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  • The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples in Collier County recently hired award-winning curator, art historian, museum leader, lecturer and writer Courtney McNeil as its new Museum Director and Chief Curator. McNeil joins us to explore her professional background, her passion for helping people connect art with different perspectives and new ideas, and her vision for the Baker Museum going forward.
  • Lauren Redniss's OAK FLAT and Maisy Card's THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY.
  • Lawmakers will convene Florida’s annual legislative session March 2 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be front and center. Legislators are facing a projected $2.75 billion budget deficit due to revenue losses stemming from pandemic-induced shutdowns in 2020. We’ll take a closer look at what’s being considered and what to expect with Florida Gulf Coast University Political Scientists Peter Bergerson, Ph.D., and Roger Green, Ph.D.
  • Late last year, qward-winning LGBTQ+ advocate Arlene Goldberg released a memoir titled, “Simple Human Dignity: My Life, My Wife, Our Story.”The compelling narratives weaved through this memoir tell the story of Arlene’s life and her 47-year relationship with her wife Carol Goldwasser. In April of 2014, Arlene became a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit brought on by the American Civil Liberties Union that led to U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruling that Florida’s ban on same sex-marriage was unconstitutional. The decision came prior to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that struck down same-sex marriage bans throughout the country.Through this case, Arlene and Carol Goldwasser made history by becoming the first same-sex couple to have their marriage legally recognized by the state of Florida. The victory was bitter-sweet, as Carol did not live to see that day.
  • The Laboratory Theater of Florida in Fort Myers continues its 12th season later this month with the regional premiere of playwright Jordan Tannahill’s award-winning play “Botticelli in the Fire.” The play is an historic re-imagining centered on the life of early Renaissance Italian painter Sandro Botticelli.
  • Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples will be transformed into a New York-style cabaret club for the month of February with a series of Broadway Cabaret performances featuring comedienne, singer and Ethel Merman enthusiast Klea Blackhurst; multi-award winning cabaret performer and actor Natalie Douglas; and Naples native and Broadway star Lora Lee Gayer!
  • Hundreds of thousands of Florida children have not been in a classroom for nearly a year. They've been learning through a screen — or not showing up for classes at all — because of the pandemic.
  • The latest updates about COVID-19 vaccinations in Southwest Florida.
  • Chicago-based painter Wanda Hamilton has teamed up with her daughter, Fort Myers-based artist Challen Rivera for a joint exhibition of their work titled, “Seed, Time, and Harvest” in the Grand Atrium the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.Works in the exhibition express the artists’ perspectives on ethnicity, identity, love, and family.We’ll catch up with the artists ahead of the exhibition’s opening reception, Friday, Feb. 5. The exhibition runs through Feb. 26.
  • On this episode of the Gulf Coast Life Book Club, Robert Jones, Jr., talks about his New York Times bestselling novel THE PROPHETS and Justine Cowan discusses her memoir THE SECRET LIFE OF DOROTHY SOAMES.