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3 TO SEE: ‘La Boheme’; Tequesta art fest; violin prodigy

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It’s almost the weekend – time for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to share with you the best of what our community has to offer. Each week, you get three ideas – one that’s free, one that’s affordable and one that’s a splurge. Your “3 to See” cultural curator is Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council.


Plein Air Festival

When you’re already surrounded by pristine beaches, natural wildlife and pitch-perfect weather, it’s not all that much of a stretch to grab a paintbrush and start going at it. When it comes to “plein air” painting, artists take to their palettes outside of the studio and capture their environment as closely as possible. This weekend, take the opportunity to visit the fourth annual Plein Air Festival at Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, where more than 40 artists from around the U.S. will gather to compete in a four-day juried exhibition. Whether you’re seeing the beginning, the middle, or the end, it’s a fascinating process.

Fourth Annual Plein Air Festival: On display through Sunday. Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Info: 561-748-7014 or


Bohème in Boca

Like anyone needs to be convinced to see Puccini’s infamous “La Bohème” on stage — it fits like an old glove and whether it was the first opera you saw, or the hundredth, it’s a classic without compare. This production, semi-staged, will be featured as part of this year’s Festival of the Arts BOCA at Mizner Park Amphitheater this Sunday, with music provided by The Symphonia, Boca Raton. Even if you can’t make it for this performance, the festival itself takes over Mizner Park for two whole weekends with multiple concerts, interviews, a live orchestra accompaniment of “The Pink Panther” film and more.

“La Bohème:” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $9.99. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Info: 561-368-8445 or


Young violinist in Palm Beach

What does it take to be a prodigy? Years of study from infancy, an innate attachment to the instrument of your choice and a stimulating environment that encourages education are all factors, but without a doubt, raw talent can’t be ignored. Twenty-year old Dutch/American Stephen Waarts is one of a small group of internationally recognized violinists with more awards than actual years living. He’s performed in Berlin, Montreal, Brussels, New York, Paris and now makes his way to Palm Beach for a Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach recital at Rosarian Academy. Fans of the fiddle, this is a concert for you.

Stephen Waarts, Violin: 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for students. Rosarian Academy, 807 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Info: 561-379-6773 or

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