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C.B. HANIF A2 OPINION A4PETS A12HEALTHY LIVING A13 BUSINESS A15NETWORKING A18-20REAL ESTATE A21ARTS B1 EVENTS B6&7FILM REVIEW B11SOCIETY B12-14 CUISINE B15 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 INSIDE Vol. I, No. 6 • FREE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010POSTAL CUSTOMER DATED MATERIAL REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: NOVEMBER 18, 2010 Not under wrapsSex, sexy and sexier sells, sells, sells. A6 XSupreme hitA primer on “Dreamgirls,” playing at the Kravis. B1 X Gardens Society See who's out and about in Palm Beach County. B12-14 X SAVORING THE AFTERTASTE OF THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS Carousel opens at the Gardens it’s tea S upreme hi t A primer on “Dreamgi r pl ay i n g at t h e K rav i s. B time BY BILL CORNWELLbcornwell@” OV. 2, 2010. ELECTION NIGHT. THE returns were in, and it was official: Pam Bondi had been elected Flor-idas first female attorney general. The 44-year-old Ms. Bondi, a former prosecutor from Tampa and one of those ubiquitous blonde analysts that populate Fox News, had campaigned energeti-cally on the promise to protect Florida from murderers, rapists, con artists and Barack Obama (but not necessarily in that order). She had been endorsed by the sainted Sarah Palin and all but canonized in her own right by Floridas various Tea Party fac-tions. On the stump, she talked tough and looked great, and this „ along with that big RŽ next to her name on the ballot „ was more than enough to catapult her from Political Unknown to Rising Star in the blink of an eye. As Ms. Bondi stood amid the chaos at her victory party that evening, she remarked to no one in particular, This is so surreal.Ž Ms. Bondis astute observation is a fitting appellation not only for her race, but for the The newest piece of city-designated and approved public art in Palm Beach Gardens „ a car-ousel with hand-carved wooden horses and other creatures „ will be unveiled Thanksgiving weekend at Downtown at the Gardens. Kendall Rumsey, marketing director for Downtown at the Gardens, said the carousel will open between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28. Were not sure just what day yet,Ž Mr. Rumsey said. Theyre finalizing the work.Ž It will cost $2 to ride the carousel, located within the south circular courtyard just east of Whole Foods Market. The carousel is being built by Carousel Works, the worlds largest manufacturer of wooden carousels and a company well known for restoring antique car-ousels, according to city docu-ments. The 27 figures are hand-carved and painted „ mostly horses but they also include a loggerhead turtle, manatee and dolphin. There are two spinning chariots and a third chariot that is acces-sible for people with disabilities. The carousel has a diameter of 42 feet. Its about 17 feet high. The carousel will be staffed by one person and will be open SEE TEA, A8 X SEE CAROUSEL, A12 X SCO TT R U B IO W ES T BON DI NERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLY y ug h N E W S A N A LY S I SBY FLORIDA WEEKLY STAFF COURTESY PHOTOA leaping horse chasing a butterfly has bright colors. Buzz on buying You can find holiday deals on electronics. A15 X

PAGE 2 FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 There are positive, humane and economically pragmatic ways that munici-palities and states can address the undocumented immigrants working in our communities. In fact a community in our own backyard just did it. Very similar things were happening in Jupiter that are happening all over the United States,Ž says Jocelyn Sabbagh, director of the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center. What the town of Jupiter decided to do was come up with a very common-sense, practical, workable, replicable solution to all of these problems.Ž Jupiter in 2006 brought its undocumented workers out of the shadows and into community life with El Sol. The town worked with faith-based and other organizations to open the labor center at Indiantown Road and Military Trail. Supported by donations, grants and more than 100 volunteers, El Sol not only replaced the street labor market. The center provides added value rang-ing from education classes to health services to public events. What was happening before El Sol?People used to gather along Center Street, one of the towns main streets, where employers knew they could pick up casual and day labor,Ž said Ms. Sab-bagh. This was very problematic for the town of Jupiter for many reasons, and the town has replaced that open-air labor market with a fair and organized place where people can go on a daily basis to look for work.Ž Jupiter Councilman Jim Kuretski, elected in 2001, is an engineer by profes-sion and was among those whose vision was key to the towns solution. Seven years ago, as a Jupiter councilman, I was clueless about the immigrant population that had existed in Jupiter for probably about a prior decade,Ž said Mr. Kuretski. Many had fled civil war and economic hardship in their native Guatemala and southern Mexico. They lived in the shadows and probably never received a welcome in our community,Ž he said. Except, or course, to work. Immigration to me at that time was a federal issue, and I was wait-ing for actions by those responsible,Ž Mr. Kuretski said. And I pretty much waited my first term. Toward the end of my first term I started losing hope of the federal government doing what they were accountable for.Ž Rather than continue doing nothing, Jupiter citizens took action, And our community is so much better for that,Ž he said. I get a bit indignant when I hear about some of the options being presented,Ž such as the criminalization of undocumented immigrants. I dont want to go back in time five years.Ž El Sols job isnt to determine whos here illegally, but lets acknowledge the law and the word. Having said that, undocumentedŽ is the term of art here. Said Mr. Kuretski: My position as an elected official is that any federal immi-gration policy reforms must take local community perspectives into account. And when we analyze why we have had no action for years, its my take that the inability of the federal govern-ment to effectively deal with immigra-tion related issues is because there are such hard-line positions on both sides of the debate, and theres a willingness by federal officials to take a do-nothing approach year after year after year.Ž In the meantime, he said, all the basic misperceptions have been disproved in Jupiter. Were grateful that we have our immigrant residents.Ž Along with more than 4,000 employers, El Sol recently registered its 2,000th worker, an average 19 of whom are hired on a daily basis. While workers have to be from Jupiter, the employers range as far as Wel-lington and Stuart, said Ms. Sabbagh. She emigrated from Guatemala and in 2007 graduated magna cum laude from Florida Atlantic Universitys Honors College, while volunteering at El Sol and researching the needs. One result is the various classes. Im not so Pollyanna-ish as to assume Jupiters experience can be generalized to every individual or group. But theres something to be said for a community setting constructive expectations and assisting in their assimilation. A poem illustrates one of El Sols innumerable successes: I am Ramon -------. I am Guatemalan, and I came to the United States searching for a better life for my fam-ily. Although leaving them caused me pain, into this sacrifice I put all my love. When I first came, they asked me my name, and timidly I said I did not under-stand. My life was my school, without walls or chalkboard. This is my first school, with excellent teachers, and here I am, learning to read and write English. And I want to thank all the people who have helped me. I will always keep them in my thoughts, and I want to say thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart.Ž Ramon, 55, first learned to read and write in Spanish at El Sol, then wrote the poem as part of his English class. I first heard it during my initial visit to El Sol as a guest of Jill Hanson, president of the board of directors, an attorney who provides free consultation through the legal clinic she established there, and who volunteers in the kitchen. Having several times heard its champions share El Sols story, I find it amaz-ing that they have time to do their jobs. Not because there still are some who protest the existence of the center. Their frustration with our nations immigra-tion policy is understandable, even if one disagrees with their take on El Sol. What amazes me is that El Sols balanced, articulate spokespersons arent in insatiable national demand to provide insight on this case study and model for other communities. 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PAGE 4 FLORIDA WEEKLYA4 NEWS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 PublisherMichelle Nogamnoga@floridaweekly.comManaging EditorBetty Reporters & ColumnistsC.B. HanifJan Norris Hap Erstein Dan Hudak Tim Norris Mary Jane Fine Scott Simmons Bradford Schmidt Artis Henderson Jeannette Showalter Bill CornwellPhotographersScott B. Smith Rachel Hickey Jose CasadoPresentation EditorEric Raddatz eraddatz@floridaweekly.comProduction ManagerKim Carmell kcarmell@floridaweekly.comGraphic DesignersJon Colvin Paul Heinrich Hope Jason Natalie Zellers Dave AndersonCirculation ManagerClara Edwards clara.edwards@floridaweekly.comCirculationSteve West Jessica Irwin Jim ArnoldAccount ExecutivesBarbara Shafer Diana De Paola Nardy Sarah Martin smartin@floridaweekly.comSales & Marketing Asst.Maureen GreggPublished by Florida Media Group LLCPason Gaddis Jeffrey Cull Jim Dickerson Street Address: FLORIDA WEEKLY 11380 Prosperity Farms Road, Suite 103 Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410 Phone 561.904.6470 • Fax: 561.904.6456 Subscriptions:Copyright: The contents of the Florida Weekly are copyright 2010 by Florida Media Group, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC.Call 561.904.6470 or visit us on the web at and click on subscribe today.One-year mailed subscriptions are available for $29.95. OPINION If a volcano kills civilians in Indonesia, its news. When the government does the killing, sadly, its just business as usual, especially if an American president tacitly endorses the killing, as President Barack Obama just did with his visit to Indonesia. As the people around Mount Merapi dig out of the ash following a series of eruptions that have left more than 150 dead, a darker cloud now hangs over Indonesia in the form of renewed U.S. support for the countrys notorious Kopassus, the militarys special forc-es commando group. Journalist Allan Nairn released several secret Kopassus documents as the Obamas landed in Jakarta, showing the level of violent political repression administered by the Kopassus „ now, for the first time in more than a decade, with United States support. Last March, Nairn revealed details of a Kopassus assassination program in the Indonesian province of Aceh. These new Kopassus documents shed remarkable detail on the province of West Papua. As Nairn wrote in his piece accompanying the documents, West Papua is where tens of thou-sands of civilians have been murdered and where Kopassus is most active. ... When the U.S. restored Kopassus aid last July the rationale was fighting ter-rorism, but the documents show that Kopassus in fact systematically targets civilians.Ž In the Kopassus own words, the civilians are much more danger-ous than any armed opposition.Ž One document names 15 leaders of the Papuan civil society, all civilians, starting with the head of the Baptist Synod of Papua. The others include evangelical ministers, activists, tradi-tional leaders, legislators, students and intellectuals as well as local establish-ment figures and the head of the Papua Muslim Youth organization.Ž President Obama lived in Indonesia from the ages of 6 through 10, after his mother married an Indonesian man. Obama said in Jakarta this week: Much has been made of the fact that this marks my return to where I lived as a young boy. ... But today, as president, Im here to focus not on the past, but on the future „ the Comprehensive Part-nership that were building between the United States and Indonesia.Ž Part of that relationship involves the renewed support of Kopassus, which has been denied since the armed forces burned then-Indonesian-occupied East Timor to the ground in 1999, killing more than 1,400 Timorese. A series of cell-phone videos have come out of Papua showing torture being inflicted on men there at the hands of what appear to be members of the military. In one video that sur-faced just two weeks ago, soldiers burn a mans genitals with a burning stick, cover his head with a plastic bag to suffocate him, and threaten him with a rifle. Another video shows a Pap-uan man slowly dying from a gunshot wound as the soldier with the cell-phone camera taunts him, calling him a savage. I spoke with Suciwati Munir, the widow of the renowned Indonesian human-rights activist Munir Said Thal-ib, at the Bonn, Germany, reunion of Right Livelihood Award laureates. Her husband, an unflinching critic of the Indonesian military, received the award shortly before his death. In 2004, as he traveled to the Netherlands for a law fellowship, on board the Indonesian national airline Garuda, he was given an upgrade to business class. There, he was served tea laced with arsenic. He was dead before the plane landed. Suciwati has a message for Obama: If Obama has a commitment to human rights in the world ... he has to pay attention to the human-rights situ-ation in Indonesia. And the first thing that he should ask to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is to resolve the Munir case.Ž I asked her if she wanted to meet President Obama when he came to Indonesia. She replied: Maybe yes, because I want to remind him about the human-rights situation in Indonesia. Maybe not, because of his wrong decision, he has perpetuated the impunity in Indonesia.Ž This was the third attempt by President Obama to visit Indonesia. His first delay was to allow him to push through health-care reform. The second was canceled in the wake of the BP oil disaster. This time he made it, although the Mount Merapi eruption forced him to leave a few hours early. Speaking from Jakarta, journalist Nairn reflected: Its nice to be able to go back to where you grew up, but you shouldnt bring weapons as a gift. You shouldnt bring training for the people who are tortur-ing your old neighbors.Ž Q „ Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!,Ž a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 800 stations in North America. She is the author of Breaking the Sound Barrier,Ž recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.Obama casts a military cloud over IndonesiaThere may be no more deadly force in politics than hubris. It sneaks up on politicians at their weakest moments „ the height of their success „ and destroys them, sometimes slowly, sometimes spectacularly. President Barack Obama is suffering from a case of hubris so far-reaching and debilitating, it will fascinate politi-cal epidemiologists for decades. His intellectual boosters egged him on. They greeted his election as the advent of, as Peter Beinart put it in Time mag-azine, The New Liberal Order.Ž Sam Tanenhaus of The New York Times rushed to print a book called The Death of Conservatism.ŽIt was all settled, then „ except of course it wasnt. Public opinion is the lord of the universe,Ž Thomas Jefferson said. The Obama Democrats governed in blatant defiance of it, and didnt care to notice the trends that should have been a flashing red light on their ambitions.Just as Obama was taking office, public opinion was shifting to the right. In July of 2009, Gallup found that by a 2-1 margin people said theyd become more conservative in recent years. Gal-lup noted that the results are conspic-uously incongruous with the results of the 2008 elections.Ž It is this dispar-ity that created the conditions for the tea-party movement, and eventually Obamas shellacking.ŽThe party of noŽ was rewarded in the election of no.Ž The voters went to the polls in the spirit of the Woody Allen remark, I wish I had some kind of affirmative message to leave you with. Would you take two negative messag-es?Ž In 2010, they were noŽ and stop.ŽThose words must be spoken in a frequency too high for Democrats to hear. In his post-defeat press conference, Obama said people are frustrated by the pace of the economic recovery. True enough. But Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics notes that the unemployment rate in many electoral models would have only accounted for a Democratic loss of 20-30 seats. In 1982, when the unemployment rate was higher than today, Ronald Rea-gan lost 26 House seats.According to exit polls, only 23 percent of voters blamed Obama for the state of the economy. But 74 percent are angry or dissatisfied with the feder-al government. Fifty-two percent think Obamas policies will hurt the country, and 56 percent want the federal gov-ernment to do less. Whereas Obama thought he had a license to rush to transform America after 2008, he really had a tentative endorsement from a refractory public, much of which is inherently skeptical of his goals. He was like an ice fisherman tromping around on what he thought was a lake frozen 6 inches thick when it was barely frozen at all. Adjusting to the discomfiting reality of a center-right electorate is his chal-lenge now. It will require the humility first, to realize how fundamentally he misread the American people, and then, to adopt a more cautious and defensive style of politics. If you are given to congratulating yourself on your world-historical importance „ and contrast-ing yourself with Bill Clinton, the last Democratic president who shrewdly survived a midterm drubbing „ none of this will come easily. But its the only cure for the shellacking that hubris wrought. Q „ Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.The shellacking that hubris amy GOODMAN Special to Florida Weekly O rich LOWRY Special to Florida Weekly O GUEST OPINION


