2017-04-20 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


The 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Kinky Boots” comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall April 25-30. Show times vary. The show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell. Pictured: Rose Hemingway and Curt Hansen in the National Tour of “Kinky Boots.” $41-$106. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368. 
MATTHEW MURPHY / COURTESY PHOTO The 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Kinky Boots” comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall April 25-30. Show times vary. The show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell. Pictured: Rose Hemingway and Curt Hansen in the National Tour of “Kinky Boots.” $41-$106. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368. MATTHEW MURPHY / COURTESY PHOTO THEATER

I Ought to Be in Pictures - By Lemon Bay Playhouse April 26-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.

Kinky Boots - At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall April 25-30. Show times vary. $41-$106. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, 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 King & I” plays at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall April 26-30. 13350 FSW Pkwy. (239) 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah. “The King & I” plays at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall April 26-30. 13350 FSW Pkwy. (239) 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah. Dearly Departed - By Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe through May 27. 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 366-1505 or westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Theater Auditions - Asolo Rep hosts auditions for a variety of Equity and non-Equity roles in its 2017-18 season from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 23 and from 3-8 p.m. April 24. The theater is casting for all ethnicities and a range of ages, from young children to late 60s. Actors must be available for callbacks in June-August. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For a full list of roles: www.asolorep.org/auditions. literary@asolo.org or 351-9010, ext. 3313.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - By Asolo Repertory Theatre through April 30 in the Cook Theatre. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) 361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.

BO-NITA - By Urbanite Theatre through April 30. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 1487 Second St., Sarasota. www.urbanitetheatre.com or 321-1397.

Blood Brothers - By Venice Theatre through April 23. Performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. $32 adults; $15-$17 students. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. www.venicestage.com or 488-1115.

Things My Mother Taught Me - At Broadway Palm Theatre through April 29. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. (239) 278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.


Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown brings Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. April 20. The show includes songs, comedy, puppets and potentially dangerous food demonstrations. $36-$166. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368. Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown brings Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. April 20. The show includes songs, comedy, puppets and potentially dangerous food demonstrations. $36-$166. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368. The Last Night of Ballyhoo - By Laboratory Theater of Florida through April 30. After the performance on April 20, the theater hosts a talk-back with Holocaust survivor Steen Metz and Florida Weekly journalist Ella Nayor. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. $25 adults; $20 senior/military; $12 students. LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or (239) 218-0481.

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.


The Visual Arts Center presents the “Florida Fruit & Flora” exhibit in the Main Gallery through April 27. 210 Maud St. www.visualartcenter.org or 639-8810. The Visual Arts Center presents the “Florida Fruit & Flora” exhibit in the Main Gallery through April 27. 210 Maud St. www.visualartcenter.org or 639-8810. Doublewide - By Florida Repertory Theatre through May 14 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre, with a previews April 13. 2267 Bay St., Fort Myers. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.

Peter Pan Jr. - By the Alliance for the Arts Youth Theatre April 26-30 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.


Venice Theatre presents “Blood Brothers” through April 23. Performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. $32 adults; $15-$17 students. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. www.venicestage.com or 488-1115. Venice Theatre presents “Blood Brothers” through April 23. Performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. $32 adults; $15-$17 students. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. www.venicestage.com or 488-1115. The Glass Menagerie - At Cultural Park Theater April 21-30. 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.

THURSDAY 4.20

Jazz Concert - The Ingroov Big Band performs swing and big band tunes from 2-4 p.m. in Centennial Hall at the Cultural Center. $2 admission. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175.

Nature Walk - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Footprints Trail nature walk from 8:30-11:30 a.m. with Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 639-7468.

Art Night - Alive After Five (formerly Gallery Walk) runs from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Punta Gorda. Enjoy galleries, exhibitions and demos plus music, dining and shopping. 505-0130. An Artists Village and Indie Market are included. Booth prices are $15 for Charlotte Arts members and $20 for non-members. info@CharlotteArts.org or 764-8100.

Prize Weekend - The Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with its partner the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation, presents the Greenfield Prize weekend today through Sunday. The event features an Artist Talk at 5 p.m. today at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion. Free admission. 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. reservations@hermitageartistretreat.org, 475-2098, ext. 5, or www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

Culinary Show - Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown brings Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. The show includes songs, comedy, puppets and potentially dangerous food demonstrations. $36-$166. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368.

ESP Workshop - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents an “Extrasensory Perception” class from 3-4:30 p.m. at The Souls Journey. Participants learn to understand the hidden meanings of their dreams. $20 nonmembers; $10 members. 4456 Tamiami Trail, Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224. www.LorenzoMarion.com

One-Man Show - Comedian Al Ernst performs tonight through Saturday at The Comedy Zone at Visani. Tickets start at $12. Show times vary. 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 4.21

Prize Weekend - The Greenfield Prize weekend continues with a free talk with Provost Steven Miles at 7:30 p.m. and a world premier of the 2015 Greenfield Prize Commission “Terminals Part II: In Transit” at 8 p.m. at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion. $15 admission. 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. For reservations: https://donate.ncf.edu/newmusictix1617 or by calling NMNC or 487-4888.

