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January Calendar


Alliance for the Arts. Photographer Anna Tomczak displays her latest collection, Gathering, and offers a tour on Jan. 15 from 10–11 a.m. The exhibit is on display Jan. 7–29.

Art review: Roberta’s Trip G by Al Held is on display at Marianne Friedland Gallery’s The Road Taken–A 20 Year Anniversary Exhibition through Feb. 8.

Aura Fine Art. The new gallery and studio addition to Fifth Avenue will host an opening reception Jan. 13. 572-3386.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Art Focus juried competition and exhibition is Jan. 7–27 with a reception and campus open house Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. 495-8989.

Gardner Colby Gallery. Cabinet of Curiosities by Kevin Sloan opens Jan. 20. 403-7787.

Marianne Friedland Gallery. From Here to Infinity: The Landscape in View, an exhibition of American and Canadian landscape paintings and works, is on display through Jan. 8. The Road Taken—A 20-Year Anniversary Exhibition, featuring a reprise of works shown at the gallery in the past 20 years, opens Jan. 27 and remains on display through Feb. 8. 262-3484.

Florida West Arts.Atwo-person show featuring photography by Charles Fritsch and Cynthia Walpole opens with a reception Jan. 6 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. and remains on display through Feb. 3. 948-4427.

Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art.On display all this month: Louise Nevelson: Dawn’s Forest; Three Visions in Glass by Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira and Laura de Santillana; Works by Robert Rauschenberg; The View Project; Steven Assael: Illusions of Reality; Rembrandt’s Etchings; the paintings and drawings of Lynn Davison; Modern Mexican Masters; Leaders in American Modernism; and The Mouse House, featuring works from the Olga Hirshhorn collection. 597-1900.

The von Liebig Art Center.Naples Collects 2011, a wide collection of some of Naples’ privately held treasures; a juried exhibition of small works; and the Portraying Peace exhibition can all be viewed until Jan. 9. The Mathias J. Alten, Terry Krümm and Members’ Gallery Third Show of the Season opening reception is Jan. 20 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. 262-6517. 



Bonita Springs Concert Band.Marches, pop, ragtime, big band and light classics, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.at Riverside Park. www.bonitaspringsconcertband.com.

Bronx Wanderers. Go back to the days of Dion and doo-wop Jan. 25 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Part of the Live! at the Promenade series, an evening of Latin-flavored jazz by Mark Barrios and his band, Jan. 13; and the Weintraub Duo, Jan. 20. Both concerts at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.

Classic Chamber Concerts. The Art of the Quintet, Jan. 17; a bonus concertfor full season subscribers, Jan. 18; and The Art of the Quartet on Jan. 24; all at Sugden Community Theatre. 434-8505.

Dick Hyman: A Century of Jazz Piano. The jazz pianist plays pieces from his six-decade career, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. at the BIG Arts Center. 395-0900.


The Gulf Coast Symphony. A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Mario Lanza at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.

Human Nature. Australia’s most successful vocal group comes to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts with The Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Julie Budd. The cabaret singer stops at the Phil, Jan. 26–27. 597-1900.

Kenny Loggins. The man who brought you Footloose and the Danger Zone is at the Phil on Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Michael Bolton. For one night only, Bolton comes to the Phil on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.A Third of Beethoven, part of the Classical series, Jan. 6–8; and Sci-Fi Spectacular, part of the Pops series, Jan. 18–23; both at the Phil. Also, the Core Orchestra performs Mendelssohn & Mozart Jan. 13 at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs and Jan. 14 at Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island. 597-1900.

Neville Brothers with Dr. John. New Orleans natives come to the Phil for a night of R&B and funk Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Patti Lupone. The Tony Award-winning entertainer is back at the Phil on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra. Grammy award-winning trumpet and flugelhorn player Randy Becker joins the orchestra for a performance at the Phil on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. 597-1900.

Salute to Vienna. Christian Schulz conducts the Strauss Symphony of America at Mann Hall, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. 418-1500.

Southwest Florida Symphony. Enjoy Mozart and Co. at the BIG Arts Center, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.; Master Works No. 2, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. at Mann Hall; and When Swing Was King, Jan. 7–8 at 8 p.m. at Mann Hall. 418-1500.

Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver. Tribute artist Jim Curry and his band play at BIG Arts, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. 395-0900.

