#SWFL Top Picks for Arts & Entertainment enthusiasts for the week of 1.9-16.2015

Posted on January 9, 2015


The traffic is busier than ever, in case you haven’t noticed. I wonder how much that has to do with the entire nation hitting sub-zero temperatures this week. Either way there is plenty to keep you busy, if you are from out of town or from here. Here are my top picks for arts and entertainment enthusiasts for the week.  —Cheers, E

Crazy For You for NYEFriday, January 9, 2014
Dinner and a Gershwhin show
Head to the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre to see 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 classy and fun.

Tickets start at $45. They 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.

shutterstock_241374766Saturday, January 10, 2015
Get medevial
The Kiwanis Medieval Faire offers swordplay, turkey legs, jousting tournaments and other medieval-themed fun. The event takes place 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 10-11 and 17-18 at Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers. For more information head to www.medieval-faire.com

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 www.artinlee.org The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

Book of Mormon TourSunday, January 11, 2015
Hello! Book of Mormon converts SWFL—Just go!

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 www.bbmannpah.com.

PO_-_Foreigner_(7906481380)Monday, January 12, 2015
Take me back to the 80s
Foreigner plays at Van Wezel such memorable power rock anthems such as “Juke Box Hero,”  “Cold As Ice,” “Urgent” and more. Show starts at 8 p.m. For more information call 941.953.3368 or head to www.vanwezel.org

663Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Catch him, and you can
Frank Abagnale, of “Catch Me If You Can” fame, speaks as part of the “Speaking of South Florida” series at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Imprisoned after flying around the world impersonating airline employees, he is now a leading authority on fraud and embezzlement. Tickets start at $65 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 www.bbmannpah.com.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Visit 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. 

Picture 8Saturday, January 17, 2015
All about that Kate
Enjoy music by critically acclaimed jazz singer/ bassist Kate Davis at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

Kate Davis, singer/songwriter and upright bassist, is a multi-talented artist performing in diverse venues ranging from The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note (NYC), and Lincoln Center to Rockwood Music Hall. She is a rising star on the national jazz scene, with a tone and maturity beyond her 22 years. Her rich vocals and joyous performance style recall jazz singers from the 1940’s and 50’s. Check her version of the popular All About That Bass song here.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Enjoy cocktails at 7 p.m. with performance at 8 p.m. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street, in the downtown Fort Myers River District. For tickets or information, please visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.

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 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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