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Back to the stage

As area students head back to school, some of our theatres continue to entertain us while others are gearing up for their new seasons. Here are some of the shows that can be seen on our local stages this month ... Mary Poppins continues at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers through Aug. 12. In Cape Coral, Cultural Park Theater presents Men Are Dogs Aug. 18 - 20. The Smell of the Kill opens Aug. 4 at Laboratory Theater of Florida and runs through Aug. 26. Theatre Conspiracy performs Women in Jeopardy Aug. 11 - 26 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. The youngsters at the Sugden Theatre (Naples Players KidzAct) will stage two shows in August: Sister Act Aug. 4 6 and James and The Giant Peach Jr. Aug. 11 - 13. If you wish to actually get on the stage, you can audition. The Naples Players will be holding auditions Aug. 12 for two of their upcoming fall productions: Maple & Vine and She Kills Monsters. The Charlotte Players will hold auditions Aug. 27 and 28 for The Second Time Around which will be staged later this year at the Langdon Playhouse. Next month, TheatreZone will hold season auditions Sept. 9 and 10 in Naples. Also, Firehouse Community Theatre in LaBelle will hold auditions for its new season on Sept. 9. Looking ahead, we have published some more season schedules for 2017-18 in this month’s magazine. You can see schedules for Theatre Conspiracy, Cultural Park Theater, the Charlotte Players and the Broadway series at Artis–Naples.

Preview party for Island Hopper

The fourth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest may be more than a month away, but the good folks at Cat Country 107.1 want to give you a little preview this month. That’s right, on Aug. 3, there will be a preview party at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford in downtown Fort Myers that will feature Nashville songwriters Danny Myrick and Tim James. The preview party is free to attend. To get your free ticket, visit online at www.catcountry1071.com. This event will give attendees an idea of what to expect when the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest takes place Sept. 22 - Oct. 1. The festival features more than 100 live performances by 70 songwriters at 21 unique venues in Southwest Florida. Happenings Magazine is fortunate to be among the festival sponsors for the third straight year.

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We have teamed up with StarVista Live to promote five themed music cruises that sail out of Florida ports in 2018. The past few months, we have been telling you about the different musical acts that will perform on these upcoming cruises. As you know, cruise ships are only so big. So with that said, we have to report that two of the themed cruises have already sold out. The Southern Rock Cruise and the Flower Power Cruise are both sold out. Additionally, the remaining cruises are filling up fast. There’s still time to book your cabin aboard the Soul Train Cruise Jan. 27 - Feb. 3, the Country Music Cruise Feb. 3 - 10 and the 70s Rock and Romance Cruise March 3 - 8. Remember to use the promo code “Happenings” to save hundreds on your cabin prices. Rock on,

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What’s Inside

Theatre

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Men Are Dogs, Smell of the Kill

Music

pages 14 - 21

Symphonic Chorale, Blues challenge

In Concert

pages 22 - 23

Jerrod Niemann, Newsboys, Canaan Smith

Art

pages 26 - 31

DAAS Gallery, Naples Art Association

Dining

pages 32 - 33

Deep Lagoon and 12 other restaurants

River District

pages 34 - 37

Art Walk, Fire & Ice, Charity benefits

Comedy Clubs

page 38

Area comedy club schedules for August

Calendar

pages 40 - 43

August cultural events in SW Florida

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The Smell of the Kill opens Aug. 4 at Laboratory Theater The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents The Smell of the Kill, opening on Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands and chill. That's the recipe of Michele Lowe's tantalizing new comedy that had Broadway audiences cheering. The Smell of the Kill revolves around Nicky, Debra and Molly who have tolerated one another during once-amonth dinners for years. While their spouses play golf in the dining room, the women exchange confidences for the first time, revealing that all three marriages are on the brink of disaster and all three women are facing the challenges of their lives. Nicky's husband has been indicted for embezzlement, Molly's husband is stalking her and Debra's hus-

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band is leaving her for another woman. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker, the women are faced with a life-or-death decision: should they leave the men out in the cold permanently or let them thaw? One by one, the women make their choices with more than a little help from one another. Director Carmen Crussard says, “Every marriage has its ups and downs and moments in which you think ‘I could kill you right now.’ But most people don't actually mean it...right? The Smell of the Kill is about three wives with seemingly perfect lives who are suddenly faced with the opportunity to lose their excess baggage (aka: their husbands). The choice forces them to reveal their darkest secrets to each other and the ensuing chaos is hilarious and horrifying. Audience members will feel a strange connection to these characters (even if they won't admit it) and leave the theater thinking ‘Am I capable of murder?’” Lucy Sundby, a Lehigh Acres resident who plays Nicky, adds, “This show is hysterical and I get to work with some of the funniest actresses around. If you don’t see it, you’re missing out!” The Smell of the Kill, which runs Aug. 4 through Aug. 20 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida, features Tera Nicole Miller as Debra, Lucy Sundby as Nicky, Jessica Walck as Molly and is directed by Carmen Crussard. Performance dates are as Aug. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets for this show are available to purchase on www.Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 239-2180481. For additional savings, guests may ask about purchasing a 2017-2018 Season Pass! For tickets and more information for all upcoming shows and events, call the theater or visit www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com. The Laboratory Theater of Florida is located in the River District at 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers.

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Theatre Conspiracy to open new season with

Women in Jeopardy

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts presents the first production of its 2017-18 season: Women in Jeopardy by Wendy MacLeod and directed by Bill Taylor. Modern, fun and flirtatious, Women in Jeopardy tells the story of three divorced women trying to cope with being single mothers, the dating scene and the dangers of camping in the red rocks of southern Utah with a serial killer dentist. Women In Jeopardy opens Aug. 11 and runs through Aug. 26. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 20. Liz Abbott, Stephanie Davis and Karen Goldberg star in this riotous comedy about trading in wine glasses for spy glasses when the mid-life crisis just isn’t your speed. Attempting to get to the bottom of a murder mystery, these ladies’ imaginations run wild as they try to discover the truth and save their friend in this hilarious adventure. The show also features Miguel Cintron as the dentist, Holly Hagan and Chance Cintron. Other shows in Theatre Conspiracy’s 2017-18 season:

Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins

Oct. 6 – 14 An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar: Barbra Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Florida Rep’s education director Kody C. Jones stars in this one-man show.

Seven Guitars by August Wilson

Nov. 3 – 18 After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hit record. Set in 1948 in the backyard of a Pittsburgh apartment house, Seven Guitars follows Floyd’s circle of friends and neighbors—the play’s seven voices—as they spin a rich tale of the deck that’s stacked against them, what they’ve lost and all they dream. This lyrical play is part of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, which charts the African-American experience through each decade of the 20th century.

A One-Man Christmas Carol adapted by James Rana and Timur Kocak

Dec. 15 & 16 at 8 p.m. Back by popular demand! With only the aid of a steamer trunk full of props, Timur Kocak plays all 24 roles in this dynamic one-man version of Charles Dickens’ 1843 holiday classic.

Your Love, Our Musical by Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman

Jan. 11 – 14 Fresh off their successful run in New York City, comedic musical improvisers interview a couple in the audience about their relationship and spin an impromptu musical about the couple’s love story. If you like comedy, musicals, or just being in love, this show was designed for you.

New Play Contest Fundraiser

Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception in the gallery with food, wine and drinks. At 8 p.m. there will be reading from the top three entries of the Annual New Play Contest. After the last play is read, the audience will vote for their favorite and determine the winner. That show will then be produced in full in August of 2018. Tickets to the New Play Contest are $50.

Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams

Feb. 8 – 18 Amidst the fallout from her 5th grade son's suspension from school, a mother demands answers. What begins as a highly charged parent/teacher conference with Gidion's reticent teacher soon develops into a revelatory confrontation. A thoughtprovoking exploration that keeps us guessing about where to lay blame when children go astray. A suspenseful drama that is as elegant as it is chilling.

A Dollʼs House by Henrik Ibsen

March 1 – 11 A stark and unforgiving look behind the façade of an ideal marriage: Nora and Torvald Helmer are living their dream life, happily married with children and security. When Nora risks her reputation to save her husband’s life, the consequences test the limits of their love.

Grounded by George Brant

March 22 – 25 A hotshot fighter pilot sidelined by pregnancy is forced to operate military drones from a windowless trailer in the Las Vegas desert. This one-woman show targets our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

May 3 – 13 A fateful life insurance policy becomes a catalyst that will forever transform the lives of a family living on the South Side of Chicago, as they consider buying a house on the white side of town. Their shared dream of a better life collides with conflicting aspirations, betrayal and racism in this timeless production. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 239-939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/Theatre.

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Comedy & concerts end summer season at Cultural Park Theater

By MIchael Moran Men are Dogs, a realistic romantic comedy by playwright Joe Simonelli, opens Aug 18 and runs through Aug. 20 at Cultural Park Theatre. Director Christi Wengerter brings the somewhat adult-themed play to life, with the actors starring in roles that require the wisdom of married life. The play centers on a psychiatrist, Cecilia Monahan, a woman with many self-help books but who, in reality, doesn’t have the slightest clue about relationships. She is her own worst enemy in relationships: afraid of commitment because of her father’s abandonment. Luckily, she finds solace in her own singles group and with the help of her nosy, boisterous mother. But it's her ensemble of neurotic patients who provide the hilarity in this delightful comedy - action that usually consists of unbridled rage directed frequently and forcefully toward the hapless actor who stands in for insensitive males during the role-playing sessions. Our summer season concludes with a concert as Liverpool Live the #1 working Beatles tribute in Florida takes the stage Sept. 1 -3. The group is fun, fun, fun! This band is a group of true entertainers that completely involve the audience. Members of this group include past cast members of Disney Orlando. This group has played it all from corporate shows to sold out theaters. This is a note for note copy of the Beatles music. The band has authentic equipment, costumes and amplifiers that were used by the Fab Four. If you want to have a great time and be entertained, don't miss these guys. We have announced our fall season of shows at CPT and ticket packages are available now. We are proud to open this season with Tarzan the musical, as Tarzan swings into Cultural Park when we open this dazzling performance on Sept. 8. The production is based on the original Edgar Rice Burroughs stories and the Disney animated film that was released in theaters in 1999. Tarzan, The Stage Musical, is the story of an orphaned boy

raised by a tribe of gorillas and includes the music of Phil Collins. “Adults and children can both find a lot of joy in the production,” said director Tyler Young, “It's a beautiful story about love and heart and heartbreak and discovery.” As for the rest of the season check our website or call our Box Office for dates and listings of all the shows this season. We are producing the musicals Pajama Game and Sister Act along with the brilliant Agatha Christie drama The Mousetrap. Look forward to a blockbuster of comedy the production of The Odd Couple, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Cemetery Club and Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Then we add in our Spectacular Christmas show and Brooklyn Boys Revue and our 55th Season promises to be our best yet. Reminder: Friday and Saturday performances re at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Call our box office at 239-772-5862 for tickets. Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. Cape Coral. Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.

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Americana Acoustic Shows

2017-18 season Tarzan Sept. 8 - 17

Brooklyn Boys Revue Oct. 13 - 22 The Mousetrap Nov. 10 - 19 Spectacular Christmas Dec. 13 - 17

The Pajama Game Jan. 12 - 21 The 39 Steps Feb. 9 - 18 Sister Act March 9 - 18

Arsenic & Old Lace April 6 - 15 The Odd Couple April 27 - May 6

Men Are Dogs will play Aug. 18 - 20.

The Cemetery Club May 11 - 20

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Oak Hammock Middle School Benefit

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August 26 - Andy Getch opens

Ellen Bukstel

September 2 - Bill Veach opens

Singer Songwriters Guitar Circle Every Sunday 2 - 5 pm Free and Open to All

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Local theatre groups to hold season auditions

Naples Players auditions Aug. 12 for Maple & Vine, She Kills Monsters

On Saturday, Aug. 12, from noon to 4 p.m., The Naples Players will hold open auditions for the play Maple & Vine. Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors - and they themselves - are willing to sacrifice for happiness. The play is written by Jordan Harrison. Rehearsals begin Sept. 18, and performances will be Wednesdays - Sundays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 19. Needed: Three men (20s – 30s) and two women (20s – 30s) The Naples Players will also hold open auditions Aug. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. for the comedy She Kills Monsters. This daring and fun comedy transports you into the world of the Dungeons & Dragons playbook left behind by Tilly Evans when she dies suddenly at the age of 15. A highoctane dramatic comedy packed with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, action, wit, and some of the nerdiest and most heroic characters to be found outside of a video game. Tilly’s sister Agnes loses herself in her sister’s game to reclaim their connection. Acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Rehearsals start Aug. 28, and performances are Wednesdays - Sundays, Oct. 11 – Nov. 5. Needed: Three men (Teens – 30s) and six women (Teens – 30s). Sign up online at www.naplesplayers.org/auditions or call (239) 434-7340 Ext. 100. Actors are asked to arrive at noon if possible. Walk-ins are welcome. Audition sides will be posted to the website about a month before auditions.

