2017-09-07 / What to Do, Where to Go

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO


The Visual Arts Center presents the “Cultures Across the World” multimedia fine art exhibit Sept. 12-29 in the Main Gallery. An opening reception is set for 5 p.m. Sept. 20. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org. The Visual Arts Center presents the “Cultures Across the World” multimedia fine art exhibit Sept. 12-29 in the Main Gallery. An opening reception is set for 5 p.m. Sept. 20. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org. THEATER

Annoyance - By the Lemon Bay Playhouse through Sept. 24. $20 adults; $14 students. 96 W. Dearborn St,, Englewood. www.lemonbayplayhouse.com or 475-6756.

Pilgrims - By Urbanite Theatre through Sept. 10. 1487 2nd St., Sarasota. 321-1397 or urbanitethratre.com.

Theater Auditions - Venice Theatre holds audition for “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage” (7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11); “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18); and The Silver Foxes performance troupe (10 a.m. Sept. 11 and 12). Auditions will be held at the theater at 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. For info, perusal scripts and to sign up for play auditions: www.venicestage.com/audition or 484- 4033. For Silver Foxes info: 486-8679 or visit The Silver Foxes Facebook page.


The “Phantastic” Philly Plowden performs with Paul Jensen Sept. 13-16 at Visani. Tickets start at $8. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Highway. The “Phantastic” Philly Plowden performs with Paul Jensen Sept. 13-16 at Visani. Tickets start at $8. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Highway. Wiley and the Hairy Man - By the Venice Theatre’s “Generations” Series Sept 7-17. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. $20 adults; $12 students. www.venicestage.com or 488-1115.

and back again - By Moving Ethos Dance at Urbanite Theatre Sept. 13-16. Show times vary. 1487 Second St., Sarasota. www.urbanitetheatre.com or 321- 1397.

THURSDAY 9.7

Comedy Show - America’s Funniest Retired Cop, Mike Armstrong, performs tonight through Saturday at Visani. Tickets start at $8. Show times vary. 2400 Kings Highway. 629-9191 or www.visani.net.

Pet Party - Salty Paws presents the Muttini Mingle from 5:30-8 p.m. at Fishermen’s Village next to Scotty’s Brewhouse. Enjoy a happy hour for people and their pets with raffles, discounts and music by Paul Cottrell. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. www.fishville.com or 575-7599.

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 9.8

Music Fest - The Big Orange Music Fest Sunset Celebration runs from 5-9 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. The BoogieMen perform at 8 p.m. at Harpoon Harry’s. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 575-3007 or www.fishville.com.


Suncoast Humane Society hosts “Pints for Paws” at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at The Celtic Ray Public House. The event includes music by the Surfin’ Dead, magic by Logan Ryan, imported beers, auction items, a raffle and a Pot O’Gold. Proceeds benefit homeless animals. This event is 21 and over only. 145 E. Marion Ave. www.humane.org. Suncoast Humane Society hosts “Pints for Paws” at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at The Celtic Ray Public House. The event includes music by the Surfin’ Dead, magic by Logan Ryan, imported beers, auction items, a raffle and a Pot O’Gold. Proceeds benefit homeless animals. This event is 21 and over only. 145 E. Marion Ave. www.humane.org. Poetry Event - Poetry Pod takes place from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Englewood Art Center. Members and guests read and critique poetry. 350 S. McCall Road, Englewood. www.suncoastwriters.com.

Legendary Singer - Living legend Tony Bennett performs at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The 19-time Grammy Award winner received a Citizen of the World Award from the United Nations. $57-$147. 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.Van- Wezel.org or 953-3368.

Music & Dancing - The Cultural Center of Charlotte County hosts music and dancing with Erich from 7-10 p.m. in the Conference Center. There is a cash bar and complimentary snacks. $10 per person. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175.

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.

SATURDAY 9.9

Music Fest - The Big Orange Music Festival starts at 4 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. The festival features JJ Grey & Mofro, Tinsley Ellis Blues is Dead, Los Lobos, Eric Lindell, Johnny Sketch & The Dirt Notes and Evan Taylor Jones. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. 75 Taylor St. www.bigorangemusicfestival.com

Pet Adoptions - Coldwell Banker Sunstar presents a pet adoption event with the Animal Welfare League from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The event features dogs and cats for adoption plus pet portraits. 1951-D Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Beverly.goad@cbsmfl.com or 286-0535.

Story Time - Copperfish Books hosts Story Time for Kids from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission. 103 W. Marion Ave. www.copperfishbooks.com or 205-2560.

Live Music - Dick & Kammy perform from noon-4 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. Tiki Tom & L.A. perform from 5-9 p.m. Center Court. The BoogieMen perform from 8-11:30 p.m. at Harpoon Harry’s. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

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 Ct., Ste. 1112, Punta Gorda. 505-0479.

Car Show - The San Pedro Church Quarterly Car Show is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The show is open to all makes, models and years of cars and motorcycles. Pastor’s Choice and 20 Judges Choice trophies are awarded. The event includes music by Herman and the Cruisers and food concessions. $10 advance registration; $15 at the gate. 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port. 423-6690.

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.

Doo-Wop Group - The Venice Theatre Guild presents The Goldtones at 8 p.m. on the MainStage at Venice Theatre. Proceeds benefit families in need of scholarships to participate in Venice Theatre’s education programs. $22. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. 488-1115 or www.venicestage.com.

SUNDAY 9.10

Dixieland Jazz - Leslie DaCosta performs from 3-7 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

Open Mic - Nonprofit North Port Community Radio WKDW 97.5 holds hosts an open mic for poets, fiction writers, playwrights and storytellers of all levels at 3 p.m. every Sunday in the Common Grounds Meeting Hall. Signup is at 2:30 p.m. Listeners are welcome. 12735 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. www.KDWRadio.com, 237-1985 or loretta@kdwradio.com.

