October Calendar

What's happening this month.

BY September 30, 2013
What's happening this month.




Art League of Fort Myers

4-25 Harvest of the Arts judged show. Reception Oct. 4 from 6-10 p.m. Free. 275-3970.


The Baker Museum

30 Art After Hours invites the community to enjoy the museum’s galleries to the tune of local musicians from 6-9 p.m. Free.

Through 11/10 The sixth annual Schrenk Student Photography Exhibit features approximately 100 shots 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, the Turkish-American musician and businessman 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 crafted out of paper and paint by Belgian artist and sculptor Isabelle de Borchgrave, offering a fresh look at fashion history from Elizabeth I to Coco Chanel.

Through 2/16/14 Connected and Disconnected: The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont displays more than 20 works by the Dutch sculptor, including bronze figures and works in terra cotta and iron.

Through 7/6/14 Witness a work of art come to life as sculptor Lothar Nickel, commissioned Artist in Residence, creates a work out of marble outdoors on the Artis—Naples campus. Free.

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



10/19-11/28 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 International Society of Experimental Artists and the National Watercolor Society. Free. Receptions Oct. 19 from 7-9 p.m. 395-0900.


Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

10/11-1/4/14 The interactive traveling Science & Art exhibit begins with an opening reception Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. Free. 495-8989.


Fort Myers Art Walk

9 The monthly, self-guided event lets you explore the art galleries and businesses of the historic Fort Myers River District the first Friday of every month. Free.


Lee County Alliance for the Arts

4-28 The Sinking World: The Mohawk Project explores Austrian-born photographer’s Andreas Franke’s beautifully haunting art installation previously aboard the USS Mohawk shipwreck, which is now a living reef. Opening reception Oct. 4 from 5-7:30 p.m. Free.


Marco Island Historical Museum

19 Search for buried treasures, create your own Calusa mask, learn ancient pottery and bracelet-making techniques, and watch pro archaeologists at work with Family Archaeology Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Through 12/28 The Everglades Art of Hannah Ineson includes watercolors and oil paintings accompanied by text from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’ book The Everglades, River of Grass. Wine and cheese reception on Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m. Free. 642-1440.


Naples Depot Museum

Through 10/21 Journey of the Hispanic Artist in America features a collection of works by contemporary Hispanic artists and highlights personal journeys from their home countries of Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru to Southwest Florida. 252-6525.


Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Through 11/14 Living Waters: AquaticPreserves of Florida showcases 29 black-and-white photographs by renowned photographer Clyde Butcher. $5 per adult, $3 per child. 417-6310.


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

4-25 Cinematographer Tony “Chainsaw” Myles examines the themes of dissolute order, loss and societal decay through photographic works that function as narrative scenes from an interior film in the exhibit The Blood-Dimmed Tide. Free. 333-1933.


The von Liebig Art Center

Through 10/28 Words, Signs and Symbols features recently created artwork by Naples Art Association members that incorporates written languages, symbols, numerals or other devices acting as references or used to communicate meaning and significance.

Through 11/9 Sixth Annual Non-Juried All Artist Members Show of Shows Exhibition showcases artists of all skill levels. Admission free. 262-6517.




Bartók, Finzi & Brahms

20 The Wang Chamber Music Series opens with a combination of 19th and 20th century string quartets in a 3 p.m. performance at the Artis—Naples Daniels Pavilion. 597-1900. Ticket prices vary.


Bluegrass in the Theatre

13 Join fellow acoustic-music lovers in the Foulds Theatre at Alliance for the Arts from 2-5 p.m. for live performances by South Florida bands, presented in partnership with The Acoustic Music Society of SWFL (Palmgrass). $7. 939-2787.


Boccherini, Beethoven & Schubert

13, 15 The Sypert Salon Series program showcases beloved and technically complex masterpieces at Artis—Naples’ Daniels Pavilion. Ticket prices vary. 597-1900.



16 The chart-topping “rock and roll band with horns” performs at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 p.m. $49.50-$125. 481-4849.


Deb and the Dynamics

24 The seven-piece band rocks a mix of blue, R&B, funk and soul at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. 495-8989. $15-$25.


Fort Myers Music Walk

18 Local musicians perform every third Friday in Fort Myers River District shops, patios, restaurants and bars. Begins at 7 p.m. Free.


