(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – December 29, 2021) Sean Kenney's Nature POP! Made with LEGO Bricks is set to make its Florida premiere at Mounts Botanical Garden, opening on Saturday, January 8 and running through Sunday, May 1. This new exhibition from acclaimed artist Sean Kenney features over 40 sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO pieces and explores the beauty of nature through highly stylized, colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with their surroundings.
Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Nature POP! blends art, science, and innovation in the display of the New York-based artist’s newest, never-before-seen sculptures. Known for his ability to make striking works of art using simple LEGO toys, Kenney pushes the boundaries of the medium in this new exhibition through his use of vibrant colors and a bold, graphical style. Inspired by the Pop art movement, Kenney’s work on Nature POP! plays on that movement’s principles by blurring the boundaries between austere and the everyday, and draws from a belief that everything is interconnected.
Nature POP! invites guests to consider how just as LEGO bricks are interconnected, so is everything in nature. The intricate displays explore the relationships that exist in nature, whether that be the delicate balance between predators and prey, the commonalities between species as they care for their young, or the impact that humankind has on the natural world. Supporting content enhances the experience with scientific facts about the creatures presented in the displays.
Pam and I, along with our granddaughter, Cate, attended the Garden of Lights at Mounts Botanical Garden this week, along with hundreds of others to admire the festive holiday lights
throughout. It ends Dec. 23, and is a "must-see" family attraction.
(PRESS RELEASE)_WEST PALM BEACH, FL (December 23, 2021) Summer is coming to West Palm Beach this winter with SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, making its premiere engagement at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on January 5-9. Tickets are available online at kravis.org or by phone at 561.832.7469.
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
The three actresses that share the role of musical icon Donna Summer are Brittny Smith as “Diva Donna,” Charis Gullage as “Disco Donna” and Amahri Edwards-Jones as “Duckling Donna.”
The cast of SUMMER also includes Porter Lee Anderson III as “Andrew Gaines,” John Guaragna as “Bruce Sudano,” and Christopher Lewis as “Neil Bogart.” The ensemble is comprised of Robert Peter Ayala, Layla Brent-Tompkins, Sy Chounchaisit, Mia Davidson, Kayleigh Hegarty, Ciara Jones, Lily Kren, Marisel Lopez, Francisco Risso, Lathan A. Roberts, Nissi Shalome, David Tanciar, Meridien Terrell, Emilee Theno,
Stephen Vaught, Lamont Whitaker and Aubrey Young.
SUMMER features a book by Tony Award® nominee Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others. This new touring production is directed by Lauren L. Sobon and choreographed by Natalie Caruncho, based on the original direction by Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff and original choreography by Tony Award® winner Sergio Trujillo. Associate choreographer is Angelica Beliard.
Musical Supervision is by JP Meyer, Music Director is Erika R. Gamez, tour scenic design by Robert Andrew Kovach, based on the original scenic design by Tony Award® nominee Robert Brill, costumes by Tony Award® winner Paul Tazewell, lighting by Russell A. Thompson, sound by David Temby, projections by Chris McCleary. This tour is produced by APEX Touring.
Kravis On Broadway is sponsored by Jim and Judy Harpel, and William A. Meyer.
SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical premieres at the Kravis Center beginning January 5. Performances take place Wednesday, January 5 through Saturday, January 8 at 8 pm, and Sunday, January 9 at 7:30 pm. Matinee performances are Wednesday, January 5, Saturday, January 8 and Sunday, January 9 at 2 pm. Tickets start at $33 and are available at the Official Kravis Center Website: kravis.org, or by phone at 561.832.7469.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Palm Beach, FL (December 16, 2021) - The YMCA of the Palm Beaches hosted its 13th Annual Prayer Breakfast on Friday, December 10 at The Breakers Palm Beach with a crowd of nearly 350 enthusiastic supporters.
This year's featured speaker was Heisman Trophy winner and University of Florida star quarterback, Danny Wuerffel, who spoke passionately about service to others. As Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries in Atlanta, and the namesake of The Wuerffel Trophy, which honors an NCAA football player annually for exceptional service to community off the field, Wuerffel presented a powerful and inspirational message to the rapt crowd.
The morning began with a welcome by Town of Palm Beach Mayor Danielle Moore, who led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance with help from a dozen YMCA preschoolers. The opening prayer was given by Pastor Jimmy Scroggins, Senior Pastor of Family Church. Tim Leuliette, YMCA of the Palm Beaches’ Board Chairman, gave a brief presentation on the YMCA’s current and future work in the community. Introducing the keynote speaker was Dan T. Cathy, Chairman of Chick-fil-A, who emphasized the morning’s theme of the importance of service to others. The event was wrapped-up by Dale Hedrick, of Hedrick Brothers Construction, a long-time supporter of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches.
All funds raised at the Prayer Breakfast go to provide financial assistance to deserving low income families in Palm Beach County who participate in a variety of services and programs that the YMCA offers, such as preschool, after-school care, youth sports, summer day camp and lifesaving swim lessons.
