Hurricane Matthew: Clematis by Night canceled in West Palm Beach

Hurricane Matthew update: Due to the storm, the free Thursday night event in downtown West Palm Beach, Clematis by Night, has been canceled for Thursday, Oct. 6.

The pop-rock band Chemradery, who were due to play on that night, will be rescheduled for a later date. Clematis by Night will resume on schedule on Thursday, Oct. 13 with Emily Brooke as the scheduled entertainment.

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Chemradery. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

For more info, check the City of West Palm Beach website. And to get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew check our WeatherPlus blog.

Best of the weekend: Did we snap your photo at these fun-filled festivals?

It’s that time of year when weekends are filled with festivals galore! And this weekend kicked off two big ones:

The Latin Food and Music Festival:

The Latin Food and Music Festival went above and beyond the expectations.
This was the inaugural Latin event of its kind held at the South Florida Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18 in West Palm Beach. Surprisingly, it brought an outstanding attendance doubling expectations.

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The crowd enjoys the live music at the Latin Music & Food Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, 2016.

The event was split into two different areas: indoor bazaar-style market, and outdoor food ‘paraiso!’ From Colombian Arepas and Mexican Tacos to your typical fair funnel cakes, the food offerings featured many Latin American flavors. But where was the fiesta? Inside, with AC!
Don’t let the commodity of the air conditioning fool you, the party was hot! Headliners such as Tito Puente Jr. and Angel y Kriz performed lively on stage, meanwhile, the guests got to show off their Latin moves with each classic tune. Even the police officers couldn’t help but move!

Did we snap your photo at the Latin Music & Food Festival? Here’s a photo gallery from the event!

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2016 Taste of Soul Food Festival in downtown West Palm Beach. (Corvaya Jeffries/The Palm Beach Post)

The Taste of Soul Food Festival

If there was one thing you missed by not attending West Palm Beach’s Taste of Soul Food Festival on the downtown waterfront, it was the amazing Caribbean dishes and soul food plates. For less than $10, you got a protein, and at least three sides and a drink.

The live music performances kept men and women on their feet and in front of the stage vibin’ the entire time. Even the children were shaking their hips as they danced to songs like “Cha-Cha Slide” and “Drop That ‘NaeNae.”

Many attended the event to see Stephen Marley’s performance. He and his band arrived just as the sun was setting. The sounds of his voice and the live band were soothing and served as the perfect way to end the night.

Did we snap your photo at the Taste of Soul Food Festival? Here’s a photo gallery from the event!

 

Honoring Labor Day: Interesting, unique tools used by local crafters, artisans

Georgette Pressler’s water-soluble paints for body painting. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
Georgette Pressler’s water-soluble paints for body painting. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Today, on Labor Day, we hope these tools are at rest.

But tomorrow begins another day of labor.

Sometimes, work can be more than just a job. It can be an art form, a life mission.

Over the years, we have talked to local workers, crafters and artisans about their trades, and the tools they use. On Labor Day, we thought we’d share with you their life philosophies:

Labor Intensive – Tools of the Trade: Showcasing a Barber, Carpenter, Glassblower and Bodypainter

 

 

Flora Friday: Post staff photos of beautiful flowers, gardens in Palm Beach County

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Starry Rosinweed (Silphium asteriscus) at Mounts Botanical Garden. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Plant life in South Florida is unlike any other place in the country.

In our mild winters, we can grow most northern flowers, from pansies to snapdragons.

But during our hot, humid summers, our landscapes erupt into voluptuous tropical extravaganzas of color, odd leaf shapes and oddities from tropical zones around the world.

Recently, Palm Beach Post staff photographer Bruce Bennett started documenting the botanical splendor found in Palm Beach County. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be featuring some of his favorite photographs.

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Bromeliad at The Society of the Four Arts Garden Monday, July 25, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Bromeliads are a family of monocot flowering plants of 51 genera and around 3475 known species native mainly to the tropical Americas.

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Araceae Spathiphyllum ‘mauna loa supreme’ White Anthurium at The Society of the Four Arts Garden Monday, July 25, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Anthurium is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. General common names include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean.

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Purple Top Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) at Mounts Botanical Garden Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

The stiff deep lilac spikes of this South American native perennial make long-lasting cut flowers. Purple Top Verbena blooms year-round and is irresistible to butterflies.

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Droplets of water adhere to the leaves of a Crinum lily in Lake Worth early Friday morning, July 22, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Crinum is a genus of perennial plants that develop from bulbs and have large showy flowers. They are found in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide.

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The pendulous bloom of a Heliconia rostrata (or ‘lobster claw’) hangs colorfully at The Society of the Four Arts Garden Monday, July 25, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Also known as the ‘False Bird of Paradise,’ Heliconia rostrata is an herbaceous perennial native to Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, and naturalized in Puerto Rico. Known as a host flower to many birds, especially the hummingbird, Heliconias are often used in tropical gardens.

