Top picks for #SWFL arts &entertainment enthusiasts October 27-November 7, 2015

Posted on October 27, 2015

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Sure, I know Halloween is this week and there are plenty of parties where you can dress up, get wasted and eat a lot of candy among other things. I got invited to my first ever Halloween ABC party (“Anything But Clothes”) and while I find it kind of exciting there really wasn’t any indication the people there might be ones I’d like to see naked. Maybe that’s the scary part? Anyway we have the ladies man Tim Meadows coming here, Kate Davis jazzing up the SBDAC and TGIM is right around the corner for indie film lovers with musical guest Official Outcome. There are plenty of running plays and art openings to keep you busy all week, even without a scare—so enjoy! E

alliance Inner Workings by Carol Schmidt_photographyTuesday, October 27, 2015
Feeling artsy—and mechanical?
The Alliance for the Arts presents the “Mechanical” exhibition through Oct. 31, featuring new works “operated or produced by a mechanism or machine which relate to, are produced by or dominated by physical forces.” The event is free and more information is available at www.artinlee.org The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Check out the event page on Facebook here.

jelly doughnutWednesday, October 28, 2015
Start your hump day with a stop at the best coffee shop in town
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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Sounds like a million bucks
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. 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 through November 21 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.

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

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Kate Davis is back in SWFL—and is bringing friends
Kate Davis is back for the 2015-2016 season here at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art. The NYC artist who last played All About that Bass with her cello to a delighted crowd at SBDAC will come back Saturday, October 30 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. with cocktails at 7 p.m. This concert will showcase the extraordinary talent of New York singer/songwriter, pianist, and composer Gabriel Kahane for a night of music that blends into several creative genres.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door, by going to www.sbdac.com or by calling 239.333.1933. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. Check out the event page on Facebook here.

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Skip trick-or-treat and try some spaghetti this Halloween
I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI by Jacques Lamarre has kicked off Florida Rep’s 2015-16 season in the ArtStage Studio Theatre  with great reviews. 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. Skip the trick-or-treat and try spaghettie. Tickets start at $25. To purchase go to www.floridarep.org.

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.

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Skip football, check out this artistic presentation of foods at JetBlue Park
The 33rd annual Taste of the Town takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at JetBlue Park where you get to sample some of the best foods, enjoy live music and eat your face off. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for kids. For more information head to their website here.

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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. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. 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.

Piker Jersey(1)Tuesday, November 3, 2015
“Yesterday, It Was Sunny: A Solo Exhibition of Work by T.L. Solien” curated by John Loscuito
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.

Second Chances 21Wednesday, November 4, 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.

tim-meadowsThursday, November 5, 2015
The ladies man brings courvoisier to Fort Myers
Tim Meadows has been a steady SNL player for 100 years. Ok, seems like it but still he is one of the longest running cast members. The hilarious comedian will perform at Belushi’s Comedy Bar Nov. 5-8. the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets head to Belushi’s Comedy Bar online. For one of his great SNL skits as the ladies man check out SNL here.

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How’s the week going? Friday is tomorrow so consider celebrating 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

Stella Ruiz as AntigoneFriday, November 6, 2015
Antigonick? I hardly know her
I’m pretty excited to check out Stella Ruiz in Antigonick, Anne Carson’s adaptation of Antigone.   This play takes place through November 21 at Unit A Studio in downtown Fort Myers.  In this play, a young woman of ancient Thebes seeks to give her brother a proper burial, against the wishes of her king.  “It’s a story of a woman speaking truth to power,” says Stella Ruiz, who plays Antigone.  “She’s a strong woman who accepts the consequences of her decisions.”Tickets are $10 for students and $20 general admission, and can be purchased online at www.GhostbirdTheatreCompany.org.  All performances are on Fridays and Saturdays, at 8:00 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.  Unit A is located at 1922 Evans Ave., at the corner of Evans and Thompson in downtown Fort Myers.

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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

CRnJyGuVEAAPvHTThursday, December 17, 2015
Go see Star Wars: Episode 7 the eve before it opens
If you are a Star Wars fan you have been anticipating this for years. Now finally get your satisfaction. Lots of reveals leading up to this can be found at the official Star Wars account on Twitter. Could someone please tell me if Luke is Kylo Ren though?

Check out the trailers here.

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 art you can live in.

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