2017-07-20 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


Venice Theatre’s SummerStock program presents the campy musical “Zombie Prom” July 28- Aug. 12 on the theater’s MainStage. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. $25 for adults; $14 for college students; $12 for children. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115. Venice Theatre’s SummerStock program presents the campy musical “Zombie Prom” July 28- Aug. 12 on the theater’s MainStage. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. $25 for adults; $14 for college students; $12 for children. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115. THEATER

Theater Auditions - The Lemon Bay Playhouse holds open auditions for “Annoyance,” the first show of its 31st season, from 7-8:30 p.m. July 23 and 24 at the playhouse. The play calls for a cast of one female and two male actors. No appointments required. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. www.lemonbayplayhouse.com or 475-6756.

Zombie Prom - By Venice Theatre’s SummerStock program July 28-Aug. 12 on the theater’s MainStage. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. $25 for adults; $14 for college students; $12 for children. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

Relatively Speaking - By the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training at 7:30 p.m. through July 30 at the Cook Theatre in the FSU Center for Performing Arts. 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 351-8000, 800-361-8388 or www.asolorep.org.

Broadway in Black - By Westcoast Black Theatre Troup through July 23. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. $39.50 adults, $22/students and active military with valid ID. 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. 366-1505 or westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Right Bed, Wrong Husband - By the Off Broadway Palm Theatre through July 29. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com.

Mary Poppins - At Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Aug. 12. 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-278-4422 or www.BroadwayPalm.com.

Women in Jeopardy - By Theatre Conspiracy Aug. 11-26 at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-936-3239 or www.artinlee.org.

THURSDAY 7.20

Holiday Time - A Christmas in July Alive after 5 is set for 5-8 p.m. in downtown Punta Gorda. The event includes holiday treats, decorations, discounts, art demos, wine tasting, dining, music, shopping and even Santa. 505-1915 or tcraft1@embarqmail.com.

Book Sale - Sandman Book Company holds its “Christmas in July” book sale today, with free holiday gift wrapping from 5-8 p.m. The sale includes 10 percent off books and other items. 16480 Burnt Store Road. 505-1624 or www.SandmanBooks.com.

Mystical Journey - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents an “Ancient Atlantis & Lemuria Workshop” from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Souls Journey. $14.50 members; $29 non-members. 4456 Tamiami Trail, Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224 or lorenzomarion.com.

Song & Dance - Michelle Kasanofsky presents “To All the Men I’ve Loved Before” at 8 p.m. today and Friday at Venice Theatre as part of the fifth annual Summer Cabaret Festival. $20. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

Comedy Show - Brian Bradley performs tonight through Saturday at Visani. Tickets start at $8. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Solo Act - Robert Garcia performs acoustic versions of favorite music from the 1970s from 6-9 p.m. at Ricaltini’s Bar and Grille. No cover charge. 1997 Kentucky Ave., Englewood.

FRIDAY 7.21

Friday Fun - The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall hosts its second Friday Fest of the summer from 5-9 p.m. on the bayside lawn. Kettle of Fish performs blues, soul and funk with rock ‘n roll energy. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Outside food and drink are prohibited. Free admission. www.VanWezel.org.

Quilt Group - The Peace River Quilt Guild meets from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday at Faith Lutheran Church. The group accepts guests April through December only. 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda. www.peaceriverquilters.org.

Free Concerts - Michael Hirst performs from noon-3 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. Danny Beach performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Live Music - Mark Dupuy performs “Music You Remember” from 7-10 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

SATURDAY 7.22

Variety Show - Nick Drivas presents “Love at First Sight” at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at Venice Theatre as part of the fifth annual Summer Cabaret Festival. $20. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. www.VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

Country Music - Lee Allcorn’s Southern Country Soul performs the best of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and more at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. $13 members; $17 non-members. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 221, or www.theculturalcenter.com.

Live Music - Karaoke with Tom Lloyd runs from 7-10 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

The Heartland Bluegrass Association - holds the Heartland Bluegrass Bash at 1 p.m. at Craig’s RV Resort, with a slow jam at 10 a.m. This month’s featured bands are Pine Island Express, Jam Band and Alligator Alley. $7 non-members; free for members. 7895 NE Cubitis Ave., Arcadia. 467-2051, www.heartlandbluegrass.org or heartlandbluegrass@gmail.com.

