2017-05-18 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


Kathleen Grissom, the author of two New York Times bestselling novels, “The Kitchen House” and “Glory Over Everything,” discusses and signs her novels at 11 a.m. May 18 at Bookstore1Sarasota. 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. Reservations are suggested: www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900. Kathleen Grissom, the author of two New York Times bestselling novels, “The Kitchen House” and “Glory Over Everything,” discusses and signs her novels at 11 a.m. May 18 at Bookstore1Sarasota. 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. Reservations are suggested: www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900. THEATER

Fences - By Venice Theatre through May 21 in the Pinkerton Theatre. Curtain is 8 pm. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. 488-1115 or https://venicestage.com.

Once on This Island - By Venice Theatre through May 21 on the Main- Stage. Curtain is 7 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinee on May 21. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. 488-1115 or https://venicestage.com.

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.


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe closes its 2016-2017 season with “Dearly Departed,” playing through May 27. Performances are at 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. 
DON DALY / COURTESY PHOTO Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe closes its 2016-2017 season with “Dearly Departed,” playing through May 27. Performances are at 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. DON DALY / COURTESY PHOTO 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 May 18-June 24. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-278- 4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

Noli Timere (Don’t Be Afraid) - By Theatre Conspiracy through May 20 at the Alliance for the Arts. $24 for adults; $11 for students. 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-939-2787 or www.ArtInLee.org/Theatre.

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 5.18

Art Event - Alive After Five (formerly Gallery Walk) runs from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Punta Gorda. The event includes fine art and crafts, demos, an Artists Village, an Indie Market, wine tastings, art receptions and more. 505-0130.

Get Smashed - The Legendary Gallagher, with his “Sledge-O-Matic,” performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Englewood Event Center. $25-$42 (splash center). 3069 S. McCall Road, Englewood. 270- 3324 or http://englewoodeventcenter.com/gallagher.html.


Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons perform at 8 p.m. May 20 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $86-$121. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons perform at 8 p.m. May 20 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $86-$121. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368. Hibiscus Fest - The 13th annual Hibiscus Festival runs from 6-8 p.m. today; from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at History Park. The event kicks off with the Punta Gorda Guitar Army jam session. Friday features entertainment and shopping, with a dinner and a concert from 6-10 p.m. Saturday is the Lil’ Miss Hibiscus Pageant and the crowning of the king and queen. $1 admission. 501 Shreve St. www.thehibiscusfestival.com.

Author Event - Kathleen Grissom, the author of two New York Times bestselling novels, “The Kitchen House” and “Glory Over Everything,” discusses and signs her novels at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota. 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. Reservations are suggested: www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.

Music Program - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents a Perlman Music Program, “Alumni,” at The Ringling at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Museum of Art Gallery 21. Performers are alumni of the Perlman Music Program: Doori Na and Siwoo Kim, violins; Caeli Smith, viola; and Nico Olarte- Hayes, cello. $15. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Nature Paddle - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a lower Peace River paddle trip with Florida Master Naturalist Rick Fried from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The trip follows Deep Creek to the Nav-A-Gator for lunch and returns via a different route. Must provide your own watercraft and wear a PFD. Bring lunch money, water and bug spray. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 637-8805.

Comedy Show - John Machi performs today through Saturday at Visani. Show times vary. Tickets start at $10. 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.

Solo Act - Robert Garcia performs acoustic versions of favorite music from the 1970s from 6-9 p.m. at Ricaltini’s Bar and Grille. No cover charge. 1997 Kentucky Ave., Englewood.

FRIDAY 5.19

Art Workshop - Bisque It Studio hosts a workshop titled “Sunflower Door Decor Hanger” from 7-9:30 p.m. Bring a friend and a beverage to enjoy. $37.45. 1931 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 624-5955 or www.bisqueitstudio.com.

