Palm Beach County is giving Art Basel a run for its money

CityPlace in West Palm Beach is adding to its cultural experiences.

Miami isn’t the only city boasting some impressive cultural to-dos during Art Basel and after. From world-class museums to touring Broadway musicals, Palm Beach County is flourishing as an arts and entertainment mecca. Check out these 10 artsy happenings going on this winter in the tony South Florida haven:

1. Lake Worth Becomes a Canvas

Immerse yourself in full-blown sensory overload when top muralists and street artists from around the world transform the popular roadways of Lake Worth into an outdoor museum. Watch and interact with artists as they create their work through December 2, then take in all the CANVAS installations at no cost.

Downtown Lake Worth, https://canvasmuseum.org.

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Canvas takes over Lake Worth this winter.

2. CityPlace Presents Culture Lab and WPB Collective

The heartbeat of West Palm Beach’s entertainment, shopping, and dining district, CityPlace in December unveils two new additions. Culture Lab, a former Macy’s storefront-turned-cultural center, will feature rotating exhibitions and art installations from artists Michael Craig-Martin and Stephen Vitiello. And WPB Collective brings together local artisans and makers in a pop-up shopping experience. 

700 South Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach; cityplace.com.

3. RaWk: The Art of Jason Newsted of Metallica

From bass guitarist to artist, former Metallica member Jason Newsted will be showing his work in a special exhibition that is part of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s 40th anniversary season. In addition to the exhibition, Newsted and The Chophouse Band will perform live twice during the run. Exhibit shows through February 3. 

https://www.palmbeachculture.com/eventsh/rawk-the-art-of-jason-newsted

4. Beyond Art Basel at Old School Square

This one-day event, December 11 at the Old School Square at Cornell Art Museum, puts local and international art in a street-fair setup. Get up close and personal with performance art, see Jeremy Penn’s Looking Glass, and mingle with the artists.

Cornell Art Museum, 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach; 561-243-7922; oldschoolsquare.org.

5. Boca Raton Museum of Art

The museum has four shows running through April 8: Alex Katz’s Small Paintings, including a discussion with the curator; Deep Line Drawings by Carlos Luna, which examines experiences of the artist’s time in Cuba, Mexico and Miami; Contemporary Photography Forum, featuring works by Paul Kneale, Daniel Gordon and Florian Aichen-Maier; and Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter. 

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-392-2500; bocamuseum.org.

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A Carlos Luna work, courtesy of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

6. Gordon Cheung at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

British artist Gordon Cheung’s New Order Vanitas, remarkable tulip prints inspired by 17th century Dutch and Flemish painters, is on display through February 4. He will be in town to discuss his art at an opening reception on December 9.  

Norton House at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach; 561-832-5328; ansg.org.

7. Holiday Lights at The Breakers

Extravagant holiday decor is synonymous with The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Guests are first treated to a lighting spectacular at the Main Drive, with more than 100 royal palms and Canary Island date trees decorated in lights. The main lobby has two 18-feet Christmas trees decorated with 4,000 ornaments and 25,000 lights. There’s even a gingerbread-style house with a faux fireplace on property.

One South County Road, West Palm Beach; 561-655-6611; thebreakers.com.

8. Disney’s Newsies at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Broadway comes to Palm Beach County this holiday season with a special showing of Disney’s Newsies. The Tony Award-nominated story comes to life on the Maltz Theatre stage through December 17. Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein.

1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 561-575-2223; jupitertheatre.org

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Newsies is playing at the Jupiter Theatre.

9. Downtown Boca Comes Alive

Downtown Boca Raton makes the most of the holidays, starting with live music, food trucks and more at Lunch on the Lawn at Mizner Park Amphitheater, December 1, 8 and 15. Catch the Holiday Street Parade along Federal Highway on December 6, and the Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal on December 16.

https://www.myboca.us.

10. Albert on the Avenue

Boynton Beach’s Downtown Art District presents a special exhibit of six sculptures by international sculptor Albert Paley. The outdoor exhibit is experienced as a walking, self-guided, 30-minute tour along East Ocean Avenue. A commentary of each of the sculptures, narrated by Paley himself, can be accessed with a smartphone while on tour. The exhibit is free and runs through September 2018.

Art in Public Places Boynton Beach, 100 East Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach.

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