Stand Up Against Hate on MLK Day

Stand Up Against Hate on MLK Day

In light of the recent violence towards the Jewish community in different parts of our nation it is inspiring to see our local communities join together in this fight against hatred.

This service event is open to the public as is the following picnic lunch at Currie Park.

Message from Palm Beach Atlantic

Palm Beach Atlantic University and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County are delighted to be partnering together to Stand Up to Hatred on this MLK Day. 

The day of celebration will begin at Palm Beach Atlantic’s West Palm Beach campus at the Greene Complex at 8am on Monday, January 20th.  After check-in and loading the buses, students will join Jewish Federation volunteers, as well as friends and neighbors, all throughout Palm Beach County.  There are 19 different project sites, many located throughout the County. 

Project sites include:

  • Currie Park – CROS Ministries Hygiene Kits
  • Currie Park – Red Apples Supplies
  • Currie Park – Toiletry Packs for St. Ann Place
  • Meals at St. Ann Place

Follow this link to signup to serve and get more information of projects & locations.

There will be a lunch and award ceremony at Currie Park in West Palm Beach (see invite below).  At the ceremony, The Jewish Volunteer Center will award the Tikkun Olam Awards.

EVERYONE is welcome to join us for the kick-off, service at various project sites, and/or the ceremony.  It is going to be a great day to demonstrate that there is no space for hate!  

Message from Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that one day, “all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to hold hands.”

Let’s make January 20that day.

On MLK Day, join with hundreds of community members of all faiths and backgrounds for a powerful solidarity event, honoring and preserving his vision for a society that unites against hatred of all forms.

This meaningful ceremony will conclude with the presentation of the Tikkun Olam Awards, which recognize two individuals for their efforts to create a kinder, more inclusive world.

Date: Monday, January 20, 2020*
Time: Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial located in Currie Park
2400 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

*If you would like to spend the morning living the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repair the world) through volunteerism, click here.

Cory Asbury to kick off South Florida Fair’s music lineup

Cory Asbury to kick off South Florida Fair’s music lineup

January means that it’s time for the… South Florida Fair! Starting this Thursday with it’s Ride-A-Thon at 5 p.m. we have two full weeks of rides, food, parades, music, entertainment, shows, music & shopping awaits. Did I mention music?

This year the fair has an exciting lineup spanning multiple genres. All concerts are free with a fair admission ticket. Reserved seating also is available for purchase online for $10, which is in addition to the fair admission ticket.

Ticket costs are:

  • Adults (12+): $20 at the gate Saturday & Sunday; $15 at the gate Monday through Friday
  • Seniors (60+): $9 at the gate
  • Children (6-11): $8 at the gate
  • Children 5 and under are always FREE.
  • Ride/Wristband*: $25 at the gate Monday-Friday; $40 at the gate Saturday & Sunday
  • Gold Access Pass: $12 Monday-Thursday, except MLK Day; $20 Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Music Lineup

Here’s an overview of the music at the Coca-Cola stage in the Party Pavilion

  • Sunday, Jan. 19 – Cory Asbury, 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23 – Starz MVP Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 27 – The Lettermen, 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Completely Unchained, the Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band, 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 30 – Russell Dickerson, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 1 – 11th Annual Rock Tribute Band Competition

Cory Asbury

For all my fans of worship music Cory Asbury, of Reckless Love fame, will be kicking off the music line up in the Party Pavilion at Sunday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m..


Like 90’s rock? At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas will take the stage. Held in conjunction with the fair’s first Bike Night, Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, he has established himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. Thomas made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, he joined the Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. The band went on to be renamed Starship and scored a string of top hits and Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum records.

The Starz of the Future

To celebrate 20 years of “The Starz of the Future,” the largest talent competition in South Florida, the fair will host a Starz MVP (Most Valuable Performers) fundraising concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. Starz of the Future has hosted thousands of aspiring artists and is the largest competition over five counties.

“The Starz will feature and honor previous Starz participants and winners who have carved out incredible careers and made an impact in the music and entertainment industry,” said founder and event organizer Maggi Rosenberg. “To celebrate this special milestone, this concert will benefit a local charitable organization and establish scholarships for high school students interested in the arts and entertainment industry.”