Ringling Exhibit - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents “Amazing Acts of The Greatest Show on Earth” today through Sept. 11. The exhibition features original circus posters and is curated by Jennifer Lemmer Posey. $25 general admission. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

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 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village. Dick & Kammy perform from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

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.

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 Down Under Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Claire Lane of Ramrod fame performs at 7 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

SATURDAY 5.20

What A Night - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons perform at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $86- $121. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.VanWezel.org or 953-3368.

Denim & Diamonds – Fundraising dinner and concert by Nashville artist Logan Dressel. Catered barbecue dinner, mechanical bull rides, DJ, dancing, auctions, games and raffles. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. dinner; Logan Dressel concert starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for the dinner and concert, $25 for the concert only. Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. Tickets: http://charlottecountychamber.securemall.com/shop.

Art Exhibit - The Visual Arts Center presents “Different Strokes” today 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.

Intuition Workshop - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents “Awaken Your Intuition” from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Souls Journey. Learn why intuition is so important and things you can do to awaken this gift. $10 members; $20 non-members. 4456 Tamiami Trail, Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224.

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

Wine & Karaoke - The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar hosts its May Wine Tasting from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy karaoke, three bars, and seven wines at each bar. $25. The bar is open until 10 p.m. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

Wine & Music - D’Vines hosts an Only Reds Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. The DV Duo performs classic rock at 7 p.m. 701 JC Center Court. 627-WINE (9463).

Live Music - Paul Roush 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.

SUNDAY 5.21

Brew & Food - Asolo Rep hosts its seventh annual Men Who Cook & Brew event at 6 p.m. at Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The event features craft beer from local vendors, guest chefs preparing a dinner filled with their favorite recipes, a raffle, awards for best table décor and “People’s Choice” best chef, live music, a parade of chefs and more. $200. http://www.asolorep.org/menwhocook, SpecialEvents@asolo.org or 351-9010, ext. 4702.

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

MONDAY 5.22

Nature Trip - The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Woolverton Trail paddle with Florida Master Naturalists Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The trip includes lunch on Big Dog Island (bring a lunch or snack). Must provide your own watercraft and wear a PFD. Bring lunch money, water and bug spray. Voluntary donations are welcome. For reservations: 467-0974 or 763-9248.

Kayak Trip - GAEA guides lead a Peace River and Hunter 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 Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, 29200 Tuckers Grade, Punta Gorda. 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.

Live Music - The Surf Tones perform from 4-7 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

TUESDAY 5.23

Tai Chi Demo - Richard Curtis from Peace River Tai Chi demonstrates tai chi and qi gong movements and postures at 10:30 a.m. at the Mid-County Regional Library. Audience members are encouraged to participate. Free admission. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 613-3192.

Photo Class - Spencer Pullen teaches Digital Photography I from 1-4 p.m. today, May 30 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.

Tribute Show - Chain Reaction performs a Journey Tribute Show at 7:30 p.m. at Visani. $43.95 for dinner and the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Country Trio - Local musicians Kelly, Fred and John perform from 5-8 p.m. in the Courtyard at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “The Danish Girl” (UK/U.S.A., 2015) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130.

WEDNESDAY 5.24

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.

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

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. 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.

UPCOMING

Pertinent Films - Four films made between 1974 and 1981 are screened from 1-3 p.m. May 25 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 with “Reds” on May 25. 117 Herald Court, #211, Punta Gorda. Class Code: HC1478. Cost: $5 individual; $17 (series of four). 505- 0130 or https://registerra.fgcu.edu/.

Book Club - The Mysteries to Die For Book Club, led by Elsie Souza, meets at 11 a.m. May 25 at Bookstore1 Sarasota. This month’s book 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

Black Box Cinema - The Langdon Playhouse begins showing first-run films that would otherwise not be seen in Charlotte County May 26-28. 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.

Bluegrass Music - The Heartland Bluegrass Bash starts at 1 p.m. May 27 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.

Actress & Singer - Tony Award®- winning superstar Idina Menzel takes the stage at 7 p. m. May 27 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.

ONGOING

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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