Punta Gorda Chamber’s Latin Fest will ‘light your fire’

Add Latin Fest, a newcomer on the PG music destination scene, to your Thanksgiving weekend plans. Punta Gorda’s streets and parks have long echoed to the musical strains of local artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The BoogieMen, Chakulla and Me and many others. And for eight consecutive Februaries, the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce has been […]

A volunteer hour is not just a volunteer hour


With all of the things that nonprofit organizations have to do, tracking volunteer time may sound like a huge headache, but it can actually help nonprofits meet matching requirements and improve their financial presentation. If washing the cat sounds more enticing than tracking volunteer time, let’s take a closer look. An organization with a budget of $70,000 may appear to […]

‘Art of Murder’: When monsters come out to play


Over the past years, “Art of Murder” by Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro has made the rounds of area theaters. Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers had a good run with it in spring of 2009. Then The Naples Players performed it early last year and sold out much of the run. Now it’s Theatre Conspiracy’s turn. It’s easy to […]


Theater¦ Art of Murder – By Theatre Conspiracy at 8 p.m. through Sept. 1 at theFoulds Theatre. A Sunday matinee isset for 2 p.m. Aug. 26. (239) 936-3239 orwww.theatreconspiracy.org.¦ Five Kinds of Silence – By TheLaboratory Theater of Florida Aug. 24and 25 at 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers.$20 adults, $12 students. (239) 218-0481 orwww.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.Thursday, Aug. 23¦ Live Tunes – Capt. […]

A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History’ ‘Desert Reckoning:


by Deanne Stillman(Nation Books, $26) Few writers capture the rhythm and brutality of the American Southwest quite like Deanne Stillman. Her previous book, “Twentynine Palms,” has become a cult classic. “Desert Reckoning,” which began as an article in Rolling Stone magazine, focuses on a true event that unfolded in the Antelope Valley during the summer of 2003. The region sprawls […]

Playing at 33 1/3

“It’s the coolest record collection on the planet,” Jade Dellinger declares. He’s talking about the more than 300 vinyl records in the participatory art piece titled “33 1/3 – Performed by Audience.” It’s situated smack in the middle of “Things Not Seen Before: A Tribute to John Cage,” the exhibit Mr. Dellinger guest curated that opens the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery’s […]

Mark your calendars for the Peace River Film Festival

The Visual Arts Center has announced the events and dates of its second annual Peace River Film Festival. The festival has grown to four days and runs Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 20-23. Searchlights will light up the skies above the Charlotte Harbor Event Center in Punta Gorda for the Grand Opening & Hollywood Party, set for 7 p.m. Sept. 20. […]

Study shows modest building upgrades can avoid catastrophe

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety has conducted the first ever controlled high-speed wind test comparing and contrasting the performance of common practice and stronger, full-size commercial buildings in a laboratory. Two 30-by-20-foot one-story masonry buildings — similar to those in strip mall shopping centers — were placed sideby side on the 55-foot turntable inside the 21,000 square-foot […]


The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery pays tribute to John Cage

THE INSISTENT TAP-TAP-TAP OF A HAMMER DRIVING nails into the wall. The low murmur of two voices speaking, first one, then the other responding. The quiet statement of footsteps in a spacious room, with an occasional squeak of rubber sole on the wooden floor. The ominous rumble of thunder from a late afternoon rain, grumbling just above the roof. To […]


¦ VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Honesty is the best policy, of course. But you’ll do better at achieving your goals if you can be less aggressive and more circumspect in how you phrase your comments. ¦ LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your ability to maintain your balance in confusing situations continues to work for you. Stay on […]