Heres where the fantasy begins, just outside the entrance of Victorias Secret, along a corridor of The Gardens Mall where a framed poster on an aluminum stand greets all passersby: Hello, Bombshell!Ž The face it portrays is beauty personified, blue bedroom eyes up cast, lips slightly parted, tousled blonde hair blowing across perfect features. Inside, on a recent Monday, a couple of dozen why-not-me types are gazing at the seemingly endless array of panties and bras and negligees and nighties and naughties and garter belts and camisoles and come-hither T-shirts, and, perhaps, are envision-ing themselves starring in the bedroom theater. Imagination and wishful thinking and glamour-envy are, after all, what VS is all about. Its only natural that generations reared on Barbie dolls and Miss America pageants and Cosmo and Beyonc perfor-mances would aspire to become the oooooh in ooh-la-la. The 20-something blonde hovering over a display of push-up bras is one such. Should I try it on and see what it does?Ž she coos to her companion, a tall, lanky guy with a skull tattoo on one arm and a black T-shirt show-casing a bright green grenade. His response is inaudible, but she drapes the flimsy black creation over her arm, chooses another and holds it up for his inspection. The tattoo guy is one of just four men in the shop, none making eye contact with anyone or anything but their woman and her selections. Men and lingerie shops tend to be a more awkward pairing than bulls and china shops. Which harks back to the story underlying Victo-rias Secret. The first Victorias Secret opened in 1977 in Palo Alto, Calif., the inspiration of a shy guy named Roy Raymond, who had gotten embar-rassed one time too many in department stores when shop-ping for lingerie for his wife. His notion was to create an environment, a kind of Victorian boudoir, in which men like him would be comfortable. Five years later, he sold the company to The Limited, which owns it today and generates a pretty penny. Sex sells. Sexy sells, too. Quite a lot. The companys 2010 second-quarter operating income for its 1,000-plus stores was $236 million, up from $158 million for the same period last year. One wonders what Queen Victoria would think of her namesake store. Todays under-garments have less in common with the queens corsets and more with Eves fig leaf. Once, underwear was called unmen-tionables.Ž Now, theyre more-than-mentionable. Now, the medium is the message, as are the small and the large: Unwrap Me, invites a display of boy-friend sleep pantsŽ and Lets Go To Bed and Take a Picture of Me, Itll Last Lon-ger. Nearby, a tabletop display of 3-for-$30 stretch-lace thongs in deep orange, pale yellow, turquoise, baby blue, plum, lavender, white, tan, black, magenta and powder pink prom-ises, One Size Fits All.Ž Yeah, sure. Only at home might a mir-ror suggest Fantasy, meet Reality.Ž But, of course, the principle of self-selection is at work here. Most shoppers fit the profile: young and svelte and entirely at ease amid the multi-hued dainties arrayed like so much candy. And eye-candy it is. A far cry from underwears far humbler intentions, to absorb errant bodily fluids. In the beginning, in ancient Greece, say, there were loincloths, for both women and men. And then came centuries during which women wore no underwear save for, in medieval times, a smock or shift called a chemise. Enter the petticoat or corset in the 16th century, a whale-boned creation that flattened a womans bust. That evolved into the corset of the 1800s, a boned-and-laced-up form of torture that created the then-fashionable wasp-waisted figure, assuming the wasp in question could breathe with her mid-section compressed to a 12-inch circumference. Crinolines and hoop skirts and bustles and bloomers followed. Credit one Mary Phelps Jacob, a New York socialite, with another lingerie advance. Her necessity was the mother of the invention we call a bra. Ms. Phelps Jacob had bought an evening gown, a sheer confection with plunging neckline that suffered from the whalebone-stay corset visible under the fab-ric. Her solution: a make-do garment of two handkerchiefs tied together with ribbon. Versions of the bra preceded Mary Phelps Jacobs version, of course, but hers won a patent in 1914, the first to see a successful marketing effort and achieve widespread adoption. Just more than a dozen years later, a Russian immigrant named Ida Rosenthal, a dressmaker who opened the Maidenform plant in Bayonne, N.J., introduced modern cup sizes. Increasing cup size is the job of the VS Bombshell bra, the Miraculous Push-up bra,Ž priced between $49.59 and $250, depending on style. Its promise: to instantly add 2 cup sizes for instant hourglass oomph.Ž FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 15 MINUTES It’s not under wraps: Sex, sexy and sexier sells, sells, sellsBY MARY JANE FINE_________________________mj“ ne@” DONT LET VARICOSE VEINS KEEP YOU FROM LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE!If you have varicose veins, you know how the discoloration and unwanted bulges can affect the appearance of your legs. But varicose veins can also cause swelling, discomfort, pain, and life threatening blood clots. 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PAGE 8 FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 entire 2010 midterm election. Perhaps no other state felt the full weight of the Tea Party tidal wave and pure voter anger as did Florida. WE CAME, WE SAW, WE CONQUERED,Ž crowed Everett Wilkinson, head of the South Florida Tea Party, in a fulsome manifesto he posted online the day after the election. Mr. Wilkinson urged fellow tea partiers to take a break from their exhausting campaign efforts. Now is the time to rest,Ž he wrote. Unplug the computers and phones. Spend some time with your family and loved ones. It is imperative that we regain our strength for the next battles.Ž (Mr. Wilkinson apparently follows his own advice. Calls to the partys headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens went to an answering machine, and Mr. Wilkinson did not respond to requests for an interview.) In addition to Ms. Bondi, the Tea Party and the Republicans have pre-sented Floridians with Rick Scott, the health-care executive who about a year ago was largely unknown to anyone outside of the Medicare fraud division of the Justice Department but who is now shopping for drapes to hang at the Governors Mansion and proclaiming that Florida is open for business!Ž And then, of course, there is Marco Rubio, the 39-year-old boy wonder from Miami whose two largely forget-table years as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives have some-how earned comparisons to Ronald Reagan. True, Mr. Rubio proved to be a deft and attractive politician who nimbly kept one foot in the Tea Party camp and the other in the Jeb Bush-establishment wing of the Florida Republican Party, but Mr. Rubio never put to rest legitimate concerns about his personal finances and his record of achievement is scant. Yet this is enough for some tea partiers to anoint this son of Cuban exiles as El Gipper.Ž Indeed, expectations for Mr. Rubio are so high that one wonders how he can possibly meet them. Consider this recent appraisal of the presumptive senator from a sympathetic website: Hes conservative. Hes telegenic. Hes the son of immigrants. Hes Hispanic. He believes in American exceptionalism. And hes married to a former NFL cheerleader. For gods sake, man, what more could you ask of a candidate? Far be it from us to stick our necks out, but we think were looking at the future of the Republican Party.Ž And speaking of the future of the Republican Party, how about that Allen West who parlayed incandescent Tea Party support into a decisive win in the 22nd Congressional District in Broward and Palm Beach? He becomes Floridas first black Republican con-gressman since Reconstruction, and he was elected in a district in which whites comprise more than 80 per-cent of the population. Mr. West, a former Army lieutenant colonel who was forced into retirement and fined $5,000 for menacing an unarmed Iraqi detainee with his sidearm, raised eye-brows „ but apparently little concern „ with his reported links to the noto-rious Outlaws motorcycle gang, whose members served as unofficial security guards at some of his campaign events. Mr. Wests first choice to be his chief of staff was Joyce Kaufman, a South Florida radio talk show host, who, according to The Wall Street Journal, has said that illegal immigrants who commit crimes in this country should be hanged. She also vowed, at a Tea Party rally during the campaign, to lead a revolution if the candidates she supported did not pre-vail. Ms. Kaufman initially accepted Mr. Wests offer of employment, but she stepped aside last week in the face of withering criticism. Mr. West hints at the mischief he might wreak in Washington when he says he wishes to be a part of the noto-riously liberal Congressional Black Caucus. If that comes to pass, the CBCs meetings should be something to behold. Given all of the above and more, it is not implausible to think that histori-ans will note 2010 as the year Florida finally turned the corner and overtook California as the epicenter of political weirdness in the 48 contiguous states and Hawaii. (Alaska remains the king of U.S. political lunacy.) Things had been trending toward crazy on a number of levels in the Sunshine State for years. This is, after all, the province of Ted Bundy, Anita Bryant, Mickey Mouse, the Liberty City riots, a malfunctioning electric chair that once set its occupant on fire and that fool who wanted to burn the Quran. But through it all, Florida „ keenly aware of how it is viewed outside its borders „ had carefully crafted an image as the crown jewel of the New South. In an effort to separate itself from its Deep South neighbors and the yahoos who governed them, Florida had pointed to progressive, intelligent politicians like Reubin Askew, the late Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham as proof of its exalted status. But the unraveling began with the presidential vote-counting shenanigans of 2000, which threw back the curtain and exposed the wizard. The sight of hanging chads and political partisans storming election offices that year conjured images of a banana republic. The rest of the United States has never looked at Florida the same way after that fiasco. But 2010 absolutely cements the notion that the state has gone posi-tively wacko.When you’re strange…And if any one person exemplifies this bizarre political landscape, it is outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican who turned independent and who just two years ago was con-sidered a legitimate contender for the GOPs vice presidential slot and a shoo-in to win the U.S. Senate race this year. Now, Mr. Crists political career is in ruins. He abandoned the Republican Party when it became clear he would lose the Senate nomination to Mr. Rubio. He became an independent and claimed he did so because the GOP was in the grip of extremists, although many of the extremistŽ views he decried were positions he himself had embraced earlier. He vainly sought to get his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami, to withdraw from the race. Mr. Crist offered Mr. Meek a family heirloom „ a cross, no less „ as an inducement to step aside. Mr. Crist left rambling entreaties on Mr. Meeks answering machine, sounding like a frantic, spurned suitor hoping to recapture a lost love. Ill call you later this morning and see if we can work out a time to get together, just you and me,Ž Mr. Crist said in one pre-dawn message to Mr. Meek. Take care, buddy.Ž Not only did Mr. Meek disregard these messages, he played them for salivating reporters. Mr. Crist also confronted Mr. Meek in person, saying, If you were to drop out and work with me and help me, we together can beat Marco Rubio.Ž Governor, thats a non-starter,Ž replied Mr. Meek. Bill Clinton then got involved „ always a sure sign of impending trou-ble „ and he reportedly also leaned on Mr. Meek to withdraw. Reasonable people drew the inference that the Democratic hierarchy had struck a deal with Mr. Crist in a last-minute bid to derail Mr. Rubios candidacy. It was unseemly, and in the end only Mr. Meek and Mr. Rubio emerged with their reputations intact. The hapless Mr. Meek plodded on, and finished third in the contest with 20 percent of the vote. Mr. Crist took 30 percent, and Mr. Rubio got 49 per-cent. A little more than a year ago, Mr. Crist had been leading Mr. Rubio by almost 50 percentage points. Mr. Crist was left looking like a desperate man „ a flip-flopper who would do ANYTHING to win an elec-tion. He had alienated Republicans, Democrats and a fair number of inde-pendents, which pretty much encom-passes the entire electorate, outside of Mr. Crists immediate family. In these final days of the Crist administration, there is but one burn-ing question that remains: Will the governor issue a posthumous pardon to Jim Morrison, the maniacal lead singer of The Doors who was convicted of exposing himself on stage during a concert in Miami in 1969. Were not making this up. The Board of Executive Clem-ency meets next month, and that will be the governors last chance to clear Mr. Morrisons record. Mr. Crist says he is contem-plating the matter, which shows how much real business he has left on his plate. What will Mr. Crist do? Hard to say, and the suspense is killing the aging fans of Mr. Morrison (a Florida native who died in 1971) scattered around the world. Crazy? Certainly. A perfect political metaphor for the state of Florida poli-tics in the year 2010? Absolutely. And through it all, youve just got to wonder: How did poor old Charlie Crist get himself into such a fix? Just about everybody who knows Charlie Crist agrees that, in person and one-on-one, he is a really likable guy. The first time I met him, he made me feel, in five minutes, like he had known me for five years,Ž says Scott Lepore, president of the Collier Coun-ty Republican Club. It was like we had been friends for years. That is an amazing gift for a politician, and Char-lie has it.Ž Despite this amazing gift,Ž Mr. Lepore supported Marco Rubio. Charlie tried to run as a centrist, as a moderate,Ž says Mr. Lepore. That wasnt going to work in 2010. Thats not what the Republicans wanted. Were tired of wishy-washy candi-dates, and thats exactly what he was „ wishy-washy.Ž For years, though, Mr. Crists ingratiating personality and flex-ible politics served him well. He was a state senator, commissioner of education and, in 2002, he became Floridas first elected Republican attorney general. In 2006, he was elected governor, and he enjoyed solid approval ratings right up to the time he entered the senate race last year. In hindsight, Mr. Crist probably should have run for another term as governor, but the lure of a seat in the United States Senate proved irresist-ible. It was a fatal attraction. Confident that he could waltz into the senate, Mr. Crist appeared blind-sided by Mr. Rubios entrance into the race. As the upstart challenger gained ground, the governor seemed stunned into inaction. It was a classic case of bad campaign advice and little or no philoso-phy,Ž says Dennis Pearlman, a political consultant in Fort Myers. Im amazed that (Crist) let (Rubio) dictate the terms of the campaign, but that is exactly what he did. Charlie Crist is a dynamic personality, but you never saw that. You saw never saw the elder statesman emerge. All of this tells me that he got bad advice and that Crist is not an independent thinker.Ž It appeared that Mr. Crists decision to bolt the GOP and run as an independent was hasty and not thor-oughly considered. Pressed repeatedly to announce which party he would caucus with in the Senate if elected, Mr. Crist refused to give an answer. In fact, he still wont say. Given Mr. Rubios relative youth and inexperience, Mr. Pearlman says Mr. Crist should have played the part of the smartest gray-haired guy in the room. Why he did not, well, I guess well never know.Ž At this point, the governor has burned every bridge he had with the Republican Party,Ž says Fred ONeal, an Orlando lawyer who heads the Tea Party of Florida. He has no future as an independent, either. About the only thing left for him to do is change his affiliation to the Democratic Party, but after this senate race, Im not sure how welcoming the Democrats would be. He did try to force the Democratic candidate out of the race, you know.Ž Mr. Crist remains mum on his future, although there is speculation he might seek the Senate seat cur-rently held by Bill Nelson, a Democrat, in 2012, if Mr. Nelson chooses to step down. More likely, though, is the pos-sibility that Mr. Crist will adjust his sights downward and challenge C.W. BillŽ Young, the Republican congress-man from Pinellas County (Mr. Crists home county) who celebrates his 80th birthday next month and has held the seat since 1970. Mr. Young, renowned for his trademark televangelist pom-padour, has shown no signs that he intends to retire. There also are rumors that Mr. Crist might receive some sort of appoint-ment from President Obama in recog-nition of his fight to keep Mr. Rubio out of the senate. But the murmurs remain that „ simply murmurs. But before Mr. Crist settles on a future course, he must first decide the issue Jim Morrison.The endFor years, fans of Mr. Morrison have TEA TIMEFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTO“Anything is possible,” Gov. Charlie Crist said of the possibility of pardoning deceased rocker Jim Morrison. CLINTON


