowing that funds will benefit an exemplary cause; last year, the Battle raised $224,000 to send underserved students to college.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/grand-budapest_2813768b.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Free Summer Flicks</strong></p> <p>Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, 1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach</p> <p>When: Dusk, circa 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 954/519-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you missed out on the most recent Oscar movie season, the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre has been catching you up all summer long. Each week since July 17, the venue has been screening an Oscar-nominated movie on its Great Lawn, including such critically acclaimed classics-in-waiting as “Selma,” “Boyhood” and “Whiplash.” This Friday, don’t miss “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” director Wes Anderson’s imaginative Rube Goldberg contraption of a movie, which boasts pretty much the greatest ensemble cast in the history of film. And if you’ve seen the movie, with its cavalier changes in aspect ratio, you know it deserves to be seen <em>only </em>on a screen big enough to contain its ambitions. Show up early for free live music from DJs and Christian bands beginning at 5 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/bed-sofa-10.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Bed &amp; Sofa”</strong></p> <p>Where: Abdo New River Room at Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Released in 1927 at the height of Russian silent cinema, Abram Room’s “Bed and Sofa” addressed such scandalous subjects as polygamy and abortion, in a social satire about a husband, a wife and the wife’s lover cohabitating in a cramped working-class dwelling. The movie needed no dialogue to get its sexually liberated message across, and it was promptly banned in the U.S. and Europe. Even today, “Bed and Sofa” is rarely seen as the canonical film it was, but at least it inspired an award-winning off-Broadway musical of the same name, which has more than filled in the movie’s audio gaps. Described as a “silent movie opera” by composer Polly Pen and librettist Laurence Klavan, this “Bed &amp; Sofa” includes charms all its own, earning its original production raves from the <em>New York Times</em> and <em>Village Voice</em>. Noah Levine, Elvin Negron and Rebeca Diaz star in the Southeastern premiere from Outre Theatre Company, which runs through Sept. 13 at the Broward Center.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/wfwfg-logo-ck.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Waiting for Waiting for Godot”</strong></p> <p>Where: Thinking Cap Theatre, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$35</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Just so we’re clear, the name of this play is not a typo. This isn’t “Waiting for Godot,” Samuel Beckett’s tragicomic classic regularly shortlisted as the best play of the 20<sup>th</sup> century. This cheeky contemporary play offers comedy of a more straightforward sort, a satire-cum-parody for theater insiders that hopefully retains some of the absurdist charms of the original “Godot.” Penned by Dave Hanson, a former joke writer for “Late Night With Chelsea Handler,” “Waiting for Waiting for Godot” is set backstage during a production run of “Waiting for Godot,” as two understudies banter about their craft while waiting to go on. Juilliard’s theater program, talent agents, David Mamet, Sanford Meisner and more are satirized in Hanson’s hip script, which helped propel the play to the top of the 2013 New York Fringe Festival. Critics have since called it “delectable” and “damn near perfect.” Thinking Cap Theatre’s production, starring Scott Douglas Wilson, Mark Duncan and Vanessa Elise, runs through Sept. 13.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/1372533574_misfits.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Respectable Street 28<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Block Party</strong></p> <p>Where: the 500 block of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-9999, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Once the only intimate to mid-sized venue for touring bands to visit Palm Beach County, Respectable Street has seemingly been around since the advent of guitar amplification. And every year, this historic lounge celebrates its legacy with a free end-of-summer birthday party, the definitive nightlife event of the season. This year, the club turns 28, which means no less than 28 bands will perform until well past midnight on five stages: An outdoor main stage, inside Respectable Street, the Respectable Street patio, and the patio stages of nearby Longboards and Hullaballoo. Goth-punk pioneers the Misfits (pictured) headline the main stage, and an incomparable roster of Florida indie-rock heavyweights will fill out the rest of the slots, including Astari Night, Sweet Bronco, Bonnie Riot, Chauncer, Stratolites, Deaf Poets and the Nirvana tribute act Smells Like Grunge. It will pay, literally, to arrive early: There’s an open bar between 8 and 9, and free pizza while it lasts.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/1gallagher__0.jpg" width="385"></p> <p><strong>What: Gallagher</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$60</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There was a time when Leo Gallagher, North America’s most infamous prop comedian, tried to distance himself from his trademark Sledge-O-Matic and perform sets of more traditional standup comedy. It didn’t last: Audiences demanded the visceral thrill of being pelted with chunks of cottage cheese and sauerkraut and—always his signature finish—watermelon. And so, for the 2015 jaunt by this pioneer of the primetime comedy special (he’s filmed 14 of them), foodstuffs play a major role in the marketing materials. In the tour poster, the G-man clutches a melon below the event’s tagline: the “Jokes on You Comedy Tour.” Liberals beware, however: While Gallagher’s act usually closes on apolitical food-smashing, the rest of his standup act can verge on the sort of right-wing hysteria espoused by the Victoria Jacksons and Donald Trumps of the world.</p>John ThomasonMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:25:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsTastemakers Mizner 2015<p align="left" class="tastingpairing"><strong><img alt="" height="612" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.24_tastemakers_mizner.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p align="left" class="tastingpairing"><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Dubliner Irish Pub</strong></a></p> <p align="left" class="tastingpairing">435 Plaza Real • 561/620-2540 </p> <p align="left" class="tastingpairing"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/dubliner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p align="left" class="tastingpairing">Tasting: Shepherd’s Pie &amp; Guinness mac &amp; cheese with Irish soda bread &amp; butter</p> <p class="Pairings">Pairing: Special Black Velvet: Guinness &amp; cider</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Kapow Noodle Bar</strong></a></p> <p>431 Plaza Real • 561/347-7322 </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/kapow.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting: <strong>Bánh mì Vietnamese Baguette:</strong> Slow-cooked pulled pork, buttery spicy aioli, cilantro, pickled carrots, daikon &amp; jalapeño</p> <p>Pairing: <strong>Spicy Lover:</strong> Partida reposado tequila, cucumber, lime juice, tabasco green sauce, cilantro, organic agave nectar</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Max’s Grille</strong></a></p> <p>404 Plaza Real • 561/368-0080 </p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/maxgrille.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting:  <strong>Ahi Tuna Poke:</strong> Sushi grade tuna with soy, citrus, chili, green onion &amp; toasted cashews.</p> <p>Pairing: <strong>Seasonal White Sangria: </strong>Lemongrass &amp; pineapple</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern</strong></a></p> <p>402 Plaza Real • 561/395-1662 </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/racks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting: <strong>Roasted Chicken Taco:</strong> Avocado, radish, cabbage &amp; cilantro</p> <p>Pairing: <strong>Ginger My Apple:</strong> Tito’s handmade vodka, ginger, apples, citrus</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Ruth’s Chris Steak House</strong></a></p> <p>225 NE Mizner Blvd. #100 • 561/620-2192 </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/ruthchris.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting: <strong>Mini Seared Ahi Tuna:</strong> Ahi tuna perfectly complemented by aspirated sauce with hints of mustard &amp; beer</p> <p>Pairing: <strong>2012 Concannon</strong> “Conservancy” chardonnay</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Tanzy</strong></a></p> <p>301 Plaza Real • 561/922-6699  </p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/tanzy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting: <strong>Braised Angus Beef Short Rib,</strong> Toasted pearl barley, wilted collard greens, pickled carrots, natural jus with 18 month aged italian prosciutto di San Daniele, goat cheese, poached pear</p> <p>Pairing: <strong>Norma Jean:</strong> Marilyn Monroe strawberry vodka, from scratch strawberry lemonade (can also be made without alcohol)</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Truluck's</strong></a></p> <p>351 Plaza Real • 561/391-0755 </p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/trulucks.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting: <strong>Fresh Seasonal Crab Claws</strong></p> <p>Pairing: <strong>Poema Cava</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food</strong></a></p> <p>449 Plaza Real • 561/300-3530  </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/unclejulios.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting: <strong>Pineapple Bacon Guacamole:</strong> Pineapple, hickory-smoked bacon &amp; crumbled queso fresco</p> <p>Pairing: <strong>Fresh Margarita</strong> of the day</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Villagio </strong></a></p> <p>344 Plaza Real • 561/447-2257 </p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/villagio.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting: <strong>Bruschetta Romana:</strong>Toasted bread with tomato bruschetta</p> <p>Pairing: <strong>Bellini:</strong> Sparkling wine with peach nectar</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"><strong>Yard House </strong></a></p> <p>201 Plaza Real • 561/417-6124  </p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/yardhouse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tasting: <strong>Blackened Swordfish Taco:</strong> Cabbage, cilantro, cumin crema, pico de gallo, guacamole, mango &amp; papaya <em>OR</em> <strong>Chicken Tinga Taco:</strong> Chipotle sauce, cabbage, cilantro, feta, cumin crema</p> <p>Pairing: <strong>Miami Brewing:</strong> Shark Bait fruit beer</p> <p> </p>magazineMon, 24 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 original Black Lives Matter<p>Judiciously—or luckily—scheduled to run during the ascendency of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Norton Museum of Art’s “Summer of ’68: Photographing the Black Panthers” exhibition is both a time capsule and a subtle contemporary indictment. If the militaristic garb of the Panthers’ uniforms looks quaintly chic by today’s standards, the goals they were fighting for—raising African-Americans out of poverty, eradicating hunger in inner cities, and especially battling police brutality and corruption—seem depressingly familiar to today’s black activists.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/201342-cr.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This small (22 photographs) but absorbing exhibition features the work of two photographers who would emerge as the Panthers’ official chroniclers: Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones. Appropriately enough for an issue that is fundamentally binary, the images are shot entirely in black and white and on street locations, mostly outdoor rallies for imprisoned Panthers co-founder Huey Newton.</p> <p>A husband-and-wife team, Baruch and Jones’ photographic eyes are as different as their genders. Jones’ images are bold statement photos, of Panthers in full regalia waving flags on the steps of a courthouse, or strategizing on a park bench. His provocative point of view resonates through searing images that speak for themselves: the bullet-riddled headquarters of Newton, after the controversial leader received a sentence the police felt was too lenient; a bundle of newspapers screaming the anti-cop headline “Pigs Want War.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="515" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/panthers1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Jones’ wife, by contrast, was a humanist first and a rabble-rouser second. Baruch trained her lens on the ralliers, the mostly middle-class (African-)American families listening in quiet throng to their charismatic advocates. A man cradles his newborn baby; a young couple embraces at a rally, the wedding ring on the man’s finger positioned prominently in frame. Her photographs seem to say, the Afros may be big and the dashikis exotic, but listen up, white America: These are people too, and they just want what you want.</p> <p><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/screenshot_2013-11-07_11.54.08.png" width="400"></p> <p>Not surprisingly, Baruch and Jones’ work met with criticism from their peers. Ansel Adams dismissed their exclusives as propaganda. To be fair, it was: As much as Fox News, in its own way, views itself as a “balanced” corrective to a liberal-slanted mainstream media, Baruch and Jones’ portrayal of the Black Panthers represented an overt attempt to correct what they viewed as the mainstream media’s demonization of the Party as terrorists.</p> <p>Indeed, periodicals presented under glass at the Norton paint vastly different pictures of the Panthers, with the mainstream press scolding them for inciting violence and the Panthers’ internal publications citing the police for bearing arms first. It’s hard to get past the cognitive dissonance in a pair of <em>Boston Globe</em> stories, on the same page of newsprint, from 1967: A report on the arrest of 30 Black Panthers is followed underneath by a sunny missive headlined “Police, Negro Relations Improve.”</p> <p>The historical record on the Panthers still needs correcting. As recently as 2008, conservative media in this country railed against a voter intimidation case, later dismissed, involving two members of the New Black Panther Party. Though unrelated to the original, pioneering Black Panther Party, the recent incarnation raised the specter once again of Newton’s allegedly extremist, nativist organization. “The Summer of a ‘68” is agitprop, to be sure, but sometimes we need a little agitation and propaganda to shake up our misconceptions—and force us to see beyond institutional bigotry.</p> <p><em>"The Summer of '68: Photographing the Black Panthers" runs at least through Nov. 29 at the Norton Museum, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5 children and $12 adults. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 21 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 & EventsStaff Picks: restaurant rendevous<p>Bourbon Dinner at Gary Rack's Fat Rooster</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="686" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.21_fat_rooster.jpg" width="490"> </em></p> <p><em>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</em></p> <p>“The air will be so thick with Southern style at FAT Rooster's monthly bourbon dinner Aug. 26 that we half-expect live readings of William Faulkner during the first serving of shrimp, crab and corn beignets. Short of that, guests can look forward to down-home dishes and bourbon pairings, like Lexington-style pork belly accompanied by a Wild Turkey Forgiven "half new half old-fashioned” with blackberries, agave, half &amp; half and absinthe. Tickets are $55 per guest. The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 204 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/266-3642) </p> <p>Ristorante Sapori</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.21_sapori.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I tried this restaurant for the very first time, and now I can't wait to go back! I had some fabulous appetizers, including grilled octopus and Venus clams, but Chef Marco had me at truffle burrata...oh yeah. Service was impeccable, and Marco is the perfect Italian chef waiting to tantalize your taste buds! He also makes his pasta fresh in-house, and the restaurant has great wine selections, too. If you haven't tried this restaurant, I highly recommend it!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // Royal Palm Place, 301 Via De Palmas // 561/367-9779)</p>magazineFri, 21 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Forward: Cuffs of Love<p>Solidify your love with Igal Dahan’s Cuffs of Love jewelry. The cuffs have received considerable attention from celebrities like Ashley Olsen, Stevie Wonder, Nelly and the Kardashians.</p> <p>Aug. 26<sup>th</sup> marks 13 years of business for jeweler Igal Dahan, so Boca Mag caught up with him to find out more about him and his widely popular collection.</p> <p><img alt="" height="625" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.21_igal.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What do you like about jewelry? What made you want to become a designer?</strong><strong> </strong></p> <p>I am a fifth generation jeweler, so from the moment I was born, jewelry has been a part of my life.  Growing up watching my father design pieces awarded me the knowledge and gift of designing pieces myself.  I love the entire process of designing jewelry.  From beginning to end, each phase has a beautiful aspect to it.</p> <p><strong>Where did the idea for Cuffs of Love come from? Why handcuffs?</strong></p> <p>Every piece in the i.d x-change Cuffs of Love collection has a connection with love. The collection is made for those who want to embrace and express the connection of love they cherish with friends and family, and within relationships. Once I came up with this concept, I thought that handcuffs were the perfect design to link two people together.</p> <p><img alt="" height="605" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.21_igal_with_elton_john.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Your cuffs have quite a presence among celebrities. What is your favorite celebrity story in relation to Cuffs of Love?</strong></p> <p>I am very fortune to have so many celebrity fans. They have truly made the line what it is today, and for that, I am very thankful. i.d x-change Cuffs of Love has the largest celebrity following out of all the jewelry companies in the world. My favorite celebrity stories are the ones that happen naturally. For example, Kelly Clarkson was doing a photo shoot one time and just decided to wear her Heart Cuffs of Love bracelet that she purchased herself at Fred Segal. It was an honor to discover this ad and then see her on stage performing wearing the bracelet. I was also honored when I was dining at a popular Los Angeles restaurant, and Elton John approached me showing me his Cuffs of Love Men’s Collection bracelet that he was wearing. It was a wonderful moment. </p> <p><strong>If you could choose one celebrity to wear one of your pieces who hasn't already done so, who would you choose and why?</strong></p> <p>If Marilyn Monroe were still alive, I would be honored for her to wear one of my pieces. Marilyn Monroe’s beauty was timeless, and she would be the perfect woman to wear the Cuffs of Love. She was confident, elegant and unforgettable.  </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.21_cuffs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>With the 13<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Cuffs of Love approaching, what are your hopes for the next 13 years?</strong> </p> <p>Right now, I am developing and designing the Igal Dahan Collection. The collection will include custom pieces with precious stones to complement my iconic signatures.  The complete Igal Dahan Collection will incorporate the finest gold, platinum, diamonds and precious stones, and it will be available very soon. </p>Taryn TacherFri, 21 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Grease Burger<p><strong><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/grease1.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p><strong>Grease Burger<br></strong>213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/651-1075</p> <p>Any restaurant that names a signature menu item after the fictional star of “Anchorman” piques our interest, regardless of whether or not it smells of rich mahogany or serves three fingers of Glenlivet with a little bit of pepper and cheese. But, as it turns out, Grease Burger is kind of a big deal for reasons beyond its “Ron Burgundy” (which features spring onions, Swiss and Boursin cheeses, and mushrooms with, of course, a Burgundy reduction).</p> <p>Along with whatever metal and brawn went into its construction, Grease Burger stays classy with Y-chromosome touches like its mile-long oak bar, 120 craft beer selections, dozen-plus flat-screen TVs that broadcast whatever sports are on at that moment and steel meat hooks that hang from the ceiling.</p> <p>Speaking of which, meat lovers will want to come get a taste of the restaurant’s renowned 10-ounce patties, which can be dolled up DIY-style with more than 20 “burger bling” offerings—from fried egg and applewood bacon to truffle ketchup and garlic aioli. Grease Burger’s own inventive creations are dressed so fine they make Sinatra look like a hobo. The “Burger From Hell” may sound a bit daunting on paper, but the combination of fresh sautéed jalapeños, Habanero Hell sauce, queso blanco cheese, lettuce, tomato and grilled onions will have you shouting “By the beard of Zeus!” for all the right reasons. For those who want to skip the formalities and move right to the heart attack, there’s always the “Grease Beast”—basically a cheeseburger perched between two bacon-and-grilled cheese sandwiches and loaded with fries and onion rings.</p> <p>But it’s not all about two tickets to the gun show at Grease Burger. The menu also includes lighter fare with a good dozen salads. “Todd’s Veggie Nuttie” salad was a highlight at our table, brimming with shaved carrots, broccoli, walnuts, raisins, some roasted chicken and a sweet-and-tangy honey mustard vinaigrette. The menu also scores with variations on the standard sandwich. The “House Roasted Turkey Club” on a multigrain bun comes with a little blackberry smash; the “Gringo Tacos,” thick with blackened mahi, spice things up with pickled jalapenos; even the quarter-pound hot dog goes “rockin’ through the garden” with onion, tomato, hot pickle relish and cucumber.</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/grease2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>For those stuck in a glass case of emotion, Grease Burger’s wildly impressive roster (we count more than 100 brands) of bourbons, whiskeys and—Sweet Lincoln’s mullet!—moonshine are certain to take the edge off. If that doesn’t do trick, try one of the signature spiked milkshakes, like Grandma’s Treat (Grease Burger leaves the mothers out of it), which combines Maker’s Mark with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.</p> <p>Best of all, Grease Burger keeps it all reasonable. Specialty burgers range from $10.95 to $15.95; bratwurst is $9.95; salads are $6.25 to $15.50. If that doesn’t prompt at least one “Great Odin’s raven,” then you may be better off at a restaurant that works 60 percent of the time, every time.</p>Kevin KaminskiThu, 20 Aug 2015 09:14:00 +0000 ReviewsiPic is a go and other late-breaking news<h3><img alt="" height="585" src="/site_media/uploads/ipic.jpg" width="900"></h3> <h3>iPic is a go</h3> <p>There isn’t a happy ending yet. The script isn’t finished. But the happy ending looks possible.</p> <p>After five-plus hours that spilled into early Wednesday morning, the Delray Beach City Commission approved conditional uses for iPic’s theater/mixed-use project downtown. As the commission majority made clear, however, iPic must continue to revise the project. In both cases, the commission acted correctly.</p> <p>With three votes, the commission allowed construction of a movie theater in the downtown district, granted about 5 feet of extra height and agreed to abandon a public alley that functions more like a road. The commission also extracted more concessions from iPic CEO Hamid Hashemi, and advised him that the city expects additional changes to make the project more compatible and to respect the public aspect of the site.</p> <p>My sense going into Tuesday’s meeting was that most commissioners were seeking a way to vote yes. Mayor Cary Glickstein said the project is “an opportunity.” It wouldn’t be another bar or restaurant; downtown has lots of both. It could mean as many as 400-plus jobs, divided roughly between iPic’s corporate employees and theater employees. It would mean high-end office space. It could boost downtown business in the summer, when snowbirds are gone but movie ticket sales are brisk. Elected officials in other cities, Glickstein said, would be “tripping over their body parts” to attract such a project.</p> <p>The conflict, though, has been the location, between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues behind the stores that front onto Atlantic Avenue. The project would add traffic that could create a bottleneck block. The alley serves merchants who worry about delivery disruptions. The site is former public property that the community redevelopment agency “treated like private property,” Glickstein said, which “alienated” some in the community.</p> <p>Given those factors, and the emotion that supercharges debate over every major project in Delray, Tuesday’s meeting could have dissolved into something resembling the acrimonious, poorly managed planning and zoning board meeting that resulted in a vote against iPic. Instead, the mood was civil, even jovial at times. Bonnie Miskel, iPic’s attorney, said near the end, “Whether you’re for or against the project, it’s been fun.”</p> <p>One reason was Hashemi’s presence. The community needed to hear directly from the man in charge, who had missed the planning and zoning board meeting. Hashemi reviewed the CRA’s conditions in the request for proposal issued for the site: build in one phase; bring entertainment, office and retail; build a parking garage; create jobs; bring a new downtown “experience.” As Hashemi noted, his project has met every condition.</p> <p>Hashemi also referenced the 32 changes he has made to the original plan at the request of staff and the community. Regarding traffic, Hashemi said the impact from his project would bring less than many other uses the city could allow on the site. City staff agrees on that point. Hashemi also revealed a new design in which all valet parking would be handled within the project, reducing the chance of backup at the valet entrance on Fifth Avenue. The project would create more parking than is required. Ninety spaces would be for the public.</p> <p>The commission, however, kept pressing on the ground floor of the three-story project, especially the section on Federal Highway. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia called it “a canyon.” That is supposed to be the public space, where the commission wants iPic to do still more to make the project compatible. Hashemi wants a “living wall” for the south side that would face First Street. Fine, the commission said, but that 16-foot-wide east-west alley? How about making it 20 feet? How about some more public gathering spaces?</p> <p>Then there’s the size. Glickstein referred to the project as an “overinflated tire” that Hashemi wants to “max out.” Critics say iPic is getting too sweet a deal for the nearly 1.6 acres. The CRA’s price is $3.6 million. Glickstein addressed that issue by saying that a higher price would mean the project “can’t get smaller.”</p> <p>Given the results of the meeting, only those who flat-out oppose iPic should be unhappy—and they have to explain what their alternative would be. Hint: a park is not an option. Rejecting iPic after all that Hashemi has put into the project after the CRA chose him and laid out the conditions would have damaged Delray Beach’s effort to recruit businesses and promote start-ups and in the worst case could have prompted a lawsuit. Even those skeptical about the project would have to acknowledge that the commission is demanding more. Said Glickstein, “We’re going to get this better than it is.”