Dramaworks: 2017-18

We’re always excited when Palm Beach Dramaworks releases the next year’s schedule. Somehow, this company always manages just the right balance of new work, lesser-known pieces, and classic plays. We saw Driving Miss Daisy 15 years ago during the company’s early years, and still have fond memories of an outstanding show.

Just out, the 2017-2018 lineup, along with show summaries direct from PBD:

  • The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (Oct. 20-Nov. 19, 2017): At the turn of the century in the Deep South, the ruthless, moneyed Hubbard class poison everything they touch.
  • Billy and Me by Terry Teachout (World Premiere, Dec. 8, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018): Tennessee Williams and William Inge – two great American playwrights, one turbulent friendship.
  • On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson (Feb. 2-March 4, 2018): A retired couple’s solitude in interrupted when their daughter arrives with her fiancé and his son.
  • Edgar & Emily by Joseph McDonough (World Premiere, March 31-April 29, 2018): In this comic fantasia, emerging poet Emily Dickinson is unexpectedly visited by a desperate Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Equus by Peter Shaffer (May 18-June 17, 2018): A psychiatrist attempts to treat a young man who has a troubling obsession with horses.

Subscriptions are on sale now. To learn more, visit the Palm Beach Dramaworks website or call 561-514-4042.


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Pucker Up, Palm Beach

Laura Mercier Palm BeachLaura Mercier describes its Crème Smooth Lip Color thus:

A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish.

The colour that caught our eye? The nude/soft coral “Palm Beach.” Add one to your online shopping bag for $28 direct from Laura Mercier, or try it on at Saks (172 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach).


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Sensory Arts for Autism

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Photo courtesy of the Els Center of Excellence

April is Autism Awareness Month, and no one does more locally for the cause than professional golfer Ernie Els and his family.

This year, the Jupiter-based Els Center of Excellence is eagerly awaiting its new Sensory Arts Garden, which will provide a creative place that can be experienced through touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste and movement.

The focus of this year’s giving campaign, the project will feature special outdoor areas or “garden rooms,” each featuring different plants and textures. The area will be healing and therapeutic for individuals with autism and other sensory processing challenges, because they can interact with nature in their own way and at their own pace.

“Nature offers children and adults with autism spectrum disorder with wonderful opportunities for adventure, exploration and engagement,” says Dr. Marlene Sotelo, director of programs and operations for the Els for Autism Foundation. “When individuals with autism engage with nature, they develop not only a special interest in birds, animals or plants, but also opportunities to develop their social skills.”

To contribute or to learn more about the Sensory Arts Garden, the Els Center or the Els for Autism Foundation, visit the website.


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Linen Love

Mario Romano

Photos courtesy of Mario Romano Capri, Palm Beach

When you wander into Mario Romano Capri, you’re struck immediately by the serene atmosphere, the Italian linen pieces hanging in careful color groups and accessorized just so. The shop feels exactly as it should – crisp, clean, calm.

With the exception of some subtle stripes, there’s not a pattern to be seen… so comforting for those of us who revel in solids and just can’t seem to manage all the flower prints that are ubiquitous to Palm Beach.

Mario Romano 2The shop features men’s and women’s resort wear and accessories designed by the children of Italian clothier Mario Romano and produced in a tiny family-owned factory in Campania. The facility is a marvel; watch this video to see the design process, which marries state-of-the-art technology with the skill of the region’s finest tailors and seamstresses.

These handcrafted garments would be equally suitable for lunch at the Beach Club or zipping down the Amalfi Coast in a vintage Ferrari convertible. If you need something to throw over your shoulders when you’re out on the water, you can also find handwoven cashmeres in the yummiest of colors: Aster (purple); azzurro (blue); berillo (green); bondy (light blue); Corallo (coral); cricket (light blue); grigio (grey); inchiostro (navy); naturale (white); oxford (dark blue); and zabione (yellow).

We’re especially taken with the sparkly little sandals scattered all about the shop. They’re like works of art, the straps crafted from linen and accented with crystals. So, so, so pretty.

Visit the shop at 306 South County Road, Palm Beach, or go online.


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Coins of the Realm

Caroline Freese

Photo courtesy of Altona

Imagine: You have a crisp linen tunic that needs just the Right Accessory, not too dressy, just a little bohemian, but still an original.

We have a suggestion. Stop by Altona in The Esplanade and pick out one of Caroline Freese’s new necklaces. There are only 50 pieces in the collection, crafted from baroque pearls, jade, mother of pearl, and coins from all over the world ($160-$390).

The only place in the world you can buy one of these necklaces? Palm Beach. Natch.


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Go Green

GreenMarket

Photos courtesy of VisitWPB

You simply cannot let another Saturday go by without a visit to the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.

Cooking Light magazine calls it the best in Florida. Now in its 22nd year, it was the area’s first and is surely the most extensive.

