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LIVE! at the Centers

 

LIVE! at the Centers offers a variety of entertainments for all ages - musical, theatrical, dance and comedic throughout the year. Refreshments are available at all performances.

 

Reservations can easily be made over the telephone, just call us at 239 495 8989. Or, Monday through Friday, visit either our Center for Visual Arts at 26100 Old 41 Road, or our Center for Performing Arts at 10150 Bonita Beach Road (Iowa Street Entrance). Our Client Services staff are happy to help.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our films and performances.

 

Tickets for most of our performances are available on our website. Click here to purchase tickets for those performances.

Improv Cafe

● Saturday, October 1, 2016; 4:00pm **New Time**

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $10 Adults / $6 Youth

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● Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Improv Cafe,” the first Saturday of every month at 4:00pm. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Snacks and beverages available.

Improv Tonight!

● Saturday, October 1, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us the first Saturday night of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational comedy. Local improv groups perform short and long form improv that include suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Beer and wine available.

Meet the Composers: Women Composers, Working in the Shadows

● Sunday, October 2, 2016; 3:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to continue our “Meet the Composers” classical music series. Join international artist and lecturer, Dr. Anne McLean the first Sunday of each month as she performs in a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights and visual images of that unique era.

First in the series is: Women Composers, Working in the Shadows. Why talk about women composers? Are they different from men composers? All music is music, regardless of gender, but the story of women’s contribution to music is radically different from men in history, and needs to be told. Anne McLean will trace the origins of women’s role in music from ancient Greece to present day.

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Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet

● Saturday, October 15, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $50 Premium Seats | $45 Center Seats | $40 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor” (Los Angeles Times), he is “one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (San Francisco Examiner.) In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet’s latest CD, The Last Southern Gentlemen, has the sound of classic Jazz played by master musicians. The music is relaxed, thoughtful and provocative; paying tribute to the humanity and humility at the center of the Southern lifestyle that birthed America’s original music. Built on the intimacy of ballads and the blues, while embracing grooves and up-tempo forays, The Last Southern Gentlemen is a firm acknowledgement of the existence and importance of sweet, gentle sounds.

Frankly Funny Fridays

● Friday, October 21, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Frankly Funny Fridays feature character and observation comedy by American playwright and award-winning comedian and actor Frank Blocker. Known for dead-on characterizations in off-Broadway hits Eula Mae’s Beauty, Bait & Tackle and Southern Gothic Novel (Drama Desk Award nomination), Blocker keeps the evening rolling with “expert audience interaction” (NY Times). Monologues, Improv, song, and a guest star or two will pepper the evening of one of these ever-changing performances. Get your most intimate questions hysterically answered by crazy but loving Aunt Pearl. Learn life hacks from a New York City slumlord. You never know what’ll happen, but you’ll go home laughing.

Footloose Country

● Saturday, October 22, 2016; 7:30pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $47 Premium Seats | $42 Center Seats | $37 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Put on your dancin’ shoes and boogie on over to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs for Footloose Country. In this interactive event, audience participation is a must! The evening will begin with a performance by line-dancing instructors and live music by the Might Swell Band. The instructors will then teach the “audience” line dancing routines, and everyone will break out dancing! All are invited to participate in this toe-tapping, boot stomping, hootenanny style good time. (Even those of us with two left feet.)

Improv Cafe

● Saturday, November 5, 2016; 4:00pm **New Time**

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $10 Adults / $6 Youth

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● Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Improv Cafe,” the first Saturday of every month at 4:00pm. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Snacks and beverages available.

Improv Tonight!

● Saturday, November 5, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

Click here to purchase tickets for this event

● Join us the first Saturday night of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational comedy. Local improv groups perform short and long form improv that include suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Beer and wine available.

Meet the Composers: Women Composers, Working in the Shadows

● Sunday, November 6, 2016; 3:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to continue our “Meet the Composers” classical music series. Join international artist and lecturer, Dr. Anne McLean the first Sunday of each month as she performs in a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights and visual images of that unique era.

