April 2012 Calendar
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Alliance for the Arts. Students are given a chance to exhibit at The Future of Art: LAEA Student Exhibition on display April 2–28; elementary and middle school opening reception at 5 p.m. on April 4 and high school opening reception at 5 p.m. on April 18. 939-2787.
Art in the Garden. ZimSculpt, an exhibition of more than 200 Zimbabwean stone sculptures, is on display at the Naples Botanical Garden to April 22. 643-7275.
Art in the Park. Stroll Park Street in Naples from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7 to see live demonstrations of skill and shop the latest pieces. 262-6517.
Art League of Fort Myers. The Art of Photography is on display April 6–27; reception at 6 p.m. on April 6. 275-3970.
Art of the Olympians. Through April, Italian Olympian Emanuela Pierantozzi’s Chiseled: The Core of a Man will be on display. 332-5055.
BIG Arts Center. The Sanibel Captiva Art League hosts the Art Councils of Southwest Florida’s exhibition, A Touch of Red, April 5–30. Fabrication, featuring artwork by Tania Begg, Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjonaas, is on display April 5–30. Both shows opening receptions set for at 5:30 p.m. on April 6. 395-0900.
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books will exhibit to April 28. 495-8989.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Snakes and Lizards, an exhibition created by Lee County students, is on display April 15 to May 25. 334-7419.
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 6. fortmyersartwalk.com.
Howl Gallery. Paint and tattoo artist Skot Olsen will exhibit April 6–30. 332-0161.
The Imaginarium. Treasure!, an exhibition that explores the history of treasures and treasure hunting, is on display to May 20. 321-7420.
Marco Island’s Center for the Arts. The center hosts the Adult Student Show April 2–6, the Stone Sculpture Exhibit April 9–13 and the Scholarship Exhibit April 13–20. 394-4221.
Marianne Friedland Gallery. Spring Fantasy, an exhibition of paintings and prints by major American and European artists, will be on display April 7 to May 5. 262-3484.
Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. On display this month is Louise Nevelson; Prendergast to Pollock, from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; Juan Genovés’ A Retrospective; Leaders in American Modernism; Modern Mexican Masters; The Mouse House, featuring works from the Olga Hirshhorn collection; and Memories of World War II. 597-1900.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Marie Adams will display her photography beginning April 6. 333-1933.
Sultan Gallery. Outdoor Elements exhibits at KVS Interior Design this month. 949-6700.
The von Liebig Art Center. Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor: Selected Works of Photography from the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will exhibit to May 5. 262-6517.
All that Jazz. The Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra performs with Dante Luciani, jazz trombonist, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 19 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900.
American Virtuosi Chamber Concerts. Internationally renowned concert artists James Ehnes, violin; Peter Winograd, violin; James Griffith, viola; Andres Diaz, cello and Wendy Chen, piano, perform at 8 p.m. on April 13 and 14 at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. 333-1933.
An Evening with Yanni. Yanni returns with an all-new show with songs from Truth of Touch, his first album of original studio music in almost a decade, at 8 p.m. on April 22 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Bayshore Cultural & Performing Arts Center. Part of the Jazz in the Park series, the David Pringle Trio performs at 2 p.m. on April 15 at Sugden Regional Park. Enjoy Opera Naples Young Artists as part of the Erich Kunzel Concert Series at 7 p.m. on April 2 at Edison State College, Collier Campus. 775-2800.
Bonita Springs Concert Band. Enjoy marches, pop, ragtime, big band and light classics, April 15 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park. bonitaspringsconcertband.com.
Chicago. You don’t launch five consecutive No. 1 albums without having a few hits. The band plays at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.
Classic Chamber Concert. The chamber plays Swinging on Fifth at 8 p.m. on April 23 at the Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990.
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 April 20. fortmyersmusicwalk.com.
The Fresh Beat Band. Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group performs at 2 p.m. on April 22 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.
Godsmack and Staind. Rock out with two of the biggest names in modern rock at 7 p.m. on April 15 at Germain Arena. germainarena.com.
Gulfcoast Symphony. The orchestra plays a free Symphony at Sunset concert at 4 p.m. on April 1 at Riverside Park. 277-1700.
