Charlotte County Florida Weekly

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO



Lemon Bay Playhouse presents “Mark Twain Turns 70, Words and Songs” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $18. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. 475- 6756 or www.lemonbayplayhouse.com.

Lemon Bay Playhouse presents “Mark Twain Turns 70, Words and Songs” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $18. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. 475- 6756 or www.lemonbayplayhouse.com.

THEATER

Becky’s New Car – By the Charlotte Players Nov. 17-20 at the Langdon Playhouse. $18 adults; $9 students. 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. 255-1022 or www.charlotteplayers.org.

Mark Twain Turns 70, Words and Songs – By Lemon Bay Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $18. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. 475-6756 or www.lemonbayplayhouse.com.

 

 

Gershwin with a Twist – By Venice Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. www.venicestage.com or 488-1115. My Barking Dog – By Urbanite Theatre through Dec. 18. 1487 Second St., Sarasota. 321-1397 or urbanitetheatre.com.

Guys and Dolls – By Asolo Repertory Theatre Nov. 18-Jan. 1. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000 or www.asolorep.org.

Billy Elliot the Musical – By Venice Theatre through Dec. 4. 40 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. $31 adults; $17 college; $15 child. 488-1115 or www.venicestage.com.

Get Out of Dodge – By the Venice Theatre through Nov. 20 at 140 W. Tampa Ave. $27 adults; $17 college; $15 child. 488-1115 or www.venicestage.com.

Death of a Salesman – By Lemon Bay High School Theatre at Lemon Bay Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater Nov. 17-20. 474-7702, ext. 3414, or www.lbhstheatre.org.

Book of Days – By FSU Conservatory for Actor Training through Nov. 20. $29 adult; $23 military; $15 student. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000 or www.asolorep.org.

The Wiz – By West Coast Black Theatre Troupe through Nov. 19. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $39 adults; $22 students and active military. 1343 Main St., Sarasota. www.westcoastblacktheatre.org or 366-1505.

Evita – At Broadway Palm Theatre through Nov. 19. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. www.BroadwayPalm.com or (239) 278-4422.

Junie B. Jones – By the Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre on select dates through Nov. 18. $19; includes a chef’s buffet with children’s favorites. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. (239) 278- 4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

The Best of Enemies – By Florida Repertory Theatre Nov. 18-Dec. 18, with previews Nov. 15-17 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre. 2268 Bay St., Fort Myers. (239) 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org.

Another Night Before Christmas – By Off Broadway Palm Theatre Nov. 17-Dec. 25. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. www.BroadwayPalm.com or (239) 278-4422.

Wings – By the Laboratory Theater of Florida through Nov. 26. 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers. www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com or (239) 218-0481.

THURSDAY 11.17

Art Event – Punta Gorda Alive After 5 (formerly Gallery Walk) runs from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Punta Gorda. Enjoy galleries exhibits, music, dining and shopping. 505-0130.

Book Club – Bookstore1Sarasota presents Barry’s Book Club, led by Barry Rothman, at 6 p.m. The club’s focus on the stars of yesteryear continues with “I Am Spartacus!” by Kirk Douglas. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 is required for participation. 1359 Main St. 365-7900 or www.sarasotabooks.com.

Nature Walk – The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a nature walk at Shell Creek Preserve with Florida Master Naturalists Jim Knoy and Jamie Reynolds from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservations required: (303) 868-8337.

Live Music – Paul Roush performs from noon-3 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade., Punta Gorda. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Comedy Show – Sid Davis and Ricky Reyes perform at The Comedy Zone at Visani. Tickets start at $8. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

FRIDAY 11.18

Chorale Group – The vocal ensemble Bion Cantorum presents the concert “Glittering Images” at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte. The concert honors leaded glass artwork at the church and features seasonal and sacred favorites. 2230 Hariet St. A dinner precedes the concert. For tickets: 625-4945 or www.bioncantorum.com.

All-Star Performers – An All-Star Platters Revue starts at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. The show stars former Platters members Verceal Whittaker, Al Holland and Kenn Johnson. $20. 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175, ext. 221.

Dreams Class – Psychic medium and Florida bestselling author Lorenzo Marion presents a “Secrets Behind Dreams” class from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Souls Journey. $10 members; $20 nonmembers. 4456 Tamiami Trail, Ste. A-9, Charlotte Harbor. To register: 875-8224. www.LorenzoMarion.com.

Live Music – Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. near Good Ole Days Coffee Café at Fishermen’s Village. Tiki Tom and L.A. perform from 5-9 p.m. center court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Wine & Music – D’Vines hosts an Only Red Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment is by Claire Lane Litke of Ramrod fame. 701 JC Center Court, Port Charlotte. 627-WINE (9463).

Quilt Group – The Peace River Quilters meet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. Visitors are welcome. 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda. www.peaceriverquilters.org or 833-4477.

Comedy Show – Etta May and Mia Jackson perform tonight through Wednesday at The Comedy Zone at Visani. Tickets start at $10. 2400 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Jazz Music – The Gilded Grape Winery presents “Jazz Night” with Chris G. from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. www.gildedgrape.com or 235-WINE (9463).

SATURDAY 11.19

Holiday Sale – The Visual Arts Center hosts The Holly Jolly Sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop unique gifts, home décor, fine art and more crafted by 35 local artists. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. 639-8810 or visualartcenter.org.

