Winter Arts & Craft Show
The sixth annual Winter Arts and Craft Show will take place 9am-2pm, Saturday, January 20 at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Rd. Come browse over 100 indoor tables featuring local crafters and a book authors’ “Hall of Fame”. Free parking and free admission. For more info, call 861•1980.
EB&T Art Festival
Carroll Swayze presents the 31st annual Englewood Bank and Trust Invitational Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28 from 10am-5pm both days. Sixty fine artists and craftsmen will display their works on the grounds of Englewood Bank’s main branch, 1111 S McCall Rd. For more info, call Carroll at 266•6434.
The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium
You won’t want to miss this one of a kind entertainment when The Great Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden” debuts in Englewood January 19-23. This 90 minute, family-friendly performance will delight you with classic vintage amusement, live acrobats and comedy. Under the Boutique Big Top, enter an outrageous fantasy where wacky characters from the past invite you into their topsy-turvy world. Come early to relish in perplexing potions served in Dr. Elixir’s Drink-Ory Garden and mingle with show characters. The show is an original production by Salto Entertainment of Englewood. For show times and tickets, go to mr.swindles.com or call 888•718•4253. The show is sponsored by Sarasota County and the Kiwanis Club of Englewood-Cape Haze, which will receive a portion of the proceeds.
Rotary Art Festival
The Venice-Nokomis Rotary Art Festival (a.k.a Venice Area Art Festival) attracts thousands of Southwest Florida residents and visitors. This year it will be Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21 at the Venice Airport festival grounds, 610 E Airport Ave. One of the largest events held in Venice with over 100 exhibitors, the festival is proud to feature the work of established artists. There will also be kids entertainment, live music, food trucks and the Duck Pluck. Tickets $10. The Bandana Bash featuring the Bandanas is Friday evening from 6-9pm. Saturday hours 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.
Venice Craft Festival
The 11th annual downtown Venice Craft Festival will take place on Miami Avenue Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28 from 10am-5pm. There will be a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and more. You can purchase plants, kettle corn, gourmet spices and sauces at the Green Market.
Come to the Polka Party and enjoy a fun-filled evening of Polish-American music and tasty Polish food at the Englewood Elks Lodge on Saturday, February 10 from 5-9pm. Music will be by the Eddie Forman Orchestra. Forman is an educator, performer, composer, arranger and recording artist who was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He has received numerous awards for promoting polka music and Polish culture. Doors and kitchen open at 4:30pm. Advance tickets are $16 or $18 at the door. They can be purchased at the Elks Lodge, 401 N. Indiana Ave. Call 474•1404 or 570•650•0436. Payment by cash or money-order.
Heartland Bluegrass Bash
The next Heartland Bluegrass Bash is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 26-27. The location is Craig’s RV Resort, a superior rated RV camping facility located 7 miles north of Arcadia on US Hwy 17 at 7895 NE Cubitis Ave. Three great Bluegrass bands are slated to perform on Saturday, January 27 at 1pm: The Sawgrass Drifters, Scattered Grass, and the Heartland Jam Band. Lots of bluegrass jamming is expected throughout the weekend. Saturday morning also features a basic Bluegrass jam, as well as banjo, guitar and mandolin workshops. Admission to the concert is free for members of the Heartland Bluegrass Association; $7 donation non-members. Bring lawn chairs for seating in the outdoor shaded pavilion. For more info, call 467•2051 or email@example.com or visit heartlandbluegrass.org.
Tribute to John Denver
“Back Home Again, A Tribute to John Denver” will give you a Rocky Mountain High at Venice Theatre on Sunday and Monday, January 28-29. Tom Becker, former member of the New Christy Minstrels, recreates the style and sound of one of America’s immortal musical storytellers. Performance times: 8pm Sunday, Jan. 28 and 3pm and 8pm Monday, Jan.29. Tickets are $42. Tickets may be purchased online at venicestage.com or calling the box office at 488•1115. Venice Theatre is located at 140 W Tampa Ave, Venice.
CCJS Monthly Jam
The Charlotte County Jazz Society’s monthly Sunday afternoon open jam session will occur on Sunday, January 28, 1-4pm at the Kingsway Country Club, 13625 SW Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy. Kick off with lots of fun and a varied lunch menu and bar. Join in or just listen and enjoy Mike Parmelee on piano, Vince Evans on bass, Dave Morgan on Vibes, Dan Hassen on drums and others. Admission: Free for Jazz Society members; $5 non-members. Future dates: February 25, March 25 and April 29. For more info, call 766•9422.
Sounds of Harry James & the Andrews Sisters
For one day only, experience one of Venice Theatre’s most popular concerts. Kim Kollar, Cathy Baudrit, Michele Pruyn and trumpet virtuoso David Pruyn present a tribute to the performers who entertained America’s “Greatest Generation.” Performances are 3pm and 8pm, Monday February 5. Tickets: $42. Tickets may be purchased online at venicestage.com or calling the box office at 488•1115. Venice Theatre is located at 140 W Tampa Ave, Venice.
The Beatles to Broadway
Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the genre-bending trio Take 3 in “The Beatles to Broadway,” Sunday, January 28, 3pm, at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave. Lindsay Deutsch, violin, Susan Boettger, piano, and Lila Yang, cello, perform a multifaceted program that includes tangos, music from the movies, Broadway and familiar classics. The program features works by Gershwin, Prokofiev, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and more. Tickets are $30-$45 and are available online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 306•1202. $10 student tickets are available with current student ID at the door.
Jeff Rupert Quartet
Charlotte County Jazz Society presents the Jeff Rupert Quartet with Veronica Swift on Monday, February 12 at 7pm. The concert will be at the Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron St, Pt. Charlotte. Tickets: $20 for the public and free for CCJS members. Call the box office at 625•4175 for tickets or purchase at door. Hotline: 766•9422
Divas in a Man’s World
The Cultural Center of Charlotte County hosts a star-studded concert spectacular featuring Steven Andrade as Cher and the hilarious Gary Dee as your host and Joan Rivers impersonator. This Vegas style production features fabulous dancers and over 20 dazzling costume changes while performing your favorite hits from the 60’s to today. The time is 7:30pm Wednesday, January 24 at 2280 Aaron St. Tickets available through charlotteplayers.org or by calling 625•4175.
The Irish Rovers Concert
Charlotte Players is excited to present The Irish Rovers on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm at the North Port Performing Arts Center, 6400 W Price Blvd., North Port. This group of talented Irish musicians have charmed and entertained audiences around the world for five decades by delivering a rollicking, rousing performance that will have you singing and clapping along. Tickets: charlotteplayers.org or call 255•1022.
The Charlotte Players present “Noises Off”, January 19-27, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St., Pt. Charlotte. A cast of itinerant actors rehearse a flop called “Nothing’s On”. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Evening show times: 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm. Purchase tickets through charlotteplayers.org or call 625•4175.