Award-winning journalist and essayist Artis Henderson signs books and does a reading of her powerful memoir “Unremarried Widow” at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Barnes & Noble on U.S. 41 in South Fort Myers. Proceeds from the book signing and onsite sales benefit Hope HealthCare Services. 437-0654.
COURTESY PHOTOS ¦ Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Grand Night for Singing – By Florida Repertory Theatre Jan. 31-March 16. www.floridarep.org or 332-4488.
¦ Guys and Dolls – By Cultural Park Theatre, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, Jan. 31-Feb. 16. 772-5862 or www.culturalparktheater.com.
¦ The Beauty Queen Of Leenane – By Theatre Conspiracy, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Feb. 7-23. 936-3239 or www.theatreconspiracy.org.
¦ Radio Theater – The BIG ARTS Community Players present “An Evening of Radio Theater” at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 in the BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Enjoy a selection of radio programming of the late 1940s and 1950s presented live from WBIG Sanibel Island. www.bigarts.org, 395-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Americana Community Music Association presents Richard Smith, 2001 Fingerstyle Champion, with opening act local duo Homegrown Sounds, from 7-10 p.m. Jan. 31 at 3334 Cleveland Ave. Suggested donation $15. RSVP to www.americanacma.org or 691-4069. ¦ Nana’s Naughty Knickers – At Off Broadway Palm Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., through March 15. 278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com.
¦ Arsenic and Old Lace – By Florida Repertory Theatre, 2267 First St., through Feb. 1. 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.
Pianists Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The duo performs music by Schubert, Stravinsky and Brahms. A champagne reception follows. $50-$55. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org. ¦ Into The Woods – At the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, through Feb. 15. www.bigarts.org, 395-0900 or 472-6862.
¦ Death of a Salesman – By Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., through Feb. 1. www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com or 218-0481.
¦ South Pacific – At Broadway Palm Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., through Feb. 15. 278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com.
¦ Black Tie – By The Naples Players in Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., through Feb. 8. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.
¦ The God Game – By Gulfshore Playhouse at the Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., through Feb. 9. (866) 811- 4111 or www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.
¦ Pops 2 – By the Southwest Florida Symphony at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Enjoy an evening of Latin jazz and Argentine tango starring Nestor Torres. $20- $82. 418-1500 or www.swflso.org.
¦ Masterworks III – By the Southwest Florida Symphony Feb. 8 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $20-$82. 418-0996 or www.swflso.org.
¦ Symphony at Sunset – By Gulf Coast Symphony at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Four Freedoms Park, Cape Coral. Free. 277-1700 or www.gulfcoastsymphony.org/.
Thursday, Jan. 30
¦ Author Event – Award-winning journalist and essayist Artis Henderson signs books and does a reading of her powerful memoir “Unremarried Widow” at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble on U.S. 41 in South Fort Myers. Proceeds from the book signing and onsite sales benefit Hope HealthCare Services. 437-0654.
¦ Birthday Bash – Chris MacDonald’s “Memories of Elvis” starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.
¦ Free Concert – Lucy Hale, of the TV show “Pretty Little Liars,” the Swon Brothers, top contenders on “The Voice” and Maggie Rose perform a free concert from 6-9 p.m. at Gulf Coast Town Center.
¦ Music Series – The Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2013-2014 Concerts & Conversations Series with bassoonist Shelley Monroe Huang at 7 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. $25. www.shellpoint.org/concerts or 454-2067.
¦ Concert Pianist – Jodie DeSalvo performs at 7 p.m. at Beach United Methodist Church as part of the Hibiscus Series. A reception follows. 155 Bay Road. Free will offering. 463-9656.
Friday, Jan. 31
¦ Nature at Night – The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium presents a Night Hike at 7 p.m. Discover what animals come out once the sun goes down. Bring a flashlight and wear appropriate shoes. $10 non-members, $8 members. 3450 Ortiz Ave. To register: 275-3435.
