RIP, Prince: Remembering his glorious 2004 South Florida concert

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From Larry Aydlette: This is the review former Palm Beach Post writer Charles Passy did of Prince‘s April 25, 2004 concert at the now B B & T Center in Sunrise. It was a joyous evening that ended with a stream of purple confetti falling from the rafters as Prince wailed on his guitar in that way only the the greatest can do. For years, I had my piece of purple relic hanging on my office wall. I wish I still did. RIP, Prince. 

Photos, remembrances, coverage: Prince dead at 57

  BY CHARLES PASSY  
    What a difference a decade makes.
When Prince played South Florida sometime in the mid-’90s, he was an artist searching for an identity. It wasn’t just that he had temporarily changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. It’s that his performance was little more than an evening of unchecked egotism packaged with a few funky songs.
The Prince who played the Office Depot Center Sunday night still had no shortage of swagger, but this time, his personality was fully wedded with his music, a joyous mix of R&B, rock, pop, soul and just about anything he could pull out of his hat – in this case, a red fedora – including snippets of Elvis and Outkast. The result was a heady evening, equal parts concert, worship service and dance party.
Yes, Prince is back. And he’s rediscovered his inner, well, Prince.
Indeed, the first 50 minutes of the near sold-out concert were about the most combustible bit of music-making this reviewer has ever heard, next to a Springsteen show. Prince opened with the lively title cut of his new album, Musicology, but it became immediately apparent that he wasn’t interested in delivering the songs, so much as delivering an improvisational experience.
Dressed in a sharply cut white suit, Prince worked with his band – the aptly titled New Power Generation – so that grooves became virtual rhythm fests. At times, he sang; at other times, he played electric guitar. But oddly enough, he was at his most powerful when he simply occupied the stage, moving his diminutive self to the kinetic pulse of the music. For Prince, the beat will set you free.
And so it continued as he played some of his older, familiar material, including a version of Let’s Go Crazy that had the makings of a wicked global jam. In nearly ever song, an always smiling Prince shared the spotlight withy a member of his group: Saxophonist Candy Dulfer was a special standout, but there wasn’t a bad apple in this bunch.
Then, as the show reached its fever pitch, Prince went the “unplugged” route, brandishing an acoustic guitar and singing – often in a marvelous, unadorned falsetto – revealing versions of songs better known in beefed-up renditions. Little Red Corvette, in particular, took on the crushing texture of a confessional folk tune.
Before the night was over, Prince was back in his full-glory mode. But these days, full glory is fully merited. At one point, Prince teased the ecstatic crowd about being “high on life.” But the stimulant in this case was Prince himself.

New Taylor Hackford, Robert De Niro movie films in Palm Beach County

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Actor Robert De Niro

If you were in the Delray Beach area recently, you may have seen a famous actor shopping along Atlantic Avenue.

Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, and Harvey Keitel were in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach filming the latest film from director Taylor Hackford, “The Comedian.” This is Hackford’s second time filming in Palm Beach County after the director filmed his 2013 action-thriller, “Parker,” starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez at the Royal Park Bridge and Boca Raton Resort & Club.

The film follows an aging insult comedian (played by De Niro) and also stars Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman, and Hannibal Buress. Mann joined the cast after Jennifer Aniston backed out of the movie in January.

Christy Andreoni, production director with the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, said that “The Comedian” filmed at the Seagate Manor Condominium in Delray Beach and did some flashback interiors at the WXEL Studio in Boynton Beach. They also filmed a driving sequence where they drove in a yellow convertible from Delray to Palm Beach along A1A with a police escort.

According to Andreoni, De Niro stayed in Delray and “loved” the area, where he also did some shopping along Atlantic Avenue.  She added that Hackford was glad to come back to Palm Beach County because he was a fan of the crews in the area.

De Niro has recently shown up in Palm Beach County after his recent film, “Dirty Grandpa,” made Boca Raton its end destination in the road trip comedy that also starred Zac Efron. The connection continue as Efron was also in Palm Beach County filming the remake of “Baywatch” with Dwayne Johnson earlier this year.

Regular Palm Beach Food & Wine participant makes Best Seafood in U.S. list

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A Palm Beach connection’s establishment is among the listed restaurants in TimeOut New York‘s best seafood places in the country.

Daniel Serfer, a constant staple of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, and his Miami restaurant, Mignonette was listed as the 11th best seafood restaurant in the United States. The list was led by Fiola Mare in Washington, D.C., Le Bernardin in New York City, Providence in Los Angeles, Russ & Daughters in New York City, and Neptune Oyster in Boston.

