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Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
Upbeat focuses on pop and rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By Tom Lovasko, Sun Correspondent … Find out how to read more online.
Hilton, Lopez to exhibit paintings May 7
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
The last art exhibit of the season in DeSoto County opens with a show of paintings by Jane Hilton and Nikki Lopez on May 7. If you’ve never attended one … Find out how to read more online.
Where’s Jimmy?
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
Where young Jimmy Fillis had got himself off to was always the question. He might have been anywhere, because he did everything at Circo Atayde Hermanos, the oldest traveling family … Find out how to read more online.
Great food, fishing and attractions — Punta Gorda has it all
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
Since its founding in 1886, the city of Punta Gorda has always been an integral part of Southwest Florida — everything from the fishing industry to cattle to citrus. Nestled … Find out how to read more online.
Summer season begins
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
It is finally time to catch one’s breath. Last month it seemed I was going from one festival to another, overdosing on films at the Sarasota Film Festival and trying … Find out how to read more online.
Art center presents Luca, a child prodigy
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
Boogie on over to Venice Art Center tomorrow night to see Luca, a child prodigy pianist. At the grand old age of 20, he comes to Venice after performing all … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 29 2015 12:03PM
VENICE Sparccle on the Links The 12th Annual Sparccle on the Links will be held May 7, at Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice. This is a … Find out how to read more online.
FST announces 2015 summer mainstage, cabaret seasons
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
Florida Studio Theatre’s Summer Mainstage Season kicks off with the wayward, witty world of “Inspired Lunacy,” the Tour de Force production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” and the funny … Find out how to read more online.
Check out the newest celebration of arts & culture
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (the Alliance) invites the public to attend the first InspireSarasota! festival on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota International Latino Festival coming May 2
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
The Viva Sarasota International Latino Festival will kick off at noon on May 2 on Main Street, as crowds will be treated to music, food and a carnival atmosphere celebrating … Find out how to read more online.
Lee James enjoys making beautiful noise
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
Lee James, a staple of the Southwest Florida music scene, has been performing off and on for over three decades. James, 50, hails from Connecticut, but moved to Florida in … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
OPENING THIS WEEK Hot Pursuit Runtime: 1 hr. 27 min. | Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, violence, language and some drug material A by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
VENICE Sparccle on the Links The 12th Annual Sparccle on the Links will be held May 7, at Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice. This is a … Find out how to read more online.
Choose cool, casual fare or fine, formal dining at Boca Royale
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
At Boca Royale Golf & Country Club, a semi-private club located within an open-gated complex off of SR 776 in Englewood, members and locals are invited to enjoy informal lunches … Find out how to read more online.
At Harry’s you’re a guest in their home
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
For more than 40 years, Harry Nikias has lived in the Sarasota area. And for most of that time, he has owned restaurants, beginning with the Dutch Valley restaurant on … Find out how to read more online.
Children add their art to gardens at Edison-Ford Estates
Wed  May 6 2015 08:30AM
In addition to finding most every kind of tropical plant in the gardens at the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, visitors through mid-May will find charming art made by … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
Upbeat focuses on pop and rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By Tom Lovasko, Sun Correspondent … Find out how to read more online.
Moving drama based on life of Helen Keller
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
Venice Theatre will open “The Miracle Worker,” the 1959 Tony Award-winning drama about Helen Keller (played by Alexia King), on Tuesday, May 5. Kelly Wynn Woodland is directing the play … Find out how to read more online.
Journey to another land at the Thai Café
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
The Thai Café in Port Charlotte is one of those rare restaurants where the “experience” of dining is as delightful as the food itself. There is plenty to look at, … Find out how to read more online.


CountryLife Music Festival to throw kickoff party for campers
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Brad Maloney, founder and producer of the inaugural CountryLife Music Festival, said a complimentary kickoff party has been added on Thursday evening, April 23, for anyone camping at Florida Tracks … Find out how to read more online.
Portrait of a bartender
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
Dan Bernal has no shame. The guy has played a chubby Chippendale, donned a fuzzy yellow chick hat, squeezed into a thong, tended bar with a cardboard box over his … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 30 2015 02:50PM
OPENING THIS WEEK Avengers: Age of Ultron Runtime: 2 hr. 21 min. | Rated PG-13 | For intense sequences of sci-fi sction, violence and destruction, and some suggestive comments When … Find out how to read more online.
Feeling in love again …
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
In the Lemon Bay Playhouse's latest romantic comedy: "Oh Mama! No Papa!" written by Reginald Denham, long-suffering, middle-aged widowers, Eleanor and Silas, fall instantly in love. Smitten with romantic passion, … Find out how to read more online.
Earth Day Festival is Sunday in Englewood
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
The 3rd annual Earth Day celebration is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Buchan’s Airport Park in Englewood at the north end of Old Englewood Road. Again … Find out how to read more online.
Comedian Gid Pool performance a must-see
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
North Port has its own award-winning stand-up comedian and he will be appearing at Visani in Port Charlotte this Wednesday through Saturday. Who is this you might ask? Well, his … Find out how to read more online.
NYC-area chanteuse a big hit in Southwest Florida
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Kitt Moran has seamlessly shifted her singing career from New York City supper clubs and casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas to Southwest Florida venues that have welcomed her … Find out how to read more online.
Jimmy’s Grill — a family place
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
After 30 years in Port Charlotte, it’s no surprise that Jimmy’s Grill has a faithful following among snowbirds and year-round residents alike. Diners appreciate the unique mixture of Mediterranean and … Find out how to read more online.
Last weekend to see The Story of Jesus — ‘Experience of a lifetime’
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
You have only one more weekend to see The Story of Jesus this year. The popular passion play is held annually in Wauchula, in Hardee County, and is a spectacular … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 23 2015 01:58PM
PUNTA GORDA Charlotte Elementary chorus concerts planned The elementary honor chorus is a free performance of the best of the best elementary fifth-grade music students. It is held at the … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Sallie Jones Elementary School is presenting “The Wizard of Oz” on May 1-2 at the school, 1230 Narranja St., Punta Gorda. The May 1 … Find out how to read more online.
Innerwave Music with George DeJong
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
Innerwave Music Director George DeJong has played keyboards with some of the biggest names in the music industry: Herman's Hermits, Sam Moore from the legendary soul group Sam and Dave, … Find out how to read more online.
One season ends, another begins
Wed  Apr 29 2015 08:30AM
Most of the seasonal residents are now gone. Sea turtles are about to arrive for the May 1-Oct. 31 sea turtle nesting season along the coast. Not that many years … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Upbeat focuses on pop and rock music of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By Tom Lovasko, Sun Correspondent … Find out how to read more online.
BBQ and Bluegrass draw fans to Venice Saturday
Wed  Apr 15 2015 01:34PM
One of the newest festivals in Venice, the BBQ and Bluegrass Bash, has already grown to be the biggest event of its kind in Southwest Florida. With more cooks than … Find out how to read more online.
‘Food So Great … Yu Scrape Yu Plate’
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
It’s morning prep at North Port’s D&G Caribbean Restaurant, and grizzled local farmer Dennis Ellison stops in with a bagful of collard greens from his garden. “That’s my friend, he … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 23 2015 01:55PM
OPENING THIS WEEK The Age of Adaline Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min. | Rated PG-13 | For a suggestive comment A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, … Find out how to read more online.
There’s always a party at Englewoods on Dearborn
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Six years ago Tony and Merrill Hollinger transformed The Emporium, several small shops and a courtyard restaurant, into Englewoods on Dearborn, a restaurant and bar where patrons are offered a … Find out how to read more online.


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