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The Second Time Around auditions Aug. 27 & 28 for thr Charlotte Players The Charlotte Players will hold auditions Aug. 27

and 28 for The Second Time Around which will be performed Oct. 20 - 29 at the Langdon Playhouse. Other 2017-18 season auditions are as follows: Sept. 10 & 11: Over the River to be performed Nov. 10-19 at Langdon Playhouse Oct. 8 & 9: Chick Soup to be performed Feb. 1-11 at Langdon Playhouse Oct. 15 & 16: Spamalot to be performed Feb. 9-18 at Cultural Center Theater Oct. 22 & 23: Breaking Legs to be performed Jan. 5-14 at Langdon Playhouse Nov. 12 & 13: Noises Off to be performed Jan. 1927 at Cultural Center Theater Jan. 7 & 8: Alone Together to be performed March 1-11 at Langdon Playhouse Jan. 21 & 22: The Game’s Afoot to be performed March 22-25 at Cultural Center Theater Feb. 18 & 19: Wally’s Cafe to be performed April 6-15 at Langdon Playhouse All auditions are held on Sunday and Monday evenings at 7 at the Charlotte Players, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. Additional information and perusal scripts are available. For more info, call 941255-1022 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.charlotteplayers.org..

TheatreZone season auditions Sept. 9 & 10 TheatreZone will hold auditions for its 2017-

18 shows from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 10 at the G&L Theatre on the Community School of Naples campus, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples. Equity and non-Equity performers are invited to audition for the AEA SPT Tier VI theatre’s productions. The shows are: Home for the Holidays, Me & My Girl, Secret Garden, Copacabana, and Baby. Show dates, roles and descriptions are available on www.theatrezone-florida.com. Performers must prepare 32 bars of a song, bring sheet music, and be prepared to dance. Appointments are required by contacting auditions@theatrezone-florida.com. Equity members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day as time permits.

Auditions Sept. 9 in LaBelle

Firehouse Community Theatre will hold auditions for its new season on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. The theatre is located at 241 N. Bridge St. in LaBelle. For more info, visit online at www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com or call 863-6753066.

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Mary Poppins at Broadway Palm through August 12

This summer is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for a little while longer as Mary Poppins is on the Broadway Palm stage now through Aug. 12. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Everyone's favorite nanny takes the stage in this musical adventure. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. The show stars Melissa Whitworth as Mary Poppins and Chris Duir as Bert. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of an irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. You'll hear beloved songs such as “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Performances of Mary Poppins are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. There is a summer special for children 18 and under, tickets are just $20 for the buffet and the show. Adult ticket prices range from $40 to $65 with discounts for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

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Florida Rep adds final show to 2017-18 season

Florida Repertory Theatre announced the final addition to its 20th anniversary season with the world premiere production of Mark St. Germain's, George Washington's Teeth. The farce for five women will play in Florida Rep's ArtStage Studio Theatre April 3 to May 6, 2018, and was chosen from six plays read as part of the company's PlayLab Festival held earlier this year. George Washington's Teeth is a hilarious comedy that follows the exploits of the women of the beleaguered New Bunion Historical Society as they battle the male city council to keep the doors open. With time running out to renew their lease, the ladies must find creative ways to snare new members and lure visitors to their sleepy, New England town. When a set of George Washington's dentures turns up in the hands of an unexpected rival, the ladies of the Society brace themselves for all-out war. Heartfelt and historic, this new farce proves that our differences don't divide us, they make us strong. Florida Rep audiences will recognize St. Germain from previous hits, Camping with Henry and Tom, which opened the then newly-renovated ArtStage Studio Theatre in 2012, and Best of Enemies last fall. St. Germain will join Florida Rep later this year for a developmental workshop before the play begins its rehearsals in March 2018. George Washington's Teeth tickets are $55 and $45 for regular performances, $35 and $25 for previews. Subscriptions are on sale now and offer the best seats at the biggest savings. Single tickets are on sale now through the box office at 239-332-4488 and online at www.floridarep.org. Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River District.

Artis–Naples announces lineup for 2017-18 Broadway series

Artis–Naples has announced its Broadway series for 2017-18. The Book of Mormon will be performed Dec. 19 – 24. The Book of Mormon is a nine-time Tony-winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. An American in Paris will be presented Jan. 16 – 21. Making its Southwest Florida debut, An American in Paris is the new Tony-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into the perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I will be performed Feb. 7 – 11. The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Jersey Boys will be on the Naples stage April 3 – 8. The Tony-, Grammy- and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Four Seasons — Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi — returns to Naples by popular demand. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. For tickets and info, visit www.artisnaples.org or call 239-597-1900.

Two shows on stage at Sugden in August

The Naples Players KidzAct present the musical comedy Sister Act – Teen Version Aug. 4 – 6 in Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theater, 701 5th Ave. S, Naples. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice!! Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier is the sole witnesses to a murder. While in witness protection in a convent, Deloris uses her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, breathing new life into the church but blowing her cover. The Naples Players KidzAct presents James & The Giant Peach Aug. 11 – 13 in the Tobye Studio at Sugden Theatre. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand-new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. Tickets are adults $20 and students $10. For tickets, visit www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 263-7990.

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Symphonic Chorale: Be a part of Summer Sing 2017 and experience Elijah on Aug. 29

The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida presents the oratorio Elijah, at its Summer Sing to be held for the first time in the downtown Fort Myers River District on Aug. 29 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Most importantly this summer evening of song, features you, all singers from the community who want to participate in a magnificent evening of song. The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is the venue for Summer Sing and offers an opportunity for singers and audience to enjoy a special night out downtown. Come early, stay late and mainly come sing with the Symphonic Chorale. Summer Sing is a community outreach event hosted by the Symphonic Chorale, and it is a wonderful way to enjoy singing through a work you may know well, or are sight reading with other singers for the first time. Artistic Director Dr. Trent Brown will lead all singers in a rehearsal of excerpts from the oratorio, and then Elijah will be presented to the audience , complete with chorus, soloists, and The Chorale’s talented accompanist, Abbey Allison on the piano. Singing the role of Elijah is popular Miami-based baritone Graham Fandrei. The main character in the oratorio is Elijah, a prophet of God and one of the most colorful figures in the Bible. He is both a miracle worker and a heroic figure. Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer who lived during the Romantic period, was transfixed by the strength of Elijah and wrote his oratorio based on some of Elijah’s miracles, includ-

ing a tremendous storm to end a devastating drought. Elijah’s story is one of faith in God, and Mendelssohn’s stirring music brings Elijah to life. "We are very excited to be doing Summer Sing at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center for the first time and that Graham Fandrei will be performing the role of Elijah,” said chorale conductor Trent Brown. “We had over 90 singers join us for Summer Sing last year and this year we want to add to that number and now there’s enough space for an audience, as well!” Summer Sing is quickly becoming an end-ofsummer event that is highly anticipated by area singers. It is absolutely free to participate, and no audition is necessary. All singers are welcome. Scores will be provided or bring your own. Register for free online at the chorale’s

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Amernet String Quartet to play at Shell Point Aug. 29

Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers presents the Amernet String Quartet in concert on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room. The Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and serves as ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami. The quartet is comprised of cellist Jason Calloway, along with violinists Misha Vitenson, Franz Felkl, and Michael

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website at www.symphonicchorale.org so adequate seating will be provided. The chorale received an arts & culture grant from the City of Fort Myers to help support this event in the River District. The Symphonic Chorale is the area’s only professional core community chorus and is the resident chorus of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. The chorale will begin rehearsals for its exciting 2017 – 2018 season on Tuesday, Sept. 12. If you enjoy Summer Sing, consider auditioning for the chorale and add your voice to our exciting season. For more information on Summer Sing, the chorale or auditioning, visit the website or call 239-560-5695.

Klotz. Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the group’s sound has been described as complex with an old world flavor and superb technical ability. Don’t miss this Shell Point performance, held in a chamber-style setting that lets audience members mix and mingle with performers following the concert. Purchase $20 tickets at www.shellpoint.org/summerconcerts, or by calling the box office at 454-2067.

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Entry deadline Aug. 12

Singer songwriter competition Aug. 25 at Davis Art Center

See Southwest Florida’s finest folk musicians at the Summer Singer Songwriter Competition. Singer songwriters enter to win a performance spot at Island Hopper Songwriter Fest and recording time at the brand new Six Fingers Studios at SBDAC. The Summer Singer Songwriter Competition intends to showcase Southwest Florida’s best and brightest folk performers. Competitors enter an original song and are hand-selected to perform on Friday, Aug. 25 during the live competition. The grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges, including singer songwriter Wendy Webb, to win a performance spot at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest and 12 hours of recording time at Six Fingers Studios. The People’s Choice winner will be selected by the audience to win 8 hours of recording time from Six Fingers Studios. Entry deadline for the competition is Aug. 12. For more info, visit online at www.sbdac.com/event/singer-songwritercompetition/.

The doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the Summer Singer Songwriter Competition on Aug. 25, and performances will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Each year, the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest features local and national artists performing in various intimate venues like Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar, Twisted Vine Bistro, and South Seas Island Resort. Island Hopper is produced by the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, BMI, Cat Country 107.1, iHeart Media, and many more. Completed in 2016, Six Fingers Studios is a brand new audio recording facility located inside the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The space features three dead rooms made by Studiobricks that are great for voice overs, live multi tracking, and much more. Six Fingers Studios will be open for public rental beginning in the 2017 - 2018 season. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.

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SW Florida Blues Society hosts regional IBC Aug. 27

The Southwest Florida Blues Society will conduct the 2017 Southwest Florida Regional International Blue Challenge on Sunday, Aug. 27. This year’s regional IBC event will be held at The Rhythm House, 16440

S Tamiami Trail #11, Fort Myers. The doors open at noon and the music starts at 1 p.m. Three categories and four awards are up for grabs, one of those being the ever popular people’s choice award. Area musicians will compete for a chance to advance to the IBC in Memphis. The three categories of acts that advance to Memphis include band, solo/duo and a youth group. To register your act, visit online at www.swfbs.org. The Aug. 27 event will feature great music, food, 50/50 drawings, CD giveaways, blues festival passes and more. General admission is $10 or $5 for Blues Society members (you can join at the door). Happenings Magazine is a sponsor The Marty Stokes Band was the band winner of the regional IBC and the overall peopleʼs choice award recipievent. ent at the 2016 regional blues challenge. Photo by Mike Danley

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Annual Tiki Fest set for Aug. 12 at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda

The Merchants Association of Fishermen’s Village will present the second annual Tiki Fest on Saturday, Aug. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Promising to be a full afternoon of family friendly tiki fun, event admission and parking are free. Some highlights of the event include: Live trop rock music featuring Sunny Jim White

Sounds of Summer features Morgan Marie, Danny Sinoff Aug. 11 at Davis Art Center Morgan Marie and Alec Prorock

This August, Danny Sinoff and Morgan Marie bring their sultry songs to downtown Fort Myers for the Sounds of Summer concert series. Relax with a cool drink and two timeless performances from some of Southwest Florida’s best jazz musicians on Friday, Aug. 11. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and thee music starts at 8 p.m. Morgan Marie is on first, then Danny Sinoff plays at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Danny Sinoff embraces the Great American Songbook, touching thousands of people's lives with his jazz music. When Danny sits down at his piano and sings these graceful melodies, it takes you back to a time where a great show, beautiful music, and being surrounded by your friends and family made a night out complete. Morgan Marie is a vocalist from Southwest Florida best known for her throwback sound. A jazz singer at heart, Morgan Marie has been involved in a variety of projects, from country and pop to jazz and blues. Her musical companion, Alec Prorock, is a musician and multiinstrumentalist residing in Fort Myers, where he attends the Bower School of

Sunny Jim White

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Live music by Tiki Tom and L.A. The Waikiki Hula Dancers show Jeff the “tiki” juggler Face painting & more by Maryrose Tiki games, limbo, family activities Tiki carvings, tiki art, photo ops Tiki décor, tropical clothing shopping Drink/food specials Hawaiian leis giveaways For more information about Tiki Fest, contact Fred Kaske at 941-505-2067 or Kathy Burnam at 941-575-3007. Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. Visit online at www.fishville.com.

Danny Sinoff Music & The Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University. He released his debut solo album “Cloud Chameleon” in 2016. Alec is a student of the master musicians Matthew Sonneborn, Dan Miller and Danny Jordan. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. Visit www.sbdac.com for info and tickets.

Sundown Stroll Aug. 17 at Tarpon Point Marina Village

Tarpon Point Marina Village in Cape Coral hosts a Sundown Stroll on the third Thursday of every month from 4 p.m. to sunset and features live music by a local band. The next Sundown Stroll will be held Thursday, Aug. 17.

Tiki Tom and L.A.

