November 26, 2014

Calendar

Art

Marianne Friedland Gallery. Continuing through Feb. 9: Five Decades of Painting, highlighting the career of German-born painter Friedel Dzubas. Opening Feb. 10 to run through Feb. 28, a show of new paintings by Wolf Kahn. Information: 262-3484.

Harmon-Meek Gallery. Continuing through Feb. 12: new paintings of Positano by Bob Kane. Opening Feb. 13 to run through Feb. 26, an exhibition of new egg tempera paintings by Robert Vickrey, followed by Flowers from Hunt Slonem, Feb. 27-March 12. Information: 261-3637.

Art League of Marco Island. Continuing through Feb. 23: Tea for Two-Table for Two, featuring works by the Art League Clay Guild, Terry Hunt, Ida Pauken, Rinny Ryan and Daniel Gomez. Opening Feb. 5 to run through Feb. 19: Nature Series Photography Exhibit, followed by East Meets West, Feb. 27-March 30, featuring works by Billie Collins, Miki Kusekabi and Mary Ludington. Also this month: juried fine art and craft show, Feb. 5 and 6. Information: 394-4221.

Von Liebig Art Center. Continuing through Feb. 27: Josette Urso: Circle Collage, featuring works by the New York artist. Information: 262-6517.

Naples Museum of Art. Continuing through April 3: Victor Vasarely: Founder of Op Art, a retrospective on the Hungarian-born artist's career. Also through April 3: American Women: A Selection from the National Portrait Gallery. And opening Feb. 4 to run through May 1: Matisse, Picasso & Friends: Impressionism to Surrealism: Masterworks of French Painting and Sculpture From the Baltimore Museum of Art. Information: 597-1900.

The Phil Galleries. Continuing through July 31: The Grand Tour in Miniature: British Royalty. Also this month: Edward Weston: Life Work, a 99-image retrospective of the photographer's five-decade career. Information: 597-1900.

Eckert Fine Art. Running Feb. 1-27: works by Robert Rauschenberg and Darryl Pottorf, including six rarely seen Rauschenberg works from the '70s. Information: 261-1100.

Shaw Gallery of Naples. New works by painter Michelle Torrez; reception 5 p.m. Feb. 4. Information: 261-7828.

ARTgalleryflorida. On view Feb. 4-18 at the Fifth Avenue North gallery: acrylics by Sandi Badash, oils by Katie Burgess, and acrylics, watercolors and mixed media works by Lee Dowling; reception 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Information: 213-0248.

Cape Coral Arts Studio. The SW Florida Craft Guild's annual juried members show takes place Feb. 4-25. Information: 574-0802.

Alliance for the Arts. The All-Florida Juried Exhibition, showcasing two- and three-dimensional art, runs Feb. 4-March 5. Also on view in the Member Gallery: works by Ruth Wilson Sousa. Information: 939-2787.

Phillips Gallery. An invitational show at the Sanibel space kicks off with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and continues through Feb. 26. Information: 395-0900.

Alla Prima Pastel. The Southwest Florida Pastel Society holds its second annual fund-raising event from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at the River Park Community Center. Five Florida artists work in concert, moving paintings from easel to easel to create collaborative works; participants include Karen Stone, Ron Seitler, Jose Maria Castillo, Darlene Morgensen and Terri Wegman. A portion of the proceeds go toward repairing hurricane damage at the Charlotte County Arts Center. Information: 649-0167.

Weatherburn Gallery. On view Feb. 10-28: Abstract Forms, featuring works by American painter and sculptor James Wille Faust, known for his participation in the Absolut vodka ad campaigns. Information: 263-8008.

DeBruyne Fine Art. Opening Feb. 10: the oil paintings of Carol Sadowski, the wood sculptures of Matthew Placzek and the still-life paintings of Gerald Stinski. Opening Feb. 24: oil paintings of Mediterranean and American land and seascapes by Marilyn Simandle. Information: 262-4551.

Art League of Bonita Springs Center for the Arts. Running Feb. 10-24: The Art of Collecting Art; opening reception 6 p.m. Feb. 11. Information: 495-8989.

Arte Direct Gallery. An art and wine reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Shirley Street gallery. Information: 591-2303.

New River Fine Art Gallery. Running Feb. 18-March 4: a study of graphic works by Picasso and Rembrandt. Information: 435-4515.

Beth El Invitational Fine Art Show. More than 30 Southwest Florida artists will participate in this show, Feb. 19 and 20 at the Dubin Cultural Center, Temple Beth El, in Fort Myers. For more information call 433-0018.

Gardner-Colby Gallery. A one-man show for Copley Society Master Frank Corso opens Feb. 24 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Information: 403-7012.

