What’s Happening In Naples: March 23-26 Weekend Edition

Thursday, March 23

Mimi Little “Where Sky Meets Water” Class Series
9am-3pm

Join the Fort Myers Beach Art Association on Mar 23 9-3pm for Mimi Little “Where Sky Meets Water”Acrylics Int-Adv $60/$65 at Fort Myers Beach Art Association
(239) 463-3909 see www.fortmyersbeachart.com
Email mimilittle3@yahoo.com

Cost: $60/$65
Location: Fort Myers Beach Art Association
Address: 3030 Shell Mound Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

Couture, Cuisine and Charity Event to Benefit Friends of Foster Children Forever
5:30-8pm

The Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) invites the public to the “Couture, Cuisine and Charity” wine, appetizer and fashion event to be held on Thursday, March 23 at The Village Shops on Venetian Bay. This evening of fashion and fun will be held from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Guests will enjoy an exclusive upscale runway fashion show featuring designs from various and unique Village boutiques, hosted by Walker Henry. Participating restaurants and retailers from The Village Shops on Venetian Bay will be offering wine and culinary samplings.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.friendsoffosterchildren.net for $40 per person in advance and $50 on the night of the event; reservations are suggested. Proceeds from this evening will benefit FFCF.

The event is being made possible by the generosity of The Village Shops on Venetian Bay and by media sponsor, Entrée Magazine.

The FFCF mission is to focus on the children they serve by providing targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill his or her potential. The charitable organization works to fulfill the unmet needs of every child who enters, or is at risk of entering the foster care system in Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties.

For more information about Friends of Foster Children of Forever (FFCF) or how to help, visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.net or call (239) 262–1808.

Cost: $40 per person in advance $50 at door
Location: The Village Shops on Venetian Bay
Address: FL

A Bronx Tale
8-9:15pm

Seminole Casino Hotel will host playwright/performer Chazz Palminteri’s performance of his award-winning show “A Bronx Tale” Thursday, March 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the casino or by calling (800) 218-0007. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

A well-known actor, writer and director, Palminteri has appeared in more than 50 films and is best known for his performances in “A Bronx Tale,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Mulholland Falls,” “Diabolique,” “Running Scared” and his Academy Award nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Woody Allen’s smash hit, “Bullets Over Broadway.”

On television, Palminteri has starred in a number of high profile roles, including USA Network’s series “Kojak.” He portrayed mob boss Paul Castellano in TNT’s “Boss of Bosses and starred as famed Sicilian prosecutor Giovanni Falcone in the HBO film, “Excellent Cadavers.” He also won critical acclaim as Frank Rizzoli Sr. in TNT’s hit television series, “Rizzoli & Isles,” and can be seen on the award winning television series “Modern Family” as Shorty.

Although Palminteri grew up in a tough area of the Bronx, he chose not to enter into a life associated with organized crime. He went on to pursue a career in acting, and in 1989 wrote the highly-acclaimed one man show “A Bronx Tale,” which depicted his bruising childhood in great detail. Three years later, he wrote the screenplay for the film version of “A Bronx Tale,” which was directed by Robert DeNiro and starred DeNiro and Palminteri. The film was a critical and commercial success. Later, Palminteri teamed up again with DeNiro in the hit, “Analyze This.”  He also wrote and starred in the play and movie, “Faithful,” another collaborative project with DeNiro.

Cost: $50r
Location: Seminole Casino Hotel
Address: 506 South 1st St, Immokalee, FL

Friday, March 24

Jazzy Nights Presents Wycliffe Gordon
7-10pm

Acclaimed trombonist Wycliffe Gordon’s high-energy, hard-swinging style captivates audiences of all types, including dignitaries, heads-of-state, and elementary school children.  A modern day Louis Armstrong, Wycliffe Gordon is equally at home as a composer, arranger, and recording artist with over 50 recordings to his credit, 23 of which he lead or co-lead. He is one of America’s foremost music educators and currently serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Wycliffe’s performance will also feature: Lew Del Gatto (saxophone), Joe Delaney (piano), Don Mopsick (bass) and Tony Vigilante (drums).

Cost: Tickets $29 in advance $35 at door
Location: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
Address: 2301 1st Street, Fort Myers, FL
The Cave by Jeff Lindsay: A World Premiere.

