¦ Multi-Media Show – The Sarasota Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Leif Bjaland, presents a multi-media show,, “Irving, George and Aaron: Inventing thee ts- America Sound,” at 4 and 8 p.m. May 7 at the Sarasota Opera House. See the stories and hear the music as Maestro Leif Bjaland t and the Sarasota Orchestra present a concert experience about Irving Berlin,, […]

Tuesday,T May 10

¦ Women’s Lunch The WC – Christian Women’s Club of Punta Gorda & Port Charlotte meets at 11:30 a.m. at Best Western/ er Benedetto’s, 300 Retta Esplanade. LearnL about the activities at the C Cultural Center of Charlotte County and enjoy an inspirational in talk by Kelly Stigliano. 639- 40894 or 639-8657. ¦ Wood Art – The Charlotte County Wn […]

Monday,M May 9

¦ Share It – The Peace River Center forfo Writers hosts an Open Mic from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Center Stage at Fishermen’s Village.V Share poems, essays, songs, etc. 637-63 3514 or prcw@edison.edu. ¦ Photo Exhibit – The Visual Arts Center presents a new annual exhibit fefeaturing photography in four categories. TThe exhibit opens today and an Artists AAwards Reception is […]

Sunday, May 8

¦ Mom’s Meal – The Cultural Center of Charlotte County hosts a Mother’s Day luncheon with servings at noon and 2 p.m. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175. ¦ Holiday Brunch – The Italian AmericanA Club of Venice hosts a Mother’s er Day Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 137513 Ringling Dr. $12 members; $15 guests. 493-49 8883 or 966-3857. ¦ Live […]

Saturday, May 7

¦ Health Event – The Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Advisory Council’s second annual Live Happily … Walk For Healthy Minds runs from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Gilchrist Park, 400 West Retta Esplanade. 639-8300, ext. 275 or jboles@cbhcfl.org. ¦ Eclectic Sounds – Beans ’N Seeds performs variety and eclectic music from 5-9 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village. ¦ Dance Event – Show your […]

Friday, May 6

¦ One-Act Play – Susan Glaspell performs “Suppressed Desires” at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Cir. www.charlotteplayers.org. ¦ Players Meeting – The Charlotte Players’ annual General Membership Meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Players Community Theater Center, 1182 Market Cir. 255-1022 or charlotteplayers@comcast.net. ¦ Dance Tunes – Reconnections Band performs variety and […]

Thursday, May 5

¦ Pet Party Pawtastic — Muttini Mingle, a ry Yappy Hour for people and their pets, is hosted by Salty Paws at Fishermen’s Village from 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy music by singer/guitarist Michael Hirst. ¦ Live Tunes – Kim Jenkins performs hits of the ’50s-’80s from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Tapas One at Bin 82. 258 W. Marion Ave. ¦ Prayer Event […]


“I JUST WANT TO OOZE SEX!” MICHE Braden declares about her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith.” The title character “was very sexy,” the actress/singer adds. “She was bigger than life. When she walked into a room, she took it over… and her talent was just as big. “Everything […]

Charlotte Players presents classic Neil Simon

Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” is a play that captures the chaotic antics of the raucous writing staff of a 1950s popular comedy-variety show. The play is based on playwright Neil Simon’s budding career writing for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” arguably the flagship program of early live television. The play has farce-like appeal, complete with outrageous […]

The dating twinkle

Once a month, I attend a networking social that is a sort of singles club masquerading as highbrow cultural exchange. The group draws together the kind of people who have lived abroad, who like to smoke cigarettes and complain about the current state of things while sipping overpriced drinks at the bar. I fit awkwardly into these soirees, but I […]