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March Calendar


Alliance for the Arts. Optimum Multiplicity is on display March 4–26. Tour the exhibit with artist and curator Gerry Stecca March 5 from 10–11 a.m. 939-2787.


Art of the Olympians. Celebrate the grand opening with no less than Prince Albert of Monaco on March 5 and see the works of Larry Young on display through March 29. 332-5055.


BIG Arts Center. Contemporary fiber artists will exhibit their work in Hanging by a Thread on display March 4–30; reception, March 12 at 5 p.m. Also on display is Cigar Box, March 4–30. 395-0900.


Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Tools in Motion, a showcase of works from the Hechinger Collection, is on display March 4 through April 30. A reception and campus open house is March 4 at 6 p.m. 495-8989.

Florida West Arts. Winner of Best in Show at the Florida West Arts National Juried Exhibition 2010,
Taylor Robenalt’s sculptures are shown from March 17 to April 14. An opening reception is March 17 at 5:30 p.m. Works by the artists who received Awards of Distinction and Awards of Artistic Achievement remain on display until March 10. 948-4427.


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 March 5. www.fortmyersartwalk.com.


Galerie du Soleil. An exhibition by Dmitri Danish is on display through March 10. 417-3450.


Gardner Colby Gallery. Frank P. Corso’s one-man show opens March 3; By the Sea, featuring Ken Otsuka, Edward Minoff, Paul Rafferty and John Schuyler, opens March 17. 403-7787.


Marco Island’s Center for the Arts. Arts Afire! runs March 10–28, with an opening reception March 11 at 5:30 p.m. Also on display through March 4, Adult Student and Stone Sculpture. 394-4221.


Marianne Friedland Gallery. Master American & European Printmakers is on display March 5–26. 262-3484.


Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. On display this month: Nevelson: Dawn’s Forest; Works by Robert Rauschenberg; Albert Paley Sculpture; The View Project; Rembrandt’s Etchings; the paintings and drawings of Lynn Davison; Blossom II: The Art of Flowers; Modern Mexican Masters; Leaders in American Modernism; and The Mouse House, featuring works from the Olga Hirshhorn collection. 597-1900.


Southwest Florida Museum of History. Darwin & Dinosaurs is on display through May 14. 321-7430.


The von Liebig Art Center. Cuba on My Mind features work from Cuban-American artists and artists who reside in Cuba, on display March 12 to April 30. An opening reception is March 11 at 5:30 p.m. 262-6517.



Aztec Two-Step. The folk-rock duo comes to the Phil March 18–19. 597-1900.


Beethoven’s Sixth. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra Core Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, and at 8 p.m. on April 1 at Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island. 597-1900.


Bonita Springs Concert Band. Hear marches, pop, ragtime, big band and light classics, March 13 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park. www.bonitaspringsconcertband.com.


Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Part of the Live! at the Promenade series: An Evening with Compton and Bennett, March 3; Flamenco Festival, March 10; Irish Dance, March 16; and pianist Naomi Niskala, March 24. All concerts at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.


Chris Botti. The trumpeter extraordinaire performs at the Phil, March 14 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Christine Ebersole. The two-time Tony Award winner performs at the Phil, March 25–26. 597-1900.


Classic Chamber Concerts. The chamber plays The Three Pianists March 7 and the Season Final March 14 at Sugden Community Theatre. Both concerts at 8 p.m. 434-8505.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. One of the opera world’s legends performs with NPO at the Phil on March 6 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Dick Hyman. The jazz pianist and composer will perform Dick Hyman Plays Variations on My Fair Lady, March 27 at 3 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.


The Dukes of Dixieland. Bringing traditional jazz and Dixieland into the 21st century, the Dukes come to the Phil on March 6–7. 597-1900.


Engelbert Humperdinck. Part of U.S. Trust’s variety series, the legend will perform at Mann Hall on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.


Gulf Coast Symphony. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends will be presented at Mann Hall, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.; and don’t miss POPS in the Park at Estero Community Park, March 27 at 5 p.m. 481-4849.


The Irish Tenors. Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Karl Scully present the perfect Irish trio performance at the Phil, March 5 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Jodie DeSalvo. Jodie & Glenn with Glenn Basham is March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.