According to the site, Mignonette has a host of “throwback pleasures” such as popcorn shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, crag Louis, and pie à la mode, but also features some “modern indulgences” like “thick croissants slathered in lobster butter and mango jam; fluke crudo with pickled banana peppers and mustard oil; conch-fritter Benedict drizzled in sherry-cayenne aioli; or swordfish set atop duck confit and wild-mushroom fricassee in Marsala pan sauce.”

Serfer has been apart of panels the last two years at the Wine & Food Festival — judging fried chicken, hot dogs, meatballs, tacos, and “wild card on a stick” with a group of Miami chefs in 2014 and talking about cuisine in Miami with chefs such as Brad Kilgore (Alter), Dena Marino (MC Kitchen), and Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House, Glass & Vine) last year.

This ‘magical’ landmark was voted most iconic by Post readers

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Two weeks ago, we wrote about some of the landmarks around the state of Florida that websites were calling “the most iconic.” We asked our readers to vote on which one they thought was the most iconic and after 162 votes, 44 of them decided that the Disney Castle in Orlando was the best pick.

Our readers agree with Business Insider, which was the only outside website that listed the famed castle in Disney World as the most iconic landmark in the Sunshine State. In second place was other favorite, the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, which took in 19 votes.

It was followed by The Seven Miles Bridge in the Florida Keys with 15 votes, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami with 13 votes, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach with 12 votes, and The Southernmost Point in Key West with 10 votes.

Other facts included:

  • Florida made up 123 voters with 26 percent picking the Disney Castle and 11 percent picking the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Voters 65 and older found the Kennedy Space Center and Southernmost Point to be the top landmarks while voters 55-to-64 favored the Disney Castle and Ponce de Leon Inlet in Daytona Beach.
  • Female voters liked the Disney Castle, Castillo De San Marcos, and Kennedy Space Center while male voters favored the Southernmost Point, Disney Castle, and the Ponce de Leon Inlet.

If you’re looking to go visit the castle, Disney recently issued the prices for their “value days” at $105.

Spring Break: Palm Beacher produces documentary about MTV in Florida

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In 1989, pop culture seemed to reign from the shores of Daytona Beach. College students flooded the coastal town and MTV took notice, bringing a previously unseen form of debauchery and excitement to the television screens of millions of Americans at home.

Most people growing up in the 1980s and early 1990s remember what Spring Break meant from what MTV was sending to their television screens — the bikinis, the drinking, the balcony jumping — but it was unclear through the telecasts what impact this was having on the city of Daytona Beach.

Now two decades later, the Showtime documentary, “Spring Broke,” which airs at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, goes behind the cameras of this cultural phenomenon and its impact on the Florida city.

Read more about the Palm Beacher who produced the documentary and the Delray Beach man featured in the documentary.

Our guide to Spring Break 2016 in Palm Beach County.

20 things to do in Palm Beach County in March 2016

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1. The Festival of the Arts in Boca will be kicking off on March 4 with a showing of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami Frost School of Music playing the score live in Mizner Park Amphitheater. The festival will run until March 16 with other events including performances of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a concert with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, and a performance of Cirque de la Symphonie. For more information and tickets, click here.

2. The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival will be taking over Okeechobee from March 4 through 6 with headliners including Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Hall & Oates, and the Avett Brothers. For more coverage of the festival, check out the Post’s advance or go to the festival’s website for tickets and schedules.

3. Reggae Fest is opening up in Lake Worth on March 5 and 6 with Collie Buddz and The Original Wailers headlining the Northwood Village festival. The rest of the line-up includes Lance-o DJ, Johnny Dread, and the Future Presidents with tickets on sale at the festival’s website now. Admission is $12 with children under 12 getting in for free.

4. Rib Round-Up is taking over the Perfect Vodka Ampitheater in rain or shine on March 5 with headliners including country stars Hunter Hayes, Frankie Ballard, Parmalee, Michael Ray, and Granger Smith. Lawn tickets are on-sale now for $25 while supplies last with other “ticket hit” locations popping up around Palm Beach County, according to this schedule. For more information, visit the Rib Round-Up website here.

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5. The 19th annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival will happen on March 5 and 6, starting at 10 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. each day on Atlantic Avenue. This year’s festival will feature more than “100 of the nation’s most talented artisans” with jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, and more on display through the two days. Admission is free, but those interested should RSVP here.

