Things to do ... and do ... and do

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

* 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.

* Nov. 17 -- Comedian Mike Epps might be best known as Ice Cube’s cousin Day-Day in “Next Friday,” but his real gift is on stage doing stand-up. Catch him in his natural environment from Nov. 17-19

Nov. 18 The music of Led Zeppelin was a catalyst for the hard rock genre. Hear their music in a new way when the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, with the help of Robert Plant sound-alike Randy Jackson, take on note-for-note recreations of the band’s hits.

* Nov. 20 -- It might be the most anticipated movie of the year. When “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” opens in theaters expect legions of teenage girls, and their moms to flock to local megaplexes, some of which have already sold out shows.


* Oct. 29- Nov. 1: Comedian Arnez J at Capt. Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club

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

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

* Nov. 7 Art in the Park returns to Cambier Park

* Nov. 7 Ronan Tynan kicks off the Naples Philharmonic’s season


* Nov. 26 Thanksgiving. Eat some turkey.

* Nov. 27 Who lead singer Roger Daltrey at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

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

* Nov. 29 R&B genius Raphael Saadiq plays at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando

* Dec. 8-13 “The Color Purple” at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts

* Dec. 10-13 Jennifer Coolidge, better known as Stiffler’s mom from “American Pie,” at Capt. Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club

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