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May Calendar


Alliance for the Arts. Sculpture: An Invitational is on display from May 4–26. 939-2787.


Art League of Fort Myers. Busting Out All Over exhibits May 4–25; reception is at 6 p.m. on May 4. 275-3970.


Art of the Olympians. Through May 26, Italian Olympian Emanuela Pierantozzi’s sculpture and mixed media exhibition, Chiseled: The Core of a Man, will be on display. 332-5055.


BIG Arts Center. Students are given a chance to exhibit at Student Art on display May 4–24. 395-0900.


Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Local high school students compete for scholarships during the Student Showcase on display May 4–10; reception at 6 p.m. on May 4. 495-8989.


Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Snakes and Lizards, an exhibition created by Lee County students, is on display to May 25. 334-7419.


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 4. fortmyersartwalk.com.


Howl Gallery. SWFL Lives!, an annual show featuring the best local artists, exhibits from May 4–31. 332-0161.


The Imaginarium. Treasure!, an exhibition that explores the history of treasures and treasure hunting, is on display to May 20. 321-7420.


Marianne Friedland Gallery. Spring into Summer, an exhibition of paintings and prints by major American and European artists, will exhibit May5–29. 262-3484.


Crowd shots: Some of Spanish painter Juan Genoves’ famous crowd paintings, including Secuencias 92, are on display at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art in the exhibit, A Retrospective.Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. On display this month is Juan Genovés’ A Retrospective; Leaders in American Modernism; Modern Mexican Masters; and The Mouse House, featuring works from the Olga Hirshhorn collection. 597-1900.


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Pam Schwantes and Fort Myers High School IB students will display work beginning May 4. 333-1933.


The von Liebig Art Center. Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor: Selected Works of Photography from the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will exhibit to May 5. 262-6517.



ABBA: The Concert. Naples Philharmonic Orchestra teams up with the world’s foremost ABBA tribute band to play classics such as Dancing Queen and S.O.S. at 8 p.m. on May 18 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Bach Ensemble Troubadours. The Bayshore Cultural & Performing Arts Center offers the group’s performance as part of the Erich Kunzel Concert Series at 7 p.m. on May 4 at Edison State College, Collier Campus. 775-2800.


Blues Brothers Soul Band. The tribute artists play at 7 p.m. on May 18 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center as part of Music Walk. 333-1933.


Brahms to Bach. Judy Christy plays masterworks from British, Russian and German composers on her oboe at 8 p.m. on May 15 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Chris Cornell. The former lead vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave plays an acoustic set at 7:30 p.m. on May 15 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.


Dave Bennet’s Clarinet Swing Kings. The Dave Bennet Band and vocalist Carol McCartney team up with Naples Philharmonic Orchestra to play some smooth jazz at 8 p.m. on May 3 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Fort Myers Music Walk. Listen to a wide range of musical styles from jazz to rock performing throughout the River District beginning at 7 p.m. on May 18. fortmyersmusicwalk.com.


Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers. The chorus performs a Memorial Day concert at 11 a.m. on May 25 at Moorings Park. mastersingersfm.com.


Glee Spree. Catch local choir clubs competing for the crown of Glee Spree Champions as part of the Live! at the Promenade series at 7 p.m. on May 10 at Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.


Gulfcoast Symphony. The orchestra plays a Classical Access Concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 6 at Bishop Verot High School. 277-1700.


Très bien: The Morgenstern Trio performs at the Phil on May 2.Morgenstern Trio. A pianist, violinist and cellist combine their talents to create exquisite chamber music at 8 p.m. on May 2 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth is performed with guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and violinist Augustin Hadelich at 8 p.m. on May 11–12. As part of the Family Fare series, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra plays at 3 p.m. on May 6; all concerts at the Phil. 597-1900.


Southwest Florida Symphony. The string quartet presents a free Cupcake Concert as part of the symphony’s Family Series at 10 a.m. on May 5 at Cape Coral Library and at 2 p.m. on May 19 at the Alliance for the Arts.


The Youth Orchestra will conclude its season with a Salute to Seniors, in honor of the graduating seniors, at 7 p.m. on May 13 at Cypress Lake High School Auditorium. 418-1500.


Straight No Chaser. The 10-man a cappella group will serenade you at 8 p.m. on May 9 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The makers of such memorable hits as I Won’t Back Down and Free Fallin’ play at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 at Germain Arena. germainarena.com.


Under the Streetlamp. Broadway’s Jersey Boys have turned into a winning quartet, delivering an evening of hits from Doo-Wop to the The Drifters; the group performs at 7:30 p.m. on May 17 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.