Net proceeds from the Sundown Stroll benefit local charities. The Sundown Stroll provides fun-filled events for the whole family. Tarpon Point Marina is located at 5991 Silver King Blvd. For more event details, visit online at www.tarponpoint.com

Rosada Project to play Aug. 26 benefit at the Heights Center

A Midsummer Night’s Rockin’ fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Heights Center. The Rosada Project, an eight-piece local rock band, will perform hit songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The event will benefit the Heights “School Success” program. There will be a $10 cover with food and beverage available at the event. The Heights School Success program provides after school care, aca-

demic tutoring,scholarships and support for those graduating and attending college. They also provide School Supplies so all kids can have the dignity of having the school supplies that other kids have on the first day of school. Bring your friends, raise some funds and get ready to rock with one of the area’s newest and hottest local bands. The Heights Center is located at 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers. For more details, call 239 482-7706 or visit www.heightsfoundation.org

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Nate Currin, Sally Barris, Ellen Bukstel AMERICANA COMMUNITY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

The Americana Community Music Association welcomes Nate Currin to the Fort Myers listening room stage on Aug. 5. With over 400,000 miles and 600 shows logged the last 10 years, Nate Currin is a troubadour in every sense of the word. Originally from Georgia, Nate has enough of the south in his voice and writing that it shines through, but not without the influence of various experiences and places that only come from living the life of a rambling man. Having traveled to over 20 countries, performed with notable acts like Blues Traveler, Butch Walker, Jars of Clay and Neon Trees, and been featured on MTV he retains his enigmatic drive to fly under the radar from time to time. Currin is chasing after the genuine human connection, one fan and one song at a time. After Nate Currin being nominated for an Independent Music Award and 4 International Music Awards for his third studio album You and I are Ghosts in 2014, which made it as high as #16 on the iTunes charts, Nate took home three of those music awards, including Songwriter of the Year. Most recently Nate was nominated for a Georgia Music Award for Americana Artist of the Year while finishing up his newest album The Madman and The Poet, which came out in April of this year. Since then,Nate has been on the road already performing over 60 shows in 37 states in support of the new album. Ken Hulme will open for Nate Currin. Ken Hulme has been building and playing traditional mountain dulcimers for some forty years, and one of these days he'll get it right. He had to built his first dulcimer so he could learn to play it. Over the years, Ken has built some 300 dulcimers both here and overseas, and is responsible for introducing the instrument to the people of the Marshall Islands as an easier-tolearn-to-play alternative to the ukulele. Ken is a founding member of EverythingDulcimer.com, the oldest Internet dulcimer forum, a frequent contributor to the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer forum, and has been involved in dulcimer clubs in several states. He is recognized as a major proponent of the traditional Noter & Drone style of playing. Ken can be heard at Open Mics around town, offering his brand of Americana roots music to the guitar-dominated local music scene. Like his instrument and his music, Ken's performance

style is unique. He uses the old Appalachian soprano. play-sing-play technique rather than the Dirty Linen says, “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are more modern sing-as-you play presentation as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support The Guitars for Kids , Oak Hammock them with melodies that share that quality.” Sally also perMiddle School benefit show, is scheduled forms with dobro player and guitarist Chas Williams and for Aug. 19. The ACMA is once again mandolin player Jason Bailey as Sally Barris & The excited to host a benefit show to raise funds Birmingham Boys. to supply guitars for students. Singer songThe Minnesota native has performed Mountain Stage, writer Bill Metts, who started this program, New Bedford Summer Fest, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival will be your host. Bill and friends will be putand The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with ting on an open mic night, that will include her new CD The Road in Me. many local talent musicians. They will be ACMA musician, artist and songwriter Andy Getch will performing a variety of acoustic Americana open the show. music. Hear the songs and stories behind The ACMA welcomes Ellen Bukstel on Sept. 2. From the songs. This is always a fun evening menopause to marijuana … peace to politics … poignant to and a great way to hear some of the best provocative … Ellen Bukstel writes and sings about it all. local talent and support a wonderful proThis type of happy-sad, life embracing, fear-overcoming gram. emotional schizophrenia truly captures the spirit of modern “ With your help I was able to offer lesindependent music making—whatever the artist feels in that sons after school again at Oak Hammock moment, she shares…and whatever else Ellen is, she’s not Middle. We gave away 11 ukuleles and 5 shy about it making her audience “sit up and think…laugh til guitars along with straps, tuners, picks and they cry…and sometimes all at the same time!” strings. All of the students that applied A veteran to the stage since childhood, she has been themselves and needed instruments at honored with close to 50 Songwriting and Music Video home to practice got one. Proceeds from the awards and acknowledgments since 2002 by such notable door go into the school guitar program fund. competitions such as John Lennon, Paul Stookey’s Music To Give what you can or bring an instrument,” life, New Zealand Int’l Peace Song, Breaking the Silence in says Metts. If you can't make it and still want to give, you Song, Kerrville NewFolk, just to name a few. And, her songs can mail a check directly to the school (Oak Hammock are making a huge difference in people’s lives. Middle School 5321 Tice St, Fort Renowned as an activist who puts Myers, FL 33905) or to the her passions to song, Ellen has been ACMA. Make sure you indicate commissioned to write songs and proon the check what it is for. “The duced numerous multiple award wingift we give to these children can ning fundraising music videos which literally last a lifetime and bring have collectively helped to raise joy to countless others,” adds almost one hundred million dollars Metts. since 2006 and are being used as The ACMA presents Sally tools to raise awareness of important Barris in concert on Aug. 26. social issues such as Housing the Sally Barris is an A-list Homeless, Assistance Victims of Nashville songwriter who has Domestic Violence, Human Rights had songs covered by such topand care for Children with wide speclevel artists as Kathy Mattea, trum Autism and Elderly with Cerebral Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Deterioration. Womack. Her song “Let The ACMA member Bill Veach will Wind Chase You,” recorded by open the Sept. 2 show. Trisha Yearwood and Keith The ACMA is a non-sectarian, not Urban, received a Grammy nomfor profit organization. Most concerts ination for vocal collaboration in are held at All Faiths Congregation 2009. While her writing credits located at 2756 McGregor Blvd. in mightily impress, fans and peers Fort Myers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., are most captivated by her bright and all shows start at 7 p.m. For more Sally Barris spirit and expressive mountain info, visit www.americanacma.org.

Gloria West & the Gents at SummerJazz on the Gulf Aug. 19 A popular Southwest Florida tradition continues in August as The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club hosts its annual SummerJazz on the Gulf concert series. The fun, free concert series combines a diverse array of jazz entertainment with truly beautiful views of the Gulf, stunning sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert is held on the AAA Four-Diamond resort’s picturesque Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf. SummerJazz on the Gulf takes place one Saturday evening per month June-September, and each concert will be from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. This year’s remaining concerts will be on Saturday, Aug. 19; and Saturday, Sept. 16. Gloria West and the Gents will perform at SummerJazz for the first time, on Aug. 19. Specializing in old school stride-swing jazz with a twist, the band is led by Gloria West, who has a truly beautiful voice that has been compared to Billie Holiday and Norah Jones, as well as a unique style and a magnetic stage presence. She will be accompanied by “The Gents,” a very talented and fun four-piece horn band that really gets the crowd

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dancing. Gloria West and the Gents have opened for such acclaimed performers as Gladys Knight, Sheryl Crow, and The O’Jays. This season’s final SummerJazz concert on Sept. 16 will feature the very popular and versatile 10-piece band Late Night Brass. Returning to SummerJazz for the ninth consecutive year, this high-energy band features a powerful four-piece horn section (saxophone, two trumpets, and trombone), a driving four-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums), a dynamic male vocalist, and a very talented female vocalist. Hotel guests will receive complimentary parking at the resort. For those not staying at the resort there will be parking just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park, with free parking provided to those with a Naples beach sticker, and free trolley service to the resort and back. Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, however no outside food and beverage is allowed. Call (239) 261-2222 for additional information and directions.

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LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC IN

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Backstreets

The Nauti Mermaid

The Barrel Room

Nervous Nellie’s

915 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral • 239-945-7555 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-333-2225

Bert’s Bar & Grill

4271 Pine Island Rd Matlacha • 239-282-3232

Blue Monkey Bar & Grille 7550 Mission Hills Drive suite 326, Naples 239-597-2583

Buckingham Blues Bar 5641 Buckingham Road Fort Myers • 239-693-7111

The Buddha Bar

12701 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-482-8565

Cape Cabaret

4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral • 239-549-3000

The Cigar Bar

Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers • 239-267-6020

The Colosseum

2059 Tamiami Trail East Naples • 239-774-6060

The Cottage

1270 Estero Blvd., Ft Myers Beach • 239-765-5440

Dixie Roadhouse

1023 SE 47th Terrace Cape Coral • 239-541-7900

Fathoms

5785 Cape Harbour Drive Cape Coral • 239-542-0123

Fishermen’s Village

1200 W. Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda • 941-639-8721

Hotel Indigo

1520 Broadway, Fort Myers 239-337-3446

Hurricane Charley’s

300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda • 941-639-9695

Jacaranda

1233 Periwinkle, Sanibel 239-472-1771

The Keys Bar & Grille

9905 Gulf Coast Main St., Fort Myers • 239-433-3323

Lakehouse Bar & Grill

3401 Bay Commons Drive, Bonita Springs • 239-948-4400

Lansdowne Street

24851 S. Tamiami Trail #7 Bonita Springs • 239-495-3800

Mike’s

17200 S. Tamiaimi Trail Fort Myers • 239-454-8454

5961 Silver King Blvd. Cape Coral • 239-541-5600 1131 First St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-8077

Old Naples Pub

255 13th Avenue S., Naples • 239-649-8200

Paradise Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key 1502 Miramar St. Cape Coral • 239-540-8454

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach • 239-463-3257

Pete’s Time Out

1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach • 239-463-5900

The Rhythm House

16440 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers • 239-466-8326

Seminole Casino Hotel 506 S. 1st St., Immokalee • 800-218-0007

The Shell Factory

2787 N. Tamiaimi Trail North Fort Myers • 239-995-2141

Smokin Oyster Brewery

340 Old San Carlos Blvd. For Myers Beach 239-463-3474

Sneaky Pete’s

3465 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs • 239-498-8887

Ter-Tini’s

1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers • 239-344-6147

Tiki at Wyndham Garden

6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach • 239-463-5711

Tiki Bar at Days Inn

18051 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers • 239-267-7900

Twisted Vine Bistro

2214 Bay St., Fort Myers • 239-226-1687

The Village Pub

4360 Gulf Shore, Naples 239-262-2707

Whiskey Park

3380 Mercantile Ave., Naples • 239-263-6777

Yucatan Beach Stand

250 Old San Carlos Fort Myers Beach • 239-333-4386

Some of the places to hear live music in Southwest Florida.

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA concert photo roundup

Peter Frampton at Germain Arena in Estero July 15.

Thompson Square at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers June 23.

The Steve Miller Band at Germain Arena in Estero July 15.

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Gretchen Wilson at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers July 8.

photos by Jamie Kuser

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July 25

CMTʼs Nashville in concert Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

July 29

Dani Dease

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

August 17

Canaan Smith

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

August 25

Peter White & Euge Groove Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

August 26

Josh Thompson

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

August 31

Tribal Seeds & Pepper

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

September 2 Randy Houser

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

September 8 Adam Ant

Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

September 8 & 9

JJ Grey & Mofro, Los Lobos

Big Orange Music Fest, Punta Gorda

September 15

Make America Rock Again

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

September 17

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Coachman Park, Clearwater

September 24

The Psychodelic Furs Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

September 27

Lindsay Ell, Brooke Eden Pinchers, downtown Fort Myers

September 29 Tesla

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

September 30 Terri Clark

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

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Newsboys Big Church Night Out tour at Germain Arena Oct. 29

Premier Productions and Grammy nominated Newsboys announce the all new Big Church Night Out Tour. With nearly 50 shows across the U.S., each night will foster a time of worship, ministry and unity. Joining the tour will also be Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Derek Minor, Blanca, Adam Agee from Audio Adrenaline, illusionist Brock Gill, worship leader Jamison Strain and Jeremy Willet. "When families, friends, and neighbors take time out of their busy lives to come together and join as one in worship, that is the church," says Newsboys Michael Tait. "That is the makings of one big night, and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of it." Powered by Pandora and CCM Magazine, the tour will offer a chance for rejuvenation in exchange for the chaos and business of everyday life. In anticipation for the tour, Big Church Night Out will be taking over Pandora's Christian Contemporary station from July 5th to July 13th offering a pre-sale to listeners as well as in-depth interviews from Newsboys front man, Michael Tait. Kevin Sparkman, editor of CCM Magazine shares about the upcoming tour, “Go Big. Real big. A night-out that everyone needs!” Hitting the East Coast, South and Midwest, the tour will begin in Montgomery, Ala., and make its final

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October 4 Chris Isaak

Barbara B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

October 14 Don McLean

SW Florida Event Center, Bonita

October 21 Village People

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

October 21 stop in Charlotte, N.C. The tour will make a stop at Germain Arena in Estero on Oct. 29. The only other Florida stop is in Tallahassee the night before. “The concept behind this Tour has been in the works for over three years," expresses Roy Morgan, owner of Premier Productions Inc. "Timing is everything, and the launch of Big Church Night Out this Fall will create a new Touring Brand in the marketplace for many years to come. Plus, it will be the first time that Pandora has provided its digital assets to support a Christian tour, along with the marketing efforts of our strategic radio partners and local churches.” For tickets and info, visit the Germain Arena box office, online at www.germainarena.com or call 239-948-7825.

Jerrod Niemann to play at Seminole Casino Hotel Nov. 5

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment presents country music star Jerrod Niemann live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. A prolific Nashville singer-songwriter known for clever wordplay and attention-grabbing lyrics, Niemann’s most recent release is the romantic single, “God Made A Woman,” now impacting country radio. Fueled by a nearly decade-long career, Niemann is digging deeper with his forthcoming Curb Records album featuring an uplifting duet, “A Little More Love,” with good friend and label mate Lee Brice. Niemann last topped country charts with his Platinum-certified, multi–week No. 1 anthem “Drink to That All Night” from the album “High Noon,” on which he co-wrote eight of the 12 tracks. Niemann first burst onto the country

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music scene in 2010 with his critically-acclaimed majorlabel debut, “Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury,” which featured Platinum-certified No. 1 smash “Lover, Lover” and Gold-certified Top 5 hit “What Do You Want.” His second release, “Free The Music,” included the Top 15 hit “Shinin’ On Me” and the poignant ballad “Only God Could Love You More.” From Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, and CMT Award nominations, to headlining and touring with some of country’s hottest acts like Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, Niemann continues to make his mark by creatively pushing boundaries all while offering a sincere nod to the legends before him. Advance tickets are on sale now for $60 and are available at the casino, on www.jaytv.com or by calling 800-218-0007. Attendees must be 21 years of age.

