Festivals & Events

FRIDAY OCTOBER 31ST

 

Fright Night on St. Armands Circle

6-8:30 p.m. – St. Armands Circle, 300 Madison Dr., Sarasota – 941-388-1554
Fright Night, for the young and young at heart, transforms St. Armands Circle from island sophistication to Halloween fun. Decorated storefronts set the stage for wandering spirits of St. Armands’ past; frightening characters appear around every corner amid statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Children trick-or-treat throughout The Circle with numerous retailers and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions. In collaboration with the Sarasota High School Drama Department, a performance of “Thriller” will take place around 8 p.m.

Halloween Safe Treats in Siesta Key Village

3-6 p.m. – Siesta Village, 5238 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key – 941-685-2274
For the 29th year, the Siesta Key Village Association will once again host “Safe Treats” on Oct. 31. Bring your little ones to trick-or-treat in Siesta Village along Ocean Boulevard and the surrounding streets. Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin fliers in their windows. This free event provides a safe venue for children on Halloween. For more information, call Helene Hyland at 941-685-2274.

Frightmares Haunted Houses

Please see website for dates and times – Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota – 941-822-1013
Frightmares is Florida’s best haunted attraction – and this year it’s double the intensity and double the terror as Frightmares introduces two EXTREME haunted houses at the same location for one low price. Adult admission is $16. coupons are available.

Family Fun Night

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Calvary Chapel of Venice, 602 Albee Farm Road North, Nokomis – 941-780-4175
Join us on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM as we present a FREE HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVE to our community. We will have MUSIC, BOUNCE RIDES, FOOD, GAMES & LOTS OF CANDY!

Children’s Halloween Parade – Venice

4:00 PM – Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice – 941-484-6722
Just kids in costume, which means it is bound to be exceptionally cute.

LeBarge Tropical Cruises Annual Halloween Cruise

6:00 – 8:30 PM – Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota – 941-366-6116
21 AND OLDER GROOVE TO THE SOUNDS of “the gumbo boogie band” Enjoy a Beautiful sunset over Sarasota bay, featured drink specials, and prizes for best costume. To make a reservations, Call 941-366-6116 Call 941 366-6116

Free the Children Gala 2014, a Halloween Masquerade Affair

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction, 6pm to 7pm; Dinner, AV Presentation, Guest Speaker, Freedom Hero Award, 7:30pm to 8:30pm; Live entertainment and dancing, 8:30pm to 10pm; Premier After Party, 10pm till … – Van Wezel Grand Foyer, 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-545-2518  Join us in the beautiful Van Wezel Grand Foyer for an enchanted evening of live entertainment by Kara Nally, dancing, waterfront dining, upscale silent auction and the inspiring true life story of human trafficking survivor, Ira Lee Baker, as we celebrate our community’s movement to end the trafficking of children in our community and abroad. Ark of Freedom is a grassroots human rights organization working to end the trafficking and exploitation of human beings. Through internal efforts and strategic partnerships, Ark of Freedom is working hard to ensure all people – boys, girls, transgender, women, men, LGBT youth – are guaranteed the inalienable human rights of freedom, equality and justice. Our vision is a world where the trafficking of human beings simply does not exist…Period. Strategic Program Areas To address the lack of knowledge and awareness surrounding the trafficking of boys and young men, as well as fill gaps in services that exist for this extremely high-risk group, Ark of Freedom will operate under four pillars of service –Prevention, Rescue, Restoration and Research www.arkoffreedom.org General Admission – $75 Priority Seating – $125 VIP Seating – $150 VIP water-view seating for groups of 10 – $2,250 (3 available) Private Founder’s Club reception, plus water-view dinner for group of 30 – $9750 (1 available) Premier After Party – with din

Perlman Music Program/Suncoast – The Art of the Violin Gallery Showings

Perlman Music Program/Suncoast – The Art of the Violin Gallery Showings, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Sarasota – 941-955-4942

Monster Art Show & Contest

Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota – 941-861-1130
Create a monster portrait and become a published artist in an ebook on the ISSUU website. Portraits will be on display from October 20th through November 21st in the Selby Public Library Teen Center. Entrants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 and must use a Roylco portrait blank (available at the youth desk of Selby Public Library) or any 8.5 x 11 size medium. This is a juried show and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for qualified entries. All artists will receive a certificate of participation. Entries must be received by October 20th. Call 861-1130 for further information. Entries will be accepted on any day, at any time during library hours at the youth desk.

Dancing in the Street with The Prima Donnettes

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
From hula hoops and drive-ins to the fight for equal rights, The Prima Donnettes broke onto the airwaves. Featuring songs from dynamic 50s girl groups like The Chiffons and The Chordettes and empowering artists of the 70s such as Aretha Franklin and Cher. The Prima Donnettes are back to feature a soundtrack for the hopes and dreams of women everywhere with songs such as “Chapel of Love,” “Delta Dawn,” and “I Will Survive.” “Music changes and I’m going to change with it” – Aretha Franklin For more information on dates and times, please call our Box Office at (941) 366-9000. $18- $36; Subscribe to the Cabaret season and see 3 shows for as little as $39.

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RAP-Punzel

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9797
Florida Studio Theatre’s 2014-2015 Fall Children’s Show is a delightful twist on a classic tale, RAP-PUNZEL, by Beth Duda and Adam Ratner. In this adaptation, Punzel uses her love of language and rhyme to overcome her fears and fully realize her authentic self. This humorous and touching tale of self-actualization will have you and your students tapping your toes and rooting for Punzel as she encounters challenges on her road to becoming RAP-Punzel. For more information on dates and times, please call Patrick A. Jackson at (941) 366-9797. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased by calling Patrick A. Jackson at (941) 366-9797.

