Reflejos – Guatemalan Art and Culture at The Box Gallery

Reflejos – Guatemalan Art and Culture at The Box Gallery

Rolando, of The Box Gallery on Belvedere Rd. is hosting the #Reflejos International Fine Art Showcase at The Box Gallery. This exhibit features the work of passionate Guatemalan artists dedicated to promoting the beauty and depth of the Guatemalan culture.

The event is free and open to the public today Saturday, 4th of November.

4th of Nov from 3PM – 9PM

The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet with about 20 of the artists and walk them down Clematis Street to show off some of our downtown murals. We started on the 500 block, walked through the back alleys, saw the massive new mural on East side of The Alexander. And finally ended up on Flagler Shore walking to Clematis by Night.

Seeing our downtown through the eyes of people who have never seen it before is a great experience. Walking through the streets, finding small, often missed, pieces left behind by the artists, coming around a corner and seeing their faces as they saw some of the spectacularly massive pieces of art that we have was amazing.

On Friday night I went to the VIP reception at The Box Gallery to see the artists again and enjoy their work. I have to admit that I was expecting to see more of the traditional Guatemalan Folk Art, but was surprised to see such a diverse and impressive collection of art and sculpture, in every style.

The Reflejos exhibit is organized by two groups: Colectivo Cinceles & Guatemala es Guatemala.

Guatemala es Guatemala is a cultural and artistic project that began in 2014 with 23 artists. The group is open to both renowned and emerging artists who wish to participate in various branches of art. The exhibit had success in Guatemala and Italy, and the Box Gallery in West Palm Beach is it’s first time in the United States.

Colectivo Cinceles was born in 2009 following the interest of Beverley Rowley to sculpt the exquisite stones found in Guatemala. The group grew and has gathered 40 artists who exhibit every two years both in Guatemala and internationally.

All proceeds are to benefit the work of The Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund and Ak’ Tenamit – Guatemala Tomorrow Fund, Ak’tenamit, Guatemala!

For tickets and information go to:
http://thegtfund.com/
https://www.aktenamit.org/donate/

Exhibitition Curator: Brenda EstradaContact: suzanne@thegtfund.org

The Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund│PO Box 3636│Tequesta Florida 33469│561.747.9790│info@thegtfund.org│www.thegtfund.org

“12 x 12” West Palm Beach’s strategy for retail on Clematis Street

“12 x 12” West Palm Beach’s strategy for retail on Clematis Street

One of the things that I consistently hear as I’m walking down Clematis Street are concerns about the state of retail shopping on the street. Clematis Street peaked as a retail main street in the years prior to Cityplace, and many people look back at those days and wonder how we create a balance between the vibrant nightlife that we have and bring back some of the much-loved retail elements.

If you want to know what the City of West Palm Beach is doing about this, read on.

There is no doubt that with the emergence first of sprawling suburban malls and then in the last decade Amazon Prime, the face of shopping has changed forever. However the City is dedicated to creating a “Live, Work, Play” environment in our downtown, and bringing back a “Shop” aspect to that is something that the City is dedicated to make happen.

Looking to provide an avenue for retail stores to use Clematis Street to get started, West Palm Beach Economic Development Director Chris Roog and Sherryl Muriente had an idea and proceeded to win a grant from the Knight Foundation to start its implementation.

The idea is to fund 12 businesses for 12 months and to activate the vacant retail storefronts in the downtown area. The proposal was named “12 x 12 Popup to Rent“. The Knight Foundation saw the value and the economic development impact that this would have on the area and gave the City team a grant of $180,200.00.

“We were responding to vacant retail, and the concern about what is happening to downtown from a business aspect,” West Palm Beach Economic Development Director, Chris Roog said. “If we could cluster small businesses and popups to rent we can make a destination and be successful.”

Enter 314 Clematis Street

314 Clematis Street was the home to the trendy home decor store Z Gallerie before being converted in 2010 to the Off the Hookah nightclub.

Converting Z Gallarie into Off the Hookah

Off the Hookah went through many phases over the six years of its tenure on Clematis Street. It was known for its epic annual anniversary parties which often included lavish decor and live camels.

In June of 2016 the ownership of a key piece of Clematis Street changed. As reported by The Real Deal, Key Biscayne-based Ana Maria Caballero purchased the property that was anchored by the “Off the Hookah” nightclub in June of 2016 for $6.75 million. This purchase came just four years after the property was purchased for 3.2 million.

