Top picks for the #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts 10.16-10.23.2012

Posted on October 16, 2012


Tuesday, Oct. 16
Debate & drink
A Southwest Florida sports bar is showing the debate WITH audio and you will have your options of Svedka and Sauza ‘Daily Double’ drinks for $5.99 to get your red (or blue) blood brewing. Shout it out while taking in the salmon dinner at a reasonable $9.99 or just make it a daily quadruple and throw bipartisanship to the wind. Be sure to boo and cheer because what is a presidential debate at a sports bar but a chance to boo and cheer. For details about the best drinking game for the evening go HERE. Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill is at 8990 Fontana Del Sol Way, Naples, FL.  Call them at 239.431.7611 or get info at

Dan Miller Quartet at The Roadhouse Cafe
Swinging, straight ahead jazz music featuring Dan Miller on trumpet (formerly with Harry Connick Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson), Gerald Augustin on tenor saxophone, Stu Shelton on organ and Patricia Dean on drums. The Roadhouse Cafe is located at 15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 36, Fort Myers, FL. For more info call 239-415-4375 or go to The event page is HERE.

Wednesday, Oct. 17
X-Factor’s Jazzlyn Little plays Fort Myers
Hotel Indigo has plans for an evening full of fun, magnificent food and live entertainment including a performance from X-Factor’s Jazzlyn Little.  Around the World for Breast Cancer fundraiser boasts tons of prizes, complimentary food and drinks with ‘passports’ on sale at Hotel Indigo $10 now or $15 at the door. Party goes from 6-9 p.m. Hotel Indigo is located at 1520 Broadway, Fort Myers, Fl. Call  (239) 337-3446, visit the EVENT PAGE or go to for more info.

Friday, Oct. 19
Dancing at the Davis
This new monthly event always takes place on Music Walk Fridays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. This month the theme is a “Monster Mash” Halloween party so get dressed up in your best costume and come on out for a great time. The night will include music, drinks, dancing and  a beautiful performance by The Fred Astaire Dance Studio teaching the dance steps to “Monster Mash” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  There will be a photo booth set up to capture some of the fun moments with great costumes.  The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at or at the door.

Reverie & Rock
Pretty exciting that local magazine owners Jamie and Kathy Kuser have pooled their creative talents and will open Reverie & Rock Art Gallery at their magazine office in downtown Fort Myers featuring art by the two of them. Reverie & Rock will hold a grand opening on Friday, October 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. during the downtown Fort Myers Music Walk. The design and concept of Reverie & Rock will give visitors a backstage concert feel I’m told. Does that mean roadies, vomit and unprotected group sex? Only one way to find out. Reverie & Rock Art Gallery is located at 1528 Jackson St., Fort Myers, Fl. For more information call  239-278-5236. Don’t mention anything about the unprotected group sex.

Saturday, Oct. 20
Fall for the Arts
The Alliance for the Arts annual family festival will allow you to get up close with the many organizations and artists that help make SWFL great including musical and theatrical performances on the amphitheater stage but most importantly a dunk tank with local art and media figures to soak. Full disclosure I will be one of such celebrities so if you hate me I expect to see you there. It is a free family event. The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, Fl. For more information go to

Forget about parking. Prepare to be eaten. The annual event has brought more people to downtown Fort Myers than flies on poop. In the history of flies on poop. If you love scary, sexy, weird crowds dressed as if they just crawled from the grave this is your thing.  The event is going three days this year but the trademark street festival starts Saturday at 6 p.m. and is free with canned food. Not sure why canned food is necessary but  the rest of the convention will be held at the Harborside Convention Center during Saturday and Sunday featuring vendors, artists, performances, special appearances by cast from DAY of the DEAD, THE WALKING DEAD, FACE OFF, GHOST HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL, as well as renown Lucasfilm artists, award-winning authors, zombie makeup artists, the Star Wars 501st, special effects pros, and more. For more info and all of the featured events including a Zombie Drag Queen Pageant go to

Sunday, Oct. 21
Go to church
Doggy church that is. Yes, the the Shell Factory and Nature Park offers it at 12:30 p.m. every Sunday. Bring your pooch for a half-hour of non-denominational inspiration. The Shell Factory is located at 2787 N. Tamiami Trl. Call 239-995-2141 or visit for any other weird questions. I have many. The event page is HERE.

Monday, Oct. 22
Get intellectual
TGIM: Thank God for Indie Mondays is held on every Monday at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center where patrons enjoy a full bar, yummy snacks and watch films in consideration for the 2013 Fort Myers Film Festival. This Monday take it in with judges YP’s Dan Sinclair, John Scoular, Ted Souppa, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven & musical guest Sommer Senne. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a happy half hour with the show starting at 7 p.m. For more information go to

The Final Round
Yes, everything seems to rest on the balance of this debate, including the Bailey Building and Loan. Mr. Potter & George pair off and you can catch it in the Cowboy Up Saloon in downtown Fort Myers. They open up at 8 p.m. for debates. It’s a cool night out and the discussion afterwards, and during, promises to be as animated as an old country shoot out. The Cowboy Up Saloon is located at  1611 Hendry St. Fort Myers, Fl. I’m told that the owner Kip is also a Bears fan so I believe there will be Monday Night Football on at least one screen. (*The only drinking game of the night is— If Obama makes any reference to “It’s a Wonderful Life” you must drink until you pass out.)

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Lend Me a Tenor
Florida Rep is back this season with an interesting-looking opener. It is Cleveland 1934, and the stage is set for a one-night-only command performance of Otello with the world’s greatest tenor, Tito Merelli, in the title role. But when the star arrives desperately late with his ego and his jealous wife in tow, things don’t go exactly according to plan. A double dose of tranquilizers, an over-sexed soprano, and a mistaken suicide note add up to complete chaos. The play runs at the Florida Rep from Tuesday Oct. 23 to Saturday, Nov.17 in the Historic Arcade Theatre at 2267 First Street. For tickets go to

November 2 there will be an official Marcus Jansen Poster signing and ABSOLUT JANSEN Party at Blush downtown Fort Myers. November 3 Jerry Seinfeld is coming to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

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