WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
I Ought to Be in Pictures - By Lemon Bay Playhouse through May 14. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. www.lemonbayplayhouse.com or 475-6756.
Fences - By Venice Theatre May 4-21 in the Pinkerton Theatre. Curtain is 8 pm. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. 488-1115 or https://venicestage.com.
Beatsville: The Beatnik Musical - By Asolo Rep May 6-28, with previews starting April 28 in the Mertz Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $26. 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. 351-8000 or www.asolorep.org.
Inherit the Wind - By Venice Theatre through April 30. Curtain is 8 pm. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. 488-1115 or https://venicestage.com.
Kinky Boots - At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall through April 30. Show times vary. $41-$106. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - By the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training through April 29 outdoors at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. $28 for matinee performances; $29 for evening performances. 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. 351-8000 or www.asolorep.org.
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - By Asolo Repertory Theatre through April 30 in the Cook Theatre. 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.
BO-NITA - By Urbanite Theatre through May 7. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 1487 Second St., Sarasota. www.urbanitetheatre.com or 321-1397.
Things My Mother Taught Me - At Broadway Palm Theatre through April 29. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.
A Year With Frog and Toad - By Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre on select dates through May 12. The chef’s buffet includes children’s favorites. $19. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.
Doublewide - By Florida Repertory Theatre through May 14 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.
Peter Pan Jr. - By the Alliance for the Arts Youth Theatre through April 30 at the Alliance. Show times are 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on April 29. $10 in advance; $20 adults; $15 students and seniors. 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. www.ArtInLee.org or (239) 939-2787.
The Glass Menagerie - At Cultural Park Theater through April 30. 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. (239) 772-5862.
Jesus Christ Superstar - At Broadway Palm Theatre through May 14. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.
Poetry Circle - The Poetry Circle presents “Poems in a Traditional Form” from 10 a.m.-noon at the Lifelong Learning Institute at FSW State College. An open discussion follows the reading of each poem. Free admission. 26300 Airport Road, meeting room O-116. 637-3533, email@example.com or www.lifelonglearningcharlotte.org.
Writers’ Group - A Young Adult Writers Group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Mid-County Regional Library. Free admission. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 766- READ or www.CharlotteCountyFL.com.
Art Reception - A wine and cheese reception for artist Gina Battle runs from 5-7 p.m. at the Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home. Join Charlotte Arts in celebrating the abstract and performance artist, freelance writer and model. 635 E. Marion Ave. 639-1133 or www.kays-ponger.com.
Book Discussion - Bookstore1Sarasota hosts Nancy Schlossberg, author of “Too Young to Be Old” in conversation with Kathy Black, professor of aging studies, at 11 a.m. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Reservations are suggested. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.
Ringling Event - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art hosts a gallery walk and talk titled “Painted Pages: A Guide to Medieval Manuscripts” at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Museum of Art. Free with admission. 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.
Nature Hike - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Morgan Park Hike in Arcadia from 8:30-11:30 a.m. with Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds. The park parallels the Peace River and is filled with beautiful vegetation. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 639-7468.
Comedy Show - Florida Native Preacher Lawson makes his Visani debut with John Charles tonight through Sunday at The Comedy Zone at Visani. Tickets start at $8. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
Live Music - Chris G performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Networking Event - D’Vines and Pascal of Re-Max Palm Realty host a Green Drinks Networking Event featuring complimentary organic wines from 7-9 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).
Tribute Show - Cher’s Shower of Stars Tribute Show, starring “Memories,” starts at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. The show includes a duets with “Sonny Bono” and a visit by “Dolly Parton.” $15 members; $17 nonmembers. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com.
Book Group – The Rereading Our Youth Book Club, led by Georgia Court, meets at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1 Sarasota. This month’s selection is “Rabbit Run” by John Updike. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 is required for participation. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or or 365-7900.
Illusion Show - Illusionist Rick Thomas performs from 7-10 p.m. at the Englewood Event Center. Mr. Thomas has done five world tours in over 50 countries. 2069 S. McCall Road, Englewood. www.EnglewoodEventCenter.com.
