This Lake Worth woman is one of Playboy magazine’s first centerfolds

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She’s been a catalog model, cigarette girl, Vegas cocktail waitress, New York theater actress and bit part player in an Oscar-winning movie.

But it was one photo session in the early 1950s that sealed Neva Gilbert’s claim to pop culture fame. The Lake Worth resident was one of Playboy magazine’s earliest centerfolds, Miss July 1954, a beautiful, long-legged blonde posed alluringly across a tiger skin rug.

“I’m the oldest living Playboy Playmate,” she proudly tells people.

But is she?

Find out, and see more photos of Gilbert then and now, in our story:

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Photos, video: Watch the Norton Museum of Art get demolished

There’s quite an exhibit going on this month at the Norton Museum, but it’s not all inside the art institution.

Travel down South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach and you can watch construction crews tearing great hunks out of the museum: the first step to preparing for its $100 million expansion and renovation, scheduled to be completed two years from now in December 2018.

A bulldozer guts part of the Norton on its Dixie Highway side. (Photos by Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)
A bulldozer guts part of the Norton on its Dixie Highway side. (Photos by Larry Aydlette/The Palm Beach Post)

According to Norton spokesman Scott Benarde, these areas of the museum are being demolished: the inner atrium and stairs, the Harris Pavilion (former home of the Chihuly glass ceiling), the Great Hall entranceway, the cafe, and classroom and boardroom space.

Areas being gutted for renovation include the three-story Nessel Wing, the theater, great hall and museum gift shop.

 

Construction work continues near the former entrance of the museum.
Construction work continues near the former entrance of the museum.

Demolition should be completed by late December, Benarde said. In the meantime, admission continues to be free to the museum. And, despite the construction inconvenience, there is still a lot to see there, especially the Question Bridge video exhibit and the Rudin Prize photography show.

While many favorite paintings remain in storage, there are still plenty of famous names on the wall, inclusing Picasso, Matisse, O’Keeefe and Hopper.

A worker walks through the construction zone on the Dixie Highway side of the museum.
A worker walks through the construction zone on the Dixie Highway side of the museum.

 

A view from the Jefferson Avenue side of the museum.
A view from the Jefferson Avenue side of the museum.

 

The new Olive Avenue entrance, which is the old entrance when it was known as The Norton Gallery.
The new Olive Avenue entrance, which is the old entrance when it was known as The Norton Gallery.

 

The inner courtyard is still a sun-dappled oasis from the construction chaos.
The inner courtyard is still a sun-dappled oasis from the construction chaos.

 

Sign of the times: The museum is open with free admission, but you've got to take a long walk from the parking lot or use the free shuttle service.
Sign of the times: The museum is open with free admission, but you’ve got to take a long walk from the parking lot or use the free shuttle service.

 

5 things to know about the Stuart Air Show

Military jets take over the South Florida skies as part of the Stuart Air Show at the Witham Field Airport from Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5 2017. If you’re into this sort of stuff, this event will go beyond your expectations as it’s not just a visual show, but an interactive experience for the entire family.

Here are 5 things you need to know:

1. Aerobatic performances and Air Show

Of course, the #1 reason for most to attend is to watch these incredible airplanes do all kinds of turns and tricks at high speeds and altitude. And for the first time this year, there will be a helicopter stunt show. Crazy!

Aside from machinery, skydivers with smoke will be taking center “stage,” and when night falls, a display of fireworks with nighttime aerobatics will illuminate the sky. It’s like Circus de Solei in the air, basically.

2. Aircraft Rides

File Photo: Lt. Colonel John Klatt, of the Air National Guard aerobatic team, takes Daphne Duret, a reporter at The Palm Beach Post, on an in-flight interview Thursday above Stuart in 2009. (Sarah Grile/The Palm Beach Post)
File Photo: Lt. Colonel John Klatt, of the Air National Guard aerobatic team, takes Daphne Duret, a reporter at The Palm Beach Post, on an in-flight interview Thursday above Stuart in 2009. (Sarah Grile/The Palm Beach Post)

This should actually be your new top reason to attend from now on. Even though it’s pricey, the Stuart Air Show offers the opportunity to jump on one of these bad boys as a passenger and take flight. See the city from a sky soldier’s point of view. There are different aircrafts you can choose from. See the list here.

3. WWII Battle Reenactment & Weapons Demonstration

File photo of a WWII re-enactor watching planes (Vada Mossavat/The Palm Beach Post)
File photo of a WWII re-enactor watching planes (Vada Mossavat/The Palm Beach Post)

Fire! Boom. Actors and performers from all over the country will perform a show to honor our troops. With vintage uniforms, military equipment from the era, tanks and artillery, this show will recreate the battlegrounds of our military from back in the day.