The first thing that Ana Caballero did was to call a meeting with the DDA, the Mayor and Jon Ward from the CRA to understand what is happening on Clematis Street.

“These are the kinds of landowners that we want. They care and are interested in new ideas, they don’t necessarily believe in business as usual and they want to see the street improved,” said Chris Roog.

The new owners of 314 Clematis Street chose not to renew the lease that they had with Off the Hookah, the nightclub which had been a tenant in the space for the previous six years. The 314 space was now empty and looking for a new use.

Bringing Retail to Clematis Street

Retail trends are moving towards cool, fun and funky retail areas. One of the best examples of this locally is the new work that is going into the brand new Elizabeth Ave. Station in the Warehouse District. The idea is to create a cool, fun and funky retail destination and then making sure that it is clean and safe for shoppers.

Trendy shopping at Elizabeth Ave. in the Warehouse District

314 Clematis fits into the 12×12 plan. The space has 14,000 sqft and will be subdivided into smaller retail bays for small business opportunities. The City has contracted with an architect to remodel the space and will be picking retail businesses through a contest.

Each of the new retail business will get a 2 year lease which they will negotiate with the landowners. The city will offer an incentive to start the business out with a no to low rent and then work the business up to market rent. The goal will be to help them grow and move them into one of the other empty retail spaces on Clematis Street.

“It won’t be pizza, vape, or coffee shops.” Chris Roog ensured, “We want to add a different type component and retailer to the street … What we have is a great chance to improve Clematis Street and react to what’s happening in retail and civic life.  And a lot of things that we need to respond to in order to keep our city great and continue to grow.”

One of the interesting pieces is that the City has been working to Activate the Alleyways which was started several years ago, and brought into the fore as part of the Shore to Core project. This project will open the back of the building into the alleyway and will create a natural connection between Via Jardin on the 300 block.

The city wants to create an environment for these business with events, marketing, advertising, and mentorship that will ensure that success is the most likely outcome for these businesses.

Commissioner Neering commented on the project: “This is top-notch. This is innovated and different. We have tried it [retail] for the same way for so long and  I think we have a real opportunity here, and to hear that it can be nationally replicated it goes well. I want to thank everyone that has been involved. This is the type of initiative and change that we should be supporting and I’m really excited about this.”

Ultimate List of WPB Events – Oct 31st to Nov 6th

Ultimate List of WPB Events – Oct 31st to Nov 6th

This week’s events listing is sponsored by: Le Dîner en Blanc on November 4th

For the 3rd time, West Palm Beach will be the host of Le Dîner en Blanc. On Saturday November 4, 2017, the annual secret affair, promises another unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Close to 1,100 foodies, fashion and cultural enthusiasts have attended the event in the past and 1,500 are expected this year.

Registration to participate happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members who attended the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees; Phase 3 is for people who signed up on the waiting list at http://westpalmbeach.dinerenblanc.com/register.

“If you were at the event last year, you know to circle this date! This event allows us to enjoy of some of our most prestigious and iconic public spaces of the city with elegance and flair”, says Jimmy Moïse, returning co-host of Le Dîner en Blanc – West Palm Beach. “For this third edition, we have given ourselves the challenge to render this night unique and magical as well as welcome more guests in a hard-to-guess location.”

Bystanders will witness groups of guests all dressed in white gathering at specific rallying points all across the city. Guided by Dîner en Blanc volunteers, these groups will then converge on one of the Palm Beach’s most beautiful setting, travelling by bus. Every guest brings their own gourmet feast, table, chairs and table setting. Over the course of the evening, they will eat and celebrate amid music, entertainment and dancing.

Got an event coming up? List it here.

HALLOWEEN – Tuesday, October 31

Northwood Village Trunk or Treat!

