#SWFL TOP PICKS for Arts & Entertainment enthusiasts July 26-Aug 3, 2013

Posted on July 25, 2013


944510_646680363115_855818017_nThursday, July 25
Good times, awesome giving and prize winners downtown
Do you or a significant other have a new or gently used dress you can offer up for a good cause? Bring it downtown Thursday, July 25 to Goodwill Boutique on First and you will be joining a community of supporters, help a good cause and MAY walk away with a decked-out prize package.

Join Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. and PACE for a night of fun, and friends—all for two great causes. You need to bring a new or gently used dress for PACE’s Love That Dress! and a donation for Goodwill and be entered to win a Stay, Shop, Dine prize package that will be given away at the end of the evening. (Shop, Dine, and Stay package: Embassy Suites Estero and Gift Cards to Bon Appetit and Miromar Outlets)

Event takes place from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments and more. Don’t want the party to stop at 7? Head over to Firestone in downtown Fort Myers for drinks served up by guest bartenders. For more information on Love That Dress! visit www.LoveThatDress.org. For information about Goodwill visit www.goodwillswfl.org. Head down to Goodwill Boutique on First located at 2401 First Street (Downtown Fort Myers) and/ or join their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/540939409276492/

—If you prefer — these locations will be collections dresses until Aug. 24. White House Black Market in the Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave, Royal Shell Real Estate Fort Myers/Cape Coral, 1870 Clayton Court, Henderson Franklin Law Firm, 1715 Monroe St., Spada Salon and Day Spa, 13161 McGregor Blvd., and Nu Image Dry Cleaners at 3722 Cleveland Ave. and 8911 Daniels Parkway, Suite 1. Dress drop locations will be accepting new and gently worn dresses of all styles and colors. Formal, casual and bridal dresses will be collected and sold at the Love That Dress! event to benefit the Lee PACE Center for Girls. Shoes, purses and accessories are also being accepted.


Shrek Pic for WebFriday, July 26
Date night—Shrek The Musical offers fun, laughs delicious dinner and drinks
Part romance, part twisted fairytale and all irreverent fun for everyone this show kept me laughing and entertained all night. There is Shrek, Donkey, Fiona and more in this hilarious story with everyone’s favorite ogre coming to life on stage. Things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairytale misfits, and you’ve got a mess that calls for a real hero … Shrek. Tickets are just $18 for anyone 18 and under 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.

All ladies band great rock & roll at The Sandy Parrot
Head out to the parrot for some all ladies rock & roll. The Sandy Parrot is located at 17200 S. Tamiami Trail, South Fort Myers, Call 239.454.8454 for more information.


GreenMarket-Logo1Saturday, July 27
Wake up to locally grown foods, fun, entertainment and more
Join the Alliance for the Arts 10-acre campus every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes, yoga and live cooking by local chefs.

The event is free. More information is available at www.artinlee.org The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.


54p1Sunday, July 28
Stretch out on the beach or couch with some local music
So we all say SUPPORT LOCAL but what do you think about spending .99 cents on a song? Now is your chance. Southwest Florida modern rock band A200 released its new single, “I’m not perfect,” on iTunes this week.

Go download it. For a story about the band and the song check out the Florida Weekly story here. Oh, and have a great Sunday!


“Waterhole Cove,” directed by Brett Ryan Bonowicz.

Monday, July 29
Indie movies, Monday nights are back downtown
The Fort Myers Film Festival continues its popular Missed it Mondays series on July 29, with “Waterhole Cove,” directed by Brett Ryan Bonowicz. Waterhole Cove is a story about the exploration of the relationship between a caretaker in rural Maryland and the two men in her life. Running time 82 min.

735186_10152457844170565_93084529_n-1Monday, Aug. 5: “Love at a Certain Age,” directed by Logan Hendricks.
Monday, Aug. 12: “Radio Love,” directed by Hideyuki Tokigawa.
Monday, Aug. 19: “Dislecksia: The Movie,” directed by Harvey Hubbell V.
Monday, Aug. 26: “The Invisible Man,” directed by Yariv Mozer.
Monday, Sept. 2, off — Labor Day

Then, starting Monday, Sept. 9, the popular indie series TGIM will begin, with judges and films in consideration for our 2014 year. Kick off the season with indie films, indie music and indie fun with judges John Scoular, Lane Elder and Darrell Nutt. The event is hosted by Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. With musical guest Official Outcome.

