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Come Hear the Music Play Discover the intimate charms of cabaret entertainment

Lights, Camera, Education Students train for a promising future in Palm Beach County’s film industry

Design You Don’t See The spaces and places where art lives pose creative challenges

PLUS Cartoonist Carlos Castellanos, Palm Beach’s crab cake culture, the 21st century creative workforce and more

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come to the cabaret This intimate form of entertainment has a colorful history in Palm Beach County stretching back long before Old School Square and the Royal Room launched their popular current series. By Thom Smith

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in search of the perfect crab cake

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Enjoy a sampling of Palm Beach County’s crab cake culture. By Jean Tailer


if you build it – and fill it with talented students – they will come Innovative education programs and exciting new partnerships are contributing to the growth of Palm Beach County’s film industry. By Sheryl Flatow



these four walls The museums, theaters, galleries, concert halls and other spaces in which we enjoy art present a creative challenge to architects and designers as well as a warm welcome to visitors. By Christina Wood


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welcome letter Art and culture represent a wise investment for Palm Beach County’s business community. By Rena Blades


editor’s note Palm Beach County looks back and forges ahead. By Christina Wood

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upfront • Major arts organizations celebrate major milestones. • For a fun date night, get your hands dirty at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s School of Art. • Students at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts rally in support of arts education. • Palm Beach County hosts the first statewide Green Schools Conference – and a culturally inspired Green Social. • A new season of Culture & Cocktails will satisfy your appetite for inspired conversation. • Smart phone app connects you with culture – now! • WXEL TV 42 to air the first ever PBS Fall Arts Festival, featuring Miami City Ballet and more. • A leading national advocate for the arts had something important to say to business leaders and arts organizations at the inaugural SmARTBiz Summit.

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art works! The demands of the 21st century economy call for a creative workforce. By Christina Wood


profile After a successful business career, Miles Coon discovers a new life in the arts. By Amy Woods


portrait West Palm Beach cartoonist Carlos Castellanos combines his artistic abilities and Latin heritage in a colorful career. By Don Vaughan

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calendar Palm Beach County offers up enough cultural activities and artistic events to keep you busy for the rest of the year – and beyond!


inside culture The Flagler Museum hosts “First Train to Paradise: The Railroad that Went to Sea;“ the Palm Beach County Cultural Council joins Americans for the Arts’ economic study; local artist Walter Hnatysh is among the recipients of the South Florida Cultural Consortium 2011 Visual and Media Artists Fellowship; and much more insider news.

33 Come Hear the Music Play Discover the intimate charms of cabaret entertainment

Lights, Camera, Education Students train for a promising future in Palm Beach County’s film industry

Design You Don’t See The spaces and places where art lives pose creative challenges

PLUS Cartoonist Carlos Castellanos, Palm Beach’s crab cake culture, the 21st century creative workforce and more

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It might be more difficult for those of us in Palm Beach County to discern when summer ends than it is for our friends and colleagues “up north” – but there still are telltale signs. As the leaves begin to turn in cooler climates, we see back-to-school sales, a proliferation of conversations about football and, happily, the first concerts, plays and exhibitions of the new cultural season. It’s time to gear up for fall, a time to get back to business. Here in Palm Beach County, I am pleased to say, getting back to business often involves a renewed focus within the business community on investing in art and culture. Two prime examples of this phenomenon can be found here at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. As you will read elsewhere in this magazine, we recently hosted our inaugural SmARTbiz Summit, which was sponsored by The PNC Foundation as a component of its exceptionally generous $200,000 grant to the Cultural Council. When this commitment was announced several months ago, Craig Grant, regional president of PNC Bank for Florida, observed that, “Today more than ever, the businesses that we attract, the jobs we create, the visitors who extend their stay are drawn by what Palm Beach County has to offer. We must continue creating partnerships with non-profit organizations to help strengthen the economic vitality of the region.” The SmARTbiz Summit emphatically reinforced these messages.

Learning Communities Through Arts and Culture (BLCTAC) program. Countless other businesses in Palm Beach County understand the value of investing in the arts. You can find evidence of their generosity in their sponsorships of exhibitions, performances and other events; through their in-kind donations of products and services; and through the leadership that so many of their executives and employees provide on the boards of non-profit organizations and as volunteers in the trenches, helping arts and cultural groups to achieve their goals. Involvement of this nature provides wonderful opportunities for business people to network in the community, as well – one of the many intangible, yet vitally important, benefits of investing in the arts. We are fortunate in Palm Beach County to have many outstanding corporate citizens whose leaders recognize how their support of the arts strengthens the economic environment in which they operate. But there’s always room for more! If you or your company have an interest in investing in the arts but aren’t sure how or where to begin, please contact the Cultural Council. We would be pleased to share information and facilitate contacts with our cultural organization members. Thank you, as always, for your interest and support of Palm Beach County’s vibrant cultural community. Rena Blades

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BACK AND FORTH In January of 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States. Before the end of that year, Freedom Riders would be taking their seats on the bus, construction would begin on the Berlin Wall and Goya‘s Portrait of the Duke of Wellington would be stolen from the National Gallery in London – just three short weeks after it went on display.


It was in 1961 that West Side Story first hit movie theaters and the Palm Beach “Par 3” Golf Course opened for play. That same year the South Florida Science Museum opened its doors, providing the community with a gateway to the wonders of science and natural history, and opera lovers gathered for the first thrilling performance presented by the Civic Opera of the Palm Beaches. As the Science Museum and what we now know as Palm Beach Opera celebrate 50 years with us, art&culture invites you to savor the richness of our community’s cultural legacy and consider a tantalizing future. In this issue, we look back – to the roots of a particularly memorable form of musical entertainment and Banyan Boulevard’s rough-and-tumble past as Thom Smith takes us on a delightful visit to the cabaret on page 36. We explore the places where so many magical memories are made on page 56 in “These Four Walls,” an exploration of

the various spaces in which we interact with art. We also look ahead, anticipating the growing need for innovation in our modern workforce in “It’s Time for Business to Get Creative” on page 24. We’ll show you how Palm Beach County’s film and television industry is getting a boost from education in a story that highlights exciting opportunities that are cropping up in our community right now and hints at a dynamic future – for local students and for digital industries. “If You Build It – and Fill It with Talented Students – They Will Come” appears on page 52. Carlos Castellanos definitely draws on his past; you can find out how in our Portrait of the cartoonist on page 30. You’ll relish the delicious reflections we serve up in Jean Tailer’s homage to Palm Beach County’s crab cake culture on page 44. On page 26, Miles Coon, the director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, shares his memories with us in our Fall Profile. I hope you will enjoy exploring a bit of our shared past and, perhaps, a few of our hopes for the future in this issue of art&culture. As we wish Palm Beach Opera and the South Florida Science Museum a very happy 50th birthday, we want to thank all the artists and cultural organizations that make life here in Palm Beach County so unforgettable. Imagine!

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contributors New York native Jim Fairman was introduced to photography in high school and has rarely put his camera down since. The West Palm Beach resident is a busy freelance photographer who captures a diverse array of subjects from yachts and exotic cars to high fashion and flowers.

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Sheryl Flatow is a freelance writer specializing in the performing arts. She writes a monthly column for the national edition of Playbill and has been published in Parade, The New York Times, Dance magazine, Biography and Performing Arts among other publications.

classes & Workshops For Adults, Teens, Children and Special Needs, Beginner to Professional, Daytime, Nights, Weekends. With a lifelong interest in the arts inspired largely by his highly creative parents, Leon Rubin has been writing about arts and culture for 35 years. A former Boca Raton resident, he helped to establish the Boca Raton Cultural Consortium and was actively involved in children’s theater.

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During more than three decades at The Palm Beach Post, Thom Smith covered popular music, movies, television and the courts. For 20 years he wrote columns about people, places and events in the Palm Beaches culminating with the “Palm Beach Social Diary.” These days he freelances and writes the “On the Avenues” column for The Coastal Star.

Jean Tailer is a three-time chairman of the Palm Beach Preservation Society Ball, four-time chairman of the Norton Museum of Art‘s “Vernissage” and one-time chairman of the Red Cross Ball. She has been honored by Palm Beach Atlantic University with its Woman of Distinction award and by the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce with its Charity Achievement of the Year award.

Don Vaughan is an avid comic book collector who happily served as a docent at the International Museum of Cartoon Art. A freelance writer, Don was born and raised in Lake Worth. His work has appeared in an eclectic array of publications, including Mad Magazine, Military Officer Magazine and Cat Fancy.

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Since 1961, more than five million visitors have explored the wonders of science and technology at The South Florida Science Museum. Happy days, indeed.

Palm Beach Opera, which began life as the Civic Opera of the Palm Beaches, is also celebrating its golden anniversary this year. Bravo!

Coming of Age The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is launching its 20th anniversary season. Happy birthday – and many, many more.

On the Map The Arts Mean Business The inaugural SmARTBiz Summit was held September 12 and featured, among others, Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts – the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the arts in America. The summit brought together leaders from cultural organizations and the business community to discuss the positive results stemming from business and arts relationships and the ways that these are a driving economic force in our region and throughout the nation. Palm Beach County’s cultural industry is a formidable economic force that has a long-standing symbiotic relationship with the business community. Art and culture continue to play an important role in revitalizing our downtown districts and attracting new businesses. What’s more, the most recent National Arts Index and Economic Prosperity Study reveal that the county enjoyed an impressive $209 million annual economic impact from its cultural industry, which supports 4,800 jobs. Robert Lynch The summit is part of the SmARTBiz program, which is funded by a $200,000 grant awarded to the Palm Beach County Cultural Council by The PNC Foundation. SmARTBiz also provides operational support grants to non-profit cultural organizations and will help our community learn from the results of next year’s updated National Arts Index and Economic call 561-471-2901 Prosperity Study. or visit







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Culture & Cocktails Gets Personal You’ll be hanging on every word this season as Culture & Cocktails goes one-on-one with Palm Beach Daily News society editor Shannon Donnelly, dance legend Edward Villella, philanthropist Alexander Dreyfoos and others. Programs are held monthly November through April at the elegant Café Boulud in Palm Beach. Admission is free for members of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council ($175 level and above).

