#SWFL Top Picks for Arts & Entertainment Enthusiasts for the week of August 10-17, 2013

Posted on August 10, 2013

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397019_10102059246944464_1802341694_nSaturday, August 10
Veux-tu parti avec moi?
Support a great party, buy some art and enjoy the ambiance of Moulin Rouge, An Evening of Cabaret supporting Arts for ACT downtown at Harborside. It will be a French glittery, sparkly blast. Celebrate with SWFL localebrities including the host, and friend, Jenna Persons, with Stephanie Davis on the red carpet, entertainment, food, drink, and revelry all to benefit Abuse, Counseling and Treatment — ACT — a nonprofit shelter that has served our community for nearly 35 years. Call 939.2553 for tickets. The Harborside Event Center is located in the River District, Downtown Fort Myers 1375 Monroe St. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 or $1,200 for a table of eight. For more info head to artsforactfineartauction.com or just go downtown tonight!

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1115943_632124073465037_800077069_oSunday, August 11
Get your dance on
ALL NEW “Housepitality” Sundays at Celsius – LAUNCH PARTY – 6 DJS – This is a new weekly party that brings all electronic music lovers together from festival house, to techno, to trap, to underground tech, to progressive. With themes and guest DJs from all over, you’re always in for something new. Celsius is located at 2213 Main St Fort Myers. For more info head to the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE or call 980.7630

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radioloveMonday, August 12
Indie movies, Monday nights are the most fun you can have, ever
The Fort Myers Film Festival will continues its popular Missed it Mondays series August 12, 2013 with the indie film from Japan “Radio Love,” directed by Hideyuki Tokigawa. Yuji, a charismatic radio DJ in Hiroshima, is so disillusioned he wants to quit his job. “No one has hope for radio anymore,” he laments. The years have drained all the passion he had for speaking into a microphone and it’s all he can do to turn up for work every day without being drunk. Yuji’s heart opens to the invisible connection between the radio and the people of Hiroshima in a magical way. And as he discovers more about his hometown, he discovers a lot more about himself and the people around him. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

735186_10152457844170565_93084529_n-1FUTURE WEEKS
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

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.

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1116098_10201595522156067_1455974962_oTuesday, August 13
Get lectured in a good way
>Corresponding with the art exhibition, Transference, artist Veron Ennis will be hosting a “Transference in Art” lecture series during the month of August in which she will give private walking tours of the exhibition, discuss the OPT Art Movement, and guide an open discussion on interpreting art and the effects art has on the viewer. Lecture Forums will occur on:Tickets for the lecture forums are $10 per person and are available through the box office at SBDAC. For more information head to the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE

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Facade Jordan Marshman 134x180 “Mask: Cover, Conceal, Protect” – Alliance Member Exhibit Opens Friday, August 9Wednesday, August 14

MASK
The Main Gallery at the Alliance for the Arts is filled with work following the theme “Mask” created by its many member artists. This annual exhibition gives current Alliance members the opportunity to display their artwork. Non-members are encouraged to join in order to take advantage of this benefit. The exhibit runs through 30. Paintings by Doug Patterson will be featured in the Member Gallery.More information is available at www.artinlee.org The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

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944422_10151642816684826_764635008_nThursday, August 15
The House of Yes
The House of Yes by Wendy MacLeod is a dark comedy is the story of a seemingly normal young man, Marty Pascal, who decides to take his fiancé home to meet his family for the first time. As Marty and his fiance Lesly arrive home for Thanksgiving, both literal and figurative hurricanes loom.Fresh out of a psychiatric hospital, Marty’s twin sister Jackie-O shares an obsession with the Kennedy family and is intent on rekindling the incestous relationship with her twin brother. The enabling Mrs. Pascal and the twins’ brother Anthony run interference and heighten the raging storm. Performed by Laboratory Theater of Florida, The House of Yes plays through Aug. 24. The Laboraty Theater is located at 1634 Woodford Ave. For more information call 218.0481 or head to www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

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Picture 3Friday, August 16
Downtown Fort Myers Music Walk

The River District comes alive every month with live music on the 3rd Friday in the downtown Fort Myers River District. See just how much fun you can have downtown HERE. Over a dozen participating venues feature music by local and regional talent. Restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops will showcase a wide range of music during Music Walk. From jazz and blues to rock, drums and much more. Each month will brings great music and new energy to the historic streets of downtown Fort Myers. Head down to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to get your start. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art center is located at 2301 First St. Fort Myers. Head to www.sbdac.com for more information.

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GreenMarket-Logo1Saturday, August 17
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.

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Friday, September 6
486299_537230122970998_591417287_nAll the hipsters are doing it — 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.

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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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