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Theatre • Concerts • Art • Dining • Comedy • Music

JANUARY 2017

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JAN 5: Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach Alan Bradford, David Clayton, Bill Veach JAN 7: Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield Opening Mille Vanhorn JAN 14: Martin Swinger, Opening Joyce Knake JAN 14: South County Library in Estero Bob Williams, David Hintz, Robert Bidney JAN 21: Brother Sun, Opening Eileen Kozloff JAN 27: Dave Collins, TerryLynn Melody, Annie Wenz FEB 2: Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach Boz & Bon and Toni & Scotty FEB 4: Tret Fure, Opening Robert Bidney FEB 11: Homegrown Ray Cerbone & David Hintz FEB 11: South Country Library in Estero Acoustic Blues Mike McMillian, Karen Cohen, Bill Metts FEB 19: Muriel Anderson with multimedia show, tickets $15/$20, Opening Melisa Welk FEB 25: Swearingen & Kelli, Opening Mangrove Flats

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MARCH 2: Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach Acoustic Blues Mike McMillian, Karen Cohen, Bill Metts MARCH 3: The Hummingbirds, Opening Bob Williams MARCH 11: Nouveau Honkies Mary Danl with Carolyn Stanley MARCH 11: South Country Library in Estero Ray Cerbone, Matt Hannam, Dave Martin MARCH 18: Acoustic Blues Mike McMillian, Karen Cohen, Bill Metts MARCH 25: Jon Shain, Opening Bob Covington APRIL 1: The Squirrel Hillbillies, Opening Ken Crosby APRIL 6: Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach Dan Philgreen, Bob Williams, Keith Parker APRIL 8: South Country Library in Estero Skinny Water Seagrass Band APRIL 15: Ukulele Kids Club Benefit Show APRIL 22: Malcom Holcombe, Opening David Clayton APRIL 29: Pierce Pettis, Opening Kip Lawrence Every Sunday: 2 - 5 p.m. Singer Songwriters Circle

Concerts are held at All Faiths Unitarian Congregational Church in Fort Myers unless otherwise noted South County Regional Library, Estero. 2nd Saturday, 2-4 pm. Free.

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

Songwriters Circle. All Faiths in Fort Myers. Every Sunday 2-5 pm.

INFO: 239-691-4069 www.AmericanACMA.org AmericanaCommunityMusicAssociation

Concerts held at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts 7 p.m.


Publisher’s Spotlight

More theatre in new year

Happy New Year to all. With that said, we have a bountiful supply of live theatre to catch on our local stages in 2017. The Naples Players will perform Bell, Book & Candle at Sugden Theatre Jan. 11 - Feb. 5. The House of Blue Leaves is on the main stage at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers Jan. 3 - 25. In LaBelle, the Firehouse Community Theatre gives us You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Jan. 12 - 22. The Broadway Palm in Fort Myers presents Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom on stage Dec. 29 through Feb. 11. In Naples, Gulfshore Playhouse presents Do This Jan. 7 28 at The Norris Center. The Broadway Series at Artis–Naples continues with a Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Jan 17 - 22. In Florida Rep’s ArtStage Studio Theatre, Shear Madness will be presented Jan. 17 through March 12. TheatreZone performs George M Jan. 12 - 22 at the G & L Theatre in Naples. The Charlotte Players will stage Not Now, Darling Jan. 20 28 at the Cultural Center Theatre in Port Charlotte. In Cape Coral, The Porch is being performed Jan. 13 - 22 at the Cultural Park Theater. The Savannah Sipping Society is on stage Jan. 19 - March 4 at the Off Broadway Palm Theatre in Fort Myers. At the Langdon Playhouse, the Charlotte Players present Weekend Comedy Jan. 6 - 15. The Laboratory Theater of Florida gives us Mothers and Sons Jan. 6 - 21 in Fort Myers. On Sanibel, Lend Me a Tenor is on stage at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater Jan. 11 - Feb. 10.

The Book of Mormon returns to Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW Jan. 24 - 29. Stabilized, Not Controlled will be staged Jan. 21 at Center for the Performing Arts in Bonita Springs. The Marco Players will perform The Second Time Around Jan. 4 - 22. In Fort Myers, Theatre Conspiracy will stage 33 Variations Jan. 30 - Feb. 4 at the Foulds Theatre. For live theatre of a different sort, the annual Kiwanis Medieval Faire will take place Jan. 7 - 8 and Jan. 14 15 at Lakes Park in Fort Myers.

Art festival season is here

With our beautiful winter weather comes an influx of outdoor art festivals. The Estero Fine Art Show will be Jan. 7 and 8 at Miromar Design Center. The Naples New Year’s Art Show takes place Jan. 7 and 8 on 5th Avenue South (that includes the monthly Art in the Park by the Naples Art Association). The Naples Artcrafters will celebrate 50 years in the community with their show Jan. 14 in Cambier Park. The Naples Masters Winter Art Festival is Jan. 14 and 15 at The Shoppes at Vanderbilt. Cape Coral Festival of the Arts is slated for Jan. 14 - 15 on Cape Coral Parkway. The Bonita Springs National Art Festival is Jan. 14 - 15 at Riverside Park. The Sanibel Community Association Fine Art Festival is Jan. 20 - 21. The Cape Coral Art League will hold its seventh annual Art Fair Jan. 28 and 29. Rock on,

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What’s Inside

Theatre

pages 6 - 17

Phantom, Mothers and Sons, The Porch

Art

pages 18 - 31

Outdoor art festivals start new year

Music

pages 32 - 43

Bluegrass Jamboree, ACMA concerts

In Concert

pages 44 - 45

Air Supply, Jamey Johnson, Eric Paslay

River District

pages 46 - 51

Art Walk, Taps & Tunes Festival, Bacon Jam

Comedy Clubs

page 52

Area comedy club schedules for January

Dining

pages 54 - 55

Capt’n Fishbones and 12 other options

Calendar

pages 56 - 63

January cultural events in SW Florida

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Personal tales, Tall tales, Folk tales, humorous tales An ancient art is now avant-garde A standing ovation at the Sugden Theater Presented by Storytellers of the Round Table

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Bell, Book & Candle at Sugden Theatre in Naples

The Naples Players (TNP) present the magical, romantic comedy Bell, Book & Candle by John van Druten, opening Jan. 11 and playing through Feb. 5 at the Sugden Theatre. TNP’s production of the old fashioned romantic comedy is directed by New York director, producer and writer Chris Goutman, best known for his work on television shows including All My Children, As The World Turns and The Guiding Light. The original script was written by writer and director John van Druten, who is remembered for his 1970s Broadway smash hit Cabaret. Van Druten received accolades for his earlier work Bell, Book & Candle, which served as the inspiration for the beloved 1960s television series Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery. Van Druten's stage comedy starred Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer on Broadway, followed by the 1958 filmed version with lead roles played by James Stewart and Kim Novak, fresh from their successful teaming in Alfred

Hitchcock's Vertigo. Like the Bewitched TV series, Bell, Book & Candle stars a beautiful witch Gillian Holroyd played by the charming Dede Brownlee, attempting to live a normal life in the Murray Hill district of New York City in the 1950s. After understandably falling for her handsome publisher neighbor Shepherd Henderson, played by the dashing Eric Bohus, Gillian casts a love spell on him so he will dump his current fiancé, who also happens to be her nemesis. But love may prove to be the most potent magic of all as Gillian faces losing her powers when she falls under the spell of Shepherd’s mortal charms. Further complicating matters is her meddling aunt Miss Holroyd played by Diane Davis, a mischief-making warlock brother Nicky Holroyd played by Renzo Soriano, and an author-turned-witch hunter Sidney Reditch, played by James Simmons, who is out to expose the magical goings on in 1950s high society Manhattan. The Naples Players’ production of Bell, Book & Candle plays Jan. 11

Dedee Brownlee and Eric Bohus. Photo by Patrice Shields through Feb. 5 at Blackburn Hall in the Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Ave South, Naples. Performances will be Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 adults and $10 students (under 21). For

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tickets and more information, visit online at www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 263-7990. The Naples Players’ have a season full of great shows and theatre classes for adults and youth. To learn more, visit www.naplesplayers.org.

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Gulfshore Playhouse to present Do This

Gulfshore Playhouse announces that 2016 Tony Award nominee Carmen Cusack will star in the one-woman, world premiere of Do This by Karen Siff Exkorn, which will run from Jan. 7 through Jan. 28 at The Norris Center in Naples. Do This will be directed by Tony Award nominated Sheryl Kaller and will be produced by Gulfshore Playhouse through special arrangement with Broadway producer Ken Davenport and Davenport Theatricals, LTE. Cusack comes to Gulfshore Playhouse following her role as Alice Murphy in Bright Star on Broadway for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the Tony Awards. New York Times writer Charles Isherwood described her performance as “simply gorgeous.” Bright Star, with music and book by Steve Martin and music and lyrics by Edie Brickell, received a nomination for Best

Carmen Cusack

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Musical. Cusack has also starred as Fantine in the West End’s production of Les Miserables, Elphaba in the Chicago and national tour of Wicked, and many others. Do This follows one woman’s journey through marriage, motherhood and a maze of obstacles as she navigates an unexpected life-changing experience. Do This is a solo tour-de-force that celebrates the trials and triumphs of the human spirit and the resilience of the human soul. Gulfshore Playhouse’s production of Do This will take place at The Norris Center, located at 755 8th Avenue South in Naples. Tickets start at $45 per person. Two special preview performances will be Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, with tickets available for just $30 per person. To purchase tickets, visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org or call 239-261PLAY(7529).

Pictured are Lesley McKinnell as Miss Barley, Kevin Massey as Monty Navarro and John Rapson as Asquith DʼYsquith, Jr. in a scene from A Gentlemanʼs Guide to Love & Murder. Photo by Joan Marcus

Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder on stage at Artis–Naples Jan. 17 - 22

The Broadway series at Artis–Naples continues with the presentation of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Getting away with murder can be so much fun … and there’s no better proof than the hilarious hit show that won the 2014 Tony for Best Musical — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it— eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has

to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin, but who’s keeping track?) and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. Performances will be Jan. 17 - 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Jan. 22 at 2 and 7 p.m. Artis–Naples is located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. in Naples. Ticket prices start at $60. For tickets and more information, call 239597-1900 or visit www.artisnaples.org.

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Florida Rep presents The House of Blue Leaves Florida Repertory Theatre announces the opening of The House of Blue Leaves, a Wit's End, The Cocktail Hour), Greg Longenhagen (Twelve Angry Men, Around the zany and hilarious farce by John Guare, a multiple Tony-winning playwright and World in 80 Days), Jason Parrish (Over the River and Through the Woods, The two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Dingdong), and Brendan Powers (The Mousetrap, The Cocktail Hour). Playing Jan. 6 through Jan. 25, The Marx Brothers meets New York actors Lee Fitzpatrick and Tom McVey make their Florida Rep debuts, Greek tragedy in this outrageous comedy that follows the and Florida Rep interns Sam Bostic (Florida Rep debut) strangest day in the life of a New York zookeeper with and Nate Ritsema (The Mousetrap) join the ensemble. big dreams. Artie Shaughnessy has aspirations of Chris Clavelli (The Cocktail Hour, Tribes) directs the being a famous songwriter, but what his downstairs production and is joined by an expert team of mistress, Bunny, won’t tell him, and his wife, designers including set designer Ray Recht, Bananas (who is), tries to impart is that Artie’s costume designer Alexandria Vazquez, songs stink. But today, Oct. 4, 1965, is differlighting designer Todd O. Wren, sound ent because the Pope is coming to designer John Kiselica and production Queens, miracles are in the air, and anystage manager Janine Wochna. thing is possible. The House of Blue Leaves plays "This play is unlike any other farce in the Historic Arcade Theatre Jan. you've ever seen," said producing 6 - 25 with four nearly sold-out preartistic director Robert Cacioppo. "It is views Jan. 3 at 8 p.m., Jan. 4 at 2 all at once the zaniest farce and the and 8 p.m., and Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. most touching portrait of one family Performances are Tuesday reaching for the stars. Florida Rep audiSaturday at 8 p.m. with matinees on ences will recognize the most Florida Wednesday, Sunday, and selected Rep Ensemble members onstage at the Saturdays. same time. From director, Chris Clavelli, to Priced at $52/$45 and $32/$25 for a cast that includes Greg Longenhagen, previews, single tickets are now on Carrie Lund and Rachel Burttram, this prosale through the box office at 239-332duction is one of Florida Rep's you do not 4488 and online at www.floridarep.org. want to miss." Subscriptions for the 2016-2017 season The House of Blue Leaves features an offer the best seats and the biggest savall-star cast of Florida Rep ensemble memings, and packages start as low as $125 bers, Viki Boyle (Over the River and for three plays. Through the Woods, Vanya and Sonia and Florida Repertory Theatre performs in Masha and Spike), Rachel Burttram (Best the Historic Arcade Theatre and the of Enemies, Split in Three), Michelle Damato ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. Pictured are Jason Parrish, Carrie Lund, Viki Boyle, Greg Longenhagen, (I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti and between Jackson & Hendry with limited Rachel Burttram and Tom McVey. Photo by Summer Groh Sylvia), Carrie Lund (Erma Bombeck: At free parking in the Fort Myers River District.

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Phantom at Broadway Palm Broadway Palm presents the exquisite masterpiece, Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom, playing Dec. 29 through Feb. 11. From the Tony Award-winning team of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit who wrote Titanic, Grand Hotel and Nine comes Phantom in an epic and passionate tale of murder, intrigue and romance. Based on Gaston Leroux’s timeless love story The Phantom of the Opera, the Yeston and Kopit version of Phantom is told with more passion and emotion than the Lloyd Webber version. The musical tells the heartbreaking story of the disfigured musical genius, known as the Phantom, and his muse, Christine Daae, the beautiful ingénue of the Paris Opera. Their musical affair unfolds deep in

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the catacombs of the opera house, where the Phantom finds salvation in Christine’s breathtaking voice. Directing Phantom is Brian Enzman and choreographing is Amy Marie McCleary. The cast includes Troy Bruchwalski as the Phantom and newcomer Maxwell Porterfield as Christine. Bruchwalski holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently pursuing his NASM personal training certification. His credits include Ragtime national tour as Father, Camelot national tour as King Arthur/Sir Lionel, My Fair Lady as Freddy-Eynsford Hill, Les Miserables as Javert, Shrek: the Musical as Shrek, Beauty and the Beast as Gaston and most recently Bob Wallace in White Christmas. Porterfield is a classically trained soprano whose dynamism and energy have enlivened stages throughout the United States. Highlights from more than 20 roles in her repertoire include Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Frasquita in Carmen, and Julie Jordan in Carousel. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. Ticket prices range from $40 to $65 with discounts for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Troy Bruchwalski as the Phantom and Maxwell Porterfield as Christine Daae.

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Mothers and Sons opens Jan. 6 LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA

The Laboratory Theater of Florida will present Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally, as seen on Broadway in 2014. This powerful story is about Katherine, a mother who lost her son to AIDS 20 years ago and has decided to visit with his former partner, Cal. Bitter and resentful, she can’t seem to understand the changes that have occurred in society for those in the gay community, or why her son was gay at all. Playwright Terrence McNally depicts the Jason Drew and emotions and revolutionary changes experienced in the lives of gay Americans. “’Mothers and Sons’ isn't a ‘gay play’ or an ‘AIDS play.’ Yes, it has those themes but even more, it is a play about reconciliation, healing and hope,” says artistic director Annette Trossbach. “It is a moving story with irresistible characters and one that we are lucky to be able to present so soon after it closed on Broadway!” On Jan. 12, the theater will host a discussion of the themes of Mothers and Sons immediately after the performance. Themes

Brenda Kensler in Mothers and Sons. Photo by Mila Bridger

include the legalization of adoption by gay couples, the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and a comparison with how AIDS is treated today, and forgiveness. Guests are invited to stay after the performance to participate in this talk-back. Mothers and Sons opens Jan. 6 with an opening night reception at 7:15 p.m. Performances are on Jan. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and on Jan. 8, 14, 15, and 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available through www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

Charlotte Players: Not Now, Darling and Weekend Comedy in January

The Charlotte Players kick off 2017 with a main stage production of Not Now, Darling at the Cultural Center Theatre in Port Charlotte. This hilarious farce set box office records in London before coming to Broadway. The scene is the exclusive London fur salon of Bodley and Crouch, where mistaken identities, suspicious wives, scantily clad girls and a continuous barrage of rapid fire jokes keeps the play bubbling merrily along. Not Now, Darling will be presented Jan. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Other main stage productions in 2017 include The Full Monty Feb. 24 – March 5 and Farce of Nature March 30 – April 2. In The Full Monty, a group of unemployed steel-working men frustrated with life, women and work decide that regardless of looks, ability or anything else, they are going to be the best Chippendale strippers that Yorkshire, Penn., has ever seen. Their unlikely new job strengthens their self-esteem and friendship in this musical version of the Academy Award nominated

1997 film. In Farce of Nature, the non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one outrageous day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Ark. In their mountain lodge, love blossoms, truths are revealed and the lives of all; family, guests and gangsters alike are changed in incredible and surprising ways. The Cultural Center Theatre is located at 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. Call the box office at 941-625-4175 ext 220 for reserved seating. At the Langdon Playhouse, Weekend Comedy will be on stage Jan. 6 – 15. A couple in their late 40s to mid-50s and a couple in their mid to late twenties have accidentally rented the same cottage for a three-day weekend. They decide to share it. We watch the comedic clash between generations. Evening performances begin at 7:30. Matinee Jan. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students. Langdon Playhouse is located at 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. For tickets, call 941-255-1022 for general admission seating.

The Off Broadway Palm Theatre presents The Savannah Sipping Society Jan. 19 through March 4. The Savannah Sipping Society is a laugh-aminute comedy from playwriting trio Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The three have authored numerous comedies including the hit The Dixie Swim Club. Four Southern women, strangers to one another, are drawn together by fate and turn weekly happy hours into a mission to renew the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Their raucous humor and collective strengths see

them through unexpected challenges and to their surprise; they realize it’s never too late to make lifelong friends. The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate 100-seat theatre, located in the main lobby of Broadway Palm. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Ticket prices range from $35 - $55 with group discounts available for 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.

