Arts & Entertainment

April Calendar

What's happening this month

BY April 1, 2014
What's happening this month




Art League of Fort Myers

4-25 Spring Rain judged show. Free. 275-3970.


The Baker Museum

Through 4/6 Duchamp Family of Artists features the work of Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp and Suzanne Duchamp, including works on paper, paintings, figurative bronzes and other objects.

Through 4/27 Florida Contemporary showcases area painters, sculptors, photographers and graphic artists whose works range from realist to abstract.

Through 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.

Through 7/6 Featuring nearly 100 dioramas devoted to current Belgian artists and art movements, Museum to Scale 1/7 recalls the Wunderkammern, or “cabinets of curiosities and wonder.”

19-7/6 American marine art and maritime artifacts are on display in The Coast and the Sea, organized by the New-York Historical Society.

30 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 full-timestudent and free for children 17 and younger (unless otherwise noted). 597-1900.


BIG Arts

3-29 It’s Illuminating and Eliza Brewster: Quilts and Prints exhibits. Free. 395-0900.


Center for the Arts Bonita Springs

4-24 See strange and unusual works in the fun Oddities exhibit. Free. 485-8989.


Collier County Museum

Through 6/30 Seminole Artists Brian and Pedro Zepeda: Rooted in Tradition contains beading, patchwork, wood carvings, sculpture and illustrations by the two brothers. Guy LaBree: The Barefoot Artist displays 27 original paintings and giclées on loan from LaBree and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. Free. 252-8476.


Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Through 5/15 Renowned photographer Clyde Butcher’s work is on display in Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades. Meet Butcher in person April 4. Free. 348-9151.


Fort Myers Art Walk

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


Gallery on Fifth

1-5/1 Nearly 15 paintings from the vast collection of Tony Broy will be on public display in Wassily Kandinsky Lives in Naples, including original watercolor by Wassily Kandinsky; graphic works by Toulouse Lautrec, Picasso and Miro; and original paintings by Vasily Nesterenko, Scott Goodwillie and Malcolm Liepke. Free. 220-7503.


Harmon-Meek Gallery

Through 4/4 Richard Segalman: 80th Birthday Celebration commemorates the noted New York artist’s 80th birthday in a debut of his new works in oil, watercolor, monotype and pastel.

7-18 The Dan Rizzie exhibit is a one-man show for the American master collage artist.

20-5/2 The Moonscapes group exhibition features all works including the moon by gallery artists. Free 261-2637.


The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

1-6/1 In Artists of Deception: The Ghost Army of WWII, learn about the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, which consisted of artists and sound technicians who fought a war of deception against the Axis troops in Western Europe. $10 per adult, $5 per student age 12 to 15, free for students under 12. 263-9200.


HOWL Gallery

5-5/2 Bird and Snake Show exhibit. Free. 332-0161.


Immokalee Pioneer Museum

Through 4/30 Through images taken by an unknown local photographer, the Pahokee Prepares for War exhibit organized by HistoryMiami examines the agricultural town of Pahokee as it faced the realities of World War II. Free. 658-2466.


Lee County Alliance for the Arts

2-25 The Future of Art: Student Exhibition displays works by blossoming elementary and middle school students. Free. 939-2787.


Naples Botanical Garden

Through 5/11 LEGO® Sculptures in the Garden features 27 nature-themed creations—ranging in height from 6 inches to 8 feet—in 14 displays. $12.95 per adult, $7.95 per child. 643-7275.


Southwest Florida Museum of History

Through 4/26 The award-winning traveling exhibit The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes shows 84 rare photos documenting the group’s first year of stardom in the states. $9.50 per adult, $5 per student. 321-7430.


Thomas Riley Studio

Through 4/26 Mixed Media Group Show: Glass & Ceramic presents selected artists from around the country featuring both traditional and non-traditional explorations in material and “objectness.” Free. 594-1098.


The von Liebig Art Center

Through 4/18 See current works by von Liebig students in the NAA Adult Student Exhibition 2014.

Through 4/20 Every work in the members’ exhibit A Touch of Red has a hint of the color in keeping with the theme.

Through 4/26 The Clyde and Niki Butcher Photography Exhibition pairs Clyde’s classic detail with Niki’s handpainting in a collection of black-and-white photographs.

25-5/23 The 43rd Annual Jade N. Riedel Scholarship Competition exhibits the work of high school juniors and seniors interested in furthering their art studies at the college level.

Admission free unless otherwise noted. 262-6517.




All That Jazz

16 New York-based trombonist Conrad Herwig joins the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra at Artis—Naples. $41-45.