</p> <p>The city can make that happen, because approval of the iPic site plan and plat still must go before advisory boards and the commission. At the Site Plan Advisory Review Board, Glickstein said, “We’re going to turn the screws on you.” Commissioner Jordana Jarjura said, correctly, that many of the criticisms raised by speakers Tuesday night— open space, a pedestrian plaza, traffic flow—are “site plan issues.” While Jarjura now believes that iPic has resolved the “traffic circulation issue,” the new traffic design came just last week. The staff will need more time to review it.</p> <p>With Hashemi, Jarjura said, the city has “the type of partner we want.” The commission’s job now is to “facilitate a better development.” That is happening. It needs to keep happening quickly. IPic has an October deadline to obtain all its approvals, though Hashemi could apply for an extension. “We’ve come a long way,” Katz said. Even as the commission extended the meeting past 11 p.m. and then past midnight, there was resolve to reach a compromise that would work for the developer and the commission and would bring a project that enhances not just downtown Delray but all of Delray. If that happens, it will have been a good night/morning’s work.</p> <h3>Sweet dreams</h3> <p>After the iPic vote, with 1 a.m. approaching and everyone in the commission chambers spent, Glickstein unilaterally adjourned the meeting, even though agenda items remained. Normally, a commission majority is required for adjournment. No one objected.</p> <h3>Locals on the Iran deal</h3> <p>U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch made news this month when he announced—in an oped article written for the <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel—</em>that he would not support the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Deutch is a Democrat, representing southwest Palm Beach County and northwest Broward. He will be opposing a president from his own party on the president’s major foreign policy initiative.</p> <p>In practical terms, however, Deutch’s opposition probably won’t affect the fate of the deal. Nor is his opposition all that surprising.</p> <p>Three months ago, 150 House Democrats signed a letter to President Obama supporting his diplomatic effort on Iran, in conjunction with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union. The letter said, in part, “If the United States were to abandon negotiations or cause their collapse, not only would we fail to peacefully prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, we would make that outcome more likely.” Deutch did not sign it. Neither did Lois Frankel, who represents coastal Palm Beach and Broward.</p> <p>Congress’ 60-day review of the agreement ends in a month, at which time there will be a vote. If the House and Senate reject the deal, Obama will veto the action. Overriding the veto would take a two-thirds majority in each chamber.</p> <p>Multiple recent news reports confirm that House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has held together that 150-member coalition. The House has 435 members. If all vote with Obama, the override will fail. Obama won’t need support from Deutch, Frankel—who hasn’t taken a position on the deal—or the other two Democrats who represent portions of Palm Beach County: Alcee Hastings and Patrick Murphy. Neither signed the May letter. Murphy is now running for the U.S. Senate.</p> <p>Polls vary, but the American Israel Political Affairs Committee has been leading a campaign against the deal. AIPAC consistently echoes the view of whatever government holds power in Israel, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently opposes the deal. Deutch and Frankel are Jewish—Deutch’s district has the second-highest percentage of Jewish residents nationwide—but so is Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. She was one of three primary authors of the May letter.</p> <p>Frankel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, another Jewish Democrat who represents three-fourths of Broward, also may come out against the deal in the next four weeks. Unless any of the 150 defect, however, it won’t matter except to Frankel’s and Wasserman Schultz’s respective political futures.</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, 20 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySeasonal Finds: Peaches<p>Late summer is the perfect time to incorporate peaches into your diet. Peach trees across the U.S. are brimming with this fresh, juicy fruit, and it’s making its way to our local market. I bought my peaches from Whole Foods in Boca Raton and found them to be full of flavor. Peaches are great ingredients for so many recipes from jelly to pies. Of course, I love a good salad, so I took this opportunity to really step up my salad game with a roasted peach garnish. Trust me, your house will smell better than a Yankee candle by the time you’re done making this delicious dish!</p> <p>Peaches have orange pigment thanks to the beta-carotene they contain, and they have fuzz on their skin. They are a stone fruit, meaning they have a seed inside. </p> <p>Fun fact: China is the world's largest producer of peaches.</p> <p>This roasted peach and kale salad with balsamic reduction is succulent and rich in flavor. The roasted peaches offer a warm, lightly sweetened centerpiece for the salad, while the savory in-season black figs complement the nutty pistachios. The mozzarella lightly soaks in the balsamic dressing and blends well with the robust red kale. This recipe is perfect for a family meal or your next dinner party.</p> <p><img alt="" height="491" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.20_roasted_peaches.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Roasted Peach and Kale Salad with Balsamic Reduction</strong></p> <p><em>Makes 4 servings</em></p> <p><strong>Dressing:</strong></p> <p>¾ cup balsamic vinegar</p> <p>1 teaspoon honey</p> <p>Sea salt </p> <p><strong>Salad Ingredients:</strong></p> <p>5 organic peaches</p> <p>1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar</p> <p>1 tablespoon olive oil</p> <p>1 teaspoon honey</p> <p>Sea salt</p> <p>1 bunch of red kale</p> <p>½ cup dried black figs, halved (about 6-7 whole dried figs)</p> <p>¼ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped</p> <p>½ cup mozzarella, torn into pieces</p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.20_roasted_peach_salad.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Directions:</strong></p> <p><span>Make the dressing:</span> <em>In a small pot on medium heat, simmer the balsamic vinegar, honey and sea salt for 10 to 12 minutes until reduced. Remove from heat.</em></p> <p><span>Make the roasted peaches:</span> Preheat oven to 325°F. Slice the peaches into quarters. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey and a pinch of sea salt. Gently fold the peaches into the balsamic mixture, and mix until peaches are coated. Place peaches onto a tinfoil lined baking tray, flesh side up, then place them into the oven for 45 minutes.</p> <p><span>Make the salad:</span>  Wash the kale. Tear small pieces off the stems, discarding the stems and placing the leaves into a large bowl. Drizzle the balsamic reduction onto the kale. Use your hands to firmly start massaging the dressing into the leaves for about one minute. You’ll feel the leaves start to soften and wilt. Keep massaging until the leaves are soft and the dressing is absorbed. Add the peaches, dried black figs, pistachios and mozzarella to the kale salad. Toss to coat with dressing, 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, 20 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 with a heart<p>Jenny Robinson was only 28 when doctors diagnosed her with a life-threatening brain tumor. Thanks to chemotherapy, surgery and an experimental treatment at Duke University—not to mention her own unyielding desire to live—Robinson survived.</p> <p>However, the invasive procedures took their toll, both emotionally and physically. Robinson was left with a huge bare spot on her head—an area about 8 inches across and 5 inches wide. The zone could not be covered by extensions, and Robinson was not medically able to undergo transplant surgery.</p> <p>That’s when she turned to <a href="">salonb</a> (561/394-0024), the brainchild of Alan Bauman and his Boca-based Bauman Medical Group. Since opening in 1997, Bauman Medical Group has become one of the leading practices in hair treatment technology. Over the years, Bauman has treated some 17,000 patients and performed over 7,000 surgical procedures.</p> <p>The renowned hair-transplant surgeon spoke with <em>Boca Raton </em>about salonB and his work with Jenny Robinson.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.20_salonb_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What services does salonB provide that distinguish it from your other practice?</strong></p> <p>Normally, we treat men and women with hair loss, and we do surgical treatments and so forth. salonB allows us to do two different things: Number one is help with scalp health and trichology. Trichology is the study of hair and scalp, and it’s kind of like a paramedical field. Like an aesthetician would help a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon, a trichologist would help a hair transplant surgeon. The other thing that salonB allows us to do is offer state-of-the-art, high quality, Italian made hair replacement systems. And so this is human hair that is basically inserted into a scalp prosthetic that’s made specifically for the patient.</p> <p>This is important for patients who are not candidates for hair transplant—maybe it’s a medical reason where they can’t undergo surgery but they have a large area of hair loss. Or maybe they have a temporary situation, like undergoing chemotherapy, where their hair eventually will grow back. We can now take a mold of their scalp— look at the quality, curl and color of their existing hair, along with the length that they want—and send all of that information over to Italy and have a beautiful hair system made.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.20_salonb_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Can you tell us more about the CNC hair treatment that you recently performed on Jenny Robinson?</strong></p> <p>It’s not a wig. It’s more like a wig than a hair transplant, but instead of having to lace mesh over the scalp, this gets attached with medical grade, FDA-cleared adhesives, which have been patch-tested way in advance for allergies. She literally will wear this system, which is like a second skin, a second scalp, with all of this amazing hair, for four to six weeks—and then she’ll go and have it maintained. This means they’ll carefully remove it, treat the scalp gently with some masks and de-bonding agents, clean and service the hair system, and then they’ll reapply it. So she’ll do that on a monthly basis.</p> <p>So what we did about 10 weeks ago now, was measure her for what we call this CNC, and that’s the Cesare Ragazzi hair system. It took about eight weeks for them to create it, and the CEO flew over from Italy to hand-deliver it to her. The stylist that referred her to me from New Jersey also flew in to style the hair. It was a pretty amazing story to see. Jenny is a fighter, an amazing survivor of this very deadly type of brain cancer. To give her the hair back that she wanted … well, it really gave her a boost.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.20_salonb_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>With salonB, do you plan on doing more pro-bono treatments like the one you performed on Ms. Robinson?</strong></p> <p>One of the main things that we’ve been doing at Bauman Medical for almost 20 years is offering pro-bono treatments and services. That includes laser therapy treatments for cancer patients and hair transplants for people who had birth defects or trauma or injury. We did eyelash transplants for a woman who lost her eyelashes in a car accident. We’ve always done this pro-bono work. salonB now allows us to offer this extra hair-replacement technology, this state-of-the-art hair system; it becomes another extension of what we do. Now it’s really full service—we can run the full gamut of symptomatic scalp, hair loss, etc.</p> <p><strong>What’s the next generation of hair treatment, and do you think the techniques and technology used at salonB will play a role in this generation?</strong></p> <p>I think what we have is really the model for full-service hair loss issues and healthy scalp concerns. We can take anybody with some kind of a hair or scalp problem, diagnose it, medicate it, monitor it, treat it, and track the improvements over time. Whether it’s something simple like itchy, flaky scalp, which about half of all people have, or something more concerning like a hair-loss situation through accidents or trauma or heredity, we can address all of that.</p> <p><strong>Why do you think clinics like salonB are so important for people to have access to?</strong></p> <p>Hair is such an important part of looking good and feeling good. I mean you can live without hair, but science and our research and psychology of hair loss tells us that when you have a hair problem, you’re having a bad hair day. And if you have a chronic hair problem, that can turn into a bad hair life. Being able to address these symptoms of scalp, hair loss, breakage, baldness, etc., and being able to give someone back a full, thick, healthy head of hair and a healthy scalp gives them an amazing emotional boost. That’s the benefit of salonB. </p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.20_salonb_4.jpg" width="490"></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 GrubmanThu, 20 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyMovie Review: &quot;Marshland&quot;<p>A superlative thinking-person’s thriller in the tradition of Dick Wolf as much as David Fincher, the award-winning Spanish import “Marshland” (opening Friday in South Florida) discovers the universal through the specific and vice versa. Set in 1980 amid the marshy, weather-beaten outskirts of Andalusia, it follows a pair of homicide detectives during a mirthless street fair, as they track a serial killer of teenage girls. It’s a strange town, one that is enduring, like much of Spain, a volatile sputter toward democracy in the wake of Franco.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/raul-arevalo-y-javier-gutierrez-en-la-isla-minima.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The detectives, Juan and Pedro (Javier Gutierrez and Raul Arevalo), receive a tip from a riverboat psychic, and another potential lead arrives in the middle of the night, in the form of an unhinged man with a shotgun. There are stolen drugs, more victims, potentially incriminating literature, a severed foot, a shadowy hunting lodge, a mysterious man with a hat, and a tattered celluloid negative of foggy pornography. As our intrepid heroes inch closer to the truth, their lives become increasingly at risk, especially the elder cop, Juan, whose investigation is regularly interrupted by symbolic reminders of his mortality.</p> <p>Leavened by coarse, effective humor and a score that is artful and unobtrusive, “Marshland” grips you from its opening seconds and never lets up. It resembles an extended “Law &amp; Order: SVU” episode in plot mechanics only; co-writer and director Alberto Rodriguez’s style imbues the standard <em>policier</em> boilerplate with mythic, cosmic and political undertones. Central to the film’s distinction are its natural settings among the rivers and rice fields and swamps of Seville. Rodriguez caps most exterior scenes by offering breathtaking, IMAX-ready aerial vistas of the region’s topography. These images suggest a god’s point of view, reducing the seething human drama to that of quibbling insects scurrying across the plats and contours of an ant farm.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/javier-gutirrez-left-and-raul-arvalo-right-in-spanish-di.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Rodriguez also deserves credit for revivifying the staid tradition of the two-cops-search-for-the-killer formula. The detectives’ differences in age and outlook are to be expected, but Rodriguez adds culturally precise nuance by making each one an avatar for Spain’s fractured ideologies. Juan is a Franco loyalist, whose uncommonly brutal interrogations of suspects conjure the strong-armed lawlessness of the former regime. Pedro prefers wiles and covert deal-making over brawn, and is unafraid to expose old-guard corruption when he sees it.</p> <p>The most devastating photograph in “Marshland” depicts neither severed body parts nor sexually abused teens but Juan’s own past. And the movie’s final image poetically evokes a Spain that, until it deals with its own murderous demons, will be divided for some time to come.</p> <p><em>“Marshland” opens Friday at Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth, Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, AMC Aventura, the Tower Theater in Miami, O Cinema in Miami Shores and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables. For more information, visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 19 Aug 2015 14:01:54 +0000 & EventsMoviesSummer&#39;s End Fun Run<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>The end of August not only signals the formal end to the hottest of seasons, but also for the <a href="">Runner's Edge</a> Summer’s End Fun Run. The annual 5K (3.1 miles) is on Aug. 30 and starts at 6 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.26_fitlife1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>I’ve run this event in the past. It’s casual and fun. You run from the Runner’s Edge Boca Raton store (3195 N. Federal Highway) and return to a post-race party complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, cake, snacks, music and free drawings. If you’re lucky, you might win a pair of shoes.</p> <p>It’s only $10 to join in, but there’s an additional $2 fee for signing up online. The first 150 to register get a t-shirt. There are no awards, timing chips or water stops. It’s not meant to be a competitive event, but rather a fun run and eating frenzy.</p> <p>And before the run, you may want to head over to Runner’s Edge for special store savings.</p> <p>Sign up <a href="">here</a>. For more information, call 561/361-1950. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.26_fitlife2.jpg" 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, 19 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Boca Back-to-School Commandments<p>It’s official! The Palm Beach County school year has started. Boca moms and dads are rejoicing and kids are…maybe not as much. But, it’s safe to say that families in our area and beyond are eager to get back into a more structured routine after an easy, breezy summer.</p> <p>Follow these essential Boca Back-to-School Commandments to ensure your family’s transition into the new school year is a seamless one!</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_washing_hands.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. Thou shalt avoid the “EWW’s”.</strong> The best defense against having a sick kid during the school year is a good parental offense. Ask your children to wash their hands, and then wash them some more, especially after pickup. Keep hand sanitizer ‘handy’ in your Mercedes SUV at all times. </p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_school_supplies.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>2. Thou shalt not shop for school supplies after Florida’s Tax-Free Week.</strong> If you didn’t take advantage of the back-to-school sales AND no tax week to save some dough on backpacks and notebooks, then you are an insult to Boca shopaholics everywhere. Plan better for next year. We insist.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_kid_sleeping.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>3. Thou shalt get their kids back into a sleep routine.</strong> Boca’s <a href=""><strong>Grandview Preparatory School</strong></a> recommends dimming the lights and lighting a few soothing candles an hour before bedtime to lower the energy level in the house. Create a routine before bed that does not involve the use of a screen, as the light emitted from it is thought to have a detrimental effect on circadian rhythms, thus disrupting sleep. Sorry Boca moms. Time to put away your iPhones. Don’t you just love always setting a good example for your kids?</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_lunch.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>4. Thou shalt not compare his or her lunch making skills to Pinterest.</strong> See this picture? Enough said. I don’t know who actually has the time to create stuff like this for their kids’ lunches.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_car_line.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>5. Thou shalt use car line time wisely. </strong>Emails to send? Power Bar to eat? Car line. Phone call to make? <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Buzzfeed</a> article to read? Car line. Just make sure your data plan is top notch.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_teacher.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>6. Thou shalt not forget to thank the teacher. </strong>These hardworking men and women will make it their mission this year to help your child learn to succeed in the world. That deserves major appreciation. Perhaps you can even make that fancy lunch for them one day?</p> <p>Make it a great year 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, 19 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 debate deconstructed and other items of note<h3><img alt="" height="585" src="/site_media/uploads/ipic.jpg" width="900"></h3> <h3>The iPic Issue-deconstructed</h3> <p>If the Delray Beach City Commission doesn’t approve the iPic project tonight, it won’t happen because the commission lacked appreciation for what the development could bring. It will happen because the developer didn’t satisfy the commission that he could make the project fit.</p> <p>There’s general agreement among the commissioners and around Delray that one of iPic’s high-end movie theaters would enhance the city’s entertainment district. “I would love to see a venue downtown that was not another bar or restaurant,” said Commissioner Shelly Petrolia. She has concerns, however, about traffic and location. Mayor Cary Glickstein said Monday he remains undecided. After speaking with Mitch Katz, I would describe him as undecided but leaning against. Katz told me that he suggested a compromise on use of the alley for valet parking, and the developer rejected it. Jordana Jarjura also would not take any position in advance, citing the quasi-judicial nature of the item.</p> <p>To review:</p> <p>Fourth and Fifth Delray would go on 1.57 acres that are one-quarter block south of Atlantic Avenue between Southeast Fourth and Fifth avenues. The developer would buy another 0.13-acre piece of property to the south, to help with traffic flow. On the site would go the eight-screen theater, high-end office space that would include iPic’s headquarters and retail. The developer needs commission approval for added height to almost 60 feet, permission for a movie theater in a downtown that doesn’t currently allow one and abandonment of an alley.</p> <p>Many Delray residents like the idea of a downtown theater. Many like the idea of a company headquarters and Class A office space downtown. The main sticking point remains traffic, primarily at Fourth and Atlantic.</p> <p>The developer proposes that most cars will enter and leave from Fourth Avenue. As the staff memo to commissioners for tonight’s meeting says, the first plan routed all traffic to the parking garage through the alley. There now is a proposed entrance to the garage from Fourth Avenue. According to the memo, a traffic analysis concludes that 65 percent of the vehicles going to the project would come from the north along Fourth Avenue, 25 percent would come from the south along Fourth Avenue and 10 percent would go into the valet parking line from Fifth Avenue— Federal Highway—using the east-west alley.</p> <p>For vehicles leaving the project, the numbers are reversed. Either way, the potential chokepoint at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue is obvious. As the staff told the commission, iPic’s traffic consultant said the intersection operates “acceptably” at evening peak traffic times. If that changes, the consultant suggested, the city could restrict turns at the intersection. The staff points out, however, that the consultant’s comments “are based on the existing traffic impacts at this intersection and do not appear to include the additional impacts from the proposed development.” Problem.</p> <p>According to the staff memo, the iPic project could nearly double the traffic along that stretch at certain times. The county wants an updated traffic analysis, after which the county might require ways to ease the congestion. The staff recommends that the new analysis be a condition if the commission approves the iPic project.</p> <p>Regarding other issues, the staff concludes that the project would not harm the neighborhood. The memo notes that iPic is asking to reach nearly 60 feet in an area where buildings can be 54 feet. (This application preceded the new rules for downtown development.) The staff also does not believe that the project would make it harder to redevelop nearby properties. The staff recommends approval, subject to conditions.</p> <p>The CRA, which put together the site and the deal, remains supportive. So does the chamber of commerce. The Downtown Development Authority recommended denial, but that vote came a year ago; the plan has changed. Merchants in the area generally are opposed because they worry about being able to get deliveries that come through the alley. The Delray Economic Leaders PAC is opposed. Most important, the planning and zoning board voted unanimously to reject it. Traffic was the main issue.</p> <p>So two years after the CRA picked iPic, which came in after initial hopes for a hotel on the site dissolved, Delray Beach is considering a project that has a lot of appeal and a lot of concern. Jarjura touched on that in an email, saying, “residents seem split down the middle. Usually, it’s residents against developer. With this project, it’s residents both for and against, and equally passionate on both sides.”</p> <p>Jarjura “agrees with many of the logistical concerns” the planning and zoning board raised, notably parking and traffic. She plans to meet with staff members before the meeting. Jarjura also says, correctly, that the developer is proposing what the CRA asked for two years ago, and that the components would complement downtown Delray.</p> <p>With luck, there’s room for a late compromise. IPic CEO Hamid Hashemi already made one move by agreeing to purchase the adjoining lot. Other revisions could more fully address the traffic questions.</p> <p>There’s reason for Hashemi to be annoyed; he’s delivering what the CRA—run by an independent board—wanted. There’s also reason for him to hang in. He would get those 1.57 acres for $3.6 million. Just a year ago, the 0.3 acres fronting Atlantic Avenue north of the site sold for $19.5 million. In 2013, Hashemi signed a deal to put an iPic at South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan. Is Delray Beach tougher to work with than New York City?</p> <p>An iPic representative said in an email Monday that Hashemi will lead the presentation tonight of the company’s “revised plan”—meaning revised since the planning and zoning board meeting. He won’t have to wait long for the reviews.</p> <p>Redistricting update</p> <p>It’s looking more and more likely that this area’s congressional districts will change in a big way.</p> <p>Monday began the second week of the Florida Legislature’s special session to redraw the state’s 27 congressional districts. The Florida Supreme Court ruled last month that the statewide map, which the Legislature drew in 2012, violates the Fair Districts Amendment prohibition on favoring incumbents or parties.</p> <p>The new map, which legislative staff members drew, stacks the local districts—Ted Deutch’s 21 and Lois Frankel’s 22 —rather than have them run roughly parallel, as they do now, with Deutch’s inland and Frankel’s along the coast. The court ordered the Legislature to redraw the two districts, but did not give specific instructions. Palm Beach and Broward county representatives have asked the Legislature to leave the districts roughly near their current configuration. Something about keeping together coastal cities of common interest.</p> <p>On Monday, however, the full House voted to approve the staff map. A Senate committee approved an amended map, but the changes involve the Tampa Bay area, not South Florida. Previously, the House rejected an amendment to change districts 21 and 22. The session ends Friday. Unless Deutch and Frankel have some very powerful friends in Tallahassee—both are former state legislators—their only hope is with the trial judge, to whom the Legislature’s preferred map will go. The Florida Supreme Court must approve the final version.</p> <h3>Companies on the fast track</h3> <p>The entrepreneur-focused magazine <em>Inc.</em>, is out with its new list of the country’s 5,000 fastest-growing small companies. The names from this area reflect the effort to make Boca Raton and Delray Beach start-up friendly.