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The Lighthouse ArtCenter’s School of Art in Tequesta puts a fresh spin on date night. On the second Saturday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m., the school offers a ceramics class geared toward couples. Instruction, materials, tools and refreshments are provided – just bring someone special.


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Now Showing Growing Green On November 11, the first statewide Green Schools Conference will take place at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. The 2011 Learn Green: Green Schools Conference & Expo will feature workshops and exhibits aimed at sharing ideas for greening the curriculum and day-to-day operations of schools across the state. The one-day event is presented by the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center/Florida Atlantic University and the Palm Beach County School District’s Division of Facilities Management. When the workshops are over, the attendees will enjoy a “Green Social” organized by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council that includes happy hour and a cultural walking tour of the call 561-686-6600 West Palm Beach waterfront.


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America’s got talent. It’s true. But – despite the popularity of televised talent competitions – you’ll rarely see the amazing breadth of artistic endeavor in this country represented on TV. This fall, however, PBS will be taking viewers on a nine-week journey exploring local arts stories that help shape our culture – from ballet to banjos and rock stars. Airing locally on WXEL TV42, the first-ever




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Outside the Box

Next Generation

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Students Rally in Support of Arts Education

West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach have joined with savvy communities across the country to put their cultural resources on the cultureNOW map – and in the palm of your hand. With cultureNOW, you can hop online or download an app for your smart phone in order to enjoy instant access to photos, maps and interesting information about public art, architecture and attractions in our area.


Earlier this year, students at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts stood up for what they believe in. They also pulled out their paintbrushes, tuned up their guitars and lifted their voices. More than 200 students, teachers and parents turned out for a “Rally for the Arts,” hoping to send a powerful and positive message about education funding to Gov. Rick Scott. Creativity, commitment and a dash of civic savvy were clearly on display at the event organized by Trevor Maloney, who was a senior at the time. Evidence in and of itself, some might say, of the value of arts education!

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Did you hear the one about the editor who couldn’t stop laughing? art&culture’s own Christina Wood caught up with Rich Little and John Byner at the studios of WXEL in Boynton Beach. The legendary comedians were in town to record a series of laugh-filled pledge segments for Ed Sullivan’s Legends of Comedy, a new PBS program produced by former WXEL staffer T.J. Lubinsky.

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It’s Time for Business to Get Creative By Christina Wood

Jazz celebrates improvisation. In the theater, every In the 21st century, ideas are the hot commodity. set is the creative solution to a problem and every As we continue to retool our economy, the needs of an performance communicates ideas. A member of information-based system focused on delivering the high school marching band learns a lot cutting-edge services and highly customized about collaboration. An afternoon spent products become clearer. Innovation tops wandering through a museum may the wish list of nearly every CEO looking for provide a new perspective. a competitive advantage in the high-speed “I firmly believe that an understanding chase for customers in a global marketplace. and appreciation of the arts, and well-develThere’s just one hitch. oped creative skills are central to the future of Employers hungry for originality are finding America’s workforce development,” Charles that people with the ability to think creatively Segars, Ovation CEO, testified before Congress. and look at challenges with fresh eyes are, “There is no question that our rapidly evolving unfortunately, not found hanging on trees. global economy demands a dynamic “The arts are part of the solution,” and creative workforce. If we want says Robert Lynch, president and CEO of America to stay competitive, we must Americans for the Arts, who was in town invest in the arts to a greater degree.” recently for the Palm Beach County In Palm Beach County, bridges Cultural Council’s SmARTbiz Summit, are being built that will make the sponsored by The PNC Foundation. path to a vibrant economic future A survey conducted by the much smoother – and potentially American Management Association shorter. Members of the cultural and identified certain job skills that will be business community are coming needed if businesses are to thrive in the together, as they did at the SmARTbiz coming years. Creativity and innovation Summit, and forging new relationtop the list, followed by communicaships that are mutually beneficial. Arts tion, collaboration and critical thinking organizations are learning how to and problem solving. Further research more effectively structure their operashows that involvement in the arts has tions while sharing valuable insight been identified as a key marker of into their passionate and creative creativity in prospective employees. can-do approach. Countless other “Palm Beach County has one of studies have unequivthe richest arts and culture environocally demonstrated ments in the country,” says Kelly the economic value of Smallridge, president and CEO of the the arts and the benRobert Lynch, president and CEO, Business Development Board of Palm efits of arts educaAmericans for the Arts Beach County. “Strong partnerships tion. Writing in the between businesses, community members and the arts Harvard Business Review blog, Tony Golsbystimulate economic growth.” Smith spells it out, “People trained in the Our non-profit arts organizations have always relied on suphumanities who study Shakespeare’s poetry, port from the business community. To meet the need for or Cezanne’s paintings, say, have learned to innovation and creativity in what former Federal Reserve play with big concepts, and to apply new ways Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO, Chairman Alan Greenspan calls an “Economy of Ideas,” of thinking to difficult problems that can’t be Business Development Board businesses may want to consider relying on the arts. analyzed in conventional ways.” of Palm Beach County




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The words of William Butler Yeats Once helped a young man on first dates And with women throughout his life, Prior, that is, to meeting his wife. Long before Miles Coon met his wife and founded one of South Florida’s most successful cultural events – the Palm Beach Poetry Festival – the charming, then-20-something upstate New Yorker waxed poetic to those he courted to show his affection. “When meeting women for the first time, I would use William Butler Yeats’ lines instead of my own because they were much more effective,” Coon admits, launching into a recitation of “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”:

Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. “Now, that’s great,” Coon says. “I don’t know how successful I was, but at least I tried.”

Few can question how successful Coon has been since those days. As 2011 comes to a close, the 73-year-old Palm Beach resident celebrates not only 48 years of marriage to Mimi but the publication of an upcoming book-length manuscript of his poems called Role Play and the advent of the eighth annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, set for January 16 through 21 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. The palooza for poets will feature eight award-winning presenters, a special guest and 11 ticketed events during its six-day run. Coon created the cultural mainstay in 2005; it drew rave reviews from the thousand or so enthusiasts who attended. “They loved it,” Coon recalls. “It was fabulous. The festival drew a lot of writers from all over the country the first year.” Even Australia was represented. Today, the non-profit organization’s operating budget runs between $250,000 and $300,000 and the audience is expected to top 3,000, he says. And Coon knows about operating budgets; he used to own a business. Red Wing Products in Plainview, N.Y., sold store supplies and




display fixtures to mom-and-pop apparel shops across the country. It also manufactured plastic hangers for Target, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor and other clothing stores. The family venture encompassed 30 years of Coon’s adult life, following his graduation, in 1959, from the University of Virginia, where he studied philosophy and economics. He then attended Harvard Law School and earned a degree in 1962. The death of his father led Coon to reconsider his professional career. “I decided that I really didn’t think I wanted to spend the rest of my life building the business,” he says. “So I decided to sell.” In 1993, Coon took on the role of executive chairman. He formally parted ways in 1996. “My role was in an advisory capacity and no one was asking me for advice. I had very little to do other than write.”

Coon availed himself of online courses in poetry, attended workshops all over the country and immersed himself in the study of the art form. “This was the first time in my life I was doing something just for the joy of doing it,” he explains. “All I wanted to do was write better. It was very exciting and it still is.” His second act began in 2002, when he earned his master of fine arts degree in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. “I’ve always loved poetry, and I’ve always shared poems with people in my life – be it dates, be it my wife, my daughter, my son,” Coon says. “To me, it speaks to what’s most human in us that needs to be heard.” Longtime friend and festival supporter Carol Benjamin describes Coon as a Renaissance man. “It sounds trite but he’s one of the few people I know who’s really been able to do that,” Benjamin says of the artistic reinvention of the lawyer and businessmen. “Miles was always interested in words. He wrote plays. He wrote some poetry. He’s one of the brightest people I know in terms of his verbal abilities.” Joe Gillie, president and CEO of Old School Square, believes Coon’s understanding of the corporate, as well as the cultural, world has made the Palm Beach Poetry Festival a premier event. “Miles understands the business of the arts,” Gillie says. “He understands sponsors and corporate giving and corporate support and that makes for an easier job when it comes to putting the festival together and making it happen. It’s probably one of the best events that we do.”

Celebrating the Power of Poetry Eleven of America’s most gifted poets – including Charles Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award – will be in Delray Beach to teach workshops and engage audiences as the Palm Beach Poetry Festival returns to Old School Square January 16-21. “In addition to serving the writing community through our professional workshops, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival




will once again offer numerous opportunities for the public to hear truly great poetry, written from and for our time, read by poets who engage and enthrall the audience,” says Miles Coon, director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. “When people hear them, they will hear America singing.” Visit for more information.



You said poetry has been a part of your life since you were a young man. What poems first attracted and inspired you? “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot and “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by William Butler Yeats. As I mentioned, the Yeats poem was helpful in my dating life. And Prufrock resonated with me the first time I read it. Who is your favorite poet and why? Walt Whitman comes to mind. He wrote his poems during the Civil War period, when America was being torn apart by issues of slavery and competing economic interests of the northern and southern states. His poems are hymns to unity… we are all one. I wish every member of Congress would read Leaves of Grass aloud. Maybe they’d then be able to work together as human beings and adults. Can you tell us something about yourself that might surprise people? I am rather shy and quite introspective.

When do you do your best writing? I have no strict timetable to write – although maybe I should. My best writing, I think, happens when I can let go of the day-to-day concerns that plague us all. I must be quiet and still… waiting for an opening.

And, of course, whatever I write must be subjected to many revisions. Thomas Lux says the secret of a great poem is 40 drafts!

What can we look forward to at the 2012 Palm Beach Poetry Festival? I am firmly convinced that anyone who attends events at the eighth annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will come away with a love of poetry and will never again refer to Florida as a “cultural wasteland.” The arts, so ably presented by our cultural organizations, have added immeasurably to the quality of life in Palm Beach County and have contributed greatly to the economic health of our communities. What is your goal for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival as it matures? From the outset, I’ve wanted the festival to endure… to continue its work every year going forward. To date, we have grown the festival into one of the finest literary events in America. Time now to work toward its preservation long after I’m no longer involved. You and your wife Mimi live eight months of the year in Palm Beach and the rest in Boston. What is it about the area that keeps you coming back? Palm Beach is home, pure and simple. We live on the Intracoastal where ibis and heron visit every day. Who could ask for more?




