December 21, 2014
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November Calendar

What's happening this month.

 

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

 

Art League of Fort Myers

1-20 Giving Thanks judged show. Free. 275-3970. artleagueoffortmyers.org

 

The Baker Museum

27 Art After Hours invites you to explore the museum’s galleries to the tune of local musicians from 6-9 p.m. Free.

Through 11/10 The Schrenk Student Photography Exhibit features photos taken by high school students enrolled in the exhibit’s namesake photography institute.

Through 12/19 An Ear for Music, an Eye for Art: The Ahmet Ertegün Collection presents modernist works from the museum’s largest single collection, amassed by the late Ahmet Ertegün, who was best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records.

Through 1/12/14 Papiers à la Mode: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave features more than 50 period costumes, kimonos, kaftans and other objects intricately crafted out of paper and paint by Belgian artist and sculptor Isabelle de Borchgrave.

Through 2/16/14 Connected and Disconnected: The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont displays more than 20 works by the Dutch sculptor.

Admission $10 per adult, $5 per full-time student and free for children 17 and younger (unless otherwise noted). 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

BIG Arts

Through 11/28 22nd Annual International Society of Experimental Artists Juried Art Exhibit displays work innovative in concept, attitude, technique and materials. Free. ISEA/NWS Wales International Exchange Exhibit showcases a partnership between the ISEA and the National Watercolor Society. Free. 395-0900. bigarts.org

 

Center for the Arts Bonita Springs

Through 1/4/14 Interactive traveling Science & Art exhibit. Free. 495-8989. artcenterbonita.org

 

Collier County Museum

Through 1/15/14 CUBA: The Natural Beauty Clyde Butcher photographic exhibit. Free. 252-8476. colliermuseums.com

 

Fort Myers Art Walk

1 The monthly, self-guided event lets you browse the art galleries and businesses of the historic Fort Myers River District. Free. fortmyersartwalk.com

 

Fort Myers Beach Art Association

3-29 Fall Judged Show. Reception Nov. 24. 463-3909. fortmyersbeachart.com

 

HOWL Gallery

2-12/4 Dia de los Muertos exhibit depicts the Mexican holiday through bright colors, painted skulls, flowers and more. Art/Rock show Nov. 2 featuring The Young Dead. Free. 332-0161. howlgallery.com

 

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL

Through 12/1 What the Soldiers Brought Home exhibit. $10 per adult, $5 per student. 263-9200. holocaustmuseumswfl.org

 

Lee County Alliance for the Arts

1-15 Honor, Country and Heroism exhibit. Free. 939-2787. artinlee.org

 

Marco Island Center for the Arts

4-21 Fun & Funky Teapots exhibition. Free. 394-4221. marcoislandart.org

 

Marco Island Historical Museum

Through 12/28 The Everglades Art of Hannah Ineson includes watercolors and oil paintings accompanied by text from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’ 1947 book The Everglades, River of Grass. Free. 642- 1440. colliermuseums.com

 

Museum of the Everglades

Through 11/5 Artist of the Month Exhibition. Reception with photographer Alan Maltz on Nov. 2.

Through 1/5/14 Never No More: Storter’s Southwest Florida Rob Storter traveling exhibit. Free. 695-0008. evergladesmuseum.org

 

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Through 11/14 Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida showcases black-and-white photography by Clyde Butcher. $5 per adult, $3 per child. 417-6310. rookerybay.org

 

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

1-29 Art Calusa group exhibition interprets the experiences of Florida’s indigenous peoples, particularly the Calusa Indians, through paintings, works on paper and sculpture. Free. 333-1933. sbdac.com

 

The von Liebig Art Center

Through 11/9 Sixth Annual Non-Juried All Artist Members Show of Shows exhibition showcases artists of all skill levels.

23-1/11/14 Joan Sonnenberg: The Middle Point exhibition combines realism and abstraction in large-scale mixed media works, prints and paintings.

23-1/18/14 Breaking Through with Color: Artists Reveal the Power of Color juried exhibition. Admission free. 262-6517. naplesart.org

 

LIVE MUSIC

 

All Tchaikovsky

14, 16 Former music director Jorge Mester conducts the composer’s most beloved works in Hayes Hall at Artis—Naples. $28-64. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

All That Jazz

15 Accomplished vibraphonist Joe Locke joins the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra in Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples. $41-45. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

America

20 The classic rock duo performs in Hayes Hall at Artis—Naples. $64-84. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

Bach and Vivaldi

10, 12 The Naples Philharmonic performs double concertos from the Baroque era, including what is arguably J.S. Bach’s most famous composition, the Concerto for Two Violins. Performance in the Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples. $40. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

