Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Barrys Buzz Feb. 5, 2014

    The 46,046 sq, ft. HSBC Plaza in West Boca at 441 and Yamato was sold by Harvey Geller for $19 million by Hollywood based Power Center I.
David Goldstein, Founder of the Gardens Memorial Park and president of DFG Entertainment Group, was elected Chair of the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club.
Jim Notter, former Broward Superintendent of Schools and South Tech Academy board member was elected Vice Chair.
Armand Grossman, Senior Executive VP Development of Penn-Florida Companies and former Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Board President, current member and former president of the FAU Foundation Board, former member of the FAU Board of Trustees and FAU Presidential Search Committee was elected to the board.
         See www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com  for membership information or call 561.852.0000 for more information.
     Woodfield Country Club has announced a $23.7 million, two-phase renovation, from enlarging the women's card room in the clubhouse and updating their pool area and restaurants, to expanding golf amenities and consolidating the play areas for members' children.
    South Florida small theatre operators are facing a digital dilemma as major film studios plan to stop releasing movies on 35 mm film for $2,000 each and distribute them via digital hard drive for only $100. Major theatres are already on board the digital bandwagon, but converting theatres to digital at $70,000 a pop is considerable for the small mom and pop theatres and they would never recoup those costs once movies are distributed via satellite.
  While President Obama can celebrate the Congressional Budget Office's good news that the deficit is shrinking, the report stresses Obamacare's negative effect on the nation's unemployment. The Affordable Care Act is expected to result in 2 million fewer full-time workers, at least partially due to employers cutting hours. The CBO also estimates a million fewer Americans than anticipated will receive health insurance coverage due to the difficulties with the rollout.
  Palm Beach County Commissioners decided to keep the Red Light camera program and possibly expand it.
  Florida's dalliance with Las Vegas-style casinos is back on, with a state leader saying he'll propose a bill next week. Garrett Richter, chairman of the Senate Committee on Gaming, favors destination resorts in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, but statewide they have "no chance."
  Palm Beach County December home sales showed a healthy 12% increase over the previous month with 1325 closings and a median price of $268,000. Statewide over 19,000 sales were recorded for December, up 11%.
    The First Super Bowl ticket was $12, now $500 face value with secondary market ticket prices of $2,100.
    The Boca Raton Children�s Museum promotes February is Love Your Museum Month with $5 off class price when you bring a friend. See www.cmboc.org, email sandy@cmboca.org or call 561.368.6875 for more information.
    The construction passerbys will see this week in Sanborn Square are for two, large steel decorative arches. The city is spending money from the downtown pedestrian promenade renovations for these arches, hoping they'll become a landmark. They'll mark the connection between Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place downtown.
   42 St. has been extended to Feb. 15 at the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy. Call 561.995.2333 or visit www.thewick.org for tickets.
     Slow Burn Theatre presents Parade, through Feb. 9 at the West Boca Performing Arts Theatre in West Boca High, 12811 West Glades Road. Call 866.822.4111 for tickets and group sales or visit www.slowburntheatre.org. It is the best production of the theatre company. Don't miss it!
   You Can't Take it with You is at the Delray Beach Playhouse at 950 NW 9th St. in Lake Ida Park, off Swinton Ave. Delray Beach through Feb. 16; Upcoming shows 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 www.delraybeachplayhouse.com or call 561.272.1281 x 4 for more information. Tickets are $30. Call 561.272.1281 x 4 for reservations.
    The Last Schwartz runs to Feb. 23 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center�s studio Theatre. Tickets at www.paradeprocutions.org or call 866.811.4111.
   Laughing Matters continues through March 22, 2014 and the Wizard of Oz is Jan. 7-19 at the Broward Center For the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue. Fort Lauderdale. Tickets at www.browardcenter.org or call 954.462.0222.
    The Plaza Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan has Renee Taylor, My Life on a Diet, to Feb. 9 and Dirty Blonde, March 27-April 13. See www.theplazatheatre.net  or call 561.588.1820.   
