Why this week is awesome in Southwest Florida: Top picks for the arts & entertainment enthusiasts 9.06-9.12.2012

Posted on September 5, 2012

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Just when you think the summer is still here, which officially it still is, there is a bombardment of things to do this week. Turn in any direction and it actually looks like a lively city chock full of event excitement. I’ve selected just a few of my favorites:

Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Rat Pack Lounge
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is known for fantastic musicals with accompanying  tantalizing treats. Frank, Dean and Sammy are up in heaven, but they have some unfinished business they need to take care of back on Earth. You’ll hear My Way, What Kind of Fool Am I?, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime and more. Tickets are only $39—you just can’t beat that. For more info go to www.broadwaypalm.com. Plays through Oct. 6.

Life in Color: Daylglow
Billed as the world’s largest paint party, it runs from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Germain Arena. For more info check out tinyurl.com/DAYGLOWFTMYERS. Tickets are $60. The tailgate party starts at 6 p.m. and goes until the line is gone. Playing at the pre-party stage are DJ Dew Williams, DJ Telso, DJ Paul, Josh Hamilton, Les Banks and Mike Zink.

Fashion Night Out
This week is full of fashion all over. Join fashionistas and designers at Coconut Point from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are free.

Watch TV
Ok, I had to say it. The Mtv Video Music Awards are presented annually, by the cable channel MTV, to honor the best in music videos. Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, One Direction and Green Day are just a few performing live. Tune in— the show starts at 8 p.m. You may miss President Obama’s DNC address if you watch all the way to the end, just warning you.

Friday, September 7, 2012
Art Walks The Runway Fashion Weekend at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
More, and likely better, fashion will be on display during Friday night’s to take place during Art Walk. It will feature fashions from downtown River District boutiques along with some special Art performance Runway shows. The featured boutiques are Arts for Act Gallery, as well as Virtuosa Collections and Forever Yours Boutique. Attendees will also get a sneak peak of Helen Gerro’s Art Couture Collection which will be walking the runway on Saturday. Kellie Burns will by the emcee for the evening. Musical Performance by Freedom Hall from 6-7pm and DJ Ceron will run the house 7pm until midnight with a special VIP Glow after-party. Show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are free with VIP after-party tix going for $10. For more info go to www.facebook.com/events/334900509929772/ or www.sbdac.com. Amy Skehan and Melissa DeHaven will be there and that’s enough for me to go.

Marcus Jansen’s Faceless Series at UNIT A — Contemporary Art Space
Drawing from social and political turmoil, this is a striking collection of portraits of foreboding faceless men in suits. Surrounding a room-centered, low-seated sculpture of a black and white American eagle, the series of men surrounds the exhibition space, creating the sense that the viewer is in a hypothetical global boardroom where all freedom is at stake. For more info go to www.unitaspace.com. The gallery opens at 6 p.m. and is located at 1922 Evans Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33901. Tickets are free.

Fly Me to the Moon opening reception and exhibit at the Alliance for the Arts
The 32 piece exhibition was created by Lee County students and their art instructors. You can purchase the art and it is local—support local. The reception takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. The show is open through Sept. 29 and tickets are free. For more information go to www.artinlee.org

Saturday, September 8, 2012
FGCU Students Compete for Scholarships in Annual 24-Hour Festival
Florida Gulf Coast University students will make a mad dash to write plays, compose music and edit films before the clock runs out during the sixth annual 24-Hour Festival to be viewed by the public at  8 p.m. in the Arts Complex lobby at FGCU. It is free and open to the public. A panel of judges will choose winners based on how well they execute their ideas and incorporate the required elements. Judges for this year’s 24-Hour Festival are: Lydia A. Black, executive director of Lee County’s Alliance for the Arts; Robert Cacioppo, producing artistic director, and Carrie Lund Cacioppo, actress and associate producer, of Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers; Andy Howl, owner of Howl Gallery in Fort Myers; Danielle Koleniak, news reporter for NBC-2 Fort Myers; Will Prather, executive producer and owner of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers; and Eric Raddatz, founder and executive director of the Fort Myers Film Festival. For more info go to www.fgcu.edu/crm/pressrelease.asp?id=21077. Tickets are free.

Art Walks The Runway Fashion Weekend at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
No, one day is not enough for this extravaganza. Saturday night will showcase the Art Couture of Helen Gerro, Zambony Haute Couture, and Naomi Mc Gregor- NALI and a special Art “Fashion Story” by Leoma Lovegrove. As the grand finale Helen Gerro will feature a special Day Glow Runway show collection. You don’t want to miss the special Day Glow VIP after-party. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are free with VIP after-party tix going for $10. For more info go to www.facebook.com/events/334900509929772/ or www.sbdac.com

Monday, September 10, 2012
TGIM: Indie Mondays kicks off with indie films, indie music and an indie show
Enjoy indie films in consideration for the 2013 Fort Myers Film Festival with judges filmmaker Perry Wilson, TheatreZone’s Mark Danni, local news & entertainment writer Mark Krzos, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven & musical guest Princess Johnson. This kickoff will include the world premiere of Loose Ends, a locally produced short film by Don Reynolds starring  Michael Dunsworth who has appeared in Charlie’s Angels, Shawn Genther who appeared in a five films at the Fort Myers Film Fest in 2012, Jesse St. Louis who recently appeared in Burn Notice. In addition, Andrea Alfonso, Alexa DiTaranto, Cora Anne Williams, Michael Rodriguez, Eavan Sullivan, Brandon Anthony and Michelle Marin all have appeared in numerous films and commercials. Secondary cast includes Lee County’s Melissa DeHaven, Steve Vallo, Justin Parchum, David Raynor and Danny Rawley.Come get a transparent view of how we select our official programming, grab a drink and intellectualize with the indie community. $5 at door. 2-4-1 SOCIAL HOUR 6:30-7p.m.The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers and Southwest Florida Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by UNIT A, Florida Weekly, Garth Francis Photography, Edison Restaurant, Bennett’s Fresh Roast Coffee, BreandanKelly.com & Patrick Buckley Law Offices. For more information go to

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