Bluegrass in the Theatre

3 Concert performance by the Acoustic Music Society/Palmgrass in Foulds Theatre at Lee County Alliance for the Arts. $7. 992-0580. palmgrass.com

 

Bonita Springs Concert Band

3 Performance at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Free. 405-3320. bonitaspringsconcertband.com

 

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

1-2 The Naples Philharmonic performs original Looney Tunes scores while the legendary characters are projected on the big screen in Hayes Hall at Artis—Naples. $50-99. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

FGCU Faculty & Guest Artist Series

1 100 Years of Art Song performed by Steffanie Pearce, soprano, and Richard Bosworth, pianist.

5 Songs for November Skies performed by Don Freund, composer, and the FGCU Bower School of Music faculty.

21 Melody and Virtuosity performed by the Faculty Piano Quintet.

Performances in the U. Tobe Recital Hall at FGCU. $7. 590-7292. fgcu.edu/CAS/BSM/concerts.html

 

Fort Myers Music Walk

15 Local musicians perform in Fort Myers River District shops, patios, restaurants and bars. Begins at 7 p.m. Free. fortmyersmusicwalk.com

 

Gulf Coast Big Band

17 Performance in Cambier Park. Free. 877-6090.

 

Harry Connick Jr.

6 The New Orleans native performs in Artis—Naples’ Hayes Hall at 8 p.m. $95-149. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

Jazz in the Garden

17 The series kicks off with the Alan Darcy Trio at Naples Botanical Garden. $12.95 per adult, $7.95 per child. 643-7275. naplesgarden.org

 

Jazz on the Green

17 The Rick Howard Trio performs at Edison State College, Collier campus. Free. 775-2800. bayshorecapa.org

 

Kenny G

13 The Grammy Award-winning saxophonist plays at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $41-84. 481-4849. bbmanpah.com

 

Music Makers Big Show Band

3 Performance and dancing at the Golden Gate Community Center. $8.

24 Performance in the band shell at Cambier Park. Free. 594-5141. musicmakersshowband.org

 

Naples Concert Band

10 Performance at the Cambier Park Bandshell. Free. 263-9521. naplesconcertband.org

 

Naples Dixieland Jazz Band

3 Tap your toes to traditional jazz at Cambier Park. Free. 263-1113. naplesdixielandjazzband.com

 

Night Train

22 The group performs ’50s tunes, jazz standards and early rock ‘n’ roll hits, with an opening act by Improv Anonymous, at Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. $25-30. 495-8989. artcenterbonita.org

 

Prokofiev, Copland & Ginastera

3 The Naples Philharmonic’s brass players present a “Class Brass” program of extraordinary ballet and film music, stretching from Russia to the United States and on to Argentina, in the Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples. $40. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

Shell Point Concert Series

14 Performance by Daniel Rodriguez, the NYC police officer known for his performance of God Bless America after 9/11. $36.

21 Performance by The Ars Nova String Trio, whose members met while performing together for the Naples Philharmonic. $26. 454-2067. shellpoint.org/concerts

 

Side-by-Side Fall Concert

24 The Naples Philharmonic performs with the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Hayes Hall at Artis—Naples. $15. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

Southwest Florida Symphony

7 Pride and Patriotism Concert, an annual salute to veterans, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $7.

16 Masterworks I performance at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $20-82. 418-1500. swflso.org

 

Third Street South

7, 14, 28 With Thursdays on Third, the courtyards and plazas resound with music as you shop, dine and dance to folk, rock, jazz and more. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

26-27, 29-30 Celebration of Lights brings music and “snow” to ring in the holiday season. 6-9 p.m. Free. thirdstreetsouth.com

 

TobyMac

14 The six-time Grammy Award-winning Christian hip-hop artist performs at Germain Arena. $25-37. germainarena.com

 

Wendy Webb & Friends

17 The folk, pop, jazz and blues singer-songwriter performs a “November Moon Concert” with guests Danny Morgan and John McLane at the BIG Arts Herb Strauss Theater. $30. 472-6862. bigarts.org

 

THEATER & SHOWS

 

Absalom

6-24 Literary lion Saul Weber gathers his “fraying” family at their vacation home to celebrate the release of his memoir, but tangled relationships threaten to dampen the festivities. Presented by the Marco Players. $23-25. 642-7270. themarcoplayers.com

 

All My Raisins in the Sun

Through 11/2 An eager new teacher is confronted with the quirky personalities and deadly serious politics of the public high school teacher’s lounge. The winner of Theatre Conspiracy’s annual new play contest runs at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. $18-20. 939-2787. artinlee.org