Savannah Sipping Society opens Jan. 19 at Off Broadway Palm

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The Porch on stage at Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral

By Michael Moran This sentimental comedy about senior citizens (The Porch) is set in a workingclass eastern Massachusetts neighborhood and features five characters that, to those who grew up in this area, will be as familiar as their own neighbors. But The Porch is also a very funny play that draws you into the lives of these characters and makes you care about what happens to them next, thanks in large part to top-notch performances from all five actors in the production. There’s caustic and cynical Gert, whose irreverent comments often make her friends Marjorie and Alma cringe. Marjorie has just a touch of Edith Bunker battiness in her. And Alma isn’t so much dense as sheltered, and needs to have things like Bill Clinton’s favorite activity with Monica Lewinsky explained to her. Leo is married to Gert. He likes Foxwoods, but hates those bus trips with all the old people. Leo’s neighbor and Marjorie’s husband, Pat, is like your favorite uncle – easy going and philosophical, taking life as it comes with deadpan humor. Various combinations of these five characters discuss everything from Bill Clinton’s affair to whose music they want played at their funerals (top choices: Mitch Miller, Jerry Vale and Herb Alpert). All the action takes place on the front porch of Alma’s house as she gets ready for her Labor Day extended family party. The Porch is a comedy, but it does have its sentimental moments. Audiences attending a performance of “The Porch” can expect to be told a good story and to laugh a lot, while spending an evening with

characters they recognize and identify with. They thrive on a combination of humor, faith and compassion, despite their sometimes gruff exteriors. The Porch is a play that will appeal to just about everyone, including people who normally wouldn’t go to the theater. We don’t however recommend this show for children based on some of the subject matter in the story but you can even safely drag your husband or father to this play, and count on the fact that he’ll leave with a smile on his face. The Porch runs Jan. 13 through Jan. 22. Barbra Streisand was a fixture in the soundtrack of my youth. So when awardwinning Carla DelVillaggio hit the stage last year with her Barbra then and now, our audiences and myself were simply blown away. This season we are thrilled to welcome Carla back to our stage with her new show, Back to Broadway. Well folks it’s Like Buttah! For me hearing Carla sing as Barbra Streisand instantly transports me back to my parents’ living room, listening to The Broadway Album on vinyl. DelVillaggio does an incredible job capturing Streisand’s signature look, inflections and phrasing as she presents her audience with probably the next best chance you will ever have to hear a voice like this unless you can actually get to a live Streisand concert. Carla Del Villaggio with Barbra Streisand Back To Broadway will be on stage at Cultural Park Theater from Jan. 27 through Jan. 29. This is a limited engagement. so from last year I have learned to warn you … get your tickets early. Call our box office at 239-772-5862 for ticket information and additional performance dates. Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral. Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.

The Book of Mormon, which played a sold out one week run in 2015, returns to Fort Myers for a limited engagement Jan. 24 - 29 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW in Fort Myers. The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is cocreator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. The Book of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured

Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical. The Book of Mormon features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus. Tickets range from $25 to $127 and are available at the box office, by visiting www.bbmannpah.com, or by calling (239) 481-4849.

Book of Mormon plays Jan. 24 - 29 at Barbara B. Mann Hall at FSW

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Lend Me A Tenor at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater Jan. 11 - Feb. 10

Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor is set to take the stage at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater for an engagement of performances assured to bring joy and laughter to Southwest Florida audiences in celebration of the play’s 25th anniversary. Set in September 1934 in London’s West End, Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. This fast

moving, madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. Lend Me a Tenor is an exciting and hilarious adventure for everyone, regardless of your theater expertise. The London Times called it, “A remarkable piece of theatre… a masterpiece… Author Ken Ludwig has verve, a sound grasp of plot mechanics and a rare ability to couple high art with low comedy.” Join BIG ARTS on Sanibel Jan. 11 through Feb. 10 for this very special performance. Visit www.BIGARTS.org to learn more about events and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 239-395-0900.

Shear Madness at Florida Rep

Florida Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Shear Madness, the hysterical murder-mystery whodunit and longest running non-musical play in America. Seen by over 11 million people worldwide, Shear Madness has been voted Best Comedy of the Year"in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, and the Florida Rep production is set to be directed by the show's creator Bruce Jordan. From Jan. 20 through March 12, madness erupts at a not-so-typical hair salon when the old lady upstairs gets mysteriously murdered and everyone’s dying to know whodunit? Unlike any other murder mystery, in Shear Madness the audience combs through the clues and questions the suspects. And with up-to-the-minute improvisation, the show is different every time you see it. "This play has been on our radar for a while," said producing artistic director Robert Cacioppo, "and I am delighted not only that we're producing it for Southwest Florida audiences, but that we have the show's creator, Bruce Jordan, at the helm. Bruce knows his play like no one else does, and we're pleased our cast will feature ensemble members you know as well as Shear Madness veterans from the recent New York

production and the long-running Kennedy Center production. This play will leave you in stitches and is a very uniquely funny murder mystery that puts the audience in the detective's seat." Shear Madness features an allstar cast including ensemble member, Sara Morsey (Becky's New Car, Dividing the Estate) and New Yorkbased actors Danny Bernardy (seen recently at the Kennedy Center) Jennifer Byrne, Timothy C. Goodwin (from the New York production of the play) and Jonathan Wiener. Also appearing will be Florida Rep acting intern, Brady Wease, making his ArtStage debut. Shear Madness plays in the ArtStage Studio Theatre Jan. 20 March 12 with four sold-out previews Jan. 17 – 19. Performances Tuesday - Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees on Thursday, Sunday and select Saturdays. Priced at $52/$45, 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 Street between Jackson & Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River District.

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Stabilized Not Controlled in Bonita Springs Jan. 21

The Firehouse Community Theatre presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Musical. Get ready to enjoy your favorite characters of the Peanuts gang as Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Musical. The sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained, but a new playfulness is revealed. Who is your favorite character? Bossy Lucy? Piano prodigy Schroeder? Perfectionist Sally? Blanket-toting Linus?, Loveable Snoopy? Or “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown? No Pictured (foreground) Isaac Cadena, Ashley Curry, Jeni Dyess, Larry Luckey, matter who your Timmy Smith, Emily Schwarz; and (background) John Wall - music director. favorite character is, Not pictured is director Maureen Doucette. this musical will bring happiness to “kids of all ages” so get your tickets now! tickets, call the ticket hotline at 863-675-3066 (Leave a Books, music and lyrics were written by Clark message and your call will be promptly returned). Gesner. The local production is directed by Maureen You can also go online at www.firehousecommuniDoucette. tytheatre.com The Firehouse Community Theatre is The play runs Jan. 12 - 15 and Jan. 19 - 22. To get located at 241 North Bridge St. in LaBelle.

Stabilized Not Controlled will be performed on stage Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Meet evil landlord “Killer” Joe and arch nemesis Lorna Breedlove, a rent-stabilized septuagenarian sex addict in recovery. NY Drama Desk Award nominee and recent "Ovation Recommended" actor/writer Frank Blocker performs this edgy comedy about the love of man for his property. The battle rages over a five-floor walk-up occupied by a log cabin accountant, an aging stoner, the fake English actress, and homeless squatter Jackie O. Construction all around them and a failing city infrastructure could do them all in. But ... Leave Manhattan? Not on your life. General admission tickets are $22. For further information and tickets, call 239-495-8989 or visit online at www.artcenterbonita.org

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Lunch with Hemingway’s Friends Jan. 25

The Palm Readers (Friends of the Fort Myers Library) present Lunch with Hemingway’s Friends on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Cypress Lake Country Club on Winkler Road in Fort Myers. The special program features Betty Jean Steinshouer. On Hemingway: Three Views is an intimate performance about one of America’s most famous writers. In this Chautauqua program, literary historian and actor Betty Jean Steinshouer examines the author of machis-

mo ... from a woman’s point of view. Act One: Willa Cather. Act Two: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Act Three: Gertrude Stein. Steinshouer has been doing public programs since 1989 and has toured 44 states for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her knowledge and dramatic presentations bring history to life and have made her a sought after performer. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Tickets are $35 - $45. For tickets, visit online at www.fortmyersfriends.org.

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Story Slam features 10 area storytellers The Alliance for the Arts will present Story Slam on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. on the Alliance campus located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. This event features 10 area storytellers who recount a variety of narratives. From personal tales to folktales, fractured fairytales and more, these stories will appeal to emotion and imagination. “We’re excited to host an event where individuals can get inspired and be entertained by a variety of narratives,” says executive director Lydia Black. “After all, storytelling is a fundamental human need.” About the storytellers: Mary Lou Williams is a retired teacher. She first became interested in storytelling when she heard an Appalachian storyteller at an Elderhostel in Boone, North Carolina. She has been hooked ever since. She has served on the board of the Florida Storytelling Association and has produced local storytelling workshops and concerts featuring national tellers. She is also a member of Toastmasters International and the Tamiami Tale Tellers. Tashahara Jallad joined Toastmasters International in 2008. After achieving the level of Distinguished Toastmaster, she began to explore storytelling. She joined the Florida Storytelling Association and started the Storytellers of the Round Table. Tashahara adapts and weaves universal messages that touch the heart, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. Dwight Elam was born in Lexington, Ky. He is a former school teacher, college professor, and currently ministers at First Christian Church in Punta Gorda. He comes from a long line of liars, also known as storytellers. His daddy said that he was vaccinated with a phonograph needle. Dwight is a member of Toastmasters International, the Tamiami Tale Tellers, and the Florida Storytelling Association. Robert David is a Florida native who joined Toastmasters as a way to challenge himself and get out of his comfort zone. He is new to storytelling. Rhonda Brazina has always loved stories. From her childhood to her teaching days … to reading to her own children, she has loved the art of storytelling. She wanted to write a children’s book to tell a story for children and achieved this in 2011 when she and her friend wrote Carrots for Charlie, a book set in Naples with a positive message about health and fitness. These days as a Toastmaster and aspiring actor, Rhonda enjoys writing stories and telling them to all who will listen. Keith Connes created TV commercials,

which was his introduction to fiction writing. He gave that up for writing non-fiction aviation articles and books and, more recently, collections of short stories. During the past 15 years, he has been a member of various Toastmaster clubs in California and Florida, where his favorite preoccupation has been the telling of tall tales. Lisa Leonhardt is a fourth grade teacher at Tice Elementary. She tells stories to her students, her family, and to anyone else who will sit still for a story. Lisa credits her grandfather and an elementary school librarian for sparking her interest in storytelling. She has been a longtime member of the Tamiami Tale Tellers and together with Marilyn Graham has kept storytelling alive and thriving in Fort Myers for 20 plus years. Joel Ying is a Naples physician practicing integrative & holistic health in his private practice. He originally joined Toastmasters in 2009 to improve his public speaking presentations. As he advanced as a speaker, he discovered the art of storytelling and the National Storytelling Festival. He became a storyteller and initiated a series of StorySlams, including this one. In the present Age of Information, it is not the data but the stories that captivate, inspire, and motivate us. Pamela Minton comes from a family of storytellers and continues the tradition. She is a retired professor of speech from Edison College and holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Brigham Young University. She is a member of Toastmasters International and earned the Distinguished Toastmaster designation, the highest award that Toastmasters bestows. She is also a published author of Lessons of the Spider. Marilyn Graham retired in 2014 from a 40 year career as a librarian and library administrator. She was introduced to storytelling when she worked as a children’s librarian during her career. She has been a member of the Tamiami Tale Tellers for 20+ years and has organized and produced many of its storytelling programs and workshops. Marilyn is now an award winning photographer. Scott. J Vail is a U.S. Navy veteran, an entrepreneur, and a professional speaker. He is a Toastmaster who has achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster Award, the highest honor that Toastmaster bestows. He is a husband and father of two young children. He is an MC extraordinaire. The group has been staging smaller storytelling events over the past year. Tickets to this event are $10 for Alliance members and $15 for non-members. For more information about this event or to purchase tickets, visit www.ArtInlee.org or call 239-939-2787.

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Art

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• • Tag Art showcase Art Council’s gallery reception Jan. 5 Kids Jan. 20 at Hotel Indigo

The Co-operative Art Gallery of the Art Council of Southwest Florida will hold a reception to launch its 2017 arts and crafts sales on Thursday, Jan 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. Located adjacent to Panera in the Coconut Point Mall, the gallery offers for sale – or just browsing – the work of more than 60 artists and crafts people. The Jan. 5 reception – featuring live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres offers the opportunity to meet some of the artists displaying a range of creativity in paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media at the gallery. These unique, hand-made juried offerings are changed at the beginning of each month, thus making it a frequent point of return for mall shoppers, whether residents, seasonals or tourists to the area. During January and throughout the in-season period, the gallery is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Judi Fuchs, co-director of the art gallery, said that the gallery, “Provides an opportunity to purchase unique arts and craft items in a range of styles, offering a demonstration of the creative energy found throughout South Florida; the participating artists and craftspeople are members or instructors working at 16 art studios in our five-county region.” The gallery is operated each day by some of the artists and craftspeople who are members and instructors at these studios, and always willing to provide information about those displaying their work and the participating organizations that make up the Art Council of Southwest Florida Visit online at www.acswf.org for more details about the council and its members. The ACSWF Art Gallery is located at 8074 Mediterranean Drive at the Coconut Point Mall. For additional information, phone 239-949-3073.

The annual Kids Tag Art showcase will be held Jan. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hotel Indigo in downtown Fort Myers. Lee County Kids Tag Art is a program of the Lee County Tax Collector’s office, supporting art in our school classrooms, and one of the ways the office gives back to the community. The partnership with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools allows for taxdeductible donations from our community business partners. The program offers fifthgrade students the opportunity to create a design that can be made into their own license plate for the family car or their bicycle. Every child’s artwork can be made into a front-end license plate. Two students from each school earn an Award of Distinction recognition. They are selected by a panel of art jurors who review and score five finalist designs submitted by their teacher. Proceeds from sponsorships and tag sales are returned to participating schools to fund their art classrooms. Visit the Hotel Indigo at 1520 Broadway on Jan. 20 for an evening of kids art appreciation. Enjoy live music and a charitable atmosphere with an award-winning display of Kids Tag Art.

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Cape Coral Art League

ART FAIR 7th Annual

Estero Art Show Jan. 7 & 8 at Miromar Design Center Zaki

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By Tom Hall The 19th bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show returns to Miromar Design Center on Jan. 7 and 8. One of the artists taking part in the show is Zaki Knapen, an artist known to many River District residents and visitors. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, and educated in Europe, Zaki spent many years living and traveling throughout the world. Among his many stops and stayovers were England, Spain, Morocco, St. Martin and other ports of call across the Caribbean. He eventually landed in Chicago, where he made an impact sharing his art and artistic sensibilities through membership in the Elmhurst Art Guild, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago Art Coalition, Planet Collage, Naperville Art League, Lombard Artist Coalition and DuPage Art League. Chicago is where he also first heard about Estero Fine Art Show executive producer Patty Narozny. “When I lived in Chicago, I heard that if you ever do art shows in Michigan, you must participate in Patty Narozny’s art show because she pays personal attention to the artists, and makes us feel special,” Zaki recalls. Among the features exhibitors touted were Narozny’s attention to detail and support from set up to tear down, and all phases in between. But it was not until he relocated to southwest Florida that Zaki actually applied for admission into one of Narozny’s shows. That occurred in 2010, about a year after Zaki made the move to Lehigh Acres. He’s participated in the Estero Fine Art Show ever since, and recently, he’s served as a judge for the youth art competition and exhibition that Hot Works orchestrates in connection with each of its Estero Fine Art Shows. "Everything you touch is art,” Zaki emphasizes to budding young artists. “A table, a chair -- an artist had to come up with that design.” Like Narozny and Hot Works, his goal is to inject more art and art appreciation into the community. "We have talented artists in our own back yard," he observes. But Zaki’s encouragement is not restricted to pre-teens and adolescents. He is just as concerned with fostering the development and enthusiasm of neophyte, mid-

career and longtime professional artists. Toward that end, he has been affiliated with the Art League of Fort Myers almost since the day he arrived in southwest Florida, not only serving several terms as the League’s president, but contributing to the Art League’s newsletter, Brushnotes. As author and editor, Zaki shares his insights about the local, national and international art markets. And through group shows and outdoor art festivals like the Estero Fine Art Show, he shares his insights into art and life in general with those who encounter his work. “In the melding and mixing of color, you ultimately present the viewer an experience of emotional revelation,” Zaki has found. Although Zaki enjoys figurative work, he is best known as a mixed media abstract artist. His work reflects his European education, upbringing and a perspective forged through international travel and exposure to diverse cultures and philosophies. “I like working in the abstract,” Zaki admits. “It allows me personal freedom to explore and view greater latitude to interpret and connect with the work based upon their own life experiences.” In the latter regard, Zaki firmly believes that art should give the viewer permission to appreciate and interpret based on internal expectations in the realm of the abstract. But for that to occur, viewers first need to take the time, slow down and wait for the work to resonate with or speak to them. One of the reasons he enjoys exhibiting at venues like the Estero Fine Art Show is because of the opportunity they give art enthusiasts to experience and connect with a wide array of artists, genres, media and motifs. Show hours for the 19th bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sunday, Jan. 8. Featuring original work by 165 nationally and internationally-acclaimed juried fine art and fine craft artists, the Estero Fine Art Show has been voted in the top 100 art fairs in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. For more information, contact Patty Narozny at 941-755-3088 or by email at patty@hotworks.org. Happenings Magazine is one of the long-time sponsors of this art show.

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Leoma Lovegrove exhibit at Davis Art Center

This January, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center brings the eclectic work of Leoma Lovegrove to downtown Fort Myers. Leoma Lovegrove’s art is her life’s passion. For the first time, Lovegrove has assembled a lifetime of work for her show, “Retrospective; Palettes: Past Present and Pursuits.” Experience this exhibit beginning on Friday, Jan. 6 during Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. Every day, Leoma Lovegrove paints and creates using found items from the environment around her. She has built driftwood “Beach Boys” along Lake Superior, painted on flat stones from the shores of Saint-Malo, France, and painted scenes along the Seine River aboard Monet’s floating studio. In addition, Leoma created a designer line of clothing with her art images that are sold in all the Bealls Florida department stores. Leoma Lovegrove is an impressionist-expressionist painter known worldwide for her vivid, colorful paintings. Leoma is a graduate of Florida's prestigious Ringling School of Art. She makes her home and international headquarters on Matlacha Island and greets thou-

sands of visitors every year at Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens. This is where Leoma is inspired to paint with endless creativity. She loves the Matlacha Island and as the President of the Matlacha Island Chamber of Commerce she promotes tourism to the Sunshine state. In the United States, her works are represented in numerous galleries. Most recently, Bealls Florida Department Stores is featuring her as their Florida artist under the designer label Leoma Lovegrove complete with her trademark eye glasses. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.

