MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Art League of Marco Island. Grand Tour, an exhibit of three oil artists, is at the Lauritzen/Rush Galleries Jan. 6–30. Reception, Jan. 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m. 394-4221.
Bamboo Café. Scenes of France by pastel and acrylic artist Sandra K. Jackoboice continues through Jan. 15. 435-0210.
Cape Coral Arts Studio. Photographer Joe Masse displays his work at the Cape Coral Historical Museum, Jan. 4–25. 574-0802.
Collier County Museum. Golf Swings!, an exhibition of graphics of favorite golf stars, Jan. 19 through April 19. 774-8476.
FGCU Art Gallery. I Am in It: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphic Expressions runs from Jan. 10 to Feb. 16 in the Arts Complex Gallery. Opening reception, Jan. 10, 5 to 8 p.m. 590-7199.
Marianne Friedland Gallery. Important Works by American Masters, a showcase of 20th century American painters; and Wolf Kahn’s The Small Paintings and Pastels; Jan. 24 to Feb. 5. 262-3484.
Naples Museum of Art. Two new exhibits, Pablo Picasso: Preoccupations and Passions and Painting the Pilgrimage: From Paris to Compostela by Jerome Tupa, open Jan. 29 and continue to May 18.
The Prints of Sean Scully and Graham Nickson’s large-scale paintings in Private Myths are on display through Jan. 13. Visions, featuring contemporary drawings from the James T. Dyke collection, continues through March 15. In the permanent collection: Leaders in American Modernism, Modern Mexican Masters and Masters of Miniature, through June 29. 597-1900.
Rick Moore Fine Art. Local painters Don Kettleborough and Lisa Linch in the gallery’s annual exhibit of new works, Jan. 11 and 12; and Linda Ging and David Pearson, Jan. 25 and 26. Both shows at the gallery in The Village on Venetian Bay. 434-6464.
The von Liebig Art Center. Win a framed watercolor by Bob Kane—or one of 60 other pieces of art—at Bob Kane: From His Collection to Yours, Jan. 17. See the two famous symbols of political parties as they appear in art at Political Animals—Donkeys and Elephants in American Art, Jan. 26 to Feb. 24. Naples Art Association members recycle discarded materials into artworks for Phoenix Rising, Jan. 26 to Feb. 27. The 46th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition continues through Jan. 13. 262-6517.
Arnold McCuller. The soulful jazz vocalist returns to the Phil Jan. 11–12. 597-1900.
Ben Heppner and Deborah Voigt. The dramatic soprano returns to the Phil for another season, accompanied by Grammy Award-winning star Heppner and the NPO, Jan. 5 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Ben Taylor Trio. The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon performs with his acclaimed trio at the Phil Jan. 4–5. 597-1900.
Blue Suede Shoes. Dubbed "the ultimate Elvis bash," it’s at the Phil Jan. 3. 597-1900.
Broadway Today. The Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus, Children’s Chorus and guest vocalists perform selections from hit musicals at the Barbara B. Mann, Jan. 18–19 at 8 p.m. 418-1500.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Operatic Obsession with soprano Deborah Berioli, part of the orchestra’s classical series, at the Center for Performing Arts and Education in Punta Gorda, Jan. 20. (941) 625-5996.
Chris Botti. The Grammy Award-winning trumpeter plays at the Phil, Jan. 8. 597-1900.
Classic Chamber Concerts. Thirteen-year-old pianist/violinist Conrad Tao performs as part of the Special Rising Star Concert series Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Naples United Church of Christ. Also, Viva Italia Jan. 21–22 at Sugden Community Theatre. 434-8505.
Dick Hyman and Friends. The band celebrates the swinging sounds of the 1950s at the Phil on Jan. 27. 597-1900.
Gulf Coast Symphony. Cantors: A Faith in Song marks the U.S. premiere of the full orchestral version as seen on PBS, Jan. 20 at Barbara B. Mann. 489-1800.
Johnny Mathis. The Grammy Award winner brings his romantic style to the Phil Jan. 13. 597-1900.
