Venice Theatre 


Global Festival


   Venice Theatre is hosting aactWorldFest, an international community theatre festival, June 20-26. The week-long festival features theatre groups from Armenia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, and The United States. In addition, Splash Theatre Company from Ukraine, originally planning to attend, will now be presenting their show virtually.

   The theatre festival returns after a forced hiatus last year due to the pandemic. This will be the fourth time Venice Theatre has hosted aactWorldFest since 2010.

   In addition to enjoying performances from around the globe, festival goers can participate in interactive educational workshops and enjoy social events. Performances will be in the MainStage Jervey Theatre, which seats 432, and the Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre, a black box theatre that seats 90.

   Armenia’s Yerevan State Puppet Theatre returns to the festival with two shows: The Wolf, an Armenian fairy tale brought to life through puppets, shadows, humans, music and lighting; and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, adapted from the best-selling book.

   Brazil is represented by award winning puppeteer and musician Caio Stolai with a performance of Circo Poeira (translated as Dust Circus). This one-man show was a standout in the 2010 festival.

   Nez Nets et Cie brings us La Vie Revee De Nous (translated as Life Dreams of Us) offers French clowning at its best. 

Berlin’s The Wild Bunch presents Der Kinoerzähler, which means ‘the movie teller.’ Three actors, one saxophonist and one drummer use music and video projections to enhance the story of a grandfather who defends himself from being dispensable. 

   Italy’s Teatro delle Ombre present Clan MacBeth, based on the Shakespearean play. This surreal production is not a classical performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy. 

   Also from Italy, Rome’s Maner Manush Troupe will present The Fabulous Journey, in the commedia dell’arte style, inspired by the traveling ensembles who performed throughout Italy in the 16th century. 

   Zapadnia Theatre from Opole, Poland performs a new production of Symbiosis, inspired by the novel, The Piano Teacher, by Elfride Jelinek and Heartsnatcher, written by Boris Vian. 

Slovenia is represented by the youth theatre school from Prva Gimnazija high school in Maribor with a production of Don Quixote

   Theatre Beloe from Geneva, Switzerland presents Passion

   Scrambled Egg Theatre Company, from the United Kingdom, perform a hilarious comedy, A Man of No Importance. It has been described as James Bond as a comedy.

   The Lexington Players, from New England, won top honors at aact’s National Festival. This year, they will perform Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, a fictional depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth, for the first time. 

   In a very special virtual performance, Ukraine’s Splash Theatre Company will share a production of one of the most popular plays in Ukrainian literature: Stolen Happiness, by Ivan Franko. This production tells the story with songs, dances, and costumes from Ukrainian folklore. 




Monday, JUNE 20

6:30pm: Opening Ceremony

8pm: performance from Brazil

9:20pm: performance from USA

10:20pm-1am: after party


Tuesday, JUNE 21

1pm: performance from USA

2:20pm: performance from Brazil

7pm: Commedia performance from Italy

8:20pm: performance from France

9:40pm: performance from Armenia

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Wednesday, JUNE 22

1pm: performance from Armenia

2:20pm: performance from France

3:40pm: Commedia performance

                from Italy

evening social event tba


Thursday, JUNE 23

6:30pm: performance from Poland

7:50pm: performance from Germany

9:10pm: performance from Switzerland


Friday, JUNE 24

12:30pm: performance

                  from Switzerland

1:50pm: performance from Germany

3:10pm: performance from Poland

7pm: performance from UK

8:20pm: performance of Clan Macbeth

                from Italy

9:40pm: performance from Armenia

10:40pm: After Party


Saturday, JUNE 25

12:30pm: performance of
       Clan Macbeth from Italy

1:50pm: performance from UK

3:10pm: performance from

6:30-8pm: Gala

8-9:30pm: Closing Ceremony

9:30pm-1am: After Party


Sunday, JUNE 26

American Association of
Community Theatre meeting.


