2017-03-16 / Arts & Entertainment News


“Shades of Bublé” will play at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda. 
COURTESY PHOTO “Shades of Bublé” will play at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda. COURTESY PHOTO Monologues recount the impact of race

A variety of “Racial Monologues,” personal vignettes about how race has impacted one’s life, will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte.

Amateur actors will read these moving and rarely told stories written by a diverse sampling of local (anonymous) residents. Vignettes will be compiled into a book that will be on sale at the performance. For more information, call 629-4313.

Bluegrass takes center stage at two events

Southwind Bluegrass Band takes the stage from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Punta Gorda History Park, 501 Shreve St., Punta Gorda. Bring lawn chairs to this outdoor event. A $5 per person donation and one canned good for the food bank is requested.

For more information, call 626-5399 or visit www.southwindbluegrassband.com or email rbarrett@embarqmail.com.

That should whet your appetite for an entire weekend of bluegrass jams topped off by three top-rated regional bands performing in concert at this month’s Heartland Bluegrass Bash. The two-day event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, at Craig’s RV Resort, 7895 NE Cubitis Ave., Arcadia.

This month’s bash features Southwind Bluegrass Band, Gulf Breeze Bluegrass and the Heartland Jam Band. The concert begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the outdoor shaded pavilion at Craig’s RV. Bring lawn chairs for seating.

The Heartland Bluegrass Bash takes place the fourth weekend every month (the fifth weekend in December) all year long.

Admission to the Heartland Bluegrass Bash concert is free for members of the Heartland Bluegrass Association. A $7 per person donation is requested for non-members. The membership fee to join the Heartland Bluegrass Association is $25 per household per year.

Come for the day to Craig’s RV Resort or bring your RV for the entire weekend and join in the bluegrass jams on Friday and Saturday nights. The camping fee at Craig’s is $20 a night with electric and water hookups, and $5 a night for no-hookup campsites. There will be a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call 467-2051 or visit www.HeartlandBluegrass.org or email HeartlandBluegrass@gmail.com.

“Shades of Bublé” comes to Punta Gorda

The Burnt Store Presbyterian Church concert series finale features the tribute show “Shades of Bublé” on Monday, March 20. This three-man group will sing the standards from Frank Sinatra to Lou Rawls, as well as bring to the stage the popular Michael Bublé originals.

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited; there are no reserved seats. Tickets are $20 and are available at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. For more information, contact the church office at 639- 0001 during normal business hours.

Bestselling author speaks at Copperfish Books

New York Times bestselling author B.A. Shapiro comes to Copperfish Books at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, to talk about her latest book, “The Muralist” (now in paperback), published by Algonquin Books. Ms. Shapiro is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Art Forger,” and her latest novel is a thrilling story of art, history, love and politics that traces the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II.

Ms. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, four screenplays and a nonfiction book. “The Art Forger” has been on many bestseller lists — including the New York Times, Boston Globe and LA Times — and has won many awards, including the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction.

To reserve a seat, call 205-2560 or email copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

The event will be held at Copperfish Books, 103 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. There is no charge to attend. Additional information is available at www.copperfishbooks.com.

Freegal music service available at library

All Charlotte County Libraries are now offering Freegal, an online service that will allow patrons access to music and music videos. Freegal offers all genres of music and adds new releases constantly. Patrons login to Freegal using their library card number and pin. Charlotte County library patrons will be able to download three songs per week and stream three hours of music each day. The music contained in Freegal can be used simultaneously by all patrons at one time; there are no checkouts. Patrons will also be able to create and save their playlists, and Freegal works with multiple devices. Freegal apps are available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. ¦

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