‘Game of Thrones’ is bringing Westeros to South Florida

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We’ll have to wait longer for the next season of “Game of Thrones,” but that doesn’t mean we have to wait long to journey back to the land of Westeros because the hit HBO series is coming to South Florida.

The series announced a 28-city live concert tour, which will be headlined by the show’s composer Ramin Djawadi, and will feature “an immersive music and visual experience that will bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on a scale never seen before,” according to Entertainment Weekly. The tour will be making two stops in Florida — March 11 in Fort Lauderdale and March 12 in Tampa.

According to EW, the concert will feature a “live journey through Westeros and Essos” with footage being featured that hasn’t been seen on the show. “For seven years, Ramin has been blowing our mind with his music’s force, subtlety, and endless inventiveness,” executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said. “The Game of Thrones’ Concert Experience will be unique in the history of concert tours, an eye-popping, ear-splitting, phantasmagoric blend of the show’s visuals and Ramin’s powerful compositions. We are more excited about it than anyone.”

The concert tour will kick off on February 15 in Kansas City, Mo., with tickets for all the shows going on sale starting on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly.

Things to do in Palm Beach County in August

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1) Pirates & Pokemon Go will be invading the Palm Beach Zoo on August 13 from 4:15 p.m. until 9 p.m. The zoo promises to “drop some lures” and bring in the biggest and best Pokemon from around Palm Beach County to allow players to catch them. The event also includes arts and crafts for the kids, dinner specials, and live music. Tickets start at $10.50 for kids and $14.50 for adults with zoo members and toddlers getting in for free. For more information, click here.

 

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2) Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical is making a stop at the Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater in Boca Raton on August 11 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The musical tells the story of the Banks family and their eccentric nanny much like the Disney classic film. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here.

3) The Long Run, the Eagles tribute band, will be hosting a free concert at Mizner Park in Boca Raton on August 12 at 7:30 p.m. Games are available as well as a Beer Garden, which opens at 6:30 p.m., with experts from Hollywood Brewery answering questions. Food and beverages are available for purchase as well as chairs to sit in for $5. For more information, click here.

4) The 2016 PGA National Craft Beer Bash is being hosted at the PGA National Conference Center in Palm Beach Gardens on August 13 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event will be featuring more than 150 craft beers and ciders for sampling as well as a food court and live music from the Helmsman. Participants are allowed to vote for their favorite brewery and cider mill with the opportunity to get their picture taken in the Celebrity Cruise Craft Beer Lounge. Tickets are $39 in advance and $49 at the door with a limit of only 200 for those trying to buy them on the day of the event. For more information, visit the event’s website.

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5) Brad Paisley is taking to the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre stage on August 13 at 7:30 p.m. along with Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae as part of his Life Amplified World Tour. Paisley has sold over 12 million albums with three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and two American Music Award wins. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and had his songs featured in the Pixar movie, “Cars.” Tickets start at $11 with more information here.

6) The Dixie Chicks are joining Vintage Trouble and Smooth Hound Smith on the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre stage on August 20 at 7 p.m. as part of the DCX World Tour MMXVI. The American country music band has won 13 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year in 2007 for “Taking the Long Way.” The band has sold more than 30.5 million albums with 27.5 million albums sold in the United States alone. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased here.

7) Canvas & Cocktails is bringing the high life to the Old School Square in Delray Beach on August 25 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event, which is available to anyone over 21 years old, offers the best in wine, craft beer, and signature cocktails with participants working on artwork while they sip on these delicacies. The event costs $35 with more information being found here.

8) Chase Bryant and Canaan Smith are making noise at CityPlace on August 30 at 6 p.m. in a free concert hosted by 103.1 WIRK. Bryant is known for his debut single from 2015, “Take It On Back,” which became a top 10 hit. Smith made waves with his debut single, “We Got Us,” which came out in 2012 and was a contestant on the reality TV show, “The Amazing Race” in its 15th season. An after-party will be hosted at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ with more information being found here.

Which South Florida spot is one of the top homemade ice cream shops in America?

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The heat is driving people to find some source of refreshment such as a bowl of ice cream. So why not try the best? One South Florida ice cream parlor was named one of the best spots for homemade ice cream.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant in Dania Beach was listed among Thrillist‘s list of the Best Old-School, Homemade Ice Cream Shops in the U.S. The restaurant, which is located on S Federal Highway, is known for its “kitschy memorabilia” and is called “the kind of place where you eat you ice cream at a proper table.”

