Top picks of things to do in #SWFL for arts & entertainment enthusiasts from 11.18-11.28-2012

Posted on November 18, 2012


Sunday, Nov. 18
Ragtime sizzles for one final night
If you love Broadway musicals and you don’t feel like dropping $1,000 to take the trip to NYC to see them there (yes I did the math) you can catch a very polished performance of Ragtime at Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts right here in Fort Myers. The Tony Award Winning musical’s last performance on Broadway was in 2010 but if it were still playing I doubt you would find a much better production than this one performed by a very talented group of local students. Quinton Thomas & Erica Wagner lead the stunning performances in the musical set in the early 20th century where immigrants come to the U.S. to make a new life and are confronted with struggles and opportunities. Ragtime roars through Harlem while prejudices and racism rear their ugly heads. Ragtime plays one final night Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Cypress Lake, located at 6750 Panther Lane, Fort Myers. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and $20 for preferred seating. For more information go to or call 239.481.2233.

Monday, Nov. 19
World premiere of local film “Miss Conception”
Mondays are my favorite night downtown. The Fort Myers Film Festival is shutting down First St. to watch indie films under the stars outside the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Included in the mix is the world premiere screening of “Miss Conception” by Karen Whitaker. ‘Miss Conception’ is a campy short film about a New York Art Gallery employee who decides to steal from her boss in order to move across the country to start her own art gallery. Her plan unravels during her journey to buy art in Florida when her assistant Timothy discovers her plan. The consequences of her greedy actions lead to disaster. Starring local knowns Terry Tincher, J. Bert Davis, Elijah Green, Jacob Cordy, Stacey Stevens and more. Whitaker’s film last year drew a bit of a cult following. There will be pizza from Edison Restaurant, coffee from Bennett’s Fresh Roast and an open bar with $1 off during the 6:30-7 p.m. hour. There will be a live performance by Freedom Hall and judges, sexy hosts and filmmakers present to discuss the films with an afterparty at Twisted Vine Bistro. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, by going to or by calling 239.333.1933. For more information go to the Facebook event page at

Tuesday, Nov. 20
Classical concert at Barbara B. Mann (*free)
The Edison State College Symphony Orchestra and Edison State College Chorale Combined Concert starts at 7:30 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers. under the direction of Dr. Thomas Smith you will enjoy Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, (the “Heffner”); Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet, featuring student trumpeter, Tito Alizarins; Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture; and a special composition for orchestra by talented student composer, Bryan Stark weather: “Adair.” Under the direction of Candace Baranowski-Sundby, hear the Edison State College Chorale, joined onstage by internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Enrico Elisi, from the Eastman School of Music, as they perform Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and other choral favorites. For more information visit

Wednesday, Nov. 21
Thanksgiving Eve means no work tomorrow soooo…
So why not PARTY ALL NIGHT?! Exactly. Try this ‘Neon Glow’ party out in the Dark Party Rave at Gulf Coast Town Center. The event reminds us of three very important things. “No school. No work. Just dance.” There will be a bunch of DJs, ravers wearing glow clothes waving glow sticks partying in what was once the much quieter Borders Book Store. There will be free giveaways all night. Gulf Coast Town Center is located at 9903 Gulf Coast Main Street, Fort Myers. For more information hit up the Facebook event page at The event is located inside the old Borders Book Store across from Moe’s.

Thursday, Nov. 22
Happy Thanksgiving
Well I hope you enjoy tender moments with those you love—or at least tolerate. Ever think of inviting someone over who may not have anyone else to share dinner with? Another good way is to give to those who are in need on this holiday. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has set up an easy way for you to give and contribute this year. You can donate Turkeys by dropping them off at the Harry Chapin Food Bank warehouse, 3760 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, or 2221 Corporation Blvd., Naples. Checks can be mailed to the same addresses or you can also make a secure donation online. Businesses can help by holding a turkey drive, collecting money so that the food bank can purchase turkeys, and encouraging customers to support the drive. For more information go to

Friday, Nov. 23
Black Friday
You may or may not be the person camping in front of Best Buy. Still, after you get some discounted shopping in you may want to catch movies Wreck-It Ralph, Flight, Lincoln or Skyfall. Better yet try supporting local festivities here …

Festival of Trees
Over 20 trees and wreaths, lavishly decorated by organizations and groups will be displayed for the public to view at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the downtown River District through Dec. 1. Throughout the Festival, there will be a Children’s Workshop, a Brunch with Santa, a Family Fun Day, a concert by the Beatles tribute band The Nowhere Band, and more. The week ends with the Black Tie evening Tux and Trees Gala where all the trees, wreaths and donated items and packages are auctioned off live. The Festival is open to the public. Monetary donations are appreciated to view the trees. The Children’s Workshop is $6 per child; Brunch with Santa $12 per person or both events $15. The Tux and Trees Gala is $100 per person. Fort more information head to for times, tickets, and information or call Madison at 239. 995.2106 ext. 2213.

