Arts and culture

A Fort Myers local, Richard Chin Quee has been working in audio for most of his life. While finishing a Computer Science degree at FGCU in 2006, he leveraged his music and sound experience to get a job at WGCU, and has been working in news radio ever since. He's currently the director of programming at the station, the director of WGCU's daily talk show Gulf Coast Live, and the producer/director/co-creator of Three Song Stories.

Second-generation winemaker and wine grower Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards joins Julie and Gina to talk about continuing the family tradition in the Dundee Hills. He talks about the moment he knew wine would be his career, about a spontaneous pinot mutation that popped up in the vineyard one day, and the challenge Oregon had in the early days identifying the best clones for the zone.

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers is currently running productions of Henrik Isben’s play, “A Doll’s House,” through March 11.  The production, set in a Norwegian town in the late 1800s, goes behind the façade of an ideal marriage and challenges audiences to consider the cultural limitations placed on women at the time and the stifling lack of opportunities available to women.  The play questions the roles of men and women in a traditional 19th century marriage, which to audiences at the time was controversial and even scandalous.  We’ll learn more about the production and the true-life story that inspired Isben to write it in a conversation with director Anne Dodd, and actress Dena Galyean who stars as Nora in the play.  We’ll also explore the themes and conflicts of this 1879 classic through the lense of contemporary society.

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour is widely known for her work on the stage and screen including roles in the James Bond film “Live and Let Die,” and the television series, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” but over the past 25 years, she’s emerged as a celebrated visual artist as well, creating intimate watercolor and vibrant oil paintings.  She also enjoys success as a designer including creating costumes and set designs for the Houston Ballet.  We’ll talk with Seymour ahead of her appearances March 10th and 11th at the Mercato in Naples for an exhibition of her work organized by Road Show Company.  The exhibition will also include works by Seymour’s son, Sean Michael Flynn.  Flynn is an internationally acclaimed fine art photographer and filmmaker.

Episode 3: Wine Fests

Mar 7, 2018

This is the season for wine festivals in South Florida, and after the Southwest Florida Food and Wine Festival this past weekend, Gina and Julie got to thinking about the correlation between wine and fundraising. Are there whiskey charity auctions? Which one is really the biggest in the country - Naples Winter Wine Festival or Auction Napa Valley? This week we look at the rankings and talk about some of the other wine festivals in the area.