#SWFL Top Picks for Arts & Entertainment enthusiasts April 3-11, 2013

Posted on April 2, 2013

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Ok, you may think the snowbirds have left. Well, you may be right. Still, there are exciting and amazing offerings aplenty this week for those with that refined sense of arts & entertainment. Why not give these top picks a try? 🙂 E

Picture 5Wednesday, April 3
Florida Rep’s Other Desert Cities
This multiple Tony nominated play is a darkly comic and truthful portrait of one family in crisis. It is electrifying, powerful and heartbreakingly funny. After years of absence, Brook Wyeth returns home for Christmas for an anything-but-joyful reunion. When Brooke announces that she’s about to publish a memoir that exposes her family’s dark history, she forces her loved ones to confront their demons, relive their tragic past and reveal their deepest secrets. Tickets are $45 and $40 and can be purchased by heading down to the box office at 2267 1st Street, Fort Myers, calling 239-332-4488 or by emailing BoxOffice@FloridaRep.org.

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And the World Goes Around
The group at Cypress Lake High School is known for great work has excited me with Ragtime in the past and from what Gabrielle Macafee tells me this musical at the Blackbox Theatre at Cypress is “going to be very good.” There’s a very small cast, and she’s part of it. Tickets are $10 for premium seating, $5 for regular. It starts Thursday night and runs till Sunday. All shows start at 7 p.m.  except for Sunday, which is at 7:30 p.m.  Cypress Lake Theatre is located at 6740 Panther Lane, Fort Myers. Tickets will be available at the door. To join their event page head here.

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UNIT A, Marcus Jansen notch 1 year with party in Fort Myers
UNIT A, Marcus Jansen’s open studio headquarters, will celebrating it’s one year anniversary during Art Walk on April 5, 2013 at 1922 Evans ave, unit A, Fort Myers, during a public reception and extravaganza that will include a DJ, a special guest artist appearance and after party. The party is a public event but entry is up to 140 people at a time, so get there early, should be well attended. Check out the Facebook event page here to join.

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You know it is a good time the first Friday of every month downtown Fort Myers during Art Walk. Just always start off at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and walk around. Or take the trolley. Be sure to check out the strange but amazing work of Daniel Linehan at Space 39 this Friday. You will need a drink afterwards so head to Twisted Vine, Ford’s or Firestone’s afterwards. Daniel’s pieces are underrated, shocking and genius. Snap up any art of his while you can. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. You can learn more by surfing to www.sbdac.com. You will find plenty to get into just walking around. This is a no-brainer must attend.

BLACKFISHSaturday, April 6
Sarasota Film Festival turns 15
Looking for a few good films to see at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival? Let me recommend the opening night film Blackfish. “Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.” This plays opening night Friday actually. For more info about the movie head to www.blackfishmovie.com. Other films playing you might like are listed at http://prod5.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/list.aspx?epguid=ad9ba91e-65ff-43ea-bd58-4784d49feb39&. I’ll be checking out Venus and Serena 4/7 @ 4:30; Citizen Koch 4/7 @7:15; Between Us 4/7 @3:00; Twenty Feet from stardom 4/13 @7:45 and Crash reel 4/13 @8:00.

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BBQ & Bands is a fun event for all at the Alliance for the Arts

Sunday, April 7
Run for Music
The Naples Phil 10K Run For Music you will see musicians trading their instruments in for a 10K racecourse. The race begins in front of the Philharmonic at 7:30 a.m. A one mile walk starts at 7:35 a.m. For more information, to register and to see how proceeds have helped benefit the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra head to  runformusic10k.com/Home.html/

BBQ, Bands & Brew at the Alliance for the Arts
This event will feature the best in local BBQ cuisine, live music from 11 a.m.-6 p.m, with fun for the whole family including a kids’ barnyard  themed area and cornhole games. Local BBQ vendors and restaurants will vie for the naming rights of Best BBQ in town judged by local VIPs. The event is free. More information is available at www.artinlee.org The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

Broadway Showstopping Music
The Gulf Coast Symphony presents “Broadway Showstoppers!” at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall with Broadway stars Gary Mauer and Sarah Berry joining performing recognizable hits like “West Side Story,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guys and Dolls.” Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and are available at the box office located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers by calling (239) 489-303 or online at http://bbmannpah.com

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Support local—Download Kelsey Merritt’s new album
You may know her as a local made big or you may never have heard of her at all. Check out her stuff on iTunes now as she just unloaded a new CD. Download then follow her at https://www.facebook.com/kelseyofficial and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Kelsey_Official

Looking for more?
If you want to check out great local suggestions I suggest you pick up a Florida Weekly. They are definitely in the know. Here is there most recent Destinations Guide. http://www.floridaweekly.com/documents/DestinationsGuide2013/flip

Here for the first time? Here are some must tries
 Lush French Bakery  offers freshly baked pastries, baguette, croissant and breads still filling the room with the warm scent of baked goods hot from the oven. Looking for the best coffee spot & donut spot in town. Bennett’s Fresh Roast. Their donuts are heaven.

The Beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva are implied options.

Firestone’s grand view
The grand owner of The Edison Restaurant and Ford’s Garage has completed the holy trinity of Uncommon Friends with The Firestone – Grille, Martini Bar & Sky Lounge. 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. Not to mention the fantastic view. Or could they?  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.

FMffcardTWISTEDSTUFFERfrontBest Food Downtown—Hands Down
Twisted Vine has become the go to restaurant when it comes to the most delicious, locally grown, eclectic cuisine, prepared delicately for the most wonderful culinary delights. Be sure to go here while you are in town. Twisted Vine is located at 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers, right next to the recently opened basin walk. Call them at 226-1687 or head to www.twistedvinebistro.com for more information. You will see me there!

—Eric Raddatz is occasionally surprised as to all of the cool events that are happening in #SWFL and likes to share them with you. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ericraddatz for more updates! When in doubt be sure to pick up a Florida Weekly while in town or head to www.floridaweekly.com

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