Naples Fine Art Studio & Gallery

Sea Grape Gallery features Sam Harris and Vicki Glynn

Sea Grape Gallery in he has had an interest in Punta Gorda will be featuring ever since he was 6 years the works of two of their old. That hobby has turned artists from Jan. 5 to Feb. 2 into a successful art Vicki Glynn, watercolorist endeavor for Sam where he and Sam Harris, custom designs knives that many hand carved knife designer. have called “Jewels of the Vicki Glynn and her husKitchen”. These knives are band, Jay, have lived in not only utilitarian but truly Southwest Florida since works of art. He not only 1980. It is evident in many of designs kitchen knives but Vicki’s award winning paintings also carving sets, beautiful letSam Harris that she has a love of nature ter openers, key chains, huntand truly enjoys the beauty and tranquility that ing knives and folding knives. All the blades are Florida wildlife offers. Vicki’s watercolors have stainless steel and some are high carbon and been called “soft realism” which depict tropical Damascus steel. When designing each piece, he birds, local fish in their natural mangrove habitat may use dropped deer antlers, exotic hardwoods, and the beautiful colorful skies of Florida. Art and and semi-precious stones such as turquoise, garthe environment have been Vicki’s passion for net, jasper and mother-of-pearl. As Sam most of her life. As Vicki’s says, “I believe both explains “my knives are meant to be used not art and nature are extremejust set aside to be viewed ly important to our commuin a showcase”. Sam also nity and I hope my artwork enjoys making custom will inspire others to see pieces for his customers. the beauty in the environThe artwork is promiment that surrounds us all.” nently on display at the Vicki has donated many of Sea Grape Gallery and her paintings to local noncan also be viewed at profit organizations which www.seagrapegallery.com. has raised thousands of Sea Grape Gallery is dollars for those organizalocated at 113 W. Marion tions. Ave., Punta Gorda and Sam Harris decided can be reached at 941once he retired from his 42 575-1718. The gallery is years as a military/comalways open until 8 p.m. mercial airline pilot, that he on the third Thursday of Vicki Glynn would pursue a hobby that the month for Alive After 5.

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Cape Coral Festival of the Arts Jan. 14 - 15

The Cape Coral paintings feature landFestival of the Arts, hostscape scenes and fantaed annually by the Rotary sy themes, though he Club of Cape Coral, will has also specialized in return to Downtown Cape human and pet portraits Coral for its 32nd year. for more than 35 years. The festival will take place Lehnhardt’s art extends on Saturday, Jan. 14 and beyond canvas, as he Sunday, Jan. 15 from 10 also provides advertising a.m. to 5 p.m. on Cape layouts, website design, Coral Parkway between and other specialty artDel Prado Boulevard and work. Festival attendees Vincennes Street. are encouraged to stop Admission and parking by his booth at the festiare free for festival attenval. His work can be dees. viewed by visiting As one of Southwest DougsArt.net. Florida’s largest art The 2017 festival shows, this annual art sponsors include: event brings together the Wonderland Realty, works of more than 300 Experience Real Estate juried artists and artisans Group, Geico, The Doug Lehnhardt from across the country. Beaches of Fort-Myers Exhibitors will showcase their fine art, sculpand Sanibel, Downtowner Car Wash, ture, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal Intergraphic 2.0, Waste Pro, Destination Boat works, mixed media, and much more. Free Clubs, Happenings Magazine, NBC-2, The festival admission and parking will be provided News-Press, CapeCoral.Com, Premier along with area’s largest collection of art, food, Wellness Group, Lamar Advertising, Direct and fun for all ages. Impressions, and South Cape Community This year’s official event poster artist is Redevelopment Agency. Doug Lehnhardt. Lehnhardt, who has been Volunteers are needed and sponsorship painting for more than 40 years, is best known opportunities are still available. For more inforfor his acrylic paintings of wildlife which mation about or to participate in the Cape employ a technique he developed from egg Coral Festival of the Arts, please call (239) tempera and watercolor. His other notable 699-7942 or visit www.CapeCoralFestival.com.

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Island Conclave Art Gallery to host arts & crafts fair Jan. 28

Art collectors and gallery goers won’t want to miss visiting Island Conclave Fine Art Gallery and its special event it is hosting on Saturday, Jan. 28 … the Pine Island Arts & Crafts Fair. This gallery on Pine Island is truly a gem as it is extremely unique in its presentation of all things art. From the pistachio colored walls to its charming oak and bamboo flooring and setting on Pine Island easily reached by way of Pine Island Rd through Cape Coral, over the Matlacha bridge and about a mile past the tiny fishing village of Matlacha, this gallery gives you a sense of the tropics and island life. Island Conclave promotes a “buy local” attitude, encouraging visitors to buy from local talented artists and artisans. At their “Pine Island Arts & Crafts Fair”, the reach will be expanded into crafters as well as art demonstrations, food from Holloway’s BBQ, and entertainment. The price points are fairly reasonable for local original artwork and depict vibrancy of color and tropical Florida surroundings or subjects for the most part. Sculptures made out of ancient shark’s teeth, wood carvings made out of teak, Florida inspired metal work, colorful glass fusion, hand crafted jewelry, and of course glorious paintings in every shape, medium and discipline can be found gracing the spaces of this cozy gallery

and during the arts & crafts fair, outside spaces as well. Island Conclave Gallery hosts at least one spectacular event per month that is worth checking out including monthly arts & crafts fairs during season, monthly Artist Exhibitions and other unique and interesting special events. Free cocktails and hors ’d oeuvres are always served on opening nights of artist exhibitions. Be sure to get on their mailing list for private invites or visit their Facebook page at Island Conclave Fine Art Gallery to find out about upcoming events, classes and exhibitions. Island Conclave Fine Art Gallery is located on Pine Island, one mile west past Matlacha at 5101 Pine Island Road. Call 239-282-8488 for more details or email islandconclave@mktmania.com.

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Cape Coral Art League to hold annual Art Fair Jan. 28 & 29

The Cape Coral Art League (CCAL) will hold it seventh annal Art Fair in the league building at 516 Cultural Park Blvd. on Saturday, Jan 28 and Sunday, Jan 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is free. The show will offer a variety of artwork by all local artist from paintings, photographs, jewelry and pottery. Even if the weather is not ideal, everyone can still enjoy the art in complete comfort! Visitors can enjoy some delicious homemade ice cream, and cookies, snack and soft drinks at a variety of vendor booths. Raffle prizes and children’s arts and crafts will add to the fun. This festival is unique and differs from other art events in several ways. CCAL artists and artisans will be displaying their work indoors at the gallery and in a large indoor studio and gallery. The low cost of the booth rental and the absence of commissions allows many of the artists to offer special pricing just for this event. Again, there is no admission charge and parking is free, plentiful and close-by. Additionally, the Cape Coral Art League will have a photography exhibit Art Thru the

Lens in January. The opening reception is Jan. 5 from 5 - 7 p.m. The CCAL is a 501(c3) non-profit membership organization that receives no funding from the city or any other government agency. The league relies on member dues, donations, proceeds from classes, workshops, events and the generous commitment of volunteers to fulfill its mission of promoting the advancement of the art in Cape Coral and neighboring areas. More information may be found on www.capecoralartleague.org or call 239-7725657.

Fifty and fabulous, Naples Artcrafters show Jan. 14

The Naples Artcrafters are celebrating their 50th birthday this January with a "Fifty and Fabulous" birthday bash. The Jan. 14 show will be held in Cambier Park, downtown Naples, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be offering free cupcakes, free admission and free parking along with the fine art and crafts of more than 80 juried local artists. They were originally organized 50 years ago by five women who wanted to share their art and crafts skills and knowledge with the community of Naples and to support and develop local visual arts and crafts. The Naples Artcrafters has grown over the past 50 years. Today, they produce seven major art shows in downtown Naples in Cambier Park Oct through April. They are the second oldest art organization and sponsored art show in the Naples area. The shows provide an opportunity for the residents and visitors to the area with public access to quality art work produced by our local juried artists. The shows feature fine painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry,

stained glass and much more, all produced by local Collier County artists. They are dedicated to supporting established local art and crafts persons and students who wish to develop and market their talents. They are the only art fair in the Naples and Collier County community that is completely run by the artists. Join them for a 50th birthday party, during the Jan. 14 art show.

Matthew Shlian Telemetry exhibit will run Jan. 26 through March 2 at the Florida Gulf Coast University Main Gallery. An artist talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, followed by a reception until 8 p.m. As a paper engineer, Shlian’s work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifests in drawings and three-

dimensional forms. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; Shlian sees their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. Shlian will exhibit past work and partner with FGCU faculty and students to create new work related to research being conducted at FGCU. The FGCU Arts Complex is located at 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Fort Myers. For more details, cal 239-590-7199 or visit online at artgallery.fgcu.edu.

One simply cannot imagine the many manifestations of art that can be given on a stage until you’ve experienced the manic explosiveness of Artrageous. With more than 20 years of history, its roots come from a group of working friends who wanted to explore the arts and travel the world, hoping that both experiences will galvanize the other. On Jan. 20, they arrive at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island on the Schein Hall stage. This gifted team of artists, singers, dancers and Bunraku puppeteers pay tribute to an enormous variety of art forms ranging from pop culture to classical painting. Described as a multimedia art show, its creators consider themselves more of a new business of pop art. The musicians of the tribe perform a musical tour through

themes of the ‘70s through to the ‘90s which has stirred audiences to sing and dance along. And at the same time, painters step out from behind the stage to paint portraits of pop icons such as Marilyn Monroe or John Lennon with their hands and brushes and whatever else can be used. Visit www.BIGARTS.org to purchase tickets or call 239-395-0900.

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Matthew Shlian exhibit opens Jan. 26 at FGCU

Artrageous at BIG ARTS Jan. 20

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Multiple exhibits at Cape Coral Library

Several local artists will be showing their work in the art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library, which is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace. The exhibits will be available for viewing during library hours Jan. 3 - 30. Art Quilters Unlimited will display individual creations by members on the alcove walls of the library gallery. This is a themed exhibit titled Greetings from SW Florida. Each original one-of-a-kind work is mounted on a square format canvas stretcher with various sizes and express a wide range of artistic styles, combinations of media and subject matter inspired by living and playing in southwest Florida. Paintings by Katherine Boren will be on exhibit in the hallway of the gallery. Boren's current work experiments with multiple mediums in two dimensions. By focusing on a monochromatic palette and utilizing a combination of untraditional materials in unexpected ways, she emphasizes the reflection of light,

varying textures and shapes, and differing grades of color saturation. She serves as executive director of the Young Artists Awards. For something light-hearted, take a peek at the pet portraits by artist Arthur Baute that will be featured in one of the large cases. A display of creations by artist and craftsperson Kimberly Clark Harris, who exhibited in December in one of the large cases, will continue this month. Kimberly will add some new pieces to her January exhibit. If you missed seeing some of the delightful, small paintings by artist Judy Usavage that were featured in December, you can catch them in January. They’ll remain on display in the short case along with samples of the four published books by Judy’s husband, adventure author James P. Usavage. The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. For more information, call (239) 258-2991.

Two January art festivals in Naples and Sanibel will provide you with life size bronze marine life, vibrant paintings, creative jewelry, bold photography, brilliant glass art, contemporary art and other fine works. The Naples Masters Art Festival will transform the walkways of The Shoppes at Vanderbilt in North Naples into a gallery style outdoor art event on Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the 9th annual event and this is one of Naples most charming art festivals. The Shoppes at Vanderbilt are located at 2315 Vanderbilt Beach Road. Additionally, the Sanibel Community Association Fine Art Festival will be held on Jan. 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the newly renovated Sanibel Community House. Visit the event to meet old and new friends

Sarah Kiser

Naples Masters Art Festival Jan. 15 & 16, art fest Jan. 20 & 21 on Sanibel Island

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displaying their work. One of Sanibel’s most cherished residents; Katie Gardenia will be displaying her new whimsical artwork at The Sanibel Art Festival. Katie will be visiting from her new home in North Carolina. Katie was the founder of the Bubble Room and is well known in Sanibel. Katie will also be signing copies of her book, “A Bubble Moment”. The book is a treasure hunt for the reader to enjoy a journey through hidden envelopes, secret recipes, comical stories and whimsical art. A new and exciting young artist Sarah Kiser will be displaying her lovely paintings. Sara is not just a terrific painter, she uniquely combines the images of some of her paintings into her line of jewelry. Sara is a full-time, self-taught artist from the Sanibel area. She grew up in a family made up of artists of all kinds, and she has been drawing and painting since I was a young girl. So come visit new and old friends at these two wonderful art events. For more information on the festivals visit www.boulderbrook.net or call 239293-9448.

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Shangri La Springs in Bonita celebrates orginality in new year

The Historic Shangri La Springs is celebrating originality in the new year with live original musical groups playing every Thursday and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Come enjoy the Great House with Momentum beer on tap and organic wine for sale as well as organic dinner among the arts in the beautiful Shangri La dining room. WGCU will have a fundraising night with the group Swing Set on the first Thursday of every month. Celtic music fills the room on the Second Thursday of the month, Kat Epple plays with Nathan on Percussion every third Thursday, Santitos Morados entertains with haunting female vocals and guitar as they play latin fusion with a world music twist. Alchymie reminds us to live in the moment with improvisational music and vocals by Zawi on the third Friday of the month with Sugar Shack Sessions curat-

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ing the first Friday, second Friday and fourth Friday of every month with groups such as Woodwork, Matt Walden, Brian Blount. Don't forget to enjoy the beautiful grounds, visit the spa or take a yoga class. For more information, call the Shangri La Springs gift shop at 239-9490749 or visit online at www.shangrilasprings.com. Shangri La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs.

Martha Dodd, Cynthia Egan at ACT Gallery Arts for ACT Gallery in downtown Fort Myers will hold an opening reception Friday, Jan. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. during Art Walk for featured artists Martha Dodd, Cynthia Egan and the ACT co-op artists. Martha Dodd grew up in Ohio as the daughter of an artist and a physician. To this day, Martha still finds both sides of her brain battling for superiority, but most days they work well together. As a child, Martha was surrounded by an impressive art library supplied by her mother, including large volumes of works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Most impressive to her were the enormous murals creMartha Dodd ated by these masters. She loved to draw, and took every art class that killed in a harness racing accident in the was available to her during the school summer of 1986, and Martha decided not year, and even some summer courses at long after that to pursue another career. the College of Wooster in Ohio. An avid She found a job working for an art studio in horse lover, she attended the Agricultural Florida, where she began painting full time. Technical Institute majoring in Horse She went on her own five years later. Management for a year, then transferred to Cynthia Egan is a resident of Lee Ohio State University where she earned County and was educated at University of her BS in Animal Science in 1983. She Florida, Gainesville. She holds a bacheoriginally intended to become a veterinarilor’s degree in art and a master’s degree in an, but instead became a physical theraart education. She taught art at all levels pist for race horses, working for the Bill for 27 years. Now Haughton retired, she paints Stable in New full time, and disYork, New plays her work in Jersey, various shows and Kentucky and exhibitions. Cynthia Florida for five works in oils and years. acrylics but occaWhile worksionally does coling at the track, lages, clay and Martha found mixed media. Her time to draw subject matter is the horses varied and her paintaround her from ings are noted for life, and it was their unusual color not long before combinations and coworkers and strong contrasts. She horse owners Cynthia Egan currently teaches were commispainting at the Pine sioning her to Island Art Association. do portraits of their horses. She had the This exhibit continues through Jan. 30. benefit of visiting the art museums in New ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First St. York City, and meeting the fine equine in downtown Fort Myers. For more details, artist, William Orr, who shared some tips call 239-337-5050. on painting with her. Bill Haughton was

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Naples Art Fair Jan. 7 & 8

The Naples Art Association presents the 20th Annual Naples New Year’s Art Fair on Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sunday, Jan. 8. Start the new year off in style along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples at this well-established art festival. Augmenting the number of participating artists, available art and ambiance of the event on Saturday is Art in the Park. Art in the Park is an art fair held on Park Street onr in Cambier Park by Naples Art Association members Virginia Fergus on the first Saturday of each month between November and April. This year, the NAA is expecting 254 artists from around the country showcasing original oils and acrylics on canvas, watercolors, 2D and 3D mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works, and more. The art fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Call 239-2626517 for more details or visit www.naplesart.org.

Artist Anna Saulino at Decemberʼs Art in the Park

Art in the Park Jan. 7

The January edition of the monthly Art in the Park will be held in conjunction with the Naples Art Association’s annual New Year Art Fair. This seasonal event is held on the first Saturday of the month from November through April. Happenings Magazine is a co-sponsor of this event.

Pegasus by Anthony Colarusso

Colarusso earns best of show award

The Naples Art Association announced the recipients of the cash awards for its Passionately Repurposed exhibit that is currently on display through Jan. 21 at the Naples Art Association, located at 585 Park St. Passionately Repurposed award recipients are as follows: Anthony Colarusso ($500) won the best of show award for "Pegasus." Mary Sullivan Voytek ($250) won first place award for "Re-Purposed Passion." John C. Long ($200) earned second place award for "High Roller." Lisette Morales ($150) won Award of Merit for "Sad Girl Unraveled." Honorable mentions ($100 each) were awarded to John C. Long for "Time Traveler," Pilar Contardo for "Senorita en Naples" and Stosh Mayhew for "Ship 1."

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DAAS Co-Op member show Jan. 14

Art After Dark in Naples

Saturday, Jan. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. is Art After Dark where all the galleries in Crayton Cove in Naples will be open and featuring special events. The Phil Fisher Gallery & Guess-Fisher Gallery will be hosting a special show featuring a visiting well-known artist from Petosky, Mich. Kevin Barton is known for his style of painting that reminds us of Vincent van Gogh's amazing works. For more details, call 239-403-8393 or 659-2787.

Kevin Barton

Estero Art League artists on display

During January and February, the Estero Art League will be have an exhibit of member paintings in the meeting room of the South County Regional Library at Three Oaks Parkway and Corkscrew Road. The paintings will be changed each month. Members’ art work will then be on display in the main library Feb. 15 to March 15. In 2017, the Estero Art League is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an organization.

