2017-02-15 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


FGCU TheatreLab presents “The Foreigner” Feb. 17-26 at the FGCU Arts Complex. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 25 and 26. A post-performance follows the Feb. 25 matinee. $10 public; $7 students. www.fgcu.edu/CAS/BSMA. 
COURTESY IMAGE FGCU TheatreLab presents “The Foreigner” Feb. 17-26 at the FGCU Arts Complex. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 25 and 26. A post-performance follows the Feb. 25 matinee. $10 public; $7 students. www.fgcu.edu/CAS/BSMA. COURTESY IMAGE — 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 Importance of Being Earnest - At Cultural Park Theater Feb. 25-March 5. 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5862 or http://culturalparktheater.com.

Drinking Habits 2 - Caught in the Act - At Firehouse Community Theatre Feb. 23-26 and March 2-5. 241 N. Bridge St. LaBelle. (863) 675-3066.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - By Theatre Conspiracy Feb. 24-March 11 at the Alliance for the Arts Foulds Theater. A talkback with Director Sonya McCarter and cast follows the March 5 performance. $24 adults; $11 students. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 936-3239 or www.theatreconspiracy.org.

LOUIS-and-ELLA - At the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater Feb. 17-28. 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. 472-6862 or www.bigarts.org.

The Foreigner - By FGCU TheatreLab Feb. 17-26 at the FGCU Arts Complex. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 25 and 26. A post-performance follows the Feb. 25 matinee. $10 public; $7 students. www.fgcu.edu/CAS/BSMA.

To Kill a Mockingbird - By Florida Repertory Theatre through March 8 in the historic Arcade Theater. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.


Diva Comedy Night, featuring three female Florida comedians, starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Alliance for the Arts. The show stars Pam Bruno, Trish Keating and Marianette (pictured). $15 Alliance members; $20 nonmembers. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787 or www.ArtInLee.org. 
COURTESY PHOTO Diva Comedy Night, featuring three female Florida comedians, starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Alliance for the Arts. The show stars Pam Bruno, Trish Keating and Marianette (pictured). $15 Alliance members; $20 nonmembers. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787 or www.ArtInLee.org. COURTESY PHOTO Burn This - By Laboratory Theater of Florida at 8 p.m. Feb. 16-18 and 23-25 and 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 25. 1634 Woodford Ave. 218-0841 or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

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 through March 4. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.


The Boston Red Sox host a free, public open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 18. Activities will include inflatables, player autographs, discounted concessions, face-painting, magicians and more. A separate breakfast with Wally the Green Monster and his sister Tessie is set for 9-11 a.m. ($35 adults; $20 children). For reservations: 226-4707 or mthome@redsox.com. 
COURTESY PHOTO The Boston Red Sox host a free, public open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 18. Activities will include inflatables, player autographs, discounted concessions, face-painting, magicians and more. A separate breakfast with Wally the Green Monster and his sister Tessie is set for 9-11 a.m. ($35 adults; $20 children). For reservations: 226-4707 or mthome@redsox.com. COURTESY PHOTO Anything Goes - By Broadway Palm Theatre Feb. 16-April 1. 1380 Colonial Blvd. 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

Dead Accounts - By The Naples Players through Feb. 26 at Sugden Community Theater, Naples. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.

Amadeus - By TheatreZone through Feb. 19 at G&L Theatre. 13275 Livingston Road, Naples. (888) 966-3352 or www.theatrezoneflorida.com.

The Hound of the Baskervilles - By Gulfshore Playhouse through March 12 at The Norris Center, Naples. (844) 811-4111 or www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.


The “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series presents Dr. John Marzluff, author of “In Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife,” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 17 in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. A book signing follows. Free, but seating is limited. 472-1100, ext. 241, or www.dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lectureand film-series. 
COURTESY PHOTO The “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series presents Dr. John Marzluff, author of “In Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife,” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 17 in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. A book signing follows. Free, but seating is limited. 472-1100, ext. 241, or www.dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lectureand film-series. COURTESY PHOTO SYMPHONY

Masterworks - The Southwest Florida Symphony continues its 56th season of Masterworks with “Let’s Dance!,” featuring New York Phil violist Gilad Karni, at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. A conductor led pre-concert lecture starts at 7 p.m. 13350 FSW Pkwy. $27-$87. www.swflso.org or 418-1500.