 

Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

7-12/25 The holiday comedy plays at the Off Broadway Palm Theatre. $29-49. 340-6862. broadwaypalm.com

 

Becky Shaw

22-12/15 In this Pulitzer Prize finalist play, a blind date sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events. Performed by Theatre Conspiracy at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. $18-20. 939-2787. artinlee.org

 

Blame It on Beckett

Through 11/17 Wide-eyed dramaturgy intern Heidi Bishop gets more than she bargained for after she encounters an endless stream of bad scripts by desperate playwrights and an office filled with cynicism and turf battles. Presented by the Island Theater Company at the Rose History Auditorium. $20. 394-0080. theateronmarco.com

 

Cats

Through 11/23 The classic musical comes to Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with fantastic costumes and spectacular dance. $35-$58 per adult, $18-$22 per child. 278-4422. broadwaypalm.com

 

Collected Stories

6-12/7 In the ArtStage Studio Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre performs this tale of the friendship and betrayal between two writers. $40. 332-4488. floridarep.org

 

Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Unauthorized Musical Parody

9 Playing at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, this hilarious musical parodies the raunchy Fifty Shades of Grey book, spoofing popular hit songs along the way. $32-56. 481-4849. bbmanpah.com

 

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

8-9, 14-17, 21-23 A raw, quirky romantic comedy about a waitress and cook performed by The Laboratory Theater of Florida. $20 per adult, $12 per student. 218-0481. laboratorytheaterflorida.com

 

Golden Dragon Acrobats

30 A performance rich in Chinese tradition at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $21-42. 481-4849. bbmanpah.com

 

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Through 11/2 The Naples Players present a delightfully trashy story of a dysfunctional love triangle in Starke, Fla., at Sugden Community Theatre’s Blackburn Hall. $35 per adult, $10 per student. 263-7990. naplesplayers.org

 

Hamlet {solo}

30-12/5 Award-winning actor Raoul Bhaneja plays all 17 roles himself as Shakespeare’s plot twists and turns with murder, revenge and the quest for the throne of Denmark. Performances at the BIG Arts Herb Strauss Theater. $35. 472-6862. bigarts.org

 

How I Became a Pirate

1-2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 19, 22 Children’s theatre production, about adventure and finding one’s heart, at Broadway Palm. $18. 340-6862. broadwaypalm.com

 

Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventure

15 The youth theater at Center for the Arts Bonita Springs presents an adaptation of the popular eccentric tale. $10 per adult, $5 per youth or student. 495-8989. artcenterbonita.org

 

The Mystery of Irma Vep

Through 11/23 A gothic spoof satirizing the melodramatic likes of Dracula, Wuthering Heights, The Mummy’s Curse and more  is brought to life by The Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre’s Toby Studio. $20. 263-7990. naplesplayers.org

 

The Nutcracker

30-12/1 With more than 100 dancers, the Miami City Ballet expertly performs the timeless classic with the Naples Philharmonic in Hayes Hall at Artis—Naples. $52-94. 597-1900. artisnaples.org

 

Off the Hook Comedy Club

1-3 Bret Ernst, of American Comic and Wild West Comedy Show, performs. $20-45.

7-10 Special engagement featuring comedians from MTV’s Girl Code and MTV2’s Guy Code. $25-50.

21-24 Chris Newberg, of America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing, performs his blend of music and comedy. $20-45. 389-6901. offthehookcomedy.com

 

Our Town

27-12/21 The Naples Players perform this Pulitzer Prize-winning play about love, marriage, family and the everyday moments we take for granted, with a notably minimalistic set at Sugden Community Theatre. $35. 263-7990. naplesplayers.org

 

Social Security

1-20 In the Arcade Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre performs Andrew Bergman’s sophisticated comedy about the upended life of trendy Manhattan gallery owners. $25-45. 332-4488. floridarep.org

 

Something Intangible

1-24 Loosely based on the back story of Walt Disney, this play performed by Gulfshore Playhouse follows two polar-opposite brothers trying to fulfill their feature film dreams in 1940s Hollywood at Norris Community Center. $33-45. 261-7529. gulfshoreplayhouse.org

 

Swingin’ Christmas

28-12/25 The musical of classic Christmas hits plays at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. $35-58 per adult, $18-22 per child. 340-6862. broadwaypalm.com

 

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!

