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April Calendar


Alliance for the Arts. Works by members of the Lee Art Educators Association will be on display throughout the month. The elementary and middle school exhibit runs through April 10; the high school exhibit, April 14–30. A reception is April 14 at 5 p.m. 939-2787.

BIG Arts Center. The Southwest Florida Craft Guild presents its annual Exhibit of Excellence, on display April 2–23; reception, April 9 at 5 p.m. 395-0900.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Tools in Motion, a showcase of works from the Hechinger Collection, is on display through April 30. 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 April 1. www.fortmyersartwalk.com.

Florida West Arts. Winner of Best in Show at the Florida West Arts National Juried Exhibition 2010, Taylor Robenalt’s sculptures are shown through April 14. 948-4427.

Marco Island Historical Museum. Florida’s Lost Tribes is on display through April 8. 642-1440.

Marianne Friedland Gallery. Spring Fantasy, an exhibition of paintings and prints by American and European artists, runs April 2–30. 262-3484.

Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. On display this month: Nevelson: Dawn’s Forest; Albert Paley Sculpture; Blossom II The Art of Flowers; Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads; Modern Mexican Masters; Leaders in American Modernism; The Mouse House, featuring works from the Olga Hirshhorn collection; selections from the NMA permanent collection; and Florida Contemporary 2011. 597-1900.

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Eric Riemenschneider shows the beauty of the everyday man in his show AmERICa, on display all month. 333-1933.

Southwest Florida Museum of History. Darwin & Dinosaurs is on display through May 14. 321-7430.

