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Theatre • Concerts • Art • Dining • Comedy • Music

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Donʼt lower the curtain

Theatre season is winding down, but there is still a great selection of shows to go see. TheatreZone presents Legs Diamond at the G & L Theatre in Naples April 27 through May 7. In LaBelle, Firehouse Community Theatre performs On Golden Pond April 28 through May 7. The Laboratory Theater of Florida will host the Body and Sold Project May 5, 6 and 7. A staged reading of The Store will be done May 15. The month wraps up with a presentation of a new play, 55 and Over, on May 26, 27 and 28. The Naples Players production of I Hate Hamlet continues through May 14 at the Sugden Theatre. Jesus Christ Superstar is on stage at the Broadway Palm until May 14. Florida Repertory Theatre’s final show of the season, Doublewide, plays through May 14 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre in Fort Myers. In Cape Coral, Don’t Dress for Dinner is on stage May 12 21 at Cultural Park Theater. Theatre Conspiracy is performing the world premiere of Noli Timere (Don’t Be Afraid) May 5 - 20 at the Foulds Theatre in Fort Myers. In Naples, Gulfshore Playhouse presents The Christians April 29 through May 21 at The Norris Center. Clue the Musical opens May 18 at Broadway Palm and runs through June 24. Looking ahead at the 2017-18, some theatre groups have already announced their new season schedules. In this month’s magazine, we give you a glimpse into the next season for TheatreZone and Laboratory Theater. Over the next few months, we will share more of the schedules from our long list of local theatrical venues.

More music for us

As the Snowbirds head for northern destinations, our roadways, art galleries, theatres and restaurants get a little less crowded .... but the live music plays on for all of us locals who live here year round. Happenings Magazine will continue to showcase the local talent (and the national talent) that can be seen and heard in venues big and small this summer. The upcoming months are great opportunities for all of us to patronize eating and drinking establishments that we may have avoided during the height of season. So, enjoy the elbow room when you dine out and remember to tip your server and bartender well. And if you see a tip jar in front of a musician or singer, please don’t hesitate to drop some green paper into that jar for them, too.

Come sail away

In this month’s magazine, you will see the promotion for the second installment of the ‘70s Rock and Romance Cruise which departs from Fort Lauderdale and sails to Jamaica and Grand Cayman aboard the Celebrity Summit March 3 - 8, 2018. What’s probably more important about this particular cruise is who will be aboard the ship. So far, organizers have booked Styx, Michael McDonald, America, War, B.J. Thomas, The Guess Who, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland and Poco (with more to be added soon). We have teamed up with StarVista Live (the cruise organizers) again this year and are able to offer our magazine readers some savings on their cabin prices (up to $300). You must use the promo code “Happenings” to get those savings. See details in the magazine. Rock on,

Jamie

What’s Inside

Theatre

pages 6 - 13

Legs Diamond, Jesus Christ Superstar

Comedy Clubs

page 14

Area comedy club schedules for May

Music

pages 16 - 23

Andru Bemis, Key West Songwriters Fest

In Concert

pages 24 - 25

The Tenors, Colt Ford, Frankie Valli

Art

pages 26 - 31

Two Newts Gallery, DAAS Co-Op Gallery

River District

pages 32 - 35

Art Walk, Rhythm on the River

Dining

pages 36 - 37

Marker 92 and 12 other options

Calendar

pages 38 - 43

May cultural events in SW Florida

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TheatreZone presents Legs Diamonds in Naples TheatreZone presents Legs Diamond April 27 through May 7, marking the first time the show about a gangster who would rather be in show business has been on stage anywhere since it closed on Broadway in 1989. Shows are at 8 p.m. on April 27, 28, 29, May 4, 5 and 6; at 2 p.m. on April 30 and May 7; and at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 and May 7.

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Dawn Lebrecht

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO By Alfred Uhry

Now thru APRIL 30 STAGED READING of

THE STORE by Robert Hilliard

MAY 15 at 7 pm

“This is a wonderful opportunity for theater fans who never saw Legs Diamond to enjoy the fantastic score and comedic plot,” says Mark Danni, TheatreZone’s Founder and Artistic Director. “It has great production numbers and is a lot of fun.” TheatreZone will stage an original and special version of the show in which Danni allows the character of Peter Allen

Jennifer Crews

Wayne Morton

BODY AND SOLD PROJECT MAY 5 & 6 at 8 pm MAY 7 at 2 pm

55 AND OVER MAY 26 & 27 at 8 pm MAY 28 at 2 pm

to talk to the audience about what was happening in his life at the time. Peter Allen was an Australian singer-songwriter and entertainer who was once married to Liza Minelli. His songs were made popular by many recording artists, including Melissa Manchester and Olivia Newton-John. He co-wrote Arthur’s theme, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1981. Several years after Allen’s death in 1992, the musical The Boy from Oz was written about his life. It ran on Broadway and earned Hugh Jackman a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. TheatreZone staged The Boy from Oz last spring, with Larry Alexander in the title role. Alexander, who has performed in 18 TheatreZone shows, returns as the lead in Legs Diamond. Ironically, Alexander was once the opening act for a Liza Minelli world tour. The cast of Legs Diamond also includes Becca McCoy as Flo, Dawn Lebrecht as Kiki, Jennifer Crews as Madge and Wayne Morton as AR Rothstein. Tickets range from $48 to $53 and may be purchased at www.theatrezoneflorida.com or by calling 888-ZONE-FLA. The theater is located at 13275 Livingston Road, on the Community School of Naples campus.

Larry Alexander in The Boy from Oz

2017 - 2018 Season Announced

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NAPLES PLAYERS

I Hate Hamlet on Sugden stage through May 14

The Naples Players present Paul the joys of fame, dames and melancholy Rudnick’s comedy I Hate Hamlet now Danes with some finely orchestrated through May 14. dueling. Just when we think the ghost of Andrew Rally (Jesse Heindl) is a Barrymore has gotten through to prime-time television star who reluctantly Andrew, his crass and calculating L.A. agrees to play Hamlet in Central Park agent Gary Lefkowitz (Paul Polomsky) when his hit show L.A. Medical, is canturns up to offer him a million-dollar TV celed. deal if he drops out and does not play His dreamy but chaste girlfriend Hamlet. Deirdre (Madeline Leon), and real estate I Hate Hamlet opened April 19 and agent Felicia (Mary Anne McKerrow) are plays through May 14 at the Sugden thrilled about the gig and the amazing Theater in Blackburn Hall, 701 5th Ave New York City apartment she found for South, Naples. (Wednesdays & him that once belonged to the great Thursdays 7:30 p.m., Fridays & John Barrymore (John McKerrow). Saturdays 8 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.) In addition to having to deal with his Tickets are $35 adults and $10 students short-lived success in LA, Andrew has a (under 21). major issue with his once in a lifetime For tickets and more information, visit theatrical opportunity, he hates Hamlet. www.naplesplayers.org or call (239) Andrew’s agent Lillian Troy (Mary 263-7990. Wallace) and one time fling of Barrymore attempts to summon him by way of her departed mother, who picks up when Lilian reminds her it is after 10:00pm and the rates are down. The séance is successful and the haughty and hammy Barrymore returns In Shakespearean tights, making a beeline for the closest bottle of champagne. Barrymore’s ghost is played with swashbuckling comedic perfection by John McKerrow. Having led the local troupe Shakespeare in Paradise, McKerrow has more than a great understanding of the material. As Barrymore, he imparts lessons on life, love and seduction to the discontented young Andrew who dreads playing the role people ritualistically refer to as the greatest in the English-speaking world, Hamlet. The laughs are nonstop as the rakish Barrymore introduces the ambivalent young Andrew to John McKerrow and Jesse Heindl in Paul Rudnickʼs comedy I Hate Hamlet. Photo by Patrice Shields

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Broadway Palm through May 14

Ilana Gabrielle as Mary Magdalene & Jarrett Jay Yoder as Jesus Christ. Photos by Denise Trupe

Broadway Palm presents Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar, playing now through May 14 in Fort Myers. This timeless musical phenomenon has wowed audiences for more than 40 years with its message of hope, peace and the power of love. This thrilling rock-opera takes a passionate look at Jesus’ last days through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. As Judas begins to question the motivations and methods of Jesus, emotion and true belief is put to the test. Propelled by a thrilling score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the moving power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. As compelling today as it was at its inception over 40 years ago, Jesus Christ Superstar is wowing a whole new generation of theatregoers. Directing and choreographing Jesus Christ Superstar is Amy Marie McCleary. McCleary’s credits

include the 2015 national tour of Memphis the Musical along with the recent Broadway Palm hits CATS, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Footloose and The Wizard of Oz, among many others. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now makes her home in Southwest Florida where along with directing and choreographing, she works with many young performers as a

vocal coach. Jesus Christ Superstar performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Ticket prices range from $40 to $65 with discounts for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

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Doublewide wraps up Florida Rep season

Florida Repertory Theatre in partnership with the National New Play Network in Washington, DC, Vermont Stage, and Michigan's Williamston Theatre present Doublewide by Stephen Spotswood as a Rolling World Premiere. The final offering in Florida Rep's 2016-2017 season, Doublewide runs in Florida Rep's ArtStage Studio Theatre now through May 14. As part of the national initiative to develop new works, Florida Rep is the first of three regional theatres to produce the play before the spring of 2018. Vermont Stage in Burlington will produce the play in January 2018, and Williamston Theatre in Williamston, Mich., will complete the three-theatre Rolling World Premiere with a production in March 2018. The National New Play Network (NNPN), the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, and the Rolling World Premiere Program is the organization's flagship initiaGregg Weiner and Rachel Burttram in Doublewide by tive. The Rolling World Stephen Spotswood. Photo by Summer Groh Premiere Program supports three or more theaters that choose to mount the same Doublewide last spring. Weiner and Everett new play within a 12-month period. The also appeared in the reading, and Everett result is an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, was also seen in last season's Twelve in which a playwright develops a new work Angry Men and A Christmas Story. Cintron with multiple creative teams in at least will make her Florida Rep debut after multithree different communities. The playwright ple appearances in Florida Rep's educais part of the process, working on the script tional programming, and most recently in and making adjustments based on what is another of the 2016 PlayLab reading. learned from each production. Florida Rep ensemble member "We read Doublewide as part of our Maureen Heffernan directs the production PlayLab Festival last year, and it became and comes back to Fort Myers after a short clear that this was the play we wanted to hiatus. Her work with the Rep has been premiere in our 2016-2017 season," said praised nationally numerous times in The producing artistic director Robert Cacioppo. Wall Street Journal, most notably for "And I am delighted that two other regional Dancing at Lughnasa, The Little Foxes and companies have committed to producing Sylvia. Heffernan is joined by an expert this important new work in the communities team of designers including ensemble set they serve. We are honored to be working designer Ray Recht (The House of Blue with the NNPN and the artistic leaders at Leaves), ensemble lighting designer Jim Vermont Stage and Williamston Theatre in Hunter (The Dingdong), costume designer giving this play a wider audience." Alex Vazquez (The House of Blue Leaves), Cacioppo continued, "Doublewide is full of heart, the characters fully drawn, and the sound designer John Kiselica (Shear Madness), and ensemble stage manager family's struggle is incredibly timely. It's a Janine Wochna (To Kill a Mockingbird). story about a family trying to make it, and Doublewide plays in the Historic Arcade succeeds because they love one another Theatre through May 14. Performances ar and remain hopeful against terrible odds." Tuesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees Doublewide features Florida Rep on Thursday, Sunday and select Saturdays ensemble members Rachel Burttram and at 2 p.m. Carrie Lund, as well as Miami actor Gregg Tickets are on sale through the box Weiner, making his Florida Rep debut, foroffice at 239-332-4488 and online at mer Florida Rep intern Dillion Everett, and www.floridarep.org. Isabella Cintron, a junior at Cypress Lake Florida Repertory Theatre performs in High School Center for the Arts. Burttram the Historic Arcade Theatre and the and Lund were seen most recently in ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. Florida Rep's nationally acclaimed producbetween Jackson & Hendry in the Fort tion of The House of Blue Leaves, and Myers River District. Lund appeared in the reading of

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Clue the Musical opens May 18 at Broadway Palm Whodunit? That’s what Broadway Palm needs your help discovering as they present Clue the Musical, playing May 18 through June 24. The internationally popular board game is now a fun-filled, interactive musical which brings the world’s best known suspects to life! Broadway Palm invites the audience to help them solve the mystery: Who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon?! Clue the Musical is an entertaining, family-friendly and interactive new musical that invites you, the audience, to play the game of Clue and help solve the mystery! Three audience members are selected to choose a suspect card, a room card and a weapon card. The entire audience receives forms to keep track of clues given throughout

the performance so they can play along. Even the actors don't know prior to each performance who, where and how! Six quirky characters, famous murder weapons, comedic antics and humorous lyrics carry this fun-filled investigation from room to room. With 216 endings, you can enjoy this hilarious murder mystery over and over again! Will you figure out whodunit? Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with select matinees. Ticket prices range from $40 to $65 with discounts for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Clue the Musical plays May 18 through June 24 at Broadway Palm in Fort Myers.

On Golden Pond on stage in LaBelle through May 7

Firehouse Community Theatre presents On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson. The LaBelle production is directed by Joel Hawkins. On Golden Pond is a funny study of an elderly couple facing their twilight years The show runs April 28, 29 and 30 and May 5, 6 and 7 (Friday and

Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.)

