Watching Game 5 of the World Series on Clematis

Clematis Street has become a favorite spot for sports fans. Especially in the fall with the World Series, college and professional football, basketball, rugby and more; there’s no better place to kick back and enjoy the game.

Just about every block of Clematis Street has something for sports fans. If you follow soccer or rugby, you’ll find that O’Shea’s is exceptionally welcoming. Gators flock to Roxy’s, Seminoles to Grease, and if you look hard enough you’ll find a couple Badgers at Hot Pie Pizza enjoying some college football.

If you’re not sure where to go, Duffy’s is the mecca for any and all sports. With over 40 wide-screen TVs you have the option to sit at the bar, outside, at hightops or at a booth to enjoy the atmosphere. With the World Series going on tonight, Bar Louie is also a solid bet.

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On Saturday, Miami gave us a thrilling finish that will go down in history, scoring against Duke with EIGHT laterals on a kick-return with six seconds left.  On Sunday, the Kansas City Royals came back down two runs in the final inning against the New York Mets, beating them in extras to win the World Series.  Tis the season of thrilling moments with crazy catches, big hits and buzzer-beating shots so don’t miss it!

Remember, regardless of which game you watch and where you watch it. On Sunday’s there’s no better place to pre-party than Roxy’s!

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If you live in the North End and don’t want to make the trek to Clematis Street, Sports Page Bar and Grill on 25th Street is always a great choice to settle in for a game. Make sure to try the chicken tenders, they are fantastic.

Saturday in West Palm Beach – Learn, Feasting, Arts & Brews #LoveFL

Saturday in West Palm Beach – Learn, Feasting, Arts & Brews #LoveFL

I often get asked what makes Downtown West Palm Beach so unique, it’s a good question, and one best answered by looking at what is going to go on a day like Saturday.

Our schedule for Saturday is packed, but it’s also very unique in that each of the events that I’m going to highlight are not being thrown by big event organizations, but by young locals. People that have found our downtown, been inspired by the potential it holds, and then poured their energy into activating the potential and using it as a backdrop for their work.

I’m just highlighting these four events, but there’s always a LOT more going on, so feel free to make your own schedule. Take some time to go to the Green Market, wander through the streets of downtown and visit all the cool little stores that are opening up on the side streets. Do a spin class at Velocity Cycling, go to the Gym at Ultima, get a massage at Ncognito, grab a paddle board from Visit Palm Beach visitors center and explore our natural coves. Visit the Norton Museum, have a culinary experience at EMKO, see what’s going on in Northwood Village. There is so much to do!

So let’s get started!

Hear Bill Aulet, Head of MIT Entrepreneurship speak 

Saturday, Oct 24 at 9:30 am
Flagler Gallery at West Palm Beach City Hall

We’re going to start at 9:30 at City Hall, where downtown startup enthusiast Chris Callahan has organized a discussion with West Palm Beach’s Economic Director & downtowner, Chris Roog and the head of MIT’s Entrepreneurship Program, Bill Aulet. The program will start at 9:30 with a meet & greet, will have the keynote and time for discussion. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

This event is a pre-cursor to Global Entrepreneurship week, which Chris Calahan & Startup Palm Beach is putting together for November 16th – 22nd.

Vivid Arts Hunt

Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 pm
Wine Scene Courtyard (501 Fern St. 33401)

At 1pm we can walk over to the Wine Scene for Vivid Arts Hunt  – which was organized by Eddy Garcia, a local technologist who has a love for the arts, and has worked for the last year on an App which will highlight the local artists. Here’s what what vivid arts’ content manager, Esteban Garcia, has to say:

How many times have you passed by the murals of your city? Too many to count I’m sure.  They’re eye-catching in both scale and beauty, sure, but do you know what the murals are about? What is that mural trying to say about its environment and your city?  There are so many breath-taking walls, but unless you know the artist or follow their work, it’s hard to figure out its meaning.

After interviewing most of the artists who gave West Palm Beach life, the meaning behind each piece is definitely worth digging deeper. For example, Chris Ian Macfarlane’s “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” mural outside of Respectables on Clematis.  I mean those wolves, disguised as sheep, are doing damage to that canvas.  You gain a deeper connection and appreciation behind the inspiration of pieces like Anthony Hernandez’s “JFK” outside of Camelot.  The mural tells the story of Kennedy’s deep ties to the city of West Palm Beach, in addition to the establishment.  There’s a reason it’s Kennedy in the mural and not Reagan.  There’s a reason he’s looking in the direction he’s looking in.

