Top picks for #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts for October 3-10, 2014

Posted on October 3, 2014


Art Walk, Buddy Holly, Ringo Star, Earth Wind and Fire and Book of Mormon tickets go on sale too! Ooh my this week has too much to pick from already. Here are a few of my favorite picks for the week. —Cheers, E

10714406_10152699862348162_3968515199702540702_oFriday, October 3, 2014
Art Walk
There are tons of fun things to see at Art Walk this month. The event takes place 6-10 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy exhibits, galleries, dining and shopping at the following highlighted spots and all over near them:

• Mila Bridger – Through the Lens Darkly, Opening Reception: Photographer Mila Bridger gets dark and deep at Blue Dalia Salon where she will present a small number of selected pieces from her Apocalyptic Series. The photographs will be on display throughout the month of October. There will be appetizers provided by one and only Chef Pyro Wine will be provided by The wine merchant. The Blue Dahlia Salon is located at 1414 Bayview Court, behind the Capone’s Pizza in downtown Fort Myers. For more information about the event, please visit or call 239-877-2485.

• UNIT A: Marcus Jansen appears on the cover of EXPRESSIONS Magazine by WGCU and ART Voices Magazine during Art Basel Miami Beach. Stop by, meet Marcus, and get your copy which includes an in-depth article and interview like no other.
UNIT A Contemporary Art Space is located at 1922 Evans Ave., Fort Myers. For more information head to Event is free to attend.

• The Sidney & Berne Davis Art CenterJoin them tonight during Art Walk from 6pm-10pm and see the works by exhibiting artist Arturo Correa. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Event is free to attend.

Picture 3Saturday, October 4, 2014
Tour the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall & Purchase your Broadway series tickets at Barbara B. Mann
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. go tour the Barbara B. Mann Perorming arts hall and purchase your Broadway Series tickets! For as little as $172, you can get a ticket to all 5 shows including The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera, Blue Man Group, Camelot and Annie. Unofficial word has it that you will be able to get Book of Moorman tickets two days earlier than Artis-Naples here! 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

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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Take a break from the arts—engage in a conversation and watch some football
So you may or may not be a Dolphins or Bucs fan. Seeing as everyone is from somewhere else here you  may even be more likely to be a Bears, Patriots, Packers or Steelers fan. Whatever the case, there are hotspots with great views that are artistic all on there own where you can at least talk about art & entertainment while the game plays in the back. Belushi’s Live if you are a Bears Fan. Head downtown if you want one of the best views in Fort Myers at their Sky Bar. Also, Ford’s, Capones, Twisted Vine and Sunshine Grille will be playing the game. You may just find me at Moran’s this week as they have someone dress up as a Chicago Bear mascot to high-five you when our team scores.

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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.

10712725_10154720034145565_9052533223491195755_nFriday, October 10, 2014
Buddy Holly
” Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is going to be the hottest ticket in Southwest Florida so get your tickets today. Get tickets for $45 for dinner and show. 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.

10710543_733575820010902_2031514796706667300_n-1Saturday, October 11, 2014
Party with the best host in town, VIP MIKE
We all pretty much go to Celsius every time we need to dance in Fort Myers, but if you can head to Naples, VIP Mike is throwing what sounds to be a great party at Noodles. When VIP Mike signed on I was sure I was going. He is a nightlife professional and the party seems thrilled to have him involved. It’s ‘Locomotion’ second year anniversary and will include great house music from residents Samson Beats, Gerardo Aragon alongside special guest Zac Longfellow. Costs $10 at the door, for bottle service send a message to Doors open at 10 p.m.
Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar is located at 1585 Pine Ridge Rd Suite 5, Naples, Florida 34109. Join the Facebook event page at

ewfSunday, October 12, 2014
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

647Sunday, October 19, 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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