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Publisher’s Spotlight New year, new look
You probably noticed that your copy of Happenings Magazine looks and feels a little different this month. After 22 years, we have changed from a tabloid format to a magazine size and changed our design a little bit inside. This new size will make it easier for you, our readers, to carry us around, as well as help us continue to grow our readership by adding locations where you can pick us up each month. We already have 530 locations, but we need more. This transition was not an easy one, to say the least, and doing it over the holidays didn’t help matters. We have been contemplating the size change for quite some time, and we were even encouraged to do so by some of our readers and our partners. Well, we have a new look, and we hope you like it.
The new year brings with it a wide variety of choices at our theatrical venues throughout Southwest Florida. Here is just a sample of what you can see on stage in January: Noises Off can be seen at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater on Sanibel Jan. 12 through Feb. 17. Florida Rep’s Cole Porter revue called Night and Day runs now through Feb. 25 in downtown Fort Myers. Chicago the musical hits the Broadway Palm stage Dec. 30 through Feb. 10. In LaBelle, Firehouse Theatre presents Continental Divide Jan. 18 - 21 and Jan. 25 - 28. In the Off Broadway Palm Theatre, The Hallelujah Girls plays Jan. 11 through Feb. 24. How the Other Half Loves will be performed at the Florida Repertory Theatre Jan. 9 - 31. The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents Crimes of the Heart Jan. 5 21 in Fort Myers. In Cape Coral, The Pajama Game plays Jan. 12 - 21 at Cultural Park Theater. (This musical holds a special 4 - January 2018
place in my heart as it was my first exposure to theatre when I helped my father do lighting design for our community’s production in the 1970s). The Naples Players present Charles Ives Take Me Home Jan. 17 through Feb.11 at the Sugden Theatre. Gulfshore Playhouse continues its season with The Price on stage at The Norris Center in Naples Jan. 13 through Feb. 4. After delays by Hurricane Irma, TheatreZone launches its 13th season in Naples with Me and My Girl Jan. 11 - 21. Theatre Conspiracy brings us Your Love, Our Musical Jan. 11 - 14 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. The Charlotte Players have two show offerings in January. Breaking Legs will be presented Jan. 5 - 14 at The Langdon Playhouse. Noises Off will be on stage Jan. 19 - 27 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County.
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As our weather cools off, the outdoor art festival season gets into high gear. The Estero Fine Art Show takes place Jan. 6 and 7 at Gulf Coast Town Center. The Naples New Year’s Art Show runs Jan. 6 & 7 on 5th Avenue South (this includes the NAA’s monthly Art in the Park). The Cape Coral Arts and Music Festival will be Jan. 13 and 14. The Sanibel Community House Art Festival takes place Jan. 19 and 20. Naples Artcrafters will hold their monthly show Jan. 13 at Cambier Park. The Art Festival at Mercato will be Jan. 27 and 28 in Naples. As for large indoor art festivals and events, the annual Wood Art Expo & Competition is Jan. 12 and 13 at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center in Punta Gorda. Additionally, the Cape Coral Art League will hold its 8th annual Art Fair Jan. 27 - 28. Rock on,
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TheatreZone begins lucky 13th season in Naples
TheatreZone enters its lucky season 13 with the 1930s musical Me and My Girl, a love story filled with ballads and tap dancing. The show runs Jan. 11 through Jan. 21 at the G & L Theatre in Naples. “It’s a fun way to kick off season,” says TheatreZone founding artistic director Mark Danni, a veteran of Broadway, Off Broadway and national tours. Me and My Girl won three of 11 Tony Award nominations when it ran on Broadway in 1986. The show also won five Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Book and Outstanding Music. It is known for songs including "Leaning on a Lamp Post" and "The Lambeth Walk." In the plot, the late Viscount Hareford had a youthful, unfortunate marriage – and, kept discreetly out of sight, was a son and heir, Bill Snibson. The Hareford Hall family are despondent when the family solicitor finds the legitimate heir in the less than desirable Lambeth area of London. When Bill is brought to Hampshire, he is forced to decide if he should fit in with high society and lose his Cockney roots and his girlfriend. Other main stage shows in TheatreZone’s season include The Secret Garden playing Feb. 8 – 18, Barry Manilow’s Tropacabana March 8 – 18 and Baby April 26 through May 6. This enchanting classic of children's literature is re-imagined in brilliant musical style in The Secret Garden. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son, Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and 6 - January 2018
spirits from Mary's past, who guide her through her new life. With sensational originality and splashy production numbers, Barry Manilow's Copacabana will leave you breathless. Tony is a bartender who falls in love with Lola and helps her become a Copa girl. Lola also attracts the amorous attentions of Rico, who goes too far, abducting Lola and taking her to his rival nightclub in Havana. Tony and the whole Copacabana crew set off to rescue Lola! Danni says, “We presented this show in our fourth season, and it was very well received because of its high energy and costumes. We’re bringing it back so more people can see it. And, how can you go wrong with Barry Manilow?” Is there anything more exciting, frightening and utterly transformational than impending parenthood? In the musical Baby, three couples at various stages of life deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and upcoming parenthood. Danni says, “This was one of the first shows we did, in year two, when we offered only four performances. It’s a funny and touching story with a fantastic musical score,” says Danni. TheatreZone hires professional actors from across the country to perform. Almost 200 auditioned for this year’s shows, which include The Secret Garden and Baby. Tickets for Me and My Girl range from $50 to $75 and may be purchased at www.theatrezone-florida.com or by calling the box office at 239-424-9500. TheatreZone performs in the G&L Theatre on the Community School of Naples campus, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples.
Noises Off on Sanibel BIG ARTS
BIG ARTS continues its theatre season in 2018 with Noises Off Jan. 12 through Feb. 17 at the Strauss Theater on Sanibel. Called “the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Noises Off has become a staple of both professional theatre companies and community theatres on both sides of the Atlantic. Noises Off appeared on Broadway in November 2001 starring Patti LuPone, Peter Gallagher, Faith Prince, T. R. Knight, and Katie Finneran. The production was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk Award as Best Revival of a Play, and Finneran was named Best Featured Actress by both groups. BIG ARTS theatre season also includes Dames at Sea March 8 through April 7 and Grounded April 11 - 21. Dames at Sea tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show on a naval battleship. From the award-winning playwright of Elephant’s Graveyard, George Brant, comes the story of an ace fighter pilot whose career in the sky is ended early due to an unexpected pregnancy (in Grounded). Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away. A compelling and moving one woman show. For tickets and more info, visit online at www.bigarts.org or call 239-395-0900. Happenings Magazine
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FLORIDA REPERTORY THEATRE
Night and Day A glamorous revue of Cole Porter music
Florida Repertory Theatre's 20th anniversary season continues with the world premiere of Night and Day: Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter playing in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. Running now through Feb. 25, Night and Day features 40 of the most beloved songs of our time such as "It’s De-Lovely," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Let’s Fall in Love," "In the Still of the Night" and so many more. Priced at $55 for regular performances and $35 for previews, tickets are available at www.FloridaRep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488. Seating is limited in the intimate 110-seat venue. Conceived and directed by Florida Rep founder and producing artistic Director Robert Cacioppo, Night and Day is a thrilling and glamorous revue that follows a linear story of love lost and love found told only with Cole Porter's masterful lyrics and iconic music. Made famous on film, Broadway, and a recording career that spanned decades, Porter's are some of the most-sung songs of the 20th century, and you’ll fall in love with them all over again. From thrilling to heartbreaking, audiences will follow two couples on a beautiful and thrilling journey to find love, lose love, and find it all over again. "We are delighted to revive our tradition to salute a great American composer in a brandnew musical salute," said producing artistic director Robert Cacioppo. "No one wrote lyrics like Cole Porter, and in Night and Day we'll use his songs to tell a touching, humorous, and thrilling love story. Plus, we've put together a cast of top-notch musical theatre performers out of New York City, and we'll be writing, arranging, and choreographing this play to feature their talents. This will be the hottest ticket in town." Night and Day features an all8 - January 2018
Travis Kent and Jennifer Lorae in Florida Repertory Theatreʼs production of Night and Day.
Dan Fenaughty and Larissa Klinger in Florida Rep's Night and Day. Photos by Joe Dafeldecker
star cast of top musical theatre talent, all making their Florida Rep debuts: Dan Fenaughty, Travis Kent, Larissa Klinger, and Jennifer Lorae. Fenaughty was last seen in Riverside Theatre’s Mame and the national tour of The 39 Steps, and Kent recently appeared in Seth Rudetsky's Disaster! Klinger comes to Fort Myers after a recent world tour entertaining our troops with the USO Show Troupe and the national tour of The 39 Steps, while Lorae joins the cast after recent runs Off Broadway and in major regional theatres across the country. Director Cacioppo (Too Marvelous for Words, Fascinatin’ Gershwin) leads an expert creative team, including musical director and arranger Victoria Casella (Fascinatin’ Gershwin), ensemble member, choreographer and co-creator Arthur D’Alessio (Too Marvelous for Words), set designer Jordan Moore (At Wit's End), costume designer Charlene Gross (Outside Mullingar), sound designer John Kiselica (Disgraced) and ensemble manager Amy Massari (Sylvia). New for the 2017-2018 season, weeknight performances (TuesdayThursday) begin at 7 p.m. Weekend evening performances remain at 8 p.m. and matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are still set for the popular 2 p.m. curtain time. Priced at $55 and $35 for previews, single tickets are now on sale through the box office at 239332-4488 and online at www.floridarep.org. Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 season offer the best seats and the biggest savings, and packages start as low as $150 for six plays. Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River District. Visit Florida Rep online at www.FloridaRep.org, and by following the company on social media. Happenings Magazine
THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA PRESENTS
CULTURAL PARK THEATRE COMPANY The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation’s
Crimes of the Heart By Beth Henley
Jan. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 & 21 at 2 p.m. www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com
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Book by George Abbott & Richard Bissell Music & Lyrics by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross Based on the novel 71/2 cents by Richard Bissell
Directed by Robin Dawn
JANUARY 12 - 21 PERFORMANCES: Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. & Sunday at 3 p.m.
Standing O! The Concert JANUARY 26, 27 & 28
A dynamic and diverse group of 30 performers singing and dancing songs from the recently Tony nominated shows, including an exciting mix of composers ranging from Rodgers and Hammerstein, to Stephen Schwartz, to Tim Minchin. This new show celebrates both the most electrifying new hits and the ever enduring pillars of Broadway.
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at Broadway Palm Broadway Palm proudly presents the longest running American musical Chicago from Dec. 30 through Feb. 10. With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards and the Grammy for Best Musical Cast Recording. Set in 1920s Chicago and based on true murders and trials, Chicagofollows Roxie Hart, an aspiring vaudevillian who murders her lover and is arrested. In jail, Roxie meets her hero, the double-murderess and nightclub entertainer Velma Kelly. When both vixens obtain the same lawyer, tensions run high as they fight for the spotlight. This tale of fame and fortune includes incredible dancing and one show-stopping song after another including “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” “When You’re Good To Mama,” “Roxie” and more.
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Directing Chicago is M. Seth Reines, a member of the Society for Directors and Choreographers with credits that include national tours of All Shook Up, The Wedding Singer and South Pacific, to name a few. Choreographing Chicago is Southwest Florida favorite, Amy Marie McCleary. In addition to choreographing, McCleary, after a four-year absence, will be making her return to the stage in the role of Velma Kelly which she has previously portrayed. Chicago plays Dec. 30 through Feb. 10. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. Ticket prices range from $45 to $70 with discounts for children and parties of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
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THE NAPLES PLAYERS
Charles Ives Take Me Home JamieLynn Bucci, Robert Ball and Mark Vanagas in the Naples Players production of Charles Ives Take Me Home.
The Naples Players present Jessica Dickey’s poignant and eloquent ode to fathers and daughters, Charles Ives Take Me Home, with performances Jan. 17 through Feb. 11. Whether the relationship between a father and daughter is nonexistent or reminiscent of Atticus Finch and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, that relationship will prove to be one of the most profound of both of their lives. Charles Ives Take Me Home eloquently guides us through the lives of John Starr (Mark Vanagas), a talented concert violinist and his equally gifted athlete daughter Laura (JamieLynn Bucci). Throughout their lives John Starr’s love of music and his daughter Laura’s passion for basketball are at odds, but thankfully they have the spirit of modernist composer Charles Ives (Robert Ball) to play referee. “It’s impossible to experience this beautiful story without being touched in some way,” said director Jessica Walck, TNP’s associate artistic director. Walck is known for her acclaimed direction of the thought provoking and moving These Shining Lives in TNP’s 2017 season. “Having a father is something universal to all of us and yet we have so few opportunities through the arts to reflect on how truly lifechanging that relationship is for us. Whether we are rebelling against them or yearning for their admiration, they shape who we are. That is something worth exploring, and Charles Ives Take Me Home does that with exceptional fluency.” Charles Ives Take Me Home is a story told with a lightness that will have you laughing at one moment and moved in another, but it is one that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. That may be because stories about father-daughter relationships are sparse or it may be Dickey’s gift for storytelling that includes using music to tell
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a story, and in this case the music of modernist composer Charles Ives. Ive’s passion for music and ability to perceive what exists between the obvious is the perfect addition to Dickey’s storytelling. Fathers impact their daughters lives as much through words unsaid than those expressed. A lifetime filled with the complex push and pull of John and Laura’s relationship, is articulated fluidly through the cadence of the dribbling of a basketball and the sometimes soothing and other times energizing or agitating sound of the violin. Charles Ives musical compositions, though completely unique and unlike any of his time are considered some of the most important musical influences in the 20th century. Perhaps that is why Dickey included Ives music in this deeply layered play. His music was complex, sometimes confusing but in the end profoundly influential, just like the father-daughter relationship of John and Laura Starr explored in Charles Ives Take Me Home. "One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music, it was, first, because of my father, and second, because of my wife," said Ives. This heartfelt ode to father and daughters is a celebration of joy, family, art, love and what it means to be home. Charles Ives Take Me Home is a play to be experienced by all and if possible, shared with those who have had a meaningful influence on your life. Performances of Charles Ives Take Me Home are Jan. 17 – Feb. 11. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for subscribers and $10 for students and educators. Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information visit www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 263-7990.
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The Price starts new year for Gulfshore Playhouse
As its first production of the As Gregory Solomon, new year, Gulfshore Playhouse Zagnit brings Broadway credits presents Arthur Miller’s The including Newsies, Seussical, Price. The Wild Party, How the Starring Jeffrey Binder, Grinch Stole Christmas, The David Whalen, Stuart Zagnit, People in the Picture and Marilee Talkington and directed Those Were the Days. He has by Kristen Coury, Gulfshore appeared Off-Broadway in the Playhouse’s founder and prooriginal Little Shop of Horrors, ducing artistic director, The All in the Timing, Lucky Stiff, Price will run from Jan. 13 Kuni-Leml, Picon Pie, A through Feb. 4. Dybbuk and The Grand Tour. Jeffrey Binder David Whalen Marilee Talkington In The Price, Miller – the Talkington, who plays the consummate voice of the role of Esther Franz, has American experience – examappeared Off-Broadway in A ines how in order to move forward, one Nervous Smile, The Middle Ages and must make peace with the past. The play is Truce. Her recent regional credits include set in an old, memory-filled Manhattan Imaginary Comforts, Xs & Os, Lily’s brownstone attic that becomes the staging Revenge with Taylor Mac, Rapture Blister ground for conflict between past and presBurn and Salomania. ent, success and failure, and obligation and A visible figure at every Gulfshore choice when two estranged brothers, Victor Playhouse production, Coury founded the (Binder) and Walter (Whalen), return to Naples producing professional theatre in their childhood home after 30 years. 2004 after a more than 20-year career with The New York Times has called The national and international theatre compaPrice Miller’s best play. A Tony Award-winnies. Her work in New York included roles Stuart Zagnit Kristen Coury ning playwright, Miller is also known as one with the commercial theatre for Walt Disney of the leading figures in 20th-century Theatrical Productions, Broadway and American theatre, and was the creator of International productions of Beauty and the Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge. Beast, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group. She A 15-year Broadway veteran, Binder’s New York credits include also contributed to Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and the national Zazu in Disney’s The Lion King and George Banks in the hit musitour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. cal Mary Poppins, both performed at the New Amsterdam Theatre “In my dual role as founder and producing artistic director, I on 42nd Street. Television credits include Damages, Law & Order have the unique opportunity to not only collaborate with national and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Guiding Light, and All My actors and create art, but also direct each show with a lens that Children. Binder also serves as Gulfshore Playhouse’s associate reflects the distinct likes and pleasures of the audiences that come artistic director, and most recently appeared on the Gulfshore to experience a show at Gulfshore Playhouse,” said Coury. Playhouse stage as “Whether its shaking someone’s hand or asking about their recent Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles and Henry trip, family or surgery, I’m committed to being at the theatre every Higgins in My Fair Lady. night. I’m as passionate about the people as I am about the art, Appearing in more than 100 productions across the country, and I can undoubtedly say that The Price is a show anyone with Whalen’s list of credits also includes television and film work on a any type of family dynamic can relate to.” number of best-rated motion pictures, including American Pastoral, Production staff includes scenic designer Kristen Martino; sound Southpaw, The Last Witch Hunter, The Fault in Our Stars, Jack designer Jimmy Lawlor; and costume designer Jennifer Bronsted. Reacher, Insomnia, Bystander, The Last Samaritan, Black Dahlia, Gulfshore playhouse performs in The Norris Center, 755 8th My Bloody Valentine and Diagnosis: Murder. Whalen will appear in Ave. S. in Naples. Evening shows begin at 8; matinees begin at 3 the upcoming film Holmes & Watson starring Will Ferrell and John p.m. All show tickets are $30 two hours before a performance. For C. Riley. ticket info, visit www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org or call 866-811-4111.
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Lab Theater: Crimes of the Heart Danielle Channell, Lucy Sundby and Holly Wilson in Crimes of the Heart.
The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley from Jan. 5 through Jan. 21. The tragicomedy tells the story of the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The sisters were raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments. Each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as the sisters are forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with Babe's latest incident. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed. The play won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Performance dates are as follows: Jan. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m.; and Jan. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.
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Director Paul Graffy says, “In the troubling time in which we are living, it’s so refreshing to see a heartwarming story about family. This cast is bringing these characters fully to life.” “It’s a perfect storm of three lovable sisters in extraordinary circumstances that will have audiences laughing through their tears, from the revelation of that poor shrunken ovary to shooing out a gossip-mongering neighbor with a broom,” adds artistic director Annette Trossbach. Tickets are available at www.Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 239-218-0481. For additional savings, guests may ask about purchasing a Snowbird Pass. For tickets and more information for all shows and events, guests may call the theater at (239) 218-0481 or visit www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com. The Laboratory Theater of Florida is located in the Fort Myers River District, at 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers.
CULTURAL PARK THEATER
Musical comedy on Cape Coral stage
By Michael Moran The Pajama Game is the 1954 musical comedy featuring “Steam Heat,” a sexy, tightly wired number for three dancers that helped put a young Bob Fosse on the map. It springs naturally out of a show that’s sort of about labor relations “ the workers in a pajama factory need a raise” but is really about office romances, namely between new supervisor Sid Sorokin and grievance-committee head Babe Williams. Sure, it’s old-fashioned, but it’s guaranteed to paste a smile on your face and it’s got enough cheerful, seductive steam heat. Robin Dawn’s direction of this production gets it all right, and doesn’t make the mistake of trying to change the show’s vintage stripes. And the music grabs the audience from the overture till the last note is sung in the show. The whole cast suddenly erupts into infectious jubilation during “Hernando’s Hideaway,” a tango tune set in a nightclub for trysts. Someone slips a coin into the jukebox, and the number begins to swing. The cast twists and lifts as if it’s finally been unleashed. It’s a funny feeling, because the show never seems aimed in the wrong direction. Vintage musicals will continue to be fertile territory for Cultural Park Theater. They do them well and bring new fans to each one of
these classic gems, The Pajama Game, book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, is on stage Jan. 12 through 21 opening our 2018 Culliton Gunterberg Broadway Season. Our concert season takes off with a Broadway salute Jan. 26 through Jan. 28 for four performances of our new Standing O! A Modern Broadway Revue, written and directed by Tyler Young. CPTC patrons will be entertained with a Breezilypaced, uplifting performance of Broadway hits from the past 15 years. This production will feature over two dozen performances, solos, duets and big groups with select cuts from shows like, Rent, Footloose, Mamma Mia and many more including some classical Broadway hits as well. The Pajama Game plays a matinee at 3 p, on Sunday along with evenings at 8 on Friday and Saturday. Standing O the Concert plays at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral. Tickets are $21 for dults $18 for seniors, and children, students and group rates available. All concert series seating is $21 for all ages. Call the box office at 239772-5862 for reservations. Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.
