Charlotte Arts
— August 14, 2020 —

Please visit our website for further updates about Charlotte Arts news, member news and opportunities for artists.
This issue includes 2020-2021 season details for Lemon Bay Playhouse, Punta Gorda Symphony, and Charlotte Players.
Virtual Diversions
The 20th annual festival will be held online Sept. 25 to 27, connecting with audiences across the country for an interactive, online celebration of “American Ingenuity” featuring new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. Virtual stages will offer on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions, options to personalize your own journey through the festival with particular themes, and book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose, with a limited number of commemorative book plates signed by authors.
Follow the Book Festival link above for more details.
Local Diversions
All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Follow the Fishermen's Village link for more details.
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Events at Fishermen's Village are weather permitting.

Enjoy the music of Dan Meadows.

Paul Roush: Friday, Aug. 14, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy country, rock and standards from the last 30 years with Paul's own songs that tell stories in his own way and time.
John Patti: Saturday, Aug. 15, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy island-infused jazz and blues sound of steel drums and voice.
Skylark: Saturday, Aug. 15, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy their acoustic variety music.
Dan Meadows: Sunday, Aug. 16, Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy the music of the 50s, 60s and country.
Tiki Tom & Moni: Friday, Aug. 21, 5 to 9 p.m.
 Enjoy variety music with a Caribbean flare.

Dan Meadows: Saturday, Aug. 22, Noon to 4 p.m.
"Sunny” Jim White: Saturday, Aug. 22, 5 to 9 p.m.
 Enjoy classic and original troprock music.

Paul Roush: Sunday, Aug. 23, Noon to 4 p.m.
Chris G: Friday, Aug. 28, 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy uplifting, lively tunes.
“Sunny” Jim White: Saturday, Aug. 29, Noon to 4 p.m.
Tiki Tom & Moni: Saturday, Aug. 29, 5 to 9 p.m.
Dan Meadows: Sunday, Aug. 30, Noon to 4 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
Port Charlotte Town Center Mall | 1441 Tamiami Trail (The gallery is located between J.C. Penney and Dillards.)

The Charlotte Arts Gallery is sponsored by the Ocean Financial Group.

Time Out by Jill Lindsay.

Artists whose work is on display include Henry August, Shelley Bell, Donna Dinneen, Marilyn Dorsey, Sharon Eng, Jill Lindsay, Dee Ott, Larry Palmer, Laura Pucci, Betty Teramo, and Sule Tugmen. Visit the website to see samples of their art. Due to COVID-19, there will be no reception.

Alcohol Ink Class with Betty Teramo
Charlotte Arts Gallery
Friday, July 31 and Every Friday in August, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
If you'd like to learn this painting technique, contact Betty at or 386-804-8433. Cost: $35.

Free art exhibits by visual artists at locations throughout the county. Art changes as often as six times a year. Locations below are now open. Featured artists at some locations will change in September.

  • Jim Hollenbeck at Charlotte County Administration (18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte)
  • Rosana Halprine at Cayo Costa Dental (316 Helen Avenue, Punta Gorda)
  • Larry Palmer, Tina Weida and Mary Lundeberg at Punta Gorda Airport (visible only to passengers)

Home "Art Show" on the Days Mansion-ed
By appointment only, RSVP by Friday before: Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m.
18169 Windswept Ave., Port Charlotte
About 25 paintings will be on display. To confirm details and for more information, contact Alex Haak.

The programs will resume in the Fall when the weather is more cooperative. Contact if you would like to suggest a location.
These programs are open to anyone with a desire to paint outside. They are held on Monday at 8:30 a.m. There are no fees and no instruction. For those who wish, at 11:15 a.m. paintings are shared and discussed. This group meets at different locations.
210 Maud Street,
Punta Gorda

The Center will be closed Aug. 8 to Sept. 7.
Charlotte Performing Arts Center (701 Carmalita Street
Punta Gorda)

Verdi | Creston | Berlioz: Nov 22, 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Pops: Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven | Tchaikovsky | Farrenc: Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Berlioz | Brahms: Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Strauss | Sarasate | Massenet | Shostakovich: March 7, 7:30 p.m.

