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May Calendar


Art League of Bonita Springs. Works by local high school students are on display in the annual Student Showcase 2008, May 9–15. Opening reception, May 9 at 6 p.m. 495-8989.

Cape Coral Arts Studio. In the month that’s known for its flowers, get a glimpse of May’s Bouquets, an exhibit of colorful florals in contemporary and traditional styles, May 2–30. Opening reception,
May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. 574-0802.

Gallery at Rookery Bay. The annual photography exhibit juried by photographer Clyde Butcher is on display until May 3. 263-8242.

Naples Museum of Art. Pablo Picasso: Preoccupations and Passions (below) 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.

Sweet Art Gallery. Hanging Together, a showcase of art in different mediums by local high school seniors, opens May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues until May 6. Also, Expended Media, featuring photography and digital images, begins May 9 with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. It is on display through May 19. 597-2110.

The von Liebig Art Center. Art Encounter 2008, an all-Florida juried awards exhibition, is on display May 10 to June 29. 262-6517.


B.B. King. The king of blues returns to Barbara B. Mann for one performance, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.

Gulf Coast Symphony. Hear Brahms and Bernstein featuring mezzo-soprano Janelle McCoy, part of the Classical Access Concerts series at the Santini Center for the Performing Arts at Bishop Verot High School, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. 489-1800.

Kid Rock. The cowboy/rocker comes to Germain Arena in Estero, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. 334-3309.

Modern Broadway. Part of the Pops Series. Enjoy some of the best-loved songs from a range of Broadway shows, including Les Miserables, Chicago, Rent, Phantom of the Opera and more. May 3–4 at the Phil. 597-1900.

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. The NPO performs From the New World, May 9–10 at 8 p.m. Then, Patriotic Pops is May 15–17 at 8 p.m. Hear Piano Quintets May 20 at 8 p.m., or check out Chamber Variety! May 27 at 8 p.m. All at the Phil. 597-1900.

Southwest Florida Symphony. The symphony joins with the Children’s Chorus in Children for Hope at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, May 11 at
3 p.m. Then bid farewell to graduating high school seniors with a Senior Salute, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Barbara B. Mann. 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.

Quintus Quintet. The group performs May 14 at 7 p.m. as part of the Art League of Bonita Springs’ "An Evening With …" series. 495-8989.


Cabaret. The love story of a young novelist and an eccentric singer in pre-war Germany is onstage all this month at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.

Etc. This series of on-stage readings from the Naples Players features a Classic! full-length play on May4 in the Tobye Studio at Sugden Community Theatre. 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 until May 3. 472-6862.

Lend Me a Tenor. Too many tranquilizers take a toll on a world-famous tenor on opening night, through May 3 at the Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.

The Rainmaker. A lonely ranch girl falls for a con man who peddles his "rainmaking" powers to unsuspecting towns. May 23–31 at the Cultural Center Theatre in Port Charlotte. (941) 255-1022.

Tender Lies. The Pelican Players perform this comedy by Nancy Pahl Gilsenan May 2–17 at the Norris Center in Naples. 213-3049.

Visiting Mr. Green. A crotchety old widower and a successful young executive become unusual friends. May 2–18 at the Florida Rep. 332-4488.

Wit. When a noted professor is diagnosed with cancer, she becomes a prize patient in a teaching hospital. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama performed by The Naples Players is at Sugden Community Theatre May 21 to June 14. 263-7990.


Hip-hop dance program. Kids ages nine to 13 learn hip-hop dance routines. Fridays from May 9–30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Max Hasse Community Park in Naples. 262-1748.

Imaginarium. Travel through time this month with Lucy: The Story of Human Origins, an exhibit of fossils and artifacts spanning 50 million years. Also, check out the interactive, computer-simulated exhibit Be the Dinosaur through May 4. 337-3332.

Lunchbox Theatre. The Florida Rep’s children’s theatre series presents Ms. Courageous May 3; and The Mischief Makers, May 10. 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 strings ensemble from the NPO performs a 45-minute program and answers questions, May 17. Also, catch a percussion ensemble, May 24; and a brass demonstration, May 31. Geared for children ages three to nine. Programs 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. It runs through May 24 at the Broadway Palm Children’s Theatre. 278-4422.


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

Evenings at Coconut Point. Performances by the Consecutones, Palm City Jazz and more along Fashion Drive, May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. 784-0707.

Lily’s Birthday Party. Canine guests and their owners are invited to celebrate Lily the Labradoodle’s birthday at an open house at Lily & Co. Jewelers on Sanibel, May 3. 472-2888.

Taste of Collier. Thirty local restaurants will be offering the best of their menus at the 25th annual event at Bayfront, May 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Also, look for performances by local entertainers, wait staff games, an ice-carving competition and children’s activities. 272-1907.


Canoe trip. Take a guided paddle through The Estuary at Barefoot Beach Preserve. 10 a.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout May. 252-4060.

Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament. Now in its 11th year, the back-country, catch-and-release event is May 2–4 at various launch sites in Naples, with an awards banquet at the Hilton Naples to follow. 261-4313.

Great Dock Canoe Race. Costumed racers hit Crayton Cove in their decked-out canoes for the annual event May 10 at 11 a.m. 261-4191.

Palm Cottage. Tours of the historic cottage and Norris Gardens are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. through October. 261-8164.

River District Regatta. Watch three races from spectator boats on the river while sampling wine and other refreshments. Also, check out the art show, silent auction and open house tours at Fort Myers’ North Star Yacht Club from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3. Proceeds will benefit the Edison Sailing Center. 995-8200.


20th Century Painting. A class based on modern art featuring lectures, technique instruction and an open discussion, taught by internationally shown artist Leo Johnson. Wednesdays from May 7–28, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance for the Arts. 939-2787.

A Closer Look at Shells. Learn the natural history of Florida’s shells on a walk at the Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center in Bonita Springs, Thursdays through May 29 at 10 a.m. 254-4060.

Dorothy Hamill. The Olympic gold medalist figure skater shares her personal struggle with mental illness at a fundraising luncheon for the David Lawrence Foundation. May 2 at the David Lawrence Center. 354-1416.

Painting classes. All this month, at the Art League of Fort Myers: pastel painting classes are Mondays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. (225-0327); beginning watercolor classes are Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon (561-5304); individual lessons in oil painting, composition and color are Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon (939-7738); and impressionistic acrylic painting classes are Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon (274-8092).

Painting workshop. Learn to make your paintings come alive with techniques in composition, shape, color and patterns. May 12–16, with an artist demonstration May 11, at the Art League of Bonita Springs. 495-8989.

Singing Basics. A vocal technique class by The Naples Players for beginning singers and those who have previously studied voice, May 5 and 12 at Sugden Community Theatre. 434-7340.

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

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