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Tina Kirby, Jack Webb, Trevor Battams and Richelle Battams in Continental Divide.
The next play of the Firehouse Community Theatre’s 25th anniversary season is Continental Divide. Set in an upscale apartment in Central Park East, Manhattan, in the early 1970s, this play, written by Oliver Hailey, is a comedy that examines what can happen when two worlds collide. Cullum and Lucille live in a high rise building that is currently under siege by striking domestics. Mr. John and Mae, whose son is going to marry Cullum and Lucille’s daughter, have come from rural Arkansas for a weekend, get-to-know-the-in-laws, visit. What can possibly go wrong? Plenty! Show dates for Continental Divide are Jan. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28 are 2 p.m. matinees. Remaining season shows for Firehouse Theatre:
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Always a Bridesmaid (which plays Feb. 22 - March 4). Comedy about four friends who made a vow to be bridesmaids at each other’s weddings. Looking Back and Forward will be performed April 6 - 15. Musical director Nick Fidanza leads a musical revue featuring songs from throughout the theater’s history. Plus some new songs, too! Almost, Maine will play May 4 - 13). John Cariani’s romantic comedy set in the deep winter. The residents of a tiny fictional town are falling in and out of love in charming, unexpected and hilarious ways. For tickets and more information for all shows, call (863) 675-3066 and leave a message. If you would like to choose your seats, visit www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located in downtown LaBelle at 241 N. Bridge St.
Hallelujah Girls on stage at Off Broadway Palm Theatre
The Hallelujah Girls will play Jan. 11 through Feb. 24 at the Off Broadway Pam Theatre in Fort Myers. From the writers of The Dixie Swim Club and The Savannah Sipping Society comes this all-new, rollicking Southern comedy. The Hallelujah Girls will have you laughing all the way to SPA-DEEDAH!, the abandoned churchturned-day-spa where a group of friends gather every Friday. After suffering a loss, the women realize life is too short and if they’re going to live life to the fullest, they need to start now. Of course that’s easier said than done, but the women rally together to overcome the many hurdles thrown at them which gives you a side-splitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout "Hallelujah!" The Off Broadway Palm Theatre is Broadway Palm’s second performance venue. The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate 100seat theatre, located in the main lobby of Broadway Palm. Ticket prices range from $39 to $59. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. For more information visit www.BroadwayPalm.com, call (239) 278-4422 or stop by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
Breaking Legs & Noises Off CHARLOTTE PLAYERS
The Charlotte Players keep their theatre season alive with more productions in the 2018. Breaking Legs will be presented Jan. 5 – 14 at the Langdon Playhouse. The comedy setting is an Italian restaurant owned by a successful mobster and managed by his beautiful, unmarried daughter. Her former college professor arrives to ask for financial backing for a play he has written about a murder. The three main Mafiosi are intrigued with producing the play. When the author learns that his backers are gangsters, all hell breaks loose. A madcap situation of murder and menace served up with plenty of pasta and laughter. The local production is directed by Ken Crisp. The Langdon Playhouse is located in the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center at 1182 Market Circle, Murdock. Noises Off will be staged Jan. 19 - 27 Cultural Center of Charlotte County.
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Noises Off will be directed by Gary Obeldobel. Divas in a Man’s World will be presented Jan. 24 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. This star-studded concert spectacular features Steven Andrade as Cher and the hilarious Gary Dee as your host and Joan Rivers impersonator. These productions are performed at the Cultural Center Theater 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte Evening show times are 7:30 p.m. and matinees (for Breaking Legs and Noises Off) are 2 p.m. Tickets may be ordered at the Charlotte Players website at www.charlotteplayers.org or call 941255-1022.
Your Love, Our Musical THEATRE CONSPIRACY
Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts presents a limited run of Your Love, Our Musical by Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman Jan. 11 - 14. Fresh off their successful run in New York City, comedic musical improvisers interview a couple in the audience about their relationship and spin an impromptu musical about the couple’s love story. Using their unique chemistry, vocal skill and improvisational abilities, Vigil & Kaufman transform an audience’s story into bombastic choruses. The interactive show was accepted into the 2015 New York City International Fringe Festival,
where it won Best Acting. Individual tickets to each show are $25, $11 for students or $22 for Alliance members. Performances are Jan. 11 – 13 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. Vigil and Kaufman will also host a Musical Improv Toolkit Workshop on Jan. 13.
Theatre Conspiracy will also host its New Play Contest fundraiser on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. The evening will begin at 7 with a reception in the gallery with food, wine and drinks. At 8 p.m. there will be reading from the top three entries of the Annual New Play Contest. After the last play is read, the audience will vote for their favorite and determine the winner. Tickets to the New Play Contest are $50. To purchase tickets or for more info, call 239-939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/Theatre. Theatre Conspiracy performs at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers.
Shakespeare productions Feb. 17 - March 18 in Naples
Encouraging patrons to bring their favorite lawn chair, The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre announced that they will produce a free, abridged version of Shakespeare’s beloved classic The Taming of the Shrew on the outdoor Baker Stage Feb. 17 to March 18 – the first production of its kind in The Naples Players 64 -year history. Comprised of an all-female cast, the production provides a unique and exciting twist on Shakespeare, which was traditionally performed Happenings Magazine
with only male performers. Working from the model created by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) and the University of Colorado’s Institute of Behavioral Science, the Naples Players is the first entity in the country to try and apply the model in a new state. Free and open to the public, performances will be held every weekend on Baker Stage. Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 6 p.m. (No performance on St. Patrick’s Day). For more information, visit www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) 263-7990.
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How the Other Half Loves FLORIDA REPERTORY THEATRE
Tony nominee Paxton Whitehead par t of For t Myers cast
Florida Repertory Theatre’s 20th anniversary Close. He appeared most recently in the season continues with Alan Ayckbourn’s farce Broadway revivals of Oscar Wilde's The about matrimonial discord, How the Other Half Importance of Being Earnest (2011) and Alan Loves, featuring Tony Award nominee and Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular in 2005. He Broadway and screen veteran Paxton Whitehead. is known on screen for his work in the NBC series, The production runs in the Historic Arcade Marblehead Manor, film roles in Back to School Theatre Jan. 12 through Jan. 31 with four nearly with Rodney Dangerfield, Kate and Leopold starsold-out previews Jan. 9 - 11. ring Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan, and guest tel"Alan Ayckbourn's comedies are some of the evision appearances on Desperate Housewives, most well-crafted," said producing artistic director The West Wing, Friends, Murder, She Wrote, and Robert Caciopoo, "and this one is one of his best! many more. We're also proud to welcome Paxton Whitehead In addition to an extensive body of work in to the cast. He is one of the great comedy actors regional theatres across the United States, of our time, and we're honored he is joining our Whitehead was a member of the Royal Paxton Whitehead ensemble members to bring this farce to life. You Shakespeare Company and served as Artistic are in great hands, and are in for a treat at the Director of Canada's Shaw Festival from 1967theatre this January. Do not miss this one!" 1977. How the Other Half Loves follows one Mark Shanahan, another Florida Rep secret affair, two disastrous dinner parfavorite, directs the production after helmties, and three couples heading for trouing previous comedies, Around the World ble. Audiences will experience comedy at in 80 Days and The Hound of the its finest (and funniest) as two dinner parBaskervilles. Shanahan was in The 39 ties on separate nights unfold at the same Steps on Broadway, appeared recently Off table. Two couples entangle themselves Broadway as Walt Disney in Small World, in a mixed-up love triangle and another and directs and acts at regional theatres gets caught in the middle as fidelity is put across the country. Also a playwright, his to the test. Social graces go out the winFeydeau adaptation, The Dingdong, made Carrie Lund dow as love, lust – and even table manits regional premiere at Florida Rep in ners – take center stage in this unique after a successful New York run in 2016. Brendan Powers and clever farce. Shanahan is joined by an expert team Florida Rep ensemble members Carrie of designers including ensemble set Lund, Jason Parrish, and Brendan designer Ray Recht (Sylvia), costume Powers return to the Florida Rep stage in designer Emily Taradash (Florida Rep this production and are joined by frequent debut), ensemble lighting designer Todd guest artist Kate Hampton, and making O. Wren (Night and Day", sound designer their Florida Rep debuts, New York and John Kiselica (Disgraced), and ensemble regional stage actress Faith Sandberg stage manager Janine Wochna (Outside and Tony-nominee Paxton Whitehead. Mullingar). Lund recently appeared in this seaNew for the 2017-2018 season, weekson's The Last Night of Ballyhoo and night performances in both performance Sylvia, and Parrish appears after directing venues (Tuesday - Thursday) begin at 7 last season's The 25th Annual Putnam p.m. Weekend evening performances Kate Hampton County Spelling Bee. Powers appears remain at 8, and matinees on Wednesday, again this season after his role in Outside Saturday and Sunday are still set for the Jason Parrish Mullingar in September and October. Kate popular 2 p.m. curtain time. Hampton makes her fourth appearance Priced at $55/$45 for regular performafter appearing (with Lund and Powers) in ances and $35/$25 for previews, single 2016's nationally acclaimed production of tickets are now on sale through the box A.R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour. office at 239-332-4488 and online at Paxton Whitehead's extensive www.floridarep.org. Subscriptions for the Broadway career includes original roles in 2017-2018 season offer the best seats the classic farces, Noises Off (1983), Run and the biggest savings, and packages for Your Wife (1989) and Lettice and start as low as $150 for six plays. Lovage (1990). He received a Tony nomiFlorida Repertory Theatre performs in nation for his work in the 1980 revival of the Historic Arcade Theatre and the Lerner and Loewe's Camelot with ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay Street Mark Shanahan Christine Ebersole and Richard Burton, between Jackson & Hendry with limited Faith Sandberg and starred as Sherlock Holmes in 1978's free parking in the Fort Myers River The Crucifer of Blood alongside Glenn District.
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Gulfshore Opera touring SW Florida In its fourth season, Gulfshore Opera will tour the region with a variety of concerts appealing to many tastes and easy on the budget. Their two big events are the Phantom Gala on Feb. 25 - an Opera meets Broadway concert starring Broadway Phantom John Cudia, and for the season finale, a fully staged production of Verdi’s Rigoletto on March 11 - 13. The company will employ seven professional singers, all with New York management, for a nine-week residency from January through March to perform most of the solo roles. First up in January will be Classic Cabaret, an informal evening of popular songs with jazz piano trio accompaniment. This concert is conceived as a casual social mixer in the true cabaret style, with long enough breaks in between sets for the audience to enjoy the wine and cheese spread available at each location. You can catch this show at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers on Jan. 20, Naples Botanical Garden on Jan. 24 or at the Sanibel Community House on Jan. 22. Also on tour is Very Verdi, a “stand up and sing” concert of well-loved opera hits by one of opera’s most famous composers. This concert will be presented at the United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda on Jan. 18, Rose History Auditorium on Marco Island on Jan. 19 and at the Naples Art Association on Feb. 10. The Grand Opera Nights tour follows in February. “It’s a sort of buffet of favorite scenes, performed in costume, with a narrator explaining the action. We presented it last year and the audience loved it,” explains general director Steffanie Pearce. This year, the selections are from Carmen, The Merry Widow, Faust, and West Side Story. The popular dinner series A Taste of Opera is offered
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at private country clubs and in all three counties. Performing this assortment of vocal extravaganzas will be some of the best up and coming talent in New York. Featured artists include soprano leading lady Camille Ortiz, who is an accomplished international solo artist in both opera and concert. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 as the soprano soloist for Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. The stunning Polish-American dramatic mezzosoprano Ola Rafalo returns to Gulfshore Opera as Carmen in Grand Opera Nights and Maddalena, the bad girl sister of assassin Sparfucile, in the March production of Rigoletto. Ola has been called a “vocal powerhouse” by critics. Her credits include Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Returning after great success last season is tenor Jonathan Tetelman. He arrives in February and joins Gulfshore Opera to perform Don Jose in Carmen scenes and the Duke in Rigoletto. Praised by Opera News for his “galvanizing presence,” all agree he is an exciting star in the making. This year he joins the Metropolitan Opera’s roster for their production of Norma and makes his New Orleans Opera debut as Marco in Tobasco. Daniel Scofield, baritone, joins Gulfshore Opera for the title role in Rigoletto and will also be seen as Escamillo, the Toreador in Carmen scenes, Danilo in Merry Widow scenes for Grand Opera Nights and in various concerts. The Houston Press declared, “He’s the finest court jester I've seen in years…” for his performance of Rigoletto with Opera in the Heights last year. He has performed leading baritone repertoire across the United States. For tickets, information and to find a Gulfshore Opera event in your area, visit online at www.GulfshoreOpera.org or call (239) 529-3925.
Lectures examine keystones in Florida history and environmental issues
Highlands Hammock State Park 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872
Florida Series Four Lectures in 2018 A Tuesday evening lecture series free and open to the public in the park Recreation Hall. „Meet and Greet‰ informal book sales and signings at 6 pm, lectures at 7 pm. Flor ida and World War II - Jan. 9
A scenic two mile drive runs through beautiful old growth hammock. Visitors may drive, bicycle, run or walk the Loop Road and stop to hike as many as eight different nature trails.
The Legacy of Franklin RooseveltÊs WPA in Florida - Feb. 20
Gar y Mormino, Professor of Histor y Emeritus, USF, St. Petersburg On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Gary Mormino explores the social, cultural, and economic forces that transformed Florida into the „Sunshine State,‰ now our third most populous.
David Schmidt, Curator, Civilian Conservation Cor ps Museum at Highlands Hammock State Park The Works Progress Administration was one of FDRÊs most controversial Depression Era programs. Roosevelt scholar David Schmidt looks closely at existing masterful WPA buildings and murals in Florida.
RAIN: A histor y for stor my times - Feb. 6
Flor ida Transpor tation History: Planes, Trains & Automobiles (& Steamboats) - March 6
Cynthia Barnett, Flor ida Author & Journalist Take an engaging tour of RAIN with Cynthia Barnett, from its key roles in civilization to the violent storms of the past two decades. Rain is as profound as prayer, as common as words between strangers on a stormy day.
Steven Noll, Professor of Histor y, UF, Gainesville Travel from the Bellamy Road of the 1820s to the present. Steve Noll traces FloridaÊs change from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union tying transportation history together with social history.
For more information, call 863-386-6094 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Highlands-Hammock
Programs are sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Highlands Hammock State Park, & the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc. Happenings Magazine
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TheatreZone launches morning cabaret series
TheatreZone launches its new morning cabaret series Coffee, Tea & Broadway on Jan. 17, with additional cabarets on Feb. 14, March 14 and May 2. Each cabaret features five professional actors from the current stage show singing their favorite Broadway show tunes and other standards. At the Jan. 17 show, actors from Me and My Girl will sing “Where Is Love” from Oliver; “The Man I Love” by Gershwin; “Maria” from West Side Story; “Arthur in the Afternoon” by Kander and Ebb; and “Last One Picked” from Whoop Dee Do,” among other selections. TheatreZone founding artistic director Mark Danni will
emcee the cabaret, and the cast will be accompanied by music director Charles Fornara on the piano. The cabarets will be held in the Moorings Park Auditorium, 120 Moorings Park Drive in Naples, off Goodlette-Frank Road just south of Pine Ridge. Continental breakfast refreshments will be served from 10:30 to 11 a.m., the cabaret will run 11 a.m. to noon, and guests are invited to stay for a meetand-greet with the actors from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at www.theatrezone-florida.com or by calling the TheatreZone Box Office at 239-424-9500.
My Studio returns Jan. 4 - 7 to Off Broadway Palm Theatre
Leoma Lovegrove and her hit one-woman show My Studio returns to Broadway Palm for seven performances only Jan. 4 through Jan. 7. Join Matlacha Island phenom Leoma Lovegrove as she shares stories of her artistic adventures and the scores of interesting people, places and motifs she’s painted while she creates masterpieces on stage live to a medley of nostalgic tunes. If you’ve ever wondered what a day in the life of a famous artist is like or if you’ve never seen Leoma create a painting live right before your very eyes, then make plans to attend My Studio! There will be surprises to delight your senses and engage your imagination. But beware of flying saucers, splattered paint and Lovegrove’s infamous confetti bazooka! “During the shows, I will not only invite you into my studio, but my life as well – as I share stories and paint live on stage to my favorite music,” Leoma proclaims. Lovegrove is an impressionist painter known worldwide for her vibrant color palette and exuberant strokes – which she applies via brushes, squirt bottles and even her fingers and hands. The presidential library of George W. Bush, the private collections of actress Sharon Stone and actor Jesse Metcalf, and the permanent collections of Fort Myers, Lakeland, Florida 24 - January 2018
Gulf Coast University and the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy in Sarasota proudly contain examples of her work. Because her paintings uniquely capture Southwest Florida’s active, healthy, water-based lifestyle, Bradenton-based Bealls Department Store made Lovegrove their Florida artist in residence several years ago. Today, millions of products ranging from designer casual wear to household goods, Tervis drinkware and beach towels and chairs bear Lovegrove’s signature style and trademark sunburst eyeglasses. In addition, scores of consumers make painting pilgrimages to Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens on sun-kissed Matlacha Island to purchase Lovegrove originals and prints and have her sign their tees, tops and visors. Her work has garnered rave reviews in numerous magazines and art publications, and her collectors become lifelong friends and enthusiastic fans. Leoma Lovegrove’s My Studio is playing in The Off Broadway Palm, located inside Broadway Palm, for seven performances only. Performances are Thursday through Sunday evenings with matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45. 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. Happenings Magazine
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Estero Fine Art Show at Gulf Coast Town Center Jan. 6 & 7
Some 100 acclaimed artists will be participating in the 21st bi-annual Estero Fine Art Show - now at Gulf Coast Town Center - on Jan. 6 & 7. This art show is special – and is voted in the top 100 art shows in America – three years in a row. Batik artist Paula Mae Green is included in this esteemed group. If you’re not familiar with batik (also known as rozome), it is a wax-and-dye resist process that traces its origins back to 13th century Java. Not many artists engage in the process because it is so exacting and time-consuming. But that’s part of its charm for Green, whose Swedish lineage includes several generations of crafts people who believed that “if you are going to do something, try to take it to its highest form.” While this may be true, Paula has omitted a couple of crucial, preliminary steps. First, it is incumbent upon her to choose her motif. Green’s repertoire includes Deco, Asian and Cubist compositions. The images from her Deco and Asian series in particular are sinuous, elegant and dynamic in the finest tradition of Art Nouveau masters such as Klimt, Cheret and even the ineffable Henri de Toulouse-
Lautrec. But the parallels to the femme nouvelle subjects celebrated by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha in his widely-popular densely-patterned posters of the early 20th century. Green’s batik renderings of Deco Dancers, At the Theater, Kiss and Evening are not just chic and sophisticated. They evoke a feel of bygone times and flappers and the Roaring ‘20s. Paula uses small brushes in order to achieve impossibly fine detail in her meticulously handcrafted portraits, figurative scenes and floral designs. This level of rendition is almost unheard of in batik. Frankly, it is unattainable by artists possessing lesser talent, regardless of medium. Once the composition has been transferred to fabric, Green is ready to begin the batik process, which starts with dipping the entire fabric into a pan of dye (see step 1, above).The color which is to be preserved is then waxed over and the process is repeated in successive layers as other colors are added to the drawing until the final composition emerges. After the last dye is applied, the cumulative layers of wax are stripped off
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revealing the finished work. “If a person is doing something they truly love, it reflects in their life and work,” she comments. She is a resident of Pompano Beach. Meet Paula Mae Green and many other fine artists on Jan. 6 & 7. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The Estero Fine Art Show is produced by Hot Works, LLC. For more information, visit www.hotworks.org.
Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival Jan. 13 & 14
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The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival, hosted annually by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, will return to South Cape Coral for its 33rd year. The festival will take place on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Cape Coral Parkway in South Cape Coral between Del Prado Boulevard and SE 10th Place, and north to SE 47th Terrace. For the first time, the largest juried art show in Southwest Florida will showcase live music talent on Jan. 13. Admission and parking are free for festival attendees. The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival is Lee County’s largest special event, according to the Lee County Tourist Development Council and the Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau. Attracting more than 100,000 visitors, this annual festival brings together the works of more than 300 juried artists and artisans from across the country. Exhibitors will showcase their fine art, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal works, mixed media, and much more. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors via Little Joe’s Special Events. This year’s official event poster artist is Jen Callahan, who was first selected as a featured artist in 2015. Callahan, who primari-
ly works with water-based paint and acrylic, is a noted wildlife painter, capturing beauty and movement of marine animals. Her work has been displayed at numerous galleries, art shows and festivals. A full biography and composition of her work can be found by visiting www.jenartwork.com. Live performances by musicians from across the nation playing everything from rock and roll, hard rock, and country to blues, jazz, and gospel will take place Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. Dixie Roadhouse, Rack'em Spirits & Times, Big Blue Brewing, BackStreets Sports Bar, The Dek, The World Famous Cigar Bar, Ralph’s Place, Two Amigos Restaurant and Nevermind Awesome Bar and Eatery will provide a variety of music for attendees to enjoy. Another first, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral is offering the opportunity for local businesses to expose their brands to the more than 100,000 visitors expected at the 33rd Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival via business booths. These booths were added as an extension to the existing festival vendors. For more information on getting a business booth, volunteering or sponsorships, call Jim Perry at (239) 699-7942 or visit www.CapeCoralFestival.com. Happenings Magazine
Naples New Year’s Art Show Jan. 6 & 7
Outdoor painters exhibit at Naples Art Association
The Naples Art Association, a the very act of creating,” says non-profit organization dedicated artist Bowden, whose oil paints to promoting and advancing eduin the exhibition were all done cation, interest, and participation en plein air. in the visual arts in Southwest A preview reception, sponFlorida, announced its upcoming sored by Delicious by Design exhibition, “Honing In: Selected and Grace Lakes Florist, will be Artists from the Thursday Outdoor held on Friday, Jan. 12 from Painters,” which will be on display 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The preview Jan. 9 through Jan. 27 at the reception is a “thank you” bonus Naples Art Association, located at for NAA donors, with a $10 sug585 Park Street in Naples. gested donation at the door for This invitational exhibition feaall others. tures five local artists from the Also in 2018 is the Naples Thursday Outdoor Painters group New Year’s Art Show & Art in and will be on view in the NAA’s the Park Jan. 6 & 7 from 10 a.m. Gallery 104. Exhibiting artists are to 5 p.m. on 5th Avenue South. Dawn Anderson, Irma Barnet, The Naples New Year’s Art Brigitte Bowden, Susan Daly, and Show offers residents and visiTanya Trinkaus Glass. tors with an alternative to footThe sunny skies and verdant ball and a place to walk off calolandscapes in Southwest Florida ries from holiday overeating. are favorite subjects for plein air Shoppers will have the opportuSusan Daly French for “the open air” - and for nity to mingle with about 250 decades artists have come to professional artists from around Southwest Florida to paint its the country in categories ranging beaches, nature preserves, and historic sites. With so much happening from original oils and acrylics on canvas to watercolors, 2D and 3D in front of their easels, it is imperative artists focus their attention on a mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, sculpture, single subject or one area of the landscape. wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works and The artists in this exhibition are all participants in the NAA’s more. Augmenting the number of participating artists, available art and Thursday Outdoor Painters group, which meets at a different location ambiance of the event on Saturday is Art in the Park. each week to paint followed by lunch and conversation. For more information, visit www.NaplesArt.org/Exhibitions, visit the “I find inspiration in nature, colors, patterns, life experiences, and Naples Art Association at 585 Park St. or call 239-262-6517.
National Wood Art Expo Jan. 12 & 13
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The annual Southwest Florida Wood Art, Wood Carvers and & Wood Turners expo and competition is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 13. The show will be held at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center, located at 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission will be $6 for one day or $10 for both days Children 12 and under are admitted free. The show features demonstrations, silent auctions, carving supplies, carver sales & displays, vendors, unique raffle and a qual-
ity competition. Some of the demonstrations include Ron Browning (lathe), Bud Evans (creating feathers), Kevin Applegate (clay models), Josh Guge (composition & design), Mike Sullivan, (character faces), Bill Snyder (critiquing carving and judging), Jim Mullen (chip carving), Bill Pisani (new carvers), Sharon Wright (gourds and painting), Chau Pham (painting) and Pete La Clair (teeth and ears). For more information, go to www.flwoodartexpo.com or call 716-628-7042.
Naples Fine Art Studio & Gallery
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A Variety of Unique Original Art by 20 Award Winning Artists
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Art Festival at Mercato Jan. 27 & 28
The Art Festival at Mercato is scheduled for Jan. 27 and 28 in Naples. The featured artist for The Art Festival at Mercato is Ben Foster. Ben Foster designs representational, commissioned, bronze sculpture that captures humorous or unique moments in life. His work can be viewed in public and private collections throughout the US and internationally. This year, Ben will be displaying never before seen new works that he created specifically to debut at this years festival. Ben attributes his success as a bronze sculptor in part to his unique approach with each design. Creating a lifelong relationship with each collector is Ben’s desire. He meets personally with collectors to discuss their needs and desires for a custom work of art. Bringing their dreams and desires to life in bronze is an incredibly fulfilling endeavor. “I enjoy getting to know my collectors and hearing the stories of how the sculptures have enriched their lives.” Ben’s work, specifically his bronze bears, adorn several Jack Nicklaus golf courses throughout the U.S. Ben Foster brings his sculptures to life at his studio, nestled in the foothills of the Wind Rivers Mountains in Wyoming. The other half of the year, Ben, along with his family, can be found in Naples. Ben spends his time out of his studio observing native birds and local wildlife in their natural environment to bring inspiration for new sculptures.
Ben Foster Each sculpture begins with a block of clay, various wood and metal sculpting tools and an imagination. Ben’s work captures an essence of creation that reaches out, touches us and draws us to it. Once Ben completes the sculpture in clay, he then makes a silicon “mother” mold that will be used to replicate a limited edition of his original sculpture. The mold is taken to the art foundry where the bronze casting process begins. Each casting is created using the ancient “lost-wax” casting method. A hand-applied, chemical patina completes the sculpture. Visit Ben personally at The Art Festival at Mercato where you can learn all about his work and the work of 50 other national artists. The festival will be held Jan. 27 and 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Mercato Shops are located at 9123 Strada Place, Naples. For more information, check online at www.boulderbrook.net or call 239-293-9448.
ACT Gallery: Guy Tiemans, SW FL Craft Guild
Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First cator. In 2014, he realized he was ready to begin St. in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, Jan. 5 from creating art for myself. Guy converted his garage 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening reception and meet into a studio space and began his new quest to the artists during the Fort Myers Art Walk. create. Not wanting to burden himself with the ACT Gallery will feature Guy Tiemans, “Of intricacies and labor often involved with glass art Tinkertoys and Crayons” in the main gallery. In the and wanting to really enjoy the act of creating, white gallery will be a group exhibit by The Guy quickly developed two distinct bodies of work Southwest Florida Craft Guild, “Pattern and that allow him to experience the true satisfaction Decoration.” Also showing will be new works from of artistic expression. the gallery co-op artists. “Of Tinkertoys and Crayons” is a series of colOver the years, Guy Tiemans experiences of orful, low relief mixed media pieces and my other creating art with many various mediums has body of work consists of loose, gestural pieces allowed him to develop an ability to make whatevwith penciled lines and splashes of color. er he can imagine. He had always loved creating Art and fine craft works of the exhibit are creart as a child and after graduating high school in ated by local SW Florida Fine Craft Guild memRidgewood, N.J., went on to pursue creative bers. Mediums may include metal, glass, wood, development in college. Guy attended Alfred stone, fiber, clay, jewelry, photography and mixed University in western New York state and received media. a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and The Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild is the Photography in 1983 and in 1986. He received a only area organization dedicated solely to fine Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois crafts. Over the past 40 years, the Southwest University at Carbondale in Glass Art. After colFlorida Fine Craft Guild has become a well-known Guy Tiemans lege, while living in Urbana Illinois, he was an dynamic and evolving organization of local artiartist’s assistant for the world class glass artist sans, craftsmen and craftswomen. Members comWilliam Carlson. He also pursued a career as a bine old-world craftsmanship with contemporary glass artist. techniques to produce unique works of art. In 1999, with two young toddlers in tow, Guy moved to Southwest ACT Gallery is also featuring new works by over 25 co-op artists. Florida. Working at U.S. Sign and Mill Corp. in Fort Myers allowed Guy On Saturday, Jan. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., come downtown for the to feed his creative yearnings while working as a special projects fabrislower paced art walk. These exhibits continue through Jan. 29. 30 - January 2018
MORE THAN 90 LOCAL JURIED ARTISTS
Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show
SATURDAY, JAN. 13TH 10am - 4pm
Free Admission & Parking
580 8th Street South, Naples just sout h of 5th Avenue
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Cape Coral Art League’s annual Art Fair Jan. 27-28 The Cape Coral Art League (CCAL) will hold it 8th annal Art Fair in the league building at 516 Cultural Park Blvd. on Saturday, Jan 27 and Sunday, Jan 28 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
Estero Art League, Weavers of Char-Lee at Co-op Art Gallery at Coconut Point The Co-operative Art Gallery at Coconut Point has begun a series of shorter term exhibits for the art organizations that are members of the Art Council of Southwest Florida. Artists of the Estero Art League will be showing their work in the gallery from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19. Then from Jan. 20 to Feb. 9, the Weavers of Char-Lee will be showing the work of its members. The Estero Art League and the Weavers of Char-Lee are just two of the 19 art groups that are part of the Art Council of Southwest Florida which operates the co-op gallery. All of these groups are being offered a chance to share their work in the gallery’s large exhibit area in order to highlight their members classes and creativity. “This is a special way to get the many visitors to this mall to become acquainted with our great visual arts organizations in South Florida,” said Gail Martin, co-director of the gallery. “These organizations are also every month represented by the array of beautiful art regularly offered for sale at the gallery.” The gallery also will begin featuring the artistry of individual artists during January. On hand to discuss and demonstrate their
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work will be oil painter Ginny Whiteman (Jan. 6 and 7, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.), and potter Stan Dzedzy discussing his Dragons & Creatures in clay (Jan. 13 and 14, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Additionally, Wanda Kemper begins a series of monthly art critiques at the gallery on Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m., on “Understanding Values.” The gallery’s monthly reception will be Thursday, Jan. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m., as usual featuring music, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
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. 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 239772-5657.
Naples Artcrafters show January 13 at Cambier Park The Naples Artcrafters will host their next juried fine art and craft show on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cambier Park in beautiful downtown Naples. The event showcases the work of ninety juried local artists and craftsmen who will be selling their paintings, jewelry, pottery, art glass, sculptures and more in lovely Cambier Park, which is located on 8th Street South in downtown Naples, Florida. Admission is free, and free parking is nearby. The Naples Artcrafters was founded in 1966 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of local artists and the encouragement of the development of artistic endeavors in the Naples area. They are committed to promoting excellence in fine arts and crafts within the community. The group provides local artists and craftsmen a venue for displaying and selling their work by sponsoring juried outdoor shows during the season. Each year the organization provides financial contributions to area schools with six grants For more about the group and its shows, visit online at www.naplesartcrafters.com
Wood Art, Wood Carvers and Wood Turners Expo & Competition Friday & Saturday JANUARY
12 & 13
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Charlotte Harbor Event Center 75 Taylor St. Punta Gorda Competition • Demonstrations • Raffle
Wood art sales, displays & vendors $6 one day, $10 both days • 12 and under free
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Harbour View Gallery: Barbara Broderick, Roy John Fuller
Harbour View Gallery in Cape Coral will welcome featured artists Barbara Broderick (stained glass) and Roy John Fuller (watercolors) at a reception on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Barbara Broderick is a Cape Coral resident and a Chicago native. Her work is meant to capture the beauty of everyday moments. She is not your typical stained glass artist. All of her designs come from her original drawings. She captures the beauty of glass with the way light can make it radiate and glow. Using metal and light as part of her medium, she creates shadows giving dimension and depth to her pieces. With the use of her kiln, her art also includes 3-D stained glass. It is meant to feel to come alive in light and literally pop out at you. This unique aspect, signature of her artwork, makes each piece
truly exceptional. None of her art is ever duplicated; owning her work is owning the original. Roy John Fuller a.k.a the “Big Brush Man” is a native of Virginia but has lived in SW Florida for the past 35 years. Roy is a retired engineer and now spends his time creating watercolors using design principals that inspire him. Roy only uses the primary colors of red, blue and yellow, however he does like to use a warm and cool tone in each color. By combining warm and cool colors the watercolor paintings have more variety of temperatures. Roy starts his watercolor paintings with a simple value sketch. This allows him to adjust the positions of his dark and light values so the painting will be more appealing. Three is a magic number in Roy’s painting. He only paints three trees, rocks, mountains, birds, or houses to complete his paintings. Roy offers watercolor workshops. Their work will be on display through January. The gallery is located at 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral.
Roy John Fuller
Hirdie Girdie showcases four artists
Sanibel's Hirdie Girdie Co-Op Gallery is showcasing the work of four of its 15 award-winning local artists in January. Anne Tuttle has been working in the medium of colored pencil since the 1990's. It allows her to combine her love of drawing and detail with color. She appreciates colored pencil's simplicity and versatility and she has enjoyed its growth as an accepted medium in shows and galleries. Denny Souers has been involved in photography for more than 50 years. Though he's taken photographs all over the United States, his favorite subjects are Sanibel and Captiva wildlife, sunsets and beaches. A volunteer at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, he keeps his camera close to capture amazing images. Sanibel resident Jeanne Risher's passion is fused glass. She loves the unpredictable outcome of the fusing process and her colorful designs range from
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elegant and classical to brash and whimsical. Her inspiration comes from nature, marine life and tropical subjects. Theresa King's ceramics glow in vibrant shades of that reflect the landscapes she loves on Sanibel. After a 25year corporate career and move to Sanibel in 2010, Theresa launched her second career in ceramics. Her outstanding pieces reflect her love for the sky, water, vegetation and wildlife of SW Florida. These four artists join 11 other Hirdie Girdie Gallery members to offer visitors additional original art that includes acrylics, pastels, oils, watercolors, beaded sculpture, clay and fiber pieces, wood carvings and basketry and jewelry. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read about the artists and check the special events calendar at www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com or call 239-395-0027.
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DAAS Co-Op showcases art of James Massacci
This month of January, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts will introduce the art of guest artist James Massacci. The exhibition, entitled Sarcasms and Hypocrisies, seeks to create some controversy and invoke conversation amongst the spectators. The opening reception coincides with the monthly SoCo Second Saturday, held at the SoCo Cultural District (Alliance for the Arts and Royal Palm Square block) on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. James Massacci’s paradoxical life has led to the creation of thought-provoking, diverse paintings for which he has become known. His art spans from the whimsical, yet head-tilting, modernization of antique photographs, to remarkable paint-splattered portraits, to viral, controversial pieces that have resulted in extreme protest. The artist grew up beneath pallid skies that settled upon an anemic skyline of steel mills and abandoned buildings – once a birthplace of American dreams. The starkness of Warren, Ohio, didn’t breed or mold imaginations, and yet he somehow found a way out of what he describes as a bleak landscape and onto a canvas full of color and line-crossing consent. Now based in Florida, his work has been showcased in galleries across the country, and purchased for private collections.
James Massacci More information about Massacci’s art is available at www.massacciart.com. For more information about the gallery, visit www.daascoop.com or call 239-590-8645. DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery is conveniently located in the Royal Palm Square at 1400 Colonial Blvd., suite 84 in Fort Myers. Season hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sea Grape features Ann Tuttle and Marlene Jones
Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Anne Tuttle (colored pencil) and Marlene Jones, (horsehair pottery) from Jan. 4 through Feb. 8. Anne Tuttle, prior to moving to Florida, spent most of her life living on the Connecticut shoreline where she focused her paintings on boats, beaches and other maritime themes. Her primary interest is drawing where she has found satisfaction in watching colored pencil art grow in popularity, becoming an accepted medium in art shows and galleries. Anne strives for a minimalist approach and a clean, uncluttered look in her artwork. Living in Florida, Anne says “I am inspired by the natural beauty of the area and often find subject matter in my own yard.” In addition to working in colored pencil, Anne creates delicate Silverpoint drawings using a technique which dates back to the Old Masters. It is evident that Anne truly enjoys the creative process to produce her art and the satisfaction of successfully completing a piece of art for others to enjoy. Marlene Jones lived in Baltimore, Maryland during the 1960s where she learned the art of creating horsehair pottery. Later she moved to Florence, Italy for four years where she had the opportunity to further her knowledge and skills in the area of ceramic arts. Upon retiring to Punta Gorda after a successful marketing career, Marlene put Marlene Jones 36 - January 2018
her artistic abilities to work creating stoneware, raku and horsehair pottery. She is especially fascinated by the folklore of horsehair pottery which originated with the Plains Indians who fired horsehair into their wares. She loves creating custom pieces for horse owners and friends Ann Tuttle using tail or mane hair from their own horses. Marlene’s one-of-a-kind unique creations are truly beautiful pieces of art which can be displayed in any home. Many of Anne’s beautiful colored pencil drawings and Marlene’s unique horsehair pottery are prominently on display at the Sea Grape Gallery. In addition, more of their art and the artworks of all Sea Grape artists can be viewed at www.seagrapegallery.com. Sea Grape Gallery has been awarded the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce’s Special Recognition Award and has consistently won the Charlotte Sun Newspaper’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Art Gallery. The Gallery is celebrating their 30 year Anniversary in 2018. Come visit the gallery and its many talented award-winning artists who are on hand to welcome and assist visitors. Sea Grape Gallery is located at 113 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941-575-1718. The gallery is always open until 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month for “Alive After 5.” Happenings Magazine
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Sanibel Community House Fine Art Festival
The Sanibel would think that one of her Community House Fine finches might just dart out of Art Festival will take place one of her paintings. Jan. 19 and 20. Working mainly with The featured artist for acrylics, Nancy combines this fine art festival is bold colors with intense Nancy Tome of detail to depict animals in Southwest Florida. their natural environment. Nancy is a self-taught Her paintings are designed artist who has become a to capture “a moment in world renowned wildlife time” of that animal’s daily painter. She began her life. Using research art career as an illustrator obtained from spending in the public relations time at locations like the field. She first started her The Ding Darling Wildlife fondness for painting Refuge Nancy compiles all wildlife when she made a of her knowledge and temporary move from understanding of an animal Florida to work as an and its environment into a illustrator for the Los realistic and emotional Angeles Zoo. scene. Emotion is a strong She has traveled all component of her artwork over the United States and appealing to the emoworking on coyote and tional side of an animal’s pronghorn research projexistence, in a positive way, Nancy Tome ects in Yellowstone is an important factor to National Park, whooping Nancy’s art. crane release programs for Florida Fish and Wildlife and fish studies See for yourself how lifelike and beautiful Nancy’s artwork is at The for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department in Florida. Nancy has also Sanibel Community House Fine Art Festival Jan. 19 and 20 from 9 worked as a zookeeper and studied animal behavior and anatomy a.m. – 4 p.m. The Sanibel Community House is located at 2173 extensively. Her education and work experience has contributed to her Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For more information, visit www.boulderkeen eye for making each bird or animal as lifelike as possible. You brook.net or call 239-293-9448.