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When the comic strip Baldo debuted in 2000, it gave newspaper readers something they had never seen before in the funnies: a contemporary American Latino family. Baldo isn’t the first strip to feature Latino characters – Gus Arriola’s Gordo broke that barrier back in 1941. But whereas Arriola’s strip was set in Mexico, Baldo is set in the United States and features characters that could be anyone’s next-door neighbors. Only funnier. “What I find most interesting is the dual cultural viewpoint that we deliver,” says West Palm Beach artist Carlos Castellanos, who co-created Baldo with writer Hector Cantú. “Baldo’s father and aunt represent the old world, while [teenage] Baldo and his younger sister, Gracie, are the new generation who are mostly Americanized. I like the conflict that creates.” In many ways, that dynamic mirrors Castellanos’ personal story. Born in Cuba in 1961, he was sent to Miami as an infant




in the care of a total stranger because his parents were unable to get visas for themselves. He lived with his grandmother in New York until his family finally made it over five months later. Castellanos moved to Miami with his mother in the 1970s, then to West Palm Beach about 18 years ago. “The Latino community in Palm Beach County keeps me grounded,” he notes. “It’s a good reminder of where I come from and how I grew up.” Baldo currently runs in approximately 240 newspapers, including The Palm Beach Post and the South Florida Sun Sentinel . It wasn’t a difficult sell, Castellanos notes, because at the time of the strip’s creation, America’s Latino population was booming and newspapers were eager to capitalize on that demographic. The strip is a collaborative effort, with Castellanos providing the art and the occasional gag. “Mostly what I do now is play editor,” he notes. “I’ll look at the gags and say,

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‘this one doesn’t quite work’ or ‘maybe it’ll work better in two panels,’ that kind of thing. Hector and I are partners so we both need to be happy with the process.” Cantú agrees. “In the early years, we had to figure out what our roles were,” he says. “But now it runs like a well-oiled machine. Carlos is a real comics pro. He has a great feel for what makes a good comic, and his art perfectly complements the words.” Castellanos was a fan of comic books growing up. In college, he discovered the appeal of comic strips. “Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes really struck a chord with me,” he says. “I loved the writing and the fantasy elements of both strips.” Today, he combines his early interest and artistic abilities in a successful career. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Castellanos was honored with an exhibition at Palm Beach State College that ran September 8 through October 14. Exhibits included original Baldo artwork and scripts, storyboards and a trailer from the unaired Baldo television series. In addition, Castellanos spoke and answered questions from students.

“My hope was to bring awareness and a deeper appreciation for all of our stories, not just Latinos,” Castellanos notes. “We all have the ability to inspire, connect and succeed if we take the time to nurture that which is already within us.”




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MUSIC PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA SERIES Albert-George Schram, music director and conductor

LYNN PHILHARMONIA NO. 1 Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.

Albert-George Schram, music director and conductor Mozart: Symphony No. 41 Mahler: Symphony No. 1

LYNN PHILHARMONIA NO. 2 Saturday Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.

Albert-George Schram, music director and conductor Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 and Symphony No. 5

LYNN PHILHARMONIA NO. 3 Saturday Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.

Bruce Polay, guest conductor Featuring winners of the annual Conservatory Concerto Competition


Take your Seats. It’s time to experience the best in worldclass music and theatre at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University — South Florida’s newest performing arts venue. Order your tickets 24/7 at or

call the box office 561-237-7678 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Albert-George Schram, music director and conductor Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine Mozart: Clarinet Concerto Jon Manasse, clarinet Corigliano: Symphony No. 1





Mostly Music is a unique concert series that better acquaints audiences with not only the music, but the lives and artistic development of the Western world’s great composers. Concerts feature Lynn Conservatory’s faculty and students.

MOSTLY MUSIC: MENDELSSOHN Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.


MOSTLY MUSIC: SCHUMANN Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective experience on House and Senate staffs. Their renditions of our “favorite” politicians are hilarious and on the cutting edge.

BRAVO AMICI Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m.

JACK JONES GREATEST HITS TOUR Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.


Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m.

In their multicolored Zoot Suits, the five Moes harmonize, croon, wail, tap and joke their way through 27 hit songs of songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordan.

John Nelson, guest conductor Dvo ák: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano Carol Cole, violin David Cole, cello Jon Robertson, piano

Jon Robertson, guest conductor


Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.

Saturday Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.


Named “Entertainer of the Year” in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Holmes’ local appearances and his Sammy Davis Jr. material have made him a return-demand favorite locally.



Albert-George Schram, music director and conductor Higdon: blue cathedral Bernstein: Divertimento R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major Gregory Miller, horn Respighi: Pines of Rome

CLINT HOLMES Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.

With a mix of handsome tenors and stunning divas, Bravo Amici performs an uplifting collection of wellknown classical and contemporary songs and arias.

Saturday Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday March 25 at 4 p.m.

Libby Dodson’s Live at Lynn Series



Season of the

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One of the greatest vocalists of our time, double Grammy-winner Jack Jones, ranks with music’s greatest legends. His recordings of “Lollipops and Roses,” “Wives and Lovers” and the “Theme from Love Boat” are recognized all over the world.

FLORIDA GRAND OPERA YOUNG ARTIST SERIES WITH THE LYNN UNIVERSITY PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA Seven Florida Grand Opera Young Artists are joined by the Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra performing highlights from some of the most popular and famous operas, including La Boheme, Romeo and Juliette, Rigoletto and La Rondine.

THE BEATLEMANIACS Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m.

The Beatlemaniacs brings the sounds of the “Fab Four” to life with spectacular visual lighting effects, video/multi-media presentations and costume changes.

DAVID OSBORNE TRIO Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Known as the “Pianist to the Presidents,” David Osborne returns with a one-night-only concert of romantic, classical, jazz, pop, inspirational, patriotic and Broadway show tunes.

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Colombian conceptual artist Federico Uribe is known for his fascinating transformation of everyday objects into art. He creates sculptures that are not sculpted but constructed and woven in all kinds of ways − curious and unpredictable, intricate and compulsive. Included will be works from Uribe’s 2008 “Animal Farm.” Through December 4; Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-392-2500 or Federico Uribe, Bull, 2008, wood and shoe soles, 96 x 72 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Now Contemporary Art

Bob Lappin and The Palm Beach Pops kick off their 20th anniversary season with an “American Songbook Spectacular” featuring Broadway and TV star Tom Wopat and legendary Big Bands songstress Lynn Roberts. Kravis Center (November 4-5); Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens (November 7); FAU Auditorium, Boca Raton (November 8-10); 561-832-7677 or Tom Wopat

Charles Busch’s comedy Tales of the Allergist’s Wife explores the Upper West Side life of middle-aged, middle-class Marjorie Taub and her husband, Ira. Her mother, who obsesses about her digestive tract, lives down the hall; her therapist just died; and she loses it in a Disney Store. Then, a lively friend arrives to draw her out of her dark mood. Presented by Boca Raton Theatre Guild, November 5-20; Willow Theatre, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-347-3948 or

Always-flamboyant artist Rene von Richthofen brings a very hip and modern feel to his assemblages and wall reliefs. Richthofen’s love of all things automobile combined with all things miniature – cars, trucks, planes and found objects – leads to the creation of smart, amusing and at times erotic works. November 9-27, Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, 253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach; 561-832-5328 or Untitled, 2005

A unique, interactive new Robotics exhibit offers an opportunity to learn more about the science behind the design and operation of robots. Visitors will explore what robots are, how they work and how they will change the future while comparing the ways in which humans and robots sense, think and act. Continuing through January 16; South Florida Science Museum, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach; 561-832-1988 or The Hydraulic End Effector is one of many hands-on exhibits.

Under the leadership of new artistic director and conductor Dr. Karen Kennedy, the Master Chorale of South Florida presents “Bach to the Holidays.” The concert will feature Bach’s spectacular Magnificat, Bassi’s Carol Symphony, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and more sounds of the season. Wold Center for the Performing Arts, Lynn University, Boca Raton; 954-418-6232 or

Florida Atlantic University’s 3rd Annual Band-O-Rama will surround you with sound as the FAU Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Band and the incomparable Marching Owls join forces for a super-sized free concert of band favorites and popular selections from Sousa to Star Wars. Conducted by Kyle Prescott, Sean Murray and Neal Bonsanti. Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton; 1-800-564-9539 or FAU Wind Ensemble




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The Norton Museum of Art brings the mature work of British artist Jenny Saville together for the first time with 25 canvases and drawings dating from 1992-2011 – including works from the artist’s studio that have not been previously exhibited. On view through March 4, this is the inaugural exhibition in the Norton’s RAW series – “Recognition of Art by Women.” 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-832-5196 or Atonement Studies (Panel 2), 2005-2006, Oil on paper, 99.21 x 72.83 in. (252 x 185 cm), Private Collection

Works by 20th and 21st century American composers who wrote for unique combinations of instruments are featured in “Modern American Collage,” a concert by the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony. Guest composer Baljinder Sekhon will perform Post and Ancient Dust. A new work, Oaken Sky, by Chris Rogerson, also will be performed. Free, tickets required; DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-803-2970.