Ten Tenors. The Phil presents an Australian a capella group who present a selection of songs from artists such as Sarah McLachlan and Meatloaf, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Canada’s leading orchestra is at the Phil Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.



9 to 5 the Musical.From Dolly Parton comes this production about three office workers who are “just a step on the bossman’s ladder” and their plan to get even, at the Phil through Jan. 2. 597-1900.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.This award-winning musical is presented by Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater on Sanibel, Jan. 15 to Feb. 12. 472-6862.

102 Years of Broadway.Neil Berg brings some of Broadway’s greatest hits from shows such as Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera to the Phil on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Amelia Earhart. Experience Amelia’s innermost thoughts, fears and dreams as she deals with sudden stardom and prepares for what will be her last flight, presented by the Florida Repertory Theatre, Jan. 21–22 at the Arcade Theatre. 332-4488.

Baker’s Dozen. Presented by the Miami City Ballet with the NPO, Jan. 25–26 at the Phil. 597-1900.

Bill Cosby. The comedy legend comes to the Phil for two shows on Jan. 17. 597-1900.

Cirque Dreams Illumination. This show blends urban acrobatics, world-renowned imagination, critically acclaimed theatrical innovation and breathtaking presentation, Jan. 11–16 at the Phil. 597-1900.

Flamingo Court. A comedy about retirement in Florida showing Jan. 20 to March 6 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.

Frank Lloyd Wright. Theatre Conspiracy presents renowned performer Will Stutts in an intriguing and fascinating one-man show Jan. 7–22 at the Foulds Theatre. 936-3239.

The Full Monty. A comedy about six loveable, unemployed misfits forming their own dance troupe a la Chippendales remains onstage through Feb. 12 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.

Houston Ballet II. HBII presents a program of favorites at the BIG Arts Center on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.Everything you’ve secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit, is celebrated in this musical at the Phil, Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. 597-1900.

Lucia di Lammermoor. Opera Naples presents Italian composer Donizetti’s masterpiece about passion that leads to madness, Jan. 15–16, at the Miromar Design Center. 514-7464.

Mark Nadler. The singer/dancer/pianist presents a maniacally exuberant, wacky tour de force performance at the Phil, Jan. 19–20. 597-1900.

Marc Salem. The world-renowned mentalist plays games with your mind at the Phil, Jan. 21–22. 597-1900.

No, No, Nanette. Get ready for some good, clean, tap-dancing fun. TheatreZone presents the show Jan. 6–16. (888) 966-3352.

Rita Rudner. A comedian with a wry brand of observant humor comes to the Phil Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Sea Scape. The Marco Players present this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Jan. 5–23 at the Marco Players Theatre.

South Pacific. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices, Jan. 19–23 at Mann Hall. 481-4849.

Sylvia. The Florida Repertory Theatre presents this hilarious and intelligent comedy about a man, a woman, man’s best friend and the aging process, Jan. 4–23 at the Arcade Theatre. 332-4488.

True West. Two estranged brothers have been reconnected in this comic tale about sibling rivalry presented by the Laboratory Theater of Florida, Jan. 26 to Feb. 5. 333-1933.

Unnecessary Farce. A comedy by Paul Slade Smith about two cops, three crooks and an embezzlement cover-up, presented by Gulfshore Playhouse, Jan. 28 to Feb. 13 at the Norris Center. (866) 811-4111.

Young Frankenstein. The reimagining of the Frankenstein legend written by Mel Brooks, at Mann Hall through Jan. 2. 418-1500.



Laboratory Theater of Florida. The theater’s youth program shows Lab Rats on Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.

Sensational Saturday. Once a month the Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts activities, games and crafts. Join them for a puppet show on Jan. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Natural Café. 262-0304.



Art Fair at the Bell Tower. Features 150 local and national artists with a variety of original handmade art, Jan. 1–2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 472-3755.

Art in the Park.Naples’ oldest outdoor art festival showcases artwork from Naples Art Association members. Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Park Street by The von Liebig Art Center.

Holiday at the Estates.View the lights and seasonal decorations that fill 20 acres of gardens, the recently restored Edison buildings and the Estates historic homes, through Jan. 1 from 5:30–9 p.m. 334-7419.