¦ Art Event – A preview for ArtFest Fort Myers runs from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers. The festival takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. www.artfestfortmyers.com.
¦ Concert Series – Concert pianist Ralph Votapek performs from 7:30-9 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd. 334-8937.
¦ Fingerstyle Champ – The Americana Community Music Association presents Richard Smith, 2001 Fingerstyle Champion, with opening act local duo Homegrown Sounds, from 7-10 p.m. at 3334 Cleveland Ave. Suggested donation $15. RSVP to www.americanacma.org or 691-4069.
¦ Flea Market – The Bayside Estates Annual Flea Market is set for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the clubhouse at 17601 San Carlos Blvd. The sale includes appliances, baked goods, bikes, books, clothing, collectibles and more. (609) 226-7786.
¦ Movie Night – The Alliance for the Arts’ Outdoor Family Movie Nights kick off at 7 p.m. with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz.” Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers. 10091 McGregor Blvd. www.artinlee.org.
¦ Book Art – BIG ARTS hosts an artist reception for two exhibits from 5:30-7 p.m. The Gordon Coughlin retrospective exhibit is in the Founders Gallery and the “Based on Books” exhibit is in the Phillips Gallery. Exhibits run through Feb. 26. 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. www.bigarts.org, 395-0900 or email@example.com.
¦ “Ding” Lecture – The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society Friends of the Refuge presents oceanographer and consultant John Englander, discussing our changing coastlines, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center. Free; seating is limited. 472-1100, ext. 241 or www.dingdarlingsociety.org/lectures.
¦ Classic Oldies – The Deb & Ray Duo performs from 7-9 p.m. in Market Plaza at Gulf Coast Town Center. 267- 0783 or www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com.
Saturday, Feb. 1
¦ Benefit Event – The Don Rogowskey & Friends Silent Art Auction and Reception are set for 4-6 p.m. at Sanibel Christian Preschool at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way. Enjoy wine and appetizers while helping children. Auction proceeds go to scholarships and educational development. Up for auction are paintings, ceramic and fabric pieces by Don and Jan Rogowskey, Andrew R. Ross, Peter Zell, Phil Hilton, Joan Vogel, Augusta Crane, plus other local artists. 472-0497.
¦ Morning Meander – A guided nature walk on a quarter-mile loop boardwalk runs from 9-10:30 a.m. at Prairie Pines Preserve, 18400 N. Tamiami Trail, N. Fort Myers. Traverse a seasonal marsh while learning more about the birds, butterflies and plants that call it home. 707-2206 or www.conservation2020.org/.
¦ Bird Watching – A nature walk with a bird patrol guide starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Meet at Shelter A7. Arrive a few minutes after 8 a.m. for a brief intro. Free with paid parking. 533-7580, 533-7576 or www.birdpatrol.org.
¦ Classic Oldies – The Vegas Legends perform from 7-9 p.m. in Market Plaza at Gulf Coast Town Center. 267- 0783 or www.gulfcoasttowncenter.com.
¦ Broadway “Belle” – Susan Egan, the original “Belle” of Broadway’s “Beauty and the Beast,” performs at 8 p.m. at the BIG Arts Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. $42-$47. www.bigarts.org, 395-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Art Event – The third annual Inland Arts & Music Festival runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Barron Park on SR 29 in LaBelle. See work by photographers, sculptors, artisans, craftsmen and writers. Enjoy live music, food and more. email@example.com, 303- 5849 or www.artsoftheinland.com.
¦ Bigger Than Life – By the Acting Studio of Southwest Florida at 7 p.m. The production is the culmination of a program for children that combines training by experienced, working professionals in the acting field with acting in a real Broadwaystyle show. 19451 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 11. 898-6226 or www.actingstudioswfl.com.
¦ Open Mic – Poetry Alliance presents “Poetry & Pizza,” a spoken word open mic night, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts. $5 suggested donation. 10091 McGregor Blvd. 939-2787 or ArtInLee.org.
