WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
The Charlotte Players sponsor the SunCoast Mummers String Band at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Cultural Center Theater. More than 40 musicians and costumed Strutters bring a taste of Philadelphia and the famous Mummers Parade to Port Charlotte. $15. 625-4175, ext. 220, or www.charlotteplayers.org.
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¦ Love, Sex and the IRS - By the
Charlotte Players at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-28,
Cultural Center Theater. 625-4175, ext. 221
¦ Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The
Park - At Cultural Park Theatre, Cape
Coral, through Jan. 15. (239) 772-5862.
¦ Rock of Ages - At the Barbara B.
Mann Performing Arts Hall through Jan. 15.
(800) 440-7469 or www.bbmanpah.com.
¦ Me and My Girl - By the Broadway
Palm Dinner Theatre through Feb. 11. (239)
¦ The Year of Magical Thinking
- By the Florida Repertory Theatre Florida
Repertory Theatre Studio Series through
Feb. 4. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.
¦ God of Carnage - At the Florida
Repertory Theatre through Jan. 31. (239)
332-4488 or www.floridareporg.
¦ One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
Nest - By Laboratory Theater of Florida at
8 p.m. Jan. 13-28 at 1634 Woodford Ave. 218-
0481 or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
Thursday, Jan. 12
¦ Kid Dynamite - Stand-up comic Jimmie Walker perform tonight through Saturday at Visani Comedy Theater. 2400 Kings
Highway. 629-9191 or www.visaninet.
¦ Photo Adventure - The Manatee-
Sarasota Sierra Group meets at 7 p.m. at the
Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts,
for a presentation of “Trekking in the High
Himalayas” by Rob Bopp. 366-9596
¦ Ultra-Cool Show - Jimmy Mazz and
Patrick Tobin portray Frank Sinatra and
Dean Martin in “One for the Road” at 7 p.m.
at the Cultural Center Theater. $13-$15. 2280
Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 221 or 222.
¦ Music Session - The Gilchrist Park
Music Jam Session takes place from 6-10
p.m. every Thursday at 400 W. Retta Esplanade. Join in or listen to diverse musical
offerings of guitar, bluegrass, jazz, folk and
country music. 661-5622.
¦ Dinner Music - Vito Ameruoso performs from 6-8 p.m. at the Lions Den Restaurant at the Kings Gate Golf Club. 24000
Rampart Blvd. 625-0680, ext. 5.
¦ Live Music - Freemont John performs
from 6-9 p.m. center stage at Fishermen’s
Friday, Jan. 13
¦ Burlesque Show - The Cultural
Center presents “Best of Burlesque” at 7
p.m. Enjoy an evening of authentic burlesque style entertainment. $13-$15. 2280
Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 221 or 222.
¦ Food & Wine - The Annual Food &
Wine Weekend is set for today through
Sunday at the Gasparilla Inn & Club on
Boca Grande. Learn the cooking techniques of leading chefs, taste wines from
the world’s most famous regions and
experience delectable cuisine. 964-4500.
¦ Cancer Fundraiser - The American Cancer Society’s 17th annual Cattle
Barons’ Ball starts at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Enjoy a black-tie affair with food,
auctions and music. 627-3000, ext. 3805.
¦ Wine Tasting - D’Vines hosts a CA
Madness Wine Tasting Event from 7-9
p.m. with an acoustic jam with Darrell B at
8 p.m. 701 JC Center Ct.627-WINE (9463).
¦ Free Concert - Patchouli performs
from 5-9 p.m. center stage at Fishermen’s Village. 639-8721.
¦ Live Music - Zombie performs at
Joe Cracker Sportsgrille,1020 El Jobean
¦ Town Tours - Almost every Friday
through to May 2012, the Punta Gorda
Chamber of Commerce offers Discovery Punta Gorda tours by boat/trolley
combo or just trolleys. The two combo
tours depart Fishermen’s Village at 1:30
p.m. and 3 p.m. with the trolley-only
tour departing at 3 p.m. 639-3720.
¦ Quilting Group - The Peace River
Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. 833-4477.
