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Arts & Entertainment: Week of Jan. 23

January 23, 2013
North Fort Myers Neighbor

* Free concert

Chris Driesbach, a Christian singer/songwriter from New Orleans, will perform a concert at Bethany Lutheran Church on Friday, Feb. 1. Chris will perform songs from several albums about which you can learn at

There is no cost for the concert and everyone is invited. It begins at 6:30 pm. Bethany is at 264 Evergreen Rd in North Fort Myers. The phone number is 239-995-0998.

* Dixieland Band coming to Cape Coral

The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band is coming to Cape Coral as part of this year's Faith Concert Series on Friday, Feb. 15.

You will not want to miss this upbeat, exciting evening. No strangers to Southwest Florida, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band has played at many concert venues in Fort Myers, Estero, and Naples. Started in 1976 at "Jimmy's on the Levee" in downtown St. Paul, MN, this band has evolved into a premier show band which travels throughout the country. Although Dixieland is their favorite style, the band plays all types of music in their show.

Tickets for this concert are just $10 and can be purchased at the church office at 4544 Coronado Parkway or by calling 239-542-2858. You don't want to miss this fun evening of toe-tapping Dixieland swing.

* Live entertainment at Miromar

Miromar Outlets invites the public to attend the following live entertqaiment events in the month of February:

Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m. & Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy free live music every weekend with a variety of performers and music styles!

Visit for complete list of performers and locations.

* Fine Craft Bash 2013

Join the Southwest Florida Craft Guild and the Cape Coral Arts Studio as they present the 13th annual fund-raiser, Fine Craft Bash, Sunday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Arts Studio and the SW Florida Craft Guild Scholar-ship program. Choose from a variety of workshops from 9 a.m. to noon, including Fused Glass, Raku Firing, Kumihimo, Mixed Media Collage and Doll Making. Afternoon workshops from 14 p.m. include Wire Wrapping, Stained Glass, California Weav-ing, Pine Needle Baskets and Cluster Beadwork. For more information, e-mail or call 574-0802. The Cape Coral Arts Studio is located at 4533 Coronado Parkway in Rubicond Park in south Cape Coral.

* Screaming Orphans return to the Davis Art Center

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers will host the fourth annual Screaming Orphans concert at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers Jan. 26.

The band Kilt the Messenger will perform outside in front of the arts center beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the Screaming Orphans on the inside stage at 8 p.m.

The Screaming Orphans are four talented, funny, high-spirited, musically obsessed sisters who had the good fortune to be raised in the magical city of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland.

The quartet has a big following across the United States and is quite popular in Fort Myers, having performed here several times. January will mark their fourth annual concert at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The 2012 event sold out and provided a fantastic show.

All proceeds benefit The Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center and the Rotary Trust Fund. Food will be provided by Reuben's Catering with special desserts by Norman Love Confections. Tickets are $60 and include dinner and the performances.

For sponsorship information or to reserve a table, call 239-332-8158 or 239-980-1077.

Tickets may be purchased online at or at The Alliance for the Arts.

* Southwest Florida Symphony on Sanibel

The Southwest Florida Symphony will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at BIG ARTS, Schein Hall, 900 Dunlop, Sanibel.

Program details:

Leif Byaland, Conductor

Rebecca Didderich, Soloist

Mozart - Divertimento

Britten - Lachryme

Tchaikovsky - String Serenade

For more information email: or visit

* USO-Inspired Stars & Stripes Variety Show Gala Jan. 25

The SWFL Museum of History will hold a USO-Inspired Stars & Stripes Variety Show Gala from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.

The 1940s USO-style hangar dance and dinner featuring a Stars & Stripes Variety Show theme will be helad at Page Field, 501 Danley Drive.

Tickets are $75 and tables are available for purchase. Reservations are required by calling 239-321-7430 or can be purchased at

For more information Email: or visit

* Chrysalis Chamber Players

New Hope Presbyterian Church welcomes the Chrysalis Chamber Players in concert on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. Free and open to the public, this concert will feature music for flute, trumpet, violin, and piano. They will perform works by Martinu, Stephenson, and Ewazen. New Hope Presbyterian Church is at 3825 McGregor Blvd., just one block south of the Fort Myers Country Club. For more info call the New Hope church office at 239-274-1230 or visit their website at .

* 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" will be presented at The Laboratory Theater of Florida beginning through Jan. 27.

The Laboratory Theater of Florida on the corner of Second Street and Woodford Avenue at 1634 Woodford Ave) in the Fort Myers River District. Remaining performances are 24, 25, 26 at 8 p.m., and Jan 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.

Group discounts available. Tickets are $20 adults, $18.50 senior Thursdays, $12 students with valid ID. Call (239) 218-0481 or visit for more information.

* Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands

Teen bands of all genres are invited to enter the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands.

The top three finalist bands will receive prize packages and will perform live in at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in March.

Bands are encouraged to upload an audio or video recording to YouTube and to provide the link and entry form by the deadline of Feb. 15.

The bands will be judged by a combination of a judges panel (60 percent) and online voting (40 percent). Online voting will be open from Feb. 16 to March 1. The first place prize includes an eight-hour studio recording session at Sonic Recording Studios and a feature article in Spot Music Magazine.

The event is presented by Howl Gallery and the Southwest Florida Reading Festival and is intended to encourage involvement in reading and the arts among high school and middle school age students.

"We hope this is a big draw for the area teens and that it becomes an annual event," said Andy Howl, Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands chairman and owner of Howl Gallery in Fort Myers. "We are very excited about the visibility and live performance opportunity this contest offers the teens in this community."

The contest is open to teens from 13 to 19 years old who are Lee County residents.

For more information, or to enter a band go to .

For more information about the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, call 239-337-READ (7323) or visit

The Reading Festival is 100 percent community supported through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event visit to make a secure online donation.

* A Night with Vickie Shaw

The SW Florida Gay and Lesbian Chorus present will present A Night with Vickie Shaw on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers in the sanctuary located at 13411 Shire Lane right off Daniels Parkway.

General seating - $20 donation. VIP donation - $38: includes front and center seating, autographed program, champagne reception with a meet and greet. Visit or call 239-410-2035.



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