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Music To Our Ears

“Rock Of Ages” Brings Star Power To South Florida

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Nothing But A Good Time

For Poison’s Bret Michaels, Life Doesn’t Get Better Than This

King Of The Night

Where Nightlife Promoter Alan Roth Goes, Celebrities Follow

Baby Steps

MTV’s “Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham Is All Grown-Up

That’s Entertainment! Industry Insiders Reveal Their Favorite Movie Moments (And Other Juicy Tidbits…)

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Host With the Most When It Comes To Wowing Audiences, Mario Lopez Goes the “EXTRA” Mile


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features MUSIC TO OUR EARS “Rock Of Ages” Brings Star Power (And Star Dollars) To South Florida

NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME For Poison’s Frontman Bret Michaels, Life Doesn’t Get Better Than This

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! Industry Insiders Reveal Favorite Art, Film, Music And TV Moments (And Other Juicy Tidbits)

BABY STEPS After Years Of Struggle, MTV’s “Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham Is All Grown Up

KING OF THE NIGHT Where Miami Promoter Alan Roth Goes, A-List Celebrities Follow (And He’s Heading Our Way)

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52 HOST WITH THE MOST WHEN IT COMES TO WOWING AUDIENCES, MARIO LOPEZ GOES THE “EXTRA” MILE


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departments OBSERVED HOT STUFF & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN 19 The Buzz 24 Trends 26 La Vida Boca

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MEDIA BLITZ THE QUINTESSENTIAL ARTS REPORT 31 On Screen 32 In Print 36 On Scene THAT’S LIFE A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH 41 Relations 44 Parents 48 Destinations

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THE ENTERTAINMENT ISSUE

NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME For Poison’s Bret Michaels, Life Doesn’t Get Better Than This

ON THE COVER: MARIO LOPEZ

KING OF THE NIGHT Where Nightlife Promoter Alan Roth Goes, Celebrities Follow

BABY STEPS MTV’s “Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham Is All Grown-Up

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! Industry Insiders Reveal Their Favorite Movie Moments (And Other Juicy Tidbits…) JUNE/JULY 2012

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HOST WITH THE MOST WHEN IT COMES TO WOWING AUDIENCES, MARIO LOPEZ GOES THE “EXTRA” MILE

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU t The Boca Raton Observer, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just throw a celebrity on the cover for the heck of it. Every issue, you can bet weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll present a fascinating superstar with a South Florida connection. This is especially evident in this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment Issue, jam-packed with fun stories about all your favorite celebritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all with a local slant of some sort.

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First, we introduce you to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extraâ&#x20AC;? TV host Mario Lopez, a regular fixture on our shores. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Host With The Mostâ&#x20AC;? (page 52), Lopez opens up about making the transition from an inner-city kid in San Diego to a Hollywood success. Not only is he a great interviewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not bad to look at, either! Speaking of good looking (albeit, in a very different way), we profile Bret Michaels of the band Poison, who has a history of visiting South Florida often as a child, and still does. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing But A Good Timeâ&#x20AC;? (page 62), Michaels talks about his career, family and future projects. And when it comes to rock stars, Tom Cruise may not be one, but word is he does a great impression of one in the upcoming film adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock of Ages.â&#x20AC;? In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music To Our Earsâ&#x20AC;? (page 58), we take a look at the film, which was shot entirely in South Florida, and its economic impact on our community. Also in this issue, we sit down with Aventura resident and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teen Momâ&#x20AC;? reality star Farrah Abraham, who chats about raising a child in the spotlight, and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in store after MTV in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Stepsâ&#x20AC;? (page 70). We also profile Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renowned club and event promoter Alan Roth, who has his sights set on Palm Beach County in â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Of The Nightâ&#x20AC;? (page 74). We round up the issue with a survey of local leaders of the arts community, who discuss their favorite movie moments (and more), in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment!â&#x20AC;? (page 64). As we head into the lazy days of summer, we encourage you to check out your favorite movies, TV shows, concerts and books. Or better yet, curl up by the pool or on the beach with a copy of The Boca Raton Observer! Enjoy the issue and have a great and entertaining summer!

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How lackluster life would be without Angelina Jolieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lips, George Clooneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love life or Jennifer Lopezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robust derrièreâ&#x20AC;Ś Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re obsessed with what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wearing, who theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dating, even where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re buying their coffee, and billion-dollar industries thrive on this obsession. From tabloids and clothing brands to computers and underwear (as in the case of our cover guy, Mario Lopez)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;society eagerly buys what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re selling.

Felicia S. Levine felicia@bocaratonobserver.com

During my quarter-century as a journalist Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the chance to interview a fair number of celebs, for everyone from Variety and AOL to various local publications and a Miami TV station. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met the guys from Bon Jovi (Jon Bon Jovi had an incredible smile and was taller than Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expected; guitarist Richie Sambora was adorable, but smelled like a mini bar); Sharon Stone (her eyes were as blue as a clear noon sky); â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Familyâ&#x20AC;? actor Ed Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill (an average Joe, he spoke about his family in Hollywood, Fla.); RenĂŠe Zellweger (a diminutive thing, she spoke of an upcoming project, a little film called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerry Maguireâ&#x20AC;?) and George Hamilton (a consummate pro, he indulged my silly request to compare tans). I admit that each time I met one of these famous folks, I was a bit daunted. Because, in our culture, celebrities are royalty: We refer to them by first name (BeyoncĂŠ), nickname (JLo) and/or merger (Brangelina). We put them on pedestals, knock them down and then celebrate their redemptions. When they die, we mourn as a nation (Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and Robin Gibb being the latest to dominate newscasts). Butâ&#x20AC;Ś why are we so interested? Relevant Maga-

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zine points out several factors, including celebritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sheer exposure, extreme wealth to which we all aspire, and our desire to live vicariously through the rich and famous. Or, maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just more interesting than average folks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stars have a magic aura around themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a certain indefinable glowing something that mere mortals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have,â&#x20AC;? explains author Cooper Lawrence in her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cult of Celebrity.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You might call it the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; factor, or star quality or charismaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but whatever you call it, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no denying that the stars are set apart from the rest of us.â&#x20AC;? Whatever the reason, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all seen adoration get out of hand, ranging from stagnating fixations to downright stalking. For the celebrity-obsessed, even TV shrink Dr. Phil (does anyone else see the irony here?) has this advice: Pursue a realistic passion (invest time in meeting Mr. Right, not Mr. Pitt), realize that celebrities donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always look good (â&#x20AC;&#x153;lighting works wonders,â&#x20AC;? he says), learn self-acceptance (â&#x20AC;&#x153;embrace your own giftsâ&#x20AC;?), and beware of clever marketing (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy an exorbitantly priced Louis Vuitton purse just because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reported that Cameron Diaz bought one). Perhaps all it takes is a reality check. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(These stars) may make more money than I do, and they may have bigger egos than I do, but at the end of the day, we all put our pants on one leg at a time,â&#x20AC;? points out Sandy Lighterman, Film Commissioner for the Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment, in this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock of Agesâ&#x20AC;? by Liz Best. True. Only difference is: Our pants are off the rack; theirs are delivered by the designer.

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Who knew we had a ninja warrior living in South Florida? Two, actually. Miami residents Dave â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flipâ&#x20AC;? Rodriguez and Tony Reddick are familiar faces on â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Ninja Warrior,â&#x20AC;? the G4/NBC television competition series that features everyday (albeit, stunningly athletic) heroes pitted against the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toughest obstacle course.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: (ABOVE) Dave â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flipâ&#x20AC;? Rodriguez; (BELOW) Tony Reddick

Watch the sheer strength of these two men as they compete on the June 24 episode. They were selected from a nationwide search in which police officers, firefighters, social workers and others in the helping professions submitted audition tapes demonstrating their physical prowess. Selected contestants then competed in six regional contests, including one in South Florida, and the final 100 will win the chance to compete in Las Vegas for $500,000, the American Ninja Warrior title and bragging rights for life. But first, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to conquer rolling barrels, rope ladders, jumping bars, half-pipes and other exhausting challengesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all without

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tumbling into the water below. Both local men bring a lot of emotion to the show. Rodriguez, 25, an avid animal lover with an affinity for wolves, takes to wearing masks during competition as a way to hide from a painful childhood. Reddick, 34, a firefighter and paramedic, is still healing from the loss of his mother to pancreatic cancer, and is competing in her honor. The action-packed show, which airs through July on Sundays at 9 p.m. on G4, and Mondays at 9 p.m. on NBC, is a spin-off of the hugely popular Japanese version, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sasuke,â&#x20AC;? and is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Survived a Japanese Game Show,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pros vs. Joesâ&#x20AC;?), along with Lake Paradise Entertainmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holly Wofford and Viki Cacciatore. The hosts are Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley and doctor-turnedcomedian Matt Iseman, with sports anchor Angela Sun serving as the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sideline reporter. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth checking outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and be sure to root for your local ninjas.

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Could your pooch be the next Cindy Crawford or Tyra Banks? Boca Raton resident Jo Jo Harder, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s known for her successful Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top Dog Model calendar contest, has penned a guide to help Fifi become a superstar. Harder, herself a former model, fashion designer and stylist, says she wrote the book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Become a Top Dog Model,â&#x20AC;? in response to the numerous inquiries sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s received throughout the years of publishing her calendar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the runway, movies, magazines or television, readers will have valuable information and an honest approach to launching their Diva Dogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; modeling career,â&#x20AC;? says Harder, whose book includes sections on grooming tips, spa treatments, canine couture, finding an agent and more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ruff life, indeed. The tome is available in bookstores and through eBook retailers. For more information, check out americastopdogmodel.com. OVERHEARD

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owners Debbie Weisman and Lizzy Schwartz are partnering with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsâ&#x20AC;? star Kyle Richards to launch a new concept store in California. Opening this month, Beverly Hills-based Kyle by Alene Too will feature new fashions, accessories and cutting-edge trends by top designers and brands, including Matthew Williamson, Haute Hippie and Ramy Brook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thrilled to join forces with Alene Too and its fabulous owners,â&#x20AC;? says Richards, who is the aunt of Paris and Nicky Hilton. She says she fell in love with Alene Too in Boca Raton after appearing there for a book signingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the feeling was mutual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our three-way love affair was instant,â&#x20AC;? says Weisman. Adds Schwartz, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always loved West Coast style, and bringing Lizzy Schwartz, Debbie Alene Too out there is a dream come true.â&#x20AC;? Weisman and Kyle Richards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Emily Hall

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BEEFCAKE ALERT If you see a shirtless Mark Wahlberg, 41, and Dwayne â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Rockâ&#x20AC;? Johnson, 39, parading their biceps around South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; enjoy the view. The superstars are in town filming the black comedy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pain and Gain,â&#x20AC;? a $22 million film about a pair of Florida bodybuilders whose lives go horribly wrong. Directed by Miami-based Ed Harris Michael Bay (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad Boys,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rockâ&#x20AC;?) and being compared to a Coen brothers movie, the film chronicles the bodybuildersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives as they get caught up in a botched extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme. The story is based on a 2000 Miami New Times article by journalist Pete Collins, and the film also stars Ed Harris and Tony Mark Wahlberg Shalhoub. When not filming, Wahlberg, wife Rhea Durham and their four kids have been seen splashing and swimming in local hotel pools and hanging out on the beach. Wahlberg has even taken them on the set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wahlberg family members are all having a blast in South Florida,â&#x20AC;? says a source close to the project. The film is scheduled for a 2013 release.

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CONGRATS MIAMI! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re No. 12 on Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smuttiest Cities in America.â&#x20AC;? Florida was prominent on the list of 100, with Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orlando nabbing the top spot (Is nothing sacred?) and Tampa sliding in at No. 8. The magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survey was based on the number of adult entertainment stores per city, number of adult DVDs bought, rented or streamlined, rate of pornographic Internet searches and the number of Cinemax subscribers. Palm Beach didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even crack the list. Source: menshealth.com

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CELEBRITY NAMESAKES

Meet Some Regular Folks Whose Names Are Anything But Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all fantasized about being a celebrity MEG RYAN, 65 at one time or anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but how about sharing a name with RESIDENCE: PORT ST. LUCIE one? Would it open doors of opportunity or close them? OCCUPATION: REAL ESTATE AGENT, Would it be a fun conversation starter or would you tire of RE/MAX, PORT ST. LUCIE FAMOUS COUNTERPART: ACTRESS MEG RYAN the jokes? We found four local residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from ages 9 to 65â&#x20AC;&#x201D;who have some very familiar names. Read on to see Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best part about sharwhat lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like when you share your name with a super- ing a name with a celebrity? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the recognition of my star. By Liz Best name and that people remember it. In real estate, people may look at a list of agents and when they see Meg Ryan, they remember it.â&#x20AC;?

BRENDA STAR, 65

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the worst part? RESIDENCE: WEST PALM BEACH OCCUPATION: PRESIDENT/FOUNDER, STAR GROUP INTERNATIONAL, PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING AND CUSTOM BOOK PUBLISHER, LAKE PARK FAMOUS COUNTERPART: COMIC STRIP CHARACTER BRENDA STARR

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do a good job, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sure remember my name.â&#x20AC;? Has anything strange happened to you because of your name?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not really. Face itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had this name longer than she has.â&#x20AC;?

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best part of sharing a name with Brenda Starr?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, I think, even though she was a cartoon character, that she was the first role model as a working woman.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the worst part?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody forgets your name so you have to behave yourself.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the funniest thing that has happened to you because of your name?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess just the funny phone

Do you share any similarities with the actress Meg Ryan?

messages from people with a sense of humor. Things like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tell Brenda Starr that Dick Tracy is calling.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Things like that.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mostly, we both seem to be outgoing individuals. I will tell you that I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a facelift. Actresses get older and they get a facelift. She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even look like herself anymore.â&#x20AC;?

Do you share any similarities with your famous counterpart?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m intelligent and glamorous. And she was a reporter so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the same industry.â&#x20AC;?

VINCE NEAL, 9 RESIDENCE: BOYNTON BEACH OCCUPATION: THIRD-GRADER, CITRUS COVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FAMOUS COUNTERPART: VINCE NEAL, LEAD VOCALIST, MĂ&#x2013;TLEY CRĂ&#x153;E

REGGIE JACKSON, 49 RESIDENCE: NORTH PALM BEACH OCCUPATION: RESEARCH ANALYST, THE PGA OF AMERICA, PALM BEACH GARDENS FAMOUS COUNTERPART: FORMER NEW YORK YANKEE AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HALL-OFFAMER REGGIE JACKSON

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best part about sharing a name with a celebrity?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an icebreaker, for sure. And I make friends with New Yorkers very quickly.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the worst part?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not in a joking mood, you know. I lived in Brazil for four years and nobody knew who he was. It was kinda nice.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the strangest thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened to you because of your name?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess when people ask me if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;realâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Reggie Jackson. When they say that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How well do you know Reggie Jackson?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I mean, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both African Americanâ&#x20AC;Ś but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good 15 years older than me.â&#x20AC;?

Is it fun having a famous name?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, but not that many people know I have a famous name.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the strangest part?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a kid in my class named Elvis.â&#x20AC;? Are you a MĂśtley CrĂźe fan?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen him (Vince Neal) in a commercial on TV but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard any of his songs.â&#x20AC;?

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Do you share any similarities with the famous Reggie Jackson?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did play baseball in third and fourth grades. I was a pretty good hitter and I played outfield just like him.â&#x20AC;?


