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New River Fine Art. Continuing through March 4: graphic works by Picasso and Rembrandt. Opening March 18 to run through April 3: Belle Epoque, presenting art from Toulouse Lautrec, Jules Cheret and Tissot. Information: 435-4515.

Alliance for the Arts. Continuing through March 5: All-Florida juried exhibition and works by Ruth Wilson Sousa. Opening March 11 to run through April 2: About Face, featuring portraits by Peg Cullen and Leoma Lovegrove, along with art from Judith Bonhan. Also this month: Angels of the Arts Awards ceremony, March 6 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Information: 939-2787.

Harmon-Meek Gallery. Continuing through March 11: Flowers by Hunt Slonem. Opening March 13 to run through March 25: new paintings by Richard Segalman. March 27-April 8: Tobi Kahn's Paradisus series. Information: 261-2637.

Marianne Friedland Gallery. An exhibition of master prints by American artists, including Frank Stella, James Rosenquist, Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois, Alex Katz and Robert Rauschenberg, opens March 3 and runs through March 31. Information: 262-3484.

Naples Museum of Art. The museum presents Victor Vasarely: Founder of Op Art through April 3. Also on view: American Women: A Selection From the National Portrait Gallery, through April 3; Matisse, Picasso & Friends: Impressionism to Surrealism, Masterworks of French Painting and Sculpture From the Baltimore Museum of Art, through May 1; The Prints of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), through April 3.

Phil Galleries. Edward Weston: Life Work, offering vintage prints from the photographer's career, runs through April 10. Information: 597-1900.

Phillips Gallery. The gallery presents the Sanibel Captiva Art League Juried Show March 3-31; artists' reception 5:30 p.m. March 3. Information: 395-0900.

ARTgalleryflorida. On view March 4-18: mixed media, acrylics and watercolors by Lynn Loscutoff; oil and acrylic paintings by Amos Miller; and mixed media and watercolor paintings by Greg Stuart. Opening reception 5:30 p.m. March 4; Loscutoff presents a slide show 7 p.m. March 10. Information: 213-0248.

Art League of Bonita Springs Center for the Arts. Art Focus 2005 opens with a reception 6 p.m. March 4 and continues through March 17. March 21-31: Southwest Florida Art Council Winners' Circle show; opening reception 6 p.m. March 25. Information: 495-8989.

Von Liebig Art Center. Naples Collects: A Richard Segalman Retro-spective features romantic paintings of women produced by the artist over the past 20 years, March 5- April 16; reception 5:30 p.m. March 4. Also this month: Jade Riedel Scholarship Competition for high school students, March 5-19; NAA Member Juried Exhibition, March 26-June 11. Information: 262-6517.

Art League of Marco Island. A juried art and craft show takes place March 5-6. Also this month: East Meets West, featuring artists Billie Collins, Miki Kusebaki and Mary Ludington, continuing through March 30; stone sculpture student exhibit, March 19-31. Information: 394-4221.

Cape Coral Arts Studio. The 20th annual Art Focus 2005 highlights multimedia works produced during the past year at the Arts Studio; it opens with a noon reception March 6 and runs all month. Information: 574-0802.

Gardner-Colby Gallery. Plein air painters present the tradition of outdoor paintings, with works by Kim English, Jove Wang, Lesley Rich and Ken Auster; reception 5 p.m. March 10. Information: 403-7012.

Weatherburn Gallery. Dutch Impressionism 2, highlighting the works of Hennie DeKorte, runs March 10-24. Information: 263-8008.

Shaw Gallery of Naples. A show highlighting pieces by bronze sculptor Rosalind Cook opens with a 5 p.m. reception March 11. Information: 261-7828.

Friends of Art at the Naples Museum of Art Artists' Studio Tour. The 10th annual event affords the opportunity to visit area artists' studios, 1 to 5 p.m. March 13 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14; tickets $35. Information: 597-1900.

Naples Botanical Garden. An art show featuring the works of Marjorie Renfroe is scheduled for March 14-19. Information: 643-7275.

DeBruyne Fine Art. Works of American Impressionism by Stephen Shortridge opens March 16. Information: 262-4551.


