#SWFL TOP PICKS for things to do August 14-21, 2014 for ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT enthusiasts

Posted on August 14, 2014

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Sure, your friends and family from up north aren’t here yet, but snowbirds have to envy that we have plenty to do in the realms of arts and entertainment here in sunny Florida. Here are a few of my top picks for this week …

Thu1375054_10201672466909926_1524087003_nrsday, August 14, 2014
Connect Networking & Love That Dress Collection Party!
This is kind of a b2b event but with warmth and personality. The best in town, in my opinion. This month’s Connect Networking, hosted by Melissa DeHaven, will be combined with a Love That Dress Collection Party to benefit the Pace Center for girls. With guest speaker Jamie Stuart, owner of Blue Dahlia Salon, consider the importance of conflict management and resolution in the workplace. Attendees are encouraged to bring and donate gently used dresses, shoes and handbags for Pace. Food will be provided by Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza

The event is held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Head to https://www.facebook.com/events/769979816358681 to join for updates as Connect occurs the second Thursday of every month with different speakers, giveaways and themes but always the lovely Melissa DeHaven.

Connect Networking is an encouraging and positive group where people can expand business and personal relationships, and Connect in their community.

c6 marmaladeFriday, August 15, 2014
Mr. Marmalade at the Laboratory Theater
Four year-old TV addict Lucy has been neglected by her promiscuous divorced mother. Her occasional babysitter is lazy and more interested in boys than in her young charge. As a result, little Lucy dreams up an imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade, with whom she can work out the strange, sometimes scary and sometimes wonderful things she sees and hears adults doing on TV and in her life.

Performances will be on August 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the theater, 1634 Woodford Avenue, Fort Myers.. All performances of summer shows will be on Friday and Saturday nights only, and at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available on www.brownpapertickets.com or on the theater’s website, www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com or by calling 239.218.0481. There will also be an opening night reception, starting at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students and $22 for adults.

10368225_720409181330470_5259621245159675613_nSaturday, August 16, 2014
Live Jazz at Alto
Do you love NYC jazz? You don’t have to fly out there to get some anymore. Check out Dan Miller and the Lew Del Gatto Quintet perform in the jazz club setting at Alto Live Jazz Kitchen starting at 7 p.m. Alto is located at 492 Bayfront Place. For more information call 239.261.2586 or head to www.altonaples.com.

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.

Last night to catch 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 www.broadwaypalm.com.

C6bestSunday, August 17, 2014
Roll to this skating party for a good cause …
The Animal Refuge Center holds a roller skate party at 4:30 p.m. at Palace Roller Rink. Enjoy two hours of skating fun to benefit ARC. The Palace Roller Rink is located at 1490 Brown Road, North Fort Myers. $10 plus skate rental. For more information call 239.258.1278 or head to animalrefugecenter.com.

randy-wayne-white-home-bio-picTuesday, August 19, 2014
Meet SWFL author Randy Wayne White
Local author Randy Wayne White signs copies of “Haunted” at noon Aug. 19 at Barnes & Noble at Waterside Shops, located at 5377 Tamiami Trail N, Naples.  Randy Wayne White is the author of twenty-one previous Doc Ford novels; the Hannah Smith novels Gone and Deceived; and four collections of nonfiction. For more on Randy, on his books and on future public signings, head to www.randywaynewhite.com.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A picture perfect event … by Camera USA

The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center presents its fourth annual “Camera USA: National Photography Exhibition” along with “Pictures in Process: Photographs by NAA Members” through Sept. 26. For more information call 239.2626517 or head to naplesart.org.

10541045_698714280182717_3054371392052749797_nThursday, August 21, 2014
Luxury girls night out

Get an evening of pampering from 5-8 p.m. with Naples Wellness Day Spa for pampering, facials, massages, prizes, appetizers and drink. RSVP by calling 239.593.8884 or head to the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/668290443251528. Naples Wellness Day Spa is located at 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples.

TGIMmersCOMING UP— Monday, September 1, 2014
TGIM plays indie movies downtown
Join celebrity judges Florida Weekly’s Stephanie Davis, News-Press’ David Plazas, WINK’s Haley Hinds, musical guest Erica Dale Wagner, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven for the Fort Myers Film Festival’s Monday night indie film show. 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 www.sbdac.com or by calling 239.333.1933. Check out updates and deals at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival 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.

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. Any 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 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 SWFLtoppicks

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