ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT April 26
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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Shadow of the King, an Elvis Tribute, from 7-9 p.m. April 26 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• May 3: Forrest Williams
• May 10: Selwyn Birchwood
• May 17: Big Al & the Heavyweights
• May 24: Chris Alvarado
• May 31: Moon Lagoons
Live music at LuLu's Destin, 4607 Legendary Marina Drive, begins at 5 p.m. April 27 with Lefty Collins. His music is a mix of originals and covers based on blues and classic rock, incorporating elements of all forms of American music.
An evening of champagne, live music from Kyle Lamonica, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. April 27 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 evening, May 18 with music of Scott Rockwood.
Wine & Food Festival
This year’s annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will be held April 27-30 throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The Savor South Walton Culinary Village offers an array of foods to taste, wines to pair, as well as wine and food tasting seminars. Visit Spirits Row, Champagne Lane and Nosh Pavilions and enjoy live entertainment. This event is a fundraiser for Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which benefits children in need in Northwest Florida. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.SoWalWine.com.
Winemakers and Shakers
Several world-renowned winemakers, distillers, and other spirits industry celebrities will mix with locals and visitors at "Winemakers and Shakers" beginning at 4 p.m. April 28 at The Craft Bar, 424 Commons Dr E. in Destin. This intimate tasting party will kick-off the annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Guests will sample exceptional libations alongside artisan cheeses and other hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are being sold at xorbia.com.
The NWFSC Dance program, students and faculty, join forces with Fred Astaire Dance Studio to present Dance Facets at 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 29 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are avail-able at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org for $15/adult and $10/youth age 18 and younger. Proceeds benefit the college's Frances Smith Herron Dance Stu-dio Endowment and student Scholarships.
Fine Arts Recitals
The Fine and Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College presents 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.
The NFB Académie will hold auditions from 6-8 p.m. April 29 and 2:30-4:30 p.m. April 30 for incoming third grade students and from 3:30-5 p.m. April 29 for incoming sixth grade students. Auditions will be held at the Northwest Florida Ballet studios in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Parents and students can attend a tour at the studios at 9 a.m. April 25, 6 p.m. April 26 and 9 a.m. April 27 for incoming third grade students and at 9 a.m. April 28 for students entering the sixth grade. To reserve an audition time, call 664-7787.
Saturday in the Park Festival
The 41st Saturday in the Park Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Valparaiso. This free community event serves to showcase Northwest Florida heri-tage with free Museum admission, historic re-enactments and traditional craft demonstrations. Also enjoy live entertainment, craft and food vendors, a Kid Zone, and a car show and shine. For more information, visit www.heritage-museum.org.
AJ’s at HarborWalk Village and Budweiser are joining forces to bring Folds of Honor to the Northwest Florida Panhandle from 4-8 p.m. April 29. For every Budweiser sold that day, Budweiser will donate $1 to Folds of Honor. Budweiser will be offered at special rate at $3. AJ’s will provide live entertainment on the Jum-botron by Jacob Mohr Band. There will be other events throughout the day for family entertainment to raise money for this non-profit that provides educa-tional scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled in combat. Event is free and open to the public. Free flags and pins will be given to first 100. Food and drink specials will be offered, along with interactive shows and street per-formers.
Bugs on the Beach
Celebrate the boating season with Legendary Marine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at Legendary Island (look for the flags just east of Spectre Island). Bring your family and friends by boat for food including crawfish, burgers and dogs, from 12-2 p.m. Also fun, sun and games. RSVP required at 244-1099.
Spring Concerts at Market Shops
The Wildlife Specials perform from 1-3 p.m. April 30 at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Bring a chair and blanket. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux.
HH Arts Artist of the Month
During April, HH Arts will highlight the works of Benita Tucker, seascape artist, at 100 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach.
Rise Movement Open House
Want to find out more about Rise and the dance company, Rise Movement? Free dance classes, Q & A with instructors, and special demonstrations will be held for ages 8 and up beginning at 10 a.m. April 29 at Rise Dance Center, 4489 Commons Dr. West in Destin. Call 714-2095.
Duo Piano Recital
The Choctaw Bay Music Club will host its 26th Annual Duo Piano Recital program from 3-4 p.m. April 30 at Northwest Florida State College, Performing Arts Building, Tyler Recital Hall in Niceville. This year's theme is "The Carnival of the Animals." The event is free and open to the general public. Donations will be welcome, but not required.
Call to artists: On the Menu
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “On the Menu” Show, in which artwork is inspired by what’s on the menu or restaurant happenings in general. Turn in work from 1-4 p.m. April 29 and 9 a.m. to noon May 1 at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach. Entry fee is $25/members, 2 pieces; $35/non-members, 2 pieces. A copy of the entry form with details is avail-able at http://artsdesignsociety.org/.