Today at 5 PM – 8 PM

Northwood Village Main Street

Join us on Halloween from 5pm until 8pm as we host our 1st ever Trunk or Treat Event. In partnership with the West Palm Beach Police Department & Event originator Reggie Dee 102.3!!! Bring the kids for some safe Trunk or Treat Fun!!!! This event is free!!! Come by!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1319107154868286

$25 Happy Halloween Party!: Cat and Pumpkin

Uptown Art

Come prepared to party! This will still be our typical step-by-step class but with a little extra Halloween flare. Prizes will be awarded for the top two costumes, so get creative with your costume. If you don’t want to dress in costume, come in your favorite Halloween t-shirt or colors. Bring candy! We will provide ‘trick or
treat’ bags for each guest in attendance, so bring a bag of candy to pass out to your classmates. We will have festive music and games to play when we aren’t painting. This class will be held at 510 Evernia Street. Choose your own colors.

This class will last between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours. Reservations are highly recommended. Once you arrive to the studio, seating is first come first serve, so please arrive early for check in. This painting will be taught on a 16×20. Evening classes are designed for ages 14 and up. All of our classes are BYOB, so feel free to bring your favorite drinks and food! For more information, visit http://www.uptownart.com/.

Halloween Costume Contest & 2nd Annual Halloween Freak Show

Banko Cantina

Dont miss our $1000 Halloween Costume Contest & 2nd Annual Halloween Freak Show tomorrow Night October 31st at Banko Cantina. For info call 561-255-9380

Kapow Disco Dim Sum Tuesdays

Every Tuesday, join Kapow Noodle Bar for “Disco Dim Sum” Tuesdays. $1 TY KU Sake side cars $2 Crispy Mushroom Buns & Mongolian Short Rib Buns $3 Sapporo Draft, Ahi Tuna, Skirt Steak and Salmon Tartare Tacos.

Music by DJ Selecta Steve kicks off at 7 p.m. with him spinning Funk, Soulful Grooves and classic Hip Hop. Kapow Noodle Bar is located at 519 Clematis St. For more information, call (561)246-3827.

Halloween Bingo Night at Capital One Café

Spend your Halloween at Capital One Café with a game of bingo. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages from 6 – 8 p.m. Capital One Café is located at 701 S. Rosemary Ave. For more information, visit www.capitalone360.com.

Xander James & Deal James at Copper Blues

Make your way to Copper Blues at 8 p.m. for a live performance by Xander James & Deal James. For more information, call 561-404-4101. Copper Blues is located at 550 Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Halloween Costume Cruise

Visit Palm Beach Waterfront Activity Station
141 S. Flagler Drive

10/31/2017 – 6:00:00 PM

Join Us for a Halloween night Costume Cruise aboard Visit Palm Beach’s 50′ Catamaran ‘Hakuna Matata.’ Cruise includes welcome aboard drink, music on deck, and a costume contest with some great prizes! (costumes are not required, but of course are encouraged) . $35/adult l $20/child (under 12)

https://www.facebook.com/events/301714070308834/

 

 

Wednesday, November 1

Lunch on the Shore

Now through February 2018, bring your friends and co-workers to Flagler Shore every Wednesday for “Lunch on the Shore”. From 12-2 p.m., bring your own lunch or pre-order food from our downtown restaurants to have it delivered at Flagler Shore through Delivery Dudes, Cravy and UberEats. There will also be 3 food trucks on the southend, located at 501 S. Flagler, for you to sample from. For more information, visit www.downtownwpb.com.

Explore the Dynamic Wines Greece and the Isles at Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy

Explore the fascinating wines from The Isles of Greece from 6-7 p.m. Join Greek Importer, Andreas Zinelis from Cava Spiliadis Selections. Andreas will guide you through this often forgotten world class wine country. There are centuries of tradition to be rediscovered in these red and white wines. Six wines will be sampled for $40. Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy is located at 101 North Clematis St. For more information, visit www.virginiaphilipwineshopacademy.com.

Youth Members Meet Up Night at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre

Palm Beach Photographic Centre members will walk through a portrait photography session from start to finish. Make sure to RSVP to hold your spot. The meet up begins at 6 p.m. The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at 415 Clematis St. For more information or to become a member, visit www.workshop.org.

John Cleese, Live on Stage: Monty Python and the Holy Grail at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Living comedy legend, John Cleese, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Before John walks his way on to the stage, the audience will get to watch “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in its entirety on the big screen. The show starts at 8 p.m. with
tickets starting at $40. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information, visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469.

