Before hopping across the pond for their first European tour in 20 years, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will perform at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 at Germain Arena. The band is sure to play several favorites such as Free Fallin’ and Last Dance with Mary Jane. germainarena.com.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) may be the most famous artist of the 20th century. What may not be well known is that, in addition to his paintings and sculpture, he made ceramics in the southern French town of Vallauris, where he lived from 1948 to 1956. From 1951 until 1964, he designed a great variety of linocut posters for Vallauris’ annual ceramics exhibitions.
This linocut is one of three variations he made for the 1955 exposition. This work in particular demonstrates Picasso’s interest in the expressive possibilities of the medium where he cut into the linoleum block himself to create the design. He draws the letters “x,” “p,” “o” and “s” in such a way that they serve as the eyes and nose of the face on the poster. Picasso’s choice of using only two colors creates a dramatic contrast and push and pull for the viewer’s eyes to focus on first the image and then the words or vice versa.
Picasso was brilliant in creating an original type that was as visual as it was expressive. His posters not only served the purpose to advertise the exhibition but also they are an aesthetic object—a work of art. This duality causes Picasso’s posters to be highly sought after and collectible. This piece may be seen at Marianne Friedland Gallery in Naples.
Consider skipping breakfast on may 6. You’ll want to come hungry to Taste of Collier from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bayfront Inn, where you can sample some of the best dishes in the county. Your taste buds will dance with delight when you try signature dishes from Real Seafood Co., McCormick & Schmick’s and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion. While you’re munching your way through the fair, catch the ice carving and chefs’ competitions. 272-1907, tasteofcollier.com.
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One might say Nick Romano, 26, was destined for a life with animals, having grown up working behind the scenes with his grandma at a zoo, but it wasn’t until Romano moved to Miami after college that he became an exotic animal trainer with Wild Animal World. Fast forward to five years later, and Romano has every certification associated with exotic animal training. He handles scorpions, alligators and Burmese pythons with ease. Romano will be one of the exotic trainers presenting 10 animals during the Up Close, Personal and Wild show from 2–4 p.m. on May 12 at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. (495-8989, artcenterbonita.org)
What kind of pets do you have?
I have a golden retriever named Rosco and a Bengal house cat named Gia. When it comes to pets, exotic animals should not be kept as pets. You need the licensing, spacing and funds to own one. You can’t treat exotic animals the same way as a cat or dog. Exotic animals are a lifestyle more than anything else. You have to hang out with them and handle them every day in order for them to work well.
What animals will you be featuring in the Up Close, Personal and Wild presentation?
I believe we’re bringing an African emperor scorpion, a Buffo toad, Larry the alligator, Sunny the 10-foot long Burmese python, Sandy the desert fox, Lancelot the North American porcupine, Antonio the anteater, Eva the blue and gold macaw, Isis the honey bear and, the grand finale animal, Maggie the lemur.
What’s the best thing about working with animals every day?
It’s a dream come true. You’re inspiring young children to work with animals. I get to see their eyes light up every day.
This month marks the beginning of a new tradition in Southwest Florida—ArtsNaples World Festival. For the inaugural event, the festival will offer a taste of Russian art, symphony, 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. 47). artsnaplesworldfestival.org.
Escape to G & L Theatre to catch TheatreZone’s delightful, tongue-in-cheek love story The Boy Friend. The musical shares the tale of Polly, an English heiress attending finishing school on the French Riviera, and Tony, a delivery boy; on stage May 3–13. (888) 966-3352, theatrezone-florida.com.
Artists come from all over the world to capture the brilliance of Southwest Florida’s natural blessings. This month, the Art League of Fort Myers shares works that celebrate our abundant beauty during Busting Out All Over, which exhibits May 4–25; a reception is at 6 p.m. on May 4. 275-3970, artleagueoffortmyers.org.