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Reading Fest
at New Location

The Southwest Florida Reading Festival, held annually in downtown Fort Myers since 1999, will be held at a new location this year: the Fort Myers Regional Library campus. The Reading Festival, which is free, is March 3, 10am-4pm.

Dozens of adult and children’s authors will be appearing, offering presentations, readings, and signing books. Storytellers will be entertaining children and there will be crafts and a ‘chalk walk’ for kids and other family activities.

Acclaimed author Scott Turow will be signing books 11:30am-12:30pm & 2:30-3:30pm.

Adult authors appearing at the Festival are: Craig Grossi, J.T. Ellison, Janet Beard, Patti Callahan Henry, Jessica Shattuck, Sue Halpern, Jillian Medoff, Alex Berenson, Scott Turow, Carla Neggers.

Children & Young Adult authors scheduled to be at the Festival are: Jeffrey Brown, Suzy Kline, Jennifer Ward, Michael Hall, Alan Gratz, Jaylen Watkins.

Local storytellers the Tamiami Tale Tellers and Storytime with Miss Amy perform.

Books will be for sale as well as refreshments and food.

‘An Evening with Authors’ offers attendees the opportunity to meet authors appearing at the Reading Festival, March 2, 6-8:30pm, at the Fort Myers Library, located at 2450 1st St. Reservations are recommended.

Nearby parking garages will offer special discounted rates.

The Fort Myers Regional Library campus is located at 1651 Lee St, Fort Myers. For information, call 479-4636.


All-Female Shakespeare
for Free

The Naples Players present free performances of an abridged version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Saturdays & Sundays thru March 11, outdoors on the Sugden Community Centers’ Baker Stage.

The first production of its kind in The Naples Players 64-year history, and comprised of an all-female cast, the production provides a unique and exciting twist on Shakespeare, which was traditionally performed with only male performers. Adding to the themes of disguises and facades, the production will integrate traditional masques from the Italian Commedia Dell'arte with modern slapstick humor. Lawn chairs are suggested.

Performances are March 3 & 10 at 2pm, and March 14, 11 & 18 at 6pm. There is no performance on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

The Sugden Community Center is located at 701 5th Ave. S. in downtown Naples. For information, call 263-7990.


Riverfront Fundraiser
Features BBQ & Live Music

The 9th annual BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraiser comes to Centennial Park, on the Fort Myers riverfront on April 8, 11am-6pm.

The day will feature live music from local bands, along with several local barbecue restaurants and vendors. The event will also include a barbecue competition to name the Best BBQ in Town as well as activities for children.

All proceeds support Lee BIA Builders Care’s mission of providing emergency repairs and construction services at no cost to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged homeowners unable to afford them.

Centennial Park is located at 2000 W. 1st St. in downtown Fort Myers. Parking is available in two nearby parking garages. Call 938-0056 for information.


Female Comedy Writer
Shares Her Hollywood Story

Susan Silver, the author of Hot Pants in Hollywood, a recollection of her career as one of the first female comedy writers in Hollywood movies and television, will be speaking on March 13, 7pm, at the FineMark Bank, located at 12681 Creekside Lane in Fort Myers. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties.

Silver wrote for shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude, and Bob Newhart, among others.

After a career in comedy, Silver reconnected with her Jewish roots and become deeply involved with Israel, finding a bigger purpose. She ran the Speaker’s Bureau for the Anti-Defamation League, was UN Observer for the Wiesenthal Center, and is currently connected to Friends of Israeli Defense Force.

Susan will speak about her life in comedy and as an activist. Attendees will also enjoy a delicious dessert, open bar reception, and receive a copy of her book, which she will be happy to autograph.

For information, call 481-4449.


Jazz on the Green
at Top Rocker Field

Three outstanding jazz ensembles will perform at Top Rocker Field on March 10, all to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida.

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert and his quintet will be the evening’s headline act. Rupert has performed with legends such as Maynard Ferguson, Benny Carter and Mel Torme. His 2014 record Do That Again! was among the top jazz records of the year. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida.

Joining him on the bill is bassist Brandon Robertson, who performed at the inaugural ceremony for Governor Rick Scott and last year appeared as the headliner at the International Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

Fort Myers’ Greenwave Jazz Band, lead by Director John Wilkerson, will also open the concert.

