#SWFL TOP PICKS for Arts & Entertainment enthusiasts November 18-26, 2013

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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Hello Sailor!
South Pacific spins a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical naval base during World War II. Two couples fall in love and their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes Some Enchanted Evening, Younger than Springtime, Bali Ha’I, There is Nothin’ Like a Dame, Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and A Wonderful Guy. 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.

Sunday, January 5, 2014
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Monday, January 6, 2014
Indie films, indie fun
Join us this Monday, January 6, 2014 to watch short indie movies downtown with judges Waterman’s Bill Beard, artist Leoma Lovegrove, Tessa LeSage; hosted by Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. Then join the team at Twisted Vine for the afterparty and podcast, locally grown eclectic foods and late night happy hour drink prices. Enjoy films under the stars this Monday! 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 our sponsor with delicious food—Edison Restaurant and hit the afterbuzz at Twisted Vine Bistro where late night happy hour prices are on tap with delicious locally grown eclectic foods and where the intellectual conversation continues. The Fort Myers Film Festival reminds you this year to “Stay Indie, My Friends.”

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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.  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

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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Thursday, January 9, 2014
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Friday, January 10, 2014
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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Classical symphony
The Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, in their 53rd season, proudly presents Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2, featuring violin soloist and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa. Tickets to this show start at $20. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information call 239.489.3033 or head to www.bbmannpah.com or go online to BUY TICKETS NOW. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 12, 2014
Kevin James comes to town
KEVIN JAMES, producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and Zookeeper (2011) and his latest film, Here Comes The Boom. James also starred in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster Grown Ups (2010) along with Adam Sandler; previously, James and Sandler worked together on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007). Tickets start at $37 and the stand up show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information call 239.489.3033 or head to www.bbmannpah.com or go online to BUY TICKETS NOW.

Monday January 13, 2014
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Rock of Ages
Can’t fight the feelin’ anymore!  ROCK OF AGES returns for 1performance only!  The worldwide party musical ROCK OF AGES features a mix of 28 rockin’ 80’s tunes including DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’, WE BUILT THIS CITY, THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE, HERE I GO AGAIN, CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING and I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS.  In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80’s. It’s five time 2009 Tony® nominee ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! Tickets start at $37 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information call 239.489.3033 or head to www.bbmannpah.com or go online to BUY TICKETS NOW.

collected-storiesWednesday, November 20
Collected Stories
The lines between ‘teacher and student’ and ‘fact and fiction’ begin to blur in this fascinating story of friendship and betrayal. Ruth is a celebrated author at the end of a long and successful career; Lisa is an eager young graduate student at the beginning of her journey as a novelist. When Ruth takes Lisa on as her protégé their relationship quickly becomes a treacherous dance of friendship, professional jealousy, poetic license, and ultimately, betrayal.Tickets are $40 and $25 for previews and can be purchased by heading down to the box office at 2267 1st Street, Fort Myers, calling 239-332-4488 or by emailing BoxOffice@FloridaRep.org. Plays through December 7. For more info head to www.floridarep.org/.

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Frankie and Johnnie
Frankie, a waitress, and Johnny, a cook in the same restaurant, don’t begin to get to know each other until after they’ve had sex. In their 40s, and having learned from past painful experiences, they are both stubborn and set in their ways. This romantic comedy is raw, quirky, passionate, and truthful. By the Laboratory Theater of Florida plays through Nov. 23. For more information head to 1634 Woodford Ave. ; 218-0481 or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

Friday, November 22
9 to 5: The Musical
Performed gy the Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts  tickets are only $5 for students and $10 for adults. Show starts at  7:30 p.m. and plays through Nov. 24. For more information call 481-2233.

Picture 5Demo Derby – Sunday, Sunday Sunday— Ok also Friday and Saturday check out Thunder Slam at the Lee Civic Center be sure to check out the demolition derby, a thrill show and celebrities. For more information head to www.thunderslamseries.com.

Picture 4Saturday, November 23
GCS concert
Stravinsky’s ground-breaking “Rite of Spring” turns 100 as the Gulf Coast Symphony recreates the excitement of the original premiere with a multimedia concert experience, paired with Beethoven’s seminal and ever-moving Symphony No. 5.

Tickets to his show start at $22. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information call 239.489.3033 or head to www.bbmannpah.com or go online to BUY TICKETS NOW

GreenMarket-Logo1Wake 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.

Sunday, November 24
Sandsculpting event
 The American Sandsculpting Championship & Beach Festival is set for Nov. 22- Dec. 1 at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach where you can check out over a thousand tons of sand sculpted into works of art. Head to 6890 Estero Blvd. from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Tickets are $5 for adults; free for under 4. For more information head to www.fmbsandsculpting.com.

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 with the best rated beaches in the world.

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. Listen to his podcast for this week here …

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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