Where to Go & What to Do

Times of the Islands - - Departments - TOTI Me­dia, Inc. does its best to en­sure that in­for­ma­tion in this cal­en­dar is up to date. How­ever, we still en­cour­age our read­ers to call ahead for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion be­fore at­tend­ing these lo­cal events.

ART’S AMAZ­ING POW­ERS May 2-June 1 Art by the dis­ABLEd, Sani­bel

The hid­den, and of­ten un­ex­pected, ta­lent of pa­tients who may have phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions is ev­i­dent in the art­work on dis­play dur­ing the “Art by the dis­ABLEd” ex­hi­bi­tion at Big Arts. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in Lee Health Sys­tem’s ther­a­peu­tic pro­gram, these artists have trans­formed blank can­vases into flow­ers and forests, still lifes and st­ingrays that in­spire and lift your spir­its. Meet them at the artist re­cep­tion on May 4 or come browse the Phillips Gallery at your leisure. All pieces are for sale. bi­garts.org

THE PLAY­WRIGHT May 3-6 Fifth An­nual PlayLab Fes­ti­val, Fort My­ers

Amer­ica’s emerg­ing play­wrights show off their works dur­ing the Fifth An­nual PlayLab Fes­ti­val held at the Flor­ida Rep in down­town Fort My­ers. Whether drama, con­tro­versy or comedy is your choice, you’re sure to find some great works by new ta­lent. Held in a cre­ative laboratory set­ting, the week­end event in­cludes work­shops, dis­cus­sions, read­ings and talk­backs. flori­darep.org

COW­BOY BOOT TIME May 5 Lit­tle Big Town, Es­tero

Top­ping the coun­try mu­sic charts with songs like “Day Drink­ing” and “Bet­ter Man,” Lit­tle Big Town brings their Break­ers Tour to the Ger­main Arena. Known for some of the smoothest har­monies, the four vo­cal­ists—two fe­male and two male—have been writ­ing, singing and turn­ing out coun­try hits since 1998. Tour­ing with them are the sexy guys from Mid­land, an on-the-rise group known for “Drinkin’ Prob­lem,” and Kacey Mus­graves singing “Space Cow­boy.” ger­mainarena.com


May 10-11 7th An­nual “Ding” Dar­ling & Doc Ford’s Tar­pon Tour­na­ment, Fort My­ers Beach

Gather your fish­ing bud­dies and form a team to com­pete in the “Ding” Dar­ling & Doc Ford’s Tar­pon Tour­na­ment. It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of the first doc­u­mented Sil­ver King caught on a rod and reel in “Ding” Dar­ling’s Tar­pon Bay in 1885. An­glers de­part from Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille Fort My­ers Beach lo­ca­tion for this catch­care-and-re­lease tour­ney that pays out 100 per­cent of the en­try fee. The cap­tain of the win­ning team gets to wear the cov­eted Tar­pon Jacket, a pink sports jacket swim­ming with tar­pon (think Masters green jacket). Non-an­glers can party at Doc Ford’s be­fore and af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion. ding­dar­ling­so­ci­ety.org

A NIGHT AT THE THE­ATER May 11-20 The Ceme­tery Club, Cape Coral

The Gun­ter­berg Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion’s Broad­way Se­ries wraps up its sea­son at the Cul­tural Park The­ater with a pro­duc­tion of The Ceme­tery

Club. In this comedy per­formed by the lo­cal Cul­tural Park The­ater Com­pany, three Jewish wid­ows, who make monthly vis­its to their hus­bands’ graves, en­counter the butcher Sam at his wife’s rest­ing place. A bud­ding ro­mance be­tween one of the wid­ows and Sam leaves the other two women try­ing to squash the cou­ple’s chance at love. cul­tur­al­park­the­ater.com

CALL­ING ALL OPERA LOVERS May 12 Tosca, Fort My­ers

Gi­a­como Puc­cini’s clas­sic opera Tosca takes over the stage at the Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall. Per­formed by the Gulf Coast Sym­phony, the love story of famed singer Tosca and her artist lover Cavara­dossi is told through cap­ti­vat­ing arias and or­ches­tral drama. It’s sung in Ital­ian with English sub­ti­tles pro­jected above the stage, so even an opera novice can fully in­dulge in this grand pro­duc­tion. gulf­coast­sym­phony.org

CITRUS CEL­E­BRA­TION MAY 12 An­nual Key Lime Fes­ti­val, Punta Gorda

Lovers of Key lime, this one’s for you! Punta Gorda throws a Gulf Coast party to cel­e­brate the lit­tle green fruit. Get ready for a day of in­dul­gence, mu­sic, dancing and fam­ily fun at Fishermen’s Vil­lage. The 6th An­nual Key Lime Fes­ti­val presents a plethora of tasty Key lime spe­cial­ties: gelato, ice cream, fudge, dips, jel­lies, olive oil and, of course, the fa­mous pie. You can also take home some Key lime-scented sea salts and soap. char­lot­te­har­bor­travel.com

LOST SHAK­ERS OF SALT May 26-27 Tampa Bay Mar­garita Fes­ti­val

How far would you drive for a killer mar­garita? Fans of the salt-rimmed cock­tail whoop it up at the 6th An­nual Tampa Bay Mar­garita Fes­ti­val, which has been ex­panded to two days. In­dulge in clas­sic and top-shelf mar­gar­i­tas hand­crafted by pro­fes­sional bar­tenders or sam­ple ex­treme con­coc­tions such as Red Bull Rita, Pineap­ple Sriracha Rita and Fire­ball Rita. The fes­ti­val prom­ises 50 vari­a­tions. A huge stage wel­comes the band Ever­clear, and the Grand Te­quila Tast­ing, a sep­a­rate ticket event, serves up your choice of 30 tequi­las. tam­pa­mar­gar­itafest.com

