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New Leadership Brings New High Profile Events to the Armory Art Center

New Executive Director Tom Pearson, who took over leadership earlier this year at West Palm Beach’s Armory Art Center has made his top priority to increase the Armory’s presence in the community.  He is excited to kick off this effort with some new high-profile special events.  In December, the focus is on families with the new Arts Festival to be followed up by a Art/Music/Fashion-oriented event in January.

wpbartsfestivallogopnc-2Poised to be one of West Palm’s new favorite pre-holiday events, the First Annual West Palm Beach Arts Festival presented by PNC Arts Alive is scheduled for Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Armory Art Center Campus at 1700 Parker Avenue. 

“This is an ideal family weekend to enjoy quality art and music with perfect timing for holiday shopping!” said Armory Executive Director Dr. Tom Pearson.  The exhibitors at this juried festival were selected from 158 artists from around the country to serve a wide-range of tastes from youth to sophisticated art buyers.  Children from ages 5 to 10 will enjoy creating holiday crafts in the Kid’s Zone while their parents are shopping for holiday gifts of unique art. 

In addition to the great variety of art presented, the West Palm Beach Arts Festival will feature music, demonstrations, and popular food trucks. Featured performers include the Roaring Kelly Band, Orchid City Brass Band, Psychic Ghost, Les Nuages with Frank Cerabino, and PB State College Jazz Quintet, Quartet, & Sextet.  Parking is available at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts with a shuttle running to and from the Armory.  Click here for more information and to view complete Festival Schedule

 

Israeli Flip BackSAVE THE DATE– JANUARY 26, 2017

Save the Date now for January 26, 2017 for what is sure to be one of the most talked-about events of the Season.  Purple Reign will be hosted at the Armory Art Center with celebrity speed painter Michael Israel, dinner by the bite, and music and fashion to celebrate the creative talent of the rock music artist Prince.  http://www.armoryart.org/purple-reign

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Canvas Art Gala set the stage for Second Annual Outdoor Museum Show

Gala kicked off Nation’s Largest Outdoor Museum

A crowd of more than 300 art enthusiasts, celebrities and socialites attended the exclusive gala and after-party for CANVAS, the outdoor museum show, that is gearing up for its second year using Downtown West Palm Beach as it’s “cultural canvas” on November 11-20.  The party took place October 22 at the CANVAS VIP Pop-up Lounge at 1016 Clare Avenue in West Palm Beach.  The event was co-chaired by Bettina Anderson, Lizzi Bickford and Chris Leavitt of Million Dollar listing fame.

Lizzi Bickford, Chris Leavitt, Bettina Anderson

Lizzi Bickford, Chris Leavitt, Bettina Anderson

DJ Adam Lipson kept the energy upbeat throughout the night with special performances by Sean’s Dance Factory and four-time Grammy nominee, Ja Rule.

Guests enjoyed drinks courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and a sit-down dinner from Wellington Hospitality Group.  Proceeds from the event benefit CANVAS Art Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding visual arts to enrich public spaces and foster social and economic outcomes.

The competition was fierce during the live auction as guests had the chance to bid on sought after items including a Cuba Experience trip hosted by CANVAS founder, Nicole Henry; a one-week lease of the newest, sleekest, Aston Martin; a VIP package to the Kentucky Derby; and tickets for two to Hamilton with five-star accommodations at The Plaza Hotel, just to name a few of the outstanding items available for bid. Ja Rule went home with a one-of-a-kind original painting by Pipsqueak Was Here!!!, part of the 2016 official CANVAS artist lineup.

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Nicole Henry and Ja Rule

“I am so grateful for everyone who attended and graciously donated to this important cause,” said Nicole Henry, founder and curator of CANVAS. “Through their generosity and sponsorships, we will be able to create a curated show filled with visionary masterpieces that will broaden the mind and inspire creative excellence. I can’t wait to show you what these internationally acclaimed artists will bring to our city.”

