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Naples Chapter of Ikebana International celebrates 50 Years of ‘Friendship Through Flowers’

Around me, ikebana enthusiasts were twisting leaves into artful knots and bending plant stems into elegant, angular shapes. Some stared thoughtfully at the compositions emerging in front of them, looking for the perfect spot to place the graceful anthurium blooms they held in their hands. Meanwhile, I was trying to staple a broad, flat leaf to itself and haplessly stuffing […]

Dale Jones is not well

But he’s got a prescription for getting laughs

“Are you ready for your headliner?” the emcee asks the packed house at Visani Italian Steak House and Comedy Theater in Port Charlotte. The crowd responds enthusiastically. “Then give it up for … DALE JONES!” The comedian takes the stage as the audience bursts into fervent applause punctuated by hoots and whistles. He surveys the room like a newly hatched […]

Two paintings are the real deal when it comes to South Florida art


Humans have been good at reproducing art almost from the beginning of time. First, there were skilled painters and sculptors. But in the 16th and 17th centuries, Durer and Rembrandt created etchings and engravings through which their art could be reproduced again and again. It’s still possible to strike engravings from Rembrandt’s surviving copper plates. By the 19th century, color […]

Lew Del Gatto Quartet performs first Jazzy Nights Series at SBDAC

The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is presenting the Lew Del Gatto Quartet featuring trumpeter Leroy Jones, from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, Feb. 10, as the first concert of the Jazzy Nights Concert Series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance, Table of 4, $225, and Table of […]

Puzzle Answers 1/26/2023

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens Feb. 10 at The Lab

The Laboratory Theater of Florida will present Stephen Sondheim’s Tony- and Oliver-winning musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from Feb. 10 – March 11. Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, […]

Crossword 1/26/2023


Sudoku 1/26/2023


AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Those nasty types have slithered back under the rocks and present no more problems. Now’s the time to move ahead on that promising new relationship. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A new offer could clear up that lingering money problem. Also, a more confident attitude on your part might help you get that […]

Careful: Danger ahead


Assume you’re declarer in four hearts and West leads the king of spades. How would you play the hand? Take your time — the play is not as simple as it may seem. To begin with, you should duck the king of spades. If you take the king with the ace and East is a first-rate defender, he will signal […]

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