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a master class — also free to the public — and will return April 21 and 22 to perform in concert with the Lynn Philharmonia. (Ticket info at www.events. lynn.edu.) Big happenings at Florida Atlantic University, too. John Kelly and wife, Carolyn, host the President’s Gala on April 7 in the FAU Stadium’s Greenberg Foundation Tower with student entertainment and art, fireworks and a live auction (tickets $300). The gala will be the first opportunity for many FAU supporters to meet the school’s new athletic director, Brian White. He replaced Pat Chun, who left in January for the same job at Washington State University. White, the school’s sixth athletic director, also will wear a vice president’s mantel. A graduate of Notre Dame, with an MBA from Ohio U., he claims strong credentials in a family with strong credentials. From 2007 to 2012 he was an account executive with IMG College, a major sports marketing operation on the college scene. He then served on the athletic staffs at Louisiana Tech, the University of Tulsa and West Point before heading to the University of Missouri, where as deputy athletic director he oversaw football and men’s basketball, broadcasting and fundraising. In one year Missouri doubled athletics fundraising to more than $50 million. White’s father, Kevin, oversees athletics at Duke University; brother Mike is head basketball coach at the University of Florida, not far from brother Danny, who runs the athletics show at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The new AD didn’t have to go far to make his first hire.
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Alex Schachter Memorial Benefit Concert
top-rated personality for 16 years. Since he’s no longer tied to a desk in New York, he can podcast The Spin Room from just about anywhere. Surprise, surprise, he found his way to the Palm Beaches, where he took in some fresh air and solid food at the Dune Deck at Lantana Beach.
Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery, Boca Raton — March 17
A benefit concert held to remember Alex Schachter, one of the murdered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, featured music by the Matt Calderin Trio, Tame the Lyons and Johan Danno. ABOVE: (l-r) George Nesmith, Alex West, Haley Shaheen, Melissa Velasco and Riley Nielson-Baker were among current and past MSD students who attended. LEFT: Ocean Ridge resident Danno. Photos by Tim Stepien/ The Coastal Star After his fourth losing season, Michael Curry, a former NBA player, was fired March 16 as basketball coach. All White had to do was pick up the phone and call brother Mike in Gainesville. Voila! Dusty May, White’s assistant coach from 2011 to 2015 at Louisiana Tech and since 2015 at Florida, now has his first head coaching job. Though never a college
player, May has some interesting credentials. As an undergraduate, he served four years as team manager for the Indiana Hoosiers, then was on the video staffs at Southern Cal and Indiana before moving to assistant coach positions at Eastern Michigan, Murray State, Alabama-Birmingham and Louisiana Tech. May, White said, was his
“No. 1 choice … The future of the FAU men’s basketball program is bright.” The family that plays together …
Always on the move. … After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, then-18-yearold Larry Rosensweig spent a year in Japan living with three Rosensweig families. He returned to the States to study East Asian language and culture at Michigan State and Harvard. Then he headed to Palm Beach County, where at age 25 he became the first director at the Morikami Museum. He held that position for 28 years, then spent five years as director of advancement at the Norton Museum. More recently he has served as a consultant for arts-related organizations, raising money for the international American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science and the homegrown Spady Cultural Heritage Museum in Delray Beach. Rosensweig’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. The Florida Association of Museums recently honored the fourdecade Delray Beach resident with a lifetime achievement award for his profound impact on museums and the lives of Florida citizens. Well done. Thom Smith is a freelance writer who can be reached at thomsmith@ ymail.com.
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A bowl of crispy delights The Plate: Crispy Chicken The Place: Cornell Café, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 495-0233 or www.morikami.org. The Price: $8.95 The Skinny: I really cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our lunch at the Morikami Museum’s Cornell Café. The café sits atop a terrace offering views of the gardens, and we had a constant breeze to keep us cool. My Crispy Chicken offered a generous portion of stirfried chicken with broccoli, onions and mushrooms served atop rice. The sweet soy sauce in which it was served was not cloying and complemented the vegetables and chicken. Next visit, I want to check out one of the ample bento boxes the café offers, with chicken, dumplings, shrimp and sushi rolls, among other things. They looked outstanding.
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