Your Weekly Guide to Fun April 13 - 20
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Dance Facets 2013
NICEVILLE – The dance students at Northwest Florida State College present the annual dance concert, Dance Facets 2013, featuring original works and choreography, at 7:30 p.m. April 13 on the Mainstage of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Dancers will perform original dance presentations featuring classical ballet, contemporary, and modern. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth, age 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or purchase online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Music Lovers Dream Jam
OKALOOSA ISLAND - A night of classic rock and blues, Music Lovers Dream Jam will be held from 5-10 p.m. April 13 at the Elks Lodge. Cover is $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit Rick Kurtz's ongoing medical expenses. Call 706-506-1215.
Emerald Coast Sing-Off
DESTIN – The Emerald Coast Sing Off - Clash For The Cash 2013 finals will be held from 4-10 p.m. April 14 inside the Conference Center at the Palms of Destin Resort. Geoff McBride will be the head celebrity judge and headline entertainer along with 10 of the best singers in this area.
DESTIN – Events at American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, include the following. Events are open to the public. Call 837-3818.
• April 14: Breakfast made to order 8:15-11:15 a.m. Cost $6.
• April 15: Bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot $250
• April 19: SAL spaghetti dinner, $8; Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
• Karaoke with Jim Hubbard, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
NWFSC Reads 2013
NICEVILLE - Author Julianna Baggott will present an excerpt from Fuse, the second in her sci-fi thriller series The Pure Trilogy, during this year’s NWFSC Reads keynote event at 7 p.m. April 15 in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. A reception and unveiling of the college’s literary journal, the Blackwater Review, will be held beginning at 6 p.m. in room 132 of the Student Services Center. Other events include:
• April 15: Meet and Greet with Julianna Baggott from 10-11 a.m. in Room 133 of the Student Services Center.
• April 15: Book-signing by Julianna Baggott from 11-11:30 a.m. in the Barnes & Nobels NWFSC Campus Bookstore.
• April 15: Blackwater Review Reception at 6 p.m. in Room 132 of the Student Services Center.
• April 16: Raider Writers sponsor a Poetry Slam Contest at 3:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. There is a $5 entry fee and a $50 first-place prize.
• April 18: Blackwater Review Reading at 6:30 p.m. in the Morell Conference Room, room 302 in the Student Services Center.
Independent film series
DESTIN – The Friends Guild of the Destin Library presents a free movie, "Vasermil," (Hebrew, Amharic and Russian with English subtitles) at 7 p.m. April 16. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 60 on a first come, first served basis.
DESTIN – Musician Chuck Lawson performs on guitar and steel drums from 5-8 p.m. April 17 at Pompano Joe'e.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Hotel California, a Tribute to the Eagles, from 6-8 p.m. April 17 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
Sandestin Wine Festival
SANDESTIN - The 27th annual Sandestin Wine Festival takes place April 18-21 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Events include:
• April 18: Wine dinner aboard Solaris yacht. Cost $115. Call 650-2519.
• April 18: Vodka & Victuals at Graffiti Restaurant. Cost $75. Call
• April 19, 20: Cooking demonstrations at the Coastal Living Stage with Diane Henderiks on Friday and Paula Deen on Saturday.
• April 19, 20: Grand Wine Tasting from 5-8 p.m. Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $55 and $85 advance or $65 and $95 day of.
• April 20: Southern Lunch with Paula Deen, sold out.
• April 20: VIP Connoisseur Experience Solaris Cruise at Baytowne Marina from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with top industry names.
• April 21: Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baytowne Marina. Tickets $38.
Americana Under the Stars
SANTA ROSA BEACH - Ron Johnson performs at 6 p.m. April 18 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.
Call to artists/crafters/performers
DESTIN – The Okaloosa Arts Alliance and HarborWalk Village announce a call for artists, crafters and performers for the Sixth Annual Family Fun Arts Fest, which will be held May 18-19 at HarborWalk Village. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for a vendor application or more information.
