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Theatre • Concerts • Art • Dining • Comedy • Music

MARCH 2020

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CHARLIE DANIELS AT

SEMINOLE CASINO

ANNUAL SANIBEL

MUSIC FESTIVAL

JOE NICHOLS AT THE

RANCH

CAPE CORAL

IRISH FEST Wayne Nelson of LRB

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Naples • Fort Myers • Cape Coral • Port Charlotte • Key West


Publisher’s Spotlight

Party at sea

We recently went on a musical journey back to the 1970s when Kathy and I embarked on the fourth year of the 70s Rock and Romance Cruise, aka the “Feel Good Party at Sea” with 2,000 of our “friends” onboard the Celebrity Infinity. It was a week filled with concerts, fellowship, eating, dancing, stories, celebrities, Q & As, demonstrations, panel discussions, contests, costumes, friendships and live music. StarVista Live, the folks behind this cruise and several other themed music cruises, knows how to transport people back to a time of great music and relive old memories. As many of you may know, I attend and cover a lot of concerts here in Southwest Florida as part of my job, but this cruise is so much more than a regular concert. Yes, the nightly concerts in the main theatre are nice (since the venue holds only about 1,000 people). We saw performances by Jefferson Starship, America, Cheap Trick, John Lodge (Moody Blues), Randy Bachman (founder of The Guess Who and BTO), Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Jason Scheff (formerly of Chicago) and Todd Rundgren. What’s not to like about that. But wait, take that one step further. On this cruise you get to meet them, talk to them, get autographs and photos with them and hear the stories behind the music. This cruise is like having a back stage pass or VIP badge all week long. StarVista Live is very particular about who they choose to be on the ship each year. The artists must be willing to perform and interact with the fans. They don’t just do their gig and lock themselves in their cabin (StarVista executive producer Alan Rubens would not permit that to happen). Thus, we get an ultimate ‘70s experience. I lost count how may times I ran into Todd Rundgren, Jason Scheff, Burleigh & Mary from Ambrosia or Jerry & Dewey from America in the buffet line. (Hey, they have to eat, too.) And they are all so gracious to take a moment to talk to passengers. Okay, so you think that sounds pretty awesome so far. Well, there’s more. Besides the main stage concerts, the ship has a smaller venue that holds about 400 people called Constellations Lounge. This more intimate venue was perfect for performances by Ambrosia, Rita Coolidge, John Ford Coley, Peter Beckett’s Player,

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Stephen Bishop and Pablo Cruise. Some of the tribute artists also performed in this space. In this venue, your seated only feet away from the stage. You almost feel like you are on stage with the artist. Of course, you can’t have a rock music cruise without concerts on the pool deck. That stage was active day and night. Edgar Winter Band did both of their shows on that stage, while others did one inside and one outside. There was even a wedding ceremony/concert on the pool deck for Joe Puerta (of Ambrosia) and Shannon Killala. The smallest venue (Rendezvous Lounge) holds about 230 folks and is perfect for some of the tribute bands, music trivia contests and Family Feud game shows between passengers and celebrities. By the way, this year’s tribute artists were top notch. Three returning favorites were Bees Gees Gold and Queen Nation. Tribute newcomers included ABBA The Concert, ZZ Twist and Lets Zep. Other star performers who helped fill the musical gaps of bands not on board included LSB Experience, Hal Bruce, Joel Mason, The Newbees and the Bad Ass Brass Band, Kimberly Sunstrum, The Jukebox and All You Need is Love. Finally, the panel discussions each morning were phenomenal. The first panel featured Randy Bachman, John Ford Coley and Corey Lerios from Pablo Cruise. Next panel was Jefferson Starship, America and Stephen Bishop. Then came one with Don Felder, Edgar Winter, Todd Rundgren and John Lodge, and the final featured Ambrosia, Peter Beckett, Rita Coolidge and Maxine Nightingale (who stowed away from the disco cruise). Now for the best part, they are doing it again in 2021 (Feb. 27 - March 6 out of Miami). So far, the lineup includes Foreigner, Air Supply, 10cc, The Guess Who, BJ Thomas, WAR, Jim Messina, The Family Stone, Melissa Manchester, Pure Prairie League, Peter Asher and Badfinger ... just for starters. It just went on sale to the general public a few days ago (alumni get first shot), and you can get on it before it sells out again. BONUS: Book your cabin and use the promo code “Happenings” and save a few hundred dollars. Call 844-355-Rock or visit rockandromancecruise.com/happenings. Rock on,

Jamie

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THEATRE THE NAPLES PLAYERS

Bye Bye Birdie The Naples Players presents the classic musical comedy beloved by every generation. Bye Bye Birdie is on stage in the Blackburn Hall from March 4 through April 5. Winning four Tony Awards in 1961, this high-energy show continues to delight audiences around the world. Bye Bye Birdie book was written by Michael Stewart with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse Teen musician Conrad Birdie is drafted and selects Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss in the ultimate publicity stunt and spectacle. Hit songs from this legendary musical include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss” and “One Boy.” In 1960s America, teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie is all the rage. For tickets, call the box office at 239-263-7990 or stop by at 701 5th Ave. S., Naples, or visit online at www.naplesplayers.org

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Happenings Magazine


Musical, comedy &

concerts at Cultural

Park in Cape Coral

By Michael Moran

Urinetown continues its successful run on the Cultural Park Theater stage through March 8. Now granted for those who have not seen the show yet, most Americans would have said that the title alone made Urinetown not just a bad idea for a musical but a really terrible idea for a musical. But this Tony Award show stormed Broadway in 2001 and has delighted audiences ever since. Urinetown advances a seemingly wacky premise that nevertheless rings true: In some not-too distant future — in which public services have all been privatized and there’s an even a greater gulf separating rich from poor — severe water shortages have transformed peeing from a right to a privilege. Paul Todd takes our concert stage with his tribute “Romancing The American Standards” on March 13, 14 and 15 for three performances only. Paul Todd tributes the work of such legends as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Bobby Darin and more with his many celebrity impersonations and

amazing voice. Next up in March is the comedy The Owl and the Pussycat by Bill Manhoff. The story takes place in a San Francisco loft, aspiring author Felix focuses his binoculars on a prostitute plying her trade. He complains to the landlord, has her evicted, and finds trouble pounding on his door in the form of Doris, not a prostitute, but an aspiring “model and actress, thank you very much.”

She figures he owes her a bed for the night, an arrangement that leads to hilarity. Alan Alda and Diana Sands took the roles on Broadway, George Segal and Barbra Streisand on film. And now at Cultural Park Theater the roles are taken on by Chantelle Kareem BloiseElmahmoudi as Doris and Steve Stefanik as Felix. Under the guidance of director Gwen Salata, CPT’s audiences are in for a wild ride and lots of laughs as Owl and The Pussycat opens March 20 and plays through March 29. The Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. Call the box office for tickets at 239-7725862. Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.

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THEATRE

Every Brilliant Thing Every Brilliant Thing stars Michael Satow as the play's narrator and protagonist. It plays now through March 29. Photo by Joe Dafeldecker

at Florida Rep ArtStage Theatre through March 29

Florida Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Every hits in the theatre's recent history, including Lend me a Tenor, Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe. It will The Hound of the Baskervilles and as Mortimer Brewster in play in the ArtStage Studio Theatre Feb. 28 to March 29. 2014's nationally acclaimed Arsenic and Old Lace. In addition to 1) Ice cream. 2) Rollercoasters. 3) Staying up past his work on stages across the country, Satow plays a your bedtime. This brand-new one-person-play is an recurring role on the CBS series, The Good Fight. unexpectedly funny and inventive story of how a sevenDirector Eleanor Holdridge returns to Florida Rep year-old boy copes with his mother's depression by after helming last season's hit show, Tenderly: The making a list of everything brilliant that makes life worth Rosemary Clooney Musical. She works extensively in living. regional theatre, holds an MFA from Yale and is Head of As time passes and the list grows, what began as an Directing and Producer at the Catholic University of innocent attempt to deal with tragedy becomes an epic America's Department of Drama. Holdridge leads a crechronicle of life’s small joys. Every Brilliant Thing is a ative team including set designer Tim Billman touching, funny, and intimate one-person tour-de-force (Always...Patsy Cline), costume designer Brooke Arthur charts the lengths we will go for those we love and asks (Florida Rep debut), lighting designer Annalise Caudle the audience’s help to tell the story in a setting the (Florida Rep debut), sound designer Katie Lowe (A Eleanor Holdridge ArtStage Studio Theatre has never seen. Every Brilliant Gentleman's Guide) and ensemble stage manager Amy Thing is an electrifying new play that strikes a delicate L. Massari (Barefoot in the Park). balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter. Tickets start at $55 for regular performances and $35 "I cannot wait for our audiences to see this important and for previews. Tickets are available online at www.FloridaRep.org refreshing new play," said artistic director Greg Longenhagen. and through the box office at 239-332-4488. "Not only is this play inventive and funny, but it is also poignant Subscriptions are also on sale now and offer the best seats at and packed with heart and emotion. The play deals with some the most significant discount. Subscriptions are available through critical issues, and it asks us to be open about mental illness and the box office at 239-332-4488 or toll-free at 877-787-8053. to have a frank discussion about how we deal with depression Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and and how it impacts families - but it does it through humor and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 personal connection. This unique play is not one to miss." p.m. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 Every Brilliant Thing stars Michael Satow as the play's narraPM. Again this season, Florida Rep's parking lot will open 2 tor and protagonist. Satow is a New York actor who is returning hours before each performance and offers guests free parking to Florida Rep after appearances in some of the biggest comic across the street from the Arcade Theatre. 8 - March 2020

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CULTURAL PARK THEATRE COMPANY

The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation’s

BROADWAY SERIES

Pictured (front) are Madalyn Brown; (middle, from left) Steven Coe, Annette Trossbach, Tamicka Armstrong; and (back, from left) T.J. Albertson, Heather Johnson and Scott Davis. Not pictured is Paul Graffy. Photo by Sisk Media.

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

Feb. 28 - March 8 Music & Lyrics by Mark Hollman, Book & Lyrics by Greg Kotis

at Laboratory Theater

Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage in now on stage at The Laboratory Theater of Florida. Set during an upscale dinner party, two couples decide to invite an unusual young polyamorous woman and her two companions to join them. What happens next pushes the boundaries of friendship, marriage and parenthood. “Sarah Ruhl is a wonderful writer with an incredible imagination and with How to Transcend a Happy Marriage she has given us a story that is both profoundly human and fantastically mythical and magical at the same time. I can’t wait for the southwest Florida audience to go on this journey with us!” says director Steven Ditmyer The show will be directed by New York director, international acting coach and Meisner alum Steven Ditmyer. As an actor, Steven has worked with the likes of Al Pacino, Arthur Miller, Tony Randall, Ron Rifkin, Sam Waterson, Dianne Wiest and more. As a director, he has worked with Alec Baldwin, Happenings Magazine

Charles Durning, Jack Klugman and many more. He has also agreed to teach not only a three-hour Meisner taster workshop but a full Level One certification course in the Meisner technique, which is widely considered to be one of the foundational methods for actors. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage plays now through March 14 at the Laboratory Theater of Florida. Remaining performance dates are Feb. 28, 29 and March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 8 p.m.; and March 1, 8, 14 at 2 p.m. The theater has new seating: Rows A, B, and C are on the floor, rows D and above are on risers. Tickets are available to purchase online at www.Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 239-218-0481. For additional savings, guests may purchase a 2019-2020 season pass. For more information, visit www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorid a.com or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Ave. in the Fort Myers River District.

March 20 - 29 Featuring the vocals of

Paul Todd Jr.

March 13 & 14 at 8 p.m. March 15 at 3 p.m.

Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Blvd. • Cape Coral

CALL FOR

TICKETS

239-772-5862

www.CulturalParkTheater.com

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THEATRE

The Lady Demands Satisfaction on the Gulfshore Playhouse stage

Gulfshore Playhouse are cast members Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples Evan Sibley, who appeared last season presents The Lady Demands in Skylight and In the Next Room, and Satisfaction. The comedy by Arthur M. Amy Blackman, who also appeared in Jolly is on stage now to March 15. Skylight. Dubbed by Hooligan Magazine as “a Making their Gulfshore Playhouse two-hour soundscape of belly laughter, debuts are Tarah Flanagan, whose metal on metal, and whatever the recent credits include Every Brilliant sound of pure ‘heckin joy is,” The Lady Thing and An Iliad at Cleveland Demands Satisfaction is a comedy of Playhouse; Emily Cramer who previously manners. starred in the Broadway productions of Directed by Broadway star and Mary Poppins, Les Misérables (2014 Gulfshore Playhouse associate artistic original Broadway company) and School director Jeffrey Binder, the show tells of Rock; and Rebecca Brinkley, featured the comedic tale of hapless heiress in numerous productions at the Trothe as she comes of age. After the Peterborough Players, including Amalia untimely death of her noble father, in She Loves Me; Paul Carlin, who has Trothe learns that she could lose her appeared in Long Day’s Journey into inheritance if someone beats her in a Night and After the Ball at New York’s duel. The only problem? Trothe has Irish Repertory Theatre, rounds out the never laid so much as a finger on a cast. sword. Her domineering aunt, clever Evening shows begin at 8 p.m.; matiservants, bumbling lawyer and Tarah Flanagan, Rebecca Brinkley and Emily Cramer nees begin at 3 p.m. Show subscripPrussian swordmaster all add to the in The Lady Demands Satisfaction. Photo by Matthew tions are available and include priority chaos and mayhem in this hilarious, Schipper seating, exclusive events and discountswashbuckling spoof of 18th-century ed pricing. For tickets and information, nobility. visit www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org or contact 866-811-4111 Betsy Hogg returns to Gulfshore Playhouse to take on the Gulfshore Playhouse currently performs at The Norris role of Trothe. She previously participated in Gulfshore Center, 755 8th Ave. S., Naples. Playhouse’s most recent New Works Festival. Also returning to

Gulf Coast Symphony presents The Music Man

Broadway veterans and local talent alike join Gulf Coast Symphony for the beloved classic musical, The Music Man. Featuring a full cast, orchestra, and staging, The Music Man will be busting onto the stage at 7 p.m. on March 28 and 29 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW.

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The Music Man took Broadway by storm in 1957, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In the show, fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band – but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. Featuring the unique distinction of having book, lyrics, and music written by the same person, The Music Man was inspired by Meredith Willson’s childhood in Iowa. Songs from the show became instant classics, like “Seventy-Six Trombones”, “Gary, Indiana”, and “Till There Was You”, which was eventually covered by The Beatles and remains the only song from a Broadway show released by the band. The show also features Willson’s famous snap-crackle-pop vocal arrangements that could be considered the Broadway precursors to rap. plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. The cast includes friend of the sympho-

ny Siri Howard as Marian Paroo, who has appeared in other symphony productions as Laurie in Oklahoma! and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Howard has appeared in the Broadway productions and national tours of Les Misérables and The Sound of Music. She has also toured nationally with The Phantom of the Opera and Parade. Brian Sears stars opposite as Professor Harold Hill. Sears has extensive Broadway and West End credits as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, Lend Me a Tenor (Dir. Stanley Tucci), Finian’s Rainbow, Grease, and All Shook Up. Rounding out the main cast is Edward Juvier as Marcellus Washburn (Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway), Gene Weygandt as Mayor Shinn (Wicked and Big on Broadway), and Mary Stout as Eulalie Shinn (Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, Me and My Girl, My Favorite Year on Broadway). Tickets may be purchased by calling 239-481-4849 or online at www.GulfCoastSymphony.org

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THE LABORATORY THEATER OF FLORIDA PRESENTS Lin-Manuel Mirandaʼs

IN THE HEIGHTS

Half Price Preview

March 26

MARCH 27, 28, APRIL 2, 3, 4, APRIL 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8 pm

APR. 5, 12, 18

www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com

239-218-0481

MARCH 29 at 2 p.m.

1634 Woodford Ave. Downtown Fort Myers

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THEATRE

Charlotte Players offer wide variety in March

Emily Dickinson called March “the month of expectation,” and expectations are high as Charlotte Players fills the month with some powerful, exciting entertainment. The shows begin on March 5, when the brilliant jazz vocalist Kitt Moran presents “Johnny Mercer: An Intimate Portrait,” with husband Mike Moran’s quintet, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. The one-night-only show starts at 7:30 p.m. To anyone familiar with popular music over the past 70 years, Johnny Mercer needs no introduction. A lyricist and composer, he wrote and performed many of the most popular hits of his time, including “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Autumn Leaves,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Satin Doll” and more. He wrote the lyrics to more than 1,500 songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received 19 Oscar nominations and won four Best Original Song Oscars. The Charlotte Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Charlotte High School at 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. Next up in March is a tribute to Frankie

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Valli and the Four Seasons, the iconic pop band that enjoyed international success in the 1960s and 1970s and reclaimed the spotlight with the 2006 Tony Award-winning play Jersey Boys. The Players show, “Let’s Hang On!” honors both the group and the play with 10 seasoned entertainers who take audiences on a musical journey through the career of one of the most successful bands of all time. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. on March 10 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Add Neil Simon to the list of big names represented in Charlotte Players productions in March. Neil Simon’s Proposals opens on March 12 for 15 performances at the Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. Proposals, a comedy-drama, is Simon’s 30th play, following the likes of Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys and many more. This classic delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered in the summer of 1953 in the Poconos. Burt Hines is convalescing from a second heart attack and eagerly awaits the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. Daughter Josie has just bro-

ken her engagement. Clemma, the black housekeeper at the center of the action, casts an astute eye on the complications while faced with her own unresolved past. Bill Olson is the executive producer, with Jesse Reter-Choate directing. The Charlotte Players’ March calendar concludes with a return engagement by Denise Fennell as “Sister” in Sister’s Easter Catechism on March 19 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Celebrate the Easter season with Sister as she answers timeworn questions like “Why isn’t Easter the same day every year?” and “Will my bunny go to heaven?” Part pageant and wHOLY hysterical, this latest Late Nite Catechism show unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter bonnets, Easter baskets, and of course those yummy Easter Peeps. Sister answers questions about pet heaven and those adorable baby chicks. Classroom participation is a must, so don’t forget to wear your Easter bonnet and join Sister for this seasonal treat. Tickets for all of these shows are available at www.charlotteplayers.org or by calling 941-255-1022.

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Kinky Boots on stage at Broadway Palm

Kinky Boots struts onto the Broadway Palm stage now through April 4. This high-energy musical is the winner of every major Best Musical Award, including the Tony Award, the Grammy Award and London’s Olivier Award. Based on true happenings, this heartwarming story tells of Charlie, a factory owner struggling to save his shoe business and Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. The two have seemingly nothing in common, but with a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unlikely duo learns to embrace their differences and find they have more in common than they think! Featuring original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this full-hearted hit is inspiring audiences to let love shine and showing them that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out! Directing Kinky Boots is Amy Marie McCleary whose director/choreographer credits include

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Luke Yellin as Charlie Price and Payton Reilly as Lauren. Photo by Edward J Photographics.

