| February, 2022

Delray Fashion Week begins

Posted on 22 February 2022 by JLusk

Photos from a previous year, taken by Rachel Galvin

By Rachel Galvin
Fashion lovers, are you ready?
The Delray Fashion Week begins Wednesday, Feb. 23 with a showcase of spring and summer styles on the runway at Old School Square. Bring your camera and wear something tropical to fit the decor if you would like.
There will be live entertainment, pop up retail, food tents, a cash bar and more. But that is just the beginning of the festivities. The tropical flair continues on Thursday with the Colors of the Tropics Fashion Show and Luncheon (which is now sold out). Friday brings the Sunsational Shop and Sip event so you can shop til you drop and uy the fashions you saw on the runway. Saturday is the time to wear white for a Sand and Sea event, complete with more runway action.
These are just a few of the fun activities happening this week. See below for details. Proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.

Delray Beach Fashion Week 2022 Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 | 6 – 10 PM
Opening Night: “Living in Paradise” Fashion Show Experience
“Living in Paradise” opening night runway show will feature over 30 retailers highlighting the “best of the best” that their stores have to offer.  Styles from upcoming spring and summer season will be showcased by over 70 models with hair and makeup done by local salons. Enjoy tropical décor, live musical entertainment, step and repeat photos, downtown merchant pop up retail and food tents, a cash bar offering wine, beer, champagne, and a lounge.
Location: Park at Old School Square, 44 NE 2nd Avenue, downtown Delray Beach
Ticket Price: $50 per person for opening reception, a seat for the show, 1 complimentary drink and a swag bag. All proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 | 11:30AM – 3:00PM 
“Colors of the Tropics” Fashion Show and Luncheon – SOLD OUT
Celebrate the Colors of the Tropics with a themed runway fashion show featuring more than 40 Spring and Summer resort looks from over 20 downtown Delray Beach shops and local designers.   The luncheon includes an opening reception, three-course lunch, silent auction, and entertainment at Meso Beach House. Each guest will also receive a welcome cocktail, swag bag and entry into a raffle package worth over $500.
Location: Meso Beach House
Ticket Price: $125 per person includes reserved seat luncheon, welcome cocktail, swag bag, silent auction, fashion show with over 40 looks, entertainment. All proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
Parking: Complimentary valet parking will be available.
Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 | 10AM – 3PM  (CHECK-IN 10- 11:30AM)
Sunsational Shop and Sip Event
Join us for a Sunsational Shop & event throughout downtown Delray Beach. Check-in at Rosewater Rooftop at The Ray Hotel and receive a complimentary beverage, light brunch bites, and a goodie bag of shopping specials, then stroll downtown to shop the many retailers seen in Fashion Week. Passport provided to each attendee to be checked at every participating location, with all completed passports will be entered into a raffle for a Downtown package. Turn in the passports at the post-event reception at Johnnie Brown’s. Enjoy complimentary parking along Atlantic Avenue.
Location: throughout Downtown Delray Beach 
Ticket Price:  $25 per person available online in advance and on-site. Continental breakfast at check-in, Fashion Week Swag Bag (with coupons to shoppable stores), free parking certificate, access to Ride Freebee, & raffle prize opportunities at the post-event reception. All proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children and Families.
Saturday, Feb. 26th, 2022 | 3pm                
Sand & Sea Fashion Event @ The Ray Plaza
Beach balls and surf boards are the theme! Join us for a runway event featuring swimwear from our Downtown Delray Beach retailers & designers. Swim show includes ticketed seats and complimentary cocktail & passed hors d’oeuvres concluding the event. White attire is encouraged. Limited seating available.
Tickets $40 (ticket price included in VIP Pass), includes fashion show, entertainment and luxury lounge.)
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 26-27, 2022 | 10AM – 5PM
Downtown Delray Beach Craft Show
Howard Alan Events and the DDA present this juried art show
Stroll NE 4th Ave and visit over 100 artists and vendors along with the new beachside businesses and hidden gems.
Sunday, Feb. 27th, 2022
Fashion and trunk shows at local retailers
Fashion trunk shows, in-store events, and shopping throughout downtown Delray Beach.
LocationThroughout downtown Delray Beach; Parking free downtown until noon and available at Old School Square Garage—95 NE 1st St (FREE until 4 PM; $5 Flat Rate after).


