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FEBRUARY 2018

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THE TENORS AT SEMINOLE CASINO JAMEY JOHNSON AT THE RANCH THE 39 STEPS ON CULTURAL PARK STAGE

Art Festivals in SW Florida

“Boats on the Beach” by Edward Park

Naples • Fort Myers • Cape Coral • Port Charlotte


Publisher’s Spotlight Theatre news

Wow, it is a busy time for all of our great theatrical venues in Southwest Florida. Theatre goers have so many choices at this time of the year, but you must not wait until the last minute to by your tickets. Some of these shows will sell out fast. And, here are some of your options: In Naples, TheatreZone presents The Secret Garden Feb. 8 - 18 at the G & L Theatre. The Naples Players’ production of Charles Ives Take Me Home continues at the Sugden Theatre in Naples through Feb. 11. The Laboratory Theater of Florida performs The Way We Get By Feb. 2 - 18 in Fort Myers. At the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers, Chicago the musical runs now through Feb. 10. Mamma Mia will then be on stage from Feb. 15 through April 7. At Florida Gulf Coast University, Black Comedy will be performed Feb. 16 - 25. Theatre Conspiracy presents Gidion’s Knot Feb. 8 - 18 at Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of The Price continues on stage through Feb. 4 at The Norris Center in Naples. Scapino will then be staged Feb. 17 through March 18. The Naples Players will present some Shakespeare productions between Feb. 17 and March 18 on the outdoor Baker Stage. On Sanibel, Noises Off runs now through Feb. 17 at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater. Florida Repertory Theatre has extended its run of Night and Day (the Cole Porter revue) through March 11 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. In Cape Coral, Cultural Park Theater presents The 39 Steps Feb. 9 - 18.

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On its main stage, Florida Rep will perform The Miracle Worker Feb. 16 through March 17 in downtown Fort Myers. The Firehouse Community Theatre in LaBelle presents Always a Bridesmaid on stage Feb. 22 - 25 and March 1 - 4. The Hallejuah Girls continues through Feb. 24 at the Off Broadway Palm Theatre in Fort Myers. The Charlotte Players are quite busy this month, too. Chick Soup plays Feb. 1 - 11 at the Langdon Playhouse. Monty Python’s Spamalot will be performed Feb. 9 - 18 at the Cultural Center. Late Night Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice will play Feb. 22 at the Cultural Center. The Naples Players will perform Rapture, Blister, Burn Feb. 7 through March 4 at the Sugden Theatre.

An artful season

Annual art events continue in February, and they include .... ArtFest Fort Myers will be Feb. 3 and 4 in thee River District. Pine Island Art Association’s 46th annual art show and sale Feb. 10 and 11. The Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda will hold its 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition Feb. 2 through March 20. The SW Florida Fine Craft Guild will have its 18th annual expo Feb. 10 at Cape Coral Arts Studio. The Bonita Springs National Art Festival takes place Feb. 10 - 11. The Naples National Art Show is set for Feb. 24 & 25 in downtown Naples. These annual art shows and festivals are excellent opportunities to support local and national artists. If you can’t get to all of these events, be sure to check out our local galleries who have new exhibits every month. Rock on,

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THEATRE

JamieLynn Bucci, Robert Ball and Mark Vanagas in the Naples Playersʼ Charles Ives Take Me Home.

THE NAPLES PLAYERS

Charles Ives Take Me Home

The Naples Players present Jessica Dickey’s poignant and eloquent ode to fathers and daughters, Charles Ives Take Me Home, with performances now through Feb. 11. Whether the relationship between a father and daughter is nonexistent or reminiscent of Atticus Finch and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, that relationship will prove to be one of the most profound of both of their lives. Charles Ives Take Me Home eloquently guides us through the lives of John Starr (Mark Vanagas), a talented concert violinist and his equally gifted athlete daughter Laura (JamieLynn Bucci). Throughout their lives John Starr’s love of music and his daughter Laura’s passion for basketball are at odds, but thankfully they have the spirit of modernist composer Charles Ives (Robert Ball) to play referee. “It’s impossible to experience this beautiful story without being touched in some way,” said director Jessica Walck, TNP’s associate artistic director. Walck is known for her acclaimed direction of the thought provoking and moving These Shining Lives in TNP’s 2017 season. “Having a father is something universal to all of us and yet we have so few opportu-

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nities through the arts to reflect on how truly life-changing that relationship is for us. Whether we are rebelling against them or yearning for their admiration, they shape who we are. That is something worth exploring, and Charles Ives Take Me Home does that with exceptional fluency.” Charles Ives Take Me Home is a story told with a lightness that will have you laughing at one moment and moved in another, but it is one that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. That may be because stories about father-daughter relationships are sparse or it may be Dickey’s gift for storytelling that includes using music to tell a story, and in this case the music of modernist composer Charles Ives. Ive’s passion for music and ability to perceive what exists between the obvious is the perfect addition to Dickey’s storytelling. Fathers impact their daughters lives as much through words unsaid than those expressed. A lifetime filled with the complex push and pull of John and Laura’s relationship, is articulated fluidly through the cadence of the dribbling of a basketball and the sometimes soothing and other times energizing or agitating sound of the violin.

Charles Ives musical compositions, though completely unique and unlike any of his time are considered some of the most important musical influences in the 20th century. Perhaps that is why Dickey included Ives music in this deeply layered play. His music was complex, sometimes confusing but in the end profoundly influential, just like the father-daughter relationship of John and Laura Starr explored in Charles Ives Take Me Home. "One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music, it was, first, because of my father, and second, because of my wife," said Ives. This heartfelt ode to father and daughters is a celebration of joy, family, art, love and what it means to be home. Charles Ives Take Me Home is a play to be experienced by all and if possible, shared with those who have had a meaningful influence on your life. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for subscribers and $10 for students and educators. Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information visit www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 2637990.

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THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA PRESENTS

THE WAY WE GET BY By Neil LaBute

Thinking TheaterTM

February 2, 3, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.

February 4, 11 & 18 at 2 p.m. www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com

239-218-0481

1634 Woodford Ave. Downtown Fort Myers

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Gulfshore Playhouse presents Scapino

FGCU students rehearse Black Comedy.

Black Comedy at FGCU

The Bower School of Music & the Arts shedding new light on his bright future. at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Theatre This brilliant, one-act farce by Peter Program will present Black Comedy by Shaffer offers a great escape into a simPeter Shaffer and directed by theatre pler time when young love, political innoprofessor Greg Longenhagen in cence, and a healthy pour of Gin & Tonic TheatreLab in the Arts Complex at FGCU could save the day!. This production will from Feb. 16 - 25. mark the inaugural scenic design at It’s 1965 London. Carnaby Street is in FGCU by assistant technical director full color; Go-Go boots pound the paveAmanda Warriner and will feature sculpments of Soho. A tures by the stuyoung sculptor, dents of the one Brindsley FGCU Art Miller and his Program, which upper-class will be available fiancée Carol for sale. Melkett plot to Performances impress a millionwill be Feb. 16, aire art collector 17, 23 & 24 at and Carol’s 7:30 p.m. and Daddy by displayFebruary 18, 24 ing some “tem& 25 at 2 p.m. porarily pinched” There will also antiques from a be a discussion neighbor’s flat with the cast and and passing them crew following graphic courtesy of Sasha Minsky off as Brindsley’s the 2 p.m. perproperty! All goes formance on awry when the power goes out, the Feb. 24. neighbor returns home early and Tickets for this event are $10 for the Brindsley’s ex-girlfriend gets a great idea! general public and $7 for students and While Brindsley navigates his small are available for purchase online at soiree in the dark, his entire life unwinds, www.fgcu.edu/CAS/BSMA, or at the door.

Scapino by Molière will be performed by Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples Feb. 17 through March 18. Leandre is in love with Zerbinette and Octave is in love with Hyacinth but both of their fathers have other plans in mind. Hilarity ensues as the two young men look to the crafty servant Scapin to help them dupe their fathers into a grand scheme that will lead to a riotously happy ending for all. Starring Gulfshore Playhouse artistic associate and Broadway veteran Jeffrey Binder, this funny French farce is directed with a modern twist and will leave you laughing all the way home. Gulfshore playhouse performs in The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S. in Naples. Evening shows begin at 8; matinees begin at 3 p.m. All show tickets are $30 two hours before a performance. For ticket info, visit www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org or call 866811-4111.

Gidion’s Knot at Alliance Feb. 8 -18 Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts presents Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams Feb. 8 – 18 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. The production stars Sonya McCarter as Corryn Fell and Lauren Drexler as Heather Clark. Gidion’s Knot is directed by Rachael Endrizzi and with assistant director Sima Robbins. Gidion’s Knot takes place in true time — the play takes 90 minutes, so does this remarkable parent-teacher conference. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 239-939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/Theatre.

Shakespeare productions Feb. 17 - March 18 in Naples

Encouraging patrons to bring their favorite lawn chair, The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre announced that they will produce a free, abridged version of Shakespeare’s beloved classic The Taming of the Shrew on the outdoor Baker Stage Feb. 17 to March 18 – the first production of its kind in The Naples Players 64 -year history. 8 - February 2018

Comprised of an all-female cast, the production provides a unique and exciting twist on Shakespeare, which was traditionally performed with only male performers. Working from the model created by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) and the University of Colorado’s Institute of Behavioral Science, the Naples Players is the first entity

in the country to try and apply the model in a new state. Free and open to the public, performances will be held every weekend on Baker Stage. Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 6 p.m. (No performance on St. Patrick’s Day). For more information, visit www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 263-7990. Happenings Magazine


FLORIDA REPERTORY THEATRE

Dan Fenaughty, Travis Kent and Larissa Klinger. Photo by Michael Allan Galvez

Night and Day

Rep extends revue of Cole Porter music

Florida Repertory Theatre has extended the world premiere of Night and Day: Love Lost and Found through the Eyes of Cole Porter through March 11 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. Night and Day features 36 of the most beloved songs our time such as "Anything Goes," "You're the Top," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and the title song, "Night and Day." Conceived and directed by Florida Rep founder and producing artistic Director Robert Cacioppo, Night and Day is a thrilling and glamorous revue that follows a linear story of love lost and love found told only with Cole Porter's masterful lyrics and iconic music. Made famous on film, Broadway, and a recording career that spanned decades, Porter's are some of the most-sung songs of the 20th century, and you’ll fall in love with them all over again. From thrilling to heartbreaking, audiences will follow two couples on a beautiful and thrilling journey to find love, lose love, and find it all over again. "We are delighted to revive our tradition to salute a great American composer in a brand-new musical salute," said producing artistic director Robert Cacioppo. "No one wrote lyrics like Cole Porter, and in Night and Day we'll use his songs to tell a touching, humorous, and thrilling love story. Plus, we've put together a cast of top-notch musical theatre performers out of New York City, and we'll be writing, arranging, and choreographing this play to feature their talents. This will be the hottest ticket in town." Night and Day features an all-star cast of top musical theatre talent, all making their Florida Rep debuts: Dan Fenaughty, Travis Kent, Larissa Klinger and Jennifer Lorae. Fenaughty was last seen in Riverside Theatre’s Mame and the national tour of The 39

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Steps, and Kent recently appeared in Seth Rudetsky's Disaster! Klinger comes to Fort Myers after a recent world tour entertaining our troops with the USO Show Troupe and the national tour of The 39 Steps, while Lorae joins the cast after recent runs Off Broadway and in major regional theatres across the country. Director Cacioppo (Too Marvelous for Words, Fascinatin’ Gershwin) leads an expert creative team, including musical director and arranger Victoria Casella (Fascinatin’ Gershwin), ensemble member, choreographer and co-creator Arthur D’Alessio (Too Marvelous for Words), set designer Jordan Moore (At Wit's End), costume designer Charlene Gross (Outside Mullingar), sound designer John Kiselica (Disgraced) and ensemble manager Amy Massari (Sylvia). New for the 2017-2018 season, weeknight performances (Tuesday-Thursday) begin at 7 p.m. Weekend evening performances remain at 8 p.m. and matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are still set for the popular 2 p.m. curtain time. Seating is limited in the intimate 110-seat venue. Priced at $55, single tickets are now on sale through the box office at 239-332-4488 and online at www.floridarep.org. Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 season offer the best seats and the biggest savings, and packages start as low as $150 for six plays. 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. Visit Florida Rep online at www.FloridaRep.org, and by following the company on social media.

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Americana Community Music Association Inc.

Americana

Acoustic Shows

CULTURAL PARK THEATRE COMPANY The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation’s

Songwriter Showcase

Melissa Welke, Annie Wenz & Kim Mayfield

BROADWAY SERIES

Feb. 3

Lipbone Redding

Feb. 10 Bruce & Cecile Gallant opens

Doug MacLeod

Sun, Feb. 18 Ray Cerbone opens

Songwriters at Sunset

Muriel Anderson $15 - $20 donation

Doug MacLeod

Pay at the door. The ACMA is a not for profit and funded by tax deductible donations. Check website for more info & visit YouTube on any of these artists. $10 - $15 donation per concert.

Concerts held at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation

2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m.

INFO: 239-691-4069

Feb. 1 - 4:30pm Ray Cerbone, Kip Lawrence and Houseboat Jim

Feb. 24 Bill Metts opens $15 - $20 donation

Lovers Key State Park

free

March 1 - 4:45pm Annie Wenz, Robert Bidney and David Hintz

free

Songwriters at the Library South County Library, Estero Feb. 10 at 2 pm - free Bob Williams, Andy Getch and Carlene Thissen

Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Directed by Tyler Young

www.AmericanACMA.org

Feb. 9 - 18 PERFORMANCES: Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. & Sunday at 3 p.m.

A Tribute to Elvis David Morin

Feb. 23, 24 & 25 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd. • Cape Coral

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TICKETS

239-772-5862

www.CulturalParkTheater.com

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Noises Of f on Sanibel

The screamingly funny play-within-a-play Noises Off opened Jan. 12 at BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater with an enormously talented New York cast. The show runs through Feb. 17. Noises Off is a laughout-loud farce surrounding the opening night performance of a play titled “Nothing On.” The show is hours away from opening as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal full of forgotten lines, unraveling love triangles and sardines flying everywhere. Can the cast pull their act together in time? “We invite you to come find out and enjoy the best laugh of the season,” says theater director Bobby Logue. “We have a stellar Broadway-based cast with some local favorites returning to our stage.” Catherine Walker plays Alison Nusbaum as Dotty, Craig Smith as Garry and Theresa Walker as Brooke in Noises Off at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater on Sanibel Island. The show plays through Feb. 17. Belinda Blair, a cheerful and sensible character who is something of a Garry Lejeune, a physically comedic way for my roles to be physically challenggossip. Walker was last seen on demanding role and the much younger ing but not in this production.” Broadway in the role of Phoebe D'ySquith love interest of Nusbaum's character Jaques Mitchel (Fredrick 'Freddie' in the 2014 Tony Award winning A Dotty. Smith has experience with farces. Fellowes), Rob Summer (Selsden), Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. He's appeared in Shear Madness, Funny Theresa Walker (Brooke Ashton), Joel She makes her acting debut on Sanibel in Money, Run For Your Wife, Tom, Dick and Stigliano (Lloyd Dallas), Katie Pankow Noise's Off. Harry, as well as many others. (Poppy Norton-Taylor) and Tommy Short “I have enjoyed being a visitor to “Noises Off is the mother of all farces,” (Tim Allgood) round out the cast of Noise's Sanibel, but this is a terrific opportunity to said Smith. “Most times I have to find a Off. Mitchel recently completed work on immerse into the island community for an the upcoming Showtime limited series extended amount of time,” said Walker. Escape at Dannemora with director Ben “It is also an extremely pleasant way to Stiller. Walker's recent credits include be out of the northeast during this winter Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Barbara freeze.” in Shear Madness and a few others. Walker's acting career took her to Stigliano was most recently in the Broadway as part of the original cast of National Tour of Elf the Musical. hit musical Mary Poppins. Walker, underAudiences will be delighted to see studying the role, became Broadway's Pankow, Summer, Stigliano, and Short second 'Mary' for more than 100 performreturn to the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss ances. She left that production to join the Theater. Pankow and Summer recently original cast of the highly acclaimed performed in A Christmas Carol. Short, Broadway revival of Ragtime. the Strauss Theater's stage manager, will Walker has to her credit performances play the role of a stage manager in on the 2007 Tony Awards, The Today Noise's Off. He was first seen as Rudy in Show, The View and The Macy's Over the Tavern. Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2006 and “We are excited to have gathered such 2015. She is joined in Noise's Off by astonishing talent for the island communiAlison Nusbaum, who will play the role of ty to enjoy,” concluded Logue. “Be preDotty Otley, a middle-aged television star pared for a great theatrical experience.” who is not only the top-billed star but one Visit www.BIGARTS.org to learn more of the play's principal investors. Nusbaum about BIG ARTS season and to purchase was most recently the National Tour of tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by Pippin as in the role of Bertha. calling 239-395-0900. Craig Smith will take on the role of 12 - February 2018

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LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA

Kendall Millang and Steven Coe in The Way We Get By.

The Way We Get By The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents the Southwest Florida premiere of The Way We Get By by Neil LaBute. When they awake after a one-night stand, Doug and Beth show us that, in addition to the awkwardness, there is something greater going on here. For this young couple, the morning after a wedding reception (with lots of alcohol) reveals some surprising twists that neither could have anticipated. According to director Annette Trossbach, "This show is a sexy love story with an unexpected twist. Doug and Beth negotiate their awkwardness after a one-night stand, their feelings for one another, and what other people will think... this courtship is charming, awkward, difficult, and lovely with Mr. LaBute's richlydrawn characters." Steven Coe is a Lab Theater regular and was most recently featured in Veronica’s Room, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane; a Parody of the Horror. The

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Way We Get By is Kendall Millang’s Lab Theater debut. Set design is by Michael Eyth, and lighting is by Rosie DeLeon. The Way We Get By plays from Feb. 2 to Feb. 18 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida. Performance dates are Feb. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; and Feb. 4, 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. A free matinee for teens age 13-18 as part of the Staging Teen Success Through Theater program Feb. 11, starting at 2 p.m., and sponsored by by the LGBT Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and Downtown House of Pizza. Tickets are available to purchase online at www.Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 239218-0481. For additional savings, guests may purchase a 20172018 season pass. The Laboratory Theater of Florida is located at 1634 Woodford Ave. in the Fort Myers River District.

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SONGKICK and “The Laughing Parrot� House Concert Venue proudly present

Kyshona Armstrong and Shannon LaBrie

Sunday, Feb. 25 This will be an epic concert event, with both Nashville Superstars, in the Blues, Soul and Gospel genre. A House Concert Venue, this is a listening room environment only. Tickets $20. Bring a chair and a small dish to pass, and BYOB. Meet & Greet 4 - 5 pm, and show 5 - 8 PM.

3525 Sudbury Lane, Bonita Springs

RSVP to 239-821-5016 or email socpar8hd@gmail.com Happenings Magazine

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BROADWAY PALM

Illy Kirven as Mama and Amy Marie McCleary as Velma in Chicago, playing now through Feb. 10 at Broadway Palm.

CH ICAGO Broadway Palm proudly presents the longest running American musical Chicago now through Feb. 10. With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards and the Grammy for Best Musical Cast Recording. Set in 1920s Chicago and based on true murders and trials, Chicagofollows Roxie Hart, an aspiring vaudevillian who murders her lover and is arrested. In jail, Roxie meets her hero, the double-murderess and nightclub entertainer Velma Kelly. When both vixens obtain the same lawyer, tensions run high as they fight for the spotlight. This tale of fame and fortune includes incredible dancing and one show-stopping song after another including “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” “When You’re Good To Mama,” “Roxie” and more. Directing Chicago is M. Seth Reines, a member of the Society for Directors and Choreographers with credits that include national tours of All Shook Up, The Wedding Singer and South Pacific, to name a few. Choreographing Chicago is Southwest Florida favorite, Amy Marie McCleary. In addition to choreographing, McCleary, after a four-year absence, will be making her return to the stage in the role of Velma Kelly which she has previously portrayed. Chicago plays now through Feb. 10. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. Ticket prices range from $45 to $70 with discounts for children and parties 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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Sarah Mae Banning as Roxie and Amy Marie McCleary as Velma in Chicago at Broadway Palm.