Broadway Palm hits such as Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia, Cats and more. “Kinky Boots is a story taken from true events, about a young man who must learn to adapt to keep his family's shoe making company in business,” explains McCleary, “and at its heart, the show is about accepting others and accepting yourself. Both lead characters go on a huge journey in learning to trust themselves and honor their pasts while looking toward the future. It's a wonderful story about the family we are born into and the family we create.” Choreographer Chris Kane, was recently on tour with the Broadway production of Kinky Boots for two years as the Dance Captain and Swing. He also just finished performing in Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of Kinky Boots as an Angel. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Tickets are $55 to $80 with group discounts available. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling 239-278-4422, visiting online at www.BroadwayPalm.com or in person at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

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Gypsy opens musical month for TheatreZone THEATRE

p.m. at a private residence in the Kensington Karen (Moore) Yelaney, who was the original TheatreZone, a Naples-based profesGolf and Country Club. The Chinese-themed Baby Louise with Ethel Merman on sional Equity theatre celebrating its 15th event, in honor of Madame Rose’s (mother Broadway. Her talented daughter, Megan season of Broadway musicals, will present of Gypsy Rose Lee) love of Chinese cuisine, Yelaney, who was last seen in Gypsy March 5 - 15. Performances are will feature a prize for the best TheatreZone’s Baby, will scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on themed attire, as well as an play Gypsy Rose Lee. March 5 - 8 and March 11 – 15. open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, “Karen Yelaney and I Matinee performances will be and live entertainment. worked together in New presented on March 7 - 8 and Special guests will include York City before I March 14 – 15 at 2 p.m. the production’s music director moved to Naples, so it’s “Due to heightened demand, Karen (Moore) Yelaney, the origonly natural for us to we are experiencing increased inal “Baby Louise” with Ethel collaborate on presentticket sales for all of our producMerman in Broadway’s original ing this production in tions so far this season, espeproduction of Gypsy. Yelaney Naples,” said Danni. cially for Gypsy,” said Mark will be in attendance along with He continues, “I’m Danni, TheatreZone’s founding Kara Konken her daughter and TheatreZone also thrilled to share that artistic director. “Many of our Becca McCoy fan favorite, Megan Yelaney, TheatreZone fan favorite shows have very little availability, who plays Louise/Gypsy Rose Becca McCoy (last seen some are sold out and some are Lee in the production, along as Princess Puffer in approaching sellout, so we urge with another TheatreZone fan The Mystery of Edwin folks not to wait until the last favorite, Becca McCoy, who porDrood) will portray the minute to secure their seats.” trays Madame Rose. iconic role of Madame Regarded by many theater On March 12, TheatreZone’s Rose in Gypsy.” professionals as the greatest Broadway & Happy Hour In addition to Becca musical ever created, Gypsy is cabaret-style event will be held McCoy and Megan the ultimate tale of an ambitious from 4 to 5:30 p.m. See the talYelaney in the roles of stage mother fighting for her two ented and personable profesRose and Louise, daughters’ success, while secretTom Wallace sional actors “out of character” respectively, the profesly yearning for her own. Set all Megan Yelaney as cast members from each of sional cast includes Tom across America in the 1920s, TheatreZone’s Broadway shows perform Wallace, Kara Konken, Matthew when vaudeville was dying and their favorite show tunes, sharing stories Sather, Susan Dohan, Stephanie burlesque was born, Arthur about the history of the music and their perBishop, Karen Molnar, Bret Poulter, Peter Laurents’ landmark show explores the world sonal connections to the songs. McClung, Luke Danni, Christian Dinsmore, of two-bit show business with brass, humor, The March cabaret will include five memGianni Gizzi, Wayne Morton, Lauren Tayom heart, and sophistication. The character of bers of Gypsy. Guests will enjoy wine, prosand Sarah Cammarata. Louise is based on Gypsy Rose Lee, and ecco, beer and hors d’oeuvres at a pre-conOn Monday, March 9, TheatreZone will the character of June is based on Lee’s siscert reception. Broadway & Happy Hour present “Merman & Me: My Life in the ter, the actress June Havoc. events are open to the public and held “outOriginal Cast of Gypsy,” the second in its The celebrated score by Jule Styne and side the Zone” at the Moorings Park auditori“Legends & Legacies: Growing up Stephen Sondheim boasts one glorious hit um, 120 Moorings Park Drive. The April Broadway” series of events. These events after another, including: “Let Me Entertain cabaret event will be held April 23. highlight TheatreZone’s season productions You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away Tickets for each event are available at and feature special guests including the chilfrom Me,” “If Momma was Married,” “All I www.theatre.zone or by calling 888-966dren of Broadway legends and original cast Need is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up 3352 x1. TheatreZone is in-residence at the members. Roses,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Small G&L Theatre on the Community School of “Merman & Me: My Life in the Original World” and “Together, Wherever We Go.” Naples campus, 13275 Livingston Rd. Cast of Gypsy” will be held from 6 to 9:30 Music directing the production will be

Hilarious, comedic romp playing at Off Broadway Palm

The Off Broadway Palm Theatre presents Always A Bridesmaid playing now through April 19. This hilarious, comedic romp comes from the Jones Hoop Wooten team which also brought you The Dixie Swim Club, The Hallelujah Girls, Mama Won’t Fly and The Savannah Sipping Society. Always A Bridesmaid is a hilarious comedy about four high school friends who promised to be in each other’s weddings, no matter what. Over 30 years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making “the long walk” for each other determined to honor that vow. 14 - March 2020

Hop on this marriage-go-round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these struggling bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony. The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate 100-seat theatre, located in the main lobby of Broadway Palm. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. Ticket prices range from $42 to $62 with discounts available for children and groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling 239-278-4422, visiting online at www.BroadwayPalm.com or in person at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Happenings Magazine


Manilow, Diamond tribute 3/1

Eagles-The Long Run 3/6

Doors/dinner 3 pm, show 4 pm

Eagles themselves hired this band

Roy Orbison, Elvis tribute 3/8

Beach Boys tribute 3/13

Doors/prime rib brunch 2 pm, show 3:30 pm

The Wolfepak Band 3/20 Motown to Chicago to Journey

Doors/Dinner 5:30 pm, Show 7 pm Menu ranges from heavy apps only to chef’s carve top choice prime rib with buffet Exact menes at www.Ter-Tinis.com

Ter-Tini’s 1901 Crystal Dr. Fort Myers

Elton, Billy Joel tribute 3/22 Doors/dinner 3 pm, show 4 pm

Bee Gees Now 3/27

Kevin’s Birthday Bash Shows have full bands. More shows online!

www.Ter-Tinis.com for tickets, times, menus • 239-344-6147

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THEATRE

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights at The Laboratory Theater of Florida The boys - Grafitti Pete (Adrien Bermudez), Sonny (Gian Hernandez) and Usnavi (Chris Lewis)

The Southwest Florida premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegria Hudes makes this the Heights opens March 27 at The Laboratory Theater of musical experience lyrical, edgy, fun, and incredibly heartfelt. I'm Florida. thrilled to see the vibrant dancing and share in diverse stories on Nominated for 13 and winner of four Tony Awards (including our stage.” Best Musical), this high-energy musical follows the lives of the In the Heights plays from March 27 through April 18 at the mostly Hispanic-American neighborhood Laboratory Theater of Florida. of Washington Heights, NYC. In the There will be an opening night Heights tells the universal story of a reception with hors d’oeuvres by The vibrant community in New York's Gathering Place starting at 7:15 p.m. on Washington Heights neighborhood, a Friday, March 27. For teens, there will place where the coffee from the corner be a cast and crew meet & greet with bodega is light and sweet, the windows pizza donated by Downtown House of are always open, and the breeze carries Pizza starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the rhythm of three generations of March 28 followed by a complimentary music. performance for the teenagers; reserIt's a community on the brink of vations are required. change, full of hopes, dreams, and presPerformance dates are March 27, 28 sures, where the biggest struggles can and April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at be deciding which traditions you take 8 p.m.; March 29 and April 5, 12, 18 at with you, and which ones you leave 2 p.m. behind. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 Miguel Cintron as The Piragua Guy Director Carmen Crussard says, “I am for students. Group rates are available honored to be directing the Southwest for groups of 10 or more. Florida premiere of In The Heights at The Lab. It beautifully illusTickets are available to purchase online at trates the importance of community, despite our different cultural www.Brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at backgrounds. I hope this production will create a renewed appre239-218-0481. For additional savings, guests may purchase a ciation for Latin-American and hip-hop culture in our own season pass. For more information, visit online at Southwest Florida community.” LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or the physical location at 1634 Artistic Director Annette Trossbach adds, “An outstanding Woodford Ave. in the Fort Myers River District. 16 - March 2020

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Gulfshore Opera presents Gulfshore Opera, Much like the world of Southwest Florida’s profesimpressionism, the characters sional touring opera become more of a company, snapshot of a larger announced last reality. Van Gogh’s January its producCafé Terrace at tion of La Bohème Night (1888) to be performed at becomes the inspithe Barbara B ration and actually Mann Performing comes to life as the Arts Hall in Fort Café Momus in the Myers. For this Latin-Quarter of highly anticipated Paris on Christmas new production, Eve. Sarah Tucker Gulfshore Opera Maestro Greg has hired a vibrant Ritchey will conduct young director from a 30-piece orchesCalifornia, and a tra, with a cast of creative team from nationally renowned across the United singers. Soprano States to bring Sarah Tucker and Puccini’s timeless tenor Peter Lake classic to perform the naïve Southwest Florida. lovers Mimì and In describing Rodolfo. Sarah this original producTucker is fresh off a Peter Lake tion, director Josh debut with the San Shaw explains, “La Diego Opera, havBohème is a timeless story ing previously performed at with themes as relevant today, San Francisco Opera, Dallas as they were in the original Opera, Santa Fe Opera and setting. Young people continue being a national semifinalist for to face the same problems the the Metropolitan Opera Bohemians faced. In the late National Council Auditions. 1880s Paris was filled with a Peter Lake sang the role of concentration of larger than life Pinkerton in the acclaimed characters -- Van Gogh, Japanese-English production Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, of Madame Butterfly with the and others. The Impressionist Pacific Opera Project and movement was in full swing Opera in the Heights, directed with artists who rebelled by Josh Shaw. He has peragainst classical subject matformed with the Savannah ter and embraced modernity, VOICE Festival and Natchez creating works that reflected Festival. the world in which they lived. It Playing the hot and cold is easy to imagine Puccini's lovers Musetta and Marcello Bohemians moving in the are Chelsea Lehnea and same circles as these greats. Kenneth Stavert. The The colorful style of Van Gogh Bohemians are rounded out by offers a vibrant canvas on Coline Ramsey as Colline, and which to paint Puccini's masMitchell Hutchings as terpiece in a heightened, but Schaunard. believable setting.” La Bohème is March 18 at Set designer Ardean 7 p.m. at the Barbara B Mann Landhuis, projections and lightPerforming Arts Hall. A preview ing designer Tlaloc Lopezperformance will be staged at Waterman and costume the Charlotte Performing Arts designers Steffanie Pearce and Center March 13 at 7 p.m. Amanda McGee are using the Tickets are available by visiting great impressionists as muses www.gulfshoreopera.org or for their design concepts. calling 239-529-3925. Happenings Magazine

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Sea Grape features Jim Beech, Nancy Giffin

Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, James Beech (watercolor and acrylic artist) and Nancy Giffin (Nantucket basket and Shaker box artist), from March 5 to April 2. Jim Beech’s background is primarily advertising design, graphic design and marketing communications. While living in New York, he focused on his advertising business. Eventually Jim moved to Canada where he opened a branch of his advertising agency. However, always having a love for painting, he began creating watercolor paintings as time allowed. Upon retiring to

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Florida, Jim has devoted his and beauty of Shaker furniretirement to producing art. ture and the Shaker oval Having a real love of the outboxes and by creating my doors, many of his paintings Shaker boxes and encompass water, landscapes, Nantucket baskets, I know I boat scenes, and his fascinaam preserving and passing tion of old buildings and their on a unique American tradiunusual character. When cretion”. Nancy’s award-winating his art, Jim wants to tell a ning baskets and boxes are story and as he says” I want not only beautiful but functhe viewer to see the history in tional. the piece and let the imaginaMany of Jim’s paintings tion help create a sense of and Nancy’s baskets and having been there”. Jim’s boxes are prominently on beautiful paintings truly do tell display at the Sea Grape a story. Gallery. In addition, more of Nancy Giffin Nancy Giffin and her hustheir art and the artworks band moved from of all Sea Grape artists can Massachusetts to Florida in be viewed at www.sea1992 and brought with them the knowledge grapegallery.com. of the Nantucket and Shaker traditions and The gallery will hold its annual spring cultures which abound in Massachusetts. madness courtyard sale March 13 and 14 Nancy has always been inspired by form 10 .am. to 4 p.m. American history and with her creativity, Sea Grape Gallery is located at 113 W. Nancy is continuing to preserve this timeMarion Ave., Punta Gorda, and can be honored American tradition by creating reached at 941-575-1718. In addition to replicas of authentic Nantucket baskets its regular hours, the gallery is always open and Shaker boxes. As Nancy explains, “I until 8 p.m. during downtown Punta have always loved the creativity, simplicity, Gorda’s Third Thursday Wine Walk.

Art Quilters Unlimited at ACT Gallery

Arts for ACT Gallery will host an opening reception for its new March exhibits Friday, March 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. during Art Walk. Art Quilters Unlimited members will exhibit fiber art responses to two creative challenges at Arts for ACT Gallery March 6 – 30 in the main gallery. The “Fifteen!” challenge celebrates the 15th anniversary of the first meeting of AQU in 2004 at Arts for ACT. The works are all 15 inch square and each is a unique expression of subject matter, approach to composition, media, color, stitching, and embellishment. “Resist: Interpretations and Techniques” is a separate challenge that asked the artist to interpret the idea of “resist” politically, socially, personally or from a fiber art perspective. In fiber art terms, resist techniques (such as shibori and batik) involve any of several methods of creating patterns on cloth by binding, clamping or stitching. These art works are diverse in concept and execution and illustrate the freedom of creative expression that Art Quilters Unlimited encourages in our fiber art community. Carol Holsopple In the White Gallery, emerg18 - March 2020

ing artists Anna Fischler and Logan Goodmanson will be featured. Logan Goodmanson was born in St. Paul, Minn., in 2000. He was inspired by his brother's drawings of comic book panels and covers and wanted to do the same thing. After moving to Florida, he became a lot more interested in drawing, especially during middle school. Logan Goodmanson He graduated from the Lehigh Senior High School's Center for the Arts in 2019 and has worked with several graphic designers, musicians and even illustrated a book. Anna Fischler, a junior at Fort Myers High School, has been a local resident for 13 years. Growing up in this coastal town, she has developed a love for the area’s waters and natural beauty, but also its genuine and interesting inhabitants. Those connections, she hopes to convey through the work in this exhibit. Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. For more info, call 239-337Anna Fischler 5050 or visit artsforactgallery.com. Happenings Magazine


Heron’s Glen fine art show March 8

The Heron’s Glen Artist Group will hold its 22nd annual fine art show on Sunday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will feature 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: Gary Olson, Jack Nelson, Linda Edinger, Joan White, Kathy Lynch, Arlene Franchinn, Sandy Harraden, Art Williams, Carol Commodore, Kathy Hollander, Erlis Pung, Jerry Kulyk, Connie Thorpe, Marnie Young, Tom Rogers, Tootie Stark, Peggy Parker, Dee Fugere, Marion Babowitch, Carol Tombari, Joyce Haist, Gerri McCarthy, Debra Gluszczak, Marsha Ohlgart, Bonnie Bickel and Micky Lowe. 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 Happenings Magazine

them with opportunities 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 heronsglenartistgroup.org.

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ArtSmack March 20 at Neenie’s House ART

On Friday, March 20 at 7 pm, Neenie's House will host the next artist showcase. ArtSmack is a new venue for local artists to exhibit their work. Janeen Vanko, the owner of Neenie's House is a neighborhood activist in her East Palm area. She is bringing arts and music and local culture to her very cool space, that is located in a mixed ethnic commercial area. ArtSmack will showcase the work of glass wizard Dom-ONick. ArtSmack will also have entertainment. In keeping with the recycled and reloved theme, guitarist and songwriter Carlene Thissen will be playing your favorite oldies and classics.

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Performance artist Jesse Pizzello will be trash can drumming. Support Janeen's efforts to bring a diversified arts scene to the East Palm Neighborhood. Neenie's House is also the home of Love Your Rebellion's Zine Library. Her shop also sells artsy gifts and social justice T-shirts. And of course, reloved stuff. Every weekend is the Mercado, an outdoor market, with vendors selling a variety of products. Her backyard, Peace Plaza, is also available as a rental event space. Call Janeen at 224-678-4901 for additional information or visit online at www.neenieshouse.com. Neenie’s House is located at 481 Marsh Ave., Fort Myers (just off Palm Beach Boulevard).

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Sanibel Lions Club fine art & craft fest March 27 & 28

Surf on over to Sanibel to check out the Sanibel Lions Club Fine Art and Craft Festival on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will feature the very unique art of Laura and Jimmy Rajner. The Rajners create magnificent works of art from repurposed surfboards made into art for a better planet. Laura Rajner and her husband, Jim, started carving and decorating out-of-commission surfboards 6-years ago after he went through a triple bypass “The doctor opened him up and pumped his heart to bring him back to life, they say when a person dies that something can happen in your brain and it can trigger something in your brain that hasn’t been used before,” Laura said. And for Laura’s husband, he focused in on creativity. The long road to recovery forced Rajner to explore new hobbies. He started going to the beach and drawing in the sand with sticks and rakes, eventually drawing a crowd. Onlookers stopped and stared as Rajner outlined a large octopus in the sand. 20 - March 2020

Now, the couple that has a second chance is giving a second life to these boards. “We had 12 surfboards in the garage and we read it takes a million years to break down a surfboard so we just started carving them.” He turned that octopus he drew in the sand into inspiration for his first carved board. “Then as fast and we would get one done the neighbors would buy them,” Rajner said. “We do this for a reason, it comes from our heart. You want to share it, you love what you do, you really want to share it. It’s important to us that we can make something beautiful to share with the people that come to the events. The couple splits the tasks that go into

making the boards evenly, Laura says no one just paints or just carves. “We think that every home should have at least one surfboard,” a sign painted on an old surfboard outside their display says. “But, we suggest somewhere between 5 - 15.” Jimmy says they both work on new designs together, including both city and beach inspired. So get inspired and surf over to The Sanibel Community House on Sanibel Island to see this unique artwork alongside wonderful, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and much more. The Sanibel Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. For further Information call 239-2939448 or visit www.boulderbrook.net Happenings Magazine


DAAS showcases Maria Ramona Sanchez ART

DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts features the whimsical works of Maria Ramona Sanchez in March. The exhibition is a collection of surrealist pieces, created within recent years. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 6 from 6 to 10 p.m., in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk. The pieces will be on display through March 28. Maria Ramona Sanchez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1952. She graduated from University of Havana with a degree in Spanish literature. She is a self-taught artist painting with oils on wood, canvas and handmade paper. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Latin America, the United States and Europe, and also participated in important art fairs (Chicago, Art Miami, Art Santa Fe, Red Dot Art) and museum exhibitions (MOLA, Long Beach, Santa Fe Museum of History in New Mexico, Naples Museum of Art and National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana). Many of her paintings are part of important private collections worldwide. She has made big format works that are part of public and private places. She has also illustrated books for children and youngsters (Scholastic/Lectorum in US and Everest, Spain). Currently, she lives and works in Southwest Florida, United States.