Naples Concert Band. The group performs Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. in Cambier Park. 263-9521.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Prokofiev and Borodin, Jan. 10–12 at 8 p.m. and Nothin’ but the Blues, Jan. 22– 27, both at the Phil. Bach to Broadway, a brass quintet with percussion, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. at Temple Shalom, Naples. 597-1900.
Old/New Baroque. The Southwest Florida Symphony Chamber Orchestra performs old world Baroque contrasted with 19th century composers at Schein Hall at BIG Arts on Sanibel Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. 418-1500.
Opera Stars of Juilliard. Five of Juilliard’s rising stars perform opera favorites at Barbara B. Mann, Jan. 12–13. 418-1500.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A performance by Britain’s national orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Zukerman, Jan. 7 at the Phil. 597-1900.
The Sauce Boss. Guitarist Bill Wharton and his band, The Ingredients, combine cooking and blues music. Jan. 25–26 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Willie Nelson. The country legend returns to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on
Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.
THEATER & SHOWS
Branford Marsalis. The celebrated saxophonist performs at the Phil Jan. 6. 597-1900.
Caught in the Net. A two-timing taxi driver’s dual life is unveiled, Jan. 10 to Feb. 2 at the Schoolhouse Theater on Sanibel. 472-6862.
The Drowsy Chaperone. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy about the glamorous life of a celebrity bride is at the Phil Jan. 29 to Feb. 3. 597-1900.
Doubt. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by John Patrick Shanley is at the Florida Repertory Theatre Jan. 11 to Feb. 3. 332-4488.
Films on Fifth. The German film The Lives of Others at Sugden Community Theatre, Jan. 20. 263-7990.
Guys and Dolls. The popular musical of gambling man Nathan Detroit is at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Feb. 16. 278-4422.
The Heat is On! A celebration of the life, loves and career of Hollywood starlet Rita Hayworth, Jan. 19 at the Phil. 597-1900.
The Joffrey Ballet. The well-known ballet company comes to the Phil Jan. 18. 597-1900.
La Bohème. New York City Opera conductor Steven White and the NPO present the opera that later became the basis for the Broadway musical Rent, performed in Italian with English supertitles, Jan. 20 at the Phil. 597-1900.
La Traviata. Opera Naples presents the classic drama in Italian with English surtitles, Jan. 25 and 27 at Gulf Coast High School’s Performing Arts Center. (800) 771-1041.
Leader of the Pack. The hit Broadway musical retrospective celebrates the life of ’60s singer Ellie Greenwich, Jan. 10–13 at the G&L Theatre in Naples. 451-0215.
Mark Morris Dance Group. The Phil hosts the innovative modern dance company Jan. 17. 597-1900.
Monky Business. Fun-loving monks hold a fundraiser to save their monastery in this musical comedy at the Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Jan. 17 to March 15. 278-4422.
Move Over, Mrs. Markham. The Pelican Players present this scandal-filled comedy, Jan. 4–19 at the Norris Center in Cambier Park. 213-3049.
Perfect Wedding. A man wakes up on the morning of his wedding with a girl who is not his fiancée. Hilarity ensues in this comedy by the Naples Players, Jan. 16 to Feb. 9 in Blackburn Hall at Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.
Rich Little. The impersonator has over 200 voices in his arsenal and will be at the Phil Jan. 14. 597-1900.
Ring of Fire. A musical celebration featuring 38 signature songs by Johnny Cash, Jan. 22–27 at Barbara B. Mann. 481-4849.
Villella’s Fox Trot. The Miami City Ballet joins the NPO Jan. 15–16 at the Phil. 597-1900.
White Christmas. The Broadway revue based on the holiday film classic runs Jan. 1–6 at Barbara B. Mann. 481-4849.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
Art in the Park. Naples’ oldest outdoor art festival celebrates its 51st anniversary with artwork from Naples Art Association members. Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Park Street by The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517.
Bead Show. The Cape Coral Arts Studio offers more than 200 types of gemstones and glass beads, as well as bead-stringing instructions, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 574-0802.
Bonita Springs National Art Festival. More than 200 artists are on display at this nationally ranked art festival at The Promenade at Bonita Bay, Jan. 12–13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 261-6100.
Edison Celebration of Art. The fifth annual outdoor art festival showcases the works of national and local artists, with live music, demonstrations and children’s activities at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.edisoncelebration.info.