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New season shows announced

Body & Sold Project May 5-7 at Laboratory Theater; 55 and Over on stage May 26-28

Laboratory Theater of Florida will present Body & Sold May 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and May 7 at 2 p.m. in Fort Myers. Over 100,000 young Americans run away from home every year. Within 48 hours of being on the street these teens will be approached by a man posing as a friend, offering food, shelter and love. Most of the time, he will turn out to be a pimp and will sell the young person for commercial sex. The Body & Sold Project is a theater and community initiative to raise awareness about the epidemic of commercial sexual exploitation of our young people and develop strategies to combat it. In 2015, Deborah Lake Fortson and Amy Merrill created a groundbreaking activist network of theaters and communities in the greater Boston area. The goal: to shine a spotlight on the trafficking of American young people for commercial sexual exploitation taking place right in our own backyard. Talk back with community leaders will be held after each performance.

Later in the month, a staged reading of The Store by Robert Hilliard will take place on May 15 at 7 p.m. Laboratory Theater will present 55 and Over May 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and May 28 at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information for all shows and events, call the theater at (239) 218-0481 or visit online at www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com. The Laboratory Theater of Florida is located in the River District at 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers. The 2018-19 Laboratory Theater season has been announced and includes the following: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane: A Parody of the Horror June 16 - July 15; The Smell of the Kill Aug. 4 - 26; Sordid Lives Sept. 15 - 30; Misery Oct. 20 Nov. 4; An Act of God Nov. 17 - Dec. 9; Crimes of the Heart Jan. 5 - 20; The Way We Get By Feb. 2 - 18; Chip and Gus Feb. 23 - 25; The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 March 9 - 31 and Visiting Mr. Green April 13 - 28.

By Michael Moran The Cultural Park Theater will conclude this year’s Broadway season with Don’t Dress for Dinner. Our audiences loved Boeing Boeing in 2016 so much that we’ve decided to bring you the hilarious sequel. Bernard and Robert are back, and they’re up to some even zanier escapades this time around. Using his best friend Robert as an alibi, Bernard plans a perfect romantic weekend with his mistress while his wife is out of town. But when she hears that Robert is visiting, Bernard’s wife starts making plans for a saucy liaison of her own. A cook named Suzette, a lover named Suzanne, and more twists than a corkscrew, this salacious sequel of silly suspicion guarantees a good time. Written by Marc Camoletti and adapted for the stage by Robin Hawdon, the story this time revolves around Bernard and Jacqueline. At the opening of Act 1, Jacqueline is about to go on a trip out of town to see her mother for the weekend. Since Bernard knew she was going to be absent that weekend, he plans in advance to have his mistress, Suzanne, spend the weekend with him. Bernard orders a temporary cook, Suzette, to provide service to them for part of the weekend, and he set up his friend Robert to come over to be his alibi. However, right as Jacqueline is leaving to go see her mother, the telephone

rings again and it is the agency Suzette is hired through, confirming that she is on her way to the house. Jacqueline becomes suspicious and cancels her trip to see her mother. Bernard panics and asks Robert once he arrives to tell Jacqueline that he is having an affair with Suzanne, who is about to arrive at any minute. Bernard’s attempts to cover up his affair makes the show turn into a game of mistaken identity. Don’t Dress for Dinner is directed by Tyler Young, and can be seen at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from May 12 through May 21 at the Cultural Park Theater. Watch for this year’s summer season to be announced soon as we continue to entertain audiences throughout the summer with more comedy and concerts on the CPT stage. Also those of you with children on vacation for the summer, check out the theater’s summer camp programs running with three fun packed three-week sessions from May 30 through July 28. This camps offer great experience for children from age 7 to 15 and each session will present productions of Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. and Hairspray Jr. with a cost of only $265 per session. This is a children’s theatrical experience that can’t be beat. The Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. and you can order tickets at the box office by calling 239-7725862 or at the theater from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We accept credit cards and there is no booking fee. Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.

Don’t Dress for Dinner wraps up season for Cultural Park Theater

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Theatre Conspiracy to perform world premiere of Noli Timere

Theatre Conspiracy presents the world premiere of the thrilling and suspenseful Noli Timere (Don’t Be Afraid) by Jared Michael Delaney and directed by Bill Taylor at the Alliance for the Arts. Noli Timere (Don’t Be Afraid) is the winner of Theatre Conspiracy’s 20162017 New Play Contest. The contest, now in its 18th year, provides opportunity for audiences to get involved with play selection and production. This is the last production of Theatre Conspiracy’s 2016-17 season. Noli Timere opens May 5 and runs until May 20 in the Folds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts. The play tells the story of a newly-ordained priest and his sister who are made to confront something from their past that neither is expecting when a strange man knocks on the door of the rectory late one night. A confrontation occurs that leads them both into a frightening world that may, in fact, just be our own. The cast is set with local actors including Thomas Marsh as Thomas, Dena Galyean as Mary and Ken Johnson as a man. Theatre Conspiracy held its new

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play contest fundraiser in November 2016. The three finalists for the 201617 New Play Contest were selected from more than 600 entries across the United States, Canada, Israel, Thailand and England. An excerpt from each play was presented as staged readings, without costumes and props. After the conclusion of the final reading, the audience voted on which play they wanted to see. Noli Timere (Don’t Be Afraid) was the selected winner. “New playwrights need support and we’re honored to use this opportunity to propel the future of theatre,” says Theatre Conspiracy founder and artistic producing director Bill Taylor. “The script of Noli Timere captivates you from the beginning and you’re left wondering what’s coming next.” Performances are May 5 – May 20 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on May 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24, $22 for Alliance members or $11 for students. Thursday nights are “buy-oneget-one-half-off.” To purchase tickets or for more information, call 239-939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/Theatre.

Gulfshore Playhouse presents The Christians on Naples stage

Gulfshore Playhouse is excitGlass Menagerie, Vanya and ed to present its final play of its Sonia and Masha and Spike, 2016-2017 season, The and All My Sons). Christians by Lucas Hnath. “We are thrilled to produce Directed by founder and producthis hot, new play by one of our ing artistic director Kristen Coury, great, new contemporary playthe play will run from April 29 wrights because we live in such through May 21. a divisive world. It can be difficult Pastor Paul has spent two for us to disagree with one decades growing his once modanother without being angry or est congregation into a palatial condescending. What Lucas Alan megachurch. The church has Hnath manages to do, and do so Campbell finally paid off its debt but beautifully and brilliantly, is presPastor Paul is troubled by a theent an unbiased argument. ological crack in its foundation. When you discover what the As he brings this revelation to debate is about, you might take light, Pastor Paul must navigate a side, but this play will help you the threat of a schism in both his understand the other side of that church and in his relationships. argument. I know you’ll come This thought-provoking and unbiaway thinking about it,” said ased examination of faith’s power Coury. to unite or divide us will leave The Christians tickets range you talking no matter what you in price from $30 for special prebelieve. view performances on April 27 Gulfshore Playhouse’s proand 28 and $20 to $64 for reguAmy Van duction is comprised of a stellar lar performances. Tickets can Nostrand cast including Tony nominee be purchased by visiting Alan Campbell (Sunset www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org or Boulevard with Glenn Close) and by calling 239-261-PLAY (7529). Gulfshore Playhouse veteran Amy Van Gulfshore Playhouse performs at The Nostrand (Playhouse Productions of The Norris Center in Naples.

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TheatreZone announces its Season 13 schedule

TheatreZone has announced its main stage season for 20172018. TheatreZone is located in the G&L Theatre on the Community School of Naples campus, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples. The Home for the Holidays concert will be Dec. 8, 9 & 10. An original musical entertainment starring favorite TheatreZone actors and musicians, singing holiday standards from different eras, and dancing in sumptuous holiday costumes. Tickets range from $5075. The main shows for the 201718 season include the following: Me and My Girl Jan. 11 - 21 In this grand old (1938) musical, the late Viscount Hareford had a youthful, unfortunate marriage – and, kept discreetly out of sight, was a son and heir, Bill Snibson. The Hareford Hall family solicitor finds the legitimate heir in the less than desirable Lambeth area of London. When Bill is brought to Hampshire, he is forced to decide if he should fit in and lose his Cockney roots and his girlfriend. Secret Garden Feb. 8 – 18 This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle

Archibald and his invalid son, Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and spirits from Mary's past, who guide her through her new life. Copacabana March 8 – 18 With sensational originality and splashy production numbers, Barry Manilow's Copacabana will leave you breathless. Tony is a bartender who falls in love with Lola and helps her become a Copa girl. Lola also attracts the amorous attentions of Rico, who goes too far, abducting Lola and taking her to his rival nightclub in Havana. Tony and the whole Copacabana crew set off to rescue Lola! Baby April 26 – May 6 Is there anything more exciting, frightening and utterly transformational than impending parenthood? In this musical, three couples at various stages of life deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and upcoming parenthood. Show tickets range from $50 to $75. The full concert series, to be announced at a later date, has separate pricing. Tickets may be purchased online at theatrezone-florida.com or by calling the box office at 888966-3352.

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Actors return to Marco for annual SoapFest weekend May 26 - 29 SoapFest, one of Marco Island’s most cherished fundraising events for almost two decades, returns for its annual weekend festival featuring daytime celebrity actors and signature events that raise funds for several local children’s charities. Tickets are now on sale for the 18th annual Southwest Florida SoapFest Charity Weekend May 26 - 29 hosted by the Marco Island Yacht Club. Additional sponsors include LuLaRoe, Clausen Properties, Marco Island Princess, Law Offices of William G. Morris and Mango’s Dockside Bistro. “This year’s SoapFest beneficiaries include Camp Able, the Island Theater Company Kids Camp and other local children’s charities,” says SoapFest founder Pat Berry. Camp Able provides a program for children with special needs and the three-week summer theatre camp teaches children aged 8 – 18 about all aspects of the theatre with an emphasis on props, costumes, lighting and sound. “You don’t have to be a soap fan to have a great time and lend your support to the kids,” says Berry. “SoapFest is a great weekend that showcases Marco Island’s natural hospitality among white sandy beaches and the Gulf of Mexico to daytime drama actors and fans from around the world,” she adds. Thirteen actors from treasured daytimes shows such as General Hospital, Young and the Restless and Guiding Light are expected to attend, many for return visits. “These actors generously donate their time and talents to raise money for our kids,” explains Berry.

The three days of non-stop festivities include favorites such as the legendary “A Night of Stars” on Saturday, “Cruisin’, Boozin’ and Schmoozin’ with the Stars” on Sunday, “Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash” Sunday night and a “VIP Farewell Brunch” on Monday. A private welcome party for sponsors will be held Friday at 7 p.m. SoapFest Charity Weekend kicks off with A Night of Stars, Saturday, May 27 at 7 p.m. held at the Marco Island Yacht Club, located at the foot of the Jolley Bridge, at 1400 N. Collier Blvd. A Night of Stars tickets (including dinner) cost $125 per person. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $200 and guarantees VIP seating with your favorite celebrity guest. The current list of celebrities scheduled to appear include:

General Hospital

Brytni Sarpy, Donnell Turner, Robert Palmer Watkins, Ryan Carnes and Hayle Erin

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Kate Linder, Jeff Branson, Christian LeBlanc, Sean Carrigan, Camryn Grimes and Robert Adamson

Guiding Light

Tom Pelphrey

Days Of Our Lives & One Life To Live Melissa Archer

Buy tickets for all events online at www.theatreonmarco.com/soapfest or call (239) 394-0080.