Through 11/2 The hilarious and touching memoir written by a couple battling personality differences and the ups and down of marriage plays at Off Broadway Palm Theatre. $29-$49 per adult, $16-22 per child. 278-4422. broadwaypalm.com

 

SPORTS & OUTDOORS

 

Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival

1-3 Daytime and nighttime activities in Fort Myers/Sanibel include a photo contest, on-water instruction, paddleboard activities, a film festival, a fishing tournament and races. $5. 533-7428. calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com

 

Corkscrew After Hours

15 Explore Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary through guided or independent excursions and activities until its extended closing time of 9 p.m. This month’s theme is “Ancient Forest Under the Moonlight.” $12 per adult, $6 college student, $4 per child. 348-9151. corkscrew.audubon.org

 

Fall for Fakahatchee 5K/10K

2 The Real Florida Run Series presents a race through Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. $23 per 5K participant, $34 per 10K participant. endurancesporststiming.com

 

Gulf Coast Runners

9 Naples on the Run 10K + 3-Person Relaybegins at 7 a.m. at Naples on the Run. $30 per participant. 434-9786.

16 Jolley Be Good Bridge Run 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. at Veterans Park, Marco Island. $20 per participant. 642-0575.

28 Turkey Trot 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. at Cambier Park. $25 per participant. 434-9786. gcrunner.org

 

FESTIVALS, FAIRS & MORE

 

27th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship and Beach Festival

22-12/1 Ten days of contests, demonstrations, lessons, chain saw art, kids activities and more than 60 vendors on Fort Myers Beach. $5. fmbsandsculpting.com

 

Art in the Park

2 Outdoor art show on Park Street featuring member artists of the Naples Art Association. Free. 262-6517. naplesart.org

 

Cape Coral CocoNut Festival

8-10 Cape Coral celebrates its 41st birthday at Sun Splash Family Waterpark with a live national musical act, gymnastic entertainment, carnival rides, tropical food, contests, coconut crafts, fireworks and more. $7 admission. 573-3121. cocofest.com

 

Christmas at Palm Cottage

12-12 Tour Naples' oldest house when it is beautifully decked out in thousands of twinkling lights. $10. 261-8164. napleshistoricalsociety.org

 

Christmas on Third

25 Third Street South launches the holiday season with lights, “snow,” decorations and the Mayor’s lighting of the Christmas tree. 6-9 p.m. Free. thirdstreetsouth.com

 

Estates Garden Market

23-24 Florida vendors and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe sell unique tropical plants. Free. 334-7419. edisonfordwinterestates.org

 

Estero Fine Art Show

16-17 Miromar Outlets hosts the 12th bi-annual event, featuring a juried show, artist demonstrations and live entertainment. Free. hotworks.org

 

Festival of Trees

29-12/7 Showcase of trees, wreaths and holiday fare at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. Free. tuxandtrees.com

 

Fine Art and Craft Show

9 Naples Artcrafters show in Cambier Park. Free. 250-0804. naplesartcrafters.com

 

Florida Panther Festival

16 Educational activities and presentations abound at North Collier Regional Park, plus music, trail walks, food and more. Free. floridapantherfestival.com

 

Italian Festival

10 Live music, hearty food and traditional décor in an experience of Italian culture at Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Free admission. 939-2787. artinlee.org

 

Naples International Film Festival

7-10 Opening night film and VIP party at Artis—Naples and subsequent films at Mercato’s Silverspot Cinema. Artis—Naples screening $29, Silverspot screenings $13. 775-3456. naplesfilmfest.com

 

Naples Zoo

8-11 Veteran’s Day Weekend offers free admission to active and prior military personnel with military ID or veteran’s organization member card and photo ID. Their guests may purchase online tickets at $2 off regular admission during the weekend. 262-5409. napleszoo.com

 

Paint the Beach—Sandcastles to Shrimp Boats

4-10 Plein air festival on Fort Myers Beach. Free. 463-3909. fortmyersbeachart.com

 

Plant Sale & Garden Market

16-17 Celebrate Season Opening Weekend at Naples Botanical Garden with plant perusal. Free. 643-7275. naplesgarden.org

 

Taste of the Islands

10 Sample island cuisine from more than 20 restaurants, plus live music, at this 32nd annual event at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. $5. tastesanibelcaptiva.com

 

Taste of the Town

3 More than 40 local restaurants provide samples at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Plus, live music, a rock climbing wall and children’s activities. $5. 277-1197. jlfm.org

 

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival

1-2 Showings on the riverfront lawn at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the auditorium of Edison State College. Estates showings $8 per adult, $5 per student and free for children age 6-12. College showings $8 per adult and free for children age 6-12 and students. 334-7419. edisonfordwinterestates.org

 

USO Show

11 The Naples Depot honors veterans with a special ceremony, memories and music. Free. 262-6525. colliermuseums.com 

 

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