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observed la vida boca LATIN BOMBSHELL: Dominik Garcia-Lorido

RISING STARZ South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dominik Garcia-Lorido Reflects On Making â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magic Cityâ&#x20AC;? And Coming Home Again By Dianna Smith tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her first time on television, and already the show thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making Dominik Garcia-Lorido a household name has been renewed for a second season. And that happened even before the television series drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magic Cityâ&#x20AC;? debuted on the Starz cable network in April. Not too bad of a start for this Miami-born Cuban beauty who might live in Los Angeles, but feels like a South Floridian at heart. The show that has propelled her into the spotlight is one that she not only loves for the writing, but also because she has emotional ties to it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on life in Miami in the 1950s, a time when Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba. GarciaLorido can relate because her family fled Cuba and came to Miami during the revolution. Her extended family, which includes both of her grandmothers, still lives in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be emotionally connected to the character like that is a gift,â&#x20AC;? says the 28-year-old. Garcia-Lorido plays Mercedes Lazaro, a 21-year-old Cuban who lives in Miami Beach with her overprotective 26

father. Though the cast films all over South Florida, the main studio (once a former boatyard) is located near the Miami International Airport. She consulted her grandmothers while preparing for the role so she could understand more about life during that time. She flipped through old photographs and newspaper clippings and even asked for advice on things like the proper jewelry to wear. Garcia-Lorido is no stranger to television and film as her father is actor Andy Garcia, who was born in Havana, Cuba. Her parents own a home in Key Biscayne and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where Garcia-Lorido spent her summers as a child. She says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thrilled to be back again, this time not just for pleasure but for business as well. She calls Miami a second home and is looking forward to returning this summer to begin filming the second season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the era so much and I love the character. And I love being in Miami with a job,â&#x20AC;? as opposed to just being on vacation, she says during a recent phone interview while in Los Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I miss it. I miss everyone.â&#x20AC;? But sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy to know that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back in South Florida very soon. O

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observed la vida boca LIVING IN BALANCE: Mikhail Baryshnikov

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Mikhail Baryshnikov Goes From Dancer On Stage To Fly On The Wall By Emily Hall

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s a ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov has always been fascinated by the genesis of movement. So fascinated, that for the past 10 years, after decades of performing ballet, as well as directing and appearing in movies, the Latvian-born artist has been devoting his talents to capturing other dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; motions with his lens. Recently, South Floridians got to check out his photographic talents during the world debut of his exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance This Way,â&#x20AC;? at Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gary Nader Art Centre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For years I shot black and white images of landscapes and events for fun, but when I switched to digital, I began to photograph dancers,â&#x20AC;? explains Baryshnikov, 64, in Miami on break from his role in the traveling play â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Paris,â&#x20AC;? a tragic love story set in 1930. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started using my access with choreographers who allowed me to be a fly on the wall.â&#x20AC;? Access, indeed. The Canadian-raised New York resident has traveled the globe for his art, photographing dancers from Costa Rica to Sri Lanka. He says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most fascinated by the movements and subtle expressions heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s captured in Peruvian 28

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to show how dancers move through space, capturing movement and stillness at the same time with freedom and vitality,â&#x20AC;? says Baryshnikov, who has danced with the Kirov and New York City ballet companies, and was the artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre, where he nurtured young talent. His decision to debut his exhibition in South

Florida isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as random as it might seem. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been visiting for 40 years, for both business and pleasure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the years, my performance groups have hosted all kinds of activities in both New York and Miami, so I love to come back here to see my friends,â&#x20AC;? says Baryshnikov, who twice a year also visits northeastern Florida, where he was a dancer and director of the White Oak Dance Project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having my photography exhibit here was really fun. The arts are big in Miami.â&#x20AC;? When not traveling, he spends time at his Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, a creative home and performance space for local and international artists to develop and present work. But even then, his camera is never far behind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so pleased with my life,â&#x20AC;? says Baryshnikov. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether I work from 9 to 5 or 9 to 11, I am doing what I love.â&#x20AC;? O


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HERO SANDWICH â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengersâ&#x20AC;? Save The Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;And Fend Off Aliens (Whew!) T

hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much happening with the quirky ensemble of superheroes in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengers,â&#x20AC;? battling an armada of strangely antique-looking space aliens, that you barely notice Lower Manhattan being totally trashed by collisions and explosions as the invaders swarm downtown like bees, the air thick with bricks, bullets and taxicabs. Part of the problem: the invadersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; main fighting machines are giant cast-iron Parrotfish that descend through a portal from deep space and clumsily undulate above the streets of New York City like Slinkys, bumping into office buildings, knocking the corners off high-rises. You always assume alien civilization sophisticated enough to attack us would have really nice rides. But no. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengersâ&#x20AC;? brings to the screen characters that first appeared in Marvel Comics in the 1960s, updating storylines concocted by Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.

The movie was foreshadowed in the successful Jon Favreau-directed films, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Manâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Man 2,â&#x20AC;? with Robert Downey, Jr. as the metallic lead. Iron Man (Downey, Jr.), a.k.a. Anthony â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonyâ&#x20AC;? Stark, plays a key role in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avengersâ&#x20AC;? saga, as does Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff, who made an appearance in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Man 2.â&#x20AC;? Stark even appears in a few cuddly scenes with his executive assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in the new and even more outlandish Stark Industries building.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) decides to invoke the Avengers Initiative to deal with the arrival of a space alien named Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who manages to steal a small sparkly cube with a self-generating power supply called Tesseract, which could be used for global domination. Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, a policing agency, and the group he assembles is the usual cast of Marvel misfits: Captain America (Chris Evans); The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), a.k.a. Bruce Banner; Thor (Chris Hemsworth); Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner); and Black Widow.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengers,â&#x20AC;? written and directed by Joss Whedon, is loosely based on the 1963 Marvel Comics series of the same name but takes artistic liberties to accommodate the more fertile 21st-century imagination, which has been nurtured on computer graphics and giant things that fly and blow up.

Now, the personal stories get a little complicated, but Thor is the half-brother of Loki (the bad guy), Black Widow has a possibly romantic history with Hawkeye (also known as Clint Barton), and the soft-spoken Banner has angermanagement issues.

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in the Tin Man getup, is a wealthy wisecracking genius. So the possibilities for drama, over and above saving the Earth, are ample. The pace of the movie is fairly unrelenting, but there are moments of extreme comic relief. And the outcome is, of course, predictable. There is a slightly off-putting element to the superhero ensemble, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the unbalance of their varying super powers: Some fly, some canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Some are indestructible and some, sadly, are not. Some hurl lightning bolts and spontaneous concussions, some are relegated to punching, kicking and pulling hair. But, such is the world, and they manage to save it. O

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FROM PRINT TO MAKING A MINT The Best-Read Books Are Destined For Movie Stardom Box office appeal has a way of jumping off the page (or, perhaps the screen of your eReader), and the magic words at the back of every authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind are â&#x20AC;&#x153;movie rights.â&#x20AC;? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a selection of books too tempting for filmmakers to pass up. All have been transformed into films that have recently played inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or are coming toâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a theater near you.

The Hunger Games

The Lucky One

By Suzanne Collins

By Nicholas Sparks

What the future holds is anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess, but the artistic versions are generally less than optimistic. In novelist Suzanne Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book, for example, the former United States will be known as Panem, and after a post-nuclear holocaust clash of the Capitol vs. the overmatched districts, the spoils of war include each district sending one boy and one girl to compete in an annual reality show called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunger Games,â&#x20AC;? in which participants must kill or be killed (ironically, the show is held as a tribute to peace) until one winner remains. The bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heroine is Katniss Everdeen, 16, (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boneâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;X Men: First Classâ&#x20AC;?) who volunteers to participate in the Games in place of her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

After finding a photo of a smiling woman buried in the sand during a harrowing tour in Iraq, and then experiencing an incredible run of good luck, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault decides to leave his hometown of Colorado in search of the mysterious lady in the snapshot, convinced that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the source of his good fortune. What follows is a love story like only best-selling author Nicholas Sparks can tell. Thibaultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest eventually lands him in North Carolina, where he finds Elizabeth, a divorced mother to whom he finds himself strongly attracted. A passionate love affair begins, but Thibault never tells Elizabeth about the photo behind what really brought them together. Will his secret ruin their relationshipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

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at which time a futuristic thriller ensues. The best-selling book is part of a series, with sequels â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catching Fireâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mockingjay.â&#x20AC;? Gary Ross wrote the screenplay and directed the movie, and you can be sure the blockbuster film franchise will continue.

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and their lives? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to read the book to find out. Or, see the film, which stars Zac Efron (â&#x20AC;&#x153;High School Musical,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;17 Againâ&#x20AC;?) and Taylor Schilling (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Atlas Shrugged: Part I,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mercyâ&#x20AC;?), and is directed by the Oscar-nominated Scott Hicks.


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movie and reissued under the title, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,â&#x20AC;? sets the stage with an Indian doctor in London wondering what to do about his difficult aging father. An entrepreneurial cousin seemingly answers his prayers by opening a retirement home in India, but when a contingent of retirees arrives, the planned luxurious hotel renovation has stalled and their expected indulgent lifestyle (on the cheap) is hampered by the uncertainty of things like electricity and running water. Still, despite the lack of amenities, they begin to discover new enticements in their adventure, such as stunning beauty and unexpected love. Director John Madden assembled an all-star (all-silver) Brit cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. The movie perfectly captures the tone of this charming book.

By Seth Grahame-Smith Just when you thought there could be no logical bridging of the cultural divide between the authors of the Gettysburg Address (Abraham Lincoln) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Draculaâ&#x20AC;? (Abraham â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bramâ&#x20AC;? Stoker), along comes author Seth Grahame-Smith with a purported â&#x20AC;&#x153;secret journalâ&#x20AC;? revealing that the 16th president moonlighted as a vampire killer. Why? As a young man, he learned that his beloved mother died not from what old timers called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;milk sickness,â&#x20AC;? but as the result of a blood sucker. Fast-forward to the presidency, and Lincoln is tall, strong, a wiz with an ax and hellbent on revenge. So begins an underground war he maintains even as he oversees a divisive war and frees the slaves. Who knew? And who could have predicted the ongoing cultural fascination with blood-swilling dead people would lead to this alarming revisionist history? Grahame-Smith wrote the screenplay, too and the film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton. It stars Benjamin Walker (Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloody Bloody Andrew Jacksonâ&#x20AC;?).

Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Lorax By Dr. Seuss

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel By Deborah Moggach In her 16th novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;These Foolish Things,â&#x20AC;? author Deborah Moggach addresses with humor and insight the issues of aging, self-discovery, retirement and the old adage about things that look too good to be true. The book, which was adapted into a

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was way ahead of the curve when it came to realizing manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential for wreaking havoc on the environment, as evidenced by the themes in this classic book, in which his eponymous cartoon character warns, through rhyme and the good doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometimes tilted reason, against mindless progress and the danger it poses to the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural beauty. Geisel says it best in his inimitable way with this line: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unless someone like you ... cares a whole awful lot ... nothing is going to get better ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not.â&#x20AC;? While his books were written as bedtime stories, through the years this one has taken on a more poignant mantel. He wrote it in 1971, as the ecological crisis and rampant consumerism were entering the public consciousness as looming problems. A new version of the animated 1972 film stars Zac Efron, country singing star Taylor Swift and veteran Hollywood star Danny DeVito, who plays The Lorax. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda. O


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HOT BALLADS Coldplay Brings Distinctive Hits To AmericanAirlines Arena

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n the late 1990s, Coldplay was essentially a college band at the University College London that made the occasional album, which would then be handed out for free. Then came the 2000 smash hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow,â&#x20AC;? and Coldplay became a world-class act, with Chris Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinctive husky voice lauded as â&#x20AC;&#x153;able to pull heartstrings.â&#x20AC;? But when Coldplay performs June 29 at 7 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena, fans will witness a band that inspires visions of greatness and has, in fact, set itself apart with some pretty lofty distinctions: Seven Grammy Awards and 20 nominations, and 55 million albums sold.

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Rolling Stone readers called the band the fourth-best of the new millennium ... and hey, Martin is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Martin (piano, keyboards, guitar, lead vocals) and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland met their first week at school and immediately began to plan a band. By the following year, Guy Berryman was playing bass and soon Will Champion, a multi-instrumentalist, was added as drummer. Martin recruited his old secondary school friend, Phil Harvey, to be the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager. Right after final exams, the guys signed a five-record contract with Parlophone.

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Coldplay has a handful of studio albums, including Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), X&Y (2005), Viva la Vida (2008) and Mylo Xyloto (2011). Parachutes won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance and A Rush of Blood won the same category the following year. Award-winning hits through the years have flooded airways, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Viva La Vida,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speed Of Sound,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scientistâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradise.â&#x20AC;?

The band has been an active supporter of various social and political causes, such as Oxfamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International, in addition to performing for causes such as Band Aid 20, Live 8, Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, The Secret Policemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ball and the Teenage Cancer Trust. O For more information, call 786-777-1000 or visit aaarena.com.


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Sugarland Plays Country Hits At Cruzan Amphitheatre

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ugarland, the Georgia pair of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush that named itself after a small Texas town, made the ultimate mark in music three years ago when it won the Academy of Country Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award for Best Duo of the Year in 2009, ending a nine-year residency of Brooks & Dunn in that category. The band will have a selection of No. 1-winning hits from which to choose when it plays on July 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Its 2006 album, Enjoy The Ride, yielded two songs that climbed to the top of the country charts (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Want Toâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Settlinâ&#x20AC;?) and its next album, Love On The Inside had another three No. 1 singles on the list of Billboard Hot Country Songs ( â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I Want To Do,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Happensâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Already Goneâ&#x20AC;?). Sugarland started as a trio, with lead singer Nettles joining founding members Bush and Kristen Hall in 2003. The three released an album the following year, Twice the Speed of Life, which contained two hit singles, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Girlâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something More.â&#x20AC;? Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harmonies had contributed to the songsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; success, and after she left the band in late 2005, Sugarland was nominated for a Grammy as Best New Artist. The duo continued releasing hits and winning awards, and has toured with the likes of Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn. The pair also has performed multiple times on various awards shows, and last year launched its own radio station, with programming by Nettles and Bush (www.sugarlandmusic. com/news/30253). But not all has been sweet for Sugarland. The band settled a lawsuit last November, after former member Hall claimed profit-sharing agreements had not been honored. The band also faces lawsuits from families of victims of a stage collapse at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Indiana State Fair. O For more information, call 561-795-8883 or visit cruzanamphitheatretickets.com.

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LAWN JAM Dave Matthews Band Plays Cruzan Amphitheatre C

onsidering the penchant the Dave Matthews Band has for live albums, having released no fewer than 50, if you attend one of its July concerts at Cruzan Amphitheatre, your screaming voice could end up on one. Matthews brings his jazzy-yetfolksy jam band style to West Palm Beach with back-to-back shows on July 20 and 21 at 7 p.m., and the amphitheatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grassy knoll is just the sort of bucolic setting that spawned his urban productions Live At Radio City (New York) and Live At Piedmont Park (Atlanta). Born in South Africa and raised partly in New York, Matthews

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ended up in Charlottesville, Va., a college town where he wrote songs and honed his guitar skills while working in a bar with a lively music scene. When he landed a gig to play a rooftop party, he wound up surrounded by the people who would become his band: trumpeter John Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;earth, drummer Carter Beauford, LeRoi Moore on reeds (whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s since passed away after an ATV accident), bass player Stefan Lessard and violinist Boyd Tinsley. The Dave Matthews Band became a favorite on college campuses and built a fan base by letting followers record and circulate tapes of its performances. In the tradition of the Grateful Dead, the band kept ar-

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rangements loose, with ample space for improvisation, so that different versions of songs were produced spontaneously at each concert. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first album, 1993â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s independently released Remember Two Things, was a hit on campuses and went gold quickly. Soon it was signed by RCA and in 1994 released its first studio album, Under The Table and Dreaming, followed by Crash (1996), Before These Crowded Streets (1998), Everyday (2001), Busted Stuff (2002),

Stand Up (2005) and Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King (2009). The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discography of live albums reads like a (lengthy) travelogue. Matthews brings a pop sensibility and intricate guitar style to the songs, which are made distinctive by the versatility of his horn-laden band and its tendency to improvise at the drop of a flat. O For more information, call 561-795-8883 or visit cruzanamphitheatretickets.com.


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ROCKING TOUR LMFAO Brings The Party To AmericanAirlines Arena

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escended from Motown legend Berry Gordy, a duo of deejays who happen to be uncle and nephew teamed up to become electro-popflavored LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew, and the group specializes in, well, rocking the house. Hence, their musical genre, â&#x20AC;&#x153;party rock,â&#x20AC;? say deejays Redfoo (Stefan Gordy, Berryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 37-year-old son) and SkyBlu (Skyler Gordy, Berryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25-year-old nephew). Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to be ample carousing when they bring their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry for Party Rockingâ&#x20AC;? tour to AmericanAirlines Arena on June 22 at 7 p.m. And they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear to be very

sorry. The pair decided to team up in 2006 in Los Angeles, and at first glance you might assume their name is the Internet slang acronym for extreme jocularity, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughing My Fâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;g Ass Off,â&#x20AC;? which would be an uplifting name for party deejays. But the Gordys insist the initials stand for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loving My Friends And Others.â&#x20AC;? Whatever theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re named for, the pair has become a hot item, releasing two singles, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party Rock Anthemâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sexy and I Know It,â&#x20AC;? that both climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They launched the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry for Party Rockingâ&#x20AC;? tour in March, which consists of a series of guests ranging from rappers, singer-song-

writers and producers to dancers and deejays. The South Florida show will feature Far East Movement, Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills.

pulsive hip-hop street dancing, robot moves and sidewalk pirouettes, along with other symptoms such as wearing oversized sunglasses and violet sneakers. Party on, zombies!

In case you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t noticed, these guys take their revelry seriously. They released a video, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Party Rock Anthem,â&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disguised as a docu-drama depicting an inner-city block thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been devastated by an infectious virus that causes com-

It seems a safe prediction that if you wander near AmericanAirlines Arena during their show, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely fall victim to the epidemic as well. O For more information, call 786-777-1000 or visit aaarena.com.

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IS LOVE COLOR BLIND? Interracial Dating May Be More Common, But Challenges Remain

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new study out of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank that examines attitudes and trends shaping America, recently told us something interesting about interracial couples in our country.