The artist shares, “The moon lives in its secular cycles and rhythms. Creatures of diverse origin flow with it in a cosmic dance. With its intangible light fills hearts with magic. Painting is a deep and integral part of my life. It is a perceptual adventure, and my most pleasing support whenever giving or receiving anything. My paintings and their inhabitants come without effort, sometimes surprised to find themselves in them. And they arrive with a mission: that of populating the universe with beauty, love and a serene happiness.� The gallery invites all Southwest Florida art collectors, supporters and enthusiasts to join us for the opening reception. As always, the gallery will be filled with the most beautiful inventory of art, fine crafts, apparel, sculptures, pottery and jewelry, all produced here by the member artists. DAAS Co-Op is located at 1815 Fowler St., Unit 3, in Fort Myers. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information about the gallery or how to become a

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member can be found at www.daascoop.com or call 239-590-8645.

Hirdie Girdie welcomes Muffy Clark Gill Hirdie Girdie Gallery announces Muffy Clark Gill as its March guest artist. Muffy is a mixed media artist who creates framed paintings on silk using the Indonesian dye and wax resist process of batik, or the similar Japanese process known as rozome. Muffy was originally introduced to batik on a trip to Uganda in 1970, and her lifelong love of travel and of experiencing different cultures provides the inspiration for her art. She has been recognized locally and nationally in exhibits, invitational shows, and art fairs and festivals, and she has won many awards.

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Muffy Clark Gill

Her work is in the permanent collections of corporations, museums, and state government offices. Muffy also enjoys teaching batik and rozome in workshops. Her exhibit at Hirdie Girdie will include pieces from her Agua and Agua Vida series, featuring sea life and shore birds. Muffy will be available to discuss her artistic process at the opening reception on March 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Hirdie Girdie Gallery is located at 2490 Library Way, Sanibel. Find out more by calling 239-395-0027 or visiting online at www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com Happenings Magazine


Harbour View Gallery featuring Matt Kearney and Quinn Sedam

Harbour View Gallery in Cape Coral will welcome featured artists Quinn Sedam (wildlife & storm photographer) and Matt Kearney (ceramics & pottery) at a reception on Tuesday, March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. Matt Kearney was born and raised in Sarasota. He studied one-on-one under Korean master potter Ki Woon Huh, at his private studio for many years. Ki Woon Huh is an unparalleled ceramic artist who opened Matt's eyes to the world of possibilities and creativity that could be applied to three-dimensional art and ceramics in particular. Matt Kearney's work has been awarded by a past sitting Florida governor and displayed in the Florida capitol building. His work has also been recognized with awards by the National League of American Pen Women, the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Sarasota’s Education Foundation, and at various juried art exhibitions. He graduated from Stetson University with a major in marketing and a minor in Matt Kearney fine art.

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When not in the studio, Matt enjoys racing standup paddleboards and outrigger canoes on the local waters and around the country. Much of his inspiration comes from time spent on the water and in nature. Quinn Sedam is a local, award-winning fine Quinn Sedam art photographer who is widely known for his storm chasing work, but he has another passion as well, wildlife photography. After seven years of learning everything he can about our local wildlife, he is finally ready for his first wildlife exhibit. As always, Quinn applies his self-taught style of photography and strives to find beautiful and unique moments to capture. He finds peace and tranquility as he hikes and explores nature with his camera over his shoulder. “We are very fortunate here in Florida to be able to experience beautiful wildlife in the isolated, rural areas or right in our very own back yards,” says Quinn. 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.

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Naples Fine Art Show set for March 28 & 29

HotWorks.org will host its third Naples Fine Art Show March 28 and 29 at the Naples Italian-American Club. This is a high-quality, juried fine art and fine craft show where all work is original and personally handmade by the artist who is present at the show. The facility offers plenty of patron free and convenient, close by parking and free admission. The Naples Fine Art Show is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The focus is visual arts and features fine art and fine crafts created by award-winning artists from around the world with all discipline for sale – paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, jewelry and more – all juried by art professionals. There is new and exciting art with something for everyone, in all price ranges. The associated 501c3 non-profit arm, Institute for the Arts &

Education, focuses on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, the Youth Art Competition for ages 9-19 for is integrated within the art show. This program encourages students to enter his/her original art that is publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend. On Sunday at 3 p.m., there will be $250 in youth art awards presented at the show as young artists are exposed to the rules and entrepreneurship of doing art shows for a living. Each youth art winner also receives the same, twofoot long colorful gorgeous ribbon that the professional artists receive. The deadline to apply is March 5. The Naples Italian-American Club is located at 7035 AirportPulling Road. More information is available at www.hotworks.org.

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COCO Art Gallery to feature multiple artists COCO Art Gallery located at 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Estero, in the Coconut Point Mall (next to Panera Bread) will showcase work by members of the Southwest Florida Watercolor Society March 3 - 17. Barbara Weems will be the featured artist March 7 and 8. Barbara Weems took painting classes in school and college and one at the Art Institute in Chicago; always loved abstraction. She has sold some of her abstract pieces to Europeans, "so guess I am internationally collected," she says. Weems has lived in Florida most of her life, and here in southwest Florida since 1992. As well as Florida, she also lived in Atlanta and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently she lives on a small horse farm and has many dogs and a hubby. A master gardener, she had a weekend radio show about gardening for three years on WINK talk radio. Judy Ladd will be the featured artist March 14 and 15. Judy Ladd graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA degree in art, she received an MFA from Notre Dame. She worked at the South Bend Art Center teaching children and Barbara Weems 24 - March 2020

adult classes, as well as being the faculty representative to the board for years. Her first teaching assignment was at Darden school in first grade and later moved to LaSalle High School as an art instructor. At the high school level, she was art department chairman, worked on The Scholastic Art Awards and the Third Congressional Art Competition which her student won the district award which was presented in New York. During that time, she opened up a co-op gallery which housed 30 local artists. Throughout the years, she served as president of the Northern Indiana Artists and also became involved in the St, Joseph Watercolor Society in which she ran their Leeper Park Art Fair for 24 years. The gallery’s monthly reception is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary wine, food, and entertainment will be provided. Gallery artist participation requires membership in at least one of the 22 Art Council of SW Florida affiliations. For more gallery information, call 239-949-3073 or visit www.cocoartgallery.com. Judy Ladd

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Heidi Schmitz, Stephen Hayford at Davis Art Center ART

The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center offers two captivating art exhibitions in March. The Grand Atrium will feature impressionist artist Heidi Schmitz in Munich Meets Fort Myers. In the Capital Gallery on the second floor, award-winning photojournalist Stephen Hayford will be showing realistic, and sometimes exaggerated, portraits of human behavior in plastic, his unique diora-

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ma show is titled Plasticity. The opening reception takes place during Art Walk on Friday, March 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. Born in Munich, Germany, Heidi Schmitz uses colors and techniques that reflect a European flair not commonly found in North America. Her style of mixed media abstracts strike a wonderful balance between form and color. She employs various layers of acrylic paint and elements of coffee, tar, sand, rust, and wax that gives these works an unusual depth. Her paintings show charming landscapes, picturesque views, and colorful still lives. Heidi teaches regular courses with renowned artists in Italy, Austria, Germany, and in the U.S. She also lectures at the People’s University in Munich on the aquarelle technique. Stephen Hayford has been documenting community issues for more than 20 years. In that time he has photographed several world leaders, important cultural events, devastating storms and historical meetings. Hayford has worked with The Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Herald, Rocky Mountain News and other newspapers and wire services in Colorado, Ohio, Missouri and Florida. He became wellversed in Southwest Florida issues cover-

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ing the area for nine years with The NewsPress. His work is noted for his versatility with great attention to light, detail and decisive moments. He is now applying these skills, along with exceptional talents in conceptualization, to markets beyond journalism. Hayford creates elaborately detailed dioramas which he populates with customized action figures which are less than four inches tall. He then photographs these unique scenes with great attention to subtle gestures and compositional storytelling. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.

Peace River Art Festival March 21 & 22

The annual Peace River National Art Festival will take place March 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Laishley Park in downtown Punta Gorda. The festival, hosted by the Visual Arts Center, is Charlotte County’s leading outdoor fine art event. 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. Artists Lori Potts and Kathy Wood have been selected as this year’s featured artists. Lori and Kathy’s work will be featured at the festival and can be viewed at the Visual Arts Center’s galleries leading up to the festival. Lori Potts is a versatile artist based in Punta Gorda. She uses her art to express her passion for nature, beauty, and color. Her mediums range from oil paint, acrylic paint, alcohol ink, resin epoxy, and gold leaf. Lori Potts 26 - March 2020

Lori's style can vary from impressionism, abstract, and contemporary art. She can be found exhibiting at local fine art festivals, businesses, and community events in Charlotte County and throughout Southwest Florida. More information about Lori and her artwork can be found at www.loripottsart.com. Kathy Wood is a mixed media artist producing functional art. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Kent State University. Known mainly for her one of a kind, hand constructed journals, she also manipulates small seed beads into beautiful jewelry pieces and covered bottles. Working small, Kathy has an eye for design in the construction of her mandalas. Hand drawn intricate design patterns that are repeated in a circular format and accented with color. Kathy's artwork is available at the Artisan's Atelier or online at etsy.com/shop/beadsboxesandbeyond and can follow her on Facebook at beadsboxesandbeyond. 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, ceramic studios and a gift shop. Visit www.VisualArtCenter.org for further details. Kathy Wood Happenings Magazine


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All Florida exhibit at the Alliance

The Alliance for the Arts’ March exhibition, 34th Annual Juried All Florida, will be on display March 6 through March 28 with an opening reception on March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 10091 McGregor Blvd. This exhibition features pieces created by artists working in a wide variety of media from all over the state of Florida. The juried entries come together for an exciting exhibition

representing today’s Florida artists. The March 6 event is free to attend and features a live performance by Gulf Coast Symphony. Juror Amanda Poss will be on hand to present awards including $1,000 cash for Best In Show, a 2nd place $250 gift certificate for Golden Artists Colors, $100 cash for 3rd place and Jurors Choice Award(s) of Alliance for the Arts membership(s).

Cape Coral Art Center hosts annual Art Focus

The Cape Coral Art Center invites the community to participate in the 35th Annual Art Focus Festival on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this free day of art in Rubicond Park, attendees can see the annual juried student exhibition "Art Focus" with a free reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., participate in a "peoples choice award" as well as enjoy fascinating class demonstrations, an outdoor fine arts sale showcasing the work by local artists and tour the studios. The award ceremony for the Art Focus Student Exhibition will take place at 12 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity for the public to check out what the Cape Coral Art Center has to offer!

The Cape Coral Art Center is located at 4533 Coronado Parkway in Rubicond Park and is owned and operated by the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department. The center offers classes and workshops in fine arts and fine crafts for youth and adults throughout the year, as well as free monthly exhibits, an onsite gift shop, fine art supply store and five well-equip studios. Limited space is available for the outdoor festival to all area artists. For more information about entering artwork in the Art Focus Student Exhibition or to reserve outdoor vendor space, contact the center in advance at 239-5740802 or artcenter@capecoral.net.

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Bonita Springs National Art Festival March 7 & 8 The next Bonita Springs National Arts Festival will take place March 7 & 8 at Riverside Park, Old 41 Road in Bonita. This is the third of three annual art festivals put on the by the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.

Enjoy the artwork of 200 national and international artists while supporting the many programs of the Centers for the Arts. The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more information, call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org.

Shell Point art show March 20 & 21

Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to join its 2020 twodimensional art show and sale, taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at Coastal Commons in Coastal Links at Shell Point. Hosted by creative Shell Point residents, this year’s show will feature talented artists and a variety of media, including oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, watercolors, pastels, collages and other two-dimensional works. All items on display are created by Shell Point residents, and each artist will showcase his or her medium, while giving viewers the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts. Plus, each artist will be present to discuss the artistic 28 - March 2020

process and inspiration behind each piece. “Shell Point residents put an incredible amount of effort, originality and care into the creation of quality products to be sold at our art events,” said Laura Slack Hubbard, Shell Point resident life director. “Thousands of people have attended this show throughout the years, and the quality of work is outstanding.” The 2020 Two-Dimensional Art Show and Sale will be held on the second floor of the Coastal Commons, located in Coastal Links at Shell Point, 17500 On Par Blvd. in Fort Myers. Admittance is free; however, fine art is available for purchase by cash or check only. An onsite ATM will be available. For more info, visit www.ShellPoint.org. Happenings Magazine


Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Crafts Show

Saturday, March 14th 10 am to 4 pm

Free Admission & Parking

Fleischmann Park

1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples

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Naples Art hosts outdoor shows, exhibits & Love of Art fundraiser By Aimee Schlehr

Naples Art is beaming with rich and diverse opportunities and is in the final stages of the lobby upgrade to better welcome the community. From extensive course and workshop listings, to the very unique gift shop, speakers and exhibitions, Naples Art offers something for everyone. It’s the heart of season and Naples Art is starting off March with a fabulous wine and cheese reception opening three wonderful, unique exhibitions and ending the month with Naples Art’s signature notto-be-missed annual fundraising event, For the Love of Art: Studio 585. We look forward to seeing you. The reception features the openings of the solo exhibition of one of Naples Art’s most accomplished art students, Dan Jensen, our Emerging Talents exhibition and our Lifelong Learners exhibition featuring a variety of dedicated and highly skilled Naples Art students.

OUTDOOR SHOWS

March 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Naples Art connects artists with art shoppers in another terrific season of Art in the Park. Since 1957, Art in the Park has remained the monthly seasonal show featuring the extraordinary talents of local artists. March 21 – 22: Naples Downtown Art Show is Naples Art’s multi-award winning juried outdoor art show on 5th Ave South and runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. During the 32nd Annual Naples Downtown Art Show, Naples thriving arts and culture district expands nationally for the last show of the season. This two-day event features 250 jury selected artists, from across the country, who showcase their work from 17 artistic mediums.

SIGNATURE FUNDRAISING EVENT

March 28: For the Love of Art: Studio 585 Naples Art’s annual fundraiser. Join us for the ‘70s party of a lifetime. Indulge in the Studio 54 themed experience, engaging in various activities to help us support our vitally important children and RECEPTION teen education programs. March 5: Reception for From a chance to win an Dan Jensen: Realism in exquisite $10,000 piece of Action, Emerging Talents: diamond jewelry to selfies Student Spotlight and with ‘70s icons, fine dining in Lifelong Learners: Art and Warhol's reimagined Factory Artists of Naples Art to The Party in Studio 585. Exhibitions, from 5:30 to Participate in the diaDan Jensen 7:30 p.m. at Naples Art, mond draw sponsored by 585 Park St. the generous partners for the arts, Jason and Todd at EXHIBITIONS The Diamond District. Drink a glass of champagne to earn a Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday noon – 4 p.m. chance to win a $10,000 piece of exquisite diamond jewelry. at Naples Art. Everyone will be in their Studio 54 finest. Dress to impress. All Feb 21- March 17: Emerging Talents: Student Spotlight feato help us support our vitally important children and teen art tures artwork by students of all skill levels who have taken education programs. courses this season. For the Love of Art is sponsored by Happenings Magazine, March 6 – 25: Dan Jensen - Realism in Action. Dan Jensen, Naples Illustrated, Florida Weekly, Dragon Horse Ad Agency is an accomplished painter and metalworker, member of the Art and Spotlight Magazine. Other media sponsors include Fox Club of Chicago and has shown his work innumerable times 92.5, WINK 96.9, WAVV 101.1, WGCU 90.1, Sunny 106. including at the Salmagundi Club in New York. For more information about Naples Art membership, artist March 6 – 25: Lifelong Learners - Art and Artists of Naples programs, shows, events, lectures, courses, workshops or Art. Exhibition featuring five exceptional women artists who are exhibitions that Naples Art offers, visit www.NaplesArt.org or long-time participants in Naples Art’s education program showcall 239-262-6517. case their growth as artists. Aimee Schlehr is CEO and executive director of Naples Art. 30 - March 2020

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New art exhibits open at Cape Coral Library

The art exhibitions are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library and are designed to afford local artists the opportunity to share their work in a public forum. Norman Cannon’s photographs, which cover a variety of subject matter, will be exhibited on all the walls of the gallery. His style is eclectic, operating on the premise if it looks good shoot it. “Photoshopping” is not in his vocabulary, since he believes in showing life’s beauty even if it may include defects. Cannon was selected by jury to display in the Cape Coral Arts Festival and the Estero Arts Festival. Charles and Christine Dekkers are proud to show off their palm sheath art in two of the gallery’s display cases. They refer to their unique art form as “a labor of love” and stress the fact that each of the creations is made from recycled, organic and natural materials. This col-

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lection was inspired by the foliage downed during hurricane Irma, and the goal is to recycle nature’s gifts. The couple utilizes palm sheaths that have been soaked, steamed, shaped, sewn and dried plus other natural items such as dried flowers, abalone shells, Brazilian wood and gem stones. Tom Higgins’ brightly colored boats, made from repurposed wood, will be on display in the large case in the gallery. The inspiration for the salvage ships came from a simple driftwood wall hanging he saw on the Internet. He took the concept and created his own design using discarded wood from construction sites and adding recycled or little-used items and found objects. The Cape Coral Library is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace, and the current exhibition may be viewed during regular library business hours March 3 through May 7.

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MARCH CALENDAR SUN - 1

Alan Small Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454

24 Hour Festival 2020 Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers Visual artists, filmmakers, theatre artists, dancers, musicians, and poets race against a 24hour clock to create unique works based on prompts given by Ghostbird Theatre. Free to enter and attend. 239-333-1933

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

The Full Monty Now through March 22 New Phoenix Theatre, 13211 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-284-5124

The Orchestra starring former members of ELO will perform in concert March 19 at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee. For tickets, go to www.jaytv.com.

Art reception - Barb Hosack Lorne’s Gallery, Marina Village at Tarpon Point, unit 105, Cape Coral, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. during progressive brunch 239-945-0866

Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Elvis, Dean Martin, Pat Benetar tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage Now through March 14 The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers, 239-218-0481

Taste of Punta Gorda and Beyond Laishley Park, 120 Laishley Ct., Punta Gorda, The 13th Annual Taste of Punta Gorda and Beyond is the season's major culinary event, featuring 32 plus restaurants from Punta Gorda and nearby communities serving “tastes” of signature dishes. $5 general; kids under 12 free; $30 Rotary Angel VIP. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 303-927-9437

Urinetown the musical Now through March 8 Cultural Park Theatre 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, 239-772-5862 Always A Bridesmaid Now through April 19 Off Broadway Palm Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Every Brilliant Thing Now through March 29 Florida Repertory Theatre 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488 Gulfshore Playhouse: The Lady Demands Satisfaction Now through March 15 The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave. S, Naples, 866-811-4111 Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond tribute Ter-Tini’s, 1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers, dinner 3 p.m., show 4 p.m. 239-344-6147 Kinky Boots Through April 4 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Harvey & The Hurricanes The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-995-2141 Naples Concert Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 to 4 p.m. 239-597-3240 32 - March 2020

Love is a Rose Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz both considered Linda Ronstadt a key influence upon their singing as well as a role model for strong women everywhere, 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Art in Bloom Art Show Edison and Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers Floral designers from the Fort Myers- Lee County Garden Council will create floral designs based on their interpretation of artwork that will be paired with each designer. Edison Ford members, free; non-members, $5, 1 - 4 p.m. 239-334-7419 Open Auditions March 1 & 3 Laboratory Theater of Florida 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers Auditions for summer productions. 239-218-0481 Nostal Jah The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 5 - 8 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Mark Gorka, 1 - 5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Gulf Coast Symphony: Beethoven At 250 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-481-4849

Uptown Express The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir performs on the Tsimbaly, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., center court. 941575-3007

Bonita Springs International Film Festival Center for Performing Arts 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs Over 70 carefully curated films from around the world, complemented by Workshops, Q & A Sessions and Events, This Opening Night kicks off with a cocktail party followed by the closing film and Awards Ceremony all wrapped up with a great live performance by Love is a Rose from 8 - 10 p.m. 239-495-8989

The Russian National Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are available at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall by visiting www.bbmannpah.com 239-481-4849.

