Alliance for the Arts.Artists express their political views, economic uncertainties and environmental qualms in original two- and three-dimensional artworks during Too Hot to Handle 2010—A Political Issues Juried Exhibit on display through Nov. 6. www.artinlee.org.
Art League of Fort Myers. Welcome Back features two-dimensional work in a variety of media, on display Nov. 5–27. 275-3970.
Aura Fine Art Gallery.A colorful,
uplifting exhibition titled Welcome to Smileville opens Nov. 18 with an evening reception and continues through Dec. 1 at the new Fifth Avenue South gallery. 572-3386.
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Women Call for Peace features 15 artists who have come together in support of nonviolent conflict resolution. The exhibition remains on display through Dec. 4. 495-8989.
Florida West Arts.A juried fine art competition featuring two- and three-dimensional works opens with a reception Nov. 20 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. and remains on display through Dec. 16. 948-4427.
Fort Myers Art Walk. Visit more than a dozen art stops with new exhibits, a one-act play and live music on the first Friday of every month from 6–10 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers. www.fortmyers artwalk.com.
Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art.On display all this month: Louise Nevelson: Dawn’s Forest; Three Visions in Glass by Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira and Laura de Santillana; Steven Assael: Illusions of Reality; Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings; Modern Mexican Masters; Leaders in American Modernism; The Mouse House, featuring works from the Olga Hirshhorn collection; and Don Gorvett: Woodcuts and Drawings. The second annual Student Photography Exhibit continues through Nov. 14. 597-1900.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.The second annual Family and Friends of the Estuary exhibit, themed “What Does the Gulf Mean to Me?”, continues through Nov. 15 in the center’s renovated art gallery. On the 18th, stop by for an opening celebration of Friends of Rookery Bay’s Painting Annual exhibition, which remains on display through Jan. 31. 417-6310.
The von Liebig Art Center. The third annual non-juried, all-artist members Show of Shows exhibition opens with a reception Nov. 5 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. and remains on display through the 28th. Also, view selected works from The von Liebig’s art collection, Nov. 6–28, and a members’ gallery opening show of the season, Nov. 6–30. 262-6517.
Bonita Springs Concert Band. Marches, pop, ragtime, big band and light classics, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park. www.bonitasprings concertband.com.
The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis. Kick off your holidays with Mannheim Steamroller’s 25th anniversary production. Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.
Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2010. An all-star lineup of the biggest names in contemporary jazz comes together for a concert at the Phil, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Two New Orleans jazz and bluegrass bands team up for a concert Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. 597-1900.
The Doobie Brothers. The Grammy Award-winning band performs at the Phil, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.
First Fridays Concert Series. Take in the sounds of live music throughout Mercato, Nov. 5 from 6–9 p.m. 403-2204.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. The Sypert Salon Series continues Nov. 7, and the first-ever “People’s Choice” Classical Series begins Nov. 18–20 with winning selections by Tchaikovsky. The Sarasota Opera joins forces with the NPO for La Cenerentola, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. All performances at the Phil. 597-1900.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts Opening Night. Spend the evening with Tony Award winner Frank Langella and the NPO for an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception and performance, Nov. 6 at the Phil. 597-1900.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The world-famous Radio City Rockettes star in the Southwest Florida premiere of this holiday production, Nov. 11–28 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. 481-4849.
Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.The eighth annual Pride and Patriotism concert in collaboration with the Lee County School District is Nov. 3 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. A benefit concert is Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at Sanibel Community Center. 418-1500.
World Stars Benefit Concert. Opera Naples opens its season with an all-star cast performance Nov. 18 at Moorings Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.
THEATER & SHOWS
The Andrews Brothers. The Off Broadway Palm Theatre kicks off its 15th season with this humor-filled musical comedy, Nov. 4 to Dec. 25. 278-4422.
Gaslight. The Florida Rep presents this classic psychological thriller set in 1880s London, opening Nov. 30 at the Arcade Theatre in downtown Fort Myers. 332-4488.
Noises Off. A revival of the Florida Repertory Theatre’s inaugural production, which follows the exploits of a hapless theater troupe, continues through Nov. 20 at the historic Arcade Theatre in Fort Myers’ River District. 332-4488.
The Nutcracker. Once again, the NPO joins with the Miami City Ballet at the Phil in George Balanchine’s holiday classic, Nov. 27–28. 597-1900.
Regrets Only.A comedy about modern marriage by Paul Rudnick opens Oct. 27 and continues through Nov. 20 at the Sugden Community Theatre’s Tobye Studio. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.
Tuesdays with Morrie. Gulfshore Playhouse’s theatrical incarnation of the beloved bestseller by Mitch Albom remains onstage through Nov. 21 at the Norris Center. (866) 811-4111 or www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.
FESTIVALS, FAIRS & MORE
American Sandsculpting Championship Festival. See 16 of the world’s best sand sculptors create their masterpieces on Fort Myers Beach, Nov. 10–14. (866) 916-SAND (7263).
Arts and Crafts Fair.Shop a variety of wares by local artisans and a homemade bakery with door prizes and a vendors’ raffle, Nov. 6 at Unitarian Universality Church of Fort Myers. 454-7110.
Coconut Point Fall Art Fair. This fall festival transforms Coconut Point into an outdoor art gallery with paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry and more, Nov. 20–21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 472-3755.
Fall Shot Clinic. Volunteer Services for Animals offers $10 vaccines at Max A. Hasse Jr. Community Park in Naples, Nov. 13 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. Only cash accepted. 261-4768.