Celebrate the season at the VSA Holiday Showcase,

The VSA SpotLighters

“Winter Wonderland.” Performances by children and adults with disabilities will include the VSA SpotLighters, VSA Florida Dance Residency students, PBC Therapeutic Recreation’s Hip Hop Dance Group, Southern Dance Theatre’s Special Arts Ensemble and Donna Tucci’s School of Dance. Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth; 561-966-7025 or

Listen to folktales and true stories from India −

Arianna Ross

and enjoy the country’s food – in “The Spice of Life: An Indian Tapestry of Story and Dance.” Presented by storyteller/dancer/musician Arianna Ross, who spent three years in the renowned Rang Vidushak theater troupe in Bhopal, India. Lunch served at 12:30 p.m., followed by the performance; Willow Theatre, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-347-3948 or

Madama Butterfly, one of the world’s most beloved operas, comes to life in a stunning new Palm Beach Opera production of the Puccini classic. An American naval officer and a young geisha fall in love. She gives up everything to be with him, but he soon leaves Japan and abandons her, dishonored and alone. December 16-19; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-8337888 or

The newly christened Countess de Hoernle Singers (formerly the Boca Raton Singers) open their eighth season with their annual holiday season “Music and Candlelight” concerts on December 17 and 18. Under the direction of Dr. Gerald J. Luongo, the 35-member chorus performs all genres of music − from classical to Broadway. Grace Community Church, 600 Camino Real, Boca Raton; 561-866-1868 or

Palm Beach County’s holiday tradition continues with the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches’ stirring annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Audience members with choral experience and their own score will be invited to join the 80-member chorus in a special sing-along section. Royal Poinciana Chapel, 60 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach; 561-845-9696 or




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Palm Beach Dramaworks continues the first season in its new home with The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, the Pulitzer Prize-winner by Paul Zindel. It’s the story of a mentally unbalanced woman’s far-reaching effects on the lives of her two daughters and a young girl’s struggle to keep her focus and dreams alive. January 6- 29; 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-514-4042 or

Photo by Alicia Donelan

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Featuring a memorable Kander and Ebb score, Cabaret is set amid the decadence of 1929 Weimar Germany’s netherworld and follows the unlikely romance between writer Cliff Bradshaw and performer Sally Bowles. It’s as energetic, politically charged, seductive and daring as ever. Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 561-575-2223 or

The world premiere of Five Brief Essays on One Theme by Marshall Turkin highlights the Boca Raton Symphonia’s first concert of 2012. Also featured are Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major and the “Scottish” Symphony No. 3 in A minor by Mendelssohn. Arthur Fagan is guest conductor with piano soloist Alex Korbin. Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton; 561-376-3848 or Principal conductor Philippe Entremont

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the unlikeliest of Tony Award-winning musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes – a quirky yet charming group of six young people in the throes of puberty for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. January 19-February 5, Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 561-586-6410 or

For more than 20 years, Ballet Memphis has brought new, inspiring ideas to life as a maker and interpreter of the South’s cultural legacy through dance. The program will include Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams and the premiere of Jane Comfort’s S’epanouir. Called a “national treasure” by the Ford Foundation. January 20-21; Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth; 561-868-3309 or Photo by Basil Childers

One of Broadway’s most versatile actors − and a graduate of FAU in Boca Raton − Marc Kudisch has been nominated three times for a Tony Award; first for Thoroughly Modern Millie, then Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and most recently for the evil Franklin Hart in the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5. January 23-24; Crest Theatre Broadway Cabaret Series, Old School Square; 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-243-7922 or

Mark Kudisch

Now in its 18th season as a full symphony, the Lynn University Philharmonia continues to present high-quality concerts with a wide-ranging repertoire. Conducted by Albert-George Schram, the January 28 and 29 program features Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with soloist Jon Manasse and works by Adams and Corigliano. Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-237-9000 or

Jon Manasse

Dates are subject to change. For an up-to-the-minute, searchable calendar of cultural events, please visit the Palm Beach County Cultural Council's website at For more information about individual organizations' schedules, please visit the websites noted in each item.




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Interior of the Crest Theater

By Thom Smith

Life is a cabaret, old chum . . . And conversely, a cabaret is life . . . at its simplest and at its fullest. It’s the most intimate form of entertainment, says Avery Sommers, a veteran of the Broadway stage, the Hollywood screen and television, who always returns to the cabaret to reconnect and rejuvenate. art&culture



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“I love it, because I can see the faces,” Sommers says. “I can tell instantly if a show is or isn’t working. I can tell my music director, ‘Skip to 15,’ and we’ll move right on to something that does work. Fortunately, I haven’t lost anybody yet.” Sommers, a resident of Lake Park, has a month-long date with the musical Hairspray in Coral Gables before returning to Palm Beach to help launch the 11th season at The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room. She’s also a regular at the Crest Theatre’s Broadway Series Cabaret in Delray Beach. With two new series, Jazz, Bossa & Blues Wednesdays at the Top of the Bridge Hotel in Boca Raton and The Jazz Project every second and fourth Saturday at Delray’s Arts Garage, cabarets seem to be everywhere. But before the Crest and The Colony launched regular series, they were hit-or-miss, mostly miss in Palm Beach County. Born in Paris in the late 19th century, cabarets were little more than bars that afforded all sorts of artists – musicians, poets, singers, painters – opportunities to perform for drinks and tips. In the Roaring '20s, Berlin heated up – its decadent cabarets providing inspiration half a century later for the musical and movie.




They caught on in the States, somewhat, especially in New York and Chicago, but with a little more flash and a little less politics than their European predecessors and restrained by the boot of Prohibition. The Palm Beaches certainly didn’t lack for talent. Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin often entertained – but not for hoi polloi. They preferred the private parties hosted at oceanfront estates by their rich northern friends. Gershwin wrote most of Porgy & Bess here. West Palm Beach was rough and tumble. Henry Flagler insisted that West Palm Beach be incorporated as a dry town but he agreed to have one street where liquor could be sold to placate the workers building the Palm Beach hotels and estates. Dozens of bars but no cabarets. “Banyan Street was the liveliest place in all South Florida,” says Jim Ponce, official historian of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and a treasure trove of local lore. “It not only had liquor but was the red light district. Carrie Nation tried to attack Banyan Street and they ran her off.” In 1926 Rudy Vallee was the opening act at the Roof Garden

Crest Theatre, Delray Beach

atop the Palm Beach Hotel, Ponce recalls, and a little club, The Oasis, sprang up at the end of Breakers Row. Just before World War II, a club with New York roots, Leon & Eddie’s, opened in the Royal Poinciana Hotel. The most popular club in West Palm Beach was the Rainbow Room at the Pennsylvania Hotel, now the McKeen residence. “Naturally Prohibition drove people to entertain at home,” Ponce says. “I never heard of anyone’s private party being raided just because they were serving cocktails. Maybe that’s why they built so many ballrooms in private homes.” Clubs came and went but few could be considered cabarets, where top-notch entertainment performed regularly. Typical was the Brique Balloon, a Palm Beach nightspot that had a meteoric run in the mid-‘70s. “It started out as a bar, but I helped turn it into a cabaret,” recalls Copeland Davis, who was then a piano prodigy at Florida Atlantic University. Davis became so popular that he abandoned plans for graduate study at the University of Miami and, after the Brique Balloon closed, hit the local club circuit. One night Burt Reynolds heard him play and a few months later he was playing on The Tonight Show. “My

whole life changed,” Davis says. “My career took off; my marriage fell apart; I did a lot of private parties, here and on Long Island. Palm Beach County people, they just loved me.” Davis headed to Vegas, where he spent several years as musical director for singer/actress Barbara McNair. He remains in demand with orchestras: early next year he’ll play Rhapsody in Blue with the Indian River Pops. But he still plays cabarets for that chance to touch his audience. “I get the chance to come off the stage and talk to people,” Davis says. “I even ask them what they want to hear. The feedback is immediate.” “I’ll never forget his hands; they just raced over the keys. The room was alive,” Old School Square Executive Director Joe Gillie says, recalling Davis’ cabaret show at a small Delray hotel in the ‘70s. Then an actor and public relations director at Caldwell Theatre, Gillie was involved in numerous but irregular cabaret productions. Fun shows, but small-time. The prospect of a series . . . with big stars . . . and Tony winners didn’t arise until after he took the reins at Old School Square in 1992. Gillie took a call from Mark Keller, a theatrical event manager who booked Broadway stars into trade shows and




Copeland Davis

Bill Westmoreland

Jarrod Spector at the Crest Theater

Ann Hampton Callaway with Rob Russell

Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso at the Crest Theater

conventions. Gillie had the facility – Old School Square’s 323-seat hometown girl Avery Sommers. “They’ve started calling us the Carlyle South,” manager Crest Theatre – and the potential audience. Keller said he could provide the talent. Seventeen years later the house is sold out Rob Russell says proudly, alluding to the famous New York and Gillie remains evangelical: “Sutton Foster was here before cabaret. “But we’ve made it special for the artists. We brought in a sound expert who does Vegas and she went to Broadway and won a Tony this Atlantic City. Laine Kazan said ours is the year as Reno Sweeny for Anything Goes. best sound anywhere.” Jarrod Spector was here. Now he’s a star, Colony manager Roger Everingham playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. was responsible for originally hiring Russell “We specifically call it a Broadway as restaurant manager and entertainment series, so we’re limited in that regard, but director. “He took me into the Royal Room they really are Broadway stars. They give and said wouldn’t this make a great audiences a side of the theater they cabaret,” Russell recalls. “I started Oct. 1, normally wouldn’t hear. It’s not only an 2001. On Dec. 27 we did our first show – entertainment process but a learning Danny Holgate and Gail Nelson. She did process.” — Joe Gillie, Billie Holliday better than Billie Holliday.” Unlike the Crest, The Colony’s Royal Old School Square, Laine Kazan and Margaret Whiting Room offers only 90 seats but it serves Executive Director followed that year and a decade later the dinner. This year, guests can enjoy a threecourse meal and reach out and touch Chita Rivera, Melba Moore, room is the hottest cabaret south of the Statue of Liberty, so popular sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Tom Wopat and with artists and audiences that it runs year round.

“I’ll never forget his hands; they just raced over the keys. The room was alive“




The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room, Palm Beach

Most of the Royal Room stars are cabaret veterans, but with some it takes more work. “Cabaret is about them putting an entire show together,” Russell said, “picking the songs, the patter.” Patter. To Russell and Gillie, it’s as important as the voice. That ability to relate to and ultimately win the audience by telling stories and letting them in on little backstage secrets. One who had the voice and the patter is John Davidson, who killed at The Royal Room on New Year’s Eve in 2008. Now he’s turned Atlantis Country Club into his own one-man cabaret. “The first time we were in the bar, which holds about 60 to 70 people,” Davidson said of the first show in July. “We had overflow, so we moved to the main dining room. We were averaging 150 people during a time when it’s supposed to be dead.” Why Atlantis? John and wife Rhonda moved there last spring to be near daughter Jennifer and her family, so the club seemed like a good place to develop new material. They booked the room in September and October and may add more dates next February and March. “It’s a risky thing to do but… I really would like to make the Atlantis dining room my showroom,” he says. Cabaret is hardly new to Davidson. In fact, it was just about

the first thing he did after college. TV producer Bob Banner, who also developed the talents of Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart, saw him on Broadway in Foxy. “Banner took me out to the Elegante in Brooklyn on Ocean Parkway to develop me as a cabaret performer so I could become a host,” Davidson said. “All I wanted to do was sing song after song. He said that’s not the way to do it; you have to use the pitchfork effect, be multipronged. Some entertainers are spears: Tony Bennett does just one thing – he sings. You’re going to be a pitchfork – sing, dance – and it’s kept me alive all these years.” Davidson admits he’s not a song stylist. “I use music to move people to either laugh or cry or be inspired about something. I’m an entertainer,” he says. At the Atlantis Country Club, he says, “We have a dance floor and I don’t mind if they dance but I also need their attention because some songs tell a story. It’s an art form; it’s temporary art. The ad lib quality, the spontaneity. If you come out and sing I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got music, I, I, I – it won’t work. A cabaret performer has to be a mirror of the audience, if you don’t shine it on them, it’s not gonna work.”




