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MAKE THIS YOUR MOST ARTFUL SUMMER EVER Art-Theater-Dance & Music Summer Camps at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Children's Education, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized, Youth Theater with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2016 by artcenterbonita

Summer Camp Art Classes at CFABS

By Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) are poised to make this a summer to remember for hundreds of local youth with art, dance, theater and music Summer Camps that begin June 8 and run through August 12, 2016. Full and half-day, week-long camps offer opportunities for students to attend one or more their 130 creative camp offerings for children ages 4 and up. Small age specific camp classes of 15 students or less provide opportunities for children to explore classes that include “Ready Set Sew,” “Intro to Acting,” “Cookonomics,” “Wheel Throwing,” “Graffiti Art” and many more. CFABS mission is to provide affordable opportunities to experience the arts and offer generous scholarships and discounts to families so children can enjoy a summer full of art.

“Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children in our community to experience the arts without financial constraints,” says CFABS’ Youth Education Director Alana Nanz. “We offer generous discounts and scholarships to everyone who applies. Applying for a scholarship is simple and confidential. Last year we awarded over $100,000 in scholarships, making experiences in the arts a possibility for hundreds of local children.”

Families with young children can chose a themed “Young at Art” class. Designed for children four to five years old, “Young at Art” opens up an art and craft closet full of activities including singing, movement, storytelling, art, crafts and game playing. There is something new each day your child arrives at camp, making drop-off a tearless experience.

Some of CFABS’creative camps include:

Theater:

  • Musical Theater Master Class
  • Intro to Improv Skills
  • Improv Skills and Performance
  • Intro to Acting
  • Stagecraft: Set & Costume Design
  • Stagecraft: Light & Sound Engineering

Dance & Music:

  • Create Move and Relax
  • Dance and Acrobatics
  • Dance Around the World
  • Dance and Acrobatics
  • Music Lab-Beginner & Intermediate
  • Makin’ Music

Painting & Drawing:

  • Art Show
  • Color My World – Paint with Watercolor
  • Cartooning
  • Paint Like Picasso
  • The Art of Pastels

Film & Photography:

  • Digital Photography
  • Clay Animation
  • Movie Makers

Clay:

  • Clay Creations
  • Cool Clay
  • Wheel Throwing

Design:

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Drawing and Animation
  • Fashion Design Elements
  • Trashin’ Fashion

Other Camps include:

  • Robotic Arts
  • Artful Architect
  • Gardening & Garden Design
  • Brick by Brick Legos
  • Cookonomics
  • Duct Tape Everything
  • Graffiti Art
  • In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Steamroller Printmaking
  • Ready, Set, Sew

Your child’s summer will be alive with the sound of music when they audition for CFABS Free Youth Theater production of “The Sound of Music Jr.” The production is open to children ages eight and up and there is no cost to participate. Auditions are being held June 7 & 8 from 4:00-7:00pm and can be scheduled by calling 239-495-8989. Performances are August 19-21.

Morning classes run from 9:00am to noon and afternoon classes start at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm. There are classes designed to inspire and engage budding artists as young as four years old and classes challenging and interesting enough to inspire teens. The Center’s summer art camps are designed so that families can choose just a 3-hour morning class for their child to attend while running errands or for working parents and those looking for a full day of enrichment for their children, morning and afternoon classes are offered with a supervised lunch in the middle for an additional $15. You can also drop your camper off as early as 8:00am or take advantage of the after-camp that includes games, drawing and videos in a supervised setting up until 5:30pm. After camp cost is $25 per week.

Stop by the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs and pick up a catalog or go on-line to www.artcenterbonita.org for a listing of classes for children and adults. Great scholarships are available.

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 (includes Summer Camp Classes), 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, 2016.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Summer Art, Theater, Dance and Music Camps
WHEN: June 8- August 12. Morning Camp: 9am-Noon, Afternoon Camp 1-4pm. Early morning drop off: 8am, Lunch: Noon-1pm, After camp 4-5:30pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: Varies per session. Great discount and scholarships are available.