Christmas Lights – The Lighting of the Village starts at 5:30 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village More than one million lights and tropical-themed decorations are on display. Enjoy music, dining, shopping and dancing until 9 p.m. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 639- 8721 or www.fishville.com.

Tribute Show – Memories presents “Sonny and Cher’s Shower of Stars Tribute Show,” featuring Kim Romine, Dave Romine and Chris Long, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater. $17 members; $19 non-members. 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175, ext. 221.

Nature Fest – The Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Charlotte Sports Park. The event includes booths, plant sales and kids’ activities. At 10:30 a.m., join naturalists Bill and Margaret Dunson to take a walk on the wild side in adjacent Tippecanoe 1 Preserve. 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. lemonbayconservancy.org/support-our-cause/becomeamember/.

Race Night – The North Port Knights of Columbus host a Knight At The Races at 7 p.m. at the North Port Jockey Club. $4 at the door; snacks included. 3050 Pan American Blvd. m94vette@aol.com or 726-9301.

Morris Memorial – A Jim Morris Memorial Stage Dedication takes place during a performance of the big Bamboo Band 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.

Wine & Music – D’Vines hosts a Taste of France Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment is by the DV Duo, aka Darrel and Vern. 701 JC Center Court, Port Charlotte. 627-WINE (9463).

Jazz Music – The Gilded Grape Winery presents jazz music by Leslie DeCosta, “The Jazz Man,” from 6:30- 9:30 p.m. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. www.gildedgrape.com or 235- WINE (9463).

Wine & Music – D’Vines hosts an Only Red Wine Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment is by Claire Lane Litke of Ramrod fame. 701 JC Center Court. Port Charlotte. 627-WINE (9463).

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 in Punta Gorda. Shop for fresh and organic produce, seafood, baked goods and more. 391-4856.

SUNDAY 11.20

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.

MONDAY 11.21

Music & More – The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents “Ringling by the Bay” from 5-8 p.m. at the Bayfront Gardens. Enjoy live music, dancing, food and beverages; outside food, drinks and chairs are not permitted. $15. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Nature Walk – The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Deep Creek Preserve nature walk with Florida Master Naturalists John Philips and Jamie Reynolds from 8:30-11 a.m. Bring water and sunscreen. Free, but donations are welcome. To reserve space: 6397468.

Plein Air Painting – The Peace River Painters meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pottery Express, 25370 Zemel Rd., Punta Gorda. A painting review begins at noon. No fees; no instruction. www.Peaceriverpainters.com or 286-0244.

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.

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.

Fingerstyle Guitar – Drew Gale performs from noon-3 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

TUESDAY 11.22

Jazz Night – A Jazz Night Social is set for 6-8 p.m. at Copperfish Books. The event features two Charlotte County Jazz Society members on keyboards and bass, plus wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free admission. 103 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda RSVPs are required: 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

Paddle Trip – The Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club hosts a Lettuce Lake paddle trip with Florida Master Naturalist Rick Fried from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The outing includes lunch at the Nav-A-Gator. Participants must provide their own watercraft, lunch money and be able to swim. To reserve space: 637-8805.

Film Series – The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “The Separation” (Iran 2011) from 1-3 p.m. at the FGCU Renaissance Academy. $5. 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. 505-0130.

Fingerstyle Guitar – Drew Gale performs from noon-3 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

WEDNESDAY 11.23

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, Port Charlotte. To RSVP: 875-8224.

Live Music – Michael Hirst performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. 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, Port Charlotte. 627-WINE (9463).

UPCOMING

Turkey Trot – Florida SouthWestern State College presents Charlotte County Habitat’s 18th annual “Turkey Trot” 5K Run and Fun Walk around FSW’s Punta Gorda campus at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 24. Early registration is $30 per person, $25 for 14 and under until Nov. 21. Event day registration is $35. www.charlottecountyhfh.org or 639-3162. N

Holiday Dinner – The Cultural Center hosts Thanksgiving dinner with open seating from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 24. The menu includes roasted turkey, glazed ham, dressing and all the trimmings. Tickets are $16.95 for adults in advance and $9.95 for children 10 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are $18.95. 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175.

Bluegrass Bash – The Heartland Bluegrass Music Association presents the Heartland Bluegrass Bash at 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at Craig’s RV Resort. This month’s event features Alligator Alley, If & When, and the Heartland Jam Band. Free for HBA members; $7 non-members. Camping is $20 per night with electric and water hookups. 7895 NE Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. 467-2051, www.heartlandbluegrass.org or heartlandbluegrass@gmail.com.

ONGOING

Art Exhibit – The Visual Arts Center presents the 2-D exhibit “Harvest of Art” through Dec. 9. Free and open to the public. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.

VAC Exhibit – As part of its Fine Arts Festival, the Visual Arts Center presents a Victorian Era exhibit through Nov 29 in Rebecca Hall. The exhibit features works reproduced from or created in the style of famous Pre-Raphaelites. Viewers are invited to participate in a unique silent auction. Under each painting is a silent auction sheet. Enter your bid and come back throughout the month to check on your place. 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda. 639-08810 or visualartcenter.org.

Art Exhibit – The “Watercolor and More” exhibit runs through Nov. 30. The exhibit features work by six artist/ instructors at the Visual Arts Center. Free admission. 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. 627-4303.

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 Tastings – 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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