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CULTURAL PARK THEATER

Hithcock, Elvis in Cape Coral

By Michael Moran The 39 Steps, adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, runs at Cultural Park Theater Feb. 9 through Feb. 18. This fast paced melodrama is based on the novel by John Buchan and the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock. The local production is being directed by Tyler Young. The 39 Steps will have performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. As to the story, well … mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater. A man with a boring life meets a mysterious woman with a thick accent who tells him she is a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Awardwinning treat is packed with non-stop laughs, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, good old-fashioned romance and over 150 zany characters, played by a cast of four. The 39 Steps provides an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure. The cast includes returnees to the Cultural Park Stage: David Rode, Caroline Farrell, Jennifer Dube and welcoming newcomer Arika Shuck. Lighting and sound design by Robert Barnes. Stage management by Chloe Cuyler

who will be assisted by Peyton McCarthy. Be sure to reserve your tickets early, especially for the Sunday matinees, while there are still seats available. Next in our concert season, David Morin has been getting audiences all shook up for the past ten years. The ambitious performer who impersonates Elvis Presley first got enamored with Elvis at age four. “I’m from Martinique and the only thing I had in my room was a record player with some Elvis records,” Morin recalled. “French was my first language so I didn’t understand the words I was singing. I just knew that I loved it.” Morin has performed at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and screen legend Connie Francis has even come to his show a few times. “Performing as Elvis was never something I forced. The moves came naturally to me. I watch Elvis movies all the time and I’m a big fan of his but I never really studied him and then looked at myself in the mirror. Elvis was so smooth. Impersonating him has to be smooth too.” Morin’s costumes are all custom made and in addition to frequent concerts in South Florida, he’s traveled to Chicago, Kentucky and Memphis doing 22 shows a month. David will be on stage at Cultural Park Theater Feb. 23, 24 and 25 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday performances at 3 p.m. The Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. Broadway series tickets are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors and children, students and group rates are available. All concert tickets are $21. Call the box office at 239-772-5862 for reservations. Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.

The Firehouse Community Theatre continues its 25th season with the hilarious comedy romp Always a Bridesmaid, This play is a rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women (who made a promise at their Senior Prom) definitively answer the question, “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?” If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way catch a brides bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “ I do” or been forced to wear the world’s

ugliest bridesmaids dress, this deliriously funny Jones Hope Wotten comedy is definitely for you...and your dearly beloved. Performances for Always a Bridesmaid are Feb. 22 - 25 and March 1 - 4. All seats are $14. For tickets and information, call (863) 675-3066 and leave a message or visit www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located in LaBelle at 241 N. Bridge St.

Always a Bridesmaid in LaBelle

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Mamma Mia at Broadway Palm

Broadway Palm presents the musical Mamma Mia on stage Feb. 15 through April 17. Through ABBA’s greatest hits, Mamma Mia tells the comical story of Sophie, a bride-to-be, and her search for her birth father on a beautiful Greek island. After reading her mom’s diary, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. This enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship is set to ABBA classics including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “SOS” and the title song “Mamma Mia!”

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.

Hallelujah Girls on stage at Off Broadway

The Hallelujah Girls plays now through Feb. 24 at the Off Broadway Pam Theatre in Fort Myers. From the writers of The Dixie Swim Club and The Savannah Sipping Society comes this all-new, rollicking Southern comedy. The Hallelujah Girls will have you laughing all the way to SPA-DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned-dayspa where a group of friends gather every Friday. After suffering a loss, the women realize life is too short and if they’re going to live life to the fullest, they need to start now. Of course that’s easier said than done, but the women rally together to overcome the many hurdles thrown at them which gives you a side-splitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout "Hallelujah!" The Off Broadway Palm Theatre is Broadway Palm’s second performance venue. The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate 100-seat theatre, located in the main lobby of Broadway Palm. For more information visit www.BroadwayPalm.com, call (239) 278-4422 or stop by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. February 2018 - 17


CHARLOTTE PLAYERS

Chick Soup, Spamalot, Late Night Catechism

Kimberly Richards in Late Night Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice

From a cadre of silly knights to the musical stylings of some world famous vocalists, the Charlotte Players is offering a variety of entertainment In February. A trio of main stage productions take place at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, while the one Langdon Playhouse production is at the Charlotte Players Community Theater, 1182 Market Circle, Murdock. Chick Soup plays Feb. 1 – 11 at Langdon Playhouse. An inspiring and touching musical about four women who meet in an OB/GYN waiting room and become friends. The songs, reflecting the shared elements of all women’s lives, include “Shoes,” “She’s Having a Baby,” “Hand Pick Your Man” and the title song, “Chick Soup.” The local production is directed by Will Horton. Monty Python’s Spamalot takes the stage Feb. 9-18 at the Cultural Center. Written and originally performed by the cast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, this musical comedy centers around King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings the group to strange places

and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths. “It’s not your average musical,” says director Ian Bisset. The Edwards Twins will perform Feb. 13-14 at the Cultural Center. Back by popular demand, the Edward Twins return for two nights, with their uncanny impersonations of Barbara Streisand, Cher, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Engelbert Humperdinck and more. Late Night Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice will be staged Feb. 22 at the Cultural Center. The convent needs a new roof, so the order has decided hat Sister (with her extensive gambling experience running he church bingo for the last 25 years) will organize a Las Vegas night. The irrepressible Kimberly Richards returns as sister to tackle the topics ranging from show girls and live animal acts to the dangers of drive-through marriage chapels. For tickets or additional information, visit the Charlotte Players website, www.charlotteplayers.org, or call 941-255-1022 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Secret Garden at TheatreZone

Ten-year-old Carly Barnes of Jacksonville will play the pivotal show has sold out already. With sensational originality and role of Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden from Feb. 8 - 18 at splashy production numbers, Barry Manilow's Copacabana will TheatreZone, a professional theatre in residence on leave you breathless. Tony is a bartender who falls the Community School of Naples campus, 13275 in love with Lola and helps her become a Copa girl. Livingston Road. Lola also attracts the amorous attentions of Rico, Barnes will share the stage with another young who goes too far, abducting Lola and taking her to actor, Liam Hutt from Fort Myers, who will play Colin. his rival nightclub in Havana. Tony and the whole “I selected The Secret Garden for our second Copacabana crew set off to rescue Lola. show of the season because not only does it have Danni says, “We presented this show in our beautiful music, but it has interesting characters and fourth season, and it was very well received because also showcases outstanding young actors in the lead of its high energy and costumes. We’re bringing it roles,” said TheatreZone artistic director Mark Danni. back so more people can see it. And, how can you “I look forward to seeing families in the audience, as go wrong with Barry Manilow?” parents and grandparents introduce the next generaBaby will be performed April 26 – May 6. Is there tion to live theater.” anything more exciting, frightening and utterly transThe beloved children’s book presents a wonderful formational than impending parenthood? In this message of finding happiness by helping others. It’s musical, three couples at various stages of life deal an uplifting theme that Lucy Simon, sister of Carly with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny Carly Barnes Simon, and Marsha Norman interpreted beautifully consequences of the universal experience of pregwhen The Secret Garden ran on Broadway in 1991. nancy and upcoming parenthood. That production won the Tony Award for Best Book Danni says, “This was one of the first shows we of a Musical, and also a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book did, in year two, when we offered only four performances. It’s a of a Musical. funny and touching story with a fantastic musical score.” Shows are at 8 p.m. on Feb. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17; at 7:30 Tickets range from $50-$75 and may be purchased at p.m. on Feb. 11 and 18; and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10, 11, 17 and 18. www.theatrezone-florida.com or by calling the box office at 239TheatreZone will present Copacabana March 8 – 18. This 424-9500. 18 - February 2018

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Grand Opera Nights return to SW Florida Gulfshore Opera announces the return of its Grand Opera Nights tour. General director Steffanie Pearce describes it as “a sort of buffet of favorite scenes, performed in costume, with a narrator explaining the action. We presented it last year, and the audience loved it.” The selections for this year are from Carmen, Faust, The Merry Widow and West Side Story. The first performance for the series will be on Jan. 28 at the Cultural Center Theatre in Port Charlotte with a chorus and orchestra accompanying More performances will continue through February and March at Marco Island, Sanibel and Naples. This season, Gulfshore Opera has employed seven professional singers with New York management for a nine-week residency, and several of them will be performing on the Grand Opera Nights tour. The soprano leading lady is Camille Ortiz, a native of Puerto Rico, who recently completed her Doctoral degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from University of NorthTexas. Ortiz will play Vallencienne in Merry Widow for the Grand Opera Nights series.

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Ola Rafao, the Polish-American dramatic mezzosoprano, returns to Gulfshore Opera this year as Carmen in Grand Opera Nights. Rafalo has been called a “vocal powerhouse” by critics, and she has performed in Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and many other places nationally and internationally. Baritone Daniel Scofield joins the Grand Opera Nights tour as Danilo in the Merry Widow and Escamillo, the Toreador in Carmen. He has performed leading baritone repertoire across the United States, including New York City, Houston and Los Angeles. Tyler Putnam returns to Gulfshore Opera this year as the Resident Artist Bass. TheaterMania

describes his voice as “robust and resonant” and audiences will enjoy seeing Putnam’s artistry on display on the Grand Opera Nights tour. Putnam has appeared nationally and internationally as his talents are in high demand. All of the shows on the Grand Opera Nights tour will be a night to remember with captivating performances by these talented singers. Grand Opera Nights will be on Marco Island Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m., on Sanibel Island Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. and in Naples March 2 at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets for Grand Opera Nights or to find a Gulfshore Opera event in your area, visit online at www.GulfshoreOpera.org or call (239) 529-3925.

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GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE

The Price on stage to Feb. 4 in Naples Marilee Talkington and Jeffrey Binder in The Price.

Gulfshore Playhouse presents Arthur Miller’s The Price at The Norris Center in Naples. Starring Jeffrey Binder, David Whalen, Stuart Zagnit, Marilee Talkington and directed by Kristen Coury, Gulfshore Playhouse’s founder and producing artistic director, The Price plays now through Feb. 4. In The Price, Miller – the consummate voice of the American experience – examines how in order to move forward, one must make peace with the past. The play is set in an old, memory-filled Manhattan brownstone attic that becomes the staging ground for conflict between past and present, success and failure, and obligation and choice when two estranged brothers, Victor (Binder) and Walter (Whalen), return to their childhood home after 30 years. The New York Times has called The Price Miller’s best play. A Tony Award-winning playwright, Miller is also known as one of the leading figures in 20th-century American theatre, and was the creator of Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge. A 15-year Broadway veteran, Binder’s New York credits include Zazu in Disney’s The Lion King and George Banks in the hit musical Mary Poppins, both performed 22 - February 2018

at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street. Television credits include Damages, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Guiding Light, and All My Children. Binder also serves as Gulfshore Playhouse’s associate artistic director, and most recently appeared on the Gulfshore Playhouse stage as Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Appearing in more than 100 productions across the country, Whalen’s list of credits also includes television and film work on a number of best-rated motion pictures, including American Pastoral, Southpaw, The Last Witch Hunter, The Fault in Our Stars, Jack Reacher, Insomnia, Bystander, The Last Samaritan, Black Dahlia, My Bloody Valentine and Diagnosis: Murder. Whalen will appear in the upcoming film Holmes & Watson starring Will Ferrell and John C. Riley. As Gregory Solomon, Zagnit brings Broadway credits including Newsies, Seussical, The Wild Party, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The People in the Picture and Those Were the Days. He has appeared Off-Broadway in the original Little Shop of Horrors, All in the Timing, Lucky Stiff, Kuni-Leml, Picon Pie, A Dybbuk and The Grand Tour. Talkington, who plays the role of

Esther Franz, has appeared OffBroadway in A Nervous Smile, The Middle Ages and Truce. Her recent regional credits include Imaginary Comforts, Xs & Os, Lily’s Revenge with Taylor Mac, Rapture Blister Burn and Salomania. A visible figure at every Gulfshore Playhouse production, Coury founded the Naples producing professional theatre in 2004 after a more than 20-year career with national and international theatre companies. Her work in New York included roles with the commercial theatre for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, Broadway and International productions of Beauty and the Beast, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group. She also contributed to Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Production staff includes scenic designer Kristen Martino; sound designer Jimmy Lawlor; and costume designer Jennifer Bronsted. Gulfshore Playhouse performs in The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S. in Naples. Evening shows begin at 8; matinees begin at 3 p.m. All show tickets are $30 two hours before a performance. For ticket info, visit www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org or call 866-811-4111. Happenings Magazine


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Miracle Worker opens Feb. 16 at Florida Rep

Katherine Oni, Dede Brownlee, Judith Gangi Santos and Bonnie Knapp in Rapture, Blister, Burn in Naples Feb. 7 through March 4.

Rapture, Blister, Burn

on Sugden stage in Naples The Naples Players present Gina Gionfriddo’s smart and scathing Rapture, Blister, Burn with performances Feb. 7 through March 4 in TNP’s Tobye Studio. Directed by Mary Masterman, Rapture, Blister, Burn is about marriage, equality and the choices women make and later choose to remake. After grad school, Catherine (Dede Brownlee) and Gwen (Judith Santos) chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband Don (Bernardo Santana) and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs— the prize being Gwen's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals. "It's pretty rare to find a play that is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating,” said Bryce Alexander,

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artistic director of The Naples Players. “Ms. Gionfriddo has provided a fabulous way to explore an issue that every generation of women has faced; choosing a career, or choosing a husband - and what happens if you try to choose both. With the recent news that young woman are choosing not to have children, the topic is more relevant than ever. We are excited for women from every generation to find a voice in this smart and funny production." Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for subscribers and $10 for students and educators. Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information visit www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 263-7990. Other shows include Jessica Dickey’s poignant and eloquent Charles Ives Take Me Home now through February 11 and and Meredith Willson’s family friendly musical The Music Man March 7 – April 8.

Florida Repertory Theatre’s 20th anniversary season continues with William Gibson’s hopeful and uplifting true story, The Miracle Worker, an American classic which was immortalized on the screen by Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft. The production runs in the Historic Arcade Theatre Feb. 16 through March 17 with four previews Feb. 13 - 15. "We are proud to continue our tradition of bringing an American classic to vivid new life with The Miracle Worker," said Producing artistic director Robert Cacioppo. "This play is one of the most revered true stories of perseverance and determination, and its message of hope and the tenacity of the human spirit is a timeless one we must never forget. Annie Sullivan's strength and Helen Keller's bravery helped shaped a generation, and are still a lesson to us all." This timeless American classic tells the inspiring true story of how a determined teacher was able to save young Helen Keller from her isolated silence. Just before the turn of the 20th century, desperate for help, the Keller Family hires a young woman to help their blind and mute daughter learn to communicate with the outside world. Annie Sullivan sees that Helen is more than a spoiled and violent child trapped behind a wall, and against tremendous odds, she frees Helen’s spirit and opens her mind. Made famous by the film starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, “The Miracle Worker” is a moving, inspirational, and electrifying story of perseverance, friendship, and hope. Florida Rep ensemble members Viki Boyle, Patricia Idlette, William McNulty and Peter Thomasson return to the Florida Rep stage in this production, and are joined by frequent guest artist Kate Hampton. Making their Florida Rep debuts are Dillon Feldman and Broadway veteran, Betsy Hogg as Annie Sullivan. Florida Rep Education products Keehnon Jackson, Liza Jayne Longenhagen and Ben O’Brien complete the cast. Week night performances in both performance venues (Tuesday - Thursday) begin at 7 p.m. Weekend evening performances remain at 8 p.m. and matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday are still set for the popular 2 p.m. curtain time. Priced at $55/$45 for regular performances and $35/$25 for previews, single tickets are now on sale 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. Happenings Magazine


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ART

Ollie Mack Gentry & Veronica Ann Benning

George Mitchell at ACT Gallery

In February, Arts for ACT Gallery will feature photographer and author George Mitchell in the main gallery showing original photography from “Thirteen days in the summer of 1967…” in the Mississippi Hill Country. Off the main gallery in the white gallery, a duo exhibit of photography by Ollie Mack Gentry and paintings by the late Veronica Benning. Also showing will be new works from our co-op artists. George Mitchell has been making serious photographs since his senior year in high school, when he began photographing traditional blues artists he located or visited with a Kodak Instamatic camera. He began making more professional photographs in 1967, when the University of Minnesota School of Mass Communication and Journalism lent him a camera, and his wife and he went to Mississippi for the summer to record, photograph, and interview traditional blues musicians. This trip resulted in his first book, Blow My Blues Away, published by Louisiana State University Press. For several years in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a reporter in Columbus, Georgia. Under the tutelage of the photographers at the Columbus Ledger, he took the photographs which appeared with his stories. At the Columbus Times, he was a reporter, a photographer, and later executive editor. During that period, he produced his second book of photographs and text, I'm

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Somebody Important. He taught photography in Atlanta at four high schools for a total of 25 years. He also authored five more books of photographs and interviews. Mitchell also recorded blues singers for records album for more than two decades, beginning in 1961, and is one of only several people to have received two Keeping the Blues Alive awards from the Handy Foundation. Inspired by nature, humanity, architecture and the love of art, Ollie Gentry sought beauty through the lens. Gentry's images capture the essence of the whole object or being, and his lifelong passion for photography gives him an eye for the unique and historical details of everyday objects, places and people. Driven by his own love for beauty, as well as the great images by Mapplethorpe, Leibovitz and Adams, Gentry honors the intimacy of his subjects to create serene, modern photographic images without manipulation. Ollie Mack Gentry Photography is located at 2180 West First St., unit 210 in the River District. Using oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, ink and graphite, the late Veronica Ann Benning often worked from the still-life or landscape to produce her over-all color condition. Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. An opening reception will be held Feb. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. in conjunction with Art Walk.

Davis Art Center: Myra Roberts, trading cards, music studio tour

Art and music come together during Art Walk on Friday, Feb. 2 at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. Enjoy two incredible art openings featuring Myra Roberts’ “Dream Peace” in the Grand Atrium and a group art show based on the tradition of artist trading cards, “Carded: Miniature Masterpieces,” in the Capital Gallery. Plus, experience a live recording session at Six Fingers Studios featuring singer-songwriter Kyle Anne Duggan. Experience Myra Roberts’ eclectic exhibit, featuring poster-style paintings of topics ranging from social injustice to Buddhism. “Dream Peace” will also feature performance art group S(he) Will Fade: A Theatrical Ethnography and a short improvisational dance by Debbie Myra Roberts Sheme, the

founder of Sanibel Dance. Carded: Miniature Masterpieces group art show is based on the tradition of artist trading cards dating back to the 15th century. See this eclectic and inspiring show featuring some of the local art community’s brightest stars. During this one-night-only engagement, Six Fingers hosts singer-songwriter Kyle Anne Duggan with backing musicians Drew Richard, Shawn Ayotte, and Marc Davis for an open house recording session. Tour Six Fingers Studios, meet the studio manager and sound engineers, and see Kyle Anne record her original songs. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. For more info, visit www.sbdac.com or 239-333-1933.

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The Pine Island Art Association’s

ART SHOW & SALE 46th Annual

art council of southwest florida

Co-op Art Gallery @ Coconut Point

Your place for the largest, most open venue, for the most beautiful fine art & craf ts of Southwest Florida.