A successful African-American woman with plenty of interracial relationships in her circle of family, friends and colleagues, Dr. Del Rosario realizes that what â&#x20AC;&#x153;should beâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always what plays out.

through 2010 U.S. Census data and phone canvassing for the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Social and Demographic Trends Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;show that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying awfully hard to get comfortable with relationships that cross racial lines.

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting used to it. Finally.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebody who says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any prejudicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certain kind of denial,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Del Rosario says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the challenges that couples have to be prepared for is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not very comfortable with things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not familiar with.â&#x20AC;?

Consider: Researchers found that 63 percent of those interviewed said they would have â&#x20AC;&#x153;no problemâ&#x20AC;? with a family member marrying someone outside their race. In a 1986 study, only 37 percent were comfortable with this notion.

But Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario, a Miami life coach and empowerment speaker whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marriage Doctor,â&#x20AC;? has intimate experience with the nuances of interracial relationships and she knows itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still complicated.

Still, the Pew numbersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;collected

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thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life relations the pastimes that are considered more culturally Caucasian. The darker-skinned child might feel more comfortable with a circle of black friends, and like the music, movies and other interests that are considered more African American in a cultural sense. This can make for interesting times at home, and perhaps even a special bond with one parent over another. But you have to â&#x20AC;&#x153;let it just be,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Del Rosario says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids decide based on what they feel more suited for.â&#x20AC;? And while, as a society, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re changing our collective view on interracial marriage, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still difficult, though one popular American diversion is helping the cause, she says. Television.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE RAISING A GENERATION THAT IS LESS AND LESS RACIST. YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE GOING

TO SEE THE SHEDDING OF CENTURIES OF BELIEF SYSTEMS.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario, life coach and empowerment speaker

marriages in the United States were between people of different races or ethnicities. In 1980, it was 6.7 percent. About 43 percent of Americans said they believe an increase in interracial marriages is a change for the better within society. Only 10 percent said it was a change for the worse.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the greater difficultyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;figuring out what we teach our children so they find their identity,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Del Rosario says. Rachel Khona

But while the incidence of interracial marriage might be increasingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as with our acceptanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the difficulties and challenges still extend far beyond dealing with the simple curiosity of strangers, Dr. Del Rosario reminds us.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids make their determination based on how they look,â&#x20AC;? she says, using black and white parents in her example, for simplicity reasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One child might look more Caucasian. One child might look more black.â&#x20AC;?

Families. Friends. Traditionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; right down to the Christmas Eve menu. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all affected.

The lighter-skinned child, she says, might gravitate toward a group of white friends, and perhaps enjoy

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This will make for some big changes over the next 20 years, she points out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re raising a generation that is less and less racist,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see the shedding of centuries of belief systems.â&#x20AC;? Still, racial differences can make us awfully awkward, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no denying it. And blogger Rachel Khona, whose parents were born in India, writes about the foibles of urban dating in 2012. Khona is clearly not Caucasian. But her skin color and facial features often bemuse her would-be suitors, who use horrid pick-up lines in an attempt to impress her. They seldom work, she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Latin, so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come up and be like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Coma estas?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? says Khona, a 30-something blogger who started rachelkhona.com. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys will just come up to me and say the most random things.â&#x20AC;? Khonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to be too culturally groovyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a white guy without a clue, she warns.

And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually raising your biracial children, if children are your choice.

Her advice? Let children gravitate toward their comforts.

happen,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in our face in so many aspects, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good.â&#x20AC;?

Dr. Del Rosario, who dated a Caucasian in college but married a black man, says she loves sitting with her family, seeing all the societal changes written into TV scripts. There are interracial couples in commercials and sitcoms and reality shows. There are white kids playing with Asian kids playing with Hispanic kids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I grew up, that would never

For example, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hanging out with an Indian woman, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t constantly shower her with odd facts about Mumbai. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get to know a pretty woman from Bogota, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go around saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gracias.â&#x20AC;? And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask women like Khona the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where are you from?â&#x20AC;? The answer might be a conversation stopper. Because Rachel Khona is from New Jersey and proud of it. O


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Why Stage Parents Should Not Live Vicariously Through Their Kids By Cheryl Kane Heimlich

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y kids have been watching some reality shows lately. Specifically â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toddlers & Tiarasâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance Moms,â&#x20AC;? both of which feature women who use their young daughters as vehicles to get themselves on TV. These are programs that thrive on controversy, drawing ever-higher ratings from incidents that showcase the mothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; willingness to exploit their little girls. Last year, for example, TLCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toddlers & Tiarasâ&#x20AC;? preschool pageant show rocketed into the national consciousness when one of its little contestants paraded onstage dressed like Julia Roberts in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty Woman.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love living vicariously through my 3-year-old daughter Paisley,â&#x20AC;? said the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unrepentant mother, after images of her child in a bellybaring miniskirt and thigh-high black boots were plastered all over the media. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paisley has competed in over 60 pageants, but it was definitely the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pretty Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; costume that put Paisleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name out there.â&#x20AC;? Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not kidding. Even when the press nicknamed Paisley the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prosti-tot,â&#x20AC;? some of that womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitors must have been kicking themselves for not being the first to come up with her genius marketing ploy: If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to dress your toddler daughter like a hooker, it might as well be a famous hooker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance Momsâ&#x20AC;? is a little different, in that it focuses more on the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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competitive dance routines (and the momsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; equally competitive personalities) than their glamorous onstage getups. But the intensely involved moms on that show routinely allow their daughters to be berated and screamed at by teacher Abby Lee Miller, who ranks her students every week in a humiliating pyramid with the best dancer at the top and the worst ones on the bottom.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard stories from casting offices where the mothers have been rude and loud and gossiping, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to kick those mothers out of their office,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best kinds of mothers to work with are the ones who say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even want my kid to do this, but they keep begging.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?

And there are plenty of questionable costume choices here too: The Lifetime Network recently pulled repeats of one â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance Momsâ&#x20AC;? episode after it received complaints about a burlesque number featuring fauxtopless costumes accessorized with peek-a-boo pink feathered fans. Some of the moms were a bit bothered by the outfits, but it was the viewers who really protested.

Gregory James Blount, a Delray Beach-based producer who regularly works with child performers, agrees that â&#x20AC;&#x153;pageant momsâ&#x20AC;? and other stereotypical stage mothers are frowned upon by legitimate talent agents. Beauty contests and dance competitions are not the way that most kids break into the business, says Blount, who also warns that South Florida is rife with scam companies just waiting to separate starry-eyed parents from their money.

Stage mothers, of course, are as old as the entertainment indus-

â&#x20AC;&#x153;DURING AN INTERVIEW, I TRY TO TALK TO THE KID MORE THAN THE PARENT. SOMETIMES

IT GETS FRUSTRATING, BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THE CHILD IS TALENTED WHEN THE MOM IS TALKING Dimig, agent with Boca Talent SO MUCH.â&#x20AC;? -- Elissa & Model Agency in Hollywood try itself. From Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor to Brooke Shields, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan, many famous young actresses got more than a gentle push from the wannabe star who gave birth to them. But reality shows offer stage moms a whole new incentive: the chance to shine the spotlight on themselves as well as their daughters. Nancy Irwin, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist who frequently discusses this subject on national TV talk shows, is among those who contend that reality-TV moms are sexualizing their young daughters and drawing the attention of pedophiles. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big difference, Irwin says, between nurturing tal46

ented children who are driven to achieve their dreams and exploiting unwitting children to fulfill oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own need for attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some kids are naturally talented and know what they want to do at a very young age,â&#x20AC;? Irwin concedes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look at Michael Jackson or Shirley Temple. And Taylor Swift did know very young that she was going to Nashville. But with most kids, it really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come naturally for them to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mom, I want to be a model or an actorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;get me an agent!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The people on these reality shows are pushing their kids into it.â&#x20AC;? Given the location of her practice, Irwin says she sometimes sees this type of mother in her own office.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually they try to control the conversation,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ask the kid a direct question and the mother will take over and answer. I will gently tell the mother to be quiet for a moment and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see what Suzie has to say about this.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Then I can see if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just programmed to say these things, or if they genuinely love being in the spotlight.â&#x20AC;? Elissa Dimig, an agent with Boca Talent & Model Agency in Hollywood, says she knows the type as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During an interview, I try to talk to the kid more than the parent,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes it gets frustrating, because I have no idea whether the child is talented when the mom is talking so much.â&#x20AC;? Mothers who are too emotionally invested in the idea of stardom, Dimig says, often end up annoying the very people their child is work-

If a talent agent expresses interest in your child, Blount advises, never sign or pay anything until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve checked their background and made sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re following the guidelines of their industry. For example, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a licensed booking agent in the state of Florida and also be selling services, classes or photography.â&#x20AC;? Dimig, who longed for the spotlight herself as a child, says her own mother was unwilling to invest the long hours and traveling required for endless auditions and casting callsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;most of which turn out to be fruitless. No child can succeed in the entertainment industry without a parent whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motivated to put in that kind of time, she says. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably for the best. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would never push a kid to be in this business at all,â&#x20AC;? Dimig says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It should be completely and 100 percent the child whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing it. And as an agent, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I would ever encourage any mother to put her kid on a reality show.â&#x20AC;? O


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When It Comes To Wowing Audiences, Mario Lopez Goes The “Extra” Mile

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Actor and “Extra” TV host Mario Lopez is no stranger to South Florida. On this particular afternoon he’s fashionably late for his appearance at Bloomingdale’s Aventura— though the throng of adoring fans doesn’t seem to mind. The actor and TV host with the massive dimples and sixpack abs is in town for a fashion show featuring RatedM, his new line of men’s underwear, exercise garb and tees. “I’ve always wanted to design clothing and this gave

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me a chance to offer something for exercising, which is a major passion of mine,” says Lopez, who works out daily to keep his body buff. “It was great to meet so many nice people.”

cause the people are laidback and friendly,” says Lopez, 38. “With the beaches, food and subtropical climate, I am constantly reminded of San Diego where I was raised.”

Fast-forward two weeks, and Lopez is back in town, this time hosting a bash for Garnier Fructis at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. After the event, he spent a few days lazing at the pool and on the beach.

Though, when you’re Mario Lopez, everyone’s friendly toward you. They sort of can’t help it.

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“I’m not shy,” he admits. “I learned that the hustler mentality I have is really good for show business.”


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I’ve always wanted to design clothing and this gave me a chance to offer something for exercising, which is a major passion of mine.

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“I was a hustler even back then,” he says with a laugh. “But thanks to my great parents, I kept busy with activi-

ly nationally syndicated radio show where he dishes about pop culture. He also has a recurring commentator role on “HBO Boxing,” where Lopez gets to talk with pros about a sport that he loves. And in the past several months, Lopez has been guest hosting on ABC’s “LIVE! With Kelly.” Producers are seeking a replacement for Regis Philbin, who retired late last year, and buzz is that Lopez’s blend of good looks, outgoing personality and easy demeanor are in line with what they want. “I love hosting with Kelly,” says Lopez, who’s competing

Growing up as an inner-city kid in San Diego’s Chula Vista, the son of Mexican parents realized early on that he had an innate likeability, and it’s helped him become successful in the entertainment industry. So did his natural affinity for competing and performing, in everything from karate and dance to drama and acting. It didn’t take him long to land roles in school plays, and eventually, TV shows. When Lopez knows what he wants, he goes for it.

I am busy and happy with my life overall. I’m hopping. ties and thought they were cool. I stuck with them and fell in love with the whole idea of performing.” His passion and hard work has paid off. The 5’10” charmer today has not one but two TV hosting gigs: Lopez is the co-host on “Extra,” one of TV’s top nationally syndicated daily entertainment shows. He hosts the show with TV personality Maria Menounos (of recent “Dancing with the Stars” fame), and the pair earlier this year interviewed celebs at the Oscars for “E! on the Red Carpet,” a coveted job he’ll likely repeat next year. More recently, he landed the host gig on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” competition, which exposes him to a whole new audience. He also hosts “On with Mario,” a dai-

“The show has definitely helped me. I’m a way happier person,” Abraham says. “But I’m ready to say, ‘See you guys later!’”

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Lopez’s latest book; Lopez with fiancée Courtney Mazza during his Garnier Fructis appearance at Fontainebleau Miami Beach; Lopez touting his RatedM merchandise at Bloomingdale’s Aventura

against several other possible co-hosts, including Miami Dolphins’ running back Reggie Bush. “She is amazing, and we have great chemistry. It is an honor to work with her, and I hope to go back.” J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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pality of National City, and their mother Elvira was a telephone clerk.

He recalls playing in the backyard with Marissa, making “taco shells” out of leaves and “meat” out of mud for

I love South Florida because the people are laid-back and friendly. fun. Even then, Lopez loved to use his imagination and dream of things that could be. And he’s never stopped trying to do better. He knows how easily things could have gone another way.

The consummate multitasker is also a businessman. In addition to his new line of men’s products, he spends a great deal of time in Tampa at the Home Shopping Network’s (HSN) studios promoting his “Body by Jake—The Solution Abs Exerciser” with Mario Lopez Workout DVD. And he’s a best-selling author, whose food- and fitness-oriented books include “Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness,” “Mud Tacos!,” “Extra Lean” and “Extra Lean Family.” But perhaps his most valued printed work is “Mario and Baby Gia,” about fathering his baby girl, Gia, who will turn 2 on September 11. “I love being a father,” he says, flashing that milliondollar smile. 56

Gia is his daughter with fiancée Courtney Mazza, a Broadway dancer he met in 2008 while performing the role of Zach in “A Chorus Line.” The pair plans to marry in Mexico at the end of this year, a spectacle that will air on the TLC Network.

BACK TO HIS ROOTS Lopez may be a hotshot celeb now, but he doesn’t forget his roots. He and his younger sister, Marissa (now married to former NFL Houston Texan linebacker Kailee Wong) grew up in a working-class Catholic family. Their father, Mario Sr., worked for the San Diego County munici-

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“Being an inner-city guy, I could have gotten in trouble but I stuck with my goals and fell in love with the idea of becoming a performer and excelling in sports,” says Lopez. “Even as a teen, I would fly back and forth from San Diego to Los Angeles for acting auditions and to perform when I had jobs.” In 1984, his professional career was born when he was cast in the forgettable ABC comedy TV series “a.k.a. Pablo.” The same year, he played a drummer and dancer on the syndicated TV show “Kids Incorporated.” Three years later, he was a perfect fit for the part of a Cuban boy named Mario facing deportation on segments of the TV sitcom, “The Golden Girls” with Betty White and the late Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan. While still in high school, Lopez landed his first big acting role in 1989 as the athletic student A.C. Slater on TV’s “Saved by the Bell,” about

six students attending Bayside High School. Capitalizing on the opportunity, he performed in more than 100 episodes and appeared in two related TV movies.

partner, Karina Smirnoff, which the tabloids ate up.

In 1991, he graduated from Chula Vista High School and moved to Los Angeles permanently to be available for work. Keenly aware that he was the master of the rest of his life, Lopez wanted to make enough money to attend college, and of course, perform on bigger stages.

After dating actress and model Ali Landry, he married her in April 2004 during a Catholic ceremony before 50 guests at a destination resort near the fabled Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

“I wanted to host and sing and dance and do everything,” he says. “I knew it was up to me to pursue my dreams.” And pursue them he did. Soon he won a hosting job on the NBC reality TV show, “Name Your Adventure,” which was about making kids’ dreams come true (he remains charitable and acts as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Ambassador of Fitness). He then portrayed Olympic diver Greg Louganis (to whom he bore an uncanny resemblance), on the TV film “Breaking the Surface.” He continued to work steadily, with roles in FX Network’s “Nip/Tuck” series, and TV films “Holiday in Handcuffs” and “Husband for Hire.” In 2006 he was cast as a doctor and Lorenzo Lamas’ brother in the CBS soap opera, “The Bold and the Beautiful” and also competed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” He ended up in second place, losing to football star Emmitt Smith and his partner Cheryl Burke. He may not have walked out with the Mirror Ball trophy, but he did end up in a twoyear relationship with his

Indeed, despite his nice-guy image Lopez has not been immune from sexy scandals.