</p> <p>Ranked highest from Palm Beach County, second in Florida and 70<sup>th</sup> nationwide is Boca Raton-based Fresh Meal Plan. As it name implies, the company ships customized meals, from Paleo to vegan. According to Inc., the company has grown roughly 4,000 percent in the last three years and has 150 employees.</p> <p>The Boca-based software firm TouchSuite ranked 160<sup>th</sup> nationally, while Modernizing Medicine came in 311<sup>th</sup>. Modernizing Medicine, though, just announced that it is buying another digital health care company, gMed, based in Broward County. With the acquisition, Modernizing Medicine will have 420 employees.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 18 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityQ&amp;A: &quot;Worst.Post.Ever: With Frankie Grande&quot;<p>Frankie Grande has graced YouTube, the “Big Brother” house and Broadway with his boisterous, larger-than-life personality, and now he’s invading Oxygen Media to talk about the most outrageous social media activity that’s undoubtedly caused some major social suicide.</p> <p>Boca Magazine caught up with Grande to find out more about his half-hour special “Worst.Post.Ever: With Frankie Grande” that airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_frankie_grande_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Where did you get the idea for "Worst.Post.Ever"?</strong></p> <p>Oxygen actually came to me with the show “Worst.Post.Ever.,” and it was very different than what it is right now. When they brought me on board, we came up with what my version would be—what “Worst.Post.Ever: With Frankie Grande” would be. We reshaped it to be what it is today, and I’m proud of it. I love it so much. I think it’s great.</p> <p><strong>What do you think makes a post the “worst post ever”?</strong></p> <p>You really have to own it, and you kind of just have to celebrate the worseness of it. It’s unbelievable that people would put this stuff online, but it’s such a celebration of the fact that it <em>is</em> online. Own it, and celebrate its existence.</p> <p><strong>When you were deciding what posts to use, had you already seen these posts, or were you looking for specific types of posts?</strong></p> <p>We had a team working together. We started with three hours worth of content for this one special, so it was clear that there were so many “worst posts ever” out there. It just took some weeding down to the best of the worst posts ever, and that was the biggest challenge because we had so much. The Internet is filled with “worst posts ever,” so it was a lot of fun narrowing them down.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_frankie_grande_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>There were a lot of different segments during the special. Which one was your favorite?</strong></p> <p>I think the Frankie App was my favorite because I got to play an even more ridiculous, over-the-top version of myself. I got to throw glitter and be the Frankie fairy, and that’s just something I had a lot of fun doing. Also, creating that app, coming up with the concept and really flushing it out was really fun. I love to act and play dress up.</p> <p><strong>Do you have ideas for any other types of specials you’d want to do in the future?</strong></p> <p>I would love to do more character work. I think it would be really fun. I think that there’s definitely a show out there with my name on it that’s character-based sketch comedy.</p> <p><strong>What do you hope the viewers take away from this special?</strong></p> <p>I hope that they smile, have a good time, realize that the Internet is a place where we can have a lot of fun and be unapologetically ourselves and celebrate its existence. Celebrate it like you’re Frankie. That’s what I want people to take away. Celebrate it like you’re Frankie.</p> <p><strong>What do you like about social media?</strong></p> <p>I love that it gives access to so many people around the world. I never thought that I’d be able to talk to people in different continents and different time zones all day long. That’s probably the coolest thing, I think, is the access it provides to the whole world.</p> <p><strong>What’s your favorite social media platform? <strong>What is your main use for it? Is it mostly to engage with people, to talk about issues, just for fun?</strong> </strong></p> <p>I think Twitter is my favorite platform because, for me, it’s a hub where everything just links up together. I would say I probably use it mostly to make people smile. That’s definitely my biggest goal on Twitter and all my platforms.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.18_frankie_grande_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>News and social issues spread like wildfire on social media. People always want to share their opinion and start a conversation. How do you think social media has helped or hurt society?</strong></p> <p>I think it’s given a voice to a lot of people who ordinarily wouldn’t have a voice, and that’s a good and a bad thing. It’s a double-edged sword. Because of its anonymity, it becomes a place where people feel very comfortable spreading hate, and that’s something I don’t approve of in any way, shape or form. It’s not the right way to go. If you disagree with something, there’s a proper way to disagree about it. Don’t be very hurtful. I think that’s the one thing about social media that I wish could change. If people had to own what they said, and they couldn’t hide behind the Internet, I think I would like it even more.</p> <p><strong>What does the future look like for Frankie Grande?</strong></p> <p>It’s very sparkly. It’s filled with glitter and lots of love. I’m just constantly working. It’s been a constant upward journey for me, so I am very excited to see what the next step up is. </p>Taryn TacherTue, 18 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsThe Week Ahead: Aug. 18 to 24<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/vibrant_produce-20110330-094156.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Raw cooking class</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Buddha, 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75-$130</p> <p>Contact: 828/505-6203, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Those raw foodie types can be buzzkills: Not only are we not supposed to eat meat and dairy, but now we shouldn’t even be cooking our vegetable- and bean-driven dishes? Through events like this one, the national raw food provider Cru is hoping to rewire our brains (not to mention our stomachs) around the idea the raw food is not only the healthiest, most nutritious way to eat, but that it can be delicious, too. In what Cru is calling an “UNcooking class,” this special event at Boca’s favorite hookah lounge and brewery will spotlight novel ways to employ raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and spices in inventive combinations. Attendees will make and then eat a three-course meal, included in the class admission.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/luthercampbell2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Luther Campbell</strong></p> <p>Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $24.99 book purchase provides two tickets</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It was just a couple of decades ago that Luther Campbell, as the frontman of the rap group 2 Live Crew, found himself in the crosshairs of a conservative culture war over his group’s offensive, misogynistic and—this is the part the moralists missed—satirically comic lyrics. But this Miami native and onetime leader of hip-hop’s most notorious crew has come a long way from shouting unprintable obscenities to packed arenas. He has become an unexpected advocate for social justice, raging against the issues reflecting poor black life today, from insufficient funding for housing and education to police brutality and racially motivated violence. He writes a column about these issues for <em>Miami New Times</em>, and he even ran for mayor of Miami. These days he coaches football to inner-city kids. His powerful life story is shared in his new memoir <em>The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City</em>, which he will sign and discuss at this hometown appearance.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="167" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/symphonia.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The SYMPHONIA, Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/376-3848, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Mizner Park Amphitheater has been hosting tribute bands for free on Friday nights all summer, but its series will shift gears at this season-capping performance by the SYMPHONIA Boca Raton. The theme of Friday’s program is “from Bach to Bernstein,” and it’s a horn-heavy coproduction between the Symphonia and the Orchid City Brass Band, our region’s top translators of the British brass band tradition. As always, bring blankets and chairs for comfort. The evening also includes one of the Symphonia’s popular “instrument petting zoos”—and you don’t even have to feed the tubas.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/diary-of-a-teenage-girl1-e1434467849262.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”</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>Set in 1970s San Francisco (the wallpaper on the poster art can tell you that much), this debut feature from cowriter/director Marielle Heller stars the button-cute British actress Bel Powley in what promises to be her breakthrough role in American cinema, as a teenage artist discovering her sexuality until it becomes a point of obsession. Inconveniently enough, the man to whom she acquiesces her virginity is none other than her mother’s charismatically mustachioed boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgaard). Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni bring extra star wattage to this indie hit, which screened at Sundance this past January, was featured as part of MoMa’s New Directors/New Films series, and which boasts a Certified Fresh 86 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/lazy_fair-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Lazy Fair”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mad Cat Theatre Company at Miami Theater Center, 9816 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 305/751-9550, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Theo Reyna, a playwright and member of Mad Cat Theatre’s tight-knit company, penned this brand-new play, which is taglined “a world premiere about greed.” Reyna displayed a deft comic aptitude for geopolitics with his 2014 short “The Scottish Play,” and I expect “Lazy Fair”—its name, of course, derives from laissez-faire economics—to deliver clever observations about economics in a time of growing inequality and amid the ascendancy of a certain wealth-flaunting presidential candidate. The show centers specifically on a simple heist gone awry and mythic, but in (un)conventional Mad Cat fashion, the plot description is cryptic and mysterious, leaving much to the imagination—and to the experience of seeing it performed. Reyna directs Ken Clement, Meredith Barton and Andy Quiroga in a production that runs through Sept. 6.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/vincentriver.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Vincent River”</strong></p> <p>Where: Artistic Vibes, 12986 S.W. 89<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free to $20</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There’s something about the inescapability of run-down interiors that tends to produce great theater. Many a playwright has set his or her drama in the cramped confines of a small depressing room, waiting for the magic or the madness or the repressed traumas to resound from the closed doors and windows. Philip Ridley’s “Vincent River” is a superlative addition to the one-room, one-act genre. It’s set in a run-down flat in England, where a 53-year-old mother and a teenage boy connect over the death of the mother’s son Vincent, who fell victim to a homophobic attack. Beverly Blanchette and Bobby Johnston star in this intimate two-hander from Ground Up and Rising, the Miami company known for its minimalist work. It runs through Sept. 13.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/20121217-beres-hammond-624x420-1355774438.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Beres Hammond</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$110</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Judging by some of his hits—“Tempted to Touch,” “No Disturb Sign,” “Keep Me Warm”—reggae star Beres Hammond knows his way around a bedroom. For more than four decades, the velvety-voiced Jamaican singer has been one of the most prominent purveyors of lovers rock, the romantic reggae subgenre he helped pioneer, as well as an occasional social-justice lyricist. He’s released 20 albums of original music, building a dedicated fanbase in his native country and abroad, managing to do to so mostly without major-label support and radio play. His current world tour is still supporting his 2012 smash “One Love, One Light,” a Grammy-nominated double album whose first disc of love songs and second disc of socially conscious tunes offers an exemplary introduction to his oeuvre.</p>John ThomasonMon, 17 Aug 2015 18:18:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsOceans 234 takes a step in the right direction<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.17_oceans_234.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Oceans 234 <em>(234 Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539) </em>is undergoing renovations, but the restaurant is changing more than just its appearance—It’s making a difference. Through the One Step program, you can help Oceans 234 raise $50,000 to support the Broward County Boys &amp; Girls Clubs, Broward Health Kids Campaign and the Deerfield Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p>You can leave your mark on the walkway to the beach and on your community by purchasing a personalized brick paver. The bricks come in three sizes: 4x8 for $199, 8x8 for $375 and 16x16 for $800. On the brick, include your name, memorial message or company logo. Click <a href="">here</a> to purchase your brick. </p> <p><iframe height="350" src="" width="425"></iframe></p>Taryn TacherMon, 17 Aug 2015 11:49:00 +0000 have a drink with me!<p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/ray-pelley-reflections.jpg" width="400">It’s that time of year when people start slinging drinks for charity and I’m one of them—tomorrow night, August 18, at DaVinci’s at Town Center Mall to benefit the Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation.</p> <p>There will be two teams of us and we’ll be competing against each other for the most donations raised. Team one is Boca Mayor Susan Haynie, Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth and me. Team two is Weatherman Steve Glazier and News Editor Sam Kerrigan from Channel 12, and Bonnie Kaye, from Kaye Communications.</p> <p>The event starts at 5:30, and we will be ready to order your cocktail, listen to your problems or talk about the weather—whatever your bartender preference. I hope you’ll stop by and buy a drink from me—because it really benefits our schools.</p> <p>Created in 1991, the Golden Bell Education Foundation provides additional funds to area schools to offset shortfalls in state and federal budgets. Other goals include perpetuating innovative educational programs and supporting academic excellence to ensure that our students are afforded the best possible opportunity to achieve success in education. To date, Golden Bell has donated more than $1.2 million to our local public schools.</p> <p>Come have a drink with me and bump up that number.</p> <p>We’ll see you there!</p>Marie SpeedMon, 17 Aug 2015 11:17:00 +0000 Time as a Big Sister<p><em>Boca Raton</em> challenged summer intern Casey Farmer, a journalism major at Lehigh University and a graduate of Saint Andrew’s High School, to bring a personal perspective to one of her writing assignments. Farmer chose to look back on her high school mentoring experiences as a participant in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. This is her report.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.17_big_sister.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>When I applied to be a Big Sister during my junior year at Saint Andrew’s, I didn’t know what to expect. I felt strongly going in that I could have a positive impact on a less-fortunate student, and, from my research, Big Brothers Big Sisters seemed to excel at fostering such connections. While the organization can and often does have a powerful influence on its “Littles,” I quickly learned that the experience isn’t entirely magical.</p> <p>My first Little Sister match was a first grader named Sarah; the following year my little was a third grader named Olivia* (the names of both students have been changed). We met for about an hour every Wednesday, and the time was typically split between doing homework and a fun activity. Since instilling better study habits was such a priority, we couldn’t play until our Littles finished their homework.</p> <p>Both of my Little Sisters struggled in school; weak academics is a common thread for children entering the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Even so, I was still shocked at how far behind both girls were. Sarah had a hard time reading three- and four-letter words and solving basic addition and subtraction equations, while Olivia was held back a grade. Most of their academic issues seemed to stem from the fact that they rarely completed homework unless prompted. Often, our Big Sister meeting was the only day that week they completed their assignments; one meeting a week, I soon realized, was not enough.</p> <p>The similarities between my two Big Sister experiences ended there.</p> <p>My first year as a Big Sister, we met at an outdoor activity center that hosted an aftercare program for several elementary schools. For various reasons, we were not allowed to meet there the following year, so we met in a classroom at an elementary school instead. The two settings provided very different atmospheres for our meetings, and I believe this had an impact on my time with Olivia.</p> <p>While the elementary school was a safer, more organized place to meet, I preferred the activity center. Being outdoors allowed the kids to let off steam easier, and being mixed with students from other schools taught them how to build relationships. At the school, we were almost always confined to one classroom, which was sometimes an issue when the Littles wanted to play soccer or catch. In addition, only including kids from the same school often brought classroom drama that interrupted our meetings.</p> <p>The activity center setting, by offering more space and options for playtime, seemed to enhance my relationship with Sarah. In contrast, the classroom backdrop complicated my time with Olivia, who often was the center of the aforementioned drama. We always seemed to struggle to carve out quality time together.</p> <p>Despite the difficult moments, being a Big Sister was very rewarding. Seeing the excitement in my Little Sisters’ faces when they finally figured out their math homework or when they passed the FCAT made all the struggles worth it. I wish I could have kept in contact with Sarah and Olivia to see if the program had lasting effects on them, but we are discouraged from doing so for safety purposes.</p> <p>Being a Big Sister wasn’t the easiest way to fulfill my community service requirement in high school, but mentoring a child who needs strong role models is reason enough to join this program.</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 FarmerMon, 17 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Triumph of Cirque Spectacle<p>Below the lanky but sturdy tree trunks, amid the organized chaos of colorful creatures engaging in hora-like dance and acrobatic splendor enters Icarus, a winged man who descends from the sky.</p> <p>He falls into the forested land known as Varekai, and appears lifeless as he lay on stage while being prodded by curious natives. Icarus is stripped of his wings as if they are his identity, symbolic of his starting anew in an unfamiliar place. He embarks on a journey to learn about himself and about the world. With the help of a guide who seemingly taunts him for his new, wingless existence, Icarus wanders on a path to discovery. And with him, the audience explores Varekai too.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.14_varekai_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Among the encountered are an amphibian-esque female and a clan of whimsical critters who bend and intertwine their bodies like river reeds. A baton twirler, a swarm of bouncing gymnasts and a collection of fearless stuntmen catapulting from self-propelled swings leave no stone unturned.</p> <p>The show subsides from its grandeur with an intentionally subpar magician and his clumsy sidekick, who enlist the help of an audience member for some comic relief.</p> <p>After making a spectacle of failed tricks, the magician concedes, and we are met once again with the twisty, apparently spineless inhabitants of Varekai.</p> <p>Each Cirque du Soleil performance would be incomplete without its fair share of hand balancing, trapeze work and the kind of crazy contortionism that makes your knees quiver a little as you wonder how it is humanly possible for someone to move his body in such unparalleled pretzel fashion—and Varekai is no exception.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.14_varekai_2.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Varekai opened at the BB&amp;T Center, 1 Panther Parkway in Sunrise, on Aug. 12 and runs through Aug. 23. Tickets cost $40-$145. For information, call 954/835-8000 or visit <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p> <p><em>Photos by: Ron Elkman (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>)</em></p>Taryn TacherFri, 14 Aug 2015 10:45:00 +0000 & EventsStaff Picks: eating and exercising<p>Boca Landing</p> <p> <img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.14_boca_landing.jpg" width="490">Photo by: <a href=""></a></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>Chef Matthew Mixon at Boca Landing at the Waterstone Resort = AMAZING!! The tuna tartare was literally the best I've ever had, and I could swim in the truffle butter sauce that accompanied the scallops! If you haven't been to Boca Landing yet—Trust me, you won't be disappointed! Everything was cooked to perfection. Exceptional food and a great intracoastal view with seating indoors and outdoors make this a wonderful spot for happy hour or dinner.</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 999 E. Camino Real // 561/226-3022)</p> <p> </p> <p>TAG: The Anti-Gym</p> <p> <img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.14_tag_the_anti_gym.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</em></p> <p>"I have been working out twice a week at TAG: The Anti-Gym for about four months now, and I really love the Vertical Training program they have on "THE WALL." Great workout for any fitness level. On Tuesday I was surprised that they had changed things up a bit and added a Super Circuit Bootcamp. I have always been apprehensive about the "bootcamp" workout, but I loved it! The instructor, Talia, was patient and motivating! I got a great workout, burned well over 500 calories and can't wait to go back." </p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11985/"></a> // 1000 Clint Moore Rd., Suite 104 // 561/847-3488)</p> <p> </p> <p>Tap 42</p> <p><img alt="" height="483" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.14_tap_42_boca.png" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>"I went to Tap 42 in Boca for brunch on Sunday for a friend's birthday. The portions are ample and delicious, and for only $15, you can get bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m., but make sure to get there early. The line was wrapped around the side of the building!"</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 257 //(561/235-5819)</p>magazineFri, 14 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Eateries for Boynton, Palm Beach<p><img alt="" height="131" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/ra_donche_website_founders.jpg" width="200">The summer heat and humidity slow everything down in South Florida, but there are still a few hardy restaurateurs looking to debut their latest creation.</p> <p>New to Boynton Beach is <strong>Don Che Bistro</strong> (324 N. Federal Hwy., 561/572-9639), an Argentine-slash-Italian eatery from one-time Orlando restaurateurs Ramiro and Joanne Calomarde. The couple has joined up with Argentine chef Omar Galvan, a 30-year kitchen vet, to serve up everything from empanadas, blood sausage and the classic Argentine rolled veal dish called matambre to beef carpaccio, fettucine alfredo and chicken marsala.</p> <p>Of course, no Argentine restaurant would be complete without a roster of grilled steaks and other meats, and Don Che is no exception, offering steaks from skirt to strip and Argentine grills with abundant meaty options that should bring a smile to any carnivore’s face.</p> <p>Coming later this year to Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is a restaurant channeling one of New York’s most furiously trendy neighborhoods. Dubbed <strong>Cooklyn</strong>, the eatery will be the sister of the original Cooklyn in. . . well, you know. Chef and owner is Anthony “Theo” Theocaropoulos, who got his start at Cafe Boulud in the Brazilian Court Hotel and since went on to work with such culinary megastars as Mario Batali, Todd English and Masaharu Morimoto.</p> <p>If the New York menu is any indication, look for dishes like fried artichoke salad with pickled shallots, duck spaghetti with pancetta and filet of beef with oyster mushrooms and bone marrow.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 14 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFashion forward: the tassel trend<p class="normal">Summer’s end is in sight, so be sure exhibit your seasonal style while you still can. Tassel jewelry gives South Florida fashionistas the opportunity to make an effortless statement without having to break the bank.</p> <p class="normal">Tassel jewelry can be enchantingly dressed up with a 1920s glam ensemble or incorporated into a beachy, flirty, neon look. At first glance, you may think these funky pieces belong at the DIY table at a 10-year-old’s birthday party, but assembled with the right outfit, they can complete a look that’s playful or professional.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/neon_tassels_.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">The LL Scene girls have tested the tassel trend and found that neon pieces work best when paired with casual white tees, boyfriend jeans or swim cover-ups for brunch outings on Atlantic Ave. and beach happy hours on the water. </p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/glam_tassels.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="normal">Switching gears to a more sophisticated tassel, we encourage you to channel your inner Gatsby with a little more glam. Show off your tassels during a girl’s night around Mizner Park or an iPic date night, or layer them with other jewelry to add more flair to an already fabulous outfit. </p> <p class="normal">You can find tassel jewelry at stores like <a href="">Francesca's Collections</a>, <a href="">Lord &amp; Taylor</a> and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11955/">Bloomingdale's</a>, or on online boutiques like <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11955/">Vestique</a> and <a href="">NestPrettyThings</a>.</p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.     </p>LL SceneFri, 14 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Regional Hospital report, updates on iPic land deal, union issues in Boca and more<p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.13_boca_raton_community_hospital.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Hospital report cards</strong></p> <p>After scoring well in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, Boca Raton Regional Hospital did less well on another list that has come to have much importance.</p> <p>It’s the annual report on how much hospitals must pay in penalties based on the rate of Medicare patients who return less than a month after being discharged. The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, is designed to make hospitals offer better care the first time—and thus save Medicare money from not churning patients.<br> This is the fourth year that the system has been in place. Boca Raton Regional had done very well. The hospital paid no penalties the first two years, and paid just 0.18 percent on its Medicare revenue last year.</p> <p>According to a nationwide compilation by Kaiser Health News, however, Boca Regional’s penalty for the 2016 fiscal year will be 0.8 percent—more than a fourfold increase. The maximum penalty is 3 percent.