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World Series of Comedy Contest 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe The Midnight Swinger 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THURSDAY - 4

Brian T Shirley 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Bill Bellamy 8 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club The Midnight Swinger 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRIDAY - 5

Brian T Shirley 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Bill Bellamy 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club The Midnight Swinger 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Laugh In Comedy Cafe

8595 College Parkway Fort Myers 239-479-5233 laughincomedycafe.com

Off the Hook Comedy Club

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

The Comedy Zone at Visani Restaurant

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

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SATURDAY - 6

Brian T Shirley 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Bill Bellamy 7 & 9 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club The Midnight Swinger 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUNDAY - 7

Frank Delpizze & Friends 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

WEDNESDAY - 10

Mar yellen Hooper 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THURSDAY - 11

Steve Lazlow 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Anthony Jeselnik 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Mar yellen Hooper 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRIDAY - 12

Steve Lazlow 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Anthony Jeselnik 7 & 9:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Mar yellen Hooper 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SATURDAY - 13

Steve Lazlow 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

SATURDAY - 13 continued Anthony Jeselnik 7 & 9:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Mar yellen Hooper 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUNDAY - 14

Chingo Bling 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Mar yellen Hooper 2 & 6:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

WEDNESDAY - 17

Devin Seibold 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

THURSDAY - 18

Steve Hytner 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Finesse Mitchell 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Jef f Dye 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

FRIDAY - 19

Steve Hytner 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Finesse Mitchell 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Jef f Dye 7 & 10 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SATURDAY - 20

Steve Hytner 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Finesse Mitchell 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Jef f Dye 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Comedy Club calendar online at www.HappeningsMagazine.net

Laugh In Comedy Cafe welcomes Steve Hytner

Steve Hytner will be at the Laugh In Comedy Café in Fort Myers May 18 - 20. Combined with headlining comedy clubs nationally, and his many corporate shows, Steve is one of America’s best stand ups and most recognized character actors. Steve received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Kenny Bania on the long running hit Seinfeld. His other works include Modern Family, Hung, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, Curb your Enthusiasm, CSI, CSI: New York, Boston Legal, Friends, Roswell, King of Queens and many more. He started his feature career in the film Ski Patrol and went

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on to co-star in such films as In the Line of Fire with Clint Eastwood, Forces of Nature with Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, The Marrying Man with Alec Baldwin, Eurotrip, Love Stinks, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, The Haunted Mansion, The Prophecy trilogy of films, to name a few. The Fort Myers show will be at 7:30 p.m. on May 18 and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on May 19 and 20. Laugh In Comedy Cafe is located at 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers. For tickets, call 239-4795233 or visit online at www.laughincomedycafe.com

Finesse Mitchell 7 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

FRIDAY - 26 continued Ron Feingold 8:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Ron Feingold 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Tyrone Davis 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

WEDNESDAY - 24 THURSDAY - 25

Tyrone Davis 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Dov Davidoff 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

SATURDAY - 27

Dov Davidoff 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club Ron Feingold 6 & 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone

SUNDAY - 28

Ron Feingold 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

Dov Davidoff 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

Tyrone Davis 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

Laugh In Line Up 7:30 p.m. Laugh In Comedy Cafe

FRIDAY - 26

Dov Davidoff 7:30 p.m. Off the Hook Comedy Club

WEDNESDAY - 31

Mutzie 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone

* schedules subject to change

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Music

Americana Community Music Association welcomes Andru Bemis, Brian Smalley and NMBR11 in May •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

It’s another active concert month for the Americana Community Music Association in Fort Myers. Andru Bemis gets things going on May 6. Since 2001, Andru Bemis has wandered the ends, edges and in-betweens of North America like a musical Johnny Appleseed, tuning neglected pianos and bringing joy to audiences wherever he goes. Traveling almost exclusively by foot, thumb, and public transportation, Bemis carries the tools of his trade in his pack: a piano tuning kit and an assortment of battered musical instruments—banjo, fiddle, guitar, and occasional banjolele. His unmistakable voice, exquisitely crafted songs of travel, love and longing, uncommon skill on multiple instruments, quirky humor, and engaging stage presence have endeared him to countless audiences and fellow performers in venues of every size and description. Andru Bemis has twice toured as the opening act and fiddler/banjoist for John Reilly & Friends, featuring actor/comedian/singer John C. Reilly, Becky Stark, and Tom Brosseau. Highlights of these tours include sold-out shows at Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, the first ever public performances in Milwaukee’s historic Miller Caves, beneath the Miller Brewery, and an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Bemis has also performed or toured with Dan Bern, Joshua Davis, Tony Furtado, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Charlie Louvin, Over the Rhine, Amanda Palmer, Noam Pikelny, Rachel Ries, Sam Shepard, the Steel Wheels, Sebastian Steinberg, Two Man Gentlemen Band, Willie Watson, Jason Webley, Woody Pines, and many others. Local songwriter and performer HouseBoat Jim Visone opens for Andru Bemis. Houseboat Jim’s musical inspiration starts with his Greenwich Village folk days is the sixties. Always taking on new influences over the year. Whenever House boat Jim is on stage he is sure to light up the room with his original songs. An ACMA repeat performer from Apopka, Fla., Brian Smalley needs little introduction to many. If you don't know Brian, do yourself a favor and run to this concert. Brian Smalley returns to Fort Myers on May 13. By the time he turned 18, his family had moved all across the country more than 20 times. So, it’s no sur-

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Andru Bemis photo by Keith Rouse

style and soothing voice along with Emery's endless array of percussion sounds and harmonica interludes provide especially memorable "Homegrown Sounds." The ACMA welcomes back NMBR11 on May 27. NMBR11 is an international act created by artists Bernard Bulhack and Yeshiva Lex. The band was born in 2012 after Bernard and Yeshiva met while joining a blues project. Their interest in other genres drove them to branch off to create a duo and eventually full band as well. Born and raised in South America (Chile and Venezuela), coming to the U.S. over a decade and a half ago, and being exposed to many cultures resulted in the rich sound they now deliver in their music. Bernard and Yeshiva (Bernard - FIU & FAU alumni & Yeshiva - Berklee alumni) join forces to create songs that reflect the wide variety of influences they’ve picked up along the road, which range from Americana, Blues, Roots, Folk, Jazz, Latin, and Rock. Their hearts, however, are ever so taken by Americana music, which is the style they drift towards when it comes to writing. Opening for NMBR11 is Rick Hardeman. Rick may be new to the ACMA, but he is certainly not new to the folk world. He's performed at many festivals around the state . The ACMA Songwriters Circle is open to the public and held every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The circle is for acoustic songwriters of all levels. Songs and experiences are shared in a non-judgmental, casual atmosphere. All are welcome to come and play or just to listen. The Americana Community Music Association 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. YouTube any of these artists and be prepared to be impressed by the talent that is available to you all year round for a cost of $10-$15 donation. The ACMA is a non-sectarian not for profit organization. Most concerts are held at All Faiths Congregation located at 2756 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and all shows start at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.americanacma.org

prise that wander-lust found its way into Brian’s soul, as well as into his music. His first guitar at age 9 became his best friend, and all that traveling opened up a whole world to explore and create in. Along the way many influences were caught in his musical-dragnet. Brian has a special knack for putting together a musical set. Combining tasty covers from artists like Jerry Reed, John Prine, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, John Hartford, Chet Atkins, Peter Rowan and Richard Thompson with crowd pleasing original pieces, he plays with mad skill and pure energy. The songs Brian has written borrow from folksy flat pick guitar and new-grass as well as a touch of new-age acoustic music. He sings with a soulful, earthy voice, and his live performances tend to be just that: Lively! For the past twenty years Brian has made music his sole occupation, and has six CDs under his belt: his latest "Key" is an acoustic novel set in the Florida Keys telling the fictional story of Painter Kellet & Compass Rose. This CD is similar but very different from his acoustic novel from 2013 "Chickens Pigs" which is an acoustic play based in Civil War era Florida and was recently named Best Florida Folk CD of 2013 by the Florida Times-Union. A great many of the songs are set in and inspired by Florida, a state of mind and a state of nature that he loves to write about and longs to see preserved. Opening for Brian Smalley are ACMA members Peg and Emery Williams as HomeGrown Sounds. The easy listening sounds of the husband and wife team of Emery and Peggy Williams can best be described as “contemporary coffee house/wine bar,” a little folky and a little smokey. Peggy's gentle guitar NMBR11 features Yeshiva Lex and Bernard Bulhack

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Music continues at Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

The Centers for the Arts will make them unforgettable. Their Bonita Springs continues sound will grip you with a country to provide great musical charm and will get up off the edge opportunities in May. of your seat and dancing along with The May 18 installment their alternative rock vibe. of Music at the Moe will Two Way Crossing’s vocals vary feature a classical duo. between two and three-part harThe 7:30 p.m. program monies which add to the freedom includes some of the most and uniqueness of their sound. beautiful and, at the same They are pushing country music time, most demanding boundaries without leaving behind works for piano and flute. everything they love about the The Flute Sonata by genre. Heather Jacks of The Noise Francis Poulenc was writBeneath The Apple writes, “You ten in 1957. It is dedicated may not come as a country music to the memory of Elizabeth fan, but, after hearing Two Way Sprague Coolidge, an Crossing, you’re sure to leave as American patron of chamone.” Tickets are $37, $42 and $47. ber music. The The Terry Barber Trio will perIntroduction and Variations form Around the World in 80 for flute and piano (1824) Minutes on Saturday, May 27 at 8 uses the 18th song from p.m. at the Center for Performing Die schöne Müllerin Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita (“Trockne Blumen”) as the Beach Road. Terry Barber, former basis for a set of variamember of the Grammy Award wintions. The Violin Sonata in ning ensemble Chanticleer, will disA was written in 1886, play all four octaves of his vocal when César Franck was range in this unique performance. 63, as a wedding present Terry Barber has been a soloist for for the 31-year-old violinist the best venues around the world, Jenny and Blake Marvin of Two Way Crossing Eugène Ysaÿe. Tickets are from the Metropolitan Opera and $25. Carnegie Hall, to Moscow’s Two Way Crossing will perform Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 Svetlanov Hall, and has been a soloist on recordings for every p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 major record label working with a variety of artists from Bonita Beach Road. Two Way Crossing’s breathtaking vocals, Madonna to the London Philharmonic. incomparable melodies and catchy beats are sure to stick with Terry is proud of creating a personable feel at his performyou, but it’s their well-rehearsed, high energy stage show that ances, interacting with the audience as he brings life and fun

Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest set for Sept. 22 - Oct. 1

The fourth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns Sept. 22 - Oct. 1. The popular festival brings music back to the beach with new artists and new events. The free festival will take place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most beautiful barrier islands and offers a range of star-studded performances. The festival kicks off on Captiva Island, Sept. 22 - 24 and wraps up Sept. 29 - Oct.1 on Fort Myers Beach. Historic downtown Fort Myers will once again feature midweek performances. There will be a limited number of ticketed events for special performances. “Each year we get more talent and create more exciting events for the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention

Terry Barber to new pieces which will grab you right away as well as classical and Broadway masterpieces you already know and love. Tickets are $35, $40 and $45. For tickets, call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org.

Bureau. “This festival offers fans the rare opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs in small, intimate venues.” Major acts and songwriters attending the festival will be announced in the near future. “We look forward to surprising fans with some high-profile acts,” said Louis Kaplan, iHeartMedia, Sr. VP Programming. “The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is one of our favorite events of the year.” Island Hopper is presented by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S. For more information visit www.islandhopperfest.com. Happenings Magazine is again an Island Hopper Songwriter Fest partner in 2017.

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Gulfshore Opera, Gulf Coast Symphony to perform Madama Butterfly May 6 A beautiful new fully staged production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will be performed at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW on Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Co-produced by the Gulf Coast Symphony and Gulfshore Opera, Madama Butterfly tells the heartbreaking story of an innocent young geisha who gives up everything to be with an American Naval Officer. Filled with Puccini’s most expansive melodies, Madama Butterfly stars an international cast of opera singers: soprano Seon Duk Kim as Cio-Cio San, tenor Cody Austin as Lt. Pinkerton, baritone Gustavo Feulein as Sharpless, mezzosoprano Francesca Aguado as Suzuki, and tenor Victor Khodadad as Goro. The cast also includes Sarah Nordin, Tyler Putnam, Brenda Louise Hudson, and Holly Flack, and a chorus of local talented singers. The production is directed by Vincent Connor and conducted by Andrew M. Kurtz. Soprano Seon Duk Kim is a promising new talent on the rise. She has established herself as one of the most gifted sopranos in France. Her unique voice, combined with her elegant and charismatic stage presence, has prompted praise for Ms. Kim in all her recent appearances. Ms. Kim’s most notable roles include Mimi in La Boheme, Liu in Turandot, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the title roles in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Dvorzak’s Rusalka, and Massenet’s Manon, among others. Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Kim has sung the sopranos solos in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. She has previously appeared with AJO

Opera (Paris, France), Creteil House of Arts, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (Seoul, Korea), Auditorium of Marcel Dadi, Auditorium of Aulnay-sous-Bois, Grande Concert Hall, France Theatre of Marsoulan, Bourg-la-Reine Hall, Charenton-le-Pont Hall, Charenton-lePont, and the France Seoul Arts Center. Ms. Kim was the first place winner in the Leopold Bellan International Music of Dramatic Arts Competition in 2010. Cody Austin is quickly becoming one of the most promising singing actors of his age. A 2009 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, his professional debut was with the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Rodrigo in Otello. Recent engagements include the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto for Opera Santa Barbara, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette for Virginia Opera, Alfredo for Utah Opera, Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Des Moines Metro Opera, Don Jose in Le Tragedy de Carmen for Shreveport Opera, and Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera Grand Rapids. Engagements this season include Alfredo in La Traviata with Pittsburgh Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Pa Skaret Opera in Sweden, and Traviata with New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Next season he debuts the Florentine Opera as Camille in Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Hailed by the New York Times as “rich voiced,” Argentinean-American baritone Gustavo Feulien, continues this coming season with another Puccini role as Marcello in La Bohème with Wichita Grand Opera and makes his New

York City Opera debut as Escamillo in Carmen and Silvio in I Pagliacci. Victor Khodadad has performed with the Opera Theater of Connecticut, Mississippi Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Natchez Festival of Music and Amarillo Opera, including as Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohe me, Romeo in Rome oet Juliette, Belmonte in Die Entfu hr ung aus dem Serail, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Nanki-poo in The Mikado. In concert, Mr. Khodadad has sung as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, at Avery Fisher Hall with the National Chorale, and at the Hot Springs Music Festival. He sang in the world premiere of Bum Phillips: All-American Opera by Peter Stopschinski and Kirk Lynn, performed the role of Mr. Ford in the New York premiere of Salieri’s opera Falstaff and Alfredo in La Traviata with Taconic Opera Tickets to Madama Butterfly start at $22, and are available by calling the B.B. Mann box office at 239-481-4849 or visiting www.GulfCoastSymphony.org.

Americana Community Music Association Inc.

