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  • A solo exhibition of works by Southwest Florida-based artist Spencer Elles opens Friday, June 4 at DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts in downtown Fort Myers.Elles is a multi-talented queer artist, musician, digital illustrator and videographer. The exhibition titled, “uhhhh… I guess this is my art show or whatever. (AKA the duality of man) yes…that’s the full title,” includes 25 original pieces along with 50 prints by Elles.
  • Marie Myung-Ok Lee tells us about Finding My Voice, the very first Young Adult novel with an Asian American lead character and written by an Asian American author, reissued this year. Amy Green describes the thorough research she undertook to write Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar.
  • Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers has just announced plans for a robust season kicking off this fall. We’ll take a closer look at how the theatre company has weathered challenges posed by the pandemic over the past year and get a preview of what’s to come for the 2021-2022 season with the Florida Rep’s Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen.
  • During the 2021 Annual Florida Legislative Session, state lawmakers passed a pair of bills aimed at expanding protections for landowners. The measures, currently awaiting Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature, authorize property owners to file lawsuits against government entities over local land-use regulations, even if the property owners have no formal development plans that would be impacted.Smart-growth advocacy organizations like 1,000 Friends of Florida say the bills could serve as a weaponization of the Bert Harris Act that could prevent local governments from imposing smart-growth regulations that would undermine the state’s coastal resiliency efforts. We'll take a closer look and explore the current state of toxic red tide and blue-green algae blooms in Southwest Florida.
  • Last year’s selection of Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General brought new challenges to the U.S. Postal Service, that at one point, even threatened mail in voting. That prompted renowned artists and musicians Mark Mothersbaugh and Beatie Wolfe to launch the “Postcards for Democracy” project, that’s now become an exhibition at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. The artists join us to explore the project along with gallery director Jade Dellinger.
  • When gyms and yoga studios closed, instructors had to get creative. Gil Gonzalez of Gil's Zumba and yoga teacher Jackie Chiodo tell us how they managed.
  • On this episode of the Gulf Coast Life Book Club, we hear from Lauren Hough, author of the NYT bestselling essay collection Leaving Isn't The Hardest Thing, and Elizabeth McCracken, whose new collection of short stories is The Souvenir Museum.
  • State lawmakers ended Florida’s 2021 annual legislative session, Friday, after passing a record $101.5 billion budget. Much of Governor Ron DeSantis’ priority measures did pass during this year’s session. We’ll get a closer analysis of what passed, what didn’t and what it all means for Floridians going forward are Florida Gulf Coast University Political Science professors Peter Bergerson, Ph.D., and Roger Green, Ph.D.
  • The Baker Museum at Artis Naples continues it’s 20th anniversary season with an exhibition of works by world-renowned modern urban expressionist painter Marcus Jansen titled, Marcus Jansen: Two Decades of Relevance.We talk with Jansen about his life, his art, and how his paintings engage our understanding of power structures, politics, and economics and motivate us to view these social constructs through a different lens.
  • After more than a year of challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Southwest Florida-based nonprofit, Love Your Rebellion, which works to empower marginalized groups through the arts, is planning to begin hosting in-person events again.Love Your Rebellion will be holding Fort Myers Zine Fest at Neenie’s House at 481 Marsh Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905 on Friday, April 23 from 6 to 10 p.m.The mostly outdoor event will feature works available for purchase from artists, artisans, zine makers, fashion designers as well as food vendors. The event will also feature live music and a dance performance-style fashion show.