Available through www.DelrayFashionWeek.com  All proceeds benefit local Delray Beach non-profit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families ( www.achievementcentersfl.org ). VIP Pass: $200 and includes: VIP access to all events, reserved front area seating, Amanda Perna bag (valued at $140). Individual tickets:  Opening Night- “Living in Paradise” Fashion Show Experience – $50, Colors of the Tropics Fashion Show and Luncheon – $125, Sunsational Shop and Sip – $25. For questions regarding tickets please call 561-266-0003


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Retro TV stars to take the stage in Pompano

Posted on 18 February 2022 by JLusk

Photo by Keven Major Howard

By Rachel Galvin

You may remember them best from your TV screens back in the 1970s and 80s… Ted Lange is best known for “The Love Boat” and BerNadette Stanis for “Good Times.” But the pair have gone on to do countless projects and graced countless stages, as well as becoming authors. 

Their newest project is a play called “Willie & Esther,” which will be showing at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center March 26 and 27 at 3 p.m.

Willie & Esther premiered in 1987 at the Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles and won first place at the Center’s first short-play competition, beating out more than 100 other plays from around the U.S.,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “Since then, the play has had many successful stagings, including an acclaimed Off-Broadway run. Now, we are thrilled to launch our own production, showcasing the talent of two beloved television stars.”

The comedic and touching play centers on a couple who hatch a plan to overcome their troubles by robbing a bank. A frustrated scam artist, Willie, is a warehouse worker scheming to achieve a big break.  Meanwhile, Esther endures the drudgery of her beauty parlor job and Willie’s endless schemes. 

In addition to the play, there will be other programming associated with the duo at the cultural center, including a screening of “The Love Boat,” followed by a Q&A with Lange on March 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. and a screening of “Good Times” with Stanis followed by a Q&A on March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Also, on March 28, Lange is doing a master class on screenwriting from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.pompanobeacharts.org.

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 Atlantic Boulevard, in Pompano Beach.



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35th Annual Boca Raton Museum Art Festival

Posted on 16 February 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Tents lined the street within Mizner Park Feb. 5-6 filled with a wide variety of artworks, including ceramics, wood, fiber, glass, drawings, paintings, mixed media, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. After perusing the artworks and talking to artists from all over, guests could go to a separate section and buy food items as well.

Approximately 165 artists and artisans from around the country are selected yearly at this fest that usually brings in about 40,000 art enthusiasts and collectors. The event is affiliated with the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which still had their exhibit showcasing Machu Picchu, so many visitors could explore it after browsing through the art fest outside. The exhibit is on display until March 6. 

For more information on what the museum has to offer, visit https://bocamuseum.org.


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Pioneer Days –this weekend

Posted on 16 February 2022 by JLusk

The Deerfield Beach Pioneer Days Celebration, is this weekend (Feb. 19-20). As usual, the parade kicks things off on Saturday at 10 a.m. (Be aware of road closures). The floats head to the beach, which will be filled with an art show and other vendors, as well as live entertainment. And don’t miss the fireworks at 9:05 p.m. New this year will be a bonfire as well on the beach from 6 to 9 p.m. in front of the parking lot on the sand.

Saturday, February 19 Time Stage
Tom Petty Tribute 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Main Stage
Hootie and Blowfish Tribute 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Main Stage
The Real Deal 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Main Stage
U2 Tribute  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Main Stage
Andrew Morris 8:30 PM-10:00 PM Main Stage
Sunday, February 20 Time Stage
Bob Marley  12:30 PM-2:00 PM Main Stage


For more information, visit https://www.deerfield-beach.com/1179/Pioneer-Days.



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BaCA presents Abstract Punk

Posted on 14 February 2022 by JLusk

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA) is proud to present a solo exhibition by acclaimed South Florida visual artist Tommaso Fattovich. The works included in Abstract Punk spotlight dynamics of pigmentation and energy, and are open to interpretation by the viewer. The opening reception takes place on Friday, March 4 during Old Town Untapped, from 6 – 10 p.m., his artist talk takes place on March 16 at 7 p.m., and the exhibition runs through May 22. For more information, www.pompanobeacharts.org.

