Visitors Guide: Arts and Entertainment
Whether your taste runs to glittery black-tie evenings or Sunday concerts in the park, there’s always someplace to go here on the Gulfshore. There are coffee shops, bistros and clubs with live entertainment from Jimmy Buffett to mainstream jazz, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and performances by renowned musicians, dancers and stage stars.
We have three professional Equity theaters, a world-class opera company and two top-ranked symphony orchestras. Naples is the Florida West Coast home of the Miami City Ballet Co., and Germain Arena, which can pack in 7,000 patrons, stages major events. Upcoming this year at Germain Arena include the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions and the Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show.
On this season’s calendar at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall (Fort Myers) are several Broadway shows including Jersey Boys and Beauty and the Beast, musical concerts ranging from Alice Cooper to the Beach Boys, and spectacular productions like Cirque Dreams Illumination.
The Philharmonic Center for the Arts (Naples) and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra will present another diverse season, ranging from the smash Broadway hit, In The Heights, to Verdi’s La Traviata and an evening with Lauren Bacall.
Marco Island Players, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Towne Center, (239) 642-7270. Four entertaining plays this season. Snowbird passes available. www.themarcoplayers.com.
Snook Inn, 1215 Bald Eagle Drive, (239) 394-3313. Live music Thursday through Sunday. www.snookinn.com.
Stan’s Idle Hour, 221 Goodland Drive W., Goodland, (239) 394-3041. A local’s favorite, Stan’s “Sunday Show” every week starting at 1 p.m. Annual Mullet Festival Jan. 29–31, 2010. www.stansidlehour.net.
Off the Hook Comedy Club, 599 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 389-6900. Dinner, comedy shows with national touring comedians and performing groups. www.offthehookcomedy.com.
Classic Chamber Concerts, (239) 434-8505. Performances, guest artists and special concerts. Performances at Sugden Community Theatre. www.classicchamberconcerts.org.
Gulfshore Playhouse, (866) 811-4111. Presenting New York-quality productions, exclusively at the Norris Center. The 2009-2010 season brings to the Naples theater scene three shows and a cabaret/jazz club series. www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.
Naples City Improv, (239) 682-0638. Improvisational comedy troupe performing once a month at the Norris Center. www.naplescityimprov.com.
Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-7990. Presenting the 2009-2010 “Seasons of Laughter” collection of plays. Educational workshops for adults and children throughout the year. Recently named one of the top 10 community theaters in the country. www.naplesplayers.org.
Opera Naples, (239) 514-7464. Naples’ only professional regional opera company performs at least three operas per season. Young Artists’ Program. www.operanaples.com.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., (239) 597-1900. Home to the Naples Philharmonic, an 85-piece symphony orchestra; the 100-voice Philharmonic Center Chorale; the Philharmonic Youth Symphonia; and the Youth Chorale. Hayes Hall features concerts and Broadway shows. Florida’s west coast home to the Miami City Ballet, the Phil also presents events in two auditoriums, four art galleries and two sculpture gardens. Hosts more than 400 events per year. www.thephil.org.
TheatreZone, 13275 Livingston Road, (888) 966-3352. Professional Equity theater company. Performances held at the G&L Theatre on the Community School of Naples campus. www.theatrezone.net.
Aura, Naples Grande Beach Resort & Club, 475 Seagate Drive, (239) 594-6000. 3 p.m. to midnight Veuve Clicquot happy hour and chef specials. www.naplesgranderesort.com
Blue Martini, 9114 Strada Place at Mercato, (239) 591-2583. Live music, drink specials, dancing, outdoor patio bar, stage room, VIP area. www.bluemartinilounge.com
Campiello Ristorante, 1177 Third St. S., (239) 435-1166. Live jazz music Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m. www.campiello.damico.com
Club NooShi, at Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar, 1585 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, (239) 592-0050. Dancing Thursdays and Saturdays, live entertainment. Stylish dress, two full bars. VIP and bottle service. Outdoor seating and lounge. www.noodlescafe.com.
Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-3300. Jazz and live music every night from 8-11 p.m.
Pelican Larry’s, 2700 Immokalee Road, (239) 263-9464. Live music or DJ Wednesday through Saturday.
Seawitch Restaurant and Lounge, 179 South Bay Drive, off Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 566-1514. Live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday in-season; Friday and Saturday off-season.
Silver Spoon Café, 5375 Tamiami Trail N., Waterside Shops, (239) 591-2123. Live music Friday and Saturday early evenings until 8 p.m.
South Street City Oven & Grill, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, (239) 435-9333. Live music throughout the week and karaoke on Tuesday. www.southstreetnaples.com.
Sunset Beach Bar at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. Sunday night pool parties from 6-9 p.m.; solo guitarist Monday through Saturday.
Sway, 2059 E. Tamiami Trail, (239) 417-6688. An upscale, high-concept lounge. Open Wednesday through Saturday evenings, offering live entertainment, guest DJs, special events and VIP bottle service. www.swaynaples.com.