Johnny Mathis. Part of U.S. Trust’s variety series, the man famous for his romantic jazz and pop standards performs at Mann Hall, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.


Julio Iglesias. The best-selling Latin artist is coming to Mann Hall, March 2 at 8 p.m. 481-4849.


Lesley Ann Warren. A versatile performer, Warren comes to the Phil March 31 to April 1. 597-1900.


Louise Pitre. The award-winning singer and actress performs at the Phil, March 16–17. 597-1900.


M-PACT. A pop-jazz vocal ensemble offers sanctuary from the auto-tuned voices of today at the Phil, March 14–15. 597-1900.


Mandy Patinkin. The TV star and Broadway legend performs with Paul Ford on piano at the Phil, March 7 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Natalie Cole. The nine-time Grammy winner performs at the Phil, March 22 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Fleisher Plays Ravel, part of the Classical series, March 9–12; and A Chorus of Hits, part of the Pop series, March 15–20. Also, Itzhak Perlman performs with the NPO on March 3 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


The Oak Ridge Boys. The country gospel group is at Mann Hall March 3 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.


Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra. The Segovia of jazz, Gene Bertoncini, joins the orchestra for two performances at the Phil on March 10 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. 597-1900.


The Sauce Boss. The inventor of the boogie woogie is back to sing the blues at the Phil, March 11–12. 597-1900.


Sinatra Sings Sinatra. Frank Sinatra Jr. performs some of his father’s songs, along with other tunes, at the Phil, March 4 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Sir James Galway. The man with the golden flute is back at the Phil on March 21 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Southwest Florida Symphony. Genesis, part of the Around Town series, at Village Church at Shell Point on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. A Salute to 50 Years of Motown, part of the Pop series, March 4–5 at 8 p.m. at Mann Hall. Come Away My Love, part of the Stained Glass series, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral on March 6 at 4 p.m. A Banquet of Baroque at Faith Presbyterian Church, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.; and at Schein Hall in BIG Arts Center on Sanibel, March 20 at 7 p.m. MasterWorks No. 4, part of the Classic series, at Mann Hall on March 26 at 8 p.m. 418-1500.


Steve March Tormé. The jazz singer and songwriter is at the Phil, March 20 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Tiempo Libre. The Cuban, classically trained vocal group performs at the Phil March 4–5. 597-1900.



August: Osage County. A comedy, presented by the Florida Repertory Theatre, about a family approaching total meltdown runs March 11–27. 332-4488.


Baggage. Lost luggage at the airport results in a forced friendship between two broken-hearted, difficult people; presented by the Marco Players March 16 to April 3. 642-7270.


Blood Brothers. Presented by Theatre- Zone from March 10–20, a rags-to-riches story of the urban blight of Thatcher’s Britain. (888) 966-3352.


Burn the Floor. Part of Fifth Third Bank’s Broadway series, this performance at Mann Hall offers insight into the passion, precision and perspiration of dancing. March 15–20. 481-4849.


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Based on the 1988 film, the musical presented by the Naples Players tells the story of a con man and a fraudster fighting for turf, onstage March 2 to April 2. 263-7990.


Doo Wop & Rock ‘n’ Roll. Listen to a night of your jukebox favorites at Mann Hall on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.


Flamingo Court. A comedy about retirement in Florida is on stage through March 6 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.


Girls’ Night. Part of U.S. Trust’s variety series, a musical meant for girlfriends comes to Mann Hall, March 30–31. 481-4849.


It Runs in the Family. A comedy, presented by the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater through March 26, about a doctor who discovers he has a delinquent 18-year-old son. 472-6862.


La Bohème. The Sarasota Opera performs with NPO at the Phil on March 25 at 8 p.m. in an opera about tragic young love in Paris. 597-1900.


The Lady with All the Answers. Ann Landers finds herself writing about her own heartbreak, on stage through March 6 at the Arcade Theatre. 332-4488.


Lewis Black. Part of U.S. Trust’s variety series, the notorious comedian will keep you laughing March 11 at 8 p.m. at Mann Hall. 481-4849.


