2012-12-12 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


Theatre Conspiracy presents “The Nerd” by Larry Shue through Dec. 15 at the Foulds Theatre. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met but who saved his life in Vietnam, but the visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. Tickets are $20. 936-3239 or theatreconspiracy.org. Theatre Conspiracy presents “The Nerd” by Larry Shue through Dec. 15 at the Foulds Theatre. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met but who saved his life in Vietnam, but the visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. Tickets are $20. 936-3239 or theatreconspiracy.org. Theater

¦ Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings - Dec. 16-31 at the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater on Sanibel Island. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org.

¦ The Santaland Diaries - By Florida Repertory Theatre Dec 19-30. 332- 4488 or www.floridarep.org.

¦ A Tuna Christmas - At Cultural Park Theatre Dec. 14-23. 772-5862 or www.culturalparktheater.com.

¦ The Nerd - By Theatre Conspiracy through Dec. 15 at Foulds Theatre, 100911 McGregor Blvd. 936-3239.


Gulfshore Ballet’s production of the “Nutcracker Suites” returns to Sanibel on Dec. 22. The performance begins at 4 p.m. in BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road. General admission $20; child $15. Under the artistic direction of Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez, former principal dancers of the Miami City Ballet, Gulfshore Ballet students bring the Christmas magic of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” to BIG ARTS stage each year. www.BIGARTS.org or 395- 0900. Gulfshore Ballet’s production of the “Nutcracker Suites” returns to Sanibel on Dec. 22. The performance begins at 4 p.m. in BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road. General admission $20; child $15. Under the artistic direction of Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez, former principal dancers of the Miami City Ballet, Gulfshore Ballet students bring the Christmas magic of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” to BIG ARTS stage each year. www.BIGARTS.org or 395- 0900. ¦ Elves and the Shoemaker e - At m- Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre through Dec.ec. 23. 278-4422 or www.broadpalm.m. com.

¦ Leading Ladies - By The Naples Players through Dec. 155 at the Sugden Community Theatre.atre. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.yers.org.

¦ Miracle on 34th Streetreet - By Broadway Palm Theatre through Dec. 25. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

¦ I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change - At the Off Broadway Palm Theatre through Dec. 25. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

¦ Talley’s Folly - By the Florida Repertory Theatre through Dec. 16. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.

Symphony

¦ Gulf Coast Symphony, Gulfshore Ballet and the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

present “Deck The Halls!” at 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

¦ The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performs Holiday Pops at 8 p.m. Dec. 13-15 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $47. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.

Thursday, Dec. 13

¦ Networking Event - The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosts a Connect Networking Mixer from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, raffle prizes, music, drinks and mingling. $5. 333-1933 or www.sbdac.com.

¦ Prose & Poems - The Sanibel- Captiva Island Writers read original selections from their prose and poetic works at 7:30 p.m. at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Selections are chosen for quality and listener friendliness. $5. 395-0900 or www.BIGARTS. ARTS.org.

¦ Dinner Theater - First Christian Church of Cape Coral presents “The Greatest Gift Of All,” an original Christmas musical written by local playwright Laura Rivera, at 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday. Dinner and show, $15; children 12 and under, $12; general admission, $10. 2630 Country Club Blvd. 574-7272.

¦ Holiday Sounds - The Cypress Lake Center for the Arts presents a Winter Band Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the CLHS Auditorium. Enjoy performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble. $5. 6750 Panther Ln.

¦ Talent Showcase - The Cypress Lake Center for the Arts presents Beans & Scenes: Holiday Java at 6:30 p.m. today and Friday at the Black Box Theatre. $10. 6740 Panther Ln.

¦ Holiday Classic - The North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Enjoy a preshow at 5:45 p.m. 800-440-7469 or www.bbmannpah.com.

¦ Choir Concert - The Center for

the Arts of Bonita Springs hosts Live! The Bay Singers Choir at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 S. Bay Dr. Enjoy holiday tunes and more. $15 members; $20 non-members. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

Friday,Fr Dec. 14

¦ IrIrish Tunes - Celtic Stew performs from 8:30-11:30 p.m. tonight and Dec. 21 ata Ballyorney Irish Pub. 13851 South TamiamiTam Trl. 628-1444 or http://ballyorney. ney.com.

¦ PetP Party - Happy Hour runs from 5-8 p.p m. at the Bell Tower Shops. Donate $5 to the Gulf Coast Humane Society and get a free holiday photo of Santa with youryou pups. 489-1221.

¦ HolidayH Lights - The Calusa NatNature Center & Planetarium hosts its annual Holiday Arbor Lights from 7-110 p.m. tonight through Dec. 23. The CyCypress Boardwalk Trail is decorated wiwith thousands of lights. Enjoy crafts, snsnacks, pictures with Santa, and enter ththe eco-art competition “Treeduce- TTreeuse-Treecycle.” 275-3435.

¦ Classic Oldies - Richie C performs form from 7-9 p.m. in Market Plaza at GulGulf Coast Town Center. 267-0783 or www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Bird Tour - ¦ - Experience the beautiful d birds of Bunche Beach with a bird patrol guide from 8-10 a.m. Meet on thee beach at the south end of John Morriss Road. Bring binoculars, sun protectionn and shoes that can get wet. 707-3015 or www.birdpatrol.org.

¦ Handbell Concert - The Southwest Florida Handbell Ensemble present a free concert at 2 p.m. at the South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy. The event is sponsored by the Friends of South County Regional Library.