According to the site, this year the WWII Round Canopy Paratroopers will jump into the reenactment with a WWII aircraft flying overhead thanks to The Road To Victory Military Museum.

4. Kids’ Zone and Amusement Park

File photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post
File photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

While you have a drink with your buddies, your kids can be playing with theirs. There will be free activities such as face painting, letters to the troops and scavenger hunts in the kids’ zone. There’s an educational side too, so kids can learn about aviation and our military in a variety of fun games. To top it off, plenty of amusement park rides will be keep them busy.

5. Static Displays

File Photo: Back in 2011, students in the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Program, a Career & Technical Education Academy at Martin County High School, received a hands-on history lesson. They gave a 1952 Mig UTI a make-over in time for the Stuart Air Show.
File Photo: Back in 2011, students in the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Program, a Career & Technical Education Academy at Martin County High School, received a hands-on history lesson. They gave a 1952 Mig UTI a make-over in time for the Stuart Air Show.

While seeing the air show is great, actually taking your time to check out the aircrafts is something else. Walk around them, go ahead and take your selfies, and get peeks at the interiors of these military vehicles. The Stuart Air Show is as much an outdoors museum as it is a theater and a classroom. Enjoy!

If this list wasn’t enough to convince you to go, maybe you’d enjoy these free, lowkey ways to see the action from a couple miles away.


The Deets:

What: Stuart Air Show

When: Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5

Where: Witham Field Airport. 2011 SE Airport Rd, Stuart, FL 34996

Contact: 772-781-4882 or info@stuartairshow.com

Tickets: Get your tickets before November 4 and save $10 off general admission. All tickets are available online.

Note From The Stuart Air Show:

  • Advance tickets for the popular Dirty Flight Suit Party (Nov. 4), Friday Night Air Show and upgrade options for Spectator Seating, the Heineken Beer Garden, or the top-flight Bombers Squadron are available for purchase at www.StuartAirshow.com.
  • Standard pre-purchase ticket options are $5 for veterans/military (military ID required) and children 6-12 (5 and under free), $15 for children 13+ and adults. Tickets at the gate will be $25 (age 13+) and $5 for veterans/military (military ID required).

Moonfest 2016: Top 10 tips on dressing up for this crazy event

Thousands of people will be at Moonfest on Clematis street, in downtown West Palm Beach, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday night. Maybe as many as 30,000 if we’re talking the number of bodies the organizers expect the event to attract.

Even though this is a grown folks night out (21+), every year there are costume fails—no matter the age. Here are the dos and don’ts of dressing up for Palm Beach County’s biggest Halloween extravaganza.

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DON’T wear one of these. This is what will happen.

DO wear comfortable shoes.

Did we mention that this event will stretch from the 100 block to the 500 block of Clematis Street?

DO avoid nip slips.

There’s a such thing as fashion tape. Worth it.

DO leave your sharp prop at home.

Security may not let you in.

DO think about where you will put all of your dough.

DON’T do drugs.

Overheating happens. Dehydration is real.

DON’T waste your time putting together a religiously or politically offensive costume.

People will be drunk. They will try to beat you up.

DO use this as an opportunity to wear what you wear around your house when no ones around.

DO have fun with your costumes. Get creative!

 


The Deets: 

What: Moonfest2016

Where: 500-100 blocks, Clematis St. West Palm Beach

When: October 29th from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

How Much?: Pay $15 for a general admission ticket or $100 for VIP status here.


Not into Moonfest? Check out our list of best Halloween events in PBC here.

Photos: Who was the Witch of Wellington? The answer with amazing photos

Suzan Strauss was known as the Lava Lady in Los Angeles in the 1990's, where she let photographer Osker Jimenez capture her in her DIY couture. (Osker Jimenez Exposure House)
Suzan Strauss on a street near her Los Angeles home in the 1990’s. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Wellington, Strauss was a regular at local thrift stores. (Lourdes Cabrera)
In Wellington, Strauss was a regular at Wellington thrift stores. (Lourdes Cabrera)

In Florida’s suffocating heat, she wore head-to-toe black, as if in mourning a loss.

Consequently, locals dubbed her the Witch of Wellington.

Read the full story about this eccentric Wellington and Los Angeles icon

But in Los Angeles in the 1980’s and ’90’s, Suzan Strauss was a street style star for the colorful outfits she designed, always worn with platform boots as high as horses’ hooves and a towering hat covering her hair.

The effect, said photographer Osker Jimenez, was to make her look seven feet tall as she glided slowly along Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, among the era’s pierced punks, dark goths and glam rock kids.

Fascinated with this self-assured, eccentrically-dressed woman, Jimenez photographed her for a decade, eventually publishing two books and staging a photo exhibition of his Strauss photos.