Gulf Coast Symphony

19 Halloween Family Concert at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, featuring a children’s costume parade and Halloween treats. $10 per adult, $7 per child. 277-1700.


Keith Lockhart Returns

25-26 One of America’s most popular conductors leads the orchestra and pianist Andrew von Oeyen in 8 p.m. performances of Beethoven and Berlioz at Artis—Naples’ Hayes Hall. Ticket prices vary. 597-1900.


Leon Fleisher and Family

4-5 The conductor and legendary pianist is joined by his wife and children on piano and harp in Hayes Hall at Artis—Naples. Ticket prices vary. 597-1900.


Live & Local Concert Series

3 A stirring combination of folk, bluegrass, jazz and metal comes at the hand of talented 20-somethings in the band Wholetones.

24 Up-and-coming beach-punk group Fake Problems tops its infectious sound with an amped-up stage presence. Performances at 7 p.m. at the Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples. $10; includes one drink. 597-1900.


Naples Concert Band

20 Performance from 2-4 p.m. at the Cambier Park Bandshell. Free. 263-9521.


Naples Philharmonic at Cambier Park

30 The annual concert featuring orchestral favorites with Naples Philharmonic favorite Stuart Chafetz. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. 597-1900.


Shell Point Singers Fall Concert

14 The residents choir performs with guest artists Steven Lynerd (marimba) and Benjamin Lynerd (piano) in a program of selections from Hit Parade. Free. 489-8472.


Thursdays on Third

17 The courtyards and plazas of Third Street South in Naples resound with music as you shop, dine and dance to folk, rock, jazz and more. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m.




Afterlife of the Rich and Famous

10/18-11/2 The dark comedy about a Hollywood golden boy is performed at the Golden Gate Community Center. $18. 398-9192.


Blame It on Beckett

10/31-11/17 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.



10/10-11/23 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.


The Great American Trailer Park Musical

10/9-11/2 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.


How I Became a Pirate

25, 27, 29 A story of adventure and finding one’s own heart comes to Broadway Palm’s Children’s Theatre. $18. 278-4422.



26-27 ABBA’s greatest hits make for the ultimate feel-good musical, playing at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $38-$75. 481-4849.


The Medium

18-19 Opera Naples tells the tale of a fake psychic whose surprise encounter with the unknown leads to murder and mayhem. Performances at 8 p.m. at the Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples. $60-$75. 597-1900.


Miss Witherspoon

11-26 The Laboratory Theater of Florida tackles this thought-provoking and amusing Pulitzer Prize-finalist play about a woman in her afterlife who revisits Earth in a search of truth, peace and faith. $20 per person, $12 per student. 218-0481.


Murder at the Hotel De La Mére

29-30 The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Community Theater troupe welcomes audience members as guests at New Orleans’ most haunted and hilarious hotel. $45-$55, dinner included. 495-8989.


The Mystery of Irma Vep

10/30-11/23 A gothic spoof satirizing the melodramatic likes of Dracula, Wuthering Heights, The Mummy’s Curse and many more is brought to life by the Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre’s Tobye Studio. $25 per adult, $10 per student. 263-7990.


Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe

15-16 This performance for fifth- through ninth-grade students depicts three of Poe’s best works—The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart—at 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. at Artis—Naples’ Hayes Hall. $12 per adult, $6 per student. 254-2642.


Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing

30 The kids’ favorite characters come to life in this musical production at Germain Arena. $16-$61.


So You Think You Can Dance

29 The top 10 finalists celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $39.50-$69.50. 481-4849.


Stuart Little

14 Preschool and elementary-age children will enjoy this musical production of a city mouse’s adventures in a world of humans. Showings at 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. at Artis—Naples’ Hayes Hall. $12 per adult, $6 per student. 254-2642.


Venus in Fur

4-20 At the Norris Center in Naples, Gulfshore Playhouse performs this provocative adult comedy about a demanding playwright director searching for searching for his muse. Preview performances Oct. 2-3. $29 and up. 261-7529.



16-20 A soldier stationed in a provincial German town earns extra money for his family by performing menial jobs for the Captain and agreeing to take part in medical experiments conducted by the Doctor. The Ghostbird Theatre Company performs the working-class tragedy at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. $10. 333-1933.


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.




Corkscrew After Hours

11 Explore Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary through guided or independent excursions and activities until 9 p.m. $12 per adult, $6 per child. 348-9151.