Starz performers will include Chris Grant, Beyoncé’s longtime choreographer; singer-songwriter-storyteller Michaela Paige, Season 3 runner-up on NBC’s “The Voice;” Emmy and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jaime Floyd; and Prodigal Son, a seven-time Billboard-charting
gospel rap artist who rhymes about his rough and tumble past life on the streets.

The Lettermen

At 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, The Lettermen are expected to draw a large crowd during Seniors Day. For more than 50 years, The Lettermen — Donovan Tea, Bobby Poynton and Rob Gulack, each of whom are entertainers in their own right — have kept the meaning of harmony
alive with their soft, romantic, harmonic blend of music which is as popular with their fans today as it was in 1961 when they recorded their first hit, “The Way You Look Tonight.” The Lettermen have more than 75 albums — numerous certified gold — and a myriad of hits.

The band also has enjoyed international success touring Japan, The Philippines, China, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, France, South America, Canada, Mexico and even Saudi Arabia.

Completely Unchained the Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, on the evening of the fair’s second Bike Night, Completely Unchained will perform at 8 p.m. Promoted as the Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band, the group won the Tribute Band Competition at the 2019 fair. The four energetic and creative musicians re-create the ultimate Van Halen production, complete with the attitude, sounds, excitement, energy and most of all the fun that Van Halen produced as one of the best rock bands in the world.

Russell Dickerson

Country music will fill the air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, when Nashville-based Russell Dickerson takes the stage. A multi-platinum recording artist and 2019 ACM Award nominee for “Song of the Year,” Dickerson is one of country music’s most talked-about new talents. His smash single “Yours” is a ballad inspired by his wife that has racked up more than 33 million streams to date on Spotify, where he’s been on the Hot Country, Country Gold playlists and more for over a year, and has exploded since being serviced to country radio in April.

The concert series will close on Saturday, Feb 1, with the 11th Annual Rock Tribute Band Competition, which has become a favorite event among fairgoers and music lovers.

7 pieces you can’t miss at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

7 pieces you can’t miss at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, presented by Art Miami and hosted by the City of West Palm Beach, welcomes you to the fourth edition at the City’s Tent Site between January 9th and January 12th, at Dixie Hwy and Okeechobee Blvd in downtown West Palm Beach.

Collectors, art connoisseurs and art world luminaries alike will have the opportunity to acquire investment quality Blue Chip contemporary, Post-War works from top international galleries from as far as Japan, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Venezuela.

Learn more about Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary at their website.

I took a stroll through all the amazing galleries and found my favorite pieces.

1. 50″ Icosahedron by Anthony James

Anthony James is a British/American artist based in Los Angeles, known for his monumental and performative sculptures and installations. His work gestures towards minimalism, materiality, process, alchemy, language, mechanization, and experimentation with light and space.

Be prepared to fall into this sculpture which is both amazingly simple and eternally complex at the same time.

Find Eternity Gallery at stand PB460

Artist Website:

50" Icosahedron by  Anthony James
50″ Icosahedron by Anthony James

2. Brooke by Carole A. Feuerman

Carole A. Feuerman is an American sculptor and artist working in Hyperrealism, a movement that began in the 1970s in relation to photorealist painting. Born in 1945, Feuerman is younger than Duane Hanson and John de Andrea, the pioneers of Hyperrealism in figurative sculpture. Dubbed “the reigning doyenne of super-realism” by art historian John T. Spike, Feuerman is known for her lifelike portrayals of swimmers. Feuerman utilizes a variety of media including resin, marble, and bronze.

Find Art of the World Gallery at Stand # PB260

Artist Website:

Brooke by Carole A. Feuerman
Brooke by Carole A. Feuerman

Look familiar? One of Carole Feuerman’s hyperrealistic sculptures “The Message” stood in Cityplace (now Rosemary Square) from 2018 into 2019.

