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February Highlights


Zimsculpt, an exhibition of more than 200 stone sculptures, arrives in Naples for a two-month-long showcase at the Naples Botanical Garden. The sculptures are inspired by ancient Zimbabwean traditions, and the pieces range in size from mere inches to towering compositions. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work during the reception at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, and the statues will decorate the garden from Feb. 15 to April 22.
643-7275, naplesgarden.org.


See It!

Some will take one look at this painting from 1949 and dismiss it. Others, recognizing it as a Jackson Pollock, will take a second look. Pollock titled it No. 34 because he believed in “pure painting.” He did not want a reference to a place or thing to draw attention away from his gestural mark-making.

1949 PainingBecause of his technique, Pollock was given the nickname “Jack the Dripper” by Time magazine; he preferred to use sticks and knives instead of painting with traditional brushes. His unconventional approach to painting allowed him to endow each movement of his arm over the paper with the energy of his state of mind and condition of his body. No. 34 is teeming with activity; swirls of yellow, red and turquoise intersect drips of black and white. Pollock created a tension between the negative space of the ground and the positive marks made on that surface by the paint. His decision to continue to add drips and pours was deliberate although they appear random.

Today, gestural abstract painting is commonplace. To appreciate this original “old” master of American art visit the Naples Museum of Art.
             —Mark Ormond



Allstar jam

Allstar jam. former members of Boston, the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and the Steve Miller Band come together to play a show Feb. 25 on the steps of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 333-1933, sbdac.com.



Naples International Art & Antique Fair

The art at the naples international art & Antique Fair, running Feb. 24–28 at the Naples International Pavilion, is dazzling indeed. Get ready to see—among a plethora of other gems—Jewels by Viggi, which include a 25-carat diamond ring and black diamond drop earrings with more than 60 carats. Great artists of the 19th and 20th century also are represented, with works by Paul Klee and Joan Miró available. niaaf.com.


George HamiltonDon’t Miss It!

Few actors become lifers, but it’s safe to say that George Hamilton, 72, has earned the title. Hamilton came to the stage in the 1950s, and has produced and starred in numerous films and plays ever since. See Hamilton play Georges, the owner of a drag nightclub, in the comedy La Cage aux Folles from Feb. 28 to March 4 at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.


You’ve been in the business for nearly 60 years; what keeps you going?

I wish I knew. It’s a strange thing. It’s like being in some sort of war squadron. You keep going on missions, then you come back and you look around and none of the guys you started out with are there, maybe six or seven of us. It’s an interesting relationship because when you see each other you smile and kind of salute each other. In this business, three to five years is pretty good. To go 50 years, it’s been an incredible experience. I think I have a constant curiosity about life. When you get past your 40s and 50s, you need to have a kind of wonderment and wanderlust at what life’s all about and why you’re doing it.


When, if ever, do you think you’ll retire?

I don’t intend to retire; I don’t see that working. I’ve been let go from studios, and many times the business seemed over for me. I realized it was only over if I wanted it to be over. You need to have something that you can accomplish, move through and on to.


You’re known for your perpetual tan. How and why do you continue to achieve this look?

When I was a kid, I found girls liked me with a sun tan; my teeth looked better and I thought I looked sexier. So, I started wearing a sun tan, and that was for pure ego. Then, when I went to Hollywood and started doing Westerns, Glenn Ford told me, “Don’t have all that makeup on, it just spooks the horses. Just spend your lunch time with me we’ll have a drink, sit out in the sun and you don’t have to wear makeup.” So, that’s how my habit formed.
                                                —Kristie Aronow



The Four Seasons

Get a taste of the true story about music’s favorite blue-collar band, The Four Seasons. Based on the life and times of the band, Jersey Boys shares the untold story of the boys who, while serving up skyrocketing hits, such as Big Girls Don’t Cry and Oh, What a Night, were mixed up with the mob and often up to no good. This Broadway hit is on stage from Feb. 1–19 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 489-0326, bbmannpah.com.




Take a walk in the river of grass this month at the marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival. Celebrate the champion of the Everglades with a guided canoe tour, swamp walk or lecture. The Museum of the Everglades hosts the annual festival honoring the life and times of the author, journalist and environmental activist from Feb. 23–26. 695-0008, colliermuseums.com.

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