Beethoven 9

10-12 Christian Macelaru conducts the Naples Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Ave Maria University Chamber Choir in a symphony performance at Artis—Naples. $29-105. 597-1900.


Bonita Springs Concert Band

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


Boz Scaggs

30 The singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his new album, Memphis, with a show at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $50-82. 481-4849.


Center for the Arts Bonita Springs

3 See the former trumpeter for Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis lead the evening in The Dan Miller Jazz Quintet featuring Kenny Drew Jr. $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

15 The Naples Piano Trio—A Salute to Classics features Ming Gao, associate concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic; Si Cheng Liu, cello faculty at FGCU and member of the Naples Philharmonic; and Dr. Richard Bosworth, DMA and concert pianist. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 495-8989.


Dance Alliance Season Concert

5 Music and dance come together in a production at Lee County Alliance for the Arts. $10 suggested donation.


Erich Kunzel Community Concert Series

4 Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center presents Wendy Willis Flute Cocktail and Chrysalis Chamber Players at the Edison State College Collier campus. $20 per adult, $15 per student. 775-2800.


Evening on Fifth

10 Shop, dine and dance to live music on Fifth Avenue South.


FGCU Faculty & Guest Artist Series

3 Faculty Piano Tribute spanning 1795 to 2010. Performance in the U. Tobe Recital Hall at Florida Gulf Coast University. $7. 590-7292.


Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers

5-6 Mastersingers Goes to the Movies at First Presbyterian Church, Naples, on April 5 and at Faith United Methodist Church, Fort Myers, on April 6. $25.


Fort Myers Music Walk

18 Local musicians perform in Fort Myers River District shops, patios, restaurants and bars. Begins at 7 p.m. Free. (855) 732-3836.


Gulf Coast Symphony

13 Three of Broadway’s hottest vocalists, including American Idol’s LaKisha Jones, perform Broadway Rocks! at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $42-75. 277-1700.


Island Jazz

6, 13, 20, 27 The BIG Arts Boler Garden hosts a concert of some of the best jazz musicians in Southwest Florida. Free. 395-0900.


Jazz in the Garden

6 The Marc Vee Quartet put on a show at Naples Botanical Garden. $12.95 per adult, $7.95 per child. 643-7275.


Jazzin’ It Up! with Footsteps to the Future

12 The fifth annual jazz concert at Hodges University becomes “A NYC Tenor Saxophone Summit” with Lew Del Gatto, Jeff Rupert and Jerry Weldon, plus Dan Miller on trumpet. Proceeds benefit Footsteps to the Future, which helps young women successfully transition from foster care to independent living. $10 per student, $50 per VIP, $85 per VIP couple. 275-5834.


Jazz on the Green

13 Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center presents the David C. Johnson Trio at the Edison State College Collier campus. Free. 775-2800.


Lee County Alliance for the Arts

12 The interactive Musical Discovery Series gives kids the chance to learn about instruments from Gulf Coast Symphony musicians. Free.

13 The Acoustic Music Society of SWFL presents three hours of live music with Bluegrass in the Theatre. $7. 939-2787.


Magic of Manilow

7 See a concert tribute to one of the bestselling artists of all time, Barry Manilow, at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. $35- 58. 278-4422.


Music Makers Big Show Band

11 Evening performance at Cambier Park, Naples. Free. 594-5141.


Naples Concert Band

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


Naples Dixieland Jazz Band

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


Naples Jazz Orchestra

7 Vocalist Debbie Orta joins the orchestra to play Harry James hits.

14 The final concert of the season features audience requests. Shows at Cambier Park. $10.

Naples Music Club

4 2014 Annual Student Scholarship Competition at Golden Gate High School.

26 2014 Annual Scholarship Winner’s Recital at First United Methodist Church, Naples. Free.


The Norris Center

13 The Mamajowali concert mixes West African music, old-time American tunes and spirited originals at the hands of musicians Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe and Walter Strauss. Free.

25 Brother-sister bluegrass act The Roys perform with a full band. $22 in advance, $28 at the door. 213-3058.


Paul Anka

7 The Canadian singer/songwriter behind some of music’s most well-known hits takes the stage at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $42-82. 481-4849.


Shell Point Concert Series

7 Pianist Young-Ah Tak performs her “thrilling blend of fury and finesse.” $26. 454-2067.


SWF Music Festivals

5 Sounds from the River features a Bon Jovi tribute concert in Centennial Park, Fort Myers. Free. 227-4405.

12 Sounds from the Park presents a Journey tribute concert in Sugden Regional Park, Naples. Free. Donations benefit St. Matthew’s House. 227-4405.


The Ten Tenors

8 The internationally acclaimed singing sensation perform Broadway’s biggest hits at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. $37-67. 481-4849.


