THE CINEMA EXPERIENCE IS BACK The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs add Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films to their 2015-2016 Schedule

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By Patrice Shields

Monday night is film night at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs and loyal fans of the cinema experience turn off their televisions and power down their laptops to view award winning foreign and independent films among fellow fans. “Films for Film Lovers” Monday night film series opens its fourth season with a new mega 19’ x 11’ screen and a state of the art projection system, all shown in the newly renovated Moe Auditorium & Film Center. The highly attended film series shows films that may have missed the box office top 10 list but should be on every film fans must see list. In addition to their Monday night series, CFABS announces they are one of 18 film centers to host the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series to screen six documentary films and host discussions with the filmmakers during the fall of 2015 and spring 2016. CFABS will be rolling out the red carpet with the much anticipated Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF,) scheduled to run February 12-16, 2016. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs will be releasing details of the film festival by the first of October.Film Poster - I Will Dance

“The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers (SCTIF) is an exciting opportunity for residents and visitors of Bonita Springs to see a great independent documentary and to meet and ask questions of the filmmaker, enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the subject,” says Tom Falciglia Chairman of CFABS’ Films for Film Lovers Series.

The six SCTIF films showing at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs this year are all documentaries and provide glimpse into lives of the famous and not-so-famous, share stories that have historical significance and intrigue, and celebrate different cultures and diversity.

“I Will Dance” is the first SCTIF film and will be shown on Tuesday, September 15, 7:00pm. The film follows young people from an integrated theater program in Selma as they journey to New York City to dance their hearts out, defy statistics and share their stories. Discussion with Director/Producer Joseph East follows the film.

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00pm, the documentary “1971” tells the story of a March 8, 1971, break-in at an FBI office in Media, Penn., during which every file in the office was removed. The documents were mailed anonymously to newsrooms and revealed an illegal surveillance program overseen by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. No arrests were ever made and, until now, those responsible never revealed their identity. Discussion with Director/Producer Johanna Hamilton follows the film.

Tuesday, November 10, “Imba Means Sing” follows three children from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, through a world tour with the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir. Discussion with Producer Erin Bernhardt follows the film.Film Still - Migrant Mother_Dorathea Lang Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Tuesday, February 16, 7:00pm, “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” explores, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life of acclaimed photograph Dorothea Lange who captured the iconic image “Migrant Mother” that personified the Great Depression. Discussion with Director/Writer Dyanna Taylor follows the film.

Tuesday, March 8, 7:00pm, “American Made Movie” looks back on the glory days of manufacturing in the United States, when there was a more balanced relationship between the goods produced and consumed, and illustrates how technology and globalization have changed the competitive landscape for companies doing business in America and overseas. Discussion with Director/Producer Vincent Vittorio & Assistant Director Christopher Harvey follows the film.

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00pm, “Althea” tells the inspiring story Althea Gibson who grew up as a truant on the rough streets of Harlem but emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She became the first African-American to play and win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before Arthur Ashe, only to be shunned by the tennis establishment. Discussion with Director/Cinematographer Rex Miller follows the film.Althea-poster-235x350

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit Screenings are funded in part through a sponsorship with the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets for the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers screenings and discussions are $15. Tickets for CFABS’ Films for Film Lovers Monday night film series are $10 with money saving ticket packages available.

September 2015
September 7, 2015; 7:00pm Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico)
September 14, 2015; 7:00pm 13 (Tzameti) (France)
September 21, 2015; 7:00pm Deflowering of Eva Van End (Netherlands)
September 28, 2015; 7:00pm Buena Vista Social Club (USA)
September 15, 2015; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “I Will Dance” and Discussion with Director/Producer Joseph East

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October 5, 2015; 7:00pm The Aura (Argentina)
October 12, 2015; 7:00pm Me, You, Them (Brazil)
October 13, 2015; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “1971” and Discussion with Director/Producer Johanna Hamilton
October 19, 2015; 7:00pm Snow Cake (Canada)
October 26, 2015; 7:00pm Monsieur Hire (France)
October 30, 2015; 8:30pm Rocky Horror Picture Show (Screening at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs Campus)

