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April Calendar

Alliance for the Arts. Hanging by a Thread, an exhibit of fiber artwork in two- and three-dimensional pieces, is on display through April 4. 939-2787.


Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. New Century New Painting: Recent Acquisitions from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection is on display through April 5. 489-9313.

Cape Coral Arts Studio. See wearable and decorative art by the Florida Society of Goldsmiths and the Southwest Florida Glass Beadmakers, April 4–25. 574-0802.

Coconut Point. A reception and awards presentation for the 2008 Artescape Florida West Arts Juried Exhibition featuring two-dimensional artworks in several styles and mediums is April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. 784-0707.

Collier County Museum. Golf Swings! offers insight into the history of the sport, as well as 100 rare artifacts from the PGA. On display through April 19. 774-8476.

FGCU Art Gallery. An exhibition of FGCU art students’ senior projects runs April 9–26. Opening reception, April 9 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. 590-7199.

Gallery at Rookery Bay. A photography annual exhibit juried by photographer Clyde Butcher is on display all this month. 263-8242.

Naples Museum of Art. A selection of works from Olga Hirshhorn’s collection, The Mouse House, continues through April 30. Pablo Picasso: Preoccupations and Passions and Jerome Tupa’s Painting the Pilgrimage: From Paris to Compostela are on display until May 18. In the permanent collection: Leaders in American Modernism, Masters of Miniature and Modern Mexican Masters, through June 29. 597-1900.

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Illuminations, an exhibit by the Society of Layerists in Multimedia Art, opens April 4 at 7 p.m. as part of the third annual Florida Arts Festival. 337-1933.

Southwest Florida Craft Guild. The group’s season ends with The Exhibit of Excellence at BIG Arts’ Philips Gallery on Sanibel, April 5–26. Opening reception, April 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 282-2238.

Space 39. D3doubledogdare, an exhibit by doctor/artist Dr. Warren J. Scherer that uses the imagery of scientific research to examine aspects of society, opens with a reception April 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. 690-0004.

Sunshine Galleries. Artist Greg Biolchini presents a portrait technique demonstration, April 20 at 2 p.m. 481-2081.

Sweet Art Gallery. A live drawing and painting exhibit and an artist reception for The Bold and the Beautiful is April 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. Brunch in the Park, featuring paintings from The Bold and the Beautiful is April 6 from noon to 3 p.m. Fifty-six prominent and emerging artists present and sell their original works of art at the fourth annual Salon de Garage, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 597-2110.

The von Liebig Art Center. Curiouser and Curiouser: What a Wonder Is This World!, a traveling retrospective exhibition, runs to April 27 in the Frederick O. Watson Gallery. The Jade Riedel Scholarship Competition for high school students in Collier County runs April 12–27 with a preview reception April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Also, the Naples Art Association Student Exhibition continues through April 6. 262-6517.

Canadian Brass. The group performs a repertoire ranging from Bach to the Beatles, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Chamber Music Society of Southwest Florida. The ensemble performs How Slow the Wind, based on two Emily Dickinson poems, April 28 at the Alliance for the Arts’ Foulds Theatre. 481-4849.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Mostly Mozart, featuring flutist Betsy Traba, is April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts & Education in Punta Gorda. (941) 625-5996.

FGCU Bower School of Music. The University Choir and Chamber Singers perform April 10 at 7:30 p.m.; a jazz improvisation concert is April 13 at 3 p.m.; and a wind and string orchestra concert is April 17 at 7:30 p.m. 590-7851.

Freda Payne. The singer pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald April 11–12 at the Phil. 597-1900.

Gulf Coast Symphony. Rhapsody in Love, part of the Symphonic Sensations concerts, is April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 489-1800.

Gulf Coast Town Center. The Heather Brooks Band performs April 5 and 26; and the Mark Vee Band plays smooth Latin jazz April 12. All concerts at 7:30 p.m. in the Market Plaza. 267-0783.

Itzhak Perlman. The violin virtuoso returns to the Phil, April 6 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Mancini Music. The sounds of legendary composer Henry Mancini, featuring the hand-selected musicians who traveled and performed with him, April 11–12 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Martina McBride. The country music superstar brings her "Waking up Laughing" tour to Germain Arena in Estero, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. 334-3309.

