Arts and culture

Florida resident and award winning author Sharon Potts is out with a new thriller. Linda Fasulo has our review of “The Devil’s Madonna”.

Floridians Mark Arrival of Conquistadors

Feb 6, 2013
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On Easter Sunday, March 28th 1513, a group of explorers led by Juan Ponce de Leon became the first Europeans to record sighting a large land mass west of the Bahamas. The first people they encountered were Calusa Indians living in Southwest Florida. Details of that encounter and what followed are the topic of a symposium Saturday titled “Conquistadors and the Calusa: Reflections on Resistance”. It’s part of the Viva Florida 500 initiative.

Speakers include John Worth a Professor of Anthropology at the University of West Florida …he says historians are still debating exactly where Ponce De Leon and his crew first came ashore.

The free symposium is Saturday from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Koreshan State Historic Site Art Hall in Estero.

Broadway legend Ben Vereen comes to Southwest Florida February 8th and 9th for three performances of his one-man show Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen, at Venice Theatre.

A new, heartfelt and hilarious family comedy comes to the Florida Repertory Theatre.  “Miracle on South Division Street” is next in a line of plays from Tom Dudzick performed on the Fort Myers stage. We’ll meet him and artistic director Bob Caccioppo.  Dudzick holds a talk back session with the cast for the audience after the matinee on 2/9 at 2:00pm.  

  Members of the Gulf Coast Banjo Society, John Wildeman and Mike Currao join us for a live performance of old-time Dixieland jazz tunes.  Besides their regular performances in Southwest Florida, they’ll be hosting the 4th Annual Punta Gorda Banjo Bash February 15th and 16th at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.  Proceeds from the two day banjo extravaganza will benefit the Young Musicians Education Foundation, Inc., providing musical instruments, lessons and fostering a love of music to underprivileged kids.