Welcome to Grandview Gardens Concierge, a Restaurant & Event Blog for the Palm Beaches! We welcome over 1000 guests annually to the Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Homes Resort. As is typical for a B & B, we only serve breakfast. For lunch and dinner, we send guests to all types of restaurants around the area for every imaginable occasion. When we're serving breakfast in the morning, we hear about the escapades and adventures from the night before... especially about the restaurants where everybody ate. As a result, our friends and neighbors regularly ask advice about the current "ins and outs" of the local restaurant and party scene. So Rick, Peter and Jan have put together a "short list" of our most often recommended restaurants, which you'll find in the side bar. You will notice that most of our recommendations are for West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, but we do have a few favorite restaurants included in neighboring cities and towns. In addition to the short list, we'll occasionally be posting blog articles about restaurants and local events which could be of interest to visitors and locals alike. If you become a "Fan" of the Grandview Gardens Facebook Page, you'll automatically get a notice when we post an article. Enjoy!
- Broadway star William Michals will be featured in the upcoming Palm Beach Dramaworks concert presentation of The Tony Award-winning Man of La Mancha, which was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, about a madman and self-appointed knight errant who sets out to perform heroic deeds. The show, with a book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion, takes place in a Seville prison where Cervantes is awaiting trial, and is performed as a play within a play.
Man of La Mancha opened in 1965, ran for 2,328 performances, and has become one of musical theatre’s most enduring works, with four Broadway revivals and countless productions all over the world. The show’s most famous song, “The Impossible Dream,” beautifully captures the piece’s message of hope.
This mini concert series is running from July 10 – 21. Tickets are $ 35 and can be purchased online by clicking here.
The 18th Palm Beach International Film Festival started this evening at the Muvico Parisian at CityPlace and runs from April 4-11. The festival will be featuring 26 World Premieres, 8 U.S. Premieres and 3 North American Premieres and will present features, documentaries and short films from the U.S. and around the world, including Russia, Spain, Argentina, Italy, France, England, Israel, Thailand, Palestine, Ethiopia, Nepal, Haiti, Croatia, Australia, Canada, Romania and Singapore, to name just a few, and will play host to filmmakers, producers, and actors to represent and discuss their films.
The fest will close with the U.S. Premiere of “Chez Upshaw” a comedy directed by Bruce Masonand starring Illeana Douglas and Kevin Pollak. Synopsis: An endlessly bickering but truly devoted and quirky couple run a B&B that’s about to sink when along comes the opportunity of a lifetime…they turn it into a ‘check in, don’t check out’ last resort for assisted suicides. Director Bruce Mason and Illeana Douglas will be attending. Closing night festivities will take place at Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille/IMAX on Thursday, April 11, followed by the “It’s a Wrap” party.
Additional highlights of this year’s PBIFF include:
- The ever-popular Weekend of Shorts at the Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Theatre
(Fri-Sun), as well as the Voices of Local Films which will screen at The Cobb
Downtown at the Gardens on Saturday, April 6.
- Sunday night, April 7, the festival will present an evening of music videos along with
a reception at the famed DeBilzan Gallery in Delray Beach.
- Eastern European Sidebar – the festival will present a selection of films from the Eastern bloc. Russian Film Commissioner Eugene Zykov will attend the festival and make an appearance at the screening of The Flying Elephant for a Q&A after the film.
Screenings of this year’s films will be held at Muvico Parisian 20 and IMAX at CityPlace in WestPalm Beach, Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Theatre in Lake Worth, and Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille/IMAX.
Individual screening tickets, which are $10 general admission and $7 for seniors and students will be available in advance at www.pbifilmfest.org or can be purchased at the respective theaters’ box office during the festival.
For more information about the schedule of films and ticketing, go to www.pbifilmfest.org.
Hop over to Downtown West Palm Beach for some egg-citing Easter specials this Sunday, March 31st!
- Pistache French Bistro – Enjoy a three- course, pre-fixed menu for $39 until 5pm. Pistache will also offer their traditional brunch menu. 101 N. Clematis St. Call 561.833.5090 for more information.
- The Wine Dive – 10am-3pm plated brunch. Kids under 12 eat free at the kids buffet. 319 Clematis St. Call 561.318.8821 for more information.
- E.R Bradley’s – Easter Brunch – all morning on Easter Sunday beginning at 8am, Lunch menu starts at 11am. 104 Clematis St. Call 561.833.3520 for more information.
- Duffy’s Sports Grill – Easter Lunch Special –Choose from either a Glazed Ham or Oven Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings for only $11.99. 225 Clematis St. Call 561.249.1682 for more information.
- Hullabaloo – 11am – 3pm Brunch. 517 Clematis St. Call 561.833.1033 for more information.
- Hamburger Heaven – Enjoy unique breakfast specials including Bananas Foster French Toast and the Benedict Burger from 7:30am- noon or a three- course Easter menu for $19.95 from 12pm-4pm. Full menu after 4pm only. 1 N. Clematis St. #130. Call 561.655.5277 for more information.
- World of Beer- World of Beer Clematis will be hiding 60 easter eggs around the bar; find the special eggs and get a free Carlsburg draft. 101 N. Clematis St. #100. Call 561.833.3375 for more information.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the highly acclaimed exhibit “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933 – 1945″, then you have one more week. The exhibit, which is produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, is on display at Compass through Sunday, January 27th. The story of what happened to homosexuals in Nazi Germany is the subject of the exhibition, which was more than two years in development and is the first major exhibition on the subject for English-speaking audiences. The exhibit draws on materials from more than 40 archives and other repositories in eight countries.
The Nazis arrested an estimated 100,000 homosexual men, 50,000 of whom were imprisoned. Between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men were interned in concentration camps in Nazi Germany. These prisoners were marked by pink triangle badges and were among the most abused groups in the camps.
“The exhibition explores why homosexual behavior was identified as a danger to Nazi society and how the Nazi regime attempted to eliminate it,” says exhibition curator Edward Phillips. “The Nazis believed it was possible to ‘cure’ homosexual behavior through labor and ‘re-education.’” Gay men were subject to castration, institutionalization, and deportation to concentration camps.
The exhibit has been extended to include January 27th, the International Holocaust Day of Remembrance. Free to the public, the exhibit can be viewed Monday – Thursday 10 am – 8:30 pm, Fridays 10 am – 7 pm, Saturdays 2 pm – 6pm and on Sunday (only January 27th), 2 pm – 6 pm.
Compass is the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches and aims to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the character of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Compass is located at 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth.
For more information about the exhibit and Compass, click here.