Arts and culture

The Grapefruit League is back.  Three major league baseball teams have their spring training complexes in Southwest Florida – the Tampa Bay Rays are in Port Charlotte and the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox are in Ft. Myers. 

The Red Sox were warming up on Friday. Grey skies and off-and-on rain did not deter hundreds of fans from turning out as well.

Peter Frazier from Shrewsbury, Mass., and his wife were among crowd. He said they’re long-time Red Sox fans.

Up with People

Feb 13, 2013

Members of the group Up with People are in Southwest Florida this week preparing for a performance Sunday at North Fort Myers High School. Up with People was launched in the mid 1960's and since then its ensemble of young singers and dancers has performed in 38 countries with a repertoire they say is focused on bridging cultural barriers.

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.