ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 26
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The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Maytag Virgin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-29 and 2 p.m. March 1 at 560 Upstairs in Grand Boulevard. For ages 13 and older.
Set in the small fictional town of Lenoraville, Ala., Maytag Virgin tells the story of recently widowed Elizabeth Nash and her new next door neighbor, Jack Key. Lizzy grieves outwardly over the recent death of her husband, but her inner world is filled with deep regret and secret longing. Maytag Virgin is the perfect feel-good romantic dramatic comedy with heart.
Vin'tij Wine Dinner Series
Join Vin'tij Food & Wine in Grand Boulevard at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 for the first in a series of wine dinners benefiting the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF). Vin'tij, known for its creative menus and impressive wine boutique, presents Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars in celebration of MKAF's 25th Season. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite, Facebook, and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation website event page. Tickets are $150 (gratuity not included) per person and seating is limited. For more information, visit www.MKAF.org or call 650-2226.
Dan Rodriguez has shared the stage with artists and bands and will take the stage at The REP at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Snaps for Sinners: A sassy swing ensemble, with influences ranging from traditional jazz to folk-punk to country, Snaps for Sinners performs at 7:30 p.m. March 5. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Andrew Duhon: A songwriter from New Orleans, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, Andrew Duhon performs at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at The REP. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
My One And Only:: Kassie and Benjamin meld old-school country, singer-songwriter, and alternative folk-rock into a sound that can only be described as “Southern-Soul and Curious-Grit” at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at The REP. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members.
Sofia Talvik: A rare artist with a voice comparable to giants like Joni Mitchell performs at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at The REP. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members.
Bob Dylan & Neil Young Tribute
Fans of Bob Dylan and Neil Young are in for a special treat as Ronnie McBrayer of Desolation Road and Nick Turner of Rust & Gold perform some of the Dylan/Young hits in a rare acoustic show from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Sound Cafe & Enlightened Studios, 142 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Tickets are $10 and available at eventbrite.com.
NFB returns to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to present the beloved fairytale Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 2:30 p.m. March 1. Performances will feature live orchestral accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro David Ott. This timeless classic brings to life a cavalcade of enchanting characters, brilliant dancing, vibrant costumes and a magical set sure to hold you under its spell. Box-office priced tickets are $40/adults and $20/children 12 and under.
ADSO’s Mardi Gras Carnival Party
The Arts and Design Society will hold a Carnival Mardi Gras Party from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 29 in the ADSO Gallery. The Big Event includes games, typical New Orleans food, and live music by Bill Garrett. Admission is free, with a $5 charge for dinner and a cash donation for beverages. Dinner will include, among other things, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and king cakes.
Mardi Gras Dinner
The Gathering Spot, located within WaterColor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach, is keeping the festivities going well after Fat Tuesday with a festive dinner, including Mardi Gras-themed cocktails and a prix-fixe menu of authentic New Orleans fare Feb. 29. The evening will begin with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon arrival. At 5 p.m., guests will be able to mingle and enjoy cocktails before settling into their seats for a four-course Creole-inspired dinner, accompanied with live entertainment by saxophonist Ike Bartley from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $45 per person. Limited seats available. Reservations required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Leap Year Mega Dance Party
The 2020 Leap Year Mega Dance Party will be held Feb. 29 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Dance through the years with the Emerald Gold Band playing 50s, 60, 70s, 80s, and 90s music. Plus silent auction, Wii Sport games, vintage pinball and arcade machines. This biggest one night dance party on the Emerald Coast benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Air Commando Foundation. Advance tickets are $15 or buy four and get one free at Beach Community Bank or the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. Cost $20 at the door.
Rising Stars and Red Carpet Soiree
A new event, The Rising Stars and Red Carpet Soiree, is set from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 3 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. A limited number of tickets are available for this intimate event. Tickets are $50 and include chef's samplings, beverage tastings, and a celebration of all things music, art, theater and fashion. Purchase tickets online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call ECTC’s box office at 684-0323.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Dion Jones & The Neon Tears at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf.
