Top picks Dec. 6-15, 2013 for Arts & Entertainment enthusiasts in SWFL

Posted on December 6, 2013

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Have you ever asked yourself— “Why don’t I go to Miami more often?” I know I do. Frequently.

“It is because there is so much here to do in Southwest Florida,” I tell myself.

But this week you may have to drop some gas money and head to Miami for Art Basel. It is simply the most exciting art event in the world and it is only 3 hours away. Read my last year’s review here. Still, if you are watching the budget or simply hate to drive that far, there are so many options here in town. Here are just a few I’d recommend this week for you arts and entertainment enthusiasts.

Friday, December 6, 2013
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Art Basel Miami anyone? … or just go to Art Walk Fort Myers
Well if you haven’t driven across the alley and are sipping fancy drinks and brushing up against  well-known artists, musicians and celebrities you need to consider it now. Imagine your favorite art museum ever. Now multiply that by something like 200. Add a thousand. Now season it with celebrities, collectors, models and musicians. This is Art Basel. No question. It is amazing. Stars, artists, celebrities — everyone comes out for Basel. En masse. Go to the Convention Center to see the official show. Walk around it, down the beach and grab drinks and dinner. Go to Wynwood District. Stay up until you drop. You will not find a more convincing selection of exciting and international art variety in Florida until Basel comes here next year.

1459986_10153513651790156_1254952380_nBe sure you go and see Southwest Florida’s very own Marcus Jansen at Red Dot Fair. If you can’t cross the state be sure to stop into FORT MYERS ART WALK AT UNIT A – Contemporary Art Space in Fort Myers,  where you will find Marcus’ works.

Picture 9Really there is enough to do in one weekend there than there is an entire year in most parts of the U.S. You will be sure to catch me watching Boy George live as he comes to play live in Miami for Art Basel for the first time in 10 years with Tracy Young. It is scheduled to be an acoustic performance that will include music from his newest album This Is What I Do at Mana Wynwood. Show starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
collected-storiesLast night to catch 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. For more info head to www.floridarep.org/.

Oh, also catch tons of things to do in Miami during Art Basel.

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.

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My Three Angels: A Devilishly funny Holiday Comedy
It is Christmas Eve in the tropics—where it’s 105 degrees in the shade—and things are not going well for Felix Ducotel and his family. Felix’s business is floundering, his daughter has been passed over for a wealthier woman, his cousin is on his way from France with a sinister plot, and the roof is leaking! Just in the nick of time, three hardened criminals descend from above (where they were working on the leaky roof) and take matters into their own hands. Using their brilliant criminal minds, these three unlikely angels patch up more than the roof! A delightful comedy for the whole family.Tickets are $45 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. For more info head to www.floridarep.org/.

Oh, also catch tons of things to do in Miami during Art Basel.

579333_641337799243112_1654278369_nMonday, December 9, 2013
T.G.I.M. —indie films and fun: Join our audience this Monday
Join them this Monday with judges starlet Madison Absher, editorial cartoonist Doug MacGregor, entertainment writer Tom Hall, hosted by Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. With musical guest Blood MacGregor.

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.”

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 November, bring in a toy to be contributed to Golisano Children’s hospital 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

13p2Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Useless Trash or outstanding Art?
Sometimes it is really a coin toss in my opinion. Still the Alliance for the Art has asked artists to create new works out of “Things, matter or substances that have been rejected as useless or trash.” The show is a sequel to “Refuse Repurposed” which generated a wide spectrum of fascinating artwork that delighted the hundreds of people who experienced it back in 2011. The show prospectus is available here: http://www.artinlee.org/. The “Rejectamenta” exhibition is open at the Alliance for the Arts. The show is a sequel to “Refuse Repurposed and runs through Dec. 28. The event is free. More information is available at www.artinlee.org The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

1400764_684697774908566_249221347_oWednesday, December 11, 2013
Punctum? I hardly knew ’em
Head down to the Sidney & Berne Davis for the xhibition entitled Punctum Contra Punctum II, American Edition from December 11 through December 30. This international exhibition project, which originated at The Georgian National Museum’s National Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia, first took place September 1—15th, 2013 and is curated by the American curator Richard L. Tooke, (Retired Director MoMA)

Jim Griffith, CEO of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and the City of Fort Myers have given us extraordinary support in bringing this unique exhibition to the Southwest coast of Florida. Giving the Georgian artists an opportunity of expanding their knowledge of our culture, just as the non-Georgia artists and participants were able to experience the Georgian culture through an exchange of ideas and conversations. The comradely that sprang up immediately between this diverse group of artists was enlightening and exciting.

Join us for seminars, lectures, music and more by internationally acclaimed artists. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. Tickets are free. For more information head tow www.sbdac.com or call 239.333.1933.

1486806_617347844973291_561263437_nThursday, December 12, 2013
Get in the spirit with: A Night at The Grammy’s with Dueling Piano benefitting Golisanos
We invite you to join us in the spirit of the holiday season with a night to enjoy tapas from various local restaurants, signature cocktails, entertainment by our Dueling Pianos, all for a great cause. In honor of the season the event is complimentary, they just kindly ask for you to bring an unwrapped toy and participate in our silent auction to raise funds for the children. The event, held by Cozza Investment Group will be held at 13379 McGregor Blvd Suite 2, Fort Myers from 6-9 p.m. For more information head to the Facebook invited page and join .

Friday, December 13 2013
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Fashion takes over Fort Myers
The third annual “Art Walks the Runway: Weekend of Fashion” is set for Dec. 13-14 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. for cocktails; the fashion show starts at 8 p.m. The weekend includes two stylish evenings of fashion with proceeds benefiting SBDAC restoration. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. Tickets are between $12-$20 and can be purchased at the door, by heading to www.sbdac.com or by calling 333.1933. Join their Facebook event page here.

7p1Saturday, December 14, 2013
Swing out this Christmas
Swing into the holidays as Broadway Palm brings you a musical sure to get you into the spirit of the season. You’ll be entertained with beautiful singing, breathtaking dancing, gorgeous costumes and rib-tickling fun that’s perfect entertainment for the entire family!  You’ll hear classics such as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Jingle Bell Rock, O Holy Night and more! 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. The show plays through Christmas!

Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Dave Chappelle comes to Barbara B. Mann
DO I need to say any more?  Tickets to his show start at $58. 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

Monday, December 16, 2013
T.G.I.M.
1216TGIMqprhorJoin judges model Madison Absher, Native River District Realtor Don Molloy, Harborside manager Matt Johnson, hosted by Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven with musical guest The Young Dead. 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.”

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 November, bring in a toy to be contributed to Golasino Children’s hospital 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

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. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ericraddatz for more updates! For last weeks TGIM podcast click  When in doubt be sure to pick up a Florida Weekly while in town or head to www.floridaweekly.com

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