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An inexhaustible appetite for Maryland-style crab cakes may inspire a hunger for culinary history. Feast on this: at a long ago dinner, a savvy gentleman named Leonard Calvert − who happened to be the handsome young son of Sir George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, and the first governor of the Province of Maryland – wasted no time after claiming that infant colony in 1634 to sample his first blue crab cake made, perhaps, from an old Yaocomico Indian recipe. Crab cakes may have a strong association with the State of Maryland but here in Palm Beach County, we’ve made the tasty treat our own. The delicious Callinectes Sapidus − once no longer swimming − can jump straight onto your plate in any number of local watering holes. (For any of you who were not exposed to the pleasures of Latin 101, that mixed Greek and Latin name for the Blue Crab translates into something not so far removed from “the beautiful swimmer that tastes good,” the kind that are found everywhere on the Gulf Coast − and not into “the beautiful swimmer with good taste,” the kind that is often sighted on our area beaches.) Any survey of Palm Beach County crab cake culture would have to include these favorites:

Right: Palm Beach Grill







Palm Beach Grill 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach The Jumbo Crab Cake is a marvel that starts with sweet, giant lumps of fresh crab ever-so-artfully and subtly seasoned. It is joined with generous cubes of ripe avocado and three pleasantly acidic ruby red grapefruit segments that skate on a plate of subtle champagne vinaigrette. The whole thing is sprinkled with chopped red onion and corn kernels and garnished with a decorative frisée and field greens salad. The presentation is as artistic as the original 1980s prints by Robert Motherwell, David Hockney and Carl Appel on the walls. The dramatically lit and flawlessly orchestrated “clubby” interior is heavily populated by the celebrated, the beautiful and their followers. For a real treat, start with the Grilled Artichoke served with homemade remoulade sauce and, perhaps, a glass of the Chateau de Cruzeau Bordeaux or the D’Arenberg Shiraz from Australia. And, yes, you can wear your latest couture outfit here. Renato’s 87 Via Mizner, Palm Beach The Tortina Di Granchio, a lump crabmeat cake served with tomato bruschetta and lemon aioli at “one of the most beautiful restaurants in PB,” as the Zagat Guide accurately calls it, with its old-guard interior design setting (hand-carved, shell back, pale wood chairs, Indian palampour-skirted tables with white linen toppers and masses of deep pink roses) looks as delicious as it tastes. In sync with the elegance of the setting, this crab cake is dressed for the occasion, topped with a net of aioli and two jaunty blades of chive popping out like feathers on a spring bonnet. The tart, refreshing tomato bruschetta gives a modern Italian accent – as does the lemon and hint of garlic in the aioli. Without going to Venice, this is as superlative a Tortina Di Granchio as one can find. You can also dress up in the same outfit you’d wear to Harry’s Bar in the Calle Valaressa and feel just as “chicissimo.” The 2008 Kenwood White Zinfandel or the 2009 Van Duzer Rose are both fine; or, if you want to stay Italian, there’s a 2008 Chianti Classico from San Filipe.




Top: Michael R. McCarty’s Bottom: Cucina dell’ Arte Right: Renato’s




Cucina dell’Arte 257 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake served with Dijon mayo, tomato, watercress, endive and zucchini fries is addicting. The shoestring fries are unique; they arrive hot and crisp, a perfect match with the crab. The crab cake itself is so rightly straightforward, with mustardy Dijon mayo a great addition. Bits of radicchio in the mixed field greens salad with balsamic vinaigrette add needed color. There’s also a small pot of cocktail sauce that could be frowned on by purists, but maybe they can pretend it’s only there for the fries. Irresistible, hot, home-baked rolls arrive in a napkinlined, wrought-iron basket along with a dish of mixed olive oil, balsamic vinegar and grated Grana Padana to make this a substantial meal. A collection of 10 mismatched crystal chandeliers hanging overhead lend their own sense of casual festivity. Good wines by the glass include the Castelcosa Chardonnay or Argyle Pinot Noir. Ta-boo 221 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach This Palm Beach classic first opened in December 1941 with a treillage garden pavilion interior undoubtedly inspired by the Colony Club's second floor Park Avenue living room by Elsie de Wolfe, the quintessential upper crust interior designer of the first half of the last century. Tropical murals featuring sociable and sophisticated monkeys painted more recently in 2004 by Janna Mullan complete the whimsical décor. The Petite Twin Crab Cakes packed with jumbo lump crab present themselves basking in mango sauce under an edible drawing of Ta-boo’s palm tree logo that has a logic of its own. Since a drawing of a palm tree does not a salad make, the side salad of arugula, radicchio and endive tossed in balsamic vinaigrette is a welcome accompaniment. There is a superlative basket of mixed homemade breads to round things out and three Italian Pinot Grigio selections by the glass (white wine works better with the mango sauce): Belmondo, Pighin and Santa Margarita.

Left: Gulfstream Bistro & Seafood Market Right: Ta-boo




Michael R. McCarty’s 50 Coconut Row, Palm Beach This quietly ever-so-stylish eatery evokes the feel of an elite eating and drinking club, yet it is open to the public. Tables are arranged around a central “gaming room” for backgammon and card players whose limits are staked out by faux bamboo trees in orange crate box planters unequivocally announce tradition’s leading role. Wait staff in pale blue button-down shirts and long white aprons second the announcement, which the clientele is happy to reinforce with their own unspoken code of conduct. The menu has clear echoes of New York’s legendary 21 Club. The lunchtime Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Petite Fennel Slaw and remoulade sauce is as impeccable and classic as the venue. There is hot, freshly baked French bread and a perfect lunchtime indulgence − a Clam Digger of half vodka and half Clamato juice with a slice of lime. Never mind if the fennel slaw turns up as mixed field greens on summer days; here it’s “all in the family.” At dinner, twin crab cakes arrive on a bed of sautéed spinach. The wine list is well-studied. Three wines by the glass that go well with the crab are a crisp Sancerre from Chateau de Sancerre, a full-bodied White Burgundy courtesy of Macon Lugny and a simple California Chardonnay from Chateau St. Jean. City Cellar, Wine Bar and Grill 700 South Rosemary, City Place, West Palm Beach The floor-to-ceiling wine “cellar” behind a glass wall at the extensive bar is one of the wonders of West Palm Beach. Witty pop arty murals by local artist/dealer/editor Bruce Helander and Matisse-inspired, multicolored Plexiglas cut-outs ornamenting the ceiling anchor the luxuriously spacious and handsome interior. The Pan Seared Lump Crabcake is a burger-sized but nuanced delight with its hints of basil, dill and lime presented on a notoverdressed bed of mixed greens. Although listed as a starter, it makes a meal for lunch. This is, after all, a wine cellar




where many superior wines are offered by the glass. The Adelsheim Rose of Pinot Noir – euphorically described as offering hints of “cherries, raspberries, rose petal” − pairs well with the crab as does a more substantial red blend of cabernet, merlot and syrah, Stag’s Leap 2008 “Hands of Time” – and that’s just the tip of the wine berg. Gulfstream Bistro & Seafood Market 3815 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach This is not only, as advertised, the “only full line seafood market in West Palm Beach,” but it also has a “jolly sailor” décor with old-salt leanings of stuffed trophy game fish, captain’s chairs and boisterously painted marine murals that go from colorful to as colorful as humanly possible. Lots of orchids in full bloom remind you that this is Florida, after all. It’s perfect for lunch while antique shopping on Antique Row or for stocking up on giant stone crab claws when in season. The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake served with mustard sauce and cole slaw is “the real McCoy.” It comes with lots of lemon (if the rich, creamy mustard sauce is not on your diet) on a plate garnished with chopped fresh tomato for added color. There are many possible sides, including such favorites as marinated beet salad and sweet potato fries. (Beet salad can be disastrous for fashion so dress down, maybe in a dark color like beet red.) Wines by the glass include an unexpected and welcome chilled red Sangria Di Guida, a Flying Fish Riesling from Washington State and a superlative Chalk Hill Riesling from Sonoma. Howley’s 4700 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach This adroitly-updated, funky 1950s roadside diner is not only a local institution full of high spirits and good clean allAmerican fun it’s also a Mecca for bikers and billionaires, where Tim and Nina Zagat once stopped in to try out the crab cakes. Listed under the Snackaroos! section of the menu, Howley’s famous crab cake – “voted best in the county” – inspires rave reviews from habitués. An amply proportioned, rich mass of jumbo lumps of crab is loosely held together by, one suspects, mayonnaise and a breadcrumb or two and seasoned with substances known only to the chef; the homemade sherry mustard sauce raises it to greatness. Its field greens are dressed with fragrant raspberry balsamic vinaigrette and the berries so modestly mentioned on the menu turn out to be a refreshing fresh fruit salad. Pinot Grigio complements the crab cake perfectly. Two good choices are King’s Estate (Oregon) and Capasaldo (Italy). The Howley’s Bloody Mary − thick, spicy with extra horseradish − works, as well.