The Cave is set during the Civil War in a hidden cavern, where an escaped slave, a blind Confederate soldier and a Union deserter hide out to seek freedom and survival. The production is a drama with themes of race, belief and mortality.

Cast:
Marie Baptiste as Cassie
Jordan Wilson as Brandon
Michael Pineda as Timothy

Jeff Lindsay is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Dexter novels upon which the international hit TV show Dexter is based. Although a full-time writer now, he has worked as an actor, comic, director, bounder, singer, songwriter, voice-over artist, teacher and sailing instructor.

Lindsay has written twenty-two plays which have been produced in New York, New Haven, Key West, Pittsburgh, London and California. For 5 years, Lindsay wrote “Fatherhood,” a semi-syndicated weekly column on parenting from the male perspective. He hosted several local PBS-TV shows and a documentary. Hemingway In Cuba, which was seen nationally on PBS.

Mar 24-25, 30-31 & Apr 1, 6- 8 at 8pm; Apr 2 at 2pm.

 Cost: $11 – $24
Location: Alliance for the Arts
Address: 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL

Saturday, March 25

Fit Project Media Fitness Expo and Power Showdown
8am-4pm

Fit Project Media and TriCore Wellness present the 2017 Fitness Expo and Power Showdown. The Expo will be focused on Health, Wellness, Fitness, Athletics, and Nutrition. Over 50 national vendors. Presentations from the Athletic and Wellness industry.

Free to the public
Power Showdown registration https://www.boxtribetracker.com/fitprojectradio
Interested vendors contact Carly.FitprojectMedia@gmail.com

Cost: Free to general public
Location: Greater Naples YMCA
Address: 5450 YMCA Road, Naples, FL

Naples Woman’s Club Annual Flea Market
9am-3pm

Annual Flea Market!  So worth your Saturday morning!!!  Every year the NWC opens its doors, and parking lot, to host an incredible flea market.  Please refer to our website for addition details, including table rental.
Cost: Free
Location: Naples Womans Club Clubhouse
Address: 570 Park Street, Naples, FL

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest Qualifying Circuit Visits Fort Myers
1-2pm

Nathan’s Famous will host the Florida qualifier for the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will take place at Germain Arena.

The top male and female finishers in the event will qualify for a seat at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on July 4th, 2017, where they will face reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo.

“The journey to July 4th and the high point of summer has begun,” said Scott Harvey, executive vice president of Nathan’s Famous. “Nathan’s is honored to be traveling the nation in search of new eating talent to participate in our annual July 4th tradition.”

“Competing in Coney Island on July 4th is item number one on most people’s bucket list,” said Major League Eating Chairman George Shea. “Florida is known for great eaters and we are confident that we will find a local athlete in Fort Myers who can represent the great state of Florida on our nation’s birthday.”

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA, currently holds the title of hot dog-eating world champion after defeating Matt Stonie with a July 4th world-record 70-hot-dog performance in 2016. Chestnut’s all-time best is a world record 73 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, NV, will defend her title as female champion, having consumed 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in 2016.

 Cost: Free
Location: Germain Arena
Address: 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL

Joel Sartore and the National Geographic PhotoArk
2:30-4:30pm

WGCU Public Media and Preferred Travel of Naples present Joel Sartore and The National Geographic PhotoArk. What does it take to photograph every animal under human care? Joel Sartore will WOW you with his portraits and impress you with stories of some the 6,000 species he has photographed in 40 countries in 250 locations around the world.

Cost: $75 per person
Location: Souhtwest Florida Performing Arts Center
Address: 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, FL

Sunday, March 26

Fort Myers Beach Art Association: Student Scholarship Show Reception
3-5pm

Join the Fort Myers Beach Art Association from March 26 3-5pm for the Student Scholarship Show Reception

Free admission

Fort Myers Beach Art Association

(239) 463-3909 see www.fortmyersbeachart.com

Cost: Free
Location: Fort Myers Beach Art Association
Address: 3030 Shell Mound Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

SWFL Big Band
3-5pm

Enjoy listening to music from the Big Band era performed by Southwest Florida Big Band near the Restaurant Piazza.

Cost: Free
Location: Miromar Outlets
Address: FL