Magic Under the Mangroves. The 40th anniversary celebration of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida welcomes author and conservationist Carl Hiaasen as speaker. Also planned: live and silent auctions, dinner, and more, 6 to 10 p.m. March 2 under a tent on the grounds of the Nature Center at the Conservancy. Tickets $400; call 262-0304 or 261-6800.

Naples Chapter/Coastal Conservation Association Banquet. From 6 to 10 p.m. March 3 at the Elks Lodge on Radio Road. Information: 821-9203 or 597-8910.

Howl at the Moon. Live music and food from Outback Steakhouse, along with a live auction led by Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, March 4 at St. John the Evangelist Church to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Collier County. Tickets $100; call 403-0815.

Cancer Alliance of Naples Moondance. Sounds of Nashville, tastes of Italy and more at this event, 6 to 10 p.m. March 5 at Sur La Mer, Gulfshore Boulevard and Fourth Avenue North, Naples. Tickets $125; call 436-4673.

Under the Sea. An evening featuring cocktails, dinner, auctions and surprises, March 6 at the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum. Tickets $75; proceeds benefit the museum. Call 395-2233 or 472-3151.

American Association of University Women Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon. The Greater Naples branch of the organization gathers for a social hour, silent auction, luncheon and program featuring NBC-2 Weekend news anchor Sloane Heffernan, 11 a.m. March 8 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Resort. Information: 659-1591.

Sunlight Home. Tropical Sounds and Styles is the theme for this luncheon, fashion show and silent auction, 11 a.m. March 9 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, to benefit the Sunlight Home's programs for pregnant women in need. Tickets $50; call 352-0251.

American Business Women's Association Women in History Luncheon. TV news anchor Lois Thome, Economic Development Council of Collier County executive director Tammie Nemecek and Collier County Red Cross executive director Deborah Horvath will be honored at this event to benefit the Neapolitan chapter's scholarship funds, 11 am. to 1:30 p.m. March 11 at the Naples Hilton and Towers. Tickets $75. Information: www.abwaneapolitan.org.

International College Humanitarian Luncheon. Southwest Florida nature photographer Clyde Butcher is the honoree at this year's event, 11 a.m. March 11 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Information: 513-1122.

Surf's Up: A Tribute to the Beach Boys. Part of a fund-raiser for the Naples Art Association March 12 in a parking garage at Coastland Center. Information: 262-6517.

Seacrest Country Day School Gala for Treasures. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the Ritz-Carlton, followed by dinner, auctions and more. Tickets $350 and up; call 793-1986.

Hope for Haiti Dine-Around. Enjoy a 6 p.m. meal March 13 at a private home or restaurant, then head to the Sugden Theatre at 8:30 p.m. for wine, dessert and dancing under the stars. Tickets $250; call 434-7183.

The League Club Fashion Show/ Luncheon/Dinner. Taking place March 14 at the Ritz-Carlton. Tickets $150 for lunch, $300 for dinner; call 592-7386.

Lee County Branch of the American Association of University Women Luncheon. Salad and dessert followed by a concert featuring the Sounds of Florida Chorus, March 14 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets $25; call 277-0942.

Chaine des Rotisseurs Culinary Odyssey. The Chaine is "Puttin' on the Ritz" with a black-tie dinner-dance-auction to aid its culinary and hospitality arts scholarships program, March 16 at the Ritz-Carlton. Tickets $250; call 591-8470.

Celebration of Reading. This annual event welcomes Gov. Jeb Bush, parents George and Barbara, and authors including James Bradley (Flags of Our Father), 6 p.m. March 18 at the Registry. Tickets $250; includes reading program and dinner. Proceeds benefit the Governor's Family Literacy Initiative. Information: 275-5758.

Art for Adoption. A garden party and art show to support China Adoption With Love, a charitable adoption agency, 5 to 7 p.m. March 18 at the Lemon Tree Inn of Naples. Information: 404-9504.

The Community School of Naples: Polo 2005. Champagne brunch, live entertainment and several auctions accompany a professional polo match to benefit the school's financial aid programs; 11:30 a.m. March 19 at Wrenwood Farms. Tickets $150; call 597-7575.

Emerald Ball. To benefit the Catholic Charities of Collier County, March 19 at the Naples Beach Hotel. Tickets $250; call 455-2655.

Storybook Ball. Cocktails, dinner and dancing, 6:30 p.m. March 19 at the Registry. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House. Tickets $250; call 437-0202.

