Cultural Concierge - Palm Beach County

Discover what’s hot this week throughout The Palm Beaches and explore a variety of events and experiences. Take advantage of cultural recommendations, ticket discounts, special access passes, last minute deals, exclusive promotions and more, all provided directly from our extensive network of local partners. No matter what your taste or style is, you’ll always find a diverse collection of cultural experiences here every week.

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Ann Weaver Norton: Gateways to Modernism

Ann Weaver Norton: Gateways to Modernism

September 20, 2017 through November 26, 2017

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
2051 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL

In the mid-1920s, when Ann Weaver (1905-1982) arrived in New York City to study art, she found herself immersed in a male-dominated modern art movement of social realism. Following extensive travel and the passage of time, she came into contact with a much broader range of artists and styles, and by 1943, when she moved to West Palm Beach to teach sculpture at the Norton Gallery and School of Art, she had fully embraced the abstractionist movement in American art.

“Gateways to Modernism” showcases drawings and pastels, maquettes and finished sculptures in various media to depict Ann Weaver Norton’s artistic evolution over several decades. It also traces the technical evolution of her works, from small-scale figural groups to monumental and symbolic abstractions in wood, granite, and brick. Visitors will gain insights into the works displayed throughout the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, one of the area’s best-love artistic destinations.

Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults, $15. Seniors (62+), $10. Children and students with ID, $7. 5 years and under, free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (561) 832-5328 or ansg.org. #WPBHappenings


Boca Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”

Boca Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”

November 24, 2017 through November 26, 2017

Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater at Olympic Heights Community High School
20101 Lyons Road
Boca Raton, FL

Boca Ballet Theatre presents its own full-length, fully staged and lavishly costumed version of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” for three days in late November. Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin’s choreography brings to life the dreams of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the Mouse King and the Sugarplum Fairy, with American Ballet Theatre’s Catherine Hurlin and Jose Sebastian as soloists.

November 24, 7:30 p.m.

November 25, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

November 26, 2 p.m.

Each matinee performances on November 25 and 26 will be followed by separately ticketed “Gingerbread Ball,” allowing attendees to meet Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other magical characters. Gingerbread Ball tickets are $8.

(561) 995-0709 or Box Office


Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

October 16, 2017 through November 27, 2017

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery
15 S. J St.
Lake Worth, FL

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists. The cooperative’s J St. gallery showcases an array of works by local artists, including art pieces, jewelry, wearable art and gifts. As the name suggests, works are made from clay, glass, metal and stone, but other media are also shown, including photography, painting and wearable art. Parking is available along J St. or in spaces directly adjacent to the building.

Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (561) 588-8344.

Schedule classes and workshops in clay and fused glass for children, senior citizens and adults at the nearby Flamingo Clay Studio, 216 S. F. St. in Lake Worth. Children’s classes are $20 each ($80 for the month); workshops for adults are $20 per hour/$40 for two hours or longer. Private group classes can be arranged. All project materials and firings are included. Contact Joyce Brown, (215) 205 9441 or email Joyce@FlamingoClayStudio.org.


Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter

Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter

November 7, 2017 through December 1, 2017

Boca Raton Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real
Boca Raton,

Opening on November 7, 2017, and continuing through April 8, 2018, this exciting exhibit brings together 24 unique major works of George Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi. Many of these works have not previously been exhibited.

You’ll also find objects by contemporary artists working in a similarly avant-garde vein who continue to define the medium’s cutting edge.

Boca Raton Museum of Art is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors (65 and older), free to students with ID and children (12 and under, accompanied by an adult).

Collectors and ceramics specialists might enjoy a special event on November 10, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., when guest curator, Garth Clark–a renowned ceramics expert–shares his knowledge and experience in the field of contemporary ceramics at a lecture and lunch, followed by a docent-led tour of the exhibition. Tickets for Mr. Clark’s Lecture, Lunch and the tour may be purchased here ($75 each).

 


The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

December 1, 2017 through December 3, 2017

Dreyfoos Hall, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL

This season, Ballet Palm Beach presents a new adaptation by Artistic Director Colleen Smith of “The Nutcracker,” the coming-of-age story of Marie’s mysterious gift on Christmas Eve. Set to Tchaikovsky’s score, Marie witnesses a terrifying battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King before traveling  through a mystical snowstorm to the Enchanted Kingdom. Palm Beach County’s professional ballet company presents new choreography, sets and costumes, along with some surprising plot twists.

