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PACE - Panhandle Community Theatre presents âCrimes of the Heartâ Feb. 20-23, 27-28 and March 1-2.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 adults and children (12-under) $7. For special Low-Dough Show Thursdays, adults are $9.
For reservations call 221-7599.
The theater is at 4646 Woodbine Road, Storage Masters Center.
FORT WALTON BEACH - Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's show, âFigure It,â is 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21. The exhibition will include art in any medium, depicting the human figure.
The show begins Feb. 18 and runs through Feb. 28. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public.
The Art Center gallery is at 17 First St. S.E. Call 244-1271.
FORT WALTON BEACH â The Northwest Florida Ballet has long been known for its classical repertoire. Its annual performance of holiday favorite âThe Nutcrackerâ has become a cherished Emerald Coast tradition.
What many may not realize, however, is that the NFB is also a center for creation and innovation.
This month, the NFB will premiere works by three local choreographers, which will collectively be presented as the Northwest Florida Balletâs The New Works Project.
The works will be performed four times in a specially-designed black box theater at the NFBâs downtown studios.
Performances will occur at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21; at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22; and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
Adult tickets are $28; tickets for children age 12 and under are $14. Due to the nature of the performance space, only 110 tickets will be available for each performance.
Tickets are available from the website, nfballet.org or by phone at 664-7787.
The Project will be accompanied by an art exhibit provided by Okaloosa Public Arts. The exhibit will feature works in a wide range of media, from traditional paint on canvas to high-resolution photography.
All of the artists were inspired by last yearâs performances of âA Midsummer Nightâs Dreamâ and âAfterglow,â and feature the dancers of the NFB both in rehearsal and mid-performance.
The exhibit will be formally unveiled during an RSVP-only wine reception at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Attendees will have the first chance to see the exhibit and will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists and participate in a question and answer session led by Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen.
The three choreographers for the Project were chosen from the Northwest Florida community, and are all talented dancers in their own rights.
Jazz Rozer is the founder and artistic director of jazzybluedance inc., and has been dancing both as a student and a teacher for more than 30 years. She has an expansive body of work behind her, and her original choreography has been performed by dancers of all ages.
Her style has been greatly influenced by East Coast modernism. She teaches jazz and hip hop at NFB.
Her contribution to the Project, hi-er-ar-chy, is inspired by psycho-sociologists Maslow and Erikson. It tells the story of human aspiration from birth and maturation, leading toward awareness, self-actualization and potential.
This is an offering of gratitude to a community that creates a circle of safety and nurtures its children with love, guidance and empowerment toward a kinder, brighter future.
Kelly Murdock, formerly of the Dayton Ballet, is a veteran dance instructor with the Northwest Florida Ballet. She also draws heavily from the contemporary dance movement, especially the style of Martha Graham.
Her piece is titled Super MG. Exactly what happens when you combine Shigeru Miyamotoâs Super Mario Brothers with Grahamâs trademark technique? Murdock isnât quite sure, but she is nonetheless pleased by the results.
The set and sculptures of Isamu Noguchi (longtime Martha Graham set designer) are loosely interpreted by dancers inside âbody bags,â representing obstacles and background pieces in a dynamic, ever-changing world.
Sharon Allen is the associate director of NFB and a member of the Lightwire Theater touring company. She has an extensive background in classical ballet, as well as jazz and modern dance, spanning a career of more than 20 years.
She will premiere two works during the Project. Ms. Allen draws great inspiration from music, and as such the meanings of her works are inextricably linked with the music to which they are set.
Ms. Allen has been a longtime fan of Peter Gabrielâs music, and chose his âMercy Streetâ and âRed Rainâ as the basis for her first composition, Lifeâs Rich Experience.
This piece explores thoughtful emotions and lyrical expressions of dance movement with the human connection to the essence of our earth, wind and water.
Her second piece, Atomic Trio, is choreographed to the music of âAtoms for Peaceâ by Radioheadâs Thom Yorke. This piece explores the repetitive cycles of life. At some points monotonous and at some playful, the movement of the dancers imitates the slight changes in mood humans develop from day to day and the variance of those changes that occur over a lifetime.
These women, however, are exceptions rather than the rule.