Ginny Whiteman

Following a number of successful exhibitions and special events, the largest cooperative art gallery in town, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts, announces a much-anticipated members-only show. Starting with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 14, Genesis: An Exhibition by the Artists of DAAS, inaugurates in the main gallery. The artists were asked to interpret the word Genesis and produce a piece exclusively for the show. The event begins at 5 p.m. The exhibition will feature the artists’ interpretation of the word Genesis. The broad context of such theme has allowed the artists to create a number of magnificent pieces in various mediums, such as paintings, sculptures and even fine-crafts. All of the artwork presented will be for sale and the audience will asked to pick a favorite and explain why, as a way to interact with the audience and inspire artistic discussion. DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts opened its doors in April of 2016 and since then it has become one of the most prominent art venues in Southwest Florida. In October of 2016, founding artist-member and president David Acevedo joined forces with artful staples of the city, such as the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and The Union Artist Studios, among others, to create a new monthly event in their newly incorporated SoCo Cultural District. The SoCo Second Saturday event has been a success from its inception, allowing for a convenient and family friendly atmosphere, filled with everything from art receptions, live music and

David Acevedo

performances, and even crafters and vendors. The gallery plans to continue hosting their opening receptions in conjunction with the SoCo Second Saturday event. The 13 participating art and cultural venues of the SoCo Cultural District will also host special events during the night of the event. More information, program and map is located in the SoCo Second Saturday website at socoswfl.com. For more information about the gallery or to inquire about becoming a member, visit www.daascoop.com. The administration of the gallery reviews potential artist-applications yearround. DAAS Co-Op is located in the Royal Palm Square at 1400 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Business hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Bonita Springs National Art Festival Jan. 14-15

The annual Bonita Springs National Art Festival will take place Saturday Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15 at Riverside Park on Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. More than 200 national and international artists display their work at one of the most highly regarded and nationally ranked art festivals in the country. Fine art abounds with paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture, wood and more. The festival runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in a great new location Riverside Park in the heart of Bonita Springs. A suggested donation of $5 per person ON THE COVER - EnergyWeb Tropical Breeze benefits the Center for by Dennis DeBon the Arts Bonita Springs’ scholarship programs making it possible for tions to create these beautiful mastereveryone to enjoy art. pieces called EnergyWebs, and he is the One of the artists to be at the festival only glass artist in the world creating this is Dennis DeBon of St. Petersburg. type of art. Dennis DeBon combines his graphic For further information, call 239-495design and structural background skills, 8989 or visit online at www.artcenteralong with his love of glass, to create bonita.org. beautiful works of modern art. The Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Dennis uses a multitude of appliwill also hold art festivals Feb. 11 - 12 cation techniques and color combinaand March 4 - 5 at Riverside Park.

Barb Hosack art showcased in two Cape Coral galleries

Lorne’s Gallery and Frame Gallery & Gifts, both in Cape Coral, will feature the art of artist and gallery owner Barb Hosack in January. Born in the Pacific Northwest, Barb is inspired by sea life and had an original “gallery” at Pike Shed Market in college. Barb says she loves the colors of Florida and tropical water colors of turquoise and blues. As a long-time gallery owner, Barb works with designers and individual artists to achieve artistic bliss. A special reception will be held Jan. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lorne’s Gallery, unit 108, at Marina Village at

Tarpon Point in Cape Coral. Barb’s artwork can also be seen at Frame Gallery and Gifts, 1830 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. Call 239945-0866 or 574-5111 for more details.

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Harbour View Gallery to showcase Mimi Stirn and Kathryn Bickford

Harbour View Gallery in made doll clothes for Cape Coral will welcome feaAlexandra Doll Co. It began tured artists Mimi Stirn with an old Singer sewing (mixed media resin) and machine in which she was Kathryn Bickford (beaded taught the secret techniques jewelry) at a reception on of putting ideas together with Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 various colors, gems, furs p.m. and fabrics. She found it Mimi Stirn has studied easy to create fashionable both sculpting and ceramics clothing and accessories and since high-school. Early put them together with the works began in the late ‘80s, skill of an artesian. Her artisusing coal and colored pentic abilities expanded to cils. In 1996 she began music, acting, playwriting, Kathryn Bickford working with oils and acrylics concert and stage performin folk-art styling, subjects including animal ances, interior designing, painting, sculpminiatures, farms, flowers, trees, and field ture, fashions and jewelry design. Kathryn animals. Mimi completed several full-length then developed a distinct style of jewelry to wall murals during this time. In 2010, Mimi enhance her love of fashion. In doing so, and her husband moved to Cape Coral her collection is magnificent and very from Washington state. She was inspired sophisticated with a unique identity that exto change her artistic styling from folk art presses a woman’s individuality. The intrito contemporary surrealism with focus on cate details of design and distinct coloring ample, bold colors. Mimi demonstrate expert artisanholds a degree in arts and ship characterized by its fembusiness administration inine style. and is a Certified Marketing Her elegant collection of Strategist through Cornell jewelry has been exhibited in University. When not in the public and private shows and studio, she is the marketing is among private collectors in director for the Florida Connecticut, New York, New Small Business Jersey, Florida, and more. Development Center at Their work will be on disFGCU. play through January. The As a young girl, Kathryn gallery is located at 5789 Bickford enjoyed being with Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Mimi Stirn her aunt who de-signed and Coral.

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Hirdie Girdie Gallery features four of its own artists

Sanibel's Hirdie Girdie Gallery offers the work of 15 local award-winning artists in a colorful island building brimming with talent. Here's a look at four of these artists. Bonnie Langenfeld creates amazing framed "paintings," bowls, boxes and dimensional wall works from fabric that she stitches with a free motion sewing machine. The fabric is her canvas and the stitching is her paint. Her dramatic works inspire joy and wonder in all who see them. Phil Krym's interest in woodworking was ignited when the University of Miami gave him an award for a 16' runabout boat he designed and built when he was in the 9th grade. In 2000 Jeanne Risher he began directing his attention to wood turning. Each of Phil's designs is meticulously shaped, sanded and finished to enhance the natural beauty of the wood. Neil Glaser is a traditional watercolorist who draws his subjects from everyday life -- from rural Ohio landscapes to the rugged coast of Maine to the backcountry of Florida. His work as an architect and architectural illustrator heightened his understanding of composition and design evident in his award-winning work. Sanibel resident Jeanne Risher began working in stained Neil Glaser glass in 1998, but in 2002, her passion turned to fused glass. She loves the unpredictable outcome of the fusing process and her designs range from elegant and classical to brash and whimsical. Her inspiration comes from nature, especially marine life, and her varied works include an array of tropical subjects. Visit Hirdie Girdie Gallery at the corner of Library Way and Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel and see the work of these and 11 other fine artists. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 239-395-0027 or check the Phil Krym Bonnie Langenfeld web at www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com.

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In a few short years, the ACMA has made its mark and awards, is a repeat percommanding performances. Her presence known locally as well as nationally. former at Kerrville Folk ability to compose, play and sing The ACMA is one of the only local venues that promotes Festival and counts in a wide range of genres has local singer songwriters and Americana music. All of the shows among his fans Pete made her a versatile festival perare presented in what is called a “listening room.” This is an Seeger, Peter Yarrow, former and workshop teacher. intimate experience, with the artists sharing original songs and Paul Stookey, Billy A special Friday, Jan. 27 show background stories, with a quiet audience in a coffee house Jonas, Ezra Idlet, is featuring two new ACMA mematmosphere. Vance Gilbert and John bers Dave Collins & TerryLynn Americana music is an all-inclusive mix of acoustic folk, Waters. Melody, as well as long time roots, bluegrass, country, rock and blues. The ACMA continues Martin composes ACMA member Annie Wenz. to bring national touring artists to Fort Myers week after week. songs about Dave Collins started playing These are incredible artists with a strong fan base that make a Alzheimer’s, Autism, music as a child. Since that early living touring, just under the notice of the mainstream media. oysters, dyslexic theolstart Dave has toured the world You Tube any of them, and you will be surprised by the talent ogy and the adventures as a performer. He’s traveled the that is available to you all year round for a cost of $10 - $15 of Betty Boop and US coast to Coast, has played in donation. Buddha – lyrically and the West Indies, the Virgin Islands What makes the ACMA especially unique is its support of melodically illustrating and Bahamas. His first band, local singer songwriters. Every touring artist show is opened by the variety of human Sanzen, focused on playing origia local singer songwriter. With so much local talent, the ACMA emotions with sensitivinal music composed and Brother Sun has expanded with two more concert locations ... Songwriters ty, creatively thoughtful arranged by Dave Collins. The at Sunset at Lovers Key State Park on Fort Myers Beach and stories, a deep appreciDave Collins Band followed after South Country Regional Library in Estero. These free shows ation for a good belly laugh, and by igniting wonder in the powSanzen, again touring all over the US playing special cover showcase all local songwriters. erful metamorphosis music inspires in the heart, mind, body arrangements of popular tunes, along with innovative original Additionally, the ACMA runs its Singer Songwriter Circle on and soul. Opening for Martin Swinger is local artist Joyce compositions. Touring with the band The Foundations (Build Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m. The circle is for acoustic Knake. me up Buttercup) added to Dave’s experience and repertoire. songwriters of all levels. Songs and experiences are shared in Songwriters at the Library will be held Jan. 14 at South Always multifaceted, Dave then embarked on a solo tour, a non-judgmental, casual atmosphere. No membership Country Library and feature David Hintz, Bob Williams and sometimes playing a duo known as Aftertouch. required. All are welcome to come and play or just to listen. Robert Bidney. David Hintz is a straight at you honest songAfter being on the road for over 30 years Dave found himOn Jan 5 at Lovers Key State Park, songwriters at Sunset writer. Whether it's a love song, a political protest song, or a self performing more regionally in the N.C. and Georgia area, will feature Alan Bradford, David song about dating. Clear direct lyrics and building a fan base numbering in the thousands and played Clayton and Bill Veach (two hours strong guitar is what you'll get every time. sold out concerts halls. before sunset). Alan Bradford is a David has 2 CDs "Rode Hard and Put A move to SW Florida early in 2016 found Dave Collins unique guitar player and an old soul Away Wet" 2013 and "Out With a Bang" once again re-inventing himself after a brief hiatus from the singer/songwriter- a musician who can 2015. Bob Williams has been writing songs performing world. Music never left his mind or his soul as Dave deliver hours of covers, as well as for 40 years. His music and stories behind is looking forward continuing to perform his unique original great original songs. He’s toured with the songs will always bring a smile. Robert compositions to a new audience. many professionals including Harry Bidney is a singer-songwriter whose mesHis first love is the guitar, but Dave is a accomplished musiChapin and James Taylor. Dave sages are as strong as his melodies. His cian on the keyboard, violin, flute, Indian wood flutes, harmoniClayton had a ‘hot’ folk-singing trio songs have been covered by an eclectic ca, sitar and percussion and his fine singing voice along with back in his Philadelphia high school in group of artists around the world, and in an open heart allows him to connect with audiences to create the 1960’s. Dave eventually landed in 2015 he released his first solo CD, It’s All an intimate performance no matter where he is. Nashville, where he married before About the Love. TerryLynn Melody began her musical performance career retired to Florida where he continues Brother Sun will perform Jan. 21 in Fort as a child in her hometown of New Bern, NC. Her mother, a writing and performing songs. Bill Myers. National touring artists Greg NY Performing Arts graduate and professional singer was her Veach has a love of travel that is Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks role model and teacher. Later in life, guided by a need to find expressed in many of his songs. His have made their mark as veteran touring her voice an an artist, she began exploring songwriting as a songs are often autobiographical, singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no means to tell her story. The resulting songs are an ever growabout his experiences, travel, love, songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, ing catalog of original material. Last year she took the leap to loss and some characters he has met as much as their lyrics, tell what they are put some of those songs on record and Aug. 1 she released on his journey. about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a her self produced debut CD "Counting Daydreams." Nashville Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. hall of fame great Charlie McCoy appears on several the tracks will perform Jan. 7 at the All Faiths Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, as does 2014 NZCMA Male Artist of the Year Phil Doublet. Unitarian Congregation Church in Fort rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun Annie Wenz is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, Myers. is an explosion of musical diversity and singer-songwriter, performing & recording artist who's diverse Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield harmony, in the finest of male singing tradi- music has been influenced by dancing her musical boots are local favorites. When they are not tions. through 25 countries around the globe. Her stunning Native touring, it’s always wonderful to have From three major points on the map American/indigenous flute and piano instrumental music has Martin Swinger them back in town and on stage. Roy Boston, New York and Chicago - Greg, Pat graced the sound tracks of independent film and theater scores Schneider is a singer-songwriter in the and Joe have blended themselves into & is used extensively and recommended by RN magazine, grandest tradition of Steve Earle, Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the massage, yoga practitioners & medical/wellness facilities Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett, but his voice, amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the around the world! songwriting skill, stagecraft, and instrumental talent are all his music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them – but As a singer songwriter & touring artist, Annie's brilliantly own. Together, the result is like a vibrant jubilee singing out on rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this poetic watercolor story songs about life & love have been the banks of the Mississippi River. His gift for blending sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for played & heard on Sirius/XM radio & from New Zealand's Southern-influenced folk, blues, country, and rock into a seaman unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a Millennium Celebration, to the world renowned Kennedy less genre with his own signature sound demonstrates his conwell-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, Center. She performs & teaches songwriting at some of the nection to the best in the tradition of fine wake-me-up and kickand bouzouki. Their performances are marked by outstanding largest most prestigious music festivals in the world. Her biking me-in-the-ass roots music. Opening for Roy & Kim is local original songs, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and song "Ride" has been used by some of the largest Harley dealartist Mille Vanhorn. standing ovations. erships in the US & her rocking sports songs have been heard On Jan. 14, Martin Swinger will perform at the ACMA’s Fort Opening for Brother Sun is Eileen Kozloff. An award winon ESPN from blaring speakers at NY Mets "Citi Park"! Myers venue. Martin Swinger is an atypical 50-something who ning artist for her singing, songwriting and instrumental work, The ACMA is a non-sectarian not for profit organization. can’t stop exploring music, songwriting and singing. Socially Eileen Kozloff is a multi-instrumentalist who has been actively Most concerts are held at All Faiths Congregation located at conscious, thought provoking and surprizingly entertaining, involved in the autoharp world for over a quarter of a century! 2756 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Martin is celebrated for his fluid voice and engaging delivery. She is best known for her unique "pick-less" style of diatonic and the shows start at 7 p.m. He’s recorded 5 CD’s, won local and national songwriting autoharp and for her soaring vocals, stunning harmonies and For more information, visit online at www.americana.org

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Symphonic Chorale annual gala and fundraiser Jan. 28

The Symphonic Chorale of operatic repertoire Southwest Florida is holding through his performancits annual fundraising gala on es with the New York Saturday, Jan. 28 from 6 to City Opera, including 10 p.m. at The Landings Moses in Egypt, La Yacht Club in Fort Myers, Perichole and A Quiet located at 5200 Landings Place. He has also been Drive. a guest artist on The The evening’s theme is Today Show and the Phil "Where There Is Love, There Donahue Show. Ed Pember Is Music” and will feature a This gala evening is full course dinner, exceptional an important one to the entertainment, a silent aucSymphonic Chorale, but tion and an exciting live auction. Talented also to the community. Money raised at the baritone Ed Pember will entertain with gala allows the chorale to continue bringmusic that spans a variety of genres ing exceptional music to Southwest Florida including classical, opera, Broadway and audiences. Lynn Apelgren, Symphonic art songs. Emcee for the evening is Robert Chorale Board president, stresses the Van Winkle, NBC-2 weather anchor. importance of this gala event. “Ticket sales Ed Pember resides in Fort Myers, but to concerts only cover about 35% of our brings an international reputation to costs when we bring a producSouthwest Florida and to this gala. tion to the community. Events His singing career began with his like our fundraising gala help offservice in the Air Force and his perset those costs and allow us to formances with the United States Air present beautiful musical experiForce Band. Once he returned ences and still keep ticket prices home to his native Michigan, he peraffordable.” formed as a featured artist with A reservation form can be numerous symphony orchestras and found on the Symphonic chorales including the Michigan Chorale’s website at www.symOpera Theater and the Detroit phonicchorale.com and the cost Robert Van Symphony, and later developed his per attendee is $85. Winkle

BIG ARTS welcomes Naughton Sisters to Sanibel on Jan. 26

The BIG ARTS Strauss Theater on Sanibel is set to deliver the delightful auditory equivalent of double vision of the Naughton Sisters to the stage on Jan. 26. “Stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry,” is how the San Francisco Examiner describes the experience that Christina and Michelle Naughton bring to audiences with their astonishing duo piano act. The Naughton Sisters have lived together their entire lives, and as Warner Classics recording artists have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity created by their mystical musical communication. Born in Princeton, New Jersey to parents of European and Chinese descent the pair are graduates of Julliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the prestigious Festorazzi Prize. Since then they’ve gone on to play in venerated venues around the world, such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Herkulsesaal in Munich, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall, and have appeared with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic among many others. It is difficult to describe their mesmerizing and beautiful music without seeing the pair perform, and the twins have described their chemistry on stage to the Wall Street

Naughton Sisters Journal as unique in that “there are times I forget we are two people playing together.” Audiences at BIG ARTS can experience this first hand as they perform their original compositions as well as arrangements of classical tunes that everyone can appreciate. BIG ARTS, established in 1979, is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing quality artistic, cultural and educational experiences to Sanibel and Captiva residents and visitors. Visit www.BIGARTS.org to learn more about these engaging events and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 239-395-0900. And don’t forget to like BIG ARTS on Facebook.

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Southwest Florida Symphony presents Cellobration Jan. 21 The Southwest Florida laborated with such conductors as Symphony, Lee County’s only proItzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, fessional orchestra and one of the Andrew Litton, James DePriest, oldest on Florida’s gulf coast, conJun Markl, Carlos Kalmar, Andrey tinues its 56th season of Boreyko, Krzysztof Urbanski, Masterworks with Cellobration! on Jacques Lacombe, Grant Saturday, Jan. 21. Llewellyn and Stanislav Masterworks II: Cellobration! is Skrowaczewski. He also has been conducted by the Southwest featured with musical luminaries Florida Symphony’s internationally Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the renowned music director Maestro Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Nir Kabaretti. This concert features Harrell and Janos Starker. Beethoven’s powerfully moving Bailey has appeared at Disney Symphony No. 7, compelling conHall, the Kennedy Center, the temporary piece, Chasing Light by United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, Joseph Schwantner and Elgar’s the 92nd St. Y and Carnegie Hall, beloved Cello Concerto, with conwhere he made his concerto debut summate classical showman, cellist performing the U.S. premiere of Zuill Bailey Zuill Bailey. Maestro Kabaretti has Miklos Theodorakis’ “Rhapsody for an extensive collaborative profesCello and Orchestra.” sional history with Bailey, which makes for an engagThe Jan. 21 performance happens at 8 p.m. Prior ing and dynamic experience for concertgoers. to the performance, at 7 p.m., patrons are invited to Zuill Bailey is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, attend a conductor led pre-concert lecture. These artistic director and teacher. His rare combination of lectures are offered in order to better educate audicelebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging ences about the pieces being performed. Tickets cost personality has secured his place as one of the most between $27 and $87 per person and may be pursought after and active cellists today. A consummate chased online at www.swflso.org, by visiting the concerto soloist, Bailey has been featured with symSouthwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at phony orchestras worldwide, including Los Angeles, 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103, in Fort Myers, by Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, Dallas, calling the Symphony Box Office at (239) 418-1500 Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, or at the door, one and a half hours prior to the conColorado, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, Cape Town, and cert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has colat 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.