 

STRAIGHT OUTTA HOLLYWOOD BONITA SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs Friday-Tuesday, February 12-16, 2016

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Flims for Film Lovers, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 12, 2016 by artcenterbonita

 

By Patrice Shields

It’s Oscars month but you don’t have to wait Film Still - Dorothea Lange 1936 by Paul S.Taylorfor the Academy Awards to walk the red carpet. From February 12-16, 2016 the first Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF) presents over 70 carefully curated narrative, documentary, animation and short films from around the world, complemented by a wide variety of workshops, demonstrations and Q & A Sessions with filmmakers, writers, directors and actors at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS). Held over five days, BIFF will screen films in both the 400 Seat Hinman Auditorium and the newly renovated 200 seat Moe Auditorium & Film Center. BIFF’s festivities include a red carpet Opening Night and parties Saturday and Tuesday evening that offer opportunities for filmmakers, directors, writers, actors and audiences to meet, share ideas while they mix and mingle.

“The Big point that ultimately surfaced in our discussions about having a film festival was that we, as an organization, are all about the arts, all the arts,” says Susan Bridges President of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “So, we began looking at the idea that our Bonita Springs International Film Festival might see the majority of our films showcasing an artistic connection of some kind, beyond the fact that film is an art form in itself.”

Film as an art form at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity serving thousands of residents and visitors of all ages in Southwest Florida. The Centers first launched their Foreign Film Series in 2008. CFABS then added the impressive Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers in 2015 and now are now adding the Bonita Springs International Film Festival in 2016.

BIFF SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
6:30pm Ribbon Cutting, Walk the Red Carpet
(Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Live Music)
7:00pm Opening Night Film: “Una Noche”
NR / 100 min / Drama / Cuba

In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives. “Una Noche” is Generously Sponsored by Finemark National Bank & Trust.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
Opening Night Party

With music, inspired cuisine, craft beers, creative cocktails, desserts and the opportunity to mingle with friends and film lovers, the Opening Night Party is the perfect start to five days of conversation, cinema and celebration! Business casual attire.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #1: Send a Memory (short), Save the Date (Short), Depredator (short), Behind the Rocks (short), The Fresh Prince of Lee County (short), One Single Butterfly 2015 (short), Mr Cypress 2015 Commercial (short), Skyview Elementary School First Animation (short), Sisters (short), AGAIN (short)

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film:
Little Attic (Short), Searching for Green (Short)
A Quest for Meaning (Feature)
(France / 88 min/ Documentary / Adventure)

Two childhood friends travel the world to meet some of the greatest thinkers of our time. This incredible voyage, full of moments of doubt and moments of joy, will lead them to question the very beliefs that have shaped Western civilization. This film captures the change in human consciousness currently happening all over the planet, and the desire to live in harmony with oneself and the world.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
One Nation (Short), Countdown (Short)
Tangerines (Feature)
(2015 / USA / NR / 87 min / Drama / War)

War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and he is forced to help.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Home Cooking (Short), The Grillman (Short)
The Mayo Conspiracy (Feature)
(2015 / USA / 72 min / Comedy)

When an intrepid journalist meets up with a mysterious whistle-blower from the Mayonnaise cartel, he is taken down a dark historical path from France, to Nazi Germany, and then through the depths of culinary hell.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
The Battle (Short), Earned Wings (Short)
Q & A With Filmmaker & Director
This Ain’t No Mouse Music (Feature)
(2014 l NR l USA l 92 min l Documentary)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Maureen Gosling

Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music – music that’s the antithesis of the corporate “mouse music” dominating pop culture. Since 1960, he has been the guiding force behind legendary Arhoolie Records, bringing Cajun music out of Louisiana, Tex-Mex out of Texas, blues out of the country – and into the living rooms of Middle America. American music has never been the same.