Saving Abel, Shotgun Shane, The Lacs, Big Smo

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

October 25

Matisyahu, Common Kings & Orphan

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

October 26

Toad the Wet Sprocket Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

October 27

William Michael Morgan

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

October 28 Cody Johnson

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

October 29 Newsboys

Germain Arena, Estero

November 5

Jerrod Niemann

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

November 10 Shaggy

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

Ambrosia

SW Florida Event Center, Bonita

November 11

Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Daily concert updates at HappeningsMagazine.net

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SAM GALLOWAY CONCERT SERIES AT THE RANCH

Canaan Smith, Josh Thompson, Randy Houser

It may be time for back to school, upcoming projects, the “aw, Creek Records debut, How but that’s not stopping The Sam shucks” admittance of “Same Country Feels, released in Galloway Concert Series in conjunction Ol’ Plain Ol’ Me,” the nod to early 2013. with Gator Country 101.9 from bringing his humble background, Houser cut How Country more national artists to The Ranch “Daddy Had A Beer,” and the Feels with producer Derek Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. breathtakingly poignant “I Like George, a long-time friend Canaan Smith is set to take the To Believe In That.” and fellow Mississippian he stage at The Ranch on Aug. 17. Ask They’re songs born of a had wanted to work with for anyone what makes country music hard-working, blue-collar raisover a decade. It’s been unique, and they’ll likely answer it’s the ing. The son of a Wisconsin called “a buoyant, hook-filled storytelling. For generations country concrete worker, destined to outing” (Washington Post) artists have illuminated the human confollow in the steel-toed boots that’s infused with “a balance dition in songs that share life’s tragedies of a laborer, Josh veered to of revelry and introspection” and triumphs while exploring love, loss the left when he picked up a (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) and the full range of life experiences. guitar, but he didn’t quite realand shows off Randy’s powerIt’s a noble calling and one that Canaan ize the course he had steered house voice, hailed “one of Smith passionately embraces on his himself down until much later. the best in Nashville” by Great Mercury Nashville debut album Bronco. “I got a guitar for my birthAmerican Country (GAC) and As a result, listeners are passionateday when I was 21 years old. I numerous other critics. Canaan Smith Aug. 17 ly embracing Canaan’s talent. Rolling asked my parents for it Houser’s past contains no Stone raves, “if you haven’t heard of because I wanted to play shortage of achievement, as it Canaan Smith yet, chances are you will songs around the campfire,” includes multiple nominations be hearing quite a bit of him…overall, we feel the singer-songhe explains. “There had been people in my circle for ACM and CMA Awards, a writer is one of the sharper artists to keep an eye on.” With of family and friends who would play around the No. 2 single in the form of Randy Houser - Sept. 2 wisdom beyond his young years, Smith has emerged as one of campfire and I always thought that would be really “Boots On,” and songwriting Nashville’s most compelling storytellers. Whether painting a awesome. I wanted to learn to play Merle Haggard credits for major names such steamy portrait of a burgeoning relationship in the hit single and Tom T. Hall songs.” as Trace Adkins, Justin Moore “Love You Like That” or honoring the memory of his brother in Before long it wasn’t enough to just play guitar and sing and Chris Young. In 2008—mere months after the release of the powerful title track, Smith knows how to draw listeners into around the campfire. Like the stone cold country icons that he his debut single, “Anything Goes”—Houser was even asked by his world. “Bronco” is a prime example. grew up listening to and admiring, Josh had something to say. David Letterman himself to appear on The Late Show. The Smith has seen firsthand the impact his music has on fans “What made me want to play guitar and write songs was what singer’s first full-length album, Anything Goes, came out later as he’s toured extensively with Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley attracted me to country music. People like George Jones, that year, followed in 2010 by They Call Me Cadillac which and Florida Georgia Line. “Love You Like That” has proven to Merle Haggard, Hank Senior, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Snow and spawned hit “Whistlin’ Dixie,” and fan-favorite “A Man Like Me.” be a fan favorite as it hit #1 on the radio charts in the Summer Lefty Frizzell. That was the country I was first introduced to.” Advance tickets for Randy Houser start at $39. of 2015 and continues to garner extensive airplay and has Advance tickets for Josh Thompson start at $15. Other upcoming shows in the Sam Galloway Concert Series become one of the best-selling singles of 2015, selling more Randy Houser is scheduled to perform Sept. 2 at The include Make America Rock Again on Sept. 15 with Scott than 750,000 tracks. Ranch. Randy Houser is a man refreshed. “I don’t know how it Stapp of Creed and others ($41 in advance), Terri Clark on Canaan is rapidly climbing the charts again with his follow happened, but everything in my life has started lining up,” says Sept. 30 ($25 in advance), Saving Abel, The Lacs, Big Smo & up to his first #1, the party anthem “Hole In A Bottle”. “That the Lake, Mississippi native. “I must have done somebody right Demun Jones on Oct. 21 ($25 in advance), William Michael song sets the tone with the fans every night. It lets them know in the past.” Morgan on Oct. 27 ($20 in advance) and Cody Johnson on we are there to tear it up right along Those positive vibes of renewal Oct. 28 ($12 in advance). with them.” Smith’s gifts as a storyripple through Houser’s three conThe Sam Galloway Concert Series was started in the fall of teller have earned the respect of his secutive No. 1 hits, “How Country 2014 to help bring awareness to Community Cooperative (The peers and his songs have been Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” Soup Kitchen) and the good work they do in the community, recorded by Love & Theft, Cole and “Goodnight Kiss,” which was says Brian Tidwell, general sales manager of Sam Galloway Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and Houser’s first No. 1 as a songwriter Ford. Jason Aldean, among others. though he has written numerous hits The concert series features rock and country artists on a Advance tickets for Canaan Smith for artists over the years. “How regular basis at the venue. Portions of the profits of each constart at $15. Country Feels” was his first-ever No. cert go to help Community Cooperative feed the community, The Ranch welcomes Josh 1 at radio, and both it and “Runnin’ Tidwell said. For every pound of food donated, Sam Galloway Thompson on Aug. 26. If you want Outta Moonlight” earned RIAA Ford donates $1 to Community Cooperative. Concert goers are to know Josh Thompson, just listen Platinum certifications. “Like A also encouraged to bring canned food items to the concerts at to the lyrics of his music. Thompson Cowboy” was a Top 5 smash and The Ranch. showcases his undeniable gift for earned Houser rave reviews for his For tickets & details, visit www.theranchfortmyers.com. The writing with songs like the anthemic “pure, unencumbered vocal showRanch can be reached at 239-985-9839. “Way Out Here,” or the unapologetic case” (Taste of Country). All four For most concerts, the doors open at 7 p.m. at The Ranch Josh Thompson - Aug. 26 “Blame It On Waylon,” and on his songs are from Houser’s Stoney Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Village People return to Seminole Casino Hotel Oct. 21

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & IT$ NOT OBER YET Productions present An Evening with Village People, one of disco’s most recognizable and energetic hit-makers. The legendary group will perform their iconic music at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Known as the “Kings of Disco,” Village People have sold more than 100 million records worldwide since the 1970s with such career defining hits as “Macho Man,” “Y.M.C.A,” “In the Navy” and “Can’t Stop the Music.” In 1979, the American Music Awards presented the group with the “Favorite Musical Group” award. They also won the American Guild of Variety Artist’s Georgie Award, West Germany’s Gold Lion Award for Music Excellence, and Brazil’s Award for Best Act. In 1980, Village People starred in their own major feature film, Can’t Stop the Music, co-starring Steve

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Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine and Bruce Jenner. It remains a popular cult film worldwide. Their music also can be heard in dozens of major motion pictures including Down Periscope, Wayne’s World II, Addams Family Values and In and Out. In 2008, Village People received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Most recently, the group released “Let’s Go Back to the Dance Floor,” its first worldwide single in 25 years. The song was written and produced by KC and the Sunshine Band’s Harry Wayne Casey. Village People are Raymond Simpson (Cop and lead singer), Felipe Rose (Native American), Alexander Briley (GI/Military), Eric Anzalone (Biker), Bill Whitefield (Construction Worker) and Jim Newman (Cowboy). Tickets are available now for $55 and can be purchased at the casino, online at www.jaytv.com or by phone at 800514-ETIX(3849). Concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

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Island Hopper preview party Aug. 3

Music lovers, get ready. With just two months until the 2017 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, Cat Country 107.1 is giving music fans a sneak peek of what they can expect at the event. A preview party will be held Aug. 3 at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford to highlight the upcoming music festival. This year, two of Nashville’s best songwriters, Tim James and Danny Myrick, will be bringing their unique talents to historic downtown Fort Myers to kick off the party. James has written songs for Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Lee Brice and George Strait. His song “All I Ask For Anymore” performed by Trace Adkins was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song of 2009, and Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy” was the 2010 Billboard Song of the Year. He also wrote the Rodney Atkins single “He’s Mine,” the George Strait No. 1 single “Give It All We Got Tonight,” and the title track and single from the Darius

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Rucker album “Southern Style.” James also has the upcoming single, “Either Way,” from the new Chris Stapleton album called “From A Room, Volume 1.”

Myrick sang background vocals on albums for artists like Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Gentry before directing his focus to writing songs. He has written songs that have been performed by Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah”), Craig Morgan (“International Harvester”) and Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country.” “It’s just amazing to be kicking off our fourth Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. We’re also very excited Pincher’s has agreed to join our festival as a sponsor as they are the type of Southwest Florida staple we hope the Island Hopper will become,” said Louis Kaplan, senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia in Southwest Florida. Pichers at The Marina at Edison Ford is lcoated at 2360 W. First St. in downtown Fort Myers. Visit www.catcountry1071.com to reserve your free ticket today on Cat Country 107.1’s website and watch the official Island Hopper Facebook page for your chance to win free tickets.

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Lindsay Ell, Brooke Eden headline songwriter fest

The 2017 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Sept. 22 through Oct. 1. This showcase, now in its fourth year, is a great way to see singer-songwriters perform in intimate settings on Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach and historic downtown Fort Myers. This year’s headliners include Lindsay Ell and Brooke Eden. The artists will be performing at Pinchers Crab Shack at The Marina at Edison Ford on Sept. 27. Lindsay Ell has opened for The Band Perry and Luke Bryan, and is currently on tour with Brad Paisley. The Canadian Country Music Association recently nominated Ell for Female Artist of the Year. Her Lindsay Ell debut single, “Worth the Wait,” was recently released in the U.S. Brooke Eden is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida. She has opened for Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line. Billboard Music recognized Eden as a “fiery country star-in-the-making.” Some of her accolades include being identified as an Amazon Music Artist to watch. Vogue Magazine called her one of the “10 Country ‘It’ Girls,” and she’s one of “CMT’s Next Women of Country.” “We look forward to surprising fans with some high-profile acts,” said Louis Kaplan, iHeartMedia, senior vice president of programming. “The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is one of our favorite events of the year.”