¦ Soul Band - The Blues Brothers
Soul Band performs at the Boca Grande
Community Center, 131 First St., Boca
Grande. $45. Royal Palm Players. 964-
2670 or www.RoyalPalmPlayers.com.
Saturday, Jan. 14
¦ The Casinos - Ken Brady’s Original Casinos take the stage at 7 p.m. at the
Cultural Center Theater. Enjoy 90 minutes
of classic songs from the ‘’60s. $19.
2280 Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 221 or 222.
¦ Hypnosis Show - The Charlotte
Players present “The Mentalist Hypnosis Show,” starring Dr. Wil Horton, The
Mind Master, at 7:30 p.m. at the Langdon
Playhouse. Join the fun and maybe be
part of the show. $15. 255-1022.
¦ Art Party - An Art Party runs from
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Artisans’ Atelier
at Herald Court. Enjoy art demos, free
hot dogs and live entertainment by Joli
and Andre. Bring a canned good or nonperishable food item to be donated to
New Operation Cooper Street’s food
pantry. FGCU’s Herald Court campus
also holds an open house for its Renaissance Academy. 735-1054.
¦ Movie Time - Rock out to Madonna, Michael Jackson and the Clash and
enjoy the film “Desperately Seeking
Susan” from 2-5 p.m. at the Mid-County
Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson.
¦ Free Yoga - Enjoy a free yoga class
at 1 p.m. at Yoga at Periwinkle Place,
2605 Tamiami Trail. Donations go to
the Samaly Mam Foundation to support
the fight against human trafficking. 380-
5845 or email@example.com.
¦ Wading Adventure - The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
offers free shallow-water wading adventures at 9:30 a.m. today and Jan. 28 at
Ponce De Leon Park at the west end of
Marion Avenue. 575-5435.
¦ Dance Night - Dance with New
Heights performing doo wop harmony
from 7-10 p.m. at the Harbor Heights
Civic Center, 2530 Harour Dr. Bring
refreshments; ice is provided. $10.
629-1075 or newheightsdoowop@gmail.
¦ Fight Night - King of the Harbor -
Amateur MMA Fighting starts at 8 p.m.
at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference
Center. $30-$60. (239) 896-2359 or
¦ Golf Event - The Heron Creek
Community Foundation holds its second annual Golf Tournament/ Fundraiser at Heron Creek Golf & Country
Club, 3401 Sumter Blvd, North Port. The
Shotgun Start Tee Time is 12:30 p.m.,
but there will be other festivities such
as the putting contest starting at 10:30
¦ MLK Breakfast - The annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, sponsored by The Blanchard House Museum,
is set for 7:45-10:15 a.m. at Punta Gorda
Middle School. The keynote speaker is
Dr. Anthony Dixon. $12. 575-7518.
¦ Dining & Mayhem - The Visual
Arts Center presents “Murder at Pieceful Lake,” an unusual murder mystery
featuring members of the Twisted
Threadz, at 11 a.m. $25. 210 Maud St. 639-
8810 or www.visualartcenterorg.
¦ Photography Tours - Photography tours of Babcock Ranch take place
at 8 a.m. today, Feb. 11 and March 10.
ecosystems and a working cattle ranch.
$39.95. (800) 500-5583 or www.babcockwilderness.com.
¦ Live Tunes - John Friday perform from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator.
9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy.
¦ Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a
favorites wine tasting event from 7-9
p.m. with rock ’n’ roll by Tony O at 8
p.m. 701 JC Center Ct. 627-WINE (9463).
¦ Cajun Tunes - The Yard Dogs Carol
& Johnnie perform from 5-9 p.m. center
stage at Fishermen’s Village. 639-8721.
¦ Dinner Music - Gary Petrin performs from 6-8 p.m. at the Lions Den
Restaurant at the Kings Gate Golf Club.
24000 Rampart Blvd. 625-0680, ext. 5.
¦ Wood Crafting - The Peace River
Woodturners meet from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
at the Charlotte County Cultural Center Community Room. 2280 Aaron St.,
Port Charlotte. 743-5140.
¦ Farmers Market - A farmers market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. 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.