Coconut Point Mall in Estero

8074 Mediterranean Dr. (next to Panera)

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Reception: Thursday, Feb. 8

4 - 6 p.m. with music, wine, hors d’oeuvres

Saturday & Sunday February 10 & 11 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Matlacha Community Building Matlacha Community Park

4577 NW Pine Island Road, Rt. 78

Just west of the Pine Island Bridge (on the south side of Pine Island Road)

This show includes the work of more than 100 local artists. You will find watercolors, oil paintings, acrylics, pastels & drawings. Many are Florida-themed pieces, all matted, framed and ready to hang. There will also be more than 500 matted, original mini paintings. Sponsored by The Pine Island Art Association PO Box 136, Matlacha, FL 33993

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Sea Grape features Kapuchinski and Ellsworth

Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Susan Kapuchinski (oil painter) and Jim Ellsworth (wood turner), from Feb. 1 to March 1. Susan Kapuchinski spent many years as a decorative fine arts painter. She has traveled extensively in Europe, the Far East and South America which has inspired much of her artwork. After a one-year sabbatical in Australia, Susan and her husband moved to Punta Gorda where she focuses many of her paintings on Florida landscapes, florals and still life. Often Susan’s inspiration comes from the draJim Ellsworth matic effects of contrast in light and shadow in the inherent beauty of nature. Her primary focus is oil on canvas where she often uses photos and sketches from her many travels and the beauty of Florida’s natural environment. Susan’s art conveys a soft, romantic through realistic mood. As Susan says, “my goal in painting is to make my artwork sing.” When viewing her work, it is evident that Susan has accomplished her goal. Jim Ellsworth learned basic woodworking skills while in high school which led him to furniture making. During Jim’s working career he held various positions including a bank executive, college professor and a community leader. All through his career days, Jim continued his

hobby of making furniture. Upon retiring to Florida, he decided to focus his creative energy on the art of wood turning. He began attending classes by nationally recognized wood turners around the country and attended seminars and symposiums on various wood turning topics and techniques. Even though Jim Susan Kapuchinski produces his art in a wide range of turning styles, he especially enjoys producing segmented turnings. When viewing Jim’s creative artwork, the viewer invariably will ask, “how can such a beautiful and unusual piece of art be designed out of a piece of wood”. Many of Susan’s beautiful oil paintings and Jim’s truly unique wood pieces are prominently on display at the Sea Grape Gallery. In addition, more of their art and the artworks of all Sea Grape artists can be viewed at www.seagrapegallery.com. Sea Grape Gallery has been awarded the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce’s Special Recognition Award and has consistently won the Charlotte Sun Newspaper’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Art Gallery. The gallery is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2018. Visit the gallery and its many talented award-winning artists who are on hand to welcome and assist visitors. Sea Grape Gallery is located at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941-575-1718. The Gallery is always open until 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month for Alive After 5.

Bill Kramer exhibit at DAAS Co-Op Gallery

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In February, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts will showcase the art of member artist Bill Kramer. The exhibition, entitled Variations on Thought, is a collection of bold, colorful and large scale pieces, which were created by the artist exclusively for the event. The opening reception coincides with the monthly SoCo Second Saturday, held at the SoCo Cultural District (Alliance for the Arts and Royal Palm Square block) on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. Bill Kramer began his career as an artist later in life. “I started painting in 2003 at the age of 61,” says the artist, who has been a member of the DAAS cooperative gallery for over a year. “Today, I am 75 and my style has changed completely. My attitudes and ideas have changed, but my commitment to expressing myself with design and color will always be part of the way I live.”

The pieces in this collection are large scale, bold and vibrant. They are filled with the energy of this artist, whose age may contrast with the contemporary-abstract feel of his multi-media creations. Kramer does not sign his pieces in the front because he wants the collector to hang the piece in whatever angle they wish. Of course, he is happy to sign his pieces upon request. All art lovers and collectors are invited to join DAAS for the opening reception on Feb. 10. For more information about the gallery, visit www.daascoop.com or call 239-5908645. DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery is conveniently located in the Royal Palm Square at 1400 Colonial Blvd. suite 84 in Fort Myers. Season hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. More information about the SoCo Second Saturday Art Crawl can be found at www.socoswfl.com.

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Naples Artcrafters show Feb. 10 in Cambier Park

The Naples Artcrafters will host their Feb. 10 juried fine art and craft show in Cambier Park in downtown Naples. The event showcases the work of ninety juried local artists and craftsmen who will be selling their paintings, jewelry, pottery, art glass, sculptures and more in lovely Cambier Park, which is located on 8th Street South, just one block south of 5th Ave South in downtown Naples. Meet well known and emerging Naples’ artists in this celebration of creativity in the New Year. It will be a wonderful opportunity to shop local and support local artists. The show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free,

and free parking is available nearby. The Naples Artcrafters was founded in 1966 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of local artists and the encouragement of the development of artistic endeavors in the Naples area. They are committed to promoting excellence in fine arts and crafts within the community. The group provides local artists and craftsmen a venue for displaying and selling their work by sponsoring juried outdoor shows during the season. Each year, the organization provides financial contributions to area schools. For more about the group, visit www.naplesartcrafters.com

Carol McArdle exhibit at Shangri-La Springs

Shangri-La Springs, a cultural historic property in downtown Bonita Springs, invites the Southwest Florida community to enjoy an array of artistic and musical experiences at its Art & Nature Community Night on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Roots exhibit features landscape and wildlife paintings by Carol McArdle. The free community event will feature a variety of activities and performances throughout the property including dinner service, live performances and presentations of artistic works from local artists and musicians, and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Guests can enjoy a free all-levels yoga Carol McArdle class at 7 p.m., and complimentary massage treatments at The Spa. Organic beer and wine will be available for purchase throughout the evening and reservations are available for dinner in the Great House from 6 -8:30 p.m. Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Road in Bonita. Call 239-949-0749 to reserve or learn more at www.ShangriLaSprings.com. Happenings Magazine

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Art After Dark Feb. 10 in Naples Art After Dark will be hosted by the Galleries of Crayton Cove in Naples on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. when the public is invited to come and view some of the artists' newest works and enjoy live music by Jeff Fessenden & Alchemy. Some of the participating galleries are Phil Fisher Gallery, Random Acts of Art, Pure Design, Naples Ships Store and Guess-Fisher Gallery. Crayton Cove is located where 8th St. S. and 12th Ave. S. meet at the flagpole by the Bay in Old Naples. For more details, visit online at www.GalleriesOfCraytonCove.com

Photography exhibit at Cape Coral Library

Changing exhibits are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library, which is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace. The latest show will be available for viewing during library business hours from Feb. 1 - 27. The gallery welcomes back photographers Claude Chalut, Estelle Chartrand, Marie-Elise Mathieu and Andree Morin, who wowed everyone with their “French Connection” exhibit in the Cape Coral Library art gallery last spring. This year’s show is called “Africa” and features new images by these four talented snowbirds who return each year to their homes in Cape Coral. Each has received numerous awards in shows at the Cape Coral Art League, where they are all members. Small paintings and decorative pieces by Judith MacLaren and Jackie Marth are featured in the cases. Both have a wealth of experience working in different media on a wide variety of surfaces, have taught many classes and are active members of the Decorative Artists of SW Florida. The library’s gallery shows are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. February 2018 - 29


Fine Craft Guild exhibit Feb. 9, expo Feb. 10

Registration is open for the 18th annual Fine Craft Expo to be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Cape Coral. The Fine Craft Expo is a full day of fun and educational fine art and fine craft workshops created for you to try your hand at something new. Participants choose from a diverse offering of classes to create and take home finished art. The expo is the annual fundraiser for the Cape Coral Arts Studio by the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild. Participants of all experience levels are welcome to register for the workshops. The cost is $35 per workshop or buy two workshops for $60. Cape Coral Arts Studio students and Guild members are eligible for a discount of $5. Tools are provided for students. Each class has a separate small fee for supply kits ($20 or less depending on the class). For more information or to register, call the Cape Coral Arts Studio at 239-574-0802. Participants are invited to meet the instructors, fine craftsman and artisans at the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild’s “Collaboration and Inspiration” exhibit reception on Friday, Feb. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided at the reception. The Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild celebrates its 41st anniversary this season. Founded in 1977, the Southwest Fine Craft Guild is a 501(c)(3) organization and the only area organization dedicated solely to fine crafts. Over the past 40 years, the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild has become a well-known dynamic and evolving organization of local artisans, craftsmen and craftswomen. Members combine oldworld craftsmanship with contemporary techniques to produce unique works of art. Many members are award winners on national, regional and local levels. Find them online at www.SWFLFineCraftGuild.org/ and on Facebook. Expo participants interested in joining the Southwest Florida Fine

Craft Guild are eligible for a discounted membership. Membership in the guild is not required to sign up for workshops. Visit the guild’s website to learn more about benefits of membership. The Cape Coral Arts Studio is the home of the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild and is located at 4533 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral.

Biennial National Art Exhibit opens Feb. 2 in Punta Gorda

The Biennial National Art Exhibition is one of the nation's most prestigious juried exhibitions of two-dimensional media. The 2018 National Art Exhibition will be open to the public Feb. 2 to March 20 at the Visual Arts Center, located at 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda. 30 - February 2018

The Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda continues its new year of exhibitions with the Biennial National Art Exhibition Feb. 2 through March 20. This is one of the nation's most prestigious juried exhibitions of two-dimensional media. All exhibits are open and free for public viewing during the center’s regular hours. Other 2018 Visual Arts Center exhibits: March 24 – April 26: Primavera March 24 – April 5: Artists in Action April 5 – 13: Palette to Palate April 14 – 26: Life Drawing & Portraits April 27 – May 19: Charlotte County Public Schools May 11 – 31: Pictures in Paradise May 22 – June 22: Water, Water Everywhere June 1 – 21: Breaking Relevance June 23 – July 20: Member Showcase July 21 – August 24: Color July 23 – August 24: Florida and all its Facets September 10 – 27: Artists of the Atelier September 11 – October 5: Taking Shape 3D September 28 – October 25: Open Studio Artists October 6 – 26: Ways to Go! October 26 – November 16: Fine Arts Festival October 27 – November 30: Harvest of Art December 3 – 28: Artist Invitational December 4 – 28: VAC Student Show 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, www.VisualArtCenter.org for details on events, exhibits, classes, workshops and more. Happenings Magazine


Celebrating 30 years as your fine art gallery

A Variety of Unique Original Art by 20 Award Winning Artists 113 W. Marion Ave. • Downtown Punta Gorda (941) 575-1718 • www.SeaGrapeGallery.com

MORE THAN 90 LOCAL JURIED ARTISTS

Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show

SATURDAY, FEB. 10TH 10am - 4pm

Free Admission & Parking

Cambier Park

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For the Love of Art gala set for Feb. 17

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Artist Edward Park is a long-time participant in the monthly Art in the Park. He is often part of national art shows in SW Florida, too. Above is Edward Park at the Naples New Yearʼs Art Show on 5th Avenue South Jan. 5 and 6. His piece “Boats on the Beach” is featured on this monthʼs cover of Happenings Magazine. For more about Edward, visit his Naples Fine Art Studio & Gallery at 1719 Trade Center Way, suite 9, in Naples or at www.edwardparkfineart.com.

Art in the Park Feb. 3

The next Art in the Park will be Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Cambier Park. The Naples Art Association connects artists with art shoppers in another season of Art in the Park. Since 1957, Art in the Park has remained the monthly members show showcasing the talents of our member artists.

Believed to be the first outdoor art show held in Naples, Art in the Park carries on the tradition of providing our community access to the very creative fine art and craftwork of our member artists. The NAA hosts this juried art show held on the first Saturday of each month from November through April.

For the Love of Art, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Naples Art Association is an annual gala like no other. Guests will enjoy individuallydesigned rooms complete with handselected floral, lighting, and visual components by leading designers, Steven Bowles Creative, Grace Lakes Florist, and BouTeak by JM, while noshing on masterfully-created cuisine by some of Southwest Florida’s most sought after chefs and leading restaurants, including 21 Spices by Chef Asif, Tommy Bahama, Coopers Hawk, Service by Jordan, Another Broken Egg Café, Tacos and Tequila, Miami Crepes, Fresh Fit Foods, and Adelheidi's Organic Sweets. Artist Michael Monroe, a long time, passionate artist, well known for his bold domain and use of color, will create a live mural and Loki of Loki Designz, most recently seen at the NAA’s remarkably successful Scene to be Seen: A Runway Art Show event, will demonstrate his exclusive, custom, wearable art designs on a variety of clothing items. Guests will also enjoy a live performance from Patchouli, featuring master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter, guitarist Julie Patchouli. And, jazz violinist Joe Osment; singer Daniel Melvin; and DJ William Chwick will round out the evening’s musical performances. For the Love of Art will raise funds to provide art education for everyone. The Naples Art Association is located at 585 Park St. The event begins at 7 p.m. For the Love of Art tickets are $150 per person; $250 per couple; and $1,350 for groups of 10 and can be purchased by visiting www.NaplesArt.org.

Naples National Art Show Feb. 24 & 25 The Naples National Art Show takes place Feb. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free with donations appreciated and benefit The Naples Art Association art education programs. The Naples National Art Show is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South in downtown Naples. Because of its national ranking and the beautiful weather in Southwest Florida during this time of year, the Naples National draws some of the finest artists in the country. This is a juried art show with artists applying in eighteen categories including painting, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, metal, sculpture and wood. The local community counts Naples National among its premiere, must-see events thanks to the high quality of the art, the engaging personalities of the artists and the festive atmosphere. More than 20,000 resi32 - February 2018

dents and visitors flock to this outdoor weekend art show to enjoy the art, live performances and our world-class restaurants in downtown Naples. Show attendees take full advantage of the opportunity to meet artists from across the country and to learn about their inspiration and techniques.

This show raises funds for educational art programming for the Naples Art Association. There is a suggested $5 donation at the gate. The Naples National is The Naples Art Association’s only art show where awards are delivered to artists. Artists win cash awards for Best in Show, Best 2D, Best 3D and 10 Awards of Distinction – 5 in 2D and 5 in 3D. New this year, we want the public to vote and give us their opinion on the People’s Choice award for their favorite booth. Cash prizes are awarded for all except for the People’s Choice Award. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will automatically be accepted to the 2019 Naples National Art Show, bypassing the jury selection and application processes. In addition, People’s Choice Awards winners will receive a complimentary booth at the 2019 Naples National Art Show from The Naples Art Association. Happenings Magazine


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Hirdie Girdie features four artists Hirdie Girdie Gallery, the 15member co-op at the corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Library Way on Sanibel, is featuring the work of four of its award-winning local artists: painter Joan Tangren Reynolds, art tile artist Sue Housler, sculptor Tania Begg and watercolorist Anne Kittel. Joan Tangren Reynolds creates dramatic works in oil, watercolor, pastels and acrylics. Her subject matter is just as varied, featuring paintings that reflect her Midwestern heritage, local Florida landscapes and people involved in everyday activities. Sue Housler's artistic background includes jewelry design, painting and sculpture. She became interested in clay and Art Tile because she can continue tactile creativity, the glazing process is similar to oil painting and she can manipulate the color, depth and design of her unique pieces. Tania Begg's amazing beaded sculptures are literally climb-

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ing the walls at Hirdie Girdie. Her artistic excellence has evolved through many mediums over the years, including pen and ink, painting, stone sculptures and jewelry design. But don't miss Tania's reptiles and amphibians made of semi-precious beads. Anne Kittel is a familiar face in the Fort Myers/Sanibel art community and she has a strong following for her awardwinning watercolors. Her distinctive paintings show strong design, imaginative use of color and they are always entertaining. These artists join 11 others at Hirdie Girdie to offer more original paintings, photography, wood carvings, ceramics, basketry, glass, fiber, colored pencil works and jewelry. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, see www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com or call 239-395-0027.

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Harbour View Gallery showcases art of Marlene Jones

remove water from the Harbour View Gallery clay. The next step is in Cape Coral will welwhere the unique piece of come featured artist art is created. The bisque Marlene Jones (pottery) at pot is fired to approximatea reception on Tuesday, ly 1300 degrees in a gas Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. kiln and then removed Marlene Jones says quickly while still glowing “pottery is my personal hot. Marlene drapes a few passion.” First introduced of the long hairs from a to pottery in Baltimore, horse mane or tail onto the Maryland in the 1960s, hot clay. It instantly vaporMarlene studied with izes and leaves the unique nationally recognized potcarbon trails and smoke ter, Tom Supenski. In patterns that are the hall1970, along with a pottermark of horsehair pottery. friend, she established a Additionally, Marlene is studio in Baltimore before honored to create one-ofmoving to Florence, Italy, a-kind pieces for horse in 1975. Living in Italy for owners and friends by four years, gave Marlene using tail or mane hair the opportunity to further from their own horses. her knowledge and love of Marlene jokes that her the great masters of apprenticeship to pottery ceramic art. Marlene crehas lasted more than 50 ates stoneware, raku and years and is still going horsehair pottery. Marlene Jones strong. In Marlene’s creHer work will be on disation of horsehair potplay through February. The gallery is located at 5789 Cape Harbour tery, she starts by throwing a vessel on a potter’s wheel, applies a clay Drive, Cape Coral. slip, burnishes the piece and then bisque fires it in an electric kiln to 34 - February 2018

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Tom Nagata exhibit at Lorne’s Gallery in Cape Coral

Lorne’s Gallery at Tarpon Point will appearance, they entice the onlooker showcase the art of Thomas Nagata in into discovering that their strength lies February. within their delicacy. Tom continues his Even though art was his primary bold freedom in choice of color in his passion early in life, Tom Nagata imperial koi paintings and purposefully began his career in the field of educabalances this color with the action cretion and his second passion, coaching, ated in the water as a result of the in the Paint Valley School District of koi’s movement. As one observes Ohio. He soon married and moved to these koi, there is no doubt in the Fort Myers and began teaching in the onlooker’s mind to where each of the Lee County School District. koi is moving, thus completing the Tom’s original compositions have koi’s graceful movement. always been acrylic. His limited edition Tom extends his attention to detail silk-screen pieces ranged from four to into his technique. Pigments are labotwenty-one colors. What started as riously applied by initially diluting the acrylic on illustration board has literally acrylics. Acrylic is mixed with distilled blossomed into 30” x 40” gallery water in white porcelain tea cups and wrapped canvases that curiously tease covered with plastic petri dishes to the eye into following the painting keep the pigment from drying, permitTom Nagata around its edges. The subjects of his ting him more time to work with differpainting, near and dear to his heart, ent tones and hues. These liquid hues boldly reflect his youth in Hawaii. are then applied layer by layer in order to achieve the desired effects Orchids and imperial koi are direct ties to his Auntie Emily’s family An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. and their Kodama Orchid Nurseries of Hawaii. at Lorne’s Gallery at the Marina Village at Tarpon Point in Cape Coral A foreground cluster of bold colored orchids boasts their blooms, in conjunction with the monthly sundown stroll. The gallery is located in while a quieter cluster in the background, though not a direct, creates a unit 105. For more details, call 239-945-0866. depth of field allowing the artist to manipulate positive and negative Nagata’s art is also available at Frame Gallery and Gifts at 1830 spaces. These orchids merge off the canvas, while strong in their Del Prado Blvd. South in Cape Coral.