Hinman Auditorium
6:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Permission (Short), Meant for More (Short)
Good Ol’ Freda (Feature)
(2013 / USA / PG / 86 min / Documentary)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Kathleen McCabe

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy teenager asked to cook for a young band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. As the Beatles fame multiplies, Freda’s a part of music and cultural history, yet never exploits her insider access. Freda finally tells her tale for the first time in 50 years. “Good Ol’ Freda ” is generously sponsored by Suntrust Private Wealth

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Feature Film:
Theeb (Feature)
(2015/ NR/ 60min/ UAE/ Adventure / Drama / Thriller)

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. “Theeb” is generously sponsored by Sue & Roderick Price Trusted Real Estate Advisors

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
8:30pm House Party

The House Party is not only a celebration of the strength and diversity of Bonita springs, but it’s also the BIFF’s best dance party! The House Party is where our community comes together to eat, drink and dance the night away! An annual tradition in the making! Casual attire.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #2:

Suburban Wilderness (short), Jump, Match.kom (short), Underground Artist (short), The Horror-able Day (short), The Last Orange Grove of Middle Florida (short), Silence (short), The Magician’s Boxes (short), Pirates (short), The Battle (Short), Trespassers (short)

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film:
Submarine Sandwich (Short), Fresh Guacamole (Short), Western Spaghetti (Short), Mute (Short), How Mute was Made (Short), A Single Life (Short), Otto (Short)
Famous Nathan (Feature)
(2014 / USA / 84 min / Documentary)
Q & A with Filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker & Leslie Siegel, Producer

A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan’s Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker’s grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Revolving Child (Short), The Yellow Block (Short)
Timbuktu (Feature)
(2014 / France / PG-13 / 97 min / Drama)

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives — which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith — abruptly disturbed.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Deathworld: 2120 (Short), More Than Anyone (Short)
Pride (Feature)
(2014 / UK / 119 min / Biography / Comedy)

Summer, 1984, Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Rhythms of Bonita (Short)
Q & A With Filmmaker Eric Langhoff
The Wrecking Crew (Feature)
(2008 / PG / USA / 101 min / Documentary / Music)

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew”, a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Hinman Auditorium
6:30pm Opera Performance and Presentation & Feature Film:
Ron Bowman Pianist and Karin White Soprano
Le Villi (Feature)
(2004 / Italy / NR / 68 min / Music)

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Keep It Clean (Short), Dumped (Short), Man Who Loved Flowers (Short), Relatively Screwed (Short)
Wild Tales (Feature)
(2014 / R / 122 min / Argentina / Comedy / Drama)

Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #3:
Newtones (short), Trees Count (short), Summer Dragons (short), Adventures of Malia (short), Bonnie Pureheart and the Golden Ghost (short)

 

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film
The Strangeness of Coming Home (Short),
After the Blitz (Short)
Feature Film: Ukraine. Paralipomenon. A Chronicle of Omissions (91 min)

In post-Maidan Kiev survivor’s guilt exists after the revolution. A strong patriotic spirit associate very different groups, including extreme right-wing paramilitary groups and drag queens at gay nightclubs. People in the Ukrainian capital petition the government to block an ‘undeclared war’ against the East.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film
Titanium (Short), Lost & Found (Short)
Q & A with Lost & Found Filmmaker
Trouble on Wheels (Feature)(2015 / Turkey / 105 min / Adventure / Comedy)

Kudret has always lived life by the book. Until, that is, his routine is turned upside down by a succession of surprise events. Kudret jumps into his much loved car and sets off for Antep on a journey that will take him from one end of the country to the other.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film
Crumb Catchers (Short), Dancing with Gene Kelly (Short), Silence is Golden (Short)
Feature Film: It’s Better in Italian
(2015 / NR / USA / 40 min / Documentary/ Comedy)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Magee Clegg

Discover the world of the ‘doppiatori’–the elite group of Italian voice over actors that dub English language films into Italian.

Hinman Auditorium

6:30pm Presentation & Feature Film:

Presentation: Making of ‘The Mona Lisa is Missing’ with Joe Medeiros

The Mona Lisa is Missing (Feature)

(2014 / USA / 85 min / Documentary / Crime)

Q & A with Filmmaker: Joe Medeiros

A man steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. His 84-year-old daughter thought he did it for patriotic reasons. A filmmaker spends more than 30 years trying to find the truth. “The Mona Lisa is Missing” is Generously Sponsored by BouTeak by Jackie Morelisse.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Shorts & Feature Film
The Gift (Short)
Florida Premier: Hockney (Feature)
(2014 / R / 112 min / UK / Documentary)

