Top picks for the #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts 10.11-10.16.2012

Posted on October 11, 2012


You have no excuses to leave town this week. There is simply too much to do. From the Bard to Boobies to Brainy events be sure to try out some or all of these fun times. — e

Thursday, Oct. 11
CONNECT Networking Launch Party
Expand your business and personal relationships. Get to know each other and Connect in your community.  Connect Networking mixer will be held the 2nd Thursday of Every month beginning October 11, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. which will include light appetizers provided by Gwendolyn’s Café -$5 admission. The event will take place at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

Some popular local Networking Community leaders will also be present, to tell about their upcoming events: including; Dan Sinclair- Young Professionals; Eric Raddatz– Fort Myers Film Festival TGIM mixer; Jose Soto & Marco Ospina- Art & Poetry Networking Mixer; Denise-Twisted Vine- Ladies night networking; Representative of Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. To view the Facebook event page go here. debate
There will be Ryan, there will be Biden. But thank goodness Martha Raddatz takes the moderating helm of the VP debate tonight. Click here to see why all eyes are on her in this Politico piece.

Jon Karl, ABC’s senior political correspondent put it nicely with “When you are talking to Martha, whether you’re a vice president or one of us, you feel like you’ve got to be straight. You have to engage and answer her because she can call bulls—t pretty effectively.”

Tune in at 9 p.m. EST. Watch it with friends at home or your favorite SWFL dive.

Friday, Oct. 12
9 to 5: The Musical
‘I stumble out of bed and I tumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition…” —Ok, I haven’t seen it yet but the song is already stuck in my head. Some previewing the show have leaked that the word is as follows: “BEST SHOW YET at the Broadway Palm!!! Music, Cast and Crew, Scenes – all were fantastic! We love all the changes you have made to the theater. Thanks for letting us be a part of it!”

And yes, The Broadway Palm just recently underwent a theatrical transformation that I’ve read it is totally delightful. Read about it in Florida Weekly on stands this week, online and for free download on your iPad. The Broadway Palm is located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers. Tickets for the show and dinner start at only $35 so be sure not to miss this show playing through November 17. For single night or season tickets head to

Go ‘wear your heart upon your sleeve’ as the Bard’s Othello plays in downtown Fort Myers. Shakespeare’s famous play of Revenge and Jealousy – Othello, a general, has passed over Iago for the job of lieutenant. To avenge this wrong, Iago uses Othello’s young, white wife and others to his own diabolical ends.The Laboratory Theater of Florida is located at 1634 Woodford Avenue, Fort Myers. Othello plays through Oct. 28. Tickets are available at

Velvet Lounge
A couple of key words on the promotional poster has led me to be intrigued. “Bringing the love back to the community” and “Security enforced” aren’t two terms I believe I’ve ever actually seen together but this ‘Lover’s night out’ includes DJ Smooth Fred, “poetry over music” includes drinks and food and Princess Johnson will be there. Which is the main reason to go in my opinion. I’m not too sure what I’ll be walking into with this event on MLK BLVD. but if you are adventurous this could be an amusing & exciting option.

The Facebook event page for this event is here. There is a $10 cover.

Girls gone wild. Serious.
Isn’t Joe Fancis in jail? I was jarred to see Girls Gone Wild was filming and coming through town in Estero. Wasn’t this the stunt that pretty much put Ultra out of business? I mean, if this event is serious you can plan on gettting a great party if you love watching hot local girls getting drunk, out of control and tearing off their clothes and jamming their boobs into cameras. I mean, what’s not to love? Unless it is your daughter, that is, and you catch the evening on a late night infomercial months from now. Stoneys is off Corkscrew in Estero. To visit the event page go here.

Sunday, Oct. 14
Love that 50’s music scene? Then take a trip back in time to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall as they feature the Battle of the Boro’s IV Doo-Wop Oldies show. The night will feature the Charlie Thomas’ Drifers – “This Magic Momentand “On Broadway”; Jay Siegel & The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Tonight I Fell in Love”; Dave Somerville – Original Lead Singer of The Diamonds – “Little Darlin'” and “The Stroll”; Shirley Alston Reeves – Original Singer of the Shirelles – “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Dedicated to the One I Love” and more.

For tickets head to the BB MANN at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL., call 239-489-3033 or order online here.

Monday, Oct. 15
Indie films & music
TGIM! Enjoy indie films in consideration for the 2013 Fort Myers Film Festival with indie music, indie fun and this superfun indie show with judges Jason Teeters, Miss Florida International 2011 Lorena Placencia and NBC2s Kelly Creswell, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven & musical guest Victoria Rose. Come get a transparent view of how they select official programming, grab a drink and intellectualize with fun artsy people. $5 at door. 2-4-1 SOCIAL (half) HOUR 6:30-7p.m. They are giving away a t-shirt this evening and the afterparty at Twisted Vine always includes $2.50 drinks with one lucky cineast getting a raffled bottle of wine. The event held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. For more information go to the event page here or

Coming up
The Alliance for the Arts is holding a fun looking Fall For the Arts Family Festival Oct. 28 and The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is bringing in Jerry Seinfield Nov. 3. Hit those links to get tix now.

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