GCS Pops - Gulf Coast Symphony presents “Gotta Dance!” at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. A Pre-Pops Dinner starts at 5 p.m. in the Judd Pavilion. $30; tickets sold separately. 13350 FSW Pkwy. 481-4849 or http://gulfcoastsymphony.org.

WEDNESDAY2.15

Film Showing - A free film screening about the history of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Conservation 20/20 starts at 7 p.m. at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Interpretive Center. The 25-minute film was produced by FGCU students and the screening marks the film’s public premiere. 7751 Penzance Blvd. Reservations are required: 204-1125. www.LeeParks.org or www.Conservation2020.org.

Special Luncheon - Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central celebrates 100 years of providing access to reproductive health and education services at the organization’s annual Lee County Choice Affair Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza. Guest speakers are local women’s health advocate Christin Collins and Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran. $75. 13051 Bell Tower Dr. (407) 376-3609 or anna.eskamani@ppswcf.org.

THURSDAY2.16

A Stand-Up Crowd - The Upright Citizens Brigade performs at 6 and 8:30 p.m. at Artis—Naples. 596-1900 or www.artisnaples.org.

Gala Evening - Everglades Wonder Gardens hosts its second annual “Enchanted, an evening of wonder” from 6-10 p.m. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, wildlife encounters, a mystery wine pull, dinner, entertainment, a live auction and more. $150 individual; $250 patron. 27180 Old 41 Road. evergladeswondergardens.com or 992-2591.

Nature Hike - Join a park naturalist for a walk on the nature trails of Koreshan State Historic Site at 10 a.m. Participants learn area history and find out about the park’s plants and critters. The walk starts in the picnic area. Bring water, hat and camera. Free with park entry. Reservations requested: 992-0311.

Bird Program - Audubon of SWFL meets at 7 p.m. at Tropical Lodge 56. The guest speaker is Steve Shaurer of the Florida Wildlife Commission, discussing the Florida scrub jay, a threatened species. 10868 Metro Pkwy. Free admission; donations welcome.

FGCU Concert - The FGCU Bower School of Music and the Arts presents a Jazz Piano and Guitar Faculty & Guest Artist Series Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the U. Tobe Recital Hall. $10 public; $7 students. www.fgcu.edu/CAS/BSMA.

Circus Show - Cirque Italia (silver unit) performs today through Sunday at 917 NE Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. www.cirqueitalia.com or (941) 704-8572.

Concert Series - The Fort Myers Community Concert Association presents Teatro Lirico D’Europa performing G. Bizet’ s “Carmen” at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $65-$165. www.fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org or 693-4849.

Brass Music - River City Brass performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Village Church Auditorium at Shell Point. $36. 15100 Shell Point Blvd. 454-2067 or www.shellpoint.org.

Comedy Show - Dale Jones performs tonight through Saturday at the Laugh In Comedy Café. Show times vary. 8595 College Pkwy. 479-LAFF or www.laughincomedycafe.com.

Outdoor Yoga - A goddess yoga class is offered from 1-2 p.m. every Thursday at Koreshan State Park. The focus is on improving internal strength, clarity, and creativity, through a dynamic physical practice. Basic physical agility is required. Some mats are provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Free park admission. 3800 Corkscrew Rd. 992-0311 or www.floridastateparks.org.

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

Funny Guy - Rich Vos performs tonight though Sunday at Off the Hook Comedy Club. Show times vary. 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road. 389-6901 or www.offthehookcomedy.com.