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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 NEWS A11 Surreal estateSixty-two percent of the 12 million people of Mumbai, India, live in slums, but the city is also home to Mukesh Ambanis 27-story private residence (37,000 square feet, 600 employees serv-ing a family of five), reported to cost about $1 billion. According to an Octo-ber New York Times dispatch, there are terraces upon terraces,Ž four-story hanging gardens,Ž airborne swimming pools,Ž and a room where artificial weatherŽ can be created. Mr. Ambani and his brother inherited their fathers textile-exporting juggernaut but notori-ously spend much of their time in intra-family feuding. A local domestic worker told the Times (after noting that both she and Ambani are human being(s)Ž) that she has difficulty understanding why the Ambanis have so much while she struggles on the equivalent of $90 a month. Q More things to worry about Performers in New Yorks traveling Bindlestiff Family Cirkus protested in October against political campaign lan-guage referring to Washington, D.C., as a circus.Ž Said Kinko the Clown, Before you call anyone in Washington a clown, consider how hard a clown works.Ž TiriricaŽ (GrumpyŽ), a professional clown, was elected by resounding vote to the Brazilian Congress from Sao Paulo in October under the slogan It Cant Get Any Worse.Ž In June, Britains traveling John Lawsons Circus announced a series of counseling sessions for people who avoid circuses for fear of clowns. Coulropho-biaŽ is reportedly Britains third-leading phobia, after spiders and needles. Q Last words Ms. Rajini Narayans lawyer told the court in Adelaide, Australia, in September that she killed her husband by accident after intending only to torch his penis for alleged infidelities. The lawyer said she might have lost control of the gasoline she was holding when her husband said, No, you wont (burn me), you fat dumb bitch.Ž In May, when a fox terrier answered a call of nature in the yard of notoriously lawn-fastidious Charles Clements, 69, in Chicago, Clements confronted the dogs 23-year-old owner. That led to mutual bravado, which continued even after Cle-ments pulled a gun. The dog-walker was killed immediately after shouting (accord-ing to witnesses), Next time you pull out a pistol, why dont you use it?Ž Q Unclear on the concept Acting on a citizen complaint, officials in Plymouth, England, ruled in October that Army cadets (ages 12 to 18), who practice precision drills with their rifles, could not handle them during the public parade on Britains Remembrance Day (Veterans Day). Officials said they did not want to be glamorizingŽ guns. 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More than 4,450 activities are federal crimes, and 300,000 federal regulations carry potential criminal penalties, accord-ing to an October feature by McClatchy Newspapers, and to illustrate its point that Congress has gone overboard in cre-ating crimes,Ž McClatchy pointed to a Miami seafood importer. Abner Schoen-wetter, 64, just finished a six-year stretch in prison for the crime of contracting to purchase lobster tails from a Honduran seller whom federal authorities learned was violating lobster-harvest regulations. DNA evidence has exonerated 261 convicted criminals (including 17 on death row), but more interesting, according to professor Brandon Garrett of the Univer-sity of Virginia Law School, more than 40 such exonerations have been of criminals who falsely confessed to theirŽ crimes. I beat myself up a lot,Ž Eddie Lowery told The New York Times in September. 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First, I am telling you that chocolate and food are no-nos for pets, and now I am warn-ing about drinking, too. But its warranted, so dont get your Doberman drunk. Make sure that all the boozy party leftovers are well out of reach, and that no lampshade-wearing guests try to give your pug a mug of beer. No one wants to see a basset hound with a hangover „ its just too sad. „ The open door: People come and go more during the holidays than at other times of year, and all that traffic can lead to plenty of opportunities for escape. We see many pets who make a break for freedom when Uncle Floyd comes a-callin with his special tuna surprise. Dogs and cats can dart out the door without anyone noticing, and theres a whole big world of hurt just waiting for them out that door.Make sure that pets are safely put away when you are expecting guests, and take a nightly head count to make sure that all the furry family members are accounted for before turning in for your visions of sugar plums.Heres hoping you have a safe and sane season, and all family members make it through safely, no matter how many legs they have. Q An ER vet’s guide to keeping your pet safeRemember, though, that dark chocolate is worse, and baking chocolate is even more toxic than dark chocolate. So if you are cooking with chocolate this season, save it for the revelers and not the retrievers. „ Other food: Vomiting and diarrhea are common after eating too much food thats meant to be served to human guests, and this can trigger a serious condition called pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas „ the same gland that makes digestive enzymes as well as insulin. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it releases enzymes and begins digesting itself „ a serious and painful condition that often requires hospitalization.Keep pets confined during any holiday parties, or make sure guests (especially kids) know not to give treats to your pets. Dogs have been known to drag an entire turkey off the counter when the owners As pets take on a more important role in our lives, they are increasingly a part of our holiday festivities. I love the holidays, but emergency veterinarians like me definitely see more pets in our ERs as people cook, bake and visit their way toward the new year. I hope this information helps keep your pet safe during all the fun. „ Plants: Some folks think that their pet being anywhere within a three-block radius of a poinsettia will cause Mr. Whiskers to spontaneously explode, but you can rest assured that this is not the case. Yes, if eaten in sufficient quantities, the poinset-tia can cause a mild and usually temporary stomach and intestinal upset, but this is more of a risk for your carpet than it is for your pet. On the other hand, among the plants that do pose a hazard are mistletoe (causes more serious gastrointestinal and potential heart issues) and lilies (which can cause lethal kidney failure in cats at very small amounts). „ Chocolate: If your 95-pound Great Pyrenees eats two M&Ms, hes going to be fine, trust me. It takes quite a bit of milk chocolate to cause problems „ somewhere around one pound of chocolate for 30 to 40 pounds of body weight.PET TALES Protect your petBY DR. TONY JOHNSON _______________________________Universal Uclick O Pets of the Week To adopt a petThe Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Humane Society of the Palm Beaches, was founded in 1925 and is a limited-admission non-pro t humane society providing services to more than 10,000 animals each year. It is located at 3100/3200 Mili-tary Trail in West Palm Beach. Adoptable pets and other information can be seen at For adoption information, call 686-6656.>>Mandy is a 4-year-old spayed female American Staffordshire terrier mix. She weighs 63 pounds and has a lot of energy. She needs a fenced yard with room to play. She gets along well with other dogs. She knows how to sit.>>Sammy is a neutered male short-haired cat, almost 2 years old. He has grown up at the shelter. He was surrendered at 7 months with some littermates. He’s receptive to other cats but sometimes likes to be leader of the pack. >>On Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of November all black, white or black-and-white dogs and cats will be at a special lower adoption fee. This event is Tuxedo “T” Days .The second annual Drink, Dine and Dance for the Dogs is Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Jupiter Beach Resort. The fundraiser is for the nonprofit Big Dog Ranch Rescue and Weimara-ner Rescue Ranch of Florida, located in West Palm Beach. The evening includes cocktails, a silent auction, food and music and dancing.The mission of the Big Dog Ranch is to save mostly large-breed dogs, though it will help any breed. Dogs that have no other place are treated for health issues and rehabilitated and trained for adoption.Tickets for the event are $150 per person. Call 747-9099. Q 2nd dance for the big dogs is Nov. 19 CAROUSELFrom page 1the same hours as Downtown at the Gardens. The $2 charge is to offset the cost of maintaining the carousel. Cost of building it is more than $400,000, city records show. Rumsey said tokens will be sold and businesses in the shopping mall will be allowed to use the tokens as sales incentives for customers. Each day, through Dec. 30, a different nonprofit will sell tokens for the carousel and keep the proceeds for that day. Then Downtown at the Gar-dens will match up to $2,000 for the two groups that sell the most tokens, Mr. Rumsey said. We think this is a great way to give back to the community and also intro-duce the carousel,Ž Mr. Rumsey said. The citys Art in Public Places program calls for developers to spend one percent of their budget on a piece of public art. In 2005 the city approved three pieces for Downtown at the Gar-dens, but one of them, a water project, was difficult to maintain. The shop-ping center closed it. The carousel is replacing that piece. The city approved the project in June. Downtown at the Gardens is located at 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. For more information, call 340-1600. These nonprofit groups will be trying to get as many riders on the carousel as pos-sible on the day they are assigned. € Nov. 28 Young Singers of the Palm Beaches € Nov. 29 The Sun-Sentinel Childrens Fund € Nov. 30 Cholee Lake Elementary € Dec. 1 WILD 95.5 & Little Smiles € Dec. 2 Watson B. Duncan Middle School € Dec. 3 Renaissance Learning Center € Dec. 4 The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society € Dec. 5 The Palm Beach School of Autism € Dec. 6 Santaluces High School Chorus € Dec. 7 Palm Beach County Young Republicans € Dec. 8 Egoscue Foundation € Dec. 9 North Grade Elementary School PTO € Dec. 10 Team Hydooo € Dec. 11 Quantum House € Dec. 12 Lake Worth Trojan Sound Band € Dec. 13 Loggerhead Marinelife Center € Dec. 14 Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation € Dec. 15 Jupiter Middle School € Dec. 16 Jerry Thomas Elementary School € Dec. 17 Be A Star Foundation Inc. € Dec. 18 Urban League of Palm Beach County € Dec. 19 Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties € Dec. 20 Oasis Compassion Agency € Dec. 21 Lighthouse Elementary School € Dec. 22 The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County € Dec. 23 Downtown for the Cure € Dec. 26 Place of Hope € Dec. 27 Youth for Christ Teens € Dec. 28 Give A Life Foundation € Dec. 29 Junior League of the Palm Beaches € Dec. 30 Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Q COURTESY PHOTOIt will cost $2 to ride the carousel.


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 NEWS A13 Kate saw it happening, but felt that there was nothing she could do. Her son, Jim, had offered her daughter Sarahs husband Matt a position in his very successful business. (Ive changed all of their names and identify-ing information.) Now, on the surface, Kate believed she should be enthusiastic. But, in real-ity, she had a sinking feeling and could not shake her premonition that this would not go well. Kate had always been proud of Jim. Bright and ambitious, he was a go-getter in business. Jim had some very exciting ideas about expanding to a new territory and genuinely believed that he was doing Sarah and Matt a good turn. Matt is a sweetheart of a guy, but in the 10 years hes been married to Sarah, hes held and lost just as many jobs. At the time Jim offered the position, Matt was out of work once again, with no immediate prospects. Things started off well. But within weeks, Kate began to receive the phone calls. Jim called one morning, com-plaining that Matt had called in sick, missing a critically important meeting with a prospective client. Sarah accused her brother of rudely insulting her hus-band. She asked Kate to speak to Jim to let up on Matt. Although Kate had promised herself that she would stay out of it, she decid-ed to intervene. Jim exploded, telling Kate that she always took Sarahs side and that she had never stood up for him in his entire life. Kate confessed that she then made matters worse with Sarah by suggesting ways that Matt might improve his work performance. Sarah blasted her mother stating that Kate didnt think Matt was good enough, and that she had always favored Jim. Kate was devastated by her childrens fury. She had always prided herself on being an enlightened parent and thought she had made every effort to be equally fair and attentive to both of her children. How did things turn out so terribly wrong? As parents, we certainly start out with the best of intentions. We listen to the experts and pore over the parenting guidebooks convinced that we will do it right. We will raise each of our children with the right amount of love, care, and discipline. And in return, they will appreciate our efforts and love us back unconditionally. Oh, if only it worked that way. All of our children are uniquely different individuals who strive to define themselves as separate and apart from their siblings. They have very defined personalities, interests and abilities, and view the world from their own vantage points. Although parents usu-ally take steps to be equal and fair and to promote harmonious relationships among their children, it is not in their power to orchestrate the outcome. It is really up to the siblings to determine if they are motivated to adapt and get along with each other. Major life events throughout childhood help define the level of closeness or distance that family members experi-ence. And milestones during adult life „ leaving home, getting married, major illnesses, career successes or failures, etc. „ have a bearing on whether sib-lings remain close, or rivalries fester. The choice of a spouse has an especially loaded impact on the sibling bond. In the best of circumstances, the new spouse can soften friction and add a tremendous amount to the extended family harmony. But, needless to say, this new person can bring a host of unfortunate competitions and insecuri-ties to the mix. There can be jealousies about who makes the most money, has the bigger house or the smartest child. Parents must be acutely sensitive to these areas of discomfort, and must be very diplomatic in order to avoid stepping into the landmines. It is not uncommon for our children to test our loyalties or try to draw us in where we dont belong. If we are brutally honest, we must admit to ourselves that each of our chil-dren brings out very different parts of us. We often understand and relate to them very differently. We may uninten-tionally promote the resentments and rivalries that we promised ourselves we would not let happen. Our children have antennas up to observe the way we dole out our attention, compliments or criticism. It is not uncommon for a young person to carry a hurt or injus-tice for many years to come. Because, much of the time, our children are watching to see if we compare them unfairly or treat them differently, it is important to make a definitive statement to them about how we will approach important family issues. It probably will be helpful for Kate to take herself out of the fray and to consider any biases she still maintains, so she doesnt unintentionally perpetuate fam-ily frictions. Kate probably should acknowledge to Jim, Sarah and Matt that she was well intended, but had overstepped her bounds. She should emphasize that all three are very important to her and that she feels terrible that they are in such a bind. If they come to her with their concerns, she will be an impartial listener, but will not in any way pick one over the other. She should communicate caring and support, but state in a clear, emphatic message that she is counting on them to come up with solutions on their own. Q „ Linda Lipshutz, M.S., ACSW is a psychotherapist serving individuals, couples and families. A Palm Beach Gardens resident, she holds degrees from Cornell and Columbia. She can be reached at her Gardens office at 561 630 2827, and online at HEALTHY LIVING linda LIPSHUTZ O llipshutz@floridaweekly.comSibling rivalries, jealousies can create landmines for parentsHere, at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, we get calls weekly from students who are desperately seeking financial sup-port to sustain their enrollment in col-lege because their parent or parents are no longer able to help. Funders that typically make charitable grants to agen-cies serving safety-net needs are seeing their resources strained. The funding gap, present even in good times, has sub-stantially widened by the collapse of the markets in 2008. Ironically, the nation is in the midst of an intergenerational transfer of wealth that could net trillions of dollars for charitable causes were a proportion of it committed anew to meeting chari-table needs. Therefore, some donors are making the decision to give while they live, and set a new standard for generos-ity among the wealthiest on the planet, advocating the billionaires of the world donate a majority of their fortunes to charity. Others are creating charitable legacies that will survive in perpetu-ity at the Community Foundation, for good, forever, on behalf of investing in the communities and causes they love. Public-philanthropic partnerships are also encouraging and are proving to be an important part of regaining economic ground lost because of the recession. The Palm Beach and Martin counties foundation is one of more than 700 com-munity foundations in America working in collaboration with community, state, and national partners to more effectively tackle some of societys toughest chal-lenges. Witness the collaborations right here at home between area nonprofits, for-profit developers and government agen-cies to craft solutions to our communi-ties foreclosure issues and affordable housing needs. How our community leaders choose to respond will determine the pace we set and the impact we have in realizing meaningful solutions to the daunting challenges ahead. Community founda-tions are on the front lines of this change, leading and supporting collaborative efforts, demonstrating flexibility and creativity, and leveraging relationships and resources to achieve results. Our organization has invested $84 million in grants to support a number of organizations and causes to advance the public good. For example, the founda-tion focuses this year on affordable rent-al housing, conservation and protection of water resources, food access and food distribution issues. We are proud of the commitment and creativity in this community to find new and better ways to improve the lives of our neighbors in need. The week of Nov. 12-18 marked Community Founda-tion Week in America to raise awareness about the increasingly important role of the organizations working to achieve meaningful results for our communities. We take that responsibility very seri-ously, and we are more determined than ever to strengthen collaboration with our partners to realize a better quality of life for all. Q „ The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties improves communities through the power of giving. Since 1972, The Community Foundation has granted more than $84 million in grants and scholarships through the generosity of our donors. To learn more, visit Funding gap strengthens charitable collaboration leslie LILLY President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties O COURTESY PHOTO Meals are served at The Lord’s Place, an agency for the homeless that receives funds from the community foundation.