Stay Indie My Friends

Stay Indie My Friends

Watch as they judge films submitted to the Fort Myers Film Festival and have your say as to whether or not they make the grade to make final programming. Attendees are encouraged to grab dinner first at Firestone’s or Ford’s and hit the afterbuzz at Twisted Vine Bistro where late night happy hour prices are on tap and the intellectual conversation continues. The Fort Myers Film Festival reminds you this year to “Stay Indie, My Friends.”

For more information, go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events.coffee from Bennett’s Fresh Roast and an open bar with $1 off during the 6:30-7 p.m. happy-half-hour. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door, by going to www.sbdac.com or by calling 239.333.1933. For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com. An after party at Twisted Vine Bistro downtown Fort Myers usually stays lively with late night happy hour, conversation and fun. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in Fort Myers.


943243_10151451369307343_2088321331_nWednesday, July 31
Rat Pack Swell Celebrity Waiter Dinner
“Celebrity” waiters will serve up great food and fun at the Heights Foundation’s Rat Pack Dinner hosted by The Roadhouse Cafe on Wednesday, July 31 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Local musicians and celebrities will compete for tips that inspire bidding wars among guests – including naming rights to a signature martini. Guests will enjoy dancing to tunes made famous by the “Rat Pack” performed by Danny Sinoff and other local musicians. Sixties attire is welcome. Funds raised will benefit School Success programs for at-risk kids in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. For reservations call The Roadhouse Café at 239-415-4375 by Friday, July 26 and mention The Heights Foundation. The Roadhouse Cafe is located at 15660 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers. You can check out the Facebook invite page here.


Friday, August 2
486299_537230122970998_591417287_nFresh, vintage art hits downtown’s Art Walk this Friday
Downtown Fort Myers really turns into a culture packed town when Art Walk hits the first Friday of every month. Just drive downtown and park, look eat and dance if you must. Check out the eats, drinks, shops, restaurants and arts centers to enjoy the magnificence that surrounds you.  A couple of things you have to hit up this Friday are:

-2UNIT A: The space is giving residents and visitors a one time chance to view Marcus Jansen’s oldest unseen works left in the collection, many experimental works early in his career dating back to 1997. UNIT A will show works from 1997 – 2002 in Museum Room II in addition to Jansen’s new 2013 works in Museum Room I with new sculptures by fellow artist Jonas Stirner.

Located at 1922 Evans ave, unit A, Fort Myers, during a public reception. Marcus is nothing shy of stellar and to get a glimpse of early work will blow your mind. To get a glimpse of their event page head here.


Elijah Green, curator at Space 39

Space 39: Be sure to check out the strange but amazing work of Elijah Green at Space 39 this Friday. The gentleman also known as Nathaniel Gromalski has become a fixture of the downtown arts scene and is displaying his works for the first time this Friday, Aug. 2 at Space 39. Elijah has spent much of his time writing music, playing piano, singing, teaching creative spiritual development but has just recently been named curator at the downtown hot spot. “I’m very excited to be curating for Space39” says Green, who also resides downtown. “It has always been my favorite place to chill and mingle with friends, it is unlike any atmosphere you’ll find elsewhere.”

Space39, located at 39 Patio de Leon, Fort Myers, offers a chic artistic atmosphere, excellent live music, quality handcrafted adult beverages and an atmosphere perfect for a classy downtown experience. Elijah’s pieces will be available for a first and limited time this Friday for viewing and sale. Space 39 is a modern & contemporary art gallery that coincides with ArtWalk, which occurs the first Friday of every month, where Space 39 always opens new art shows.


Saturday, August 3
Jump Start Modeling and Acting Weekend
So there are a lot of useless modeling and talent seminars, agreed. But Five Star Talent’s Tracy Gray is a pro and this event will be worth your while. “Modeling isn’t only walking and posing. Acting isn’t about if you can cry on cue. What can you do to make your career more successful by the end of 2013?” Knowledge is the key to success. Tracy Gray, model, actress, casting director, and production assistant will provide you with valuable information to bring your career to a new level.

1014434_589493571072928_1661376177_nModels can learn print and runway techniques, actors learn how to get the job and all talent learns how to market themselves correctly in the industry.
All students will be considered for placement assistance by Five Star Talent and Productions upon successful completion.

Five Star Talent and Productions is located at 9128 Strada Place, Naples, Florida 34108. For more information just go to the Facebook event page here.

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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