Paint Session - Vino’s Picasso hosts Paint What You Want from 3:30-6 p.m. ($15) and a guided paint session themed “Starry Night” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ($36). Includes all art supplies. No experience needed. 15250 S. Tamiami Trl., #109. Register at VINOSpicasso.com or 288- 6953.

Tribute Show - The Edwards Twins present a “An Evening with Cher, Elton John, Bette Midler & Barbra Streisand starring...” at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. $65 for dinner and the show. 11515 Bonita Beach Road. 389-6901 or www.swflpac.com.

FRIDAY2.17

Art Party - BIG ARTS hosts a reception for “The Itty Bitty Art Exhibit” and the Petticoat Painters of Sarasota at 5:30 p.m. The shows run through March 18. 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org.

Movie Night - The Alliance for the Arts Family Movie Nights Series continues with a showing of “Ice Age: Collision Course” at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, coolers and blankets. Suggested $10 family donation. 10091 McGregor Blvd. www.ArtInLee.org or 939-2787.

Reading Fest - The 17th annual Florida Celebration of Reading kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. The event includes a breakfast, lunch, VIP reception, dinner, guest authors and more. $250. 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs. www.BarbaraBush.org/events.

History Event - The Bonita Springs Historical Society hosts a “Calusa History Walk” from 10 a.m.-noon. Learn about the archaeology of the first people to inhabit the area. $20 in advance; $30 at the gate. An optional lunch (not included) follows. The event starts and ends at the Liles Hotel History Center in Riverside Park. 27300 Old 41 Road. 221-8218 or calusaghosttours@gmail.com.

Literacy Fundraiser - Literacy Council Gulf Coast hosts its annual “Passion for Fashion” fundraiser luncheon and fashion show from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at Colonial Country Club. Nola Theiss, executive director and founder of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, is the keynote speaker. The event includes lunch, wine, a fashion show and a silent auction. $50. 676-5202 or www.literacygulfcoast.org.

Craft Show - The Edison Festival of Light Crafts on the River event is set for today through Sunday at Centennial Park. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. www.edisonfestival.org or 334-2999

Music & More - Music Walk runs from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy a variety of music at participating venues, plus dining and shopping. www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com.

Art & Poetry - An Art & Poetry Networking Event is set for 8-10 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 2301 First St. 333-1933 or www.sbdac.com.

Acadian Sound - BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet performs at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. $35-$45. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495- 8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

Parade Celebration - The Edison Festival of Light Parade Celebration is set for today and Saturday on Edward Drive in downtown Fort Myers. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. tonight and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, featuring bands, DJs, local talent and food. Free admission. www.edisonfestival.org.

Christian Hip Hop - TobyMac brings his “Deep Hits” tour to Germain Arena at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. 948-7825 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Tribute Show - “Respect,” an Aretha Franklin Tribute Dinner Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. A dinner buffet starts at 6 p.m. $55-$65; $4 show only. 11515 Bonita Beach Road. 389-6901 or www.swflpac.com.

Lecture Series - The “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series presents Dr. John Marzluff, author of “In Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife,” 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. A book signing follows. Free, but seating is limited. 472-1100, ext. 241, or www.dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.

Paint Sessions - Vino’s Picasso hosts guided paint sessions themed “Sanibel Causeway” from 4-6 p.m. ($32) and “Sea Turtle” from 7-9 p.m. ($36). Includes instruction and materials. No experience needed. 15250 S. Tamiami Trl., #109. Register at VINOSpicasso.com or 288-6953.

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

Live Music - Reggae band The Freecoasters perform from 6-9 p.m. at Miromar Outlets. Free. 948-3766 or www.miromaroutlets.com.

SATURDAY2.18

Grand Parade - The Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade kicks off at 7 p.m., traveling from Fort Myers High School to downtown Fort Myers. www.edisonfestival.org.

Nature Walk - Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 hosts a guided nature walk 9-10:30 a.m. at Wild Turkey Strand Preserve. - Volunteer naturalist identify andd discuss native plants, wildlife and birds.s. Bring water bottle, hat, sunglasses andd sunscreen. Free. 11901 Rod & Gun Clubb Road. 204-1125. www.conservation20200.org.

