#SWFL Top Picks for Arts & Entertainment Enthusiasts for the week of October 10-19, 2013

Posted on October 10, 2013

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It is season. The temperatures are perfect. This week proves why Southwest Florida has it all.

Beaches, fun, arts, entertainment, indie books, films, music— and Rum Tum Tugger— are all to be had in town this week!  Join me as I make appearances at Fort Myers Restaurant week, in a dunk tank to raise money for the Alliance for the Arts, hosting the indie (soon to be TV) show TGIM for the Fort Myers Film Festival, dancing in the audience at CATS and way more. For starters …

Twisted Vine Bistro hosts Fort Myers kickoff to Restaurant week with celebrity waiters Chad Oliver, Eric Raddatz, Randy Henderson and more!

Twisted Vine Bistro hosts Fort Myers kickoff to Restaurant week with celebrity waiters Chad Oliver, Eric Raddatz, Randy Henderson and more!

Thursday, October 10
Restaurant Week Kickoff Dinner at the Twisted Vine
Yes I am one of the ‘celebrity’ servers who will join the Kick Off Dinner for Restaurant Week this evening, benefiting Roots Hertiage Urban Farm. Featured chef for the evening will be Steven LaCroix, Executive Chef at the Twisted Vine. Enjoy a four course meal including crab cakes, roasted beet salad, low country pork shank and more, while being served drinks and food by other guest servers including Mayor Randy Henderson, Chad Oliver from NBC 2, Gina Birch, Katie Walls from Wink TV and more. The event takes place from 7-10 p.m. Price is $75 per person. Head to http://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/restaurant-week for more information on how Restaurant Week will offer this town tasty treats and tons of fun.

Please don't miss CATS at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, opening October 10 and playing through December!

Please don’t miss CATS at the Broadway Palm Theatre in Fort Myers October 10 and playing through December!

Friday, October 11
Be a curious cat—like Rum Tum Tugger! 
I remember watching Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS in Chicago as a child. Then I saw it on Broadway. Now we can see it here in Fort Myers. It is a unique, spectacular musical with fantastic costumes and electrifying dancing. You’ll be surrounded by theatre cats, rock and roll cats, mischievous cats, romantic cats, magical cats and my favorite—Rum Tum Tugger— the curious cat! Tickets are just $18 for anyone 18 and under, $55 for others, 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. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 12
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 GreenMarket-Logo1p.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.

Meet local author at this unique book signing
1229892_10202281598947168_806368567_nDon’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet and support hairstylist Stacie Harmon, author of “SECRETS MEN SHARE WHEN YOU RUN YOUR FINGERS THROUGH THEIR HAIR.” Her book chronicles the confessions her male clients freely divulged to her while she shampooed and sheared. Several other local authors will be on hand to chat with as well so come on down and enter to win a Barnes & Noble gift card at Stacie’s table only. There is no obligation to purchase just come by and say hello. Barnes & Noble, Fort Myers is located at 13751 Tamiami Trail, Ft. Myers, FL 33912, 239-437-0654. Join from 1-2:30 p.m. there and on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/209110812599013/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Monday, October 14
Indie movies, music and fun
Watch as they judge films submitted to the Fort Myers Stay Indie My FriendsFilm 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.”

1379618_613959648647594_46596924_nThis Monday join Judges filmmaker Char Loomis, Broadway Palm Theatre’s Melissa Vogt and The News-Press’ David Plazas, hosted by Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. Musical guest Jon Dunn.

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. During October, bring in a canned good or food to be contributed to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and get 1/2 off admission. 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.

Join us at intermission brought to you by All About Closets— Bring an indie movie out from your closet and swap it with someone at TGIM!  For a free design consultation for your closet needs head to www.allaboutclosets.com

14399_483160898372472_842029847_nSaturday, October 19
Come dunk my ass at the Family Festival at the Alliance for the Arts—if you aren’t a real pansie

Join me at the dunk tank (yes I’m being called the Don Rickles of SWFL and I don’t care because I raised the most money for the day last year) at the Alliance for the Arts from 10 a.m.— 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 for the 11th Annual Fall for the Arts, a FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL featuring art, music, dance, theatre, education and community. I’ll be in the dunk tank at high noon so I expect to see a lot of you there—especially all my haters —wut wut! The event is free. More information is available at www.artinlee.org The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Join the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/438331712942140

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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.

Firestone’s grand view
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!

logoGrab a friend or two and come to Market Earth for earth friendly recycled goods. Mention this blog for 15% off your purchase this week only! Market Earth is located at 1518 Hendry St. Fort Myers, FL 33901. Call 239-226-0006. For additional information www.marketearth.net

—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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