Join the Cultural Council for the 2016-2017 season of Culture & Cocktails
Each event will run from 5 to 7 p.m., with registration and cocktails until 5:45. The special guests’ conversation will begin at 5:45 and run until 7 p.m., including an audience Q&A. Valet parking is complimentary.
To learn more about each event or to RSVP online, click on the appropriate event below, or call (561) 472-3330. Admission is $65 per person in advance ($75 at the door), or free for Cultural Council members at the $250 level and above. Seating is limited. Topics and speakers are subject to change depending upon the availability of scheduled participants.
Culture & Cocktails is generously sponsored by The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder and The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation.
Additional support for the series is provided by:
Monday, April 3
A Conversation with Jill & Rich Switzer
And there may even be a surprise guest or two!
Jill Switzer co-hosts “The Morning Lounge” on Legends 100.3 FM with husband Rich Switzer. She has headlined at Birdland in New York City and locally at The Colony Palm Beach’s Royal Room and with the Palm Beach Pops, recently released the album “By Special Request,” and is the author of “The Diva Next Door: How to Be a Singing Star Wherever You Are.”
Rich Switzer is a gifted pianist and composer, who has been entertaining audiences in South Florida for the past 32 years. His four CDs of melodic piano instrumentals have made a significant mark musically, beginning with his debut release “Quiet Storm.” He is also an honorary board member of The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook.
Interviewed by Rob Russell, entertainment director at The Colony Palm Beach.RSVP Today
Monday, March 6
A Conversation with Coomi
Coomi is a true Renaissance woman, whose creativity and inherent artistic nature have driven her careers as a textile designer, architect and landscape designer, and now fuels her exquisite jewelry collection which is carried by leading luxury retailers. Coomi’s feminine yet powerful lines and motifs, handcrafted in high karat gold, rose-cut diamonds and precious gemstones have garnered industry awards and international acclaim.
Interviewed by Michele Jacobs, corporate director of marketing/operations Florida for The Forbes Company.View Event Photos
Monday, February 6
A Conversation with Bob Vila
Bob Vila has hosted a variety of home improvement television shows over the last 30 years, including “This Old House,” “Bob Vila’s Home Again,” “Bob Vila” and “Restore America with Bob Vila.” He has written 12 books and for the last few years has been helping with the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s home and collections at Finca Vigía near Havana, Cuba.
Interviewed by John Blades, director emeritus of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.View Event Photos
Monday, January 9
A Conversation with Two Star Appraisers from “Antiques Roadshow”
Kathleen Guzman, Heritage Auctions, managing director, New York
Nicholas Dawes, Heritage Auctions, vice president, special collections, New York
Now with an office in Palm Beach, Heritage Auctions is the third largest auction house in the world and the largest auction house founded in the United States, Ms. Guzman is a recognized appraiser and auctioneer with over 25 years experience, who auctioned over 1,500 sales with over 500,000 objects valued at over a half-billion dollars (including a Monet watercolor for $4.3 million and the Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” for $600,000). Mr. Dawes has over 35 years as an international antiques dealer and is a leading authority on Lalique Glass, Majolica and Art Deco.
Interviewed by Scott Simmons, editor of Florida Weekly and Collector’s Corner columnist, Florida Weekly.View Event Photos
Monday, November 7
A Conversation About the 25th Anniversary of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Sharing backstage stories about Palm Beach County’s largest performing arts center and many of the celebrated stars that have appeared there will be:
- Michael Bracci, chairman of the board
- Judith Mitchell, chief executive officer
- Lee Bell, senior director of programming
Interviewed by Lee Wolf — author, lecturer and co-chair of the Kravis Center’s Lunch & Learn Series.View Event Photos
Monday, April 4
A conversation with performer/pianists David Crohan, Copeland Davis and Wayne Hosford
Interviewer: Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation
One of the most versatile pianists performing today, David Crohan crosses the traditional boundaries between classical and jazz music.
Copeland Davis earned a standing ovation when making his debut on The Tonight Show, hosted an Emmy-nominated special on PBS and was inducted into The International Who’s Who in Music and the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall Of Fame in 2014.