Second in the series is: Back to Bach – the Father of Western Music. Did you know that the great composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries owe a debt of gratitude to Johann Sebastian Bach’s music? Did you know that Bach’s father died under suspicious circumstances? Did you know that Bach enjoyed a ‘Rock Star’ status in his prime? Anne McLean will shed light on the man behind the music, with live excerpts of his great music.

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The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Featuring Kim Wilson

● Thursday, November 10, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $55 Premium Seats | $50 Center Seats | $45 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass. The thread throughout the T-Birds career has been the respect the group commanded for its peerless musicianship and devotion to the sounds of blues, R & B and rock ‘n roll. In fact, Muddy Waters called Wilson his favorite harmonica player and vocalist.

The Secret Garden

● Friday, November 11, 2016; 7:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players are proud to present the beloved literary classic, The Secret Garden, adapted by Tim Kelly. Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, is sent to live at her uncle’s estate in England after her parents pass away. Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress. Her uncle is rarely home, and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid. To her surprise, Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. With the assistance of Dickon, the gardener’s apprentice, Mary brings the garden back to life and discovers Dickon’s amazing ability to communicate with animals. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and to reunite him with his father.

The Secret Garden

● Saturday, November 12, 2016; 2:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players are proud to present the beloved literary classic, The Secret Garden, adapted by Tim Kelly. Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, is sent to live at her uncle’s estate in England after her parents pass away. Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress. Her uncle is rarely home, and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid. To her surprise, Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. With the assistance of Dickon, the gardener’s apprentice, Mary brings the garden back to life and discovers Dickon’s amazing ability to communicate with animals. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and to reunite him with his father.

The Secret Garden

● Saturday, November 12, 2016; 7:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members)

Click here to purchase General Admission tickets for this event

Click here to purchase Reserved Seating tickets for this event

● The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players are proud to present the beloved literary classic, The Secret Garden, adapted by Tim Kelly. Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, is sent to live at her uncle’s estate in England after her parents pass away. Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress. Her uncle is rarely home, and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid. To her surprise, Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. With the assistance of Dickon, the gardener’s apprentice, Mary brings the garden back to life and discovers Dickon’s amazing ability to communicate with animals. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and to reunite him with his father.

The Secret Garden

● Sunday, November 13, 2016; 2:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members)

Click here to purchase General Admission tickets for this event

Click here to purchase Reserved Seating tickets for this event

● The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players are proud to present the beloved literary classic, The Secret Garden, adapted by Tim Kelly. Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, is sent to live at her uncle’s estate in England after her parents pass away. Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress. Her uncle is rarely home, and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid. To her surprise, Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. With the assistance of Dickon, the gardener’s apprentice, Mary brings the garden back to life and discovers Dickon’s amazing ability to communicate with animals. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and to reunite him with his father.

Moe Sounds Moe Music: New Age

● Thursday, November 17, 2016; 7:30pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $25 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Bonita Springs Center for the Arts is excited to announce its Moe Sounds Moe Music Series: a series of concerts that intertwines Chamber Music with New Age, Jazz, Chill Out, and Latin Jazz. An array of top international musicians living and working in South Florida will join local flautist and CFABS faculty Luis Sandoval in a display of original music, as well as timeless and favored classics.

 

Breath of Life takes audiences on a journey where the pure sound of quartz singing bowls, flutes, cello, piano, and ethnic percussion merge with the crystal clear vocals of Italian mezzo-soprano Daniela de Mari, resulting in an experience of wholeness that transcends time and space. Daniela de Mari and Breath of Life where nominated for the Best Vocal Album 2016 Awards by “One World Music Radio U.K.” for their album “Awakening.” They have performed their music in India, Mexico, Colombia, and the United States.

