PHOTOS: Wine Tasters unite people for conversation — and wine
Published 04/09/2011 at midnight
Wine Tasters of Naples isn't just about exclusivity, but also about charity. The local club meets regularly to enjoy company and drink a little wine.
No fooling: April's schedule shows a lot of great concerts left before season's end
Published 03/31/2011 at 3:48 p.m.
A late Easter means an extension of the traditional winter tourist season in Naples. And that means both season residents and year-rounders alike are in for a lot of great music this month. April brings six big shows featuring national ...
Ecumenical environment: Roman Catholic priest takes on pastoral duties at Congregational church
Published 03/19/2011 at midnight
The Rev. Thomas Glackin, a 72-year-old Catholic priest is now preaching at a Protestant church in Naples.
Lewis Black: Florida ranks second — in crazy
Published 03/07/2011 at 9:29 a.m.
Finally, a statistic where Florida ranks highly. After years of hearing how the state is in the bottom half of this and scores poorly at that, someone has deemed Florida as having a high value. Unfortunately, our high ranking — ...
Oscar gold: The best way to enjoy the Academy Awards is to play along at home
Published 02/25/2011 at 4:50 p.m.
Of all the award shows in all the land (and, wow if there aren’t a lot of them), the Academy Awards capture our attention the most. Perhaps, it’s the fashion. For certain, we love seeing the biggest celebrities in the ...
50 years in comedy hasn't changed Bob Newhart
Published 02/18/2011 at 4:38 p.m.
The trick is to keep breathing. At least that’s how Bob Newhart sees the continuation of his career 50-plus year career. “That’s all I want to accomplish,” he said. “I don’t dwell on it really.”
Shirley MacLaine isn't getting old, she's just advanced
Published 02/09/2011 at 9:05 a.m.
Despite her advancing age, Shirley MacLaine doesn’t see putting on a career retrospective as a way to deal with impending mortality. In fact, if you bring it up, the 76-year-old actress will get at least mock offended.
If you're not watching the Super Bowl, check out these weekend events
Published 02/03/2011 at 2:21 p.m.
Don't care about the Packers and Steelers? That doesn't mean you have to have a boring Sunday. We've got three events guaranteed to make your pigskin-free weekend a blast.
The perfect cabinet for perfect bottles
Published 01/28/2011 at 5:41 p.m.
The Thomas Riley Artisans' Guild builds a cabinet worthy of story 100 bottles of 100-point wines.
Myra Janco Daniels stepping down as CEO of Naples Philharmonic Center
Updated 01/25/2011 at 8:12 p.m.
Myra Janco Daniels founder and long-time chief executive of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts has decided to step down from her position at the end of the year. Daniels gave the news to the Phil’s board of directors on ...
Whatever happened to? Idol’s Paige Miles releasing first album soon
Updated 12/21/2010 at 10:15 a.m.
American Idol's Paige Miles, a Community School of Naples graduate, has finished recording her debut album. And she’s asking her fans to help decide the lead single. On Sunday, fans can go to www.soundcloud.com/paigemiles to listen to four of the ...
Roy's chef Eric Delano offers a guided exploration of his menu
Published 12/09/2010 at 5:19 p.m.
As the economy has soured over the past few years, restaurants have taken a disproportionate share of the pains. With only so many places to reduce costs before abandoning any hope at profits, local restaurateurs have started looking to extras ...
A Nashville Christmas with Amy Grant and Vince Gill
Published 12/09/2010 at 5:11 p.m.
For Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Christmas is sort of the family business. The husband and wife have certainly made their names doing solo music for year-round enjoyment. He’s got somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 Grammys, thanks to hits ...
Bonita Springs vet spent Pearl Harbor manning machine gun on USS Pennsylvania
Published 12/06/2010 at 6:48 p.m.
Russel Winsett spent about an hour firing at every enemy plane that came into his field of vision from his machine gun station atop a 50-foot mast.
VIDEO: Ritz-Carlton 25th birthday: Resorts credited for Naples growth
Updated 12/02/2010 at 6:10 p.m.
Some believe The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, which celebrate its 25th birthday on Saturday, was the catalyst for development along Vanderbilt Beach, which is now dotted with luxury homes and high-rises.
The Taco Trail: U.S. 41 East and its tributaries offer a bevy of great tacos
Published 11/24/2010 at 4:05 p.m.
You might not find great Mexican food in Naples proper. But venture to the south of the Naples border, specifically on U.S. 41 East and its network of tributaries, and an abundance of hard-core Mexican food begins to appear.
Bluegrass legend Del McCoury teams up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for Naples show
Published 11/16/2010 at 11:41 p.m.
