This week’s top picks for #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts 12.12-19.2012

Posted on December 12, 2012


Wednesday, Dec. 12
187782_101671246670404_2142812197_nVIP Mike is back with grand opening of Gala at Basin in Naples
Ever wonder what happened to VIP Mike? You remember him—at the door of all the hottest clubs in and around Naples bringing in the cool SWFL people. Now, have you wondered why there has been such a decrease in Naples night spots lately? I’m not sure but I think it is directly related to the fact that he has been missing. Now, though, Mike has been brewing other things and this December 12 he is officially back! From the mouth of Mike himself (caps his) — “IT’S BEEN 2 YEARS SINCE I’VE HOSTED A PARTY AND ALL I CAN SAY IS “THIS TOWN NEEDS SOMETHING NEW. THIS IS GOING TO BE A PARTY TO REMEMBER. IF YOU WANT A VIP TABLE OR JUST HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING IN…. HER’ES MY #239-298-0284 TEXT ME AND I’LL COME OUTSIDE AND GET YA 😉 VIP MIKE IS BACK NAPLES SO GET READY TO HAVE SOME FUN!” For more information join the Facebook invite page at Gala at Basin is located at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road Suite #200, Naples. For more information call 239-431-5843, 239-431-5457 or check out

Thursday, Dec. 13
CONNECT! Networking Party
Join the Connect Networking Event the first Thursday of every month with raffle prizes, music, drinks and networking fun. Expand your business and personal relationships with the ever amazing Melissa DeHaven. 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: – Jim Griffith Director of The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center – Tiite Baquero- SBDAC Exhibiting Artist for the month of December & Worldwide Peace Marker Project creator – Stacie Harmon from Ninth Wave Motivational Group – Chef Santiago & Hotel Indigo’s Food & Beverage Manager John Howard to speak about the New Broadway Bistro Restaurant, Blush and the Rooftop at Hotel Indigo. For more information join the Facebook page at:

Friday, Dec. 14
Picture 3Talley’s Folly

One weekend left to see why Florida Rep is hailed as “Profoundly Satisfying” by The Wall Street Journal. 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.

Saturday, Dec. 15
Picture 4Get in the holiday spirit with a wonderful 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. To watch Santa pay a visit to WINK TV click here!

Sunday, Dec. 16
424740_453845911305020_2069347464_nFootball is so entertaining
Hit up the fins game this Sunday at the Sun Life Stadium as they play the Jaguars at 1 p.m. Sure you can watch all the fun at The Edison in Fort Myers, located at 3583 McGregor Boulevard, but with tix going for $20 you might as well make the drive to see it live. Sun Life Stadium is located at 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL. Call 305. 943.8000 or head to for updates.  If you prefer to stay local, we don’t blame ya. For more information on football entertainment at the Edison go to

Monday, Dec. 17
277001_128020347310863_716646927_nIndie movies, indie music, indie show
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, join judges comedian Scott Thompson, Alliance for Arts director Lydia Black, columnist Roger Williams, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven and musical guest Freedom Hall. There will be two strictly local movies shown so come down and support it.

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.

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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