Art Council co-op gallery features Wanda Kemper and Shirley Blake

The artistry of painters Wanda Kemper and Shirley Blake are among the many creative offerings during the month of February at the Co-operative Art Gallery at Coconut Point Mall in Estero. Kemper will be demonstrating her work on Feb. 17 (portrait painting) and Feb. 18 (landscape painting); Blake on Feb. 24 and 25. Their creativity will complement the regular monthly offerings of art for sale at the gallery, in all media, offered by the members of the 20 art organizations of the Art Council of Southwest Florida. Additionally, the first week of February will feature the closing days of a fiber art exhibit by the Weavers of Char-Lee, one of the ongoing short-term exhibits by the affiliate organizations of the Art Council. Kemper has worked more than 40 years as a professional artist, curator and workshop presenter. Her many awards include those from the West Coast Society of Portrait Artists (Best of Show), the Langdon Art Festival (Best of Show), and the American Society of Portrait Artists in international competition (second place). And on Feb. 2, Kemper will continue her series of art discussions and critiques at the gallery (“under painting and Shirley Blake glazing”). 36 - February 2018

Wanda Kemper Blake teaches courses in acrylic, abstract, and mixed media/collage. Exhibiting her work in galleries through the U.S., she has sold more than 1,000 paintings and has won 50 art awards. She has been a finalist for three years for experimental art in The Artist's Magazine. The gallery’s monthly opening reception will be Thursday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., residents invited to enjoy complimentary wine, hors d’oevres and the opportunity to chat with some of the artists. Happenings Magazine


Pine Island art show, sale Feb. 10 & 11 Save time this month to visit the Pine Island Art Association’s 46th Annual Art Show and Sale which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is located inside the Matlacha Community Building in Matlacha Community Park, 4577 Pine Island Road, just west of the Pine Island Bridge. It is Greater Pine Island’s biggest art event of the year. Southwest Florida residents, art collectors and tourists look forward to this weekend knowing it will be their opportunity to view the current work of so many talented local artists. Artists familiar with the area and comfortable depicting the vibrant colors and flavor of Southwest Florida. You will find works large and small in acrylic, pastel, watercolor, drawings and oil paintings. You will be able to choose from Florida landscapes, seascapes, flowers, birds, wildlife, beach scenes, boats and sunsets. Paintings that just seem to belong in your home. All the work has been beautifully framed and ready to hang in your home.

The special Small World category is always a popular section and will be well represented at this show. There will also be more than 500 of the popular PIAA 3 ½ inch X 4 ½ inch mini paintings. Each one has been double matted and signed by the artist. The paintings are just $10. Special metal or wood frames for the minis are available for $10 or $15. These paintings are beautiful displayed alone or in a group. They make thoughtful gifts or can be kept as pleasant memories of your time in Florida. You will be greeted by the members at the door and made to feel welcomed. You’ll meet the artists, chat with the locals and will be invited to sample our home baked delights. Sit a while and enjoy old Florida hospitality. A visit to the PIAA Show provides you an opportunity to spend some time in Matlacha. This historic district, once a fishing village, is a thriving arts community. Old fishermen’s cottages have been converted into brightly painted galleries, shops, restaurants and fresh fish markets. The feeling is old fashioned, warm, friendly and wonderful.

Pastel Society at the Alliance

The Southwest Florida Pastel Society Annual Member Show will run Feb. 5 through March 4 at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. An opening reception will be held Friday, Feb. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Southwest Florida Pastel Society serving Punta Gorda to Marco Island and beyond was established in 2003 with the reviving interest in pastel made popular by the Impressionists. Pastels are best known for their superior quality of color and light achieved through the use of pure pigment with reflective qualities not found in other mediums. The creativity and expertise of our artists has grown over the years with programs and workshops for the members. This past summer, over 10 of our 100 plus members attended the International Association of Pastel Societies in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The group’s artists also teach and volunteer in our community and schools. Pastels are not just “pastel” in color and are not just chalk, but a creative and respected art medium lasting through the ages. Come see what the artists have to offer in this judged yearly show. There will also be a walk and talk on Feb. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. to meet the artists and to learn more. The art will be for sale with part of the profits going to The Alliance for the Arts Fort Myers. For more information, contact the Alliance for the Arts at 239-939-2787 or www.pastelsociety.org

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CREW concert and auction Feb. 24 in Bonita CREW Land & Water Trust will host its 11th annual Concert and tion for pastured meats and gourmet cheeses from Rosy Tomorrow’s Silent Eco-Auction on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Riverside Heritage Farm, Keewaydin Island picnic and shelling cruise, a Casa Park, located at 10451 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. Ybel Resort stay on Sanibel and more. This year’s featured performers are the High “As we continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, my hope Voltage Band, playing everything from is that this concert gives us all a chance to Motown’s greatest hits to today’s Top 40 re-connect,” explained Brooks. “I’ve always songs. The High Voltage Band has played said this concert isn’t just a fundraisfor the NFL Players Association, er, it’s a friend-raiser, and it conPanasonic, The Boston Red Sox, Toyota, nects people to CREW. This year The Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation, Hope that connection feels more for Haiti and more. “We’re so excited important than ever, and we about the band this year,” said Brenda look forward to seeing new Brooks, executive director for CREW Land friends and old.” & Water Trust. “Their music just makes you VIP tickets are available and want to get up and dance. I hope everyone include dinner catered by Nico’s comes and joins me.” Kitchen, drinks and private table Last year’s concert and auction raised seating; VIP café tickets are $75 around $33,000, which was used to fund enviand only sold in advance. General ronmental education programs. These programs admission tickets are $15 in advance include field trips for third graders from area and $20 at the gate; children 12 and schools, classes for students from Florida Gulf under are free. Coast University and Nature’s Peace, a program The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs that provides guided walks for people with will sell wine and a selection of High Voltage Alzheimer’s disease, visually impaired craft beer from Momentum guests and, new this year, developmentalBrewery. Red Roc Cravings, ly disabled visitors. Funds raised at this year’s concert will go Nonni’s Pizza and Spudz and Cherie’s Sweet Treats will be on site towards developing programs for Flint Pen Strand, the fourth CREW for food purchases. trail system that is scheduled to open this year. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit The silent eco-auction is a highlight of the fundraiser, offering and enjoy the concert; dogs and outside food and drink will not be attendees the opportunity to bid on a variety of nature-based items permitted. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit and experiences. This year’s auction items include a year’s subscripwww.crewtrust.org.

SW Florida Symphony welcomes Broadway Boys Feb. 17

The Southwest Florida Symphony presents Broadway Boys on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW, located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers. The Broadway Boys were created in June of 2005 to play a single night at a club in New York City. The overwhelming response and a packed bar forced the club to bring the boys back again for another sold out evening. Realizing that this group had serious growth potential, The Boys decided to focus and develop their product into the “symphony of sound” that they have become. The Broadway Boys is a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, the Boys add elements of pop, funk, gospel, jazz and folk to show tunes and classic pop songs. Performing in groups of six, the Boys are able 40 - February 2018

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explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers. Having captured the attention of audiences in New York City, the Broadway Boys have taken their show across the country. With their eyes set on performing in new and exciting venues, the Broadway Boys are always looking for new projects. “This is going to be a spectacularly fun night for everyone. We truly believe this is a show to be enjoyed by all age groups. The

music will be very familiar, songs that we all know and sing along to in the car,” said Beth Phillips, director of marketing for the symphony. “You don’t want to miss this concert – it’s like seeing multiple Broadway shows on the same night,” adds Amy Ginsburg, symphony executive director. “We Leif Bjaland also have the pleasure of Mr. Leif Bjaland joining us as the guest conductor for the evening. Leif served as our artistic advisor for three seasons, and we are thrilled to welcome him home.” Tickets cost between $28.50 and $92 per person and are available by calling the Southwest Florida Symphony box office at 239-418-1500, by visiting the symphony office at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in Fort Myers, by calling the Mann Hall box office at 239- 481-4849 or online at www.swflso.org. Tickets are also available at the door one hour before the performance. Happenings Magazine


Songwriters at Sunset Feb. 1, Songwriters at Library Feb. 10

ACMA: Muriel Anderson and Doug MacLeod

The American Community Music Association kicks off a busy month mal location at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation. with Songwriters at Sunset Feb. 1 at Lovers Key State Park at Fort Lipbone has taken his singular vocal instrumental style to a new Myers Beach. level by playing guitar and producing all of the instrument sounds while This free show starts at 4:30 p.m. and will feature local songwriters simultaneously singing and storytelling without the use of electronic Ray Cerbone, Kip Lawrence, & Houseboat Jim. Be sure to give youreffects nor a loop pedal. self and extra 30 minutes to park and take the tram to the beach. The In his early twenties, Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding migrated from show is free, bur parking is $8 per car. North Carolina to New York City with his guitar. After a brief stint as an Friends of Lovers Key has actor, carpenter, bartender and producer for the joined with The ACMA to offer Museum of Sound Recording, he promptly became a free Acoustic concerts of all subway musician. original music. The concerts will From the swampy farmlands and beach towns of take place in the large gazebo coastal North Carolina. Lipbone was steeped in the located right on the beach. musical tradition of Soul, Boogie and Blues. Seating is available for the first Since 2012, in order to maintain a travel lifestyle 80 people. Additional seating is 200 engagements per year, Lipbone has returned to also available on the sand. his roots and has sprouted new shoots. An uncanny www.friendsofloverskey.org vocal range, a nylon string guitar, a wooden spoon Back at the ACMA’S normal duct-taped to his foot and a lifetime of stories are all location at All Faiths Unitarian he needs to get the party started. Congregation at 2756 McGregor Lipbone has taken his singular vocal instrumental Blvd., Fort Myers, will be a constyle to a new level by playing guitar and producing all cert on Feb. 3 labeled as of the instrument sounds while simultaneously singing Lipstick & Guitars and featuring and storytelling without the use of electronic effects Melissa Welke, Annie Wenz & nor a loop pedal. Really, you should check him out. Kim Mayfield. Opening musician, Bruce Gallant has been writing Melissa Welke has been songs for over 30 years. Cecile Gallant accompanies Muriel Anderson singing and writing songs for him on mandolin. several years. Performing at On Sunday, Feb. 18, the ACMA welcomes back such venues as Blissfest Music Festival, Mackinaw City Outdoor Muriel Anderson in concert, on her CD release tour with her “Eclipse” Amphitheater, Boyne City Strolling the Streets, Harbor Springs Street audio visual show. Muriel Anderson’s renowned guitar and harp-guitar Musique, Charlevoix Area Library Folk Music Series, Alliance of the playing is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated Arts Farmers Market and numerous other private gigs she aims to projphoto-artist and cinematographer Bryan Allen. Their current show ect a positive attitude in her music. includes music from Muriel’s new release “Eclipse” together with a Annie Wenz has shared her songs and stomped her dusty musical visual re-enactment of the solar eclipse, and then brings you with them boots through 25 countries around the world… from festivals, rally’s, as they journey around the world in music, stories and images. street corners, schools and arts centers, to refugee camps in Pakistan, One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guispas in Malaysia, ESPN videos, Independent Film & theater scores, tarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National and blaring speakers at Major League Ballparks! Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. She appears on the cover of She is known for her Kerouac-ish magnifying Classical Guitar Magazine, Spring glass-ified lyrical portrait story songs and her 2017, and concurrently in main feaunique way of blending roots, multi-cultural influture stories in Guitar Player Magazine ences And funky rhythms. and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Her Long time ACMA member Kim Mayfield will be recent CD “Nightlight Daylight” has stepping out of her role as duo partner with Roy won top honors in 11 national awards. Schneider. Kim has been touring for years across Ray Cerbone will open the show America performing self-described as "blue twanFeb. 18. A donation of $15-$20 is gled folk & roll music.” suggested for this show. On Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., Songwriters at the The ACMA welcomes back Doug Library will feature Bob Williams, Andy Getch and MacLeod on Feb. 24. Doug may be Carlene Thissen at South County Regional billed a "bluesman," but he will tell Library located at 21100 Three Oaks Parkway in you that he thinks of himself as Estero. Americana. The ACMA likes to say Bob Williams’s original songs and the stories BluesAcana! behind his songs always brings a smile as a MacLeod is known for his superb teenager Bob began writing his own music. songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm Pulling elements from Folk-Rock and Countrysoulful vocals, wit and unforgettable Rock, Bob created a sound all of his own. Bob's live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod songs are personal. Irreverent. Funny. Sad. And Doug MacLeod performance is his most importantly, true to his heart. knack for storytelling, bringing charAndy Getch is a local artist who has written acters-from the faceless to the leghundreds of songs and also paints. Andy is very active in the Fort endary-to strikingly real life. Myers area. Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the Carlene Thissen performed early on as a folk singer and then 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the Blues branched out into country. She is heavily involved with Immokalee, a Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year. farming community that inspired many of her original songs. She has Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod's music expresses also written two books: Immokalee's Fields of Hope and Called from life and times through an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be Silence. Carlene sings and plays piano and guitar at house concerts, a keen sense of what matters most. clubs, restaurants, festivals and charity dinners. The ACMA's own Bill Metts opens the show. A donation of $15-$20 The ACMA presents Lipbone Redding in concert Feb. 10 at its noris suggested for this show. 42 - February 2018

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SW Florida Big Band at Sundown Patrol hangar dance The Sundown Patrol’s Hangar Dance on Feb. 3 will be a festive and enjoyable major fundraiser of the community service organization. It will be held at the beautiful and large Crowther Hangar. The Southwest Florida Big Band will provide danceable music during the event, with additional entertainment by The Calendar Girls, a dance team of women who dance to raise money for charity. Join The Sundown Patrol, the general public, veterans, active military, pilots and civic organization members at this event. Parking is within walking distance, with transportation from the parking area available for those in need. Security will be on hand. The Sundown Patrol is a non-profit community service group since 1965, flying safety patrol on weekends & holidays to help boaters & water users who may be in trouble, contacting the U.S. Coast Guard during flights with locations and boat counts. We are completely funded by member dues, donations and fundraisers. Tickets are $45 or two for $85. A table of eight is $300. The event will run 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Crowther Hangar at Page Field in Fort Myers. The hangar use is donated by Crowther Roofing of Fort Myers, serving Southwest Florida. For more information, tickets, to place an advertisement in the

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Wine Fest, Loving Life in SWFL Feb. 3 ROTARY CLUB OF BONITA BEACH SUNSET

What goes with live music, food trucks and Riverside Park in Bonita Springs in February? The Rotary Wine Fest Craft Beer Craft Cocktail Social. This community social started out in 2009 and continues its tradition on Feb 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Riverside Park, Bonita Springs. Bonita Beach Sunset Rotary President Rick Perry said, “This year we will have at least 40 wines, many from smaller vineyards that are real gems, as well as blends from around the world.” Perry continued, “The Naples Pub Cycle is joining us to serve two craft beers from Momentum brewhouse; and we’ll have many Florida and other craft beers from around the country.” This is the second year that craft spirits and cocktails have made their way to the social; and Alligator Bay from Punta Gorda is one of the spirit vendors showcasing their distilled rums for tastes, along with a rum punch. Rotary event co-chair,Debbie Perry said, “New to the venue on Feb 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. is Loving Life in SWFL; an outdoor expo under tent to promote many of the reasons we love our life here in Southwest Florida.” Perry said the expo is free to the public to meet local businesses and pick up information, coupons and specials for Season. Sunset Rotary also has a designated children’s play

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Rick Howard & The Speedbumps area during the day 1-5 pm with bounce houses, games and face painting. Expo vendors coming to Loving Life in SWFL are from: 1. Healthy Living; 2. Home Life; and 3. Attractions/Entertainment. Some of the Southwest Florida businesses attending are: Snead Eye Group, Hoglund Family Hearing Centers, Wellbridges Health Center, Gulfside Chiropractic; Senior Helpers of SWFL, SandalWood Village and Diamond Oaks, Larue Pest & Lawn Control, Costco, KellerWilliams-Jeanie Taylor, Key West Express, Everglades Wonder Gardens and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Sunset Rotarian Kim Hastings, who is also the incoming chair of the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce said, “The public can get free hearing , vision and postural/spinal screenings, massages; meet local home life businesses and communities; and pick up specials from attractions such as the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, and trips to Key West, among many others.” The day and evening will be filled with live music on stage from three Southwest Florida favorite bands. 1 to 3:30 p.m. The SCS Band

(country/southern rock); 3:50 to 6:10 p.m. Rick Howard and the Speedbumps Rockabilly and Roll brings old time rock & roll; and the Marty Stokes Band (blues) winner of SW Florida Blues Society IBC 2016 headlines from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a taste of Florida and ethnic specialties from 15 food trucks and restaurants, such as Ma Petite Creperie, Dutchkinz, The Brit Pit, Philly Pretzel Naples, Tipsy Cow, Currie’s Smokin’ Hot BBQ, Jimmy P’s, and more. The Rotary Club of Bonita Beach Sunset organizes this perennial community fundraiser. This year’s beneficiaries are: Rotary’s work with Habitat for Humanity Lee/Henry, Phase 2 Irma Relief in Bonita Springs; and the Stroke Recovery Foundation (SWFL). Free parking and $5 donation upon entrance. www.Eventbrite.com for tickets. For more information, contact Rick Perry at rotarybonitabeachsunset@gmail.com

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Stardust Memories Big Band

The Stardust Memories Big Band opens its 2018 outdoor concert series on Feb. 5 at Cambier Park in Naples, and Feb. 6 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs with a show titled “Swing Era Classics.” The 2018 outdoor schedule consists of nine shows, with five shows at Cambier Park in Naples, and four shows at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. All shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. Additional shows include “Stan Kenton Show,” “An Evening with Walt Andrus,” “The Tonight Show Band” and “Best of the Season by Request.” In addition to its outdoor concert series, the band will perform a fundraising concert for The Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Proceeds will support Alliance programs and services. The SMBB is the vision of founder and band leader Craig Christman, and brings together some of Florida's finest jazz musicians with the goal of providing the best big band entertainment available to audiences in SW Florida. These working professionals have a collective resume that includes The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under Buddy Morrow, The Si Zentner Big Band, The Chick Corea World Tour, The Airmen of Note, and performances with artists including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Doc Severinsen, Quincy Jones, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Steve and Eydie Gorme, Nat King Cole, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tom Jones, Lou Rawls, Barry Manilow, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many others. In 2014, band leader Craig Christman said this when he formed the group: “It has always been a dream of mine to put together a band with

musicians of this caliber. A big part of what I want to accomplish with this organization is to not only play the music that I love, but also to provide support for the development of young musicians in SW Florida.“ The SMBB recreates the sounds of the legendary American Big Bands including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Les Brown, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and the more contemporary big bands of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band, Gordon Goodwin and The Big Phat Band, and many more. For 2018, the band will continue an important mission objective by providing direct financial support to Music for Minors Foundation, and The Music Foundation of SW Florida, two local area organizations that provide instruments, summer training camps and scholarships to young and aspiring musicians from our local schools. See page 15 for the Stardust Memories Big Band’s schedule. To learn more about and listen to The Stardust Memories Big Band, visit www.stardustmemoriesbigband.com.