“The Rocky Horror Show,” Venice Theatre

8 p.m. – Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice – 941-488-1115 Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” returns to the Pinkerton Theatre. Venice Theatre’s next cabaret is a return of the wildly popular cult classic. This campy, crazy, rock-and-roll tribute to the classic horror movies of the 1950s opens in time for the Halloween season on Friday, Oct. 10 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 1, with performances Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. There will be special midnight performances Saturday, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, and Friday, Oct. 31. There are no Sunday performances. Tickets are $28 for adults, $15 for students (not recommended for patrons under 16) and are on sale now at the theater’s box office, online at www.venicestage.com or by phone at 941-488-1115.The plot for “The Rocky Horror Show” is pulled straight from the 1950s B-movies, to which it pays homage. An innocent young couple, Brad and Janet, are caught in the rain with a flat tire and must seek aid at a nearby castle. Once there, they find their world thrown into disarray by the twisted Frank ‘N’ Furter and his band of strange beings from another planet. Will Brad and Janet survive? What evil dwells deep in the castle’s laboratory? And what of Frank’s most unusual creation? For the answers to these and other questions, novices will have to take a walk on the wild side and attend the production. NOTE: This production contains strong language, sexual situations and loud music and is not recommended for the faint of heart, those easily offended by anything or patrons younger than 16 years of age. The theater is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; and one hour before all performances. $28 for adults, $15 for students (not recommended for patrons under 16).

“Jazz at Two:” Halloween Jazz Jam with the Jerry Eckert Trio

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-366-1552
The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s “Jazz at Two” 2014-2015 concert series closes out October with a “Halloween Jazz Jam,” hosted by the Jerry Eckert Trio, October 31, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Musicians and vocalists are invited to join pianist Jerry Eckert, drummer Lenny Balistreri and bassist Bruce Wallace for a swinging Halloween jazz jam session. The Jazz at Two series, which was founded in 2001, showcases the region’s top jazz performers on Friday afternoons, October through April. Tickets are $8 for Jazz Club members and $12 for non-members. A portion of ticket sales is directed to the Jazz Club’s scholarship program. For more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org. $8 for Jazz Club members; $12 for non-members

Wave Grill Costume Party

6pm– Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Join us for Live Entertainment, Drinks Specials, Food Specials and a Costume Contest this Halloween! Come out in your best costume and win awesome prizes!

Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo – Sarasota Opera

8:00 PM – Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota – 941-328-1300
Among the most beloved operas in the standard repertoire for over 100 years, Pagliacci is also the perfect first opera for newcomers. This fall, Leoncavallo’s tragedy returns to the Sarasota Opera House by popular demand! Your heart will break as Canio – the clown – must go on with the comedy despite his real-life humiliation when his wife betrays him. Tenor Michael Robert Hendrick, who won critical acclaim for his recent performance as Erik in The Flying Dutchman, sings the title role featuring the iconic aria “Vesti la giubba.” $19.00 – $125.00

Opera Talk: Bizet’s Carmen, Selby Library

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota – 941-861-1175  An audiovisual presentation as lecturer and former president of the Sarasota Opera Society, Phyllis Lowitt, discusses Bizet’s “Carmen.” This program is a prelude to the Metropolitan Opera HD Simulcast the following day, Nov 1.

Dynamic Portrait & Figure Painting in the Studio

1:00pm to 4:00pm – Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2032
Join Artist, Bix Mannion, for classes on portrait and figure painting in oil, pastel or acrylic. $115/$145

Selwyn Birchwood Band

9:00 pm – 12:00 am – Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Selwyn Birchwood is a hugely talented, and award-winning blues vocalist and guitarist. He is backed by a rock-solid rhythm section. $10

Drag Queen Halloween BINGO

Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. – Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave, Venice – 239-823-3542
Join some of the Guinness World Record artists on October 31st for Drag Queen Halloween BINGO at the Venice Community Center. Show them your appreciation and have fun while supporting their efforts at this hair raising Halloween fundraiser. Enjoy a wickedly, wild time with a special performances, including ‘Thriller’ during intermission. Get into the spirit – transform yourself, wear a costume and come on stage for a chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes. Bingo players will win cash prizes, raffles and lots of gift baskets – even a silent auction. Tickets are $35 and include 20 games, food, cash bar and dessert table. Doors OPEN at 5pm and games start at 6pm. Questions: Call us at (941) 954-5800 or email participate@chalkfestival.org Tickets are $35 and include 20 games, food, cash bar and dessert table.

Halloween Night: Haunted House Party

9pm-1am – Darwin’s on 4th, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-343-2165
Join us at Darwin’s on 4th (1525 4th Street) in downtown Sarasota for a spook-tacular time in the bar and restaurant — just watch out for the haunted spots! Costume Contest! $4 Craft Beers! DJ Scotty B! No cover! This Friday, October 31, from 9pm-1am. No Cover

Red Carpet Apocalypse

9pm – The Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – 941-952-1730
The Shamrock hosts an end-days Halloween bash featuring a laser light music show from RaeF at 11pm! Friday, Oct 31 at 9pm, come as your favorite celebrity (dead or alive) to walk the red carpet and participate in our costume contest! KILLER prizes for Best Dressed, Best Couple and Most Creative.

Halloween Family Fun at Dakin Dairy

10 AM – 9 PM – Dakin Dairy Farm, 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City – 941-322-2802 Survive the Maze and get a FREE ICE CREAM with crushed topping!! Get lost Halloween Night until 9 PM! 6 Acre 10 ft tall Family Friendly Corn Maze! Camp fires to roast hot dogs & marshmallows Extreme grilled cheese experience Milk Shakes * Root Beer Floats Farm Market Gifts $10.00 Under 2 free

“Life: A Cosmic Story,” Planetarium, South Florida Museum

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, 11
How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of “Life: A Cosmic Story,” the new all-digital Planetarium show at the South Florida Museum. This program was sponsored at the South Florida Museum by BMO Harris Bank, produced by the California Academy of Sciences and narrated by Jodie Foster. Showing daily at 1:30 pm in the South Florida Museum’s fully upgraded Bishop Planetarium, the program artfully utilizes the Museum’s state-of-the-art technology and brand new projection system (upgraded in October 2013). The Museum’s full schedule of Planetarium programs is included in regular daily admission. $18, Adults; $16, Seniors (65+); $14, Children (4-12), Children 3 & Under, Free

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat, The Ringling

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace — sunset, during the day, rain or shine — you will have a unique experience. Non-members $5, Ringling Members are Free Arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset. Yoga mats are encouraged, Dress for outdoor conditions. The program will last one hour.

