Entertainment

‘The Whistler’ by John Grisham

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Moving on, though, was difficult, at least for Lacy. She was too emotionally involved in the case to simply close it and open another file.” A judge who collects rare first edition books…Love her! Being investigated for skimming money from a casino on Native American land? No! “The Whistler” opens in Florida with judicial misconduct investigator ... Read More »

ITC Camp Call for Actors

Submitted The “Sun Will Come Out” on Marco when the Island Theater Company (ITC) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Broadway hit show, “Annie.” ITC is calling all actors for this year’s ITC summer camp and show. If you have a “performer” in your family age 8-18, this is an opportunity to get them onto the stage. If acting isn’t ... Read More »

‘Alien: Covenant’ – In Space No One Can Hear You Groan

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Alien: Covenant” is the latest entry in the 38-year-old franchise simply known as “Alien,” a film series that blurs the line between Sci-Fi and Horror. The franchise was responsible for launching a number of careers, and becoming a source of inspiration for many stories in the sci-fi and horror genres. However, the latest movie is difficult ... Read More »

‘Dear Teen Me’

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “He knows you love him, but he’s just not into you like that.” This book slayed me! I mean…wow! On a scale of stars, with five being the best rating, I would trade a bottle of my favorite champagne for five more stars just to give this book two five star reviews! This book is a ... Read More »

‘A Texan’s Promise’ by Shelley Gray

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Maybe he wouldn’t leave her when he found out the truth. Maybe, just maybe, everything was going to be okay.” I should start out by admitting that I’m a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray and her Amish novels. I’ve even made the trek to Sarasota, Florida for one of her book talks and signings at The ... Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: An Insane Yet Fun Thrill Ride!

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana It’s no secret that comic book movies are the new hit theme for Hollywood. Comic books and movies are like peanut butter on bread. Delicious and tasty, but not for everyone, and it’s understandable. Most viewers are die-hard readers and fans familiar with the lore and history of the source material, there’s no shock there. It’s ... Read More »

Cuban Tenor Heats up the Art Center!

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts introduces Cuban born tenor Anibal Cruz, a remarkable singer with perfect pitch and an easy smile, who performs salsa flavored songs, Latin favorites and even Frank Sinatra selections. Anibal Cruz worked for 14 years as a gynecologist in Cuba. He had loved music since he was a child. The economic situation in ... Read More »

‘Traveling Light’ by Brian Andreas

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “I can imagine it working out perfectly, I said. I can’t, she said and I said no wonder you’re so stressed.” Traveling has never appealed to me, and so it came as quite the surprise when I met and fell in love with someone who loved to travel. Maybe that’s why this book’s title appealed to ... Read More »

‘Going in Style’ – Star Power: The Movie

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Going in Style” is this year’s latest comedy, with a shocking amount of star casting behind it. The film features Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, and costars Ann-Margret and Christopher Lloyd. I think you can see where most of the budget went. I just wish it went to a more polished script. Normally during ... Read More »

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A True Story of Altruism

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a true story set in World War II. It isn’t the first film to be based around that period, and it probably won’t be the last, but “The Zookeeper’s Wife” not only stands out from the long lineup of WWII films, it stands on its own as this year’s most compelling drama. ... Read More »

‘Imagine Me Gone’ by Adam Haslett

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “It occurred to me that he might be less neurotic than I was. That he might know himself decently well.” My thoughts regarding this book are so chaotic that I’m not even sure how to structure this review. When the link to the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners scrolled through my Twitter feed, I clicked and immediately ... Read More »

A Jazzy Night at the Center for the Arts!

Submitted Join us at the Marco Island Center for the Arts for trumpet legend Bob Zottola’s special return engagement. Enthusiasts of both traditional, swing, and classic jazz, as well as The Great American Song Book, are invited to attend this special event on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 5:30 to 7 PM. Have a glass of wine and listen to ... Read More »

‘The House on Mango Street’ by Sandra Cisneros

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “I wanted to will my blood to stop, my heart to quit its pumping.” Sometimes a book comes along that compels a reader to reread it. That happened to me, as I wandered around my local Barnes and Noble. It had a new cover, but in this instance, it wasn’t the cover that caught my attention. ... Read More »

Beauty and the Beast: Be my guest, it’s the best

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana When I sat down for “Beauty and the Beast” I found myself mulling over what kind of remake it was going to be. Was this going to be a remake of the famous animated movie, or more toward the original tale, the one published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont? Try saying that name five ... Read More »

Kong – Skull Island: Escape from the Island of Plot Devices

REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana “Kong: Skull Island,” is a film based on an old 1933 classic, “King Kong.” Before I begin, however, there is something all readers should be aware of. The film is NOT a remake, but a reboot. Some readers may be wondering what’s the difference? Well, allow me to explain. When it comes to remakes, any fan ... Read More »

‘The Tipping Point’ by Malcolm Gladwell

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Character is more like a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context.” Dear Readers, If you read one nonfiction book in your lifetime, make it this one! I mean, wow. Just wow. When I first started Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point,” I had no ... Read More »

‘Purity’ By Jonathan Franzen

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Don’t you like me?” she whispered. “Actually, I love you.” When I pick up a Jonathan Franzen novel, I have a certain expectation for a fluidity of writing and meandering narrative. I expect the author to use family and journeys, deep introspective thinking and humor. “Purity” is missing something of that thoughtful, heavy edge, but truthfully, ... Read More »

Jackie: An Alternative View or Lackluster to View?

Welcome Matthew Mendisana! Coastal Breeze News is happy to announce the addition of film enthusiast and critic, columnist Matthew Mendisana. Matthew will bring readers his insightful movie reviews in a regular column, “Reel Reviews.” REEL REVIEWS By Matthew Mendisana The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a story that has been told countless times. Dozens of books and films have ... Read More »

Talented Trio to Perform in ‘Madama Butterfly’

Submitted A young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage. The fluid beauty and succession of Puccini’s intensely romantic tunes has made Butterfly a timeless love story. Performed in Italian with beautiful traditional costumes, full orchestra, chorus and English surtitle projections. For the title role, ... Read More »