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White Christmas - The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," through Dec. 27. "White Christmas" is 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." For reservations and show information, visit www. BroadwayPalm.com, call 278-4422 or stop by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd.
Singin' in the Rain - Broadway Palm Dinner Theater presents "Singin' in the Rain'' Dec. 31-Feb. 14. "Singin' in the Rain'' is set in the era of Movieland in the late '20s, when the arrival of talking pictures is striking terror in every silent film star. It tells the story of the wild and often wacky world of Hollywood where silent pictures are coming to an end. Don Lockwood, Kathy Seldon and Cosmo Brown take center stage in this all-singing, alldancing extravaganza. You'll hear "Good Mornin','' "Make 'Em Laugh,'' "Fit as a Fiddle'' and the title song, "Singin' in the Rain.'' For reservations and show information, visit www.BroadwayPalm.com, call 278-4422 or stop by the box office at 1380 Colonial Blvd.
This week's symphonyNew Year's bash - Celebrate the New Year with a spectacular Big Band Bash, featuring conductor Jack Everly and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the Philharmonic Center's New Year's Eve Gala, Wednesday, Dec. 31. A buffet reception at 7 p.m. will be followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Joining the orchestra for this unforgettable, fast-paced evening of music and fun will be Broadway singing star Judy McLane, acclaimed clarinetist Jon Manasse and the one-and-only Capitol Quartet saxophone ensemble. Tickets to the New Year's Eve gala are $150. Ring in the New, a repeat of the New Year's Eve performance, without the reception, will be presented Friday, Jan. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $79. 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.
Friday, Dec. 26Nutcracker - Moscow Ballet's Great Russian "Nutcracker'' will be performed at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets, contact the box office at 418-1500.
Monday, Dec. 29David Sanborn - The Naples Philharmonic Center of the Arts welcomes the The David Sanborn Group at 8 p.m. Alto sax master David Sanborn has played a key role in establishing the sound of contemporary jazz and instrumental pop over the past three and a half decades. 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.
Wednesday, Dec. 31Check out Florida Weekly's party guide on pages C12 through C19.
Ongoing eventsStudent 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.org.
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. 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.
Andy Warhol - "Andy Warhol: Select Works" is the December exhibit at Art Modern Gallery downtown at 751 12th Ave. S. The show features numerous works by the pioneer of the Pop Art movement of the late 1950s. Art Modern Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 263-1137 or visit www.artmoderngallery.com.
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. 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.
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.
Juried exhibition - The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center is having its 47th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition through Jan. 18 at the art center, 585 Park St. in Naples. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and older. The public may call 239-262-6517 or visit naplesart.org for more information.
Upcoming eventsMist, Myth, and Mystery - World Fusion, Jazz, and Elemental Music will be performed in a fundraiser for Florida Repertory Theatre at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the Arcade Theatre, 2267 First St., Fort Myers. Emmy Award-winning and Grammy nominated flutist and composer Kat Epple will be joined by many renowned musicians. This annual event is notorious for being an evening full of unique music, performance art, fun, and surprises. Ms. Expel will be playing flutes from around the world, including Celtic, Native American, African, Sluing, and bass flute. She will be performing with special guest musicians and performers, including: Chuck Grinnell, keyboard, DL Turner, harp, Darrell Nutt, percussion, Shirley Lorene, guitar and vocals, Pond Water Experiment, and surprise guest performers. Tickets are $20. Call the box office at 332- 4488.
Visiting Artists - The Art League of Bonita Springs presents Visiting Artist Workshops with Janet Rogers (Expressive Flowers & Portraits in Watercolor) and Caroline Jasper (Power Color Painting) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5-9 at the Center for the Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Cost varies with artist and length of workshop. The Roberts workshop is sold out. Ms. Jasper's workshop is for intermediate/advanced students. Space is still available. $525 member/$575 non-member. Contact the Art League for further information at 495-8989.
Art Fest - The Art League of Bonita Springs presents the Bonita Springs National Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 10-11 at The Promenade at Bonita Bay, U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs. A $3 donation at entrance gates benefits the Art League of Bonita Springs. The first of two highly ranked outdoor festivals hosted by the Art League of Bonita Springs during 2009, the Bonita Springs National Art Festival welcomes thousands of visitors to view and purchase artwork from 208 artists. Participating artists come from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe. Known for high quality artwork and a very pleasing venue, the festival continues to grow in popularity. For information, call 495-8989.
Art in the Park - The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples hosts Art in the Park Jan. 3. Naples' oldest outdoor art festival celebrates its 52nd season by showcasing artwork from Naples Art Association members from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Park Street, alongside The von Liebig Art Center. This juried festival, held the first Saturday of the month from November through April, is a great way to meet the artists and enjoy their original work in a relaxing atmosphere. Free admission. This month's featured artist is Charles O'Neal. The center is located at 585 Park Street in Naples and features an extensive art library and gift shop. Call 262-6517 or visit naplesart.org for more information.
Workshop - The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples presents a workshop, "Ultimate Arting: The Essence of the Creative Event'' Jan. 5-7. This fast-moving workshop with instructor Genie Kell explores the having, doing and being of art-making. It takes a group of artists who are active, but dissatisfied with their work, to a new level of appreciation of their individual talents, skills, and uniqueness. The center is located at 585 Park Street in Naples and features an extensive art library and gift shop. Call 262-6517 or visit naplesart.org for more information.