Sunday, Jan. 15
¦ Tribute Artist - Roy Orbison tribute
artist Jesse Aron performs at 2 and 7 p.m.
today and Sunday at the Cultural Center Theater. Joining him is “American Idol” finalist
Kalee Coyle. $16-$18. 625-4175, ext. 221 or 222.
¦ Live Music - Capt. Josh and Banjody
perform from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator.
9700 SW Riverview Cir., Lake Suzy. 627-FISH.
¦ Farmers Market - The Punta
Gorda Historical Society has a farmers
market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sunday
in History Park, 501 Shreve Street. Vendors can call 380-6814 or e-mail Ldesguin@hotmail.com.
Monday, Jan. 16
¦ Movie Night - The Dinner and a
Movie at the Trabue Restaurant, sponsored by the Visual Arts Center, features
an all-local film program. This regular
third Monday night event is part of the
center’s Peace River Film Festival. The
films are free; RSVP to 639-0900. 258 W.
¦ Painting Group - The VAC Plein
Air Group meets from 9 a.m.-noon, location TBA. 627-2770, 639-8810 or www.
¦ Play Bells - The Joyful Ringers
handbell choir rehearses from 4-6 p.m.
Mondays in the Music Suite at North
Port High School, 6400 W. Price Blvd.
¦ Dance Classes - Professional
dance instructors Frank and Donna
Alsip have classes starting at 6 p.m.
at the Punta Gorda Historical Society
Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St. Learn
American and Latin dance styles. 473-
5468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Singing Time - The North Port
Chorale rehearses from 6:30-9 p.m. on
Mondays in the Music Suite of the
North Port High School, 6400 W. Price
Blvd. 423-7335 or www.northportchorale. info.
¦ Film Event - It’s TGIM for the Fort
Myers Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art
Center in downtown Fort Myers. Learn
how films are selected for the event and
intellectualize with the indie film community, assorted guests, and host Eric
Raddatz. (239) 810-6323.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
¦ Art Event - The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County holds
an Emerging Artists’ Reception from
5-7 p.m. at the Mid-County Regional
Library. All Charlotte County artists
interested in exhibiting at Art in Public
Places sites are invited to attend and
are asked to RSVP to the Council office,
764-8100 or email@example.com.
¦ Book Discussion - Dr. Roger H.
Strube discusses and signs his book,
“Discovering the Cause and the Cure
for America’s Health Care Crisis” from
11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Isles
Civic Association, 2003 Shreve St. www.
pgica.org or 637-1655.
¦ Wood Art - The Charlotte County
Woodcarvers Club meets from 8 a.m.-
noon at the Punta Gorda Boat Club, 802
W. Retta Esplanade. 505-4246 or 639-1947.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
¦ Art Project - The Franz Ross Park
YMCA 50+ Hi-Y’er Club hosts a special
hands-on “Pottery Project” at 1:15 p.m. at
the YMCA facility on Quesada Avenue
in Port Charlotte. Liz Weisiger, owner of
Bisque IT Studio demonstrates “stamping on ceramic” techniques. 629-9622.
¦ Wine Tasting - D’Vines holds a Big
Bold Reds Wine Tasting from 6-9 p.m.
with music by Darrel B. 701 JC Center
Ct. 627-WINE (9463).
¦ Art Event - The downtown Punta
Gorda Gallery Walk runs from 5-8 p.m.
Jan. 19 in the historic district. Enjoy a
lively gathering of artists and musicians
plus shops and tasty fare. 639-3720.
¦ Boat Show - The Charlotte County
Boat Show runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jan. 19-22 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds. 629-4252.
¦ Concert Series - The next show
in the 2011-12 SteveFest Concert Series
takes place on Jan. 20 at the Punta
Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with music
starting at 7. Performers include Still
Friends and bluesman Ben Prestage. $12.
¦ Variety Music - The Charlotte
Chorale hosts the King’s Brass at 4 p.m.
Jan. 21 at the Center for the Performing
Arts, 701 Carmalita St. This is the chorale’s main fundraiser for the 2011-2012
season and features a sing-along. $20
adults, $10 students. 204-0033.
¦ Home & Garden - A Home &
Show runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan.
