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5 things to do in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita: Brody Jenner, film fest

5 things to do in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita: Brody Jenner, film fest

Looking for some entertainment in Southwest Florida?

Here are five fun things to do this weekend and beyond, including the Fort Myers Film Festival, country singer Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and reality-TV star Brody Jenner deejaying at Bonita Springs’ Party in the Park concert.

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1. Fort Myers Film Festival

The Calendar Girls perform at Fort Myers' Peace Day in the Park in 2017.

UPDATE: The opening-night screening of the documentary “Calendar Girls” has sold out, but a second show has been added at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Tickets are $10. The annual fest returns with more independent shorts, documentaries and feature films shown throughout each day. Opening night features a screening of “Calendar Girls,” a documentary about the Southwest Florida team of all-female, retirement-age dancers. May 18-22. Tickets are $10 per film or block of films, or $20 for a day pass. For opening night, tickets are $20 for movie only, $99 for VIP tickets (including early entry, premium seating and hors d’ouevres). Most films will be shown at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers.

2. Brody Jenner plays Party in the Park

Brody Jenner (left) spins at Reno, Nevada's Lex Nightclub in 2016.

Reality-TV personality and deejay Brody Jenner performs at the outdoor concert Party in the Park, along with singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy and deejay Devin Lucien. There will also be food trucks and alcoholic drinks. Hosted by DJ M Dot. 4-9 p.m. Friday, May 13. $20-$40 ($100 for admission and a meet-and-greet with Jenner). Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.

Biggest May concerts in SWFL:Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, Brody Jenner, Brit Floyd

3. Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line

The country singer steps away from his main band for this solo show with opening act The Boat Boys. 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14. $20-$30. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

4. “The SpongeBob Musical”

Sophia Gurule stars as the squirrel Sandy Cheeks in Florida Rep's

The Southwest Florida premiere of the Nickelodeon musical. It’s based on the quirky cartoon about SpongeBob SquarePants and the other underwater residents of Bikini Bottom. Performed by the acting students of Florida Rep Education Conservatory. May 19-28. $25-$30 ($15 for students). Florida Repertory Theatre, 2268 Bay St., downtown Fort Myers. 332-4488 or

5. Joe Nichols and Parmalee

The country stars play the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels’ Party in the Park concert after a Mussels baseball game. Game starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. $30-$32 admission includes both the game and the show. Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, south Fort Myers. 768-4210 or


The Belle Theatre opens: A new Cape Coral community theater opens with a children’s-theater version of the musical “School of Rock.” Shows for adult audiences are planned for later this season. May 11-15. Tickets are $15-$20. The Belle Theatre, 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd., Suite 135, Cape Coral.

Just For Laughs: A comedy variety show with professional comedians and singers accompanied by pianist Jeremy Goodman. The lineup includes stand-up comic Sheena Reagan, song parodist Stacey Steele, singer-songwriter Dierdre Flint and comedy duo Compton & Bennett of  “Assisted Living: The Musical.” For mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13. $20. Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 495-8989 or

LunaFest film festival: A night of short films by and about women. 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 13. $25. Watch in person or attend the virtual version (May 13-15). Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. 939-2787 or

“80’s Mix Tape Retro Party”: Dress in 80s style for this themed event at downtown Fort Myers’ new Caloosa Sound Amphitheater. Includes period movies on the big screen, a deejay, food trucks and a cash bar. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 13. $10. The amphitheater at Caloosa Sound Convention Center &  Amphitheater, 1375 Monroe St., downtown Fort Myers.

Memphis Lightning: High energy roots, blues and rock band led by the Grammy-nominated Darren “Big Red” Thiboutot. The outdoor show is part of the ongoing Backyard Bluesfest series. Opening acts are Tommy Lee Cook & The Buckingham Blues Band and another band to be announced. Show starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. $15. Buckingham Blues Bar, 5641 Buckingham Road, Buckingham. 693-7111 or

After spending two years at the downtown Fort Myers library (pictured), the Fort Myers Drum Circle returned to Centennial Park this month.

Fort Myers Drum Circle: The weekly event has returned to its longtime home, Centennial Park, after spending the last two years at the downtown Fort Myers library during park renovations. People gather every Sunday to play drums, dance, juggle and more. Bring your own chair and an instrument, or just come and listen. 7-9 p.m. Sundays. Free. Centennial Park, 2000 W. First St., downtown Fort Myers.

Gulf Coast Harmonizers: The all-male barbershop chorus performs. 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15. $25. Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5862 or

IsraelFest: The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties hosts this cultural celebration of Israel’s Independence Day. Expect Israeli dancing and Krav Maga demonstrations, food, vendors, kids crafts and comedian Ron Feingold. 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Free. Pre-registration is requested for security purposes. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. 939-2787 or


Drag queen Alexis Mateo: The Puerto Rican drag queen has competed on the reality-TV shows “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” She’ll take part in a meet-and-greet at 10 p.m. Friday, May 20, and then perform at 11 p.m. Tickets for the meet-and-greet are $25. The performance is free. Rascals Fort Myers, 3758 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers.

Alexis Mateo on the Season 5 premiere of

“Rock of Ages”: Relive the glam-metal ’80s in this jukebox musical packed with hits such as “Sister Christian,” “I Wanna Rock,” “Heaven,” “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “The Final Countdown.” It tells the story of a small-town girl who falls in love with a Los Angeles rocker in a Sunset Strip nightclub. May 20-June 25. $50-$75. Broadway Palm dinner theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 278-4422 or

HOWL 13-year anniversary party: The tattoo studio and concert venue celebrates its 13th birthday with live rock and metal music from Bargain Bin Heroes, Roxx Revolt & The Velvets, Emerald Vision and Dizygote. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21. $13. HOWL, 4160 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers. 332-0161 or

Southwest Florida Blues Society appreciation party: The Southwest Florida Blues Society celebrates its belated 10th anniversary with — what else? — a night of live music. The lineup includes touring band The Jimmys and local act The Marty Stokes Band (previous winners at the annual Southwest Florida qualifiers for The International Blues Challenge in Memphis). 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes a one-year membership in the blues society. There is also a $10 minimum food or drink purchase. Limited seating available, so early reservations are encouraged. Cape Cabaret Dinner Theater, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral. 549-3000 or 

Moonshine Bandits: Country rap duo Dusty “Tex” Dahlgren and Brett “Bird” Brooks, better known as Moonshine Bandits. Their hits include “Outback,” “For the Outlawz” and “Red, White & Boozed.” 9 p.m. Thursday, May 26. $22 general admission, $50 for reserved seating. The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon, 2158 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 985-9839 or

Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells is an arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Email him at or connect on Facebook (, Twitter (@charlesrunnells) and Instagram (@crunnells1).

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