DoughnutsMore than 80 vendors offer local and organic produce, plants, herbs, exotic flowers, baked goods, coffees, teas, olive oils, spices, candy, meat, seafood, cheeses, and artisan housewares.

You can crunch a half-sour pickle, slurp up a messy Cuban sandwich, or grab yourself a “walkaround cone” of apple cider doughnuts (our guilty pleasure). We love to cherry-pick the freshest and most unusual produce and then go home and create our evening meal around it.

The GreenMarket runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays from October through April (this year’s last market is April 22). It’s held on the Waterfront Commons (Flagler Drive & Clematis), and parking is free at both the Banyan and Evernia garages. Coming by boat? You can dock nearby. And don’t leave the dog at home, because it’s pet-friendly.


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Flower Power

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Photos courtesy of Jeff Leatham

For its biennial flower show, the Garden Club of Palm Beach isn’t just bringing in a floral designer as its keynote speaker. The Garden Club of Palm Beach is bringing in the floral designer as its keynote speaker.

Jeff Leatham is the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Lettres, the equivalent of a knighthood for contributions to French culture. That’s an astonishing achievement for anyone, but particularly for an American.

Flower show 2017Leatham is the author of Flowers by Jeff Leatham, Flowers by Design, and Jeff Leathan: Visionary Floral Art and Design. He has partnered with Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bulgari, Philip Treacy, Swarovski, Givenchy, Ellie Saab, Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Waterford, and Dom Perignon. His A-list clients include Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, The Kardashians and Celine Dion, the Dalai Lama, and President and Secretary of State Clinton.

Jeff Leatham is, in other words, a Very Big Deal.

You can hear his lecture at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in the Four Arts’ Gubelman Auditorium… if there are tickets left. Call (561) 655-7226 to find out.

The weekend-long flower show, this year titled “L’Orangerie,” runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 and noon-4 p.m. April 9. Hundreds of entrants will compete for awards in fresh or dried floral arrangement, botanical arts, and photography, among others. The show is open to the public and free of charge. (The wildly popular preview party is Friday night, but it’s by invitation only.)


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Our Fabulous Fountain

It might not be clear which film actually won the Best Picture Oscar, but we’re certain of this: The Addison Mizner Memorial Fountain has been named “Project of the Year” by the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

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Photo: Palm Beach Daily News

“This is wonderful news for the residents of Palm Beach and a testament to the quality and importance of the work that was done to properly restore the beautiful Mizner Fountain for the next generation to enjoy,” said Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio.

Designed by renowned architect Addison Mizner, the 1929 double-bowl, cast-stone fountain had been scarred by corrosion from the tropical climate, coastal conditions, and scouring from the fountain’s normal water flow. The Town wanted to conserve as much of the original fountain as possible, especially the hippocamps – the four mythical horses of the sea. So the fountain was carefully disassembled and the pieces sent hither and yon for meticulous restoration.

So meticulous, it turns out, that it earned top honors in the Historic Restoration/Preservation category.

In short, our hippocamps rule.


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The Future of the Mind

He’s a physics rock star.

Dr. Michio Kaku will be the featured speaker at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s annual benefit at March 30 at The Breakers.

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Dr. Michio Kaku

Kaku believes that one day we’ll be able to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron, project thoughts and emotions around the world on a “brain-net,” take a “smart pill” to enhance cognition, send our consciousness across the universe, and push the very limits of immortality.

No doubt he’ll touch on a few of those ideas during the event, titled The Future of the Mind: An Evening with Michio Kaku and the Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.

“[Dr. Kaku] is a perfect fit for our mission to ‘open every mind to science’ with his work to unlock the secrets of our brain’s potential,” says Lew Crampton, president and CEO of the Science Center. “The timing is perfect, as we begin developing our newest permanent exhibit, A Journey Through the Human Brain. This will be the most advanced exhibition in the world on the topic of brain science.”

Tickets for the benefit are $500, or $5,000 for a table of 10. For more information, visit the Science Center website.


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Brake Light… Bakelite!

 

Jewelry. Champagne. Worth Avenue

Surely we’ve piqued your interest.

You may know Mark Davis’s one-of-a-kind creations – chunky, bold, geometric statement pieces crafted from bakelite and inlaid with gems and precious metals.

Davis has designed not only the jewelry, but the process by which it’s created. If you think he simply melts down the old plastic, you’re wrong. All his bangles, rings and earrings are made in his Brooklyn workshop using a propriety process that involves laminating and joining upcycled bakelite from a variety of sources.

So now, the local connection: In collaboration with Betteridge, 236 Worth Avenue, Davis is holding a trunk show March 23-25. He’ll showcase an extra-special collection during a champagne reception from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, March 24. A portion of the proceeds from that evening’s sales will be donated to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, which has worked with sick and impoverished people for more than 60 years.

Photos courtesy of Mark Davis


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