Capacity limited to 56 per evening. Advance reservations recommended; call 941-358-3180. $5

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1ST

 

27th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. – West Venice Avenue, Downtown Venice, 219 W. Venice Ave., Venice – 561-746-6615
More than 150 of the nation’s most notable artists will exhibit their work, ranging in mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings to sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and more during this weekend community festival. Festival patrons and art collectors alike can meet and visit with their favorite artists, view and purchase original works, or commission custom pieces.

Sarasota Bay Water Festival

10am to 4pm – Ken Thompson Park and New Pass Fishing Pier, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota – 941-365-2200
Join the celebration of the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. Festival hours 10 to 4. Highlights include live music with top area bands, food trucks & local restaurants, beer and wine garden, Art Zone featuring fine artists and photographers selling gift items, Dragon Boat Races, a display of the winning photos from the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest, a community art mural, expert speakers, vintage and new boats, free water taxi service between Marina Jack and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, kids fishing clinic, dip netting and nature walks, plus exhibits and activities promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, wildlife protection, and more. Come early and spend the day. Pets welcome too, but don’t forget the six-foot leash. Free to the public; also free parking Free water taxi service between Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron next to the festival venue

Wild-O-Ween at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

12:00pm to 5:00pm – Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota – 941-371-6377
BIG CAT HABITAT HOSTS FOOD BANK DRIVE AT ANNUAL ‘WILD-O-WEEN’ WITH SPECIAL ADMISSION FOR KIDS Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a donation of nonperishable food items for All Faiths Food Bank. The event is kid-friendly (not scary) with food, games, prizes, and a pumpkin toss for the bears and big cats. SARASOTA, Fla., (release date) – Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting its annual kid-friendly Wild-O-Ween Festival, which is exciting without being scary, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, from 12 until 5 p.m. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a donation of nonperishable food items for All Faiths Food Bank. Family fun includes visiting with the Habitat’s exotic and other animals, petting zoo, music, children’s costume contest, games, prizes, and photos with a white tiger. Attendees may bring small pumpkins to toss to the bears (they’ll eat them) and the big cats (they’ll play with them). Admission for adults is $15, and regular admission for children 12 and under is $7. Parking free. While food donations go to the food bank, all proceeds of Wild-O-Ween, along with Big Cat Habitat’s regular tours, demonstrations and special events, are used to feed and care for the exotic animals, wildlife, and other animals that can’t go to a regular shelter. Any animal that comes to Big Cat Habitat is given a permanent home for life. For more information see www.BigCatHabitat.org or call 941-371-6377. With a donation of non perishable food items, Children will be admitted free. Regular Child admission = $7.00 Adult admission = $15.00

 

Sarasota Farmers Market, Downtown Sarasota

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Sarasota Farmers Market , Lemon Avenue & Main Street , Sarasota
The Sarasota Farmers Market offers 70-plus vendors selling produce, plants, prepared food, artisans and much more, centered at Main Street and Lemon Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The market is a nonprofit organization committed to continuing the 30-year tradition of enhancing and improving the quality of life in Sarasota. Its mission is to create a social opportunity for residents and visitors to gather and interact, to bring foot traffic to downtown Sarasota sustaining the economic viability of the entire downtown area, and to provide a venue for other not-for-profit organizations benefiting Sarasota

Venice Farmers Market

8:00 AM- Noon – Tampa Avenue, 200 Block of Tampa Ave., Venice, Florida 34285, Venice – 941-234-6321 – Every Saturday Morning, local Farmers, Fisherman, Craftsmen, Bakers, Artists and others gather at the Venice Farmer’s Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It’s a weekly celebration of the best of Venice were you can get fresh seasonal Florida fruits and vegetables direct from the Venice area farms. You can’t find any fresher shrimp or seafood. There are incredible tasty homemade baked goods, trinkets, crafts, soaps, flowers, plants, locally roasted coffee, and more. And you’re certain to find great unique handcrafted jewelry and amazing art.  The list goes on and there’s something new every week! It’s a great destination to start your weekend and discover new, fun things while enjoying the great Florida weather!

Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market

8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota – 941-726-4391
Join the growing local-food movement with locally grown produce straight from the farm! The Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI), 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233. Please visit http://centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com. • Locally grown produce • Fresh baked goods • Great food vendors • Local artists, artisans and service providers • Live entertainment • Convenient location with ample parking • Indoor restrooms • Pet friendly environment

Casey Key / Nokomis Beach Drum Circle

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Casey Key / Nokomis Beach, 201 South Casey Key Road, Osprey
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

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ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers, The Ringling

10:30 a.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
ROAR! is The Ringling Art Library’s family storytime, designed to engage children ages 4-7 in activities that connect art with early literacy. Fine stories and illustrations are often a child’s first exposure to the joy of reading and the wonder of art. Join us for storytime and an accompanying activity. This is a free event. Registration is required as space is limited. Please RSVP via email at library@ringling.org or via phone at 941-359-5700, Ext. 2700.

“Capitol Steps,” Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

8 p.m. – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota – 941-953-3368
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The group was born in December 1981 when some staffers for Sen. Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a Nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies and skits that conveyed a special brand of satirical humor. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, “How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying.” They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials. $15-$45

New Balance Sarasota FREE 5K Fun Run

Arrive at 6.45 pm and the Free 5K Fun Run begins at 7.00 a.m. Sharp. Store is open for Bathrooms, Water & Shopping. – New Balance Sarasota, 1872 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota – 941-921-3696 FREE Summer 5K Fun Run Series at New Balance SARASOTA!!  Join us for our New Balance Sarasota FREE 5K Fun Run on Saturday, November 1st! All Fun Runs start at 7am SHARP. OPEN & FREE to All ages and abilities and walkers are welcome. Come run or walk by yourself or with family and friends. Take advantage of cooler early morning temps and the opportunity to join others in a “whatever you want to make it” 5K. Also a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for all pre-registered participants. Chances win lots of fun raffles for everyone. GPS marked out and back 5K route. Digital Clock Timing. Pre-run access for bathrooms and bottled water. 15% New Balance discount card. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 6…. FREE FUN RUN 5K continues!  Register Here! www.newbalancesarasota.com Click on COMMUNITY and then Click on Local Races and Events

Mable’s Vines and Finds, Sarasota Garden Club Sale

9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota – 941-955-0875
Home contents and member-grown plants for sale.