KidzAct - KidzAct classes begin Jan. 12 and continue through the winter at the Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples. Call 434-7340, ext. 10 or 39, or visit www.naplesplayers.org.
Moon Over the Brewery - The Naples Players presents the comedy "Moon over the Brewery'' Jan. 14 - Feb. 7 live on the main stage at the Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples. Tickets are $30 (adults); $10 (students). Call 263-7990 or visit www.naplesplayers.org
Menopause - "Menopause The Musical Out Loud: Breaking the Silence of Ovarian Cancer.' will be presented by the Jeanie C. Linders Fund at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. The musical is a spirited celebration of real women during an unsettling time in their lives called "The Change.'' A portion of the proceeds will benefit local and regional ovarian cancer chapters. For tickets, contact the box office at 418-1500.
Last Comic - You've seen them on TV, you voted for them, and now they are here. An evening of great stand-up comedy featuring the five finalists from NBC's Emmy-Nominated laughfest, "Last Comic Standing," plays at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. Come see Marcus, Jeff Dye, Louis Ramey, Iliza Shlesinger, and Jim Tavare as they ignite the stage with the jokes and laughter that made them the final five in America's funniest reality show. For tickets, contact the box office at 418-1500.
Golden Dragons - The Golden Dragons perform at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 4. The ancient art of Chinese acrobatics is an old and long- running tradition that began in China well over 2,000 years ago. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. For tickets, contact the box office at 418-1500.
The Sauce Boss - The Sauce Boss brings his blues, his band, his spices and his ladle to The Norris Center for one performance Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Sauce Boss cooks gumbo while he sings and plays the blues. At last count, sauce man Bill Wharton has fed about 100,000 concertgoers. He's also the man Jimmy Buffet sings about in his "I Will Play for Gumbo." Mr. Wharton's songs "Let the Big Dog Eat" and "Great Big Fanny" appear on the Jimmy Buffet compilation album "Margaretville Café Late Night Menu." For ticket information, call 213-3049. For more information about The Sauce Boss, visit www.thesauceboss. com. Barrage - Barrage, a high-octane fiddle fest that features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance, will perform at the Philharmonic Center on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. The group of six violinists/ vocalists, a drummer, bass player and guitarist offers up a diverse fusion of cultures, musical styles and performance vitality. Tickets are $39. 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.
Three Exhibitions - Florida West hosts Three Exhibitions Jan. 10-28. Exhibition I is the first exhibition in a series of three, featuring paintings, collage, photography, pottery sculptures and more. Participating artists are competing for a series of awards. The second exhibition features oil paintings by Regis Bobitski. The third exhibition is a group show featuring the Florida West Arts "Gallery Artists.'' There will be a Meet the Artists" open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call (239) 948-4427 or go to www.floridawestarts. com. The Florida West Arts Showcase at the International Design Center in Estero has moved to Suite 182. The much larger gallery and performance space is now open
Man Made - Florida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery invites the public and media to an opening reception for its "Man Made" exhibition featuring the environmental art of Mary Ellen Croteau, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Art Gallery. The exhibition runs through Feb. 7, and is free and open to the public. For more information about this exhibition or upcoming events, contact interim gallery director Anica Sturdivant at 590-7199 or visit http://artgallery.fgcu.edu. Bluegrass - The Norris Center welcomes Sierra Hull and Ron Block at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. Sierra Hull is regarded as the future of bluegrass and is a 16-year old mandolin phenomenon. For the past 15 years, 13-time Grammy Award winner Ron Block has been the spiritual touchstone of Alison Krauss and Union Station, contributing sterling musicianship on banjo, guitar and vocals. The Norris Center is at 755 8th Ave. South, Naples. Tickets are $18 and all ages are welcome. Call 213-3049.
Salute to Vienna - Celebrate the New Year with "Salute to Vienna" as it returns to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2. Fall in love with Vienna's "Waltz King," Johann Strauss Jr., in an unforgettable and uplifting performance of music, song and dance. "Salute to Vienna'' continues to feature an astounding cast. The Strauss Symphony of America, an exciting maestro, talented European singers, and costumed dancers performing the popular Viennese waltzes, polkas and operetta excerpts are guaranteed to inspire and delight the audience. Featuring The Strauss Symphony of America, Gerhard Track, conductor (Vienna), Ute Ziemer, soprano (Vienna), Joachim Moser, tenor (Vienna) with dancers from Vienna International Ballet. For tickets, contact the box office at 418-1500.
Dick Hyman and Friends - Dick Hyman's all-star band returns to the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4. With a spirited new show featuring some ragtime favorites, lively stomp music and a little blues,. Hyman's veteran jazz band will delight audiences. 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.
Golden Dragons - The Golden Dragons perform at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 4. The ancient art of Chinese acrobatics is an old and long-running tradition that began in China well over 2,000 years ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. For tickets, contact the box office at 418-1500.
Aaron Lewis - Aaron Lewis of Staind brings his solo/acoustic tour to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Aaron Lewis and Staind have produced six albums: Dysfunction, Break the Cycle, 14 Shades of Grey, Chapter V, The Singles Collection and most recently, The Illusion of Progress. For more information, visit www.staind.com or contact the box office at 418-1500.