The Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6630 Manasota Key Road, announces its free public programs for February. On Friday, February 14, 5pm, is “Literary Editing and Publishing.” Lisa Ampleman, the managing editor of The Cincinnati Review and poetry series editor for Acre Books, will give advice about the submission process and talk about some of the challenges facing editors. Friday, February 21, 5pm, “From Broadway to the Beach” - Theater Composer Adam Gwon will play piano and sing his own songs, demonstrating how a musical is born and evolves from idea to stage. Friday, February 28, 5pm, “Restoring Coastal Ecology & Creating a Sense of Place” - Landscape architect Michael Gilkey will share his vision for the restoration of the Hermitage acreage habitats. Reservations are required for all programs and can be made at hermitageartistretreat.org.
Tribute Shows at Elks
Come relive the songs of John Denver in a tribute show on Sunday, February 15 at the Englewood Elks, 401 N. Indiana Avenue. Additional tribute shows scheduled are the Platters on Sunday, February 29, a Buddy Holly tribute on Sunday, March 7 and the season ends with an Everly Brothers tribute on Sunday, March 28. All shows are open to the public. Shows start at 7:30pm and dinner is available before the show at an additional cost Tickets go on sale 3 weeks before each performance and may be purchased at the Elks lodge, 9am to noon, Monday – Friday. For further information, call 474•1404.
Screen Stars at VIPA
Three legends of the stage and film will appear at the Venice Institute for Performing Arts’ Star Series. On Wednesday, February 19, Tony Danza and his four-piece band will present “Standards and Stories.” Enjoy “An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss” on Sunday, March 1 and Lynda Carter and her All-Star Band perform “My Life, My Story” on Sunday, March 22. All shows start at 7pm at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Drive, Venice. Tickets range from $41 to $123 and may be purchased online at veniceperformingartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 218•3779.
Elvis at EEC
On Sunday, February 22, 7:30pm, Elvis will be in the house at Englewood Event Center (EEC.) Richie Santa, who has performed over 1,000 shows as Elvis and can be seen in theaters throughout the world, draws you into an Elvis experience that you won’t want to miss. There will be a meet-n-greet after the show with Richie. Tickets are VIP $39 & $29 regular and may be purchased online at englewoodeventcenter.com. EEC is located at 3069 S. McCall Road.
Bluegrass Bash Ahead
Duck Wallow Lane, the Trail Dogs, and the Heartland Jam Band are the featured Bluegrass bands scheduled to perform on Sunday, February 22 at the next Heartland Bluegrass Bash. Basic Bluegrass Jam is 10am, instrument workshops at 11am and the concert starts are 1pm.This Bluegrass concert is hosted every month by the Heartland Bluegrass Association at Craig’s RV Resort, 7895 N.E. Cubitis Avenue, Arcadia. The music concert takes place in an outdoor shaded pavilion but bring lawn chairs for seating. Admission to the concert is free for members of the Heartland Bluegrass Association. A $7 per person donation is requested of non-members. For more info, visit heartlandbluegrass.org or call 467•2051.
Fostering Senior Creativity
An innovative lecture “Fostering Creativity in Later Life Using Artistic Approaches” will be presented by Madeleine E. Hackney, Ph.D. on Sunday, February 22 at the Kingsway Country Club, 13625 SW Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy. Learn about artistic influences in physical rehabilitative strategies in terms of movement pattern (exercise & dance) for older adults with movement disorders. The cost is $55 per person and includes cocktail reception & lunch at noon, followed by presentation at 1pm. Purchase tickets by calling 205•5996 or online at PGSymphony.org/calendar.
Martin Preston re-creates the magic of Liberace in a specular full-length show, complete with crystal candelabra, rhinestone-studded grand piano and the flamboyance of Las Vegas’ greatest musical showman. The performance is Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita, Punta Gorda. Purchase tickets at charlotteplayers.org.
The Iliad & The Odyssey
Baila Miller returns to Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn St., on Thursday, February 27, 2pm, to present a program on The Iliad and The Odyssey. This high-quality multimedia presentation will discuss Homer’s epic works. Sponsored by Friends of Elsie Quirk Library. For questions, call the library at 861•1200.
The Music of “Journey”
Recapture the sound and feel of two super groups, Journey and Styx, when Majesty of Rock plays at Englewood Event Center on Sunday, February 29. The amazing voice of John D’Agostino, coupled with four other exceptional music talents, have propelled them to become one of the premier Journey tribute bands. Show starts at 7:30pm at EEC, 3069 S. McCall Road. Tickets are $27 Regular, $37 VIP. Purchase online at englewoodeventcenter.com.
Lend Me a Tenor!
Lemon Bay Playhouse presents “Lend Me a Tenor” March 4 through March 29 at the theatre located at 96 W. Dearborn St. Written by Ken Ludwig & directed by Tom Erb, this zany comedy follows Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, who is primed to welcome world-famous Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, as Otello. Due to mishaps, the star passes out and Saunders’ assistant Max takes his place. But Il Stupendo awakens & takes the stage as well! Curtain time is Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased online at lemonbayplayhouse.com or by calling 475•6756.
Mardi Gras Crawl
The second annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Crawl will be Tuesday, March 5, 5 to 8pm, in downtown Venice. Dress up and follow the bands down the sidewalks downtown. Beads galore, hurricanes and special New Orleans inspired food dishes. South County Jazz Club joins the fun. Keep up to date at visitvenicefl.org/fat-Tuesday.
Garth Brooks Tribute Show
The Suncoast Country Opry Show presents “CALM B4 the Storm: The Hits of Garth Brooks” on Friday, March 6, 7pm, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Nashville recording artist, Johnny Lee Howard is “Garth” in this spirited live show, with special guest “Jo-Dee Ka$h” performing duets with Howard as Tricia Underwood. Ticket prices vary according to seating and may be ordered at www.sccopry.com.
Through Women’s Eyes Fest
On Sunday, & Sunday, March 7 & 8, Through Women’s Eyes will feature 37 films over two days of enlightening and entertaining international films by and about women at Regal Hollywood 11 Cinemas, 1993 Main Street, Sarasota. Moviegoers will travel the globe and meet women artists, fierce activists, an 80-year-old martial arts teacher and a woman set on revenge, all while cheering on brave, inspiring women. Find the complete movie schedule at throughwomenseyes.com. An Opening Night Party at Burns Court will be Friday, March 6 starting at 6pm.
Shen Yun Returns to Venice
Shen Yun, the premier classical Chinese dance & music company, performs at the Venice Performing Arts Center again this year with a new show. Vignettes of fascinating stories of Chinese history & culture are told through classical Chinese dance. Performance dates are March 13 & 14, 7:30pm and March 14-16 at 2pm. Tickets are $80 to $200 and can be ordered by calling the box office at 218•3779 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The theater is located at One Indian Ave., Venice.
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