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It’s also a favorite of The fourth annual the performers. They music fest will continue are eager to play at this to give fans the opportuaward-winning festival, nity to meet the talented which includes more artists who write songs than 100 live performfor country superstars ances, more than 70 including Tim McGraw, songwriters and 21 Miranda Lambert, Jason unique venues. Aldean and Tricia Southeast Tourism Yearwood. Society has also taken Attendees can listen notice. They named the to their favorite songs at festival one of their “Top live music venues on 20 Events” for 2017. Captiva Island Sep. 22 “Supporting Island 24 including Key Lime Hopper has become an Bistro, South Seas Island annual tradition for BMI Resort and Doc Ford’s and by bringing talented Rum Bar & Grille. In songwriters in to perdowntown Fort Myers, form at BMI-licensed performances will take restaurants, bars and place at The Barrel hotels, it helps increase Room, Twisted Vine food and beverage revBistro, City Tavern and enue while putting Pinchers during the week ‘heads in beds.’ Island of Sept. 25. The festival Brooke Eden Hopper is the best place will wrap up on Fort to be for music lovers. It Myers Beach Sept. 29 – photo by Joseph Llanes provides an intimate enviOct. 1 with artists playronment for people to get ing at Nervous Nellies, up close and personal with the songwritYucatan Beach Stand, Matanzas on the Bay & Pierside Grill. ers behind some their favorite songs,” said The 2015 Island Hopper Fest is a recipient of two Dan Spears, vice president industry relaSunSational Awards through the Florida Festival & Events tions, licensing for BMI. Association, and the Southeast Tourism Society named Island This year the music event welcomes a variety of new Hopper one of their “Top 20 Events” for 2017. singer-songwriters, including Natalie Hemby (“White Liar” Island Hopper is presented by Lee County Visitor & recorded by Miranda Lambert), Clint Daniels Convention Bureau, iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1 and (“Brokenheartsville” recorded by Joe Nichols) and Maggie BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S. Rose. Most of the performances are free to the public, but Festival sponsors include Happenings Magazine, Victory there are select shows that do require a ticket for admission. Layne Chevrolet, Pinchers, Landshark, BOSE, DiamondHead The festival brings back talent like Even Stevens (“I Love Resort, Budweiser and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging a Rainy Night” recorded by Eddie Rabbit), Wynn Varble (“I’m Association. a Little More Country” recorded by Easton Corbin), Aaron For more information, visit www.islandhopperfest.com. Barker (“What About Now” recorded by Lonestar) and Karla Follow the festival with #islandhopperfest on Twitter and Davis. other social channels

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Key West Lobsterfest Aug. 10 - 13

Lobster lovers are invited to sample the savory Florida crustacean during Key West Lobsterfest, scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 10 - 13. The festival celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a tasty “menu” of events highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street. The flavorful festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, when lobster aficionados can gather at the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, 617 Front St., for a lobster boil that also includes shrimp, andouille sausage, crawfish, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Live entertainment and libation specials are to round out the evening’s action. Known as spiny lobsters, the clawless crustaceans found in Keys waters offer sweet and tender meat. Lobster often is served steamed with drawn butter, baked and stuffed, in creamy bisque or cold in savory salads. Fans can sample lobster dishes of all sorts at the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair, set for noon Jerry Critz provides Britain Johnson, 10, an opportunity to handle a Florida lobster to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in the during a past Key West Lobsterfest. The four-day festival, celebrates the opening of Florida's commercial lobster season. Photo by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau 100 through 500 blocks of Duval. During this enticing festival “entrée,” chefs from local restauOther Lobsterfest events include Friday afternoon’s “Reef & rants are to prepare lobster specialties ranging from tempting Ritas” catamaran sail and snorkel trip, a Friday night Duval appetizers to traditional dinners with all the trimmings. Crawl of downtown Key West watering holes and a mouthwaterA free outdoor concert is slated for 1 to 10:30 p.m. with entering lobster brunch Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, tainers including Alphonse, Cool Breeze and the Durtbags per4 Charles St. forming from a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene For more event information and ticketing, visit www.keyweststreets. Attendees also can browse and buy art, crafts and merlobsterfest.com For Key West visitor information, go online to chandise from onsite vendors. www.fla-keys.com/keywest or call 1-800-LAST-KEY

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Tropical Heat

Aug. 16 - Aug. 20 The Key West Business Guild presents this allmale celebration that typically includes pool and dance parties, on-the-water adventures and a fashion show that raises money for a local non-profit organization. www.tropicalheatkw.com

Annual Key West BrewFest

Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this “tasty” annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events include beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, latenight parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event. www.keywestbrewfest.com

Womenfest Key West

Sept. 6 - Sept. 10 Thousands of singles, couples and groups of women flock to Key West each year for this renowned celebration. Activities generally include dance parties, poolside gatherings, sailing and snorkeling, live music, comedy performances & more. www.womenfest.com

Annual Key West Fantasy Fest

Oct. 20 - Oct. 29 This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration features flamboyant masquerade competitions including one for pets, a headdress ball, exuberant promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island-style bands and lavish floats. The 2017 festival theme is “Time Travel Unravels.” www.fantasyfest.com


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FGCU celebrates 20 years of art

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The Art Galleries of the Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University present 20/20: Art Alumni Exhibition in the Wasmer Art Gallery and ArtLab Gallery from Aug. 21 – Sept. 21. This exhibition is curated by gallery director John Loscuito and gallery coordinator Anica Sturdivant. In celebration of Florida Gulf Coast University’s 20th anniversary, 20 alumni from the FGCU Art Program will be exhibiting in both art galleries on campus. The artists chosen for the exhibition represent the range of ideas and techniques that the faculty and staff are proud to have been a part of shaping. The FGCU alumni artists in the exhibition are: Lauren Ashley S. Baker (’10), Alyssa Baladad (‘15), Linda Barone (‘11), Alina Eydel (‘11), James Futral (’16), Ehren Fritz Gerhard (’09), Briena Harmening (‘05), Philip Heubeck (‘10), Hannah Johnson (‘14), Megan Leary Kissinger (’04), Erica Klopf (‘12), Jeffrey Scott Lewis

ON THE COVER - “Blue Hammock” by Ehren Gerhard

“Euphoria” by Quinn Miller

(’04), Felipe Maldonado (‘16), Nick Masiello (‘12), Leila Mesdaghi (’16), Quinn Miller (‘15), Christina Penuel (’09), Mr. Revrac (’12), Grayson Stoff (‘15), Tarra Wood (’11). The 20th Anniversary Art Walk also includes 20 Years:

The Creation of FGCU in the Archives & Special Collections Gallery in the FGCU Library, which will run from Aug. 31 – Dec. 15; and “elections from the FGCU Art Galleries’ Permanent Collection in the Library Reference Area on the first floor of the Library Building, which will run from Aug. 21 – Dec. 15. On Thursday, Aug. 31, there will be an opening reception in both galleries and 20th Anniversary Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Wasmer Art Gallery is in the Arts Complex and the ArtLab Gallery is at the west side of the Library building on FGCU’s main campus at 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. Parking is available in Lot 7 for gallery visitors. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For further information on this exhibition and others, go to artgallery.fgcu.edu or call 239-590-7199.

ACT Gallery features Tonya Bautista-Barnes, four generations of artists

Arts for ACT Gallery will host an opening repletion on Friday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m in conjunction with Fort Myers Art Walk. This month, ACT Gallery will feature Tonya Bautista-Barnes, a photographer, artist and costume designer, in the main gallery. In the White Gallery, Four Generations of Artists – The Family of Celia Malloy. Also showing, new works from the gallery’s co-op artists. Free Warrior Designs brand was originally born on the Big Island of Hawaii. Tonya BautistaBarnes always loved the splendid look of natural materials like bone, feather, metal, leather and stone. Growing up islander and looking toward her Marianist heritage for inspiration, gave Tonya Bautista-Barnes much creativity and room for growth. Her love for the bright macaw feathers with the neutral tones of the bone and leather gave her the inspiration to create. All of Tonya’s designs are 100% handmade by her and are inspired by the bright colors and natural materials of the earth, air and sea. Using as many materials originating from the U.S. and donated or purchased feathers from bird sanctuaries and private owners throughout the Marianas, Hawaiian Islands, and the U.S. She strives to support as many artists and small busi-

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nesses as possible. “Each piece represents a part of myself which will be seen in the individuality and craftsmanship of my work. I choose my Warrior Sisters carefully. I photograph them as I see them and how they wish to see themselves. Each person I photograph has endured hardships and flourished – proving their strength and determination to RISE. Every woman is a Warrior and should be respected as such. "The true warrior isn’t immune to fear. She fights in spite of it." ~ anonymous (but I'm positive she was a strong woman),” states Tonya. An energetic vibe radiates throughout this multi-generational exhibit of visual art in the White Gallery, as engaging and diverse as the women who created it. Spanning approximately a half century, this eclectic, yet connected body of work is impressive as it represents varied artistic styles and content. Celia Baiada Malloy, the 97 year old family matriarch is the main focus of this exhibit. Celia's formative time was spent in the Philadelphia Metro area, and her training of many years ago, is beautifully reflected in unique and elegant acrylics. Daughters Lynne Van Sciver, Taire Malloy and Donna Malloy, share their mother's interest, along with granddaughter,

Tonya Bautista-Barnes

Cavan Guenther, and great granddaughters, Julia and Scarlett Novak and Stella Guenther. Their collective works both contrast and respond to the familial influence. Lynne's abstract expressionistic style, infused with balance and freedom, has been influenced by training as a psychologist. Taire's charcoal life drawings display a subtle organic style and exude a feeling of calm movement. She studied art at Arizona State, and remains involved with the visual arts in the role of festival director of Art Fest Naples. Donna Kay echoes her mother and grandmother's love of birds which culminated in the publication of Donna's children's book: "Criss Crow, Flying on Sunshine." Donna earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology, Tampa. Cavan, Lynne's daughter, is a former science teacher. She is an accomplished abstract artist and rusticglam jewelry designer. Her art is a mixture of earth, energy and vintage objects. This delightful exhibition tells the story of connectedness found in art, that flows through generations, moving through time, taking on an exquisite life of its own. These exhibits continue through Aug. 28. ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First St., Fort Myers.

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DAAS Gallery to showcase art of muralist Erik Schlake

The month of August, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is hosting special guest artist, current member of The Union Artist Studios and professional muralist Erik Schlake. The opening reception coincides with the SoCo Second Saturday event, held at the SoCo Cultural District (Alliance for the Arts and Royal Palm Square block) on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. An artist talk is scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with the guest artist. "The entire process of creating a mural or decorative panel is beautiful. From the initial sketches to the final installation, I have come to recognize each step as a work of art." – comments Schlake, who is also an expert in decorative arts and was recently selected and attended the highly competitive Salon conference for muralists in New York City. “This [new] series will showcase aspects of trompe l'oeil, grotessca and other techniques used for centuries throughout Europe.” – concludes Schlake. DAAS Co-Op is also hosting an open call for new artists to join as members of the cooperative. During the month of August, the gallery will waive the membership application fee. New applications must be received by the gallery no later than Aug. 26 for the waiver to apply. With more than 20 member artists, DAAS Co-Op is one of the largest cooperative art galleries in Southwest Florida. The majority of the member-artists work in a variety of mediums, ranging from paintings to sculptures and pottery to jewelry. The diversity of the inventory, combined with a curated style of displaying the works, makes for what TripAdvisor community critics describe as SoHo quality gem among the artistic venues of our city.

Erik Schlake

For more about the gallery or to find out how to become a member, visit www.daascoop.com or call 239-590-8645. In-person inquiries are also welcome. The gallery is located in the Royal Palm Square at 1400 Colonial Blvd., Suite 84, in Fort Myers. Summer business hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mayhem at Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda

A new exhibit opened recently at the Visual Arts Center. Multimedia exhibit Mayhem, Chaos & Confusion delves into the broad spectrum of current events, emotions and abstractions. The exhibit is free and open to the public now through Aug. 24 in the VAC’s Main Gallery. All are invited to attend the opening reception for Mayhem, Chaos & Confusion Thursday, July 27 at 5 p.m. At the reception,

winning entries selected by judge Nancy Rose will be awarded to exhibiting artists. The Visual Arts Center is located at 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda, and can be reached at (941) 639-8810. The galleries are always free and open to the public. Check out the website at www.VisualArtCenter.org for details on events, exhibits, classes, workshops and more.

Jana Millstone takes first in annual Florida’s Finest exhibit in Sarasota

Jana Millstone

"Fire,” a painting by Sarasota artist Jana Millstone, has taken first prize and $1,500 at Art Center Sarasota’s Florida’s Finest, an annual exhibition of works by Florida artists. The second prize winner ($1,000) is Raymond Lawler for “The Band Played On.” Third prize and $500 went to Nathan Beard for "Exit Music #58 (The Effects of Passing through One Another”). Merit awards ($250) were given to Lynn Foskett for "Stacked" and Mike Hanlon for " Michael Gruber.” Florida’s Finest is on display through Aug. 11, at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit online at www.artsarasota.org. Florida’s Finest is part of an annual series designed to showcase the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists, and includes two- and three-dimensional works in a variety of media.

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Textures, Tones and Textiles exhibit at Davis Art Center

The Textures, Tones and Textiles exhibit at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center features artists Gina Battle, Kathy Wood, Donna Valenti, Lesley Morrow, Nick Masiello, Dharma LeFevre, Janie Duke and Michael Pinckney,. Textures, Tones and Textiles will demonstrate how art is an essential asset in the tapestry of our society. Experience the synergy of the strong textures and rhythmic tones used to explore their personal experiences. An opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 4 in conjunction with Fort Myers Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. A special performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit closes Aug. 22. The evening will include a special guest vocal performance by the internationally acclaimed tenor singer, Maurice LoMonaco. Gina Battle will integrate dance with her dance partner, Punta Gorda City Councilman Jaha Cummings. Gina Battle is a self-taught contemporary, expressionist, abstract artist. Battle’s work stems from raw emotion that she releases every ounce of her spirit into her creative endeavors. Most recently, she volunteered her time and energy toward helping to raise funds for the Charlotte Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County as a dancer for Dancing with the Charlotte Stars. She helped raise over $68,000 for 2016. Battle is also a Charlotte Arts & Humanities board member and the host of radio talk show “I’m Me.” Kathy Wood is a mixed media artist producing functional art. In spite of the increasing technologically driven world, Kathy has a passion to save old photographs and postcards from the old world as she creates a vintage look and feel to her journals, and encourages others to step back, slow down, and put pen to paper. From the look of yellowing edges, to the water damage spots, Kathy incorporates these vintage aspects into her journals. Additionally, she incorporates pieces of original ephemera of forgotten letters and postcards from loved ones during an era when beautiful penmanship, a lost form of art within itself, are placed within the pages. Janie Duke specializes in Pate de Verre, a unique French approach style of glass making created in the 19th century. It allows for subtle gradations of color, possible with no other glass working technique. The results are both fragile and delicate to the eye, yet as durable as any other piece Janie has made. As