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Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS will transform Downtown West Palm Beach on November 11-20, 2016. Starting this year, CANVAS will be centrally located along the busy Flagler Drive, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach. The green space will be built into a world-class outdoor museum accessible to the public year-round with rotating exhibitions and its annual show in November. Artists from across the globe will create monumental installations and murals in the Kids Art Park, Chamber Park, and Installation Park, part of the multi-phase project launching this November. Similar to last year, there will be a menu of exciting free and ticketed events:

CANVAS schedule of events:

 Nov. 11, 7 – 11 p.m. – CANVAS Local Showdown in Northwood

 Nov. 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – CANVAS Sip + Stir

 Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – CANVAS Kids Day

 Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 6 – 9 p.m. – CANVAS Art + Fashion Engaged   featuring Marchesa Trunk Show

 Nov. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – CANVAS ‘Be Art’ Closing Brunch

For more information or to purchase tickets http://www.canvaswpb.org

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‘THE IMMORTALS’
by Tori Eversmann
Wife of BLACK HAWK DOWN Hero

Tori Eversmann, author of ‘The Immortals’ will be at Meat Market Palm Beach for a book signing Tuesday, November 15th. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet her husband, First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, who was immortalized in the epic film Black Hawk Down  and inspired the lead character in her book.

A portion of proceeds raised at the event from book sales or dinner will benefit American Humane- American Humane provides a) lifesaving service dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress;b) protects America’s hard-working military dogs and recognizes their heroic contributions to our country- both on and off the battlefield. 

I had the pleasure of meeting this talented author and her honorable husband on several occasions. Extremely impressed by an inexplicable bond between the two of them, I purchased a copy of The Immortals .  It was not only entertaining but enlightening to realize how little we know about the challenges faced by the family members left behind.

About the Immortals:

Eversmann’s semi-autobiographical character, Calli Coleman, abruptly lands in the role of Army wife in provincial Sackets Harbor, New York, when her husband is recalled to active military duty during the Iraq War. Calli and her young family face the adversity of transitioning to their new military life and the complicated social hierarchy that goes with it. Uprooted from their hometown, family and friends, their new life as an Army family becomes even more unsettling when Calli learns that her husband will soon be deployed to Iraq.

“New friendships sustain Calli through loneliness and the ever-present specter of widowhood. ‘The Immortals’ is an examination of marriage, friendship, war and death,” said Eversmann.

About the Author

Tori Eversmann

Tori Eversmann

Tori Eversmann, wife of retired First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, the soldier who inspired the lead character in the book and Jerry Bruckheimer’s movie Black Hawk Down, has captivating stories of her time as an Army wife and its aftermath in the post-9-/11 world. Amid adversity, Tori worked tirelessly as a single parent, a cheerleader for her husband’s wounded men at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and as a conduit of information from the front lines during her husband’s 15-month deployment in the Iraq war, all to keep her and the other Army wives afloat. Tori received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Skidmore College and currently lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

 

 

 

Trailer Video of Black Hawk Down

 

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120% LINO on Worth Avenue turns down the heat with COOL SUMMER SALE

I received a call from my dear friend Susan, announcing her new position as manager of 120% Lino on Worth Avenue.  I wasn’t even aware my favorite  boutique had a location in Palm Beach!  I made it a point to stop by and was thrilled to discover the Worth Avenue store carried the easy to wear South of France stylish pieces with the quality cool natural breathable fabrics which only Italians know how to produce.

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After making a beeline for the sale section, I walked out feeling 10 degrees cooler and looking like I just got off a super-yacht in Capri:

The effortless yet stylish linen shift dress chicfully accessorized with necklace and a handbag that travel well from ship to shore.

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Glance at the look book

If you haven’t visited 120 Lino, there is no better time than the present as the 50% SALE has only just begun!

333 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida 33480
tel. 561.833.0711

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brunching by the Sea at BENNYS ON THE BEACH

A summer weekend staple for me and my family,  is an extended gourmet surfside brunch at Bennys on the Beach.  Frankly it’s the only place offering quality dining in a casual environment with a fabulous view, and an actual breeze.   Chef Jeremy Hanlon is continuing adding delectable creations to the menu, so going with a big group is key if you want to do a serious tasting!  In addition to their Signature Pancakes and famous Beach Bread variations, some of the new breakfast favorites include Lake Worth Crab Cake (featured above); Chorizo Breakfast Tacos and Shrimp & Grits.