Hockney sees the charismatic artist take director Randall Wright on an exclusive tour of his archives and into his studio, where he still paints seven days a week.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #4:
Domar: To Tame, An Interview With ESE Teaching Assistant Michael Meehan (short), Loyal to the Game (short), Love Never Dies (short)

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Feature Film:
Force Majeure
(2014 / Sweden / R / 120 min / Comedy / Drama)

A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Son of Mapes (Short)
Man without a Past (Feature)
(2002/ Finland / PG-13 / 97 min / Comedy / Drama)

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki’s “Finland” trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and starts putting his life back on track

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Sisters (Short), With God (Short)
The Farewell Party (Feature)
(2015 / NR / Isreal / 95 min / Comedy / Drama)

Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.

Hinman Auditorium
6:00-7:00pm Awards Night Presentation
Presentation: Taking Home the Trophy:
Oscars Hopefuls and Predictions with Dan Hudak

Take a journey into this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees with film critic Dan Hudak as he discusses why each film was nominated and which is the odds-on favorite to come out the winner. Clips and background information about all eight nominated films will be shared, and a discussion of the Academy’s voting habits will lend perspective to choosing the likely winner. It’s a lively, dynamic and fun discussion that also covers the voting process and gives audience members a chance to vote for who they think should win Best Picture!

Dan’s film reviews are syndicated throughout the country. He is the former chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. He has also worked as a theatre critic and arts writer for various publications. He studied Film History and Criticism at Bard College and the University of Miami, where he received his M.A. in Film Studies.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
(2014 / 112 min / NR / Documentary / Biography)
Q & A with Filmaker Dyanna Taylor

Explore, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of Dorothea Lange, the photographer who captured the iconic image “Migrant Mother.” Never-seen-before photos, film footage, interviews, family memories, and journals reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.

Hinman Auditorium
8:30pm Awards & Filmmaker Party

The Bonita Springs International Film Festival’s annual celebration of artists whose work inspires. The Filmmaker Party brings the best and the brightest filmmaking talent and film industry professionals to Bonita Springs for a night of cinematic revelry. Join visiting filmmakers and celebrate the final night of the festival with craft beers, wine and the festival’s signature cocktail complimenting fabulous fare. Business casual attire.

Additional workshops not listed will be included in the full schedule available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

Tickets can be purchased for individual films and film/party packages are available:
General Admission (Single Film) – $15
Opening Night Film & Party – $75
Saturday Night Film & Party – $50
Tuesday Night Film & Party – $50
10 Pack Film Pass – $100
Festival Badge – $200 (Friday, Saturday & Tuesday Parties + 10 additional films)

Bonita Springs International Film Festival’s mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that a community becomes more informed, aware and alive!

The Bonita Springs International Film Festival is sponsored by The News-Press Media Group, FineMark Bank, BouTeak by Jackie Morelisse, Sue & Roderick Price Trusted Real Estate Advisors, SunTrust Private Wealth, BB&T Oswald Trippe and Company, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market.

Tickets for the Bonita Springs International Film Festival are available by at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Improv Tonight,” February 6, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers-The Great George Handel,” February 7, 3:00pm, Off-Broadway production “Tea for Three,” February 9, 8:00pm, Folk Legend “Jonathan Edwards,” February 11, 8:00pm, “The Bonita Springs International Film Festival,” February 12-16, 2016 and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:
WHO:
The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF)
WHEN:
Friday-Tuesday, February 12-16, 2016
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Hinman & Moe Auditoriums 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $15 general admission film (packages & special event tickets available)

 

 

ACOUSTIC STORYTELLERS MUSIC AND STORIES FROM THE ROAD Thursday, December 3, 2015; 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Concerts Southwest Florida, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 12, 2016 by artcenterbonita

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By Patrice Shields

Three of music’s most well-tuned and road worthy musicians Alan James, Graham Gillot and Ray Nesbit take you on an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at life on tour with legends including Roy Orbison, Rodriguez, Goo Goo Dolls, Traveling Wilburys, Moody Blues and others. Enjoy music and stories from the road with “Acoustic Storytellers” Thursday, December 3, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs’ Hinman Auditorium. Enjoy the humor, hear the tragedies, and share the triumphs and stories behind the songs. Share a glimpse of the personal lives on the road and the concert performances.

