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 2020

Culture & Cocktails: Hollywood Historian Scott Eyman

Culture & Cocktails: Hollywood Historian Scott Eyman

November 9, 2020

Cary Grant cover - Scott EymanScott Eyman is the award-winning author of the new book Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise, as well as best-selling biographies of John Wayne, Robert Wagner, Cecil B. DeMille, John Ford, Louis B. Mayer and best buddies Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart. The former book editor and art critic for The Palm Beach Post, his reviews have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Film Comment, and The New York Observer. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami in the department of Cinema & Interactive Media.

Interviewer: Lynn Kalber, Boca Magazine columnist and food editor, and former editor and “Swirl Girl” for The Palm Beach Post (a/k/a Mrs. Eyman)


Cancelled: Wayne Hosford & Stars of Tomorrow

Cancelled: Wayne Hosford & Stars of Tomorrow

April 20, 2020

*This event has been cancelled.

A Musical Season Finale

Wayne Hosford, an award-winning entertainer, singer, comedian, actor and composer, who tickles the keys regularly at Club Colette in Palm Beach, will introduce musical performances by several amazing young talents.

He will be interviewed by Kathi Kretzer, founder and president of the Kretzer Music Foundation.


Black Widow

Black Widow

March 2, 2020

A Conversation Between Leslie Gray Streeter and James Patterson

Leslie Gray Streeter is the pop culture columnist for The Palm Beach Post, where she has covered music, movies, celebrities, staycations and more since 2002. Her first book, a memoir, is being published in the spring of 2020 by Little, Brown & Company.

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and a major cultural philanthropist. Books by the former advertising executive have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide and more than 100 of his titles have been The New York Times bestsellers.


Preserving Precious Treasures

Preserving Precious Treasures

February 3, 2020

A Conversation with Barbara and Sandra Stella

The preservation and restoration of art is a complex, important skill that ensures the enjoyment of arts and culture for future generations. One local business dedicated to this work is Stella Art Conservation, led by two sisters:

  • Barbara Stella, president and chief conservator
  • Sandra Stella, executive manager

They will be interviewed by Sarah Wetenhall, president and CEO of The Colony Hotel.


Hey, Madam Producer

Hey, Madam Producer

January 13, 2020

A Conversation with Theatrical Impresarios

Four of Palm Beach County’s top theatrical companies and programs are led by extraordinary women:

  • Marcie Gorman, executive producer and artistic director of MNM Theatre Company
  • Vicki Halmos, founder/producer of Entr’Acte Theatrix
  • Jan McArt, producer & director of Theatre Arts Program Development at Lynn University
  • Marilynn Wick, executive managing producer of The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum

Interviewed by Suzanne L. Niedland, award-winning filmmaker, actor and Broadway producer.

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