WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
John Repa and Wende Gilmore in a scene from "The Taming of the Shrew" in Naples Publick Theatre's free production of "All the World's A Stage." This week's theater
Women of Lockerbie - "The Women of Lockerbie" plays at the Tobye Studio at Sugden Community Theatre through Nov. 22. The Sugden Community Theatre is located at 701 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples. Shows are at 8 p.m.Wednesday through Saturday, Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students 18 and younger. For information and tickets, call The Naples Players Box Office at 263-7990 or go to www. naplesplayers.org
Wally's Cafe - The Marco Players opened the 2008-2009 season with "Wally's Café," which runs through Nov. 23. The three-character comedy is about a New Jersey couple who open a diner in the middle of the desert near Las Vegas. At first their only customer is a foot-sore girl on her way to Hollywood to become a movie star. Watch the restaurateurs become seasoned in the business and see how their first customer fares as she returns through the years. For ticket information, call 642-7270. Shakespeare - Bring a folding lawn chair and settle in under the stars for The Naples Publick Theatre's free performances of "All the World's A Stage," a selection of scenes from Shakespeare's plays, beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, and Dec. 1 and 4 at the Norris Center Amphitheatre opposite Naples City Hall (not to be confused with the nearby Cambier Park band shell). Founder-director Donato Colucci, known for his high-concept Shakespeare productions in Boston, promises a surprised-filled evening. For more information, visit www.naplespublicktheatre. com.
Gulfshore Playhouse presents the premiere of Alexandrea Tocco Nov. 22 White Christmas - The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers presents "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" through Dec. 27. "White Christmas" is
r based on the movie classic made popular
- by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary
Clooney. It's 1954 and two army buddies turned show biz partners follow a duo of singing sisters to Vermont where the girls are scheduled to perform over Christmas. The Irving Berlin score includes "Happy Holidays," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the title song, "White Christmas."
aom, For reservations and show information,
fice at call 278-4422 or stop by the box office 1380 Colonial Blvd.
This week's symphony
Fall Music Festival - Renowned British pianist Howard Shelley joins the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra to present "Shelley Plays Saint-Saëns," the final program in the Fall Music Festival Series, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Shelley will perform Saint-Saëns most popular piano concerto and conduct the orchestra. Tickets are $47 for adults and $22 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org
Vivaldi's World - The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Ensemble will present "Vivaldi's World," the first concert in the all-new Sypert Salon Series, which features early chamber music from the Baroque era to approximately 1850, on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center. On the program is Vivaldi's best-known composition and one of the pillars of the Baroque repertoire, "The Four Seasons." Tickets are $32 for adults and $15 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org
SWF Symphony - The Southwest Florida Symphony opens its classical season Saturday, Nov. 22, with "Symphony Spectacular," a gala and Little Black Dress & Bow Tie Event, from 6-8 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Maestro Michael Hall will conduct a spectacular classical opening featuring two majestic works: Greig's "Piano Concerto" and Brahms' "Symphony #1." Guest performer
will be the newly named winner
of the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award,
pianist Naomi Kudo. Symphony Spectacular
gala opening tickets are
$30. On Sunday, Nov. 23,
nday, ny he nd receps the symphony starts at 2:30 p.m. with the Little Black Dress & Bow Tie Event at 5:30 p.m. Concert and reception
tickets are $50,
reception only is
$25. For tickets, contact
the box office at 418- 1500. Spectacuning
Thursday, Nov. 20
Mannheim Steamroller - Get an
early start on y
your "holiday mood" when Mannheim
nheim Steamro Steamroller kicks off its Christmas tour
at the Philharm
Philharmonic Center at 8 p.m. Started
by former ad
man Chip Davis, Mannheim
signature sound is where classical
sical and mo modern-day rock, acoustic and electronic
tronic music meet. Celebrate the spirit of the
the "18th-century rock band" that
one of the most popular and bestselling
selling acts in the last 30 years. Tickets are $76.
information or to order tickets, contact
tact custo customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at
597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.
