Discover Southwest Florida: Arts & Entertainment
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Whether your taste runs to glittery black- tie evenings or free jazz jam sessions, there’s always someplace to go here on the Gulfshore. There are coffee shops, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, bistros and clubs with live entertainment and interesting lectures. This season, several hotels have opened dance floors to the public.
The Gulfshore has an active theater community, with top-notch professional equity and community theater companies, including dinner theater, cabarets and improv. For a picturesque setting and first-rate theater, take in a performance of the Florida Repertory Theatre in the Arcade, an early 1900s vaudeville house in the historic Fort Myers River District.
Naples is the winter home of the Miami City Ballet Company. It has an outstanding opera company, two top-ranked symphony orchestras and two exceptional performing arts halls. A jewel in this crown is Naples’ Philharmonic Center for the Arts. The stunning architecture, acoustic excellence, world-class museum and diverse program of theater, music and dance, Lifelong Learning programs, field trips, films, notable speakers and star performances make it one of the top-ranked arts centers in Florida.
Marco Island Players, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Towne Center, (239) 642-7270. Four entertaining plays this season. Snowbird passes available. www.themarcoplayers.com.
Snook Inn, 1215 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 394-3313. Casual entertainment daily. Live music Thursday through Sunday. www.snookinn.com.
Stan’s Idle Hour, 221 Goodland Drive W., Goodland, (239) 394-3041. A local’s favorite, Stan’s "Sunday Show" every week starting at 1 p.m. www.stansidlehour.net.
Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 389-6900. Dinner, comedy shows with national touring comedians and performing groups. www.offthehookcomedy.com.
Classic Chamber Concerts, (239) 434-8505. Performances, guest artists and special concerts. Performances at Sugden Community Theatre. www.classicchamberconcerts.org.
Gulfshore Playhouse, (239) 261-7529. Presenting New York-quality productions, exclusively at the Norris Center. The 2010-2011 season brings to the Naples theater scene four shows and a cabaret/jazz club series. www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.
Naples City Improv, (239) 682-0638. Improvisational comedy troupe performing once a month at the Norris Center and Fred’s Diner. www.naplescityimprov.com.
The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S. (239) 263-7990. Presenting the 2010-2011 season of drama, comedy and musicals. Educational workshops for adults and children throughout the year. Recently named one of the top 10 community theaters in the country. www.naplesplayers.org.
Opera Naples, 2408 Linwood Ave. (239) 514-7464. Professional regional opera company performs at least
three operas per season. The 2010-2011 season is the "Season of Passion." Young Artists’ Program. www.operanaples.com.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., (239) 597-1900. Home to the Naples Philharmonic, an 85-piece symphony orchestra; the 100-voice Philharmonic Center Chorale; the Philharmonic Youth Symphonia; and the Youth Chorale. Hayes Hall features concerts and Broadway shows. Florida’s west coast home to the Miami City Ballet and new partner with the Sarasota Opera, the Phil also presents events in two auditoriums, four art galleries and two sculpture gardens. Hosts more than 400 events per year. www.thephil.org.
TheatreZone, 13275 Livingston Road, (888) 966-3352. Professional Equity theater company. Performances held
at the G&L Theatre on The Community School of Naples campus. www.theatrezone-florida.com.
Aura, Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, (888) 722-1267. 3 p.m. to midnight Veuve Clicquot happy hour and chef specials. Every Friday night $5 drink and food menu. www.naplesgranderesort.com.
Blue Martini, 9114 Strada Place at Mercato, (239) 591-2583. Live music, drink specials, dancing, outdoor patio bar, stage room, VIP area. www.bluemartinilounge.com
Campiello Ristorante, 1177 Third St. S., (239) 435-1166. Live jazz music Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30–10:30 p.m. www.campiello.damico.com.
Club NooShi at Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar, 1585 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, (239) 592-0050. Dance La Rumba Friday nights, live entertainment. Stylish dress, two full bars. VIP and bottle service. Outdoor seating and lounge. www.noodlescafe.com.
Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-3300. Jazz and live music every night.
Pelican Larry’s, 2700 Immokalee Road, (239) 263-9464. Live music or DJ Wednesday through Saturday.
Seawitch Restaurant and Lounge, 179 South Bay Drive, off Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 566-1514. Live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday in-season; Friday and Saturday off-season.
Silver Spoon Café, 5375 Tamiami Trail N., Waterside Shops. (239) 591-2123. Live music Friday and Saturday early evenings until 8 p.m.
South Street City Oven & Grill, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, (239) 435-9333. Live music throughout the week, karaoke on Tuesday and open mic on Thursday. www.southstreetnaples.com.
Sunset Beach Bar at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. Solo guitarist Monday through Saturday.
Ultra Night Club, 15495 Tamiami Trail, (239) 465-8477. DJ and dancing Friday and Saturday. Dress code, VIP bottle service. www.ultranaples.com.
Vision Night Club, 11901 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 591-8383. Three rooms with DJ and dancing Thursday through Saturday. VIP bottle service. www.visionniteclub.com.
Yabba Island Grill, 711 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 262-5787. DJ and dancing Friday and Saturday starting at 10:30 p.m. www.yabbaislandgrill.com.
