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Theatre season

Our local theatre season is bustling with excitement as great dramas, comedies and musicals are brought to life all across Southwest Florida. No one can say we don’t have great theatrical options. New Phoenix Theatre’s second show of its inaugural season is La Cage aux Folles which plays March 7 - 31 in Fort Myers. Gulf Coast Symphony and Broadway Pam have teamed up again and will present Show Boat March 23 and 24 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW in Fort Myers. Hay Fever continues until March 9 at Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers. On March 22, Florida Rep presents Million Dollar Quartet on stage through April 21. Broadway Palm in Fort Myers presents Guys and Dolls now through March 30. In the Off Broadway Palm Theatre, Mama Won’t Fly continues through April 28. In Naples, In The Next Room plays through March 10 at Gulfshore Playhouse. Holmes and Watson will then be presented March 23 through April 20. The Laboratory Theater of Florida gives us And the Winner Is .... now through March 16 on its Fort Myers stage. The Naples Players are performing Guys and Dolls March 6 through April 7 at the Sugden Theatre. Always a Bridesmaid opens March 27 and runs through April 20. TheatreZone in Naples presents On a Clear Day You Can See Forever March 7 - 17 at the G & L Theatre. The Charlotte Players give us Steel Magnolias March 8 through March 24 at Langdon Playhouse in Port Charlotte. In Cape Coral, Chicago the musical is on stage March 1 through March 10 at Cultural Park Theater. Ripcord will then be presented March 22 - 31. BIG ARTS on Sanibel welcomes the Zoetic Stage theatre company when it presents Every Brilliant Thing March 8. Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts presents Joe Turner’s Come

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and Gone March 1 - 17. Ghostbird Theatre Company will hold its annual 24 Hour Festival on March 2 and 3 at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers.

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Art festivals

March is also a busy month for outdoor art festivals in our area. The Bonita Springs National Art Festival is March 2 and 3 at Riverside Park. The Naples Masters Art Festival takes place March 2 and 3 at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt. Art in the Park is March 2 at Cambier Park in Naples. The Naples Artcrafters show is March 9 in Cambier Park. The Peace River National Art Festival is March 16 and 17 in Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. The annual Naples Downtown Art Show will take place March 23 and 24 on 5th Avenue South. The Masters Art Festival at Bonita Bay will be held March 30 and 31 at The Promenade in Bonita Springs. The Naples Art Show will take place March 30 and 31 at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt.

Sanibel Music Festival

One of the many highlights of March is the return of the annual Sanibel Music Festival. This year’s schedule includes seven intimate concerts featuring nationally recognized talent.

More concerts

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers welcomes Collie Buddz, Tracy Byrd and Chris Lane in March. The Bonita Blues Festival is March 8 and 9 and features headliner Johnny Rawls. National artists at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee this month include The Platters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Lonestar, Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell. JJ Grey headlines the Peace River Revival March 30 in Punta Gorda. The Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz and Blues presents The Rippingtons on March 30. Rock on,

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THEATRE

Florida Repertory Theatre extends run of Hay Fever

Florida Repertory Theatre announces the extension of Hay Fever by Noël Coward, a witty and hilarious comedy of bad manners, playing now through March 9 in the Historic Arcade Theatre. Set against the backdrop of the glamorous 1920s, this classic farce is Coward at his finest: razor-sharp and as dry as a martini. The Bohemian Bliss family is gathered for a relaxing weekend in the English countryside and unbeknownst to the others, each of them has invited a guest. What was supposed to be a weekend of leisure spirals into mayhem as the family's eccentricities prove too much for their unsuspecting visitors. "This is one of the great English comedies," said Florida Rep artistic director Greg Longenhagen, "and audiences are in for a treat with a top-notch cast and expert creative team. No playwright is as good as Coward when it comes to capturing the foibles of the English upper classes, and the result is crisp writing, delightful characters and comedy that stands the test of time. Hay Fever is as funny today as it was when Coward wrote it 90 years ago. This comedy is the play to see if you are looking for laughs." Regional theatre and Broadway veterans Kate Levy and Matt Sullivan make their Florida Rep debuts to lead the cast as the eccentric stage actress, Judith Bliss, and her egotistical writer husband, David Bliss. Levy was seen most recently on Broadway in

Bernhardt/Hamlet, and Sullivan's recent regional credits include the Guthrie Theatre, Minetta Lane,and Baltimore Center Stage. Also making their Florida Rep debuts are New York actors Jake Murphy and Olivia Stevenson as Simon and Sorel, the equally eccentric and self-centered Bliss children. Murphy was recently seen offBroadway at the Potomac Theatre Company, and Stevenson worked recently with Greenbrier Valley Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe. Florida Rep ensemble members Rachel Burttram and Brendan Powers are joined by frequent guest artist Seth Andrew Bridges and current acting intern company member Sydney Torres as the Bliss' unsuspecting guests. Also returning to Florida Rep's stage is British stage and screen actress Lesley Staples as the Bliss' long-suffering maid. Tickets are available online at www.FloridaRep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488. Tickets are at $55 and $49 for regular performances. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay Street between Jackson & Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River District.

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Naples Players present Guys & Dolls

The Naples Players announce the cast for the upcoming classic musical production, Guys & Dolls, which runs March 6 through April 7 in Blackburn Hall at The Naples Players Sugden Theatre. The artistic duet that led the creative and musical direction behind TNP’s sell-out productions, Chicago and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, are leading the charge once again on Guys & Dolls. Naples favorite Dawn Lebrecht Fornara is directing/choreographing and paired with the masterful musical direction of Charles Fornara. In fact, it was 15 years ago that this musical brought Charlie and Dawn together for the first time. Now they re-live those moments, but as a married couple. Guys & Dolls is a classic American musical featuring some of Frank Loesser’s most memorable tunes, including the hilarious “Adelaide’s Lament,” the romantic “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” the exuberant “If I Were a Bell,” and the classic “Luck Be a Lady.” Involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings, Guys & Dolls follows the story of a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but. Guys & Dolls takes us from bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City as it demonstrates the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a “doll.” Performing in this masterful and unforgettable musical, are cast

members: Amy Hughes and Jesse Hughes, another married couple remembered for their notable performances in TNP’s Music Man as Marian and Harold Hill, play Sarah Brown and Sky Masterson respectively. TNP newcomer David Shaffer is Nathan Detroit and Jessica Walck (Sylvia, Chicago) is Miss Adelaide. Reprising the successful and memorable TNP Guys & Dolls production from 15 years ago, Joseph Loiacono returns to perform as Arvide Abernathy again as well as Jim Corsica as Nicely-Nicely Johnson. Bev Canell, oft referred to with the upmost admiration as “The General” within the walls of the Sugden Community Theatre, is reprising her unforgettable role as General Cartwright. Completing the cast is Len Becker as Harry the Horse, Bob Patteri as Big Jule, Paul Lopresti plays Lieutenant Brannigan, Jason Eugenides is Benny Southstreet, Evelyn Kasper is Agatha, and Jack Weld as Rusty Charlie. Ensemble members include: Gaby Biagi, Mackenzie Black, Julia Cornwall, Sophia Costa, Adam Fasano, Frankie Federico, Jeremy Giovinazzo, Wiefta Jean, Kevin Kenneally, Elizabeth Marcantonio, Harry McCartney, Stephanie Nelson, Jack Norkeliunas, Ella Pflaumer, Thomas Richardson, Ryan Roberge, Logan Szittai, Sharon True, Perry Ventro, Lindsey Walsh and Elyse Yun. Sugden Theatre is located at 701 5th Avenue South in Naples. Tickets are $45 and are available online at www.NaplesPlayers.org or by calling 239-263-7990.

And the Winner Is ... at Lab Theater

Keeping with the tradition of Albom brings us another heartbringing fresh and edgy theater to warming and hilarious story of the the area, The Laboratory Theater insatiable ego of a famous actor of Florida announces the and an unusual event that helps Southwest Florida premiere of him to reflect upon his life. This Mitch Albom’s And the Winner Is. delightful and, at times, uproariousTyler Johnes just wants to make ly hilarious comedy will make you it to the Oscars to accept his award laugh, think, and be grateful for the for Best Supporting Actor. There's special people in your life.” just one problem: he seems to be The Lab has new seating. stuck in a bar where things are not Rows A, B, and C are on the floor. quite ... normal. Seamus the barRows D and above are on risers. tender isn't helping matters, either. And The Winner Is ... plays While Tyler continues to try to from now to March 16 at the make it onto the red carpet, he is Laboratory Theater of Florida. interrupted by unusual visitors. Remaining performance dates Filled with humor and emotion, this are Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, play will win your heart. 15, 16 at 8 p.m.; and March 3, 10, Director Carmen Crussard 16 at 2 p.m. says, “Mitch Albom's And the A community talkback will Pictured (back, from left) are And the Winner Is cast Dave Winner Is ... is a hilarious comedy immediately follow the performance Yudowitz, Todd Lyman, Michael Andrew, TJ Albertson; (front, that is sure to arouse, not only on Feb. 28. from left) Danielle Channell & Maddy Hayes. Photo by Paula Sisk some belly laughs, but some spiriTickets are available to purtual and philosophical introspecchase at This is the best kind of comedy: one that lets tion, as well. When an actor, Tyler Johnes www.Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the us laugh at ourselves while also making us (played by TJ Albertson) dies the night before box office at 239-218-0481. For more informathink about our own paths. Also: Strippers.” the Oscars, an event that he has worked tion, visit online at Lab artistic director Annette Trossbach toward for his entire career, and forsaken www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or the says, “Known for Tuesdays With Morrie and everything in order to achieve, he is forced to physical location at 1634 Woodford Ave. in the The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch re-evaluate the things that really matter in life. Fort Myers River District. 8 - March 2019

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THEATRE

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever March 7-17 THEATREZONE

Barbra Streisand made the title song famous, and TheatreZone’s version of the Broadway musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever will make audiences fall in love with the whole score. The professional Equity theatre presents the musical March 7 through March 17 at the G&L Theatre on the Community School of Naples campus, 13275 Livingston Road in Naples. The show will be directed by TheatreZone artistic director Mark Danni. “We pride ourselves on the caliber of our professional casts and musicians,” said Danni. “To have three veterans of Broadway affiliated with this production means audiences will be treated to incredible voices, magical stage presence and exceptional musicianship.” The story, written by Alan Jay Lerner (My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon), centers around Daisy Gamble

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has some unusual powers – like hearing phones before they ring and making flowers grow just by talking to them. However, she thinks she’s just a normal person. In fact, her primary concern is trying to quit smoking in order to please her fiancé. Kristin To accomplish this goal, she seeks the help Carbone of a hypnotist, Mark Bruckner. During their sessions, Mark discovers that she can regress into past lives and different personalities. Mark ends up falling in love with one of Daisy’s personalities, “Melinda.” In the end, Daisy finally realizes how special she really is. TheatreZone’s cast includes Broadway veterans Larry Alexander, who was Marius in Les Miserables, and Kristin Carbone, who appeared in

Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof, Mary Poppins, and Cinderella. The band will be under the direction of Keith Thompson. His most recent list of professional credits include musical Larry director and conductor for the Las Vegas companies Alexander of Jersey Boys, The Producers, Hairspray, and for the North American premier of the hit musical, We Will Rock You. As conductor and musical director for the first national tours of Mamma Mia! and Cabaret, Thompson directed stars such as Teri Hatcher, Lea Thompson, and Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz in lead roles. He also supervised the music for the Australian production of Cabaret in Sydney and won the 2000 Dora Award as musical director of Cabaret in Toronto. Tickets are on sale at www.theatre.zone and by calling 888-966-3352 x1.

Steel Magnolias on Charlotte Players’ stage

Boffo is an informal theatrical term meaning “very good,” as in “boffo b-o (box office).” Charlotte Players is hoping for just that when the much-anticipated Steel Magnolias arrives on the Langdon Playhouse stage March 8 through March 24. Many will remember the 1989 film adaptation of Robert Harling’s 1987 play. Director Herbert Ross coaxed star turns from Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and the unforgettable Julia Roberts, who won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress. Local director Gary Seddon has assembled a strong cast for the Charlotte Players production set in a beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., with wise-cracking salon owner Truvy Jones, her eager new assistant Annelle Dupuy-DeSoto, rich curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux, eccentric millionaire Clairee Belcher, social leader M’Lynn Eatenton and her daughter Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie. Filled with hilarious repartee, the play is truly touching, as the women and their friends encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process. “The six female characters are like the metaphor of the title,” said Seddon. “Playwright Robert Harling describes them as flowers that are ‘so delicate … but actually made of much stronger stuff.’ “In the spirit of true friendship, they speak the truth with honesty that is sorely missing in our country today,” the director added. “The universal themes in Steel Magnolias account for its longevity and relevance today.” Meanwhile, Irish eyes will be smiling, and no doubt shedding a tear or two, during this St. Patrick’s Day month when the Charlotte 10 - March 2019

Players presents a pair of popular Irishmen, comedian George Casey and tenor Cahal Dunne, both appearing for one-night-only shows at the William H. Wakeman III Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte. Casey, also known as the “King of Blarney,” will take the stage on March 12. Born in a remote village in Ireland, he grew up in a large family where he honed his skills as a comic at the expense of his brothers and sisters. “Ireland’s International Comedian” has been entertaining audiences the world over for more than 30 years. Two days later, in Cahal Dunne in Concert, the famed songwriter, pianist and storyteller makes a welcome return. Known as “Ireland’s Piano Man,” the County Cork native is sure to entertain his many existing fans and gain some new ones. Also in March, auditions for Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore take place on Sunday, March 17, and Monday, March 18, at the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center, 1100 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. Director Jenni Elliott will be seeing actors at 7 p.m. both days. Like Jack Benny, Norman is as young as he feels. Suffering from retirement remorse, he hatches business schemes to fill idle hours. Edna, his loving wife, is delighted that her new neighbor Rosemary has a son who may be a match for their daughter. When widowed Rosemary recognizes Norman and reminds him of their youthful, romantic past, Edna is threatened and works to keep their offspring apart, hoping it also keep Norman and Rosemary apart. The comedy is set for the Langdon Playhouse in May. Tickets for all Charlotte Players productions are available at www.charlotteplayers.org or by calling 941-255-1022 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Happenings Magazine


CULTURAL PARK THEATRE COMPANY

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Every Brilliant Thing March 8 at BIG ARTS THEATRE

Gregg Weiner in Every Brilliant Thing. Photos by Justin Namon

BIG ARTS welcomes the accomplished Zoetic Stage theater company to Schein Hall on Sanibel with an exhilarating, interactive play that strikes a delicate balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter. In this one-person tour de force, a man attempts to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as he progresses from childhood on and it proves to be helpful to the son in ways that it could never be for the mother. Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe is both moving and heartwarming. The performance is at 7:30 pm. March 8. For tickets, call 239395-0900 or visit www.bigarts.org.

Chicago, Ripcord on stage at Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral in March By Michael Moran

There’s never been a better time to experience Chicago, Broadway’s razzledazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longestrunning American musical in Broadway history. Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another. With a darkly comic book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, and unforgettable music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is set in the rip-roaring 1920s. Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a part-time nightclub hoofer who in a fit of rage kills her lover after he leaves her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes her jailhouse rival Velma Kelly, and the whole Windy City by hiring the area’s slickest lawyer to engineer her crime into an onslaught of misleading, sen-

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sational newspaper headlines. In Chicago, Roxy Hart and Velma Kelly, another local murderess engage in a publicity war to sensationalize their stories prior to their court date and pin their hopes on freedom and then stardom after their release. After all, Chicago has never hanged a woman before…but, there always a first time. All records eventually fall. Chicago will open on stage March 1 and play through March 10 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Matinees on Saturday and Sundays at 3 p.m. Following next on March 23 through March 31 will be Ripcord, a hilarious comic drama by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. In Ripcord, we meet two competitive female roommates at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. Cantankerous Abby, is forced to share her sunny third floor room with newly arrived and infuriatingly

chipper Marilyn. Abby is determined to get rid of Marilyn by any means necessary; however, Marilyn has no inclination to leave. The women eventually strike a bargain: If Abby can force the good humored Marilyn to get angry, Abby gets to keep the room as a single. If Marilyn can scare the stoic Abby, then Abby has to give up her bed near the window with its view of the park. What follows is an escalating battle as each challenge becomes more desperate and dastardly. As the play progresses, each woman’s secrets are revealed, adding a personal layer to the rivalry in a bittersweet Golden Girls meets The Odd Couple style story. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Contact the box office for tickets at 239-772-5862. Tickets for shows are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors, with student and group rates available. Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral. Michael Moran is the Executive Director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company

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THEATRE

Guys & Dolls

at Broadway Palm

Broadway Palm is rolling the dice and putting bets on Guys and Dolls playing now through March 30. Broadway’s perfect musical comedy about gambling men and the women who long to tame them is based on the stories of Damon Runyon. Guys and Dolls is the winner of eight Tony Awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and won a Grammy for Best Cast Album. The story revolves around Nathan Detroit, the ultimate gambling man and operator of “the world’s largest floating crap game.” He spends his days staying one step ahead of New York’s finest and evading marriage to his chorus girl fiancée of 14 years. Things really heat up when dashing, big time gambler Sky Masterson meets up with a refined

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Salvation Army girl Miss Sarah Brown. Masterson, who’ll bet on anything, gets talked into what appears to be an unwinnable bet involving the girl, setting up an unpredictable chain of hilarious events. Guys and Dolls features one of the best musical scores in American theatre history with hits that include “Luck Be A Lady,” “I’ve Never Been In Love Before,” “Sue Me,” “A Bushel And A Peck” and more. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Tickets are $45 to $70 with group prices available. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling 239-278-4422, visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or in person at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

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THEATRE

GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE

Holmes and Watson

Mystery takes the stage at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples with its latest production Holmes and Watson. Filled with frauds, fakes and charlatans all claiming to be the real Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson is on a mission to solve the mystery of the “real Sherlock Holmes.” Packed with twists and turns, the adventure takes the stage March 23 through April 20. The story begins on a dark and stormy night, three years after detective Sherlock Holmes plunged to his death off Reichenbach Falls. A mysterious telegraph arrives from a doctor at a mental asylum, with a message that three men claiming to be Sherlock Holmes are in his care. Alas, it’s up to Holmes’ trusty companion, Dr. Watson to investigate. Audiences will be on the edge of their seats demanding, “Will the real Sherlock Holmes please stand up?” Award-winning playwright Jeffrey Hatcher is no stranger to the famous, fictional detective. Known as one of contemporary American theatre’s greatest Holmes experts, Hatcher also wrote the 2015 screenplay for the film, “Mr. Holmes” starring legendary Lord of the Rings actor Ian McKellen. The show is directed by Andrew Paul, who previously directed The Hound of the Baskervilles from the 2017 Gulfshore Playhouse season. He is the founder and producing director of Kinetic Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, Pa. The cast includes: • Jeffrey Binder (Watson) – A 15-year Broadway veteran, whose New York credits include Zazu in Disney’s The Lion King and George Banks in the hit musical Mary Poppins, both performed at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street. Television credits include Damages, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Guiding Light and All My Children. Binder

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Jeffrey Binder

David Whalen

Gregory Johnstone

John Glowacki

Joanna Strapp

Christopher Kelly

also serves as Gulfshore Playhouse’s associate artistic director, and most recently made his main stage directorial debut at Gulfshore Playhouse’s In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play. • David Whalen (Dr. Evans) – Most recently starring in the Showtime miniseries, The Loudest Voice in the Room with Russel Crowe and Naomi Watts, Whalen has appeared in more than 100 productions across the country, including best-rated motion pictures, Southpaw, The Last Witch Hunter, Jack Reacher, Insomnia, Bystander, The Last Samaritan, Black Dahlia, My Bloody Valentine and Diagnosis: Murder. • Christopher Kelly (Holmes 1/Fonseca) – Appearing in Tony Award-winning theatres across the United States, Kelly’s film

and TV credits include Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Damages and Brothers of the Borderland. • Gregory Johnstone (Holmes 3/The Client) – Also a regular at the Kinetic Theatre with director Andrew Paul, Johnstone is a veteran stage and screen actor, previously starring in One Dollar, The Great One and The Last Witch Hunter. • John Glowacki (Holmes 2) – A recent graduate of NYU’s graduate acting program, Glowacki previously served as stage manger at the Milwaukee Public Theatre. • Joanna Strapp (Matron) – No stranger to Sherlock Holmes, Strapp’s credits include Sherlock’s Last Case at Kinetic Theatre Company as well as Blithe Spirit, Fallen Angels at North Coast Rep and Steel Magnolias at The Laguna Playhouse. In addition to Paul, the creative team for Holmes and Watson includes scenic designer Robert Koharchik, costume designer Renee Baker, stage manager Emily Hauger, lighting designer Graham Zellers and sound designer Angela Baughman. Evening shows begin at 8; matinees begin at 3 p.m. Tickets begin at $42; all tickets are $37 two hours before a performance. For purchase information, visit www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org or contact 866-811-4111. Free pre-show discussions take place March 24 and 27 and April 7 and 10, where Gulfshore Playhouse artistic staff lead conversations about themes and topics related to the production. Audience members can also stick around after the show for a sit down with the cast and director on March 28 or a a post-show conversation with staff about themes from the show on March 31. Gulfshore Playhouse performs in The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. For more info, visit GulfshorePlayhouse.org or call 239-261-PLAY (7529).