Photographer Osker Jimenez had an art gallery show of his photos of Strauss superimposed against stark landscapers. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Photographer Osker Jimenez had an art gallery show of his photos of Strauss superimposed against stark landscapes. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

 

The Lava Lady waters her garden from the lava rock wall surrounding her Los Angeles home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
The Lava Lady waters her garden from the lava rock wall surrounding her Los Angeles home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

 

 

Strauss' Wellington home, where she constructed semi-circular courtyards at each end of the house, which was decorated with a row of upside down flower pots. (Post photo/Barbara Marshall)
Strauss’ Wellington home, where she constructed semi-circular courtyards at each end of the house, which was decorated with a row of upside down flower pots. (Post photo/Barbara Marshall)

 

(Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
(Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
(Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Strauss was born to an Orthodox Jewish family. In accordance with custom, she always wore hats or wigs to cover her hair. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Los Angeles, she carefully cultivated the garden surrounding her home. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
In Los Angeles, she carefully cultivated the garden surrounding the lava rock-covered home that gave her the name “Lava Lady.” (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Another of Jimenez' photos of Strauss, superimposed on a background of fireworks. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)
Another of Jimenez’ photos of Strauss, superimposed on a background of fireworks. (Osker Jimenez/Exposure House)

Trump’s Mar-A-Lago paintings back in news after presidential debate

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One of the weirder sideshows of the presidential season is all the attention paid to portraits of Donald Trump.

At Wednesday night’s debate, Trump attacked Hillary Clinton over donations accepted by her family’s Clinton Foundation. She sparred back, mentioning his use of money by the Trump Foundation:

“I’d be happy to compare what (the Clinton Foundation does) with the Trump Foundation, which took money from other people and bought a 6-foot portrait of Donald. I mean, who does that? It just was astonishing.”

Clinton was referring to a six-foot tall portrait of Trump by Palm Beach County artist Michael Israel. The Washington Post reported that Trump Foundation money was used by Trump to buy the portrait during an auction at his Palm Beach mansion-club, Mar-A-Lago.

As Post reporter Jennifer Sorentrue wrote in a story on the controversy:

The 2007 painting sold for $20,000. According to Israel and press reports, Trump’s wife, Melania, bid $10,000 for the piece, before the auctioneer pushed her to double that number. The Donald J. Trump Foundation cut the check for the artwork, raising questions about whether the foundation broke IRS rules by bidding on an item that might have benefited Trump directly.

The charity auction was for the local non-profit HomeSafe, which helps children with housing issues. Since that story broke, Israel painted another portrait of Trump to help HomeSafe raise money. With a minimum bid of $15,000, nobody bid on the portrait and the online auction was closed.

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This isn’t the only story recently about a Trump painting. Reporters have been buzzing all election season about a Trump portrait hanging in the bar at Mar-A-Lago and the backstory of why Trump insisted that the hand on the portrait be repainted.

You can read the full story of that here:

Why did Trump insist artist repaint his hand on Mar-A-Lago portrait?

 

When Michelle Obama comes through just in time for WCW

As First Lady Michelle Obama in her custom Versace gown sits at #7 on what’s trending on google, Instagram users are posting collages of her from last night’s final State Dinner from every angle. She’s basically got folks thinking, does she ever disappoint?

 

The answer is No.

There’s something about the way Michelle Obama carries herself that makes every skirt the right length, every neckline flattering and every color appropriate for the occasion. Last night was no different.

She rocked a custom-made, rose-gold Atelier Versace gown that would make anyone look twice.

At past state dinners, she complimented President Obama’s go-to black tuxedo and bow-tie with dark teals, purples and shades of ivory with a little sequin or sparkle here and there. But never something as dramatic as a draped gown made completely of chain-mail, a material of tiny interlinked metal rings.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: First lady Michelle Obama (R) welcomes Mrs. Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, upon their arrival for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 18: First lady Michelle Obama (R) welcomes Mrs. Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, upon their arrival for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

It was daring and unforgettable.

Can we just coin the phrase ‘Presidential Glam’ as a look in honor of all the times our current First Lady walked into a room with her hair laid and outfit slayed? We don’t think she’d mind.

 

Make-a-Wish helps 7-year-old Jedi defeat Darth Vader

The force was definitely with this one. A couple hundred people gathered at CityPlace in West Palm Beach Saturday night to witness 7-year-old Brady defeat Darth Vader.

To become a Jedi Knight — to save everyone from evil — that’s been Brady’s wish for years. And who can blame him? He’s spent much of his life fighting tumors that have attacked his body.