November 2015
November 2, 2015; 7:00pm Wings of Desire (Germany)
November 9, 2015; 7:00pm Vitus (Switzerland)
November 10, 2015; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “Imba Means Sing” and Discussion with Producer Erin Bernhardt
November 16, 2015; 7:00pm Hairdresser’s Husband (France)
November 23, 2015; 7:00pm Tokyo Godfathers (Japan)
November 30, 2015; 7:00pm My Life Without Me (Spain)

December 2015
December 7, 2015; 7:00pm The Illusionist (France)Wings of Desire_
December 14, 2015; 7:00pm The Celebration (Denmark)
December 21, 2015; 7:00pm Ashes of Paradise (Argentina)
December 28, 2015; 7:00pm Look at Me (USA)

January 2016
January 4, 2016; 7:00pm Seven Beauties (Italy)
January 11, 2016; 7:00pm Pizzicata (Italy)
January 18, 2016; 7:00pm Belle Epoque (Spain)
January 25, 2016; 7:00pm Jewish Cardinal (France)

February 2016
February 1, 2016; 7:00pm Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (Russia)
February 8, 2016; 7:00pm Searching for Sugarman (UK)
February 15, 2016; 7:00pm Man Without a Past (Finland)
February 16, 2016; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” and Discussion with Director/Writer Dyanna Taylor
February 22, 2016; 7:00pm A Royal Affair (Denmark)
February 29, 2016; 7:00pm The Visitors (France)Tokyo_Godfathers

March 2016
March 7, 2016; 7:00pm Maria Full of Grace (Columbia)
March 8, 2016; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “American Made Movie” and Discussion with Director/Producer Vincent Vittorio & Assistant Director Christopher Harvey
March 14, 2016; 7:00pm Kikujiro (Japan)
March 21, 2016; 7:00pm Ida (France)
March 29, 2016; 7:00pm Hecho en Mexico (Mexico)

April 2015
April 4, 2016; 7:00pm Princeas (Spain)
April 11, 2016; 7:00pm Shame (Sweden) 4/11
April 12, 2016; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “Althea” and Discussion with Director/Cinematographer Rex MillerHecho en Mexico cover_

April 18, 2016; 7:00pm Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (UK) 4/18
April 25, 2016; 7:00pm The Sea Inside (Spain) 4/25

May 2016
May 2, 2016; 7:00pm Adrift (Brazil)
May 9, 2016; 7:00pm Shower (China)
May 16, 2016; 7:00pm Keepin Mum (UK)
May 23, 2016; 7:00pm Pina (Germany)
May 30, 2016; 7:00pm The Dinner Game (France)

Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn are available with all films. Be sure to join the lively film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society Member. Film lovers can become a member of the Centers for the Art’s Film Society by purchasing ticket packages. These members enjoy advance notice of film events, screenings and schedule.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2015.

Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 and on line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Films for Film Lovers
WHEN: Monday Evenings, 7:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: $10 (money saving ticket packages are available)

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ARTS REIGN-CENTERS FOR THE ARTS BONITA SPRINGS 2015-2016 SEASON BEGINS NOW

By Patrice Shieldsbonitabanner_page-1

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has hit the power switch to light up a season of live entertainment in Bonita Springs with tickets for a full year of performances now available for purchase. From local comedy troupes to Grammy Award winning Delta Blues performers, the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs is poised and ready to launch residents and visitors into a season filled with comedy, music and theater.

Following last year’s highly successful season, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) completed the first phase of renovations to its 400 seat Hinman Auditorium and is putting the finishing touches on renovations to the 200 seat Moe Auditorium and Film Center that include a grand, inviting entrance, the expansion of the lobby area, the addition of a dedicated dance studio, a new sound and light control booth, an exterior covered pre-function space with a versatile outdoor seating area.