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Americana

Acoustic Shows

Grant Malloy Smith Mar. 2 Bob Williams opens

Tim Farrell

Mar. 16 Bill Metts opens

Squirrel Hillbillies Mar. 23 Ralph Leesburg opens

Shawna Caspi Mar. 30 Joe Virga opens

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Songwriters at Sunset Lovers Key State Park

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Ricky Baker, Mike McMillan & Boz

Songwriters at the Library

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

Concerts held at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation

Shawna Caspi

South County Library, Estero Mar. 9 at 2 pm - free Houseboat Jim, Pete Benson and Doug Chaiet

Songwriters on the Plaza Library, Downtown Fort Myers Mar. 12 at 6 pm - free

Carolyn & David Stanley, Mary Dahl, Pete & Silvia Popravak

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THEATRE

Gulf Coast Symphony, Broadway Palm present

Show Boat at Mann Hall March 23 & 24

The Gulf Coast Symphony and co-producer Broadway Palm Dinner Theater continue their tradition of spotlighting one great American musical each year at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. Show Boat will be fully staged with costumes, sets and choreography, and perSarah formed with full symphony Hanlon orchestra. Iconic numbers include “Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” Created by musical legends Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II and produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, Show Boat follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat. A departure from the light-hearted and frivolous musicals of the time, Show Boat’s themes include racial prejudice and tragic,

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Maxwell Porterfield

enduring love and was the first racially integrated musical. After a wildly successful stint on Broadway, the show toured extensively before subsequently being made into a musical film on three separate occasions. Show Boat cast members include Sarah Hanlon as Julie, Maxwell Porterfield as Magnolia, Marc Cedric Smith as Joe, Will Ray as Gaylord Ravenal, Gene Weygandt as Captain Andy, Mary stout as Parthy, Larissa Klinger as Ellie and Dan Fenaughty as Frank.

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Tickets for Show Boat on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 at 7 p.m. start at $29 and may be purchased online at www.GulfCoastSymphony.org or by calling the Barbara B. Mann box office at 239481-4849. Established in 1996, the Gulf Coast Symphony is led by music & executive director Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers.

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La Traviata

Gulfshore Opera presents Gulfshore Opera Maria Valdes, a is gearing up for its soprano who formal production of recently completed La Traviata, which the prestigous will run March 30 in Adler Fellow at the Port Charlotte San Francisco (Cultural Center Opera. While there, Theater) and April 2 she performed & 4 in Bonita Musetta in La Springs (St. Leo Boheme, Suzanna Parish Life Center). in Marriage of The story of a Figaro and Gilda in Maria Valdes tragic love between Rigoletto with San the Parisian courteFrancisco Opera. san, Violetta, and her young She also recently covered the and naïve suitor, Alfredo roles of Juliette and Gilda at Germont, is played out Lyric Opera Chicago. Jason against the hypocrisy of Victor Serinus, San Francisco upper-class fashionable socie- Classical Voice quotes, ty. This traditional production, “Valdes seems on her way to set in 1860 France is directed that otherworldly realm of by company founder, Steffanie stardom… Her voice is Pearce who performed the uncommonly beautiful as well role of Violetta internationally. as steady and sure.” The set, designed by Performances will be Ardean Landuis, features March 30 at 7 p.m. at the grand archways, rich drapery Cultural Center Theatre, 2280 and the classic chandelier. Aaron St., Port Charlotte; and Costumes designed by the April 2 and 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Gulfshore Opera costume Leo Parish Life Center, 28290 team include many hoop skirt Beaumont Road, Bonita ball gowns. This most beloved Springs. Verdi opera with full orchestra Dr. Tom Cimarusti, associand chorus provides plenty of ate professor of musicology at opportunity for passionate and Florida Gulf Coast University, very famous melodies. will offer a pre-opera lecture Projected translations will be at 5:30pm before the April displayed. Tickets start at productions. $35. For tickets, visit online at The tragic heroine will be www.gulfshoreopera.org or performed by beautiful young call 239-529-3925

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Naples Masters Art Festival March 2 & 3

This 12th Annual Naples Masters Art Festival will be held at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, an upscale lifestyle shopping center located on the northwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Airport Pulling Road. The event will be held March 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It is conveniently located across the street from the Ritz Carlton Hotel and the Greg Norman Tiburon Golf Course, and clearly draws from their reputation for luxury and rich ambiance. With casual and fine dining, one-of-a-kind boutiques, Mediterranean-inspired architecture and pedestrian-friendly covered walkways, this 226,000 square-foot center presents an ideal locale for high-end art shows. This festival features approximately 50 highly successful and skilled artists who bring and exhibit paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D mixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber art, and jewelry. The festivals are devoted mainly to fine art, with some fine crafts entering into the mix. The show’s size and intimate setting encourages visitors to interact with the artists, find out about what inspires them, learn how they made their artworks and purchase fine

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works of unique art at reasonable prices directly from the artists (or commission a specific work of art if they don’t find precisely what they want). It’s all very laid back, with

many art lovers turning out to enjoy a casual stroll among a plethora of works of fine art. For more art festival info, visit www.boulderbrook.net or call 239-293-9448.

Lionel Lewis, Ken Vinton at ACT Gallery

Arts for ACT Gallery will feature Port Charlotte artist Lionel Lewis in the main gallery and Sanibel Island artist Ken Vinton in the white gallery. Located at 2265 First St. in downtown Fort Myers, the gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, March 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. during the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk. Born in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad, Lionel Lewis now resides in Port Charlotte. Lionel studied at the American Art School in New York and the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda. He is a member of the Charlotte Arts and Humanities Council. Lionel’s art is a key to his happiness. He has a colorful palette, and is most creative. His style is not important…it could be modern, abstract and contemporary but Lionel’s mission is to communicate to the viewers his love for creLionel Lewis 20 - March 2019

ating art. Born the same day the Titanic was struck by an iceberg, Abraham Lincoln was shot, and Pete Rose was born, Ken Vinton still somehow persevered. Ken been a teacher, an author, an illustrator, a contractor, a racquetball pro, an accountant, a docent, a beach ambassador, an antique dealer, chair of a zoning appeals committee, but always an artist. Art saved him from math. Ken Vinton is an eclectic illustrator that works in watercolor and mixed media. His works range from abstract realism to Ken Vinton surrealism. His sense of humor is as good as his art … this exhibit is not to be missed. ACT Gallery is also featuring new works by over 25 coop artists. These exhibits continue until Monday, April 1. The gallery can be reached by calling 239-337-5050. Happenings Magazine


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DAAS Co-Op showcases Tavo Quiros before gallery moves

In March, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is again. He soon began exhibiting his work in hosting a meet and greet reception with artist Miami at Gallery 212, marking the beginning of Tavo Quiros. The exhibition features a collechis career in the world of pop surrealism and fine tion of fine art illustrations created in recent art Illustration. years. The opening reception is scheduled for Quiros’ exhibition will be the last for the Saturday, March 9 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and the gallery at its current location. DAAS Co-Op is exhibition will be on display March 5 to 23. moving to the Butterfly Estates compound in Tavo Quiros was born in Camarillo, Calif. Ten downtown Fort Myers. years of his childhood were spent living in a On March 23, the gallery will close its doors small southern California desert town called at the Royal Palm Square location. A farewell Palmdale, and spent most of his teenage years celebration party and closing reception are in Orange County, Calif. Quiros attended OTIS scheduled to start on that last day at 6 p.m. College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, with a Everyone is invited to attend and get information semester abroad spent in Rotterdam, about the new space, which is expected to open Netherlands, at the Willem de Kooning on Tuesday, April 2 at the Fort Myers Butterfly Academy. Dutch architecture, graphic design, Estates. The address for the new location is illustration, and street art soon became sources 1815-3 Fowler St. in Fort Myers. More informaof inspiration. tion is available on the gallery’s website at He graduated with a bachelor's degree in www.daascoop.com. The first official opening fine arts (focused on Illustration) and took on a reception at the new location is scheduled for variety of odd jobs as both a graphic designer Friday, April 5, in conjunction with the Fort Myers Tavo Quiros and illustrator, until deciding to focus on doing Art Walk. gallery work. Little did anyone know at the time, Currently, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is in 2008 Quiros rapidly developed severe psylocated in the Royal Palm Square, in the heart of chotic symptoms as a result of what was later diagnosed as being a the SoCo Cultural District (socoswfl.com), at 1400 Colonial Blvd., combination of Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. The illness suite 84 in Fort Myers. stunted his ability to focus, and ultimately lead to a three-year-long “We can’t express how grateful we are to the administration of hiatus. In 2009, Quiros found himself living with his family in Fort the Royal Palm Square for the years at this location. It is a bitterMyers, Florida while continuing to experience vivid hallucinations sweet feeling, but we feel like it’s the right move and we look forand hyper-spiritual delusions. In 2011, doctors managed to stabilize ward to working with the good people of the Butterfly Estates,” adds him, and he began sketching, drawing, and ultimately-painting gallery president and founder David Acevedo.

Sea Grape Gallery features Jill Lindsay, Barbara Simmons

From March 7 to April 4, Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, Jill Lindsay, mixed media artist, and Barbara Simmons, sterling silver jewelry artist. Jill Lindsay is a contemporary artist whose work is described as colorful, exuberant, whimsical and wild. She works with alcohol inks, acrylics, mixed media and resin. When viewing Jill’s work, it becomes obvious that color is the inspiration for her work. However, she does enjoy adding an unexpected twist to surprise the viewer, whether it’s a blue palm tree, a seagull wearing boots or a hot pink sky. Jill loves trying new techniques and

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using materials you may not consider, such as tabletops, candles and tile. Jill’s “square” collages were inspired by a visit to the Dali museum in Tampa. As Jill explains, “I believe that inspiration is everywhere, you just have to look”. In addition to creating her beautiful artwork, Jill teaches several workshops where she truly enjoys seeing her students’ artistic abilities grow as they create their own beautiful artwork. Barbara Simmons believes her creative genes stem from her father and mother who both displayed very artistic abilities. However, instead of focusing on a career in art, Barbara took a different direction and pursued a career as a high school library media teacher after graduating from the University of Albany in New York. After retiring from teaching, she then decided to explore the art world and see where her creative genes would lead her. She took a class in silver jewelry and immediately became hooked. Barb’s simple and natural creative designs are inspired by unique stones and interesting shapes. She uses a variety of minerals and gems in her settings, but specializes in larimar, a rare mineral found only in the Dominican Republic. While previously living in California for several years, Barb collected sea glass from the local beach-

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es which she still enjoys incorporating into her creations. Many of Jill’s beautiful vibrant paintings and Barbara’s uniquely creative jewelry 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 celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2018. Sea Grape Gallery is located at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941-575-1718. The gallery is open until 8 p.m. during downtown Punta Gorda’s Third Thursday Wine Walk. Happenings Magazine


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Fine art show March 10 at Heron’s Glen ART

The Heron’s Glen Artist Group will hold its 21st annual fine art show on Sunday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will feature about dozens of local artists coming together to show and sell their fine art. Some of the artists scheduled to participate in this year’s show: Art Williams, Gary Olson, Joan White, Phyllis Allen, Tootie Stark, Dee Fugere, Marri Young, Gerri McCarthy, Jack Nelson, Marsha Ohlgart, Jan Aris, Frances Attridge, Linda Edinger, Peggy Parker, Carol Commodore, Kathy Hollander, Wayne Bryan, Marie Nassaney, Jerry Kulyk, Madelyn Moffat, Erliss Pung and Tom Rogers. The Heron’s Glen Artist Group is a not for profit organization located in the Herons Glen Golf and Country Club community in North Fort Myers. The group is committed to providing quality growth opportunities for residents to develop their artistic interests in fine arts, to help artist members promote their work within the Fort Myers area and beyond, and to provide them with opportu-

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nities for artistic idea exchanges. The annual art show will be held in the Heron’s Glen Ballroom. Heron’s Glen is located four miles north

of The Shell Factory on US 41 in North Fort Myers. To find out more about the artists and the group, visit online at www.heronsglenartistgroup.com.

Peace River National Art Fest March 16 & 17 The 13th Annual Peace River National Art Festival is Charlotte County’s largest outdoor art event, held March 16 & 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in beautiful Laishley Park on the waterfront of Punta Gorda. The festival is hosted by the Visual Arts Center every spring. Art glass, fiber arts, jewelry, leather goods, metalwork, oil paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, abstracts and watercolor will be represented by more than 60 artists from within the community and out of state. The fine art, handcrafted goods and exquisite crafts will be complimented by a selection of tasty foods, wine and beer. Every year, two remarkable artists are nominated to share the spotlight during the festival. Sculptor Bob Richards and acrylic painter Doug Michalski have been selected as this year’s featured artists. Bob and Doug’s work will be featured at the festival and can be viewed at the Visual Arts Center’s galleries leading up to the festival. Bob Richard is a completely self-taught sculptor who began creating unique wood and metal sculptures after moving to Florida with his wife several years ago. Bob was first intro24 - March 2019

Doug Michalski duced to woodworking and furniture making while studying Industrial Arts Education at Fitchburg State University. Following graduation in 1970, he taught woodworking at Grafton Sr. High School in Grafton, Mass. His years in education and furniture-making provided valuable, hands-on experience with a variety of

materials and techniques that reflect in the quality of his work today. Bob’s beautiful abstract wood sculptures mimic the beauty of nature. Doug Michalski is an award-winning landscape and wildlife painter based in North Port. Growing up in Lockport, NY, Doug discovered his propensity for art at a young age. During his 32- year tenure as a middle school art teacher, he inspired generations of students. After retiring to Florida, Doug progressed from painting in watercolors to acrylics. His signature bold style is created by working with a limited palette of 3 colors, plus black and white to achieve light and contrast. Doug is a member of National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, the Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center, Light Chasers Plein Air Artists' Group of Sarasota, and Punta Gorda Peace River Painters. The festival is hosted by the Visual Arts Center, serving Punta Gorda and the surrounding areas with three major galleries, art and supply store, arts library, one of Southwest Florida’s finest ceramic studios and a gift shop filled with unique items. A small group of dedicated artists founded the Visual Arts Center in September of 1961.

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Bonita Springs National Art Festival March 2 & 3

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The Center for Visual Arts in Bonita Springs has a new art exhibit and its final outdoor fine art festival of the season in March. The next Bonita Springs National Arts Festival will be held March 2 and 3 at Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The Migration & Movement Exhibition will open Friday, March 8 with a reception and campus wide open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Visual Arts. Movement and rhythm are both important principles of art. Migration is a natural and cultural phenomenon that occurs on many levels. Artists may submit works of art that contain visual or kinetic movement in their construction or highlight the migration of a particular species or historical moment in their subject matter. The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. For more details, call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artscenterbonita.org

Naples Artcrafters show March 9 in Cambier Park The Naples Artcrafters will host their next juried fine art and craft show of the season on Saturday, March 9. The event showcases the work of 90 juried local artists and craftsmen who will be selling their paintings, jewelry, pottery, art glass, sculptures and more in lovely Cambier Park, which is located on 8th Street South, just one block south of 5th Ave South in downtown Naples. Meet well known and emerging Naples’ artists in this celebration of creativity. It will be a wonderful opportunity to shop local and support your artists. Admission is free, and free parking is nearby. The March 9 show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 Happenings Magazine

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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. The remaining 2018-19 season has a show scheduled for April 13 (the final show of the season). For more information about the local group, visit www.naplesartcrafters.com.

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Quilters, fused glass at Cape Coral Library

The latest exhibit in the Cape Coral Public Library art gallery will run from March 5 through May 5. The library is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace. The shows are organized by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. The Art Quilters Unlimited exhibit on the walls of the gallery consists of two separate themes. The first part is titled “Reflections on Hurricane Irma” and features the work of a dozen artists, who each created a piece of art that utilized torn pool cage screening and that reflected their own experience during the devastating storm of September 2017. The second part of the exhibit, called “Resist: Interpretations and Techniques,” includes artwork by members of the guild who use “resist” techniques, a fiber arts term that refers to various methods of creating pattern on fabric or yarn. Fused glass by June F. Bennett will be featured in the display cases in the library gallery. Judy Van Inwegen’s fused glass will also be on display in the gallery cases. Jeri McKay March 2019 - 25


Exhibits, festivals and more

at Naples Art Association

March continues to be another busy month for the Naples Art Association. Art for Democracy Exhibition runs now through April 15. Organized by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office, this exhibition displays the 12 winning student art pieces from the 2018 Collier County Supervisor of Elections Art for Democracy contest. Art in the Park will be Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cambier Park. Since 1957, Art in the Park has showcased the talents of artists and is believed to be the first outdoor art show held in Naples. Tiny Art Exhibition runs March 6 – 30 at the NAA. The annual small works show features small-sized artwork with strong visual impact. Dinner with Artists will be Thursday, March 7. Tickets are $130 per person $250 per couple. Join renowned artists paired with executive chefs who collaborate on creating and presenting original works of art and culinary masterpieces.