   Registration for a variety of ticket packages are available. The Jetsetter package includes admission to the Jervey Theatre shows where registrants select their seats, admission to Pinkerton shows with reserved seating; opening ceremony, all workshops, all afterglow parties, the closing Gala, and free drinks. 

   The Paradise package includes admission to the Jervey Theatre shows only, opening ceremony, all workshops, all afterglow parties, and the closing Gala.

   The Beachcomber package includes admission to the Jervey Theatre shows only, all workshops and afterglow parties.

    Those interested in seeing shows, but not attending the entire festival, will have the opportunity to purchase single show tickets for each performance. Single tickets are expected to go on sale on or about May 1. Schedule of performances may change.

   Venice Theatre is located at 140 Tampa Ave. W., off N Tamiami Trail in Historic Downtown Venice. For more information, to register, and to volunteer to help with the festival, call 941-488-1115. 


Explores Celtic

and Scottish

Influence in Florida


   The Estero Historical Society hosts a living history presentation called ‘Tartan & Targe’, on June 11 at the Country Creek Country Club in Estero. The presentation explores the mid-18th century Jacobite Uprisings in England and Scotland, which led to the formation of Great Britain and had a profound impact on American history as well, particularly the French & Indian War and the American Revolution.

   The presentation is at 2pm. Local history presenter, Jacob Winge, in full 1740’s Jacobite costume, will demonstrate how these events across the Atlantic exerted Celtic and Scottish influence in the development and settlement of areas in America, particularly in Florida. Advance registration is requested. 

   The Country Creek Country Club is located at 21135 Country Club Drive, in Estero.

   The Estero Historical Society museum, housed in two early-20th century buildings—a one room schoolhouse and a historic cottage—is located inside Estero Park at 9285 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. in Estero. The museum is open Saturdays 1-4pm. Call 272-1911 for information.








   The Alliance for the Arts hosts LunaFest, a film festival that celebrates a powerful and diverse set of women filmmakers and helps expose their short films to a national platform. 

Both in-person and online options are available for viewing films. Screenings are scheduled for May 13, 6-8:30pm in Foulds Theatre at the Alliance. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Films can also be viewed online from noon, May 13- noon May 15.

   Films being screened include:

   • How to Be at Home, by Halifax-based filmmaker Andrea, is an animated poem about coping with isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

   • Close Ties to Home Country, by Akanksha Cruczynski, is an Indian writer and filmmaker, is a short film about an immigrant dog walker who finds connection in the hearts of the wealthy pets she cares for. 

   • Generation Impact: The Coder, by Samantha Knowles, a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker, is about a 13-year-old girl that designs and builds a mobile app to help kids stay connected to their incarcerated parents by sending photos and letters. 

   • Proof of Loss, Katherine Fisher’s directorial debut, tells the story of a father and daughter, who, after a fire destroys their home, must find a way to salvage what: each other. 

   • When You Clean a Stranger’s Home, by Sharon Arteaga, a first-generation Mexican-American filmmaker from Corpus Christi, Texas, describes what a first-generation high school student and her mom learn about people when cleaning their homes. 

   • Between the Lines: Liz at Large, a debut film by Abi Cole, tells the story of an artist, frustrated with the lack of character diversity in The New Yorker’s cartoons, who submits her own illustrations, becoming the first Black woman cartoonist in the magazine’s near-century run. 

   • Wearable Tracy, by independent filmmaker Emily McAllister, documents a Bronx woman’s accidental social experiment that connects her with fellow New Yorkers who might otherwise forever remain strangers. 

   • To the Future, with Love, by Shaleece Haas & Hunter ‘Pixel’ Jimenez, is an animated self-portrait of a nonbinary trans teen caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever after with his long-distance boyfriend. 

   The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. Call 939-2787 for information.

on the gulf



at Naples Art


   Naples Art’s exhibition, ‘Toulouse-Lautrec: Master of the Belle Époque’ brings to life the Parisian world of the 1890s. The exhibition features more than 150 pieces from the largest, privately held collection of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s graphic works, including posters, lithographs, sketches, illustrations and watercolors, including some of his most famous color lithographs, advertising posters, pencil and ink drawings, commercial sketches and magazine illustrations.