Gulf Coast Symphony gala Feb. 3

The Gulf Coast Symphony will celebrate how are Fort Myers residents and active community “Art Is Instrumental” to the community at its annual members. “Phil has been here since the begingala on Saturday, Feb. 3 by showcasing Southwest ning, and it seemed more than fitting to honor him Florida visual artists, presenting a performance by a for all of the time and talent he has shared with Broadway star, and honoring an organization and us,” said Kurtz. individual who have positively affected the regional Doug LaBrecque has thrilled audiences as arts community. both The Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of The evening will feature a live auction of artwork the Opera. He has also starred on Broadway in created from musical instruments by renowned Showboat, and has performed with The National artists Doug McGregor, Terry Tincher, Kitty Bergner Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Cleveland and Vyd Keryx, and a special cabaret performance Orchestra, and Chicago, San Francisco and by Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, Doug Atlanta Symphonies. A frequent guest with Gulf LaBrecque. The Southwest Florida Community Coast Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic, Foundation and Gulf Coast Symphony violinist, Mr. LaBrecque will present a cabaret performance Phillip Lefton, one of the original symphony memof Broadway favorites at the Gulf Coast bers, will be honored as part of the evening’s gala Symphony gala on Feb. 3. celebrations. The Art Is Instrumental Gala takes place at the “The Gulf Coast Symphony honors the Gateway Golf and Country Club. Tickets for this Southwest Florida Community Foundation for their intimate, black-tie optional event are $150 and long and steadfast support of the arts in our region,” include the performance by LaBrecque, gourmet said music and executive director Andrew M. Kurtz. dinner, open bar, and silent and live auctions. “Not only have they provided financial support, the Proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Symphony. The foundation also focuses on helping organizations evening begins at 5:30PM with cocktails, with the Doug LaBrecque grow and sustain thoughtfully through organizationperformance expected to begin at 8:30PM. The al capacity building and senior leadership profesGateway Golf and Country Club is located at sional enrichment activities,” continued Kurtz. 12091 Gateway Greens Drive in Fort Myers. To Phillip Lefton has been a beloved member of the Gulf Coast make a reservation, call 239-277-1700 or visit Symphony since its launch 23 years ago. He and his wife, Charlotte, www.GulfCoastSymphony.org. 44 - February 2018

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SYMPHONIC CHORALE OF SW FLORIDA

Sing Out! festival Feb. 17 & 18 The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida has developed a reputation for offering one of the most unique choral singing opportunities in our community. Sing Out! welcomes singers from Fort Myers and surrounding communities for a twoday singing event. In its four-year history,Sing Out! has become a beloved and much-anticipated choral event. Sing Out! 2018 promises to be the best yet. This year’s festival theme focuses on the music of black composers, featuring classical, gospel and spirituals, in honor of Black History Month, and will present an extremely well-regarded clinician. The 5th Annual Sing Out! “Lift Ev’ry Voice” will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18 at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Road, Fort Myers. Rehearsals are held between 10 a.m. and 5

p.m. on Saturday. The Sing Out Kinchen has been affiliated with the Festival concert, Lift Ev’ry Voice, university since 1989. Dr. Kinchen is concludes the festival on Sunday in frequent demand as a guest conat 3:30 p.m., also at New Hope ductor, adjudicator and clinician and Presbyterian. is an expert in the music of black The first half of the concert will composers. feature the Symphonic Chorale The repertoire for the festival choand FGCU’s University Choir and rus includes many favorites such as Dr. James Chamber Choir. The chorale and “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” “Every Time Kinchen the FGCU choirs are under the I Feel the Spirit,” “Arise Beloved,” “Let gifted artistic direction of Dr. Trent Everything that Hath Breath” and the Brown. The latter half of the concert will feaculminating piece, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” ture the festival chorus, led by festival clinician Registration fee is $50 for community parDr. James Kinchen. There is no charge for ticipants and includes lunch, music and admission to the festival concert. snacks. Student singers (15+) can participate The chorale welcome this year’s clinician, free of charge, thanks to support from the LAT Dr. James Kinchen, Jr., professor of music Foundation. For more information, or to regisand director of choral activities at the ter, go to www.symphonicchorale.org or call University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Dr. 239-560-5695.

Al Holland in concert Feb. 22

Music at BIG ARTS Hot Sardines

BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island welcomes the Hot Sardines Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, the Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. In the last two years, the Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom, booked more than 150 tour dates from Chicago to London, have released two albums on Universal Music Classics to critical raves and secured a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Jazz chart in the U.S. and internationally. Happenings Magazine

Here are the performing arts events at BIG ARTS on Sanibel in February: New York Philharmonic String Quartet Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The Modern Gentlemen Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. The Birdland All-Stars Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Miro Quartet with pianist Jon Kimura Parker Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Hot Sardines Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Pilobolus Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Fandango Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. For tickets and event details, visit online at www.bigarts.org or call 239395-0900.

Al Holland and Friends returns to the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts sixth annual Winter Concert Series on Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Propeller Lounge at Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Holland, a former member of The Platters, is regarded as a true entertainer – he brings the complete package to the microphone and stage each time he performs. Tickets are $25. Purchase tickets and find out more information about FMB Friends of the Arts and the entire 2018 Winter Concert Series by visiting www.fmbarts.org, connect on Facebook or call (239)463-3600. All series shows will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Fish-Tale Marina Propeller Lounge at 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. The Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts mission is to promote and support theater, music, culinary and visual arts on Fort Myers Beach and the surrounding community with a vision to make the arts on Fort Myers Beach accessible for all to enjoy and discover. February 2018 - 45


Willie Jones wraps up Jazzy Nights at Davis Art Center

Willie Jones and Friends bring their sultry jazz sound to downtown Fort Myers on Feb. 15. Experience acclaimed jazz drummer Willie Jones in an intimate setting at 8 p.m., with cocktails at 7 p.m. for the final Jazzy Nights concert of the season at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world's leading jazz drummers. In addition to honoring his monumental influences - the late greats Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins - Jones' bold articulation and constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his lifelong musical experience. Born in Los Angeles in 1968, Jones' completed his academic training after receiving a full scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts where he studied under the tutelage of the legendary Albert "Tootie" Heath. Before he was a semifinalist in the 1992 Thelonious Monk Jazz Drum Competition, Jones co-founded jazz band Black Note. Influenced by the rich soulful energy of the West Coast bop movement, Black Note's hard-swing sound propelled them to first place in the prestigious John Coltrane Young Artist Competition in 1991. Jones contributed his skillfulness as both musician and producer on all four Black Note recordings: 43rd & Degnan and L.A. Underground

(World Stage Records), Jungle Music (Columbia) and Nothin' But the Swing (Impulse!). By 1994, the band had toured Europe and across the U.S. and was the opening act for Wynton Marsalis. Near the end of 1994, while Jones was reaching for a higher level of drumming dexterity, he gained the privilege of playing sideman to the renowned vibist Milt Jackson, where Jones learned the importance of pacing and sensitivity. From 1995 through 1998, he was a member of Arturo Sandoval's band and is featured on Sandoval's Grammy Award winning release Hot House (N2K). Subsequently, Jones recorded with Horace Silver on Jazz Has a Sense of Humor (Impulse!). From 1998-2005, Jones was a member of Roy Hargrove's Quintet and is featured on Roy Hargrove's CD releases on Verve: Moment To Moment, Hard Groove, Nothing Serious and RH Factor's Distractions. Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling's Grammy nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed's Here (Max Jazz). Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day of show. The center is located at 2301 First St. in the Fort Myers River District. For tickets, visit www.sbdac.com.

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Mozart Requiem Feb. 3

The Southwest Florida Symphony continues its 57th season with the Mozart Requiem, featuring the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. Masterworks III: Requiem Jennifer is conducted by the Southwest Florida Paulino Symphony’s internationally renowned music director, Maestro Nir Kabaretti. In addition to a performance of Mozart’s notorious Requiem with the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida and four soloists who are in international demand – Jennifer Paulino (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelsen (mezzo soprano), John Matthew Myers (tenor) and Stephen Morscheck (bass), this concert features another Mozart composition set to the Latin hymn, Ave Verum Corpus and Mahler’s Adagietto from his Symphony No. 5. Recognized as a versatile and accomplished chamber and concert artist, American soprano Jennifer Paulino has garnered praise and recognition as a significant interpreter of baroque and contemporary repertoire. Equally renowned for her stunning voice and dramatic capability, San Francisco Classical Voice has noted about her singing: “graceful yet power46 - February 2018

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ful,” “sensitive and clear,” and “an expressive singing actress.” Hailed as a “rich voiced, expressive mezzo-soprano” by San Francisco Classical Voice and “appealingly direct and honest in tone and bearing” by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe, Nina Yoshida Nelsen made her New York City Opera debut with great success as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, conducted by George Manahan. In the 2017-2018 season, Nina Yoshida Nelsen returns to Seattle Opera singing the role of Mama in Jack Perla's An American Dream. Tenor John Matthew Myers, declared an “artist to watch” by Opera News, has rapidly established himself among the ranks of today's exceptional young voices. He has collaborated with companies such as the Verbier Festival, Santa Fe Opera and LA Opera, and

made his surprise Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in 2017 as Mao in John Adams’s Nixon in China conducted by the composer. The American bass-baritone, Stephen Morscheck, graduated from Wheaton College and completed advanced degrees from the Stephen University of Michigan. In 1995, he was awarded the Morscheck “Richard Tucker Career Grant.” Stephen Morscheck is widely respected for the dignity he brings in concert and opera performances. The performance happens at 7:30 p.m., with Maestro Kabaretti’s highly popular preconcert lecture taking place at 6:30 p.m. These lectures are offered in order to better educate audiences about the pieces being performed and often feature a guest artist Q & A and demonstrations. Tickets cost between $29 and $92 per person and may be purchased online at www.swflso.org, by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in Fort Myers, by calling the Symphony Box Office at (239) 418-1500 or at the door, one and a half hours prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers. Happenings Magazine


Washington Saxophone Quartet to play Feb. 22

Barrage 8

Barrage 8 at Shell Point

Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2017-2018 Concert Series will present a live performance from Barrage 8 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 at the Village Church on The Island at Shell Point, as part

of the concert series’ Performing Arts program. The event is open to the public, with tickets available for purchase online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2017-2018 Concerts & Conversation Series welcomes Washington Saxophone Quartet on Thursday, Feb 22 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Washington Saxophone Quartet Room at The Woodlands. The widely-recognized ensemble has played on radio and television worldwide for nearly 35 years, in addition to performing recitals, informal concerts, and master classes in the United States, the Caribbean, and China. To purchase tickets, visit www.shellpoint.org or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Mastersingers: Serenade to Music Feb. 2 & 11

The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers Chamber Chorus and City of Palms Youth Choir present a joint concert program twice in February entitled Serenade to Music. The first performance will be held in the intimate Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. The concert will be followed by a reception in the Alliance’s Art Gallery. Tickets for this event are $10 and are available on the Mastersingers website, www.mastersingersfm.com. The groups will perform the same program at the Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, on Sunday, Feb. 11. Admission for this concert is free, with a free-will offering to be taken up to benefit ministries at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. In what has become a Mastersingers standard, the groups will be singing an eclectic mix of newly composed works along with wellknown choral masterworks. Selections for the concert include music from American composers Thomas LaVoy, Gerald Custer, and Eric William Barnum along with Rachmaninoff’s Bogoroditse Devo, and Vaughan Williams’s much-loved, Serenade to Music.

“The smaller ensembles allow the freedom for us to explore many different styles and traditions in choral music,” says Mastersingers artistic director Jeff Faux. He continues, “In this one concert, you’ll hear our children’s choir singing the simple melodies of Britten’s Friday Afternoons, hauntingly beautiful chant in Durufle’s Ubi Caritas, Thomas LaVoy celebrating Robert Burns with a Scottish-style folk tune, and the rich harmonies of Russian Orthodox music from Rachmaninoff.” The two groups come together again March 11 for the Bernstein at 100 concert at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, this time with the full Mastersingers chorus and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. This large-scale production with full orchestra and over 100 singers will celebrate the centennial of one of the giants of American music, Leonard Bernstein. The program will combine the composer’s classic Chichester Psalms featuring soloist Christian Miller, a member of the City of Palms Youth Choir in the work’s second movement, and selections from Bernstein’s Broadway hit, West Side Story. Tickets for the Bernstein at 100 concert can be found on the Mastersingers website at www.mastersingersfm.com.

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Mersey Beatles return to play three Southwest Florida venues

Following the success of their sold out 2017 Florida tour, The Mersey Beatles, a Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band and the house band for over a decade at the worldfamous Cavern Club, will perform at three venues in all three Southwest Florida counties. In Collier County, The Mersey Beatles will perform Feb. 21 at 4 and 8 p.m. at TheatreZone, located in the G & L Theatre on the campus of the Community School of Naples. For tickets, call 239-424-9500 or online at www.theatrezone-florida.com. The Englewood Event Center in Charlotte County will host the band on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.englewoodeventcenter.com

Two shows are scheduled at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. The concerts will take place Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4 and 8 p.m. The venue is located at 2301 First St, Fort Myers. For tickets, visit www.sbdac.com. The Mersey Beatles are no ordinary tribute band. The lads grew up as childhood and schoolmate friends, just like The Beatles! They are the official Beatles tribute band representing the City of Liverpool, and from 2002 to 2012, they were the resident tribute band at The Cavern Club, the nightclub in Liverpool, England, where The Beatles perfected their act before launching a global rock music revolution in the 1960s.

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Gulf Coast Symphony, Broadway Palm to stage Oklahoma

The Gulf Coast Symphony and co-producer Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, staged, with full symphony orchestra, on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theater still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the highspirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop against where Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the journey to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. The Gulf Coast Symphony and Broadway

Palm Dinner Theatre’s production of Oklahoma! features an all-star cast and ensemble from the Broadway stages, as well as local favorites from Broadway Palm productions. The lead roles of Laurey and Curly will be portrayed by Siri Howard and Marc Koeck. Siri Howard has appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables covering the roles of both Fantine and Cosette, as well as The Sound of Music, covering the role of Liesl. She has been on the national tours of Parade (Iola Stover), Les Misérables 25th anniversary production, and The Sound of Music, starring Richard Chamberlain. Other performances include: Sweeney Todd Live from Lincoln Center on PBS, starring Emma Thompson, South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), A Little Night Music 25th Anniversary Production with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Fredrika), and soloist with both the Omaha Symphony and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Marc Koeck most recently starred as Tony in two critically acclaimed productions of West Side Story at both the Asolo Repertory Theatre and The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre respectively. Other recent credits include South Pacific (The Wick Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (New London Barn Playhouse), Camelot (New Repertory Theatre), and the workshop of the musical Stars and Strikes. Other Oklahoma! cast members include Renee Albulario as Ado Annie Carnes, Jeremy Webb as Will Parker, Jason Switzer as Jud Fry, Mark Sanders as Ali Hakim, and Steve Williams as Andrew Carnes. Liz Kimball is stage director and choreographer, and Andrew M. Kurtz is music director and conductor for the production. Tickets to Oklahoma! start at $42, and are available by calling the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall box office at 239-4814849, or visit www.GulfCoastSymphony.org. Call 239-277-1700 for group reservations.

Kyshona Armstrong, Shannon LaBrie at Feb. 25 house concert

SongKick and “The Laughing Parrot” House Concert Venue proudly present Kyshona Armstrong and Shannon LaBrie on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3525 Sudbury Lane in Bonita Springs. This will be an epic concert event, with both Nashville superstars, in the blues, soul and gospel genre. A house concert venue, this is a listening room environment only. Tickets are $20. Attendees should bring a chair and a small dish to pass, and BYOB. Meet & greet is 4 - 5 pm, and the show is 5 - 8 PM. Kyshona has mixed her love of story telling with the sound of her musical roots. 48 - February 2018

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Soulful, spiritual, at times guttural, Kyshona delivers an open honesty through her voice and lyrics. Her desire when she is performing is to connect with and take the audience on an emotional, soul stirring, musical journey. Her goal is to move a crowd. Music by Nashville chanteuse Shannon LaBrie defies genre and brings to life insightful stories of a woman who remains true to herself in a life where uncertainty is certain. The Lincoln, NE, native instantly became a favorite among music fans and critics alike with her powerful 2016 album War & Peace. For tickets, RSVP to 239-821-5016 or email socpar8hd@gmail.com Happenings Magazine


Cape Coral Irish Fest March 3 & 4

It’s that time again – for the Cape’s liveliest international family festival packed with Irish and Celtic sights and sounds March 3 and 4. Wear something green and head for the German American Social Club. Help transform it into a legendary “Fiddler’s Green” - a place filled with perpetual joy. Fiddles that never stop playing. Dancers who never stop dancing. This year’s entertainment includes great live Irish music. See Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, Albannach, Rathkeltair, Jamison Celtic Rock, West of Galway, Brendan Nolan, the Lee County Pipers and Irish Step Dancers. Get energized with continuous live music. Eat great food. And give the Screaming Orphans a rousing Cape Coral welcome home. You’ll enjoy Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones. They deliver Ireland’s traditional music and folk songs with an energy and skill that shows the quality of contemporaries within that tradition. Rathkeltair returning to our main stage from Jacksonville Beach with songwriter Trevor Tanner, to perform original rock-n-roll songs steeped in Celtic tradition. Jamison Celtic Rock has grown to offer one of the most high energy shows on the east coast, with dynamic Irish reels mixed into rock. Also, local favorites West of Galway and returning Dubliner, Brendan Nolan, whose rich voice and Irish way with words helps listeners feel the pain, the joy, the humor, the triumph, the sadness, the longing, as

deeply as they were expressed in the old songs of the Irish tradition. Brendan will also sing the Irish National Anthem in Irish at the opening ceremony on Saturday, at noon. The crowd-pleasing Lee County Pipes & Drums Band that exudes a feeling of family, friendship, and honor for our heritage and the history surrounding piping, drumming and Celtic music. And that's not all – there’s dancing. Lots of dancing with award-winning Irish step dancers and friends of the Festival, the returning Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy with their quick and precise steps, unique costumes and love for Irish dance. The family festival also features Leprechaun Lane, the Children’s Tent, for kids ages 3 to 12 where there’s action galore. Free face painting, supervised games, arts & crafts. The festival takes place at the German American Social Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Parking is free and there’s lots of it. Sorry – no pets and no coolers. The Cape Irish Festival is sponsored by the Cape Coral Irish American Club. Check the website for details at www.capecoralirishamericanclub.org.

Pioneer Park Days March 1-3 in Hardee County

Inside the small town of Zolfo Springs, from March 1 through March 3, a grand event occurs, the 50th annual Pioneer Park Days. Pioneer Park Days is one of the largest, and is the oldest antique tractor, steam engine and farm equipment shows in the Southeast. Some of the highlights include over 200 exhibits of tractors, hit and miss steam engines and farm equipment. Artifact collections of the 1800s + eras can be seen at the Cracker Trail Museum. It includes a wide range of pioneer household goods, farming implements, photographs, articles about Florida Cowboys & Indians, and additional historical documents. Around the museum a Pioneer village was erected by generous donators to display a

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1914 Baldwin Locomotive Engine #3 (also known as the Loping Gopher), C.A. Bryant Blacksmith Shop, and the Hart Cabin with pieces of furniture inside built by Mr. Hart, plus more. Each day at 2 p.m. the antique tractors host a tractor parade around the outside perimeter of the park. Plenty of old time demonstrations will be on hand at Pioneer Village during Pioneer Park Days. A sampling of demonstrations: George Altman & his whip making, rag rugs, weaving, pine needle baskets, walking sticks by Michael Lord, rustic wood working, Cantu bees observation hives, old time toy making, Paynes Creek State Park participation and more. Rick Smith of "A Land Remembered" will have two multimedia shows on Saturday at the pool pavilion. He will also be on hand for book signings. In the flea market area there are 300 flea market booths that sell items from old tools to arts and crafts. In the Nickerson/Ullrich building daily entertainment is scheduled and will include country music, bluegrass music, and cloggers just to name a few.

Live entertainment will begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. with groups entertaining at one-hour intervals with the exception of a dinner break from 5 - 6 p.m. Then on Saturday, groups will be performing starting at noon & continuing with the same one-hour intervals & the normal 5 - 6 p.m. dinner break. Samples of the live entertainment during the festival include The Elvis Show (by Derrell Newell), Moriah Ruth, Bailey's Dance Academy, Nala Price, Jay Jericho Robinson, Robert Darte Ahlbrandt, Ron & Sharon Fraiser, John Summeral, Swinging Bridge and Trinity River Bridge. During the evening hours food trucks will be available for the entertainment at the Nickerson-Ullrich Building. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for the weekly pass. Pioneer Park is located at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 17 and S.R. 64 in Zolfo Springs in Hardee County. For more information, visit online at www.pioneerparkdays.com

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Moody Blues

2018 Rock and Roll Hame of Fame inductees The Moody Blues played to a full house Jan. 14 at Germain Arena in Estero as part of their Days of Future Passed 50th anniversary tour.

LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC Backstreets

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915 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-945-7555

The Barrel Room

2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-333-2225

Bert’s Bar & Grill

4271 Pine Island Rd Matlacha • 239-282-3232

Blue Flame of Naples

2059 Tamiami Trail East Naples • 239-774-6060

Blue Monkey Bar & Grille

7550 Mission Hills Drive suite 326, Naples 239-597-2583 Graeme Edge

Buckingham Blues Bar

5641 Buckingham Road Fort Myers • 239-693-7111

Seminole Casino Hotel

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

Cape Cabaret

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

The Cigar Bar

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

The Center Bar at The Promenade

26811 S. Bay Drive #128 Bonita Springs 239-325-3583

The Cottage

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

Dixie Roadhouse

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

Mike’s

The Nauti Mermaid 5961 Silver King Blvd. Cape Coral 239-541-5600

Nervous Nellie’s 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

Fathoms

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

Fishermen’s Village

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

5785 Cape Harbour Drive Cape Coral 239-542-0123

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The Buddha Bar

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

The Moody Blues photos by Jamie Kuser

The Rhythm House

1520 Broadway, Fort Myers • 239-337-3446

24851 S. Tamiami Trail #7 Bonita Springs • 239-4953800

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

Justin Hayward and John Lodge

Hotel Indigo

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

Pete’s Time Out

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

The Stage

9144 Bonita Beach Road Bonita Springs 239-405-8566

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

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FEB 1 - Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis tribute FEB 2 - Jersey Boys tribute FEB 3 - Elvis, Jerry Lee, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly tribute FEB 5 - Temptations, 4 Tops tribute FEB 6 - Neil Diamond tribute FEB 7 - Motown tribute FEB 8 - Eagles tribute FEB 9 - Beach Boys tribute FEB 10 - Stones, Beatles tribute FEB 11 - Rat Pack tribute FEB 12 - Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Barry Manilow tribute FEB 13 - Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Cher, Lady Gaga tribute FEB 14 - Uptown Express FEB 15 - Jersey Boys tribute

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IN CONCERT

Joe Satriani

FEB. 18 cont’d. The Bottle Rockets & Chuck Prophet

MAR. 16

Seminole Casino Hotel

FEB. 20

Artis–Naples

FEB. 2

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

Mary Wilson & The Shirelles

FEB. 3

Tanya Tucker

Seminole Casino Hotel

Cody Jinks

FEB. 9

The Ranch Concert Hall

The Temptations & The Four Tops

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

FEB. 10

The Tenors

Seminole Casino Hotel

FEB. 11

Gladys Knight

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

FEB. 12

Willie Nelson

Germain Arena, Estero

Tony Bennett

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

FEB. 13

Daniel OʼDonnell

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

FEB. 15 Sponge

SW Florida Event Center

Gordon Lightfoot

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

Max Weinbergʼs Jukebox

FEB. 16

SW Florida Event Center

FEB. 17

Chris Young

Germain Arena, Estero

FEB. 18

Michael McDonald B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

The Beach Boys Artis–Naples

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Seminole Casino Hotel

SW Florida Event Center

MAR. 17

Righteous Brothers

Barry Manilow

Germain Arena, Estero

MAR. 19

Jason Mraz

FEB. 22

Gino Vanelli

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

SW Florida Event Center

MAR. 23 Eric Paslay

The Ranch Concert Hall

FEB. 23

Jamey Johnson

The Ranch Concert Hall

MAR. 24

Tony Orlando

Don McLean

Seminole Casino Hotel

SW Florida Event Center

Jefferson Starship

Little Texas

SW Florida Event Center

FEB. 24

SW Florida Event Center

Darryl Worley

Swamp Cabbage Festival

Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Lao Tizer

Laishley Park, Punta Gorda

FEB. 26

Neil Sedaka Artis–Naples

MAR. 1

Justin Moore

Germain Arena, Estero

MAR. 2 & 3

Tower of Power, Blackberry Smoke, Here Come the Mummies Downtown Punta Gorda

MAR. 3

Oak Ridge Boys

Seminole Casino Hotel

MAR. 6

Ana Popovic

SW Florida Event Center

Aaron Neville Artis–Naples

Celtic Woman

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

Lee Greenwood

Tanya Tucker will perform Feb. 3 at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee.

MAR. 7 Daughtry

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

MAR. 8 Bodeans

SW Florida Event Center

The Texs Tenors

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

MAR. 9

The Irish Rovers

B.B. Mann Hall at FSW

MAR. 9 & 10

Bonita Blues Fest Riverside Park

MAR. 10 Jeff Rupert

Six Bends Harley-Davidson

The Platters & The Coasters

Seminole Casino Hotel

Melissa Etheridge

SW Florida Event Center

MAR. 11

Collin Raye

SW Florida Event Center

Jonathan Butler

Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz

MAR. 25 Rick Braun

Tarpon Point Marina

Rick Springfield Artis–Naples

MAR. 30

Karla Bonoff

SW Florida Event Center

APR. 5

The Outlaws

The Ranch Concert Hall

APR. 7

High Valley

The Ranch Concert Hall

APR. 21

Tracy Lawrence

The Ranch Concert Hall

APR. 22

Chris Tomlin Germain Arena

APR. 27 Colt Ford

The Ranch Concert Hall

MAY 5

Little Big Town Germain Arena

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THE RANCH CONCERT HALL & SALOON

Cody Jinks - Feb. 9

The Outlaws - April 5

Eric Paslay - March 23

Jamey Johnson - Feb. 23

Cody Jinks, Jamey Johnson, Eric Paslay & The Outlaws

The Sam Galloway Concert Series in conjunction with Gator Country 101.9 continues with more national artists at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers in 2018. The Ranch welcomes Cody Jinks on Feb. 9. With his smooth baritone and lonesome, dark-hued country songs, the Saving Country Music Album of the Year award winner is proving that Country Music empowered by credibility has made its way to the masses. This did not happen overnight for Jinks, who has spent the better part of the last 10 years playing numerous empty bar rooms to a never ending financial loss. “Yeah, I’ve been pretty good at losing money. Not the greatest feeling in the world to be gone from home for long stretches of time, only to walk in the door broke. But I never gave up. Never even had that thought.” His latest critically-acclaimed album I’m Not The Devil smashed his Personal Chart Records, Breaking Top 5 On Billboard Country And Independent Album Charts. Pandora called I’m Not The Devil “a gift from above for country fans of all stripes.” Tickets start at $27 for Cody Jinks. Opening the show will be Ward Davis and Sunny Sweeney. Deuterman Productions presents Jamey Johnson at The Ranch Concert Hall on Feb. 23. Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singersongwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and ACMs. His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 ambitious double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification. In addition, he won two Song of the Year Trophies, for “Give It Away” and “In Color,” both from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Jamey Johnson tickets start at $30. The Sam Galloway Concert Series welcomes Eric Paslay back to Happenings Magazine

The Ranch on March 23. EMI Records Nashville breakout country artist, Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinumselling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native earned nominations for GRAMMY Best Country Song, ACM Song of the Year and CMA Song of The Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” in 2013 and earned his first GRAMMY nomination as an artist in 2016 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “The Driver”- a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley. Most recently he was honored with an ACM Song of the Year nomination for “She Don’t Love You” at the 2016 ACMs in Las Vegas. Tickets for Eric Paslay start at $20. Other upcoming shows in the Sam Galloway Concert Series include The Outlaws on April 5, High Valley on April 7, Tracy Lawrence on April 21 and Colt Ford on April 27. The Sam Galloway Concert Series was started in the fall of 2014 to help bring awareness to Community Cooperative (The Soup Kitchen) and the good work they do in the community, says Brian Tidwell, general sales manager of Sam Galloway Ford. The concert series features rock and country artists on a regular basis at the venue. Portions of the profits of each concert go to help Community Cooperative feed the community, Tidwell said. For every pound of food donated, Sam Galloway Ford donates $1 to Community Cooperative. Concert goers are also encouraged to bring canned food items to the concerts at The Ranch. For tickets & details, visit www.theranchfortmyers.com. The Ranch can be reached at 239-985-9839. For most concerts, the doors open at 7 p.m. at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. February 2018 - 53


SEMINOLE CASINO HOTEL IN IMMOKALEE

The Tenors to perform Feb. 10

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will host “An Intimate Evening with The Tenors” on Saturday, Feb.10 at 8 p.m. A decade after forming in their native Canada, The Tenors are an international success story. With their robust singing and seamless blend of classical and contemporary pop textures, Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray and Fraser Walters have scored multiplatinum sales, performed for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elizabeth II, and shared stages with superstars ranging from Paul McCartney to Justin Bieber. The Tenors have performed all over the world, including headlining tours across North America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. Their latest album is “Christmas Together,” for which the three tenors dug deep into tradition while looking forward, coming up with an assortment of both old and new favorites, as well as original material, that reflect their personal and artistic growth. Tickets are available now for $45 at the casino cashier and by phone at 800-218-0007. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Oak Ridge Boys March 3 Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment presents an evening with country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. The performance is part of The Oak Ridge Boys’ Shine the Light Tour. The Oak Ridge Boys’ sound is one of the most distinctive and recognizable in the music industry. The group’s four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of country hits and a number one pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, The Oak Ridge Boys bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. Their string of hits includes the country-pop chart-topper “Elvira,” as well as “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes,” “Fancy Free,” “Y’all Come Back Saloon,” “Sail Away,” “It Takes A Little Rain” and many others. One of country music’s truly legendary acts, The Oak Ridge Boys comprises lead singer

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Duane Allen, bass singer Richard Sterban, tenor Joe Bonsall, and baritone William Lee Golden. They have become one of the most enduringly successful touring groups anywhere, still performing some 150 dates each year at major theaters, fairs and festivals across the United States and Canada. Advance tickets are on sale now for $69 and are available at the casino, on www.jaytv.com or by calling 800-218-0007. Attendees must be 21 years of age.

Tony Orlando on March 24

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment presents entertainment legend Tony Orlando live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Orlando is one of America’s most endearing and enduring iconic stars. His performance at Seminole Casino Hotel is part of his tour of live concert shows across the nation as he celebrates more than five decades as a beloved entertainer. A Grammy nominee, Orlando has sold millions of records, including five number one hits: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” “Candida,” “My Sweet Gypsy Rose” and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).” “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” was the number one Billboard song of 1973, became Orlando’s theme song, and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal. Orlando has two Platinum albums, three Gold albums and 15 Top 40 hits. Tony Orlando and Dawn rank among the Top 100 Billboard Magazine artists of alltime. The enormously popular Tony Orlando and Dawn television variety show ran for four seasons, from 1973 to 1977, on CBS. The show catapulted Tony Orlando and Dawn from popular recording artists into major stars, and they were the first multi-racial singing group to star in a network television series. Advance tickets are on sale now for $65 and are available at the casino, online at www.jaytv.com/florida, or by phone at 800-514-3849. Attendees must be 21 years of age. For more information call the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee at 800-218-0007.

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA EVENT CENTER

Sponge, Gino Vannelli, Jefferson Starship

The Southwest Florida Event Center has lined up some great drummer Donny Baldwin, along with longtime members Chris Smith entertainment for 2018. The center offers a diverse lineup of high end on keyboards and synth bass, Jude Gold on lead guitar and Grammy music of all genres, dinner shows and performances featuring internanominee Cathy Richardson anchoring the female lead vocal spot tional, national and local artists. made famous by the inimitable Grace Slick. Located in Bonita Springs, the SWFL Event Center will welcome The music that defined a generation and spanned decades is alive several national artists in the coming months such as Sponge on Feb. and well and more relevant than ever in pop culture- songs such as 15, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox on Feb. 16, Bottle Rockets & Chuck Volunteers, White Rabbit, Wooden Ships, Somebody to Love, Today, Prophet on Feb. 18, Gino Vannelli on Feb. 22, Don McLean on Feb. Miracles, Count on Me, Fast Buck Freddie, Jane and Find Your Way 23, Jefferson Starship on Feb. 24, Ana Popovic on March 6, BoDeans Back continue to reverberate throughout the collective consciousness on March 8, Melissa Etheridge on March 10, Collin Raye on March 11, today. Little Texas on March 24, Karla Bonoff on March 30. The center also has a diverse lineup of tribute artists: Billy Joel on Since his debut release of Crazy Life, in 1973, Gino Vannelli has Feb. 1, Chicago on Feb. 9, Atlantic City Boys on Feb. 10, Glen remained one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. Campbell on Feb. 11, Bee Gees on Feb. 17, Stevie Wonder on March His voice is as memorable as his hair, as he has been dubbed, “The 9 and The Beach Boys on March 22. Canadian singer songwriter with a lion's mane.” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You, Glen But Vannelli’s evolving music has kept his fan Campbell’s poignant hit song chronicling his base growing for over 40 years. From rock, to struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, moved me jazz, to soul, even classical, this singer/songto tears. I sat down and wrote this tribute writer/producer has left no musical stone show, The Glen Campbell Xperience, to unturned. With an amazing 19 albums under his honor the legendary singer and his prolific belt, most hitting the Billboard charts—his latest music career,” exclaimed entertainer Jimmy release being ‘Live in LA’, a concert shot at the Mazz. Featuring timeless tunes from a music Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, hitting number icon who touched hearts for over four one on Amazon. Vannelli is a living legend, and decades, the Naples area debut of The Glen his live shows should be seen to be believed. Campbell Xperience is Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Some things get better with age and Vannelli is Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita living embodiment of that sentiment. He will be Springs. A portion of the proceeds from each releasing his 20th album in 2018, a brand new Glen Campbell Xperience Show will support collection of recently written songs on his acoustic the Alzheimer’s Foundation and the guitar. Whether performing piano-voice concerts Alzheimer’s Research Association. in theaters, singing before symphony orchestras The SW Florida Event Center is located at in concert halls, big bands or a pop ensemble, to 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE. For tickets and throngs of enthusiastic fans, Vannelli remains info, call 239-245-9910 or visit impassioned and true to his art as ever. His www.swfleventcenter.com standing as a powerful and innovative live performer, his well-hewn musical skills as composer, poet, producer, arranger, and bandleader, keep his career rising to greater heights. Jefferson Starship rose from the ashes of another legendary San Francisco band, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, Jefferson Airplane. Featuring original and historic members David Freiberg (also a founder of San Francisco luminaries Quicksilver Messenger Service) and Gino Vannelli - Feb. 22

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Jeff Rupert at Jazz on the Green March 10

Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar performed Jan. 19 at the Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita Springs. Photo by Jamie Kuser

Clay Walker

The Sam Galloway Concert Series presented Clay Walker Jan. 13 at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. Photo by Jamie Kuser 56 - February 2018

Jazz on the Green, the popular Fort Myers music festival, will be resurrected on Saturday, March 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Six Bends and offer three notable music ensembles to raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation. Presented by Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property SWFL, Jazz on the Green at Six Bends offers more than music. Guests may enjoy gourmet food, drinks, giveaways and dancing on the lawn for this allwhite-attire event. The fundraising goal for this concert is to enable one wish each to be granted through the Make-a-Wish Foundation to two local children with critical illnesses. VIP guests can indulge in a true concierge experience, including complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres plus cocktails, an embroidered lawn blanket and VIP seating in front of the stage with room to dance. Get your VIP tickets now at www.jazzonthegreenatsixbends.eventbrite.com. World-renowned saxophonist Jeff Rupert with his quintet will be the evening’s headline act. Rupert has performed or recorded with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Sam Rivers, Maynard Ferguson, Ernestine Anderson, Benny Carter’s Grammy-winning Harlem Renaissance and composed and arranged for many artists. He is director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida and founder of Flying Horse Records. While the crowd sways to the jazz dressed in their brightest whites, Jaguar Land Rover Fort Myers will display more than a dozen all-white vehicles lining Six Bends’ Thunder Plaza. Every ticket purchaser will automatically be entered to win one of two one-week rentals of either a Jaguar or Land Rover. In addition to presenting sponsor Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property SWFL, sponsors include Henderson, Franklin, Starnes and Holt, PA; Jaguar Land Rover Fort Myers; Marine Max Fort Myers; CONRIC PR & Marketing; and Dwayne Bergmann Interiors. Limited sponsorship opportunities remain. For more information on sponsorship availability, call 844-749-2363. Top Rocker Management provides event venue leasing at Six Bends’ Top Rocker Field and Thunder Plaza, as well as event management services for a variety of organizations. For rental space availability or other questions relating to Six Bends, contact 844-749-2363. Happenings Magazine


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KEY WEST

Mile O Fest debuts Feb. 7 -10

A long roster of leading Americana and “Red Dirt” musical acts, performing in a subtropical waterfront setting, await music lovers Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 7-10, at Key West’s inaugural Mile 0 Fest. The festival, whose name references the island city’s location at the beginning of U.S. Highway 1, is to feature several dozen groups and bands ranging from notable established acts to talented newcomers. All embody the Red Dirt and Americana musical styles, defined by some as bridging the gap between rock and country and incorporating the American roots tradition. Festival organizers anticipate performances by more than 30 artists, with four days of mainstage shows at Key West’s Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater and smaller “song swaps” and acoustic sessions at other island locations. Attendees can anticipate performances by top acts including the Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Jinks, Pat Green, the Red Dirt Rangers, Wade Bowen, Shooter Jennings, Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, Old 97’s, Stoney Larue and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook, a host of SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country, is to emcee the show and perform as well. The state-of-the-art amphitheater, set beside the blue waters surrounding Key West, features a combination of reserved seating and general-admission grassy space for spectators. As well as enjoying the stellar musicianship, audiences at Truman Waterfront

UPCOMING EVENTS

IN KEY WEST Civil War Heritage Days Festival Feb. 2 - Feb. 4

Colorful Civil War re-enactments, the roar of cannon fire and the sight of soldiers in Civil War uniforms are to greet visitors at Key West’s oceanfront historic Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, as participants journey into the island’s past. www.floridastateparks.org/ park-events/Fort-Taylor

Turnpike Troubadours

Park can purchase offerings from local food trucks, mobile bars and chalet tents to round out the festival experience. Associated activities include a Feb. 7 charity fishing derby with celebrity judges and the Conch Cup Charity Scramble golf tournament, to be staged Feb. 8 at the Key West Golf Club. Proceeds are to benefit the Red Dirt Relief Fund and Key West’s Michelle Halpern Foundation and Bahama Villiage Music Program. Four-day festival passes and single-day passes are available. For festival information and ticketing, visit www.mile0fest.com

House & Garden Tour

Feb. 16 - 17 and March 16 - 17 Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and interior design that complements each. February and March tours are offered 10 am to 4 pm each day. Transportation between homes is not provided. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on tour days. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs. www.oirf.org

Old Island Days Art Festival Feb. 24 - 25 The Old Island Days Art Festival is a two day juried outdoor fine art festival. This nationally recognized show brings over 100 fine artists to this beautiful historic area of Key West. Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex. Set among historical attractions such as Audubon House, the Little White House and Mel Fisher Museum, the City of Key West closes two blocks of Whitehead Street and another block of Caroline Street to vehicle traffic for the show. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of paintings from watercolor to oil and acrylic, decorative sculpture, photography and other fine arts from the selected artists. Tropical themes are abundant here, but contemporary and traditional styles make something for everyone! 58 - February 2018