While the female stage presence is arguably the foundation of classical ballet, there is an epidemic of under-representation among female choreographers in the wider world of dance.
A large number of prominent dance companies in the United States were founded by women, but have since been taken over by men. The Northwest Florida Ballet itself falls into this category; its founder and dance pioneer, Bernadette Clements Sims, was replaced by current Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen when she retired in 1995.
Allen feels that there too are many talented women in the field of dance that are overlooked for positions such as choreographers and directors. It was his recognition of this unequal distribution of talent that inspired the idea for a womenâs choreography project. As such the Project seeks to highlight the creative genius of women, but in a forum in which they are not solely defined by their gender.
CRESTVIEW â Emerald Isle Seafood is a new restaurant in Crestview, but you may remember the location as the home of the former Fish Net Restaurant.
It is on Ferdon Boulevard, aka State Road 85.
The menu at Emerald Isle Seafood contains just about everything seafood you could want with a few beef and chicken items added for good measure.
We began our meal with the smoked tuna dip which is made in house. It was a delicious creamy dip served with saltines.
Other seafood appetizers include fried crawfish tails with house-made remoulade sauce, boiled shrimp and baked oysters with garlic-basil butter, parmesan cheese and bacon, as well as oysters on the half shell.
Three non-seafood appetizers include fried pickles or banana peppers served with ranch dipping sauce and mozzarella sticks.
Emerald Isle Seafood offers a nice gumbo that is chock full of ingredients along with a soup of the day. Both of these are made in house.
The day of our visit, the soup of the day was smoky beef and vegetable.
Both house and entree salads are offered and are based on greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. The entree salads include your choice of fried chicken strips, popcorn or grilled shrimp, mahi-mahi or crawfish tails.
Each of the sandwich choices comes with one side item and entrees come with two. They include French fries, Gouda cheese grits, black-eyed peas, fried okra, rice pilaf, cole slaw, twice-baked potatoes and other seasonal fresh vegetables.
Sandwiches include popcorn shrimp and fried oyster po-boys; fried, bronzed, blackened or grilled grouper sandwich; a mahi bacon ranch sandwich; a hamburger cooked to order and a chicken strip sandwich served on Texas toast.
The pasta special the day of our visit was a Cajun shrimp and andouille sausage fettuccine.
The chef specialties at Emerald Isle Seafood include several fish choices that are available grilled, fried, bronzed or blackened as well as shrimp and snow crab legs.
My guest chose the seafood special of the evening, which was bronzed amberjack topped with crabmeat and citrus butter.
I chose the grilled grouper.
Both fish dishes were fresh and perfectly cooked.
My guest particularly enjoyed the addition of citrus butter to the dish.
We both chose the Gouda cheese grits and cole slaw as our side items.
The grits were cheesy and smooth and the cole slaw was a good classic version.
The second entree special of the day was a smoked prime rib and shrimp cooked your way.
Emerald Coast Seafood offers several fried platters including oysters, mullet, clam strips, crab cakes, whitefish fillet and chicken fingers. You can also order a combination platter.
For dessert, Emerald Isle Seafood offers a delicious in-house made Key lime pie.
The restaurant has been completely remodeled. It is light and bright.
When you enter, the seafood market is still on your left and the restaurant is to your right.
Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and was happy to answer any questions we had.
Our food was served in a timely manner and our drink classes were kept filled.
A final taste
For the freshest in seafood, give Emerald Isle Seafood Restaurant in Crestview a try.
Emerald Isle Seafood Restaurant
1260 South Ferdon Boulevard
Monday â Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Handicap accessibility: Good
Children's menu: Yes
Appetizers, $4.99 - $10.49
Soup, $2.99 - $5.99
Salad, $2.99 - $8.49
Sandwiches, $5.99 - $10.49
Entrees, $10.99 â 22.99
Credit cards accepted
When my husband said he wanted to see âThe Monuments Men,â I thought, OK, sure, looks interesting.
Then the reviews rolled in. None I saw, including the one by the Associated Press in last weekâs Showcase, had very good things to say about the movie.
Iâm glad we ignored them and went anyway.
âThe Monuments Men,â stars George Clooney and a platoon of high-profile actors: Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Bob Balaban.
Clooney also directed and co-wrote the screenplay based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter, which tells the true story of a group of men tasked by President Franklin Roosevelt with going into Germany to rescue stolen art masterpieces from the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners.