Free Film - Women Against Racism & Discrimination present the Fourth Friday Free Movie, “Hidden Figures,” at 1 p.m. at the FGCU Renaissance Academy. Free snacks and beverages are available. A discussion follows. 117 Herald Court. 380-2408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elvis Tribute - Mark Shelton performs a free benefit show featuring the gospel music of Elvis Presley at 7 p.m. at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. No reserve seating or ticket necessary. Donations benefit the Jesus Loves You Ministry. 11330 Burnt Store Road. 639-0001 or email@example.com.
Quilt Group - The Peace River Quilt Guild meets from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. Due to room size, visitors are welcome December through April only. 4005 Palm Dr., Punta Gorda. www.peaceriverquilters.org.
Benefit Concert - Steve Widmeyer, “One Voice, One Guitar,” performs from 7-10 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar, with proceeds benefiting the Peace River Wildlife Center. 4069 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.
Free Concerts - Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Village Courtyard and the George Voss Duo performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a Pinot Noir Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Sandy Forbes performs at 7 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).
Kids’ Event - Anglers for Conservation hosts the Hook Kids on Fishing program from 10 a.m.-noon Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. Kids ages 6-16 are welcome along with their parents. The first 80 kids registered may receive a free rod and reel. The program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, catch and release techniques and more. 1200 West Retta Esplanade. Registration is required: 639-2628. www.anglersforconservation.org.
Nature Paddle - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Prairie Creek paddle trip in North Port from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Must provide your own watercraft and wear a PFD. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 423-2713.
Block Party - The Punta Gorda Block Party runs from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. in downtown Punta Gorda. The event includes live entertainment on four stages plus vendors, food and beverages. Headliner Gary Puckett and the Union Gap performs at 6:15 p.m. on the main stage. 249-1250 or Get@puntagordablockparty.info. http://www.puntagordablockparty.info/info.html.
Garden Workshop - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art hosts a bayfront gardens workshop, “Creating a Culinary Garden with Herbs,” from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Using the garden designed by Ringling staff for Muse at The Ringling, participants learn about a variety of herbs and how to grow them organically. The program includes a talk and discussion in the Museum of Art Chao Lecture Hall followed by a walking tour. $10 members; $20 non-members. 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.
Farmers Market - A farmers market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.- noon at Taylor Street and West Olympia Avenue in front of the old Charlotte County Courthouse. Shop for fresh and organic produce, seafood, baked goods and more. 391-4856.
Wine & Music - Jeannie Smyth, “Jeannie, Jeannie, the Entertainment Queen,” performs from 7-10 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.
Live Music - Singer/songwriter Olivia Gruber performs from 1-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. Dan Meadows performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639- 8721 or www.fishville.com.
Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a Bordeaux Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Chris Beck performs county and rock ‘n’ roll. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).
Solo Act - Robert Garcia performs acoustic versions of music from the 1970s from 2-5 p.m. at Waterside Grill. No cover charge. 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida.
Auto Market - Muscle Car City hosts its monthly Auto Flea Market & Car Corral from 7 a.m. -1 p.m. 3811 Tamiami Trl. 575-5959 or musclecarcity.net/.
Poetry Reading - Poet Jack Anderson presents a reading and a discussion of his work at 2 p.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.
Farmers Market - The Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at History Park, 501 Shreve St. Shop for vegetables, bakery, meats, seafood, plants, gifts and antiques. When the market closes, guided tours by Miss Starr of the gardens are available. $5 suggested donation includes a plant to take home. 639-1887.
Live Music - Gary & Kerri perform from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. No cover charge, but donations of canned goods and nonperishable food items are welcome for the food bank. 9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-3474.
Rock Out - American Made performs from 2-5 p.m. at the Lighthouse Bar and Grill. 260 Maryland, Englewood. 282- 1368.
Comedy Show - Sketch comedy group Millennial Fresh performs at 8 p.m. at the Westcoast Black Theatre. The 90-minute revue presents original comedic scenes on marriage, Skyping with extended family, unwanted visitors, advice from elders, astrology, Florida drivers, pregnancy and sexuality. $30 adults; $15 students. 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. 366-1505 or westcoastblacktheatre.org.
