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Where to Go & What to Do

81st An­nual Shell Show and Fes­ti­val

(March 1-3, 9am) More than 500 vol­un­teers help make this event a world­class shell show. Out­side are shell flo­ral ar­range­ments and crit­ters for sale, demo tents and more; in­side are judged artis­tic and sci­en­tific dis­plays. Ad­mis­sion to the out­door shell area and tents is free; $5 do­na­tion sug­gested to en­ter in­side, which in­cludes a free pass to The Bai­ley-Matthews Na­tional Shell Mu­seum dur­ing show days. Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, 2173 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-4722155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

The Painted Conch

(Mon­days-Thurs­days and Satur­days, 6:30pm; Fri­days, 7pm; Sun­days, 12pm) In just one evening com­plete an orig­i­nal work of art while en­joy­ing friends, mu­sic and fa­vorite bev­er­ages. Ma­te­ri­als pro­vided, on-site artist avail­able. 1242 SW Pine Is­land Road, Cape Coral. 239-673-6660, the­p­aint­ed­conch.com

Ford Mus­tang Ex­hi­bi­tion

(March 3, 10am) The Mus­tang de­buted in 1964 and be­came an im­me­di­ate suc­cess. In just two years, more than a mil­lion were sold. This event in­cludes Mus­tangs, mu­sic and more. A por­tion of pro­ceeds from the ex­hi­bi­tion will ben­e­fit the restora­tion of the Edi­son & Ford an­tique car col­lec­tion. Edi­son & Ford Win­ter Es­tates, 2350 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-3347419, edis­on­ford­win­ter­estates.org

Im­prov Cafe

(March 3, 5pm) First Satur­days youth groups per­form short- and long-form im­prov that in­cludes sug­ges­tions by the au­di­ence. Be in­volved, whether set­ting a scene with sug­ges­tions or as a player. Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989, art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Open Mic Night at The French Press

(Wed­nes­days, 6:30pm) Grab your in­stru­ment, warm up your voice, gather your friends on Wed­nes­days from 6:30- 9:30pm for Open Mic Night. The French Press, 5789 Cape Har­bour Drive, No. 101, Cape Coral. 239-542-0212, the­french­pressfl.com

SoCo Sec­ond Satur­day

(March 10 and April 14, 6pm) SoCo Sec­ond Satur­day is the new arts and cul­tural monthly event in Fort My­ers. South of Colo­nial is the place to be for a family event with art gallery re­cep­tions, ven­dors, mu­sic and more. Prox­im­ity of par­tic­i­pat­ing venues con­ve­niently al­lows for a self-guided walk­ing tour, and there’s lots of park­ing at the Al­liance for the Arts and in Royal Palm Square. Don’t miss the after-party at the Broad­way Palm Din­ner Theater, start­ing at 10pm. 1400 Colo­nial Blvd., Suite 84, Fort My­ers. 239-590-8645, so­coswfl.com

Stars on Ice

(April 6, 7:30pm) Come see the best of the United States, com­ing to you di­rectly from the 2018 Win­ter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea—in an all-new show! Ger­main Arena, 11000 Everblades Park­way, Es­tero. 239-948-7825, ger­mainarena.com

Cape Bike Night

(April 14, 5pm) Cape Coral Parks and Re­cre­ation says come join the fun as motorcycle en­thu­si­asts gather for great food and the best in live mu­sic. Com­pete with new friends in the Slow Bike Race. It’s all about bal­ance, folks! A great op­por­tu­nity to see new prod­ucts and biker gear, and en­joy a rock ’n’ roll and coun­try night! 846 SE 47th Ter­race, Cape Coral. 239-573-3128, ccbikenight.com

Alexan­der and the Ter­ri­ble, Hor­ri­ble, No Good, Very Bad Day

(April 20-May 18, mati­nee shows avail­able) Alexan­der is hav­ing a bad day. A ter­ri­ble day. A hor­ri­ble day. To be quite hon­est, it’s a ter­ri­ble, hor­ri­ble, no good, very bad day. In this de­light­ful adap­ta­tion of her pop­u­lar book, Ju­dith Viorst sets the book to mu­sic and brings it to life on stage! Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-278-4422, broad­way­palm.com