Related: Vote now – Best ice cream shop in Palm Beach County

According to Thrillist, checking out this ice cream spot is imperative for people in the South Florida area. “Up front, you’ll see a kitschy souvenir shop full of candy and Styrofoam barber shop hats, and the dining room’s done up with enough license plates and other bric-a-brac to make an old TGI Friday’s blush,” the site stated.

“The ice cream menu is full of sundaes that will make your teeth hurt just reading about them, but the king of them all is the Kitchen Sink (yes, it’s served in a sink), which is made from whatever the hell the people in the back feel like throwing in a sundae before charging $13.95 per person (minimum four people). You’ll need everyone.”

Jaxson’s was the only Florida spot on the list, but that doesn’t mean it is the only ice cream place worth checking out. The Post is currently seeing what readers think is the best ice cream shop in Palm Beach County while West Palm Beach’s Sloan’s was named one of the top destinations in a recent poll by USA Today.

Read more at Thrillist.

RNC 2016: Ivanka Trump “terrified” to introduce her father tonight

Ivanka Trump, her brothers and half-sister Tiffany, applaud a speaker at the RNC in Cleveland Tuesday night. (Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, her brothers and half-sister Tiffany, applaud a speaker at the RNC in Cleveland Tuesday night.
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Ivanka Trump Kushner says she’s “terrified” of her role at tonight’s Republican National Convention when she formally introduces her father as the GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate.

Speaking to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie this morning, Trump’s oldest daughter said, “I’ve never spoken in a stadium like this, but really I just want to make sure I do a great job for him. So it’s a real honor and a privilege that he asked me to do this, and I think it’s a testament to him as a parent.”

Ivanka, 34, daughter of Trump’s first wife, Ivana, also said, “I’m really comfortable with my speech because it comes from my heart.”

She also commented on the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s speech that contained plagiarized phrases from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.  A Trump speechwriter has come forward to take the blame.

“I love Melania so much and I am so proud of the job that she did,” Ivanka said. “She’s a very private person and for her to come out on that stage and speak from the heart and share her story about coming to this country.

“This is such a personal experience for her and she shared it in such a graceful and articulate way, so I am enormously impressed with her ability to do that and have great respect for it.”

During the campaign, Ivanka has often been the Trump family spokesperson since Melania prefers to remain in the background with her son, Baron.

Ivanka with her father at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach in 2012. (Post file photo)
Ivanka with her father at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach in 2012. (Post file photo)

 

 

Related: Ivanka Trump: Not the Trump You’re Expecting

Related: Palm Beach Post coverage of the convention in Cleveland and of Donald Trump’s candidacy

RNC 2016: Learn more about Donald Trump’s son before he speaks tonight

Donald Trump Jr. and family at Mar-A-Lago. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Donald Trump Jr. and family at Mar-A-Lago. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to speak tonight at the Republican National Convention.

Here is what reporter Barbara Marshall wrote about Donald Jr. and his brother Eric:

Donald Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric, could have been a pair of Poor Little Richie Riches, sledding through the high life on their last name, trailing bad behavior like spilled Cristal.

That the two eldest Trump sons, Don Jr., 38, and Eric, 32, appear to be hard-working executive vice presidents in their father’s companies instead of louche trust fund babies may have more to do with the influence of their mother,Ivana, and her Czechoslovakian parents than their father, according to a recent story in The Washington Post.

Read more about Donald Jr. and his brother Eric — their businesses, families and lifestyles.

Read  What You Don’t Know About Potential First Lady Melania Trump

See photos of Melania Trump during her Mar-a-Lago years in Palm Beach

Read more stories about Donald Trump

RNC 2016: Melania Trump to speak at convention tonight

Melania and Donald Trump at a Mar-a-Lago party. (Post file photo)
Melania and Donald Trump at a Mar-a-Lago party. (Post file photo)

Melania Trump will try to repair her husband’s basement-dwelling ratings with women tonight while also talking about her own immigrant experience, say RNC organizers.

As tonight’s convention headliner, Melania will likely try to bolster her husband’s claims that women love him despite polls that show Hillary Clinton has the lead among women voters 52 to 37 percent.

