Published On: Tue, Feb 1st, 2011

Cultural and culinary delights abound…

by Rebecca Coleman

Art enthusiasts turned out in huge numbers for one of Boca Museum of Art’s strongest set of exhibitions in recent years.  “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” features 43 costumes created for period films. Museum marketing director Bruce Herman gave me a private tour.  He told me that exhibition co-curator Nancy Lawson took 10 days to install the meticulous display!  My personal favorite was the pink confection worn by Emmy Rossum in “Phantom of the Opera.”

Rebecca Coleman

Impressionism fans will love “California Impressionism: Paintings from the Irvine Museum.”  This is the first time the 60 masterpieces have traveled outside California.

My “Boca First List” is getting longer by the minute. Jean Stern, executive director of The Irvine Museum, his wife, Linda Stern, and James Irvine Swinden, attended the opening reception.

Save some stamina for the third exhibition in the smallest gallery because there’s nothing small about the names on these walls!  “Romanticism to Modernism: Graphic Masterpieces from Piranesi to Picasso” features 21 works by Picasso, seven by Miro and six by Goya to name just a few!  You’ll probably need two visits — ah ha maybe that’s the plan!

ZED 451 hosted a jam-packed reception for Festival of the Arts BOCA. Co-producers Wendy Larsen and Charlie Siemon were on hand to greet over 200 supporters. This year’s festival, the fifth, running March 4-12  features younger names, including the youngest performer ever, 10-year old soprano Jackie Evancho, who will sing with the Young Stars of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boca Raton Symphonia in the closing concert “A Night at the Opera” on March 12. Tickets from festivaloftheartsboca.org.

Speaking of opera, our own Palm Beach Opera has big plans to celebrate its upcoming 50th anniversary season. Stand by for updates!

I enjoyed a fun evening at Jamie Barlow’s restaurant, La Stella’s, on East Palmetto Park. This bijoux bistro features contemporary Italian dishes and a great wine list and, oh yes, white furniture, so they had me at the door!  The evening was hosted by Stepping Out Florida founder Debi Goldfarb. Special guest was Shari Gherman, president and co-founder of nationally renowned American Fine Wine Competition. This year’s competition takes place at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 on Feb 12.  Shari gave us a preview of the $20K diamond necklace that some lucky live auction bidder can win, along with a Lexus (You drive honey, I’ll wear the diamonds!) Tickets are $200 from 561-504-VINE (8463).

And finally, to leave you on another sweet note, don’t forget the Junior League of Boca Raton’s 10th Annual Chocolate Decadence celebration coming up Feb. 3 at Boca Center. Tickets from 561-620-4778 are $35 or $75 for the VIP Lounge… psst…go for the Lounge!

And that is life in Boca…

Rebecca Coleman is president of Eureka! Productions, a PR agency dedicated to client success. www.eurekaworldwide.com.

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