Sarasota Swap Meet

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sarasota Swap Meet, 125 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota – 239-287-0890
Find great deals from local vendors every Saturday and Sunday, including: plants and herbs, local produce, food and beverage, local honey, eco-friendly products, tools, arts and crafts, vintage cars, boats, bikes and handcrafted wood furniture. On Tuttle Avenue, just south of Fruitville Road, in Sarasota. Public free; vendors $15 a day.

Little Shop of Horrors, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe

8 p.m. – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota – 941-366-1505
Oct. 15-Nov. 16, 2014 Ready for some “digestibly raw fun”? Don’t miss this charming, tuneful, and hilarious show that spoofs the 1950s-era B-movie sci-fi flicks. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, “Little Shop of Horrors” features a lively Motown rock ‘n’ roll score about an extraterrestrial plant with a man-eating appetite. Its tendrils of enjoyment and scariness are sure to capture you. $29.50

Sarasota-Bradenton Head Race

- Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota – 941-358-7275
For more event details visit our website at http://www.worldclassrowing.com

Monster Art Show & Contest

Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota – 941-861-1130 -
Create a monster portrait and become a published artist in an ebook on the ISSUU website. Portraits will be on display from October 20th through November 21st in the Selby Public Library Teen Center. Entrants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 and must use a Roylco portrait blank (available at the youth desk of Selby Public Library) or any 8.5 x 11 size medium. This is a juried show and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for qualified entries. All artists will receive a certificate of participation. Entries must be received by October 20th. Call 861-1130 for further information. Entries will be accepted on any day, at any time during library hours at the youth desk.

Dancing in the Street with The Prima Donnettes

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
From hula hoops and drive-ins to the fight for equal rights, The Prima Donnettes broke onto the airwaves. Featuring songs from dynamic 50s girl groups like The Chiffons and The Chordettes and empowering artists of the 70s such as Aretha Franklin and Cher. The Prima Donnettes are back to feature a soundtrack for the hopes and dreams of women everywhere with songs such as “Chapel of Love,” “Delta Dawn,” and “I Will Survive.” “Music changes and I’m going to change with it” – Aretha Franklin For more information on dates and times, please call our Box Office at (941) 366-9000. $18- $36; Subscribe to the Cabaret season and see 3 shows for as little as $39.

RAP-Punzel

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9797
Florida Studio Theatre’s 2014-2015 Fall Children’s Show is a delightful twist on a classic tale, RAP-PUNZEL, by Beth Duda and Adam Ratner. In this adaptation, Punzel uses her love of language and rhyme to overcome her fears and fully realize her authentic self. This humorous and touching tale of self-actualization will have you and your students tapping your toes and rooting for Punzel as she encounters challenges on her road to becoming RAP-Punzel. For more information on dates and times, please call Patrick A. Jackson at (941) 366-9797. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased by calling Patrick A. Jackson at (941) 366-9797.

Out of Bounds Match Up

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Two teams take the stage in Bowne’s Lab to duke it out for the most laughs. Taking audience suggestions, the FST Improv actors will twist and turn them into something hilarious. Who will win the duel of fools? You get to decide as they battle it out. For more information on dates and times, please call our Box Office at (941) 366-9000. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000

Dance Party, YMCA

6:30-10:30 p.m. – YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota – 941-756-8303
Adult Singles Dance Club. Live bands playing a variety of dance music, plus DJ. Come alone or with partner. Complimentary snacks. Admission includes group dance lesson 6:40-7:10 p.m. $10

“The Rocky Horror Show,” Venice Theatre

8 p.m. – Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice – 941-488-1115 Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” returns to the Pinkerton Theatre. Venice Theatre’s next cabaret is a return of the wildly popular cult classic. This campy, crazy, rock-and-roll tribute to the classic horror movies of the 1950s opens in time for the Halloween season on Friday, Oct. 10 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 1, with performances Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. There will be special midnight performances Saturday, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, and Friday, Oct. 31. There are no Sunday performances. Tickets are $28 for adults, $15 for students (not recommended for patrons under 16) and are on sale now at the theater’s box office, online at www.venicestage.com or by phone at 941-488-1115.The plot for “The Rocky Horror Show” is pulled straight from the 1950s B-movies, to which it pays homage. An innocent young couple, Brad and Janet, are caught in the rain with a flat tire and must seek aid at a nearby castle. Once there, they find their world thrown into disarray by the twisted Frank ‘N’ Furter and his band of strange beings from another planet. Will Brad and Janet survive? What evil dwells deep in the castle’s laboratory? And what of Frank’s most unusual creation? For the answers to these and other questions, novices will have to take a walk on the wild side and attend the production. NOTE: This production contains strong language, sexual situations and loud music and is not recommended for the faint of heart, those easily offended by anything or patrons younger than 16 years of age. The theater is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; and one hour before all performances. $28 for adults, $15 for students (not recommended for patrons under 16).

Frightmares Haunted Houses

Please see website for dates and times – Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota – 941-822-1013
Frightmares is Florida’s best haunted attraction – and this year it’s double the intensity and double the terror as Frightmares introduces two EXTREME haunted houses at the same location for one low price. Adult admission is $16. coupons are available.

