Concert to benefit hurricane relief

On Sunday, Nov. 19, the Gulf Coast Symphony and Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers will perform a concert at 7 p.m. to help organizations providing relief from hurricane Irma. Audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, home supplies, pet food or a check (fully tax-deductible) written to the SWFL Community Foundation (with SWFL Hurricane Fund in the memo). The Southwest […]

Charlotte Symphony honors veterans in season opener

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a special program in tribute to veterans on Sunday, Nov. 12. A colorful program — ranging from the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Sousa marches to poignant works about John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln — will honor and celebrate the men and women of our armed forces. The concert will also highlight a […]

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. Basics of Egyptian Mythology 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 Fee: $53 Instructor: Dr. Sharon MacLaren An introduction to the religious beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians with emphasis […]


SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Go ahead. Reward yourself for helping settle a disturbing workplace situation. On another note: A personal relationship might be moving to a higher level. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A sudden change of heart by a colleague might create some momentary uncertainty. But stay with your original decision and, if necessary, defend it. […]



George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julianne Moore. All Oscar winners, all Hollywood royalty — and all part of the absolute misfire that is “Suburbicon,” a mistake of a movie that will be a stain on their careers. How could three people who are so good at what they do veer so far off track? “Suburbicon” is the name of a small […]

The Naples Players turn back the clock in ‘Maple & Vine’

An acquaintance of mine bemoans that she was “born too late.” A child of the ’70s, she wishes she had lived in the 1950s instead. It was a much hipper time, she feels. She loves the clothing, the music, the cars, the look. I suspect she almost sees the era as an extended episode of “Happy Days.” What she doesn’t […]


THEATER Later Life – By Lemon Bay Playhouse through Nov. 5. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. $20 adults; $14 students. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. www.lemonbayplayhouse.com or 475-6756. Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage – By Venice Theatre’s Stage II Series Nov. 2-19 in the Pinkerton Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m. […]

New director is primed to make Charlotte Symphony grow

What do Devorah Kermisch and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra have in common? Two things: (1) Both are familiar with growing an organization. (2) Both are poised to grow together as Ms. Kermisch takes the role of the CSO’s newest executive director. “Being at the symphony right now is really interesting because I began my career in 1999 with the Columbus […]


Comedy for a Cause benefit is reset Postponed by Hurricane Irma, the fifth annual Comedy for a Cause fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. All previously distributed sponsor, VIP and show-only tickets will be honored on the new date. The cast of eight local business […]


Breathe … (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander) Paralyzed in his prime from polio, Robin (Garfield) finds new meaning in his life thanks to his wife (Foy) and other loved ones. Garfield and Foy are strong as the leads, and it’s ultimately a hopeful story that’s not as depressing as it looks. Rated PG-13. Happy Death Day . 1/2 (Jessica […]