The von Liebig Art Center. The 40th annual Jade N. Riedel Scholarship Competition is on display April 16 through May 1. The opening reception and preview is April 15 at 5:30 p.m. Cuba on My Mind remains on display to April 30. 262-6517. 
Alpine Pops! The Sonnenschein Express performs with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in this polka-friendly concert at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, April 29 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
American Virtuosi. Two nights of music created by masters and performed by some of the world’s leading concert artists at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, April 22–23. 333-1933.
The Beach Boys. The vocal harmonies and good vibrations of the legendary group come to the Phil, April 18 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
Beethoven’s Sixth. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra Core Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. on April 1 at Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island. 597-1900.
Bonita Springs Concert Band. Hear marches, pop, ragtime, big band and light classics, April 10 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park. www.bonitaspringsconcertband.com.
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. As part of the Live at the Promenade series, join professional dancers Erin Dunbar and Jessie Garcia for a variety of classic dances such as swing, fox trot and waltz, April 7; also, Keith Raygor’s The Musical Mindreader is April 21. Both concerts at 7 p.m. at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.
Choral Masterpieces. A tribute to the best of choral music, performed by the Philharmonic Center Chorale at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, April 3 at 4 p.m. 597-1900.
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and the Lovin’ Spoonful. Two of the ’60s’ biggest acts team up for one incredible evening at the Phil, April 4 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
The Golden Boys. Former teen idols Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell perform hits from their careers at the Phil, April 10 at 8 p.m.
Gulf Coast Symphony. Hear Lerner & Loewe’s Greatest Hits at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.
Jazz in the Garden. The Lew Delgatto-Dan Miller Quartet performs the final concert for the series from 2–4 p.m. at the Naples Botanical Garden, April 17. 643-7275.
Jodie DeSalvo. The professional pianist closes her series with Classics Go Pop! at the Phil, April 11 at 7 p.m. 597-1900.
Mancini and Moonlight. A concert of romance, featuring vocalists Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen with the NPO at the Phil, April 26 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
Miranda Lambert. The country singer performs with Justin Moore and Josh Kelley at Germain Arena on April 14. 948-7825.
Melora Hardin. Well known for her character Jan Levinson from the TV show The Office, this multi-talented artist sings at the Phil, April 15–16. 597-1900.
Naples Music Club. Winners from the club’s scholarship competition will perform at Edison State College as part of the Fifth Third Bank Erich Kunzel Community Concert Series, April 15 from 7–9 p.m. 290-0501.
Naples Orchestra and Chorus. The volunteer music ensemble performs Musical Theater: Opera to Broadway at Golden Gate High School, April 2–3, and gives three performances of Theodore Dubois: Seven Last Words of Christ at multiple locations April 17,19 and 22. 775-8460.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Enigma Variations, with guest performer Narek Hakhnazaryan on cello, April 6–9; and Viva Italia, the last show of the Pop series, featuring George DeMott, Cody Shawn Gay and Janien Valentine on vocals, April 12–17.
Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra. Bob Keller, tenor saxophonist, joins the orchestra for two performances at the Phil on April 28. 597-1900.
Southwest Florida Symphony. Ellis Island – The Dream of America, the conclusion to the Pop series, at Mann Hall on April 8–9 at 8 p.m.; For the Love of Woodwinds at Schein Hall in the BIG Arts Center on Sanibel, April 10 at 7 p.m.; and MasterWorks No. 5, the last concert of the 50th anniversary season, at Mann Hall on April 16 at 8 p.m. 418-1500.
Tom Jones. The legendary singer who gave the world It’s Not Unusual and What’s New, Pussycat? comes to the Phil on April 25 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra. See the masters of classical rock perform Beethoven’s Last Night at Germain Arena on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. 948-7825.
Yanni. The Grammy-nominated pianist and composer makes his debut at the Phil, April 19 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
Ain’t Misbehavin’. Set during the heart of the Harlem Renaissance, the musical honors the great African-American entertainers of the 1900s, presented at the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater, April 2–30. 395-0900.
Baggage. Lost luggage at the airport results in a forced friendship between two broken-hearted, difficult people; presented by the Marco Players through April 3. 642-7270.
Blithe Spirit. A comedy about a remarried man who is literally haunted by the ghost of his first wife, presented by the Gulfshore Playhouse, April 7–23. 261-7529.
Diavolo. A company of dancers, gymnasts and actors presents witty narratives and impressive dancing displays at the Phil, April 21 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Based on the 1988 film, the musical tells the story of a con man and a fraudster fighting for turf, presented by the Naples Players through April 2. 263-7990.
Forbidden Broadway. A series of stage spoofs that parody some of the best of Broadway’s moments is at the Phil, April 6–9. 597-1900.
Hamlet. In Shakespeare’s classic play, Prince Hamlet tries to live a morally right life and goes mad in the process, presented by the Laboratory Theater, April 6–16. www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
Kathy Griffin. The woman with edgy and often slightly insulting jokes performs at Mann Hall on April 2 at 8 p.m. 481-4849.
King O’ the Moon. The Pazinski family prepares to step into the ’70s as Apollo 11 orbits the moon in this sequel to Over the Tavern, presented by the Florida Repertory Theatre, April 5–24. 332-4488.
Lenny Clarke. The stand-up comedian and actor performs at the Off the Hook Comedy Club through April 3. 389-6900.
Mamma Mia! The musical set to ABBA’s timeless songs plays at the Phil through April 3. 597-1900.
Medea. The classic story, presented by the Theatre Conspiracy, of a woman betrayed by her husband runs through April 2. 936-3239.