Third Thursday on Third

17 The courtyards and plazas resound with music as you shop, dine and dance to folk, rock, jazz and more. 6-9 p.m. Free.


A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

22-26 The Naples Philharmonic Pops take on the works of the Pulitzer-winning composer and conductor at Artis—Naples. $55-115. 597-1900.


Wendy Webb and Friends

28 The singer-songwriter is joined by Danny Morgan and John McLane at BIG Arts. $30 per general admission, $5 per student or child. 472-6862.




All My Sons

Through 4/19 George Deever returns from war to 1940s Ohio to find his father in prison for producing fatally defective airplane parts while his business partner remains unscathed. Gulfshore Playhouse presents the emotional drama that won Arthur Miller the first Tony Award ever given to a playwright. 261-7529.



Through 4/6 The Tony-winning play performed by the Marco Players delves into the meaning of not just art, but friendship. $23-25. 642-7270.


The Big Bang

11-5/3 Catch the madcap musical tour through history at BIG Arts. $42 per adult, $5 per student or child. 472-6862.


Clybourne Park

Through 4/9 Florida Repertory Theatre tackles the funny yet powerful play about race in Chicago in the 1950s and 2000s. Performance at Arcade Theatre. $40-45. 332-4488.


Glengarry Glen Ross

18-5/3 The Laboratory Theater of Florida takes on the highly acclaimed play about über-competitive real estate agents. $20 per general admission, $12 per student. 218-0481.



Through 4/19 With the story of a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder, Distracted examines how we expect today’s children to not be hyperactive despite a hectic, computerized and over-stimulating world. Performed by The Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre. $25. 263-7990.


Dixie Swim Club

Through 5/11 Five Southern women from the same college swim team reunite at a beach house in North Carolina. The comedy performed at Off Broadway Palm Theatre tells a story of friendship as it evolves over a period of 33 years. $29-49. 278-4422.


The Drowsy Chaperone

Through 4/5 The Naples Players perform this musical, comedic “show within a show” about a Broadway starlet in the 1920s. $40. 263-7990.



1-6 The true story of an Argentinean woman’s rise from the slums to the presidential mansion returns to Artis— Naples in a stunning production. $75-110. 597-1900.


The Graduate

Through 4/5 The story of college graduate Benjamin Braddock and his affair with the wife of his father’s business partner comes to the Laboratory Theater of Florida stage. $20 per general admission, $12 per student. 218-0481.


Heart Song

25-5/11 A middle-aged woman looking for a new lease on life finds her passion in a Flamenco class. Florida Repertory Theatre performs the Eastern U.S. premiere at historic Arcade Theatre. $40-45. 332-4488.


Les Miserables

Through 4/12 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents the classic tale of broken dreams in 19th century France. $40-63 per adult, $23-27 per child. 278-4422.


Million Dollar Quartet

1-6 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall brings you the Tony- winning musical inspired by the true story of the recording session that united Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. $36-73. 481-4849.


Moon Over Buffalo

23-5/17 The Naples Players perform the showbiz satire by Ken Ludwig at Sugden Community Theatre. $35. 263-7990.


Murder Mystery Dinner Train

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

Through 6/1 Inspector Henry Dijon tackles a Cold War mystery I Spy a Murder. $69-75. 275-8487.


The Music Man

17-5/24 A traveling salesman’s plans to skip town with the cash he conned are spoiled when he falls in love with the town librarian. Showing at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. $35-58 per adult, $18-22 per child. 278-4422.


The Odd Couple

25-27 A compulsive neat-freak moves in with a slovenly friend during a period of emotional stress in this hilarious play performed by the Marco Players Children’s Theater. $20 per adult, $10 per child. 642-7270.


The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, the Female Version

10-11 Instead of poker it’s Trivial Pursuit, and the Pidgeon sisters are now the Constanzuela brothers. Performed at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 495-8989.


Off The Hook Comedy Club

3-6 Tonight Show with Jay Leno correspondent and Comedy Central star Mitch Fatel takes the stage. $20 for general admission, $45 for VIP.

10-13 Iliza Shlesinger, the only female and youngest competitor to be named NBC’s Last Comic Standing, performs. $22 per general admission, $47 per VIP. 389-6901.



Through 4/5 Two one-act musicals combine in the romantic Tony Award nominee at BIG Arts. $42 per adult, $5 per student or child. 472-6862.




Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk

5 Walk around the lake at Mackle Park, Marco Island, in the name of those with PSP, a degenerative neurological condition with no known cure. Lunch provided by Costco. $20 per person, $10 per student. 353-3960.


Florida Everblades

2, 5-6 Everblades vs. South Carolina Stingrays.

