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Through Aug. 11 Annie, Fort My­ers The clas­sic mu­si­cal, Annie, was based on the comic strip Lit­tle Or­phan Annie, which ran from 1924 to 2010. The show opened on Broad­way in 1977, and var­i­ous pro­duc­tions of the hit have been pro­duced to the de­light of au­di­ences world­wide ever since. Even now, af­ter Sani­bel Is­land, Fort My­ers and Naples cel­e­brate the Fourth of July with elab­o­rate fire­works. all those years, Annie can still pack a the­ater. This sum­mer the or­phan girl and her dog Sandy take over the stage at the Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre. Get ready to travel the streets of New York with Annie and her new­found bil­lion­aire friend Oliver War­bucks and hear the pop­u­lar songs “To­mor­row,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and oth­ers. En­joy it with din­ner or come just for the show with the whole fam­ily. broad­way­

LIGHT UP THE SKY! July 4 Fire­works, Sani­bel

Daz­zling fire­works ig­nite the heav­ens dur­ing Sani­bel Is­land’s cel­e­bra­tion of In­de­pen­dence Day. View the ma­jes­tic spec­ta­cle from the shore or the wa­ter. Ad­ven­tures in Par­adise of­fers a spe­cial hol­i­day cruise in San Car­los Bay to watch both the sun­set and the ex­plo­sive night­time py­rotech­nic show over the is­land’s sur­round­ing wa­ters. ad­ven­turein­par­adi­s­


July 4 WINK Free­dom Fest, Fort My­ers Down­town Fort My­ers’ Fourth of July kicks off this year with a pa­tri­otic car, truck and mo­tor­cy­cle show. Fam­i­lies find plenty of live en­ter­tain­ment, arts and crafts ven­dors, and kids ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing photo ops with Cap­tain Amer­ica. A chili-dog-eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by City Tav­ern, adds to the day’s fun, and a block­buster fire­works show wraps up the evening. fort­my­er­sriverdis­tric­tal­

RED, WHITE & BLUE July 4 Fourth of July Pa­rade and Fire­works, Naples

A good old-fash­ioned dis­play of pa­tri­o­tism marches down Fifth Av­enue South in the heart of Naples on In­de­pen­dence Day. The 10 a.m. pa­rade fea­tures floats decked out in red, white and blue. Later the cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ues with fire­works af­ter dark at the Naples

Pier, with am­ple view­ing along the sandy shores of Naples Beach. naples­

CIR­CUS ON ICE July 12-15 Cirque du Soleil’s Crys­tal, Es­tero

Dar­ing ac­ro­bat­ics and fluid fig­ure skat­ing come to­gether in Cirque du Soleil’s new­est show, Crys­tal. Tak­ing to the ice rink at Ger­main Arena, the troupe de­fies the laws of grav­ity per­form­ing for the first time an en­tire show of spec­tac­u­lar moves on ice. New ter­ri­tory for the com­pany’s ath­letes and artists, the frozen fu­sion of ice skat­ing with cir­cus arts prom­ises ex­treme skaters per­form­ing high-oc­tane flips and jumps at neck-break­ing speed, as well as a po­etic pas de deux on ae­rial rib­bons. The show’s sur­real story re­volves around the lead char­ac­ter, Crys­tal, and her imag­i­na­tion on the path of self-dis­cov­ery. ger­

SEXIEST TICKET IN TOWN July 7 Show Me the Hon­eys, Fort My­ers

Back upon pop­u­lar de­mand, the Glam! Bam! Bur­lesque! stars strut their stuff at the Sid­ney & Berne Davis Arts Cen­ter in Fort My­ers. The

Show Me the Hon­eys stage pro­duc­tion gets a Latin kick with the ap­pear­ance of Mi­ami’s Sophia Luna, reigning queen of the Latina and His­panic Bur­lesque Fes­ti­val. From glit­ter­ing cos­tumes to sexy dance rou­tines and vo­cal stripteases, the ladies de­liver a fab­u­lous bur­lesque show—the­atri­cal en­ter­tain­ment wor­thy of ap­plause. sb­

TUTTI FRUTTI July 14-15 Man­goMa­nia Trop­i­cal Fruit Fair, Cape Coral

Sink your teeth into a juicy mango at the tast­ing ta­ble dur­ing the an­nual Man­goMa­nia fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates this trop­i­cal fruit. Freshly picked Hay­dens, Ir­wins, Kents, Keitts and other va­ri­eties that grow on neigh­bor­ing Pine Is­land are avail­able. And while here sam­ple ly­chee, caram­bola, lon­gan, pa­paya and black sapote, an un­usual fruit re­sem­bling a per­sim­mon and tast­ing like choco­late pud­ding. Held at the Ger­man-Amer­i­can So­cial Club in Cape Coral, the event also fea­tures mango jug­gling and pie-eat­ing con­tests. A pa­rade of mango-in­spired hats and mu­si­cal per­for­mances add to the event, along with the crown­ing of the Man­goMa­nia queen. man­go­ma­ni­

