Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Barrys Buzz Feb. 26, 2014

    As a result of legislation passed by Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21), on March 18, 2014 President Obama will award Medals of Honor posthumously to 21 veterans, including Private First Class Leonard Kravitz.
  Former Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art Executive Director, Irvin Lippman has been named interim director of the Boca Museum of Art to lead a search committee for a permanent replacement of Steven Maklanksky who resigned in January.
   Boca Raton Airport Authority will consider having U.S. Customs at the airport following a submitted report which will boost the local economy.
   The U.S. House is stalling a delay in the huge rate hike of the national flood insurance program. The Senate passed the bill blessing a four year delay in the giant premium increases but the House has yet to act causing much concern among South Florida Realtors claiming the large premium hikes will destabilize the market, with more than 5,000 homeowners affected by the steep premium increases.
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell refused a contract renewal paycheck of an eye-popping $44 million this year, with the insanity that the NFL is designated as a non-profit company which grossed $11 billion last year. As a non-profit, every major assessment the Miami Dolphins and the other 39 teams pay to the league is considered a write-off as a donation for tax purposes.
    Watch for South Florida airlines to hike fares due to the bitter cold and ice storms up north causing massive cancellations, losing millions of dollars in revenue and huge deicing bills of $5,000 per aircraft.
   Palm Beach County had almost 6 million tourism visitors last year, up 3%, with 94.7 million total visitors, a record for the year.
   Florida lottery sales totaled $4 billion last year, with scratch off sales reaching $78.5 million last week, breaking previous record sales by $5 million. The spike in sales was due to a flood of highly publicized million dollar winners. Scratch off tickets reflect 58% of lottery sales, with 21 games selling over $1 million in tickets last week. South Florida leads the state and is the hotbed of lottery sales.
   The Full Monty is at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy. to March 23. Call 561.995.2333 or visit for tickets.
    Memphis is at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. Fort Lauderdale, to March 9.  Call 954.462.0222 or visit for tickets and more information.
   The final Boca municipal election debate is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at 6500 N. Congress Ave., sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
    Whole Foods Market Co-CEO Walter Robb speaks at the Lynn University Dively Frontiers in Globalization Lecture 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail Boca. Tickets are $25. Call 561.237.9000 or visit
      Jane Pauley speaks 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Jewish Family Services luncheon at Boca West Country Club.
     42 St. is at Boca Raton High School, Feb. 27- March 2. Visit or call 561.338.1533 for more information and reservations.
     FAU College of Business honors Jordan Zimmerman at the Business Leader of the Year breakfast 8 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Boca Resort & Club. For more information, call Kimberly Gramm at 561.3628 or email
     The Ladies & More present Redefining Your Path, a free four-hour workshop to assist attendees to discover their personal path to fulfillment,featuring Myra Goldick, Amada Pelaez, Roxanne Birney, John Spannuth and Kersen De Jong, 8 a.m. to noon, Feb. 28 at Palm Beach State College, Boca Campus, 3000 St. Lucie Ave. Room HT 103.Register at or call 561.862.4762 for more information. 
   Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St, Delray Beach, presents: Fighting Over Beverley, A Romantic Comedy by Playwright Israel Horovitz, Feb. 28-March 23. Call 561.450.6357 or visit for tickets.
    The West Boca High School Drama Dept. presents Young Frankenstein Feb. 28-March 8. Tickets are $15. Call 561.672.2066. Upcoming shows include Death by Dessert, April 25 & 26.
   The Women’s Theatre Project presents Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Feb. 28-March 16 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets are $25. Call 561.347.3948, visit, email or
   Evening Star Productions presents Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Feb. 28-March 16 at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Fed. Hwy. Visit or call 561.447.8829 for more information.
   Laughing Matters continues through March 22, 2014 at the Broward Center For the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue. Fort Lauderdale. Tickets at or call 954.462.0222.
    The Plaza Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan has Rags to March 16 and Dirty Blonde, March 27-April 13. See  or call 561.588.1820.   
     Wiesenthal is at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, through March 16.Visit or call 954-344.7765 for tickets. For more information, visit or
   Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Harold Pinter’s Old Times through March 2 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. Tickets are at or call 561.514.3042.
   Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl and Barry Epstein discussing the Oscars on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
   Watch Barry Epstein live featuring aquaBelly fitness co-founder Samantha Bense, Memphis star Joey Elrose, Cappiello Company CEO Nick Cappiello and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy on at 10 pm Thursday and 10 am Friday to win free tickets to the Cinemark theatres.  You can also watch the TV shows ON Demand on wrpbitv. Just click on this link:
   Non-Stop, R rated version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Wind Rises, History channel repeat of Son of G-d and Oscar Shorts 2014 opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace and Premiere theatres. Gloria opens at the Movies of Delray with Boca’s Beth Ami Congregation (1401 NW 4th Ave-East of FAU) Rabbi Eli Kavon doing a Q&A after the 1:15pm movie of Aftermath on March 3rd at the Movies of Delray.  
    Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins runs Feb. 28-March 16 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail. Boca Raton. Call 561.347.3948 or visit www.womenstheatreprojectcom for more information and tickets.
     Boca Raton Green Market, in its 17th year, has farm-to-table, freshly-picked produce (organics, too) from local growers, plants and flowers, bakery items and lots more,  8am to 1pm every Saturday at the sw parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner Blvd. Call (561) 299-8684.
   Dreamworks' "Shrek the Musical" is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, Zinman Hall, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd. Call 561-852-3300 or 561-852-3241.
    Larry Ferber has a movie club 10 a.m. every Sunday at the FAU Living Room theatres, followed by discussion. Call 757.617.1936 for more information.
     Rod MacDonald performs Celtic and Folk Music for a free Music Series concert, March 2, 3-4pm, at Spanish River Library, 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd,  Boca Raton, sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Library and open to the public. Register at www.bocalibraryorg or call 561.299.8684 to RSVP.
    The Rod Stewart Live Tribute Concert is 8 p.m. March 1 at the Countess de Hoernle Theatre of Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton. Email or call 561.912.1453 for tickets and sponsorship opportunities. is 9 a.m. registration March 2 at FAU School of Nursing. See and Email or call 561.886.8211 for more information.  
    The Cat in the Hat and other famous characters from Dr. Seuss’ magical stories will visit BRIO Tuscan Grille at The Shops at Boca Center to enchant children and parents at the “Dr. Seuss Birthday Brunch” March 2 to celebrate the great American author’s 110th birthday and enjoy a tableside Meet & Greet with Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters. BRIO’s regular brunch and lunch menus will be offered during the event for adults and children at standard menu pricing. Reservations are required for “Dr. Seuss Birthday Brunch.” To RSVP and for more information, please call (561) 392-3777.
       The Jim Kovalcik Trio performs for a free Music Series concert, March 2, 3-4pm, at Spanish River Library, 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton, sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Library and open to the public. Register at www.bocalibraryorg or call 561.299.8684 to RSVP.
     Dr. Gershon Baskin, author of The Negotiator and the person responsible for the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilead Schalit, will be the guest speaker at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 3 at Bogarts, on the Premiere level of the Boca Palace Cinemark Theatres. Register at and click on the event registration page to RSVP or call 561.852.0000.
   The Harlem Globetrotters will play at the FAU arena on March 3 and 8. Go to or call 1.800.745.3000 for ticket information.
  Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations meets 8:30 a.m. March 4, at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Free and open to the public, with City Traffic Engineer Douglas Hess, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, and spotlight on Florence Fuller Child Development Center.
  Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will open the 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, accompanied by Festival Orchestra Boca under the direction of Festival Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos.  Perlman will return to the Festival stage on Sunday, March 9 at 7 p.m. for the Florida premiere of his new program of traditional Jewish and Klezmer music with celebrated Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul. Arturo Sandoval, Forte, Cirque de la Symphonie, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Danna Deveare Smith and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company highlight the 2014 Festival of the Arts Boca, March 6-15. Early bird tickets of $39 (regular price is $125) are available through Dec. 31. Call either 561.368.8445 or too free: 866.571.ARTS  or visit for more information or reservations.
   KidSafe’s 5th Annual “Shine the Light” Gala is 7 pm. March 7 at Woodfield Country Club, 3640 Club Place, Boca Raton. Call 855.844.SAFE or visit or further information and tickets.
   Another great Pop, Rock & Doo Wop show is 8 p.m. March 7 at the FAU Barry & Carole Kaye Performing Arts Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561.693.3632 or visit for tickets and more information.