21-22 at the Charlotte Harbor Event &
Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. (866)
¦ Art Fest - The 15th annual Sullivan
Street Craft Festival is set for 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. Jan. 21-22 along Punta Gorda’s
Sullivan Street. www.artfestival.com or
¦ Wine Event - The Gilded Grape
hosts a January Customer Appreciation
and Wine Tasting from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 21.
Enjoy karaoke under the stars. $5 cover.
235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.
¦ Craft Event - The Punta Gorda
Sullivan Street Craft Festival is set for
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 21-22 along Sullivan
Street. Enjoy work by 150 crafters from
30 different states. (561) 746-6615.
¦ Dance Class - Enjoy a country
two-step class and open dance from 7-9
p.m. Jan. 21 at the PGICA. BYOB and a
snack to share. $10. 637-1655.
¦ Art Fundraiser - The Visual Arts
Center Endowment Trust Board sponsors
Palette to Palate at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the
Visual Arts Center. Enjoy fine art and a
four-course dinner. Centerpieces designed
by 13 artists are for sale and on display
until Jan. 27. Buy tickets at 210 Maud St.
$140. 276-6713 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Fashion Show - The Arts &
Humanities Council of Charlotte County presents the Expressions Fashion
Show at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Visani
Comedy Club, 2400 Kings Hwy. $30.
The event benefits the Arts & Humanities Council’s Art Therapy Program for
Dementia Suffers. 764-8100.
¦ Handbag Workshops - The Visual Arts Center’s Bag Ladies group has
four handbag workshops coming up.
Dates are Jan. 21 and 25 and Feb. 4 and
14. The cost is $15 per workshop or all
four for $50. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or
¦ Big Band Series - The Charlotte
County Big Band performs another concert in its “Swingin’ On Mondays” series
at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Cultural Center
Theater. The Charlotte High School Jazz
Ensemble also performs and benefits
from a raffle drawing. 2280 Aaron St.
Reserved seats are $9. 625-4175, ext. 221
¦ Senior Expo - The 23rd annual
Senior Expo is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan.
24-25 at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center, 75 Taylor St. 833-5444. ¦
¦ Pasta & Baskets - A Church Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Auction are
set for Jan. 21 at the Episcopal Church
of the Good Shepherd in Punta Gorda.
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m., followed
by dinner and an auction of creative
baskets designed, created and filled by
church members at 7 p.m. $10 adults;
free for 12 and under. 401 W. Henry St.
¦ Crimes of the Heart - At the
Charlotte Performing Arts Center Jan.
26-29. 701 Carmalita St. 204-0033.
¦ Glass Exhibit - “American Studio Glass: Fifty Years of Extraordinary
Achievement” is on view in the Richard
and Barbara Basch Gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design today
through March 24. The exhibition of
more than 30 works features some of the
major figures in the American Studio
Glass movement. 2363 Bradenton Rd.,
¦ Art Exhibit - Local watercolor artist
Maryann Artesani displays her works at
the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Gallery during the month of January.
1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd.
¦ Photo Exhibit - The 23rd annual
Photo Arts Expo runs through Jan. 26
at the Visual Arts Center. 210 Maud St.
639-8810 or www.visualartcenterorg.
¦ New Exhibit - The Goff Gallery
exhibit runs through Jan. 19 at the Visual
Arts Center, featuring the work of Marilyn Howard Flinn, Dorothy Sherwood,
Sally Tappy and Margaret Egli. 639-8810.
¦ Floral Art - See “Fabulous Florals”
by Punta Gorda artist Carroll Davis at
Sunart Gallery through mid-January. 307
Taylor St. 639-3956 or www.sunartgallery.net.
¦ Holiday Exhibit - The Charlotte
County Historical Center presents the
traveling exhibit “Holiday Traditions in
Florida” through Jan. 28. 22959 Bayshore
Rd. 629-PAST (7278).
¦ Plant Sale - A Native and Florida
Friendly Plant Sale runs from 9 a.m.-2:30
p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays throughout
the winter season at CHEC’s Alligator
Creek Preserve, 10942 Burnt Store Rd.
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