Jan Sjostrom

Arts / Entertainment

Jan Sjostrom has covered culture for the Palm Beach Daily News since 1991.  Before that she was a reporter for community newspapers in Minneapolis and an editor and reporter for community newspapers in South Florida. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she studied art history and journalism. 

Latest from Jan Sjostrom

Former Norton Museum director Richard Madigan dies in New York
 Richard Madigan, who headed the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach for nearly 15 years, died April 24, 2018, in New York City. He was 80. Mr. Madigan served as the Norton’s director from 1974 to 1989, when he resigned after he and the board disagreed about the pace of a stalled expansion and about his management of the institution, The...

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Richard Madigan, who headed the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach for nearly 15 years, died April 24, 2018, in New York City. He was 80. Mr. Madigan served as the Norton’s director from 1974 to 1989, when he resigned after he and the board disagreed about the pace of a stalled expansion and about his management of the institution, The...
Reports: Steve Wynn angry about damaged Picasso, intended to launch gallery
 Christie’s might want to stay out of Steve Wynn’s way for awhile. He’s furious over a pre-auction accident at Christie’s New York headquarters that punched a hole through a 1943 Pablo Picasso self-portrait he valued at more that $100 million, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. “To say that...

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Christie’s might want to stay out of Steve Wynn’s way for awhile. He’s furious over a pre-auction accident at Christie’s New York headquarters that punched a hole through a 1943 Pablo Picasso self-portrait he valued at more that $100 million, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. “To say that...
Broadway ticket sales slow for Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville
 Resident Jimmy Buffett’s jukebox musical 
               Escape to Margaritaville
            hasn’t been packing them in on Broadway. “Is Margaritaville Wasting Away on Broadway?” The Wall Street Journal asked in a recent story about the show’s lackluster sales. Weekly grosses for the musical, which opened for...

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Resident Jimmy Buffett’s jukebox musical Escape to Margaritaville hasn’t been packing them in on Broadway. “Is Margaritaville Wasting Away on Broadway?” The Wall Street Journal asked in a recent story about the show’s lackluster sales. Weekly grosses for the musical, which opened for...
Dramaworks’ ‘Equus’ powered by electrifying performances and mystery
 Child psychiatrist Martin Dysart doubts the value of his life’s work and is haunted by a growing awareness of his passionless existence. His teen-aged patient Alan Strang is tortured by an obsession that led him to commit a heinous crime. When the two come together in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Peter Shaffer’s...

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Child psychiatrist Martin Dysart doubts the value of his life’s work and is haunted by a growing awareness of his passionless existence. His teen-aged patient Alan Strang is tortured by an obsession that led him to commit a heinous crime. When the two come together in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Peter Shaffer’s...
Memorial set for Palm Beach State College arts administrator Hale
 A memorial service for sculptor and painter Reuben Hale, former head of the art department and chairman of the humanities division at Palm Beach State College, will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at The Beach Club on the Waterfront at the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course, 1 7th Ave. N. Mr. Hale died March 23 at his home in West Palm Beach. He was...

Posted: 5 days ago

A memorial service for sculptor and painter Reuben Hale, former head of the art department and chairman of the humanities division at Palm Beach State College, will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at The Beach Club on the Waterfront at the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course, 1 7th Ave. N. Mr. Hale died March 23 at his home in West Palm Beach. He was...
Sale of works from Mandel collection brings $108 million
 The sale of works from residents Barbara and Morton Mandel’s art collection Wednesday at Sotheby’s in New York raised big money for the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. All 26 works sold for a total of $107.8 million, exceeding the high-end estimate by $2.5 million. Most had never appeared at auction before...

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The sale of works from residents Barbara and Morton Mandel’s art collection Wednesday at Sotheby’s in New York raised big money for the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. All 26 works sold for a total of $107.8 million, exceeding the high-end estimate by $2.5 million. Most had never appeared at auction before...
What moves 325 kids to sing? Their Kravis Center concert is one reason
 Oliver Goodman practically was born with a song on his lips. That’s according to his father, Palm Beacher Dean Goodman. “This is a kid who loves to sing,” he said. “When he wanders around the house, he sings.” Oliver began singing when he was 3 or 4. He started with pop tunes - not too surprising since his dad...

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Oliver Goodman practically was born with a song on his lips. That’s according to his father, Palm Beacher Dean Goodman. “This is a kid who loves to sing,” he said. “When he wanders around the house, he sings.” Oliver began singing when he was 3 or 4. He started with pop tunes - not too surprising since his dad...
Two Picasso works owned by Palm Beach property owner Steve Wynn pulled from Christie’s auction
 Ex-casino mogul Steve Wynn was to have sold three paintings for as much as $135 million this week at Christie’s in New York. Now he’s down to one, according to Bloomberg and other sources. Wynn paid $20 million for a 2.3 acre lot at 1350 S. Ocean Blvd. in July 2014, which he apparently still owns according to state business...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ex-casino mogul Steve Wynn was to have sold three paintings for as much as $135 million this week at Christie’s in New York. Now he’s down to one, according to Bloomberg and other sources. Wynn paid $20 million for a 2.3 acre lot at 1350 S. Ocean Blvd. in July 2014, which he apparently still owns according to state business...
Stetson University choir to sing free concert Thursday in Palm Beach
 The 50-voice Stetson University Concert Choir from DeLand will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, 60 Cocoanut Row, in Palm Beach. The program, which will be conducted by Timothy Peter, will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Durufle and Ralph Vaughan Williams as well...

Posted: 8 days ago

The 50-voice Stetson University Concert Choir from DeLand will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, 60 Cocoanut Row, in Palm Beach. The program, which will be conducted by Timothy Peter, will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Durufle and Ralph Vaughan Williams as well...
Palm Beach Public art show to include project benefiting Place of Hope
 Picture an exhibition with nearly 700 pieces of art. That’s what visitors will see Thursday from 5-7 p.m. during Palm Beach Public School’s annual art show. The exhibition at the elementary school at 239 Cocoanut Row will feature art by all 360-plus students. “It’s a pretty big event,” said art teacher Jennifer...

Posted: 10 days ago

Picture an exhibition with nearly 700 pieces of art. That’s what visitors will see Thursday from 5-7 p.m. during Palm Beach Public School’s annual art show. The exhibition at the elementary school at 239 Cocoanut Row will feature art by all 360-plus students. “It’s a pretty big event,” said art teacher Jennifer...
‘Equus’ uncovers the naked truth of why a boy blinded horses
 What would cause a 17-year-old stable boy suddenly to blind six horses? That was the question that spurred Peter Shaffer to write Equus. He knew nothing about the incident other than the basics of the crime related to him by a friend. But that was enough for him to spin a tale about a troubled boy and the psychiatrist who treats him as a...

Posted: 11 days ago

What would cause a 17-year-old stable boy suddenly to blind six horses? That was the question that spurred Peter Shaffer to write Equus. He knew nothing about the incident other than the basics of the crime related to him by a friend. But that was enough for him to spin a tale about a troubled boy and the psychiatrist who treats him as a...