Foods from several local restaurants will be available as well as local craft beers.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which include complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, an embroidered lawn blanket, bourbon tasting, and seating in front of the stage with room to dance.

Guests are asked to dress in all-white for the event, where they can enjoy great music, gourmet food, drinks, and dancing on the lawn of Six Bends Harley-Davidson’s outdoor concert venue.

Top Rocker Field at Six Bends Harley-Davidson is located at 9501 Thunder Rd. in Fort Myers. Call 844-749-2363 for information.


Alliance for the Arts
Gets NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman has approved an Art Works grant of $50,000 to the Alliance for the Arts for a public art project as part of the redevelopment of 2.2 acres along McGregor Blvd. slated to begin later this year.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to the Alliance for the Arts, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

The Alliance for the Arts has engaged Michael Singer Studio to lead a collaborative design team to reimagine the western edge of its 10-acre campus as part of a multi-phase campus expansion. The focal point of this project is the Caloosahatchee Water Wall designed by Michael Singer Studios. In addition to this key component, a new sidewalk and lighting is being installed.

“We’re excited to begin the transformation of our campus along the McGregor Corridor to create a pedestrian-friendly, artistic space for our community to gather,” says CEO/ Executive Director Lydia Black “It is a true honor to have received the National Endowment of the Arts recommendation to help make this project a reality.”

Additional funding for this project has been made possible through a matching grant by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and by the Price Foundation, L.A.T. Foundation, and individual donors.

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community arts and cultural center located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday & 9am-1pm on Saturdays. Call 939-2787 for information.


Outdoor Painters Exhibit
at Naples Depot Museum

The Naples Depot Museum presents ‘Historic Visions by the Naples Art Association’s Thursday Outdoor Painters’ thru March 31.

What began as a small endeavor to provide a tiny fishing village with a cultural base blossomed into today’s flourishing Naples Art Association. In 1954, George Rogers placed an ad in the Collier County News inviting artists to a get-together at the Naples Woman’s Club.The Naples Art Association was formed in 1956 and by 1984 the Thursday Outdoor Painters had spread out across Collier County to preserve history with their paintings.

‘Historic Visions’ continues this tradition by capturing various historic buildings, sites, and landscapes throughout Collier County and Naples in paint.

The Naples Depot Museum is located at 1051 5th Ave. S. in downtown Naples. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm. Admission is free. For information, call 262-6526.


Collier Museum Exhibit
Explores Tamiami Trail

The Collier Museum at Government Center will present ‘Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail,’ a travelling exhibition that explores the Tamiami Trail’s history and culture, as well as its devastating impact on the Everglades and plans to mitigate that extensive damage. The multi-media interactive exhibit will feature photographs, historic documents, artifacts and film. The exhibition will be on display thru April 28.

A lecture by exhibit curator, the Sierra Club’s Jonathan Ullman will be held on March 15 at 6pm. Reservations are suggested.

The Collier Museum at Government Center is located at 3331 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples. The museum is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm. Admission is free. Call 252-8476 for information.


Sarasota Jazz Festival
Moves to New Venue

There has been a last-minute change of venue for four of six Sarasota Jazz Festival concerts scheduled for March 7-10.

The concerts had been booked into the Art Ovation Hotel, currently nearing completion on Palm Ave. in downtown Sarasota. However, the hotel encountered unforeseen construction delays and will not be ready in time.

The Jazz Festival will return to its home of recent years, Riverview Performing Arts Center. Locations and schedules for the other two festival events, the Pub Crawl by Trolley and the screening of the film, Django remain unchanged.

The Scandinavian Jazztrio is house band for the festival: Kristian Leth on drums, Hans Backenroth on bass, and Ole Kock Hansen on piano.

Other festival musicians are Israeli pianist Ehud Asherie, Dutch singer Sinne Eeg, Italian singer Chiara Izzi, Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo, Japanese organist Akiko Tsuruga, and Americans; saxophonist Jimmy Greene, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, saxophonist Houston Person, drummer Jeff Hamilton and guitarist Graham Dechter.

