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May Calendar


Alliance for the Arts. Take a look at the world from cartoonist and painter Doug MacGregor’s perspective at his show Poked In The Mind’s Eye—The Humorous, running May 6–28, with a reception May 6 at 5 p.m. 939-2787.


Art of the Olympians. Luge Olympian and artist Cameron Myler’s photography is on display all this month. 332-5055.


BIG Arts Center. Students from local schools show off their artwork in a Student Exhibit on display through May 25. 395-0900.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Local high school students present their work in the Student Showcase on display May 6–14, reception May 6 at 6 p.m. 495-8989.


First Fridays Art Walk. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the art galleries and businesses of Fort Myers’ River District from 6–10 p.m. on May 6. www.fortmyersartwalk.com.

Marianne Friedland Gallery. Summer Selections, an exhibition of paintings and prints by major American and European artists, is on display
May 7–25. 262-3484.


Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. On display this month: Nevelson: Dawn’s Forest; Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads; Modern Mexican Masters; Leaders in American Modernism; The Mouse House, featuring works from the Olga Hirshhorn collection; selections from the NMA permanent collection; Florida Contemporary 2011; and the third annual NMA Student Exhibition. 597-1900.


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Marcus Jansen’s expressionist paintings of the contemporary human condition are on display all this month. 333-1933.


Southwest Florida Museum of History. Darwin & Dinosaurs is on display through May 14. 321-7430.


The von Liebig Art Center. Beginning May 14 and running throughout the summer months, Camera USA: National Photography Award is in the Watson gallery. Reception, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. 262-6517. 


Bruce T. Gora Sunday Sunset Concert Series. R&B band The Juice wraps up its 2011 concert series at the Alliance for the Arts amphitheater May 1. 939-2787.


Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Part of the Live! at the Promenade series: The youth theater presents the Not-So-Grimm Tales, May 13–14; and Naples City Improv performs May 19. Both concerts at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.


Earth, Wind & Fire. Part of the Carrabba’s Concert Series, the 40th anniversary world tour performance comes to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.


First Fridays at Mercato. Stroll the main street, listen to the sounds of live music throughout Mercato and take in the collection of shops, May 6 at 6 p.m. 594-9400.


Fort Myers Music Walk. Listen to a wide range of musical styles from jazz to rock throughout the River District at 7 p.m. on May 21. www.fortmyersmusicwalk.com.


Gulf Coast Symphony. Hear Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G at Bishop Verot High School’s Anderson Theater, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.


Kris Kristofferson and John Prine. Enjoy the music of two American legends at Mann Hall, May 11 at

8 p.m. 481-4849.


Love Me Tender. Scot Bruce, Mike Albert and the Big “E” Band bring the king of rock ‘n’ roll back for a night in this tribute performance at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, May 14 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Major/Minor Concert. The Philharmonic Youth Orchestra plays side by side with professional musicians from the NPO at the Phil, May 15 at 7 p.m. 597-1900.


Martin Preston as Liberace. Get a dose of the glitter and glam Liberace is notorious for with this tribute performance at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, May 8. 278-4422.


Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra’s Patriotic Pops program takes on the wild West this year with How the West Was Won!, May 26–28; Claude Debussy and Olivier Messiaen are honored in the final chamber music concert of the season, May 17; and the final Family Fare concert, Knowing the Score, is May 22. All shows at the Phil. 597-1900.


Romeo and Juliet. The NPO weaves a tale of romance with works by Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Bizet. Jorge Mester conducts, and special guest pianist Robert Thies performs at the Phil, May 6–7 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Third Day. The Christian rock band comes to Germain Arena on May 20 at 7:30 p.m. 948-7825.

Youth Chorale Recital. The Philharmonic’s Youth Chorale spring recital highlights the talent of 85 singers ages seven to 17 at the Phil, May 21 at 3 p.m. 597-1900.



Baron Vaughn. The actor and comedian, currently a season regular on the TV show Fairly Legal, makes a stop at the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island, May 5–8. 389-6900.


Beehive. TheatreZone brings back the ‘60s in this musical featuring more than 40 songs, including those made famous by The Supremes, Aretha Franklin and Connie Francis, May 5–15. (888) 966-3352.


Bug. The Laboratory Theater of Florida offers the story of a sleazy hotel room and its occupants in the underbelly of Oklahoma, performed at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, May 19–28. 333-1933.


Deadly Prowl.Ride the rails with the Fort Myers Murder Mystery Dinner Train and witness the story of a villainous cat burglar after a rare red diamond and the famed detective out to save the day, beginning May 27. 275-8487.


The Devil’s Music.The story of blues legend Bessie Smith, the raciest entertainer of the 1930s, is presented by Florida Repertory Theatre, May 3–22 at the Arcade Theatre. 332-4488.


The Jason Bishop Show. One of America’s hottest and most versatile illusionists brings his magic to the Phil, May 13 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Loni Love. Get your giggle on with one of Comedy Central’s “10 Comedians to Watch” performing at the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island, May 26–29. 389-6900.