At first glance, they might seem like polar opposites. What on earth could bluegrass legend Del McCoury and New Orleans icons the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have in common, besides respectability? But dig a little deeper into their sounds and ...
Spend your weekend outside: Southwest Florida filled with outdoor fun
Published 11/09/2010 at 11:52 p.m.
If forecasters are to be believed, we can throw superlatives around about this weekend’s weather. Some folks will call it “Chamber of Commerce” weather. The less verbose will simply say “gorgeous.” We say it’s a great excuse to get out ...
Naples International Film Festival opens with 900 in attendance
Updated 11/05/2010 at 2:41 a.m.
With about 900 in attendance the second Naples International Film Festival seems to have carried over last year’s buzz. As a few hundred VIPs nibbled on sushi and oysters in Daniels Pavilion, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, friends ...
Take 2: Your guide to the Naples International Film Festival
Published 10/28/2010 at 3:49 p.m.
The beauty of film festivals like the Naples International Film Festival is that they offer cinephiles bludgeoned to a pulp by blockbusters and a lack of experimentation a chance to see movies they would have never heard of otherwise. The ...
Incumbent Hudson faces independent candidate for House 101 seat Tuesday
Published 10/27/2010 at 6:29 p.m.
In the Collier County portion of Florida House District 101, which covers part of Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Ave Maria and Immokalee and stretches to Broward County, Jackson Lab is the key issue separating incumbent Republican Matt Hudson and ...
Film festival hitting its stride in year two
Published 10/27/2010 at 5:29 p.m.
If the growth of a film festival is any anyway analogous to human development, year two should be a sort of awkward phase. Running is possible, but you are just as likely to fall flat as stay upright. The organizers ...
Fall movie preview: From Harry Potter to Rooster Cogburn characters rule this season
Published 10/21/2010 at 3:11 p.m.
Fall is a hopeful time at the movies. After the summer season, during which box office numbers are often considered more important than a film’s quality, good filmmaking becomes en vogue again. This year is no exception. Plenty of smaller ...
If you aren't a Beatles fanatic, 'Rain' falls flat
Published 10/06/2010 at 11:42 p.m.
If you are a huge fan of the Beatles, then you will likely love “Rain -- A Tribute to the Beatles” which played Wednesday night and repeats at 8 tonight at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. If you aren’t ...
Hurt, Devane, D'Onofrio among stars featured in upcoming Naples International Film Festival
Published 10/06/2010 at 2:44 p.m.
It might not be filled with household names, but the roster of films selected for the 2010 Naples International Film Festival includes some recognizable faces.
'Labyrinth' party, Stone Temple Pilots concert bring a touch of glam to SWFL
Published 10/05/2010 at 11:02 p.m.
Take a trip into a land of goblin kings and fabulous 80’s hair with Calusa Nature Center's costume ball on Oct. 9 or enjoy some ’90s mainstream rock at Germain Arena on Oct. 13, the choice is yours.
RAIN brings the Beatles back to life
Published 09/30/2010 at 5:09 p.m.
Not only is "RAIN -- A Tribute to the Beatles" the most successful tribute band ever, it's also one of the top touring acts in the country this year.
Plans underway for second Naples International Film Festival
Published 09/30/2010 at 3:45 p.m.
Opening night for the second Naples International Film Festival is going to look a lot like the first, close enough that you might consider it a remake.
Worth the drive: Great musicians invading Florida this fall
Published 09/28/2010 at 10:47 p.m.
While fall’s crisp air is closing down the summer concert binge up north, Florida is about to see a deluge of top-notch touring acts. With just about every taste included, live music fans will have plenty to choose from.
Star Warps: Naples brothers’ open-source version of classic won them an Emmy
Published 09/24/2010 at 5:34 p.m.
In modern pop culture, the big “a-ha” ideas are often built off the backs of others. Without Madonna, there’s no Lady Gaga. “The Sopranos” needed “The Godfather” and “Goodfellas” as springboards. Casey Pugh was looking for inspiration for an academic ...
Under Yabba's touristy exterior hides great food
Published 09/21/2010 at 11:11 p.m.
When I mentioned to a friend that I was reviewing Yabba Island Grill, he asked, “Why would you want to do that?” Yabba has gotten a bit of an undeserved bad rap amongst the younger local set. But upon closer ...
PHOTOS $25 million Jolley Bridge parallel span work rises above water
Published 09/10/2010 at 3:01 p.m. 4 Comments
After a half-year of waiting, Marco Island residents have finally started to see progress in the construction of a new span of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge. Pilings for the bridge, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall ...
Dining out: Countdown to fall
Published 09/09/2010 at 3:29 p.m.