12th Biennial National Art Exhibition March 1 - 25 Visual Arts Center’s Main Gallery, 210 Maud St in Punta Gorda, The 12th Biennial National Art Exhibition is one of the nation’s most prestigious displays of traditional 2D media. 941-639-8810.

The Women of Koreshan Unity Settlement March 2, 13, 27 Koreshan State Park 3800 Corkscrew Rd in Estero Reserve a spot in one of three special public tours of the Historic Settlement led by women guides in period costumes. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with historical interpreters of some of the Koreshan women and learn about their lives. Special tours will be offered at 11 a.m. The 90-minute tours will be limited to 25 people and tickets are available for $15 @ friendsofkoreshan.org/product/womens-history-monthtours-and-events.

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

MON - 2

TGIM Indie Movie Mondays Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers, Get a look at how the Fort Myers Film Festival views submissions for independent film and participate in the selection process. Doors 6:30 p.m. & show 7 p.m. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors & students. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933

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

The Wolves: Staged Reading Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers Tickets: $15 for Adult/$10 for Students. 7 p.m. 239-332-4488

Fort Myers Community Concert: The Russian National Ballet "Sleeping Beauty” Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Stardust Memories Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 to 9 p.m. www.stardustmemoriesbigband.com

TUE - 3

A Late Quartet Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 Visiting Artist Reception Harbour View Gallery, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 104, Cape Coral Reception for Matt Kearney and Quinn Sedam, 6 – 8 p.m. www.Harbourviewgallery.com Marlinaires Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901 Hall & Oates, Tom Petty, Elton John tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Pearl & Nicole DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Stardust Memories Big Band Riverside Park 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 7 - 9 p.m. www.stardustmemoriesbigband.com Jazz Jam - 6:30 p.m. Buddy Holly tribute - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Koresh Dance Company Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jimmy G, noon-3 p.m. & Singer Mark Gorka, 5-8 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Larry D The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Sanibel Music Festival: Manhattan Chamber Players Sanibel UCC, 2050 Periwinkle 7:30 p.m., 239-344-7025 Happenings Magazine


MARCH CALENDAR TUE - 3 CONTINUED Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Polka - 1 p.m. Kenny Giardino - 6 p.m. Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 239-540-8454

WED - 4

SWFL Symphony Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Stree, Fort Myers Cabaret with Kabaretti Featuring soprano singer Lisa Vroman in an evening of Gershwin, Sondheim, Lloyd Weber and more. 7:30 - 9:30 pm, $30 www.swflso.org Captain Paulie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Kenny G Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

TheatreZone presents Gypsy March 5 - 15 G & L Theatre, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples, 888-966-3352

Sunset Celebration Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral Celebrate the beauty of a Southwest Florida sunset, while listening to live music on the beach from 3 pm to sunset. There will also be food trucks, vendors selling arts & crafts, jewelry, gift items & much more! 239-574-0806

Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

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

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

Naples Players: Bye Bye Birdie March 4 - April 5 701 5th Ave. S., Naples 239-263-7990

J.P. Soars and the Red Hots Mercato 9132 Strada Pl, Naples 6 - 9 p.m. 239-254-1080

1st Wednesday Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours “ART ALIVE” The evening consists of over 50 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. 5-8 p.m. www.NaplesArtDistrict.com

August Wilson’s King Hedley II, directed by Sonya McCarter March 5 - 15 Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-939-2787

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

Captain Paulie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454

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

THU - 5

George Burns Alive Again South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero Join Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson as he takes you on a stroll along nostalgia lane. Registration is required. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 ACMA Songwriters: Robert Bidney & Ray Cerbone Captiva Memorial Library is located at 11560 Chapin Lane 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, noon-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 All That Jazz Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 6 & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 ABBA tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 34 - March 2020

Songwriters at Sunset Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach The concert takes place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Pearl Street Band. 4:30 p.m. www.friendsofloverskey.org COCO Art Gallery reception Coconut Point Mall, 8074 Mediterranean Drive, Estero 5 - 7 p.m. 239-949-3073 www.cocoartgallery.com Stories and Songs Elks Lodge, 3231 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs Carlene Thissen, Tim McGeary, and Dianna Fox team up for an eclectic, nostalgic, inspiring musical evening of familiar and original stories and songs. $15 advance, $20 door, 6:30 p.m. 239-290-5558 www.carlenethissen.com Slightly Soapy Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454

SW Florida Symphony with Lisa Vroman Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7:30 p.m., 239-549-3000

One Woman Sex & the City Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. All six beloved seasons of Sex and the City as a one woman show. 239-495-8989 Jory Lyle & Co. The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Sanibel-Captiva Art League’s 44th Annual Juried Art Council of SW Florida Exhibit March 5 – 29 BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island This year’s theme, “2020,” will feature exciting, new works by regional artists. San Cap Art League is a member of the Art Council of Southwest Florida which is a consortium of 21 art leagues. Artists Reception March 6 at 5:30 p.m. www.sancapart.com Paul Todd and Friends Present the Music of Broadway Beach United Methodist Church 155 Bay Rd, Fort Myers Beach Free will offering. 7 p.m. 239-463-9656 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Mark Gorka, noon-3 p.m. & Singer Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m. Muttini Mingle, 5:30-8 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

You’ve Got a Friend March 5 - 6 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 6 & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 The Hit Men Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Art Show Exhibit Cape Coral Art League 516 Cultural Park Blvd. Flora and/or Fauna Show & Class Act Show. 5 - 7 p.m. 239772-5657 The Queen’s Cartoonists Shell Point Retirement Community, 13921 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers The Queen’s Cartoonists will play music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation. 7 p.m. 800-780-1131 Kit Moran & Mike Moran Quintet Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda 7:30 p.m. 941-255-1022 The Del Prados Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, BYOB. Reservations are required. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Call for reservations 239-574-0807. Rockin Horse Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901

FRI - 6

SWFL Symphony SocietySymphonic Ballet The Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club, 10420 Washingtonia Palms Way, Fort Myers, The luncheon cost is $50 per person. The public invited, but reservations required. 10:30 a.m. 239-772-7775 Mike Imbasciani & His Bluez Rockerz Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Old 41 Band The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 8 - 11 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Matt Stell, Chris Bandi, Ray Fulcher The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, 239-985-9839

Deb & The Dynamics Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 8 p.m. 239-990-9901 AC/DC, Led Zeppelin tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Living Color exhibit Center for Visual Arts 26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 6 - 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., Fort Myers Art Quilters Unlimited and artists Logan Goodmason and Anna Fischler, 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk 239-337-5050 GatorFest 2020 Gator Mike's Family Fun Park NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral Buckcherry headlining with special guests Cinder and The Collective! 4 p.m. 239-574-4386 MOTX 2020 March 6 - 7 1735 Jackson St, Fort Myers MOTX is back for a 10 year anniversary. A conference designed to help volunteers on worship and tech teams improve their skills, relationships and communication. 239-334-7747 Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero Rockin’ Horse performs classic rock, party and variety favorites. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir performs on the Tsimbaly, 11 - 3 p.m. & Paul Roush, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 An Evening of Overtures Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 MercyMe with Jeremy Camp Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 7:30 p.m. 239-948-7825 All Florida Juried Exhibit March 6 - 28 Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Opening reception 5 – 7 p.m. 239-939-2787 Happenings Magazine


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 Munich Meets Fort Myers Heidi Schmitz exhibit Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Stree, Fort Myers Opening from 6 - 10 p.m. On display through March 27. $1 donation. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933 Plasticity - Stephen Hayford Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers Opening from 6 - 10 p.m. On display through March 27. $1 donation. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933 Rolling Stones tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Diana Ross Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 8 p.m. 239-481-4849 The Long Run - Eagles tribute Ter-Tini’s, 1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers, Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., 239-344-6147 Maria Ramona Sanchez exhibit opens DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts, 1815 Fowler St., unit 3, Fort Myers, Opening reception, 6 - 10 p.m. 239-590-8645

SAT - 7

Navy Band Concert Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 to 9 p.m. 239-213-3058 AURA The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 8 - 11 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Mike - 4 p.m. Half Step Down - 8 p.m. Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 239-990-9901

The Classix - 6 p.m. Electric Lipstick - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

The Del Prados DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Rhythm on the River Neil Diamond Tribute Edison and Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 6 p.m. Edison Ford members: $20; non-members: $25; all tickets at the door $30. 239-334-7419

Charlie Daniels Band, The Outlaws Seminole Casino Hotel 506 South 1st St., Immokalee Outdoor show, 8 p.m. 800-514-ETIX ABBA tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 4th Annual LunaTunes Peace River Wildlife Center, 3400 Ponce de Leon Pkwy, Punta Gorda Gates open at noon, music starts at 1 p.m. Come join us for a day of peaceful music and delicious food from food vendors. $12 donation at gate, $10 advance FSW and Charlotte County students get in free! Advance tickets - $10. 941-637-3830 SW Florida Reading Festival Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St, Fort Myers The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is a free event presented annually by the Lee County Library System to promote reading, literacy, and library services. Best-selling authors give presentations and sign books for fans. Activities for the entire family and a free book for every child! 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.readfest.org Faithfully: An Eagles and Journey Tribute Military Heritage Museum, 900 West Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. 941-575-9002

Mustang Car Show Edison and Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd., Ft Myers This family event is free for members and $25 for nonmembers, which includes a self-guided tour of the entire site. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 239-334-7419 GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Ft Myers Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787

35th Annual Art Focus Festival Cape Coral Art Center, 4533 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral During this day of art in Rubicond Park, visitors can view the annual Juried Student Exhibit with reception from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., shop the outdoor fine arts sale, experience fascinating class demos and vote for a favorite artwork in the exhibit. A Gallery Award Ceremony will be held at noon in the Main Gallery. This event is free. 239- 574-0802 Sunset Celebration - Remedy Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Vinyl Vibes: Resurrection A Journey Tribute Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First St., Fort Myers Currently hailed as the closest replica to the voice of Steve Perry, Ryan Christopher will have you on your feet cheering! Tickets $45, VIP $59, 7 p.m. doors/Ccocktails, 8 p.m. show. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Bruce & Tiki D, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Steve Flagg, 5-9 pm., center court. 941-575-3007

Art in the Park Cambier Park, 755 8th Ave S, Naples, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.naplesart.org Jane Monheit Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 6 & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Tropical Fun-Shine Polynesian Dance Show Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral This Polynesian dance show will have your heart pounding to tantalizing Tahitian beats. Swaying hula dancers will mesmerize you as they tell a story with their hula hands to music of the islands. 7 - 9 p.m. 239-549-4606 to register Gulf Coast Symphony: An Evening of Stephen Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-481-4849

Sanibel Music Festival: Rolston String Quartet Sanibel UCC, 2050 Periwinkle 7:30 p.m., 239-344-7025 Cape Coral Irish Festival March 7 & 8 German American Social Club, 2101 Pine Island Road Sat. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Music by Screaming Orphans, Albannach and more www.capecoralirishfestival.com ACMA presents Mean Mary 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Silvia & Pete Popravak opens, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. www.americanacma.org

SUN - 8

Josh Groban Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 Heron’s Glen Art Show Hereon’s Glen Ballroom, U.S. 41, North Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. heronsglenartistgroup.com Left Bank Art Fest Walkways at the Esplanade, 760 Collier Blvd., Marco Island 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 239-290-7927

Bonita Springs National Art Festival March 7 - 8 Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St, Bonita Springs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 239-495-8989

Spin Zone The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 5 - 8 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

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

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

Collision of Rhythm Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. Collision of Rhythm is a duo comprised of tap-dancing classical virtuoso, Aaron Williams, and beatbox-juggling keynote speaker, Bronkar Lee. 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989

Harvey & The Hurricanes The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-995-2141 Collaboration Band Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 1 - 4 p.m. 239-990-9901

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MARCH CALENDAR SUN - 8 CONTINUED Roy Orbison, Elvis tribute Ter-Tini’s, 1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers, brunch 2 p.m., show 3:30 p.m. 239-344-6147 Jersey Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Lee County Community Band “Leprechaun Fantasy” Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard Oh, the fun of being just a wee bit Irish! The band will present an afternoon of beloved Irish melodies, a tribute to Glen Miller, spirited marches and more. 3 p.m. www.leecountyband.org. 4th Annual Taco Fest North 2000 W. First Street, Fort Myers At Taco Fest, every vendor must offer a $2 taco for you to taste. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come and spend the day with your family and with great music and food. Admission is $10 for ages 3 and up. www.b1039.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, noon-4 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Paul Anka March 8 - 9 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 239-597-1900 A Late Quartet Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 3 p.m. 239-597-1900 SWFL Big Band March 8 & 22 Miromar Outlets 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero Enjoy the legendary music of the Big Band era for two wonderful hours. 3 to 5 p.m. near the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Musical Moments: Decade of Rebellion ‘60s Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs The decade of political protest, sexual liberation, psychedelic drugs, eyebrow-raising fashions and sweet, sweet music. 3 p.m. 239-495-8989 Not Fade Away March 8 - 9 Broadway Palm Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers Celebrate the Winter Dance Party with this not-so-typical Buddy Holly tribute. 239-278-4422 36 - March 2020

Jeff Dunham: Seriously Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 3 p.m. 239-948-7825

MON - 9

Naples Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 to 8:45 p.m. 239-597-3240 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141

Marlinaires Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901

The Marlinaires DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Jazz Jam - 6:30 p.m. Bee Gees tribute - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

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

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

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

John Imperatore Jr. Vocal Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, Fort Myers This recital is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir performs on the Tsimbaly, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

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

Beatles & Roy Orbison: Legends of Rock Tribute The Charlotte Performing Arts Center 701 Carmalita St, Punta Gorda 7 p.m. 941-637-0459 Laurie & Rusty Wright The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

TUE - 10

Miss Saigon March 10 - 15 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 239-481-4849 Frankie Valli, Four Season tribute Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda 7:30 p.m. 941-255-1022 Sanibel Music Festival: Boston Chamber Music Society w/ Ann Hobson Pilot Sanibel UCC, 2050 Periwinkle 7:30 p.m., 239-344-7025 Dave Tecce The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com ACMA Songwriters on the Plaza: Carlene Thissen, Karen Cohen & Carolyn Stanley Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 6 p.m. 239-479-4636

Pearl & Nicole DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Larry D The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Polka - 1 p.m. David Rojas - 6 p.m. Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 239-540-8454

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Live in Central Park [Revisited]: James Taylor Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 6 & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Captain Paulie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454 Wendy Renee The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com The Classix Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Art & Soul Night Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs Featuring live music, an artisan market, community classes, mini spa treatments. 239-949-0749 Mike Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 CSNY, Creedence Clearwater Revival, America tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

THU - 12

Jazzy Nights: Terell Stafford Quintet Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Stree, Fort Myers Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as one of the great players of our time. Tickets $40. 7 p.m. doors/cocktails, 8 p.m. performance. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933 Ferguson & Rogers - 6 p.m. Sinatra & Martin trib. - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Tiffany McAuliffe Jr Vocal Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, Fort Myers This recital is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Peter Noll Jr Saxophone Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU This recital is free and open to the public. 8:15 p.m. 239-745-4268 Evening on Fifth 5th Ave. South, Naples An array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of 5th Avenue South, plus dining, shopping, and more. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. www. fifthavenuesouth.com

Cat Country Cruise with Kip Moore J.C. Cruises/ CAPT. J.P. 1300 Hendry St, Fort Myers Cat Country 107.1 Sunset Boat Cruise Starring Kip Moore! 6 p.m. catcountry1071.iheart.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. & Singer Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Bee Gees, Stones tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Fire and Ice The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Adam Sandler Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero, 7:30 p.m. 239-948-7825 Hadelich Plays Sibelius March 12 -13 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 10 p.m. 239-540-8454 Muffy Clark Gill reception Hirdie Girdie Gallery, 2490 Library Way, Sanibel Reception 5 - 8 p.m. 239-395-0027 Charlotte Players: Proposals March 12 - 29 Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte 941-255-1022 Electric Lipstick Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901

FRI - 13

Art Walks the Runway March 13 - 14 Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers Southwest Florida’s premiere runway showcase. Featuring local, national and international designers. Friday Local Fashion, Tickets $25 in advance, Saturday Couture Fashion, Tickets $40 in advance, 7 pm doors/cocktails, 8 pm runway. 239-333-1933

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MARCH CALENDAR FRI - 13 CONTINUED Pure Michigan exhibit Guess-Fisher Gallery, 810 12th Ave. S., Naples, Crayton Cove by the Bay, Featuring watercolors, oils and batiks of Northern Michigan, 6 – 9 p.m. www.philfishergallery.com Ben Allen Band Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 8 p.m. 239-990-9901 Beach Boys tribute Ter-Tini’s, 1901 Crystal Drive, 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, 8 - 11 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero The Girls of Motown celebrates the golden age and the legendary artists of Motown. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Eagles tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Here Comes the Sun Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 6 & 8:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Colt Ford & Koe Wetzel The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, 239-985-9839 Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir performs on the Tsimbaly, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & Singer Bob Schiele, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Paul Todd Jr. March 13 - 15 Cultural Park Theatre 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, 239-772-5862 Bonita Blues Festival March 13 - 14 Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St, Bonita Springs Friday 1 - 9 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. www.bonitablues.com

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Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Richie C - 6 p.m. Eagles tribute - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Iconic Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m. 239-540-8454 Gulfshore Opera: La Boheme Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda, 7 p.m. 239-529-3925

SAT - 14

March in the Park Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral With over 30 vendors, there will be plants of all kinds, trees, shrubs, ground cover, native plants, and miniatures to name a few. Garden Art will include essential and fragrance oils, glass reflections, stepping stones, metal works, fish faces, and various planters. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission, parking free. gardenclubofcapecoral.com Sanibel Music Festival: Chopin National Piano Competition Winner Sanibel UCC, 2050 Periwinkle 7:30 p.m., 239-344-7025 Old 41 Band The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 8 - 11 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Bombshell Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 8 p.m. 239-990-9901 Atilio & Diane - 6 p.m. Journey, Bon Jovi trib - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Del Rays DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 The Weight Band Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989

