Must-see entertainment in Southwest Gulf Coast

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    Naples Philharmonic

    Naples' 85-piece Philharmonic Orchestra is increasingly recognized as one of the country's best young orchestras. Andrey Boreyko was named as music…

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    Arcade Theatre

    The 1908 Arcade Theatre is home to the Florida Repertory Theatre, one of the best regional theaters in the state. It produces popular comedies, musicals…

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    Circus Arts Conservatory

    In addition to putting on the ever-popular Sailor Circus each year, this circus center offers professional performances along with circus training and…

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    Asolo Repertory Theatre

    This lauded regional theater company is also an acting conservatory (in partnership with Florida State University). It presents a mix of commissioned…

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    Sugden Community Theatre

    Home of the Naples Players, the Sugden boasts two state-of-the-art stages, on the boards of which are enacted seven main-stage performances and four…

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    Westcoast Black Theater Troupe

    One of only two African American theater ventures in Florida, WBTT has a reputation for high-quality musicals and thought-provoking dramas. Through the…

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    JetBlue Park

    March in Fort Myers means major-league baseball's spring training. Boston Red Sox ( fans literally camp out for tickets to JetBlue Park on…

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    Sarasota Opera House

    This elegant, 1000-seat Mediterranean revival venue was built in 1926, and the two-month winter opera season is a serious affair.

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    McCurdy's Comedy Theatre

    Within the walls of this recently remodeled, bright-purple venue in the heart of historic downtown Sarasota, a rotating cast of stand-up comedians put on…

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    CenturyLink Sports Complex

    The Minnesota Twins ( play in Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex, just southwest of the intersection of Daniels Pkwy and Six…

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    Burns Court Cinema

    This wee theater in an alleyway off Pineapple Ave presents independent and foreign films. It's run by the Sarasota Film Society (SFS;…

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    Davis Art Center

    This downtown performance space produces an eclectic slate of drama, children's theater, dance, music and film. The center also holds classes in the arts.

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    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    This city-run arts hall hosts crowd-pleasing favorites, from touring Broadway musicals to magicians, ballet, pops orchestras and more.

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    Players Theatre

    This highly regarded nonprofit community theater stages popular Broadway musicals, new plays and collaborations.