BITING INTO MEDICAREÂ’SDONUTHOLE First there was Hurricane Frances, turning the lush landscaping in the gated communities of Palm Beach Gardens into tons of drying debris. Later during that month of September 2004, Hurricane Jeanne swept through the city. It cost $2.9 million for the city to clean up from both storms. A total of 206,758 cubic yards of construction and vegetative debris was removed from public rights-of-way. Then came Hurricane Gra-cie. Grace Wong, that is. The cityÂs risk management coordinator. Even as city crews were responding to the emer-gencies, clearing streets and restor-ing services, Ms. Wong began keep-ing meticulous records. City Manager Ron Ferris says Ms. Wong worked seven days a week for more than three months. She moni-tored and tracked all load tickets, invoices and debris quantities. She began filing paperwork with FEMA the Goliath is no match for GracieALTER LIVES IN FLORIDA AND IS a testament to the powers of good medical care. He is near-ing 80 but looks to be a good 15 years younger. He works 20 hours a week and is a ready and willing volunteer for worthy causes. His weight is good; he does not smoke and rarely drinks alcohol. Still, Walter has had his health problems Â„ including heart ailments Â„ but he takes good care of himself and generally follows his doctorsÂ orders. WalterÂs health regime includes an array of prescription medications. He can afford these medications because he is enrolled in MedicareÂs Part D prescription drug program, which also BY BILL CORNWELLbcornwell@Â” oridaweekly.com Â“IÂ’ve seen cases where people hit the donut hole and think: Â‘Well, IÂ’m not going to eat so I can afford my medications or IÂ’m going to eat and be without my medications. Literally, some make the choice between food and medication.Â” Â— Pam Fico, SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), a division of the Florida Department of Elder AffairsSEE DONUT HOLE, A8 X SEE FEMA, A14 XCOURTESY PHOTOThe cityÂ’s costs to clean up after Frances and Jeanne were submitted to FEMA for reimbursement. The agency completed payment this month. -------BY BILL CORNWELL bcornwell@Â”oridaweeklyc a s wherepeople BYBILLCORNWELL Â“ IÂ’v e see n ca hl ---------------W C.B. HANIF A2 OPINION A4PETS A10MUSINGS A11 BUSINESS A15NETWORKING A17-20REAL 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 www.FloridaWeekly.com Vol. I, No. 11 Â• FREE WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010POSTAL CUSTOMER DATED MATERIAL REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: DECEMBER 16, 2010 Big fish rollingA couple of tomes about tarpon are out, and make great gifts for anglers. B3 X The MashupHereÂ’s what you need to know to serve the right music with the right food. B8 X Gardens SocietySee whoÂ’s out and about in Palm Beach County. B12-14 X Psyched outÂ“FreudÂ’s Last Session,Â” a debate on sex and God, opens at Palm Beach Dramaworks. B1 X BY FLORIDA WEEKLY STAFF WONG
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 COMMENTARY Amid all the joys of Christmas, most folks find time for reflection, if only for a moment, seeking meaning in the holiday season. So, dare I wade into the social and political swamp of (yikes!) ÂmeaningÂŽ in this winter holiday season?You betcha. Because despite rampant commercialism, Christmas is a spiritual commem-oration of the miracle birth of Christ Jesus, peace be upon him, and of that great teacherÂs way of bringing the light into the world.Of course, a lot of folks these days are scared of spiritual. ThatÂs largely due to the tumult throughout history and throughout the world in the name of spiritual. Yet the horrors that have been done in JesusÂ name Â„ and those of many other great lights throughout the ages Â„ hardly are rep-resentative of them. ItÂs worth noting that the Bible-totinÂ, cross-burning Ku Klux Klan and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. both claimed guidance from the same holy book. One result today is that people increasingly arenÂt inclined to consider themselves aligned with any particular religious label. More and more, it seems, people are spiritual independents, so to speak. Not affiliated with any particularÂƒ er, party. And thatÂs fine. ItÂs way past time for quibbling over how good people conceptualize their spirituality.In fact, weÂd all be better off if the world could grasp the simple concept that there should be no compulsion in matters of religion.IÂm finding that more and more people, some more actively than others, are trying to learn what other folks are spiritually about Â„ or not Â„ and honor that. Given the occasion, I keep thinking back to what I wrote a few years ago in a column titled, ÂThis Muslim Honors Christmas.ÂŽ ÂI hardly claim to speak for all Muslims, who are as diverse as humanity. But count me among those for whom this day highlights the spirit of love and humility that Jesus taught and lived, and of whom God says in the Quran (57:27): ÂWe gave Jesus the Gos-pel and put compassion and mercy into the hearts of his followers.Â ÂŽ I mentioned that for decades it has been my practice to bestow ribbon-bedecked bot-tles of Martinelli apple cider upon friends, a token of both the seasonÂs joy and sober reflection. I cited, though not by name, my dear now departed friend Stebbins JeffersonÂs query: ÂI thought you didnÂt celebrate Christmas.ÂŽ I donÂt, was my reply, but I honor it because she Â„ and so many others whom God has made the repositories of so much grace and good in America and the world Â„ do. A lot has changed since then, of course Â„ and little has. Roberta Popara, associate director of Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in North Palm Beach, said that being in Iraq for Christ-mas in 2003 Âgave me an opportunity to see how a Christian minority and another culture celebrate one of the most important feast days second only to Easter.ÂŽMost countries donÂt observe the cultural Christmas that Americans do, said the Dominican Sister. ÂRather the religious signif-icance takes precedent. Even so, in homes and shops there are modest displays for this holi-day. Even some Muslim shopkeepers display Christmas lights and images of Baba Noel, as Arabic speakers call our Santa Claus. Special foods such as kibbi and pasha become usual fare for the holidays. There is some gift giving but again, very simple. The Christian commu-nity gathers for plays and pageants as well as prayerful observance of the holy season.ÂŽÂEven so,ÂŽ she said, Âsince the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the rise of counter insur-gency, holy seasons such as Christmas bring their own fear upon this minority community as certain groups, claiming they are doing GodÂs will, bring terror and death by target-ing Christian churches and gatherings. ÂThis needs to be understood in balance with the continued experiences of terror for the ordinary Iraqi citizen regardless of reli-gious identity.ÂŽ Methinks Muslims and others should be more aware of an episode in the early history of the Muslim community. Severely persecuted in Mecca, some left to Ethiopia, whose Christian Negus sheltered them. The Meccans pursued, seeking their forced return. The Muslims appealed to the king that they once had been steeped in ignorance, worshiping idols and committing abominations, but had turned to worship only the creator. They recited the opening verses of the QuranÂs chapter 19, named for JesusÂ mother Mary, at which the ruler wept. The Meccans then claimed that Muslims disrespect Jesus, to which the reply came that the prophet taught that Jesus was a crea-ture of God and his prophet, as well as his spirit and his word, which was cast unto the Blessed Virgin Mary. Upon which the king said he would never give up the Muslims to their persecutors. ThereÂs been way too much suffering among religious folk since. Witness ÂAn Advent Evening of Commemoration and ReflectionÂŽ for the four U.S. churchwomen martyred in El Salvador on Dec. 2, 1980. The Dec. 14 advent program, hosted by Pax Christi Palm Beach at St. Ann Church in West Palm Beach, remembered Sisters Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel and lay missioner Jean Donovan. They had accepted dire risk in choosing to remain and serve as a shield for El SalvadorÂs persecuted poor. What else would his sincere followers do, than what Jesus would do?Hearing their stories, my sense is the sisters would have appreciated a moment of lev-ity from several Sundays ago, courtesy of the Rev. Carol Yorke of the First Unitarian Uni-versalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches.ÂSo, you do know what would have happened if it had been three wise women instead of men, donÂt you? They would have asked for directions. Arrived on time. Helped deliver the baby. Cleaned the stable. Made a casserole. And brought disposable diapers as gifts.Rev. Yorke went on to remind that, ÂHorror and tragedy do not mean the end of mean-ing, unless we choose to view it that way.ÂŽInstead, she said, ÂWe can choose gratitude.ÂŽ ThereÂs room to remember that meaning of this day and season. Christmas, as someone once said, is what you make of a reflection of your values, desires, affections and traditions. With spiritual label or not. Q We need no labels to reflect on traditions, values at Christmas c.b. 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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 www.floridaweekly.com and click on subscribe today.One-year mailed subscriptions are available for $29.95. OPINION Despite being granted bail, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange remains imprisoned in London, await-ing extradition proceedings to answer a prosecutorÂs questions in Sweden. He hasnÂt been formally charged with any crime. His lawyers have heard that a grand jury in the United States has been secretly empaneled, and that a U.S. fed-eral indictment is most likely forthcom-ing. Politicians and commentators, meanwhile, have been repeatedly calling for Assange to be killed. Take Democratic strategist and commentator Bob Beckel, who said on a Fox Business show: ÂWeÂve got special ops forces. A dead man canÂt leak stuff. ... This guyÂs a traitor, heÂs treasonous, and he has broken every law of the United States. And IÂm not for the death penalty, so ... thereÂs only one way to do it: ille-gally shoot the son of a bitch.ÂŽ U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., called WikiLeaks a Âforeign terrorist organization,ÂŽ and said that the website Âposed a clear and pres-ent danger to the national security of the United States.ÂŽ He went on: ÂThis is worse even than a physical attack on Americans; itÂs worse than a military attack.ÂŽ One of AssangeÂs lawyers in London, Jennifer Robinson, told me, in response to the flood of threats: ÂObviously we take these sorts of very public pro-nouncements incredibly seriously. And people making these statements ought to be reported to the police for incitement to violence.ÂŽ One of BeckelÂs co-panelists on Fox said what needed to be done was to Âcut the head off the snake,ÂŽ a phrase which, ironically, gained more significance when it appeared days later in one of the leaked cables. In the cable, Saudi Ambas-sador to the U.S. Adel al-Jubeir Ârecalled the KingÂs frequent exhortations to the U.S. to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program. ÂHe told you to cut off the head of the snake.ÂÂŽ Assange has found support in some surprising quarters. Conservative Har-vard Law professor Jack Goldsmith blogged: ÂI find myself agreeing with those who think Assange is being unduly vilified ... it is not obvious what law he has violated. ... I do not understand why so much ire is directed at Assange and so little at The New York Times.ÂŽ (WikiLeaks has partnered with several news organizations, including The New York Times, in its document releases.)Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff of Secretary of State Colin Powell, joined a group of former govern-ment officials in a letter of support for Assange, writing, ÂWikiLeaks has teased the genie of transparency out of a very opaque bottle, and powerful forces in America, who thrive on secrecy, are trying desperately to stuff the genie back in.ÂŽLikewise, from a feminist group in Britain. Since the principal, public reason for AssangeÂs arrest relates to questions about potential sexual crimes in Sweden, Katrin Axelsson, from the group Women Against Rape, wrote in a letter to the British newspaper the Guardian: ÂMany women in both Sweden and Britain will wonder at the unusual zeal with which Julian Assange is being pursued for rape allegations. .... Women donÂt take kindly to our demand for safety being misused, while rape continues to be neglected at best or protected at worst.ÂŽ Assange, in an op-ed piece published in The Australian newspaper shortly after his arrest, wrote there is a chorus in the U.S. State Department of ÂÂYouÂll risk lives! National Security! YouÂll endanger troops!Â by releasing information, and Âthen they say there is nothing of impor-tance in what WikiLeaks publishes. It canÂt be both.ÂÂŽ In a statement released to Australian television, Assange said: ÂMy convic-tions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have expressed. ... If anything, this process has increased my determi-nation that they are true and correct.ÂŽ Extradition proceedings are complex, lengthy affairs. WikiLeaks, for that mat-ter, is not just Julian Assange, but a geographically distributed network of people and servers, and it has promised that the work of facilitating the release of documents from governments and corporations will continue. The U.S. Jus-tice Department, if it pursues a case, will have to answer the question: If WikiLeaks is a criminal organization, what of its media partners, like The New York Times? Q Â„ Amy Goodman is the host of ÂDemocracy Now!,ÂŽ a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 800 stations in North America. She is the author of ÂBreaking the Sound Barrier,ÂŽ recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.Assangination: From character assassination to the real thingThe unemployment rate for people with a college degree or higher is 5 per-cent. If that were the rate for everyone, itÂd be the 1990s again. But college graduates are only 30 percent of the country. For the rest of the population, the jobs picture is grim-mer. For people without a high-school degree, the unemployment rate is more than 15 percent. If that were the rate for everyone, itÂd be the 1930s again. The unemployment rates are part of a growing divergence between the for-tunes of the college educated and the rest of the country, including prover-bial Middle America. In his new study ÂWhen Marriage Disappears,ÂŽ Univer-sity of Virginia scholar Brad Wilcox details how the college educated have embraced traditional mores and habits Â„ especially the formation of stable families Â„ while they erode among everyone else. Our elites, broadly defined as the top third of our society, arenÂt nearly as decadent as advertised. According to WilcoxÂs data, the highly educated (with a college diploma or higher) are less likely to divorce, less likely to have children out of wedlock and less likely to commit adultery than the moderately educated (high-school degree or some college) and the least educated (no high-school diploma). In the 1970s, 73 percent of both the highly and moderately educated were in intact first marriages. That figure plum-meted across the board, yet the moder-ately educated (45 percent in intact first marriages) are now closer to the least educated (39 percent) than to the highly educated (56 percent). The number for out-of-wedlock births is starker. From 1982 until today, the percentage of non-marital births among the moderately educated exploded from 13 percent to 44 percent. That figure is close to the least educated (54 percent) and a vast distance from the highly edu-cated (only 6 percent). Robert Rector of The Heritage Foundation compares the dynamic to a carpet unraveling from the bottom, as illegitimacy first took hold among the poor and now works up the income scale. This phenomenon is a calamity for the non-college educated. Growing up in a two-parent family brings enormous social advantages. Children in these families, Wilcox notes, are more likely Âto graduate from high school, finish college, become gainfully employed, and enjoy a stable family life themselves.ÂŽ An institution absolutely critical to chil-drenÂs prospects is sl owly bec oming associated with the upper third. All of this points to a slow-motion social and economic evisceration of a swath of Middle America. Wilcox even invokes the possibility of Âa 21st century version of a traditional Latin-Ameri-can model of family life, where only a comparatively small oligarchy enjoys a stable married and family life Â„ and the economic and social fruits that flow from strong marriages.ÂŽ At the moment, American politics offers two separate, distinct ways not to address these issues: Either the brain-dead populism of the left that blames it all on trade and the decline of unions, or the brain-dead populism of the right that extols the working class without taking serious note of its agony. WeÂll have to do better: ThereÂs a crisis in the middle. Q Â„ Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.The crisis of the middle amy GOODMAN Special to Florida Weekly O rich LOWRY Special to Florida Weekly O GUEST OPINION
For the moment, on his wide and padded throne (room for the little ones, three, four or more!), Santa Claus sits empty-lapped, slightly slouched, look-ing sideways and down. A SantaÂs-and-photographerÂs helper scans passersby for prospects. Couples in cut-offs and camelÂs-hair, in T-shirts and shorts, in coats and scarves bustle past. From somewhere, through a sound systemÂs very slow version of ÂOh Come, All Ye Faithful,ÂŽ mysterious sleigh bells ring-ting-tingle. In the big central atrium of The Gardens Mall, in early afternoon a few days from the Big One, the faithful are flock-ing, faithful, at least, to a holiday tradition of the last two centuries in free-market economies across the world: Christmas shopping. No Jack Frost nipping, no swirls of snow, no young faces pressed against animated display windows at MacyÂs or GimbelÂs or SakÂs, leaving nose-prints in the vapor of their breaths. But in sight and sound and color, this Palm Beach Gardens celebration reveals its own seasonal shad-ings. Singly, in couples, in quartets and more, shoppers march and amble. A few push strollers, one a double-wide. A younger man and woman, deep-tanned and tat-tooed, and then a tweedy gray-haired couple stroll by, both pairs holding hands. A white-haired man slow-steps behind an aluminum walker, nearly side-swiped by a man in a business suit and two young women in very short skirts. Up on a rooftop, or a second level railing, at least, young men in baggy trousers pause, and one calls down to the women, ÂWasssupppp?ÂŽ Gargantuan ornaments hang from skylights. In nearly every store, amid glowing lights and spangled garlands and various versions of coniferous fir, signs and ban-ners exclaim SALE: 50% off at ALDO, Tommy BahamaÂs $50 reward for every $250 you spend, The Limited 30% off all sweaters, H&MÂs red banner SALE SALE SALE. A man, drawn to H&M, holds up an orange and blue plaid flannel shirt and says to the woman beside him, ÂI like this, I like the colors. LetÂs ask him if they have this in another size.ÂŽ The sales, or the seasonal urge and allure, seem to be working, because the passing procession presents a rainbow of bags, in plastic and paper: plaid (LandÂs End), pink-and-red-striped (VictoriaÂs Secret), silver (NordstromÂs), white plas-tic (Sears), red with white star (MacyÂs), gray with red lettering (H&M), blue paper (Bath & Body Works), white with green lettering (Williams-Sonoma), big Â„ and medium, and small Â„ brown bag (BloomingdaleÂs), white script on green background (Lily Pulitzer), brown let-ters on yellow background (Forever 21), on Dasher and Prancer and boxer and bagger! In those haul-arounds with handles nestle jeans and shirts, tops and skirts, swimwear, trimwear, gymwear, pet care, totes, remotes, cables, cases, earbuds, headsets, computer drives, housewares, wake-ups, makeup, fragrances, hair care, skin care, eye-wear, jeweled watches, jew-eled Romanov Russian Eggs, eggs for charm bracelets, Sing-a-ma-Jigs, squeez-able pigs, Big RoarinÂ Rex, Click & Whirl Mower Blower, Bakugan Spin Ravenoid, the anythings and everythings targeted for wrap-up and delivery, by mail or tree-skirt. The swirling concourse is a prelude to the action inside each of stores in their disciplined array. There, drawn to the merchandise, some on a mission and some just hoping to find whatÂs right for whoÂs rightest, shoppers regain familiar ground, overseen by tenants and tenders who know the score: SKU numbers and product screens, credit cards swiping and cash drawers sweeping out and in, scanners beeping and receipts curling out, bags unfurling and workers working. Behind a table in NordstromÂs, a woman is building boxes, stacking them into white pillars. Behind another table in a smaller atrium, two women are taking donations and adding paper angels to a tree for the Salvation Army. Behind a rolling cart laden with mops and brooms, with brushes and rags and spray bottles of cleaner, a custodian bends and wipes, picking up little gifts that stopped giving. Down a corridor off an eastern atrium, a line has built at the post office, the lone worker peeling and pasting and weighing and stamping her way through a manÂs pile of boxes. NobodyÂs whining. From a door just to the north, security guards in crisp uniform glance that way as they stride and roll into duty, one taking a last bite of lunch, another piloting her wheelchair. Out there, without hoof prints and without snow to show them, sleigh-bells still are sounding. From where? Ah, hereÂs a boy maybe 6 or 7, raising a clatter, sleigh bell hanging from his neck on a pale blue ribbon. