2017-05-25 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


Venice Theatre presents “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” June 4 and 5. The play takes place from 1942-45 in Terezin, a Jewish ghetto outside Prague, and is told through the eyes of one of the few child survivors, Raja Englanderova. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are followed by a talk back with the cast and crew. $12. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115. Venice Theatre presents “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” June 4 and 5. The play takes place from 1942-45 in Terezin, a Jewish ghetto outside Prague, and is told through the eyes of one of the few child survivors, Raja Englanderova. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are followed by a talk back with the cast and crew. $12. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115. THEATER

I Never Saw Another Butterfly - By Venice Theatre June 4 and 5. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are followed by a talk back with the cast and crew. $12. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

Naming True - By Urbanite Theatre June 9-July 2. Curtain is 8 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 1487 Second St., Sarasota. www.urbanitetheatre.com or 321-1397.

Las Vegas ... Under the Neon Lights - By Venice Theatre, featuring theater arts partnership students from Loveland Village, June 1-4 on the MainStage. Curtain is 7 p.m. Thursday- Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. $22. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. 488-1115 or www.venicestage.com.


The Heartland Bluegrass Bash starts at 1 p.m. May 27 in the rec hall at Craig’s RV Resort. This month’s featured bands are Blue Grit, If & When, and the Heartland Jam Band (pictured). Bluegrass jams take place Friday and Saturday night. Free for members; $7 for non-members. 7895 NE Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. — heartlandbluegrass.org The Heartland Bluegrass Bash starts at 1 p.m. May 27 in the rec hall at Craig’s RV Resort. This month’s featured bands are Blue Grit, If & When, and the Heartland Jam Band (pictured). Bluegrass jams take place Friday and Saturday night. Free for members; $7 for non-members. 7895 NE Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. — heartlandbluegrass.org Beatsville: The Beatnik Musical - By Asolo Rep through May 28 in the Mertz Theatre in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $26. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351- 8000 or www.asolorep.org.

Dearly Departed - By Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe through May 27. 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 366-1505 or westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Clue the Musical - By Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through June 24. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-278- 4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

55 and Over - By Laboratory Theater of Florida May 26-28. Curtain is 8 p.m. May 26-27 and 2 p.m. May 28. $15 adults; $10 seniors, military and students. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. 239-218-0481 or http://www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

THURSDAY 5.25

Book Club - The Mysteries to Die For Book Club, led by Elsie Souza, meets at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1 Sarasota. This month’s selection is “Little Face” by Sophie Hannah. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 is required for participation. 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.


Get to the bottom of it with “Clue the Musical” at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through June 24. 1380 Colonial Blvd. — BroadwayPalm.com Get to the bottom of it with “Clue the Musical” at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through June 24. 1380 Colonial Blvd. — BroadwayPalm.com Art Reception - The Visual Arts Center hosts an opening reception for the “Water, Water, Everywhere” and the “Different Strokes” exhibitions at 5 p.m. The water exhibit runs through June 15 and the watercolor exhibit runs through June 28. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.

Pertinent Films - Four films made between 1974 and 1981 are screened from 1-3 p.m. today and June 1, 8 and 15 at FGCU. See the movies and join a discussion about their relevance decades after their release. The series kicks off today with “Reds.” 117 Herald Court, #211, Punta Gorda. Class Code: HC1478. Cost: $5 individual; $17 (series of five). 505-0130 or https://registerra.fgcu.edu/.


Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd performs at 8 p.m. at Germain Arena. $31-$45. — germainarena.com Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd performs at 8 p.m. at Germain Arena. $31-$45. — germainarena.com Art Event - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents a Gallery Walk & Talk titled “Nevertheless, She Persisted” at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Join museum staff for a bite-size program that focuses on strong women. Wearing pink is encouraged. Free with admission; tickets are required. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Comedy Show - Ron Feingold performs today through Saturday at Visani. Show times vary. Tickets start at $8. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Live Music - Paul Roush performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

FRIDAY 5.26

Free Film - The Fourth Friday Free Movie, “A Day Without a Mexican,” is presented by Women Against Racism & Discrimination at 1 p.m. at the FGCU Renaissance Academy. A discussion moderated by Mari Usera follows. Snacks and beverages are available. 117 Herald Court. 380-2408 or justmarilyndc@gmail.com.

Black Box Cinema - The Langdon Playhouse begins showing first-run films that would otherwise not be seen in Charlotte County today through Sunday. The new state-of-the-art projection system will exhibit movies 30-40 weekends per year. A concession stand is available. Costs and schedule are coming soon. 1182 Market Circle 255-1022.

Quilt Group - The Peace River Quilt Guild meets from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. The group accepts guests April through December only. 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda. www.peaceriverquilters.org.

Free Concerts - Michael Hirst performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. The Dick Voss Duo performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Benefit Concert - Steve Widmeyer, “One Voice, One Guitar,” performs from 7-10 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. Proceeds benefit the Peace River Wildlife Center. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

Weekly Dance - A Friday Night Dance is held weekly from 7-10 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $7. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com.

Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a Maureen’s Favorites Wine Tasting Event from 7-9 p.m. Chris Beck performs country and rock at 7 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

SATURDAY 5.27

Bluegrass Music - The Heartland Bluegrass Bash starts at 1 p.m. in the air-conditioned rec hall at Craig’s RV Resort. This month’s featured bands are Blue Grit, If & When, and the Heartland Jam Band. Bluegrass jams take place Friday and Saturday night. Free for members; $7 for non-members. Camping is available for $20 per night. 7895 NE Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. 467-2051, www.heartlandbluegrass.org or heartlandbluegrass@gmail.com.