Performers include Alan James, who many may know from his group Powerhouse, a band considered one of a premier corporate act playing for Donald Trump, President Bush twice, multiple celebrity weddings, three Super Bowls and high profile celebrity fundraisers. James hails from London England and has an extensive career in the music business. As a young musician in London he became one of the most in demand rock guitar players on the club circuit and was recognized in circles with such notables as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Peter Frampton. His first single on Columbia Records was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and had a chart success amongst some of the all-time classic rock hits of that era. As a young guitarist Alan spent several years traveling and entertaining U.S. forces around the world living in Greece, Turkey, Germany, France and Italy.

Alan was hired to be the lead guitarist and vocalist for International singing star Roy Orbison and went on to become Roy’s musical director and personal manager for twelve years and has performed at all the major venues around the globe.

Joining James for this performance is guitarist Ray Nesbit, who has traveled around the US working with members of ACDC, Goo Goo Dolls, Moody Blues, Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and many more. A highlight of his career was performing a fundraising show with AC/DC. “Yeah, I got to be Malcolm Young for one night,” he remembers.

Virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer Graham Gillot rounds off the performance with his showmanship and musical range on the guitar. Gillot played lead guitar for Rodriguez, star of the 2012 Oscar winning film “Searching for Sugarmann” and was featured on NBC’s #1 show of the summer “America’s Got Talent.”

Gillot has performed in shows, festivals, theatres, concerts and stadiums internationally around the world including the US, UK, Dubai, Turkey, Spain and South Africa. After accomplishing a study record by obtaining Grade 8 Classical Guitar in just two years of study through Trinity College London, he is considered to be a new century guitar maestro.

Guests of “Acoustic Storytellers” will take away their own stories to share after this unique musical event.

Tickets for “Acoustic Storytellers,” are $40 for Premium Seats, $35 Center Seats and $30 Side Seats. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org, by calling 239-495-8989 and at the door 30 minutes before the performance.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances including “Acoustic Storytellers.”

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Improv Tonight,” December 5, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Classical Music Series-Brahms & Clara a Love Story,” December 6, 3:00pm, “Naples Klezmer Band,” December 12, 8:00pm, “Flamenco Puro,” December 17, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO:     The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT:   Acoustic Storytellers-Music and Stories from the Road
WHEN:   Thursday, December 3, 2015; 8:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL
PRICE: Tickets: $40 Premium Seats, $35 Center Seats, $30 Side Seats

 

EVERYONE IS A WINNER AT “OFF THE WALLS!” At the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 6:00pm Friday January 22, 2016

Posted in Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 12, 2016 by artcenterbonita

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By Patrice Shields

It’s nearly time for everyone’s favorite charity event of the season, Off the Walls!, Friday, January 22, 2016; 6:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. This is the fundraiser that sends every guest home with a unique piece of art, jewelry or collectible. Your ticket price of $150 features not only a fun evening filled with catered hors d’oeuvres, wine and fun, but ultimately a piece of art, wine package or collectible valued between $300 and $7,000. In addition to hundreds of pieces of art, this year’s event features three exciting wine and liquor collections valued from $300 to $1600, over 20 gorgeous Jewelry selections valued up to $4,500, and exciting Art of Dining Restaurant Collections.

This unique event begins at 6:00pm, when guests are greeted with delicious food stations, wine, beer and a dessert and coffee bar. At 6:00 p.m. ticket holders browse the selection of art, jewelry, sculptures, and other valuables in anticipation of choosing their item. At 6:30 p.m. guest ticket numbers are randomly drawn from a gold drum. The first guest ticket number drawn brings cheers from the hundreds of guests as that person makes the first choice and takes their desired piece of art, jewelry or wine package right off the wall to take home. The process continues until all ticket numbers have been drawn. There are always 20 more items than ticket numbers sold, so everyone leaves the event happily toting something remarkable. Artworks and collectibles are valued from $300 to $7,000.

“Off the Walls!” guests not only get to take home something spectacular for themselves, but they also provide a way for a child to experience art,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs President Susan Bridges.