“Get Happy!” Joan Ellison sings Judy Garland: March 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Add-on Performances:

Thomas Pandolfi, Solo Piano: Saturday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m.

Stewart Goodyear, Solo Piano: Saturday, March, 20, 3 p.m.
96 W Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223

After long deliberation and in light of the best advice regarding the pandemic from all avenues of information, the Board of Trustees has decided it is in the best interest of our patrons, staff, and volunteers to delay our opening until January 2021.

Paisley Craze: Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Paisley Craze continues to bring you the world changing, Rockadelic music of the Peace & Love Movement of the 1960s! From Woodstock era favorites of Hendrix, Joplin, The Who, CCR & CSNY to Bob Dylan, The Byrds, John Lennon, Bob Marley and other classics from the musical era of Peace & Love! Come out and join us for a night of good vibes and good Rock & Roll!

Art of Murder: Jan. 20 to Feb. 14
In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, awaits the imminent arrival of his art dealer. But the visit is not a standard one, for Jack feels wronged, and he is intending to kill the man. As Jack lays out his intentions for the evening, his wife, Annie, calmly paints. She is reluctant to go along with the plan, until Jack’s threat of violence convinces her otherwise. Harried and annoyed, Vincent, Jack’s flamboyant art dealer, arrives. Will Jack carry out his plan? Will Annie help him? Or is something else going on?
Marcy Downey – Flashback! Fun with the 60s and 70s: Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Marcy Downey brings to the stage an explosion of top hits from those famous decades—great songs by The Four Seasons, Carpenters, The Drifters, Ann Mur-ray, ABBA, The Beatles, Disco Divas, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor and Carole King. Blockbuster songs YMCA, Bad Bad Leroy Brown, and After The Lovin. Plus, comedy bits, Moon Blossom the Dippy Hippie, Silly 60s Songs and Marcy’s own creation, The 70s in 3 ½ Minutes! You’ll remember the songs; you’ll laugh with the good times!

Gid Pool Comedy Show With Al Ernst: 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, April 17, and 2 p.m. on April 18
Al Ernst has been the “Entertainer of the Year” for Carnival Cruise line, not once but twice. His award-winning comedy makes him the most requested comedian all across the south. Even though he’s an ex-professional wrestler, he will only slam you with laughs! Gid Pool is returning to the Lemon Bay Playhouse stage after a sold-out performance last season.

Jimmy Mazz: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Legends & Laughter is a high energy comedic musical journey featuring spot-on vocal impressions of greats like Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck, Tony Orlando, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Joe Cocker, The Temptations, and yes, “The King,” Elvis Presley plus many more. You’ll laugh, cry, clap and sing along to every song. Never the same show twice; this is a must-see show!

Almost, Maine: March 10 to April 4
Welcome to a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

James Hawkins: April 11, 2 p.m.
Enjoy this folksinger/songwriter living in the Venice area. He writes songs and collects stories, historical stories mostly about the early days of Venice, Sarasota and this beautiful land of flowers called Florida in which we live.

Now and Then: April 28 to May 16
An unbelievable, funny and ultimately moving story about love and its wayward ways. Jamie is a young aspiring pianist working as a bartender. He is closing up for the night when an amiable older gentleman, who seems to know the place very well, enters and engages him in a friendly conversation. Jamie’s girlfriend Abby comes in. They are very much in love. Before you know it, the gentleman offers them a thousand dollars – each – to sit and just talk with him for one hour. They both could use the money and with some reluctance agree, and then hear an incredible story that changes their lives. A surprising fable about what it means to really love someone.
Baggage: June 9 to 27
Two difficult, single people, Phyllis and Bradley, both trying to heal from their respective disappointing relationships, get their luggage mixed up at the airport. After a very disagreeable first encounter, the two decide to help each other get over their heartaches by forcing a friendship that eventually leads to the two discovering that while they may be too difficult for everyone else in the world, they are perfect for each other.