Howl-A-Day Jubilee Pet Festival. The largest pet festival in Collier County is back for another year with 50 vendors, a pet fashion show, animal photo sessions, pet adoptions and more, Nov. 20 at Veterans Community Park from noon to 5 p.m. Funds raised will help homeless animals at Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services. 252-7387.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.An auction of fine furniture, paintings, decorative arts, rugs and fine silver is Nov. 21 at noon at the Third Street South location. www.lesliehindman.com.
Naples Fall Fine Art and Craft Festival.A showcase of original, handcrafted items, along with carolers, refreshments and holiday-themed activities, is Nov. 27–28 on 10th Street South near the Naples Depot.
Naples International Film Festival. Naples’ premier film festival, featuring creative, cutting-edge films by independent filmmakers from around the world, is Nov. 4–7 at Silverspot Cinemas in Mercato. 775-3456.
Pug Crawl.Pug owners, bring your four-footed friends to Mercato for food, live music and a parade of pugs in support of The Humane Society Naples. Other breeds are welcome, too. Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 403-2204.
Saks Fifth Avenue.The Waterside Shops location hosts several makeup artists, spa events and trunk shows throughout the month. For dates and details, call 592-5900.
Southwest Florida Blues Festival. Bring your towels and chairs and kick back with a variety of blues entertainers at the German American Club in Cape Coral on Nov. 20. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. 464-0809.
Taste of Raku. A three-hour pottery workshop at Rosen Gallery & Studios, Nov. 4 from 6–9 p.m. 821-1061.
Taste of the Arts. The Alliance for the Arts, ArtFest Fort Myers, Florida Repertory Theatre, Gulf Coast Symphony, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and the Southwest Florida Symphony come together to showcase their upcoming seasons with performances, art exhibits, food and wine, Nov. 14 from 4–7 p.m. at Alliance for the Arts. 332-4488.
Taste of the Town. Sample signature dishes from several local restaurants at one of the largest family-oriented food and entertainment festivals in Southwest Florida, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at downtown Fort Myers’ Centennial Park. 277-1197.
Trunk Show.Enjoy wine and cheese, and check out designer annie O’s collection of handbags, belts, bangles, alpaca scarves and other accessories at Peach Tree Designs in Naples, Nov. 26 from 4:30–9 p.m. 643-4202.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Free Guided Walks.Join a walk on the topic of bird patrol, Nov. 13 at Bunche Beach Preserve; low tide loafing at sunset, Nov. 23 at Bunche Beach Preserve; and exploring ethnobotany, Nov. 24 at Matanzas Pass Preserve. To register, call 533-7440.
Rookery Bay.Two daily, two-hour guided kayak tours of Rookery Bay, Hall Bay and mangrove tunnels take place on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Nov. 1. 417-6310.
LECTURES & LEARNING
Art League of Fort Myers.The league offers one-day workshops on watercolor portraiture, Nov. 5, and oil painting, Nov. 13. 275-3970.
Lifelong Learning.The Phil’s adult education programs explore music, dance, photography, theater, food and more. For a complete schedule, visit www.thephil.org or call 597-1900.
Museum Lectures. Laurie Lisle, author of the Louise Nevelson biography A Passionate Life, discusses the life and art of the famous sculptor in an illustrated presentation with a book signing to follow, Nov. 16 at the Phil. Other lectures include New England woodcut artist Don Gorvett, Nov. 10; artist Stephen Knapp on Lightpaintings, Nov. 11; and art critic and author Janet Koplos on Three Visions in Glass, Nov. 17. All lectures at 10 a.m. at the Phil’s Daniels Pavilion. 597-1900.
Opening lecture and lunch. Kristen Coury, founding artistic director and producer of Gulfshore Playhouse, speaks on “Building the Arts from the Ground Up.” Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Country Club of Naples. 649-4000.
Rookery Bay. The Lunch & Learn Lecture, part of a monthly environmental series, is Nov. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. Visit the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for America Recycles Day to learn ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, or bring your own electronics and other items for recycling. 417-6310.
Studio Art Classes for Adults. Four- and five-week sessions in a variety of media for beginning through advanced artists begin Nov. 15 at The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517.
Theater classes. Acting classes for ages four through adults begin Nov. 8. For a detailed schedule, visit www.floridarep.org or call 332-4665, ext. 20.
Trend Seminars. Visit Marilyn’s on Fifth Avenue South for tips on wearing more in your closet, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 206-4460.
All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.
Why We Live Here
A decade ago, we asked several families why they call the Gulfshore home. The common thread was a rich quality of life shared with family and friends: boating, sunsets, beaches, wildlife and endless sunshine. Also, downtown charm, culture, year-round golf and community involvement. In the 10 years since—in fact, since our very first issue of Gulfshore Life 40 years ago—that hasn’t changed.
We also wondered back then what it would take to preserve this quality of life. In our article “Let’s Get Smart” in 2000, we turned to Susan Pareigis, CEO of Collier County’s Economic Development Council. Her answer: “Knowledge jobs.”
High-technology, “smarter” companies in fields such as information systems and health, she said, would provide high-knowledge, high-wage jobs, broadening the region’s economic base and protecting it from the economic ups and downs of real estate and tourism.
Since then, several extremely smart companies have indeed made Southwest Florida their home, while others are vying for places here. And Pareigis, as president of the influential Florida Council of 100, now advises Florida’s governor on the concept she first shared with Gulfshore Life readers.