Diamonds & Chrome. A party for Youth Haven, set for March 26 at Harley-Davidson of Naples. On the program: live and silent auctions, fine wines, hors d'oeuvres, and a reverse raffle with a chance to win a Bellataire diamond. Tickets $300; call 774-2904, ext. 203.


Miami City Ballet. Two by Two: Robbins and Balanchine presents works choreographed by masters Jerome and George, 8 p.m. March 1 and 2 at the Phil. Also: Ballet Imperial, featuring Arden Court, La Sonnambula and Ballet Imperial, 8 p.m. March 22 and 23 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Columbia City Ballet. The company presents Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green (the South Carolina-born painter who now lives in Southwest Florida), 8 p.m. March 6 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Tango Pasión. Stir up those dance fevers with this evening of tango and drama, 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 597-1900.


Sanibel Community Association Annual Shell Fair and Show. Lots of shells to browse and admire, March 3-5 at the Sanibel Community Association. Information: 472-2155.

Cirque Eloize: Rain. The Quebec-based company presents its latest production mingling theater, music and amazing physicality, 8 p.m. March 4 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Collier County Museum. This month: Raid on Gopher Ridge Civil War battle re-enactment and encampment, March 5 and 6 at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch. Also: "Unmask the Past" Archaeology Day, March 12. Information: 774-8476.

Swamp Buggy Races. You have to see them to believe them.down-and-dirty racing with a variety of buggy-type vehicles, music, food and more, March 5 and 6 at Florida Sports Park. Information: (800) 897-2701.

Trinity-by-the-Cove and Naples Antiques Show and Sale. Set for March 10-12 at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church; luncheon and lecture also planned. Information: 262-0353.

Fifth Avenue South Association. This month: Evening on Fifth celebration, 6:30 p.m. March 10; Naples Downtown Festival of the Arts, the avenue's oldest fine art street show, March 19 and 20. Information: 435-3742.

Trunk Show at La Luce. Featuring glass lamps and candlesticks from Dez Ryan and Mollie Woods, March 10. Information: 263-5823.

Lee County Reading Festival. The sixth annual event is set for March 19 at Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park. Among the writers scheduled to attend: Ben Bova, Janet Evanovich, Jeffrey Deaver and Bob Morris; mingle with these authors and more, 6 to 8 p.m. March 18 at the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Information: 461-2918.


Sanibel Music Festival. A host of chamber concerts throughout the month. Musicians From Marlboro open the fest March 1. Also playing: Quartetto di Venezia, March 5; Pacifica Quartet with Wu Han, March 8; pianist Orion Weiss, March 12; Amadeus Trio, March 14; Prazak Quartet, March 19; and International Sejong Soloists, March 22. All concerts 8 p.m. at the Congregational Church on Periwinkle Way. Information: 336-7999.

Naples Phil Chamber Ensembles. Have Brass, Will Travel-or so says the Philharmonic's Brass Quintet; 8 p.m. March 3 at Temple Shalom and 7:30 p.m. March 4 at San Marco Catholic Church. Information: 597-1900.

Orchestre National de France. Kurt Masur conducts the orchestra in its first Naples appearance, 8 p.m. March 3 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Woody Herman Band. Those Big Band sounds fill Schein Hall March 3 in a BigArts presentation. Information: 395-0900.

Southwest Florida Symphony Pops Series. Vocal quintet Five by Design offers a look back at Radio Days with World War II-era hits, March 4 and 5 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 418-1500.

Gulf Coast Symphony. The orchestra performs Pirates of Penzance, 8 p.m. March 6 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.

Classic Chamber Concerts. The Philadelphia Piano Quartet and guest violinist Reiko Niiya make a Lasting Impression with works by Debussy, Fauré and Viardot, 2 p.m. March 6 at Edison College and 8 p.m. March 7 and 8 at the Sugden Theatre. Information: 434-8505.

Marvin Hamlisch. Pianist-composer Hamlisch plays a benefit concert for BigArts March 7. Information: 395-0900.

Teatro Lirico D'Europa: Carmen. Bizet's masterpiece is onstage at 8 p.m. March 7 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

The Ten Tenors. Those talented gents from Down Under entertain with a wide variety of music, from classical to contemporary, 8 p.m. March 8 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Community Concerts. Presenting Giselle, 7:30 p.m. March 9; Amernet String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. March 17; Itzhak Perlman, 7:30 p.m. March 24. All performances at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.