<br> Some hospitals have argued for changes to the program that would better reflect the difficulties of caring for poorer patients. But Boca Regional, West Boca Medical Center and Delray Medical Center have a mostly affluent patient base.</p> <p>West Boca’s penalty for 2016 will more than double, from 0.22 percent to 0.50 percent. Delray Medical Center went from being penalized hardly at all over the first three years to a penalty of 0.22 percent.</p> <p>No south-county hospital, though, did as well as Bethesda, which probably has the area’s lowest percentage of affluent patients. Bethesda East’s penalty will be just 0.11 percent, barely up from last year. Belle Glade’s Lakeside Medical Center—which is in the poorest part of Palm Beach County—will be penalized 0.6 percent.</p> <p>Despite that jump, Boca Regional looks better than some other prominent county hospitals. JFK will pay 1.35 percent, while Jupiter Medical will pay 1.07 percent after paying nothing the first three years.</p> <p>Kaiser reports that the government based the fines on readmissions between July 2011 and June of last year for heart attack, heart failure, chronic lung problems, pneumonia and elective hip or knee replacements. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services based its decision on what the agency considered to be an appropriate readmission rate and the hospital industry’s overall performance. More than half of the nation’s hospitals received penalties.</p> <p>In response to my request for comment, Boca Regional’s chief medical officer, Charles Posternack, said:</p> <p>“First, it is important to underscore that the methodology of the current report is more complex and is based on 2013 data. That said, our increase seems to be attributable to results related to total joint replacement. All our other core measures reflect performance at or bettering expectations.”</p> <p>With total joints, prior standards were so low that, with the new methodology, having just one or two outliers can skew results materially and impact overall performance. This appears to be the case at Boca Regional.</p> <p>“Our examination of more recent date for joint replacement shows 2013 to be an aberration, and our results going forward across the spectrum of Diagnosis-Related Groups being analyzed should be at expectation or better.”</p> <p><strong>Boca vs. Police-fire pension board</strong></p> <p>I wrote recently about the dispute between the Boca Raton City Council and the city’s police-fire pension board. The city believes that the board is incorrectly interpreting part of the new contracts as they relates to benefits. On July 28, the council passed a resolution stating that the board’s decision posed “an immediate danger to the health, safety or welfare of the public. . .” and threatened court action.</p> <p>For the moment, Mayor Susan Haynie said, attorneys for the city and the board are talking. For the moment, the board has backed off on further defiance, which Haynie on Wednesday called “a good sign.” City Manager Leif Ahnell is working on a report that would specify the potential financial impact if the board’s interpretation stands.</p> <p>Boca negotiated new, three-year contracts—starting this year—with the police and fire unions. Projections are that the contracts would save the city about $90 million in pension costs over 30 years.</p> <p><strong>Redrawing districts</strong></p> <p>Legislators working on the state’s new congressional map will hear today from Palm Beach and Broward residents who favor the current configuration that places Democrats Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch in roughly parallel districts that include both counties. Judging by what happened Tuesday, these speakers may not be prepared.</p> <p>The Legislature has to draw new districts because the Florida Supreme Court invalidated the current ones, which the Legislature drew in 2012 and tried to redraw last year. The new map under discussion in the current special session changes 22 of the state’s 27 districts.</p> <p>Members of the House and Senate redistricting committees made clear during an all-day session Tuesday that those who want changes should come with a statewide map that incorporates the effects their preferred changes would result in elsewhere.</p> <p>The new map places Frankel’s district in Broward except for Boca Raton and Highland Beach. Deutch would lose his Broward portion and take over the coastal areas from Delray Beach north to West Palm Beach. Critics say coastal cities in Palm Beach and Broward have shared interests, and thus should share their member of Congress. I don’t accept the argument, but the bigger problem may be that they don’t have an alternative statewide map that the Legislature’s lawyers believe would satisfy the court, which could have the final say.</p> <p><strong>CRA payment plan amended</strong></p> <p>By a 3-2 vote, with Mitch Katz and Shelly Petrolia dissenting, the Delray Beach City Commission on Tuesday agreed to amend the payment plan with the community redevelopment agency for land related to the Fourth and Fifth Delray (iPic) project. Later, though, a seemingly innocuous vote on sidewalk relief for a coastal homeowner went, well, sideways.</p> <p>Staff recommended that the commission agree to accept about $3,000 in lieu of the owner having a 75-foot sidewalk. A discussion about how the city can use such money devolved into an argument about City Attorney Noel Pfeffer, who recently had his formal evaluation. One hopes the hard feelings don’t last. The iPic project itself is on Tuesday’s agenda.</p> <p><strong>More on Cooper</strong></p> <p>I wrote about Tuesday about the impressive status report Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper has compiled on city issues. Here’s another example of the thorough review Cooper is giving city government.<br> For the current budget year, which ends Sept. 30, Delray Beach gave nearly $2 million in property tax revenue to non-profits and charities. The recipients ranged from the Boys and Girls Club to the city library, which operates independently from city government.</p> <p>In a report to the city commission for its Tuesday meeting, Cooper points out that city policy recommends no more than a one-percent donation to non-profits from property tax revenue. For next year, that would be about $517,000. The requests from 32 groups, though, among to almost $2.4 million.</p> <p>Cooper formed a committee, which is recommending that the city spend between $655,000 and $922,000, depending on how much the library gets. Many of the organizations that would receive no money support worthy causes—the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Legal Aid of Palm Beach County. Many, however, either overlap with city services or provide little direct benefit, and have other sources of money.<br> Meanwhile, Delray Beach has identified tens of million in unmet basic needs for which there is one main source of money—property tax revenue. Cooper isn’t being mean. He’s being fair.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 13 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityAn End-of-Summer Reading List<p>As the summer comes to an end, it always seems like families are trying to fit in one final trip. A summer odyssey is always fun, but who says that adventures can only happen during this time of year?</p> <p>I find that the best adventures come from the books we read. Where else can we go to a far-off land or find ourselves falling for the disease-stricken lovers? And while you may be able to visit Hogwarts in Orlando, it is much more cost-effective to encounter it on the page.</p> <p>There are plenty of times when my family has all read the same book, and we are able to talk about our experiences together, but there are also times when we all read different books and are able to share<span> many </span>unique stories. Whichever way your family does it, there are some great options for everyone to read.</p> <p><img alt="" height="605" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/girl-on-the-train-by-paula-hawkins-on-bookdragon-529x800.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>For Mom:</strong></p> <p>Already shortlisted as one of the best books of the year, <em>The Girl On The Train</em> will shock readers with its twists and turns. Brilliantly written in three perspectives by Paula Hawkins, the book follows what happen<ins cite="mailto:Brooke%20Rudisill" datetime="2015-08-04T12:02">s</ins> after a girl sees something disturbing from the train window on her way to work. When the following events take a turn for the worst, the girl tells the police everything she knows.</p> <p>This psychological thriller captivates readers from the get<ins cite="mailto:Brooke%20Rudisill" datetime="2015-08-04T12:03">-</ins>go and makes you wonder what little details you may have never noticed. People are calling it the <em>Gone Girl </em>of 2015 for good reason, as women will be talking about the ending for years to come.</p> <p>“The Help” director Tate Taylor has already signed on to direct the film adaptation, and Emily Blunt is in talks to play one of the leading roles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="655" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/the-martian-pb.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>For Dad:</strong></p> <p>With little help and a lot of science, astronaut Mark Watney must figure out how to stay alive on Mars after being stranded by his colleagues, who thought he was dead. “The Martian” is a great look at everything that could go wrong—and does go wrong—when you are on a planet that cannot sustain life. </p> <p>Author Andy Weir is able to create an intriguing lead character with Watney. He says what he feels and rarely has a filter. Readers will be holding their breaths in anticipation of his explorations, laughing at his frustration and learning from his scientific skills. “The Martian” is an enjoyable read and will likely be the talk of the Academy Awards this year, with a film starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Jeff Daniels being released this October.</p> <p><img alt="" height="603" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/bookcover.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>For the 20-somethings:</strong></p> <p>Everybody loves Mindy Kaling nowadays, and that is probably really surprising to the actress<ins cite="mailto:Brooke%20Rudisill" datetime="2015-08-04T12:06">/</ins>writer. It is hard to understand why—with her<span> </span>roles<span> in </span>both “The Office” and “The Mindy Project”—but her road to fame has not been an easy one.</p> <p>Kaling starts off her memoir by saying it will “take you two days to read,” and she is absolutely<ins cite="mailto:Brooke%20Rudisill" datetime="2015-08-04T12:07"> </ins>right. Her story is both funny and captivating, and will have you finishing it so fast that you will not know where the time went. She talks about everything from Steve Carell and her time on “Saturday Night Live” to best friends and what role she would play in a Disney movie (this was obviously before “Inside Out.”)</p> <p>While being both relatable and funny, Kaling gives great advice that any 20-something can use. Now is the perfect time to read "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" before her second book, "Why Not Me?<em>,"</em> is released next month.</p> <p><img alt="" height="563" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/jurassicpark.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>For the teens:<br> </strong>Who hasn’t seen “Jurassic World” this summer? It is currently the highest-grossing film of the year and the third-highest-grossing film of all-time. But what many teenagers might not know is that it all started with a book.</p> <p>Released in 1990, Michael Crichton’s <em>Jurassic Park</em> imagined what would happen if a man with infinite money and resources was able to bring dinosaurs back from extinction. Unsurprisingly, the results look fantastic, but are extremely dangerous. When a Tyrannosaurus and several Velociraptors get loose, the humans do all they can to survive. The book is as thrilling as the movie and features enough science that you will probably learn more here than in a full year of school.</p> <p><img alt="" height="581" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/bbc3ae3fd3fd3f071b7f9b257b750aed.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>For the children:</strong></p> <p>Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella, Snow White and Red Riding Hood after their stories finished? Fear no more. Golden Globe-winning actor Chris Colfer (“Glee”) has written a four-part series featuring all the fairytale characters we have all<span> </span>grown up with, titled <em>The Land of Stories</em>.</p> <p>After their grandma comes for a visit, twins Alex and Connor Bailey find that her book contains more magic than the stories within it. The two are transported to the Fairytale World where they have to collect some of the best-known fairytale accessories (like Rapunzel’s Hair and Sleeping Beauty’s cursed spindle) in order to return home. The adventures do not stop there, and in the following books, Alex and Connor will find themselves taking on creatures that they have only dreamed of.</p> <p>All of these books can be enjoyed by anyone in the family, though some books do have more mature language than others. Regardless of what you read, all of these books allow you to take a mental vacation and escape into another world. So don't fret that summer is ending, because the adventures are just beginning.</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 StuderWed, 12 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsPreventing drug relapse<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Memories of drug use can trigger a recovering addict’s drug relapse, according to researchers at the Jupiter campus of The Scripps Research Institute.</p> <p>One solution for preventing a relapse is to selectively erase those memories. And, believe it or not, Scripps’ scientists are making headway on a therapy that does just that.</p> <p><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.12_fitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In a study published early August in the scientific journal “Molecular Psychiatry,” these researchers reported that a single injection of a drug called blebbistatin prevented methamphetamine relapse in meth-addicted animals. The early results suggest the drug erases drug-associated memories, while leaving other memories intact.</p> <p>“We now have a viable target, and by blocking that target, we can disrupt, and potentially erase, drug memories, leaving other memories intact,” says Scripps Research Institute Associate Professor Courtney Miller in a press release. “The hope is that, when combined with traditional rehabilitation and abstinence therapies, we can reduce or eliminate relapse for meth users after a single treatment by taking away the power of an individual’s triggers.”</p> <p>Researchers stumbled onto this finding after discovering in 2013 that targeting a protein in the brain, called actin, could selectively erase drug-associated memories. The problem was that the body needs actin to carry out other functions, so blocking it could be fatal. Miller and her fellow researchers went back to the drawing board and found what they believe might be a safe way to selectively target brain actin: blebbistatin.</p> <p>In the animal study, one blebbistatin injection prevented meth relapse for a month or more. The animals’ health was otherwise intact.</p> <p>While the research is in early stages, it’s moving toward the development of a therapy for humans to prevent drug relapse, according to a Scripps press release.</p> <p>To watch a video on this research, click <a href="">here</a>. </p> <p><img alt="" height="169" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.12_side_bar.png" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">(Home to recovering addicts source)</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, 12 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyAnti-Aging Tips and Seminar<p><img alt="" height="37" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>Boca Raton is known for its luxury, style and beauty, so it’s no surprise there is such a strong affinity with staying young and radiant as long as possible. While medical procedures like plastic surgery and face-lifts can be very expensive, invasive and unpleasant, there is another way to look and feel younger. In this blog I will introduce you to foods that can help reverse aging, and I’ll share information about an upcoming event that can help you feel good from the inside out.</p> <p>First, lets talk about food. We usually eat three meals each day and therefore are presented with a daily choice–are we picking foods that speed up aging or reverse it? For example, highly processed carbohydrates, sugary snacks and heavy animal proteins take so much energy from the body to process, that your system may not have enough energy to rebuild and rejuvenate your cells to their full capacity.</p> <p>On the other hand, plant-based whole foods can help us look younger. If you indulge in green juices, fruit and vegetable smoothies, raw salads and other fresh, living foods, your body will be supplied with the energy and vitamins it needs to make you look and feel young. I invite you to incorporate the following three foods into your daily routine and experience the difference for yourself.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>My top 3 foods for anti-aging are:</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.12_mung_beans.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Mung Beans</strong> – Mung beans are known to help reverse aging. According to, “studies have found that mung beans contain powerful antioxidants in their seed coating, which scientists believe have properties that help inhibit excess cytokine production and turn off the aging cytokine switch.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="232" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.12_mung_bean_recipe.png" width="490"></p> <p>You can also watch the process in this <a href="">video</a>.</p> <p><strong> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.12_greens.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Greens</strong> – Greens are full of blood-purifying chlorophyll. When your diet is rich in vegetables like spinach, kale, collards, broccoli and sprouts, you will help your body naturally detox and rejuvenate each cell from the inside out.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="231" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.12_berries.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Berries</strong> – Berries are rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants that help fight free radicals, which can cause cell damage and are linked to chronic inflammation and aging. Simply put, the more anti-oxidant foods you eat, the younger and fresher you will look.</p> <p>If you are already eating a diet rich in anti-oxidants and would like to take anti-aging to the next level, then you will enjoy a unique event on Aug. 19 at Farmer’s Table <em>(1901 N. Military Trail)</em>. The restaurant is partnering up with Thrive Wellness Center to bring you a hands-on demo and lecture on how to rejuvenate and restore youthful appearance while upgrading overall health.</p> <p>This FREE event will cover the anti-aging properties of foods and the benefits of facial rejuvenation acupuncture. You will also get to try anti-oxidant detox martinis and indulge in healthy chocolate. Talking about feeling and looking good, while enjoying the process!</p> <p><em>For more information, call 954/713-6118 or visit <a href=""></a>.</em></p>Alina Z.Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000;s Battle Sammie at Boca&#39;s Tanzy<p><img alt="" height="126" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/sammies.jpg" width="200">August is National Sandwich Month, and if you’re a fan of good stuff slapped between two slices of bread (and, really, who isn’t?), then you’ll want to get in on the “Sandwich Showdown” now being held at <strong>Tanzy</strong> (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) in Boca Raton.</p> <p>The stylish Mizner Park eatery is offering a month-long sandwich special featuring a pair of designer sammies created by Tanzy culinary VP Sherry Yard and two celebrity chefs.</p> <p>California chef and TV toque Eric Greenspan’s masterwork is the crispy fried chicken sandwich, a slab of crispy clucker on challah bread slathered with pimento cheese, slow-cooked greens, pickles and spicy mayo. L.A. chef and pork maven Ben Ford has come up with a pulled pork grilled cheese sammie that packs barbecued pork, gouda and pickled peppers on Texas toast.</p> <p>You can get half of each sandwich for $18 (or a whole one if that’s what you like), then you can vote for your favorite via paper ballot or on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Tanzy will announce the winner at the end of the month.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 11 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsPublic forum on iPic land sought and other city issues in Delray and Boca<h3><img alt="" height="293" src="/site_media/uploads/ipic.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Public forum sought related to iPic</h3> <p>It’s the pivotal week for the proposed iPic project in Delray Beach.</p> <p>At tonight’s meeting, the city commission will vote on an item that is not related directly to iPic but has become indirectly related to iPic because it involves land that would be conveyed to any developer who builds where the iPic project would go—on the site of the old library and chamber of commerce. On Thursday at 6 p.m., Mayor Cary Glickstein will hold a public forum on the iPic project, formally called Fourth and Fifth Delray. That will take place at the new library. Five days later, the project goes before the city commission for a final vote.</p> <p>In an interview, Glickstein said he woke up Friday morning and called City Attorney Noel Pfeffer to ask if holding the forum would present any legal issues. Told that it would not, Glickstein asked the city’s public information office to release the news.</p> <p>At commission meetings, Glickstein said, “there’s no way to have a discussion between us and the public.” Speakers have their three minutes, and commissioners listen. On Thursday, Glickstein doesn’t want to hear from “the prolific e-mailers and speakers.” He wants to “get beyond the surface level” dialogue. “There’s a lot of information out there, and there’s a lot of misinformation.”</p> <p>Specifically, Glickstein wants to hear from opponents of the project what they want for the site if the commission votes against iPic. From supporters, Glickstein wants to hear how the new demands from iPic wouldn’t overwhelm an area already facing demands from Atlantic Crossing, which would be just a block away.</p> <p>IPic CEO Hamid Hashemi would argue that it’s unfair to link his project—a luxury theater, plus office and retail space—with the very controversial Atlantic Crossing. Indeed, were it not for Atlantic Crossing, I believe that iPic would have much more public support. It might have received a favorable vote from the planning and zoning board rather than a rejection.</p> <p>Practically speaking, however, iPic has to deal with Atlantic Crossing. Many who spoke against iPic before the planning and zoning board invoked Atlantic Crossing when they complained about potential traffic problems. Ipic’s representatives fared badly when questions arose about their assumption that staggered show times would enable traffic management. What if people went to a movie, stayed to eat on Atlantic Avenue and didn’t get back to their cars for two hours?</p> <p>Yet there is plenty to like about the project. The theater would enhance Delray’s entertainment district, not detract from it. Rapidly expanding iPic would put its corporate headquarters in the project. The remaining Class A office space would fill a void downtown the way it would not on Congress Avenue. Perhaps those traffic issues would arise just on Fridays and Saturdays.</p> <p>Glickstein correctly calls iPic “not an easy decision” for the commission. “People I thought would be against it are for it, and vice versa.” He sees the divide in public opinion without having to leave home. One of his daughters supports the project. The other doesn’t.</p> <p>And their father? “I remain very uncommitted.”</p> <h3>CRA payment and land transfer</h3> <p>To assemble land for the site where iPic wants to build, Delray Beach conveyed land to the community redevelopment agency, which chose iPic from among five applicants to the CRA’s request for proposal.</p> <p>On tonight’s agenda is a proposal to speed up the CRA’s payment to the city for that land. According to Pfeffer, the city would get an extra $1 million this year, and would receive the full $2.27 in six years rather than 10 years. The CRA would save about $200,000 in interest.</p> <p>This seemingly simple transaction, however, has taken on a legal angle. Members of the George family, one of Delray’s most prominent, have questioned whether the transfer— made possible by previous commission votes, the most recent coming last July—is legal. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia has expressed their questions and concerns in a series of e-mail exchanges with Pfeffer.</p> <p>Petrolia remains “unsatisfied” she told me Monday with Pfeffer’s conclusion that while some of the city’s work on the agreement has been sloppy—Pfeffer didn’t become city attorney until afterward—he considers the conveyance of land to be legal and recommends that the commission approve the amended payment system. Petrolia contends that the change would be premature, and should wait until the commission rules on iPic.</p> <p>Though the commissioners likely will be divided tonight on this issue, they likely would agree that it highlights the disconnect between the commission and the CRA. The minutes of the CRA’s Aug. 22, 2013 meeting, when the board chose iPic to develop the library/chamber site the CRA had assembled, make no mention of a potential problem with the land swap.</p> <p>The commission probably will approve the new payment schedule, but city staffers aren’t counting on it. That added $1 million is now out of the budget.</p> <h3>Boca Beach Renourishment</h3> <p>An item on tonight’s Boca Raton City Council agenda offers another example of why the debate about cutting federal spending is more complicated than presidential candidates make it out to be.</p> <p>Every year, coastal cities in Florida must submit long-range beach beach renourishment plans to the Department of Environmental Protection. Cities pledge that they will be able to provide the local share of the project’s cost, and thus make themselves eligible for state and federal money. Boca’s next request is for money to pump sand onto roughly 1.5 miles of beach at Spanish River Park. It would be the fourth renourishment project for that location in the last 27 years. Sand washes away, and we put it back, knowing that it will wash away again.</p> <p>Though cities like that state money, the federal government pays most of the cost to renourish beaches. Boca Raton’s budget for this project through 2025-26 lists $17.4 million worth of work. Of that, the city is projected to pay just $4 million. The feds are projected to pay $9.4 million, with the state picking up the rest.</p> <p>As City Manager Leif Ahnell points out in his memo to council members, many benefits come from wider beaches. Boca Raton gets more protection from storm surges, even though this side of the state is less prone to them than the Gulf of Mexico coastline. Sea turtles get more space to lay their eggs, and this is shaping up to be a record year for nests.</p> <p>One could argue, however, that cities and states would be more likely to seek longer-lasting solutions to the problem of eroded beaches if they paid all the costs. Or one could argue that the federal government gets a good return on investment because storm protection cuts the potential costs of a natural disaster.</p> <p>Either way, don’t expect to hear Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio argue that the first place to stop that out-of-control spending in crazy Washington is by ending Washington’s role in pumping sand onto Florida’s beaches.</p> <h3>Cooper on a roll</h3> <p>For a guy who just started in January, Delray Beach City Manager Don Cooper seems to have caught up.</p> <p>For tonight’s commission meeting, Cooper has prepared a list of 42 “outstanding issues,” each with a status report. The issues range from the transition to a new trash hauler—it’s going well—to the Federal Highway makeover —should be complete this month or next—to the hiring of another assistant city manager—interviews start this month —to the future of the Old School Square Christmas tree— there are options.</p> <p>If any commissioners have additional issues or questions, Cooper said, they should ask him. Here’s one: When do you sleep?