2017-08-10 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


The multimedia exhibit “Mayhem, Chaos & Confusion” runs through Aug. 24 in the Main Gallery at the Visual Arts Center. Pictured: “White House” by Peggy Stock. 210 Maud St. 639- 8810 or www.VisualArtCenter.org. The multimedia exhibit “Mayhem, Chaos & Confusion” runs through Aug. 24 in the Main Gallery at the Visual Arts Center. Pictured: “White House” by Peggy Stock. 210 Maud St. 639- 8810 or www.VisualArtCenter.org. THEATER

Double Indemnity - By the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Aug. 10-27. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000 or www.asolorep.org.

Pilgrims - By Urbanite Theatre through Sept. 10. 1487 2nd St., Sarasota. 321-1397 or urbanitethratre.com.

Zombie Prom - By Venice Theatre’s SummerStock program through Aug. 12 on the theater’s MainStage. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. $25 for adults; $14 for college students; $12 for children. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

Mary Poppins - At Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Aug. 12. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-278- 4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

Women in Jeopardy - By Theatre Conspiracy Aug. 11-26 at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-936-3239 or www.artinlee.org.

The Smell of the Kill - By Laboratory Theater of Florida through Aug. 26. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. 239- 218-0481 or LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com.

THURSDAY 8.10

Author Event - Bookstore1Sarasota hosts a “Summertime/Localtime” event with author Rebekah Phillips at 11 a.m. She signs copies of her books for children, “Piper Was Afraid” and “Lily the Fancipoo.” 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. 365-7900 or www.sarasotabooks.com.

Cabaret Fest - Venice Theatre’s multi-talented employees present “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” at 8 p.m. tonight and Friday at Venice Theatre as part of the fifth annual Summer Cabaret Festival. $20. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

Comedy Show - Devin Siebold and Eric Hunter perform tonight through Saturday at Visani. Tickets start at $8. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Free Concert - 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 8.11

Poetry Event - Poetry Pod runs from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Englewood Art Center. Members and guests read and critique poetry. 350 S. McCall Road, Englewood. www.suncoastwriters.com.

Art Class - A class in Origami Box Making runs from 10 a.m.-noon at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. Participants learn to make boxes from paper in the old Chinese tradition of folding paper into intricate shapes. The theme is “Springtime” and the instructor is JoAnne Stratos. $20 cultural center members; $23 non-members; $5 additional fees. 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. www.TheCulturalCenter.com/the-learning-place.html or 625- 4175, ext. 223.

Music & Dancing - Enjoy music and dancing with Erich from 7-10 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. Cash bar and complimentary snacks. $10. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175.

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 noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. Dan Meadows performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Live Music - Steve Widmeyer, “One Voice, One Guitar,” performs from 7-10 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bark, with tips benefiting the Peace River Wildlife Center. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

SATURDAY 8.12

Tiki Fest - The Merchants Association of Fishermen’s Village presents its second annual Tiki Fest from noon-4 p.m. The free event includes live music, a Waikiki Hula Dancers Show, Jeff the Tiki Juggler, face painting, tiki games, art, carvings and photo ops, food and drink and more. www.Fishville.Com or 639-8721.

Nature Walk - The Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club hosts a Myakka Ecosystem Interpretive Walk. Specific location and gear needed will depend on current hydrologic conditions. Group size is limited. For reservations: 355- 2156. http://www.florida.sierraclub.org/sarasota.

History Program - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents a program titled “Gnostic Christianity & Knights Templar” from noon-1:30 p.m. at The Souls Journey. $14.50 members; $29 non-members. 4456 Tamiami Trail, Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224.

Cabaret Show - Alana Opie presents “Classic Country Cabaret” at 8 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at Venice Theatre as part of the fifth annual Summer Cabaret Festival. $20. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

Saturday Samplings - Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine offers a tasting of its Haley Handcrafted Chocolates, along with premier wines and craft beers from around the world, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday. 117 Herald Ct., Ste. 1112, Punta Gorda. 505-0479.

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.

Sax Man - Leslie DaCosta performs Dixieland jazz from 5-9 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

New Orleans Tunes - Jeannie, Jeannie, the Entertainment Queen performs from 7-10 p.m. at the Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

SUNDAY 8.13

Cabaret Show - Ann Morrison presents “Ann’s Furniture Set” at 8 p.m. at Venice Theatre as part of the fifth annual Summer Cabaret Festival. $20. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

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 - ‘Sunny” Jim White performs from 3-7 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Listening Room - Writers On the Air is seeking writers of all levels, as well as listeners, for its family-friendly BYOB Listening Room that tapes at 3 p.m. every Sunday at the Common Grounds Meeting Hall. Sign up is at 2:30 p.m. and the show airs at 5 p.m. on WKDW 97.5 FM. 12735 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. KDWRadio.com.