Lee County Medieval Faire. Witness jousting, mud fights and a court jester’s show, or shop medieval wares. The Faire runs Jan. 15–16 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 839-8036.

Marissa Collections. Rena Lange spring trunk show, Jan. 11–12; Bochic jewelry show and personal appearance, Jan. 13–15; Oscar de la Renta spring trunk show, Jan. 20–21. 263-4333.

New Year’s Art Festival. This juried art show, held in the heart of downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue South, offers the works of 260 national artists for you to admire, discover and buy, Jan. 1–2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 262-6517.

North Naples Green Market. Enjoy fresh, local produce and food from more than 40 vendors at an outdoor fall market. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the northwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport-Pulling roads. 594-9358.

Saks Fifth Avenue.The Waterside Shops location hosts several makeup artists, spa events and trunk shows throughout the month. For dates and details, call 592-5900.

Southwest Florida Nature Festival. Guided field trips to area wildlife hotspots, an array of local wildlife programs, live birds of prey and other scheduled programs at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Jan. 14–16. 417-6310.


Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Daily and weekly programs including walks and cruises are offered. For a more detailed list, visit www.conservancy.org or call 262-0304.

Rookery Bay.Two daily, two-hour guided kayak tours of Rookery Bay, Hall Bay and mangrove tunnels take place on Wednesdays and Fridays.
417-6310, ext. 401.



Art League of Fort Myers.The league offers a one-day workshop on palette knife painting, Jan. 15. 275-3970.

Brunch, program and tour. Doris Reynolds, historian, author and columnist, speaks at the Naples Daily News building on Jan. 12. 649-4000.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Steve Rogers hosts a workshop on watercolors for beginners and advanced painters, Jan. 4–8. Boot Camp for Expressionists, taught by Miles Laventhall, is offered Jan. 6–8. The Raku & You monthly workshop is held Jan. 4 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. The Alla Prima … Alla Fun monthly workshop is held Jan. 13 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. 495-8989.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Join a fossil dig with Dr. Gary Schmelz on Jan. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Dr. Jerry Jackson’s lecture, “Crested Carcara,” at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. 643-7822.

Frank Abagnale.The Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers series presents one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery and embezzlement, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. 659-6524.

Lifelong Learning.The Phil’s adult education programs explore music, dance, photography, theater, food and more. For a complete schedule, visit www.thephil.org or call 597-1900.

Marco Island Historical Society. Patty Huff speaks about the “History of Everglades City” Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Rose History Museum. Take a field trip to Everglades City on Jan. 7, call to reserve your spot. 394-3917.

Marco Island Shell Club. Ronald J. Echols speaks on “Observations of the Evolution of Barfield Bay, a large Pleistoscene dune-rimmed depression in Marco Island/Southwest Florida,” Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at the United Church of Marco. www.marcoshellclub.com.

Marilyn’s seminars.Improve your look with wardrobe and accessorizing tips from Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s European Shoes & Accessories in downtown Naples. Sessions are Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. and Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. 206-4460.

Miromar Design Center. A distinguished speakers series begins the new year with Melissa Galt discussing “How to Keep Your Spirits Up Now That the Decorations Are Down,” Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. 390-8207.

Museum Lectures. Gregorio Luke, art historian and author, discusses the works of three great Mexican muralists: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco, Jan. 18. Other lectures include editor and publisher of ARTNews magazine, Milton Esterow, Jan. 21; Mary Lynn Kotz, author of Rauschenberg: Art and Life, Jan. 22; and photographer and author Joyce Tenneson, Jan. 28. All lectures at 10 a.m. at the Phil’s Daniels Pavilion. 597-1900.

Rookery Bay. As a prelude to the 2010 Southwest Florida Nature Festival,take a cruise Jan. 13 from 5–7 p.m. for “An Evening with Audubon on the Marco Princess” to hear the life story of John James Audubon, one of America’s greatest artists and naturalists.
417-6310, ext. 401.

Steve Forbes.The chairman and CEO of Forbes Media will talk about the global economy and other topics on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Taste of Raku.A three-hour pottery workshop at Rosen Gallery & Studios, Jan. 6 from 6–9 p.m. 821-1061.

The von Liebig Art Center. The von Liebig offers multiple workshops and classes exploring jewelry design, pastels, watercolors and other mediums. For a complete schedule, visit www.naplesart.org or call 262-6517.


All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.

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

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