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 NEWS A7 The 2011 Muse Award recipients have been announced by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. The award win-ners will be celebrated at a dinner and show on Feb. 10 at the Kravis Center. Categories, recipients and what the council had to say:Q Excellence in Historical & Cultural Heritage: Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival. Now in its 21st year, screening nearly three dozen films from 10 countries over 12 days at four area theaters, the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Palm Beach County. It began as an inde-pendent, non-profit, cultural group, but for the past six years, has been under the umbrella of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches. Its mission is to celebrate, chronicle, and highlight Jewish culture, experi-ence, and history through film, and to share that with society as a whole as well as the Jewish community. Known for bringing foreign and independent films that otherwise wouldnÂt be seen here, the festival also serves as a bridge between ethnic and cultural groups within Palm Beach County, including gay, Hispanic and black communities. Q Excellence in Cultural Outreach: VSA Arts of Florida-Palm Beach County. In 1985 Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department became the sponsoring agency for VSA Arts of Florida-Palm Beach County, for-merly known as Very Special Arts. The marriage of these two entities paved the way for what would become Palm Beach CountyÂs top arts and culture organization specializing in the needs of people with disabilities. Recognized throughout Florida and across the nation as a leader in compre-hensive programming for people with disabilities, VSA Florida-Palm Beach County; promotes arts, education and creative expression, involving children and adults with disabilities, thereby strengthening the human spirit and improving the quality of life for all. Its mission is to create an inclusive com-munity where people with disabilities are empowered to learn, participate and express themselves through the arts. Q Excellence in Arts Integration: Center for Creative Education (CCE). Founded in 1994, the Center for Creative Education was developed by a coalition of community, cultural and educational advisory members as a result of a study commissioned by the cultural council. Its goal was to improve studentsÂ educational experiences. Since then CCE has served nearly 100,000 Palm Beach County children Â„ bring-ing arts to children at schools and other facilities around the county. CCE, and its 65 artists, partner with schools, cul-tural organizations, artists, community-based organizations and human service providers to integrate the arts into cur-riculum both in and out of school. Q Outstanding Festival: Festival of the Arts BOCA. The Festival of the Arts BOCA was established in 2007 to bring world-class cultural arts to South Florida. It attracts such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Dimitri Hvorstovsky and Lang Lang. It has attracted such jazz artists as Pat Matheny, Tiempo Libre and Chic Corea. The literature program has fea-tured playwright Edward Albee, histo-rian Doris Kearns Goodwin, columnist David Brooks and authors Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Anna Quindlen and Sashi Tharoor. Q Outstanding Collaboration: Ann Norton Sculpture Garden. In September 2007, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (ANSG) created its Commu-nity Enrichment Program in an effort to better serve the community and set the standard for good stewardship of the gardens for future generations. This program fosters partnerships with other cultural and environmental organiza-tions and provides educational oppor-tunities to all populations. The program includes Every Day is Earth Day, Litera-cy Days, high school and college intern-ships, intergenerational volunteer teams, guided group tours, guest lectures, Palm Beach County-approved curriculum and the Festival of Trees Community Days. Q Outstanding Philanthropist: Melvin and Claire Levine. Originally from Atlantic City, Melvin and Claire Levine became full-time residents of Palm Beach in 2000. They are active in Temple Emmanuel and support many causes, including the Norton Museum of Art and Jewish Family Services. They are especially committed to education, and to animals, which brought them to the Palm Beach Zoo. When they met Dr. Terry Maple, they were inspired by his vision for the future of the zoo, which included an animal hospital. The couple decided to help make it happen. In 2009, the zoo dedicated the Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex. Q Clyde Fyfe for Performing Artists: Shawn Berry. D. Shawn Berry is co-founder and artistic director of the Young Singers of Palm Beaches. Mr. Berry graduated with honors from Marshall University in Huntington, W.V., earning bachelorÂs and masterÂs degrees in music education. He has worked in the public schools for 21 years in vocal and instrumental music in grades K-12. He was a Dwyer Award finalist. Under Mr. BerryÂs direction, Young Singers has grown to seven choirs with 250-plus singers ranging in age from 8 to 18. These choirs have participated in festivals from Walt Disney World to SalzburgÂs Mozart Festival. His school choruses have performed in national and international festivals and competi-tions, winning top honors. He has pre-pared choruses for Broadway touring shows and local operas. Q CouncilÂs Choice: Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee. This West Palm Beach organization has made advocacy a priority. Led by Edith C. Bush, the organization participated in the county commission budget hearings this past summer. She and more than two dozen MLK coordinating commit-tee supporters filled the chambers to request Cultural Council CI grant funds be reinstated to the budget. MLKÂs advo-cacy efforts were seen and heard. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw reached out to the cultural council and committed to supporting MLK and the other small cultural organizations in the $220,000 grant program. Proceeds from the Feb. 3 dinner and show will event benefit the councilÂs arts and cultural education programs. The event is 6-9 p.m. at the Kravis Cen-terÂs Cohen Pavilion. Tickets are $250. For more information, visit: www.palmbeachculture.com/museawards2011 or call Melissa Santee at 471-2901, ext. 310. Q Cultural council announces 2011 Muse Awards
means that he has a supplemental insur-ance policy, purchased separately from a private insurer, which helps with the cost of prescriptions. But a few months back, Walter (whose identity is cloaked for privacy reasons) was shocked when he went to get refills of an antidepressant and a cholesterol-reducing drug. Usually a 90-day supply of the cholesterol-low-ering agent alone was about $100. But when Walter arrived at his pharmacy, he discovered the cost was more than 10 times that amount this time around. The reason? Walter had encountered the dreaded Âdonut holeÂŽ (or coverage gap) of the Medicare Part D prescrip-tion drug program. Put simply, the donut hole is the place you enter when you and your private insurance carrier have paid out a predetermined amount for prescribed drugs within a year. When that amount is reached, you then become personally responsible for the full amount of your medica-tions. Walter is far from destitute, but Â„ like most of us Â„ he has felt the sting of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and he balked at the high price of his medications. Without consulting his doctor, Walter quit the antidepressant, which he was taking at an extremely high dosage, per his physicianÂs instructions. There are many prescription drugs that should not be discontinued with-out the guidance of a physician, and WalterÂs antidepressant Â„ Prestiq Â„ is one of them. Within days of discontin-uing the medicine, he entered severe withdrawal, characterized by profuse sweating, disorientation and hallucina-tions. He could not work for nearly two weeks and was bed-ridden for a good portion of that time. Walter recovered and is back to his vigorous self, but his case illustrates a powerful point about MedicareÂs Part D prescription drug problem: It is at best confusing and at worst danger-ously complicated. And, most of all, the donut hole is not a place you want to be. Those who think they finally understand what the Part D program is all about should be aware that things are changing Â… mostly for the better, as it turns out Â… in 2011. For many Americans above the age of 65, the fine line between well-being and debilitation, or worse, is often walked with the aid of prescription medications. But a lack of understand-ing about the Part D prescription drug program or insufficient funds to deal with a journey into the donut hole can lead to withering consequences.Inside the holeÂIÂve seen cases where people hit the donut hole and think: ÂWell, IÂm not going to eat so I can afford my medications or IÂm going to eat and be without my medications.ÂÂŽ Says Pam Fico of SHINE (Serving Health Insur-ance Needs of Elders), a division of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. ÂLiterally, some make the choice between food and medication.ÂŽ We are nearing the end of MedicareÂs annual enrollment period. This is when Medicare recipients make their choices for supplemental drug insur-ance coverage for 2011. The selection of a Medicare-approved plan must be made by Dec. 31. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 took effect in 2006. Part D was controversial from the get-go and was widely lampooned by detractors as an enormously expensive gift from the federal government to the drug and insurance industries, with a bit of good for Medicare enrollees thrown in on the side. Among other things, the legislation prevented the government from negotiating prices for medica-tions with the pharmaceutical giants. As a result, critics complained that Medicare recipients pay 80 percent more for their drugs than they would if the government negotiated the prices, as it does for the Veterans Administra-tion, for example. It is expected that Part D will lead to an additional $139 billion in profits to the drug indus-try by 2014. Part D likewise spawned an entirely new Â… and highly profit-able Â… line of supplemental policies that could be offered by insurers. Still, there was no denying that prior to Part DÂs enactment, there was no Medicare drug coverage at all. The Part D plan this year, as in previous years, covered up to just over $2,800 in drug expenses. When that amount is reached, Medicare recipients are on the hook for 100 percent of their medications until they reach just over $4,500, when Âcatastrophic coverageÂŽ kicks in. Things change next year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, which is President ObamaÂs controversial health care initiative that was signed into law last March. This law seeks to address the donut hole conundrum in a num-ber of ways. ÂNext year, the health care reform bill begins to phase-out the donut hole,ÂŽ says Stan Grigiski, a Medicare expert with the Medical Claims Ser-vice of Southwest Florida.Out of the holeAs Mr. Grigiski points out, the donut hole remains, but, beginning next year, it starts to shrink, which is welcomed news to Medicare recipients. In 2011, those with a Medicare prescription drug plan will pay a deductible of $310 for their drug costs. After that deduct-ible is satisfied, recipients will make copayments for their medications (copayment amounts vary from insurer to insurer) which are coupled with payments from the insurer. Once that amount reaches $2,840 in 2011, the donut hole is engaged. But the donut hole will not be so onerous next year. Instead of paying the full cost of their medications (as they have in the past), Medicare users will pay 50 percent of the price of name-brand drugs and 93 percent for generics. (Medicare intends to phase in additional discounts for brand names and generics down the road.) When an out-of-pocket total of $4,550 is reached, catastrophic coverage begins. At this point, the coverage gap ends, and the enrolleeÂs drug plan will pay most of the costs for covered medication for the rest of the year, with the person insured being responsible for a small copayment. Additionally, the health care reform legislation affords some relief for those who incurred expenses this year while they were in the donut hole. Those who fell into the coverage gap are due $250 rebate checks from Medicare for monies spent during 2010. The rebates are tax free. Checks began going out in June and will be mailed monthly throughout the rest of the year, as enrollees enter the coverage gap.A whole lot of confusing informationEven with changes and improvements, the Part D program remains a dizzying welter of options and choices, according to Ms. Fico, who adds that many elders put off making a decision about their drug coverage until the last minute. ÂDonÂt do that,ÂŽ she advises. ÂTake some time, do some research in advance.ÂŽ ÂIt is complicated and confusing,ÂŽ says Mr. Grigiski. ÂBefore you do any-thing, talk to someone who is familiar (with the supplemental plans).ÂŽ Mr. Grigiski says it is generally a good idea to stick with established companies that have a track record in Part D coverage. ÂMost of our Medicare clients are with bigger companies, and we donÂt see major a lot of major problems,ÂŽ he says. Plans vary from state-to-state, and there are more than 30 available for Florida residents. The total number of plans offered nationwide has been reduced under new guidelines that were aimed at doing away with those that had very low enrollments or were duplicative. If your plan has been eliminated, you will automatically be assigned another unless you choose a new one yourself before Dec. 31. If all Part D beneficiaries remain with the plan they had in 2010, the average monthly premium nationwide would be just under $41, according to US News and World Report. Look for better options and donÂt remain with your plan simply for the sake of con-venience, experts say. You might find a bargain by shopping around. Compare premiums and copayment requirements. Also, study carefully what drugs are covered by individual plans. This list of drugs is called the Âformulary,ÂŽ and no one should assume that their drugs are automatically cov-ered by an insurerÂs formulary Â„ no matter how basic or commonplace that medication might be. Moreover, a planÂs formulary can change from year to year. What was covered this year may not be covered next year. Waiting until the last minute to sign up for Part D can be costly. Enroll when you turn 65 or when you lose your job-based health coverage. If you go 63 days or more without prescrip-tion drug coverage of any kind and then decide to enroll in Part D, you will pay a penalty. The longer you wait to enroll, the stiffer the penalty. ÂThe reason for this (late-enrollment) fee is to keep people from wait-ing until they are sick to get the cover-age,ÂŽ says Ms. Fico. ÂI like to compare it to driving a car without insurance. You can go along and everythingÂs fine and then you have a bad accident and suddenly you need insurance. You need to get the insurance before you have that accident.ÂŽ As with most things, knowledge is key. Ms. Fico says SHINE, which charg-es no fee for a consultation, welcomes inquiries from anyone who wants information about Part D. ÂIf you are having trouble, itÂs a good idea to call SHINE first and get things ironed out at the beginning,ÂŽ she says. ÂWe have counselors who can help.ÂŽ To contact SHINE, Ms. Fico suggests calling the Elder Help Line at 800-633-5337 for a referral. ÂIf you are computer-savvy, the Medicare website is a marvelous resource,ÂŽ she says. (That website is www.medicare.gov.) She also highly recommends calling Medicare directly at 800-633-4227. As the enrollment period draws to a close, she says MedicareÂs phone lines are staffed 24/7. ÂThe best time to call is early in the morning or late at night or on the weekends,ÂŽ she says. Firms like Mr. GrigiskiÂs company Â„ Medical Claims Service of Southwest Florida Â„ also offer counseling and advice on Medicare matters, but they charge a fee. Ms. Fico and Mr. Grigiski both caution that scam artists abound in the area of Medicare. ÂBe careful about anything you receive in the mail,ÂŽ says Ms. Fico. ÂYou might get something that looks like it comes directly from Medicare, but that doesnÂt mean it really does come from Medicare.ÂŽ One con that is popular at the moment involves swindlers who are using the donut hole rebate as a way to pry personal information out of unwit-ting Medicare enrollees. ÂThere are no forms to fill out,ÂŽ warns the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. ÂMedicare will automatically send a check thatÂs made out to you. You donÂt need to provide any personal information like your Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers to get a rebate check. DonÂt give your personal information to anyone who calls about the $250 rebate check.ÂŽ The government insists that Part D will continue to be streamlined, simpli-fied and improved and that next year marks the beginning of the process. We shall see, but at least the donut hole is now a tad smaller and slightly less scary. ThatÂs a start. 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He was stopped and detained (but at a hos-pital the next morning, he passed away from heart failure). The Cabral salesman said Mr. Davis had called him twice the day before, insisting on buying a new truck. Q Cultural diversity At an out-of-the-way Iranian cemetery on the border with Turkmenistan lies an ancient burial ground guarded by a majestic tower and marked with head-stones, some of which resemble penises and some of which resemble breasts, supposedly in honor of the prophet Kha-lid Nabi, who was born a Christian but who became a hero of Islam when his daughter visited the Prophet Muham-mad and converted her father. The site is growing in popularity among young Ira-nians, but officials struggle to embrace it fully as a tourist destination. It sounds like a ÂdemonstrationÂŽ sport showcased from time to time at international games, but kabaddi is high-ly competitive Â„ featured at the recent Asian Games and usually dominated by south Asian teams. According to a November Agence France-Presse dis-patch, teams Â(join) hands, holding their breath and raiding opponents, chanting Âkabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddiÂ as they do so.ÂŽ Players tout the sportÂs benefits to health and happiness (the breath-hold-ing, under stress), claiming it will add years to oneÂs life. India and Iran played for the championship at the Asian Games this year (but the result seems not to have been widely reported). Though the death and injury rates for motorbikers in Nigeria are high, com-pliance with a helmet law is notori-ously bad Â„ because so many riders fear Âjuju,ÂŽ which is the presence of supernatural spirits inside head cover-ings. Juju supposedly captures a personÂs brain and takes it away, leading most riders to ÂcomplyÂŽ with the helmet law by wearing only a thin cloth hat that spiritualists assure them will not allow ÂjujuÂŽ to take hold (such as Ralph IbuzoÂs Original Lapa Guard, which, in addition to preventing brain disappearance also supposedly prevents disease). Q People with issuesÂDr.ÂŽ Berlyn Aussieahshowna, 37, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, in November and charged with practicing medicine without a license after she convinced at least two women to let her fondle their breasts under the guise that she was performing a breast Âexam.ÂŽ According to police investigators, Ms. Aussieahshowna is neither a doctor nor even Berlyn Aussieahshowna. She is Kristina Ross, and is not even a biological female, although she was identified in a 2004 arrest as a male-to-female transsex-ual. Authorities were puzzled why the two women were duped since both times, ÂDr.ÂŽ Aussieahshowna performed her Âconsulta-tions,ÂŽ including the exams, in bars. Q NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY CHUCK SHEPHERDDISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATEQuestionable judgments In November, SingaporeÂs Information Ministry denounced the countryÂs water polo team for wearing swim trunks in a likeness of the nationÂs flag (stars and a crescent) Â„ especially since, on the menÂs trunks, the inch-thick, 5-inch-long crescent is placed vertically on the front in what appears to be an Âare you glad to see me?ÂŽ design. The teamÂs manager denied even the Âslightest intentionÂŽ of insulting the country. An unnamed plumber in Stockholm, Sweden, was arrested in August for attempting to procure sex from an underage girl after he had confronted the girlÂs father on the telephone. According to the plumber, the girlÂs sex services were advertised on the Internet, and the plumber paid online and scheduled a session, but the girl failed to show up. The plumber somehow found the girlÂs home telephone number and demanded a refund from her father, who reported him to police. Q Latest religious messages Imagine the surprise in November when a burglar rummaging through the St. Benno Church in Munich, Germany, was suddenly attacked. He had bent down to open the donation box, and just then, a statue of St. Antonius fell on top of him, momentarily knocking him to the floor and forcing him to flee empty-handed. Larry Falter, the owner of a Superior, Wis., jewelry store and an elder in a local messianic church, began staging in November a ÂSecond ComingÂŽ sale, supposedly to commemorate the Day of the Lord when Jesus returns, triggering the Apocalypse. Among the responses by local residents: Why would anyone planning to be taken away need jewelry anyway, and, especially, why would Mr. Falter need to sell his jewelry instead of just giving it away? (Mr. Falter said that he owes money to people right now and is obliged to pay them back as best he can before departing.) Q UpdateWhen News of the Weird reported in 2004 on Disney fanatic George Reiger of Bethlehem, Pa., he was in full glory, with a 5,000-piece collection of Disney character and movie memorabilia and some 2,000 tat-toos covering almost all of his body. He said then that he had been married six times, but that each wife had left him, unable to compete with Disney for his affection. In November 2010, Reiger, now 56, opening up to The Philadelphia Inquirer, admitted that he had not been married at all and was in fact extremely lonely in his Disney obses-sion, but that he had finally found the love of a woman and wanted to end his fanati-cism and remove the tattoos. 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Pair with a slide-on tag from Boomerang Tags (boomerangtags.com) and youÂre all set. Prices vary by retailer, with most selling the collars in the $5 to $7 range. Q PlaySafe collar (Premier.com). Countless dogs have been choked to death in play when another dogÂs teeth caught on the collar. Breakaway collars that snap open under pressure (such as the Keep-Safe, also from Premier) are ideal for some dogs, but other dogs need a collar that doesnÂt give as readily. The PlaySafe bridges the gap between a regular collar and a breakaway. Designed for doggie day-cares and perfect for multi-dog families, the collar has two Velcro strips that allow you to remove the collar in seconds if you need to. My dogs are all wearing these now. Prices vary by size and retailer, with most around $10. Q Dog Tag Art with virtual leash (Dogtagart.com). If the hundreds of styles donÂt suit you, you can design your own, or upload a picture for your tag. Reviewer Jill Fisher Gibbs was charmed by these adorable tags, and impressed with the Âvirtual leashÂŽ: If your pet goes miss-ing, the finder can access a unique web-site that immediately sends messages to all your contacts simultaneously and in every available kind of way, including text, e-mail and phone. The tags are $11. The v-leash service is $1 a month. Q BY DR. BRIAN L. SPEER & GINA SPADAFORI_______________________________Universal UclickCheck collars and tags on your pets nowup by people in the neighborhood, itÂs a good idea to supplement the license with an ID tag that has a couple of phone numbers Â„ yours and the number of a friend or relative. Check to make sure the information is current and legible, and if not, order a new tag. Your petÂs ID tag is best supplemented by a microchip. Talk to your veterinarian about this permanent ID that has helped many a pet find the way home. Our Pet Connection reviewers especially liked these collars and tags in 2010: The New YearÂs Âneck checkÂŽ is a tradition around my home Â„ one that has outlived three generations of pets, but still works to help ensure the safety of the animals who share my life now. I always do my neck checks on New YearÂs Day. ItÂs easier to remember that way, especially for those of us who have a hard time remembering much of any-thing. The neck check is easy Â„ a few minutes to check for wear and fit on the collars, and legibility on the tags. Consider the collar first. For dogs, a buckled or snap-together collar made of leather or nylon webbing is the best choice, and the proper fit is comfortably close, but not too snug. Make sure your dogÂs not wearing a ÂchokeÂŽ or prong collar for everyday wear Â„ if you use these, theyÂre for walking and training only, and are dan-gerous if left on an unsupervised dog. For cats, a soft collar with an elastic insert and a slide-on tag will prevent a dangling ID from catching on anything. Next look at the collar carefully, especially the holes and the fasteners. The col-lar is weakest at these spots, so if you see signs of excessive wear or strain, youÂll need to replace it. Then check the ID tags. A license is great, but since many lost pets are picked PET TALES A safer New YearCheck your petÂ’s collar for proper fit, signs of wear and an ID tag with current information. To adopt or foster a petThe Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Hu-mane 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 Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Adoptable pets and other information can be seen at www.hspb.org. For adoption information call 686-6656.COURTESY PHOTO The Association of Pet Dog Trainers is celebrating national train your dog month by holding several contests for dog trainers and, for the first time, dog own-ers. The January observance, in its second year, aims to promote the benefits of positive training and socialization. The online photo and video contest invites dog owners and asso-ciation members to submit either a photo or video illustrating how training can improve a dogÂs life. Specifically, the photos and vid-eos should depict dogs and their owners using training in real life situations. The deadline to enter is Jan. 31. One winner will be chosen in the photo category and one in the video category. Winners will receive a prize package including training gear from Premier Pet Products and a $50 gift certificate for Amazon.com. In addition to the video and photo contest, the association will hold two members-only contests. The members-only contests are designed to recognize membersÂ efforts to promote the Âtrain your dog month.ÂŽ Entries should be submitted at trainyourdogmonth.com. Q Is your dog trained? This contest is for youThe Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special may also pose hazards for canine and feline friends. The hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and bever-age and holiday decorations and plants can pose particular challenges for the millions of families that include pets. With a few simple precautions, pets can be safe. The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips to keep four-legged family members healthy and happy:Q A number of seasonal plants are toxic or poisonous to pets if nibbled or eaten, including ivy, holly, mistle-toe and others. Keep pets away from holiday plants.Q Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys for pets, but can damage their digestive systems. Remember to keep tree ornaments high enough that theyÂre out of your petÂs reach.Q Provide your pet with a quiet, outof-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy social-izing opportunities, others will be over-whelmed by the excitement of a party.Q As you enjoy candy and other treats during the holidays, please donÂt share with your pets. Chocolate can be, hazardous, but also watch out for xylitol, a common sweetener. And individu-ally wrapped candies are double troubles as some pets might eat both the candy and the wrapper.Q Avoid the urge to give your pets table scraps, especially bones. Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death. Q If you are planning to take your pet with you when visiting friends and relatives during the holidays, be sure to contact them in advance to find out if your pet is welcome. Because of the excitement during the holidays, it might be best to board your pet or hire a reputable pet sitter instead.Q DonÂt leave candles unattended. Pets may accidentally knock them over and spill wax or start a fire.Q If youÂre thinking about adding a pet to your family at this time of year, choose adoption and visit your local animal shelter. Wonderful dogs, cats, and other pets are just waiting in shel-ters for their second chance, and you can save a life. Q Pet stores and online animal dealers cater to impulse purchases during the holidays and most of their dogs come from puppy mills, the Humane Society says. Puppy mill dogs are generally kept in over-crowded cages with poor-quality food, a lack of socialization, minimal medical care, and too many suffer from an array of immediate veterinary problems and long-term genetic problems. Finally, think twice before giving an animal as a gift: ÂThe recipient of your furry gift may not be ready for the commitment involved with the lifetime care of a pet,ÂŽ says Betsy McFarland, The HSUSÂ senior direc-tor, companion animals, in a prepared statement. ÂInstead of a puppy among the presents, give the gift of adop-tion. Many shelters offer adoption gift certificates so the recipient can be actively involved in choosing the perfect pet who will share their home for years to come.ÂŽ The Humane Society of the United States is the nationÂs largest animal protection organization. For more than 50 years the HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on pro-grams. See humanesociety.org. Q Keep your pets safe during the holiday season SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTO
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In this work Aristotle moves away from early Platon-ic notions of persuasion as dangerous, unworthy, and immoral manipulation of emotion negligent of facts. Rather, Aristotle sees rhetorical persuasion as a key element, a legitimate path, of philo-sophical knowing. Aristotle presents three modes of persuasion: Ethos is mode based on trust and faith in the character of the author. Logos is mode based on the clarity of reason. In humble pirate opinion, these modes merely whet the appetite for the main course, the third mode: pathos. This pathos mode is not merely insincere, overdone, common bathos, but rather the sublime pathos a la Schiller. This path is a triumph of freedom in the struggle against suffering, a path walked in order to know and to transform. What do you know?In L. Frank BaumÂs ÂThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz,ÂŽ the road of yellow brick divides into three branches near the cornfield at which Dorothy meets the Scarecrow. Dorothy takes the hardest road, the one beset with chasms and the forest of wild beasts. Is such a choice a sign of pathology? The word path comes from a Greek root meaning suffering. The path of pathos, the harder course, the course which leads to the Wizard, is a study of dis-ease. Deep familiarity with the essence of the pathological is path out of chasms and forests. Through this path, disease ultimately leads to deep ease. The Aristotelian goal of pathos as persuasion is not mere appeal to emotionality. It is a call to feel what the other feels, to become the other from the inside out. This kind of pity goes beyond cursory pious tenderness or contemptuousness. With and in the commonplace world of tables, chairs and ladders, truly in touch with the Aristotelian experience ideal, there is walking the walk inside out and outside in. There are no outsiders on this transformative path. Legend has it that there is a yellow road outside Holland, Mich., L. Frank Baum sum-mered there, perhaps finding in the ordinary a path both hidden and accessible. And to find this possible path, we have only to begin wherever we are now walking or standing, sitting or lying down. Are you excited? Have I whet your appetites? ThatÂs the first step. Q ÂEvery wanderer tells me tales of your endless graces. Each one wounds me deeper, and each leaves me dying from the words they babble in my ear.ÂŽ Â„ Juan de la Cruz, ÂSpiritual CanticleÂŽ Â...Follow, follow, follow, follow: Follow the yellow brick road... WeÂre off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz... If ever, oh ever, a wiz there was the Wizard of Oz is one because, because, because because, because, because:Because of the wonderful things he does...ÂŽ Â„ Wizard of Oz, ÂFollow the Yellow Brick RoadÂŽThe essence of the Aristotelian perspective is a commitment to begin anal-ysis from facts given by, grounded in, experience. The followers of Aristotle are referred to as Peripatetics. This iden-tification is legendary. In our consensual narrative we find ourselves imaging the covered walkways of the Lyceum, paths followed by these philosophers, wisdom lovers, students forever given to walking MUSINGS Whet stoneÂ„ 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. a w Â o A i Rx firstname.lastname@example.org
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA12 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 Shelley Smith kept the shopping bags in the trunk of her car. When Mitch left to run an errand, she quickly hid the bags in her closet. She knew Mitch would have a lot to say if he knew she had bought the new out-fit, but really. At 70 percent off, they were practically giving it away, werenÂt they? Stan Winter slipped the new driver into his golf bag, figuring Margie would never notice. The pro had assured him this club would give him 10 more yards. Besides, heÂd been killing himself at the office. He was certainly entitled to treat himself. LetÂs talk about the often unspoken drama that plays out in homes all over America. Husbands and wives are not always forthcoming about their spending habits, and sometimes, they may even deliberately withhold the true extent of their spending. They may think theyÂre getting away with it (and they might, on occasion) but the truth invariably does come out. And when it does, the distance and conflict cre-ated can be enormous. Interestingly, a very telling survey says a lot about AmericaÂs spending behavior: 80 percent of all married people hide some purchases from their mates, according to a 2010 survey by CESI Debt Solutions. To be clear, many will dispute this number and debate the full extent of what this figure means, but nevertheless, the survey cer-tainly confirms that this is a very loaded and potentially inflammatory topic. LetÂs be clear. For many, shopping and spending provides a gratifying thrill. Scor-ing a bargain is a triumph that is often boasted to friends and associates. Shopping can be a pick me up when a person is feeling low. Shopping provides an adrenaline rush Â„ a high not dissimilar to the feelings a drug or alcohol addict experiences. Dur-ing the holiday seasons, it is not uncommon to see shopping binges on the rise. Many of us are shopping for others by necessity or obligation, so we are close to all of the temptations. How do you pass up that spe-cial item, especially when itÂs on sale? We should also consider the impact of the current social and cultural factors that often fuel this issue further. Ours is a soci-ety that promotes materialism and acquisi-tion. Everywhere we go, merchandisers seduce us with the allure of material goods they assure us we canÂt live without. We now have the opportunity to buy to our heartÂs content online so we have access like weÂve never had before (24 hours a day from our homes). Credit card solicitations arrive in our mailboxes daily so most of us have ready access to credit and are able to postpone payment for months. Needless to say, it is important to clarify the impact of these purchases on the household. If the purchases add a strain to the daily household budget, itÂs one thing. However, there are those occasions where the couple can well afford the purchase, but the spouse is disapproving and has a value judgment. ÂYou have a closet full of shoes. Do you really need another pair?ÂŽ When people have pressures at work, have a lot on their minds, or just love the item in question, they often feel entitled to treat themselves. They may be embarrassed or afraid to come clean with their purchases, fearing judgment or an argument from their part-ner. The shopper is left feeling defensive and embarrassed, and often angrily blames the spouse for being withholding and con-trolling. He or she might feel Âif my partner cared enough about me he wouldnÂt give me such a hard time. He would WANT me to enjoy nice things.ÂŽ The other scenario is especially concerning. This is when a household budget is put precariously at risk by the shopping. These people may put their lives in jeopardy by running up astronomical credit card bills, with collection agencies calling non-stop. Clinically called compulsive buying disorder, or CBD, this behavior is described as a pattern of chronic, repetitive purchasing that becomes difficult to stop and ultimate-ly results in harmful consequences. CBD is recognized as a disorder by the World Psychiatric Association, as well as other leading mental health organizations. It has been defined as an impulse disorder and has features similar to other addictive dis-orders, such as alcohol and drug addictions. The individual feels an increasing sense of tension or arousal before committing the act and then experiences pleasure, gratifi-cation or relief at the time of committing the act. We often see this behavior when people feel lonely, depressed or angry and are trying to bolster their self-esteem or heal their hurts. However, the lifted spirits are generally short-lived because of emo-tional and financial fallout in the end. How do you assess whether your spending habits have crossed over a line into dangerous territory? You can start by ask-ing some important questions. Do you often feel guilty or ashamed after making purchases? Do you make excuses to yourself to justify purchases you feel uncertain about (Everybody else has one. I need it for work)? Do you buy yourself things to lift yourself up when you are down? Do you lie to others about how much money you spent or what you bought? Do you tell your children not to tell your spouse about purchases you made? Are you preoccupied about money and how you are going to pay for things? Do you have trouble sleeping because of money worries? Do you spend a lot of time juggling bills or transferring money? Do you hide bills from your loved ones? Do you field collec-tion calls so your spouse is unaware? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you may have a serious problem that needs to be addressed and that you may not be able tackle on your own. Fortu-nately, there are many agencies, groups and therapists that are well trained to help you address this problem. As we all know, deception compromises our relationships. IÂm a firm believer that it is critically important for all of us to have a frank discussion with our partners about our differing values and spending philoso-phies. Setting up a family budget or guide-lines that are agreed to may head off some disagreements. Being clear about which purchases need to be agreed to ahead of time, and which items can be comfort-ably purchased without any prior approval makes a difference as well. If you are uncertain where your spending habits fall when considering the above discussion, ask yourselfÂŽ If my spouse knew the full extent of my spending, would this cause a rift and undermine the trust that we have in each other?ÂŽ If your answer is yes, or even maybe, it might be time to have a frank discus-sion. The two of you may never come to a full agreement on the best way to resolve your differences, but promoting a spirit of openness and collaboration might help you bridge the gap. Q Â„ Linda Lipshutz, M.S., LCSW, is a psychotherapist serving individuals, couples and families. A Palm Beach Gardens resident, she holds degrees from Cornell and Columbia and trained at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy in Manhattan. She can be reached at 630-2827, or online at www.palmbeach familytherapy.com. HEALTHY LIVING linda LIPSHUTZ O email@example.comOverspending and lying to your spouse can be sign of disorderLike many of you, it is with gratitude and some relief to find out that all the packages are wrapped and the stockings are hung by the chimney with care. I have spent recent weeks poring over food mag-azines and exploring the palate of various holiday cultural traditions, imagining that this year I will do something completely different. This desire to do something sur-prising is a bracing tonic against the fierce wind blowing otherwise so forcefully in the direction of traditional and familiar. Holidays come with so many expectations that inevitably, they all cannot be met. Still, there is something to be said for hanging on to the tried and true rites of the holiday season. Among the most precious is the time to step away from ordinary pursuits and recapture and savor for a brief moment the sheer joy of being. This spiritual oasis is immortalized in Aaron CoplandÂs ÂAppalachian Spring,ÂŽ as ÂSimple Gifts,ÂŽ a one-verse song written by a Shaker in 1848, with lyrics that call forth this sacred space: ÂTis the gift to be simple, Âtis the gift to be free, ÂTis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ÂTwill be in the valley of love and delight. Fast forward 150 years and the gift to be simple is much harder to achieve. The Shakers sought unsuccessfully to establish a religious community that created sepa-ration from this other worldliness. Today, modern society has vastly escalated the erosion of simplicity by making complex-ity accessible on a global scale. Is it any wonder we get lost in the thicket between elaborate and simplicity, given such a contradiction? Well, this is an old saw, I know; and doubtless, while life does seem to have been truly simple long ago, at least from a 21st century perspective, it really wasnÂt, even for the Shakers who sacrificed much to find and organize themselves around an economy of life as its own spiritual reward. Today, we can admire the physi-cal space this approach created and the beautiful form that functionality achieved in the care and craft of their capable hands. But the Shakers are themselves long gone, which speaks to the challenges of sustain-ing quiet, surrounded by the continuously growing decibel of modernity. That is why, perhaps now, more than ever before, keeping things simple becomes more and more of a challenge in our daily lives, and especially now, at this time of year, when the focus is on ÂGiftÂŽ with a capital ÂG,ÂŽ rather than on simplici-ty itself as perhaps the more prudent path. If you are like me, you will be playing at both ends of the field and hope to end up at the satisfying moment when you feel in your heart you have managed to do well in finding the quiet space in the holidays between simplicity and the elaborately generous. You know the moment because it settles like a gentle snow over our famil-ial landscape as the gift of giving. This experience of giving is thus transformed when it occurs on a plane of simplicity. Many years later, perhaps inspired by the changing context of the times, new verses were added to the original Shaker lyrics to ÂSimple Gifts:ÂŽÂTis the gift to be loved and that love to return, ÂTis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn, And when we expect of others what we try to live each day, Then weÂll all live together and weÂll all learn to say, ÂTis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be, ÂTis the gift to think of others not to only think of Âme,ÂŽ And when we hear what others really think and really feel, Then weÂll all live together with a love that is real.ÂŽAt this time, in this place, with our friends and loved ones both near and far and with the precious memory of those known only to our hearts, the simple gifts are the ones we most long to give and receive. The Shakers were on to some-thing. Happy holidays to you all! Q Â„ The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is a 501(c)(3) public charity that devotes its resources to building and sustaining healthy, prosperous communities through the power of charitable giving. Since 1972, The Community Foundation has granted over $84 million to the community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Community Initiatives, Community/Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services and Intergenerational Programs and over $5.2 million in scholarships to more than 1,300 students. For more information, visit yourcommunityfoundation. org or call 659-6800.GIVING May you find the simple, peaceful moments of the holidays b leslie LILLY President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties O
Andorra Â• Argentina Â• Australia Â• Austria Â• Bahrain Â• Belgium Â• Chile Â• China Â• Croatia Â• Czec h Republic Â• Denmark Â• France Â• Germany Â• Greece Â• Hungary Â• Ireland Â• Italy Â• Liechtenstein Luxembourg Â• Montenegro Â• Netherlands Â• Oman Â• Peru Â• Portugal Â• Qatar Â• Romania Â• Russia South Africa Â• Spain Â• Sweden Â• Switzerland Â• Thailand Â• Turkey Â• UAE Â• UK Â• Uruguay Â• USAGrmfqboV^`eq@ir_#J^ofk^IfsfkdJupiter: The Jupiter Yacht Club de nes luxury condominium living and offers incomparable location and lifestyle on the Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter. Built between 2002 and 2005, the 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units range from 2,132 sq.ft. to 4,085 sq.ft. and offer either Intracoastal or Marina views and state of the art amenities.With seven sales in 2010, ranging from $750,000 to $1,000,000, there is excitement in the air again at the Jupiter Yacht Club regarding the real estate market. Please visit us at our onsite of ce or call us. Engel & Voelkers Jupiter Real Estate Jupiter Yacht Club & Marina Â• 400 S. US Highway One Â• Jupiter, FL 33477 Telephone +1-561-744-8488 Â• Jupiter@engelvoelkers.com www.engelvoelkers.com/Jupiter www.truetreasuresinc.com1201USHwyOne,NorthPalmBeach (561)625-9569 3926NorthlakeBlvd.,PalmBeachGardens (561)694-2812 617NorthlakeBlvdNorthPalmBeach (561)844-8001ouwillhavefun shoppingwithus!Y FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 NEWS A13 Dreamstar leads $45,000 campaign for Komen ÂBuild for the Cure,ÂŽ spearheaded by Dreamstar Custom Homes President Brett Handler, raised $45,000 to benefit the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He recently pre-sented a check to its executive director, Anita Holmes. This past February, Mr. Handler initiated the ÂBuild for the CureÂŽ project by cutting his price for a home that was under construction and donating the difference to the local Komen affiliate. He asked his subcontractors and sup-pliers to do the same and the response was overwhelming, despite economic challenges Â„ especially in the con-struction industry. PGT Windows & Doors, Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Tile Market/Antico Stone, Jade Home Dcor, Southern Waste Systems, Kohler, Centerpoint Construction, Abundant Energy, Cataldo & Son Plastering Inc., Gale Insulation, Palm Beach Window & Door, Buckeye Plumbing, Ibis Golf Club and Colorwheel Paint participated in the project. ÂIn this economy, undertaking a project like this is unheard of, a labor of love, and we are very grateful to Dreamstar Custom Homes,ÂŽ said Ms. Holmes. ÂThis donation will go a long way. ItÂs an immense help. The only thing big-ger than this check are DreamstarÂs hearts.ÂŽ According to Ms. Holmes, for the medically underserved, $45,000 can cover 450 mammograms for women and men or 100 mammograms, 25 surgical biopsies and cancer treatment for up to eight patients. Handler was motivated to initiate this project because cancer has struck his family personally. ÂMy wife, Chris, lost her mother to breast cancer when she was only 4 years old,ÂŽ said Mr. Handler. ÂWe are passionate about helping the Komen organization and are pleased that so many of our subcontractors and suppliers joined us.ÂŽ The Komen South Florida Race for the Cure is Jan. 29 in West Palm Beach. Q COURTESY PHOTO Dreamstar Custom Homes spearheaded a Komen campaign. From left are Karen List, Sandy Spender, Brett Handler, Anita Holmes, Susan Kristoff, Betsy Golub and Debbie Price. More than 75 people gathered at the new Amici Market in Palm Beach for hors dÂoeuvres, caviar and wine in cel-ebration of the Pink Honor Roll for the Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure to be held on Jan. 29 in down-town West Palm Beach. The Pink Honor Roll consists of the top 50 fundraisers each year for the Komen Race for the Cure. The event brought together honor roll members, local survivors, co-survivors and com-mittee members who are working on the upcoming race. The Komen South Florida Race for the Cure is the largest fundraiser for the Komen South Florida Affili-ate. The affiliate is now accepting race registrations for participants at www.komensouthflorida.org. The affili-ate serves Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Q Top Komen fundraisers honored After three months of repair, prepping, painting, polishing and cleaning, the 150-year old Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is again open for tower-top tours. The interior of the lighthouse now has an 1880 color scheme with the iron-work of the lantern glistening a chrome green, spiral stairs black and the inte-rior white. The doorway arch, east alcove and a section of the west alcove were left unpainted to show the style of masonry used and skill level involved in con-structing the lighthouse. Tower-top tours were to resume on Dec. 21. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers climbing tours of the lighthouse. The waterfront museum in the restored WWII building exhibits 5,000 years on the Loxahatchee and outdoor exhib-its include the oil house, lighthouse keeperÂs workshop, Tindall Pioneer Homestead, Pennock Plantation Bell, Seminole Chickee and early Native American kiosks. Also available are the museum gift shop, Station J Caf snack shop, educational programs for chil-dren and adults, sunset tours, weddings, receptions and special events. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the 126-acre federally designated Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. Check for hours and programs at jupiterlighthouse.org or call 747-8380 x101. The property is operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Q Jupiter Lighthouse resumes tours after renovation SCOTT B. SMITH / FLORIDA WEEKLY The 150-year-old lighthouse in Jupiter under-went a renovation that cost just under $1 million.
