Top picks for arts & entertainment enthusiasts of #SWFL: October 8-20, 2015

Posted on October 8, 2015

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Naked old ladies, musical legends coming together for one session, Buddy Guy, zombies and more shape this weeks fun
In season we get bombarded with opportunities to enjoy the arts, movies and entertainment in #SWFL. This week you have so many options to keep you busy every day. I will mention that Million Dollar Quartet may have been the best thing I’ve ever seen at Broadway Palm Theatre. The music was soooooo good. It was like we were listening to all of the legendary performers who come together for one session together. —Cheers, E

Piker Jersey(1)Thursday, October 8, 2015
“Yesterday, It Was Sunny: A Solo Exhibition of Work by T.L. Solien” curated by John Loscuito
Head down to FGCU’s Main Gallery in the Arts Complex and enjoy Artist Talk at 5 p.m. followed by an opening reception, until 7pm where you can meet and greet artist T.L. Solien. T.L. Solien is known for his personal, surrealist paintings combining everyday objects in haunting landscapes and interiors. For this exhibition the technique of collage features prominently in the development of his works. Solien’s freeform collages will be on display alongside his paintings and drawings, offering a unique glimpse into his narratives and working process. The exhibition runs through November 14, 2015.

The FGCU Main Gallery Arts Complex at Florida Gulf Coast University is located at 10501 FGCU Blvd S in Fort Myers. Fort more information head to artgallery.fgcu.edu  or contact Anica Sturdivant at 239-590-7199.

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Florida Rep season opener is a mouth watering comedy
I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI by Jacques Lamarre will kick off the Florida Rep’s 2015-16 season in the ArtStage Studio Theatre  through Nov. 1, 2015. There’s a good reason the Rep always gets great reviews. Definitely go see this. The Historic Arcade Theatre is located at 2267 First Street. Tickets start at $25. To purchase go to www.floridarep.org.

million dollar quartetSaturday, October 10, 2015
Million Dollar Quartet

Enjoy this Tony® Award-Winning musical is inspired by the electrifying true story when four rock ‘n’ roll icons; Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash came together as a red-hot band for one unforgettable night. Relive one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history opening October 2, 2015. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium. Ticket prices range from $33 – $53 with group discounts available for parties of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and 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.

CPRPJ3XVAAAu5LQGet fresh
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, free yoga and live cooking by local chefs. Be sure to check out Gina’s authentic Mexican cuisine. Her tamales are unbelievable and her barbacoa, left, is out of this world. The event is free. The tamales are only $3. More information is available at www.artinlee.org The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

10-2 lab theater Calendar Girls calendar shootSunday, October 11, 2015
Watch them take it all off—for a good cause
Head to the Laboratory Theater of Florida to see a lot of old women take off their clothes. A women’s group focuses mainly on the ancient arts of jam-making, flower-pressing and crafts until one of its members loses her husband to lymphoma. The ladies have photos of themselves taken for a calendar to raise money for the local cancer ward. This charming and “cheeky” play shows slightly-prudish women doing whatever it takes to help a friend in need. “Calendar Girls” plays at 2 p.m.  For more information head to LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com.

TVawardMonday, October 12, 2015
Get twisted
Mondays usually are a great day back to work after a fun packed weekend. Be sure to pick up happy hour at Twisted Vine, which become the go to restaurant when it comes to the most delicious, locally grown, eclectic cuisine, prepared delicately for the most wonderful culinary delights. They were just recently awarded with a Wine Spectator recognition, the only one in Fort Myers with such a distinction. Twisted Vine is located at 2214 Bay St., Fort Myers. Call them at 239.226.1687 or head to www.twistedvinebistro.com for more information. You will see me there!

Second Chances 21Tuesday, October 13 2015
A fresh, original musical by Broadway Palm founder opens
The Off Broadway Palm Theatre is premiering a new musical by PEG’s patriarch and founder Tom Prather. Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical plays now through November 7, 2015.  Ticket prices range from $33 – $53 with group discounts available for parties of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and 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.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 2.14.35 PMBuddy Guy
At age 78, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received 6 Grammy Awards, along with a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” And he is playing here in SWFL. Tickets start at $41 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.

jelly doughnutWednesday, October 14, 2015
Start your Sunday a bit slower—and sweeter
Looking for the best coffee spot & doughnut spot in town to ease into your Wednesday? Grab a book, write a screenplay or just talk with the coolest SWFL workers at Bennett’s Fresh Roast. Alton Brown bragged “Bennett’s Fresh Roast has the Ft. Myers doughnut market cornered…and with good reason.” Their donuts are heaven. It is also right down the street from Centennial Park and Edison & Ford Winter Estates so go for it—you know you deserve it. Bennett’s Fresh Roast is located at 2011 Bayside Pkwy in Fort Myers.