“The paintings of Abstract Punk engage the viewer immediately with their incredible vibrance and color,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “These paintings bring abstraction to a level where anyone can understand and relate to what’s being depicted. There’s no need for rationalization–what you see is what it is!”

Fattovich paints with a combination of media using his hands and tools such as plaster trowels to create a textured surface. The artist finds that the most gratifying aspect of his process comes in recognizing when the painting becomes what it was meant to be and allows viewers to continually redefine the work. A self-taught painter, and a self-defined abstract punk, he has always valued self-determinism above all else, and spends his studio time alienating himself from the pull of the outside world in order to create from his most authentic inner source. Fattovich’s powerful compositions, eloquent and raw in their palette and gesture, draw the viewer in to sense the often overlooked, and at times overwhelming, energy all around them in the world. Inviting viewers to delve further into his creative world, his paintings showcase his brush movements, and even his arm gestures, that he uses to brings his powerful compositions to life.

Fattovich describes his early life in Milan, Italy, as his first significant education in the fine arts. His family moved to the United States when Fattovich was in his teens. He continues to draw inspiration from the similarities of both places, as well as the deep contrasts between them. The vast art landscape of the Wynwood Art District in Miami became the backdrop to Fattovich’s first fine art exhibitions beginning in 2010. His work has since been included in exhibitions in Miami, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boca Raton, East Hampton, as well as his first solo show in New York at CJ One Gallery in 2021. The artist currently lives and works in Boca Raton, Florida.

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center is located at 41 NE 1st St., Pompano Beach. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours: Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |Sundays & Mondays: CLOSED


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The Cove Billfish Tournament has another successful year

Posted on 10 February 2022 by JLusk

Boats pulled up to The Cove Waterfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar with their catch in hand to the weigh-in over the weekend. They were all happy to participate in this year’s Billfish Tournament. It was held Feb. 3-5 and, after the weigh-in, there was an awards ceremony. Every year, participants enjoy dinner at the restaurant and participate in a silent auction. 
1st Place: Native Son 
2nd Place: Florida Man 
3rd Place: Reel Synergy 
Top Female Angler: Rita Patten – Won Buy Land
Top Jr. Angler: James DeMarco Native Son
1st Place Angler: Chris Kriskern, Native Son
2nd Place Angler: Jim DeMarco, Native Son
3rd Place Angler: Timmy Maddock, Florida Man
Largest Wahoo: Patrick Thies 15.8lbs. High Life
Largest Kingfish: Robert Weisberg 22.8lbs. Kingfish Cartel
Largest Tuna: Jonah Bennett 14.2lbs. SkipJac
Sponsors this year included: Connected by Water, JM Family, Tito’s Vodka, Hypower, Pelagic, JR Dunn Jewelers, Chappel Group, Turbo Tint, Tigress and Hard Rock.

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JA World Uncorked Raises $300,000 for Junior Achievement

Posted on 05 February 2022 by JLusk

Dressed in Disco style, promoting Eve on the Water, a new Ft. Lauderdale restaurant.

By Rachel Galvin

The JA World Uncorked event this year seemed packed with lively guests, all excited to be back in the public eye. As usual, there were plenty of pours and delectable samples from wine and drink purveyors and local chefs. There was even live entertainment and people got up on the stage to get into the groove. People could also participate in the silent auction, raffles and more. A roaming photographer and a 360 photo booth captured the fun. 

The event, which brought in about 500 guests, raised more than $300,000 for Junior Achievement programs. The presenting sponsor was Breakthru Beverage Florida. The event was amplified by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. These were just a few of the many people and organizations involved in making this annual event shine.

If you missed it this year, make sure to look out for it next year when it is sure to be bigger and even better.

For more information, visit www.jasouthflorida.org.

Delicious pasta and meatballs from Cafe Vico in Ft. Lauderdale.

Funky Buddha offers candied bacon and craft beer.

Showing off Onda pineapple tequila seltzer.

silent auction.

Yot’s famous smoked fish dip.

The dance floor in Disco style.

Serving up Blue Ice Vodka.

Cuba Libre had several selections available.

Cafe Rumba mixed with root beer tastes like a root beer float!

The band rocked!

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