</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>Randy SchultzTue, 11 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityBoca Raton Magazine Wins Big at the FMA Charlie Awards<p>JES Publishing, celebrating 35 years in Boca Raton, added to its storied publishing history last Friday night at the annual Charlie Awards, hosted by the Florida Magazine Association.</p> <p>The company’s flagship publication, <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine, earned 10 major honors at the FMA’s annual award ceremony, held this year at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. In addition, JES Publishing’s custom magazine division won the first-place Charlie Award for <em>Worth Avenue</em>, the annual publication of the Worth Avenue Association.</p> <p>“We’re deeply honored that FMA recognized our work in so many different categories,” says Kevin Kaminski, editor of <em>Boca Raton</em> for the past decade. “It’s a testament to our company’s ability to deliver compelling work across multiple platforms—custom publishing, online categories, design, photography, investigative journalism and entertaining editorial. I couldn’t be more proud of our team.” </p> <p><img alt="" height="396" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.10_charlie_awards_staff_photo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> captured five Charlie Awards, three Silver Awards and two Bronze Awards for its editorial, art direction, photography and digital platforms, including the following:</p> <p> </p> <p><span>Charlie Awards</span></p> <p>• Best Department (all consumer magazines): Backstage Pass, John Thomason</p> <p>• Best Column (all consumer magazines): Editor’s Letter, Kevin Kaminski</p> <p>• Best Feature (consumer 20,000 to 50,000): “The Naked Truth,” Lisa Lucas</p> <p>• Best Feature Design (consumer 20,000 to 50,000): “Cheap Eats,” Lori Pierino</p> <p>• Best Overall Use of Photography (all consumer magazines): <em>Boca Raton</em> art dept.</p> <p> </p> <p><span>Silver Awards</span></p> <p>• Best Feature (consumer 20,000 to 50,000): “Near-Death Experiences,” John Thomason</p> <p>• Best Public Service Coverage (all consumer magazines): “Is South Florida in Hot Water,” Eric Barton</p> <p>• Best Overall Design (consumer 20,000 to 50,000): <em>Boca Raton</em> art dept.</p> <p> </p> <p><span>Bronze Awards</span></p> <p>• Best Editorial/Commentary (all consumer magazines): <em>Boca</em> Spotlight, Randy Schultz</p> <p>• Best Overall Online Presence: <em>Boca Raton</em> Web team</p> <p>  </p> <p><span>About <em>Boca Raton</em> Magazine</span></p> <p><em>Boca Raton</em>, celebrating 35 years, continues to distinguish itself as one of South Florida’s premier city regional/lifestyle magazines with a mix of thought-provoking, entertaining and reader-service-oriented content. Stories give readers insights into community issues, local personalities, consumer topics, fashion/style trends, dining news, health/beauty news, travel, arts and entertainment, retail and much more. The award-winning publication doesn’t shy away from hard-hitting issues; <em>Boca Raton</em> regularly features investigative pieces. Recent topics have ranged from sex trafficking in Palm Beach County and the adult entertainment industry to teen pill addiction and a special environmental report on water-related issues facing our part of the state. </p>magazineMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:54:00 +0000 Week Ahead: Aug. 11 to 17<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/the-get-up-kids.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Get Up Kids</strong></p> <p>Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $17.50-$22</p> <p>Contact: 954/449-1025, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Get Up Kids are no longer kids. Once considered among the vanguard of the second-wave American emo-rock movement—before that genre became a term to be dismissed rather than embraced—the Kansas-based quintet released a pair of modern classics in the ‘90s, “Four Minute Mile” and “Something to Write Home About.” Catchy, witty, melodic and, yes, emotionally sensitive, these albums were gateway records for me and countless others, helping me evolve from punk to indie music, and songs from these albums will form the bulk of the group’s 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary tour selections. This rare appearance—it could very well be their last—will feature an energetic set of originals and a few well-curated covers. Show up early for Braid, another ‘90s emo staple that, much like the Get Up Kids, has survived and thrived despite multiple breakups.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/10841863_10152492520121734_8694819351479107678_o.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Steely Dan and Elvis Costello &amp; the Imposters</strong></p> <p>Where: Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $42</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Steely Dan has never really “fit in” with any movement, genre or style—meandering yet perfectionist, retrograde yet postmodern, soft with a sharp edge. The jazz rockers, propelled by just two core members, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, have ridden these contradictions to cult greatness over a nearly five-decade career that has resulted in 40 million albums sold, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and a well-earned reputation for lyricism that transcends the populist subjects of most hitmakers. Becker and Fagen will bring 11 virtuoso musicians and vocalists on their 2015 “Rockabye Gollie Angel” tour, along with their knockout of an opening band. Fresh off his spring solo acoustic show in Fort Lauderdale, English troubadour Elvis Costello will return with his full band, the Imposters, for a raucous survey of his dense catalog of New Wave toe-tappers and slow-burning crooners.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/bug.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Bug”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Abyss Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 adults, $10 students</p> <p>Contact: 561/447-8829, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Momentous meetings between lost souls are common plot devices in the rich history of American drama, and Tracy Letts’ hit 2000 play “Bug” is a fertile contribution to the genre. In this case, the two drifting characters are lonely cocktail waitress Agnes and possibly AWOL Gulf War veteran Peter. Arranged to meet in a seedy motel room by a lesbian biker friend of Agnes, the two characters discuss, among other things, conspiracy theories involving UFOs, cult suicides and the war in Iraq, while an infestation of bugs slowly takes over the room. This production of the squeamish dark comedy marks the first collaboration between Fort Lauderdale horror-theater purveyor Infinite Abyss and Boca Raton company Evening Star Productions, and director Rosalie Grant promises that the show “will leave audience members squirming long after the lights come up.” “Bug” stars Erynn Dalton, Todd Bruno, Jim Gibbons, Rachel Finley and Dominick Daniel, and it runs through Aug. 29.</p> <p> </p> <p> <img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/unnamed.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Art Talk: Bik Van der Pol</strong></p> <p>Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $12-$16 museum admission</p> <p>Contact: 305/375-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>On Thursday, the Perez Art Museum will open a site-specific exhibition that combines bird-watching, pet tricks and global commentary. The museum commissioned Rotterdam-based artists Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol—an artistic duo known collectively as Bik Van der Pol—to transform its Papper Family Gallery into a custom-made aviary, where they trained four parrots to mimic phrases from T.S. Elliot’s landmark poem “The Waste Land.” No, we’re not kidding. The exhibit will be complemented by a jumble of letters spelling out such politically loaded phrases as “global warming,” “climate change” and “sustainability.” The artists will discuss their motivations for this most unique exhibition, which runs through Feb. 21. The parrots, we assume, are currently drilling their lines.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="381" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/symphonia-sizzles-august14.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Symphonia Sizzles”</strong></p> <p>Where: Blue Martini, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 866/687-4201, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Long gone are the sleepy days when Boca’s cultural institutions would take the summer off. The Boca Symphonia, which normally produces classical programming in season, will show off its more freewheeling side at the jazz concert “Symphonia Sizzles,” a budget-conscious fundraiser presented in conjunction with the Boca Chamber’s Festival Days series of August events. Several musicians from the Symphonia will perform an intimate jazz concert at Town Center’s Blue Martini, and the $20 admission includes appetizers and one drink—and all beverages purchased after that drink will be half price.</p> <p><img alt="" height="618" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/3b1deb29-dcfc-4692-94ec-797b1f826352.png" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “110 in the Shade”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $42</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In season, Palm Beach Dramaworks is our region’s foremost producer of classic, hard-hitting dramas. But summers at Dramaworks are another story—a space where rarely seen musicals frolic in the heat in stripped-down concert productions that capture the shows’ intensity, beauty and emotionality without the expense of elaborate décor. These savings are passed on to the attendees, with ticket prices roughly half of the theater’s seasonal rate. This month, Dramaworks follows up its extended run of “A Little Night Music” with “110 in the Shade,” the 1963 Broadway debut by the composer and lyricist of the long-running record-breaker “The Fantasticks.” Underappreciated in its time, “110 in the Shade” borrows elements of “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Music Man” in its tale of a spinster in a drought-stricken Southwestern town in the 1930s, who falls under the spell of a charismatic conman bringing promises of rain. See it this summer, because this intimate and haunting musical drama won’t be produced again anytime soon. It runs through Aug. 23.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/mitch-ryderjpg-f04d772ae27599ef.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Hippiefest</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: $19.69-$59.49</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe, but this weekend marks the 46<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the original—and in our book, the <em>only</em>—Woodstock Music &amp; Art Fair. And while the cushy confines of the Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater can never hope to replicate the mud and sweat and tents and questionably ingested substances of the original Woodstock, its annual Hippiefest always captures the spirit of the event by offering a unique opportunity to savor lengthy sets by bands from that iconic era. This year, four acts will perform for three and a half hours. Without further ado, they are: The Family Stone, performing without founder Sly but with original members Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson and Greg Errico; Rick Derringer, the Grammy-winning guitarist behind “Hang on Sloopy;” rock icons Mitch Ryder &amp; the Detroit Wheels (“Devil in a Blue Dress”); and British Invasion legends Badfinger, featuring original guitarist Joey Molland.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/video-weird-al-yankovic-parodies-tv-theme-songs-at-emmys-1857.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Weird Al” Yankovic</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–$123.90</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Weird Al” Yankovic is proof that the normally forecasted tides of music sales can sometimes yield a powerful, unpredictable wave. Last summer, Yankovic, considered by many a relic of the last century—a parody artist who had become a self-parody—released the No. 1 Billboard-charting album in the country. His 14th LP, “Mandatory Fun,” was a genuine industry disrupter, becoming the first comedy album to hit No. 1 since Allan Sherman’s “My Son, the Nut” in 1963. But this only sounds shocking until you hear the album, and realize how justified Yankovic’s newfound attention is. “Mandatory Fun” is arguably his most inspired collection ever, from his cheerfully sardonic take on pop hits like “Royals” (“Foil”), “Happy” (“Tacky”) and “Blurred Lines (“Word Crimes”) to clever originals such as “Mission Statement” (a corporate mission statement put to music) and “First World Problems” “(I bought too many groceries for my refrigerator/I forgot my gardener’s name, I’ll have to ask him later”). His recent set lists reflect the spring in his step, including a dizzying 12-song medley of early hits.</p>John ThomasonMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:13:00 +0000 & EventsMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsWine Wave to Host Boutique Tasting<p><img alt="" height="160" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/winewave.jpg" width="200">Discover some hard-to-find, small-production wines with a local connection but sourced from prime Napa and Sonoma County grapes at a tasting set for later this month at the <strong>Wine Wave</strong> (900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-2076) in downtown Delray.</p> <p>The tasting, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., will feature five wines from Ellman Family Vineyards, owned by Fort Lauderdale residents Neil and Lance Ellman. Two Pinot Noirs, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and red blend are on the tasting menu, as are munchies supplied by Max’s Social House.</p> <p>Cost is $20 per person by Aug. 19 or $25 after. And if you want more info or to make rezzies, go <a href="">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 10 Aug 2015 11:02:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsMiami Goes Boho<p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.10_boho_betty_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><br class="Apple-interchange-newline">A relatively new but increasingly popular accessory line made its way across the pond and into South Florida. Boho Betty, the British-based purveyor of global-inspired and affordable bangles and bracelets, recently revealed its brand stateside during a “secret” VIP event at the Essex House Hotel in South Beach. </p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.10_boho_betty_1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Calling itself the “new face of fashion jewelry,” Boho Betty seeks to empower women to feel sexy, confident and edgy with its handcrafted pieces. The eleven collections (available online) are made to represent the exotic and alluring destinations of the world: American Dreams, Aztec Allure, Bollywood Flair, Celestial Charm, City Glitz, Dubai Dazzle, Greek Glamour, London Chic, Mediterranean Mystique, Ocean Bliss and Thai Zen.</p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.10_boho_betty_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.10_boho_betty_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.10_boho_betty_6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The exclusive event at the Essex was held to expose the fashion-forward products to a group of more than 100 style influencers. After one of the marketing partners was pushed into the pool, Boho Betty’s name was revealed for the first time. Then, the diverse collection of bracelets was presented. Sold as single pieces or stacked bracelets, the line, which launched in 2012, has more than enough options for every type of woman.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.10_boho_betty_5.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Add these accessories to your little black dress for a night on the town or to shorts and a T-shirt for a casual lunch with the girls. Dare-to-be different customers can check out the unique styles embedded in exotic roots or take the “discover your style” quiz at <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a>.</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 StromfeldMon, 10 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsStaff Picks: a bar, a barre and a restaurant<p>Sweetwater Bar &amp; Grill</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_sweetwater.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Art Director</em></p> <p>“I can't believe it took me this long to discover this place, but I'm glad I finally did! It's literally a hidden gem, nestled within an apartment complex. This speakeasy-style restaurant and bar with a contemporary subculture vibe serves exceptional craft cocktails, craft beers as well as small and sharable plates. I had their grilled Spanish octopus and spinach artichoke dip! Yum! My favorite libation so far: the Mexican cockfight.”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 1507 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach // 561/509-9277)</p> <p> </p> <p>Cardio Barre of Coral Springs and Parkland</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_cardio_barre.jpeg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“My mom and I went to a cardio barre class after work the other day. I was expecting to test my flexibility and maybe sweat a little, but I was mistaken. The class was so upbeat. We were constantly moving, and we were moving quickly. It was a great workout, and I’m looking forward to going back.”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 4677 N. University Drive, Coral Springs // 786/766-0371)</p> <p> </p> <p>Matteo’s Trattoria</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_matteo's.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Picked by Tim Schwab, Group Advertising Director</em></p> <p>“Matteo’s is one of my new favorite restaurants. The burnt veggies are amazing, and so is the fish. The dessert was a real wow!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 233 S. Federal Highway // 561/392-0773)</p>magazineFri, 07 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 on a Budget at Madison&#39;s<p><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/madison_(3).jpg" width="200">Don’t want to brown bag it at lunch but don’t want to break the bank either? <strong>Madison’s New York Grill &amp; Bar</strong> (2006 NW Executive Center Circle, 561/994-0808) has just the deal for you.</p> <p>For a limited time only (summer season, most likely) the Boca eatery tucked away just off Glades Road is serving up a roster of $10 lunch items, available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Think burger ‘n’ fries, grilled salmon with rice pilaf, rigatoni Bolognese, kale salad with grilled chicken and more.</p> <p>Best of all, you don’t have to eat at your desk.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 07 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 DealsNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: back to school<p>Although we’re only in the first week of August, school supply shopping is right around the corner. Whether you attend lectures three times a day or have the luxury of online classes, the start of the school year is the time to put your fashion foot forward. Going to the library has just become a little less dreadful with these trendy and stylish options for your school-year staples.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_backpack.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a href=";color=1007">Rhea Small Leather Backpack</a>, Michael Kors, Town Center Mall, $298.</p> <p><img alt="" height="497" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_journal.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a href=";category=A-CAMPUS-DESK">Agate Journal</a>, Urban Outfitters, Delray Beach, $12.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_pencil_pouch.png" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";term=pencil+case">Nate Berkus Pencil Pouch</a>, Target, West Boca Square, $8.99.</p> <p><img alt="" height="736" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_feather_pens.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">Feather Pen</a>, Anthropologie, Town Center Mall, $14.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="717" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_headphones.png" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";Category=acc_home-and-gift-items&amp;ProductID=1000184587&amp;VariantID=">Frends Taylor Headphones</a>, Forever 21, Town Center Mall, $200.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="574" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_tablet_case.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="|CategoryProductList|856345p">Clava Page Python iPad Clutch</a>, Brookstone, Town Center Mall, $51.99.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="681" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_cord_organizer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="">Cordito Cord Carrier</a>, Free People, Miami Beach, $45.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_coffee_tumbler.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a href=";start=1">Acrylic Mosaic Tumbler</a>, Starbucks, $8.49.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_sunglasses.png" width="490"></p> <p><a href=";catId=cat1070002">AEO Purple &amp; Pearl Sunglasses</a>, American Eagle Outfitters, Town Center Mall, $15.95.</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, 07 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000;A: Cast of &quot;Fantastic Four&quot;<p>Since “Iron Man” hit theaters in 2008, the Marvel universe has seemingly taken over the movie world, not unlike one of its hell-bent super villains—only without the mass destruction. Along the way, several established actors have brought Marvel’s comic characters to life. </p> <p>But when Marvel decided to reboot “Fantastic Four,” which hits the big screen this weekend, it turned to a collection of up-and-coming talent. Jamie Bell, a BAFTA winner for lead work in “Billy Elliot,” Michael B. Jordan, known for his breakout role in “Fruitvale Station,” Kate Mara, an Emmy nominee for “House of Cards,” and Miles Teller, who delivered star-making turns in “Whiplash” and “The Spectacular Now,” were eager to take on the roles of The Thing, The Human Torch, The Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic, respectively.</p> <p>After sitting down with Bell, Jordan and Mara at a recent press junket, it’s clear that this cast loved working with one another as much as they did playing their iconic characters. The three consistently joked, finished each other’s sentences, and even asked questions of their own. (Teller was not in attendance, but he did answer one question via FaceTime at the end of the interview.)</p> <p>“Fantastic Four” is an update of the 2005 film starring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans (who would later go on to Marvel fame as Captain America). The story follows four humans who accidentally take on special powers after suffering an accident in an alternate dimension. The four have to deal with controlling and honing their powers, while also battling Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell), who endured alterations of his own during the accident.</p> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> spoke to the actors about everything from the differences between this and the 2005 film to what superhero they would hook up with.</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.7_fantastic_four.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>This is a darker spin on Fantastic Four than the 2005 version. It was interesting how you played the characters more like you had disabilities than superpowers. How did that affect how you took on the roles?</strong></p> <p>Kate Mara: That was one of the reasons why I wanted to be a part of it. That’s a unique way of dealing with characters that become superheroes. I always admired that sort of take, and [director] Josh Trank was specific about making that as real and honest as possible.</p> <p>JB: It’s more like, ‘Look at what amazing thing happened to me in my life, and let me do something good [with it].’ I appreciate the message because people do have to endure and continue on.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>What do you want kids to learn from that message?</strong></p> <p>Michael B. Jordan: Life throws you unexpected curveballs, and you have to overcome them. You have to try and find the silver lining in bad situations and work together.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>What type of research did you have to do for the roles?</strong></p> <p>MBJ: Zero. I’ve been a comic book fan forever, so I’m pretty familiar with Johnny Storm and … [Trank] had such a specific vision and tone and idea for what he wanted the movie to be. I guess the most research I did was sitting down with him for a couple hours, like we all did, to get a really good understanding for what the movie was trying to be.<strong></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>In the superhero world, who would you want to see your character face-off with or be friends with or hook up with?</strong></p> <p>KM: Oh hook up with? I like that question.</p> <p>MBJ: Human Torch and Spiderman are best friends so that would be pretty cool.</p> <p>KM: Oh that’s cool.</p> <p>MBJ: That would be pretty dope. And then maybe hook up with Storm or something.</p> <p>KM: She wouldn’t have to change her name.</p> <p>MBJ: Nope.</p> <p>KM: She would be Storm.</p> <p>JB: I mean I guess I’m not hooking up with anyone. But, I’d probably kick it with the Hulk.</p> <p>KM: That would make sense. You guys should do that.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>It seems like there are superhero movies set up until 2037.</strong></p> <p>MBJ: That seems about right.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Was the time commitment something that you really had to think about when you signed on? And were you nervous about the fan reaction?</strong></p> <p>KM: I wasn’t concerned about the fan reaction and all of that stuff because I think a lot of that is really positive. I definitely took some time just to think about the commitment aspect of it because it is potentially three movies, if not more. I didn’t feel nervous about that as soon as I heard who the other members of the cast were because I love all of the guys so much as people but also as actors. So I know I’m going to want to work with them another five years down the line if that happens.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Do you have to wear a green suit for The Thing? How many hours a day did you have to wear it?</strong></p> <p>JB: When he’s like that, all day every day.</p> <p>KM: But his suit is nothing.</p> <p>JB: It’s like PJs. It’s like onesie pajamas.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Would any of you switch superpowers with each other?</strong></p> <p>KM: I wouldn’t. I like mine.</p> <p>JB: I don’t think anyone is going to be switching with me.</p> <p>MBJ: No. I’m pretty good. Maybe Reed Richards [aka Mr. Fantastic], maybe.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>You want to stretch?</strong></p> <p>MBJ: Yeah. [Fire becomes] a wardrobe malfunction and you’ve got to wear the same thing everyday. Always the same outfit over and over again. It gets a little boring.</p> <p>KM: He loves fashion.</p> <p>JB: Can you ever take off your containment suit?</p> <p>MBJ: See I don’t know yet.</p> <p>KM: That’s why we need to make a number two.</p> <p>JB: [Chris] Evans [the 2005 Human Torch] did. Didn’t he?</p> <p>MBJ: Evans did. But his was coming from a place of being able to control it and turn it off and on. I think my suit contains it, like I’m always on.</p> <p>KM: Way cooler than Evans.</p> <p>JB: Flame on. Flame never off.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Did you stress out at all over the classic catchphrases like “flame on” and “it’s clobberin’ time?”</strong></p> <p>JB: I don’t like saying catchphrases. It’s inevitable that you’re never going to get it right.</p> <p>MBJ: Oh for sure.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Did you ever feel insecure? Like this isn’t how they would say it?</strong></p> <p>JB: I could say it like a thousand times right now, and it would never be good enough. It’s just one of those things. I don’t like things that are already really well known. I like taking things that are not as well known and trying to do something with it.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>How did you guys build your chemistry?</strong></p> <p>KM: It was kind of like this pretty early on. [Jamie and I have] known each other forever and [Michael and I] kind of knew each other. And we just spent a lot of time together on. We went to New Orleans on a couple weekends and just hung out all together as a team. It was kind of effortless, which was lucky.