Doggie Cruise - Pure Florida hosts a Bark on the Ark cruise from 8 -11:30 a.m. aboard the M/V Edison Explorer. Thee cruise features sightseeing along thee Caloosahatchee River and a visit to Picnic Island, where dogs and their owners can run, swim and play. The cruise departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 W. First St. $44. For tickets: 919-2965 or www.PureFL.com.

Benefit Event - The sixth annual Southwest Florida Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk starts at 10 a.m. at Florida SouthWestern State College. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The event includes a 50/50 raffle, music, entertainment, refreshments and face painting. Registration is $50 online and $60 for walk-ins. 415-3886 or 2017SouthwestFloridaWalk.kintera.org.

Fossil Festival - The Shell Factory hosts the 12th annual Fossil Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event features a kids’ dig, silent auction, raffle, fossil museum, vendors of fossils and minerals, and live music. Free admission. 2787 N. Tamiami Trl., N. Fort Myers. 995- 2141 or https://www.shellfactory.com.

Yogi Event - The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket presents a 100 Yogis for Health community class at 9:30 a.m. Donations benefit the local chapter of the National Kidney Foundation. The first 100 participants donating $20 or more receive a gift bag of healthy prizes. All ages welcome. 10091 McGregor Blvd. www.ArtInLee.org or 939-2787.

Dem Club - The Democratic Club of Cape Coral meets at 1 p.m. at 1216 SW 4th St., Unit 6, off Pine Island Road. A social time starts at 1 p.m. 287-5153.

Brick Ceremony - The city of Bonita Springs holds a Memorial Brick Installation Ceremony at 9 a.m. in Riverside Park. The bricks will be incorporated into the Veterans Memorial Walkway that surrounds the park. The program was created to provide permanent tribute to area veterans. To dedicate a brick, stop by city hall, 9101 Bonita Beach Road, to pick up order forms. Bricks cost $80. 949-6262.

Talent Show - The sixth annual Fort Myers Beach Got Talent is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Santini Marina Plaza. The event welcomes singers, dancers and other performers. Judging is by Beach celebrities; trophies will be presented at 1 p.m. To sign up: 443-8810. 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.

Open House - The Boston Red Sox host a free, public open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities will include inflatables, player autographs, discounted concessions, face painting, magicians and more. A separate breakfast with Wally the Green Monster and his sister Tessie is set for 9-11 a.m. ($35 adults; $20 children). For reservations: 226-4707 or mthome@redsox.com.

Comedy Show - Diva Comedy Night, featuring three female Florida comedians, starts at 8 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts. The show stars Pam Bruno, Trish Keating and Marianette. $15 Alliance members; $20 non-members. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787 or www.Art- InLee.org.

Pas de Deux - The Art of the Pas de Deux, featuring dancers from the Miami City Ballet, starts at 7:30 p.m. at the BIG ARTS Schein Hall on Sanibel. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org.

Rock Out - The Rock Pack performs at 7 p.m. at Germain Arena. Performers are Brian Howe, Fran Cosmo, Bobby Kimball, Chuck Negron, Denny Laine, Bill Champlin, Terry Sylvester and Henry Gross. 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. 948-7825 or www.germainarena.com.

Play Event - The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hosts “Stage It!,” 10-Minute Play Competition Performances, at 8 p.m. tonight and Sunday at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. The event is a celebration of playwrights and audiences, featuring short plays and monologues. $12. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

CREW Concert - The 2017 CREW Concert and Silent Eco-Auction take place from 5-9 p.m. at Riverside Park on Old 41 Road. This year’s theme is “Don’t Stop Believin’ in CREW” and is based on the Journey hit that will be performed by headlining band Chain Reaction. 567-2253 www.crewtrust.org.