    Dean Martin’s daughter Deana is in the Brazz Room of the Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 pm March 7 & 8. Call 954-344-5990 or visit for more information and tickets.
    Follow the Yellow Brick Road to JARC’s 29th Annual Gala Dinner Dance March 9, 2014 at West Boca Country Club. Visit www. or call 561.558.2550 for more information and tickets. Sponsorship opportunities also available.
   The Friends of the Boca Raton Library’s Foreign Film Series will screen Louis Malle’s My Dinner With Andre, an art house classic, March 11th, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., followed by discussion at 400 NW 2nd Avenue,.  Admission to the film is free and refreshments will be served. RSVP at    
   Noted political consultant Dick Morris will speak at the lunch 11:30 am. to 1 pm March 13 at Bogart’s in the Premier level of the Boca Cinemark Palace, 3200 Airport Road. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
   The Junior League presents Flavors, featuring 17 restaurant sampling, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 13 at The Sonoma House, 220 NE 11th St. Boca. Visit, email or call 561.620.2553 for more information or tickets.
    Palm Beach Dramaworks presents “Some Enchanted Evening”, 14th annual Spring Gala, 6:30 p.m. March 14 at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. Tax deductible tickets are $500 and tables of ten are $5,000. Call 561.4042 ext. 106 for reservations and information.
   Jan McArt presents Sweet Charity March 15 & 16 in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. For tickets, call 561.237.9000 or visit
   John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will be the guest speaker at the AFMDA 2014 Humanitarian Awards cocktails, dinner and entertainment, honoring Eileen & Michael Goldman, March 16 at St. Andrews Country Club. Call 561.835.0510 or e-mail
   Slow Burn Theatre company presents CHESS, March 21-April 5 in the West Boca Performing Arts Theatre at West Boca High School, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 1.866.811.411 or visit for tickets and further information.
   Florida’s Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, sponsored by the Unicorn Children’s Foundation is March 22, 2014, from 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM at Spanish River Park and A1A in Boca Raton. The Bash is the nation’s largest, free, fun-day for people with special needs, their care givers and family members.  The 6th Annual Bash is expected to draw 6,000 attendees from South Florida and beyond. Tax deductible contributions should be directed to The Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, PO Box 99, Boca Raton, FL  33429.  For further information, call: 561-715-2622.
   Lynn University political professor Dr. Robert Watson will discuss Jewish Contributions to the American Revolution, 7 p.m. March 24 as part of the 2014 ADL Lecture Series at Boca West, 20583 Boca West Drive. Call 561.988.2935 or email for tickets. Further information is at
    Chairman of the Braman Automobile Dealership, Norman Braman speaks at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Business & Professional Division (B&P), 6 to 8 pm. March 26 in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Register for $36 at or, or call 561.852.3128.    
    The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards is the Nat King Cole Generation Hope concert, 6:30 p.m., March 28 at the Wold Performing Arts Center, Lynn University. For more info and sponsorship opportunities, email; or call 561.213.8209.
      Another great Pop, Rock & Doo Wop show is 8 p.m. March 29 at the FAU Barry & Carole Kaye Performing Arts Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561.693.3632 or visit for tickets and more information.
   Upcoming shows at the Delray Beach Playhouse at 950 NW 9th St. in Lake Ida Park, off Swinton Ave. Delray Beach include: The Pajama Game, March 29-April 13; Doubt, May 24-June 8, and musical memories shows include; Come Fly With Me, Harlem On My Mind, Call Me Madam, Good News and Make Someone Happy. Visit or call 561.272.1281 x 4 for more information. Tickets are $30. Call 561.272.1281 x 4 for reservations.
    Former Miami Dolphin and now owner of Offerdahl’s Café Grill John Offerdahl will be the keynote speaker for the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s 12th annual Inspiration breakfast fundraiser, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 8 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
    Florida will offer a 15-day sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies from June 1-14. During that time period, Floridians can purchase flashlights, batteries, weather radios and other basic hurricane supply items, all tax-free. Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30.  is the best networking group in the area and meets at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Mission Bay Shopping Center, next to Office Max, 10125 Glades Road, 33498 on alternate Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cost is $60 per quarter. Check out the website for openings in some categories. Call 561.852.0000 for further information.
     Thanks to David Weir and the South Florida Business Report for contributions to the column.
     Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the, the, the and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on and His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is on, as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at www.floridajewishjournal.comwww.  as on his website:               

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