Palm Beach Opera Presents “Tales of Hoffmann”

From March 21 – 23, Palm Beach Opera will be performing “Tales of Hoffmann” at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

1 Man, 3 Tales - It’s amazing how everyone who experiences The Tales of Hoffmann – Offenbach’s epic romantic comedy drama adventure – finds themselves rooting for Hoffmann. He’s a poet, traveler and underdog unlucky in love. Divided into three compelling stories, the libretto follows Hoffmann on his quest for the perfect girl, but it never quite works out. Offenbach’s masterpieces features sumptuous music, like the famous “Barcarolle,” and fantastical storytelling that will stir your soul.

This rendition will include a huge cast of international stars, massive sets and striking costumes make this production one of the largest, most dynamic performances in Palm Beach Opera’s history.  Understand every word with English supertitles projected above the stage!

Running Time: 3 hours 15 minutes including two intermissions

Ticket holders can participate in “Curtain Warmers” one hour before curtain for a 25-minute lecture about the opera you are going to see. A member of the Artistic Staff will offer a talk designed to connect you to the evening’s performance in an exhilarating and informative way. Go early and experience insights that only the experts can give!

All are welcome to attend a short question and answer session with members of the cast following the Sunday matinee performance.

Click here for more information and ticketing.

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The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Season of Art

A visit to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, together with the historic home, is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with this beautiful weather we’re having! The Sculpture Gardens provide visitors of all ages a rare look at the life’s work of a truly American sculptor. Born in Alabama, Ann Vaughan Weaver drew from the time she was five years old and received her first sculpting tool at age eight. Ann attended Smith College and subsequently moved to New York to study at the national academy of Design, Arts Student League of New York and Cooper Union.

The gardens contain monumental sculptures build directly in the gardens., for the gardens, which invoke mystery and surprise as you happen upon them while walking through rare palms.

From Feb 12 – Mar 9, visitors  can see the exhibit VANITIES, METAPHORS, FROLICS: BRADFIELD, GRASSI, SANDYS. Showcasing avant-garde at its finest, the trio of artists-Geoffery Bradfield , Cristina Grassi and Edwina Sandys – bring their very own energy and unique perspective on art to the Gardens. Creative, unusual and contemporary, each piece promises to be a “showstopper” for art lovers everywhere. EXHIBITION TOURS OFFERED WEDNESDAY AT 11AM

The historic house and gardens are open daily from Wednesday to Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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Palm Beach Outlets Grand Opening Today!

The Palm Beach Outlets opened today in West Palm Beach.  Located along I-95 on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, this is the first outlet mall in Palm Beach County and is one of the largest, nicest outlet malls in Florida.  The mall is located just 10 minutes driving from Grandview Gardens and will become a major attraction for local, regional, national and international visitors.  Grand opening activities are scheduled all weekend, including a celebrity style fashion show on Saturday evening hosted by the handsome TV star Mario Lopez. Click here for a link to the article  in today’s Palm Beach Post.


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Norton Museum of Art Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Beatlemania

Fifty years ago this month, John, Paul, George, and Ringo – aka the Fab Four – “invaded” the United States, and music and fashion haven’t been the same since. That same year – 1964 – young Palm Beach native and New York model, Jane Holzer, met artist Andy Warhol. The Norton Museum of Art special exhibition, To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar, which runs through May 25, 2014, illuminates the pair’s enduring influence on one another – and the art world.

The Norton is not only showcasing the influence of Warhol and the role played by Holzer 50 years ago, but is also celebrating the Beatles’ musical innovation, cultural influence, and the 50th anniversary of that euphoric phenomenon known as Beatlemania. Art After Dark is going “Mop Top” with Beatles-related music, programs, and tours from 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2014. Admission is half price on Thursdays. Parking is free.\

The festivities include:

  • Music by Beatles tribute band Across the Universe
  • Musician and music educator Rod MacDonald presents a multi-media Beatles primer, The Beatles: Before America. By the time the Beatles arrived inAmerica in February 1964, they were already the top music attraction inGreat Britain, with Beatlemania greeting their every stage appearance. Join MacDonald, the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member of FAU’s Lifelong Learning program, in a detailed look at the early Fab Four, using archival videos and live performance.
  • A docent-led All You Need is Love tour of art in the Museum Collection.
  • A Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch Trivia ContestTest your Beatles knowledge with questions formulated by radio personality Joe Johnson, one of the country’s foremost authorities on all things Beatles, and host of the syndicated radio show, Beatle Brunch ( Fab prizes await the winners.
  • The To Jane, Love Andy exhibition with an accompanying soundtrack, featuring Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other “British Invasion” favorites popular in the mid-‘60s.       

Other activities on Feb. 13 include a wine tasting and a Curator’s Conversation by Laurie Barnes, ElizabethB. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art discussing the exhibition, Qing Chic: Chinese Textiles from the19th to Early-20th Century.

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