Wayne Hosford is an award-winning singer/pianist who has wowed audiences from Lincoln Center to The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room Cabaret.View Event Photos
Monday, March 7
A conversation with Gilbert C. Maurer, director of the Hearst Foundation
Gilbert Maurer is on the board of directors of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. He was the company’s COO for eight years, after serving more than a decade as president of Hearst Magazines, and he oversaw the award-winning design of the new corporate headquarters in Manhattan. A distinguished art collector, Mr. Maurer was a creator of the Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial competition showcasing young photographers.View Event Photos
Monday, February 8
A conversation with Terry Teachout, drama critic of The Wall Street Journal and critic-at-large of Commentary
Terry Teachout is a well-known critic, biographer, librettist, playwright, blogger and author of “Sightings,” a column about the arts in America that appears biweekly in the Friday Wall Street Journal. He blogs at About Last Night and has written about the arts for many other magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times and National Review.View Event Photos
Monday, December 7
A conversation with Carolyn Rafaelian, founder, CEO and creative director of Alex and Ani®
Carolyn Rafaelian is a designer, philanthropist and award-winning entrepreneur. Her company, Alex and Ani®, a worldwide lifestyle brand that is MADE IN AMERICA WITH LOVE®, has garnered accolades from both the business and fashion worlds alike. Kate Richard, vice president of business development, and Beecher Fritzmeier, vice president of design will join Ms. Rafaelian in this discussion.View Event Photos
Monday, November 2
A conversation between Andrew Kato, producing artistic director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Rob Steele, president/CEO of Old School Square
Andrew Kato is celebrating his 10th anniversary at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and has been the creative consultant/coordinating producer on the Tony Awards® for the last 12 years.
Rob Steele joined Old School Square in late August, after spending 10 years as executive director of the Williamsport Community Art Center, a 2,100-seat theater in Pennsylvania.View Event Photos
Monday, April 6
A Conversation with Tommy Tune
He is Broadway’s only 9-time Tony Award winner (Best Actor in a Musical for My One and Only, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Seesaw, Best Choreography for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies, and Best Direction of a Musical for Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies). In addition, Tune has been awarded The National Medal of the Arts, eight Drama Desk Awards, three Astaire Awards, the Society of Directors and Choreographers’ George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he has been designated a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. His film credits include Hello Dolly and Ken Russell’s The Boyfriend.View Event Photos
Monday, March 2
A Conversation with Charles and Clo Cohen
He is owner, Chairman & CEO of Cohen Media Group, which distributes independent and international films in the U.S., including most current French films, and as President & CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty, he controls more than 12 million square feet of Class A office, retail and design showroom space nationwide, including DCOTA (Design Center of the Americas) in Dania Beach. She is the former model and advertising/marketing executive who worked with designers Tom Ford and Gucci in London and Jimmy Choo in the U.S.View Event Photos
Monday, February 2
A Conversation with Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan
Iconic potter, designer, and author Jonathan Adler has more than 25 stores worldwide and is dedicated to bringing style, craft, and joy to your life. Writer, bon-vivant, window dresser, and fashion commentator Simon Doonan has worked in fashion for over 35 years and is the Creative Ambassador at Large at Barneys New York. The couple lives in New York and are part-time residents of Palm Beach.View Event Photos
Monday, January 12
A Conversation with Harry & Gigi Benson and Wilbur & Hilary Ross
Mr. Ross is a prominent American business leader known for successfully restructuring industries and leveraged buyouts, and is a major art lover whose collection includes Western surrealists, contemporary Eastern sculptures, and more than two dozen works by artist René Magritte. Mrs. Ross is the Society Editor for Quest and Q magazines, a columnist for the website New York Social Diary and author of the new bookPalm Beach People, with photography by Harry Benson, the world famous photojournalist for Life Magazine, People, Vanity Fair and more, and the author of 14 books. Mrs. Benson has been wife, partner, editor and organizer of his photographic work for more than 30 years.View Event Photos
Monday, November 3
A Conversation with James and Sue Patterson
James Patterson has sold 300 million books worldwide and holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times Bestsellers. In 2013, one out of every five suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson. He has donated more than 500,000 books to soldiers at home and abroad and has awarded over $5 million dollars in Teacher Education Scholarships at 22 colleges and universities.
Sue Patterson is an award-winning photographer working with her husband on a new documentary (Murder of a Small Town) about Belle Glade, Florida and Newburgh, New York, two of the most violent cities in the U.S.View Event Photos