March 11: Boukou Groove
March 18: The Shakedown
March 25: Forrest Williams Band
April 1: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers
April 8: TBA
April 15: Tusk
April 22: TBA
April 29: Satisfaction
May 6: The Good Lookings
May 13: Casey Kearney
May 20: The Blenders
May 27: Chris Alvarado
Van Porter Student Art Show and Reception
The Arts and Design Society will host the annual Van Porter Student Art Show through March 6. The exhibit showcases outstanding eighth grade and 12th grade art work. A reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 27. The public is invited to help support upcoming young artists by visiting the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Admission to the reception and Gallery is free. The Gallery is open 12-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Call to Artists: “The Year Is” Show
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “The Year Is” Show, open to all interested artists. All art, in any media, will depict an event from a certain year or date, reflecting either a world or personal event. Cash awards. Turn in work Saturday, March 7, from 1-4 p.m. or Monday, March 9, from 9 a.m.-noon. The show runs March 10-March 27. A copy of the entry form with details is available on the ADSO Website: http://artsdesignsociety.org/ and in the Gallery.
Tequila & Taco Fest
The Seventh Annual Tequila & Taco Fest will be from 6-9 p.m. March 6, 1-5 p.m. March 7 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at Seascape Towne Centre in Miramar Beach. Sample over 40 different types of Tequilas and taste some of the best Margaritas of your life. A variety of local restaurants will compete for the Best Taco on The Emerald Coast with a first place prize of $2,500. Fun for the whole family, test your arm in the “Pepito’s Tortilla,” tossing contest, face painting for the little amigos, and music from “Meringue 4.” This is a rain or shine event, and no refunds will be given. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventliveus.com/purchase/event/1311999.
Guest conductor Steven Byess leads the NFSO in an evening of rhythmic music celebrating the elements of dance in Dance the music of Beethoven and Bernstein at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $25/adult, $16/youth. Purchase at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.
Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera: April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25/adult, $16/youth. The NFSO season finale will open with performances from the winners of the 33rd Annual Concerto Competition. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will then join the orchestra performing opera choruses from popular operas. Maestro David Hoose will be the guest conductor for this show.
“The Year Is …” Show
From March 10 through March 27, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “The Year Is …” Show, featuring art, in any medium, that will depict a world or personal event from a certain year or date. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. March 13. A special feature of the reception will be a Battle of the Brushes, a fun competition in which those who enter must turn out a painting of the same subject in 45 minutes, based on a photo they have not preciously seen. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public.
Northwest Florida State College will present an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 7:30 p.m. March 11-14 in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s Sprint Theater. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 850-729-6000 or online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Enjoy an evening full of free champagne and shopping as you Sip and Shop through the Village of Baytowne streets from 5-6 p.m. March 12. This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public.
President’s Speaker Series
Dale Berra, the son of Yogi Berra, is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1977 to 1987. However, cocaine slowly took Dale’s promising career away, and it could have taken his life if it wasn’t for his father’s love. He will share his story of overcoming adversity to reach his personal goals at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. March 13. The speaker’s series are free, but seating is limited.
The Sacred Heart Foundation’s Second Annual Emerald Ball is March 28 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The black-tie gala, presented by Howard Group, will benefit the expansion of the cardiac and spine programs at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast. Guests are encouraged to wear shades of emerald for the elegant event. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters, a wine and bourbon pull and a photo booth. Individual tickets are available for $150 and include reserved seating, dinner and two drink tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sacredheartemeraldball.com.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Season
The Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series presents “Jurassic Park in Concert” at the Emerald Coast Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. May 16. Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45 per person at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.
St. Patty's Day Delight- Paint the Village Green
Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. March 17 featuring Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and live music from The Blenders. Guests can also enjoy merchant specials around the Village of Baytowne Wharf for St. Patty's Day all night long.
Sunday Cinema: Grab a lawn chair or blanket and cozy up on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf for “Moana” at 7:15 p.m. March 22.
March 29: Toy Story 4
April 5: Ralph Breaks the Internet
May 17: Monsters University
May 31: Frozen 2
Broadway Shows at MKAC
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center presents The Choir of Man March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37 at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.
The SpongeBob Musical: May 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets $49. Broadway’s best creative minds re-imagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears.” (Daily Beast).
Vettes at the Village
Vroom, vroom Vettes at the Village returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 to the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Area corvette clubs bring "America's Sports Car" to the Events Plaza. Event is free.
Shard & Chardonnay
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Chardonnay while you create a ShardWorx masterpiece at 4:30 p.m. every Friday at The Shard Shop, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway #114 in Destin and at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Fridays in Grayton Beach at 26 Logan Lane. You are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.
Family Fun Fest
Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market
The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
30A Farmers’ Market
Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.