CFABS Presents: Jonathan Edwards

(March 2-3, 7:30pm) In 1971, Jonathan Edwards re­leased a song of protest and in­de­pen­dence that be­gan with the lyrics: “Sun­shine, go away to­day, I don’t feel much like danc­ing.” More than four decades later, he con­tin­ues to write and per­form with un­com­pro­mis­ing mu­si­cal in­tegrity. Hin­man Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989, art­cen­ter­bonita.org

South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Presents: One Hot Night, A Trib­ute to Neil Di­a­mond

(March 3, 6pm) One Hot Night re­pro­duces Neil Di­a­mond’s var­i­ous styles and vo­cal changes from the start of his ca­reer to the present. SanJan Theater at South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. 239-389-6901, swflpac.com

Ar­tis-Naples Presents: 109 Years of Broad­way

(March 4, 3pm and 7pm) The show de­liv­ers the cen­tury’s best stage-mu­si­cal mo­ments into one un­for­get­table pro­gram. Fea­tur­ing a cast of vet­eran Broad­way vo­cal­ists, re­live clas­sic songs from Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein, Sond­heim, Web­ber and more. Hayes Hall, Ar­tis-Naples, 5833 Pel­i­can Bay Blvd., Naples. 239-597-1900, ar­tis­naples.org

Celtic Woman, Home­com­ing

(March 6, 7:30pm) An ac­com­plished record­ing en­sem­ble and world-class per­form­ing col­lec­tive, Celtic Woman cel­e­brates Ire­land’s rich mu­si­cal and cul­tural her­itage. And it con­tin­ues in­tro­duc­ing some of Ire­land’s most tal­ented singers and mu­si­cians onto the world stage. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Presents: Ana Popovic

(March 6, 8pm) The Los Angeles-based and Bel­grade, Ser­bia-born gui­tar-player and singer has a grow­ing le­gion of fans through­out the world. SanJan Theater at South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. 239-3896901, swflpac.com

Small-Stage Sym­phonies—From Co­p­land to Clas­sics at BIG ARTS

(March 7, 7:30pm) Nir Kabaretti con­ducts the South­west Florida Sym­phony Orches­tra for a night of beau­ti­ful mu­sic, fea­tur­ing Cas­sia Drake, Jil­lian Prescott Mu­sic Awards win­ner, on the vi­ola. Se­lec­tions in­clude Co­p­land’s Quiet City, Stamitz’s Con­certo for Vi­ola and Mozart’s

Sym­phony No. 29 in A Ma­jor. BIG ARTS, Schein Hall, 600 Dun­lop Road, Sani­bel. 239-418-1500, swflso.org

The Texas Tenors

(March 8, 7:30pm) From Bruno Mars to Puc­cini, the trio of Mar­cus Collins, John Ha­gen and JC Fisher will treat au­di­ences to a unique blend of coun­try, clas­si­cal, Broad­way and cur­rent pop mu­sic. Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Park­way, Fort My­ers. 239-481-4849, bb­man­npah.com

Small Stage Sym­phonies—from Co­p­land to Clas­sics at The Vil­lage Church at Shell Point

(March 8, 7:30pm) Nir Kabaretti con­ducts the South­west Florida Sym­phony Orches­tra for a night of beau­ti­ful mu­sic, fea­tur­ing Cas­sia Drake, Jil­lian Prescott Mu­sic Awards win­ner, on the vi­ola. Se­lec­tions in­clude Co­p­land’s Quiet City, Stamitz’s Con­certo for Vi­ola and Mozart’s Sym­phony No. 29

in A Ma­jor. The Vil­lage Church at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-418-1500, swflso.org

South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Presents: Won­der­ful Mu­sic—A Trib­ute to Ste­vie Won­der Din­ner Show