Not only do you notice the 90s style cartoon wolves and Kennedy’s face because they’re visually striking and ooze character, but now you know why they’re there, and the process and inspiration behind driving the artist.  It puts the piece of art on an entirely different scale.  You gain a different perspective.

Telling that story and building that connection is what the Vivid Arts app is about, which is where the upcoming Vivid Arts Hunt and Cocktail fits in.

Feast of the Sea

Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 am – 7 pm
West Palm Beach Waterfront

By now you should have wrapped up your business for the day… and be ready to head out to the Waterfront and enjoy Feast of the Seas!

The 2nd Annual Feast of the Sea returns to the waterfront of downtown West Palm Beach. On October 24th at 11am your favorite Palm Beach County restaurants and chefs will be showcasing their best seafood recipes and cuisines for you to enjoy!

This is a very fun event which showcases our waterfront beautifully. The event is free and there is music, food, sponsors, drinks and everything that you’d want for your Saturday afternoon.

The driving force behind Feast of the Sea is the group of individuals that is dedicated to providing unique and memorable action sports experiences for children with special needs or that are currently in at risk situations. Feast of the Sea benefits Future 6 Helping Hand, a community based 501c3 that host free action sports camps for children throughout South & Central Florida.

Get more information here.

New Brew Fest

Saturday, Oct. 24 at  3pm – 8pm
Wine Scene Courtyard (501 Fern St. 33401)

Once you’re done feasting, head back on over to the Wine Scene for New Brew Fest. This locally organized event is free to attend. There will be live local music, food trucks, and of course beer from the local south florida breweries — some of whom aren’t event open yet!

The VIP area features three plates from Dixie Grill paired with three spectacular homebrews from BX Beer Depot. We have 21 different beers on tap from 11 different breweries. There will also be wine available from Wine Scene available.

Portions of the event proceeds will benefit Girls Pint Out, a 501(3)(c), that supports women in the craft beer world. We are also putting on a raffle, $1 per ticket, to benefit the group as well.VIP tickets and more information here.

 

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So there you have it. Your Saturday schedule in downtown West Palm Beach planned out for you. Enjoy!

Join us for Palm Beach Tech’s monthly Meetup tomorrow

Join us for Palm Beach Tech’s monthly Meetup tomorrow

Palm Beach Tech is a local non-profit 501(c)6 membership association uniting and building the innovation, creative, software, mechanical & electrical engineering, and technology industry throughout Palm Beach County.

The idea started off small but over the last 6 months, executive director Joseph Russo has recruited some a board made up of the movers and shakers in our local technology scene.

We are having our first PBT meetup tomorrow at Forte Interactive HQ, at 313 Datura Street  – more information here.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jon LeBlanc from PayPal

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Cam Collins from MyTaskit App

STARTUP DEMO: Simon Thomson from Source

EVENT SPONSOR: Christopher Cook from First Bank of the Palm Beaches

BEVERAGE SPONSORS: Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks & Subculture Coffee

RSVP Today

Friday is the West Palm Beach Bus Loop

Friday is the West Palm Beach Bus Loop

Looking for something to do this Friday. Want to check out the local food/drink scene, listen to some music and meet up with friends? Look no further the Bus Loop is coming once again to downtown West Palm Beach, get your tickets and make sure you get in on the fun.

Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. WPB Bus Loop lasts from 6-11pm and the trolleys will run until midnight. Designated drivers receive free admission.

Venues Include:
Tin Fish
The Sports Page
The Wine Scene
Off The Hookah
Shout
Longboards
O’Sheas
Respectable Street Cafe
Bohemia AG
Moonlight Radiance

Check-In starts at 5:30 at The Wine Scene and Off the Hookah. Trolleys run until Midnight and there is a Pizza Party following the event at 11:00pm at Roxy’s. People are hungry and massive numbers of pizzas that are waiting go FAST, so get there on time.

Buy Early and SAVE!
$30 if tickets purchased after Noon 8/18/2015 until Noon 9/18/2015
$35 cash at the door

CLICK HERE TO PREPAY

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At J. Flynn’s on March 2014 Bus Loop

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April 2013 the West Palm Beach Downtown Neighborhood Association had a block party which complimented the bus loop.

Charlie enjoying Sunset Grill in Northwood

Charlie enjoying Sunset Grill in Northwood

Always treated to music!

Always treated to music!