Plein Air Painting - The Peace River Painters meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center, 13810 Waterfront Dr., Pine Island. No fees; no instruction. A painting review starts at 11:45 a.m. www.Peaceriverpainters.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Air - North Port Community Radio WKDW-97.5 hosts an open mic for poets, fiction writers, playwrights, storytellers and original practitioners of the written word from 7-9 p.m. on Mondays at the Common Grounds Meeting Hall. Area writing groups, school and college writers and teachers are invited. The format is flexible. Performances are broadcast live. 12735 Tamiami Trl., North Port. www.KDWRadio.com or 564-8739.
Live Music - Jim Daniels performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Spring Concert - The choral program of Port Charlotte Middle School presents a Spring Concert at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. 701 Carmalita St.
Tribute Show - The British Invasion performs a musical tribute to the Beetles at 7:30 p.m. at Visani. $40 for dinner and the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
Free Concert - Jim Daniels performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “The Butterfly” (France, 2003) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130.
Paddle Trip - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a lower Peace River paddle trip from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with Florida Master Naturalist Bill Schuyler. Must provide your own watercraft and wear a PFD. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 763-9248.
Author Event - Author Lee Irby holds a book discussion and signing at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota. His new thriller, “Unreliable,” is a murder mystery. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Reservations recommended: www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.
Open Mic - An open mic night starts at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Common Grounds. Music, stand-up comedy and poetry are welcome. 12735 Tamiami Trail, North Port. 564-8739.
Meditation Program - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents “Meditation for the Soul” from 6-7 p.m. every Wednesday at The Souls Journey. Learn to live a balanced life and share a beautiful guided meditation. Love donations accepted. 4456 Tamiami Trl., Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224.
Live Music - Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Comedy Show - Guinness World Record holder The Midnight Swinger performs today through Saturday at Visani. Show times vary. Tickets start at $10. 2400 Kings Hwy. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
Karaoke Night - Jeannie Smyth, the blues and jazz lady, hosts karaoke from 7-9 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.
Redfish Tourney - Ingman Marine presents Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity’s ninth annual “Hooked on Habitat” Redfish Tournament on May 6. The event includes more than $5,500 in prize money, plus a captain’s dinner by Peace River Seafood, lunch by the Crab House, signature T-shirts, a raffle and more. $350 per boat includes (up to three anglers). www.charlottecountyhfh.org or 639-3162.
VAC Exhibit - The Visual Arts Center presents the “Primavera” exhibit through April. The spring exhibit features lively, floral and fresh two-dimensional pieces on display through April. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.
Wine Tasting - Catania’s Winery LLC holds wine tastings from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 524 Paul Morris Dr., Englewood. email@example.com or 475-7553.
Ringling Exhibit - The “Territories: Photography, Space, and Power” exhibit is on display through May 14 at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The exhibit explores the myriad ways in which spaces are claimed through cultural forces and political power. $25 general admission includes the museum, special exhibitions, Circus Museum and bayfront gardens. 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.
Art Classes - The Painted Cabana offers art classes in Mermaids, Seahorses, Palm Pod Fish, Best CocoNuts, Painted Glasses, Mixed Media, Painted Bottles and more. 16500 Burnt Store Rd., Ste. 110, Punta Gorda www.thepaintedcabana.com or (239) 986-2273.
New Exhibit - A new interactive exhibit tells the history of the Boca Grande bridge and demonstrates the original bridge mechanics as well as the state of the art electronics of the recently opened new bridge. The exhibit can be viewed at the Boca Grande Historical Society, 170 Park Ave., Boca Grande, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call for Saturday hours: 964-1600.
Public Events - Lion’s Den Restaurant at Kingsgate Golf & Country Club offers 2-for-1 happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. An all-you-can-eat fish fry is held on Fridays for $9.95. 24000 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. 625-0680.
Private tours - Ca’ d’Zan Private Places Tours are offered daily at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The 45-minute tour takes participants to the mansion’s private places and docent share stories about the world’s richest people who once visited the landmark. The tour is not included with museum admission. $20 public; $10 members. 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.
Wine Bar - The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar offers “It’s 5:00 Somewhere!” Wine Tastings from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday. Tastings are $15 per person; $25 per couple. Wine Flight is $15 per person, with four wines. 4069 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com. ¦
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