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Lesley Morrow

an emerging artist, Janie thrives on her unique Florida surrounding for her inspiration. Her studio atmosphere allows for experimenting with various glass designs and techniques. She says her favorite part of glass making is the anticipation of opening her kiln after what seems painstakingly long hours, sometimes up to 18 hours to get her first glimpse of her creations. Donna Valenti’s professional career spans many years in network television production. She spent many years at networks like CBS, NBC, ABC and worked as a Knicks and Rangers pre and post game video editor at Madison Square Garden for 15 seasons. Along the way, she met many talented people who were more than happy to share their knowledge and passion for photography with her. This year, her work has been shown at Dejavu Gallery in NYC, among many others. Lesley Morrow brings the feminine experience to life through her unique art. Residing in SW Florida, she is an artist and mother. Her works have been showcased in several galleries

and shows including the Arts For Act Gallery in Fort Myers. Lesley won the first ever Naples Charity Register Front Cover Contest, and had her winning submission featured as the front cover of their 2014-2015 magazine. Lesley’s art elicits emotion and thought, and is deeply personal and provocative. Nick Masiello is a painter, sculptor and street artist. Working mainly with aerosol, acrylics, ink, silicone, metal, found objects, recycled material, and photography, he creates abstract landscapes, portraits, sculptures, graffiti, and written word pieces that reflect the current issues in the world. Such topics include equal human rights, social class inequalities, war and violence in other nations, economic and political unrest, our interaction with the earth, life and death, dream states, and our human connection to the universe. For local self taught, eclectic artist Dharma Lefevre, mythology and folklore have always been a source of inspiration. She uses her art as an exploration of ancient lore and how it personally connects with modern man through circular lessons. Her background in art began with a love of fantasy and fairy tale illustration. She took a hiatus from art for over 25 years. Then, decided that art was that one thing that was missing from her life, and taught herself how to paint. Dharma has been featured in local solo and group shows in Southwest Florida galleries and businesses, and has also gifted her creations for charity events for Pace Center for Girls, Blue Crayonz and Arts for ACT. Singular Fashion, Michael Pinckney’s current musical venture, provides cross correlations with his visual side, including experimental video (We See it Now) co-directed and produced with Cinematographer James Mills. It is only inevitable that Michael Pinckney explore various mediums, trust his instincts and simply, express; forming pieces that weave through the realms of interior/exterior design, such as Modern Urban Elegance. Singular Fashion is about to release Rendezvous, an EP following the syndicate’s debut release Grey Area (previously released on World Wide Vibe) which will also be re-released in the coming months. Currently based in SWFL, Pinckney also has creative allegiances with Villa Paula (curated by Martin Suskind and Joe Chirichigno) and Mind-Warehouse (curated by Winsome Bolt) both located in Miami. The Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers.

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Naples Depot Museum presents Sites & Scenes: Collier County’s Historic Places

The Naples Depot Museum presents the Collier County Museum’s staff curated Sites & Scenes: Collier County’s Historic Places exhibition, which will be on display from Aug. 3 to Oct. 28. Collier County, with its sandy beaches and warm winter weather, is known mainly as a vacation destination. Yet, if one takes the time to truly explore the county, they will find a treasure trove of history, from the 19th Century homes to a railroad depot from the Roaring ‘20s. These are just some of the sites and properties that have survived the passage of time and the inevitable allure of progress. While not every important site and structure has been preserved, this exhibition will highlight some of the county’s most important historical landmarks, and the stories behind them. Set in Naples’ first passenger train station,

the restored Naples Depot Museum takes visitors back to Florida’s railroading heyday and tells how technology and transportation helped Naples grow from a village of 300 souls to today’s glittering Gulf Coast resort. For more information about the Naples Depot Museum’s Sites & Scenes: Collier County’s Historic Places, contact the museum at (239) 262-6525 or visit online at www.colliermuseums.com.

Cape Coral Library to showcase art of Kim Carioto-Krugle and Sandy O’Grady

Changing exhibits played her work in local shows and festiare featured in the vals. Upon retirespacious art gallery of ment, Kim became a the Cape Coral Public full-time Florida resiLibrary, which is locatdent and is currently ed at 921 SW 39th a member of the Terrace. The latest Cape Coral Art show will be available League. for viewing during Back by popular library business hours demand, unique pine from Aug. 17 through needle baskets and Sept. 28. pottery by Sandy A solo show of artwork by Kim CariotoO’Grady will be on Krugle will be on display in the cases. exhibit on the walls of She’s been working the library’s gallery. on many new and Her work is done exciting pieces since either in oil paint or she last exhibited at using paper pieces. the library and is The paintings are on excited to share them canvas and executed with visitors to the with brushes and, gallery. O’Grady has more recently, with been a resident of palette knives. Her Punta Gorda since unique paper art 1999, but was too images are comprised occupied as a busiKim Carioto-Krugle of cut and torn papers, ness owner to pursue methods quite familiar her creative passion to Kim as a retired until 2013. While takteacher with years of experience using cut ing time off to nurse her German Shepherd paper designs and paper mosaic projects for back to health after a rattlesnake bite, she her young students. She also likes to give found the need to keep her hands busy. credit to her mother, who is a quilter. Says Basketry (on which she had once taken a Kim regarding her mom: “Watching her class) became a perfect outlet. There was an manipulate color and printed fabric inspires ample supply of pine needles in her yard, and me. Paper is my quilting medium.” she soon became hooked on this art form. Born in Pittsburgh, Kim Carioto-Krugle Starting with the usual bases of nuts and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Art agates, Sandy has since started creating her Education from Indiana University of PA and own bases. Sometimes she uses shells and a Master’s in Humanities with a Fine Arts other local items in her baskets, preferring to concentration from Arcadia University in PA. incorporate materials that are native to Her art teaching career spanned 36 years in Southwest Florida whenever possible. Each four states and included all grade levels from creation is one of a kind and never duplicatpre-school to high school. She also facilitated. ed art-related clubs, summer programs, and The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends school exhibits. For a time, Kim was even a of the Cape Coral Library. For more informatechnical stage director for plays and musition, contact art gallery chairperson Monica cals! She has done several wall sized paper Rahman at (239) 258-2991 or monimurals for churches and schools and has disca4608@comcast.net.

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Your Choice 2017 exhibit at Naples Art Association Aug. 14 - Sept. 29

The Your Choice 2017 exhibit runs Aug. 14 through Sept. 29 at the Naples Art Association. Your Choice is the Naples Art Association’s annual non-juried exhibition. It provides an opportunity for Naples Art Association contributors to present their artwork to a large audience with no jury process requirement. The exhibition is called “Your Choice” because artists and viewers make the choices. Artists decide which artwork they will exhibit while viewers attending the reception decide who will receive the awards. Join the NAA for wine, cheese, art and live music by Joe Osment on Aug. 11 for the Your Choice 2017 reception and awards presentation. During the reception, Gallery 104 will be converted into a precinct with voting from 5:30 to 7:30 pm only. Everyone attending may cast one vote for a favorite artist. There are five awards with a total cash value of $1,000. Everyone attending the Aug. 11 reception may cast one vote for a favorite artist. Voting is overseen by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office and the award winners will be announced on the Naples Art Association’s Facebook page. All Naples Art Association donors are welcome to attend the reception as a

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Pilar Contardo guest. A $10 donation is requested at the door for the general public.

The Naples Art Association is located at 585 Park St., Naples. For more details, visit online at www.NaplesArt.org or call 239-262-6517.

Harbour View Gallery to feature Sandy O’Grady, Preston McCrary travels the world for inspiraHarbour View Gallery in tion. He has an extensive fine Cape Coral will welcome art portfolio as well as a comfeatured artists Preston mercial drone division, which McCrary (photography) does real estate video and and Sandy O’Grady (basphotography, as well as mapket, pottery & stone art) at ping construction sites. It is a reception on Tuesday, amazing what a different perAug. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. spective can produce. After Mary “Sandy” O’Grady his recent travels to Europe, has been a permanent reshe has been photographing ident of Punta Gorda since the allure and charm of 1999. She started experiFlorida. Many of his works menting with art when she Sandy OʼGrady are of local charm in retired in 2014 when she Matlacha, Fort Myers and began to explore her pasnearby beach areas. A recent excursion to the sion. In August 2013, her German shepherd Hawaiian Islands has expanded the portfolio to was bitten by a rattle snake. She stayed home include many beautiful pieces of the terrain and with her to nurse her through. She needed to native people and customs. Preston is conkeep her hands busy and remembered she had stantly looking for inspiration and seeking out taken a class in pine needle basketry. She had new challenges. pine trees in the yard and so it began. She Their work will be on display through made several baskets for friends and family. August. The gallery is located at 5789 Cape In 2014, she talked with an artist at Sea Harbour Drive, Cape Coral. Grape Gallery and applied to be a member. She was accepted and in the first 12 month sold 40 baskets. She started with the usual bases of nuts and agates; however, she has started creating her own pottery bases. She also used shells and other local items. She wants her baskets to be original materials of SWFL as much as possible. Sandy volunteers at Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary and often times use feathers that she finds on the ground and even tiger whiskers that are found when cleaning the enclosures. Preston McCrary owns McCrary Photography, LLC which has been in business since 2008. He is a full-time photographer and Preston McCrary

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Elevation: the Next Level opens Aug. 4 at Alliance for the Arts

Elevation: the Next Level will showcase the art of members of the Alliance for the Arts. The exhibit will run Aug. 4 – 31 with an opening reception planned for Aug. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Turn it up and take your art to new heights. The Alliance invited its members to submit one work following the theme “Elevation: The Next Level” to be displayed in the main gallery during this month-long group exhibition in August.

William Rodriguez will be featured in the Member Gallery. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and are located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-939-2787 or visit online at www.ArtInLee.org.

Another artful night will be held at the cultural district of SoCo in the month of August. The monthly SoCo Second Saturday Art Crawl event began last October, gaining a great deal of popularity amongst local art patrons and enthusiasts. A redesigned map, which includes all of the night’s attractions and the details on how to win a great prize by one of the participating SoCo stops, is available in print at each location. On Saturday, Aug. 12, attending guests will have the chance to win another great prize, just by collecting the very popular Golden Tickets from each stop. The contest winner is announced one week after the event via social media and direct email contact. This month’s participating SoCo cultural venues are: Alliance for the Arts, DAAS Co-

Op Art Gallery & Gifts, Ocasiocasa, The Union Artist Studios and Crafted, Catch 22, A Swedish Affair, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Suzanne’s Dance Fitness, Studio Os Urbanos and City of Palms Studio. Additionally, vendors set-up at various locations of the Royal Palms Square, offering their handmade and fine-crafts during the event. Musical performances at the Royal Palm Square are also scheduled. The event now runs 6 - 10 p.m. SoCo Second Saturday is a rain or shine monthly event. The SoCo Cultural District encompasses the block south of Colonial Blvd, from the corner of McGregor Blvd to Summerlin Road, to Royal Palm Square Blvd and back to McGregor Blvd. More info is available at www.socoswfl.com.

SoCo Second Saturday event Aug. 12

By the Sea exhibit at RSW airport showcases Florida photographers Katy Danca

Thanks to a 12-year partnership between the Alliance for the Arts and Lee County Port Authority, millions of travels get to see works by area artists each year as they arrive and depart Southwest Florida International Airport. The current Art In Flight: By the Sea exhibit features 10 Florida photographers. Participating artists reside in these Florida cities: Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Marco Island and Tamarac. By the Sea exhibits from July 2017 until July

2018 in the upper level hallways leading to the B and D concourses at Southwest Florida International Airport. “Art inspires and activates our imaginations,” says Alliance exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “This exhibit makes it possible for people to experience art every day and promotes Lee County’s vibrant cultural vibe.” To learn more, call 239-939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/Sea.

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SUMMER DINING FOR LOCALS GameTime

1st Street Deli

at Gulf Coast Town Center

at Seminole Casino Hotel

At GameTime, you can play and eat in style! With a wide variety of menu selections including appetizers like Ahi Tuna Crisps and Fried Mac N' Cheese Balls; entreés that include Baby Back Ribs, Churrasco, Salmon and Pasta dishes; great kid’s meals; healthy Salads and delicious Sports Bar staples like Chicken

Diners at the Seminole Casino Immokalee will enjoy the 1st Street Deli. The authentic New York-style delicatessen brings a distinctly unique dining concept to the casino, featuring deli pickles, fresh bread and sandwiches bigger than your appetite. Offerings include piled high pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, reubens, hot paninis, hamburgers and salads. Opens 10 a.m. daily.

506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

Capt’n Fishbones Seafood Grill at The Shell Factory

Capt'n Fishbones at The Shell Factory has moderately priced lunches, dinners and a full selection of cocktails. We serve Florida favorites like: shrimp, crab cakes, fish fries, burgers and sandwiches. Enjoy the great tropical weather at Dogbones Café or the Swamp Bar and Patio where even the four legged "children" are welcome. Large group rates are available for lunches, dinners and meetings. Plan your next special event at one of our venues, Weddings, Receptions, Retirement Parties, Corporate Gatherings and Children's Birthday Parties, you name it, we are your perfect culinary choice. Capt’n Fishbones opens daily at 11 a.m. with daily specials and Happy Hour all day, every day. Hear live entertainment in the Swamp Patio daily from 4 - 7 p.m. Classic car shows are held every Thursday 4 - 7 p.m. 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.com

Downtown Enjoy House of Pizza it by the slice or get a whole pie,

Downtown House of Pizza has something for every size appetite. Pizza choices include cheese, Grandma’s Sicilian, veggie, white, meat lovers, supreme, tomato basil and others. In addition to great pizza, Downtown House of Pizza offers hot wings, a variety of fresh salads, and hot and cold subs.