¦ Holiday Shopping - The Alliance for the Arts gift shop expands from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a one-day holiday shopping extravaganza when more than 15 artists display their hand-crafted items throughout the main gallery. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-9 2787 or www.artinlee.org.

¦ Classic Melodies - BIG ARTS hosts the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida at 7:30 p.m. for its “Holiday Evergreens” concert. $20 adults; $10 children. 900 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel. www.BIGARTS.org or 395-0900.

¦ Art Workshops - The Alliance for the Arts presents a “Try It!” Workshop on Beginning Guitar by Nita Flores at 10 a.m. The one-hour session for anyone 12 or older precedes her six-week classes, which begin Jan. 5. Free for Alliance

members; $5 for non-members. www.artinlee.org or 939-2787.

¦ Art Fair - The Saturday Art Fair runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the sidewalks along First Street in downtown Fort Myers. See the wares of 27 art vendors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 337-5050.

¦ Blues Rock - American blues rock guitarist and singer Joe Bonamassa performs at 8 p.m. at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. 800-745-3000 or www.germainarena.com.

¦ Variety Show - FGCU Theatre Lab presents the third annual Thistletoe Cabaret at 8 p.m. at the FGCU Arts Complex. $7. 590-7268 or http://theatrelab. fgcu.edu.

¦ Santa Cruise - The Bubble Room Restaurant and Captiva Cruises offer family fun cruises with Santa at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 22, leaving from McCarthy’s Marina on Captiva Island. The fun includes cupcakes, ornament making, holiday face painting and visiting with Santa. $45 children; $40 adults. For reservations: 472-5300.

¦ Salsa y Meringue - Batey performs from 7-9 p.m. in Market Plaza at Gulf Coast Town Center. 267-0783 or www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com.

Sunday, Dec. 16

¦ Christmas Music - The Village Church Choir & Festival Orchestra at Shell Point Retirement Community presents The Many Moods of Christmas at 6:15 p.m. in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. $10. www.shellpoint.org/seasonofpraise or 454-2147.

¦ Holiday Boats - The Cape Coral Holiday Boat-A-Long and related festivities run from 4-10 p.m. at Four Freedoms Park. See nearly 100 decorated boats. 573-3123.

¦ Christmas Tunes - The Rose Ensemble choir, renowned interpreters of early American music, presents “An Early American Christmas” at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $25. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.

Monday, Dec 17

¦ Film Series - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Films for Film Lovers series presents “Callas Forever” at 7 p.m. at 26100 Old 41 Rd. A film discussion follows $8. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

¦ Film Series - TGIM: Thank God for Indie Mondays with host Eric Raddatz is held on Mondays at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a happy half hour with the show starting at 7 p.m. $5. www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

¦ Improv Night - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs hosts an Improv Showcase at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Dr. The showcase features the students in the adult education Improv II class performing improv games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Free. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

¦ Reader’s Theater - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents Reader’s Theater at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Dr. The showcase features the students in the adult education Reader’s Theater course performing staged readings from popular plays. Free. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

¦ Art Workshop - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents “Bling It On” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 26100 Old 41 Rd. Participants create a lovely piece of beaded jewelry and enjoy tasty fare. $50. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

Upcoming Events

¦ Art Event - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs hosts Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Dr. Enjoy art, exhibitions and musical entertainment. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

¦ Local Talent - The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents Locals

Live! at 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, Suite 114, 26811 S. Bay Dr. See live performances from local talent following Art Walk. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

¦ Comedy Show - Comedian Steve Solomon presents “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays – The Therapy Continues…,” a performance combining comic voices, sound effects and characterizations to tell funny stories about the human condition, at 7 p.m. Dec. 20-23 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $39. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.

¦ Classic Opera - Opera Naples and the NPO present the opera “Tosca” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 a the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Steffanie Pearce directs the opera, and Paul Nadler conducts the orchestra. Tickets start at $119. 59701900 or www.ThePhil.org.

¦ Art & Poetry - The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosts an Art & Poetry Networking Mixer from 8-11 p.m. Dec. 20. $5. 333-1933 or www.sbdac.com.

¦ Jazz Sounds - The Kevin Mauldin Jazz Trio performs from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center during Music Walk. Free. Dancing at the Davis: Hollywood Glamor follows from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. $5-$10. 333-1933 or www.sbdac.com.

¦ Music Event - The Fort Myers Music Walk starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy an evening of live music at more than a dozen downtown bars, restaurants, galleries and shops. 1-855-RDA-EVENTS

¦ Holiday Sounds - The Southwest Florida Symphony performs its Holiday Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at The Village Church at Shell Point and at 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 418-1500 or www.swflso.org.

¦ Christmas Classic - Gulfshore Ballet’s production of the “Nutcracker Suites” returns to Sanibel on Dec. 22. The performance begins at 4 p.m. in BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road. General admission $20; child $15. www.BIGARTS. org or 395-0900.

Ongoing Events

¦ Holiday Sights - Holiday House is open from 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 23 at the Burroughs Home and Langford Kingston Home in downtown Fort Myers. 738-3710.

¦ Art Exhibits - The “Shadows and Reflections” and “Off the Wall” exhibits run through Jan. 12 at BIG ARTS. An artists reception is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 14. 900 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel. www.bigarts.org or 472-9700.

¦ Art Exhibit - The “Abstraction, Realism and Cartoons” exhibit is on view at the Arts for ACT Gallery on First Street during December. The exhibit features work by Katherine Boren, Ellen Sayet and Doug MacGregor. 337-5050. ¦

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