Naples National Art Festival. Cambier Park welcomes artists from around the nation at this two-day event, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27. Information: 513-2492.

ArtFest Fort Myers. The 32nd annual juried show takes place in downtown Fort Myers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27. Information: 768-3602.

Benefits

Naples Winter Wine Festival. Vintner dinner parties at 17 private estates Feb. 4, a wine auction Feb. 5 and a memorable brunch Feb. 6 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort are the highlights of this year's event; proceeds to benefit the Naples Children and Education Founda-tion. Information: 514-2239.

Foundation for Lee County Public Schools GEMS Auction. Get that bling-bling feeling at this auction, set for Feb. 5 at Gulf Coast Coin & Jewelry Brokers. Information: 337-0433.

Bonita Springs Assistance Office. A Mardi Gras charity ball and auction to aid with the office's good work in the community, Feb. 5 at Pelican's Nest Golf Club. Tickets $125; call 992-3034.

An Affair to Remember. A gala evening to benefit Classic Chamber Concerts, 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Quartetto Gelato performs; gourmet dinner and live and silent auctions. Ticket information: 434-8505.

Mending Broken Hearts With Hope. An event to benefit the Shelter for Abused Women, featuring keynote speaker Denise Simpson. Champagne reception and silent auction 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Registry; luncheon and speech to follow. Tickets $250; call 775-3862.

Southwest Florida Symphony Society Symphony House. A two-designer showcase Feb. 10-27 at The Palms of McGregor, a new Mediterranean courtyard home in Fort Myers. Information: 489-0374.

Disco Inferno. A party to benefit the Art League of Marco Island and the Marco Island YMCA, 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Radisson Suite Beach Resort on Marco. Tickets $50; call 394-4221.

Hearts of Hope Gala. A black-tie dinner/dance/reception to benefit Hope Hospice, Feb. 19 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Tickets $250 (patron), $300 (benefactor); call 482-4673.

American Heart Association of Collier Heart Ball. Give your heart a workout with some dancing after dinner, Feb. 19 at the Registry. Tickets $500 or $750; call Kelly at 498-9288.

Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support/Caring Women Bond to Beat Breast Cancer. Keynote speaker Loretta LaRoche joins locals at this luncheon Feb. 23 at the Ritz-Carlton. For tickets, call 417-4600.

Mental Health Association of Collier County Foundation Third Annual Wet Paint Auction. Bid on what area artists have wrought while enjoying a buffet dinner, Feb. 24 at IronStone Bank. Tickets $95; call 261-5405.

Edison College Foundation Holland T. Salley LIFE Award Luncheon. Fred Pezeshkan, CEO of Kraft Construc-tion, is this year's honoree, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Registry. Information: 732-3718.

J. Timothy Hogan Foundation Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. The first event of this type to benefit the foundation, which helps pay for evaluation and treatment for children with mental illnesses, is set for Feb. 26 at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club. Tickets $100; call 263-8838.

Magic Under the Mangroves. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event featuring author Carl Hiassen, live and silent auctions, a gourmet dinner and more, March 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. under a tent on the Nature Center grounds. Tickets $400; call 262-0304.

Comedy

Bill Cosby. The ever-popular comedian returns to the Phil for two shows at 6 and 9 p.m. Feb. 14. Information: 597-1900.

Dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. A mix of jazz, modern dance and ballet from this acclaimed company, 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Under the direction of Jean-Christophe Maillot, the company presents William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Maillot's Vers Un Pays Sage, and the Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet, 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Tap City. The New York City Tap Festival Co. celebrates the art of the tap dance Feb. 26 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Miscellaneous

Collier County Museum. Continuing through March 31: an exhibit exploring The Maple Leaf: An American Civil War Shipwreck. Information: 774-8476.

Everglades Seafood Festival. Lots of gator nuggets, Indian fry bread, arts and crafts booths, and live music in Everglades City, Feb. 4-6. Information: 695-3781.

Greater Naples Luxury Home Tour. Gulfshore Life and Midwest Home magazines present this tour of

multi-million-dollar homes, showcasing the latest in design and building products, Feb. 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20. Information: 594-9980.

Edison Festival of Light. Fort Myers' really big celebration of all things Edison includes the City of Palms Block Party, Feb. 4; Bell Tower Strolling Flower Show, Feb. 5 and 6; Crafts on the River, Feb. 18-20; the Grand Parade, stadium and fireworks show, Feb. 19; and more. Information: 334-2999.

