JAN/FEB

WHERE TO GO & WHAT TO DO

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ARTIS­TIC EN­DEAV­ORS

Jan. 5-6 Hot Works Es­tero Fine Art Show Artists from as far away as Ari­zona and Ver­mont bring their work to Southwest Florida to present at the Hot Works Es­tero Fine Art Show. A great venue, JetBlue Park in Fort My­ers eas­ily ac­com­mo­dates the 175 artist booths brim­ming with paint­ings, jew­elry, sculp­ture, clay cre­ations and glass art. Mu­si­cal per­for­mances com­ple­ment the show, with com­pe­ti­tion drum­mer Ken Mazur blend­ing elec­tronic per­cus­sion with drum and bu­gle corps tech­niques and Valdimir Gorod­kin in­tro­duc­ing the au­di­ence to the tsim­baly, an in­stru­ment from Be­larus. hot­works.org

BABY BOOMERS

Jan. 10-Feb. 23 Mid-Life 2!, Fort My­ers Since you can’t stop the ag­ing process, the next best thing is to hu­mor your­self, and at­tend­ing the pro­duc­tion, Mid-Life2! at the Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre, is one way to get your laughs. A fol­low-up to the hi­lar­i­ous Mid-Life the Cri­sis Mu­si­cal, this witty re­vue tune­fully trav­els through the twi­light years with all the aches, pains, doc­tor vis­its and se­nior dis­counts along the way. Baby boomers es­pe­cially will get a kick out of this show. broad­way­palm.com

RAIS­ING HOPE

Jan. 12 Yachts of Hope, Fort My­ers Here’s a fundraiser for the yachts­man in you. Held at the Gulf Har­bour Yacht & Coun­try Club in Fort My­ers, the Yachts of Hope event starts with dock­side cock­tails and tours of im­pres­sive lux­ury ves­sels, com­plete with en­ter­tain­ment on board. Guests en­joy din­ner be­fore the ex­cite­ment of a live auc­tion, with bid­ding on travel pack­ages rang­ing from five nights at a San­torini villa to the U.S. Open at Peb­ble Beach, as well as ex­quis­ite jew­elry by lo­cal de­signer Mark Loren. The evening wraps up with mu­sic by the Brass Evo­lu­tion Band and danc­ing till your feet hurt. Pro­ceeds go to Hope Hos­pice. Tick­ets are $500. hope­hcs.org/yachts

PAINT­BRUSHES & GUI­TARS

Jan. 12-13 Cape Coral Arts & Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Be­sides view­ing qual­ity art­work and high-end crafts on dis­play at this

ju­ried event, fes­ti­val­go­ers are treated to live mu­sic. The Cape Coral Arts & Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, held on Cape Coral Park­way in the heart of South Cape, is a fam­ily-friendly event. Artists are of­ten on hand to talk about their cre­ations, and you can me­an­der from booth to booth to look at and ad­mire paint­ings, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy and more—or get se­ri­ous and buy a piece. A sep­a­rate in­door venue houses mu­si­cians and bands that per­form through­out the evening. The Mu­sic Walk, de­signed so you can ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of gen­res, is a great way to en­joy the mu­sic part of the fes­ti­val. capec­o­ralfes­ti­val.com

POP LEG­END

Jan. 17 Cher, Here We Go Again Tour, Es­tero An icon of pop mu­sic, movies and cul­ture, Cher goes cross-coun­try at age 72 to en­ter­tain her fans. On Jan. 17 she kicks off her 2019 Here We Go Again Tour at the Hertz Arena in Es­tero. Back in the spot­light af­ter her 2018 ap­pear­ance in the move Mama Mia! Here We Go Again and her re­cently re­leased ABBA tribute al­bum “Danc­ing Queen,” the vet­eran per­former once again joins the cir­cuit. Niles Rodger and Chic, an Amer­i­can rhythm and blues band, are part of her mu­si­cal tour. hertzarena.com

HON­OR­ING SANI­BEL’S HIS­TORY

Jan. 23-March 25 Woodring 100th An­niver­sary, Sani­bel The his­toric Woodring Home is the fo­cus of a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion at the J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge on Sani­bel Is­land. Woodring 100th

An­niver­sary fea­tures ar­ti­facts and vin­tage black-and-white pho­tos of the home, chron­i­cling the land­mark and the Woodring fam­ily’s life­style as it was more than a cen­tury ago. At the 9 a.m. un­veil­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion on Jan. 23, Teddy Roo­sevelt reprisor Joe Wie­gand makes a guest ap­pear­ance, and Ralph Woodring re­counts sto­ries about grow­ing up on the is­land in the two-story frame house. fws.org

ART FOR EV­ERY­ONE

Jan. 25 Off the Walls!, Bonita Springs The sig­na­ture fundraiser for the Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs is aptly named Off the Walls! Don’t ex­pect any silent auc­tions and bois­ter­ous bid­ding. In­stead guests’ tick­ets are en­tered into ran­dom draw­ings for art­work and col­lectibles val­ued from $275-$6,000. And sur­pris­ingly ev­ery­one goes home with an art­ful prize. Held in the cen­ters’ Hin­man Au­di­to­rium, the event is de­signed for brows­ing art dis­plays while en­joy­ing food and re­fresh­ments. Tick­ets are $150. art­cen­ter­bonita.org

DIN­ING & DANC­ING

Jan. 25 1927 Gala Imag­ine, Sani­bel The Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House rolls out the red car­pet for the 1927 Gala Imag­ine, A Night to Re­mem­ber, fundraiser. Since 1927, the his­toric gath­er­ing spot has been the place where is­lan­ders found ca­ma­raderie and cel­e­brated life’s mile­stones to­gether with fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors. The evening event of fine din­ing and danc­ing is­land-style is an op­por­tu­nity to show your sup­port for the Com­mu­nity House and the vi­tal role it plays in life on Sani­bel—and have a good time do­ing so! Tick­ets are $150. sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­house.net

AMER­I­CAN ROOTS MU­SIC

Jan. 26 Blue­grass Jam­boree, Cape Coral Come out to the Cape Coral His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum for a day of blue­grass and bar­be­cue. The 4th An­nual Blue­grass Jam­boree fea­tures both na­tional and

Gui­tarist and singer Joe Bona­massa,known for blend­ing blues and rock, per­forms at the Hertz Arena F eb. 19.

At the 2018 Hot Works Es­tero Fine Art Show , win­ning fiber artist K evin Kichar cel­e­brates with Mar­i­anne Mege la, artist judge ( left), and P atty Narozny, the event’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer .

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