   Toulouse-Lautrec’s upbringing in aristocratic French society stands in stark contrast to the Bohemian, anti-bourgeois world he depicted in his celebrated work—the non-conformist world in which he felt most at home. Stunted in his growth as a child and shunned from elite society, Toulouse-Lautrec used commercial media—most notably advertising—to help blur the lines that separated what was deemed ‘high’ and ‘low’ art of the time. 

   “Toulouse-Lautrec was an artist who observed and documented with profound psychological insight the personalities and facets of Parisian nightlife,” said Frank Verpoorten, executive director and chief curator of Naples Art. “He gave notoriety and dignity to the marginalized sub-culture of French society whom he depicted with sympathetic affection. As one of modernism’s most humane and influential artists, Toulouse-Lautrec was also a technical pioneer who was at the forefront of modern printmaking.”

   After introductions to the artist and his period, the exhibition is divided into ten thematic sections: Advertising Posters, Aristide Bruant, Drawings, The Belle Époque, Le Revue Blanche, Le Rire, Lithography, The Café-Concerts, The Legacy of Toulouse-Lautrec, Yvette Guilbert.

   ‘Toulouse-Lautrec: Master of the Belle Époque’ is on view at Naples Art thru June 12. Naples Art is located at 585 Park St., one block south of Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples. Naples Art is open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (Thu til 9pm) & Sun 11am-4pm. For information, call 262-6517.

SpaceCon Returns

to Fort Myers

   This comic book & science fiction convention, SWFL SpaceCon, returns to Fort Myers on June 11 at the Luminary Hotels Caloosa Sound Convention Center 

   The event features special guests from the film and comic book industries, as well as gaming, costume contests, and vendors. Special guests from film and TV include: Tracee Cocco (Star Trek, Baywatch, General Hospital), Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash, Pandora), and Ryan Bartley (Beyblade Burst Surge, Demon Slayer). Special guests from the comic book community include: Darren Auck (Marvel, Ren & Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life) Tim Townshed (Marvel Comics, X-Men, Spider-Man) and Victor Gischler (Deadpool, Punisher Max, X-Men). ! There will be a dedicated game room with tabletop gaming, retro video gaming, D&D demos, and game demos throughout the day. Photograph and autograph opportunities will be available as well.

   The convention is indoors, June 11 from 10:30am-6pm. Luminary Hotels Caloosa Sound Convention Center in located at 1375 Monroe St. in Fort Myers’ Historic River District. Admission for children under 12 is free (one free kids admission per paying adult). For information, call 704-236-2748.



Festival Celebrates



   Mayfaire by-the-Lake is a free, juried fine art festival held Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 & 8, on the shores of Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland, Florida. The weekend fine art festival, celebrating its 50th anniversary, features 145 artist booths with art of all media. In addition, there will be the Mayfaire Kid Zone, food vendors, live entertainment and performances, and a 50th Anniversary exhibition at the nearby Polk Museum of Art.

   The Polk Museum will be the 50th Anniversary ‘headquarters’ and will celebrate Mayfaire’s history with special exhibitions, including ‘Mayfaire at 50: Award Winners.’

   The Lakeland Runners Club’s 43rd Annual Mayfaire 5K will be held Saturday evening, May 8. The run begins at 7pm near Lake Mirror and ends on Francis C. Langford Promenade. 

   Mayfaire by-the-Lake is open 9am-4pm both Saturday & Sunday. The expanded Mayfaire Kids Zone is located on the corner of E. Walnut Ave. & Indiana Ave. The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is located at 800 E. Palmetto St. in Lakeland. The museum is open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. Lake Morton is a block away, surrounded by Lake Morton Dr. For information, call 863-688-7743.

