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Julia Browning

Eat seafood on the water at Coconut Jack’s

Floridians know their seafood. In an area that’s packed with too many seafood restaurants to count, Coconut Jack’s manages to stand out, even to Florida natives who are used to high-quality freshness and an authentic atmosphere that won’t be met by just any seafood joint. The restaurant, located off of Bonita Beach Road, is tucked against the bay with a parking lot that’s frequently so packed, employees of the restaurant must park off-location to make room for its many customers. From the moment you enter the restaurant, the island vibe is clear in a way that leans toward classic...

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FGCU student wins Shrimp Queen award

Kelsey Collins, a Fort Myers native and FGCU freshman, has been watching the Shrimp Parade on Fort Myers every year since she was four years old. This past weekend, she was awarded 2017’s Shrimp Queen by the Fort Myers Lions Club, the organization who puts on a pageant every year, which gave her a $1,000 scholarship and many new friends. “Being a local and knowing so many other beach kids, it feels awesome,” Collins said. “All my friends on the island celebrated with me after, and it really made me feel so special because it’s the biggest parade of...

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Tim Miller to have artist residency at FGCU

FGCU’s Theatre Program in the Bower School of Music and the Arts has announced that it will be presenting an artist residency with internationally acclaimed performance artist, Tim Miller. Miller is an American performance artist and writer, whose works typically center around the gay rights movement and related issues. The residency will include a solo performance from Miller on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and a student-devised performance under Miller’s supervision from April 7 through 9 at FGCU’s TheatreLab. Additionally, a free, open-to-the-public welcome reception will be held for Miller on March 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. in...

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Fort Myers food fest fun

It was a foodie’s dream this past weekend all over Fort Myers with three different Food Festivals going on, on March 11 and March 12. Saturday’s food festivities kicked off at the Lee Civic Center for Fort Myers’ Beer and Bacon Festival. The event featured tons of creative “bacon-centric” dishes like bacon-wrapped meatballs, bacon cupcakes and traditional crispy bacon around every corner. If you were of legal age, there were over 80 kinds of craft beers to sample, including local beers from Fort Myers Brewing Company and brews from all over Florida ranging from places like St. Petersburg, Punta...

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St. Paddy’s parties

It’s St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17 and whether you’d prefer a pub crawl or a parade, there is plenty of fun to be had in the Southwest Florida area. St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Downtown Fort Myers If you’re looking for green beer, crazy costumes, live music and pub crawls then you must attend the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Downtown Fort Myers. From 6-11 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Downtown Fort Myers River District will close the streets of Hendry and First, making room for music, food, drinks and live entertainment. From 6-8 p.m.,...

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Drake’s ‘More Life’ finally gets release date

It’s the moment all Drake fans have been waiting for: Drake has announced the release date for his upcoming project, “More Life: The Playlist,” Saturday, March 18. Since Drake announced on OVO Radio in October 2016 that he was working on a new “playlist” to be released in December, it’s been all-out torture for fans with one false release date or teaser after another. But on March 12, the rapper/singer put a video on Instagram of a montage of film that, according to Fader, seemed to be from his latest world tour. The video was an aesthetically pleasing trailer...

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FGCU screens ‘Todos Se Van’ at Seidler International Film Festival

On Feb. 24 FGCU held a screening of “Todos Se Van” (Everybody Leaves) as a part of FGCU’s Seidler International Film Festival. The film appeals to the writer, the daydreamer and the lost child in all of us, as the story about a young girl unfolds over the unique backdrop of post-revolutionary Cuba. In the 1950s, a young Fidel Castro working as a lawyer and activist launched an armed revolution against the authoritarian government of former Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista. Armed with militias, Castro overthrew the government and replaced it with a revolutionary socialist state before transforming into the...

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‘Italian Pianist From Japan!’ impresses audiences

Giuseppe Mariotti, assisted by Michael Baron, gave a skilled piano performance featuring works from acclaimed and challenging composers at “Italian Pianist From Japan!.” The show was presented on Feb. 24 by FGCU’s Bower School of Music and the arts. The program began with works by Franz Schubert (1797-1828), a complicated composer who, according to a biography by Brian Newbould, was so compulsively dedicated to his work that he produced around 1,000 works in only 18 years. Most of his works were celebrated after his death. The first song the pianists played was “Sonata in A Minor, D784” broken into...

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Nashville style comes to Downtown Fort Myers

Nashville style, local music and a fun and rambunctious atmosphere will collide this upcoming Saturday, March 4 with The Hideaway, hosting its “Songwriter Music Jam.” Brandan James, who recently released his debut single, “Four Wheel Drive,” will be joined on stage Saturday by the two friends who have helped him through out his music career. Jordan Miller and Keefe Klugg helped James by co-writing his music. “Jordan Miller is a great songwriter that will be coming down from Tallahassee, Florida. He just released his single, ‘Whiskey,’” James said. “Keefe Klugg is a local Fort Myers favorite and will be...

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Seidler International Film Festival brings culture to campus

For the Department of Language and Literature, bringing liberal arts education to FGCU’s campus and preparing students to be global citizens of the world is their mission. The Department of Language and Literature has been organizing film festivals for the past six years. This year, it’s announced the first Seidler International Film Festival. “Organizing film festivals screening movies in French, Spanish and German takes learning out of the classroom and thus encourages intercultural knowledge through experiential learning,” said Delphine Gras, of FGCU’s Department of Language and Literature. “A free event open to all, this event also seeks to foster...

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