Events at 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte

A Shot in the Dark
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, and 2 p.m. on Sept.13 and 20
On Broadway, Julie Harris played the good hearted and guileless child of nature who is hauled before the magistrate on a charge of murder, having been found unconscious, nude, and clutching a gun, with her lover dead beside her. What is most shocking to the magistrate is the complete frankness with which she describes her life. She is so ingenious that the magistrate, at the risk of his juridical neck, decides that she could not have committed the murder. The magistrate finds the right culprit and the open hearted little parlor maid offers herself to him as a present.

Running Mates
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 18
Sam Storm has been the beloved mayor of Anderson, Georgia for the past 20 years. Loved by the community and his doting wife. Sam's name is usually the only one on the ballot come election time, but when an embarrassing video of him is leaked, his seat in office is threatened. Sam has some real competition when the last person he ever expected to run against him puts her name on the ballot: his wife Sophia. Now it's down and dirty as husband and wife duke it out. Can their marriage withstand the political fisticuffs? And what happens when an unexpected third candidate enters the race? This fast-paced political comedy brings new meaning to the phrase "family politics."

Mom’s Gift
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 15
In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband's birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in Its A Wonderful Life, she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad's birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family's secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 4, 5, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 6
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids- -probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on. This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs.
New Year’s Eve Cabaret
Thursday, Dec. 31, 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Come ring in the New Year with some of Charlotte County's talented singers as they present a 90-minute concert-style program. Accompanied by Music Director/Pianist Ken Crisp and a drummer, this concert has something for everyone—something old, something new, something country, something pop, something Broadway, and more!
Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 2 p.m. on Jan. 9, 10, 16, and 17
From the writers of the smash hit Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins comes a comic look at one of our country's most beloved voices, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, "If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?" Discover the story behind America's beloved humorist who championed women's lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all —the truth.

With This Ring
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 7, 14, 20 and 21
A play was written specifically with Valentine's Day in mind. With This Ring is the story of a wedding band that travels over five generations and the visceral effect it has on those couples who come to possess it. The ring is first presented to an Irish immigrant by her husband at the turn of the nineteenth century. It then skips a generation in the next scene in the 1960s as the couple's grandson inherits it, has it inscribed, and presents it to his new wife. In Scene Three the ring becomes a point of contention in the mid-eighties between an estranged couple contemplating divorce. It comes full circle in the last scene where it finds its way to an engaged couple in 2007 and a special visitor who is coming from out of state for their wedding.

Cahal Dunne: Sunday, Feb. 28
Cahal Dunne, " Ireland's Piano Man - The Man of Many Jackets", possesses that certain magical quality known in show business as "it". "It" transcends talent. "It" comes from deep within a great entertainer and washes over an audience, captivating them. This native of County Cork has a following of loyal admirers and friends that is unique in the rich history of Pittsburgh entertainment. and continues to make new friends with each appearance.

Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on March 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 27, and 2 p.m. on March 14, 21, 27 and 28
This Neil Simon classic delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered in the summer of 1953 in the Poconos. Burt Hines is convalescing from a second heart attack and eagerly awaits the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. Daughter Josie has just broken her engagement. Clemma, the black housekeeper at the center of the action casts an astute eye on the complications while faced with her own unresolved past.

Hotbed Hotel
Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 and 2 p.m. on April 18 and 25
Terri and Brian Cody are hoping to sell their "One Star Hotel" in the Florida Keys, to the only man who has expressed an interest in buying it, Mr. Sam Lewis from New Year. They are not expecting him for a couple of weeks, and are rather caught off-guard when they receive a phone call informing them that he flew into Miami today, is driving down and will be arriving this afternoon. Unfortunately, they have so few guests they are afraid that Mr. Lewis will see at once, that the hotel is a bad investment. So, in order to bolster Mr. Lewis's interest, Terri and Brian devise a plan to make the hotel appear busier and more prosperous than it actually is. Their staff will masquerade as paying guests, thereby, giving Mr. Lewis the impression that the hotel is overflowing with loyal customers and vacationers. Their plan has one hitch, their entire staff consists of a maintenance man named Hopkins and a sexy housemaid named Maureen. You can see where this is leading, it is a farce after all.