Motown Tribute - Soul City performs the music of Motown at 7:30 p.m. at the Shalom Life Center. The evening includes music the band, led by composer/ producer Lawrence Dermer, and a dessert reception. $15 members; $20 guests; VIP tickets are $36 or $54. 13411 Shire Lane. 218-3433 or info@shalomlifecenter.org.

Paint Sessions - Vino’s Picasso hosts guided paint sessions themed “Sanibel Window” from 4-6 p.m. ($36) and “Charlie’s Pass” from 7-9 p.m. ($36). Includes instruction and materials. No experience needed. 15250 S. Tamiami Trl., #109. Register at VINOSpicasso.com or 288-6953.

Beach Yoga - Becky Lang teaches yoga from 8:30-9:30 a.m. every Saturday in February on Fort Myers Beach. The Level One Flow Yoga practice is suitable for most levels and is held on the sand just north of the pier. Bring a yoga mat, sunscreen and water. In the event of inclement weather, cancellation info is posted at beckylang.com. Suggested donation: $10. 791-6538 or beckylang@comcast.net.

Blues Tunes - The Betty Fox Band performs from 8-11 p.m. $10 at the Buckingham Blues Bar 5641 Buckingham Road. 693-7111 or www.buckinghambar.com.

Live Music - Joey Gilmore & The TCB Express Band performs from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at The Barrel Room. $5 cover. 2210 Bay St. 333-2225 or www.barrelroomfortmyers.com.

Gaelic Music - Gaelic Storm performs at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. $30. 11515 Bonita Beach Road. 389-6901 or www.swflpac.com.

SUNDAY2.19

Piano Concert - Piano superstar Lang Lang performs at 7 p.m. at Artis—Naples. 597-1900 or www.artisnaples.org.

Fish Fry - The Bonita Springs Historical Society hosts its seventh annual Old-Fashioned Fish Fry from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Bonita Springs Lions Club. The event includes fish and all the trimmings plus bluegrass music by the Sawgrass Drifters, 10346 Pennsylvania Ave. $12 in advance at the Lions Hotel or the Lions Thrift Shop; $15 at the door. $5 for kids under 11. http://www.bonitaspringshistoricalsociety.org/Happenings/ Upcoming/index.html.

Orchestra Concert - The FGCU Bower School of Music and the Arts presents a Symphony Orchestra Concert at 3 p.m. in the U. Tobe Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Cool Cars - A Classic Car Show is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. The event includes classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and more. Free admission. www.edisonfestival.org.

Outdoor Concert - The Naples Big Band performs from 2-4 p.m. at Riverside Park on Old 41 Road. Bring blankets or chairs for seating. Free, but donations welcome. www.naplesbigband.com.

German Fest - Gartenfest runs from noon-5 p.m. at the German American Social Club. The event includes German food and beer. $3 admission. 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. 283-1400 or http://www.gasc-capecoral.com.

Singer/Songwriter - Livingston Taylor performs at 8 p.m. at the Captiva Ballroom at South Seas Island Resort. $45; includes light hors d’oeuvres. www.eventbrite.com.

ACMA Concert - The Americana Community Music Association presents acoustic and harp guitarist Muriel Anderson in concert, with Melissa Welk opening, at 7 p.m. at All Faiths Unitarian Church. $20 donation. 2756 McGregor Blvd. 691-4069 or www.americanacma.org.

Paint Sessions - Vino’s Picasso hosts Sunday Funday from 2-3:30 p.m. ($26); Paint What You Want from 4-6:30 p.m. ($15) and a guided paint session themed “Upcycle Pallet Decor” from 5-6:30 p.m. ($32). Includes instruction and materials. No experience needed. 15250 S. Tamiami Trl., #109. Register at VINOSpicasso.com or 288-6953.

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.

Yoga Class - A traditional yoga class runs from 9-10 a.m. every Sunday at Koreshan State Historic Site. The class focuses on breathing, stretching and postures. Beginners are welcome. Some mats are provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Park admission is free. 3800 Corkscrew Rd. 992-0311 or www.floridastateparks.org.

