November 30, 2011 RSS feed / Arts & Entertainment News

Around the table

GIVING

Last week, families across the country sat down around their Thanksgiving tables to share a meal and stories of gratitude. Time around the table allows us to reflect on the people and events that have shaped our lives over the previous years. More...

CAPSULES

My Week With Marilyn ...½ (Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh) Young, well-to-do Colin (Redmayne) wants to join the film industry in 1950s England, and lucky for him his first job is on a set with Laurence Olivier (Branagh) and Marily More...

Theatre Conspiracy sports new seats and a new show

Theatre Conspiracy’s new comedy, “Becky’s New Car,” is set to open at the Foulds Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. The opening night event will serve as a fundraiser to support Florida troops. More...

An early holiday gift for opera aficionados: ‘The Met: Live in HD’ at area cinemas

Renée Fleming returns to “The Met: Live in HD” in the title character in Handel’s Baroque showpiece, “Rodelinda,” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Four Southwest Florida cinemas will broadcast the performance ( see box). More...

COMING UP AT BIG ARTS

BIG ARTS is located at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The Strauss Theater, a program of BIG ARTS, is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. More...

WineTrail hopes third time’s a charm

The River District Alliance has set a date for the third time in as many months for the first WineTrail and Beyond: A Walk of Wine Discovery. More...

Empty Bowls fundraising continues at the Alliance

Attendees at the fourth annual Empty Bowls Event at the Alliance for the Arts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, will be able to select a beautiful handmade ceramic bowl created and donated by 700 Lee County students. More...

New work featured in Alliance galleries

The Alliance for the Arts presents paintings by Barbara Fewster and Lydia Fogaras Ljuboja, M.D., through Saturday, Dec. 31, with an opening reception from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at 10091 McGregor Blvd., just south of Colonial Boulevard. More...

Religious leaders are just like the rest of us — almost

¦ “Chazzonos,” by Lyle Rockler iUniverse. 276 pages. $17.95. More...

Choruses come together for free holiday show

The Edison State College Chorale will be joined on stage by the Riverdale High School Chorus for a free holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. More...

All categories open for Young Artist Awards

Actors, dancers and musicians vie for scholarships, prestige

Audition dates for the Young Artists Awards auditions have been set and registration for is now open to area students from throughout Southwest Florida ages 8-21. Savings bond scholarships totaling $25,000 and other prizes will be awarded this year. More...

Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of the missing drama

THEATER REVIEW

I know Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character, but at intermission at the Sugden Community Theatre recently, I was almost wishing for his assistance, because I was totally mystified how a cast and director so abundant with talent could produce such More...

‘The Muppets ’

Is it worth $10? Yes

If there’s one thing you can say about the old “Muppets” television show that ran from 1976-81 and the early Muppet movies, it’s that they were so funny and sweet they made you feel good inside. More...

Play make-believe for opening of Lunchbox Series

Florida Repertory Theatre’s popular Lunchbox Theatre Series opens with “The Imaginators,” an epic makebelieve adventure about the power of imagination. More...

‘This Is Christmas’ concert kicks off holidays

First Baptist Church Fort Myers and Elevation Ministries welcome Southwest Floridians home for the holidays with its annual Christmas Concert “This Is Christmas.” More...

‘Glow’

“Glow” by Amy Kathleen Ryan (St. Martin’s Griffin, $17.99)

As the two oldest children aboard the starship Empyrean, Kieran and Waverly always felt they were meant for each other. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 8 P.M. More...

Pottery sale, soup lunch to help area’s hungry

The Florida Gulf Coast University Art Program hosts the annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls Soup Lunch events for pottery enthusiasts, holiday gift buyers and community supporters Friday, Dec. 2, at the Arts Complex courtyard on campus. More...

CONTRACT BRIDGE

Hidden asset

You might wonder how declarer lost a trump trick in this deal and went down one in five hearts. But the fact is that it did happen, and it all came about in a perfectly natural way. The hand was played in New Orleans in the 1978 World Open Pairs. More...

Symphonic Chorale to spread holiday joy

The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida Singers will help put the community in the holiday spirit with performances at various venues throughout December. More...

Talent show seeks student contestants

The second annual Learning for Life’s Got Talent Show is looking for choir, dance, orchestra and theater groups as well as soloists and small groups in music, dance, vocal or theater. Only a limited number of openings are available. More...

Paul Todd to provide musical illumination

Tickets are going fast, but are still available for the Paul Todd concert, “Illuminated, the Music of Lights,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Ticket sales will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank. More...