Top picks for #SWFL entertainment & arts enthusiasts 11.5-11-11.2012

Posted on November 5, 2012


Monday, Nov. 5
Election 2012 eve. get intellectual (and nonpartisan) with political journalist Chad Oliver
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, on the eve of the most crucial election we may ever see in our lifetime, watch flicks with celebrity judges photographer Vanessa Rogers, NBC2s Chad Oliver, artist Leoma Lovegrove, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven, musical guest Spencer Saso and a short film by local filmmaker Pat Mitchell. You can not miss this one. Chad will be taking election questions.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a happy half hour with the show starting at 7 p.m. Join filmmakers for fun at the afterparty at Twisted Vine & Ford’s Garage for late night happy hour. For more information go to The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers.

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Voting Day—GO 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. If you are in portions of the Northeast you can email your vote it. Either way have a say in this country you love and live in.

Wednesday, Nov. 7
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

Thursday, Nov. 8
CONNECT! Networking Party
Join the Connect Networking Event with raffle prizes, music, drinks and networking fun. 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 5:30-7:30pm -$5 admission- includes light appetizers- Provided by Gwendolyn’s Café. Guest speakers: Jamie Kuser from Happenings Magazine who will tell us about the latest Happenings around town & his New Art Gallery; Janie Hemenway- Will speak about The upcoming Conservatory Art Show, Being Thankful; Tyrone Humbles- who will let us know about the next Wine Trail and Beyond; Nicole Gray Kearns- With the latest update on the newest Downtown River District Restaurants- Ford’s Garage, The New Los Cabos Cantina & Fresh Mex Tequila bar and The Firestone Grille- Martini Bar & Skybar Restaurant For more information join the Facebook page at:

Friday, Nov. 9
Extremities at the Labratory Theatre is a chilling and disturbing journey of exploration through the impulses of self-preservation and revenge. Directed by News-Press social columnist Stephanie Davis (The Downtown Diva), ‘Extremities’ contains strong language and violence. Shows, 8pm or 2pm matinee: Nov 2,3, 8, 9, 10, 11(mat), 15, 16, 17, 18(mat). The Labratory Theatre is located at 1634 Woodford Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida. Tickets are available by calling 239.218.0481 or heading to

New Works by Joe LeMay
Union artist, Joe LeMay, has been hard at work creating a lot of new paintings. Stop into The Union Artist Studios to see Joe’s painting featured in the main gallery of the studio. Opening Reception is Friday, November 9, 2012 6:00pm-9:00pm The Union Artists Studios invites all art enthusiasts, collectors and friends to join in the presentation of member artist Joe Lemay’s New Works. The artist reception begins at 6:00pm on Friday, November 9, 2012. The artwork will remain on display throughout the month. The Union Artist Studios is located at 10051 McGregor Boulevard, Suite #202. For the Facebook page invite head to

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