 

 

Englewood – Cape Haze Kiwanis Club Annual Shrimp Feast

1 pm – 6 pm – Todo Loco Park – Dearborn Street Englewood, 348 West Dearborn St., Englewood – 941-888-4339
4th Annual Shrimp Feast All you care to eat peel and eat shrimp, baked beans, coleslaw, hush-puppies, hot dogs and soda Beer and wine available for purchase. Todo Loco Park on Dearborn Street Englewood, FL Sponsored by Vino Loco Wines Adults $25 Children (4-12) $10 Tickets available at www.englewoodshrimpfeast.eventbrite.com

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the Morgenstern Trio

Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. – Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the award-winning Morgenstern Trio, Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The concert will feature works by Schubert (Notturno in Eb Major, Op. 148, D.897); Lili Boulanger (Nocturne – D’un matin de printemps); Mendelssohn (Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66) and Ravel (Piano Trio in A minor). Tickets are $25 to $45 and can be purchased online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 941-360-7399. $25 – $45

Dickey Betts & Great Southern for Caring for Children Charities

5:30 PM – Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – 941-952-1109
Join us for an entertaining and exceptional evening as Dickey Betts & Great Southern and your favorite local bands take the stage at Robarts Arena for their annual Charity Concert! Special friends are going to rock the roof on November 1, 2014! Some of Sarasota’s good old boys are stepping up and dishing out a tasty BBQ dinner with the fixins’ from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Don’t delay…purchase your tickets now! Let’s all get together for a good cause – proceeds benefit disadvantaged children in Sarasota and Manatee counties! This will be the last performance in 2014 for Dickey Betts! $20 per person in advance includes BBQ dinner until 7:30 pm $25 per person at the door includes BBQ dinner until 7:30 pm VIP Ticket – $100 per person includes BBQ dinner until 7:30 pm Doors open at 5:30 pm VIP tables of 6 people available for $800/table and sponsorship opportunities available. Caring for Children Charities partners with Toys for Tots – bring a toy that evening and receive a chance to win a $100.00 gift certificate to Salute Restaurant in downtown Sarasota and other fabulous opportunities. $20 per person in advance includes BBQ dinner until 7:30 pm $25 per person at the door includes BBQ dinner until 7:30 pm VIP Ticket – $100 per person includes BBQ dinner until 7:30 pm

Jekyll at Hyde Masquerade

7:00 PM – 2:00 AM – Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, 35 South Lemon Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-7788
Halloween Party & Pre-Party Dinner Open Bar; Heavy Hors d’oeuvres; Costume Contest Proceeds benefit The Sarasota YMCA Scholarship Program. $75.00

Breakfast ‘Serial’ Story Time

10:30 – 11:30 am – Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. Breakfast Serial Story Time. Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street. Bookstore staffers, Jennifer and Kate, read aloud to your kids & grandkids. They read from the best of the picture books sure to please your 3 – 6-year-olds. Each child gets a cereal bar and the family can enjoy 10% off purchases in the store. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900.

3rd Annual Manasota Mystique Seaside Haint

5:00 – 11:00 pm – Manasota Beach Club, 7660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood – 941-474-5511
“Shades of Blue”… now that we have your attention, save the date, Sat., Nov. 1 is the 3rd Annual Manasota Mystique which is proudly sponsored by your very own Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce! “Seaside Haint” is the theme for this year’s wickedly fun evening. Stroll “through the blue” doorway of the historic Manasota Beach Club on Manasota Key as you leave the haints behind! Indulge in fine cuisine from Lock ‘n Key and Farlow’s on the Water, dance under the stars with music by NeXX Level, score live or silent auction items while enjoying a refreshing drink! $125pp

TC Carr & Bolts of Blue featuring Josh Nelms

9:00 pm – 12:00 am – Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
T.C. Carr & Bolts of Blue is an original American blues/roots band.TC has long earned a reputation as one of the premier harmonica players in the U.S. and Europe. He is accompanied by the amazing Josh Nelms on guitar. $5

Happy Anniversary To Us!!

5:30pm – Chart House Restaurant, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key – 941-504-4064
November 1, 2013, The Suncoast’s Premier Singles social, cultural, special event and travel club was launched on the bayside terrace of the Chart House Restaurant on Longboat Key. One year later we are returning to celebrate our anniversary!! We invite all our friends to join us for a cocktail reception overlooking the bay. We will gather in time to enjoy the exquisite view before the sun sets. As the colors of the sunset sky cast their reflection on the bay, a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. A traditional anniversary celebration will follow with a champagne toast and cake. We extend a special invitation to our “couples” who met through our group. Your friends miss you! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DEAR SARASOTA SINGLES SOCIETY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US!! *All AREA SINGLES ARE INVITED TO JOIN US* NONMEMBERS ATTEND AT SAME PRICE AS MEMBERS! GENTLEMEN ATTENDING CELEBRATION WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A MEMBERSHIP AT THE SPECIAL RATE OF $99. Price includes exclusive use of bayside terrace, buffet of hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, dessert, gratuity and tax. There will be a cash bar. Smart Casual Attire. $48

Wave Grill Presents: Shelly Torman

6pm-9pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Join us at the Wave Grill for Jazz artist Shelly Torman, A solo vocalist specializing on the flute and harmonica.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2ND

 

27th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. – West Venice Avenue, Downtown Venice, 219 W. Venice Ave., Venice – 561-746-6615
More than 150 of the nation’s most notable artists will exhibit their work, ranging in mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings to sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and more during this weekend community festival. Festival patrons and art collectors alike can meet and visit with their favorite artists, view and purchase original works, or commission custom pieces.

Historical LeBarge Cruise

11am-1pm – Bay Front Park, 2 Marina Dr., Sarasota – 941-364-9076
23rd annual historical cruise of Sarasota Bay narrated by local historian extraordinaire John McCarthy. Sunday morning cruise includes continental breakfast, hosted by the Historical Society of Sarasota County. Reservations a must. $40 per person — VIP available $50 per person. Reservations a must. $40 per person — VIP available $50 per person.

Wild-O-Ween at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

12:00pm to 5:00pm – Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota – 941-371-6377
BIG CAT HABITAT HOSTS FOOD BANK DRIVE AT ANNUAL ‘WILD-O-WEEN’ WITH SPECIAL ADMISSION FOR KIDS Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a donation of nonperishable food items for All Faiths Food Bank. The event is kid-friendly (not scary) with food, games, prizes, and a pumpkin toss for the bears and big cats. SARASOTA, Fla., (release date) – Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting its annual kid-friendly Wild-O-Ween Festival, which is exciting without being scary, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, from 12 until 5 p.m. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a donation of nonperishable food items for All Faiths Food Bank. Family fun includes visiting with the Habitat’s exotic and other animals, petting zoo, music, children’s costume contest, games, prizes, and photos with a white tiger. Attendees may bring small pumpkins to toss to the bears (they’ll eat them) and the big cats (they’ll play with them). Admission for adults is $15, and regular admission for children 12 and under is $7. Parking free. While food donations go to the food bank, all proceeds of Wild-O-Ween, along with Big Cat Habitat’s regular tours, demonstrations and special events, are used to feed and care for the exotic animals, wildlife, and other animals that can’t go to a regular shelter. Any animal that comes to Big Cat Habitat is given a permanent home for life. For more information see www.BigCatHabitat.org or call 941-371-6377. With a donation of non perishable food items, Children will be admitted free. Regular Child admission = $7.00 Adult admission = $15.00

