Top picks for the #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts 10.3-10.8.2012

Posted on October 2, 2012

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Wednesday, Oct. 3
Feeling political?
Do you know your voting options this November 6? Although politics can be somewhat divisive, talking about it among intelligent Southwest Floridians is an ideal opportunity to unite our community, especially as we agree to disagree sometimes. Registering and knowing who is on the ballot is simple. Visit http://precinctfind.com/pl_fl_lee.php to download a sample ballot and do your research. Deciding who you will vote for should take up at least some of your time this week, particularly as the first presidential debate takes place Wednesday. Get out the popcorn. While these debates may not decide the election they are very informative and generally quite entertaining. Starts at 9 p.m. EST. Watch on any networ or stream live off of YouTube’s Politics channel here. http://www.youtube.com/politics. For a list of my top ten drinking games for the debate go here. http://wp.me/pBBeM-2d

Thursday, Oct. 4
Latin art
“Art Expressions of Latin America; 500 Years of History & Heritage” at the SWFL Museum of History wheels out beautiful pieces by Latin artists Ana Abreu, Dilya Schauer, Ray Hernandez, David Acevedo, Juan Diaz, Carmen Chamoun, Amarilis Dieppa, Alex Lago, Maria Sanchez, Cecilia Valadez, Quintin Perez, and Erich Padilla. The event runs through Jan, 5, 2013 with a special VIP opening night Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. Visit www.swflmuseumofhistory.com or call 239-243-6253

Support—and eat—local
Taste what makes The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel so special during this deliciously local and sustainable culinary celebration featuring local chefs and a wide variety of area restaurants. From October 4-14, their warm Gulf waters and natural islands become a beautiful backdrop for a week filled with special 3-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. Wine tastings paired with live music, exclusive cooking demonstrations, tours and classes. These are just a few examples of what happens when you combine amazing food with the perfect location. http://tastedeliciouslee.com

Friday, Oct. 5
Politics meets the art world
State of Mind: Politics 2012 kicks off Friday with an opening reception at the Alliance for the Arts from 5-7:30 p.m. The exhibit is a chance for artists to show their politically & socially-conscious work. Entries were chosen based on quality and relevance, not by political perspective. The Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office will be on site during the reception registering voters and providing information about early voting. For more information you can call 239.939.2787 or visit www.artinlee.org. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers.

Art Walk
Art Walk marks its fourth anniversary in downtown Fort Myers from 6-10 p.m. this Friday. Enjoy art shows, live music and  a crowd that makes downtown Fort Myers a vibrant, cultural community. www.fortmyersartwalk.com. Be sure to hit up – Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s featured husband and wife artists, Carl Schwartz and Celeste Borah, who will have their first art show together and UNIT A Contemporary Art Space where Marcus Jansen’s “Faceless”will have a last local showing in Museum Room II before it travels to Art Basel, Miami Beach and international collector’s homes. www.sbdac.com and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVk6lHt4cAE

Saturday, Oct. 6
Cabaret & Cabernet
From chocolate confections to corned beef sliders to glasses of cabernet, join this event at the Alliance for the Arts to benefit the Young Artists Awards program. The event will be held from 6-9 PM. For $30 a ticket or $50/pair, attendees will enjoy award winning entertainment by Young Artists Awards performers throughout the evening in the main gallery on the Foulds Theatre stage, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Their stage host for the evening is Stephanie Davis, the Downtown Fort Myers Diva. Featured will be award winning performances of singers, musicians, dancers and actors throughout the evening, including Noelle Aparte, Callie Atkinson, Sarah and Elisabeth Best, Hae-Yang Chang, Sarah Daigle, Peyton Davis, Gabriella Martina, Kaitlyn Nicolosi, Tommy Short, and Hannah Steele. Tickets are still available by calling Young Artists Awards at 239-574-9321, by visiting www.youngartistsawards.org, or by visiting the Alliance for the Arts in person at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 100% of the proceeds from the evening will go to student scholarships in the arts and your ticket purchase will allow students in participate in our education, performance and scholarship program in 2013.

Saturday, Oct. 6
Rhythm And Reels
The Resort at MarinaVillage and Tarpon Point Marina are hosting the inaugural Rhythm And Reels Redfish Tournament and Music Festival, Oct. 5-7. Music includes local act Deb & The Dynamics, to play on Friday.  Saturday there will be an all day music festival featuring local band PUSH followed by legendary bands The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Blue Oyster Cult. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation, a local charity that is committed to serving veterans and their families by offering assistance and counseling with housing, financial and career planning, education and business opportunities as well as personal counseling.Tarpon Point Marina is located at 5951 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral. For more information go to www.RhythmAndReels.com.

Sunday, Oct. 7
Football or Gotye?
If you don’t feel like vegging in and watching football all day, it may be fun to watch Gotye veg out and sing all at the same time in Miami at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park. If you have tired of that song that you used to know, head down to football headquarters at Edison Restaurant where there are luscious eats, superfans, big TV’s and exceptional service.Gotye plays at 7 p.m at 301 N Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Tickets are still on sale at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Gotye-tickets/artist/1131475. The Edison is located at 3583 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. For more information go to http://www.edisonfl.com. If you time it right you can get actaully do both of these.

Monday, October 8
Give your brain a workout downtown
There is really nothing better to do for indie junkies in town that intellectualize at TGIM: Indie Monday nights. Enjoy indie films in consideration for the 2013 Fort Myers Film Festival with judges NBC2s Chad Oliver, filmmaker Perry Wilson, Cole Peacock, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven & musical guests Gabrielle A. Macafee. Come get a transparent view of how they select official programming, grab a drink and embrace the local indie community. $5 at door with $2 off if you bring in a receipt from Twisted Vine or Ford’s Garage dinner. A 2-4-1 social hour takes place 6:30-7p.m. For more information go to the event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/128020347310863/ or www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

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