Menopause the Musical. This musical parody celebrating women’s last season of change comes to Mann Hall, April 26–28 at 8 p.m. 481-4849.
One Night with You. Internationally acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Dwight Icenhower and the Blue Suede Blues Band comes to Mann Hall for a night of smooth tunes, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. 481-4849.
Requiem Mass. Opera Naples closes its season with Verdi’s masterpiece on stage through April 2 at the Moorings Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. 514-7464.
Rumors. In this comedy by Neil Simon, four upper-class New York couples arrive at a dinner party only to find their host dead and hostess missing, presented by the Naples Players April 20 to May 15. 263-7990.
Salvage. A mixture of modern dance, poetry, film and music, April 29–30 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 333-1933.
A Second Helping. Based in 1969, the sequel to The Church Basement Ladies shows how women deal with new-age things such as guitars and pantsuits in church. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents this comedy through May 29. 278-4422.
A Slim Chance of Murder. The Murder Mystery Dinner Train in Fort Myers portrays the story of a wealthy socialite couple taking on the mob beginning April 6. 275-8487.
Spamalot. Monty Python’s musical comedy about King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail comes to the Phil, April 22–23. 597-1900.
STOMP. This presentation of percussion with untraditional instruments comes to Mann Hall as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series, April 29 to May 1. 481-4849.
Easter Egg Hunt. The Boca Grande Community Center offers kids a chance to hunt for eggs and take a snapshot with the Easter Bunny, April 23 at 10 a.m. (941) 964-0827.
Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens. The Naples Botanical Garden hosts multiple hunts throughout the day on April 23. 643-7275.
Lab Rats. The Laboratory Theater of Florida treats kids to a show and activity April 16 at 9 a.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
Lil’ Hands Preschool Program. A workshop with fun, educational, hands-on activities for three- to five-year-old children accompanied by an adult, April 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Imaginarium. Pre-registration is required. 321-7410.
Magic Carpet Concert. The Phil highlights the woodwind section in two concerts for kids on April 30. 597-1900.
Sensational Saturday. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida holds activities, games and crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the Natural Café. 262-0304.
Art in the Park. The 54th season highlights artwork from Naples Art Association members from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Park Street, April 2. 262-6517.
British Invasion at Mercato. Prepare to don your mop-top; festivities at Mercato will take concertgoers of all generations back to the ’60s with a live musical tribute to The Beatles, April 30. 594-9400.
Earth Day at the Refuge. In honor of the planet’s day, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge hosts special programs and crafts at the Refuge Center, April 22. 472-1100.
Earth Day Festival. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida celebrates by offering a free festival complete with a children’s carnival and live entertainment, April 16. 262-0304.
Help Stamp Out Hunger. The national food drive continues all this month. Letter carriers will be picking up food donations left next to the mailboxes. 455-9669.
Marissa Collections. Catch a Arunashi jewelry show with personal appearance, April 7–9; and Tamara Comolli jewelry show with personal appearance, April 21–23. 263-4333.
Taste of Marco. Sample tasty treats from local restaurants at Esplanade on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 394-3144.
Village Sidewalk Sale. The Village on Venetian Bay celebrates its 20th anniversary with live entertainment and super sales. 261-6100.
Artists in the Gardens. The Naples Botanical Garden opens its lawns every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon for artists to work. 643-7275.
Captiva Cruises. The newest expedition in the Discover Southwest Florida History series will focus on the fishing cultures of Pine Island Sound, running every Friday in April. 472-5300.
Kayak Festival. Paradise Coast Paddlers Club’s annual festival with races and raffles is on the beach behind the Capri Fish House restaurant in Naples, April 11. www.paradisecoastpaddlers.com.
Relay for Life Naples. Take a night to fight cancer, celebrate survivors and remember those lost on April 15 at 6 p.m. at Gulfview Middle School. melissa.pfeffer@cancer.org.
Rookery Bay. Two daily, two-hour guided kayak tours of Rookery Bay, Hall Bay and mangrove tunnels take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. 417-6310, ext. 401.
Swing into Spring. The Naples Botanical Garden’s 11th annual golf outing begins at 11:30 a.m. at Windstar Country Club, April 11. 643-7275.
Turtle Trot. The sixth annual 5K race takes participants on the Black Island Trail, over a Calusa Indian Mound and down to the beach, April 30. 463-4588.
Collier County Audubon Society. Dr. Dave Onorato’s lecture, “Panther Kittens,” focuses on the cubs’ environmental challenges at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. 643-7822.
Marilyn’s. Improve your look with wardrobe and accessorizing tips from Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s European Shoes & Accessories in downtown Naples, on April 14 and 21 at 11 a.m. 206-4460.
Museum Lectures. Joan Jacobs, art educator, speaks on “Van Gogh and Gauguin Paint Side by Side Part 2,” April 1; foodie Francine Segan lectures on Italy’s dessert scene, “La Dolce Vita! An Italian Dessert Tasting,” April 2; Joe Leonardo, theater scholar, producer and director, gives two lectures on musical teams, “Bock & Harnick,” April 12, and “Kander & Ebb,” April 14; Paula Chamlee and Michael Smith discuss “Wandering the Back Roads of Tuscany,” April 12; and Elaine Newton, resident movie guru, lectures on Proof, April 13. 597-1900.
Rudy Giuliani. Naples Town Hall presents the former mayor of New York City at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, on April 12 at 6 p.m. 659-6524.
Taste of Raku. A three-hour pottery workshop at Rosen Gallery & Studios, April 7 from 6–9 p.m. 821-1061.
All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.
Submit events for this calendar to kristiea@gulfshorelife.com.
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