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October Calendar

Cyber men: Man and metal merge this month during the Robotic Portraiture exhibit at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Alliance for the Arts. Refuse Repurposed, a juried competition, is on display Oct. 7 to Nov. 9. Tour the exhibit with juror Anica Sturdivant from 10–11 a.m. Oct. 8 939-2787.

Art of the Olympians. 21, an artistic perspective of 21 international Olympian artists, is showing in the Olympian Gallery through Oct. 30. The Olympic Sport Gallery is focusing on curling Oct. 7 to Dec. 31. 332-5055. (image below)

Art of movement: The Hurdler by Olympian artist Kader Klouchi, attempts to capture “the beauty of the effort and the strength of sport.” See it at the Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery in Fort Myers.BIG Arts Center. Biennial Sculpture Exhibit shows the latest sculptures by local artists Oct. 17 to Nov. 29; reception at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28. 395-0900.

Big Cypress Gallery. Clyde Butcher displays his newest exhibit, Kissimmee River: The Northern Everglades, Oct. 22 to Jan. 8.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. The Exquisite Corpse showcases 11 internationally renowned glass sculptors, and Robotic Portraiture features work of hybrid imagery merging human and high-tech components. Both shows run Oct. 14 to Nov. 26; a reception and campus open house is at 6 p.m. Oct. 14. 495-8989.

First Fridays Art Walk. Celebrate the third anniversary of Art Walk by taking a free, self-guided tour of the art galleries and businesses of Fort Myers’ River District from 6–10 p.m. on Oct. 7. www.fortmyersartwalk.com.

Howl Gallery. Sugar Ninjas features an all-female comic book artist collective displaying their work from Oct. 7–31; reception Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. 332-0161. 

Marco Island’s Center for the Arts. Forme du Femme and Bras for Life, juried shows, are on display Oct. 11 to Nov. 2. Reception and auction Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. 394-4221.

Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. On display all this month: Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist; Natural History by Steve Tobin; Leaders in American Modernism; Modern Mexican Masters; and the annual Student Photography Exhibit. 597-1900.



Beyond the Rainbow. Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra present a tribute to Judy Garland at the Phil, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Part of the Live! at the Promenade series, Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson present An Evening of Jazz. The concert begins 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 495-8989.

Halloween Youth Concert. The Gulf Coast Symphony invites children to parade their best costumes and trick-or-treat prior to a Halloween inspired performance at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 1 p.m. on Oct. 30. 481-4849.

Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Christopher Confessore conducts The Symphony Is All Around You, the first Family Fare concert of the season, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 2; the Brass Quintet plays the second show of the Chamber Music Series Oct. 9 and Oct. 11; NPO teams up with soprano Michele Byrd for the first installment of the Sypert Salon Series at 3 p.m. Oct. 23; and the second concert of the Fall Fest series performs Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. 597-1900.


Southern sound: In a show that’s more than a tribute to one of country’s early superstars, the Naples Players present Always … Patsy Cline on the main stage through Oct. 29.THEATER & SHOWS

Always … Patsy Cline. The Naples Players present a musical based on the life of Patsy Cline complete with ballads and honky-tonk swagger at Blackburn Hall, Oct. 5–29. 263-7990.

Florida’s Funniest Comedian. In a statewide competition to find the next great comedian, Off the Hook Comedy Club gives locals a shot at the title at 9 p.m. on Oct. 12. 389-6900.

Handle with Care. Gulfshore Playhouse presents the story of Ayelet, an Israeli girl whose grandmother drags her on a road trip to America in search of a dream, at the Norris Center Oct. 28 to Nov. 20. (866) 811-4111.

Invasion of Privacy. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, is sued by a good friend in a right-to-privacy case that reveals her troubled life in this play presented by Theatre Conspiracy Oct. 7–22 at the Foulds Theatre. 936-3239.

The Laramie Project. The Laboratory Theater of Florida opens its season with the story of Matthew Shepard at Kiwanis Hall in Fort Myers, Oct. 7–22. 218-0481.

Later Life. The Naples Players present a story of love given a second chance at Tobye Theatre, Oct. 26 to Nov. 19. 263-7990. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Take a train ride dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy a show, Oct. 28–30. 275-8487.

Rumors. The Florida Repertory Theatre presents Neil Simon’s comedy, involving four posh, New York couples who arrive at a dinner party only to discover their host dead and hostess missing, on stage Oct. 25 to Nov. 19 at the Arcade Theatre. 332-4488.

Survival of the prettiest: Sugar, a musical about two men attempting to escape mobsters by disguising themselves as female singers, is on stage at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through Nov. 19.Sugar. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents a musical comedy Oct. 6 to Nov. 19 about two men who, after witnessing the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, disguise themselves as women and join an all-female band to escape the mob. 278-4422.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Laboratory Theater of Florida brings the play to Sanibel at the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5. 472-6862.



Boo at the Zoo. Kids can celebrate Halloween in the company of the animals, who join in on the fun with pumpkin “carving” using tooth and claw, Oct. 22 at the Naples Zoo. 262-5409.

Boo Bash. The Imaginarium hosts the event on Oct. 16. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include spooky magic shows, face painting and a costume contest. 321-7420.


Estates Clothesline Quilt Events. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild will be “airing” more than 40 quilts throughout the gardens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Marissa Collections. Stop by the store on Third Street South for an Oscar de la Renta trunk show, Oct. 20–21; and Hatmosphere, which kicks off the Hats trunk show that runs through Nov. 9, Oct. 20–22. 263-4333.

North Naples Green Market. Enjoy fresh, local produce and food from more than 40 vendors at an outdoor fall market, open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the southwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport roads. 594-9358.


Rocktober Roundup. The Shane Wooten Band headlines the inaugural country concert at Ave Maria La Piazza Town Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 22 403-6857.

Taste of Coconut Point. Sample an assortment of food from 20 popular Coconut Point restaurants Oct. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. 992-9966.

Third Thursday on Third. Live music and other festivities on Third Street South in Naples on the third Thursday of the month. 434-6533.

Walk Through the Arts. On Oct. 22, a campus-wide event at Alliance for the Arts showcases local art organizations, theaters, galleries, museums, artists and art schools. 939-2787.



“Ding” Darling Days. Celebrate the birthday of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s namesake, the conservationist and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, Oct. 16–22. 472-1100.

Florida Panther Festival. Enjoy free admission to the inaugural festival running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Collier Regional Park on Oct. 29. The festivities focus on Florida panther conservation and awareness, including family games and crafts, music, trail walks and panther capture demonstrations. www.floridapantherfestival.com.

Swamp Buggy Races. The Budweiser Fall Classic kicks off the swamp buggy racing season at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 at Florida Sports Park. www.swampbuggy.com.


All area codes 239 unless otherwise noted.

Submit events for this calendar to kristiea@gulfshorelife.com.

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