B-Side at Blue Martini

Head to Blue Martini Lounge at 8 p.m. for a live performance by B-Side. For more information, call (561) 835-8601. Blue Martini is located at 550 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

DeckHouse Presents: Noche’ De Los Muertos [Night of The Dead]

Camelot

DECKHOUSE Returns for the upcoming Season with a celebration of the Dead “Noche’ De Los Muertos” and POST-MOONFEST House Music Masquerade.

Bring your Masks

Thursday, November 2

$30 Thursday: Mahi by Sarah La Pierre

Choose your own colors. This class starts at 6:30 and will last between 2 1/2 and 3 hours. Seating is first come first serve, so please arrive early for check-in. This class will be held at 510 Evernia Street and taught on a 16×20 canvas. This painting is licensed by Sarah La Pierre however Sarah La Pierre will not be teaching this class. Evening classes are designed for ages 14 and up. All of our classes are BYOB, so feel free to bring your favorite drinks and food! For more information, visit http://www.uptownart.com/.

Art After Dark: Museum Game Night at Norton Museum of Art

Join the Norton Museum of Art for Art After Dark: Museum Game Night! The night begins with Spotlight Talks: Art and Play. Guests will make Junk-O-grams with Resource Depot. The educational center for creative re-use invites guests to play with a myriad of found objects and arrange them into shareable, digital works of art. Jeremie Odjo and Erik O’Neill perform a musical range from pop and R&B, to rock and soul music. The night continues with a tour of Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene.

Guests can then participate in a cellphone-based scavenger hunt and play board games and giant Jenga. The event is from 5-9 p.m. and admission is free. The Norton Museum of Art is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. For more information, visit www.norton.org.

Ruinart Champagne at Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy

Join Amelie Chatin of Ruinart the oldest house in Champagne, dating back to 1729. You will be tasting: Blanc de blancs, Rosé, and prestige cuvée. The event is from 6-7 p.m. and costs $40. Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy is located at 101 North Clematis St. For more information, visit www.virginiaphilipwineshopacademy.com.

Cardinal Moses at Respectable Street

Cardinal Moses will be performing at Respectable Street at 10 p.m. Respectable Street is located at 518 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.sub-culture.org.

Sunset Social Farmstands

The Sunset Social Farmstands at CityPlace is more than just your everyday market. Head over to CityPlace every Thursday night from 5:30 – 9 p.m. for farm-fresh produce, imported cheeses, French breads and pastries and more! For more information, visit www.CityPlace.com.

 

Hullabaloo: TBT Thursdays

Head over to Hullabaloo on Thursdays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., located at 517 Clematis St. Enjoy two for one Tito’s Handmade Vodka, half-off bottles of wine, and music by Ilya Tatarov. For more information, call (561) 833-1033. Hullabaloo is located at 517 Clematis St.

Friday, November 3

Live Music on the Plaza at CityPlace

The Khemistry Band will perform on the Plaza Friday, November 3 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.CityPlace.com. CityPlace is located at 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Cedric The Entertainer at Palm Beach Improv

Friday, November 3 through Saturday, November 4

Cedric The Entertainer’s universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film have solidified his standing as one of the premiere entertainers in the world. He is best known for his many crowd-pleasing performances in such hit films as Barbershop, Be Cool, Madagascar, Intolerable Cruelty, Johnson Family Vacation, and The Original Kings of Comedy, to name a few. Show times are at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. General admission is $42.50. Open to 21 & over, two drink minimum, all sales final, and show times are subject to change. Visit www.palmbeachimprov.com for more information. Palm Beach Improv is located at 550 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Viniloversus, Kids, Wilder Sons, and Alex Di Leo at Respectable Street

Head over to Respectable Street from 9 p.m. – midnight to see performances by Viniloversus, Kids, Wilder Sons, and Alex Di Leo. Respectable Street is located at 518 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.sub-culture.org.

Deck the Palms VIP Night

Friday at 6 PM – 9 PM
Palm Beach County Convention Center

Join us for a special Deck the Palms VIP Preview Night!
– Exclusive First Look at the Market
– Unlimited Food + Beverage
– Mystery Jewelry Grab
– Silent Auction Specials

Limited tickets available: $50 in advance / $65 at the door

www.jlpb.org/deck-the-palms For questions e-mail: dtpinfo@jlpb.org

Reflejos International Exhibition at The Box Gallery

“Reflecting on 25 years of rural education in Guatemala” – A weekend of art in support of the work of Ak’ Tenamit in rural Guatemala.