6. The 6th annual CityPlace Art Fair will be happening at the same time as the Delray Beach one, running from March 5 through 6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival will be taking place on South Rosemary Avenue with an array of paintings, life size sculptures, photography, and ceramics on display. The festival is free and open to the public with artwork ranging from $25 to $30,000. For more information, or to RSVP to the event, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

7. The Spring Music Jam is bringing country, bluegrass, and southern rock together for a three day festival that will feature headliners such as Asphalt Angels Classic Car Show on Saturday, Cruise In on Sunday, Green Market, Food & Drinks, and Merchants. The festival runs from March 11 through 13 with the gate opening at 4 p.m. on March 11 and closing at 10 p.m. Admission is $15 per person per day with children under 12 getting in for free. For those interested in a three-day pass, those run at $35 with a camping space available for the same price. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit the website here.

8. Roger McGuinn is set to play in concert at the Crest Theater in Delray Beach on March 11 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. After leading “The Byrds” in the 1960s, McGuinn went on to “combine the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan” and form an early version of “folk-rock.” Tickets are between $57 and $77, and are available on the theater’s website.

 

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9. Tony Bennett is set to swoon the crowd with a performance at the Kravis Center on March 11 at 8 p.m. The legendary singer, who has sold more than 10 million records and won 18 Grammy awards, will be performing in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall with tickets starting at $36. For more information, and to buy tickets, click on the Kravis Center’s website here.

10. The 20th annual Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Art Fest by the Sea will be taking place in Juno Beach from March 12 through 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on each day. The festival, which is located on U.S. 1 in Juno Beach, will feature more than 150 exhibitors showing off their work that includes photography, life-size sculptures, and jewelry. The festival has free admission, but those interested in attending should RSVP at the Facebook page.

11. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be rolling down Delray Beach on March 11 and 12 with the festival taking place both days (5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 11 and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 12) with the parade happening the morning of the 12th. Other events include the Fire Brigade Rock Band, the Emergency Services Bag Pipe Band, the Aranmore Academy Irish Dancers, and the Uproot Hootenanny Band. The festival is free, but they’re accepting donations at their website.

12. The 2016 Irish Fest will be conquering Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach on March 12 and 13 from noon until 11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will feature performances from The Young Wolf Tones, the Screaming Orphans, Paddy Noonan, Seven Nations, and Off Kilter. Admission is only $5 with children under 14 getting in for free. For more information, visit the festival’s website here.

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13. The Palm Beach International Boat Show will be taking to the local waters from March 17 through 20. The boat show, which was listed as one of the top five in the country, will feature “more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers.” The event will be held at Evernia St. and Flagler Dr. as well as North Clematis St. and Flagler Dr. with admission set at $21 for adults, $11 for children ages 6 through 15, and free for children under. For more information, or to buy tickets and VIP packages, visit the boat show’s website here.

14. The 2nd annual Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival will be making your mouth water on March 18 and 19 from noon until 11 p.m. on both days. The festival will feature a menu that includes a Forever Roasted BBQ Pork & Bacon Sandwich as well as a Bacon Ice Cream Sundae with a Bourbon and Caramel Sauce. The Flyers, Grace & the Victory Riders, Big Medicine, Joey Gilmore, Acoustic Mayhem, and the Jay Blues Band will be taking to the main stage throughout the weekend with seminars and tastings, including a bourbon & bacon happy hour, keeping you busy. General admission tickets cost $25 with other packages ranging from $59 to $75 and featuring added bonuses to your dining experience. For more information, or tickets, visit the festival website here.

15. TurtleFest will be in at Loggerhead Park in June Beach on March 19 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. wiht visitors getting the chance to have a hands-on experience with the local Loggerhead turtles. The festival also includes art, shopping, games for the children, and educational programs. The Samantha Russell Band, Chain Reaction, Erasmith, and Mike Mineo are set to perform. Admission is free with more information at the festival’s website.

16. PrideFest 2016 will be taking place at multiple locations from March 18 through 20 with celebrations at Roosters in West Palm Beach, Fort Dix Bar in West Palm Beach, Mad Hatter Lounge in Lake Worth, Compass in Lake Worth, Studio 205 in Lake Worth, and Penny’s at the Duke in Lantana. The parade is set to start at 11:30 a.m. in Bryant Park in downtown Lake Worth. For more information, and tickets, visit the festival’s website.

