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Gulfshore Insider - February



The edison Festival of Light wraps up a month-long celebration with a grand parade featuring singer Gavin DeGraw, a 5K race and finale fireworks. Catch the festivities at the Fort Myers High School stadium Feb. 21 beginning at 5 p.m. Visit www.edisonfestival.org for details.



The legendary Harlem Globetrotters are back in Southwest Florida! Catch the dribbling showmen at Germain Arena Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at 334-3309.



Tim Horn’s love of distinctive automobiles is evident in this painting, Rag Top, on display at Gardner Colby Gallery in Naples. Since there is no sky in this streetscape, his choice of baby blue for his VW roadster reassures us it is a sunny day. Light bounces off the car’s bumper, and we can see shadows in the folds of the canvas top. The scale of the painting is part of its charm. The work is only a little larger than a sheet of paper, and yet Horn paints a portion of a city street and a car on that small surface. His attention to details helps us to project ourselves next to the convertible and inside it. Horn has painted the ragtop only halfway in the plane of the picture. If he had centered the convertible in the middle, the painting would not have had the same visual interest. Compositionally, the sewer grate on the bottom left anchors that corner of the canvas, balancing the mass of the car on the right. Although it could be parked, we have the sense this blue Beetle might be pulling away, and so we are drawn in to study it.

—Mark Ormond



Naples’ McCormick & Schmick’s Key West gulf red snapper is grilled to perfection, drizzled with a Jamaican rum-butter sauce and served with a black bean salsa, sautéed spinach and a dollop of banana-sweet potato mash. Sample the subtle lemon beurre blanc and the tall, fried plantain chip as you enjoy this Caribbean treat. McCormick & Schmick’s, 9114 Strada Place, Suite 12110, Naples, 591-2299.

—Ivan Seligman





Former speaker of the house newt gingrich is excited about the opportunities for America to harness rapid advancements in math and science and become the global leader in solving the problems of the next generation. Gingrich, who was elected to Congress in 1978, was the architect of the “Contract with America” that led Republicans to capture the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. He will share his ideas on the topic, “The Future is Bright: The Next Wave of American Exceptionalism,” on Monday, Feb. 16 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort as part of the 2009 Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers series.


Q: Can you give us a hint of some issues you’ll address at Naples Town Hall?

A: We have enormous opportunities in science—reforming math and science education. We’re going to get four to seven times as much new science in the next 25 years as the last 25 years. We’re having breakthroughs in energy, environment, construction, health. We have opportunities to compete with China and India. We need to rethink litigation, regulation, taxation, health, energy, education and infrastructure. I’ll talk about those concepts, creating jobs, getting out of recession.


Q: How can politicians use the momentum of national interest in the presidential election to work together to bring positive change?

A: You have to work at it and recognize that you’re not always on the same page. You have to listen to each other. People are sick and tired of red versus blue. They want red, white and blue. We put together a platform with a majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. The American people are much more together than their political leadership is.


Q: Which legislators have you found to work together in a bipartisan way?

A: We’ve worked with Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.).


Q: Who is the next rising star of the GOP?

A: There are a number—(Florida) Gov. (Charlie) Crist, (Lousiana) Gov. Bobbie Jindal, (South Carolina) Gov. Mark Sanford, (Indiana) Gov. Mitch Daniels. (Alaska) Gov. (Sarah) Palin will continue to be a major player.


Q: What are some of your current projects?

A: The Center for Health Transformation, for better health outcomes at a low cost (www.healthtransformation.net), and American Solutions for Winning the Future—drill here, drill now, pay less, and a call for the repeal of Sarbanes-Oxley (a law intended to prevent corporate fraud) because it kills jobs
(www.americansolutions.com).                          —Denise Scott



get in on artfest, a juried fine arts festival featuring national artists, interactive art, food and demonstrations in downtown Fort Myers’ River District, Feb. 7–8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 768-3602.


musical icon liza Minnelli began her career as the youngest actress ever to win a Tony Award at age 19, and since then has won an Emmy and an Oscar. See her live at the Phil Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Call 597-1900 for tickets.


saganaki? spanakopita? souvlaki? try it all at the greek festival at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church Feb. 6–8. Enjoy the country’s cuisine, music and ethnic dance performances. 591-3430.

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