Addams Family, The Players Theatre

2 p.m. Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
This macabre cartoon family has been loved and imitated for generations. “The Addams Family” features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a man her parents have never met. Gomez and Morticia’s “normal” lives change on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Performances are Oct. 29-Nov. 9, 2014, various dates and times. $30; $25

Sarasota Swap Meet

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sarasota Swap Meet, 125 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota – 239-287-0890
Find great deals from local vendors every Saturday and Sunday, including: plants and herbs, local produce, food and beverage, local honey, eco-friendly products, tools, arts and crafts, vintage cars, boats, bikes and handcrafted wood furniture. On Tuttle Avenue, just south of Fruitville Road, in Sarasota. Public free; vendors $15 a day.

Little Shop of Horrors, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe

8 p.m. – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota – 941-366-1505
Oct. 15-Nov. 16, 2014 Ready for some “digestibly raw fun”? Don’t miss this charming, tuneful, and hilarious show that spoofs the 1950s-era B-movie sci-fi flicks. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, “Little Shop of Horrors” features a lively Motown rock ‘n’ roll score about an extraterrestrial plant with a man-eating appetite. Its tendrils of enjoyment and scariness are sure to capture you. $29.50

Dancing in the Street with The Prima Donnettes

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
From hula hoops and drive-ins to the fight for equal rights, The Prima Donnettes broke onto the airwaves. Featuring songs from dynamic 50s girl groups like The Chiffons and The Chordettes and empowering artists of the 70s such as Aretha Franklin and Cher. The Prima Donnettes are back to feature a soundtrack for the hopes and dreams of women everywhere with songs such as “Chapel of Love,” “Delta Dawn,” and “I Will Survive.” “Music changes and I’m going to change with it” – Aretha Franklin For more information on dates and times, please call our Box Office at (941) 366-9000. $18- $36; Subscribe to the Cabaret season and see 3 shows for as little as $39.

Ladies Night and Band Jam Sundays

The Five O’clock Club, 1930 Hillview Street, Sarasota – 941-366-5555
Band Jam & Ladies Night! Bring your favorite instrument & jam with the band! Hosting band are James Varnado, Jeremy Egglefield, Johnnie Barker, Al Donadi!

RAP-Punzel

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9797
Florida Studio Theatre’s 2014-2015 Fall Children’s Show is a delightful twist on a classic tale, RAP-PUNZEL, by Beth Duda and Adam Ratner. In this adaptation, Punzel uses her love of language and rhyme to overcome her fears and fully realize her authentic self. This humorous and touching tale of self-actualization will have you and your students tapping your toes and rooting for Punzel as she encounters challenges on her road to becoming RAP-Punzel. For more information on dates and times, please call Patrick A. Jackson at (941) 366-9797. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased by calling Patrick A. Jackson at (941) 366-9797.

Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo – Sarasota Opera

1:30 PM – Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota – 941-328-1300
Among the most beloved operas in the standard repertoire for over 100 years, Pagliacci is also the perfect first opera for newcomers. This fall, Leoncavallo’s tragedy returns to the Sarasota Opera House by popular demand! Your heart will break as Canio – the clown – must go on with the comedy despite his real-life humiliation when his wife betrays him. Tenor Michael Robert Hendrick, who won critical acclaim for his recent performance as Erik in The Flying Dutchman, sings the title role featuring the iconic aria “Vesti la giubba.” $19.00 – $125.00

Frightmares Haunted Houses

Please see website for dates and times – Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota – 941-822-1013
Frightmares is Florida’s best haunted attraction – and this year it’s double the intensity and double the terror as Frightmares introduces two EXTREME haunted houses at the same location for one low price. Adult admission is $16. coupons are available.

Jazz Club of Sarasota Presents “Jazz on the Water” with the Greg Nielsen Quartet

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Le Barge Tropical Cruises, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota – 941-366-1552
The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents another one of its popular “Jazz on the Water” cruises, Sunday, November 2, 2-4 p.m., aboard LeBarge, which departs from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. Guests will enjoy the swinging Dixieland sounds of the Greg Nielsen Quartet with Nielsen on trombone, Howie Smith on tuba, Bobby Tees on cornet and Dean Fernald on keyboard. Tickets are $30 for Jazz Club members; $35 for non-members. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale; guests are requested not to bring coolers. Boarding begins at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. For tickets, call 941-366-1552. $30 for Jazz Club members; $35 for non-members

Family Promise of Sarasota Presents: Three Artists

4 – 6 p.m. – Goldstein Cabaret in Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-952-1800
Listen to passionate Russian concert pianist Eleonora Lvov perform classical works while watching acclaimed visual artist Karin Zukowski create two acrylic paintings inspired by the music. At the reception to follow, sample an assortment of sweet treats prepared by desserts diva Ilana Jones and bid in silent auction on the two paintings. All three artists are donating their time and talents for this fund raiser to benefit Family Promise of Sarasota, a community coalition that is helping to end homelessness in the Sarasota area one family at a time. In the program, families with children receive shelter and meals supplied by local congregations, along with comprehensive case management services that enable them to stabilize their lives and secure sustainable homes once again. Tickets to Three Artists are available only in advance, with limited seating. They may be purchased on the Family Promise website, by phone with a credit card, or by check. For further information, call 941-952-1800 or email srqfamilypromise@aol.com. Tickets are $75, available only in advance, with seating limited to 100 persons. This is a fund raiser to benefit Family Promise of Sarasota Inc.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the Morgenstern Trio

Nov. 2, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents the award-winning Morgenstern Trio, Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The concert will feature works by Schubert (Notturno in Eb Major, Op. 148, D.897); Lili Boulanger (Nocturne – D’un matin de printemps); Mendelssohn (Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66) and Ravel (Piano Trio in A minor). Tickets are $25 to $45 and can be purchased online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 941-360-7399. $25 – $45

Prose Local/Mic

2pm – 3pm – Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 pm. Prose LocalMic. Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street. New event added for this season. Local authors present their work in an afternoon of readings. This month’s readers will be Julie Cotton, an advocate for life-long learning who has worked as an organizational consultant, a human resource executive and as an executive coach; Gabrielle Lennon, the author of a collection of short stories and a collection of poetry; and Fred Weiss, playwright, novelist and retired professor of theater. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900.