Americana Acoustic Shows Andru Bemis May 6 - Houseboat Jim opens

Brian Smalley

May 13 - Peg & Emery Williams open

NMBR11

May 27 - Rick Hardeman opens

Singer Songwriters Guitar Circle Every Sunday 2 - 5 pm Free and Open to All INFO: 239-691-4069

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

Concerts held at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts 7 p.m.

www.AmericanACMA.org

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Watermelon Festival June 2 - 4 at Fleamasters

Fleamasters’ Watermelon Festival celebrates the local watermelon crop with water-melon-themed activities, music, shopping, and plenty of old-fashioned, family-friendly entertainment. The summer harvest season celebration kicks off June 2, 3 and 4 with the 7th Annual Watermelon Festival at Fleamasters Fleamarket located at 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers. Enjoy free slices of sweet, local grown melon and purchase a melon or two to take home. The three-day event features live entertainment plus traditional watermelon competitions: Seed spitting and speed eating. For seed spitting and speed eating, medals, prizes and bragging rights will be awarded for each of three age groups: 10 and under, 11 to 16, 17 and over. “Last year, Fort Myers resident Brent Ray came within 4 feet, 2 Sheena inches of breaking the world seed spitting record,” said Linda Steele, Fleamasters marketing director. Brent propelled a tiny watermelon seed an amazing 71 feet at the 2016 Watermelon Festival. Top distance in the 11 to 16-year-old age group was set in 2015 at 28 feet, 3 inches. Twenty-five feet is the record to beat in the 10 and under age group. The world record for watermelon seed spitting was set in 1995 when Jason Schayot, a junior at Southwestern University, spit a watermelon seed 75 feet, 2 inches at the De Leon, Texas Peach and Melon Festival. He beat the previous P&M Festival record of 49 feet 1/4 inch and eclipsed the world record of 68 feet, 91/8 inches set by Lee Wheelis at the Luling, Texas Watermelon Thump in 1989. “If anyone at Fleamasters’ 2017 Watermelon Festival breaks Jason

Schayot’s world seed-spitting record, they’ll win $500 cash from Fleamasters Fleamarket,” Steele said. “We’re also bringing back ‘Minute to Win It,’ open to all ages, and our cow-milking con-test, for kids age 12-and-under,” Steele said. “‘Minute to Win It’ is a skill competition with watermelon seeds and chopsticks. Cow milking is not with a real cow. That would be messy. Our cow is wooden, but the mechanics are the same.” The Whispering Pines Clydesdales will be back, along with pony rides, a kid’s craft area, face painting, and the extraordinarily tall stilt walker Way Too Tall Torrie. A wide variety of entertainers are scheduled to perform, including The Dixielanders and Blue Dirt Dixie Strollers, The Entertainers, Mary Lou and Double Stop, guitarist Paul Cottrell, and violinist Laura Leary. Southwest Florida musical artist Sheena Brook, Brook who recently appeared on NBC’s Season 12 of the Voice, will perform Sunday afternoon at the Watermelon Festival. Shop for crafts and decorative items, including jewelry, quilts, artwork, home decor, clothing, and innumerable other items. Fleamasters Fleamarket is open Friday 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. The market showcases hundreds of unique, owner-operated stores. If you have something to sell (especially if you’re an artist or crafter) Fleamasters’ Watermelon Festival is a great place to display your wares. Space starts at only $5 per day. Estimated weekend attendance is 15,000+ (historically based). Find info about Fleamasters Fleamarket and the Watermelon Festival at fleamall.com, or connect on Facebook for festival updates or call 239-334-7001.

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Styx, Michael McDonald, America on ‘70s Rock & Romance Cruise

Celebrity Summit • March 3 - 8, 2018 • Ft. Lauderdale to Jamaica & Grand Cayman

“Come Sail Away” on the ‘70s Rock and Romance Cruise March 3 - 8, 2018. So far, ”The Feel Good Party at Sea” artists lineup includes Styx, Michael McDonald, America, War, The Guess Who, B.J. Thomas, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, Poco and many more to be announced. The Celebrity Summit will serve as the floating concert venue to see great shows, mingle with like-minded music enthusiasts and interact with artists from the 1970s. The luxury ship sails from Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. In addition to the live performances from award-winning, tal-

Tommy Shaw of Styx photo by Jamie Kuser

ented artists and beautiful ports of call, this cruise is non-stop fun with a jam-packed schedule of onboard events. This cruise will bring you back to the days of polyester, platforms and pet rocks and let you relive all the feel good memories, music and all the fun. So grab your special someone or your very best friends and get ready to celebrate the '70s with a Disco Party under the stars, a Classic Movie and TV Costume Ball and more. Dressing in theme is encouraged for these nights. Participate in more than 20 celebrity-hosted events like artist Q&A sessions, panel discussions, game shows & trivia, cooking demonstration, wine tasting and more. Renew your wedding vows while on the cruise and continue your promise of loving each other forever. A celebrity on the ship will read the vows. Your cabin price includes more than 40 live performances and 20 celebrity interactive events with your fellow cruisers on this feel good party at sea. Experience the music, the memories and the fun for five amazing days while reliving the best moments in your life. Meals served on the ship in the main dining restaurant and casual dining areas (except for meals at the specialty restaurants) are included in your reservation, including 24 hour room service. All breakfasts and dinners and some lunches are served in both formal and casual restaurants. Lunch is always available in the casual dining restaurant as well as at the poolside restaurant and often available in some of the specialty restaurants. Dinner is available in most of the specialty restaurants each night. There is a charge for dining in the specialty restaurants. To book your cabin, simply call or visit online. Various payment plans are available after paying a deposit, including a monthly payment options. This will be the second sailing of the ‘70s Rock and Romance Cruise presented by StarVista Live. StarVista Live is also responsible for the Flower Power Cruise, Soul Train Cruise, the Country Music Cruise, the new Southern Rock Cruise and the sold out Malt Shop Memories Cruise. Happenings Magazine has again partnered with StarVista Live and our readers are being offered savings of up to $300 on their cabin prices. Simply call 844-355-ROCK or go to www.rockandromancecruise.com/happenings. Be sure to mention or use the special promo code “Happenings” for your savings.

Key Lime Festival May 13 at Fishermen’s Village

Fishermen’s Village is coordinating plans for its fifth annual Key Lime Festival to be held Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family friendly activities scheduled at various times throughout the day will include: Live music by Gator DJ and singer Paul Roush; fun photo booth; Jeff the Juggler – juggling/balloon twisting; finest face painting by MaryRose; Hot Flashz Dance Team; meet Luna the screech owl from Peace River Wildlife; photos with pony from Endless Trails; live art demonstrations; tarot card readings by Pamela; kids summer camp information; meet staff from The Joy FM; and a live remote with Jeff Collins, Seaview Radio Village specialty stores, restaurants and participating vendors will feature Key Lime

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products for sampling and purchase to include: Key Lime fruit trees, Live Terrariums, key lime recipes, key lime fragrances, Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Cheesecake, key lime loofa soaps, key lime yogurt, Lime-a-ritas, key lime infused water, key lime truffles, dressings, dips, gelato, fudge and taffy, Margarita T-shirts, lime sweatshirts, key lime beers, frozen key lime beverages, key lime jewelry creations, key lime pie ice cream, key lime shakes, key lime cookies, information on trips to Key Westand more! Admission and parking for the Key Lime Festival is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda. Call 1-800-639-0020 or visit online at www.fishville.com.

Michael McDonald

Songs you may hear aboard the ‘70s Rock & Romance Cruise Styx “Babe” “Come Sail Away” “Renegade” “Crystal Ball”

Michael McDonald “Sweet Freedom” “You Belong to Me” “Minute by Minute” “On My Own”

America “Ventura Highway” “Sister Golden Hair” “Horse With No Name” War “Why Canʼt We Be Friends” “The Cisco Kid” “Low Rider”

The Guess Who “American Woman” “No Time” “No Sugar Tonight” “These Eyes”

BJ Thomas “Raindrops Keep Fallinʼ on My Head” “Hooked on a Feeling” Atlanta Rhythm Section “So Into You” “Imaginary Lover”

Poco “Crazy Love” “Heart of the Night”

Badfinger “No Matter What” “Day After Day”

American Idol’s Taylor Hicks to perform May 5

Taylor Hicks, winner of season five of American Idol, will perform a poolside concert on May 5 at the Sanibel Resort and Spa as part of the Champions 4 Children’s SWFL charity weekend. The weekend will include scenic day cruises; followed by Champions 4 Children’s second annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament; and a Kentucky Derby party and live auction on May 6, which includes dinner, dancing and special appearances by

the organization’s Champions who are former NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, Olympic and Collegiate athletes. Proceeds from the charity weekend will go directly to Blessings in a Backpack of Lee County which feeds over 3,200 children at schools and programs across Lee and Collier County. Tickets for the Taylor Hicks concert and other weekend activities can be purchased at www.Champions4ChildrenSWFL.com.

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will host its fourth annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 to benefit Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans. The event will feature live music from

the Bugtussle Ramblers from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band from 5 to 8 p.m., craft beer from Fort Myers Brewing Company, a 50/50 raffle and a $15 barbecue plate featuring ribs, smoked pork shanks, potato salad and corn on the cob, offered from noon while supplies last. For more information about the organization, visit www.OperationOpenArms.org.

Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ May 27 on Ft. Myers Beach

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BBQ, Bands & Brew breaks records

The annual BBQ, Bands & Brew April 9 in Fort Myers raised a record $123,000 for Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry. Besides lots of great food and cold beverages, performers included Soapy Tuna (pictured), Rockin Horse, Deb & the Dynamics and the Ben Allen Band.

LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC IN

Backstreets

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

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

The Barrel Room

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

Bert’s Bar & Grill

4271 Pine Island Rd Matlacha • 239-282-3232

Blue Monkey Bar & Grille 755 Mission Hills Drive, Naples 239-597-2583

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

The Buddha Bar

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

Cape Cabaret

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

The Cigar Bar

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

The Colosseum

2059 Tamiami Trail East Naples • 239-774-6060

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 Esplanade Punta Gorda • 941-639-8721

Hotel Indigo

1520 Broadway, Fort Myers 239-337-3446

Hurricane Charley’s

The Rhythm House

Jacaranda

Seminole Casino Hotel

300 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda • 941-639-9695 1233 Periwinkle, Sanibel 239-472-1771

The Keys Bar & Grille

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

Lakehouse Bar & Grill

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

Lansdowne Street

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

Mike’s (Sandy Parrot) 17200 S. Tamiaimi Trail Fort Myers • 239-454-8454

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

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

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

The Shell Factory

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

Smokin Oyster Brewery

340 Old San Carlos Blvd. For Myers Beach 239-463-3474

Sneaky Pete’s

3465 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs • 239-498-8887

The Stage

9144 Bonita Beach Road Bonita Springs • 239-405-8566

Ter-Tini’s

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

Tiki at Wyndham Garden

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

Tiki Bar at Days Inn

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

Twisted Vine Bistro

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

The Village Pub

4360 Gulf Shore, Naples 239-262-2707

Whiskey Park

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

Yucatan Beach Stand

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

Some of the places to hear live music in Southwest Florida.

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Southwest Florida sees diversity of concerts An array of national artists converged on Southwest Florida this spring. Here are some samples of the wide variety of music that graced our area stages. Photos by Jamie Kuser

Night Ranger

Night Ranger rocked the Englewood Event Center with an acoustic show on March 22 prior to doing a multi-day performance at Epcot in Orlando.

Olivia Newton-John

Kevin Costner

Actor Kevin Costner and his band The Modern West entertained a packed house April 22 at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. The show was part of the ongoing Sam Galloway Concert Series.

The Original Wailers

Sunny 106.3 presented Olivia Newton-John in an outdoor concert April 22 at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee

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The Original Wailers brought their warm and unique reggae sound to The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers April 14.

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Maren Morris, Old Dominion added to Key West Songwriters Festival

The lineup has been announced for the 22nd Annual Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's Key West Songwriters Festival, presented by BMI in association with Visit Florida. Set for May 10 - 14, the Key West Songwriters Festival will feature top hitmakers alongside up-andcoming talent in the most iconic venues in the southernmost point in the U.S. Hit makers Maren Morris (”My Church” & “80s Maren Morris Mercedes”) and Old Dominion (“Break Up with Him” & “Snapback”) will headline this year’s festival with performances set for Saturday, May 13. The Sony Music Nashville artists will join label mate Cam (“Burning House”) on the Duval Street main stage. This free shows starts at 7 p.m. The festival is five days and nights when live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. The fest starts with a kick-off party at 6 p.m. May 10. This year’s top notch performers also include Warner Music Group recording artists Michael Ray and William Michael Morgan, Langhorne Slim, Dean Dillon, Scotty Emerick, Shawn Camp, Carter Winter, Jeffrey Steele, Liz Rose, Rayland Baxter, Robert Earl Keen, Jack Ingram, Wade Bowen, Keith Gattis, and many more. The kickoff concert at the Ocean Key Resort Sunset Pier will feature the Dylan

Altman Blues Band with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Cropper. “We’re so thrilled to celebrate another great year of bringing top songwriters to Key West. It’s the perfect opportunity for folks to discover their next favorite performer singing alongside a cherished writer in some of the most fun venues in Florida,” says Mason Hunter, executive director of partnerships and events at BMI. “Charlie Bauer and the great folks at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon have allowed us to elevate the festival to the next level, guaranteeing a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experience for performers and attendees alike.” Attendees will have the chance to check out more than 200 songwriters playing more than 50 shows, free of charge. Each day will feature free daily stages at the Southernmost Beach Resort, sunset show on the Pier House Resort and shows at historic venues around Key West including Sloppy Joe’s and the Green Parrot Bar. Other shows include the annual NSAI “Bluebird at Blue Heaven” show and a closing concert at the historic Casa Marina Resort. “The Key West Songwriters Festival brings the best country songwriters to the most festive island venues in the southernmost States,” says Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

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Old Dominion

For the first time ever, select shows from the Key West Songwriters Festival will be streamed live at AuroraNashville.com and on the AURORA Nashville mobile app for iOS and Android. Ticketed shows for the festival will include theatre shows at the San Carlos Institute, the Tropic Cinema, the Key West Theater and the Studios of Key West. Award-winning songwriter Robert Earl Keen will host a Bloody Mary Brunch show at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon. Proceeds from the Key West Songwriters Festival will benefit the BMI Foundation, a nonprofit that since 1985 supports the creation, performance and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants and commissions. For a complete listing of shows, venues, sponsoring hotels, local businesses, participating songwriters and more, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.