The show, which is in its 53rd year, is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was originally held to raise money for the renovation of the building at 301 Front Street. That building is now home for the KWAC and displays works by the 60 plus local members. The first show was held on the sidewalk on Front Street, near the current gallery and artists used clothespins to attach their work to the fence in front of the old Custom’s House. Since then the show has been held annually and grown from just local artists and now includes exhibitors from across the country and Canada. The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 at Whitehead and Caroline streets in Old Town Key West. For more information, visit online at www.keywestartcenter.com or call 304-294-1243. Happenings Magazine


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FEB

2018

THU - 1 John Carfi 7:30 p.m. Laugh In

Felipe Esparza 7 p.m. Off the Hook Andy Gross 8 p.m. Comedy Zone

FRI - 2

John Carfi 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Felipe Esparza 7 p.m. Off the Hook Andy Gross 8:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

SAT - 3

John Carfi 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Felipe Esparza 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook Andy Gross 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

WED - 7 Jeff Zenisek 7:30 p.m. Laugh In

Tammy Pescatelli 8 p.m. Comedy Zone

THU - 8

Reno Collier 7:30 p.m. Laugh In 60 - February 2018

COMEDY CLUB CALENDAR

THU - 8 contʼd

THU - 15 contʼd

FRI - 23

Tammy Pescatelli 8 p.m. Comedy Zone

Al Ernst 8 p.m. Comedy Zone

Guy Branum 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook

Shawn Wayans 7 p.m. Off the Hook

Bobby Collins 7 p.m. Off the Hook

FRI - 9

FRI - 16

Shawn Wayans 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook

Bobby Collins 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook

Reno Collier 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In

Tammy Pescatelli 8:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

SAT - 10

Norm Stulz 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In

Al Ernst 8:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

Reno Collier 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In

SAT - 17

Tammy Pescatelli 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

Al Ernst 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

Shawn Wayans 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook

SUN - 11

Norm Stulz 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Bobby Collins 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook

Bucky Lewis 7:30 p.m. Laugh In

SUN - 18

MON - 12

WED - 21

Bucky Lewis 7:30 p.m. Laugh In

WED - 14 Mike “Mad Dog” Adams 7:30 p.m. Laugh In

Al Ernst 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

THU - 15 Norm Stulz 7:30 p.m. Laugh In

Bobby Collins 7 p.m. Off the Hook Pink Collar Comedy 7:30 p.m. Laugh In John Carfi 8 p.m. Comedy Zone

THU - 22 Kerry Pollock 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Guy Branum 7 p.m. Off the Hook

John Carfi 8 p.m. Comedy Zone

Kerry Pollock 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In

John Carfi 8:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

SAT - 24

Kerry Pollock 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Guy Branum 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook

SAT - 24 contʼd John Carfi 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone

SUN - 25

Tim the Dairy Farmer 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Guy Branum 7 p.m. Off the Hook

WED - 28 Angel Salazar 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Quinn Dahle 8 p.m. Comedy Zone

* schedules subject to change

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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RIVER DISTRICT

John Costin

ArtFest Fort Myers Feb. 3 & 4

See a dazzling array of artwork at ArtFest Fort Myers on Arts, a fun 5K race, that will begin and end in the heart of Feb. 3 and 4, with an opening night party on Friday, Feb. 2 ArtFest Fort Myers. Commit now to run/walk through scenic during Art Walk. Nationally ranked for the quality of the downtown, over the Edison Bridge and back. For race artists, this fine art festival is a true details, visit www.RunToTheArts.com local favorite. Attendees experience a Take time to enjoy the talented high beautiful downtown Fort Myers riverschool artists’ work at the Art Under 20 front, hands-on art activities, live Exhibit and Competition and prepare to music and savory bites while perusbe astonished as the students create ing incredible artwork from across the large street paintings in the Chalk Block. country. Always a crowd pleaser, the Publix Art ArtFest Fort Myers’ artists are Yard and Youth Stage are full of opporcarefully juried and accepted to tunities for children of all ages to create exhibit based on their incredible tala masterpiece of their very own, while ent, from among more than 900 enjoying a variety of great performancapplying artists from across the counes. And be sure to visit the art festival’s try and around the world. With more dining galleries, where delicious culinary than 200 exhibiting artists, there is fare from around the world is the norm. plenty of incredible artwork to enjoy. Membership in the VIP Experience Beautiful jewelry, amazing sculpture, means reserved weekend parking, unique paintings, and decorative admission to the Friday night opening metal are just a sampling of the work VIP Tent with delicious food and drinks, you will see all weekend long at plus unlimited access to the VIP ArtFest Fort Myers. This is your Experience Tent with breakfast treats, a Christine Peloquin opportunity to meet the stars of the delightful lunch & beverages all weekshow – the artists. Artwork prices end long. The elite VIP experience is vary, so everyone can find something $125 per person and your support conextra special that fits their taste and budget. This free-flowtributes to the year round art education outreach programs of ing, family-friendly celebration connects art and artists togethArtFest Fort Myers. er with our community in a way that is just plain fun – this is The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 4, while an arts experience that delights every sense. the opening night event is 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 2. Join them on Sunday morning for the Publix Run to the For more information visit www.ArtFestFortMyers.com

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Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing set for Feb. 6

Celebrate the Edison Festival of Light and help feed the hungry by attending Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing Tuesday, Feb. 6 at The First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers at the corner of Second and Lee streets. It’s the 29th anniversary of the hymn sing, which is organized and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the event, three performances are planned at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Admission is free, but organizers are requesting that those who attend bring cans of non-perishable food and a voluntary cash donation, if possible, to benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative. “We need to help The Soup Kitchen by donating as much canned goods and cash as we can to help families who most need it in our community,” said Sam Galloway, Jr., founder of Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing. This year’s event will feature the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and many other singers, including members of the Mastersingers, guest soloists, along with a piano and organ combination.

Celebrate Thomas Edison's birthday

The public is invited to celebrate Thomas Edison's 171st birthday on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Birthday festivities include photo opportunities with "Thomas" and "Mina," students from the Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School will perform, author Nancy Hamilton will be available to sign her new book "100 Things to do in Fort Myers & Sanibel Before You Die," everyone in attendance will sing happy birthday and cake will be served. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The birthday party is a free event with limited seating (does not include tours of the homes, museum or lab). For more information, visit www. EdisonFordWinterEstates.org or call 239-334-7419. 64 - February 2018

Annual antique car show Feb. 3 at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Edison & Ford Winter Estates will host its annual Antique Car Exhibition featuring antique Ford models on Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each year, classic car owners and club members exhibit more than 100 cars on the Ford estate lawn, along the Caloosahatchee River as a tribute to Henry Ford, the pioneer of the automobile industry. Along with the exhibition, there will be music and visitors can tour the gardens, historic homes, museum and laboratory. This family event is free for Edison Ford members and $25 for future members, which includes a self-guided tour of the entire site. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the antique car collection at Edison Ford. Registrations are being accepted for Ford mod-

els 1980 and older. To register a car, contact Leeanne Criswell at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239334-7419. The deadline for pre-registration is Jan. 26. Pre-registration is $20 for one car and $10 for each additional car. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.

Roddy Chong to play March 3 benefit

Roddy Chong, virtuoso violinist and speaker known for his high energy performances, will perform in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, March 2 at Pushing Boundaries with Roddy Chong, a fundraising gala benefitting New Mission Systems International. The gala will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Burroughs Home, located at 2505 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets for the event are $100 for individual guests and $150 for couples and can be reserved at www.pushingboundaries.info. The evening will include a cocktail hour on the river, dinner, a performance by Chong, and inspirational stories of missionaries pushing boundaries across the globe. Sanibel Captiva Community Bank is the

event’s major sponsor. Chong, an extraordinarily accomplished violinist and speaker known for his high-energy performances with many of the music industry’s most recognized acts, is considered to be one of the world’s premier violinists. His keynote will focus on pushing boundaries, personally, professionally, and in all aspects of life. New Mission Systems International gala will benefit more than 225 missionaries living in 32 countries and working regularly in 42 different nations. For more information, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.pushingboundaries.info, or call Janelle Beaber at 239-9895155, or email jbeaber@nmsi.org.

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BBQ, Bands & Brew moving to the River District

EDISON FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

The Edison Festival of Light is one of the largest, longest-running events in Southwest Florida and pays homage to Thomas Alva Edison and all that he contributed to the world and our community. 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the Grand Parade on Saturday, Feb. 17. The Edison Festival of Light runs Feb. 10 - 18. Visit online at www.edisonfestival.org for all the festival events and details or call 239-334-2999.

Crime, romance, nonfiction & new location for SW Florida Reading Festival March 3

More than a dozen acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Fort Myers to meet fans and talk about their books at the 19th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday, March 3 at the Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., in downtown Fort Myers. The SW Florida Reading Festival attracts popular authors for adults and children from across the country. The festival this year will relocate to the Fort Myers Regional Library due to construction surrounding the Harborside Event Center. The move also will tie the event more closely to library services and the library’s mission of promoting reading and life-long learning. The festival is a daylong event filled with author presentations, lively activities for children, the latest library technology, book signings and a free book for every child. The reading festival is the largest one-day reading festival in Florida and has been designated a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for the month of March by the Southeast Tourism Society. 66 - February 2018

“The festival invites popular authors to participate by sharing their real life experiences, thought processes and the evolution of their characters,” said Lee County Library System director Mindi Simon. “It is fascinating to hear how they craft their page-turner plots and tie all the details together.” The festival kicks off Friday evening, March 2, with the Evening with the Authors event at the Fort Myers Regional Library, at which authors meet and mingle with attendees. Among the award-winning authors scheduled to attend the events include adult authors Scott Turow and J.T. Ellison and children’s author Michael Hall. The complete list of authors can be found at www.ReadFest.org. The Reading Festival is free and community-supported through donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event, visit www.readfest.org to make a secure online donation. Author information, directions to the event and more, is available at www.readfest.org or by calling 239-479-4636.

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) is hosting its ninth annual BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers. All proceeds raised go directly to Lee BIA Builders Care to support its mission of providing emergency repairs and construction services at no cost to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged homeowners who are unable to obtain repairs through traditional means. The fundraiser is open to the public and will feature live music from local headlining bands, along with several local barbecue restaurants and vendors. The event will also include a barbecue competition to name the Best BBQ in Town as well as activities for children throughout the day. Admission is $10 per person and children ages 12 and under are free. For the first year, the BBQ, Bands & Brew event will be held at Centennial Park, located at 2000 W. First St. in Fort Myers. With more than 7,500 guests in attendance for last year’s BBQ, Bands & Brew, the new venue will accommodate the growing crowds with more space for guests to enjoy event festivities and additional opportunities for free on-street and paid lot and garage parking throughout downtown Fort Myers. “Each year, BBQ, Bands & Brew demonstrates the generosity of the community and their willingness to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors,” said Christi Pritchett, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “We are excited to host our annual event at Centennial Park for the first year, allowing us to bring great music, amazing food and lots of family fun to Southwest Florida while supporting our local homeowners and families in need.” Tickets for 2018 BBQ, Bands & Brew can be reserved by calling 239-938-0056 or by emailing BBQ@bia.net. For more information on the event, or to learn more about sponsorship and vendor opportunities, visit www.leebuilderscare.com/bbqbands-and-brew. Happenings Magazine


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1st Street Deli

Diners at the Seminole Casino Immokalee will enjoy the 1st Street Deli. The authentic New Yorkstyle 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

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, special events and meetings. We’re open daily at 11 a.m. with daily specials and Happy Hour all day, every day. Hear live entertainment in the Swamp Patio daily 4 - 7 p.m. Classic car shows every Monday & Thursday 4 - 7 p.m.

2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.com

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 Fresh Twist on Coastal Casual, we feature a wide variety of menu options to satisfy the appetite of any guest. We offer the freshest product available, with daily deliveries from our local fishing partner Island Crab Company. Happy Hour from 11 am - 6 pm featuring small plates from $5 - $8.

10395 Tamiami Trail N, Naples 239-631-6266 www.deeplagoon.com

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EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill

EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill at Seminole Casino Immokalee is your place for downhome favorites. The Grill is serving up a delicious new menu featuring gluten-free and organic items, such as the glutenfree 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. Closed for renovations.

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

GameTime

At GameTime at Gulf Coast Town Center, 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 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 2-4-1 all day every day on any individual beer and wine.

10037 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers 239-204-5964 www.gametimeplayers.com

Lucky Mi

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.

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

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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 six days a week (closed Sundays).

1520 Broadway, #105, Downtown Fort Myers 239-334-6991 www.IchibanDowntownFortMyers.com

Marker 92 Bar & 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, Gulf of Mexico & Tarpon Point Marina. Happy Hour daily 4–7 p.m.

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

Pinchers 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 13 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 239-245-7049 www.pinchersusa.com

Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key

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 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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Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse

With a goal of bringing a first-class experience and barbeque product Texas Tony’s Rib and Brew House was born. Tony Phelan grew up in Texas, took those roots and his love of Texas barbeque and set out on a plan of introducing a unique brand of barbeque to Southwest Florida. Taking a combination of Hickory and Oak woods to smoke with and cooking at low temperatures, it created the perfect formula for Award-Winning Barbeque. Texas Tony’s barbeque is “all about the rub and the ring.” The rub is made from his secret recipe. The ring occurs when you smoke meat over a long period of time; the pink is where the smoke has permeated the meat.

4519 Tamiami Trail E., Naples 239-732-8392 www.texastonys.com

Twisted Vine Bistro

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. The Barrel Room now offers a jazz brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2214 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-226-1687 www.twistedvinebistro.com

The Veranda

The Veranda's romantic setting in two turn-of-thecentury 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 40 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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FEBRUARY CALENDAR THU -1 Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Free Acoustic Concert Lovers Key 8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach Featuring local musicians Ray Cerbone, Kip Lawrence, and Houseboat Jim. 4:30 p.m. www.friendsofloverskey.org

Chicago tribute Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St. ,Port Charlotte Advance tickets $20 and $17 for CC members. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 Betty Fox Band Mercato 9132 Strada Pl, Naples Free. 6 - 9 p.m. 239-254-1080

Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

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

Billy Joel tribute SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910

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

Rocky Trop Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Manny T The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Wendy Wischer: Parallel Journeys Crossroads of Art and Science exhibition opening talk and reception U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Hall and Wasmer Art Gallery, Arts Complex FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers 5 p.m. Exhibits runs through March 1. 239-590-7199 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer George Voss, Good ‘Ole Days Island & Sounds of Jimmy G, noon - 3 p.m., Center Court. Muttini Mingle, 5:30-8 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Stars of the Sixties with Jay and The Americans Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 New York Philharmonic String Quartet BIG ARTS - Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Ray, Motown and Beyond Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples Feb. 1 - 3 239-597-1900 70 - February 2018

FRI -2 Friday Night Concert Series Hester Prynn Miromar Outlets, Estero 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Jersey Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 JP Soars & The Red Hots The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 The Crests featuring the voice of Tommy Mara Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street,Port Charlotte Advance Tickets: $25 and $22 for CC Members, 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., Fort Myers Reception for exhibits featuring artists George Mitchell, Ollie Mack Gentry and Veronica Benning, 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 239-337-5050 Jory Lyle The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com The Blu-Tones Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers 7 - 9 p.m. 239-267-5107

Serenade to Music Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Experience Serenade to Music featuring the Mastersigners Chamber Choirs and the City of Palms Youth Choir. Reception to follow. 7 p.m. 239-939-2787 The Second City Feb. 2 - 3 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239-597-1900 Mary Wilson, The Shirelles Seminole Casino Hotel 506 South 1st Street in Immokalee 8 p.m. 800-218-0007 2018 National Art Exhibition Feb. 2 to March 20 Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St.,Punta Gorda 941-639-8810 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon - 3 p.m. and Bruce Neumann & Tiki D, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 25th Annual Bonita Springs Shell Club Show/Sale February 2 - 3 Brookdale Bonita Springs, 26850 S. Bay Dr. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.facebook.com/BonitaSpringsS hellClub Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6 - 10 p.m. www.fortmyersartwalk.com The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 National Art Exhibition Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda Feb. 2 - March 20 941-639-8810 Dream Peace Art Show Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers A performance by S(he) Will Fade will take place at 7:30 p.m. In the 1st floor Grand Atrium. Opening: Feb. 2, 6 – 10 p.m. www.sbdac.com Six Fingers Studios Open House Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 6 – 10 p.m. www.sbdac.com

Carded: Mini Masterpieces Group Art Show Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers In the Capital Gallery. Opening Feb. 2, 6 – 10 p.m. www.sbdac.com The Way We Get By Feb. 2 - 18 The Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers 239-218-0481 Collaboration & Inspiration Exhibit Cape Coral Arts Studio 4533 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral Reception: Feb. 9, 5 -7 p.m. Display through Feb. 22. 239-574-0802 G3 2018 - Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Phil Collen Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

SAT -3 Art in the Park 585 Park St, Naples 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-262-6517 Loving Life in SWFL and Rotary Wine Fest Riverside Park, Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs 1 - 4 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m. Tiger Blue Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Brandon Robertson Duo Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Elvis, Jerry Lee, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Sundown Patrol Dance Crowther Roofing Hangar, Page Field, Fort Myers 6 p.m. 239-351-3987 Tanya Tucker Seminole Casino Hotel 506 South 1st Street in Immokalee 8 p.m. 800-218-0007 Happenings Magazine


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

Jessica Lang Dance Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Jodie DeSalvo Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900

SWFL Bob Marley Celebration Roots/Rock/Reggae Harbour Heights Civic Association, 2530 Harbour Dr, Punta Gorda Live on stage: Turbulence, Teflon, and Friends. Doors open and music starts at 9 p.m. $15 (941) 219-5905 Gianna The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Ollie Mack Gentryʼs photography is part of the February exhibit at Arts for ACT Gallery in doowtown Fort Myers

Rocking and Rolling with David Hunter South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and get ready for some great music. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636

SWFL Symphony Masterworks III: Mozart Requiem Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225

Annual Antique Car Show Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 239-334-7419

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

Del Prados The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 5:30 dinner, 6:30 p.m. music starts In the Dolphin Room, $9 at door. 239-995-3999 ArtFest Fort Myers Feb. 3 & 4 Downtown Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.artfestfortmyers.com The Modern Gentlemen BIG ARTS - Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 The Screaming Orphans Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 6 p.m. 239-939-2787 GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239939-2787 First Annual Strawberry Festival 31 Produce & Mining Co. 18672 State Road 31, Alva Face painting, petting zoo, clydesdales, craft vendors, food vendors, live music by the Ben Allen Band and more! Free admission. $5 to park. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 239-313-8213 The Sunset Celebration Relentless Fire Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Happenings Magazine

Wild About Wildlife Gallery Show Feb.3 - March 5 Cape Coral Art League 516 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral Reception: Feb. 8 from 5 - 7 p.m. This is free event and open to the public. 239-772-5657 ACMA concert Melissa Welke, Annie Wenz & Kim Mayfield All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m.. www.americanacma.org Saturday Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 11 am to 4 pm www.fortmyersartwalk.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Live music by Tiki Tom & L.A. Daniels, noon-4 p.m. and Al & The Hot Flashes, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

SUN -4 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 1-5 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

Naples Jazz Society Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-263-1113 Top Shelf Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Island Jazz BIG ARTS Boler Garden 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900

MON -5 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Cigar Box Guitar music by Pat Cozad, noon - 3 p.m. and The Band Anastazja, 4-7 p.m. Center Court. 941-575-3007 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Temptations, 4 Tops tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Stardust Memories Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 - 9 p.m. 412-721-1914

Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 TGIM Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers The final TGIM before the Fort Myers Film Festival. Cocktails 6:30pm / Films 7 p.m. & Tickets: $10 for Adults, $8 for Students & Seniors. 239-333-1933

