Natural wines: The next big thing


There’s a reason why so-called “natural” wines are making such a big impression these days. Mostly, it’s an indication of the overall trend for foods and lifestyles that are closer to the earth, non-GMO products, all-natural ingredients, yoga and the like. One Southwest Floridian is betting the farm (so to speak) on the quality and appeal of natural wines. He’s […]

Getting ready for the boys of summer

Long before the gates open or the crack of the bat and roar of the crowd fills Florida’s spring training ballparks, men and women are at work. They arrange the printing of pocket schedules and pack baseballs to transport on big trucks and clean seats. They sell billboard advertising and organize national anthem tryouts and hire seasonal workers. The details […]

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. Radiant Health – Mindful Living10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 17Fee: Non-members $42 includinglunch; members pay only the $10lunch feeInstructor: Annette Franks This program will explore evidence-based integrative mind-body-health practices that we […]


“Sweet” event to benefit VAC kids’ program The sixth annual “Artfully Sweet Soirée” — a fundraiser for the Visual Art Center’s Children’s Art Program, featuring art, dessert wine, luxury sweet treats and music — is being hosted by Karen Brown with Michael Saunders & Co., and Teresa McCarthy with Arthur Rutenberg Homes. The event will be held from 5 to […]

Holy Trinity’s big, fat, wonderful Greek festival returns

With the season at its height, it’s physically impossible to go to every event that sounds like fun. Read on for some offerings worthy of a spot on your calendar. Greek Fest The 24th Annual Greek Fest promises to make you feel like you’ve gone to Greece for the weekend. Members of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will share […]

Eugenia Zukerman, a woman of multiple talents, to perform with the symphony

In addition to being a virtuoso flutist, Eugenia Zukerman — nicknamed Classical Genie — is also an Emmynominated broadcast journalist, adept music administrator, acclaimed author and an internet entrepreneur who founded ClassicalGenie, a company providing insightful video content to music schools, artists, managers and orchestras. A modern-day Renaissance woman, Ms. Zukerman will be center stage performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. […]


FGCU presents “The Foreigner” The Theatre Program in the Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University presents Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner.” Winner of two Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Obie for Best New American Play, “The Foreigner” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25, and at 2 p.m. […]


THEATER The Full Monty – By the Charlotte Players Feb. 24-March 5 at the Cultural Center Theater. $26 adults; $13 students. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 220, or www.theculturalcenter.org. The Drunken City – By the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Feb. 21-March 12. The show previews in the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 […]

If you want some laughs, ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ is a no-brainer

Imagine Monty Python deciding to put on a play about Sherlock Holmes, and you’ll have a good idea what Gulfshore Playhouse’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is like. From the first minute the actors step foot onstage, insanity ensues. If you’re a fervent Sherlockian purist, you’ll likely be disappointed, as the play lurches and weaves like a drunkard, far from […]

‘The LEGO Batman Movie’


“The LEGO Batman Movie” is a delightful satire of Batman as a pop culture icon, and it’s a pretty decent Batman movie at the same time. The DC Comics Extended Universe, the Dark Knight trilogy, the first four “Batman” movies and even the old “Batman” TV show are referenced with a sly wink and smile. But that’s not all: Voldemort, […]