SYMPHONY Cinema Sounds – The Venice Symphony presents “A Tribute to Music in Cinema” at 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 3:30 p.m. May 5 at The Venice Performing Arts Center. Guest Conductor Troy Quinn and the orchestra present classic music from the movies. Guest violin soloist and 34-year concertmaster of The New York Philharmonic Glenn Dicterow performs John Williams’ themes […]

Free comic book day planned for Fort Myers

Comics Cards And Stuff in Fort Myers is celebrating the comic book art form from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, by giving away comic books. It’s part of a worldwide effort to introduce people to comic books. Participating stores expect to giveaway 2.7 million comics. “The wide array of comic books being published today ensures that […]

House hunting

113 Graham St. S.E., Port Charlotte 33952

What a view from this incredibly rare executive residence with southern exposure directly on Charlotte Harbor. Find retreat in this thoughtfully designed four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with ample entertaining spaces for all. Enter the foyer to enjoy the unique focal point chandelier drawing the eye up to the loft and upstairs bedroom suite with bathroom, private balcony overlooking the harbor, and […]


Unprecedented in its day, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ still rings true among generations

WHAT HAPPENS TO A DREAM deferred? Poet Langston Hughes knew. So did playwright Lorraine Hansberry. Mr. Hughes wrote a famous poem about it. Ms. Hansberry wrote a play, naming it after one of his lines. In 1959, “A Raisin in the Sun” became the first play by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. Its entire cast, save for […]

Punta Gorda Block Party will rock the streets again

Downtown Punta Gorda will belong to the Punta Gorda Block Party again on Saturday, April 28, when the popular street festival takes over Marion Avenue, the city’s main drag. Hundreds of thousands of revelers over a 30-year span have attended the biggest and best street festival in Southwest Florida to enjoy the food, drink, live entertainment and celebrate life in […]

Jeff Klinkenberg’s fourth collection is another Florida treasure


¦ “Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life” by Jeff Klinkenberg. University Press of Florida. 248 pages. Hardcover, $24.95. You’re not likely to find a book that can top this one for love of its topic, wisdom, curious information and a quiet, self-deprecating humor. If Florida has a soul, then Jeff Klinkenberg is its singer. If you enjoy unforgettable […]

A toast to the camaraderie of aging

From Birkenstocks to Botox — I’ve become so superficial with age. When I was in my 20s and even into my 30s, I wore make-up only for special occasions (which was rare), I bought most of my clothes at Goodwill, I went through a fairly long phase when I didn’t shave my legs or underarms (what can I say — […]

Venice Symphony welcomes its final maestro in music director search

The Venice Symphony’s final concert, “A Tribute to Music in Cinema,” marks not only the end to an exciting season of concerts, but also the unveiling of the final candidate in its season-long search, “7 Concerts & Conductors: Finding Maestro.” And now, 164 candidates later, multi–talented guest conductor Troy Quinn will conduct the last notes of the Venice Symphony before […]

Silence is sometimes golden


There are times when a player who has made a marginal bid later wishes he had never opened his mouth. One reason for this is that the action taken reveals vital information about the bidder’s hand that can then be used against him during the play. Take this case, which occurred in a major regional knockout team championship. At the […]

The quality of Visani’s food and wine is no joke

Once upon a time, we traveled to a magical castle where there was feasting and laughter aplenty. OK, maybe it wasn’t magical — but the part about the feasting and laughter is no fairy tale. Visani Restaurant and Comedy Theater, with its new wine room, has been a Charlotte County mainstay for traditional Italian fare and great steaks, along with […]