Below, you’ll find featured guests from past Culture & Cocktails events, presented by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County at the Colony Palm Beach.

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Generously sponsored by:

The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder

The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation

Additional support for the series is provided by:

Palm Beach Daily News

January 2022

Culture & Cocktails: Washington to Warhol

Culture & Cocktails: Washington to Warhol

May 9, 2022

This event has been postponed to May 9, 2022.
Bonnie Lautenberg is an esteemed photographer, writer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. The widow of former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (Dem., NJ), Bonnie got to know many of the nation’s leaders from Clinton to Biden. Her portrait series How They Changed Our Lives: Senators as Working People is in the Library of Congress archives, and her work is featured in the Eli Broad Collection and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History. She is currently co-producing a musical based on the life of pop icon Andy Warhol, along with music manager Steve Leber, director Trevor Nunn, and writer/composer Rupert Holmes.

Moderator: Carol Rose is the editor of Palm Beach Daily News.


Culture & Cocktails: In Time, In Tune

Culture & Cocktails: In Time, In Tune

April 11, 2022

Deborah Silver is a #1 Billboard jazz vocalist, 2020 Broadway World Best Commercial Recording Award Winner, whose best-selling albums include Glitter and Grits, The Gold Standards, and Pure Silver.

Dennis Lambert is a 12-time Grammy-nominated songwriter who has helmed hit records for legendary recording artists such as The Four Tops, The Grass Roots, Dusty Springfield, Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, The Righteous Brothers, Natalie Cole, Dave Koz, Dionne Warwick, and more.

Moderator: Copeland Davis is an Emmy-nominated pianist and Tonight Show performer who was inducted into the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame in 2014.


Culture & Cocktails: Badgley Mischka

Culture & Cocktails: Badgley Mischka

March 7, 2022

Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who have been hailed by Vogue as one of the “Top 10 American Designers” and as the darlings of the Hollywood set. The design duo made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous, stylish and wearable evening wear and accessories. Since launching Badgley Mischka in 1988, fashionable clients include Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Mirren, and Ashley Judd. Badgley Mischka is sold in the most prestigious stores in the world, including Bergdorf Goodman, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue, in addition to the designers’ flagship boutiques in Los Angeles and Palm Beach.

Moderator: Roe Green is an arts patron, activist, and CEO of the Roe Green Foundation.


January 2021

Culture & Cocktails: Wayne Hosford & Stars of Tomorrow

Culture & Cocktails: Wayne Hosford & Stars of Tomorrow

April 5, 2021

Our annual musical finale of this series will be presented VIRTUALLY and will feature a conversation with and performance by Wayne Hosford, an award-winning entertainer, singer, comedian, actor and composer, who tickles the keys regularly at Club Colette in Palm Beach, was featured in five different shows at The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room, and has appeared with many cabaret giants (Michael Feinstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Marilyn Maye). He will introduce musical performances by some amazing young talents, including:

Kai Alivia, 18, is the recipient of the 2016 Young Artist’s Award for the Society of the Great American Songbook, and has performed with her musical mentors Jill & Rich Switzer, and at such legendary venues as the Palladium, Carnegie Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Tyler Corbett, 11, a sixth grader at St. Vincent Ferrer School, has performed in shows both there and at the Lake Worth Playhouse, and is a three-year member of the Delray Summer Sing Camp.

Kaylee Owen, 8, a second grader at Plumosa School of the Arts, performs as both a singer and pianist with the hip-hop dance club, K-2 Choir, and the Delray Summer Sing Camp.

Zachary Lee Williams, 17, a piano “wunderkind” who has performed with the Kretzer Kids, and wowed audiences from Café l’Europe to Presidential dinners. 

Interviewed by Kathi Kretzer, Founder & President of the Kretzer Music Foundation.

The Yamaha Grand Piano at this event is generously provided by Piano Distributors in Jupiter.


Culture & Cocktails: Bosom Buddies

Culture & Cocktails: Bosom Buddies

March 1, 2021

A Dishy Chat Between Faith Prince & Rob Russell

Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as “Ms. Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls. As one of Broadway’s best loved leading ladies, she also won rave reviews and numerous Tony Award nominations for roles in such hits as Annie, A Catered Affair, Bells are Ringing, The Little Mermaid, Nick & Nora, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Noises Off, and Disaster, among others. On television, she has had recurring roles in Modern Family, Drop Dead Diva, and Spin City. She has sold-out cabarets and concert halls around the world, and recorded the album Total Faith at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach.

Rob Russell was the longtime Entertainment Director & Emcee for the world famous Royal Room cabaret at The Colony Hotel. From his audience-wowing one man shows to occasional gigs as an announcer on Legends Radio, the ever dapper, occasional tapper Russell has been known to cause music lovers and fans of the Great American Songbook to jump up, dance between tables, and join in the revelry. He performs regularly at Café Centro in the Northwood Village neighborhood of West Palm Beach and The Pelican Café in Lake Park, and recently released his first CD, Hello Again. He is also a longtime chum of Ms. Prince.

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