Tips from the Cultural Concierge, your connection to culture in The Palm Beaches!
Seeking a gorgeous vacation destination with compelling culture all summer long? The Palm Beaches are the perfect place for those special summer getaways. And the Cultural Concierge makes navigating its exciting cultural landscape a breeze from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach to Jupiter! Head to The Palm Beaches, where culture always shines! CulturalConcierge.com
CONTEMPORARY ART IMMERSION IN DELRAY BEACH
The Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, in downtown Delray Beach, is a premier destination for contemporary art in Palm Beach County. “Seven Solos,” an exciting summer exhibition on view through October 6, departs from the traditional group exhibition format with unique, site-specific, immersive experiences by only eight artists. Each installation was custom-created for the museum’s six galleries and its Margaret Blume Atrium space.
ROMEO & JULIET: A LOVE STORY UNDER THE STARS!
The Seabreeze Amphitheater at Jupiter’s Carlin Park is home to Shakespeare-by-the-Sea Festival 2019, where a beautifully produced performance will be offered on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from July 11 to 21.
Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival selected this glorious, near-the-ocean vista 29 years ago and has presented complete Shakespeare productions alfresco in July ever since! Visitors bring their own portable feasts or can take advantage of food trucks beginning at 6:30 p.m. when gates open. Parking and admission are free ($5 suggested donation) and lawn chairs or blankets (bring your own) will provide “theatre seating” for an inspiring evening of drama, wit and wordplay.
SUSHI, SAKE, SOARING KITES AND SO MUCH MORE!
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, also in Delray Beach, celebrates South Florida’s Japanese heritage through nature, music and art! Consider Haiku, for example:
Gentle breezes float
over koi-filled lakes, through shade,
as the bamboo sings.
The exhibitions, landscapes and architecture of “The Morikami” recall a Japanese agricultural colony that once thrived in Palm Beach County. The gardens are a perfect destination for quiet contemplation, gentle exercise, connecting with nature and posting enviable social media images! Summer events include “Sushi and Stroll” (July 11 and September 13), with optional sake tastings and Taiko drumming performances. The summer exhibit, “Falling Waters, Soaring Kites” (daily thru August 11), illustrates the Japanese veneration of waterfalls and the artistry of traditional Japanese kite-makers. The exquisite museum store offers an array of gifts, collectibles and mementos, including gorgeous apparel, teas, art figures, toys, candies, jewelry, wind bells, specialty books and garden accessories. And if you’re hungry, Cornell Café serves up Pan-Asian inspired meals between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9-$15. Parking is free.
REVEALING ART IN WEST PALM BEACH: FILM POSTERS, CELEBRITY PORTRAITS AND MORE!
Film buffs will particularly enjoy “Coming Soon: Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection” (July 12 to October 29), a collection of rare and original posters from such iconic films as “Casablanca,” “The Godfather,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “North by Northwest,” and “Grand Hotel,” along with cult classics like “Barbarella” and “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman!” These documents brilliantly reveal the vibrant evolution of American film-making, advertising and popular culture. “See and Be Seen: Picturing Notoriety“ (June 14-October 22) features more than 50 photographic portraits from the 19th– to 21st-centuries, including revealing images of Queen Victoria, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe and Lil’ Kim, as photographed by artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, George Hurrell, Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, John Baldessari and others. “Small Worlds: Five Centuries of Drawings and Prints From the Collection“ (July 5-September 17), is a fine collection of European drawings and prints representing more than five centuries, from Dürer to Picasso! The Norton Museum of Art generously waives admission every Friday and Saturday! Otherwise, general admission is $18, with discounts for seniors and children. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (free) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday (free) 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.
SIZZLING SUMMER FUN IN LAKE WORTH BEACH
Every two years, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County presents a biennial exhibition, an eclectic summer showcase of works by local professional artists. The Biennial 2019 (May 31-August 10), guest-curated by Melanie Johanson of the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square in Delray Beach, is an exceptional group of works in all media, ranging from contemporary manuscript illumination to sculpture to mixed media works in all genres. The Council’s gallery spaces, along with its Uniquely Palm Beach Store and a well-appointed Visitor Information Center (home of the Cultural Concierge), are located east of U.S. Highway 1 in downtown Lake Worth Beach. It’s a fun spot (with free parking) surrounded by local restaurants and shops, galleries, murals, art deco buildings and generous sidewalks. The Council also hosts a ticketed Summer Jazz Series for music lovers. Here’s a tip: look for the amazing Martin Luther King, Jr. mural by Brazilian artist, Eduardo Kobra, on the back wall of the Council’s historic 1940 streamline moderne building! Admission is free. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.