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Blanc de­buts early 2016 The lat­est con­cept by Jean Claude Roge, Parisian restau­ra­teur (Vil­lage Café/Cap­tiva, La Brasseries/Fort My­ers), along with Chris and Kaitlin Whi­taker, founder of Blu Sushi Restau­rant Group, Starfish Grille & Star Bar, Sani­bel, opens soon in Fort My­ers. Lo­cated in the former space of the Oys­ter Shell, Blanc will bring a fresh and in­no­va­tive take on de­li­cious food and fan­tas­tic ser­vice. The tran­si­tion is un­der way ... Blanc the ul­ti­mate “Work­shop for the Epi­curean,” looks for­ward to be­com­ing an in­te­gral part of our lo­cal cui­sine ... stay tuned.

SWFL LIVE

Salute to Vi­enna New Year’s Con­cert (Jan. 2, 8pm) Vi­en­nese mu­sic at Fort My­ers’ 19th an­nual New Year’s Con­cert. Strauss waltzes and sweep­ing melodies such as Die Fle­d­er­maus and Merry Widow, per­formed by Euro­pean singers and a full or­ches­tra. Fall in love again with the The Blue Danube waltz. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

The Bronx Wan­der­ers & The Mo­tor­town All-Stars (Jan. 3, 7pm) The Bronx Wan­der­ers: A pow­er­ful romp through America’s rock ‘n’ roll song­book from the first gen­er­a­tion right through the mu­sic of to­day. One part oldies and two parts rock ‘n’ roll—from Dion and Frankie Valli to a spine-tin­gling ren­di­tion of Queen’s Bo­hemian Rhap­sody. The Mo­tor­town All-Stars as­sem­bled from the ranks of the Capi­tols, the Mir­a­cles and the Temp­ta­tions. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

All That Jazz: Joe Cohn (Jan. 6, 6pm and 8:30pm) Son of tenor sax­o­phon­ist Al Cohn and vo­cal­ist Mar­i­lyn Moore, Joe Cohn is an in­ven­tive jazz gui­tarist. Ar­tis­Naples, 5833 Pel­i­can Bay Blvd., Naples. 239-597-1900, ar­tis­naples.org

South­west Florida Sym­phony-POPS I: It’s A Grand Night for Rodgers & Ham­mer­stein (Jan. 8-9, 8pm) The sea­son’s Pops Se­ries brings South­west Florida’s fa­vorite com­posers. The­atri­cal sto­ry­telling of Rodgers & Ham­mer­stein, along with some of the best loved Broad­way tunes of their con­tem­po­raries. Fea­tur­ing soloist Lisa Vro­man, con­ducted by Daniel Meyer. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers, 239481-4849, swflso.org

Amer­net String Quar­tet (Jan. 8, 8pm) Praised by New York Times crit­ics for their in­tel­li­gence and im­mensely sat­is­fy­ing play­ing, the Amer­net String Quar­tet has gar­nered recog­ni­tion as one of to­day’s ex­cep­tional string quar­tets and are En­sem­ble-in-Res­i­dence at Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity in Mi­ami. The group in­cludes Misha Viten­son, vi­o­lin; To­mas Cotik, vi­o­lin; Michael Klotz, vi­ola; Ja­son Cal­loway, cello. Cock­tails served at 7pm. The Cham­ber Mu­sic Se­ries is spon­sored by Rob and Ruth Diefen­bach. Grand Atrium, Sid­ney & Berne Davis Art Cen­ter, 2301 First St., Fort My­ers. 239-333-1933, sb­dac.com

Blue­grass in the The­atre (Jan. 10, 2pm) Join fel­low acous­tic mu­sic lovers in the Foulds The­atre (Al­liance for the Arts/ Fort My­ers) for three hours of great live mu­sic by bands from South­west Florida and be­yond. Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Acous­tic Mu­sic So­ci­ety of SWFL. Doors open at 1:30. Seat­ing is first-come, first-served. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

Fort My­ers Mu­sic Walk (Jan. 15 and Feb. 19, 6pm) Down­town River District on the third Fri­day of the month. More than a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing venues fea­ture live mu­sic by lo­cal and re­gional ta­lent. 855732-3836, fort­my­ersmu­sicwalk.com

The La­dy­bugs (Jan. 15, 8pm) The La­dy­bugs are a tra­di­tional jazz vo­cal group known for in­tri­cate har­monies and ex­per­i­men­tal ar­range­ments. Led by Martina DaSilva, band mem­bers sing while play­ing ukulele, gui­tar, trom­bone, bass and drums. The reper­toire in­cludes fa­vorites from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, in­fused with old-school swing, coun­try and blues. Cock­tails at 7pm. Grand Atrium, Sid­ney & Berne Davis Art Cen­ter, 2301 First St., Fort My­ers. 239333-1933, sb­dac.com

Chris MacDonald’s Mem­o­ries of Elvis Rockin Birth­day Bash (Jan. 21, 7:30pm) Chris MacDonald’s Mem­o­ries of Elvis Rockin’ Birth­day Bash is a dy­namic trib­ute that shares the king’s in­cred­i­ble story through high­lights of his iconic ca­reer. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

SWFL Sym­phony Master­works II: One Thou­sand and One Nights (Jan. 23, 8pm)

This sea­son’s theme is A Sym­phonic Sto­ry­book; Mae­stro Kabaretti’s selec­tions con­tain a lit­er­ary com­po­nent―— po­etry, clas­sic nov­els, film and the­ater scripts, fairy tales and more. Fea­tures ex­cerpts from Wag­ner’s dra­matic opera Die Meis­tersinger, Rim­skyKor­sakov’s ethe­real Scheherazade and fan­tas­ti­cal per­cus­sion con­certo: Der Gerettete Al­berich by mod­ern com­poser Christo­pher Rouse. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Bruce T. Gora Sun­set Con­cert: Dav­ina & The Vagabonds (Jan. 31, 5pm) High­en­ergy live shows, sharp-dressed pro­fes­sion­al­ism and Dav­ina Sow­ers’s com­mand­ing stage pres­ence. Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-9392787, artin­lee.org

Sani­bel/Cap­tiva Heart Walk (Jan. 31, 1pm) Non-com­pet­i­tive walk, pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion. Fam­ily and pet-friendly. Cor­ner of Tar­pon Bay and Is­land Inn roads, Sani­bel. 239-495-4901, sani­bel­cap­ti­va­heart­walk.org

Art­Fest Fort My­ers (Feb. 5-7, 10am-5pm) One of the coun­try’s best ju­ried fine art fes­ti­vals. Fea­tures vis­ual art­work from 38 states in the River District in down­town Fort My­ers. Free ad­mis­sion, VIP up­grades. art­fest­fort­my­ers.com

South­west Florida Sym­pho­nyPOPS II: Lights, Cam­era, Or­ches­tra: Hol­ly­wood’s Great­est Hits (Feb. 5-6, 8pm) En­joy the mu­sic of the sil­ver screen with A Night at the Os­cars, con­ducted by Dirk Brosse. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-4814849, swflso.org

Jean Claude Roge

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