PAGE 14 FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 NEWS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 954-617-2583 • ADVANCESOLAR.COM lic #CVC056664 Get Solar Pool Heating & Save $ 1,000’s a Year! Advance Solar proudly uses Sunstar Solar Panels that come with the BEST warranty available. From the same manufacturer that installed solar panels on the Governor’s Mansion here in Florida (2007) and the swimming facilities for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996) and Athens (2004).Learn more at S $100 OFF & FREE Underwater Light ShowMust purchase by November 30, 2010 It was Georg Christoph Lichtenberg who discovered the tree-like branching fractal patterns created by high voltage discharges captured in electrically insu-lating materials. We can find in nature what look like tree patterns „ but are really lightning fossils „ in the skin of lightning strike victims, or in soil turned into glass tubes. And we can create these patterns ourselves in artful acrylic. What looks like forest here is imprint of uncon-trollable energy. In the face of such mystery we are babes, sexy and naive, enchanting and enchanted.The small, green, furry, doe-eyed dwellers in Ursula K. LeGuins book The Word for World Is ForestŽ call their world Athshe. This name of their world also is their word for forest. The Athshe are a lucid dreaming culture that sees world time and dream time as equally real. The holders of this Weltanschau-ung were challenged by the arrival of a human logging colony that would turn the forest into leveled dirt. After much pain, one of the forest dwellers begins, for the first time, to dream of war. Stephen Sondheim also takes us Into The Woods.Ž In his musical, he mixes together the characters of many fairy tales. Some of the actors play more than one role, mixing identities that share per-sonally defining attributions: The Prince and The Wolf, neither able to control appetite, are played by the same actor. One actor also plays the Narrator and the Mysterious Man, who both comment without involvement. And one actress plays the matri-archal characters of Gran-ny, Cinderellas mother, and the both nurturing and murderous Giants wife. All these characters are neophytes, fledgling tyros. They are all enchanted, off balance in the woods, not delineated. They want to go into the woods, and then emerge: out of the woods. But how does one exit what is by defini-tion unenclosed? We hear music in our minds, like the ceremonial singing used by the Athshe to resolve con-flict before the dreaming of war. The Sondheim lyrics (Moments in the WoodsŽ) resonate: What was that? Was that me? Was that him?.. Am I mad? Was that all?....Wake up! Stop dream-ing. Stop prancing about the woods. Its not beseem-ing. What is it about the woods? Back to life, back to sense....No one lives in the woods....ŽTo live in the woods one must be babe: open, eager, without preconception, see-ing infinite possibility. But as abecedarians who forget to forget, we Sondheim sing: Is it always or? Is it never and? Thats what words are for... Who can live in the woods?Ž Q Into the woods you have to grope... Into the woods to find theres hope Of getting through the journey. Into the woods, each time you go, Theres more to learn of what you dont know. Into the woods, but not too slow...Ž „ Stephen Sondheim, Into the WoodsŽ Our entire history is only the history of waking men.Ž „ Georg Christoph LichtenbergWe had been lost at sea for a long time. Then between 400 and 500 million years ago, plants began to arrive on land. On planet Earth today, one-third of the land area is forest. Two-thirds of the leaf area of land plants are in forest biomes, where we also find 70 percent of the planets organic carbon. Today the English word forestŽ brings to mind large profusion of trees and under-brush. Earlier use of the word indicated tracts of land that were the kings pri-vate hunting grounds. This usage evolved from a web of Latin words that meant door, or outside, or unenclosed woodland. Who can capture such profuse unfolding? Rather we are, it seems, captured by it all, willing and unwilling prey, preying.MUSINGS w f d l w r Rx Babe in the Woods„ Rx is the FloridaWeekly muse who hopes to inspire profound mutiny in all those who care to read. Our Rx may be wearing a pirate cloak of invisibility, but emanating from within this shadow is hope that readers will feel free to respond. Who knows: You may even inspire the muse. Make contact if you dare.


B LA C K FRIDA Y A15BUSINESS FLORIDA WEEKLY A GUIDE TO THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS WEEK OF NOV. 18-24, 2010 Black Friday looms. Cyber Monday comes just three days later. It seems like commercials for super sales take up more broadcast time than actual television shows, and your mailbox is so stuffed with circu-lars telling you that nows the time to get out and shop that your mail car-rier wont stop at your house any more. But how much of the noise is just hype, and how much is real? And what about product cycles: if you finally grab that elec-tronic toy youve wanted all year just because you got a good buy on it, are you going to suffer buyers remorse a few days later when something much cooler is released, and you realize you just bought something thats obsolete? Should you even care? Its all enough to cause poten-tial holiday shoppers to eat themselves into a turkey leftovers-coma and curl up in a fetal position. Help is here. Florida Weeklys tips on what to buy, what to wait on, what to remember when you shop and how to approach the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness will help you avoid major pitfalls and emerge from the buying frenzy having achieved total domination. Of what, though, were not entirely sure.THE DAYSHeres the lowdown on Black Friday and Cyber Monday: yes, some phenomenal deals are available, but the best ones are doled out in limited numbers and may require getting up at O-dark-thirty and standing in line for hours for a chance to get your hands on them. If youre willing to lose sleep and risk being denied, there are some excellent deals to be had. But dont fixate exclusively on the ridiculously cheap items offered in limited numbers; secondary sales can also be excellent, usually last much longer, and are often mir-rored by major online retailers. FW recommendation: To avoid sleep deprivation induced pre-dawn wrestling matches, hit a Black Fri-day website that publishes leaked ads, like, and see what deals youre interested in. As the weekend approaches, check online retailers to see if theyre price-matching them, particularly (which starts Black Fri-dayŽ sales on Monday the 22nd, and their Amazon Prime membership offers free two-day air shipping for $79 a year; excellent if you have to ship to family members all over the country). If you can find a price-matched deal, grab it online. If not, skip the limited quantity items (if you find one, consider it an unex-pected bonus), make a list of the sale goodies youd like, theGood buys on electronics can be found on Black Friday, Cyber Monday BY BRADFORD SCHMIDTbschmidt@floridaweekly.comSEE ELECTRONICS, A16 XRetailers call the day after Thanksgiving Black FridayŽ because that days holiday spending cam move retail balance sheets into the black. Barbara Stark, director of community development and education at the national nonprofit American Debt Counseling Inc., recommends following a simple, four-step P.L.A.N.Ž during the holiday shopping season to keep con-sumer budgets in the black as well. Retailers offer all kinds of deals to kick-start their all-important holiday sales numbers,Ž Ms. Stark explains. The key is to have your own game plan for the day so that you take advantage of the opportunities to save on your holiday shopping without being tempted to spend more than you should.Ž Stark recommends following her simple four-step P.L.A.N.Ž Q Prepare a strategy that puts your financial resources to best use. Real-istically outline your holiday obliga-tions and how much you have to spend. So, make a list. Just like at the grocery store, youll spend more at the mall without one. Next, decide which gifts on your list are necessary, and set your sights on getting them for the best price while they are still available. Q Layaway is a good alternative to credit cards for an expensive pur-chase if the store or online sites fee is less than 10 percent of the value of the item. You can reap the same bargains and enjoy the same selection as you would shopping on credit, and enjoy the added bonus of knowing the item is paid for when you take it home. Layaway is also a good way to curb impulse buying later in the holiday season by enabling you to buy a gift you really want to purchase at a good price. Each store has its own rules, and it is important to read the fine print carefully to be sure you under-stand fees and cancellation policies. Q Avoid using credit. On average, shoppers spend 30 percent more when shopping with credit cards instead of cash. Think twice before opening a new line of credit for a discount on that days purchases, since any fees associated with a new credit card can end up costing you more than the money youre saving. Cash, checks and debit cards are the best choice, but if you must use credit, choose the card that gives you the lowest interest rate and most benefits, such as reward points or extended warranties. Q Navigate the deals. Retailers advertise sales in their efforts to get you into their stores and not their competitors. Many post deals online and in newspaper ads. There are also Internet sites devoted to announcing Black Friday sales in advance. Some stores open early or even on Thanks-giving Day, and you should begin looking for the deals at the start of Thanksgiving week to be ready to put your holiday shopping and savings P.L.A.N. into action. Q Watch your budget on Black Friday, counselors warnSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

PAGE 16 FLORIDA WEEKLYA16 BUSINESS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 sale times and stores, then map a route from store to store. Get a good nights sleep, fuel up with coffee, then head out and take a semi-relaxed run down your list to see whats still available. Dont get too attached to a specific item at a blowout price though; once the store sells out they count on your disappoint-ment to set you up for a bait and switch to something thats no deal at all. There are plenty of fish in the sea, people: Try not to fall overboard because youre fix-ated on a particularly pretty one. Finally, as much as retailers would like you to believe they do, great sales dont end after Cyber Monday; the entire holiday season will be packed with opportunities to save big bucks. And although prices may not be quite as crazy-low, youre more likely to actually get your hands on the item youre interested in without getting up at 2 a.m. and risking an elbow to the head from an overzealous shopper whos desperate to get past you at the door to save six bucks on the complete boxed set of The Real Housewives of Orange County.ŽTHE GOODSQ Televisions. A perennial holiday season favorite. As long as you dont need the absolute latest technol-ogy, like 3D television (yes, you need glasses, though theyre decidedly more high tech than the ones you get issued at Imax theaters) 2010 will bring great buying opportunities. LCD TV prices are expected to be 12 percent lower than last seasons prices and leaked Black Friday ads are already showing up with 40-inch LCDs priced under $300. A few data points to keep in mind: Dont be scared to forego a 1080P screen if you find a screaming deal, as most experts agree that for under 48 inches 720P looks fine. Also, dont ignore plasma screens: though LCD has become extremely popular, plasmas often cost much less and have better black levels (good for movies), though they use more electricity and have a more reflective screen. If your room is particularly bright and you dont want to watch a reflection of yourself on the couch watching televi-sion, you might want to stick to LCD. Finally, be careful when you compare TVs in a big box store. Often the brightness and contrast settings are set extremely high to make them look better, and the tint can be off as well. The point is, just because it looks best at the store doesnt mean its the best unit out there: it may just be the one they want to sell the most of. Do some online research and learn about the technology and specific screens on your own rather than relying on the sales staff.FW recommendation: If you find a sweet deal, snap it up and dont look back. Q Cell Phones. It wasnt so long ago that the idea of giving a cell phone as a gift seemed a bit like giving someone a toaster: useful, but who wants an appli-ance as a gift? That changed with the arrival of the iPhone and other smart phones. And, as they became more and more powerful, demand for coolest phone on the block has elevated the cell phone to both a thoughtful and generous gift, while a toaster remains fairly lame. With cell phones, technology changes rapidly enough that it pays to hold out as long as possible. For example, a couple of weeks ago the new Windows Phone 7 finally became available in the United States (on T-Mobile and AT&T), as did the new MyTouch 4G (on T-Mobile) with video calling. The latest BlackBerry models, featuring RIMs new operating system have also begun shipping and AT&T already has slashed prices on them.FW recommendation: Cell phone deals available now will likely con-tinue through the holidays, and may well get even better. If you dont need it today, hold out for a bit to see what appears in stores and online. Q MP3 Players. iPods own the lions share of this market, as anyone whos come out of their cave in the last five years can tell you. Although iPod prices are fairly well controlled, it is possible to get a deal on them, though it usually consists of a free gift card or additional item with a purchase. Still, that beats getting nothing as a bonus. If youre willing to leave the Apple brand you have more options. Excel-lent MP3 players are available from Sandisk, Samsung, Microsoft and Sony, and many have major advantages over an iPod, not the least of which is more aggressive pricing. Try researching them online to find out what they do, then ask yourself if you really need an iPod brand „ if not, you can save more than a few ducats.FW recommendation: If you must have an iPod and find a deal on one, grab it „ theyre rare. The rest of them will go on sale throughout the sea-son, though your best deals may well come on the Black Friday weekend. Were aware of no impending major new releases from any major manufac-turer, particularly in light of the recent refreshes from both Apple and Sony, so just grab the best deal you can find, whenever you find it. Q E-Readers. Recent product line refreshes from both Sony (Reader) and Amazon (Kindle) mean whats on the market now is what will be on the mar-ket later in the year, with the exception of the highly anticipated NOOKcolor from Barnes & Noble. The NOOKcolor, though, by virtue of the fact that it does not use e-ink, will suffer greatly in comparison to the traditional offerings when used outdoors. Prices on all of these units are fixed, and the Kindles and Nooks have both seen recent deep cuts, so dont expect any deals.FW recommendation: If you happen to see an e-reader that offers a gift card with purchase, take it „ its unlikely youll be able to do better. Q Laptops/Tablets. In the case of Apple, theyve just released a refreshed MacBook Air, so its doubtful anything new is coming on that front. Rumors of a new, smaller iPad have yet to be confirmed, and they wont be. The good news is that if your heart is set on an Apple product, since they dont really go on sale, you can wait until the holidays are closer before making a decision about which to buy. The bad news is, of course, that they dont really go on sale.FW recommendation: Sit tight and see what happens, but dont get your hopes up. WalMarts recent addition of iPads to its electronics department may net you some sort of deal, but its unlikely to be a price break. Online sites often offer the only discounts or bonus offers, so be sure to check there. In the non-Apple world, there are far too many variants coming and going to keep up, though new this holiday season are some non-iPad tablets. The Android-powered 7-inch Samsung Gal-axy Tab is available from both T-Mo-bile and AT&T ($399 with contract at press time), and HP has released a Windows 7 tablet called the Slate 500 (starting at $799). As with televisions, its unlikely youll get a great deal on something thats been released recent-ly, but snapping up a last generation (which may mean something just a few months old) laptop or netbook for a great price is a distinct possibility.FW recommendation: Grab your sales circulars early, look for the price point you want to hit, do some backup research on the net, then snap one up. Remember to check out data like bat-tery life and whether it has a built-in camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Q Video Games. Microsoft and Sony already launched their major new good-ies: the PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect motion controllers. Also, one of the most anticipated games of the year, Call of Duty: Black Ops, is already on store shelves. Thus far there has been no shortage of stock on any of them, so with those major moves out of the way it all comes down to pricing. Unfor-tunately, like many other products, pricing on these units is fixed, and is unlikely to drop before the holidays. Many retailers, among them WalMart and, have offered gift card promotions in the past and are likely to do so again.FW recommendation: Search the online Black Friday sites as well as major online retailers to find gift card or bundle deals. If you find what you want on special, grab it while the grab-bing is good. It wont last. If you dont find anything particularly compelling, sit tight: theres still a shot manufac-turers may release some bundled deals before the end of the year. Q ELECTRONICSFrom page A15 Six personal injury attorneys „ Mark Clark, Donald Fountain Jr., Nancy La Vista, David Prather, W. Hampton Keen and Julie Littky-Rubin „ have formed their own firm. The office, which is currently based at 1919 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, will move into its permanent 10,250-sq.-ft space in the same building during the first quarter of 2011. The attorneys all were previously partners with the law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams. Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin LLP, specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, medical malpractice and appellate law While were a new firm, we have deep roots in the community, and are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of legal represen-tation to those wrongfully injured,Ž said Mark Clark, president/managing partner of the firm, in a prepared statement. Our top priority is client satisfaction. We feel blessed that we continue to represent so many of our long-time clients.Ž Clark Fountain handles personal injury, products liability and medi-cal malpractice cases throughout the country, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Caro-lina, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Virginia. In addition to the six named partners, Clark Fountain has added three attorneys and is currently hiring addi-tional attorneys, paralegals and sup-port staff. Q Personal injury lawyers form new firmSynthes Inc. has acquired The Anspach Effort Inc., based in Palm Beach Gardens. Anspach, a global company in the high-speed surgical power tools mar-ket, was founded in 1978 by William E. Anspach, M.D. It focuses on high-speed surgical power tools for use in neurosurgery, spinal and ear, nose and throat surgery. Anspach maintains development, manufacturing, educa-tion and service facilities in the U.S and a global distribution network in more than 50 countries. Anspach, with its excellent product lines and talented people, will substan-tially expand our power tools prod-uct offering to hospitals and surgeons worldwide,Ž said Michel Orsinger, presi-dent and CEO of Synthes. I am excited about the cultural fit between Synthes and Anspach, with our shared focus on education, quality, and innovation, all of which make important contributions to patient care. We will establish a dedi-cated power tools division, with close to $200 million in total sales.Ž Anspach will remain located in Florida. The parties agreed not to disclose details of the purchase price. We are excited to join forces with Synthes, a leading global medi-cal device company that shares our commitment to quality, education and patient care,Ž said Anspach, chairman of the board of Anspach. Joining Syn-thes will ensure the long term future of our organization. Together, we will be in a position to offer better solutions to a wider variety of surgeon special-ists, with the goal of improving clinical outcomes.Ž Q Synthes acquires Gardens-based Anspach COURTESY PHOTO BLACK FRIDAY