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A reception for two exhibitions will be held Friday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the NAA. Florida Artists Group Annual Statewide Exhibition will be on display March 9 through April 6. Showcasing artists whose work has attained national or statewide recognition, the purpose of the group is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within Florida. Meet the Artist Peter Zell on Thursday, March 14 at 10 a.m. The Meet the Artist series allows audiences to enrich their understanding of the NAA’s current exhibitions by hearing directly from nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Naples Downtown Art Show will be Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 op.m. and Sunda, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. One of the last major art festivals of the winter season on beautiful 5th Avenue South in Naples, the Naples Downtown Art Show is a favorite show for art enthusiasts and collectors and features 250 artists from all across the country.

The Naples Art Association hosts the monthly Art in the Park November through April. Artist Dale Hope (above) was among those at the February event. The next Art in the Park will take place Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cambier Park.

For the Love of Art April 6

The Naples Art Association announces that it will host its annual For the Love of Art event – A 65th Anniversary Celebration - on Saturday, April 6 beginning at 7 p.m. at the NAA, located at 585 Park St. in Naples. For the Love of Art attendees will be invited to get dolled up in their finest flapper dress or threepiece suit and take a step back in time as the NAA transforms into a

roaring 20’s speakeasy for this highly-anticipated event. The evening will include musical performances, artist demonstrations, the opportunity to take a chance at several gaming tables, and fabulous cuisine fit for a Gatsby soiree. Tickets are $150 each and $1,250 for groups of 10 and can be purchased by visiting www.NaplesArt.org.

Three exhibits at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Three exhibits will be on display in March at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. The Graffiti Art Exhibition brings Jet Victory and Luis Valle together for an awe-inspiring show. These street artists’ works will hang throughout March. Plus, Victory and Valle will be live painting outside the center during the opening night celebration. Their exhibit closes on March 29. Artist Janet Vince’s “And Now for Something Completely Different” displays the humorous side of the art world. This show allows one to look at the lighter side of life through the quirky distorted eyes of the artist. Come and titter, chuckle, snigger, guffaw, chortle, smirk, and even snort your way around SBDAC’s Capital Gallery. This exhibit runs March 1 through March 29. Fort Myers High School presents the 2019 Senior Visual Arts Exhibition, showing the creativity of Abby Gleason (FMHS) 43 students. This 26 - March 2019

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group of students is proud to present artworks created in fulfillment of their 2019 International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Program. Works of art presented at the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center explore a wide range of visual media including traditional and digital photography, acrylic and oil painting, printmaking, fiber arts, sculpture, ceramics, and more. This show runs March 1 to March 14. All three exhibits open Friday, March 1 during Art Walk from 6

to 10 p.m. Admission is a $1 donation. The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the Fort Myers River District. Visit www.sbdac.com or call 239333-1933 for more info.

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Harbour View Gallery to showcase Joseph Tullbane, Christine Dekkers ART

Harbour View Gallery in Cape Coral will welcome featured artists Joseph Tullbane (watercolors) and Christine Dekkers (palm frond baskets) at a reception on Tuesday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Joseph D. Tullbane completed a BA in Architecture followed by a professional degree also in architecture. While never practicing in the field, the five years of study served as a foundation for a variety of career choices. He served and retired from the military, taught at the collegial level in the field of international studies & leadership training, and still lectures on world politics and economics for cruise

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ships lines. Through all of these careers, he continues to explore art as a hobby. Over these years, he has done a fair amount of work in two-dimensional art exploring pen and ink, pencil, pastels, oils, and acrylic mediums but never watercolors. In retirement, he began to experiment in this new medium, initially for his personal enjoyment, but now he has begun to successfully sell his work. Christine Dekkers is best known for her “Great Lines" collections, which was showcased at the Art Fusion Gallery, during International Art Basel Miami 2017. This a unique renaissance style of sculpted plaster and sand combined with egg temper, organic stone pigment on wood pallets was innovated in 2017. After Hurricane Irma, Christine and Charles looked around at all of the downed foliage and thought what can we do to recycle? Our palm art is made is made from all organic recycled materials, each one is unique to the palm tree or plant it come from. Some have semi-precious stones or local shells to adorn the vessels. Christine has been an artist since 1987 and comes from a family of artists and engineers in varying mediums. She is a former executive for a fortune 200 and com-

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pleted her studies at Becker College, The Leadership Institute and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Their work will be on display through March. The gallery is located at 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, suite 104, in the Shops at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral.

Hirdie Girdie featuring David Acevedo Hirdie Girdie Gallery continues its 25th anniversary celebration with March guest artist David Acevedo. A reception featuring David’s paintings will take place on March 14 from 5 to 8 pm, with Tower Gallery and Suncatcher’s Dream also participating. As part of its anniversary celebration, the gallery is raffling off a gift basket filled with an assortment of artworks donated by member artists and valued at more than $500. All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will be donated to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti, commemorating the gallery’s beginnings as a Haitian art gallery. David Acevedo has had a lifelong fascination with art, and graduated with a degree in visual arts from the University of Puerto Rico. He moved to Southwest Florida in 2000, and was instrumental in establishing the Fort Myers area as an arts destination.

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His accomplishments include co-founding the popular Fort Myers Art Walk, the Union Artist Studios at Alliance for the Arts and DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery. David has won many awards both for his artistic endeavors and his involvement in the local arts community, and he has exhibited nationally and internationally. His pictorial work is recognizable by bold colors, textures, and clever composition. A trademark of his work is the bold, dark line that frames his colorful images. He does occasionally create darker imagery attributed to his silent resistance to conformity and established stereotypes. A notable part of his depictions is the hidden message or symbol, which draws the viewer into each piece and proposes an almost inevitable wonder. Hirdie Girdie Gallery is located at 2490 Library Way, Sanibel. For more details, call 239-395-0027 or visit online at www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com

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Bonita Bay Masters Art Festival March 30 & 31

The Bonita Bay Masters Art Festival will While you are at the event, you must stop be held at The Promenade at Bonita Bay by DeRomas Gourmet Market, the finest and on Saturday, March 30 from noon to 7 p.m. most delicious market anywhere along the and on Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to gulf coast. The market will take you on a vir5 p.m. tual journey to Europe where you will find The Promenade at Bonita Bay is located amazing pastries and food selections. Stop along 41 South at 26795 South Bay Drive, in to Roy’s or Molino’s for a glass of wine Bonita Springs. The festival is placed within and a bite to eat. Check out a ballroom dancthe shaded tree lined walkways and paths ing class at Enchanted Ballroom, stop in at of the interior courtyard of The Promenade “to the Moon” to browse the new fashions at Bonita Bay. Visitors to the event will walk and be sure to visit The Little Paris Shop for along the gorgeous pedestrian footbridges wonderful finds and perhaps a cup of tea. that pass over fountains and guide you The shops along the paths of the past the wonderful boutique shops and Promenade offer you selections of clothing wonderful restaurants of this vibrant and home goods that you are unlikely to find lifestyle center. anywhere else in Southwest Florida. With a The artists’ displays will be spread out charming location, wonderful selections of along the pathways so that visitors will be cuisines, charming boutiques and shops, and able to enjoy large spaces and open areas a collection of terrific art and artists those to view the artwork of the participating who visit are sure to have a wonderful time. Karen Villaaroman artists and crafts people. Almost forgot, The Center Bar offers a Artists skilled in painting, sculpture, great location to sit outdoors to listen to ceramics, glass blowing, jewelry and more some of the finest live music in the area. from across the area and across the globe will be happy to show For more information about the art festival, call 239-293-9448 or you their work and tell you how they create each unique piece. go visit online at www.boulderbrook.net.

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Muffy Clark Gill exhibit at Naples Depot Museum

The Naples Depot Museum presents The 20th Century Seminole Experience–Artwork by Muffy Clark Gill. The 20th Century Seminole Experience will be on display now through April 27. Muffy Clark Gill is an award-winning artist who uses mixed media, photography, and the fabric and dye painting process known as batik to create images that convey feelings of dichotomy and combine her love of color with her life experiences. With a career spanning more than thirty years, Muffy Clark Gill’s work has been included in Happenings Magazine

more than 80 regional, state and national juried and invitational exhibitions and festivals throughout Florida. She received her BFA, Graphic Design, from Boston University College of Fine Arts and furthered her independent studies at the DeCordova Museum School. Muffy Clark Gill currently maintains her residence and studio in Naples. For more information, contact the museum at 239252-8419 or visit online at www.CollierMuseums.com/E xhibits. The Naples Depot Museum is located at 1051 5th Ave. S.

The Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch presents Heritage & Harvest– Original Works by Paul Arsenault. The exhibition will be on display through March 23. Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch is located at 1215 Roberts Ave. W. Over the 44 years Paul Arsenault has devoted to painting in Collier, Lee and Hendry counties, he has recorded places and events that visually tell a story of the region’s history. The painted stories in this exhibition explore the heartland of Florida and its transition over the last 150 years

Chair-A-Tea Party

Our Mother’s Home is planning a Chair-A-Tea Party featuring lunch, entertainment, raffles and a silent auction of hand-painted chairs and artwork by local artists. The third annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 5 at Bonita Bay Clubhouse in Bonita Springs. Donations of hand-painted chairs and other artwork are still being accepted. All chairs and artwork must be delivered to Our Mother’s Home by March 15. Register donations at: ourmothershome.com/chair-a-tea. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

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from a raw wilderness inhabited by Seminole Indians and extremely hardy pioneers into a vibrant, multicultural agricultural core. For info, call 239-252-2611.

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Naples Fine Art Show March 30 & 31 ART

Hot Works, LLC has announced another art show in Naples in March. The Naples Fine Art Show will take place March 30 & 31 at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt in Naples, announced Hot Works executive producer Patty Narozny. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the 2343 Vanderbilt Beach Road location. Narozny tends to every detail of the show to ensure the art is authentic, personally handmade by the artist who is in the show. The focus is quality, not quantity. There is something for everyone, in all price ranges, she says. The show features roughly 110 juried, professional artists in all discipline whose art is for sale to the public. Juried by art professionals, the criteria is based on originality, technique, execuPaul Braun tion, and overall booth presentation. Local, national and international acclaimed artists are invited to display original, one-of-a-kind hand-made creations. As part of their commitment to include art education into the Southwest Florida community, a youth art competition for grades K-8 or ages 5 - 13 is integrated into the art shows. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, all young artists are invited to enter his/her original and personally handmade art which is publicly

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displayed the duration of the art show. $250 in Youth Art awards – one $100 “Best of Youth Art” and three $50 “Youth Art Awards of Excellence” - as budding artists are exposed to the rules and entrepreneurship opportunity of doing art shows for a living. To find out more about this and other art shows, visit online at www.hotworks.org.

Plenty to see at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda

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The Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda is bustling with artistic activity in March. Here are some of those events: Viewpoints exhibit features artists Shelly Bell, Kaytee Esser, Mary Jollett and Kathy Wood, on display in Goff Gallery from March 2 – 28. Primavera is the VAC’s annual springtime juried exhibit featuring a bouquet of multimedia artwork, on display March 3 – 28 in the Visual Arts Center’s Main Gallery. The public is invited to attend the opening wine & cheese reception for Primavera on Thursday, March 14 at 5 pm. at the Visual Arts Center. The 2019 Peace River National Art Festival will be held March 16 & 17 in Laishley Park, located on the Peace River in Downtown Punta Gorda at 100 Nesbit

St. Explore more than 70 booths of fine art and exquisite crafts complimented by music, food, wine and beer. Triptych: Three Artists features Janie Duke, David Sussman and Beverly Yankwitt on display in Goff Gallery March 30 - April 25 at the Visual Arts Center. Photographers capture a special place they call “Paradise” for the second annual digital photography exhibit, Pictures in Paradise, on display March 31 – April 24 in the Visual Arts Center’s Main Gallery. In addition to the physical exhibit, a separate online exhibit titled “A Week in Your Paradise” will be on display at www.visulartcenter.org. The center is located at 210 Maud St. in Punta Gorda (across from Fishermen’s Village). For more info, call 941-639-8810.

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March 2019 - 31


MARCH CALENDAR FRI - 1

Mardi Gras Trolley Event South Cape Entertainment District, 1215 Cape Coral Parkway E, 7 pm 239-900-4028

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Singer Rita Beach, noon - 3 p.m. & musician Pat Cozad, 5-9 p.m. center court. 941-575-3007 ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., Fort Myers Lionel Lewis and Ken Vinton, 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 239-337-5050 Cornerstone Strawberry & Music Festival March 1 - 3 Cornerstone UM Church, 8200 Immokalee Rd, Naples, 239-354-9160 Gulfshore Playhouse: In The Next Room Through March 10 The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples, 866-811-4111 And The Winner Is... Through March 16 Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers 239-218-0481 Hay Fever Through March 9 Florida Repertory Theatre 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488. Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Beatles & Stones tribute Ter-Tinis 1901 Crystal Dr., Fort Myers Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. 239-344-6147 Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 p.m.,239-540-8454 The Classix Band (6-9 pm) Live Wire (7-9:30 pm) Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Amanda Fish The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Graffiti Art Exhibition Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Jet Victory and Luis Valle together for an awe-inspiring show. Opening during Art Walk at 6 p.m. Closing March 29. $1 donation entry. 239-333-1933 32 - March 2019

Robert Gonnelli (6-9 pm) Alter Ego (7-9:30 pm) Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse perform March 2 as part of the Sanibel Music Festival. For info, call 239-344-7025 or visit www.sanibelmusicfestval.org. Jory Lyle The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7- 0 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Mama Won’t Fly Through April 28 Off Broadway Palm Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-278-4422

Naples Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble Concert U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m., $15 at fgcu.edu, 239-745-4268

Michael Feinstein Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

Sister Strikes Again! Late Nite Catechism 2 BIG ARTS Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900

SAT - 2

Theatre Conspiracy: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone March 1 - 17 Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 239-939-2787 Women’s History Month Tours March 1, 14, and 22 Koreshan State Park 3800 Corkscrew Blvd., Estero $10 per person. 10:45 a.m. www.friendsofkoreshan.org Janet Vince exhibit Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Opening Art Walk at 6 p.m. Closing March 29. $1 donation entry. 239-333-1933. FMHS Sr. Visual Arts Exhibit Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Opening Art Walk at 6 p.m. Closing March 14. $1 donation entry. 239-333-1933. Mark Chesnutt The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, Doors open at 7 p.m. 239-985-9839 Guys and Dolls Through March 30 Broadway Palm 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6 -10 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero Silver Sneakers, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Comedy Night: Luke Thayer Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, 7 - 9 p.m. 239-574-0806 for tickets. Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactment March 1-3 The Immokalee Seminole Reservation, 1195 East Main St., Friday and Saturday night concerts. Events will include alligator wrestling, live music, vendors. seminoleshootout.com Naples Players: Shakespeare-on-the-Plaza A Midsummer Night’s Dream Through March 10 Outdoors on The Baker Stage in Sugden Plaza, 701 5th Ave. S, Naples, Every Saturday at 2 p.m. & Sunday at 6 p.m. Free. 239-263-7990

Art in the Park Cambier Park, Naples 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.naplesart.org

SW Florida Reading Festival 1651 Lee Street, Fort Myers, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 239-533-4826 Naples Masters Art Festival March 2 and 3 Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, Airport Pulling & Vanderbilt Beach roads, Naples, 10 .m. - 5 p.m. 239-293-9448 Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Sanibel Music Festival: Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, Piano and Clarinet Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, 7:30 p.m. 239-344-7025 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Play Readings: Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn BIG ARTS Strauss Theater 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 7:30 p.m. 781-696-9611 Babcock Ranch Art Show Babcock Ranch Road State Road 31. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. BabcockRanchArtShow.com Ford Mustang Car Show Edison and Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-334-7419 Perennial Film Festival March 2 and 3 Punta Gorda Historical Building, 118 Sullivan St., Saturday noon 9 p.m., Sunday 7 - 9 p.m. www. perennialfilmfestival.com ABBA tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Sunset Celebration with Hester Prynn Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Fort Myers Craft Festival March 2 - 3 Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 561-746-6615 Naples Craft Beer Fest Bayfront, 436 Bayfront Place, Naples, Advanced Ticket Sales Only. Noon - 4 p.m. www.naplescraftbeerfest.com

Marty Stokes Band Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

Biscuit Miller and The Mix The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

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

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

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Frank Matyok, noon-4 p.m. & Jimmy G, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Chicago the musical Through March 10 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, 239-772-5862

Swamp Buggy Racing 8520 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd, Naples, 10:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. www.swampbuggy.com

Pugfest 2019 Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Parkway & US 41, Fort Myers 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 239-489-1221 Happenings Magazine


MARCH CALENDAR SAT - 2 CONTINUED GreenMarket Every Saturday Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787 SW Florida Symphony: Verdi Requiem Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Art Focus Festival Cape Coral Arts Studio 4533 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral, Tour the studios, experience fascinating demos, take advantage of the sale in the Art Supply store on tools and materials, enjoy refreshments, view Art Focus student exhibit. Reception 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 239-574-0802. Bonita Springs National Art Festival March 2 & 3 Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Donations welcome 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 239-495-8989 Viewpoints Exhibit March 2 – 28 Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda Features artists Shelly Bell, Kaytee Esser, Mary Jollett and Kathy Wood. 941-639-8810 The Charlotte Chorale: Bach to Bacharach Concert Charlotte Performing Arts Center 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda 4 p.m. 941-204-0033 Polynesian Dance Show Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral 7 - 9 p.m. $25 in advance (by 3/1), $35 at door. 239-549-4606 ACMA - Grant Malloy Smith All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m., 239-691-4069 The Platters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee, 8 p.m. 800-514-ETIX Cape Coral Irish Fest March 2 & 3 German American Social Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral www.capecoralirishfestival.com

SUN - 3 Naples Concert Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 p.m. 513-582-4031 34 - March 2019

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 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 Paul & Quinten (1-4 p.m.) Steve Cipriano (4:30-7 p.m.) The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Top Shelf Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 p.m.,239-540-8454 N.Y. Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 3 - 6 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Naples Motorfest Mercato 9132 Strada Pl, Naples The event lawn and adjacent parking lot across from Silverspot Cinema will be transformed into a car show featuring exotic sports cars. Live music from Hot Club of SRQ and The Woodwork 10 a.m. www.naplesmotorfest.com Island Jazz BIG ARTS Boler Garden 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 Musical Moment Series The French Connection Center for Performing Arts- Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs Join Karen Davis, Cathy Frecker, Mel Taub and the Faure Piano Quartet. 3-5 p.m. 239-495-8989 Mozart and Hummel Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 Ghostbird Theatre presents the 24 Hour Festival Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-1933 Gulf Coast Symphony Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 7 pm 239-481-4849 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

Taste of Punta Gorda Laishley Park, Punta Gorda 30 restaurants each serving "tastes" of signature dishes that will be judged. 11 am-5 pm. www.tasteofpuntagorda.org

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Jimmy G, noon - 3 p.m. & Bruce & Tiki D, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Car Cruise-in Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near PLAYLAND Classic, exotic and custom cars on display. 239-948-3766

Sanibel Music Festival: Horszowski Piano Trio Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, 7:30 p.m. 239-344-7025

SW Florida Big Band Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 3 to 5 p.m. near the Restaurant Piazza, 239-948-3766 Love American Style show The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Primavera Exhibit March 3 – 28 Visual Arts Center’s Main Gallery 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda 941-639-8810 Summerlin Williams Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 3 p.m., 239-282-3232 .

