MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Cape Coral Arts Studio. The annual Art Focus event is March 2 from noon to 3 p.m., featuring a student juried exhibit and the Southwest Florida Craft Guild’s "yart sale." 574-0802.
Collier County Museum. Golf Swings offers insight into the history of the sport, as well as 100 rare artifacts from the PGA all this month. 252-8476.
FGCU Art Gallery. Where the Wild Things (Still) Are, a wildlife art exhibition and fundraiser for C.R.O.W., runs through March 28 in the Arts Complex Gallery. 590-7199.
Galerie du Soleil. Moments of Splendor: One Night with Richard MacDonald is March 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Silk Road 2008 runs March 8–9, and an exhibit by Jane Seymour is March 29. 417-3450.
Jo-Gi Gallery. Meet Parisian artists Bosc, Midani, Rody and Schiviz during the contemporary French Landscapes of Life March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Also, see Rody paint at the gallery Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month. 659-5644.
Marianne Friedland Gallery. An exhibition of prints by Master American artists opens March 1 and runs through March 22. 262-3484.
Naples Museum of Art. On display until March 15, Visions: Contemporary Drawings from the Dyke Collection. 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.
Rick Moore Fine Art Gallery. Maria Bertran’s impressionist-style paintings are on display March 7–8. Also, Susan French Luker portrays European landscapes in her collection, showing March 14–15. 434-6464.
The von Liebig Art Center. Curiouser and Curiouser: What a Wonder Is This World!, a traveling retrospective exhibition, begins March 8 and runs through April 27 in the Frederick O. Watson Gallery. Also, the Naples Art Association Student Exhibition is March 8 to April 6. Members’ preview reception for both, March 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 262-6517.
Attacca String Quartet. The 2007 Banff International competition finalists come to the Alliance for the Arts, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. 236-1654.
The Bach Ensemble. The 40-voice ensemble performs March 2 at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs and on the 16th at the United Church of Marco Island. Also, a free workshop on Baroque music on March 6 at the Marco Island Public Library. 732-1055.
Band of the Coldstream Guards and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. The music and dancing of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales comes to Naples, March 14–15 at the Phil. 597-1900.
The Cape Chorale. The barbershop harmony chorus presents Showbiz March 1 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. at Bishop Verot High School’s Anderson Theatre. 768-2914.
Charlotte Symphony. Tchaikovsky Spectacular is March 16; and The Blue Violin, a pops concert, is March 30. Both concerts at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts & Education in Punta Gorda. (941) 625-5996.
Cherryholmes Family Band. The six-member band fiddles, Irish step-dances and yodels its way on stage at the Phil March 4 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
Classic Chamber Concerts. Classics to Jazz, a mix of jazz and classical music, is March 18 at 8 p.m.; and a compilation of Mozart, Poulenc, Mendelssohn and more in Wondrous Winds!, March 31 to April 1 at Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.
Debbie Gravitte. She’s appeared on Broadway, recorded several CDs and performed her nightclub show worldwide. On March 14–15, she sings at the Phil. 597-1900.
Dierks Bentley. The country music star performs at Estero’s Germain Arena March 15 at 7:30 p.m. 948-7825.
Estero Park Concert. Bring the family and a picnic for a free concert in Estero Community Park, March 1. 489-1800
An Evening with Kat Epple and Chuck Grinnell. The Emmy-winning flautist and her friend and pianist share a selection of their favorite pieces, March 19 at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. 495-8989.
Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell. Three teen idols from the 1950s and ’60s perform at the Phil, March 13 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
The Gipsy Kings. Experience the group’s trademark "rumba flamenco" March 2 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Gulf Coast Symphony. Legendary Broadway Musicals, part of the Symphonic Sensations concerts, is March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Barbara B. Mann. 489-1800.
Michael Feinstein. The New York Times calls him "pop music’s ultimate smoothie" and "an all-around entertainer." See for yourself at the Phil, March 16 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
The Moody Blues. The well-loved rock band returns to Barbara B. Mann March 31 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.
Music Makers Show Band. The musicians do their thing at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church on March 2. 593-4007.
Naples Concert Band. The group of local, volunteer musicians performs two concerts this month on March 9 and 30 at 2 p.m. at the Cambier Park bandshell. 263-9521.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. A musical tribute to legendary film composer John Williams—plus famous scores from other unforgettable movies—in Hooray for Hollywood, March 25–30.
Also, the Great Composers Classical Series offers Tchaikovsky’s Fourth March 6–9. All performances at the Phil. 597-1900.
President’s Concert. Features FGCU student and faculty performers, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in FGCU’s Student Union Ballroom. 590-7851.
Richard Nader. His Doo Wop and Rock & Roll Tour III hits Barbara B. Mann, March 27 at 7:30.
Ronan Tynan and John McDermott. The two Irish tenors perform at the Phil March 5 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
Sinatra Sings Sinatra. Frank Sinatra Jr. sings his famous father’s hits March 31 at the Phil.
Smokey Robinson. The legendary singer-songwriter comes to the Phil March 3 at 8 p.m.
