Dr. Ruth Westheimer Leads Kravis Center’s Popular Lunch & Learn Series

Judith Mitchell, CEO for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, announced that sex therapist, media personality and author Dr. Ruth Westheimer will begin the popular Kravis Center’s 2017 ArtSmart Lunch & Learn series, to be co-chaired again this season by Lee Wolf and Steven Caras.

 

This special ArtSmart Lunch & Learn event, titled Sexual Healing: An Intimate Conversation With Dr. Ruth Westheimer, will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at the Kravis Center.

 

8eeeb0c4-1973-4281-b007-fe6fb60f287fWestheimer may have pioneered talking explicitly about sex on radio and television, but it’s a small part of an inspirational life that began with escaping the Holocaust at the age of 10. Only after joining the Israeli Freedom Fighters and before extensive studies at the Sorbonne, the New School of Social Research and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, did she begin to broach the subject of sexuality.

 

ArtSmart Lunch & Learn guests will join Westheimer and Steven Caras, former dancer with the New York City Ballet, in a colorful dialogue covering everything you may still need to know about sex, and equally if not more stimulating, details of a life journey that continues for this ageless international treasure.

 

The series of four continuing arts education events includes lively lectures presented during lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center. Tickets for Lunch & Learn lectures are $89 and are held in the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion.

 

The 2017 ArtSmart Lunch & Learn line-up* includes such varied topics as Judy Garland: You Made Me Love You, celebrating Garland’s legacy including her triumphs and tragedies on January 23, The Unassuming Brilliance Of Audrey Hepburn: A Presentation By Pamela Fiori, a presentation reigniting Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories on February 22 and A Conversation With Leonard Lauder, a behind-the-scenes discussion of the business of beauty with one of the industry’s most powerful visionaries on March 22.

 

Award-winning business leader, actress and lecturer, Lee Wolf also serves as a member of the Kravis Center Board of Directors. A 14-year dancer with the New York City Ballet, Steven Caras maintains an active schedule as a published author, featured lecturer, photographer, dance critic, guest ballet master and fundraiser. After 19 years of Lee Wolf chairing the series, Steven Caras joined her in 2012 to form this dynamic duo as co-chairs for the Lunch & Learn series for ArtSmart at the Kravis Center.

 

This season, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts celebrates a Quarter-Century on stage. As the Center celebrates its silver anniversary, the Center renews its commitment to the community to present the gold standard of excellence in the performing arts.

 

The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs, by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.

 

For 25 years, the nonprofit Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has helped students of all ages fuel their imaginations and expand their lives through comprehensive arts education programs. Last season, nearly 60,000 children from Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties attended numerous performances through the Kravis Center S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series. More than 3,000 adults attended ArtSmart continuing education classes and lectures – with topics ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Cuban folklore music.

 

The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. For general information about the Kravis Center or the ArtSmart Lunch & Learn series, please visit www.kravis.org or call the box office at 561-832-7469 (561-832-SHOW).

 

*Please see below for details on each 2017 Lunch & Learn lecture.

 

2017 Lunch & Learn line-up:

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017 AT 11:30 A.M.

Sexual Healing: An Intimate Conversation With Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Interviewed by Steven Caras

A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event

Dr. Ruth Westheimer may have pioneered talking explicitly about sex on radio and television, but it’s a small part of an inspirational life that began with escaping the Holocaust at the age of 10. Only after joining the Israeli Freedom Fighters and before extensive studies at the Sorbonne, the New School of Social Research and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College did she begin to broach the subject of sexuality.

 

Meet this highly accomplished celebrity in a colorful dialogue with Steven Caras, covering everything you may still need to know about sex, and equally if not more stimulating, details of a life journey that continues for this ageless international treasure. Sponsored by Susan Bloom.

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017 AT 11:30 A.M.

Judy Garland: You Made Me Love You

Moderated by Lee Wolf and Steven Caras

A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event

Even keeping the birth name Frances Ethel Gumm wouldn’t have thwarted her path. A star was born on June 10, 1922 – a star who would win the hearts of millions, yet sadly, never her own. With the likes of Ava Gardner and Liz Taylor as contemporaries, Judy Garland’s physical appearance created a dilemma for MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer, who referred to her as “my little hunchback.” This start was challenging enough before adding five husbands, drug and alcohol addiction, and serious money problems to the mix. Join Lee Wolf with Steven Caras in a celebration of Garland’s legacy, tracing the triumphs and tragedies of an American icon. Sponsored by Leona F. Chanin. Wait list only

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017 AT 11:30 A.M.

The Unassuming Brilliance of Audrey Hepburn: A Presentation By Pamela Fiori

Interviewed by Steven Caras

A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event

Pamela Fiori, former editor in chief of Town & Country and six-time published author, might very well be the world’s preeminent person for all things Audrey. Fiori’s honors are many, but it’s safe to assume that the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award from UNICEF could be one of her favorites. And rightly so. A good portion of Fiori’s career involved multiple features on Hepburn, praising a woman who, in Fiori’s words, “preferred marriage, motherhood and comforting children with AIDS to fame and fortune.” Join us for a compelling presentation, including an enlightening closing interview with Steven Caras, in which Fiori reignites Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories. Sponsored by Beverly Sommer. Sold out

 

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 AT 11:30 A.M.

A Conversation With Leonard Lauder

Interviewed by Lee Wolf

A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event

Leonard Lauder is chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and the senior member of its board of directors. Founded in 1946 by his parents, Estée and Joseph Lauder, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair-care products, with annual sales of nearly $11 billion. It has more than 30 well-recognized brands, and its products are sold in over 150 countries and territories. Lauder graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and is extremely involved in the worlds of education, art, politics and philanthropy. Join us for a behind-the-scenes discussion of the business of beauty with one of the industry’s most powerful leaders and visionaries. Sponsored by Leona F. Chanin. Wait list only