(March 9, 6pm) Along with a world class 10-piece group of mu­si­cians and vo­cal­ists, and the vis­ual au­then­tic­ity and amaz­ing vo­cal skills of Guy Smith pay­ing trib­ute to Ste­vie Won­der, this is a show you don’t want to miss! SanJan Theater at South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. 239-389-6901, swflpac.com

Bower School of Mu­sic and the Arts Presents: Alex Richard­son, Tenor

(March 15, 7:30pm) Richard­son, a fas­tris­ing tenor with a bril­liant ca­reer ahead of him, will be ac­com­pa­nied on the arias and art songs by Michael Baron. U. Tobe Recital Hall, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort My­ers 239-590-1000, fgcu.edu/CAS/BSMA/

Fort My­ers Mu­sic Walk

(March 16 and April 20, 6pm) Third Fri­days, more than a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing venues fea­ture mu­sic by lo­cal and re­gional tal­ent. 855732-3836, fort­my­ersmu­sicwalk.com South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Presents: Phil Dirt & The Doz­ers, Trib­ute to The Beach Boys Din­ner Show (March

22, 6pm) Trav­el­ing coast to coast, Phil Dirt & The Doz­ers have been asked to per­form more and more beach party mu­sic. After all, ev­ery­one loves “Cal­i­for­nia Girls,” “Bar­bara Ann” and “Surfin’ USA,” to name a few. So The Doz­ers have an­swered the call! San Jan Theater at South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. 239-3896901, swflpac.com

Bower School of Mu­sic and the Arts Presents: Cameron Croz­man, Cello

(March 27, 7:30pm) Cameron Croz­man is hailed as one of Canada’s lead­ing young cel­lists. He’s been praised for his ver­sa­til­ity, mu­si­cal ex­pres­siv­ity and re­mark­able tech­nique. The pro­gram will in­clude a va­ri­ety of string and piano mas­ter­pieces. U. Tobe Recital Hall, Bower School of Mu­sic and The Arts, FGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort My­ers 239-590-1000, fgcu.edu/cas/bsma

South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Presents: Schism—Tool Trib­ute Band

(April 21, 8pm) In June 2001, after see­ing Tool at Madi­son Square Gar­den, gui­tarist Keith Wil­liams, singer An­gelo Rivera, bass player Sean Mur­ray and drum­mer Don­ald Pusateri de­cided to form Tool trib­ute band Schism. San Jan Theater at South­west Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs. 239-389-6901, swflpac.com

CFABS Presents: The Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto Sex­tet Play the Mu­sic of Art Blakey

(April 27, 7:30pm) Join trum­peter Dan Miller and tenor sax­o­phon­ist Lew Del Gatto and cel­e­brate the legacy and mu­sic of Art Blakey and the Jazz Mes­sen­gers. The group also fea­tures drum­mer Marty Morell, tenor sax­o­phon­ist Jeff Ru­pert, pian­ist Richard Drexler and bassist Bran­don Robert­son. Hin­man Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-495-8989, art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Blue­grass in the The­atre

(April 29, 2pm) A fu­sion of Amer­i­can coun­try mu­sic; Ir­ish, Scot­tish and English bal­lads and tra­di­tional dance mu­sic; with a helping of jazz. En­joy three hours of great live mu­sic by bands from South­west Florida and be­yond! Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Acous­tic Mu­sic So­ci­ety of SWFL. Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

ON STAGE The Church Base­ment Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

(March 1-April 29, Tues­days-Sun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) A new mu­si­cal comedy fea­tur­ing a few men of the church and your fa­vorite church base­ment ladies who serve them. What hap­pens when you let the rooster in the hen­house? Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-278-4422, broad­way­palm.com

Mamma Mia!