MON - 4

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda The Band Anastazja, 2-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Naples Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-3240

Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Sogheads Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232 Collaboration Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Polka Charlie (1 pm) Eric Malibu (5 pm) Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 239-540-8454 Irish Voices Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Stephen Collins in this one-man performance. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636

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

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

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

Miami City Ballet Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

Matt Hill Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232

Dein Perry's Tap Dogs March 5 - 10 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 239-481-4849

Motown Girls of Galaxy The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

TUE - 5

Harbour View Gallery artists reception Harbour View Gallery, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral, Artists Joseph Tullbane & Christine Dekkers, 6 - 8 p.m. 239-540-5789

Eric Clapton, Chicago, Doobie Brothers tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Stardust Memories Big Band, Glenn Miller Show Riverside Park, Bonita Springs 7 to 9 pm, $5 suggested contribution, 239-823-7240

WED - 6

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Chris G, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & The Band Anastazja, 2-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Kenny Giardino Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 p.m. 239-540-8454 Journey & Bon Jovi tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Art Alive Gallery Tours Naples Art District 5-8.p.m. NaplesArtDistrict.com Cahlua & Cream The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com. Naples Players: Guys & Dolls Through April 7 Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, 239-263-7990 Sunset Celebration Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, 3 - 7 p.m. 239-574-0806 Dave Kilbride and His Guitar Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Tiny Art Exhibition March 6 - 30 Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples 239-262-6517 Scotty Bryan Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Jersey Boyz tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

THU - 7

Rod Stewart tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Jimmy G, 4-7p.m. & Muttini Mingle, 5:30-8 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 TheatreZone: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Through March 17 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 888-966-3352 x1 Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Mo Cuervo Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 p.m.,239-540-8454 Dan Miller, Lew DelGatto The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Annual Sanibel Shell Festival March 7 - 9 · Sanibel Community House 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel 239-472-2155 AURA The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com The Sanibel Trio Grand Cypress Room at the Woodlands, 15101 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers Renata Arado, violinist; Espen Lilleslatten, viola; and Erik Entwistle, pianist. 7 p.m. $30, 239-454-2067 Dinner with Artists Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples Join renowned artists paired with executive chefs who collaborate. $130 person $250 couple. 239-262-6517 Irish Voices South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pky, Estero Stephen Collins in this one-man performance. Registration required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 The Del Prados Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral $12 advance, $15 day of show. Reservations required. 6:30 9:30 p.m. 239-574-0807 Flora and Fauna and Class Act Cape Coral Art League 516 Cultural Park Blvd.Cape Coral, Reception 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 239-772-5657 La Cage Aux Folles March 7-31 New Phoenix Theatre · 13211 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 239-284-5214 Happenings Magazine

Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

Old 41 The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Concert: Betty Fox Band Mercato, 9132 Strada Pl, Naples 6 - 9 p.m. 239-254-1080

Murray Kinsley and the Wicked Grin The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Deb & The Dynamics Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 CSN, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Gulfshore Playhouse presents In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play now through March 10 at The Norris Center, Naples. For tickets, call 866-811-4111.

COCO Gallery reception COCO Art Gallery at Coconut Point, 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Estero, 5 - 7 p.m., 239-949-3073

Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

FRI - 8

Mystery Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6-8 p.m. Registration begins at First and Hendry Streets in front of Iberia Bank. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Eagles tribute - The Long Run Ter-Tinis 1901 Crystal Dr., Fort Myers Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. 239-344-6147 The Goldtones Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Bite the Bullet Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 p.m.,239-540-8454 Every Brilliant Thing BIG ARTS Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel Zoetic Stage theater company with an exhilarating, interactive play. 7:30 p.m. 239-395-0900 Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Marty Stokes Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Chuck Peterson 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 Rita Beach and Jimmy Duke, noon-3 p.m. & Country Express Band, 5-9 p.m. center court. 941-575-3007

Funny Shorts Live! Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs, 10-Minute Plays will be performed, 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989 Eagles tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Reception for Two Exhibitions Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 239-262-6517 The Bombshells Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Boreyko Conducts The Firebird March 8 -9 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Vinyl Vibes: Bee Gees Now Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers 7 p.m. www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933 Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 All Florida Juried Exhibit March 8 – 30 Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Opening reception from 5 – 7 p.m. Conversational walk and talk March 9 at 10 a.m. 239-939-2787

Friday Night Concert Series: Rockin’ Horse Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Charlotte Players: Steel Magnolias Through March 24 Langdon Playhouse, 1100 Market Circle, Port Charlotte 941-255-1022

SAT - 9

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Paul Nagel, 12 – 4 p.m. & Steve Flagg, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Art After Dark The Galleries of Crayton Cove, 8th St. S. &12th Ave. S. meet at the flagpole by the Bay, Naples Art and live music, 6 – 9 p.m. GalleriesOfCraytonCove.com Sanibel Music Festival: Wu Han and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, 7:30 p.m. 239-344-7025 Calypso Magic on the Dock Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Jimmy Niteclub (6-9 pm) Temptations & Four Tops tribute (7-9:30 pm) Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

Bonita Blues Festival March 8- 9 Riverside Park, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, www.bonitablues.com

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival & Parade March 9 - 10 Lynn Hall Park, Fort Myers Beach Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Parade March 9 at 10 a.m. www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com

Mike Imbasciani & His Bluez Rockerz Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

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

O Sole Trio - Hooray for Hollywood Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs, Beloved songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989 Spring Band BIG ARTS Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel 7 p.m. 239-395-0900 Florida Artists Group Annual Statewide Exhibition Through April 6 Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples 239-262-6517 Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Crafts Show Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.naplesartcrafters.com Annual March in the Park Jaycee Park 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral A Plant and Garden Art Sale and a major fundraiser of the Garden Club of Cape Coral, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. 239-257-2654 Naples Players: Comedy Night with Stage 2 Improv Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Ave South, Naples 8 p.m. $20. 239-263-7990 Cape Coral Animal Shelter Annual Decades fundraiser Wicked Dolphin Distillery, 131 SW 3rd St., Cape Coral Polyester and platforms will be the theme of this 1970s event. A night of costume, cocktails, food, music, dancing, contests and silent auction, will entertain all attendees. $100, 7 - 11 p.m. capecoralanimalshelter.com. Fort Myers Bike Night Downtown Fort Myers 6-10 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Sunset Celebration - Wild Boyz Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 ACMA Concert South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

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MARCH CALENDAR Brother Love Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232

Polka Charlie (1 pm) Eric Malibu (5 pm) Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 239-540-8454

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

Michael D’Amore Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Tavo Quiros exhibit at DAAS Co-Op Gallery DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts, 1400 Colonial Blvd, ste 84, Fort Myers, 6 p.m., 239-590-8645

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

SAT - 9 CONTINUED

SUN - 10

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Tiki Tom and LA Daniels, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Annual Heron’s Glen Artist Group fine art show Herons’ Glen Ballroom, US 41, four miles north of Shell Factory, N. Fort Myers, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. heronsglenartistgroup.com Taste of the Cape Four Freedos Park, Cape Coral Gulf Coast Symphony performs, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. www.tasteofcapecoral.com 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 Paul & Quinten (1-4 p.m.) Steve Cipriano (4:30-7 p.m.) The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Galaxy Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 p.m.,239-540-8454 Blues and Bloodys Sunday Concert Series The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, noon www.thecenterbar.com Island Jazz BIG ARTS Boler Garden 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Charlotte Performing Arts Center 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda 7:30 p.m. 941-626-4211 Jazz Society Concert Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 - 4 p.m. 239-254-9674

36 - March 2019

Wu Han and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center perform March 9 as part of the Sanibel Music Festival. For info, call 239-344-7025 or visit www.sanibelmusicfestval.org. McCoy City Tavern, 2206 Bay St, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-226-1133 Taco Fest 2019 Centennial Park, Fort Myers, $10 admission for ages 3 and older. All children's activities are free. 11:30 a.m. 239-214-6009 Rain-A Tribute to the Beatles Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Brahms Horn Trio Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, 3 p.m. 239-597-1900

Shell Factory Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Crank Ups Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 p.m.,239-540-8454 Stardust Memories Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 - 9 p.m. 239-823-7240

AbbaFab March 10 -12 Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers 239-278-4422

Fort Myers Community Concert: Itzhak Perlman Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

Lee County Community Band Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard 3 p.m. 239-454-6430.

Matt Hill Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232

Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Purduettes Vocal Ensemble Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 4 p.m. 239-482-1250 Temptations, Four Tops tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Summerlin Williams Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 3 p.m., 239-282-3232

MON - 11

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., center court. 941-575-3007

TUE - 12

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Jimmy G, noon - 3 p.m. at Coffee Café Bruce & Tiki D 12-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Sanibel Music Festival: The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, 7:30 p.m. 239-344-7025 Songwriters on the Plaza Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers This free songwriter showcase will feature performances from Carolyn & David Stanley, Mary Dahl and Pete & Silvia Popravak. 6 p.m. 239-479-4636

Medley Brothers The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Evening with the Koreshans Koreshan State Park 3800 Corkscrew Boulevard, Estero, $15. 7 p.m. www.friendsofkoreshan.org The Sogheads Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232 Celtic Woman: Ancient Land Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 7 pm 239-481-4849 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Fiddler on the Roof March 12 - 17 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239-597-1900 Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Everly Brothers tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

WED - 13

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Paul Nagel, noon-3 p.m. & Bob Schiele, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Calypso Magic on the Dock Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Writers Read BIG ARTS Strauss Theater 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Part poetry slam, part nostalgia trip, part funny and heartwrenching stories 7:30 p.m. 239-472-6862

Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 FSW Student Concert Series: Choir & Orchestra Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 2:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Steve Miller Band at Suncoast Credit Union Arena at FSW, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 8 p.m. 239-481-4849 Erich Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 You Can’t Find Peace Until You Find All the Pieces South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, Performed by actress Joanna Olsen. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Old 41 The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Scotty Bryan Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Bee Gees tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Art & Nature Night Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs The Elements exhibit will feature artistic works by Mila Apperlo and Guy Tieman. 6 to 9 p.m. 239-949-0749

THU - 14

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Dan Miller, Lew DelGatto The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 N.Y. Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Happenings Magazine


MARCH CALENDAR Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 p.m.,239-540-8454

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Chris G, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

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

Art of the Handbag Center for Performing ArtsHinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs $47 per person. 6 - 8 p.m. 239495-8989

Disney On Ice presents Frozen March 15 - 17 Hertz Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 239-948-7825

The Classix Band (6-9 pm) Atilio Marinelli (7-9:30 pm) Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

Back to Chicago The Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S, Naples 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $25. 239-213-3049

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

Spring Chorus March 14 - 15 BIG ARTS Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel BIG ARTS Community Chorus is back for its spring concert. 7 p.m. 239-395-0900 43rd Annual Collier Fair March 14 - 24 Collier Fairgrounds 751 39th Ave NE, Naples www.collierfair.com Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Eagles tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Meet the Artist: Peter Zell Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples 10 a.m. www.NaplesArt.org 239-262-6517 ArtHUB Naples Art Association 585 Park Street, Naples Join fellow artists for ArtHUB, a forum that provides a platform for members to share ideas, promote the arts, learn about the new trends, and network. March's topic is Legal Issues for Artists featuring Ann Dalton, Esq. 5:30 p.m. 239-262-6517 Benny Goodman: When Swing Was King Boilermaker Jazz Band The Village Church at Shell Point 15100 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-239-454-2067. Opening Reception for Primavera Exhibit Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda 5 p.m. 941-639-8810. Evenings on 5th 5th Avenue South, Naples 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. 239-692-8436 Nader-Mara Juke Box Legends Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 38 - March 2019

Meet some of Naples most established resident artists at "Five Painters & A Potter" on March 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Clay Place 1555 Shadowlawn Drive, Naples. Greenwave Palooza 2019 The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, Featuring High Voltage SW FL & Half Step Down 239-985-9839 Thursday Night L!VE Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Parkway & US 41 Fort Myers Center Court featuring The Island Doctor. 6 - 8 p.m. 239-489-1221 Kate Keys Band Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232 Sinatra and Martin tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, matinee and evening 239-405-8566 David Acevedo exhibit Hirdie Girdie Gallery 2490 Library Way, Sanibel Reception 5 - 8 p.m. featuring artwork by David Acevedo. Participating with neighboring Tower Gallery and Suncatcher’s Dream. 239-395-0027 David Ross, Baroque flute & Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord Nisita Concert Series U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m., $10, $7 students at fgcu.edu, 239-745-4268

FRI - 15

Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6-10 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Friday Night Concert Series: The Collaboration Band Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

FGCU Wind Orchestra Estero High School, 21900 River Ranch Road., Estero free, 7:30 p.m., 239-745-4268 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Richie C (6:30-9 pm) Electric Lipstick (7-9:30 pm) Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Calypso Magic on the Dock Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Hope by Song at Music Walk Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers The River District comes alive every month with live music on the third Friday. The library will be joining over a dozen participating venues by featuring music performed by Hope by Song. 6 p.m. 239-479-4636 Chris O’Leary Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Jackie Evancho Live in Concert Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

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

Classic Car Show First Congregational Church 312 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 239-203-5932.

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

Gulfshore Opera presents A Taste of Opera Isles Yacht Club 1780 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, 5 p.m. 239-529-3925

History of Beatles tribute Ter-Tinis 1901 Crystal Dr., Fort Myers Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. 239-344-6147

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley The Norris Community Center 755 8th Ave S., Naples 7 p.m. $30 Advance & $35 at the Door. 239-213-3049

Gulf Coast Symphony: Broadway Under the Stars Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Spring, 7 p.m. 239-277-1700

St Patrick's Day Parade 5the Avenue South, Naples 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 239-692-5545

SAT - 16

Clewiston Sugar Festival 117 W Osceola Ave, Clewiston Brothers Osborne/Phil Vassar clewistonsugarfestival.com

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Bruce & Tiki D, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Live in Central Park BIG ARTS Schein Hall 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel In 1981, music fans gathered in Central Park to hear Simon and Garfunkel. Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers recreate that night. 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. 239-395-0900 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 p.m.,239-540-8454 We are Rocking and Rolling March 16 & 30 South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, Join us in the Garden to listen to local musician Tommy Barr. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636

Peace River National Art Festival March 16 & 17 Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit St., Downtown Punta Gorda 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 941-639-8810. Bob Seger, Cher, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Ed Asner “A Man and His Prostate” Q & A Talkback at The Naples Players Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples $20. 2 p.m. 239-263-7990 ZZ's Best Tribute Band The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, 239-985-9839 Community Appraisal Day Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 9 a.m. - noon. 239-939-2787 Sunset Celebration with Double Standard Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Happenings Magazine


SAT - 16 CONTINUED

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

Art Alive Gallery Tours Naples Art District Consists of 60+ professional artists. Look for the magenta and white art flags.11 a.m.-4 p.m. www.NaplesArtDistrict.com

The Goldtones Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Southwest Florida Symphony: Sinatra and Beyond Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 An Evening with Jonathan Edwards Center for Performing ArtsHinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 ACMA presents Tim Farrell All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m., 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org

SUN - 17

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Live music, dancing, bag pipes parade, shopping & dining! Noon - 9 p.m. 941-575-3007 Motown Girls of Galaxy The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 N.Y. Rhythm (3-6 pm) David Tecce (7-10 pm) The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, www.thecenterbar.com An Evening With Lonestar Seminole Casino Hotel 506 S 1st St, Immokalee 7 p.m. 239-658-1313 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Island Jazz BIG ARTS Boler Garden 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Downtown Fort Myers Noon - 10 p.m. Live music, food and drink specials, www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Happenings Magazine

Gracie and Lacy: Lady Legends will be presented Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Hinman Auditorium, Center for Performing Arts, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 for tickets. Gulf Coast Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 p.m. 239-877-6090 St. Patrick’s Day Bash Shell Factory & Nature Park 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Entertainment by Chuck Peterson, bagpipers & Irish dancers, Irish music, food, green beer, shamrock shenanigans and costume contest. Free admission. Noon - 6 p.m. 239-995-2141 St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl Bell Tower Shops, Daniels Parkway & US 41, Fort Myers Live music, sidewalk sale, restaurant specials, discounts, green beer, give away, etc. 6 - 8 p.m. 239-489-1221 Chris Botti Live in Concert Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 7 pm 239-481-4849 Lonestar Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee, 7 p.m. 800-514-ETIX SW Florida Big Band Concert Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 3 to 5 p.m. near the Restaurant Piazza, 239-948-3766 Swampcandy - Joey Mitchell Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 3 p.m., 239-282-3232 Five Painters & A Potter The Clay Place 1555 Shadowlawn Drive, Naples This unique outdoor art show features Tara O'Neill, Jim Rice, Paul Arsenault, Rick Wobbe, Natalie Guess & Phil Fisher and their newest creations! Live music by Captain Joe & The Bottomfeeders 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. GalleriesOfCraytonCove.com

MON - 18

Tina Turner, Blues Bros. tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda The Band Anastazja, 2-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Shell Factory Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Crank Ups Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 p.m.,239-540-8454 The Coffee House: Boppa Chua! A History of the 1950s and 60s through Popular Song South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee Marc Black will be your guide on a musical tour through these two historically defining decades. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Stardust Memories Big band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 p.m. 239-823-7240 Get The Led Out The American Led Zeppelin Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Swampcandy-Joey Mitchell Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232

TUE - 19

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Island Sounds of Jimmy G, noon - 3 p.m. & Bruce & Tiki D, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Sanibel Music Festival: Singing Sondheim on Sanibel Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, 7:30 p.m. 239-344-7025

Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 I Could Have Danced All Night! March 19 - 23 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 239-597-1900 Polka Charlie (1 pm) Eric Malibu (5 pm) Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 239-540-8454 FSW Student Concert Series: Concert Band Barbara B. Mann - Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 The Sogheads Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232 Michael D’Amore The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Celebration of Poetry Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 6:30 p.m., Free to attend. 239-495-8989 to register. Advanced reservations are suggested

WED - 20

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Chris G, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & The Band Anastazja 2-5p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Kenny Giardino Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 p.m.,239-540-8454 Live at Royal Albert Hall [Revisited] Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Live & Let Die: Music of Paul McCartney feat. Tony Kishman Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 7:30 pm 239-481-4849 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 SWFL Symphony Concert Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. 239-333-1933 Limited Edition Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Koreshans-Women’s suffrage in the 19th and early 20th century Koreshan State Park 3800 Corkscrew Boulevard, Estero Dr. Jordan L. VonCannon of FGCU provides a view of the dynamics that helped to shape communities like the Koreshan Unity Settlement. $15, 7 p.m. www.friendsofkoreshan.org

