Larry Aydlette

Larry Aydlette is the Cultural Editor for The Palm Beach Post. He oversees all Features, Accent and TGIF stories, reporters.        

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What celebrity statue greets drivers on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth?
 Ruby Bell wasn’t expecting to meet Hulk Hogan when she applied for a job. “I interviewed with him,” said Bell, who runs the customer service desk at Gonz Auto Collision Center on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. “He was in the room.” Yes, there he was, standing in the corner: flexing, grimacing, in yellow...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Ruby Bell wasn’t expecting to meet Hulk Hogan when she applied for a job. “I interviewed with him,” said Bell, who runs the customer service desk at Gonz Auto Collision Center on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. “He was in the room.” Yes, there he was, standing in the corner: flexing, grimacing, in yellow...
Before the opioid crisis: When crack cocaine ravaged Palm Beach County
 On a weekday afternoon in 1986 on M Street, near West Palm’s Howard Park, a group of pushers was brazenly trying to close a deal. “You want some rock, man?” one said, leaning in the car window of two reporters from The Palm Beach Post and pulling a plastic bag from his pocket. “Buy my rock. I got the biggest rocks...

Posted: 5 days ago

On a weekday afternoon in 1986 on M Street, near West Palm’s Howard Park, a group of pushers was brazenly trying to close a deal. “You want some rock, man?” one said, leaning in the car window of two reporters from The Palm Beach Post and pulling a plastic bag from his pocket. “Buy my rock. I got the biggest rocks...
A photo show you must see at Boca Raton Museum of Art
 Barflies and movie stars, circus freaks and jazz musicians, street people and nightclub performers. In the 1930s and 1940s, photographer Lisette Model prowled the streets of New York and Paris, creating intimate, unforgettable pictures bathed in inky, noir-ish shadows. Seventy-one of her distinctive black-and-white images are on display...

Posted: 7 days ago

Barflies and movie stars, circus freaks and jazz musicians, street people and nightclub performers. In the 1930s and 1940s, photographer Lisette Model prowled the streets of New York and Paris, creating intimate, unforgettable pictures bathed in inky, noir-ish shadows. Seventy-one of her distinctive black-and-white images are on display...
Why President Obama’s portrait painter has art on display in Boca Raton
 Here’s what one reviewer had to say about artist Kehinde Wiley: “What I was always struck by whenever I saw his portraits was the degree to which they challenged our conventional views of power and privilege.” And this is no ordinary art critic: It’s former President Barack Obama. The New York-based Wiley, considered...

Posted: 7 days ago

Here’s what one reviewer had to say about artist Kehinde Wiley: “What I was always struck by whenever I saw his portraits was the degree to which they challenged our conventional views of power and privilege.” And this is no ordinary art critic: It’s former President Barack Obama. The New York-based Wiley, considered...
Is Burt Reynolds about to get his biggest role since ‘Boogie Nights’?
 It worked for John Travolta. And Pam Grier. And Robert Forster. Is Quentin Tarantino about to revive Burt Reynolds’ career in a big way, too? The film director with a deep love of ’70s movies and ’70s icons is apparently discussing with the Jupiter movie legend a role in his new movie, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood...

Posted: 12 days ago

It worked for John Travolta. And Pam Grier. And Robert Forster. Is Quentin Tarantino about to revive Burt Reynolds’ career in a big way, too? The film director with a deep love of ’70s movies and ’70s icons is apparently discussing with the Jupiter movie legend a role in his new movie, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood...
Which downtown West Palm building looks like ‘beautiful wedding cake’?
 Rick Gonzalez makes his living at the intersection of history and architecture, and even he starts running low on superlatives when trying to explain the visual appeal of The Wagg Building. It’s Spanish. Baroque. Italianate. Mediterranean Revival. “I think it looks like a beautiful wedding cake,” he says of the intricate...

Posted: 12 days ago

Rick Gonzalez makes his living at the intersection of history and architecture, and even he starts running low on superlatives when trying to explain the visual appeal of The Wagg Building. It’s Spanish. Baroque. Italianate. Mediterranean Revival. “I think it looks like a beautiful wedding cake,” he says of the intricate...
Which legendary band starts farewell tour in West Palm Beach?
 It’s your last chance to flic your Bic, and scream at the top of your lungs: “Freeeeeeeeeeeeee BIRD!” Like other aging rock eminences, Lynyrd Skynyrd is leaving the stage. The quintessential Florida band, that many still think of as an Alabama band, is kicking off its “Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour&rdquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

It’s your last chance to flic your Bic, and scream at the top of your lungs: “Freeeeeeeeeeeeee BIRD!” Like other aging rock eminences, Lynyrd Skynyrd is leaving the stage. The quintessential Florida band, that many still think of as an Alabama band, is kicking off its “Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour&rdquo...
Which celebrity got sent to principal’s office at West Palm school?
 Mr. Dynamite. Soul Brother No. 1. The Hardest Working Man In Show Business. The Godfather of…School? James Brown (Say it loud! Say it proud!) once made a surprise visit in September 1977 to West Palm Beach’s Twin Lakes High School, now the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Brown — who would have turned 85 on May 3 &mdash...

Posted: 21 days ago

Mr. Dynamite. Soul Brother No. 1. The Hardest Working Man In Show Business. The Godfather of…School? James Brown (Say it loud! Say it proud!) once made a surprise visit in September 1977 to West Palm Beach’s Twin Lakes High School, now the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Brown — who would have turned 85 on May 3 &mdash...
Why are so many celebrities connected to a Lake Worth radio station?
 They called it “the station with feminine flair at 500 beautiful watts.” WLIZ, a tiny AM radio station on a Lake Worth back road, was a radical concept when it opened 59 years ago. In that pre-liberation era, when booming male voices defined the airwaves, the disc jockeys were all women. Or as their ads put it: “All...

Posted: 25 days ago

They called it “the station with feminine flair at 500 beautiful watts.” WLIZ, a tiny AM radio station on a Lake Worth back road, was a radical concept when it opened 59 years ago. In that pre-liberation era, when booming male voices defined the airwaves, the disc jockeys were all women. Or as their ads put it: “All...
Record Store Day: Why are so many vinyl record stores opening in Palm Beach County?
 Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music...

11:11 AM Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018

Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music...