Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 021216 Contents THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Lab Theater Is
For Four Plays
On February 13, The Laboratory
Theater of Florida will be
auditioning for its original
Rauschenberg Project Play, two sum-
mer shows and for its October season
The first play is the Rauschenberg
Project Play, created by young play-
wrights from material gathered from
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
young people in Southwest Florida age
14 to 24.
The three later plays will be An
Empty Plate at the Cafe du Grand
Boeuf by Michael Hollinger, playing from
June 3 to July 2; Sirens by Deborah Zoe
Laufer, playing from July 15 to August
13; and The Best Man by Gore Vidal,
playing from October 7 to 29.
Auditions for the three shows will be
on Saturday, February 13 from 9 a.m.
to noon at the theater, 1634 Woodford
Avenue, on the corner of Woodford and
Second streets in the Fort Myers River
District. Auditionees will be seen on a
first-come basis; appointments are not
Actors new to Lab Theater should
go prepared with a one- to two-minute
monologue; all should be prepared to
read from scripts. They should provide an
acting resume and a headshot. Male and
female actors of any ethnicity, age 14
and up are sought for the roles in these
three plays. Contact info@laboratory-
theaterflorida.com or call 218-0481 for
Performances of The Rauschenberg
Project Play will be on March 31 and
An Empty Plate will play on June 3,
Sirens will be on July 15, 16, 22, 23,
The Best Man will be staged on
October 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22,
27, 28 and 29 and November 3, 4 and 5
at 8 p.m. and on October 16, 23 and 30
and November 5 at 2 p.m.
Relay For Life
The First Ladies of First Care Fort
Myers Relay for Life team is spon-
soring a karaoke night on Friday,
February 19 with all proceeds going to
benefit the American Cancer Society in
The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be
held at the Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant,
Pizza and Lounge, located at 7091
College Parkway in Fort Myers. Tickets
must be purchased in advance. The $25
ticket includes a buffet of bruschetta,
salad, meatballs, garlic rolls and a variety
of pizza. There is a cash bar.
Participants can have as many trips to
the microphone as they---and the audi-
ence---can handle. There will be a prize
for the best and worst singer of the night,
as well as a 50/50 raffle with the winner
capturing 50 percent of the total raffle
prize and 50 percent going to the Relay
for Life and American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life is one of the strongest
tools in the battle against cancer in Lee
County. Made up entirely of volunteers
working as teams or individuals, Relay
holds a variety of fund-raising activities
throughout the year, culminating in the
Relay Celebration festival, which will be
held on April 2 at Lakes Park.
This is the 22nd year for Relay in Lee
County. What makes Relay such a pow-
erful tool against cancer in Lee County is
that all the money raised in the County
stays in Lee County except for a small
allocation which is contributed to national
For more information, contact Leah at
239-822-7457 or Heather at 239-910-
Call For Artists
The Arts of the Inland invite its members and local artists to submit up to two
pieces of two-dimensional or three-dimensional art work with a fee of $10 for
each piece of work for Arts of the Inland members and $20 each piece for
nonmembers. This is a juried/judged show with cash prizes and ribbons awarded.
Applications and fees must be received by March 1.
The Inspirations Art Show is being held at the AOI Barron Park House Gallery,
471 North Lee Street, LaBelle. It opens on Thursday, March 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. and
closes March 26. The gallery will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 12 to 5
Accepted 2D mediums are: oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, collage, stained
and fused glass, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel and photography. Digital art and
hanging textile art are accepted mediums. Works, excluding textile art, must be suit-
ably framed or gallery wrapped with painted staple free edges. They must be wired
for hanging and framed works larger than 24 x 30 inches must be under plexi-glass/
acrylic than regular glass. Works larger than 48 x 48 inches must be pre-approved by
the gallery director and will count as two pieces if accepted.
Three-dimensional pieces and sculpture must not exceed 40 pounds in weight and
artist must provide own pedestal.
Works must have been completed within the last two years. Works which have
received an award higher than honorable mention in any AOI or Art Council of
Southwest Florida show are not eligible. All work must be original.
For complete show prospectus and application, visit www.artsoftheinland.com. For
information, contact Cristina Hutson at email@example.com or at 863-
Party At Library
submitted by Nancy Petralia
It's been a great year at our downtown
library with new programs and events
sponsored by the Friends of the Fort
Myers Library. On Monday, February
15 at 5:30 p.m., the Friends will cel-
ebrate with a Member Appreciation
Party. Everyone is invited to join or
renew at the door for a modest mem-
bership fee starting at $15, the best
value in town. And every member
receives a free auction ticket.
Mix with other members over refresh-
ments and peruse the Friendly Auction
table with items from The Standard,
Veranda, Florida Repertory Theatre,
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, and
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
as well as First Watch, Scoops and other
downtown venues. Following a brief
meeting, the featured speaker will be
Nancy Stetson, arts and entertainment
columnist for Florida Weekly. Her irrev-
erent and humorous talk, Whatever It Is
I'm Speaking About, will cover libraries,
working the arts and entertainment beat
and her favorite nightmare.
Friends of the Fort Myers Library is
a 501(c)3 organization whose mission
is to enhance the services of the Fort
Myers Regional Library through funding
of library-offered programs for children
and adults. Friends also host their own
monthly programs featuring speakers,
theatrical performances, author talks,
cooking demos, music and other events.
Membership dues are the primary source
of funding. The Member Appreciation
Party will be held in the South Building
of the library campus, next to the parking
lot, at 1651 Lee Street.
New Exhibit At FGCU Library
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) library's new exhibit, Uncommon Friends:
The James D. Newton Collection, opens Thursday, February 25 with a recep-
tion from 5 to 7 p.m. in the FGCU Library Archives and Special Collections.
Newton (1905-1999) was a prominent 20th century entrepreneur and author of
Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone,
Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh, which recounts his friendship with these
visionary figures. The Uncommon Friends exhibit follows Newton, a young real estate
developer whose fated encounter with Mina Edison would alter the course of his life.
His friendships with the likes of Edison and Ford would inspire him throughout his
adventurous life, including his time enlisted in the United States Army and his subse-
quent involvement with the Moral Re-Armament movement. Much like their influence
on the 20th century, these men would have lasting impact on Newton's life until his
eventual death in 1999 at the age of 94.
The Uncommon Friends Foundation, established in 1993 and named after
Newton's memoir, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and
business leaders, and the historic preservation of Newton's papers, photographs and
artifacts in the City of Fort Myers. In 2012, the Uncommon Friends Foundation and
Florida Gulf Coast University Library partnered to digitally preserve and provide public
access to this captivating collection of materials which can be viewed on DigitalFGCU.
The exhibit is on display February 25 through April 22 in FGCU Library Archives,
third floor, room 322. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact Melissa VandeBurgt at 590-7658 or Kaleena Rivera at
Gulf Coast Writers
To Hold Meeting
The Gulf Coast Writers Association
will hold its monthly meeting at
the Alliance For The Arts (10091
Mcgregor Blvd.) in Fort Myers on
Saturday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to
The meeting will feature a special
awards ceremony in honor of the group's
annual writing contest winners as well as
refreshments, music, mingling and a sur-
prise honorary speaker.
The meeting fee for non-members is
$5, while members and first-time attend-
ees are admitted free.
Contact Barbara Burnett at 247-4515
or go to www.gulfwriters.org for more
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