2015-05-06 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosts the second annual Smoke On The Water Barbecue Competition & Music Festival May 15-16 in front of the City Pier building in downtown Fort Myers. The Florida Bar-B-Que Association Sanctioned competition includes music by Sheena Brook (pictured), Redemption, Grayson Rogers, Unforgiven and the Nowhere Band. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Friday ant 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 333-1933 or sbdac.com. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosts the second annual Smoke On The Water Barbecue Competition & Music Festival May 15-16 in front of the City Pier building in downtown Fort Myers. The Florida Bar-B-Que Association Sanctioned competition includes music by Sheena Brook (pictured), Redemption, Grayson Rogers, Unforgiven and the Nowhere Band. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Friday ant 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 333-1933 or sbdac.com. THEATER

Mulan Jr. - The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players present Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.” at 7 p.m. May 8, at 2 and 7 p.m. May 9 and at 2 p.m. May 10 at the Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road. $13. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.

Split in Three - By Florida Repertory Theatre through May 10. Regular performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday, Sunday and selected Saturdays at 2 p.m. $25-$49. 332-4488 or floridarep.org.

A Position of Relative Importance - By the Theatre Conspiracy on various dates through May 17 in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts. The winner of the annual new play contest, author Hal Borden, attends some of the performances for a “talk back” session after the play. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 936-3239 or theatreconspiracy.org.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - By the Broadway Palm Children’s Theater on select dates through May 22. $18. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com.

The Guardsman - By Ghostbird Theater at 8 p.m. through May 10 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 2301 First St. $10. 333-1933 or sbdac.com.


The Art Galleries at FGCU host an opening reception for the exhibit “Stand Before Us/Photography and Paintings” at 5 p.m. May 14. A gallery talk with curator Veron Ennis begins at 5 p.m. The exhibition runs through June 18. Free. 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. 590-1086 or artgallery.fgcu.edu. The Art Galleries at FGCU host an opening reception for the exhibit “Stand Before Us/Photography and Paintings” at 5 p.m. May 14. A gallery talk with curator Veron Ennis begins at 5 p.m. The exhibition runs through June 18. Free. 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. 590-1086 or artgallery.fgcu.edu. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers - By Broadway Palm Theatre through May 23. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422 or broadwaypalm.com.

August: Osage County - By Let’s Put On A Show Productions May 15-30 at the Golden Gate Community Center. Letsputonashowproductions.com.

They’re Playing Our Song - By TheatreZone through May 10 in the G&L Theatre at Community School of Naples. (888) 966-3352 or theatrezoneflorida.com.

The Last Romance – By The Naples Players through May 16 at the Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990 or naplesplayers.org.

Nunsense - By the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Players June 3-14. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.

BALLET

Sleeping Beauty - By Gulfshore Ballet at 4 p.m. May 16 in the Anderson Theater at Bishop Verot High School, 5598 Sunrise Drive. 590-6191 or ticketor.com/gulfshoreballet

THURSDAY5.7

Christian Concert - WAY-FM presents Building 429 in concert with special guests Blanca from Group 1 Crew and Rapture Ruckus at 6:30 p.m. at First Assembly of God of Fort Myers, 4701 Summerlin Road. wayfm.com.

Art Reception - The Art Council of SW Florida holds a reception for new exhibits from 4-6 p.m. at the Coop Art Gallery at Coconut Point. Exhibits change monthly. acswf.org.

Violin Concert - Artis — Naples hosts violinist and Naples native Chad Hoopes for its final Masterworks concerts at 8 p.m. tonight and Friday. 597- 1900 or artisnaples.org.

Live Music - Jerry Dycke performs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. tonight on the main stage and Harry Cassano performs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. tonight and Friday on the waterfall stage at The Hut at the Peace Tropical Gardens. Free. 5150 Buckingham Road. 225-0907 or hutrestaurant.com.

FRIDAY5.8

Student Art - The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents an opening reception for the Student Showcase Exhibition from 6-8 p.m. at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road. On display through May 14, the showcase features the artwork of area high school students. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.

Paint Workshop - Vino’s Picasso hosts “Stormy Beach,” a BYOB Paint Session, at 3:30 p.m. BYOB or try something new from the wine bar and craft beer selection! $36, includes all art supplies. 15250 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit #109. RSVP: 288-6953 or VINOSpicasso.com.

Captain’s Dinner - A Captain’s Dinner for the fourth annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament takes place at Doc Ford’s on Fort Myers Beach. dingdarlingtarpontourney.org, 292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

Wine Whisperer – The Friends of Lakes Regional Library present a free program featuring Jerry Greenfield, “The Wine Whisperer,” at 1 p.m. at the library. Mr. Greenfield has been teaching wine seminars since 2003 and writes a wine column for Florida Weekly. An author of several books, his book “Secrets of the Wine Whisperer’ was published in 2013. 15290 Bass Road.