Nature Paddle - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Myakkahatchee Creek paddle trip in North Port from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The trip involves portaging and requires good skills. Must provide your own watercraft and wear a PFD. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 423-2713.

Summer Fun - The Downtown Bash runs from 5-9 p.m. at Olympia Avenue and Taylor Street. The event includes live entertainment, food and beverages. Free admission. 639-3720.

Actress & Singer - Tony Award®- winning superstar Idina Menzel takes the stage at 7 p. m.at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The performance includes classic pop, musical theater favorites and the singer’s favorites. $61- $186. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368.

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 & Karaoke - Jeannie Smyth, “Jeannie, Jeannie the Entertainment Queen,” performs blues and jazz from 7-10 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

Live Music - The Hatley Band performs 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 Circle, Lake Suzy. 627-3474.

Live Music - Danny Beach performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a Taste of Europe Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Claire Lane performs patriotic favorites at 7 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

SUNDAY 5.28

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 Circle, Lake Suzy. 627-3474.

Live Music - Michael Hirst performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Solo Act - Robert Garcia performs acoustic versions of music from the 1970 from 2-5 p.m. at Waterside Grill. No cover charge. 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida.

MONDAY 5.29

Kayak Trip - GAEA guides lead a Shell Creek kayak tour from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. $40, includes all supplies. For reservations: gaeaguides.com or (239) 694-5513.

Plein Air Painting - The Peace River Painters meet at 8:30 a.m. at Stump Pass Beach State Park, 900 Gulf Blvd., Englewood. No fees; no instruction. A painting review starts at 11:45 a.m. www.Peaceriverpainters.com or peaceriverpainters@gmail.com.

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 Trail, North Port. www.KDWRadio.com or 564-8739.

Car Show - The Vintage Motor Car Club of America holds a car show from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Live Music - Michael Hirst performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

TUESDAY 5.30

Comedy Show - Visani presents round one of First Comic Standing at 8 p.m. at Visani. Subsequent rounds are set for June 13, July 25 and Aug. 22. Free admission. 2400 Kings Highway. 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.

Photo Class - Spencer Pullen teaches Digital Photography I from 1-4 p.m. today and June 6 at the Englewood Art Center. The class teaches fundamental photography principles and features classroom learning and field experience. $125 EAC members; $160 non-members. 350 S. McCall Road, Englewood. 474- 5548 or eac@ringling.edu.

Book Discussion - Elsie’s Book Club, led by Elsie Souza, meets at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1 Sarasota. This month’s book is “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 is required for participation. 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.

Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “Mid-August Lunch” (Italy, 2008) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130.

WEDNESDAY 5.31

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 Trail, Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224.

Wine & Music - D’Vines holds Wine Away Wednesday every week. Starting at 5 p.m. all wines by the glass receive a pull-tab offer. Claire Lane of Ramrod fame performs. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

Live Music - Michael Hirst performs from noon-3 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee at Fishermen’s Village. Rita Beach performs from 4-7 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639- 8721 or www.fishville.com.

Improv Comedy - Comedians Mutzie and Roy Haber perform tonight through Saturday at Visani. Show times vary. Tickets start at $8. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Blues & Jazz - Enjoy karaoke with Jeannie Smyth, the Blues and Jazz Lady, from 7-9 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

UPCOMING

Book Discussion - Hooked On Books is set for 10:30 a.m.-noon June 1 at the Mid-County Regional Library. The group meets to discuss and review recently read books and to share recommendations. Free admission. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 613-3160.

Music & Dancing - The Cultural Center of Charlotte County hosts music and dancing with Erich from 7-10 p.m. on June 2, 9, 16 and 23 in the Conference Center. There is a cash bar and complimentary snacks. $10 per person. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175.

River Cleanup - The Nav-A-Gator Grill & Marina sponsors the 22nd annual Peace River Cleanup at 9 a.m. June 3 at the Nav-A-Gator. A prize is awarded for the most unique/unusual item found. Participants are encouraged to bring a boat, canoe or kayak. Free dockage and slips are available. A “Party With a Purpose” follows from 2-5 p.m. with live music. Cover charge is canned goods and non-perishable food items. 9700 SW Riverview Circle, Lake Suzy. 627-3474.

Day Trip - The Lifelong Learning Institute hosts a day trip, “A Day at the Ringling,” from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 15. The outing includes a Daredevil circus performance, a visit to the Circus Museum and Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, plus lunch in The Muse at the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art. The trip leaves from FSW, 26300 Airport Road. All-inclusive fees are $80 members and $95 for non-members. Registration deadline is June 6. To register: 637-3533.

Rummage Sale - St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart Conference, in Punta Gorda, holds a rummage sale from 8-11 a.m. June 3 at its distribution center at 25200 Airport Road. The sale features a variety of items, including household goods, furniture, clothing, jewelry, linens, shoes, purses, toys and books. Proceeds help families in need. Rain date: June 10.

ONGOING

Art Exhibit - The Visual Arts Center presents “Different Strokes” through June 28. The exhibit features an assortment of watercolor, digital art and pottery by member artists in the Goff Gallery. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 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 Drive, Englewood. www.cataniaswinery@yahoo.com or 475-7553.

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 Road, 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 Road, 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 Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

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