WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO
Weekend Best Bets
¦ April 1: Naples City Improv. The Norris Center. 213-3058 or www.naplescityimprov.com.
¦ April 1-2: Irish music on Marco Island. Inish. 649-6325.
¦ April 2: Verdi’s “Requiem Mass.” Opera Naples. 514-7464 or www.operanaples.com.
¦ Wildlife puppet show. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida. 403- 4326 or www.conservancy.org.
¦ April 2-3: Fine Art & Craft Fair. Marco Island’s Center for the Arts. 394- 4221 or www.marcoislandart.com.
¦ Musical Theater: Opera to Broadway. Naples Orchestra and Chorus. 455-1912 or www.naplesorchestraandchorus.org.
“Copper Quilt 24” by Laura Sturtz of Manchaca, Texas, is among 44 pieces by 26 artists juried into the inaugural Naples International Contemporary Crafts Exhibition on display at Longstreth Goldberg Art. The gallery at 5640 Taylor Road is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and also by appointment. 514-2773 or www.plgart.com.
COURTESY PHOTO ¦ Gulf Coast Big Band. Cambier Park. 597-8954.
Suit My Heart –
¦ By Florida Gulf Coast University Theatre Lab and Footsteps to the Future, April 6-17 in the Theatre Lab at the Arts Complex. 590-7268 or www.fgcu.edu/CAS/TheatreLabsite.
Forbidden Broadway –
¦ At the Philharmonic Center for the Arts April 6-9. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.
¦ Rabbit Hole – By The Naples Players in the Tobye Studio at the Sugden Community Theatre through April 23. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.
Sailing replicas of the Pinta (in foreground) and the Nina have docked at Tin City and will be open for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 10. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students ages 5-16 and free for ages 4 and younger. No reservations are necessary. Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30- minute guided tour should call (787) 672-2152. For more information, visit www.thenina.com.
COURTESY PHOTO ¦ Mamma Mia! – At the Philharmonic Center for the Arts through April 3. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels –
¦ By The Naples Players on the mainstage at the Sugden Community Theatre through April 2. 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.
The third annual Marco Island Masters Festival of the Arts takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, at Elkcam Circle across from The Esplanade Shoppes. On display and for sale will be works by 70 artists from across the country, including Helen Burkett, whose “Red Glory” is shown here. 293-9448 or www.boulderbrook.net.
COURTESY PHOTO ¦ Medea – By Theatre Conspiracy, Fort Myers, through April 2. 936-3239 or www.theatreconspiracy.org.
Reaching Out –
¦ The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performs “Beethoven’s Sixth” March 31 and April 1 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Marco Island. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.
¦ Japan Benefit – “Shall We Dance,” a benefit concert for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, takes place April 3 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Lane. Concertmaster Reiko Niiya of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestrea performs, along with several other area musicians. 462-2880 or email@example.com.
Classical Series –
¦ The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performs Classical 6: “Enigma Variations” April 6-9 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.
Thursday, March 31
¦ Grand Production – Opera Naples presents Verdi’s “Requiem Mass” at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday at Moorings Presbyterian Church. 514-7464 or www.operanaples.com.
The Mikado –
¦ The FGCU Bower School of Music presents highlights from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” www.fgcu.edu.
¦ Thursdays on Third – Enjoy music and more from 6-9 p.m. throughout the Third Street South shopping district. 261-8936.
Evening on Fifth –
¦ Stoll along to the sounds of live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. along Fifth Avenue. 435-3742.
Friday, April 1
First Friday –
¦ It’s the first Friday of the month, which means music and
more fun at Mercato from 6-9 p.m. www.mercatoshops.com.
Saturday, April 2
Art in the Park –
¦ Members of the Naples Art Association display and sell their art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Park Street. www.naplesart.org. See story on page C1.
Fun & Games –
¦ Join the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mercato to learn about different games from around the world. 514-0084 or www.cmon.org.
¦ Bonita Party – “Celebrate Bonita” with live music, a chili cook-off and more from 2-9 p.m. at Riverside Park. www.cityofbonitasprings.org.
¦ Concert Time – The Naples Orchestra and Chorus performs at Golden Gate High School at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. 641-9801.
Sacred Music –
¦ The Mastersingers perform Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs. 992-3410 or www.mastersingersfm.com.