The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

For tickets and information go to:
http://thegtfund.com/
https://www.aktenamit.org/donate/

Exhibitition Curator: Brenda EstradaContact: suzanne@thegtfund.org
The Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund│PO Box 3636│Tequesta Florida 33469│561.747.9790│info@thegtfund.org│www.thegtfund.org

Saturday, November 4

Sunrise Wellness at Flagler Shore

Refresh the mind and meet up at the Flagler Shore for free yoga, tai chi, or guided meditations by local instructors at 9 a.m. Flagler Shore is located at 100 Flagler Dr. For more information, visit www.downtownwpb.com.

LagoonFest
9 AM – 2 PM

West Palm Beach Waterfront Park

LagoonFest is a free family-friendly festival held on the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach. Building off the success of the first three years, attended by an estimated 3,000 people, this community celebration showcases Lake Worth Lagoon and its connection to our lives.

You are invited to be an integral part of the community by supporting Lake Worth Lagoon. The event will feature live music, hands-on exhibits, animal encounters, children’s activities, kayaking
and more.

The City’s GreenMarket takes place at the same time.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1815408672014870/

Live Music on the Plaza at CityPlace

Join us Saturday, November 4 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. for live music by The Culture on the Plaza. For more information, visit www.CityPlace.com. CityPlace is located at 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Front Line Assembly, Cubanate, Vampyre Anvil & More at Respectable Street

Front Line Assembly, Cubanate, Vampyre Anvil & More will be performing at Respectable Street from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Respectable Street is located at 518 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.sub-culture.org.

Saturday Historic Walking Tour at Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Explore downtown West Palm Beach’s history during an interactive Walking History Tour on the first and third Saturday, October through April! In partnership with the City of West Palm Beach Green Market, the 90-minute guided tour will start at 10 a.m. and be led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez. The tours will highlight the evolution of downtown West Palm Beach buildings and landmarks. Tours begin “by the Banyan tree” on the north end of Clematis Street, 101 N. Clematis St., and end at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, at 300 N. Dixie Hwy. Tickets are $10 per person and there is a minimum 10 reservations for the tour to take place. Visit www.hspbc.org for more information.

So 90’s Party at Elizabeth Ave Station
7 PM – 11 PM

Elizabeth Ave Station
1500-C Elizabeth Avenue

Join us for a party and shopping event….90’s themed!

Food, Drinks, Shopping, Your favorite 90’s jams!

Drinks provided by Simple Vodka & Steam Horse Brewing. Unlimited Drinks & Admission for $10.00! :))

Food: Zipitios, Grace’s Sausages & Fine Foods, Vintage Pops…

https://www.facebook.com/events/1708629822542656/

Cooking for Picasso at Norton Museum of Art

Camille Aubrey’s 2016 book Cooking for Picasso features an array of fictional and historical figures living in the South of France in the 1930s. Discuss the relationships between fact and fiction by discussing this novel in contrast to Picasso’s artworks. Read the book in advance, and then visit the museum for a lively tour and discussion. No RSVP required. Tours are at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.norton.org or call 561.832.5196.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at Kravis Center

The show begins at 8 p.m. with tickets starting at $39. Part of the Regional Arts Concert Series, featuring a stellar line-up of the world’s most celebrated performers. Subscription tickets for the 2017/2018 season start as low as $114 for the six-concert 2 p.m. series and $171 for the nine-concert 8 p.m. series. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information, visit www.kravis.org or call 561.832.7469.

9th Annual Deck the Palms Holiday Market & BDRR

9 AM – 4 PM

Palm Beach County Convention Center

Please join the Big Dog Ranch Rescue for the super fun Deck the Palms Holiday Market. We can’t wait for the 9th Annual Deck the Palms Holiday Market! In 2016, over 115 vendors and 3,000 shoppers attended this amazing event.

