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May Highlights

Celebrate your mom with a delectable Mother’s Day Brunch at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates on May 8 at 11 a.m. Even the choosiest of eaters will find something delicious on the menu, which includes quiche, mahi-mahi and other selections. After brunch, explore the Caloosahatchee River and tour the estate’s historic homes, gardens and museum. Registration is required; call 334-7419.

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Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) was a formidable presence in the art world. Her work that survives her is as impressive and imposing as she was. Dawn’s Forest, now on display at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Art Museum, is one of her last great works. The installation of a dozen separate objects asserts Nevelson’s significant grasp on everything that makes sculpture important. It has a grand scale. She makes substantial use of an ordinary material: wood. Her composition is dramatic and her sense of mass and form is extraordinary. She plays plane against volume and vertical with horizontal.

In choosing to paint the sculpture white, she allows a maximum range of subtle colors to give the work dimension in its reflection. Her use of a single color also unites all the disparate shapes and elements into a single, massive arrangement with monumental weight and a strong presence.

This work exhibits her knowledge of modern art. She has synthesized elements from cubism, constructivism, assemblage and architecture. The sculpture personifies Nevelson; she was a woman who was rarely discouraged and competed in what was considered a man’s artistic medium. Dawn’s Forest is a demonstration of her confidence and ambition as an artist determined to define monumental sculpture on her own terms.—Mark Ormond


Watch Florida’s youth play ball at North Collier Regional Park in the statewide Triple Crown Baseball Tournament. Naples hosts players ages nine to 14 on May 7–8 and May 21–22 for two rounds of elimination play in the tournament. The championships will be held June 10–12 in Kissimmee. For more information, call 252-4267.

Don’t Miss It!

Eleven years ago, Loni Love told jokes around her company water cooler. Now, Love performs her comedy act in venues across the nation. Since dedicating herself to entertainment, Comedy Central and Variety magazine both have tapped Love as one of its Top 10 Comics to Watch. She has starred in two specials for Comedy Central and acted on shows for Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. From May 26–29, Love will launch her "America’s Sister" tour at Capt. Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island. For tickets or more information, call 389-6900.

You’ve performed at Capt. Brien’s before. Why did you launch your new tour here?

I really like going to Marco Island and Capt. Brien’s because there’s good food, and everybody knows I love to eat. Plus, they have a very good sense of humor, so it’s my type of place.

Why did you make the switch from engineering to comedy?

I had been doing stand-up on the side since I was in college. After working for about eight years, I wanted to do something totally different, and I wanted to help people more. Engineering helps people, but entertainment is something that heals. I decided to change careers and try to help people forget about their troubles for a little while.

What can people expect from your show?

I believe it’s funnier when you tell the truth about things, so I deal with relationships, politics and current events, and I tell jokes about myself.—Kristie Aronow


Big hair and big sound characterize TheatreZone’s performance of Beehive—the 60s Musical. Paige Miles, Naples native and American Idol finalist, stars in the musical revue featuring hits spanning the decade, including River Deep, Mountain High and Proud Mary. Performances run May 5–15 at the G&L Theatre. For tickets, call (888) 966-3352.


The Naples Philharmonic goes West for its annual Patriotic Pops program, performing How the West Was Won! on May 26–28. The musical journey includes Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid suite, Home on the Range and Silverado. Maestro Stuart Chafetz leads the orchestra. For tickets, call 597-1900.


Works by cartoonist Doug MacGregor are featured at the Alliance for the Arts from May 6–28. His show, Poked in the Mind’s Eye—The Humorous Perspective of Doug MacGregor consists of illustrations and sculpture. An opening reception is May 6 from 5–7 p.m. For more information, call 939-2787.

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