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The Seasons features violinist Timothy Chooi Jan. 12 and 13

The Southwest Florida Symphony presents the first concert of its Small Stage Symphonies series, The Seasons, featuring performances of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s The Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring young violin virtuoso Timothy Chooi at two Lee County venues. Concerts take place at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island on Thursday, Jan. 12 and at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs on Friday, Jan. 13. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Recently winning the Bronze Medal Winner of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Timothy Chooi also recently completed an extensive recital tour with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, performed with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, recorded his debut album, and was featured at Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He is also a winner of the 2013 Vadim Repin International Scholarship, a recipient of the 2015 Sylva Gelber Award and Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Montreal

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Symphony Manulife Competition. Small Stage Symphonies are chamber orchestra concerts that take place at smaller venues throughout Lee County in order to provide patrons with a more intimate concert experience and an opportunity to sample an even broader variety of classical repertoire. Ticket prices start at $30 and vary by venue. They 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. Tickets may also be purchased at each venue.

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Bluegrass Jamboree Captain Joe & The Bottom Feeders

Jan. 28 in Cape Coral

The Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum presents the second open air Bluegrass Jamboree in Cape Coral. The BBQ and music event will take place Saturday, Jan. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at the museum at 544 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral. Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the gate. Advance VIP tickets are $50 and include food and rinks. VIP tickets are $60 at the gate. Bluegrass is a form of American roots music that people have come to love. The sound has spread over the country, brought to America by early European settlers. The old-time music is a combination of country, Gospel and bluegrass. The bands are high energy, focusing on rich vocal harmony and strong instrumentation. The museum presents three fabulous well-known local bands that have performed throughout the state. Join them for an afternoon filled with food, fun and great entertainment. The musical lineup: Captain Joe and the Bottom Feeders from 12:30 to 1:40 p.m., Swinging Bridge from 2 to 3:10 p.m. and Bluegrass Gals from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Emcee will be Dick Spottswood of The Dick Spottswood Show. Captain Joe and the Bottom Feeders is led by Joe McNichols and been pickin' and grinnin' since 2010. Their goal is to create a pleasing sound while having fun and entertaining. They play mostly traditional bluegrass music but throw in a few favorites. The Swinging Bridge a five-member band from the Venice area. The band was formed in 1999 and performs regularly throughout the region. They have a great on

Swinging Bridge stage personality and will dazzle you with their repertoire of songs and instrumentals from traditional and contemporary bluegrass. The wonderful sound and talent of the Bluegrass Gals is the result of good friends playing music together. Each member also plays with other well know bands in the area. They will bring rich, smooth and polished tones of bluegrass, while having a good time. Tickets are available at Cape Coral Historical Museum, 544 Cultural Park Blvd. or call 239-772-7037. For more details, visit www.capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org.

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Celtic Fest Jan. 28

The City of Fort Myers and Celtic Heritage Productions invite you to “don your tartan” and bring your family and friends out to enjoy the 14th Annual Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival. The weekend festivities include: FRIDAY, JAN. 27 - First up is the Kick-Off Party at Harborside Event Center (enter via Dean Street) in Downtown Fort Myers at 6 p.m. with performances by Albannach, Screaming Orphans, and Rathkeltair. $5 admission. SATURDAY, JAN. 28 - The gates at Centennial Park will open at 11 a.m. with more than 10 hours of non-stop Celtic music from Albannach, The Screaming Orphans, Rathkeltair, West of Galway, Marcille Wallis & Friends and the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dancers. To satisfy the appetite, there is Celtic fare such as fish and chips and meat pies, along with traditional American festival food. Both domestic and imported beers will be served. Dozens of merchandise vendors offering everything Celtic. Admission is $12 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs and plan to join a great Fort Myers tradition. For more information, call 239-321-7524 or 941-625-8544.

Curtis Chamber Orchestra to perform at Davis Art Center on Jan. 10

was established in 2008, students, The Sidney & Berne Davis faculty, and alumni have performed Art Center announces the more than 200 concerts in Europe, 2017 Chamber Series Asia, and the Americas. Concerts. Next, hear the James Ehnes The Chamber Series Quartet perform on Thursday, Feb. 9. brings world renown classical The quartet’s highly refined, sensitive chamber ensemble performand expressive performances have ances to downtown Fort delighted audiences and critics across Myers each year. This year, North America, Europe, and Asia, and the Chamber Series will feahave made them one of the most ture four performances by sought after chamber groups performsome of most in-demand ing today. musicians from around the Then, on Friday, Feb. 24, pay tribcountry. ute to one of music’s greats during First, the Curtis Chamber Late Night with Leonard Bernstein – Orchestra embarks on a Curtis Chamber Orchestra hosted and narrated by his daughter, memorable two-part journey Jamie, and featuring acclaimed soprathrough two of Mozart's Violin no Amy Burton and pianists John concertos, with soloists drawn Musto and Michael Boriskin – is an affectionate, multi-media from the orchestra, as well as the exquisite Sinfonia portrait of the personal side of this singularly public figure. Concertante with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Roberto Díaz on On Friday, April 14, experience the performance power of Tuesday, Jan. 10. the American Virtuosi Concert led by Art Center director Jim Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring iniGriffith. Every performances is sure to awe and inspire, so tiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. An embodiment of the don’t miss this moving series. school’s "learn by doing" philosophy, it offers students realThe Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, musicians District. Chamber Concert Series tickets are $90. Individual offer master classes, interactive programs, and community concert tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the engagement activities while on tour. Curtis on Tour also facilidoor. Cocktails begin at 7 p.m. Performance is at 8 p.m. Visit tates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with www.sbdac.com for info and tickets. professional orchestras and recital series. Since the program

Symphonic Mastersingers start year with concert on the beach The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers begin 2017 with Songs of the Questioner, a chamber concert at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3751 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature two of the Mastersingers ensembles, the 24 voice Chamber Chorus and the City of Palms Youth Choir, both under the direction of Matt Koller, assistant music director of the Mastersingers. The program will have the Chamber Chorus singing the lush and hauntingly seductive work by award-winning composer Thomas LaVoy, Songs of the Questioner, a three section piece that delivers text from 19th century poet, Richard LeGallienne, over a beautiful piano accompaniment played by Mastersingers’ accompanist, Janet Carter. LaVoy has said of his composition, “The Questioner brings us down the path that each of us takes as we recede into our minds to question important aspects of life.” He continues, “ The literary device of the

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question mark is transmuted from a visual image on the page into a musical concept played by the piano, (while) the choir effectively translates the music using text.” The Chamber Chorus will also be singing several arrangements of folk songs and hymns by noted conductor, Robert Shaw, to celebrate the centennial of his birth and lighter pieces from the Not About Cheese collection by contemporary composer, Robert Convery. The City of Palms Youth Choir will present several selections with both the middle school and high school groups singing pieces. The Youth Choir will also be singing the National Anthem prior to the game between the Florida Everblades and the Allen Americans at Germain Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. That night you can hear a fine rendition of the anthem, enjoy an exciting hockey game, and support the arts as a portion of the ticket price purchased through the Everblades box office will benefit the City of Palms Youth Choir.

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Sinatra tribute with Brian Duprey and Gulf Coast Symphony Jan. 22

time to witness a real Experience Sinatra concert. Sinatra: The Ultimate Duprey has performed Tribute with Brian with several orchestras Duprey and the Gulf including the Coast Symphony on Indianapolis Sunday, Jan. 22 at 7 Symphony, Omaha p.m. at the Barbara B. Symphony, Pittsburgh Mann Performing Arts Symphony, and Hall at FSW. Baltimore Symphony. You’ll hear Cole He has also been feaPorter’s “I’ve Got You tured on CSI: Las Under My Skin” and “I Vegas, NBA All Star Get a Kick Out of Jam, and the movie You,” the classic Get Him to the Greek. Sinatra hits “My Way” Duprey has and “That’s Life” and received stellar reviews so many more of his performances, favorites from and the ultimate Sinatra’s extensive endorsement: Nancy catalog of hits. Sinatra once heard a Brian Duprey’s Brian Duprey recording of Duprey flawless acting ability singing and thought it channels Sinatra’s was her own father singing! energy and spirit. His command of Tickets for Sinatra: The Ultimate the stage, uncanny mannerisms, and Experience with Brian Duprey and note-for-note renditions of Sinatra’s the Gulf Coast Symphony start at material creates a suspension of dis$42. Call 239-481-4849 or visit belief for the audience who believes GulfCoastSymphony.org. they have been transported back in

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Gulfshore Opera regional tour runs Jan. 10 - Feb. 1

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Chris Holmes

The Gulfshore Opera professional artists' residency begins with Grand Opera Nights, a regional tour of Southwest Florida from Jan. 10 through Feb. 1. Gulfshore Opera announces the upcoming arrival of five nationally and internationally acclaimed professional artists in residence. This talented group will perform in several Gulfshore Opera productions this season, bringing a unique blend of experience and talent to Southwest Florida. Their first production will be a regional tour titled Grand Opera Nights. Each dynamic performance will include staged, costumed scenes, with chamber orchestra, from a variety of opera’s most beloved works like La Traviata, La Bohème, and Tales of Hoffman. The production will be staged in six locations, from Marco Island to Punta Gorda. Each scene will be introduced by local favorite actor John McKerrow, founder of Shakespeare in Paradise. Meet the professional artists in residence: Jonathan Tetelman, tenor, made his international debut in Lake Como, Italy serving as the tenor soloist in Verdi's Requiem. Previously, he took the stage with the Martina Arroyo Foundation where he performed the role of Gabriel von Eisenstein in the Strauss' classic Viennese opera, Die Fledermaus. Jonathan was recently awarded First Prize in the 2016 New York Lyric Opera Competition performing at Carnegie Hall. He also is currently a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council in the New York District 2016. Jonathan also was a finalist in the Mildred Miller (Pittsburgh Opera) Competition 2016. Sarah Nordin, mezzo-soprano, has received critical praise for her skills as a comedienne in numerous roles including Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and Isabella L’Italiana in Algeri. Recent Mozart roles include Dorabella Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera Tampa, Winter Opera of St Louis and Florida Opera Theatre, and Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro with both Opera del West and Long Island Opera. Other recent roles include the title-role Carmen in concert with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Flora La Traviata with Opera Tampa, Tisbe La Cenerentola and Third Lady Die Zauberflöte with Salt Marsh Opera, Isabella L’Italiana in Algeri, and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus with Geneva Light Opera and St. Petersburg Opera. Ms. Nordin has worked on the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Les Troyens, Parsifal, Otello, Boris Godunov, Nabucco, and Turandot. Christopher Holmes, bass-baritone, has performed more than thirty-five opera roles with noted companies including Austin Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Phoenix Opera,

Tyler Putnam

Shana Grossman

Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, San Antonio Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. His Germont with Opera del Sol was praised as being “…truly polished, controlled, professional and superb...” His Figaro was declared to have “…radiated authority…” His Wagner in Faust was celebrated as “some of the most stylish singing in the show." He was also seen as a bass-baritone soloist in Gulfshore Opera's St. Matthew Passion last season. Tyler Putnam, bass, is quickly gaining national recognition as an important young opera singer. 2016 engagements include José Castro in La Fanciulla Del West with Opera Omaha, Chief of Police in Evangeline with The Longfellow Chorus and Luther Billis in South Pacific with St. Petersburg Opera. Mr. Putnam has won prizes from The Sullivan Foundation (Career Development Grant 2014), The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Boston District winner 2011), and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges (Top Prize 2012 and 2013). Soprano Shana Grossman is a recent graduate of the Brooklyn Conservatory. During 2016, Ms. Grossman sang the role of Tyan, the witch in the world premier of João Macdowell’s new opera The Seventh Seal. She sang also Laura in MacDowell’s premier of Cries and Whispers. She made her New York debut with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program singing Adele in Die Fledermaus. She also covered the role of Juliette in their production of Roméo et Juliette at Sherrill Milnes' VOICE Festival. In 2015, Ms. Grossman made her Italian debut in Perugia in the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Teatro del Pavone. At the Brooklyn College Conservatory, she has sung Nannetta in Falstaff, the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, and Gilda in Rigoletto. Grand Opera Nights regional tour: Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. - SanJan Theater, SW Performing Arts Center, Bonita Springs (includes 3 course meal and wine) Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. - Marco Island Center for the Arts Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. - CPAC, Punta Gorda Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.- United Church of Christ, Sanibel Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. - Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center, Fort Myers Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. - Von Liebig Art Center, Naples Tickets range from $28 - $68. For the Jan. 10 show only: $80 - $110 (three-course dinner and wine included). For season tickets or more information, visit www.gulfshoreopera.org or call (239) 529-3925.

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Beatles and Billy Joel tribute Jan. 21 at Shalom Life Center

Lawrence Dermer and the Shalom Life Center band will present Billy and The Beatles Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. This special musical tribute to Billy Joel and The Beatles will take place at the Shalom Life Center, 13411 Shire Lane in Fort Myers. Cantorial soloist, composer, producer and artist Lawrence Dermer has been instrumental in the creation of the globally recognized “Miami Sound” which fused contemporary pop music and Latin roots. In addition to being an accomplished Cantorial soloist, his achievements include several Grammy nominations, BMI songwriting awards, appearances on the Tonight Show with Jonnie Carson and Jay Leno as well as performances with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle at the Super Bowl XXIV half time and producing several Super Bowl half time shows. Lawrence has also enjoyed a string of multi-platinum successes and number one smash hits with artists such as Gloria Estefan, Cher, Madonna, BB King, Will Smith, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and Barry Manilow and most recently the debut of the Broadway show On Your Feet which features his musical contributions to the story of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. With over 50 million in global record sales, Lawrence intends to cross spiritually-themed music over into the contemporary world of popular music by combining powerful and passionate vocal performances that deliver soul-stirring melodies with conviction. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for guests. VIP tickets are $36. Dessert follows the performance. For reservations, call 239-218-3433 or email info@shalomlifecenter.org or visit www.shalomlifecenter.org.

Center for the Arts Bonita Springs offers musical options The Center for the Arts Bonita Springs ahs another month of great musical offerings in January. Pianist Richard Dowling will perform Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30. Join award-winning concert pianist Richard Dowling, who The New York Times has dubbed an “especially impressive Dan Miller fine young pianist” for his performance of “The world’s greatest piano masterpieces.” Follow Dowling’s lead as he takes us on a musical journey beginning with pieces from the likes of Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. The adventure will then turn to the new world, during which Dowling will delve into the roots of American Ragtime, featuring pieces from Scott Joplin in particular. The Singapore Business Times says that Dowling is “a pianist with polished technique… master of creating beautiful sounds without being excessively sentimental… Dowling had something personal to say and impressed with impeccable control of colours and textures.” Join Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. as they celebrate the genius and music of Harold Arlen. Harold Arlen was one of the greatest songwriters of the Twentieth Century. The music that he composed for the Broadway stage and the Hollywood screen (including The Wizard of Oz) became an integral part of the Great American Songbook, loved by musicians, singers and audiences alike. The music he wrote with lyricist Johnny Mercer was closely associated with Frank Sinatra. The p”Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “Get Happy,” “Out Of This World,” “Let's

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Fall In Love,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Blues In The Night,” “Sleepin' Bee” and “This Time The Dream's On Me.” Richard Dowling Trumpeter Dan Miller built his reputation touring and recording with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. He brings together a tremendous group of musicians for an evening of hard swinging acoustic jazz music including legendary tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto (Saturday Night Live Band 1975-2005 & Frank Sinatra), pianist Joe Delaney, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer-vocalist Patricia Dean. Tickets are $25. The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road. For tickets and info, call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org.

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Craig Morgan at The Ranch

The Sam Galloway Concert Series and Gator Country 101.9 presented Craig Morgan at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers Dec. 2.

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Here Come The Mummies at Seminole Casino Hotel

Here Come The Mummies returned to Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee Dec. 10.

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LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Backstreets

Hotel Indigo

Seminole Casino Hotel

The Barrel Room

Hurricane Charley’s

The Shell Factory

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

Bert’s Bar & Grill

4271 Pine Island Rd Matlacha • 239-282-3232

Blue Monkey Bar & Grille

755 Mission Hills Drive, Naples 239-597-2583

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

The Buddha Bar

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

Cape Cabaret

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

The Cigar Bar

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

Coconuts

850 Lafayette St. Cape Coral • 239-541-3221

The Cottage

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

1520 Broadway, Fort Myers 239-337-3446 300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda • 941-639-9695

Jacaranda

1233 Periwinkle, Sanibel 239-472-1771

The Keys Bar & Grille

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

Lakehouse Bar & Grill

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

Lansdowne Street

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

The Nauti Mermaid

5961 Silver King Blvd. Cape Coral • 239-541-5600

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

Fathoms

5785 Cape Harbour Drive Cape Coral 239-542-0123

Fishermen’s Village

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

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

Smokin Oyster Brewery

340 Old San Carlos Blvd. Ft 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

7050 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers • 239-277-5475

Tiki at Wyndham Garden

Nervous Nellie’s

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

Old Naples Pub

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

1131 First St., Ft Myers Beach 239-463-8077 255 13th Avenue S., Naples 239-649-8200

Paradise Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key Resort

1502 Miramar St. Cape Coral • 239-540-8454

Dixie Roadhouse

506 S. 1st St., Immokalee 800-218-0007

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

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

Pete’s Time Out 1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5900

The Rhythm House

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

Tiki Bar at Days Inn Twisted Vine Bistro

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

The Village Pub

4360 Gulf Shore, Naples 239-262-2707

Whiskey Park

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Yucatan Beach Stand 250 Old San Carlos Fort Myers Beach 239-333-4386

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Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan at The Stage Jan. 26

The Stage in Bonita Springs welcomes Ronan Tynan for a special show on Jan. 26 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dr. Ronan Tynan is known for his versatile range of repertoire. It includes the operatic, oratorio, concert and popular music genres. Dr. Tynan first gained international attention in 1994 after having won Go For It, a televised singing competition in the United Kingdom. A practicing orthopedist at the time, Dr. Tynan continued his music training at the Leinster School of Music and Drama in Dublin, Ireland and continued at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England earning a post-graduate Diploma in Voice. In 1998 he became a member of The Irish Tenors, a group with whom he continues to tour with today. Through the years he has participated in master classes with Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor Ugo Benelli, Australian tenor Ken Neath, American tenor James King, and American soprano Cynthia Lawrence. Dr. Tynan has performed at several presidential events. Some of them

include Ronald Reagan’s funeral, George H.W. Bush’s 80th birthday and 2008 Presidents’ Dinner. The Stage will also have Andy Cooney and comedy show on Feb. 7 and Phil Coulter and Geraldine Branagan on March 31. Each private Ronan Tynan dinner show and VIP meet and greet is $125. Buy all three shows for $300 or two shows for $200. For tickets, call 239405-8566. The Stage is located at 9144 Bonita Beach Road SE in the Sunshine Ace Plaza.