Seven museum directors, curators and art historians â the Monuments Men â found themselves in a race against time when it became known the Nazis were under orders to destroy everything if Hilter died.
The movie is not perfect, to be sure. Thereâs at least one too many lectures from Clooneyâs character and some of the editing is a bit confusing.
Nevertheless, I found myself moved by âThe Monuments Menâ and their mission. Their triumphs were elating and their failures heartbreaking.
Watching Nazi soldiers use a flame-thrower to torch a room full of priceless master works was devastating.
So, if youâve been on the fence about seeing âThe Monuments Men,â my recommendation is to go ahead.
Let yourself get caught up in it, and I think youâll enjoy it as much as I did.
I donât have 12 hours a day to devote to watching the Olympics but, between the live coverage and the taped coverage, Iâve managed to see most of the key moments so far.
As much as Iâd like Gracie Gold to win the womenâs figure skating competition, sheâs going to have to beat Russiaâs 15-year-old sensation Julia Lipnitskaia to do it.
Lipnitskaia blew everyone away with her stunning free skate during the new team event. She portrayed the little girl in the red coat from âSchindlerâs List,â skating to haunting music from the movie.
Short track speed skating remains one of the most exciting events because you never know whatâs going to happen or whoâs going to make it to the finish line.
Two Korean skaters wiping out each other during one heat was a memorable moment.
One of the most touching stories of the Olympics is of Canadian Alex Bilodeauâs winning gold again in moguls and dedicating the victory to his older brother, who has cerebral palsy.
In fact, there are several sibling pairs making names for themselves at Sochi.
Canadian sisters, Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, took gold and silver medals in womenâs moguls and Dutch twin brothers, Michel and Ronald Mulder, won gold and bronze in the 500 meter speed skating event.
Gracie Gold also has a twin sister who is a competitive skater, but is not in the Olympics.
Sibling rivalry that results in Olympic medals canât be all bad.
FORT WALTON BEACH â Music lovers are in for a special Valentineâs Day treat when the Emerald Coast Concert Association presents Peter, Paul and Mary âAliveâ at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Peter, Paul and Mary âAliveâ is the original and first tribute group in the United States to honor Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and the late Mary Travers with a full concert of their music.
They are dedicated to the authentic instrumentation and tight vocal harmonies of the original folk music legends.
Their music and message is as applicable to this generation as it was when they started their journey in 1962 and stayed with it for 50 years. Songs like âBlowing in the Wind,â âJet Plane,â âPuff the Magic Dragonâ and âIf I had a Hammer,â will bring back memories.
Peter Gordon, a cantor, music and art director, is the founder and director of Peter, Paul and Mary âAlive.â He was employed for six years with the Artiste del Arte at the Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas where he performed six shows daily, singing opera and light Italian favorites and playing guitar.
Gordon was also the vocal coach for the legendary show âJubileeâ at Ballyâs Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He was educated at Indiana University, Rutgers University, Hebrew Union College in New York City and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
He has sung leads around the U.S. in âCarman,â âLa Traviata,â âMagic Flute,â âDon Giovanni,â âWest Side Story,â âMy Fair Lady,â âFiddler on the Roofâ and many more.
He also has established many chorale groups and dance ensembles in Chicago, Atlanta, New York and New Jersey.
In addition to his formal training on the violin, Gordon was well into song leading and playing guitar when in the early 1960s the folk music craze came out of Greenwich Village in New York, and as a teenager he spent many weekends learning from the masters including John Hammond, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Six years ago, after reading a book titled âCure for the Common Lifeâ by Max Lucado which suggests we find the sweet spot in our lives, Gordon founded âPeter, Paul and Mary Alive.â
The part of Paul is sung by Dutch Clapp. He has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old. At 12, when the â60s folk revival began, it was Peter, Paul and Mary who inspired him to become serious about music. He modeled his playing and vocal styling after Paul Stookey.
Finding a âMary,â the duo rose to be the most popular singing group in high school. Drafted into the Vietnam War, Clapp continued to entertain the troops around the world, encouraging countless soldiers a long way from home. He went on to become an ordained minister and worship leader and recorded an album of original gospel music.
