UPCOMING ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (beginning March 15)
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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Luke Langford & the 331 Band from 7-9 p.m. March 15 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• March 22: Chris Alvarado
• March 29: Forrest Williams
• April 5: Blues Brothers
• April 12: Departure, A Journey Tribute
• April 19: Satisfaction, A Rolling Stones Tribute
•April 26: Shadow of the King, Elvis Tribute
Children’s Theatre: Join Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, and Lancelot in The Tales of King Arthur at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through April 12 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.
An evening of champagne, live music from Chris Alvarado, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. March 16 at the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. The event is free and for 21 and up only. The Village will be open to the public during this event. Other evenings are April 27 with music from Kyle Lamonica and May 18 with music of Scott Rockwood.
Cirque Italia, a creative mix of the best elements of entertainment and technology, will be at Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther at 7:30 p.m. March 16 and 17 and 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 18 and 19. Tickets can be purchased at box office or cirqueitalia.com/tickets or 941-704-8572.
Stage Crafters 45th season begins with “Spamalot," a hit musical lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Performances will be held March 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 107 Miracle Strip Parkway. Tickets are $25 and available at www.StageCraftersFWB.com, P S Gifts, 29 Walter Martin Road in Fort Walton Beach, Bayou Book Co., 1118 E. John Sims Parkway in Niceville, and by phone at 243-1101.
The REP presents a free updated, fast paced version of the classic tale that follows the little puppet Pinocchio on his adventures to becoming a real boy. Shows are at 6 p.m. Mondays through April 17 at the Seaside Amphitheater.
Nose to Tail
Okaloosa Island’s newest restaurant, The Gulf, will host a five-course “Nose to Tail” bourbon dinner with all spirits featuring local distillery, Timber Creek, at 6 p.m. March 17 at the corner of Marler Avenue and Siebert Drive on Okaloosa Island. Cost is $95/person. Each course will feature a Timber Creek craft cocktail and a specialized farm-to-table culinary creation from executive chef John Engle. Call 387-1300 to make reservations.
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie “Finding Nemo” at 7:15 p.m. March 19 on the Events Plaza Lawn at The Village Baytowne Wharf.
• March 26: A Bug’s Life
• April 2: Up
In addition to free concerts and movies, Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin also offers free events on other nights in the Events Plaza.
‒ Hydro Flight Monday: Enjoy three shows over the lagoon by fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. March 20 through April 3.
‒ Boomin' Tuesday: Enjoy lawn games and inflatables from 6-8:30 p.m. March 21 through Aprili 15 with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
‒ Magical Thursday: Captain Davy performs at 7 and 8 p.m. March 23 through April 6 on the Events Plaza Stage.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, crime/drama "House of Sand and Fog," at 3 p.m. March 21 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public. Directed toward a mature audience.
Baytowne LIVE/Spring Break
Enjoy the musical stylings of local artists from 7-10 p.m. on the Baytowne LIVE stage across from MooLaLa. Concerts are free and open to the public.
• Stevie Hall: March 21, 25, 28, April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15
• Bryan Bludworth: March 24, 31, April 7, 14
Fine Arts Recitals
The Fine and Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College presents a series of free vocal and instrumental recitals featuring NWFSC students who are selected to perform by college faculty. Spring Recitals are scheduled at 3 p.m. March 24, April 7 and April 21, with an Honors Recital April 28, in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Free seating is on a first come basis with no ticket required. For information, call 729-5362.
Paint and Sip
Award winning artist Pat Roberts will teach her “Beach Buildings” from 7-9 p.m. March 24 at HH Arts, 100 Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Cost is $35, with all supplies included. Bring your choice of sip. Reservations and payment will be due by Feb. 22 at 218-2155.
Art and Yard Sale
The Arts and Design Society’s Anything Goes Art and Yard Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25 at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. ADSO artists will be selling not only their art but also typical yard sale items, to support the development of their newly-expanded courtyard into a venue suitable for classes and other functions.
Schola Cantorum in concert
“Forever Music," a free concert featuring the NWFSC vocal ensemble, Schola Cantorum, will be presented at 7 p.m. March 27 at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach; 7 p.m. March 29 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar; 7 p.m. April 3 at First Presbyterian Church in Crestview; and 6:45 p.m. April 5 at St. Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach.
