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Manolo madness: A year after one of his sculptures brought in $1 million at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, artist Manolo Valdes brings an exhibit of his work, including Desmundo Azul, to the Naples Museum of Art.MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Alliance for the Arts. Jud Nelson and Kevin Costello showcase work from Jan. 6–28; walk and talk tour with Costello is from 10–11 a.m. on Jan. 7 and from 1:30–2:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 with Nelson. 939-2787.


Art League of Fort Myers. Imagination Gone Wild is on display Jan. 6–27; reception at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6. 275-3970.


Art of the Olympians. Legends: Beamon and Babka exhibits in the Olympian Gallery through Jan. 28. 332-5055.


BIG Arts Center. Clyde Butcher’s The Western Everglades shows through Jan. 14. Multiples, a juried show, is on display in the Philips Gallery from Jan. 19 to Feb. 27; reception at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. 395-0900.


Still life: Satsuma, by Sangita Phadke, is on display at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.Big Cypress Gallery. Clyde Butcher displays his newest exhibit, Kissimmee River: The Northern Everglades, to Jan. 8. 695-2428.


Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. The Southwest Florida Pastel Society Exhibition runs Jan. 13–26; reception at 6 p.m. on Jan. 13. 495-8989.


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 Jan. 6. fortmyersartwalk.com.


Marco Island’s Center for the Arts. On the Wall/Off The Wall is on display Jan. 9 to Feb. 1; reception at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 10. 394-4221.


Marianne Friedland Gallery. Important Works by American Masters, featuring the work of Wolf Kahn, Milton Avery, Al Held, Esteban Vicente and Jules Olitski, exhibits from Jan. 26 to Feb. 7. 262-2816.


Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist is on display to Jan. 15; Louise Nevelson exhibits Jan. 14 to April 29; and Prendergast to Pollock, from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, is on display Jan. 24 to April 15. On display all this month is Manolo Valdés; 50 Years of American Studio Glass; Natural History by Steve Tobin; Leaders in American Modernism; Modern Mexican Masters; The Mouse House, featuring works from the Olga Hirshhorn collection; and the annual Student Photography Exhibit. 597-1900.


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Salon d’Coller exhibits from Jan. 6–27. 333-1933.


Sophie’s Art Factory. Animals in Hiding is on display from Jan.7 to Feb 31; reception at 6 p.m. on Jan. 7. 596-0606.


American masterpieces: Al Held’s Victoria 2, is one of several works from American Masters on display at the Marianne Friedland Gallery.Sultan Gallery. Explosion of Color exhibits at KVS Interior Design all this month. 949-6700.


Tower Gallery. Jan Ellen Atkielski is featured at the gallery on Sanibel; reception at 6 p.m. on Jan. 13. (847) 309-5777.


The von Liebig Art Center. Lithography from Galerie Mourlot, N.Y. shows to Jan. 15 and Under an Open Sky: Plein Air Paintings of Southwest Florida is on display to Feb. 27. 262-6517.



All that Jazz. The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra performs with Mike Mainieri, electronic vibraphone pioneer, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Bayshore Cultural & Performing Arts Center. Part of the Jazz in the Park series, Bob Zottola EJB Quintet performs at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Sugden Regional Park. Three Naples Music Club Young Artists perform as part of the Erich Kunzel Concert Series at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6 at Edison State College, Collier Campus. 775-2800.


B.B. King. The King of Blues performs at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.


Bonita Springs Concert Band. Enjoy marches, pop, ragtime, big band and light classics, at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at Riverside Park. bonitaspringsconcertband.com.


The Bronx Wanderers. Go back to the days of Dion and doo-wop with this energetic performance running Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Part of the Live! at the Promenade series, Carole Fenstermacher performs It’s De-Lyrical: A One-Woman Cabaret Program on Jan. 12; Naomi Niskala, pianist, and Salley Koo, violinist, perform On Jan. 19. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.


Classic Chamber Concerts. At the Sugden Community Theatre the chamber plays two concerts: The “B” Identity I (Quintets), Jan. 16; and The “B” Identity II (Trios) on Jan. 23. 434-8505.


Doo-Wop Groups Concert. The Contours, the Vogues, the Mystics, Barbara Lewis, Cathy Jean & the Roommates and Blue Suede Orchestra perform in one incredible concert at 8 p.m. on Jan. 12 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Greg Allman. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer plays at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.


