Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Jan. 25)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Antique Show and Sale

The 52nd Annual Antique Show and Sale will be held Jan. 25-26 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.   

Gumbo Contest

The eighth annual Destin History and Fishing Museum’s Gumbo Contest will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Destin Community Center. Individuals and restaurants will offer tastings, all with the chance to proclaim theirs as The Best Gumbo in Destin. Tickets are $10/advance and $12/day of and include admission to museum. The event is fund raiser for the Destin History and Fishing Museum. A silent auction will feature up to 60 items and live music performed by Flash Flood. Call 837-6611.

Emerald Coast Wine School

Learn about the wines of the Northwest and the white and sparkling wines of Oregon from 2:30-4 p.m. Jan. 25 at Groovy Grouper Grill, 4304 Destin Commons Blvd. Bldg. C110 in Destin.

Winter Guests Concert Series

All winter guests and locals are invited to HarborWalk Village to enjoy a free concert Flash Flood from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 26 on the Destin harbor. Concerts are free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

Snowbird Movie Matinee

The Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee for winter visitors beginning at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 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

Dan Gribbin performs from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 30 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.


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 with live entertainment and activities for children all day.

Better Listening

Dr. David Ott, internationally recognized composer and conductor, will open the Unitarian Church sponsored community classical music study series, Better Listening, from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 4. His program, “Mostly Mozart," includes CD samples from Mozart and Beethoven. Other speakers include NFSO Director Jeffrey Rink, Dr. Jeremy Ribando from Northwest Florida State College and retired humanities professor Dr. Robert Larson. Event continues through March 25 at the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 1295 Bayshore Drive in Valparaiso. All sessions are free and open to the public. No reservations required.

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.

• 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 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 My Cousin Vinny, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 5 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. 19: Godfather II

Beaux Arts Exhibition

The Arts and Design Society presents the 55th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition from Feb. 7-9 in the Westwood Retirement Resort atrium, 1001 Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach. A reception and silent auction will be held from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 9 with awards to be given at 3:30 p.m. Artists in a widespread area compete for prizes in this annual event. The reception and exhibition are free. Call 582-1329.

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. in 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.

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.

• 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.

Call to Artists: Figure It

The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming art competition, “Figure It,” open to all artists and all media. The show encompasses the human figure. Turn in entries from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 17. Call 244-1271, or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.

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.

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

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.


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.