Koreshan Baking - Koreshan State Historic Site hosts Koreshan Baking at 10 a.m. Saunter back in time and enjoy a “pinch” of history at the Cast Iron Café where recipes are prepared using a historic 1903 Dutch oven and woodburning oven. 3800 Corkscrew Rd. 992- 0311 or www.floridastateparks.org.

Music Series - The Koreshan Music Series starts at 1 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays in the historic Art Hall at Koreshan State Historic Site. Concerts are free with park admission. Today’s performer is pianist and vocalist Debbie Carlsen. 3800 Corkscrew Rd. 992-0311 or www.floridastateparks.org.

Tribute Show - Walk the Line presents a Johnny Cash Tribute Show at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. $55; doors open at 6 p.m. $40 show only. 11515 Bonita Beach Rd. $35-$55. 389-8901 or wwwswflpac.com.

MONDAY2.20

Gala Event - The 12th annual Evening with the Red Sox starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event includes a cocktail reception, a lavish auction, special guest appearances by MLB favorites, a street fest-inspired dinner and more. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County. $200. www.bgclc.ejoinme.org/RedSox, 334-1886 or slane@bgclc.net.

Cracker Dinner - The Southwest Florida Historical Society hosts its annual Cracker Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Broadway Palm. Keynote speaker is Fort Myers attorney, comedian and storyteller Tom Chase. Former WINKTV Anchor Jim McLaughlin serves as master of ceremonies. $35. 1380 Colonial Blvd. https://www.facebook.com/ SWFLHS/ or 939-4044.

FGCU Concert - The FGCU Bower School of Music and the Arts presents Brianna Blount’s and Francisco Zabala’s Junior Flute Recitals at 7:30 p.m. at the U. Tobe Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

One-Woman Show - Joanna Olsen performs her new one-woman show, “Acting Up,” at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Fort Myers Library at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. The evening includes refreshments and drawings. Free for Friends members; the public can join at the door. 1651 Lee St. To reserve a seat: http://bit. ly/2k051vh.

Room Dedication - The Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library dedicates its President’s Room during an open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The display centers on an event that took place at the White House on March 9, 1864, between President Abraham Lincoln and Gen. U.S. Grant. The room features memorability from President John F. Kennedy and other items from presidential history. The open house includes a canned food drive for veterans. Bring in a can of food and receive a free commemorative penny. Lunch is available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: hot dogs for $2 and hamburgers for $3. 541-8704.

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

Film Series - The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs host a screening of “Phoenix” (Germany, 2014) at 7 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts – Moe Auditorium & Film Center, Refreshments are available and a discussion follows. $10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

Paint Session - Vino’s Picasso hosts a guided paint session themed “Bubblefish” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. $32; includes instruction and materials. No experience needed. 15250 S. Tamiami Trl., #109. Register at VINOSpicasso.com or 288-6953.

TUESDAY2.21

Book Group - The Alliance for the Arts Member Book Club meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss “Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War” by Mary Sperling McAuliffe. Alliance membership is required to participate and members must purchase their own copy of the book. $55 annually; $80 for family membership. 10091 McGregor Blvd. www.artinlee.org or 939-2787.

Poetry Event - A Celebration of Poetry starts at 7 p.m. at the Center for Visual Arts. The event features two nationally recognized poets, Dr. Catalina Monterrosa and Abbott Ikeler, reading selections from their published works. An open mic/discussion follows. Drinks and snacks will be available. 26100 Old 41 Road. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

Quilt Group - The Southwest Florida Quilt Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center. 2000 North Recreation Pkwy., N. Fort Myers. swfqg.com.

Broadway Star - Glory Crampton performs in concert at 7 p.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church’s Iona Hall. The show includes Broadway music and classical crossover selections. 12171 Iona Road. $20; tickets are available in the parish office. 489-3973.

One-Woman Play - Janina Birtolo presents “In the Shadow of Glory - Mary Todd Lincoln” at 2 p.m. at the South County Regional Library. 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy., Estero. Registration is required: 479-4636.

