Top picks for #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts 11.29-12.09.12

Posted on November 29, 2012


Thursday, Nov. 29
Looking for a Miracle?

Join the Broadway Palm Theatre in celebrating the spirit of the season as they present the musical adaptation of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street.  Naples Daily News calls it “delightful and heartwarming” and I couldn’t agree more. Come enjoy the newly renovated theatre for 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.

Friday, Nov. 30
Elf the Musical
Sure you remember Will Ferrell as the silly-eyed elf in the movie and that is a tough act to follow. But 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  hilarious tale of Buddy, an enthusiastic orphan who mistakenly believes he’s really one of Santa’s elves. There’s still time left to take advantage of an ELF-tastic deal they are offering. “Buy one ticket, bring your Buddy for FREE*! Click here and use the passcode: ELF.” 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 or by calling 239.481.4849.

Saturday, Dec. 1
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.

Sunday, Dec. 2
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written-the perfect escape from life’s troubles taking comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom. TheatreZone is located at G&L Theatre, 13275 Livingston Rd, Naples. For tickets call 888.966.3352 or visit

Monday, Dec. 3
Best indie show in Fort Myers
Enjoy indie films in consideration for the 2013 Fort Myers Film Festival with judges Kat Epple, 105.5 THE BEAT’S Flyin Brian, Char Loomis, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven w. musical guest Kat Epple. 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 An afterparty at Twisted Vine Bistro downtown Fort Myers usually stays lively with late night happy hour, conversation and fun.

Tuesday, Dec. 4
GARTEL: Art Basel kickoff party
You may know him as the crazy old guy who paints expensive cars or simply the ‘FATHER’ of digital art. Enjoy his latest creations with complimentary Gartini’s from 6 to 7 p.m.; vodka drink specials till midnight; complimentary tapas tastes from 6 to 9 p.m.; raffle items, fabulous music, lots of art and much more. Copacabana Fort Lauderdale is located at 219 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. For more information call 954.767.0643 or head to

Wednesday, Dec. 5
First-look, collectors , media and private viewings aside, the public warms up to the event with Art Video Night at SoundScape Park, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach. Admission to Art Video Nights is free. This year’s edition of Art Video opens with a program about body language, behavior, knowledge, and motion: it traces the undercurrent of sensuality and anxiety connecting these otherwise disparate films. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Join the FACEBOOK event page here. For all Art Basel Miami Beach information go to Art Basel runs through Dec. 9.

The Art Public Opening Night starts at 8:30 p.m. and  features special performances by Jason and Alicia Hall Moran and Brandon Ross, My Barbarian and Alex Israel. Join the FACEBOOK event page here. For all Art Basel Miami Beach information go to Art Basel runs through Dec. 9.

The 34th annual international Artexpo comes to Miami in 2012. Artexpo Miami SOLO, will take place alongside the powerhouse shows of Art Basel, Art Miami, Scope, Miami Project. Do not miss #SWFL artist Daniel Linehan at Artexpo Miami Dec. 5-9. To view his art head to ArtExpo is located at 3011 NE 1st Avenue at NW 31st Street, Miami. For more information head to
Thursday, Dec. 6
Opening their doors for the 11th consecutive year in Miami Beach, Art Basel will show more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. For those of you who have never gone, this is pretty much the best event you will ever go to— a smörgåsbord of the best art you’ve ever seen—if you can imagine that. Every year I am overwhelmed and impressed with contemporary, rare and wild pieces with over a dozen shows running concurrently all over the city. Here is my review from last year as published in Florida Weekly. The anchored show takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center which is located at 1901 Convention Center Drive  Miami Beach, FL. For all Art Basel Miami Beach information including places to stay, films playing, transportation and more go to Art Basel runs through Dec. 9. Here is a few must makes.

SCOPE Art Show returns to Miami in 2012 with a new location on the most highly-trafficked gateway to the Midtown Arts District. Located at N.E. 36th St and Midtown Blvd., SCOPE Miami’s monumental 100,000 sq. ft. pavilion will house its most ambitious fair to date, featuring a selection of 20 innovative Breeder Programgalleries presented alongside 85 established international exhibitors. Celebrated as the premier launching pad for contemporary art, SCOPE Miami will run concurrent with Art Basel from Dec. 4–9. SCOPE Miami is located at 110 N.E. 36 St. at Midtown Blvd. Miami, Florida 33138. For more information head to

Friday, Dec. 7
Meanwhile back in Fort Myers there is excitement of its own with  UNIT A’s “Holiday Mini’s” by #SWFL artist Marcus Jansen.  These are small works on canvas that will be on display in the 7000sqft studio loft space before departing to museums and galleries. Most recently Faceless # 2, from Jansen’s series displayed during the September Art Walk in Fort Myers has been placed in the permanent collection at the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art Russia. UNIT A is located at 1922 Evans Avenue, Unit A, Fort Myers, FL. For more information head to for weekly updates.

Saturday, Dec. 8-9
Oh, who am I kidding. More ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH!
Seriously, there is too much to see for you not to go back to Basel. Last year more than 50,000 visitors viewed art of more than 2,000 artists represented. A decade has aged this festival well, brightening the city as a global must-attend. It’s arguably the finest curation in the nation. There are dozens of satellite fairs surrounding it all over Miami and Miami Beach. Thousands of hungry-for-art connoisseurs bump shoulders with celebrities down packed streets from Miami Beach to Wynwood graffiti district. DJs set up in various spots all over the city. Excitement is everywhere. Just go and get lost in the fun. Here are some photos from last year’s shows.

SAVE THE DATE FOR NYE!! 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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