Art & Nature Jan. 10 at Shangri-La
Photography exhibit in January
Weavers of Char-Lee at Davis Art Center The Weavers of Char-Lee present “Weaving Water” a month long exhibit exploring the human interface with theliquid-without-which-we-cannot-live Jan. 5 - 27 in the Capital Gallery of the Sidney and Berne Davis Center, 2301 First St., Fort Myers. An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk. Primarily a collection of weavings, the works also comprise spinning, collage and other fiber pieces created by Char-Lee guild members. In addition, members will celebrate Roc Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6 with free public weaving and spinning demonstrations at the Davis Art Center. Roc Day in ancient times marked the end of the holiday season and the return to the mundane duties of everyday life. Free hand-spinning and hand weaving demonstrations and hands-on activities for visitors highlight the CharLee weavers back-to-work festival. Four workshops will also be presented by members during January. The Char-Lee Weavers Guild is a membership organization of women and men who enjoy hand weaving, hand spinning, and other creative fiber arts. Monthly meetings, special interest groups and conferences are gathering times for members. 38 - January 2018
Additionally, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will host an International Photography Invitational curated by Terry Tincher in January. This exhibition will feature breathtaking works from internationally acclaimed photographers. See these pieces first hand when the exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Grand Atrium.
Shangri-La Springs, a cultural historic property in downtown Bonita Springs, invites the Southwest Florida community to enjoy an array of artistic and musical experiences at its Art & Nature Community Night on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Dream or Reality exhibit will feature works from photographer Mila Bridger, painters Danielle Braunchaud and Cesar Aguilera and sculptor Tim Smith. The free community event will feature a variety of activities and performances throughout the property including a tapas dinner, live performances and presentations of artistic works from local artists and musicians. Visit online at www.ShangriLaSprings.com or call 239-949-0749 to learn more. Shangri-La Springs is located on Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. Happenings Magazine
Southwest Florida Symphony presents Pianorama Jan. 6
The Southwest Florida Symphony continues its 57th season with Pianorama, featuring the great artistry of four celebrated pianists, on Saturday, Jan. 6 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. The performance happens at 7:30 p.m., with Maestro Kabaretti’s highly popular pre-concert lecture taking place at 6:30 p.m. These lectures are Richard Bosworth Michael offered in order to better educate audiences about the pieces being performed and often feature a guest artist Q & A and demonstrations. Masterworks II: Pianorama is conducted by the Southwest Florida Symphony’s internationally renowned music director, Maestro Nir Kabaretti. This concert features DeFalla’s ethereal Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the symphony’s principal pianist Dean Zhang, Mozart’s effervescent Concerto for Two Pianos with guest pianists Michael Baron and Angelita Bardelites, and Tchaikovsky’s sweeping, dramatic Piano Concerto No. 1 with guest pianist Richard Bosworth. The symphony has the great honor and privilege of working entirely with local talent on this performance. Richard Bosworth is a regularly featured soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, Michael Baron is a Doctor of Musical Arts and professor at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music who will share the stage with one of his former students, Angelita Bardelites, and Dean Zhang recently won the principal keyboard seat with the Southwest Florida Symphony. All of these musicians are in high demand, with illustrious careers that take them around the world to concert halls, recording studios and radio stations to perform. Richard Bosworth’s travels have taken him to nearly every major continent in the capacities of a recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and competitor. He received a baccalaureate from Eastman School. While earning a doctorate from Indiana University, he coached and studied under Menahem Pressler and Rostislav Dubinsky, Leonard
Hokanson, Mario Feninger, Balint Vazsonyi and Michel Block, with numerous master class participations with Pinchas Zukerman, Gyorgy Sebök, James Tocco, Sequeira Costa and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. An award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron performs over 40 concerts each year, including annual tours of Europe and engagements Dean Zhang Baron throughout the United States, Asia, and South America. Equally at home as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and a chamber musician, Baron commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque compositions to world premieres of contemporary pieces. His virtuosity and musicianship regularly garner the highest critical acclaim. Baron received his doctorate in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University where he studied with the legendary American pianist Earl Wild. An emerging young pianist, Yu “Dean” Zhang (NRO 2013 & 2014) appears in concerts across the United States and China. Praised by The Miami Harold, Zhang is recognized as “a powerful keyboard player” with a “smooth, fluid touch at the keyboard, bringing maximum expressiveness.” Most recently, Zhang was featured as a soloist with the New World Symphony as a winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition. As a Piano Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, he performed on piano, organ, harpsichord, and synthesizer in weekly orchestral concerts, in solo performances, and in chamber ensembles. Tickets for Masterworks II; Pianorama cost between $29 and $92 per person and may be purchased online at www.swflso.org, by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in Fort Myers, by calling the Symphony Box Office at (239) 418-1500 or at the door, one and a half hours prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.
Jan & Dean Beach Party in Naples
Phil Coulter Jan. 29 at The Stage in Bonita
The Stage in Bonita Springs welcomes international Irish star Phil Coulter along with Geraldine Branagan on Monday, Jan. 29. Known as Ireland’s musical ambassador, his lyrics and melodies have captured the hearts of millions around the world. This special show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 239-405-8566. The Stage is located in the Sunshine Ace Plaza on Bonita Beach Road.
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Phil Coulter & Geraldine Branagan
The Jan & Dean Beach Party brings the California surf culture of the 1960s to life at 8 p.m. on Jan. 23 & 24 at TheatreZone, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples. Original lead singer Dean Torrence performs the duo’s hit singles, including “Surf City,” “Drag City,” “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” and more. He is backed by The Surf City Allstar Band, featuring musicians from The Beach Boys band, The Ventures and Frank Zappa’s band. Tickets are $50-$60 and may be purchased at www.theatrezone-florida.com or by calling 239-424-9500.
ACMA: Nikki Talley, Bill Mize and others The Americana Community Music Associations starts the new year with Songwriters at Sunset Jan. 4 at 4:15 p.m. at Lovers Key State Park. The sunset event features Bob Williams, Mike McMillan, Ed Summer, Bill Steel. Be sure to give yourself and extra 30 minutes to park and take the tram to the beach. The show is free parking is $8 at car. Bob Williams’ original songs and the stories behind his songs always bring a smile! As a teenager, Bob began writing his own music. Pulling elements from folk- rock and country rock, Bob created a sound all of his own. Bob's songs are personal, irreverent, funny, and sad, and most importantly, true to his heart. Mike McMillan got his first guitar as a teenager and has been pursuing his musical dreams ever since (in between jobs, 4 kids and several dogs). After his first Doc Watson concert in the 1970's, he was inspired to learn finger picking and then later, many blues songs. Ed Summers hails from Norton Shores, Mich. He's been playing bass guitar for several years around the Fort Myers area. Ed's influences include Motown, blues and jazz. Bill Steel is a snowbird from Windsor, Ontario. He played in a small band as a teenager, dabbled for many years, but then came "out" of the musical closet after retirement, inspired by singer-songwriters like John Prine, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zant and the many talented members of ACMA. Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. has joined with the ACMA to offer free Acoustic concerts of all original music. The concerts will take place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Seating is available for the first 80 people. Additional seating is also available on the sand. Be sure to give yourself an extra 30 minutes to park and take the tram to the beach. The show is free parking is $8 a car. The ACMA welcomes back Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield, the Reckless Saints, to the stage Jan. 6 at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation Nikki Talley and Jason at 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Former syndicated cartoonist Roy Schneider has found his true calling in writing and performing his “Blue-Twangled Folk & Roll” music. Schneider has developed a loyal fan base through national radio airplay and consistent touring, performing his blend of the gritty, soulful and sweet to delighted audiences all across the USA and places abroad. He appears most often with Kim Mayfield providing harmony vocals and accompaniment on mandolin, percussion, and piano. From house concerts and folk clubs to festivals and theaters, the duo - gradually becoming recognized as 'Schneider & Mayfield' - clock up thousands of miles annually in their van "Ulysses" toting guitars, harmonicas, banjos, mandolins, pianos, and assorted percussive things wherever they are needed. ACMA member musician David Hintz opens the show. David has been an ACMA supporter since the beginning and often beguiles us with his own brand of original music. On Jan. 13 at 2 p.m., the ACMA’s Saturday afternoon series Songwriters at the Library continues at South County Regional Library located at 21100 Three Oaks Parkway in Estero with Bill Veach, Ross Jordan, Dan Philgreen. This is a free show of local songwriters sharing original songs and the stories behind the songs. Bill Veach has a love of travel that is expressed in many of his songs. His songs are often autobiographical, about his experiences, travel, love, loss and some characters he has met on his journey. Ross Jordan has been playing and writing music for a long time. He studied Classical Guitar at Rutgers University and has played his original songs from New Jersey to San Francisco to South Dakota and now to South West Florida. His songs reflect influences from these varied regions.
Dan Philgreen ... Coming of age in the ‘70s, when so many great singer-songwriters were on the radio, has always loved folk and folk-rock music. His original tunes attempt to take an honest look at life as he sees it and leave the listener with hope. Nikki Talley with Jason Sharp will perform Jan. 13 at the ACMA in Fort Myers. After 4 1/2 years of hard touring, 150-200 shows annually, Nikki continues traveling on, bringing her gorgeous voice & thoughtful songs all across the nation. Hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina, it’s only fitting that her songs are as eclectic as the state that boasts the mountains and the sea. Along with her guitar & clawhammer style banjo, her musical partner & husband Jason Sharp adds resonant lush guitar tones as well as harmonies to round out the duo’s sound. Opening for Nikki and Jason is ACMA member Chakulla. He spends much of his time and resources fighting hunger in America ... and still finds time practice his craft of music. Kip Lawrence will perform Friday, Jan. 19. Kip Lawrence is a songwriter living in Matlacha, and was a founding member of The Yard Dogs who put out 12 cd's of original music which came to be known as Florida Swamp Music. The Yard Dogs toured extensively and brought their music to people all over the world. He wrote many of the songs along with his partners Yard Dog Charlie and Brian "Swamp Box" Travis. In his early years, he worked to help establish The Key West Songwriters Fest and created the SW Florida Songwriters Fest as well as the SW Florida Blues Fest. His latest project is his band the Skinny Water Seagrass Band which combines island music with bluegrass. Opening for Kip is Alan and Cindy Bickford. Aka Native Kid, they were both born and raised in South Florida. Alan grew up fishing the waters of Biscayne Bay and the Keys with his parents and grandparents. The inspiration for Sharp perform Jan. 13 his songs come from family, friends, and his Florida roots. It's not often the ACMA showcases an instrumentalist, but when they do … watch out. The ACMA presents Grammy award winner guitarist Bill Mize on Jan. 27. Bill Mize is a son of Tennessee, and a fitting representative of his state’s rich musical heritage. His critically lauded fingerstyle compositions are fluid and intricate, and their delivery masterful. One suspects an influential teacher, and one would be right. “I received most of my musical education from a cheap Zenith radio,” says Mize, who as a child drifted off to sleep to the decidedly non-sleepy lullabyes emanating from Nashville’s WLAC and WSM and Knoxville’s WNOX. Bill is a past winner of the National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Guitar Player Magazine has labeled this event the “U.S. Open of guitar competitions." Bill received a GRAMMY Award for his collaboration with musician and storyteller David Holt on the recording Stellaluna, and has been featured on the popular guitar compilations "Windham Hill Guitar Sampler" by Windham Hill Records and "Masters of the Acoustic Guitar" by Narada Records. In 2009, Bill’s music appeared in the Ken Burns documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea." Mel Bay Productions transcribed Mize's second CD, "Tender Explorations," into a songbook, and his original compositions have been transcribed for Fingerstyle Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines. Local songwriter Bill Burkert will open the show on Jan. 27. As a songwriter and performer, he is totally a product of ACMA. The Feb. 1 Songwriters at Sunset at Lovers Key will feature Ray Cerbone, Kip Lawrence & Houseboat Jim. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at 2756 McGregor Blvd., and all shows start at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.americana.org January 2018 - 41
Gulf Coast Symphony welcomes Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for Jan. 7 concert
One of the finest living Music and Fine Arts, New violinists, Nadja SalernoOrleans to great success Sonnenberg, makes a rare for the last two seasons, appearance in Southwest Salerno-Sonnenberg now Florida when she performs adds the official title of with the Gulf Coast extraordinary faculty/ direcSymphony on Sunday, Jan. tor of chamber orchestra to 7 at the Barbara B. Mann her storied career. She has Performing Arts Hall at expanded her career over Florida Southwestern State the past three seasons to College. share her experience and A celebrity of the classiknowledge as a performing cal stage, Salernomusician in guest residenSonnenberg will lead the cies at universities throughGulf Coast Symphony from out the country, building on the concertmaster’s chair her recent acclaimed ninefor Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four season tenure as music Seasons” (“Spring” and director of the San “Winter” movements), Arvo Francisco-based New Pärt’s “Fratres,” and the Century Chamber Larghetto movement of Sir Orchestra. At Loyola, she Edgar William Elgar’s continues her work with “Serenade for Strings.” Gulf The Loyola Strings, the new Coast Symphony Maestro conductor-less string Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Andrew M. Kurtz will conorchestra she introduced in duct Pyotr Illyich her first year of Residency, Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4” in the second half of the program. as well as on/off campus teaching, and performances with Loyola stuThis tempestuous symphonic work, composed in 1877-1878, mirrored dents and faculty. the personal life of the composer during its creation. It tackles the subTickets for Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg’s one-night-only performance jects of fate, jealously, sadness, and ultimately, happiness and celebrawith the Gulf Coast Symphony start at $29 and may be purchased tion. online at www.GulfCoastSymphony.org or by calling the Barbara B. Having served as Resident Artist at Loyola University, College of Mann box office at 239-481-4849.
Mastersingers Chamber Chorus, City of Palms Youth Choir to share concert stage
The Mastersingers Chamber Chorus and the City of Palms Youth Choir will be presenting Serenade to Music, a choral concert featuring the 26-voice adult chamber group and the 36 voices of the City of Palms Youth Choir. The groups will each sing works in the 75-minute program that will be performed at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2691 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. Admission for this performance is free with a collection to benefit the ministries at Messiah Lutheran Church. The concert will be repeated on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Foulds Theater at the Alliance for the Arts, located on the corner of McGregor and Royal Palm Square boulevards in Fort Myers. The performance will be followed by a reception in the adjoining art gallery sponsored by local realtor Millie Dinkel and Cornerstone Coastal Properties. Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased on the Mastersingers website, www.mastersingersfm.com. The Chamber Chorus will be singing a variety of works for this concert including Rachmaninoff’s moving hymn to the Virgin Mary, Bogoroditse Devo; a new work by American composer, Thomas LaVoy, The Immortal Memory; and Ralph Vaughan Williams stunning Serenade to Music, the work for which the program is named. “Working with the smaller chamber ensemble gives us the freedom to 42 - January 2018
explore, not only smaller venues like the Alliance and Messiah Lutheran, but it also opens up many more types of music not accessible to the full Mastersingers Chorus, “ said director Matt Koller. Director Koller also conducts the City of Palms Youth Choir. Their portion of the program will feature music by American composers Stuart Churchill, Morten Lauridsen and Eric Barnum. In only its second full season of existence, the Youth Choir has achieved some notable milestones. The group has performed three world premier pieces, two written specifically for the ensemble. They were invited to sing last spring at a choral event in New York’s Carnegie Hall. This season the group has placed two singers, Savannah Koller and Camryn Leith, in the prestigious American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Honor Choir. Koller said, “We knew that there was a need for a community youth choir to provide vocal instruction, musical pedagogy, and performance opportunities beyond what the school system could offer. However, the success that we’ve enjoyed in just a couple of seasons, the quality of singers that we have attracted, and the progress that we’ve made, exceed all of our expectations.” For more information about these concerts and the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, visit online at www.mastersingerfm.com. Happenings Magazine
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The Reckless Saints Jan. 6 David Hintz opens
Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp
Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp
Jan. 13 Chakulla opens
Songwriters at Sunset Lovers Key State Park
Jan. 19 Alan & Cindy open
Jan. 27 Bill Burkert open
2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 at 4 pm -
Bob Williams, Mike McMillan, Ed Summers and Bill Steel
$10 - $15 donation per concert. Pay at the door. The ACMA is a not for profit and funded by tax deductible donations. Check website for more info & visit YouTube on any of these artists.
Concerts held at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation
Jan. 4 at 4 pm -
Ray Cerbone, Kip Lawrence and Houseboat Jim
Songwriters at the Library South County Library, Estero Jan. 13 at 2 pm - free Bill Veach, Ross Jordan and Dan Philgreen
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Celtic Fest Jan. 26-27 in Centennial Park
Frisson Ensemble Orchestra
BIG ARTS offers mutliple music options in January BIG ARTS on Sanibel has an active schedule of performing arts in January. One Night in Memphis will be presented at 8 pm. on Saturday, Jan. 6. Nikito Mndoyants, a Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, will perform Sunday, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Frisson Ensemble Orchestra will play Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Balsam Range (bluegrass) will perform Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Hermitage Piano Trio will be in concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28. For tickets and event details, visit online at www.bigarts.org or call 239-395-0900.
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 15th Annual Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival. The weekend festivities include: FRIDAY, JAN. 26 - First up is the Kick-Off Party at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers at 5 p.m. with performances by Albannach, House of Hamill and Rathkeltair. $5 admission. SATURDAY, JAN. 27 - The gates at Centennial Park will open at 11 a.m. with many hours of nonstop 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
Albannach 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 239321-7530 or 941-625-8544.
Lovestruck Soiree Jan. 27, Sing Out Feb. 17-18 SYMPHONIC CHORALE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
The Symphonic Chorale of The 5th Annual Sing Out! “Lift Ev’ry Southwest Florida has two very special Voice,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 and musical events early in 2018 that are Sunday, Feb. 18 at New Hope Presbyterian open to the community. Plan to join the Church, 10051 Plantation Road, Fort Myers. chorale for its annual soiree in January, Rehearsals are held between 10 a.m. and 5 and its very popular community choral p.m. on Saturday. The Sing Out! Festival festival, Sing Out!, in February. concert, Lift Ev’ry Voice, concludes the festiThe Symphonic Chorale’s Annual val on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., also at New Soiree is a much-anticipated event in the Hope Presbyterian. life and work of the chorale. The Soiree The first half of the concert will feature will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at the the Symphonic Chorale and FGCU’s Colonial Country Club, 9181 University Choir and Chamber Choir. The Independence Way, Fort Myers, beginChorale and the FGCU choirs are under the ning at 6 p.m. gifted artistic direction of Dr. Trent Brown. Lovestruck Duo - Diana Rowan (harpist) The evening includes a dinner, The latter half of the concert will feature the entertainment, silent and live auctions festival chorus, led by festival clinician Dr. and Jennifer Paulino (soprano) and much, much more. Guests will be James Kinchen. There is no charge for treated to some very special entertainadmission to the festival concert. ment provided by the harp and vocal duo Lovestruck. The duo of Dr. James Kinchen, Jr. is professor of music and director of choral soprano Jennifer Paulino and harpist Diana Rowan will delight with a activities at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Dr. Kinchen has collection of love songs from around the world, lovingly entitled Cupid’s been affiliated with the University since 1989. Dr. Kinchen is in frePlaylist. quent demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician and is an The chorale is also thrilled to welcome guest emcee, WINK news expert in the music of black composers. anchor Chris Cifatte. Information and reservations are available The repertoire for the festival chorus includes many favorites such through the Chorale’s website at www.symphonicchorale.org or call as “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Arise 239-560-5695. Tickets are $85 and include a full dinner, entertainment Beloved,” “Let Everything that Hath Breath” and the culminating piece, and more. Tables of eight are $650. Don’t miss the party. “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” In its four-year history, Sing Out! Southwest Florida Choral Festival Registration fee is $50 for community participants and includes has developed into a unique and very rewarding coming together of a lunch, music and snacks. Student singers (15+) can participate free of community of singers. This year’s Festival theme focuses on the music charge, thanks to support from the LAT Foundation. For more informaof black composers, featuring classical, gospel and spirituals, in honor tion, or to register, go to www.symphonicchorale.org or call 239-560of Black History Month. 5695. 44 - January 2018
Shell Point: Glenn Miller Orchestra, Evan Drachman Evan Drachman
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Shell Point Retirement Community continues the performing arts program of its 2017-2018 Concert Series with a concert by the Glenn Miller Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Village Church on The Island at Shell Point in Fort Myers. With its unique jazz sound, originating in the 1930s, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is still considered one of the greatest bands of all time. It is one of the most popular and sought-after big bands in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently ever since. The 19 current members of the Glenn Miller Orchestra hail from all parts of the country. In January 2012, male vocalist Nick Hilscher of Atlanta, Georgia, took the helm as band director. The orchestra performs an average of 300 shows a year and has toured all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, and Japan.
