Top Picks of things to do for arts & entertainment enthusiasts living in #SWFL for the week of April 10-16, 2013

Posted on April 9, 2013

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9948_10152158676108029_668700111_nThursday, April 11
Feel the Heat with Menopause the Musical
The opening night invitation came to me on a popsicle stand as a fan to keep myself, or perhaps someone I may know, cool. I’m blushing in expectation to check this one out, as Broadway Palm never lets me down after a long week steady at the grind. I admit I’m inclined to bring mom with for this one, but I will not automatically assume there will not be some treats for me too. “Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common except a black lace bra … and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s will have you dancing in the aisles.” Tickets start at $47 for dining and show. Call 239-278-4422 or head to 1380 Colonial Boulevard or online sales at www.broadwaypalm.com now. Menopause plays through May 18.

68988_10151340091496161_907065516_nFriday, April 12
Paying honor to a great local photographer and friend
For those of you that may have known Stefan of Catchlight Studios, he recently passed away. Please join me in “A Celebration for the life of Stefan Andreev – An Informal Memorial” which starts at 6 p.m. at The Coffee & Brick Bar located at 531 5th Avenue South, Naples. They will be accepting donations to Stefan’s favorite charity the night of the event on behalf of the Suncoast Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: floridasuncoast.jdrf.org

Pop some tags
Sounds like you can act and dress like a hipster all in one swoop downtown starting this Friday. Join Goodwill as they cut the ribbon on their new Goodwill Boutique on First in the beautiful downtown River District. Then go and pop some tags. Can’t make the ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m.? Stop by throughout the day or anytime you can. Goodwill Boutique is located at 2401 First Street, Fort Myers, Go to the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/144010915771085/

392886_553565611332000_1248604463_nSaturday, April 13
Tour with SWFL artists
This is your chance to get up close and personal with seven Cape Coral Artists right in their studios and homes. Begin your day with a continental breakfast from 9-11 a.m. in the Main Gallery and get a map to the artists’ studios. While you’re there, check out the studios in the Edwards Building, including the Logan Studio, Gulf Coast Atelier, Studio 201 & Union Artist Studios. Spend the rest of the day choosing the order and the amount of time you’d like to spend at each location on the studio tour.

This year’s featured artists are: Paul Adamick, Paula Eckerty, Petra Kaiser, Phil Krym, Shirley Hales, Alicia Schmidt & Rose Young. The day will conclude at the Cape Coral Arts Studio on Coronado Parkway with an ‘Arty Hour’ hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting reception from 3-4 p.m. with several more artists demonstrating silversmithing, stone & clay work. Tickets are $49 and include continental breakfast, the self-guided tour & program, and the Arty Hour reception. Get them at www.artinlee.org or at the doors at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

579166_10200826114476062_1548486293_nThe Nosemaker’s Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon
This zany comedy whisks us through medieval England, Austria and Paris, France, as our young apprentice plastic surgeon learns the art of sketchy surgery in less than ideal conditions. He repairs or replaces noses and other appendages lost to typical medieval circumstances: plague, battles, syphilis and rat bites.  The surreal comedy will be performed April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8 p.m. and April 21st at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $12 for students’ $20 for adults. The Laboratory Theater of Florida is located at 1634 Woodford Avenue, Fort Myers.

FORTROCKSunday, April 14
Fort Rock in Fort Myers featuring the Offspring
I admit I’ve seen Offspring before. They opened for the Violent Femmes in Chicago and yeah, I was there. Fast forward a couple decades I definitely plan an coming out to play as the new Fort Rock music festival featuring Offspring will take place Sunday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox. Fort Rock is presented by 99X and marks Southwest Florida’s largest rock festival. The initial lineup for Fort Rock includes: The Offspring, 3 Doors Down, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Volbeat, In This Moment, Escape The Fate, Device (with David Draiman), Pop Evil, Otherwise, Mindset Evolution and many more. Bands will perform on the Main Stage and Jägermeister Second Stage. I have In This Moment stuck in my head and I can NOT wait to see them. Tickets start at $45 for GA and $89 for VIP. Get them at http://bit.ly/ftrockonsale. JetBlue Park is located at 11500 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers. For lineup, set times and more head to www.fortrockfestival.com

Ira Glass comes to Fort Myers
The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it’s put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn’t usually do. As part of this, Glass mixes stories from the show, live onstage, combining his narration with pre-taped quotes and music, recreating the sound of the show as the audience watches. And he plays funny and memorable moments from the show, and talks about what was behind their creation.

iraIra Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life.  A television adaptation of This American Life ran on the Showtime network for two seasons, in 2007 and 2008, winning three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The show has put out its own comic book, three greatest hits compilations, DVDs of live shows and other events, a “radio decoder” toy, temporary tattoos and a paint-by-numbers set. Half a dozen stories are in development to become feature films. Tickets start at $35. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information call 239.489.3033.

Monday, April 15
Pay your taxes; go to the dogs
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents Dog Wish, a play by Dr. Michelle Hayford, Monday through Wednesday, April 15- 17. The play is the result of research conducted by the author and Florida Gulf Coast University students and cast members, including interviews with dog lovers in a variety of fields. The Davis is located at 2301 First Street, in the River District, downtown Fort Myers. Dog Wish performance dates at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 1st Street, Fort Myers. Tickets $10 • Cocktails 7:30pm, Curtain 8:00pm. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. You can learn more by surfing to www.sbdac.com. Purchase tickets at the door or at http://www.sbdac.com/events/page/2/

22015_505842706125692_750248130_nWednesday, April 17
Esperanza Spalding at The Phil
The Phil has reserved seats for Contemporaries and is offering discounted tickets ($50). Best New Artist Grammy winner, Spalding is a vocalist, composer and bassist. Order thru Group Sales at 254-2741 or email rdunmyer@thephil.org The Naples Philharmonic is located at5833 Pelican Bay Blvd  Naples, FL 34108. For more information call (239) 597-1111

Support your local filmmaker
Rob Beauchesne of D & G Productions of SWFL has launched a fund drive on the www.indiegogo.com website to produce a documentary on a local man overcoming his disabilities. “A Walk in his Shoes” is about Tommy Robinson, a man who is blind and deaf and who survives by riding his bicycle throughout Lee County and picking up scraps to recycle. Funds raised on the website will go toward helping to make the film, but also to help him pay for expenses. For information head to www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-walk-in-his-shoes or e-mail  RBeau22@aol.com.

—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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