Koreshan State Park Antique Engine, Quilt, and Craft Show March 14-15 Koreshan State Park 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero Demonstrations include working line shaft, blacksmith, cooking on an antique stove, antique engines and modern quilting techniques on antique sewing machines. Admission is $5 per vehicle. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-992-0311 Kevin Chance & Eun-Hee Park, piano duo Nisita Concert Series U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available at fgcu.edu/concerts. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Neil Diamond tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Frank Sinatra Tribute with Tony Sands Military Heritage Museum, 900 West Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, 7 p.m. 941-575-9002 Immokalee Bluegrass Festival Seminole Casino Hotel 506 South 1st St., Immokalee Free admission and parking Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury & David Grisman, Balsam Range, The Barefoot Movement, The South Carolina Broadcasters. 11 a.m. immokaleebluegrass.com Babcock Ranch Art Show 42850 Crescent Loop, Babcock Ranch Art by more than 50 selected fine artists. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. BabcockRanchArtShow.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jimmy G, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Dan Meadows, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Naples Big Band Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 2 - 4 p.m. 239-939-2787 Naples Artcrafters Fine Arts & Craft Show Fleischmann Park 1600 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.naplesartcrafters.com Joe Nichols The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, 239-985-9839

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 5th Ave. South, Naples The largest privately funded parade in the state, drawing more than 40,000 people to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and culture in America. 11 a.m. www.naplesparade.com

St. Patrick's Day Block Party Downtown Fort Myers Shamrock 'n Roll All Day 'n Night with the downtown River District! Live Music Food and Drink Specials Family Friendly Fun & more! Noon - 10 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com

Trisha Yearwood Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

6th Annual Champagne Signature Concert U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Michael Baron, piano; Glenn Basham, violin; Adam Satinsky, cello and Paul Votapek, clarinet will perform a selection of chamber music by Beethoven. 3 p.m. Seating limited, RSVPs required at fgcu.edu/concerts

Art & Craft Show Pelican Sound Golf & River Club 4561 Pelican Sound Blvd., Estero, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the clubhouse. www.pelicansoundgrc.com Sunset Celebration Double Standard Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 ACMA Songwriters at Library South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Bill Burkert, Bruce Gallant, Millie Van Horn, 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Lions Shrimp Festival Parade & Festival 950 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach Parade March 14 at 10 a.m. The festival runs March 14-15 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 239-634-3887 Not Guilty Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 11 p.m. 239-540-8454 ACMA presents Richard Smith 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Mike McMillan opens, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. www.americanacma.org

SUN - 15

Tusk: The Music of Fleetwood Mac Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 5 & 7:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 Robin Williams comedy tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Harvey & The Hurricanes The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-995-2141 Southwest Florida Concert Band - Swinging into Spring South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Rd, Fort Myers 2 p.m. SWFLConcertBand.org

Itzhak Perlman Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Blues and Bloody’s Sunday Concert Series The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Hurricane Roth & Scott Holt at noon, Rev. Raven & The Chain Smokin Altar Boys at 3 p.m. www.thecenterbar.com Gulf Coast Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 to 4 p.m. 239-877-6090 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Slide Guitar Champion Kraig Kenning, 1-5 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Girls of Motown Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Charlotte Chorale: Haydn to Hamlisch Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda, 4 p.m. 941-204-0033

MON - 16

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir performs on the Tsimbaly, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Grease, Manilow, Elvis tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

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Faded Roots Duo Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454 Alan Small The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141

TUE - 17

Jodie DeSalvo Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Jeff Bradford The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Girls of Motown The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Noon- 9 p.m. Singer Paul Cottrell, noon-4 p.m., Jimmy G, 1-5 p.m., Mark Fitzpatrick & Eddie Dillon, 59 p.m. Parade by Lee County Pipes & Drums at 5:30 p.m. 941-575-3007 Rod Stewart tribute Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901 Larry D The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 The Kingston Trio March 17 - 18 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 239-597-1900

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St. Patrick's Day Trolley Event Big John Plaza, Cape Coral The event takes you to 12 hot spots for $2.50 specialty drinks! You'll board the exclusive trolleys and party buses for this Irish inspired pub crawl in Downtown Cape Coral! Regular check-in is from 6 7:30 p.m. at Big John Plaza or in front of Dixie Roadhouse. Late check-in is 7:30-9 p.m. in front of Dixie Roadhouse. www.southcapeentertainment.c om An American in Paris: In Concert March 17 - 21 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 239-597-1900 A Doll’s House, Part 2 March 17 - April 8 Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-332-4488 Ballet in America Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 10 a.m. 239-597-1900 Jazz Jam - 6:30 p.m. Neil Diamond tribute - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Pearl & Nicole DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Mike Imbasciani & His Bluez Rockerz Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

WED - 18

Gulfshore Opera: La Bohème Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 Bob Seger, Cher, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Flash Forward Duo Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901

Sister’s Easter Catechism Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda 7:30 p.m. 941-255-1022

We Are Rocking and Rolling South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero Join us in the Library Garden to listen to a musical performance by local musician David Hunter. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636

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

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

Girls of Motown Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000

Good Old Days-Dave Kilbride Captiva Memorial Library, 11560 Chapin Lane Dave Kilbride will journey through the hits of the 40s, 50s and 60s reminiscing about “the good old days.” 3 p.m. 239-479-4636

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Connie Francis 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 Singer Paul Nage, noon-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Jerry Dycke Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Captain Paulie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454 AURA The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

THU - 19

Art and Poetry Networking Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Stree, Fort Myers Take part every third Thursday in the Art and Poetry Networking Event from Gulf Coast Leisure! Tickets $10. 8 - 11 p.m. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933

Clyde Butcher – Cuba: The Natural Beauty IMAG History & Science Center 2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers The IMAG History & Science Center is presenting Clyde Butcher, award-winning photographer, conservationist, and humanitarian, at its Distinguished Speakers Series from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 members / $25 non-members 239-243-0043 Nette The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Back to Chicago concert Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach Tickets available online at www.fmbarts.org and will be held at Will Call beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available on-site the night of the performance. Concert begins at 7 p.m. 22nd Annual Student Juried Exhibition opening reception and awards ceremony Wasmer Art Gallery, Arts Complex, FGCU This event is free and open to the public. 5 p.m. 239-5907199 or fgcu.edu/artgalleries

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. & Singer Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Darrell Scott Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989 Third Thursday Wine Walk (formerly Alive After Five) Downtown Punta Gorda Every third Thursday the downtown merchants bring you live music, artists and demoing, food trucks, other entertainment through out downtown. Merchants stay open till 8 p.m. for your shopping pleasure. 5 8 p.m. 941-391-4856 Fort Myers Community Concert: Siberian Virtuosi Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Collie Buddz, Keznamdi and 4th Orange The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, 239-985-9839 Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra Shell Point Retirement Community, 13921 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-454-2067 Latin Night - La Nota Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 7 p.m. 239-990-9901 Slightly Soapy Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454 The Orchestra, starring former members of E.L.O. Seminole Casino Hotel 506 South 1st St., Immokalee 8 p.m.239-658-1313

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MARCH CALENDAR FRI - 20

Bluegrass/Newgrass Concert: Andrew Collins Trio Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Stree, Fort Myers Tickets $25. 7 p.m. doors and cocktails, 8 p.m. performance. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933

22nd Annual Student Juried Exhibition March 20-April 2 Wasmer Art Gallery, Arts Complex, FGCU, Fort Myers This exhibition is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 239-590-7199

ArtSmack Neenie’s House, 481 Marsh Ave., Fort Myers, 7 p.m. Glass artist Dom-O-Nick and music by songwriter Carlene Thissen and drummer Jesse Pizzello, 224-678-4901

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir performs on the Tsimbaly, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. & Singer Chris G, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

Red Hannah The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 8 - 11 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Edwin Culver Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers The library will be hosting classical guitarist Edwin Culver in our outdoor amphitheater just perfect for an evening concert. The opening act is Hope by Song. 6 p.m. 239-479-4636

The Owl & The Pussycat March 20 - 29 Cultural Park Theatre 528 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, 239-772-5862 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 The Wolfepak Band Ter-Tini’s, 1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers, Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., 239-344-6147 Stage It! 10 Minute Play Festival March 20 - 22 Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989

Coconut Point Concert Series: Pure Heart - Heart Tribute Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero, 6-9 p.m. Free 239-992-9966. Craig Morgan The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, 239-985-9839 Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Get The Led Out Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 8 p.m. 239-481-4849

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

Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers 6 to 10 p.m. in the downtown www.fortmyersmusicwalk.com

Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero The Bill Colletti Band plays the best of jazz, Latin, pop, disco, funk and Motown. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

Johnny & Patti - 6 p.m. Rod Stewart tribute - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000

Confluence – Musical Traditions of India Nisita Concert Series U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available at fgcu.edu/concerts. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Tiger Blue Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m. 239-540-8454 40 - March 2020

Deb & The Dynamics Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 8 p.m. 239-990-9901 Shell Point Art Show March 20 and 21 Coastal Commons in Coastal Links at Shell Point, Fort Myers 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.shellpoint.org

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Mike - 4 p.m. Soapy Tuna - 8 p.m. Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 239-990-9901

Annual Pioneer Day and BBQ Veterans Memorial Park on State Road 70, west of Arcadia. Fun for the whole family includes special and traditional Florida foods plus bodacious barbecue, demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts, legendary characters, musical entertainment, live animals, more, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 863-2665774 or www.historicdesoto.org New York Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 8 - 11 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Jersey Boys tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Fleetwood Mac tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Steve Cipriano The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Alter Ego DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 We Are Rocking and Rolling South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero Tommy Barr. During inclement weather, outdoor concerts will be moved inside.2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Annual Antique Car Show Edison and Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers Edison Ford members: free; non-members: $25. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 239-334-7419 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Bruce & Tiki D, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Steve Flagg, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Sanibel Music Festival: Gould Trio w/ Robert Plane Sanibel UCC, 2050 Periwinkle 7:30 p.m., 239-344-7025 Storyteller Bill Lepp Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 2 & 7 p.m. 239-939-2787 Annual Peace River National Art Festival March 21 & 22 Laishley Park, 120 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 941-639-8810 www.visualartcenter.org

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

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

BIG ARTS Band Concert 900 Dunlop Road Sanibel Island 7 p.m. 239-395-0900

Justin Ross The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 5 - 8 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

Naples Downtown Art Show March 21 and 22 5th Ave. South, Naples 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.naplesart.org Spring Nationals Car Show Lee County Fairgrounds 11831 Bayshore Rd, N Ft Myers The event will have hundreds of show cars, delicious food, vendors, large swap meet, music by Backlash. Admission $10, children 12 & under & active military free. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. roadhousepromotions.com Almost ABBA Tribute Show Military Heritage Museum, 900 West Marion Ave, Punta Gorda 7 p.m. 941-575-9002 Southwest Florida Symphony MW4 - Beethoven at 250 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 3rd Saturday Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours “ART ALIVE” 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Look for the magenta and white art flags. www.NaplesArtDistrict.com Sunset Celebration - Nite Out Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 ACMA presents Daniel Boling 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Elizabeth Lockhart opens, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. www.americanacma.org Para La Cultura Seminole Casino Hotel, 1st Street, Immokalee www.conciertogrande.com

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December ‘63 March 22 - 23 Broadway Palm Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers The music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons comes to life in this one-of-a-kind concert experience. 239-278-4422

Tina Turner, Blues Bros. tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Bonita Springs Concert Band Riverside Park, 10450 Reynolds St, Bonita Springs Music from Mister Rogers Neighborhood from 2 - 4 p.m. bonitaspringsconcertband.com Elton John, Billy Joel tribute Ter-Tini’s, 1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers, Dinner 3 p.m., show 4 p.m., 239-344-6147 Calusa Palooza 2020 Concert for Clean Water Calusa Palooza 2020 2000 W. First St., Fort Myers Food trucks and beer, capped off by a double header rock concert! Calusa Palooza is a day-long water-themed festival headlined by The Original Eagles tribute band, Hotel California. Activities include kayak and paddle board races, food trucks & beer sales, music all day long, entertainment, fun & games and workshops for kids, and a twilight rock concert. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. www.calusawaterkeeper.org Bluegrass Indoor Concert Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Join fellow acoustic music lovers in the theatre for three hours of great live music by bands from southwest Florida and beyond!Line-up: Paddle Faster, South Wind and HWY 41 South. 2 - 5 p.m. 239-939-2787 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Nagel, noon-4 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Harvey & The Hurricanes The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-995-2141 Naples Dixieland Jazz Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 to 4 p.m. 239-263-1113

Electric Lipstick Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 1 - 4 p.m. 239-990-9901 Happenings Magazine


MARCH CALENDAR SUN - 22 CONTINUED Chatham County Line Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 5 & 7:30 p.m. 239-597-1900 111 Years of Broadway Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 3 & 7 p.m. 239-597-1900

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An Intimate Evening with David Foster: Hitman Tour Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Harry’s Senior Moment Improv The Legacy Show New Phoenix Theatre, 13211 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 7:30 p.m., $20, 239-481-7158 Colton The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Johnny Rogers Band The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Shakespeare From Page to Stage March 23 - 24 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 10 a.m. 239-597-1900 Stardust Memories Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 7 to 9 p.m. www.stardustmemoriesbigband.com Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Rita Beach, noon-3 p.m. & Tiki Tom Watson, 5-8 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Alan Small Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454

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Marlinaires Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901 Neil Diamond tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs two shows 239-405-8566

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Evening with the Koreshans Art Hall at Koreshan State Park 3800 Corkscrew Rd in Estero Dr. Thomas Cimarusti from Florida Gulf Coast University will give a talk and samples of music from the Koreshan archive surrounding their annual Lunar Festival. 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available @ friendsofkoreshan.org/product/womens-history-month-tours-andevents. Seating is limited.

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

Sanibel Music Festival: Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber Opera Theater of Connecticut Sanibel UCC, 2050 Periwinkle 7:30 p.m., 239-344-7025

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

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

Polka - 1 p.m. David Rojas - 6 p.m. Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 239-540-8454

Julian Grubb Jr Clarinet Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, Fort Myers This recital is free and open to the public. 8:15 p.m. 239-745-4268

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

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Chris G, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

The Classix Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 6 p.m., 239-549-3000

Larry D The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Stardust Memories Big Band Riverside Park 10450 Reynolds St, Bonita Springs, 7 to 9 p.m. www.stardustmemoriesbigband.com Come From Away March 24 - 29 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples 239-597-1900 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jimmy G, noon-3 p.m. & Singer Mark Gorka, 5-8 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Pearl & Nicole DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 Jazz Jam - 6:30 p.m. The Goldtones - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Joey Fiato The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com

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Little River Band Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Peter Bergin Grands Cypress Room at The Woodlands, Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers 7 p.m., $30 239-454-2067

Nicole Mirabile Jr Vocal Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, Fort Myers This recital is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268

Nikki Talley, Jason Sharp Mercato 9132 Strada Place, Naples 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 239-254-1080 Mike Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Beach Boys tribute Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 7 p.m., 239-549-3000 Captain Paulie Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454

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Nader-Mara Presents Juke Box Legends Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849

Leoma Lovegrove Meet & Greet Gallery, Too, 4547b Pine Island Rd, NW Matlacha Bring your favorite Bealls merchandise from her exclusive line or a piece of art from her galleries and she’ll personalize them just for you! Writer and author Mike Silberg will also be available to share his popular book, Falling in Love with the Prince of Life. This event is free. 2 p.m. 239- 938-5655

Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Mark Gorka, noon-3 p.m. & Singer Jimmy G, 4-7 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 10 p.m. 239-540-8454

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Chamber Concert: American Virtuosi Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Stree, Fort Myers $40 advance/ $45 day of, 7 p.m. doors and cocktails, 8 p.m. performance. www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933 ABBA tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Wildfire Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901

In the Heights March 27 - April 18 Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers 239-218-0481

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

Bee Gees tribute Ter-Tini’s, 1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers, Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., 239-344-6147

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

Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Easton Corbin The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-985-9839 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir performs on the Tsimbaly, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. & The Band Anastazja, noon – 3 p.m. Singer Paul Cottrell, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero Thunder Beach Band performs classic rock and timeless tunes. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 Sanibel Lions art & craft fest March 27 and 28 Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 239-293-9448 Jimmy Niteclub - 6 p.m. Michael D’Amore - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Crystal Gayle Seminole Casino Hotel 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 8 p.m.239-658-1313 Edith Diamond The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 8 - 11 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Iconic Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 8 p.m. 239-990-9901 Rockin Horse Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m. 239-540-8454 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 ACMA - Bill & Kate Isles 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Joyce Knake opens, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. www.americanacma.org

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India Fest 2020 Estero Recreation Center 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Showcasing the culture, food and fashion with the local community. 239-936-2554

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Joe Marino & All The King’s Men DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326

Harvey & The Hurricanes The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., 239-995-2141

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

Classical Piano with Concert Pianist Yi-Yang Chen Military Heritage Museum, 900 West Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, 4 p.m. 941-575-9002

Journey, Bon Jovi tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Vocal Area Recital: Songs of Spring U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, Fort Myers This concert is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 Collaboration Band The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 8 - 11 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Operation Opera Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs Operation Opera is a musical comedy variety show that delights audiences with the powerful voice of its star, Grammy Award Winner Adelmo Guidarelli and paralyzes them with laughter while taking them on an inspiring journey through the history of pop music—from Mozart to Elvis. 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989 Perfectly Frank: The Music of Frank Sinatra Bonita Springs Public Library 10560 Reynolds St. Come fly away with Dave DeLuca as he pays tribute to Frank Sinatra. 2 p.m. 239-479-4636 Robert Gonnelli - 6 p.m. Heart tribute - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 3rd Annual Garlic Fest Centennial Park, Fort Myers For Garlic Fest, each vendor must have at least 1 item that features garlic as the main ingredient! Garlic Fest is a family-friendly event featuring live local musical entertainment and plenty of food trucks and restaurants offering delicious food. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Admission is $10 for ages 3 and up. Celebrate Bonita Riverside Park, Bonita Springs 4 - 9 p.m. www.cityofbonitasprings.org The Sunset Celebration Double Standard Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 5 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Happenings Magazine

The Emerson String Quartet will perform in the Sanibel Music Festival March 28. For tickets, visit www.sanibelmusicferstival.org Historic House Tour “The Triangle” park at the intersection of Providence Street and Rhode Island in Dean Park. Dean Park, one of the oldest subdivisions in Fort Myers, will celebrate its 100th birthday on March 28, with a Historic House Tour of ten bungalows and other historic homes. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 online at www.deanpark.org and at the Franklin Shops, 2200 First Street, Fort Myers. Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Gulf Coast Symphony: The Music Man March 28-29 Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, 239-481-4849 Naples Concert Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 to 4 p.m. 239-597-3240 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jimmy G, noon-4 p.m. & Singer Mark Gorka, 5-9 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Sanibel Music Festival: Emerson String Quartet Sanibel UCC, 2050 Periwinkle 7:30 p.m., 239-344-7025 Sounds of Jazz & Blues: Gerald Albright Tarpon Point Marina, 6179 Black Marlin Lane, Cape Coral Join in the citywide celebration of jazz and blues music with Ella Jet & Future Soul, Deb & The Dynamics & Gerald Albright Music. 5 - 10 p.m. 239-573-3128 Relentless Fire Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 7 - 11 p.m. 239-540-8454

Naples Fine Art Show March 28 and 29 Italian-American Club, 7035 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.hotworks.org Naples Art: The Party Naples Art, 585 Park St. Music, dancing, art, Studio 54 dress, 8 - 11 p.m. 239-262-6517