Shell Point welcomes cellist Evan Drachman on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands. Evan Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more importantly, the ability to tell a story. Born in Boston, Evan studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Since graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1998, Evan has appeared regularly as a soloist with orchestras, as well as giving recitals and chamber music performances across the United States. For this performance, Evan will be accompanied by Victor Santiago Asuncion on the piano. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.
Jazzy Nights Series presents vocalist Kenny Washington
The Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quintet returns on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. for another great performance as part of the Jazzy Nights Series. This time, they are joined by jazz vocalist Kenny Washington. Plus, see the sensational Dan Miller on trumpet, Lew Del Gatto on tenor saxophone, Joe Delaney on piano, Don Mopsick on bass and Tony Vigilante on drums. Recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Ravi Coltrane has declared Kenny his favorite male vocalist, and Mark Murphy said in a Jazz Times interview that Kenny was the only contemporary male vocalist carrying on the tradition. This year, Kenny has thrilled audiences in NYC performing with Wynton Happenings Magazine
Kenny Washington Marsalis as a featured guest at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. Kenny swings hard in the tradition of the great vocalist Joe Williams, featured for many years with Count Basie. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.
An evening with Elvis Jan. 19 at Davis Art Center
On Friday, Jan. 19, An Evening with the King pays tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley. Put on your blue suede shoes and dance the night away with one of the best Elvis impersonators in world, Ted Torres from Las Vegas. Ted Torres Martin is a multi-talented actor, singer, songwriter and musician who has Ted Torres accomplished extensive touring around the world. He is the 2016 "Images Of The King" World Champion. His portrayal of The King Of Rock N' Roll is one of the top tributes in the world. He acquired this title in Memphis Tennessee on August 2011 and 2012 at the Ultimate Elvis Competition organized by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Ted is recognized by Elvis Presley Enterprises, and he is the top Elvis vocal stylist in the world. Tickets are $45 for general admission or $59 for VIP. Cocktails begin at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit www.sbdac.com. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the Fort Myers River District. January 2018 - 45
Bluegrass Jamboree Jan. 27 in Cape Coral
The Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum are back with their Bluegrass Jamboree for a third year running. Mark your calendars for Jan. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. so you can join your community once again to have a fun day out supporting your local historical museum. The event will be held behind the museum at Cultural Park in Cape Coral. Advance general admission tickets are $15 or $20 at the gate. Advance VIP tickets are $40 and include your meal, drink, dessert and seating under a large tent facing the stage. VI.P tickets are $50 at the gate. Enjoy wonderful BBQ from Cape Coral’s own Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon, because you can’t have Bluegrass without BBQ!. Trafalgar Middle School will also be back once again, bringing delicious and healthy homemade treats for sale. Grab your blankets, chairs and come kick back with your friends and family. Inside of the VIP tent are decorated tables and chairs, your own personal food and drink area, as well as desserts by Jason’s Deli! Bluegrass music has become a tradition and sound at the heart of most of America. Bluegrass roots were first formed here by European settlers, bringing together the melodies of gospel, country, and a sound of its own! High energy comes from the stage of these performers as they focus on harmonizing and creating catching melodies. This year the Bluegrass Jamboree music line up is stellar, with bands from all over. The musical lineup: Sawgrass Drifters from 12:30 to 1:40 p.m., Florida Bluegrass Express from 2 to 3:10 p.m., and Bluegrass Central from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m.
Dick Spottswood is also returning for the third year to emcee the show, and organizers couldn’t be more excited. Sawgrass Drifters was created by Mickie and Roli Scholl, and Dan O’Connell. The Scholl’s, a couple from Switzerland with musical backgrounds since their early ages, came to the US in 1999 and teamed up with singer and bass player O'Connell from Rhode Island in 2001. Their preferred musical style is an all acoustic mix of bluegrass, folk and country. The Florida Bluegrass Express was founded by Keith Bass in 2000. Keith has played Banjo since the age of 13 and is known to be one of the best banjo players around. The band has made many recordings, and have played throughout Florida and many other states including festivals in Georgia and Kentucky. Bluegrass Central was started over 20 years ago by Scott Ritter with the idea of bringing good friends, who were accomplished musicians, together to play and perform great bluegrass music. The idea worked, and over the years, Bluegrass Central has included musicians from Naples to Homosassa Springs, playing festivals and clubs in Southwest Florida. The group draws influences from many styles, including country music, traditional jazz, Western swing, Irish music and of course, bluegrass. All event proceeds go to the Cape Coral Historical Society & Museum. Tickets are available at the Cape Coral Historical Museum, 544 Cultural Park Blvd., by calling (239) 772-7037, or purchase your tickets online from www.capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org.
Florida Bluegrass Express
SW Florida Symphony: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert
The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall announced that the Southwest Florida Symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert on Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the Southwest Florida Symphony performing live, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score live. Tickets are on sale via www.SWFLSO.org, 239-418-1500 or at the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office. CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films, early last year. The Harry Potter Film Concert that kicked off in June 2016 is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and is scheduled to include hun46 - January 2018
dreds of performances across more than 35 countries through 2018. Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, "The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.” Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this magical world, and to the many wonderful characters that inhabit it.” Happenings Magazine
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Din & Tonics in Naples Jan. 15
The Din & Tonics, Harvard University’s signature all-male a cappella singing group, will perform on Monday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. at Moorings Presbyterian Church, located at 791 Harbour Drive in Naples. “A Din & Tonics performance is so much more than a concert, it’s an experience. Each performance is filled with its own original – and hysterical - renditions of some of jazz’s classic standards. We are delighted for them to perform for a Naples audience,” said Bill Humenuk, former president of the Harvard Club of Naples (HCN) and chair of HCN’s schools and education fund which will benefit from this performance. Known around the world for their rich tradition of excellence in both music and performance, the Din & Tonics have a repertoire centered on the American jazz standards of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. These Harvard gentlemen—who perform in white tie, tails and lime green socks—have an enviable reputation for their impeccable musicality, snappy choreography, and hilarious antics. The Dins have existed in several incarnations during their history, beginning in 1946. Now, nearly four decades and 15 studio albums later, the Din & Tonics are recognized as one of the world’s finest collegiate a cappella
The Hatley Band
groups, enjoying a global audience while remaining committed to public service and to the Harvard community. Over the years, the Dins have been privileged to perform for jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, actresses Julia Roberts, Kristin Chenoweth, Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, and Kathleen Turner, former Governor and professional wrestler Jesse "the Mind/Body" Ventura, comedian Jackie Mason, Maestro Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops, worldrenowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, as well as the governor of Bermuda and the U.S. ambassadors to Germany, Greece, Nepal, Ireland, Morocco, Norway, Italy, Belgium, and Australia. Din & Tonics crimson patron tickets, which include two premium reserved seats, a CD, and recognition in the event program, are $500; premium reserved tickets are $100 per person; and general admission tickets are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://our.show/harvarddins or by mailing a check payable to Harvard Club of Naples to P.O. Box 9302, Naples, FL 34101-9302. Moran Edwards Asset Management of Wells Fargo Advisors, Woodruff Institute, and the Harvard Club of Naples are sponsoring this performance.
Rev. Barry and Funtastic Soul
Pitbull of Blues
ClamJam Seafood & Music Festival Jan. 27 & 28
Radikal Productions will again host the Annual ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will take place at The German American Social Club of Cape Coral at 2101 Pine Island Road. Tickets can be purchase at the gate or in advance at the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce on Pine Island Road, Ad&PrintCraft of SW FL in Bokeelia or online at www.ClamJamSWFL.com . Children 12 and under are free with free onsite parking and program guide. No coolers and no pets allowed (service dogs only). This is a rain or shine event. ClamJam will feature over 120 craft and food vendors. Specially selected food vendors with fresh local seafood. . . right-off-the-boats of our local fishermen. Locally harvested clams and shellfish. Also other great foods are being offered for those who can’t or don’t eat seafood. Two full days of live entertainment are scheduled with Strange Arrangement, Ayla Lynn, little blues by Josh Rowland & Pitbull of Blues, a lot of funk with Rev. Barry and Funtastic Soul, southern rock by 24 Carat, rock by Brother Love Three and country by The Hatley Band. 48 - January 2018
Cooking demonstrations by Chef Warren, award-winning author of (Table for Two: “Back For Seconds” and “Cooking Outside the Lines”). Also a special appearance by the Famous Spencer Taliaferro a mixologist from Miami, come and try one of Spencer special drinks. Fishing and boating seminars by Capt. Terry Fisher from Fish Face Charters and more. New to this year’s event is the professional chef’s clam chowder cook-off contest, Saturday will be the New England and Sunday will be the Manhattan. Attendees do the judging “People’s Choice.” ClamJam is family-friendly event with children’s activities including rock climbing, face painting, bounce houses and rides. ClamJam will be partnering with Bridge Community Church, Children’s Program & New Building Fund, Randell Research Center, who will be displaying Calusa Indian history. GST’s Sun State Greyhound Adoption Organization, The German American Social Club of Cape Coral Florida, Calusa Land Trust, Matlacha Mariners, Songs for Sound and Cat Adoption by Pine Island Helping Paws. If you have a non-profit and would like to become a partner, contact Pat and her team at 239-443-4457 or email at Chair@ClamJamSWFL.com. Happenings Magazine
Wine Fest, Loving Life in SWFL set for Feb. 3 ROTARY CLUB OF BONITA BEACH SUNSET
What goes with live music, food trucks and Riverside Park in Bonita Springs in February? The Rotary Wine Fest Craft Beer Craft Cocktail Social. This community social started out in 2009 and continues its tradition on Feb 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Riverside Park, Bonita Springs. Bonita Beach Sunset Rotary President Rick Perry said, “This year we will have at least 40 wines, many from smaller vineyards that are real gems, as well as blends from around the world.” Perry continued, “The Naples Pub Cycle is joining us to serve two craft beers from Momentum brewhouse; and we’ll have many Florida and other craft beers from around the country.” This is the second year that craft spirits and cocktails have made their way to the social; and Alligator Bay from Punta Gorda is one of the spirit vendors showcasing their distilled rums for tastes, along with a rum punch. Rotary event co-chair,Debbie Perry said, “New to the venue on Feb 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. is Loving Life in SWFL; an outdoor expo under tent to promote many of the reasons we love our life here in Southwest Florida.” Perry said the expo is free to the public to meet local businesses and pick up information, coupons and specials for Season. Sunset Rotary also has a designated children’s play
The SCS Band
Marty Stokes Band
area during the day 1-5 pm with bounce houses, games and face painting. Expo vendors coming to Loving Life in SWFL are from: 1. Healthy Living; 2. Home Life; and 3. Attractions/Entertainment. Some of the Southwest Florida businesses attending are: Snead Eye Group, Hoglund Family Hearing Centers, Wellbridges Health Center, Gulfside Chiropractic; Senior Helpers of SWFL, SandalWood Village and Diamond Oaks, Larue Pest & Lawn Control, Costco, KellerWilliams-Jeanie Taylor, Key West Express, Everglades Wonder Gardens and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Sunset Rotarian Kim Hastings, who is also the incoming chair of the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce said, “The public can get free hearing , vision and postural/spinal screenings, massages; meet local home life businesses and communities; and pick up specials from attractions such as the
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, and trips to Key West, among many others.” The day and evening will be filled with live music on stage from three Southwest Florida favorite bands. 1 to 3:30 p.m. The SCS Band (country/southern rock); 3:50 to 6:10 p.m. Rick Howard and the Speedbumps Rockabilly and Roll brings old time rock & roll; and the Marty Stokes Band (blues) winner of SW Florida Blues Society IBC 2016 headlines from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a taste of Florida and ethnic specialties from 15 food trucks and restaurants, such as Ma Petite Creperie, Dutchkinz, The Brit Pit, Philly Pretzel Naples, Tipsy Cow, Currie’s Smokin’ Hot BBQ, Jimmy P’s, and more. The Rotary Club of Bonita Beach Sunset organizes this perennial community fundraiser. This year’s beneficiaries are: Rotary’s work with Habitat for Humanity Lee/Henry, Phase 2 Irma Relief in Bonita Springs; and the Stroke Recovery Foundation (SWFL). Free parking and $5 donation upon entrance. www.Eventbrite.com for tickets. For more information, contact Rick Perry at email@example.com
Rick Howard & The Speedbumps
Sundown Patrol hangar dance features SW Florida Big Band The Sundown Patrol’s Hangar Dance of Feb. 3 will be a festive and enjoyable major fundraiser of the community service organization. It will be held at the beautiful and large Crowther Hangar. The Southwest Florida Big Band will provide danceable music during the event, with additional entertainment by The Calendar Girls, a dance team of women who dance to raise money for charity. Join The Sundown Patrol, the general public, veterans, active military, pilots and civic organization members at this event. Parking is within walking distance, with transportation from the parking area available for those in need. Security will be on hand. The Sundown Patrol is a non-profit community service group since 1965, flying safety patrol on weekends & holidays to help boaters & water users who may be in trouble, contacting the U.S. Coast Guard during flights with locations and boat counts. We are completely funded by member dues, donations and fundraisers. Tickets are $45 or two for $85. A table of eight is $300. The event will run 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Crowther Hangar at Page Field in Fort Myers. The hangar use is donated by Crowther Roofing of Fort Myers, serving Southwest Florida. For more information, tickets, to place an advertisement in the
Southwest Florida Big Band
24-page, full color brochure, or to donate auction items, see www.sundown.org, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239-3513987. January 2018 - 49
Songwriters at Sunset
The Friends of Lovers Keys and the Americana Community Music Association present the monthly Songwriters at Sunset at Lovers Key State Park during season. The next one is Thursday, Jan. 4 at 4:15 p.m. Decemberʼs event featured Kim Mayfield, Roy Schneider, Eileen Kozloff and Hank Woji.
LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC Backstreets
915 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-945-7555
The Barrel Room
2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-333-2225
Bert’s Bar & Grill
4271 Pine Island Rd Matlacha • 239-282-3232
Blue Flame of Naples
2059 Tamiami Trail East Naples • 239-774-6060
Blue Monkey Bar & Grille
7550 Mission Hills Drive suite 326, Naples 239-597-2583 Hank Woji
Buckingham Blues Bar
5641 Buckingham Road Fort Myers • 239-693-7111
Seminole Casino Hotel
300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda 941-639-9695
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 • 239-9484400
17200 S. Tamiaimi Trail Fort Myers • 239-454-8454
The Cigar Bar
Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers 239-267-6020
The Center Bar at The Promenade
26811 S. Bay Drive #128 Bonita Springs 239-325-3583
1270 Estero Blvd., Ft Myers Beach • 239-7655440
1023 SE 47th Terrace Cape Coral • 239-5417900
506 S. 1st St., Immokalee • 800-218-0007
The Shell Factory
2787 N. Tamiaimi Trail North Fort Myers 239-995-2141
Smokin Oyster Brewery
340 Old San Carlos Blvd. For Myers Beach 239-463-3474
3465 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 239-498-8887
9144 Bonita Beach Road Bonita Springs 239-405-8566
1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers • 239-344-6147
Tiki at Wyndham Garden
Tiki Bar at Days Inn
5961 Silver King Blvd. Cape Coral • 239-5415600 1131 First St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-8077
Old Naples Pub
255 13th Avenue S., Naples • 239-649-8200
Paradise Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key 1502 Miramar St. Cape Coral 239-540-8454
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill
1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5900
1200 W. Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda 941-639-8721
16440 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers • 239-466-8326
The Nauti Mermaid
2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-3257
5785 Cape Harbour Drive Cape Coral 239-542-0123
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The Buddha Bar
4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral 239-549-3000
Kim Mayfield and Roy Schneider
The Rhythm House
1520 Broadway, Fort Myers • 239-337-3446
24851 S. Tamiami Trail #7 Bonita Springs • 239-4953800
12701 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-482-8565
Pete’s Time Out
6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5711
18051 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers 239-267-7900
Twisted Vine Bistro
2214 Bay St., Fort Myers • 239-226-1687
The Village Pub
4360 Gulf Shore, Naples 239-262-2707
3380 Mercantile Ave., Naples • 239-263-6777
Yucatan Beach Stand
250 Old San Carlos Fort Myers Beach 239-333-4386
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Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
Germain Arena, Estero
SW Florida Event Center
MAR. 2 & 3
Tower of Power, Blackberry Smoke, Here Come the Mummies
Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell
Seminole Casino Hotel The Ranch Concert Hall
SW Florida Event Center
The Moody Blues
Germain Arena, Estero
Art Garfunkel Artis–Naples
SW Florida Event Center
The Lovinʼ Spoonful SW Florida Event Center
Seminole Casino Hotel
The Family Crest Top Rocker Field
Randy Houser, Parmalee, David Nail Collier County Fairgrounds
JAN. 28 & 29 Paula Anka Artis–Naples
B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
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Neil Sedaka Artis–Naples
SW Florida Event Center
Downtown Punta Gorda Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell will perform Jan. 13 at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee. This show is sold out.