For information or becoming a merchant or sponsor, please visit http://www.jlpb.org/deck-the-palms

We will be there with gorgeous adoptable dogs from Big Dog Ranch Rescue
If you would like to help out at this event or foster a BDRR dog and plan on joining us. Please email events@bdrr.org

This event will be split into 3 volunteer shifts

All Day 9am-4pm
Morning: 9am-12.30pm
Afternoon: 12.30pm-4pm

6th Annual Northwest Community Consortium Health Walk & Fair

7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The Northwest Community Consortium, Inc. will hold their 6th annual Community Health Walk & Fair in the Historic Northwest neighborhood of West Palm Beach. This event strives to create a healthier community and provides an opportunity for residents to become informed about community resources and the importance of staying active. Guests can enjoy an active walk in the neighborhood along with fitness classes, health screenings and a variety of vendors. For more information visit www.ncciwpb.org or call 561-275-7001

https://www.facebook.com/events/367493117040415/

Sunday, November 5

Veterans Day Parade on Clematis Street

Once more this year we will be conducting the Veterans Day Parade on Clematis Street , downtown West Palm Beach. The date this year will be November 5th, 2017 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

Show your support for all Americans that have served the United States of America. We are looking for Community Sponsors to help support this years parade. We would like to thank the following organizations for their support this year.Republican Party of Palm Beach County, Disabled Veterans of America and Mercedes Benz.

Ciclovia at Flagler Shore

Take your whole family out for this great opportunity to explore and experience Flagler Shore. Ciclovia gives people the chance to enjoy great weather, see neighbors, friends and people from the area, and get a little exercise every Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Flagler Shore is located at 100 Flagler Dr. For more information, visit www.downtownwpb.com.

Palm Beach Plage at Flagler Shore

Bring your hammock, blankets and picnic baskets to this community picnic every first Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. It’s an informal, family-friendly gathering for you to enjoy. Bring some food and drinks, relax, and just savor the Flagler Shore and good company. There will be picnic tables, games, and more! Flagler Shore is located at 100 Flagler Dr. For more information, visit www.downtownwpb.com.

Sundae Funday at Capital One Café

Head over to Capital One Café and enjoy a sweet treat from 1-3 p.m. Capital One Café is located at 701 S. Rosemary Ave. For more information, visit www.capitalone360.com.

Palm Beach Comedy Jamz at Palm Beach Improv

Palm Beach Comedy Jamz is back with headliner Comedian Malik S. from the show Black-ish. Come see comedians from all over South Florida work together to become the next batch of Urban Comedy legends.

Unemployed & Funny in conjunction with the West Palm Beach Improv brings you Urban Comedy like you’ve never seen it before. With a unique mixture of comedy, music, and the arts, Palm Beach Comedy Jamz will create a night to remember, full of spectacle and swag. General admission tickets are $15. Open to 18 & over, two drink minimum, all sales final, and show times are subject to change. Visit www.palmbeachimprov.com for more information. Palm Beach Improv is located at 550 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

El Coqui Music Festival

12 PM – 8 PM

Meyer Ampitheater

This is a Benefit Concert to raise money to purchase critical supplies for the people of Puerto Rico. The concert will be an all day event. We will have food trucks, vendors, raffles, play area for kids, and most importantly, an awesome line up of artists. Tickets will be $10 per person and we ask that everybody bring a nonperishable item. Admission for children is $5.00

Performers:
• Nyasia • Marla G & More • Fascination • Joey Kidd • Sequal • Company B • Solaz • Studio 54 Band • Planet Patrol •

More performers coming soon!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1750875988288182/

 

Punkin Chunkin in the Park
12 PM – 5 PM

Save those Halloween pumpkins for the 1st Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival! Using catapults and trebuchets, send your old jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins flying through the park. Guests can also enjoy pumpkin crafts, science demos, and discounted admission to the Science Center. All ages welcome. Cold cider brews provided by Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks for 21+ guests.

4 categories and tons of prizes!

Cost is $3 per team. Pre-registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted. Teams consist of up to 8 people and can be family, friends, classmates, etc. Up to 3 pumpkins can be launched per team. Your pumpkins will be weighed when you check-in and your category will be determined then.

REGISTER HERE: www.sfsciencecenter.org/punkin-chunkin

If you live in the Dreher Park Neighborhood area, email DreherParkNeighbors@gmail.com to receive free registration.

Check-in, registration, and festival begins at Noon and the contests start at 2pm.

Monday, November 6

$10 Wine Glass Painting at The Blind Monk

Join us to learn how to paint on wine glasses at The Blind Monk: 410 Evernia St Ste 107. For the wine glass class, we will show you different ideas and how to paint on the glass, but it will not be step-by-step. Once you are given initial instructions, the instructors will walk around to help you create your own glass.

