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The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge presents its Eighth Annual Haunted House at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, 31 and Nov. 1-2. Small children are not recommended. Admission is $9. Parking is free with the exception of October 4-5 due to the Seafood Festival.
America’s premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships as Northwest Florida State College presents its production of the Neil Simon comedy “Jake’s Women” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10 for youth 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at 850-729-6000 or online at http://mattiekellyartscenter.org.
The Pastel Society of North Florida will host a free painting demonstration, “One Image-Two Results,” by Elaine Augustine, Pastel Society of America master pastelist, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Church of Christ’s Fellowship Hall, 232 Hollywood Blvd. SE. in Fort Walton Beach. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choctaw Bay Music Club
Music honoring the Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863, and the Battle of Gettysburg will be featured at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Brooks Beal Center, corner of Beal Parkway and Yacht Club Drive in Fort Walton Beach. The program features the delivery of the Gettysburg Address along with patriotic, popular, and fiddle tunes presented by Sand Dollar Strings, violin students of Esther Tiedemann. The event is free and open to the public. Call 543-5673.
Vettes at the Village
Area Corvette Clubs bring America’s Sports Car to the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Chevrolet Corvettes, old and new, will be shined to the max and wanting your vote.
Festival of the Arts
The 2013 Festival of the Arts, with more than 100 artists, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in its new home on the Village Green at the Mattie Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Admission donation is $3/adults; free/members and children under 12.
Live musical entertainment from the Dugas Pavilion will be a highlight of the 18th annual art festival. Other festival features include a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. The Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases community artists representing local students and adults.
Black Lodge, an American Industrial Rock band based out of Hollywood, Calif., will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Club LA in Destin. Cover is $5.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature the national tour of a tribute to military heroes who have earned the Medal of Honor, “Beyond Glory,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex at NWFSC in Niceville. Tickets are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Dinner and a Movie
A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Young Frankenstein, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 30 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
• Nov. 13: Goldfinger
• Nov. 27: Fiddler on the Roof
• Dec. 11: Edward Scissorhands
• Jan. 8: Maltese Falcon
• Jan. 22: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
• Feb. 5: My Cousin Vinny
• Feb. 19: Godfather II
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin hosts a free concert with Scott Rockwood from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Michael J Thomas
Michael J Thomas performs a blend of smooth jazz saxophone music and R&B vocals Tuesday through Saturday "upon availability" at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway. Call 337-5108.
Americana Under The Stars
Lauren Heitz performs in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
The Pyramid Players will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 to present the original musical adventure Beyond the Mist at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd. The doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction and an exhibit of the art, archival prints, gifts and handcrafted jewelry. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, call 862-7139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Savor the Season
The Fourth Annual Savor the Season benefit for the Taylor Haugen Foundation will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Caliza Pool and Restaurant in Alys Beach. Enjoy a wine tasting, silent and live auctions, and gourmet cuisine made by local chefs from Panama City to Destin. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.SavorTheSeason2013.org.
A Tribute to George Rodrigue
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Tribute to George Rodrigue, “Blue Dog” artist, will be held from 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. This evening will feature five acclaimed pianists performing on a an iconic piece of art, The 1913 Rodrigue Steinway “Blue Dog Piano.” Numerous culinary stations will be in the Emerald Ballroom with complimentary wine served. Cash bar available. Portion of the proceeds benefit the cultural and educational missions of MKAF and George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts. Cost: $150/person and $135/MKAF preferred member. Purchase tickets at http://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Local restaurants will fire up the grills Nov. 9 for a good time and a good cause at HarborWalk Village when the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Northwest Florida chapter hosts a craft beer tasting and creative BBQ competition. All proceeds benefit FRLA Educational Foundation, supporting the next generation of hospitality professionals. Entertainment includes Season Ammons Band and Blenders.
Flutterby Arts Festival
An arts and entertainment festival for all ages, the Flutterby Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at South Barrett Square, Main Street and Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy dance performances, storytelling by The Rep Theatre, arts and crafts, a butterfly garden exhibit, Walton County student butterfly art exhibit, live music, games and activities. Admission is free, with some activities requiring a $1 ticket which can be purchased at entrance tent.
Cars and Coffee
Car enthusiasts will showcase their specialty cars throughout HarborWalk Village from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 10 with beverages, food and live music. Porsche of Destin sponsors this event and all proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Destin Library will host a 16 piece watercolor exhibit by local artist Thomas A. Grossi, Jr., “The art of … Thomas A. Grossi, Jr. … fall into his world,” through Nov. 14 in the Calhoun Room. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 837-8572.
Taco and Tequila Festival
Crab Island Cantina, 2 Harbor Blvd., hosts its inaugural Taco and Tequila Festival from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Cost is $40/person and includes tacos, sauces and tequilas, a silent auction and live entertainment featuring Flamenco guitarist with DJ Vasco in between sets. Purchase tickets at Crab Island Cantina or any Pepito’s restaurant. The event will benefit the Salvation Army.
Kingdom of Sweets
The Northwest Florida Ballet Kingdom of Sweets Reception, sponsored by Vintij Wine Boutique and Bistro, will be held from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Nov. 23 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Art Galleries in Niceville. Cost is $20 and includes an evening of wine and desserts to celebrate the opening night of The Nutcracker. Call 664-7787 or stop by the studio to RSVP. No tickets will be sold at the door. Must be 21 to attend.
The Northwest Florida Ballet’s 33rd annual presentation of The Nutcracker begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/children 12 and under and can be purchased at nfballet.org or 850-664-7787.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present the final show of 2013, Sideshow! an exhibition of sideshow, freak show, and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment. The show will be on view through Dec. 4.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the dates below. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 269-7129.
• Dec. 20: The Orchestral Holiday concert at Destiny Worship Center features holiday favorites and dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.
• Jan. 24: The Bernstein Beat concerts are hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and include a morning youth performance and an evening concert which includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”
• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.
• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Mattie Kellie Arts Center, 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available at the Mattie Kelly Arts Box office, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 729-6000 or 888-838-2737.
This event is sponsored by the Niceville High School Band Program, and the NHS Big Band Jazz ensemble perform a song with the orchestra.