September is the doldrums of dining in Southwest Florida. Business is so slow that some chefs simply hang up their knives for a month and close down shop. But the sweltering days of summer do give us a chance to ...
7 things to do before the masses return to Naples
Published 09/02/2010 at 3:54 p.m.
Few among us don’t dream wistfully of winter during these often unbearable summer days. Our minds drift to open windows and the lower electricity bills that come with cooler temps. We think about longer days on the beach, a tee ...
Anthony’s a Naples gem of a cucina Italiana
Published 09/01/2010 at midnight
There’s a reason Naples boasts an endless supply of Italian restaurants — we love la cucina Italiana. Still, it’s baffling how few truly excellent Italian eateries exist within the avalanche of choices, butAnthony’s Trattoria resides among the elite. Owner Luigi ...
Michael Culver resigns as head of Naples Museum of Art
Updated 08/30/2010 at 7:51 p.m.
Michael Culver, who took over the job last year, resigned last week to pursue his own painting and writing projects, the museum said in a press release on Monday afternoon.
Dining deals: Duel of the $30 Luna dinner specials
Published 08/24/2010 at 10:40 p.m.
From special prix fixe menus to two entrees for the price of one, the restaurants are doing anything and everything to get you to spend your evening with them. But are these deals worth it? We decided to find out. ...
Naples' song to filmmakers: 'Getting to Know You'
Published 08/18/2010 at 6:23 p.m.
Florida film leaders come to Naples to get the lay of the land and promote new incentives for productions to set up shop in the Sunshine State.
New Collier flood maps rolling out, tide of anger rising in Golden Gate Estates
Published 08/14/2010 at 5:08 p.m. 1 Comment
The release of new flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) represents the first change in the flood plane designations in the county in more than a decade. It’s taken almost that long for the county and FEMA ...
NABOR report: Median sales price of Naples homes continue to fall
Published 08/13/2010 at 10:41 a.m.
Both year-over-year and month-over-month numbers are down in terms of number of homes sold. And while the median home price in July 2010 is up nearly $30,000 from July 2009, the median sales price dropped $10,000 from a month ago.
Macho weekend: Monster trucks and 'The Expendables'
Published 08/12/2010 at 5:07 p.m.
With still a month and half left in summer, the doldrums of the off season have started to kick in. Heck, even if you wanted to be out and about, you almost need some sort of personal refrigeration system to ...
- Stone Temple Pilots, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club coming to Germain Arena Oct. 13 Published 08/11/2010 at 11:40 a.m.
Pure Urban Oasis shines brightest in its smallest stars
Published 08/03/2010 at 11:11 p.m.
Hand it to the folks who designed and developed the Mercato. They’ve created out of thin air a whole microcosm of urban living in what used to be pastures and woods. The trick has been to systematically provide something to ...
Third wheel? GOP’s Mike McCalister is on ballot with Rick Scott, Bill McCollum
Published 08/03/2010 at 8:29 p.m.
If you look at their biographies, there are some similarities between Rick Scott and Mike McCalister. Each is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in this month’s primary. They both grew up in Missouri — Scott in Kansas City and ...
Wine punch: High-alcohol wines becoming more prevalent
Published 08/03/2010 at 6:05 p.m.
Alcohol content of wines is quietly rising and so, possibly, is involuntary intoxication.
Church co-founded, led by Rick Scott gives aid to Immokalee’s farmworkers
Published 07/31/2010 at 5 p.m.
His TV ads talk about his past and his plans but something he doesn’t mention much on TV is his faith. Born into a Methodist family and now a trustee at a growing nondenominational church in Naples that he helped ...
For Three Dog Night crooner, the world's still 'Black and White'
Published 07/28/2010 at 12:12 a.m.
Whether he knows it or not Cory Wells has become sort of an old coot. Talk to the Three Dog Night singer for any length of time and you are going to hear him complain about how things aren’t the ...
Luxurious lobster: Recipes for Florida's spiny crustacean
Published 07/27/2010 at 5:19 p.m.
Three local chefs share tasty recipes for Florida spiny lobster.
Dining Out: Genre-borrowing dilutes Rodeo’s barbecue mastery
Published 07/22/2010 at 4:03 p.m. 1 Comment
I’m picky about barbecue. It has to do something with growing up half way between Memphis and St. Louis, going to college a couple of hours from Kansas City and being born into a family that takes meat pretty seriously.
‘SWFL’s Got Talent’ searches for year 2 winners
Published 07/22/2010 at 3:54 p.m.
As head of the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of commerce, Veronica Culbertson spends her days planning events to help bridge the gap between Hispanics and the business community.