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IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA & THE SUN COAST

May 5

Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

Jon Secada

Six Bends, Fort Myers

May 6

Ambrosia

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita

Herb Alpert & Lani Hill Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

May 10

Victor Wooten

Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

May 13

Aaron Watson

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

May 18

George Thorogood

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

May 20

The Tenors

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Don McLean

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita

May 25

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Todd Rundgren

Barbara B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

Idina Menzel

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

May 26

Sister Hazel

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita

May 27

Asleep at The Wheel

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Colt Ford

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

Marshall Tucker Band Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

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Bacon Brothers to play B.B. Mann Hall June 3

Headspace Promotions announced The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and Michael, will perform at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW on Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m. The Bacon Brothers are anything but a typical rock band. Brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon, each accomplished in their own right, play gritty rock that is unapologetically unique and authentic. Their style can best be described by their first album title, Forosoco, a word describing the blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences. Now, over 20 years later, The Bacon Brothers continue to impress audiences and critics with their soulful sound and their latest offering of Americana 36 Cents. Older brother Michael, an acclaimed musician and composer, and younger brother Kevin, an award-winning actor, combine to form The Bacon Brothers. Their childhood hometown of Philadelphia is the brothers’ muse for their eclectic blend of rock and soul. Growing up in the City of Brotherly Love, Michael and Kevin were surrounded by music from an early age. Michael started as a career musician in the 1960s, first playing gigs at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory with younger brother Kevin tagging along. He later moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting, and his musical career took off. Now, an Emmy Award-winning composer, Michael is credited with many original scores for film and television, most recently scoring the documentary “Long Exposure-The Unlikely Journey of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro" which was shown on HBO. On March 18, 2016, the world premiere for Michael’s four-movement “Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra" took place at The Schimmel Center in downtown Manhattan. Younger brother Kevin always loved music but chose a different path. Best known for his acting roles in The Following, Footloose, Mystic River and Apollo 13, Kevin has appeared in 80

May 31

Brit Floyd

Germain Arena, Estero

June 2

John Michael Montgomery

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

June 3

The Bacon Brothers

Barbara B. Mann Hall, Fort Myers

Joe Jackson

Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

June 8

Alan Stone

Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

June 10

Paul Shaffer

Seminole Casino Hotel, Immokalee

Ann Wilson

Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

Happy Together Tour

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Dave Mason

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita

June 15

Yngwie Malmsteen

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita films and has a Golden Globe win along with several Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations. He recently starred in Cop Car and Black Mass and in the fall of 2015 appeared on stage in Rear Window at Hartford Stage. The Bacon Brothers Band includes Michael Bacon on vocals, guitar and cello; Kevin Bacon on vocals, guitar and percussion; Paul Guzzone on bass guitar and backing vocals; Joe Mennonna on keyboards and accordion; Frank Vilardi on drums; and Ira Siegel on lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals. Now, over two decades after the band formed in 1995, The Bacon Brothers are a musical force to be reckoned with. Don’t let Kevin’s roots in Hollywood fool you. According to The New Yorker, “Hollywood hangs like an albatross around the neck of any movie star turned musician, but this duo shakes off the burden of fame with sharply executed rock that has a bluecollar, rootsy edge.” Tickets are $47. VIP tickets are available for $250 and include a meet and greet. Buy tickets online at www.bbmannpah.com or call the box office at (239) 481-4849.

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Thompson Square

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

L.A. Guns

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita

July 1

Tracy Lawrence

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

July 8

Gretchen Wilson

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

July 11 & 12 Ted Nugent

SW FL Perf. Arts Center, Bonita

July 15

Steve Miller Band & Peter Frampton

Germain Arena, Estero

October 27

William Michael Morgan

The Ranch Concert Hall, Fort Myers

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SAM GALLOWAY CONCERT SERIES AT THE RANCH

Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw & Collin Raye

The Sam Galloway Concert Series in conjunction with Gator Country 101.9 continues this spring and summer with more national artists performing at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. The Roots and Boots concert on May 5 features Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye. Twenty-five years – a huge career accomplishment, especially in the music business. Aaron Tippin – who marks his silver anniversary as a recording artist this year – admits that he looks at his career longevity with a little bit of amazement. “I think about it and go ‘Wow. What am I doing still here?’ I look at the flight that we took off in,” referring to his fellow newcomers at the time of his career launch. “A lot of them are gone, it seems. Some Aaron Tippin Sammy Kershaw quit by choice. Some ran out from under it, but to be here twenty-five years doing it, I am the luckiest hillbilly that ever lived.” That’s how I felt–like an old violin, fixin’ to be put away and never Tippin says that nobody was any more surprised that he got played again.” Hearing that song was a surreal moment for an invitation to join the roster of Nashville powerhouse RCA back Sammy. “Then,” he recalls, “the last line in the song came on, in 1990 than him. and it said “We’ll give our all to music, and we’ll give our life.” The music business is an ever-changing model, and Sammy Collin Raye’s searing ballads and electric performances Kershaw has seen it all. From consolidations with radio and have been captivating country audiences for more than 25 record companies to the digital era that we are now in, he admits years. With 16 No. 1 hits, 24 top 10s and ten Male Vocalist Of that he wondered if there was still a place for his Pure Country The Year nominations, Raye has clearly emerged as one of the sound. “I don’t know if the fire ever left,” he says, “but I had great voices of our time. The De Queen, Arkansas native rose some doubts for a while if people still wanted to hear my music, to fame in 1991 with the timeless number one hit, “Love, Me.” In or if radio would still play my music anymore.” 1994, his music video for “Little Rock,” led to over 100,000 Then, one day, it all became as clear to Sammy as the first phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from addicts seeking help. time he had ever heard George Jones or Mel Street sing. “One “Not That Different,” was a song that pleaded for tolerance, and Saturday morning, I’m sitting on my bus listening to the radio, “I Think About You” (awarded as “Video Of The Year” by the and this old Johnny Paycheck song comes on called “Old Violin.” Academy of Country Music in 1997) exposed exploitation of

women and children. Tickets for Roots and Boost start at $45 in advance. Also in May, The Ranch welcomes Aaron Watson on May 13 ($12 in advance) and Colt Ford returns on May 27 ($20 in advance), Other upcoming shows in the Sam Galloway Concert Series include John Michael Montgomery on June 2 ($25 in advance), Thompson Square on June 23 ($30 in advance), Tracy Lawrence on July 1 ($25 in advance), Gretchen Wilson on July 8 ($45 in advance) and William Michael Morgan on Oct. 27. Collin Raye The Sam Galloway Concert Series was started in the fall of 2014 to help bring awareness to Community Cooperative (The Soup Kitchen) and the good work they do in the community, says Brian Tidwell, general sales manager of Sam Galloway Ford. The concert series features rock and country artists on a regular basis at the venue. Portions of the profits of each concert go to help Community Cooperative feed the community, Tidwell said. For every pound of food donated, Sam Galloway Ford donates $1 to Community Cooperative. Concert goers are also encouraged to bring canned food items to the concerts at The Ranch. For tickets & details, visit www.theranchfortmyers.com. The Ranch can be reached at 239-985-9839. For most concerts, the doors open at 7 p.m. at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

The Tenors, Frankie Valli, Asleep at The Wheel at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee in May

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will host more legendary performers in the next two months such as Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, The Tenors, Asleep at the Wheel and Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band. Western swing giants Asleep at the Wheel will bring their hit music to Seminole Casino Hotel on Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Asleep at the Wheel was founded in 1970 by Ray Benson in Paw Paw, Asleep at The Wheel Frankie Valli W. Va. Now based in The Tenors photo by Mike Shore Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on May 25. Tickets are available for $125. Valli, in his sixth Blending classical music and contemporary pop, The Tenors the Billboard country charts. The Grammy award-winning “Still decade of stardom, has sold an estimated 100 million records have achieved international success, showcasing their undeniThe King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas throughout his group and solo careers with two U.S. Number 1 able charm and diverse vocal styles while performing more than Playboys” is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks solo hits: 1975’s “My Eyes Adored You” and the title song from 700 shows on five continents. Tickets are $45. their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. the movie “Grease” in 1978. Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & It$ Not Ober Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound, now Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons scored a total of 48 traveling as an eight-piece band. Recent additions Katie Shore Yet Productions present An Evening with Paul Shaffer & The Billboard Hot 100 singles between 1956 and 1994 and were one (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor World’s Most Dangerous Band at Seminole Casino Hotel of the few pre-Beatles groups to survive the 1964 British Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy Immokalee on Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m. Shaffer will be Invasion of the American pop music scene. and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the joined by special guest vocalist Valerie Simpson from Seminole Casino Hotel will host “An Intimate Evening with Wheel’s Texas twin fiddles and boogie piano ensure that audiMotown’s Ashford & Simpson. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets The Tenors” on Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ences will be dancing down the aisles and swinging all night are available now for $75. The Tenors – Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters and Victor long. Tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased at the casino or by calling (800) Micallef – are an award-winning and multi-platinum selling vocal Tickets are on sale for the rescheduled Frankie Valli & The 218-0007. Must be 21 or older to attend indoor concerts. For group that has been thrilling audiences around the world with Four Seasons concert at Seminole Casino Hotel. The concert, more concert events and info, visit online at www.moreinpartheir powerful songs and outstanding harmonies. originally set for Jan. 26, has been rescheduled for Thursday, adise.com.

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Renee Rey wins best of show in Naples Art Encounter 2017

The Naples Art Association announced the award recipients of the National Art Encounter Competition 2017. The National Art Encounter Competition is a national juried exhibition featuring recent work in all media by artists from across the United States. This exhibition was on view March 17 through April 15 at the Naples Art Association. The National Art Encounter Competition 2017 award recipients are as follows: Best of show ($1,000) went to artist Renee Rey for 2 He and Sustaining. First place ($800) was awarded to artist Helier Batista for The Maze. Second place ($600) went to artist Álvaro De Jesús for Universe of Babe. Jurors’ Choice Award ($400) was won by artist Jeff Whipple for I Need No Orders.

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Awards of merit ($200 each) went to artist John Long for Time is Square and artist Laurent Dareau for The Night Watch. Honorable mentions ($100 each) were awarded to artist Marco Pinter for Less Ephemeral #9, artist Duke Horn for The REAL Fun House and artist Penelope Breen for Recondite.

Art by the disABLED at BIG ARTS

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Two Newts Gallery features Joan Heggemeier in May Two Newts Gallery, located in the historic Fort Myers River District, will feature artist Joan Heggemeier for the month of May. Moving to Southwest Florida as a child, Joan Heggemeier has created artistic works in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties over the past 18 years. Encouraged by several mentors, she has trained in France, Italy and the United States under many distinguished artists. Joan's mural and decorative painting career complements her canvas work. She uses acrylics, fluid dyes, gold leafing, glass beads,

mirror shards, as well as varying textures, and resin in deep bold colors adding depth and vibrancy to her mixed media art. Joan is the past president of Southwest Florida Decorative Artisans and a member of the International Decorative Artist League. Two Newts Gallery & Gifts is located behind He, She & Me at 2070 Bayside Parkway, Unit 2, in Downtown Fort Myers (between McGregor Boulevard and West First Street). For more information, contact the gallery at 239332-2300 or by emailing Pam at pvolz@2newtsgallery.com.

SoCo Second Saturday event set for May 13 in Fort Myers Another artful night will be held at the cultural district of SoCo in the month of May. The monthly SoCo Second Saturday event began last October and continues to grow, with more cultural venues, new vendors and a redesigned map; which includes all of the night’s attractions and the details on how to win a great prize by one of the participating SoCo stops. On Saturday, May 13 starting at 5 p.m., patrons of the arts, collectors, art enthusiasts and all attending guests will have the chance to win another great prize, just by enjoying the SoCo cultural venues and collecting the very popular golden tickets from each location. The winner will be announced one week after the event. This month’s participating SoCo cultural venues are Alliance for the Arts, DAAS CoOp Art Gallery & Gifts, Gittleman Studios, Ocasiocasa, The Union Artist Studios and Crafted, Catch 22, Vamped Up Vintage, Yoga Bird, Living Vine Café, A Swedish Affair,

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Suzanne’s Dance Fitness and Studio Os Urbanos. In addition, more than 10 vendors, located at various locations of the Royal Palm Square, will be offering their handmade, finecrafts during the event. There will be live musicians at the Art Loft in the Alliance for the Arts campus and at various locations of the Royal Palm Square. This month, the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater will be hosting young performers in their rehearsal studio under the direction of choreographer Amy Marie McCleary and starting at 10 p.m., an after party cabaret with the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. This is a monthly event, rain or shine. The SoCo Cultural District location encompasses the block south of Colonial Blvd, from the corner of McGregor to Summerlin, to Royal Palm Square and back to McGregor. More information about the event and vendor opportunity information is available at www.socoswfl.com.