239-337-DHOP

1520 Hendry St., Downtown Fort Myers www.downtownhouseofpizza.com

EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill

at Seminole Casino Hotel

EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill at Seminole Casino Immokalee is your place for down-home favorites. The Grill is serving up a delicious new menu featuring gluten-free and organic items, such as the gluten-free Cobb Salad and savory Organic Herb Roasted Chicken. The EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill is open 24/7 and serves all day breakfast, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, tableside flambé desserts and the popular Seminole Fry Bread. 506 South 1st St., Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

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Wings and Nachos, you are certain to have a fantastic dining experience while everyone has a great time! We offer a full liquor Sports Bar and 24-1 all day every day on any individual beer and wine. 10037 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers 239-204-5964 www.gametimeplayers.com

Ichiban Japanese & Chinese

Located at the entrance to the Hotel Indigo, we offer a wide selection of Japanese and Chinese menu items. Stop by for lunch or dinner. They are open seven days a week (closed on Mondays for the summer). 1520 Broadway, #105, Downtown Fort Myers 239-334-6991

www.IchibanDowntownFortMyers.com

Lucky Mi at Seminole Casino Hotel

Asian-inspired upscale restaurant Lucky Mi Noodle House at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee has unveiled several creative new menu items that further enhance the dining experience. In addition to Avocado Tempura, Sesame Seared Tuna, and Shanghai Ribs, Lucky Mi has added hot rocks house specials that allow guests to cook their own entrees to perfection at the table on volcanic rock heated to 575 degrees. The new Hot Rocks House Specials include Mixed Seafood (sea scallops, tiger shrimp, king salmon, Asian vegetables), Beef Tenderloin (thinly sliced beef tenderloin and Asian vegetables) and Surf and Turf (cold water lobster tail, sliced beef tenderloin and Asian vegetables), all served with steamed rice and lemon-ginger vinaigrette, hoisin sweet soy and Thai sweet chili dipping sauces. 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

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Deep Lagoon Seafood & Fish Market

Nestled in the heart of Florida, lies a place just off the beaten path where the drinks are colder, the fish is fresher and the food is tastier. Where you can breathe easy, be casual and take in the sights and sounds of everything that is “Real Florida.” A departure from a busy day, a place to be with friends, a place to share laughs and great memories. Relax and take it all in! Welcome to Deep Lagoon Seafood, A Fresh Twist on Coastal Casual. Deep Lagoon Seafood features a wide variety of menu options sure to satisfy the appetite of any guest. We offer the freshest product available, with daily deliveries from our local fishing partner Island Crab Company, based out of Pine Island. Now offering Happy Hour from 2 - 7 pm featuring small plates from $5 - $8. The restaurant is another family owned and operated brand from the Phelan Family, the same company behind local favorites Pinchers and Texas Tony’s Rib and Brew House. Reservations accepted. 10395 Tamiami Trail N, Naples 239-631-6266 www.deeplagoon.com

Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro

Twisted Vine Bistro

Treat your taste buds to simply prepared fish, premium steaks, an impressive wine selection and handcrafted cocktails. Dine indoors or outside on the patio and savor your favorite dish al fresco while overlooking the breathtaking views of the Caloosahatchee River, The Gulf of Mexico and Tarpon Point Marina. Happy Hour Daily from 4– 7 p.m.

Pinchers

5961 Silver King, Cape Coral 239-541-5600 www.Marker92.com

at The Marina at Edison Ford

Located on the historic Caloosahatchee River and offering the best riverfront dining experience and sunset views, Pinchers at the Marina at Edison Ford is the place for the freshest seafood. Caught from local waters by local fishermen, Pinchers brings the best catch from the water to the table. With 2 for 1 Happy Hour all day every day and kids eat free, Pinchers is Florida Seafood, Florida Style. Pinchers has 11 Florida locations including Tin City Naples, Bonita Springs, Tarpon Point Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach and Gulf Coast Town Center. 2360 West First St., Fort Myers 239-745-7049 www.pinchersusa.com

Tiki Hut Bar & Grill

at Dolphin Key Resort

There's always something to do at the Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at the Dolphin Key Resort. Located in Downtown Cape Coral, the biggest Tiki bar in the world offers live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday, Key West Style Relax Wednesday and Thursday, Light Rock and Country to listen and dance to Friday and Saturday, and then of course, let’s really dance Sunday afternoon to Brylcream with Doo Wop and Motown for the real dancers. The Tiki is a dog friendly bar, offers an outdoor atmosphere, so family, and friends two or four legged are welcome. Great food menu, with Florida Specials, pool table,TVs. Open 7 days. Kitchen open late. 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 239-540-8454 www.dolphinkeyresort.com

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Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic River District, prides itself on an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef, and other unique innovative entrees. We also feature an extensive boutique wine list, with more than 30 wines by the glass. Twisted Vine Bistro grows our house herbs and spices in our courtyard garden! We can accommodate small private event parties for after hours, social gatherings or rehearsal dinners. Dinner is served seven nights a week. We are open Monday through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Join us for brunch in our courtyard garden. The Twisted Vine Bistro has expanded with the opening of The Barrel Room featuring live music and a late menu. 2214 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-226-1687 www.twistedvinebistro.com

The Veranda

The Veranda's romantic setting in two turn-ofthe-century homes, combined with our Southern Regional Cuisine, an extensive wine list, and first class service staff will provide you with the most unique dining experience in SW Florida. Celebrating more than 35 years in business, The Veranda is consistently honored as one of the most award-winning restaurants in the area. 2122 Second St., Fort Myers 239-332-2065 www.verandarestaurant.com

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Wildlife photographer Al Hoffacker at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in July.

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(rain or shine) 6 - 10 PM The next Art Walk is

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Artists Jeff & Dale Ocasio won first place in a July show at Arts for ACT Gallery.

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Ivy Cottage

Antiques & Treasures

6,000 square feet filled with treasures

Fine Antiques to Shabby & Cottage Chic. Vintage Treasures of times gone by. Collectibles, Lighting, Candles, Home Decor and so much more.

Tuesday through Friday 11 - 5, Saturday 11 - 4 2259 Widman Way

Fort Myers River District

(formerly Peck Street)

(239) 226-0025

DIRECTIONS: Downtown Fort Myers ... Take MLK ... Look for the Oasis Restaurant. Turn on to Hendry Street, then left on Widman Way. We are directly one block BEHIND the Oasis Restaurant. FREE PARKING.

ICHIBAN Japanese & Chinese Cuisine

ut our Ask abo nition h Defi

Hig Special SUSHI

Six Day Lunch Menu!

OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK

SUMMER HOURS: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. • Saturday Noon - 11 p.m. Sunday Noon - 10 p.m.

Fast Friendly Service and Soft Music!

1520 Broadway • Suite 105

DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS Tel: (239) 334-6991 • Fax (239) 334-6591 www.IchibanDowntownFortMyers.com

Located at the Entrance to the

Hotel Indigo


First Celebrates Freedom nets canned goods for charity

Guns and Hoses Pipes and Drums

Residents who attended First Celebrates Freedom at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers July 6 opened their hearts and their wallets by contributing food and money to benefit The Soup Kitchen operated by Community Cooperative. More than 400 people attended the patriotic performance, sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships, and brought 750 pounds of food. The popular event featured a bagpipes and drums opening by Lee County Guns and Hoses Pipe and Drums, followed by 90 minutes of songs by the Freedom Choir and sing-alongs by the audience. A highlight was a rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.” by the Gulf Coast Harmonizers along with performances by pianist Barbara Peterson, organist Randy Woods, choral direc-

tor Rev. Roger Peterson, soloists Michael Broyles, Paula Moore and Linda Digman, and the First Presbyterian Church Choir and friends. First Celebrates Freedom is the second of three hymn sings sponsored annually by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing in February and the very popular Christmas Carol Sing coming Dec. 5. All three events benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative, which was started by First Presbyterian Church along with other downtown churches in 1984 to help alleviate hunger and suffering in Lee County. First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers is located at 2438 Second St. in downtown Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-334-2261 or visit www.fpcfortmyers.org

Gulf Coast Harmonizers photos by Susie Bennett

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Community Cooperative to hold annual Becoming Cosmopolitan: Fire & Ice Oct. 5 at Davis Art Center

Community Cooperative has announced that the 12th annual Becoming Cosmopolitan event will take place Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s event will feature the theme, Fire & Ice and will be held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District. “We are so thrilled to be bringing Becoming Cosmopolitan back to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, truly one of the most beautiful buildings in Fort Myers.” said Tracey Galloway, CEO of Community Cooperative. “And we are so excited about our new theme: Fire & Ice,” she added. “Add in great cuisine, cool cocktails, and hot dance music, all in support of a great cause, and you’ve got what Becoming Cosmopolitan is all about.” The evening features shopping with local vendors, gourmet cuisine and cocktails, sinfully delicious desserts, a silent and live auction, exciting raffles, great music and an after party all in celebration of the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Southwest Florida. Over 300 guests attended last fall’s Becoming Cosmopolitan event. “Each year we have been able to make this event bigger and better than ever,”

said Charlotte Miller, Florida Power & Light area manager & external affairs and Community Cooperative Board member. “The monies raised will go a remarkably long way in helping Community Cooperative assist the growing number of women and children who are in need of food, shelter, and other social services.” Sponsorships are now available and range from $1,500 to $10,000. Donations for the event’s silent and live auctions, and Key To The Closet raffle are also being accepted. Tickets will go on sale in midAugust. For more information, contact Stefanie Ink Edwards 239-461-2802, or Stefanie@CommunityCooperative.com. Community Cooperative is an organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 15,000 meals each month through its Community Cafés and Marketplace and Meals on Wheels programs and offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers. For more information, call (239) 332-7687 or visit www.CommunityCooperative.com.

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Comedy Clubs AUGUST

WEDNESDAY - 2

Dustin Diamond 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUNDAY - 6

THURSDAY - 3

Devin Seibold 7 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Gallagher 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Gar y Owen 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

THURSDAY - 10

St eve Mudf lap McGrew & Chad Prat her 8 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

WEDNESDAY - 9

John Charles 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Drew Lync h 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

Richy Leis 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

FRIDAY - 4

Gar y Owen 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

John Charles 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

FRIDAY - 11

Drew Lync h 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

Richy Leis 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Dustin Diamond 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Gar y Owen 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

SATURDAY - 5

Devin Seibold 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

John Charles 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Richy Leis 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Dustin Diamond 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

* schedules subject to change

Vic Dibetetto 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THURSDAY - 17

Michael Blaustein 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Ryan Davis 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Vic Dibetetto 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRIDAY - 18

Michael Blaustein 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

SATURDAY - 12

Drew Lync h 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

SUNDAY - 13

WEDNESDAY - 16

Devin Seibold 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Dustin Diamond 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Saturday - 12 continued

Drew Lynch 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

Gar y Owen 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

Ryan Davis 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Vic Dibetetto 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Comedy Club calendar online at www.HappeningsMagazine.net

SATURDAY - 19

Michael Blaust ein 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Ryan Davis 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Vic Dibete tto 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUNDAY - 20

Ryan Davis 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

WEDNESDAY - 23

John Car fi 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THURSDAY - 24

Michael Panzeca 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Matt Iseman 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club John Car fi 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRIDAY - 25

Michael Panzeca 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Matt Iseman 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club John Car fi 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SATURDAY - 26

Michael Panzeca 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Saturday - 26 continued

Matt Iseman 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club John Carf i 7 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUNDAY - 27

Jay Stevens 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

WEDNESDAY - 30

Rich Guzzi 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THURSDAY - 31

Julie Scoggins 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Philly Plowden 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Rich Guzzi 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Laugh In Comedy Cafe

8595 College Parkway Fort Myers 239-479-5233 laughincomedycafe.com

Off the Hook Comedy Club

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road unit #1100, Naples 239-389-6901 offthehookcomedy.com

The Comedy Zone at Visani Restaurant

2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte 941-764-3463 visani.net

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Tuesday -1 Harbour View Gallery reception Harbour View Gallery, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral Artists Preston McCrary and Sandy O Grady, 6 - 8 p.m. 239-540-5789

Wednesday -2 John McCormick The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Thursday -3 Live Music in the Village

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon – 3 p.m., Center Court, Salty Paws Muttini Mingle, 5:30-8 p.m. with live music by Dr. Doo-Wop Ken Feder, Center Court. 941-575-3007 Summer Concert Series - Soulixer Bell Tower Shops 13499 US Hwy 41 SE, Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-489-1221 Electric Mud concert Mercato, 9118 Strada Pl, Naples On the lawn. 6-9 p.m. 239-254-1080

Elevation: The Next Level exhibit Through Aug. 31 Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Opening Reception: Aug. 4 from 5 – 7 p.m. 239-939-2787 Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers A must do in the River District social scene is the monthly Art Walk. 6 - 10 p.m. www.fortmyersartwalk.com Textures, Tones & Textiles Exhibit Opening Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers 6 p.m. Exhibiting through Aug. 23. 239-333-1933 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225

Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Mary Poppins Through Aug. 12 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-278-4422

Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Held every Thursday by a community of local musicians that love playing music together in the park. This is not an open mic, but all acoustic musicians and bands are encouraged to come and share their talents. Check out the Jaycee Acoustic Jam page on Facebook for more info. 6 – 8 p.m.