CREW 10K Run/Walk and One-mile Fun Run

26 The annual race winds through pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, cattle pasture and popash slough and along marsh edges. 10K begins at 8 a.m. and Fun Run begins at 8:10 a.m. Free. 657-2253.


“Ding” Darling Days

20-26 A week of eco-activities including refuge and kayak tours, wildlife presentations, kids’ crafts, birding and boating kicks off with the Endangered Species & Wildlife Parade and ends with Conservation Art Day. Activity prices vary. 472-1100.


Florida Everblades

18-19 The 2013-2014 season begins vs. the Orlando Solar Bears at Germain Arena; Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. $15-$45.


Gulf Coast Runners Club

3 Moe’s Corporate Run/Walk at Moe’s Southwest Grill, corner of US 41 and Immokalee Road, begins at 6 p.m. $20 per participant. 434-9786.

19 Gulf to Gulf 80-mile Relay begins at 6 a.m. at Cambier Park and ends at the Sanibel Causeway. $50 per participant. 434-9786.

26 Crazy 8K/5K/2-miler at Vineyards Community Park begins at 7:30 a.m. $25 per participant. 732-9779.


Stiletto Sprint

19 A full festival follows the fourth annual race to benefit NCH’s Garden of Hope and Courage and Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida. Sprint begins at 5:45 p.m. at Cambier Park. Sprint $35 per adult, $15 per child. 498-0016.


Third Annual Rocktoberfest 10-Miler

20 Participants pound the pavement to rock ’n’ roll music in one of the only 10-mile races in Florida. Begins at 7 a.m. at North Collier Regional Park. $35 per student, $40 per adult, $60 per relay team.




2013 Yard and Garden Show

26-27 The Collier County University of Florida Extension Staff and the Collier County Master Gardeners host the annual show at the Collier County University of Florida Extension Office on Immokalee Road. The event will feature plant vendors, indoor seminars, outdoor demonstrations, garden tours and other educational opportunities. $3 per adult, free for children under 12. 353-4244.


Boo at the Zoo

19 The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens celebrates the spooky from 3-7 p.m. with trick or treating, a costume contest and pumpkin “carving” by animal tooth and claw. Regular admission $19.95 per adult, $12.95 per child; children in costume receive 50 percent off admission for the whole family. 262-5409.



19-31 Celebrate downtown Naples as a cultural destination with events spanning Crayton Cove, the Old Naples Waterfront District, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South.


Community Day

27 The entire Artis—Naples campus is open to the public with activities like an instrument petting zoo, bilingual storytelling and an open rehearsal by the Naples Philharmonic. Free. 597-1900.


Edison Ford Annual Clothesline Quilt Show

26 The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild air their quilts in the tradition of Colonial America, in front of Seminole Lodge, the winter estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy Edison-era live music, contemporary quilts for show and sale, and antique quilts and cars on display. $5. 334-7419.


Fall for the Arts Festival

19 Lee County Alliance for the Arts hosts the family event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., showcasing artists, musicians, performers, cultural organizations and youth programs. Free. 939-2787.


Fine Art & Craft Show

26 Naples Artcrafters showcase at Cambier Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 352-3097.


Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest

11-13 Adults will enjoy a Friday night pub crawl and Saturday night costume ball. Kids’ activities include storytelling, interactive

games with pirates, a treasure hunt and more on Saturday and Sunday. Free. 777-1727.


Halloween Spooktacular on Fifth!

31 Fifth Avenue South celebrates Halloween from 4:30-9:30 p.m. with costume contests, candy, music and dancing, and more. Free. 692-8436.


Haunted Walk

18-20, 24-31 The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium festivity returns with ghoul-guided tours down the Cypress Loop Boardwalk, native zombie swamp creatures, laser light shows and refreshments. Not recommended for young children. $10. 275-3435.


Pride Fest

12 Lee County Alliance for the Arts hosts Pride-SWFL’s fifth annual three-county LGBT pride festival from noon to 5:30 p.m., with food, drinks and live entertainment. $5 suggested donation. 939-2787.


Stone Crab Festival

25-27 Fresh stone crab, live music and family-fun events await along the Old Naples waterfront. Free admission.


Taste of Coconut Point

20 Food and drink samplings from more than 20 restaurants, plus live music, cooking demonstrations, children’s events and shopping, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 admission, $1-$6 tastings. 992-9966.


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