Art and Nature night May 10 at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita

Built in 1921, the legendary Shangri-La Springs Resort in historic Bonita Springs, is a hidden treasure of Southwest Florida. Nestled among lush botanical gardens, the property is host to the glorious rainbow-infused “springs” that Bonita Springs is named after, a full service organic spa and organic restaurant. Free Art and Nature nights offer extensive interactive, multi-media experiences both indoor and out, every second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. The beautiful Great House gallery features new local artists for two months at a time, with April and May showcasing Bloom Art Show. Formal garden and history tours are available. Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Road in historic Downtown Bonita. For more info, call 239-949-0749 or visit www.shangrilasprings.com

Donna Hope

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Pat Cleveland, Annette Brown at ACT Gallery

Arts for ACT Gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, May 5 form 6 to 10 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk. This month, ACT Gallery will feature a retrospective by Pat Cleveland and the mixed media art of Annette Brown. New works from over 25 co-op artists will also be featured. Pat Cleveland began painting at age three when her mother, an artist herself, put a brush in her hand and gave her a small canvas to paint on. Born in New Jersey, she graduated from Traphagen School of Design New York, N.Y., then worked as an interior designer for Bloomingdales until 1975 when she moved to Florida. where she was a designer at Robb and Stucky. After retiring Pat became a member of several local art leagues showing her work in group and solo exhibits winning awards and notices. In 1996 one of her paintings won an award in an international competition sponsored by Artis Spectrum Magazine, New York City and was featured in an issue of that magazine. An active member of art organizations, Pat taught creative workshops and art programs for adults and children. “This retrospective exhibit contains a selection of early and new paintings. Since macular degeneration has changed my vision to a great extent, the viewer will note that I am using a Annette Brown strong color palette and

Pat Cleveland less detail as well. It is a new way of seeing and expressing my thoughts and feelings and I have been enjoying the transition from my earlier style of work. it has given me a sense of freedom from painting with more detail.,” says Pat Cleveland. Annette Brown is a mixed media artist that incorporates found objects and collage into her works. Often working in acrylics, she has taken classes with Veron Ennis and Leo Johnson. Annette’s work is both innovative and aesthetic. This exhibit continues through Monday, May 29. Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. Call 239-337-5050 for more details.

Cape Coral Library showcases young artists

Changing exhibits are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library, which is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace. The latest show will be available for viewing during library business hours from May 10 through June 30 and is dedicated to showcasing creations by young artists. Winning entries from the “Coloring the Earth” contest will be displayed on the alcove walls. The annual environmental art contest for children ages 7 to 12 is organized by Alessia Leathers and is now in its 12th year. The theme this time is “Let’s Protect Our Florida Panthers.” The Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsors the event and has provided frames so that the children’s artwork can be displayed professionally in a gallery setting. Melany Alvarez’ acrylic paintings on canvas with 3-D touches will be on display in the gallery hall. Melany, a high school level home-schooled teen, is the youngest member of the Cape Coral Art League. She was thrilled when one of the first pieces she ever entered into a league show was sold, and this has further fueled her enthusiasm for painting. Kindergarten through second grade fine arts students of teacher Elizabeth Olancin at Gulf Elementary School in Cape Coral will exhibit their creations in the large cases in the library’s gallery. A project featuring whimsical paper mache fairy houses and Zentangle illustrations will be displayed in the two-shelf case. These were created by students age 6 to 9 in the children’s art class taught this winter by Betsy Koscher at the Cape Coral Art League. The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. For more information, call (239) 258-2991 or email monica4608@comcast.net.

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Art Quilters Unlimited display at Alliance for the Arts in May

The Alliance for the Arts May exhibition Pushing Boundaries: Art Quilters Unlimited opens May 5 from 5 - 7 p.m. at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, The exhibit continues until May 26. Meet exhibiting artists during a conversational walk and talk as they discuss their works on May 6 at 10 a.m. During this exhibition, Nancy Goodenow impressionistic and abstract works will be on display in the Member Gallery and landscape painter Richard Stanton will be on display in the Theatre Gallery. “Fiber art is a unique way to exchange ideas,” says exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “Throughout time, different cultures everywhere have been, and still are, weaving and sewing.” Art Quilters Unlimited is an active creative group of contemporary fiber artists in southwest Florida. The group creates fine art wall hangings based on their experiences, imagery and ideas rather than tradi-

tional patterns. Techniques include machine and hand threadwork, shibori and discharged fabric treatments, painted surfaces, 3-D assemblages, wall sculptures and mixed media. For more information, call 239-9392787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org.

DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts has become a staple of the art scene in Fort Myers. The gallery focuses on original, contemporary art created by members and guests artists. In conjunction with the SoCo Second Saturday art crawl, a new exhibition opens to the public every second Saturday of the month. On Saturday, May 13, Venerari by Dharma Lefevre will be unveiled for art patrons and enthusiasts to enjoy. For local eclectic artist, Dharma Lefevre, mythology and folklore have always been a source of inspiration. She uses her art as an exploration of ancient lore and how it personally connects with modern man through circular lessons. In December of 2015, she debuted her mythological series at Casa Shanti in Fort Myers and soon discovered that these stories that touched and inspired her, were actually a common thread for other people. These series are part of a journey into the forgotten. They are about stories, breathing life into the pieces and reacquainting the viewer with our roots. “Each day we recreate our path, write our own stories and mythologies while we attempt to connect with others that are on the same roads,” she says. "American mythologist Joseph Campbell once said that myth must be kept alive and the people who can keep it alive are artists in some kind or another,” says Lefevre.

As described by the artist, Venerari is the act of venerating and reflecting on the people that have entered into our lives. Each piece on the exhibition is a part of the story in the web of life. The stories that get passed down thru tribes and may have been forgotten are brought to new light with the visages of modern heroes that walk in and out of our lives. Dharma Lefevre will conduct an artist talk May 13 to explain how each life lesson has paved another brick into the path of her fate and artistic career. The artist will be sharing stories and how each piece has granted more compassion and understanding of the common thread that weaves all of us together. The exhibition will be on display through June 3. More information about the exhibition and DAAS Co-Op is available at www.daascoop.com. The gallery is located in the Royal Palm Square at 1400 Colonial Blvd. suite 84, in Fort Myers. For telephone inquiries, call 239-590-8645.

Veronica von Zwehl

DAAS Co-Op presents Venerari exhibit by Dharma Lefevre

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Harbour View Gallery to showcase Pam Pearson and Steve Russell

Harbour View Gallery and were soon recognized in Cape Coral will welfor their uniqueness by a come featured artists Pam number of local galleries. Pearson (bead artist) and She has entered the prestiSteve Russell (digital phogious Sanibel Shell Show tography) at a reception where for the past two on Tuesday, May 2 from 6 years has been honored to 8 p.m. with blue ribbons for her Born in Massachusetts, shell and ocean themed raised in California, retired designs. in Florida, Pam Pearson After graduation from grew up in the San Michigan State University, Francisco Bay area. As a Steve Russell entered flight Steve Russell child, she showed an early training to become a pilot interest in art and drawing. When her older in the U.S. Navy. Eventually he was assigned brother’s Cub Scout pack worked for a merit to Attack Squadron 27 in California where he badge in Native American art, her father flew the A-7E Corsair II, light attack fightermade her a beading loom and thus began her bomber. He deployed aboard the USS lifelong passion for beads. Enterprise in 1971 and flew 60 combat misAs a young adult, she put her art aside for sions in Vietnam. Following his service, he some years while pursuing her career at moved to Denver and worked for an advertisLockheed Missiles & Space where she ing agency. Steve became a special agent worked in the public relations office. In 2000 with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in she took early retirement, so 1976 and worked there until she and her husband moved to retiring in 1999. He and his Cape Coral. wife, Sandee, discovered Pine Pam’s artistic talents are Island in 2011. Steve has phoself-taught. She took every tographed wildlife and landopportunity to explore a variety scapes in every state and on six of mediums including acrylics, continents. He has been water colors, and colored peninvolved in photography of varicil. She constantly challenges ous kinds for 45 years. His priherself in these mediums. mary interests are in aerial, While looking for material to landscape and wildlife photogpaint, she rediscovered her raphy. pas-sion for beading while visitTheir work will be on display ing the public library. through May. The gallery is Her beading designs always located at 5789 Cape Harbour Pam Pearson seemed to be “outside the box” Drive, Cape Coral.

At the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda

Barbara Albin

Charlotte County Public Schools present a special student art exhibit May 1 - 18 at The Visual Arts Center. The exhibit Water, Water, Everywhere celebrates boating, fishing, beaches and everything Water! This multimedia exhibit is free and open to the public May 20 – June 15. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for Water, Water, Everywhere Thursday, May 25 at 5 p.m. The Visual Arts Center is located at 210 Maud St. in Punta Gorda (across from Fishermen’s Village). Visit www.VisualArtCenter.org or call (941) 639-8810.

Senior projects on display at FGCU through May 5

The Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries of the Bower School of Music & the Arts presents “Senior Projects, Spring 2017 Exhibition,” now through May 5 at the Main Gallery in the Arts Complex. At the end of their studies, each art major completes a senior project in which he or she successfully executes a body of work combining their knowledge of techniques and concepts while drawing on the research of historical and contemporary artists. The completed projects are presented in an exhibition open to the university community and the public. Patricia Fay and Mary Voytek are the faculty mentors for this

group of graduates. Senior project students this semester are Sabrina Alonso, Jacob Beil, Tiffany Billings, Jordan Blankenship, Hannah Brasacchio, Marshall Bynoe, Brianna Criswell, Kaitlin Dowis, Taryn Estrada, Adriana Flores, Marile Franco, Taijhryl Goggins, Kelsey Hallbeck, Amanda Martin, Anna Nunez, Donald Smith, and Sarah Wasson. The gallery is in the Arts Complex on FGCU’s main campus at 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. Parking is available in Lot 7 for gallery visitors. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

SUMMER

HOURS & DAYS

Thursday - Sunday

Noon - 6 pm

ar t council sw f lorida

Coconut Point Mall

8074 Mediterranean Dr., Estero 239-949-3073

Visit our Council of Organizations www.ACSWF.org Representing Ar tists from Marco Island, N aples, Estero, Fort Myers, Captiva, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda and more, for Classes, Special Events, Newsletters

Summertime is Fun Time! Visit the Co-op Art Galler y @ Coconut Point Check out our 16 local Organizations for Special Events, Classes, etc. There’s a class or workshop happening near you. www.acswf.org

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Invasive exhibit at Davis Art Center

Invasive is a collaborative exhibition at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center created in partnership with the Lee County School System and the Foundation for Lee County Schools. The exhibition will be made up of artwork depicting invasive exotic plant and animal species created by Lee County students. This exhibition, as a part of the STEAM initiative, will ask students to unite art and design with science. Students must ade-

quately research the biology and ecology of the invasive species and our local southwest Florida ecology in order to make their artistic renderings and must think critically and creatively about controlling and lessening the destructive impact of invasive species on our native ecosystem. The new exhibit opens Friday, May 5 during the Fort Myers Art Walk in the downtown historic River District. Art Walk runs 6 – 10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

Hilary Hemingway art show May 25 at Lorne’s Gallery

Frame Gallery & ten with Andy Garcia, is in preGifts and Lorne’s production. Gallery in Cape Coral Recently Hilary returned to will feature the artwork her love of fine art; using the of Hilary Hemingway bold color palette of the in May. Lorne’s Gallery Caribbean, she has begun to will hold an art show produce mixed-media works of May 25 from 5 to 8 marine life and colorful island p.m. featuring settings. Hilary believes that Hemingway’s art. her artwork tells a story. A Hilary Hemingway moment caught on canvas may was born in Miami. tell of a struggle of life and She spent her first two death between marlin and years living aboard a tuna, the expression of speed, boat, and took her first passion and fear within the steps in Jamaica. chase, the ultimate survival at Eventually, her parents sea. Yet her color choices are bought a home on surreal, as if the struggle were Miami Beach. Hilary seen with mermaid eyes. spent most of her sum- ON THE COVER - Hilary Hilary’s canvas art has sold mers in the Bahamas in galleries and at auction for Hemingway is the featured helping her father with artist in May at Lorneʼs Gallery charity. She is Ernest his Bimini newspaper. and Frame Gallery & Gifts. Hemingway’s niece, and wife Hilary has worked of NY Times bestselling the last 30 years as a author, Jeff Lindsay. writer for print media, TV and film. She has Lorne’s Gallery is in the Marina Village at five published books, two plays and her latest Tarpon Point, unit 105, Cape Coral. Call 239screenplay, Hemingway and Fuentes, co-writ945-0866 for more details.

Transportation in the Digital Age at Naples Depot

The Naples Depot Museum present Transportation in the Digital Age by the local Naples Digital Photography Club (DPI-SIG). Transportation in the Digital Age will be on display May 3 to July 31, at the Naples Depot Museum, 1051 5th Ave. S., Naples. An opening reception, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, and is open to the public.

Transportation in the Digital Age features several works depicting transportation from around the world, including lively and colorful renditions of trains, automobiles, planes and other modes of transportation. The Naples Digital Photography Club was formed in 2004 and meets monthly. For more information about the exhibit, contact the museum at (239) 262-6525 or visit www.colliermuseums.com/exhibits

Foundation exhibit features art of Judi Ekholm

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently hosted a reception to kick off the launch a new art display at its Community Hub. “Fresh Aire” features an adventure in color through the paintings inspired by artist Judi Ekholm’s road journey through 11 national parks and 21 states. The new exhibit is open to the public and will run through May during regular Community Foundation business hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Community Hub is located at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.