     Crimes of the Heart runs through Feb. 23 at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs. Visit www.stagedoorfl.org or call 954.344.7765 for more information and ticket reservations.
   Wiesenthal is at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, through March 16.Visit www.stagedoortheatre.com or call 954-344.7765 for tickets. For more information, visit www.wiesentahltheplay.com or www.facebook.com/wiesentaltheplay.
   The Boca Raton Theatre Guild presents "Pippin" through Feb. 9 at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail. Call 561.347.3948 or visit www.brtg.org or go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boca-Raton-Theatre-Guild/103606986210?fref=ts.
      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 www.palmbeachdramaworks.org or call 561.514.3042.
   Watch Movie Talk with Morrie Zryl on www.wrpbitv.com Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 6 a.m.
   Watch Barry Epstein live featuring Americas Internet Marketing president Pablo Davidov, Somera and Associates law partners Jessica and Michael Somera and Sun-Sentinel editorial columnist Kingsley Guy on www.wrpbitv.com 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: https://vimeo.com/channels/barryepsteinlive.
  The Monuments Men, The Lego Movie and Vampire Academy opens Friday at the Cinemark Palace. Last of the Unjust opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres., The Monuments Men opens at the Movies of Delray and Lake Worth.
  Live performance by flautist, Jim Kovalcik, along with Girl Scout cookies for sale at the Boca Raton Green Market this week!  The Market, in its 17th year, has farm-to-table, freshly-picked produce (organics, too) from local growers and lots more,  8am to 1pm every Saturday at the southwest parking lot of Royal Palm Place, S. Fed. Hwy, and SE Mizner Blvd in downtown Boca Raton. 
   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.
   The Original Florida Follies returns Feb. 9, 16 and 23 to Olympic Heights Theatre, 20101 Lyons Road. Tickets are $28. Call 561.749.0016, 561.338.6860, 561.720.1880, 561.392.8253 or visit www.theoriginalfloridafollies.com for more information. Don't miss it!
    The 2014 Allianz Championship, the first full-field PGA Champions Tour event of the season will tee-off with a celebrated roster of golf legends at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club is through February 9 for the eighth consecutive year in Boca Raton.   
   A Free Mastermind group on the "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" will be 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6 a.m. Feb. 6, designed to help people become more effective leaders, led by Bob Daves, a certified teacher, coach and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Visit www.bobdavesassociates.com for info.
  Casablanca will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Theatre Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St. Delray Beach. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 561.450.6357 or visit www.artsgarage.org.
    The Anti-Defamation League will honor President George W. Bush and Mei Sze & Jeff Greene February 6, 2014 at The Breakers in Palm Beach. RSVP to florida@adl.org  or call (561) 988-2919.
     Phyllis & Harvey Sandler, Jan Savarick, Shirley & Allan B. Solomon and Jaime & Zachary Keyes will be honored at the Levis JCC Casino Royale Feb. 8, 2014. Email cindyb@levisjcc.org or call 561.852.3253 or visit www.levisjcc.org/casino for more information and reservations.
     Dr. Robert Watson and his band, 33 Years, will be performing at the Sunday Matinee Music Series Concert on Sunday, February 9, 3-4pm, at Downtown Library located on 400 NW 2nd Ave (Boca Raton Blvd), Boca Raton.  The concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Raton Library and is open to the public, free admission. Register at www.bocalibraryorg to reserve your seat.
   Joaquin and River Phoenix's mom Heart Phoenix will be the guest speaker at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Feb. 11 at Bogarts, on the Premiere level of the Boca Palace Cinemark Theatres. Register at www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com or call 561.852.0000. The March 3 program will feature Dr. Gershon Baskin, author of The Negotiator and the person responsible for the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilead Schalit.
  Waterstone Resort & Marina is hiring for positions Feb. 12 & 13, at the downtown library, 400 NW 2nd. Ave., Boca Raton. For more info, call 561.368.9500.