¦ Antique Cars – The Edison Ford Antique Car Show runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Edison & Ford Winter. See more than 100 antique cars will be on exhibit. Special programs during the day include a Model T Tour and Lecture, informal tours by Henry and Clara Ford, and food on the Ford Cottage Terrace. $15 for adults; $5 for children. 2350 McGregor Blvd. 334-7419 or www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.
¦ Live Music – Miromar Outlets presents free live music every from 4-7 p.m. Saturdays in the Restaurant Piazza and between Ford’s Garage and Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar. www.miromaroutlets.com.
Sunday, Feb. 2
¦ Live Music – Beans and Seeds performs from 5-8 p.m. at Pincher’s Crab Shack Holiday Inn – Fort Myers Beach, 6890 Estero Blvd. 463-2909 or www.pincherscrabshack.com/fort-myersbeach tiki-bar/.
¦ Free Jazz – Island Jazz performs a free concert at 3 p.m. every Sunday through April in BIG ARTS Boler Garden, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Island Jazz showcases several styles of music from jazz standards and Dixieland to bop, pop and more. www.bigarts.org, 395-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Bluegrass Concert – The Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida presents bluegrass and acoustic music from 2-5 p.m. in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts. The concert features solo blues guitarist Frank Corso, Pain in the Grass, and Captain Joe & the Bottom Feeders. $7 at the door; $5 for Alliance members. www.ArtInLee.org or 939-2787.
¦ Drumming & Dancing – The Fort Myers Drum & Dance Circle meets every Sunday and Wednesday several hours before sunset in downtown Fort Myers next to the RiverBoat. Join in or just listen. Bring a seat, a drum/dance/ song/poems. 567-0187.
¦ Live Music – Miromar Outlets presents live music from 1-4 p.m. Sundays in the Restaurant Piazza and between Ford’s Garage and Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar. www.miromaroutlets.com.
¦ Music & Dancing – The Tru Kountry band provides live traditional country music, Southern rock and oldtime rock ‘n’ roll with free line dancing lessons from 2-5 p.m. every Sunday at the Shell Factory. $6 individual; $10 couple. 2787 N. Tamiami Trl. www.Shellfactory.com or 995-2141.
¦ Music Event – The Americana Community Music Association hosts a Singer Songwriter Circle from 2-5 p.m. on Sundays at the ACMA Listening Room, 3334 Cleveland Ave. Join local singer/songwriters in an open, creative atmosphere. Free; donations welcome. 910-5656.
¦ Dog Walk – The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium offers Dog Day Sundays at 3 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per dog. 3450 Ortiz Ave. 275-3435 or www.calusanature.org/.
Monday, Feb. 3
¦ Chamber Event – The Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds its 2014 Board Installation & Appreciation Dinner from 6-9 p.m. at Broadway Palm Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd. Events include a silent auction. $35-$50. 418-1441 or www.hispanicchamberflorida.org.
¦ Film Series – The BIG ARTS Film Society’s Monday Night Film Series continues with “Stories We Tell” at 7 p.m. The screening is followed by a complementary reception and discussion led by knowledgeable film aficionados in BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery. $8. 900 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel. www.bigarts.org, 395-0900 or email@example.com.
¦ Indie Films – The Fort Myers Film Festival hosts T.G.I.M. every Monday with happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and an indie film starting at 7 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. See short indie films and decide whether or not they should be screened at the 2014 festival. $6. 2301 First St. www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com.
¦ Farmers Market – A weekly farmers market runs from noon-4 p.m. at Jet- Blue Park at Fenway South 11500 Fenway S. Dr. Markets are held every Monday through May and include local produce, cheese, fresh pasta, seafood and more. www.buylocallee.com, 226-4783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
¦ Art Party – Harbour View Gallery holds a reception for its January Featured Artists Reception from 6-8 p.m. Beaded jewelry by Dee Cooper and paintings by Marie Cahill are on display through February. 5789 Cape Harbour Dr., Cape Coral. 540-5789 or harbourviewgallery.com.
