2017-01-18 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


The “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series presents “Naturally Twisted: A Look at the Wild,” a photographic presentation by Mark Renz at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 20 in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Free, but seating is limited.472-1100, ext. 241, or www.dingdarlingsociety.org/ articles/lecture-and-film-series. The “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series presents “Naturally Twisted: A Look at the Wild,” a photographic presentation by Mark Renz at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 20 in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Free, but seating is limited.472-1100, ext. 241, or www.dingdarlingsociety.org/ articles/lecture-and-film-series. — Submit calendar listings and high-resolution photos to events@floridaweekly.com. Email text, jpegs or Word documents are accepted. No pdfs or photos of fliers. The deadline for calendar submissions is noon Saturday.

THEATER

The Book of Mormon - At Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Jan. 24-29. Show times vary. $25-$127. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

33 Variations - By Theatre Conspiracy at 8 p.m. Jan. 20-21, 26-28 and Feb, 2-4 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. $24 adults; $11 students. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787, 936-3239 or www.theatreconspiracy.org.

24 Hour Festival - By Ghostbird Theatre Jan. 21-22 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Visual artists, filmmakers, theater artists, dancers, musicians and poets race against a 24-hour clock to create unique works based on prompts given by Barry Cavin. 2301 First St., www.sbdac.com.

Play Reading Series - By Theatre Conspiracy at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts. The series highlights the work of six local playwrights, kicking off with “The Afterlife of Swans” by Louise Wigglesworth. A Q&A follows each reading. $5. 10091 McGregor Blvd. www.TheatreConspiracy.org or by 936-3239.

Theater Auditions - The Alliance for the Arts holds auditions for its upcoming youth theater production of “Peter Pan Jr.” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 21. Auditions are open to children in grades 6-9. To sign up: https://artinlee.org/event/peter-pan-jr/2017-04-28/. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787.

Shear Madness - By Florida Repertory Theatre through March 12 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.

The Savannah Sipping Society - By the Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Jan. 19-March 4. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

Phantom - At Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Feb. 11. $40-$65. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

The House of Blue Leaves - By Florida Repertory Theatre through Jan. 25 at the historic Arcade Theatre. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.

Lend Me a Tenor - At the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater through Feb. 10. 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org.

The Porch - By Cultural Park Theater through Jan. 22. 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5862 or culturalparktheater.com.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown - By Firehouse Community Theatre Jan. 19-22. 241 N. Bridge St., LaBelle. (863) 675-3066.

SYMPHONY

Masterworks II Cellobration - By the Southwest Florida Symphony at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. A pre-concert lecture starts at 7 p.m. The concert features celebrated cellist Zuill Bailey. 13350 FSW Pkwy. $27-$87. 481-4849, 418- 1500 or www.bbmannpah.com.

Sinatra: The Ultimate Tribute - By the Gulf Coast Symphony at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 13350 FSW Pkwy. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

WEDNESDAY1.18

Interfaith Series - A lecture series titled “War, Women and Personal Stories” takes place at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and Jan. 25 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. Free admission. 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

THURSDAY1.19

Branson Favorites - The Bretts perform at 7 p.m. at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church. Celebrating their 19th season in Branson, Mo., the Brett family provides a power-packed, two-hour entertainment experience that combines the best in music, dance, comedy and artistry. The public is welcome. Freewill donations accepted. 8570 Cypress Lake Dr.. 482-1250, clumc@cypresslakeumc.com or www.cypresslakeumc.com.

Wildlife Program - Audubon of SW Florida presents Jason Broeckman’s program on “Bird and Wildlife Viewing at Lee County Conservation 20/20 Preserves” at 7 p.m. during its meeting at the Tropical Masonic Lodge. Free and the public is welcome. 10868 Metro Pkwy.

Elvis Show - Chris MacDonald stars in “Memories of Elvis” at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 13350 FSW Pkwy. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

Comedy Show - Patrick Garrity and Marcus Crespo perform tonight through Saturday at the Laugh In Comedy Café. Show times vary. 8595 College Pkwy. 479- LAFF or www.laughincomedycafe.com.

Live Music - Dan Miller & the Lew DelGatto Quartet perform at 7 p.m. at The Barrel Room. 2210 Bay St. 333-2225 or www.barrelroomfortmyers.com.

