West Palm Beach July 4th Festivities

From 5 – 10pm on the West Palm Beach downtown waterfront, enjoy one of the largest free outdoor Independence Day celebrations in South Florida.  This year’s theme, “Together We CREATE America” embraces the City of West Palm Beach’s Downtown arts, culture and entertainment district.  Free admission.

Live Music   Two stages of non-stop entertainment.  The Main Stage at the Meyer Ampitheatre will feature National recording artists The Lost Trailers and Ryan Star.

Fireworks   Magnificent 16-minute fireworks display featuring dazzling pyrotechnics set to top music hits illuminating the sky over the Intracoastal Waterway.

United State of Arts presented by Alex and Ani   Murals made from dirt on cars, sidewalk chalk art and a barber who creates works of art in people’s hair. Local artists will create “spirit poles,” large signage reflecting a patriotic theme to be displayed at the event. Award-winning artist Daniel Pontet will perform ‘Impulse Art,’ creating paintings with his feet, inspired by live music.

Club 4th   The ticketed, 21 and up “Club 4th” area in the Lake Pavilion features an air conditioned space to party, complete with a dance floor and DJ, a bar with beer, wine and specialty cocktails, dinner from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and the Pavilion’s beautiful, private terrace to view the fireworks – all for only $25 per person.  For tickets, visit club4thtickets.com.

Tradition   Military salute for all branches and the unfurling of the giant three-story American flag on the side of the Esplanade Grande building.

Family Fun   A 9-hole Patriotic Putt-Putt course on the Waterfront for just $5 a round (with a $2.50 club deposit refunded at end of game), an interactive kids’ area and more.  Open daily through July 5th from 5 to 9 p.m. with closing day hours on July 6th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 561/822-1515, or visit:  wpb.org/4th.

At the time of this posting, Grandview Gardens still had 1 room available for July 4th weekend.  Call 561-833-9023 for more information.

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Tonight at The Norton Museum of Art / Art After Dark

Thursday, April 24th

5:30 PM / PBPulse.com Tour 
Impressionism / Meet in lobby
6-8 PM /  Lyon + Lyon Chef Demo
Chef Mario demonstrates how to make pasta dough from scratch / Private Dining Room
6:30 PM / Tour
About Face: Portraits in the Collection / Meet in lobby
7:30-8:30 PM / Concert
Members of the Klezmer Company Orchestra perform Jazz from the Harlem Renaissance / Theater
Theater doors open 6:45 p.m.  Limited seating.
Half-price on Thursdays all day (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) including Art After Dark. FREE  for members
and children 12  and under.
The Museum Store will remain open until 8 p.m.
For more information, click here. 
Dine / Fratelli Lyon
The restaurant offers an à la carte dinner menu from  5-8:30 p.m.
For reservations call (561) 832-5196 x 1123, or email  fratelli.lyon@lyonandlyon.com.
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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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