Trilogy, 720 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 261-1221. Live piano nightly, 6 p.m. until closing. VIP program.
Ultra Night Club, 15495 Tamiami Trail. (239) 514-3790. DJ and dancing Friday and Saturday. Open until 4 a.m. Dress code, VIP bottle service. www.ultranaples.com.
Vision Night Club, 11901 Tamiami Trail N. (239) 591-8383. Three rooms with DJ and dancing Thursday through Saturday. VIP bottle service.
Yabba Island Grill, 711 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 262-5787. DJ and dancing Friday and Saturday starting at 10:30 p.m. www.yabbaislandgrill.com.
Sneaky Pete’s, 3465 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 498-8887. Live entertainment seven nights a week, including karaoke on Mondays.
Cultural Park Theatre Co., 528 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772-5862. Live performances, Children’s Theatre Program. www.culturalparktheater.com.
Pearl Lounge, 1403 Cape Coral Parkway E., (239) 549-2800. DJ and dancing in the 8,000-square-foot lounge. Open until 2 a.m. www.pearlnightclub.net.
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, (239) 481-4849. Home of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Variety of touring productions, including Broadway shows, musicals, plays, dance and ballet programs, and pop music concerts. www.bbmannpah.com.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., (239) 278-4422. Features buffet dining and classic Broadway musicals. Off-Broadway Palm Theatre, a 90-seat black-box theater, features musical revues. Theater-themed gift shop located in the lobby. www.broadwaypalm.com.
FGCU Theatre Lab, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., (239) 590-7268. Florida Gulf Coast University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents a variety of historic and modern plays.
Florida Repertory Theatre, at the Arcade Theatre, Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry streets, (239) 332-4488. Presenting its High Flying 12th season. The Wall Street Journal recently called Florida Rep “profoundly satisfying.” www.floridarep.org.
Gulf Coast Symphony, (239) 277-1700. Celebrating its 15th anniversary season with a variety of performances. www.gulfcoastsymphony.org.
Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 939-2787. Featuring the 12,000-square-foot William R. Frizzell Cultural Centre, the 150-seat indoor Foulds Theatre, the 1,500-seat outdoor Margaret Morrow Frizzell amphitheater and three art galleries. Live performances, monthly art exhibits, festivals and other events. www.artinlee.org.
Seminole Gulf Railway, Colonial Station, four miles west of I-75 on Colonial Boulevard, (239) 275-8487. Theatrical troupe presents a murder mystery aboard a moving train; guests help solve the crime while enjoying five courses. Reservations required. www.semgulf.com.
Southwest Florida Symphony, 12651 McGregor Blvd., (239) 418-1500. Performing since 1961, presenting classical and pops concerts November through April. www.swflso.org.
Theatre Conspiracy, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 936-3239. Nonprofit theater group performs everything from the classics to cutting-edge works and world premieres. www.theatreconspiracy.org.
Brick Bar and Sky Bar, 2224 Bay St., (239) 332-7425. Two-level establishment with the Sky Bar on the roof patio. Live rhythm and blues, rock, jazz and DJ.
Buddha Bar & Grill, 12701 McGregor Blvd., (239) 482-8565. Live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday starting at 10 p.m. 21 and up.
City Tavern, 2206 Bay St., (239) 226-1133. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to close.
Groove Street Grill and Discotheque, College Plaza Shopping Center, (239) 437-2743. Ladies night Thursdays at 9 p.m.; dancing Fridays and Saturdays. www.groovestreet.com.
Icabod’s Wicked Good Food and Drink, 13851 S. Tamiami Trail, (239) 267-1611. Karaoke Tuesday, live music Wednesday to Saturday. www.icabods.net.
Indigo Room, 2219 Main St., (239) 332-0014. Karaoke Monday and open mike Wednesday. Open until 2 a.m.
Ricochet, 3853 B. Cleveland Ave., (239) 277-5700. Special events or concerts every Saturday. www.ricochetnightclub.com.
Spirits of Bacchus, 1406 Hendry St., (239) 689-2675. Live music Saturday nights.
Laugh-In Comedy Café, College Plaza Shopping Center, (239) 479-5233. Featuring national touring comedians. 21 and up. www.laughincomedycafe.com.
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Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, 340 Old San Carlos Blvd., (239) 463-3474. Live music on the outside patio. www.smokinoyster.com.
Valerie’s Lounge & Liquors, 17264 San Carlos Blvd., Suite 312. (239) 466-7788. Live music Wednesdays and Fridays; karaoke Sundays.
The Schoolhouse Theater, 2200 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-6862. The 160-seat theater presents shows ranging from comedy and vaudeville to musicals and drama. www.theschoolhousetheater.com.
Ellington’s Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1244 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472–0494. Live music each night.
The Jac Bar, 1223 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-1771. Live entertainment seven nights a week. www.jacarandaonsanibel.com.