Entertainment

‘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 »

The Woodwork Brings New Sounds to Marco

By Samantha Husted In an area like Southwest Florida where Jimmy Buffett “island style” music reigns supreme, it can be difficult for an indie band to stand out. It seems, however, that a group of four young Naples residents have done just that. It’s as if they came out of the woodwork (aptly naming their band “The Woodwork”) with their ... Read More »

You Can’t Stop the Beat

By Jesus Calo Island Theater Company (ITC) hosted its “Singin’ Broadway” show at the Marco Island Lutheran Church, sponsored by Centennial Bank, February 24-26. The cast was highly talented and the voices captivated the audience with renditions of songs from popular Broadway plays. With over 200 guests and a full house at every show, this was a widely successful event ... Read More »

John Wick 2: The New James Bond?

By Matthew Mendisana Today’s film industry has been saturated with an array of action films that have gotten tedious. By now most viewers are aware of how the dance goes: meet the protagonist, something goes wrong because of the antagonist, the protagonist goes through a range of action scenes, protagonist either prevails or it ends on a cliffhanger to set ... Read More »

‘How It Ends’ – Best friends can make the worst enemies

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com If you have a teenager, will have a teenager, are a teenager, have ever been a teenager, or know a teenager, then “How It Ends” by Catherine Lo is a completely relevant read for you. This novel tackles the tough coming-of-age themes while delivering insight on girl friendships, why they end, and how they overcome complex ... Read More »

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Tonight, for the first time in a long time, he hadn’t been the odd man out. Tonight he’d been part of a pair. Part of a something.”  If you’re in the mood for laughing, crying, and sighing, then Lauren Layne’s “Someone Like You” is the book for you. This is a contemporary romance novel following ... Read More »

L is For…?

“L Is For…?” takes place at La Serenata, a moderately upscale retirement community in Southwest Florida. Relax and spend some time with Louise (Mary Bryan), a Southern Belle who appears to be a cleaning fanatic, and Mark (R.E. Joyce), a lonely widower from Upstate New York. What is she up to? Will he even notice? Come see for yourself what ... Read More »

Director’s Screening of ‘Dawn of the Abyss’

Submitted St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Marco Island, in co-sponsorship with Mindfulness Meditation on Marco, will host a Director’s Screening of the film, “Dawn of the Abyss, the Spiritual Birth of Swamiji,” on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 PM. The film follows the journey of a Christian monk as he seeks to fulfill his spiritual destiny in the magical land ... Read More »

Singing’ Broadway Comes to Town

Submitted And here they come! Singin’ Broadway, sponsored by Centennial Bank, is a special concert event featuring some of South Florida’s most talented singers performing songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. They will be singing their way into your hearts and you’re sure to be dancing along in your seats. The performers include: Carl Back is a seasonal Marco Island ... Read More »