As she has in the past, Melania is likely to emphasize that when she immigrated from Slovakia in 1996 to future her modeling career, she played by the rules before becoming an American citizen in 2006.

Read  What You Don’t Know About Potential First Lady Melania Trump

See photos of Melania Trump during her Mar-a-Lago years in Palm Beach

Read more stories about Donald Trump

 

South Florida ice cream stop makes list of America’s most popular

 

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It is so hot outside that stopping for a quick scoop of ice cream is imperative. So what better place to visit than the most popular ice cream stop in the state of Florida?

Broward County’s own Wilton Creamery in Wilton Manors was listed as the most popular ice cream shop in Florida by BuzzFeed this week. The creamery features season and rotating flavors such as Pecan Praline Dulce, Sea Salt Caramel, Sweet Cinnamon, Strong Coffee, Triple Rum Raisin, Snickers Adjacent, Christopher Loves Chocolate, and “He’s Not Worth It,” which the store’s website labels as one of their favorites.

According to BuzzFeed, the ice cream stop features a number of flavors perfect for a hot summer day. “I recently had a cup of the Sweet Cinnamon topped with a scoop of the Christopher Loves Chocolate, which was fantastic — very creamy and flavorful,” Yelp user, Jeff B., posted. “Yesterday, I tried the Passion Fruit Sorbet, which was perfect for a hot humid day in Florida. There are also lots of choices for those who want or need something dairy-free or sugar-free, and they have a variety of toppings — as well as flavored whipped cream choices, too.”

It is even a hit with dogs. “They have ice cream for dogs, which my dog LOVED. They keep it super frozen, so it takes them a while to lick dry — which is nice because it gives you time to eat your ice cream,” Yelp user, Christian R., said.

West Palm Beach already features a favorite stop for ice cream after Sloan’s Ice Cream in CityPlace was named one of USA Today’s 10 Best in a recent poll.

Read more at BuzzFeed.

9 Palm Beach County road trips to try this summer

(Photo: Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)
(Photo: Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

With summer officially here, it’s time to get into the car and hit the great American highway for a road trip to remember.

Destination: Palm Beach County?

With staycations all the rage, you don’t have to go far to add a scenic drive to your summer bucket list. Within the broad borders of the county, there is more to see than you might think.

From Jupiter to Boca to the western communities, you can gaze upon the natural splendor of ocean, waterways and lakes. Or check out man-made marvels, from ultra-expensive houses to tiny trailers. And stop along the way to dine, shop or take a nature hike.

Most important of all, you can see the place you live in a whole new light. These drives are perfect for a weekend afternoon — or even your lunch hour.

Let’s go road trippin’.

GAS UP AND GO ON OUR PALM BEACH COUNTY ROAD TRIPS!

Best 14 things to do in Palm Beach County in June

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1) Tito Puente, Jr. will be rocking the Arts Garage in Delray Beach June 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Puente and his Latin Jazz Ensemble have been called “a dazzling show filled with charisma, flair, and all the right dance moves.” Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

2) Roar & Pour will take over the Palm Beach Zoo June 4 starting at 4:30 p.m. with food, drinks, and live music. The June event will feature San Francisco-infused food including grilled chicken on sour dough, chicken teriyaki, and burgers or hot dogs. The event will also feature a drink menu fueled by Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach with the band starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, and tickets, visit the zoo’s website.

3) The Everglades Experience is coming to West Palm Beach at the Grassy Waters Preserve June 4 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The event will feature a guided tour along the land and is intended for children 10 and older. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $7 for children with more information here.

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4) Darius Rucker, Dan and Shay, and Michael Ray are jamming on the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage June 4 at 7 p.m. The Grammy-winning artist, Rucker, started with Hootie & the Blowfish in 1986, but has since gone solo with four albums, most recently “Southern Style” and “Home for the Holidays.” Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased here.

Related: Concerts you must see this summer in Palm Beach County 

5) “Weird Al” Yankovic is bringing his brand of music and comedy to West Palm Beach and the Kravis Center on June 4 at 8 p.m. The artists is currently in the middle of his “The Mandatory World Tour” and is known for hit parody songs such as “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon.” He is also one of three people to have had top 40 singles in each of the last four decades, joining Michael Jackson and Madonna. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased here.