Downtown Wine Tour - The Dow
Downto Downtown Naples Association Wine Tour is
5:30 to 9 p.m. Sample wine and hors'd
oeuvre oeuvres at nearly 20 participating restaurants.
Naples City Improv - If you like N
Whose Line Is It Anyway?" style of comedy,
join the Pelican Players at 8 p.m. at the
Norris Center for Naples City Improv. It's No
series of hilarious, fast-paced, unscripted
games for the whole family. For information, ga
Friday, Nov. 21
Under the Stars - Opera Naples' new season opens at 8 p.m., with the company's second annual "Opera Stars Under the Stars," at which several worldrenowned opera singers will perform preview of the three full-scale productions on this year's program. The Cambier Park band shell will be the site again this year, in response to enthusiastic patrons who enjoyed the outdoor venue last fall.
von Leibig anniversary - The 10th anniversary celebration of The von Leibig Art Center begins with a tribute at 4:30 p.m., when past presidents of the Naples Art Association will be joined by major donors who contributed to the building's construction, representatives from builder Kraft Construction, Mayor Mayor Barnett and other legislators and community leaders. Following the tribute, the public is invited to the NAA's 47th Founders Exhibition and awards presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. As a special treat, Naples Opera is presenting its "Opera Stars Under the Arts" program under the band shell at 8 p.m. For more information, call 262-6517 or visit www.naplesart.org.
Bob Weir & Ratdog - The Bob Weir & Ratdog Tour 2008 stops at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and available at the box office, by calling 481-4849 or online at www.bbmannpah.com
Saturday, Nov. 22
Art Royale - The Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myres hosts its premier fundraising event, Art Royale, at 6:30 p.m. Art enthusiasts, thrill seekers and the average curious art lover will experience what participating artists describe as their creative outlet. The key is thinking outside-the-box as local artists team up, in conjunction with the Alliance, to present a campus wide interpretation of this year's theme, Lost in Translation. Purchase tickets in advance or in groups for a discounted price. For tickets, call 939-2787 or visit Art Royale at www.artroyale.org
Alexandrea Tocco - Gulfshore Playhouse presents the premiere of "Alexandrea Tocco: On the Way Up," a night of New York-style cabaret, at 7:30 p.m. at the Norris Center in downtown Naples. Audiences will remember Ms. Tocco from her star turn in Gulfshore Playhouse's production of "Romeo and Juliet Redefined," in which she played the fairer half of that titular pairing. "Alexandrea Tocco: On the Way Up" is presented exclusively at the Norris Center. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling (866) 811-4111 or by visiting www. gulfshoreplayhouse. org.
Musical Comedy Murders - "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," comedy by John Bishop and presented by The Naples Players, is on stage Nov. 26 through Dec. 20 at the Sugden Community Theatre in Naples. The hilarious play is not a musical, but a spoof of Hollywood film noir thrillers of the 1940s. Performances are in Blackburn Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday nights with a special performance at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, and at 2 p.m. Sundays. There is no performance on Thanksgiving Day. Tickets for the production are $30 for adults and $10 for students; call the box office, at 263-7990.
Ave Maria Christmas - To celebrate Christmas, the University and Town of Ave Maria are coming together to create a Christmas display of dazzling proportions. The displays will open Friday, Nov. 28, and a community Celebration of Lights is planned for Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. From the main entrance, along Ave Maria Boulevard, throughout the Town Center and University, and into the neighborhoods, Ave Maria will be decked out in Christmas style. The most prominent displays, which include a 45-foot tall Santa, a life-size nativity scene, a 35-foot star, and a Christmas train for children, have been moved to Ave Maria from Michigan, where they had been part of the largest holiday show in the state. That presentation ran for 12 years at Domino's Farms, and was a major fund-raiser for the area.
