Arts and Entertainment Feb. 1 - 8

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Direct from Branson, the Acrobats of China perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the mainstage theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of NWFSC. For ticket prices, visit the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website or call 729-6000.

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.

Winter Guests Concert Series

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

Super Game Day

Miller’s Ale House of Destin will host a XLVIII Super Game Day Party from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 2. All you can eat buffet. $25 includes taxes, but not alcohol.

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.

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.

Snowbird Movie Matinee

The Destin Library will host a free weekly movie matinee for winter visitors at 2 p.m. Feb. 5, showing Blood Brother (documentary). 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 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.

Americana Under The Stars

Leigh and Ken Skeens perform from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6 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.

Coffee on the Coast 

Winter visitors and locals are invited to warm up with Coffee on the Coast from 9-11 a.m. Feb. 6 at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island. With paid admission, enjoy free coffee and muffins. A special program at 9:30 a.m. includes Secrets of the Sea, the story behind each of the aquarium habitats, including the Living Sea.

Stars of Tomorrow concert

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents its popular “Stars of Tomorrow Meets Handel” concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the mainstage theater of Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. The NFSO Concerto Competition winners will also perform. Tickets are $22.50/adults and $16/youth age 18 and younger. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org to purchase.

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.

American Legion

American Legion Post 296, 311 Main St. in Destin, will host a murder mystery dinner, “Death by Candy Gram,” with a steak or chicken dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Cost is $28. Tickets sold in the bar. Seating at 6:30 p.m. Call 837-3818.