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Lum-ber prices are moving higher as the Chi-nese are buying North American lumber and a beetle is destroying large sections of Canadas timberlands. Prices in soybean, wheat and corn have risen approximately 45 percent, 50 percent and 65 percent, respectively, since July 2010s lows. The record-setting U.S. grain crops that were originally projected never happened, and there have been crop shortages world-wide. Silver is up more than 60 percent year to date, even outstripping golds gain of 24 percent over the same period. And the list of gainers extends to many other commodities. (All percentage gains are as of Nov. 10, 2010.) Maybe you are thinking that the commodity bubble will burst. Well, definitely there will be a market correction some time in the future... as all bull markets have meaningful corrections. Why not stay within the investment confines of the U.S. equity and debt mar-kets? U.S. equities have generated a nega-tive return for most investors over the past ten years. The U.S. will most certain-ly remain challenged for many years to come. The U.S. is debt burdened: its fed-eral and municipal governments continue to borrow while its citizenry is attempt-ing to deleverage. Further, the U.S. has an aging population, which will require all sorts of financial support in retirement years. And, lastly, the Federal Reserve, in efforts many consider questionable, has reopened the printing presses; the U.S. dollar is offered in sacrifice. And the dol-lar is not alone in its race to devalue; the buying power of all major currencies (the yen, the Euro, the U.S. dollar, the British pound) have depreciated nearly 80 per-cent relative to the value of gold.On the other hand, commodities have fared very well since 2003, way out per-forming equities and bonds. I believe that the simple investment premise behind the recent rise in commodities may well remain true for the next decade. The U.S. has slow growth but China, India and Brazil have IMF-projected GDP growth rates for 2010 of 10.5 percent, 9.7 percent, and 7.5 percent, respectively, and hefty future growth. These countries are large, profitable manufactur-ers and exporters. They also have a growing middle class made up of people who want to improve their standard of living.These billions of individuals now want cars, trucks, appliances and homes. The manufacture of such requires a lot of basic materials: metals, lumber and huge amounts of energy and water. Once made, the usage of the products requires even more energy consumption.This new middle class wants better food for themselves and their children; they want to eat more protein. The production jeannette SHOWALTER CFA O of protein from grain-fed animals requires eight times as much fossil fuel energy as the production of plant protein (Environ-mental Health Perspectives, 2010). Foreign Central Banks are impacting precious metals prices; many countries are clamoring for a return to a gold stan-dard or to tie currencies to a basket of several commodities, including gold. The concept that commodity investing is risky is quite true. But most managed futures programs have demonstrated less risk (less volatility of returns and smaller draw downs) than U.S. equities in the past decade. Most futures traders embrace and employ strict trading rules: limit losses and let profits run. Buy and hold equity investing largely ignores loss minimiza-tion rules; as such, managed futures can be described as about half as risky. Managed futures have the added benefit of being uncorrelated to the U.S. equity and bond markets. The 1983 seminal study of Dr. John Lintner, a Harvard professor, titled The Potential Role of Managed Commodity-Financial Futures Accounts in Portfolios of Stocks and BondsŽ was recently updated and confirmed by the CME Group (which includes the CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX). Dr. Lintner found that inclusion of managed futures in portfolios decreased risk: ... the combined portfolios of stocks (or stocks and bonds) after including judi-cious investments in leveraged managed futures accounts show substantially less risk at every possible level of expected return than portfolios of stocks (or stocks and bonds) alone.Ž Per the CME, Managed futures have been one of the very few bright spots for investments (both alternative and tradition-al) during this recent crisis in the economy,Ž as they survived and actually profited dur-ing the financial meltdown of 2008. The main benefit of adding managed futures to a balanced portfolio is the potential to decrease portfolio volatility. Risk reduc-tion is possible because managed futures can trade across a wide range of global markets that have virtually no long-term correlation to most traditional asset classes.Ž And possibly the strongest statement by the CME is: The results are so compelling that the board of any institution, along with the portfolio manager, should be forced to articulate in writing their justification in not having a substantial allocation to the liquid alpha space of managed futures.Ž Now, if inclusion of managed futures is considered essential for institutionally managed portfolios, would it not also be essential for portfolios of individuals? It is important to talk to advisers about your portfolio. As most advisers do not have expertise in commodities and cant sell or manage commodities, you might be well advised to find a commodities pro-fessional and discuss inclusion of man-aged futures in your portfolio. Q „ Jeannette Rohn Showalter is a Southwest Florida-based chartered financial analyst, considered to be the highest designation for investment professionals. Her office is at The Crexent Business Center, Bonita Springs. She can be reached at 444-5633, ext. 1092 or

PAGE 18 FLORIDA WEEKLYA18 NEWS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 NETWORKING RNS Networking Fundraiser “Food for Families” at Bonefish Grill RACHEL HICKEY/FLORIDA WEEKLY We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@” 13 6 4 2 51. Thomas Burke, Ann Zobel and Caron Anello2. Lori Beale and Brenda Ammon3. Mary Eliasand Beth Garcia4. Sharon Carpenter, Bob Williams and Linda Gaddy5. Nick Cappiello and Shantarra Houston6. Brad Neider and James Hanlon


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River and preserve views from all main living areas. All offers will be considered. $1,800,000. BANK SHORT SALE WATERFRONT HOME Beautiful blue water, cleared and ready to go on Riverside Drive in Tequesta. Newer dock plus jet ski lifts. 110’ of water frontag e x 400’ deep. Builder’s oor plans available. C all for a copy of the survey. $1,700,000. WATERFRONT ESTATE LOT Panoramic blue water views. 4 Bedroom suites, of ce, formal living/dining, grand family room. Beautifully crafted, every amenity built in. Superior upgrades, wood & marble oors, custom kitchen, crown moldings, hurricane impact windows, new roof, decorator lighting. Spacious patio pool/spa, 200' of waterfront, 95' dock with two lifts. $3,250,000. ELEGANT COASTAL DESIGN The last half of the 19th century was a time of creative energy in the United States. Thousands of patents were granted for improvements to household goods, from eggbeaters and apple peelers to vac-uum cleaners. Other traditional designs were improved,Ž like the dining-room table that was originally just a rectan-gular slab of wood held by a trestle or four legs. As early as the 1700s, design-ers had realized that dining tables could be improved by add-ing extra leaves held by a swing leg at the end of the table or on a slide attached under the tabletop. By the 1800s, slides were made so table leaves could pop into position when the table was pulled apart. Table legs also were a problem. They were bumped by chairs or human legs, so a single large pedestal with low feet was designed, and for extra-long tables, two or more pedestals were used. Today dining tables are made following rules not con-sidered in earlier times. Tables are made in standard sizes so tablecloths can be mass-produced to fit any table. A table height of 28 inches also is standard to go with the standard chairs seat height of 18 inches. A higher or lower seat is uncomfortable. And most new tables are 42 to 46 inches wide to match the size that fits in the aver-age dining room. There must be room for the table and the position of the chairs on either side when a family sits down to eat. When buying vintage or antique tables and chairs, measure your room and the furniture. If heights or widths are wrong, the set will not be comfortable and may even be too large for your room.Q: My all-white figurine of a rearing horse with its front legs on a column is marked Kent Art Ware Japan.Ž It is 9 inches tall and looks very modern. When was it made?A: You have a piece of Kent Art Ware (KAW), which was made in Japan in the 1920s or 30s. Kent designs are very Art Deco. David Eaton, a researcher who hosts a website on Kent Art Ware, thinks Kent wares were made at the Moriyama pottery in Japan. Several Japanese-made Western-style figurines have been found that are almost identical except for their marks. Noritake apparently commissioned Mori-yama to make Kent Art Ware, which Nori-take then sold in the United States. Several Japanese companies have made special pieces in the American taste and never sold them in Japan. The name of the brand, Kent, probably was chosen to suggest an American or English company. Most Kent ware is all white. Some pieces are white with added colors on a skirt or leaf. Many resemble pieces made in the Deco style by major German and Austrian potteries. You have a piece of an as-yet-undiscovered collectible, so few people will know what it should cost.Q: I have a dish marked 1794, Royal Bayreuth, Germany, U.S. Zone.Ž How can I find out how old it is?A: Royal Bayreuth was founded in Tettau, Bavaria, in 1794. Germany was divided into four occupation zones after the end of World War II. The words U.S. ZoneŽ indicate your dish was made in the part occupied by U.S. forces from 1945 to 1949. Royal Bayreuth is still in business but now uses a different mark. Q „ Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. We cannot guarantee the return of any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Florida Weekly, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019. terry KOVEL O COURTESY PHOTOThis unique British two-pedestal dining table sold for $5,750 at Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. It was made in the late 19th century for a very large room. Each pedestal tabletop flipped down so the two tables could be kept against a wall. The open table is 47 inches wide and can be extended with added leaves to more than 12 feet long. The legs are carved to look like human legs with feet wearing laced boots.KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING Table designs evolved for function and style g, n d ap ple pe elers to vact he r om table y just a rectano d held by egs. As d esi g na t l d dld p s old them in J ap an. The name of the brand, CO URTE S Y PH O T O This unique British two-pedestal dining table sold for $5,750 at B k A t i i A h i ll N C It d i t h l t 19 th t f WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 NEWS A23 FLORIDA WEEKLY


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More than 100,000 spectators across seven municipalities are expected to view the 2010 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade „ a 15-mile floating party of decorated boats and yachts that benefits Toys for Tots. The Dec. 4 parade on the Intracoastal Waterway starts at Peanut Island and ends at the Jupiter Lighthouse. It begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the lighthouse about 9 p.m. Last year more than 50 boats partici-pated. The event is hosted by organized by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County. The parade is also a toy drive for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots. In 2009 nearly 19,000 new, unwrapped toys were col-lected. Toy donations can be dropped off at local collection points or will be picked up from spectators along the parade. Any-one wishing to donate is asked to wave a flashlight at the passing red or yellow towboats, or the volunteer vessels that will have flashing amber beacons. At Riverwalk in Jupiter, Santa will make an appearance from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The best decorated boats are named based on boat size, category and best overall. For boat entry applications, the parade route, toy drop-off locations, and other information, visit or call the hotline at 848-7883. Q Dreamgirls,Ž the late director-choreographer Michael Bennetts enduring look at the evolution of the Motown Sound through the ups and downs of an ambitious African-American girl group, pre-miered on Broadway in December, 1981, winning six Tony Awards, and running for 1,521 perfor-mances „ nearly four years. Two Broadway revivals, in 1987 and 2001, replicated Bennetts iconic staging. In 2006, 25 years after the show was first acclaimed, a movie verSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY FLORIDA WEEKLY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE PALM BEACH COUNTY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE B SECTION WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010WEEK at-a-glanceFlorida writers“…There Was One,” a harrowing, complex novel. B3 XTheater reviewMusical “Vices” is innovative, packed with standout performances. B5 X Cuisine Cabo offers great margaritas and food; go early to miss noise. B15 X The MashupE-readers don’t have spines, but are worth portability. B8 X Enduring, prize-winning ‘Dreamgirls’ hits the KravisBY HAP ERSTEINherstein@” SEE DREAMGIRLS, B4 X ‘D re a m girl s’ c om e s to the Kra vis Ce nte r Nov. 23. B 4 >>in s id e: COURTESY PHOTO The newly conceived stage production has played such diverse sites as Harlem’s Apollo Theatre and Seoul, Korea. Prepare to be dazzled by 2010 holiday boat parade COURTESY PHOTOThe parade on the Intracoastal starts at Peanut Island and ends at the Jupiter Lighthouse.

PAGE 26 FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 October 27 … November 28In 1928, a farmer is losing his land to rising water. Present day, the same area is days away from having no water at all. A story of betrayal and bloodshed, water and wind, family and fortune, a gripping mystery. The “rst play in The Florida Cycle. Commissioned by Florida Stage.www.” WORLD PREMIERE N OW IN THE R INKER P LAYHOUSE AT THE K RAVIS C ENTER FOR THE P ERFORMING A RTS561€585€3433PALM BEACH COUNTY800€514€3837OUTSIDE P.B. COUNTY MEDIA SPONSOR CALL NOW FOR TICKETS! 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Im not talking about his cure for AIDS „ the herbal tonic and body rub he developed three years ago „ or that he rounded up more than 1,000 people last year in a nationwide witch hunt. Even the fact that hes trying to have himself crowned king hasnt caused the same controversy. This past summer, President Yaya Jammeh took a second wife. Under Islamic law, men are allowed multiple wives as long as they can sup-port them equally. West African men often exercise this privilege, and a second wife is an important status symbol for those in the highest political office to the toothless taxi drivers. For the wives, though, its a different story. By the time a husband has enough assets to justify a second spouse, he and his wife are advanced in age. The new wife is frequently a youthful addition, a sweet young thing to complement her older husband. Mr. Jammeh, like his first wife, is in his mid-40s. His new wife is 20. Although the original wife typically has primacy in these arrangements „ she was there Two spouses not always twice the fun Artis HENDERSON first, after all „ she is not fresh-faced like the new wife. Years of toil have made her hard. If you ask her about her new household arrangements, she will often confide to you in tears. Even if the prac-tice is widespread, she is still devastated. No one likes to be replaced. Like many Westerners, I shake my head at the two-wife concept. How can multiple women be married to the same man? There is hardly enough to go around as it is. But then I think: Do we do things so differently? Half of all American marriages end in divorce, and our early 40s seem to be the prime time for a breakup. Mr. Jammeh and others like him are fol-lowing the same pattern we follow in the states. The difference, though, is that instead of setting his first wife free, he keeps her around. While the hus-band enjoys his new injection of life, the wife is stuck with the same old ball and chain. Shes still cooking and cleaning and taking care of a man who, like her, has lost his youthful glow. In moments of levity, I imagine a scenario where wives have the option of a second spouse. I like to think of the first husband as a kind, amenable man. A good father; a breadwin-ner. Then I imagine the new husband: young and buff, possibly tanned; a plaything. SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTSasking for a beer. His laundry tumbles in the dryer. The new husband „ a boy, real-ly „ is on his way out the door. He wants to know when dinner will be ready. Perhaps its a blessing, then, that women are only allotted one husband. The wife carries a heavy enough load as it is, without having to shoulder another spouse „ even if he is young and buff. Q But in my darker moments, I imagine a second, equally likely scenario: The first husband stretched out on the couch, ask her about her n ew g ements, she will oft en n tears. Even if the prac d s h e is sti ll d evastate d e r ep laced. W esterners, I shake m y w ife conce p t. How can b e marrie d to t h e same h ar d ly eno ug h to g o B ut t h e n I think: D o o differentl y? Half marriages end in ear l y 40s seem to e f or a breaku p. Mr. e rs like him are fol pattern we follow e thou gh is that g his f irst wi f e f ree, o und. While the husn ew injection of life, the h the same old ball a nd c ooki ng and cleanin g an d m an who, like her, has lo st w. f levity, I imagine a sce v es have the o pt ion o f I like to think o f d as a kind, A goo d d wing in e n d: f f ; a skin g f or a beer. t he dr y er. 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Katie and Scott Monroe, a most loving couple, are well established in their professions „ Katie as a forensic pedi-atric psychiatrist, often offering expert testimony in child abuse cases; Scott as a former catcher for the New York Yankees, very popular in the Yankee hierarchy and now running spring training operations in Tampa and working as a television sports personality. The Monroes and their 9-year-old identical triplet daughters are vis-iting with Katies mother, Lucy, in the Detroit area. A special reason for the trip from Florida is to attend a concert by Scotts sister, Monica, a famous singer. After an outing to a movie theater in a suburban mall with their older cousin, Danielle, two of the girls are suddenly missing. Alex and Sammie went to see one movie, while Danielle had taken Jackie to another „ and now, with the theaters empty, Alex and Sammie are nowhere to be found. Soon enough, the security officer for the mall is hard at work, and before long an FBI team is involved headed by agent Tony Streeter. Various theories regarding a motive for the abduction are posed and explored as the plot unfolds. Perhaps someone whom Katies testimony had put in jail is acting out of vengeance. Perhaps Max-well Cutty, a man she is to testify against, is trying to make sure that she doesnt. Perhaps a former boy-friend of Katies has gone off the deep end. Perhaps a bitter baseball player whose career Scott had stalled has it in for him. Or perhaps its simply a kidnap for ransom. After all, the Monroes are fairly well off, and Monica Monroe is a millionaire many times over. Or, since these triplets are the children of an interracial marriage, this could be a hate crime. (Perhaps there is one too many.) As agent Streeter and others investigate, author Patricia Gussin takes us into the minds of possible perpetra-tors. She does a convincing job of pro-ducing their thought patterns, including their whacky self-justifications for per-verse behavior. Just as convincing „ and even more harrowing „is the authors presentation of the emotional turmoil the parents go through. Readers cant be sure if Katie and Scott will survive the ordeal. How will the abduction of her sisters affect young Jackie, who is already suffering something akin to survivor guilt? Another psychological thread has to do with agent Streeters fragile family life. His anxiety about his relationship with his own daughters engages his emotions to the point of threatening his composure and effectiveness. Time and again finding himself just a step behind the villain, he seems to be losing his grip, certainly his edge. Streeters self-doubts, in Ms. Gussins hands, help build both sympathy and suspense. The novels various settings in Florida and Michigan are handled with economy, each releasing the appropriate feeling-tones for whats taking place. Each action scene involving vehicular motion (and there are many) has just the right degree of characterizing detail. Ms. Gussin gets these details right without overdoing them. Complex plotting, sure-handed pacing and a grand mix of appealing and detestable characters (wait until you meet Spanky Spansky and an assassin named Vincent) make And Then There Was OneŽ an extremely satisfying thriller. The fine differentiation of the triplets personalities and the credible representation of the preteen mind are praiseworthy achievements.As in her first three novels, Ms. Gussin makes good use of her background as a physician and medical researcher. Her interest in family dynamics also links her novels together. Q „ Longboat Key, just outside of Sarasota, is one of several residences for the accomplished Patricia Gussin. Learn more about her at packed into a hunt for kidnapped childrenGUSSIN s r f, e l i s r e s u s r aprowilltheabductionofhersistersaffect and b e hi l osi n S tr e h a n s u s T ida ec o p r i i n g i n g m c h ge d o p i u a m Gussin BY PHILIP K. JASONSpecial to Florida Weekly Art in the Gardens is Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mid-town in Palm Beach Gardens. More than 70 local artists, music and food from some of the areas top res-taurants are featured during the fifth annual event. Lighthouse Center for the Arts and Resource Depot will create ArtiKids, a youth art experience where children of all ages can express and showcase their artist abilities. Admission to the event „ a kickoff to the spring ArtiGras Fine Arts Festi-val „ is free, and free parking will be available on site. Midtown is on PGA Boulevard west of Military Trail. For additional information, visit or contact the chamber at 748-3946. Q Art, food, music on tap at Art in the Gardens The New Gardens Band will perform Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. The concert, Festive Seasonings,Ž will celebrate the autumn season ending and the advent of winter holidays. The non-profit regional community band performs popular and wind symphony music in venues in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, Port St. Lucie and Boca Raton. Based in Palm Beach Gardens, the band was founded in 1996. Tickets for the concert are $15 for the matinee and $20 for the evening perfor-mance. The theater is located at 11051 Campus Drive. For tickets call the box office at 207-5900. Q New Gardens Band to performThe Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovskys most beloved ballet score, will be pre-sented by Florida Classical Ballet Theatre on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Eissey Campus Theater, 11051 Campus Drive in Palm Beach Gardens. The ballet, a holiday tradition, is a Once Upon a TimeŽ tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they journey through a dancing snowstorm to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Dancing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier are resident artists Lily Ojea and Rogelio Corrales. Company artist Marshall Levin will play the role of Drosselmeyer and trainees Madeleine Miller and Daylan Sleva will appear as the Dew Drop Fairy and the Snow Queen. Tickets are $32 for center orchestra, $27 for side orchestra and $22 for balcony seats. Group rates are available. For tickets call The Eissey Theatre box office at 207-5900. See for more information. Q Florida Classical Ballet Theatre presents ‘The Nutcracker’