Saturday, Nov. 24
Camping with Henry and Tom
Inspired by true events, Camping with Henry and Tom is an enormously entertaining evening with Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and President Harding. It’s the summer of 1921, and these three very important & powerful men get stranded in the Maryland Wilderness when Ford drives his Model-T off the road. This deftly comic play is an exploration of friendship, industry and politics where the President finds himself caught in a clash between two of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the box office located at  2267 Bay Street, Fort Myers, by visiting or by calling 239.332.4488.

Sunday, Nov. 25
Looking for a Miracle?
The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is getting in the spirit of the season presenting the musical adaptation of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street. Now through Nov. 30 if you bring in a nonperishable food item you get $5 off your ticket. Come enjoy the newly renovated theatre for either of two performances with lunch at 11:45 a.m. and show at 1:15 p.m or dinner at 5:30 p.m. and show at 7 p.m.  Tickets start at $47 for adults or $21 for children. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is located at  1380 Colonial Boulevard  Fort Myers. For more information visit or call 239. 278.4422.

Monday, Nov. 26
Intellectualize, because Alzheimer’s is around the corner
Enjoy indie films in consideration for the 2013 Fort Myers Film Festival with judges actress Eve Mauro, pictured, technical director Mike Kiniry, FGCU professor Barry Calvin, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven, musical guest Dale Fisher. There will be pizza from Edison Restaurant, coffee from Bennett’s Fresh Roast and an open bar with $1 off during the 6:30-7 p.m. hour. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, by going to or by calling 239.333.1933. For more information go to

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Elf the Musical
Sure you remember Will Ferrell as the silly-eyed elf in the movie. Now one of the most beloved Hollywood holiday hits of the past decade is born again – live on stage. The original musical brings to life the heartwarming and hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly believes he’s really one of Santa’s elves.  Featuring an all-star creative team led by three time Tony-nominated director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), Tony-winning book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and the Tony-nominated songwriting team of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), ELF is the one present everyone wants this holiday season. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall  is located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers. Tickets start at $32 an ca be purchased by visiting the box office, at or by calling 239.481.4849.

Wednesday, Nov. 28
Talley’s Folly

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Talley’s Folly is a lyrical romance that follows the unlikely courtship of young Sally Talley and her much older Jewish suitor, Matt Friedman. Set in 1944, the play unfolds magically in a Victorian boathouse on the banks of the Missouri River. Matt arrives just at twilight to confess his love to a reluctant Sally, who believes she is no longer capable of loving, but in the play’s final touching moments we see that these may be two kindred spirits. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the box office located at  2267 Bay Street, Fort Myers, by visiting or by calling 239.332.4488. Talley’s Folly plays through Dec. 16.

Monday, Dec. 31
Ring in New Year’s Eve with elegance, class and toasts
Ever wish you could ring in the New Year with one of those movie picture perfect events like in When Harry Met Sally? Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in the picturesque movie-like elegance as the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center & the Fort Myers Film Festival are coming together to throw the classiest New Year’s Eve party in town! The party will be in the finest building in Fort Myers with hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa Tschari DeHaven with a featured LIVE performance by Jazzlyn Little of X-Factor fame. Click here to see when she wowed Simon Cowell. The night will also include performances by Melting Clockwork and Princess Johnson and include special guests Carie Small of Lingerie Football League fame, filmmaker Pat Mitchell and Lane Elder. Put it in your calendar. The best NYE party you will ever go to is in Fort Myers this New Year is at the SBDAC. You may never have a better NYE experience your entire life. Enjoy a ball drop, champagne toast, games, dancing & fun all night long! You can get tickets now by going to or calling 239.333.1933. Tickets are $15 for general admission, which includes a champagne toast and $60 for VIP which includes bottles of champagne, delicious treats from Twisted Vine, a chance to meet Jazzlyn Little a baloon drop and more.

The event is sponsored by the Fort Myers Film Festival, REE Corp, Conric Marketing, Simplify PR, Twisted Vine, Florida Weekly, Garth Francis Photography, Five Star Talent, Pamela Templeton Unlimited and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Doors open at 9 p.m. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers 33901. Visit them at See you there for the best NYE party EVER!

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