9, 11 Everblades vs. Reading Royals.

12 Everblades vs. Greenville Road Warriors.

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


Gulf Coast Runners

5 The 10K Run for Music, an award-winning race beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Artis—Naples, benefits the Naples Philharmonic and its youth music education league. $25 per 10K runner, $15 per one-mile walker. 404-7007.


NAMI Walk 2014

5 The 13th annual event welcomes walkers, teams and pets of all ages to Cambier Park at 8:30 a.m. Free to register; donations benefit NAMI of Collier County. 260-7312.


Stars on Ice

4 Pros such as U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White put on a show at Germain Arena during the country’s premier figure skating tour. $27-137.




Art in the Park

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


Balloons Over Paradise Festival

26-27 The two-day event returns to Immokalee, featuring more than 50 custom hot air balloons and plenty of fun for the whole family, including tethered balloon rides, a polo match, alligator wrestling, a dog agility show and a Saturday night concert. Free. (800) 218-0007.


BBQ, Bands & Brew

6 Bring the kids to Lee County Alliance for the Arts for the best local barbecue, a friendly chef competition, live music, games and more. $10 per person, free for kids age 12 and younger. 938-0056.


Conservancy of Southwest Florida

6 Cinema Sundays continues with popcorn, crafts and a showing of Earth, the epic story of three animal families as narrated by James Earl Jones. $12.95 per adult, $8.95 per child.

8 As part of the 50th season of celebration, enjoy the monthly after-hours “Evenings at the Conservancy” program featuring presenters, eco-programs, panel members from the Conservancy, and local and regional environmental experts. Call for reservation. $10.

19 The 50th Anniversary Earth Day Festival will have guest speakers, live music, festival food, exhibitors, crafts, interactive programs, boat rides and more. $10 per adult, $5 per child. 262-0304.


Dancing Under the Stars

2 Mercato hosts a 30-minute lesson from Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Naples followed by open quickstep dancing to a live band playing ’50s and ’60s music. Dancing $5 per person or $10 per couple, dinner and dancing $100 per couple. 227-4405.


Downtown Saturday Art Fair

19 Browse artwork from about 35 artists on the sidewalks of First Street in Fort Myers. Free. (855) 732-3836.


Earth Day at the Refuge

19 J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Tarpon Bay Explorers co-host a family-friendly day of environmental activities, crafts, free bicycle use and more at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, with plein-air artists painting along Wildlife Drive to kick off the refuge’s Upcycle! Art Fest. Free. 472-1100.


Fine Art & Craft Show

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


Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

23-27 The eighth annual event attracts independent film fans, filmmakers and distributors to the Gulf beaches. Movies $6 per person, pre-festival cruise $20 per person.


Fort Rock Festival

26 Claiming to be the biggest rock concert in South Florida, this hardcore event, featuring Rob Zombie, Korn, Seether and more, at JetBlue Park is not for the faint of heart. $50 and up. 226-4783.


Naples Historical Society

15 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. 261-8164.


Naples Botanical Garden

19 Celebrate Easter with an egg hunt in the Smith’s Children’s Garden. $12.95 per adult, $7.95 per child. 643-7275.


Naples Zoo

5 The zoo hosts a variety of conservation partners as part of the 2014 Party for the Planet, hosted by the nation’s Association of Zoo and Aquarium accredited institutions.

18-20 See the animals participate in their equivalent of an Easter egg hunt as they rip into giant papier-mâché eggs stuffed with their favorite treats—raw meat, insects and fruit. 262-5409.


Rockin’ on the Bay

5 The Bayfront Naples series continues with a Tina Turner tribute concert. Free. 331-7371.


Rookery Bay

22 In celebration of Earth Day, the Environmental Learning Center offers buy-one-get-one admission and Earth Day films. 530-5940.


Spring Fling 2014

5 Ave Maria kicks off the season with a family-friendly afternoon of music, food and fun in its Town Center. Free. 352-3903.


Tamiami Trail Celebration

26 The Museum of the Everglades celebrates the 85th anniversary of the completion of Florida’s Appian Way with antique automobiles and educational activities in Collier County’s original county seat. Free. 695-0008.


Taste of Collier

27 The longstanding Naples tradition returns to Bayfront with area musicians, chef and ice-carving competitions, and food from more than 30 area restaurants. $5 admission. 331-7371.


Upcycle! Art Fest

26-27 Twenty-five artists from around the country present works made from repurposed materials at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Also enjoy make-and-take projects, a silent auction and environmental presentations. Free. 292-0566.


The Village on Venetian Bay

19 Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy arts and crafts, and collect Easter eggs from the merchants in the Easter Jamboree. Free. 261-6100.


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