Live music at LuLu's Destin, 4607 Legendary Marina Drive, begins at 5 p.m. April 30 with Cadillac Attack. The country/rockabilly band is made up of Jimmy Cross, the upright bass player, and Todd McCabe, the guitarist.
ADSO window display
During May, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Kimberly Heartsong, an Abstract Realism artist working in acrylics, watercolor and digital me-dium, striving to evoke emotion through the strong use of color blocking and shape. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Auditions for Sister Act
The Fine & Performing Arts Division of NWFSC will hold open auditions May 1 for the summer musical comedy Sister Act. Auditions will be held in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville. Sign in time is 6 p.m. with auditions starting at 6:30 p.m. The show will be performed July 19 to 22 in the Arts Center’s Mainstage Thea-ter. The show will cast 18 women's roles and 10 men's roles. Those who audition must be age 16 or older. Each person should come prepared with a 90-second package of 16 bars of music and monologue. Those who audition should come dressed appropriately for a movement portion to the audition. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 729-6036.
Cooking with the Chef
Enjoy an afternoon of interactive cooking and lunch with Chef Jimmy McManus at noon May 2 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande. Learn the secret behind making Grilled Chicken Pesto and Creamy Mushroom Risotto. Cost is $25/person with a complimentary glass of wine. For reserva-tions, call 424-0622.
On the Menu
The Arts and Design Society is hosting its “On the Menu” Show, featuring works in any medium, inspired by what’s on the menu or restaurant happenings in general May 2 through June 2 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. May 5. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public.
Pop & Shop Concert Series
Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Casey Kear-ney during the new con-cert series from 5-7 p.m. May 2 throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
May 9: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
May 16: Boukou Groove
May 23: Continuum
May 30: Kyle LaMonica
June 6: Casey Kearney
June 13: Kyle LaMonica
June 20: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
June 27: Luke Langford
July 4: The Graytones
July 11: Hugh Mitchell & The High Tide
July 18: Boukou Groove
July 25: Casey Kearney
Aug. 15: Boukou Groove
Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour
Nashville singer/songwriters bring their country melodies to Destin for a live concert at 8 p.m. May 3 on the main stage at HarborWalk Village. Hear the hits enjoyed on the radio performed “acoustically live in concert” by the songwriters who wrote them. The songwriters will also provide the “story behind the songs,” life experiences, and a peek behind the scenes in Nashville. Fan meet-and-greets and other special guest amenities follow each performance.
Bourbon Blending Party
Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin will host a bourbon blending party with Timber Creek Distillery from 6-8 p.m. May 4. Guests can taste, tweak, and perfect a cus-tomized bourbon blend according to their palate using different amounts of single grain whiskeys made from corn, rye, wheat, and barley. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served in the courtyard as musician Tom Devoursney plays. Tickets for the bour-bon blending party are priced at $75 per person. Call 837-7884 to make res-ervation.
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy the music of Emerald Gold at the 22nd annual Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15/adults; children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• May 11: Flow Tribe
• May 18: Fountain city Players
• May 25: Alter Eagles
• June 1: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
• June 8: The Maxx
• June 15: Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces
• June 22: Triggerproof
• June 29: The Joe Band — Joe Cocker Tribute
• Sept. 3: Make Me Smile — Chicago Tribute Band
• Sept. 14: Heritage
• Sept. 21: Luke Langford & 331 South
• Sept. 28: Déjà vu
• Oct. 5: Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute Band
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl
Gather all your amigos for the annual HarborWalk Village Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl from 6-11:59 p.m. May 5. With a $10 pub crawl pass enjoy exclusive drink specials all night long at each of the festive stops. Pick up passes at the HarborWalk Village tent behind Jackacudas. Proceeds will benefit a local charity. At midnight, visit Crab Island Cantina for a chance to win prizes.
Seaside Dance Festival
The Merchants of Seaside will host the Seaside Dance Festival at 6 p.m. May 5, 6:30 p.m. May 6 and 7:45 p.m. May 7 in the Amphitheater. This annual dance festival, featuring professional performances, demon-strations and open discussion under the stars, continues the tradition of hosting world-class talent in Seaside to showcase the latest dance trends as well as the beloved classics. Admission is free.
Cajun Crawfish Bash
The Rotary Club of Destin will host its 5th Annual Cajun Crawfish Bash with a twist of Cinco de Crawdaddy from 5:30-9 p.m. May 5 at Warren Averett CPA & Advisors, 36474C Emerald Coast Parkway, #3301 in Destin. Event proceeds benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast and education support for Mattie Kelly Arts Founda-tion’s outreach and The Rotary Club of Destin Scholarship Funds. Tickets are on sale for $30/person and $10/chil-dren under 12 or free to kids age three and under. Day of event, tickets are $35/person. Tickets can be purchased at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties or call 837-1071 or from a Destin Rotarian.