TUE -6 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, noon-3 p.m. and Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-5753007 Harbour View Gallery reception Harbour View Gallery, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral Artist Marlene Jones, 6 - 8 p.m. 239-540-5789 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Neil Diamond tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Stardust Memories Big Band Riverside Park Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs 7 - 9 p.m. www.stardustmemoriesbigband.com

WED -7 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m. in Center Court. 941-5753007

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FEBRUARY CALENDAR WED - 7 continued Brian Markley Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

RAIN - A Tribute To The Beatles Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com The King and I Feb. 7 - 11 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239-597-1900 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Jerry Dycke The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 6 - 9 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 Sunset Celebration Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral Live music, food trucks, vendors selling arts & crafts, jewelry, gift items and more! 4 - 7 p.m. 239-574-0806 The Naples Players Rapture, Blister, Burn Feb. 7 - March 4 Tobye Studio, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 239-263-7990 The Art of Music Feb. 7 – March 11 BIG ARTS - Phillips Gallery 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 239-395-0900 Motown tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Michael George: Travel Diary, 2012-17 Feb. 7 – March 11 BIG ARTS - Founders Gallery 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 239-395-0900

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THU -8 Wind Orchestra & Symphonic Band Concert, Estero High School, 21900 River Ranch Rd, Estero 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Rocky Trop Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer George Voss, noon - 3 p.m. by Good ‘Ole Days Singer and Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. & Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 4 - 7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 TheatreZone presents The Secret Garden Feb. 8 - 18 G & L Theatre, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 239-424-9500 Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Community Concerts: Teatro Lirico D'Europa performing Puccini's Madama Butterfly Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Island Doctor Bell Tower Shops 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 5 - 7 p.m. 239-489-1221 Theatre Conspiracy’s Gidion’s Knot Feb. 8 – 18 Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-939-2787 Dan Miller, Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Art Council reception Co-Op Art Gallery at Coconut Point 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Estero 4 - 6 p.m., 239-949-3073

Eagles tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Everglades City Seafood Festival Feb. 9-11 www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org

FRI - 9 Friday Night Concert Series

Lucky Buzzards The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Silver Sneakers Miromar Outlets, Estero 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Wolfhound Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S., Naples $25, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. 239-213-3058 Chicago tribute SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910 Beach Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Shaw Davis & The Black Ties The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Electric Lipstick Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Birdland All-Stars BIG ARTS - Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 8 p.m. 239-395-0900 Southwest Florida Pastel Show Feb. 9 - March 3 Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Reception: Feb. 9, 5 – 7 p.m. 239-939-2787 Mardi Gras Party Lake Kennedy Center 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 mem/$15 non. Registration required. 7 p.m. 239-574-0575 The Temptations and The Four Tops Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849

Thomas Edison's 171st birthday Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers 10 a.m. 239-334-7419 The Sunset Celebration-High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Mystery Walk Downtown Fort Myers Join the Mystery every second Friday of the month in the River District from 6 - 8 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Domo Emigrantes, Italian Folk Music Nisita Concert Series, U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students www.fgcu.edu/cas/bsma 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Barrage 8 The Village Church on The Island Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. www.shellpoint.org/concerts 239-454-2067 The 39 Steps Feb. 9 -18 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral 239-772-5862 Across the Universe Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers 7 - 9 p.m. 239-267-5107 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon - 3 p.m. and Singer Steve Flagg, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Cody Jinks The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors open at 7 p.m., 239-985-9839

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SAT - 10 The Sunset Celebration - Remedy

Annual Pine Island Art Show & Sale Feb. 10 & 11 Matlacha Community Park, 4577 NW Pine Island Road 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-283-4432

Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Rolling Stones & Beatles tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

SUN - 11 Jazz Ensembles Concert U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, free, 3 p.m. 239-745-4268

ACMA concert Lipbone Redding All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. Bruce & Cecile Gallant opens www.americanacma.org

Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225

A Cappella Quarterfinal Cypress Lake High School 6750 Panther Ln., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-2233 Hops and Horns City Marketplace, Punta Gorda Live Music Featuring Reverend Barry and the Funk, The Black Honkeys, and Mama's Batch. 1 - 8 p.m. www.edgewatereventsllc.com

Dan Miller, Lew DelGatto Quartet play Thursdays at The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers.

Atlantic City Boys tribute SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910

Brian Regan Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 8 p.m. 239-481-4849

Fine Craft Expo Cape Coral Arts Studio 4533 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-242-3803

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

Art After Dark Phil Fisher Gallery and Guess-Fisher Gallery along with the Galleries of Crayton Cove are hosting Art After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m., a group of galleries representing professional artists in our community in Old Naples, by the Bay, all within a oneblock walk, where 8th St S & 12th Ave S meet at the flagpole. www.GalleriesOfCraytonCove.com

Bonita Springs National Art Festival Feb. 10 - 11 Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 239-495-8989

Ragady Lapsey Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Liliana Garlisi Junior Piano Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Tenors Seminole Casino Hotel 506 South 1st Street in Immokalee 8 p.m. 800-218-0007 Kenny and Amanda Smith Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S., Naples 7 p.m. 239-213-3058 Happenings Magazine

Bill Kramer exhibit at DAAS Co-Op DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts, 1400 Colonial Blvd, ste 84, Ft Myers 5 p.m. 239-590-8645 Rhythm on the River - Gulf Coast Symphony Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers $25 ($20 for Edison Ford members) 6-8:30 p.m. 239-334-7419 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Dan Meadows, noon 4 p.m. and Singer Paul Roush, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Murray Kinsley & The Wicked Grin The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

SoCo Second Saturday Art Crawl Colonial and McGregor Blvds, Ft Myers Features scheduled performances, talks, short plays, open houses, artist demonstrations, gallery openings, wine tastings and other activities. 6 - 10 p.m. www.SoCoSWFL.com. 2018 Cape Coral Food and Music Festival Jaycee Park 4125 SE 20th Pl, Cape Coral Free admission. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ACMA Songwriters at the Library South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Bob Williams, Andy Getch, Carlene Thissen. Bring a chair or blanket and join us for some great music. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 239-776-8002

Glen Campbell tribute SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910 Naples Concert Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 513-582-4031 Rat Pack tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Paul & Quinten The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Classix Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 The Lee County Community Band Cape Coral High School 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral 3 p.m. www.leecountyband.org Gladys Knight Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 Island Jazz BIG ARTS Boler Garden 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade Downtown River District 2:30 p.m. www.edisonfestival.org Americana: Brian Sutherland & Jason Baker The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-333-2225

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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Live music featuring Tiki Tom & L.A. Daniels 2-6 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

MON - 12 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Four Leaf Strummers Banjo Group, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and The Band Anastazja, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Barry Manilow tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Naples Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-3240 Charlotte County Jazz Society-Jeff Rupert Quartet with Veronica Swift Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 Willie Nelson & Family Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero Willie Nelson with Los Lonely Boys. 7:30 p.m. 239-948-7825 Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Author Lecture Series: Michael Byrnes Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Noon – 2 p.m. $35. 239-333-1933 Tony Bennett Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 74 - February 2018

TUE - 13 Somang “Simmy” Shim Senior Piano Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers free, 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Cher, Lady Gaga tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Stardust Memories Big Band Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-939-2787 Gulfshore Opera's Valentine Taste of Opera Shangri-La Springs 27750 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs 5:30 p.m. www.gulfshoreopera.org Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Island Sounds of Jimmy G, noon - 3 p.m.and The Express Trio, 5-8 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Daniel O'Donnell Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849

Art and Nature Night Shangri-La Springs, Old 41 Road, Bonita Dream of Reality exhibit featuring artist Carol McArdle, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-949-0749 Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

Alive After Five Gallery Walk Downtown Punta Gorda Third Thursday 5 to 8 p.m. 941-391-4856

All That Jazz Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900

Thomas Nagata exhibit Lorne’s Gallery, Marina Village at Tarpon Point, Cape Coral 5 p.m. during Sundown Stroll 239-945-0866

Travis Wall’s SHAPING SOUND, After The Curtain Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

Manny T The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Valentine's Dance with Tony Blake Lake Kennedy Center 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral Doors open at 1:30p.m. Show starts at 2p.m. $7 per person, light refreshments provided. 239-5740575 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Jerry Dycke The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 6 - 9 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141

THU - 15 Sponge

WED - 14 Live Music in the Village

SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

Rocky Trop Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

Lucky Buzzards The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Uptown Express The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda Singer George Voss, noon-3 p.m.by Good ‘Ole Days & Singer Paul Roush, noon - 3 p.m. and Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Boreyko Conducts Mahler Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Miro Quartet BIG ARTS - Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Mamma Mia Feb. 15 - April 7 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Gordon Lightfoot Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Jazzy Nights- Willie Jones Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 8 p.m. $35 in advance, $40 at door. 239-333-1933

FRI - 16 Friday Night Concert Series

Jersey Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Honey Creepers Miromar Outlets, Estero 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

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

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910 Happenings Magazine


SWFL Symphony Pops III: Broadway Boys Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

Neon Summer Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Fleetwood Mac tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Greek Fest Feb. 16 - 18 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 8210 Cypress Lake Dr., Fort Myers 239-481-2099 Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6 p.m. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Dancing with the Stars: Live! Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Ben Allen Band Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers 7 - 9 p.m. 239-267-5107 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon - 3 p.m.and Singer Paul Nagel, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Joe Survival Caruso & Bootsy Taylor The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Jory Lyle The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com The Sunset Celebration-High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Shell Point Art Show Feb. 16 - 18 Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers Feb. 16 - 17 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. & Feb. 18 • Noon to 3 p.m. 239-454-2067 The Miracle Worker Feb. 16 - March 17 Florida Repertory Theatre 2268 Bay St, Fort Myers 239-332-4488 Happenings Magazine

The Miro Quartet with pianist Jon Kimura Parker will perform Feb. 15 at BIG ARTS on Sanibel.

Black Comedy Feb. 16 - 25 TheatreLab, Arts Complex, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers $10 for the general public and $7 for students, www.fgcu.edu/cas/bsma 239-645-4268 Crafts on the River Feb. 16 - 18 West End of Centennial Park, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.edisonfestival.org

SAT - 17 The Sunset Celebration - The Echo Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Brandon Robertson Duo Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Tiger Blue Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 ABBA tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Gianna & Jory Lyle The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Jane Rosenbohm Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral Registration is required. 1 p.m. 239-479-4636 Gulfshore Playhouse presents Scapino Feb. 17 - March 18 Norris Center 755 8th Ave S, Naples www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org Bonita Brew Fest 2018 Riverside Park 10498 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs 4 - 7:30 p.m. www.BonitaBrewFest.com Coconut Point Art Festival Feb 17 - 18 Coconut Point, Estero 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.artfestival.com Harper & Midwest Kind The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Bee Gees tribute SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910 Asia Fest Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 239-939-2787 Chris Young Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero Special guests Kane Brown and LANCO. 7:30 p.m. 239-948-7825 Boreyko Conducts Mahler Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

Edison Festival of Light Parade Celebration Downtown River District The Parade Celebration includes allday entertainment and music and is a prime spot for watching the fireworks that kick off the signature event of the season with a bang! 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. www.edisonfestival.org We Are Rocking and Rolling: Tommy Barr South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero During inclement weather, outdoor concerts will be moved inside to the meeting room. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade Fort Myers High to Downtown Fort Myers 7 p.m. www.edisonfestival.org Pelican Sound Arts & Craft Show Golf Clubhouse 4561 Pelican Sound Blvd. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring I.D. for gate entry. 239-247-2729 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda One Man Band Jeff Hughes, noon - 4 p.m. & Singer Michael Hirst, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941575-3007 Symphony Orchestra Concert U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Free. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 The Hot Sardines BIG ARTS - Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 8 p.m. 239-395-0900 Gulfshore Opera's Grand Opera Night Sanibel Congregational UCC 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 7 p.m. www.gulfshoreopera.org

SUN - 18 Classic Car Show Downtown River District Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.edisonfestival.org Island Jazz BIG ARTS Boler Garden 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 February 2018 - 75


FEBRUARY CALENDAR SUN - 18 continued

Chamber & University Choirs in Sing Out with Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Rd, Fort Myers 3 p.m. 239-590-1266 239-560-5695 ACMA concert Muriel Anderson All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. Ray Cerbone opens www.americanacma.org Bottle Rockets & Chuck Prophet SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910 Temptations, 4 Tops tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 NexxLevel Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Americana: Joel DaSilva The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-333-2225 SW Florida Concert Band Sunday at the Movies South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Rd, Fort Myers 2 p.m. www.SWFLConcertBand.org. Michael McDonald Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, 2-6 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 The Beach Boys Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 76 - February 2018

Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 Gulf Coast Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-877-6090 Paul & Quinten The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

MON - 19 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Vini Contreas, noon-3 p.m. & Court Cigar Box Guitar music by Pat Cozad, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Neil Diamond tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Fleetwood Mac tribute Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street,Port Charlotte Prices range from $25 to $35. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 Rhythm of the Dance Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

TUE - 20 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Barry Manilow Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 7:30 p.m. 239-948-7825

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Vini Contreas, noon-3 p.m. & Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 47 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 American Pie Revisited Featuring John Reno Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $22. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 Lezginka State Dance Company Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Beatles, Tom Petty, Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee, Buddy Holly tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

WED - 21 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Vini Contreas, noon – 3 p.m., Center Court and Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m. in Center Court. 941-575-3007

Pilobolus BIG ARTS - Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Jerry Dycke The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 6 - 9 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 Eagles tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 TheatreZone presents The Mersey Beatles G & L Theatre, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 4 & 8 p.m., 239-424-9500

THU - 22 Gino Vannelli SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910

Gianna The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

James Taylor, CSN, Simon & Garfunkel tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Yard Dog Charlie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

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

Living Legends Tribute Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Advance tickets $19 and $17. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175

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

Comedian Michael Jr. First Baptist Church of Cape Coral 4117 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral 7 - 10 p.m. 239-542-3703

David Kilbride, Musician Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Registration required. 2 p.m. 239479-4636

Casey Weston Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Art After Hours Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples This free event features musical entertainment, and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the art in Frank Foyer and the Hayes Hall galleries and learn from our docents. 6 p.m. 239-597-1900

Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Steve Solomon Feb. 22-23 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Happenings Magazine


Sugar Coated: Andy Browne and Sherry Rohl Exhibition opening reception and artists’ talk ArtLab in the west side of the Library building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Free, 5 p.m. Exhibit runs through March 29. 239-590-7199 Deven Starr Bell Tower Shops 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 5-7 p.m. 239-489-1221 Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair Lee Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers Feb. 22 - March 4 Rides, Cotton Candy, Clowns, Shows and Events. An excellent time for all ages. www.swflcfair.com Washington Saxophone Quartet Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers 7 p.m. wwwshellpoint.org/concerts/ Art & Poetry Networking Event Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Join SBDAC and Gulf Coast Leisure for the monthly Art & Poetry Networking Event. 8 p.m. $10. 239333-1933 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer George Voss, noon - 3 p.m. by Good ‘Ole Days, Singer Vini Contreas, noon - 3 p.m. & Singer Paul Nagel, 4-7 p.m., Center Court .941-575-3007 The McCartney Years Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Rocky Trop Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Always A Bridesmaid Feb. 22 - 25, March 1 - 4 Firehouse Theatre, 241 N. Bridge St., LaBelle 863-675-3066 Al Holland & Friends Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach $25, 7 p.m. 239-463-3600

FRI - 23 Richie C.

Friday Night Concert Series Neon Summer Miromar Outlets, Estero 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

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

Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

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

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

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

Don McLean SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910 Harry Havery & Friends Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $21 to $27. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Doobie Brothers, America, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Lucky Buzzards The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Marcella Brown Junior Vocal Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Free. 5 p.m. 239-745-4268 14th Annual Senior Idol Lake Kennedy Center 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral Registration required and limited space available for contestants. 7 10 p.m. 239-574-0575 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

SAT - 24 The Sunset Celebration - Hester Prynn Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Namaste Music & Arts Festival Downtown Fort Myers Music and arts event hosted by Namaste Music, Arts, Wellness, & Education, Inc. at the riverfront basin on Hendry Street. 8 p.m.- Midnight. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

ACMA concert Doug MacLeod All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. Bill Metts opens www.americanacma.org

Sista Marybeth & The Blues Crusaders The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Jefferson Starship SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 239-245-9910

Jamey Johnson The Ranch 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-985-9839

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

David Morin – Elvis Tribute Feb. 23 - 25 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral 239-772-5862

Journey, Bon Jovi tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Gulfshore Opera: Very Verdi Concert Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Cocktails: 7 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m. $45. 239-333-1933

39th Annual Naples National Art Festival Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples Feb 24 - 25 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 239-262-6517

Frankie Moreno! Feb. 20 -24 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239-597-1900 Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association Monthly Show Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 1 p.m. 941-625-4175 Gulf Coast Symphony: Oklahoma! February 24 & 25 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 239-481-4849 Ghost Town Blues Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 SWFL UFO & Paranormal Conference Araba Shrine Red Fez Lounge 2010 Hanson St, Fort Myers Featuring guest speakers Robb Demarest, the lead investigator from the TV series Ghost Hunters International; and Glen Means, former chief investigator for MUFON NE and IN $10 for adults and children ages 12 and up & Free for children under 12. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. www.swflupc.com Jacqueline Sherrer Senior Vocal Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Free. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 The Mersey Beatles Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 4 & 8 p.m. 239-333-1933 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Frank Matyok, noon 4 p.m. and Singer Paul Roush, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers 7 - 9 p.m. 239-267-5107 Happenings Magazine

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FEBRUARY CALENDAR SAT - 24 continued

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Rita Beach, noon-3 p.m.and Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

SUN - 25 SW FL Big Band Concert

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples Feb. 27-28 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

CREW concert and auction Riverside Park, Old 41, Bonita Springs Craft beer, food and music by High Voltage, 5 - 9 p.m. www.crewtrust.org

Miromar Outlets, Estero 3 to 5 p.m. near the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Kyshona Armstrong & Shannon LaBrie 3525 Sudbury Lane, Bonita 5 pm. 239-821-5016 Paul & Quinten The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Classix Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Taste of North Fort Myers The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.tasteofnorthfortmyers.com Downtown Car Cruise-In Downtown Fort Myers noon - 4 p.m. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Fandango! BIG ARTS - Phillips Gallery 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 3:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Jersey Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Phil Leadbetter, Richard Bennett and the Walker Brothers Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 2 - 5 p.m. 239-939-2787

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The Boston Trio will kick off the annual Sanibel Music Festival on March 3. The festival features seven concerts throughout the month of March. Visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.org for tickets. The Rave-Ons: Buddy Holly tribute Feb. 25 - 26 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Claudio B. & Company Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $15, 4 p.m. 941-625-4175 6th Annual Woofstock Mercato 9132 Strada Pl, Naples This groovy event will feature entertainment by Patchouli and Kraig Kenning along with many pet-related vendors, our Paws Around Town adoption bus, Groupiebooth and craft beer. Entry is $5 per person. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 239-254-1080 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 1-5 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Howie Mandel Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900

MON - 26 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Four Leaf Strummers Banjo Group, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Singer Jim Vallie, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007

Itzhak Perlman Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

Stardust Memories Big Band Riverside Park Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs 7 - 9 p.m. www.stardustmemoriesbigband.com

Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Cher, Lady Gaga tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

WED - 28 Live Music in the Village

Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 John Denver Tribute Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street,Port Charlotte $20 and $17 for CC Members, 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 Neil Sedaka Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Stardust Memories Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 - 9 p.m. .412-721-1914

TUE - 27 Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m. in Center Court. 941-5753007 Beach Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Brian Markley Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Stayin' Alive: The Bee Gees Experience Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Jerry Dycke The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 6 - 9 p.m. Dolphin Room, 239-995-2141 Happenings Magazine


February 2018 Happenings Magazine  

Entertaining Southwest Florida every month since 1995.

February 2018 Happenings Magazine  

Entertaining Southwest Florida every month since 1995.

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