Top picks for #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts 12.19-27.2012

Posted on December 18, 2012


Wednesday, Dec. 19
SOz7EmCkfs5Dz7eBNT6Tnuo_xlCute, ornery elf in tight stockings will bring holiday cheer
Back for a 4th smash season, Florida Rep presents David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries starring Jason Parrish. Crumpet the Elf is back for another year of yuletide mischief in this thorny comedy and proves that naughty can be more fun. The Santaland Diaries exposes the underside of Santa’s workshop when David, a down and out-of-work cynical writer, desperately takes a job as Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. Jason Parrish is one of the most brilliant actors living in Southwest Florida. Plus he looks so good in tights. For mature audiences only.  Story by David Sedaris; Adapted by Joe Mantello. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office located at  2267 Bay Street, Fort Myers, by visiting or by calling 239.332.4488. Santaland plays through Dec. 31.

537713_10152382820305565_2101307148_nFirestone’s grand opening
So yes, the grand owner of The Edison Restaurant and Ford’s Garage is completing the holy trinity of Uncommon Friends by opening The Firestone – Grille, Martini Bar & Sky Lounge this week in Southwest Florida. Certainly the genius gentlemen who once spent their inventive time here could not have imagined the delicious trifecta of restaurants bearing their names coming to fruition. Or could they? Either way, the building once occupied by Peter’s and the famous Skybar is rumored to have undergone the most amazing transformation keeping the breathtaking views atop the building in tact with all of the bells and whistles to honor the tiremaker Mr. Harvey Firestone. Thank Daniel Kearns with a slap on the back for infusing Downtown Fort Myers with another out-of-the-park place to wine, dine, drink and party in the ever burgeoning River District—and right in front of the recently opened basin walk. The Firestone – Grille, Martini Bar & Sky Lounge is located at 2224 Bay Street, Fort Myers. For more information call 239.337.3473, like their Facebook page or head right there for the grand opening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.

574654_435745103144763_3239847_nDinner for a good cause
The Basin Restaurant & Lounge along with VIP Mike are getting together for a good cause — to help abused women and children for the holidays. A portion of all food and drinks will go to the Shelter in Naples for Abused Women and Children this Wednesday night. In addition the Basin is introducing Chef Aurelio Zacchi, formerly of La Playa Beach & Gulf Resort. The event starts at 7 p.m. DJ Atom G formerly at Pure spins the night away. For dinner reservations call 239.431.5843. The Basin is located at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road Suite #200, Naples. For more information surf to

Thursday, Dec. 20
The Nutcracker: Redefined
From African dance to jazz styles of the 1920s, “The Nutcracker: Redefined,” playing at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, takes audience members on a magical journey of culture. An adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday tale, this show is guaranteed to keep your spirits high through various styles of the performing arts. Show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Presented by the Quality Life Center of SWFL, Inc. this one looks to be fun holiday cheer. For more information call 239-334-2797, head to or email

276406_394135560666582_742647803_nArt & Poetry—a great pairing
Gulf Coast Leisure is putting on Art & Poetry Networking Event (A&PNE) in downtown Fort Myers on Thursday, December 20th at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Come bear witness to the evolution of Gulf Coast Leisure and take part in what is poised to be the finest Art & Poetry Networking Event to date. Come enjoy an evening of local art, poetry, and much more. Artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work and share it with the local community. Also this is a chance for anyone to get up and recite. There is a $5 cover. The evening will feature music by DJ Nico Nollege. Check their Facebook page at

Friday, Dec. 21
276998_529465863744532_865782766_nIt’s the end of the world as we know it—and I feel fine

Might as well dance the night away the last day on earth. Get dressed up and come to the Davis Art Center for music, dancing and fun. December’s theme is Hollywood Glamor. Come dressed as your favorite movie character or as the star you are and dance to the hottest hits. The Dancing at the Davis themed dance parties are new this season and would like to be the Music Walk dancing destination. Artists Beth Carter Bell and Tiite Baquero of the Yolo Mundi Art exhibit will also be present as this will be the last chance to see this beautiful display of art. And the last chance for you to hear the meaning behind it.Dancing at the Davis tickets are $5 and can be purchased at

Saturday, Dec. 22
So you survived the end of the world?
Give yourself a second chance. Do something you’ve always wanted to but never have.

Gulfshore Ballet’s production of the “Nutcracker Suites” begins at 4 p.m. in BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall located at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. General admission is $20. For more information go to or call 239. 395-0900.

Sunday, Dec. 23
Finish your shopping and take in a football game
Looking for a place to take in the game and a drink after an arduous shopping day? Be sure to watch all the fun at The Edison in Fort Myers, located at 3583 McGregor Boulevard. For more information on football entertainment at the Edison go to

Monday, Dec. 24
Spend X-Mas Eve with someone you love, listening to someone you like, supporting someone local
Looking for the cool tunes to accommodate the right tone for your Christmas Eve? While you can always set your Pandora to Harry Connick, Michael Buble or Peanuts gang Holiday songs you could also take a moment and download some music from original & local performers. Freedom Hall, Jazzlyn Little, Princess Johnson, Heather Brooks, Darrell Nutt, Mike Rogers, Paige Miles, Vonzell Solomon, Casey Weston, Danny Sinoff, Al Holland, Dan Miller, Kat Epple and more all live here in Southwest Florida. Go to their websites and or right to iTunes to get at least one song of theirs. It will play nicely along your current playlist and you will be supporting creative musical neighbors of yours!

MV5BMTQ4NDI3NDg4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjY5OTI1OA@@._V1._SY317_Tuesday, Dec. 25
Merry Christmas—open presents then head to the movies
Les Miserables opens on Christmas Day. It is my favorite Broadway show of all time. Now it is a movie. And as far as I’m concerned it shuffles to the list of the best movie of all time. Ever. Watching it after being a fan for 25 years was like waiting to have sex until you are married—and worth it. I admit I did not like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean however, will go down to be one of the finest offerings modern cinema has ever offered. Go ahead and check best actor alongside best film, best score, best adaptation, best actress, best supporting actress, best costume. This film, despite most assuredly being a future awards hoarder, will move you, entertain you and probably make you cry a little. Find a theater near you and just go. If you aren’t familiar with the story based upon a Victor Hugo novel written in 1862, it is 19th-century France, and Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. Go to for times & locations.

SAVE THE DATE FOR NYE!! Monday, Dec. 31
TGIM1231hereRing 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 start at 9 p.m. in the finest building, the SBDAC, during the big downtown countdown in Fort Myers with hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa Tschari DeHaven and 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. 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, dancing, games and a NYE photobooth with Garth Francis Photography. $60 for VIP backstage access will include bottles of champagne, delicious treats from Twisted Vine and Cristof’s, a chance to meet Jazzlyn Little and receive an autographed poster, a balloon drop and more.

T.G.I.M starts at 7 p.m. and is $5. Start out there and you get in the NYE party which starts at 9 p.m. FREE!

See you there for the best NYE party EVER!

The event is sponsored by the Fort Myers Film Festival, REE Corp, Jonesez BBQ, Inc., 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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