Marvin Hamlisch. This musical legend has won Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, a Tony, Golden Globes and the Pulitzer Prize. He plays at the Phil April 7 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

The Met Opera Live in HD. The Florida Rep partners with the Met to bring live simulcasts and encore performances to Regal Cinema in the Bell Tower Shops. Puccini’s La Boheme is showing April 5 at 1:30 p.m., and Donzetti’s La Fille du Regiment is April 26 at 1:30 p.m. (800) 638-6737.

Naples Concert Band. The group of local, volunteer musicians performs April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Cambier Park bandshell. 263-9521.

Sibelius and Schumann: Homage to Spring. Part of the Great Composers Series, it’s at the Phil April 17–20. 597-1900.

Southwest Florida Symphony. A Winds, Brass & Beethoven showcase is April 4 at Cape Coral’s Faith Presbyterian Church; April 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita in Bonita Springs; and April 6 at 7 p.m. at BIG Arts’ Schein Hall on Sanibel. Eternal Light with the Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chorus is April 20 at 3 p.m. at Riverside Church in Fort Myers. 418-1500.

Sunday Jazz Jams. Live jazz music on the last Sunday of every month at The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 1 to 4 p.m. 261-6100.

Switchfoot. The Grammy-nominated alternative rock band performs at Germain Arena, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. 334-3309.

Tammerlin. The folk/roots duo plays at the Norris Center in Naples, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The Vinnie Zummo Trio. The acclaimed guitarist, producer, writer and performer makes his Phil debut with a performance of jazz, Western swing, blues and more, April 18–19. 597-1900.

Youth Chorale Recital. The 85-voice ensemble of young singers performs its annual spring recital, April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

100 Years of Broadway. A musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows is April 9 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Anything Goes. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre brings a boatload of colorful characters, including tap-dancing sailors and chorus girls, to the stage through April 5. 278-4422.

Bermuda Avenue Triangle. The tale of two widows at a Las Vegas retirement condo who both fall for the same charming swindler, April 22 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Blast! This combination of live music and theatre won both an Emmy and a Tony Award in 2001. April 15–20 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.
Bowzer’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party. Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, the former star of Sha Na Na, brings his celebrated all-star performance to the Phil, April 15 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Breaking Legs. If The Sopranos was a theatrical comedy, this would be it. The Florida Rep presents this murderously funny play through April 20. 332-4488.

Cabaret. The love story of a young novelist and an eccentric singer in pre-war Germany. April 10 to May 31 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.

Come Blow Your Horn. Neil Simon’s first play about two brothers struggling to find their true selves after their father disowns them. April 4–13 at the Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte. (941) 255-1022.

Do Jump! The innovative troupe blends theater, dance, acrobatics and live music, April 13 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Etc. This series of staged play readings from the Naples Players continues with three short plays themed April Fools, April 6 in the Tobye Studio at Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.

Fiddler on the Roof. The popular musical about a Russian man and his life is at the Sugden Community Theatre through April 5. 263-7990.

Funny Money. When an accountant finds a briefcase filled with money, he tries to convince his wife to move to Barcelona and start a new life. This farce by Ray Cooney is at the Schoolhouse Theater on Sanibel April 3 to May 3. 472-6862.

Humble Boy. A dramatic comedy that won the London Critics’ Circle’s "Best New Play" award, through April 19 in the Tobye Studio of Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.

In the Mood. A 1940s musical revue featuring the swing, jazz and brass music of the era, April 23 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Jesus Christ Superstar. Ted Neeley, who starred in the movie version of the production, performs in the title role, April 1 to 5 at the Phil. 597-1900.

Lend Me a Tenor. When a heavily tranquilized tenor leaves the performance to his assistant, chaos ensues both on and off the stage. All this month at the Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.

Married Alive! Gulfshore Playhouse presents the new musical comedy about the trials of modern marriage, through April 5 at the Norris Center in Naples; and April 10–12 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. (866) 811-4111.

Modern Broadway. Featuring the best-loved songs from great Broadway shows including Les Miserables, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and more. April 29 to May 4 at the Phil. 597-1900.

The Ravel Project. The Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre combines romantic music and modern dance April 21 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Romeo and Juliet. The Russian National Ballet Theater and Orchestra perform the Shakespearean tragedy, April 14 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. A Florida retiree signs up for dance lessons and finds her personality clashes with that of her instructor in this comedy by the Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre, April 23 to May 17. 263-7990.

STOMP. The eight-member international percussion sensation uses anything but conventional percussion instruments to create unique rhythms, April 25–27 at the Phil. 597-1900.