Spring Fling Concerts
ROSEMARY BEACH - Enjoy live music on the lawn with Rosco Bandana from 6-8 p.m. April 18 at North Barrett Square.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
PANAMA CITY BEACH - The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th year anniversary beginning at 5 p.m. April 18 and 19 and 11 a.m. April 20 and 21 at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. A free concert will be held from 1-3 p.m. April 18 in the Promo Area adjacent to the food court area with artists Brian Lenair, Margo Rey, The Peet Project, Yancyy, and the Motown Jazz Jam. Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available at http://www.seabreezejazzfestival.com/ or call 800-595-4849. Local ticket outlets include The Vacuum Center in Destin and Playground Music Center in Fort Walton Beach.
Crawfish Boil & Cold Beer Convention
DESTIN - The Rotary Club of Destin presents its inaugural Crawfish Boil & Cold Beer Convention from 5-9 p.m. April 19 at McGill Escrow & Title, 36008 Emerald Coast Parkway. Advance tickets are $25 for all you can eat crawfish boil and one free beverage or $30 day of the event. Hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque chicken and Shake’s Frozen Custard will also be served. Other Cajun festivities include live music, a “Coon Ass Parade” and auction featuring a trip to New Orleans, Carrabba’s wine dinner for 10 and other fabulous prizes. Tickets are available through any Destin Rotarian or call 837-1071.
Props, Wings & Wheels
DESTIN - The second annual Props, Wings & Wheels event hosted by title co-sponsors Destin Jet and Legendary Marine will be held from 7-10 p.m. April 19 at Destin Jet, with proceeds to benefit Fisher House and the Special Forces Association Chapter 7. This year's luxury showcase extravaganza, "Skyfall Over Destin," will feature a mix of high end products, along with entertainment by David Seering & The Downbeat Classic Brass, dancing, a silent auction, food and more.Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance at PropsWingsWheels.com.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Enjoy ceramic arts and vote on a People's Choice Award at the Pottery Expo Youth Art Competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum's Lazarus Education Room, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Admission is free. Call 833-9595.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Musical Echoes 2013, a celebration of Native American culture, art, and music, highlighting the extraordinary Native American flute, will be held beginning at noon April 19 and continuing through 3:30 p.m. April 21 at Fort Walton Landing, 139 Brooks St. The event is free and alcohol-free.
FORT WALTON BEACH – The Downtown Fort Walton Beach Art Walk, a free art bazaar with local art, food and live entertainment, will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 19 on U.S. 98. The Fuzion Fitness Dance Studio’s Girls Hip-Hop Group performs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Old Camp Walton Schoolhouse. Fluid Surf Shop will host a surf movie on the lawn behind Fired Up at the corner of U.S. 98 and Ferry Road.
FORT WALTON BEACH – Rocky Bayou Christian School Fine Arts Department will present the Rogers & Hammerstein’s Enchanted Edition of Cinderella at 7 p.m. April 19 and 20 in the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at the school the first week in April and will also be available at the door one hour before the show. Call 678-7358 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fashion Night Under the Lights
DESTIN - Destin Commons will hold its first “Fashion Night Under the Lights” from 5-8 p.m. April 20 in Center Plaza. Guests will enjoy music by a DJ, prizes, raffles, giveaways, trunk shows and other activities. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by several retailers.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Pottery Expo Youth Art Competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 inside the Indian Temple Mound Museum’s Lazarus Education Room, 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. PEYAC is designed to enhance pottery and clay art appreciation and is an opportunity for artists enrolled in a secondary educational institution in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties to compete and show their work. Admission is free.
NICEVILLE – The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its “Fate and Triumph” Concert April 20 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Belle Voci, NWFSC Madrigal Singers and the Niceville Singers of Niceville High School join the performance. Tickets are $22.50/adults, $16/Active Duty Military and youth ages 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.