Gulfcoast Symphony. The orchestra hosts a free Symphony at Sunset concert at 5 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Four Freedoms Park in Cape Coral. Sal Viviano and Kip Wilborn star in Broadway Heroes at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.


Jazz in the Garden. The rick Howard Trio, a classic jazz trio led by Rick Howard on guitar and vocals, Don Mopsick on bass and vocals and Bill Peterson on drums, performs at 2 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Naples Botanical Garden. 643-7275.


Johnny Mathis. With his distinctive voice, Mathis enchants audiences with romantic ballads at 8 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Showstopper: Cabaret legend Liza Minnelli returns to the stage at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.Liza Minnelli. An American entertainment legend, Minnelli returns to Naples for a single performance at 8 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Phil. 597-1900.


The Mastersingers Chamber Chorus. The chorus performs at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 St. Peter Lutheran Church. 463-4251.


Memories of Elvis in Concert. Celebrate the King’s 77th birthday with tribute artist Chris MacDonald at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.


Naples Concert Band. The band plays at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Cambier Park and at 1 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Sugden Regional Park. 263-9521.


Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Jorge Mester conducts Brahms Fest, the third installment of the Classical Series, at 8 p.m. from Jan. 5–7; and NPO kicks off its Pop Series with Music of the Baby Boomers: The Beat Goes On playing Jan. 17–21; all concerts at the Phil. In the first concert of the Reaching Out Series the orchestra performs Mozart’s The Great at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs and at 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island. 597-1900.


London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the world’s most esteemed orchestras performs one concert at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Screaming Orphans. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center hosts the band at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28. 333-1933.


Southwest Florida Symphony. The group performs Masterworks II at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7, The Envelope, Please at 8 p.m. Jan. 20–21 and Masterworks III at 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.


Sanibel I. Performance at 8 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the BIG Arts Center. 418-1500.


Master maestros: The Southwest Florida Symphony tackles Verdi, Mahler, Mozart and Elgar this month.The Temptations and the Four Tops. Two legendary groups perform their mega hits, including The Way You Do the Thing You Do and I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), in one evening at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.


Tribute Concerts at the Garden. Fleetwood Max: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac performs at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Naples Botanical Garden. 643-7275.


Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra. The Fort Myers Community Concert Association presents the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.



Company. TheatreZone presents a musical comedy about a bachelor weighing the pros and cons of married life on stage Jan. 5–15 at the G & L Theatre in Naples. (888) 966-3352.


Dennis Miller. The five-time Emmy-winning comedian performs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater hosts a musical about two con men who join forces to cheat and swindle the unsuspecting citizens of the French Riviera out of everything they have, on stage from Jan. 13 to Feb. 11. 472-6862


Don Giovanni. Opera Naples presents one of Mozart’s masterpieces about a young, sexually promiscuous nobleman’s ultimate fate on Jan. 20 and 22 at Gulf Coast High School. 963-9050. 


Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice. In this hilarious play, Sister reminds everyone that while “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” might be true, God sees everything; on stage Jan. 16–21 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Les Misérables. The celebrated musical in its 25th anniversary production is on stage Jan. 24–29 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Martha Graham Dance Co. The troupe performs contemporary dance classics and recent works at 8 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Me and My Girl. The Earl of Hareford dies leaving an uncouth commoner to take the throne in this comedy presented by the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on stage to Feb. 11. 278-4422.


Miami City Ballet. Naples will be treated to the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s latest creation at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Moonlight & Magnolias. In five days three men completely rewrite a script that will result in one of the greatest films of all time, Gone with the Wind; The Naples Players present this dramatic and funny play that details the exploits of those five days from Jan. 11 to Feb. 4 at Blackburn Hall. 263-7990.


Murder Mystery Dinner Train.Ride the rails and enjoy a meal as you watch the cast perform Murder Over Miami beginning Jan. 4 and I Spy a Murder beginning Jan. 13. 275-8487.


Naples City Improv. The troupe offers up a healthy slice of laughter and word play on Jan. 21 at the Norris Community Center. 682-0638.


Squabbles. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre brings laughter and love to the stage in a comedy about a rather depressed father living with his daughter and son-in-law, running Jan. 19 to March 3. 278-4422.


