Below, you’ll find featured guests from past Culture & Cocktails events, presented by the Cultural Council of 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 2016

Culture & Cocktails: Stage Struck

Culture & Cocktails: Stage Struck

February 8, 2016

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.


January 2015

Culture & Cocktails: Fashion Forward

Culture & Cocktails: Fashion Forward

December 7, 2015

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.


Culture & Cocktails: Hey, Mr. Producer

Culture & Cocktails: Hey, Mr. Producer

November 2, 2015

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.


Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Song & Dance

Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Song & Dance

April 6, 2015

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.


Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Film & Fashion

Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Film & Fashion

March 2, 2015

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.

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