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 FEMA, seeking federal reimbursement for the money the city spent. Like other cities and counties in Florida, she entered the morass of red tape and stall tactics that the Federal Emergency Management Agency became known for. Like the little engine that could, and unlike nearly every other local govern-ment in the Sunshine State, she didnÂt give up. The result: It took 2,270 days Â„ give or take a few days Â„ but this month the city of Palm Beach Gardens finally received the balance of what it was owed from FEMA. ÂShe met with or had phone calls with numerous FEMA officials,ÂŽ says Mr. Fer-ris. ÂAt one point, she was informed by one FEMA representative that it would Âtake an act of CongressÂ to receive this money.ÂŽ HereÂs how the process went:The $2.9 million spent for cleanup was submitted to FEMA for reimburse-ment. It was denied in 2005. After Ms. Wong dogged the agency for four years and filed two appeals, FEMA reversed its decision on Hurri-cane Jeanne and ponied up the $1.1 mil-lion in 2008. FEMA continued to deny reimbursement for Hurricane Frances. Ms. Wong persisted. FEMA finally agreed to pay the cost for Frances. Then early this year a FEMA official ques-tioned how much the cityÂs insurance carrier should have paid. The agency released $1.1 million of the money owed, not budging on $700,000 until a review of insurance payments was complete. ÂGrace, once again, was unfazed and relentless in her pursuit of these funds,ÂŽ Mr. Ferris says. ÂAfter sev-eral months of communications with the FEMA insurance representati ve, the cityÂs agent and insurance car-rier, FEMA finally released the final $700,000ÂŽ this month. Not only did FEMA end up paying the whole $2.9 million, but Ms. Wong sub-mitted documentation proving the city was due another $200,000 in expenses from costs unassociated with debris removal, Mr. Ferris says. ÂThis is no small feat, considering one neighboring community had to reimburse FEMA almost $1 million dur-ing their closeout process,ÂŽ says Mr. Ferris. ÂThis is a testament to the level of detailed recordkeeping that Grace maintained for all the storms in 2004 and 2005.ÂŽ Ms. Wong reports that she is happy FEMA came through. ÂIt was so repetitive,ÂŽ she says. ÂWe had to say, and send, the same things over and over again. It was a lot of say-ing the same thing to the same people.ÂŽ Does she consider herself a persistent person in all walks of life? ÂUh, yeah,ÂŽ she says. There are no records of how many Florida cities have persisted this long seeking FEMA reimbursement from the 2004 storms. Calls to FEMA officials had not been returned at press time. Mr. Ferris, though, says, ÂI know of no other government agency that has had to go through the ordeal of filing two appeals and providing the amount of information that this city has.ÂŽ Ms. Wong began her job with the city in 2002. The list of her day-to-day duties, provided by Mr. Ferris: Receives, investigates and processes all prop-erty, liability and workerÂs compensa-tion incident reports with our insur-ance carrier; follows up and manages all outstanding case files; minimizes lost time by working with physicians and adjusters to clear employees to return to work as soon as pos-sible; works with insurance carrier attorneys to provide documentation necessary to defend the city against all legal claims; coordinates safety training programs, including video, live, and online courses; coordinates annual renewal of property and casu-alty insurance program; reviews all travel authorization requests and travel expense reports for compliance with city policies; and performs other finance administrative functions as needed. On Dec. 16, Ms. Wong was honored at a city council meeting for her work in securing the reimbursement. She received a certificate of appreciation. Her annual salary is $48,519, or 1.67 percent of the FEMA reimbursement. Q FEMAFrom page 1COURTESY PHOTOTop: Risk Management Coordinator Gracie Wong was honored by the Palm Beach Gar-dens City Council this month. Left to right: Council members Joe Russo, Eric Jablin and Marcie Tinsley; Ms. Wong; Vice Mayor Bert Premuroso and Mayor David Levy.Middle: Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne hit Palm Beach Gardens in 2004. The state of Florida suffered massive hurricane damage that year.Bottom: Roofs were peeled from homes during the storms and nearly 207,000 cubic yards of debris were left behind. Â“Grace, once again, was unfazed and relentless in her pursuit of these funds. After several months of communications with the FEMA insurance representative, the cityÂ’s agent and insurance carrier, FEMA finally released the final $700,000Â” this month. Â— Ron Ferris, City Manager
BUSINESS FLORIDA WEEKLY A GUIDE TO THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS INDUSTRY A15 WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010Hamilton Jewelers recently reopened its Palm Beach Gardens Mall store after a $2.2 million renovation. More than 500 people attended a grand reopening party. A portion of money raised from an auction went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach. Hamilton Jewelers has been in business in South Florida for more than 20 years. The Gardens Mall store was increased in size from 3,300 square feet to 4,100 square feet, The redesigned store has three separate ÂsalonsÂŽ Â„ bridal, timepieces and collections including Hamilton and designer collections. Hamilton Jewelers President Hank Siegel said, ÂWe are proud to show our commitment to the Palm Beach region. This has been an intensive project that has resulted in a fabulous shopping experience for our clients and the response has been overwhelming. I believe itÂs important as a small business to re-invest in the communities that have supported us, and to offer our guests something unique in the marketplace. This renovation has yielded something we are very proud of, and we look forward to welcoming clients, guests, and friends in the future.ÂŽ Hamilton also has a store in Palm Beach, and three stores in New Jersey. Q Hamilton Jewelers completes $2.2 million renovationCOURTESY PHOTO Hamilton Jewelers renovated its store in The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY Barry Paraizo keeps a black jacket hanging in his office at WinshipÂs, the pharmacy he and his wife Linda own in North Palm Beach. ÂI go to all the funeral homes quite often. We close at 7 p.m. and thatÂs when those things start,ÂŽ he says. ÂItÂs what happens when you form those long-time relationships with your patients.ÂŽ Having personal bonds with patients, he said, is what sets WinshipÂs apart from chains pharma-cies, and brings in new customers who want the individual service they remember from when all pharmacies were privately owned. WinshipÂs turned 50 this month and the Paraizos are celebrating. The couple Â„ both pharmacists Â„ bought the pharmacy from its namesake Robert Winship in 1983. Winship is retired, but showed up to get a piece of anniversary cake and greet old friends at the anniversary party. WinshipÂs began in 1960 a few blocks to the west in a strip mall now occupied by BarbieÂs Caf and a used bookstore. Six years later Winship and a dentist built the little building that now houses the pharmacy and other offices. Both the Paraizos, now in their 60s, worked for Winship through the years and when it came time to retire, Winship offered the couple the business. While chain pharmacies were growing at the time, they were not so prolific as today and there were really only a handful of privately owned pharma-cies servicing the north county area. ÂWeÂre dinosaurs,ÂŽ he said. ÂAlbrittonÂs was around Broadway, north of Northwood. They had a lunch counter that they kept open long after they closed the pharmacy,ÂŽ Mr. Paraizo said. It was a different world in medicine years ago, too. ÂWhen Linda and I got out of pharmacy school, there were 500 to 600 drugs. Nitroglycerin and a couple others were the only heart medications,ÂŽ Mr. Paraizo said. ÂToday, there are more than 5,000 drugs. Keeping up with them is amazing. There were no generics back then, either, and now there are millions.ÂŽ The astronomical cost in drugs stuns him, too. ÂSome antibiotics are $40 or $50 per pill. Some of the elderly patients are having to make choices Â„ do I eat or take my medicine? Do I take my cholesterol medicine as prescribed, or once every three days? Fortunately, most have insurance that co-pays some of it, at least.ÂŽ Still, he wonders whether the drug companies should refocus their missions. ÂDo we always need all that television advertising? IÂd rather they spend their money on research. It was a sad day when they opened up advertising to certain professions Â„ but maybe IÂm just an old fuddy-duddy.ÂŽ ItÂs the persona of someone who cares to talk to his patients and counsel them one-on-one, howev-er, that has grown WinshipÂs customer base despite the chains now on every corner. ÂBecause of managed care and prescription cards, you pay the same co-pay for your drugs wherever you go. Why not come to a pharmacy where they know your name, your familyÂs names and their needs? When they hit the front door, we use their names Â„ it makes it personal and people like that,ÂŽ he said. Personalized service is a lot of what the chains canÂt do. ÂI do compounding (of drugs), cut canes to fit, and fit stockings, rent wheelchairs Â„ do a number of things that the chains donÂt. ThatÂs a niche IÂve found that is needed.ÂŽ The chains have now gone to centralized ÂfillÂŽ stores. Many of the prescriptions filled in South Florida come from an Orlando warehouse and they send the medicine down for next-day delivery. ÂItÂs economical for the chain, but itÂs actually helped our business,ÂŽ Mr. Paraizo said. ÂSo many things that occur with prescriptions, you have to call a doc back, get some other medication. We can do that Â„ we know the cases and patients and doctors, too. ÂAnd, we deliver prescriptions to our patients around our area. ItÂs all about having a relationship with our patients.ÂŽ Thus, the black coat at his office. ÂFunerals are sometimes part of that relationship, IÂm afraid.ÂŽ Q BY JAN NORRISjnorris@floridaweekly.com MAUREEN DZIKOWSKI / FLORIDA WEEKLYAbove: Pharmacists Barry and Linda Paraizo say that personal service is one thing that separates their independent pharmacy from larger chains. WinshipÂ’s pharmacy in North Palm Beach opened its doors in 1960, at a location a few blocks west of its present spot.WinshipÂ’s celebrates50 years as pharmacyin North Palm BeachGoldenanniversary
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA16 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 16-22, 2010 Toll Brothers, one of the countryÂs largest homebuilders, has raised more than $40,000 in support of the Leuke-mia & Lymphoma SocietyÂs (LLS) ÂLight the Night WalkÂŽ events nationwide. In Southeast Florida, Toll Brothers employ-ees recently raised more than $2,500 by participating in the local ÂLight the Night WalkÂŽ at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Toll Brothers teams across the country walked in memory of Joel Rassman, who recently lost his fight to Chronic Myelo-monocytic Leukemia. Mr. Rassman served as the companyÂs chief financial officer since 1984 and was a member of its board of directors since 1996. ÂJoel leaves behind a powerful legacy at Toll Brothers and our team came together to walk in his memory and raise funds for this important cause,ÂŽ said Ronald Blum, senior vice president of Toll BrothersÂ Southeast Florida Division, in a prepared statement. ÂWe were proud to take part in the ÂLight the Night WalkÂ and appreciate everyone who supported our teamÂs fund-raising efforts.ÂŽ Q Workforce Alliance will hold the fifth annual Palm Beach County Workforce Summit on Feb. 2 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. John G. Miller, author and business consultant on workforce issues, will be the speaker. His presentation will focus on principles explained in his best-selling books, ÂPersonal Accountability and the QBQ!ÂŽand ÂOutstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional.ÂŽ Workforce Alliance hosts summits to link nationally recognized authorities on workplace issues with local business and community leaders. Registration and net-working start at 7:30 a.m. and Mr. MillerÂs presentation will begin at 8 a.m. The $50 per person admission fee covers par-ticipation in the seminar, breakfast and a copy of the book, ÂOutstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional.ÂŽ The session closes at 11:30 a.m. with a question and answer session. Individuals interested in attending the event are encouraged to register online at Workforce AllianceÂs web site. Local busi-nesses, government agencies, educational institutions, employers and community organizations with an interest in co-spon-soring the event and sharing their mes-sage with the audience can learn more by visiting www.pbcalliance.com. Workforce Alliance is the non-profit company chartered by the state of Florida to develop and manage a workforce sys-tem in Palm Beach County. It operates three career centers and two professional placement centers and offers its profes-sional services to all employers and job seekers in the county. Q Florida ranks fourth among states in the number of super-rich residents who claim primary residence in the Sunshine State. There are 3,526 ultra-wealthy Floridians, behind California (9,872), New York (7,327) and Texas (5,283) but ahead of Illinois (2,446), Michigan (1,533) and Penn sylv ania (1,515).According to Wealth-X, a New-York based research and consulting firm for pri-vate wealth managers, of the nearly 55,000 ultra-high-net-worth individuals living in the U.S., more than half keep their primary residence in just five states. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority reports it launched the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Âa dynamic interac-tive Web resource to display the results of AmericaÂs first State-by-State Financial Capability Survey.ÂŽ In a news release, FINRA says the website, www.usfinancialcapability.org, Âdisplays a clickable map of the United States and allows the public, policymakers and researchers to delve into and compare the financial capabilities of Americans in every state and across geographic regions. The State-by-State Financial Capability Survey, which surveyed more than 28,000 respondents, was developed in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the PresidentÂs Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.ÂŽFINRA says that the Âstate-by-state survey found a significant disparity in finan-cial capability across state lines and demo-graphic groups.ÂŽ Citizens of New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire are the most financially capable. Those states ranked in the top five among all states in at least three of five measures of financial capability. Kentucky and Montana stood out as having lower financial capability compared to other states. Citizens of both states were among the least financially capable in at least three of five measures of financial capability. Young Americans were more likely to be less financially capable than older Ameri-cans, and they were significantly more likely to engage in non-bank borrowing. According to Wealth-XÂs state-by-state analysis of individuals with a net worth of more than $30 million, California far out-paces the rest, with more than 9,800 ultra-high-net worth residents, compared with 7,327 for New York and 5, 283 for Texas. Florida and Illinois followed with 3,526 and 2,446, respectively. Rounding out the top 11 states with wealthy residents were Michigan, Penn sylv ania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Connecticut and New Jersey. The top 11 states account for more than 65 percent of the U.S. ultra wealthy population, accord-ing to Wealth-X. North Dakota had the fewest ultrawealthy residents with 40, followed by Alaska with 44 and Delaware with 55.The Wealth-X research came from proprietary research, data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. census data and media reports, according to a spokesperson.The FINRA survey Âechoed several of the findings of a smaller-scale national sur-vey released in 2009, finding: More than half of all Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. 55 percent of Americans report spending more than or about equal to their household income. More than one in five Americans (24 percent) have engaged in some form of higher cost non-bank borrowing during the last five years, including taking out a payday loan or getting an advance on a tax refund. Americans, on average, were able to correctly answer just three of five questions about fundamental financial concepts. Q Toll Brothers raises funds for leukemia societyAuthor to speak at workforce summitFlorida ranks fourth for ultra-rich residents MONEY & INVESTINGConstructive financial gift givingThere is yearÂs end charitable giving that allows one to get the deduction booked for 2010. There is year-end estate planning and giving. There is Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday gift-giving. Many of these gifts are Âthings,ÂŽ but the largest gifts, in terms of dol-lar amounts, are gifts of money, securities, etc. to family, loved ones and charities.Giving is a big part of the U.S. economy. Charitable giving alone is approximately 2.5 percent of the U.S. GDP. And ask a financial planner who tirelessly reviews the actual expenses of the affluent and you might well hear that gifts to family and loved ones can reach as high as 10 percent of disposable income.There are huge disparities in giving by religious and ethnic background and also by region/state. It is documented in many a study that residents of certain states histori-cally have given greater percentages of their disposable income to charities. A common thread among givers and their financial gifts is that the gift is meant to do good, meant to be life-changing in a positive way and to be constructive to all parties. True, some give with the intent of control-ling, but many a gift is given to effect a cer-tain purpose and less so to control. The giver often wants to help but does not want to create a financial dependency and wants to make sure the purpose for which the gift was given is so applied. For instance, the giver might want to give money to grandchildren but wants to instill values and behaviors toward money that will serve the grandchildren for their lifetimes. The adage ÂDonÂt give a man a fish but teach him how to fishÂŽ might be recast as, ÂDonÂt give your grandchildren large chunks of cash but teach them investment behaviors and encourage a strong work ethic.ÂŽ (Not that I ever expect that string of words to ever replace the short form of Âfish wisdom.ÂŽ) How is this possible? Well, just brainstorm about what behaviors you want to encourage in your grandchildren and see if they can be encouraged with monetary gifts. Here are several that come to mind: Â„ You might value great summer learning experiences, from Outward Bound to language immersion camps to SAT camps (yuck) to science camps, etc. And that might be your Christmas gift: you fund your grand-childÂs choice of camp and you might partici-pate in selection and review of these camps. Â„ If you want to encourage a strong work ethic, you might offer matching to your grandchildÂs money earned and deposited in a bank Â„ dollar for dollar or percentage on the dollar.Â„ Another option is to start an investment fund for the grandchild and together make portfolio allocations. You can teach the discipline of saving and investing and fundamental principles of compounding and diversification. You might well reward a teenagerÂs Âpaper portfolioÂŽ by having him or her record investment selections, moni-tor paper purchases and sales and award the teen in actual cash of what the paper portfolio made.Â„ For affluent family and friends, the gift of a donation to their favorite charity is jeannette SHOWALTER CFA firstname.lastname@example.org O often an incredible validation of their pas-sion. These people have everything, and one more ÂthingÂŽ (of course, golf ÂthingsÂŽ are excluded) offer very little utilitarian or psychic value. Â„ Beyond the grandchildren, there are the bigger financial gifts to adultsÂƒ to adults who have lost jobs, homes, self-worth, health, etc. or to adults who are still mired in the econo-myÂs malaise and their own mistakes.Â„ Not to control the person, but very much to see the gift used for the purpose for which you intend it to be, you might target a gift of money. Examples might include: a full or partial repayment of someoneÂs indebted-ness; payment for a financial/legal coun-seling intended to address Âupside downÂŽ mortgages; a yearÂs membership to a gym, etc. The concept is to help a person who is genuinely trying to help himself or who, given help, might find his way to a healthier and economically viable lifestyle. Beyond the real benefit that charitable gifts are most times deductible, the giver can benefit in other waysÂƒ even beyond the true joy in giving. I have written many times in this column that the typical investorÂs performance is constrained by certain negative states of mind or behaviors: fear, greed and denial. Giving sometimes can help those unhealthy attitudes. To make a large monetary gift, you are more likely to assess your financial situation realistically: assets, liabilities and income and you might, just might, look at those investments that are ÂdeadÂŽ money, losing positions that you have morphed into Âlongterm holdings,ÂŽ as if long-term everything works out OK. You might decide to houseclean your portfolio and give those ÂdeadÂŽ dollars to someone in a life-changing way. And, as to addressing the human condition of greed, you might want to take some profits as this helps the investor for whom a great ÂrunÂŽ is never enough and/or for whom profits canÂt be taken as they incur capital gains taxes. Absent trailing ÂstopsÂŽ as forced exit strategies, many an investor has held an investment with a great profit long after the bloom is off the rose. (You are not alone in this category. Obviously, I couldnÂt write this column if I was not a typical investorÂƒ but with the senior years comes some greater sensibilities, hopefully.) The real purpose of this weekÂs column is not to just provide a list of options for monetary giving. It is hoped that the column will start a creative heart-mind process to get you to think about your loved ones, financial gifts and brainstorming about how money can be used most constructively for all par-ties involved.Across all religions and in the heart and minds of the Âspiritual but not religious,ÂŽ there is a common theme: it is better to give than receive. And while I cannot give to my readers something of monetary value, I do sincerely attempt every week to give you something of investment and business benefit.A wonderful and blessed holiday to all my readers. Q Â„ 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 email@example.com.