3. Filling the Void by William Finlayson

Born in Tallahasee Fl, William started his artistic career as a color consultant for his family’s Design and Painting company that took on constant projects of custom painted interiors and decorating. This work of 20 yrs lead him to his fascination with textiles and paint, along with custom furniture. After creating and selling dozens of unique pieces of furniture, here began his transition from wall, to wood on furniture, to canvas. Painting on canvas was the culmination of his creative outlet. William feels that his lack of formal training in Fine Art has afforded him a freedom to paint what he envisions and feels, rather than conform to specific style or genre that he feels is limiting

You can find William Finlayson’s work at our local JF Gallery in Antique Row.

Artist Website

Find JF Gallery at Stand # PB100

 Filling the Void by William Finlayson
Filling the Void by William Finlayson

4. Siren Songs by Joel Besmar

Joel Besmar is a Cuban Postwar & Contemporary painter who was born in 1968. Their work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Arkansas Arts Center and the Cernuda Arte.

I loved “Siren Songs” a beautiful oil painting depicting stacks of philsophical books by Ayn Rand, Marcuse, Thomas More & Voltaire full of stories of a utopian future, now discarded and tattered in a dystopian deserted beach. ?

Find Cernuda Arte at Stand # PB250

Artist Website:

Siren Songs by Joel Besmar
Siren Songs by Joel Besmar

5. Nameless Woman & The Skin of the City by Pancho Luna

Francisco (Pancho) Luna grew up around a big library in his grandmother’s house in his native Argentina. The library covered a whole wall from the floor to the ceiling and it was filled with tons of books, old and new, written in many languages. As a kid, he would spend time imagining meanings for that maze of incomprehensible objects engraved with symbols and signs…. From that point on, that vision of an enigmatic universe in front of him yet to be known, hasn’t abandoned him. (source).

Impossible to capture this great piece in a photo, but I loved how he played with the light in the clear acrylic sculptures of library shelves. You’ve got to see it.

Find Timothy Yarger Fine art at Stand PB480

Artist Website:

5. Nameless Woman & The Skin of the City by Pancho Luna
Nameless Woman & The Skin of the City by Pancho Luna

6. Symphony Chelo 1 by RETNA

RETNA was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and started his career in the early 1990s. He developed a distinctive constructed script which is derived from Blackletter, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Arabic, and Hebrew calligraphy, as well as more traditional types of street-based graffiti. In addition to exhibiting at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles, Miami, London, New York and Hong Kong, Retna has done advertising work for brands such as VistaJet, Louis Vuitton, and Nike. His artwork adorns the cover of Justin Bieber’s Purpose album that debuted in 2015.

Chase Contemporary can be found at Stand PB240

Symphony Chelo 1 by RETNA
Symphony Chelo 1 by RETNA

Look familiar? RETNA painted the iconic east wall of West Palm Beach’s Restoration Hardware building.

7. Hudson Yards & Winter, Spring, Summer

And now for something totally different.

Clark Gallery is a fascinating corner of the show. The front of the stand is dominated by Nathan Walsh’s brilliant depiction of the brand new Hudson Yards development in NYC.

Hudson yards by Nathan Walsh – image courtesy of Clark Gallery

In stark contrast to Hudson Yards we find Boston-based artists Linda Etcoff work in pastel, charcoal and crayon.

Find Clark Gallery at Stand PB190

View Gallery website here

This is a section of Etcoff's piece Winter, Spring, Summer
A section of Etcoff’s piece Winter, Spring, Summer
Vote in Palm Beach Post 2020 Contest & Support Local Businesses

Vote in Palm Beach Post 2020 Contest & Support Local Businesses

It’s that time of the year where everyone supports your local businesses by voting in the Palm Beach Post’s Best of Palm Beach County contest.

Vote for 25 items and you can win $500! Palm Beach Post will require that you enter your email address, but once you’ve done that, just click and vote.

Voting ends at midnight on Friday – so vote soon!

The full contest list is here. I’ve curated my favorite local / small businesses in a handy list here. Once you click on the link, scroll down to the voting form and click VOTE.

Vote today!

Have fun & please share with your friends.

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