But the wedding bliss was short-lived. Right after the nuptials, Landry went on “The Wendy Williams Show,” accusing Lopez of infidelity and dishonesty. She had the marriage annulled after just two weeks. At the time, Lopez had maintained his innocence, but last year told Howard Stern on his Sirius XM Radio Show that she had been referring to his bachelor party, when he’d been “bouncing around” Mexico with his cousins. “I had no business being in that position,” he admitted, telling the audience that he’d “messed around” with another woman. “It was spring break... everybody was hanging out. That was a situation where I was not mature and not man enough.” More secure and settled these days, he says he’s sorry about what happened with Landry. But he’s also moved on. Excited about his upcoming wedding to Mazza, he says he looks forward to the future and expanding his little family. “Being with Gia consumes me. It’s wonderful. And I definitely want more kids,” he says, adding, “I am busy and happy with my life overall. I’m hopping.” O


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The film is based on the Broadway musical of the same name, and was directed by Adam Shankman (“A Walk to Remember,” “Hairspray”; also a choreographer, he was a judge on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”), who is clearly a stickler for fine detail. The transformation was enough to impress even longtime entertainment veterans like Ellen Jacoby, president and founder of Miami-based Ellen Jacoby Casting International, who’s worked with Hollywood’s biggest stars on countless movies, including “Rock of Ages.” She was captivated

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by everything from the hundreds of local actors, dancers, and musicians hired to appear in the film, to the building of the sets and the total transformation of the Sunshine State into the Golden State. “You just can’t believe it’s Miami or even anywhere in Florida,” says Jacoby, who oversaw casting for the film. “By the time we were finished, I felt like it had become part of my life. We’d shoot ’til midnight, get up at 3 a.m. and do it all over again.” In the movie, Tom Cruise plays aging rocker Stacee Jaxx and his movie band, Arsenal, includes a South Florida musician. “It was fabulous to see so many talented local people,” says Jacoby, who admits that her casting challenge was finding people who looked like they were from

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the 1980s. “Back then everyone had long hair and now everyone has shaved heads,” she says. “There were a lot of wigs on set.”

TOP: Russell Brand as Lonny Barnett, Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian, Diego Boneta as Drew Boley, and Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree

Another striking aspect for Jacoby was the script readthrough with the cast. And what a cast! In addition to Cruise as a rocker, Hough portrays a down-on-herluck exotic dancer; Baldwin plays an over-the-hill rock star and club owner; Blige is the owner of a gentlemen’s club in jeopardy; ZetaJones is the mayor’s prudent wife, who wants to snuff out rock ’n’ roll; and Brand is a rock venue owner and the film’s narrator.

“I’ve sat in on hundreds of script read-throughs, but never one like this,” says Jacoby, who explains that a typical read–through involves the cast sitting down together and reading the script from start to finish. For “Rock of Ages,” however, the read-through also featured singing and dancing. “If Tom Cruise got to a part of the script where he was supposed to perform a song, he’d get up and sing and then sit back down and continue reading. If Julianne Hough got to a part of the script where she is supposed to be doing a stripper dance, she’d get up and do the dance, then sit back down. Just the script


read-through was a major production,” says Jacoby. Many of the film’s concert scenes were filmed at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. President and owner Jeff John welcomed the chaos that is part and parcel of making a movie. “It was pretty interesting and a lot of commotion because while they were shooting, we also had a full lineup of events and concerts here,” says John, who says he’s accustomed to meeting ceRussell Brand lebrities. “Still, it’s not every day Tom Cruise walks in.” Highlights for John were watching his very modern concert hall become transformed into a 1980s-era club, and just seeing what goes into making a movie. “They would repeat a scene sometimes 30 times until it

was perfect,” he recalls. The crew paid heed to the tiniest visual elements, even restocking the bar for the shoot. “There was no Grey Goose in the 1980s. All the beer logos have changed since then. There was one guy who spent two weeks putting labels on bottles,” he says. “And then there were the flyers and posters for upcoming concerts—they all had to be changed. The attention to detail was amazing.” And while a movie production coming to town can be disruptive, it can also be extremely economically beneficial. “It’s huge. It impacts the entire community in a positive way,” explains Noelle Stevenson, Film Commissioner for the Broward Office of Film & Entertainment, whose job is to assist produc-

tions with locations and ensure smooth transitions. Sandy Lighterman, Film Commissioner for the Miami-Dade Office of Film &

Entertainment, agrees. “It’s an amazing job creator. It definitely helps tourism and educates as to how good this is for the community,” she says. Case in point: Just last year alone, television and film productions in Miami-Dade generated $275 million in direct spending, Lighterman

becomes a domino effect effect.”” It’s also great fun. Celebrity sightings were scarce during shooting, since the set was always closed and Warner Bros. didn’t release any photos during filming. But owners of the various local businesses featured in the film became accustomed to

“There was one guy who spent two weeks putting labels on bottles… The attention to detail was amazing.” Sandy Lighterman

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points out. And that doesn’t even include the income generated that’s not trackable. Lighterman figures that every dollar spent by a production company filming in South Florida brings in $7 for the local economy. “Rock of Ages” alone resulted in $50 million in direct spending, Lighterman says. “It just

seeing superstars walking up and down the street. Still, for Lighterman, celeb spotting is just part of the job. “(These stars) may make more money than I do, and they may have bigger egos than I do, but at the end of the day, we all put our pants on one leg at a time.” O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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Pick your poison: Bret Michaels has done it all. The (dare we say it—pretty?) musician who got his start as frontman of the glam rock band Poison has survived a brain aneurysm, a hole in his heart, lifelong diabetes, a deadly car crash, several bouts with reality TV, high-profile scandals about his love life… and there’s that whole hard-partying rock ’n’ roll lifestyle and all that entails. Michaels is nothing if not resilient. Today the Pennsylvania-born singer is also a TV star, product designer, businessman, philanthropist, husband and father, and at 49 may be one of the hardest working men in music. Whether traveling for work or charity, he spends much of the year on the road doing more in a given day than most people accomplish in a month. “I’m crazy but love what I do,” says Michaels, who recently performed tracks from his current album, “Get Your Rock On,” at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Michaels, who recorded his first album with Poison in 1998, has since released eight studio and four live albums, and has sold more than 30 million records worldwide. And he’s not done yet: starting June 20, he’ll begin a world tour with Poison and Def Leppard, which is scheduled to run through New Year’s Eve.

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which includes two acoustic and two electric styles, all affordable and targeting various skill levels. He’s also working on DIG (Digital Instant Gratification), a smartphone app that will allow users to send humorous, edgy greeting cards for all occasions. “This project is another way for me to use my personality and create something for someone else,” says the TypeA artist. “I am brimming with ideas, I can’t stop.” He’s equally as enthusiastic about his charitable undertakings. He teamed up with Reader’s Digest to encourage Americans to vote during its

“I’m always looking for an excuse to come to South Florida,” he says. “I love it— the people, the weather and the ‘let’s have fun’ attitude. I came here on vacation a lot growing up and am lucky to be able to spend time in Miami as an adult with my various projects.”

family, including daughters, Raine Elizabeth, 12, and Jorja Bleu, 7, and gave them a docu-series, “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.” The show, which chronicled family members’ lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., lasted just one season. Michael’s appearance on Donald Trump’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” was far more successful. The singer was the season’s winner, sealing the prize with

ichaels is a fan of our fair shores. The gregarious singer vacationed here often as a child and still visits regularly.

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his Trop-A-Rocka Snapple beverage, which later raised $250,000 for diabetes research (he’s a spokesperson and sponsor of the American Diabetes Association). Now the natural entrepreneur is using his skills to launch Pet Rock, a line of pet products that will be introduced

this June in about 2,000 PetSmart stores nationwide. The line includes dog collars, beds, pillows, toys, balls, Frisbees and other items, all part of a 30-piece collection inspired by Michaels’ love for animals. He’ll be the centerpiece of a five-year PetSmart advertising campaign, which will support a continuous stream of new products.

One of his eponymous “projects” has been reality TV. With his boyish good looks and dynamic persona, Michaels was a natural for the small screen: What began as a judge gig on “Nashville Star” eventually led to his own VHI reality show, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels,” which lasted four seasons.

“I am a pet fanatic,” says Michaels, who has two German Shepherds, two horses and four rats (yes rats—he insists they’re clean, fun-loving and friendly). “All of the products are safe and visually stimulating for pets. We will also do books with characters I come up with,” he says. “I want to have fun with this.”

While he didn’t find a soulmate during the process, he did propose to fiancée Kristi Lynn Gibson, who he met on tour 18 years ago. VH1 embraced the two and their

Michaels also has a signature guitar series for Dean Guitars, ONE ROCKIN’ FAMILY: Bret Michaels, Raine Elizabeth, Kristi Lynn Gibson and Jorja Bleu

We Hear You America campaign; he also supports Muhammad Ali’s charities, the Barrow Neurological Foundation, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Ranch and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for which he recently raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not one to turn down a fundraiser, Michaels appeared on TV’s (now-defunct) “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” where he auctioned off a guitar and performed live to help an Iowa family pay off their mortgage. One thing is certain: Wherever Michaels is, and whatever he’s doing, he’s sure to be having a good time. “I’m passionate about life! I love music and am happiest when I perform,” he says. “But I make time to give back to the causes I love because it’s a big part of who I am. It makes me feel good.” O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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Industry Insiders Reveal Favorite Art, Film, Music And TV Moments (And Other Juicy Tidbits) BY LIZ BEST THE ARTS, IN THEIR MANY FORMS, COLOR EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES. PERHAPS YOU ENJOY GOING TO THE MOVIES, VISITING MUSEUMS, ATTENDING LOCAL THEATER, CHECKING OUT LIVE BANDS, CURLING UP WITH A FAVORITE BOOK OR JUST LISTENING TO MUSIC WHILE DRIVING TO WORK EVERY MORNING. WHEN SEEKING GREAT STUFF TO CHECK OUT, WHO BETTER TO ASK THAN SOUTH FLORIDA’S ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS? IN OUR QUEST FOR STIMULATING SENSORY CANDY, WE APPROACHED EVERYONE FROM YOUR FAVORITE DEEJAYS, MUSEUM DIRECTORS AND ACTORS, TO EDUCATORS, DANCE TEACHERS AND SHOW PROMOTERS. AND, AS ONE WOULD EXPECT FROM SUCH AN ARTISTIC GROUP, THEY RESPONDED CANDIDLY TO EVERYTHING FROM “WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LOVE SCENE IN A MOVIE?” TO “WHAT’S THE LATEST SONG DOWNLOADED ON YOUR IPOD?” THEIR RESPONSES WERE INFORMATIVE AND REVEALING, LENDING RARE GLIMPSES INTO THEIR UNIQUE PERSONALITIES. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, CHECK OUT WHAT GETS THEIR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING.

WILLIAM HAYES Director, Palm Beach Dramaworks What was the last live production you attended?

wood today?

“I attend live theatre where, in my opinion, you’ll find the best trained and ‘underrated’ actresses.”

“A production of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ at Florida Atlantic University.”

How many movies on DVD do you own? Are most of them comedies, dramas or musicals?

Who is the most underrated actress in Holly-

“I own approximately 50 DVDs, and, of course, all are dramas.” J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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RANDI EMERMAN Executive Director, Palm Beach International Film Festival What’s the last movie you saw just for fun?

“‘The Artist’—however, (I’m) planning on seeing ‘The Avengers.’ My son worked on it and is listed in the credits.” Is there one movie scene that makes you cry, no matter how often you see it?

TONY GOLDMAN Founder, Goldman Properties and Arts Supporter, Miami Which is more rewarding—restoring buildings and neighborhoods like South Beach and New York City’s Soho, or being a mover and shaker in the urban art scene as with Wynwood Walls?

“Each neighborhood is an unfinished canvas or series of canvases for me. Wynwood Walls is the same artistic experience.” What book is on your nightstand right now?

“The book of notes for my own book—the one I am presently writing.” What or who do you have a picture of on your office desk?

“On the desk are my wife, Janet; my son, Joey; my daughter, Jessica, and son-inlaw, Scott; and our four beautiful grandsons. To the left of my desk are Martin Luther King, Jr. and a pit bull pulling a 500-lb. block of cement—one represents my human, ethical beliefs and the other my work ethic.”

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“There are so many … but the one that really is tough and pulls those heartstrings has to be ‘Ghost,’ when Patrick Swayze finally has to leave and say his final goodbye to Demi Moore.” What’s your favorite movie love scene?

“Wow! This could really say way too much about me ... naturally, ‘Pretty Woman’ comes to mind with the big Cinderella finale, but I would have to say after recently seeing ‘Casablanca’ for the first time on the big screen at the Boca Centre for the Arts, you can just feel the steam on the screen when Bogie looks deep into the eyes of Bergman.”


tasker after my father died when I was 12. My mother relied on me to help her raise my brother who is six years younger when she went back to work.”

STEVEN MAKLANSKY Director, Boca Raton Museum of Art Is there one room at the museum where you like to steal away for a few minutes’ relaxation?

“Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Georges Braques’ ‘Reclining Nude.’” Do you remember the first art museum you ever visited?

“I grew up at the top of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The first museum I visited might have been the Guggenheim or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Do you decorate your fridge at home with artwork or reminders of chores that need to be done?

“Like many people these days, we have one of those sleek nonmagnetic, stainless-steel refrigerators. Instead, my wife painted one of our walls in special chalkboard paint and that has served as the primary creative arena in our home.” RENA BLADES President and Chief Executive Officer, Palm Beach County Cultural Council Would you call yourself a multitasker?

“I learned to be a multi-

What was the latest song you downloaded onto your iPod?

“Pink’s Grammy performance from a year ago.” COLLEEN SMITH Artistic Director, Florida Classical Ballet Theatre, Boca Raton Is it easier to teach ballet to children or adults?

“It is easier to teach children to dance ballet … Adults are a lot of fun, though.” If you had only one night in New York City, would you attend a Broadway play or a ballet performance?

“Only one night in New York City ... (I need more time!) but if that is all I have, it’s the ballet for me.” What movie scene always makes you cry, no matter how many times you see it?

“Many years ago I remember sobbing during ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ when Meryl Streep must choose which child to leave behind. Heartwrenching.”

LOU TYRRELL Artistic Director, The Theatre at Arts Garage, Delray Beach What’s your favorite sex scene in a movie or play?

“Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal at Katz’s Delicatessen in ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ Check it out again on YouTube. ‘I’ll have what she’s having!’” Do you dance even if there’s no music playing?

“In my head, the music is always playing. Feet don’t fail me now!” Who would you choose to be your leading lady in a play?

“In a play, you choose the actor who’s perfect for the role you’re casting; she will make you look like a brilliant director! In life, my most brilliant casting of a leading lady has been my wife, Kathleen. Thank God she took the part!”

MONTY FOSTER AND SALLY SEVAREID Co-hosts, “The Mo and Sally Morning Show,” KOOL 105.5, West Palm Beach Do you ever dance, even when nobody’s watching?

Mo: “After a few cocktails I’m quite the dancer. I’ve been known to dance with chairs.” Sally: “No. I once danced in one of those ‘Dancing with the Stars’ type of competitions and I was a nervous wreck. I don’t think I’ve danced since.” Is there a reality TV star you wish would disappear?

Mo: “Does Ryan Seacrest count? He seems to get every available hosting job in show business. He must be a robot. There’s no way a human could work that many hours.” Sally: “I want to say a Kardashian but that seems too obvious.” What’s your favorite love song?

Mo: “‘No Ordinary Love’ by Sade. It’s slow. It’s sexy. Good baby-makin’ music. FYI... I’ve never actually made a baby while listening to that song.” Sally: “I’m kind of missing that romantic chip, much to the dismay of my husband. I would have to say ‘Music Box’ by Mariah Carey. It was the song Mo and I had our first dance to at our wedding. We had them play it when we renewed our vows in April of this year.” J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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The students at HARID are obviously very motivated young people, but are they as gifted academically as they are on the dance floor?

Tell the truth—what radio station did you listen to on your way to work today?

Paul: “The truth? I’ve been listening to Pimsleurs’ ‘Learn how to speak Italian’ CDs. I can now ask you where the bathroom is, and I can order a beer.” Young Ron: “The hip-hop station is my favorite. I particularly enjoy the way Deejay ‘Lill’ D- -k drops those dope beats.” When was the last time you used a pen and paper to write a letter to someone?

Paul: “I don’t mail them, but I occasionally will write long-form love notes to my wife, Gina, before I leave for work in the morning. You know, things like, “Pick up toilet paper. Love you.” Young Ron: “I found my son’s school notebook and secretly left him a surprise love note from Daddy. I didn’t realize that he turns the entire book in to his teacher and, at age 14, he was embarrassed when the teacher read it first!” What’s your favorite sex scene in a movie?

Paul: “There’s something about Sonny Corleone quietly going about his business in ‘The Godfather’ during the wedding, a scene that has always gotten my motor running. Perhaps it’s because I first saw that scene when I was 12, and it may have been the first ever. I also recently stumbled upon a late-night film on Cinemax that involved some rubber tubing and a live chicken that I found interesting.” Young Ron: “I find all sex scenes to be degrading to human love and sexuality… So I can only think of Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in ‘Out of Sight,’ Denise Richards’ threesome with Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon in ‘Wild Things,’ Kathleen Turner and William Hurt in ‘Body Heat,’ Diane Lane cheating on Richard Gere in ‘Unfaithful,’ Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger in ‘9 ½ Weeks,’ Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in ‘Atonement,’ Natalie Portman and Clive Owen in ‘Closer,’ Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas in ‘Original Sin,’ Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader in ‘Secretary,’ and those anatomically correct puppets in ‘Team America.’” Paul Castronovo and Young Ron Brewer

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GORDON WRIGHT Director, The HARID Conservatory, Boca Raton Do you remember the first dance you ever went to?