Frankly Funny Fridays

● Friday, November 18, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Frankly Funny Fridays feature character and observation comedy by American playwright and award-winning comedian and actor Frank Blocker. Known for dead-on characterizations in off-Broadway hits Eula Mae’s Beauty, Bait & Tackle and Southern Gothic Novel (Drama Desk Award nomination), Blocker keeps the evening rolling with “expert audience interaction” (NY Times). Monologues, Improv, song, and a guest star or two will pepper the evening of one of these ever-changing performances. Get your most intimate questions hysterically answered by crazy but loving Aunt Pearl. Learn life hacks from a New York City slumlord. You never know what’ll happen, but you’ll go home laughing.

Improv Cafe

● Saturday, December 3, 2016; 4:00pm **New Time**

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $10 Adults / $6 Youth

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● Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Improv Cafe,” the first Saturday of every month at 4:00pm. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Snacks and beverages available.

Improv Tonight!

● Saturday, December 3, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us the first Saturday night of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational comedy. Local improv groups perform short and long form improv that include suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Beer and wine available.

Meet the Composers: Claude Debussy - Who Dared to be Different

● Sunday, December 4, 2016; 3:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to continue our “Meet the Composers” classical music series. Join international artist and lecturer, Dr. Anne McLean the first Sunday of each month as she performs in a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights and visual images of that unique era.

Third in the series is: Claude Debussy - Who Dared to be Different. What made Claude Debussy rebel against the teachings of the Paris Conservatory? What makes his music unique and unmistakable? Anne McLean will reveal the unusual harmonies and treatment of melody that underpins his great masterpieces

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An Evening with Groucho

● Friday, December 9, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $45 Premium Seats | $40 Center Seats | $35 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Award-winning actor/director Frank Ferrante recreates his internationally acclaimed stage and screen portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs, including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” “Mr. Ferrante’s timing is digital sharp” (The New York Times) and his “comic genius” (The Seattle Times) is fully in evidence as Ferrante makes the audience part of the show by ad-libbing conversations with the audience for each performance. According to Miriam Marx Allen, (Groucho’s daughter), “Frank doesn’t just do Groucho… he is Groucho,” as he portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, as well as an assortment of Groucho’s contemporaries. This show is perfect for audiences of all ages.

Moe Sounds Moe Music: Mostly Mozart Classical Quartet

● Thursday, December 15, 2016; 7:30pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $25 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Bonita Springs Center for the Arts is excited to announce its Moe Sounds Moe Music Series: a series of concerts that intertwines Chamber Music with New Age, Jazz, Chill Out, and Latin Jazz. An array of top international musicians living and working in South Florida will join local flautist and CFABS faculty Luis Sandoval in a display of original music, as well as timeless and favored classics.

 

“The perfect image of the spirit and feeling of the rococo age with German sentiment”, according to Rudolf Gerber, Mozart’s quartets with strings are among the most delightful, recorded, and performed pieces written for flute by the Austrian genius. Composed in 1778, these quartets were commissioned by Willem Britten de Jong, “a gentleman of means and a lover of all the sciences” who happened to play the flute. Mozart, short of money as usual, accepted the commission to finance himself while in search of a permanent position in Germany or France. A quartet (flute, violin, viola, cello) made with musicians from China, Venezuela, Colombia, and the United States is opening the Chamber Music portion of the series with a Mostly Mozart program.

Frankly Funny Fridays

● Friday, December 16, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Frankly Funny Fridays feature character and observation comedy by American playwright and award-winning comedian and actor Frank Blocker. Known for dead-on characterizations in off-Broadway hits Eula Mae’s Beauty, Bait & Tackle and Southern Gothic Novel (Drama Desk Award nomination), Blocker keeps the evening rolling with “expert audience interaction” (NY Times). Monologues, Improv, song, and a guest star or two will pepper the evening of one of these ever-changing performances. Get your most intimate questions hysterically answered by crazy but loving Aunt Pearl. Learn life hacks from a New York City slumlord. You never know what’ll happen, but you’ll go home laughing.

