Arts & Entertainment

January Calendar

What's happening this month.

BY January 2, 2014
What's happening this month.




Art League of Fort Myers

3-31 Fresh Start juried art show. Free. 275-3970.


The Baker Museum

Through 1/12 Papiers à la Mode: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave features period costumes, kimonos, kaftans and other objects intricately crafted out of paper and paint.

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

Through 2/28 Sculptor Lothar Nickel, commissioned artist in residence, creates a work out of marble outdoors on the Artis—Naples campus. Free.

25-5/18 Rediscovering Egypt: The Collection of the Dahesh Museum of Art combines original engravings from the Description de l’Egypte—considered the foundational work of modern Egyptology—with works from the collection of the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York City.

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

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


BIG Arts

Through 1/15 Big & Small—Buy It Off the Wall exhibit. Free.

20-2/26 Based on Books and Gordon Coughlin Retrospective exhibits. Free. 395-0900.


Center for the Arts Bonita Springs

Through 1/4 Interactive traveling Science & Art exhibit.

31-2/20 25th Annual Members Exhibition features paintings, photography, sculpture, clay and fused glass. Free. 495-8989.


Collier County Museum

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


Fort Myers Art Walk

3 The monthly, self-guided event lets you browse the art galleries and businesses of the historic Fort Myers River District. Free. 278-5236.

21 Downtown Saturday Art Fair on First Street. (855) 732-3836.


Galerie du Soleil

16 Nouveau 2014 reception sale and exhibition premiering the season’s new works and new artists. Free. 417-3450.


Gallery on Fifth

Through 1/12 Rescued from the Flames: Socialist Realism Paintings from the Soviet Union features 20 Soviet-era paintings, most never seen by the American public, created by leading Soviet artists based in Ukraine between 1950 and the mid-1980s. Socialist Realist artwork was largely discredited or in danger of being destroyed at the time these pieces were saved. Free. 220-7503.


Gardner Colby Gallery

16-30 Figures & Fantasy presents figurative paintings by Kim English, Jim Lewis, Stan Moeller and Aaron Westerberg and introduces new works by Ran Adler, Claire McArdle and John Schuyler. Reception Jan. 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 403-7787.


Lee County Alliance for the Arts

10-2/1 Flag 7 Florida Artists Group exhibit. Free.

31 Outdoor family movie night. $5 per family suggested donation. 939-2787.


Naples Depot Museum

Through 1/6 The Art of Jerry Vallez: Naples’ Lasting Legacy is a tribute to the late iconic Naples painter. Free. 262-6525.


Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Through 1/30 Eighth Annual Juried Painting Exhibition presented by Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County. $5 per adult, $3 per child. 417-6310.


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

3-31 In Oceanic, the moving pictures of artists Monika Larsen Dennis and Regina Virserius attempt to reflect our inner movements beyond obstacles such as pride, guilt, fear and shame. Free. 333-1933.


The von Liebig Art Center

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

Through 1/18 Breaking Through with Color: Artists Reveal the Power of Color juried exhibition. Free.

18-3/1 Diamonds showcases the work gifted to the Naples Art Association before the grand opening of The von Liebig Art Center in 1998. 262-6517.




All That Jazz

8 The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra and trumpet virtuoso Tom Harrell play in the intimate Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples. $41-45. 597-1900.


Barry Manilow

24 The Emmy-, Tony- and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and producer performs at Germain Arena. $10-150. 948-7825.


Bonita Springs Concert Band

26 Performance at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Free. 405-3320.


Brad Paisley

23 Country’s funnyman hits the stage at Germain Arena with special guests Chris Young and Danielle Bradberry. $40-60. 948-7825.


Calidore String Quartet

9 Violin, viola and cello combine in a performance by this award-winning, Los Angeles-based group at BIG Arts. $42-47 per adult, free for student or child with paying adult. 472-6862.


Chris MacDonald Memories of Elvis

30 “A celebration of the life and music of the king of rock ’n’ roll” on what would have been his 79th birthday, featuring special guest DJ Fontana, Elvis’ original drummer. $31-57. 481-4849.


Classic Chamber Concerts

20 Quartet and Piano: Great Magnitude featuring The Jasper String Quartet and Michael Berkovsky.

27 Vibrant Vivaldi, Handel and Bach featuring Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra Strings. Performances at Sugden Community Theatre. $60 per adult, $20 per student. 263-7990.