The Hot 8 Brass Band. New Orleans sends strong southern charmers to play April 3–4 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Island Jazz. Enjoy big band and Dixieland-style music at 3 p.m. on Sundays at the BIG Arts Center. 395-0900.
Jazz in the Garden. The Dan McMillion Quintet, lead by the Grammy-nominated trumpeter, performs at 2 p.m. on April 8 at the Naples Botanical Garden. 643-7275.
Naples Concert Band. The band plays at 7 p.m. on April 13 at Cambier Park. 263-9521.
Naples Music Club. The club gives the 2011 Annual Scholarship Winners’ Recital at 2 p.m. on April 28 at First United Methodist Church. 598-2082.
Naples Orchestra and Chorus. The group performs Thédore DuBois’ Seven Last Words of Christ at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Wesley Methodist Church on Marco Island, at 7 p.m. on April 3 at First Presbyterian Church of Naples and at 2 p.m. on April 6 at Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples. naplesorchestraandchorus.org.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. In the sixth installment of the Classical Series, Howard Shelley is featured on piano in Shelley Plays Schumann at 8 p.m. from April 12–14; as part of the Pops Series NPO performs with the Philharmonic Center Choral, Kristen Plumley, Ben Crawford and Ted Keegan for the final Pops performance, Vienna to Broadway, on stage April 24–28; all concerts at the Phil. 597-1900.
Nest Fest. FGCU hosts its annual spring concert, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Sammy Adams, Spacesuit Junkies and Chaysen, at 8 p.m. on April 13 at Germain Arena. germainarena.com.
Rebekah Pulley & Band perform at 5 p.m. on April 22 as part of the Bruce T. Gora Concert Series at the Alliance for the Arts. 939-2787.
Sergio Mendes and Jon Secada. The two Latin legends perform at 8 p.m. on April 10 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Southwest Florida Symphony. The Youth Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at 7 p.m. on April 1 at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs. The brass quintet presents a free Cupcake Concert as part of symphony’s Family Series at 10 a.m. on April 14 at Cape Coral Library and at 2 p.m. on April 15 at the Alliance for the Arts. 418-1500.
Spotlight Concerts at the Garden. Frontline Bluegrass performs at 5 p.m. on April 4 at the Naples Botanical Garden. 643-7275.
Wayfest 2012. Newsboys headline this faith-based tour that comes to Southwest Florida at 7 p.m. on April 12 at Germain Arena, also taking the stage is Abandon, The City Harmonic and Anthem Lights. germainarena.com.
THEATER & SHOWS
Bill Maher. The political comedian performs at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.
Black Tie. A.R. Gurney, author of Sylvia, brings a brand-new family comedy to the stage about what happens when two cultures clash at a wedding; April 3–22 at the Florida Repertory Theatre. 332-4488.
Bus Stop. The Marco Players present the tale of a cowboy, Bo Decker, and a saloon singer, Cherie, to April 15. 642-7270.
Cirque de la Symphonie. Gulf Coast Symphony partners with aerial flyers, acrobats and dancers during this sensational show at 7:30 p.m. on April 21 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 277-1700.
Come Fly Away. Twyla Tharp. Frank Sinatra. Can’t find a much better pairing than that. The dance revue is on stage April 5–7 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Coppélia. The Miami City Ballet performs one of the greatest comic ballets at 8 p.m. on April 3–4 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Dance Alliance. The local troupe performs April 20–21 at the Alliance for the Arts. 939-2787.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical. A few cans of spray cheese, a broken electric chair and flan are what Jeannie’s life, an agoraphobic in a loveless marriage, is all about. Jeannie is just one of the many colorful characters at Armadillo Acres, meet them all in this musical on stage to April 29 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.
In the Mood. Grab a seat for this 1940s musical revue at 8 p.m. on April 20 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers. A Tony-award winner, this play follows Barney Cashman’s, (a middle-aged, married man), foray into the sexual revolution of the ‘60s, presented by the Marco Players to April 15. 642-7270.
Legally Blonde. The movie-made-musical offers the story of Elle Woods. Elle, a sorority queen, is dumped by her beau, but she decides to follow him to law school to win him back. The show is on stage April 5 to May 13 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. 278-4422.
Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Ride the rails and see a mystery solved before your eyes, showing this month are Deadly Doubles, April 11 to Aug.5; and Dice, Deeds & Death, April 27 to Sept. 1. 275-8487.
Off the Hook Comedy Club. Capt. Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar hosts a variety of comedians throughout the month: Cowboy Bill Martin, April 1; 3 Times the Comedy, April 5–7; Tim Meadows, April 19–22; and Dom Irrera, April 26–29. 389-6900.
Over the Tavern. Set in the 1950s, share in the dysfunctional and delightful struggles of the Polish-Catholic Pazinski family on stage to April 21 at the Herb Strauss Theater. 472-6862.
A Picasso. This drama, presented by the Naples Players, tells the tale of a face-off between Pablo Picasso and a less-than-commited Nazi Germany official through April 14 at the Tobye Studio. 263-7990.
Polish Joke. The Laboratory Theater of Florida performs a comedy about ethnic identity and the eternal American search for “roots,” on stage April 13–28 at Kiwanis Hall. 218-0481.
The School for Wives. A middle-aged bachelor believes he’s found the cure for adultery in a wife in this farce presented by the Theatre Conspiracy to April 7 at the Goulds Theatre. 936-3239.
School House Rock. The cartoon series that taught us about adjectives, multiplication and history brings favorites like Just a Bill and Conjunction Junction to the stage at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre April 13 to May 11. 278-4422.
Steel Magnolias. The Naples Players offer a story of life and death, which illustrates the strength and beauty of the bond among a group of women in this play by Robert Harling, on stage April 18 to May 12. 263-7990.
A Street Car Named Desire. The Gulfshore Playhouse presents the Tennessee Williams classic from April 6–22 at the Norris Center. 261-7529.
Wicked. Part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series, the musical reveals the truth behind the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, on stage to April 15 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.
FESTIVALS, FAIRS & MORE
BBQ, Bands & Brew. The best in local BBQ cuisine pairs with some of Southwest Florida’s favorite blues bands to serve up a winning festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 1 at the Alliance for the Arts. bbqbandsandbrew.com.
Easter Sunday Train Ride. The Murder Mystery Dinner Train celebrates spring with two trips at 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on April 8. 275-8487.
Earth Day Festival. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Freedom Park celebrate by offering a free festival complete with a children’s carnival and live entertainment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 21. 262-0304.
Marilyn’s. Improve your look with wardrobe and accessorizing tips from Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s European Shoes & Accessories in downtown Naples, at 11 a.m. on April 18. 206-4460.
Marissa Collections. Stop by the store on Third Street South for the Tamara Comolli jewelry trunk show with designer appearance, April 5–7; and the Moritz Glik jewelry trunk show with designer appearance, April 19–21. 263-4333.
Naples Zoo. Catch the animals ripping into giant papier-mâché eggs stuffed with their favorite treats—raw meat, insects and fruit—on April 6–8. On the 21st, stop by for Party for the Planet, part of the national Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s annual Earth Day event. 262-5409.
North Naples Green Market. Enjoy fresh, local produce and food from more than 40 vendors every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shoppes at Vanderbilt. 594-9358.
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.
Taste the World. Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, comes to Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. on April 20. 481-4849.
Third Thursday on Third. Live music and other festivities on Third Street South in Naples on the third Thursday of the month. 434-6533.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
C’mon Pedal Cycling Festival. Go for a 10-, 20- or 62- mile ride from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 1 at Cambier Park to benefit the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. active.com.
Easter Festivities. Celebrate Easter with an egg hunt or two and a visit with the bunny in several locales across Southwest Florida. From 10 a.m. to noon on April 7 at Lakes Regional Park, 369-1521; 9 a.m. to noon on April 7 at the Naples Botanical Garden, 643-7275; 10 a.m. to noon on April 7 at Mike Greenwell’s, 574-4386; 10 a.m. to noon on April 7 at Mackle Park, 642-0575; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8 at the Calusa Nature Center, 275-3435.
Run for Music 10K. Lace up your sneakers to benefit the Phil at 7:30 a.m. on April 7 for the only race where musicians line the route and play while you run. runformusic10k.com.
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