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

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January 2015

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.


Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Design

Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Design

February 2, 2015

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.


Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Palm Beach

Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Palm Beach

January 12, 2015

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.


January 2014

Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Literature & Photography

Culture & Cocktails Celebrates Literature & Photography

November 3, 2014

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.

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