Bluegrass Greats –
¦ Carl Jackson and Mark Newton perform in concert at The Norris Center. 213-3049.
Funny Lady –
¦ Kathy Griffin takes the stage at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, 481-4849 or www.bbmannpah.com.
Sunday, April 3
Foreign Film –
¦ The Renaissance Academy of FGCU presents and screening and discussion of “Raise the Red Lantern” (China, 1991) from 1-4 p.m. at the Naples Center of FGCU, 1010 Fifth Ave. S. Suggested donation: $5.
¦ Big Band Sound – The Gulf Coast Big Band performs at 2 p.m. under the band shell at Cambier Park.
¦ Pickin’ in Paradise – The Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida presents The Bean Pickers, the Bugtussle Ramblers and more from 2-5 p.m. at the Bonita Springs Elks Lodge on Coconut Road. All pickers are welcome. www.acousticmusicsociety.org.
All That Jazz –
¦ The FGCU Bower School of Music presents “Jazz Improvisation,” a faculty and guest artist recital, at 3 p.m. 590-7851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-Act Plays –
¦ Naples Players’ ETC…Reader’s Theatre presents three one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. in Tobye Studio at the Sugden Community Theatre. 263-7990. See story on page C18.
Monday, April 4
Fall Fashions –
¦ Marissa Collections features Oscar de la Renta fall fashions today through April 8. 1167 Third St. S. 687-1148 or www.marissacollections.com.
Rock ’n’ Roll –
¦ Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and The Lovin’ Spoonful take the stage at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. 597-1900 or www.ThePhil.org.
Tuesday, April 5
Art in the Garden –
¦ The Naples Botanical Garden invites artists to set up their easels on any of the Garden lawns from 8 a.m. to noon. 643-7275 or www.naplesgarden.org.
¦ Tuesday Art – The Art League of Marco Island’s First Tuesday Art @ 5 Social takes place at 1010 Winterberry Dr. 394-4221.
¦ Southern Gospel – The Baker Pasma Families perform at 6 p.m. at Marco Presbyterian Church. 394-8186 or www.marcochurch.com.
Now That’s Italian –
¦ The Italian Cultural Society presents a screening of “Ciao, Professore!,” at 7 p.m. at The Norris Center. $5 donation. www.italianculturalsociety.com.
Wednesday, April 6
¦ Underground Art – The North Naples Arts Alliance presents Underground Art Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Pine Ridge Industrial Park. Visit 19 studios and four galleries. 821-1061.
Bluegrass & Wine –
¦ Wednesday Night Out at the Naples Botanical Garden features a performance by Frontline Bluegrass and a beer tasting hosted by Decanted from 6-9 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair. www.naplesgarden.org or 643- 7275.
¦ Critics Choice – The Critic’s Choice book discussion series for 2011 comes to an end when Elaine Newton discusses “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” at 10 a.m. April 7 and 9 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. 597-1900 or www.thephil.org.
Piano Tunes -
¦ The FGCU Bower School of Music presents a piano ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. April 7. 590-7851 or email@example.com.
Village Nights –
¦ The Village on Venetian Bay hosts Village Nights from 6-9 p.m. April 7. www.venetianvillage.com.
¦ School Play – St. Ann School presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at 6:30 p.m. April 8. 262-4110.
Culinary Evening –
¦ The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents “Affairs of the Arts No. 16: A Culinary Class with Chef Kristina San Filippo” at 6 p.m. April 8 at FineMark National Bank & Trust in the Brooks Town Center. $50. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.
¦ Arts and Crafts – The Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show takes place April 9 in Cambier Park. 434-0781 or www.naplesartcrafters.com.
¦ Cruise On By – A Classic Car Cruise-In runs from 4-7 p.m. April 9 at McDonald’s in Park Shore Plaza. 591- 8008.
¦ Sunday Cruise – The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents “Affairs of the Arts No. 17: Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 10 at the Cocohatchee Nature Center. 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.
Foreign Film –
¦ The Renaissance Academy at FGCU presents a screening and discussion of “The Conformist” (Italy, 1970) from 1-4 p.m. April 10 at the Naples Center of FGCU, 1010 Fifth Ave. S. Suggested donation: $5.
¦ Marco Art – The Marco Island Masters Festival of the Arts, presented by Boulderbook Productions, takes place April 9-10 on Elkam Circle across from the Esplanade. www.boulderbrook.net.
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