TOP #SWFL PICKS for entertainment & arts enthusiasts May 22-28, 2013

Posted on May 22, 2013

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Picture 2Wednesday, May 22
Steve Martin kicks off tour in Fort Myers
Steve Martin —what doesn’t he do. What hasn’t he done? You probably know him as the wild and crazy guy from SNL fame. But he got his start doing stand up and banjo playing along West Coast dives, according to his autobiography Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life. Then he went on to become a movie star, writer, art connoisseur and all around genius. I get the feeling it is only after achieving more fame and fortune than he ever could imagine that he is actually getting to do what he REALLY enjoys, back to the comedy and banjo. He’s playing one night only at the Barbara B. Mann with fellow Texas native Edie Brickell, playing banjo with his bluegrass band and, I can only imagine, offering up some comedy. Picture 1

Hey Mr. Martin, would you like to go to the premiere of Hangover Part III while you are in SWFL? I’ll get the popcorn. Tickets to his show start at $58. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information call 239.489.3033.

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Love, Loss and What I Wore
Ok, I admit—HUGE Nora Ephron fan here. And I also love that Alliance for the Arts is doing 10 performances of it—each night benefiting a different local charity. This night it benefits Abuse Counseling and Treatment with stars Jenna Persons, Lucy Harris, Betty Madonna, Rachael Endrizzi and Marianette Torres. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Theatre Conspiracy’s box office at 239-936-3239 or visiting www.theatreconspiracy.org.

Made famous in its off-Broadway run the show explores five women and how their wardrobes relate to pivotal moments in their lives. Ms. Ephron’s show won a special Drama Desk Award and was nominated for two Drama League awards in 2010. She said in an interview with Huffington Post that “Everybody associated their clothing with an important event in their life – their divorce, their marriage, falling in love, their prom nights. It’s just so powerful for women.”

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Go a walkin’ with Patsy Cline
This musical tribute chronicles the life story of one of the all-time legends of country music, Patsy Cline. Hear all of the favorites like Crazy, Sweet Dreams, Walkin’ After Midnight, Leavin’ On Your Mind, She’s Got You and many more. Patsy Cline’s enduring musical legacy was memorialized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and she was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is one of only two select productions to be sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Estate which is managed by Patsy’s husband, Charlie Dick. The performance plays through June 22 and includes the ambiance of the friendly staff at the recently renovated Broadway Palm Theatre, always a great evening.

Ticket prices range from $35 to $55 with discounts available for children and groups of 20 or more and can be reserved by calling 239.278-4422, by visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

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March against Monsanto
What can be more entertaining than a united march of sweaty Southwest Floridians against genetically modified foods? I’m at a loss for anything that even compares. Care about the food you eat? Care to make a difference? This looks to be the largest worldwide protest the world has ever seen against one corporation. Fort Myers  will start the march at 11 a.m. at 4650 South Cleveland Avenue, sidewalk in front of the South Plaza. You can join the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/March-Against-Monsanto-Fort-Myers/494571827263024 With 30 countries already banning GMO and Monsanto Products you have to wonder why we are ok with it here in the U.S. yeah? Hey is anyone filming this? http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/ Oh, and if you need a better entertainment peg to this one just go to the premiere of Hangover Part III afterwards. Good luck finding a theater that will offer you fresh organic veggies at the show, though. I suggest you smuggle them in.

MagicCarpetPercussion01Magic Carpet Concert
The fun-filled Magic Carpet Concerts are a popular Philharmonic Center tradition. Each of these events features a small ensemble from the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performing an all-new 45-minute program — demonstrating their instruments and answering questions from children and their adult escorts. This annual series is primarily for children ages 3-9 but can be enjoyed by everyone. The event takes place at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $8 and available at the door or at www.thephil.org

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Watch roller skating girls beat the crap out of each other
The Fort Myers Derby Girl’s Misdemeanors will be taking on the Molly Roger Rollergirls from Brevard County, Fl. Having not faced each other for so long, the bout is promised to be full of surprises, hard hits and fancy footwork. This is guaranteed to be the best Sunday night out for all ages and is family friendly. The game will be at Bamboozles Skating & Event Center located at 2095 Andrea Lane in Fort Myers. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Bout starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/381206 or $12 at the door.

Following the bout, meet the skaters at Cadillac Jacks at 16440 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers for great food and a meet-and-mingle with the teams.

Picture 7Monday, May 27
Happy Memorial Day—eat a cheeseburger, head to Edison Ford Winter Estates,  maybe see the Hangover?
What is the best way to say thank you to our veterans? Getting them a free cheeseburger is a start. So if you are grilling out be sure to invite one. It is also exactly what Stevie Tomato’s is doing all Monday. This is really cool—All U.S. military veterans will receive a free cheeseburger and fries on Memorial Day at all three Stevie Tomato’s Sports Page locations. (You will need proof of course so be sure to bring that.) If you aren’t a veteran why not head down anyway and thank our veterans in person. Maybe stay for a meal while your there. Get to know some who have done so much for each of us. Stevie Tomato’s is located at 9510 Market Pl Blvd, Fort Myers. For more information head to http://www.stevietomatossportspage.com/

Picture 6The Edison Ford Winter Estates is also offering free admission to veterans and their families today. Admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, museum and Edison Research Lab. Veterans must present a VA identification card as well. Call 334-7419 or head to  www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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Oh hell, just go see the Hangover
Yes, it is the epic finale to The Hangover trilogy. Yes, you have to go see it if you didn’t on Memorial Day.  It stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. In the aftermath of the death of Alan’s father, the wolfpack decide to take Alan to get treated for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the wolfpack is assaulted and Doug is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow again in order to surrender him to the gangster who kidnapped Doug in order to save him. Click here for showtimes in SWFL area and trailer.

slide20Here 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, of course.

Picture 9Firestone’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.

Picture 8Best 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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