JAZZ IT UP July 14, Aug. 18 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. On July 14, 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. On Aug. 18, TBone Hamil­ton’s Big Easy Re­vue en­ter­tains the crowd. A com­bi­na­tion of jazz, funk

and Texas blues, the New Or­leans-style horn band gets the crowd jump­ing. naples­beach­ho­

SOULFUL DIVA July 15 The Great­est Love of All: The Whit­ney Houston Show, Fort My­ers

Singer Whit­ney Houston be­gan her ca­reer with her church’s gospel choir and soared to the top of pop mu­sic, where she claimed a spot as one of the best-sell­ing mu­sic artists of all time be­fore her tragic death in 2012. But leg­ends like Whit­ney rarely fade away. To­day South African songstress Belinda Davids, who com­peted against thou­sands of hope­fuls for the tribute show spot, is singing the diva’s songs in the around-the-world tour of The Whit­ney Houston Show. The pro­duc­tion comes to the Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall, com­plete with staged chore­og­ra­phy, a six-piece band and the prom­ise of per­for­mances of revered hits such as “I Will Al­ways Love You,” “I’m Ev­ery Woman,” “I Wanna Dance with Some­body” and other chart­busters. bb­man­

LAST COW­BOY STAND­ING July 27-28 PBR Pro Tour, Es­tero Gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, the Pro­fes­sional

Bull Rid­ers (PBR) or­ga­ni­za­tion has seen its events tele­vised on CBS and other sports net­works to an ea­ger au­di­ence in the past few years. When the PBR Tour­ing Pro Di­vi­sion comes to Ger­main Arena, spec­ta­tors can watch rid­ers grab the rope and hold on as they com­pete and en­ter­tain with their courage and rid­ing tech­niques. The cow­boy ath­letes who par­tic­i­pate in the sport hail from the United States, Brazil, Mex­ico, Aus­tralia and other coun­tries. ger­

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? July 31-Aug. 1 PAW Pa­trol Live! The Great Pi­rate Ad­ven­ture, Fort My­ers

This might just be the best sum­mer show for young­sters. PAW Pa­trol, an an­i­mated tele­vi­sion pro­gram that has scored high points with preschool­ers and their par­ents, comes to the stage at the Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall. Ex­pect in­no­va­tive cos­tumes that bring the pups to life and lots of in­ter­ac­tive ef­forts, from danc­ing the pi­rate boo­gie to solv­ing pic­ture

puz­zles and fol­low­ing trea­sure maps. Mar­shall, a Dal­ma­tian, and Rub­ble, an English bull­dog, are just some of the char­ac­ters to draw gig­gles from tots in the au­di­ence. bb­man­

TEENAGERS ON STAGE Aug. 10-12 High School Mu­si­cal Jr., Bonita Springs

Get ready for a rous­ing lo­cal pro­duc­tion of the Dis­ney Chan­nel’s 2006 smash hit High School Mu­si­cal. Mem­bers of the Youth The­ater at the Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts Bonita Springs have been re­hears­ing all sum­mer to bring you their very own pro­duc­tion of the mu­si­cal com­edy. The orig­i­nal show boasts a best-sell­ing sound­track that reached No. 1 on the Amer­i­can charts in 2006 and was the in­spi­ra­tion for two films, High School Mu­si­cal 2 and 3. Jocks, Braini­acs, Thes­pi­ans and Skater Dudes all have roles in this story of high-school stu­dents au­di­tion­ing for parts in the school mu­si­cal, and both ri­valry and love typ­i­cal of the mod­ern-day teen add to the drama. art­cen­ter­

PROVOCA­TIVE PLAY Aug. 16-19, 23-26 Re­pos­sessed, Fort My­ers

The Al­liance for the Arts in Fort My­ers presents Re­pos­sessed, the win­ner of the Janet and Bruce Bunch New Play Con­test. In this work, play­wright Greg Lam delves into what would hap­pen to re­la­tion­ships and prob­a­bly your whole life if biotech com­pa­nies could con­trol your brain through tech­nol­ogy. Those pro­pelled to dis­cuss the idea fur­ther are in­vited to join a Q and A with Lam and pro­duc­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor Bill Tay­lor af­ter the Aug. 18 per­for­mance. artin­

Crys­tal, Cirque du Soleil’s ver y first show per­formed on ice, comes to the Ger­main Arena in Es­tero July 1 2-13.

The Glam! Bam! Bur­lesque! stars pre­sentShowMetheHoneys at the Sid­ney & Berne Davis Arts Cen­ter in F ort My­ers July 7.

Sum­mer Jazz on the Gulf con­certs at the Naples Beach Ho­tel & Golf Club fea­ture Late Night Brass on July 1 4 and TBone Hamil­ton’s Big Easy Re­vue on Aug. 18. Bring your lawn chair .

Sam­ple Pine Is­land’s mango bounty at Cape Coral’s Man­goMa­nia Trop­i­cal Fruit Fair July 14-15.

Bull rid­ers like Alis­son de Souza from Brazil com­pete in the PBR Pro T our­ing Di­vi­sion at the Ger­main Arena in Es­tero July 27-28.

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.

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