FRIDAY1.20

Art & Poetry - Gulf Coast Leisure presents an Art & Poetry Networking Event at 8 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The event showcases music, spoken word, poetry and crafts. Network with like-minded people and expand the artistic community. $10. 2301 First St. www.sbdac.com.

Kid Art - A Kids Tag Art Showcase runs from 4-7 p.m. at Hotel Indigo. Enjoy live music and a display of award-winning children’s art. 1520 Broadway Ave. 980-0887 or http://www.leetc.com/ about-us/kids-tag-art.

Movie Night - The Alliance for the Arts Family Movie Nights Series begins at 6:30 p.m. with “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” Bring lawn chairs, coolers and blankets. Admission is free, but a suggested $10 family donation is welcome. 10091 McGregor Blvd. www.ArtInLee.org or 939-2787.

Art Opening - Florida SouthWestern State College hosts an opening reception for the “Ann Hamilton: Phora” exhibit at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. The event features a special guest, Ms. Hamilton’s collaborator and sound artist, Andrew Deutsch. The exhibit explores the origins of public speaking from the first forums to ongoing political debate, and is opening on the day of the U.S. presidential inauguration. A press preview lecture and exhibition walk-through by FSW Humanities Professor Dr. Wendy Chase and Mr. Deutsch is open to the public at 11 a.m. 8099 College Pkwy. 489-9313 or www.RauschenbergGallery.com.

National Sensation - Artrageous comes to BIG ARTS at 7:30 p.m. The audience can enjoy and participate in an artistic experience when a team of artists, singers, dancers and Bunraku puppeteers who pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres, culminating in a gallery of finished paintings. 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org.

Art Fest - The Sanibel Community Association Art Festival runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday at the Sanibel Community House. 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. 293-9448.

Sock Hop - A Sock Hop featuring Tony Blake starts at 7 p.m. at the Lake Kennedy Center. $10 members; $15 nonmembers. 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. 574-0575.

Musical Adventure - Pink Martini takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $39.50- $59.50. 13350 FSW Pkwy. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

Music Event - Music Walk is set for 6-10 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy assorted genres of music at a variety of venues plus dining and shopping. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com.

Rant, White and Blue - Comedian Lewis Black performs tonight through Sunday at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. 11515 Bonita Beach Road. 389-6901 or www.swflpac.com.

Lecture Series - The “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series presents “Naturally Twisted: A Look at the Wild,” a photographic presentation by Mark Renz at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Free, but seating is limited. 472-1100, ext. 241, or www.dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.

Blues Tunes - The Buckingham Blues Bar presents Selwyn Birchwood from 8-11 p.m. $12; no smoking during show. 5641 Buckingham Road. 693-7111 or www.buckinghambar.com.

Blues Tunes - The Rusty Wright Band performs from 9 p.m.-midnight at The Barrel Room. $5 cover. 2210 Bay St. 333-2225 or www.barrelroomfortmyers.com.

SATURDAY1.21

Writing Group - The Gulf Coast Writers Association meets from 10 a.m.- noon at Zion Lutheran Church. Guest speaker John Keyse-Walker discusses alternative ways to get published. Free admission for first-time guests. 7401 Winkler Road.

Homeless Day - The Lee County Homeless Coalition hosts the 17th annual Homeless Service Day and Veterans Stand Down from 8:45 a.m. to noon at City of Palms Stadium. Services provided to the homeless during the event include provisions for food, hygiene kits, backpacks, flu shots, haircuts and information on VA benefits. Referrals for substance abuse and mental health counseling will also be available. During the event, the coalition conducts its annual Homeless Census. 2201 Edison Ave. 322-6600 or www.leehomeless.org.

Estero Bay Trip - Mound House on Fort Myers Beach offers an interpretive trip to Mound Key from 9 a.m.-noon. The trip leaves from Fish-Tale Marina aboard the Estero Bay Express catamaran, traveling to Mound House on Estero Island and then to Mound Key in Estero Bay. $44. For reservations: 765-0865.

Pet Cruise - Pure Florida presents Bark on the Ark from 8-11:30 a.m. Bring your dog aboard the M/V Edison Explorer for a sightseeing cruise along the Caloosahatchee River, followed by a visit to Picnic Island, where dogs and their owners can run and swim. The cruise departs from The Marina at Edison Ford. $44. 2360 W. First St. 919-2965, or www.PureFL.com.