Conscious Movement

10:00 am warm up/10:30 am opening circle – Bayfront Community Center, 803 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-724-9719
Conscious Movement is a mindful movement practice where you listen to your inner voice and move from the wisdom of your body to the music. There are no steps to learn, no right or wrong movements. Conscious Movement creates a non-speaking sacred space, honoring the individual and creating community. 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month Adults $12-15/Children under 12 are free

 

Sunday Gospel Brunch

11:30 am – 2:30 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Enjoy an authentic Southern comfort food buffet while basking in uplifting live gospel music from the area’s top gospel performers. $24.95/adult $12/kids 12 – 6 free/5 years and under

Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
The Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam is the perfect place to meet friends, make new contacts, and enjoy an evening of great music and great food!

MONDAY NOVEMBER 3RD

Perlman Music Program/Suncoast – The Art of the Violin Gallery Showings

Perlman Music Program/Suncoast – The Art of the Violin Gallery Showings, Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Sarasota – 941-955-4942

ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: The 100-Years War in a Twice-Promised Land

9:30 AM – Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-4296
This stimulating workshop, presented by archaeologist and historian Steven Derfler, Ph.D, explores how a “twice-promised land” continues to endure cycles of violence. Lifelong Learning Academy (LLA) presents renowned archaeologist, historian, and international consultant Dr. Steven Derfler in “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The 100-Years War in a Twice-Promised Land,” Monday, November 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in Selby Auditorium on the campus of the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Tickets are $75 (includes box lunch and afternoon snack); LLA members receive a 10 percent discount. Space is limited. To register, call 941-359-4296. Derfler is an archaeologist, historian, and international consultant. He has spent more than 35 years uncovering the histories of ancient civilizations and tracing the development of western religions from their roots in the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean counties. “The state of Israel, for millennia merely a hope in the minds of Jews around the world, became a reality in 1948,” says Derfler. “Finally, after 2,500 years of spiritual Zionism, and only about 55 years after the advent of political Zionism, a state was re-born in the ancient homeland of the Jewish people. Yet this homeland was to be re-established on a twice-promised land. Palestinian and Arab nationalisms were also promised self-determination by the British and her allies during World War I, based on their aid in defeating the Ottoman Empire.” Derfler explains that his presentation will examine nationalistic movements in the region, analyze Israel’s struggle to survive amidst overwhelming odds, and explore the roots of Palestinian nationalism in the greater Arab world. “From the bold steps taken by Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin to the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians and peace with King Hussein and Jordan in the mid-1990′s, this workshop will shed new insight on an old, yet evolving, discussion,” says Derfler. Lifelong Learning Academy offers four course terms per year on the USFSM campus, at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Most courses last six to eight weeks and classes meet for one hour and 20 minutes each week. This workshop is another component of LLA course offerings, but in a day-long format. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Academy, call 941-359-4296 or visit www.lla-sm.org. $75.00

Art of Pen & Ink with Watercolor

1:00pm to 4:00pm – Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2032
Join Artist, Liz Davis for fun and informative classes on the art of adding watercolor washes to fast and loose pen and Ink drawings $115/$145

Collage as Art

9:30am to 12:30pm – Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2032
Join Artist, Judy Nadler for fun and informative classes on collage techniques. A great class for beginners. It is not necessary to have drawing or painting experience to create beautiful mixed media works of art. $175/$205

Parkinson Cafe @ the Ringling

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota – 941-351-6281
People with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners are invited to attend the Parkinson Café @ the Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, on Monday, Nov. 3. The Parkinson Café created to provide social, cultural and intellectual interaction for people with PD and their care partners runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following coffee and a getting-to-know-you mingling session, a docent will guide participants through the Ringling Art Museum and estate. Bring your own lunch or purchase it at the Banyan Café. Listen to delightful stories about John Ringling and the circus. Advanced reservations are required by calling Parkinson Café Founder and Chair Lynn B. Schramek at 941.351.6281 or emailing lynn@parkinsoncafe.org.

Vladislav Yeliseyev “Urban Thoughts” Gallery Showing – Fundraising For Sarasota Orchestra

8:30am – 4:30pm – Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-487-2701
Artist Vladislav Yeliseyev and Harmony Gallery join forces to raise funds for Sarasota Orchestra programs through exhibiting art works. “Capturing the mood and telling the story based not on facts but on subtle nuances of the scenery is my aspiration.” The exhibit includes impressionistic urban landscapes and cityscapes in watercolor which have been remarkably popular over the last years. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of art will be donated to the Sarasota Orchestra. Vladislav closely works with local non-profit organizations such as Historic Spanish Point, The Perlman Music Program and various schools helping them to raise the funds by donating his art and classes. To share his passion and expertise, Vladislav founded the Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota where he teaches a formal curriculum and educates his students in classical drawing and painting. In this exhibition, Vladislav will show his most recent works in watercolor inspired by urban architecture of places he recently visited. Being born and raised in the big city and studying architecture, the urban experience is one of the most exciting for Vladislav. Artist’s Reception will be on Thursday, Nov 6, 5 – 6:30 pm. – Free admission, open to public. Artist appearance during the concert on December 11 – Ticket to the concert required. Gallery hours: 8:30 – 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri, and whenever the building is open to the public. 709 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL 34236 – Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. For introduction to Vladislav Yeliseyev fine art visit www.artist-yeliseyev.com The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center is located on Van Wezel Way, a short street that runs between Boulevard of the Arts and 10th Street, one block west of U.S. Highway 41/Tamiami Trail. Parking is free and adjacent to the Symphony Center.

