the long-awaited, first-ever Naples International Film Festival showcases creative and cutting-edge films by independent filmmakers from around the world, Nov. 5–8 at Silverspot Cinemas in Mercato. For information,
Peruvian cuisine, a blend of French, Latin and Asian flavors, is wonderfully presented with Inca’s Kitchen’s Pescado a lo Mancha ($17.95). A generous portion of pan-seared, then oven-finished fresh fish is topped with a seasoned calamari, shrimp and octopus salsa. It’s rimmed by Mediterranean mussels, a tower of rice with corn and fried potatoes, topped with a garden fresh mango salsa. 11985 Collier Blvd., Suite 9, Naples. 352-3200. —Ivan Seligman
Enjoy abstraction, realism and picture-perfect views without leaving Southwest Florida. Take some time away with Latin American Painting Now, Esphyr Slobodkina: Rediscovering a Pioneer of American Abstraction and The Art of Janet Fish, new exhibits on display all this month at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. For information, call
tired of eating at home but don’t know which restaurant to choose? Try them all at Taste of the Town, where you can sample signature dishes and drinks from local restaurants and enjoy live music and children’s activities. Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers’ Centennial Park. Call 277-1197 for more information.
Esphyr slobodkina, (1908–2002) who painted this abstract composition on view at the Naples Museum of Art around 1942, was also an author and children’s book illustrator. Born in Siberia and growing up in Manchuria, China, she was 19 when she came to study at the National Academy of Design in New York. With her husband, Ilya Bolotowsky, she became a founding member of the American Abstract Artist Group and was friendly with the "Park Avenue Cubists" George L.K. Morris, Suzy Frelinghuysen, Charles Shaw and A.E. Gallatin.
In this painting, Slobodkina has layered with pigment what appear to be cutouts of shapes and forms. The puzzle for the viewer is to determine in what plane of space each form originates. The white form, for example, appears to be in the middle ground if we look at the bottom of the painting.However, if the white rectangle at the top is part of the same shape, it looks as if it is nearer the foreground. Slobodkina set up this dynamic push and pull throughout the painting. Her juxtaposition of colors and variety of angles adds to the animated quality of her work. Henri Matisse’s cut-out shapes like this are better known, but Slobodkina is a match for his originality and collage effects.
it’s the one that you want! Time magazine’s No. 1 choice for musical of the year: Grease. The show, starring American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, comes to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Nov. 3–8.
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An artist is always an artist, especially in the case of Bobby Goldsboro. His list of accomplishments includes having a world’s best-selling record, 16 top-40 hits, touring with the Beatles and providing voices and music for a children’s TV series. Currently he pursues painting, and on Nov. 13 he joins the Sweet Art Gallery in Naples from 6–9 p.m. to showcase his new artwork.
What was it like touring with the Beatles?
A great experience. I was just starting as a guitarist and traveled in the bus with them for two weeks in England. I worked with them again on the last night of their American tour. It was an honor.
Why did you choose painting?
I’ve always loved oil paintings and sketched in high school. It had to be put on the back burner when my music career began, but I visited museums when I traveled. I was encouraged by my wife to try painting. On my 65th birthday, I bought painting supplies and began.
How did you teach yourself to paint?
I blew up photos on canvas to learn how to match colors and create textures. I would paint on top of those pictures and did that three or four times, then tried on my own. Nobody will ever see those first few, though.
Where do you get your inspiration for your paintings?
Everywhere. I don’t just stick to just one thing like many other artists do. They find the one thing they’re good at and don’t do anything else. There are too many beautiful things, and I’ve only been painting for four years.
Alaskan songwriter, musician, actress and singer Jewel brings her solo acoustic tour to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at 481-4849.