Rumors. In this comedy by Neil Simon, four upper-class New York couples arrive at a dinner party only to find their host dead and hostess missing. Presented by Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre through May 15. 263-7990.


A Second Helping. Based in 1969, the sequel to The Church Basement Ladies shows how women deal with new-age things, such as guitars and pantsuits, in church. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents this comedy through May 29. 278-4422.


A Slim Chance of Murder. Throughout the month the Murder Mystery Dinner Train in Fort Myers portrays the story of a wealthy socialite couple taking on the mob. 275-8487.


STOMP. This presentation of percussion with untraditional instruments comes to Mann Hall as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series, through May 1. 481-4849.



Alice in Wonderland Jr. Some of Southwest Florida’s youngest talent takes the stage at the Foulds Theatre in this classic tale presented by Creative Theater Workshop, May 5–14.


And Then They Came for Me. Experience a multimedia retelling of the life of Anne Frank and two Holocaust survivors presented by the Florida Repertory Theatre at the Foulds Theatre, May 21 at 11 a.m. 332-4488.


Charlotte’s Web. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents the classic tale of Wilbur the pig and his spider friend, Charlotte, through May 13. 278-4422.


Lab Rats. The Laboratory Theater of Florida treats kids to a show and activity May 21 at 9 a.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.


Magic Carpet Concert. The NPO highlights three different sections of the orchestra this month in its concert for kids: brass, May 14; percussion, May 21; and strings, May 28. Each section hosts two concerts at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 597-1900.


Sensational Saturday. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida holds activities, games and crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the Natural Café. 262-0304.



Brunch in the Gardens. Treat mom to a multitude of flowers and food at the Naples Botanical Garden’s Mother’s Day Brunch. 643-7275.


International Migratory Bird Day. Celebrate the journey of feathered friends on May 14 with J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Panther National Wildlife Reserve or Ten Thousand Islands. 472-1100.


Mother’s Day Brunch. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates welcomes moms and families to the grounds for a bountiful brunch, May 8 at 11 a.m. 334-7419.


SoapFest. Stars from shows such as All My Children, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless come to Marco Island for the 13th annual charity weekend, May 14–15. 394-0080.


Taste of Collier. Savor samples from local vendors and enjoy live entertainment at this festival of food favorites at Bayfront on May 1. 272-1907, ext. 436.



Dogs in the Garden. The Naples Botanical Garden opens its doors every Saturday from 3–5 p.m. for canines and their human companions to take a walk. 643-7275.


Great Dock Canoe Race. Grab a paddle partner and head to Crayton Cove in Naples for the annual canoe race, May 14 at 11 a.m. www.greatdockcanoerace.com.


Rookery Bay. Two daily, two-hour guided kayak tours of Rookery Bay, Hall Bay and mangrove tunnels take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. 417-6310, ext. 401.


Southern Extreme Water Ski Show. Enjoy a free show at Miromar Outlets every Sunday at 4 p.m. 494-2774.


Triple Crown Baseball Tournament. Head out to North Collier Regional Park for a ball game and watch Florida’s youth play for a spot in the summer nationals tournament. Round one runs May 7–8; round two runs May 21–22. 580-9490.



Cape Coral Public Library. Author and aviator David Helms has put years of research into his lecture “Beyond the Dawn: Amelia’s Last Flight,” a seminar about the mysteries of Amelia Earhart’s final voyage, May 9 at noon. 533-4500.


Collier County Public Library. Elizabeth Bozzo takes you to India for a recounting of Madame Ghabdi’s famous family in “Portrayals of Historical Women: Indira Ghandi,” May 3 at 6 p.m. Park Ranger Gail Fox presents a look at the Everglades with “Eye of the Beholder,” May 17 at 2 p.m. 593-0177.


Marilyn’s. Improve your look with wardrobe and accessorizing tips from Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s European Shoes & Accessories in downtown Naples, on May 12 and 26 at 11 a.m. 206-4460.


Marco Island Public Library. Discover new looks in your own wardrobe with stylist Cheryl Lampard’s presentation “Shopping Your Closet,” May 10 at 2 p.m. 394-3272.


Taste of Raku. A three-hour pottery workshop at Rosen Gallery & Studios, May 5 from 6–9 p.m. 821-1061.



21st Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Celebration. Honor outstanding educators on May 3 at the Phil, benefiting the Education Foundation of Collier County. $250. 643-4755.

Derby Dash. May 7 at Handsome Harry’s to benefit the Naples Junior Woman’s Club. $45 and up. 262-6331. 

An Evening of Jazz. Part of the Illuminating an Era of Art Dinner Series to benefit Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, May 7. $175. 333-1933.

Learning for Life Recognition Dinner. May 23 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre to benefit Learning for Life. $20. 218-9758.

Savor the Flavor. May 7 at the Community School courtyard to benefit The Community School of Naples. $100. 597-7575.

Sweet Memories Chocolate Gala. May 14 at Heritage Palms Country Club to benefit Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. $75. 437-3007.

Yabba Island Pirate Ball. May 4 at Yabba Island Grill to benefit the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. $500. 514-0084.

All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.

Submit events for this calendar to kristiea@gulfshorelife.com.

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