Judi Ekholm

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The next Art Walk is

Friday, May 5 from 6 - 10 p.m.

and Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

At left is artist Kyra Belan with her solo exhibit at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in April.

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Friday, May 19

Car Cruise-in May 27

Stroll the downtown streets and view the beauty of automotive design on the fourth Saturday of every month. The River District Alliance presents the next car cruise-in Saturday, May 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. The car cruise-in will take a break in the summer and return in the fall. Call 239-321-7100 for more details.

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Ivy Cottage

Antiques & Treasures

6,000 square feet filled with treasures

Fine Antiques to Shabby & Cottage Chic. Vintage Treasures of times gone by. Collectibles, Lighting, Candles, Home Decor and so much more.

Tuesday through Friday 11 - 5, Saturday 11 - 4 2259 Widman Way

Fort Myers River District

(formerly Peck Street)

(239) 226-0025

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

Seeking New Members for Two Newts Gallery

CALL TO ARTISTS ... Two Newts Gallery & Gifts is seeking new members. For more information, please call 239-330-2300 or send an email to pvolz@2newtsgallery.com

Two Newts Gallery & Gifts 2070 Bayside Parkway, Unit 2

between McGregor Boulevard and West First Street

Downtown Fort Myers


Edison & Ford Estates hosts

Rhythm on the River

Neil Zirconia

Perfect Way to Celebrate Mother’s Day!

Enjoy AT OUR

THE

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Rooftop

Historic Downtown

Neil Zirconia entertained nearly 400 people with his tribute to Neil Diamond April 15 at the Rhythm on the River, a new monthly program hosted by the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The Neil Zirconia show took place at the new event pavilion at the edge of the Caloosahatchee River. The next Rhythm on the River will feature music by a hammered dulcimer and DJ Robert, dancing and a wine pairing. It will be held Friday, May 12 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. For tickets, call 239-334-7419.

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ART WALK & MUSIC WALK

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DINING PICKS FOR SEASON 1st Street Deli

at Seminole Casino Hotel

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

800-218-0007

salads. It is open 24/7 with a special overnight menu including breakfast. 506 South 1st Street, Immokalee www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill

Ichiban Japanese & Chinese

Capt’n Fishbones Seafood Grill

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

at The Shell Factory

Capt'n Fishbones at The Shell Factory has moderately priced lunches, dinners and a full selection of cocktails. We serve Florida favorites like: shrimp, crab cakes, fish fries, burgers and sandwiches. Enjoy the great tropical weather at Dogbones Café or the Swamp Bar and Patio where even the four legged "children" are welcome. Large group rates are available for lunches, dinners and meetings. Plan your next special event at one of our venues, Weddings, Receptions, Retirement Parties, Corporate Gatherings and Children's Birthday Parties, you name it, we are your perfect culinary choice. Capt’n Fishbones opens daily at 11 a.m. with daily specials and Happy Hour all day, every day. Hear live entertainment in the Swamp Patio daily from 4 - 7 p.m. Classic car shows are held every Thursday 4 - 7 p.m. 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.com

GameTime

at Gulf Coast Town Center

At GameTime, you can play and eat in style! With a wide variety of menu selections including appetizers like Ahi Tuna Crisps and Fried Mac N' Cheese Balls; entreés that include Baby Back Ribs, Churrasco, Salmon and Pasta dishes; great kid’s meals; healthy Salads and delicious Sports Bar staples like Chicken Wings and Nachos, you are certain to have a fantastic dining experience while everyone has a great time! We offer a full liquor Sports Bar and 2-4-1 all day every day on any individual beer and wine. 10037 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers 239-204-5964 www.gametimeplayers.com

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at Seminole Casino Hotel

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

239-334-6991

www.IchibanDowntownFortMyers.com

Lucky Mi

at Seminole Casino Hotel

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

Pinchers

at The Marina at Edison Ford

Located on the historic Caloosahatchee River and offering the best riverfront dining experience and sunset views, Pinchers at the Marina at Edison Ford is the place for the freshest seafood. Caught from local waters by local fishermen, Pinchers brings the best catch from the water to the table. With 2 for 1 Happy Hour all day every day and kids eat free, Pinchers is Florida Seafood, Florida Style. Pinchers has 11 Florida locations including Tin City Naples, Bonita Springs, Tarpon Point Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beacah and Gulf Coast Town Center. 2360 West First St., Fort Myers 239-745-7049 www.pinchersusa.com

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Marker 92

Waterfront Bar & Bistro

Seared Jumbo Scallops

The Rhythm House

Treat your taste buds to simply prepared fish, premium steaks, an impressive wine selection and handcrafted cocktails. Dine indoors or outside on the patio and savor your favorite dish al fresco while overlooking the breathtaking views of the Caloosahatchee River, The Gulf of Mexico and Tarpon Point Marina. Happy Hour Daily from 4– 7. 5961 Silver King, Cape Coral 239-541-5600 www.Marker92.com

Mother’s Day brunch 11 am - 4 pm

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

Shangri-La Springs

For an extraordinary dining experience, join us at the legendary Shangri-La Springs for lunch or dinner, indoors or out. Our all organic menu pays homage to our seasons and is sourced from our certified organic gardens on property! Dinner is from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and Friday as well as on event nights. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Reservations are strongly recommended as this historic property offers limited seating. 27750 Old 41 Road, historic Downtown Bonita Springs 239-949-0749 www.shangrilasprings.com

Tiki Hut Bar & Grill

at Dolphin Key Resort

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

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Grouper BLT

Twisted Vine Bistro

Twisted Vine Bistro located in downtown Fort Myers' historic River District, prides itself on an extraordinary dining experience. We offer only the freshest seafood, certified Angus Beef, and other unique innovative entrees. We also feature an extensive boutique wine list, with more than 30 wines by the glass. Twisted Vine Bistro grows our house herbs and spices in our courtyard garden! We can accommodate small private event parties for after hours, social gatherings or rehearsal dinners. Dinner is served seven nights a week. We are open for Monday through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Join us for brunch in our courtyard garden. The Twisted Vine Bistro has expanded with the opening of The Barrel Room featuring live music and a late menu. 2214 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-226-1687 www.twistedvinebistro.com

The Veranda

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

Put your restaurant in our

SUMMER DINING

SHOWCASE FOR LOCALS

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Monday -1 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jim Daniels, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Tuesday -2 Florida Travel Rally 2017

Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers This year, kick off the Rally with Sheena Brook acclaimed singer/songwriter, contestant on NBC's Season 12 of The Voice, and Island Hopper Songwriter Fest featured artist! Bring the little ones with you and stop by the Kidz Kraziness Korner to get your face painted, see some cuddly critters, and hop on a miniature train ride with the Railroad Museum of South Florida. And of course, cheer on the hilarious, annual Tourism Races including the Waiter's Race for the Gold, Valet Trike Hike, Bellman's Race, the Kids Luggage Lug, and Make that Bed! Nearly 100 exhibitors will be featured at the Carnivale-themed Travel Fair so you can learn about the hotels and attractions that make Lee County so special.! (Rain date: May 3) Free admission, parking, prize giveaways, refreshments from Texas Tony's BBQ & more! 4 - 7 p.m. 239-590-4855 Harbour View Gallery reception Harbour View Gallery, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral Artists Pam Pearson and Steve Russell, 6 - 8 p.m. 239-540-5789 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jim Daniels, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 David Rojas Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Kenny G The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Jesus Christ Superstar Through May 14 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Gulfshore Playhouse presents The Christians Through May 21 The Norris Center, 755 8th Street, Naples www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org Doublewide Through May 14 Florida Repertory Theatre 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers 239-332-4488

Wednesday -3 Sunset Celebration at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Come celebrate the beauty of our SW Florida Sunsets while listening to live music on the beach! There will be over 40 vendors selling arts & crafts, jewelry, gift items and much more! 4 p.m. free admission. 239-574-0806 Robert Michael Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

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Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. 941-575-3007 Art by the disABLEd exhibit Through May 31 BIG ARTS -Phillips Gallery 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island Enjoy works by artists in Lee Health’s therapeutic program—patients who may have limitations, but their creative skills are unlimited! 239-395-0900 Exhibit: Open Doors Through May 31 BIG ARTS - Founders Gallery 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island The Open Doors program is an art program designed for children who demonstrate artistic interest or talent. 239-395-0900 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Naples Players present I Hate Hamlet Through May 14 Sugden Community Theatre 701 5th Avenue South, Naples 239-263-7990 Art Alive Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours 5-8 pm. Forty professional artists showcase their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. 239-596-5099 www.NaplesArtDistrict.com

Thursday -4 Evening on 5th

5th Avenue South, Naples Enjoy live music, shopping, dining, and dancing on fabulous 5th Avenue South! 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. www.fifthavenuesouth.com TheatreZone presents Legs Diamond Through May 7 G & L Theatre, 13275 Livingston Road, Naples 888-966-3352 Naples Philharmonic Masterworks-Abbado Conducts Beethoven Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon – 3 p.m. & Salty Paws Muttini Mingle 5:30-8 p.m. with music by Danny Beach. 941-575-3007

Friday -5 Taylor Hicks

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa 17260 Harbour Pointe Dr, Fort Myers American Idol winner of season five, will perform an intimate poolside concert from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the Champions 4 Children’s Southwest Florida charity weekend to benefit Blessings in a Backpack Southwest Florida. Limited general admission and VIP tickets are available online. www.Champions4ChildrenSWFL.com/Taylor-Hicks ACT Gallery exhibit opens Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First St., For Myers Reception for an exhibit featuring Pat Cleveland and Annette Brown. 6 - 10 p.m. during Art Walk. 239-337-5050 On Golden Pond Through May 7 Firehouse Theatre, 241 N. Bridge St., LaBelle 863-675-3066 JP Soars and The Red Hots The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Body and Sold Through May 7 The Laboratory Theater of Florida - Historic Kiwanis Hall - 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers The Body and Sold Project is a theater and community initiative to raise awareness about the epidemic of commercial sexual exploitation of our young people and develop strategies to combat it. Talk back with community leaders after each performance. May 5-6 at 8 p.m.& May 7 at 2 p.m. 239-218-0481 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

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

Cinco De Mayo Celebration Miromar Outlets, Estero Join Miromar Outlets and La Bamba Real Mexican Food Restaurant & Tequila Bar for an exciting Cinco de Mayo Celebration; including live entertainment, a Margarita Crawl, a chance to win exciting prizes, and more! 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

Cool Jazz presented by Southwest Florida Symphony - Alex Albanese Bell Tower Shops Daniels Parkway & US 41, Fort Myers $35. 5 p.m. 239-489-1221

Free Music Series Gulf Coast Town Center 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers Silver Sneakers Band - Oldies with a Twist 7 - 9 p.m. www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com

2017 Community Prayer Breakfast Harborside Event Center 1375 Monroe St, Fort Myers The Southwest Florida community is invited to observe the National Day of Prayer during the 2017 Community Prayer Breakfast. This free, ticketed event will include a buffet-style breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. followed by keynote speakers Dr. Lucille O’Neal and Art Holst who will inspire the attendees with their motivational and entertaining personal stories, tied to faith and humanity. Passes are required for event entry, and the community can request tickets at www.cypresslakeumc.com/prayerbreakfast.