“Absolutely. Academic achievement is one of HARID’s retention criteria (artistic achievement in dance and personal deportment being the other two). Many of our students are enrolled in AP courses and, typically, nearly half our students achieve honor-roll status each academic quarter.”

“Not sure exactly—several hundred. Always loading new things, especially suggestions by my kids.” How many hours of sleep do you average during Sunfest?

“Six or seven. For all of us, the weeks leading up to the festival are actually more ‘sleepless.’ Once it starts you’re generally so tired by the end of the day sleep comes a bit easier.” WENDY LARSEN AND CHARLIE SIEMON Co-founders, Festival of the Arts BOCA

“The first performance by a professional dance company I attended was the Joffrey Ballet in Vancouver, British Columbia.”

What’s your favorite type of music to listen to on a long road trip?

Do you dance even when there’s no music playing?

“Yea… no. In fact, I rarely dance anymore, even when there is music playing. I’ve somehow developed two left feet since I stopped dancing professionally 25 years ago.”

How many songs are on the playlist of your iPod?

Wendy: “Opera arias, classical piano and violin.” Charlie: “Opera.” PAUL JAMIESON Executive Director, Sunfest, West Palm Beach Have you ever been totally starstruck by one of the bands or performers at Sunfest?

“Years ago we had Ray Charles...very cool.”

Is there a song that makes you cry, no matter how often you hear it?

Wendy: “O Mio Babbino Caro.” Charlie: “‘O Soave Fanciulla’ from ‘La Bohème’— I don’t always cry, but the hair on the back of my neck always y stands up.” p

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JAN MCART Director of Theatre atre Arts Program Development, Lynn University, Boca Raton When you visit the Great White Way, do you head straight for a musical or a dramatic production?

“Musical! That’s how I started in the business and it is still my favorite form of entertainment.” What book is on your nightstand right now?

“‘Mrs. Kennedy And Me: An Intimate Memoir,’ by Clint Hill and Jim Cramer’s ‘Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich.’” What type of music do you listen to in your car?

“Right now I have Marilyn Maye, who is a wonderful pop singer, but my tastes are very broad, in that I go from Marilyn Maye to jazz and Wagnerian opera.” ROB RUSSELL Entertainment Director, The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach You seem to attract a lot of A-List stars to both the Royal Room Cabaret and the Polo Lounge. Is there one performer

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you had to sweet talk into coming?

“I had to sweet talk the legendary Chita Rivera, just a little. She thought the Royal Room might be a bit small for her, but after her first performance she called it her ‘Jewel Box’ and loves it!!!” Is there a song that always brings tears to your eyes, no matter how many times you hear it?

“‘One Less Bell to Answer’ by Marilyn McCoo does it every time!! She sings it even better today live than the original recording!! Wow!!!” What was the last live performance you saw somewhere besides The Colony?

“I recently saw the Palm Beach Pops with Lea Salonga and David Burnham at the Kravis Center. I thoroughly enjoyed it!” JOE GILLIE President /CEO, Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, Delray Beach

escape— Talk about escape yikes!” Who do you prefer on late-night TV— Leno or Letterman?

“The short answer: ‘Leno.’ The in-my-dreams answer: ‘Sorry I am in bed an hour and a half already, never see either.’” Now that season is over and things have slowed down at Old School Square’s various venues, is it time to kick back and unwind a little bit?

“I wish! You’re either planning or doing. Summer is extensive planning! Plus, we expect thousands of visitors for our summer pirate exhibit in the Cornell Museum. I’m already looking for shows for the 2013-14 season. No rest for the seasonal weary!”

NEIL JACOBSEN President, Live Nation Florida, Fort Lauderdale You’ve worked with the biggest names in the music industry—from U2 to Streisand. Have you ever been totally starstruck by one of these music icons?

“After doing this for 37 years, that aspect of the job—being ‘starstruck’ passes very quickly. I will say that James Taylor, David Bowie and Dave Matthews are three of the nicest, most gracious performers I have ever been associated with.” What and when was the last concert you paid money to see?

“Kenny Barron, jazz pianist, at Dizzy’s jazz club in New York City in January 2012.”

What’s the last movie you saw?

What’s your favorite music documentary?

“‘The Hunger Games.’

“Woodstock!!” O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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After Years Of Struggle, MTV’s “Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham Is All Grown Up

he MTV audience came to know Farrah Abraham as the confused, temperamental teen who had a baby at 17 and fought most of the responsibilities that came with it. Now, three years after her introduction on the everpopular reality show “Teen Mom,” Abraham finally feels in control of her life, and she credits some of that confidence to sunny South Florida, where she moved near Miami just one year ago. She and her daughter, Sophia, 3, had vacationed here not long ago and fell in love with the weather and beauty the area has to offer. “It’s more kid friendly and the sun is just amazing,” says Abraham, 20, who spent her childhood in Iowa. (The sun) “keeps me positive and happy. Vitamin D is what I need. It’s helped my life.”

Abraham was one of four teens featured as the first group on the MTV reality series that has made such an impact on viewers that some credit the show for reducing the national number of teen births. The fourth season of the show, scheduled to debut in late June, will be its last. “The show has definitely helped me. I’m a way happier person,” Abraham says. “But I’m ready to say, ‘See you guys later!’”

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braham has good reason to look toward the future, because it’s filled with plans that will definitely challenge the young entrepreneur as she juggles life as a single mom to Sophia. She plans to document her journey in front of cameras again as she moves onto a spinoff show, she says, that will tie into her culinary aspirations.

Right now Abraham, an aspiring model, is selfemployed. She received two degrees in culinary arts in Iowa and intends to get her bachelor’s degree in International Hospitality from Florida International University in Miami. She wants to use her culinary skills to open a restaurant in the Sunny Isles or South Beach area that would also offer cooking classes and plans to call the restaurant F&S (initials for Farrah and Sophia).

“I hope (Sophia) does not put herself in the situation where she becomes a teen parent. I don’t want that for her.”

Other ventures include marketing an Italian hot pepper sauce called “Mom and Me,” in which she partners with her mother, Debra Danielson. Their volatile relationship (Danielson was charged with domestic assault in 2010 for allegedly attacking her daughter) has been the focus of many “Teen Mom” episodes and though they still disagree about work and parenting issues, Abraham says her mother visits South Florida often to see Sophia. As if this single mother wasn’t busy enough, she’s also starting her own clothing line and getting ready for the debut of her book, “My Teenage Dream Ended.” In it she shares private moments, like when Sophia’s father died tragically in a car accident not long before her birth. The book will be available on June 26.

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“I break down and cry when I read my book. It will help others get through a hard time,” Abraham says. “I kept a copy for Sophia. I hope she does not put herself in the situation where she becomes a teen parent. I don’t want that for her.” Abraham is also a spokeswoman for an online dating site, hotspot4dates.com. She says she likes the site because it provides a dating counselor for clients and Abraham is happy to be one of them. Though she’s currently single, she insists she’s not looking for love. “I’m so focused on others who want to date,” she says. “And obviously I would rather be at home with Sophia. I’m sure there will be romance for me in the future.” Abraham has also taken on the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of mothers and babies throughout the country. She’s help-

ing the foundation raise money to educate parents about healthy babies and birth defects and recently participated in a walk for the March of Dimes in Miami. When she’s not volunteering, working or studying, Abraham loves to venture out and enjoy all South Florida has to offer.

beach often, as well as Founders Park. Don’t be surprised if you see them at Whole Foods, Target or the Aventura Mall. She’s even made it to Boca Raton for a recent casual date night and says she plans to explore Palm Beach County once she has more time. Though, her schedule is quite full at the moment. She’s

in just a few short years. When her friends were getting driver’s licenses and preparing for college, Abraham was learning how to change diapers. She never intended to be a parent and had never even held a baby until Sophia was born. Those early days were blurry and long and sometimes sad for Abraham

“The show has definitely helped me. I’m a way happier person. But I’m ready to say, ‘See you guys later!’” She first moved to Hollywood in May 2011 and then to Aventura, where she now lives along the Intracoastal and is thrilled to wake up to breathtaking water views each morning. Sophia is in preschool so Abraham tries to squeeze in work and studying during that time because she doesn’t have a babysitter, nor does she have family locally to help care for her daughter. She and Sophia visit the

so busy that she rarely gets a moment to sit down and soak in how far she’s come

as she struggled on TV with her identity and her quick leap into adulthood. But finally, Abraham is starting to figure life out. She’s now an ambitious young woman striving for a better life, and says she’s making plans to ensure that her and her daughter will be happy for a very long time. And she’s making that happen right here in South Florida. O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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amie Foxx and Will Smith have already joined him at Ricochet Bar & Lounge, his new sophisticated art and music space in Miami’s Midtown. Britney Spears celebrated her 21st birthday at his former club, Rumi, which for five years was the hottest spot on South Beach. And Matt Damon and Janet Jackson have frequented his parties at hip locales like Hotel Astor, Shore Club and the Delano.

key. And they know I never do negative press about them.” The handsome son of a real estate developer has become somewhat of a superstar himself, with locals clamoring for invitations to his tony soirees that sometimes begin at 1 a.m. and last until dawn, and where any number of celebs might be spotted dancing on the

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tabletops. He holds his parties and weekly events under the guise of Tai Entertainment, the company he runs with his business partner of 10 years, veteran promoter Tommy “Pooch” Puccio. Their events have been lauded among national jetsetters, including the former Sunday pool parties at The Raleigh Hotel and current Tuesday night fêtes at the Gansevoort Miami Beach.

This past April Tai Entertainment helped open Bella Beach, a club tucked behind Trump International Beach Resort on Sunny Isles Beach. Named after Puccio’s daughter, it’s a swanky 2,000-square-foot European-style lounge on the sand, replete with wicker chairs, sexy daybeds and a white canvas tent built to withstand hurricane-force winds. It’s the first club of its kind on otherwise staid Sunny Isles Beach.

There’s no question that wherever Alan Roth opens a night club, restaurant or bar, the A-list stars show up.

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And while promoting wild and crazy parties for others remains a company staple, Roth and Puccio have begun to diversify. The pair about eight months ago opened its first venture, Ricochet, in Miami’s Design District. The club has already hosted performances by Wyclef Jean (“He loved it, and his show was impromptu,” says Roth), rapper Nas (“magical moments”), pop

I MAKE CELEBRITIES FEEL COMFORTABLE. – Alan Roth

“I make celebrities feel comfortable,” explains Roth, 38, who was born and raised in Miami. “I design places that are sexy and cool and look good. Big stars want to come and be treated low-

International Beach Resort with Donald Trump.

WHERE MIAMI PROMOTER ALAN ROTH GOES, A-LIST CELEBRITIES FOLLOW (AND HE’S HEADING OUR WAY)

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“I partnered with Alan to open Bella Beach because he’s more than a nightlife king—he’s a savvy businessman and entrepreneur,” says Gil Dezer, who owns Trump

rock band Train (“an amazing charity event”) and comedian Pauly Shore (“great laughs”). Roth describes the space as a “performance concept


This November, Tai Entertainment plans to open a 4,000-square-foot French Bistro in Miami’s Midtown and hopes to expand the concept north as well. “Tommy and I will continue to expand together,” Roth says. “We’re excited to learn more about Palm Beach County.” Roth first got a taste for glamour in late 1988 while a student at Miami Beach High School. It was then that South Beach was being transformed from a rundown old folks’ sanctuary into an international city of sex and sizzle. He watched Madonna, Gianni Versace, jazz saxophonist Arthur Barron and reps from the world’s top modeling agencies descend on the town. Fascinated with the architecture and the nightlife, Roth knew he’d found his bliss.

know why I was in college,” he admits), Roth returned home to become a concert promoter. Simultaneously, he began working in hot clubs like Union Bar, promoting Tuesday night parties to a young college crowd.

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for art- and music-loving people,” adding that, “we’re planning to bring the idea to Palm Beach County.” He’s currently looking at venues in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. “We want to grow geographically north,” he says.

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“My parents didn’t get what I was doing and were not happy that I dropped out of college, so I was on my own,” he says. “I left our house with $200 and stayed on a friend’s couch.”

“I actually watched South Beach evolve, it was organic then,” recalls Roth, who graduated high school in 1992. “There were only two or three clubs, and I watched the club promoters in action. Plus, I liked the attention from girls.”

Still, following his passion paid off. He landed a gig with a local music channel, all the while doing party and concert promotions and working three nights as a waiter in North Miami Beach. Eventually, he saved enough money to open his first nightclub, which he did with partners.

He liked the music scene even more. After one uneventful year at Tallahassee’s Florida State University (“I didn’t

He opened Rumi in 2000, and it caught on faster with celebs than Cristal on ice. It became the landing pad

ner place to a club. We did it right, and I sold it to my partners. But I do miss it.”

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for every celebrity to swing through South Beach, most of who partied into the wee hours. And Roth didn’t have to do a bit of publicity—all he had to do was open the door. Word of mouth had brought the crowds. From Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, to President Bill Clinton and Jon Bon Jovi,

the boîte rocked every night. And Roth was always there to meet and greet. “I remember having dinner with Bon Jovi while Seal performed,” Roth recalls. “Rumi was one of a kind because we offered the transitional experience of going from a din-

These days, Roth, newly divorced and on the prowl, knows that night business is a day business, and keeps himself in tip-top shape so he remains up to the task. He’s awake between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. daily, hits the gym as often as possible, then attends to the books, visits his venues and plans for future expansion. “It’s a lot of work, but I’ve learned, and grown both personally and professionally from the past and feel like I’m 21 again. Although,” he says with a laugh, “I have some gray hair.” O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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he Southampton eatery that regularly serves superstars the likes of Alec Baldwin, Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez and Jodie Foster has arrived in Delray Beach. And since 75 Main Delray opened on Atlantic Avenue in the former Cugini Grille space this past April, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a big draw for locals who appreciate its extensive menu and sleek lounge. Restaurateur Zach Erdem, 31, who owns 75 Main in New York, spent more than a year searching for just the right South Florida location before choosing Delray Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Atlantic Avenue. He says he was drawn to the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charm and vibrant mix of dining, shopping and cultural amenities.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delray Beach is a special place and the perfect spot for my new restaurant and lounge,â&#x20AC;? Erdem says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;75 Main Delray combines a touch of Hamptonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sophistication with a definitive dose of South Florida hospitality. We look forward to welcoming old friends and making new friends in the community.â&#x20AC;?

Erdem brought in the talented Chef Matthew Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who also works his culinary magic at 75 Main in Southamptonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to compile a mouthwatering menu that executes his vision of contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean accents. Guests can choose from fresh fish and seafood, steaks, gourmet sliders, salads, inventive sandwiches and vegan and vegetarian options. The restaurant serves brunch and dinner, along with bar bites from a cocktail menu, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indoor and outdoor seating. The lounge features a sexy vibe, with European deejays spinning a blend of house music from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and a full bar includes 85 wines by the bottle, and about 15 wines by the glass. So thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason not to enjoy dinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and then party into the wee hours. 75 Main Delray is located at 270 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-243-7975 or visit 75main.com. J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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GRILLED RIBS Is there anything as indulgent and satisfying as smoky barbecued ribs? We think not. This quick recipe lets you enjoy fall-off-the-bone goodness without a lot of fuss. (Serves 6) INGREDIENTS 2 (2 lb. each) racks of ribs ¼ cup pork rub seasoning, dried Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place ribs, meaty side up, on a cookie sheet. Cover with rub; add salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 1 hour or until tender. Place ribs on a grill rack over coals and roast for 30 minutes.

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APPLEWOOD SMOKEHOUSE SANDWICHES WITH CIDER-BARBECUE SAUCE Hearty smoked chicken or pulled pork sandwiches layered on toasted rolls and topped with crisp Applewoodsmoked bacon, smoky-sweet cider-barbecue sauce and crunchy apple slaw… Need we say more? (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS ½ cup apple cider ½ cup smoky barbecue sauce 1 cup deli-style shredded coleslaw blend 2 tbsp. thinly sliced green onions ½ cup julienne-sliced Granny Smith apples ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 tsp. cider vinegar 2 tsp. honey 4 Kaiser rolls, sliced, toasted 1 lb. smoked pulled pork or smoked sliced chicken 4 slices Applewood-smoked bacon, crisp

2 tbsp. yellow mustard for garnish 8 pickle spears PREPARATION

Preheat grill to medium heat. Grill hot dogs until plump and well marked. Place one hot dog in a bun and top with sweet pickle relish, tomato, onion, mustard and a pickle spear. Serve. OPPOSITE PAGE: Grilled Ribs; Applewood Smokehouse Sandwiches with Cider-Barbecue Sauce THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Chicago-Style Hot Dogs; Golden Peach Margaritas; Grannie Shorts Smoked Sausage and New Potato Salad

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Combine apple cider and barbecue sauce in saucepan; simmer until reduced to thick consistency. Combine coleslaw blend, green onions, apples, honey, cider vinegar and mayonnaise in bowl and toss to blend. Layer smoked pork or chicken evenly on bottom halves of rolls; top evenly with bacon, cider-barbecue sauce and apple slaw. Close sandwiches with top halves of rolls. Serve warm.

