Top picks for the #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts 10.27-11.05.2012

Posted on October 27, 2012

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Saturday, Oct. 27
Lend Me a Tenor
Florida Rep has an outrageously fun season opener this year. 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 through Saturday, Nov.17 in the Historic Arcade Theatre at 2267 First Street. You’ll want to stay till the end and enjoy the most genius curtain call I’ve ever seen. For tickets go to www.floridarep.org.

Vote
I do not need to remind you of this precious Constitutional right every citizen in Southwest Florida has to have a say in electing someone you believe reflects your views, your political outlook and has yours and our best interests at heart. SWFL ballot is big this year. Download it in advance HERE. Do you research by heading to the Tampa Bay Times ballot breakdown, Naples Daily News, NBC-2 and News-Press videos, articles and endorsements and do your research on each of the candidates, amendments and voting options.  Check in at NBC-2 as well. Here is a clip of me on air encouraging early voting. Here is a great piece with Chad Oliver and I on NBC-2. Early voting starts Oct. 27 at THESE LOCATIONS and goes through Nov. 3 with voting day on Nov. 6, 2012.  Get out and vote!

Monday, Oct. 29
Dress up, watch short indie films, support local
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 watch some scarier flicks with celebrity judges Naples Daily News’ Chris Silk, Veron Ennis, Nicole Forbis, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven & musical guest Danny Sinoff. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a happy half hour with the show starting at 7 p.m. Dress up and get $2 off this week. Join filmmakers for fun at the afterparty at Twisted Vine & Ford’s Garage for late night happy hour. For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Hello Dolly—best lookalike wins $250
It is true. This fascinating one night only promotion lets every “Dolly” who dresses up in for free dinner and a show and the closest looking Dolly will win $250. Celebrity judges including myself, mayor Randy Henderson and the “Dolly” from the show at Broadway Palm will judge.

The show has had excellent reviews including: “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, online and for free download on your iPad. The Broadway Palm is located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers. If you want to join and watch a room full of Dolly Parton lookalikes without dressing up—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 www.broadwaypalm.com

Thursday, Nov. 1
Naples lights up
Join the fun at Celebrity Bartender Night, a splendid evening hosted by Leadership Collier, and sponsored by Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar. With Councilman Bill Barnett; Kathy Curatolo, Shelley Lund, Tony Marino, Brenda O’Connor, Meredith Parsons, Naples Mayor John Sorey, Nannette Staropoli, and Vicki Tracy. Your $20 donation entitles you to one free drink ticket plus complimentary appetizers. 100% of all gratuities will be given to Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida, and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Stacey Herring at 239 280 7775, or Stacey.Herring@53.com

Friday, Nov. 2
Absolut Vodka, Jansen signing & party
Official Marcus Jansen poster signing and ABSOLUT JANSEN party is going down at Blush downtown Fort Myers during Art Walk. FACEBOOK INVITE HERE> This is a chance to meet Marcus, a future legend. Of course stop off all over the usual Art Walk stops, The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Twisted Vine, Ford’s Garage, Lush, Space 39, Cowboy Up, Reverie & Rock and plenty more. Downtown Fort Myers is the only place to be in SWFL on Art Walk nights, the first Friday of every month. Blush is located at 2115 Main St., Fort Myers, FL. Call (239) 989-1678 or visit http://www.blushdowntown.com/
Marcus will sign poster between 7:30pm – 8:30pm & 9:30pm – 10:30pm  for $20. It will also get you a complimentary drink.

Meet President Bill Clinton
Yes our nation’s 42 is in #SWFL. President William Jefferson Clinton’s shoes hit the pavement for Barack Obama in downtown Fort Myers around 2 p.m. today at Harborside Convention Center. Tickets are not required for this event so that means just head on down there today. Harborside is located at 1375 MONROE STREET, FORT MYERS. Now might not be a bad time to go down to Barnes & Noble and pick up a copy of his “Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy.” Who knows if you meet him you may get it signed. Bill please say you’ll stay for TGIM this Monday if we all vote Barack!

Saturday, Nov. 3
Jerry Seinfeld comes to Barbara B. Mann
Yes, it is true. America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2012.For tickets go to http://www.bbmannpah.com/performance.php?id=511

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