Poetry Weekend - The sixth annual PoetryLife Weekend takes place today and Saturday at Florida Studio Theatre. Today’s events are “Coffee & Conversation: Speaking the Truth Through Poetry” at 11 a.m. ($20; includes coffee, tea and treats); “Community Favorite Poem Reading” with guest poets Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Edward Hirsch at 2 p.m. ($20); “Young Voices Poetry Reading” ($5); and “Live on Stage: Edward Hirsch and Aimee Nezhukumatathil” at 7 p.m. ($30). www.poetrylife.org, 966-9000 or 365-7900.

Music You Remember - Mark Dupuy performs from 7-10 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

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.

Free Concerts - Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee at Fishermen’s Village. Danny Beach performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court and Paul Roush performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a European Favorites Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Tony O performs at 7 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

SATURDAY 4.22

American Music - The Charlotte Chorale presents “Made in America” at 4 p.m. at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. The show is the chorale’s final performance of the season. $20 adults. 701 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda. 204- 0033 or www.CharlotteChorale.com.

Prize Weekend - The Greenfield Prize weekend continues with a second (free) talk and performance ($15) of “Terminals Part II: In Transit” at 2:30 and 3 p.m. respectively in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion. A dinner and presentation of the 2017 Greenfield Prize to internationally acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett starts at 6:30 p.m. $275 individual; $400 patron. For reservations: www.greenfieldprize.org or 475- 2098, ext. 2

Ringling Brunch - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents “Blossoms & Brunch” at 10:30 a.m. in Mable’s Rose Garden. The event includes a reception with entertainment and mimosas, followed by brunch. $120. 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Mud & More - Charlotte County Spring Festival & Race Day takes place from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Muddy Water Sports Park. The fun includes a Monster Truck Show, Mega Mud Trucks, a Ribs N Racin’ Backyard BBQ Cook Off, a Chili Cook Off and Hot Wing Eating Contests. A 6 p.m. concert features AC/ Ducey. $30 at the gate; $25 in advance. 44570 Bermont Road. (239) 823-3542 or http://www.muddywaterentertainment.com/charlotte-county-spring-festival-....

Insightful Class - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents “The Spiritual Law of Attraction” from 1-2:30 p.m. at The Souls Journey. Participants learn to understand the hidden meanings of their dreams. 4456 Tamiami Trail, Ste. A-9. For cost and to RSVP: 875-8224. www.LorenzoMarion.

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.

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 - The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar hosts a Wine Tasting from 6-8 p.m. with karaoke. $15. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

Cajun Tunes - Yard Dog Charlie performs from 5-9 p.m. in the Village Courtyard at Fishermen’s Village. Michael Hirst performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639- 8721 or www.fishville.com.

Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts a Taste of Argentina Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment is TBA. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

SUNDAY 4.23

Prize Weekend - The Greenfield Prize weekend concludes with Creative Conversations in partnership with the Sarasota Museum of Art from 2-4:30 p.m. Reservations are requested: reservations@hermitageartistretreat.org.

British Rock - Garry Mullen and The Works perform “One Night of Queen” at 7 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The show captures the lights, sound, pomp and showmanship of the British rock group. $16-$61.777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.Van- Wezel.org or 953-3368.

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 - John Friday 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.

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

MONDAY 4.24

Nature Paddle - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Myrtle Slough paddle trip from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with Florida Master Naturalist Jim Story. Participants must provide their own pfd and watercraft. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 505-8904.

Plein Air Painting - The Peace River Painters meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. 9700 SW Riverview Circle, Lake Suzy. No fees; no instruction. 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.

Dixieland Jazz - Leslie DaCosta performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

TUESDAY 4.25

Tribute Show - The Caribbean Chillers perform a Tribute to Jimmy Buffet at 7:30 p.m. at Visani. $42.95 for dinner and the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Free Concerts - Danny Beach performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village and Jim Daniels performs from noon-3 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “As it is in Heaven” (Sweden 2004) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130.

WEDNESDAY 4.26

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.

Live Music - Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Comedy Show - Florida native Preacher Lawson makes his Visani debut with John Charles today through Saturday at Visani. Show times vary. Tickets start at $8. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

UPCOMING

Art Reception - A Wine and Cheese Reception for artist Gina Battle runs from 5-7 p.m. April 27 at the Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home. Join Charlotte Arts to celebrate the abstract and performance artist, freelance writer and model. 635 E. Marion Ave. 639-1133 or www.kays-ponger.com.

Free Film - Women Against Racism & Discrimination present the Fourth Friday Free Movie, “Hidden Figures,” at 1 p.m. April 28 at the FGCU Renaissance Academy. Free snacks and beverages are available. A discussion follows. 117 Herald Court. 380-2408 or justmarilyndc@gmail.com.

Dig This - Asolo Rep presents the world premiere of “BEATSVILLE: The Beatnik Musical,” a co-production with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, 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 Trail, Sarasota. 351- 8000 or www.asolorep.org.

Elvis Tribute - Mark Shelton performs a free benefit show featuring the gospel music of Elvis Presley at 7 p.m. April 28 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 office@bspconline.org.

ONGOING

VAC Exhibits - The Visual Arts Center presents the “Florida Fruit & Flora” exhibit in the Main Gallery through April 27. The Goff Gallery presents work by four artists through April 27. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.thevisualartcenter.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. ¦

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