PAGE 28 FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 sion featuring four new songs by the shows composer Henry Krieger brought the story of the Dreamettes to a new generation, winning two Oscars. Now, in a newly conceived stage production, director Robert Longbot-tom breathes new life into the show in a touring version that has played such diverse sites as Harlems Apollo Theatre and Seoul, Korea. On Nov. 23, it struts onto the Kravis Center stage, where it will shake the rafters through Nov. 28. Here is a primer to prepare you to experience DreamgirlsŽ again on stage „ or perhaps for the first time.THE DIFFICULT BIRTH OF “DREAMGIRLS” Fresh from his landmark success with A Chorus Line,Ž Bennett became involved with a gestating project, originally written for Nell Carter, about black back-up singers. Playwright Tom Eyen and composer Krieger were work-ing on the concept. Bennett took over the shows direction and began putting it together under the title Big Dreams.Ž Featured as Effie White, the big-voiced singer who gets squeezed out of the group, was 20-year-old gospel singer Jennifer Holliday. She quit the show twice before it ever opened, unhappy with how her character was developing. But Bennett kept talking her back to the show, agreeing to build up her involve-ment in the second act.THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY REVIEWSFrank Rich of The New York Times was an unabashed champion of the show, declaring that Broadway history was made at the end of the first act of Michael Bennetts beautiful and heart-breaking new musical,Ž and going on to praise Kriegers score, the physical production and the performances. The critical reaction was hardly unanimous, however, with Richs Times colleague Walter Kerr declaring that the show may be the most relentlessly imper-sonal musical Ive ever come across. Neither a score nor a book to work with.Ž In his collection of reviews, Hot Seat,Ž Rich further noted that, This show was not rapturously greeted by most of the press and seemed to baffle older Broadway audiences.Ž He has attributed some of that resistance to the fact that, unlike himself, other crit-ics seemed to have little familiarity or affection for rhythm-and-blues or Motown.TONY AWARDS SHOWDOWNThe 1982 Tony Awards race was a head-to-head match between Dream-girlsŽ and Nine,Ž a musical that took even longer to arrive on the silver screen. DreamgirlsŽ went into the ceremony with a slight edge in nomina-tions, 13 to 12. It won six Tonys, for best book (Eyen), lead actress (Holliday), lead actor (Ben Harney), featured actor (Cleavant Derricks), choreography (Bennett & Michael Peters) and light-ing design (Tharon Musser). While it beat NineŽ in total wins, six to five, it lost for the top awards „ best musical, director and score. THE PLOTA Chicago girl group called the Dreamettes „ Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and big-voiced, full-figured Effie White „ enter a talent contest at the Apollo Theatre, where they meet Curtis Taylor Jr., a smooth-talking used-car salesman. He signs on to be their manager and gets them a job singing back up to R&B star James ThunderŽ Early. Together they record a song called Cadillac Car,Ž written by Effies brother, C.C., but a middle-of-the-road white cover version of the song gets the attention and the airplay. For their next record, Stepping to the Bad Side,Ž Curtis takes no chanc-es, buying their way onto the charts with payola. Curtis brings the girls out from the background, renames them the Dreams, gives them a lighter, more mainstream sound and pushes to get them bookings that had not previ-ously been open to black entertain-ers. He makes Deena the lead singer over Effies strong objection and soon decides to replace Effie in the group, as she closes the first act with a defi-ant solo, And I Am Telling You (Im Not Going).Ž In act two, Deena and the Dreams are big successes, Deena and Curtis are married and Effie is back in Chicago trying to break back into clubs there. Jimmys fortunes have also soured, as Curtis has tried to turn him into a mellow crooner. Onstage, Jimmy rebels, reverting to a raucous funk number. Curtis fires him. Effie records C.C.s song One Night OnlyŽ in direct competition with Deena and the Dreams version that Curtis is turning into a hit with graft. Effie and C.C. confront Curtis and threaten legal action. Curtis backs down, Effie reconciles with Deena and they appear onstage together at the Dreams fare-well concert, as Deena prepares to launch her film career.ARE THE DREAMS BASED ON THE SUPREMES?Bennett, the shows writers and producers long denied, not very credibly, that the Dreams were based on the Supremes or that Deena Jones was a fictional version of Diana Ross. Presum-ably this was to avoid any potential lawsuits, because the parallels are too numerous to be coincidental. Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, the inspiration for Curtis Taylor, signed the Supremes. Gordy did have an affair with Ross and engi-neered her ascension to the groups lead singer. Flo Ballard, the original lead singer, has a striking resemblance to Effie White. She understandably resented being pushed aside for Ross and took to drink, became erratic in performance and was eventually replaced by Cindy Birdsong.THE LOWDOWN ON THE CURRENT REVIVALIn early 2009, the latest major revival of DreamgirlsŽ and the first to diverge from Bennetts iconic staging and choreography had an out-of-town tryout. Wa-a-ay out-of-town, in Seoul, Korea. It ran there for six months before heading stateside and being recast with American performers. On Nov. 7, 2009, the show opened at Har-lems Apollo Theatre, the site of the opening talent competition sequence in the script. Composer Krieger inserted a new number from the 2006 movie version, Listen,Ž originally sung by Deena in a recording studio, but now turned into a dramatic reconciliation duet for Deena and Effie. He also wrote a new number, What Love Can Do,Ž for the beginning of the second act. Scenic designer Robin Wagner, whose original work for the show in 1981 was dominated by a quartet of choreographed lighting towers, has reconceived the look of Dreamgirls.Ž Aided by media design wizard Howard Werner of Lightswitch, the new pro-ductions prime element is five floor-to-ceiling double-wide LED screens on hanging tracks that define and illumi-nate the action with effects that mirror the live action. Like the towers, they define the playing spaces of the shows many locales, appearing to be a wall of light or completely transparent or a giant television screen. EFFIE WHITE, STAR-MAKING ROLEDreamgirlsŽ is the story of a rhythm-and-blues singing trio, but audiences usually leave talking about the actress who plays Effie White, the character who is a little too loud and a little too large to fit in. In the origi-nal 1981 production, Jennifer Holliday made her Broadway debut, wowing theatergoers with her gut-wrenching rendition of And I Am Telling You (Im Not Going)Ž and winning the Tony Award for best actress in a musical. By the time of the movie version in 2006, audiences already knew Jennifer Hudson from her highly visible grasp for stardom on TVs American Idol.Ž Still, she had never been in front of a movie camera before playing Effie in the acclaimed film. For her startling debut, she walked off with the Oscar. Now playing Effie in the current national tour is Moya Angela, another relatively new and unknown performer, whose only previous credit was under-studying several roles in a tour of The Lion King.Ž Write down that name. If the women who came before her are any indication, Angela is destined for stardom.“DREAMGIRLS” BY THE NUMBERSThe touring production heading to the Kravis Center includes: Musicians in the orchestra „15Cast members „ 26Costumes „ 580Wigs „ 184 Q DREAMGIRLSFrom page 1 >> DREAMGIRLS, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Nov. 23 through Nov. 28. Tickets: $25-$75. Call 832-7469. O in the know COURTESY PHOTO“Dreamgirls” opens at the Kravis Center Nov. 23 and runs through Nov. 28.


FLORIDA WEEKLY NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 A&E B5 PUZZLE ANSWERS Do not arrive late to the Caldwell Theatre during the next month or you may miss the quirky, steamy opening dance number of Vices: A Love Story,Ž the small gem of a show that announced artistic director Clive Cholertons arrival in July 2009, and is now back in a tighter, more polished encore production. This second-time-around satisfying reaction comes with no small measure of relief. Have you ever had the experience of liking a show, then returning to it later with trepida-tion, worried that your earlier opinion was misguided? Or that you have built up the show in your mind to the point that it cannot possibly live up to such a recollection? In this case, such concerns are unfounded. Those who saw VicesŽ in its world premiere engagement can call up their snowbird friends and take them to the Boca Raton playhouse with confidence. Those who missed seeing it before, but have a taste for unconventional musical theater, should not let this new opportunity pass them by. Choreographer AC Cuilla (Tony nominee for 1999s FootlooseŽ) sets the sensu-ous tone from the start, as lithe, athletic Holly Shunkey and Albert Blaise Cattafi physicalize the first frisky evening of a blossoming relationship. In an expressive, gymnastic pas de deux, these two unnamed characters meet and soon scramble in to bed together. Before we can defog our glasses, we meet the couples alter egos, a quartet of singer-dancers „ Lara Janine, Danielle Lee Greaves, Carlos L. Encinias and Will Lee-Williams „ who verbalize the main pairs thoughts as they get to know each other by confessing their obsessive habits. The girl, you see, is orally fixated on cigarettes and chocolate, she is a shopa-holic and she is preoccupied by the nips and tucks of plastic surgery. The guy con-cedes that he is hooked on working out at the gym, is a Type-A when it comes to his brokerage job and has an uncontrollable urge to play casino blackjack. And eventu-ally, they each demonstrate an aversion to monogamy, straying once the first blush of attraction fades. These vices are presented in songs penned by the committee of Ilene Reid, Michael Heitzman, Everett Bradley and Susan Draus, clever tunesmiths who spin out musical numbers in an eclectic series of styles, from rap to rock to faux-operetta. While entertaining, these songs would only add up to a standard revue of contem-porary life „ like an I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now ChangeŽ „ if they were not connected by the inventive dance narra-tive by Cuilla. Cholerton is credited as the productions director, but with such an emphasis on dance, Cuilla is probably the dominant creative force behind the show. Similarly, the shows performances belong to Shunkey and Cattafi, though the supporting four performers are all assets. Each gets a solo opportunity; most notably Lee-Williams with the percussive body slap rhythms of Some Like It,Ž and Greaves with her booming belt on All the Money.Ž Eric Alsford and Caryl Ginsburg Fantel share the musical direction and keyboard duties for the compact but versatile band. Sean Lawson has improved on his amus-ing, mood-setting, stage-high projections and Alberto Arroyos camouflage costume remains the evenings best sight gag. With no intermission and a running time of about 75 minutes, Vices: A Love StoryŽ sounds like less than a full evenings enter-tainment, but it is so densely packed with inventive material and standout performanc-es that it feels complete and completely satisfying. Opportunity is knocking a second time, yet this show seems destined to have a further life beyond South Florida. Q THEATER REVIEW Inventive songs, dance and performances are all virtues for “Vices” hap ERSTEIN O >>What: “Vices: A Love Story” >>When: Through Dec. 12 >>Where: Caldwell Theatre Co., 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton>>Tickets: $27-$50 >>Info: 241-7432 or 877-245-7432 in the know COURTESY PHOTO Holly Shunkey and Albert Blaise Cattafi perform an expressive, gymnastic pas de deux in the unconventional musical at the Caldwell Theatre.