¦ Acting for Seniors – Nykkie Rizley teaches Acting for Seniors from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 11 at Laboratory Theater of Florida. $80. 1634 Woodford Ave. 218-0481.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
¦ Dance Classes – USA Dance offers East Coast Swing ballroom dance classes starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays starting today and running through Feb. 26 at the Four Freedoms Park Community Center, 4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral. 565-7947 or email@example.com.
¦ Lecture Series – The BIG ARTS FORUM Lecture Series presents the former comptroller general of the United States and head of U.S. Government Accountability, David M. Walker, at 7:30 p.m. 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. www.bigarts.org, 395-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Sweet Auction – The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business committee host their annual dessert auction from 4-6 p.m. at Sam Galloway Lincoln. Proceeds benefit the Women in Business Scholarship Fund. Donations of deserts are welcome. AmyDenius.Jean@gmail.com or 464-1520.
¦ Film Series – The “Ding” Darling Refuge’s second annual Bi-Weekly Film Series presents the documentary “Sanctuary Islands: The Sanibel Legacy” at 2:30 p.m. I Auditorium A of the Ding Darling Education Center. Free. www.dingdarlingsociety.org/films.
¦ Lecture Series – The 13th annual Wednesday Morning Live! Community Lecture Series continues at 10 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Today’s topic is “The Calusan,” presented by local historian and author Charles LeBuff. Enjoy coffee and snacks at 9:30 a.m. 2439 McGregor Blvd. 334-8937 or www.covpcfm.com.
¦ Steinway Artists – Pianists Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. The duo performs music by Schubert, Stravinsky and Brahms. A champagne reception follows. $50-$55. 395-0900 or www.bigarts.org.
¦ Guest Recital – The FGCU Bower School of Music presents “Love Songs,” a faculty and guest artist recital featuring soprano Misook Yun and pianist Michael Baron at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the U. Robe Recital Hall. $7/ www.fgcu.edu/ CAS/BSM/Concerts.html.
¦ Cabaret Music – The Friends of the Arts present the cabaret music of MoJo, the duo of local singer/songwriter Jo List and guitarist/vocalist Michael Oakland from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 6 at the waterfront staging area on the bay, hosted by Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd. Bass player and singer Bill Rountree also performs. $25. 463-3600, ext. 242 or email@example.com.
¦ Page to Stage – The Florida Repertory Theatre presents “Vignette of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing” at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy. The musical revue features music from all the Rogers & Hammerstein classics. Registration requested: 533-4400.
¦ Art Opening – The FGCU Department of Visual and Performing Arts holds an opening reception for the “Interpreters” exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6 in the FGCU Arts Complex. A Gallery Talk starts at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 13. 590-7199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Community Concert – The Fort Myers Community Concert Association presents pianist Theresa Walters at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 489-4171 or www.bbmannpah.com.
¦ Flower Show – The Bell Tower Shops host a Strolling Flower Show during mall hours on Feb. 6 at part of the Edison Festival of Light. Vote on beautiful flower arrangements filling the windows of merchants. www.thebelltowershops.com
¦ Yoko Ono Art – The Yoko Ono “Imagine Peace” exhibit runs through March 29 at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College. 489-9313 or www.RauschenbergGallery.com.
¦ Art Exhibit – Harbour View Gallery presents fused glass by Judy Seeger and paintings by Dianna Willman through the end of the month at 5789 Cape Harbour Dr., Cape Coral. 540-5789 or harbourviewgallery.com.
¦ Dance Lessons – USA Dance offers dance programs at the Riverside Community Center, 3061 E. Riverside Dr. Waltz classes for various levels are held on Mondays through Feb. 24 starting at 6 p.m. $6. Ballroom dance runs from 1-4 p.m. on Thursdays. 565-7947 or email@example.com. ¦
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