The Nutcracker - Miami City Ballet and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Juan Francisco La Manna, will once again present George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," on Saturday Nov. 29, at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center. This delightful holiday season family event features more than 100 dancers, dazzling sets and costumes, brilliant choreography and the famous Tchaikovsky score. Tickets are $59 for adults and $25 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900. Tickets are also available online at www.thephil.org.
Fall Art Festival - The Naples Art Association hosts the Naples Renaissance Fall Art Festival, Nov. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., on 10th Street South near the Naples Depot with 150 national, regional and local artists.
Latin Dance Party - Champion dancer Alec Lazo, familiar to Philharmonic Center audiences for his performances with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, including Fiesta at the Philharmonic, will lead a new series, Latin Dance Party, as part of the Phil's Lifelong Learning arts education classes. This hot class is for upbeat, progressive singles and couples of all ages. Classes will be held in the Daniels Pavilion on Mondays at 7 p.m., on Dec. 1, Jan. 26 and March 9. Tickets for all three classes are $96 or tickets can be purchased for a single class date for $32. For more information or to order tickets, contact Customer Service at 597-1900 or tollfree at (800) 597-1900.
Dave Koz - Four of the top names in smooth jazz team up for one delightful holiday concert, "Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2008," at the Philharmonic Center on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. Since his self-titled debut album went to the top of the charts in 1990, saxophonist Dave Koz has been among the world's most sought-after contemporary jazz artists, known for his hip, uniquely infectious instrumental style. Joining him will be Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub and Keiko Matsui. Tickets to "Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2008" are $69. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597- 1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.
Christmas Walk - Fifth Avenue South lights up for the holidays Thursday, Dec. 4, with business open houses and holiday entertainment for the annual Christmas Walk on Fifth Avenue South. Santa and Naples Mayor Bill Barnett will light the 25-foot Christmas tree in Sugden Theater Plaza at 6 p.m. All entertainment stations open at 6:30 p.m.
Mystical Mendelssohn - The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents "Mystical Mendelssohn," the second program in the orchestra's Classical Series, led by Music Director Jorge Mester. The concerts take place at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4, 5 and 6, at 8 p.m. The Conductor's Prelude begins one hour before each concert. On the program: Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony ("Reformation"), written to mark the 300-year anniversary of Martin Luther's Augsburg Confession, which established the doctrines of Lutheranism. Also featured is Mendelssohn's dazzling Violin Concerto, which blends lyrical intensity and technical innovations. Opening the program will be Hindemith's Suite from the Nobilissima Visione, his ballet on the life of Saint Francis. Tickets to "Mystical Mendelssohn" are $64 for adults and $25 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.
Nunsense - Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Sally Struthers, best known for her role in the groundbreaking series "All in the Family," stars in the new production of "Nunsense" at the Philharmonic Center on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 and 8 p.m. The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters and they are in need of funds for the burials. They decide to put on a variety show — and the result is full of delightful comic surprises. Tickets to "Nunsense" are $55. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.
Christmas parade - City of Naples Christmas Parade is Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The parade route for this festive tradition begins at Third Street South and Broad Avenue and continues north to Fifth Avenue South, ending at Cambier Park.
Phoebe Snow - Phoebe Snow, who has been one of the most distinctive voices in popular music since the release of her self-titled debut album in 1974, will perform at the Philharmonic Center on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. After years of world tours, platinum records, hit songs including "Poetry Man" and "Two-Fisted Love," and a cover of Rolling Stone, Ms. Snow took time off to raise a daughter. Last year, she returned with a drop-dead R&B, soul-infused show featuring a new group and a rich catalogue of songs. Tickets to Phoebe Snow are $42. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.
Evening on Fifth - Enjoy and evening of music, shopping and dining on a world class street at Evening on Fifth, Thrusday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A tuba band plays Christmas carols in the Sugden Plaza while competing for the "best dressed tuba" award. A variety of live entertainment venues will be along the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South.
