Top picks for #SWFL arts & entertainment enthusiasts for the week of 12.31.2014-1.6.2015

Posted on December 31, 2014


Happy New Year everyone. There are a few things this week you should make a resolution not to miss.  —Cheers, E

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Happy New Year
Drink responsibly. Party hard. Oh and not sure where to go yet?

Picture 25Try celebrating New Year’s Eve at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with the Tony Award-winning Crazy For You.  This romantic musical comedy with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin is the perfect way to ring in 2015.

The fun-filled evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres in the lobby. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. with served shrimp cocktail and an upscale buffet that consists of Chef Carved Prime Rib, Oven Roasted Pork Loin, Alaskan Salmon Fillets, Chicken Piccata, Tomato and Spinach Tortellini and numerous side dishes.  There will also be a full salad bar including seafood salad, a full dessert buffet and an ice cream bar. The production of Crazy For You starts at 9 p.m. and the evening concludes with noisemakers, hats, champagne and the countdown to midnight.

*New Year’s Eve tickets are $100 per person for dinner and the show. They can be reserved by calling 239.278.4422, by visiting or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Wake up late
Go for a walk after sleeping in.

Art_Walk_LogoFriday, January 2, 2015
Art Walk
Go for another walk, an artsy one. 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:

AnneFrank_Love• The Sidney & Berne Davis Art CenterMyra Roberts Retrospective 1975-2015 ‘Ancient Spirits to Angels on Earth’ . The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Event is free to attend.

• UNIT A: UNIT A Contemporary Art Space features the work of SWFL artist Marcus Jansen and is located at 1922 Evans Ave., Fort Myers. For more information head to Event is free to attend.

1280px-Gregg_AllmanSaturday, January 3, 2015
I’m no angel
Neither is Gregg Allman, who takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, located at 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information call 239.489.3033 or head to

12-17-FMFFMonday, January 5, 2015
Indie movies downtown
Join celebrity judges NYU student Jordan Axelrod, reporter Danielle Koleniak, Florida Weekly’s Osvaldo Padilla, musical guest Official Outcome, 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 The News-Press, Florida Weekly and 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.

Book of Mormon TourTuesday, January 6, 2015

Hello Book of Mormon
This show has been called the best musical of this century. I’d concur. It is irreverent, obscene, hilarious and faith inspiring all at one. I’m so happy it is coming to SWFL now. It is nearly sold out with just a couple of single tickets remaining. There is a lottery every night at 5:30 p.m. where you can get $25 tickets. The show plays through January 11 and then makes a jaunt to Artis—Naples for a week.

Tickets start at $58 and can be purchased at the 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

Art Talk at SBDAC
The Sidney &  Berne Davis Art Center hosts an Art Talk from 7-9 p.m. with Sanibel artist Myra Roberts, Fort Myers author Ella Nayor, Holocaust survivors Cesare Frustaci and Steen Metz, and WW II liberator Dr. Robert Hilliard. Ms. Roberts’ exhibit “Ancient Spirits to Angels on Earth” is on exhibit at the center through Jan. 23.  Tickets are $5. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers.

Thursday, January 8, 2015
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. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Get fresh
GreenMarket-Logo1Join 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.

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!

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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