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This Wonderful Life

● Saturday, December 17, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $25 Premium Seats | $20 Regular Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● This Wonderful Life is a one-man play beautifully acted by Jeremy Kendall. Based on the iconic 1946 holiday favorite film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the production brings to life over 32 familiar people in an amazing display of physical and verbal virtuosity. Kendall portrays the Jimmy Stewart-inspired George Bailey, and the whole cast of lovable characters from Bedford Falls including Clarence the Angel, Mary, Zuzu and an assortment of townsfolk who rely on George to save them from the greedy Mr. Potter. Like the film, the play centers around George, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in the community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born. Jeremy’s 75-minute tour-de-force is at once inspiring, funny, poignant and most of all, uplifting.

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Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band

● Friday, December 30, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $50 Premium Seats | $45 Center Seats | $40 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us just past the railroad tracks as Butch Trucks, legendary drummer and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, delivers an evening of steady hitting blues rock. Butch’s hard-driving style provided a “freight train” like sound to the Allmans for over 40 years. Now, (from the back of the stage), he leads a band made up primarily of distinguished musicians who also happen to be related to members of the Allman Brothers band. This family affair is sure to tell the truth in an unapologetic, straightforward fashion, and will feature songs by the Allmans, Dylan and other legends of blues and rock.

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Richard Dowling

● Tuesday, January 3, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $30 Premium Seats | $25 Center Seats | $20 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join award-winning concert pianist Richard Dowling, who The New York Times has dubbed an “especially impressive fine young pianist” for his performance of “The world’s greatest piano masterpieces.” Follow Dowling’s lead as he takes us on a musical journey beginning with pieces from the likes of Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. The adventure will then turn to the new world, during which Dowling will delve into the roots of American Ragtime, featuring pieces from Scott Joplin in particular. The Singapore Business Times says that Dowling is “a pianist with polished technique… master of creating beautiful sounds without being excessively sentimental… Dowling had something personal to say and impressed with impeccable control of colours and textures.”

Improv Cafe

● Saturday, January 7, 2017; 4:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $10 Adults / $6 Youth

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● Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Improv Cafe,” the first Saturday of every month at 4:00pm. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Snacks and beverages available.

Improv Tonight!

● Saturday, January 7, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us the first Saturday night of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational comedy. Local improv groups perform short and long form improv that include suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Beer and wine available.

Meet the Composers: Maurice Ravel - The Exotic One

● Sunday, January 8, 2017; 3:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to continue our “Meet the Composers” classical music series. Join international artist and lecturer, Dr. Anne McLean the first Sunday of each month as she performs in a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights and visual images of that unique era.

Fourth in the series is: Maurice Ravel - The Exotic One. Another graduate of the Paris Conservatory, but even more outrageous — he failed his degree several times because of his ‘unacceptable’ music. Today, we are swept away by Ravel’s seductive multi-cultural sound, glittering piano and orchestral sounds Anne McLean will illustrate many examples of this in live performances and multi-media visuals

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Argentine Tango Show

● Friday, January 13, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $42 Premium Seats | $35 Center Seats | $30 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us for an evening of gripping Argentine Tango with internationally renowned performer and instructor Pablo Repun. Pablo was born in Buenos Aires, where he received his extensive tango training with the top “Masters” of Argentine Tango. In addition to his training in tango, Pablo studied Graham Contemporary Dance and Parallelism Dance Technique at The National School of Dance in Buenos Aires. He is known for his utmost concentration on the importance of posture, balance and technique for both Leaders and Followers.

Pablo has taken his knowledge & experience both as a teacher and performer worldwide to Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Germany, Italy and throughout the USA. Pablo has been living in Florida since 2002. In addition to his dance partner, (it takes two to tango), Pablo will be joined by two additional couples to bring the dance floor to life and a live band for an exceptional performance.

Stabilized Not Controlled

● Saturday, January 21, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Meet evil landlord “Killer” Joe and arch nemesis Lorna Breedlove, a rent-stabilized septuagenarian sex addict in recovery. NY Drama Desk Award nominee and recent "Ovation Recommended" actor/writer Frank Blocker performs this edgy comedy about the love of man for his property. The battle rages over a 5-floor walk-up occupied by a Log Cabin-accountant, an aging stoner, The Fake English Actress, and homeless squatter Jackie O. Construction all around them and a failing City infrastructure could do them all in. But ...

