Arts and Entertainment Jan. 11 - 18
Winter Guests Concert Series
All winter guests and locals are invited to HarborWalk Village to enjoy a free concert with Coconut Radio from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 12 on the Destin harbor. Concerts are free and open to the public.
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.
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.12: Live music by Hank, 4-7 p.m.
• Jan. 13: Smoke free bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot $250
• Jan. 17: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
• Jan. 18: Legion Garden Vote, noon; Auction in Ballroom, 1-5 p.m.
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. 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. 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 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.
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.
AmericanaUnder The Stars: Pierce Pettis performs from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16 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.
Snowbird Movie Matinee
The Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee for winter visitors beginning at 2 p.m. Jan. 15. 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.
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.