Left: Howley’s Right: City Cellar




Photos courtesy of G-Star School of the Arts; Florida State University, College of Motion Picture Arts; and Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission




if you build it – and fill it with talented students –

they will come By Sheryl Flatow

It was just a couple of decades ago that the film and television industry in Palm Beach County consisted of Burt Reynolds and, well, Burt Reynolds. How times change. In 1989, the same year that Reynolds’ television show B.L. Stryker went on the air, Palm Beach County launched its Film & Television Commission (FTC). Two years later, when the FTC began tracking numbers, the industry brought in about $15 million in revenue. Fast forward to 2010 and that number was just shy of $100 million. “There are close to 50 production companies located in Palm Beach County,” says Michelle Hillery, the FTC’s director of operations and programs. “We get a lot of media attention when a major feature film like Bad Boys II or In Her Shoes comes in and shoots but we also have infomercials, still photography shoots and reality

TV shows that are done here on a daily basis. They add up to a substantial industry and I believe the industry will grow even more.” Hillery has cause for optimism; one good reason is the abundance of talent being nurtured in Palm Beach County high schools and colleges. In addition to the innovative charter program at G-Star School of the Arts, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and roughly two dozen other high schools in the county offer structured courses in film and television. Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College all offer degrees in film, television and/or multimedia. Additionally, the FTC has a two-part internship program that enables students to learn the business side of the film and television industry in-house and then spend the second phase with a local production company.




Historically, once aspiring filmmakers have completed their studies in Palm Beach County, the overwhelming majority of them have gone off to Los Angeles or New York to earn a living; there just hasn’t been enough work locally. Now, through a savvy combination of incentives, education and business development, the film and television industry here is evolving and a concerted effort is being made to stop the brain drain. One of the biggest boons to the industry in Palm Beach County is G-Star, the largest film, digital media production and acting high school in the country. Since opening its state-of-the art soundstage last year – the largest one in Florida – it’s the only high school in the world that owns a commercial motion picture studio. It’s all part of founder Greg Hauptner’s plan to help create and sustain a film and television industry locally. “We want every one of our students to find employment here after college,” he says. “When I started G-Star, the idea was to have a school that would offer kids real-world, hands-on experience in the motion picture business. How do you do that? You help build the film industry. So I decided to open a motion picture studio and offer the facility to companies for free. The students would intern on




the sets and the professionals would become mentors and give our kids hands-on training. It’s the best decision I made.” Among those planning to utilize G-Star Studios is a young filmmaker named Blake Feldman, who won a Burt Reynolds Scholarship at the 10th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival Student Showcase. “He’s working on a film called Noir and he wants to do it here because he wants to give something back to the community,” says Hillery, executive producer of the Student Showcase of Films, the largest statewide film competition for high school and college students. A seismic shift in Palm Beach County’s film industry is anticipated in 2012, with the opening of the Digital Domain Institute, which will change the landscape – literally and figuratively – in downtown West Palm Beach. The Institute, a joint effort of Digital Domain Media Group and Florida State University, will give students a hands-on experience in visual effects and animation, as they work with and learn from the best in the business. “The proposed West Palm Beach facility will be the most integrated model of professional and educational cooperation our industry has ever seen,” says John Textor, chairman of Digital Domain Holdings. “The close proximity between a world-class

animation studio and a highly respected film school and digital media institute will create a vibrant and synergistic driver of education and employment in South Florida’s quickly growing digital economy.” In addition to donating land at Okeechobee Boulevard and Dixie Highway, the City of West Palm Beach is demonstrating its support for the project with a $15 million loan to fund construction and a $10 million grant to support the development of the Institute. Civic leaders hope this will serve as the foundation for a downtown education hub as well as the catalyst for an expanding industry. Although the facility isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2014, the first students will arrive next year and begin working out of temporary quarters. “Students will be dual enrolled,” says Frank Patterson, dean of FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts. “They will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from our school and simultaneously go through a certificate earning program from Digital Domain. The College of Motion Picture Arts [at FSU] has been contracted for 10 years to oversee the Institute. We’re the ones writing the curriculum and making all the recommendations. Obviously this is their company and they have the final decision but we’re the

experts in education and they’ve listened to us.” G-Star School is already preparing new courses with an eye on the Institute. “We have developed what will become the number one digital imaging, 3D animation and gaming high school career path in the world,” says Hauptner. “We want our students to be qualified to move on to the Digital Domain Institute. And if they are accepted, they will hopefully come out at the other end and with high-paying jobs with Digital Domain.” Although graduates are not guaranteed employment with Digital Domain, that is, indeed, a major goal of the program. “If a student has been working with an animation artist from Digital Domain and has done great work, the animation person is going to make a recommendation to hire the student,” says Patterson. “What we hope to do is create an ecosystem for the digital economy in the state that allows Florida to be a destination from around the world for this kind of technology, innovation, research and education. We want to get to the point where our students will want to stay in Florida because it’s a talentrich environment. So this is part of our strategy to bring Floridians home.”







By Christina Wood

Rocky Paulk’s work, which you’ll find on

display at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, reflects both patience and passion. His skill is exhibited not within a frame, however, but rather behind frames hung thoughtfully on the walls. Paulk works in the maintenance department and was called on to help when the museum recently reinstalled its American and European galleries on the third floor. For hours and hours and hours he patched tiny holes and hunted for blemishes in the empty rooms. When all of that was done, he spent two solid days sanding the walls, inch by inch, obliterating any possible imperfection that might detract from the pictures waiting to be hung.




Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

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An artist's rendering of a production on the stage at the Donald and Ann Brown Theatre.

Choosing the perfect shade of paint to put on those walls was another matter entirely. “It’s about the art,” says Charlie Stainback, assistant director of the Norton. “The goal is to strip everything away so that all we see is the art.” When it comes to museums, theaters, galleries, concert halls and all the welcoming spaces, large and small, in which we forge our relationships with art, a great deal of thought and effort goes into the details. Gray paint can make a large room appear more intimate. Proper lighting is necessary not only to spotlight a star but to preserve sensitive materials, such as a watercolor or photograph. Like the dog who didn’t bark in the night, an air conditioning system that doesn’t hum during the show can be surprisingly important.




As Stainback says, “Good design is design you don’t see.” Step off the elevator on the third floor of the Norton and wander towards the gallery. A canvas brimming with life catches your eye and draws you in. You respond to color, emotion, subtle messages within the frame. You don’t notice the lighting fixtures, electrical outlets or flooring. Captivated, your eyes seek out the name of the artist and of the work. You might not be concerned with the style or size of the font used to print the informative little card conveniently posted on the wall but rest assured, someone gave it a great deal of thought. “Without curators and educators a museum would be just a place with things that hang on the wall,” Stainback says. With fewer distractions, we find room to explore relationships and seek meaning. We see art more clearly. At the Ann Norton

Pictured are Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Producing Artistic Director Bill Hayes, West Palm Beach Mayor Geri Muoio and Architect Gino deSantis.

Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, it’s not paint but pruning that enhances the experience. If you take the time, you might catch a glimpse of a simpler time as you wander the grounds, designed to provide an appropriate setting for Ann Weaver Norton’s monumental work and also to create a peaceful retreat within an urban setting, With elegant palms, sweetly scented frangipani and calm reflecting pools, the gardens provide not only the promise of shade on a fall afternoon but a sharp contrast to the pace and pressure of the world just beyond its gates.

Creative Challenges The spaces that shelter and showcase our artistic endeavors are, indeed, a breed apart. “There’s every difference in the world

Top photo: The reconfigured audience chamber prior to the installation of the new seats. Bottom photo: An artist's rendering of the completed audience chamber at Donald and Ann Brown Theatre.

between an arts-related project and an office building,” says Gino DeSantis, an architect with Zeidler Partnership. “Everything needs to work. Everything has a purpose.” His firm began working with civic leaders in Palm Beach County on the design for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach long before anyone even mentioned a blueprint. “You can’t just start to design something,” DeSantis explains. “Years before projects like the Kravis start, a lot goes on with determining what the needs of the community and of the arts groups are.” Before you decide how many seats to build, you better have a pretty good idea of how many seats you can fill and what types of performances you need to accommodate. Acoustics are critical in a concert hall. Dancers require special flooring. Opera begs for




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elaborate sets. The design of a multipurpose venue like the Kravis Center, which plays host to everything from Broadway musicals to standup comedy, demands flexibility. Flexibility, in turn, demands a generous budget.

Center Stage Technical considerations were high on the priority list when Palm Beach Dramaworks began the process of renovating its new home in downtown West Palm Beach – but so was the intimacy factor. For eight years, the professional company had performed in an 84-seat studio theater on Banyan Boulevard. Audience members felt they were sitting in the living room with the characters in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2006) and could almost smell the alcohol on James’ breath in Eugene O’Neil’s Moon for the Misbegotten (2008).




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The company’s new home on Clematis Street seats 218. The challenge for DeSantis, the project architect, was to preserve that cozy feeling while giving the thriving theater company muchneeded room to grow. “Closeness to the stage is paramount,” says William Hayes, Dramaworks’ producing artistic director. Transforming the Cuillo Centre for the Arts into the Donald and Ann Brown Theatre, as Dramaworks’ new home will be known, required major changes to the existing facility. The audience chamber has been completely reconfigured. Second-story boxes were sacrificed to make room for administrative offices and a costume shop. Nine long rows, each on a separate level to enhance sightlines, now face a broad proscenium stage, which replaced the previous three-quarter thrust arrangement. When the renovations are complete, the space itself will provide a catalyst for further change. “There’s a big difference

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between acting on a wide proscenium stage and acting in a studio theater. It allows you to do more nuanced work,” Hayes explains. Set designers will be exploring new territory, as well. Instead of merely suggesting the landscape of a play, the new theater provides ample room for them to flex their muscles. “In the new theater, we have the space to create the entire world that play should live in and allow the play to breathe a little bit,” Hayes says. Space – or the lack of it – influences so many of the choices that arts organizations make. You don’t hang a modest watercolor in a gallery with 18-foot ceilings and you don’t mount a show with 10 cast members on a small studio stage. Hayes is opening the new theater with a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. “I could never do that show in the Banyan Boulevard location,” he admits. “The move is opening up a whole new body of work for us. It broadens and expands our artistic horizons.”

Open Doors With time, chances are the Donald and Ann Brown Theatre will also instigate change beyond its newly opened doors. As will the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s new home in Lake Worth, the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building. “The arts are a driving force in urban renewal,” says Rick Gonzalez, AIA, president of REG Architects and project architect on the renovation of the Montgomery Building. Within their walls, museums, theaters and other spaces dedicated to the arts give creative work a context. Outside those same walls, these buildings and institutions provide a context for art within our community. “Both Dramaworks and the Cultural Council’s building are corner buildings. They both anchor vibrant downtowns and,” Gonzalez says, “they’re both going to inject tremendous cultural energy into their neighborhoods.”