The Cleveland Orchestra

27 Led by conductor Franz Welser-Most and celebrated violinist Gil Shaham, the ensemble performs at Artis—Naples. $125-175. 597-1900.


Dan Heck—Jazz Guitar Greats Tribute

9 Performance at Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. $30-35. 495-8989.


The David Mayfield Parade

12 The bluegrass group plays the first show in the 2014 Bruce T. Gora Concert Series at Lee County Alliance for the Arts. $20.



Dick Hyman—Sunday Jazz

19 Hyman plays music from the cartoons of characters such as Betty Boop, Dumbo and Mickey Mouse at Artis—Naples. $45. 597-1900.


Disco Days and Boogie Nights

7-11 The ’70s are in full swing in this performance by the Naples Philharmonic Pops in Hayes Hall at Artis—Naples. $55-115. 597-1900.


Dmitry Kouzov

26 The celebrated cellist, who has won both the International Beethoven Competition and the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award and is a two-time laureate of Russia’s International “Virtuosi of the Year” Festival-Competition, performs at BIG Arts. $32 per adult, free for student or child with paying adult. 472-6862.


Erich Kunzel Community Concert Series

10 Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center presents Anton’s Soiree at Edison State College. 775-2800.


The “ESSSS” Factor

6 Pianist Jodie DeSalvo takes on the work of composer greats Scarlatti, Schubert, Schumann and Strauss in Artis—Naples’ Daniels Pavilion. $43. 597-1900.


FGCU Faculty & Guest Artist Series

21 Pianista Italiana is performed by guest pianist Enrico Elisi in the U. Tobe Recital Hall at Florida Gulf Coast University. $7. 590-7292.


Fort Myers Community Concerts

27 Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel performs at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Season tickets $65-165. 693-4849.


Fort Myers Music Walk

20 Local musicians perform in Fort Myers River District shops, patios, restaurants and bars. Begins at 7 p.m. Free. (855)


The Great American Songbook featuring Paul Todd Jr.

26-27 Music from the 1940s to present day at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. $35-58. 278-4422.


Gulf Coast Big Band

26 Performance at Cambier Park. Free. 877-6090.


Hyacinth Series

12 Organ and piano duo Brian Jones and Bruce Adami.

26 FGCU Chamber Choir, conducted by Trent Brown. Performances at Moorings Presbyterian Church. Free. 261-1487.


Jazz on the Green

19 Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center presents the Dan Heck Trio at Edison State College, Collier Campus. Free. 775-2800.


John Carter Cash

20 “Famous Author Lecture” and performance by the country music singer, author, songwriter and renowned record producer—and son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash—at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. $35. 333-1933.


John Pizzarelli Quartet Jazz Concert

24 The Grammy-nominated artist hailed for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook” performs a special fundraising show followed by a wine and dessert reception at BIG Arts. $95 and up. 472-6862.


Kaleidos Duo

19 Violinist Miroslav Hristov and pianist Vladimir Valjarević perform principal works and lesser-known compositions at BIG Arts. $32 per adult, free for student or child with paying adult. 472-6862.


Marvin Hamlisch Remembrance

19 Gulf Coast Symphony and the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers pay tribute to the only man to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, Pulitzer Prize and Golden Globe. Concert at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $42-62. 481-4849.


Mendelssohn and Schumann

12, 14 Sypert Salon Series performance in Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples. $40. 597-1900.


Music Makers Big Show Band

5, 24 Performance in the band shell at Cambier Park. Free. 594-5141.


Naples Botanical Garden

2-5 Night Lights featuring live music by The Wholetones, Patchouli, The Keytones and harpist Laura Roth, plus family activities and thousands of lights. $15 per adult, $7 per child.

5 Jazz in the Garden continues with The Rick Howard Trio at Naples Botanical Garden. $12.95 per adult, $7.95 per child.

17 Tributes in the Garden presents Crossroads: A Tribute to Eric Clapton. $15 per adult, $5 per child. 643-7275.


Naples Concert Band

19 Performance at Cambier Park. Free. 263-9521.


Naples Dixieland Jazz Band

12 Tap your toes to traditional jazz at Cambier Park. Free. 263-1113.


Naples Jazz Orchestra

6 Performance featuring musicians/vocal harmonists The Four Freshman.

13 Performance featuring trumpeter Byron Stripling.

27 The NJO & Strings: The Music of Nelson Riddle conducted by Michael Berkowitz. Shows at Cambier Park. $10.


Naples Philharmonic Around Town

23 The romantic performance at First Presbyterian Church, Bonita Springs, “travels from Romania to Austria and straight through Shakespeare’s imagination.” $35. 597-1900.