NETWORKING Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Trustee & Board Member Holiday Reception at Braman BMW of JupiterRACHEL HICKEY/ FLORIDA WEEKLY1. Michael Coady and Ed Chase2. Jane Pike, Suzanne Neve, Deborah Vice and Amy Works3. Ken Kahn and Kenneth Kennerly4. Merle Goldberg and Jean Wihbey5. Scott McLachlan, Shari McLachlan and David Randell6. Oren Tasini, Maria Marino and Michael Mitrione7. Noel Martinez, Ryan El-Hosseiny and Adam El-Hosseiny8. Chip Armstrong, Regina Thomson and George Gentile9. Todd Hutchison and Patti Travis FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 BUSINESS A17 We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can Â“ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.Â” oridaweekly.com 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@Â” oridaweekly.com. 158 9 67 2 4 3
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DERMOT SELLS SINGER ISLAND | Dermot OBrien 561.317.1177 REAL ESTATEA GUIDE TO THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY A21 WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 J upiter Island is just 20 miles north of Palm Beach and occupies the southernmost barrier island of FloridaÂ’s east coast. Widely recognized as one of the most wealthy and discrete enclaves of the U.S., Jupiter Island offers seclusion, solitude and tranquility in a historic natural setting with breathtaking Atlantic and Intracoastal waters views. One of Jupiter IslandÂ’s most surprising facets is its preservation of natural resources. After the residential development of secluded estates and homes, the pri-mary use of land is conservation and preservation. Jupiter Island consists of about 1,643 acres, bound on the east by nine miles of ocean frontage and on the west by the Intracoastal Waterway. With a permanent population near 650 and a seasonal population of about 1,800, the islandÂ’s exquisite real estate and promise of privacy has proven irresistible to current and prospec-tive residents, with its fair share of celebrities, prominent politicians and industry titans.Jupiter Island is also home to a very exclusive club, known as the Jupiter Island Club, which offers an 18-hole golf course, 14 tennis courts, a saltwater pool and dock-ing facilities for large boats. The club is a private, primarily seasonal club for the social and recreational benefit of its members, their families and guests.Offered is a historic estate with more than 337 feet of ocean frontage in the middle of eight miles of pri-vate beach, available for the first time in nearly half a century. With six bedrooms and 5 baths, there is plenty of room for family reunions, vacationing grandchildren or weekend house parties. This classic Florida beach house has been in one family for three generations.The house was built about 70 years ago by craftsmen who used nothing but the very best materials and it was built to last. The main structural framework of the house was built with Dade County heart pine, a wood that becomes almost as hard as steel because of the high density of sap it contains. The floors throughout most of the ground floor and the entire second floor are also made of Dade County heart pine. The living room, din-ing room and pantry all have their original oak floors. The walls, ceilings, doors and windows throughout most of the house are made of old Florida cypress. Meticulously preserved, this unique treasure at 365 South Beach Road, is the perfect place to enjoy the seclusion, solitude and tranquility of Jupiter Island. This is an Â“old FloridaÂ” tropical paradise where frequently the only footprints in the sand will be your own. Whether you want to nap in the hammock, swim in the pool or the ocean, or wander the beach, you will find this an idyllic place to relax. The house is Â“grandfatheredÂ” in its loca-tion and no new houses are allowed to be built along the beach on either side. During the summer, the beach is one of the main nesting grounds in the world for log-gerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles. The tranquil house once belonged to Gen. James A. Van Fleet, a four-star general described by President Truman as Â“the greatest generalÂ” our nation has ever had. Nicknamed the Â“Barefoot HouseÂ” by a member of the family, this home has seen a mixture of formal elegance and casual relaxation, all enhanced by its unique setting on one of the worldÂ’s greatest beaches. It is listed at $4.95 million. For more information, call Ken Meierling at Engel & Vlkers at 602-4333 or send an email to Ken.Meierling@engelvoelkers.com Q Barefoot houseRare, protected beach house offered on Jupiter IslandCONTRIBUTED BY ENGEL & VLKERSCOURTESY PHOTOS The house has more than 337 feet of ocean frontage in the middle of eight miles of private beach. Palm trees flank the back yard of the house, built about 70 years ago.A large swimming pool at the house, which once belonged to a four-star general, offers a water view.
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I live the lifestyle.ÂŽmarshag@leibowitzrealty.com www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA22 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 The number of initial foreclosure filings in Palm Beach County hit its lowest level in years, with 797 cases filed in November, according to the latest figures available from the county clerk and comptrollerÂs office. The last time initial foreclosure fil-ings dipped below 1,000 was in 2007, prior to the spike in foreclosure filings. The 797 cases filed in November represent a 35.04 percent decrease from the 1,227 foreclosures filed in October, and a roughly 60-percent drop over the same time period last year, the clerkÂs office reports. ÂOne could assume that the number of new filings declined as more banks slowed or halted foreclosures to review their paperwork,ÂŽ said Clerk Sharon Bock, in a prepared statement. Since January, there have been 18,092 new cases filed in Palm Beach County, down from the 27,558 circuit civil foreclosures filed between January and November 2009. The clerkÂs office continues to see higher-than-usual cancellations of scheduled foreclosure sales auctions. The cancellation rate in November was 45.57 percent, or 1,167 sales cancelled, an increase over the aver-age cancellation rate of 30 percent. In October, there were 1,134 scheduled foreclosure sales cancelled, or 52.5 percent, according to clerkÂs office statistics. Despite two straight months of higher-Initial foreclosures in Palm Beach County lowest since 2007Robb & Stucky offers free design seminarsThe interior design team at Robb & Stucky Interiors in Palm Beach Gardens hosts free seminars in January. Space is limited; reservations are requested. Call 904-7200, option 5, to register. Sem-inars are held at Robb & Stucky Interiors, at 3801 Design Center Drive.Â„ Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. Dressing Your Windows With Style : Joan Willis, drapery workroom manager for Robb & Stucky Interiors and spokesperson for Window Coverings Magazine, will present the latest in window coverings. Â„ Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. Design De-cluttered : Designer Robert Weinstein takes you through the steps to de-clutt er your home. Â„ Jan. 27 at 11a.m. Designer Roundtable Â„ questions and answers to your toughest style chal-lenges : Email or fax questions, floor plans and/or photos by Jan. 24, and designers will offer solutions. Email to Lissie.Rosenblum@RobbStucky.net or fax to 624-3440. Q SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYthan-average sales cancellations, 1,394 prop-erties sold in the clerkÂs online foreclosure auctions during November. Of those prop-erties, 1,322 were sold back to the plaintiff in the foreclosure proceeding Â„ typically a bank or mortgage company Â„ while 72 were sold to third-party bidders, according to sales statistics from Grant Street Group, which facilitates the clerkÂs office online foreclosure auctions. The clerk and comptrollerÂs office processes all foreclosure filings and court docu-ments, notices of action and motions. After a foreclosure judgment, the office issues a notice of sale; conducts the foreclosure auc-tion; issues all post-sale documents, such as the certificate of title; and dispenses all sales proceeds. Palm Beach CountyÂs fore-closed properties are auctioned five days a week online at mypalmbeachclerk.com. For more information see mypalmbeachclerk.com or call 355-2996. Q COURTESY PHOTOLang Realty was part of the Â“Living My Life ExpoÂ” consumer event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. More than 60 companies were at the expo. 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US Highway One Â• Jupiter, FL 33477 Telephone +1-561-744-8488 Â• Jupiter@engelvoelkers.com www.engelvoelkers.com/JupiterIfpqil`^i+Pbiidil_^i+ ÂBlack ForestÂŽ is a term used to describe the elaborate, realistic wood carvings that were thought to be made in the Black Forest region of Bavaria, Germany. In the 1980s, new research proved that the carvings were done in Switzerland, most by the Trauffer fam-ily. It is easy to identify pieces. Bears that play instruments, climb trees, hold benches or beg are part of the legs, seats and stands that make up the furni-ture. Each bear was carved from a linden or walnut tree trunk. Pieces were not signed. A similar type of carving that featured birds, branches and plants also was made in Switzerland. Clock cases were made to hold Swiss clock move-ments often marked with a company name. Collectors still call both types of carved pieces ÂBlack Forest.ÂŽ A carved, tall case clock recently sold for $14,000 at Neal Auction Co. in New Orleans. The clock move-ment was marked ÂHawina,ÂŽ a trademark of a German clock company owned by Hans Winterhalder and his family. The company was in business from the 18th century until 1937. The elaborately carved case with owls and branches is not by the carvers of the bear furniture, although it is collected as ÂBlack Forest.ÂŽ Q: I own a cash register that belonged to my great-grandfather. He used it in his produce store in New York City in the late 1930s. ItÂs in perfect working order; even the customer count works. It must weigh close to 200 pounds and seems to be made out of solid brass. Just under the number display is a fancy plate with the serial number 935158416. Can you tell me its age and value?A: The first commercially successful cash register was invented in 1878 by James Ritty, a saloon owner in Dayton, Ohio. Ritty sold his cash register business and patents to National Manufacturing Co. In 1884, John H. Patterson bought National Manufacturing and its patents and renamed the company National Cash Register. The serial number on your cash register, 935158, indicates it was made in January 1911. The model number is 416. It is one of the 400-class registers, which are often found today. National Cash Register was the worldÂs largest manufacturer of cash registers. The name was changed to NCR Corp. in 1974. Today most businesses have replaced cash registers with computers. NCR now makes the modern equivalent of a cash register Â„ point-of-sale work-stations Â„ as well as ATMs, software and other products and services. Q: I inherited more than 40 Royal Doulton figurines from my mother. They are in excellent condition. IÂm concerned that future generations may not appreciate the collection, and my husband and I have no children to leave them to. Should we sell them now while there is still a market for them? Also, are we better off selling them individually or as a collection?A: Old and rare Royal Doulton figurines sell for good prices, but common newer ones sell for less than half their issue price. ÂKovelsÂ Antiques & Collect-ibles Price Guide 2011ÂŽ lists prices for Royal Doulton figurines that sold last year. The highest price was $2,415 for the figurine Young Widow, HN 1399. Several figurines sold for hundreds of dollars, and many sold for under $100. The lowest price was $12. Royal Doulton figurines were introduced in 1913. More than 4,000 HN numbers have been used since then to classify the figurines. The figurines have been made in China since 2005. Sort through your figures, then decide which ones you might want to sell. Q: IÂm looking for information on a vase, or what my mother thinks is an old spittoon. ÂSarna BrassÂŽ is written on the bottom. I havenÂt been able to find a single bit of information about this company.A: ÂSarna BrassÂŽ is a trademark owned by S.S. Sarna Inc. of Manhasset, N.Y. The business was started by Sajan Singh Sarna in 1920. Sarna was born in Rawalpindi in British India (now part of Pakistan). He came to the western United States to go to college and study dairy manufacturing. He found that people were inter-ested in buying handcrafts from India, so he started an import business in about 1920. Brass, textiles and other items were among the products he sold. In 1933, with the Depression in full swing, he moved to New York and began selling goods imported from Japan. In 1938, after having a dream about a bell, he went to Indonesia to buy bells, which he sold to department stores in the Unit-ed States. The bells, each with a ÂstoryÂŽ tag attached, were popular during the 1960s. His company became known as the Bells of Sarna. Sajan Singh Sarna died in the 1970s. The company is now called S.S. Sarna Inc. and sells a variety of gift items. The value of your vase or spittoon is about $50 to $75. Tip: Be careful when burning candles in glass candlesticks. If the candle burns too low, the hot wax and flame may break the glass. Q Â„ 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. Names, addresses or e-mail addresses will not be published. 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. Collectors enchanted by elaborate forest carvings terry KOVEL email@example.com O COURTESY PHOTO Owls, oak leaves, acorns and ferns are carved on the sides and base of this tall case clock. The 7-foot-tall clock sold for $14,000. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE PALM BEACH COUNTY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE B SECTION WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010WEEK at-a-glanceSandy days, salty nightsIf panic sets in over being single, relax and appreciate what you have. B2 XA rave for Â“GoldieÂ” Florida Stage production offers strong performances, lesson in tolerance. B4 XSee Â“Black SwanÂ” The movie about ballet is great, our reviewer says. B11 X Fab French fareYouÂ’ll want to linger at Caf des Artistes in Jupiter. B15 XThe Palm Beach Zoo offers wild gifts for the holidays and the rest of the year. The zoo reports its top gifts for this season. 1. Annual memberships. Members enjoy free daytime admission for a year, discounts on activities, programs and experiences throughout the zoo as well as free or discounted admission to more than 140 zoos, aquariums and museums nationwide. 2. Zoo parent adoptions. Make someone a zoo parent by sponsoring an animal. Sponsorship includes an 8by 10-inch color photo, personalized cer-tificate of adoption, an information sheet and much more. A variety of animals may be sponsored. 3. Gift certificates. Gift certificates may be purchased in any denomination and can be used to buy admission tickets, annual memberships or retail and concessions items. 4. Tigers forever wristbands Support the Malayan tiger conserva-tion efforts and sport a tiger wristband. The zoo in partnership with Pan-thera is working to save this critically endangered species from extinction. The wristband is available to anyone making a $5 minimum contribution to the tigers fund. 5. Behind-the-scenes adventure tours. Choose from one of the following 2-hour tours: animal hospital tour, wild Asia and Australia tour, tropics of the Americas tour or Florida wildlife tour. 6. Night owls overnight adventures. Guided night tours, up-close animal encounters, crafts, and sleeping to the sounds of the zoo at night. Evening snack and breakfast are provided. 7. Summer camp 2011. Camp sessions for chil-dren for one week or the whole summer. See palmbeachzoo.org for more information or to purchase any of these gifts. The Palm Beach Zoo, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is located at Dreher Park at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Q HE TIME IS SEPTEMBER 1939, A SIGNIFIcant moment in history, as war was breaking out in Europe. In three weeks, Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, will give up his battle with mouth cancer and commit suicide. But before he does, this staunch atheist invites C.S. Lewis, a converted Christian and future author of the allegorical ÂChronicles of NarniaÂŽ series, to his London consulting rooms to discuss and debate the existence of God.BY HAP ERSTEINherst ein@Â” oridaw eekly. c om FREUDIAN TRIPS COURTESY PHOTOPlaywright Mark St. Germain declines to say whether he sides with Lewis, played by Chris Oden, left, or Freud, played by Dennis Creaghan. Palm Beach Zoo lists purr-fect gifts for seasonSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY ItÂ’s the father of psychoanalysisversus C.S. Lewis in debate about God and sex SEE FREUD, B4XT FreudÂ’s Last Session plays through Feb. 6B4 >>inside: COURTESY PHOTOWristbands supporting the Malayan tiger are available.