Wednesday, MARCH 7
5:30pm: Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl
Trolleys depart from the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium parking lot and visit venues in downtown Sarasota.

Thursday, MARCH 8
Riverview Performing Arts Center
5pm: Pre-concert reception
7:30pm: Concert
1st Set: Kristian Leth Trio, Sinne Eeg
2nd Set: Jimmy Greene, Jeremy Pelt, Ken Peplowski

Friday, MARCH 9
Burns Court Theater
10am: Gypsy jazz concert Keven Aland & Jon McLaughlin
11am: Django, film screening
Riverview Performing Arts Center
5pm: Pre-concert reception
7:30pm: Concert
1st Set: Diego Figueiredo, Jimmy Greene, Chiara Izzi
2nd Set: Kristian Leth Trio, Houston Person, Graham Dechteron

Saturday, MARCH 10
Riverview Performing Arts Center
12pm: Pre-concert reception
2pm: Concert with Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Graham Dechter, Diego Figueriedo, Akiko Tsuruga, Ehud Asherie, Jeff Hamilton, Chiari Izzi, Kristian Leth Trio
5pm: Reception
7pm: Concert
1st Set: Kristian Leth Trio, Ehud Asherie, Ken Peplowski
2nd Set: Houston Person, Jeff Hamilton, Akiko Tsurga, Graham Dechter, Hans Bakenroth.

The Sarasota Municipal Auditorium is located at 801 N. Tamiami Trail; Burns Court Cinema is located at 506 Burns Court; and the Riverview Performing Arts Center is located at 1 Ram Way, all in Sarasota. For information, call 941-366-1552 for information.


Studio Tour
Visits Women Artists

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Alliance for the Arts’ Artist Studio Tour on March 3 features seven local female artists.

Through a self-guided tour, visitors can meet artists and see the studios where they work.

The self-guided tour begins at 10am at the Alliance, where ticket holders receive a program and map to the studios, and visit on-site art studios featuring working artists. A closing reception will be held at DAAS Co-Op gallery at 4pm.

The tour visits the studios of Annette Brown, Stacey Brown, Donna Chase, Katy Danca Galli, Julie Griffin, Mariapia Malerba, and Mimi Stirn.

The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. and the DAAS gallery is located nearby at 1400 Colonial Blvd., suite 84, both in Fort Myers. For information, call 939-2787.

Artis—Naples’ annual Artists’ Studio Tours are on March 4, 1-5pm & March 5, 11am-4pm. The tour on March 5 includes lunch at the Vinyards Country Club.

The tour visits the studios of artists Alexis Martinez Pulelo, Nora Butler, Flora Zarate, Ruth Epstein, Nicario Jimenez, and Pop Flanigan.

Artis—Naples is located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. in Naples. Call 597-1900 for information.

Little Freddie King headlines
the Bonita Blues Festival,
March 10 in Bonita Springs’
Riverside Park.

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Best-selling author, Sue Halpern
will be appearing at the
SWFL Reading Festival in
downtown Fort Myers on March 3.
She will also be at the Festival’s
‘Evening with the Authors,’
March 2, 6-8:30pm.

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A Black Tie Red Carpet Gala and
screening of the documentary,
‘Melody Makers’ kicks off the
Fort Myers Film Festival
on March 21.

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The Naples Players are presenting
free performances an all-female
production of Shakespeare’s
‘The Taming of the Shrew’ on the
Sudgden Community Theater’s
outdoor Baker Stage,
weekends thru March 18.

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Comedy writer and activist,
Susan Silver speaks March 13
at the FineMark Bank on
Creekside Lane in Fort Myers.

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Jeff Rupert performs at
Jazz on the Green at Six Bend’s
Top Rocker Field in Fort Myers,
March 10.

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Jeremy Pelt will be performing at the Sarasota Jazz Festival, March 8.

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‘Historic Visions’ is on view
at the Naples Depot Museum
thru March 31.

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‘The Trailblazers: The Perilous
Story of the Tamiami Trail’ is
on view at the Collier Museum
at Government Center
in Naples thru April 28

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Bumper Jacksons perform
a concert of country, swing,
jazz & blues music on April 27
at the Moorings Park Auditorium
in Naples during the
Stay in May Festival.