Remodeler’s Dream - Lee BIA Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association, hosts its fifth annual building product garage sale to raise funds to help local homeowners in need from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cape Coral Plumbing. The sale offers deals in appliances, lighting, plumbing fixtures, cabinets and more. Free admission but $5 donation suggested. 5812 Enterprise Pkwy. Beverages and snacks are available. www.BIA.net or 938-0056.

Book Sale - The Friends of Lakes Regional Library hold a book sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the library. The sale features a large selection of books, including fiction, non-fiction and audio books as well as CDs and DVDs. 15290 Bass Road.

Beatles Tribute - Cantorial soloist and Grammy nominated BMI Awardwinning composer/ producer Lawrence Dermer and the Shalom Life Center band present “Billy and The Beatles,” a musical tribute to Billy Joel and The Beatles, at 7:30 p.m. at the Shalom Life Center. $15-$54. 13411 Shire Ln. info@shalomlifecenter.org or 218-3433.

Blues Music - The Buckingham Blues Bar presents J.P. Soars & The Red Hots from 8-11 p.m. $10 admission; no smoking. 5641 Buckingham Road. 693- 7111 or www.buckinghambar.com.

ACMA Concert - The Americana Community Music Association and All Faiths Unitarian Congregation present Brother Sun, featuring National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks, at 7 p.m. at AFUU. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony. Singer, songwriter and autoharpist Eileen Kozloff opens. 2756 McGregor Blvd. Suggested donation: $15-$20. For advance tickets: 226-0900. 691-4069 or www.americanacma.org.

Dance All Night - USA Dance holds a ’50s Sock Hop from 6-10 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. The event features music by Wayne Manning. $15 USA Dance members; $20 non-members. 244 Santa Barbara, Cape Coral. 565-7947 or dancingtala@gmail.com.

Nature Walk - Lee County’s Conservation 2020 hosts a guided nature walk from 9-10:30 a.m. at Wild Turkey Strand Preserve. Master naturalists identify and discuss native plants and wildlife. Bring water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Free. 11901 Rod & Gun Club Road. 204- 1125 or www.conservation2020.org.

Bacon & Blues - 94.5 The Arrow presents Bacon Jam from 11:30 a.m.- sunset at Centennial Park. The event features food vendors plus music by Mike Imbasciani and his Bluez Rockerz, ZZ’s Best and Bite the Bullet. $5 admission; free for 12 and under. www.swfljams.com.

Live Music - Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys performs from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at The Barrel Room. $5 cover. 2210 Bay St. 333-2225 or www.barrelroomfortmyers.com.

SUNDAY1.22

Psychic Medium - Anthony’s on the Green hosts a Public Gallery Event with clairvoyant and medium Dr. Robert Allen Fahey at 1 p.m. The event is open to 12 ticket holders who will receive a psychic reading from Dr. Fahey. $128. A public dinner and psychic demonstration follow. $45 for the dinner and demo. http://faheyevents.com. 3400 Club View Dr., N. Fort Myers.

Community Concert - The Lee County Community Band presents “Festive Moments,” its first concert of the New Year, at 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School. Under the baton of Richard Bradstreet, the band performs a potpourri of light classical pieces, Broadway hits, patriotic songs, marches and popular medleys. Admission is free but donations are accepted. 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. 995-2097 or www.leecountyband.org.

Sanibel Concert - The Gulf Coast Harmonizers present a free concert at 5 p.m. at the Sanibel Community Church. Free will donations are welcome. 1740 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. (727) 215-7281 or www.gulfcoastharmonizers.org.

Sanibel Concert - A Doug Renfroe and Friends Concert starts at 3 p.m. at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. Performers include the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, pianist Abigail Allison and cellist Susie Kelly. Free-will donations are welcome. 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. 472-0497.

Dog Day - The Calusa Nature Center hosts Dog Day Afternoons from noon-3 p.m. on Sundays. $5 per human; dogs must be leashed. 3450 Ortiz Ave. www.calusanature.org or 275-3435.

Music Event - The Americana Community Music Association and HBS host a Singer/Songwriter Circle from 2-5 p.m. on Sundays at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd. Join local singer/songwriters in an open, creative atmosphere. Free; donations welcome. 910-5657 or www.americanacma.org.