7100 Fairway Drive, Palm Beach GardensxÂ£Â‡Â™Â£Â‡x "U/ >Â>"*i MondayÂ…Friday 11:30 AM Â…9:00 PM U->'`>x\qÂ™\ PM "'Â“i'vi>'i>`ÂˆÂˆÂœ>Â/Â…>Âˆv>ÂœÂˆi>`VÂœiÂ“Âœ>>Âi>ÂˆiÂ…>ÂˆVÂ'`i'Âˆ'ii}i>Âˆ>>`v'ÂˆÂœiVÂˆi i i,i>'>vÂœ"Â™ Â… Palm Beach Post i/Â…>Âˆ,i>'>vÂœ"Â£ Â… WFLX Fox 29 i/Â…>Âˆ,i>'> Â… Spotlight on the Northern Palm Beaches ,>i`vÂœ-iÂˆVi>`ÂœÂœ` Â… Palm Beach Post nÂ…iv`'Âœ' Â… Sun Sentinel My friend Mahad offers to take me to coffee. I have been traveling recently, and I have a gift for him Â„ a box of can-dies. ItÂs an impersonal gift, I know, but Mahad has also been traveling and his gifts to me Â„ a pair of earrings, a scarf, an embroidered top Â„ struck me as too intimate. We are colleagues, after all. Not even at the gift-giving level, I thought. I order mint tea and Mahad has a coffee with milk. He opens the box of can-dies, seems delighted, and passes them across the table for me to share. I eat one dutifully and ask him what I have missed at the office. He relates the latest gossip, and we dissect the intrigues and petty angers as we sip our drinks. We move onward after a time, to travels and places visited. I mention Japan and Mahad asks if I speak Japanese. ÂOnly the basics,ÂŽ I say. ÂOhayo gozaimasu. Domo arigato. That sort of thing.ÂŽ ÂI know, ÂaishiteruÂ,ÂŽ he says. ÂIt means, ÂI love you.ÂÂŽ I laugh and my tea spills into its saucer. ÂWhy would you need to know that?ÂŽ I say. Mahad laughs too, but quietly, almost to himself. ÂI was not always like this,ÂŽ he says. I wonder what he means. Married, Torschlusspanik Artis HENDERSON firstname.lastname@example.org with two children? Or courting a woman half his age? There is a term in German, torschlusspanik, that translates as Âgateclosing panic.ÂŽ Contextually, it refers to a fear of diminishing opportunities as we age. That fear can spread across the spectrum. There are those who fear diminished career opportunities and those who fear diminished opportuni-ties for exploration. Some think they will have fewer chances to travel or fewer moments of leisure. But there is no gate-closing panic so powerful as the fear of diminished opportunities in love.Perhaps that is why Mahad is already on his second family, with a wife 20 years his junior. Now that he has turned 60, heÂs thinking about a third go-round, this time with someone 30 years younger.My sense is that men and women both experience torschlusspanik but in markedly different ways. For men, the fear revolves around diminished opportunities to prove their manhood, diminished chances to woo and bed the ladies. For women, torschlusspanik is less about having fewer partners and more about the gate-closing panic associated with the trade-offs we have made Â„ and whether or not they were the right ones. I think about my single friends, who at 30-plus wonder if opting for a sweet job in a SANDY DAYS, SALTY NIGHTSchosen the suburban mom path, friends who tell me they thought their lives would have progressed further by now.In both cases, torschlusspanik is fueled by the routes not taken.My guess is that rather than being the exception, this panic is a natural part of growing older. All we can really do is hold on and try to reassure ourselves that we have made the right choices. And in tough moments, we can always flirt with our younger colleagues. Q Â“...There is a term in German, torschlusspanik, that translates as Â“gate-closing panic...Â” a woman German as Âgate it refers o rtunities a d across who f ear i ties an d pp ortuni the y will o r fe w e r s no gate h e fear o f v e a d is t h a h at ng m e n d c e d h e e d i r e s o r ss a nd a nic we no t e r a c p t h w the I ik is k t ak en My b ein g t h a natural w e can re to r e a ss u r m a d e t h e m oments our youn g big city was worth sacrificing the married-at-25 lifestyle. They hold out hope for matrimony and babies, but those opportu-nities diminish with age. I think, too, of the women who have www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010
December 15 Â… January 16Max is a single lesbian who just gave birth. The hospital sends Goldie, an Orthodox Jewish lactation consultant, to guide Max into motherhood. Will conÂ”icting family values get the better of them both? A wonderfully funny new play that sends you off with a smile. www.Â”oridastage.org WORLD PREMIERE N OW IN THE R INKER P LAYHOUSE AT THE K RAVIS C ENTER FOR THE P ERFORMING A RTS561Â€585Â€3433PALM BEACH COUNTY800Â€514Â€3837OUTSIDE P.B. COUNTY MEDIA SPONSOR CALL NOW FOR TICKETS! WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B3 Fishing for a holiday gift? These two lavishly produced volumes will sat-isfy the knowledge hunger of any fly-fishing aficionado. However, the audi-ence for these gloriously illus-trated books on the silvery tarpon should be wider than that of sports fishermen. Tarpon fishing has long been part of the Flor-ida way of life. To learn about its methods, its challenges, its heroes and its domain is to learn, through a special lens, about a special state. While the two books overlap in many ways, each has its own distinc-tion. Andy MillÂs ÂA Passion for TarponÂŽ is first of all an elab-orate how-to book on catching the giant tarpon with a fly rod. Through new interviews with leg-endary guides and stellar fishermen, as well as through contributions com-missioned for the book by experts on technical matters, Mr. Mill presents an encyclopedic volume of information in an easy, accessible and entertaining manner. His competitive passion, first brought to world renown as an Olympic down-hill skier, continues as a multi-time tarpon tournament champion in the Florida Keys and as an advocate for this challenging sport and the way of life that surrounds it. The oversized book is gener-ously illustrated, sometimes with old advertisements and magazine cov-ers, sometimes with photographs from the collections of various contributors, but primarily and most notably with glorious original photographs by Pat Ford. The dazzling double-page spreads of Mr. FordÂs work that will make readers gasp with aston-ishment and understand why the book needs to carry such a high price. Publisher Thomas PeroÂs interview with author and tarpon fanatic Thomas McGuane is a literary high point in the book, which also contains a substantial bibliography and an index. ÂRandy Wayne WhiteÂs Ultimate Tarpon BookÂŽ takes a somewhat different approach. Mr. White and Carlene Bren-nan have organized and introduced a selection of previously published writ-ings by a wide range of authors. Mr. White, once a fishing guide himself before becoming a best-selling suspense novelist, has over the years amassed an exceptional library of writings about tarpon and tarpon fishing history, and this collection is drawn upon for the book. Each selection is effectively contextualized by a brief introduction. The most fascinating materials are those first published in local newspapers and peri-odicals dur-ing the last two decades of the 19th century and in the early decades of the 20th. These are primary materials for an under-standing of the sport and especially of its place in the history of South-west Flori-da Â„ more specifically, greater Fort Myers and that special body of living water called Tarpon Bay. Rather than looking back on history, these selections put us inside it and justify the bookÂs subtitle: ÂThe Birth of Big Game Fishing.ÂŽ Several selections develop the history of tarpon game fishing as an important industry that contributes significantly to the tourist economy. Most of the great names of the sport, whether as participants or historian-narrators, are represented here. So also are the celebrities connected with tar-pon fishing, such as Ernest Heming-way, Zane Grey, Thomas Edison, master angler and storyteller Nick Lyons and A.W. Dimock, the Wall Street tycoon who became a pioneer in the sport and a trailblazer in documenting its early history. This volume, a pleasing prose mosaic and tribute to a life-shaping sport, is also copiously illustrated, with more than 200 black-and-white photos. Many of these are from the same sources as the articles, while others are from pri-vate and public collections. Follow your budget and take your pick from these two tarpon tomes. You canÂt go wrong with either one. Q Both keepers: two new tomes about Florida tarponBY PHILIP K. JASONSpecial to Florida Weekly S p e ci al F o r ew ord b y P r esiden t Geor ge H.W Bush I ntroduction by Le fty Kr eh Featuring th e Aw ard-Winning Photo gr aphy o f Pat F o rd Andy MillA Pa s sion for Ta rpon w s i f A p y e to t h th na ch B by g r e A n d y M i l l APif Â€ ÂA Passion for Tarpon,ÂŽ by Andy Mill. Wild River Press. 510 pages. $100.Â€ ÂRandy Wayne WhiteÂs Ultimate Tarpon Book,ÂŽ edited by Randy Wayne White and Carlene Fredericka Brennen. University Press of Florida. 480 pages. $34.95WHITE MILL
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 A single mother helpless about how to nurse her newborn leads to a clash of cultures in Karen HartmanÂs world premiere comedy, ÂGoldie, Max & Milk,ÂŽ a holiday gift from Florida Stage. Maxine is an unemployed lesbian from Brooklyn whose lover has left her in a sudden fit of heterosexuality. She has little in common with Goldie, an Orthodox Jewish lactation consultant. But in HartmanÂs warm, wise and witty new work, each knows things that the other needs, so a wary, arms-length bond is formed. The hospital sends Goldie to MaxÂs dilapidated home to assist when the new, unprepared momÂs breast milk refuses to flow. Judgmental Goldie does help Â„ visualizing waterfalls does the trick Â„ but her religious back-ground dictates disapproval of MaxÂs sexual orientation. Still, thanks to artificial insemination by way of the drug dealer brother of MaxÂs flighty partner Lisa, Max cradles in her arms Lakshmi Rose, a tiny mir-acle named after the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. So what could possibly go wrong now? Oy, donÂt ask. The exchanges between Goldie and Max are cleverly crafted, even if they have an odd-couple predictability. And the parallel-lessons structure feels a little too convenient, yet Hartman and the cast manage to win us over with the playÂs humanity and its heart-onthe-sleeve argument for tolerance. Beyond the match-up of the title characters, the playwrightÂs other inspired notion is the introduction of GoldieÂs teenage daughter into the fray. Shayna Brucha visits Max carrying a noodle casserole and a heavy burden. She has been harboring the secret that she too is a lesbian, and feels certain that when her mother finds out she will be ostracized from the family. So just as Goldie taught Max how to be a mother to her baby, Max teaches Goldie about understanding her own daughterÂs needs. That should be enough drama for any one play, but Hartman keeps piling on the plot wrinkles. As the first act ends, Lisa rashly kidnaps little Lakshmi to gain MaxÂs attention. After intermis-sion, however, not much is made of this cliffhanger transgression, other than turning us off to Lisa. The production is directed with a gentle hand by Margaret M. Ledford, resident director of DavieÂs Pro-methean Theatre, making her Florida Stage debut. To her credit, she focuses on avoiding the playÂs potential for caricature, particularly with Goldie, played earnestly by Deborah L. Sher-man. With a distinct, but not overly broad Brooklyn accent, she imparts plenty of practical wisdom, but never lets us forget her religious code, which knows no compromise. Sherman is first-rate, but the play centers on Max, and Erin Joy Schmidt is completely endearing as a woman who is clueless when it comes to child rearing yet has a natural maternal instinct. In time, we sense that she will get the hang of this mothering thing, but Lakshmi is only a few days old and Max is perpetually exhausted. Petite Sarah Lord comes on like a wise-beyond-her-years dynamo and Carla Harting manages to add some dimension to Lisa, even if she remains the villainess of the piece. David Hemphill contributes solid support in the odd-man-out role of LisaÂs brother Mike, trying to get his foot in the door as LakshmiÂs dad just because he donated some sperm. The production fits nicely in the Rinker Playhouse, thanks to Timothy R. MackabeeÂs multiple-location scenic design, which brings onstage far more furniture and sets than would ever have fit in the Manalapan space. Ulti-mately, ÂGoldie, Max & MilkÂŽ is lighter than much of Florida StageÂs usual fare, but it still contains plenty of wisdom between the laughs. Q Â“GoldieÂ” wins audience with humanity, strong performances hap ERSTEIN email@example.com O THEATER REVIEW >> GOLDIE, MAX & MILK, Florida Stage at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Through Jan. 16. Tickets: $47-$50. Call 585-3433 or 800-514-3837. O in the know At least that is how playwright Mark St. Germain sees matters unfold in his cerebral drama, ÂFreudÂs Last Session.ÂŽ Although a New York production is still running off-Broadway, the play has just opened at Palm Beach Dramaworks, directed by William Hayes and featur-ing Dennis Creaghan as Freud and Chris Oden as Lewis. There is no evidence that Freud and Lewis actually ever met, but St. Germain did not just happen to match up these two major thinkers of the 20th century. The play stems from the book ÂThe Question of GodÂŽ by Dr. Armand Nicholi, which St. Germain happened to read. ÂIn the last chapter, Dr. Nicholi makes the statement that there was a young Oxford don who did visit Freud in the last month of his life,ÂŽ notes the playwright. When Nicholi suggested it would be intriguing if that visitor had been Lewis, a little bell went off in St. GermainÂs head. He had, after all, previously written ÂCamping with Henry and Tom,ÂŽ a similar work of conjecture, which supposed that industrialist Henry Ford and inventor Thomas Edison went off in the wilderness and discussed a wide variety of subjects. ÂI guess IÂm fascinated with history, IÂm fascinated with the people who are larger-than-life,ÂŽ says St. Germain. ÂItÂs really interesting to spend time in their company. To try and put myself inside their heads and experience the world as they see it.ÂŽ St. Germain already had some knowledge of Freud and Lewis. ÂI had read books by both,ÂŽ but he found he needed to do much more research. ÂI had to find out more about them, about who they were, as opposed to what they said. A year and a half later, I was still reading.ÂŽ The play that emerged is lively and entertaining, even though it is chiefly dialogue, as the two men discuss such sub-jects as religion, sex, the meaning of life and the existence of God. The only question St. Germain begs off answering is which of the characters he personally sides with on the God question. ÂI always plead the Fifth on that,ÂŽ he says, concerned that theatergoers might perceive a bias on his part if he divulged his own beliefs. ÂFreudÂs Last SessionÂŽ tried out last year at Barrington (Mass.) Stage, where St. Germain kept polling the audience in post-show talkbacks, assessing the scriptÂs balance. ÂAnd it was really interesting, because there was about a third of the audience that would come and congratu-late you because Freud really won this argument. And then a third would say, ÂIsnÂt it a shame, but Lewis really trounced Freud.Â I like that.ÂŽ Two years ago, before the play arrived at Barrington Stage, Dramaworks artistic director Hayes invited St. Germain to Palm Beach County to test out the play in a staged reading. ÂI was very happy to do that, because it was a chance to hear it, watch the audience and do some rewrites on it,ÂŽ explains St. Germain. ÂThe actors did a terrific job, I thought, and it was a good experience.ÂŽ So he was perfectly amenable when Hayes wanted to produce the play fully in his subscription season. ÂFreudÂs Last SessionÂŽ has gone through some improve-ments since that local reading. ÂI think itÂs a much stronger play,ÂŽ St. German notes. ÂI think the arguments are developed more deeply and I think thereÂs more of the personalities of the men.ÂŽ The play opened off-Broadway in July with the Barrington Stage cast, after St. Germain considered, but ultimately rejected the notion of recasting with two box office names and taking it to Broad-way. ÂYes, I had been approached to do that, but I really felt that if you have a pro-duction youÂre happy with, it was really crazy to try to do something else,ÂŽ he says. ÂYouÂre always taking a chance that itÂs not going to come together in the same way. And funding is so much more difficult, you can wait for years to try to raise the money.ÂŽ Besides, he feels certain that off-Broadway Â„ or regional theater Â„ is the place for plays of ideas, where audiences go to listen and think. ÂI think the Broadway audience is mostly lured these days by the spectacle, or the name performers within a play.ÂŽ Even St. Germain is pleasantly astonished that ticket demand in New York remains strong after five months. In part, he believes, it is due to a renewed interest in spirituality in the nation and a hunger for the answers that Freud himself sought. ÂI think these are eternal questions, but these are things that most of the time you donÂt spend an evening thinking about. When you have something traumatic hap-pen to you, you consider things like, ÂWhat is the purpose of life? Is there life after this?Â But most of us donÂt put two minutes thought into it a day.ÂŽ Still, St. Germain emphasizes, ÂItÂs about people, itÂs not about debate itself. We have to feel that weÂre in the room with people who arenÂt simply icons. We have to get them down off the mantel and see them as people who have ideas. To see Freud, who is in the last stages of his life, and Lewis, whose career is just beginning, and just experience them. ÂFreudÂs Last Session,ÂŽ says its playwright, allows theatergoers Âto see the world through the eyes of two geniuses and then to look at their own lives and their own beliefs.ÂŽ Q FREUDFrom page 1 >> FREUDÂ’S LAST SESSION, Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. Through Feb. 6. Tickets; $47. Call 514-4042. O in the know COURTESY PHOTODennis Creaghan, left, plays Freud and Chris Oden portrays author C.S. Lewis in the Drama-works production of the play about the father of psychoanalysis.COURTESY PHOTOErin Joy Schmidt, left, is endearing as Max, and Deborah L. Sherman gives a first-rate perfor-mance as Goldie.
