Area codes are 850 unless noted.
Call to artists/photographers
FORT WALTOLN BEACH - The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street SE, is calling all photographers to participate in its upcoming competition, "The 14th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Show." Turn in work Sept. 7 or 9. Copy of the entry form with details is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org/. Call 244-1271.
DESTIN - American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, will host the following events. Pizza and hotdogs are sold from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-through Friday. Call 837-3818.
• Sept. 7: American Legion 1st District School of Instruction, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Sept. 8: Practice karaoke, 2-6 p.m.
• Sept. 13: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Dine for the Pines
SEASIDE - The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosts a fundraiser for area student programs and the preservation of Longleaf pine trees from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Bud & Alley’s. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the Center. The event will include a silent auction and a short presentation with animals by the Center’s President, Christy Scally and The Center’s Director, Paul Arthur. Admission is $20/person online at www.dineforthepines.eventbrite.com or $25 at the door and includes hors d’oeuvres, a taco bar and a cash bar. For information, visit www.eowilsoncenter.org, or call 835-1824.
NICEVILLE - The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents a special fund raiser at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 with guest pianist Alon Goldstein, who recently made his debut as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed in Israel, Bucharest and Paris as well as in the United States. Tickets available at the Arts Center Box Office for $25 each. For a contribution of $100, patrons may receive two recital tickets as well as an invitation to a wine reception from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 to meet the artist. All proceeds from the two events go to support the NFSO to ensure that the symphony continues its performances. Call 729-6000.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Christabel & The Jons from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• Sept.18: TBA
• Sept. 25: Big Al & the Heavyweights
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE, presents the works of Dale Gauvin, who specializes in oils, using chiaroscuro, or contrasts between dark and light, in the studio windows facing First Street for easy viewing during September.
Michael J Thomas
DESTIN - 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.
Autumn Concert Series
DESTIN – The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Autumn Concert Series presents the classic country of The Modern Eldorados at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Dugas Pavilion and expanded Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive. Bring a lawn chair, wine and picnic or purchase dinner on-site. Water and Coke products available for purchase. Admission is $10/adults, $5/MKAF Preferred Member, and children under 12 free. Call 650-2226.
• Sept. 19: The Return, A Tribute to the Beatles
• Sept. 26: Dread Clampitt, bluegrass & Rock n’ Roll to Louisiana Bayou Funk
Independent Film Series
DESTIN - The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie night showing “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” at 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Library. 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.
Backyard Boogie for the Arts
MIRAMAR BEACH – Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and the Forrest Williams Band present “Backyard Boogie for the Arts” at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Williams Backyard Boogie, 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine program.
Tickets are $30/advance and $35/door and are on sale at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, beverages and food; additional food will be available for purchase. Door prizes will be awarded at the event. Call 278-3081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls’ Night Out
SANDESTIN - Profitt PR’s seventh Girls’ Night Out: Arabian Nights will be held from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at Elephant Walk at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The women-only social event will raiwse money for Shelter House. Cost is $40 and includes live entertainment by Continuum, Jacob Mohr and DJ EXQ, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails by Ketel One Vodka and the Honey Hutch.
Other activities include face art by Abrakadoodle, a fire breathing juggler, photo booth, palm readings, giveaways, retail vendors and more. Attire for the evening is Boho chic. Tickets can be purchased at https://proffittprgno.ticketbud.com/gno-arabian-nights.
Artists for Oktoberfest
BLUEWATER BAY - The 19th annual Oktoberfest and Arts & Crafts Festival at Winn Dixie Plaza needs artists and craftsmen interested in selling their work. The festival, sponsored by the Mid-Bay Rotary Club, will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 27 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 28. Cost for the 2-day event is $75. If interested, call Bert at 897-3190 to obtain an application.
DESTIN - The Fourth Annual Destin Beer Festival will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 28 outside Chan's Wine World in the Paradise Key shopping center. There will be more than 300 beers to sample, culinary stations, VIP Tent and live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis. Tickets can be purchased at destinbeerfestival.com or at any Wine World location. Call 864-4242.
Big Daddy Weave
DESTIN - Big Daddy Weave with Chris August and Unspoken will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tickets are $15 and $22 on the day of the concert. Purchase tickets in the church office Monday-Thursday, call 837-8107, visit www.villagebaptist.org or the LifeWay Bookstore in Destin, or iTickets.com.
DESTIN – The 35th annual Destin Seafood Festival will take place along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk featuring fresh local seafood, live music, artists, and more will be held from 4-10 p.m. Oct. 4; 10a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 5; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 6. No admission charge — donations accepted at the door.
On Sunday, the Annual Mingo Toss takes place, followed by a treasure hunt down the harbor for kids up to 11 years of age on top of the hill at the Royal Melvin Heritage Park, behind the Destin City stage.
Sesame Street Live
PANAMA CITY – Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all the Sesame Street friends as they bring the magic of music to life at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave. Kids’ matinee at 10:30 a.m. with $10 tickets. Tickets are $15 and $22 at 763-4696 and www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.sesamestreetlive.com.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
EMERALD COAST – The eighth year of programming for Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists. Season tickets which feature premier seating, including gala table seating, for all five concerts are on sale for $265 each. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-269-7129.
• Oct. 24: Musical Identities features guzheng player Su Chang in an orchestral concerto and also the orchestral showpiece, “Scheherazade,” by Rimsky-Korsakov.
• 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 concertwhich 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.