Spring Shows at

The Baker Museum


   The Baker Museum is hosting two special exhibitions through July 24: ‘Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group’ and a companion exhibition, ‘Invisible Thread.’ 

   ‘Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group’ is the first exhibition of this important group of American modernists to be shown beyond New Mexico’s borders, and the first to be accompanied by a major scholarly publication. ‘Another World’ is devoted to an often-overlooked group of 20th-century abstract artists who pursued enlightenment and spiritual illumination.

   The exhibition, featuring 89 works made by 11 visionary abstractionists associated with the Transcendental Painting Group, provides a broad perspective on the group’s work and repositions it within the history of modern painting and 20th-century American art. 

   Toward the end of the Great Depression, a loose configuration of artists organized to promote an alternative to the social realist and regional art that then dominated the art world. Initiated in New Mexico in 1938, the Transcendental Painting Group set out to explore spiritually heightened abstraction. Under the guidance of Raymond Jonson and Emil Bisttram, artists Agnes Pelton, Lawren Harris, Florence Miller Pierce, Horace Pierce, Robert Gribbroek, William Lumpkins, Dane Rudhyar, Stuart Walker and Ed Garman sought “to carry painting beyond the appearance of the physical world, through new concepts of space, color, light and design to imaginative realms that are idealistic and spiritual.”

   Inspired by the ideas of artist and theorist Wassily Kandinsky, as well as by American painters Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O’Keeffe, these artists evoked sensuous experiences of nature and ideas, creating works that embodied a higher spiritual reality. Though the group dispersed during World War II, their works were an important chapter in the history of 20th-century American art.

   ‘Invisible Thread’, a companion exhibition to ‘Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group’, explores the works of 12 contemporary artists who approach spirituality, transcendence and the subconscious through abstraction and metaphorical representation. This exhibition includes a wide array of mediums and techniques, including performance, film, sculpture and painting. 

   Artists included in the exhibition include Lala Abaddon, Natalie Ball, David Bordett, Awol Erizku, Jeffrey Gibson, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Rachel Libeskind, Tony Rodrigues, Shikeith, Panos Tsagaris, Neha Vedpathak and Monsieur Zohore.

   Arts—Naples’ The Baker Museum hosts several traveling exhibitions annually to complement installations of works from its permanent collection, comprising more than 4,000 objects of 20th- and 21st-century art, including outstanding collections of American and Mexican modern art.

   The Baker Museum, located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. in Naples, is open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 12-4pm. For information, call 597-1900.




Davis Art Center

Hosts Fort Myers 

Film Festival


   The 12th annual Fort Myers Film Festival, May 18-22, will feature 73 independent films by American filmmakers, several shot in Florida, as well as films from Canada, Venezuela, Iran, France, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Netherlands, Phillipines and Russia. Screenings are at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, May 18-22. Film categories include: Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Short Shorts, Strictly Local, Student, and Environment.

   The film festival opens May 18 with a screening of the film, Calendar Girls at 7pm. A VIP cocktail party with cast and crew, as well as other filmmakers, will precede the screening, starting at 5:30pm. The event concludes with a live performance by the Calendar Girls and a sunset party at Sidney’s, the rooftop of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

   Calendar Girls is a coming-of-golden-age movie about a group of local senior volunteer dancers in Southwest Florida determined to prove that age is just a number. Through revealing conversations and choreographed dance scenes, the documentary captures the challenges of being a woman over 60 and the delicate balance of family, home and dance. 

   Another highlight of the film festival is the screening of The Long Breakup, by Katya Soldak, a Ukrainian-American filmmaker now living in Brooklyn, NY. The feature-length documentary is about Ukraine’s attempt to escape Russia’s embrace and become an independent European country. 