Estero Concert Series Jan. 29 at Koreshan

The Estero Concert Series will feature chamber music composed by Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29. Featured selections are Schumann’s fantasy pieces for cello and piano op 73, Beethoven’s sonata for cello and piano op 102, no 2, and Brahms’ sonata in f major for cello and piano.

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Performing artists are Paul York on cello and Dror Biran on piano. The performance will be held at the historic Art Hall at the Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road. Seating is limited to 90 attendees. Concert tickets are available at $42 per person; this price includes entrance to the park. Reservations may be made by calling (239) 596-8404 or emailing rcc@rccnaples.org.

Watch auditions for Young Artists Awards Jan. 21-22 and Jan. 28-29

The public is invited to attend the 2017 Young Artists Awards auditions to view hundreds of preregistered students from throughout Southwest Florida auditioning in classical voice, contemporary voice/musical theatre, dance, drama, and instrumental music during four days of auditions held on the campus of the Alliance for the Arts located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. The auditions are open and free to the public for viewing and will be held at multiple locations at the Alliance. Additional information about the program and presale of tickets to our 14th Annual Gala at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on March 6 will also be available. The days and locations for viewing are: Saturday, Jan. 21 Contemporary Voice and Musical Theatre-ages 13-16 (in classroom) Instrumental Music-ages 13-16 and 17-21 (in theatre) Sunday, Jan. 22 Dance-ages 8-14, 15-21 (in theatre) Contemporary Voice and Musical Theatre-ages 8-12 (in classroom) Saturday, Jan. 28 Classical Voice-ages 13-16 and 17-21 (in theatre) Contemporary Voice and Musical Theatre-ages 17-21 (in classroom) Sunday, Jan. 29 Drama-ages 13-16 and 17-21 (in classroom) The not for profit Young Artists Awards is the area’s premier performing arts audi-

tion, performance, education, and scholarship program for area students, now in its fourteenth year. Participants will have the opportunity to perform before panels of professional adjudicators; over 60 judges will be in attendance this year. Students will receive scoring sheets and written comments from all members of their judging panel. All genres of music, acting, dance and vocal performance are encouraged. Based on the results of the four days of auditions, 22 finalists will be selected to perform individually at the Young Artists Awards 14th Annual Gala at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on Monday, March 6. Eleven runners-up will also be awarded cash scholarships. The organization’s newest award, “Audience Choice”, will also be voted on by audience members in attendance that evening. A total of thirty-five cash scholarships and other prizes, including a scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University, will be awarded. In addition, all participating students will be given the opportunity to perform at various community events. As a not for profit organization, the Young Artists Awards also collaborates with other area organizations to provide additional information to our student participants in the performing arts. Visit the Young Artists Awards website at www.youngartistsawards.org, email info@youngartistsawards.org, call 239574-9321, and like the Young Artists Awards page on Facebook for more info about the auditions and upcoming gala.

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December 30

Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band

Hinman Auditorium, Bonita Springs

January 7

Michael Bolton Artis–Naples

Eric Paslay

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

January 13

Marshall Tucker Band Englewood Event Center

January 14 Air Supply

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

January 17

Engelbert Humperdinck

Barbara B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

January 19 Tab Benoit

Naples Grande, Naples

January 20 Phil Vassar

Englewood Event Center

Jamey Johnson

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

January 23 Kenny Rogers Artis–Naples

January 24 Gladys Knight Artis–Naples

January 26

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

January 28 Ana Popovic

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita

Country Jam: Easton Corbin, Joe Nichols & Josh Turner Collier County Fairgrounds, Naples

February 2

The Association

Barbara B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

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Air Supply at Seminole Casino Hotel Jan. 14

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & It$ Not Ober Yet Productions present An Evening with Air Supply. The super duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock will perform their iconic music at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. A “Lost in Love” VIP ticket package also will be available for $159 per person and will include one premium reserved seat in the first 12 rows, an invitation to sound check with a meet & greet to follow for photo opportunities with Air Supply, and an exclusive VIP swag bag. Air Supply was already a hit in their native Australia when they burst onto the American music scene in 1980 with the chart-topping single “Lost in Love,” which was quickly followed by “All Out of Love.” Seven top five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. The albums “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Now & Forever” and “The Greatest Hits” sold in excess of 20 million copies. "Lost in Love" was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies. Singles "Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love",

Robert Cray Band

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita

February 9

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Germain Arena, Estero

February 10

Dionne Warwick

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

February 11 Aaron Lewis

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

John Ginty

Naples Grande

February 13 & 17 Joe Bonamassa

Barbara B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

February 14 America "Sweet Dreams", and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio. Air Supply’s trademark sound – Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Russell's simple yet majestic songs – delights audiences around the world as the duo continue to tour on a regular basis. Tickets are available now starting at $75 for general admission can be purchased online at www.jaytv.com or at www.moreinparadise.com or by phone at 800-514-ETIX (3849).

America to perform Feb. 14 Classic rock favorite America will perform at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) at 8 p.m. America became a global household name starting in the early 1970s with the release of their signature #1 single “A Horse With No Name.” America’s follow-up singles – “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair” – were cornerstones of 1970s Top 40 and FM rock radio. After winning the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1971, America went on to have six albums certified gold and/or platinum, and their first greatest hits collection hit more than four million in sales. Concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets, which are on sale now,

February 3

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

February 17 TobyMac

Germain Arena, Estero

February 18 The Spinners

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Rock Pack

Germain Arena, Estero

February 23 Kansas

Barbara B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

February 24 Tony Bennett

Barbara B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

February 25

Mindi Abair, Peter White, Chieli Menucci, Special EFX Laishley Park, Punta Gorda

March 4

Spyro Gyra

Englewood Event Center

March 11 Clint Black

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee are $45 each and can be purchased from the Seminole Casino Hotel cashier or by calling (800) 218-0007.

March 11-16

70s Rock & Romance Cruise Celebrity Summit, Fort Lauderdale

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SAM GALLOWAY CONCERT SERIES

Eric Paslay, Jamey Johnson at The Ranch

The Sam Galloway Concert Series starts the new year with more national artists performing at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. The first month of the new year starts with Eric Paslay on Jan. 7 and Jamey Johnson on Jan. 20. Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, 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 “FridayNight,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native is a recent GRAMMY nominee (first as a recording artist) in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “The Driver,” performed by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, featuring Eric and Dierks Bentley and a current “Song of The Year” nominee for “She Don’t Love You” at the upcoming ACM Awards on April 3. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay recently released his back beat-driven groove “High Class,” the lead single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album. Online tickets for Eric Paslay start at $23. Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter 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. Online tickets for Jamey Johnson start at $30. This concert is presented by Deuterman Productions.

Other upcoming shows in the Sam Galloway Concert Series at The Ranch Concert Hall include Aaron Lewis on Feb. 11 and Neal McCoy on March 17. 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 Eric Paslay - Jan. 7 at the venue which opened in late 2014. 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. The country concerts at The Ranch are done in partnership with local radio station Gator Country 101.9. 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.

Dionne Warwick, The Spinners at casino

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & It$ Not Ober Yet Productions present An Evening with Dionne Warwick. The legendary five-time Grammy Award winner will perform her iconic music at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Friday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Warwick has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture during the more than 50 years of her musical career. She is an established international music icon and concert act, having earned 75 charted hit songs and sold more than 100 million records. Warwick began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. She had her first hit in 1962 with “Don’t Make Me Over.” Less than a decade later, she had released more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, “Walk on By,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Message to Michael,” "Promises Promises,” “A

House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “This Girl’s in Love With You,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Reach Out For Me,” and the theme from “Valley of the Dolls.” Warwick received her first Grammy Award in 1968 for her megahit, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and a second Grammy in 1970 for the best-selling album, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” In 1985, she reunited with Bacharach and longtime friends Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder to record the landmark song “That’s What Friends Are For,” which became a number one hit record around the world and the first recording dedicated to raising awareness and major funds for the AIDS cause in support of AMFAR. Concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are available now for $95 and can be purchased online at www.jaytv.com or by phone at 800514-ETIX(3849).

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Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & It$ Not Ober Yet Productions present An Evening with The Spinners when the legendary R&B group brings their iconic music to Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. The Spinners embody the sound of classic R&B and have sold more than 60 million records during their illustrious career, with 18 Solid Gold Top 40 hits. The group’s Top 10 hits include “Then Came You,” “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl,” “Cupid (I’ve Love You For So Long),” “The Rubberband Man,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” and “It’s A Shame.” Concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $50 and can be purchased online at www.jaytv.com.

Jamey Johnson - Jan. 20 Photo by Jamie Kuser

Def Leppard, Soundgarden headline Fort Rock

A lineup featuring some of rock’s biggest artists has been announced for the fifth annual Monster Energy Fort Rock, Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. South Florida’s biggest rock festival will be led by Def Leppard (Saturday headliner), Soundgarden (Sunday headliner) and A Perfect Circle, and will feature performances from over 25 bands on two stages. Specially priced tickets as well as VIP packages for Monster Energy Fort Rock are available online at www.FortRockFestival.com. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. The current music lineup for Monster Energy Fort Rock includes: Def Leppard, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Seether, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, In Flames, In This Moment, Motionless In White, All That Remains, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, and more to be announced. VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage; seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate. Monster Energy Fort Rock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and kicks off the annual World’s Loudest Month festival series.

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The next Art Walk is Friday, Jan. 6 from 6 - 10 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 7 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FIRST FRIDAYS EVERY MONTH (rain or shine) 6 - 10 PM

AT RIGHT: Artist Kim Kraft-Beckler was among the featured artists at Arts for ACT Gallery in December.

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THIRD FRIDAY EVERY MONTH The next Music Walk will be

Friday, JAN. 20

LIVE MUSIC STARTS AT 6 PM Fort Myers Music Walk

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Ivy Cottage

Antiques & Treasures

Let’s Bring in the New Year with Savings and Cheer!

2259 Widman Way, Fort Myers River District

(239) 226-0025

6,000 square feet filled with treasures. Fine Antiques to Shabby & Cottage Chic. Vintage Treasures of times gone by. Collectibles, Lighting, Candles, Home Decor and so much more. Tuesday through Friday 11-5, Saturday 11-4

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

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1520 Broadway • Suite 105

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

Located at the entrance to the

Hotel Indigo


Bacon Jam returns Jan. 21 SWFL Jams presents the second annual Bacon Jam. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 21 in Centennial Park and feature a variety of creative bacon-based dishes from local restaurants and food trucks priced between $1 and $5. Additionally, the event will feature entertainment by Mike Imbasciani and the Bluez Rockerz at noon, ZZ’s Best (a tribute to ZZ Top) at 2 p.m., and Bite the Bullet on stage from 4 p.m. to sunset. The annual event is presented in partnership with 94.5 The Arrow and will run 11:30 a.m. to sunset. Admission is $5 per person. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit Caleb's Crusade, a local organization which serves families affected by childhood cancer. For more details, visit online at www.swfljams.com.

Evening with the Authors March 17

Annual Reading Festival March 18 More than two dozen nationally acclaimed authors plan to meet their fans and talk about their books at the 18th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday, March 18 at Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District. The festival is a free, day-long event filled with sensational author talks, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings, activities for teens and children, a free book for every child and teen and the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands. The festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually. The Reading Festival is the largest one-day reading festival in Florida and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. “Authors come from all over the country and many genres are represented,” said Margie Byers, festival coordinator. “Most are award winners, a couple are coauthors with Tom Clancy and James Patterson and all are very popular with their readers. It is a pleasure to meet these creative and interesting people who write these amazing novels and keep track of all the details.” The festival starts Friday evening,

March 17, at the Marina at Edison & Ford with the Evening with the Authors. The event provides the opportunity for fans to meet, mingle and dine with authors. Tickets to the dinner and reception can be purchased at www.Readfest.org. A few of the award-winning authors scheduled to attend both events include adult authors: Shelley Shepard Gray, James Grippando, Gregg Hurwitz, Mark Greaney, Susan Wiggs, Lori Wilde; teen authors include: Sara Shepard, Kami Garcia and S.J. Kincaid; and children’s authors: Chris Grabenstein, Salina Yoon and Candace Fleming. The complete list of authors can be found at www.readfest.org. The Reading Festival, presented by the Lee County Library System is free and 100 percent community supported through generous 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, dates of partner events, directions to the event and more, is available for your convenience 24 hours a day at www.readfest.org or call 239-4794636.

Cruise-in Jan. 28

Stroll the downtown streets and view the beauty of automotive design on the fourth Saturday of every month. The River District Alliance presents the next car cruise-in Saturday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 1-855-RDAEVENTS for more details.

Come visit us at ...

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DeLeon Steakhouse

PATIO DE LEON

DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS RIVER DISTRICT

Happy Hour Daily until 8 pm

SpiritsofBacchus.com Now open Sunday at 12:30 for football.

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Taps & Tunes Craft Beer & Music Festival coming back Jan. 14

Beer, food and music lovers rejoice: Taps & Tunes Craft Beer and Music Festival is returning to Centennial Park on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 2 to 8 p.m. Sample more than 80 craft beers from award-winning breweries, purchase delicious food from popular local food trucks, and enjoy music from three spectacular bands. Plus, browse one of the many retail vendors. Food trucks will include Gator John’s BBQ, Key West Conch Shack & Grill, and Skyline Chili. This year’s music headliner, Johnnyswim, is back by popular demand. Don’t miss the downtown River District’s biggest festival featuring music, food and craft brews. Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez make up Johnnyswim. The pair met in Nashville in 2005, instituting a songwriting partnership not long afterward. They clicked together musically and personally, beginning a romantic relationship along with their creative connection. Amanda, one half of the duo is the daughter of American singer Donna Summer. The couple married in 2009 and relocated to Los Angeles. They have a newly released EP album titled Georgia Pond. In addition to their 2014 debut album

The Blu-Tones

For A Season

Johnnyswim Diamonds, they’ve released three EPs, as well as a Christmas EP and a live album. They’ve performed on various television shows including VH1's You Oughta Know Concert, The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Today Show, Live with Kelly & Michael, and provided the theme song on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. The duo has also toured extensively, including major U.S. festival appearances. For A Season is a dynamite packed team of guys who will keep you on your feet and captivated by their articulate musical orchestrations, stage energy, and relevant message. This band also brings an interesting and fresh twist of art into their already over the top performance. Bassist Joshua Noom has recently been captivating audiences with a live speed painting during the band’s performances. Based in Naples, The BluTones are a professional 6 or 7 piece band that bring their retro rock n roll show to the best stages and parties of SWFL. Reformed in 2014 with the addition of new lead singer, the band has found its groove and are impressing the crowds. The music schedule is as follows: The Blu-Tones at 2 p.m., About a Season at 4 p.m. and Johnnyswim at 6 p.m. Taps & Tunes Craft Beer & Music Festival was created last year by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to bring the best music, craft beer and food vendors to downtown Fort Myers. Tickets: $45 beer tasting pass, $75 VIP pass and $5 general admission. Visit www.sbdac.com for tickets, info, and vendor registration.

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Nashville Comes Home Tour makes stop at City Tavern

Brian Sutherland

Kristen Kelly

Jimmy Stanley

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Clint Daniels

The City Tavern hosted four singer songwriters on a national tour Dec. 11. The tour features BMI artists Kristen Kelly, Clint Daniels, Jimmy Stanley and Brian Sutherland.

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Edison Festival of Light releases 2017 schedule FEBRUARY 11 - 19

It is time to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” in Southwest Florida. The Edison Festival of Light, Southwest Florida’s largest and longest running festival announces its official event schedule. “The 79th Edison Festival brings together the inventions and innovations of Thomas Alva Edison while celebrating our history and culture here in Fort Myers and southwest Florida from Feb. 11 – 19,” said Kevin Anderson, festival board president. All festival event details are listed on the Edison Festival of Light website at www.edisonfestival.org. Official events include: STEMtastic Day of Discovery – Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park. The largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event in the region has over 7,500 participants create and learn through hands-on experiments to show how science is involved in our everyday lives. This free event is produced in conjunction with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival – Feb. 11 from 2 – 9 p.m. Edwards Drive, downtown Fort Myers. Local craft beer and epicureans will delight in tasting some of Southwest Florida’s creations while listening to local bands. Admission is free. Mutt Strutt – Feb. 11 from 3 – 6 p.m. – Edwards Drive and Hendry, downtown Fort Myers. Bring your favorite pooch and join in the festivities to celebrate our canine friends. A parade and costume contest will take place at 5 pm. Canine registration to participate in the festivities is $10. Junior Fun Run – Feb. 12, 11 a.m. registration – First and Jackson streets – Fort Myers. Designed for the children, this fun run is for kids between the ages of 2 and 10. Registration is $7 per child and includes a T-shirt. Junior Parade – Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. First Street and throughout downtown Fort Myers. The Junior Parade showcases the creativity and talent of area children and their family as they parade through downtown, including proceeding down historic First Street. The parade features more than 100 units including floats, clowns, bands and dignitaries. Free admission. Crafts on the River – Feb. 17 – 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m .Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Centennial Park. Join local and national craft and vintage vendors as they showcase their talent and wares throughout Centennial Park. Kids’ activities and craft demonstrations will take place throughout each day. Free

admission. Parade Celebration – Feb. 17 from 5 – 9 p.m. and Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Edwards Drive, downtown Fort Myers. Start the celebration for the Grand Parade of Light as we kick off the weekend as part of the Music Walk on Friday and continue throughout Saturday. Listen to bands, disc jockeys and local talent while imbibing in your favorite beverages and munch on various foods that celebrate Southwest Florida and your favorite traditional festival food items. Free admission. Edison Festival of Light 5K – Feb. 18 at 5:45 p.m. Centennial Park, Fort Myers. Join 1,500 participants in this sanctioned race that has earned national recognition thanks to its rich history, list of participants and thousands of cheering fans. Participants race along the Grand Parade route and cross the finish line in time for the parade to begin. Registration is $25 until Feb. 11, $30 Feb. 12-17, and $40 race day and includes a t-shirt. Grand Parade of Light – Feb. 18 from 7 – 10 pm, Fort Myers. Join 200,000 spectators for the largest illuminated night parade in the Southeast. Marvel at the floats, balloons, bands, and specialty units as they make their way along the two-mile parade route from Fort Myers High School through downtown Fort Myers. Street seats are available for purchase for $10. VIP Tickets to view the parade at Harborside Event Center are $55 for food and beverages and indoor and outdoor seating. Classic Car Show – Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Edwards Drive, Fort Myers. Celebrate classic cars and hot rods that include antiques, muscle cars and more. Free admission. Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate,” the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values. Sponsors include City of Fort Myers, Florida Power and Light, Budweiser, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Happenings Magazine, Family Thrift Center, LCEC, MedExpress Urgent Care, Morgan & Morgan, Downtown Property Owner’s Association, Wells Fargo, Lee County Family News, Applebee’s, Pepsi, Lipman Produce, Liberty Tax Service, Rasmussen College, B&I Contractors, Chico’s FAS Inc., and Florida Vacation Auction. For more info, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999.