 

Ultimate Island Toast

Ultimate Island Toast

 

The freshness of the food and the exquisite preparation by internationally acclaimed American Celebrity Chef Jeremy Hanlon, formerly of New York’s Restaurant Daniel (as in Boulud) is what makes this charming oceanfront destination a formidable gourmet experience.

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Bakon Vodka Bloody Mary

 

 

 

 

 

Those of us who associate beach and al fresco with libations truly appreciate their extensive and creative cocktail menu.  I normally opt for their bottle of Rosé de Provence kept in a chilled bucket within reach,  but only after I’ve indulged in one of their formidable Bloody Mary variations– Bloody Maria with tequila was my favorite until I tried the Bakon Vodka Bloody!

Benny’s is open for surfside dining seven days a week  from 7am to 9pm.  To view complete menu or make reservation visit www.bennysonthebeach.com

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August 17th Sun Sentinel Article

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PAUL HOBBS- the Steve Jobs of Wine

Meat Market hosts exclusive wine pairing dinner with Paul Hobbs Winery

Those of you who share the passion for ‘making every bite count‘– like I do,  MUST come to the  PAUL HOBBS wine dinner.  Chef Sean Brasel has created an exquisite menu to complement the carefully selected wines by Paul Hobbs.   Jonathan Negrin, Meat Market’s wine sommelier  will be on hand to personally tend to the guests questions and needs.  Before embarking on a four-course sensual journey, guests will be welcomed with a Pulenta Estate Sauvignon paired with wood-grilled Tuna Tataki, roasted shrimp empanadas and watermelon gazpacho shots. The ‘gastronome‘ experience will include delicacies such as Duck Terrine and Braised Lamb Osso Bucco.  You have to click on the menu to find out what other surprises Chef Sean is cooking up!  I find the dessert particularly intriguing!

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The Steve Jobs of Wine is an apt metaphor to describe the ardent exactitude of winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs.  He’s a quality fanatic”  —Forbes Magazine.  

 Click here to read complete article

Paul Hobbs is known for its meticulous vineyard management and minimally-invasive wine-making techniques, producing wines which express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity.

“We limit attendance to these special wine tastings as it’s important to ensure every guest has the opportunity to savor each wine with Chef Sean Brasel’s carefully planned accompaniment. It’s all about the experience,” says Andy Dugard, General Manager of Meat Market Palm Beach.

Paul Hobbs Winery selection served will include:

  • PH Pulenta Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • PH RRV Pinot Noir 2014
  • Bramare Malbec Uco Valley 2013
  • PH Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Ice Wine Riesling from Stratus Vineyard in Canada 2013

    Click below to view MENU:

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    Space is limited

  • Please call to reserve your spot 561 354 9800 or email jnegrin@meatmarket.net
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Sequin Shoppers Paws Support Palm Beach Island Cats

It was a Purrfect night in Palm Beach where the sandals and sundresses came out in full force to shop at Sequin Worth Avenue to support Palm Beach Island Cats.  Board Members Coco Schefmeyer, Kim and Paul Puffenbarger, George J. Palladino, and Florence Berney joined with Executive Director Leslie Moss to host a Meow-worthy evening of refreshments and shopping for the many Cool Cats who attended.

Particularly popular purchases were the feline-themed charm bracelets and necklaces.  Although the new Astrology-inspired Star Maps collection drew lots of attention along with Sequin’s new Color Karma line

 

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One of the leading organizations in the country conducting trap, neuter, and release programs for feral cats, Palm Beach Island Cats advocates responsible pet ownership.  Their efforts on behalf of the Island’s forgotten felines are not only humane, but also serve public health interests.  This local grass roots organization operates 365 days a year to prevent future generations of community cats.  They receive no government funding and operate 100% on donations.  These donated funds are utilized to pay for the day-to-day food, medical care, field crew, equipment and other operating expenses for this animal –friendly charity. 

