¦ Films for Film Lovers “Callas Forever” – Dec. 17, 7 p.m. The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents “Callas Forever.” It’s a fictionalized account of the last days of opera singer Maria Callas. The film is in English, French and Italian, with English subtitles. Tickets are $8. Enjoy the cozy space to watch films on the new […]


‘Playing for Keeps’ ★★

Is it worth $10? No Of all the great mysteries of Hollywood, Gerard Butler’s appeal is chief among them. Granted, he’s confident, has an accent, can sing and had nice painted on abs in “300,” but none of that can forgive the fact that he always looks like he needs a shower. This is particularly salient in “Playing for Keeps,” […]


Getting in the gap

Picture Sienna, a beautiful highschool student with a spinal chord injury from a car accident. She was wheelchair bound and told by her doctors she would never walk again. Then she walked across the stage to receive her diploma. Then there’s Billie, a toddler with speech delay, who said his first word, “Sam,” the name of my dog who came […]


The art of listening

This past Sunday, I went to see MercyMe at Germain Arena. The group has a pop/rock sound heavily influenced by the Beatles and U2, and this being December, it did an entire set of Christmas songs. Throughout the night, people held their cell phones up to take pictures and record songs, a commonon sight at concerts today. But what bothered […]


Theater ¦ The Santaland Diaries – By Florida Repertory Theatre Dec 19-30. 332- 4488 or www.floridarep.org. ¦ A Tuna Christmas – At Cultural Park Theatre Dec. 14-23. 772-5862 or www.culturalparktheater.com. ¦ The Nerd – By Theatre Conspiracy through Dec. 15 at Foulds Theatre, 10091 McGregor Blvd. 936-3239. ¦ Elves and the Shoemaker – At Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre through Dec. […]

Catch South Florida actor in touring show

Stephen Anthony recently graduated from Florida State University, and he’s already engaging in a life of crime. Well, at least onstage. Mr. Anthony stars as the main character, Frank Abagnale Jr., in the touring production of the musical “Catch Me If You Can,” which stops Jan. 1-6 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. Mr. Anthony […]

House Hunting:

12199 Toscana Way, #201, Bonita Springs

Recently reduced in price, this Toscana condo in Vasari offers gorgeous lake and golf course views. The second-floor end unit has 2,387 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms, a den and two bathrooms. The master bathroom has dual sinks and separate shower and tub. Upgrades to the unit include cabinetry throughout, ceramic tile on the diagonal and carpeting […]


Books provide glimpses into the world of airports

CHANCES ARE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU know will be in an airport this month. You might have to pick up family or friends coming for a visit, or your college kids returning home for winter break. Maybe you’re traveling north to visit family for the holidays, choosing to go “over the river and through the woods” via the clouds. Or […]


Anna Karenina ★★ (Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson) In 1874 Russia, Anna (Knightley) is unhappily married to Karenin (Law), but can’t resist the mutual attraction she shares with a cavalry officer named Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson). It’s filmed almost entirely as a stage show, which doesn’t make sense, and Taylor-Johnson’s unappealing turn as Vronsky renders it difficult to get into the […]


Tick-tock, tick-tock… So goes the clock

I spent Thanksgiving weekend with the family of the man I’m dating. After the turkey had been eaten and the pie put away, I found myself sitting on the front lawn in a plastic chair beside his mother. He was nearby, working on his brother’s car, but too far away to hear. Anyway, this was a conversation between women. “So, […]