Arts and culture

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.

  We’ll talk with photographer Connie Bransilver and painter Nicholas Petrucci.  They’re two of the artists behind the “Guardians of the Everglades” exhibit now in progress.  Through photographs, paintings, a documentary film, a book and other educational materials the initiative aims to highlight the importance of preserving the Everglades and paying homage to some of its most ardent protectors and advocates.  The exhibit comes to Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County next month.

Miami based writer Eleni Gage is best known for her memoir “North of Ithaka” about returning to her Greek roots. Other Waters is her debut novel. Linda Fasulo has our review.

South Florida’s own James Grippando is back with his 20th novel – and the tenth in his series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. Linda Fasulo has this review of “Blood Money”.