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The St. Lawrence String Quartet
perform the final concert of
the Sanibel Music Festval
on March 27.

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14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy.
Fort Myers

Mar 2 : vs Toronto Blue Jays
Mar 4 : vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Mar 6 : vs Baltimore Orioles
Mar 10 : vs Boston Red Sox
Mar 13 : vs Baltimore Orioles
Mar 14 : vs Boston Red Sox
Mar 16 : vs Tampa Bay Rays
Mar 18 : vs Philadelphia Phillies
Mar 21 : vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Mar 22 : vs New York Yankees
Mar 23 : vs Houston Astros
Mar 25 : vs Boston Red Sox

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11500 Fenway South Drive
Fort Myers

Mar 3 : vs New York Yankees
Mar 7 : vs Minnesota Twins
Mar 8 : vs Tampa Bay Rays.
Mar 11 : vs Baltimore Orioles
Mar 15 : vs Toronto Blue Jays
Mar 16 : vs Minnesota Twins
Mar 17 : vs Tampa Bay Rays
Mar 19 : vs Philadelphia Phillies
Mar 20 : vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Mar 24 : vs Houston Astros
Mar 26 : vs Chicago Cubs
Mar 27: vs Chicago Cubs

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11000 Everblades Parkway

Mar 2: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Mar 3: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits *
Mar 16: vs Orlando Solar Bears
Mar 17: vs Orlando Solar Bears
Mar 21: vs Norfolk Admirals
Mar 23: vs Norfolk Admirals
Mar 24: vs Norfolk Admirals
Mar 28: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Mar 30: vs Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Mar 31: vs Atlanta Gladiators
Apr 7: vs Jacksonville Icemen

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14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy.
Fort Myers

Apr 5 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
Apr 6 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
Apr 9 : vs Florida Fire Frogs
Apr 10 : vs Florida Fire Frogs
Apr 11 : vs Florida Fire Frogs
Apr 12 : vs Florida Fire Frogs
Apr 13 : vs Tampa Yankees
Apr 14 : vs Tampa Yankees
Apr 15 : vs Tampa Yankees
Apr 26 : vs Daytona Tortugas
Apr 27 : vs Daytona Tortugas
Apr 28 : vs Daytona Tortugas
Apr 29 : vs Daytona Tortugas
May 4 : vs Jupiter Hammerheads
May 5 : vs Jupiter Hammerheads
May 6 : vs Jupiter Hammerheads
May 7 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
May 8 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
May 9 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
May 18 : vs St Lucie Mets
May 19 : vs St Lucie Mets
May 20 : vs St Lucie Mets
May 21 : vs Bradenton Marauders
May 22 : vs Bradenton Marauders
May 23 : vs Bradenton Marauders
Jun 4 : vs Palm Beach Cardinals
Jun 5 : vs Palm Beach Cardinals
Jun 6 : vs Palm Beach Cardinals
Jun 7 : vs Palm Beach Cardinals
Jun 8 : vs Dunedin Blue Jays
Jun 9 : vs Dunedin Blue Jays
Jun 10 : vs Dunedin Blue Jays
Jun 18 : vs Tampa Yankees
Jun 19 : vs Tampa Yankees
Jun 20 : vs Tampa Yankees
Jun 29 : vs Lakeland Flying Tigers
Jun 30 : vs Lakeland Flying Tigers
Jul 1 : vs Lakeland Flying Tigers
Jul 4 : vs Dunedin Blue Jays
Jul 5 : vs Dunedin Blue Jays
Jul 9 : vs Palm Beach Cardinals
Jul 10 : vs Palm Beach Cardinals
Jul 11 : vs Palm Beach Cardinals
Jul 12 : vs Palm Beach Cardinals
Jul 16 : vs St Lucie Mets
Jul 17 : vs St Lucie Mets
Jul 18 : vs St Lucie Mets
Jul 19 : vs Lakeland Flying Tigers
Jul 20 : vs Lakeland Flying Tigers.
Jul 21 : vs Lakeland Flying Tigers
Jul 31 : vs Jupiter Hammerheads
Aug 1 : vs Jupiter Hammerheads
Aug 2 : vs Jupiter Hammerheads
Aug 3 : vs Florida Fire Frogs
Aug 4 : vs Florida Fire Frogs
Aug 5 : vs Florida Fire Frogs
Aug 13 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
Aug 14 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
Aug 15 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
Aug 16 : vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
Aug 17 : vs Clearwater Threshers
Aug 18 : vs Clearwater Threshers
Aug 19 : vs Clearwater Threshers
Aug 27 : vs Bradenton Marauders
Aug 28 : vs Bradenton Marauders
Aug 29 : vs Bradenton Marauders
Aug 30 : vs Bradenton Marauders
Aug 31 : vs Clearwater Threshers
Sep 1 : vs Clearwater Threshers
Sep 2 : vs Clearwater Threshers

