Entertainment

JCMI Presents Jewish Film Festival

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Submitted The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, in cooperation with The Jewish Federation of Collier County, presents its 17th Annual Sidney R. Hoffman Memorial Film Festival, showing the newest best award-winning films on the Jewish circuit. All films will be presented at JCMI, located at 991 Winterberry Drive, starting at 2 PM, and followed by a reception and refreshments. Please ... Read More »

‘Paradise Reef’ Documentary Wins Award

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The Paradise Reef Crew set up for an interview with Captain Bill Goulding, on the beach in Collier County.

Submitted The documentary film, “Paradise Reef” has received recognition from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, as the winner of the 2016 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in the Topical Documentary category. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 in Orlando. The Suncoast Chapter is the regional chapter of The National ... Read More »

BOOK REMARKS: The Wangs Vs The World

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Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “J. Marshall Weymouth made Charles feel small, like he hadn’t made his first million by the time he was thirty-three years old, like he didn’t have a flaming redhead named Saoirse on call, like he hadn’t blown out of Taiwan with nothing but a urea pipeline and lucked himself into the most ideal wife-and-children combo possible. Made ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Insanity runs in my life. It practically gallops.”      ~ Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I thought that the title, “The Nest,” referred to the family home in this novel, but in fact it is their term for the nest egg that their father set up for them. They themselves shortened ... Read More »

This Was Not The Plan

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige This is the story of an overworked, over-ambitious, 30-something New York attorney who becomes a widower with a toddler son. When we meet him, his wife Mira has been deceased for over two years but Charlie Goldwyn is still spending days ... Read More »

Four Opera Events Come to Marco

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Submitted Gulfshore Opera (GO), now in its third season, is bringing more opera to Marco Island. This season the company plans 26 events in Southwest Florida between October and May. GO will present opera and classical vocal music concerts with a diverse offering of full-scale productions, community concerts, social engagement events and an elegant gala. Four of these events will ... Read More »

The Trespasser

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.” ~ Thomas Carlyle Mystery, suspense and police thriller readers, rejoice! This book is a rare delight – you will absolutely love every scrumptious word of the 464 pages. Stephen King ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

A Man Called Ove

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Ove is fifty-nine. He drives a Saab.” Knowing his age is an important point in any man’s story. In Ove’s case, knowing that he drives and has always driven a Saab is essential in understanding him. One’s choice of vehicle reveals much about one’s character, in Ove’s mind. He evaluates others based upon their vehicle brand. When ... Read More »

French Rhapsody

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”  ~ Mason Cooley It has been a long while since I laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. “French Rhapsody” is the title that had my endorphins dancing a jig. A middle-aged married Parisian doctor who has been disillusioned about ... Read More »

Everything We Keep

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this ... Read More »

The Laughter Starts at Square One

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By Don Manley Comedy presented live with a spontaneous, walking-the-knife-edge, hope-the-audience-and-my-castmates follow manner is what it’s all about for improvisational actors. Improvisation, also known as improv, is live theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue are created impromptu, as seen on the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Bringing that experience to live audiences in a spirited, interactive, ... Read More »

Frontier Grit The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of
Daring Pioneer Women
by Marianne Monson
Shadow Mountain,
September 6. 2016, 208 pages
Genre: Nonfiction
Collier County Public Library: No

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This little nugget is a delightful find and carries quite a punch for a small book. The stories of 12 fascinating women will captivate you while exposing you to the history they did not teach us in school. The author purposefully chose 12 women of different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic status, to illustrate the diversity of ... Read More »

Runaway

“Runaway”
by Peter May
Quercus 2016 – 327 pages
Genre: Mystery
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This book is a must-read for any mystery lover, Anglophile, or Baby Boomer. In addition to having an exciting storyline, it is beautifully written with luscious language: “Moonlight cascaded across black water below us as we drove down into a larger town beyond the village of Threlkeld. Its street lamps twinkled in the night, light pollution masking ... Read More »

Everybody’s Fool

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BOOK REMARKS  Diane Bostick Guest Reviewer Everybody’s Fool By Richard Russo Knopf Publishers, May 2016 Available at the Collier County Library Available as Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Nook and Audio book I have just had the pleasure, and a pleasure it was, of reading Richard Russo’s newest book, “Everybody’s Fool.” Some might say it has no plot but it actually does, though I ... Read More »

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

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BOOK REMARKS  Joanne Tailele,  Guest Reviewer Author Kelli Estes opened my eyes, as well as protagonist Inara Erickson’s, to a piece of American history I knew nothing about. In the backdrop of the Orcas Island, on Puget Sound, state of Washington, Inara is drawn back to the island when she inherits a grand old estate that was once her childhood playground. ... Read More »

Summer Double Dip at Marco Players

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Submitted  The enchanting story of the mystical Florida Fiddler, as told by Native Floridian J.Robert, takes you on a musical journey from Orange Blossom Special and Suwanee River to Margaritaville, Hot Hot Hot and Rhythm’s Gonna Getcha! J.Robert – Florida Fiddler Show will be held Saturday, July 9 and again on Saturday, August 13 at 8:00 PM. Square One Improv ... Read More »

Enjoy the Ride – Marco Players 42nd Season

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Submitted The Marco Players, Marco Island’s oldest, intimate black-box community theater announces the 2016-2017 season line up which cruises into summer with some cooling comedy and music and then picks up the speed with a full offering of evening, Sunday matinees, and Saturday lunch box shows. The Marco Players Theater celebrates its 42nd season with shows about taking chances and ... Read More »

Washington’s Immortals

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine, “The Crisis,” December 23, 1776. Don’t let the genre dissuade you ... Read More »

Since She Went Away

Since She Went Away
By David Bell
New American Library –
June 21, 2016 - 432 pages
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
4.0/5.0 stars

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Bell is an accomplished storyteller who is equally adept at both character development and plot advancement. I first read his “Someone I Used To Know” last year and was riveted by the nuances of his characters’ personalities. The same is true of “Since She Went Away.” I was invested in these characters by the end of ... Read More »