MONDAY 8.14

Paper Art - Carol Berntsson teaches “Introduction to Quilling” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. Participants learn the art of paper sculpture and create ornaments and three-dimensional pictures to enhance gifts and cards. $20 cultural center members; $23 non-members; $15 additional fees. 2280 Aaron St. www.TheCulturalCenter.com/the-learning-place.

html or 625-4175, ext. 223.

Art Reception - A reception for Lynn Webster’s “Under the Sea” exhibit is set for 5-7 p.m. at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home. The exhibit is part of the Art in Public Places Program coordinated by Charlotte Arts. Free admission. 9400 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda.

Kayak Trip - GAEA guides lead an Alligator Creek kayak tour from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. $50, includes all supplies. For reservations: gaeaguides.com or (239- 694-5513.

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.

TUESDAY 8.15

Writers’ Event - Charlotte Harbor Writers host a Writer’s Tea from 1-3 p.m. at the Mid-County Library. Participants are asked to bring finger food to share; tea is provided. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. jmkmak36@gmail.com.

Art Class - Donna Birchfield teaches an Open Studio from 9 a.m.-noon every Tuesday at the Cultural Center of Charlotte Count. The program covers all media: oil, acrylic, soft and oil pastels, watercolor, pen and ink and more. $64 for cultural center members; $72 for non-members. 2280 Aaron St. www.TheCulturalCenter.com/the-learningplace.html or 625-4175, ext. 223.

Book Club - The Mysteries to Die For Book Club, led by Elsie Souza, meets at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota to discuss “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.

Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “42nd Street” (1933) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130.

WEDNESDAY 8.16

Film Series - A Documentary Film Series starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at Florida SouthWestern State College - Charlotte Campus. Today’s film is “Dust Bowl.” 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. $10 members; $15 non-members. Pay online or at the door. charlotte.lli@fsw.edu, www.lifelonglearning-charlotte.org or 637-3533.

Internet Sensation - Vic DiBetetto performs tonight through Saturday at Visani. Tickets start at $12. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

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.

UPCOMING

Art Event - Alive After Five is set for 5-8 p.m. Aug. 17 in downtown Punta Gorda. This month’s event is set to be invaded by pirates. The public is invited to hunt for a treasure chest guarded by Long John Silver at Sea Grape Gallery. Visitors can find hidden pirate words in each of the businesses downtown. When their cards are filled, they can be deposited at any of the participating businesses. The Conquistador’s ship is docked in City Marketplace and visitors are encouraged to wear pirate attire. The event features live music, artists and demos, food trucks and more. 391-4856 or 639-3720.

Benefit Event - Bianca’s Night of A Cabaret, a fundraiser to support Deni Wise, a local photographer and DJ who is battling cancer, is set for 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 19 at John Ski’s House of Breakfast. The fun, cabaret-style show features Michael White as Bianca L’Amour. Food and beverages are available for purchase. The event includes a silent auction, a 50/50 and jewelry sales. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 502 King St., Punta Gorda. 518-997 or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biancas-back-a-night-of-cabaret-with-friend....

Classic Hits - The J3 Vocal Band performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. The band plays classic hit songs from the 1950s to ’80s. $13 members; $17 non-members. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175, ext. 221.

ONGOING

August Art - Art in Public Places program presents work by featured artist Sandra Manzke through Aug. 31 at the Mid-County Regional Library. Hours at 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte.

VAC Exhibit - The multimedia exhibit “Mayhem, Chaos & Confusion” runs through Aug. 24 in the Main Gallery at the Visual Arts Center. 210 Maud St. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.VisualArtCenter.org.

Featured Artists - Sea Grape Gallery features work by artists Daida and Lindsay through Sept. 7. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. 113 West Marion Ave.

Ringling Exhibit - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents the exhibit “Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration” through Oct. 15. The exhibition is not only a celebration of artistic practice in the Tampa Bay area, but also an exercise in collaboration as it is shared between the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Free with admission. $25 general admission. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Photo Show - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents “Posed: Portrait Photography from the Permanent Collection” through Oct. 29. The show highlights portraits from the permanent collection with featured works by preeminent 20th-century artists such as Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Edward Weston and Andy Warhol. Free with admission. $25 general admission. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Bronze Exhibit - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents “Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Minneapolis Institute of Art” through Sept. 10. The exhibit showcases nearly 100 Chinese bronze objects from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Free with museum admission. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Ringling Installation - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads” through June 1, 2018. The exhibit was inspired by the fabled fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century imperial retreat just outside Beijing. The sculptures are on The Ringling’s grounds and viewing is free and open to the public. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.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 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.

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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