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Along The River
On Friday, August 14, the Southwest Florida Symphony kicks-off its new
Summer Staycation Concerts at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
The changing seasons have inspired musical interpretations by many com-
posers around the world and throughout the ages. This summer, the Southwest Florida
Symphony presents the works of two composers who found inspiration in the earth’s
lifecycle in their respective parts of the world: Baroque-era Italian composer Antonio
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and 20th century Argentine tango composer Astor
Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The concert features violinist Nikki
Chooi and pianist Alexandra Carlson. The performance begins at 8 p.m . and admis-
sion is $25. For tickets, call the Symphony box office at 418-1500 or go to www.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the heart of
downtown Fort Myers’ historic River District.
Friday is also the opening night for The Laboratory Theater’s production of
Happy. The play runs August 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and August 29 at
Presenting one of the most fascinating characters onstage, 20-something Eva,
Happy examines four people who have a choice to be honestly unhappy or to pretend
to be happy with their lives as they know them. The choices they make are scrutinized
by the highly-critical sculptor Eva.
The Laboratory Theater is located at 1634 Woodford Avenue in Fort Myers. For
tickets, call 218-0481 or go to www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
On Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m . to 1 p.m., the Gulf Coast Writers
Association is meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Road in Fort Myers.
The featured speaker is Robert S. McCarthy. There is no cost for members and first
time visitors. Cost for guests is $5.
Since 1979, McCarthy has been a professional writer, editor and producer in both
freelance and corporate positions.
For more information about the Gulf Coast Writers Association, go to www.gulf-
On Saturday evening, All Faiths Unitarian Church presents ACMA (Americana
Community Music Association Services) - Singer Songwriter Circle On
Stage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
A core group of musicians meets weekly, with many local and visiting artists joining
in as they have time or are in town. The primary purpose is of course to network and
support fellow singer/songwriters through sharing of songs, critique (when requested)
Members have also been known to throw out challenges, from which several well
written songs have been created and have since achieved a fair amount of local fame.
This Saturday’s Singer Songwriter Circle On Stage is led Bill Metts and benefits
Guitars For Kids. A donation of $10 to $15 is requested.
All Faiths Unitarian Church is located at 2756 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Call 691-4069 or go to www.americanacma.org.
On Thursdays throughout August, the Fort Myers Regional Library features
Jazz Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. in its outdoor Cornog Plaza. Some of Fort Myers’
most exciting jazz composers/musicians perform during the weekly event.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1958, composer and guitarist Sandy Prager has
been playing guitar since the age of 12. He is a seventh-generation musician which
includes his father, jazz trombonist Bert Prager, who was also his first teacher and
his grandmother, a klezmer singer of note. Add growing up in Latin-flavored Miami
and you have a good idea of the rich varieties of musics which go into Prager’s com-
positional melting pot. Prager and bassist Ted Myerson’s long history of performing
together comes out in the music.
Serving a diverse and ever-changing downtown population, the Fort Myers Library
maintains a broad collection of adult fiction and nonfiction as well as children’s mate-
rials for every reading level. The library is equipped with over 80 Internet terminals
and features free Wi-Fi access for library patrons. Meeting rooms and study rooms are
available for public use. The library offers a wide variety of free programs each month
for adults, children and teens. These programs include book discussions, computer
courses, children’s storytimes, arts and crafts for adults and children, genealogy and
small business seminars.
The Fort Myers Regional Library is located at 2450 First Street in downtown Fort
Myers. For more information, call 479-4636 or go to www.leegov.com/library/
The Southwest Florida Symphony brings the music of The Seasons to the Sidney & Berne
Davis Art Center on Friday at 8 p.m .
Enjoy Jazz Lunch every Thursday in August at downtown’s Fort Myers Regional Library
photo courtesy of the Friends of the Fort Myers Library
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