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, 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, 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, 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.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.RSVP Today
Monday, April 3
A Conversation with Two Extraordinary Vocalists:
Avery Sommers and Jill Switzer
Avery Sommers starred on Broadway in “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Showboat,” in the national touring companies of “Chicago” (with Joel Grey and Chita Rivera) and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (with Ann-Margret), and in shows at the Kravis Center, Arts Garage, Palm Beach Dramaworks and The Colony Palm Beach’s Royal Room.
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.”
Interviewed by Rob Russell, entertainment director at The Colony Palm Beach.RSVP Today