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New season at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

October 31, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center announces the opening of its fifth season of captivating art, music, theater, dance, film and eclectic education.

Also this season, a State of Florida Cultural Facilities grant will allow the restoration of the top floors of the building to begin. When completed, the second floor will have the classrooms, studio and gallery space needed to expand the arts education programs.

The Davis Art Center invites the Southwest Florida community and visitors from all over to enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the historic architectural gem while experiencing the rich variety of artistic offerings.

On March 9, the All Star Jam, part of the Rock the River Series, will bring rock legends to the steps of the Art Center once again.

Last year's line-up included Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, formerly of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan; Barry Goudreau and Fran Sheehan, former members of Boston; Kenny Aronoff of the Smashing Pumpkins; James Montgomery; Rick Derringer of the McCoys, Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group; Mousey Thompson of the James Brown Experience; Leroy Romans from the Wailers; Robin Zander, lead singer of Cheap Trick; Doug Bell from the Bellview Cadillacs; Steve Luongo and David Hull.

Many of the musicians are returning this season and others will join them, making this a rock experience not to be missed.

The Rotary Club is bringing back Screaming Orphans, the pop-rock band made up of four high-spirited sisters from Ireland, on Jan. 26. The American Virtuosi Chamber Concert, an intimate experience with world class musicians, will be held March 29.

The popular Brunch with Santa also returns, expanded to include a whole day of Family Fun. The brunch and Family Fun Day open the holiday season on Nov. 24.

The beautiful Dinners with Berne, special evenings of world class entertainment and delectable dinners with wine pairings, will include an Evening in Paris in March and the third annual Evening at the Kentucky Derby in May. Proceeds from the dinners support the art center.

New this year is theater by the Ghostbird Theater Company; the Ed Sullivan tribute on Dec. 8; Dancing at the Davis after every Music Walk; Connect Networking, business and community networking events on the second Thursday of every month; and the Berne Davis Lecture Series.

Lectures this season are by four New York Times best-selling authors and include a luncheon and book-signing. The series is sponsored by Finemark Bank and speakers include Debra Dean, David Hagberg, James O. Born and Bob Morris.

For more information and for tickets, visit: or call 333-1933. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is at 2301 First St.



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