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The best deals on seasonal cultural events in Palm Beach county

There’s no doubt that the arts can be pricey. But there are some deals to be found.


The beginning of the cultural season in South Florida is somewhat of a mixed blessing, at least financially. While there are countless interesting, worthwhile and in some cases once-in-a-lifetime experiences available in our own backyard, those experiences come without the deals and discounts sometimes available during the summer.

Fortunately, several cultural organizations and institutions still feature opportunities to sample the best offerings of the season, from art to opera. Here are a few to make a note of:

- Palm Beach Opera will offer their now-traditional “Tweet Seats,” where the social media-savvy are invited to a full dress rehearsal of the latest opera for free in exchange for Tweeting out their impressions of the action. The result is often hilarious and encourages a modern and exciting take on an art form some consider stodgy. These seats become available one month before the premiere of each opera, including the season opener, “Carmen,” on Jan. 22. The Opera is also presenting “Opera @ The Waterfront” a free performance at the Meyer Amphitheatre on Dec. 12. pbopera.org

- The Norton Museum of Art, which recently announced a planned multi-million dollar renovation, continues to show love for the locals, with free Saturday admission for Palm Beach County residents on Saturdays, as well as free admission, period, for Florida teachers, administrators and kids 12 and under. Norton.org

- The Kravis Center’s schedule, as usual, is full of worthwhile music, comedy and more, and as usual offers some very reasonable mezzanine and balcony tickets, for as little as $15 for shows like Nov. 10’s “Last Comic Standing” tour, or Nov. 1’s “America’s Got Talent“‘s All-Star tour for as little as $20. But remember - the early bird gets the cheapest worms, and those tickets go super fast. Kravis.org

- The Society of the Four Arts is, without a doubt, one of the more gorgeous venues on Palm Beach - the gardens alone are swoon-worthy. But its calendar is full of free or low-cost opportunities to elevate one’s cultural profile, from a series of no-cost book discussions (Note: You are asked to at least be familiar with the book) and free story times for preschoolers , to a chance to watch live operas from the Metropolitan Opera in the Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium. Fourarts.org

- The Palm Beach Symphony, spreading its musical message at venues around the county, has some positively economically symphonic opportunities. Single tickets start at as little as $17.50, for instance, for April’s “Monumental Engagement” performance at the Kravis Center featuring pianist Lola Astanova, followed by the symphony’s premiere of “Mahler Five.” Palmbeachsymphony.org

- Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, one of the best places to see a cheap show during the summer, keeps the deals going through the season. Tickets for the upcoming Jason Aldean show on Oct. 24 start at $25.50 on the lawn. And you know the party’s on the lawn with all the other happy cheapskates, sitting on a blanket, singing along. Livenation.com

- Palm Beach Dramaworks offers discounted tickets for preview performances for their shows at $44, 20 bucks cheaper than the usual matinee and evening prices. palmbeachdramaworks.org

- The Palm Beaches Theatre, new year-round home of the Palm Beach International Film Festival in Manalapan, has $5 classic movies on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Theatre.pbifilmfest.org


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