PARTY WITH THE SOAP STARS May 25-28 SWFL Soapfest Char­ity Week­end, Marco Is­land

There’s no shame in be­ing a soap opera junkie. Af­ter all it’s one of the long­est run­ning gen­res in tele­vi­sion his­tory. So come out and min­gle with the stars of Gen­eral Hospi­tal, The Young and the Rest­less, and Days of Our Lives. Or­ga­nized by the Is­land The­ater Com­pany, the week­end in­cludes Satur­day’s A Night of Stars where you can get up close with the ac­tors for au­to­graphs, pho­tos, a Q and A, and a chance to be on their team for the Soapfest Game Night com­pe­ti­tion. Sun­day’s Cruisin’, Boozin’ & Sch­moozin’ on the Marco Is­land Princess takes you sight­see­ing with the celebri­ties. the­ateron­marco.com


May 31-June 13 Siz­zle SWFL Restau­rant Week, Fort My­ers area, Cape Coral and Naples

Get ready to ex­pand your palate. This is your chance to dis­cover a new restau­rant or fab­u­lous dish with­out break­ing the bank. Some 50 restau­rants, many lo­cally owned, are of­fer­ing three-course prix-fixe menus start­ing at just $25 or $35 dur­ing SWFL Restau­rant Week. Be­gin your culi­nary ad­ven­ture in Cape Coral at La Corte Bistro with farm-to-ta­ble-style dishes, then hop down to Fort My­ers to sam­ple lamb lol­lipops at Fire­stone Grill Room and the ne xt week­end in­dulge in Per­sian cui­sine at Naples’ Bha! Bha! restau­rant. Visit the web­site for the com­plete list of par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants. siz­zleswfl.com

X MARKS THE SPOT June 1-26 June Ju­ried Ex­hi­bi­tion: X, Fort My­ers

The Sid­ney & Berne Davis Art Cen­ter cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary sea­son with works of art that in­ter­pret the sym­bol X, which is also the Ro­man nu­meral 10. Chal­lenged to come up with fresh and in­no­va­tive ideas, par­tic­i­pat­ing artists sur­prise with in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the iconic X that you won’t ex­pect. See them on dis­play at the cen­ter or come to the open­ing re­cep­tion on June 1 when the Best of Show Win­ner and SBDAC Pick are an­nounced. sbdac.com

JAZZ ON THE LAWN June 2-Sept. 29 Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf, Naples

A Naples tra­di­tion, Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf has been go­ing strong for 32 years. The Satur­day night con­cert se­ries that pairs live mu­sic with wa­tery sun­set views is a sum­mer­time must at the Naples Beach Ho­tel & Golf Club. Jazz lovers bring lawn chairs and blan­kets to stake out a spot on the Watkins Lawn. Here, the Show Biz Kids, a 12-piece Steely Dan trib­ute band, per­forms on June 23; and Late Night Brass, with its dy­namic vo­cal­ists and pow­er­ful horn and rhythm

sec­tions, treats the au­di­ence to songs by Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire and other horn bands. naples­beach­ho­tel.com

ROCK THE HOUSE June 16 Brit Floyd: Eclipse World Tour 2018, Es­tero

Call­ing all Pink Floyd fans. Get ready for an­other ter­rific trib­ute show to this leg­endary rock band. Brit Floyd Eclipse World Tour cel­e­brates the 45th an­niver­sary of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 “The Dark Side of the Moon” al­bum. The British trib­ute band per­forms clas­sic tracks from the win­ning al­bum along with other hits. Get ready to be rocked at the Ger­main Arena with a stun­ning light show, huge cir­cle screen, and mov­ing lights, lasers, in­flat­a­bles and other sur­pris­ing the­atrics. ger­mainarena.com

WA­TER PER­FOR­MANCES June 23-July 4 Hotelplan­ner Sarasota Power­boat Grand Prix Fes­ti­val

Mil­lion dol­lar cig­a­rette boats are the head­liner of this fes­ti­val, and spec­ta­tors can watch them race on June 30 and July 1 from VIP view­ing at Lido Beach. But that’s not all. A car show, a per­sonal wa­ter­craft run, a mo­tor­cy­cle ride, a FanFest and even a Miss Power­boat swim­suit con­test make the Sarasota Power­boat Grand Prix Fes­ti­val a fun event for all. And it wraps up on the Fourth of July with a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works show off Sarasota Bay. sara­so­tapower­boat­grand­prix.org

Team Bait Box reeled in a Sil­ver King at last year’s “Ding” Dar­ling & Doc F ord’s Tar­pon Tour­na­ment. The 2018 tour­ney is May 1 0-11.

Soap opera stars whoop it up at the SWFL Soapfest Char­ity Week­end on Marco Is­land. The an­nual event is May 25-28. Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf kicks off on June 2, with monthly per­for­mances from June to Septem­ber , at the Naples Beach Ho­tel & Golf Club....

High­lights from the “Art by the dis­ABLEd” ex­hi­bi­tion at Sani­bel's Big Arts in­clude “Gar­den Path­way” by Paula Hal­ta­man.

One of Gi­a­como Puc­cini’s great­est op­eras, Tosca comes to the Bar­bara B. Mann P er­form­ing Arts Hall in F ort My­ers on May 1 2.

Feel the speed at the Sarasota Power­boat Grand Prix F es­ti­val, June 23- July 4.

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