Getting Out: Things to do ... do ... and do

Here is a list of upcoming events. It's extensive and we're sure you'll find something you like.

* -- Oct. 12 All month long Billie Swamp Safari is offering 50 percent off their swamp buggy tour for folks willing to take the ride in costume. So give your Halloween get up a test run.

* -- Oct. 16 Spike Jonze takes Maurice Sendak’s 10-sentence long children’s classic and turns into a fantastical movie. Can it live up to our childhood memories?

* -- Oct. 17 Zombies unite. The dead are rising again in Fort Myers for Zombicon 2009. Dress up as a zombie and meet up on First Street for a night of the living dead.

* -- Oct. 18 Whiskey River take our minds! Music icon Willie Nelson brings his special blend of country to the Naples Philharmonic Center for what is becoming an annual trip to Southwest Florida. Should be

* -- Oct. 19 He isn’t a household name, but Leonard Cohen’s legacy is that of one of the greatest pop songwriters of the 20th century. See him live at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

* Oct. 22 -- Southern rock’s enduring popularity owes a lot to Lynyrd Skynyrd. “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” alone cemented the Jacksonville band’s legacy as one of the genre’s premiere acts. Catch them at Germain Arena.

* Oct. 24 -- One of the most uniquely Naples events — swamp buggy racing — returns for its 60th year. The annual swamp buggy parade through downtown Naples is followed by the Saturday time trials and the Budweiser Fall Classic on Oct. 25.

* Oct. 26 -- Hear the best local talent sing their original songs at Bayshore Coffee Company’s open mic night held every Monday. Or showcase your stuff by taking the stage to perform your own work.

* Oct 29 -- FGCU hosts its first ever Bird Bash, a country music concert at Germain Arena featuring Luke Bryan, whose 2007 single “All My Friends Say” was a country radio hit.The show also features Corey Smith and Candy Coburn.

* Oct. 31 -- It’s Halloween, which means you have just the excuse you need to dress up like this guy. Just don’t go as Sarah Palin. That was so last year.

* Nov. 3 -- See former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks live in “Grease” at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall through Nov. 8. Hopefully the salt and pepper hair gets dyed so he can play a convincing teen.

* Nov. 4 -- Explore the local artists studios and galleries featuring some of the best art in Southwest Florida at Underground Art Wednesday. With more than 20 studios and galleries participating, there’s something for just about every taste. 821-1061.

* Nov. 5 -- Opening night for the Naples International Film Festival. Don’t expect Sundance or Cannes, but the roster of films does include a Naples premiere of “The Cove,” one of the most acclaimed documentaries this year. Plus tons of independent and local films play through Nov. 8.

* Nov. 8. -- Catch soul legend Smokey Robinson in a return engagement at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Where as most older singers lose the power to hit the high notes, Robinson’s smooth falsetto seems as vibrant as in his Motown years.

ALSO THIS MONTH

Oct. 14 The Naples Players start their new season with “Lend Me a Tenor”

Oct. 18 Naples Concert Band starts their season at the Cambier Park bandshell

Oct. 19 Dutch DJ Tiesto, debuts his album “Kaleidoscope” at Sway

Oct. 24 Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club host an all species fishing tournament to benefit amputees.

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