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17. Gatsby will be the latest ballet at Ballet Palm Beach on March 19 and 20 (and no Leonard DiCaprio will not be involved). The company will perform F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 4:00 p.m. with it being the latest work from artistic director, Colleen Smith. Tickets are on sale now starting from $17. For more information, and tickets, visit the Ballet Palm Beach website.

18. Chicago and Earth, Wind, and Fire will be rocking the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Heart and Soul Tour 2.0. The two classic bands are pairing up to blast out their tunes including hits “September” and “Saturday in the Park.” Tickets begin at $118 and are on-sale now at the Perfect Vodka website.

19. Sophia Loren is offering an intimate evening together at the Kravis Center on March 28 at 8 p.m. The Oscar-winning actress will speak with the audience about her life and career accompanied by film clips and a question-and-answer session. Tickets for the event start at $39 and are available at the Kravis Center website, but a re-watch of “Two Women” or “El Cid” may also be vital as well.

20. The Read Together Palm Beach County finale will be on March 31 at 5 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace featuring author Chris Bohjalian, who will speak about his book, “The Light in the Ruins.” The event is free, but those attending are asked to RSVP by calling (561)-279-9103 beforehand. For more information about the finale, or the program in general, visit the Read Together website.

Which Florida beach bars are among the best in the U.S.?

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The Lorelei. Photo by Lannis Waters.

Nothing sounds as peaceful as sitting on the beach and sipping on a tasty drink, and according to a new list, some of the best places to do that are in Florida.

Thrillist listed the best beach bars in America with The Lorelei in Islamorada, Coconuts on the Beach in Cocoa Beach, and Flora-Bama Lounge & Package in Pensacola making the cut. Other beach bars were from Hawaii, California, Alaska, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Oregon, and Alabama.

According to the ranking, The Lorelei is quintessential Florida Keys thanks to its atmosphere of “listening to acoustic guitar under a Tiki hut as the sun sets over the marsh islands.” The site also says that this bar, which sits halfway between the Keys and Miami, features one of the best breakfasts in the area and allows you to “lose track of time” easily.

RELATED: 7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Coconuts on the Beach was lauded for its college party atmosphere that is “more reminiscent of a stadium parking lot than a stretch of sand, rows of tents, house grills, (and) beer pong/flip-cup tables.” The Flora-Bama Lounge & Package is the winner of “Best Beach Bar to Drink in Two States at Once” and is a favorite due to its novelty and being “one of the coolest beach bar experiences in America.”

For nice waterfront dining options in Palm Beach County, check out the Post’s guide here.

Read more at Thrillist.

Wahlburgers (with special guest Mark Wahlberg) to open in Orlando

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Get ready for the Wahlberg brothers to take over Orlando.

The three brothers will be bringing their burger joint, Wahlburgers, to Orlando with a new location opening on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on Orange Ave, according to Orlando Weekly. The grand opening will also include an appearance by all three brothers — including “Ted 2” and “Daddy’s Home” star Mark Wahlberg.

“We’re excited about the opening, we’ve got Mark and Paul confirmed to come into town, but we have a few more last details to lock up before we announce an opening date,” Kimberly Simeone Tessitore, spokeswoman for Wahlburgers, told the Orlando Business Journal.

The Orlando Business Journal reported that this store is the first of 20 planned Wahlburgers locations in Florida with the expansion expected to include between 100 and 150 new stores in the next five years across the country.

The restaurant is also the subject of an A&E TV series, which will premiere its fourth season on July 15. It is unclear at this time whether the new Orlando location will be featured in any episodes.

Best beaches of Palm Beach County and why we love them so much!

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Riviera Beach’s municipal beach. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

What makes a beach “best?”

The qualifications are as individual as one’s preferences in a swimsuit or suntan lotion.

So to get the arguments started, let’s begin with this list, arranged in order from north to south:

10 best beaches in Palm Beach County

Related: Our full beaches guide, check out facts and main attractions for each beach in Palm Beach County

Related: Why do we love the beach?

Do you agree with our best beaches list? Take our poll to see if other agree!

Martin Luther King Day: The Rev. King’s fight for justice in South Florida

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In this April 3, 1968 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. The following day King was assassinated on his motel balcony. (AP Photo/Charles Kelly, File)

This spring marks 48 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the father of the fight for civil rights in America, was murdered — shot to death outside of a Memphis hotel on April 4, 1968.

But shortly before he went to Memphis for what would be his last act of social activism, intervening in a sanitary worker’s strike over oppressive working conditions and wages, King came to South Florida:

The Rev. King’s fight for justice in South Florida

Related: Photos – 2015 MLK parade in Lake Worth