</p> <p>MBJ: Yeah that doesn’t happen often. I worked with Miles before on “That Awkward Moment,” so we already had a relationship. The chemistry was already there.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Other than your powers, what is it that makes your character fantastic?</strong></p> <p>KM: Sue’s brain is pretty special.</p> <p>JB: Ben’s hot.</p> <p>KM: Good one.</p> <p>MBJ: Johnny’s courage.</p> <p>KM: What are we? “The Wizard of Oz?”</p> <p>MBJ: Miles Teller’s brains.</p> <p>KM: His wit. I’m brain.</p> <p>MBJ: No, not Miles. I meant Mr. Fantastic. Reed’s brain.</p> <p>KM: Guys, let’s FaceTime him.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>(Teller joins via FaceTime) What was it like playing an iconic role like Mr. Fantastic for you?</strong></p> <p>KM: And who was your favorite of the four… three?</p> <p>Miles Teller: It was great. It was an honor to play the character. I was honestly most excited about doing it with Kate, Mike, and Jamie. I think that’s what people were really excited about, and I think we had a kickass cast and it was a lot of fun to film.</p> <p>KM: Thanks honey. We miss you.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Was working on a Marvel film what you expected or was it completely different?</strong></p> <p>JB: I think we have to stop saying a Marvel film. It’s a Fox film.</p> <p>KM: That’s true. I didn’t really have expectations.</p> <p>JB: The thing about a comic book move is the same people made X-Men. You’re still in pretty good company and they want this to do really well. We want this to do really well and we want to make more of these movies. There’s no reason why these two franchises won’t meet and we’ll spawn a whole other universe. I think it’s a big honor.</p> <p>KM: I think so.</p> <p>JB: I’m excited for it.</p> <p>MBJ: Ditto.</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, 07 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesTonight! Last night for Tastemakers!<p><img alt="" height="187" src="/site_media/uploads/tastemakers2015_logo.png" width="450"> </p> <p>Hot time, summer in the city, but no one was sweating it last night as Tastemakers rolled out up and down Atlantic Avenue and beyond. This year there are 19 participating restaurants and the reviews from last night are stellar. The good news? You have one more night to go!</p> <p>From the alligator at Max’s to the burger at BurgerFi, to the meatball at Mastino, the food was great and the drinks sublime (thank you Deck 84 for that rum punch). A great Wednesday night, with more on the docket tonight.</p> <p>So snag your passport and celebrate TGIF tomorrow by hitting Tastemaker’s tonight.  You can buy your Dining Passport for $30 (cash only) at any participating restaurant below, and  $1 of the revenue from each passport sold will be donated to a Delray Beach charity. The passports also have deals equal to three months of savings from all participating restaurants.</p> <p>Here’s the scoop:</p> <p>When: Wednesday, Aug. 5, (You missed out on last night!) and Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p>Who’s in: 50 Ocean, Burgerfi, Cafe Luna Rosa, Cafe Martier, Cabana, Deck 84, El Camino, FYI Yogurt, Lemongrass, Mastino Woodfire Pizza, Max's Harvest, Mellow Mushroom, Mussel Beach, Smoke BBQ, Taverna Opa, The Office, Vic and Angelo's and Ziree Thai.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>For more info: Call 561/243-1077 or visit</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedThu, 06 Aug 2015 11:16:00 +0000 BeachDiningAg Reserve preservation at stake now &amp; other news<h3><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/is-3.jpg" width="256"></h3> <h3>Ag Reserve in peril</h3> <p>Palm Beach County soon may owe some property owners a refund.</p> <p>Those would be the residents who in 1999 voted to tax themselves for a bond program that has been a key part of the effort to preserve farming in the Agricultural Reserve Area west of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Over the last 16 years, the program has been fairly successful, given the relentless pressure for development in South Florida. If two county commission votes from last week stand, however, the reserve could be doomed, despite what the public wanted in 1999.</p> <p>One vote would make it easier and more lucrative for small landowners to sell development rights to their property. The other vote would allow more commercial development in the reserve, even though the area’s master plan limited such development to two locations: on the northwest corner of Lyons Road and Atlantic Avenue—that’s Delray Marketplace—and the southeast corner of Lyons and Boynton Beach Boulevard. Commissioner Paulette Burdick was the only “no” vote in each case.</p> <p>Given how development has sprawled west in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the coastal farming in the Agricultural Reserve is unique in South Florida. I remember taking my children in the late 1980s to pick strawberries west of Deerfield Beach, but those fields are long gone. Palm Beach County designated the reserve in 1980 as the first step toward keeping as much of it as possible in agriculture, even imposing a building moratorium from 1989 until 1995.</p> <p>The 1999 vote for a $150 million land-buying program was a big moment, but even the bond program was not the whole plan. Preserving farmland also required creation of a master plan and limits on development.</p> <p>At last Thursday’s meeting, County Mayor Shelley Vana—who cut off Burdick at one point—tried to justify allowing more development by saying that the rule changes would not affect land purchased with the bond issue—land  the county leases to farmers—and thus would not go against the will of the voters. Vana is correct that such land would remain undeveloped, but she misses the larger point.</p> <p>Farms and subdivisions don’t make for good neighbors. Some homeowners complain about noise from farm vehicles, forgetting that the farms were there first. They complain about long drives for services, perhaps unaware of the rules restricting those services. In turn, some farmers complain that trucks have a hard time getting through those subdivisions to their fields.</p> <p>So every small concession the county commission makes to those who want more building in the Agricultural Reserve— every deviation from the master plan—undercuts the larger goal. The commission has allowed a hospital in the reserve. The commission has allowed a school, after pressure from parents who said the developer had promised them one in the neighborhood. The commission has eased rules for certain development projects. Lisa Interlandi, a lawyer with the Everglades Law Center who spoke against the changes, said in an interview, “It’s been death by a thousand cuts in the reserve.”</p> <p>The latest two changes, though, could be major stab wounds. For more than year, owners with less than 150 acres—many of them in the nursery business, many with holdings of far less than 150 acres—have complained that they are being treated unfairly and demanded changes. They have formed a political action committee called Forced to Farm, and they wear T-shirts bearing that name to commission meetings.</p> <p>These landowners say they can’t make money in the nursery business. They could sell their development rights or sell their property outright for development, but not for as much as they would like. That’s because for every 40 acres of homes a developer must preserve 60 acres. Also, any property less than 150 acres must be next to other preserved land—contiguous—to reach the total of 150 acres. Those rules make it harder for developers to assembled the large tracts they most desire, and the rules make small parcels less appealing.</p> <p>The first proposed change would end that contiguity requirement. It would mean more homes in the reserve, and thus more pressure on farmers who work larger tracts, make money and provide jobs.</p> <p>Understand that the county doesn’t have to make either of these changes. The aggrieved landowners don’t have solid grounds for a lawsuit. They can get money for their land. Interlandi has the right response when she said of the Agricultural Reserve preservation plan, “No one was guaranteed a retirement out of this.”</p> <p>Some of these landowners could have sold their land through the bond program and leased it back. They didn’t. Because of term limits, no current commissioner was in office when the reserve plan was crafted. In June, the same change that would allow more development went to the Palm Beach County Planning Commission. By a vote of 12-0, the commission—an advisory board—disapproved.</p> <p>Fewer than 100 landowners are demanding these changes. Nearly 66,000 voters demanded in 1999 that the county limit development in the Agricultural Reserve Area. The commission will take second votes on the changes in October. Perhaps by then the commission will realize that doing nothing is the right option.</p> <p>Tax news</p> <p>Like Delray Beach, Boca Raton will cut its overall tax rate by a microscopic amount, yet most property owners will pay more overall because of rising values.</p> <p>Next week, the city council will adopt an operating/debt service tax rate of about $3.42 for every $1,000 of assessed value. The owner of a homestead—primary residence—assessed at $400,000 would pay $1,368. The overall budget will increase.</p> <p>For overall bills to stay the same as property values increase, the city would have to set a tax rate of $3.22. That’s known as the rollback rate. To achieve a true tax cut, the rate would have to be even lower.</p> <h3>Lawsuits</h3> <p>Two members of Delray Beach’s legal staff more than earned their salary last week.</p> <p>The city was the defendant in a lawsuit brought by a woman whose car was struck from behind in 2013 by a 35,000-pound city vehicle used to clean sewers. According to City Attorney Noel Pfeffer, the plaintiff wanted $750,000 in compensation. The jury, Pfeffer said, found the city liable but awarded only $17,000.</p> <p>Assistant city attorneys Michael Dutko and Janice Ruskin argued the case for Delray Beach. They claimed that the plaintiffs’ injuries did not stem from the crash, and that the plaintiff cut off the driver of the city vehicle, thus leading to the crash.</p> <h3>Drought status</h3> <p>If you think that we got some relief from the drought last month, you’re right. But only some relief.</p> <p>According to the South Florida Water Management District, Palm Beach County got 5.5 inches of rain in July, or about 84 percent of the wet-season normal. May and June had been so unseasonably dry that the district declared some portions of the county to be in severe drought. Throughout the district’s 16 counties, rainfall remains about 15 percent below normal.</p> <h3>Districts to be redrawn</h3> <p>On Wednesday, the Florida Senate posted a base map for the state’s 27 congressional districts. The Legislature begins a special session Monday to redraw the districts after the Florida Supreme Court found that eight of them violated state constitutional requirements against gerrymandering.</p> <p>As I had expected, the new map greatly changes the districts of area Democrats Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel. Deutch’s District 21, nearly 40 percent of which is now in Broward County, would be all in Palm Beach County. Frankel’s District 22 would basically become a Broward-based seat, with just 17.6 percent in Palm Beach. Frankel no longer would live in the district. She would live in Deutch’s district, and might have to run against him. More about this next week.</p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzThu, 06 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySeasonal Finds: Family Style Summer Seafood Pasta<p>Looking for a summertime pasta meal that the whole family can enjoy? I have a simple yet incredibly fresh pasta dish worthy of restaurant acclaim. Traditional pasta dishes often use tomato sauce to dress their pasta, and with tomatoes in their prime season, it is the perfect time of year for this recipe! Plus, it can be made in less than 20 minutes! Can’t beat that.</p> <p>This pasta recipe is packed with: fresh Pipe Rigate pasta, olive oil, garlic, in-season tomatoes and juicy lobster are the starring ingredients. Red pepper flakes give the sauce an added spicy kick. The only real work consists of carefully chopping the lobster meat and cooking it to perfection. Once that’s complete, you’re home free.</p> <p>Pipe Rigate pasta shells are essentially just large elbow macaroni that have been pinched off at one end. Because the pasta has a wide mouth and closed end, delicious bits of lobster and tomato sauce sit inside each noodle ensuring a delicious mouthful with every bite. When cooking with pasta, you have the luxury to select a variety that suits your diet and lifestyle. There are so many different pastas on the market today that are made with all sorts of different grains. Beyond whole wheat, you can find spelt, multigrain or gluten-free varieties made with quinoa or brown rice. The options are seemingly endless.</p> <p><img alt="" height="492" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/lobster_pasta.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Lobster and Spicy Tomato Pipe Rigate</strong></p> <p><em>Serves 4 </em></p> <p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p> <ul> <li>1 pound dried Pipe Rigate pasta</li> <li>2 tablespoons olive oil</li> <li>2 large shallots, finely diced</li> <li>1 garlic clove, minced</li> <li>1 teaspoon red pepper flakes</li> <li>2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut into halves</li> <li>Salt and pepper</li> <li>1 pound of uncooked lobster, diced into ½-inch pieces</li> </ul> <p><strong>Directions:</strong></p> <p>Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil, and cook pasta according to package directions in salted water. Drain the cooked pasta and set it aside.</p> <p>Meanwhile, pour olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, garlic, red pepper and tomatoes, and season generously with salt and pepper.</p> <p>Allow medley to cook for 4-5 minutes. Once done, the garlic will turn golden, and the tomatoes should become soft and slightly charred. Add lobster meat, stir to coat and cook for 2-3 minutes. In a large saucepan or pot, combine cooked pasta with lobster tomato sauce. </p> <p>Stir to coat each pasta noodle with the sauce.  Serve warm.</p> <p><strong><em>Tip: </em></strong><em>If you are cooking for children who do not enjoy spicy foods, the spice level can be easily adjusted or eliminated from this recipe without harming the dishes integrity. Simply minimize the amount of red pepper flakes used, or remove them from the recipe entirely.</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, 06 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Through the Ages<p>Long before the Transformers franchise became an American box-office colossus, it was a big-money multimedia empire in its native Japan. And before Transformers, this most industrious country for robotics innovation developed Gundam, and before that Mazinger Z, and before that Astro-Boy.</p> <p>It’s telling that while we Americans were dressing up Barbies in the fashion of the day and sending our G-I Joes into simulated land wars, Japanese eyed the future. Their designers were imagining androids, cyborgs and mechas—cutting-edge toys that anticipated prosthetics and A.I. sentience, now considered the vanguard of futurism.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/robots1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Morikami Museum’s popular summer exhibition “Japan’s Robot Kingdom”—the two-room showcase was buzzing with adults and children, even on a Wednesday afternoon—hones in on the nation’s advances in robotics mostly through its toys. Exhibited under glass, these sleek, streamlined and compact works of art, molded from everyday plastic and metal, range from your traditional hulking Transformers and other superheroic/city-decimating warriors to the bull-shaped, weaponized Dibison and the lupine Command Wolf. The Mobile Police AV-O Peacemaker is everyone’s dystopian nightmare of a militarized police robot (it’s a good thing he’s a peacemaker!), and the two figurines of the busty, hourglass-shaped Motoko Kusanga, from “Ghost in the Shell,” touch briefly on the objectification of women that has become a stereotype of Japanese animation.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/robots2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>I’m sure this exhibition will feel like nirvana for fans of these franchises, but I was more taken with the real-world robots mounted center stage in the opening gallery. These anthropomorphized creatures seem more like Lucasfilm creations than actual, semi-functioning household droids, but for their time, in the ‘80s, that’s exactly what they were. The wheeled Omnibot 2000, developed by Tomy, looks like a cross between a cassette player and a vintage PC. Dingbat is diminutive and inspired by “E.T.,” and Crackbot is more heavyset and controlled by a tail sensor. Nintendo’s R.O.B. robot, designed for a couple of long-forgotten NES games, is a long-necked and short-lived tool, while the dome-headed Verbot is the most R2D2-esque of the bunch.</p> <p>You can’t help but feel that all of them are looking at you: Their ocular cavities suggest sentience and personality, even if their functions were limited by the technological infancy of their time. ‘Bots can complete more difficult tasks now, of course, though I’m not sure the 200-plus functions programmed into the 6.5-inch tall I-Sobot—such as “performing a Western gunfight scene” and “imitating animal sounds”—are doing much to enhance the public good.</p> <p><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/paro-robotic-healing-seal-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But my favorite piece in the exhibition, PARO, certainly is. It’s the robot most unlike the others; it looks no different from the fluffy plush animals you’d find in a 10-year-old’s menagerie. But PARO, a baby harp seal covered in faux-far, is a therapy robot. It understands a limited vocabulary and responds to words and touch, and it has been proven to reduce stress in patients and caregivers, reduce psychological effects of patients and improve their socialization skills.</p> <p>A short video in the second gallery presents similar examples of robots deployed in the health care and education fields—like a robot that can attend classes for ill students. This exhibition could have used more examples like this and fewer humanoid objects of pop-culture fantasy.</p> <p>The toy robots, it argues, seeped into Japan’s collective consciousness and then the world, and many of their designers went on to apply their abilities to practical, beneficial purposes. We don’t see enough of that in the exhibit.</p> <p>“Japan’s Robot Kingdom” is only half-successful. Followers of anime, manga and action figures will enjoy it thoroughly, but for the rest of us, it’s largely a repetitive toy show with the potential to be much more.</p> <p><em>“Japan’s Robot Kingdom” is on display through Sept. 13 at the Morikami, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Admission is $9-$15. Call 561/495-0233 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 05 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachBug off!<p><img alt="" height="40" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>It’s that time of year when bugs are especially pesky and could be dangerous. The Florida Department of Health sent a press release last week urging Floridians to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. There has been one case of West Nile confirmed this year in the state.</p> <p>I asked Dr. Stefan Weiss, a dermatologist affiliated with <a href="">West Boca Medical Center</a> to let Fit Life readers know what they can do to prevent bug bites this summer. Here’s what Dr. Weiss, who practices at the <a href="">Weiss Skin Institute</a>, had to say.</p> <p><img alt="" height="389" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.5_mosquito.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Fit Life:  Are some people more prone to bug (including mosquito) bites than others? </em></p> <p>Dr. Weiss: Indeed, some people are more prone to bug bites than others. People who exhale more carbon dioxide are attractive to mosquitoes. In addition, those who expel more lactic or uric acid will find themselves with more bites. So what does this mean? If you have just done a heavy exercise routine, you will be more likely to fall victim to the mosquito. After exercise, you have a higher body temperature, exhale more carbon dioxide and the skin has a higher concentration of lactic acid from the muscle breakdown. Pregnant women tend to run hotter and expel more carbon dioxide when they breathe; as such, they too get bitten more frequently.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: What are the most skin-friendly, healthy products that work to prevent bug bites?</em></p> <p>Dr. Weiss: Repellents with 23.8% DEET (most formulas contain between 10% and 30%) protect wearers for about five hours. DEET has been in use for over 40 years and has been shown to be very safe.</p> <p>Picaridin, proven to be as effective as DEET, but because it is odorless is thought [to be] more pleasant than DEET. Picaridin is safe for children older than 2 months.</p> <p>The chemical IR3535, i.e. Avon's Skin-So-Soft, also has been marketed as a mosquito repellent, but research shows it's much less effective than DEET.</p> <p>Oil of eucalyptus products may offer longer-lasting protection, similar to low concentrations of DEET. Lemon eucalyptus is safe for children older than 3 years.</p> <p>Metofluthrin is available in two forms. As a paper strip, you place it in outdoor areas like patios and decks, or you wear it clipped onto a belt or clothing. It relies on a battery-powered fan to release the mosquito repellent into the area, surrounding and protecting the wearer. It is not applied to the skin.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: What shouldn’t we use on our skin to prevent bug bites, and why?</em></p> <p>Dr. Weiss: There are those who argue against DEET as it is a chemical. As noted above, most of the evidence suggests that it is safe. However, there are many non-chemical alternatives for those who are concerned, including planting marigolds around your property as a natural defense.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: If we are bitten, what can we do to calm the itching?</em></p> <p>Usually over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams will calm the itching. Benadryl pills also work as they block the histamine, which is the source of the itching. However, they can make you tired.</p> <p><em>Fit Life: How can you tell when a bug bite needs a doctor’s attention?</em></p> <p>Should the area become red, swollen, or develop yellow crusting—these would all be signs of infection and should be seen immediately for evaluation and treatment. In addition, if redness or swelling becomes more extensive in the area, [it could be a sign] of a more serious infection called cellulitis.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="239" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.5_west_nile_facts.png" width="490"></strong></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, 05 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyNew Parent Essentials<p>When you’re a first time parent, the amount of information available to you and your partner can be absolutely overwhelming. From baby gear to birthing methods to breastfeeding and maternity leave, countless factors must be considered and decisions made before baby makes his or her appearance!</p> <p>Luckily, we live in a place where there are local experts available to make recommendations and answer your parenting questions quickly and accurately. Having done the ‘new parent thing’ myself only two years ago, I collaborated with local concierge pediatrician (<em>of course Boca has a concierge pediatrician</em>), Dr. Chad Rudnick of <a href="">Boca VIPediatrics</a><strong>,</strong> to come up with our <strong>Top 5 New Parent Essentials.</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.5_parent_essentials_1.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>1.    </strong><strong>Car Seat Installation/Safety Check</strong></p> <p>Did you know that 96% of car seats are installed improperly? Fear not new parents and parents-to-be! A Palm Beach Fire Rescue-certified car seat technician will install your car seat FREE of charge. This is an amazing service, whether you’re approaching your due date, upgrading to a convertible car seat or simply want to be sure that your existing car seat is installed properly.</p> <p>This service is by appointment only and dates book up fast! Call 561/616-7033 or click <a href="">here</a> for more information.</p> <p><img alt="" height="489" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.5_parent_essentials_2.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2.    </strong><a href=""><strong>Oto Home iPhone Attachment</strong></a></p> <p>One of the most common reasons for a trip to the pediatrician’s office in the first few years of a child’s life is for an ear infection. This app and camera attachment for the iPhone allows parents to record and send secure video of the inner ear directly to their pediatrician for diagnosis and treatment. Anytime. Anywhere. It even made its private practice debut right here in Boca Raton, where it’s available only to patients of Dr. Rudnick’s.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.5_parent_essentials_3.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>3.    </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong> </strong></p> <p>Is your company one of the many nationwide offering little or no maternity leave? Then sign up for a FREE account on My Baby Bond, the only crowdfunding website to support paid family leave. How does it work? On, people are invited to contribute to a personal <em>BabyBond </em>(in lieu of or in addition to a traditional registry), raising funds to cover maternity or paternity leave for a specific set of expectant parents. Supporters decide how much time to gift and then the dollar amount is calculated for that time. Fundraisers simply sign up for a credit card processing account and watch their <em>BabyBond</em> grow along with their baby through the magic of crowd funding!</p> <p><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.5_parent_essentials_4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4.    </strong><a href=";linkCode=w13&amp;linkID=&amp;ref_=assoc_res_sw_us_dka_crp_c_result_1&amp;"><strong>Travel High Chair</strong></a></p> <p>With Boca’s incredible variety of outdoor restaurants and cultural events, our town is the envy of every new parent who wants to get their baby out of the house for some fresh air. While it’s best to avoid crowded spots when your baby is still teeny-tiny, Dr. Rudnick recommends using a travel high chair once baby is able to sit up for a period of time on his/her own. This lightweight travel highchair<strong> </strong>fits perfectly attached to any table or booth and you’ll never have to worry about the germs on a communal high chair. You can also keep baby closer to you at the table (or on the inside of a booth) to prevent any spills. Enjoy being out-and-about in germ-free style and get ready for the inevitable “Where’d you get that thing?” from other Boca parents and grandparents!</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.5_parent_essentials_5.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>5.    </strong><a href=";linkCode=w13&amp;linkID=&amp;ref_=assoc_res_sw_us_dka_crp_c_result_2&amp;"><strong>NoseFrida</strong></a></p> <p>Since babies and young children cannot blow their noses on their own, we must do it for them. Babies happen to be nose breathers, and they have a much more difficult time with a stuffy nose. They often won’t eat or sleep well unless you remove the mucus. Introducing: the NoseFrida snot-sucker! We’re guessing that this is probably the first time that the term “snot sucker” has appeared on, but don’t worry—it’s not as gross as it sounds/looks. The blue tip goes inside each of your baby’s nostrils and then you use the red mouthpiece to suction out all the yucky-ness. FEAR NOT: the snot does not go into your mouth! There is a filter that prevents this from happening and you just wash the blue tube with soap and water after each use. This is a must-have product that leads to a great big breath of (Boca Raton) fresh air for your child!</p> <p> </p> <p>Congratulations and welcome to the club new parents!</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, 05 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 for College<p>For students fresh out of high school, college carries with it a world of possibilities. For the parents paying for that college experience, it also can carry a world of hurt—at least when it comes to the cost involved.