(March 1-April 7, Tues­days-Sun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) Through ABBA’s great­est hits, Mamma Mia tells the com­i­cal story of So­phie, a bride-to-be, and her search for her birth fa­ther on a beau­ti­ful Greek is­land. Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre, 1380 Colo­nial Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-2784422, broad­way­palm.com

The Mir­a­cle Worker, by Wil­liam Gib­son

(March 1-7, Tues­days-Sun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) In­spir­ing true story of a de­ter­mined teacher who was able to save young He­len Keller from her iso­lated si­lence. A mov­ing and elec­tri­fy­ing tale of per­se­ver­ance, friend­ship and hope. His­toric Ar­cade Theater, 2268 Bay St., Fort My­ers. 239332-4488, flori­darep.org

Doll’s House, by Hen­rik Ib­sen

(March 1-10, Thurs­days-Satur­days, 8pm; Sun­days, 2pm) A stark and un­for­giv­ing look be­hind the façade of an ideal mar­riage: Nora and Tor­vald Helmer are liv­ing their dream life, hap­pily mar­ried with chil­dren and se­cu­rity. When Nora risks her rep­u­ta­tion to save her

hus­band’s life, the con­se­quences test the lim­its of their love. Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

Im­prov Tonight!

(March 3 and April 7, 8pm) First Satur­day of ev­ery month fea­tures some of South­west Florida’s best im­pro­vi­sa­tional comedy. Lo­cal im­prov groups per­form short- and long­form im­prov that in­clude sug­ges­tions by the au­di­ence! Wine, beer, so­das and light snacks avail­able. Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts - 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs., 239495-8989, art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Films for Film Lovers: Jake Shimabukuro Life on 4 Strings (2012) Ja­pan/USA

(March 5, 7pm) En­joy the best of for­eign and in­de­pen­dent films. Make your opin­ions known at our dis­cus­sion after the film. Wine, beer and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, snacks and popcorn avail­able. Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road South­east, Bonita Springs. art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Cul­tural Park Theater Presents: Sis­ter Act

(March 9-18, Fri­days and Satur­days, 8pm; Sun­days, 3pm) When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier wit­nesses a mur­der, she’s put in pro­tec­tive cus­tody in a con­vent. She breathes new life into the church and com­mu­nity but, in do­ing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giv­ing chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sis­ter­hood. Cul­tural Park Theater, 528 Cul­tural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 239772-5862, cul­tur­al­park­the­ater.com

Films for Film Lovers: Kitchen Sto­ries (2003) Nor­way/Swe­den

(March 12, 7pm) En­joy the best of for­eign and in­de­pen­dent films. Make your opin­ions known at our dis­cus­sion after the film. Wine, beer and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, snacks and popcorn avail­able. Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road South­east, Bonita Springs. art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Cabaret, by Joe Mas­teroff

(March 20-April 11, Tues­days-Sun­days,

evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) Cabaret ex­plores the dark and tu­mul­tuous lives of Ber­lin’s na­tives and ex­pats as Ger­many slowly yields to the emerg­ing Third Re­ich. Ma­ture au­di­ences only. His­toric Ar­cade Theater, 2268 Bay St., Fort My­ers. 239332-4488, flori­darep.org

Films for Film Lovers: Cache (Hid­den) (2005) France

(March 26, 7pm) En­joy the best of for­eign and in­de­pen­dent films. Make your opin­ions known at our dis­cus­sion after the film. Wine, beer and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, snacks and popcorn avail­able. Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road South­east, Bonita Springs. art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Cul­tural Park Theater Presents: Ar­senic and Old Lace

(April 6-15, Fri­days and Satur­days, 8pm; Sun­days, 3pm) Mor­timer Brew­ster al­ways knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene—but his world is turned up­side down when he re­al­izes his dear aunts have been poi­son­ing lonely old men for years! Cul­tural Park Theater, 528 Cul­tural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 239-772-5862, cul­tur­al­park­the­ater.com

Films for Film Lovers: Of Gods and Men (2010) France/Morocco

(April 16, 7pm) En­joy the best of for­eign and in­de­pen­dent films. Make your opin­ions known at our dis­cus­sion after the film. Wine, beer and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, snacks and popcorn avail­able. Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road South­east, Bonita Springs. art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Films for Film Lovers: The Fall (2008) Mexico

(April 23, 7pm) En­joy the best of for­eign and in­de­pen­dent films. Make your opin­ions known at our dis­cus­sion after the film. Wine, beer and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, snacks and popcorn avail­able.