The Blues
Come to Bonita

The 12th Annual Bonita Blues Festival will be held on Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10 in Bonita Springs’ Riverside Park. Both days will feature award-winning blues music from around the country and a wide variety of food and other vendors. Gates open Friday at 1pm and the music continues to 9pm. Friday will feature ‘happy hour’ prices on beer and wine from 1-5pm. Gates open Saturday at 11am and ends at 9pm. There will be an after-party both Friday & Saturday. The Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation will host a Blues & Bloodys brunch on Sunday, March 11, beginning at 12pm.

Friday, MARCH 9
1:30pm: Noah Wotherspoon
3pm: Annika Chambers
4:30pm: Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
6pm: Harlis Sweetwater
7:30pm: Karen Lovely & Friends

Saturday, MARCH 10
11:30am: Mark Telesca
1pm: Jontavious Willis
2:30pm: Rae Gordon
4pm: Altered Five
6pm: Hurricane Ruth
7:30pm: Little Freddie King

The afterparty March 9 features Josh Rowland & the Pitbull of Blues Band and the afterparty March 10 features the Mark Telesca Band, both starting at 9pm at Maria’s Mexican restaurant, located at 27080 Old 41 Rd. in Bonita Springs. Festival wristbands are needed for entry.

The Blues & Bloody’s brunch party on March 11 is at The Center Bar at The Promenade at Bonita Bay, located at 26811 S. Bay Drive in Bonita Springs. Gospel Hour with the Rae Gordon band perform at 12pm, followed by Mike Zito at 1:30pm and the Paul DesLauriers band at 4pm.

Proceeds of the Bonita Blues Festival will benefit the Bonita Springs Assistance Office, Music for Minors Foundation, and The Music Therapy Program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The Bonita Blues Festival will go on rain or shine. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended, but coolers and pets are not allowed. Riverside Park is located at 10451 Old Rd. 41 in Bonita Springs. For information, call 898-2939.


Film Fests on the River
& on the Beach

The 8th annual Fort Myers Film Festival kicks off five days of films on March 21 with the Florida premiere of Melody Makers, an award-winning documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of one of the world’s most influential rock music publications.

The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala starts at 5:30pm at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. The film screening is at 7pm, with an afterparty on the BB Mann stage with the film’s stars and cast attending the Fort Myers Film Festival.

The opening night film tells the story of Barrie Wentzell, chief contributing photographer of Melody Maker magazine, 1965-1975, and his iconic photographic archive featuring the legendary musicians that emerged during the birth of rock n’ roll including Led Zepplin, Eric Clapton, The Who, The Beatles, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd. Musicians and fellow journalists recall an historic period when Melody Maker, founded in 1926 as a jazz musician’s trade paper, became the first publication to cover popular music seriously in the early 1960s, setting the stage for publications like Rolling Stone.

The Film Festival features events March 21-25, including screenings of independent films, and discussions with filmmakers at three venues in Fort Myers.

Wednesday, MARCH 21
Black Tie Red Carpet Gala
Barbara B. MannPerforming Arts Hall
Cocktail reception, discussion, film screening and afte rparty

Thursday-Sunday, MARCH 22-25
Film Screenings & Panel Discussions
Alliance for the Arts
Panel discussions & screenings of films by local filmmakers

Friday, MARCH 23
Party & Gala
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
Cocktail party with filmmakers, live music, discussions and film screening

Sunday, MARCH 25
Champagne & Dessert Awards Ceremony & Screening
Broadway Palm
Awards gala & screeningof award-winning films
Afterparty at Twisted Vine

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located on the FSW State College, 13350 FSW Pkwy. in Fort Myers. Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., the IMAG History & Science Center is located at 2000 Cranford Ave., and Broadway Palm is located at 1380 Colonial Blvd., all in Fort Myers. The Twisted Vine is located at 2214 Bay St. in Fort Myer’s Historic River District.