These upscale enhancements make the Moe Auditorium & Film Center the perfect home for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs season of exciting events and performances that include the inaugural “Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF)” in February 2016 and the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers beginning this September. The Moe Auditorium continues to be home to their Films for Film Lovers series which continues every Monday night at 7:00pm showing the best of foreign and independent films.

“We’re offering more of what our community enjoyed last season says” CFABS’ Theater Director Craig Price. “Then raising the bar by adding Grammy winning performers, a Chamber Music series, monthly international Jazz group performances and a Classical Music Series, just to name a few of the great events lined up for this year.”

Great LIVE! Performances get underway in October with four-time Grammy Award winning Delta Blues artist Tab Benoit! In Riders in the Skyaddition to a variety of national and international musical acts CFABS’ schedule includes Sunday afternoon “Meet the Composers” Classical Music Series concerts. Jazz lovers will enjoy monthly Jazz performances from across the globe and theater lovers will experience a season full of great performances.

Expanded multi-week runs for Community Theater Performances are schedules for 2015 founded on last year’s sold out shows for both “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Nunsense The Musical” Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner and Brunch Theater productions of “Who Killed the Rabbi?,” get the show on the road for CFABS with a dinner performance on October 16, 6:30pm and a brunch performance on October 18, 11:30am, 2015; 7:00pm. The classic show “Arsenic & Old Lace,” is scheduled for March 2016. Comedy continues the first Saturday of every month with “Improv Tonight” at 8:00pm and “Improv Café” at 3:00pm offering youth and family comedy.

A full schedule of offerings including classical, jazz, blues, chamber music, flamenco and more is now available on the Centers for the Arts website, http://www.artcenterbonita.org. The Center is excited to announce that this year that tickets for many of their Live at the Center! Performances can be purchased and seat selection can be made online.guitar-legends

September 2015
September 5, 2015; 3:00pm Improv Cafe-Youth Comedy
September 5, 2015; 8:00pm Improv Tonight!-Adult Comedy
September 15, 2015; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “I Will Dance” and Discussion with Director/Producer Joseph East

October 2015
October 3, 2015; 3:00pm Improv Cafe-Youth Comedy
October 3, 2015; 8:00pm Improv Tonight! -Adult Comedy
October 16, 2015; 6:30pm “Who Killed the Rabbi,” Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
October 17, 2015; 8:00pm Deb & the Dynamics-Blues/Rock/Soul Music
October 18, 2015; 11:30am “Who Killed the Rabbi,” Murder Mystery Brunch Theater
October 21, 2015; 8:00pm Tab Benoit- Grammy Winning Delta Blues
October 30, 2015; 8:30pm Rocky Horror Picture Show

November 2015
November 1, 2015; 3:00pm “Meet the Composers” Classical Music Series ‘Schumann & Clara, a Musical Love Story’
November 5, 2015; 8:00pm Guitar Legends
November 7, 2015; 3:00pm Improv Cafe-Youth Comedy
November 7, 2015; 8:00pm Improv Tonight! -Adult Comedy
November 12, 2015; 8:00pm Night Train – ‘50s Dance Party
November 13 & 14, 2015; 7:00pm The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-Youth Theater
November 14 & 15, 2014; 2:00pm The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -Youth TheaterQuatro Divo

December 2015
December 5, 2015; 8:00pm Acoustic Storytellers
December 5, 2015; 3:00pm Improv Cafe-Youth Comedy
December 5, 2015; 8:00pm Improv Tonight!-Adult Comedy
December 6, 2015; 3:00pm “Meet the Composers” Classical Music Series ‘Brahms & Clara–Another Musical Love Story’
December 12, 2015; 8:00pm Klezmer Revival Band
December 13, 2015; 8:00pm Star Wars Movie Marathon
December 17, 2015; 8:00pm Flamenco Puro