CHICAGO-STYLE HOT DOGS If you want a hot dog done right, keep it simple with tried and true toppings. In addition to this recipe, tasty options include peppers, shredded cheese or caramelized onions. (Serves 8) INGREDIENTS 8 all-beef hot dogs 8 hot dog buns, toasted 2 tbsp. sweet pickle relish for garnish 2 tbsp. tomato, chopped for garnish 2 tbsp. red onion, chopped for garnish

with fork. Cut potatoes into quarters; place in large serving bowl. Add sausage, radishes and dressing; toss gently to mix. Serve warm or at room temperature.

GRANNIE SHORTS SMOKED SAUSAGE AND NEW POTATO SALAD

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper 4 large radishes, thinly sliced

The indulgent combination of potato salad and smoked sausage is simply irresistible. It’s a hearty side dish that’s sure to be gobbled up quickly by everyone at the picnic table. (Serves 8)

Put potatoes in large pot with water; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender. Drain and cool. Preheat broiler. Cut sausage diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices on rack in a shallow pan; place pan under broiler and cook until lightly browned. Turn sausage and brown other side; remove and place on paper towels to absorb excess fat. Place oil in skillet over medium heat; add onion and celery. Sauté until crisptender, about 10 minutes; remove skillet from heat. To make dressing, add remaining ingredients, except radishes, to skillet and blend well

INGREDIENTS 2 lbs. new potatoes 1 lb. smoked kielbasa 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped ¼ cup thinly sliced celery ¼ cup cider vinegar 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tbsp. dried dill ½ tsp. salt

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GOLDEN PEACH MARGARITAS This summer cocktail combines the perfect balance of sour lime with the smooth richness of a fresh peach—and a kick of tequila. All you need is a blender and some willing takers. (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS 4 cups frozen peach slices (16 oz.) 1 cup tequila ½ cup peach schnapps ½ cup fresh lime juice ¼ cup triple sec 2 cups ice PREPARATION

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Bluepoint Ocean Grill Serves Fresh Cuisine In A Cozy Setting By Emily J. Minor

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he motto here is “Eat, Drink, Smile,” and we can see why. Situated on the lake at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, the moderately priced Bluepoint Ocean Grill offers fresh seafood, prime steaks, entree salads and hefty sandwiches, all served in cozy, comfortable surroundings. One of 19 restaurants and specialty eateries at the Hard Rock complex, the Bluepoint Ocean Grill offers a welcoming escape from the clatter and lights of the casino fun. If it’s seafood you love, their daily “fresh catch” is always prepared the way you like. The kids’ menu makes meal time a breeze. And speaking of breeze, there’s a lovely outdoor patio for dining if the weather permits. Since we visited on one of those stormy Florida nights, we hunkered down indoors. Sometimes it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by all the choices when you’re in a delightful place like the Bluepoint Ocean Grill, but our waitress was helpful, although not too pushy. She brought our drinks right away, even brewing us each a cup of fresh coffee. For an appetizer, we shared the Angry Ahi Tuna, blackened with spices and served with lemon wasabi aioli. So beautifully presented, we almost hated to dig in. But we gobbled it up. The Southern Fried Oysters and Seared Tuna Sliders also looked inviting, but we were saving ourselves for the big meal ahead. 80

For the entree, I went with the New York Strip and Lobster Tail. My steak, ordered medium rare, was cooked to perfection. The lobster was delicious, and my broccoli was crisp, yet tender, with just a hint of garlic. It’s not often that you stick veggies in your to-go box to take home, but we did. GREAT CATCH: (CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP) the outdoor lakefront patio; Seared Tuna Sliders with Wasabi Cream; Florida Mahi Mahi in a Miso Glaze; Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Mango Salsa; Ahi Tuna Salad with Peanut-Ginger Soy Dressing; a Cosmopolitan

My dinner partner had the Baja Fish Tacos with Napa cilantro slaw, which she loved—slathering the grilled pineapple salsa until there was none to be had. For dessert we shared a plate of beignets which were warm and light, served with a side of what tasted like homemade strawberry jam. And when the South Florida rains prevailed again, we lingered over another cup of fresh coffee, admiring the leather and wood interior design. We didn’t win at the slot machines that night, but we sure won at the Bluepoint Ocean Grill. O

where Bluepoint Ocean Grill is located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5730 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For more information, call 954-327-8911 or visit restaurants-america.com.

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ZTHE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES ABE & LOUIE’SGlades Plaza

❘ 2200 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.0024 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. ABSINTHEShops at Boca

Center ❘ 5150 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3754 ❘ Breakfast and Dinner daily. ATLANTIC GRILLESeagate

Hotel & Spa ❘ 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.4900 ❘ Dinner daily, Brunch SaturdaySunday.

BOCA BURGER BAR200 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.6434 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

BROOKS RESTAURANT

500 South Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.427.9302 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday in season, off-season FridaySunday.

BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

Cinemark Palace 20 ❘ 3200 Airport Rd. ❘ 561.544.3044 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

THE CAPITAL GRILLE

6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.1077 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

BONEFISH GRILLBoca Grove

Shopping Center ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Dinner daily.

CARMEN’SBoca Raton

Bridge Resort ❘ 999 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.9500 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday, Brunch Sunday.

BREWZZIGlades Plaza ❘ 2222

Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.395.2675

TWO GEORGES AT THE COVE MARINA1754 S.E. Third Ct. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.421.9272 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CUT 432432 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly. DADA52 North Swinton Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.3232 ❘ Dinner nightly.

THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDENThe Shops at Boca

The main dining room at Tea-Licious

BITES/

CHOPS LOBSTER BAR101

Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch, Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Sunday. FIFTH AVENUE GRILL821 S.E.

Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0122 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. GRAND LUX CAFETown Center

❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.392.2141 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

THE GRILLE ON CONGRESS 

5101 Congress Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.9800 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. HENRY’SThe Shoppes at

Addison Place ❘ 16850 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.1949 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

GLASS ACTS SoLita Italian Restaurant & The Parlor Lounge Hosts Chef Wine Dinner Series

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nthusiasts of great food and fine wine can indulge their dual passions at SoLita Italian Restaurant & The Parlor Lounge in June, when Executive Chef Anthony “Radar” Risoli will guide diners through five-course meals pairing dishes from Southern Italy with vinos from around the world, courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits.

serts, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on June 12 at the eatery’s Delray Beach location and June 14 at its Fort Lauderdale location. Chef Risoli prides himself on creating signature dishes using hand-picked ingredients, and his knowledge about wine is vast, so diners can expect a decadent and informative dining experience.

The $65 prix-fixe dining event, which will include starters, appetizers, pastas, entrees and des-

SoLita Delray Beach is located at 25 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561-899-0888. SoLita

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Glades Plaza ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8903 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

HOOTERS

HOUSTON’S1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0550 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Executive Chef Anthony “Radar” Risoli

Las Olas is located at 1032 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-2616. For more information, visit solitaitalian.com.

J. ALEXANDER’S1400 Glades

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9875 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFE4199

N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. 561.395.6033


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ZTHE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS KEE GRILL17940 N. Military Tr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly.

RARE LAS OLAS401 E. Las Olas Blvd. ❘ Fort Lauderdale ❘ 954.527.3365 ❘ Dinner nightly.

SIX TABLES112 N.E. Second St. ❘

LUCILLE’S BAD TO THE BONE BBQRegency Court ❘ 3011 Yamato

RED, THE STEAKHOUSE1901 N.

SMOKEHOUSE GRILLE & WINGERY2257 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9557 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MARIPOSANeiman Marcus at

Town Center ❘ 5860 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2320 ❘ Lunch daily. MAX’S GRILLEMizner Park ❘

404 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.0080 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. MAX’S HARVESTDelray Beach ❘

169 N.E. Second Ave. ❘ 561.381.9970 ❘ Dinner nightly. MIA'S GRILLE2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.6388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Sunday. Closed Saturday. MILLER’S EAST BOCA ALE HOUSEShoppes at Blue Lake ❘

1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9142 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MILLER’S WEST BOCA ALE HOUSEBoca Lyons Plaza ❘ 9244

W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.487.2989 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.7724 ❘ Dinner nightly. NEW YORK PRIME2350 N.W.

Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.3881 ❘ Dinner nightly. OCEANS 234234 N. Ocean

Blvd. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.428.2539 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

THE OFFICE201 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.3600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE PAVILION GRILLE301

Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 561.912.0000

RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN Mizner Park ❘ 402 Plaza

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1662 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.9139 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6260 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday by reservation.

Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.9110 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.392.6746 ❘ Dinner nightly.

SEASONS 522300 N.W. Executive

Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.9952 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 75 MAIN DELRAY270 East Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.243.7975 ❘ Brunch and Dinner daily.

TEMPLE ORANGEThe Ritz-

Carlton, Palm Beach ❘ 100 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Manalapan ❘ 561.533.6000 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

TRIPLE EIGHT LOUNGE AT THE FALCON HOUSE116 N.E. Sixth

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.243.9499 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

VINNY’S ALL DAY CAFERegency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9883 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. WATERCOLORS CAFEBoca

THE SUNDY HOUSE106 S.

Raton Bridge Hotel ❘ 999 E. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.9500 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.272.5678

ASIAN/SUSHI

Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday.

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Shoppes of Blue Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.989.1688 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL

SOUNDS SCRUMPTIOUS Share Our Strength’s Taste Of The Nation–Palm Beach Comes To Kravis Center

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t’s time once again for Palm Beach’s top chefs and mixologists to serve up their finest to us lucky locals—all for a good cause. Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation–Palm Beach fundraiser will take place on June 20 at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, when dozens of popular restaurants and beverage providers will donate their time, talents and passions to help raise money to help end childhood hunger. This year’s main event, which begins at 7 p.m., features a stellar lineup of chairmen, including Chef Zach Bell of Addison Reserve Country Club, Chef Clay Conley of buccan and Chef Allen Susser of Burger Bar by Chef Allen. In addition to fabulous food and drink, a 6 p.m. VIP reception will feature gift bags, special wines and spirits, and live and silent auctions. All event ticket sales and profits will benefit Palm Beach County nonprofit agencies, as well as No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call 800969-4767 or visit http://strengthflorida.org/get-involved/taste-of-the-nation/palm-beach/.

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7600 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly except Friday and Saturday. 561.544.8100

BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL

861 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.981.8986 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. CAY DA VIETNAMESE7400

N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 561.998.0278

EDO SUSHI-UPSCALE JAPANESE SUSHI & PAN-ASIAN BUFFET

Waterway Shoppes of Parkland ❘ 7609 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.755.3191 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1109 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily. Closed Friday night. FAH ASIAN BISTROBoca Valley

Shopping Plaza ❘ 7461 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.0400 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

FUSIONARIE JAPANESE SIGNATURERoyal Palm Place ❘

500 Via de Palmas, #79 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.3283 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.


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For information or reservations:

theatlanticgrille.com | 561-665-4900 At The Seagate Hotel, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. §Scan for special offer and entertainment schedule

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YOKOHAMA9168 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8803 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays.

PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT1668 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.7534 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

HOUSE OF SIAM25 N.E.

RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI6060 S.W. 18th St.,

BARBECUE

GARY WOO ASIAN BISTRO3400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Second Ave., #116 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.9191 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. JAPANGORiverstone Shoppes

of Parkland ❘ 7367 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.4268 ❘ Regency Court ❘ 3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.999.1263 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

#108 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8808 ❘ Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner daily. SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE8841 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.218.8788 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Japango

KANSAI7140 Beracasa Way ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8862 ❘ Dinner nightly.

KAPOW! NOODLE BAR431

Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.347.7322

KYOJIN BUFFETShops at Boca

Grove ❘ 21073 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.1708 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

LA TRE249 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly. LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner daily. MAI HIBACHI4801 Linton

Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI1914 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561. 226.0290 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO

1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PHILIPPE BOCA RATON200

East Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.4666 ❘ Dinner nightly. PHUKET THAIPalms Plaza ❘

22191 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.8863 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 86

SHINJU BUFFET7875 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.488.4040 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SPICY GINGER6020 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.3388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Dinner Saturday-Sunday.

STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILLTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades

Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1707 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly.60 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9328 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly.

TIN MUFFIN CAFE364 E.

Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 561.392.9446

MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO.2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.6779 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday.

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CONTINENTAL

561.997.7472

ANDREW'S99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #1 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.7939 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday.

FRENCH

BOHEME BISTRO1118 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.4899 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Sunday. Closed Monday. CAFE DE FRANCE110 E.

CIELOThe Boca Raton Resort

561.455.2140 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

FLEMING’S BISTRO6060 S.W. 18th St., #103 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1117 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

CASIMIR BISTRORoyal Palm Place ❘ 416 Via De Palmas, #81 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘

COTE FRANCE CAFERoyal Palm

& Club ❘ 501 E. Camino Real ❘ 561.447.3222 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

LE PAVILLON14812 S.E.

SUSHI RAYShops at Boca

561.499.9882

Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9506 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

THE BOCA BEACH HOUSE887 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.8850 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

Military Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Mondays.

LE RIVAGE450 N.E. 20th St. ❘

THE MELTING POT5455 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

BISTRO PROVENCE2399 N.

Federal Hwy., #4 ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.368.2340 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-

Atlantic Ave., #120 ❘ Delray Beach ❘

Place ❘ 101 Plaza Real S., Ste. K & L ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6021 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch MondaySaturday, Brunch Sunday.

GERMAN BIERGARTENRoyal Palm Place ❘

309 Via De Palmas #90 ❘ 561.395.7462 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second

Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.0033 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

TEMPURA HOUSEThe Reserve ❘

TIRAMISU 170 W. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.7910 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

MILOS TAVERNA1600 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.6720 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

OLIO BISTRO42 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

INDIAN

St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6088 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

UNCLE TAI’SThe Shops at Boca

Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8806 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

ST. TROPEZ7860 Glades Rd. Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8580 ❘ Dinner nightly.

YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE271

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS 4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. ❘

S.E. Mizner Blvd., #41 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.0087 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.5155 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday.

GREEK

CURRIES & MORE217 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

ITALIAN ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZAShops at Boca Grove ❘ 21065


Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.6600115 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7911 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ARTURO’S RISTORANTE6750

N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7373 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

ASSAGGIO DEL FORNORegen-

cy Court at Woodfield ❘ 3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.613.6460 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BRIO TUSCAN GRILLEThe

Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.3777 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean

Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9404 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CAFE MED BY BICE2096 N.E.

Second Ave. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.5840 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN-

Town Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.268.2805 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL-

Wharfside Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th

St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner daily 335 E. Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.266.9393 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly. CARUSO RISTORANTERoyal

Palm Place ❘ 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.7488 ❘ Lunch and Dinner, Monday-Saturday. CASA D’ANGELO171 E.

Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.1703 ❘ Dinner nightly. DAVITO’S19635 State Road 7 ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.2323 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

FERRARO’S8208 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.477.2750 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday.

MATTEO’S RESTAURANT

S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.2625 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

FRANK & DINO’S718 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.427.4909 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

NICK’S NEW HAVEN-STYLE PIZZERIA & BAR2240 N.W.

TRAMONTI119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

NINO'S OF BOCA1930 561.362.8990

TUCCI'S FIRE N COAL PIZZA

IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7783 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

OVENELLA499 S. Federal Hwy. ❘

50 N.E. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.2930 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

IL GIRASOLETropic Square ❘

PICCOLINO RESTAURANT

VIC AND ANGELO’S 290 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Waterway Shoppes at Parkland ❘ 7625 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9282 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1455 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

1911 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3566 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

78 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

JONATHAN'S CORNER

POSITANO4400 N. Federal

134 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.7123 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT5751 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. RAFFAELE RISTORANTERoyal

Palm Place ❘ 508 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.1110 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. RENZO’S OF BOCA5999 N.

LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT AND CATERING159 E. Palmetto Park

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

LA LUNA BISTROThe Polo

RISTORANTE SAPORIRoyal Palm Place ❘ 99 Royal Palm Place ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.9779 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2081 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE4351 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LILLY’S451 East Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0208 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner daily.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.3186 ❘ Lunch and dinner daily. DOMINICS IIWestwinds of Boca ❘

MARIO’S OSTERIA1400

9834 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.6325 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

19th St., Suite 904 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2900 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

TRATTORIA ROMANA499 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.6715 ❘ Dinner nightly.

GIOVANNI’S COAL FIRE PIZZA

MAGGIANO’S21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

DOMINICS I8177 W. Glades Rd.

233 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.0773 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.239.7000 ❘ Dinner daily.