The Norris Center

4 The 2014 Bluewater Acoustic & Bluegrass Series brings Grammy Award-winner Clay Hess and seasoned special guests The Walker Brothers, Mark Kreitzer and Jon Garon. $20 in advance, $22 at the door.

11 Bluegrass Blue Bloods features greats Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Phil Leadbetter and friends. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. 213-3058.


Pictures at an Exhibition

3-4 The Naples Philharmonic performs, among other inspiring works, composer Modest Mussorgsky’s tribute to his painter friend Viktor Harmann. Performances at Artis—Naples. $29-75. 597-1900.


Radio Days

28-2/1 The Naples Philharmonic and acclaimed vocal group Five By Design commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in this program honoring America’s veterans at Artis—Naples. $55-115. 597-1900.


The Rossano Sportiello/Nicki Parrott/Eddie Metz Trio

11 With special guest tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, the trio present jazz improvisations of popular music from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s in The Great American Songbook at BIG Arts. $37-42 per adult, $5 per student or child. 472-6862.


Salute to Vienna

2 In the program’s 15th appearance at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, the Strauss Symphony of America is joined by Viennese artists, international champion ballroom dancers and members of the Vienna Imperial Ballet. $52-73. 481-4849.


Shell Point Concert Series

4 New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs. $36.

23 Leif Bjaland conducts The Miracle of Mozart. $21.

30 Bassoonist Shelley Monroe Huang plays in the Concerts & Conversation Series. $26. 454-2067.


Shotgun Wedding

18 The five-member NYC country band plays in Daniels Pavilion at Artis—Naples. $55. 597-1900.


Southwest Florida Big Band

20 Performance at Cambier Park. Free. 394-7470.


Southwest Florida Symphony

11 In Masterworks II, Guillermo Figueroa conducts Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Cordero Isula Tropical and Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $20-82.

17-18 In Pops 1, Michael Berkowitz conducts The Copa Boys in Music of the Rat Pack at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $20-82.

22 The Miracle of Mozart features a multimedia presentation at BIG Arts. $36 per adult, $5 per student or child.

31-2/1 Pops 2—Torres and Tango is conducted by Leif Bjaland at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $20-82. 418-1500.


Steve Tyrell

13 The musical Renaissance man showcases the romantic side of popular music in a performance at Artis—Naples. $49-69. 597-1900.


SWF Music Festivals

4 Sounds from the River features a Sheryl Crow tribute in Fort Myers’ Centennial Park. Free.

11 Sounds from the Park brings Motown to Sugden Regional Park, Naples, with a The Four Tops/Temptations tribute band. Free. Donations benefit St. Matthew’s House. Concerts opened by young performers Official Outcome and followed by country/rock group the Rachel/Hughes Band. 227-4405.


Thursdays on Third

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 The courtyards and plazas of Third Street South resound with music as you shop, dine and dance to folk, rock, jazz and more. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.




Arsenic and Old Lace

10-29 In the historic Arcade Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre performs the beloved black comedy popularized by the film adaptation starring Cary Grant. $25-45. 332-4488.


Black Tie

15-2/8 The father of the groom finds it tough to balance the standards of his late father and the needs of his future family. Performed by The Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre. $35. 263-7990.


Dance Alive National Ballet

18 The international award-winning, 15-member troupe performs a diverse repertoire of programs, ranging from quintessential classics to contemporary works, at BIG Arts. $42-47 per adult, $5 per student or child. 472-6862.


Death of a Salesman

10-2/1 Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play is performed by The Laboratory Theater of Florida. $20 per person, $12 per student. 218-0481.


An Evening with Maxine Carter

14 Carter fans will thoroughly enjoy this tribute to the dancer and TV personality, including a video presentation and a book signing by Maxine herself, at Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. $20. 495-8989.


The Fox on the Fairway

8-26 The Marco Players deliver Ken Ludwig’s fast-paced comedy of three love affairs that play out during the Annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. $23-25. 642-7270.


The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

21-26 The unforgettable depiction of African-American life on Charleston’s “Catfish Row” in the 1920s plays at Artis—Naples. $75-110. 597-1900.


The God Game

17-2/9 Gulfshore Playhouse presents a world premiere written by Suzanne Bradbeer about a Republican senator faced with conflict of privacy and public persona when he becomes a vice presidential candidate. Performance at The Norris Center. $15-50. 261-7529.


