Calendar: July-September 2012
Alliance for the Arts. Black & White, a 2012 members’ exhibit, runs Aug. 10 through Sept. 1; reception at 5 p.m. Aug. 10. Reflections on Canvas by Lia Galletti runs Sept. 9 through Oct. 1; reception on Sept. 9. 939-2787.
Art League of Fort Myers. Sizzling Summer runs July 6-31; reception at 6 p.m. July 6; Anything Goes runs Aug. 3-31; reception at 6 p.m. on Aug 3. Time of Transition runs Sept. 6-30; reception at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6. 275-3970.
Art of the Olympians. 21, an artistic perspective of 21 international Olympians. Show runs from Aug. 5 through Oct. 30. 332-5055.
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Art Walk at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 5-7 p.m. July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27. 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 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7. fortmyersartwalk.com.
Howl Gallery. Greedy Mouse Group Show, July 6-31; reception at 6 p.m. on July 6. Pooch Solo Exhibition, Aug. 3-31; reception at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3. Rodney Jackson Solo Exhibition, Sept. 7 through Oct. 1, reception at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7. 332-0161.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Reflections, the art of Daniel J. Venditti and Lyle Bowen, July 6-27; reception at 6 p.m. on July 6. G3: Generations Cubed, original art and drawings by three generations of the Lamers family, Aug. 3-31; reception at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3. 333-1933.
The von Liebig Art Center. Camera USA: National Photography Award 2012, featuring 50 recent photographs taken within the United States from the Naples Art Association’s national photography competition, runs through Aug. 10. The Fifth Annual Non-Juried All Artist Members Show of Shows runs Aug. 27 through Oct. 5; preview reception at 5:30 p.m. on Aug 24. 262-6517.
Evenings on Fifth. An array of live musical performances throughout the sidewalk areas of Fifth Avenue South, 7-10 p.m. July 12 and Aug. 9. fifthavenuesouth.com
Fort Myers Music Walk. Listen to a wide range of musical styles from jazz to rock performed throughout the River District beginning at 7 p.m. on July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21. fortmyersmusicwalk.com.
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. Remember progressive rock? Remember rock flautists? Anderson performs Thick as a Brick 1 & 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. bbmannpah.com.
Mercato Nights Music Series. Live music in the piazza next to Bravo! from 6-9 p.m. on July 5 (Damn Outlaws); Aug. 2 (Mudbone); and Sept. 6 (The High Chiefs). mercatoshops.com.
Kevin Mauldin Jazz Trio. An evening of smooth jazz at 7 p.m. on July 20 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. sbdac.com.
SummerJazz on the Gulf. Enjoy jazz, a Florida sunset and drinks as the annual concert series takes place on the Watkins Lawn of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club at 7 p.m. on July 21 (Late Night Brass), Aug. 25 (Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City) and Sept. 22 (Eight to the Bar). 261-2222.
Summer Picnic/Concert Series. The musical styling of De Lei’ed Parrots from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4 at the Naples Botanical Garden. 643-7275.
Thursdays on Third. The courtyards and plazas of Third Street South come alive with the sounds of live jazz, rock or folk from 6:30-9:30 p.m. thirdstreetsouth.com.
THEATER & SHOWS
Dralion from Cirque du Soleil. A harmonious blend of Eastern and Western acrobatic prowess performed with a level of magnificent freakishness only Cirque du Soleil can provide. Show runs at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1-4; 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 4; 1 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 5. germainarena.com.
An Evening with Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Theatre Conspiracy in conjunction with Unflappable Recovery Entertainment offers the inspirational and hilarious dramatization of the true story of a drunken doctor who stumbles on the cure for alcoholism in the 1930s. Show runs at 7:30 p.m. July 27-29 and at 2 p.m. on July 28. 396-3239.
Grease. It’s the word. Travel back in time to Rydell High in the ’50s with such it songs as Summer Nights, We Go Together and Beauty School Dropout. The show runs through Aug. 18 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.
Movies on the Lawn. Grab a lawn chair and enjoy a cinematic gem on a giant inflatable screen at Mercato at 8:15 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. July 17, Jaws; Aug. 21, The Great Outdoors; Sept. 18, Tootsie. mercatoshops.com.
Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Ride the rails and see a mystery solved before your eyes. Showing this summer are Deadly Doubles, to Aug. 5; and Dice, Deeds & Death, to Sept. 1; Haunted By Death, Aug. 8 to Nov. 22; Speak Easy of Murder, Sept. 7 to Nov. 17. 275-8487.
Off the Hook Comedy Club. Capt. Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar hosts a variety of comedians throughout the summer: Jim Short, July 5-8; Earthquake, July 12-15; Barry Rothbart, July 26-28. 389-6900.
The Star-Spangled Girl by Neil Simon. Set in the 1960s, this classic Simon comedy features all of the things we love: radical liberals, all-American girls and magazine production. BIG Arts Community Players bring it all to life at 8 p.m. on July 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21 at the Herb Strauss Theater on Sanibel. 472-6862.
FESTIVALS, FAIRS, LECTURES & MORE
Gulf Coast Writer’s Association. Sarasota author Liz Coursen discusses “The Seven Steps to a Wildly Successful Book Tour” at 10 a.m. on July 21 at Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers. gulfwriters.org.
Palm Cottage. Tours of historic Palm Cottage from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; guided tours of Norris Gardens at 10 a.m. on July 5 and 19, Aug. 2 and 16, Sept. 6 and 20. 261-8164.
River District Farmers’ Market. This lively green market offers a variety of local produce, seafood, baked goods, cheeses and plants every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centennial Park parking lot. 321-7100.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Moe’s Firecracker 5K. Starts at 7 a.m. on July 4 in Fleischmann Park. 434-9786.
Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division. We wouldn’t steer you wrong: You can expect a whole lotta bull at the PBR’s two-night event at 8 p.m. July 20 and 21 at Germain Arena. germainarena.com.
Prostate Awareness 5K. Starts at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 15 at Physicians Regional Hospital, Naples. 434-9786.
PARTIES & FUNDRAISERS
40 Under 40. Gulfshore Business magazine salutes 40 young professionals primed to be Southwest Florida’s next leaders in business, 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Blue Martini. 449-4154.
Blue Martini Little Black Dress Party. Slip into your favorite LBD and head to Mercato for a night of fun at 8 p.m. on July 21. 591-2583.
Love That Dress. The ultimate feel-good shopping spree benefiting PACE Center for Girls of Lee and Collier counties on Aug. 29 at both the Embassy Suites Hotel in Estero and the Waldorf Astoria Naples. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you’ve been practicing your “oooohs” and “ahhhs” for this year’s upcoming Fourth of July celebrations across the region. (If not, you better get crackin’.) Here’s your guide to some of the area’s parades, fireworks and other Independence Day activities! (All events are on July 4 unless otherwise noted.)
Naples Fourth of July Parade. It’s Americana on display along Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South starting at 10 a.m. 213-7120.
Naples Pier Fireworks. Things will be bursting in air over the Gulf beginning at 9 p.m. from the end of the Naples Pier. Viewable from anywhere in the Naples beach area. 213-7120.
Bonita Springs Fourth of July Parade. The parade marches on at 9 a.m. along Old Route 41 between Bonita Drive and Riverside Park.
Star Spangled Bonita Party. To the delight of our forefathers there’ll be a bed race at 4 p.m. down Old 41. Then, at 5 p.m., the annual celebration begins at Riverside Park with children’s activities, live music, contests, food, a laser light show and things wrap up at dusk with an 18-minute fireworks display. 949-6262.
Miromar Outlets Fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day on July 3 with fireworks at dusk. 948-3766.
Fort Myers Fireworks. America’s birthday gets a major send up at Riverfest Centennial Park; fireworks begin at dusk. Other fireworks displays fire up at dusk near Fort Myers Beach fishing pier and Times Square. 454-7500.
Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July Parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at School Street and heads to Times Square.
Red, White and Boom. Cape Coral hosts its annual celebration at the Cape Coral Bridge on Cape Coral Parkway. The festival features more than 100 vendors, live music, prizes and fireworks. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks kicking off at dusk. 549-6900.
Sanibel Island Independence Day Celebration. The Dunes hosts its Fourth of July celebration beginning at 5 p.m. with live music, food, children’s activities and a view of the island’s annual fireworks display at dusk. Fireworks are launched from the north end of Bailey Road. 472-1080.
All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.
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