Vicki Lawrence and Mama. The one-woman show featuring Emmy Award-winning comedian Vicki Lawrence as herself and her endearing character "Mama." April 20 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

The Wedding Singer. A new romantic musical comedy based on the hit movie. April 1–6 at Barbara B. Mann. 481-4849.

Imaginarium. Travel through time this month with Lucy: The Story of Human Origins, an exhibit of fossils and artifacts spanning 50 million years; and Be the Dinosaur, an interactive prehistoric exhibit, through April 28. 337-3332.

Lunchbox Theatre. The Florida Rep’s children’s theatre series presents ZAP!, April 5 and 26; Ms. Courageous April 12; and The Mischief Makers, April 19. All performances are at the Brick Bar Theatre and are accompanied by a boxed lunch and an interactive workshop with the cast. 332-4488.

Magic Carpet Concerts. A small woodwinds ensemble from the NPO performs a 45-minute program and answers questions. Geared for children ages three to nine. April 12 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. in the Phil’s Daniels Pavilion. 597-1900.

The Princess and the Pea. A prince in search of a wife finds a clever way to tell if a girl is really a princess. April 25 to May 24 at the Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre. 278-4422.

Annual Clothesline Sale. Buy original artwork in several mediums (displayed on clotheslines) from local artists, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House. 395-4518.

Art in the Park. The juried show features artwork from Naples Art Association members, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Park Street by The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517.

Authors and Books Festival. The sixth annual event will feature dozens of authors exhibiting, selling and signing their books, April 5–6 at Cambier Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 593-1488.

Evening in the Park. Live music, refreshments and art activities for kids at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, April 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. 297-7227.

Evenings at Coconut Point. Performances along Fashion Drive on the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. 784-0707.

Naples Artcrafters Show. Fine art and crafts show featuring the work of local artists, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cambier Park. 352-3036.

Naples Music Festival. Live music by the Gin Blossoms, the Rembrandts, an all-star lineup featuring former members of seven classic bands including Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana and more. April 6 from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Third Street South. Proceeds benefit NCH’s Garden of Hope and Courage. 334-3309.

The Village on Venetian Bay. Take advantage of shopping discounts on April 15 for Tax Relief Day. The annual Sidewalk Sale is April 18–20. And enjoy live music, dining and shopping on the first Thursday of each month during Village Nights. 261-6100.

Florida Everblades. Our local pro hockey team takes on the Pensacola Ice Pilots, April 1; and the Texas Wildcatters, April 5. All games at 7:30 p.m. at Germain Arena. 948-7825.

Naples AIDS Walk. A walk to benefit the Island Coast AIDS Network is April 5 in Cambier Park beginning at 9 a.m. 337-2391.

Naples Botanical Garden. A Walk in the Woods, a two-hour look at six Florida habitats, is offered April 4 and 9 at 10:30 a.m. 643-7275.

Relay for Life. The 18-hour nationwide event for The American Cancer Society is April 25–26 at Miromar Outlets in Estero. Local music groups will also be performing. 261-0337.

Sunset and Starlight Paddle. See the sun go down and the stars come out on a guided kayak trip through Rookery Bay, April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. 417-6310.

Collier County Audubon Society. Author Cynthia Barnett talks about the problems with our vanishing water supply at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s Blair Auditorium, April 12 at 10 a.m. 643-7822.

Collier County Museum. A lecture on Florida shipwrecks is April 2; one on Florida Outlaws and Villains is April 9. 774-8476.

Naples Writers’ Conference. Workshops and presentations on the art and business of writing by established writers and publishers, April 5–6 at The von Liebig Art Center. Also, a celebrity author luncheon with authors Janet Evanovich and Karna Small Bodman is April 5 at Vergina on Fifth Avenue South. 593-1488.

The Phil Speaker Series. Acclaimed film critic and author Joel Siegel offers an insider’s account of what the entertainment industry is really like. He speaks April 16 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Cyril Marks and Karen Relish present on their travels through southern Africa, April 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; The New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe speaks and signs her book Turtle Summer, April 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and dive into the ocean and try SCUBA, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 417-6310.

Theatre and dance workshops. Beginner tap dancing series and intermediate/advanced tap, starting April 9; master-level jazz or tap, starting April 6; singing basics, starting April 7; and beginning stage management, April 12. All classes at Sugden Community Theatre. 434-7340, ext. 14.

Visiting artist demonstrations and workshops. Subjects this month include big brush watercolor and the use of pastels, through April 4 at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. 495-8989.

All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.Submit events for this calendar to jenniferf@gulfshorelife.com.

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