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Cultural Council Joins Americans for the Arts’ Economic Study The Palm Beach County Cultural Council has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV™ research study. Conducted by Americans for the Arts, America’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts, the study will evaluate the impact that spending by non-profit arts organizations and their audiences have on local economies. As one of 200 study partners across the nation, the Cultural Council is facilitating the gathering of detailed economic and event attendance data from non-profit arts and culture organizations throughout Palm Beach County. In addition, the Council is collaborating with other arts organizations to collect surveys from at least 2,000 arts and culture attendees in Palm Beach County during 2011. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV will provide a vehicle for evaluating the impact of the recession on the jobs and government revenues that are generated by the non-profit arts industry. It is expected that the findings will demonstrate that the arts remain a formidable industry in spite of the country’s recent economic challenges. “We’re very proud to be one of the 200 local arts agencies across the nation participating in this economic study,” says Cultural Council President and CEO Rena Blades. “Palm Beach County has a vibrant cultural community that affects many, many residents, visitors and businesses. It will certainly be interesting to see the results and how Palm Beach County compares to other areas of the nation.” Customized findings for the Cultural Council will demonstrate the impact of spending by non-profit arts and culture organizations and their audiences on the economy. Specifically, the study’s results will include:




• The total dollars spent by Palm Beach County’s non-profit arts and culture organizations. • The total dollars spent by audiences as a direct result of their attendance at arts and culture events in Palm Beach County. • The number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts spending. • The amount of resident, household income − including salaries and wages − generated by arts spending. • The amount of local and state government tax revenues generated by arts spending. According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the national nonprofit arts industry generated 5.7 million jobs and $166.2 billion in total economic activity during 2005, resulting in $29.6 billion in federal, state and local government revenues. The total included $63.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $103.1 billion in event-related spending by audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and lodging. That study also revealed that Palm Beach County’s nonprofit cultural industry had an annual economic impact greater than $209 million a year and supported more than 4,800 jobs. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV is supported by the Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, local and statewide project partners are contributing both time and financial support to the study.

Getaway to Culture Promotion Entices Cultural Tourists In an ongoing effort to bolster cultural tourism in Palm Beach County, the Cultural Council partnered with some of the area‘s most exciting arts venues and hotels for a summer Getaway to Culture promotion. And now, in this land where it’s almost always summerlike, the program is continuing through the end of the year and, in some cases, beyond!

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The Palm Beach Zoo is an attractive spot for cultural tourists.

The program provides great opportunities for visitors to explore Palm Beach County, stay at a magnificent hotel anywhere from Boca Raton to Jupiter and enjoy world-class theater, art, music, history and nature-based excursions – many at a very attractive discount. The packages typically include special hotel rates, tickets to cultural attractions and a variety of other amenities. Giveaways are also featured from partners such as Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa and Crane’s BeachHouse in Delray Beach, which provided two-night weekend stay packages for winners of online contest drawings. Current packages include the following: • Downtown Delray Arts Festivals with the Colony Hotel & Cabana Club − November 26-27 and January 21-22 • Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens with the Wyndham Garden Hotel Boca Raton − through December 31 • Palm Beach Zoo with SpringHill Suites Marriott or Homewood Suites Hilton − through December 31 • Royal Room Cabaret with Colony Hotel, Palm Beach − November 4 through December 24 • Flagler Museum or Norton Museum of Art with the Chesterfield Hotel Palm Beach − through December 31

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• Palm Beach Photographic Centre with Hyatt Place − ongoing There’s no better time to Getaway to Culture and enjoy Palm Beach County, where ® culture has found its place in the sun . Full cultural package and giveaway details can be found at

Cultural Council to Assess Needs of Local Artists When the Cultural Council completes its upcoming move into the new Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building in Lake Worth, it will have the physical space available to realize a longterm goal: offering specialized resources and services for professional artists. In preparation, the Council has launched the Workforce Development for Artists (WDA) initiative − a research, study and implementation program designed to assess the needs of the estimated 2,000+ professional artists in Palm Beach County. The study is being funded through a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. The WDA project will research and identify the growing needs of professional artists, develop a set of programs to address those needs and then implement a variety of programs, which are expected to include training that will help artists cultivate and advance their business skills, creation of a directory of professional artists and assistance with the marketing and promotion of professional artists in the county. The Council plans to host forums throughout Palm Beach County in the next few months where artists can come and speak directly about the issues and concerns they find most important in their professional lives. It is hoped that the positive impact of the program will reach all professional artists in the county. Nichole Hickey, the new artist services coordinator for the Cultural Council, is managing the initiative. art&culture



{inside culture} cultural council news New Educational Guide to Art and Culture Highlights Non-Profit Educational Programs

else. The guide is designed to help educators form on-going partnerships with art and culture organizations close to their schools or homes. These partnerships often result in strong bonds between cultural organizations, educators, students and the overall community. The Cultural Council produces the guide with support from the Office Depot Foundation; the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Walter Hnatysh Receives 2011 SFCC Fellowship Award

Approximately 600 visual art, music, dance and theater teachers started the school year with a valuable tool − the sixth edition of the Cultural Council’s Educational Guide to Art and Culture in Palm Beach County. The guides were distributed during the Fine Arts Curriculum Back-to-School Conference in August at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Teachers attending the conference also had an opportunity to visit with representatives from 16 cultural organizations who shared information about opportunities for all K-12 students. The guide includes information about 62 organizations across the county – all of which are Cultural Council members − and also provides teachers with special Office Depot discounts. In total, 12,000 guides were distributed to educators throughout Palm Beach County. The publication is also available online at www.palmbeach This is Palm Beach County’s top resource for educational art and culture programs, many of which are free or lowcost and are available through curriculumbased field trips or in-school presentations. The information is not available anywhere




Palm Beach County artist Walter Hnatysh is the recipient of a $15,000 award through the South Florida Cultural Consortium 2011 Visual and Media Artists Fellowship Program. The Lake Worth resident is a professor of art in painting and drawing at Florida Atlantic University. Hnatysh has shown work in 20 solo exhibitions and more than 100 group

shows. He received his BFA from Indiana University and his MFA from Tyler School of Art. In his artist statement describing the work submitted for the fellowship, Hnatysh wrote: “These paintings and drawings evolved from different sources and processes: observations of landscapes, the activity of mark making, memory and my subconscious. While the figures, plants and animals are Walter Hnatysh informed by years of observing reality, they spring from mind quickly, compulsively, unedited. The final drawing is a reconfiguration that is both composed and spontaneous, a composite of contradictions.” The South Florida Cultural Consortium − an alliance of the arts councils of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Martin counties − also awarded fellowships to six visual artists from Miami-Dade County, four from Broward County and one from Monroe County. The fellowships are

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{inside culture} cultural council news conferred at either the $15,000 or $7,500 level; the $15,000 fellowships are among the largest such awards provided by local arts agencies in the United States. The recipients are selected through a two-tier panel process, which includes the participation of regional and national arts experts. Wendy Blazier, senior curator at the Boca Museum of Art, was a member of the 2011 regional panel.

Cultural Council Nuggets • art&culture magazine received a Silver Award for Best Overall Design in the Association category in the Florida Magazine Association’s 2011 Charlie Awards competition. • The two slogans used by the Cultural Council in its cultural tourism promotion efforts have been officially trademarked. ® Both “Florida’s Cultural Capital ” and ® “Culture has found its place in the sun ” are now registered trademarks.

• The Cultural Council received an IMPACT Award from the Donors Forum of South Florida for the Building Learning Communities through Arts and Culture grants program. The IMPACT Awards recognize funders for grants that have made a positive impact on our community. • A short video illustrating the impact of the funds raised from the Cultural

Council’s 2011 Muse Awards can be seen on YouTube. Funds were provided to several cultural organizations, which enabled more than 870 students in grades K-12 to participate in a cultural field trip. Many of these children would not otherwise have had these experiences. You can watch the video at ZoLrtWA.

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{inside culture} cultural compendium Classical South Florida Expands Service in Palm Beach County Palm Beach County radio listeners now have round-the-clock access to classical music and public radio programming. On September 14, Classical South Florida (CSF) launched the newly christened WPBI

90.7 FM with an all-classical music format, with NPR News headlines heard during morning and evening drive times. News fans in the region can now hear a new public radio service at a different frequency − 101.9 FM − and via HD Radio on 90.7 HD2. All Classical South Florida programming is also available via live web stream at “We know that public radio fans are devoted and curious and that they appreciate arts and cultural programming,� said

Doug Evans, CSF’s president and general manager. “By creating a brand new, 24/7 public radio news service and an all-classical music service, we’re giving listeners more choices and a greater variety of programming. We’re proud to make this additional contribution to the cultural fabric of our community.� Classical South Florida is a membersupported, non-profit 501(c)(3) public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music and public affairs programming. Its program schedule includes broadcasts of nationally renowned classical programs such as Ž Ž Performance Today , SymphonyCast , Ž Pipedreams and other public radio favorites. CSF began broadcasting in South Florida in October 2007. The complete programming schedules for all Classical South Florida services can be found online at

Browns Donate $2 Million to Palm Beach Dramaworks Donald and Ann Brown of Palm Beach Gardens, Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, DC, have donated $2 million to Palm Beach Dramaworks, South Florida’s acclaimed professional resident theater company. In honor of the contribution − the single largest gift in the history of the organization − the theater company’s new facility on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach will be named the Donald and Ann Brown Theatre. “Palm Beach Dramaworks is one of South Florida’s most deserving cultural treasures and has won local and national acclaim for its inspired productions,� the Browns said. “We value our commitment to the theater because we believe the performing arts are beacons of the times we live in − they illuminate tales

Experience One of America’s Great House Museums When it was completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was hailed by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than any palace LQ (XURSH JUDQGHU DQG PRUH PDJQLĂ€FHQW WKDQ DQ\ RWKHU private dwelling in the world.â€? Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark, and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum. For a complete 2011/2012 Season Program Guide, please call RU YLVLW ZZZ Ă DJOHUPXVHXP XV The Fall Exhibition “First Train to Paradise: The Train That Went to Seaâ€? will be open from October 18, 2011 to January 8, 2012.

