WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
This week’s theater
Renee Fleming and Lawrence Brownlee star in The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s “Armida,” the mythical story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison. The matinee performance of “Armida” will be shown live in HD beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1 and 22, at Hollywood Stadium 20 in Naples and at Hollywood Coconut Point 16 in Estero. The four-hour opera has two intermissions. Tickets are $15-$22. For more information, visit www.metopera.org. Menopause the Musical - At the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall April 28-29. 481-4849.
The Big Bang - At Florida Rep May 7-23, with previews May 4-6. 332- 4488 or www.floridarep.org.
The Importance of Being Earnest - By The Naples Players at The Sugden Community Theatre through May 15. 263-7990.
The House of Bernarda Alba - By The Laboratory Theater of Florida April 29-May 15 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 333-1933.
This week’s symphony
Pops No. 4 - A Long and Winding Road: The Concert - Starring Maureen McGovern at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts April 28-May 2. 597-1900.
Thursday, April 29
Exhibit Opening - The Florida West 2010 Awards Exhibit opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and runs through May 20. The gallery is at Bonita Commons, 25987 South Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. 948-4427 or info@floridawestarts. com.
Special Show - Maria Callas is portrayed by Elizabeth “Bonnie” Bozzo at 2 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive. Free. Registration is required: 593-0177.
Art Studios - The Art League of Bonita Springs presents an art walk at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Dr. from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy art and musical entertainment. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org. Thursdays on Third - Enjoy live music and free entertainment along with shopping and dining every Thursday evening between November and May on Third Street South. www.thirdstreetsouth. com.
Quiz Night - The English Pub hosts Quiz Night at 8:30 p.m. 775-3727, 2408 Linwood Ave. East Naples. www. naplesenglishpub.com.
Friday, April 30
Pink Fundraiser - A Hot Pink Party fundraising event is set for 8-10 p.m. at Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar. Behold Naples & The Little Black Dress Club of Naples hold a silent auction to benefit the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. www.noodlesitaliancafe. com.
Outdoor Tunes - Angie & Perfect Gentlemen perform from 6-8 p.m. in the restaurant piazza at Miromar Outlets. 948-3766.
Weekend Concerts - Gulf Coast Town Center offers its free Weekend Concert Series in Market Plaza from 7-9 p.m. Tonight: Classic hits by Pat “Trick.” 267-0783 or gulfcoasttowncenter. com.
Saturday, May 1
Ocean Day - Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center hosts Ocean’s Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 300 Tower Rd. In its sixth year the free event includes a touch tank, Casting for Conservation interactive fishing demonstration, environmental movies and other presentations. 417-6310 or visit www.rookerybay.org.
Blues Fest - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels headline Blues on the Green today and Saturday at the Fort Myers Beach Golf Course. Enjoy blues, food and drink; bring chairs or blankets. Tickets are $20 or $25. 765-6988 or www.islandartsfoundation. org.
Pet Party - Fred’s Diner, 2700 Immokalee Road, hosts “Party With The Big Dogs” from 1-5 p.m. on Derby Day. Enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and spirits and meet Labrador retrievers for adoption. Adoptions through Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida will receive a free dinner from Fred’s in their adoption package. 431-7928.
Bluegrass Concert - Thundering Bluegrass, with Grammy winner Paul Brewster, plus Clay Hess, Cory Walker, Jason Jones and Jon Garon, is set for 7-10 p.m. at The Norris Center. $20. 213- 3049.
Derby Party - The Art League of Bonita Springs presents Affairs of the Arts No. 18 – You Can Bet On It at 5 p.m. Catch the excitement, and flavors, of the Kentucky Derby in Bonita Springs for $120 per person. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.
Smokefish is a mixed media on canvas work by Lucien Dulfan. See it and more by the Russianborn conceptual artist, as well as a wide array of paintings and sculptures by more than 40 contemporary artists, at Longstreth Goldberg Art. The gallery at 5640 Taylor Road is a great place to begin on Underground Art Wednesday coming up May 5. More than a dozen galleries and working artists’ studios in the North Naples neighborhood off Pine Ridge Road will be open from 6-9 p.m., with many offering entertainment and refreshments. Weekend Concerts - Gulf Coast Town Center offers its free Weekend Concert Series in Market Plaza from 7-9 p.m. Tonight: Classic hits by Richie C. 267-0783 or gulfcoasttowncenter. com.
Chess Anyone? - The Southwest Florida Chess Club invites players of all ages and abilities to gather at Books-A-Million at Mercado from 1:30-5 p.m. 898-0458 or e-mail swflchess@ yahoo.com.
Sunday, May 2 Canine Stroll - Dogs in the Park takes place from 3-5 p.m. at the Naples Botanical Garden. Bring your dog and stroll the pathways of the garden. One dog per adult; dogs must be current with all vaccinations and registrations. $4.95 for non-members and free for members. www.naplesgarden.org or 643-7275.