6) Founder’s Day is back at the Flagler Museum with free admission at the gate on June 5 starting at noon and going until 5 p.m. Visitors are offered a self-guided tour of Whitehall through a museum that has been called “an absolute must-see.” For more information on what the museum will be offering, visit their website here.

7) Music in the Museum will be overtaking the Boca Raton Museum of Art on June 5 from 3 until 4 p.m. Performances include Antonio Rincón and David Block on piano and violin. Rincón was trained at the Peabody Conservatory of Music while Block studied at Florida Atlantic University. The concert is free with the cost of the museum’s admission. For more information, click here.

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8) Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun with guests of her concert June 11 at 8 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winning artists is celebrating more than 30 years in the business and global record sales of more than 50 million. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased here.

9) Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be rocking out with the small town girls living in a lonely world on June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in Wellington. Journey rose to popularity in the 1970s with hit songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Faithfully” with the former hitting number one on iTunes in 2009, becoming the top-selling track on the site not from the 21st century. The Doobie Brothers started in the 1970s with a brief split in the later portion of that decade. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.

10) Beach Walk around Delray Beach on June 11 from 9 a.m. from 10 a.m. The event will feature a guided walk of the beach where participants will investigate plants, animals, and learn more about the ocean. The hour-long program costs $8 per-person with more information here.

11) The Lake Worth Mango Festival will be taking place on June 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. around the city. The event will feature programs along Lake Ave. with food from Eat Da Bone BBQ & Jerk and Sherri’s Breads from the Heart, which will feature mango-infused additions to the timeless favorites. Artists such as TombiFlow and Charles Pan Vibes will be performing d the festival with other street performers showing up. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

12) The Don Quixote Spring Concert will be taking over the Wellington High School Theatre on June 11 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on June 12 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The concert promises to take audiences into the world of 19th century Spain “brought to life by beautiful costumes, exceptional acting, and vibrant dancing.” It will be performed by the Arts Dance Generation of Palm Beach County with guest artists Carlos Ignacio Galindez and Aaron Melendez, formerly with the National Ballet of Cuba, joining the group. Tickets start at $30, with a discounted price of $20 for students, and can be purchased here.

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13) Food Truck Safari will be at the Palm Beach Zoo on June 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. With the truck windows opening at 5 p.m., the ones set to appear include Caribbean Cowboy, The Minivan Food Truck, Woody’s Burgers,  World Fusion Cuisine, and Melted Madness. Barrel of Monks Brewing will be providing drinks with admission starting at $10 for nnon-adultmembers, $8 for adult members, $7 for child non-members, and $6 for children members. Those under three get in for free with more information here.

Related: Food truck guide of Palm Beach County

14) Maks and Val Live On Tour: Our Way will be at the Kravis Center on June 19 at 8 p.m. The dance tour includes Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, two of the stars of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and will have the brothers bringing to life some of their childhood moments and life stories. Val and I have pushed each other to be better dancers every day since we were kids, and this show will fulfill a lifetime dream to perform on the same stage together across the country,” said Maksim on the event. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

3-day art event this weekend in West Palm Beach’s new ‘cultural corridor’

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Rolando Chang Barrero has opened The Box Gallery on Belvedere Road, marketing the thoroughfare as “West Palm Beach’s Cultural Corridor.” (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Rolando Chang Barrero  has opened The Box Gallery as proof of his commitment to what could be Palm Beach County’s newest arts district.

The gallery is Barrero’s third, joining one at the Boynton Beach Arts District and his RCB Fine Arts Gallery in downtown Lake Worth.

Large and gleaming white, the new gallery will house the kind of cutting edge exhibitions that usually go to Miami, says Barrero, while providing space for video and performance art.

The Box Gallery has a three-day grand opening planned this weekend, which features about 30 artists from all over the world who now live in Florida.

Schedule of events:

Friday: 7- 11 p.m.:  The opening of an All Florida exhibition, featuring artists who live in the Sunshine State. The exhibit runs through June 26.

Saturday:  6 – 11 p.m.:  Projections and Performances, with video, performance art and live music.

Sunday: 3 – 5 p.m.  State of the Arts:  a casual conversation among curators, artists and arts administrators.

If you go: The Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach

Read our full story: ‘Is Belvedere Road the new “cultural corridor” of West Palm Beach?