Youth Chorale Recital. The Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorale, featuring 85 voices of singers ages seven to 17, performs at 3 p.m. on May 19 at the Phil. 597-1900.



Beauty and the Beast Jr. The beloved fairytale is presented by Center for the Arts Youth Theater May 25–26 at Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.


The Boy Friend. TheatreZone offers a delightful tongue-in-cheek love story about Polly, an English heiress attending finishing school on the French Riviera, and Tony, a delivery boy; on stage May 3–13 at the G&L Theatre. (888) 966-3352.


Cinderella. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s magical story of a fairy godmother, a pumpkin carriage and a pair of glass slippers will enchant audiences from May 17 to June 23 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.


Legally Blonde. The movie-gone-musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority queen who is dumped by her beau but follows him to law school to win him back. The show is on stage to May 13 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.


Marriage is Murder. Mystery writing duo and ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler act out various murderous crimes in attempt to outdo each other, discovering marriage and murder have a good deal in common. Catch the comedy from May 10–19 at the Herb Strauss Theater. 472-6862.


Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Ride the rails and see a mystery solved before your eyes, showing this month are Deadly Doubles, to August 5; and Dice, Deeds & Death, to Sept. 1. 275-8487.


The Mystery of Irma Vep. Werewolves, mummies and vampires all share the stage in this comical parody of the classic melodrama showing from May 1–20 at the Florida Repertory Theatre. 332-4488.


Naples City Improv. The troupe offers up a healthy slice of laughter and word play on May 4 at the Norris Community Center. 682-0638.


Off the Hook Comedy Club. Capt. Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar hosts a variety of comedians throughout the month: Pauly Shore, May 10–13; Bret Ernst, May 17–20; and Amy Schumer, May 24–27. 389-6900.


The Plague. The sickness has befallen a small city in Algeria, revealing the true nature of each citizen. The Laboratory Theater of Florida presents this play from May 11–26 at Kiwanis Hall. 218-0481.


School House Rock. The cartoon series that taught us about adjectives, multiplication and history brings favorites like Just a Bill and Conjunction Junction to the stage at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through May 11. 278-4422.


Steel Magnolias. The Naples Players offer a story of life and death, which illustrates the strength and beauty of the bond among a group of women, in this play by Robert Harling; on stage to May 12. 263-7990.



ArtsNaples World Festival. For one week, May 12–18, immerse yourself in Russian art, orchestral concerts, opera, theater, chamber music, virtuoso piano recitals, jazz, cuisine and cinema at several venues throughout Naples; read all about it in this month’s “Culture Watch” (p. 50). artsnaplesworldfestival.org.


Marilyn’s. Improve your look with wardrobe and accessorizing tips from Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s European Shoes & Accessories in downtown Naples, at 11 a.m. on May 16. 206-4460.


Marissa Collections. Stop by the store on Third Street South for the Tamara Comolli mini jewelry show on May 4. 263-4333.


Naples Zoo. Moms get in free with the purchase of a child ticket on May 13. The zoo offers free admission to all active and retired military personnel from May 18–21 in celebration of the armed forces. 262-5409.


North Naples Green Market. Enjoy fresh, local produce and food from more than 40 vendors every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shoppes at Vanderbilt. 594-9358.


Palm Cottage. The month of May ushers in summer hours at the cottage, open for tours from 1–4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In honor of Mother’s Day, moms receive free admission on May 12.


River District Farmers’ Market. This lively green market offers a variety of local produce, seafood, baked goods, cheeses and plants every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centennial Park parking lot. 321-7100.


Taste of Collier. Treat your taste buds to the best food the area has to offer at this annual event, which features ice carving and a chefs’ competition, from noon to 4 p.m. on May 6 at Bayfront Inn. tasteofcollier.com.


Third Thursday on Third. Live music and other festivities on Third Street South in Naples on the third Thursday of the month. 434-6533.


Head shot: Get Up Close, Personal and Wild, with the exotic animals at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs on May 12.Up Close, Personal and Wild. Get some face time with a kinkajou, alligator, lemur and a few of their exotic friends at a presentation from 2–4 p.m. on May 12 at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. 495-8989.



Orange Blossom Special. Competitive cycling races for every age and the Tropicool 5K run make May 5–6 a healthy weekend for Southwest Floridians. orangeblossomnaples.com.


Stand Up Paddleboard Luau Races. If you prefer paddling dressed in a grass skirt and coconut bra (or raising funds for Special Olympics of Collier County), grab your board and oar and head for the races from noon to 3 p.m. on May 5 at Bayfront Marketplace and Marina. 370-6577.


All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.

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

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