ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT May 24
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Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Chris Alvarado from 7-9 p.m. May 24 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• May 31: Moon Lagoons
• June 7: Continuum
• June 14: Heritage
• June 21: Stephen Simmons
• June 28: Donnie Sundal
• July 5: Geoff McBride
• July 12: Forrest McBride
• July 19: Lauren St. Jane
• July 26: Heather Gillis Band
• Aug. 2: The Blenders
• Aug. 9: Chris Alvarado
• Aug. 16: JP Soars and the Red Hots
Aug. 23: Continuum
• Aug. 30: Donnie Sundal
“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.
Concerts in the Village
Enjoy the music of Alter Eagles at Concerts in the Village at 7 p.m. May 25 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.
• 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
Concerts at the Landing
Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and the entire family to enjoy free music with Triggerproof at 6 p.m. May 26 at the Fort Walton Landing on Brooks Street.
• June 9: Alexa Burroughs Band
• June 16: The Moos Brothers
• June 23: Jukebox Super Heroes
• June 30: Show Me Dragon
• July 4: NAKD
• July 7: Tobacco Road
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.
The Coasters concert
Enjoy a blast from the past at 7 p.m. May 27 with the Cornell Gunter Coasters in a concert under the stars at the Northwest Florida State College amphitheater at the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. Call 729-6000 or purchase tickets at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
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. with 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.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present a national touring exhibition, Tales and Myths: The Paintings of Katherine Ace, from May 30 to July 22 in both the McIlroy and the Holzhauer Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The exhibition of works Ace takes familiar and not-so-familiar fairy tales and retells them in large-scale mixed-media paintings. The exhibition is free of charge and open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage Theater performances.
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 medium, 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.
Fat Tuesday Parade
Who wants some beads? Join in Fat Tuesday as HarborWalk Village transforms into the Big Easy on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. It’s one Pardi in Paradise where you can enjoy dazzling floats, beads and lots of swag during a free parade through HarborWalk Village. Parade begins at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
Pop & Shop Concert Series
Sip, shop and shimmy to the tunes of Kyle LaMonica from 5-7 p.m. May 30 throughout the center at The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
• 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
Red, White and Blue Celebration
The celebration at 7 p.m. June 1 at HarborWalk Village highlights the efforts of those who go above and beyond to better their community. Enjoy live entertainment with The Village Belles, free kid’s crafts, face painting, a vintage WWII flyover, a fireworks show over the harbor and fire dancing with Just Add Fire at 9 p.m. Held every Thursday.
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.
Nathan Fife will be hosting and performing as a solo pianist from 7-10 p.m. Saturdays and 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at Bella Sera. Guest singers and musicians will appear occasionally.
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 through June 2 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.
Rock the Docks
Enjoy a free concert with Lagoons from 7-9 p.m. June 3 on the HarborWalk Village stage.
• June 10: Jacob Mohr Band
• June 17: Heritage Band
• June 24: The Springs
• July 1: The Lagoons
• July 8: Jacob Mohr Band
• July 15: Continuum
• July 22: Sway Jah Vu
July 29: The Springs
• Aug. 5: Lagoons
• Aug. 12: Jacob Mohr Band
• Aug. 19: The Springs
Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening with the free movie “Frozen” at 8 p.m. June 4 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
• June 11: The Secret Life of Pets
• June 18: The BFG
• June 25: The Angry Birds Movie
• July 2: Sing
• July 16: Finding Dory
• July 23: Inside Out
• July 30: Wall-E
• Aug. 6: The Incredibles
Cooking with the Chef
Enjoy an intimate dining room setting for a detailed and entertaining afternoon with Chef Jimmy McManus at noon June 6 in the HarborView Room at Emerald Grande as he prepares Seafood Arcadiana, Shrimp, Crab-meat, Scallops, Gouda Cheese Sauce, Mushrooms, Green Onions, and Puff Pastry. The interactive cooking class and lunch with a complimentary glass of wine is $25/person and held. Make reservations at 424-0622.
• July 11: Coffee Crusted Pork Ribeye Steaks with Fig Bourbon Syrup
• Aug. 1: Crawfish Ètouffèe Over Steamed White Rice
Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour
Nashville singer/songwriters bring their soulful, gritty, country melodies to the Destin harbor for a free live concert at 7:30 p.m. June 7, July 12 and Aug. 2 on HarborWalk Village’s main stage.
Act4Murder presents “Muscling in on Murder” at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at La Paz, 950 Gulf Shore Drive in Destin. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 and available at www.act4murder.com.
• June 15: Killer in the Kitchen
Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's show Carnival will be held from 6-8 p.m. June 9 at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. The exhibition features members' work, reflecting a Carnival theme, with a variety of interpretations. The winning 13 works will be featured in ADSO's 2018 Calendar. The show runs from June 6-23. Call 244-1271.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the drama/romance "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," at 3 p.m. June 20 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the public; directed toward a mature audience.
Ballet at Twilight
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents a free evening 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.
Call to artists: Art Show
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “What’s in the Constitution” Show. Artwork, inspired by a phrase from the US Constitution, must have that phrase appear in the artwork. Cash awards. Turn in work from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, or 9 a.m. to noon Monday, June 26. Entry fee is $25/members, 2 pieces, and $35/non-members, 2 pieces. A copy of the entry form with details is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org/.
The summer musical theater workshop for youth at Northwest Flor-ida State College will present the mini-musical comedy "Hairspray, Jr." in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at 1 p.m. June 28 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 29. Tickets are $5 each and available starting June 14. The show will be the culmination of concentrated training in voice, acting, and dance offered through a musical theatre workshop for youth ages 8th grade.
Fourth of July Celebration
Visit the Destin harbor and celebrate Independence Day with live music and fireworks at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Dana Point Band performs July 2, Kane & The Saint on July 3 and January Noise July 4.
‘Sister Act’ at college
The Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College pre-sents the hit musical comedy “Sister Act” at 7:30 p.m. July 19-22 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville Campus. Tickets for the musical comedy are $25 adult and $20 youth age 18 and younger and can be pur-chased at from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at729-6000 www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Advance purchase is recommended.
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.
Throwback Thursday Cinema
Enjoy the free family friendly movie "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" at 7 p.m. p.m. Aug. 31 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Festival of the Arts
Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Foundation presents the 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, the Festival will showcase the original art-work of more than 100 artists and features a live music lineup, a food bistro, wine and beer garden, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffle drawing and more. Convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are available. Admission is $5 for adults; MKAF mem-bers and children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach programs. Call 650-2226.
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.
Drop-in Wine Tasting
Bella Sera Bistro at HarborWalk Village will host a Drop-in Wine Tasting every other Wednesday. Cost is $15/person and includes an assortment of wines, appetizers, bread and other snacks.