Arts and Entertainment for winter

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Area codes are 850 unless noted.

Destination Anime

Destination Anime will be held from 10 a.m. to midnight Jan. 4 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island. Tickets cost $30 for a weekend pass, $25 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday.

Winter Guests Concert Series

All winter guests and locals are invited to HarborWalk Village to enjoy a free concert with Chris Alvarado from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 5 on the Destin harbor. Concerts are free and open to the public.

• Jan. 12: Coconut Radio

• Jan. 19: Chuck Lawson

• Jan. 26: Flash Flood

American Legion

American Legion Post 296, 311 Main St. in Destin, 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.

• Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26: Live music by Hank, 4-7 p.m.

• Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27: Smoke free bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot $250

• Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

• Jan. 18: Legion Garden Vote, noon; Auction in Ballroom, 1-5 p.m. and Sons Food Fest

• Jan. 28: Commander Bartend Eggnog Social, 4- 6 p.m.

Comedy competition

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. Competition continues for 16 weeks. 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.

Sunday Brunch at Harry T's

Harry T’s serves brunch on the harbor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 5. 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. Jan. 5 with bottomless Margaritas, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, $12 with an entrée purchase.

Chronic Jester

Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.

Latin Night

Every Saturday night is Latin Night with DJ Vasco from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Crab Island Cantina at HarborWalk Village.

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.

Window display

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 during January.

Ashley Rose

Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.

Americana Under The Stars

Lucky Mud hosts a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 5-11 p.m. Thursdays in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 5 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.

Snowbird Movie Matinee

The Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee for winter visitors beginning at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 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.

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 Maltese Falco, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Jan. 8 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email info@edwards30a.com for tickets.

• Jan. 22: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

• Feb. 5: My Cousin Vinny

• Feb. 19: Godfather II

Winter Guest Fest

The Winter Guest Fest, presented by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center Ballroom. Admission is $1. Once known as the Senior Snowbird Expo, the event is packed with coupons, giveaways and surprises for all. 

Emerald Coast Wine School

Discover the techniques to determine the characteristics and quality level of wines during the first class at the Emerald Coast Wine School from 2:30-4 p.m. Jan. 11 at Groovy Grouper Grill, 4304 Destin Commons Blvd. Bldg. C110.

Destin Desserts

The Destin Desserts chefs’ competition takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Links Ballroom, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach. Local chefs compete for the title of champion by creating original desserts using Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the evening includes social hour, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert tasting and voting, awards, silent auction and entertainment by Shades of Blue. Tickets are $25/person and available at each chef’s business, at any of the three Girl Scout Service Centers or call toll free 1-888-271-8778.

Wine Dinner on the Road

The Destin Charity Wine Auction foundation hits the road for a wine dinner, sponsored by IP Casino Resort Spa, at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at award-winning Restaurant 32 at IP Casino in Biloxi, Miss. Cost for the multi-course dinner paired with specially wines is $250. All of the proceeds will benefit DCWAF. For tickets visit DCWAF.org/tickets. Special DCWAF room rates also available at the IP for those staying at the IP. Use Offer Code: WINEDIN.

Great Balls of Fire

Pianist, entertainer and producer Linda Gentille returns at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Fort Worth Beach Civic Auditorium with her show, “Great Balls of Fire” supported by her trio. Tickets are $25/advance or $30/door. Call 362-9356.

Gospel concert

Gold City Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10/advace and $18/door. Call 837-8107 or visit www.villagebaptist.org.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception

A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to benefit the Okaloosa Arts Alliance will be held from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at The Magnolia Grill of Fort Walton Beach. Individual tickets are $15 or two tickets for $25. There will be live entertainment and drawings for a chance to win tickets to multiple local events. Call 499-8335.

Independent Film Series

The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor the movie “Fruitvale Station,” an independent film biography/drama, at 4 p.m. Jan. 21. 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.

Art exhibit

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. Jan. 21 through March 14 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.

Alice in Wonderland

Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Alice in Wonderland is a theater course from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 21-April 22 at Destin Middle School. A special public performance will begin at 6 p.m. April 26 at the school. Cost is $195 per student; registration is first come, first serve. All payments are non-refundable.

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.

• Jan. 21: Direct from Branson, Mo., comedian Jim Stafford and entertainer Moe Bandy appear for a heartwarming evening of country music and homespun humor.

• 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 “Bring it On: The Musical” on Jan. 23 and 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.

Fractured Fairytales

An Emerald Coast Theatre Company theatre course for students in grades 2-4, Fractured Fairytales will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 23-May 1 at Destin Elementary School. Kids will stage favorite fairytales just told a little differently from their original concept. A public performance will be held at 6 p.m. May 3 at the school. Cost is $195 per student; registration is first come, first serve. All payments are non-refundable.

Wine Walkabout

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation presents Tasting of Champions 2014, a wine walkabout and tasting, from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at dcwaf.org.

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.

• 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.

Antique Show and Sale

The 52nd Annual Antique Show and Sale will be held Jan. 24-26 at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach. Purchase tickets at $4 each through Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and save a $1 off the regular admission.  To purchase, email kim@fisherhouseemeraldcoast.org or call 259-4956.   

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.