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Naples Big Band Cambier Park 755 8th Ave S, Naples 2 to 3:45 p.m. 239-597-3240 The Del Prados Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 4 - 7 p.m. 239-540-8454 Left Bank Art Fest Walkways at the Esplanade, 760 Collier Blvd., Marco Island 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 239-290-7927 Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida Moorings Presbyterian Church 791 Harbour Dr, Naples 4 p.m., free, www.SymphonicChorale.org Kevin Kenner, piano Nisita Concert Series U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available at fgcu.edu/concerts. 3 p.m. 239-745-4268 New York Rhythm The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 5 - 8 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Uptown Express The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Car Cruise-In Downtown Fort Myers From classic to cool, downtown streets are lined with the sight of these show cars. Family Friendly and free to the public with many venues featuring additional specials. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Goldenfest The Shell Factory and Nature Park, 16554 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers Vendors, pet portraits, dock diving, agility & obedience demos, live music, raffles and more. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-995-2141 Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Dan Meadows, noon-4 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007

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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Vladimir performs on the Tsimbaly, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Justin Ross The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Sound Machine The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 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 Seeger, Cher, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566

Faded Roots Duo Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-540-8454

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Live Music in the Village Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jimmy G, noon-3 p.m., center court. 941-575-3007 Pearl & Nicole DJ’s Rhythm House, 16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 239-466-8326 The Guess Who Seminole Casino Hotel 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee 8 p.m. 239-658-1313 Kristin Jarvis Jr Violin & Joshua Snelling Jr Viola Recital U. Tobe Recital Hall, Music Building, FGCU, Fort Myers This recital is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. 239-745-4268 New Beginnings: Non-themed exhibit for 2D & 3D media March 31 - April 23 Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda www.visualartcenter.org 941-639-8810. Larry D The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers, 4 - 7 p.m., 239-995-2141 Jazz Jam - 6:30 p.m. Jimmy Buffet tribute - 7 p.m. Cape Cabaret, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-549-3000 Temptations, Four Tops tribute The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. 239-405-8566 Marlinaires Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 6 - 9 p.m. 239-990-9901 Cahlua and Cream The Center Bar, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 7 - 10 p.m., www.thecenterbar.com Polka - 1 p.m. Kenny Giardino - 6 p.m. Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral, 239-540-8454

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Sanibel Music Festival MUSIC

The Sanibel Music Festival seven-concert series opens this year with renowned chamber groups, award-winning piano recital and vocal ensemble of the highest caliber. “The highlight performance March 28 is the multiple award-winning Emerson String Quartet, honored with nine Grammys,” said Jana Stone, Sanibel Music Festival president. “Chamber music enthusiasts will not want to miss the Boston Chamber Society featuring internationally popular harpist Ann Hobson Pilot on March 10 or the Gould Trio, featuring award-winning Robert Plane on clarinet March 21.” Sanibel Music Festival concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Saturdays in March at the Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island. The venue is intimate, with excellent acoustics, accessibility, and well-lit, on-site parking. General admission tickets are $50. Visit www.sanibelmusicfestival.com or contact the hotline at 239-344-7025 for discount opportunities and more information. Tickets are also on sale at The Bank of the Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way, by check and cash only. A five-member music committee led by board member Sue Pick reviews every composition considered for presentation. “Our goal is to carefully craft a balanced, yet diverse program, designed to delight attendees,” explained Pick. “The musicians love the acoustics of our intimate venue on Sanibel Island and work closely with us to optimize each concert; it results in a quality experience for everyone.” “I was delighted to schedule two amazing chamber groups that showcase young professionals,” said board member Nina

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Orrell. “The Rolston Quartet, named among CBC Radio’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” on March 7th and the New York-based chamber music collective Manhattan Chamber Players on March 3. Get your tickets early,” she added, “because it looks like they might sell out.” “The tenth national Chopin Piano Competition Winner on March 14 will be a high spot,” said David Conrad, music committee and board member, a classical pianist in his own right. “This year’s winner will be named March 1 and will play on Sanibel just two weeks later.” Andrew Lloyd Webber will be celebrated by the professional singers of Opera Theater of Connecticut on March 24, directed by opera and musical theatre cognoscente Alan Mann. The powerful music of Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Evita and Phantom of the Opera among others will be on the program, punctuated by the knowledgeable and witty commentary of artistic director Alan Mann. “Everyone on this highly dedicated music committee has been a talented classical musician in their own right except me,” said music committee and board member Michael Newhouse. “But I am a lifelong professional classical music fan,” he smiled. “I can tell you with authority to treat yourself to the seven-concert series – it’s curated to be an exceptional experience.” “Since the organization was incorporated as a non-profit in 1987, our mission has been to present classical music of the high-

est standard at affordable prices,” explained Stone. “And we strive to promote the careers of young artists through performance opportunities.”

Manhattan Chamber Players Tuesday, March 3

MCP is a chamber music collective of New York based musicians who share playing great chamber music repertoire. Strings magazine wrote that they were “like an auditory version of a vertical wine tasting.” Manhattan Chamber Players will perform the Haydn Piano Trio in GM, Hob. 25, the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, K 581, and the Brahms Piano Quintet in Fm, Op. 34.

Boston Chamber Society with Ann Hobson Pilot, Harp

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Rolston String Quartet Saturday, March 7

This Canadian quartet was the 2018 recipient and first international winner of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America. Named among CBC radio’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” The Rolston String Quartet will perform the Haydn String Quartet in G min, Op. 74, #3, Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13 and Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D. 810.

Boston Chamber Music Society with Ann Hobson Pilot, Harp Tuesday, March 10

Versatile musicians who come together in different instrumental combinations. Boston Globe calls them “vivid, compelling and first-rate.” Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 29 years, performs worldwide. The Boston Chamber Music Society will perform Haydn: String Trio in G major, Op. 53, No. 1, Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, Jongen: Deux Pieces en Trio for Flute, Cello and Harp, Op. 80, Saint-Saens: Fantasie for Violin and Harp, and Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47.

2020 Chopin National Piano Competition Winner Saturday, March 14

Competition designed to offer performance opportunities and financial support to young American pianists. Winner will be announced after March 1, 2020 and is eligible to compete in the International Chopin Competition held every five years in Warsaw, Poland.

Gould Trio with Robert Plane, Clarinet

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Gould Trio with Robert Plane, Clarinet - Saturday, March 21

Compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio, the Washington Post praises them for their

“musical fire” and “dedication to the genre.” Robert Plane won “Best Concerto Recording” award from Classic CD Magazine. The Gould Trio will perform Brahms: Clarinet Trio, Huw Watkins: Four Fables and Dvorak: Piano Trio in F minor.

Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber, Superstar of Song and Stage, by Opera Theater of Connecticut Tuesday, March 24

Webber, one of the most successful composers of our times, is best known for his musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera. Celebrate his career with OTC’s professional singers performing selections from his acclaimed shows. Artistic director Alan Mann will add his unique commentary from the stage.

Emerson String Quartet Saturday, March 28

Inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2010, The Emerson stands alone in the history of string quartets. Over the last four decades they have made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, won nine Grammys and the Avery Fisher Prize. The Emerson String Quartet will perform the Haydn D Major, Op. 71 #2, the Mozart D Major, K. 575 “King of Prussia” and the Beethoven Op. 59 “Razumovsky” #2.

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Martin & Sinatra tribute at Cape Cabaret

Mark Thursday, March 12 on your calendar as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are recreated by Tony Sands and Robert Cabella bringing their amazing voices to Cape Cabaret in Cape Coral. Usually appearing separately, these two titans go head to head to wow the audience. The NY Post says, “If you love Frank Sinatra you will love Tony Sands.” Lifelong Sinatra fans are fascinated when they hear Tony Sands start to croon. They think 'Ol Blue Eyes' has come back to life! For more than 20 years, Tony Sands has been perfecting his act, and wooing audiences all over the United States. Sands caught the Sinatra bug as a child growing up in South Philly. "When I was 12 or 13 years old, that's when I first wanted to sing," Sands says. "My family played Sinatra records all the time, and I started singing along. The next thing I knew, I just fell in love with his music…and here I am." Tony Sands will return on March 26 with his musical play, Sinatra - It Was A Very Good Year. Robert Cabella has won many awards including Best Martin impersonator right in Dean's hometown of Steubenville Ohio. Tony Sands as Frank Sinatra

He was also the winner of the Best Dean contest at the San Gennero Festival in NYC Little Italy. Having graced many stages with his spot-on impersonations of Dean Martin, Elvis, and many more, Cabella is best known for his appearances as the Italian heartthrob. He spreads the Robert Cabella as Dean Martin "Amore" of Martin's songs and always leaves audiences doing the "Mambo Italiano". With years of experience and a love for the tribute, you won't want to miss these entertaining, time traveling, engaging performances. The March 12 show has a $15 cover charge. Early bird and happy hour runs daily at Cape Cabaret from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served 4 to 8 p.m. Cape Cabaret is located at 4725 Vincennes Blvd., (at the corner of 47th Terrace & Vincennes) in Cape Coral. For reservations, call 239-549-3000 or visit online at www.capecabaret.com

Bluegrass festival debuts March 14

Gator Country 101.9 FM presents the first annual Immokalee Bluegrass Festival at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Saturday, March 14 starting at 11 a.m. The free festival will feature six outdoor concerts with two concerts in the Zig Zag Lounge after the festival concludes, as well as a large vendor section and a variety of arts and food trucks. Admission is free, and attendees should bring their own chairs for concert viewing. For more information, visit www.Immokaleebluegrass.com. The lineup for the Immokalee Bluegrass Festival includes: • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: With a refreshed lineup and newfound energy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music. The band played their first gig in 1966 in Southern California and by 1969 had become a cornerstone of the burgeoning country-rock community. Their career breakthrough came with the 1970 release of the

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record “Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy” and the single “Mr. Bojangles,” a folksy Top 10 pop hit that remains a staple of their live show. The three-disc album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” brought Nitty Gritty Dirt Band together with a number of country, folk, and bluegrass legends. Heroes like Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Martin, Merle Travis, and Doc Watson joined the scruffy, young band to record country music stan-

dards such as “I Saw the Light” and “Keep on the Sunnyside.” The acclaimed project is considered a landmark recording in American music. The band’s hits also include “An American Dream,” “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream),” “Modern Day Romance,” and “Fishin’ in the Dark.” • Yonder Mountain String Band: Yonder Mountain String Band's first new album in two years, “Love. Ain’t Love” is undeniably the Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit's most surprising, creative, and energetic studio excursion to date. Songs like "Chasing My Tail" and "Alison" are rooted in tradition but are current and animated by electrifying performance, vivid production, and the modernist power that has made Yonder one of the most popular live bands of their generation. • Del McCoury and David Grisman: Del + Dawg, Balsam Range, The Barefoot Movement and the South Carolina Broadcasters. Happenings Magazine


Cape Coral Irish Fest March 7 & 8

It’s that time again – for the Sorry – no pets and no coolers. Cape’s liveliest international The Cape Irish Festival is family festival packed with Irish sponsored by the Cape Coral and Celtic sights and sounds Irish American Club. March 7 & 8. Wear something Check online for details at green and head for the capecoralirishfestival.com. German American Social Club. Festival hours are 11 a.m. The 16th annual Cape Coral to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Irish Festival entertainment 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on includes great live Irish music. Sunday. See the Screaming Orphans, Pets and coolers are not Brendan Nolan, Jameson allowed. Celtic Rock, Albannach, The Admission is $10 for adults, Byrne Brothers, West of and those 12 and under are Galway, Celtic Stew, Derek admitted free. Warfield & the Young Wolftones, the Lee County Pipes & Drums and Kellyn School of Dance. The festival takes place at the German American Social Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Parking is free and The Screaming Orphans there’s lots of it.

Charlotte Chorale to perform Haydn to Hamlisch March 15

Experience the brilliance of composers Franz Joseph Haydn and Marvin Hamlisch with The Charlotte Chorale at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. The award winning Charlotte Chorale will once again showcase both classical and modern composers accompanied by symphonic musicians. The first half of the per-formance will feature compositions by Haydn and composers he influenced. Works by Marvin Hamlisch, one of the most prolific and influential composers of the twentieth century for both Broadway and Hollywood, will comprise the second half of the per-formance, including a medley from "A Chorus Line" and other familiar Hamlisch songs. Happenings Magazine

A professional-level, seventyvoice chorus of local singers dedicated to the enrichment of music of all genres, the Charlotte Chorale is under the outstanding direction of Dr. William Dederer. This concert is the second of three concerts during the 2019-20 season. The chorale has a long history of excellent concerts and has been cited as one of the best performing arts groups in Charlotte County by Harbor Style Magazine. Reserved seat tickets can be purchased by calling 941204-0033. Adults are $25, students are $10. The Charlotte Performing Arts Center is located at 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda, with ample parking. For more info, visit online at www.charlottechorale.com

AMERICANA COMMUNITY M USIC ASSOCIATION ort Myers home for original Americana music!

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Mean Mary

Richard Smith

MARCH 7

MARCH 14

Silvia & Pete Popravak opens

Mike McMillan opens

Daniel Boling

Bill & Kate Isles

MARCH 21

MARCH 27

Elizabeth Lockhart opens

Joyce Knake opens

Roy Book Binder

Jennings & Keller

APRIL 4

APRIL 11

Bill Metts opens

Amber Crowley opens

Shows at All Faiths Unitarian Cong., 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. $15 donation at door

ACMA on the ROAD

Songwriters at Captiva Librar y MARCH 4 at 2 pm - FREE Robert Bidney, Ray Cerbone

Songwriters at Sunset Lovers Key State Park MARCH 5 at 4:30 pm - FREE The Pearl Street Band

Songwriters on the Plaza Downtown Fort Myers Librar y

MARCH 10 at 6 pm - FREE

Indoors if needed

Carlene Thissen, Karen Cohen, Carolyn Stanley

Songwriters at South County Librar y - Estero MARCH 14 at 2 pm - FREE

Bill Burker t, Br uce Gallant, Millie Van Horn

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Mean Mary, Richard Smith, Daniel Boling, Bill & Kate Isles at ACMA listening room

The Americana Community Music Association is Fort Myers home for original Americana music, has eight shows this month (four at the listening room and four on the road).The ACMA provides a venue for local and touring artists, many are award winning performers in the Americana/folk community. All shows are in a quiet, intimate setting and every show is a meet and greet with the artists. Most shows are a $15 donation at the door. The ACMA rents the All Faiths Congregation on McGregor for most shows. The ACMA welcomes Mean Mary on March 7. Mary plays 11 instruments and has recorded 16 albums. Today, she produces music, produces videos (her YouTube videos have received over 15 million visits), tours extensively across the US and overseas, is co-writing a novel trilogy about the music world, and is an endorsing artist for Deering Banjos. The Deerings have named her their Goodtime Ambassador. Mary plays 11 instruments and has recorded 16 albums, her newest being Cold. There is not room here to tell the whole life story of Mean Mary, but if you

ACMA on the road

The ACMA promotes local artists who perform their own original songs. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs. In March, the ACMA goes on the road four times: Robert Bidney and Ray Cerbone will perform March 4 at 2 p.m. at the Captiva Memorial Library, 11560 Captiva Lane. The Friends of Lovers Key and the ACMA presents Songwriters at Sunset on March 5 at 4:30 p.m. featuring the Pearl Street Band. The concert will take place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Come early for parking and to enjoy a variety of the local food trucks. Park entry fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single person in vehicle The Pearl Street Band is comprised of Bob Williams, Mike McMllan, Bill Veach and Clark Johnson. Songwriters on the Plaza is March 10 at 6 p.m. at the South Cornog Plaza at the Fort Myers Regional Library downtown. Performers will include Carlene Thissen, Karen Cohen and Carolyn Stanley. This event moves inside if weather dictates. Songwriters at the South County Library in Estero will be March 14 at 2 p.m. and will feature locals Bill Burkert, Bruce Gallant and Millie VanHorn.

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Mean Mary performs March 7 at the ACMA listening room in Fort Myers.

would like to hear more of it, listen to her music—it is all there. Silvia & Pete Popravak will open the March 7 show. Richard Smith will perform March 14. Back after way too long a hiatus, Richard Smith brings us his finger style virtuoso. With fret board fireworks and lyrical endeavours he will melt your heart- strings, make your toes tapping and your jaws hanging open. Richard's ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop. It includes Scott Joplin Rags just like Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, not to mention his intriguing originals. He delivers both, lightning fast barnburners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with vocals. The March 14 show will open with Mike McMillan. The ACMA welcomes Daniel Boling to the stage on March 21. Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winner Daniel Boling shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas. This balladeer/songwriter brings his friendly tenor, fingerstyle guitar, frailed banjo, and beautifully-crafted story songs to delighted audiences throughout the U.S., Western Europe, New Zealand

and Australia in over one hundred shows a year, from house concerts and listening rooms to major festivals (Kerrville, Winfield, Woody Guthrie, and others). Elizabeth Lockhart will open the March 21 show. Bill and Kate Isles will perform March 27 at the listening room. They are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. The March 27 show opens with Joyce Knake. Additionally, the ACMA holds a singer songwriters circle every Sunday 2 - 4 p.m. at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation at 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. The circle is for acoustic songwriters of all levels. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and all shows start at 7 pm. For more info, visit www.americanacma.org. Happenings Magazine


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Hotel California at Calusa Palooza March 22

Water quality takes “Calusa Palooza has center stage as Calusa something for everyone,” Waterkeeper presents stated Calusa Waterkeeper Calusa Palooza 2020, a executive director and day-long, family-friendly, event producer KC water-themed festival Schulberg. “We’re thrilled to culminating with a doubring the entire community ble-header rock show. together for fun activities The festival and “Concert and a rock concert along for Clean Water” is from the waterfront all to support 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. clean water.” Sunday, March 22 in Early bird tickets for the Centennial Park in Concert for Clean Water downtown Fort Myers. featuring both rock bands The music headliner are currently available startis the legendary Hotel ing at $18 for general Hotel California, the original Eagles tribute band. California, the original admission. The early bird Eagles tribute band. $35 VIP tickets include Hotel California, playing Eagles hits since 1986, tours nationally, access to front of stage seating. Chairs will be provided. The early has a fan base of 77,000 Facebook followers, 85,000 likes on their bird $50 VIP Plus parking tickets include premium parking within Facebook page and commonly draws crowds of over 3,000. Also 400 feet of the stage, plus front of stage seating and chairs. There performing will be St. Petersburg favorites, Elly and Company. is free admission for children under 10 years of age. To purchase The day starts with free, family-friendly, water-themed educaearly bird tickets, go to www.calusawaterkeeper.org. tional and entertainment activities in Centennial Park from 10 a.m. During the week prior to the Calusa Palooza festival and to 2 p.m., including kayak and paddle board races, paleontology Concert for Clean Water, Calusa Waterkeeper, in partnership with exhibit, nature workshop, master naturalist exhibit, boating safety Keep Lee County Beautiful, will spearhead the largest ever cleantraining, fishing tutorial for kids, Calusa Waterkeeper Ranger testup of our waterways in our region’s history from March 14 - 22. ing demo, on-land rowing demonstration, musical entertainment, For more information on the cleanup, go online to www.signuplive mermaid show, vendors, food trucks, and more. genius.com/go/805094aaaaa2ca4f49-calusa. Then at 4 p.m., the event segues into the Concert for Clean Event sponsors supporting Calusa Palooza’s Concert for Clean Water, a ticketed music festival featuring food trucks, vendors and Water and the week of cleanup include Happenings Magazine, beer sales. Elly and Company will play a plethora of country, rock, the Breeze Newspapers, Keep Lee County Beautiful, Coastal and blues, ‘60s surf music and R&B music on the main stage from 4:30 Heartland National Estuary Program and Natural Awakenings to 6:30 p.m., followed by headliners, Hotel California, performing Magazine. Sponsorship opportunities are available, for more inforfrom 7 to 9 p.m. mation call 239-784-0880.

