April 19, 2017 RSS feed / Arts & Entertainment News

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Chris Hillman headed to Bonita

OVER THE COURSE OF HIS musical career, Chris Hillman has enjoyed enough success to satisfy several lifetimes. More...

Fun times with a first-timer in Florida for spring break

THE DIVA DIARIES

Over the years, my spring breaks have changed drastically. More...

For the love of Bug-eyes, and other old toys

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

You could say Bug-eyes and I met cute. It was 1982 or ’83 at a luncheon in Venice. Whoever was supposed to go with my mom had bailed, so I joined her for the luncheon and the doll show that followed. More...

Alliance offers art program for children with autism

The Alliance for the Arts, in partnership with Family Initiative Inc., continues weekly art classes for young artists with Autism Spectrum Disorder in April and May. More...

Thanks for the memories

GIVING

Early in my family’s history we moved numerous times. For a few years we moved so often due to job transfers, my kids’ friends thought we might be in the witness protection program. More...

FILM CAPSULES

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‘The Lost City of Z’

LATEST FILMS

When I was 10 years old, my father sat me down to watch “The Godfather” (1972). I didn’t understand most of it, but I was old enough to grasp Dad’s intention in showing it to me, which was the emphasis on family. More...

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 10 P.M. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Death at Victoria Dock Phryne witnesses a shooting at the docks in the middle of a strike. More...

Putting one’s life on the lines . . . of ruled notebook paper

FLORIDA WRITERS

The seed for this highly effective guide to memoir writing, at once practical and motivational, is a course the author gave at the Renaissance Academy (continuing education division) of Florida Gulf Coast University. More...

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ precise; delivers stellar singing, emotion

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” playing on the main stage of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, bears the imprint of director and choreographer Amy Marie McCleary in two profound ways. More...

Fourth annual Smoke on the Water promises hot time down by the river

The fourth annual downtown barbecue competition, complete with sizzling music acts, raffles and a special play area for the kids, is sure to be smoking hot this year.  More...

Perlman headlines 2018 Concert Association schedule

Internationally acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman and the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will headline two of the five concerts planned for 2018 by the Fort Myers Community Concert Association. More...

Gulf Coast Symphony concert features standout performances

ARTS REVIEW

Its slogan is “We play the music you love to hear,” and that was certainly the case as the Gulf Coast Symphony presented an entertaining concert “From Hollywood to Broadway,” Sunday, April 9, at the Barbara B. More...

And you may ask yourself, how did I get here?

ARTS COMMENTARY

Jim Starkey feels as if he’s trapped and he’s “never getting loose.”  As he puts it, life feels like “One compromise after another, just a constant slipping.”  Things have not turned out as he’d ho More...

HOROSCOPES

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Temper your typical Aries urge to charge into a situation and demand answers. Instead, let the Lamb’s gentler self emerge to deal with a problem that requires delicacy.  More...

A play fit for a king

CONTRACT BRIDGE

Assume you’re East, defending against four hearts. Partner leads the queen of clubs, which wins, and continues with the jack, which South ruffs. Declarer crosses to dummy with a trump and returns a spade.  More...

‘American Idol’ winner to perform in Fort Myers for a charitable cause

Taylor Hicks, winner of season five of “American Idol,” will perform a poolside concert on May 5 at the Sanibel Resort and Spa as part of the Champions 4 Children’s SWFL charity weekend.  More...

The time is always right for collecting sundials

ANTIQUES

Pocket sundials were very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and America. A surprising number are sold to collectors each year as ornaments or historic relics, or as interesting and attractive conversation pieces. More...

Jim Sprankle sculpture raises $115K for two island charities

The life-size sculpture “Ding’s Darlings – Two Tri-colored Herons” by famed island wildlife sculptor Jim Sprankle sold for $115,000 in a live auction for SanCap Cares’ 17th annual Island Celebration on April 9. More...