Broadway on Ice. Ice icon Brian Boitano and songstress Deborah Gibson headline this event, Feb. 4-6 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Naples Garden Club House and Garden Tour. Five homes in Port Royal and Aqualane Shores will be open for viewing Feb. 5 during this event, which benefits the club's scholarship and community work funds. Tickets $50; available at Paper Merchant downtown, Venetian Village, The Promenade in Bonita Springs and Fantastic Flowers on Davis Boulevard.

Evening on Fifth. Shopping, entertainment and more, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 10 along Naples' Main Street. Information: 435-3742.

Bromeliad Plant Sale. If you're on the lookout for exotic plants, stop by this sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 26 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs. Information: 992-4343.

Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair. Agriculture, entertainment, midway rides and games, and more, Feb. 25-March 6 at Lee Civic Center. Information: 543-7469.

Naples Press Club's Authors & Books Festival. The third annual bookfest features dozens of authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes (John James Audubon: The Making of an American and some 20 other books), former presidential candidate George McGovern (The Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition), mystery writers S.V. Date, Tim Dorsey and Bob Morris, and many more, Feb. 26 and 27. Also: panels, a children's tent and poetry readings. Main venue: Collier County Professional Development Center. Information: authorsandbooksfestival.org.

Music

Ben Heppner. The Met's drama-tic tenor performs 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

William Ferguson. Yet another tenor in concert, Feb. 3 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Naples Philharmonic Reaching Out Series. The Phil's Woodwind Ensemble serves as your Musical Passport to China, Cuba, Ireland and more, 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at Temple Shalom and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at San Marco Catholic Church. Information: 597-1900.

Southwest Florida Symphony. Violinist Miriam Fried joins the orchestra in concerts honoring the Four Bs-Berlioz, Bartok, Bruch and Brahms-Feb. 4 and 5 at the First Assembly of God Church in Fort Myers. Information: 418-1500.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Get into those Dixieland sounds Feb. 5 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Concerts With Commentary. Pianist Ruth Laredo offers French Delicacies, with works from Ravel and Franck, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Phil's Daniels Pavilion. She's joined by guest violinist Nicholas Kendall. Information: 597-1900.

Natalie Cole. Will she be Unforgettable? Find out at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Marian McPartland Trio. Often dubbed the "First Lady of Piano Jazz," McPartland swings into the Phil at 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Information: 597-1900.

Pontremoli Trio. The classical trio performs Feb. 10 at BigArts' Schein Hall. Information: 395-0900.

Naples Philharmonic Classical Series. Conductor Jorge Mester and guest violinist Robert McDuffie explore gems from Barber and Brahms, 8 p.m. Feb. 10-12 and 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Sunday Jazz Series with Dick Hyman. Piano man Hyman does Improvs on Songs of the 1930s,

3 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Phil's Daniels Pavilion. Information: 597-1900.

Naples Music Club. The club presents the African American Choral Ensemble from Indiana University, 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at the First United Methodist Church. Information: 513-0180.

Symphony on Sanibel. The Southwest Florida Symphony Chamber Chorus joins guest guitarist Jason Vieaux in Love's Greeting, Feb. 13 at Schein Hall. Information: 418-1500.

B.J.'s Big Band Orchestra. Performing as part of the Broadway Palm's Concert Series, a special Valentine's event Feb. 14 that includes dinner and concert. Information: 278-4422.

Jon Weber. Jazz pianist and raconteur Weber, whom some have compared to Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson, dazzles Feb. 15 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Naples Concert Band. The band performs its monthly free concert 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Cambier Park (rain venue: Gulf Coast High). Also: Prism Concert, Feb. 27. Information: 263-9521.

Loretta Lynn. Lynn has been a linchpin of country music for decades, and she's still the one to turn to for heartfelt humor and drama. 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

The Four Freshmen. Harmonies of yesteryear, Feb. 19 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Roberta Flack. Flack works her musical magic 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Rising Stars. Young pianist Ben Michael plays Beethoven, Brahms and more in a Classic Chamber Concert event 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at Norris Center. Information: 434-8505.

Stained Glass Series. Mystics and Kings offers music by Mozart and Handel from Southwest Florida Symphony musicians, 3 p.m. Feb. 20. For venue information, call 418-1500.

Charlotte Symphony. The sym-phony presents operatic and Broadway selections from Teri Hansen and Kip Wilborn, Feb. 20 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Information: (941) 625-5996.

La Bohème. Teatro Lirico D'Europa performs Puccini's tragic masterpiece 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Laszlo Varga. The Hungarian-American cellist plays Feb. 22 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Naples Philharmonic Pops Series. Take a trip back to The Nifty Fifties with conductor Jack Everly, who celebrates TV show theme songs, Elvis Presley and more. 8 p.m. Feb. 22-26 and 2 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Southwest Florida Symphony Pops Series. Broadway performers Susan Egan and Sal Viviano invite you to Come to the Cabaret, Feb. 25 and 26 at Harborside Event Center. Information: 418-1500.

