WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
The Full Monty - By the Charlotte Players Feb. 24-March 5 at the Cultural Center Theater. $26 adults; $13 students. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 220, or www.theculturalcenter.org.
The Drunken City - By the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Feb. 21-March 12. The show previews in the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 with a special “Pay What You Can Performance.” $28 matinee; $29 evening. 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.
Born Yesterday - By Asolo Repertory Theatre through April 15. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.
The Piano Lesson - By Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe through Feb. 18 at the WBTT Theater. Curtain is 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. $39.50 adults; $22 students and active military. 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. 366-1505) or westcoastblacktheatre.org.
The Great Society - By Asolo Repertory Theatre through April 2. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.
The Originalist - By Asolo Repertory Theatre through March 7. 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. 351-8000 or www.asolorep.org.
Burn This - By Laboratory Theater of Florida at 8 p.m. Feb. 16-18 and 23-25 and 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 25. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. (239) 218-0841 or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
Shear Madness - By Florida Repertory Theatre through March 12 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.
The Savannah Sipping Society - By the Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through March 4. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.
Anything Goes - By Broadway Palm Theatre Feb. 16-April 1. 1380 Colonial Blvd. , Fort Myers. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - By Theatre Conspiracy Feb. 24-March 11 at the Alliance for the Arts Foulds Theater. A talk-back with Director Sonya McCarter and cast follows the March 5 performance. $24 adults; $11 students. 10091 McGregor Blvd. , Fort Myers. (239) 936-3239 or www.theatreconspiracy.org.
To Kill a Mockingbird - By Florida Repertory Theatre through March 8 in the historic Arcade Theater. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.
Masterworks - The Southwest Florida Symphony continues its 56th season of Masterworks with “Let’s Dance!,” featuring New York Phil violist Gilad Karni, at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers. A conductor-led pre-concert lecture starts at 7 p.m. 13350 FSW Pkwy. $27- $87. www.swflso.org or (239) 418-1500.
GCS Pops - Gulf Coast Symphony presents “Gotta Dance!” at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers. A Pre-Pops Dinner starts at 5 p.m. in the Judd Pavilion. $30; tickets sold separately. 13350 FSW Pkwy. (239) 481-4849 or http://gulfcoastsymphony.org.
Art Event - “Alive After 5” runs from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Punta Gorda. The monthly art event features exhibits and demos plus live music, an Artists Village and Indie Market, food trucks and drink samplings. Free admission and parking. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tribute Show - Marty Haggard performs in “My Dad,” a tribute to his late father, Merle Haggard, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. Mystic River Band opens. $22-$35. 2280 Aaron St. www.sunevents.com.
Big Band - The Ingroov Big Band performs from 2-4 p.m. in Centennial Hall at the Cultural Center. $2 admission. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175.
Art Class - Wayne Harsherberger teaches a class in stone sculpting from 6-9 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center. $40. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.
Quilting Class - A quilting class for all levels is taught from 9 a.m.- noon on Thursdays through today at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $77 members; $85 non-members. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com.
Tap Lessons - Tazzap I Tap and Jazz Intermediate are taught from 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays through today at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $22 members; $30 non-members. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com.
Live Music - Trop Country, featuring Jamie & Dave, performs from 6-9 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.
One-Man Show - Greg Morton performs tonight through Saturday at The Comedy Zone at Visani. Tickets start at $10. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
Free Concerts - Leslie DaCosta performs from noon-3 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee at Fishermen’s Village. Vladimir Gorodkin performs on the tsimbaly from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the third section of the mall. Danny Beach performs from 3-6 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Country Sounds - “Country Legends in Time,” with Frankie and Donna, starts at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. The show pays tribute to Patsy Cline, Johnny and June Cash, Roy Orbison and more. $17. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175, ext. 221.
Quilt Show - Peace River Quilters holds its 14th Biennial Quilt Show today and Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The event includes vendors, a Boutique & Book Nook, 300 judged quilt entries, raffle baskets, a café and more. $7 one day; $12 both days. 75 Taylor Road. (904) 955-8321 or 2017QuiltShow@gmail.com.
Musical Revival - “Pippin” soars into the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. The new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. The show features acrobatics, magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of “Wicked.” $36-$86. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368.
Acrobatic Theater - The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art launches the next phase of its New Stages series with New Sincerity, featuring artists who seek to redefine the parameters of performance and contemporary art. The series kicks off with acrobatic theater artists Wise Fool New Mexico performing SEESAW at 7:30 and 9 p.m. in the Museum of Art Courtyard $18-$30. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 360-7399 or www.ringling.org/events/ series/new-stages.
