Southwest Florida’s top picks for arts & entertainment enthusiasts for the week of September 24-30, 2014

Posted on September 23, 2014


Goodbye hot and sticky summer in #SWFL. Hello most awesome weather in the world! As it cools off for us and events pick up, consider some of my top picks for the week. —Cheers, E

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Arts for Act Gallery
3Rachel_MoormanThe gallery has an ongoing exhibit through September showcasing the artwork of Cesar Aguilera and Rachel Moorman, with a dedicated exhibit of Aguilera’s “Anthologies and other Echoes” series, featuring his three-dimensional works that reflect on human achievement and the consequences that it has brought to our environment. Also included at the Arts for Act Gallery is art from Rachel Moorman. Rachel Moorman is an artist native of Chicago, Illinois. She has called Southwest Florida her home since 1999. Rachel specializes in several different mediums, but is known predominately for her story telling acrylic paintings, custom painted shoes and her unique Japanese paper-cutting. Rachel has won over 25 awards in shows around the Chicagoland area. She has worked with designers in Southwest Florida since 2001, doing mural work. She is currently working on several new paintings and paper-cut jewelry art pieces.

A_P-DATES-JUL-NOV-_14-2TICKETSThursday, September 25, 2014
Art meets poetry
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosts an Art & Poetry Networking Event at 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of local art, poetry and more. Tickets are $10. Call 239.333.1933 or head to The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers.

ONGOING at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is artist Lawrence Voytek’s solo show: “What’s up with that?” The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers.

Ruth Collins-2color-2Friday, September 26, 2014
Fort Myers songwriter festival kicks off
The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest 
is set for Friday through Oct. 5. Singers and songwriters from Kristian Bush to Ruthie Collins will shower the area with music this weekend on Captiva Island and Oct. 3-5 on Fort Myers Beach. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel co-host this inaugural event that brings nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters to the area with dozens of shows playing simultaneously at different venues. For more information including a full schedule of events call 239.338.3500 or head to

C6 9-27 aMUSEd graphic without wordsSaturday, September 27, 2014
The Alliance for the Arts presents its fall fundraiser, “aMUSEd,” at 7 p.m. Enjoy performances, tapas from top SWFL chefs and a silent auction featuring original artwork by Darryl Pottorf and Marcus Jansen as well as other area artists. Pop-up performances include dance, opera, aerial acrobatics, live music, a kazoo band and more.

Guests will be treated to an evening filled with music, interactive art, amusing diversions and wandering muses. Fine tapas will be provided by Southwest Florida’s best chefs. Come explore, nurture & liberate your inner muse during this unique art party. Tickets are $100. More information is available at The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Head to the Facebook event page to join.

GreenMarket-Logo1ALSO AT THE ARTS CENTER: 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 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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Those were the days
Travel back in time at the Broadway Palm Theatre with a hilarious musical revue featuring the hits of the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Enjoy 
a season opener special at $45 for dinner and show. Plays through Oct. 4. Tickets can be reserved by calling 239.278.4422, by visiting or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

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Vietnam meets pop art
So the first Saturday after Art Walk you can always enjoy more great art at Howl Gallery in Fort Myers. Head there to enjoy painter Todd Carignan displays through the month. For more information head to or head to the event page here. While curator Andy Howl may be modest about being a co-founder to Art Walk, he deserves credit for the art infusion the city has experienced. His new gallery has moved to more mid-town and is twice as beautiful as the one he had downtown. Howl Gallery is located at 4160 Cleveland Ave. For more information call 239.332.0161.

Picture 3Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Purchase your Broadway series tickets at Barbara B. Mann
The series includes five great shows: The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera, Blue Man Group, Camelot and Annie. Season tickets are on sale for the best seats available!


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Indie movies downtown
Join celebrity judges ABC7’s Krista Fogelsong, Crave Culinaire chef Brian Roland, musical producer Kingsley Gardner, Mundofox TV’s Lorena Placencia, musical guest X-Factor’s Jazzlyn Little, 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 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.

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Earth, Wind & Fire
America’s seventh top-selling musical group of all-time comes to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. The band was born in Chicago in 1969 and is still going strong in its fifth decade, making music that crosses years and decades and now connects the 20th and 21st centuries.

They have earned more than 50 gold and platinum albums and sold over 90 million albums worldwide earning them a solid spot on the list of all-time bestselling music artists. VH1 ranked Earth, Wind & Fire #60 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $75. 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 For more on the band head to, and

647Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ringo comes to Mann
The once and forever Beatle, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band (Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette) is the same line up he has played with since 2012, with the addition of Warren Ham, who will replace longtime All Starr Mark Rivera who is on tour with Billy Joel. “I love playing with this band,” Ringo said, “and I can’t wait to get back out and play with them again.” Tickets start at $90. The show begins at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets head to 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

Here for the first time? Here are some must tries
Looking for the best coffee spot & doughnut spot in town? Try 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. If there is a celebration to have you will see me there. 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!

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