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Comedy Clubs

JANUARY

SUNDAY - 1

Owen Benjamin 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

WEDNESDAY - 4

John Carfi & Blayr Nias 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Steve White 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Mike Rivera 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Tom Arnold 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club John Carfi & Blayr Nias 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRIDAY - 6

SATURDAY - 7

Mike Rivera 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

THURSDAY - 12

Jay N og 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Jamie Kennedy 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Steve White & Roger Keiss 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Tom Arnold 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club John Carfi & Blayr Nias 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

John Car fi & Blayr Nias 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

WEDNESDAY - 11

THURSDAY - 5

Mike Rivera 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Saturday - 7 continued

Tom Arnold 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

FRIDAY - 13

Jay N og 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Jamie Kennedy 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Steve White & Roger Keiss 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SATURDAY - 14

Jay Nog 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Jamie Kennedy 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Steve White & Roger Keiss 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

WEDNESDAY - 18

Randy Lubas & Matt Price 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THURSDAY - 19

Patrick Garrity 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Bret Ernst 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Randy Lubas & Matt Price 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRIDAY - 20

Patrick Garrity 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Bret Ernst 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Randy Lubas & Matt Price 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SATURDAY - 21

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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Patrick Garrity 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Bret Ernst 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Randy Lubas & Matt Price 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Comedy Club calendar online at www.HappeningsMagazine.net

Laugh In Comedy Cafe welcomes David Scott

David Scott will be at the Laugh In Comedy Café in Fort Myers Jan. 26, 27 and 28. The Swinger David Scott is more then just a stand-up comedian. He is an entertainer and showman with a show that has been called "sharp-witted," "clever," "classy" and "pure energy.” Not only is there great stand-up comedy but there is so much more. There's a straight jacket. There's the "World's Most Dangerous Bit in Comedy." Even a little mind reading. Not to mention one of the best finales in the business that takes the audience on an incredibly funny journey through four decades of music. The Swinger David Scott has been featured on HBO and Comedy Central, is the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show and also happens to be the Guinness World Record Holder for Longest Stand-Up

SUNDAY - 22

Bret Ernst 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

TUESDAY - 24

Mike Herlihy 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

WEDNESDAY - 25

Mike Herlihy 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THURSDAY - 26

The Swinger David Scott 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Dom Irrera 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Bobby Collins 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

* schedules subject to change

Comedy show by an Individual at 40 hours and 8 minutes. “Forget everything you think you know about stand-up comedy. This is a show unlike anything you have ever seen,” says Brian Corrion of Laugh In Comedy Café. The Fort Myers show will be at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 and 28. Laugh In Comedy Cafe is located at 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers. For tickets, call 239-4795233 or visit online at www.laughincomedycafe.com

FRIDAY - 27

The Swinger David Scott 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Dom Irrera 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Bobby Collins 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SATURDAY - 28

The Swinger David Scott 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Dom Irrera 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Bobby Collins 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUNDAY - 29

Dom Irrera 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

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14th Annual Caloosahatchee

Celtic Festival Saturday

JAN. 28

The City of Fort Myers and Celtic Heritage Productions invite you to “don your tartan” and bring your family and friends out to enjoy the 14th Annual Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival!

LIVE MUSIC

Food, drinks & craf t vendors Gates open at 11:00 am

Kick-off Event FRIDAY, JAN. 27

First up is the Kick-Off Party at Harborside Event Center (enter via Dean Street) in Downtown Fort Myers at 6 pm with performances by Albannach, Rathkeltair, Screaming Orphans! Friday admission is only $5

Admission: $12

Albannach Rathkeltair

THE BIG EVENT SATURDAY, JAN. 28

The gates at Centennial Park will open at 11 am with more than 10 hours of non-stop Celtic music from Albannach, The Screaming Orphans, Rathkeltair, West of Galway, Marcille Wallis & Friends and the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dancers! To satisfy the appetite, there is Celtic fare such as fish ‘n’ chips and meat pies, along with traditional American festival food. Both domestic and imported beers will be served. Dozens of merchandise vendors offering everything Celtic!

Lawn chairs encouraged. No coolers.

CelticHeritageProductions.com For more information call

239.321.7530 or 941.625.8544

Children under 12 free

(accompanied by paying adult)

West of Galway

The Screaming Orphans Marcille Wallis & Friends Kellyn Celtic Dancers West of Galway

Kellyn Celtic Dancers

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS


DINING PICKS FOR WINTER 1st Street Deli

at Seminole Casino Hotel

Diners at the Seminole Casino Immokalee will enjoy the 1st Street Deli. The authentic New York-style delicatessen brings a distinctly unique dining concept to the casino, featuring deli pickles, fresh bread and sandwiches bigger than your appetite. Offerings include piled high pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, reubens, hot paninis, hamburgers and salads. It is open 24/7 with a special overnight menu including breakfast. 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill at Seminole Casino Hotel

EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill at Seminole Casino Immokalee is your place for down-home favorites. The Grill is serving up a delicious new menu featuring gluten-free and organic items, such as the gluten-free Cobb Salad and savory Organic Herb Roasted Chicken. The EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill opens daily at 11 a.m. and serves all day breakfast, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, tableside flambé desserts and the popular Seminole Fry Bread. 506 South 1st St., Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

Ichiban Japanese & Chinese

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

www.IchibanDowntownFortMyers.com

GameTime

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

Joe’s Crab Shack

Located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, we offer a creative choice of seafood favorites. Sit at the bar with friends or experience our numerous menu choices. Kick back, strap on a bib and enjoy awesome crabs, seafood and jam to rockin’ tunes on the many picnic tables. 2024 W. First St., Fort Myers 239-332-1881 www.joescrabshack.com

Lucky Mi

at Seminole Casino Hotel

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

Marker 92 Waterfront 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, The Gulf of Mexico and Tarpon Point Marina. Happy Hour Daily from 4– 7. 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 11 Florida locations including Tin City Naples, Bonita Springs, Tarpon Point Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beacah and Gulf Coast Town Center. 2360 West First St., Fort Myers 239-745-7049 www.pinchersusa.com

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Capt’n Fishbones at The Shell Factory Capt'n Fishbones at The Shell Factory has moderately priced lunches, dinners and a full selection of cocktails. We serve Florida favorites like: shrimp, crab cakes, fish fries, burgers and sandwiches. Enjoy the great tropical weather at Dogbones Café or the Swamp Bar and Patio where even the four legged "children" are welcome. Thursday- Monday live entertainment creates a fun festive atmosphere. Large group rates are available for lunches, dinners and meetings. Plan your next special event at one of our venues,

The Rhythm House

The Rhythm House is more than just the best place to catch live local entertainment. Our Menu is designed to fit the tastes of all patrons by offering amazing culinary delights. We utilize local fresh seafood, and cut our steaks. For those who enjoy the simpler side of dining, our 1/2 pound burgers are a crowd favorite. Our Kitchen Crew brings their decades of experience to the table, and serving you a wonderful meal is their passion. Stop in and check us out, for a quick lunch or for a special night out, Rhythm House is ready for you. 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 239-466-8326 www.rhythmhousedinnerclub.com

Tiki Hut Bar & Grill

at Dolphin Key Resort

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

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Weddings, Receptions, Retirement Parties, Corporate Gatherings and Children's Birthday Parties, you name it, we are your perfect culinary choice. 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.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 for Monday through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Join us for brunch in our courtyard garden. The Twisted Vine Bistro has expanded with the opening of The Barrel Room featuring live music and a late menu. 2214 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-226-1687 www.twistedvinebistro.com

The Veranda

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

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Sunday -1 Holiday Nights Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers Final night of Holiday Nights. Lee County discount night: $5 off ticket. 5:30-9 p.m. 239-334-7419 Jazz Brunch-Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 239-333-2225 Brylcream Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Michael Banks The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Monday -2 Live Music in the Village

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Jim Daniels, noon-3 p.m. and George Voss, 4-6 p.m. 941-575-3007 Fort Myers Film Festival Presents TGIM Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers 6:30 - 10 p.m. 239-333-1933 Hall of Fame 50s, 60s, Motown The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 A Tribute to Benny Goodman Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $12 per person and $11 for members. $13 day of show 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Tuesday -3 Cinderella

Through Jan. 8 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 239-481-4849 Princess and Pearl The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 The House of Blue Leaves Through Jan. 25 Florida Repertory Theatre 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488 Sinatra and Martin tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Phantom Through Feb. 11 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Pianist Richard Dowling Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road 8 p.m. $20, $25 and $30 239-495-8989

Wednesday -4 Exhibit: Sanibel Captiva Art League – Sight Unseen Through Feb. 4 BIG ARTS - Phillips Gallery 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island Artist Reception: Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m. 239-395-0900

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All That Jazz Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Brian Markley Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Art Alive - Naples Art District Off Pine Ridge Road, Naples The evening consists of 40+ professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. 5 - 8 p.m. 239-596-5099 www.NaplesArtDistrict.com Exhibit: Jay Lana – reken ‘strekt Through Feb. 4 BIG ARTS - Founders Gallery 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island Artist Reception: Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Celine Dion, Connie Francis, Patsy Cline, Dean Martin tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst near Good ‘Ole Days and Singer Chris G, Center Court, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 941-575-3007

Songwriters at Sunset Concert Lovers Key State Park - Gazebo 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach Alan Bradford, Dave Clayton and Bill Veach. 3:45 p.m. to sunset. 239- 463-4588 The Del Prados Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral BYOB. $12. 6:30 p.m. 239-574-0807 You Ju Lee, Classical Pianist Shell Point Retirement Community - The Woodlands 15101 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers Chamber-style Concerts & Conversations performance. $26. 7 p.m. 239-454-2067

Friday -6 Florida Rep Reads Aloud Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Noon. 239-479-4636

ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., For Myers Opening reception for an exhibit featuring art of Martha Dodd, Cynthia Egan and others. 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 239-337-5050 Mothers and Sons Through Jan. 21 The Laboratory Theater of Florida Kiwanis Hall, 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers 239-218-0481

Thursday -5 Live Music in the Village and Muttini Mingle

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

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush noon-3 p.m. near Good ‘Ole Days, Salty Paws Muttini Mingle 5:30-8 p.m., center court with live music by Dr. Shoo-bop! 941-575-3007

Palettes: Past Present & Pursuits: Leoma Lovegrove Retrospective Exhibit Through Jan. 24 Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers Opening 6 - 10 p.m. 239-333-1933

Grimaud Plays Brahms Thursday and Friday Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

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

Mike Imbasciani The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Friday Night Concert Series - Electric Lipstick Miromar Outlets, Estero 6 to 9 p.m. 239-948-3766

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

South 41 The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Mickey Gilley Live in Concert Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Tickets range in price from $49 to $59. 7 p.m.941-6254175 x221

Show of Stars Tribute Show Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $17 for members and $19 for non-members. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221

Ingroov Big Band Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 2 - 4 p.m. 941-625-4175

Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6 - 10 p.m. www.fortmyersartwalk.com

Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Scotty Bryan Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

Home and Remodeling Show Harborside Events Center, 1375 Monroe Street 6 through Sunday, 8 772-486-4969 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Art Council reception Co-Op Art Gallery at Coconut Point 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Estero 4 - 6 p.m., 239-949-3073

Changing States: Krieger, Riner & Weber Exhibit Through Jan. 28 Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Opening reception Jan. 6 from 5-7 p.m. Walk & Tal: Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. 239-939-2787

Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Everly Brothers tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

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

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Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m.. 941-575-3007 Beatles, Roy Orbison tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner seating begins at 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Charlotte Players present Weekend Comedy Through Jan. 15 Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte 941-255-1022

Saturday -7 Kiwanis Medieval Faire

Saturday and Sunday Lakes Regional Park 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. www.medieval-faire.com ACMA concert - Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Millie Vanhorn opens. 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org AAA Travel Show Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Six Mile Cypress, Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-939-6500 Eric Paslay The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-985-9839 Albert Castiglia The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Saturday Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.fortmyersartwalk.com Deb & The Dynamics The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 GreenMarket Every Saturday 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. 239-939-2787 ABBA-Salutely 70s Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $18 for members or $20 for non-members. $22 day of show, 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 13th Annual ROC Day Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral In the Middle Ages, ROC Day, also known as Distaff Day, was a folk holiday marking the end of Christmas festivities when women were to resume their important work at the spinning wheel. No admission fee. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 239-479-4636 Gulfshore Playhouse - Do This Through Jan. 29 The Norris Center, 755 8th Street, Naples 239-261-7529 Estero Fine Art Show Saturday and Sunday Miromar Design Center, Estero 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 239-948-3766 Art in the Park 585 Park Street, Naples 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.NaplesArt.org 239-262-6517

Improv Tonight! Center for Performing Arts – Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Every show is different with special guests always popping in from nationally touring Improv groups. Join us the first Saturday of every month for some of South West Florida’s best Improvisational comedy. Bonita City Improv performs musical improv, games and scenes that include suggestions provided by the audience. $15. 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Bruce and Tiki D, 5-9 p.m. 941-575-3007 Naples Art Association Naples New Year’s Art Fair Saturday and Sunday 5th Avenue South, Naples 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 239-262-6517 The Sunset Celebration - Rock Solid Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Journey, Bon Jovi tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Seminole Chief at Smallwood Dinner Oyster House Restaurant, Everglades City Join us for a Gala Dinner with Chief James E. Billie. There will be delicious food, live music, and a movie entitled "The Life of James E. Billie." Tickets $50 with a cash bar. 6 p.m. 239-695-2989 Forbidden Broadway Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Michael Bolton Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass Shell Point Retirement Community The Village Church, 15101 Shell Point Blvd, Ft Myers $10. 6:15 p.m. 239-454-2147 Minnesota Orchestra Artis-Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900

Monday -9 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Four Leaf Strummers 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jim Daniels noon-3 p.m., George Voss, 4-6 p.m., 941-575-3007 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Sarasota Jazz Project Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $20, 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Motown with Gregg Miller The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

Tuesday - 10 Florida Repertory Theatre reads The House of Blue Leaves South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 2 p.m. 239-479-4636

Broadway Divas Through Saturday Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239-597-1900

Harbour View Gallery reception Harbour View Gallery, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral Artists Mimi Stirn and Kathryn Bickford, 6 - 8 p.m. 239-540-5789 Princess and Pearl The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Schumann and Schumann Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 Curtis on Tour: Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and Select Violin Concertos Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers 8 - 5 p.m. 239-333-1933 The Gold Tones - Doo Wop Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $13 for members, $15 for non-members in advance or $15 day of the show. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221). Jimmy Mazz Variety Show & Brylcream The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Creations at the Village Artist Demo Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and live music with Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Songs of the Questioner St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3751 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach Mastersingers Chamber Chorus and The City of Palms Youth Choir perform, 7 p.m. www.mastersingersfm.com

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

Sunday -8 Island Jazz

BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 Jazz Brunch-Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 239-333-2225 Naples Dixieland Jazz Band Society Cambier Park, 755 8th Street, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-263-1113 Michael Banks The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Top Shelf Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Bluegrass - Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors open at 1:30 p.m. $15. 239-939-2787 Meet the Composer Maurice Ravel: The Exotic One Center for Performing Arts – Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Tickets $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members) 3 5 p.m. 239-495-8989 Rumours Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte A Fleetwood Mac Tribute show. Tickets range $29 to $45. 7:30 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221

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Wednesday - 11 Riverdance Through Jan. 15 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 239-481-4849 Brian Markley Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

Opera Naples Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series Wang Opera Center, Naples The concert series with The Romantic Piano Trio at 8 p.m. 239-963-9050. Everything Everly Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte The Guthrie Brothers will sing the best of the Everly Brothers. $17 to $29. 941-625-4175 x221 The Naples Players - Bell, Book, and Candle Through Feb. 5 Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 239-263-7990 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Lend Me A Tenor Through Feb. 10 BIG ARTS Strauss Theater 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 239-472-6862 Beach Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Wednesday Morning Live: Life in the Theatre - Scott Saxon Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 9:30 a.m. www.covpcfm.com

Thursday - 12 26th Annual Cape Coral St. Andrew Festival Through Sunday St. Andrew Catholic Parish/School 2628 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral 239-772-3922 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Michael Banks The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Evening on 5th Fifth Avenue South, Naples Evening on 5th will feature an array of live musical performances throughout the sidewalk areas. Free. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 239-692-8436 www.FifthAvenueSouth.com Simon & Garfunkel Tribute Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte $17 to $29. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221

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

Light & Shadow exhibit opening Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda 5 p.m. 941-639-8810 American Portraits featuring The Dallas Brass and Daniel Rodriguez Shell Point Retirement Community The Village Church, 15101 Shell Point Blvd, Ft Myers Founded in Dallas in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass brings its unique blend of traditional brass instrumentals and percussion to the Shell Point stage for this dynamic performance. $36. 7:30 p.m. 239-454-2067 Kat Orlando The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Tina Turner and Blues Brothers tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner seating begins at 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Paul Roush, noon - 3 p.m. near Good ‘Ole Days. 941-575-3007 Southwest Florida Symphony BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island The Seasons, featuring the music of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s The Seasons of Buenes Aires with violin virtuoso Timothy Chooi. 7:30 p.m. 239-418-1500 10th Annual Art Show Through Jan. 26 Martin Art Gallery, 207 E Magnolia St., Arcadia Reception 5:30 -7 p.m. 863-494-2100 You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Jan. 12 - 15 and Jan. 19 - 22 Firehouse Community Theatre, 241 N. Bridge St. LaBelle, 863-675-3066 TheatreZone: George M Through Jan. 22 G & L Theatre, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 888-966-3352