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Starry Rosinweed (Silphium asteriscus) at Mounts Botanical Garden. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

This tough, long-lived native perennial bears yellow daisy flowers nearly year-round in South Florida, and its large blooms attract butterflies and other insects.

World Snake Day: How to catch a snake with your bare hands!

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Jim Lipscomb of the South Florida Herpetological Society stares into the eyes of a blood python during the Repticon event held at The Box Expo Center Saturday, April 30, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Today is World Snake Day! Although it’s a relatively obsecure holiday, wildlife enthusiasts and snake-lovers join together today to celebrate their common love of snakes.

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Reporter Barbara Marshall holds the python’s head while trying to retrieve the white snake bag.

To pay tribute to this, we recall when Palm Beach Post reporter, Barbara Marshall ‘wrestled’ a mighty python!:

An excerpt from the original story:

“You want me to do what with that?

Catch it with my bare hands?

Ha ha. I thought you were serious.

Wait, you are? You expect me to pick up that giant snake? And put it into a bag? Oh no, no, no. Hell, no.”

Read the entire story: An 8-foot python wrapped around my arm? No problem!

 

Bastille Day 2016: Best places to celebrate today in Palm Beach County

Bastille Day festivities. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Bastille Day festivities. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Lovers of French history, culture and food, your holiday is here! It’s Bastille Day today!

Here are are some options on where to celebrate:

Pistache

Celebrate Bastille Day with special menus of French small plates, entrees and desserts and some revolutionary entertainment.

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Pistache’s terrace offers a great view of downtown’s waterfront. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

The festivities are tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. 101 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. $9-$34. Information: 561-833-5090.

Norton Museum of Art

All of tonight’s ‘Art After Dark’ activities including music, film, language lessons, food, drink and more are presented with a French twist.

The celebration is from 5 to 9 p.m. 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Free. Information: 561-832-5196.

Chez Marie

Enjoy a discounted special three-course French gourmet meal while listening to French vocalist and keyboard player, Thelerry Khalfa.

The event is tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. 5030 Champion Blvd, Boca Raton. $29.90 three-course meal. Must make reservations by phone, 561-997-0027 or by email: chezmariefrenchbistro@gmail.com.

La Bonne Bouche

Take delight in French food and entertainment. The Palm Beach Post’s Frank Cerabino plays French favorites on the accordion.

The party starts at 8 p.m. 516 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth. Reservations are required. Courses start at $39.50. Information: 561-533-0840.

4 best things to do this weekend in Palm Beach County

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Cyndi Lauper performs Saturday at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. (Getty Images)

Looking for some fun this weekend? Here are some of our favorite picks:

1. 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 artist 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.

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Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

2. 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.” Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.

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Beach Walk. (Contributed)

3. Beach Walk around Delray Beach on June 11 from 9 and 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.

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The Lake Worth International Mango Festival hits the Cultural Plaza on Saturday.

4. The Lake Worth Mango Festival will take place on June 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Lake Worth. The event will feature programs along Lake Ave. with food from Eat Da Bone BBQ & Jerk and Sherri’s Breads from the Heart. Artists such as TombiFlow and Charles Pan Vibes will perform during the festival. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Best 14 things to do in Palm Beach County in June

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Tito Puente Jr.

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.

Palm Beach County gets weird this weekend!

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Weird Al Yankovic heads to Palm Beach County for his “Mandatory Tour” this Saturday at the Kravis Center. (Contributed)

For 40 years, Weird Al Yankovic has been building an audience across all ages and demographics with a smooth move from parody music videos on MTV to the more modern platform of YouTube.

From food-related puns to his encyclopedic knowledge of nerd lore (“Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” etc.), Weird Al is as relevant today as he ever was.

His latest album, “Mandatory Fun,” was Al’s first to reach the top of the Billboard charts. In support of that, the long-locked artist visits the Kravis Center this weekend and if you aren’t there, you can just “eat it.”

If you go: Weird Al Yankovic, “The Mandatory Tour:” Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22. Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Info: 561-832-7469.

Free party, concert in downtown West Palm Beach kicks off Memorial Day weekend

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Country superstars Parmalee will be the featured act at the kickoff concert Saturday (5/28/16) for Summer in Paradise. (Contributed)

To kick off summer and the start of Memorial Day weekend, downtown West Palm Beach will host a free concert and party at the Meyer Amphitheatre Saturday from  6 to 10 p.m.

The popular ‘Summer in Paradise’ celebration will feature a free concert by the country superstar group, Parmalee. The group will perform all their hits, including “Carolina,”Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine.”

Also, performing will be Bobby McClendon and the Samantha Russell Band. During the concert, there will be unlimited craft beer sampling for $20. For adults and kids, an assortment of fun games, like Life-Size Pong, The Eliminator, Life Size Jenga, Twister and more will be on hand.

For more information, check the West Palm Beach website.