Scotty Bryan Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

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

Third Thursday Wine Walk (formerly Alive After Five) Downtown Punta Gorda Every third Thursday from 5 to 8 the downtown merchants bring you live music, artists and demoing, food trucks, other entertainment. 5 - 8 p.m. 941-391-4856

Stardust Memories Big Band, Buddy Rich/Maynard Ferguson Riverside Park, Bonita Springs 7 to 9 pm, $5 suggested contribution, 239-823-7240

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

THU - 21

Dan Miller, Lew DelGatto The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 March 2019 - 39


MARCH CALENDAR THU - 21 CONTINUED 21st Annual Student Juried Exhibition opening reception and awards presentation Wasmer Art Gallery, Arts Complex, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 5 p.m., free, 239-590-7199 David C. Johnson Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Gracie & Lacy Center for Performing ArtsHinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989 David Kilbride Sings Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Guitarist David Kilbride plays and sings favorites from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Southwest Florida Symphony Series: Back-to-Back Bach The Village Church at Shell Point 15100 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers, Pianist and arranger Matt Herskowitz opens a new window for experiencing the works of the world’s greatest composer. $25 per ticket. 7:30 p.m. 239-454-2067 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Art & Poetry Networking Event Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Join Gulf Coast Leisure for the Art & Poetry Networking Event! Starts at 8 p.m. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Winger & FireHouse Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 8 pm 239-481-4849 Old 41 The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Motown Girls of Galaxy The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 40 - March 2019

Mo Cuervo Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 p.m.,239-540-8454 Bike Night & Car Show The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, Live music with Wild Horses, free admission, three $50 drawings, door prizes. 5 – 10 p.m. 239-995-2141

FRI - 22

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vini Contreas, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Million Dollar Quartet Florida Repertory Theatre Through April 21 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 FGCU Chamber Choir & Chamber Strings U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m., free, 239-745-4268 Lehigh Spring Festival March 22 - 30 Veterans Park, 5 Homestead Rd. S., Lehigh Acres Nick’s Kids Shows, midway carnival rides and games, pageants, cook-off, idol contest, live music, craft show & more. www.LehighSpringFestival.com Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Manny T The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Johnny & Patti (6-9 pm) ABBA tribute (7-9:30 pm) Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Josh Rowand The Pitbull of Blues Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Fort Myers Bikefest March 22 - 24 Rockstar Harley-Davidson 9501 Thunder Rd, Fort Myers rockstarharley.com/bikefest

Comedy Show - BJ Odom and Nathan Wallace Lake Kennedy Center 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, Show starts at 7 p.m. $10 includes pizza, chips, cookies and punch. 239-574-0575 Mike Imbasciani & His Bluez Rockerz Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Friday Night Concert Series: Neon Summer Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero Neon Summer. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Impractical Jokers: The Tenderloins Comedy Tour Hertz Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero The Impractical Jokers starring The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe are bringing their brand new tour. 8 p.m. 239-948-7825 Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Noteworthy Music Showcase: Songwriter Stories Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers See Kyle Anne Duggan and Dee Goodson in this special showcase. Doors at 7:30 p.m. and music at 8 p.m. 239-333-1933 Late Nite Catechism March 22-23 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival March 22 - 24 · Veterans Community Park, Marco Island www.marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com Riverside Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 p.m.,239-540-8454 Beatles & Stones tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Ripcord Through March 31 Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, 239-772-5862

SAT - 23

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Singer Steve Flagg, noon-4 p.m. & Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Sanibel Music Festival: Star-Crossed Lovers in Opera Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, 7:30 p.m. 239-344-7025 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 AC/DC tribute Ter-Tinis 1901 Crystal Dr., Fort Myers Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. 239-344-6147 Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Duke Robillard Blues Center for Performing Arts – Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Senior Prom Bell Tower Shops Daniels Parkway & US 41, Fort Myers This event will be free to seniors and will featuring music, dancing, awards and more. 5:30 8:30 p.m. (65+) 239-489-1221 Chris Lane The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, Doors open at 7 p.m. 239-985-9839 Sunset Celebration - Remedy Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Gulf Coast Symphony: Show Boat March 23 - 24 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-481-4849

All Stars Motown Band Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Clewiston Sugar Festival John Waite 110 W Osceola Ave, Clewiston 8 p.m. www.clewistonsugarfestival.com

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

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

Margarita & Taco Festival Ave Maria Town Center 5076 Annunciation Circle #104, Ave Maria Join us for free event featuring live music, dancing and, of course, tacos and margaritas! Noon - 3 p.m. 239-352-3903

Brother Love Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232

Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Trina Performing Live Centennial Park 2000 W First St, Fort Myers, Trina - Frank Lini - Lil Kee Cristol - Susie Soprano & more. 2 - 7:30 p.m. 239-200-4532 Naples Concert Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 to 4 p.m. 513-582-4031 Annual Downtown Art Show March 23-24 5th Avenue South, Naples 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday & 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. 239-262-6517

Jersey Boyz tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Gulfshore Playhouse: Holmes and Watson Through April 20 The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples, 866-811-4111 ACMA - Squirrel Hillbillies All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m., 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org Frankie Avalon, Fabian & Bobby Rydell Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee, 7 p.m. 800-514-ETIX

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MARCH CALENDAR FSW Student Concert Series: Jazz Band Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Singer Paul Nagel, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

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

Paul & Quinten (1-4 p.m.) Steve Cipriano (4:30-7 p.m.) The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Joe Delaney & Don Mopsick - Jazz Brunch The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nexx Level Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 p.m.,239-540-8454 N.Y. Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 3 - 6 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Downtown Car Cruise-In Downtown Fort Myers Noon – 4 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Island Jazz BIG ARTS Boler Garden 900 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel 3 - 5 p.m. 239-395-0900 Naples Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 p.m. 239-597-3240 Laura & Linda Benanti Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Clint Black Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Bluegrass Concert Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 3 - 5 p.m. 239-939-2787 The Boss Project A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen March 10 -12 Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers 239-278-4422

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

Patchouli and Tera Guitarra will perform March 28 in Moe Auditorium, Center for Performing Arts, Bonita Springs. Call 239-495-8989 for tickets. Gary & Kerri Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 3 p.m., 239-282-3232

Matt Hill Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232

SW Florida Concert Band South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers, 2 p.m. www.swflconcertband.org

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

MON - 25

TUE - 26

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta GordaLive Music by Chris G, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & The Band Anastazja, 2-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

THU - 28

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Island Sounds of Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Woodstock Memories Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane on Captiva. Carlene Thissen traces the social and political events that inspired the music that led up to the festival and how the music in turn inspired the movements. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636

Buddy Holly tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 5 p.m.,239-540-8454

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

Patchouli & Terra Guitarra Center for Performing Arts – Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs, 7:30 pm 239-495-8989

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

Old 41 The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900

Thursday Night Live Bell Tower Shops Daniels Parkway & US 41, Fort Myers Center court featuring Ayla Lynn from 6 - 8 p.m 239-489-1221

Elvis tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

The John Mellencamp Show Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 8 p.m. 239-481-4849

The Sogheads Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7 p.m., 239-282-3232

Erich Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Chamber Music Series: Apollo’s Fire Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Doors open for cocktails at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. 239-333-1933

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Island Sounds of Jimmy G, noon-3 p.m. at Coffee Café & Bruce & Tiki D, noon- 3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

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

Polka Charlie (1 pm) Eric Malibu (5 pm) Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 239-540-8454

Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

Naples Players: Always a Bridesmaid Through April 20 Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 239-263-7990

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

Sanibel Music Festival: New York Brass Arts Trio Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, 7:30 p.m. 239-344-7025

Tony Bennett Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

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

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Paul Nagel, noon-3 & Bob Schiele, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

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

Hope by Song Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers The Hope by Song's mission is to help those whose stories of abuse, addiction, homelessness or PTSD have not been heard by inspiring them to tell their stories. 6 p.m. 239-479-4636

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

Scotty Bryan Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232

Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Medley Brothers The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 6 - 9 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

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

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SUN - 31

Fort Myers Community Concert: Sir James Galway Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Andorra March 28 - April 20 Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers One of the most oft-produced plays in Europe, this parable about racism and prejudice is a great example of epic-theater. 239-218-0481 The Planets March 28 & 30 Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Bourbon & Burgers Mercato 9118 Strada Pl, Naples 6 to 8 pm. Guest will receive a wristband and tasting cup upon entering the event. Live entertainment by the Ben Allen Band. Proceeds go to Collier 100 Club.6 p.m. 239-254-1080 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Jersey Boyz tribute (matinee) CSN, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel tribute (evening) The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

FRI - 29

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Tiki Tom and LA Daniels, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Inside the Orchestra Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 10 a.m. 239-597-1900 Galaxy Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com American Virtuosi Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St, Fort Myers Violinist Tai Murray, violinist Peter Winograd, violist Jim Griffith, cellist Andres Diaz, and pianist Wendy Chen. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. www.sbdac.com or 239-333-1933

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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Dan Meadows, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Gulf Coast Symphony pays tribute to Elvis, Sinatra & Michael Jackson March 30 at Barbara B. Mann Hall at FSW in Fort Myers. Call 239-481-4849 for tickets. Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 The Price Is Right Live Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, 8 pm 239-481-4849 Friday Night Concert Series: Electric Lipstick Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero Dance and sing to the highenergy music of Electric Lipstick! 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Laura Rain and The Caesars The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Coconut Point Concert Series Coconut Point 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero Enjoy an evening of live music for the entire family. Free, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-992-9966 Soapy Tuna Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 p.m.,239-540-8454 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Mike Imbasciani & His Bluez Rockerz Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 7:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Bee Gees tribute Ter-Tinis 1901 Crystal Dr., Fort Myers Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. 239-344-6147 Eagles tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

SAT - 30

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-4 p.m. & Singer John Patti, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Cindy Crowley The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Medley Brothers The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Garlic Fest 2019 Centennial Park 2000 W First St, Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 239-479-5594 Del Prados The Shell Factory and Nature Park- Dolphin Room, 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 5:30 dinner, 6:30 music starts, $9 at the door. 5:30 - 10 p.m. Reservations. 239-995-3999 Gulfshore Opera: La Traviata Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, 7 p.m. 239-529-3925 Rock Out Against Domestic Violence with Razing Cape Thunder Plaza on Six Bends 9510 Thunder Rd. Fort Myers Entry tickets are $15 each, parking included. 5 - 9 p.m. 239- 939-2553 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 Sounds of Jazz & Blues Tarpon Point Marina, 6179 Black Marlin Lane, Cape Coral Gruv Therapy, The Rippingtons and more. 5 - 10 p.m. 239-573-3128

Sunset Celebration - Wild Boyz Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Gulf Coast Symphony: Music Icons - A Tribute to Elvis, Sinatra and Michael Jackson Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 Tracy Byrd Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors open at 7 p.m. & Showtime approx: 9 p.m. 239-985-9839 Triptych: Three Artists features Janie Duke, David Sussman and Beverly Yankwitt March 30 - April 25 The Visual Arts Center 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda 941-639-8810 ACMA - Shawna Caspi All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m., 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org Naples Fine Art Show March 30 & 31 Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, Airport Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads, Naples 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.hotworks.org Neil Diamond tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Bonita Bay Masters Art Fest March 30 & 31 The Promenade at Bonita Bay, US. 41, Bonita Springs Saturday noon to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. 239-293-9448 Peace River Revival Laishley Park, Punta Gorda JJ Grey & Mofro headlines, Gates open at 12:30 p.m. www.peaceriverrevivalPG.com

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 Paul & Quinten (1-4 p.m.) Steve Cipriano (4:30-7 p.m.) The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Penning and Langford in Concert Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers 4 p.m., 239-482-1250 Blues for the Blues Concert Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 5- 9 p.m. 239-234-2715 Calypso Magic on the Deck Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-282-3232 N.Y. Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 3 - 6 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com VoicePlay Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Kristin Chenoweth Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Bonita Springs Concert Band Estero High School 21900 River Ranch Rd, Estero With Guest Soloist C.J. Greer and Nikola Vukovic. 2 p.m. bonitaspringsconcertband.com Pictures in Paradise Exhibit March 31 – April 24 The Visual Arts Center 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda 941-639-8810. Lauren Mitchell Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro, 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers, 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Jersey Boyz tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

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Cape Coral Irish Fest March 2 & 3

It’s that time again – for the Cape’s liveliest international family festival packed with Irish and Celtic sights and sounds March 2 and 3. Wear something green and head for the German American Social Club. The 15th annual Cape Coral Irish Festival entertainment includes great live Irish music. See the Screaming Orphans, Brendan Nolan, Jameson Celtic Rock, Rathkeltair, Albannach, West of Galway, Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfetones, the Lee County Pipes & Drums and Irish Step Dancers. The festival takes place at the

German American Social Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Parking is free and there’s lots of it. Sorry – no pets and no coolers. A children’s tent will have activities for kids 3-12. The Cape Irish Festival is sponsored by the Cape Coral Irish American Club. Check the website for details at capecoralirishfestival.com. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Satuday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday (mass at 10 a.m.). Pets and coolers are not allowed. Admission is $10 for adults, and those 12 and under are admitted free.

Screaming Orphans

Paul Nadler to conduct Gulf Coast Symphony March 3

The Gulf Coast Symphony welcomes of the piano concerto Lebenskraft by the guest conductor Paul Nadler on Sunday, Romanian composer Livia Teodorescu March 3 at 7 p.m. Ciocanea. Other recent engagements Maestro Paul Nadler is an exciting and include: Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the highly respected symphonic and operatic Metropolitan Opera and Faust, Tosca, and conductor who has led the Metropolitan The Barber of Seville with Opera Naples, Opera company in over 60 performances as well as opening the season of Opéra since his debut in 1989. In addition to Montréal with Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. being conductor emeritus of the Southwest The March 3 program will include Florida Symphony Orchestra, which he Schubert Rosamunde Overture, incidental headed for 16 years, and principal guest music which has stood the test of time, conductor of the Filarmonica de Stat despite the original play it was commis“Moldova” Iasi (Romania), he has conductsioned for being long lost; Dvo ák ed opera performances and led symphony Symphonic Dances Op. 46 Nos. 1, 3 & 8, orchestras throughout the United States an impressive and ambitious orchestration Paul Nadler and Canada, in Europe, Asia and the that seeks to immortalize the Slavic rhapMiddle East. Maestro Nadler founded the sody in a dance form, and Brahms’ Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, where he Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68, which remained as Music Director and Conductor through 1983. He is also took Brahms a lengthy 21 years to perfect. the co-founder and music director of the International Vocal Arts Tickets for this concert featuring guest conductor Paul Nadler with Institute, where he returns each summer to teach at the prestigious the Gulf Coast Symphony March 3 start at $29 and may be purchased professional workshop. online at www.GulfCoastSymphony.org or by calling the box office at In recent concerts with the Bucharest Philharmonic, Maestro Nadler the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW in Fort Myers at 239has conducted Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony and the premiere 481-4849.

Lee County Community Band to play March 10 Oh, the joy of being a wee bit Irish! On March 10, the Lee County Community Band will present an afternoon of beloved Irish melodies, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Broadway hits, Dixieland and spirited marches. The concert is set for 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School. Under the direction of Richard Bradstreet, the band will perform My Wild Irish Rose, Londonderry Air, An Irish Rhapsody, and When Irish Eyes are Smiling. The program 44 - March 2019

also will feature International Dixieland Jamboree, Pomp and Circumstance, and a sing-along. The band performs six concerts between November and April; all take place at Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard, beginning at 3 p.m. The concerts are free (donations accepted) and open to the public. The last concert of the season is set for April 7.

A legend in Southwest Florida, the 50member adult band is comprised of musicians from all walks of life – career musicians, amateurs, and folks renewing skills from years past. The original concert band of Lee County, the band and has been entertaining SW Florida audiences since 1885. Persons interested in joining may phone John Fenn at 239454-6430. For additional information, visit www.leecountyband.org. Happenings Magazine


Lehigh Spring Festival Veterans Park, Lehigh Acres March 22 - 30 March 30

The Woodwork

Pageants BBQ Cook-Off Contests Horsehoe Tourn. Live Music Craft Show Car Cruise In Family Fun

GRAND PARADE

March 23 @ 11 am

Nine Days of Great Entertainment including live music by local bands & others: Coby Wilkins

Delta Crossing March 22

Unforgiven March 23

Robb Brooks March 25

March 23

Siren Says Rock March 24

Victory Christian Church Band

Live N Learn March 23

March 26

Orquesta Classica

Latin Band March 29

Certified March 30

Torched March 27

Karaoke March 28

EVERY DAY: Nick’s Kids Show On the Midway Stage

Carnival Rides & Games • Commodore Cutter SW Florida’s Pirate Sandy’s Saloon open until 9:30 pm

For complete schedule and details, visit

www.LehighSpringFestival.com Happenings Magazine

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Horszowski Piano Trio

New York Brass Arts Trio

Sanibel Music Festival

On Saturday, March 2, The Sanibel Music Festival, an island tradition, will begin its 33rd consecutive season of bringing outstanding repertoire and artists to the island. This year’s festival will feature Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, piano and clarinet; the Horszowski Piano Trio; Wu Han and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston; Opera Theater of Connecticut presenting singing Sondheim on Sanibel and Star-Crossed Lovers in Opera; and the New York Brass Arts Trio. All concerts will be performed at 7:30 p.m. throughout the month of March on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the intimate setting of the Sanibel Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Saturday, March 2 Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, Piano and Clarinet Comprised of two of America’s most distinguished artists, this duo immediately established itself with a highly-regarded 2004 performance in Boston. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu first performed for the Festival in 1998, after he won the Gold Medal in the tenth Cliburn International. Jon Manasse has served as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine. The two Jons have played some of the country’s most prestigious series, including NYC’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and DC’s Dumbarton Oaks and National Gallery of Art. The artists also serve as co-directors of the Cape Cod Chamber

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Music Festival. They have lengthy discographies and are dedicated to expanding the concert repertoire for the beautiful sound of their combined instruments.

Tuesday, March 5 Horszowski Piano Trio The New York Times hailed this young trio as “impressive, lithe, persuasive” when they played together for the first time. Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School over twenty years ago, when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Reiko Alzawa, who had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She was the last pupil of legendary pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute. In the four-year period following their debut performance, they were booked for almost 200 concerts in the U.S. and India tours of Japan and. They will make their European debut this year. The Trio is Ensemble-inResidence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Saturday, March 9 Wu Han and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Pianist Wu Han ranks among the most influential classical musicians in the world today. Leading an unusually multifaceted artistic career, she has risen to international

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prominence as a concert performer, artistic director, recording artist, educator and cultural entrepreneur. She tours extensively with her husband, Emerson Quartet founding member David Finkel, with whom she serves as coartistic director of the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center, and founding co-artistic director of Music@Menlo. She is the recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts recently appointed her Artistic Director for Chamber Music of the Barns. This year, she joins Chamber Music of Lincoln Center violinists Arnaud Sussman and Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist Nicholas Canellakis in a program titled “Russian Mastery.”

