Arts

Arts and culture

A group exhibition titled, “There’s Something in the Water” is currently running in the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Capital Gallery in downtown Fort Myers.  The show features underwater works by Southwest Florida artists Mila Bridger, Katy Danca Galli and Arturo Samaniego and world-renowned underwater photographer Bob Halstead.  The exhibit runs through July 25.  We’ll talk with artists Mila Bridger and Katy Danca Galli about the show and about their unique approaches to creating art through photography.

If you asked Sanelli what his job is, he’ll probably say he’s a jeweler out of Naples,FL. But if you ask him, “what do you do”, you’ll find out he’s a sound guy. A REALLY good one too. He’s worked and lived all over the east coast, and has run sound from small venues to recording studios, to mega-churches. Rare is person that can run a soundboard, craft a diamond bracelet, and build a chicken coop, but that’s Sanelli. He hangs his hat here in southwest FL with his wife, three kids, two dogs, and assorted chickens and ducks, and I knew I wanted to have him on as soon as we started making the show.

If you asked Sanelli what his job is, he’ll probably say he’s a jeweler out of Naples,FL. But if you ask him, “what do you do”, you’ll find out he’s a sound guy. A REALLY good one too. He’s worked and lived all over the east coast, and has run sound from small venues to recording studios, to mega-churches. Rare is person that can run a soundboard, craft a diamond bracelet, and build a chicken coop, but that’s Sanelli. He hangs his hat here in southwest FL with his wife, three kids, two dogs, and assorted chickens and ducks, and I knew I wanted to have him on as soon as we started making the show.

Jesi Cason Photography

We’re featuring an encore presentation of our conversation, including live music, from Southwest Florida rock and blues musician and vocal powerhouse Kate Skales.  We spoke with Skales just ahead of her headlining performance at the first show of this year’s “Sounds of Summer” concert series at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.  

Skales is currently traveling and performing outside of Florida, but she’ll be back in town next month for a show at Beach Records in Fort Myers, Aug. 25.  Then on Sept. 1, you can catch her performing at HOWL Gallery in Fort Myers, and on Oct. 6 she’ll be playing at Rack’em Spirits & Times in Cape Coral.

Courtesy of New Phoenix Theatre

Southwest Florida’s performing arts scene is gaining a new community theatre company.  New Phoenix Theatre in South Fort Myers is currently renovating a former gym into a venue that can accommodate up to 100 audience members, or up to 300 patrons for standing-room-only shows.  In April, the organization announced an ambitious line-up of plays for its inaugural 2018-2019 season, including performances of “Marvin’s Room,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Rumors” among others.  The new theatre company’s founders include local actors and directors who came together to provide something fresh in the local theatre scene, with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion and more roles for women.  We’ll take a closer look at the mission of Southwest Florida’s newest theatre offering in a conversation with co-founder, actor and director James Robinson and get a preview of shows in New Phoenix Theatre’s inaugural season which opens in October.

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