Jazz Music - The South County Jazz Club presents The Joshua Breakstone Trio from 2-4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. $10 members; $15 non-members. 1971 Pinebrook Rd, Venice. 379-3345.
Variety Show - Burnt Store Presbyterian Church presents “Thank God It’s Variety” at 7 p.m. The show features singers, pianists, banjo and dulcimer players, guitar and handbell players, and accordion, classics and contemporary music and drama. Free, but donations are welcome. 11330 Burnt Store Road. 639-0001 or email@example.com.
Photography Class - Intro to Digital Photography is taught from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays through today at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $48 members; $56 non-members. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com.
Live Music - Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the courtyard at Fishermen’s Village. Chris G performs from 5-9 p.m. in Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts an Only Red Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment is by Tony O, performing Beatles tunes. 701 JC Center Court. 627- WINE (9463).
Quilt Group - The Peace River Quilters meet 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 Drive, Punta Gorda. www.peaceriverquilters.org or 833-4477.
Live Music - Heather Vidal performs from 6-9 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.
Winter Festival - Sarasota Opera presents “The Italian Girl In Algiers,” by Gioachino Rossini, sung in Italian with English supertitles, today, Feb. 21, 23 and 26, and March 3, 8, 18 and 25. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinees are at 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19. 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotaopera.org or 328-1300.
Upbeat Show - The Van-Dells perform at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. The band performs a tribute to music of the 1950s and ’60s that is packed with comedy, choreography and musical hits. $23-$25. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175, ext. 221.
Open House - Lemon Bay Conservancy hosts a free open house at the Wildflower Preserve from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the event includes guided nature walks, displays, presentations and a freshwater wetlands exploration activity. Wildflower is an 80-acre former golf course that is being restored as a wildlife preserve. 3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd., Englewood. 830-8922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Party Band - The Charlotte County Big Band opens for Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes at 6:30 p.m. at the Englewood Event Center. $25-$40. 3069 S. McCall Road, Englewood. www.englewoodeventscenter.com or 270-3324.
Dance Classes - Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance Classes are taught from 10:30-11:30 a.m. through March 18 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $37 members; $45 non-members. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com.
Live Music - Yard Dog Charlie 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.
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.
Live Music - Chris G performs from noon-3:30 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts an Only Whites Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment is by Lou Faust at 7 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).
Big Band - The Charlotte Players present the Florida Brass at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. The band has more than 50 horns in its brass section and 10 members in its drum ensemble. $15. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 220, or www.theculturalcenter.org.
The Summit - The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6 join forces and perform together on their tour, The Summit, at 7 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $36-$86. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368.
Rock Out - American Made performs from 1-4 p.m. at the Port Charlotte Moose Lodge 2121. 3642 Loveland, Port Charlotte. 629-1140.
Literary Preview - Sherra Bobcock gives a presentation on the upcoming literary season for the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State at 2 p.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota. Ms. Babcock, vice president for education at the Chautauqua Institution, offers her insight to the authors who will be presenting their books at Chautauqua. Free, but RSVPs requested. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.
Winter Festival - Sarasota Opera presents “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, sung in Italian with English supertitles, today, Feb. 22, 25 and 28, and March 5, 10, 17, 21 and 25. Matinees are set for Feb. 19 and March 5. The opening night performance begins at 7 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinee performances begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19. 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotaopera.org or 328-1300.
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 - The JP’s 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.
Benefit Show - Laughter Saves Lives presents a comedy night to support Habitat for Humanity and MDA at 7:30 p.m. at Visani. Doors open for dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $20: laughtersaveslives.org. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
Nature Paddle - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Lettuce Lake paddle trip from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. the trip is led by Florida Master Naturalist Rick Fried and includes lunch at the Nav-a-Gator. Participants must provide their own PFD and canoe or kayak. For reservations: 637-8805.
Concert Series - The Burnt Store Presbyterian Church Concert Series presents a Neil Diamond Tribute Show at 7:30 p.m. The award-winning show stars Keith Allynn. Season tickets are $50; individual tickets are $20. 11330 Burnt Store Road. 639-0001 or email@example.com.
Poetry Group - A Poetry Circle runs from 6-8 p.m. at Copperfish Books. Bring a published poem (written by someone other than yourself) to read aloud to the group. This month’s theme is “Poems About Writing Poems.” 103 W. Marion Ave. RSVP to 205-2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slavery Series - The Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County continue their film and performance series on slavery with the “World Slavery: The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music” with noted jazz musician Ray Kamaly at 5:30 p.m. at the Mid-County Library. A discussion follows. Free admission. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. 613-3192.