You Should Be So Lucky
Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. on May 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, and 2 p.m. on May 16 and 23
A contemporary Cinderella story set in Greenwich Village, reminiscent of the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s. Christopher, a shy and eccentric young electrologist, helps an elderly millionaire, Mr. Rosenberg when the old man faints in the street. Rosenberg, touched by the young man's generous spirit, becomes his benefactor and sends Christopher off to a fabulous charity ball where he meets his Prince Charming, in the form of a neurotic young publicist. Fate takes a turn when Mr. Rosenberg dies suddenly of a heart attack in Christopher's electrologist chair and leaves half of his millions to Christopher. The other half of the estate goes to Rosenberg's fiercely embittered daughter, Lenore, who threatens to contest the will. Christopher doesn't stand a chance against the suburban matron from hell until Mr. Rosenberg shows up as a ghost, seen only by Christopher. Christopher and Lenore plead their case on an Oprah Winfrey-like show hosted by Wanda Wang. Christopher, with the help of Mr. Rosenberg, triumphs on The Wands Wang Show, keeps his millions and ultimately brings Lenore some peace with her late father.
Events at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center (701 Carmalita, Punta Gorda)

Ted Vigil (John Denver Tribute): Saturday, Jan. 23
Ted Vigil performs nationwide selling out theatres. He has won numerous competitions and awards for his uncanny resemblance to the great John Denver. Ted will take you home on that country road!

Edwards Twins: Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1 and 2
Back by popular demand, The Edwards Twins, direct from Las Vegas! Remember all the wonderful variety shows we all grew up on in the '70s & '80s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas' number one impersonators of all time. All your favorite legendary Superstars come alive in an evening with "The Stars". The NBC Today show says "it's one of the most extraordinary shows we have ever seen." Sonny & Cher, Billy Joel. Neil Diamond, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Tom Jones, and many many more. All live vocals. USA Today and The Boston Globe raves "A Must See Show".

The Martin and Lewis Tribute Show: Monday, Feb. 8
"The Martin and Lewis Tribute" is a show in a class all its own. Never have two artists captured the very essence and chemistry of the celebrities they perform as have Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis. These two incredible performers have each had success on their own. Having spent the last 27 years performing throughout Australia. Tony Lewis has created a name for himself as the quintessential Jerry Lewis. His one show has sold out countless venues and has earned him the respect as one of Australia's best entertainers.
Since his first appearance at the Dean Martin Festival in 1998, Tom Stevens has earned his title as "The Best Dean Martin Tribute Artist". Dean Martin's daughter Deana has said: "I have never seen anybody look and sound more like my Dad".
This undeniably is one of a kind show, which includes a seven piece orchestra, will make you feel as if Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are still performing together.

Sister's Easter Catechism: Monday, March 22
Late Nite Catechism returns with Denise Fennell in Sister's Easter Catechism. Celebrate the Easter season with Sister as she answers time-worn questions like "Why isn't Easter the same day every year?" and "Will my bunny go to heaven?" Part pageant and wHOLY hysterical, this latest Late Nite Catechism show unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter bonnets, Easter baskets, and of course those yummy Easter Peeps. Sister answers questions about pet heaven and those adorable baby chicks! Classroom participation is a must, so don't forget to wear your Easter bonnet and join Sister for this seasonal treat!

Rod Stewart Tribute: Saturday, April 3
Rob Caudill has a naturally raspy voice that sounds just like the legendary Stewart. His range easily nails every high note from Stewart’s younger days. This singer has carved a career “recreating” Rod Stewart on stage. From kicking out soccer balls to spinning mic stands to belting out all of Rod’s greatest hits. Caudill will be performing with his 5 piece band. His Saxophone player Katja Rieckermann played for Stuart for over 14 years. This high-energy show is a must-see event for people of all ages.
". . . the arts are a powerful and important part of what unites us as Americans. The arts celebrate our differences through a collective, shared experience."
-- National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter
Charlotte Arts and member events were cancelled because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on March 23. Some member organizations cancelled their events and hours of operation for the season and others are now re-opening. If you wish to confirm the status of any event or organization, please contact the event host.
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