Fresh off her win at the Grammys, country music star Miranda Lambert comes to Germain Arena on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Lambert will perform songs from her three albums: Kerosene, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Revolution. Joining her will be Justin Moore and Josh Kelley. For more information or tickets, call 948-7825.
How extraordinary to see tulips blooming in the moonlight! At first glance, we see that Marc Dennis has created a surreal environment in his oil painting, Night. There is something about his viewpoint, the scale of the tulips and the cheddar-cheese quality of the moon, that makes us look twice. Dennis has three degrees in art and is inspired by poetry and literature. As a student of art history, he channels the Dutch Baroque masters with his clear and detailed rendition of the flowers of Holland and captures the exquisite, feathery quality of the tulip blooms. Their edges are thin and crisp. We sense their waxy surface. His style might be considered hyper photorealism with a twist. Dennis is clearly interested in beauty, however, not in the sense that it is always calming and reassuring. There is usually something not quite familiar in his paintings. This reminds us that things are not what they appear to be, and that nature and the world around us are full of surprises. A native of Massachusetts, Dennis closed his second solo exhibition in New York in March. His work can be seen at Trudy Labell Fine Art in Naples.—Mark Ormond
To celebrate our planet, join the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for its Earth Day Festival on April 16. The carnival will keep the kids entertained and educate them about the planet, while adults can shop the organic farmers market and enjoy environmental exhibits. Live entertainers and guest speakers keep the festivities flowing all day long.
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The Gulfview Middle School Relay for Life of Naples is the largest Relay in the state of Florida. Each year, hundreds of people gather to support cancer victims and celebrate the hope of a brighter future. Rosalie Seigel is one of those people. Seigel, who has stage IV metastatic melanoma, serves as vice chair of the Naples Relay while receiving trial medication treatment. She and her husband, Bruce, have participated in Relay for Life of Naples for the last two years.
What has Relay for Life meant to you?
Rosalie: Hope. Of the money that’s raised, a good percentage of it goes to research, and research is what’s keeping me alive. We want to find a cure. We want to get rid of this beast.
What was your first Relay like?
R: “Emotional” is the only way to explain our first Relay. As a survivor, you feel like you’re not alone; there are other people who are going through the same thing. There are other people who are caregivers dealing with the same thing. It just gives you that strength to carry on and know that there’s hope.
Bruce: You couldn’t be out there and not be touched by the breadth and depth of the people, and the level to which people are engaged. To see thousands of people from the community at all levels of life come together to recognize, engage and energize themselves around this issue, it’s pretty moving. I don’t think there’s any event like it.
What makes this event different from others?
R: It’s not another event. It’s a way of expressing your commitment to finding a cure.
B: Here, you can be supportive by coming out on the track and walking. That’s what’s great about the event. There is no prerequisite, nothing that requires you to join, except your feet and being there. Bring your feet.
For more information on the Relay for Life of Naples, visit www.relayforlife.org/naplesfl. —Kristie Aronow
Riding a train can be fun, but riding a train while watching a murder mystery play out before you is so much better. The Murder Mystery Dinner Train in Fort Myers offers two scenarios this month: Three Strikes, You’re Dead!, set during the 1925 baseball season, and A Slim Chance of Murder, the story of Vic and Vera Noble and their attempt to take on the mob. Enjoy a meal and full bar on this entertaining off-road trip. For reservations, call 275-8487.
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, is the final speaker in the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series 2011 season. Giuliani talks about 9/11 and addresses questions about what we have learned in the decade since the attack, April 12 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Call 659-6524 for more information.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center features the latest works of Eric Riemenschneider in AmERICa this month. Large-scale portraits depict Riemenschneider’s view of the everyday man that makes up the melting pot of America, while his graphic images tell the story of people’s relationship with food. Call 333-1933 for more information.