Friday - 13 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide

Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Mystery Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Shaw Davis Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Riverside Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Joe Marino The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. near Good ‘Ole and George Voss Duo, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941575-3007 Southwest Florida Symphony SW Florida Performing Arts Center, Bonita 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island The Seasons, featuring the music of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s The Seasons of Buenes Aires with violin virtuoso Timothy Chooi. 7:30 p.m. 239-418-1500 The Porch Through Jan. 22 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral 239-772-5862 Legends in Time with Frankie and Donna Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $17. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Argentine Tango Show Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs $45 Premium Seats | $37 Center Seats | $32 Side Seats. 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Friday Night Concert Series - Neon Summer Miromar Outlets, Estero 6 to 9 p.m. 239-948-3766 Wood Art Expo & Competition Friday and Saturday Charlotte Harbour Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $7 admission 941-235-8054

Art After Dark Crayton Cove, Naples The Galleries of Crayton Cove feature live music and art by over 30 artists and artisans represented by Phil Fisher Gallery, Nora Butler Design & Gallery, Earth & Fire, Vintage Charm, Random Acts of Art and Guess-Fisher Gallery. The galleries are located where 8th St. S. and 12th Ave. S. meet at the flagpole by the bay. 6-9 p.m. www.GalleriesOfCraytonCove.com The Marvin Gaye Experience Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Double Standard Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Bluegrass show Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Admission $10 or $5 with a SW Florida Bluegrass Association membership. There will also be a Bluegrass Slo-jam session beginning at 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. 941-625-4175 ext. 221. 32nd Annual Cape Coral Festival of the Arts Saturday and Sunday Cape Coral Parkway in downtown Cape Coral between Del Prado and Vincennes 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.capecoralfestival.com National Anthem Auditions Miromar Outlets, Estero Compete to sing The National Anthem at a 2017 Minnesota Twins Spring Training game. 1 to 3 p.m. near Bloomingdale’s Outlet Store. 239-948-3766 Taps & Tunes Craft Beer & Music Festival Centennial Park, 2150 Edwards Dr., Fort Myers Music by Johnnyswim, The Blu-Tones and For a Season, 2-8 p.m. 239-333-1933

Saturday - 14 The Official Blues Brothers Revue

Bonita Springs National Art Festival Saturday and Sunday Riverside Park, Bonita Springs Donation $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 239-495-8989

BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 8 p.m. 239-395-0900

Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto Quintet Play the Music of Harold Arlen Center for Performing Arts – Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Tickets $25 General Seating. 8 p.m. 239-495-8989

Kiwanis Medieval Faire Saturday and Sunday Lakes Regional Park 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. www.medieval-faire.com SoCo Second Saturday Event SoCo Cultural District, Fort Myers south of Colonial Boulevard, 5 p.m., arts-oriented activities. www.socoswfl.com Charlotte County Big Band Jazz Festival Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 6:30 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 The Del Prados The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Naples Masters Winter Art Festival Saturday and Sunday The Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2315 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 239-293-9448 Genesis exhibit at DAAS Co-Op DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery, 1400 Colonial Blvd., suite 84, Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-590-8645 ACMA concert - Martin Swinger All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Joyce Knake opens. 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org

ACMA - Songwriters at the Library 211000 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Bob Williams, David Hintz, Robert Bidney, 2 p.m., free 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org Bryan Lee The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 An Evening with Air Supply Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee 506 S 1st Street, Immokalee 8 p.m. 800-514-ETIX (3849). Naples Artcrafters - Fine Art & Craft Show 580 8th Street South & Cambier Park, Naples 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. www.naplesartcrafters.com Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, 5-9 p.m. 941-575-3007 The Sunset Celebration - Railhead Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 The Eagles tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Rotary Club presents The Screaming Orphans Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 6 p.m., $25 advance, $35 gate 239-939-2787

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Sunday - 15 Ensemble Schumann

BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 3:30 p.m. 239-395-0900

Engelbert Humperdinck Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

Naples Concert Band Cambier Bandshell, 755 8th Ave S., Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-597-3240

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 941-575-3007

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

Princess and Pearl The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Brylcream Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

Dinner with Artists Naples Art Association, 585 Park St., Naples Presented by the Naples Art Association. $125 per person. www.NaplesArt.org 239-262-6517

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900

Shear Madness Through March 12 Florida Repertory Theatre, ArtStage Studio Theatre 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488

Schumann and Schumann Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 Charlotte County Concert Band-Clarinet Candy Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte $12 per person, $11 for members. Day of show $13 www.theculturalcenter.com 3 p.m. 941-625-4175 Phil Dirt & the Dozers Charlotte Performing Arts Center 701 Carmalita Street,Punta Gorda 4 - 6 p.m. $20. 941-204-0033

Wednesday - 18 Ukrainian National Orchestra 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, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Ingroov Big Band Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 2 - 4 p.m. 941- 625-4175 Rat Pack tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Michael Banks The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Scotty Bryan Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Cahlua & Cream The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Alive After Five Downtown Punta Gorda , Punta Gorda 5-8 p.m. 941-505-0130 Art reception - Barb Hosack Lorne’s Gallery, Tarpon Point Marina, Cape Coral 5 - 8 p.m. 239-945-0866

Friday - 20 Pink Martini

Danny Albani & The Cruzzers The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

Suzanne and Jim Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 6 p.m. 239-479-4636

Jazz Brunch-Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 239-333-2225

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

Gaither Vocal Band Concert McGregor Baptist Church 3750 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 6 p.m. 239-936-1754

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer/Guitarist Jim Daniels, noon - 3 p.m. and George Voss, 4-6 p.m., 941-575-3007

Rossiya-Matushka: Mother Russia Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Writer and actress Janina Birtolo will perform a one-woman show on events in the life of the Russian ruler Catherine the Great. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636

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

Barry Manilow tribute & Jimmy Mazz Variety The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

Bob Seger, Billy Joel, Cher, Lady Gaga tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

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

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst near Good ‘Ole Days and Singer Chris G at Center Court, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 941-575-3007

Monday - 16 Live Music in the Village

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade/Celebration Fifth Avenue South, Naples Naples’ annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 19 and will follow the traditional parade route beginning at Broad Avenue South and Third Street South before making its way to Fifth Avenue South. The parade will end with a celebration at Cambier Park on Eighth Street South from 1 - 4 p.m. 239-692-8436

Tuesday - 17 Bee Gees tribute

The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Through Jan. 22 Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239-597-1900

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Thursday - 19 Chris MacDonald Memories of Elvis Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 The Savannah Sipping Society Through March 4 Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-278-4422

Music at the Moe – ‘Chill Out’ Moe Auditorium, Center Performing Arts Bonita Springs,10150 Bonita Beach Road,Bonita Springs $25 per person. (vocals, flute, piano, bass, drums – 5 artists) 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989

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

The Rusty Wright Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 The Marlinaires The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Jukebox Prophets Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 National Storyteller-Geraldine Buckley Dr. Joel Ying, MD, 2335 Tamiami trail N., Suite 206, Naples.. Experience the unique British charm of this storyteller who has been called a bit Auntie Mame - a bit Bette Davis. $15. 7-8:30 p.m. 239-267-6480 An Evening in Monte Carlo by Renata Scotto The Ritz-Carlton, Naples The Friends of Opera Naples are proud to announce their annual benefit gala, 6 p.m. 239-963-9050 Jamey Johnson The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-985-9839

Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6-10 pm. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Artrageous BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst 11 a.m.-2 p.m. near Good ‘Ole and Paul Roush, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Neil Diamond tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Art & Poetry Networking Event Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 8-10 p.m. 239-333-1933 Sock Hop featuring Tony Blake Lake Kennedy Center 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral 7 p.m. $10 per member and $15 per non-member 239-574-0575 Kids Tag Art Showcase Hotel Indigo, 1520 Broadway, Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. 239-337-3446 Peter Max Exhibit The Mercato 9115 Strata Place # 5155, Naples Peter Max will make three appearances at the gallery and all appearances are complimentary and open to the public with RSVP’s required. Previews Jan. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Meet the Artist receptions: Jan. 27 from 6-9 p.m., Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m. and an. 29 from 1-4 p.m. 844-810-9100 Charlotte Players present Not Now, Darling Through Jan. 28 Cultural Center Theatre, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte 941-625-4175 x 220 Off The Walls! Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs Fun, fantastic fundraising event where everyone goes home a winner. Your ticket includes delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and everyone goes home with a wonderful piece of art. $150 per person. 6 p.m. 239-495-8989 Sanibel Community Association Art Festival Saturday and Sunday Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwnkle Way, Sanibel 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-293-9448 Friday Night Concert Series - The Ex-Bachelors Miromar Outlets, Estero 6 to 9 p.m. 239-948-3766 American Playwrights Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 10 a.m. 239-597-1900

Saturday - 21 Celebration in the Sky

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, 506 South 1st Street in Immokalee “Celebration in the Sky” is a family-friendly fireworks show. All ages welcome, free admission. Food & beverages available for purchase. 9 p.m. 800-218-0007 ACMA concert - Brother Sun All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Eileen Kozloff opens. 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org

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Annual Wildlife & Wildlands Art Show Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 239-597-6196

Stabilized, Not Controlled Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 8 p.m. $22. 239-495-8989

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 941-575-3007

Annual Young Artists Awards auditions Jan. 21 - 22 and Jan. 28 - 29 Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers 239-574-9321

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

Del Prados, Jersey Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

Art Alive-Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours Off Pine Ridge Road, Naples The evening consists of 40+ professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. This tour will feature Parkinson's awareness events. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.NaplesArtDistrict.com Alter Ego The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin Altar Boys The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Rocker Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Woodcarvers Show Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 941-764-6452. 94.5 The Arrow presents Bacon Jam Centennial Park, Fort Myers Music by Mike Imbasciani and his Bluez Rockerz, ZZ's Best and Bite the Bullet. Food vendors, 11:30 a.m. - sunset, $5 admission, 12 and under free www.swfljams.com Del Prados The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N. Tamiami Trail (US 41), North Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-995-3999 Fleetwood Mac tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Ghostbird Theatre’s 24 Hour Festival Saturday & Sunday Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Visual artists, filmmakers, theatre artists, dancers, musicians, and poets race against a 24-hour clock to create unique works based on prompts given by Barry Cavin. 6 p.m. 239-333-1933 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Paul Roush, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Theatre Conspiracy: 33 Variations Through Feb. 4 Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-939-2787 Art Fest Naples Saturday and Sunday Fleischmann Park, 600 Fleischmann Blvd.,Naples. 239-634-2337

Sunday - 22 Gulf Coast Symphony

Sinatra: The Ultimate Tribute Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 Michael Banks The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Gladys Knight Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

Wednesday - 25 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 941-575-3007

Top Shelf Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

StorySlam 2017 - An Evening of Storytelling Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers $10 members. $15 non-members. 7-9 p.m. 239-939-2787

Gulf Coast Big Band Concert Cambier Bandshell 755 8th Ave S., Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-877-6090

Cruise the 50s with Jimmy Mazz Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte Tickets are $15. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221

Jazz Brunch-Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 239-333-2225

Sinatra and Martin tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

Doobie Brothers America, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

Monday - 23 Live Music in the Village

Brian Markley Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Art After Hours Bakers Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. 239-597-1900

The Palm Readers present Lunch with Hemingway’s Friends Cypress Lake Country Club, Fort Myers Betty Jean Steinshouer, 11: 30 a.m., $35 - $45, reservations required. www.fortmyersfriends.org Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Thursday - 26 The Naughton Sisters BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Neon Summer Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Rock Legends Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 International Film Festival Through Jan. 29 Center for the Arts Bonita Springs 239-495-8989 www.artcenterbonita.org Manhattan Connection The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Remembering Nora Ephron with Rusty Brown Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Ft Myers Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Four Leaf Strummers, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Singer/Guitarist Jim Daniels, noon-3 p.m. and George Voss 4-6 pm., Center Court. 941-575-3007 The Beach Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Kenny Rogers Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 An Evening of Number Ones with Kenny Evans Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Advanced tickets $15 members, $17 for non-members. $17 day of show. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Music Makers’ Show Band Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Avenue S, Naples 7 - 9 p.m. 239-348-3675 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Tuesday - 24 The Book of Mormon

Through Jan. 29 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 239-481-4849

Southwest Florida Symphony: Masterworks II Cellobration Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 8 p.m. 239-481-4849

Music Foundation of SW Florida Annual Benefit Dinner The Helm Club at the Landings Yacht, Golf and Tennis Club, Fort Myers 5 - 8 p.m., $50, www.music-foundation.org

Billy Joel and Beatles tribute Shalom Life Center, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers Lawrence Dermer and band, tribute concert and dessert reception, $15, $20 and $36, 7:30 p.m. 239-218-3433

Princess and Pearl The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

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Thursday - 26 continued

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 .p.m.. and Dixieland Jazz Music by Leslie DaCosta, noon – 3 p.m. near Good ‘Ole Days. 941-575-3007

International Irish Show - Ronan Tynan The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7 p.m. $125, 239-405-8566

Gerstein Plays Tchaikovsky The Muse in Ballet Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Bruce and Tiki D, 5-9 p.m., 941-575-3007

Michael Banks The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers

Wayward Souls Friday & Saturday The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Matthew Shlian Telemetry exhibit Through March 2 FGCU Main Gallery, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Fort Myers Artist talk and reception, 6 p.m. 239-590-7199

TheatreZone: Marvin & Me G & L Theatre, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples Valerie Lemon sings the music of Marvin Hamlisch 8 p.m., 888-966-3352

Friday - 27 The Charlotte County Fair

Through Feb. 5 Charlotte County Fair Grounds, 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte Fair rides, food, music, livestock and agricultural displays, Live Shark Encounter Show and contests! Take a walk through the corral of animals from horses to llamas and be sure to stop by the petting zoo too. 941-629-4252 Studebaker John & the Hawks The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 ACMA concert - Dave Collins, TerryLynn Melody, Annie Wenz All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Bill Steel opens. 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 South Hounds Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Veronica Swift with the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Jazz Quintet Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 8 - 10 p.m. 239-333-1933 Carla Del Villaggio As Barbra Streisand Through Sunday Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral 239-772-5862 Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, Estero Enjoy the sounds of the Silver Sneakers Band, Southwest Florida's new favorite cover band, playing the good oldies with a twist of modern. 6 to 9 p.m.239-948-3766 ABBA tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner seating begins at 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

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Saturday - 28 ClamJam of Southwest Florida

Seafood & Music Festival 2101 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral Jan. 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Jan. 29, 10-5 p.m. www.ClamJamSWFL.com Hester Prynn Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Mark Telesca Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Gallery Arts & Craft Fair Island Conclave Fine Art Gallery, 5101 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia SW Florida crafters and demos by gallery artists can be expected. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 239-282-8488 Gerstein Plays Tchaikovsky Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 6th Annual Art, Craft & Music Festival DeSoto Avenue, Barron Park in LaBelle Barron Park is located along the Caloosahatchee River on DeSoto Avenue in historic LaBelle 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 239-850-2907 Chalk Art 2017 on 5th - street painting 5th Avenue South, Naples Join in the fun on Saturday, January 28 when professional and student artists take over 5th with fabulous chalk art drawings! Enjoy live music, food, fun, and shopping on 5th. Free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.fifthavenuesouth.com Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m., 941-575-3007 The Sunset Celebration - Cross Eyed Chicks Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Where There is Love, There is Music benefits Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida The Landings Yacht Club, 5200 Landings Drive Fort Myers Music by baritone Ed Pember, emcee Robert Van Winkle, 6 - 10 p.m..www.symphonicchorale.com Music of the 40s, 50s and 60s Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral Dave Kilbride. 1 p.m. 239-479-4636

Bluegrass Jamboree with BBQ 544 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral Capt. Joe and the Bottom Feeders, Swinging Bridge, and Bluegrass Gals. $15 advance, $20 day of event. VIP tickets $50 advance, $60 day of event. This is an outside venue so bring chairs. Advance tickets at museum. Noon to 5 p.m. 239-772-7037. Adam Trent - The Futurist BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Uptown Express The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Country Jam Music Festival Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave., Naples Featuring Easton Corbin, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, and more! 2 p.m. 239-455-1444 Car Cruise-In Downtown Fort Myers 4-8 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com 7th annual Art Fair Saturday and Sunday Cape Coral Art League 516 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-772-5657 Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival Centennial Park, Fort Myers Albannach, Rathkeltair, The Screaming Orphans, Marcille Wallis & friends, Kellyn Celtic Dancers and West of Galway, $12, kids 12 and under free 11 a.m. 239-321-7530

Sunday - 29 Cotik-Lin Duo

BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island 3:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Jazz Brunch-Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 239-333-2225 Michael Banks The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

The Estero Concert Series Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero Featuring chamber music composed by Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms at 4 p.m. $42 per person; this price includes entrance to the park. 239-596-8404 The Rave-Ons Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-278-4422

Monday - 30 Spend the Night with Billy Crystal Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 American Made Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte High energy classic rock and roll. Tickets range in price from $18 to $29. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221). Jodie DeSalvo Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 30 through Tuesday, 31 239-597-1900 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer/Guitarist Jim Daniels, noon-3 p.m.near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and George Voss, 4-6 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Motown by Gregg Miller & Jimmy Mazz Variety Show The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner seating begins at 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Tuesday - 31 Learn with the Gulf Coast Symphony

Gumbo Fest The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N. Tamiami Trail (US 41), North Fort Myers Live jazz entertainment, festive food and fun! Free admission! 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 239-995-2141

East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Take a first step in learning about symphonic music. Sessions are led by Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz or other Gulf Coast Symphony staff and musicians, using musical examples from this season’s concerts. Registration is requested. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636

Claudio B. & Company Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Claudio Baltierra. 4 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221

Princess and Pearl The Rhythm House 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Brylcream Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454

Tina Turner and Blues Brothers tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner seating begins at 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

108 Years of Broadway Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Dick Hyman Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 Music Makers’ Show Band Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Avenue S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-348-3675 SWFL Big Band Miromar Outlets, Estero Enjoy listening to music from the Big Band era performed by Southwest Florida Big Band. 3 to 5 p.m. near the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

Doo Wop Project Artis-Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Strictly 60s with special guest comedian John Carfi Cultural Center Theater of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Tickets are $15 for Cultural Center Members and $17 for non-members. Tickets are $17 for all buyers on the day of the show. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 941-575-3007

Temptations, Four Tops tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs Dinner seating begins at 5:45 p.m. Show 7:15 p.m. 239-405-8566

HAPPENINGS Arts & Entertainment MAGAZINE


January 2017 Happenings Magazine  

The monthly arts and entertainment guide for Southwest Florida.

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