Friday -4 Live Music in the Village

Music of the Decades with Storyline Band Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $13 for members or $17 for non-members. 7 p.m. www.theculturalcenter.com 941-625-4175 x221 ACMA presents Nate Currin with Ken Hulme Americana Community Music Association Listening Room - All Faiths Unitarian Congregation 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m. www.americanacma.org Saturday Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 11 am to 4 pm www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com The Sunset Celebration - Relentless Fire Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Improv Tonight! Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center 10150 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs $15 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Tona Wong The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Neon Summer Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Joel DaSilva & the Midnight Howl The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Dixieland Jazz Series - Naples Jazz Masters Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples 1 - 3 p.m. 239-263-1113

Sunday -6 Live Music in the Village

JL Fulks The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 3-7 p.m., Center Court. 941575-3007

Humid Daze exhibit Through Aug. 26 Art League of Fort Myers 1451 Monroe St., Fort Myers Reception and People's Choice ribbon Aug. 4 from 6 7:30 p.m. 239-275-3970

Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Naples Players KidzAct: Sister Act Through Aug. 6 Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S, Naples 239-263-7990

Saturday -5 Live Music in the Village

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, Noon-3 p.m. & Chris G, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Cottrell, noon-4 p.m., & Singer Michael Hirst performs 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

August and Candace Promenade at Bonita Bay Performing live at The Center Bar. 7 - 10 p.m. www.promenadeshops.com

Edith Diamond Promenade at Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs The Center Bar. 7 - 10 p.m. www.promenadeshops.com

Shake, Rattle & Soul Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Shake, Rattle & Soul sings across the decades from the ‘50s to the ‘80s. $10 per person. 7 p.m. www.theculturalcenter.com 941-625-4175

ACMA concert - Nate Currin All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Ken Hulme opens. 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org

ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., For Myers Reception for exhibits featuring Tonya Bautista-Barnes and Four Generations of Artists (Malloy family) 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 239-337-5050

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The Smell of the Kill Through Aug. 26 The Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers 239-218-0481 www.brownpapertickets.com

Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Preview Party with Danny Myrick & Tim James Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 W. First St., Fort Myers Free tickets at www.catcountry1071.com

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Surrealists Summer Exhibit Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs 26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs What is real? What is imaginary? This exhibition aims to merge the two. Surrealism can have many forms but at its core is the element of surprise by contrasting elements. Opening Reception: Friday, Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 25. 239-495-8989

GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products. Live entertainment by local musicians and activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787

Wayward Souls Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225

Monday - 7

Fort Myers Film Festival TGIM Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers TGIM returns with hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven and judges Tyler Shore, Mercedes Gutierrez, and Jason Parrish. Musical guest Frankie Colt. $10 Cocktails 6:30 p.m., movies 7 p.m. www.sbdac.com

Wednesday - 9 John McCormick The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Thursday - 10 Summer Concert Series - Sheena Brook Bell Tower Shops 13499 US Hwy 41 SE, Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-489-1221

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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

Torched Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Music and Dancing with Erich Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. $10 at the door. www.theculturalcenter.com 941-625-4175

Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225

Edith Diamond Promenade at Bonita Bay Performing live at The Center Bar. 7 - 10 p.m. www.promenadeshops.com

Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Held every Thursday by a community of local musicians that love playing music together in the park. This is not an open mic, but all acoustic musicians and bands are encouraged to come and share their talents. Jaycee Acoustic Jam page on Facebook for more info. 6 – 8 p.m.

Your Choice 2017 Reception and Awards Election Naples Art Association, 585 Park St., Naples Wine, cheese, art and live music by Joe Osment. During the reception, Gallery 104 will be converted into a precinct with voting from 5:30 to 7:30 pm only. Everyone attending may cast one vote for a favorite artist. $10 donation requested for the general public. www.NaplesArt.org 239-262-6517

Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. & Singer Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

Mystery Walk Downtown Fort Myers Join the Mystery every second Friday of the month in the River District from 6-8 p.m. Registration begins at First and Hendry Streets in front of Iberia Bank. Free to play, participants receive the first clue of the mystery location and scorecard! www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

Friday - 11 Live Music in the Village

Sounds of Summer with Danny Sinoff and Morgan Marie Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-333-1933 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Women In Jeopardy by Wendy MacLeod Through Aug. 26 Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myer 239-939-2787 Naples Players KidzAct: James & the Giant Peach Jr. Through Aug. 13 Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Ave. S, Naples 239-263-7990

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Sean Chambers Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Saturday - 12 Tikifest Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Wakiki Hula Dancers Show, Jeff the “TIKI” Juggler, face painting & more, Tiki games, limbo, family activities, Tiki carvings, Tiki art and more. Noon - 4 p.m. Live music from the Dixieland Jazz by Leslie DaCosta, 5-9 p.m. 941-575-3007 Brian Markley Promenade at Bonita Bay Performing live at The Center Bar. 7 - 10 p.m. www.promenadeshops.com Naples Players auditions Maple & Vine and She Kills Monsters The Sugden Theatre, Naples Saturday, August 12, noon -4 p.m. A full list of audition opportunities is available at www.naplesplayers.org 239-434-7340 Ext. 100.

Tona Wong The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Joe Survival Caruso The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Locally grown, caught and cultivated foods. Live entertainment by local musicians and activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787 SoCo Second Saturdays Corner of McGregor Blvd and Colonial Blvd, driving east and turning south on Summerlin Rd, then making a right turn on Royal Palm Blvd., Fort Myers SoCo Second Saturdays celebrate the arts yearround, rain or shine. 6-10 p.m. www.SoCoSWFL.com.

Sunday - 13 Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson

The Sunset Celebration - Hester Prynn Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225

Erik Schlake exhibit at DAAS Co-Op DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts, 1400 Colonial Blvd., suite 84, Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-590-8645

Annual David Barbur Bikers’ Brunch Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. will hold a benefit motorcycle run and brunch, which will start at Six Bends Harley-Davidson and conclude at Keylime Bistro on Captiva. All proceeds from this event will go toward ACT programs. The Annual David Barbur Biker Brunch kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with registration. Kickstands go up at 9:30 a.m., with the brunch starting around 11 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m. Rain or shine and those who would like to join for the brunch at Keylime Bistro are welcome to arrive around 10:30 a.m. $20 per person, including riders. 239-939-2553 or www.actabuse.com

Rocker Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Dixieland Jazz Series - Naples Jazz Masters Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples 1 - 3 p.m. 239-263-1113

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Sunday - 13 continued

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Sunny Jim White performs Trop Rock music, 3-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 NexxLevel Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

Monday - 14 Your Choice 2017 Exhibit

Through Sept. 29 Naples Art Association, 585 Park St., Naples Your Choice is Naples Art Association’s annual nonjuried exhibition. www.NaplesArt.org 239-262-6517

Wednesday - 16 Elvis & The Babe: Two Dead, Fat Guys Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers Miracle vs Lakeland. 239-768-4210 John McCormick The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Thursday - 17 Summer Concert Series - Deven Starr Bell Tower Shops 13499 US Hwy 41 SE, Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-489-1221

Edison and Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers Live music, cash bar and limited menu from Pinchers. The Marina offers a river view from the indoor, airconditioned bar or outdoor deck. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free admission to the event. 239-334-7419

SummerJazz on the Gulf: Gloria West & The Gents The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples Free concert at 6:30 p.m. www.naplesbeachhotel.com

August Promenade at Bonita Bay Performing live at The Center Bar. 7 - 10 p.m. www.promenadeshops.com

3 Vocal Band Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Dynamic musicians who have superlative harmony and genuinely love the music that they perform - '50s to '80s Classic Hit Songs! 7 p.m. $13 for members or $17 for non-members. www.theculturalcenter.com 941-625-4175 x221.

Art & Poetry Networking Event Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers 8 p.m. 239-333-1933 Kate & The Keys Cultural Center of Charlotte county 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Kate Keys is an up and coming powerhouse musician who hails from the Englewood area. $10 at the door. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers The River District comes alive as local and regional musicians line the streets. 6-10 pm. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Men Are Dogs Through Aug. 20 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral 239-772-5862

Third Thursday on Third Third Avenue South, Naples Third Thursday on Third continues on August 17 with Steve and Shelly in the Fleischmann Courtyard, 6-9 p.m. www.thirdstreetsouth.com

Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Sundown Stroll Tarpon Point Marina Village 5991 Silver King Blvd., Cape oral Fun, family friendly event on the third Thursday every month. Live music, 4 p.m. to sunset. www.tarponpoint.com Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Held every Thursday by a community of local musicians that love playing music together in the park. This is not an open mic, but all acoustic musicians and bands are encouraged to come and share their talents. Jaycee Acoustic Jam page on Facebook for more info. 6 – 8 p.m.

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Friday - 18 Rhythm on the River at The Marina

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. & Singer Paul Roush, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Dixieland Jazz Series - Naples Jazz Masters Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples 1 - 3 p.m. 239-263-1113 The Sunset Celebration - Remedy Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

ARTScool Exhibitions 2017 Through Sept. 25 Naples City Hall 735 8th Street South, Naples The Naples Art Association is featuring a selection of work by students from the 19th annual ARTScool Summer Art Program. Children and teens created their artwork during theme, media, and age-based classes. www.NaplesArt.org 239-262-6517

Alive After Five Downtown Punta Gorda Live music, artists and demoing, food trucks, other entertainment throughout downtown. Don't forget to enter our monthly drawing for $50 DMA bucks. free. 5 - 8 p.m. 941-391-4856

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Canaan Smith The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors open at 7 p.m. 239-985-9839

The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Shore Patrol Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 The Joey Tenuto Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Saturday - 19 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Dick & Kammy, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Rita Beach, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Dead Letter Society Promenade at Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs Performing live at The Center Bar. 7 - 10 p.m. www.promenadeshops.com Tona Wong The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 ACMA presents Oak Hammock Benefit Show Americana Community Music Association Listening Room - All Faiths Unitarian Congregation 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m. www.americanacma.org

Riverside Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Jason Haram Group The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Locally grown, caught and cultivated foods. Live entertainment by local musicians and activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787

Sunday - 20 Live Music in the Village

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Tenor Singer and Saxophone player David McDonald, 3-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225

Wednesday - 23 John McCormick The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Thursday - 24 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Summer Concert Series - Evan Derby Bell Tower Shops, 13499 US Hwy 41 SE, Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-489-1221 Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Held every Thursday by a community of local musicians that love playing music together in the park. This is not an open mic, but all acoustic musicians and bands are encouraged to come and share their talents. Jaycee Acoustic Jam page on Facebook for more info. 6 – 8 p.m.

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Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Josh Thompson The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors open at 7 p.m. 239-985-9839

Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225

Midsummer Night’s Rockin with Rosada Project The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers Benefit Heights School Success program. $10, 6 - 10 p.m. 239-482-7706 www.heightsfoundation.org

Friday - 25 Live Music in the Village

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m., Dixieland Jazz by Leslie DaCosta, 5-9 p.m., Center Court & The Kollections Band, 8:30 p.m. at Harpoon Harry’s. 941-575-3007 August and Candance Promenade at Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs Performing live at The Center Bar. 7 - 10 p.m. www.promenadeshops.com Summer Singer/Songwriter Competition Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-333-1933 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Electric Lipstick Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Josh Garrett Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Saturday - 26 Arts in August & Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda The arts event takes place from noon - 4 p.m. Live music by Sons of Beaches, noon-4 p.m., Tiki Tom and L.A., 5-9 p.m., Center Court & The Kollections Band, 8:30 p.m. at Harpoon Harry’s. 941-575-3007 ACMA concert - Sally Barris All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Andy Getch opens. www.americanacma.org Dixieland Jazz Series - Naples Jazz Masters Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples 1 - 3 p.m. 239-263-1113 The Sunset Celebration - Tiger Blue 1Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Manny T Promenade at Bonita Bay, Bonita Springs Performing live at The Center Bar. 7 - 10 p.m. www.promenadeshops.com Tona Wong The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 High Five Friday Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Nouveaux Honkies The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Shower of Stars Tribute Show Cultural Center Theater 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. $15 for members or $17 for non-members. www.theculturalcenter.com or 941-625-4175 x221

Sunday - 27 Live Music in the Village

Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda Rita Beach, 2-6 p.m., Center Court, 941-575-3007 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Wayward Souls Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Southwest Florida Blues Society Regional IBC Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Area acts compete for a chance to head to Memphis for thee International Blues Challenge. Doors at noon, music at 1 p.m. www.swfbs.org

Tuesday - 29 Amernet String Quartet

Shell Point - The Village Church 15101 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers 7 p.m. www.shellpoint.org 239-454-2067 Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida Summer Sing - Mendelsshon’s Elijah Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-560-5695 www.symphonicchorale.org

Wednesday - 30 John McCormick The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Thursday - 31 Alec Prorock & Morgan Marie Bell Tower Shops, 13499 US Hwy 41 SE, Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-489-1221 Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Held weekly by a community of local musicians that love playing music together in the park. This is not an open mic, but all acoustic musicians & bands are encouraged to come & share their talents. Jaycee Acoustic Jam page on Facebook. 6 - 8 p.m. 20th Anniversary Art Walk at FGCU Wasmer Art Gallery and ArtLab Gallery Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries celebrate 20 years of art. Exhibit Aug. 21 - Sept. 21. Opening reception Aug. 31 from 5 - 8 p.m. 239-590-7199

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