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

* 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.

* Nov. 9 -- Get an up close view and an education on the scaly serpents at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Zookeepers share insights into the nightmare-inducing creatures daily at 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 11 The Florida Everblades open up a three game home stand against the Toledo Walleye. And you thought all the great sports team names were already taken.

Nov. 13 See the Naples Players Production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” which plays from Oct. 28 through Nov. 21.

Nov. 14 The Naples Museum of Arts is starting its 10th season with a new curator, Michael Culver. Meet him for coffee at the monthly “Coffee with the Curator” session.

ALSO COMING:

* Oct. 19 -- Dutch DJ Tiesto debuts his album “Kaleidoscope” at Sway Lounge

* Oct. 22 -- Italian wine tasting at the Wine Merchant

* Oct. 24 -- Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club hosts an all-species fishing tournament to benefit amputees

* Oct. 24 -- The North Naples Green Market starts its season at Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads

* Nov. 2 -- Jewel at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

* Nov. 3-8 -- Sandsculpting competition on Fort Myers Beach

FAST FORWARD:

* Nov. 18 -- The music of Led Zeppelin at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts

* Nov. 20 -- “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” opens in theaters

* Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving

* Nov. 27 -- Roger Daltrey at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

* Nov. 28-29 -- “The Nutcracker” at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts

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