Edison Festival of Light. The 70th annual celebration runs Jan. 26 to Feb. 17 in Fort Myers. 334-2999.
Fine Craft Bash. A day of hands-on workshops by the Southwest Florida Craft Guild at the Cape Coral Arts Studio, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 574-0802.
Naples Artcrafters. A show from the group Jan. 12 in Naples’ Cambier Park. 352-3036.
Naples Boat Show. The 41st annual showcase is back Jan. 24–27 at Renaissance Village in Naples. 261-0882.
Naples Invitational Art Fest. Fine arts and crafts show in Fleischmann Park to benefit Eden Florida, Jan. 26–27. 992-4680, ext. 209.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Naples Zoo. See how the animals live when the sun goes down through night-vision scopes during the "Night Eyes" tours, Jan. 9, 11 and 30. 262-5409.
Golf Classic. Ave Maria University hosts its tournament at Mediterra Jan. 10–11. 280-2500.
Swamp Buggy Races. They’re back at the Florida Sports Park Jan. 26–27. (800) 897-2701.
LECTURES & LEARNING
The Art League of Fort Myers. Peter Downes of the Brooklyn Museum speaks Jan. 3. 275-3970.
Artistry in Chocolate. Chocolatier Norman Love speaks on his art, part of the Art League of Bonita Springs’ "An Evening With…" series at the Center for the Arts on Jan. 16. 495-8989.
Collier County Audubon Society. Mark Lotz and Larry Richardson discuss the Florida panther and its declining habitat at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on Jan. 8. 643-7822.
Lifelong Learning. The Phil’s adult education programs will explore Prokofiev and Borodin with Phillip Gainsley, Jan. 10; Fabulous French Fire with pianist Jeffrey Siegel, Jan. 23; women composers with Dr. Judith Alstadter, Jan. 15; Beethoven symphonies Romantic Love and Heroic Love with Allen Bonde, Jan. 8 and 22; Simply Chopin with concert pianist Jodie DeSalvo, Jan. 14; ballroom dancing with Alec Lazo, Jan. 21; abstract painting, Jan. 25–26; writing skills with Dr. Robert L. Crowe, Jan. 7, 11, 16, 23 and 30; and Monet: The Ultimate Impressionist with art educator Joan Jacobs, Jan. 18.
Harper Audio executive producer Rick Harris will discuss Hollywood films during World War II, Jan. 21; and the Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture dean Thomas Hanrahan gives a three-day workshop on architectural design, Jan. 24–26.
The museum lecture series brings Townsend Wolfe, curator of Visions: Contemporary Drawings from the Dyke Collection, Jan. 15; David C. Levy, who will speak on the Naples Museum of Art’s exhibit The Mouse House: Works from the Olga Hirshhorn Collection, Jan. 22; Robin Lane in a portrayal of Frida Kahlo, Jan. 23; and David Courtney, history professor, in The Café Intellectual, Jan. 14. Also, Thomas Hoving gives a crash course titled "Become an Art Expert—Like Me—in One Hour Flat," Jan. 26. 597-1900.
Lunch with the Arts. J. William Meek, guest curator of the upcoming Political Animals—Donkeys and Elephants in American Art exhibit, discusses the works in the show over lunch Jan. 28 at The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517.
Meet the Author luncheon. Naval historian Robert Macomber discusses his latest book at The Club at Grandezza in Estero, Jan. 9. 992-4965.
Meet the Musician. NPO violinist Gregg Anderson performs and answers questions Jan. 28 in the Phil’s Toni Stabile Building. 597-1900.
Painting workshop. Learn techniques of impressionism at the Cape Coral Arts Studio, Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 574-0802.
The von Liebig Art Center. Master artist Urania Christy Tarbet teaches the technique of using a palette knife in oil and acrylic painting, Jan. 9–12. Develop your art résumé, portfolio and more with Sandra Jackoboice, Jan. 16. Master artist Hedi Moran instructs on how to paint florals, Jan. 21–25; and master artist Charles Pearce teaches to "paint your feelings," Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. 262-6517.
Visiting artist demonstrations. Workshops in pastels and watercolors at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs, Jan. 6–11. 495-8989.
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