PAGE 30 FLORIDA WEEKLYB6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Thursday, Nov. 18 Q Starfish & Coffee Storytime Session at the Loxahatchee River Center – 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Call (561) 743-7123 or visit Q Multicultural Film Festival – Amistad,Ž 12:30 p.m., Library Room LL235, and As Seen Through These Eyes,Ž 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Library Room LL234, Palm Beach State College, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Free. 868-3111. Q “Peace on Earth” exhibition – Nov. 18-Dec. 30, Lighthouse ArtCenter. Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Opening reception and awards ceremony is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Admission: free for members; $5 ages 12 and up; free for under 12; free admis-sion to public on Saturdays. 746-3101. Q Florida Highwaymen Art –R.L. Lewis, one of the original 26 artists, will talk about Highwaymen history and do a live art demonstration, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Palm Beach County Library, Jupiter Branch, 705 Military Trail, Jupi-ter. Preregister; 744-2301. Q Phil Fest & Friends Brazilian Jazz – Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18, The Orange Door, 798 10th St., Lake Park. Tickets: $5; 842-7949. Q Mos’Art Theatre – Screenings of Get Low,Ž 1:30 p.m., and The Girl,Ž 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets: $8. Performance by The Switzer Trio & special guest Rob Russell, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets: $10. 700 Park Ave., Lake Park; 337-6763. Friday, Nov. 19 Q Eat Pray Shop Market –Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19. Clothing, art, jewelry, toys, bows and cupcakes. First Presbyterian Preschool, 482 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta; 746-5161. Q Scripps Virtual Exploration – Learn about Scripps Florida. Scripps Research Institute, 120 Scripps Way, Building B, Jupiter, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Teens+. RSVP „ 228-2015; Also „ 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 15. Q Mos’Art Theatre – Screenings of A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop,Ž The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets NestŽ and Last Train Home.Ž Various times, Nov. 19-25. Opening night tickets: $6. General admission: $8; 337-6763. Q St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Holiday Bazaar – Silent auction, shabby-chic boutique, handmade bears, specialty crafts, Christmas decorations, handmade knits and quilts, gourmet and baked goods; lunch on Saturday. 3-5 p.m. Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20, 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 21, St. Marks Episcopal Church, 3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 622-0956. Q Art & Music in the Gardens – With Faces, Figures & FantasyŽ by Susan Megur, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 19, City Hall Lobby and Veterans Plaza, 10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. Free. Q Downtown’s Weekend KickOff – Music from 6-10 p.m. Fridays. Centre Court, Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens. Nov. 19: Ever So Clever. Nov. 26: DeeDee Wilde Band. 340-1600. Q A Journey Through Italy – With tenor Franco Corso, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indian-town Road, Jupiter. Tickets: $45 orches-tra, $40 mezzanine. Fund-raiser for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Guild. 575-2223; Q The Ha Ha Ha Holiday Show – By The Jove Comedy Experience, 8 p.m. Nov. 19-20, The Atlantic Theater, 6743 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 34, Jupi-ter. $16; 575-4942; Q Junebug & The Reborn Highway – Doors open at 9 p.m. Nov. 19, The Orange Door, 798 10th St., Lake Park. Tickets: $5; 842-7949. Saturday, Nov. 20 Q Blue Friends Beach Cleanup – 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Nov. 20, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Monthly beach clean-up, spon-sored by Whole Foods in Palm Beach Gardens. Complimentary breakfast and beverages will be served. Free; Q Holiday Bazaar – 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 20, Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 9625 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. Hand-crafted and new items only; pancake breakfast and lunch by the Boy Scouts, bake sale and pecans; 627-5611. Q Palm Beach Gardens Chess Club – 9 a.m.-4 p.m., North Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Center, 603 Anchorage Drive, art building. $2 per player per Saturday. USCF membership required. Call John Dockery, president/tournament director, at 762-3377. Q Boot Camp – 9-10 a.m., Saturdays; West Jupiter Recreation Center, 6401 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Adults (13-17 years must be accompanied by an adult); $5. Call Constonsa Alexander at 694-5430. Q Saturday Kids Camp – weekly camp sponsored by Jupiter Outdoor Cen-ter; Session 1: 9 a.m.-noon; Session 2: 1-4 p.m., weekly; ages 7-13. $35 per session; advanced registration required. 747-0063; Q Yogaboarding with Cora –9:30 a.m., weekly; yoga and guided medi-tation, while Stand Up Paddling on the waters of the Jupiter River. Jupiter Out-door Center; call 747-0063. Q Art in the Gardens – Two-day art festival. Midtown, 4801 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 20-21. 748-3946; Q Modernism: 20th Century Vintage – Furniture, art, jewelry, clothing and more from the 20th cen-tury, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $12; (561) 483-4047. Q Kids Story Time – Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach, Loggerhead Park, 14200 S. U.S. 1, Juno Beach, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays; free. Q Tequesta Fest – 1-7 p.m. Nov. 20, with rock candles, glass and copper art, soy candles, handmade sops, jewelry, belts, fishing attire, T-shirt printing, car-nival rides, bands and carnival food. 768-0474; Q The Ugly Duckling – Starring Pinky Flamingo in this production with giant puppets, 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets „ $12. 575-2223; Q Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Fall Sundowner – An evening of beachside with music, food, drink, live auction. Benefits Loxahatchee River Historical Society, 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 20. 747-8380, ext. 10; Q Rumor Has It – Concert with special guests Nothing Lasts Forever, Sto-rytellers, Boxer & Clover, Green Green Green and Rockets & Radios. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 20, MosArt Theatre, 700 Park Ave., Lake Park. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 at the door; 337-6763. Q Eric Culberson – Doors open at 9 p.m. Nov. 20, The Orange Door, 798 10th St., Lake Park. Tickets: $10; 842-7949. Sunday, Nov. 21 Q Taste in the Gardens Green Market – Gardens Park, 4301 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 8 a.m. -1 p.m. Live entertainment, produce, plants, flowers, handmade crafts and prepared food and drink items. Free; no pets. For vendor information, call 772-6435. Q Dave & Aaron’s Workout on Stand Up Paddleboarding – 9:30 a.m. weekly, Jupiter Outdoor Center. For reservations, call 747-0063; visit Q Seventh Annual Temple Beth Am Preschool PTO Holi-day Boutique – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21, Temple Beth Am, 2250 Central Blvd., Jupiter. Holiday shopping and bake sale; 747-1109. Monday, Nov. 22 Q Thanksgiving Story Time –3:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Palm Beach County Library Gardens Branch, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Read holi-day-themed stories, do fingerplays and enjoy music and a craft. Ages 4-7 (45 minutes). Preregister. 626-6133. Tuesday, Nov. 23 Q Bocce in Downtown Park –Join the American Bocce League 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays in November at Downtown Park, south of The Cheesecake Factory, Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens. For more information and to register, visit www.americanboccelea-gue; 340-1600. Q Tai Chi for Arthritis – 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lakeside Center, 10410 N. Military Trail or 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Burns Road Recreation Center, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Class focuses on muscular strength, flexibility and fitness. Drop-in fee: $9; resident discount fee: $8 10-class pass fee: $80; resident discount fee: $70. 630-1100; Q Dreamgirls – Nov. 23-28, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets „ $25 and up. 832-7469; Wednesday, Nov. 24 Q Wimpy Kid Wednesday – 3-5 p.m. Lake Park Public Library, 529 Park Ave., Lake Park. Events and movie. Free; 881-3330. Q Hatchling Tales – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Free; Q Lighthouse Sunset Tour –Jupiter Lighthouse, call for times, Nov. 24; $15. RSVP „ 747-8380, ext. 101. Ongoing events Q “Cane” – Through Nov. 29. Play by Andrew Rosendorf set in Belle Glade and Pahokee immediately prior to the 1928 hurricane that killed thousands around Lake Okeechobee and years later. In 1928, a farmer is losing his land to ris-ing water. Present day, the same area is days away from having no water at all. A story of betrayal and bloodshed, water and wind, family and fortune, a mystery about South Florida. Florida Stage, Kravis Centers Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeecho-bee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $47-$50; 585-3433 or Q Art Exhibition by Justin Rabideau – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through Nov. 29, Eissey Campus Theatre Lobby Gallery, Palm Beach State College, 11051 Campus Drive (off PGA Boulevard), Palm Beach Gardens. Call 207-5905. Q “Land-Escape” Art Exhibition – Features work by Jupiter artists Bruce Bain and Sonya Gaskell and Palm Beach Gardens artists Esther Gordon, Melinda Moore, and Ok-Hee Kay Nam; Palm Beach International Airport, Con-cession Level 2, West Palm Beach; on display through Dec. 15. Q “Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee” – Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. 747-8380, ext. 101; Upcoming events Q Blue Friday – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Celebrate the ocean with special sea turtle presentations, take a photo with Fletch, the Sea Turtle Mas-cot, and participate in other marine-relat-ed activities. Free; 627-8280, ext. 107. Q Downtown Lights Up the Night – Community choirs, local musicians and special performers perform a concert leading up to Downtowns offi-cial holiday lighting extravaganza of the season. Billy Bones will keep the party going from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 27, Centre Court, Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens; 340-1600. Q Voices of Legends in Concert – With Johnny T, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 5, March 19, MosArt The-atre, 700 Park Ave., Lake Park. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 evening of show; 337-6763. Q Shawn Starski – Doors open at 8 p.m. Nov. 27, The Orange Door, 798 10th St., Lake Park. Tickets: $10; 842-7949. Q 29th Annual Citrus Nationals – Nov. 27-28, Palm Beach International Raceway, 17047 Beeline Highway, Jupiter. Country singer Josh Thompson


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B7 THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATREsM>;H;7HJ9EC;IJEB?<; Saturday,January 1New Years Day5:00pm Friday,December 31New Years Eve5:00 & 8:00pm A hilarious political satire group (561) 575-2223For tickets:( 561 ) 972-6117 For group sales: Underwriting Producer, the Roe Green Foundation WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL! A youthful coming-of-age hit new musical set in a boys prep schoolDecember 7 … 19, 2010 S T UDE NT T I CKE T RAT E $1 5 BEST MUSICALŽ2010 WINNERDAEGU INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2009 WINNERASCAP FOUNDATION COLE PORTER AWARD MUSIC AND LYRICSŽ Movie Movie Hear popular and traditional Christmas songs in celebration of the Holiday Season. Holiday Concert Holiday ConcertPalm Beach Gardens Concert Band
PAGE 32 FLORIDA WEEKLYB8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 1 FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B9 Ah, the things you’ll discover at Downtown at the Gardens – like the blockbuster shopping at Downtown’s unique shops and boutiques. From hip clothing fashions and eclectic home accessories, to organic food and one-of-a-kind gift items, Downtown is an experience like no other. Step into a new dimension. Step out to Downtown at the Gardens. Stay Connected 3-Dimensions of shoppingComplimentary Valet Parking '7*)OD:HHNO\$GLQGG 30 FL ST#37304 FL ST#37304 5 nt Caribbean fr. $169 7 nt Caribbean fr. $299**Nov Balcony & Bus! 18 Day Roman Renaissance Sail to the Azores, Spain, France & Italy plus 3 nts in Rome! FREE AIR & BUS! fr $1,699 26 Day Viking Adventure Sail from Copenhagen to Port Canaveral visiting Germany, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Holland, Belguim, Portugal & the Azores! FREE AIR & BUS! fr $2,199 Spring Panama Canal Sail Miami to San Diego with a full Panama Canal transit FREE AIR & BUS! 16 days fr. $1,299 15 Day Classic Transatlantic Sail to the Azores, Lisbon, Seville & Malaga plus 1 nt in Barcelona! FREE AIR & BUS! fr. $1,399 “Don’t do that.”My daughter looked up at me.“Don’t do what?”“Dog-ear a page in that book, please don’t do that. And while we’re on the subject, please don’t lay it open-face on a table to hold your place either, because it can wreck the spine.” It wasn’t even my book, and I was in danger of looking like a neurotic control freak, but I went on. “Don’t you know what that is?”“Um… a book?”“Yes, a book. It’s a book. And books, Miss Nina, are to be respected. Say what you want about technology, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s books that are magic.” Nice: a smooth shift from psychotic dad to whacked-out hippie dad. “OK, OK, fine, no problem. I’ll use a bookmark,” she told me. I think she may have rolled her eyes and mumbled “freak” under her breath before heading off to kvetch about me on Facebook. I’m actually not quite as obsessive as that story implies. But I have a thing for books, for the physicality of them, for the… analog-ness of them. I like the way they feel in my hands, and how copies of out-of-print books capture a time and a place, and how they still work just like they did when they were new, without needing some sort of oddball file converter I have to search the Internet for. And I like the way they look on my shelves (once I remove the gaudy jackets used to sell them to consum ers that, like packs of credit card-packing kitty cats, increasingly appear to need shiny objects to attract them). The books I’ve collected since I was a kid fill boxes in my garage and shelves in my house, each a reminder of where or who I was at some point in the past. Just one shelf can remind me of exploring stoicism (“The Discourses,” Epictetus), of traveling to Asia (a Hong Kong travel guide), of playing piano as a youngster (Scott Joplin sheet music), or that I’m not as funny as I wish I was (“Napalm & Silly Putty,” George Carlin). I’m reminded that I actually enjoy reading about his tory (“1776,” David McCulloch), what it was like to discover a whole new kind of science fiction (“Neuromancer,” William Gibson), how sleazy the Enron boys were (“Conspiracy of Fools,” Kurt Eichenwald), of being a kid in the ’70s (“The Phantom Tollbooth,” Norton Juster) of being a kid just a few years ago (His “Dark Materials” Trilogy, Philip Pullman). My children, too, can wander over to the shelves, pull down a random book, and dis cover new things about the world, them selves, their father. Like I said: magic. Little of which translates over to one of the hottest holiday gadgets around this year, the e-reader. But that’s o.k. I may never be willing to give up everything that my collection of physical books gives me, but I do own an e-reader and like it for its portability, easy periodical subscriptions, and fast access to books that catch my eye. But if you’re interested in laying your hands on one for yourself or a loved one, there are a few things you might want to know.First of all, tablet computers like Apple iPads aren’t e-readers. While tablets can render books, magazines and newspapers beautifully, they do have some major dis advantages, like lacking the technology that makes e-readers so good at what they do: e-ink. Try taking your laptop out in the bright sun and see if it’s still easy to read (hint: it won’t be — what it will be is a mir ror, so at least you can make sure you look slick). But with e-ink, the more light you get on the screen, the easier it is to read, just like paper. And, also just like paper, there’s far less eyestrain when reading e-ink as opposed to an LCD screen. There are other issues as well, like por tability (the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is a mere 5.5 ounces), bat tery life (Amazon claims the new Kindle can go a month on a charge) and price (e-readers start at $139, iPads at $499). And over the last year things have been getting even better for e-readers, so it’s time for a round up of the big fellas: the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble nook, and the Sony Reader. Before going on, you need to understand Digital Rights Management. The vast majority of e-books released (excepting the hundreds of thousands in public domain) have DRM attached to prevent unauthorized copying and distribution. But DRM from Amazon, Sony, and Barnes & Noble are incompat ible with each other. So if you build up a library of purchased e-books from those vendors’ storefronts, they’ll only work on the platform for which they’ve been published. There’s good news though: The nook and the Reader (but not the Kindle) sup port open standards that provide far more options. Both units can read DRM-protect ed books purchased from third-party ven dors like and, and can even can borrow DRM-protected e-books from the library, which the Palm Beach County library system supports (not for every book by a long shot, but a nice selection). Very cool. Here’s how other issues stack up.Amazon KindleThe big kahuna of e-read ers comes in three variations: a 6-inch, WiFi-only ($139), a 6-inch WiFi + 3G ($189), and 9-inch WiFi + 3G DX ($289). Navigation is performed using a physical keyboard and navi gation buttons, which add size. The Kindle supports folders (called collections), to make e-book management easy. Browsing and purchasing books or periodicals from Amazon.THE MASHUP In my book, top e-readers are all worth havingcom is fast and easy. The search function bests the nook and the Sony units, provid ing a contextual list of all instances of your search term. However, the Kindle is the only one of the three major players to not support ePub or DRM-protected PDFs, so books must be bought from or be non-DRM. The Kindle also lacks a memory card slot.Barnes & Noble NookThe nook comes in WiFi-only ($149) and WiFI + 3G ($199) versions, both with 6-inch screens (the upcoming NOOKcolor, priced at $249, has an LCD screen, so I’m not including it in this comparison). Navi gation is via a full color LCD touch screen beneath the main display. The search function is weak on the nook, displaying results on the page you’re already reading and providing no easy way to get to the search term’s first appearance. Page turns are slower than competing units, and the nook does not support grouping books into folders, though a software update may fix both issues. But there’s good news, too — it’s the only one of the three to allow you to “lend” a book to another nook owner (to only one person, and it’s not available to you while on loan) and if you take your nook to a BN store you can read any book you wish for up to an hour a day, which is neat. It also supports ePub formats and library lending, which is great. The nook has a memory card slot for expansion and a user-replaceable battery.Sony ReaderOne of the first on the market, the Read er is almost an afterthought to many in the market, though it shouldn’t be. Available in a 5-inch Pocket Edition ($179), a 6-inch Touch Edition ($229), and a 7-inch Daily Edition ($299), there’s one big compara tive negative: only the Daily Edition sup ports 3G and WiFi. Both the Pocket and Touch Editions require a computer to load content. The Sony store also appears to have a smaller selection of periodicals. But the good news — all three navigate via touch screen, and page turns (which are very fast) can be executed by swiping your finger across the page. The touch screen also allows you to take notes directly on pages and bookmarks by writ ing right on the screen in e-ink using the included stylus. Readers are also the light est and most compact (the Pocket Edition, at 5.7 by 4.1 inches, is smaller than the notebook I always carry in my pocket) and are made out of aluminum. They support more formats that the competitors and, like the nook, support library lending. The two larger units also have memory card slots. While at first blush they seem over priced (and perhaps they are, a bit) they have a ton to offer in features and sexi ness; you shouldn’t overlook them.Summing UpE-readers have finally gotten to the point that they’re well worth having, even for non-early adopters, and the three major players are all quite good. The lack of open document support on the Kindle disturbs me, but for speed, ease of use, and a great screen, as long as you don’t mind being locked to as your book vendor and are willing to pass up library lending, take a look at it. If you want more options for books, want to keep the spending down, and don’t mind a heavier unit with slightly slower responsiveness (for now), take a look at the nook. And if you want a great combination of sexi ness, portability, and compatibility, and are willing to give up wireless support in the less expensive units, take a look at the Readers. None of them can give me the same happiness I get from my collection of physical books, but they’re a lot easier to carry around than those shelves. Q — For The Mashup, Bradford Schmidt writes about meat, technology, music and mashups thereof. He welcomes sugges tions, comments, questions and offerings of prime beef.MASHUPFrom page B8 SEE MASHUP, B9 X bradford SCHMIDT O Amazon Kindle Barnes & Noble Nook Sony Reader