Act 1 time: 50 minutes,  Act 2: 35 minutes, with one 20-minute intermission.

December 1, 7:30 p.m.

December 2, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

December 3, 2 p.m

A special pre-sale has begun (use pre-sale passcode, “sugarplum”). Box Office.

#WPBHappenings


A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

November 16, 2017 through December 3, 2017

Lake Worth Playhouse
713 Lake Ave.
Lake Worth, FL

Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story,” a comedic memoir about growing up in 1940s in a mid-western small town, portrays nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, who imagines finding a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree. Having begged his mother, teacher and Santa Claus at the downtown Higbee’s Department Store, he is continually told: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Phillip Grecian’s stage adaptation transforms this familiar and beloved story into a lively local theatre experience at Lake Worth’s iconic and historic playhouse. Expect relaxing, off-Broadway entertainment from this delightful holiday mood setter!

Preview Night is Thursday, November 16, at 8:00 p.m. ($23 & $27). The “Dinner & Show” option (also November 16) begins at 6:00 p.m. with a 3-course dinner at Brogues, followed by the 8:00 p.m. performance and premium seating ($60).

Evening and matinee performances continue November 18-December 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($29 & $35). (561) 586-6410 or Box Office.

 


Holiday In Paradise

Holiday In Paradise

November 30, 2017 through December 31, 2017

West Palm Beach Waterfront
100 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL

Celebrate the Holiday Season in West Palm Beach during “Holiday in Paradise.” One of the main attractions in West Palm Beach is “Sandi,” the world’s ONLY 600-ton sand tree. This annual South Florida holiday tradition includes additional sand sculptures in Sandi Land and a backstage peek into Sandi’s “dressing room.” Children and adults can play “Glow FORE It mini golf” and “Reindeer Games Trivia Night.” Create Florida-style snowmen at the adjacent SnowieVille. Plus, more than a dozen of West Palm Beach’s favorite – and free – weekly and monthly events will celebrate Sandi, the star of Holiday in Paradise.

Activities begin on November 30, with Sandi’s tree lighting, then continue December 1, 2017 – December 31, Monday – Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon – 10:00 p.m.


Shipwreck: Discovering Lost Treasures

Shipwreck: Discovering Lost Treasures

October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Historical Society of Palm Beach County
300 N. Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL

Visit a meticulously restored 1916 Courthouse building, which serves as headquarters for the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, to learn about our past. Admission is free and the museum is staffed by knowledgeable staff and volunteers—it’s typically not crowded and always interesting.

The new featured exhibit, “Shipwreck: Discovering Lost Treasures,” uses the lens of several wrecks between 1660 and 1984 to explore the impact of nautical disasters on local people and places. Broken vessels held gold and jewels, along with other treasures — items prized by early pioneers. Decayed hulls have since evolved into recreational destinations for divers, and sevearl abandoned ships have been re-purposed as artificial reefs that also support the marine ecosystem. Compelling stories, harrowing tales and the traditional riches of shipwrecks will redefine your understanding of “treasure” at the Johnson History Museum.

Free. Donations accepted. Monday -Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed Sundays and major holidays. #WPBHappenings


World Premiere of Terry Teachout’s “Billy and Me”

World Premiere of Terry Teachout’s “Billy and Me”

December 3, 2017 through January 7, 2018

Palm Beach Dramaworks
201 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, FL

“Billy and Me,” a new play by Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout, receives its world premiere on December 8 at Palm Beach Dramaworks. Teachout has described “Billy and Me” as “a work of fiction freely based on fact.” The play speculates on the tempestuous friendship of playwrights Tennessee Williams and William Inge. Palm Beach Dramawork’s Producing Artistic Director William Hayes, who originally suggested the idea to Teachout, directs the premiere, which runs through January 7, 2018.

Shows are 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 8 p.m. on Saturday.

(561) 514-4042, ext. 2 or Box Office

On December 3. 2-3 p.m., Theatre Guild members of Palm Beach Dramaworks will watch a very special live rehearsal of “Billy and Me” with playwright Terry Teachout, director William Hayes, cast members Tom Wahl, Nicholas Richberg and Cliff Burgess, and the complete tech crew. This open rehearsal will be followed by a potluck dinner with the cast and crew–and the cost of admission is your favorite dish that you’ll bring to share. A few remaining seats are available. For details, call (561) 514-4042, ext. 2.

 

 

 


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