Mastersingers close season with Beethoven celebration

The Fort Myers Symphonic together an appealing program that feaMastersingers close out their 19th season tures the Mass in C Major which is the with a pair of concerts observing the 250th composer’s first attempt at setting the anniversary of the birth of one words of the Catholic liturgy to of history’s iconic composers, music. Along with that, Maestra Ludwig van Beethoven. Arnold will lead the orchestra Southwest Florida’s premier through the well-known and chorus, accompanied by the often recorded, Coriolan Mastersingers Festival Overture. Finally, the chorus Orchestra, will present will sing movements 3 and 4 Celebrating Beethoven on from Songs of Crystal by Friday, April 3 at Faith Caroline Mallonée, the piece Presbyterian Church, 4544 that won the 2020 SanibelCoronado Pkwy, Cape Coral, Captiva Trust Prize for Choral at 7 p.m. and again on Composition. Sunday, April 5 at First Says Arnold of this concert, Presbyterian Church of “The Mastersingers join with Shannon Arnold Bonita Springs at 3 p.m. much of the classical music Tickets for this program are community this year in honor$25 for adults, $15 for stuing Beethoven’s life and his dents and are available on the group’s impact on music. His Mass in C is an website at www.mastersingersfm.com. incredible representation of Beethoven’s Artistic director Shannon Arnold has put earlier music. It shows a more subtle side 50 - March 2020

to his compositions, especially when compared to the 9th Symphony which we will be performing earlier in the season with the Gulf Coast Orchestra.” She added, “Singing a masterwork like the Mass in C speaks to a part of our mission as a chorus. Adding very fine music to our concert by a living composer who, by the way, will be with us for the performances, speaks to another part of that mission that we take very seriously.” The Mastersingers are preparing for a very special 2020-2021 season in which the organization marks its 20th anniversary, the 5th anniversary of the Mastersingers’ City of Palms Youth Choir, and the oneyear anniversary of the Intermezzo Choir for people with dementia and their care givers. For tickets and information about the Celebrating Beethoven concerts, and for more information on the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers and their affiliated groups, visit www.mastersingersfm.com. Happenings Magazine


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FGCU Wind Orchestra at Shell Point

Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series announces the final concert in its performing arts program with a performance by the Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $15 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or

by phone at 239-454-2067. The FGCU Wind Orchestra is conducted by Timothy Yontz, director of bands and head of instrumental studies for the Bower School of Music & the Arts. Comprised of the finest wind and percussion students at Florida Gulf Coast University, the FGCU Wind Orchestra was formed in 2008. The Wind Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2015 and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2018.

Shell Point Retirement Community concludes the Concerts & Conversations program of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by ragtime pianist Peter Bergin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at the

Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $30 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067. The Michigan-based ragtime artist has entertained audiences for over two decades. Classically trained, his mission is to celebrate life through music and stories. He especially loves sharing the rhythms and history of ragtime piano, which brings him immense joy and satisfaction. Bergin brings ragtime to audiences as a testament to America's original popular music.

Shell Point welcomes Peter Bergin

Peter Bergin

Bonita Springs Concert Band March 22

The next free concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita. The band will be sharing the stage with the Florida Gulf Coast Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Timothy Yontz. The FGCU Wind Orchestra is Happenings Magazine

comprised of the finest wind and percussion students in Southwest Florida. The Orchestra is guided by a philosophy grounded in the study and performance of the highest quality music composed and adapted for wind band. Find out more at bonitaspringsconcertband.com.

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Night Ranger

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at Seminole Casino

Night Ranger performed Feb. 14 at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee. Above are Brad Gillis and Jack Blades. Photo by Jamie Kuser

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Lee County Community Band plays March 8

Oh, the fun of being just a wee bit Irish. On March 8, the Lee County Community band will present an afternoon of beloved Irish melodies, a tribute to Glen Miller, spirited marches and more. The concert is set for 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School. Under the direction of Richard Bradstreet, the program will feature Pennywhistle Jig, Best Loved Irish Melodies, and Macnamara’s Band. The band also will perform Clarinet Candy, American Salute, and highlights from West Side Story. The band performs six concerts between November and April; all take place at Cape Coral High School, 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., beginning at 3 p.m. The programs are free (donations welcome) and open to the public. The last concert of the season is set for April 19. For more info, visit www.leecountyband.org.

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Gulf Coast Symphony marks 25th anniversary

Beethoven celebration March 1

Happy Birthday to Beethoven! 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and GCS is celebrating one of classical music’s greatest creative geniuses with a presentation of his epic Symphony No. 9. Featuring full choir from the acclaimed Fort Myers

Symphonic Mastersingers and vocal soloists Elizabeth Baldwin, soprano, Claudia Chapa, mezzo soprano, Michael Wade Lee, tenor, and Branch Fields, bass, this all Beethoven program performs 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW.

Broadway Bound concert March 7

A star-studded cast of Broadway artists joins Gulf Coast Symphony on a journey through the theatrical worlds of musical masterminds Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, and more! Featuring selections from Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd: The Demon

Barber of Fleet Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cats, Gypsy, and others, this toe-tapping program performs 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW. More info at www.bbmannpah.com

Anniversary gala March 14

Join the Gulf Coast Symphony as they celebrate 25 years with a gala on Saturday, March 14 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort. This black-tie (optional) affair will be an evening of non-stop music and delicious food. Hosted by NBC2 anchor Peter Busch, the evening includes an open bar cocktail hour, a seated gourmet dinner (wine included) and live and silent auctions that includes unique and interesting gift baskets, gift certificates representing the culinary and cultural scene in South Florida, and once in a lifetime experiences and luxurious trips across the globe.

The festivities end with a Broadway Revue featuring the Broadway stars performing in the production of Music Man. Veterans of Broadway's Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables are joined some of our young, talented cast members who have been seen locally in productions of Newsies, Matilda and Wizard of Oz, to serenade you with well-loved songs. Plus, a special guest appearance by Gloryland Way, the show's award-winning barbershop quartet. Tickets are $200. For more information or tickets, call 239-277-1700 or at GulfCoastSymphony.org

Broadway Under the Stars March 20 Join the Gulf Coast Symphony for Broadway Under the Stars on Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Historic ShangriLa Springs Hotel in Bonita Springs.Under the Stars concerts brings together great Happenings Magazine

music, alternative venues, food, drink, & community. Under the Stars is the next step in furthering the Gulf Coast Symphony’s mission to unite the community through music. Tickets are $35.

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Musical month at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center MUSIC

The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers has a wonderful month of music planned for March. The Southwest Florida Symphony pres-

Andrew Collins Trio

ents Cabaret with Kabaretti featuring soprano singer Lisa Vroman in an evening of Gershwin, Sondheim, Lloyd Webber and more on March 4 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. Vinyl Vibes: Resurrection – A Journey Tribute will perform March 7 at 8 p.m. Currently hailed as the closest replica to the voice of Steve Perry, Ryan Christopher will have you on your feet cheering. Tickets are $45 and VIP are $59. Jazzy Nights: Terell Stafford Quintet takes place March 12 at 8 p.m. Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as one of the great players of our time. Tickets are $40. Bluegrass/Newgrass concert featuring the Andrew Collins Trio is set for March 20 at 8 p.m. Five time JUNO (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) nominee and seven time Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins and his fellow trio string-pullers just borrowed a page from basic carpentry, hitting the nail on the head. Tickets are $25. The month wraps up with a Chamber concert featuring American Virtuosi on

Terell Stafford

March 27 at 8 p.m. The Chamber Music Series culminates in an incredible performance by some of the most celebrated musicians in the genre. American Virtuosi invites audiences to take part in an unforgettable evening of live classical music. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 day of show. The Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. For tickets and more information, call 239-333-1933 or visit online at www.sbdac.com.

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Darrell Scott, Weight Band & Patchouli in Bonita

The Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs continues to offer a diverse range of music events in March. Musical Moments: Decade of Rebellion ‘60s takes place Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in Moe Auditorium and features the Night Train Band. The Weight Band will perform Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Hinman Auditorium. The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs. Darrell Scott will play Hinman Auditorium on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Darrell has opened Darrell Scott

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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. Both auditoriums are located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. For tickets and info, call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org

The Weight Band

for and performed with the Zac Brown Band. These days find him roaming his Tennessee wilderness acreage hiking along the small river, playing music, or sharing each day with the woman he loves, also an artist in her own right. Patchouli & Terra Guitarra will perform Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in 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

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SW Florida Concert Band plays March 15

The Southwest Florida Concert Band will perform a concert Swinging into Spring featuring music from Glen Miller to Michael Bublé on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road. The band will open the concert with an upbeat arrangement called Jump Swing Fever where you will want to get up and dance in the aisle. Hear in a Miller Mood which features many of Glenn Miller’s favorite melodies to swing along to and a tribute to Sammy Davis. They will also perform a swing band arrangement of Duke Ellington and the rocking, soul music of Ray Charles. Vocalist Debra Tosh will sing George Gershwin’s memorable “S’Wonderful” and “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway musical Wicked. The concert will also include the driving drum feature by Benny Goodman. All concerts are free with donations accepted. Find more info at www.SWFLConcertBand.org

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Marshall Tucker Band at Seminole Casino

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment welcomed the Marshall Tucker Band Jan. 26 to the Seminole Casino Hotel in in Immokalee. Pictured is MJ Henderson. Photo by Jamie Kuser

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The Barrel Room 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-333-2225

Bert’s Bar & Grill 4271 Pine Island Rd Matlacha 239-282-3232

Blue Monkey Bar & Grille

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

Buckingham Blues Bar

5641 Buckingham Rd 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 Center Bar at The Promenade 26811 S. Bay Drive Bonita Springs 239-325-3583

Coconut Falls Tiki 17200 S. Tamiami Tr. Fort Myers 239-990-9901

The Cottage

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

Dixie Roadhouse

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

Fathoms

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

Fishermen’s Village

1200 W. Retta Esplan. Punta Gorda 941-639-8721 Happenings Magazine

Hurricane Charley’s

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

The Jac

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

Old Naples Pub

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

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

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill 2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach 239-463-3257

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

DJ’s Rhythm House

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

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

South Street

1410 Pine Ridge Road Naples 239-435-9333

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 Rd Bonita Springs 239-498-8887

The Stage

9144 Bonita Beach Rd Bonita Springs 239-405-8566

Ter-Tini’s

1901 Crystal Drive, Fort Myers 239-344-6147

Tiki at Wyndham Garden 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach 239-463-5711

Tiki Bar at Days Inn 18051 S. Tamiami Tr Fort Myers 239-267-7900

Twisted Vine Bistro 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers 239-226-1687

The Village Pub

4360 Gulf Shore, Naples 239-262-2707

Whiskey Park

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

Yucatan Beach Stand

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

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IN CONCERT

PERFORMANCES

IN SW FLORIDA

MAR. 1

Gladys Knight Artis–Naples

MAR. 4 Kenny G

Artis–Naples

MAR. 6 MercyMe

Hertz Arena, Estero

Diana Ross

B.B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

Matt Stell

The Ranch, Fort Myers

MAR. 7

MercyMe

MercyMe will perform March 6 at Hertz Arena in Estero. Jeremy Camp and David Leonard are also in the lineup. For tickets and information, visit online at www.hertzarena.com

Charlie Daniels Band and The Outlaws

MAR. 19

APR. 2

APR. 23

MAR. 8

Geoff Tate

Jimmie Vaughn

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

APR. 3

APR. 24

MAR. 8 & 9

The Ranch, Fort Myers

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Josh Groban

B.B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

Paul Anka Artis–Naples

MAR. 12

Adam Sandler

Hertz Arena, Estero

John Mayall

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

MAR. 13

Colt Ford, Koe Wetzel The Ranch, Fort Myers

Steve Tyrell

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

MAR. 14

Joe Nichols

The Ranch, Fort Myers

The Orchestra

Seminole Casino, Immokalee

Collie Buddz

MAR. 20

Craig Morgan

The Ranch, Fort Myers

MAR. 23

David Foster

B.B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

MAR. 25

Little River Band

B.B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

MAR. 27

Crystal Gayle

Seminole Casino, Immokalee

Easton Corbin

The Ranch, Fort Myers

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

MAR. 28

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes

The Guess Who

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Geerald Albright

Tarpon Point, Cape Coral

MAR. 31

Seminole Casino, Immokalee

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Patti LaBelle Artis–Naples

Sara Evans

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

APR. 4

The Temptations and The Four Tops

Seminole Casino, Immokalee

APR. 9

Casting Crowns Hertz Arena, Estero

APR. 10

Gin Blossoms

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Scotty McCreery

The Ranch, Fort Myers

APR. 11

Allie Colleen

The Ranch, Fort Myers

APR. 17

James Carothers

The Ranch, Fort Myers

Everclear

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Shawn Colvin

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

Christopher Cross

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

APR. 25

Tony Jackson

The Ranch, Fort Myers

APR. 26

Boney James

SW Fla. Event Center, Bonita

MAY 1

Toby Keith

Hertz Arena, Estero

MAY 2

Aaron Watson

The Ranch, Fort Myers

MAY 9

Shenandoah

The Ranch, Fort Myers

MAY 16 Joe Diffie

The Ranch, Fort Myers

JUL. 16

Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow & more Hertz Arena, Estero

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Colt Ford, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Easton Corbin at The Ranch in March

Mark your calendars for a full lineup of national recording artists coming to The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. The Sam Galloway Ford Concert Series presents Matt Stell on March 6, Colt Ford and Koe Wetzel on March 13, Joe Nichols on March 14, Craig Morgan on March 20, Easton Corbin on March 27, Scotty McCreery on April 10, Allie Colleen on April 11, Tony Jackson on April 25, Aaron Watson on May 2, Shenandoah on May 9 and Joe Diffie on May 16. Colt Ford With his sixth studio album, the aptly named Love Hope Faith, his follow-up to 2014s Thanks for Listening, Colt Ford continues to live out his boyhood dream – the one where you “wake up on a mission/to buy that beat-up Gibson,” as he sings on “No Rest.” Love Hope Faith is exactly that, a message to his loyal fan base, and a strike against the divisiveness plaguing our country, celebrating the things that bring us together – friends, family, our faith in a better future.

Koe Wetzel Koe Wetzel is best known as the leader of country music group “Koe Wetzel and the Konvicts”. The group released their debut album “Out on Parole” in 2015 before releasing their breakthrough record, Noise Complaint, in 2017. Koe lived in Pittsburg, Texas, before moving to Stephenville, Texas. He attended Texas Southern University. His song “February 28th, 2016” became the most listened-to country song in several Texas cities in 2017, including Richardson, Plano and Arlington.

Joe Nichols As Joe Nichols began work on a brand new batch of old-school country music, he found himself looking back for inspiration. Back to his early career, back to true friends

Joe Nichols

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Craig Morgan

and the simple perfection of pure country music … back to things that never get old. “Full circle is the term I would use,” the Arkansas native says about his new project, fittingly titled Never Gets Old. “The whole theme of the record is ‘Let’s get back to where it all began for me. Let’s get back to where my passion for music began.’” From 2002’s Man With a Memory on, Nichols harnessed that passion as a steady hit maker, racking up six Number Ones and eight Top 10s, including chart-topping modern classics like “Brokenheartsville” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” He’s a four-time Grammy nominee, an ACM, Billboard, CMA, and CMT Award winner, and his last album offering, Crickets, kept the success going, sending both “Yeah” and “Sunny and 75” to Platinum-certified Number One status. Craig Morgan The multi-faceted Renaissance man proves it on his upcoming new studio album, aptly titled A Whole Lot More To Me, a record that furthers Morgan’s reputation as one of the genre’s most commanding vocalists. While his singing on such hits as the multi-week Number One “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester,” “Bonfire,” “This Ole Boy” and “Wake Up Lovin’ You” was exemplary, Morgan has somehow found a new level and vocal range in the studio. On his forthcoming LP, his third with label home Black River Entertainment, he’s making the most relevant, authentic and moving music of his career. It’s a point that “When I’m Gone” drives home, as Morgan sings about living life with no regrets. Easton Corbin With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on

some of the biggest stages in the world, Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. He is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over The Road.” Corbin set a career-best debut on country airplay with his top 5 hit single, “Baby Be My Love Song,” from his No. 1 debuting album About To Get Real. Corbin’s new single, “A Girl Like You,” from his upcoming fourth studio album is Top 30 and climbing and was released to rave reviews. Other upcoming concerts: Collie Buddz, Keznamdi and 4th & Orange is set for March 19 and James Carothers on April 17. The Sam Galloway Concert Series was started in the fall of 2014 to help bring awareness to Community Cooperative (The Soup Kitchen) and the good work they do in the community. 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. 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.

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IN CONCERT

Charlie Daniels Band - March 7

The Guess Who - March 31

SEMINOLE CASINO HOTEL

Charlie Daniels Band, The Orchestra, Crystal Gayle, Temptations, Four Tops

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment has a jam-packed schedule at the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee in 2020. Upcoming shows include the Charlie Daniels Band with special guests The Outlaws on March 7 (outdoors), The Orchestra on March 19, Crystal Gayle on March 27, The Guess Who on March 31 and The Temptations & The Four Tops on April 4. From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. The Charlie Daniels Band has populated radio with such memorable and timeless hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The Outlaws’ first three albums “The Outlaws,” “Lady In Waiting” and “Hurry Sundown,” feature such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song,” “Green Grass & High Tides,” “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man.” Other hits for The Outlaws

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include “Riders In The Sky,” “Song For You,” and “Hurry Sundown.” The Orchestra, starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra, has a pedigree that stretches back over many years, with roots reaching to the 1970s and 1980s with Electric Light Orchestra, the 1990s with ELO Part II and from 2001 to the present as The Orchestra, heralding a continuing era of unparalleled symphonic rock Following Bev Bevan's retirement at the end of 1999 and their triumphant sell-out concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Kelly Groucutt, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley and Gordon Townsend regrouped as The Orchestra. Of Crystal Gayle’s 35 top-10 country hits to date, 13 have become sizable pop and/or adult-contemporary hits as well, so while she is one of the 10 biggest hit-making country female artists of all time, she is also familiar to millions of non-country listeners. “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “Ready For the Times to Get Better,” “Half the Way,” her Eddie Rabbitt duet “You and I” and the rest of her hit repertoire have brought Gayle a trophy case full of honors. With 14 Top 40 hit singles, two of which went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and a long running record of proven successful live shows, The Guess Who are Canada's first international rock superstars. The band’s string of hits began with the recording of the album “Wheatfield Soul” and the release of the single “These Eyes,” which reached number 1 in Canada and number 7 in the United States in the spring of 1969. That year, the group’s second album, “Canned Wheat Packed By The Guess Who,” also charted, as did “Laughing,” the B-side of “These Eyes,”

itself a Top 10 hit, and “Undun,” which reached number 22 in the U.S. The Temptations were essential to the original Motown machine and charted their first big hit, the Smokey Robinson written and produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” in 1964. An avalanche of hits – many of which have attained pop music immortality – followed, including “My Girl,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “I Wish It Would Rain.” Their first Motown hit, “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964 made the Four Tops stars, and their sound helped define the 1960s with hit songs like “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s The Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Love,” “Bernadette,” and their cover of “Walk Away Renee.” In the 1970s, the Four Tops hit the charts with “It’s All In The Game” and “Still Water (Love)” and teamed with The Supremes for a series of albums that produce the hit cover of “River Deep – Mountain High.” Tickets for all these shows are available at the casino, on www.moreinparadise.com or www.jaytv.com or by calling 800-514-ETIX.