Donations to this 501 (c) (3) organization are graciously accepted and tax deductible.  For more information or to make a contribution, please visit www.PBIslandCats.org

 

 

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Cultural Council Gets Shady at Meat Market Palm Beach

It was a wall-to-wall VIP crowd on a recent Tuesday evening at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s reception to celebrate the Spring/Summer issue of its award-winning Art&Culture Magazine.  It was hot outside, but insiders cooled off at Palm Beach’s Meat Market, sipping on the signature aqua-colored drink, “The Shady,” and donning the Council’s signature #ShadesOfCulture aqua sunglasses.

Bold-faced names from The Palm Beaches and leaders from the worlds of hospitality and the arts sampled Meat Market Executive Chef Sean Brasel’s culinary creations while enjoying drinks courtesy of First Republic Bank.  Throughout the evening, a video loop of the Cultural Council’s latest breakthrough advertising and social media campaign showcasing celebrities who wear aqua sunglasses to promote the arts in Palm Beach County.

Elise Gordon, Debbie Zuloaga & Lisa Kells Show off the latest issue of Art & Culture Magazine

Elise Gordon, Debbie Zuloaga & Lisa Kells show off the latest issue of Art & Culture Magazine

The Aqua sunglasses represent a symbol for the arts and our Palm Beach County community.  Together, we can see the arts  through a different lens.   Become part of this extraordinary cultural exchange – one that sets The Palm Beaches apart by sharing stories, photos, art and favorite performances with  the hashtag #ShadesOfCulture.  For more information please visit shadesofculture.com

 

 

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The Case of the Disappearing Felines

Several former Palm Beachers recently returned to the Island and inquired as to what happened to all of the stray cats that used to gather outside restaurants begging for scraps and keep residents awake at night with their mating rituals.

While greatly reduced in numbers, rest assured that Palm Beach’s furriest residents are still on the island.  Thanks to the efforts of Palm Beach Island Cats, the town’s cats are less of a nuisance and more of a plus.  Since humane management began in 2010 by Palm Beach Island Cats, the island’s stray cat population has been significantly reduced from over 750 to less than 550.  The cats which help shrink the rodent population on the island, live in well-managed colonies where they are fed, watered, and cared for by Palm Beach Island Cats.

The program which currently receives no government funding, and operates with a staff of volunteers has been held up as an example to other municipalities across the country for effective and humane treatment of homeless cats who are in need of compassionate care. Through no fault of their own, these cats have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves which most often leads to more cats. Spring is typically Kitten Season, however due to the ongoing neutering efforts by Palm Beach Island Cats, each year this has been less impactful in Palm Beach. (Cats can reproduce when they are as young as 4 to 6 months old.)

Seventy percent of cats entering shelters are killed, and that number jumps to nearly 100% of feral cats and kittens. That’s why the Trap/Neuter/Release efforts of Palm Beach Island Cats is effective as well as humane.

Advocates of responsible pet ownership, Palm Beach Island Cats provides food, sterilization, vaccines and other medical care to needy cats. Your support of this 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is tax deductible.

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Donations may be mailed to:

Palm Beach Island Cats, Inc.
P.O. Box 173
Palm Beach, FL 33480
561-512-4884
Or click here

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STEAK SUNDAYS at MEAT MARKET are coming back!!

Back by popular demand, June 5, 2016 will signal the return of Meat Market’s wildly popular Signature Steak Sunday. Every Sunday this summer, you  can enjoy a selection of Signature Steaks at half price. Options include 16 ounce Chicago Prime New York (full or half); 12 ounce filet mignon (full or half); 16 ounce Prime Ribeye; the Meat Market steak – 16 ounce Prime Picanha with Habanero Chimichurri (full or half); or the Creative Steak of the Day.

My favorite is the prime rib-eye topped with either seared foie-gras or roasted prime bone marrow….. but of course you can choose from other succulent additions such as a 6 ounce lobster tail; Oscar-style with blue crab and béarnaise; and black truffle butter. Signature Steak Sunday will be offered to guests in the dining room, as well as those sitting at the bar and lounge.  Not to be combined with any other offers and not available for to-go orders.

Meat Market, located at 191 Bradley Place in Palm Beach, serves dinner nightly. For reservations, please call (561) 354-9800. For more information, visit www.meatmarket.net.

 

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