Comedy Show - The Library Comedy Club presents headliner Steve Lazlow at 7:30 p.m. at The Sheraton Four Points. $10 in advance; $15 at the door; two-drink minimum required. 33 Tamiami Trail For reservations: degame@att.net or 305-343-2930.

Saturday Samplings - Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine offers a tasting of its Haley Handcrafted Chocolates, along with premier wines and craft beers from around the world, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday. 117 Herald Court, Suite 1112, Punta Gorda. 505-4079.

Farmers Market - A farmers market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.- noon at Taylor Street and West Olympia Avenue in front of the old Charlotte County Courthouse. Shop for fresh and organic produce, seafood, baked goods and more. 391-4856.

Live Music - Chris G performs from noon-4 p.m. in Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. The Country Express Band performs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639- 8721 or www.fishville.com.

SUNDAY 7.23

Yoga Class - The Yoga Sanctuary “Basic Back Care: Keeping It Safe in Class” from 1-3 p.m. $35. 1123 Sullivan St. www.theyogasanctuary.biz or 505- YOGA (9642).

Rock Out - Dorian and The Furniture perform at 8 p.m. at Venice Theatre as part of the fifth annual Summer Cabaret Festival. $20. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. www.VeniceStage.com or 488-1115.

Farmers Market - The Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at History Park, 501 Shreve St. Shop for vegetables, bakery, meats, seafood, plants, gifts and antiques. When the market closes, guided tours by Miss Starr of the gardens are available. $5 suggested donation includes a plant to take home. 639-1887.

Live Music - Rita Beach performs from 2-6 p.m. in the Village Courtyard at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Listening Room - Writers On the Air is seeking writers of all levels, as well as listeners, for its family-friendly BYOB Listening Room that tapes at 3 p.m. every Sunday at the Common Grounds Meeting Hall. Sign up is at 2:30 p.m. and the show airs at 5 p.m. on WKDW 97.5 FM. 12735 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. www.KDWRadio.com.

Free Concert - John Frinzi performs from 2-5 p.m. at the Nav-A-Gator. No cover charge, but donations of canned goods and nonperishable food items are welcome for the food bank. 9700 SW Riverview Circle, Lake Suzy. 627-3474.

Solo Act - Robert Garcia performs acoustic versions of favorite music from the 1970s from noon-3 p.m. at Waterside Grill. No cover charge. 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida.

MONDAY 7.24

Yoga Intro - The Yoga Sanctuary presents an “Introduction to Yoga Series” from 4-5:15 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 7. $99. 1123 Sullivan St. www.theyogasanctuary.biz or 505-YOGA (9642).

Kayak Trip - GAEA guides lead a Shell Creek kayak tour from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. $40, includes all supplies. For reservations: gaeaguides.com or (239) 694-5513.

On the Air - North Port Community Radio WKDW-97.5 hosts an open mic for poets, fiction writers, playwrights, storytellers and original practitioners of the written word from 7-9 p.m. on Mondays at the Common Grounds Meeting Hall. Area writing groups, school and college writers and teachers are invited. The format is flexible. Performances are broadcast live. 12735 Tamiami Trail, North Port. www.KDWRadio.com or 564-8739.

TUESDAY 7.25

Art Discussion - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents “Conversation: The Age of Bronze: Past and Present” at 10:30 a.m. in the Chao Lecture Hall. A ticket is required. $5; free for members. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Comedy Show - Round 3 of 1st Comic Standing starts at 8 p.m. at Visani. Free admission. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “El Norte” (British- American 1983) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130.

WEDNESDAY 7.26

Art Party - Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services hosts a Wine & Cheese Reception for the Art & Public Places Artist of the Month, Nancy Briechle, from 5-7 p.m. 635 E. Marion Ave. 639-1133.

Benefit Event - Get Glitzy for dogs and cats at from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Suncoast Humane Society and Jewelry for a Cause at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Bring a donation of “unloved” jewelry or a $5 entry fee and shop for hundreds of pieces of donated jewelry. Proceeds benefit the shelter. 6465 Mayport St., Englewood. www.humane.org.