Pushing Boundaries: Art Quilters Unlimited Exhibit Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Opening Reception: May 5 from 5-7 p.m. Walk & Talk: May 6 at 10a.m. 239-939-2787

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

Theatre Conspiracy presents Noli Timere (Don’t Be Afraid) Through May 20 Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 239-939-2787 Cinco with a Twist - Featuring Jon Secada Six Bends Harley-Davidson 9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers Local Country and National Latin Acts come together to give you the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo celebration.. with a twist. Bring your friends and your lawn chair and enjoy authentic and specialty food, drink, and incredible music. Noon - 3 p.m. 239-275-4647

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Tona Wong The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Sunset Celebration - Relentless Fire Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Shaw Davis and The Black Ties The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

The Blues Brews & BBQ Festival will be May 12 from 4 - 9 p.m. and May 13 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Tin City, 5th Avenue S. in Naples. Fridayʼs band will be Deb & The Dynamics. Saturdayʼs music lineup includes Gator Nate, Ben Allen Band and Swingtown (a Steve Miller tribute band). Admission is free. Roots & Boots: Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw & Collin Raye The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors open at 7 p.m. 239-985-9839

Invasive Exhibit Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers INVASIVE is a collaborative exhibition at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) created in partnership with the Lee County School System and the Foundation for Lee County Schools. The exhibition will be made up of artwork depicting invasive exotic plant and animal species created by Lee County students .Exhibit opens Friday, May 5th during the Fort Myers Art Walk from 6 - 10 p.m. in the downtown historic River District. Runs through May 24. 239-333-1933 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst 11 am-2 pm Singer Jim Daniels 5-9 pm Center Court Deb & The Dynamics Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. 239-597-1900 Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers Always on the First Friday, visit the many exciting galleries, exhibitions, and performances. 6 - 10 p.m. www.fortmyersartwalk.com Mike Imbasciani Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Saturday -6 Gulf Coast Symphony: Madama Butterfly Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-481-4849 ACMA concert - Andru Bemis All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Houseboat Jim opens. 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org

GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers An exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787 Saturday Art Walk Downtown Fort Myers 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com Remember When... with Gary Vidito Port Charlotte Library 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte Music and stories from the 1920s to the 1970s 3 p.m. 941-764-5562 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Musician/Singer Pat Surface in concert, 5-9 p.m. 941-575-3007 Naples Philharmonic Masterworks Abbado Conducts Beethoven Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900

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

Tuesday -9 Live Music in the Village

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jim Daniels, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Jason Bonham Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Kenny G The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Wednesday - 10 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. 941-575-3007 Art & Nature Night Shangri La Springs 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs 6 - 9 pm. 239-949-0749 Brian Markley Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Angel Lewis Project Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Michael Banks & Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Monday -8 Live Music in the Village

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Jim Daniels, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Tyler Kluesner Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

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Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. & Singer John McDonald, 4-7 p.m. 941-575-3007 Scotty Bryan Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225

Friday - 12 Gulfshore Children’s Ballet

Shell Point Retirement Community-Village Church 15101 Shell Point Boulevard, Fort Myers Watch with wonder as Shakespeare’s classic tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, comes to life on the Shell Point stage through dance. Gulfshore Ballet, Southwest Florida’s premier not-for-profit school of classical ballet, was organized in 2000 to raise an awareness and appreciation of classical ballet in Lee County. Hundreds of accomplished dancers from the Southwest Florida community have trained with Gulfshore Ballet, continuing on to prestigious schools and ballet companies all over the United States. 7:30 p.m. 239-466-1131

FIRST FRIDAYS EVERY MONTH

Sunday -7 The 22nd Annual Taste of the Beach

Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach More than 20 restaurants will participate along with live on-stage concerts. Restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes available for purchase and compete for top Taste of the Beach Award honors in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Desert, and four awards for Best Entrée. Gates open at 11 a.m. Food will be served until 4 p.m. 239-454-7500

Thursday - 11 Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

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Friday - 12 continued The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900

Rhythm on the River - Wine Pairing Event Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers A special wine pairing event to celebrate Mother's Day. The event also offers relaxing music, a beautiful sunset, river view and an opportunity to see the Moonlight Garden. The wine tour will start in the Moonlight Garden with a flowery aroma wine paired with cheese and guests will hear relaxing a hammered dulcimer playing in the background. Edison’s Caretaker’s House will offer a fruity tropical Sangria pairing and island music. The third station will have a disc jockey playing songs for dancing in the River Pavilion along with a sweet wine and dessert pairing. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 239-334-7419 Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, Estero Enjoy the sounds of Rockin Horse, featuring classic rock, party, and variety favorites. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

The Magic Flute Artis—Naples Opera Naples with the Naples Philharmonic. 8 p.m.239-597-1900 Blues. Brews & BBQ Festival Tin City, 1200 5th Ave South, Naples 12 through Saturday, 13 Free admission.May 12, 6 - 9 p.m. & May 13, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 239-595-3962 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Singer John McDonald, noon-3 p.m., Singer Danny Beach, 5-9 p.m. & Boogiemen Band, 8:30 p.m. at Harpoon’s. 941-575-3007 Mystery Walk Downtown Fort Myers Join the Mystery every second Friday of the month for a new experience in the River District! With a new theme each event, there’s always something new. Free to attend, the event begins at 6 pm. www.myriverdistrict.com

Don’t Dress For Dinner Cultural Park Theater 528 Cultural Park Boulevard 12 through Sunday, 21 Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his mistress while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has everything arranged, including inviting his friend Robert to provide the alibi. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! An evening of hilarious confusion, mistaken identity and farcical comedy ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed. 239-772-5862

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

The Alex Zayas Band Friday & Saturday The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Singer Frank Matyok, 5-9 p.m. & Boogiemen Band, 8:30 pm at Harpoon’s. 941-5753007

An Afternoon with the Stars Show with Frank Torino Lake Kennedy Center 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral $5 per person. Pre-registration required. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Show time: 2 p.m. 239-574-0575

SoCo Second Saturdays Corner of McGregor and Colonial, Fort Myers 5 - 10 p.m. www.SoCoSWFL.com

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

Saturday - 13 5th Annual Key Lime Festival

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

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

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

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

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

Fort Myers Bike Night Downtown Fort Myers Enjoy the sights of hundreds of motorcycles displayed along the downtown streets while listening to live bands from 6-10 pm. Free to the public with many venues featuring specials. Last one of the season. www.myriverdistrict.com

Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007

Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Look-Alike Contest Miromar Outlets, Estero Saturday, May 13 11 a.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store Mothers, daughters and granddaughters compete together for prizes in this annual family event. 239948-3766 Tona Wong The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 ACMA concert - Brian Smalley All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Peg & Emery Williams open. 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org

2nd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Sugden Plaza 5th Avenue South, Naples Host Mom to brunch dining al fresco on the timeless and chic 5th Avenue South. All proceeds from the event benefit the multicultural ministry of Young Life in Collier County, which ministers to adolescents from middle school to college and helping them grow in their faith. The strawberry-themed buffet brunch, which is open to the public with several seating times available, will include whole fresh strawberries and fresh whipped cream, Johnsonville sausage, two gourmet egg options, old fashioned flaky biscuits, fresh strawberry jam, and the “Mom-osas”, which were a huge hit last year! New this year, are silver dollar pancakes and maple syrup for little ones. Tickets are available online at www.mothersdaybrunch.org. The cost is $25 per adult and $15 per child ages four to 12years-old, children under age four are free. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event, so guests are encouraged to buy tickets early online to reserve preferred seating. www.fifthavenuesouth.com

Art After Dark Crayton Cove, Naples The Galleries of Crayton Cove feature live music and art by artists and artisans. The galleries are located where 8th St. S. and 12th Ave. S. meet. 6-9 p.m. www.GalleriesOfCraytonCove.com

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

Dharma Lefevre exhibit at DAAS Co-Op DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery, 1400 Colonial Blvd., suite 84, Fort Myers 5 p.m. 239-590-8645

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

Monday - 15

GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers An exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787

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

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 5 & 8 p.m. 239-481-4849

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

Sunday - 14 Sebastian Maniscalco

Tuesday - 16 Live Music in the Village

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer and Tenor Saxophone player David McDonald, noon– 3 p.m. 941-575-3007

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Tuesday - 16 continued Kenny G The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Wednesday - 17 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. & Rita Beach, 4-7 p.m. 941-575-3007 Rich Lancaster Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Thursday - 18 Clue the Musical Through June 24 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Royal Palm Square, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 239-278-4422 Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 Alive After Five (formerly Gallery Walk) Downtown Punta Gorda , Punta Gorda 5 - 8 p.m. It's an evening of art, featuring original fine art and craft—and maybe even a demonstration!—at the Artist's Village and artisans displaying original handmade wares in the Indie Market, wine tastings, art receptions and more. 941-505-0130 Patriotic Pops Through May 19 Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 8 p.m. 239-597-1900 Music at the Moe: Classical Duo Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs $25. 7:30 p.m. 239-495-8989 Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Neon Summer Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454

Friday - 19 Chuck Peterson

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

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Disney on Ice-Worlds of Enchantment Through May 21 Germain Arena 1100 Everblades Parkway, Estero Tickets are $87, $67, $47, $37, $32 and $22. Parking is $10. 239-948-7825 The Prestage Brothers Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Music Walk Downtown Fort Myers The River District comes alive as local and regional musicians line the streets. 6-10 pm. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com The Naples Players Present Stage II Improv Through June 16 The Sugden /Tobye Studio, 701 5th Ave. S, Naples Back for its 5th year of delighting audiences, Stage 2 Improv is a Naples based improvisational theatre group featuring scenes, games and songs. Every scene is driven by suggestions from the audience; some games may even feature audience participation. www.naplesplayers.org or 239-263-7990 Frankly Funny Fridays Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs Frankly Funny Fridays feature character and observation comedy by American playwright and award-winning comedian and actor Frank Blocker. $15. 8 p.m. 239-495-8989 Betty’s Big Show - Salute to the Armed Forces Lake Kennedy Center 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral Doors open 6 p.m. Show 7 p.m. $15 per persondinner Included. Pre-registration required. 239-574-0575 Electric Lipstick Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, 11 a.m. -2 p.m.& Dick & Kammy, 59 p.m. 941-575-3007 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, Estero Enjoy the sounds of Neon Summer, a tri-playing country music. 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766

Saturday - 20 Two Way Crossing

Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 7:30 p.m. $47, $42 and $37 239-495-8989 Free Music Series Gulf Coast Town Center 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers The Marty Stokes Band - Blues 7 - 9 p.m. www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com

GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers An exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787 Rocker Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 The Sunset Celebration - Rock Solid Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Marty Stokes Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 The Tenors Seminole Casino Immokalee 506 S 1st St, Immokalee 8 p.m. Tickets $45, 800-218-0007. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 5-9 p.m. 941-575-3007 Tona Wong The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Sunday - 21 Live Music in the Village

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 Angel Lewis Project Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Michael Banks & Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Monday - 22 The Sanibel Trio

Shell Point Retirement Community The Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands 15101 Shell Point Boulevard, Fort Myers Formed in 2016 by residents of Sanibel Island, The Sanibel Trio is comprised of Renata Arado (violin), Espen Lilleslatten (viola/violin), and Erik Entwistle (piano). This Concerts and Conversations-style performance puts audiences front and center in an intimate, chamber setting,. 7 p.m. 239-466-1131 Tyler Kluesner Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Tuesday - 23

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

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

Wednesday - 24 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. 941-575-3007 Relentless Fire Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 6 - 10 p.m., 239-540-8454 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Thursday - 25 Todd Rundgren Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers 7:30 p.m. 239-481-4849 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Paul Roush, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007 Hilary Hemingway art show Lorne’s Gallery, Tarpon Point Marina, Cape Coral 5 - 8 p.m. 239-945-0866 Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Seminole Casino Immokalee 506 S 1st St, Immokalee 8 p.m. Tickets $125, 800-218-0007 Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Dan Miller & Lew DelGatto Jazz Quartet The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 7 p.m. 239-333-2225 Scotty Bryan Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Friday - 26 Live Music in the Village

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Michael Hirst, 11 a.m. -2 p.m. & George Voss Duo, 5-9 p.m. 941-575-3007 The Sunset Celebration - High Tide Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Lauren Mitchell Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Friday Night Concert Series Miromar Outlets, Estero Hester Prynn, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Restaurant Piazza. 239-948-3766 55 and Over Through May 28 The Laboratory Theater of Florida - Kiwanis Hall, 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers May 26-27 at 8 p.m. & May 28 at 2 p.m. 239-218-0481 Deb & The Dynamics Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454

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Art & Poetry Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 2301 First Street, Fort Myers Showcasing the best art and poetry Southwest Florida has to offer. Artwork of every media is represented as well as music, spoken word, poetry, and crafts. Network with like-minded people and expand the artistic community. Now held monthly on the 3rd Friday from 8 - 10 p.m. 239-333-1933 gulfcoastleisure@gmail.com or www.sbdac.com Naples Philharmonic Chamber Music Naples United Church of Christ 5200 Crayton Rd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Saturday - 27 Terry Barber Trio:

Around the World in 80 Minutes Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 8 p.m. $45, $40 and $35. 239-495-8989 Tona Wong The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141 The Sunset Celebration - Relentless Fire Times Square, Fort Myers Beach 6 - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) 239-463-5900 Colt Ford The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers Doors open at 7 p.m. 239-985-9839 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Danny Beach, 5-9 p.m. 941-575-3007 Asleep at the Wheel Seminole Casino Immokalee 506 S 1st St, Immokalee 8 p.m. Tickets $25. 800-218-0007. Must be 21 years of age or older. Car Cruise-In Downtown Fort Myers 4-8 p.m. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com The Bridget Kelly Band The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 9 p.m. 239-333-2225 Double Standard Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 7 - 11 p.m., 239-540-8454 ACMA concert - NMBR11 All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m., $10-$15 donation. Rick Hardeman opens. 239-691-4069 www.americanacma.org GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers An exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 239-939-2787

Sunday - 28 Live Music in the Village

Naples Philharmonic Summer Spectacular Artis—Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Joe Delaney & Brandon Robertson The Barrel Room at Twisted Vine Bistro 2210 Bay St., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 239-333-2225 The Classix Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., 239-540-8454 Michael Banks & Nettie The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Monday - 29 Vintage Motor Car Club of America Car Show Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Village parking lot. 941-575-3007 Audio Saints Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Chuck Peterson The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Tuesday - 30 Naples Philharmonic Chamber Music Wang Opera Center 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples 7 p.m. 239-597-1900 Naples Philharmonic Chamber Music Headquarters Library 2385 Orange Blossom Dr, Naples 5 p.m. 239-597-1900

Rob & Julie Duo Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Kenny G The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Wednesday - 31 Brit Floyd Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 8 p.m. 239-948-7825 Art After Hours The Baker Museum 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples Enjoy free admission to The Baker Museum the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. A local band offers musical entertainment and audiences of all ages are welcome to view the galleries and learn from our docents. 239-597-1111 Live Music in the Village Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. 941-575-3007 Hester Prynn Duo Tiki Hut Bar & Grill at Dolphin Key Resort 1502 Miramar St., Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m., 239-540-8454 Michael Glean The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 - 7 p.m. Swamp Patio, 239-995-2141

Fisherman’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Singer Michael Hirst, noon-3 p.m. 941-575-3007

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