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Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
OPEN MIC WITH COWBOY JAMES, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Open Road Bar, 4313 NW Highway 70, Arcadia. 863-494-0140. JASON HARMON GROUP, (live music), 6:30 p.m. Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 … Find out how to read more online.
Pickin’ Picnic to rock Bradenton’s Riverwalk
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Realize Bradenton will rock Bradenton’s Riverwalk with the fifth Pickin’ Picnic showcasing the region’s music scene. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. with a food truck battle, followed by live … Find out how to read more online.
Cinco de Mayo is here — Let’s party!
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Cinco de Mayo — which translates to “the fifth of May” — celebrates the small, poorly armed Mexican army’s victory over Napoleon’s mighty army on May 5, 1862. According to history.com, … Find out how to read more online.
Menu full at dinner theater
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
The thing about the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is, the plate is always full. It doesn’t go down when the thermometer rises. Fall and winter? There are good shows and … Find out how to read more online.
Gram Cracker Café — It’s like eating at home with family
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Lynne Miller, Gram, prepares tasty comfort food and desserts in her cozy Gram Cracker Café in Englewood from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Her husband Steve, a Florida native, or “Cracker,” … Find out how to read more online.
Not your grandma’s lemonade
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Tart. Sweet. Crisp. Chances are, wherever you grew up, lemonade was part of your childhood. It was the treat kids were allowed to have. On a hot, summer night it … Find out how to read more online.
Frank ‘Monk’ Beyea — Englewood writer, photographer, artist
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
After many visits to Englewood starting in the late 1900s, Frank “Monk” Beyea made a decision to relocate here permanently. He loved fishing, golf and photography, so for him this … Find out how to read more online.
Pitching in on Earth Day
Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22 since it was founded in 1970. The movement toward taking better care of the earth and conserving resources seems to have begun … Find out how to read more online.
The Family Table — a North Port landmark for 22 years
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Twenty-two years ago this month, the Zulbeari brothers, Enver, Jeff and Steve, relocated from Chicago to North Port and bought a small restaurant on busy Tamiami Trail. Now doubled in … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre proudly presents Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Metamorphoses’
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Venice Theatre will present “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman, April 28 through May 15. Performances will take place in the Pinkerton Theatre at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 … Find out how to read more online.
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents ‘My Favorite Things: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein’
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the Gloria Musicae Singers, with guest soloists, soprano Mara Bonde, mezzo soprano Katherine Pracht, tenor Aaron Blake and baritone Marcus De Loach in “My … Find out how to read more online.
Theatre Conspiracy presents ‘Running’ by Arlene Hutton May 6–21
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Theatre Conspiracy is proud to present the Florida premiere of “Running” by Arlene Hutton. The show opens Friday, May 6. “Running” stars professional equity actor Brendan Powers and local favorite … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota welcomes back top notch juried craft fair
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
The 13th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival is slated for May 7-8, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This popular two-day event, considered among the very best craft shows … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
OPENING THIS WEEK Captain America: Civil War Runtime: 2 hr. 26 min. | Rated PG-13 | Action/adventure, Sci-Fi/fantasy Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left … Find out how to read more online.
Sonny’s BBQ — ‘Local Pitmasters since ’68’
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
In 1968, Sonny Tillman decided to open a barbecue restaurant in Gainesville, Fla., known as Sonny’s BBQ. From that humble beginning nearly 50 years ago, Sonny’s has emerged as one … Find out how to read more online.
Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones: Returning to the roots of blues
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
Doug Deming got the idea for the name of his band from his wife on the day he proposed to her. “I gave her a diamond ring and she said, … Find out how to read more online.
BBQ & music enthusiasts savor smoky creations at The Downtown River Basin with the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
The Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition & Music Festival returns for a third year at the downtown river basin hosted by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Talented … Find out how to read more online.
Pridefest 2016 comes to Punta Gorda
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Saturday, April 30, from noon until 6 p.m. in Laishley Park, is the 4th Annual Charlotte County Pridefest. Visit the website www.charlottecountypridefl.org to see full details. Entrance is free — … Find out how to read more online.



Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
OPENING THIS WEEK Keanu Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min. | Rated R | Comedy Clarence and Rell (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) are cousins who live in the city but … Find out how to read more online.
‘Luck o’ the Irish’ not needed at Shamrock Cafe
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
You won’t need the “luck o’ the Irish” to enjoy a good meal at Shamrock Café in Venice. People often think Shamrock is an Irish café when, in fact, owner … Find out how to read more online.
The North Port Concert Band presents ‘The French Connection’
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
The French have left us a legacy of beautiful music and the North Port Concert Band will present some of the very best on Thursday evening, April 28, when Conductor … Find out how to read more online.
Lee Sullenberger creates what she loves to see, paint & build
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Lee Sullenberger a highly energetic, visually stimulated artist, produces brooches, decorative canvas floor cloths, and modern trays and tables made of rare, exotic wood inlay. “Creating things is what I … Find out how to read more online.
Meet ‘Bobby Que’ Saturday at Venice Airport
Wed  Apr 13 2016 08:30AM
In its seventh year, the Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash is back and better than ever. When it was but a vision in the mind of Don Fisher of Venice, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Concert Band Season Finale is Director Bill Millner’s final concert
Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
On April 25, at 7 p.m., there will be the Venice Concert Band’s Season Finale, as well as the final concert with Director Bill Millner on the podium. Bill will … Find out how to read more online.
KICK UP YOUR BOOTS — Here comes Country Fest 2016!
Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
On Sunday, April 24, at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, located at 2333 El Jobean Road, in Port Charlotte, Country Fest will be coming at ya again. The cost for tickets … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
Gallery Walk goes to nature Tomorrow, Thursday, April 21, from 5-8 p.m. Gallery Walk is in Downtown Punta Gorda, featuring nature-related things, so enjoy the “nature” walk. Hessler Carpet is … Find out how to read more online.
Fort Rock Festival brings bands to Fort Myers
Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
On April 30 and May 1, the Fort Rock Festival will thunder into Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, featuring Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, … Find out how to read more online.
Carousel in concert for two nights only
Wed  Apr 13 2016 08:30AM
​​​​Richard Rodgers was quoted as saying that “Carousel” was his favorite of all his musicals, and Southwest Florida audiences will have two chances to experience it live, in concert, with … Find out how to read more online.
Celtic Ray opens new kitchen
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
“Bars are filled with lonely people, A pub is a very social scene, You may come in alone, But you won’t be for long” — Kevin Doyle Publican, Owner … Find out how to read more online.
Van Wezel announces its 2016-17 subscription series
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Set along Sarasota’s beautiful bayfront, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 42 years. … Find out how to read more online.
Steve Arvey Band provides a taste of ‘Americana’
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Steve Arvey insists his band offers music lovers a unique twist on blues, bluegrass and Celtic tunes. “My major influences are Charlie Patton, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Danny Gatton,” … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Playhouse presents ‘Proof’
Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
For the sixth play of its 29th season the Lemon Bay Playhouse will present “Proof,” by David Auburn. Directed by Murray Hudson, it will open on April 27 and run … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
OPENING THIS WEEK Elvis & Nixon Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min. | Rated R | Comedy On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock ’n Roll, Elvis Presley … Find out how to read more online.
A & B — All about family and healthy eating choices
Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
Jim and Joann Karamitsos, who owned and operated the Sunrise Café in Englewood’s Lemon Bay Shopping Center for over 20 years, have reopened at a nearby location on North Indiana … Find out how to read more online.
Reception to feature artist, Henry August
Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
A wine and cheese reception featuring award-winning artist Henry August is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 21 at Punta Gorda’s Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral … Find out how to read more online.
Laugh, sing, applaud at Barbara B. Mann
Wed  Apr 20 2016 08:30AM
Brian Regan knows exactly when he wanted to become a stand-up comic. It was in speech class at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. The teacher, a woman of some physical … Find out how to read more online.


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