Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Jan. 18)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

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.

ARTwalk on the Harbor

Local and regional artists and vendors display at ARTwalk on the Harbor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and March 16 at HarborWalk Village. This event is free.

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.

Winter Guests Concert Series

All winter guests and locals are invited to HarborWalk Village to enjoy a free concert with Chuck Lawson from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 19 on the Destin harbor. Concerts are free and open to the public.

• Jan. 26: Flash Flood

Songwriters Festival

The fifth annual 30A Songwriters Festival, with 150 songwriters and more than 200 performances at 25 venues along Hwy. 30A, including Caliza Pool & Restaurant at Alys Beach, takes place all day Jan. 18-19. Purchase tickets at www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

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.

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. 18: Legion Garden Vote, noon; Auction in Ballroom, 1-5 p.m.

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

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

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

• 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. 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.

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.

Snowbird Movie Matinee

The Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee for winter visitors beginning at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 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.

Americana Under The Stars

Beaucoup Blue performs from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 23 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.

• Jan. 30: Dan Gribbin

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.

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 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.

Window display

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.

Ashley Rose

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

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.

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 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Jan. 22 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.

• Feb. 5: My Cousin Vinny

• Feb. 19: Godfather II

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.   


Journey back in time at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center during United Way’s “A Night in the 40’s,” a dance, dinner and silent auction fundraiser. Big Band tunes from DownBeat and a dance highlight the event. Dress in 40’s style, optional. Tickets are $100/person or $900/table for 10 at www.united-way.org.

Cancer Freeze

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. Live entertainment and activities for children all day.

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.

Chili Cook-Off

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 jasminejaneb@aol.com. Event benefits Emerald Coast American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Pub Crawl

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.

Irish StreetFest

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.