After getting his degree in film/television production, Clapp concentrated on composing movie scores. He came back to live performing and has played rock, country, blues and jazz standards, guitar and bass and vocals. Now he is home, back to his first love, singing the music of Peter, Paul and Mary.
The part of Mary is performed by Joanie Brown, her vocals strong and beautiful in the exact style of the late Mary Travers. She has the clarity and the warmth of the early Travers and watching her sing will captivate the audience with her unique, yet similar interpretations and inviting character.
For a preview, visit their website, peterpaulandmaryalive.com.
Tickets for $30 per person are available by calling ECCA at 362-9356 or by visiting their website at emeraldcoastconcerts.org.
Tickets at the door are $5 more. Tickets for students under 18 are $10.
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS â "Quilting: Our Roots & Our Wings" featuring quilts made by members of the Chautauqua Quilters Guild Inc. and Holmes Valley Quilters will be on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center, 361 N. 10th St.
There will be several vendors, demos, antique quilts, an Opportunity quilt, door prizes and more.
Admission is $5. Visit the website chautauquaquiltersguild.com.
FORT WALTON BEACH â Fort Walton Beach First United Methodist Pre-School will hold its fourth annual childrenâs art exhibit and fundraiser 4-8 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Art Center, 17 First St. S.E.
More than 300 pieces of art created by children ages 1 to 4 will be professionally displayed and on sale to the public.
There will be live music, light appetizers and childrenâs activities. All of the net proceeds benefit the pre-school. Admission is free. Visit fwbfumc.org (click on the pre-school link) or call the pre-school at 243-0431.
POINT WASHINGTON â The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb.15 at Eden Gardens State Park, north of U.S. 98 via CR-395.
Visitors are invited to stroll through camellias, enjoy a floral demonstration using camellias, learn air-layering, (a camellia propagating technique), and camellia waxing for bloom preservation.
Attend demonstrations on camellia care and other plant-related topics by Marie Harrison, author of numerous gardening books.
Camellias, air-layered from Eden plants, will be available from the nursery.
This community event is free with free admission to the State Park, hosted by the Friends of Eden and Florida State Park Services.
FORT WALTON BEACH â The 15th annual Camellia Workshop/Open House/Plant Sale, presented by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society, will be held 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 15.
The workshop, which is open to the public free of charge, will be at the Okaloosa County Extension Service Building, W. 127 Hollywood Ave. Participants may arrive and leave anytime during the morning.
Visitors are encouraged to bring samples of leaves, blooms, etc. for evaluation. Camellia plants will be available for purchase.
Visitors will have the opportunity to join the Greater Fort Walton Beach Camellia society, the Gulf Coast Camellia Society, and the American Camellia Society. Call 803-1161.
DESTIN â Accomplished musician David Seering will perform his annual concert to benefit the local charity Children in Crisis at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Village Baptist Church in Destin.
This year he will be joined by the Van Deusen Trio with the talented Bobby Van Deusen on the piano and a special guest artist, Amanda Holmes. All proceeds will go to help give a home to the foster children of Northwest Florida.
Enjoy an evening of variety entertainment featuring a tribute to Liberace and a very special commemorative performance to honor Davidâs father, Robert.
Seering has received many accolades throughout his career and has performed for three former presidents. He calls the Emerald Coast home and is always looking for ways to give back to the community.
This is the third year Seering has performed this benefit concert, and he has raised more than $30,000 for Children in Crisis.
âWeâre all very excited about the David Seering and Friends concert benefiting Children in Crisis,â said CIC President and CEO Ken Hair. âWe look forward to a very enjoyable event and a sell-out crowd.
âWe offer our sincere thanks to David and all the supporters of CIC. It is individuals like Seering and our supportive community that continue to help CIC provide a home for the children living at CIC.â
Tickets are on sale for $25 and can be purchased at Children in Crisis, Lifeway Bookstore in Destin and at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach.
For more details and information, call 864-4242 or visit the website childrenincrisisfl.org.
The mission of Children in Crisis is âProviding Homes and Establishing Hopeâ for the abused, neglected and abandoned children of the community. The Childrenâs Neighborhood provides an emergency shelter for young children, and the group foster homes help with the severe shortage of foster homes in our community. Together, we can make a difference in the life of a child.