Wine & Karaoke - Karaoke with Jeannie Smyth, “The Blues and Jazz Lady,” runs from 7-9 p.m. at The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

Comedy Show - Frank Del Pizzo performs tonight through Saturday at Visani. Tickets start at $8. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Open Mic - An open mic night starts at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Common Grounds. Music, stand-up comedy and poetry are welcome. 12735 Tamiami Trail, North Port. 564-8739.

Meditation Program - Spiritual psychic medium Lorenzo Marion presents “Meditation for the Soul” from 6-7 p.m. every Wednesday at The Souls Journey. Learn to live a balanced life and share a beautiful guided meditation. Love donations accepted. 4456 Tamiami Trail, Ste. A-9. To RSVP: 875-8224.

UPCOMING

Godspell Junior - By Charlotte County Children’s Theatre Inc. at 7 p.m. July 28 and 29 at the Cultural Center Theater. $15 adults; $7 students. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175, ext. 221, or www.theculturalcenter.com.

Dance Night - The Cultural Center hosts a special Friday Night Dance featuring Kate & The Keys from 7-10 p.m. July 28 at in the Conference Center. The evening includes live music by an up and coming powerhouse musician from the Englewood area. $10. Cash bar. 2280 Aaron St. 625-4175 or www.theculturalcenter.com.

ONGOING

Theater Camp - Lemon Bay Playhouse hosts the Lemondrops Summer Theatre Camp for children ages 7-14 through July 28, ending with a pair of performances July 28 and 29. Taught by Cheryl Hastings, the camp includes activities such as improvisation, theater games, body movement, blocking, tongue twisters, puppetry and rehearsals for the 45-minute performance of the play, “The Day of Tranquilitist.” $210. 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. 475-6756 or www.lemonbayplayhouse.com.

Ringling Exhibit - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents the exhibit “Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration” through Oct. 15. The exhibition is not only a celebration of artistic practice in the Tampa Bay area, but also an exercise in collaboration as it is shared between the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Free with admission. $25 general admission. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Photo Show - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents “Posed: Portrait Photography from the Permanent Collection” through Oct. 29. The show highlights portraits from the permanent collection with featured works by preeminent 20th-century artists such as Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Edward Weston and Andy Warhol. Free with admission. $25 general admission. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Bronze Exhibit - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents “Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Minneapolis Institute of Art” through Sept. 10. The exhibit showcases nearly 100 Chinese bronze objects from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Free with museum admission. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Ringling Installation - The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art presents Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” through June 1, 2018. The exhibit was inspired by the fabled fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century imperial retreat just outside Beijing. The sculptures are on The Ringling’s grounds and viewing is free and open to the public. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359- 5700 or www.ringling.org.

Private tours - Ca’ d’Zan Private Places Tours are offered daily at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The 45-minute tour takes participants to the mansion’s private places and docent share stories about the world’s richest people who once visited the landmark. The tour is not included with museum admission. $20 public; $10 members. 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota. 359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Art Classes - The Painted Cabana offers art classes in Mermaids, Seahorses, Palm Pod Fish, Best CocoNuts, Painted Glasses, Mixed Media, Painted Bottles and more. 16500 Burnt Store Road, Ste. 110, Punta Gorda www.thepaintedcabana.com or 239-986-2273.

New Exhibit - A new interactive exhibit tells the history of the Boca Grande bridge and demonstrates the original bridge mechanics as well as the state of the art electronics of the recently opened new bridge. The exhibit can be viewed at the Boca Grande Historical Society, 170 Park Ave., Boca Grande, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call for Saturday hours: 964-1600.

Public Events - Lion’s Den Restaurant at Kingsgate Golf & Country Club offers 2-for-1 happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. An all-you-can-eat fish fry is held on Fridays for $9.95. 24000 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. 625-0680.

Wine Bar - The Gilded Grape Winery & Wine Bar offers “It’s 5:00 Somewhere!” Wine Tastings from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday. Tastings are $15 per person; $25 per couple. Wine Flight is $15 per person, with four wines. 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. 235-9463 or www.gildedgrape.com.

Wine Tasting - Catania’s Winery LLC holds wine tastings from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 524 Paul Morris Drive, Englewood. www.cataniaswinery@yahoo.com or 475-7553. ¦

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