Wild-O-Ween at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

12:00pm to 5:00pm – Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota – 941-371-6377
BIG CAT HABITAT HOSTS FOOD BANK DRIVE AT ANNUAL ‘WILD-O-WEEN’ WITH SPECIAL ADMISSION FOR KIDS Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a donation of nonperishable food items for All Faiths Food Bank. The event is kid-friendly (not scary) with food, games, prizes, and a pumpkin toss for the bears and big cats. SARASOTA, Fla., (release date) – Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting its annual kid-friendly Wild-O-Ween Festival, which is exciting without being scary, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, from 12 until 5 p.m. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a donation of nonperishable food items for All Faiths Food Bank. Family fun includes visiting with the Habitat’s exotic and other animals, petting zoo, music, children’s costume contest, games, prizes, and photos with a white tiger. Attendees may bring small pumpkins to toss to the bears (they’ll eat them) and the big cats (they’ll play with them). Admission for adults is $15, and regular admission for children 12 and under is $7. Parking free. While food donations go to the food bank, all proceeds of Wild-O-Ween, along with Big Cat Habitat’s regular tours, demonstrations and special events, are used to feed and care for the exotic animals, wildlife, and other animals that can’t go to a regular shelter. Any animal that comes to Big Cat Habitat is given a permanent home for life. For more information see www.BigCatHabitat.org or call 941-371-6377. With a donation of non perishable food items, Children will be admitted free. Regular Child admission = $7.00 Adult admission = $15.00

CONTINUING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

 

MUSEUM • EXHIBITS • GALLERIES

 

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Danny Lyon’s iconic book “The Bikeriders” is one of the most significant photo-documentary works of postwar America. Lyon, while still finishing college, began riding with and photographing motorcyclists in Chicago at races and “scrambles.” Soon, he had joined the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club and was immersed in their culture, traveling the Midwest by bike for two years. “The Bikeriders,” published in 1968—the year before the release of the film “Easy Rider,” and just after Hunter S. Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels”—captured the end of the “golden age” of the outlaw bikers. His gripping, and often candid shots of bike life provide an insider’s perspective into a unique American counterculture. Lyon’s style of intensive reportage, what we might call “embedded” today, was unconventional in its time, and part of the emerging “New Journalism” of the 1960s and ’70s. This exhibition presents highlights from the Bikeriders portfolio that have been generously gifted by Sally Strauss and Andrew Tomback. Adult $25; Senior 65+ $23; Student 18+ with ID $5; Child 6-17 $5; Child 5 and under free; Florida teacher with ID $10; active military $10.

Seeing the Unseen Exhibition, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday- The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
This exciting exhibition features photographic and video works by famous living Chinese artists. Reflecting art innovations of our media age, their works provide a fresh view of the changing cultural landscape in China. Unlike their predecessors, these new-generation artists are even bolder in applying new concepts and technology to record the inspiring moments veiled in daily life, and in creating startling and unexpected scenes. Performance and visual tricks are smartly incorporated into their works to create impressive visual and mental experiences, providing the opportunity for viewers to meditate on the invisible. The artists in the exhibition, including Cao Fei, Li Wei, Wang Qingsong, and Miao Xiaochun, explore their individual approaches, subjects, and styles, while mixing aesthetic ideas, cultural expressions, and commercial inspiration. Individually and as a group, they use art photography and video to tackle issues of identity and experience, youth culture and urban development, history and memory, and the conflicts of tradition and commercialization in contemporary China. Adult $25; Senior 65+ $23; Student 18+ with ID $5; Child 6-17 $5; Child 5 and under free; Florida teacher with ID $10; active military $10.

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700 -
Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898, is the first major exhibition in the United States to explore the private lives and interiors of Spain’s New World elite from 1492 through the 19th century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art. Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first-time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers. The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women’s sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture. Behind Closed Doors primarily consists of works from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-renowned collections as well as exceptional loans from distinguished institutions and private collectors. It is the first presentation of the museum’s important Spanish colonial holdings since the groundbreaking 1996 exhibition Converging Cultures: Art & Identity in Spanish America. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalog with contributions by leading scholars of Colonial Spanish and British American art. Adult $25; Senior 65+ $23; Student 18+ with ID $5; Child 6-17 $5; Child 5 and under free; Florida teacher with ID $10; active military $10.

Florida’s Fascinating Flora, a Batik Exhibit, Selby Gardens

10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-5731
Inspired by the vibrant, tropical colors and aromatic, floral fragrances of Florida´s natural environment, Angela Maria Isaza expresses her fascination through a unique art form: batik painting. She visits Florida regularly from her native home of Colombia to gain botanical inspiration for artistic representation. While she finds many similarities between the plant life found in both locations, she strives to make her oversized works of art create an indelible impression in the observer’s memory as a reminder how fragile and precious nature is. She has traversed the state, visiting such bio-diverse areas as the Everglades, orange orchards and the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, as well as many of the state’s nature preserves and parks. But she always rewards herself at the conclusion of each trip with a visit to Sarasota’s Selby Gardens. She says themes emerge in her “mind’s eye during peaceful walks through these special gardens that provides direction for future paintings.” Her newest exhibit will feature her beloved Batiks Botanicos, as inspired by her many trips to Florida. Opening reception Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., No RSVP required. Adults $19, Children 4-11 $6, Members Free

Evan Roth/Intellectual Property Donor, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art & Design

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays) – Selby Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-7563
The worlds of graffiti artist and hacker intersect in Evan Roth’s powerful images. Organized by the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University Middletown, Conn., and curated by Ginger Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of curatorsquared.

6th Annual AGELESS CREATIVITY Exhibition: Longboat Key Luminaries

Tuesday – Friday, 11-5 – Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive South, Longboat Key – 941-383-2345
In our Durante Gallery we will be featuring the visual art work of Anne Abgott, Ed Brickman, Ronald Johnson, Ed Miracle and Margy Rich. Come celebrate and experience the variety of form and substance that our Ageless Creatives invent, innovate and experience in their pursuit of the creative process

Journey into the Wild Frontier Exhibit

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 10am-4pm – Venice Museum and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S, Venice – 941-486-2487
Journey into the Wild Frontier; Venice Area Early Settlers and Industries. Explore southwest Florida frontier life from 1867-1921 in this exhibit that runs through January 21, 2015. Venice Museum and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S, 486-2487; 10am-4pm Donations accepted.

 

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