Mamma Mia! The musical set to ABBA’s timeless songs performs at the Phil, March 29 to April 3. 597-1900.


Medea. The classic story, presented by the Theatre Conspiracy, of a woman betrayed by her husband. March 18 to April 2. 936-3239.


Miami City Ballet. A double-feature performance of Promethean Fire and The Golden Section at the Phil, March 1–2 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Requiem Mass. Opera Naples closes its season with Verdi’s masterpiece composed in memory of Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni. The show is on stage March 31 to April 2 at the Moorings Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. 514-7464.


Rhythm of the Dance. Part of U.S. Trust’s variety series, a two-hour spectacle of Irish expertise at Mann Hall, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.


Rodney Carrington. A comedian with a no-holds-barred stand-up style will be at Mann Hall, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.


The Second City. Presenting Fair & Unbalanced, this legendary troupe performs improvisational comedy at the Phil March 23–24. 597-1900.


A Second Helping. Based in 1969, the sequel to The Church Basement Ladies shows how women deal with new-age things such as guitars and pantsuits in church. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents this comedy March 10–29. 278-4422.


Tango Buenos Aires. The story of Argentina’s great cultural export, The Fire and Passion of Tango, is at the Phil March 27 at 8 p.m.


A View from the Bridge. A drama about love, belonging and betrayal is presented by the Gulfshore Playhouse March 4–20. (866) 811-4111.



Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show. See tricks performed by Mickey, his pals and world-class magicians at Germain Arena March 11. (800) 745-3000.

Girls in Science Day. A workshop for girls, grades six to eight, to explore marine science at Rookery Bay, March 28. 417-6310, ext. 401.


Lab Rats. The Laboratory Theater of Florida treats kids to a show and activity March 19 at 9 a.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.


Lil’ Hands Preschool Program. A workshop with fun, educational, hands-on activities for three- to five-year-old children, March 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Imaginarium. Pre-registration is required. 321-7410.


Sensational Saturday. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida holds activities, games and crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the Natural Café. 262-0304.



Art Naples. A major contemporary art fair with an extensive list of North American and international galleries paintings, sculptures, photography and more, March 17–21 at the Naples International Pavilion. 949-5411.


Black Maria Film Festival. See a showcase of independent and experimental films at the film fest, March 18–22 at several locations. 334-7419.

Bonita Blues Festival. The fifth annual festival features top-notch blues artists and a wide variety of food and other vendors, March 12–13 at Riverside Park. 947-0715.


Bonita Springs National Art Festival. Enjoy 211 national and international artists selling and showing their work at the Promenade, March 12–13. 495-8989.


Israel Festival. Experience five hours of live entertainment, ethnic delicacies and vendors at the Alliance for the Arts, March 6. 939-2787.


Marco Island Seafood Festival. Seafood lovers, bring your butter and lemon slices to Veterans Park on March 26–27. 404-6055.


Marco Island Shell Festival. A juried show for scientific and artistic entries at the Marco Presbyterian Church, March 11–13. 394-5416.


Marissa Collections. Irene Neuwirth jewelry show with personal appearance, March 3–5; Rena Lange fall show, March 8–9; Brunello Cucinelli fall show, March 10–11; Michael Kors fall show, March 24–26; Boaz Kashi jewelry show with personal appearance, March 24–26; and Erickson Beamon jewelry show with personal appearance by Monique Erickson, March 29–30. 263-4333.


Mercato Fine Arts Festival. Enjoy the works of 125 local and regional artists at Mercato, March 5–6. 262-6517.


Naples Flower Show. Frolic in the flowers with live music, art exhibits, vendors, food and gardening demonstrations at the 58th annual Flower Show at the Naples Botanical Garden, March 25–26. 643-7275.


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


Old Florida Festival. A living history festival to recapture the life and sounds of the Florida frontier at the Collier County Museum, March 19–20. 252-8476.


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.


Sanibel Music Festival. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the festival throughout the month of March, this season brings acts from across the nation and the U.K. 344-7025.


Sanibel Shell and Fair Show. See more shells than you ever thought possible in art, aquariums and other exhibits at the Community House, March 3–5. 472-2155.