 

Leave Manhattan? Not on your life.

Improv Cafe

● Saturday, February 4, 2017; 4:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $10 Adults / $6 Youth

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● Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Improv Cafe,” the first Saturday of every month at 4:00pm. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Snacks and beverages available.

Improv Tonight!

● Saturday, February 4, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us the first Saturday night of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational comedy. Local improv groups perform short and long form improv that include suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Beer and wine available.

Meet the Composers: What's So Funny? - Humor in Music

● Sunday, February 5, 2017; 3:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to continue our “Meet the Composers” classical music series. Join international artist and lecturer, Dr. Anne McLean the first Sunday of each month as she performs in a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights and visual images of that unique era.

Fifth in the series is: What's So Funny? - Humor in Music. Some composers enjoyed moments of silliness in their music, which is not always apparent in the 18th Century. We will hear examples of that, along with some good old fashioned 20th Century humor found in the music of Spike Jones and Victor Borge.

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Dana Louise and The Glorious Birds

● Thursday, February 9, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $30 Premium Seats | $25 Center Seats | $20 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise is a new songstress astonishing audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking and cool sound. Now touring her debut album, she is joined by the Glorious Birds — Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound has a pop feel, while maintaining the sort of lyrical and melodic integrity usually found only amidst accomplished folk and jazz performers. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection.

Sweeney Todd

● Friday, February 10, 2017; 7:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Teen Players are proud to present Sweeney Todd, the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!

Sweeney Todd

● Saturday, February 11, 2017; 2:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Teen Players are proud to present Sweeney Todd, the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!

Sweeney Todd

● Saturday, February 11, 2017; 7:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Teen Players are proud to present Sweeney Todd, the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!

Sweeney Todd

● Sunday, February 12, 2017; 2:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Teen Players are proud to present Sweeney Todd, the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

● Friday, February 17, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $45 Premium Seats | $40 Center Seats | $35 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Like good Cajun cooking, the distinctive sound of Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil blend together a recipe of elements that captivate audiences around the world. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Micheal Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet.

 

Join us as BeauSoleil avec Micheal Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues, swamp pop and more into an authentically satisfying musical recipe.

Stage It! 10 Minute Plays

● Saturday, February 18, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $12 General Admission (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● STAGE IT! 10-Minute Plays is a celebration of playwrights and audiences. We want plays that should be staged, need to be staged, that audiences want or need to see. Capitalizing on the history of the successful Stage THIS! Series of short plays and monologues; and the fantastic resources at the Center for Performing Arts, we will publish the winners as well as produce a select group of plays chosen from the book. Selected plays will be cast and performed at Center for Performing Arts along with a Book Release Party.

Stage It! 10 Minute Plays

● Sunday, February 19, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $12 General Admission (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● STAGE IT! 10-Minute Plays is a celebration of playwrights and audiences. We want plays that should be staged, need to be staged, that audiences want or need to see. Capitalizing on the history of the successful Stage THIS! Series of short plays and monologues; and the fantastic resources at the Center for Performing Arts, we will publish the winners as well as produce a select group of plays chosen from the book. Selected plays will be cast and performed at Center for Performing Arts along with a Book Release Party.

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Broadway's Next Hit Musical

● Friday, February 24, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $47 Premium Seats | $42 Center Seats | $37 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.

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Velvet Caravan

● Saturday, February 25, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $35 Premium Seats | $30 Center Seats | $25 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Rooted in the Gypsy Jazz/Gypsy Swing and Latin Swing styles, this high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. This band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and relentless sense of humor. Bringing together the eclectic sounds are a motley crew of super talented musicians from Venezuela, Serbia, Austin TX, Iowa, Boston MA, and Southern Georgia.