Expect to leave this event feeling wonderful because in addition to taking home something fabulous, attendance guarantees the gift of art education to children in our community who might otherwise not have access. Everything is donated to this event by artists, collectors and museums and all proceeds benefit scholarships.

This consistently sold out event brings back hundreds of loyal attendees each year. For the ticket price of $150, every guest leaves the gallery with an original piece of artwork or collectible of his or her choice, valued from $300 to $7,000.

While “Off the Walls!” ends at 8:30 p.m., the funds raised secure an entire year of student programming. All of the money raised goes directly to scholarships for students in the youth education program at the Centers for the Arts. Last year over $100,000 was awarded—much higher than the prior year’s amount.

“Off the Walls!” begins 6:00pm, Friday, January 22, 2016. Tickets are $150 each. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989. Lean more at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to a select LIVE at the Center! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:

Who: Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
What: Off the Walls!
When: 6:00pm, Friday January 22, 2016
Where: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: $150 per person

 

BOSSES OF BOSSA NOVA BRAZILIAN JAZZ SENSATION ‘O SOM DO At The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs Saturday, January 16, 2016; 8:00pm

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 12, 2016 by artcenterbonita

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By Patrice Shields

Literally translated, Bossa Nova means “New Beat,” a vibrational combination of Brazilian Samba and the cool jazz music originating from California in the 1960’s. Heralded as the best Brazilian band in Florida, “O Som Do” brings their jazzy bossa nova beat to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Saturday, January 16, 2016; 8:00pm. Globally recognized, ‘O Som Do’s exceptional Jazz compilations have been featured in HBO’s hit series “Looking.” Their beat is contagiously danceable, so the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs will have a dance floor for you to move and groove on.

‘O Som Do features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced musicians that excel in their interpretation of Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, samba and samba-jazz. ‘O Som Do, translated is the sound of jazz in Portuguese, recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian music. Imagine Brazilian musicians in love with American jazz playing in Rio de Janeiro night clubs circa 1965 – and you get an idea of what O Som Do Jazz is about.

“I always liked Brazilian music, but I didn’t know it very deeply. A lot of what I heard was very Americanized. Cool stuff like Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 and it was Andrea who showed me the real Brazilian music,” Manson said of his wife and ‘O Som Do’s vocalist. The two met at a block party in St. Petersburg and were married in 2002.

‘O Som Do is part of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs monthly jazz series that includes Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto as they celebrate the genius and music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart on Saturday February 27, Rebecca Richardson and Dan Heck present an evening dedicated to the ladies of swing, from Ella to the Andrews Sisters and beyond on March 4, Los Angeles jazz artist Jebry performs on March 25, the 10-piece Helios Swingtet Orchestra on April 15 followed by A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis with Bob Zottola on May 6.

Tickets for “O’Som Do” are $30 for members of the Centers for the Arts, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door the night of the performance for all. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two tickets to a select Live at the Center performance, that can be used at this performance of ‘O Som Do. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Southern Gothic-A One-Man Show,” January 17, 3:00pm, “Hairspray Jr.,” January 29-31, “Vocal Supergroup-Quattro Divo,” February 4, 7:30pm, “Meet the Composers,” February 7, 3:00pm, “Tea for Three-An Intimate Portrait of Life in the White House,” February 9, 8:00pm, “Folk Legend-Jonathan Edwards,” February 11, 8:00pm, “The Bonita Springs International Film Festival,” February 12-16, 2016 and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

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

IF YOU GO:
WHO:
The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: ‘O Som Do – Brazilian Jazz Night
WHEN:
Saturday, January 16, 2016; 8:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $30 for members, $35 for non-members, $40 at the door

 

NATIONS TOP RATED FESTIVAL RETURNS TO RIVERSIDE PARK 35th BONITA SPRINGS NATIONAL ART FESTIVAL SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JANUARY 9 & 10; 10AM-5PM

Posted in Art Festivals, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , on May 12, 2016 by artcenterbonita

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By Patrice Shields

On Saturday and Sunday, January 9 & 10; 10:00am-5:00pm, The Bonita Springs National Art Festival, one of the nations most highly rated art festivals in the country, returns to Riverside Park on Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. 200 fine artists from the US, Canada and Europe fill our old Florida style park with fine art paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture and more.