</p> <p>According to CNN Money, the estimated annual fees (in-state tuition, books, meals, room/board) to attend Boca-based Florida Atlantic University top the $22,000 mark. Multiply that by four years (or more), and it’s no wonder many parents begin thinking about college in the months after their newborns enter the world.</p> <p>That’s certainly the prudent approach, according to <a href="">Eric Glasband</a>, managing director of wealth management and a senior financial advisor for the Glasband Stempel &amp; Associates team at Merrill Lynch. With more than a decade of financial services experience, Glasband has helped countless clients over the years to develop investment strategies and prepare for the future, especially one that involves saving for college.</p> <p>Glasband certainly is no stranger to such discussions; he and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of son Ethan, who is 3. The man who has been recognized by <em>Barron’s</em> as one of the top 1,200 financial advisors in America the past four years spoke with <em>Boca Raton</em> about saving for college.</p> <p><img alt="" height="538" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/8.5_eric_glasband.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>When do you think a parent should begin saving money for their child’s education?</strong></p> <p>In today’s environment, you have to start the process from day one, as early as possible. The rise in tuition on an annual basis makes it very difficult to decide later in life. If you start the process early, you give yourself a better opportunity [to save]—and you don’t [have to worry about] timing the market.</p> <p><strong>What is the first step you would advise a parent to take?</strong></p> <p>College is planning. The first step we do is comprehensive financial planning, which includes an education analysis. … Is your child going to go to a private school? Public school? Some parents want to have additional funds available for grad school. You want to show the parents all scenarios, and then you plan for the college experience. Every family is a little different based on their situation, so there is not one perfect scenario. You have to figure out what is right and suitable for that family; that’s the key.</p> <p><strong>What is one of the biggest mistakes you’ve seen parents make when trying to save their money?</strong></p> <p>We believe the biggest mistake is not taking action and not planning for the future. We are firm believers in providing necessary information to assist clients in implementing their goals. You have to actually take the time to do the planning. Most people put it off. They will do it next year, they’ll do it in three years. That’s the biggest mistake.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the best ways to save?</strong></p> <p>The options that we are currently discussing with our clients are: Section 529 plans, Coverdell Education Savings Account (Coverdell ESA), UGMA and prepaid state programs. Depending on my clients’ needs, concerns and resources, we will align them with one of these options or a combination of these options.</p> <p><strong>What would you recommend for someone on a tight budget?</strong></p> <p>Flexibility is extremely important when it comes to education planning. Yes, they can still save, but there are always unforeseen situations that we cannot control. Sometimes simple solutions can be provided. … We work with our clients to adjust and be flexible throughout their situation. Maybe there a few months where you [have a particular challenge]. You save what you can, and then you get back to the plan as soon possible.</p> <p><strong>How would you suggest balancing college savings with other life priorities?</strong></p> <p>The first thing you do is the analysis, the comprehensive financial plan. Then you are able to prioritize. Once you go through the first step of our process, we will determine the importance of the college savings. … The age of the child is critical. If you have a 15-year-old, and you haven’t saved yet, that situation is far different than a newborn. ... The end game is to hopefully help all clients meet their goals. There is no cookie-cutter solution. Each family is different. You have to do a customized approach for each family.</p> <p>For more information on college savings, call Glasband at 561/361-3420.</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 SmithWed, 05 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Review: My Morning Jacket<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/mmj2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Everything inside the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on Monday night felt familiar and trippy, from the throwback general admission seating to a synth-heavy opening act, Mini Mansions, which, at times, recalled the Don Johnson-era club days of South Beach. Even the thin atmospheric layer of cannabis seemed to settle only over those in the audience straight out of a Warhol party. (Blue hair and thigh-high dominatrix boots at a rock concert? Welcome to Miami!).</p> <p>All of which proved the perfect psychedelic backdrop for My Morning Jacket and its equally trippy and wild-haired front man, Jim James, who took the stage in his trademark bushy facial growth, sunglasses and Technicolor dream coat. To the untrained rock eye, it might have appeared as if James was channeling the bearded and blottoed version of The Doors’ Jim Morrison.</p> <p>But the difference between that version of Morrison and My Morning Jacket’s prodigiously talented singer/songwriter is that one came to an auditorium ready to pass out. James and the equally accomplished members of MMJ—Tom Blakenship (bass), Patrick Hallahan (drums), Carl Broemel (guitar) and Bo Koster (keyboards)—came to play.</p> <p>And did they ever Monday night.</p> <p>Starting with the rousing and rollicking blast-off of “Circuital,” My Morning Jacket sank its hooks and riffs into the crowd and took them on a mid-summer rock ride that easily qualifies as one of the concerts of the year in South Florida. Supporting its first album in four years, the exceptional “The Waterfall,” the band took the stage just before 10 p.m. and held the Fillmore in its grasp until 10 past midnight, with several of the evening’s 21 songs bleeding into the next.</p> <p>It wasn’t until the eighth song of the set, “Like A River” (off the new album), that James even acknowledged the crowd with a hello. His interaction with those fans closest to the stage consisted of touching fingertips, which, without knowing the back story, could be a signature move or a Howie Mandel-like aversion to germs. Not that it mattered either way.</p> <p>No one comes to a My Morning Jacket show to hear James pontificate. They come for the experience—a rich, borderline-spiritual musical journey filled with lush harmonies, ethereal guitar work, pulse-pounding power jams and, on songs like “Victory Dance” and “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Part II,” James’ haunting, uplifting howls.</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/mmj3.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Midway through the first set, the band eased into “They Ran,” off its debut album (“Tennessee Fire”), building a hypnotic wall of sound that spilled into “Steam Engine,” from the album “It Still Moves.” At one point in the 15-minute stretch, with Broemel conjuring one aching riff after another and Hallahan laying down an entrancing beat, the entire general admission section was swaying in unison.</p> <p>The quintet would finally break the spell with the crowd-pleasing “Off the Record,” followed by the down-and-dirty “Tropics” off the new album, a bluesy romp that would have made John Lee Hooker proud.</p> <p>Unlike bands who similarly attempt to slide in and out of songs that are contemplative one second, anthemic the next, My Morning Jacket delivers its seamless ebbs and flows with such a warm embrace. It’s music that, played live, invites you to bask in its glow. Countless times throughout the night—like in the set-closing “Mahgeetah” (from “It Still Moves”)—the band worked itself into grooves so pure, so irresistible, that you never wanted them to end.</p> <p>When James and company finally shut it down after a roof-raising version of "Gideon" that capped a relentless two-hour, 15-minute performance, the electrified crowd was still buzzing. Many stayed behind, hanging near the stage in the hopes of landing a loose guitar pick or a set list—a little keepsake from a throwback night that those who attended will not soon forget.</p> <p><strong>Set List</strong></p> <p>Circuital</p> <p>In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)</p> <p>I’m Amazed</p> <p>Wordless Chorus</p> <p>It Beats 4 You</p> <p>Believe (Nobody Knows)</p> <p>Lowdown</p> <p>Like a River</p> <p>They Ran</p> <p>Steam Engine</p> <p>Off the Record</p> <p>Tropics</p> <p>Honest Man</p> <p>Lay Low</p> <p>Spring (Among the Living)</p> <p>Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Part 2</p> <p>Mahgeetah</p> <p><strong>Encore</strong></p> <p>Victory Dance</p> <p>Compound Fracture</p> <p>Evil Urges</p> <p>Gideon</p> <p><img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/mmj5.jpg" width="300"></p>Kevin KaminskiTue, 04 Aug 2015 14:48:00 +0000 & EventsMusicNews & ReviewsMiami Heat Dancer Tryouts<p>The Miami Heat Dancers held their annual tryouts last weekend, and aspiring talent from all over South Florida, including from in and around Boca, auditioned at the AmericanAirlines Arena. A select few will be chosen to attend the Heat Dancers Boot Camp and then perform at the finals. Boca Raton magazine's concert photographer, Ron Elkman, was the official lensman on site—and he sent us some photos from the day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="285" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/re2_0426.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="387" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/re2_0048.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/re2_0576.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="693" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/re2_0363.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/re2_0243.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Photos by: Ron Elkman (</p>magazineTue, 04 Aug 2015 12:07:00 +0000 & EventsPGA Resort Hosts Craft Beer Bash<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/pgabeer.jpg" width="200">Beer, beer and more beer—120 varieties (plus hard cider), in fact—is what’s on tap at the reworked Craft Beer Bash set for Saturday, Aug. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the <strong>PGA National Resort &amp; Spa</strong> (400 Avenue of the Champions, 561/627-2000).</p> <p>The two biggest changes from last year’s festival are the elimination of burgers from the event menu and moving the affair indoors, where air conditioned comfort triumphs over dehydration and sunstroke. Attendees can vote for the favorite brews; there will also be live music and a home brewers competition. The resort is also offering a $179+ event package that includes two tickets and an overnight stay.</p> <p>General admission tickets are $35 per person ($45 at the door), while VIP passes cost $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Get your tickets <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>To prime the pump, so to speak, on Friday, Aug. 7, resort top toque Sean McKee will be dishing up a five-course  dinner featuring New Belgium Brewery suds. <a href="">Tickets</a> are $79 per person and they’re going fast so get ‘em while you can.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 04 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsThe big reveal on Houston&#39;s at The Wildflower and other news of note<h3><img alt="" height="522" src="/site_media/uploads/houstonsimage.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3>Houston’s site plan</h3> <p>There is a site plan for the proposed Houston’s restaurant where the Wildflower once stood along the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton. The plan is preliminary; city departments still are reviewing it. But many important details are emerging.</p> <p>First, the numbers. The restaurant would be 7,160 square feet, with about 1,500 square feet of outdoor dining and drinking space. It would have 124 seats inside, 38 on the patio and another 36 on the bar patio. There would be 131 parking spaces—more than the city requires—and there would be no valet parking. The tight confines of the location—near East Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Fifth Avenue just west of the bridge – would have made a valet system tough to include.</p> <p>There would be only one entrance for cars, from Fifth Avenue at the northwest corner of the site. The vehicle lanes would be a little shorter and tighter than normal. Indeed, the applicant—California-based Hillstone Restaurant Group—has asked for a technical deviation to allow 11-foot lanes. There would be parking for bicycles.</p> <p>But there would be no dockage for diners who wanted to arrive by boat. The city council had expressed a collective wish that the site could accommodate boaters, and thus avoid conflicts with the city marina at Silver Palm Park on the south side of Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p>Hillstone, though, said “significant and dangerous currents” in that section of the Intracoastal would make building a dock problematic. Hillstone also argued that the “beauty of the view would be disrupted” by a dock. The site plan does include perhaps a higher council priority. There would be a pedestrian walkway through the site, so as not to cut off public access to the waterfront. Benches would be along the walkway.</p> <p>The restaurant itself would be angled generally toward the northeast, where the Intracoastal curves. Parking would be to the south and west. Farther west would remain the vacant lot at the corner of Palmetto Park Road and Fifth Avenue. The 0.6-acre parcel is owned by Fifth Avenue Associates. It is assessed by the property appraiser’s office at roughly $1.5 million, and a city spokeswoman said Boca would be interested in buying it “if the price was right.”</p> <p>Judging by the renderings (one is above), the restaurant would have the same stylish, contemporary look as the Houston’s near Town Center Mall, which Hillstone also operates. Another Hillstone property is Palm Beach Grill on Royal Poinciana Way. For all its importance, especially to residents who live near the site, the site plan is just one key part of the proposal. The other is the lease agreement. Boca Raton wants a proper financial return for its $7.5 million investment to buy the 2.3-acre site in 2009. According to the city spokeswoman, the staff hopes to have a lease deal ready for the council’s review in September.</p> <p>The spokeswoman said the hope is for the council also to get the site plan next month. Many city departments and several outside parties—among them Florida Power &amp; Light and the Lake Worth Drainage District—must review the plan, but for most the review is cursory and has been completed. The most serious review is coming from the city’s development services and traffic departments. The city and Hillstone held a preliminary compliance review meeting on June 30.</p> <p>Regarding traffic, Hillstone commissioned one traffic study in April and another in July. According to the city, the results from the second didn’t change in terms of how many vehicle trips the project would generate. There were “minor changes” in such areas as sidewalk connections, crosswalks and bike racks.</p> <p>The city also is conducting its own study of traffic in the area around the property, with the goal of making changes to improve what already can be a chokepoint at Palmetto Park and Fifth. Before the site plan goes to the planning and zoning board for recommendation to the council, Palm Beach County must agree that the project would meet the county’s traffic performance standards. The county’s review is underway.</p> <p>It has been four years since the city sought bids for the Wildflower site, having waited until the worst of the recession had passed. Yet the only bid came from Hillstone. At its May 2014 goal-setting session, the council made finding a tenant for the property its top priority. In April, the council approved rezoning to accommodate the restaurant. After six years, things are moving quickly.</p> <h3>iPic appeal scheduled</h3> <p>Last week, I wrote about the planned appeal by iPic of the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board’s rejection of the company’s theater-centered, mixed-use project south of Atlantic Avenue between Southeast Fourth Avenue and Southeast Fifth Avenue. City Manager Don Cooper confirmed Monday that the city commission will hear the appeal at its Aug. 18 meeting, not the Aug. 11 meeting.</p> <h3>Atlantic Crossing site plan delay</h3> <p>Delray Beach’s attempt to secure a new site plan for Atlantic Crossing seems to have been delayed.</p> <p>The city and the developers had been negotiating to have the developers restore an access road on the west side of the project at Northeast Sixth Avenue. Things were progressing, but then the city commission made no decision on a traffic consultant’s recommendation. Also, the developers sued the city.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein had hoped to have the issue worked out by September. Cooper said Monday, however, there is “no new information,” and he expects no action by the city this month.</p> <h3>County fire-rescue services resurfaces</h3> <p>A year ago, Delray Beach examined the idea of contracting with the county for fire-rescue services, and the city commission rejected it quite forcefully.</p> <p>Yet at the Aug. 11 meeting, Cooper will brief the commission on. . .contracting with the county for fire-rescue services. Cooper said it will be for “discussion purposes only,” with no vote taking and no commitment from the city or the county. Delray Beach has not received a proposal from the county. At the same time, negotiations continue with the firefighters union, whose contract expires Sept. 30. The city is asking for savings in pension costs, as the city received during last year’s contract negotiations with the police union.</p> <p>In an email, Glickstein said that despite last year’s unanimous rejection, the commission “was open to seeing a more comprehensive analysis.” The one-year proposal of 2014 “made little sense.” Glickstein said this year’s version is “being driven” by city and county administrators “without union intervention” and would be presented as a permanent change. He will “welcome the analysis.”</p> <p>Glickstein believes that in a decade only Boca Raton and West Palm Beach still may have their own fire departments. “There are compelling reasons,” he said, for consolidation. “Purchasing-scale economies, far better dispatch and communication network for emergencies, unloading pension and collective bargaining distractions, far better training facilities, to name a few.” The loss of local control, he acknowledged, “is a big factor.” Overall, though, “It will come down to economics.”       </p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong><em> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the </em><em>Miami Herald </em><em>and </em><em>Palm Beach Post</em><em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the </em><em>Post</em><em>. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</em></p>Randy SchultzTue, 04 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: Dave Matthews Band<p>If you squinted just enough, the scene last Friday at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre looked like a cross between Woodstock and Coachella, complete with a mud runway, flower crowns, palm trees, tie-dye shirts and a parade of rubber boots.</p> <p>Such was vibe throughout the first night of back-to-back concerts by Dave Matthews Band, a show upstaged early on by the weather. Thanks to the threat of lightning, the group’s annual summer stop in West Palm Beach was delayed by 45 minutes; a relentless downpour, meanwhile, refused to let up until well into the band’s second set.</p> <p><img alt="" height="374" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/re2_1649.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Not that DMB’s hardcore fans seemed to mind. While a handful of concert-goers greeted fans walking into the open-air setting with offers to sell their tickets (one man informed me he was “too drunk to be this wet”), the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who turned Perfect Vodka into a shirt-and-shoes optional venue.</p> <p>Baseball may be the quintessential American summer pastime, but for fans of DMB, seeing the seven-piece group on tour every year is the best way to mark the passing of the warm weather months. A common request overheard at the Will Call booth included concert-goers looking to pick up their tickets for “tonight and tomorrow night.” Inside, the scene looked like a timeline of DMB tours, with many fans proudly donning their concert shirts from the past 20-plus years (albeit under their clear rain ponchos).</p> <p><img alt="" height="305" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/re2_0814.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Part of the allure for those that follow its tours throughout the States is the band’s ever-evolving set list, which features old favorites, new tracks and covers thrown in—including as the encore. On this night, DMB started off with acoustic interpretations of its discography. After an intermission that featured an ill-fitting rap music soundtrack, the band returned with dry clothes (the envy!), electric guitars and graphics to accompany its plugged-in second set. With a sound unlike anything on Top 40 radio, DMB continues to carve out a niche in folk, rock, pop and indie music. The band’s musicianship is second to none, with a sound distinctly its own thanks to a precise weaving of brass and string instruments through tracks like “Funny The Way It Is,” “Crush” and “What Would You Say.”</p> <p>At times, it felt as though Matthews and his band mates were playing only for themselves, with several extended solos slowing down the pace of the show. Each song seemed to take longer than the last to find its final note, and fewer tall cans of beer were being raised with each passing solo. When fans start using those lengthy solos to find an open bathroom stall, it may be a sign that it’s time to return to the chorus.</p> <p>DMB’s drawn-out time between songs and lack of banter with the crowd recalled an opening act more than a seasoned band with some two decades of touring under its belt. Aside from an occasional comment from Matthews about the rain stopping (it hadn’t) and what smelled like skunky weed (it did), the dialogue between the front man and the crowd was essentially nonexistent.</p> <p>In a testament to fans of DMB’s music, concertgoers seemed OK with just about anything the band did or didn’t say. They were there for the music—and, perhaps, the second-hand smoke. Either way, the die-hards seemed satisfied.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/re2_1666.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Acoustic Set</strong></p> <p>A Whiter Shade of Pale</p> <p>Oh</p> <p>Grace is Gone</p> <p>The Stone</p> <p>Funny The Way It Is</p> <p>Captain</p> <p>Two Step</p> <p>Old Dirt Hill</p> <p>Corn Bread</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Electric Set</strong></p> <p>Crush</p> <p>Drive In Drive Out</p> <p>The Song That Jane Likes</p> <p>Black and Blue Bird</p> <p>Belly Belly Nice</p> <p>Death On The High Seas</p> <p>Typical Situation</p> <p>What Would You Say</p> <p>Cry Freedom</p> <p>Jimi Thing</p> <p>Grey Street</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Encore</strong></p> <p>All Along The Watch Tower</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Photos by: Ron Elkman (</em></p>magazineMon, 03 Aug 2015 20:10:00 +0000 & EventsBoca Ballroom Battle Around The Corner<p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/ballroom-battle.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Last night I dreamed it was only three days before I was to appear in the Boca Ballroom Battle, the mega-event that benefits the George Snow Scholarship Fund, and I had not learned my routine, had lost my dancing shoes and completely forgotten to get a costume.</p> <p>And then I woke up. “It’s 2015,” I told myself, with a sigh of relief. “It’s been two years since you danced in the event, two years since you had those kind of dreams.”</p> <p>Still, there are eight people out there who are undoubtedly having dreams of their own this year, or instead of counting sheep, going over their routines one last time before they drift off.  After all, this year’s Boca Ballroom Battle is only weeks away—August 28—and Brian Altschuler, Peg Anderson, Elias Janetis, Frank McKinney, Holly Meehan, Chris Nichols, Donna Parlapiano, and Wendy Sadusky have got to be revved up by now and ready to roll.</p> <p>And you should be, too.</p> <p>Time is running out to get your tickets to the summer’s most fun event—Dancing With The Stars, Boca style and a sell-out every year. Make your plans to be at the Boca Resort Friday, August 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. 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>By now most of the sponsorships are likely long gone, and the tables will be next—get yours now by calling 561/347-6799 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>And onward, you brave 2015 dancers! We are cheering you on!</p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:02:00 +0000 Offers Lobster Pig-Out<p><img alt="" height="168" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/6723_prime_lobsterdinner_webslider_nonsummer_(2).jpg" width="200">It may be the start of lobster season here in SoFla but if you prefer the crustaceans with claws from the frigid waters off New England, then <strong>Prime</strong> (29 SE 2nd Ave., 561/865-5845) in Delray has just the deal for you.</p> <p>It’s an orgy of Maine lobster, up to three of the succulent critters, plus corn and salad, for $39 per person every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. Only one catch, and it’s not much of one: you have to make rezzies in advance. But you can skip the scuba gear.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 03 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningHot DealsNews & ReviewsA Peek at the &#39;New&#39; Hudson<p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/hudson.png" width="200">Had dinner at the sorta-new(ish) <strong>Hudson at Waterway East</strong> (900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343) the other night and thought I’d pass on the good news/bad news.</p> <p>A full report will be in a coming issue of Delray magazine, but for now, here’s the deal. The good news is the recently completed outdoor deck-slash-bar is terrific. Comfortable, shielded from the elements, a killer spot on the Intracoastal; it’s a great place to hang out. The staff is super-nice and there’s tons of free(!) parking.</p> <p>The other bit of good news is that new chef Paul Niedermann has some real kitchen chops, and not just because he won a reality cooking show. Our entrees were first-rate—well-conceived, carefully executed and damn tasty. The bad news is that Niedermann hasn’t yet overhauled the appetizer and dessert section of the menu. The apps come off like mediocre upscale sports bar grub, the desserts. . . well, the less said about those, the better.</p> <p>Still, there’s reason to hope here. The views are great, the staff is friendly and willing, there’s abundant free parking, and the dishes that have been revamped are excellent. So keep your fingers crossed the rest of the menu follows.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 31 Jul 2015 13:11:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsMovie Review: &quot;Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation&quot;<p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/mission-impossible-rogue-nation-motorcycle-explosion_1920.0-e1433808025568.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>“Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation” comes from the “more is more” school of blockbusters. Designed as much for the international market as the domestic one, the latest installment of the Tom Cruise franchise is light on dialogue and heavy on exportable physicality: It’s a relentless onrush of elaborate set pieces, each spectacular, nerve-rattling death dodge hurtling at breakneck speed into the next one, leaving your senses rattled and your eardrums a little less receptive.</p> <p>It’s a good thing the nonstop action is directed with such choreographic elegance and geographic specificity. A fistfight on a scaffold hanging backstage at the Vienna Opera House; a high-speed chase—in cars, vans, and motorcycles, sometimes driving in reverse—on the narrow, sepia streets of Casablanca; a terrifying, oxygen-less plunge into an underwater storage tank.</p> <p>The director of this fifth “Mission: Impossible” is Christopher McQuarrie, of the Tom Cruise box-office bust “Jack Reacher,” but he lives up to expectations. Since its inception, the “M:I” film series has searched for a unifying directorial style, changing auteurs like light bulbs film by film, but in emulating the athleticism and kineticism of Brad Bird’s approach in 2011’s “Ghost Protocol,” the series seems to have found its crazy, chugging, cheeky voice.