A Grand Night for Singing

31-3/16 A revue showcasing the music of Richard Rodgers and lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, performed by Florida Repertory Theatre at Arcade Theatre. $40. 332-4488.



29 Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Performing Arts Director Craig Price and friends showcase their comedy skills at the Performing Arts Center. $5. 495-8989.


Into the Woods

10-2/15 Discover what happens after “happily ever after” in this Tony Award-winning musical that puts a spin on classic Grimm stories. Performances at BIG Arts. $42 per adult, $5 per student or child. 472-6862.


Jim Belushi

12 The Chicago Board of Comedy joins the Saturday Night Live alum in an interactive improv experience at Artis—Naples. $49-69. 597-1900.


Kevin James

12 The King of Queens comedian will have you in stitches at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $37-80. 481-4849.


Miami City Ballet

15 Music and movement intertwine in this performance with the Naples Philharmonic at Artis—Naples.$52-94. 597-1900.


Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Through 2/2 Depression-era caper The Not So Great Train Robbery returns for an encore. $69-75.

10-4/26 It’s an Old Florida cowboy’s world in Caloosa Get Your Gun. $69-75. 275-8487.


Nana’s Naughty Knickers

16-3/15 Visiting for the summer, Bridget discovers her sweet grandmother’s secret business of illegally selling handmade lingerie. The contemporary comedy plays at Off Broadway Palm Theatre. $29-49 per adult, $16-22 per child. 278-4422.


The Norris Center

10 Jimmy Travis delivers a creatively comical routine without being offensive. Prepare for an interactive show. $20. 213-3058.


Off The Hook Comedy Club

9-12 Steve Trevino, rising to stardom on the heels of his Showtime special Grandpa Joe’s Son, performs. $20.

23-26 As seen everywhere from BET and MTV to the Sci-Fi Channel and HBO, B.T. delivers a hilarious and versatile act. $20. 389-6901.


Plaza Suite

23-26 Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Community Players present a hilarious portrait of three couples told through their time spent at the Plaza Hotel. $25-30. 495-8989.


Relatively Speaking

3-25 Theatre Conspiracy presents three one-act comedies, by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, at Lee County Alliance for the Arts. $20. 936-3239.


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

2-5 Be dazzled by the superhuman athleticism of acrobats and aerialists performing alongside clowns, Asian elephants, horses, camels and more. Germain Arena hosts the Super Circus Heroes-themed event. $16-55. 948-7825.,


Rock of Ages

14 The high-energy, Tony-nominated ’80s musical returns for one night only. $37-69. 481-4849.


South Pacific

Through 2/15 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre hosts this classic romantic tale of love and loss during World War II. $35-58 per adult, $18-22 per child. $100 per person on New Year’s Eve. 278-4422.


Whistle Down the Wind

9-12, 16-19 TheatreZone presents the musical, about a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young, at Community School of Naples. $43-48. (888) 966-3352.


The Wizard of Oz

21-26 Andrew Lloyd Weber’s adaptation of the classic adds a few new songs to the time-honored tale of Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Performances at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $36-73. 481-4849.




Corkscrew After Hours

24 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 “History of Corkscrew Sanctuary.” $12 per adult, $6 college student, $4 per child. 348-9151.


Florida Everblades

10-11 Everblades vs. South Carolina Stingrays.

17-18 Everblades vs. Orlando Solar Bears.

29, 31 Everblades vs. Greenville Road Warriors.

Games at Germain Arena. $11-40. 948-7825.


Gulf Coast Runners

1 Dave Cranor 5K at Lowdermilk Park at 7:30 a.m. Free. 434-9786.

19 Naples Daily News Half Marathon begins on Fifth Avenue South at 7 a.m. $40-100 per participant. 262-5653.

25 Run for the Paws 5K to benefit Humane Society of Naples begins at Naples Municipal Airport at 8 a.m. Dog-friendly race. $20-30 per adult participant, $10 per child. 643-1555.


HITS Triathlon Series

11-12 Vanderbilt Beach hosts open, sprint, Olympic, half and full distances. $25 and up depending on distance and number of participants.


Swamp Buggy Races

25-26 The rescheduled fall classic returns to the Mile-o-Mud at Florida Sports Park. Saturday practice races $7 per person; Sunday races $20 per adult, $10 per child. 774-2701.