Naples Philharmonic Classical Series. Beethoven's Seventh, with soprano Hila Plittman and the Philharmonic Center Chorale, and works by Poulenc and Dohnanyi; 8 p.m. March 10-12 and 2 p.m. March 13 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Manhattan Rhythm Kings. In concert March 12 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Symphony on Sanibel. The Southwest Florida Symphony takes a journey with composers Haydn, Schubert and Charles Ives, March 13 at Schein Hall. Information: 418-1500.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Richard Bosworth joins the orchestra March 13 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. On the program: works by Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Chopin. Information: (941) 625-5996.

Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret. Get your Irish up with comedian Noel V. Ginnity and some Irish musicians, 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.

Dick Hyman & Friends Throw a Jazz Party. Friends include Howard Alden, Peter Appleyard, Jay Leonhart, Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Davern, Randy Sandke and Tony DiNicola; 8 p.m. March 14 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Classic Chamber Concerts. The Philadelphia Piano Quartet joins the Herskowitz-Rozenblatt Project for concerts mixing jazz and classical; 8 p.m. March 14 and 15 at the Sugden Theatre. Information: 263-7990 or 434-8505.

Italian-American Music Festival. Music with Michael Amanti and Deana Martin, plus comedy with Sandy Hackett; 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.

Harvey Robbins' Royalty of Doo Wop. Sit back and remember with songs from the Flamingos, Shep's Limelites, The Legacy of Clyde McPhatter and the Original Drifters by Ron McPhatter, and onetime teen idol Jimmy Clanton; 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.

Brass Band of Battle Creek. Featuring trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon; 8 p.m. March 16 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Yefim Bronfman/Emanuel Ax. Two pianos, two great talents, performing together at 8 p.m. March 17 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Swing and jump blues, March 18 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Naples Philharmonic Reaching Out. Conductor Clotilde Otranto takes the Phil's musicians to the Wesley United Methodist Church for a concert that's Mostly Mozart, 8 p.m. March 18. Information: 597-1900.

Southwest Florida Symphony Classical Series. Pianist Kotaro Fukuma performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 for an evening that also includes Sensuous Sounds From Debussy; March 18 and 19 at The Barbara B. Mann. Information: 418-1500.

Naples Concert Band. Free event 2 p.m. March 20 in Cambier Park (rain venue: Gulf Coast High). Information: 263-9521.

Paul Anka. Anka returns to the Barbara B. Mann 7:30 p.m. March 20. Information: 481-

Broadway Palm Concert Series. This year's series ends with the sounds of Harry James and the Andrews Sisters, March 20 and 21. Information: 278-4422.

Classic Chamber Concerts 10th Anniversary Concert. Pianist Toby Blumenthal and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra perform Schubert's Symphony No. 5 in B Flat Major and Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and Strings, among others works; 8 p.m. March 21 at the Sugden. Information: 434-8505.

Dawn Upshaw. The sterling soprano performs a recital 8 p.m. March 25 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Kirov Orchestra. Led by conductor Valery Gergiev in an evening highlighting Russian music; 8 p.m. March 26 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Tony Bennett. The ever-popular Mr. B returns to the Barbara B. Mann 8 p.m. March 26. Information: 481-4849.

Concerts With Commentary. Pianist Ruth Laredo on Beethoven and His Influence, 7 p.m. March 28 in the Phil's Daniels Pavilion. Information: 597-1900.

Naples Philharmonic Pops. Conductor Michael Krajewski and xylophone soloist Bob Becker salute All-American Pops with ragtime, Dixieland, swing and more; 8 p.m. March 29-April 2 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

Rito Caliente Del Caribe Orchestra. In concert March 31 at BigArts. Information: 395-0900.

Mannheim Steamroller. Get Steamrolled 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.


Major League Baseball Spring Training. The long winter is over, and the boys are back. World Series champs the Boston Red Sox commence exhibition play against the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and more on March 3; home games at City of Palms Park. Information: 334-4700. The Twins play at Fort Myers' Hammond Stadium beginning March 4. Information: 800-33-TWINS.

Florida Everblades. At Germain Arena against the Louisiana Ice Gators, March 5 and 6; and the Victoria Salmon Kings, March 15, 25 and 26. Information: 948-PUCK.

