THEATER The Savannah Sipping Society – By the Charlotte Players Feb. 2-5 and 8-12 at the Langdon Playhouse. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 and 12. $18 adults; $9 students. 1182 Market Circle 255-1022 or charlotteplayers.ticketleap.com. Born Yesterday – By Asolo Repertory Theatre Feb. 8-April 15. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000, (800) […]

DeSoto exhibit showcases ‘Art of the River’

Paintings, sculptures, photography and other work by some of the area’s best artists will be on display at the fifth annual Art of the River exhibit beginning Thursday, Feb. 2. Sponsored by the DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council, the art exhibit will be open for preview from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at South Florida State College […]


Thursday, Feb. 2, 10 P.M.Miss Fisher’s Murder MysteriesBlood and MoneyPhryne investigates the world ofstreet urchins when a young boy hiresher to find his missing brother. Friday, Feb. 3, 9 P.M.Live from Lincoln Center50 Years of Mostly MozartCelebrate the 50th anniversary ofLincoln Center for the PerformingArts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, one ofthe world’s major music festivals. Thevisionary programming celebrates thegenius of Mozart […]


AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Keep your keen senses open to possible changes in personal and/or professional situations. Knowing what might lie ahead gives you an edge on how to handle it. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Personal pressures at work could create a problem with your performance. Best advice: Focus on the job ahead of you. If […]

‘A Dog’s Purpose’


“A Dog’s Purpose” has a terrible start and gets worse from there. A red retriever runs away from the pound and is caught by two irresponsible day laborers. It’s a hot summer day. They leave the dog in the truck, windows rolled up, as they go inside to get horribly drunk. Expectedly, the hot dog begins panting. It’s the 1950s. […]

Days might be chilly, but Charlotte’s arts scene is hot

While there might be a slight chill in the air, Charlotte County’s cultural scene is hotter than ever. Read on for some events you won’t want to miss. Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour Who doesn’t love a good home tour? It’s a chance to peek in our neighbors’ homes and come away with ideas on way to […]

Mood, films at Sundance project gloom amidst parties

Humans — we have a problem. We. Are. All. Going. To. Die. Yes, this is a scientific fact. It is indisputable. It also is the frightening reality portrayed in many of the films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival lineup. With issues of climate at the forefront of the programming, the reality our certain inevitability coming sooner than later is […]

Founder’s Square The heart of Babcock Ranch

The band shell that will host concerts for those gathered on an inviting green has been completed. On the opposite side of the green, a splash pad is nearly finished and waiting to hear the playful laughter of children of all ages. Benches that offer inviting places to relax, read, have conversations with friends, or enjoy views of Lake Babcock […]


... exposes her inner photographer

YOU CAN TAKE A GIRL OUT of the Big Apple, but you can’t take the Big Apple out of the girl. That’s probably why everything about Donna Valenti says “New York.” She emits an energy that’s palpable — like a rush-hour Manhattan cabbie hopped up on “cawfee.” What Ms. Valenti has … what she developed during her tenure in the […]

Lab Theater invites community to come together and Read for Peace

In honor of Black History Month, The Laboratory Theater of Florida is hosting Read for Peace, a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech. Religious, business and community leaders and residents from all walks of life will read excerpts from Dr. King’s iconic speech at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. The event is free and […]