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FOTOfusion bills itself as Âwhere creativity and technology fuse,ÂŽ and it attracts participants from around the globe.A highlight of the upcoming FOTOfusion will be the presentation of the presti-gious FOTOmentor Award to Robert Glenn Ketchum, a longtime friend and supporter of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. In turn, Ketchum will present PBPCÂs Rising Star Award to Miguel ngel de la Cueva, a young Fellow from the International League of Conservation Photographers who is doing remarkable work in Mexico and Baja. Each year, the PBPC Awards Committee selects a photographer to receive the FOTOmentor Award in honor of his/her lifetime achievements in the world of pho-tography. Previous recipients include dis-tinguished photographers Gordon Parks, Sebastiao Salgado, Arnold Newman, Ruth Bernhard, Duane MichaeIs, James Nach-twey, Michael Kenna and David Hume Ken-nerly, among others. ÂTo celebrate KetchumÂs distinguished career, IÂm proud to announce that the Photo Centre will run a retrospective exhibition of his incredible nature photographs opening on January 2 and running through March 8, 2011,ÂŽ said Ms. NeJame. ÂIt is seldom that we have the opportunity to feature a photogra-pher that embraces such a diverse approach to photographic image making.ÂŽ PBPC will honor Ketchum several times during the weeklong festival: Â„ At a reception open to FOTOfusion participants on Jan. 11. Â„ At an awards dinner on Jan. 12. Â„ At a reception open to the general public on Jan. 13. In addition, Ketchum will also give a lecture (A 45 Year Journey to American Mas-ter) on Wednesday, Jan. 12, starting at 12:45 p.m. He also will participate on a conserva-tion panel with other representatives fro the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) on Saturday, Jan. 15. For more information about the Palm Beach Photographic Centre and FOTOfu-sion 2011, please visit www.workshop.org. About Robert Glenn Ketchum:In 2010, American Photo magazine featured Robert Glenn Ketchum in their Masters series making him only the fifth photographer they have recognized this way in 20 years of publishing. Unlike the four preceding honorees (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Annie Liebovitz), Ketchum is unique because his imagery is based almost exclu-sively in the natural world. For nearly half a century, KetchumÂs fine prints, and bookmaking, have addressed critical national environmen-tal issues while at the same time helped to define contem-porary color photography. His advocate use of photographs and the media has inspired suc-cessive generations of artists to work on behalf of social and environ-mental justice, and led to the creation of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), of which Ketchum is a Founding Fellow. As a result, Audubon has named Ketchum one of the 100 people Âwho shaped the conservation movement of the 20th Century.ÂŽ In the early Â80Âs, Ketchum entered China through the UCLA-China Exchange Pro-gram, and began to collaborate with some of the historic embroidery guilds of Suzhou to develop complex textiles based on his pho-tographs. Some of the most recent examples of this embroidery and loom weaving, many of which took years to complete, will be included in this exhibit, as will new designs from the digital darkroom that Ketchum has recently developed for the embroiderers. KetchumÂs distinctive, dimensional prints are in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the National Museum of American Art (DC), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY). Signifi-cant archives (more than 100 images) have been acquired by the Amon Carter Museum (TX) and the Huntington Library and Gar-dens (CA), and substantial bodies of work can be found at the High Museum (GA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Akron Art Museum (OH), Stanford Universi-ty Art Museum (CA), the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Cornell University (NY), and the National Museum of American Art. About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday Â… Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more infor-mation, please call 253-2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Thursday, Dec. 23 Q Starfish & Coffee Storytime Session at the Loxahatchee River Center Â— 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Call (561) 743-7123 or visit www.loxa-hatcheeriver.org/rivercenter. Q MosÂ’Art Theatre Â— Screenings of ÂFour Lions,ÂŽ 2:30 p.m., ÂA Film Unfin-ished,ÂŽ 4:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Tickets: $8. 700 Park Ave., Lake Park; 337-6763. Q Holiday Lights Â— The Palm Beach Zoo flips the switch on the lights of its hol-iday display 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $10.95 adults, $6.95 children 3-12 and free for kids 3 and younger; 547-9563, www.palmbeachzoo.org. Q Flagler Museum Â— Holiday evening tours of Whitehall, include a tour of WhitehallÂs first floor, carolers, refresh-ments, and a special Whitehall Christmas cracker. Guided tours are available each night at 7:05 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. through Dec. 23. Tickets: $25 for adults and $15 for children age 18 and under. Advance ticket purchase is required; 655-2833; www.flaglermuseum.us. Q Moscow Classic Ballet in Â“The NutcrackerÂ” Â— TchaikovskyÂs timeless holiday tale, through Dec. 24, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.. Tickets: $25 and up; 832-7469. Q Â“The Velveteen RabbitÂ” Â— The tale of fantasy, loss, self-esteem and the transformative powers of love, pre-sented by Bob CarterÂs ActorÂs Workshop & Repertory Co., through Dec. 23 at the Borland Center, Midtown at the Gardens, 4885 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets: $10; 904-3131. Friday, Dec. 24 Q MosÂ’Art Theatre Â— Screenings of ÂKings of PastryÂŽ and ÂŽTiny Furni-ture.ÂŽ Various times, Dec. 23-29. Closed Christmas Day. Opening night tickets: $6. General admission: $8; 337-6763. Q DowntownÂ’s Weekend KickOff Â— Music from 6-10 p.m. Fridays. Centre Court, Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens. Dec. 24: No enter-tainment scheduled. Dec. 31: Iko-Iko. 340-1600. Saturday, Dec. 25 Sunday, Dec. 26 Q Taste in the Gardens Green Market Â— Gardens Park, 4301 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 8 a.m. -1 p.m. Live entertainment, produce, plants, flow-ers, handmade crafts and prepared food and drink items. Free; no pets. For vendor information, call 772-6435. Q Dave & AaronÂ’s Workout on Stand Up Paddleboarding Â— 9:30 a.m. weekly, Jupiter Outdoor Center. For reservations, call 747-0063; visit www.jupiteroutdoorcenter.com. Q Grandparent/Grandchild Bowling Day Â— Sponsored by JCC North, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 26, Jupiter Lanes, 350 Maplewood Drive, Jupiter. $12 per person (includes two games and shoe rental). For questions or to register con-tact Rachel at 712-5279 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Q Monty PythonÂ’s Â“SpamalotÂ” Â— The 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Complete with flying cows, killer rabbits and taunting Frenchmen, 8 p.m. Dec. 26, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $25 and up; 832-7469. Monday, Dec. 27 Q NBCÂ’s Last Comic Standing Live Tour Â— With winner Felipe Esparza and finalists Roy Wood, Tommy Johnagin, Myq Kaplan and Mike DeSte-fano, 8 p.m. Dec. 27, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $15 and up; 832-7469. Tuesday, Dec. 28 Q Art on the Water Â— Music and local art, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach. Q Tai Chi for Arthritis Â— 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lakeside Center, 10410 N. Military Trail or 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednes-days at Burns Road Recreation Center, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Class focuses on muscular strength, flex-ibility and fitness. Drop-in fee: $9; resident discount fee: $8 10-class pass fee: $80; resident discount fee: $70. 630-1100; www.pbgfl.com. Wednesday, Dec. 29 Q Wimpy Kid Wednesday Â— 3-5 p.m., Lake Park Public Library, 529 Park Ave, Lake Park. Events and movie. Free; 881-3330. Q Hatchling Tales Â— 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Free; marinelife.org. Q Â“The Sound of MusicÂ” Â— the movie Â„ 7 p.m. Dec. 29, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Free, but tickets required. 575-2223. Q Paul Anka Â— The singer of ÂDianaÂŽ composer of the English lyrics for ÂMy WayÂŽ plays a concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 29, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.. Tickets: $25 and up; 832-7469. Q Jon Shain Â— Doors open at 8 p.m. Dec. 29, The Orange Door, 798 10th St., Lake Park. Tickets: $5; 842-7949. Q PuttinÂ’ on the Ritz Â— New York cabaret star Steve Ross sings Fred Astaire, Dec. 29-31, in the Kravis Center Cohen PavilionÂs Helen K. Persson Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.. Tickets: $30 ($45 New YearÂs Eve toast); 832-7469. Ongoing events Q Â“Peace on EarthÂ” exhibition Â— Through Dec. 30, Lighthouse ArtCenter. Gallery Square North, 373 Teques-ta Drive, Tequesta. Admission: free for members; $5 ages 12 and up; free for under 12; free admission to public on Saturdays. 746-3101. Q Holiday Light Show Â— 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. every day in December, Centre Court, Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens. Free. 727-2640. Q Â“Goldie, Max & MilkÂ” Â— A world premiere by Karen Hartman, through Jan. 16, Florida Stage, the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $40 and up. 585-3433; www.floridastage.org. Q Â“FreudÂ’s Last SessionÂ” Â— Play by Mark St. Germain, through Feb. 6, Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $47; 514-4042. Q Â“Five Thousand Years on the LoxahatcheeÂ” Â— Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain ArmourÂs Way, Jupiter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sun-day. 747-8380, ext. 101; jupiterlighthouse.org. December events Q Arturo Sandoval Â— The trumpeter is joined by jazz singer Connie James, 8 p.m. Dec. 30, Kravis Center, 701 Okeecho-bee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $15 and up; 832-7469. Q Noon YearÂ’s Eve Â— Countdown the Noon Year 2011 with free carousel rides, games, face painting, A Latte Fun characters and giveaways, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 31, Downtown at the Gardens, Car-ousel Courtyard, Palm Beach Gardens. 340-1600. Q New YearÂ’s Eve Gala, A Night in Vienna Â— The Indian River Pops performs a traditional Euro-pean New YearÂs Eve celebration with Viennese waltzes and polkas, Broadway and movie music and musical surprises. Special guests include ballroom dancers and vocalists to ring in the New Year. Refreshments provided. Tickets: $35. Call 561-207-5900; www.indianriverpops.org. Q Mandy Patinkin Â— ÂDress Casual,ÂŽ with Paul Ford on piano. The Broadway singer and actor sings a range of songs, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Kravis Center, 701 Okeecho-bee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $25 and up; 832-7469. Q The Capitol Steps Â— Music and political satire, 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 31, and 2 p.m. Jan. 1, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets: $50-$85; 575-2223. January events Q Salute to Vienna: New YearÂ’s Concert 2011 Â— The music of Johann Strauss Jr., the new cast led by Gerhard Track includes the National Bal-let of Hungary and lead singers Melanie Holliday soprano (Vienna) and tenor Ist-vn Kov cshzi (Budapest). 8 p.m. Jan. 1, the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $25; 832-7469. Q Â“Swan LakeÂ” by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia Â— This romantic-classic ballet involves an enchanted princess, a noble prince and an evil sorcerer. Music is by Tchaik-ovsky. 8 p.m. Jan. 2, the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Free pre-performance discussion led by Steven Caras at 6:45 p.m. Tickets start at $25; 832-7469. Q The Streisand Songbook Â— With singer Gloria Loring and the Palm Beach Pops, led by Bob Lappin, 8 p.m. Jan. 4-6 at Carole & Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, Florida Atlantic Uni-versity, Boca Raton, and 8 p.m. Jan. 9, Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets: $29-$89. Call 561-832-7677 or visit www.palmbeachpops.org/streisand. Q DisneyÂ’s Â“Beauty and the BeastÂ” Â— The Academy Award-winning score from the feature film (music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman) and additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. Jan. 4-9, the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Free pre-performance discussion led by Niki Fridh at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 4, and free musical presentation by Palm Beach Central High School in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 7. Tickets start at $25; 832-7469. Q The Best of Bobby Vinton Â— Vinton is joined by an orchestra, and fam-ily members, to sing his hits. 8 p.m. Jan. 7, Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets: $45-$55; 561-278-7677. He also appears 8 p.m. Jan. 8, Carole & Barry Kaye Per-forming Arts Auditorium, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Tickets: 800-564-9539; www.sunsetet.com. Q The West Palm Beach Antiques, Flea and Craft Mar-ket Â— The 50 or so dealers at the bi-weekly event offer a variety of collect-ibles, mid-century furniture, crafts and art. ItÂs at Datura Street and Quadrille Boule-vard from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 8. Admission is free, and free parking is available in the city parking lot on Datura Street across from the market; 833-4440. Q The Raging Jews of Comedy Â— Performance to benefit the American Friends of Magen David Adom. The Rag-ing Jews of Comedy Â„ Gregg Rogell, Sunda Croonquist, Dan Naturman, Jessica Kirson and Tommy Savitt Â„ have appeared on the ÂLate Night with David Letterman,ÂŽ the ÂTonight ShowÂŽ with Jay Leno, ÂThe Late Show with Conan OÂBrienÂŽ and com-edy specials on Showtime and Comedy Central. 8 p.m. Jan. 9. Tickets: $35; $16 for students with ID. Call 207-5900; www.ragingjewsofcomedy.com. Q Â“The Sound of MusicÂ” Â— The final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein follows the von Trapp family as they leave Austria to escape Nazi persecution. Jan. 11-30, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Tickets: $43-$60; (561) 575-2223. Q River Totters Arts nÂ’ Crafts Â— 9 a.m. second Wednesday of each month (next session is Jan. 12), Loxa-hatchee River Center, 805 N. U.S. 1, Jupi-ter. Arts and crafts for kids. Cost: $3; 743-7123. Q Â“Forever PlaidÂ” Â— The four members of an all-male singing group get a second chance to fulfill their dream and perform the concert they never got to in life. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 12, the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $25; 832-7469. Q Lighthouse Sunset Tour Â— Take in the sunset views and see the Jupiter Light turn on to illuminate the night sky second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Next tour: Jan. 12. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watchroom. Tour time approximately 75 minutes. Tours are weather permitting, call for tour time. Must be 4 feet tall to climb, no flip-flops tainment scheduled . De D D De De De D D D D De D De De D D D D D D D De De D D D D D D D De e e e e e e D D D D De e e e e e e De e c. c c c c c c c c c c c 31: IkoIko 340 1 600 Saturda y y y y y D ec 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Q m T F Q c W K W 8
Spectacular new years begin at Downtown at the Gardens where the merriment is anything but the same auld lang syne. A one-of-a-kind carousel voyage awaits with colorful, hand-crafted creatures waiting to take a ride. Kids of all ages will delight in a day of games, face-painting and A Latte Fun characters and giveaway. NOON YEARÂ’S EVEA family celebration FREE carousel rides11am Â– 1pm DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWNAfter dark, the countdown to 2011 begins with IKO-IKOÂ’s Â“SwampadelicÂ” Rock and American Blues rockinÂ’ down to midnight. Register to win $2,011 worth of shopping certicates from the DATG merchants (must be present to win) 9pm Â– 12:30am Stay Connected Complimentary Valet Parking DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN! NOON YEARÂ’S EVE 4LYYPTLU[ZVMIHSSVVUZHUKI\IIS` '7*)OD:HHNO\$GBYLQGG 30 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 A RTS & ENTERTAINMENT B9 When someone takes the time to pair wines with breakfast cereals, as Gary Vaynerchuk did last year (if youÂ’re won dering what to pair with CapÂ’n Crunch, itÂ’s the 2007 Von Kesselstatt Spatlese Scharzhofberger Riesling), I think itÂ’s time to admit that the obsession with pairing has gotten a bit out of hand. DonÂ’t get me wrong: I certainly like food, and IÂ’ve been known to enjoy an occasional glass of wine with a meal, but the obsession some people have with claiming that the notes of fruit from the wind passing over the pear tree in the field adjoining the grape arbors sets off some part of the steak sauce is lost on me. Call me unsophisti cated, but for me wine pretty much comes in two varieties: wine that tastes delicious and wine that doesnÂ’t. Picking out the subtleties of why itÂ’s good or bad isnÂ’t my bag, though I might well pretend other wise if I were to sit down for dinner with the Queen of England (Â“why, yes, your highness, I do find this to be a delightfully playful glass of the olÂ’ grapeÂ”). During a meal last week at the recently opened Umi Fishbar and Grill in Palm Beach Gardens, though, I was surprised to learn that my palate has a bit more of an opinion about sake. UmiÂ’s sake choices go beyond the Â“hotÂ” and Â“coldÂ” varieties that IÂ’m usually offered (yes, I understand that I may not go to the right places); their sake list has a selection of premium sakes in varieties like junmai, junmai ginjo, jun mai daiginjo and daijinjo, none of which meant anything to me as IÂ’ve pointedly ignored sake menus in the past. My loss though: our table shared a few bottles that a restaurant employee explained and recommended (though he couldnÂ’t tell us if there is an equivalent term to som melier for sake experts Â— we settled on Sake Master) and not only were they very different, I really could pick out specific flavors in each variety; an unexpected and pleasant surprise. But back to pairings: the concept is sound, of course. Palates can tend to rebel when mixing certain flavors, as anyone whoÂ’s chased a vigorous tooth-brushing with a glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee can tell you. But even leaving aside the absurd pairing of wine and Lucky Charms, I find discussions about hyper-specific pairings to be a bit overwrought, particularly as they always seem to include a specific vintage of wine from a little known winery that only produces three casks a month, and only when thereÂ’s a west wind and a specific species of bird is nesting between 1.5 and 2.3 miles north-northwest of the vineyard. As long as the food and wine (or beer) in question donÂ’t taste like chocolate and ketchup when sharing a table, I say mix and match what you like. After all, just as having a beer you enjoy with a tasty burger is likely to make for a fine afternoon (though per sonally, I often prefer to pair burgers with a recently decanted Coca-Cola on the rocks), a wine you find distasteful (which would be Port, in my case Â— let me eat my dessert in piece, you pushy sommelier) is never going to be a pleasure regardless of what youÂ’re eating it with. There are pairings that matter; theyÂ’re just not necessarily all food with other food. For example, a fresh milkshake with a ride in a convertible makes for a great after-lunch dessert pairing, and a rocks margarita with and evening by the water is a great cocktail pairing. But my favorite pairings by far are food and music, so grab whatever bottle of wine you like and think about some of the following the next time you serve a meal and want to impress your guests with your pairing skills.