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 2016

Culture & Cocktails: Kravis Memories

Culture & Cocktails: Kravis Memories

November 7, 2016

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.


Culture & Cocktails: Tickling the Keys

Culture & Cocktails: Tickling the Keys

April 4, 2016

A conversation with performer/pianists David Crohan, Copeland Davis and Wayne Hosford

Interviewer: Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation

One of the most versatile pianists performing today, David Crohan crosses the traditional boundaries between classical and jazz music.

Copeland Davis earned a standing ovation when making his debut on The Tonight Show, hosted an Emmy-nominated special on PBS and was inducted into The International Who’s Who in Music and the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall Of Fame in 2014.

Wayne Hosford is an award-winning singer/pianist who has wowed audiences from Lincoln Center to The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room Cabaret.


Culture & Cocktails: Art & Architecture

Culture & Cocktails: Art & Architecture

March 7, 2016

A conversation with Gilbert C. Maurer, director of the Hearst Foundation

Gilbert Maurer is on the board of directors of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. He was the company’s COO for eight years, after serving more than a decade as president of Hearst Magazines, and he oversaw the award-winning design of the new corporate headquarters in Manhattan. A distinguished art collector, Mr. Maurer was a creator of the Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial competition showcasing young photographers.


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.

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