Paris, with lunch
Jim Lustenader presents his new book “Paris in a Second: Images from a Street Photographer,” at a meet-the-author luncheon hosted by Chez Boet French Home Cooking restaurant, 755 12th Ave. S., Naples, at noon Thursday, Feb. 21.
An international marketing executive-turned-street photographer, Jim Lustenader, a part-time Bonita Springs resident, will discuss his collection of storytelling images taken while traveling to Paris during more than 100 trips overseas. He also will share his insider tips of the best neighborhoods, cafes and bistros for people-watching in the City of Light.
A Parisian bistro two-course luncheon with a glass of wine will be served for $25 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Copies of “Paris in a Second” will be available, and the author will sign copies.
Information or reservations: 239-643-6177 or visit www.ChezBoetNaples.com.
Debut: Community Players
“The Perfect Game: Jim Naismith Invents Basketball” also is a new game for the Community Players, a Bonita Springs-based theater troupe sponsored by the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.
It’s the troupe’s first production, being performed today through Saturday at Estero High School.
“Bonita Springs was left with a cultural void when Stage 88 closed and Gulfshore Playhouse moved to the Norris Center in Naples,” said Craig Price, performing arts director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, in a statement about the company.
“There is an untapped spring of theatrical talent in Bonita that we experience every day in our adult Improv, Reader’s Theater, Singing with Confidence and Acting for the Stage classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Having an accessible community theater program is vital to a community with residents who enjoy the arts and theater as much as those in Bonita Springs do.”
“The Perfect Game” is a musical comedy based on the true story of the game’s invention, but weaving together two narratives. The historical story is of a young teacher given the assignment to devise a new game for an unruly class of phys-ed students. The contemporary story follows two young basketball coaches, Frank and Nancy, who begin to work together and fall in love.
What: “The Perfect Game: Jim Naismith Invents Basketball,” debut production of the Community Players
Where: Estero High School Auditorium, 21900 River Ranch Ranch Road, Estero
Tickets: $20 for members of the Center; $25, nonmembers; $5, students and youth
To buy: 239-495-8989
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 21 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
Jazz flute Friday
In celebration of Black History Month, Hodges University will present jazz flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq in concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday on its Naples campus. The free concert is being sponsored by the Office of Diversity.
Abdur-Razzaq, a native of Montclair, N.J., has performed and recorded with stars from pianist Billy Taylor to singer Melba Moore and bandleader Sun Ra.
Also appearing will be Darlene Mitchell and Felix Jiles from FJ Entertainment.
Where: New pavilion, Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
Something else: Bring a lawn chair or blanket; refreshments for sale
Road trip: ‘Traviata’
Naples Opera Society is sponsoring a full-day trip to Miami to see Florida Grand Opera’s production of “La Traviata,” by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, April 27. The bus has boarding points from Cape Coral to Naples, and includes dinner, trip and mezzanine seat for $130, $155 for rear orchestra. Information, email email@example.com or call 239-431 7509.