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Art aficionados are invited to explore five independent galleries and 14 artists’ studios in Naples during the North Naples Art Alliance’s Underground Art Wednesday on April 1 and the first Wednesday of each month. For details, call 821-1061.



It’s 1985, and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is everyone’s favorite wedding singer—until his fiancée leaves him at the altar. The Wedding Singer, a new romantic musical comedy based on the movie, opens April 16 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Call the box office at 278-4422 for tickets.



Show your appreciation for this planet of ours at the conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Earth Day Festival. The weekend-long event features an organic farmers market, children’s carnival, educational presentations and live entertainment. April 18–19 at the Conservancy Nature Center. Visit www.conservancy.org/earthday for information.



Iconic crooner James Taylor brings his Grammy Award-winning repertoire to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall April 28 at 8 p.m. Get your tickets before they’re gone—call 481-4849.



This silkscreen on paper of Muhammad Ali, made by Andy Warhol in 1978, is one in a series he did immortalizing legends from our popular culture. The famous and infamous would come to the Factory, a warehouse where Warhol worked in New York, and he would take their pictures. Warhol’s favorite camera was a Polaroid because he could see the results instantly. He would use the photographs to begin sketching his paintings and prints. Although this print is from an edition of 150, the size of the paper (40-by-30 inches) and the drawing quality give it the appearance of being unique. Warhol made this print the year Ali won the world heavyweight champion title. Warhol provides us just enough information to appreciate the youth and confidence of Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., who was 36 at the time. He shows us a portion of the right hand Ali used to win 37 of his contests by a knockout punch. In this image, he looks almost serene. Warhol’s prints are on view at The von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St., Naples. 262-6517.                     —Mark Ormond



If penning a novel is on your wish list, stop by the seventh annual Authors & Books Festival and Naples Writers Conference to meet accomplished authors, including novelist Dr. Robin Cook, get advice on your own writing ventures and purchase autographed copies of their books. April 4–5 at The von Liebig Art Center. www.authorsand booksfestival.org.



You just can’t beat enjoying miramare’s seafood risotto (risotto ai frutti di mare), while you overlook the stunning view of Venetian Bay from the choice seats on the open deck. Chef Giovanni Scamardella’s saffron risotto is topped with a generous assortment of sautéed fresh fish, shrimp, calamari and lobster, bathed in chicken stock, onions, garlic butter and spices. With his hearty portion and the view of the bay’s boats and pelicans—you’re dining in paradise! MiraMare Ristorante, 4236 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples. 430-6273.   

—Ivan Seligman


The Florida Everblades take on the Mississippi Sea Wolves April 3–4 at 7:30 p.m. at Germain Arena in Estero. The 4th is fan appreciation night, so get ready for some fun giveaways, including jerseys off the players’ backs. 948-7825 or www.germainarena.com.

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