</p> <p>McQuarrie also penned the movie, his series of escalating life-and-death struggles revolving around a Macguffin the size and shape of a zip drive. It contains vital information regarding the existence of a shadow government known as The Syndicate, a “rogue nation” (naturally) that recruits international, presumed-dead spies for secret and nefarious objectives. Its leader, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), identified as evil by his raspy voice, hollow cheekbones, perpetual grimace and long black coat, is the Bane to Ethan Hunt’s Batman, his most ruthless and merciless adversary yet (or at least since the last movie).</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/missão-impossível-rogue-destacada.png" width="400"></p> <p>Adding to the challenges and risks is the fact that Hunt is required to work off the grid, without his usual government infrastructure backing him up. Following a series of high-profile extralegal breaches and thanks to an inquiry by the dogged CIA director (Alec Baldwin, who as usual is the best thing in the movie), Congress has mandated a shutdown of the IMF (Impossible Mission Foundation)—a plot point reflecting our universal malaise toward government bureaucracy. Which only means that Hunt’s colleagues William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) have a harder time reaching their indestructible superspy, just as the superspy is having a harder time reaching the indestructible supervillain.</p> <p>At least Hunt has someone accessible in his corner—or does he? Rebecca Ferguson plays his superheroic frenemy Ilsa, who may be a double agent or a triple agent, or who may be working for Solomon Lane all along. To underline the point that she’s a shifty badass, McQuarrie has provided Ilsa the hilariously unsubtle surname of Faust.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/t5zu_8t5rdi.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>This isn’t the only silly development in “Rogue Nation.” Clichés from action-film yore recur in droves. Hired assassins who can snipe world leaders with single bullets from across crowded theaters can’t even nick Hunt’s shoulder with full magazines and the target right in front of them. Hunt’s ability to walk away, fully cognizant, from escapades that would have instantly stopped the hearts of the world’s strongest men has climbed cartoonish towers of implausibility this time around.</p> <p>But Cruise and McQuarrie know it, and they know their serpentine plot is full of holes, and they know their intended audience doesn’t queue up to an “M:I” film to listen to minor-key meditations on the nature of secret-agent statelessness. They don’t even necessarily care about the dazzling, Pure Cinema editing rhythms of Brian De Palma’s original, masterful “Mission: Impossible film,” still the one most beloved by cinephiles. They want to see hear bones crush and see things blow up, and in this respect, “Rogue Nation” more than satisfies.</p>John ThomasonFri, 31 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesTastemakers is next week! Belly Up!<p><img alt="" height="133" src="/site_media/uploads/_mg_9280.jpg" width="200"></p> <p>Have we said again recently how much we love summer?  Especially summertime in downtown Delray, and especially when Tastemakers rolls around—WHICH IS NEXT WEEK!</p> <p>For those of you who have been living on Pluto for the past few years, Tastemakers is a two-night event for which you buy a passport for $30 (two glasses of decent Champagne is more than that) and you get to run around to 19 different cool restaurants having little tastes of this and that.  Plus a drinkie to go with.</p> <p>At every place you visit, you get your passport stamped, and then it’s off to the next dining spot.</p> <p>This is a great way to literally taste Delray’s fine cuisine, and be out with your friends driven by the single greater purpose of having “dinner by the bite” from all our best restaurants. Which is my kind of evening.</p> <p>You can do them all in one night if you are a true party animal, or you can use your passport over two nights, next Wednesday and Thursday nights, August 5 and 6.</p> <p>We say get those passports now and have fun next week doing a little culinary exploration—everyone is going and there are a gazillion restaurants in the mix.</p> <p>You can buy your Dining Passport for $30 (cash only) at any participating restaurant below, and  $1 of the revenue from each passport sold will be donated to a Delray Beach charity.  The passports also have deals equal to three months of savings from all participating restaurants.</p> <p>Here’s the scoop:</p> <h3>When: Wednesday<strong>, </strong>Aug. 5, and Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.</h3> <h3>Who’s in: 50 Ocean, Burgerfi, Cafe Luna Rosa, Cafe Martier, Cabana, Deck 84, El Camino, FYI Yogurt, Lemongrass, Mastino Woodfire Pizza, Max's Harvest, Mellow Mushroom, Mussel Beach, Smoke BBQ, Taverna Opa, The Office, Vic and Angelo's and Ziree Thai.</h3> <h3>Cost: $30</h3> <p>For more info: Call 561/243-1077 or visit</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedFri, 31 Jul 2015 07:52:00 +0000 BeachDiningStaff Picks: food galore<p>Dada</p> <p><img alt="" height="531" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.31_dada_dessert.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Casey Farmer, Editorial Intern</em></p> <p>“For my friend’s birthday, we decided to stray from our usual restaurants and try Dada, which is right off of Atlantic Ave. The place used to be a house and still resembles one (there was even a movie playing in the room we ate in.) Styled after the art movement of the same name, the entire restaurant gives off a fun, quirky vibe. Everything we ordered was delicious, and I especially recommend the Nutella creme brûlée—definitely one of my new favorite desserts!”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach // 561/330-3232)</p> <p>13 American Table</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.31_13_american_table_grilled_shrimp.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Picked by Georgette Evans, Advertising Account Manager</em></p> <p>“In a word, YUM! This small, eclectic restaurant in Boca offers one of the most amazing flavorful dishes I've ever had, the grilled shrimp (fried Rice, pork Belly, egg, scallion, sesame seeds, soy glaze). Calling the dish simply Grilled Shrimp doesn't do it justice. I also tried the flatbread, artisan cured meats &amp; cheeses and corn off the cob dishes. All of them offered a burst of flavors and just were different than anything I've had​ elsewhere. The blueberry cobbler beer wasn't bad either. Can't wait to go back!”</p> <p>(<a href=""></a> // 451 E. Palmetto Park Rd. // 561/409-2061)</p> <p>RA Sushi Bar Restaurant</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.31_ra_sushi_viva_las_vegas_roll.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor</em></p> <p>“RA’s menu items are outRAgeous. They’re each so different and flavorful, and the presentation makes them even better. The only problem: there are so many dishes to choose from that I had a hard time deciding. I ordered the Viva Las Vegas Roll, which came topped with a crispy sliced lotus root.”</p> <p>(<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/"></a> // 201 SW 145<sup>th</sup> Terrace, The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, Pembroke Pines // 954/342-5454)</p>magazineFri, 31 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Forward: top five summer trends<p class="normal">Don’t let a little South Florida humidity compromise your sense of style. There are fashionable alternatives for showcasing your best summer self without breaking a sweat.</p> <p class="normal">As we learned while attending the recent Miami Swim Week, boho inspired fringe, embellished floral pieces and bold color palettes interjected with warm earth tones are all in style. With that in mind, the LL Scene girls have compiled the following top five summer trends.</p> <p class="normal"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.31_garden_party.png" width="490"></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Garden Party Anyone?</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s always summer in South Florida, so you’re able to get away with fun, flirty pastels all year round. This look can be showcased best through flowy dresses, ‘pom’ shorts, swimsuits and hair jewelry. This season’s color palettes are brought to life in soft hues that encompass a garden party tone. A versatile look can be dressed up and down with the right accessories.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.31_matchy_matchy.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Matchy-Matchy</strong></p> <p class="normal">Don’t be afraid of the pattern that may or may not resemble your grandmother’s old couch because it’s all about the matching two-piece sets this summer. Matching sets bring less stress to your dreaded getting ready process. The crop top concept can be a little intimidating for some, but don’t let it be. You can show as much or as little as you want. This look can flatter any body type if paired with a complimentary high-waisted bottom. If you’re feeling bold, bring out your own personal style by mixing and matching the separates with standout statement colors. Have fun with this summer trend.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.31_boho.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Peace, Love &amp; Boho</strong></p> <p class="normal">Let’s be honest. Trends come and go and then swoop back into existence time and time again. It’s not easy to find a trend that hasn’t already been popular, and I’m sure your elders love to remind you of that when you’re dressed to the nines in boho chic. There’s a reason why this movement keeps making an appearance in the fashion world, and it’s because of the effortless sense of style it brings to an everyday wardrobe. </p> <p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.31_gladiator.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>Gladiator Glam</strong></p> <p class="normal">Sorry fellas, we know you’ve been waiting for this look to go out of style, but it’s just starting to make a comeback again. These strappy sandals bring a bold statement to any look you’re trying to achieve. But, make sure you don’t overdo it. If you’re daring enough to take the gladiator route, pair it with something simple like a breezy cotton dress or crocheted shorts that will perfectly complete this look for a nice Sunday brunch.</p> <p class="normal"><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.31_all_white.png" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>All White Everything</strong></p> <p class="normal">It’s safe to say there has been a graduation of sorts when it comes to the color white. You CAN wear white after Labor Day (especially in South Florida), and you CAN walk out of the house wearing white from head-to-toe, if assembled properly. Mix different shades and textures of white, and complete the look with light layers. It’s all about blending neutral colors together to add dimension.  </p> <p class="normal"><strong><br></strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="normal"><strong>About Lindsey &amp; Lilly</strong></p> <p class="normal">Lindsey Swing &amp; Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of <a href="">LLScene</a>, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to "20-30 somethings" looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they're fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey &amp; Lilly will continue to enjoy being "dog moms" to Bentley &amp; Duke.    </p>LL SceneFri, 31 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 gets a green light, Delray&#39;s iPic uncertain and the Ag Reserve is still under discussion<p> </p> <h3 class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/sfl-b823547971z-1-20150417102129-000gmp81b5qb-1-20150417.jpg" width="450"></h3> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Chabad approved</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Opponents of the Chabad East Boca project attended Tuesday night’s Boca Raton City Council meeting in hopes of getting a different outcome than they did in May.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">They did, but it wasn’t the kind of different that they wanted.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Two months ago, the council agreed to give Chabad East Boca an extra 10 feet of height for the exhibit hall portion of the project that also would include a synagogue and social hall. The added height is allowed as a conditional use on the site, at 770 East Palmetto Park Road. The vote was 4-1, with Jeremy Rodgers dissenting.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This time, the council voted unanimously to uphold the Planning and Zoning Board’s approval of the project’s site plan. (The height was not on the agenda.) So the opponents actually did worse, despite arguments from two lawyers who represent neighbors-to-be of the chabad.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Though the project will take up less than an acre, the hours of public debate outnumber those in a Ken Burns documentary series on PBS. The show still may not be over. The opponents can file a legal challenge with the circuit court. A three-judge panel would hear it. Based on two recent cases, however, the opponents’ chances of reversing the approval are slim.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the lawyers argued that the council should send the project back to the planning and zoning board for “further guidance.” In fact, the council did that once already, to clarify a question about the project’s floor-to-area ratio (FAR). Projects that exceed a designated ratio for a certain site are considered too dense. After that review, the board reaffirmed its approval.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to city staff, Chabad East Boca is under the ratio for its location. So the opponents laughably tried to argue otherwise by claiming that air space in the atrium of the exhibit hall should could as floor space. They tried to argue that the underground parking area should count toward the ratio because it’s a basement. Deputy City Manager George Brown rebutted that claim, noting that as a “parking structure” it doesn’t count.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Finally, attorney Art Koski suggested that there was a secret conspiracy to put Chabad East Boca where La Vielle Maison Restaurant once stood. The city pulled this off, Koski more than implied, in 2008 by directing places of worship away from residential neighborhoods and onto more heavily-traveled roads, like Palmetto Park. Yet the city’s rules did not protect his clients’ neighborhood. “Would you do this for anybody else at this location?”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In an interview, Mayor Susan Haynie said the 2008 change came not from the council but from City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser. She based her recommendation, Haynie said, on court rulings. Haynie also said other areas have similar zoning and abut residential neighborhoods.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Boca Del Mar residents challenged the county’s approval of development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course. They were armed with a 2008 court ruling that development wasn’t allowed on the site. They lost. West Palm Beach residents challenged approval of a luxury condo on what had been a waterfront chapel. They won only on a procedural issue that the city rectified.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mitch Kirschner, who represents the chabad, was more on point than Koski when he suggested that if the Art Guild or the Symphonia had wanted a similar project, most neighbors would have not have objected. Chabad congregants, though, would not wear evening gowns. They would wear “black jackets and have beards.” Said Kirschner, “But for the fact this is a chabad, it would be well on its way to a building permit.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Instead, it may well on its way to a lawsuit. Don’t expect the outcome for the plaintiffs to be different.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Pensions</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">The Boca council knew for a while that Chabad East Boca would be on Tuesday’s agenda. The council didn’t know until the last minute about an item dealing with public safety pensions.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Late last year Boca Raton struck deals with its police officers and firefighters on new contracts that include pension reform. The contracts are estimated to save the city at least $90 million in pension costs over the next 30 years.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But the police/fire pension fund is administered not by the city but by a separate, independent board. That board must implement the council’s agreement with the unions. A key variable in calculating pension benefits—and thus expense to the city—is the annual cost-of-living adjustments retired police officers and firefighters receive.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to City Manager Leif Ahnell, at its meeting last week the police/fire pension board wrongly interpreted when the new cost-of-living-adjustments should kick in. The details are beyond technical, but Ahnell sent a letter to Lee Sommer, the pension board chairman, requesting that the board reverse its decision at the next meeting in August. In an email Monday, Sommer told the pension board’s actuary that the board would not make any changes. “As you are aware,” Sommer said, “and just to reiterate, the Board is your client—not the city, therefore, you are only to take direction from us.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sommer’s response prompted Ahnell to add an item to the Tuesday agenda. The council approved a resolution criticizing the board for using an “erroneous method” of implementing the contracts that is in “direct conflict with the clear and unambiguous terms of the deals. The resolution demands—no more requesting—that the board “reverse their prior decision and direction” to the actuary. If the board refuses, the city will go to court. As the resolution says, “there is an immediate danger to the health, safety or welfare of the public. . .”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In an interview, Mayor Susan Haynie said the board’s action could raise pension costs beyond what the city has planned for. City staff, she said, is calculating what the impact would be. The board, Haynie said, is supposed to “carry out” the council’s policy, not interpret it in a different way.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Boca’s police/fire pension board is relatively independent— only two council appointments among the eight members —because the city accepts $3 million from the state toward the police and fire pensions. With that money come rules about the board’s workings. Boca could have a board that is more accountable to the city if it left the state system, but that would mean giving up the $3 million. Delray Beach intends to break from the state system to achieve that control.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Haynie wants to resolve the issue “amicably.” That can happen only if the members of the pension board remember that, yes, they do work for the city.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">iPic</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">This post seems to be all about legal issues. Here is another.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This month, the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board rejected the plan for a downtown iPic theater that would be part of a retail-office project. iPic CEO Hamid Hashemi issued a statement saying that his company “will continue to engage with the community to ensure iPic will become a vital part of Delray’s vibrant downtown life. . .”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to an iPic representative, that engagement will continue when the company appeals the board’s decision to the city commission. Delray has a system similar to Boca Raton’s, which enabled the Chabad East Boca opponents to appeal an approval. The next scheduled commission meeting is on Aug. 11.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Ag Reserve</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Today, the Palm Beach County Commission holds another meeting on the future of the Agricultural Reserve. The issue is whether to allow more development. There’s a lot at stake, and I will have an update next week.</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>Randy SchultzThu, 30 Jul 2015 10:03:00 +0000 WatchCommunityBoca&#39;s Mr. Freeze<p>While most kids were waking up in the middle of the night because of nightmares, Nick Anusbigian was waking up because of innovative dreams.</p> <p>“Since I was a kid, I was always coming up with like crazy little ideas,” Anusbigian says.</p> <p><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/nickanusbigian.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Now rather than waking up, Anubigian’s most recent invention helps people stay up. The HyperChiller is a gadget that uses stainless-steel chambers filled with frozen water to chill coffee in under a minute. Users can make iced coffee without the dilution caused by melted ice and the stale taste caused by refrigeration.</p> <p>Freshly brewed coffee fills the gap between the two chambers, and then the liquid is “flash cooled” to about 62 degrees within a minute. Because each chamber is locked to the lid, liquids won’t mix and the user doesn’t need to wash the chiller after each use.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/hyperchiller_brewing.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In April, Anusbigian’s cool idea earned him second place in the 2015 FAU Business Plan Competition’s student track. Since then, the entrepreneur has been perfecting the gadget’s design, communicating with investors, collaborating with manufacturers, finalizing patents and garnering consumer interest.</p> <p>On July 6, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 for production and manufacturing costs. If the company achieves its goal by Aug. 9, it will submit its first order of HyperChillers, which, if all goes according to plan, would arrive by December. Following the Kickstarter campaign, Anusbigian says he plans to produce a short infomercial and distribute the product through fulfillment warehouses.</p> <p>“I want to build it slowly and make sure people understand it before it gets into retail,” Anusbigian says. <br> <br> Once the HyperChiller generates more consumer interest, Anusbigian says he will try to push his product into retail stores like Walmart, Target and Bed Bath &amp; Beyond.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/hyperchiller_with_beans.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Anusbigian was working toward a master’s degree in accounting at FAU, but he may put that on hold if the company continues to do well.</p> <p>“It’s exciting,” Anusbigian says, “I’d much rather be working for myself and create something.”<br> <br> When asked if his wife was supportive of his new endeavor, he chuckled and said that she’s concerned but is supportive of him.</p> <p>“It’s everything we have,” Anusbigian says, “but if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t be able to sleep. ”</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 HsiehThu, 30 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 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 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 EventsFashion 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="">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 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 One 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 BeachLocal 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 &#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 & ReviewsDown 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 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 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 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 $10 donation, with the proceeds benefiting the Delray Boys &amp; Girls Club.)</p> <p>With that out of the way, here’s what’s happened so far. . .</p> <p>Week 1. Adam Brown of The Cooper and Ben Burger of Neiman Marcus had their way with wild king salmon, sea beans and heirloom eggplants, with Brown taking top honors bym cooking shrimp with sorghum, eggplant and sea bean “caponata,” roasted fingerling potatoes and seared salmon filet.</p> <p>Week 2. James Strine of Cafe Boulud took on Paul Niedermann of Hudson over a basket of Kissimmee River oyster mushrooms, fava beans and veal sweetbreads, with Strine cooking an impressive four dishes. Among them were heirloom tomato, fava bean and oyster mushroom salad with togarashi vinaigrette and smoked fried sweetbreads on coconut-sweet potato puree with baby bok choy and oyster mushrooms.</p> <p>Week 3. Victor Meneses of El Camino battled Victor Franco of Oceans 234, preparing beef cheeks, Asian noodles and malanga. Meneses emerged Victor-ious with a winning dish of malanga dumpling with shredded beef cheek, granny smith apples and pancetta, served with a salad of shaved fennel, ginger and herbs.</p> <p> </p> <p>There are 12 more battles to come so stay tuned for further results.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 10 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsFashion Forward: white and wine<p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.10_steve_madden.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>White out</p> <p>All you fashion gurus know this is the prime time to wear white. It’s summer, and it’s hot. White is the neutral color of the season, and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11911/">Steve Madden</a> is well aware. From the <a href="">Proto</a> pump to the <a href=";form_state=searchForm&amp;CSRF_TOKEN_SEARCHCMD=&amp;keyword1=Girltalk&amp;keyword=Girltalk">Girltalk</a> chunky platform to the <a href=";keyword=Stecy&amp;selectedColor=GOLD&amp;$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><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Photos by: Ron Elkman (</strong></p> <p><strong><br></strong></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 & EventsMusicHeroin 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 & EventsGiveawaysMusicU.S. 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/BeautySummer 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>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><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/June%202015/7.8_summer_theater_1.jpg" width="490"></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>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 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 & EventsMoviesStaff 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 Fashion 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 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 19:35:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineWeb 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 ExtrasDelray 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 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 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 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 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 NewsAtlantic 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 WatchCommunitySeasonal 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 Tastemakers 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 & EventsTheatreStaff 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 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 & ReviewsFashion 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 NewsFAU 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 & EventsMusicPatients 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/BeautyBreakfast 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 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 & EventsStaff 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;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 NewsBoca 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 WatchCommunitySeasonal 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 Movie 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 Train 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 & EventsMusicChef 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 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 EventsStaff 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 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 ReviewsFashion 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_9gfhsr