The Stoked Show
Hypnotic comedy, hilarious impersonations and toe-tapping sing-along hits with audience participation can be seen at 2 and 8 p.m. through May 28, Wednesdays through Saturdays, at the Bart Rockett Theater at HarborWalk Village. Show is free.
Retro Time Warp
The Arts and Design Society will host its “Retro Time Warp” Show, featuring works in any medium reflective of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, through March 31 at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. March 10. For more information, call 244-1271 or visit http://www.artsdesignsociety.org.
HH Arts Artist of the Month
During March HH Arts will highlight the works of Janette Thomas who works in acrylic and collage. A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 17 at 100 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach.
Library art exhibit
The Destin Library will showcase the work of local artists Pat Roberts and Dorothy Eden during the month of March. Their works span acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. For further information, call 837-8572.
ADSO window display
During March, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Carolyn Williams, who works in watercolors and acrylics, and creative things with shells and wine glasses. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Vettes at the Village
Vroom, vroom Vettes at the Village returns to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 in the Events Plaza. Be a part of the show and vote for your favorite style and model.
Call to photographers
The Arts and Design Society is calling all photographers to participate in their upcoming competition, "The 18th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Show," open to all interested photographers. Turn in work Saturday, April 1 or Monday, April 3. Entry fee: ADSO Members, $25/2 pieces; non-members, $35/2 pieces. A copy of the entry form with details is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org/. The gallery is at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Call 244-1271.
Cooking with the Chef
Enjoy an afternoon of interactive cooking and lunch with Chef Jimmy McManus at noon April 4 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande. Learn the secret behind cooking Blackened Cobia Corn Maque Choux. Cost is $25/person with a complimentary glass of wine. For reservations, call 424-0622.
• May 2: Grilled Chicken Pesto, Creamy Mushroom Risotto
Northwest Florida Ballet
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) presents From Russia With Love: A Celebration of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at 7:30 p.m. April 1 and 2:30 p.m. April 2 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The production pays tribute to the iconic Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo company and features live musical accompaniment by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra, led by David Ott. Tickets are $38/adults and $18/children 12 and under. NFB's Education and Outreach services will perform for area school children and special needs groups on March 31 at 10 a.m. Visit http://nfballet.org/product-category/tickets/ for tickets.
‘80s Rewind Dance Party
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is throwing a big-haired dance party, ‘80s style, at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in ECTC’s performing space, Upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Scrunchies and bolo ties are optional, but best dressed will win for the “Most Choice” outfit. Shenanigans Show Band will perform. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/door. Proceeds from ticket sales, cash bar and silent auction will benefit Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s educational and professional programs. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion from 12-3 p.m. April 15. Enjoy a day filled with free family friendly entertainment, lawn games, face-painting, and an inflatable obstacle course. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Bunny Brunch/Visit
Enjoy an Easter Brunch overlooking the Destin harbor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 in the HarborView Room. Call 424-0622 for reservations. Then hop on down to HarborWalk Village and visit with the Easter Bunny from 2-4 p.m. on the main stage.
Teen Driver Challenge: WCSO will hold a Teen Driver Challenge at 5 p.m. April 21 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at Freeport High School. Students are required to have a Florida Learner's Permit or valid Florida Operator's License and use the automobile they usually operate. The course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce chances of being involved in a crash.
The Madrigal Singers and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of Northwest Florida State College will present their Spring Concert at 2 p.m. April 23 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college's Niceville Campus. The event is free.
Digital Graffiti Festival 2017
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, a projection art festival on Scenic Highway 30A, will be held from May 19-21. Twenty finalists along with three artist-in-residence participants from four countries will gather to showcase their digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Purchase tickets at http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/tickets/
Sinfonia Goes Pops
Enjoy the orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast under the palm trees in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. May 28. Food and beverage available for purchase. Free and open to the public.
Locals Night Out
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Destin presents Locals Night Out with the music of Jones & Company from 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Courtyard Bar.