Tuesday, March 12 The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston Founded in Boston in 1815, H + H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the U. S. It is a period –instrument orchestra, originally formed as a choral society, which has a fresh and vital take on Baroque and early Classical period music. Its orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a nine-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues, in addition to a robust program of events in museums, schools and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. This concert will feature a rarely heard Baroque trumpet concerto. Tuesday, March 19 Singing Sondheim on Sanibel Stephen Sondheim is described by Frank Rich of the New York Times as “the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in American Music Theater.” Celebrate Sondheim’s amazing career with Opera Theater of Connecticut and a group of first-rate professional singers through an exciting selection of pieces from his acclaimed shows, including Sweeney Todd, Follies, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along and A Funny continued on page 47

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Saturday, March 23 Star-Crossed Lovers in Opera The truly thrilling characters in the world of opera are the ill-fated star-crossed lovers whose lives and loves are challenged by insurmountable obstacles. This makes for great drama and music for Puccini’s Mimi and Rodolfo, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Edgardo, Verdi’s Violetta and Alfredo, and, happily, for the would-be lovers in The Elixir of Love and The Merry Widow. These, and more, will be performed by six professional opera singers in a delightful evening of best-known and best-loved arias and ensembles, all with projected supertitles. Alan Mann, noted opera historian, adds informative narration. Tuesday, March 26 New York Brass Arts Trio Three world-class virtuoso soloists have come together to revolutionize the brass trio, and are being hailed as the first brass group ever to play with the sensitivity and musicality of a string quartet. Trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, French hornist David Jolley and trombonist Haim Avitsur all bring great experience to the table. Burgstaller is a former featured trumpeter and

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arranger with the legendary Canadian Brass, has performed with many notable orchestras, and has recording credentials that include solo CDs, three Top-10 Billboard hits, and a Top-50 Jazz Radio hit. Jolley is the pre-eminent horn soloist of his generation, performing as a soloist with major orchestras, collaborating with Guarneri, Orion and American string quartets, and is a founding member of the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Avitsur is the only trombonist named a 2005 and 2007 Emerging Artist by Symphony Magazine and has premiered over eighty compositions. Incorporated in 1987 as a non-for-profit organization, its mission is to present classical music of the highest standard at affordable prices and to promote the careers of young artists through performance opportunities. Sanibel Music Festival is grateful for the support of the Lee County Tourist Development Council and festival sponsors. For ticket information and a detailed brochure, contact the festival’s hotline at 239-3447025 or visit the website www.sanibelmusicfestival.org. Tickets may be ordered online. Tickets are available for purchase at the Bank of the Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way. Cash and check only. Ticket order forms with envelopes are available at Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, 2475 Library Way on Sanibel Island.

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Southwest Florida Symphony to perform Verdi Requiem March 2

The Southwest Florida Symphony continues its 58th season on Saturday, March 2 with Masterworks IV: Verdi Requiem at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. The performance happens at 7:30 p.m., with Maestro Kabaretti’s highly popular preconcert lecture taking place at 6:30 p.m. These lectures are offered in order to better educate audiences about the pieces being performed and often feature a guest artist Q & A and demonstrations. Masterworks IV: Verdi Requiem is conducted by the Southwest Florida Symphony’s internationally renowned music director, Maestro Nir Kabaretti and features Giuseppe Verdi’s dramatic tribute to his dear friend, Italian poet and cultural icon, Alessandro Manzoni.

The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida and the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers will share the stage, along with soprano, Julie Davies, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor Harold Meers and bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck with the Southwest Florida Symphony for this powerful choral work. Tickets are $25 and $105 per person and may be purchased online at www.swflso.org, by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103, in Fort Myers, by calling the Symphony Box Office at 239-418-1500 or at the door, one and a half hours prior to the concert. Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.

The Center for Performing Arts in Bonita Springs continues its wide variety of musical performances in March. An Evening with Jonathan Edwards will be presented Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. in Hinman Auditorium. In 1971, Jonathan Edwards released a song of protest and independence that began with the lyrics, “Sunshine, go away today, I don’t feel much like dancing.” Over four decades later, Jonathan continues to write and perform with uncompromising musical integrity. His 15th and most recent album, “Tomorrow’s Child” is a superb example of Jonathan’s continuing quest to bring beauty, friendship and meaning to life through his work, all of which will be on open display when Jonathan returns to the stage at CFABS. Join Gracie & Lacy as they sing and dance this dazzling serenade of popular hits in the style of Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and more on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. Hear the songs and stories of unforgettable women who won our hearts on the Great White Way and beyond. From homeless to Hollywood. . . from broke to Broadway, re-imagine the

Lady Legends who sang for their supper, making ends meet through music. Duke Robillard performs March 23 at 8 p.m. in Hinman Auditorium. Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence. Duke has carved out one of blues’ most illustrious legacies, while also trodding lofty territories as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, studio sideman, producer, label operator and educator. Patchouli & Terra Guitarra will take the stage March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Moe Auditorium. Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Terra Guitarra and Patchouli. Performing fiery Spanish guitar pieces like “Malaguena” to the gorgeous vocal harmonies of “Sounds of Silence” this duo takes the art of guitars to another dimension with their new animated multi-media concert experience. The Center for Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. For tickets and more information, call 239-495-8989 or visit online at www.artcenterbonita.org.

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The incredibly talented cast members of the upcoming musical Show Boat, co-produced by Gulf Coast Symphony and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, will gather at the beautiful Shangri-La Springs Hotel in historic downtown Bonita Springs for Broadway Under the Stars. This intimate performance allows you to enjoy the beauty of this idyllic hideaway while listening to your favorite Broadway songs being sung live. You’ll marvel at the unique sound of Broadway, usually on the stage, being performed under the stars on the historic, natural grounds of Shangri-La. Under the Stars concerts brings together great music, alternative venues, food, drink, & community. Tickets for Broadway Under the Stars on Friday, March 15 at 7p.m. are only $35 and may be purchased online at www.GulfCoastSymphony.org or by calling the Gulf Coast Symphony at 239-277-1700. The Historic Shangri-La Springs Hotel is located at 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.

Sinatra and Beyond March 16 at Mann Hall

The Southwest Florida Symphony closes its 58th season of pops concerts with Sinatra and Beyond, featuring postmodern New York crooner, Tony DeSare. DeSare has mastered the art of Sinatra, from his Rat Pack days to his “Chairman of the Board” persona. This concert happens on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW located at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers. Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. Tickets cost between $25 and $105 per person and are available by calling the Southwest Florida Symphony box office at 239-418-1500, by visiting the Southwest Florida Symphony Box Office located at 8290 College Parkway, Suite 103 in Fort Myers, by calling the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall box office at 239-4814849 or online at www.swflso.org. Tickets are also available at the door one hour before the performance. Happenings Magazine


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Gulf Coast Symphony: Tribute to Elvis, Sinatra & Michael Jackson

Three of the greatest tribute artists from Las Vegas bring the undeniable sound of three musical legends to the stage of Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson influenced a whole generation of fans, but they also influenced each other and the music industry as a whole. Brian Duprey (Frank Sinatra), Bill Cherry (Elvis Presley) and Brandon Jones (Michael Jackson) come together March 30 to recreate the sounds and energy of three of the most iconic musicians of the 20th century, backed by the Gulf Coast Symphony. When Brian Duprey sings Frank Sinatra classics, those listening might swear they were hearing Ol' Blue Eyes himself. At least that's what happened to Frank's own daughter, Nancy Sinatra, when she first heard Brian's

voice on the Howard Stern Show. As the lead actor in the hit musical, "The Rat Pack is Back," Brian spent 10 years perfecting his craft in Las Vegas and in over 200 Performing Arts Centers and Casinos across the country. His lead role and creative development of the show built a 48-state tour and secured the title of Best Tribute Show of Las Vegas in 2014. Bill Cherry takes great pride in each performance. On stage, he completely transforms himself into the King of Rock & Roll. With precise vocals, movements, and an uncanny physical resemblance, Bill's interpretive style is instantly recognizable and embraced by his audience. From the most tender love ballads, to the hard-rockin' show stoppers, Bill delivers each song with impeccable energy, spirit and heart, like that of his mentor. Bill Cherry is the winner of the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist

Competition in Memphis. Brandon Jones is a Chicago native who has shown a natural talent for performing as the King of Pop - Michael Jackson. As he has matured so has his talent and desire to succeed. He has performed throughout Chicagoland, portraying Michael Jackson from the young age of 6. Since December of 2012, Brandon has starred in the award-winning, international touring show, Moonwalker, the Reflection of Michael. Also, he has performed with the nationally acclaimed show, Legends in Concert as Michael Jackson, since 2014. Tickets for ICONS: A Tribute to Elvis, Sinatra and Michael Jackson on Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. start at $29 and may be purchased at www.GulfCoastSymphony.org or by calling the Barbara B. Mann box office at 239-481-4849.

Apollo’s Fire, American Virtuosi at Davis Art Center

The Chamber Music Series features Apollo’s Fire, the chamber ensemble that just won a Grammy for their recording “Song of Orpheus” on Thursday, March 28 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. American Virtuosi Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded by its artistic director Jeannette Sorrell, to revive the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various “Affekts” or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric. Now in its 11th season, the American Virtuosi concert presents Southwest Florida with a memorable evening of chamber music.

American Virtuosi is the final concert in the Chamber Music Series on Friday, March 29. Each season, renowned American Virtuosi musicians perform in the outstanding first floor Grand Atrium at the Davis Art Center as part of the Chamber Music series. This year’s ensemble features violinist Tai Murray, violinist Peter Winograd, violist Jim Apolloʼs Fire Griffith, cellist Andres Díaz, and pianist Wendy Chen. Purchase tickets to both Apollo’s Fire on March 28 and American Virtuosi on March 29, and receive $20 off the total price. For tickets and info, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933. Doors open for cocktails at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. The Davis Art Center is at 2301 First St. in the downtown Fort Myers River District.

Mastersingers wrap up season April 5 in Bonita

The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers perform their end of season concert, Faure and Vivaldi with the Mastersingers, on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, 9751 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. The choral ensemble will be joined by the Mastersingers Festival Orchestra in a program that includes Gabriel Faure’s stunningly beautiful setting of the requiem along with Antonio Vivaldi’s popular Gloria. In addition to the well-loved masterworks, the repertoire will also include a performance of the winning composition of the inaugural Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company Prize, Before You Kissed Me by Dr. Zack Stanton. The composer competition is the Mastersingers latest 50 - March 2019

community initiative, and Stanton’s work was selected from over 200 pieces submitted. Stanton, a professor at the University of Iowa, set the music for this composition to a Sara Teasdale poem. Says the composer, “It had been a while since I had written for choir and I wanted to try some new things. Since I had already set several sacred texts, I looked for a secular poem. I needed to find a text that I could live with for a while. In Sara Teasdale I found a poem that had great depth but at the same time was also direct and simple.” Dr. Stanton dedicated the work to his wife, Molly. The composer will be in attendance at the concert to accept his prize. This concert marks not only the completion of the group’s 18th season, but also, the end

of Jeff Faux’s nine-year run as artistic director. Faux has overseen incredible growth in the group’s number and quality of singers, in the community outreach projects that the Mastersingers support, and in the collaborations with other area artistic ensembles. Says director Faux, “Through my time with the Mastersingers I have been most proud of how we have connected with the fabric of our community. We have produced concerts with music that has never been performed in Southwest Florida, and we have given singers of all ages the opportunity to sing in a highquality community-based ensemble.” Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available online at www.mastersingersfm.com.

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Lehigh Spring Festival March 22-30

The annual Lehigh Spring Festival kicks off its nine days of entertainment on March 22 at Veterans Park and wraps up on March 30. The family friendly festival features live music, kids shows, midway rides and games, pageants, contests, dance groups, karaoke, craft show, chili cook-off and lots of great food and beverages. This year’s theme is “We The People.” Opening ceremonies will be held March 22 at 6 p.m. The annual grand parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. Live music performers will include

Delta Crossing on March 22, Coby Wilkins, Unforgiven and Live N Learn on March 23, Siren Says Rock on March 24, Robb Brooks on March 25, Victory Christian Church Band on March 26, Torched on March 27, Orquesta Classica on March 29, Certified, The Woodwork and Soapy Tuna on March 30. The first Spring Festival was held in March of 1975, to welcome in spring and say farewell to all the Snow Birds who were returning to their northern homes for the summer. The Spring Festival moved to Veterans Park in the late ‘80s, where it

Benny Goodman tribute March 14 at Shell Point Benny Goodman: When Swing Was King

Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers welcomes the Boilermaker Jazz Band as it presents Benny Goodman: When Swing Was King on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at The Village Church on The Island. The acclaimed Boilermaker Jazz Band is led by Paul Cosentino on clarinet, full-time bandleader who founded the band in 1988 at Carnegie Mellon University. Jennifer McNulty lends her smooth and sultry vocal stylings to ballads, standards and bubblin’ swing numbers. The Boilermaker Jazz Band has performed at major international venues, including Lincoln Center and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. During this concert, you’ll enjoy present the best of Goodman’s small band classics, big band themes and great tunes made famous by “Goodman’s Gals.” Other Shell Point concerts this month include the Sanibel Trio on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and the Southwest Florida Symphony performing Back-to-Back Bach on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 239-239-454-2067. 52 - March 2019

has been providing fun and entertainment for Lehigh Acres and the surrounding communities ever since. Nick’s Kids Show has been a family favorite for many years now, as well as Commodore Cutter, Southwest Florida’s Pirate. Tolve Productions offers carnival rides and games, and lots of food vendors to choose from. The festival offers many opportunities for local organizations to raise funds, by helping with parking, carnival ticket sales, grounds cleanup, etc. For more details, visit www.fastwebsites.xyz/lehighfestivalwp2/

SW Florida Concert Band March 24 The Southwest Florida Concert Band will perform a concert In Celebration of Music on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers. Our 50 member community band will open the concert with an arrangement of Music for a Darkened Theater by Danny Elfman. The band will play Clare Grundman’s lilting “Irish Rhapsody” and a melodic trombone solo of “O’Danny Boy” to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and then add in a little Barry Manilow tune called “Copacabana” that will be hard to sit still for. Our guest vocalist, Kathy Lamade, will sing the emotional “You Raise Me Up” and there will be an impressive solo based on the Italian

melody “Napoli.” The band will play a jaunty Irish march and a very powerful overture on the western theme from Silverado. The program will also include memorable music from the film Guardians of the Galaxy that feature the songs “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Come and Get Your Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and more. The show will conclude with a fun, moving piece called the “Great Locomotive Chase.” The brass performance group the Brass Monkeys will also show up to perform one or two numbers. All concerts are free with donations accepted. Information on the group, our scholarship program, and other performances can be found online at www.SWFLConcertBand.org.

Songwriter Stories features Dee Goodson, Kyle Anne Duggan at the Davis Art Center

Songwriter Stories invites Dee Goodson and Kyle Anne Duggan to tell the tales behind their favorite original songs. Take part in this intimate concert that gives audiences a behind-thescenes look at songwriting on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. A part of the Noteworthy Series, Songwriter Stories features Southwest Florida musicians who are part of the emerging scene. Each songwriter plays a set of original music and discusses the craft and inspiration that went into each piece between songs. Dee Goodson is a SW Florida singersongwriter who recently caught the attention of Miami rapper, Trina. Trina just started a new record label called Rockstarr, and Dee is one of the first artists to be signed to the label. Dee’s

new album was released this February under Rockstarr. Kyle Anne Duggan is also a SW Florida native with some big credits to her name. A student of the prestigious Berkeley School of Music in Boston, Kyle Anne released her debut EP Florida in 2017. Since then, she’s opened for several touring acts that have come through Southwest Florida, like Lung, Elisa Sun, and Eli Young Band. Kyle was also the first place winner of two singer-songwriter competitions in 2018, including SBDAC’s Summer Singer-Songwriter Competition. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. For info and tickets, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the Fort Myers River District. Happenings Magazine


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ACMA presents Grant Malloy Smith, Tim Farrell, Squirrel Hillbillies and Shawna Caspi in March

March once again has the Americana Community Music Association with seven shows in four locations. The ACMA rents the All Faiths Congregation on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers for its touring artists shows. Each show has a local songwriter open for the headliner. The ACMA also hosts very popular free concerts in three more locations that present three local songwriters in a round robin format.

Shows at All Faiths Grant Malloy Smith will perform March 2 at All Faiths Congregation. Grant Malloy Smith is a singer-songwriter of country and roots music - an artful blend of country, bluegrass, folk and pop music. His most recent album Dust Bowl - American Stories rode the Billboard charts for 17 weeks, including 11 weeks in the top 10 on the Americana/folk album sales chart and #12 on the country album sales chart. The Bible of American Roots music, No Depression magazine, raved: “Grant’s ability to capture the heartland in his music is amazing ... he has written A heartland masterpiece ... lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie ... sent chills down my spine ... bound to become a classic ... A reminder of the darker period of Bob Dylan, and it’s that good, that memorable...” In 2018, he released two singles - first Fly Possum Fly with featured vocalist EmiSunshine, geared toward the young at heart around Christmas time. Then, in honor of our veterans, he released Man of Steel, produced by Grammy winning producer Chuck Ebert, which has been made the official theme song of the National Veterans Foundation. New York transplant Bob Williams opens the show March 2. Bob is the ACMA vice president, board member, driving force behind the Lovers Keys and library shows. Bob has released two CDs over the last four years. When not performing solo you can find him playing weekly with the Pearl Street Band on Fort Myers Beach. The ACMA welcomes Tim Farrell on March 16. When Tim Ferrell first played the ACMA six years ago, they wondered how an almost totally instrumentalist would fare at the ACMA. Would we miss words? Little did we know that Tim would return again and again and also open the door for other instrumental musicians at the ACMA, proving that musicians can paint pictures with music alone. As a performer, Tim entertains audiences internationally. He maintains an active performing schedule, appearing in a variety of concert venues 54 - March 2019

Shawna Caspi such as the Kimmel Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Center, Hard Rock Live, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival, Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase and many more. Tim performs as a solo artist and also has shared the stage with such notable artists as Les Paul, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, Rick Wakeman, Alex DeGrassi, Jake Shimabukuru, California Guitar Trio, John Sebastian and many more. Opening for Tim is local musical magician, Bill Metts, who paints stories with both words and fantastic fingerpicking. Bill says, “I started playing guitar when I was 19 during the country blues revival of the late 60s. I fell in love with the music of Taj Mahall, Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson and others of that ilk. Just about everything that I have done since then has been in that down home finger-picking style.” Squirrel Hillbillies will perform March 23. From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of acoustic roots music, spanning folk, country and blues. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. They perform regularly at festivals and folk clubs as well as non-traditional venues across the US and the UK. Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk and Gary

Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Their CDs have gotten radio play on stations around the world. Don't miss Ralph Leesburg when he opens the show for the Squirrels. Ralph has been making music for more than 50 years but it has only been the last 20 that he has set intentions on positive music. A little folksy, a little rootsy, a little bluesy, a little bit of rock'n'roll (and something he likes to call metaphysical country). The ACMA welcomes Shawna Caspi on March 30. Shawna Caspi performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth teller, she has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour. Our own Joe Virga opens the show. Joe is a founding member of the ACMA and a continued passionate supporter of the ACMA. He continues to write awesome songs and perform them. Joe Virga learned to play guitar while serving his country on a helicopter carrier during the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he began playing in the Greenwich Village at the legendary Folk City (Gurdies). He learned about the music cooperative while there and became a member. The co-op became a mecca for the second folk music scene in New York City. Joe is a writer and guitar player and a great lead and background vocalist. Songwriters at Sunset The next Songwriters at Sunset will be March 7 at 4:30 p.m at Lovers Key State Park on Fort Myers Beach and feature Ricky Baker, Mike McMillan and Boz. Be sure to give yourself an extra 30 minutes to park and take the tram to the beach. The show is free, and parking is $8 per car. FOLKS (Friends of Lovers Key, Inc.) has joined with the ACMA to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. The concerts 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. The FOLKS group will offer a beach BBQ fundraiser at the show. Ricky Baker started playing guitar when he was 45. Musical influences include Bob Dylan, continued on page 55 Happenings Magazine


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continued from page 54 Neil Young, John Prine, Steve Earle, Mississippi John Hurt and Rolling Stones. Ricky plays locally with 4 Man Trio, and RPM. His songs emerge from personal experience and whimsy. 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 1970s, he was inspired to learn finger picking and then later, many blues songs. Mike can be found performing regularly on Fort Myers Beach with The Pearl Street Band. Boz is a local singer songwriter who performs regularly in the Naples area. Songwriters at the Library The next Songwriters at the Library will be March 9 at 2 p.m. at South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway in Estero and feature Houseboat Jim, Pete Benson and Doug Chaiet. Americana music and playing guitar has been Pete Bensen’s love, muse, and best friend since childhood., Peter has performed for over 15,000 listeners of his regular StreetJelly.com/PeteBensen online e-concerts. Houseboat Jim started picking and singing back in the late ‘50s in Greenwich Village. Got married, worked, and got back to music about fifteen years ago in Las Vegas. He’s been playing around the Fort Myers area for

the last six years, and he lives on a houseboat. Doug Chaiet is a local singer-songwriter who is known for his fingerpicking style guitar playing.