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Jethro Tull's Martin Barre Band

● Thursday, March 2, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $65 Premium Seats | $60 Center Seats | $55 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us for a rare opportunity as Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre Band kicks off its American tour with an evening of blues, rock and Tull at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Grammy Award winner and guitar legend Martin Barre has been lead guitarist for Jethro Tull for 43 years. His guitar stylings have helped define the sound of one of the most original and influential bands of the 20th century, and Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre Band is totally committed to giving the Tull fans a chance to hear classic tracks not performed by Jethro Tull for many years. Martin is a consummate musician and has long been known as a “guitarist’s guitarist.” This show is a must see for anyone who is a fan of blues and rock guitar.

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Shotgun Wedding

● Saturday, March 4, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $47 Premium Seats | $42 Center Seats | $37 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Shotgun Wedding is a Brooklyn-based band blazing their own trail with a new music genre, "City-Country". Their songs and music reflect life in NYC - steeped in Bakersfield country, rock-n-roll, with a dash of swing. Trade your front porch for a fire escape, your trusty steed for the 7 train, Ol' Yeller for a yellow cab and well...you get the picture. Raw, honest and from the heart, Shotgun Wedding takes a unique approach to a time-honored genre: re-imagining songs by Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Ernest Tubb… while also firing off original songs that are at once down-home and downtown, including tunes about bartenders, broken hearts – even a Brooklyn Rag.

Meet the Composers: Who the Hector was Berlioz?

● Sunday, March 5, 2017; 3:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to continue our “Meet the Composers” classical music series. Join international artist and lecturer, Dr. Anne McLean the first Sunday of each month as she performs in a multi-media presentation highlighting a great composer’s music, fascinating historical insights and visual images of that unique era.

Sixth in the series is: Who the Hector was Berlioz? Young Hector thought he was destined to be a physician, until he took a running leap out of the anatomy class, only to stop when he arrived in the safe halls of the Paris Conservatory. Everything was larger-than-life in his imagination — the orchestras, the number of compositions, the outrageous love life, and his struggle with bi-polarism. Come hear about his over-the-top life.

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O Sole Trio: From Pavarotti to Pop

● Friday, March 10, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $45 Premium Seats | $40 Center Seats | $35 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● O Sole Trio is a vibrant classical crossover ensemble featuring the lush voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, as well as the versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin. The trio has performed sold-out concerts at major venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and all over the United States, Canada, and the UK. O Sole Trio's shows are both touching and humorous. They breathe new life into familiar favorites with their unique and innovative arrangements. Their show, From Pavarotti to Pop, features a program of beloved Italian opera arias, Neapolitan songs as well as jazz and pop standards made popular by such singers as Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Connie Francis and Andrea Bocelli.

Improv Cafe

● Saturday, March 11, 2017; 4:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $10 Adults / $6 Youth

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● Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Improv Cafe,” the first Saturday of every month at 4:00pm. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Snacks and beverages available.

Improv Tonight!

● Saturday, March 11, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us the first Saturday night of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational comedy. Local improv groups perform short and long form improv that include suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Beer and wine available.

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Patchouli & Terra Guitarra: The Landscape of Guitar

● Wednesday, March 15, 2017; 7:30pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $22 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Terra Guitarra and Patchouli. Performing fiery Spanish guitar pieces like “Malaguena” to the gorgeous vocal harmonies of “Sounds of Silence” this duo takes the art of guitars to another dimension with their new animated multi-media concert experience. A colorful backdrop of lush vibrant painted landscapes based on the guitar theme flows thru the concert. Moving in 3D guitar birds fly through guitar mountains and over guitar rivers, cities and oceans. The paintings come alive with music in this unforgettable surround art experience. See and hear “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel, the guitar brilliance of the Gypsy Kings and the colors of Van Gogh” in the Moe Auditorium & Film Center.