January 2016
January 2, 2016; 3:00pm Improv Café-Youth Comedy
January 2, 2016; 8:00pm Improv Tonight!-Adult Comedy
January 3, 2016; 3:00pm “Meet the Composers” Classical Music Series ‘Happy Birthday Mozart’
January 8, 2016; 7:30pm “Motown in Motion”
January 16, 2016; 8:00pm Brazilian Jazz Night “‘O Som Do”
January 29 & 30, 2016; 7pm “Hairspray The Musical”-Teen Theater
January 30 & 31, 2016; 2pm “Hairspray The Musical”-Teen Theater

February 2016
February 4, 2016; 7:30pm “Quattro Divos”Dentures
February 6, 2016; 3:00pm Improv Café-Youth Comedy
February 6, 2016; 8:00pm Improv Tonight!-Adult Comedy
February 7, 2016; 3:00pm “Meet the Composers” Classical Music Series ‘The Great George Handel’
February 9, 2016; 8:00pm “Tea for Three”
February 12-16, 2016 Bonita Springs International Film Festival
February 19-20, 2016; 8pm “Assisted Living – The Musical”
February 21, 2016; 3:00pm “Assisted Living – The Musical”
February 25, 2016; 8:00pm “Riders in the Sky – Roy Rogers Tribute”
February 27, 2016; 8:00pm Dan Miller Jazz “Rodgers & Hart”

March 2016
March 4, 2016; 8:00pm Rebecca Richardson “Evolution of the Ladies of Swing”
March 5, 2016; 3:00pm Improv Café-Youth Comedy
March 5, 2016; 8:00pm Improv Tonight!-Adult Comedy
March 6, 2016; 3:00pm “Meet the Composers” Classical Music Series ‘Franz Joseph Haydn’
March 9 & 10, 2016; 11:30am Barbara Rinella Presents: The News Sorority, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour–and the Triumph of Women in TV News (CFABS’ Annual Luncheon)
March 10-12, 2016; 8:00pm CFABS Players Present “Arsenic & Old Lace”
March 18-19, 2016; 8:00pm CFABS Players Present “Arsenic & Old Lace”
March 13 & 20, 2016; 3pm CFABS Players Present “Arsenic & Old Lace”
March 15, 2016; 8:00pm Irish Night
March 23, 2016; 8:00pm Chamber Music Ensemble
March 25, 2016; 8:00pm “Jebry & Friends” Jazz

April 2015
April 1, 2016; 8:00pm Bay Singers
April 2, 2016; 3:00pm Improv Café-Youth Comedy
April 2, 2016; 8:00pm Improv Tonight!-Adult Comedy
April 3, 2016; 3:00pm “Meet the Composers” Classical Music Series ‘Happy Birthday Rachmaninoff – From Russia with Love’
April 13, 2016; 7:30pm “Mama Cooks it Up”
April 15, 2016; 8:00pm “Helios Swingtet Orchestra” Jazzrebecca richardson cd album cover vintage retro woman girl on seamless studio
April 27, 2016; 8:00pm Chamber Music Ensemble

May 2016
May 1, 2016; 3:00pm “Meet the Composers” Classical Music Series ‘Beethoven’
May 7, 2016; 3:00pm Improv Café-Youth Comedy
May 7, 2016; 8:00pm Improv Tonight!-Adult Comedy
May 13 & 14, 2016; 7:00pm CFABS’ Youth Players “Fiddler on the Roof”
May 14 & 15, 2016; 2:00pm CFABS’ Youth Players “Fiddler on the Roof”

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2015.

A full performance and film series includes, “Improv Café (3:00pm) and Improv Tonight(8:00pm)” September 5 & October 3, “Who Killed the Rabbi? Murder Mystery Dinner Theater” October 16, 6:30pm (Dinner) & October 18, 11:30am (Brunch), “Deb & the Dynamics,” October 17, Tab Benoit-Grammy Winning Delta Blues Artist,” October 21, 8:00pm,“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” screening, October 30 at the CVABS and the “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. The first in the series of Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers “I will Dance,” on September 15, 7:00pm. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or by visiting the Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. A full listing of events is available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Improv Tonight
WHEN: Wednesday, September 5, 7:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: $12 Member / $15 Non-Member / $17 Door