Songwriters on the Plaza The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts will take place in the Amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza in downtown Fort Myers off First Street. The March 12 concert at 6 p.m. will feature Carolyn & David Stanley, Pete & Silvia Popravek and Mary Dahl. (see article on page 64). The ACMA hosts a singer songwriters circle every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. All Faiths Unitarian Congregation at 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. The circle is for acoustic songwriters of all levels. Songs and experiences are shared in a non-judgmental, casual atmosphere. No membership required. All are welcome to come and play or just to listen. All shows are in a quiet, intimate setting and every show is a meet and greet with the artists. YouTube any of these artists and be prepared to be impressed by the talent that is available to you all year round for a cost of $10-$15 donation. The ACMA is a non-sectarian not for profit organization. Most concerts are held at All Faiths Congregation located at 2756 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and ll shows start at 7 p.m. For more info, visit americanacma.org

Bonita Blues Fest March 8 & 9

The date is set, the lineup complete and the tickets are on sale now for the 13th Annual Bonita Blues Festival, to be held on March 8 and 9 at Riverside Park, Bonita Springs. Both days will feature award winning blues music from around the country and a wide variety of food and other vendors. The March 8 schedule includes Gabe Stillman Band, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Markey Blue Rick Latina Project,

Albert Cummings and Southern Hospitality featuring Damon Fowler, JP Soars and Victor Wainwright. The March 9 schedule includes Eric Johanson, Angel Forrest Band, The Jimmys, Rusty Wright Band, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps and Johnny Rawls. Tickets to the festival are $60 in advance for a weekend pass, or $40 for Friday only or $45 for Saturday only. For tickets, visit www.bonitablues.com.

Johnny Rawls

Bonita Springs Concert Band to

play March 31 at Estero High School

The next concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at Estero High School. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Guest vocal soloist C.J. Greer has performed around the world at theme parks to Broadway to Carnegie Hall, including a year in Japan performing in both English and Japanese. She has received multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations for her performances in Sister Act, Les Miserables, The Producers and The Buddy Holly Story. CJ will sing “You

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Raise Me Up,” “Mary Poppins” and “Musetta’s Waltz.” The 90-member band is under the direction of Gary Smith, who served as the associate director of bands and director of the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois for 24 years. The band will play music from Ben Hur, as well as a rendition of “Classical Gas” with a local guest guitarist Nikola Vukovic. Nikola performs at many area restaurants including Limoncello in Naples. Get more info at www.bonitaspringsconcertband.com.

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Live at Seminole Casino Hotel Don McLean

Don McLean played Jan. 31 at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee. Photos by Jamie Kuser

John Lodge of The Moody Blues

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LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC IN

Backstreets

SW FLORIDA

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

2059 Tamiami Trail East Naples • 239-774-6060

Blue Monkey Bar & Grille

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

Buckingham Blues Bar

5641 Buckingham Road Fort Myers 239-693-7111

The Buddha Bar

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

Cape Cabaret

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

The Cigar Bar

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

The Center Bar at The Promenade

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

The Cottage

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

Hotel Indigo

1520 Broadway, Fort Myers 239-337-3446

Hurricane Charley’s

300 W. Retta Espl, Punta Gorda 941-639-9695

Jacaranda

1233 Periwinkle, Sanibel 239-472-1771

The Keys Bar & Grille

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

Lakehouse Bar & Grill

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

Lansdowne Street

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

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

Nervous Nellie’s 1131 First St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-8077

19030 San Carlos Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-313-6012

The Shell Factory 2787 N. Tamiami Trail North Fort Myers 239-995-2141

Smokin Oyster Brewery 340 Old San Carlos For Myers Beach 239-463-3474

Sneaky Pete’s

3465 Bonita Beach Road Bonita Springs 239-498-8887

The Stage

9144 Bonita Beach Road Bonita Springs 239-405-8566

Ter-Tini’s

1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers 239-344-6147

Tiki at Wyndham Garden

Paradise Tiki Hut at Dolphin Key

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

255 13th Avenue S., Naples • 239-649-8200 1502 Miramar St. Cape Coral 239-540-8454

Fathoms

Pete’s Time Out

2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-3257 1005 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5900

Rhythm House Fishermen’s Village The 16440 S. Tamiami Trail 1200 W. Retta Esplan. Punta Gorda 941-639-8721

Shark Bar & Grill

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

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

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

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

Old Naples Pub

Dixie Roadhouse

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

Seminole Casino Hotel

Fort Myers 239-466-8326

Tiki Bar at Days Inn Twisted Vine Bistro 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-226-1687

The Village Pub

4360 Gulf Shore, Naples 239-262-2707

Whiskey Park

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

Yucatan Beach Stand

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

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PERFORMANCES

IN SW FLORIDA

Tarpon Point, Cape Coral

JJ Grey & Mofro

Laishley Park, Punta Gorda

FEB. 27

David Foster

APR. 5

John Michael Montgomery

Artis–Naples ʻ

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

FEB. 28

Blood, Sweat & Tears Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

APR. 6

KC & The Sunshine Band, Village People

MAR. 1

Mark Chesnutt

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

APR. 8

Jackson Browne

MAR. 2

Wayne Newton

Artis–Naples

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

APR. 11

Night Ranger

The Platters, Cornell Gunterʼs Coasters

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

APR. 25

Kelsea Ballerini Hertz Arena, Estero

MAR. 3

Gin Blossoms

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

MAR. 8 & 9

Bonita Blues Fest

Riverside Park, Bonita Springs

MAR. 12

Celtic Woman

B. B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

MAR. 13

Steve Miller Band

Suncoast Credit Union Arena at FSW, Fort Myers

MAR. 15

Felix Cavaliereʼs Rascals SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Jackie Evancho

B. B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

MAR. 16

Stephen Bishop

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

MAR. 17 Chris Botti

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The Rippingtons

MAR. 30 continued

John Mellencamp performs March 27 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW in Fort Myers. Photo by Myrna Suarez

Lonestar

MAR. 17 continued

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

MAR. 20

David Allan Coe

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Winger & Firehouse

MAR. 21

B. B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

MAR. 25

Tony Bennett Artis–Naples

MAR. 27

John Mellencamp

B. B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

Collie Buddz

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

MAR. 22

MAR. 28

MAR. 23

MAR. 29 & 30

Firefall

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Chris Lane

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

MAR. 24 Clint Black Artis–Naples

Jefferson Starship

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Melissa Etheridge

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

MAR. 30 Tracy Byrd

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

APR. 28

Newsboys & Michael W. Smith Hertz Arena, Estero

MAY 3

Doug Stone & Friends The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

Hank Williams Jr. Hertz Arena, Estero

MAY 4

Craig Campbell

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

MAY 8

Hillsong United Hertz Arena, Estero

MAY 23

The Original Wailers The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, Fort Myers

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Chris Lane, Tracy Byrd at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon

The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers continues with its busy schedule of concerts over the next few months. Mark Chesnutt will perform March 1 at The Ranch. Mark Chesnutt is one of country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of Country musics most elite entertainers from George Jones to George Strait echo this sentiment. Mark Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged; he has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records. The Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series welcomes Chris Lane on March 23. Heading into his second album for Big Loud Records, aptly titled Laps Around the Sun, that quest for self discovery was heavy on Chris Lane’s mind. Two whirlwind years of chart toppers and jam-packed shows had gone by for the breakout country talent, but the North Carolina native still felt restless. He found himself looking back to his early days, and back to the reasons he fell in love with music in the first place. Tracy Byrd performs March 30 as part of the Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series. Tracy Byrd became a household name on the country music scene in 1993 when his third single, called “Holdin’ Heaven,” off of his MCA Records, self-titled debut album, hit #1 on the Billboard country charts. The album

The Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series welcomes Chris Lane March 23 to The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. Happenings Magazine

Tracy Byrd performs March 30 at The Ranch as part of the Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series. also included the remake hit of Johnny Paycheck’s “Someone to Give my Love to” cementing Byrd as a traditional country troubadour. The debut album went on to be certified gold, a reward signifying sales in excess of 500,000 copies. John Michael Montgomery will play April 5 as part of the Sam Galloway Concert Series. John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music’s most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. The Sam Galloway Concert Series presents Craig Campbell May 4 at The Ranch. In a day and age defined by instant gratification, it can be hard to remember that good things come to those who wait. But not for Wheelhouse Records singer-songwriter Craig Campbell. Long praised as a modern link to the traditional values of Country’s past, Campbell’s been waiting to release a new collection of music for five long years – and now that wait is finally over. Dylan Scott’s performance on May 11 is also part of the Sam Galloway Ford Concert

Series. With his romantic, platinum certified #1 hit “My Girl,” and gold certified Top 5 smash “Hooked,” Scott has certainly done that, paying his dues and transforming reallife experience into chart-topping success. Now with the album Dylan Scott Deluxe Edition, a new chapter begins. 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. 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. 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. Other shows on the concert schedule at The Ranch include Collie Buddz on March 27, Doug Stone & Friends on May 3, The Original Wailers on May 23. 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. March 2019 - 59


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The Rippingtons at Cape Sounds of Jazz The Rippingtons will headline magic, food, and fun. Join in the this year’s Cape Coral Sounds of citywide celebration of jazz and Jazz and Blues on Saturday, blues music. March 30 at Tarpon Point Marina. Opening act will be Gruv The Rippingtons are a Therapy playing from 5:30 to 6:30 Grammy-nominated contempop.m. B-Side Jones will take the rary jazz group, founded by guistage from 7 to 8 p.m. The tarist and composer Russ evening’s headliner will perform Freeman in 1985. The group has 8:30 to 10 p.m. Gates open at 5 passed the thirty year mark, and p.m. continues to innovate. Under Tickets are available online at Freeman's production, the group www.capeconcerts.com, in person has released 22 albums, all of at the Cape Coral City Hall - Parks which have attained top 5 and Recreation, 1015 Cultural Park Billboard status, with 5 of them Blvd. or by phone at 239-573-3128. The Rippingtons reaching #1. Their debut album, General admission is $20 in "Moonlighting," which Jazziz advance, $25 at gate if available. magazine has called "the numOrganizers highly encourage bringber one most influential contemporary jazz album of all time." ing chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. No seats are provided The group's influences are wide-ranging, from instrumental for general admission guests. A food truck will be on site for GA pop, to rock, to world music, to EDM, to R&B. Some artists having guests who wish to purchase dinner. recorded with the Rippingtons include Arturo Sandoval, Jeffrey Experience tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at gate and Osbourne, Kirk Whalum, Kenny G, Dave Grusin, the late Joe include buffet style catered meal and 2 drink tabs for beer, wine or Sample, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Patti Austin, Peter White, Rick soda. Water is included. Table seating is provided with this ticket. Braun, Zak Wylde, and many more. The Rippingtons were chosen VIP ticket is $75 and includes upgraded buffet style catered Best Group 2000 by Billboard BET, and Best Group 2 years in a meal and unlimited drinks (beer, wine, water, soda) and riverside row, 2001 and 2002 by the Oasis Awards, in addition to table seating. Table reservations are accepted for parties of 8-11 Achievement in Video 2001. in the Experience and VIP sections if made in advance by emailThe Sounds of Jazz and Blues is the premier musical event in ing specialevents@capecoral.net. Reservations must be made Cape Coral. The Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is after purchasing tickets. Reserve your table by Thursday, March proud to bring some of the best talents for a night of musical 28. Dinner will be served between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.

JJ Grey at Peace River Revival

The annual Peace River Revival welcomes headliner JJ Grey & Mofro on Saturday, March 30 at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and 60 - March 2019

you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless. Other musical guests include Keller Williams Petty Grass featuring The Hillbenders, Donna The Buffalo, Cat Ridgeway & The Tourists, Whey Jennings and Still Friends. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $100 for VIP. Attendees should bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the great music, food trucks and vendors. Gates open at noon, and the music starts at 12:30 p.m. For tickets and more info, visit online at www.peaceriverrevivalPG.com

JJ Grey

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Lonestar - March 17

Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Fabian - March 23

KC & The Sunshine Band, Village People April 6 at outdoor concert

Lonestar, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian at Seminole Casino Hotel

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment has partnered with Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee to create a diverse lineup of concerts over the next few months. The Platters and Cornell Gunter’s The Coasters will perform their iconic music at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $59. Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment presents Lonestar live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar – Richie McDonald (lead vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitar & backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), and Dean Sams (keyboards & backing vocals) – has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995. The group achieved 10 #1 country hits including "No News," "Come Crying To Me,"

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Village People - April 6

and their crossover smash "Amazed." Advance tickets are on sale for $79. Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell (also known as Dick Fox’s Golden Boys) will be live in concert Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Seminole Casino Hotel. Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell were united by producer Dick Fox. These "Golden Boys" were three of the most popular teen idols of the late 1950s and 1960 and have proved to be an overwhelming live concert success. The Golden Boys concert spotlights each of the performers and their all-time greatest hits: "Turn Me Loose," "Tiger" and "I'm A Man" (Fabian); "Venus," "De De Dinah" and "Bobby Sox to Stockings" (Avalon); and "Volare," "Wild One" and “Kissin' Time" (Rydell).Tickets are available for $110. KC & The Sunshine Band with special guests Village People will be live in concert at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. All seats are reserved for this outdoor concert. Advance tickets are $60 and

$25. VIP seating is available for $139. KC & the Sunshine Band have been entertaining audiences around the world for over 37 years, and have sold in excess of 100 million records. Their first record, “Blow Your Whistle,” made the top 15 on the R&B chart. Their second album, “KC & The Sunshine Band,” was released in 1975, went triple platinum and contained the #1 hits “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes” and “Rock Your Baby.” The group’s third album, “Part 3,” released in 1976, also went triple platinum and contained the #1 singles “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Shake Your Booty” and “Keep It Comin’ Love.” For 40 years, the music of Village People has been putting smiles on the faces of fans all around the world. Their hits have become part of the international songbook – and heard in commercials from Pepsi to Wonderful Pistachios. Tickets for all these shows are available by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.moreinparadise.com or www.jaytv.com.

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FORT MYERS RIVER DISTRICT

Southwest Florida Reading Festival March 2 Nearly 20 acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Lee County to meet fans and talk about their books at the 20th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library campus, 2450 First St. The Southwest Florida Reading Festival features a diverse line-up of nationally acclaimed, best-selling authors for adults, teens and children. This free, fun event welcomes many attendees who come back year after year, and it draws about 10,000 people to downtown Fort Myers for the day. The fans attend to hear and meet best-selling authors, participate in contests and activities and find the latest and greatest in books, technology and accessories. In addition to author appearances and autograph sessions, there are storytelling programs, arts, crafts, youth writing and coloring contests and a free book for every child and teen. “The festival invites popular authors to participate by sharing their real life experiences, thought processes and the evolution of their characters,” said Lee County Library System director Mindi Simon. “It is fascinating to hear the story behind the story.” In addition to the daylong community event, Lee County Library System hosts several preview events at library

Free Monthly

Acoustic Concerts Cornog Plaza Amphitheatre

branches leading up to the festival. Among the activities at branch sites this year are author visits around Lee County, including international best-selling author Alyson Richman, visiting the Lakes Regional Library Tuesday, Feb. 26. The highlight of the preview events will be An Evening with the Authors

Evening with the Authors March 1

The Lee County Library System is offering fans a chance to meet authors up close and personal during “An Evening with the Authors” river cruise aboard the Capt. JP from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 1. The event is a fundraiser to support the annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival March 2 at the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library campus. Paid reservations for “An Evening with the Authors” are required for attendees to have the rare opportunity to meet and mingle with authors during the sunset dinner cruise along the Caloosahatchee River. Tickets will be sold online at www.ReadFest.org.

fundraiser 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, which will allow attendees to have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the full line-up of festival authors aboard a sunset dinner cruise along the Caloosahatchee River. Among the award-winning authors scheduled to attend the festival this year are Lauren Willig and Karen White, B.A. Shapiro, Thomas Mullen, youth author Jackson Pearce and teen author Maureen Johnson, as well as award-winning audiobook narrator Johnny Heller. The complete list of authors can be found at www.ReadFest.org. “This year for our 20th annual reading festival, we wanted to make the event extra special with some new offerings,” states Melissa Baker, library manager of programming and community outreach. “New this year will be a variety of food trucks stationed on First Street, and of course the sunset cruise aboard the Capt. JP will be a treat for our guests and library supporters at the Evening with the Authors event, too.” The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is free and community-supported through donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event, visit www.readfest.org to make a secure online donation. More information is available at www.ReadFest.org or by calling 239-533-4832.

