‘The Encyclopedia of Early Earth’

By Isabel Greenberg (Little, Brown and Company, $23) Once upon a time there were two lovers, one from the north pole and one from the south. Across the entire length of the globe they are drawn to each other, two parts of the same soul… and yet, they can never touch. How did this oddity come to be? That is […]

Lemon Bay Garden Club work benefits Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood

Annual Charlotte County Boat Show at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds

Naomi Pringle ‘Lily: Riding the Color Line,’ book signing at FGCU

Artis Henderson ‘Unremarried Widow’ book signing at Copperfish Books


Taking the mystery out of dating

In her fun and delightful guide, “Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris,” author Jennifer Scott tells the story of a mysterious neighbor who lived across the courtyard from her host family in Paris. “Almost every morning when I pulled back the curtains in my room, he would be at his window looking out […]

Charlotte High School drama club presents ‘Shrek The Musical’


The Charlotte High Drama Club has announced Punta Gorda’s “make ogre” as it presents “Shrek The Musical.” The show will be presented at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 13-16. Tickets are on sale at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center box office, 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda, and can by ordered by phone by calling 505-7469 or […]


‘Gimme Shelter’

In the opening scene of “Gimme Shelter,” the usually vivacious Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) stands in front of a mirror and cuts off her hair. Her character, Apple, has a tattoo on her neck and rings in her lip, nose and eyebrow. She’s undeniably unattractive, leaving no doubt that Ms. Hudgens is eager to leave her Disney good-girl image […]


Her …. (Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, voice of Scarlett Johansson) In the near future a loner (Mr. Phoenix) purchases and falls in love with a computer operating system (Ms. Johansson) designed with human emotions. With a great original screenplay from writer/director Spike Jonze (“Where the Wild Things Are”), this is a smart movie that offers a plausible look at the […]

Lemon Bay Playhouse presents ‘The Last Romance’ through Feb. 16

“The Last Romance” runs through Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Lemon Bay Playhouse in Englewood. This play was written by New Jersey-born Joe DiPietro and is directed by Sarasota resident Dan Higgs. This heartwarming comedy confirms that a crush can make anyone feel young again — even an 80-year-old widower named Ralph (Don Walker). On an ordinary day in a […]