Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning May 3)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

SOCKS will host Cinco de Meow-Yo from 6-8:30 p.m. May 3 at SOCKS Thrift Store, 498 Carmel Drive in Fort Walton Beach. There will be Mexican-themed food and drinks as well as store specials. Tickets are $5 per person, available at the door or in advance, which give you a raffle ticket and two drink tickets. Silent auction items will also be available.

Fundraiser

Relay for Life’s Team Century 21, Wilson Minger Agency, and Act4Murder, will host a fundraiser at 6 p.m. May 3 at Dockside Oyster Bar & Grill, 821 Bayshore Drive in Niceville. Tickets are $50/person and can be purchased at 974-2951.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Enjoy a celebration of Latin music, food, dance and more from 5-11 p.m. May 4 at HarborWalk Village. Children’s activities, crafts and a fireworks show over the Destin harbor.

Italian fundraiser

Guglielmo’s Tuscany Italian Bistro, 36178 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin, will sponsor an Italian buffet at 6 p.m. May 4 with all proceeds to benefit Veterans Tribute Tower Memorial Fund in Fort Walton Beach. Dinner music features Michael J Thomas. Tickets are $50 donation/person. Call 240-2735.

Window display

During May, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Isobel Smith, who works in ceramic, clay and acrylics, in the studio windows facing First Street.

Wednesday Night Concert Series: A free concert features Blue Ribbon Healers from 7-9 p.m. May 7 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.

• May 14: Grady Champion

• May 21: Ocean Street

• May 28: Stephen Simmons Band

Concerts in the Village

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 19th Annual Concerts in the Village presents The Molly Ringwalds, 80’s Experience Band, at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Dugas Pavilion at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Bring a picnic and wine or beverage of choice, or purchase meal from local restaurant prepared on-site. Bottled water and soft drinks available with proceeds to benefit the MKAF’s cultural and education mission. Admission is $10/adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. Call 650-2226.

Scheduled performers include:

• May 15: The Downbeat Classic Brass, a Rock ‘n Roll Horn Band Review

• May 22: The Mike Veal Band, Stump the Band from over 200 artists

• May 29: Ike Barkley, soul, blues & jazz, funky dance music

• June 5: Lisa & The E-Lusion, Motown, Rock & Roll, 80’s Dance Music

• June 12: LavaLamp, The best of the 70’s disco, soul & funk

• June 19: Alter Eagles, A Tribute to the Eagles

• June 26: Twelve Against Nature, Nashville’s Steely Dan ExperienceBottom of Form

Dinner theater

Act4Murder will perform “Red Leg the Dreaded Pirate of the Gulf” at 7 p.m. May 9 at Angler’s Beachside Grill on Okaloosa Island. Seating at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, all inclusive. Call 796-0260 or 862-2885.

• May 23: Knock ‘em Dead

• May 30: Podunk Pandemonium

Art show

Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society’s show “Fauvism” will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 16 at 17 First Street in Fort Walton Beach. Show runs May 13-June 7 and will include art in any medium, reflecting the work of the French Fauve artists, known for their use of strong colors. Call 244-1271.

Splash series

Cruise up and anchor your boat during the Summer Boating Splash series for movies and concerts on the water. The first event is a showing of “Captain Ron” May 17 at North Light Marina in Niceville.

• June 28: Heritage concert, 4-8 p.m. North Light Marina

• July 26: Cadillac Willy concert, 4-8 p.m. on Destin harbor

• Aug. 23: “Jaws” at sunset at harbor

My Secret Garden

Award winning artist Michael Cheney presents an exhibit of his collection of botanical paintings, “My Secret Garden,” through May 17 at Full Circle Gallery, 29 B Eglin Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach. Call 362-8041.

ArtWalk on the Harbor

Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at Artwalk on the Harbor, started by DestinBoardwalk.com and AJ’s Seafood, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 within the Destin boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s.  The event is free.

Dinner theater

Act4Murder will perform Red Leg the Dreaded Pirate of the Gulf at 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 25 at Crab Island Cantina, 2 Harbor Blvd. #100. Seating at 7 p.m. Price is $49.95/adults and $24.95/kids 10 and under, all inclusive. Call 862-2885 for reservations.

Poker Run

The Big Mac Classic Poker Run, sponsored by Emerald Coast McDonald’s, owner Mike Wright, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 18 starting and finishing at AJ’s in Destin. Entry fee is $10 and motorcycles, Vintage and Classic cars are welcome. Raffles and prizes. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of NW FL in Pensacola. Call 217-8661.

BlazeFest 2014

Apex Broadcasting, comprised of Highway 98 Country, 103.1 The Blaze, 102.1 The Wave, and Q92, along with the City of Niceville, Eglin AFB, and all participating sponsors, will host BlazeFest 2014 on May 24 at Twin Oaks Park in Niceville. General admission is $40/advance and $50/day. For ticket information and line up, visit blazefestrocks.com.

Gregg Allman

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman brings his distinctive Southern Rock & Blues sound to the Green @ Gulf Place May 28. Tickets are available at select local retail stores along 30A including Central Square Records in Seaside or at GulfPlaceEvents.com.

Dancing with Desire

Dance champions seen on the hit series “Dancing with the Stars” will perform at a star-studded event at 7 p.m. June 19 on stage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The performance is presented by Fred Astaire Dance Studio-Fort Walton Beach. Ticket prices are $50 for general admission, and $100 for VIP, which includes preferred seating, access to the stars at the cast post party, and more. Active Duty military and senior citizens are offered a reduced rate of $35 for a balcony seat. Visit www.dancingwithdesire.com or call 864-4242.

All proceeds benefit Horizons-The Arc of The Emerald Coast, to help provide services to children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Spamalot

The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents Monty Python’s Spamalot with performances at 7:30 p.m. July 16, 17, 18 and 19. Tickets go on sale May 1 at 729-6000 or at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org and are $25/adults and $20/youth ages 18 and younger.  

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.

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.

Ashley Rose

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