Opera Naples presents ‘Faust’ starring tenor Anthony Kearns
A MAN’S QUEST FOR ETERNAL YOUTH LEADS TO QUEStionable decisions and dire consequences for those around him in “Faust,” the French opera by Charles Gounod that ranks among the top operas performed internationally.
Opera Naples presents the show in French, with projected English translations, Friday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 26, at Gulf Coast High School. Full Story
Bold ‘Das Barbecü’ embodies the spirit of revitalization at a small Sanibel playhouse
WHEN JUSTIN COWAN SAW “DAS BARbecü,” he knew instantly that he wanted to bring it to the Herb Strauss Theater on Sanibel.
“It was the craziest night of theater I’d seen. Wild,” he recalls about the performance at the Triad Stage in his native North Carolina. “I just fell in love with it.” Full Story
Photographers invited to focus on ‘Camera USA’ competition
The Naples Art Association is seeking submissions for the exhibition “Camera USA: National Photography Award 2012.”
Photographers are invited to enter one photograph taken in the United State after Jan. 1, 2010, and must apply online at www.juriedartservices.com by March 22. The entry fee is $32 ($27 for NAA members). Full Story
‘The Exonerated’: Amazing tales of Death Row innocents
Everyone knows the sting of being falsely accused.
Depending upon who’s doing the accusing, it can lead to hurt feelings, ruptured friendships, damaged reputations.
If you’re falsely accused by a traffic cop looking to make his quota, you could wind up with hefty fines and points on your license. Full Story
Scholarship winner returns to perform in ‘Americana’
The Voices of Naples community chorus presents “Americana” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Naples United Church of Christ. The ensemble of 70 singers under the direction of Douglas Renfroe is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Full Story
He’s played cops, criminals, civil rights leaders and heroes. But let’s be honest: Our favorite Denzel Washington is badass Denzel Washington. Like when he’s a drug lord in “American Gangster,” or winning an Oscar for playing a corrupt detective in “Training Day.” Full Story
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Full Story
Enjoy the Oscars at Café Lurcat with film festival friends and fans
Cafe Lurcat hosts the second annual Naples International Film Festival Oscars Party on Sunday, Feb. 26. The restaurant on Fifth Avenue South will roll out the red carpet for guests who will sip champagne and enjoy a threecourse dinner. They’ll also fill out Oscar ballots and bid on silent auction items, with proceeds to benefit NIFF. Full Story
February is for French films at FGCU
Brush up on recent French films every Thursday (and one Wednesday) in February with a screening at the Sugden Welcome Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. Attendance is free. Full Story
Lely’s Olé Art and Jazz Fest delivers art, music and more
Lely Resort hosts the third annual Olé Art and Jazz Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19. Artists from around the country will exhibit and sell their original works in photography, jewelry, sculpture, glass, clay and painting. Full Story
Portraits of artists
Crayton Cove gallery exhibit celebrates Neapolitan artists
“An Artist’s Tribute: Graphite Studies by Lionel Heddy” features candid portraits of 12 local artists who have been inspirational to other artists and helped document Naples. The show is on view through Feb. 25 at ArtGallery OldNaples2 in Crayton Cove. Full Story
ETC… Readers’ Theatre presents four short readings at the Sugden
“Sex, Lies and Audio Tapes” is the theme of four short play readings presented by the Naples Players’ ETC…Readers’ Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Tobye Studio at the Sugden Community Theatre. Tickets are $10, depending on availability.
The plays, authors, directors and casts are: Full Story
Church concert will benefit The Immokalee Foundation
British soprano Belinda Bradley and German pianist Joja Wendt join forces for an evening of entertainment to benefit The Immokalee Foundation beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Naples United Church of Christ. Full Story
‘Alive in the World Concert’ will benefit Eden Autism Services
Singers-songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Rodney Crowell headline the 2012 “Alive in the World Concert” for Eden Autism Services Florida. Presented by the Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists, the concert and auction begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Daniels Pavilion at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Full Story
Naples Music Festival goes country with headline act Diamond Rio
With more than 10 million albums sold, Diamond Rio has had nine No. 1 hits and 22 Top 10 singles.
The fifth Naples Music Festival is just around the corner and with a few new twists. Set for Sunday, April 1, and with Diamond Rio as the headline act, this year once again brings award-winning talent to downtown Naples. Previous festivals have drawn acts including Cheap Trick, The Gin Blossoms, Foreigner, The Commodores and The Pointer Sisters. Full Story
Zestful debut puts Lucy Burdette in the limelight
¦ “An Appetite for Murder” by Lucy Burdette. Obsidian. 320 pp. $7.99. Full Story
CBS’ Bill Geist at literary lunch
Literacy Volunteers of Collier County welcomes Emmy Awardwinning CBS News correspondent and New York Times best-selling author Bill Geist as guest speaker at the annual LVCC Literary Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Bay Colony Golf Club. Mr. Full Story
Library friends host author breakfast
Friends of the Collier County Library hosts the second annual “Bagels & Book Clubs” breakfast at 9 a.m. Monday, March 5, at the Hilton Naples, with guest speaker and New York Time best-selling author Deborah Crombie.
Tickets are $20 for Friends members, $25 for others. Call 263-8135 to purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.collier-friends.org. ¦ Full Story
It’s high season for clubs and organizations to hold special events and programs for members and guests as well as regular meetings. Here’s what some of them have planned. Full Story
By George! Washington collectibles garner interest
Presidents Day, still officially named George Washington’s Birthday, is celebrated on the third Monday in February. But it has not always been celebrated on that day. George Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, was first celebrated as a federal holiday in 1880. Full Story
It takes two to tango
This deal comes from a team-of-four match. At the first table, South wound up in six clubs doubled after North had opened with a weak two-heart bid. Full Story
This week on WGCU-TV
¦ THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 9 p.m. The Queen’s Palaces Palace of Holyroodhouse – Part 3
Fiona Bruce visits one of Britain’s smallest palaces, Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse. ¦ FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 9 p.m. Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook Saloon Singers – Part 3 Full Story
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Royal Palm school to honor Donahues Full Story