Shrimp Festival and Parade. Celebrate one of the ocean’s tastiest treats and raise money for charities at the same time at Lynn Hall Memorial Park in Fort Myers, March 12–13. 463-9738.


Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Meet several authors at readings and book signings March 19 at the Harborside Event Center. 553-4826.


The Village on Venetian Bay. Enjoy St. Patty’s Day fun a few days early with the Irish food, music and dancing on March 10. 403-2204.



Artists in the Gardens. The Naples Botanical Garden opens the lawns every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon
for artists to work. 643-7275.


Everglades Kayak Tour. Paddle through giant mangrove tunnels and see wildlife wandering on a special tour with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, March 30. 262-0304.

Harlem Globetrotters. Watch all-star players sink nothing but net at Germain Arena, March 6 at 2 p.m. (800) 745-3000.


NFL Alumni Sporting Clays Charity Shoot. Hang out with past pros and shoot some clay birds while raising money for children with cancer on March 27 at Port of Islands Gun Club. 642-8800, ext. 3890.


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.


Smucker’s Stars on Ice. Skating superstars past and present come together at Germain Arena, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. (800) 745-3000.


Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida Race for the Cure. Walk, run or jog in the annual race beginning at 8 a.m. March 12 at Coconut Point in Estero. 498-0016.


Swamp Buggy Races. Something every Southwest Floridian should experience, these traditional races run March 5–6 at the Florida Sports Park in Naples. 774-2701.



Alliance for the Arts. Develop your talents in the arts through classes tailored for all levels.
Visit the Alliance’s website at www.artinlee.org or call 939-2787 for a complete schedule.


BIG Arts Center. The center offers education in the visual, dramatic, literary and musical arts. For a complete schedule, visit www.bigarts.org or call 395-0900.


Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. A Raku & You monthly workshop is March 29 from 5:30–8:30 p.m.; an Alla Prima … Alla Fun monthly workshop is March 3 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. For a complete listing of classes, visit www.artcenterbonita.org or call 495-8989.


Collier County Audubon Society. Dr. Jerry Lorenz’s lecture, “Roseate Spoonbills,” is March 8 at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida at 7:30 p.m. 643-7822.


Imagine Solutions Conference. Hear top thinkers’ initiatives for improving global issues March 21–22 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. 216-4226.


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.


Marilyn’s. Improve your look with wardrobe and accessorizing tips from Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s European Shoes & Accessories in downtown Naples, on March 3, 15 and 31 at 11 a.m. 206-4460.


Miromar Design Center. The Distinguished Speakers series continues with Alexa Hampton discussing “Decades of Design with Mark Hampton,” March 17 at 2 p.m.


Museum Lectures. March marks the month of double lectures at the Phil with speakers giving two lectures within the month. Joe Leonardo, theater scholar, producer and director, gives two lectures on “Rodgers & Hart,” March 1, and “Lerner & Loewe,” March 3; Elaine Newton, resident movie guru, lectures on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, March 9, and Six Degrees of Separation, March 30; Joan Jacobs, art educator, speaks on “What Great Paintings Say,” March 4, and “Van Gogh and Gauguin Paint Side by Side Part I,” March 18; and Marcia Eaton, art scholar and author, lectures March 12 on “What Is Art?” and March 26 on “What Is Good Art?” All lectures at 10 a.m. in the Phil’s Daniels Pavilion. 597-1900.


Naples Historic Homes Tour. Join the Naples Historical Society for a tour beginning at 10 a.m. on March 4. 261-8164.


Nick Linn Lecture Series. James Grippando, author of the thriller novels featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck such as The Pardon and Beyond Suspicion, speaks at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on March 28. 262-8135.


President Bill Clinton. The 42nd president of the United States speaks at the Phil, March 8 at 8 p.m.


Rookery Bay. “Wing It!,” a beginning birders’ workshop, is March 1. Also, catch a Lunch & Learn lecture on March 2. 417-6310, ext. 401.


Sarah Palin. Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series presents the former governor of Alaska, March 23 at 6 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. 659-6524.


Taste of Raku. A three-hour pottery workshop at Rosen Gallery & Studios, March 3 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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