“Run for the Roses” with The Friends Guild of the Destin Library when they host their annual May luncheon at 11 a.m. May 5 at Tuscany Italian Bistro Restaurant, 36178 Emerald Coast Parkway. Advance tickets are $20/person which includes a choice of entree, bev-erage, tax, and tip. Tickets may be purchased until May 2 by check at the Destin Library or at 654-5476.
Latin Spring Festival
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with drink specials and live entertainment at El Jalisco Mexican Restaurant in Destin Commons May 5. A Block Party begins at 11 a.m. May 6 at Destin Commons with arts and crafts and face painting for the kids, live dance performances, DJ entertainment, contest giveaways and more.
The E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center will host its first Birds of Prey Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. May 6 at Roux 30A, 114 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Discover the beauty of some of the most impressive birds of prey from our area during a live show and enjoy a 5-course dinner prepared by Chef Nikhil. Evening ends with silent auction. Cost is $200/person and proceeds go to the Biophilia Center. Make reservations at https:/birdsofpreywinedinner.eventbrite.com.
A free Pajamma Party and Spam Sculpting contest will be held from 5-9 p.m. May 6 at LuLu’s Destin to help ward off hurricanes and benefit Trees on the Coast. Wear your pajamas and LuLu's will donate 10 percent of your tab to Trees on the Coast. Also, a silent auction, raffle and live music.
Tea Fore Her
The 3rd Annual Tea Fore Her, raising funds for local women with breast cancer who are in financial need, will take place from 1-3 p.m. May 7 at Vue on 30-A. There will be tea, scones, petit fours and quiche, along with fabulous views, raffle prizes and wonderful company. Presenting sponsor will be Pizza By the Sea, and Jessica Jarosz, with Support Emerald Coast, will be the guest speaker. A donation of $40/adult and $35/child 12 and under for tickets. Reserve ticket and make donations at http://www.foreher.org/tea-fore-her.html.
Crawfish and Blues Cruise
SunQuest Cruises Annual Crawfish and Blues Cruise with Cadillac Willy will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 7 on the Solaris, docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, Indulge in freshly boiled, perfectly seasoned crawfish, shrimp or Jambalaya while cruising the waters and listening and dancing to blues music by Cadillac Willy. Cost is $48/person; $25/kids 10 and under and includes chicken tenders and chips. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
The 29th Artsquest Fine Arts Festival benefiting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 at Grand Boulevard. The annual South Walton Mother’s Day tradition provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 200 artists in over a dozen mediums from around the country, while also enjoying live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule) and student exhibits.
Butler Does Broadway
Students from Butler Elementary School perform an evening on Broadway at 6 p.m. May 15 on the Events Plaza stage at Baytowne Wharf. Ad-mission is free.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the crime/drama "The Judge," at 3 p.m. May 16 at the Destin Library. The pro-gram is free and open to the public; directed toward a mature audience.
An evening of champagne, live music from Scott Rockwood, and shopping begins at 5 p.m. May 18 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.
Cowboy Mouth, veteran NOLA rockers, will perform at 7 p.m. May 19 at Club LA, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. Tickets are $15/advance and $20/door. Purchases tickets at www.cowboymouth.com.
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/
Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening with the free movie, “Moana,” at 8 p.m. May 21 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
“The Art of George Rodrigue” presentation by Mrs. George (Wendy) Rodrigue will be at 6 p.m. May 25 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Rodrigue will also sign copies of her book, The Other Side of the Painting. Books will be available for purchase at the free event. A cash bar will be provided by Edward’s Fine Food And Wine until 6:15 p.m.
Opening, Wine Reception and Unveiling takes place at 4 p.m. May 26 in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall Courtyard. Reception provided by Restaurant Paradis. Meet some of the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibition.
Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
Kick off your summer during a free Memorial Day Celebration May 27-29 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy kids’ activities, live music, and a patriotic fireworks show on Sunday evening. Monday the Sandestin Veterans present a Memorial Day program in honor of our veterans.
Sinfonia Goes Pops
The orchestral sounds of Sinfonia Gulf Coast can be heard 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.
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.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday nights from June 1-Aug. 3, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a free fun-for-all-ages adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Abrakadoodle offers pre-show children’s activities from 7-8 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket.
Ballet at Twilight
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents a free eve-ning of classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring international guest artists at 7:30 p.m. June 25 in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard. Bring a chair or blanket.
Paddle at the Porch
The 6th Annual Paddle at the Porch, a stand up paddle board race, will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 19, in the Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin. It offers races for all skill and age levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. Packet Pick Up Party at The Back Porch Aug. 18. Register at pad-dleguru.com/races/6thAnnualPaddleatthePorch.
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.