May Calendar

What’s happening this month

BY May 5, 2014
What’s happening this month.




The Baker Museum

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

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.”

10-7/6 Nearly 300 works by Collier County K-12 students are on display in the Sixth Annual Student Exhibition.

28 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

3-20 Beyond the Refrigerator Door and Open Doors children’s exhibits. Free.

4 Enjoy student art exhibits, entertainment and light refreshments on Family Day. Free. 395-0900.


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. Free. 348-9151.


Fort Myers Art Walk

2 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

Through 5/1 Nearly 15 paintings from the vast collection of Mr. 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 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

Through 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

3-6/6 Art Anarchy Collective features work by tattoo artists Pooch (Lake Worth, Fla.), Peter Klein (Germany), Yang Zou aka YZ (China) and Boujan (Eastern Europe). Free. 332-0161.


Lee County Alliance for the Arts

2-23 Aleatoric Art in the 21st Century exhibit.

30-8/1 28th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibit. Free. 939-2787.


Marco Island Historical Museum

Through 6/28 See the progression in painting by artist Inez Hudson through An Artist’s Journey—the Details Within. Free. 642-1440.


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.


Thomas Riley Studio

2-30 Suspended Dialogues features the work of fine artist Carmelo Blandino. Special lecture and reception May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Free. 594-1098.


The von Liebig Art Center

Through 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.

3-23 The Sweet Life: Photography by Giovanni Lunardi features black and white photos taken by the Parma native, whose work has graced more magazine covers than any other fashion photographer.

3-31 My Favorite Things features work by Naples Art Association artists in the Members’ Gallery.

Admission free unless otherwise noted. 262-6517.




All That Jazz

21 Bassist Kevin Mauldin joins the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra at Artis—Naples in a tribute to Charles Mingus. $41-45. 597-1900.


Brit Floyd

1 Head to Germain Arena for the “World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show.” $30-40.


Deb and the Dynamics

22 The vintage Motown and Memphis soul powerhouse takes the stage at Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 495-8989.


Erich Kunzel Community Concert Series

2 Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center presents Naples Music Club Scholarship Winners and Seacrest School Choral Group at Edison State College, Collier campus. $20 per adult, $15 per student. 775-2800.


Evening on Fifth

8 Shop, dine and dance to live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue


Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder

22 The trio of rockers hits the Germain Arena stage. $35-75.


Fort Myers Music Walk

16 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

17 Featuring cellist Christine Lamprea, the Brave New Worlds program includes bold, innovative pieces prominent in the 20th century. $22-50. 277-1700.


Hunter Hayes

31 Germain Arena hosts the adored young country star with special guests Danielle Bradberry, winner of NBC’s The Voice, and Dan & Shay. $35-50.


Italian Symphony

8-9 Conductor Roberto Abbado makes his Naples Philharmonic debut at Artis—Naples. $29-75. 597-1900.


Kevin Mahogany

8 The Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists (TARA) presents a concert by the jazz vocalist at the Artis—Naples Daniels Pavilion to benefit the Foundation of the Developmentally Disabled. $150. 919-0408.


Naples Dixieland Jazz Band

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


Patriotic Pops

15-16 The Naples Philharmonic makes its annual tribute to the troops at Artis—Naples. $29-105. 597-1900.


Rockin’ on the Bay

3 Head to Bayfront for a Rat Pack tribute concert. Free. 331-7371.


Side-by-Side Spring Concert

18 The Naples Philharmonic and youth Orchestra perform together at Artis— Naples. $15. 597-1900.


Smadbeck, Stravinsky and More

4 Musicians of the Naples Philharmonic perform the final Wang Chamber Music Series concert of the season at Artis—Naples. $40. 597-1900.


Southwest Florida Symphony

10 Cypress Lake Center for the Performing Arts hosts the Youth Orchestra Concert. $10 per adult, $5 per student. 418-1500.


