#SWFL top picks for arts and entertainment enthusiasts for the week of October 29-November 5, 2014

Posted on October 27, 2014

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You may not believe it, but there is more to do here in the realms of  arts & entertainment than there are in many bigger cities this week. I’ve compiled a few of my favorites. Come check them out you will enjoy them. —Cheers, E

James EhnesWednesday, October 29, 2014
Strings attached
We’re beginning to see just where we can catch top classical performances in town. World-renowned violinist James Ehnes joins pianist Andrew Armstrong at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center located at 2301 First St. Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. Show starts at 8p.m. tickets are $25 in advance or $35 the week of performance. Head to www.sbdac.com to purchase your tickets and for more information.

1461364_10153503731670565_164506114_nFort Myers High School Greenie Growl
Ok so each class yeah Fort Myers High School students compete in something they call Greenie Growl. Basically each class creates skits that are pretty hilarious. This is my second time judging them. Not sure how I rated to judge alongside the legendary Mrs. Sirianni for the Greenie Growl last year, photo at right, but I thoroughly enjoyed the performances and company. Thanks Fort Myers HS for being so accommodating. Usually seniors win but come out and help me judge the hilarity. Hashtag #GreenieGrowl for your critique and, or shoutout for best performance and I’ll look in. Fort Myers High School is located at 2635 CORTEZ BOULEVARD, FORT MYERS. Show starts at 7 p.m. and is free.

Ebola CostumeThursday, October 30, 2014
Celebrate, dress up for karaoke and win
Rock & Soul Entertainment and Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant, Pizza, & Lounge is having a Halloween Bash to remember, complete with karaoke, dancing and a huge costume contest. There will be $500 in cash prizes to give away to those who ‘do it up right,’ according to their Facebook page here. Mona Lisa’s is located at
7091-17 College Pkwy, Fort Myers. Please do not come dressed up like Ebola.

2-live-crewBe as nasty as you wanna be
So Dixie Roadhouse has been bringing in some famous acts. Tonight they have the infamous 2 Live Crew so plan on being as nasty as you wanna be. Included in the concert is 105.5’s $1,000 costume contest. The event also promises adult film star Angelina Castro to be in attendance. Tickets start at $15 with $20 for a ‘meet and greet.’ I’ll see you all there with festivities starting at 7 p.m. The Dixie Roadhouse is located at 1023 SE 47th Terrace
Cape Coral. For more information head to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2-live-crew-1055-the-beat-freak-fest-1000-costume-contest-tickets-13314491001?aff=efblike

396994_205317936230622_212791666_nVisit the Eric Raddatz Bridge for fresh fruit, veggies and more
Ok whatever you call the Caloosahatchee Bridge be sure to come down from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thursday year round in the Centennial Park parking lot 2000 W. First St. for great fresh market items. Call 239.810.6323 for more information. Be sure to like the Eric Raddatz Bridge Facebook page here.

flrep_logoFriday, October 31, 2014
Florida Rep opens with a banger
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike kick off the Florida Repertory Theatre’s season. The show revolves around three middle-aged single siblings and was 2013’s Tony-Winning best play. Newsday says it is “One of the funniest comedies Broadway has seen in seasons!”  Tickets are $45 and $25 for previews and can be purchased by heading down to the box office at 2267 1st Street, Fort Myers, calling 239.332.4488 or by emailing BoxOffice@FloridaRep.org. For more info head to www.floridarep.org/.

b6dancerGet traditionally spooked
It is a SWFL tradition and one of the area’s scariest haunted walks.  Mike Greenwell’s 23rd Annual Haunted Hike is the place to go from  7-11 p.m. Cost is $10. For more information call 239.574.4386 or head to greenwellsfamilyfunpark.com. Mike Greenwell’s is located at 35 NE Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral. Call 239.574.4386 for more info.

10250046_10152777586603162_266970589960987962_n-1Saturday, November 1, 2014
Get caught up in cooking for the arts
Cooking for the Arts is an exciting interactive dinner and culinary experience. This year’s inaugural event also celebrates Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center’s new Executive Chef, Michael Gavala. Offering a wildly fun and unique experience, Cooking for the Arts participants will be seated at tables of 8 and pair up to cook a four course meal under the tutelage of Chef Gavala with some of the leading visionaries in the arts. For the record the SBDAC is not having all of us pictured at left for dinner, just for the show. So save your table scraps for me. You’ll find me in the green room. Tickets for two are $250. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7. Don’t be late. Head to www.sbdac.com to purchase your tickets and for more information. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St.

Buy your tickets to JERSEY BOYS
Tickets for JERSEY BOYS at the Barbara B. Mann go on sale at 10 a.m. Get your tickets byy phone 239.481.4849, bbmannpah.com or box office.

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.

Picture 13Sunday, November 2, 2014
Eat it
More than 40 restaurants serve up their finest at Taste of the Town at JetBlue Park. Entrance to the park is $5 and children under 12 enter. Each restaurant will present a “taste” of their best and most popular dishes. All food and beverage items will cost between $1 and $5 worth of tickets. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. JetBlue Park is located at 11500 Fenway S Dr, Fort Myers. For more information head to jlfmtaste.com

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 become a ‘Bear’s Cave” if you are a Bears Fan, filled with Walter Payton, Mike Ditka and Jay Cutler (currently) jerseys. Head downtown if you want one of the best views in Fort Myers at Firestone’s Sky Bar. Also, Ford’s, Capones, Twisted Vine and Sunshine Grille will be playing games

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 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.

7cX3STuesday, November 4, 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 www.BroadwayPalm.com or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

1026195_10152397795512335_6561764574003118300_oWednesday, November 5, 2014
Get your dose of Rauschenberg
The Bob Rauschenber Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College presents the “Rauschenberg: China/America Mix” exhibit.  For more information call 239.489.9313 or head to RauschenbergGallery.com

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 www.unitaspace.com. 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.

656Thursday, November 13, 2014
Of a revolution
O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show — including selling out Madison Square Garden twice —and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. They bring the revolution to Fort Myers at the Barbara B. Mann on Thursday. With each studio album, the band has endeavored to achieve that sense of immediacy. You need to immediately get tickets for this one. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased 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 www.bbmannpah.com.

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! http://www.bbmannpah.com/ 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 http://www.bbmannpah.com

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 www.twistedvinebistro.com 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 www.marketearth.net

—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!

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