Plein Air Painting - The Peace River Painters meet at 8:30 a.m. at PG Farms, 31600 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda. A painting review begins at 11:45 a.m. No fees; no instruction. www.Peaceriverpainters.com or email@example.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 Trl., North Port. www.KDWRadio.com or 564-8739.
Kayak Trip - GAEA guides lead a Shell Creek Kayak Tour from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. $40, includes all supplies. For reservations: www.gaeaguides.com or (239) 694-5513.
Free Concerts - The Four Leaf Strummers Banjo Group performs from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. Jim Daniels performs from 2-5 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Tribute Show - Dwight Icenhower and the Blue Suede Review perform a Musical Tribute to Elvis at 7:30 p.m. at Visani. $47.50 for dinner and the show. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
Paddle Trip - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Myrtle Creek paddle trip with Master Naturalist Jim Story from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Must provide your own watercraft, lunch and PFD. Free, but donations are welcome. To reserve space: 642-8851.
Book Discussion - The Mysteries to Die For Book Club, led by Elsie Souza, meets at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota. This month’s selection is “The Case of the Missing Servant” by Tarquin Hall. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1Sarasota is required for participation 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.
Dance Show - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. The show shines a spotlight on social issues and celebrates the birth centennials of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. $36-$96. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953- 3368.
Cantor & Composer - Cantor Lisa Levine performs and discusses a sharing trip to Jewish communities in Cuba from 7-8:30 p.m. at Body and Soul Massage and Therapeutics. Donations requested. 6025 Taylor Road, #5. 421- 4313.
Sierra Meeting - The Charlotte Sierra Club holds its general meeting at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Glenn Compton of Manasota 88 speaks on phosphate issues. The public is welcome. 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. 423-2713.
Comedy Show - The Curve Comedy Club, featuring headliner Devin Siebold, starts at 7 p.m. at The Wyvern Hotel. $10 in advance; $25 at the door. 101 E. Retta Esplanade. firstname.lastname@example.org or (305) 343-2930.
Plant Clinic - Master Gardener Dolly Tomalinas presents “Container Plantings that last!” at 2 p.m. at the PGICA facility. Participants are invited to see examples. Plant questions are answered after the program; bring photos of problems or plants in sealed baggies. 2001 Shreve St.
Free Concerts - Vladimir Gorodkin performs on the tsimbaly from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the third section at Fishermen’s Village. Danny Beach performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court and George Voss performs from 1-4 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee. The Guitar Army performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “Incendies” (Canada, 2010) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130. Funny Granny - Grandma Lee, the grandma with a potty mouth, performs tonight and Wednesday at Visani. Show times vary. Tickets start at $10. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.
Book Discussion - Copperfish Books hosts Cathy Salustri, author of “Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida,” published by the University Press of Florida, at 6:30 p.m. 103 W. Marion Ave. RSVP to 205- 2560 or www.copperfishbooks.com.
Nature Paddle - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a paddle trip from Ponce De Leon Park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Florida Master Naturalists Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler. Participants must provide their own PFD, kayak/canoe and lunch. For reservations: 467-0974 or 763-9248.
Hiking Trip - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a hike at the Lake Placid Unit of the Lake Wales Ridge from 9-11:30 a.m. with Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds. Free, but donations are welcome. 639-7468.
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. near Good Ole Days Coffee and Vladimir Gorodkin performs on the tsimbaly from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the third section of the mall. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts Wine Away Wednesday, with all wines by the glass receiving a pull-tab offer. Customers can try the Manager’s Special Wednesday Wine Flight for $12. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).
Flamenco Show - Eddy Lugo and Somos perform an evening of flamenco at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Mid-County Library. The show includes Spanish music played on the guitar and accompanied by baile (dance). Free admission. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 613-3192.
Piano Phenom - Classical piano star Lang Lang returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 23. $36-$121. 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953- 3368.
Jazz Music - Fishermen’s Village presents a live concert by The Buz Terry Jazz Orchestra from noon-3 p.m. Feb. 24 in the newly remodeled courtyard area. Free admission. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.
One-Woman Show - Actress Janina Birtolo presents “How Sharp the Serpent’s Tooth,” a one-woman show about Cleopatra, at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. Free admission. 2001 Shreve St. 613-3192.
Art Reception - Creations at the Village presents the unveiling of a long-awaited collaboration between two local artists from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 24. Join Creations for “Copper and Clay,” featuring the works of Belinda Duclos and Judi Roth, plus music by Dave Heveron and champagne. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, #C46. 639-6363. ¦
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