Art exhibits, indie films and a Casino Night benefit head the list of a packed November schedule of recurring weekly and special events at downtown Fort Myers’ Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
Presented by The Beach Arts Co-op and Friends of the Arts on Friday, November 11, Sisters of the Sea is a true tale of the historical Pirates of the Caribbean in the 18th Century. The play is named for two famous women pirates, Anne Bonny (Keri Hendry) and Mary Read (Lydia Frantz), and tells the story of their relationship to each other, the men in their lives and their demise. Visit the SBDAC and find out what made these women choose a life of adventure and danger on the high seas, and see what happened to them when they joined Calico Jack Rackam’s crew and abandoned society for the “sweet trade.” The performance starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $20 each.
Saturday, November 12, is Dice at the Davis, a Casino Night Benefit that includes great food, live music and poker, roulette, craps, blackjack and much more. Tickets cost $75 and include a membership to the Art Center and 1,000 points to play the games, but the event is free to current members. Dice at the Davis runs from 7-10 p.m.
On Wednesday, November 16, the Conservatory Art School is hosting its monthly art exhibit. The Conservatory Art Show is a red carpet event that gives participating students a taste of opening night under the bright lights. This month’s show, which takes place from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. will feature the world renowned Peace Ribbon Display with music by Mr. Henry Shapiro on piano. (That’s Terry Lynn, not Henry, pictured on the right.)
Saturday, November 19, is Ciao Time! with famous culinary rocker Johnny Ciao. Chef to the stars, including Michael Jackson, the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis, Buddy Miles, and Chris Isaac, and great blues musician in his own right, Ciao presents an evening of exquisite food and entertainment. Tickets cost $100 per person or $175 per couple. Ciao Time! starts at 6 and goes until 10 p.m.
For the forth year in a row, the Festival of Trees, a magical display of trees decked out in holiday finery, will grace SBDAC. The festival, which benefits Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, runs from Friday, November 25th through Saturday December 3rd.
On Saturday, November 26, the day at SBDAC starts with Breakfast with Santa (from 8-11 a.m.) and is followed by Day 1 of the Festival of Trees Children’s Workshop (from 11:30 a.m to 8 p.m.). On both Saturday and Sunday (from 11-5), kids can create holiday crafts, play fun games, watch movies, and get in the holiday spirit, with the event including letters to Santa, holiday card coloring and decorating, story time, face painting, holiday movies and holiday photos. Tickets for the breakfast are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The cost of the workshop is just $5.