September 30, 2014

Gulfshore Insider

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Succumb to the smooth sounds of 15-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist B.B. King, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Phil. Call 597-1900 for tickets.

See It!

Oscar bluemner’s 1912 watercolor Harlem River, on view at the Naples Museum of Art, is a boldly colorful composition. It encourages our eyes to wind their way through his landscape and to find a bridge, a highway and a hill across the river. A purple wall cuts the composition in half, throwing the foreground toward us, and two green-gray smokestacks add strong vertical elements. Bluemner employs a bold red to define a series of sheds. He repeats this red to highlight objects on the left as well as the shirt of one of the boys on the right. The three tiny figures help us define scale.
From 1912, Bluemner, who was born in Prussia and trained as an architect, focused on line and color to create impressions of scenes that hold our attention. His inclusion in the New York Armory Show in 1913 and his one-person show at Alfred Steiglitz’s 291 Gallery in New York in 1915 are testimony to his success as an artist.
—Mark Ormond

Author mitch albom has garnered quite a following for his heart-wrenching bestsellers. His breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, comes to Naples in its stage version to open Gulfshore Playhouse’s mainstage season with a preview performance Oct. 28 at the Norris Center. For tickets, call the box office at (866) 811-4111.

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The naples Zoo gets spooky Oct. 24 for its annual Boo at the Zoo. Kids can trick or treat throughout the zoo, join in a costume contest and watch the zoo’s residents "carve" pumpkins with tooth and claw. Call 262-5409 for more information.

Don’t Miss It!

It’s easy to take our nature-laden surroundings for granted when you’ve got the beach, the Everglades and rivers galore within mere miles (or even feet) of your front door. But from Oct. 29 to Nov. 7, there’s no excuse not to commune with nature during the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival. Coordinator Betsy Clayton shares all sorts of ways visitors can experience the outdoors—and why it was recently selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top 20 events.

What kinds of activities are offered?
We have kayaking and canoeing activities as well as all of those great things about the outdoors that you might see and do with your canoe and kayak. But you don’t have to get wet to enjoy the festival—we’ll have guided hikes, guided walks, geocaching, and all kinds of stuff for people to look at and touch. It’s a kayaking festival meets symposium with a great element of why we all live here in Southwest Florida.

Will there be activities for children?
Kids can learn how to weave like Calusa Indians did, experience cultural re-enactments of the pirates and Indians of the past, and participate in guided nature tours. Mote Marine is coming to Lovers Key State Park [Oct. 30] and creating a child activity area with touch tanks and other marine ecology features.

How will this year’s event be different than in the past?
This is the first year we’ve offered on-water classes and instruction, and we also have stand-up paddleboarding, which is becoming popular. And we’ve added a writing contest this year—people tell great stories of being out in their kayaks.

What’s special about the festival?
Even if you’ve lived here a long time, it makes you experience the estuary in a way that you feel like you’re actually in the pages of National Geographic. There’s so much water here, the best way to see it is to get in a boat.
—Jennifer Freihofer

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Sink your teeth into samplings from 20 popular Coconut Point restaurants during Taste of Coconut Point Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the family along for live music and children’s activities, too. For details,
call 992-9966.

Take a stand and join 15 distinguished artists who have come together to support nonviolent conflict resolution and promote global peace at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Women Call for Peace. The exhibition opens with a reception Oct. 1, and special activity days will be planned each Saturday through Nov. 27. Families will have a chance to participate in various activities, including building a large sculpture that will become a permanent installation on the Center for the Arts campus.
Call 495-8989 for details.

 

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