Great time to meet up with friends

Great time to meet up with friends

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9 out of 10 isn’t bad!

Hope to see you there!

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CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show coming to West Palm Beach

CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show coming to West Palm Beach

Big news! Nicole Henry, owner of Nicole Henry Fine Arts at 501 Fern St.,  has partnered up with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Instagrafite,  Palm Harbor Marina and Wyn317 to bring a brand new outdoor Museum Show to West Palm Beach.

The two-week event, which runs from November 8th – 22nd showcases over 20 artists from around the world, each of which will paint murals on buildings or construct sculptures throughout the Downtown.

Building-sized murals will be applied to the sides of condominium towers, a hotel, a city-owned garage, and the elegant Royal Park Bridge that leads to Palm Beach.

Sounds like a great time!

Here are some of the artists:

2Alas; Bik-Ismo; Cheryl Maeder; David Walker; Eduardo Kobra; Faith47; Jean-Luc Moerman; Jeremy Penn; José Bedia; Kai; Katja Loher; Lonac; Michael Dweck; Registered Artist; ROA; Ron English;Sean Yoro (aka Hula); Zeus.

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The schedule kicks off with an Art Auction on  October 10 at a location to be announced. Artists begin working: November 8. The VIP Grand Opening Event: Vernissage in VIP Lounge: Nov. 18 at Nicole Henry Fine Art. “Your Body is a Canvas” Fashion Show: November 20 at the Graffiti Garden on Fern St. Finally the grand finale is the CANVAS ON BOARD Yacht Party: Nov 21 at the Palm Harbor Marina.

Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), says that CANVAS delivers huge dividends to all aspects of downtown life, and makes good on the DDA’s brand promise to ensure that the downtown district is “Always Original.”

“This event will give our visitors another reason to talk about and return to our shops, restaurants and cultural attractions, while it adds a powerful new dimension to our A&E District. CANVAS is going to be a smash hit.”

Get more information at canvaswpb.org!

The Naked Stage Theatre Company coming to 522 Clematis Street

The Naked Stage Theatre Company coming to 522 Clematis Street

Exciting news for the 500 Block of Clematis Street. Alexandra Clough at the Palm Beach Post just announced that a deal is in the works to bring the well established Naked Stage Theatre Company to the empty space at 522 Clematis St. This space used to be the home to Authentic Providence which has moved to Antique Row.

The Naked Stage Theatre Company was founded by husband & wife actors Antonio & Katherine Amadeo.

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Antonio Amadeo,  Laura Turnbull and Alex Alvarez in the Island City Stage world premiere ‘Daniel’s Husband.’ | ROBERT FIGUEROA

The Naked Stage theatre company is not a stranger to Clematis Street, last year they brought their innovative “24 Hour Theatre Project” to Palm Beach Dramaworks on the 200 block of Clematis Street.

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In an interview with Florida Theatre on Stage, Antonio Amadeo is asked why South Florida theatre doesn’t have a higher profile nationally?

We barely have a profile here in South Florida. How can we expect to have a high profile anywhere else? We live in a community that has no tradition for supporting theater, so there isn’t a core, community-wide audience of patrons that travels to all the regional theaters. Each theatre must rely on whatever small but loyal following it cultivates. This isn’t a theater kingdom; it’s a region of many small playhouse dukedoms. There’s a lot of quality work here, but few people know it exists as a legitimate theater region. There is no local government support and zero local broadcast coverage. There is no major relationship with any tourism information organization, so people coming in from out of town are not being introduced to us. If they happen to be theatergoers who enjoy exploring theater troupes on vacation, they are never presented the option by any concierge or entertainment information group. There is also very little effort made to cultivate new audiences and artists through local schools; many of which have great theater programs filled with students who are unaware that there is a local theater community to support and engage. Upon graduation, the students leave town without ever considering a return home to be a viable option. Consequently, they never spread the message that there is great theater in South Florida because they don’t know it themselves. I remember when I was in college; Actors’ Playhouse had an internship program with the University of Miami that served the theater and the students very well. MANY of the students who participated in the program have gone on to have great careers in theater. A number of them stayed here. What happened to that?!! We need way more of that. There needs to be a concerted effort by the artists and producers in this community to change all of that. I’m not sure what it will take, but we can’t sit around and wait for it to happen.

Now with two Theatres on Clematis Street, and the Kravis Center right around the corner, we are looking forward to making downtown West Palm Beach a hot spot of South Florida Theatre.

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