Sophie Milman. The Russian-born jazz-singing sensation performs in Southwest Florida for the first time March 7–8 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Southwest Florida Symphony. Experience a musical celebration of early 20th century France in Vive la France, March 9 at 7 p.m. Then head to Naples’ namesake for Jewels of Italy, March 21–22 at 8 p.m. And don’t miss Tito Puente Jr.’s Mambo Nights, March 7–8. All shows at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Also, the symphony’s Youth Orchestra performs Pictures in Music March 3 at Cypress Lake High School’s Center for the Arts. 418-1500.
Steve Tyrell. He’s been a singer, producer and songwriter for the last 40 years. Hear what made this jazz vocalist a hit March 26–27 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Yundi Li. At 18, he became the youngest person to win the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. Now 24, the classical pianist plays at the Phil March 30 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
THEATER & SHOWS
Anything Goes. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre brings a boatload of colorful characters, including tap-dancing sailors and chorus girls, to the stage throughout this month. 278-4422.
Blue Man Group. The multimedia theatrics hit Germain Arena with the group’s "How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.1," March 13 at 7:30 p.m. 948-7825.
Breaking Legs. If The Sopranos was a theatrical comedy, this would be it. The Florida Rep presents this murderously funny play March 28 to April 20. 332-4488.
Camelot. King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Guinevere take the stage at the Phil, March 18–23. 597-1900.
Dave Barry. The award-winning humorist, author and social commentator returns to the Phil March 10 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
Evita. The musical biography of Eva Perone, the glamorous First Lady of Argentina, plays at The G&L Theatre in Naples until March 9. 451-0215.
Fiddler on the Roof. The popular musical about the life of a Russian man is at the Sugden Community Theatre March 5 to April 5. 263-7990.
Films on Fifth. The foreign film series wraps up with the Danish film After the Wedding on March 16, and Emmanuel’s Gift on March 30. All showings at the Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The nine-time Tony winner takes audiences back to ancient Rome, through March 16 at the Florida Rep. 332-4488.
Humble Boy. A dramatic comedy that won the London Critics’ Circle’s "Best New Play" award. March 26 to April 19 in the Tobye Studio of Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.
Jewels. The Miami City Ballet joins the NPO March 11–12 at 8 p.m. 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. March 20 to May 3 at the Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.
Lucky Stiff. A dead body, $6 million in diamonds and a bunch of dogs form the basis of this musical farce at the Schoolhouse Theater on Sanibel, March 6–29. 472-6862.
Madame Butterfly. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra partners with renowned opera conductor Martin Mazik for this performance, in Italian with English supertitles. March 17 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.
Married Alive! Gulfshore Playhouse presents the new musical comedy about the trials of modern marriage, March 27 to April 5 at the Norris Center in Naples. (866) 811-4111.
The Met Opera Live in HD. The Florida Rep partners with the Met to bring live simulcasts and encore performances to the big screen at Regal Cinema in the Bell Tower Shops. Britten’s Peter Grimes is showing March 15 at 1:30 p.m., and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is March 22 at 12:30 p.m. (800) 638-6737.
Monky Business. Catch the musical monks before they’re gone, at the Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through March 15. 278-4422.
Smucker’s Stars on Ice. Figure skating Olympic medalists and world champions come together at Germain Arena, March 3 at 7 p.m. 948-7825.
Who’s on First: A Nightmare Comedy. Four people find themselves living the same hour over and over again. Playing Fridays and Saturdays from March 7– 22 at the Norris Center in Naples. 213-3049.
FOR THE KIDS
Annual Rubber Duck Race. Numbered rubber ducks race through Monroe Canal, and the first ones across the finish line win prizes. Music, raffles and other games will also be available. March 8 at Woody’s Waterside in St. James City. 283-0888.
Imaginarium. Travel through time 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, all this month. 337-3332.
Magic Carpet Concert. A free one-hour concert designed to introduce children to the symphony orchestra at Galloway Ford in Fort Myers on March 9. 489-1800.
Playhouse Disney Live! Join the popular Disney pals onstage at Germain Arena, March 22 at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. 948-7825.
Seussical Jr. The Naples Players’ junior set, KidzAct Youth Theatre, performs the mischievous musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, March 24–25 at 5 and 7 p.m. at Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
Annual Designer Showcase. The International Design Center in Estero hosts its series of workshops and seminars, titled "The Art of Design," through March 2. 418-1500.
Antiques Show. The Naples Woman’s Club annual show is March 6–8, with a preview party on the 6th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the NWC Clubhouse. 262-6331.
Art in the Park. Naples’ oldest outdoor art festival features artwork by Naples Art Association members, as well as food and entertainment. March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cambier Park in downtown Naples and on Park Street by The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517.
Artists’ Studio Tour. Tour the homes and studios of eight internationally recognized artists, and enjoy art, food and conversation along the way, March 2–3. 597-1900.
Bonita Blues Festival. Enjoy blues bands, food and shopping at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, March 15 from noon to 8 p.m. 947-0715
Bonita Springs Art Festival. A nationally ranked festival featuring more than 200 artists, March 1–2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Promenade at Bonita Bay. 261-6100.
