‘T2: Trainspotting’


“Trainspotting” (1996) was a jolt of a movie, an unpleasant inside look at heroin addiction and the hardships it entails. Anyone expecting more of the same in “T2: Trainspotting,” however, should be warned: This is a different kind of movie. Because it had to be. It’s slower, more measured and thoughtful. In some ways it’s about how addicts struggle to […]

Snowbird season ends with a bang

It’s the time of year when snowbirds begin flying north for the summer. It’s been a great season, jam-packed with theater and music and all kinds of interesting events. And while there’s lots to do during our ever-extending shoulder season, it’s time for this columnist to take a break. So I’m signing off until the fall — after leaving you […]

Will Ferrell’s current projects include HBO political drama


Q: I haven’t seen a lot from Will Ferrell lately. Can you tell me what he’s up to? — Ben D., Hartford, Connecticut A: While Mr. Ferrell is keeping busy starring in the half-dozen movies he’s got in the pipeline — “The House,” “Zeroville,” “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Holmes and Watson,” to name a few — he and Adam McKay […]

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. Tai Chi for ArthritisNoon-1 p.m.Monday and Wednesday OngoingFee: $45 multiclass package; $7 perclassInstructor: Sharon Fultz Tai chi is proven by over 30 medical studies to improve health for anyone with […]


THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 8 P.M.Makers: Women Who MakeSouthwest FloridaSee portraits of the 2017 honorees— authentic, passionate and inspiringwomen who will leave a lasting impact onthe people, environment, economy andculture of Southwest Florida. FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 9 P.M.Great PerformancesDudamel Conducts TangosUnder the Stars withthe L.A. PhilharmonicSway to the sounds coaxed from theLos Angeles Philharmonic by MusicDirector Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood […]


Beauty and the Beast ..½ (Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ian McKellen) In Disney’s live-action remake of its animated classic, Belle (Ms. Watson) is trapped in the Beast’s (Ms. Stevens) enchanted castle, but is helped by a clock (Mr. McKellen) and candelabra (Ewan McGregor), among other living furniture. It remains a sweet love story at its core, and the visuals are […]


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Avoid having someone else take credit for the project you started by finishing it yourself. Then it will be you lovely Lambs who will be wearing those well-deserved laurels. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The facts about a new opportunity are still emerging. Wait until they’re all out in the open, and then […]

Don’t think it can’t happen


¦ “Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars” by T.L. Williams. First Coast Publishers. 350 pages. Trade paperback, $15.95. This fascinating techno-thriller grows out of the reality of nonstop cyberwar that, while largely invisible, is constantly going on all around us. Not only do nations spy on one another by hacking computers, in both the public and private sectors of enemies and […]


Publix $1,000,000 golf scramble The second annual Publix $1,000,000 Shootout — a charity golf scramble benefiting Florida Compassion Foundation — is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at Bobcat Trail Golf Club, 1350 Bobcat Trail, North Port. Team Check-in opens at 6:30 a.m., putting contest starts at 6:45 a.m. and the shootout shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. The event is […]

‘Things My Mother Taught Me’ delivers laughs, perspective

Katherine DiSavino’s “Things My Mother Taught Me,” on stage in the Off Broadway Palm through April 29, centers around Gabe (played by James Putnam) and Olivia (Katie Pankow), two 28-year-olds (OK she’s only 27 and one-half) who have driven a U-Haul from New York to Chicago and are moving into their first apartment together. It’s not going well. The brand […]