Blues Tunes - The Buckingham Blues Bar hosts an Open Stage Blues Jam from 3-6 p.m. on Sundays and from 8-11 p.m. Wednesdays. 5641 Buckingham Rd. 693-7111.

Jazz Brunch - Joe Delaney and Brandon Robertson perform from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during Jazz Brunch at The Barrel Room. 2210 Bay St. 333-2225 or www.barrelroomfortmyers.com.

MONDAY1.23

The Gambler - Kenny Rogers performs at 8 p.m. at Artis—Naples. 597- 1900 or www.artisnaples.org.

Monday Film - BIG ARTS presents the Monday Night Film “Marguerite” at 7 p.m. in Schein Hall. $10. 900 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel. www.bigarts.org or 395-0900.

Networking Event - “The Entrepreneurial Mindset” is the topic at the Connect Networking event set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Sandra Kauanui, is the guest speaker. Hosted by Melissa Tschari DeHaven, the event offers networking opportunities and guest speakers. $10 individual; $40 table. 2301 First St. Melissa.sbdac@gmail.com or www.sbdac.com.

Belly Dancing - A Beginning Belly Dance series for adults runs from 6-7 p.m. on Mondays starting today at Rhythm in Motion. $15 per week or $50 for a four-week package. An ongoing Intermediate Belly Dance class also meets Mondays from 7-8 p.m. 3333 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. 542-3500 or www.bellydanceSWFL.com.

Scholar Lecture - The 2017 Shared Scholar Lecture, featuring the Rev. Heidi Neumark, starts at 7:30 p.m. at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. Pastor Neumark’s presentation expands upon the story of her discovering her Jewish ancestry, which she has detailed in her book “Hidden inheritance: Family Secret, Memory and Faith.” A reception follows. 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. The public is welcome; free will donations are requested. 472-0497.

TUESDAY1.24

Benefit Event - The Music Foundation of SW FL holds its Annual Benefit Dinner from 5-8 p.m. at The Helm Club at The Landings. The evening includes a silent auction, performances by students and dinner. $50. www.music-foundation.org or 275-0057.

Empress of Soul - Gladys Knight performs at 8 p.m. at Artis—Naples. 597- 1900 or www.artisnaples.org.

Speaker Series - Lee County Parks & Recreation continues the Calusa Blueway Speaker Series, showcasing aspects of the blueway, Lee County’s 190-mile marked trail for canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders, with “Inside: One Woman’s Journey through the Inside Passage” with author Susan Marie Conrad at 6:30 p.m. at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd. 432-2154, www.calusablueway.com or www.leeparks.org/blueway.

WEDNESDAY1.25

Hemingway’s Friends - Literary historian and actor Betty Jean Steinshouer presents “On Hemingway, Three Views,” a three act program portraying writer Ernest Hemingway from the viewpoint of his closest friends, Willa Cather, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Gertrude Stein, at a luncheon at 11:30 at the Cypress Lake Country Club. The program is sponsored by Friends of the Fort Myers Library. $35 members; $45 non-members. http://bit.ly/2hYh1MJ.

Storytelling - StorySlam 2017 - An Evening of Storytelling runs from 7-9 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts. Join 10 local storytellers for an evening of personal tales, tall tales, folk tales and more. $10 members; $15 non-members. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787 or www.artinlee.org.

State Day - Bootleggers Waterfront BBQ hosts Pennsylvania State Day from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event includes football, tailgate games, food, drinks and more. 2200 Main St., Fort Myers Beach. 463-3043.

Mystery Show - The Laugh In Comedy Club hosts a “Totally ’80s, Totally Murder Mystery Dinner Show” at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30). Come dressed in ’80s attire and put your detective hat on and figure who the killers. Tickets include a three-course meal with choice of a NY strip, chicken parmesan or a cod dinner. $50. 8595 College Pkwy. 479- LAFF or www.laughincomedycafe.com.

Blues Tunes - The Buckingham Blues Bar hosts an Open Stage Blues Jam from 8-11 p.m. Wednesdays. 5641 Buckingham Rd. 693-7111.

UPCOMING

Piano Duo - The Naughton Sisters perform at 7:30 p.m. at BIG ARTS. 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org.

One-Woman Show - Local actress Rusty Brown presents the one-woman show “Remembering Nora Ephron” at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Lakes Regional Library. Registration is required: 479-4636. 15290 Bass Road. ¦

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