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 Conspiracy announces New Play Contest finalists

Theatre Conspiracy has announced the three finalists for the 2016-2017 New Play Contest: “Noli Timere” (“Don’t Be Afraid”) by Jared Michael Delaney, “Caesar’s Blood” by Rich Rubin and “Highness” by Carolyn Kras. Finalists were selected from over 600 entries across the United States, Canada, Israel, Thailand and England. The winner will be voted on by the audience and announced at […]


SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A tense personal problem needs to be talked out before someone decides to walk out. Resist making decisions until full explanations are offered from both sides. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A technological glitch that caused problems recently will soon be repaired, and life can return to normal. A colleague has a surprising […]

‘Doctor Strange’


You know you’ve seen jawdropping action scenes in movies. What you don’t know is how jaw-droppingly awesome the action is in “Doctor Strange.” Please, dear reader, if you enjoy grand visual spectacles that push modern visual effects to new limits, do not miss this movie. Director Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”) takes the sidewalk and road bending of “Inception” to the next […]

Just my cup of tea: Gulfshore Playhouse’s version of ‘My Fair Lady’


Long anticipated, “My Fair Lady” has finally opened at Gulfshore Playhouse, the company’s first musical in nine years. And it’s cause for celebration, because the production is, in a word, stupendous. This cast and creative team somehow manage to make this 60-year-old classic both timeless and fresh, which is quite a feat. Among those of us of a certain age […]


Fresh Jersey Tomatoes holding toy drive The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes, a group of 70 women originally from New Jersey who now reside in Charlotte County, are holding the FJT Toy Drive for underprivileged children currently receiving services from Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. Holiday wrapped boxes will be located at local retail stores and restaurants in addition to the Punta Gorda […]


David Sussman display changed Photographer David Sussman’s showing of his “River Meets Harbor” private collection at an open house and “meet the artist” display was changed from Nov. 17 to Jan. 19 at Landsberg Bennett Wealth Management, 252 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda. Jazz social hits Copperfish The public is invited to enjoy an evening of live jazz and socializing […]

Where THERE’S hope

ANN ATWATER WAS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST. CP Ellis was the Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan. They worked together during the desegregation of Durham, N.C., schools in 1971 — though initially, not willingly at all. She sees him as a “stupid Cracker” who’s dangerous. “If looks could kill, there wouldn’t be a black face left in town,” […]

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cuttings

House Hunting:

13452 High Springs Ave., Port Charlotte

Here’s a four-bedroom, three-bath, split-plan home with more than 2,300 square feet under air, nicely situated in a quiet setting with a privacy easement in the backyard. A decorative front door leads to the tiled entry and spacious living/dining room. The open kitchen offers wood cabinetry, plenty of counter space and a large breakfast bar overlooking the dinette eating area. […]