Band concert - The Barron Collier High School Band presents its 20th annual Christmas gift to the community on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. The band will perform a concert of holiday music at the Cambier Park band shell in downtown Naples. Santa will be available for a chat with the little ones at 6:30 p.m. Baked goods, hot chocolate and other refreshments will be available for sale by members of the band's parent booster organization. For more information, call 254-0124.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - The national tour of the scamming, scheming, double-crossing hit Broadway musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is coming to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples for two performances on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. Based on the popular 1988 MGM film, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" centers on two con men living on the French Riviera — the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money; and a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, who, more humbly, swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. Tickets to "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" are $59. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.
Boat parade - The Marine Industries Association of Collier County is hosting its annual Christmas boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited to watch as numerous holiday-clad vessels from throughout Southwest Florida traverse the bay, with all the proceeds raised going to the Ricky King Fund. Businesses and individuals can participate in the event taking place at the City Dock located at 880 12th Ave. S.. Additional viewing locations include Bayview Park, Cove Inn, the Boat House Restaurant, Pincher's Crab Shack, The Dock Restaurant & Riverwalk Restaurant. More details and an entrance form are available at www.miacc.org.
Holiday Pops - Back by popular demand. Stuart Malina will lead the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in "Holiday Pops," a stirring musical celebration of the season, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 18-21, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. The Philharmonic Center Chorale and Youth Chorale will join the orchestra for these sensational family concerts. Tickets to Holiday Pops are $47 for adults and $22 for students. For more information or to order tickets, contact customer service at 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.
Student art - As is its fall tradition, the Naples Art Association presents an exhibition of works created by students ages 3 to 15 who participated in summer ARTScool classes at The von Liebig Art Center. During ARTScool, students learn about various forms of art, what can be used to create art and about the greatest artists in history. At the end of the session, some of most creative pieces are selected to go on to Naples City Hall. The show runs through Jan. 14 and greets visitors to City Hall at 735 Eighth Street South. To learn more about classes at The von Liebig Art Center, call Abigail Miles, 262-6517, ext. 110, or visit www.naplesart
John Henry - Internationally acclaimed sculptor John Henry, known for his sky-high steel sculpture, will kick off his seven-city Florida exhibition, "Drawing in Space: The Peninsula Project," at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts through Feb. 3. Incorporating new works as well as some of his most recognized pieces, the indoor and outdoor exhibition brings together his colorful, monumental works. For more information, visit www.PeninsulaProject.com
NASA Art - The Art League of Bonita Springs presents "NASA Art: 50 Years of Exploration," a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, running through Jan. 24. In 1958, soon after the inception of the U.S. space program, an art program was created dedicated to the accomplishments, setbacks and excitement of space exploration. More than 200 NASA-commissioned artists experienced a behind-the-scenes look at the agency — the scientists, astronauts, and other personnel who shaped the missions and programs. This fascinating look at our nation's space program will appeal to all ages. Call 495-8989.
Roberto Clemente - North Collier Regional Park will host "Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente," through Dec. 27. For many baseball fans, Roberto Clemente was simply the greatest Latin American ballplayer ever to step out onto the diamond. A right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1955-1972), Clemente earned 12 Gold Gloves, appeared in an equal number of All-Star games, won four National League batting titles, and was twice named the league's MVP. Off the field, Roberto Clemente is remembered as a selfless humanitarian. For more information, please contact the Exhibit Hall at 252-4060 or 252-4024.
Boys of Summer - North Collier Regional Park showcases rarely published photographs chronicling the "Boys of Summer" as seen through the lens of award-winning Brooklyn Dodgers' photographer Barney Stein. During Stein's 20 years with the Dodgers, he had unequalled access to the Brooklyn "Bums" documenting some of the most memorable moments in baseball history. The 32 black and white images feature Dodger greats Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Ralph Branca, and legendary batboy Charlie DiGiovanna. The "Brooklyn Dodgers Photographs of Barney Stein" exhibit runs through Feb. 1.