(PRESS RELEASE)_Lake Worth Beach, FL – March 16, 2022) Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, today announced that this season’s next CULTURE & COCKTAILS conversation will again be held live in the beautiful rooftop ballroom of The Ben, located at 251 N. Narcissus Avenue in West Palm Beach.
IN TIME, IN TUNE
A Musical Conversation with
+ Deborah Silver, #1 Billboard jazz vocalist, 2020 Broadway World Best Commercial Recording Award Winner, whose best-selling albums include Glitter and Grits, The Gold Standards, and Pure Silver. Hailed by Quincy Jones for her “strong and sultry vocals (that) are seductive and soul soothing,” she has delighted sold-out audiences nationwide including at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, and Feinstein’s 54 Below in New York, Catalina’s Jazz Club in Los Angeles, Blue’s Alley in Washington, D.C., The Colony’s Royal Room in Palm Beach, and the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse just last month. Silver has recorded a series of duets with celebrated artists including Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, Jack Jones, Freddy Cole, Steve Tyrell, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. Her upcoming releases include duets with superstars Tony Orlando, Ronnie Millsap, Crystal Gayle, Pam Tillis, and jazz icon Diane Schuur. Last year, she was the powerhouse behind the star-packed recording of COVID-19 BLUES that raised much-needed money for The Actors Fund and Jazz Foundation of America.
+ Dennis Lambert, the 12-time GRAMMY nominated songwriter who has helmed hit records for legendary recording artists such as The Four Tops, The Grass Roots, Dusty Springfield, Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, The Righteous Brothers, Natalie Cole, Dave Koz, Dionne Warwick, and more. In 2021, he co-wrote COVID-19 BLUES with Deborah Silver.
Moderator: Copeland Davis, Emmy-Nominated Pianist, Tonight Show Performer Inducted into the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame in 2014
Note: The piano is generously provided by Piano Distributors in Jupiter.
The final two CULTURE & COCKTAILS conversations in 2022 will be:
Monday, May 9 – 5 to 7 pm
(Postponed from January 10)
WASHINGTON TO WARHOL
A Revealing Conversation with
Bonnie Lautenberg, an esteemed photographer, writer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. She is the widow of former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (Dem., NJ), who got to know many of the nation’s leaders from Clinton to Biden. Her portrait series How They Changed Our Lives: Senators as Working People is in the Library of Congress archives, and her work is featured in the Eli Broad Collection and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History. She is currently co-producing a musical based on the life of pop icon Andy Warhol, along with music manager Steve Leber, director Trevor Nunn, and writer/composer Rupert Holmes.
Moderator: Carol Rose, Editor of The Palm Beach Daily News
Monday, November 7 – 5 to 7 pm
(Postponed from February 7)
A Tasty Conversation with
+ Chef Lindsay Autry, co-partner and founder of The Regional Kitchen & Public House in West Palm Beach. She has held positions in restaurants on the East Coast and in Mexico, made headlines as a finalist on Bravo’s ninth season of Top Chef, and was a three-time James Beard nominee (2018, 2019, 2020) for Best Chef: South. Autry describes her cuisine as soulful, embracing Mediterranean flavors with a blend of her Southern roots.
+ Chef Pushkar Marathe, Executive Chef at Stage Kitchen & Bar in Palm Beach Gardens. Born in India, his culinary roots originate in the rich tapestry of flavors from his homeland. His early culinary training was in Switzerland and has held cooking positions in restaurants in the Caribbean, the Middle East and around the United States.
+ Chef Lisabet “LB” Summa, Executive Chef at Elisabetta’s Ristorante in Delray Beach and West Palm Beach. After working in restaurants in Chicago and South Florida, she became the culinary catalyst for the 18 restaurants of the Big Time Restaurant Group. Summa is one of the few women in the U.S. restaurant industry who is both a senior culinary operations executive and restaurant owner.
Moderator: Libby Volgyes, Award-winning Food & Restaurant Photographer
Note: Admission to each of this season’s CULTURE & COCKTAILS At The Ben is $75 per person in advance; $85 at the door, $125 for VIP Seating, and FREE for Supporter, Contributor, Patron, and Business Arts Partner level members of the Cultural Council. RSVP to Debbie Calabria at 561.472.3330 (or visit www.palmbeachculture.com/cocktails).
Free valet parking will be provided for each CULTURE & COCKTAILS, with additional paid parking available in the nearby parking garages on Banyan Blvd.
The 2022 season of CULTURE & COCKTAILS is generously sponsored by The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder; Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation; Milton and Tamar Maltz; PNC Bank; Jean Sharf; Scott Teich, Teich Wealth Management of Raymond James; The Gardens Mall; Palm Beach Media Group; Piano Distributors; Palm Beach Daily News; Legends Radio; and PR-BS, a Boca-based public relations firm.
All proceeds from CULTURE & COCKTAILS go to support the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s mission to champion, engage, and grow the arts in Palm Beach County. For membership information, please contact Debbie Calabria at 561.472.3330.
Topics and speakers are subject to change depending upon the availability of scheduled participants.
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