Honorary Chairpersons were Donald and Irene Dizney, and event planning committee members included Kathy Leone, Cathy Hedrick, Scott McCranels, Kristy Pressly, and Meredith Plummer.
YMCA of the Palm Beaches’ Prayer Breakfast Sponsors included: The Breakers, WEITZ, Hedrick Brothers Construction, FPL, HIVE, Peacock & Lewis, Burkhardt Construction, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, Christian Angle Real Estate, Gunster, OpsCo., John C. Cassidy Air Conditioning, McCranels Orthodontics, Chick-fil-A, Keen Law Group, JLRD Consulting Engineers, Harvard-Jolly Architecture, The Dorsey Team - Insurance Office of America, The Scalici Family, Friends of Mark Foley, The Di Donato Family, Tim and Cindy Leuliette, Donald and Irene Dizney, and Grier and Kristy Pressly.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Boynton Beach, FL – On New Year's Eve, disco dive into a delicious new year at Josie's Ristorante in Boynton Beach.
Bring your appetite and enjoy executive chef Sebastiano Setticasi's festive bites, along with a champagne toast, and party favors to toot in the New Year. Secure a spot under the disco ball where Josie's live DJ will have you doing the hustle well into the wee hours.
New Year’s Eve Disco Party hours are 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are recommended.
Josie's Ristorante is located at 650 E. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach. For more information, call (561) 364-9601 or visit josiesristorante.com.
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – December 22, 2021) The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts kicks off the new year with 22 spectacular shows, concerts, and events in January. Tickets are now available for purchase either online at kravis.org or by phone at 561.832.7469.
January 1 at 8 pm (Saturday)
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert
Timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance. The exuberant music of Johann Strauss springs to vibrant life in a joyful spectacle featuring singers, dancers, and full orchestra. Energetic, lighthearted, and romantic, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is a celebration of every exciting opportunity the New Year has to offer.
Presented by the Kravis Center and Attila Glatz Concert Productions.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Sponsored by Margaretta Taylor
January 2 at 8 pm (Sunday)
Renée Fleming, Soprano
(Regional Arts Classical Concert Series at 8 pm)
+ Handel / “Calm Thou My Soul” from Alexander Balus
+ Handel / “Endless Pleasure” from Semele
+ Fauré/ Les Berceaux, Op. 23 No. 1
+ Fauré / Au bord de l’eau, Op. 8 No. 1
+ Massenet / “O messager de dieu” from Thaïs
+ Grieg / Sechs Lieder, Op. 48
+ Korngold / “Marietta’s Lied” from Die tote Stadt
+ Leoncavallo / “Musette svaria sulla bocca viva” from La bohème
+ Cilea / “lo so l’umile ancella from Adriana Lecouvreur
+ Schneider / Selections from Winter Morning Walks
Alexander W. Dreyfoos Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Series with media support from WLRN Public Media
Concert sponsored by Stephen Brown and Jamie Stern
(PRESS RELEASE)_Excited to announce the opening of the new P448 Miami store located in the beautiful new Esmé Hotel at 420 Española Way. The store design celebrates Miami’s always bright street and youth culture.
The large-scale mural in store was created by Miami-based artist, Tatiana Suarez, whose work can be seen from Hawaii to Sweden and most locally at Miami’s famous Wynwood Walls. The mural utilizes the warmth and vibrant colors of the local sunsets and features the invasive lionfish – a look ahead into P448’s environmental initiatives launching early 2022.
Widely known graffiti artists Atomik, Marlon Pruz, and Spraying Bricks customized each of the P448 display pillars which sets the tone for visitors to make their mark as well with paint markers on our tag wall.
(PRESS RELEASE)_BOCA RATON, FL December 21, 2021– Corvina Seafood Grill, which opened recently in downtown Boca Raton, will feature a special three-course Table d’Hote style menu on New Year's Eve, with prices ranging from $70 to $95 per person, depending on the entree chosen. Dinner will begin with an amuse, then choice of first course from entrees on the menu and the choice of a dessert. There will be a la carte raw bar offerings and caviar. For the last seating, guests will ring in the new year with complimentary favors and a glass of sparkling wine.
All month long Corvina will feature Coquito, which is a holiday eggnog from Puerto Rico ($12).
Corvina Seafood Grill features a renowned chef, an array of unique culinary creations, and stunning interior and exterior space. The 235-seat restaurant was created by industry veterans Dean Carras and Patrick Marino, along with operating partners David Wizenberg and renowned Washington, D.C. Executive Chef Jeff Tunks.
Corvina Seafood Grill boasts both panoramic indoor and open-air seating for 235 guests and a private dining room that seats up to 32 guests. The exquisite, Atlantic Ocean inspired interior features a colorful saltwater aquarium and a number of eye-catching touches.