Â„ Appetizer : shrimp cocktail with Philip GlassÂ’ Â“Etude #2Â” (Â“Etudes for Solo Piano Vol. IÂ”). I love this pairing, though IÂ’d suggest partaking in this por tion of your meal in super slow motion to fully enjoy it. In slow motion, the spray of the lemon zest arcing through the air and the achingly deliberate dipping of shrimp into deep red cocktail sauce play beautifully against the hyp notic piano work, torturously slow builds and exquisite dramatic payoffs of GlassÂ’ etude. ItÂ’s really quite striking. Those of you without the CD are in luck: this particular piece is available on the Â“Orange Moun tain Philip Glass Sampler,Â” which can be down loaded for free from Amazon. com. The slow THE MASHUP Get your food and music right: Skirt steak goes with AC/DC bradford SCHMIDT email@example.com O MASHUPFrom page B8 Feel like a theme-park New YearÂ’s?Then head north to Universal Orlando CityWalk, where there will be live entertainment by Bret Michaels, of the metal band Poison, plus clubs and restaurants.Some of MichaelsÂ’ most popular hits include Â“Every Rose Has Its Thorn,Â” Â“Talk Dirty to Me,Â” Â“Something to Believe InÂ” and Â“NothinÂ’ but a Good Time.Â” He also won the third season of NBCÂ’s Â“Celebrity Appren tice.Â” Tickets are $119.99 plus tax per per son if bought by Dec. 27. On Dec. 28, the ticket price rises to $139.99. The ticket price includes access to MichaelsÂ’ concert, unlimited access to seven of CityWalkÂ’s most popular clubs, all-you-can-eat food (filet mignon, jumbo shrimp and desserts) and a midnight Cham pagne toast.The New YearÂ’s Eve celebration is 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31. To order tick ets, log on to www.universalorlando.com/holidays and click on the New YearÂ’s Eve at CityWalk button. Q Tickets still available to Universal New YearÂ’s Evemotion part I canÂ’t help you with.Â„ Main Course : marinated skirt steak with salsa and AC/DCÂ’s Â“Back in BlackÂ” (Â“Back in BlackÂ”). After languishing in the beauty and subtleties of the slow motion shrimp and Philip Glass course, itÂ’s time to wake up your palate and put quiet time and those frou-frou lovey-dovey emotions aside. A flavorful cut of beef with fresh jalapeo-based salsa (served fajita-style or not) pairs perfectly with Brian JohnsonÂ’s snarling lead vocal and the guitar bril liance of brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. I suggest using a marinade slightly on the sweet side to allow it to play off the acid in the lyrics and create proper balance. Also, make sure thereÂ’s plenty of heat in the salsa to allow it to stand up to the Young brothersÂ’ rhythm and leads, which carry the kind of weightiness that can obliterate a small planet. The best part of this pairing is that should your course run longer than the song, the next cut on the Â“Back in BlackÂ” album is Â“You Shook Me All Night Long,Â” which pairs beauti fully too. So enjoy your beef and donÂ’t rush your meal. Â„ Dessert : Key lime pie and Lou ReedÂ’s Â“Satellite of LoveÂ” (Â“TransformerÂ”). This pairing is all about avoiding the over-ingestion of sugar, whether taken by mouth or ear. Because of the obvious associations a diner will make when faced with any thing made with Key lime, caution must be exercised to stay away from anything approximating that depressing post-Brian Wilson Beach Boys treacle Â“KokomoÂ” or any Jimmy Buffet song whatsoever. There fore we need to mine the anti-tropics, and thereÂ’s nothing more anti-tropics in music than Mr. New York, Lou Reed. Not all of ReedÂ’s music is about heroin, and Â“Satel lite of LoveÂ” is upbeat and fun enough to provide a perfect complement to the pie. The pairing makes a welcome change from the crashing guitar pyrotechnics of the AC/DC track and perfectly sets up a nice coffee course. It also provides a fine sound track to pointed gestures made with pie-laden forks. ItÂ’s now time to make your choice about the rest of the evening: are you settling in for an evening of smoking Gauloises and debating, or heading out for a night on the town? Because the success of your evening depends on the direction you take here.Going Out:Â„ Coffee : espresso and the English BeatÂ’s Â“Save It For LaterÂ” (Â“Beat Special ServiceÂ”). Brewed coffee takes up too much room in an already full belly, so a shot or two of espresso gives a needed jolt without weighing you down. The compact presentation of caffeine underscores the open feeling in the song, and Â“The Mod fatherÂ” Paul WellerÂ’s vocals make it clear that thereÂ’s no time to linger over a cuppa. By the time the song is over, your espresso will be gone and youÂ’ll be in a great mood and ready to roll. An inspired post-feast pairing. Â„ Alcohol : shots of 100 percent de agave tequila with the RushÂ’s Â“Tom SawyerÂ” (Â“Moving PicturesÂ”). As with the dessert stage, overdoing a theme can end up feel ing overwhelming; needing to balance the TequilaÂ’s Mexican heritage with an oppo site (which would be, of course, something Canadian), makes Rush the perfect choice. Plus, the drama of doing straight shots of aejo tequila is complimented perfectly by Neil PeartÂ’s drumming. A great pairing. Staying In:Â„ Coffee : Double-strength brewed cof fee and Miles DavisÂ’ Â“All BluesÂ” (Â“Kind of BlueÂ”). One of the great things about the Lou Reed dessert pairing is that it works equally well transitioning to something upbeat like Â“Save it for LaterÂ” as it does going into a Miles classic like Â“All Blues.Â” The tune will evoke visions of finger-snapping beatniks reciting poetry that can almost be understood, complimenting the super-strong coffee you just made. DavisÂ’ brilliant trumpet work plays beauti fully against this take on Â’50s-style caffeine intake. By the end of the song and your cup of coffee, youÂ’ll be well prepared to stay up all night debating the pros and cons of selling out to the man. Â„ Alcohol : a bottle (youÂ’re staying in for deep talk, remember?) of Powers Irish Whiskey with the entire Â“Johnny Cash at Folsom PrisonÂ” album, set to repeat. The very personal performance fits well with the rich taste of the Powers, and the surprise of June Carter joining Johnny on Â“JacksonÂ” mirrors the surprises that can pop out of your mouth when youÂ’ve had too many glasses of Irish whiskey. By the time the CD starts over and Cash sings Â“I shot a man in Reno just to see him dieÂ” in the opening track (Â“Folsom Prison BluesÂ”) youÂ’ll think he meant it. Certainly the pris oners cheering in the background did. A pairing worth the hangover. I donÂ’t have anything against people who obsess about the right wine with the right food, or use pairing wheels, or do some sort of secret calculation based on acidity, carbohydrates, and relative humid ity to figure out what goes with what, it just isnÂ’t my bag. Pairing good music with good food, though, thatÂ’s something I can dig, Daddy-o. Q Â— For The Mashup, Bradford Schmidt writes about meat, technology, music and mashups thereof. 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The story is clearer and the visuals are less laughably bad than in the 1982 original, but flat 3-D and too much neon keep this from being a must-see. Rated PG-13.How Do You Know ++ (Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson) A past-her-prime softball player (Ms. Witherspoon) is dating an insensitive baseball player (Owen Wil-son) but wonders if a nice-guy business-man (Mr. Rudd) under federal indict-ment is a better match for her. ItÂs not funny or logical, making it a huge dis-appointment given the talent involved (Mr. Nicholson plays Mr. RuddÂs selfish father; it was written and directed by James L. Brooks). Rated PG-13.The Fighter +++ (Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams) Boxer Micky Ward (Mr. Wahlberg) meets a no-nonsense girl (Ms. Adams) and is trained by his heroin-addicted and unre-liable brother (Mr. Bale) as he works for a title shot. The story is a standard box-ing drama, but itÂs punctuated by a great performance from Mr. Bale, who should receive a Supporting Actor Oscar nomina-tion. Based on a true story. Rated R. Q CAPSULES REVIEWED BY DAN HUDAKwww.hudakonhollywood.com ............ Filmmaking as an art form has in many ways become, for lack of a better expres-sion, a lost art. At a time when box office and escapist thrills dominate the film industry, ÂBlack SwanÂŽ reminds us of what a beautiful aesthetic expression of creativ-ity great filmmaking can be. What this means is that on top of great performances from Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel, and the sure-handed direction of Darren Aronofsky (ÂThe WrestlerÂŽ), ÂBlack SwanÂŽ is a tech-nical masterpiece: The cinematography by Matthew Libatique uses mirrors, fram-ing, lighting and character placement bet-ter than any movie this year, and Ther-ese DePrezÂs production design is full of black, white and varying shades of gray, which perfectly echoes the main charac-terÂs inner dilemma. If you donÂt immediately recognize these technical elements, thatÂs OK. The point is that all of these techniques have the abil-ity to subconsciously enhance whatÂs on the surface, and in this case, make you question whatÂs there as well. Nina Sayers (Ms. Portman), a veteran of a prominent New York City ballet com-pany, strives to be perfect in her every move. SheÂs equal parts surprised and petrified when company director Thomas LeRoy (Mr. Cassel) announces sheÂs to be the lead in ÂSwan Lake.ÂŽ Her mother (Barbara Hershey) is thrilled to see her little girlÂs dream come true. But thereÂs one catch: Nina is perfect for the serene White Swan, but she also has to dance the darker, more seductive role of the Black Swan, and letting go of her inhibitions to dance the Black Swan is difficult. With the help of Thomas and a new dancer in the company, the free-spirited Lily (Ms. Kunis), Nina is slowly able to let go and have fun, but she also begins to blur the line between reality and fantasy. Critics of the movie have been flustered by the lack of clarity regarding what is and is not real, but the script by Andres Heinz, Mary Heyman and John McLaugh-lin is vague for a reason: It doesnÂt matter whatÂs real or not; all that matters is fol-lowing Nina on the gradual dissolution of her mind. Ms. Portman is a sure-fire Oscar nominee: Note the way NinaÂs fragile psyche is always there, even in her moments of empowerment, and the way sheÂs too afraid to achieve something she desper-ately wants. It almost impossible not to be mesmerized by her performance, by Mr. AronofskyÂs direction (which never tips its hand between reality and fantasy) and by TchaikovskyÂs beautiful ÂSwan LakeÂŽ music, which is hauntingly used. If youÂve ever been interested in how great movies are made, ÂBlack SwanÂŽ is the perfect film to study. And if youÂre not interested, itÂll be just another run-of-the-mill great movie, rare as they are. Q Â„ 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.hudakonhollywood.com.LATEST FILMS Â‘Black Swan Â’ ++++ Is it worth $10? Yes >> Ms. Portman trained for more than a year in order to make her ballet scenes look authentic. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB12 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can Â“ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.Â” oridaweekly.com 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@Â” oridaweekly.com.1. Javier Nieto, Christian Wiebel, Karen Comin, Cesar Trevino, Jose Gonzalez 2. Chef Roy Villacrusis waits for the judgesÂ’ decision 3. Amen Pawar-Larosa, Will Corrente4. Steven Lelstner, Anne Leds, John Block 5. Ted and Lara Mazzulo with Melissa and Micheal Gersto 6. Josh Sagman, Scott Mauro JOSE CASADO/ FLORIDA WEEKLY 56 1 2 3 4
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FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 23-29, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B15 Ah, those French! They have truly made an art of dining Â„ not eating, mind you, but dining. And youÂll want to dine Â„ that is, linger over your plates and chat with the French-speaking servers and soak in the Parisian cafe atmosphere at JupiterÂs Caf des Artistes. Set along the wharf in the Jupiter Yacht Club complex, the close-by-design place is spot-on for a Parisian sidewalk cafe. ItÂs cheery bright for lunchtime, with plenty of sun in the room overlooking the wharf. At night, itÂs dark but for the lights from the marina coming in the windows and overhead dim lighting making for an intimate setting. Cold cases display pts, cheeses, and more for take-out; one features the entic-ing desserts. Shelves hold wines, some European gourmet items and giftware for sale. Small tables are scattered throughout, with patio seating overlooking the water. Bar stools looking into the kitchen also are available. On this chilly night, I met a friend at the bar who was yearning for France. An annual Christmas trip wasnÂt material-izing this year, so she wanted at least a taste of the country if she couldnÂt be there in person. She had begun without me, and ordered the fois gras chaud ($27.95), listed as a seared fois gras with a sweet and sour sauce. With it, a split of La Fleur Pomerol seemed to her the right thing to do. The perfectly rare seared goose liver was napped with a sauce studded with fat blackberries. It had the tang of a squeeze of orange, and a little Port or Madiera. Good enough to drop a few of the toast points served with it into it to soak up some of the sauce. Also on the plate was a handful of fresh greens, dressed only in silky light vinaigrette. We could have stopped at this as an entre from the one-page menu, but she was uncharacteristically hungry, and we were in a celebratory mood and enjoying the banter with the bartenders. So we decided to be French for the night and space out a long dinner. We shared a house salad Â„ a large plate of greens with more of the tasty vinaigrette (a little pricey at $9.95). Next time, weÂre going for the endive salad with Roquefort with walnuts ($13.95). We also got a few glasses of the 2006 Bordeaux on the specials list ($16 for a very generous pour) recommended by the Parisian behind the bar. While not a premiere cru, it was nonetheless rich enough to stand up with the foie gras still on our palates. For a shared seafood course, I ordered the moules marinieres Â„ steamed mus-sels in the classic white wine, shallots and garlic sauce served with pomme frites ($22.95). I associate them with a French kitchen: the first time I had these was with a French chef in his kitchen eaten right out of the pot. The CafÂs were very fresh Â„ all opened and dis-played the black-lipped rosy fat morsels of meat inside the gleaming shells. Extra bread was served to sop the musselsÂ liquor from the bowl Â„ itÂs so filling, but delicious. Despite two of us going at them, we left at least a quarter of the bowlful behind Â„ portions here are quite generous. The pommes frites, tiny hand-cut fries, were crisp and delicious with salty good-ness when they first arrived, but as they always do, became cold while we worked at extracting all those mussels. For a fried potato fanatic who eats them in any con-dition, this is not a problem, but to those who want them only hot and crisp, pom-mes frites is not the best choice with the interactive dish. My friend chose our last savory dish Â„ a fillet with an au poive preparation. The restaurant uses meats that are all natural, they claim. The small fillet, about 6 ounc-es, proved flavorful without a pedigree or meat grade ($29.95). Prepared medium rare, it was thick and tender, and the slightly peppery sauce a complement to the juices running from the meat. We could see through to the tiny kitchen from the bar, so watched the simple preparation of a brief saut and quick broiler finish. No hocus pocus Â„ noth-ing but in-and-out with this dish, as it should be. The light coating of pepper and a peppercorn sauce with a touch of demiglace into the pan for a finish and itÂs done. Freshly sauted spinach with it had the same quick saut pan treatment Â„ it takes only a minute to do a batch in a pan with a little oil, and with a hint of garlic. In a kitchen and dining room this small, almost everything is ala minute. The one prepared food on the plate was a potato gratin Â„ soft slices of potato layered into a gratin pan with mild cheese and b utter; delicious, though rich. We left part of it on the plate, too, along with a little carrot puree added for color and a sweet touch. There was no way to have a dessert Â„ mousse, crme brle, flourless choco-late tart were available, but even a cheese course that was offered would have put us over an edge. We had exceeded our limit and then some, but definitely enjoyed the ambiance with the chatty servers and mellow music overhead. On a previous occasion, we did have a slice of the tarte tatin Â„ a full stack of soft apples in a buttery pastry crust that was as near perfec-tion of the dish as IÂve encoun-tered. Thank-fully, it wasnÂt available for dinner, or IÂd have pushed my limit to get some. (Takeout is another way to enjoy the pastries and desserts here.) After a tip, it was an expensive dinner, though cheap for a French fix, and we left sated and content with our choices. It was a splurge to get my friend out of her ÂI miss FranceÂŽ funk Â„ and it worked. ÂAs good as IÂve had in those great little cafes in Paris,ÂŽ she declared. Insider tip: Lunch is the better buy and there are specials offered in the daytime as well as at night. They also serve break-fast Â„ a meal perfect on the patio in good weather. Q FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE jan NORRIS firstname.lastname@example.org French fare at Caf des Artistes is worth lingering over dining NOTES Moirs open third restaurantPopular local chef and restaurateur Mike Moir and his wife Vivian Bordieri-Moir have opened a third restaurant, MaxiÂs Lineup in Jupiter. MoirÂs first venture, the popular Little MoirÂs Food Shack, was followed by Little MoirÂs Leftovers Caf, opened in Abacoa last year. The offerings at MaxiÂs Lineup are, as one would expect from chef Moir, heavily slanted toward seafood offerings. But with MaxiÂs, the chef capitalizes on the trend toward small plates, offering a tapas menu with items like grilled rock shrimp skewers, hot tuna poke, pop-corn crusted jumbo shrimp, sauted baby octopus, and a barbeque chicken cigar roll. MaxiÂs directly adjoins Food Shack at 103 S. U.S. 1 in the Publix plaza at U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road. Sunday Jazz BrunchMichelle BernsteinÂs Terrace at The Omphoy Ocean Resort is offering brunch Dec. 26. Pre-Fixe menu ($35) includes three courses and complimentary glass of champagne, Mimosa or Bloody Mary. A la carte menu includes offerings such as omelets, steak and eggs, waffles and fried chicken, laughing bird shrimp and French toast.11 a.m.Â…3 p.m., 2842 So Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach; 540-6450 or www.omphoy.com.Indus serves Christmas dinnerIndus Indian and Herbal Cuisine at 1649 Forum Place, West Palm Beach, is open for dinner on Christmas. A dinner for 2 is $30 a couple. This will include choice of appetizer, Chicken Biryani (for an entree) and choice of Mango Mousse or Gulab Jamun (Fried Cottage Cheese and Wheat flour balls in Cardamom, Rose and Saffron Syrup) for dessert. Make your reservations at 249-0127.Green marketsThe city of Palm Beach Gardens GreenMarket will be open as usual on Sunday, Dec. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 2. The market, which spreads out behind the city hall complex at 10500 Military Trail, is held each Sunday until May 1. The West Palm Beach green market, held on Saturdays, is closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.Blues party set for New YearÂ’sB.B. KingÂs All Star Band will play New YearÂs Eve at B.B. KingÂs Blues Club in CityPlace in West Palm Beach. The party is 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $40 general admis-sion; $60 day-of admission and $100 for New YearÂs Eve dining with three-course meal, party favors, champagne; $150 VIP with hors dÂoeuvres, same dining pack-age and favors, reserved show seating. 420-8600. Q MAUREEN DZIKOWSKI / FLORIDA WEEKLYThe restaurant in the Jupiter Yacht Club complex mimics a sidewalk cafe. The cafe offers waterwise dining, an intimate setting for dinner and has cases full of pts, cheeses, desserts and giftware for sale. Caf des Artistes >> Hours: 10-2 and 5:30-10>> Reservations: For parties of four or more >> Credit cards: Major cards accepted >> Price range: Appetizers, $9.95 to $15.95; entrees, $21.95 to $35.95 >> Beverages: Beer and wine>> Seating: Tables inside, bar and patio seating>> Specialties of the house: French onion soup, escargot de Bourgogne, grilled salmon, roasted duck a lÂ’orange, herbed rack of lamb>> Volume: Mellow >> Parking: Free lot >> Web site: www.cafedesartistes.comRatings:Food: + + + + Service: + + + + Atmosphere: + + + + 318 S. US 1, JupiterOpen Tues.-Sat. + + + + + Superb + + + + Noteworthy + + + Good + + Fair + Poor in the know O
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