December 22, 2014

Calendar

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Alliance for the Arts. A mix of Florida’s great talents submit work in sculpture, painting and photography for the 25th annual All Florida Juried Exhibit, through Aug. 12. On display from Aug. 12 to Sept. 3 is a member’s exhibit, Road Trip; opening reception, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. 939-2787.

Art of the Olympians. Olympian John Stillings’ exhibition, Steering Stroke, runs through July 30. 332-5055.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. A Hot, Hot, Hot exhibition will debut July 8 with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Mix It Up, featuring mixed media and multimedia, unveils Aug. 5; opening reception at 6 p.m. 495-8989.

First Fridays Art Walk. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the art galleries and businesses of Fort Myers’ River District from 6–10 p.m. on July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. www.fortmyersartwalk.com.

Marianne Friedland Gallery. Summer Selections, an exhibition of paintings and prints by major American and European artists, is available for viewing by appointment through Oct. 31. 262-3484.

Southwest Florida Museum of History. Mambo Kings, a multi-platform exhibit about the man who invented the dance steps to the mambo, is on display through Oct. 15. 321-7430.

Sharkabet. Rookery Bay displays illustrated images of sharks by Ray Troll through Sept. 2. Also, artist David Dunleavey finishes a marine species mural for the learning center, July 1. 417-6310.

The von Liebig Art Center. Camera USA: National Photography Award is on display in the Watson Gallery through Aug. 27. 262-6517. 

 

LIVE MUSIC

Fort Myers Music Walk. Listen to a wide range of musical styles from jazz to rock performing throughout the River District beginning at 7 p.m. on July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. www.fortmyersmusicwalk.com.

Jay Taylor Country Western Night. Break out your cowboy boots and prepare yourself for two-stepping and line dancing at the indoor Promenade at Bonita Bay, July 7 at 7 p.m., part of the Live! at the Promenade series. 495-8989.

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. NPO kicks off the season with In Remembrance, a concert in memory of the victims of the 9/11 attacks at 4 p.m. on Sept. 11;  “S” Wonderful debuts NPO’s chamber music series playing Aug. 18 and 20; and to start the Fall Fest series NPO will play the All-Time Top 10 Classics on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Reggae Dance Party with Cool Runnings. Dance the night away to reggae hits at the indoor Promenade at Bonita Bay on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. as part of the Live! at the Promenade series. 495-8989.

Summer Music Bash at the Garden. Enjoy an evening of music at the Naples Botanical Garden, featuring performances by The Gladezmen, The Wholetones and Marc Dobson, on July 2 at 7 p.m. 643-7275.

Third Thursdays on Third. Each Thursday the courtyards and plazas of Third Street South come alive with the music throughout the summer. 261-8936.

 

THEATER & SHOWS

42nd Street. The Naples Players present a show brimming with tap-dancing numbers and fancy sequined costumes, July 1–30. 263-7990.

Annie. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents the famous story of the orphaned girl whose hard-knock life never seems to get her down, July 7 to Aug. 13. 278-4422.

Anthony Jeselnick. If you’re in need of a laugh, check out one of Jeselnick’s five performances at the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island, Aug. 18–21. 389-6900.

Brian Regan. Keep your chuckles coming with Regan’s performance at Mann Hall on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.
481-4849.

Cirque du Soleil Alegria. Watch as performers balance, contort and play with fire at Germain Arena, Aug. 10–14. www.germainarena.com.

Josh Wolf. A veteran comedian, Wolf has been a finalist on Last Comic Standing and a regular on the TV show Chelsea Lately. See him at the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island, Aug. 26–27. 389-6900.

Murder Mystery Dinner Train. This summer see a mystery unfold while riding the rails. The Dinner Train is offering several shows: A Slim Chance of Murder runs through Aug. 7, Deadly Prowl shows throughout the summer and Sweet Venom begins Aug. 10. 275-8487.

 

FOR THE KIDS

Ever After. The Naples Players KidzAct performs a musical that tells what happens to fairy tale characters after “happily ever after.” Shows run at 2 and 7 p.m. on July 8–10 at Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Broadway Palm’s Children’s Theatre performs the classic tale of a street rat whose luck turns when he finds a magical lamp; shows include lunch. July 15 to Aug. 12.
278-4422.

Rogest Art Class. The famed artist and environmentalist Rogest will be teaching kids ages 12 to 15 about the ocean and the Australian Aboriginal style of painting at Rookery Bay, July 18–21. 417-6310.

Story in the Garden. The Naples Botanical Garden stimulates kids’ imaginations with a storytelling session every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 643-7275.

Wonderland. Alice is all grown up and a mother in the The Naples Players KidzAct performance of a spin-off from the classic tale running Aug 9–13 at 7 p.m. 263-7990.

 

FESTIVALS, FAIRS & MORE

Captiva Cruises. There’s a cruise to fit any fancy; get out on the water and see dolphins, go shelling or just enjoy the ride. 472-5300.

New Play Contest Finalist Reading and Judging. The Theatre Conspiracy will read scenes from the finalists of the contest and pick the winners on July 23 at Foulds Theatre. 936-3239.

Mango Mania. A celebration of Pine Island’s favorite fruit complete with kids’ activities, tasty treats and live music on July 30–31. 283-0888.

 

PARTIES & FUNDRAISERS

40 Under 40. Gulfshore Business magazine salutes the 40 young professionals primed to be Southwest Florida’s next leaders in business on Sept. 15 at Naples Luxury Imports. 449-4154.

Annual Membership Meeting. Join the Uncommon Friends Foundation to network and hear updates of ongoing programs on July 14 at Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers. 337-9505.

Blue Martini Little Black Dress Party. Slip into your favorite LBD and head to Mercato for a night of fun, July 16 at 8 p.m. 591-2583.

Love That Dress. The ultimate feel-good shopping spree benefiting PACE Center for Girls of Lee County on Aug. 31 at Embassy Suites Hotel in Estero. melissa.simontis@pacecenter.org.

 

All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.

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