Mary Wilson & The Shirelles
Seminole Casino Hotel
Seminole Casino Hotel
The Ranch Concert Hall
The Temptations & The Four Tops
B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
Seminole Casino Hotel
Germain Arena, Estero
Michael McDonald B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
The Beach Boys Artis–Naples
The Bottle Rockets & Chuck Prophet
SW Florida Event Center
Germain Arena, Estero
B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
Germain Arena, Estero B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
FEB. 15 Sponge
SW Florida Event Center
B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
SW Florida Event Center
The Ranch Concert Hall SW Florida Event Center
SW Florida Event Center
Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Lao Tizer
Laishley Park, Punta Gorda
Oak Ridge Boys
Seminole Casino Hotel
SW Florida Event Center
Aaron Neville Artis–Naples
MAR. 7 Daughtry
B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
MAR. 10 Jeff Rupert
Six Bends Harley-Davidson
The Platters & The Coasters
Seminole Casino Hotel
SW Florida Event Center
Seminole Casino Hotel
Righteous Brothers Artis–Naples
B.B. Mann Hall at FSW
Seminole Casino Hotel
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Clay Walker - Jan. 13
Cody Jinks - Feb. 9
Clay Walker, Cody Jinks to play at The Ranch SAM GALLOWAY CONCERT SERIES
The Sam Galloway Concert Series in conjunction with Gator Country 101.9 continues with more national artists at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers in 2018. Clay Walker is set to perform at The Ranch on Jan. 13. MultiPlatinum country music artist and East Texas native, Clay Walker, rocked the country scene in 1993 with his debut album that included the smash hit “What’s It To You.” He continued to make a splash, releasing a string of number one hits including “If I Could Make A Living,” “This Woman and This Man” and “Rumor Has It.” In 1996 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but Clay did not let that set him back. He has continued touring and recording steadily since the diagnosis and is well known for his high-energy concerts and performance style. He later founded the Band Against MS foundation after realizing the impact the disease has on others. Since its formation in 2003, Clay has helped Band Against MS raise upwards of $5 million through charity performances, golf tournaments, bike rides, auctions, etc. Clay has had 4 RIAA Platinum albums, 2 Certified Gold albums, and 11 #1 singles to date. After “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” reached top 5 on the radio, Clay began working on new music with a fresh sound. He recently released his single “Right Now” to The Highway on Sirius XM this past fall, teasing an impending album release. The full album is expected to debut later this year. Tickets for Clay Walker’s show start at $32. The Ranch welcomes Cody Jinks on Feb. 9. With his smooth baritone and lonesome, dark-hued country songs, the Saving Country Music Album of the Year award winner is proving that Country Music empowered by credibility has made its way to the masses. This did not happen overnight for Jinks, who has spent Happenings Magazine
the better part of the last 10 years playing numerous empty bar rooms to a never ending financial loss. “Yeah, I’ve been pretty good at losing money. Not the greatest feeling in the world to be gone from home for long stretches of time, only to walk in the door broke. But I never gave up. Never even had that thought.” His latest critically-acclaimed album I’m Not The Devil smashed his Personal Chart Records, Breaking Top 5 On Billboard Country And Independent Album Charts. Pandora called I’m Not The Devil “a gift from above for country fans of all stripes.” Tickets start at $27 for Cody Jinks. Opening the show will be Ward Davis and Sunny Sweeney. Other upcoming shows in the Sam Galloway Concert Series include Jamey Johnson on Feb. 23, High Valley on April 7, Tracy Lawrence on April 21 and Colt Ford on April 27. The Sam Galloway Concert Series was started in the fall of 2014 to help bring awareness to Community Cooperative (The Soup Kitchen) and the good work they do in the community, says Brian Tidwell, general sales manager of Sam Galloway Ford. The concert series features rock and country artists on a regular basis at the venue. Portions of the profits of each concert go to help Community Cooperative feed the community, Tidwell said. For every pound of food donated, Sam Galloway Ford donates $1 to Community Cooperative. Concert goers are also encouraged to bring canned food items to the concerts at The Ranch. For tickets & details, visit www.theranchfortmyers.com. The Ranch can be reached at 239-985-9839. For most concerts, the doors open at 7 p.m. at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. January 2018 - 53
The Family Crest
Twisted Strings Jan. 27
Two nationally hailed groups The Family Crest and Simply Three will headline the 2018 Twisted Strings Music Festival Saturday, Jan 27 at Six Bends Harley-Davidson’s Top Rocker Field in Fort Myers. With lead vocalist Liam McCormick, The Family Crest blends classical romantic music with horn-laden Roaring ‘20s sounds. This San Francisco based seven-piece band was named #13 on Pastes magazine Best New Bands of 2014 noting that “Even with just seven people on stage, The Family Crest’s sweeping orchestral pop can hardly be contained.” NPR Music named The Family Crest “Favorite New Artist” in 2014. In a recent review of the group’s latest album Prelude to War, Paste magazine writes “One thing is certain: These guys are just as explosive as ever, and these songs are going to bring the house down in a live setting.” The gates will open at 4 p.m for an evening of music, food and fun. Back by popular demand and performing as guests arrive will be Southwest Florida’s Hot-Buttered Nuggets, bringing their own twist to artists ranging from Satchmo to Tom Waits to The Ink Spots. The festival opener is Southwest Florida’s Laura’s Auras. Billed
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as half Leonard Bernstein and half Lynyrd Skynyrd, Laura’s Auras will have the audience on its feet. The national opener will be Simply Three. Acclaimed as “having what it takes” (Boston Philharmonic) and “highly imaginative and well played” (Maine Today), Simply Three continues to receive praise for their ability to impress listeners with a multitude of genres that span from Puccini and Gershwin to artists such as Adele, Coldplay and Michael Jackson. The electrifying trio of Glen McDaniel, Nick Villalobos, and Zack Clark, Simply Three has been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. By reshaping convention through this style of genre hopping, the trio continues to seek the true essence of classical crossover with original works as well as innovative arrangements that showcase their technical virtuosity and heartfelt musicality. Tickets are on sale at www.twistedstrings.org. General admission is $35 per person or two tickets for $60. VIP tickets that include VIP parking, exclusive seating, catered meal, commemorative festival T-shirt plus a back stage pass to meet the bands are $150 per person or $1,350 for a table of 10.
Hot Buttered Nuggets
Air Supply at Seminole Casino Hotel Jan. 26
Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & IT$ NOT OBER YET Productions present Air Supply in concert. The super duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock will perform their iconic music at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Friday, Jan. 26 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", "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. Concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are available starting at $85 for general admission can be purchased online at www.jaytv.com, at the casino or by phone at 800-514-ETIX(3849).
Mary Wilson, The Shirelles to perform Feb. 2 Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & IT$ NOT OBER YET Productions present music icons Mary Wilson and The Shirelles in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Friday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, founded one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history – The Supremes. Since then, Wilson has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. The Supremes found legendary success when Motown founder Berry Gordy put them in touch with his top writing and producing team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. With an unprecedented 12 number-one hits, including five in a row: “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop, In The Name Of Love” and “Back in My Arms Again.” Wilson worked hard to keep the dream alive even after Ballard
and Ross left the group. Wilson, Jean Terrell and Cindy Birdsong performed as The New Supremes and racked up three top 10 hits: “Up The Ladder To The Roof,” “Stoned Love” and “River Deep, Mountain High” (with the Four Tops). To this day Wilson continues to tour under the moniker of Mary Wilson of The Original Supremes, and has performed for celebrities and politicians all over the world. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Shirelles were one of the earliest and among the very best girl groups with more than 20 “Billboard Top 100 Hits” including the timeless classic Billboard #1 Hits “Soldier Boy” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”. Often credited with launching the girl-group genre, their enduring string of hits began with "I Met Him on a Sunday" and their historic 1958 debut at New York’s legendary Apollo Theatre, which launched them into music history. The Shirelles’ series of hits includes “Dedicated To The One I Love” (Billboard #3), “Foolish Little Girl” (Billboard #4), “Mama Said” (Billboard #4), “Baby It’s You” (Billboard #8), “Everybody Loves a Lover” (Billboard #19), “Big John” (Billboard #21), “Tonight’s The Night” (Billboard #39) and more. Tickets are $59 and can be purchased at www.jaytv.com, at the casino or by phone at 800-514-ETIX (3849).
Tanya Tucker on stage Feb. 3 Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & IT$ NOT OBER YET Productions present An Evening with country music legend Tanya Tucker at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. A defining voice of country music, Tucker inspired many female artists who still top the charts today. From the signature classic songs to the unforgettable sass and soul of her voice, Tucker has paved a path in country music and beyond. Her style has proved to be timeless ever since she recorded her debut single “Delta Dawn” at age 13. The single earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” and launched Tucker into the national spotlight. In 1972, she earned the “Top New Female Vocalist” Happenings Magazine
award by the Academy of Country Music. With a wildly growing career at such a young age, the Tucker craze continued with her first number one single in 1973, “What’s Your Mama’s Name.” As additional hits continued, Tucker added an edgy rock image, which she still embraces, to her musical taste with the album T.N.T, which was released in 1978. Through a collaborative relationship with Glen Campbell, Tucker transitioned to a new label in the early 1980s and was back in the Top 10 with “Can I See You Tonight.” Just a few years later, Tucker experienced another hit with “One Love at a Time.” She had four more number one charted hits between 1986-1988. The 1990s gave rise to “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane” and “It’s a Little Too Late.” Tickets are $67.50 and are available at the casino, on www.jaytv.com or by calling 800-218-0007.
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Southwest Florida Event Center
Karla Bonoff, Phil Vassar, Lovin’ Spoonful
The Southwest Florida Event Center is now under new ownership and management, and they have lined up some great entertainment for 2018. The center offers a diverse lineup of high end music of all genres, dinner shows and performances featuring international, national and local artists. Located in Bonita Springs, the SWFL Event Center will welcome several national artists in the coming months such as The Wailers on Jan. 5, Karla Bonoff on Jan. 13, Phil Vassar on Jan. 18, Lovin’ Spoonful on Jan. 19, Sponge on Feb. 15, Bottle Rockets & Chuck Prophet on Feb. 18, Gino Vanelli on Feb. 22, Don McLean on Feb. 23, Jefferson Starship on Feb. 24, Ana Popovic on March 6, Collin Raye on March 11, Little Texas on March 24 and Marc Cohn on May 11. As a songwriter, Karla Bonoff's songs have been interpreted by other artists such as "Home" by Bonnie Raitt, "Tell Me Why" by Wynonna Judd, and "Isn't It Always Love" by Lynn Anderson. Linda Ronstadt has recorded a number of her songs, notably three tracks on the 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind – "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me," "Lose Again," and "If He's Ever Near"-which introduced the then-unknown Bonoff to a mass audience. In her early career, Bonoff sang background vocals for Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her debut album in 1977, titled Karla Bonoff (1977). Her other albums include Restless Nights (1979), Wild Heart of the Young (1982), New World (1988), and All My Life (a greatest hits collection) in 1999. Bonoff is best known as a songPhil Vassar - Jan. 18 writer, but she is also noted for her hit recording of "Personally", which became a #19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the summer of 1982. She also recorded "Standing Right Next To Me" on the 8 Seconds (1994) movie soundtrack and "Somebody's Eyes" for the Footloose (1984) soundtrack. Bonoff's first live album was released in September 2007. This double CD includes many of her best-known songs performed live in concert on October 24, 2004 in Santa Barbara, CA (except for one song recorded July 30, 2005 in Japan). She is backed by her touring band, which includes Kenny Edwards (guitar, bass, mandolin, cello, vocals) and Nina Gerber (guitar) plus long-time associate Scott Babcock (drums and vocals). Phil Vassar is one of a handful of musicians to have multiple hits as a songwriter and as an artist. He has 10 Number 1s, 15 Top 10s and 26 Top 40s. Top songs include “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Carlene,” “Six Pack Summer,” “American Child,” “For a Little While” & “My Next Thirty Years” (Tim McGraw), “Right on the Money” (Alan Jackson), “I’m All Right” & “Bye Bye” (Jodee Messina) and many more. American Soul is Phil’s ninth album. He also recently launched 56 - January 2018
Karla Bonoff - Jan. 13 “Songs from the Cellar” a wine-infused musical conversation airing across the US and Europe. Lovin’ Spoonful is a folk and rock music band that has delighted audiences for several decades. Many of their hits have become songs that embody the 60s and 70s American culture. A popular band with their roots in Greenwich Village, Lovin’ Spoonful brought a new sound to an era firmly entrenched in the so-called British invasion. Their bouncy, feel-good music was popular with the folksy, hippie vibe of the period and beyond. The center also has a diverse lineup of tribute artists: Tina Turner on Jan. 6, Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 24, The Beatles on Jan. 26, Billy Joel on Feb. 1, Chicago on Feb. 9, Atlantic City Boys on Feb. 10, Glen Campbell on Feb. 11 and Bee Gees on Feb. 17. The new owners of the SW Florida Event Center are Richard and Jennifer Shanahan. The SW Florida Event Center is located at 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE. For tickets and info, call 239-245-9910 or visit www.swfleventcenter.com
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WED - 3
Michael Winslow 8 p.m. Comedy Zone
THU - 4 Mike Rivera 7:30 p.m. Laugh In
Jamie Kennedy 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook
Michael Winslow 8 p.m. Comedy Zone
FRI - 5
Mike Rivera 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Jamie Kennedy 7 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook
Michael Winslow 8:30 p.m. Comedy Zone
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Mike Rivera 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Jamie Kennedy 7 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook
Michael Winslow 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone
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Jamie Kennedy 7 p.m. Off the Hook
COMEDY CLUB CALENDAR WED - 10 Rita Rudner 7 p.m. Off the Hook
WED - 17
THU - 25
SAT - 27
Darren DS Sanders 8 p.m. Comedy Zone
THU - 11
Jimmy JJ Walker 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook
Bear Webb 7:30 p.m. Laugh In
THU - 18
Tom Green 7 p.m. Off the Hook
Bobby Collins 8 p.m. Comedy Zone
Tom Green 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook
Bobby Collins 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone
Dat Phan 7:30 p.m. Laugh In
Rita Rudner 4 & 6:30 p.m. Off the Hook
Brad Williams 8 p.m. Off the Hook
Darren DS Sanders 8 p.m. Comedy Zone
FRI - 12
Dat Phan 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Brad Williams 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook
Darren DS Sanders 8:30 p.m. Comedy Zone
SAT - 13
Dat Phan 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In
Darren DS Sanders 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone Brad Williams 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook
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Brad Williams 7 p.m. Off the Hook
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Marc “Skippy” Price 7:30 p.m. Laugh In
Valarie Storm 7:30 p.m. Laugh In
Jimmy JJ Walker 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook Jeff Dye 8 p.m. Comedy Zone
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Valarie Storm 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In
FRI - 26
Bear Webb 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Tom Green 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook
Bobby Collins 8:30 p.m. Comedy Zone
Bear Webb 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In
TUE - 30 Gary Conrad 7:30 p.m. Laugh In
WED - 31 Andy Gross 8 p.m. Comedy Zone
* schedules subject to change
Rich Voss 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook
Jeff Dye 8:30 p.m. Comedy Zone
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Valarie Storm 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Rich Voss 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook
Jeff Dye 6 & 9:30 p.m. Comedy Zone
SUN - 21 Rich Voss 7 p.m. Off the Hook
WED - 24 John Charles 7:30 p.m. Laugh In
Rob Magnotti 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook
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
Florida Keys Seafood Festival Jan. 13 & 14
Attendees at the 13th annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14, can celebrate the region’s world-renowned fresh seafood and the commercial fishermen who devote their careers to harvesting it. Presented by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association, the family-friendly community feast is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Key West’s Bayview Park, located at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive. The savory seafood menu features fresh grilled Florida spiny lobster, “pick and peel” Key West pink shrimp, stone crab claws, fried local fish, smoked fish dip with crackers, lobster bisque and more. All seafood is to be prepared and served by local fishermen and their families. Traditional regional favorites such as conch salad, conch chowder and conch fritters, prepared according to local recipes, also await attendees. Other edibles include hotdogs, hamburgers, sweet flan and Key lime pie. Beverages ranging from soft drinks to beer and wine to island-style cocktails are to be available for purchase. Plans also call for nonstop live music by regional musicians and
bands, raffles and a “fun zone” with lively activities for kids. Vendor booths are to offer arts and crafts depicting aspects of the fishing community and marine life, as well as other items handcrafted by local artisans. Admission is $5 per adult, including entry into a raffle for $250 worth of seafood, and free for children under age 12. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association and scholarships for college-bound students from Key Largo to Key West. For event info, visit www.floridakeysseafoodfestival.com or Key West visitor info, visit www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Food & Wine Festival Jan. 24 - 28
Adventurous aficionados of fine food and vintages can explore creative cuisine, premium wines and unique events in a subtropical island setting during the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival. Set for Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-28, the festival’s indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs’ culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere. Attendees can whet their appetites for island-style excellence at Henry Flagler’s Welcome Party, planned for 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, on the Atlantic Ocean beach of Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, at 1500 Reynolds St. The mouthwatering gathering is to recall the elegance of the early 1900s, shortly after the completion of Flagler’s Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad and the luxurious Casa Marina. Subsequent festival standouts include two Wine Around Neighborhood Strolls set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Guests can choose from the Bahama Village or Historic Seaport experience, both featuring stops at unique neighborhood emporiums for samples of cuisine and wines. Friday’s schedule stars the oceanfront Sunset Grand Tasting, attendees can enjoy fine wines and light bites and watch Key West’s famous sunset. Key West’s historic Old Town is to be the setting for an adventure for wine lovers Saturday afternoon during “Old Town Uncorked.” The event pairs a tasting stroll 60 - January 2018
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House & Garden Tour
Jan. 12-13, Feb. 16-17, March 16-17 Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and interior design that complements each. February and March tours are offered 10 am to 4 pm each day. Transportation between homes is not provided. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on tour days. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs. www.oirf.org
Mile 0 Fest Key West Feb. 7 - Feb. 10
featuring vintages from diverse wine regions with an exploration of more than 25 enticing boutiques, shops and galleries. In addition, festival attendees can immerse themselves in a series of exclusive winemaker dinners scheduled nightly Jan. 25-27. A VIP “connoisseur experience” package is available covering admission to multiple events or attendees can purchase tickets for individual events. For festival info and tickets, visit www.kwfoodwinefest.com
Mile 0 Fest Key West is a brandnew music festival assured to be a “must see” in the burgeoning Red Dirt & Americana music scene. Take in the big shows at Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheatre, a brand new state-of-the-art facility located blocks off the hopping streets of Duval, OR get into a stripped down acoustic set with your favorite band leader at one of the theatres or bars off Duval. Throw your hat into the ring for one of the charity golf outings or a fishing derby! www.mile0fest.com Happenings Magazine
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Author Rhonda Nelson and Little River Band members Wayne Nelson, Chris Marion and Greg Hind at Happenings Magazineʼs inaugural From the Road - Stories and Songs event held Dec. 3at The Barrel Room.
From the Road - Stories and Songs
New event featuring author and members of Little River Band sells out
A new event called From the Road - Stories and Songs, creater, sharing a love of classic rock, seeking out their favorite winered and presented by Happenings Magazine, had a successful ies and socializing with new and old friends alike. debut in early December. The magazine kicked off its new series In her book A Different Life, Rhonda pulls back the curtain on of intimate and interactive events around Southwest Florida with celebrity life while offering readers a chance to hear stories, enjoy national artists who will share their treasured family recipes and photos stories in an acoustic and intimate and experience all things pertaining to venue. life on the road. The inaugural From the Road Formed in 1975, Little River Band event Dec. 3 at The Barrel Room in has sold more than 30 million records downtown Fort Myers was a sell out and had many hits like “Help is On the and featured author Rhonda Nelson Way,” “Cool Change,” “Reminiscing,” and her husband, Wayne, of Little “Lonesome Loser” and others. River Band. They were joined by Greg Rhonda, Wayne, Greg and Chris Hind and Chris Marion, also members shared stories and played some of the of Little River Band. band’s many hits. The audience was Rhonda wrote a book about life on able to ask each of them questions the road with her rock star husband. directly. The evening ended with a What’s it like to grow up as a small meet and greet with photos and autotown Southern girl and marry a rock graphs. star, and then discover you’ll have to This new series will showcase share the love of your life with the artists who are willing to share their band and thousands of their fans? stories and music in an unplugged and That’s what happened to Rhonda intimate setting. It will allow the audiPictured are Happenings Magazine owner Jamie Nelson, whose husband Wayne ence to interact with these talented Kuser, Chris Marion and Greg Hind of LRB, author Nelson is the lead singer and bass artists. Rhonda Nelson, Happenings Magazine owner Kathy player for Little River Band. Since Stay tuned to the magazine for the Kuser and Wayne Nelson of LRB Dec. 3 at the debut 2000, Rhonda and Wayne have travannouncement for the next From the of From the Road - Stories and Songs presented by eled across the United States togethRoad - Stories and Songs event. Happenings Magazine at The Barrel Room. 62 - January 2018
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Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing Feb. 6 Celebrate the Edison Festival of Light and help feed the hungry by attending Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing Tuesday, Feb. 6 at The First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers at the corner of Second and Lee streets. It’s the 29th anniversary of the hymn sing, which is organized and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the event, three performances are planned at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Admission is free, but because of the increased need for food for the hungry, organiz-
ers are requesting that those who attend bring cans of non-perishable food and a voluntary cash donation, if possible, to benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative. “We need to help The Soup Kitchen by donating as much canned goods and cash as we can to help families who most need it in our community,” said Sam Galloway, Jr., founder of Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing. This year’s event will feature the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and many other singers, including members of the Mastersingers, guest soloists, along with a piano-organ combination.
