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West Palm Beach Theatre Expands its Season

A venerable children’s theater company in West Palm Beach is expanding its demographics—offering, for the first time, a season for grown-ups, too. Kimberly Rommel-Enright, managing director of KWP Productions (for a good laugh, ask her what the acronym stands for), has been mounting lavish, mainstage…

Boca Teen Wins CrossFit’s “Fittest Teen on Earth”

Boca Raton resident Kaela Stephano, 15, went to compete in the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif., last month and came home as the “Fittest Teen on Earth” in her age group. Stephano, who works out at CrossFit HYPE in Boca Raton, was one of ten teenage girls her age in the world to make it…

A Wine Dinner, a Beer Bash and a Food Fest

Spoto’s site of five-course wine-food pairing dinner Executive Chef Dan Bair, of Spoto’s Oyster Bar (4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448), is hosting a five-course meal on Aug. 18 that pairs wines with dishes to create those all-too-few perfect bites. He’s putting a Riesling…
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The Ocean Breeze issue, festival conflicts and other news of note

  More Ocean Breeze Here are some cold-eyed thoughts after Monday’s Boca Raton City Council discussion of the city’s western golf course and the Ocean Breeze course at Boca Teeca. First, it would be in the city’s best financial interest to simply get the best offer for the municipal course…
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The Week Ahead: Aug. 9 to 15

What: Opening reception for “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks” Where: Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami When: 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: $16 adults, free for members Contact: 305/375-3000, pamm.org What was pioneering neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat thinking about…

Ninth Annual Boca Ballroom Battle Coming Up Fast

This week three years ago I was counting down in my head the number of days (10) and hours (225) before the Big Night, the one where I’d find myself standing in front of 750 people in a ballroom the size of Rhode Island getting ready to dance to the fastest show tune ever composed by man. I recall…

Fundraisers, Grand Openings and Anniversaries

Drink a ‘Ribbon-tini’ or enjoy fondue, and help cancer patients On Aug. 15, you can indulge your taste for fondue at the Melting Pot, and help patients in the Lynn Cancer Institute. Proceeds from this “FondueRaiser” will go toward the Patient Resource Fund for those needing help with life’s…

Cocktail Contests and Chocolate on Wheels

Stir things up with Shaken’s 32-bartender mixology contest There are bartending contests, and then there’s Shaken. What’s called the “ultimate mixology contest” will start Aug. 29, with 32 South Florida bartenders competing in an 11-round single elimination contest—with mystery ingredients.…

Movie Review: "Indignation"

When a movie bears a cumbersome title like “Indignation,” you shouldn’t expect a high-spirited romp. And this adaptation of the 2008 Philip Roth novel of the same name is indeed a burdensome viewing—a ploddingbildungsroman that only occasionally captures the lyrical sparks and soaring articulation…
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Voter fraud in Delray? And more on Atlantic Crossing

Wow. You go on vacation for just a week, and all sorts of news happens. Ballot fraud? Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told me Wednesday that she has been speaking with law enforcement officials about potential absentee ballot fraud in Palm Beach County ahead of the Aug. 30 primary, especially…

Shopping Local for Back-to-School

I recently read a blog post about parents preparing for back-to-school in the 1970’s versus today. The differences between the current parenting generation and the last are laugh-out-loud hilarious, especially the lunch preparation. Regardless, the new school year is upon us, so it’s up to us Boca…

A first for local heart patients at Bethesda Heart Hospital

Bethesda Heart Hospital, in Boynton Beach, announced July 25 that it was the first hospital in Palm Beach County to use a sutureless valve for aortic valve replacement surgery. The Perceval valve for aortic valve replacements allows surgeons to replace diseased valves without the use of sutures. “With…
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The Week Ahead: Aug. 2 to 8

What: The Go-Gos Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale When: 8 p.m. Cost: $25-$115 Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org For all-female rock bands—the kind that actually want to write and perform their original music—the ceiling-shattering contributions…

Early August Dining Events

City Tap House opens in CityPlace Finally, the space that was Brewzzi will become City Tap House at CityPlace, as this new restaurant opens Aug. 3 across from City Cellar. City Tap House has locations in Philadelphia and Washington D.C., too, and serves American-regional cuisine, with an emphasis…
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New plans for an old school & chabad update

Old School Square—looking forward Many in Delray Beach argue persuasively that the city’s rebirth began neatly three decades ago with Old School Square. So negotiations between that non-profit organization and the city, from which Old School Square leases its land, are one of this year’s biggest…

Concert Review: Dave Matthews Band at Perfect Vodka

[NOTE: The Week Ahead will run on Tuesday this week.] Green rental chairs, tallboys and iconic fairy tattoos were a few clues that Dave Matthews Band was at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre. Die-hard groupies mingled with DMB newbies, all awaiting the start of the band’s annual tour stop in West Palm…

Restaurant Rendezvous

Eating out never looked so good or so affordable This is the best time of year to get out and try new restaurants, or visit old favorites. While you should make reservations when possible, you can also walk into a lot of places and be seated pretty quickly. No snowbirds. So get on out, save money…

Staff Picks: Serendipity and Sicilian Oven

Sicilian Oven Picked by Megan Kearney, editorial intern “Pizza is undoubtedly my food of choice, but Sicilian Oven takes my obsession to an unparalleled level. Not only are their gourmet wood-fired pizzas delicious, but everything else on the menu is just as tasty, too. There are tons of…

Taste History Culinary Tour: Part Two

As I explained in the opening part of this blog that appeared Tuesday, the culinary tour took us first to a Jamaican restaurant and then to a hip coffee house on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. By now, I was starting to feel full, but we crossed Atlantic Avenue to Cabana El Rey (105 E. Atlantic Ave.,…

Fashion Forward: Olympic Couture

For all the fashionistas, watching our favorite athletes win gold medals at the 2016 Olympics (Aug. 5-21) isn’t nearly as exciting if we don’t look like winners too. Ditch those tacky, over-the-top team name T-shirts for this year’s chic and subtle Olympic-ready outfits. Whether you’re cheering…