Artie Shaw Orchestra. Now led by clarinetist Dick Johnson, the orchestra performs its special brand of jazz, swing and bebop 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Sanibel Music Festival. The three-week festival begins March 1 with the Musicians From Marlboro. For a complete schedule, call 336-7999.

Sports

Florida Everblades. The local team hits the ice at Germain Arena against the Mississippi Sea Wolves, Feb. 8; Roanoke Express, Feb. 11 and 12; and the Pensacola Ice Pilots, Feb. 18 and 19. Information: 948-PUCK.

Talks

Planned Parenthood of Collier County's 30th Anniversary Celeb-ration: An Evening with Gloria Steinem. Steinem speaks Feb. 1 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m.; dinner and lecture at 6:30 p.m. Information: 262-8923, ext. 5.

Quest Educational Foundation Speaker Series. Longtime TV news reporter Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias, is this month's special guest, Feb. 4 at the Ritz-Carlton. For ticket information, call 643-3573.

Four O'Clock at the Movies. Humanities professor Elaine Newton talks about what to see and what to avoid, 4 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Phil's Daniels Pavilion. Information: 597-1900.

Rookery Bay Natural Connections. Going Batty is the subject for this month's lecture, 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the reserve's Environmental Living Center. Information: 417-6310.

Naples/Fort Myers Town Hall. Former CIA director George Tenet is guest speaker, Feb. 25 at the Registry. Information: 261-6524.

Naples Council on World Affairs. Speakers this month include Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman on Missions on the African Continent, Feb. 7; and TV political reporter and author Cokie Roberts on Nation Raising: Influential Women Through the Ages, Feb. 28. Talks at 3:45 and 7:30 p.m. in Kinney Hall at St. John the Evangelist Church. Information: www.ncwa-fl.org.

Critic's Choice. Elaine Newton discusses The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 10 a.m.

Feb. 26 in the Phil's Daniels Pavilion. Information: 597-1900.

Theater

Proof. The award-winning play about a young woman haunted by math and memories wraps up its run Feb. 5 at the Naples Players' Blackburn Hall in the Sugden Theatre. Information: 263-7990.

42nd Street. Take a nostalgic trip back in time via this backstage classic, through Feb. 19 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Information: 278-4422.

Come Fly With Me. A tribute to Frank Sinatra, running through March 5 at The Old Schoolhouse on Sanibel. Information: 472-6868.

Anything Goes. The Cole Porter hit, including such tunes as You're the Top and Let's Do It, continues through March 6 at the Naples Dinner Theatre. Information: 514-STAR (7827).

Forever Plaid. A musical foursome returns from beyond the grave for a long-anticipated concert, through April 2 at Off Broadway Palm Theatre. Information: 278-4422.

The Sexy Sixties. A musical look back at that daring decade, presented Monday evenings and at Saturday matinees through April 18 at the Naples Dinner Theatre. Information: 514-STAR (7827).

State Fair. The Rodgers and Hammerstein happy hokum about love and family, centered around a really great state fair, comes to life Feb. 2-6 in a Charlotte Players production at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Charlotte High campus. Information: 255-1022.

The House of Blue Leaves. John Guare's black comedy about would-be songwriter Artie Shaughnessy and his extremely dysfunctional family, Feb. 2-26 at the Naples Players' Tobye Studio. Information: 263-7990.

Phantom of the Opera. The Andrew Lloyd Webber mega-hit, Feb. 2-27 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.

Signs of Life. A comedy by Deborah Brevoort that takes place "on a magical night in New Jersey." We'll play along. Feb. 3-19 in a Theatre Conspiracy production at the Foulds Theatre. Information: 936-3239.

Sweeney Todd. That demon barber is back at it in Stephen Sondheim's meaty musical, Feb. 4-20 at the Cultural Park Theatre in Cape Coral. Information: 772-5862.

Morning's at Seven. Paul Osborn's warm look at four small-town sisters some 50 years ago, Feb. 11-March 6 at Florida Repertory Theatre. Information: 332-4488.

Cookin'. A Korean import that blends martial arts, drumming, dance and comedy for fast-paced fun, 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Don't Dress for Dinner. A farce about-what else?-attempted seduction, playing on select dates Feb. 17-March 6 in a Marco Players production. Information: 642-7270.

Gypsy. The Gypsy Rose Lee story as told by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, Feb. 24-April 3 at Off Broadway Palm. Information: 278-4422.