Brady Treu, 7, receives an honorary police badge from Sergeant William DeVito at CityPlace, October 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
Brady Treu, 7, receives an honorary police badge from Sergeant William DeVito at CityPlace, October 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

The battle was intense, but the crowd had Brady’s back as he pushed his hand out toward Vader, using The Force to weaken the dark master who fell from the amphitheater stairs and fled the scene with his storm troopers.

Brady’s advice to all the other kids in the city who want Darth Vader to go down? “I would tell them to be brave,” he said.

Brady Treu stands with characters from Star Wars at CityPlace after defeating Darth Vader in an epic battle of good vs. evil. at CityPlace on October 15, 2016. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
Brady Treu stands with characters from Star Wars at CityPlace after defeating Darth Vader in an epic battle of good vs. evil. at CityPlace on October 15, 2016. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

The Star Wars fan’s dream became a reality thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation of Southern Florida, who put together an electrifying spectacle featuring light sabers, Jedi Knights, themed-music, a show of laser lights and even an appearance from Chewbacca and R2-D2. It was definitely a night everyone will remember, especially Brady and his family. You can see it on The Post’s Facebook Live.

Armed with his own light saber, Brady, a resident of West Palm, arrived in a SWAT vehicle ready to kick some butt. And he did. After a few minutes of jumping, swinging and kicking, the boy who’s no stranger to fighting, saved West Palm Beach (and possibly all of South Florida) from the dark forces.

Brady Treu, 7, receives the key to the city from Jeri Muoio, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach at CityPlace, October 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)
Brady Treu, 7, receives the key to the city from Jeri Muoio, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach at CityPlace, October 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach. The event was organized by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wish of Brady to be a Jedi Knight. Brady suffers with the development of tumors. (Yuting Jiang / The Palm Beach Post)

The Jedi master received advanced Jedi training by the local SWAT team in order to face Darth Vader and his troops. Brady was later honored with a key to the city by West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and Police Chief Bryan Kummerlen.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, which grants a wish every 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000 each, for children in 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands, click here.

 

 

The Mystery of Love and Sex: If the title’s not enough to make you see this show, we don’t know what is.

Bring your own, well, anything to the Stuart & Shelby Theater at Arts Garage this month where you will laugh at scenes from The Mystery of Love and Sex, a romantic comedy about sexual and emotional protocol according to two couples.

By BYOA, they really do mean, ANYTHING: you own alcohol, food, cutlery, cups, the whole nine.

The play is inviting to the young and old with characters like Charlotte, a Jewish college student who falls in love with her childhood best friend, Johnny, a black man. And Charlotte’s traditional parents, who scramble to keep up as their daughter’s sexual desires begin to complicate their own relationship.

We haven’t seen the show yet but have a feeling it’ll be compelling to watch an interracial couple open up about their sex lives to a parochial set of parents who realize they may need to revisit the fundamentals of their own relationship and sex life.

In fact, the New York Times called it “a perfectly wonderful new play…a tender and funny exploration of the lives of two couples from two generations….like a chart depicting the sexual and emotional anatomy of us all.”

General admission tickets will cost you $30, but you can save $5 on a preview showing on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. If you decide to bring your own booze, wine or food, you can purchase reserved or premium table seating for $40 or $45. (Don’t forget cutlery!) 

Get tickets and list of show times here. 


The Deets:

What: The Mystery of Love and Sex

When: Opening night is October 13th and runs through October 30th.

Where: The Stuart and Shelby Theater at Arts Garage, Delray Beach

Cost: $30 for general admission

One, Two, Drink up! Don’t miss the Hilton’s Oktoberfest Sunday

We may not be crunching leaves or catching a chill in South Florida, but fall is here and that means the pumpkin picking, football watching and school shopping is in full effect. It means we can also look forward to Oktoberfest, which happens all over the world during this time, every year.

On Sunday, October 16th, you can enjoy an evening of beer tasting, dining, lawn games and live music at the Hilton in West Palm Beach.

The 42nd Annual American-German Club Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Florida on October 10, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
The 42nd Annual American-German Club Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Florida on October 10, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Yes, there will be lots of beer, but it’s still a family-friendly event and everyone gets free access. However, if you want to celebrate Oktoberfest in true style, you can register and pay $30 for unlimited beer tasting from Funky Buddha, Due South, Twisted Trunk and Inlet Brewery. 

As for food, you can look forward to a variety of bratwurst served with grilled peppers and onions on a hoagie bun. And of course there will be potato salad and creamy sauerkraut. The kids will love Munich’s giant pretzel — just hold the beer cheese and beer mustard for yourself.

(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post): Boynton Beach: Due South Brewing Company sampler Tuesday in Boynton Beach.
Due South Brewing Company sampler Tuesday in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

The Deets:Oktoberfest at The Hilton West Palm Beach

What: Oktoberfest

When: October 16, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Cost: FREE and $30 if you want unlimited beer tastings