You are welcome to bring your own ideas, and we will help you create a beautiful glass! Don’t worry though, we will show you plenty of ideas. This event is from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.uptownart.com.

Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert at Palm Beach Atlantic University

Join Palm Beach Atlantic University for the Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert featuring the PBA Jazz Combo in a “Tribute to Chet Baker” on November 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Helen K. Persson Recital Hall in Vera Lea Rinker Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students with ID. PBA students, faculty and staff are free.

Tickets can be purchased online, by email at ticket_central@pba.edu or by calling (561)-803-2970. The Vera Lea Rinker Hall is located at 326 Acacia Road. For more information, visit www.pba.edu.

Sharpening your Social Skills: Measuring Engagement on Instagram

Sharpening your Social Skills: Measuring Engagement on Instagram

Today I have a guest post from Social Media Guru and president of the DigiDust Agency, Pierre Olivier Carles, who helps us understand some of the more tricky side of social media. Finding out how well you are doing by measuring how well you are engaging with your followers.

But first… follow @aguyonclematis on instagram!

How good are you on Instagram?

Let’s face it. When you use Instagram you are not just looking to get a lot of followers, what you should really want is a good way to communicate and “engage” with the followers that you have. This is what you call an “engagement rate”, the quality of your followers, not just the quantity.

Let’s get into the details and turn you into an Instagram Marketing Guru 🙂

Instagram is the most efficient and cost effective marketing platform available in 2017. You just have to do it right. Of course, it takes some time, efforts and consistency but it is definitely worth it.

People always ask me how to get more followers, where the right question should be how to get a better engagement rate. Having more followers is just a consequence, not a goal.

Why the engagement rate is so important? Because this is the main metric Instagram’s algorithm uses to give you more exposure. More exposure means more people from your targeted audience seeing your posts, and it ends up piling tons of real enthusiastic and active followers on your account. You see? Followers are a consequence. Leads you generate then too.

How to calculate your current Engagement Rate? It’s pretty simple.

Take your last 20 posts and add all the likes and the comments you had on them. Once you have that number, divide it by the number of your followers. Here’s the calculation for @pocarles, my own Instagram account.

All together, I had 27,795 likes and comments on my last 20 posts and I have 14,707 followers.

27,795 / 14,707 = 1.754

It means my engagement rate is 175.4%

So now, what is a good engagement rate? Well, it depends on the size of your account. It’s easier to have a high engagement rate when you have a small account, and naturally your engagement rate decreases as your account grows.

A good engagement for Instagram is:
. Your account has less than 2,000 followers: 300%+
. From 2,000 to 5,000 followers: 250%+
. From 5,000 to 10,000 followers: 200%+
. From 10,000 to 25,000 followers: 150%+
. More than 25,000 followers: 100%+

Based on the calculation I made with my own account, I’m doing OK. Yes, you’re right. The contrary would have been pretty embarrassing 🙂

So now, you know if you are doing good on Instagram from a marketing point of view, and if your consistent efforts will help grow your personal branding, your business and of course, your followers.

Downtown West Palm Beach to Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer

Downtown West Palm Beach to Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer

On October 26, 2017, West Palm Beach will be one of three South Florida cities to host the first ever “Downtowns Go Pink” in support of Susan G. Komen South Florida® and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Clematis Street fountain will light the night in pink, and restaurants and bars will offer special discounts and a portion of sales to support Komen’s local life-saving breast cancer programs and research to find a cure.

Komen has partnered with West Palm Beach’s Downtown Development Authority to engage a variety of establishments who will offer Clematis Street by Night revelers a fun evening out on the town including:

  • Avocado Grill—$2 donated from the purchase of every signature breast cancer cocktail
  • Leila—10% of the evening’s sales donated to Komen
  • Kapow—$1 donated from the purchase of every signature breast cancer cocktail
  • Dorrian’s – Proceeds from the sale of their Berry Awareness cocktail will support Komen’s efforts

More restaurants and bars are joining every day. For the latest information about participating establishments, or to learn more about Downtowns Go Pink in Delray Beach and Stuart, visitwww.komensouthflorida.org/events/gopink or email info@komensouthflorida.org.

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