Play Scrabble - The Fort Myers Scrabble Club meets from 6-10 p.m. every Tuesday at Brookdale Senior Living. All ages and all levels are welcome, from beginner to expert. Suggestion donation $2. 8351 College Pkwy.

Davis Gardens - The Berne Davis Gardens are open to the public from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 23. The botanical gardens include bromeliads, hibiscus, rare and tropical fruit, roses, herbs, native plants, orchids and a bonsai display. 2166 Virginia Ave.

Music & Dance - Maurice Lo Monaco presents an evening of music and dance from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Off the Hook Comedy Club. $5. 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road. 389-6901 or www.offthehookcomedy.com.

Dinner Show - A Jackie Mason Dinner Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. A dinner buffet starts at 6 p.m. $80-$100 for dinner and the show. 11515 Bonita Beach Rd. $35-$55. 389-8901 or wwwswflpac.com.

WEDNESDAY2.22

Magic Show - Masters of Illusion takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 13350 FSW Pkwy. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

Author Event - Fort Myers author Terry Sykes-Bradshaw signs her latest novel, “Finding Maggie,” from 10 a.m.- noon at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center Arts and Crafts Room. 16760 Bass Road.

Unique Showcase - ArtPoems, an event showcasing the creative collaborations of fine artists and poets, starts at 7 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center. $10. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

State Day - Bootleggers Waterfront BBQ hosts Wisconsin 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.

Comedy Night - The Laugh In Comedy Club hosts Laugh In lineup at 7:30 p.m. $10. 8595 College Pkwy. 479-LAFF or www.laughincomedycafe.com.

Paint Sessions - Vino’s Picasso hosts guided paint sessions themed “Black- Eyed Susan” from 4-5:30 p.m. ($32) and “Beach Signs” from 6:30-9 p.m. ($40). Includes instruction and materials. No experience needed. 15250 S. Tamiami Trl., #109. Register at VINOSpicasso.com or 288-6953.

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

UPCOMING

Old Timers Event - The 22nd annual Old Timers’ Dinner starts at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at the LaBelle Civic Center. Catered by Cassie’s Cracker Cookin’ & Catering, the event is the unofficial kick-off to LaBelle’s Swamp Cabbage Festival Weekend. The event includes live and dessert auctions, a 50/50 drawing and more to benefit LaBelle Heritage Museum. $25. www.labelleheritagemuseum.org or 910-1538.

Classic Rock - Kansas comes to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Feb. 23. With a career spanning more than four decades, the band is one of America’s iconic classic rock groups. $40-$95. 13350 FSW Pkwy. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

County Fair - The 93rd Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair is set for Feb. 23-March 5 at the Lee Civic Center and Fairgounds. The event includes rides, a huge variety of entertainment, 4-H livestock exhibits, shows and sales, crafts, baked goods, workshops and more. Specials and discounts are available, ranging from Sneak Peek Thursday (Feb. 23), with a $15 special for admission and rides, to Harry Chapin Food Bank Night (Feb. 27) with free admission for three cans of donated food. Military and Senior Day is March 1, with $5 admission from 11 a.m-5 p.m. swflcfair.com.

Cultural Fair - Greek Fest runs Feb. 23-26 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. 8210 Cypress Lake Dr. 481- 2099.

Legendary Singer - Tony Bennett returns to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Feb. 24. $89.50-$125. 13350 FSW Pkwy. www.bbmannpah.com or 481-4849.

Jazz Music - The Fred Moyer Jazz Trio performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Woodlands - Grand Cypress Room at Shell Point. $26. 14441 Woodsong Lane. 454-2067.

Hoops Show - The Harlem Globetrotters perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Germain Arena. 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. 948-7825 or www.germainarena.com.

Multi-Media Cabaret - Late Night with Leonard Bernstein starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Cocktails start at 7. $29 in advance; $35 at the door. 2301 First St. 333-1933 or www.sbdac.com.