10th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival

17-19 Rookery Bay invites you to explore our beautiful and unique environment through lecture presentations and nearly 40 guided field trips—birding walks, kayak excursions, buggy rides and boat tours, to name a few—to 20 South Florida hotspots such as Everglades National Park, Naples Botanical Garden and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Registration required. Field trips $10-60; Friday admission to Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center ($5) buy one-get one; Saturday admission ($10) includes four daytime lectures; Saturday evening keynote lecture $15. 417-6310. learn/swfl-nature-festival.html


2014 Writer’s Domain

9 In partnership with Barnes & Noble, Norris Home Furnishings, Naples, hosts 10 authors with ties to Southwest Florida in a showcase to benefit First Book—Collier County. Reservation required. $35. 263-0580.


Art in the Park

4 The Naples Art Association hosts the juried outdoor show on Park Street. Free. 262-6517.


ArtFest Fort Myers

31-2/2 Art by more than 200 artists, food and entertainment enliven the waterfront at Hendry Street and Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. Free. 768-3602.


Big Cypress 118th Anniversary Celebration

25 Celebrate the 118th birthday of Big Cypress Seminole Reservation with live music and DJs; bull riding; and an experience of Seminole culture through vendors, food trucks, critter shows and alligator wrestling. The evening concludes with a concert by country music superstar Alan Jackson. Carnival $10 per adult, $5 per child age 5-11; concert $50 per person.


Big Cypress Shootout—Second Seminole War Reenactment

31-2/2 Battle reenactments, Seminole food, live music, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, Seminole stomp dancing, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling at Billie Swamp Safari. $10 per adult, $6 per child. (800) 949-6101, ext. 12125.


Bonita Springs National Art Festival

11-12 Fine arts and crafts from more than 200 artists at Riverside Park. $5 suggested donation. 495-8989.


Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival

24-25 Celebrate Celtic culture with a Friday night kickoff party in downtown Fort Myers, and the big Saturday event featuring eight musical acts, food, kids’ activities and crafts along the river in Centennial Park. $5, free for children under 12. 321- 7530.


Chalk Art 2014

25 A street painting extravaganza on Fifth Avenue South, including food, fashion shows and entertainment. All proceeds provide scholarships for local students in need through Quest for Kids. Free admission.


Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair

4-5 The 18th annual nationally ranked festival returns to Fifth Avenue South. Free. 262-6517.


Estero Fine Art Show

4-5 Miromar Outlets hosts the 12th bi-annual event, featuring a juried show, artist demonstrations and live entertainment. Free.


Fine Art & Craft Show

11 Naples Artcrafters Fine Art and Craft Show in Cambier Park. Free. 352-3097.


Naples Historical Society

16 See Historic Palm Cottage and The Norris Gardens in a new light with the docent-guided Full Moon Tour at 8 p.m. Reservation required. $10.

24 Todd Turrell commences the 2014 Garden Side Chickee Chats with a commentary and book signing for Naples Waterfront: Changes in Time. $15. Reservation required. 261-8164.


Naples Invitational Art Fest

25-26 The 17th annual fine art show, to benefit special needs services provider Easter Seals Florida, is held at Fleischmann Park. $5 suggested donation. 992-4680.


Pets on Third

19 Third Street South hosts pet specialty vendors, local veterinarians, professional trainers and pet boarders, and Mayor John Sorey leads a “Pets from around the World” parade of people and their costumed pets. Free to attend, $25 to participate in parade.


Sanibel FunFest

24-26 The weekend kicks off Friday night with a concert by Sanibel native and national recording artist Whitney Wolanin and her six-piece band. $75 per person, $200 per VIP. Saturday features performances by the Sanibel School steel drum band and Jimmy Buffet tribute band Caribbean Chillers; sand sculpture display; mermaid and pirate costume and hula competitions; indoor children’s games; arts and crafts; and food and drink. Sunday continues with live music; car and motorcycle shows; sand sculpture judging and awards; arts and crafts; and a body paint contest. Adult admission $10 for two days, $6 for one; children admission $5. Saturday also features an evening Polynesian luau with authentic South Pacific music; a pig roast; and hula, knife and torch dancers. $50 per adult, $25 per child. Festivities to benefit the Sanibel Community House. 472-2155.


World Wetlands Day

31-2/2 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary celebrates with a three-day festival exploring the connection between Corkscrew and the health of the greater Everglades’ waters and wildlife through guided walks, children’s activities and live music. Admission for two consecutive days $12 per adult, $6 per college student with ID, $4 per child age 6-18. National Audubon Society members with ID receive 50 percent discount. Backcountry buggy rides $75 with reservation. 348-9151, ext. 112.


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