Christmas Carol Sing
Residents who attended the Christmas Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers Dec. 5 contributed plenty of canned goods to help The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative feed the hungry in Southwest Florida. About 6,000 pounds of food was donated at the 27th Annual Christmas Carol Sing, which was sponsored and organized by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The canned goods will be distributed immediately to families in need, according to event organizers. “It is so gratifying to see our community coming together to help those less fortunate, especially during these economic times. The need has never been Rev. Roger Peterson and soloist Linda Digman sing greater,” said event founder Sam “God Bless America.” Photos by Susie Bennett Galloway, Jr. About 2.000 people attended the three performances, which featured a sing-a-long with the First Presbyterian Church Choir, special guest soloists, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. In addition to the Christmas Carol Sing, the Galloway Family of Dealerships also annually sponsors Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing, to be held Feb. 6 at First Presbyterian Church. Both events benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative, which was founded by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers along with other churches in 1984. The Christmas Carol Sing and Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing are major sources of support for Community Cooperative, which works to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County. The non-profit agency provides more than 15,000 meals each month through its Community Cafes and Meals on Wheels programs, distributes more than 500,000 pounds of groceries Soloist Beth Filiowich sings “O Holy Night.” through its Mobile Food Pantries and serves 6,500 individuals and families with homeless For more information about Community and comprehensive case management services Cooperative, call (239) 332-SOUP or visit through its Social & Education Resource www.communitycooperative.com. Centers. 64 - January 2018
The Verandaʼs general manager Dennis Genge
The Veranda marks 40 years
Most professionals are planning their retirement after 40 years of working in the same industry. But Paul Peden, owner and founder of the Veranda restaurant in downtown Fort Myers says he has no plans to slow down or walk away from his cherished dining icon. In 2018, the Veranda will celebrate 40 years of operation. Peden, who bought the two three-story, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes in 1978 and transformed them into the Veranda, has always maintained that there is no finish line for the restaurant. He says constant hard work, attention to detail and a consistent level of quality and service is what has kept his restaurant successful for the past four decades. “We still work hard every day to improve our food and service; we are never satisfied,” said Peden who has operated nearly 30 restaurants in his career. “We are constantly evolving to meet the changing tastes of our patrons. From the front of the house to the back of house, everyone works very hard to make it a great experience for our guests every time they dine with us, and I think it shows. It takes a skilled, caring staff honed to the needs of our patrons to keep them coming back.” “Our success can be attributed to the amount of experience our staff has. Our team has been doing this for a long time and they really know the business of taking care of people,” said general manager Dennis Genge who has been with the Veranda since 2000. The Veranda is located at 2122 Second St. and features Southern regional cuisine. Call 239-332-2065 or visit verandarestaurant.com. Happenings Magazine
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The Lobby Bar & Lounge 1520 Broadway, Downtown Fort Myers Happenings Magazine
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Taps & Tunes returns Jan. 13 Craft beer, live music and more comes to downtown Fort Myers on Saturday, Jan. 13 for the third annual Taps & Tunes Craft Beer & Music Festival. Sample more than 80 craft beers while enjoying music from Problem Kids, Of Good Nature, and Jukebox the Ghost. Plus, purchase a variety of eats from local food trucks! The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is hosting this event which will be held at Centennial Park, downtown Fort Myers. The event runs 2 to 8 p.m. Problem Kids go on stage at 2 p.m., followed by Of Good Nature at 4 p.m. then ending with Jukebox the Ghost at 6 p.m. Jukebox the Ghost arrives after years of accruing a diehard following while remaining one of the hardest-working live acts in music. The group’s quirky songwriting and breathtaking performance skills have led the trio to share stages with Ben Folds, Jack’s Mannequin, Motion City Soundtrack and Guster, while being one of Yep Roc’s lynchpin artists since signing to the label in 2010. Jukebox the Ghost has dazzled on big stages, such as when the group rocked The Late Show with David Letterman, showcasing the vibrant pop-rock workout of “Schizophrenia” on late-night TV. The band recently returned to latenight TV where they performed the song "Postcard" off of their new self titled album on Conan. Of Good Nature is an indie rock-reggae group that was formed in Charlotte, NC, in 2011. The 2011 debut album, Just Add Water, won
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Jukebox the Ghost Indie-Ville Reggae Album of the Year - Nashville, TN. On October 23rd 2015, their sophomore album, Life Worth Livin, debuted at #5 on the iTunes Top Reggae Album Chart. The notable Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg, FL added Of Good Nature to the already stacked bill through their Artist Discovery Series in early 2017, along with Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Iration, Steel Pulse, The Green and many more. Problem Kids’ undeniably fresh sound is characterized by the group’s willingness to bounce effortlessly between vintage hip-hop, roots rock, and Caribbean salsa rhythms without missing a step. With creative arrangements and catchy melodies in place, the storytelling lyricism from two witty emcees seal the signature PK sound. In 2010, Problem Kids dropped their first full-length album, Poetry in Motion, which introduced the masses to their vibrant sound and featured some of Miami’s top emerging talent including songstress Anna Palmerola on the track “Ride with Me,” and rising reggae artist AG Lyonz on “Hold Me Down.” The album was well-received with local press, and catapulted the group to a busy show schedule, which included opening slots for hip-hop legends Chuck D, Uncle Luke, Rakim and more in 2012 alone. Tickets are $45 for unlimited beer tasting, $75 for VIP pass and $5 general admission. Tasting flights will be available for purchase at the event. For tickets and info, visit www.sbdac.com/taps-and-tunes-fortmyers/ Taps and Tunes is sponsored by Suncoast Beverage, iHeart Media, Y100, Courtyard Marriott, City of Fort Myers, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.
Of Good Nature
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1st Street Deli
Diners at the Seminole Casino Immokalee will enjoy the 1st Street Deli. The authentic New Yorkstyle delicatessen brings a distinctly unique dining concept to the casino, featuring deli pickles, fresh bread and sandwiches bigger than your appetite. Offerings include piled high pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, reubens, hot paninis, hamburgers and salads. Opens 10 a.m. daily.
506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
Capt’n Fishbones Seafood Grill
Capt'n Fishbones at The Shell Factory has moderately priced lunches, dinners and a full selection of cocktails. We serve Florida favorites like shrimp, crab cakes, fish fries, burgers and sandwiches. Enjoy the great tropical weather at Dogbones Café or the Swamp Bar and Patio where even the four legged "children" are welcome. Large group rates are available for lunches, dinners, special events and meetings. We’re open daily at 11 a.m. with daily specials and Happy Hour all day, every day. Hear live entertainment in the Swamp Patio daily 4 - 7 p.m. Classic car shows every Monday & Thursday 4 - 7 p.m.
2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.com
Deep Lagoon Seafood & Fish Market
Nestled in the heart of Florida lies a place just off the beaten path where the drinks are colder, the fish is fresher and the food is tastier. Where you can breathe easy, be casual and take in the sights and sounds of everything that is “Real Florida.” A Fresh Twist on Coastal Casual, we feature a wide variety of menu options to satisfy the appetite of any guest. We offer the freshest product available, with daily deliveries from our local fishing partner Island Crab Company. Happy Hour from 11 am - 6 pm featuring small plates from $5 - $8.
10395 Tamiami Trail N, Naples 239-631-6266 www.deeplagoon.com
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EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill at Seminole Casino Immokalee is your place for downhome favorites. The Grill is serving up a delicious new menu featuring gluten-free and organic items, such as the glutenfree Cobb Salad and savory Organic Herb Roasted Chicken. The EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill is open 24/7 and serves all day breakfast, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, tableside flambé desserts and the popular Seminole Fry Bread. Closed for renovations.
506 South 1st St., Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
At GameTime at Gulf Coast Town Center, you can play and eat in style! With a wide variety of menu selections including appetizers like Ahi Tuna Crisps and Fried Mac N' Cheese Balls; entreés that include Baby Back Ribs, Churrasco, Salmon and Pasta dishes; great kid’s meals; healthy Salads and delicious Sports Bar staples like Chicken Wings and Nachos, you are certain to have a fantastic dining experience while everyone has a great time! We offer a full liquor Sports Bar and 2-4-1 all day every day on any individual beer and wine.
10037 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers 239-204-5964 www.gametimeplayers.com
Asian-inspired upscale restaurant Lucky Mi Noodle House at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee has unveiled several creative new menu items that further enhance the dining experience. In addition to Avocado Tempura, Sesame Seared Tuna, and Shanghai Ribs, Lucky Mi has added hot rocks house specials that allow guests to cook their own entrees to perfection at the table on volcanic rock heated to 575 degrees.
506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 800-218-0007 www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com
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
Marker 92 Bar & Bistro
Treat your taste buds to simply prepared fish, premium steaks, an impressive wine selection and handcrafted cocktails. Dine indoors or outside on the patio and savor your favorite dish al fresco while overlooking the breathtaking views of the Caloosahatchee River, Gulf of Mexico & Tarpon Point Marina. Happy Hour daily 4–7 p.m.
5961 Silver King, Cape Coral 239-541-5600 www.Marker92.com
Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford
Located on the historic Caloosahatchee River and offering the best riverfront dining experience and sunset views, Pinchers at the Marina at Edison Ford is the place for the freshest seafood. Caught from local waters by local fishermen, Pinchers brings the best catch from the water to the table. With 2 for 1 Happy Hour all day every day and kids eat free, Pinchers is Florida Seafood, Florida Style. Pinchers has 13 Florida locations including Tin City Naples, Bonita Springs, Tarpon Point Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach and Gulf Coast Town Center.
2360 West First St., Fort Myers 239-245-7049 www.pinchersusa.com
Tiki Hut Bar & Grill
There's always something to do at the Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at the Dolphin Key Resort. Located in Downtown Cape Coral, the biggest Tiki bar in the world offers live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday, Key West Style Relax Wednesday and Thursday, Light outdoor atmosphere, so family, and friends two or four legged are welcome. Great food menu, with Florida Specials, pool table,TVs. Open 7 days. Kitchen open late.
1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 239-540-8454 www.dolphinkeyresort.com
Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse
With a goal of bringing a first-class experience and barbeque product Texas Tony’s Rib and Brew House was born. Tony Phelan grew up in Texas, took those roots and his love of Texas barbeque and set out on a plan of introducing a unique brand of barbeque to Southwest Florida. Taking a combination of Hickory and Oak woods to smoke with and cooking at low temperatures, it created the perfect formula for Award-Winning Barbeque. Texas Tony’s barbeque is “all about the rub and the ring.” The rub is made from his secret recipe. The ring occurs when you smoke meat over a long period of time; the pink is where the smoke has permeated the meat.
4519 Tamiami Trail E., Naples 239-732-8392 www.texastonys.com
Twisted Vine Bistro
Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic River District, prides itself on an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef, and other unique innovative entrees. We also feature an extensive boutique wine list, with more than 30 wines by the glass. Twisted Vine Bistro grows our house herbs and spices in our courtyard garden! We can accommodate small private event parties for after hours, social gatherings or rehearsal dinners. Dinner is served seven nights a week. We are open Monday through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Join us for brunch in our courtyard garden. The Twisted Vine Bistro has expanded with the opening of The Barrel Room featuring live music and a late menu. The Barrel Room now offers a jazz brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2214 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-226-1687 www.twistedvinebistro.com
The Veranda's romantic setting in two turn-of-thecentury homes, combined with our Southern Regional Cuisine, an extensive wine list, and first class service staff will provide you with the most unique dining experience in SW Florida. Celebrating 40 years in business, The Veranda is consistently honored as one of the most award-winning restaurants in the area.
2122 Second St., Fort Myers 239-332-2065 www.verandarestaurant.com
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JANUARY CALENDAR MON - 1
Chicago Through Feb. 10 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jim Garee, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Animals: Fact and Fable Exhibition Through Jan. 27 Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples 239-262-6517 Narrative Art Exhibition Through Jan. 7 Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples 239-262-6517 TGIM Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Join hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa Dehaven with judges Kinfay Moroti, Joseph Pearson, and Darrell Nutt for TGIM! Cocktails at 6:30 pm, Films at 7 pm, $10 for adults, $8 for Students & Seniors. 239-333-1933 Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
TUE -2 Salute to Vienna Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 8 p.m. 239-481-4849 Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin 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 70 - January 2018
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Bruce Neumann & Tiki D, noon-3 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007
WED -3 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m. in Center Court. 941-575-3007 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Latin Caribbean Jazz Allstars The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-333-2225 Yard Dog Charlie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Sunset Celebration Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral There will also be arts & crafts vendors, Free. 4 - 7 p.m.. 239-574-0806 The Instructor's Showcase Jan. 3 – 25 Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda 941-639-8810. Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Rod Stewart 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
THU -4 Leoma Lovegrove - My Studio Through Jan. 7 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Art Council reception Co-Op Art Gallery at Coconut Point 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Estero 4 - 6 p.m., 239-949-3073 Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Not an open mic, all acoustic musicians and bands encouraged to come & share their talents. Facebook for info. 6 – 8 p.m.
FRI -5 Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6 - 10 p.m. www.fortmyersartwalk.com Jory Lyle The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Neil Diamond 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
Journey & Bon Jovi 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
Dan Miller, Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225
Simone Eisenbeiss exhibit René Miville Gallery The Franklin Shops 2200 First Street, Fort Myers 6 p.m. for Art Walk 239-333-3130
Gianna The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jim Garee, noon-3 p.m., Center Court & Muttini Mingle, 5:30-8 p.m. and Music by Dr. ShooBop Ken Feder. 941-575-3007
ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., Fort Myers Reception for exhibits featuring artists Guy Tiemans and SW FL Craft Guild, 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 239-337-5050 Ari & The Alibis The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225
SanCap Art League: Show Off Through Feb. 3 BIG ARTS Sanibel Island Phillips Gallery 239-395-0900
Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., 239-540-8454
Concert Series: Nikki Talley Mercato, 9118 Strada Pl, Naples 6-9 p.m. 239-254-1080
The Woodwork Performance Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 p.m. 239-213-3058
On Location: A Plein Air Show Through Feb. 3 BIG ARTS Sanibel Island Founders Gallery 239-395-0900
Crimes Of The Heart Through Jan. 21 The Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers 239-218-0481
Bronfman, Beethoven and French Moderns Jan. 4 - 6 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 239-597-1900
Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Pup Morse Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454
The Wailers SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m., 239-245-9910 Weaving Water Group Art Show Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 6 p.m. for Art Walk, 239-333-1933 Happenings Magazine
Alicia Schmidt Exhibit Through Jan. 25 Cape Coral Arts Studio 4533 Coronado Pkwy, Reception Jan. 12 5 - 7 p.m. 239-574-0802
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Cottrell, noon-4 p.m. and Al & The Hot Flashes, 5-9 p.m., Center Court, 941-575-3007
Charlotte Players: Breaking Legs Through Jan. 14 Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle, Murdock 941-255-1022
The Sunset Celebration Relentless Fire Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. and Bruce & Tiki D, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900
Saturday Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 11 am to 4 pm fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com
SUN -7 Gulf Coast Symphony: Nadja
Winter Beach Party: Ballroom Beach Bash! The Lake Kennedy Center 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral John Goulet. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. $5 www.capeparks.com
The next Naples Art in the Park is Saturday, Jan. 6 outside the Naples Art Association. Pictured is local artist Gabrielle Nappo.