  Wallenberg, A New Musical Drama is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 & 13 at the Lynn University Wold Center for the Performing Arts, 3601 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton.
Tickets at 561.237.9000 or visit www.wallenbergthemusical.com for more information.
    The new season of House of Cards with Kevin Spacey and Al Sapienza premieres on Netflix Feb. 14.
    The Boca Raton Republican Club features a Meet and Greet for City municipal election candidates with keynote speaker and author, KCarl Smith, president and founder of Frederick Douglass Republicans 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Jazzis Nightlight,  201 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Free to members, $30 for guests. Includes free drink and hors�doevuvres. Register at www.bocagop.com/membership.html.
   The Friends of the Boca Raton Library are proud to announce the return to the Downtown Library of Kevin Manning, noted retired Astrophysicist.  He - and his telescope, weather permitting - will again dazzle Boca Raton residents on Tuesday evening,  February 18, beginning at 7 pm.
   Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will speak at FAU 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Go to www.https://www.fauevents.com/online to purchase tickets.
   Palm Beach County offers a free 2 mile  night Hike event limited to 20 participants 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Pondhawk Natural Area, next to the Spanish River Library. RSVP to 561.233.2457 or vburnett@pbcgov.org. Hikers should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring flashlights and insect repellent.
    Philanthropist Yvonne Boice is among those honored at a Boca Chamber Diamond Award lunch, 11:45 am-1:30 pm. Feb. 21 at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place. Visit http://web.bocaratonchamber.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1847 or call 395-4433 for tickets.
    The Caribbean Cowboy Ball is 6 pm. Feb. 22, 2014 at Red Reef Park. Tickets are $175. Call 561.347.6799 or www.scholarship.org for info.
     The Palm Beach Playhouse present BOXer SHORTS 3, Feb. 22 & 23, 950 NW 9th Street, Delray Beach. Call the box office 561-272-1281 Ext. 4.
    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 www.events.lynn.edu/ively.com.
      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 www.bocadrama.com or call 561.338.1533 for more information and reservations.
     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  https://clients.floridasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=700340033 or call 561.862.4762 for more information. 
   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 www.womenstheatreproject.com, email ckassie@gmail.com or twtp@bellsouth.net.
   Evening Star Productions presents Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Feb. 28-March 16 at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Fed. Hwy. Visit www.eveingstarproductions.org or call 561.447.8829 for more information.
   Mark your calendars: 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 info@templebethshira.org or call 561.912.1453 for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
   The Harlem Globetrotters will play at the FAU arena on March 3 and 8. Go to www.harlemglobetrotters.com or call 1.800.745.3000 for ticket information.
   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 www.festivaloftheartsboc.org for more information or reservations.
    Follow the Yellow Brick Road to JARC's 29th Annual Gala Dinner Dance March 9, 2014 at West Boca Country Club.
    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.
   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 palmbeach@afmda.org.
   Florida's Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities will take place on March 22, 2014, between 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 lsalvin@adl.org for tickets. Further information is at www.florida.adl.org/event/join-us-for-the2014-adl-lecture-series-at-boca-west-lecture.
   Saks Fifth Avenue CEO Stephen Sadove speaks at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County's Business & Professional Division (B&P), 8 to 10 am. March 26 in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Register for $36 at www.jewishboca.org/icon or sonnies@bocafed.org, 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; info@natkincolegenhope.org or call 561.213.8209.
    Former Miami Dolphin and now owner of Offerdahl�s Caf� 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.
        www.westbocaleaders.com  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.
      Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, president of the www.goldcoasttigerbayclub.com, the www.luxurychamber.com, the www.westbocaleaders.com and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; with a weekly internet television show on www.wrpbitv.com and www.publicrelations.nu. His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. email: pr@publicrelations.nu, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  His blog is on www.bocatribune.com, www.facebook.com/BarryEpstein as well as on the Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal website at www.floridajewishjournal.com - www.http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com as on his website: www.publicrelations.nu.                

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