Book Launch. A Naples-based author and illustrator debut You and Me Make Three, a children’s book for divorced families, at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, March 12. 289-3817.
Circus Sarasota. The performers bring their act (complete with big top tents, acrobats and clowns) to Miromar Outlets in Estero, March 11–30. (941) 355-9335.
Country Jam. Collier County Parks & Recreation holds this music festival March 8 at the Collier County Fairgrounds. 252-4000.
Goddess Night. An evening devoted to empowering and enriching women, with presentations, discussions and dinner, March 13 at The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517.
Meet the Designer. Jewelry designer Charles Krypell will be at Sanibel’s Lily & Co. Jewelers, March 7–8. 472-2888.
Naples Art and Antiques Show. The nationally acclaimed show takes a new twist this year, featuring contemporary art as well as traditional antiques. March 6–8 at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church. 262-0353.
Naples Artcrafters Show. Fine art and crafts show featuring the work of local artists, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cambier Park. 352-3036.
Naples-Marco Island Antique Car Club Show. Check out classic cars at Naples Depot, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 860-2726.
Old Florida Festival. Celebrate Florida’s past at this living history event, March 1 and 2 at the Collier County Museum. 774-8476.
The Promenade at Bonita Bay. Bonita Bay Nights are the second Thursday of every month, and Sunday Jazz Jams are the last Sunday of the month. The Second Annual Canine Prom—which will culminate with the crowning of a king and queen—is March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. 261-6100.
Sanibel Music Festival 2008. Hear a range of musicians and genres, including the American Chamber Players, March 1; pianist Olga Kern, March 4; the Opera Theater of Connecticut, March 8; the Weilerstein Trio, March 11; Brentano String Quartet, March 15; the Boston Chamber Music Society, March 18; and the Emerson String Quartet, March 25. All concerts at the Sanibel Congregational Church at 8 p.m. 336-7999.
Sanibel Shell Show and Fair. Join shell aficionados at this annual event, March 6–8 at the Sanibel Community House. 283-7417.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Enjoy the annual parade in downtown Naples with traditional Irish ales and food March 15 and 17 at McCabe’s Irish Pub. (888) 403-8778.
The Village on Venetian Bay. Celebrate the luck of the Irish with St. Patrick’s Day party featuring traditional Irish band and a cookout, March 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. And enjoy live music, dining and shopping on the first Thursday of each month during Village Nights. 261-6100.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Florida Everblades. Our local ECHL team takes on the Mississippi Sea Wolves, March 7, 8 and 11; and the Gwinnett Gladiators, March 26, 28 and 29. All games at 7:30 p.m. at Germain Arena. 948-7825.
Historic Walking Tours. See Fort Myers’ River District and learn about its development, Wednesdays this month at 10 a.m. beginning at the Southwest Florida Museum of History. 332-5955.
Tour de Friendship. A bike ride through scenic Southwest Florida on March 30. The tour starts at the Immokalee Friendship House in increments of 16, 31 and 62 miles. 657-4090.
Naples Botanical Garden. A Walk in the Woods, a two-hour look at six Florida habitats, is offered March 5, 14, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m. 643-7275.
Naples Zoo. See what the animals do when the sun goes down through night vision scopes, March 5. 262-5409.
LECTURES & LEARNING
Cape Coral Arts Studio. Fine arts and crafts classes for all levels are offered March 4 to April 21. Also, workshops in contemporary portrait painting, March 1; and still life painting, March 29. 574-0802.
Doris Kearns Goodwin. The acclaimed historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author speaks at the Naples Grande Beach Resort as part of the Naples/Fort Myers Town Hall speakers series, March 20. 261-6524.
Lunch with the Arts. International documentary photographer Brynn Bruijn discusses her current exhibition Curiouser and Curiouser: What a Wonder Is This World! at The von Liebig Art Center, March 31. 262-6517.
Meet the Author luncheon. Florida-based author James W. Hall discusses his latest novel Magic City at The Club at Grandezza in Estero, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. 992-4965.
Painting demo and workshop. Learn from painter Paul Leveille with a life model and a demo, March 4–5 at the Sanibel-Captiva Art League. 395-4518.
Syd Kitson. The chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners speaks about the Babcock Ranch community, March 4 at The Conservancy of Southwest Florida. 643-7822.
Theatre workshops. An actor’s perspective of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, March 6, 13 and 20; intensive tap dancing workshops, March 8–9; vocal technique classes, March 5, 12 and 19; musical audition help session, March 1; technical theatre workshop, March 10, 17, 24 and 31; and producers’ workshop, March 15. All classes at Sugden Community Theatre. 434-7340, ext. 14.
Thomas Hoving. The former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art speaks about the newest addition to his series of autobiographies in The Artful Tommy—A Zigzag Life through Parks, Museums, TV, Magazines and Illicit Antiquities at the Phil’s Hayes Hall, March 8 at 10 a.m. 597-1900.
Visiting artist demonstrations and workshops. Subjects this month include big brush watercolor and the use of pastels, March 30 to April 4 at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. 495-8989.
All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.