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, (239) 495-8989. Presents various music, dance and theater performances in its Live at the Promenade series at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. www.artcenterbonita.org.
Sneaky Pete’s, 3465 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 498-8887. Live entertainment seven nights a week, including karaoke on Mondays.
The Stage, 9144 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 405-8566. Dining and dancing. Live music Tuesday through Sunday. www.thestagebonita.com.
Voda Lounge, 26821 South Bay Drive, Suite 115, (239) 770-8368. 21-and-older dance club in the Promenade at Bonita Bay.
Cultural Park Theatre Company, Inc., 528 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772-5862. Live performances, Children’s Theatre Program. www.culturalparktheater.com.
The Joint at Cape Harbour, 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 108, (239) 542-0123. Waterfront cabana bar with live music on Tuesdays.
Monkey Bar & Steakhouse, 1428 Lafayette St., (239) 549-8800. Live entertainment seven nights a week.
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, (239) 481-4849. Home of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Variety of touring productions, including Broadway shows, musicals, plays, dance and ballet programs, and pop music concerts. www.bbmannpah.com.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., (239) 278-4422. Features buffet dining and Broadway’s best musicals. Off-Broadway Palm Theatre, a 90-seat black-box theater featuring musical revues. Theater-themed gift shop located in the lobby. www.broadwaypalm.com.
FGCU Theatre Lab, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., (239) 590-7268. Florida Gulf Coast University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents a variety of historic and modern plays. www.fgcu.edu.
Florida Repertory Theatre, at the Arcade Theatre, Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry streets, (239) 332-4488. Presenting its "Lucky Season 13." The Wall Street Journal recently called Florida Rep "profoundly satisfying." www.floridarep.org.
Gulf Coast Symphony, (239) 277-1700. Celebrating its 16th Symphonic Sensations Season with a variety of performances. www.gulfcoastsymphony.org.
Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 939-2787. Featuring the 12,000-square-foot William R. Frizzell Cultural Centre, the 150-seat indoor Foulds Theatre, the 1,500-seat outdoor Margaret Morrow Frizzell amphitheater and three art galleries. Live performances, monthly art exhibits, festivals and other events. www.artinlee.org.
Seminole Gulf Railway, Colonial Station, four miles west of I-75 on Colonial Boulevard, (239) 275-8487. Theatrical troupe presents a murder mystery aboard a moving train; guests help solve the crime while enjoying five courses. Reservations required. www.semgulf.com.
Southwest Florida Symphony, 12651 McGregor Blvd., (239) 418-1500. Performing since 1961, presenting classical and pops concerts November through April. www.swflso.org.
Theatre Conspiracy, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 936-3239. Nonprofit theater group performs everything from the classics to cutting-edge works and world premieres. www.theatreconspiracy.org.
Buddha Bar & Grill, 12701 McGregor Blvd., (239) 482-4438. Live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday starting at 10 p.m. Ages 21 and older.
City Tavern, 2206 Bay St., (239) 226-1133. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to close.
Groove Street Grill and Discotheque, College Plaza Shopping Center, (239) 437-2743. Ladies night Thursdays at 9 p.m.; dancing Fridays and Saturdays. www.groovestreet.com.
Indigo Room, 2219 Main St., (239) 332-0014. Karaoke Monday and open mike Wednesday. Open until 2 a.m.
Red Rock Saloon, 2278 First St., (239) 689-8667. Live music nightly.
Spirits of Bacchus, 1406 Hendry St., (239) 689-2675. Live music Saturday nights. www.spiritsofbacchus.com.
The Spot, 2213 Main St., (239) 277-7768. Karaoke, DJ and live music. Check website for schedule. www.thespotrocks.com.
Laugh-In Comedy Café, College Plaza Shopping Center, (239) 479-LAFF (5233). Featuring national touring comedians. 21 and up. www.laughincomedycafe.com.
FORT MYERS BEACH
The Cottage Beach Bar & Grill, 1250 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-5440. Live music nightly from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the over-21 crowd.
Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach Rum Bar & Grille, 708 Fisherman’s Wharf, (239) 765-9660. Live bands every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.
Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, 340 Old San Carlos Blvd, (239) 463-3474. Live music on the outside patio. www.smokinoyster.com.
Valerie’s Lounge & Liquors, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., Suite 312. (239) 466-7788. Live music Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Big Arts Center, 900 Dunlop Road, (239) 395-0900. A performing arts hall, galleries, sculpture garden, classrooms and extensive schedule of dance, music and theater productions, classes, children’s programs, festivals and more. www.bigarts.org.
Sanibel Music Festival, (239) 344-7025. Brings world-class musicians to Sanibel in a series of performances held at the Sanibel Congregational Church. www.sanibelmusicfestival.com.
The Schoolhouse Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-6862. The 160-seat theater presents shows ranging from comedy and vaudeville to musicals and drama. www.bigarts.org.
Ellington’s Jazz Bar and Restaurant, 1244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472–0494. Live music each night. www.ellingtonsjazz.com.
The Jac Bar, The Jacaranda, 1223 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472-1771. Live entertainment nightly.
Keylime Bistro, 11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, (239) 395-4000. Live entertainment seven days and nights.
RC Otter’s Island Eats, 11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, (239) 395-1142. Live music daily.