Woofie Walk. Teams of pooches and their people walk nature trails to benefit orphaned pets at the Animal Refuge Center, March 26 at Calusa Nature Center. Information: 948-2853.


Naples/Fort Myers Town Hall Lecture Series. Queen's Counsel, human rights activist and wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Cherie Booth Blair speaks March 2 at the Registry. Also: former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar, March 17. Information: 261-6524.

Quest Educational Foundation Series. Conservative crusader and columnist Star Parker speaks at 6 p.m. March 4 at the Ritz-Carlton. Information: 643-3573.

Naples Council on World Affairs. New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks gives his Insight on Washington Today, 3:45 and 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Kinney Hall, St. John the Evangelist Church. Information: www.ncwa-fla.org.

Four O'Clock at the Movies. Elaine Newton on what to watch, 4 p.m. March 7 in the Phil's Daniels Pavilion. Information: 597-1900.

Rookery Bay Natural Connections Series. This month's focus: Bye-Bye Birdie: Bird Migration in Southwest Florida, 7 p.m. March 10 at the Environmental Learning Center. Information: 417-6310.

Critic's Choice. Elaine Newton discusses the Jane Austen Book Club, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 17 and 10 a.m. March 19 in the Phil's Daniels Pavilion. Information: 597-1900.


Come Fly With Me. The Old Schoolhouse Theater ends its salute to Mr. Frank Sinatra March 5. Information: 472-6868.

Mornings at Seven. Paul Osborn's nostalgic look back at a small-town family runs through March 6 at Florida Repertory Theatre. Information: 332-4488.

Anything Goes. Still swinging with Cole Porter tunes, through March 6 at the Naples Dinner Theatre. Information: 514-7827.

Don't Dress for Dinner. Marc Camoletti's farce about would-be adulterers ends its Marco Players run March 6. Information: 642-7270.

Forever Plaid. The perennially popular musical about a quartet that has returned from the dead continues through April 2 at the Off Broadway Palm Theatre. Information: 278-4422.

The Sexy Sixties. More nostalgia, continuing through April 18 at the Naples Dinner Theatre; Monday night and Saturday matinee shows only. Information: 514-7827.

Gypsy. The Gypsy Rose Lee story, onstage through April 23 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Information: 278-4422.

Annie Get Your Gun. Annie, Frank, Sitting Bull and There's No Business Like Show Business, onstage March 2-April 2 at the Sugden; a Naples Players production. Information: 263-7990.

Touch of Rapture. An allegorical fantasy by Mary Fengar Gail about the passing on of a talent for sculpting from person to person; onstage March 3-19 in a Theatre Conspiracy production at the Foulds Theatre. Information: 936-3239.

Barefoot in the Park. The early Neil Simon hit about love and marriage in a fifth-floor walk-up in Manhattan; onstage March 4-20 in a Cultural Park Theatre production in Cape Coral. Information: 772-5862.

Cabaret. What good is sitting alone in your room when you can enjoy this Kander-Ebb musical? March 10-April 24 at the Naples Dinner Theatre. Information: 514-7827.

Now That's Broadway! A musical revue offering moments from Broadway past and present, onstage March 10-April 30 at the Old Schoolhouse Theater. Information: 472-6868.

Cats. The Andrew Lloyd Webber megahit (with apologies to T.S. Eliot), onstage March 11-13 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.

Grease. Frankie Avalon turns up in this production of the '50s-themed musical, March 18-20 at the Phil. Information: 597-1900.

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Charles Busch's comic hit about a New York matron seeking answers, onstage March 18-April 10 at Florida Rep. Information: 332-4488.

Crazy for You. Cowboys, chorus girls and great Gershwin tunes, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 27 at the Barbara B. Mann. Information: 481-4849.

The Pirates of Penzance. The Charlotte Players present this Gilbert and Sullivan delight March 30- April 3. Information: 255-1022.

Collected Stories. A work by Donald Margulies about a writer and her protégé, March 30-April 23 in a Naples Players production at the Tobye Studio, Sugden Theatre. Information: 263-7990.

Over the River and Through the Woods. Marco Players present Joe DiPietro's touching story about a young man and his grandparents, opening March 31 to run through mid-April. Information: 642-7270. 

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