September 18, 2014

Discover Southwest Florida: Arts & Entertainment

Rock around the clock: From touring bands to Broadway shows, the arts are covered along the Gulf coast. Photo by Joan MarcusWhether your taste runs to black-tie evenings or karaoke clubs, Broadway shows, improv or anything in between, the cultural scene on the Gulfshore is sure to please. You may slip into a cozy bistro for late-night jazz, laugh the night away at a comedy club, or attend a fascinating lecture. You can enjoy a community theater performance or even audition for a part in one.

Our performance stages range from the super-glam Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts to the intimate, Arcade Theater, a former turn-of-the-20th-century vaudeville house in the historic Fort Myers River District and the sophisticated G&L Theatre in Naples. Also in Fort Myers is the 1,851-seat Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and the popular Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. In Old Naples, the Sugden Community Theatre, home of the renowned Naples Players, is a sparkling jewel in the crown of Fifth Avenue South. Some of the oldest and most venerable theaters on the Gulfshore thrill audiences on Marco and Sanibel Islands.

We have two first-rate indie film festivals: the Fort Myers Film Festival in March, and the Naples International Film Festival in November. Naples also is the winter home of the Miami City Ballet Co., and the highly acclaimed Opera Naples is now in its seventh season, with performances from November to May.

MARCO ISLAND

Performing Arts

The Marco Players, 1055 N. Collier Blvd., (239) 642-7270. A nonprofit community theater company that stages a variety of productions, from comedies and dramas to musicals. themarcoplayers.com.

Live Music/Dancing

Snook Inn, 1215 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 394-3313. Casual entertainment daily. Live music Friday through Sunday, 6-10 p.m. 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. Entertainment on Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. stansidlehour.net.

Comedy

Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Suite 218, (239) 389-6900. Dinner, comedy shows with national touring comedians and performing groups. offthehookcomedy.com.

 

NAPLES

Performing Arts

Classic Chamber Concerts, (239) 434-8505. Brings world-class musicians and concerts to the Naples community and its youth. classicchamberconcerts.org.

Gulfshore Playhouse, (239) 261-7529. Presenting New York-quality classics, new works, cabaret, children’s productions, education and more, exclusively at the Norris Center. gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

Naples City Improv, (239) 682-0638. Improvisational comedy troupe performing at the Norris Center and other locations. naplescityimprov.com.

The Naples Players, Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-7990. Presents a variety of productions on two stages and offers a children’s theater program, KidzAct. Recently named one of the Top 10 community theaters in the country. naplesplayers.org.

Opera Naples, 2408 Linwood Ave., (239) 963-9050. Stages operas with professional artists and supports opera education and apprenticeships for young artists. Performances in the Performing Arts Hall of Gulf Coast High School. operanaples.org.

Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., (239) 597-1900. Home to the Naples Philharmonic 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, the Phil also presents events in two auditoriums, four art galleries and two sculpture gardens. Hosts more than 400 events per year. thephil.org.

TheatreZone, 13275 Livingston Road, (888) 966-3352. Nonprofit, professional, equity theater company. Performances held at the G&L Theatre on The Community School of Naples campus. theatrezone-florida.com.

 

Live Music/Dancing

Blue Martini, 9114 Strada Place, Mercato, (239) 591-2583. Live music, drink specials, dancing, outdoor patio bar, stage room, VIP area. bluemartinilounge.com

Campiello Ristorante, 1177 Third St. S., (239) 435-1166. Live jazz music Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m. campiello.damico.com.

Club NooShi, at Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar, 1585 Pine Ridge Road, (239) 592-0050. Dance La Rumba Friday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; live entertainment every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Stylish dress, two full bars. VIP and bottle service. Outdoor seating and lounge. noodlescafe.com.

Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-3300. Live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Pelican Larry’s, 2700 Immokalee Road, Suite 13, (239) 597-5013. Live music or DJ Wednesday through Saturday. pelicanlarrys.com

Silver Spoon Café, 5375 Tamiami Trail N., Waterside Shops, (239) 591-2123. Live music Friday and Saturday early evenings until 8:30 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. southstreetnaples.com.

Sunset Beach Bar at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. Solo guitarist Monday through Saturday.

Vision Night Club, 11901 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 591-8383. Three rooms with DJ and dancing Thursday through Saturday. VIP bottle service.

Yabba Island Grill, 711 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 262-5787. DJ and dancing Friday and Saturday starting at 10:30 p.m. yabbaislandgrill.com.

 

BONITA SPRINGS

Performing Arts

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. artcenterbonita.org.

Live Music/Dancing

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 Wednesday through Saturday. thestagebonita.com.

Voda Lounge, 26821 South Bay Drive, Suite 115, (239) 770-8368. An over-21 dance club in the Promenade at Bonita Bay. vodaswfl.com

 

CAPE CORAL

Performing Arts

Cultural Park Theatre performing Arts Center, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772-5862. Live performances, adult and children’s educational programs. culturalparktheater.com.

Live Music/Dancing

The Joint at Cape Harbour, 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 108, (239) 542-0123. Waterfront cabana bar with live music Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Monkey Bar & Steakhouse, 1428 Lafayette St., (239) 549-8800. Live entertainment seven nights a week.

 

FORT MYERS

Performing Arts

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, (239) 481-4849. Home of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Variety of touring productions, including Broadway shows, musicals, plays, dance and ballet programs, and pop music concerts. 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. broadwaypalm.com.

FGCU Theatre Lab, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., (239) 590-7268. Florida Gulf Coast University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts stages productions in this black-box theatre. theatrelab.fgcu.edu.

Florida Repertory Theatre, at the Arcade Theatre, Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry streets, (239) 332-4488. Professional regional theatre company that produces Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning comedies, dramas and musicals. The Wall Street Journal recently called the Florida Rep “profoundly satisfying.” floridarep.org.

Gulf Coast Symphony, (239) 277-1700. Community orchestra that performs a variety of classical and pop performances at local venues. 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. 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. semgulf.com.

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, 12651 McGregor Blvd., (239) 418-1500. Performing since 1961, presenting classical and pops concerts November through April. 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 at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. theatreconspiracy.org.

Live Music/Dancing

Buddha Bar & Grill, 12701 McGregor Blvd., (239) 482-8565. 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 2 a.m. mycitytavern.com

Groove Street Grill & Discotheque, College Plaza Shopping Center, (239) 437-2743. Ladies night Thursdays at 9 p.m.; dancing Saturdays.

Indigo Room, 2219 Main St., (239) 332-0014. Karaoke Monday and open mic 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.

Comedy

Laugh-In Comedy Café, College Plaza Shopping Center, (239) 479-5233. Featuring national touring comedians. 21 and up. laughincomedycafe.com.


FORT MYERS BEACH

Live Music/Dancing

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, Saturday and Sunday. docfordsfortmyersbeach.com

Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, 340 Old San Carlos Blvd., (239) 463-3474. Live music from 6-10 p.m. on the outside patio. smokinoyster.com.

Valerie’s Lounge & Liquors, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., Suite 312. (239) 466-7788. Live music Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

 

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA ISLANDS

Performing Arts

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. bigarts.org.

Big Arts Herb Strauss Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-6862. The 160-seat theater presents shows ranging from comedy and vaudeville to musicals and drama. 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. sanibelmusicfestival.com.

Live Music/Dancing

The Jac Bar, The Jacaranda, 1223 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472-1771. Live entertainment nightly. jacarandaonsanibel.com.

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.

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