Salerno-Sonnenberg Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849
Tina Turner tribute SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m., 239-245-9910
Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225
International Photography Invitational exhibit Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 6 p.m. in the Grand Atrium 239-333-1933
Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, Estero Rockin’ Horse, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766
Beatles, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee and Everly 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
SAT -6 SWFL Symphony Masterworks II: Pianorama Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 ACMA concert Reckless Saints All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10$15 donation. Roy Schneider opens. www.americanacma.org Mark Telesca The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Winter Carnival Good Shepherd Lutheran School 4770 Orange Grove Blvd., N. Fort Myers Rides, food, games and more! Entertainment: The Alex Lopez Xpress & Maiden Cane 5:30 p.m. 239-995-7711 Happenings Magazine
Sound Machine Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Pup Morse; Bite the Bullet Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 1 - 4 p.m.; 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Walker Brothers and The Dillards Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 p.m. 239-213-3058 Naples New Year's Art Fair & Art in the Park Jan. 6 & 7 5th Ave. South, Naples 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 239-262-6517 Diva Comedy Night III Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 8 p.m. 239-939-2787
One Night in Memphis BIG ARTS Sanibel Island 8 p.m. 239-395-0900 Estero Fine Art Show Jan. 6 & 7 Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.HotWorks.org Brandon Robertson Duo Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Naples New Year’s Art Show & Art in the Park January 6 & 7 5th Avenue South, Naples 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 239-262-6517 Heroes and Hounds Sun Splash Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral Live music, food and beverage trucks, K-9 demonstrations, carnival style games, and raffle prizes will all be part of the event. Free. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. www.capecoralanimalshelter.com. ROC Day Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers ROC day is celebrated by spinners and weavers as well as other fiber enthusiasts all over the world! Try your hand at spinning and weaving at this centuries old event! 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 239-333-1933 Legendary Tribute Show Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Featuring the music of Elvis, Frankie Valli and Louis Armstrong. 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221
Wayward Souls Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Americana: The Prestage Brothers The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 4 p.m. 239-333-2225 Paul & Quinten The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Island Jazz BIG ARTS Sanibel Island-Boler Garden 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, 2-6 p.m., Center Court, 941-575-3007 Swingin’ on Sunday with the Sarasota Jazz Project Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 3 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Naples Big Band Cambier Park Band Shell, Naples 2 to 3:45 p.m. 239-597-3240
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JANUARY CALENDAR MON -8 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, noon- 3 p.m. and Singer Jim Garee, 4-7 p.m., Center Court, 941-575-3007 Celine Dion, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis 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 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Capitol Step Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Napless 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Charlotte County Jazz Society Joe Delaney & Friends Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Colorado Piano Trio and Guests Nisita Concert Series U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 and $7 for students, www.fgcu.edu/cas/bsma 239-745-4268 Honing In: Selected Artists from the Thursday Outdoor Painters Exhibition January 8 - 27 Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples 239-262-6517 Author Lecture Series: Nathan Hill Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Noon - 2 p.m. 239-333-1933 SW Florida Film Society Robb & Stuckey Community Room, 13170 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 4:30 p.m. 239-565-0355
TUE -9 Bach and Mendelssohn Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 72 - January 2018
Finding Neverland Through an. 14 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 239-481-4849 Beach Boys 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 Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Bruce & Tiki D, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Brenda Lee's 60s Legends Tribute Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Plein Air and Quickdraw exhibit Through Jan. 25 Visual Arts Center 210 Maud S.,Punta Gorda 941-639-8810 Casablanca Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples Jan. 9 - 13 239-597-1900 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Harbour View Gallery reception Harbour View Gallery, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral Artists Barbara Broderick, Roy John Fuller, 6 - 8 p.m. 239-540-5789
WED - 10 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Singer Michael Hirst, noon - 3 at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m., Center Court, 941-575-3007 Jersey Boys 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 Goldtones Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Southwest Florida Symphony BIG ARTS ,Sanibel Island-Schein Hall 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Your Love Story, Our Musical Jan. 11 - 14 Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers www.artinlee.org Opening Gallery Show & Reception "Art thru the Lens" Cape Coral Art League 516 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Cora Open to the public! 5 - 7 p.m. On display Jan. 11 to Feb. 7. 239-7725657
Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m., Center Court 941-575-3007
Art and Nature Night Shangri-La Springs, Old 41 Road, Bonita Dream of Reality exhibit featuring artists Mila Bridger, Danielle Braunchard, Tim Smith and Cesar Aguilera, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-949-0749
TheatreZone - Me & My Girl Through Jan. 21 G & L Theatre 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 239-424-9500
THU - 11 The Hallelujah Girls
For the Love of Beethoven The Village Church Auditorium Shell Point 15100 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-454-2067
Through Feb. 24 Off Broadway Palm Theatre 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Dan Miller, Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Tina Turner, Blues Bros. 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 Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Not an open mic, all acoustic musicians and bands encouraged to come & share their talents. Facebook for info. 6 – 8 p.m. Gianna The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Pup Morse Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Southern Country Soul Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221
Del Prados The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N Tamiami Trl. N. Ft. Myers 5:30 p.m. 239-995-2141 Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
FRI - 12 Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 RJ Howson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 How the Other Half Loves Through Jan. 31 Florida Repertory Theatre 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488 Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, Estero Silver Sneakers. 239-948-3766 Lucky Buzzard The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Shore Patrol Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 The Drifters Jan. 12 - 13 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 6 & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 SWFL Symphony Small Stage Concert Series: For the Love of Beethoven Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 239-333-1933 Quilt Show: Florida Celebrates Quilts-Splashes of Color Jan. 12- 13 Lee County Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers www.SWFQG.com
SAT - 13 The Sunset Celebration - The Echo Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 AAA Travel show Lee County Public Schools, 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-939-6500 ACMA concert Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10$15 donation. Roy Schneider opens. www.americanacma.org Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Karla Bonoff SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m., 239-245-9910
Animal Life: Hatchett, Maldonado, Ocasio and Spry Through Feb. 3 Lee County Alliance for the Arts. 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Reception: Jan. 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. 239-939-2787
Hall of Fame & Motown 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
Noises Off Through Feb. 17 BIG ARTS Strauss Theater, Sanibel 239-395-0900
Brandon Robertson Duo Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225
The Pajama Game Through Jan. 21 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral 239-772-5862
Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m., Center Court.Music by Tiki Tom & LA Daniels, 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 941-575-3007
Pup Morse; Electric Lipstick Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 1 - 4 p.m.; 7 - 11 p.m., 239-5408454
Jim Croce Tribute Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221
1st Annual Pineapple Festival Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island Explore Marco Island's long, rich history of farming pineapples and shipping them as a nationwide supplier. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-642-1440
The Eagles 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 Wood Art Expo Jan. 2 & 13 Charlotte Harbor Event Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 716-628-7042 Happenings Magazine
Andy T Band with Alabama Mike The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Dick Fox’s Golden Boys-Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 8 p.m. 239-658-1313
Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival Cape Coral Parkway in South Cape Coral between Del Prado Boulevard and SE 10th Pl, north to SE 47th Ter Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. live music on Jan. 13 from 3 to 9 p.m. 239-699-7942 www.CapeCoralFestival.com
Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Tour Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 7 p.m. 239-948-7825
Taps & Tunes Craft Beer & Music Festival Centennial Park, Fort Myers 2 - 8 p.m. 239-333-1933
Bonita Springs National Art Festival Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs Jan. 13-14 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.artcenterbonita.org
Human Trafficking Awareness Exhibition Through Jan. 27 Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples Nola Theiss uses art to educate children about human trafficking. 239-262-6517 National Anthem Auditions Miromar Outlets, Estero Compete to sing The National Anthem at a 2018 Minnesota Twins Spring Training game. 1 to 3 p.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store. 239-948-3766 Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association Monthly Show Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 1 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jim Blackburn Smooth Jazz, noon-4 p.m. Singer Paul Nagel, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007
ACMA Concert South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 2 p.m. 239-479-4636
SoCo Second Saturday Art Crawl Colonial and McGregor Blvds, Fort Myers 6 - 10 p.m. www.SoCoSWFL.com Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show Cambier Park, Naples 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 239-776-8002 James Massacci exhibit at DAAS Co-Op DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts, 1400 Colonial Blvd, ste 84, Ft Myers 5 p.m. 239-590-8645 Bike Night Downtown Fort Myers 6- 10 p.m. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com
SUN - 14 The Moody Blues Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 7:30 p.m. 239-948-7825
Gallery Walk & Talk: Animal Life Exhibit Lee County Alliance for the Arts. 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 6 p.m. 239-939-2787
Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225
Clay Walker The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors open at 7 p.m., 239-985-9839
Blues & Bloody’s Sunday series The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 12 - 7 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Art After Dark Phil Fisher Gallery and Guess-Fisher Gallery along with the Galleries of Crayton Cove are hosting Art After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m., a group of galleries representing professional artists in our community in Old Naples, by the Bay, all within a oneblock walk, where 8th St S & 12th Ave S meet at the flagpole. www.GalleriesOfCraytonCove.com
Beatles, Everly Bros., Jerry Lee, Buddy Holly 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
Gulfshore Playhouse: The Price Through Feb. 4 Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S, Naples 239-213-3058
Fort Myers Mastersingers Messiah Lutheran, North Fort Myers 3 p.m. 239-560-9512 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Tiki Tom & LA Daniels, 2-6 p.m. Center Court. 941-575-3007 January 2018 - 73
JANUARY CALENDAR SUN - 14 continued The Classix Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454
Paul & Quinten The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Americana: RJ Howson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Cleveland International Piano Competition Winner: Nikita Mndoyants BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island 3:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Art Garfunkel Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Naples Concert Band Cambier Park Band Shell, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 513-582-4031 Pets on Third Parade & Pet Festival Third Street South, Naples Noon to 2 p.m. 239-649-6707 Bach and Mendelssohn Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900
MON - 15 3 Redneck Tenors Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Four Leaf Strummers Banjo Group, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. and Singer Jim Garee, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 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 Yesterday - The Beatles Tribute Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers 1:15 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 239-278-4422 74 - January 2018
Quickdraw competition Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St.,Punta Gorda Meet artists and preview the freshly finished paintings. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A Collector's Preview Luncheon begins at 1 p.m. 941-639-8810. Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Harvard Din & Tonics Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples 8 p.m., http://our.show/harvarddins
TUE - 16 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Bruce & Tiki D, noon -3 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series Featuring Violinist Frank Huang Opera Naples Wang Opera Center 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples 7:30 p.m. 239-963-9050 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Billy Joel, Cher, Bob Seger 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
WED - 17 Suzanne & Jim Present Song Chasers Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia The couple maintain the Americana Roots Music tradition, blending their harmonious duet vocals with skillful musicianship on many instruments: 5-string banjo, guitars, flute, autoharp, courtship dulcimer and a few surprises. 6 p.m. 239-479-4636
Manny T The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Neil Diamond 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 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Naples Players Charles Ives Take Me Home Through Feb. 11 Community Theatre 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 239-263-7990 Interactive Art Presentation with Zan Lombardo Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Zan Lombardo will walk you through her 4-foot tall by 30-foot long watercolor of woven imagery and help you discover the mysteries contained therein. 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. 239-333-1933 A Caregiver’s Journey New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Road in Fort Myers. Kim Campbell, wife of the late Glen Campbell, shares her Alzheimer’s experience. Free, 3 p.m. Registration required. RSVP at Donate.HopeHCS.org/Kim 77-856-2449 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m. in Center Court. 941-575-3007 Yard Dog Charlie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454
THU - 18 Steve Martin and Martin Short Suncoast Credit Union Arena at FSW 13351 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Dan Miller, Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225
Sundown Stroll Tarpon Point Marina Village 5991 Silver King Blvd., Cape oral Fun, family friendly event on the third Thursday every month. Live music, 4 p.m. to sunset. www.tarponpoint.com Continental Divide Jan. 18 - 21 and 25-28 Firehouse Theatre, 241 N. Bridge st., LaBelle 863-675-3066 Phil Vassar SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m., 239-245-9910 Pup Morse Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Around Town-Naples Philharmonic First Presbyterian Church, Bonita Springs 9751 Bonita Beach Road 7:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 An American in Paris Jan. 16 - 21 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 239-597-1900 Dinner with Artists Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples $130/person $250/couple and 10% off if entire series is purchased. www.NaplesArt.org 239-262-6517 Opening wine & cheese reception for the Plein Air show Visual Arts Center 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda 5 p.m. www.VisualArtCenter.org 941-639-8810 Chris MacDonald Memories of Elvis Rockin' Birthday Bash Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Cheryl Crow 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 Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Singer Jim Garee, noon-3 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007
Alive After Five Downtown Punta Gorda 5 to 8 p.m. the downtown merchants bring you live music, artists and demoing, food trucks, other entertainment. 941-391-4856
Fleetwood Mac 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 Gulfshore Opera: Classic Cabaret Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-939-2787
Radical Landscape Design: Addressing Scarcity and Abundance in the Public Ecosphere through the Material Culture of Bees exhibition opening reception ArtLab in the west side of the Library building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd S., Fort Myers 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 239-590-7199
August The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454
Glenn Miller Orchestra The Village Church Auditorium Shell Point 15100 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-454-2067 Tropical Beach Party Lovers Key State Park 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Not an open mic, all acoustic musicians and bands encouraged to come & share their talents. Facebook for info. 6 – 8 p.m. Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Gulfshore Opera: Very Verdi First United Methodist Church, Punta Gorda 7 p.m. 239-529-3925
FRI - 19 The Sunset Celebration-High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 ACMA concert - Kip Lawrence All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10$15 donation. Alan & Cindy Bickford open. www.americanacma.org Charlotte Players: Noises Off Through Jan. 27 Cultural Center Theatre, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte 941-255-1022 Gulfshore Opera: Very Verdi Rose History Auditorium, Marco 7 p.m. 239-529-3925 Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6-10 p.m. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Happenings Magazine
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW in Fort Myers presents the Jerry Uelsmann: Imagemaker exhibit Jan. 11 - March 24
Jory Lyle The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com
Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
Tiger Blue Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m.,and Singer Paul Roush 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007
Lovin’ Spoonful SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m., 239-245-9910 Bee Gees 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 James Armstrong Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Vinyl Vibes Series presents An Evening with the King Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Join SBDAC for a brand new retro records music series, Vinyl Vibes, featuring some of the best tribute and cover acts in the nation. An Evening with King pays tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley. 8 p.m. | Cocktails: 7 p.m. 239-333-1933
Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, Estero Neon Summer, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Sanibel Community House Art Festival Jan. 19 & 20 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-293-9448
SAT - 20 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s
JW Jones The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Wildlife & Wildlands Art Show Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park 11135 Gulf Shore Dr., Naples Free with regular park admission: $4 for one-person vehicle, $6 for 2-8 person vehicle, and $2 each for walkers and bicyclists. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-597-6196 Celebration in the Sky Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee Free fireworks show at 9 p.m. 239-658-1313 Victoria Woodcock Vocal Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers This recital is free and open to the public. 3 p.m. 239-745-4268 2018 Latinfest Six Bends Harley-Davidson, 9501 Thunder Rd. Fort Myers Food, Fun and Music! Kids area and rides for kids! 5 – 10 p.m. Free. www.hispanicchamberflorida.org
Stone in Concert featuring the Southwest Florida Symphony Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849
Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, noon-4 and Singer Michael Hirst, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007
Brandon Robertson Duo Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225
Sunset Celebration Double Standard Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 January 2018 - 75
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Pages, Brushes and Gems: SWFL Pen Women Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva Southwest Florida Pen Women professional artists and writers will discuss what inspires their works of art whether it be a poem or a painting, glass work, a novel or a necklace. Registration is required. 1 p.m. 239479-4636
SUN - 21 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 1-5 p.m, Center Court. 941-575-3007 Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Jersey Boys 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 Paul & Quinten The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Gulf Coast Symphony: A Tribute To Ella Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 Gulf Coast Big Band Cambier Park Band Shell, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-877-6090 Santiago Rodriguez, piano Nisita Concert Series U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 3 p.m. 239-745-4268 Americana: Ayla Lynn The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. 239-333-2225
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Lee County Community Band Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard The program features the famous overture Morning, Noon, and Night by Franz Von Suppé and Over the Rainbow from “The Wizard of Oz”; plus medleys of Broadway hits, popular Tijuana Brass tunes; old favorites, including Peg O’ My Heart and I Want a Girl; and George Gershwin tunes., beginning at 3 p.m. 239-995-2097 Trinity River Band Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 2 - 5 p.m. 239-939-2787 Island Jazz BIG ARTS Sanibel Island-Boler Garden 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 The Naples Players An Evening of New Plays Tobye Studio, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 7 - 9:30 p.m. 239-263-7990
MON - 22 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jim Garee, 4-7 p.m., Center Court, 941-575-3007 Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Jodie DeSalvo Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Elton John, Elvis 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 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454
TUE - 23 An American In Paris Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers January 23-28 239-481-4849
TheatreZone Jan & Dean’s Beach Party Jan. 23 and 24 G & L Theatre 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 239-424-9500 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Motown 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 Rebecca Rocaunt Vocal Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers This recital is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Nicholas Lewis Piano Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers This recital is free and open to the public. 8:15 p.m. 239-745-4268 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bruce & Tiki D, noon-3 p.m., Singer Paul Nagel, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Rocking and Rolling South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Dave Kilbride will perform music from the 50s and 60s. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Miami City Ballet Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141
WED - 24 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m. in Center Court. 941-575-3007
In Perfect Harmony Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Art After Hours Artis—Naples at Hayes Hall Galleries 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. 239-597-1900 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Rat Pack 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 Bruce Springsteen tribute SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m., 239-245-9910
THU - 25 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. and The Band Anastazja 4-7 p.m., Center Court, 941-575-3007 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Pup Morse Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Manny T The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Art & Poetry Networking Event Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 8 p.m. 239-333-1933
Alter Ego Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Pkwy 7 p.m. 239-574-0806
Cape Coral Historical Museum’s Bluegrass Jamboree 544 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral Noon - 5 p.m. 239-772-7037
Creole Clay Photography exhibition Jan. 25 - Feb 8 Library study area, Library building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers 239-590-7229
James Taylor, CSN, Simon & Garfunkel 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
Creole Clay: Heritage Ceramics in the Contemporary Caribbean author’s talk, book signing and photography exhibition opening Library study area, Library building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers This event is free and open to the public. 5 p.m. 239-590-7229 Frisson Ensemble BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 The Eagles 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 Linda Chesis, flute and Michael Baron, piano Nisita Concert Series U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Evan Drachman, Cellist The Woodlands Grand Cypress Room, Shell Point 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-454-2067 Poetry Open Mic Night Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 6 - 9 p.m. 239-939-2787 Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Jaycee Acoustic Jam Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral Not an open mic, all acoustic musicians and bands encouraged to come & share their talents. Facebook for info. 6 – 8 p.m.
FRI - 26 Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Happenings Magazine
Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Everglades Wonder Gardens has opened “Birds of the Everglades,” a new exhibit featuring the photographic artworks of wildlife conservation photographer Marc Harris. Air Supply Seminole Casino Immokalee 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 8 p.m. 800-514-3849 Chris O’Leary Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Lucky Buzzards The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com 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 Ragedy Lapsey Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Mozart and Mattila Jan. 26 - 27 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m., Center Court and Singer Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Garden Brothers Circus Jan 26 - 27 Germain Arena, Estero 239-948-7825 Beatles tribute SW Florida Event Center, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 8 p.m., 239-245-9910
Standing O! The Concert Through Jan. 28 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral 239-772-5862 Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, Estero Enjoy the sounds of The Electric Mud, featuring funky Rock N’ Roll sounds. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Opera Arias and Classic Duets Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 8 p.m. | Cocktails: 7 p.m. 239-333-1933 Caloosahatchee Celtic Fest Jan. 26 & 27 Centennial Park, Fort Myers 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday 239-321-7530
SAT - 27 Sunset Celebration - Goin’ Coastal Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Brandon Robertson Duo Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Art Festival at Mercato Jan. 27 & 28 9123 Strada Place, Naples 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 239-293-9448 Clam Jam of SW Florida Seafood & Music Festival Jan. 27 & 28 German American Social Club, 2101 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Sunday 239-443-4457
Symphonic Chorale: Lovestruck Soiree Colonial Country Club, 9181 Independence Way, Fort Myers 6 p.m. 239-560-5695 Balsam Range BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island 8 p.m. 239-395-0900 Rockin Jake Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 7th Annual Chili Fest Laishley Park 100 East Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge, Beer, & Blues Fest headlined by Rev. Shawn Amos. Noon - 5 p.m. 941-637-5953 Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com ACMA concert - Bill Mize All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10$15 donation. Bill Burkert opens. www.americanacma.org Theatre Conspiracy’s New Play Contest Fundraiser Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-939-2787 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, noon – 4 p.m., Center Court and Singer Frank Matyok, 5-9 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 Jazzy Nights - Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto and Kenny Washington Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Cocktails: 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. 239-333-1933 January 2018 - 77
JANUARY CALENDAR SAT - 27 continued Twisted Strings Music Festival Six Bends Harley-Davidson 9501 Thunder Rd, Fort Myers 4 p.m. 239-590-2361
Rock Around the Clock East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres Dave Kilbride takes music lovers of all ages on a tuneful journey through the hits of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636
Naples Jazz Society Cambier Park Band Shel, Naples 2 p.m. 239-263-1113
MON - 29 Live Music in the Village
Americana: Christina Christian The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. 239-333-2225
Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Four Leaf Strummers Banjo Group11:30-1 Singer Jim Garee, 4-7 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007
Balsam Range Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 7:30 p.m.
8th Annual Art Show & Sale Jan. 27 & 28 Cape Coral Art League 516 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral 10 a.m - 4 p.m. 239-772-5657
Paul Anka Jan. 28 - 29 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 239-597-1900
The Stray Cat Lee Rocker Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900
Hermitage Piano Trio BIG ARTS Sanibel Island 3:30 p.m. 239-395-0900
Rocking and Rolling South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Tommy Barr. 2 p.m 239-479-4636 Chalk Art On Fifth Fifth Ave South, Naples 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 239-514-4100 Riverside Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454
SUN - 28 Live Music in the Village
Gulfshore Opera presents Grand Opera Night Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 6th Annual Gumbo Fest The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 North Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 239-995-2141 Champagne Signature Concert U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers 3 p.m. email@example.com or 239-745-4268
Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 1-5 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007
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
Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225
Car Cruise-In Downtown Fort Myers noon - 4 p.m. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com
NexxLevel Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Paul & Quinten The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-9952141
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Chamber Music Concert The Art Hall at the Koreshan State Park 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero One of J. S. Bach’s most famous works, the Concerto for 2 violins, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 Op. 18. Featured artist is violinist Max Rabinovitsj who is well known throughout the U.S. and Europe. 4 p.m. 239-596-8404
Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash Show Country Legends in Time with Frankie and Donna Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221 Colton James The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Phil Coulter & Geraldine Branagan The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 239-405-8566 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454
TUE - 30 Community Concerts: Piano Battle Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Ray, Motown and Beyond Vocal Tour de France Jan. 30 - 31 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Arienne Fort Junior Vocal Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. This recital is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Bruce & Tiki D, noon -3 p.m., Center Court. 941-575-3007 The Glen Campbell Xperience! Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte Ultimate Glen Campbell Tribute 7 p.m. 941-625-4175 x221
Paul Larson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Eric Malibu Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454
WED - 31 Diana Krall Turn Up The Quiet World Tour Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 The Elephant: Stories You’ll Never Forget Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 - 9 p.m. 239-939-2787 Mary Todd Lincoln: In the Shadow of Glory Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Actress and playwright Janina Birtolo brings Mary Todd Lincoln to life onstage, and shows us a woman who survived great personal loss and was tragically misunderstood in her own time. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir Gorodkin, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. at Good ‘Ole Days Coffee and 4-7 p.m. in Center Court. 941-575-3007 Opera Stars Concert Featuring María José Montiel Opera Naples Wang Opera Center 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples 7:30 p.m. 239-963-9050 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-9952141 Yard Dog Charlie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454
The City of Fort Myers and Celtic Heritage Productions present
Celtic Festival FRIDAY, JAN. 26 starting at 5 p.m.
House of Hamill Albannach Rathkeltair Admission $5
SATURDAY, JAN. 27 starting at noon
The Screaming Orphans Marcille Wallis & Friends West of Galway Kellyn Celtic Dancers Admission $12
House of Hamill
Children under 12 free
(accompanied by paying adult)
Two day festival pass only $15
Lawn chairs encouraged. No coolers.
CelticHeritageProductions.com For more information call
Live music, food,
drinks & craf t vendors
Gates open at 11 am Saturday THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
West of Galway
Kellyn Celtic Dancers
Published on Dec 29, 2017