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Gulf Coast Life Arts Edition

  • In October, the Southwest Florida-based band Cobress dropped the fourth and final chapter of their album “Neon Royale.” Songs from each chapter embody aspects of the four sacred elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air.We catch up with band members Colin Orion, Frankie Orion and Xid, as we hear music from the new album and explore their artistic endeavors outside the band.
  • The 12th annual Naples International Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening with an opening night gala and outdoor film screening of the multi-award winning documentary “The Donut King” by filmmaker Alice Gu. The film tells the story of a Cambodian refugee who came to the U.S. in 1975 amid the genocide of more than two million people under Marxist leader Pol Pot, and managed to become a millionaire in three years. We’ll talk with the filmmaker.
  • Multi-faceted Southwest Florida-based artist Spencer Elles has been hard at work amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Under the pseudonym Duke Stamina, the self-produced queer rap artist dropped his debut full-length album, “Super Horse Dads 2 TURBO: Tournament Edition (Original Soundtrack) ,” in September after signing onto the Los Angeles-based indie record label Sweatband Records. His unique music creations draw from a blend of genres including rap, trap hip hop, EDM, and punk, infused with comedic satire and self-described “aggressively gay” lyrical content.
  • GulfShore Playhouse in Naples is launching a slightly modified season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with the world premiere of the play “Higher” performed by the theatre company’s own Associate Artistic Director Jeffrey Binder who also wrote the play during quarantine. The show is being directed by founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury. Both Coury and Binder join us for a preview of the show and for a look at how Gulfshore Playhouse is rising to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
  • The 10th annual Fort Myers Film Festival will run from Oct. 21 – 25. Nearly 70 films will be screened in categories including Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Short shorts, Strictly Local, Student and Environment.As in past years, this year’s film festival will include celebrations, VIP meet and greet opportunities, filmmaker discussions and film screenings at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. There will also be virtual activities this year and a mind toward safety and social distancing amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.We’ll get a preview from Fort Myers Film Festival Founder Eric Raddatz.
  • The Laboratory Theater of Florida in Fort Myers is preparing to kick off its 12th season with a somewhat modified production of Dennis Giacino’s hilarious show “Disenchanted: a new Musical Comedy.”The Laboratory Theater won’t be opening the physical theater doors to patrons just yet. Rather, they’ve created an audio-visual hybrid film and stage production that people will be able to experience virtually while practicing social distancing in their very own homes.We’ll learn about the show and the ways the Laboratory Theater has been rising to the challenges of COVID-19 with founder and Artistic Director Annette Trossbach.
  • The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers has opened a new site-specific installation of drawings and newly-commissioned paintings by artists Olivier Mosset and Mike Bidlo. We’ll explore the exhibition with gallery director Jade Dellinger and how works in the show echo back to paintings created by Rauschenberg himself nearly 70 years ago.
  • We highlight the fall arts offerings from the Southwest Florida-based arts non-profit Love Your Rebellion amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The organization’s mission is to empower marginalized groups through the arts, and even in the absence of live music, spoken word and other in-person performance events, Love Your Rebellion is still finding many socially-distant ways to encourage the arts community including a poetry writing workshop in collaboration with the Alliance for the Arts, the “Murals on Tour” traveling art installation project in collaboration with Artsemble Underground, and multiple ways artists can contribute to the upcoming fall issue of Love Your Rebellion’s zine titled, “Technical Difficulties.”
  • We continue highlighting ways Southwest Florida’s performing arts community is adapting to the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We’ll hear from the founder manager of Poetz Realm Florida, LLC, Ernel Grant, whose open mic Monday virtual showcase events have gone virtual. The next event takes place Monday, Aug. 31 at 8:00 p.m. We’ll also meet Southwest Florida based rap, hip-hop and R&B artist Andre Hustle.
  • When businesses shut down and people began to isolate themselves due to the coronavirus back in March, a local musician found a way to keep his peers’ connected and their creativity flowing by creating weekly songwriting challenges. We’ll hear from some of the participants and the songs they made during “Songwriter Quarantine.”