Water Ski Show - A free water ski show by the Southern Extreme Water-Ski Team starts at 4 p.m. every Sunday at Miromar Outlets near the Restaurant Piazza.
Monday, May 3
Love Trivia? - The Pub at Mercato has Trivia Night every Monday at 7:30 p.m. 594-9400.
Tuesday, May 4
Exhibit Opens - An opening reception for the multi-media exhibit is set for 5:30-7 p.m. at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island. Admission is free to members and $5 for guests. 394-4221.
Garden Art - Artist in the Garden is set for 8 a.m.-noon at the Naples Botanical Garden. Artists and photographers are welcome to set up easels and tripods on any of the gardens lawn and public pathways and be inspired by the garden’s beauty. 643-7275.
Team Trivia - Boston Beer Garden Team Trivia is played at 9 p.m. every Tuesday at 2396 Immokalee Rd. 596-2337.
Wednesday, May 5
Art Event - The North Naples Arts Alliance hosts Underground Art Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at numerous galleries and studios. 821-1061.
Butterfly Program - A Life Long Learning Program: Getting to Know You-Local Butterflies, Moths & Caterpillars is set for 10 a.m.-noon at the Naples Botanical Garden. Discover the world of lepidoptera with the Garden’s own Britt Patterson-Weber. $20/members, $30/non-members. 643-7275.
Fiesta Time - The Hilton Naples hosts a Cinco de Mayo Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 5111 Tamiami Trail N. Admission includes appetizers, one margarita and a live DJ. $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 430-4999.
Bike Night - Naples Harley- Davidson hosts a Hog-O-De-May-O celebration from 6-10 p.m. Enjoy $1 beer, Mexican food and live music. 594-5504 or JessicaF@HarleyFlorida.com.
Pirate Night - Join The English Pub every Wednesday for Pirate Night and Hermit Crab Races as well as live entertainment at 6:30 p.m. 775-3727 or www.naplesenglishpub.com.
History Tours - Walking tours of the Naples Historical District start at 10 a.m. at 137 12th Ave. South. Requested donations are $15 adults, $5 children. Reservations are required: 261-8164.
Song Night - Wednesdays are Singer/Songwriter Night from 7-10 p.m. at Fred’s Diner, 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples. 431-7928 or www.fredsdiner. com.
Pottery Party - “A Taste of Raku” is offered at Rosen Gallery & Studios in Naples by artists Annabelle Johnson and Richard W. Rosen from 6-9 p.m. May 6. Enjoy an extraordinary pottery-filled evening of glazing, socializing and firing. Cost: $43; includes materials, refreshments and a finished piece of raku to take home. Reservations: email@example.com or 821-1061.
Elvis Event - “Blue Suede Shoes: The Ultimate Bash Celebrating Elvis’ 75th” starts at 8 p.m. May 6 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900.
Student Showcase - The Art League of Bonita Springs hosts a Student Showcase Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m. May 7 at the Center for the Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.
Friday Tunes - The Mercato First Friday Concert is set for 6-10 p.m. May 7. 403-2204.
Funny Stuff - Naples City Improv takes the stage at the Norris Center at 8 p.m. May 7. $15.
Museum Event - Enjoy coffee with the Curator at 10 a.m. May 8 at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art with Michael Culver, who will be your guide through the exhibitions marking the museum’s 10th anniversary season. Afterward, adjourn to the Dome for coffee and conversation. 597-1900 or www.thephil.org.
Canoe Competition - The Great Dock Canoe Race starts at 11 a.m. May 8 at Crayton Cove. 263-9940.
Gallery Event - The Galleries of Crayton Cove host an evening of special events, music, food, drinks and assorted art from 6-9 p.m. May 8. 403-8393.
Tango Event - The monthly Repun Tango Milonga in Naples takes place May 8 at the Bath and Tennis Club, 4995 Airport Pulling Rd. Enjoy music and dancing on the second Saturday of the month.
Garden Brunch - A Mother’s Day Garden Brunch is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 9 at the Naples Botanical Garden. Enjoy a variety of food to satisfy everyone’s palate. Pre-registration required; $50 for members and $55for non-members. 643-7275.
Raku Party - The Art League of Bonita Springs hosts Raku and You from 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 11 at the Center for the Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road. $39. Enjoy a picnic-style meal and create your own pottery, 495-8989 or www. artcenterbonita.org.
Opera Celebration - The Naples Opera Society presents an evening of “Opera and Memories” celebrating its 10th anniversary as a nonprofit organization at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Norris Center. Popular vocalists from the years of concerts perform, and a history of the nonprofit’s birth, development and community service will be shared. No tickets required. 598-6110.
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