THEATER The Miracle Worker – By Venice Theatre on the MainStage May 5-24. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. With support from the Venice Lions Club, the theater provides sign language interpreters for the May 21 performance. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. $28 adults; $13-$15 students. venicestage.com or 488-1115. Open Auditions – […]


¦ TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Going to new places and meeting new people appeals to both the Taurean’s romantic and practical sides. After all, you never can tell where those new contacts can take you. Right? ¦ GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) That career-change opportunity that didn’t work out when you first considered it could come up […]





Inventive Hunzinger chairs designed for comfort

In the 1870s, fashionable chairs were made with padded upholstery, elaborate mahogany carved frames and springs to make the seats more comfortable. But George Jacob Hunzinger (1835- 1898), a German immigrant craftsman, had other ideas. He used flat, metal, fabric-wrapped wire instead of springs and upholstery to make comfortable chairs. The frames were just as original, often with “rod and […]


Cultural climate still sizzles at season’s close

The close of the season is upon us. It’s been a stimulating and fun few months of music, theater and art, and now it’s time for me to recharge. I’ll be on hiatus until the fall, when I’ll once again seek out cultural activities and outings to share with Florida Weekly readers. Still, the cultural climate is hot. Here are […]

LaBelle abuzz with excitement over mural

Very large bees, ones big enough to star in science fiction movies, are popping out on the side of a building in LaBelle. They look about the size of golden retrievers but these bees don’t bark and they don’t flit about or pollinate. They are the creation of artist Matthew Willey, a muralist who has been in the Hendry County […]


New owners bring new look, philosophy and name to Achieve Fitness

A local gym is getting a “Second Chance” — which will be its new name come July, thanks to its new owners, Mel and Melissa Chancey. Until then, it will still be known as Achieve Fitness, 4300 Kings Highway, Unit 100, Port Charlotte (Achieve-Fitness.net). If anyone knows about second chances, it’s Mr. Chancey. A competitive bodybuilder who retired from competition […]

2014 PlayLab winner closes season at Florida Repertory Theatre

THIS IS THE JOURNEY OF A PLAY. First of all, there’s the spark of inspiration, the idea. For playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio, whose play “Split in Three” is currently celebratingelebrating its world premiere at the Florida Repertoryrtory Theatre, that moment came in college, when she started writing a screenplay about two womenn traveling through the Mississippi Delta during the late […]


‘Find Momo Coast to Coast: A Hide-and-Seek Photography Book’

By Andrew Knapp (Quirk Books, $14.95) In 1960, John Steinbeck set out onn a road trip with Charley, his poodle,, to discover America. The result wass “Travels with Charley,” a bestsellerr based on the experience. During the autumn of 2013, Andrew Knapp, a freelance interface designer and photographer from Ontario, Canada, loaded his border collie, Momo, into a 1977 Volkswagen […]