THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 10 P.M.Miss Fisher’s Murder MysteriesSeason 2, Framed for Murder Phyrne is asked to investigate when the lead actor for a film she’s backing is found dead. FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 9 P.M.Hamilton’s America Gain intimate access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony […]

Cooking for the Arts brings interactive dining to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center brings Cooking for the Arts, an exciting interactive dinner experience of culinary excellence, to Southwest Florida on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 6-10 p.m. Cocktail hour is hosted from 6-7 p.m. Follows is a four-course gourmet meal paired with special wines from this year’s menu theme, “An Evening in Bangkok,” prepared by Chefs Mike […]

‘World Famous’ Cigar Bar celebrates 20th anniversary

The “World Famous” Cigar Bar in the Patio de Leon building in downtown Fort Myers will celebrate its 20th anniversary with free concerts by Trapt, Geek Skwad, the Catman Doods and Apocalypse Blues at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The event will be “richly” entertaining, because owner, Rich Castiano, knows how to throw a party. When Mr. Castiano opened the […]

‘The Accountant’


You don’t see many characters like Ben Affleck’s Christian Wolff in “The Accountant.” He’s autistic. Socially awkward. Brilliant with numbers. A merciless killer. Trained in martial arts. Has a moral code that’s different from most. There’s nothing “normal” or conventional about him, and that’s what makes him — and the movie — so fun to watch. Ostensibly, Wolff is a […]

Big news about free concerts in Cambier Park bandshell

The Naples Big Band, formerly known as the Music Makers Show Band, kicks off a new season of free concerts Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, in the bandshell at Cambier Park. The band toots its own horn by announcing “a fun and more contemporary approach to classic performance” under the new musical direction of Jim Castaldi. Mr. Castaldi is a veteran […]

‘Engulfed’ art show to accompany Smithsonian exhibit at ‘Ding’ Darling

In conjunction with the visiting Smithsonian Water/Ways free exhibit at “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Oct. 28 through Dec. 7, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge will be co-hosting a free “Engulfed” art show with the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild. Artists and fine crafters will show works inspired by the waterways and other natural areas of […]

Mud-slinging, political rivalry take center stage at Lab Theater


When it comes to politics, sometimes it feels as though the more things change, the more things stay the same. “The Best Man,” Gore Vidal’s 1960 play about back-room dealings and shenanigans at a presidential convention, echoes our current electoral battle, in this ambitious production at Laboratory Theater of Florida. Two candidates vie for a former president’s blessing. There’s former […]


THEATER Teen Auditions – The Centers for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs holds free teen theater program auditions for “Sweeney Todd, School Edition” (ages 12-19) from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Actors should be prepared to sing, dance and act. Bring 16 bars of a prepared song. 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. to reserve […]

Science is sexy in scintillating Hannah Smith thriller


Pythons, orange trees of ancient stock, infidelity, madness and greed. Is that all there is? Well, no. There is Randy Wayne White’s gloriously complicated, totally unglamorous and fiercely independent Hannah Smith. As in much of Mr. White’s previous work, Florida’s history and natural assets are much in evidence, as is the author’s interest in saving what’s left of the state’s […]

‘Ding’ Darling hosts fourth annual photo contest for high-schoolers

The fourth annual “Ding” Darling Theodore Cross High School Photography Contest kicked off Oct. 1, with a deadline of Jan. 15. It invites high school students in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties to compete for prizes that include a Canon digital SLR camera package, chartered class trips to the refuge and copies of “Waterbirds: Portraits and Anecdotes From […]