For information, call 810-6323.

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival returns for its 12th year for five days and nights in of Fort Myers Beach. This year’s festival runs from April 25-29, with screenings of independent films at the Beach Theater.

At the time of publication the time of the Filmmaker Dolphin Cruise on the Estero Bay Express, the location of workshops, and the location of the free family film at sunset on the beach has not been announced.

Wednesday, APRIL 25
2pm: Opening Ceremony
3-11pm: Film Screenings

Thursday, APRIL 26
TBA: Filmmaker Dolphin Cruise
3-11pm: Film Screenings

Friday, APRIL 27
11am: Workshop
3-11pm: Film Screenings
7pm: Free Family Film on the Beach

Saturday, APRIL 28
11am: Workshop
3-11pm: Film Screenings

Sunday, APRIL 29
2pm: Closing Awards Ceremony
3-9pm: Screenings of Award Winners

The Filmmaker Dolphin Cruise launches from the Fish Tale Marina, which is also where the Closing Awards Ceremony will be held. The Beach Theater is located at 6425 Estero Blvd. and the Fish Tale Marina is located at 7225 Estero Blvd., both in Fort Myers Beach. Call 980-4381 for information.


Concert Supports
Laces of Love

From Jazz to Broadway, a concert that raises funds for Laces of Love, a charitable organization that provides children in Southwest Florida with new shoes, is scheduled for March 11, at 7pm, at the Covenant Church of Naples. Proceeds will help the organization provide new shoes to low-income and disadvantaged children in Collier & Lee counties.

Hosted by WINK news anchor Chris Cifatte, and event organizer Tamra Richardt, the evening will feature a performance by Broadway star, Glory Crampton, who starred in The Phantom of the Opera and The Fantasticks. Also performing is piano virtuoso Eric Genius, and Robert Williamson, who will perform with Artis–Naples principal bassist, Kevin Mauldin. Closing the concert will be a rousing soul performance by the Mozart of Gospel Music, Maestro Jason Sirvatkis.

VIP tickets include reserved premium seating and a pre-concert reception with the evening's artists.

Covenant Church of Naples is located at 6926 Trail Blvd. in Naples. For information, call 495-1954.


Stay in May Festival
Offers Wide-Ranging Events

The Stay in May Festival (formerly the ArtsNaples World Festival) presents a variety of cultural events at venues throughout Naples, April 24-May 12.

Wednesday, APRIL 25
10am: Awareness of Breath
Workshop: Interactive Mindfulness workshop.
Shangri-La Spa, 27750 Old Rd 41, Bonita Springs

Thursday, APRIL 26
4pm: Naples Historical Society
Interpreted in Art: Paula Brody, Sandee Kozlow, Christine Otis, and Susan Alexander paint in Norris Gardens.
Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave S, Naples

Friday, APRIL 27
7pm: Bumper Jacksons
Country, swing jazz, & blues concert.
Moorings Park Auditorium, 120 Moorings Park Dr, Naples

Sunday, APRIL 29
Wednesday, MAY 2
Sunday, MAY 6
7pm: Short Film Festival:
Screenings of 3 award-winning shorts each night.
Sheffield Theatre, Moorings Park, 120 Moorings Park Dr, Naples

Monday, APRIL 30
10am: Conquering Stress Workshop
Shangri-La Spa, 27750 Old Rd 41, Bonita Springs
4pm: Havana Modern: Presentation about Cuba.
Jett Thompson Home, 393 Broad Ave S, Naples
8pm: Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra with Dickie Fleisher & Travis Jones Concert.
Sugden Theatre,
701 5th Ave S, Naples

Tuesday, MAY 1
7pm: Moroccan Dinner with Cynthia Adams
Gourmet dinner with artist.
Sur La Table, Mercato, 9105 Strada Pl, Naples