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Gerald Albright at Cape Sounds of Jazz Gerald Albright will headline this year’s Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz and Blues on Saturday, March 28 at Tarpon Point Marina. The Sounds of Jazz and Blues is the premier musical event in Cape Coral. The Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is proud to bring some of the best talents for a night of musical magic, food, and fun. Join in the citywide celebration of jazz and blues music. In the late ‘90s, Gerald Albright, fronted a big band and toured with pop star Phil Collins and did a dual recording with vocal great, Will Downing called Pleasures of the Night. Between his last two Grammy-nominated solo albums Pushing The Envelope (2010) and Slam Dunk (2014), he enjoyed hit collaborations with two huge hits - 24/7 with guitarist Norman Brown and Summer Horns by Dave Koz and Friends (including Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot), which were also Grammy-nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Albums. He toured with Brown and Summer

Horns, and most recently has been on the road with South Africa gospel/jazz singer and guitarist Jonathan Butler. Opening act will be Ella Jet & Future Soul playing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Deb and The Dynamics will take the stage from 7 to 8 p.m. The evening’s headliner will perform 8:30 to 10 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Advance tickets are available only online at www.capeconcerts.com. General admission is $20 in advance, $25 at gate if available. Organizers highly encourage bringing chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. No seats are provided for general admission guests. Beverages will be available for purchase. Experience tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at gate and include buffet style catered meal and 2 drink tabs for beer, wine or soda. Water is included. Table seating is provided with this ticket. VIP ticket is $75 and includes upgraded buffet style catered meal and unlimited

Gerald Albright

drinks (beer, wine, water, soda) and riverside table seating. Dinner will be served between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. For questions or special accommodations, email specialevents@capecoral.net.

Little River Band returns to SW Florida

Little River Band returns to To date, Nelson’s vocal and bass guitar talents are Southwest Florida March 25 when they included on 23 Little River Band albums/CDs. play the Barbara B. Mann Performing Looking back on the past 40 years, Nelson Arts Hall at FSW in Fort Myers. said most likely his predominant memory is a conThrough the ‘70s and ‘80s, LRB cert on his 30th birthday (June 1, 1980). It was a enjoyed huge chart success with multistadium show in Munich, Germany, in front of platinum albums and chart topping hits 125,000 people. The concert also included like “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and Don McLean. A “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” cold, windy and rainy day, the skies parted for “Take It Easy On Me,” “Help Is on Its about an hour while LRB took the stage, recalls Way,” “Happy Anniversary,” “We Nelson. Two,” “Man On Your Mind,” “The Nelson says he and his band mates enjoy Other Guy” and “It’s A Long Way meeting fans after each show (something they do There.” nearly every time) and hearing about the memoWorldwide album and CD sales now ries and meeting the multi-generational audiences top 30 million. And in 1982, LRB set a for which they perform. record for having had Top 10 hits for six Besides Nelson’s 40th year, 2020 marks his Wayne Nelson marks 40 years with consecutive years – In fact, they were 20th wedding anniversary to his wife and the 45th LRB in 2020 photo by Jamie Kuser the very first band to achieve that anniversary of Little River Band. remarkable plateau. According to BMI, LRB last played Mann Hall on Feb. 15, 2019. “Reminiscing” has garnered rare status In December of 2017, Happenings Magazine with over 5 million air plays on American radio, and “Lady” is close brought three members of the band along with Nelson’s wife, Rhonda, behind with over 4 million air plays. (an author), to downtown Fort Myers for an intimate evening entitled Today, Little River Band is Wayne Nelson on lead vocals/bass, Stories and Songs: From the Road. That event was held at the Barrel Chris Marion on keyboards/vocals, Rich Herring on lead guitar/vocals, Room and sold out. Ryan Ricks on drums/percussion/vocals and Colin Whinnery on guiLittle River Band has at least 70 dates on their 2020 concert tar/lead vocals. schedule so far. Nelson says this year’s tour schedule is expected to In 2020, Wayne Nelson (a former SW Florida resident) is observgrow quite a bit. Other Florida concert dates in 2020 are Fort ing a 40-year affiliation with the band. In 1981, Nelson was recognized Lauderdale on March 26, Daytona Beach on March 27, Pensacola on by world renowned Beatles producer Sir George Martin whom, while July 9 and Port St. Lucie on Nov. 14. producing Time Exposure, chose Nelson to record lead vocals on two For tickets to the March 25 Southwest Florida concert, visit of the band’s biggest hits, “The Night Owls” and “Take It Easy On Me.” www.bbmannpah.com Happenings Magazine

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FORT MYERS RIVER DISTRICT

Reading Festival March 7

More than 20 acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Fort Myers to talk about their books and meet fans at the 21st annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library campus, 2450 First St. The Southwest Florida Reading Festival has a diverse line-up of nationally recognized authors for adults, teens and children. This free, fun event is loved by attendees who come back year after year. 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 autographing sessions, there will be food truck vendors, 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 a number of preview events at library branches leading up to the festival. Among the activities offered this year are book signings at various branches by New York Times best-selling authors Mary HoneyB Morrison, Chris Pavone, Peggy Rowe and Lisa Unger in addition to a Local Author Day

featuring numerous independent authors at the North Fort Myers Library Saturday, Feb. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. The highlight of the preview events will be An Evening with the Authors fundraiser March 6 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 West First St. in Fort Myers. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with this year’s festival authors while enjoying a buffet dinner overlooking the Caloosahatchee River. Tickets were only available for purchase through Feb. 15. The lineup of award-winning authors scheduled to attend the festival includes adult authors Jennifer Chiaverini, Lincoln Child, Michael Koryta and Erik Larson, as well as youth and teen authors Kate Messner and K.A. Holt. The complete list of authors can be found at www.ReadFest.org. “We are really honored to share these authors with the community and provide readers and fans the opportunity to meet the writers personally and learn more about their work,” states festival organizer Melissa Baker. “This year we have an incredibly diverse mix of writers. We are proud that our festival lineup reflects the diversity in our community.” 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.

Dean Park house tours March 28

Dean Park, one of the oldest subdivisions in Fort Myers, will celebrate its 100th birthday on March 28 with a historic house tour of ten bungalows and other historic homes. They will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and refreshments and a Dixieland band will add to the festivities. Dean Park, just east of downtown Fort Myers, was designated as a historic district in 1997 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The subdivision’s official birthday is May 1, 1920, the date on which John Morgan Dean, a wealthy developer from Rhode Island, recorded his map entitled “Dean’s Subdivision” with the Lee County Clerk of the Courts. The “Dean’s Subdivision” map showed 91 lots, including nine riverfront lots on First Street (now Palm Beach Avenue) that Dean sold for as much $40,000 at the height of the Florida real estate boom. Other major streets in the subdivision were named 62 - March 2020

“Rhode Island Avenue” after his home state and “Providence Avenue” after his hometown. The oldest house in the subdivision is the two-story Craftsman style home built in 1916 at 2674 Providence. Each home on tour has its own story, which will be told in the tour booklet. Today, Dean Park Historic District includes 82 homes and is located off Second Street, just a few blocks east of downtown Fort Myers. A history of all the homes in Dean Park can be found on its website. Click on the “Interactive Map” to see a photo of each home and its history. The 100th Anniversary Dean Park House Tour includes live music and refreshments under the banyan tree at 2721 Rhode Island Ave., refreshments at 2740 Providence St., and food trucks and rest area adjacent to 2760 Rhode Island Ave.. The rain date is Sunday, March 29, also from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be

This one-story Craftsman bungalow was built in 1921 at 2622 Michigan Ave. by Claude Lee Stroup and Ethel Stroup.

purchased in advance online at www.deanpark.org. Tickets will also be available on the day of the tour for $25 at the information/registration on “The Triangle,” a small park located at the intersection of Providence Street and Rhode Island Avenue in Dean Park.

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Art Walks the Runway March 13 & 14 FORT MYERS RIVER DISTRICT

FIRST FRIDAYS EVERY MONTH

(rain or shine) 6 - 10 PM

The next Art Walk is March 6

Southwest Floridaʼs premiere runway showcase takes place March 13 and 14 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Art Walks the Runway features local, national and international designers. This star-studded event features local, national, and international designers for a two-night fashion extravaganza. Friday is local fashion, and tickets are $25 in advance. Saturday is couture fashion, and tickets are $40 in advance. Doors open at 7 p.m. both days and the dhow starts at 8 p.m. Visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933 for more information. Photo by Simon Soong

THIRD FRIDAYS EVERY MONTH 6 - 10 PM

The next Music Walk is March 20

ACMA Songwriters on the Plaza March 10

The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts 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. The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit that promotes local artists who perform their own original songs. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate songwriters showcase. The next Songwriters on the Plaza will be Tuesday, March 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and feature Carlene Thissen, Karen Cohen and Carolyn Stanley. Carlene Thissen is a singer/songwriter from Naples, where she performs at various interesting venues, including a recent Cattle Drive in Immokalee. Her voice is reminiscent of Joan Baez and Bonnie Raitt, depending on what she's singing, and her 64 - March 2020

songs range from ballads to boot-stomping country rock. Carlene's songs are frequently featured on Women Of Substance Radio. Carolyn Stanley is usually heard in Fort Myers backing up singer songwriters Mary Dahl or David Stanley, singing harmony and playing guitar, banjo or charango. Carolyn sings and picks roots music, country blues, and originals by singer songwriters she knows. Carolyn began singing as a child.

Her family always sang on long trips in the car with songs of the Weavers being some of their favorites. She feels blessed to have inherited her father’s talent to pick out harmony parts easily. As a teenager she began learning to finger pick the guitar from her older brother who was playing Mississippi John Hurt and Dave Van Ronk tunes. Karen Cohen got her start playing the guitar in the late 60s, learning to fingerpick the folk songs of Joan Baez, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Crosby Stills & Nash ..to name a few. In more recent years, Karen worked on arrangements for Country Style Blues like Memphis Minnie and some old Delta Blues Slide Guitar. During these first Guitar Revival years, she was affectionately penned “The Acoustic Queen” at open mics and jam circles around the Punta Gorda, and Englewood communities. For more about the local ACMA, visit www.americanacma.org Happenings Magazine


Harborside to reopen as Caloosa Sound Convention Center

Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development announced Jan. 8 the former Harborside Event Center will reopen later this year as the Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater. Located in downtown Fort Myers, adjacent to the highly anticipated 243-room, Luminary Hotel & Co., the fully renovated Caloosa Sound Convention Center will feature 40,000 square feet of function space, including a riverfront terrace. An additional 8,000 square feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space will be available at Luminary Hotel, expected to open August 2020. “We’re excited to reveal the newly-named Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater, which takes its name from the Caloosahatchee river bordering the property,” said Bob Megazzini, general manager of Luminary Hotel & Co. “Once the renovation is complete, the new center will add to the excitement of the growing downtown, helping to put Fort Myers on a new level as a destination city for business and tourism.” The Caloosa Sound Convention Center renovations include major updates to the interior and exterior of the building, including a new roof, windows and exterior walls. Numerous public

spaces throughout the venue have also been updated to improve accessibility, add more flexible and transformable spaces, and elevate design aspects. New to the center is a ground floor space that was reconfigured to add more boardrooms, administrative offices which have been added on the second floor, and a new riverfront terrace with breathtaking view of the Caloosahatchee. An announcement about the new amphitheater will be made soon, including details on the design and projected opening date.

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DINING

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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

1st Street Deli

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

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

Capt’n Fishbones Seafood Grill

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. 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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Coconut Falls Tiki Bar & Grill

We are a family owned tiki bar and grill. We are committed to creating an atmosphere where you can have a mini vacation. We offer a wide range of American food with a tropical twist including appetizers, salads, soups, raw bar, sandwiches, entrees, and deserts. Also, you can enjoy our all you can eat breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Your beer is sure to be ice cold with our 12 tap glycol system and bottles kept on ice. Last, but definitely not least, we offer a wide range of entertainment to ensure there is never a dull moment.

17200 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 239-990-9901 www.coconutfalls.com

Deep Lagoon Seafood

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.

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

DJ’s Rhythm House

DJ’s Rhythm House is a restaurant and nightclub located in Fort Myers. At The Rhythm House, we strive to provide Great Service, Top Quality Food and Drinks as well as Live Entertainment. Featuring Excellent Food as well as well-known Local Talent! We offer live music weekly. We have the best hard wood dance floor and Sound Systems in the area! Come and relax. Listen to great music, enjoy an excellent dinner and a couple of drinks with your friends, neighbors or colleagues and experience the love of music for yourself. All bands start at 6:30 and conclude at 9:30 p.m. Reservations required for all shows.

16440 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 239-466-8326 www.therhythmhousefortmyers.com

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EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill

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 theater-style 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

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

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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

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 738 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral 239-347-7033 www.texastonys.com

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MAR SUN - 1

Kerwin Claiborne 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

TUE - 3

Jimmy Keys 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Carl Rimi 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 4

Steve Hofstetter 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Bret Ernst 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THU - 5

Artie Fletcher 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Vicki Barbolak 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Bret Ernst 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 6

Artie Fletcher 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Vicki Barbolak 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Bret Ernst 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 7

Artie Fletcher 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Vicki Barbolak 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Bret Ernst 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone 68 - March 2020

COMEDY CLUB CALENDAR

SUN - 8

MON - 16

WED-25 continued

SAT - 28

TUE - 10

TUE - 17

Frank Del Pizzo 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Pauly Shore 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

Vicki Barbolak 6 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy James Gregory 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

WED - 11

Mike Adams 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe James Gregory 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Greg Warren 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THU - 12

Caleb Synan 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Rachel Feinstein 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Greg Warren 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 13

Caleb Synan 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Rachel Feinstein 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Greg Warren 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 14

Caleb Synan 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Rachel Feinstein 6 & 8 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Greg Warren 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 15

Rachel Feinstein 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

Irish Comedy Tour 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone Two Flynns 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Irish Comedy Tour 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

WED - 18

The Christi Show 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

THU - 19

Mike Green 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Frankie Quinones 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Steve Byrne 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 20

Mike Green 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Frankie Quinones 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Steve Byrne 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SAT - 21

Mike Green 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Frankie Quinones 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Steve Byrne 6 & (;30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 22

Frankie Quinones 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

Bob Marley 7 & 8:45 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

THU - 26

Bob Nelson 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Bob Marley 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Frank Del Pizzo 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRI - 27

Bob Nelson 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Pauly Shore 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Frank Del Pizzo 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Bob Nelson 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Frank Del Pizzo 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUN - 29

Pauly Shore 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

TUE - 31

Jimmy Keys 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe Joey Medina 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy

* schedules subject to change

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

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

The Comedy Zone

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

WED - 25

Carmen Vollone 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

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KEY WEST

Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade

Artists, builders, assemblers, and aficionados of the wild and wacky won’t want to miss the 5th Annual Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and co-produced by Wonderdog Studios, with events set for April 3 - 5 in Old Town Key West. Participants and spectators alike revel in the familyfriendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade (think art with parts that move) created in honor of the late Florida Keys rebel folk artist Stanley Papio. Want to participate? Small and simple or elegantly engineered, young or old, teams of 1-100 are

Cayman Smith-Martin pedals his 30-foot-long "iguana" with spines made from scrap cardboard, during the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade in 2019 in Key West. The procession honored the late Florida Keys folk artist Stanley Papio, who was known for his offbeat creations fabricated out of discarded car parts, pipes and other machine scraps. Photo by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

welcome to enter. Human Powered Art Sculptures and Art Bikes can be simple, whimsical, futuristic, or fantastical—the only requirement is that they are physically moved by you (and/or a teammate(s)). Recycling is highly encouraged, wit and humor loudly applauded. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories, including a youth/school category. Just want to watch? The parade, accompanied by a grand marshal and marching band, will begin to wind its way from the Custom House Museum and over to Duval Street at noon on Saturday, April 4 and wrap up with a festive post-parade party. Visit www.papiokineticparade.com for updates on 2020 registration, workshops, prizes and parties.

38 Special, Rebelution added

to island concert schedule

Rams Head Presents – Key West has announced some additional artists to its concert series at different venues on the island. Southern rockers 38 Special will perform April 10 at the Sunset Green Event Lawn, 3820 N. Roosevelt Road. With sale sin excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes “Hold on Loosely,” “Rockin’ 38 Special - April 10 Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “Back Where You Be-long” and many more. Other upcoming concerts at the Sunset Green Event Lawn include George Thorogood and the Destroyers on March 8, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin on April 4, The Temptations on April 5 and The Mavericks on May 31. Rebelution with The Green, Steel Pulse, Keznamdi and DJ Mackle at The Coffee Butler Key West Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront on June 14. Fifteen years into an effervescent career, California reggae 70 - March 2020

Rebelution - June 14

band and touring juggernaut Rebelution remains abundantly creative. Its members (singer/guitarist/lyricist Eric Rachmany, keyboardist Rory Carey, drummer Wesley Finley, and bassist Marley D. Williams) are as focused and committed as they are easygoing and laid-back. Other upcoming shows at the Key West Amphitheater include The Revivalists on April 14 and Old Dominion on May 5. For tickets, visit www.keywestconcertseries.com or www.thekeywestamp.com Happenings Magazine


UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Home Tours

March 13 - 14 Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and interior design that complements each. March tours are offered 10 am to 4 pm each day. Transportation between homes is not provided. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 on tour days. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs. www.keywesthometours.com

Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration

April 17 - 26 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. conchrepublicdayskeywest.com

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KEY WEST

Conch Shell Blowing Contest

March 7 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

Moteʼs Ocean Fest

March 28 Underwater and outdoor enthusiasts, ecotravelers and families are encouraged to celebrate the marine environment at Mote Marine Laboratory’s annual event. Proceeds and donations from the festival support Mote’s coral reef restoration and research programs. The family-friendly fun will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Eco-Discovery Center and Truman Waterfront, 35 E Quay Road. www.mote.org/oceanfest

Annual Key West Songwriters Festival

May 6 - 10 The annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings. The largest festival of its kind in the world celebrates 25 years as both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of big stars in intimate settings, introducing audiences to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Most of the festival shows are free to enter. The shows that require advance ticket purchase will be announced at a later date. keywestsongwritersfestival.com

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Happenings Magazine March 2020  

The monthly arts and entertainment guide for Southwest Florida since 1995.

Happenings Magazine March 2020  

The monthly arts and entertainment guide for Southwest Florida since 1995.