#SWFL top picks for arts & entertainment enthusiasts for the week of 1.17-23.2015

Posted on January 16, 2015


The weather is chilling and I will be too. We’ve got Kate Davis coming in this week to add to the cool, a new conductor for the Southwest Florida Symphony and great Gershwin to enjoy this week in multiple locations. Check out a couple of these whether or not you’re in Sundance for a bit.  —Cheers, E

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.

C01-FM-01-14Tickets 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.

New conductor with MORE Gershwin
Maestro Nir Kabaretti debuts with the Southwest Florida Symphony performing American Masterpieces by Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, featuring pianist Andrew Armstrong. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the 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 www.bbmannpah.com.

Crazy For You for NYESunday, January 18, 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.

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.

Monday, January 19, 2015
Author series
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Famous Author and Lunch series kicks off at noon with Deborah Cerombie, a New York Times bestselling author. Enjoy a salad lunch prepared by Chef Mike Gavala followed by a lecture and Q&A with the author. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased day of event or during regular business hours at 2301 First St., by calling 333.1933 or heading to sbdac.com

homepage-hitchTuesday, January 20, 2015
One slight hitch
Head to Florida Rep this week to catch this new comedy from Comedy Central’s Lewis Black— “One Slight Hitch.” Life in suburban Cincinnati circa 1981 is good for Doc and Delia Coleman. It is the morning of their daughter’s wedding and they plan to throw her the lavish celebration they never had. Everything is perfect…until the doorbell rings and one slight hitch wreaks glorious havoc on all of their best laid plans. Settle in for a riotous and strangely romantic ride through the deconstruction of one family’s equilibriumThe play runs through Jan. 28 in the Historic Arcade Theatre at 2267 First Street.  Tickets start at $25. To purchase go to www.floridarep.org.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Leave town—head to Sundance
Sorry SWFL. Park City, Utah is the place to be this week. Indie films play at Sundance all week. For more information head to www.sundance.org.

396994_205317936230622_212791666_nThursday, January 22, 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. 

Phantom-530x335NEWPhantom of the Opera

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to Fort Myers as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” I’m not sure how that is possible as Phantom is one of my favs of all time. I will be singing  “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” in the upper deck, with a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour. The show plays through February 1, 2015 with varying start times.

Tickets start at $58 and can be purchased at the 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 www.bbmannpah.com.

Wind AdvertisementMonday, January 26, 2015
Local movie plays at Mercato
Silverspot Cinema, 9118 Strada Place, will present an exclusive screening of Wind Across the Everglades as part of the Paradise Coast Film Series: A Tribute to Local Filmmakers, on Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet film executive, nephew of writer, son of producer and Naples resident, K.C. Schulberg, and participate in a Q & A session after the film. Hosted by yours truly.

Tickets are $16 per adult, $13.25 for seniors (ages 55 and older) and available at www.silverspot.net. Happy hour specials will extend throughout the evening.

10801960_10152953501066649_1262215923271565220_nForiday, January 30-Saturday, January 31, 2015
Fashion takes over downtown Fort Myers
There is so much to be excited for in the 4th Annual Art Walks The Runway Weekend of Fashion at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Swing downtown and catch fresh couture collections, runway shows, models, fashion and the always lovely Melissa DeHaven.Tickets start at $15 a day. The event runds Friday and Saturday, January 30-31, 2015. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by going to www.sbdac.com or by calling 239.333.1933.

Sunday, February, 1, 2015
Watch the Superbowl, if you must. Better yet invite your artsy friends over, get a great pinot noir and talk about tomorrow’s T.G.I.M. We’re all awaiting indie movies and the excitement is contagious. If you venture out head to Twisted Vine, Firestones, Ford’s, Capones, Blu Sushi, Sunshine Grille for the best eats in town.

2215Monday, February 2, 2015
Indie movies, indie music, TGIMMYs and unveiling of FMFF poster
Join celebrity judges 105.5’s Flyin’ Brian, artist Veron Ennis, supermodel Christina Burgan, Clear Channel’s Jade Alexa McClelland, musical guest Al Holland, 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. We will be awarding our annual TGIMMYs—best moments from T.G.I.M. through the season as well as unveiling our 2015 FMFF poster! 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 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.

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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