God of Carnage. The Florida Repertory Theatre presents the Broadway comedy from Jan. 3–22 at the Arcade Theatre. 332-4488.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The Laboratory Theatre of Florida presents the tale of a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in a mental institution rather than a prison only to be in danger of losing his frontal lobe from Jan. 13–28 at Kiwanis Hall in Fort Myers.218-0481.


Race. Three attorneys, two black and one white, are offered a chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman in this thought-provoking play presented by Gulfshore Playhouse from Jan. 27 to Feb. 12 at the Norris Center. (866) 811-4111.


Rock of Ages. This high-energy, feel-good love story is on stage from Jan. 10–15 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.


Salute to Vienna 2012. Ring in the New Year with Strauss waltzes, polkas and operetta pieces performed by a brilliant cast of more than 75 talented musicians, European singers and dancers at 8 p.m. on Jan. 2 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.



Twelve Angry Jurors. In court there can be no reasonable doubt and a jury must be unanimous in their decision; from Jan. 11–29 the Marco Players present a dramatic tale that focuses on prejudice, blind discrimination and the power of one voice at the Marco Players Theatre. 642-7270. 


Sweet Dreams at the Opry. In a salute to country music star greats, A Family Affair performs this musical at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 at Sabal Springs Community. 543-6560.


Walt Whitman. Will Stutts of Theatre Conspiracy takes on the persona of one of America’s most influential poets in this one-man play from Jan. 6–21 in Fort Myers. 936-3239.


The Year of Magical Thinking. The Florida Repertory Theatre performs the adaptation of Joan Didion’s award-winning memoir, which chronicles one woman’s sudden and unexpected loss from Jan. 11 to Feb. 4 at the Florida Rep Studio Theatre. 332-4488.



A Conversation with Glenn Beck. The Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers series presents an American conservative radio and television host, author, entrepreneur and political commentator at 6 p.m. on Jan. 7 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. 659-6524.


Barnum Bash. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present the swankiest circus show in town Jan. 6–8 at Germain Arena. ringling.com.


Bayshore Festival of the Arts. The two-day celebration of the arts features Casey Weston and the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve performing; the festival is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 28–29 at Sugden Regional Park. 775-2800.


Chalk Art 2012. Amateur and professional artists will transform Fifth Avenue in Naples into a colorful, half-mile long concrete canvas on Jan. 28. pelicanbayrotary.com.


Downtown Naples New Year’s Weekend Art Fair. The Naples Art Association hosts a fine arts fair featuring 1990 local, regional and national artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 7–8 at Fifth Avenue South. 262-6517, ext. 103.


Estero Fine Art Show. A showcase of artists from around the globe displaying work in glass, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and metal from Jan. 7–8 at Miromar Outlets. (941) 755-3088.


Larry King. The TV talk-show icon speaks at 8 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Phil. 597-1900.


Marissa Collections. Stop by the store on Third Street South for the Rena Lange spring trunk show, Jan. 5–6; the Oscar de la Renta spring trunk show, Jan. 9–10; the Faraone Mennella jewelry trunk show, Jan. 12–14; the Federica Rettore jewelry mini trunk show, Jan. 17; the Bounkit jewelry trunk show, Jan. 19–21; and the Lucifer vir Honestus jewelry trunk show, Jan. 25–27. 263-4333.


Marilyn’s Seminars. Improve your look with tips from Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s European Shoes & Accessories in downtown Naples; this month’s seminar is at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11. 206-4460


Naples Invitational Art Fest. This two-day show features art from various mediums, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; blown glass; sculptures; and jewelry, on Jan. 28 and 29 at Fleischmann Park. edenartfest.com.


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 the southwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport roads. 594-9358.


Thank You Myra Day. The Phil opens its doors to the community for a free day of music and the arts from noon to 4 p.m. on Jan. 15. 597-1900.


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


Tropical Florida Bridal Fair. Watch a bridal fashion show, taste samples from a catering showcase and enter to win prizes from 1–4 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. 334-7419.


Bird bonanza: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary hosts the Southwest Florida Nature Festival, featuring a host of nature and birding programs from Jan. 13–15.SPORTS & OUTDOORS

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 held Jan. 13–15 at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. 417-6310.


Swamp Buggy Races. The swamp buggy Winter Classic Weekend races run from Jan. 28–29 at Florida Sports Park. swampbuggy.com.


All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.

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

This article appears in the January 2012 issue of Gulfshore Life.

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