ROSARIO’S RISTORANTERoyal

Palm Place ❘ 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.0758 ❘ Dinner nightly. ROSSO ITALIA1901 N. Military

Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.9819 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

SAPORISSIMO366 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. PELLEGRINO'S RISTORANTE

3360 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BARRoyal Palm Place ❘ 399

VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY

Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLA ROSANOThe Reserve ❘

9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS 114 N.E. Second St. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. VIVO PARTENZA1450 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2120 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

LATIN/CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL1332 N.W. Second Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0161 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT3350

N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday,

Dinner nightly.Closed Sunday. CABANA EL REY105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL411 E.

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.272.6565

MEDELLIN RESTAURANT 4631 N. State Road 7 Ste. 26 ❘ Coral Springs ❘ 954.755.0941 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 2

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OLD CALYPSO900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Genuine Cuisine From The Homeland The Boca Raton Observer

Best Of Boca And Beyond 2009 Boca Raton Magazine

One Of Those Fabulous Finds Palm Beach Post-2010

★★★1/2 Sun Sentinel-2010

PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN JERK CAFE1179 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.910.1562 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. THE SPANIARD TAPAS BAR & CAFE99 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.347.7000 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. ❘ Closed Monday.

MEXICAN BAJA CAFE UNO201 N.W. First Ave. ❘

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.5449 ❘1310 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.1305 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

V I S I T U S O N T H E W E B AT W W W. V I L L A R O S A N O. C O M

ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BARThe Shops at Boca Center ❘

5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.416.2131 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SEÑOR BURRITO513 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.347.6600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. UNCLE JULIO’SMizner Park ❘ 449 Plaza

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.300.3530 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

ORGANIC APROPO KAFE147 S.E. First Ave. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.1223 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner Wednesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. DIG5199 W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.638.0500 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

4TH GENERATION ORGANIC MARKET

75 S.E. Third St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.9920 ❘ Lunch Monday-Sunday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. THE GREEN GOURMETThe Shoppes

at Addison Place ❘ 16950 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2466 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SOPHIE N ME4251 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.961.4899 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Monday.

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PUB THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

HOLLOWAY'S PUBRoyal Palm

Place ❘ 504 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch Saturday, Dinner Monday-Sunday. 561.361.8445

THE WISHING WELL IRISH PUB

Royal Palm Place ❘ 175 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #9 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.5208 ❘ Dinner nightly.

SANDWICHES/DELI BEN’S NY KOSHER DELIThe Reserve ❘

9942 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CORNER BAKERY CAFEBoca

Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.417.6060 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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DELI ON RYE4311 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1400 ❘ Breakfast Monday-Friday, Lunch Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. GRILL TIME (KOSHER)8177 Glades

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.3699 ❘ Lunch Sunday-Friday, Dinner Sunday-Thursday. Closed Saturday. KOSHER MARKETPLACE22191

Powerline Rd., #5A ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Sunday-Friday, Closed Saturday. 561.391.3318

OLD SCHOOL BAKERY & CAFE

814 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.0013 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch daily.

Polo Shops ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.5903Glades Plaza ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St., #700 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4181 Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9911 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI

SEAFOOD BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH40 S.

Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast Saturday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.1600 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily.

CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.0220 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly. DECK 84840 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.665.8484 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily; Brunch Saturday and Sunday. JB'S ON THE BEACH300 N. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.571.5220 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. J & J SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL

634 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. JAKE’S STONE CRABRoyal Palm Plaza ❘ 514 Via de Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1055 ❘ Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. LEGAL SEA FOODSTown Center ❘

6000 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2112 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. LINDA BEAN'S 200 East Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.2502 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 32 EAST32 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.276.7868 ❘ Dinner nightly.

TRULUCK’SMizner Park ❘ 351 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.0755 ❘ Dinner nightly. THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE7619 State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9190

❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

TURKISH/MEDITERRANEAN ANATOLIA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000

❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

BOCA SKEWERSMizner Park ❘130 N.E.

Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9961 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.395.1109 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily. Closed Friday night.

SINE212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000

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ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN: The Boca Raton Observer’s affluent readership, consisting of 160,000 residents in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, wants to learn about your company. You don’t want to miss this chance to reach them! The Boca Raton Observer’s August 2012 issue will feature full-length profiles of businesses that are run or owned by men as part of its celebration of men in business. If you want to reach our upscale readership by direct-mail in the Boca Raton/Delray area, this is the perfect place to platform your message. Simply call us, and a professional writer will contact you to arrange an interview and complete your advertorial – all you need to do is provide a 6-by-9-inch photograph (300 dpi resolution) to be included in this exciting section! Call now for pricing and to reserve your space.

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SUMMER STEALS YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER SPECIALS Matteo’s Offers Half Price Wine Bottles In June And July

Get 25% Off Your Entire Online Purchase At Alene Too

Matteo’s family style restaurant has been satisfying hungry diners for over 25 years. Don’t miss their signature dishes such as Baked Clams, Chicken Sorrentino, Rigatoni alla Vodka and Shrimp Oreganata. During the months of June and July, all wine bottles are half-price when you mention this ad.

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Come in to the Calligaris Boca Store and experience the best in contemporary furniture and modern design supported by excellent customer service, quality and value. And as a bonus this summer we offer a FREE Calligaris Duvet set or accessory with the purchase of any bed.

Since 1981, Frame World Gallery is an internationally respected dealer in posters and other fine art. Custom framing is a specialty, as well as design and installation services. Appraisal service available.

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SUMMER STEALS YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER SPECIALS Buy One Entree, Receive A Second Entree Gratis This summer, diners can enjoy a wonderful promotion, during dinner, at 75 Main Delray, which serves delicious contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean accents. From Sunday through Thursday, from 4:30 p.m.10:30 p.m., diners who purchase one entree can get another entree for free.

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270 East Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach 561-243-7975 75main.com

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Give your child a jump-start in math. Mathnasium of Boca Raton provides POWER REVIEW AND PREVIEW math programs at all levels. A complimentary assessment during June and July (a $50 value) will put your child on a path to success in the new school year.

Escape to The Seagate Hotel & Spa located steps from the beach on Delray’s famed Atlantic Avenue. For details on the Seagate’s Delray Summer, FROM $159 PER NIGHT, June 1-Sept. 30, 2012 call or visit our website.

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Book your 2012 Celebrity Cruise Line European cruise by July 31, 2012 and receive a $100 onboard credit for each cabin booked. New booking in an Oceanview or higher category only.

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Come shop in Style this summer at Styles Boutique where you will always find a fun, unique piece from all the hottest labels as seen on the “Stars” featured in top fashion magazines. Let Styles Boutique keep you sizzling all summer long.

Enjoy half-price wine on Red, White & You Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, choose from 50 great wines at 50% off, all night long. Grab your friends and make each Wednesday evening a celebration with half-off wine.

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TRULUCK’S Mizner Park 351 Plaza Real Boca Raton 561-391-0755 trulucks.com

300 Complimentary Hair Transplant Grafts With A Procedure Dr. Glenn M. Charles, Immediate Past President of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, welcomes you to join us for 10% off facial fillers and injectables or 300 complimentary hair transplant grafts (with a procedure).

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SUMMER STEALS YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER SPECIALS Complimentary Consultation For Extensions With Color To Match

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“Jerseylicious” star Gayle Giacomo traveled to Donna Pascoe Salon to learn a new technique of applying hair extrensions that she is introducing to her television show and New Jersey salon. No glue, damage or hair loss. Come in for a complimentary consultation and color match. Good enough for “Style Network,” good enough for you.

Our 2-4-1 lunch promotion is brought back for our dedicated VIP guests who support us throughout the summer. All menu items (excluding MP specials). Must purchase a beverage/ person. Mon.-Fri. (11:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.).

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Visit LearningRx or call to schedule a cognitive assessment and see how we can train your brain and make you smarter—results are guaranteed. Stop in for a FREE training demo and learn more about brain training (it is NOT tutoring).

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50% Off Select Frames

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Offering special summer discounts up to 50% OFF on a select group of designer frames. We proudly offer one of Boca Raton’s largest selections of luxury frames.

The rainy season is here and AABCO Roofing wants to keep you dry. With over 100 years combined family service in the industry, your friends at AABCO can repair those annoying, costly leaks so you can rest easy.

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To show our appreciation, present this page to one of our parts specialists and receive 10% off any item from our inventory of Porsche Design Driver’s Selection. Take advantage of this offer soon, offer ends at the end of the 2012 Summer season. Not valid with any other offers.

The Office restaurant and bar pairs your favorite comfort foods with unique twists, keeping your taste buds wanting more. Offering a huge selection of delicious food and tasty beverages, The Office, a hot-spot gastro-pub, sets the perfect vintage-meets-chic atmosphere for any kind of gathering.

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THE SUMMER IS HERE. Happy Hour Wednesday through Friday 5-6:30 p.m., House Wine/Domestic Beer/Well Drinks 1/2 price (BAR ONLY), Appetizers 1/2 price at bar.

Make your best deal on Boca Raton’s best office and warehouse space. Sign a lease before October 1, 2012; mention this ad and Danburg Management will provide a $200 Office Peninsula Corporate Depot gift card to help you Center stock your supply cabinet.

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Beat the summer heat. Come in, chill with us and let us rock your hair. Get 50% off all hair services, facials and waxing. New clients only with selected stylists. Specials honored June 1st through October 1st.

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THE BIG GIVE Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton Raises More Than $50,000 For Local Charities S

aks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton took part in New York-based Saks Fifth Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national effort to raise $1.1 million as part of its charity program. The program, which in February donated 5 percent of all registered purchases made with a registered store credit card, benefitted 196 organizations around the country. Locally, the Boca Raton store raised more than $50,000, which benefited myriad local organizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saks Fifth Avenue is thrilled with the results from our first month-long nationwide charitable program,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Sadove, chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giving back locally in a massive way that touches organizations and customers across the country is exciting and something

we aim to continue moving forward.â&#x20AC;? During the charity program, customers were able to select their favorite local charity from Saks Fifth Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster of organizations to which they wished to allocate their 5 percent contribution. Registration was one simple step at point of sale that linked the customer account with their chosen charity. Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton partnered with Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Spirit of Giving Network and Saint Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charity partnerships have long Abdol been part of our DNA at Saks. It is Moabery exciting to be in a community with such active organizations,â&#x20AC;? said John

Antonini, vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Saks, our charity efforts always remain local; we aim to partner with organizations that our customers are passionate about and

partner with Saks Boca for such a wonderful promotion,â&#x20AC;? said Meryl Gallatin, past chair of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Philanthropy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saks Fifth Avenue understands the importance of giving back to the community at the local level.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charity partnerships have long been part of our DNA at Saks. It is exciting to be in a community with such active organizations.â&#x20AC;?

Saks operates 45 full-line stores in 21 states, two licensed stores in the Middle East and two licensed stores in Mexico City, plus 61 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and saks.com, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online store. Saks Fifth Avenue this year was named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Championâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of 50 U.S. companies so named. O

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Dunleavy, who attends Don Estridge High Tech Middle School and Coons, who attends Western Pines Middle School, were recognized with the other finalists at a luncheon at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. The pair also won a free trip to Washington, D.C., where they’ll be honored with other national Ambassadors. Ranked second among young women was Melanie Camejo, an eighth grader who attends Lake Worth Middle School, and third was Joy Sohn, a sixth grader who attends Bak Middle School of the Arts.

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oca Raton eighth grader David Dunleavy has been selected by the Palm Beach County Steering Committee of the National Campaign to Stop Violence as the first place boy “Ambassador” for his efforts to stop youth violence in the Do The Write Thing Challenge (DTWT), which gives Palm Beach County middle school students the chance to examine the impact of violence on their lives through written essays or poems, reflecting on what can be done about it. Dunleavy is joined by Ashley Coons, an eighth grader from Loxahatchee, who is the first place girl “Ambassador.”

Nathanael Sybron, a sixth grader from Howell L. Watkins Middle School, was ranked second among young men and Christopher Burrett, a seventh grader at Watson B. Duncan Middle School, finished third. All six student finalists will receive cash prizes. The six teens were selected from more than 19,000 participating Palm Beach County middle school students. “The goal of the program is to reduce youth violence in schools, at home and in neighborhoods,” explained West Palm Beach trial lawyer Bill Bone, chairman of the local steering committee. “Many young teens have been bullied or stigmatized by the way they look or talk or act and that can be very traumatic sometimes resulting in enormous pain and even suicide.” O

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Feeding South Florida Annual March For Hunger 5K Walk/Run Raises More Than $58,000

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ore than 600 walkers and runners gathered at the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk for Feeding South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) Second Annual March for Hunger 5K Walk/Run. At the military-themed event, Feeding South Florida raised $58,715 in cash donations, which will help the organization continue to alleviate hunger for nearly 1 million needy residents of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Feeding South Florida also received $29,650 of in-kind gifts at the event.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Members of our community, both individuals and corporations, are essential to helping us fight hunger, and this event certainly proved their dedication to achieving that.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Anthea Pennant, director of external affairs, Feeding South Florida

Participants ran â&#x20AC;&#x153;miles for mealsâ&#x20AC;? to help fight hunger in South Florida. In the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s category, the winners were: first place, Kevin Quadrozzi of Indianapolis, Ind.; second place, Kevin Chauner of Hollywood; third place, Peter Scher of Hollywood. In the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s category: first place, Jenny Garcia of Hallandale Beach; second place, Tina Hilts of Dania Beach; third place, Leanne Cohen of Hollywood.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very happy with how March for Hunger provided a fun-filled, healthy outing for over 600 people, as well as with the amount we raised to help those facing food insecurity in our area,â&#x20AC;? said Anthea Pennant, director of external affairs for Feeding South Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Members of our community, both individuals and corporations, are essential to helping us fight hunger, and this event certainly proved their dedication to achieving that.â&#x20AC;? O

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he Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum’s home, historic Boca Raton Town Hall, has been named by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) as the “top civic building” in Florida through an online competition conducted in March and April of this year. Town Hall ranked No. 20 overall out of 100 buildings listed on the AIA Florida survey. Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner designed the original version of a city hall for Boca Raton in 1926. His twostory elaborate Mediterranean Revival design was scaled down to one story; yet it too proved too expensive for the

newly incorporated municipality. Delray architect William Alsmeyer replaced Mizner as architect in 1927. He created a Mission-style structure incorporating the foundations for Mizner’s design and the Mizner Industries-produced ironwork, tiles, pecky cypress ceilings and doors and other architectural features already ordered for the structure. Boca Raton Town Hall opened for business in the spring of 1927. It features a beautiful gold dome, arched doorways and windows, and ironwork characteristic of the Mediterranean Revival style so popular in Florida during the

Boca Raton Town Hall features a beautiful gold dome, arched doorways and windows, and ironwork characteristic of the Mediterranean Revival style so popular in Florida during the 1920s land boom. 1920s land boom. Town Hall served as a municipal structure until the 1980s; it was restored through a community-wide effort led by the Boca Raton Historical Society in 1984. Today it is still a city-owned building and a proud symbol of Boca Raton’s past.

The Boca Raton Historical Society is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to collect, preserve and share the history of greater Boca Raton. O

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JULY 27 The â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s glam heavy-metal rock band known for its pancake makeup, studded outfits and platform shoes is still relevant in 2012, its music still heard on radio stations far and wide (who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get pumped after hearing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock And Roll All Niteâ&#x20AC;??). Kiss was founded by Gene Simmons, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire-breathing bass player, and Paul Stanley, its star-eyed frontman. They later recruited lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, and while the four members would remain the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful lineup, Frehley and Criss ultimately were replaced. Celebrated for hits including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beth,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christine Sixteenâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Detroit Rock City,â&#x20AC;? the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s album sales have exceeded 100 million worldwide, and it continues to expand its Kiss Army (the name of its fan club). Check out the band at Cruzan Amphitheatre, where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll perform with MĂśtley CrĂźe.

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org JUNE 1-10 “Disney’s The Lion King” Show times vary. JULY 13-29 “The Donkey Show” Show times vary.

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AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com JUNE 8 Avicii “LE7ELS Tour” Show begins at 8 p.m. JUNE 22 LMFAO “Sorry For Party Rocking Tour” with Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson and more Show begins at 7 p.m.

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SCREAMING TWEEN ALERT: One Direction performs at 7:30 p.m. on July 1 at BankAtlantic Center .

JUNE 29 Coldplay “Mylo Xyloto Tour” Show begins at 7 p.m. JULY 6 Fresh Music Festival Show begins at 8 p.m.

AutoNation® IMAX® Theater Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6637; mods.org JUNE 1 THROUGH JULY 31 “Dark Shadows” “Dark Knight Rises” “Wrath of the Titans” Show times vary.


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06.12 BankAtlantic Center One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469; bankatlanticcenter.com JUNE 8 UFC’s Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown Show begins at 6 p.m. JUNE 15 Roger Waters Show begins at 8 p.m. JULY 1 One Direction Show begins at 7:30 p.m. JULY 19-29 Cirque du Soleil: “Dralion” Show begins at 8 p.m.

