THEATER Unplugged. The Best Day of Your Life – By Loveland Center and Venice Theatre May 31-June 3 on the Venice Theatre MainStage. $22. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. 488-1115 or www.venicestage.com. Real Life – By Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and written, directed by and starring WBTT artist Joel P.E. King, at 7:30 p.m. June 6-16 at the Westcoast Black […]


GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Giving your time to help others is fine. But don’t lose sight of your own needs. Make plans for an energy-restoring getaway with that very special person in your life. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Congratulate yourself on getting that difficult job done to everyone’s satisfaction. This could be the first of many […]


Solo: A Star Wars Story .½ (Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo) Young Han Solo (Ehrenreich) meets Lando (Glover) and Chewbacca (Suotamo), and flies the Millennium Falcon for the first time, in this “Star Wars” story. Ehrenreich doesn’t have Harrison Ford’s boyish charm in the title role, which is a shame. Worse, though, is the labored story and murky color […]

The art of burning books


For Ray Bradbury’s firemen of the future, it was a pleasure to burn. He named his prophetic novel “Fahrenheit 451,” claiming it was the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns. In his futuristic world reading is illegal and firemen are called to the houses of those hiding physical books; they set those hidden, personal libraries on fire. […]

The delicate art of larceny


Anything declarer can do to induce an error by the defense is a legitimate part of the game. Deception plays an important role in bridge, and a contract stolen by a ruse counts just as much as one fulfilled on its merits. West’s no-trump overcall was “unusual,” showing length in both minor suits. After his initial pass, the no-trump bid […]


THURSDAY, MAY 31, 10 P.M.Midsomer MurdersSeason 5, Part 2Tainted Fruit Barnaby and Troy must weed through a world of adultery and lies to catch a perpetrator. FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 11 P.M.Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?With Mark Hyman, MD Did you know that oatmeal actually isn’t a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and […]

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 Arthritis Noon-1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, ongoing Fee: $45 multi-class package; $7 per class Instructor: Sharon Fultz Tai chi has been proven by more than 30 medical […]

Charlotte Symphony’s new director wants to see orchestra grow

Ken Barber tried to retire once, and ended up as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s chairman of the board. So it’s no surprise he recruited another crack retired professional to helm the CSO behind the scenes, as its new executive director. Brian Laczko said goodbye to the Carson Center in Paducah, Kentucky, in 2017, after serving as its executive director. But […]

Can we not learn love from British royalty?

I donned my bright red fascinator and carefully adjusted its jaunty tulle confection of an over-sized rose. I conducted a quick inventory of my ensemble in a full-length mirror — why yes, my scarlet chapeau did look quite fetching with my black nightgown and leopard print bathrobe. I applied some lipstick and commenced to setting out the mimosa flutes. It […]

The power of the story


Every year our tribe of grantees makes the journey to the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida. While on retreat, the tribe members work on strategies to improve their ability to communicate the stories behind their organizations’ work in order to make real change. When focused beyond awareness, stories can be a powerful tool in change-making. […]