ALWAYS SOMETHING FUN AND NEW SATURDAYS & AFTER SCHOOL at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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Great adventures are just ahead for budding young artists, musicians, dancers and actors at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS). The Centers offers Saturday, after school and evening classes for children ages 3 and up in every imaginable medium from painting to acting and including a new “Music Lab” group music class that merges technology, instruments and games to make learning an instrument exciting and fun. Opportunities include both visual and performing arts with creative opportunities for every age group. Pre-school children are offered a variety of projects along with story time and music. Teens can develop their skills and build a portfolio for college.

“Our art, theater, dance and music classes offer students the opportunity to connect, grow and challenge themselves in a supportive environment,” says CFABS Youth Education Director Cesare Morisco. “Age specific classes of 15 students or less, offer students individual attention while they explore the exciting learning adventures available in the arts.”
Master of Music Education, Luis Sandoval, developed CFABS’ “Music Lab” program that offers students use interactive boards, internet, and music workstations, acoustic and/or electronic instruments, turning music lessons into a kinesthetic and fun environment, where students learn all levels of music quickly and eagerly. Students learn ear training, sight singing, composition, improvisation, music appreciation, performance and production. Sandoval’s classroom is an engaging playground that allows the natural ability of young minds to learn music while it fosters attentive listening, and encourages cooperation.

In addition to group music lessons, classes are available for students to learn guitar, piano, clarinet, flute, sax, oboe and Brick by Brick Lego Classeven voice lessons. Through the generosity of the LaLonde Scholarship Foundations’ “Make Music” program, scholarships are available for students to learn music and even receive an instrument to practice with at home.

High School students looking to build a portfolio for college or just have fun learning a new style of art, will want to join in CFABS’ “5-Week High School Intensive” class. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-7:30pm and offer a fun weekly class that experiments with ideas, mediums and tools not offered in regular art programs. Students develop the experience necessary for attending college by making two dimensional, three dimensional and digital art that can be included in a portfolio.

Teens may also enjoy CFABS’ new “5-Week Fused Glass for Teens.” Students ages 12 and older can learn about basic design and color with fused glass while creating a variety of pieces working at their own pace. Other 5-week classes include “Film,” “Clay Animation,” “Digital Photography” and more.

It’s ok to be dramatic through youth theater classes that include “Improv Performance Group,” “Acting for the Stage, TV & Film,” “Commercial Acting,” “Showbiz” and more. Through CFABS’ theater classes, students explore professional communication techniques that, with practice, help build confidence, unleash creativity and cultivate teamwork to assist them in real-life situations at home, school or in their next big starring role on stage.

Students can make a pot, take a great picture or learn to sew or paint at one of CFABS after-school or Saturday classes. In “Beginning Sewing” students will learn the basics of sewing through simple patterns to create their own fashions. In “Clay Creations” your child can explore the wonders of clay and let their imagination be their guide to creating unique and adventurous artworks. In “Fashion Design Elements” class students learn to implement their fashion ideas by learning how to make sketch pages of model drawings, pattern templates, color combinations, fabric samples and more.

The Centers offer generous discounts and scholarships to ensure art, music, theater and dance are affordable for all. Every applicant receives a scholarship equal to 10%-90% of the class fee; awarded on a sliding scale based on family’s adjusted gross income; dependents; home ownership; marital status; and number of children taking classes. (CFABS does not offer scholarships not available for one day and 2-week classes)

There is always something fun and new at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs beginning this September. A full list of Centers for the Arts classes is available online at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495-8989.

Who: Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: Art, Dance, Theater & Music Classes
When: Saturdays & After School beginning September 2015
Where: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Varies and scholarships and discounts are available for many of the classes

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an Individual Member will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class and those who join as a Family Membership will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class and 2 tickets to one of our Live at the Center! Class & performance must occur before December 31, 2015. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members. Promotion ends September 30, 2015.