Wednesday, MAY 2
5pm: Art Walk
Visit dozens of galleries & studios.
Naples Art District, 6240 Shirley St, Naples

Thursday, MAY 3
6:30pm: William Knoll Jazz Ensemble with Glenn Basham Concert.
Bentley Village, 810 Retreat Dr, Naples

Friday, MAY 4
6pm: Jazz from New Orleans to NY
Steve DeLaduranty & Dennis Miller concert.
South Branch Collier Library, 8065 Ely Cultural Pkwy, Naples

Saturday, MAY 5
2pm: The Bach Boys - JS & CPE
Bower Chapel at Mooring Park, 120 Moorings Park Dr, Naples

Monday, MAY 7
7pm: Wycliffe Gordon & Lew Del Gatto
Jazz concert.
North Naples Church, 6000 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples

Tuesday, MAY 8
7pm: Seraphic Fire: Shakespeare – Music and the Bard
Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd, Naples

Wednesday, MAY 9
7pm: Big Band & Art Deco Meet
Naples Big Band concert as Malenda Trick paints.
Marco Island Historical Society, 180 S Heathwood Dr,
Marco Island

Thursday, MAY 10
2pm: Organ Crawl
Hosted tour of concerts.
First Presbyterian Church, 250 6th St S, Naples
Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples
Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd, Naples
Friday, MAY 11
7pm: Music As Mind Medicine
Lecture about relieving stress.
Bentley Village, 810 Retreat Dr, Naples

Saturday, MAY 12
6pm: One Night in Memphis:
Musical stage show.
Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples

Reservations are suggested for all events. For information about the Stay in May Festival, call 390-2788.


Sanibel Music Festival
Celebrates 32nd Year

The Sanibel Music Festival returns to the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ for concerts Tuesdays & Saturdays in March.

The first concert of the Festival is Saturday, March 3, featuring The Boston Trio. Violinist Irina Muresanu, cellist Jonah Ellsworth, and pianist Heng-Jin Park each have distinguished careers as soloists and have appeared with major orchestras and premier chamber music festivals throughout the United States and Europe.

Yekwon Sunwoo, 2017 Cliburn Gold Medalist, performs on Tuesday, March 6. The 28-year-old pianist earned his bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, his masters at the Juilliard School, and his artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music.

The concert Saturday, March 10 features the Jasper/Jupiter String Octet. Two internationally acclaimed quartets, the Jupiter and Jasper Quartets, join forces for a combined performance.

Based in Philadelphia, the Jasper Quartet is the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

The Jupiter String Quartet, the String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, has won first prize in multiple competitions including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

One of the great pianists of our time, Olga Kern and her son Vladislav perform a joint piano concert on Tuesday, March 13. With family ties to both Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, Olga Kern was the Gold Medal winner of 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the winner at the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at the age of 17. Vladislav Kern began his music education at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and currently studies at the Juilliard School of Music. He is the first pianist in the history of Juilliard’s Pre-College Division to receive the prestigious Van Cliburn scholarship.

On Tuesday, March 20, The Opera Theater of Connecticut presents ‘The Gems of Broadway’s Golden Age, with a Tribute to Leonard Bernstein,’ with five professional singers paying tribute to the works of Comden & Green, Lerner & Loewe, Cole Porter and others, with selected pieces from shows such as Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, among others, all backed by illustrative projections.

The concert also features a special tribute to Leonard Bernstein, in celebration of his 100th birthday, featuring songs from West Side Story, On the Town, and others.

The Opera Theater of Connecticut returns on Saturday, March 24, with six professioanl opera singers for an evening of ‘Love, Passion and Revenge,’ the motivating themes that run through so many operas and operettas. The program features arias and ensembles from the works of Verdi, Bizet, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Lehar, Romberg, Strauss and others. The concert is punctuated with appropriate, humorous, and informative narrations from the stage by OTC’s Artistic Director, Alan Mann.

The St, Lawrence String Quartet perform the closing concert of the Festival on Tuesday, March 27. The SLSQ won both the Banff Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artists, and has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University for a decade.

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. All concerts begin at 7:30pm. Call 344-7025 for information.