Rated one of the top Fine Art Festivals in America and the top ranked show in Bonita Spring/Naples Metropolis by The Harris List and ranked 11th nationally by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the festival attracts tens of thousands of residents and visitors each year who attend to view and purchase fine art. Artists are chosen by a highly selective jury to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship in paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture, wood and more.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have attended our festivals in Bonita Springs. They come back each year because they know the art is great and there is something for everyone. It is like a walking tour of high quality art galleries, but this one is set up outside in sunny Florida. Riverside Park is a beautiful location with old Florida charm, a perfect backdrop for our spectacular Festivals.  Gorgeous sculptures, paintings, glass, photography, and clay accompanied by great music and refreshments in this fantastic setting!” said Susan Bridges.

The Bonita Springs National Art Festivals are an integral part of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs and their programming. As part of their mission of “Arts for All,” the Centers for the Arts provide programming to over 12,000 at-risk youth annually. Last year they awarded over $100,000 in scholarships.

Guests can expect to see art by masters of their craft including returning award winning artists Jeannie Maddox and her larger than life, photo realistic oil paintings, Brian Becher’s stunning glass vessels, surreal sculptures by Thomas Wargin and stunning jewelry by Jayne DeMarcay to name just a few.

The Riverside Park location offer ample free parking on site with wine, beer, food and beverages available for purchase and live music to enjoy while you view and purchase fine art. While there is no admission fee for this event, the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs volunteers will be asking for an optional $5 donation, directly supporting the Centers for the Arts programming.

The 35th Bonita Springs National Art Festival will be held at Riverside Park on Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. It will run on January 9 & 10, 2016 from 10am-5pm. For more information, call 495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to a select Live at the Center performances at the Center for Performing Arts. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:
Who: Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: 35th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
When: 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday January 9 and Sunday January 10, 2016
Where: Riverside Park, (Old 41 Road), Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Free ($5 optional donation for admission to support the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs)

ART-WORKS The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs High School Showcase At the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs May 13-19, 2016

Posted in Exhibitions, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 12, 2016 by artcenterbonita

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By Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) believes that the future is bright for creative high school graduates who are planning to continue their educations and pursue careers in the arts. CFABS hopes to make that path easier through their annual High School Showcase where local high school seniors who are planning to study art or design in college are eligible for college tuition scholarships. The High School Showcase Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs is free and open to the public. The showcase is on display through May 19, 2016.

Bonita Springs and Estero High school students gather their best work for submission to the Student Showcase Exhibition. Each senior submits a portfolio of their artwork, writes an essay and answers questions in a one-on-one interview with Centers for the Arts representatives. Winners are announced at the Opening Reception on May 13. CFABS has awarded more than $100,000 since the beginning of this program to support students wishing to pursue careers in art, design, architecture, media and performance. Funding for the scholarships is raised in part through CFABS’ annual “Off the Walls,” event and through private donor designated gifts. All students who participate receive a scholarship for Centers for the Arts programming.

“While our country struggles to keep our students in school and improve our graduation statistics of only two out of three students graduating, we are pleased to see the many students who have chosen to participate in this exhibition, compete on a high level for college tuition scholarships and make the positive choice to stay in school, graduate and even go to college,” says Susan Bridges, President of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.

Local elementary and middle school students will have an opportunity to exhibit their work during CFABS’ Elementary and Middle School Exhibition on display May 27-June 2, 2016 in the Main Gallery of the Center for Visual Arts Bonita. The opening reception for the Elementary and Middle School Exhibition is Friday May 27, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm.

The Centers for the Arts offers Summer Camps for children ages 4-18 in Art, Theater, Dance and Music beginning June 8. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs makes summer fun and learning affordable for families with great scholarships and discounts. Stop by the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs and pick up a catalog or go on-line to www.artcenterbonita.org for a listing of classes for children and adults.

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, 2016.

To learn more contact the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or visit http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: High School Student Showcase Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm (on display through May 19, 2016)
WHERE: The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
PRICE: Free

 

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