JULY 29 Sugarland: “In Your Hands Tour 2012” Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Hard Rock Live Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5555; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com JUNE 12 ZZ Top & 3 Doors Down Show begins at 7:30 p.m. JUNE 13 “Happy Together Tour 2012” with Micky Dolenz, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and Flo & Eddie Show begins at 8 p.m.

Bicentennial Park 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com JUNE 16 Jacked With Afrojack & Friends (Bayfront Park) Show begins at 7 p.m.

JULY 20, 21 Dave Matthews Band Show begins at 7 p.m. JULY 27 The Tour 2012: Kiss And Mötley Crüe Show begins at 7 p.m.

JUNE 5-13, 22-27, 29-30 Miami Marlins Baseball Game times vary. JULY 1, 13-16, 23-25, 27-29 Miami Marlins Baseball Game times vary.

Mizner Park Amphitheatre 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-750-1668; ticketmaster.com

JUNE 30 Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Show begins at 8 p.m.

James L. Knight International Center 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-416-5970; jlkc.com

JUNE 23 Doo Wop Revival Show begins at 8 p.m. JULY 12 Frank Sinatra, Jr. Show begins at 8 p.m.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; browardcenter.org JUNE 10 16th Annual Festival Yachad Israeli Dance Festival Show begins at 7 p.m.

JUNE 9 97.9 WRMF Party in the Park featuring Kris Allen, John Waite and Eric Hutchinson Show begins at 6 p.m.

JUNE 12-24 “La Cage Aux Folles” Show times vary.

JULY 27 Yes Show begins at 7 p.m.

The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater

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Cruzan Amphitheatre 601-7 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; livenation.com

1501 N.W. Third St., Miami, 877-627-5467; miami.marlins.mlb.com

Parker Playhouse

JULY 4 America’s Birthday Bash (Bayfront Park) Show begins at 9 p.m. JULY 7 Radio One Fest (Bayfront Park) Show begins at 6 p.m.

Marlins Park

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7300; livenation.com JUNE 6 Bon Iver Show begins at 8 p.m.

JUNE 9 Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre Presents “You Can’t Stop The Beat” Shows begin at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

JULY 28 Gian Marco Show begins at 8:30 p.m.

JULY 28 An Evening with John Waters: “This Filthy World” Show begins at 7 p.m.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-832-7469; kravis.org

JUNE 16 Rafael “Pollo” Brito Show begins at 8 p.m.

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JUNE 19-22 “The Brand New Kid” Show times vary.

JULY 24 Nicki Minaj: “Pink Friday Tour” Show begins at 8 p.m.

JUNE 16 Little Anthony and the Imperials Show begins at 8 p.m.

JULY 10 THROUGH AUGUST 19 “Divorce Party The Musical” Show begins at 8 p.m.

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events JUNE 2 THROUGH JULY 27 “Form, Outline, Color: An Exhibition by Artists and the Instructor” This unique exhibit features artists who attended classes in traditional techniques of watercolor, led by instructor Karen Eskesen. Takes place at the Delray Beach Public Library in Delray Beach. Exhibit times vary. For more information, call 561-266-9490 or visit delraylibrary.org. JUNE 3 Run 4 The Ribbons Includes a 5K run/walk and onemile walk on a certified course through Old Floresta. Starts and finishes at the Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Applications available at Runner’s Edge in Boca Raton. Proceeds benefit the Lynn Cancer Institute Patient Resource Fund. Starts at 7 a.m. For more information, call 561955-4501 or visit active.com. JUNE 3 The Shelly Roberts Circle of Love “5K for the Kids” Walk/Run Included at the event will be a bone marrow drive held exclusively for Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Takes place at Tropical Park in Miami. Benefits Footprints Buddy and Support Program and the Children’s Cancer Fund. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 305-962-6250 or visit 5kforthekids.webs.com. JUNE 5 THROUGH JULY 24 Sea Turtle Walks Join the Museum of Discovery and Science to learn about the natural history and myths of sea turtles. Nature permitting, participants will have a chance to watch a 300 lb. Loggerhead venture out of the ocean to lay eggs. Reservations are required. Starts at 9 p.m. Takes place on Fort Lauderdale Beach. For more information, call 954-467-6637 or visit mods.org. 114

JUNE 8 Sushi and Stroll Enjoy the sounds of taiko drums and stroll the tranquil gardens at sunset. Takes place at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561495-0233 or visit morikami.org. JUNE 9 Gospel in the Son Outreach Gospel music’s successful artists will converge for this all-day nondenominational gathering of service and spirituality. Takes place at Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium in Lauderhill. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 855464-4876 or visit gospelintheson.com. JUNE 16 Nature Craft for Dad Design and decorate a card and gift bag for Father’s Day using found natural objects. Adults must register children, but don’t have to stay. Takes place at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. Starts at 1 p.m. For more information, call 561338-1542 or visit gumbolimbo.org. JUNE 16 3rd Annual Healthy & Free Juneteenth Celebration Enjoy an outdoor concert, fashion show, dance performances and great food. Takes place at Old School Square in Delray Beach. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 954607-8989 or visit love-community.org. JUNE 20 Dinner with Philanthropists Event The Wasie Foundation and Signature Grand present this exclusive dinner to recognize South Florida philanthropists and nonprofit organizations. Benefits the Jack and Jill Children’s Center. Takes place at the Signature Grand in Davie. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 952-955-8500 or visit wasie.org. JUNE 22 THROUGH JULY 21 Festival Repertory Theatre 2012 Presents “Showtune” And “Love’s

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Labours Lost” Florida Atlantic University’s department of theatre and dance presents a musical revue and a Shakespearean play. Takes place in the University Theatre and Studio One Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. Show times vary. For more information, call 800-564-9539 or visit fauevents.com. JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration at Flagler Museum Expect homemade lemonade, ice cream and fireworks on this festive evening. Takes place at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561-655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum.us. JULY 4 Red, White & Zoo Enjoy lunch, music, children’s games and more in honor of Independence Day. Takes place at Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561547-9563 or visit palmbeachzoo.org. JULY 5 THROUGH JULY 26 Delray Beach Public Library’s Lifelong Learning Community Institute This summer program includes “The Ins and Outs of the Presidential Campaign,” “Murder and Mayhem in the Art World” and “Discovering a New Hobby.” Takes place at the Delray Beach Public Library in Delray Beach. Start times vary. For more information, call 561-266-9490 or visit delraylibrary.org. JULY 9 Boca Raton Hadassah Presents Joanne Caras Author Joanne Caras will share stories and special recipes she’s collected from Holocaust survivors around the world. Takes place at Bridgewood Center in Boca Raton. Starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-368-3858.

JULY 11 THROUGH AUGUST 5 “The Fantasticks” West Palm Beach’s resident professional theatre company will present this long-running musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Takes place at Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Donald and Ann Brown Theatre in West Palm Beach. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-514-4042 or visit palmbeachdramaworks.org. JULY 13 Sushi and Stroll Enjoy the sounds of taiko drums and stroll the tranquil gardens at sunset. Takes place at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561495-0233 or visit morikami.org. JULY 15 Numerology Lecture Hear a free lecture by Michael Brill, internationally acclaimed numerologist, author and originator of cosmic numerology. Takes place at The Heart Painter in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-5448158 or visit royalpalmplace.com. JULY 21 13th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament World-class anglers and fishing enthusiasts will compete for cash and prizes. Benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. Takes place at the Riviera Beach Marina in Riviera Beach. Starts at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-494-6884 or visit hpbcf.org. JULY 28 Will George Reflective Exhibition Enjoy artwork by Will George, an expressionist and photorealist who celebrates the places where people work and meet in their daily lives. Takes place at Karen Lynne Gallery in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-338-9801 or visit royalpalmplace.com. O


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SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BOCA FALLS

BUYER

12853 HYLAND CIR

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

$284,900

01-JUN-97

$260,100

25-MAR-11

$1,525,000

29-AUG-08

HOOD DAVID P

SLOFKIS NEIL M

$455,000

BOCA GOLF & TENNIS CLUB

17737 CANDLEWOOD TER

HERZ CAROLINE E

VOGELSANG RAIMAR INDIV TRUSTEE

$380,000

BOCA GROVE PLANTATION

7064 MANDARIN DR

AUSTIN IRMA M

JPMORGAN CHASE BK NATL ASSOC

$376,000

24-SEP-04

BOCA HARBOUR

7250 NE 8TH AVE

CONTOGIANNIS DANIEL

HAZELCORN MARIANA

BOCA HARBOUR ISLAND

6929 NE 8TH DR

SCHOEPPL CARL

SPADAVECCHIA VINCENT

BOCA ISLES NORTH

19256 CLOISTER LAKE LN

LAINEZ JOY B

LENDALK PROPERTIES LLC

$394,000

$260,100

21-OCT-11

BOCA ISLES NORTH

10745 MAPLE CHASE DR

MAGOMEDOVA MARGARITA

COLE MARK

$505,000

$665,000

31-JUL-07

BOCA ISLES NORTH

19666 BLACK OLIVE LN

NALBANDYAN HASMIK

MARCUS RICHARD P

$345,000

$218,000

01-JUL-94

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

10576 ST THOMAS DR

WULKAN JAMIE L

BANKUNITED

$258,000

$153,300

24-JAN-11

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

20197 OCEAN KEY DR

BARTOLOMEO MARY L

TOWNES-MCCOY JENIFER

$550,000

$309,000

01-APR-97

BOCA LAKES

2626 NW 42ND ST

ALLARD DEBRA L

ALL STAR REALTY TMS LLC

$390,000

$290,000

07-NOV-11

BOCA POINTE CC

5926 VISTA LINDA LN

PALOTAS GABRIEL

CHMIEL MARYSIA

$583,930

$500,000

29-JAN-10

BOCA POINTE CC

6507 BRAVA WAY

KOHLER THOMAS M

WERTHEIMER ESTHER

$299,000

$243,000

14-JAN-99

BOCA POINTE CC

6450 COLOMERA DR

FERNICH FRED

POPECK MARVIN

$334,000

BOCA POINTE CC

22611 MERIDIANA DR

GAUTHIER JACQUES

SANKEL JOEL INDIV TRUSTEE

$239,000

BOCA POINTE CC

6284 VIA PALLADIUM

EGLOFF CINDY M

FARRELL JOSEPH P

$325,000

$390,000

23-AUG-04

BOCA POINTE CC

23241 VIA STEL

COHEN MARK B

IGLESIAS ALICIA

$305,000

$330,000

14-AUG-03

BROKEN SOUND CC

6632 NW 24TH AVE

SIEGEL SHERYL

PREISS RUTH M INDIV TRUSTEE

$245,000

01-SEP-96

BROKEN SOUND CC

2421 NW 66TH DR

FISHMAN KENNETH

US BANK NATL ASSOC TRUSTEE

$140,000

11-APR-11

BROKEN SOUND CC

2153 NW 60TH CIR

SIEGEL JACK

SCHILLER SHIRLEE HOROVITZ

$700,000 $1,540,000

$247,500

08-JUL-05

07-MAY-07 27-FEB-09

$311,500

01-OCT-90

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

E AWARD GOES H T TO D N A

Claire Sheres

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the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER LEVINE MARILYN

SELLER SALZENSTEIN MARVIN A TRUSTEE

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

BROKEN SOUND CC

2108 NW 60TH CIR

$335,000

10-AUG-09

BROKEN SOUND CC

2519 NW 59TH ST

LEVINE SHARON MORGAN

STOCKTON RICHARD

$800,000

BROKEN SOUND CC

2431 NW 62ND ST

RAPOPORT ROBIN

TUORTO ANDREW

$700,000

BROKEN SOUND CC

5569 NW 21ST WAY

LOBL RUDOLPH

GOLDMAN STEPHANIE

$170,000

ISLAND LAKES AT LOGGERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RUN

11234 ISLAND LAKES LN

FERNANDEZ CARLOS E

STOPPEL DOUGLAS

$320,000

07-OCT-11 14-APR-08

$688,500

01-MAR-94

$280,000

27-JAN-09

10-JUL-03

MIZNERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRESERVE

6282 VIA VENETIA N

LAING LAUREN Z

BROADBENT MERYL INDIV TRUSTEE

$572,300

MONTOYA ESTATES

7960 CHULA VISTA CRES

SKOCZYLAS ALEXANDER

KULA IRWIN J PERSONAL REP

$315,000

NEWPORT BAY CLUB

6606 NEWPORT LAKE CIR

LERNER JAY

GMAC MORTGAGE LLC

$461,900

OLD FLORESTA

130 NW 9TH AVE

BORN ROBERT

COYLE LESTER NOEL

$672,500

03-SEP-09

PALM BEACH FARMS

1135 SW 16TH ST

BLINCHIKOFF ROSARIA

CARSWELL ARCHIE L

$180,000

01-JAN-71

PALM BEACH FARMS

1150 SW 19TH ST

ALVAREZ DAVID ANTHONY

LANDON JOANN M

$375,000

PALM BEACH FARMS

1341 SW 17TH ST

ATLAS COLLEEN A

RENFROW JAMES F

$410,000

$400,000

24-OCT-08

PALMETTO PLACE CONDOMINIUM

99 SE MIZNER BLVD

TATOR MAUREEN

MIA UNITED LLC

$180,000

$125,000

27-JAN-12

PARKSIDE

930 PARKSIDE CIR N

ESSIG STEVEN M

BRACKETT STEVEN

$675,000

$723,500

29-DEC-03

SATURNIA ISLES

9778 NAPOLI WOODS LN

MEYERS SARAH

TERKIEL LESLIE S

$525,000

$440,000

26-JUN-02

SATURNIA ISLES

9588 BARLETTA WINDS PT

LINDER RYAN

ARONBERG DAVID T

$559,500

$449,730

24-SEP-02

SATURNIA ISLES

9508 SAVONA WINDS DR

LY DANNY T

LY TRINH CHAU

$425,000

$712,165

28-JUL-03

SATURNIA ISLES

15631 MESSINA ISLES CT

RUDERMAN NICOLE L

PINES FRANKLIN J

$575,000

$590,509

STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

10273 SPYGLASS WAY

WIENER GISELA

HOROWITZ KAREN INDIV TRUSTEE

$190,000

02-AUG-10

THE ESTATES

1099 BANYAN RD

HOLDER FRANK L

IOTA BANYAN LLC

$1,750,000

01-FEB-12

28-FEB-12 $368,100

01-FEB-11

01-SEP-92

31-DEC-03

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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giving backcharity never goes out of style

We certainly have had to cut our hours of operation…There have been cuts in staff. There have been cuts in the dollars to buy materials.

A TAIL OF TWO CITIES: A young reader shares a story with Louise, a Golden Retriever therapy dog, at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton

– Tom Sloan, manager of library services for the City of Boca Raton

ONE FOR THE BOOKS Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library Helps Keep Reading Tradition Alive By Emily J. Minor

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e’ve all used public libraries through the years, maybe time and time again. After all, who wants to pay $25.99 for a new hardback copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” even if it is the steamiest book around? But Tom Sloan, the manager of library services for the City of Boca Raton, thinks about libraries in a way that we might not. He thinks about paying the bills. “We certainly have had to cut our hours of operation,” says Sloan, who oversees Boca Raton’s main downtown library and the newer library campus on Spanish River Boulevard. “There have been cuts in staff. There have been cuts in the dollars to buy materials,” he says. 128

And that’s because city officials, faced with less income themselves, have cut library funds 10.4 percent over the last three years, Sloan explains.

$5,000 there for things like an ebook start-up inventory, librarian training and the popular Sunday afternoon speaker and music series.

So, there they were, coming to the rescue: Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, a volunteer 501(c) charity that boosts existing programs and replaces popular services that might otherwise be cut.

When the city recently broke ground on what will be a new downtown library location sometime in 2013, Friends donated $250,000 specifically to expand the size of that new building.

Like the summer reading series? It would be around, but the group takes the popular children’s program to another level, explains Friends’ President Susan Sosin, who says they add all the extra niceties, like the contests, prizes and parties that kids like.

“That is literally a concrete donation to the library, no pun intended,” Sloan says.

In the last four years alone, Friends has given $400,000 to the library for everything from the annual Mother-Daughter Mother’s Day Banquet, to $1,000 here and

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While Friends is considered part of a national network that raises money across the country, each chapter is completely autonomous. Boca Friends raise money for local projects and services only. And they’re judicious. “We don’t give the library money

for anything that the city already does,” Sosin says. “We enhance.” There are a number of ways to help. Besides staffing and stocking their popular bookstore—which is their biggest money maker—they need help with publicity, event planning, membership drives and building their online presence. There are various membership levels and all membership fees go to library programs and services. “They’re important,” Sloan says, about Friends’ involvement. “They give us tens of thousands of dollars in areas that our budget simply does not support.” Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library is located at 200 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-544-8596 or visit bocalibraryfriends.org. O


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