Songwriters

on the Plaza Fort Myers Library, First Street, Downtown

Second Tuesday of each month 6 to 7:30 pm

Bring a chair or blanket. Shows will be moved indoors depending on weather. www.AmericanACMA.org

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ACMA and Lee Library present Songwriters on the Plaza March 12

The next Songwriters on the Plaza will be Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. and feature Carolyn & David Stanley, Pete & Silvia Popravek and Mary Dahl. The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts will take place in the amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza. Bring a chair or a blanket, shows will be moved indoors depending on weather. If needed the show will be indoor in the South Building that is attached to Talking Books Library. The address is 1651 Lee St., next to the Second Street Parking lot. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate songwriters showcase. Be prepared to enjoy an evening of professional quality acoustic Americana music. David and Carolyn Stanley have been playing various genres of music solo and in several different groups since they were teenagers. As a duo in Fort Myers their performances feature David’s original music with David on vocals, finger style or rhythm guitar and harmonica. Carolyn adds vocal harmonies and accompaniment on guitar, banjo, or charango. David’s original songs vary from a tribute to the late Pete Seeger to an amusing love song called “If You Give Me the

Finger.” He has recorded a CD and has had a couple of his songs recorded by other artists. For over 20 years, Mary Dahl performed throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and D.C. with a quartet known as The Lite Side, playing a five string banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, ukulele and charango. They performed six times at the White House for two different administrations and opened for a sold out performance concert by the Kingston Trio at the Carlisle Theatre in Pa. After moving to Fort Myers in 2007, she joined ACMA and found a welcoming venue for her original songs, all of which are upbeat and inspiring. Silvia and Pete Popravek have been playing music together for the past twelve years, originally as members of Skeeterland Band and Banyan Bluegrass, then gradually developing into a guitar and mandolin duo that incorporates a variety of musical genres, including folk, country, Cuban/Latin, and , yes, bluegrass. Always experimenting, adapting, and progressing from their roots in rock and traditional Cuban music, Silvia and Pete have created a style that is uniquely theirs, while remaining faithful to the many sources of their music. Visit www.americanacma.org for more details.

Mustang car show March 2 at Edison and Ford Estates

On March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host its annual Ford Mustang Car Show as a tribute to Henry Ford, the pioneer of the automobile industry. Owners of Ford Mustangs will exhibit their cars on Henry Ford’s lawn along the Caloosahatchee River. The Mustang has been popular ever since it debuted in 1964; in two years, more than one million Mustangs were sold. Along with the car show, there will be music, a food truck and visitors can tour the gardens, museum, laboratory and see the historic homes. This family event is free for Edison Ford members and $20 for non-members, which includes a self-guided tour of the entire site. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the antique Ford car collection. Owners wishing to register their car should visit EdisonFord.org and download the registration form. The deadline for registration is Feb. 27 and the fee is $15 for one car and $5 for each additional car (includes admission for the registered participant and one passenger). For more information, call 239334-7419 or visit www.EdisonFord.org.

BBQ, Bands & Brew April 7

Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), has announced April 7 as the date for its 10th annual BBQ, Bands & Brew event, presented by All Star Equipment Rentals & Sales. Celebrating this milestone year, the event will feature some of Southwest Florida’s top pit masters competing for the title of “Best BBQ in Town,” live music from local headlining bands, numerous vendors, and fun-filled activities for all ages including a lively cornhole tournament and a children’s play area with face-painting, games and more. “BBQ, Bands & Brew has grown into our largest annual fundraising event, and its steady growth over the years has enabled us to help make a difference in the lives of more local homeowners and families in need,” said Becky Swift, executive director 64 - March 2019

of Lee BIA Builders Care. “Every dollar raised stays right here in this community, and we’re thrilled to celebrate a decade of this event’s continued success and positive impact for our neighbors who need it most. We’re looking forward to making our 10th annual BBQ, Bands & Brew one to remember.” The mission of Lee BIA Builders Care is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has helped more than 385 Lee County households, providing in excess of $4.5 million in construction services and materials at no cost to families. BBQ, Bands & Brew will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at Centennial Park, 2000 W. First St. in Fort

Myers. Admission is $10 per person and children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance or at the gate. Last year’s event attracted more than 10,000 guests to Centennial Park. To date, the event has raised over $500,000 in support of Lee BIA Builders Care. All Star Equipment Rentals & Sales is returning as presenting sponsor for BBQ, Bands & Brew. Additional sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $6,500 and include recognition in marketing and promotional materials, event tickets, preferred parking, barbecue lunch and more. A complete lineup of performing artists and vendors will be released in the coming weeks. To learn more about ticket and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.bbqbandsandbrew.com or call 239-938-0056.

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Bert’s Bar & Seafood Grill

Deep Lagoon Seafood

Bert’s Bar offers dockside dining and live music with a million dollar view. Bert’s Bar is a one-of-a-kind waterfront restaurant offering delicious fresh seafood, Black Angus burgers, refreshing brews and beautiful views, all at reasonable prices. Savor all you can eat fried shrimp on Wednesdays (4 to 9) and all you can eat fish fry on Fridays (4 to 9). Enjoy steel drum entertainment on the dock during the day Wednesday to Sunday and live entertainment nightly from national bands and Southwest Florida’s favorite local bands. Boaters are welcome.

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 3 to 6 pm featuring small plates from $6 - $9.

Capt’n Fishbones Seafood Grill

EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill

4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha 239-282-3232 www.BertsBar.com

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 Thursday 4 - 7 p.m.

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

Cape Cabaret

Cape Cabaret offers dining, dancing and live music Tuesday through Saturday. We feature a full dinner menu prepared by executive chef Ryan Cook, two full bars, two hardwood dance floors and live music from the ‘50s to the ‘90s. See your favorite bands perform on our 30-foot stage equipped with the latest state of the art sound and light systems. Have your next private party or corporate event in our ballroom or banquet room. Happy Hour & Early Bird Specials 4 to 5:30 p.m. Entrees, house wines, wells all at 50% discount. Walk-ins always welcome or call reservation hotline.

4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral 239-549-3000 www.capecabaret.com

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10395 Tamiami Trail N, Naples 239-631-6266 14040 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-689-5474 www.deeplagoon.com

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee has unveiled a completely redesigned EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill that enhances the dining experience and offers new and exciting menu selections. The new interior design of the EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill is elegant yet comfortable and features a theaterstyle kitchen that allows for transparency as chefs prepare dishes “from scratch” to the table. The EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill menu features contemporary regional cuisines utilizing the freshest selections of Prime aged beef, fresh seafood, and an array of locally-sourced produce. The wide-ranging menu offers pastas, house made soups, steaks, seafood and chef specialty items including award- winning fajitas, pork osso bucco and the ever-popular braised short rib pot roast.

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

Lucky Mi

Asian-inspired upscale restaurant Lucky Mi Noodle House at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee has unveiled several creative new menu items that further enhance the dining experience. In addition to Avocado Tempura, Sesame Seared Tuna, and Shanghai Ribs, Lucky Mi has added hot rocks house specials that allow guests to cook their own entrees to perfection at the table on volcanic rock heated to 575 degrees.

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

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Ichiban Japanese & Chinese

Located at the entrance to the Hotel Indigo, we offer a wide selection of Japanese and Chinese menu items. Stop by for lunch or dinner. They are open six days a week (closed Sundays).

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

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 Key West, Tin City Naples, Bonita Springs, Tarpon Point Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach and Gulf Coast Town Center.

2360 West First St., Fort Myers 239-245-7049 www.pinchersusa.com

Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort

There's always something to do at the Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at the Dolphin Key Resort. Located in Downtown Cape Coral, the biggest Tiki bar in the world offers live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday, Key West Style Relax Wednesday and Thursday, Light outdoor atmosphere, so family, and friends two or four legged are welcome. Great food menu, with Florida Specials, pool table,TVs. Open 7 days. Kitchen open late.

1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 239-540-8454 www.dolphinkeyresort.com

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Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse

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

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

Twisted Vine Bistro

Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic River District, prides itself on an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef, and other unique innovative entrees. We also feature an extensive boutique wine list, with more than 30 wines by the glass. Twisted Vine Bistro grows our house herbs and spices in our courtyard garden! We can accommodate small private event parties for after hours, social gatherings or rehearsal dinners. Dinner is served seven nights a week. 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 Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

The Veranda

The Veranda's romantic setting in two turn-of-the-century homes, combined with our Southern Regional Cuisine, an extensive wine list, and first class service staff will provide you with the most unique dining experience in SW Florida. Celebrating 40 years in business, The Veranda is consistently honored as one of the most award-winning restaurants in the area.

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MARCH

FRI - 1

Davin Rosenblatt 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Cindy Kaza 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

Mike Marino - 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 2

Davin Rosenblatt 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Cindy Kaza 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Erik Myers - 10:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Mike Marino 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 3

Davin Rosenblatt 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Cindy Kaza - 6:30 p.m. Erik Myers - 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 6

RC Smith 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Diana Jordan - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Dean Napolitano 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THU - 7

Ken Miller 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe J.F. Harris - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

Dean Napolitano - 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 8

Ken Miller 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Joel McHale - 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy 68 - March 2019

COMEDY CLUB CALENDAR FRI - 8 continued Dean Napolitano 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 9

Ken Miller 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Joel McHale 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Dean Napolitano 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 10

J.F. Harris 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

MON - 11

George Casey - 7 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

TUE - 12

Mike Quu - 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 13

Gary Conrad 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Mike Quu - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

John Heffron - 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THU - 14

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

Mike Quu - 6:30 p.m. James Davis - 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy John Heffron - 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 15

John Charles 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Mike Quu - 6:30 p.m. James Davis 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

John Heffron - 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Jimmy Keys at Laugh In

Jimmy Keys will be at the Laugh In Comedy Café in Fort Myers on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Since moving to the U.S. in 2000, Jimmy has been extremely busy. He has played at numerous high profile country clubs up and down the east coast, and for many corporate groups at hotels such as Hilton, Hyatt, Registry and Ritz Carlton, all in Naples; the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, Ariz., the 21 Club and 4 seasons Restaurant in New York City; The Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Mandalay Bay in Vegas.

Jeff Dye - 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 29 Jimmy has appeared many times at the Boston Comedy Connection, the Comedy Connection in Providence, RI., The Newport Comedy Fest, and the Atlantic Connection Theatre, Martha’s Vineyard. For tickets, call 239479-5233 or visit online at laughincomedycafe.com

FRI - 22

Mike Quu - 6:30 p.m. James Davis 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

Doug Thompson 6 p.m. Donnell Rawlings 8 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

John Heffron 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 17

Mike Quu - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 20

Jimmy Keys 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Doug Thompson - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Quinn Dahle - 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THU - 21

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

Doug Thompson - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Quinn Dahle - 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Quinn Dahle 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Dan Cummins - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

SAT - 16

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

THU - 28

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

Quinn Dahle - 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 23

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

Doug Thompson - 6 p.m. Donnell Rawlings 8 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Quinn Dahle 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 24

Doug Thompson 6:30 p.m.

Donnell Rawlings - 8 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 27

Michele Trania - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy James Yon - 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Quinn Dahle 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Michael Mack - 7, 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Jeff Dye - 7 & 10 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 30

Quinn Dahle 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Michael Mack - 7, 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Jeff Dye - 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 31

Michael Mack - 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

* schedules subject to change

Laugh In Comedy Cafe 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers 239-479-5233 laughincomedycafe.com

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

The Comedy Zone at Visani Restaurant

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

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Night Ranger will perform two shows April 10 (6:30 & 9:30 p.m.) at the Key West Theater. Pictured, from left, are band members Eric Levy (keyboards), Brad Gillis (guitar), Jack Blades (bass and vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums & vocals) and Keri Kelli (guitar).

Concerts in Key West

Key West offers a wonderful opportunity for travelers to explore the uniqueness of Key West and see some of their favorite national artists perform in concert (indoors and outside). At least four concert venues host national artists. They include the Tennessee Williams Theatre at 5901 College Road, the Key West Theater at 512 Eaton St., the city-owned Key West Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront Park and the Sunset Green Event Lawn at 24 North Hotel at 3820 N. Roosevelt Blvd. At the Key West Theater, the music schedule includes 10,000 Maniacs on March 7, Bret Michaels on March 17, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals on March 18, Joan Osborne on March 23, Jefferson Starship on March 27, Night Ranger on April 10 (two shows), Richard Marx on April 14, Edwin McCain on April 16 and Martin Barre celebrates 50 years of Jethro Tull featuring Clive Bunker, Dee Palmer and special guests on May 2. For tickets and other show info at the Key West Theater, visit online at www.thekeywesttheater.com. As for the outdoor venues ... The Beach Boys will perform at the Sunset Green Event Lawn on April 4. At the Key West Amphitheater, The Revivalists with Rayland Baxter are scheduled to perform April 6. Located at the new Truman Waterfront, the Key West Amphitheater is situated near Fort Zachary with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico from the top of the lawn - don't miss the

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world famous Key West Sunset on show day. With a grassy general admission lawn, intimate reserved seats, and a one of kind panoramic backdrop, the amphitheater provides the perfect entertainment space for all music fans. For tickets to Rams Head concerts at Sunset Green Event Lawn and Key West Ampitheater, visit www.keywestconcertseries.com.

The Revivalists will play the Key West Amphitheater April 6. Photo by Zackery Michael

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Visual artistry thrives in four Florida Keys shows

The Florida Keys are renowned for having a large population of visual artists, while creative spirits from other places come to experience the ever-changing tropical light and depict a uniquely engaging locale. Visitors seeking fine artwork can find it throughout the island chain. As well as being displayed in galleries from Key Largo to Key West, distinctive artistry can be seen in public buildings and spaces, art shows, outdoor markets and exhibitions. Among the 2019 season’s offerings are four showcases of images by artists ranging from members of the Keys’ vibrant creative community to those born in neighboring Cuba.

Theatre’s production of “La Cage aux Folles,” which coincides with the exhibit. Artwork is for sale with 20 percent of the purchase price donated to the theater. In addition, art lovers can purchase tickets for a chance to win one of two original framed watercolors donated by acclaimed artists Nancy Murphree Davis and Charles Passarelli. The drawing is set for Wednesday, April 10, and ticket holders need not be present to win. For more details, visit www.fkwcs.com.

Discover the Connections Project Mural A 24-foot mosaic mural featuring art by more than 300 Florida Keys artists and arts supporters debuted in late January, and it’s touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and local cultural initiatives. The Connections Project mural, spearheaded by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and titled "A Mosaic of the Keys," began its tour in Key Largo. Subsequently it travels to Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and finally Key West, with a reception celebrating its arrival at each display site. The mural is made up of individual canvases measuring 6 inches square — all provided to local professional artists and creative residents for them to adorn as they chose. The completed canvases feature art in mediums including painting, photography, mixed media and three-dimensional construction. Once the Connections Project tour is over in May, art lovers can acquire individual canvases through a unique “random choice” purchase process. Proceeds benefit Keys artists and arts organizations through the council’s grants including the new “Art Builds Community” program focused on cultural equity. For a schedule of tour dates and locations, visit www.keysarts.com.

Explore Visions of Cuba People eager to sample the spirit and ambiance of the island that lies just 90 miles from Key West can do so during a distinctive art exhibition titled “Visions of Cuba.” The longstanding cultural connection between Key West and Cuba comes alive in the exhibit, which features contemporary creations by more than 50 prominent Cuban artists who now live in locations around the world. Fittingly, the venue for “Visions of Cuba” is the historic Gato Building at 1100 Simonton St. The imposing structure was originally a prominent cigar factory where a large team of skilled Cuban workers produced tens of thousands of cigars each day. The unique exhibit is presented by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and curated by Alaen Ledesma Fernandez. Many of the talents whose pieces are included attended Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte, Cuba’s leading art academy, and have par“Confidence II” by Sandra Rodriguez and Emmanuel Diaz is ticipated in the prestigious Havana part of the Visions of Cuba exhibit in Key West. Biennial. Among the featured artists are Aurelio Mileno, Sandra Rodriguez and Emmanuel Diaz. “Visions of Cuba” continues until April 18. For more information, visit www.keysarts.com. View Purple Isles Artistry Enjoy Watercolor Wonders The Art Guild of the Purple Isles presents its annual show Images in watercolor, acrylic and more are to be showcased durWednesdays through Sundays, March 6-24, at the Florida Keys ing the Florida Keys Watercolor Society’s 37th annual judged exhibiHistory & Discovery Center at the Islander Resort, mile marker 82 in tion. The show is presented at the Marathon Community Theatre, Islamorada. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission to the 5101 Overseas Highway, with an opening reception set for 5 to 7 center is free for those attending. p.m. on Sunday, March 3. The exhibition features several dozen images in acrylic, oils, The exhibit opens for daytime viewing Thursday, March 7, and watercolor, pastels, photography, digital art and other media. Plein air can be seen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and painting is included as well. Saturday through April 6. Society member artists will be at the theThe acclaimed Upper Keys fine arts guild held its first show in ater to hand out programs and discuss the work with show atten1968 and currently has more than 100 members. Its activities include dees. supporting youth art education and working to make art a significant The artistry also can be viewed before the curtain rises and durpart of the local community and lifestyle. ing intermission on the evenings of the Marathon Community For more information, visit www.agpi.us. 70 - March 2019

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Conch Blowing Contest

March 2 An island tradition for over 50 years, this unique contest celebrates the historic importance of conch in the Keys and features contestants in several age categories attempting to make “music” with fluted conch shells. Contest located in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, free and open to all ages. Registration begins at 10 a.m., contest starts at noon. www.oirf.org

Art Walk

March 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. Join Studios Key West and Guild Hall Gallery as they host receptions for new works, artists, designers, book signings and jewelry trunk shows. Key West Local Luxe presents a trunk show of the decorative arts which includes galleries and boutiques and design studios, spanning from Studios of Key West at Eaton and Simonton, to Guild Hall Gallery on Duval and all the galleries and boutiques in the 500 block of Fleming & neighbors. 305-296-0458

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Artisan Market

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March 10 & 24 Art, food, wine, craft beer, shopping and entertainment. Free admission, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Higgs Beach. Bring your reusable bags. facebook.com/keywestartisanmarket

Key West Home Tours

March 15 - 16 Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours from 3 - 6 p.m. each day showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day-of-tour. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s museum and programs. www.keywesthometours.com

Annual Ocean Fest

April 13 From 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at NOAA’s Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and Truman Waterfront. Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, eco-travelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment as we explore conservation exhibits, view and purchase wares from local artists and vendors, experience touch tanks, and listen to live music all while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration. www.mote.org

NAS Air Spectacular

March 30 - 31 The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron the Blue Angels will be taking to the skies at Naval Air Station Key West. The 2019 theme is “Women in Aviation” with a focus on the “Future of Flight.” Organizers expect highlights to include civilian performers like an all-female parachute jump team, the Misty Blues, Patty Wagstaff flying an Extra 330SC, Ashley Shelton, Wing Walker and the world famous Shockwave Jet Truck. Gates open 9 a.m., air show starts at 10:30 a.m., Blue Angels fly at 2:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. www.airshowkeywest.com

Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration April 19 - 28

With activities such as a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys. www.fla-keys.com

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