Moe Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road South­east, Bonita Springs. art­cen­ter­bonita.org

Ge­orge Washington’s Teeth, by Mark St. Ger­main

(April 24-May 13, Tues­days through Sun­days, evening and mati­nee shows avail­able) A world pre­miere of a hi­lar­i­ous comedy. Fol­low the ex­ploits of the women of the be­lea­guered New Bu­nion His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety as they bat­tle the male city coun­cil to keep the doors open. Heart­felt and his­toric, this new farce proves that our dif­fer­ences don’t di­vide us, they make us strong. His­toric Ar­cade Theater, 2268 Bay St., Fort My­ers. 239-332-4488, flori­darep.org

Cul­tural Park Theater Presents: The Odd Cou­ple

(April 27-May 6, Fri­days and Satur­days, 8pm; Sun­days, 3pm) A di­vorced slob in­vites a group of the boys over for cards. One of the guests, who hap­pens to be very metic­u­lous and tense, has just sep­a­rated from his wife. The slob and the neat-freak de­cide to share an apart­ment, but pat­terns of their own dis­as­trous mar­riages be­gin to reap­pear with hi­lar­i­ous re­sults in this clas­sic Neil Si­mon comedy. Cul­tural Park Theater, 528 Cul­tural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 239772-5862, cul­tur­al­park­the­ater.com

ON VIEW 32nd An­nual Ju­ried All Florida Ex­hibit

(March 9-31) The Al­liance’s All Florida Ju­ried is an award-win­ning show. It fea­tures works cre­ated by artists work­ing in a wide va­ri­ety of me­dia from all over Florida. The ju­ried en­tries come to­gether for an ex­cit­ing ex­hi­bi­tion. Open­ing re­cep­tion is March 9 from 5-7pm. Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239939-2787, artin­lee.org

Sani­bel-Cap­tiva Lions Club 35th An­nual Arts and Crafts Fair

(March 16-17, 9am) In­cludes more than 100 si­lent auc­tion items and ex­cit­ing raf­fle items with many out­stand­ing art­works and sculp­tures, in ad­di­tion to ser­vices, restau­rant cer­tifi­cates and va­ca­tions.

Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, 2173 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel. 239-472-2155, sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

OUT­DOORS Fort My­ers Art Walk

(March 2 and April 6, 6pm; March 3 and April 7, 11am) First Fri­day from 6-10pm, first Satur­days from 11am4pm, more than 10 art gal­leries in­vite lo­cals and vis­i­tors to a self-guided walk­ing tour through­out the Down­town Fort My­ers River District core and the Gard­ner’s Park area. 239-337-5050, fort­my­er­sart­walk.com

Green Mar­ket

(Satur­days, 9am) Visit the 10-acre cam­pus ev­ery Satur­day to find an ex­clu­sive selec­tion of lo­cally grown, caught and cul­ti­vated foods and other prod­ucts avail­able to sam­ple and pur­chase. En­joy live en­ter­tain­ment by lo­cal mu­si­cians and fun ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, gar­den­ing classes and live cook­ing by lo­cal chefs. Lee County Al­liance for the Arts, 10091 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers. 239-939-2787, artin­lee.org

Down­town Fort My­ers Street Bazaar

(March 3, 10am) Hendry Street will be closed to traf­fic in front of the Open-Door Shoppes and there will be more than 40 ven­dors. Join for a day of shop­ping and find some unique trea­sures and trin­kets. 1615 Hendry St., Fort My­ers. 239-226-1220, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

Pet Walk

(March 23 and April 27, 6pm) Fourth Fri­days at But­ter­fly Es­tates. Pets leashed and own­ers can pick up “sou­venirs.” Free, no reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. 1815 Fowler St., Fort My­ers. 855-732-3836, fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­liance.com

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