Top picks for #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts for the week of October 15-21, 2014

Posted on October 14, 2014


Sure you may think this week is the week for ugly successful musicians to flock to #SWFL but that’s not true. Lyle Lovett and Ringo Star are very dashing performers. Still I can’t promise you wont see one of them dressed up ugly, or maybe even as a Zombie, for our annual congregation of the dead this week. Either way, be sure to get by with a little help from your friends. —Cheers, E

10404205_10152749025216340_8383920416177080459_nWednesday, October 15, 2014
First ever exhibit by Sandra Yeyati
In a show titled Decay is Beautiful, emerging photo artist Sandra Yeyati displays more than 40 of her works at the Arts for ACT gallery in downtown Fort Myers during the month of October. While several of Yeyati’s pieces have been juried into local and national competitions and displayed in Naples and Fort Myers galleries, this is her first major exhibit. All images are signed, first edition, archival prints of limited lots. A portion of sales benefit Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc., a domestic violence and sexual assault center serving Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

For more information about the artist, visit Arts for ACT is located at 2265 First Street, Fort Myers. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; call gallery for Saturday hours. For more information, call 239-337-5050 or visit or head to the Facebook page at

10672197_10152454899568155_9121690437205373085_nThursday, October 16, 2014
Thank Godfrey
Godfrey performs through Sunday at the Off the Hook Comedy Club at House of Brewz in Gulf Coast Town Center.  Godfrey recently starred in the FX pilot “Bronx Warrants,” adding to his onscreen credits which include ZOOLANDER, “30 Rock,” and a recurring role on “Louie.” Godfrey also stars alongside Shaquille O’Neal on the TruTV series, “Upload,” which is now going into its second season. Tickets start at $23. For more information call 239.389.6901 or head to

C01-FM-10-15Friday, October 17, 2014
Sure the guy with the goofy hair and grin is still as funny looking as ever, and yes he was married to Julia Roberts. So what? He also has put out 14 albums of country, jazz, folk and blues. He can brag four Grammy Awards and has been touring after his album Release Me was released in February, 2012.

Release Me is quintessential Lyle, mixing a smart collection of originals and songs written by some of his favorite songwriters that show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences. Tickets start at $37. Show starts at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information call 800.826.9303 or head to

Picture 6Saturday, October 18, 2014
Zombiefy yourself
Zombicon is in its 8th year and yes, if you want to dress up and get freaked out with thousands of other zombies convening in downtown Fort Myers, this is the event for you. Nasty zombies, sexy zombies, drunk zombies and downright scary as freak zombies parade through town every year and this one is no exception. “Voodoo Nightmare” will offer six entry points to the event asking for only a $5 donation upon entry to benefit Pushing Daizies. For more information 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.

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

10653329_10154709595670565_3225239365612252224_nTake 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.

7cX3SMonday, October 20, 2014
Ohh wee ooh, I look just like Buddy Holly
” Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is going to be the hottest ticket in Southwest Florida so get your tickets today. Assistant director Todd Meredith plays the role of Buddy Holly better than any Boddy Holly impersonator I’ve ever seen. Todd tours the country as a Buddy Holly tribute artist and was just cast as Buddy Holly in the upcoming 2015 national tour. Get tickets to see him while he is here 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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Go see Buddy Holly again

1026195_10152397795512335_6561764574003118300_oWednesday, October 22, 2014
Rauschenberg exhibit opens
The Bob Rauschenber Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College presents the “Rauschenberg: China/America Mix” exhibit. A lecture by Dr, Donald Staff starts at 6 p.m. followed by an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. The event is free. For more information call 239.489.9313 or head to


tgimhereMonday, November 3, 2014
Indie movies downtown
Join celebrity judges News-Press’ Amy Bennett-Williams, supermodel Cinthia Sanchez, Artis-Naples’ Jonathan Foerster, musical guest Heather Brooks, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven., 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.

Friday, November 7, 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:

• UNIT A: 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. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Event is free to attend.

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 3Purchase your Broadway series tickets at Barbara B. Mann
Head to 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

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!

10320291_10154734284150565_1054798492140566181_nFair trade downtown Fort Myers
Market Earth supports local artists, fair trade partners and recyclers from around the world. At their store in downtown Fort Myers you will find unique products that support a global marketplace with exceptional standards of quality and creativity. All their goods represent a philosophy of social awareness and they are proud to be a purveyor of change in the way they treat this beautiful earth and all the people, everywhere, who live on it. Check them out at

—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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