A day long fundraiser for Cancer Freeze, which helps Northwest Florida people battling cancer, begins at 7 a.m. Feb. 1 at Lake Jackson in Florala, Ala., with a Bass Tournament and Pancake Breakfast. A 5k run/walk begins at 9 a.m. followed by chili cook-off at 11. Water events begin at noon and an auction/raffle at 1 with live entertainment and activities for children all day.
Winter Guests Concert Series
All winter guests and locals are invited to HarborWalk Village to enjoy a free concert from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 2 on the Destin harbor. Concerts are free and open to the public.
Crab Island Cantina presents “So You Think You’re Funny,” a comedy competition, at 6 p.m. every Sunday. Sign up at 5 p.m. Comedians from all over the south will compete. First prize is a round trip for two to Los Angeles to perform at the Comedy Store on Sunset Strip. Call 321-230-0487.
Dr. David Ott, internationally recognized composer and conductor, will open the Unitarian Church sponsored community classical music study series, Better Listening, from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 4. His program, “Mostly Mozart," includes CD samples from Mozart and Beethoven. Other speakers include NFSO Director Jeffrey Rink, Dr. Jeremy Ribando from Northwest Florida State College and retired humanities professor Dr. Robert Larson. Event continues through March 25 at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive in Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required.
Snowbird Movie Matinee
The Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee for winter visitors beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 and continuing on Wednesdays through Feb. 12. The film series will feature new release DVD movies hyped as this year’s Oscar contenders. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 837-8572.
• Feb. 5: Blood Brother (documentary)
• Feb. 12: All is Lost with Robert Redford
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
New national and touring events on the 2014 schedule for the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College begin at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater.
• Feb. 5: Direct from Branson, the Acrobats of China.
• Feb. 12: The world famous Glen Miller Orchestra appears in concert to benefit the Niceville High School Band program.
• Feb. 28: “Generations: A Collection of Black American Music,” a regionally produced production, will be held during Black History Month.
• March 21: The national tour of the phenomenal “Lady Smith Black Mambazo” to benefit public broadcasting affiliate WUWF.
National touring Broadway shows include the Tony Award winning “Memphis: The Musical” on Feb. 22, as well as the Las Vegas concert event “The Rat Pack Is Back” on March 8 to benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
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 My Cousin Vinny, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 5 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
• Feb. 19: Godfather II
Americana Under The Stars
Free music from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
Beaux Arts Exhibition
The Arts and Design Society presents the 55th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition from Feb. 7-9 in the Westwood Retirement Resort atrium, 1001 Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach. A reception and silent auction will be held from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 9 with awards to be given at 3:30 p.m. Artists in a widespread area compete for prizes in this annual event. The reception and exhibition are free. Call 582-1329.
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. in 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.
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.
• 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.
Musician David Seering will perform his annual concert to benefit local charity Children in Crisis at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Village Baptist Church in Destin. The Van Deusen Trio, with Bobby Van Deusen on the piano, and guest artist Amanda Holmes will also perform. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Children in Crisis, Lifeway Bookstore in Destin, and at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach. Call 864-4242.
Classical guitarist Stephen Robinson will appear at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in a free recital in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. Seating is limited. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Call to Artists: Figure It
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming art competition, “Figure It,” open to all artists and all media. The show encompasses the human figure. Turn in entries from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 17. Call 244-1271, or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.
ARTwalk on the Harbor
Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at ARTwalk on the Harbor, started by DestinBoardwalk.com and AJ's Seafood, and is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 within the Destin Boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s. The event is free.
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a documentary/biography/music, “Searching for Sugar Man,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 18. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The film series replaces Foreign Film Night, although occasionally foreign films will be shown, and its goal is to provide area residents with the opportunity to view films that are in limited release and/or unlikely to be shown in local theaters.
The Ninth Annual Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Chili Cook-Off will be held beginning at noon Feb. 22 at HarborWalk Village. Culinary competition is served up with live entertainment. Tickets are $20 at 217-0654 or email@example.com. Event benefits Emerald Coast American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Award-winning cellist Boyan Bonev, a music instructor at the University of West Florida and a member of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit and join the Destin Nights for an exciting Mardi Gras Pub Crawl on Feb. 28. Purchase an armband for $10 to support a local charity and receive drink and food specials at each stop.
Mardi Gras Parade
Floats with riders tossing beads, colorful costumes, street performers and more highlight the Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Parade at 2 p.m. March 1 at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy live music on the Main Stage in the evening. Entry fee for parade $50 benefits the 33rd Fighter Wing Booster Club.
Tequila and Taco Fest
Tequila tastings, contests, live music and tacos of all kinds on March 8 at the Crab Island Cantina on March 8.
The Arts & Design Society’s 22nd Juried Southeast Regional and Heather Mitchell, the 2013 Best-in-Show winner, will be honored with a solo exhibition in the Holzhauer Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 14 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.
Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance and games all day March 15 at the Sixth Annual Irish Street Fest at HarborWak Village. After dark, visit each venue for live music and games at the Grogg March. Get Pub Passport stamped at all venues and enter for a grande giveaway.
Sunday Brunch at Harry T's
Harry T’s serves brunch on the harbor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays in January and February. Items served include fresh fruit, a fresh bakery basket, and your choice of fried potato hash browns or cheese grits. Bottomless champagne with entrée purchase.
Brunch on the harbor
Crab Island Cantina serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in January and February with bottomless Margaritas, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, $12 with an entrée purchase.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
Every Saturday night in January and February is Latin Night with DJ Vasco from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Crab Island Cantina at HarborWalk Village. Dance to Bachata, Merenque, Salsa, Reggae and Top 40.
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.
During January, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Julia Allen, who works in pen and ink and in acrylics, in the studio windows facing First Street.
Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.