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Military Trail #48 Abacoa Plaza ~ Jupiter561-493-8777 Buy 1 Entre with 2 beveragesGet the 2nd Entreof equal or lesser ValueFREE Up to $11.99. Not valid with any other offers. Offer expires 12/21/2010Dinner Dine-In Only. Not Valid With Early Bird. One Coupon Per Table. Must Present Coupon When Ordering. Buy 1 Large Pizzawith 2 toppingsGet 1 Large Cheese Pizza FREE Not valid with any other offers. Offer expires 12/21/2010 Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery. One Coupon Per Table. Must Present Coupon When Ordering. SALS EXPRESS 4580 Donald Ross Road #109 Palm Beach Gardens561-493-7116 Morning Glory +++ (Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams) A young and inexperienced TV morning show producer (Ms. McAd-ams) must raise ratings and cope with the conflicting egos of her two star anchors (Mr. Ford and Ms. Keaton). Its an enter-taining adult drama, and a delight to see Ms. McAdams come into her own as an actress. Mr. Ford is as amusingly gruff as ever. Rated PG-13.Due Date ++ (Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan) Eager to get home to his pregnant wife (Ms. Monaghan) but unable to fly, the temperamental Peter (Mr. Downey Jr.) hitches a ride with aspir-ing actor Ethan (Mr. Galifianakis), who might be the most annoying man in the world. There are a few laughs, but most of it is mean-spirited, and neither Peter nor Ethan is very likeable. Rated R.127 Hours +++ (James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara) Adventurer Aron Ralston (Mr. Franco) befriends two women (Ms. Tam-blyn and Ms. Mara) while canyoneering in Utah. Then his arm gets trapped under and boulder and hes forced to desperate measures to survive. Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog MillionaireŽ) smartly shows off the beauty and vastness of the outdoors, and Mr. Franco brings great energy and sympathetic power to his performance. Based on a true story. Rated R. Q CAPSULES REVIEWED BY DAN ............ Once UnstoppableŽ does the obvious and actually, you know, involves its main characters in the story, its a solid action thriller. The problem is it takes an hour for this to happen, and by then its too little too late. This is a shame, given that this is the fifth collaboration between Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott (Man On FireŽ). With Mr. Washing-tons notable screen presence and Mr. Scotts trademark hyperkinetic style, we have every right to expect more. Mr. Washington plays Frank, a veteran train engineer working on the Pennsyl-vania freight lines. Today he is training Will (Chris Pine from Star TrekŽ), a young conductor with family issues. The two engage in typical guy talk and waste a lot of time as Mark Bombacks script keeps them apart from the action with nothing interesting to do or say. Meanwhile, 200 miles away from the big movie star main characters, dramatic things happen: Two idiot yard workers (Ethan Suplee and T.J. Miller) are told to move the 777, a 39-car, half-mile-long, toxic chemical-carrying train, because some school kids are coming to visit. Should be simple enough, but when one of them gets off to take a short cut, he accidentally leaves the train in full throttle and get cant back on. Oops. So now the unmanned train is speeding toward another train full of school kids and a big curve in an industrial city, where it will likely derail and destroy everything in sight. Back to the school kids. As the 777 and the train with the kids speed toward one another and are about to collide, direc-tor Mr. Scott had a chance to create a scene of genuine tension and suspense. Instead the scene ends far too quickly, and feels like a missed opportunity to get the audience emotionally invested in the danger the runaway train pres-ents. This is especially worth noting because all the action scenes are this underwhelming „ except for the finale, which is exhilarating. Expectedly, best efforts are made to stop the train. Yardmaster Connie (Rosario Dawson, playing the token tough female character in this mans world) disagrees with every decision a railroad exec named Galvin (Kevin Dunn) makes. Ill let you guess if the blue-collar worker or corporate bigwig ends up being right. Eventually, Frank decides to put his vast experience to use, and once he does the movie gets better. Too bad it takes an hour for this to happen. Why UnstoppableŽ would keep Frank and Will away from the main storyline for so long is anyones guess, but because it does and the rest of the movie is filled with clichs and poorly edited action, this is one train youll want to miss Q „ Dan Hudak is the chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a nationally syndicated film critic. You can e-mail him at dan@hudakonhollywood. com and read more of his work at www. FILMS ‘Unstoppable’ ++ Is it worth $10? No >> “Unstoppable” was “inspired by true events.” In Ohio in May 2001, an unmanned train that had 47 cars went 66 miles before two employees used their own train to catch up to the runaway, slow it down, climb aboard and stop it. in the know dan HUDAK O

PAGE 35 FLORIDA WEEKLYB12 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY The Lexus Taste at Downtown at the Gardens – Big Heart Brigade Fundraiser1. Kristin Peterson, Sharon McEnroe and Annie Gagliourdi2. Sue Collins and Nancy Braun3. Maryanne Mays, Debbie Calabria and Mary Carol Keena4. Peter and Lisa Filomena5. Lily and Cliff Beverly and Bill Tumulty6. Cindy Keeley, Devoran and Kevin Berman and Jim Keeley7. Hanna and Olivia Tumulty RACHEL HICKEY / FLORIDA WEEKLYWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@” 1 2 36 7 45


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B13 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Veterans Day Ceremony and Concert at City Hall1. Robert Cif2. Carol, Christopher and Anthony Bieber3. Marilyn Cartwright and Tom Ryan4. Dominick Amatulli, Penny Sheltz and Wally Sheltz5. Maryann Nutaitis and Daniel DeZwarte RACHEL HICKEY / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 Ro b 2 C a ro 3. Ma r 4. D o m and 5. Ma r We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@” 4 5 2


FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Veterans Day Fundraiser to benefit a “Wounded Warrior Second Chance” at The Square Grouper1. Lynn Gibbons, Donna Johnson and Chuck Gibbons2. Charlie Corbo and Bill Arcuri3. Bob Memmen and Joe Birbeck4. Kris Honeywell and Carrie Zalewski5. Gen. Wayne Jackson, Tom Bishop, Commander Ken Rourke and Mary Hinton6. Emily Baker, Adrien Clodfelter, Christine Dekant and Patty Dannolfo7. Jim Casale and John RussoRACHEL HICKEY / FLORIDA WEEKLYWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@” FLORIDA WEEKLYB14 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 1 5 6 7 3 2 4


My head hurts. Maybe a hangover from The CureŽ „ a bowl-like glass of a pome-granate margarita at Cabo Flats from last nights dinner?No „ it is the still throbbing reverberations of the ear-splitting music we couldnt escape in the restaurant that started at 8:30 p.m. So loud was it, people at a nearby table were tex-ting one another rather than trying to shout.But well save that for later; to the food. Mexican is the game here, at the Downtown at the Gardens cantina and bar that took over Rosa Mexicano. Redecorated, with banquettes along the walls overlooking the crazy busy indoor-outdoor bar, galaxies of punched tin star lights overhead and a DJ stage with water-wall backdrop, it has an upbeat vibe and friendly staff.One in our group was running late „ and wasnt taking any chances at speeding with a heavy police presence patrolling the mall area. The staff seated us anyway „ moving us from a back-room booth overlooking a service station to a better view of the bar at our request. Margaritas and tequilas flood the drinks list, appropriately. We settled in with Twilight blood orange ($9) and The Cure ($10) pomegranate margaritas while we waited for our tardy amigo. We agreed the pomegranate was the better of the two, though both had plenty of Patron or Grand Marnier to smooth any rough edges. The blood orange was a tad sweet for our tastes. Still waiting to place our order, a server brought out a basket of chips, dusted in a lime salt and chili powder, with a bowl of watery, bland salsa. Those salty chips are addictive, however; all the better to drink with „ the modus operandi of this cantina. Once we were complete, we launched with the El Cabo guacamole ($8); the alter-nate Cancun guac ($11) is full of seafood. One of us thought it didnt have enough cilantro, while a purist didnt think it should have any. The Cabo secret seasoningŽ was either elusive or missing; it was fresh and creamy with some chunks, and satisfying „ above average but not a best. From the Ceviche Bar menu, we decided on the daily version „ a mahi that is mari-nated, the menu says, in citrus broth (lime juice), with pickled onions and cilantro ($10). The mahi was fresh, and cut in sat-isfying chunks „ still firm and not overly mushy as it can get if it stands. The pickled onions were great with this. One of the best dishes of the night. Our server was generally efficient, and though a few lapses occurred, she did acknowledge the waits and apologized. A drink order „ we asked for another Twi-light „ got us a free extra one she put in by mistake. No reason to waste it,Ž she said. We didnt argue that. The menu is extensive „ choices range from soups, sandwiches, and ala carte tacos, enchiladas and burritos, to combo plates with rice and beans, or signature plates with two sides. There are a number of vegetarian plates available on each. A steak lover wanted Beef Fajitas ($12). A smoky sizzling skillet arrived, with strips of skirt steak, grilled onions and tired look-ing peppers. Small cups of guacamole, pico de gallo, and what appeared to be com-mercially packaged bland shredded cheese was served with a dish of flour tortillas for rolling. The steak was tough, but nicely seasoned, and the onions were OK, but the peppers were limp, not crisp. We wonder if they throw some oil or water on those plat-ters to create the sizzle before serving; the extra smoke was acrid in our faces. Mr. Steak was a little tweaked because they came with no sides.Our second entre, Enchiladas Carne ($12), arrived with a pool of pureed black refried beans, and seasoned rice alongside the trio of corn tortillas (hand rolled by CubansŽ according to the menu), with melted cheese over top. Shredded beef filled the insides, and we ordered a tomatillo creamŽ for them „ ranchero is the other sauce choice. The food was cold „ the first bite of beans revealed this, and moving to the rice and moist enchiladas, we found it was the whole plate. Wed later return it and get only a slightly warmer version. They were tasty, with the beef lightly seasoned, and it came together well with the tart tomatillo sauce. A value dish, too „ we couldnt fin-ish more than one. But our third dish had bigger problems. An order of Carnitas Classico ($15) off the Signature Plates menu arrived with a bowl of what appeared to be charcoal lumps (the pork), with pickled onions and some cojita cheese with cilantro sprinkled over it. We puzzled over the seven chunks of char, then gingerly tried one. It was as they appeared: pork cooked to a burnt char that crumbled, rather than chewed, in the mouth „ and even broke apart between your fingers. The menu states this is braised porkŽ „ braising means to cook in a moist setting and when properly done, produces mouth-wateringly tender meat. Even if you let the liquid cook out, theres no way to produce a charred meat in a braise „ unless it was stuck under a broiler for reheating and left unattended, as we suspect. We called over our server, who heard us out and took it away. In a few minutes, a kitchen manager appeared and apologized profusely, saying it was a big mistake and that dish should never have left the kitchen. We didnt argue that, either, and it was removed from our bill, we found out later. What they brought back was night and day „ unctuous, tender chunks of braised pork cooked to perfection and full of pork flavor. The only complaint the diner now had was the lack of extras, which might have made it more justifiable for the money. Other than pickled onions, it had little to use when rolling up in the (now cold) torti-llas. A side of plantains was a nice addition, as our friend says, you cant go wrong with anything caramelized. We werent sure about dessert at this point „ we were all fairly full. But a shot at fried ice cream appealed. Heres where we get back to the noise level. Even when we arrived around 7:45, the music was loud, but you could talk over it. By 8:30, however, it was cranked up to shouting-only level. One of our diners, a for-mer music producer, called it ridiculousŽ and later, insaneŽ in a dining room filled with so many hard surfaces. This is almost painful,Ž the other said. We noted that no one was trying to talk at this point „ or were practically in each others laps leaning together so as to be heard. Not bad if youre on a first date „ and this is clearly a date-night and club group that goes late.If its food you want, then, sans pain, or if you have kids, go at lunch or early afternoon, or maybe on a Sunday afternoon when the club crowd finally sleeps. Youll be up against sports fans, watching on the TVs over the bar, but your hearing will be safe.For drinks, chips and guac, go anytime at all „ youll have plenty of company indoors or out. Q Cabo Flats Cantina and Tequila Bar >> Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. >> Reservations: Yes >> Credit cards: Major cards accepted >> Price range: Appetizers average $8; entrees $17 >> Beverages: Full bar; extensive tequila list >> Seating: Outdoor patio lounge and bar, indoor bar, tables and banquettes>> Specialties of the house: Margaritas, Carne Asada Tijuana, Chicken Mole, Carnitas Classico, Salmon Poblano>> Volume: Moderate early, to painfully loud late night>> Parking: Valet and free lots >> Web site: www.cabo ats.comRatings:Food: +++ Service: +++ Atmosphere: ++ 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens (Downtown at the Gardens), Palm Beach Gardens624-0024 +++++ Superb ++++ Noteworthy +++ Good ++ Fair + Poor in the know O FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18-24, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B15 FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE jan NORRIS Cabo offers great margaritas and food; go early to miss noise food & wine CALENDAR Nov. 20-21: Art in the Gardens, Midtown, Palm Beach Gardens. Food from the areas most popular res-taurants is featured at the 5th annual Art in the Gardens. Its a free two-day art festival, with more than 70 local artists and musical entertainment, too. There will be hands-on art for kids. See for more infor-mation. Nov. 20: Karaoke at Bear Trap, PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens. Every Saturday night at 6 its karaoke time. Half-price beer and wine and karaoke featuring more than 30,000 songs. Nov. 20: The West Palm Beach Green Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 101 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm. Produce, seafood, meats, flowers and other items. See Nov. 21: Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket, every Sunday at the City Complex at Military Trail and Burns Road from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh produce, seafood, plants, pre-pared foods and handmade items are for sale. For more information, see Dec. 12: Join Ted Task, a member of the Society of Wine Educators, for a wine-tasting class. Participants will taste a minimum of eight wines. $10 admission. Regis-tration required. Reservations may be made at Sponsored by the Friends of the West Palm Beach Public Library. For information, call 868-7701. Q „ Submit event listings to Cuisine@ ns s wpt he h Pomegranate cocktails are a specialty. Guacamole is served with or without seafood. Banquettes line the walls and tin-star lights hang at the upbeat Cabo Flats Cantina. COURTESY PHOTOS


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