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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Event Title: Singin' in the Rain
Where: Manatee Players
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Singin' In the Rain
Final Mainstage Production of this Season

May 5 - May 22
You won't want to miss this tap dancing musical extravaganza where it will actually, intentionally rain on our stage! Based on the classic MGM film, our production stars DeWayne Barrett as Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly's role) and Jonah Wright as Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Conner's role). The 2 female leads will be performed by Andrea Wright and Kim Betts. Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office and also online.

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Event Title: Art after 5
Where: THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Art after 5
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Adults $10 / Children (6-17) $5 / Children 5 & under Free
May 5, 2011
May 12, 2011
May 19, 2011
May 26, 2011
June 2, 2011
June 9, 2011
June 16, 2011
June 23, 2011
June 30, 2011
Enjoy a cocktail on the Museum of Art loggia and stroll through the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. Children of all ages will marvel at the Circus Museum's Howard Bros. Circus miniature and the Wisconsin railroad car.
For more information call 941.359.5700 or visit www.ringling.org

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Event Title: Jazz Drawings by Martina Wald
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Jazz Drawings by Martina Wald Exhibiting in Alliance Member Gallery
Lee County Alliance for the Arts exhibits the artwork of German native, part-time Sanibel resident, Martina Wald, in the Member Gallery on May 6th-28th. The exhibit features various pieces of Wald's jazz-related artwork, allowing guests to view or purchase while enjoying browsing the gallery.
Martina's artwork is inspired by her love and passion for jazz music, as she composes all of her pieces while simultaneously viewing and listening to live jazz concerts. Wald focuses on the connection between musician and instrument by improvising and jotting down lines onto paper during the concerts. This process makes her work uniquely expressive of the tones and emotions conveyed through the music as it is experienced firsthand.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be held at the Alliance on May 6th, 5:00-7:00PM, and is free and open to the public. The reception also presents the work of artist and News-Press Cartoonist, Doug MacGregor, whose exhibit, "Poked in the Mind's Eye", will be on display in the main gallery at Alliance.
For more information on the artists and their work, visit Alliance for the Art's Website, www.artinlee.org, or call (239) 939-2787.


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Event Title: Anything Goes
Where: The Art League of Fort Myers
Thursday, May 19, 2011
ART LEAGUE LAUNCHES MAY SHOW
The Art League of Fort Myers May Fine Art Show-Anything Goes-will be on exhibit May 6 to May 28. The show presents a delightful range of work by the member artists of the Art Council of Southwest Florida. The opening reception will be held on Friday, May 6, from 6 to 7:30 P.M., as part of the League's participation in the May Art Walk.
The gallery is located at 1451 Monroe Street in downtown Fort Myers.
Hours of the gallery are 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., Tuesday through Saturday.

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Where: Alliance for the Arts
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Alliance Presents "Poked in the Mind's Eye: The Humorous Perspective of Doug MacGregor"
Lee County Alliance for the Arts will exhibit the artwork of the local News-Press Cartoonist in, "Poked in the Mind's Eye: The Humorous Perspective of Doug MacGregor," from May 6 to May 28. The exhibit will feature 40 pieces of Doug's work reaching across various topics.
A special opening reception for the exhibit, open to the public, will be hosted at the Alliance for the Arts on May 6th, from 5:00-7:00PM. Light hors d'úuvres will be served as guests browse the gallery, meet the artist and have the opportunity to view and purchase artwork.
MacGregor's new book, "Get Creative, Turn on the Bright Side of Your Brain," will be available for sale as a complement to the exhibition. In addition, guests are invited to join Doug MacGregor as he leads a Gallery WALK & TALK Tour of the exhibit on Wednesday, May 18th from 1:30- 2:30PM.
Doug MacGregor has served as the resident cartoonist for The News-Press for over twenty-nine years creating about five editorial cartoons per week. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists characterizes Doug's work as 'hilarious', "Whether it's roasting Congress over annual pork-barrel legislation, grinding lawmakers in Tallahassee over partisan politics, or criticizing county commissioners for caving into special interests, Doug has covered it all!" Doug is inspired by, "The wonderment of everyday life, what's going on around us and keeping the humor in the forefront for everything we do creatively."
Don't miss this unique exhibit, "Poked in the Mind's Eye: The Humorous Perspective of Doug MacGregor," at the Alliance for the Arts from May 6th to May 28th. Experience the artwork May 6th, from 5:00-7:00PM at the opening reception or May 18th from 1:30-2:30PM at a Gallery WALK & TALK Tour with the artist. For more information visit www.ArtInLee.org or call (239) 939-2787.
In conjunction with this exhibit, the work of Martina Wald will be displayed in the Alliance Members Gallery. Martina's work is inspired by her love and passion for jazz music, as she composes all of her pieces while simultaneously viewing and listening to live jazz concerts.

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Event Title: George Gershwin Alone
Where: Mertz Theatre
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Hershey Felder as
George Gershwin Alone

May 18 - June 5 in the Mertz Theatre
Asolo Repertory Theatre presents the popular and critically acclaimed Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, a musical play directed by Joel Zwick with Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Hershey Felder. George Gershwin Alone runs May 18th through June 5th in the Mertz Theatre.
In George Gershwin Alone - which won Ovation Awards for Best Actor in a Musical (Hershey Felder) and Best Musical - the internationally acclaimed actor, playwright and Steinway concert artist renders an intimate portrait of the legendary composer that provides a personal glimpse into Gershwin's early years, his personal life and his artistic genius. The evening is packed with many of Gershwin's most famous pieces, including "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and of course, "Rhapsody in Blue."
The Boston Herald called George Gershwin Alone "S'Wonderful!" and the NY Daily News called it "Stunning! Dazzling! Sheer Genius!" With sold out performances around the globe, this is multiple award-winning musical sensation is not to be missed.
Tickets start at just $17
Call 351-8000 or 800-361-8388
Or visit ASOLOREP.ORG


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Where: Asolo Theater
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM EST
May 19 - 21, 2011
Rennie Harris Puremovement
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35, $30, $20 / $30, $25, $15 for Museum members
Founded by international Hip-Hop dance ambassador, Rennie Harris, RHPM performs authentic street dance techniques and provides audiences with the essence of Hop-Hop while avoiding exploited stereotypes.
Call the Historic Asolo Theater Box office 941.360.7399, or on-line at www.ringling.org <http://www.ringling.org> for more information.

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