SWF Music Festivals

3 Sounds from the River features a Billy Joel tribute concert in Centennial Park, Fort Myers. $5. 227-4405.


Third Thursday on Third

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


Youth Chorus Recital

4 Bring the whole family to Artis—Naples to enjoy the spring concert of the 100-voice Naples Philharmonic youth Chorus. $15. 597-1900.


Youth Orchestra Recital

24 The Naples Philharmonic youth Orchestra perform at Artis—Naples. Free. 597-1900.


Youth Symphonia Spring Concert

3 The Naples Philharmonic Youth Symphonia perform classical, pops and movie soundtrack selections at Artis— Naples. Free. 597-1900.




The Big Bang

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


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.


Forever Plaid

1-4, 8-11 TheatreZone performs an affectionate homage to the close-harmony male singers of the 1950s at Community School of Naples. $43-48.


Glengarry Glen Ross

Through 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.


Heart Song

Through 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.


Midlife Crisis the Musical

29-6/21 Poke fun at the middle-aged with this amusing yet moving musical at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. $35-55 per adult, $18-22 per child.


Moon Over Buffalo

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


Murder Mystery Dinner Train

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

2-9/27 Royal Palm Noir shows the gritty gumshoe genre intersect with Fort Myers high society. $75. 275-8487.


The Music Man

Through 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.



2 Opera Naples takes the stage at Artis—Naples with music by Giuseppe Verdi. $25-85. 963-9050.


Off The Hook Comedy Club

13 Three-time WWE champ Mike Foley performs his Tales from Wrestling Past show. $25 per general admission, $50 per VIP. 389-6901.


The Wizard of Oz

9 Head to Center for the Arts Bonita Springs for a rendition of the classic musical by the center’s Youth Players. $10 per adult, $5 per student.




Great Dock Canoe Race

10 Take to the water or cheer on your fellow Neapolitans at Crayton Cove as the tradition—this year themed Zombies in Paradise and benefiting Drug Free Collier—marks the busy season’s close. Free. 263-9940.


Lake Avalon Reverse Duathlon and  Triathlon

18 Sugden Regional Park hosts the races starting at 7 a.m. $79-109 per participant.


Swamp Buggy Race

3 Night race at the Florida Sports Park Mile-o-Mud. 774-2701.


Turtle Trot 5K

10 Take a run through beautiful Lovers Key State Park to benefit Friends of Lovers Key. $15-35.




ArtsNaples World Festival

1-10 Celebrate the cultural arts of Italy in various locations across the town. Ticket prices vary. (888) 613-8488.


Community Day

18 The family-friendly event returns with art and activities for all ages across the Artis—Naples campus. Free. 597-1900.


Dancing Under the Stars

7 Mercato hosts a 30-minute lesson from Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Naples followed by open dancing to big-band swing and more. Dancing $5 per person or $10 per couple, dinner and dancing $100 per couple. 227-4405.


Edison Ford Winter Estates

11 Moms receive free admission for Mother’s Day. 334-7419.


International Food Festival

4 Mercato offers food from its restaurants plus music and kids’ activities on the lawn across from Naples Flatbread. Free admission; food and drink for sale.


Naples Zoo

3 Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with presentations by three area National Wildlife Refuges: J.N. “Ding” Darling, Florida Panther and Ten Thousand Islands.

11 If you buy a child’s ticket online on Mother’s Day, get a free ticket for mom.

16-19 The zoo recognizes Armed Forces Day with free admission to all active and prior service military personnel with the presentation of military identification or a veteran’s organization member card and matching name photo ID. Adult and child guests in their party can purchase online tickets at $2 off regular admission during the weekend.

23-26 Over Memorial Day weekend, enjoy an online offer for a free child ticket with a paid adult. 262-5409.


Taste of the Beach

4 The 19th Annual Fort Myers Beach event will feature samplings from more than 20 restaurants and live music on Old San Carlos Boulevard. Admission $5 per adult and child over age 12, food tickets $1 each.


Taste of Marco

4 The island’s signature food-tasting event returns to The Esplanade, with live music by the Greg Millier Band. Benefits the Greater Marco Family YMCA. $5 per adult, free for children age 12 and younger. 394-3144, ext. 205.


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