‘Talent’ Winner - “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 13350 FSW Pkwy. $49-$89.50. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.

Gypsy Sound - Velvet Caravan performs music rooted in Gypsy and Latin jazz at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. $25-$35. 10150 Bonita Beach Road. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

ONGOING EVENTS

February Art - Harbour View Gallery presents work by Featured Artists Vicki Glynn, watercolor paintings, and Martha Grattan, pottery, through February. 5789 Cape Harbour Dr., Ste. 104, Cape Coral. 540-5789 or art@harbourviewgallery.com.

Alliance Exhibit - The Alliance for the Arts presents its February exhibition, “Lynn Davison,” through Feb 25. Work by Alicia Schmidt is on display in the Member Gallery. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787 or www.ArtInLee.org.

Comedy Night - Gulf Coast Comedy presents nationally touring comedians at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel Island through April 5. $15. gulfcoastcomedy.com or 542-3869.

Cool Cars - The Shell Factory & Nature Park hosts a Classic Cruise In from 4-7 p.m. every Thursday in the front parking lot adjacent to U.S. 41. Live entertainment and Capt’n Fishbones discounts are available during the show. 2787 Tamiami Trl. N. Fort Myers. 292- 9360.

Fine Art - “The Itty Bitty Art Exhibit” is on display through March 18 in the BIG ARTS Founders Gallery. The exhibit features tiny 2-D treasures of wide and varying mediums. The Petticoat Painters of Sarasota exhibit is on display through March 18 in the Phillips Gallery, with a reception set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17 for both shows. 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org.

FGCU Exhibit - The Matt Shlian: Telemetry Exhibition is on display through March 2 in the Main Gallery at the FGCU Arts Complex. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and until 7 p.m. on Thursday. Free and open to the public.

Ageless Art - The “Ageless Creativity” exhibit, by the artists of Shell Point, runs until Feb. 21 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, woodwork, quilting and more. 2301 First St. 333-1933 or www.sbdac.com.

Featured Art - The Arts for ACT Gallery presents work by featured artists Peter Zell and Yvonne Krystman through Feb. 27. 2265 First St. 337-5050 or www.artsforactgallery.com.

FSW Art - Florida SouthWestern State College presents the “Ann Hamilton: Phora” exhibit through March 18 at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. The exhibit explores the origins of public speaking from the first forums to ongoing political debate. 8099 College Pkwy. 489-9313 or www.RauschenbergGallery.com.

Cookin’ at Koreshan - Koreshan State Historic Site offers Florida Cracker Cowboy Cookin’ at 10 a.m. every first and third Thursday. Saunter back in time and enjoy Cracker Cowboy Cooking at the Cast Iron Café where cowboy recipes are prepared using a historic Dutch oven and wood-burning stove. Evelyn’s Koreshan Cooking is offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays. 3800 Corkscrew Rd. 992-0311 or www.floridastateparks.org.

Botanical Tour - Koreshan State Historic Site offers guided botanical tours from 1-2:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Observe native and exotic plants established by the early Koreshans. Tours are $2 for adults, $1 for children under 6 years of age. 3800 Corkscrew Rd. 992-0311 or www.floridastateparks.org.

Engine Demo - Koreshan State Historic Site offers an antique engine demonstration at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. Meet at the Generator Building for a demonstration of 1900s engines. 3800 Corkscrew Rd. 992-0311 or www.floridastateparks.org.

Public Exhibit - The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW presents a year-long public exhibition of the artist’s iconic triptych, “Autobiography” (1968) in the Humanities Hall (Building L). Measuring more than 12 feet wide, the exhibit highlights seminal events from the artist’s life. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday. 489-9313 or www.RauschenbergGallery.com.

Butterfly House - The Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife offer hosted tours of the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral. Free admission. 549-4606 or www.CapeParks.com.

Historical Village - The Sanibel Historical Village is open for the season, with hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no additional charge, depending on docent availability. 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. $10 adults. 472-4648 or www.sanibelmuseum.org. ¦

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