   Other films from Florida are:

   • Missing Meadows, Restoring Florida’s Seagrass, a documentary short film

   • The People who Live Here, a documentary feature about Lakeland, Florida

   • Of Our Tresspass, a film short

   • It’s Just Parkinson’s, a documentary feature

   • Tales of Sunshine: Florida EcoStories, a documentary feature

   • The Lost Age, a film short

   • Apples, Oranges, Lemons & Limes, a feature film

   The weeklong festival concludes May 22 with a filmmaker panel and closing awards ceremony at 5:30pm, followed by a screening of the short documentary, The Koreshans: Legends and Legacies of Estero’s Pioneers, and a sunset afterparty, starting at 6:30pm, on the Davis Center’s rooftop lounge.

   The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in Fort Myers’ Historic River District. For information, call 810-6323.


aactWorldFest showcases community

theatre troupes from 11 countries,

June 20-26 at Venice Theatre.


Naples Art hosts an exhibition

of some of Toulouse-Lautrec's

most famous works thru June 12.


Tracee Cocco, of 'Star Trek' and

'Baywatch', is one of several

special guests scheduled to appear at

SWFL SpaceCon, June 11 in Fort Myers.


Mayfaire by-the-Lake is a free

fine art festival held May 7 & 8

on Lake Morton in downtown

Lakeland, Florida.


The Estero Historical Society

hostsa living history presentation

on June 11 exploring Celtic and

Scottish influence in Florida.


'Another World: The Transcendental

Painting Group' is on view at The

Baker Museum in Naples thru July 24.


'The Long Breakup', a documentary

by Ukranian-American filmmaker 

about Ukraine's attempt to escape

the Russia's embrace, will be screened

at the Fort Myers Film Festival.


Hammond Stadium

Lee County Sports Complex

14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy.

Fort Myers


May 1: vs Clearwater Threshers *

May 10: vs Palm Beach Cardinals

May 11: vs Palm Beach Cardinals

May 12: vs Palm Beach Cardinals

May 13: vs Palm Beach Cardinals

May 14: vs Palm Beach Cardinals **

May 15: vs Palm Beach Cardinals *

May 31: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jun 1: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jun 2: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jun 3: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jun 4: vs Tampa Tarpons ****

Jun 5: vs Tampa Tarpons *

Jun 14: vs Bradenton Marauders

Jun 15: vs Bradenton Marauders

Jun 16: vs Bradenton Marauders

Jun 17: vs Bradenton Marauders

Jun 18: vs Bradenton Marauders

Jun 19: vs Bradenton Marauders *

Jun 28: vs Dunedin Blue Jays

Jun 29: vs Dunedin Blue Jays ***

Jun 30: vs Dunedin Blue Jays

Jul 1: vs Dunedin Blue Jays

Jul 2: vs Dunedin Blue Jays

Jul 3: vs Dunedin Blue Jays

Jul 12: vs Clearwater Threshers

Jul 13: vs Clearwater Threshers ***

Jul 14: vs Clearwater Threshers

Jul 15: vs Clearwater Threshers

Jul 16: vs Clearwater Threshers

Jul 17: vs Clearwater Threshers *

Jul 26: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jul 27: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jul 28: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jul 29: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jul 30: vs Tampa Tarpons

Jul 31: vs Tampa Tarpons *

Aug 2: vs Bradenton Marauders

Aug 3: vs Bradenton Marauders

Aug 4: vs Bradenton Marauders

Aug 5: vs Bradenton Marauders

Aug 6: vs Bradenton Marauders

Aug 7: vs Bradenton Marauders *

Aug 23: vs Lakeland Flying Tigers

Aug 24: vs Lakeland Flying Tigers

Aug 25: vs Lakeland Flying Tigers

Aug 26: vs Lakeland Flying Tigers

Aug 27: vs Lakeland Flying Tigers

Aug 28: vs Lakeland Flying Tigers *

Sep 6: vs St Lucie Mets

Sep 7: vs St Lucie Mets

Sep 8: vs St Lucie Mets

Sep 9: vs St Lucie Mets

Sep 10: vs St Lucie Mets

Sep 11: vs St Lucie Mets * 


all games start 7pm

except *1pm, **4pm, ***12pm, ****6pm