Winning Art - During the month of May, a new exhibit at the Alliance for the Arts features works by artists who have won Best in Show awards at the Alliance in recent years. An opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. The show features works in a variety of mediums by Lia Galletti, Nate Krate, Eric Levin, Renee Rey, Laura Waller, Roy Rodriguez, Joan Sonnenberg, Sherry Rohl and Eric Riemenschneider. Artwork by Vic Delnore is on display in the Member Gallery.ArtInLee.org or 939-2787.

Fashion Show - Six Bends Harley- Davidson hosts a mother/daughter fashion show at 5 p.m. Free. 9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers. 275-4647 or sixbends.com.

SATURDAY5.9

Book Signing - Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann signs copies of his book, “Jungle Cruise From Hell to Hereafter” from 10 a.m.-noon at the Southwest Florida Historical Society. 10091 McGregor Blvd., on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. 939-4044.

Tarpon Tourney - The fourth annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament takes place on Fort Myers Beach. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society- Friends of the Refuge hosts the event with support from title sponsor Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille and other local businesses and individuals. The “catch, care and release” tournament earns money from sponsorships and silent auctions to benefit wildlife and conservation education at the wildlife refuge. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. The Silver King for “Ding” After- Party follows. $50 for non-fishermen. dingdarlingtarpontourney.org, 292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

Veterans Appreciation - Military Day with Roger Dean Chevrolet runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 101 S. W. Pine Island Road. Events include a showcase of cars, a visit by the Military Museum Bus, a raffle for a new Camaro convertible, free hot dogs and Cokes. 541-8704veterans-foundation.org or VeteransFoundationRaffle.org.

ACMA Concert - The Americana Community Music Association presents Connor Christian in concert, with Scott Timson and Tony McEnery opening, at 7 p.m. at All Faiths Unitarian Church, 2756 McGregor Blvd.$15 donation. 691- 4069 or americanacma.org.

Bike Night - The final Downtown Fort Myers Bike Night of the season runs from 6-10 p.m. Enjoy a variety of motorcycles plus music, dining and shopping. 246-3045 or riverdistrictevents.com.

Chamber Concert - The music of Mozart and Borodin are featured at the last chamber music concert of the season presented by the Estero Concert Series at 4 p.m. at the Art Hall at Koreshan State Historic Site. Artists include Ashley Leigh on clarinet; Boris Sandler and Sania Whitaker on violins; Katrina Rozmus on viola, and Susan Moyer Bergeron on cello. $40. 596-8404 or rcc@rccnaples.org.

Looky-Loo - Miromar Outlets hosts a mother/daughter lookalike contest at 11 a.m. 948-3766 or miromaroutlets.com.

Turkey Trot - The Friends of Lovers Key host the 10th annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Refreshments and awards follow the race. $35 adults; $25 youth in advance; $40 on race day. 8700 Estero Blvd. friendsofloverskey.org or 463-4588.

The Beat Goes On - Artis—Naples presents the annual Percussion Summit at 8 p.m. $15. 597-1900 or artisnaples.com.

Produce & More - The GreenMarket at the Alliance for the Arts is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at 10091 McGregor Blvd. At 10:30 a.m., Steve Cucera, owner of Fruitscapes Nursery & Market on Pine Island, discusses growing tropical fruits in SWFL. Donations are welcome. 939-2787 or artinlee.org.

Blues Fest - The Buckingham Blues Bar hosts a Backyard Bluesfest featuring Josh Garrett, The Duffy Bishop Band, and Tommy Lee Cook & The Wildbunch from 2 p.m.-midnight. $10. No coolers or pets. 5641 Buckingham Rd. 693-7111.

SUNDAY5.10

Paint Workshop - Vino’s Picasso hosts a BYOB Paint Session at 12:30 p.m. Mothers enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. $36; includes all art supplies. 15250 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit #109. RSVP: 288- 6953 or VINOSpicasso.com.

Mom’s Day - In celebration of moms of all ages, the Edison Ford Winter Estates offers several activities, including free admission for moms and morning and afternoon Mimosas and lemonade in the Edison Coconut Grove on the Caloosahatchee. 334-7419 or edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Talk & Brunch - Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center presents A Special Mother’s Day Talk & Brunch, including a meditation led by Buddhist monk Kelsaant Tashi, from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at 6338 Presidential Ct. $15; includes a vegetarian brunch. MeditationInFortMyers.org

Cruise For Moms - Pure Fort Myers hosts a Mother’s Day Cruise with free cruise for moms with full purchase of a child or spouse ticket. 2360 W. First St. 919-2965.