Farmers Market - The Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Open Air Market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at History Park, 501 Shreve St. The event includes live music, fresh produce, seafood, meat, art and more. When the market closes, guided tours of History Park are available. 639-1887.

MONDAY 9.11

Genealogy Session - The Charlotte County Genealogy Society presents the Genealogy Classroom from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Mid- County Regional Library Room C. The topic of the morning program is Legacy SIG and the afternoon program is Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker.2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 743-6105.

Kayak Trip - GAEA guides lead an Alligator Creek kayak tour from 2-6 p.m. $50, includes all supplies. For reservations: gaeaguides.com or (239-694-5513.

TUESDAY 9.12

Multimedia Exhibit - The Visual Arts Center presents the “Cultures Across the World” multimedia fine art exhibit today through Sept. 29 in the Main Gallery. An opening reception is set for 5 p.m. Sept. 20. 210 Maud St. 639- 8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.

Author Event - Bookstore1Sarasota hosts a “Summertime/Localtime” event with Polly and Geoff Spencer, authors of “One Billion Seconds: There’s Still Time to Discover Love,” at 11 a.m. 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. 365-7900 or www.sarasotabooks.com.

Book Club - The Mysteries to Die For Book Club, led by Elsie Souza, meets at 11 a.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota to discuss “Devils in Daylight” by Junichiro Tanizaki. 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. www.sarasotabooks.com or 365-7900.

Art Class - Donna Birchfield teaches an Open Studio from 9 a.m.-noon every Tuesday at the Cultural Center of Charlotte Count. The program covers all media: oil, acrylic, soft and oil pastels, watercolor, pen and ink and more. $64 for cultural center members; $72 for non-members. 2280 Aaron St. www.TheCulturalCenter.com/the-learningplace.html or 625-4175, ext. 223.

Film Series - The FGCU Foreign Film Series presents “All That Jazz” (U.S.A., 1979) from 1-3 p.m. at FGCU’s Renaissance Academy, 117 Herald Court, Ste. 211, Punta Gorda. $5. 505-0130.

WEDNESDAY 9.13

Fruits & Veggies - The Suncoast Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Club meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Nokomis Community Center. Speaker Drive Seonghee Lee discusses “Next Generation Disease Resistance Breeding for Florida Strawberry and Other Fruits & Vegetables.” Free admission. 234 Nippino Trail E., Nokomis. suncoastfruitandveg@outlook.com, 473-1451 or www.growables.org/clubs/suncoast.html.

Comedy Show - The “Phantastic” Philly Plowden performs with Paul Jensen tonight through Sept. 16 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.

Free Concert - Frank Matyok performs from 5-7 p.m. Center Court at Fishermen’s Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. 639-8721 or www.fishville.com.

UPCOMING

Observatory Opens - The James & Barbara Moore Observatory located on the Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus. Observation sessions are held on the third Friday of each month and begin 30-45 minutes after dark, outdoors and weather permitting. Free and open to the public. 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. 637- 3518, 637-5652 or https://www.fsw.edu/charlotte/observatory.

Benefit Event - Comedy for A Cause starts at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Eight local business and community leaders participate in improvisational skits to raise money for the Charlotte Players’ programs. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. $75 VIP dinner and show; $25 show-only. 75 Taylor St. To donate o behalf of specific performers: www.comedy4acause.net. www.charlotteplayers.org, shellswells@gmail.com or 815-6230.

Empty Bowls - Make a bowl for Empty Bowls from 12:30-3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Visual Arts Center. Participants return from 12:30- 3 p.m. Oct. 7 to glaze their pottery. Finished bowls will be sold at the Empty Bowls dinner in support of the CCPS Homeless Education Project. $3 per person. 210 Maud St. Preregister at 639-8810.

Pet Benefit - Suncoast Humane Society hosts “Pints for Paws” at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at The Celtic Ray Public House. The event includes music by the Surfin’ Dead, magic by Logan Ryan, imported beers, auction items, a raffle and a Pot O’Gold. Proceeds benefit homeless animals. For ages 21 and over only. 145 E. Marion Ave. www.humane.org.

Rock & Blues - SunEvents.com presents the Rusty Wright Band at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. This Billboard Top 10 artist’s innovative sound is described as rock-infused blues. $13 for cultural center members; $17 non-members. 2280 Aaron St. www.theculturalcenter.com or 625-4175, ext. 221.

ONGOING

VAC Exhibit - The Visual Arts Center presents “The Instructor’s Showcase” exhibit, featuring art created by the VAC’s instructors, on display in the Goff Gallery through Sept. 21. Gallery and gift shop hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 210 Maud St. 639-8810 or www.visualartcenter.org.

Dance Lessons - The SWFL Chapter 6049 of USA Dance holds group dance lessons in salsa/mambo from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays during September at the Woman’s Club Ballroom. No experience or partner needed. Practice follows form 8-8:30 p.m. $6 USA Dance members; $10 non-members. 118 Sullivan St. usadance6049.org, robindeo324@gmail.com or 614-439-8545.

Bluegrass Tunes - The bluegrass band Swinging Bridge performs from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Ricaltini’s Restaurant, 1997 Kentucky Ave., Englewood; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays at Ragin Cajun, 4104 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte; and the fourth Friday of the month from 6:45-9:45 p.m. at Mango Bistro, 301 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. reverbnation.com/swingingbridge.

Featured Artists - Sea Grape Gallery features work by artists Daida and Lindsay through Sept. 7. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. 113 West Marion Ave.

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.

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.

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.

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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