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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, awesome food trucks, locally produced honey, veggies and more. Be sure to like the Eric Raddatz Bridge Facebook page here.

Friday, October 16
Play with it
Toys in the Attic by Lillian Hellman has struck my interest for several reasons. Here are three. 1.) Rachel Burttram Powers is one of my fav actresses in town. 2) It is directed by Stephanie Davis, she is delightfully creative. 3) It is at Theatre Conspiracy so they will not hold back at being edgy. Show plays at 8 p.m. 10091 McGregor Blvd.  Tickets are $24. More information is available at www.artinlee.org. Theatre Conspiracy is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. For more info head to theatreconspiracy.org

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 2.11.45 PMSaturday, October 17, 2015
Zombicon 9 gets freaky, and filmy
Fallout :1985 a massive zombie-themed charity street fest takes place in downtown Fort Myers where you can expect over 30 live performances on five stages. The stages will showcase the eclectic blend of bands and DJs you have come to expect from Zombicon and this year we have some acts that will blow you away. The street will be lined with thousands as this is one of, if not the biggest, zombie dress up in the world. The Fort Myers Film Festival is throwing a 48-hour challenge film fest during so there will be tons of filming. For more info head to http://zombicon.com/zombicon-film-contest

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Normal Miller Unplugged
Norma Miller, the Queen of Swing, and SWFL resident is one of the only acquaintances with a Wikipedia page. At 92 she is embarking on a comedy tour, being filmed by John Biffar. They are shooting at Tertini’s on 7050 Crystal Drive in Fort Myers on October 19-20 at 7 p.m. Be a part of the film by rsvping johnbiffar@dreamtimeentertainment.com. Guests are asked to dress in ‘Swing Attire.’ I’m thinking zuit suit but you never know when things might get a little freaky.

IMG_6006Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Go Back to the Future—NOW
Back to the Future nerds know what day Marty transports to in the future. October 21, 2015. Get out your best BTTF digs, startup the DeLorean and come out for more fun than you can imagine as BellTower Fort Myers is screening all three movies in a row.  A pre and post party is being held in various locations by Fort Myers Film Festival.

FMFFTGIM112Monday, November 2, 2015
TGIM
T.G.I.M. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center with featured judges Communications Director of Artis-Naples Jonathan Foerster, FGCU professor Mike Donlan, Julia Ditomaso, and musical guest Official Outcome, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven. Come get a view of how we view submissions for our festival and have a say whether or not they should make final programming. Come get a view of how we view submissions for our festival and have a say whether or not they should make final programming. There will also be representatives from a film shooting locally called Hanging Millstone looking for some extras for their film.

The popular T.G.I.M. film screening series will be held the first Monday of each month in downtown Fort Myers. T.G.I.M. features short indie films being considered for the sixth annual Fort Myers Film Festival. Those in attendance will have a say in the Fort Myers Film Festival’s April 7-10, 2016 programming. T.G.I.M. takes place at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers, located at 2301 First Street, Fort Myers. T.G.I.M. offers fresh films, not in distribution, local celebrities and honorary judges, indie music, conversation, drinks and more. Doors open for happy hour at 6:30 p.m. with pizza from Capone’s and coffee from Bennett’s. Films are presented at 7 p.m.

GF1_4952 FMFF Crowd LRAn “afterbuzz” will always be held following T.G.I.M. at the nearby Twisted Vine Bistro, 2214 Bay St., where late night happy hour prices on drinks and appetizers are offered to T.G.I.M. audience members. Twisted Vine was most recently recognized with an excellence award from Wine Spectator, the only restaurant in Fort Myers with that distinction.

A special podcast of attending filmmakers will be taped after each T.G.I.M. at Twisted Vine bistro. To hear that audio podcast go to https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/eric-raddatzs-podcast/id994296559

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, by going to www.sbdac.com or by calling 239.333.1933. To learn more, visit the T.G.I.M. Indie Movies Downtown Facebook page or www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com.  Facebook discounts are available at www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival and there are updates on 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.

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Red Hot Chili Pipers
There has never been anything quite like THE RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS, the past ten years have seen them become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet – ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. The band’s achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and Rock/Pop Anthems which they proudly call ‘Bagrock’.

The Chillis have never been more in demand for their infectious style of feel good music which appeals right across the age range to people all over the world. Go to http://www.redhotchillipipers.co.uk/

Tickets start at $31 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

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!

When in doubt be sure to pick up a Florida Weekly while in town or head to www.floridaweekly.com. This week learn all about The Incredibles of SWFL.

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