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June 2012 Highlights

Camera USA1
The naples art association’s national photography com-petition, Camera USA, kicks off with a preview reception and award presentation from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on June 1 in the Frederick O. Watson Gallery at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples. Exhibition juror and award judge Bradly Dever Treadaway selected the exhibition’s photographs and will determine who gets the $5,000 prize. The exhibit runs through Aug. 10. 262-6517, naplesart.org.


Any Side UpSee It!

Looking at this painting called Any Side Up by Pedro Friedeberg, we recognize he has a sense of humor and an active imagination.

Friedeberg was born in Italy in 1937 to German parents who moved to Mexico. There he has had a creative life making art in many forms. This work is so complex that it almost defies comprehension. It challenges you to look again and again because, unless your memory is photographic, you will see something new with every gaze.

He wants you to enter the picture plane and follow it to the small painting in the center. His shapes and forms are based in geometry. The recognizable triangles, squares, circles and rectangles permit us to scan the work because our sense of balance is secure. In 1975, when Friedeberg made this acrylic on panel dozens of artists were obsessed with works of art that were optical puzzles.

Abstract art was expressive and emotive. Minimal art was about the materials, and conceptual art was about ideas. Optical art, or op art as it came to be known, asked viewers to question what they thought they
understood about perception. Artists crafted works that were illusions of reality.

Any Side Up demonstrates Friedeberg’s mastery of all the conventions of op art. See this work in the permanent collection of the Naples Museum of Art. —Mark Ormond


Gang of Outlaws Tour15
In an apparent game of “which one of these is not like the other?” the Gang of Outlaws Tour rolls into Germain Arena in Estero at 7 p.m. on June 15 with legendary facial hair performers ZZ Top, the band 3 Doors Down and Redneck Woman herself, Gretchen Wilson. We get ZZ Top as outlaws. We even accept Wilson. But 3 Doors Down? Hey, we love them, but when did the thesaurus start using “outlaw” for “eclectic?” 948-7825. germainarena.com.


Don’t Miss It!

Charlie Parker once said, “if you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” And if you’re a lover of jazz, you owe it to yourself to go see some musicians truly “living it” at the third annual Jazzin’ It Up! benefit for Footsteps to the Future, a mentoring program for young women in and aging out of foster care who are moving towards living independently. Trumpeter Dan Miller (formerly with Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson and Wynton Marsalis) takes the stage with tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto (Saturday Night Live Band 1975-2005), jazz violinist Glenn Basham, guitarist Dan Heck, pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Paul Shewchuk and vocalist Susie Hulcher for a night of full-on jazz from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. A VIP reception starts at 5 p.m. Call for tickets. (333-1933, sbdac.com)


Trumpeter Dan MillerDo you remember the moment that you said, “I want to play the trumpet as a career?"

Dan Miller: When I was a freshman in high school, I went to a jazz workshop. I had only been playing for a few years, but the great trumpet player Tom Harrell was there. This was in a classroom setting and I was sitting in the front row. His bell was literally four feet from my head. It was an electrifying moment and a very different experience where we were all just talking about learning how to improvise. And my dad always said, “You need to do something that is going to bring joy into your life.”


You’ve performed with some of the world’s most famous musicians. Is there a common thread that world-class instrumentalists share?

I would say that one thing that’s common with all of the great people I’ve worked with is dedication and work ethic. That’s really what a musician needs to succeed. There are so many talented people out there and what separates them is that work ethic. Charlie Parker and John Coltrane were two of the most talented musicians that ever lived, but they also practiced 14 to 16 hours a day. They said, “I am going to work harder than anybody to manifest my talent.” That’s the common thread that runs through all of these people, whether it be Wynton Marsalis or Harry Connick Jr. or any of the guys in these bands. The guys that work super hard are the guys who achieve. If you don’t want to open the case and practice, then there are other things you are more passionate about.


What can we expect at Jazzin’ It Up? What’s on the musical menu for the evening?

Well, we haven’t selected all of the tunes yet, but what we are going to play is a combination of classic jazz, standard tunes and some songs by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, etc. What’s great about jazz is that we can pick the music in advance, but when we get these great players together—I think we have put together the best of Florida’s jazz musicians—and in such an intimate venue, we will be having such a great time, and the energy will just be so amazing. It’s really great how it is set up. And it is for such a great charity. We are all just so happy to help. —Michael Korb


Palm Cottage7
The palm cottage goes way back. back to 1895 to be more specific. And while there are always tours of the historic museum from 1–4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturdays, you can partake in guided tours of the beautiful Norris Gardens at 10 a.m. on June 7 and 21. It’s like taking a step back in time—with the full knowledge you’ll still have quality cellular coverage. 261-8164. napleshistoricalsociety.org.


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella23
This is the story of a housekeeper who “borrows” some glass slippers from a fairy godmother much to the chagrin of her less appealing stepsisters. As is so often the case, one of these slippers gets misplaced after a night of merriment and, well, things get complicated. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella runs through June 23 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. 278-4422. broadwaypalm.com.


Caloosa Catch and Release Tournament21

It’s time for the annual Caloosa Catch and Release Tournament from June 21–23 on Captiva Island. Three days of boating, hooking and wishing things were bigger than they are. 671-9347. caloosacatchandrelease.com.

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