Frankly Funny Fridays

● Friday, March 17, 2016; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Frankly Funny Fridays feature character and observation comedy by American playwright and award-winning comedian and actor Frank Blocker. Known for dead-on characterizations in off-Broadway hits Eula Mae’s Beauty, Bait & Tackle and Southern Gothic Novel (Drama Desk Award nomination), Blocker keeps the evening rolling with “expert audience interaction” (NY Times). Monologues, Improv, song, and a guest star or two will pepper the evening of one of these ever-changing performances. Get your most intimate questions hysterically answered by crazy but loving Aunt Pearl. Learn life hacks from a New York City slumlord. You never know what’ll happen, but you’ll go home laughing.

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The McCartney Years

● Saturday, March 18, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $55 Premium Seats | $50 Center Seats | $45 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The McCartney Years is a technically stunning and explosive live concert show that performs the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades from The Beatles to Wings. Songs include hits like Hey Jude, Jet, Let It Be, Band On The Run, The Long And Winding Road, Live And Let Die, Lady Madonna and many, many more, including some of the deep cuts that McCartney wrote during the 1960’s and 1970’s; all performed to their original, period-true arrangements. You’ll be sure to jump out of your seat to clap, dance and sing to the music of one of the most prolific artists of all time in this authentic, timeless live concert experience.

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Robin Spielberg

● Saturday, March 25, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $35 Premium Seats | $30 Center Seats | $25 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Robin Spielberg is one of America’s most beloved pianist/composers. With an impressive tour schedule and hundreds of thousands of recordings sold, this Steinway Artist has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world with her compelling melodies and sensitive piano techniques for over twenty years. Whether playing music that embraces the transition from Summer to Autumn, familiar songs for the holidays, or celebrating the glory days, Spielberg’s concerts intertwine musical performance with hilarious stories and excerpts from her award-winning Memoir, “Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland” which will be sure to inspire, enlighten and make us laugh.

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German Lopez - Guitarists Duo

● Wednesday, March 29, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $30 Premium Seats | $25 Center Seats | $20 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Germán López is an esteemed timple player from Gran Canaria, a Spanish island off the coast of Africa. At the age of seven, Germán entered the Conservatory of Music of Las Palmas, where he went on to receive a master’s degree in 2001. Since the age of ten, Germán has been performing publicly, including collaborations with the symphony orchestra of Gran Canaria, festivals such as WOMAD, Circuits INJUVE, Expozaragoza, among others. As a conservatory-trained musician, Germán López blends the ancient traditions of the Canary Islands with uncompromising musical virtuosity. Germán will be accompanied for this unique performance by guitarist Antonio Toledo. (The timple, pronounced, “TIM-play,” is an instrument that looks similar to a ukulele, but has a much more robust sound).

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The Rat Pack Remembered

● Friday, March 31, 2017; 7:30pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium

● Tickets: $57 Premium Seats | $52 Center Seats | $47 Side Seats (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● The Copa Room, the legendary birthplace of The Rat Pack, savoring booze, broads, one-liners and crooning. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis are remembered for their outstanding talent and timeless humor. A tribute to these entertainment icons makes for a fabulously funny night! Vegas-style showgirls with multiple costume changes! Great singing! Great nostalgia! Great fun!

Improv Cafe

● Saturday, April 1, 2017; 4:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $10 Adults / $6 Youth

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● Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Improv Cafe,” the first Saturday of every month at 4:00pm. Local youth improv groups perform short and long form improv that includes suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Snacks and beverages available.

Improv Tonight!

● Saturday, April 1, 2017; 8:00pm

● Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center

● Tickets: $15 (10% off for current CFABS Members)

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● Join us the first Saturday night of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational comedy. Local improv groups perform short and long form improv that include suggestions provided by you, the audience! Be as involved in the show as you’d like; whether you’re just setting a scene with your suggestions, or whether you’re on stage as a player! Beer and wine available.

 

LOCATING THE NEW CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

 

New Center for Performing Arts - 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE

 

 

Thanks to our series sponsors:

Season Sponsor

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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

 

For more information call the Center for the Arts, 239-495-8989.

 

© 2016 Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

 Center for Visual Arts: 26100 Old US 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Florida  34135

Center for Performing Arts: 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

(239) 495-8989

 

Last Updated: 09/24/2016