A seafood lovers’ dream, the menu features a myriad of dishes including fresh, locally sourced, daily catch, briny oysters on the half shell, sushi rolls, and vertically spectacular seafood towers, as well as an array of fine steaks, poultry and health-conscious menu items.
The expansive indoor/outdoor bar serves craft cocktails and shareable small plates. Its unique “9 for $9” Happy Hour menu consists of imaginative edibles like Rock Shrimp Nachos, Tito’s Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters, and Crispy Smashed Potatoes Patatas Bravas with a spicy smoked paprika sauce.
Chef Tunks, well known in the metropolitan D.C. culinary scene, has earned a list of accolades that include Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Chef of the Year and Washingtonian magazine’s Restaurateur of the Year. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Tunks and Mr. Wizenberg have owned and operated some of the most iconic restaurants in the Washington, DC metro area.
Eduardo Pagan, long-time operations manager with Passion Foods Hospitality and its anchor brand, PassionFish, leads the day-to-day operations as General Manager at Corvina.
Corvina Seafood Grill is located at 110 Plaza Real South, Boca Raton. For more information, visit CorvinaBocaRaton.com, or @CorvinaBocaRaton on Facebook and Instagram.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (December 21, 2021) – Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in America, has commenced construction of the new Brightline/Downtown Library Parking Garage for its future Boca station. Brightline’s contractor, Kaufman Lynn, has started initial work on the site. This project, which is a partnership between Brightline, the City of Boca Raton and the Federal Railroad Administration, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022. Upon completion, the 4.5 story, 455-space garage will include the necessary parking for Brightline’s Boca station as well as a separate entrance for library parking. Library visitors will have dedicated, covered, parking on the first floor, which will be complimentary. Brightline expects to sign the construction contract for the Boca station later this month with construction expected to commence in early 2022.
In October, Brightline completed the construction of the new Community Garden for the Junior League of Boca Raton as well as the temporary parking lot for the Downtown Library. Brightline managed and funded the construction of both of these important projects as part of the agreement to build the Brightline station.
“The construction of Brightline’s Boca station parking garage is an integral step in bringing the station closer to the launch of service,” said Brian Kronberg, VP of Development for Brightline. “The community of Boca Raton has shown great enthusiasm and support for this station, which we believe is vital to the connectivity of the communities from Miami to Orlando.”
“So many residents and businesses have discussed how Brightline will be a game changer for Boca Raton, and especially our downtown,” said Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer. “We look forward to the many riders who will come to Boca Raton to add to our thriving businesses and visit the cultural, dining, and shopping attractions in Mizner Park and beyond, and for our residents to connect to a major transportation network from Miami to Orlando. We can’t wait to say all aboard in Boca Raton!”
Brightline currently serves Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, with its expansion station in Aventura opening in 2022. Brightline’s current construction project to Orlando is over 70 percent complete with over 1,300 daily workers on the job tallying more than four million hours of work. Over an eight-year period, Brightline’s corridor between Miami and Orlando will result in $6.4 billion in economic impact and over 10,000 jobs. Construction of the highly anticipated expansion to Orlando is on track to be complete by the end of 2022, with service to begin in early 2023. Moreover, discussions with local stakeholders remain underway regarding expansion to Disney and Tampa. Brightline projects over nine million annual passengers once all Florida stations are completed. The future expansion of MiamiCentral includes a Miami-Dade commuter rail system with stations in Wynwood, the Design District, Little Haiti, North Miami, and FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.
(PRESS RELEASE)_On National Sangría Day, December 20, dust off your high school Spanish and wax poetic with your thirsty squad at City Oyster, City Cellar and Barrio.
Not feeling particularly loquacious? No worries, bring your boozy tastebuds to Delray Beach, where City Oyster will be pouring red, white, and rosé sangría ($13) on tap. Stay for Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. and double down with 2-for-1 cocktails and $1 oysters.
At City Cellar in The Square (formerly Rosemary Square), order the peach sangría ($12.50), a glamorous señorita loaded with albarino, peach liqueur, vodka, local citrus, and housemade peach syrup. Stick around for Happy Hour and pony up to the inside bar for half-priced drinks, appetizers, and gourmet pizza from 4-7 p.m.
Take the fiesta next door, and enjoy a spectacular sunset at City Cellar's buzzy bar, Barrio. Create an instant tradition with executive chef Rolando Anoceto's Latin tapas and $9 saludable sangrías – blanco, rojo, rosado, sparkling – during happy hour from 4-7 p.m.
Barrio's sangria recipe for at-home fiestas:
3 oz. (Raventós i Blanc de Blancs Brut, Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, Liquid Geography Rosé, or Graffigna Pinot Grigio)
2 oz. Stolichnaya vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. peach purée
City Oyster is located 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, call (561) 272-0220 or visit cityoysterdelray.com.
City Cellar is located at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Second Floor, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 366-0071 or visit citycellarwpb.com.
Barrio is located at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Second Floor, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 366-0071 or visit barriowpb.com.
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