#TOPPICKS for #SWFL arts & entertianment for the week of November 6-15, 2014

Posted on November 6, 2014

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Season is in full effect now in case you can’t tell from the bumper to bumper traffic. This week I salute our veterans, judge a chili cook off, hope to meet B-Rad (E-Rad meet B-Rad, B-Rad meet E-Rad), I take in another film festival, enjoy a classic movie-themed charity event auction, go redneckking and oh gosh, so much more. Here are a few must tries for the week. —Cheers, E

659Thursday, November 6, 2014
Salute our veterans
Get patriotic this week with Pride & Patriotism, an annual event saluting veterans and showcasing the talented children in Lee County schools, starts 7 p.m. Thursday at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Events include music by the Cypress Lake High School and recognition of veterans. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers. For more information call 239.489.3033 or head to www.bbmannpah.com.

Another film festival
Great to see that after I started the Naples and Fort Myers Film Festival that we have yet another in the mix. The Bonita Springs Film Festival takes place at the Prado Stadium 12 Theatre, 25251 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs if you want to catch the public screenings. You can watch all of the films at the Bonita Springs Government Access Channel 98; cityofbonitasprings.org. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by heading to the Prado Theatre, by calling 239.992.0128 or heading to pradostadium12.com

Screen shot 2014-11-06 at 5.23.49 PMMeet B-Rad
He may be Malibu’s most wanted but SWFL is right behind. Jamie Kennedy performs tonight through Sunday at the Off the Hook Comedy Club at House of Brewz in Gulf Coast Town Center. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 239.389.6901 or by heading to offthehookcomedy.com.

10410125_10205271115915378_8996253243800583954_nFriday, November 7, 2014
Trucks Gone Wild
You’ve probably heard of Girls Gone Wild. But did you know that The Redneck Yacht Club and Mud Park hosts Trucks Gone Wild through Sunday? Enjoy mud truck races, ATV racing and riding, camping, live music, vendors, truck pulls and more. The Redneck Yacht Club is located at 44570 Bermont Road in Punta Gorda. Be prepared to get dirty with two rs. For more information head to redneckyachtclubmudpark.com  or head to their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/505896699541367

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.

Screen shot 2014-11-06 at 5.32.34 PMSaturday, November 8, 2014
Fall Fair
Join the all new Fair at Fenway South in Ft. Myers, FL at Jet Blue Stadium for lots to do including a huge carnival midway, delicious food, games, and live entertainment and shows including The Nationally Recognized Fearless Flores Thrill Show, Lion & Tiger Show, Magic & Illusion Show, Hypnotist show, Monkeys Riding Dogs, a full petting zoo and much more. The event will take place for the next three weekends, November 7-23, 2014.

Full Moon Party
Fathoms Restaurant & Bar hosts its inaugural Full Moon Party from 6-10 p.m. at 5785 Cape Harbour Dr. in Cape Coral. Enjoy a waterfront barbeque with a Caribbean twist, music, dancing and more. Tickets are $20 for adults which includes barbecue. For more information call 239.542.0123 or head to fathomsrestaurant.com.

Tails & Tailgating” Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-Off”
The fun starts at 3 p.m. at the corner of Jackson and Edwards in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy a chili cook-off (I’ll be one of the judges at this), corn hole, shrimp boil, bounce house and more.
Tickets are $25, kids under 12 are free. For more information head to https://www.evensi.com/3rd-annual-greater-fort-myers-chamber-of-commerce-tails-amp/133665554

Screen shot 2014-11-06 at 5.56.30 PMArts for ACT benefit
“Lights, Camera, Auction …
An Evening In Old Hollywood” 
takes place from 5-11 p.m. at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St. The annual fine art auction benefits ACT Inc. Tickets are $125 to benefit Arts for ACT. For more information call 239.939.2553 or head to artsforactfineartauction.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.

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Taste of The Islands

Wow there are at ton of taste events in town but this one is the 33rd annual on one of the best islands in the world. Head down from11 a.m.-4 p.m. to the Dunes Golf & Tennis Resort, located at 949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel Island. Sample island cuisine from more than 20 restaurants. For more information head to tastesanibelcaptiva.com

Kids Fest
The Kids Helping Kids Festival takes place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Centennial Park. Events include FGCU basketball clinics, a youth soccer clinic, a kids 5K, obstacle courses for youth and adults, a rock wall, entertainment, bounce houses, animals from the Calusa Nature Center and activities. The cast of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” performs at 10 a.m. Admission is free. For more information head to KidsHelpingKidsSWFL.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

7cX3SMonday, November 10, 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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Downtown parade pays honor on  Veterans Day
Join the salute by heading downtown Fort Myers for a Veterans Day Parade at 2 p.m. on First Street at Centennial park under the Eric Raddatz Bridge!

flrep_logoWednesday, November 12, 2014
Florida Rep’s Vanya is a real 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/.

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.

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.

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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