Top picks July 31-August 8, 2014 for #SWFL Arts & Entertainment enthusiasts

Posted on July 31, 2014


Summer is over. Well, not officially, but as far as events go I’d say we’re revving up season much earlier than ever before. There is something cool to do every single day for the next two weeks in #SWFL! Here are a few of my top picks!

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Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish & English) for decades with his unique brand of humor that has undeniable universal appeal. He performs Thursday through Saturday at the Off the Hook Comedy Club at House of Brewz in Gulf Coast Town Center. Call 239.389.6901 or

Friday, August 1, 2014
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Stop by The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center during artwalk , where they will feature eight artists from the Punta Gorda Artisan’s Atelier from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit displays work ranging from fashion and sculpture to abstract paintings and mixed media. The artists host a reception that includes hors d’oeuvres and acoustic pop/rock music by Coventry. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 28. The event is free. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. Call 239.333.1933 or head to

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Get a last look at Marcus Jansen’s works before they get international attention and head to Europe. This is a no-brainer. Just go, people. The event is free and takes place from 6-10 p.m. UNIT A is located at 1922 Evans Ave.  Head to or the Facebook event page at for more information.

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Ride ’em
The Professional Bull Riding Pro Touring Division comes to Germain Arena. Show starts at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $12-$77. The Germain Arena is located at 11000 Everblades Pkwy. For tickets head to show, call 239.948.7825 or hit up

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 The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

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Come out to Roger Dean Stadium located at 4751 Main St., Jupiter and sample more than 50 regional and national microbrews. Age 21 and older for the brews. Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 at the gate, $20 for season ticket holders, $12 designated drivers. On the field, the Jupiter Hammerheads take on the Tampa Yankees. For tickets and more information call 239.775.1818 or head to

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Love opera? Catch live performance in Naples— Florida that is …
Silverspot Cinema presents a transmission of Arena Di Vernoa’s performance of “Aida” at 6 p.m. The Arena di Verona is the biggest outside lyrical theater in the world. This production, with a world-renowned cast, will revive the same staging as the historical 1913 production. Tickets are $30. For more information head to

TGIMmersMonday, August 4, 2014
TGIM kicks off fifth year with celebrity judges
Join celebrity judges American Idol producer Kalhil KJ Adams, filmmaker and NBC2 reporter Natasha Verma, WGCU’s John Davis, musical guest Carley Levy, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven for the Fort Myers Film Festival’s first Monday night indie film show of the season. Watch and  judge short indie films every first Monday in season (*schedule of judges and musicians TBA) submitted to the Fort Myers Film Festival and have your say as to whether or not it makes the grade for final programming during their festival to be held March 25-29, 2015. Join for happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and show, which starts at 7 p.m. TGIM takes place at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. There will be a 1/2 price off offered to all Facebook members through summer. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, by going to or by calling 239.333.1933. Check out updates and deals at, on Facebook at for updates and  Twitter. Sponsored by Capone’s Pizza, the best in town. Join the afterbuzz at Twisted Vine every Monday after the show for late night happy hour and appetizers. 14ff664a9c2d588f9a7f2763234b27f7

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Irish Curse
Check out this adult themed play in Naples about a wickedly funny story of five Irish guys who are all cursed with one “tiny” problemt. Put on by Let’s Put On A Show Productions at the Golden Gate Community Center located at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information call 239.398.9192 or head to

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most spectacular and entertaining musicals to ever hit the stage.  Andrew Lloyd Webber teams up with collaborator Tim Rice to tell this compelling story from the Old Testament.  It plays through Aug. 16 at the Broadway Palm Theatre located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers. Ticket prices range from $35 to $58 and are now on sale. For tickets and information call 239.278.4422 or  head to

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Boeing, Boeing
Things get a little bumpy for French bachelor, Bernard, as he tries to juggle three fiancés, all beautiful flight attendants. Set in the 1960’s, playboy Bernard thinks he has it all; an apartment in Paris and three gorgeous flight attendant fiancés that he keeps “one up, one down, and one pending.” Chaos ensues when a surprise schedule change, brings all three of his fiancés to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, simultaneously. Boeing, Boeing plays through Aug. 9 at the Off Broadway Palm Theatre located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers. Ticket prices range from $28 to $49 with group discounts available for parties of 20 or more. For tickets and information call 239.278.4422 or  head to

linkinparkFriday, August 8, 2014
Linkin Park: Carnivores Tour
Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Opening for them are  Thirty Seconds To Mars, AFI . Tickets start at $30. For tickets click HERE or had to the Cruzan Amphitheatre  located at 601 Sansburys Way #7, West Palm Beach.

FAREWELLFACTORYSummer film series continues at the Alliance
The Fort Myers Film Festival presents a screening of the independent documentary “Farewell to Factory Towns” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Alliance for the Arts. The one-hour film centers on the former factory town of North Adams, Mass., where a museum of contemporary art was seen as a key engine of economic development. There is a $5 suggested donation. More information is available at The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

jaypharoahSaturday, August 9, 2014
Attention teachers and students … Jay Pharoah comes to Florida
SNL star hits the Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace at  550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach. Don’t expect a Barack impersonation but you never know. Tickets are $22. For more information call 561.833.1812 or head to

Sunday, August 10, 2014 worldpoker
World Series Of Poker Circuit

Yes, we have it here at the Palm Beach Kennel Club located at 1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach. For information call 561.683-2222 or head to

COMING UP AUG 19 randy-wayne-white-home-bio-picLocal author Randy Wayne White signs copies of “Haunted” at noon Aug. 19 at Barnes & Noble at Waterside Shops and at 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at Sunshine Ace Booksellers on Marco Island.

Here for the first time? Here are some must tries
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 239.226.1687 or head to 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 for more updates! For last weeks TGIM podcast click

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