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{inside culture} cultural compendium between 1905 and 1912, the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway, known as the Over-Sea Railroad, was the final link extending the system from Jacksonville to Key West. The project was hailed as “the Eighth Wonder of the World” and it remains the most ambitious engineering feat ever undertaken by a private individual. Well before the completion of the Panama Canal, Henry Flagler recognized the potential commercial importance of the deep water port at Key West as a major link between the United States and Cuba, South America and the Far East. Flagler set his sights on linking the Keys to the mainland United States by rail, thus creating a direct and rapid route from Key West to the Northeast for the transport of both cargo and tourists. Despite three major hurricanes, difficult terrain, intense heat, mosquitoes and disease, the building of the Over-Sea Railroad proceeded. The tracks were in continuous use until severely damExhibit Celebrates 100th aged by the infamous 1935 Labor Day hurAnniversary of Over-Sea Railroad ricane and the decision was made not to “First Train to Paradise: The Railroad rebuild. Remnants of the original bridges that Went to Sea,“ an exhibition commem- still stand, a hundred years later, as testaorating the 100th anniversary of the com- ments to the achievements of Flagler and his engineers. Curated by the Flagler Museum, the exhibition chronicles the project’s development from sketches to reality, capturing the greatest achievement of one of America’s titans of industry. It features numerous photographs, artifacts and documents from the extensive Flagler Museum Archives, many Long Key Viaduct Postcard: Historical postcard depicting the first passenger of which are being train to Knight’s Key in January 1908. Knight’s Key was the southern terminus for the Florida East Coast Railway until 1912, when the rail line to Key West revealed for the first was completed. © Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Archives time to the public. For more information, call the Flagler pletion of the Over-Sea Railroad to Key West, continues through January 8 at the Museum at (561) 655-2833 or visit Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Built

that shine in the light. With this new theater, Dramaworks will not only continue to present firstrate productions, but will have an intimate, professional, first-rate facility to Donald and Ann Brown call home.” Donald A. Brown has been a real estate attorney and real estate entrepreneur in Washington for more than 50 years. He was a founder of the law firm of Brown, Gildenhorn & Jacobs and also a founder of the JBG Real Estate Companies. Ann Brown, a former two-term chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, was recognized for revitalizing the agency and raising awareness about its work through appearances on the Today show and in other national media.

Artist Jermaine Johnson stands with the panels he created for the Seacrest Streetscape Beautification Project.

Boynton Beach Artists, City Team Up to Create Public Art Project The Boynton Beach community is embracing a new public art project developed through a partnership between the city, its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and Art in Public Places program as well as community artists. Following a series of charettes (public meetings to gather community input), the artwork for the Seacrest Streetscape Beautification Project in Heritage Park (at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Seacrest boulevards) was created by Debbie and Len Marucci and emerging artist Jermaine Johnson. The installation incorporates three panels measuring 18.6 feet wide and 30 inches high with a 40-inch high middle section. The panels were plasma cut from aluminum, welded together then layered in translucent powder-coated colors. Johnson, who apprenticed under the Maruccis, created spray-painted imagery for several of the panels. Each panel features a center image inside a heart to represent the area known locally as the Heart of Boynton. Images visible in the work reflect native foliage and wildlife, the area’s Native American and African-American roots, construction of Henry Flagler’s railroad, the influence of local churches and religion, agriculture, education and culture. To view photos of the installation and learn more about Boynton Beach’s innovative Art in Public Places Program, visit




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Popular South Florida singer Amber Leigh kicked off Old School Square’s new concert series.

Old School Square Cultural Arts Center’s new weekly outdoor concert series — Free Friday Concerts @ The Pavilion − offers a mix of music for the masses every Friday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. through December 30. The family-friendly series features some of South Florida’s best bands playing a wide variety of music − from blues, classic rock and country to Latin, R&B, reggae, doo-wop, swing and more. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets (but no pets, please). A cash bar, food booths and chair rental will be available at each concert. Visit for a concert schedule.




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& RepertoryCo. (Actor’s Rep) has returned to its downtown West Palm Beach roots by leasing a 4,400-square-foot building at 1009 North Dixie Highway – on the same street where it started in 1980. The arrangement was made possible by the City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority, the Donner Foundation and Haruvi Realty. Artistic Director Bob Carter said the facility will house classrooms, studios, offices and a black box theater. “We will be adding many more classes, both for adults and children, culminating in staged plays and showcase performances,� Carter said. For information, call (561) 301-2588 or visit

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Steven V. Maklansky is the Boca Raton Museum of Art‘s new director. Prior to coming to Boca Raton, he was executive director at the Brevard Art Museum in Melbourne, Fla., and served in curatorial roles with the Louisiana State Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art. His exhibition Katrina Exposed, featuring more than 700 photographs of the storm’s aftermath, Steven V. Maklansky was named Best Exhibition of the Year by the New Orleans Times Picayune in 2006. Maklansky received an undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his Master’s from New York University. He is a graduate of the Getty Foundation’s Museum Leadership Institute.






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American Spirit The New Patriotic Musical Nov. 14 at 7:30pm

The 23rd Annual Living Christmas Tree Dec. 3 at 7:30pm and Dec. 4 at 3:00pm

Miracle on 34th Street Dec. 15 at 7:30pm

Jay Johnson in “The Two & Only” Jan. 12 at 7:30pm

Guy Penrod Jan. 26 at 7:30pm

The Improvised Shakespeare Company Feb. 14 at 7:30pm

Brigadoon Feb. 16 at 7:30pm

The Bronx Wanderers Feb. 23 at 7:30pm

Jim Witter in “The Piano Men” March 2 at 7:30pm

The Allan Harris Quartet March 15 at 7:30pm

Palm Beach State College Music Department March 22 at 7:30pm

Celtic Fire: Irish Music and Dance with Riverdance’s Michael Londra March 23 at 7:30pm

30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry Gatlin April 17 at 7:00pm

Missoula Children’s Theatre May 5 at 11:00am and 7:00pm

Street Beat, Inc. May 11 at 7:00pm

Florida Classical Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Lily Ojea

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expedition in as many years this summer when 11 company dancers, including Artists in Residence Rogelio Corrales and Lily Ojea, traveled to Cuba. During the visit, performances were given at several venues, including at a large theater, a civic center, a community center and two churches. The company also visited a children’s cancer hospital. A highlight of the trip was a stint in San Jose where the company danced before a large group of individuals who had never seen a ballet. The trip was especially meaningful for Corrales, a native of Cuba who began his dance career there as a child. In 2010, FCBT performed in Budapest, Hungary.


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Office Building at 319 Clematis St. in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach is getting a makeover. AW Property Co., in collaboration with institutional investor Five Mile Capital Partners, plans to completely renovate and modernize the 10-story, 90,000-square-foot icon with approximately $2 million in initial capital and tenant improvements. The building will continue to be used for offices with ground floor restaurants and retail storefronts. The architectural landmark will also have state-of-the-art technology, communication and security upgrades. Built between 1916 and 1925 and named after entrepreneur Alfred J. Comeau, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

After two years of offering prep classes for fifthgraders who have applied to Bak Middle School of the Arts, Wellington-based ArtStart proudly reports that a majority of its students have been accepted into the school. Visual arts students work with ArtStart President Jeannette Pomeroy Parssi, while communications students are mentored by board member Bill Underwood. “It’s very gratifying when we learn that students have been accepted,” said Parssi, who makes it clear that there are no guarantees. “We give them the tools and do our best to make sure they’re ready, but in the end it’s up to the student to do well.”

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on the Palm Beach Gardens campus of Palm Beach State College received three donations totaling $30,000 through the Palm Beach State College Foundation. The Admiral’s Cove Cares Charitable Foundation donated $15,000 to underwrite the 2012-2013 “Arts in the Gardens” series. A $5,000 donation from the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival funded a spring production of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll, while the Lewis J. Kuriansky Foundation donated $10,000 to underwrite the cost of the new Wall of Honor and Take a Seat dedication panel in the lobby. The Wall of Honor will be dedicated in memory of the late Morton R. Shaprio, a long-standing supporter of the theater.

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Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum staff members Mary Csar (left) and Laurie-Lynn Jones with MAP 3 Assessor Robin Reed at the Boca Express train museum.

The Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum (BRHS) received an Institute of Museum and Library Servicesfunded 2011 Museum Assessment Program (MAP) grant valued at approximately $4,000 that will be administered through the American Association of Museums. The goal of the MAP program is to help museums of all sizes achieve excellence through a process of self study and peer review. In order to assess the organization’s relationship with the community, the BRHS elected to undergo MAP 3 − the Community Engagement Assessment. The BRHS expects a final assessment report in a few months. In the meantime, as part of the program, it has received a set of museum management-related books for its library and free access to webinars and other resources.

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{inside culture} briefly noted Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts welcomed Susan Atherley as its new principal. Atherley has more than 30 years’ experience as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. Most recently, she was principal at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton. Atherley received her doctorate in educational leadership at Nova Southeastern University, where she is also an adjunct professor. She has twice been named Principal of the Year and is chairperson of the Palm Beach County Principals’ Association. “Nothing prepared me for the atmosphere of community and joy that I have witnessed on this campus,” Atherley said. “It is a joy to be part of the team at Dreyfoos!” Susan Atherley

Junkanoo dancers are always popular at the Spady Living Heritage Festival.

The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum will present its annual Spady Living Heritage Festival on November 5 along historic Northwest Fifth Avenue in Delray Beach. Anyone who loves a good party and has an interest in learning about African-American history in South Florida is invited to join the fun. The free event features the Tradition Bearers of Renaissance Park of Marianna, live musical entertainment, a vintage farm exhibition, storytelling and more. Entertainment is expected to include a children’s parade, pony rides, face painting, a bounce house, a petting zoo and traditional games. To learn more, visit

Parade Productions, a new Boca Raton-based theatrical company, announced that popular South Florida actor Avi Hoffman will star in the company’s premier production of Brooklyn Boy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. Performances will take place in the Studio at Mizner Park (within the building that once housed the International Museum of Cartoon Art) from January 26 through February 12. Tickets are available at Parade Productions’ principals include Kim St. Leon, a well-known and respected director who co-founded the Acting Studio Stage Company; Candace Caplin, a working actress with a solid business background; and Karen Rosenberg, a knowledgeable and long-time supporter of the arts.




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