River Cruise - River researcher Rae Ann Wessel guides a 2.5-hour tour of the historic upriver Caloosahatchee at 1 p.m., departing from the W.P. Franklin Lock. Explore the meanders of the Caloosahatchee back to a time when a waterfall served as the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living amongst the wilderness. $45. For reservations: 472-2329.

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 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.

MONDAY5.11

Films for Film Lovers - The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Films for Film Lovers series presents “Haute Cuisine” at 7 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road. $10. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.

Dance Classes - Rhythm in Motion presents a four-week adult belly dance class series, with beginners at 6 p.m. and intermediates at 7 p.m. $50 for four weeks; $15 drop-in. 3333 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral. 542-3500 or bellydanceswfl.com/Belly-Dance-Classes.

TUESDAY5.12

Art Workshop - The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents “Get Fired Up! Fused Glass Class Water Bowl” from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road. Learn to make a fused glass artwork in one setting. Glass, materials, food wine and guidance provided. $50. 495-8989 or artcenterbonita.org.

WEDNESDAY5.13

Sheppard Celebration - The Alliance for the Arts celebrates longtime Fort Myers residents John and Ellen Sheppard’s contributions to the cultural community from 4-6 p.m. Events include a book signing with John, an exhibit featuring Ellen’s paintings, and a reception with food and beverage provided by Leigh Frizzell Hayes. 10091 McGregor Blvd. ArtInLee.org or 939-2787.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Networking Event - Connect Networking runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 14 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St. Enjoy guest speakers, networking, raffle prizes and appetizers. $10 general admission; $30 promotional table. 333-1933 or sbdac.com.

Art Reception - The Art Galleries at FGCU host an opening reception for the exhibit “Stand Before Us/Photography and Paintings” at 5 p.m. May 14. A gallery talk with curator Veron Ennis begins at 5 p.m. The exhibition runs through June 18. Free. 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. 590-1086 or artgallery.fgcu.edu.

Lunch & Learn – Shangri-La Springs presents a free lunchtime lecture about “Emotional Intelligence in the Seasons of Life” at noon May 14. 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. 949-0749 or shangrilasprings.com.

BBQ & Music - The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosts the second annual Smoke On The Water Barbecue Competition & Music Festival May 15-16 in front of the City Pier building in downtown Fort Myers. The Florida Bar-B-Que Association Sanctioned competition includes music by Sheena Brook, Redemption, Grayson Rogers, Unforgiven and the Nowhere Band. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Friday ant 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 333-1933 or sbdac.com.

Music & More - Fort Myers Music Walk starts at 7 p.m. May 17 in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy live music at participating galleries, restaurants, bars and shops. fortmyersmusicwalk.com or 645-6457.

Reveille Revue - By Cultural Park theatre May 15-17. 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5862.

Beethoven Music - The Gulf Coast Symphony presents “Beethoven Fest” at 7 p.m. May 16 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway. Enjoy an all-Beethoven program featuring his Symphony No. 7 in A major, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, and the Coriolan Overture. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com.

Family Fun - Germain Arena hosts a family fun expo that features two performances by Thomas the Tank Engine at 11 a.m. May 31. $6. 948-7825 or germainarena.com.

ONGOING EVENTS

Art Party - The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents “Intuitive Praxis: New Works” by David Acevedo until May 22. Free. 2301 First St. 333-1933 or sbdac.com.

Art Exhibit - Harbour View Gallery presents pottery, glass and wood creations by LuAnn Nutt and clay work by Martha Grattan through May. 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral. jeannems@me.com, 540-5789 or art@harbourviewgallery.com.

New Work - The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s 2014-2015 Art & Community exhibition series featuring work from the PanAmerican Alliance for Art, Culture and Industry Inc. runs through May 28. 8771 College Parkway, Bldg. 2, Suite 201. For a tour: 274-5900.

May exhibit - The Arts for ACT Gallery presents its May Art Walk Exhibits, featuring work by Steve Pennisi, Megan Davis and Kevin Cote, through June 1. 2265 First St. 337-5050 or artsforactgallery.com.

Matlacha Tour - True Tours offers a Flavors of Matlacha Tour at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Tours start at the Matlacha Community Park. $15. (800) 979-3370 or truetours.net.

Koreshan display - FGCU Library Archives and Special Collections presents “The Koreshans” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through July 13 in Library Room 322. The exhibit features photographs, furniture and more. 590- 7658 or mvandeburgt@fgcu.edu.

Paint Workshop - Vino’s Picasso hosts painting sessions every day except Mondays. Prices and times vary. 15250 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit #109, Fort Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or VINOSpicasso.com.

Art Exhibit - The “Founding Females” Art Exhibit continues through May 28 at the Edison Ford Winter Estates. The exhibit in the Edison Caretaker’s House captures the unique attributes that “pioneer women” brought to the community. ¦

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